Created By: NoirGrimoir on December 19, 2011

Cool Cop

A laid-back, reasonable, inconspicuous and badass cop.

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The Cool Cop doesn't really fit your stereotypical impression of law enforcement. He jokes around with small time criminals at the bar, looks out for street urchins like they were his little siblings, trundles around town, seemingly doing nothing much, and if he isn't wearing a uniform then you probably wouldn't peg him as a cop at all. He's a totally mellow Reasonable Authority Figure who doesn't sweat the small stuff, and really gets along with people in low places. He might seem like he's phoning it in, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

The Cool Cop is genuinely looking out for the people of his city, both high and low. He's a Nice Guy purposefully, because you can get the best info by getting people to open up, not shaking them down and treating them like they aren't worth anything. He's always cool and collected at all times and despite his mellow attitude, there is an incredibly high probability that he's secretly a badass, though most of the guys he's after probably won't realize it until it's too late.

Contrast both the Cowboy Cop and By-the-Book Cop. The former tends to outright break the rules and pull crazy, Hot-Blooded stunts and the latter is usually strict and high strung, never wanting to bend the rules at all.

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Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • December 20, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Gordon in The Dark Knight Saga is the only honest cop left in Gotham. He's got a lot riding on his shoulders and he carries it well.
  • December 20, 2011
    Bisected8
    • In the Discworld series Corporal (later Captain) Carrot aspires to be (and becomes) one. Once Carrot manages to get the watch restored, Sam Vimes becomes one par excellence (in fact he becomes a mentor to so many cool cops that "Sammies" becomes the standard term for them, most likely as a Shout Out to Sir Robert Peel who carried out the same sort of reforms in the late 18th century which gave rise to the nickname "Bobbies").
  • October 4, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    Nicholas Angel of Hot Fuzz, is a By The Book Cop: but so much so that everything's a breeze. Riot shields? Okay, just let me look awesome while I'm at it. Eventually gives in and breaks all the rules at the end to save the little village in the middle of nowhere.
  • January 28, 2013
    randomsurfer
    The Andy Griffith Show: nobody doesn't like Sherriff Andy Taylor.
  • January 28, 2013
    StarSword
    Sometimes overlaps with Reasonable Authority Figure.

    EDIT: Wait, you already linked to that in the description. I gotta pay closer attention to things.
  • January 28, 2013
    Bisected8
    • Persona 4 has the protagonist/Yu's uncle, Dojima. The police officer responsible for investigating the murders. Apart from giving the main character his old scooter (and lamenting how he'll convince his sister that it was a good idea) and money (if you do well in the exams) he's the only member of the force who doesn't immediatly accuse Kanji of being up to something. His partner Adachi is also quite affable (if a little bumbling and socially awkward) until it turns out he's the killer and a Straw Nihilist (and an Unwitting Pawn of the Big Bad).
  • January 28, 2013
    Koveras
    We have too many "Cool Whatever" trope titles already. "Cool" is just too generic a word. How about something more descriptive like Buddy Cop or whatever?
  • January 29, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Television
    • The late Pat Morita's character Ohara has the detective skills of Mister Spock and the combat skills of Bruce Lee.
  • January 29, 2013
    Shnakepup
    Music
    • The song "RFTC" by Atmosphere is about a young graffiti artist getting caught in a train yard. He runs and hides but eventually is cornered by a police officer. As he despairs, the officer instead hands him his backpack saying "you dropped this" and admits that he grew up on hip-hop and understands.
  • January 30, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Western Animation

    The Sheriff in Squidbillies is fairly laid back most of the time, often to the point of his laid-backness making him a Butt Monkey.
  • January 30, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Live-Action TV

    Security Chief Garibaldi's second in command on Babylon 5, Zack Allen, is a fairly low-key and laid back character on the job, often making joking remarks to the civilians he deals with, as well as being very hesitant to adhere to increasingly oppressive Night Watch guidelines once he learned what those entailed.
    • Garibaldi on the other hand, never did join Night Watch to begin with, and was "cool" in some respects--not hesitant to mix with some shady characters to gather intelligence, for one--but was also wound up fairly tight, an obsessive Determinator on the job, and paranoid (often, it turned out, with good reason though), so in contrast with Allen probably wouldn't fit the trope overall.

  • January 30, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Film

    In the film Matewan, set in a 1920s West Virginia coal town, Sheriff Sid Hatfield was a Papa Wolf to the townspeople he served, and (in contrast to law enforcement in most other company towns in that era) actually stood up for striking workers being harassed by company goons. The film was loosely based on real events in Matewan, West Virginia, in which his general actions were accurately depicted.

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