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[[caption-width-right:225:[[IncrediblyLamePun The wrong arm of the law]]]]

-> You have the right to remain silent... ''forever!''
-->-- A tagline so nice they used it thrice

The '''''Maniac Cop''''' franchise was a trilogy of horror movies spanning from the late '80s to early '90s. The first two films were directed by William Lustig and produced by Creator/LarryCohen and the third film had both on co-status.

The first movie, which was released in 1988, told us the story of Matt Cordell (played by Robert Z'Dar in all three films), a former NYPD officer who was sentenced to prison for his excessive PoliceBrutality. He suffered heavy abuse in jail from the scum whom he had arrested himself, was left heavily scarred and brain-damaged from their attacks, and is now presumed by most people to be long dead. Cordell starts wreaking havok in New York by dressing as a cop and murdering innocent civilians, which leads to city-wide panic. Detective [=McRae=] (Tom Atkins) is set to work on the case and is later joined by Officer Forrest (Creator/BruceCampbell) who is framed for the killings and must clear his name.

The second movie was released 1990 and continued where the last film ended. This time Cordell ties up some loose ends and teams up with serial killer Turkell to cause even more chaos in the good ol' NY. This movie introduces Detective [=McKinney=] (Robert Davi) as the protagonist for the rest of the trilogy.

The third and final movie was released 1992 (with ''Badge of Silence'' as the subtitle) and it's the one where things start to get weird; Cordell is resurrected from the dead by a voodoo priest who wants him to do his dirty work. But Cordell has other plans, as he learns about a certain female officer Sullivan who was framed for a crime that she didn't commit. Seeing a kindred spirit in her, Cordell stars killing everyone involved with the case, from the real perpetrator of the crime to the doctors who plan to cut the life-feed from her now-comatose body. After he is done, Cordell wants to make Sullivan his bride. [=McKinney=] tries to put end to the mayhem.

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!!These films contain examples of:

* AxeBeforeEntering: If Cordell wants to go through a door, he will.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: In the second movie, Cordell manages to do this to a ''chainsaw''.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: Cordell's prsion stay was pretty much this. Justified through brain damage.
* BigApplesauce
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Jessup's shotgun usage in the third film is an egregious example.
* BodybagTrick: [=McKinney=] fools some criminals with this in the third movie.
* BurningRubber: During the second film's first chase scene, the pursued car is driving only on it's rims and it leaves a trail of sparks behind.
** The third movie features an extended carchase where Cordell and his stolen police car are ''literally on fire'' the entire time.
* CampingACrapper: Jessup's death in ''Badge of Silence''.
* CarCushion: Cordell drops [[spoiler:Detective [=McRae=]]] into one. Cordell and Turkell drop into a bus in second film's climax.
* ChainsawGood: Detective Mallory tries defend herself from Cordell with a chainsaw.
* ChaseScene: In every movie.
* ClearMyName: Jack Forrest in the first movie.
* ClearTheirName: [=McKinney=] does this in the second movie to Cordell, causing him to stop his and Turkell's jailbreak plan in the last minute.
* CouldntFindALighter: [=McKinney=] uses Cordell's severed burning arm to lit his cigar in the third film.
* CowboyCop: Cordell before he was sent to prison. Officer Sullivan in the third film.
* CreepyCathedral: The voodoo priest in the third movie resides in abandoned church under the hospital.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: The X-Ray and defibrillator kills in the third movie.
** The guy drowned in wet cement in the original.
* CutHimselfShaving: [=McRae=] says this when questioned for his injured hand.
* [[spoiler: DecoyProtagonist: [=McRae=] is killed off halfway through the first movie. Jack Forrest takes over as the protagonist. Forrest himself dies five minutes into the second movie and Mallory dies half an hour later. [=McKinney=] takes over but survives both second and third movies.]]
* DetectiveMole: [[spoiler: Sally Noland, Cordell's girlfriend before he was arrested.]]
* DirtyHarriet: Theresa Mallory, Officer Forrest's girlfriend, works for vice squad and she is seen working undercover as a prostitute in the first movie.
* DisposableSexWorker: Turkell's victims in the second movie are all strippers.
* DisposableWoman: Forrest's wife is killed off to advance the plot.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Cordell and Turkell showing off their [[FreudWasRight big knifes]] in the second film.
* DoubleTake: Ambulance driver gives one when he sees Cordell during the third film's climactic chase scene. He then promptly jumps from his car.
* DrJerk: Dr. Myerson in the third film.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Cordell's girlfriend attempt this when he is sent to prison.]]
* DrivenToVillainy: Cordell.
* ElectricBoogaloo: Seriously, ''"Badge of Silence"?''
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Implied. While Cordell and co. are on their way to Sing Sing, convicted criminal Blum tries to make moves on kidnapped Officer Riley but leaves her alone when Cordell gestures to him menacingly.
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: Cordell's hands are described to be as cold as corpse's even before he became undead.
* EyesOpen: In the opening of third film.
* TheFaceless: In the first film Cordell's face is usually obstructed by shadows and is not shown until the end.
* FamedInStory: We only get secondhand information from Cordell's hero cop days.
* {{Frameup}}: Officer Forrest is framed for the killings in the first movie [[spoiler:by Cordell's ex-girlfriend]].
* FriendToPsychos: [[spoiler:Cordell's girlfriend.]]
* FullFrontalAssault: Cordell's flashback in the first film show him fighting inmates in the shower.
* GambitRoulette: The chain of events leading to Forrest's frameup in the first movie.
* GlasgowGrin: One of the many scars that Cordell received from his prison stay.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: As mentioned above, [[CaptainObvious Cordell was left horribly scarred from his prison stay]].
* GreatEscape: In the second movie, Cordell and his partner-in-mayhem Turkell hatch a plan to break out Sing Sing's deathrow inmates to cause more mayhem.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Cordell was a hero on all accounts, but his arrest was arranged by corrupt politicians for accidentally getting too close to them.
* HollywoodVoodoo: It's used to resurrect Cordell in the third film.
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: The climax of the first film takes place during St Patrick's Day, while the events of the second movie take place during Christmas time.
* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder
* ImmuneToBullets
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Cordell accidentally impales himself whilst escaping in the first film's climax.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Cordell is an [[RevenantZombie undead]] former police officer who was framed for PoliceBrutality and still dresses in his old uniform while he carries out his RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* IncrediblyObviousTail: [[spoiler:Officer Noland]] doesn't notice the tailing [=McRae=] in the first movie.
* InfernalRetaliation: Cordell in the ending of the second and third movie.
* InsaneEqualsViolent
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans: New York is celebrating St. Patrick's day in the first film.
* KillerCop: Guess who.
* LanternJawOfJustice: Cordell, fitting his heroic past.
** And of course, [[Creator/BruceCampbell Jack Forrest]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: Cordell has a distinctive two-note song that sometimes expands into full theme.
* LockAndLoadMontage: First film's opening credits.
* MadeOfExplodium: The prison transportation bus in the second film's climax.
* MenacingStroll: Cordell. However he is shown giving a short jog in the first movie.
* NeckLift: Cordell does it often. Usually followed by:
* NeckSnap
* NeverFoundTheBody: In the ending of the first movie.
* NewYorkCityCops
* NoPeripheralVision: Detective Mallory suffers from it in the first movie.
* NoTellMotel: Forrest's wife caughts him in one with another woman in the first movie.
* NumberedSequels
* OffWithHisHead: Some poor schmuk's severed head is used by a voodoo priest to resurrect Cordell in the third film.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Cordell performs this couple of times in the first movie.
* OminousMusicBoxTune: Basis of Cordell's flashback theme.
* OrphanedPunchline: In the first film.
* OutsideRide: Cordell forces Riley into one when he cuffs her into a car and sets it off in the second movie.
* PoliceBrutality: The extreme example.
* PowerBornOfMadness: Cordell's insanity has given him inhuman strenght. Multiplied when he comes back undead.
* PreviouslyOn: Second film opens up with stock footage of Cordell's attempted escape at the end of the first film.
* PsychoSupporter: Turkell in the second film.
* RampJump: Happens once in the first movie.
* ReadingYourRights: See the tagline above.
* ScarsAreForever: Cordell's GlasgowGrin.
* SelectiveSqueamishnessSuppression: Along with the coroner, Detective [=McRae=] isn't bothered about the corpses in the morgue in the first film. The fellow detective with him, not so much.
* SequelFirst: In Italy, Maniac Cop 2 was released as "Maniac Cop", and the first film was released later under the title "Poliziotto sadico - Maniac Cop 2" ("Sadistic Policeman").
* SerialKiller: Cordell and also Turkell in the second film who partners up with him.
* SoftGlass
* StalkerShrine: Turkell has one in the second movie.
* StockFootage: Both sequels show Cordell's flashback montage from the first film.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler: Forrest's and Mallory's fate in the second movie.]]
* SwordCane: Cordell's weapon of choice is blade hidden in a billy club.
* SympatheticMurderer: Cordell, surprisingly. Lessened in later films where he has no redeeming qualities.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted in the second movie as one of the main characters (Riley) is a police therapist.
* ThemeTuneRap: One plays over the credits of the second film.
* TitleDrop
* TragicMonster: Cordell given his backstory.
* TheUndead: Cordell becomes one in the third film. He is [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Type V]].
* VillainBasedFranchise
* VillainousBSOD: Blum, who is used by Turkell and Cordell to infiltrate Sing Sing, gets one when the plan falls through and he realizes that he has come to stay.
* TheVoiceless: Cordell for most of the time, but he opens his mouth once during the second and third movie.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Noland's fate in the first film]].
* YourCheatingHeart: Forrest cheats his wife with his future girlfriend Theresa Mallory in the first film.
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