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->''"I'm the Police! I run this shit, you just live here! ... Film/KingKong ain't got shit on me!"''
-->-- '''Alonzo Harris'''

''Training Day'' is a crime film from 2001 directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Creator/DenzelWashington and Ethan Hawke.

The film focuses on young and naive LAPD officer Jake Hoyt (Hawke) undergoing a single day evaluation by renowned and respected narcotics officer Alonzo Harris (Washington). Alonzo lets Hoyt step into his "office" (car) and takes him for [[ExtremelyShortTimespan a 24-hour ride]] [[TrainingFromHell through the drug neighborhoods and gang territories of South Los Angeles]]. Hoyt soon is exposed to the darker side of police duty as he realizes Alonzo's methods make him not so different from the criminals he pursues.

This film is notable for giving Denzel Washington the role that would win him Best Actor. While some people have argued the award was a make-up for him [[AwardSnub missing out in the past]], there's no denying this was still an excellent performance. There are spoilers below.

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!!Tropes used in this film:

* AcademyAward: Creator/DenzelWashington finally won Best Actor (in a leading role) for convincingly playing against type, not only as a villain, but [[MagnificentBastard for making it look cool]]. Ethan Hawke was nominated as Supporting Actor.
* ArcWords:
** Do you wanna go to jail or do you wanna go home?
** Also, "It's not what you know, it's what you can prove."
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: [[spoiler: When the Russians kill Alonzo with a hail of bullets, one of their own is in the car right behind Alonzo.]]
* AssholeVictim: At the end of the movie, [[spoiler: Alonzo himself was killed by the Russian hitmen for killing one of their couriers and not paying up on time.]]
* BadBoss: Alonzo is this to his subordinates. [[spoiler:This makes them abandon his ass when the chips are down.]]
* BatmanGambit: Alonzo's whole master plan doesn't begin, [[spoiler:until after he convinces Jake to take drugs - which he would later use for leverage against him.]]
* BookEnds: Near the beginning of the film, Alonzo and Jake cut-off a bunch of college kids who bought some marijuana. [[spoiler: This move is also used against Alonzo in the end of the film, when TheMafiya cut him off and execute him with prejudice.]]
* {{Bowdlerize}}: From the trailer: "King Kong ain't got NOTHING on me!"
* BrokenPedestal: Alonzo is this to Jake.
* BulletProofVest: Subverted, as one of Alonzo's partners takes a bullet to the vest that pierces it and wounds him.
* ChekhovsGun: The wallet Jake picks up after preventing the young girl from being raped turns out to be very handy when [[spoiler:Alonzo abandons him in a house with three dangerous GangBangers, the leader of whom turns out to be the girl's cousin.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:The actual girl. When she shouts at the attempted rapists about how her cousins would fuck them up, she wasn't kidding.]]
* TheChessmaster: Alonzo put a lot of effort into getting the Mafiya off his back.
-->'''Jake''': "You've been planning this all day?"
-->'''Alonzo''': "I've been planning this all ''week'', son!"
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Alonzo.
* ClusterFBomb
* ContrivedCoincidence: Alonzo leaves Jake to die with exactly the wrong set of gangbangers. (Possibly a subversion as the plan seemed to be to set Jake up if he turned out not to be dirty and perhaps Alonzo remembered [subconsciously?] the name of the gang that the girl had mentioned from earlier and simply selected the easy option to dispose of his problem.)
* CoolCar: Alonzo's 1979 Chevy Monte Carlo, complete with hydraulics.
* CowboyCop: Alonzo Harris is one of the rare truly villainous examples. He's long [[HeWhoFightsMonsters become more extreme than even the gangsters he fights]], but the reason he's kept around by his superiors (the three wise men) despite his personal corruption is that he catches a ''lot'' of bad guys. Alonzo himself claims he is only going after the big fish in the drug trade; he has 38 cases pending trial, 63 active investigations, 350 log cases he has yet to clear, and is supervising five other officers besides Hoyt.
* DirtyCop: Alonzo's modus operandi. Observe the scene in which he roughs up Snoop Dogg's character. Later, he casually boasts that he was the one who put Snoop Dogg in a wheelchair.
** The entire day turns out to be a result of Alonzo's DirtyCop ways, specifically [[spoiler: how his attempts at ripping off the Russian Mafiya went bad and he has until the end of the day to make good or be killed.]]
* EvilMentor: Alonzo. Should be pretty obvious.
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The entire movie takes place over about 12 hours.
* FakeNationality: Smiley, a Latino gangster, is played by Cliff Curtis, a UsefulNotes/NewZealand actor of Maori descent.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Alonzo.
* FrameUp: Alonzo and the other Narcotics officers discuss how to do this after Roger is killed.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: All of Alonzo's subordinates dislike being around him.
* GangBangers: Specifically those in The Jungle and the house that Alonzo drops Jake off at near the end.
* GoodIsNotNice: Jake Hoyt and the other cops of the LAPD. Being policemen doesn't mean they will be nice people.
* GunsAkimbo: Alonzo combines this with GangstaStyle.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: A central premise of the film. In order to survive in the world of gangsters, the cops have to act more like gangsters. Alonzo and his crew have, at some point, become actual gangsters.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: Alonzo makes Jake smoke pipe PCP to prove that he's fully committed to do whatever it takes to survive on the street. In reality, [[spoiler:Alonzo is making sure that Jake can't testify against him later without failing a drugs test and getting fired.]]
* IHaveAFamily: Jake shouts this out when he is confronted with three GangBangers holding a shotgun to his face. It doesn't work by itself, but it does motivate them to check out whether he's telling the truth about his ChekhovsGun.
* InsanityDefense: Mentioned by one of the three wise men when he recaps to Alonzo how an off-screen criminal recently got off this way by pulling a stunt in court that made him seem mentally unsound.
* InsigniaRipOffRitual: [[spoiler: Jake takes Alonzo's badge, saying, "You don't deserve this."]]
* IOwnThisTown: Alonzo feels this way about The Jungle. [[spoiler: The Jungle doesn't feel the same way though.]]
* IronicEcho:
** Alonzo tells Jake that if he doesn't start [[StartOfDarkness getting with the program]], he could end up in the news as a dead cop who died in the line of duty, leaving behind his wife and kid. [[spoiler: After Alonzo dies, this is what the TV report says about him.]]
** Also, Alonzo loved to say "Do you want to go to jail, or do you want to go home" to the people he would harsh. In the end,[[spoiler:Jake repeated the same line to Alonzo after he took the stolen money from him.]] More subtly, after using the line with most of the criminals he and Jake encounter, we then hear him say it [[spoiler: to fellow cops as they plot to cover up a murder.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Alonzo thinks that just because he's a policeman, he can do whatever he wants and whatever he pleases.
* {{Jerkass}}: Alonzo is a rather nasty person who often enjoy roughing up his suspects when he wants to.
* KickTheDog: Alonzo makes a habit of doing this.
* KnightTemplar: Alonzo.
* LargeHam:
** Alonzo turns his scenery chewing on and off according to his needs.
** Also the GangBangers, ''homes''.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: Alonzo leaves Jake to die at the hands of Smiley and his cronies, but Jake manages to get out alive. Following this, Jake not only takes Alonzo's badge, but the money he needs to pay off the Russians.]]
* LetMeTellYouAStory: Alonzo's friend Roger decides to tell Jake a joke. He tells him about a snail that gets thrown off some guy's porch into the backyard and nearly dies. After about a year, the man answers the door and finds the snail, who says "''What the fuck's your problem!?''" Jake laughs until he sees Roger and Alonzo's serious expressions and realize that it isn't a joke at all. Roger tells him that when he figures the joke out, he'll figure the streets out.
* TheMafiya: [[spoiler:Alonzo is in big with them for attacking and killing an important member of theirs in Las Vegas, and is given until midnight on Tuesday to come up with a million dollars or he will be executed.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Alonzo.
* TheMistress: Sara is Alonzo's.
* MushroomSamba: After Jake takes the marijuana laced with PCP, he gets one of these.
* NaiveNewcomer: The majority of this movie concerns Jake's relation to Alonzo as this.
* NothingPersonal: Smiley says this after [[spoiler: he spares Jake's life]].
* OhNoYouDidnt: Alonzo says this before [[spoiler:his VillainousBreakdown at the end.]]
* OneLastSmoke: [[spoiler: Alonzo lights up a cigarette before being shot by Jake... [[ShotInTheAss in the ass]]. One scene later, he's killed by TheMafiya]].
* PlayingAgainstType: Denzel Washington as a villain.
* PunchClockVillain: The three GangBangers, especially Smiley. [[spoiler: It's pretty clear they don't really want to kill Jake, even if he hadn't saved Smiley's little cousin's life, and it's also obvious they don't like Alonzo very much]].
* RabidCop: Alonzo.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Played straight with Jake and [[AvertedTrope averted]] with Alonzo as far as their attitudes.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Jake ends up refusing $250,000 which does not make him popular with the other narcotics officers.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Alonzo thinks he's above the law because he works for the Three Wise Men, who are corrupt cops in high-ranking positions. [[spoiler: It's through them that Alonzo gets permission to rob and kill his long time drug contact. However, the alternate ending revealed that it was the Three Wise Men whom sent Hoyt to make sure Alonzo didn't pay off the Russians.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Alonzo more or less quotes the trope near the end of the film.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Jake initially interprets some of Alonzo's requests of him as such, when in fact they are nothing of the sort.
* ShotInTheAss: [[spoiler:Jake shoots Alonzo in the buttocks to prevent him from picking up his pistol]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Alonzo:''']] Ooh, you motherfucker! You son of a bitch! You shot me in the ass!
* SinkOrSwimMentor: Alonzo, who starts slowly but amps it up until he's strong-arming Hoyt into [[spoiler:killing and robbing Roger]].
* SlidingScaleOfLawEnforcement: Hoyt is definitely much closer to the positive end than Alonzo, given his unwillingness to stop dealing with individual crimes and look at the big picture.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Jake effectively screws Alonzo's plot to get away from TheMafiya, [[LaserGuidedKarma in the most ironic way possible.]]]]
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler:Towards the end of the film, Hoyt corners Alonzo, and can either kill him, or take him in with no evidence, ruining his own career. He reaches out and takes Alonzo's badge. ''And'' the money he needs to pay off the Mafiya.]]
* ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld: According to Alonzo, it's wolves and sheep. An obvious [[TakeAThirdOption third option]] would be "sheepdog," which police often use as a metaphor for their profession, but it's never brought up, lampshading Alonzo's idea of justice as being a bigger, badder "wolf".
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:The Russian Mafia knows how to get the job done. The parallels to ''Film/TheGodfather'' are not without reason.]]
* TitleDrop:
-->'''Alonzo Harris''': Today is a Training Day, Officer Hoyt.
* TookALevelInBadass: By the end of the film, its pretty apparent that Jake took one.
* TrainingFromHell: Alonzo makes Hoyt do all kinds of shit, including [[spoiler:participating in an armed robbery]] and smoke PCP-laced marijuana at gunpoint...in his first day as a narc.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Alonzo himself at the end.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: ''Some'' of Alonzo's actions can be interpreted this way. Others, not so much.
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: Jack comments that the police usually don't enter The Jungle with anything less than a platoon. This is true in RealLife as well: the neighborhood they enter is avoided by the LAPD as effectively un-police-able. Antoine Fuqua specifically approached the gangs to get permission to film there, as the city effectively has no authority there.
* YourCheatingHeart: Alonzo has 4 kids with his wife, and at least one more with Sara.

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