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Ross Scott, the maker of ''FreemansMind'', with the help of his friend Craig, created a {{machinima}} from the ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' Universe that focuses on the life of two Civil Protection agents, Mike, who has a passion for dealing out justice, specifically [[TheEmpire the Combine]] [[PoliceBrutality brand of justice]] and his oddball partner, Dave, who is quite prone to reckless or weird behavior.

Find the whole series [[http://www.accursedfarms.com/movies/cp/ here]].
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!!Examples:

* AccentuateTheNegative: Mike is extremely cynical and never misses an opportunity to show it. Example:
-->'''Dave''': ''(After telling Mike to sing)'' I've been working on the railroad,\\
'''Mike''': Every pointless day.\\
'''Dave''': I've been working on the railroad,\\
'''Mike''': While my life gets pissed away.\\
'''Dave''': Can't you hear the whistle blowing?\\
'''Mike''': Shatter my dreams in the morn!\\
'''Dave''': Can't you hear the captain shouting?\\
'''Mike''': Wish I was never born.
** This is a ShoutOut to ''{{Daria}}'', of all things.
** He also has a disdain of the rebels, considering them hopeless idealists who have absolutely no chance at success. He considers working with the Combine to be the only really viable option.
* AmusingInjuries: Mike and Dave fall victim to this at the end of nearly every episode.
* ApocalypticLog: [[spoiler: The journal in ''The Tunnel''.]]
* ArmorIsUseless: Averted;
-->'''Mike''': ''(After witnessing Dave get hit by a car and get back up)'' Wow. I guess you're getting your money's worth out of that body armor, huh?
* BigBrotherIsEmployingYou: The protagonists are PunchClockVillains for a Dystopian police force ruled by transdimensional alien invaders.
* BuddyCopShow
* BullyingADragon: In the animated Double Feature episode, Mike mentions that the Combine didn't care to suppress global communications but merely demanded cooperation. The telecom companies not only refused, they [[TooDumbToLive demanded money from them]]. The Combine subsequently killed everyone involved.
* CastsNoShadow: In episode 3 Mike and Dave encounter a man who happens not to have a shadow. They theorize on why that might be, going from "he's a vampire!" to "bad light." When they try to trump up a charge to bring him in on, he suddenly has a shadow again. Mike doesn't care, ending up chasing him down the street so he can arrest the guy for [[JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife jaywalking.]]
* CloudCuckoolander: Dave strays into this territory at times.
* CurbStompBattle: Illustrated quite specifically in "Aliens".
-->'''Mike:''' Isn't that what they call the invasion now? The Seven Hour War? Do you wanna know why?\\
'''Dave''': Because it lasted se-\\
'''Mike:''' ''(interrupting)'' Because it lasted seven hours, that's why! Most people are at work longer than that! That means that in less time than it takes Joe Average to clock in and clock out at the office, aliens have conquered the whole Earth, and all Joe did was make some spreadsheets.\\
'''Dave''': Well that's just because they caught us off guard.\\
'''Mike''': Okay, let's say we ''were'' ready for them. Then what? [[CrowningMomentOfFunny We'd call it the Ten Hour War?]]
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Lampshaded in "What is Machinima?"
-->'''Dave''': ''[Talking about a type of illegal drug]'' You'll smoke yourself ''retarded'' with one of those!\\
'''Mike''': Yup. So... uhh... don't do that!
* EnemyChatter: In this case, the whole point of the series.
* TheFaceless: Mike and Dave never take off their masks.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In ''Morning Patrol'', one of the cars hits a civilian and continues driving.
** In "Aliens" you can see a Vortigaunt apparently selling drugs to some guy in the background.
** When Dave rides the train, Mike has to wait for him at the bridge where he jumped on. G-Man then walks by.
* GasMaskMooks: Mike and Dave are both one of these of these.
* TheGhost: The Sarge.
* GreenAesop: Combined with BrokenAesop when Mike and Dave discuss the oil crisis and how the Combine invasion solved all energy and social problems.
* GeniusDitz: Dave may be an idiot sometimes, but apparently he speaks Bulgarian and is an expert on birds.
* HeadBob: Their heads bob whenever they speak.
* HypocriticalHumor: They planned to arrest The Guy with No Shadow for jay walking yet [[spoiler: Dave]] gets run over while jay walking.
* JumpScare: Done twice in The Tunnel.
* KillItWithFire: In the environmental episode, Dave seems a little too into this idea.
* MadeOfIron: Mike and Dave tend to avert this most of the time, but they do recover spectacularly quickly from injures that should break their limbs or even kill them. The worst example is probably the end of the Halloween Safety episode. They are perfectly OK in the next episode.
** ''Morning Patrol'' ends with the duo encountering a [[ActionBomb houndeye]]. [[spoiler: Dave lands on a roof, and Mike gets smashed across the street and bounces off a telephone pole, before getting hit with ''another'' shockwave.]] They're fine next episode, of course.
** And in ''The Tunnel'', Dave gets hit by a car and goes flying 20 feet in the air. He gets up a few minutes later like nothing happened.
* MindScrew: Dave wishes he could mind control everyone.
* MoodWhiplash: The Tunnel episode, for people expecting more of the screwball comedy of previous episodes.
* NightmareFetishist: Dave; "Aliens" demonstrates this repeatedly, what with his response while dumpster-diving ("This better not be a dead cat." "Better!") and then trying to befriend a Strider.
* OddCouple: Mike and Dave.
* OhCrap: Mike's reaction to pretty much any alien. Dave is often the exact opposite.
** A combined[[note]]Heehee[[/note]] one, after they've both been talking to a citizen for a few moments, Mike and Dave both suddenly realize something peculiar about him...
--->'''Dave''': Look at him! He doesn't have a shadow!\\
'''Mike''': Oh, it must be the angle. We're probably not casting shadows eit- ''[looks down]''... What the-''[looks up at the sun]''... '''''holy crap''''', you're ''right''!
* OhNoNotAgain: Mike uses this line at the end of the "Morning Patrol" episode.
** ''Technically'' doesn't count, though, since it's in response to [[spoiler: the Houndeye coming after him again,]] which only happened a minute or so ago.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: [[ConversationalTroping Conversed]]. Mike insists that the guy with no shadow is a vampire.
* RadioVoice: The voices of the main characters are filtered through the vocoders in their masks, much like Civil Protection officers in the game.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Apparently, whenever Dave blows the faces out of his paper shooting range targets, he draws smiley faces in the gaps and uses them to decorate his apartment.
-->'''Mike:''' "[[SarcasmMode It's good to know you're not PSYCHO or anything]]."
* PunchClockVillain: Mike and Dave, as described above, are just in it because they don't have any qualifications for another job, and rarely ever abuse their power like the CP's you see in Half-life 2. In fact, it is even debatable whether they count as villains in the first place, as, judging by the new episode, they go out of their way to help someone when they think they are trapped in a cave with something attacking them. And in the first episode, Mike asks Dave to stop bothering the citizens, because they're "Just on their way to work". They also are happy to give The Guy with No Shadow directions to the train station (until they discover his... anomaly). Aside from him, the only other person they even talk to face-to-face is a Vortigaunt, and despite his suspicious behavior, all they want is to ask him if "Combine" is a stupid name for an alien race. Hell, Dave talks about joining the rebellion at one point until he is convinced by Mike that they have no chance of succeeding.
* PsychoForHire: Dave is an extremely minor version, as he is not actually very violent or psychopathic. He is mostly just a happy and cheerful CloudCuckoolander but, as described above, he apparently has a few mental problems.
* SeinfeldianConversation: Mike and Dave's most common form of conversation.
* ShoutOut: The [[Creator/HPLovecraft Miskatonic]] Tunnel
** When attempting to communicate with the strider, Dave employs the tone sequence from ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.
* SlasherSmile: [[spoiler: The man who lives in the tunnel.]]
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "The Tunnel" shifts the mood from comedy to a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian horror story]].
* StraightMan: Mike, [[{{Foil}} contrasting]] Dave's CloudCuckoolander.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Mike's opinion of the Combine invasion during "Oil's Well."
-->''"I'll give you that. Killing off five billion people did ''wonders'' for most of our social problems."''
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: The whole point of the series is to give a bit of humanity to the otherwise forgettable and uniformly evil [[{{Mooks}} Civil Protection officers]] from VideoGame/HalfLife2.
* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing: Dave is asked this by Mike when he starts acting like a ninja and making FunnyBruceLeeNoises in "Friday" which is called back in The Tunnel.
* WreakingHavok: Most noticeable at the end of ''Halloween Safety'' when the fast zombies rampage about the room, knocking over the many chairs inside.
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