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->'''[[ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} Hawkgirl]]:''' Standard interrogation technique. I was Bad Cop.\\
'''Franchise/{{Superman}}:''' You're ''always'' Bad Cop.\\
'''Hawkgirl:''' Well, why play against type?
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', "The Terror Beyond"

A type of PerpSweating frequently used in CrimeAndPunishmentSeries.

One cop behaves in a very threatening and menacing way towards the suspect, while the other appears sympathetic, helpful and protective. The suspect is expected to be cooperative with the "good cop".

Sometimes the GenreSavvy suspect makes fun of this technique. Thus, an increasingly common variation is known as Bad Cop/Worse Cop, which is based on a reversal. The first cop behaves menacingly and threateningly, and the second cop appears initially to be sympathetic then, usually in a whisper, indicates his partner and tells the perp, "He's the good cop," before revealing a [[RabidCop far harsher and more threatening attitude toward the perp]]. In the end, they're just two sides of the same coin, even if one is the "lesser evil".

Two cops arguing about who gets to be the Bad Cop is a common extension of the trope.

This is TruthInTelevision. It's a classic interrogation technique, but in real life the Bad Cop doesn't need to threaten to beat a confession out - they may simply point out all the nasty things that will happen if the suspect doesn't come clean, while the Good Cop is the one to remind the suspect of the pros of being helpful, and make offers of lighter sentences and making deals with judges. Even so it is usually only used on naive and frightened suspects, because cooler heads tend to recognize it.

A SubTrope of GentleTouchVsFirmHand. JustForFun/NotToBeConfusedWith the Canadian film ''Film/BonCopBadCop''. See also TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay and RudeHeroNiceSidekick.

Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_cop/bad_cop an entry on Good Cop / Bad Cop]].



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'': Jyo acts quite polite to the pair when they're called in for questioning about a disappearance, while his partner is less trusting. Muhyo suspects that it's just an act and he doesn't believe in magical law. It turns out that Jyo is desperate enough to solve the case that he would trust them, and was being sincere.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', Kadota initially seems to be the "bad cop", when he interrogates a thug by beating him up. But then, after he turns the guy over to Walker and Erika, it's clear that Kadota is the good cop and they are the bad ones.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' does this in one episode, with Cilan and Meowth in the respective roles, trying to interrogate the current MonsterOfTheWeek: a Scrafty.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' takes this to eleven when they combine it with 'Carrot and Stick' and invert good/bad and carrot/stick to accommodate the twisted mind of a sociopath. You see, to a serial killer, the goodness of the good cop will come off as offensive. One person has to be the bad cop and offer him the 'carrot' and then follow that up with a personality change into good cop and offer the 'stick' - because serial killers prefer sticks to carrots. Follow?
* Similar to the Pink Panther example below, Gargoylemon of ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' attempts to be both the good cop and the bad cop, alternatively threatening the captured heroes and offering them [=DigiNoir=]. Humorously, they're so busy eating they don't even notice.
* Invoked in the anime adaption of ''LightNovel/LogHorizon''. Shiroe played bad cop to Krusty's good, and it's all done [[ThePlan very intentionally]]. Shiroe explains he intentionally invoked this trope by name to Minori, who realizes it's all a front. She's worried about him as a result; he's [[TheStrategist less concerned]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In one volume of Paul Chadwick's comic series ''ComicBook/{{Concrete}}'', two police detectives interrogate suspects about a suspicious accident on a movie set. With the first suspect, they do the routine perfectly, with one cop getting angry at the suspect and the other cop trying to cool him down. Then they go and interrogate the second suspect, and do the routine again, except with the cops playing the ''opposite parts''. You can tell whose turn it is to be bad cop because he's wearing his gun in the interrogation room.
* In an issue of the ''Comicbook/XMen'' spinoff ''Comicbook/XFactor'', during one of its DarkerAndEdgier periods (in the 90s, of course), two of the team members confront a villain and mention they'd considered playing Good Cop/Bad Cop, but neither of them wanted to be the "Good Cop". Unfortunately for them, the attempt at intimidation is a total failure and the bad guy gets away.
* Believe it or not, a reverse situation was done once with ComicBook/CaptainAmerica as the Good Cop, of all people, in a six-issue SpiderMan story called "The Assassin Nation Plot". When trying to find Sabertooth (who had just murdered the prime minister of Symkaria) Cap and Silver Sable track him to a group of sleazy thugs in Latin America. After trouncing them, Cap tries to get the leader to talk, but the crook knows Cap's reputation and says he wouldn't hurt him. Then Silver points a gun at him and says "Yes, ''he'' won't." The guy quickly starts to talk. (It's doubtful Cap would have actually let her shoot him, but the situation was rather dire.)
* Most of the partnered cops shown in the ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'' comics series fall naturally into this routine.
** [[ActionMom Dagmar Procnjow]] and [[HandsomeLech Tommy Burke]]: she's Bad, he's Good.
** [[SmokingIsCool Nelson Crowe]] and [[PornStache Jackson Davies]]: Crowe's Good, Davies is Bad.
** [[PoliceBrutality Renee Montoya]] and [[BaldOfAwesome Crispus Allen]]: she's Bad, he's Good.
-->'''Morillo''' (Keystone cop): ''Nice'' good cop-bad cop routine you've got there.
** Interestingly, before being partnered with Detective Allen, Montoya was paired with [[CowboyCop Harvey Bullock]]. [[ByTheBookCop Renee Montoya]] was Good Cop, ''he'' was Bad.
** In one story, a criminal found himself facing Montoya, Bullock and [[BadassBookworm "Hardback" Bock]], who informed him the current setup was "Bad Cop, Bad Cop, and Bad Cop".
** [[DependingOnTheWriter Sometimes]] Batman and Robin work that way as well.
--->'''Bruce''': [[LampshadeHanging It's a classic. Good cop-bad cop.]]\\
'''Alfred''': And I trust that [[KidSidekick Master Richard]] is the "good cop"?\\
'''Bruce''': [[FridgeBrilliance Why else do you think]] [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience he wears the bright colors]]?
** The usefulness of the trope is even demonstrated a few pages later, when they change these roles:
--->'''Alfred:''' [[BewareTheNiceOnes Curious how the role of bad cop is easily ceded to the understudy]].
* In ''Comicbook/BatmanEarthOne'', Gordon and Bullock "interrogate" a criminal on the location of Gordon's daughter with a crowbar and a baseball bat.
-->'''Axe:''' So what's this going to be? Good cop, bad cop?\\
'''Harvey Bullock:''' [[WrongGenreSavvy C'mon Axe]]. I get it now. This is '''[[WretchedHive Gotham]] [[CrapsackWorld City]]'''. [[SubvertedTrope It's bad cop, bad cop]].
* In ''ComicBook/{{Powers}}'', TheStoic and hulkingly huge Walker is the good cop and tiny and cute Deena Pilgrim is bad cop. In fact, after her TenMinuteRetirement when she comes back and starts beating on an accomplice to a murder, the rest of the cops comment on how good it is to have her back because apparently no one else could play bad cop like her.
* In a special issue of the ComicBook/ThePunisher, Frank Castle once helped one AxCrazy Italian hitwoman (a villain from a previous special) get revenge on a mob boss that had taken her daughter hostage. At one point, they interrogate a few mooks. Despite Frank's [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique tendencies]], he's shocked by the role he takes in the discussion.
-->'''Punisher:''' ''I don't believe it. We played classic Good Cop/Bad Cop scheme. And I was the good cop.''
* The Bad Cop/Worse Cop routine was invoked in the 6th issue of [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2009}} the third Batgirl series]], starring Stephanie Brown.
-->'''Batgirl:''' Just shut up and follow my lead.
-->'''[[Characters/{{Batman}} Robin (Damian Wayne)]]:''' Why do you get to take the lead?
-->'''Batgirl:''' Because we're gonna play this "Bad cop, '''worse''' cop."
-->'''Robin:''' I get to be '''worse''' cop!
-->'''Batgirl:''' Attaboy.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' comic ''The Stunticon Job'' has Sideswipe and Cheetor respectively, but both try to be the bad cop.
* In the UK, this tactic is often called ''Mutt and Jeff'', after the American comic strip of the same name.
* Comicbook/TheSandman has [[CoolVsAwesome a talking raven and a reincarnated nightmare killer running a good cop bad cop interrogation on the Norse god Loki.]] It's that kind of series.
* A ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' issue introduces a new variant: [[TheCowl Bad Cop]], [[Comicbook/{{Hulk}} Giant Monster]].
* Parodied in an issue of ''ComicBook/AdventureTime: Candy Capers''. Peppermint Butler deputizes Tree Trunks and Marceline as members of the royal guard to investigate the disappearance of Finn and Jake, and the sweet-natured Tree Trunks insists on [[PlayingAgainstType being the "bad cop"]] just because it's something she's always wanted to do. She's surprisingly good at it, but Marceline is not so keen on being shoe-horned into the role of "good cop".
* In ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Mastermen # 1]]'' the Human Bomb heals rapidly from a beating by [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Leatherwing]]. [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Overman]] offers him a chance to make it easy on himself and speak instead of getting a second beating.
* Subverted a couple ways in ''Comicbook/{{X 23}}: Target X'': While interrogating X-23 throughout the framing story, ''Comicbook/CaptainAmerica'' of all people plays the bad cop, with Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} as the good cop. A second subversion is that ''it's not an act''. Steve sees Laura as a merciless, remorseless killer responsible for the deaths of hundreds, and he's genuinely belligerent and hostile towards her, in large part because [[MyGreatestFailure he blames himself]] for allowing her to kill so many people[[note]]He actually had her in custody after her very first assassination, but she escaped him by masquerading as one of the victims of her own rampage.[[/note]] Matt, by contrast, genuinely believes in Laura's innocence because of the circumstances of her creation, and takes a much more compassionate and supportive position while questioning her.
* In Comicbook/MoreThanMeetsTheEye'' Whirl, an ex-cop, catches one of the little enemy robots running away, and without being asked, simply beats him up in private until he promises to answer the questions of the other Autobots.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In one ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' strip, [[CloudCuckoolander Pig]] thinks it's "Good Cop, ''Fat'' Cop."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Done twice in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero''. Once with the Bad Cop/Worse Cop variant and again with Good Cop/Bad Cop.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' fanfic plays with this trope. First by paroding it and then making it frightful. trope. ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/975398/1/Galaxy_Police_Files_1_Bad_Cop_Bad_Cop Galaxy Police Files 1: Bad Cop, Bad Cop]]''. The bubbly Mihoshi plays Bad cop while the surly Kihone plays Good Cop (Mihoshi would have broken down crying if Kihone didn't let her be the Bad Cop). They proceed to act out the worst performance of Good Cop/Bad Cop in the history of the universe (not that the perp would have talked even if they'd done it perfectly). When the interrogation fails, [[spoiler:Mihoshi points her laser gun at the perp and says that she might as well kill him if he won't talk. The perp thinks she's bluffing... until she fires at him, the only thing saving his life being Kihone knocking off Mihoshi's aim. What ''really'' convinces the perp that Mihoshi is a RabidCop is when Mihoshi ''tries to kill her own partner'' (all without losing her bubbly disposition)]]. At this point the perp breaks down and tells them everything they want to know.
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic ''Fire Burns'', Katherine and Robert pull this off superbly:
--> '''Davasham:'''You're the bad guy and you go giving me all the sarcastic lines and everything right. And then the girl comes in and she's the 'good' guy right. And I'm meant to talk to her and trust her and everything-\\
'''Robert:''' What the hell are you on about?\\
'''Davasham:''' You're the one who acts all tough-\\
'''Robert:''' Me? You think I'm the nasty one? Believe me, Mr. Davasham, compared to her, I'm a saint. You do not want to get on her bad side. Unfortunately for you, however, you already are.
* Quite common in fanfics for ''Series/TheSentinel'', especially when they make the 6'2"/220 lb. ex-Ranger Jim the 'good' cop and the 5'9" long-haired anthropologist Blair the 'bad cop'.
* ''Fanfic/FinishingTheFight'': Keyes and Drizzt do a fairly spectacular version when interrogating Luskan prisoners, though Bad Cop ''Psychotic Cop'' might be a better description. Drizzt has [[PantheraAwesome Guen]] drag a prisoner into another room, makes him scream once before knocking him out, and then plays recordings of the scream and randonmly throws in bouts of maniacal laughter for good measure. Keyes threatens the other prisoners both with him, and with a truth serum that might "melt their brains" if they don't talk to her.
* ''Fanfic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' has this briefly in episode 12, though it doesn't get them anywhere.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2959739/37/A-Sirius-Matter A Sirius Matter]]'' Harry and Sirius pull this on Slughorn to get him to reveal how many [[SoulJar Horcruxes]] Voldemort planned to make.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8378840/26/Passageways Passageways]]'' Alastor Moody's the bad cop to Amelia Bones' good cop.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10161217/5/Harry-Potter-and-the-Winter-s-Child Harry Potter and the Winter's Child]]'' several members of the Order of the Phoenix go to question the Dursleys and Alastor Moody asks if they're going to play "good Auror/bad Auror."
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3933832/19/Harry-Potter-and-the-Invincible-TechnoMage Harry Potter and the Invincible Technomage]]'' Harry and several of his friends do it after being captured by the Kree, with Hermione playing good cop.
* ''Fanfic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan'': When Vulcan is imprisoned in the Canterlot dungeons and being interrogated, Celestia plays good cop while Luna is bad cop. Vulcan calls them out on this, though he actually has to explain the trope to [[FishOutOfTemporalWater Luna]].
* ''Fanfic/RWBYReckoning'' had Darrel Conway and Velvet Scarlatina pull this on Sky Lark, in order to get info about Cardin's interactions with Yang.
* Done by a single [[TimePolice Time Cop]] trying the two different approaches in sequence in ''Fanfic/StrangeTimesAreUponUs''. Agent Lucsly tries first a threatening tone to get Brokosh and Ba'wov to talk to him, then tries the "I'm just doing my job" angle. Brokosh doesn't bite and demands a lawyer.
* Chapter 23 of ''FanFic/AHollowInEquestria'' has Ulquiorra and Princess Celestia using this routine on a captive changeling to try and extract what Chrysalis has planned.
* In a chapter of ''FanFic/ShadowchasersConspiracy'', Jalal tries to interrogate a rather stubborn prisoner - Aysis, a demonic bounty hunter - about what has happened to Karen. Aysis notices he's brought [[SexySecretary Dolores]] with him and assumes this is a Good Cop Bad Cop method, laughing at the prospect. However, she's wrong; it's Bad Cop Worse Cop, and Dolores is the Worse Cop. ([[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome What happens during the interlude]] isn't shown, but when the scene shifts back, Aysis is cowering, sobbing, and telling the now coldly-stoic Dolores everything.)

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' has a single character with a LiteralSplitPersonality ''called'' Bad Cop/Good Cop. He's one of those minifigures whose head has two faces with different expressions and rotates to change them, the "inactive" face being obscured by the helmet.
-->'''Emmet:''' Look, um, [[GenreSavvy I watch a lot of cop shows on TV]]. Isn't there supposed to also be... Isn't there supposed to be a good cop?\\
'''Bad Cop:''' Oh, yes. But we're not done yet.\\
''[Bad Cop's head swivels around to become Good Cop]''\\
'''Good Cop:''' Hi, buddy! I'm your friendly neighborhood police officer. Would you like a glass of water?\\
'''Emmet:''' Yeah, actually, that sounds--\\
'''Bad Cop:''' ''[head switches back to Bad Cop]'' Too bad! ''(punches glass across the room)''

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Parodied in Creator/SteveMartin's ''Film/ThePinkPanther2006'': Inspector Clouseau uses this method with one suspect... but plays ''both'' the Good Cop and the Bad Cop, with comedic effect.
* The "Bad Cop/Worse Cop" version was used by name in the film ''Film/TangoAndCash''. "Worse Cop" involved ''duct-taping a (fake) hand grenade to the crook's mouth'', by the way.
* ''Film/LAConfidential'':
** [[spoiler:the D.A.]] being questioned goes "Don't give me that 'Good Cop, Bad Cop' crap, I [[WroteTheBook practically invented it.]]" The cops then resort to [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]][=/=]Franchise/{{Batman}} [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique interrogation techniques]]. That works out juuust fine.
-->'''[[spoiler:The D.A.]]:''' ''[after having nearly been drowned in his own toilet]'' Pull him off me, Exley!!!\\
'''Exley:''' ''[calmly]'' I don't know how.
** And soon after, once Bud has [[HighAltitudeInterrogation pulled him back]] ''[[HighAltitudeInterrogation inside]]'' [[HighAltitudeInterrogation the window]];
--->'''Exley:''' Is that how ''you'' used to run the Good Cop/Bad Cop?
* ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'' played with the Bad Cop/Worse Cop version: we are led to believe that Samuel L. Jackson is the bad cop of his former partnership, until we discover that role corresponded to his mild mannered, happy-to-be-in-desk-duty best friend.
* Variation in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
-->'''Gordon:''' If we're gonna play games, I'm gonna need some coffee.\\
'''The Joker:''' ''[sarcastically]'' The old Good Cop/Bad Cop routine?\\
'''Gordon:''' Not exactly. ''[steps out]''\\
''[lights come on, revealing Batman, who grabs the Joker's head from behind and slams it into the table]''
* ''Film/GhostRider'': Two cops attempt this when interrogating Johnny, but he quickly stops them and tells them that [[GenreSavvy he's seen this on TV]]. Also (via his Ghost Rider powers) he knows that they're ''both'' good cops and compliments them for doing a very important public service.
* ''Film/MenInBlack''. When K pulls out a strange-looking HandCannon and threatens to blow a shopkeeper's head off, Jay thinks he's doing this routine and immediately starts playing the good cop... until K actually carries out this threat. Then things start [[BizarreAlienBiology getting]] [[HealingFactor weird]].
* FBI Special agents Clayton and Archer while interrogating the protagonist in a Yemeni prison in the film ''Film/{{Traitor}}''.
-->'''Clayton:''' You shouldn't have hit him.\\
'''Archer:''' Sorry, I left my copy of the Bill of Rights at home.
* Used on Brianna, the little girl, in ''Film/MysteryTeam''. They tell her they're playing pretend, and she thinks it's fun after that.
* Parodied in ''Film/TheOtherGuys'' where the good cop bad cop routine instead turns into bad cop [[CloudCuckooLander insane cop]].
* Played with, [[ForTheLulz for laughs]], in ''Film/KissKissBangBang'':
-->'''Gay Perry''': You don't get it, do you? This isn't good cop/bad cop, this is fag and New Yorker. You're in a lot of trouble.
** This is then replaced with [[IdiotHero Harry]] using FalseRoulette. [[spoiler: Harry made the mistake of putting a real bullet in the gun.]]
* Becomes a {{pun}} in ''Film/{{Robocop 2014}}''. Murphy and his partner Lewis go to confront a pair of corrupt cops. One of them smirks and asks if they're going to try the good cop/bad cop routine. Murphy sits opposite him.
-->'''Lewis:''' Wrong. Bad cop...Robocop!
* In ''Film/BadBoysII'', cop partners and best friends Mike and Marcus do a version of the bad cop worse cop bit combined with TwerpSweating to a young boy who shows up to date Marcus' daughter. Marcus starts off with the boy as an OverprotectiveDad, but things get much worse for him when Mike comes out, acting like the even more protective godfather of Marcus' daughter all while pretending to be a con who just got out of jail, waves a pistol around and points it at the kid, and briefly makes references to PrisonRape while insinuating the kid would be on the receiving end of that if he mistreats the girl at all. Suddenly Marcus seems positively sympathetic and reasonable by comparison. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMnP_zQmMLw Scene]].
* Silk (Creator/ElizaDushku) and Moss (Michael Imperioli) in ''Film/TheScribbler'' - more precisely, "good police psychologist/bad cop." Moss certainly exhibits all the negative characteristics of the trope, but the DeadpanSnarker mental patient they're grilling doesn't buy it for a second.
* ''Film/HaloNightfall'' has an impromptu but very effective variant when Locke and Aiken interrogate Axl. After Randall Aiken [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique beating the crap]] out of Axl [[TortureIsIneffective doesn't work]], Locke addresses Axl rather amicably [[CunningLinguist in his native language]], then comments that if Axl doesn't cooperate Locke can always let Randall have another go at him. Axl is quickly convinced to give them the information they need.
* ''Film/TheTake'' (1974). Billy Dee Williams' character goes to interrogate a suspect, who lampshades the trope. As a ScaryBlackMan, Williams makes some [[DissonantSerenity quietly spoken threats]] instead and the suspect breaks down; saying he was beaten by a policeman as a youth and is still traumatized by it.
* ''Series/TheGreatBritishBakeOff'': Mary and Paul, respectively (and very effectively) as a judging team. They only rarely disagree on the actual quality of a bake, but when critiquing it Paul comes across as much more brusque and insistent on the flaws, while Mary adopts a more sympathetic tone.
* ''Film/BlackPanther2018'' - Everett Ross suggests he and T'Challa do this to the captive Ulysses Klaue. T'Challa and Okoye aren't interested, preferring to let Everett question him while eavesdropping via a bug. In fact, the closest the movie gets to the routine is how they act towards ''Ross'' - Okoye visibly has no patience for him whatsoever, while T'Challa playfully tells her to rein it in.

* Played straight in Book 10 of ''Literature/TheIliad'' making it ''OlderThanDirt''. Odysseus and Diomedes were on a night raid and captured the hapless but useful Dolon. Bad cop Diomedes said to stand still or die. Good cop Odysseus said, "Fear not, let no thought of death be in your mind." It went on like that for awhile until Diomedes "struck him in the middle of his neck with his sword and cut through both sinews so that his head fell rolling in the dust while he was yet speaking."
* Parodied on and off in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series ("I get it ... 'good cop, bad cop', right?" "Well, we're a little short-staffed, so if I give you a cup of coffee, would you mind kicking yourself in the teeth?") Then again, Carrot and Vimes are the quintessential pair of cops.
* In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresTheAlsoPeople The Also People]]'', a pair of future police officers discuss what approach to take to a suspect, considering several variants that are standard in their time before settling on "standard Aristocracy drill: Good Cop, Downright Sycophantic Cop".
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'': They're about as far from being cops as you can get, but this is very much how Aziraphale and Crowley act when interviewing Mary Hodges.
* In the novel ''[[Literature/MarcusDidiusFalco The Iron Hand of Mars]]'' by Creator/LindseyDavis, Ancient Roman detective Falco and his friend Justinus are interrogating a barmaid about her missing boyfriend. She loses her temper and throws Falco out, but Justinus comforts her and she gives him the required information. Afterwards Falco mentions this technique and jokes that "the nice guy is supposed to be a fake!"
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' novel ''Horus Rising'', Warmaster Horus has his most trusted officers, his Mournivale, harshly criticize the tactics used on a planet, so that the criticism could be made while he played the peacemaker.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/OperationChaos'', the narrator is captured and questioned harshly, then offered a drink and saluted for his courage. He recognizes it and takes advantage of the breather to plan.
* In ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'', the AntiHero Case gets arrested and recognizes this technique being used by his interrogators.
* ''Literature/AnansiBoys'': WrongGenreSavvy in this case. [[spoiler:Fat Charlie is arrested for embezzlement. He's brought into the interrogation room, finds the pleasant Daisy, and says he's expecting the bad cop to come in in a few seconds. Daisy says that a: there's no bad cop, and b: she's pretty sure he's innocent.]]
* Literature/AnitaBlake and [[TheChessmaster Jean]]-[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Claude]] play good cop/bad cop respectively when Anita needs some answers from a woman who is terrified of vampires. This was entirely Jean-Claude's idea, and Anita sends him out of the room after it looks--to Anita--like he threatened to rape her.[[note]]He rubbed the woman's shoulders, whispered something into her, ear and she started shaking.[[/note]] Knowing Jean-Claude, it was probably something a little more subtle than that. Probably.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** In ''Literature/ProvenGuilty'' Agent Rick and Greene use this on Molly. Until Dresden comes in, explains the whole trope and the whole "No warrant" thing. Also, Molly's under-age.
** In ''Literature/TurnCoat'', Harry and Murphy pull a bad/worse against a suspect. In a bit of genre savvy, he had recognized the set up. In a bit of genre blindness, he thought they were pulling a good/bad.
** ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', Tilly and Rudolph are sort of pulling this. Except that they're not partners, Tilly is an FBI agent who thinks Harry is involved but doesn't think he's guilty, while Rudolph is a Chicago PD officer under orders from very scary people to delay Harry as long as possible. Consequently Rudolph starts screaming at Harry to admit it, and Harry, who has spent the past couple of ''years'' hacking off creatures scarier than his cop friend's overweight ex-husband, [[NoSell considers Rudolph a total-non-threat and finds the whole thing funny]]. Tilly eventually orders him out of the room for impeding the investigation.
** In the short story ''Last Call'', twisted and parodied. Murphy and Harry are interrogating a shopowner. Murphy is swaggering around smashing random items ("Oops") and Harry is leaning on the counter saying things like, "Now be reasonable." Murphy then mentions that ''she's'' the Good Cop here.
* ''Literature/AmericanGods'' - Shadow is being 100% truthful in his answers even before the Bad Cop gets a chance to work his magic, but the two goons interrogating him (who aren't, technically, real cops) don't believe him, so they beat the crap out of him anyway, assuming he'll change his tune after a solid kneecapping). Also, they probably don't care that he's "not talking", because they're employing TortureForFunAndInformation. They may also be playing out this trope because they're the personification of movie cops and/or [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]], so act the way they're supposed to act, rather than because it makes sense.
* In Creator/StephenFry's autobiography ''Moab Is My Washpot'', the two police officers that pick the young Stephen up for credit card fraud adopt the personae of 'nice' and 'even nicer' cop.
* Mentioned in the second ''Literature/ArtemisFowl: The Arctic Incident'', when the LEP bring in Artemis to question him about goblins using human technology. Artemis asks [[DaChief Root]] which one he is, to which Root replies "Hate to tell you this, Dorothy, [[NotInKansasAnymore but you ain't in Kansas anymore.]]" They then proceed to knock him out, and scan his retinas to see if he's ever seen the bad guys.
* In ''Literature/TheVorGame'', after being interrogated separately by Cavilo and Metzov, Miles wonders if they'd set up a classic "good-guy/bad-guy" interrogation tag team, but got their signals crossed and both of them thought that they were supposed to play the bad guy.
** In ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'', Ivan theorizes that his new in-laws Baron and Baronne Cordonah switch roles as needed. At the time Shiv (the Baron) is asking coldly civil questions of the man whose betrayal left his family trapped in an underground bunker with two of his children unaccounted for, while Udine (the Baronne) has him pinned to the wall by his neck and periodically eases off his windpipe ''just'' enough for an answer to be gasped out.
* Occurs in ''[[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy I, Jedi]]'' with Corran Horn as the good cop and Luke Skywalker as the bad cop. It works quite well, because the perp is a rogue Force-sensitive, and the "cops" have the area blanketed by a [[AntiMagic ysalamiri]]'s effect - the bluff is that Luke has disabled the perp's Force powers, and is telepathically berating Corran for coddling the prisoner. All Luke has to do is stand there glowering, and an angry Skywalker, prequels notwithstanding, is a terrifying sight indeed.
-->'''Corran:''' Just stand over there and look malevolent.\\
'''Luke:''' Malevolent?\\
'''Corran:''' Think Hutt, but with eyebrows.
* In the ''Literature/InDeath'' series, Eve Dallas regularly uses this tactic with both her former partner Feeney and her eventual partner Peabody, complete with occasional disputes about who gets to be the "bad cop" (it's almost always Eve).
* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' has the Baron Harkonnen attempt a planet-wide version of this. He would have Rabban brutally oppress the people while mining as much spice as possible, then have Feyd take his place as a more benevolent ruler.
* Used in the Literature/CircleOfMagic novel "Battle Mages". One of the protagonists, the thirteen year old girl Evy, gets captured by an invading army, and they start interrogating her for information. One of them is playing the mean bad cop, but the other seems genuinely nice, protecting her and asking her to comply for her own good. The act drops when he begins to torture her.
--> ''It was then that Evy realized [he] wasn't her friend.''
* This is referenced in W.E.B. Griffin's ''The Secret Warriors'' where two military men are talking about a situation in which one of them has been rather rough which another. The rough one explains "Police detectives have an interrogation technique, where one is a heartless sonofabitch, and another is kind, gentle, and understanding." The second guy realizes "And I'm to be the good guy, right?"
* The technique is specifically referenced in the first book of ''Literature/TheEchoCaseFiles'' series in relation to Ramirez and Tycho. Oddly, Tycho, the friendly, cheery officer tends to be bad cop.
* Swedish crime writer Mons Kallentoft pulls this trick in his series about detective inspector Malin Fors. In ''Dem Femte Årstiden'' (''The Fifth Season''), Malin leads a group of male detectives. When her BerserkButton is pressed in dealing with a sexually sadistic serial killer, she is inclined to stand back and let Waldemar Ekenberg lead the interrogation. Waldemar is a principled thug who often steps over the line when interrogating the sort of perp who ''really'' makes him feel sick. Malin has learnt to look the other way as he gets results; sometimes the merest threat of Ekenberg being given his head can crack a suspect, when her gentler by-the-book questioning meets a brick wall.
* Played shamelessly straight in ''Literature/AngelsGame'' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. The good cop, Víctor Grandes, the bad cops, his two goons Marcos and Costello, get the protagonist, David Martín, to swallow the act hook, line, and sinker. However, it's possible, though not certain, that [[spoiler:the cops don't exist at all, and are actually characters from David's pulp crime novels that he [[UnreliableNarrator inserted into his own narrative]].]] It would at least explain why Zafon, who normally creates complex, three-dimensional characters, wrote these cops as ludicrous stereotypes.
* Literature/{{Serpico}} plays this straight. A rapist is beaten up by the detectives and doesn't talk; Serpico tries a softer approach afterwards and gets the names of the other criminals. Then after arresting them, Serpico is threatened with a reprimand for not having his notebook written up, [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished unless he allows the detectives to claim the arrests]].
* ''You're Stepping on my Cloak and Dagger'' by Roger Hall. While at SpySchool the author is subject to a rigorous interrogation exercise which he apparently fails. Afterwards an instructor commiserates with him, but Hall realizes just in time that this is the real interrogation, designed to see if he'll talk when the tension is off.
* In the first ''Literature/AbleTeam'' novel, Carl "Ironman" Lyons and Rosario "[[TheSocialExpert The Politician]]" Blancanales capture three Puerto Rican teenagers working for F.A.L.N and take them to an AbandonedWarehouse. Lyons assembles a blowtorch and plays the heavy, while Blancanales tries to 'reason' with them. Afterwards...
-->"Acting like that gives me the creeps," he whispered to Blancanales. "Next time, you're the sadist."
-->"But you're so Aryan, such a monster!" Rosario joked. "I throught you'd actually fry the kid if I didn't work something out. But a soft-hearted old Latin like me...he knows too well!"

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Cersei and the small council use this trope to manipulate Sansa, with Pycelle insisting that treason must be punished while the other councillors act firm but supportive.
** Theon's temporary escape turns out to be a very twisted version of this, where Ramsay plays the Good Cop, then betrays and kills the Bad Cops as the deception leads the target to give up information the interrogator would never have thought to ask about, though it was also ForTheEvulz. Then, Ramsay reveals himself to be the Worst Cop because ItAmusedMe.
** There is no hint of it being deliberate but during Littlefinger's interrogation in "The Mountain and the Viper," Lord Royce is relentless while Lady Waynwood remains reserved and polite.
* In the ''Series/{{Good Luck Charlie}}'' episode "Teddy On Ice", Amy and Bob attempt the Good Cop/Bad Cop routine on Gabe, with Bob playing the good cop and Amy playing the bad cop. However, Gabe sees through their deception.
* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' may hold the title of longest single Good Cop Bad Cop sequence. The Emmy Award winning episode "Three Men And Adena" is literally a single, forty-five minute long episode set in an interrogation room, with the two main cops taking on the necessary personas.
* ''Series/TheWire'':
** Herc and Carver have arrested Bodie for the first time, and they plan to play this totally straight with Herc playing the bad cop. So Carver goes in first and tries to bond with Bodie over their shared rough backgrounds. Bodie looks as though he's about to confess...and then tells Carver to do something unpleasant. ''Carver'' starts beating Bodie, prompting "Bad Cop" Herc to rush in and stop him.
--->'''Bodie:''' You supposed to be the good cop, dumb motherfucka!
** Then you have Bird's interrogation, which starts with Kima trying to get him to make a deal while Bird [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain shouts an endless stream of anti-lesbian abuse]] at her. Daniels eventually has [=McNulty=] ([[CowboyCop of all people]]) go in too just to make sure "Kima doesn't cut his ass." [=McNulty=] plays the role of good cop by simply getting them all to sit in sullen silence until the police lab brings backs some results on Bird's gun. When the results are in, Bird goes right back to his abuse. Now thoroughly tired of Bird, a whole group of of detectives [[PoliceBrutality come into the room to beat a confession out of Bird]], who happens to be handcuffed at the time.
* Lampshaded on ''Series/TheMentalist''. After Lisbon is injured (by one of Jane's stunts), CBI boss Hightower joins Jane in the field. When they are going to question a suspect, he asks her if she's going to be bad cop. She replies that she will do what she always does. Jane says that's exactly what he meant.
* In the ''Series/BlackBooks'' episode "The Black-Out", Manny has stayed up all night drinking espresso and watching ''Series/TheSweeney'', and [[IdentityAmnesia believes himself to be a copper]]. When he finds himself in a police station, mistaken for a genuine copper, he is cajoled into assisting in an interrogation, and asked to play the part of the Good Cop. Slightly misunderstanding what this involves, he ends up being rather too nice, making ''non sequiturs'' like "You've got lovely eyes" and "Why don't I go out and get us all some crispy duck?" This unsettles the perp, so the genuine policeman decides to leave Manny to continue the interrogation alone. As soon as he leaves, Manny falls to his knees and admits to the perp that he isn't a real copper, he's "just had too much coffee", and begs the perp to help him get out of the situation. This further unsettles the criminal, who cracks and says that he'll talk to "the other guy", as long as Manny goes away. As a result of this confession, the genuine policeman tells Manny that he's one of the best officers that he's ever served with.
* In ''Series/TheMeetingPlaceCannotBeChanged'', the suspect points out that he's familiar with the trope from literature, as well as the psychological reasons this works in real life even if the suspect ''is'' familiar with it. As expected, it does work, after a fashion - possibly because the Good Cop ''does'' like the suspect and the Bad Cop ''does'' loathe him.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}''
** When Gibbs and Fornell are talking to a suspect, Kate asks if it they're doing Bad Cop, Scary Cop.
** In "Doppelganger", when he and his civilian counterpart grill a guy, the man's lawyer sarcastically asks, "What is this? "Bad Cop, Bad Cop"?"
** They've also used the phrase Bad Cop, Stupid Cop when Gibbs was trying to bluff out a confession...
** One memorable example is when Gibbs and Tony team up to get a confession from a teenage suspect. Tony plays bad cop, Gibbs plays good cop. The suspect won't meet Tony's eyes, and starts smiling at Gibbs... then Gibbs suddenly turns into a bad cop as well. The suspect breaks down soon after.
** Gibbs and Vance also play this when they interrogate Ziva (and later Malachi ben Gidon) about a massacre aboard the ship ''Damocles''. Vance is direct and borderline ruthless in his questioning -- and he's the ''good'' cop. Gibbs is, well, ''Gibbs''. (And how appropriate it is that the episode in question is called "Good Cop, Bad Cop".)
** In another episode, Tony and [=McGee=] are interrogating a suspect who conspired with a terrorist and murdered a marine captain. When Tony gets in his face about how pissed-off he is, the suspect tries to invoke the "good cop" half of this trope by asking [=McGee=] to step in. [=McGee=]'s response: "You're on your own."
* ''Series/AlienNation'':
** George Francisco (alien-American cop) threatens to toss an informant off a roof. His partner balks, claiming it's ''his'' turn to throw the perp -- Francisco got to do it last time!
** ''Alien Nation'' has fun with this: Usually, if the suspect was a human, Sykes (the human detective) would play good cop while George was the bad cop. If the suspect was Tenctonese (the alien species of which George was a member), than they would do the opposite with George as the good cop and Sykes as the bad cop. Finally, if a suspect was a Purist (a xenophobic group of humans with genocidal inclinations) they'd play bad cop/worse cop with Sykes as the bad cop and George as the worse cop.
* In ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'':
** A generic cop is interrogating a suspect. Walker comes in and the suspect asks if it is good cop/bad cop; Walker says yes, but informs him that the generic cop (who'd already gotten rough with the suspect) was the good cop, and then breaks the table in half.
** Another episode has an on-the-spot Good Cop/Bad Cop routine in a chop-shop. The girl playing the role of "bad cop" threatens to call on the talents of the crooks' blowtorch. They crack pretty fast after that.
* Xander and Anya carry this to absurd extremes while interrogating Andrew on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* In ''Series/TheBill'', an officer goes Bad Cop on a suspect. When he leaves the room after getting what he wants, Jo Masters comments that she didn't think they did that any more.
* From one of Creator/DavidLetterman's shows: Dave and Paul are Good Cop, Good Cop. "One of them plays by the rules. The other one... also plays by the rules." They aren't very effective.
* They have a game like this on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', where Colin and Ryan play two ex-cops who apply the Good Cop/Bad Cop routine on their new job (such as dishwasher repairmen), and HilarityEnsues.
-->'''Ryan (Good Cop)''': Just between the two of us... you don't think you might have ''overloaded'' it, do you?
* In ''Series/VeronicaMars'', Keith Mars and Sheriff Lamb pull this off at least once, with Keith being the classical good cop and Lamb, the bad one. Veronica and Keith also use this, with Keith as the bad cop, to get information from a hotel employee.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'' the perp refers to the two cops as "good cop, demented cop" after Randy acts more of an idiot than normal.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' often does this with interrogations with Gwen as the good cop and Jack as the bad cop.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "The Deadly Assassin", Castellan Spandrell (good cop) and Commander Hilred (bad cop) use what the Doctor calls the "hot and cold technique" on him.
* ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' frequently plays with this:
** On ''Series/LawAndOrder'' Ed Green's first episode sees him grab a suspect and pin him to the wall before Briscoe calls him off. They go outside, and Briscoe chews Green out for being too rough with the suspect; ''he wasn't acting''.
** ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' plays this straight quite often, but they also play with it from time to time. Typically Elliot is the bad cop (being known for his anger issues and crimes-against-children BerserkButton), but almost as often he'll go in as the good cop, sympathizing with a misogynist rapist-type. Pretty much every cop on the force is capable of playing either type.
** On ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', Goren and Eames love to play this, switching roles as needed. Eames's bad cop is often a StrawFeminist, while Goren's is a textbook case of BrooklynRage (complete with exaggerated accent).
** ''Series/LawAndOrderUK''. Matt and Ronnie would often alternate these roles and play them to varying degrees, sometimes within the course of a single interrogation, depending on the situation and/or what kind of a person they were dealing with.
*** Several subversions have them playing ''both'' roles--in "Vice", they're both very gentle and supportive of a young prostitute suspected of murder, while in "Samaritan", they both grill an officer suspected of leaving his partner to die (and they put a nice twist on it by letting the guy--and the viewer-- think that Matt will be the "Good Cop" by having him initially sit silently while Ronnie browbeats him).
*** Matt's short-tempered replacement Sam Casey took the latter role without any prompting, but ''his'' replacement Joe Hawkins seemed to like alternating with Ronnie much like Matt did.
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'' : in order to interrogate a german bandit who does not speak English, one of the Schwenke sisters openly seduces him to make him feel comfortable... until the other sister comes in and kick the crap out of him!
* Sone in an episode of ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' in which Don teaches Dick to be a cop. First Dick is good cop and Don is bad cop. Then they switch places, but they don't stop there. Instead, they ''both'' do bad cop and finally both do good cop. This, by the way, is all done on the same (very confused) suspect. At the end, Don explains that this experiment proves that good cop/bad cop is the only viable combination
** In another episode, Tommy and Sally pull this trick on a frightened neighborhood kid. They're trying to find the kid that egged their house, and the duo pull off the technique surprisingly well, for aliens. Sally, of course, is the bad cop.
* Referred to in ''Series/TheShield''. When a suspected pedophile isn't confessing as to where he's hiding his latest victim, Captain Aceveda pulls Detectives Wyms and Wagenbach off the case and instead calls in notorious badass cop Vic Mackey. The perp asks 'What is this, good cop and bad cop'. Mackey replies 'Good cop and bad cop left for the day. I'm a different kind of cop' and proceeds to beat the living hell out of the perp.
* Played for laughs in the British sketch show ''Series/{{Absolutely}}''. Two cops are interrogating a suspect, they can remember one is supposed to be nice but cannot remember the other part and so try a number of combinations including 'nice & flirty', 'nice & shy', 'nice & clumsy' and 'nice & forgetful'. When they eventually remember, they explain that neither of them are any good at being the bad one, so they get in a [[DastardlyWhiplash Victorian melodrama villain]] dressed as a Bow Street Runner.
* Parodied in the short-lived ''Andy Barker P.I.''. Trying to find his daughter's toy which has gone missing, a veteran detective tells Andy that he suspects a kid. After school, the veteran roughs the kid up and shouts at him, only to turn to Andy and say "OK, now you be bad cop".
* Mocked in ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Hungry" when the GenreSavvy suspect, who, indeed, is a man-eating monster, calls Mulder on his supernatural-slanted inquisition.
-->'''Robert "Rob" Roberts''': I'm sorry, but this is just good cop, insane cop.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. Baltar uses this technique as a means of helping Gina, a raped and tortured Cylon prisoner in the custody of the Cylon-hating Admiral Cain. He pretends to Cain that his efforts to feed, clothe and comfort Gina are merely an attempt to break down her resistance through kindness, after the harsh methods of her previous interrogators failed. And in "Taking A Break From All Your Worries", Roslin and Adama try this on Dr. Baltar, first the "stick" (pretending they're going to throw him out the airlock, then drug interrogation) and then the "carrot" - sending in nice guy Gaeta to get his confidence. Unfortunately that doesn't work either as Baltar is too smart to fall for it and flips out, provoking Gaeta into [[ThePenIsMightier stabbing him in the neck with a pen]].
* Chief Johnson on ''Series/TheCloser'' is an unparalleled master of the Good Cop role, liberally mixed with a Ditz Cop act. Her Bad Cop counterpart is often a federal agent whose authority she's taking advantage of, or a political rival on the L.A.P.D., meaning Brenda's stringing along her ally as well as the perpetrator.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'':
** Played for laughs. No one's actually a cop...
--->'''Josh Lyman:''' Good cop, bad cop. I'm the good cop. The four of you are the bad cops. Will, what are you?\\
'''Will Bailey:''' Bad cop.\\
'''Josh Lyman:''' Danny, what are you?\\
'''Danny Concannon:''' Bad cop.\\
'''Josh Lyman:''' Toby, what are you?\\
'''Toby Ziegler:''' Hurry up.\\
'''Josh Lyman:''' Charlie, what are you?\\
'''Charlie Young:''' I love Zoey and I must have her back.\\
'''Josh Lyman:''' The bad cop, thats right.
** Josh attempts it on another occasion (where it's also being PlayedForLaughs) but is quickly stopped in his tracks by Toby:
--->'''Josh:''' We're going to do good cop/bad cop.\\
'''Toby:''' No, we're really not.\\
'''Josh:''' Why not?\\
'''Toby:''' Because this isn't an episode of ''Series/HawaiiFiveO''!
** Also played straight in season 7, with President Bartlet as good cop, and President-Elect Santos as bad cop, in getting the Russians and Chinese to settle their dispute in Kazakhstan.
* Averted in ''Series/TheThickOfIt''. The EvilDuo of Malcolm and Jamie has been referred to as a Bad Cop/Bad Cop double-act.
-->'''Ollie''' to Jamie: When I met you this morning, I thought you were the nice Scot!
** Referenced by Nicola Murray in a later scene: while being "gang-bollocked" by Malcolm and Steve Fleming, she calls them "Good Cock/Bad Cock" respectively.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Necessary Evil", Sisko and Odo get information out of Rom this way.
** Though Odo, with his fanatical loyalty to justice, can play both parts all by himself at the same time. If he promises you to let you off easy and protect you, he will do it without question, but he's also scary enough that you have no doubt he would do exactly what he threatens if you don't cooperate.
** The Cardassian "[[KangarooCourt justice system]]" uses this at the trial itself. Instead of an actual defense attorney, the accused (who has already been found guilty and sentenced to death) is assigned a "public conservator" who functions as the Good Cop, while the arbiter acts as the Bad Cop (and no, there's no jury).
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. In "Precious Cargo" Captain Archer pulls this stunt on an alien kidnapper (his partner has taken off in a spaceship with Trip Tucker). Archer convinces the alien that T'Pol is a ruthless 'judicial administrator' appointed by the Vulcans to enforce discipline on Enterprise.
-->'''Archer''': If you're late for your shift you might receive a beating. But for more grievous offenses, dereliction of duty, conduct unbecoming an officer... we started out with eighty-three crewmen on board. We're down to seventy-six.
** T'Pol then enters the room in formal robes and asks some sinister questions about the alien's height, weight, and possible "post-mortem rituals", whereupon Archer tells the now-panicking alien that he might be able to get her to show "leniency" if he's seen to be co-operative...
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''
** In “Living Witness”, a historian shows a grossly-inaccurate portrayal of the Voyager crew as militaristic thugs. The Good Cop was Chakotay. The Bad Cop was ''Harry Kim''. Both are the two nicest characters on the real Voyager.
** In another instance, in "Equinox", Janeway and Chakotay are interrogating a crewmember of the ''Equinox'', a Starfleet ship whose crew has been killing aliens in order to power their ship. Janeway wants the crewmember to give her the tactical status of the ''Equinox'''s captain, Ransom. She threatens to lower the shields in the room, which would allow the aliens an opening to get through and attack the man, while she and Chakotay leave the room. The crewmember demonstrates his familiarity with this trope, looking at Chakotay and asking "I suppose the plan is that you're going to come to my rescue now, right?" Chakotay, however, admits that "There's no plan as far as I know. The Captain's on her own." When the crewman continues not to talk, Janeway and Chakotay leave the room and Janeway proceeds to do just what she said she was going to do, shocking Chakotay, who thought she was only bluffing. (The crewmember does crack, but not before being badly spooked.)
** Subverted in "Critical Care". Security chief Tuvok is playing bad cop when Neelix enters and insists on feeding the prisoner. However he's a LethalChef...
* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', where Robert tries this technique ''by himself''. He attempted to play ''both'' the good cop and the bad cop, switching between roles. To top it all off, he was trying to interrogate his brother and his father.
-->'''Ray:''' What are you doing?\\
'''Robert:''' Good Cop/Bad Cop. It's taking me longer 'cause there's only one of me.
* Michael and company from ''Series/BurnNotice'' have had to do this a few times when interrogating people. Perhaps most amusingly, on one occasion they had to use Fiona as the good cop that a female suspect can sympathize with. They like playing with this too, on another occasion Michael actually states their roles of Bad Cop, Worse Cop, Hammer. HilarityEnsues.
** On one occasion they have to interrogate an assassin. She beats her own head on the table to show they can't torture her. Jesse stops her, and Mike angrily drags him out of the room. Jesse says he did the right thing, and Michael calmly agrees. But now Jesse is [[FakeDefector the Good Cop she can manipulate into helping her because his boss doesn't respect him]].
* ''Series/KeenEddie'': Eddie and Monty play Good Cop, Bad Cop with boxer Jimmy Fishkin, who gets the same treatments from his criminal bosses.
* Parodied in ''Series/RoboCopTheSeries'' when Robo and Madigan have two suspects who won't talk. The cops glance at each other, Robo gets "angry", Madigan says it's "the worst glitch she's ever seen!", tries to "talk Robo out of it", and tells the criminals that the only way to stop him is to tell him the truth. Remember, Robocop has a built-in lie detector. All this did was save them some time.
-->'''[=RoboCop=]:''' ''[punches scenery]'' '''Dismember mode.'''
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS1E20TheScienceOfIllusion The Science of Illusion]]" Annie and Shirley can't quite keep this straight between them.
** To clarify, both Annie and Shirley end up trying to out CowboyCop the other, after being told they're too uptight. Abed, deciding that only good can come from this, follows them [[PassThePopcorn with a bag of popcorn]]. He later gets to act as DaChief after the two mess up.
** Even better, two seasons later he and the others engage in one long AffectionateParody of Franchise/LawAndOrder ("[[Recap/CommunityS3E17BasicLupineUrology Basic Lupine Urology]]":). That time, Jeff and Annie switch between Good Lawyer and Bad Lawyer, (PlayedForDrama), Shirley channels DaChief (from watching crime shows for 15 years), and Abed plays Good Cop to Troy's Bad Cop.
-->'''Abed''': Hey, hey. Forget him, he's the bad cop, he's stressful. But me, I'm a good cop, you can trust me.
-->'''Star-Burns''': Okay, well--hey, I'm not falling for that! And you got nothing on me! And I don't have to stay here 'cause you're not cops!
** [[UpToEleven And then they switch]].
-->'''Troy:''' Sorry about my partner. He's been on edge ever since we switched.
* Good Cop/Bad Cop is a common game on the sports talk show ''Series/PardonTheInterruption''. "Officers" Kornheiser and Wilbon will often don police outfits and debate the merits of a particular sports issue.
* Lina and Abby even lampshade the use of this in ''Series/AgainstTheWall'' when they interrogate a summons officer accused of stalking his therapist.
* Parodied in a ''Series/MadTV'' skit where the suspect immediately sees through the good cop/bad cop ploy, forcing the cops to get creative with things like Jackie Gleason cop/Ricardo Montalban cop.
* On ''Series/MurderSheWrote'', Sheriff Metzger, a former New York cop, once attempted this gambit with a suspect, but his deputy was a bit confused; he accidentally told the suspect that Metzger was the bad cop, after Metzger warned the suspect that his deputy was the bad cop.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** In "Lessons Learned", Gideon invokes this technique as a way of finally breaking down the [=UnSub=]. He notes that since the CIA had already roughed him up, he thought that by being the nice guy and allowing the [=UnSub=] his daily prayers that he would open up to him. [[spoiler:It worked.]]
** In "Bloodline", Hotch (bad cop) and Prentiss (good cop) play off each other very well while interrogating an [=UnSub=]. Which can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wQpShRp8eI here]].
* Parodied in one Russ Abbot sketch, when a suspect sees two policemen entering the room, and immediately asks which one's the good cop and which one's the bad cop. They both beat him up, to which his response is "Oh! ''Two'' good cops!"
* Toyed with on ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' in an example of "Bad Spy/Worse Spy". In a Season 2 episode, Casey is interrogating a witness under their protection, who proves to be uncooperative and only wants to speak with Chuck, whom he (mistakenly) believes beat up the thugs threatening him. Casey then proceeds to set ''Chuck'' up as the "bad cop" to ensure the witness's full and undivided cooperation. Played completely for laughs, especially Chuck's expression as he smashes a paper cup to "intimidate" the witness.
* In the season fifth episode "Into the Breech" of ''Series/{{JAG}}'', when Bud and Gunny go to the ex-wife of an old sailor they're looking for to testify at a hearing, Gunny says to Bud that they should approach it as good cop and bad cop to obtain a positive result.
-->'''Gunny''': Lieutenant, we play Mutt and Jeff. Do you wanna be good cop or bad cop?
-->'''Bud''': Well, uh, let's see.
-->'''Gunny''': Good cop. Absolutely.
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', when negotiating with hostile aliens, Daniel often takes the role of Good Cop while Jack is the Bad Cop. However in later series, after he'd taken [[TookALevelInBadass multiple levels in badass]], Daniel is far more likely to play Bad Cop instead.
* Ramsay Snow uses this technique on Theon in ''Series/GameOfThrones'', casting himself as the good cop after Theon has been tortured by the 'bad cop' random Bolton mooks. Ramsay goes so far as to [[BadBoss kill five of his own men]] just to keep the ruse going until he reveals himself to be the ''worst'' cop. Theon quickly spills a load of information that Ramsay uses later as ammunition against him, but this is incidental; Ramsay isn't interested in Theon's information, [[MindRape only his suffering]].
* Comedy version in ''Series/BetterOffTed'', where Veronica and Linda use this routine to coerce employees into giving to their charity donation drive.
* In ''Series/{{Homeland}}'', Carrie and Quinn use this on [[spoiler: Brody]] in season 2. After Carrie attempts to connect, Quinn takes over for a minute before suddenly going berserk and ''[[ImpaledPalm stabbing the prisoner's hand]]''. Carrie, understandably, storms in and retakes control. Quinn's anger vanishes the second he steps outside and Saul realizes it was just 'theater'. 'Good cop needs a bad cop.'
** When [[spoiler: Brody was]] broken by Abu Nazir, this was largely how (in a more extreme and long term version involving torture). Abu Nazir set himself up as the Good Cop with the rest of his cell as the Bad Cop. [[spoiler: Though the reason that Brody turned was mostly about Issa.]]
* The titular protagonists in ''Series/SapphireAndSteel''. In all their interactions with humans, Sapphire plays Good Cop and Steel Bad Cop. This is implied to be partly deliberate and partly just their natural personalities.
* In ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' the title characters refer to this game as "push or shove?" when deciding who should play bad cop and who should play good cop. Starsky complains that he's tired and that Hutch should play bad cop this time when shaking up a snitch. In another episode, they do a far more elaborate number on an assault-and-battery suspect, with Starsky throwing a giant (fake) tantrum in the interrogation room before storming out, so that Hutch can, with great kindness and concern, comfort the suspect and spin a yarn about how the last time Starsky got this mad "they almost threw him off the force, but then at the last minute, the guy managed to pull through."
* Deputies Jones and Garcia were going to invoke this trope in ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'' with a suspect they had in custody... that is until Garcia slipped up and called it [[FreudianSlip "Good Cop Black Cop"]], understandably pissing off Jones.
* ''Series/TheManFromUncle''. When our heroes do this to a pretty girl who accidentally stumbles into UNCLE headquarters in "The Mad Mad Tea Party Affair", Kuryakin complains that he's been typecast as the bad guy, while Solo gets to be the sympathetic shoulder for her to cry on.
* In ''Series/RaisingHope'', Burt and Virginia have developed their own version, Bad Cop/Sad Cop, used for everything from convincing Jimmy to babysit Maw Maw, to getting out of parking tickets (fourth season episode "Adoption"). It starts with Virginia threatening the subject with "I will bust you down from star witness/meter maid/checking credentials to loser-who-rents-the-movie-Witness/regular maid/checking-urinal-cakes!", and then spitting out the side of her mouth, and is then followed by Burt spinning a terrible, sad, pathetic story - "you can't turn off our gas. This rotisserie chicken is barely cooked; if we eat it, we'll ''die''."/"I lost my job, my dog died, my best friend didn't make it back from the war... on obesity" - while pretending to be on the verge of tears. Apparently it works.
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' in 'Civilized Lies'. Mac is angry and aggressive, and Flack comes in and is nicer, and the perp even asks if it's this trope.
* Doug and Carey try this when buying a new car on ''Series/TheKingOfQueens''. Doug plays Good Cop while Carey plays Bad Cop. When Doug gushes over the car, Carey announces "I wanna take a sledgehammer to this piece of crap." Doug then tells her in private "You're supposed to be Bad Cop, not... ''Gestapo!''"
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. As the Winchester brothers are often ImpersonatingAnOfficer they sometimes play this while interviewing witnesses, with the more caring Sam as good cop. However in Season Six, Sam loses his soul turning him into a callous sociopath. He therefore naturally falls into the bad cop role, as only Dean has the required empathy.
** In "Time After Time", Dean time-travels back to 1944 and finds himself working with [[Film/TheUntouchables Elliot Ness]]. A bookie is hauled in for questioning and Dean slugs him right away, assuming that's what Ness would do. Ness gives him a disapproving look (the bookie is much smaller than Dean) then portrays Dean as a ShellShockedVeteran just back from the war in Europe. The GenreSavvy Dean effortlessly slips into the bad cop role while Ness plays good cop.
** PlayedForLaughs in "Hunteri Heroici" where [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Castiel]] starts SuddenlyShouting when interviewing the upset widow of the VictimOfTheWeek.
-->'''Castiel:''' What? I was being Bad Cop.
-->'''Dean:''' You were being [[RabidCop bad everything]].
** In "Goodbye Stranger", Castiel opens an interrogation by shoving an angel blade through a demon's palm. After screaming appropriately the demon snarls, "I thought angels were supposed to be the good cops." Although rather shocked by Castiel's behaviour, Dean does not accept the role of good cop and tells the demon, "Think he's the only bad cop in this room?"
* ''Series/Lucifer2016'' is the ultimate Bad Cop, able to reduce any suspect to screaming in terror whenever he reveals his true form with burning red eyes.
-->'''Lucifer Morningstar:''' I do have a business to run, Detective. I can't play "good cop - handsome devil cop" ''all'' the time!
* From the ''Series/RushHour'' TV series:
-->'''Lee:''' (Let's) do "Good Cop, Black Cop"
-->'''Carter:''' It's "Good Cop, Chinese Cop Who Shuts Up Cop". It's racist the way you say it.
* In the ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'' episode "V for Victory", Kluge attempts to gain the confidence of a young suspect this way, recruiting SS officer Reinicke to be the Bad Cop. It doesn't go according to plan.
* Averted in Series/DrakeAndJosh in the episode "The Gary Grill" when Drake and Josh accidentally sold stolen grills since in the interrogation room both cops happened to be bad.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'':
** Played with in "Red Queen". The interrogation of the missing security guard is initially an apparent reverse of the Good Cop/Bad Cop formula but quickly becomes Bad Cop/Worse Cop when the security guard insults the police to Barnes's face. Bullock wastes no time lampshading this sudden shift to Bad Cop/Worse Cop.
--->'''Bullock''': I thought ''I'' was supposed to be the Bad Cop?
** In "Smile Like You Mean It", the Bad Cop/Worse Cop game is played against a traitor on the force, with Bullock reprising his role as Bad Cop, and Gordon playing Worse Cop due to Barnes being long incapacitated since the last game of Bad Cop/Worse Cop. Bonus points for a hefty helping of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor, as the traitor had just told them it'd have been at least more interesting if they played against type.
--->'''Gordon''': You know what? You're right. ''[cue the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique]''
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has a straight performance of Bad Cop/Worse Cop in "The Patriot" when Talbot is interrogating a HYDRA lone wolf who managed to survive the final devastation of HYDRA. Talbot leaves to get a hammer and comes back with Simmons. Three seasons before, she would've been most likely to play the Good Cop, but having done an undercover stint with HYDRA in the second season she proves herself capable of inflicting psychological terror more unbearable than any physical pain Talbot could inflict, beginning with [[spoiler:Aida's severed head in an icebox]].
* ''Series/HomicideHunter'': Lt. Joe Kenda likes to take the ''first'' role when questioning suspects (surprising, as it's a complete 180 from his persona). He's found that people are more likely to slip up and say something incriminating--or confess outright--if they think that he's on their side.
* ''Series/{{Hunter}}'': Before interrogating someone, [=DeeDee McCall=] (a short FairCop) insists that she be allowed to play "bad cop" despite Hunter's (tall, middle-aged) claims that he's usually the "bad cop" in these situations for a reason. The perp immediately sees through the act and tells them to get lost, so she upgrades to breaking in his door and threatening him with a baseball bat.
* In an episode of ''Series/InspectorRex'', Marc tells a man he's interrogating that he's the good cop here, and when asked about who the bad cop is, he points to Rex.
* ''Series/BlueBloods'' gives us Danny as the "Bad Cop" with his partner (or sometimes Erin) filling the "Good Cop" role.
* Lt. Joe Kenda of ''Series/HomicideHunter'' typically takes on the first role in interrogations, even though it's the complete opposite of his personality. He states that people are more likely to incriminate themselves or confess outright if they think he's on their side. Even with crimes involving children (his BerserkButton), he's gotten numerous people to admit to what they did by assuring them, "I know you didn't mean to do it." and pretending to understand their feelings.

* Mentioned in Saxon's "Slow Lane Blues", after the song's protagonist is caught by cops from speeding:
-->They took me to the side and gave me some grief
-->Said I was crazy I couldn't believe
-->Good cop bad cop they played the routine
-->They took away my car I tossed them the keys

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', pairs of [[SecretPolice Internal Security]] agents were assigned to carry out this trope, complete with a detailed script ("good cop leaves to go get the perp a drink, bad cop comes in and shoves the perp around", etc.). Then, due to budget cuts, both roles got assigned to the ''same'' agent - but the script never got changed, leading to some ''very'' confused perps.
* In ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'' the Coordinated Interrogation talent allows two Acolytes to work together on an interrogation, getting a bonus to the roll. Of course, given the [[CrapsackWorld nature of the setting]] this is more likely to be Bad Cop, Worse Cop.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* CIA agents Gordon and Whistler use this technique when interrogating Sergeant Blackburn in ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}''; Gordon acts calm and implores Black to take his time and give the best explanation possible, while Whistler repeatedly hounds him with accusations and insults.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Lt. Boyd, playing the "passive-aggressive, sarcastic cop" hires you to be her "bad cop" and help interrogate a captured centurion from Caesar's Legion. She wants you, [[LoopholeAbuse a civilian contractor unhindered by the NCR's pesky "proper treatment of [=POWs=]" laws]], to [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique beat the crap out of him until he cracks]], but with a little smarts you can get the centurion to sing without even touching him, netting a better reward.
** Or, if you are playing as siding with the Legion, you can help him commit suicide (like he was supposed to when captured) or escape.
* FBI agent Norman Jayden and police lieutenant Carter Blake respectively from ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' tend to have this dynamic when facing suspects together - which is just about every time, seeing as they work together for most of the game despite the fact that they seem to loathe each other. In fact, two achievements in the game obtainable in one of Norman's chapters are called "Good Cop" and "Bad Cop," the former obtained by stopping Blake during an [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique interrogation done his way]] and the latter by [[KickTheDog encouraging him]].
* In a LetsPlay of ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2'', the protagonist attempts a GoodCopBadCop routine on the Sullustan mechanic on Dantooine. Things go a bit wrong, however, mainly because his "good cop" happens to be ''[[KillerRobot HK]]-[[SociopathicHero 47]]''.
* Cole Phelps and his partners in ''VideoGame/LANoire''. Cole himself could play both roles at once depending on how you interact with witnesses and suspects. The HD remaster renames the dialogue choices from "Truth, Doubt, Lie" to "Good Cop, Bad Cop, Accuse".
* Thane's loyalty mission in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' gives the player the option of whether to be the good cop or the bad cop while interrogating Elias Kelham. Humorously, you can choose to be the good cop and then beat the guy within an inch of his life while Thane just sort of stands there (there was apparently supposed to be a proper good cop route, but it didn't make it in).
** You can also smack him around a few times, and then say you and Thane are ''both'' the good cop, with the real bad cop outside.
-->'''Thane:''' I say we let him in, Elias doesn't need fingers to talk.
** There's an alternative (provided that you have the Renegade score for it) -- just scare the ever-living shit out of him, causing the remainder of the interrogation to proceed incredibly smoothly and last about 30 seconds:
-->'''Shepard:''' My name is Shepard. I'm a Spectre.
-->'''Kelham:''' Prove it.
-->[''Shepard draws his/her gun and presses it against the criminal's face'']
-->'''Shepard:''' I don't have to prove anything. Spectres are above the law. Are we clear?
-->'''Kelham:''' [--...crystal...--]
-->''(a while later)''
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Thane]]:''' That may go down in history as the shortest interrogation ever.
** At a certain point in ''[[{{DLC}} Citadel]]'', Kaidan or Garrus will lament not being able to use the good cop/bad cop routine they respectively planned.
** In one of Liara's "non-critical correspondence" files, two Alliance interrogators are warming up to start this routine on a captured Cerberus phantom... and then [[CyanidePill she triggers her]] [[YourHeadAsplode ocular nerve flashbang]].
* ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'': The eponymous duo tried to pull this one while interrogating Jimmy Two-Teeth [[JustifiedTutorial in the first puzzle]] of ''Culture Shock'' (Sam is the good cop, Max is the bad one). While they aren't interrogating, usually when you can choose if the one talking is Sam or Max, Sam tries to be helpful somehow (or at least have some tact) while Max just says whatever is on his twisted mind. Since the games are puzzle-based, this usually backfires unless you think carefully.
* In the iOS game ''VideoGame/LaytonBrothersMysteryRoom'', the title protagonist (though close to {{Deuteragonist}} ) is both of [[SplitPersonality these in one character ]] (with the "bad cop" bordering on RabidCop during the interrogation portion). It turns out [[spoiler: [[JekyllAndHyde the "bad cop" is actually Alfendi's real personality while his more pleasant side was a mask created]] by [[DirtyCop Justin Lawson]] [[{{Brainwashed}} through hypnosis]] ]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Angel Starr from the [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney first game]]'s fifth case is a former detective who was known as the "Cough-up Queen" for her ability to squeeze information out of suspects. It's implied that the reason for her effectiveness was that she could do this routine ''by herself'', using [[GoodEyesEvilEyes colored contacts]] and PeekABangs to flip between inviting and threatening.
** In ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'' Phoenix Wright comments his newly hired junior lawyer Athena Cykes is "like good cop, bad cop all rolled into one". This is a pretty accurate description, with her being kind, rather caring and considerate of people's feelings and what they're going through, but also being quick to anger, not above hurting people (with slaps mostly) and using underhanded tactics to get information, as well as asking Apollo if she can go and "ring his neck", in regards to a witness.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQdotiYUJdE two cops fighting inside the helicopter]] in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheDarksideDetective'', in a rare moment of self-awareness, [=McQueen=]'s dimwitted partner Dooley describes [=McQueen=] and himself as "good-cop, how-is-this-guy-still-a-cop".

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': In Episode 1, Ruby's introduced saving a Dust shopkeeper from Dust thieves before she herself is saved by the Huntress, Glynda. Glynda takes her to an interrogation room where she dresses the teenager down for her brave, but foolhardy, behaviour until Ruby is squirming at being in trouble. It turns out this is a set-up for her "good cop" partner... who arrives bearing cookies for Ruby to wolf down then holds a very friendly conversation about her weapon, skills and goals in life. It turns out to be a recruitment scout. After seeing Ruby in action, the prestigious Beacon Academy has decided to take her on two years early. The "good cop" was the headmaster himself and Glynda is his right-hand... teacher.
* Discussed in one of the "Junior Detectives" skits in ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'', in which Neptune complains that he never gets to be bad cop, and Sun says he's just not cut out for the role. He's right, too - when they try to interrogate Nora and accuse her of eating all the pancakes, she manages to switch things around until it's Sun and Nora yelling at Neptune until ''he'' confesses.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Audience}}'' Day is an exhausted optimist with insomnia and First is an implacably austere authoritarian that never sleeps, literally. Together, [[TheyFightCrime they fight crime]].
%%* ''Webanimation/CyanideAndHappiness'' animated short, "[[http://www.explosm.net/show/episode/64/interrogation/autoplay The Interrogation]]".

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/NoNeedForBushido'', a captured soldier confesses before even being questioned after he hears a GoodCopBadCop discussion going on outside the door before the protagonists come in the room.
-->'''Ken:''' What?!! You're sending Wataro in? How come I don't get to interrogate him?\\
'''Ina:''' Because you'll ''kill'' him.\\
'''Ken:''' Yeah, so?
* ''Calamities of Nature'' points out that God is performing the [[http://www.calamitiesofnature.com/archive/?c=318 ultimate good cop/bad cop routine]].
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Gil and Bang prove adept at manipulating people by Bang [[PsychoForHire repeatedly and loudly talking about killing everyone]], and Gil [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure holding her back]]. This helps underline the seriousness of the situation when Gil goes bad too. Not that they're doing this on purpose.
--->'''Footnote:''' Both Bangladesh and Gilgamesh would have been distressed to read the field reports that assessed the two of them as being an excellent team. It had certainly kept the Baron from sleeping for several nights.
** Apparently Bangladesh and the Baron used to do this [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20150401 as well]]. Bangladesh always wanted to kill prisoners, the Baron would stop her which encouraged people to surrender.
** On the other hand, the circus folk fool ''them'' by playing Good Perp Bad Perp. Pix plays the xenophobic peasant trying to grift anyone who comes by--even if that person has the authority to shoot her. Abner plays her level-headed boyfriend who steps in and tells the truth before she gets, you know, ''shot''. It works beautifully.
--->'''Gil:''' What the--they tricked me! Father, they tricked me!\\
'''Klaus:''' Am I supposed to feel ''better'' because the heir to my empire was tricked--''BY A PACK OF '''CARNIES!?'''''
* Two police sergeants, Spears and Samu, attempt to get Dr. Piper Kaufmann to spill her guts in ''{{Webcomic/Intragalactic}}'' by using the time-tested "girl cop, boy cop".
-->'''Spears:''' All right, pigeon - are ya gonna talk, or do I have to '''ovulate''' again?
-->'''Samu:''' Please, miss, do what she wants! My penis can't hold her back forever!
* In ''Webcomic/TheOtherGreyMeat'', Karl and Chuck interrogate Sylene about the murder of a Category One Zombie. Chuck starts nice, Karl immediately goes aggressive.[[spoiler:Karl isn't really trying to be part of the interrogation, he just wants his TOGM fries back, and Chuck looks surprised at his overreaction.]]
* In ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'', [[http://project-apollo.net/mos/mos265.html Caprice and Benjamin pull the routine pretty effectively.]]
* ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' has "[[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-02-02/comic/black-and-white/the-soundproofing-also-makes-it-a-good-recording-studio/ Bad Cop / Badder Cop]]" routine. The second time it [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-04-01/comic/the-cesspool/bad-cop-badder-cop/ sort of backfires]].
-->'''Harold''': Sounds good to me, I always wanted to be the bad cop.
-->'''Syrus''': You ''are'' a bad cop. In fact, you're a terrible cop.
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' brings us "[[http://xkcd.com/1018/ Good Cop, Dadaist Cop]]".
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' had [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2005-06-06 Kevyn as the "good cop"]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2249 the dragon characterizes Satan and God, with Slick between them, as this.]]
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' takes it a step further: good cop, bad cop, [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3256#comic Nietzschean cop]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' plays with this, with Dave pointing out how easy the newly human Caliban would be to torture, seeing as he's never felt pain before.
-->'''Caliban''': I see. When do I get my "good cop"?
-->'''Dave''' (smiling): I am the good cop.
* ''{{Maximumble}}'': In [[http://maximumble.thebookofbiff.com/2014/07/08/891-team/ this]] case, "bad" means "not very good at his job".
* ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'' has the school bullies trying this method to get information out of Jeff. And then [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=336 they try another method]].
-->'''Johnny''': (angrily) WHAT'S MAX'S DEAL?? WHO'S IN HIS CREW AND HOW DO THEY FLOAT?!\\
'''Ollie''': (surrounded by BishieSparkle) What's your favorite flavor of movie? Did you know everything's going to be all right?\\
'''Jeff''': (thinking) Good cop bad cop!\\
'''Johnny''': (now also surrounded by BishieSparkle) How can I make this bullying experience more comfortable for you?\\
'''Ollie''': What are your hopes and also dreams?\\
'''Jeff''': (thinking) G-GOOD COP GOOD COP??

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Happens in the ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'' spinoff "[[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Rorschach]] and {{Deadpool}}", with a twist.
-->'''[[SociopathicHero Rorschach]]:''' How the ''hell'' did I end up being the good cop?
* Parodied: In WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun's "[=commodoreHUSTLE=]: Showdown", Kathleen and Paul interrogate Tim for Geoff's location. Bill has a hard time discerning who is the good cop.
-->'''Kathleen:''' Oh no, we roll with bad cop/crazy cop.
-->'''Kathleen and Paul:''' ''(gesturing to each other)'' S/He's crazy cop.
* Referenced in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' by Doc. He is quick to point out that his two captors are really bad at this trope and more of a bad cop/even more awful cop.
* Parodied in ''Website/TheOnion'' article [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/good-cop-avidstampcollector-cop-routine-not-workin,6088/ "Good Cop, Avid-Stamp-Collector Cop Routine Not Working"]].
* Discussed in [[http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=1689 this blog piece]] in reference to efforts to undermine the influence of the Taliban in Afghanistan. The blogger mentions a human rights activist who has started up girls' schools in the country criticizing the US military's own efforts to fight the Taliban. The blogger notes that the activist essentially wants to have the good cop ''without'' the bad cop, in that he wants to have human rights brought to the country through teachers such as himself without the military being involved. The blogger believes that the problem with this view is that you ''can't'' have the good cop without the bad cop; trying to start up a school that promotes human rights in the jurisdiction of a repressive regime such as the Taliban without the threat of force from the military is likely to get you killed before you can start.
* The LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}}'s LetsPlay/{{Sips}} and LetsPlay/{{Sjin}} used this routine to interrogate members of [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext the Beaver Mafia (who had disguised themselves as farm animals)]] after the nefarious woodland creatures blew up their ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' house. Ass-slappage and police brutality ensued. The interrogation room had a stripper's pole. It was a weird couple of episodes.
* ''LetsPlay/SomethingAwfulDungeonsAndDragons'':
** Used against the ghost of an assassin, with the party using its body's severed legs as leverage (having captured said legs after they had attempted to flee). Joey plays the bad cop by trying to Intimidate him, Bananaramawicz attempts to roll Diplomacy for the good cop. Meanwhile, Kensington shouts lies at him from across the room with Bluff checks.
-->'''Joey''': We don't need good cop, bad cop, ''lying'' cop.
** While hunting down a shapeshifter in a small town after reaching Paragon Tier, Joey and Minerelle play detective while the rest of the party investigates a wizard's tower. It's noted in the thread that it seems like a good cop/bad cop situation where both of them are the bad cop.
* WebVideo/FiveSecondFilms used the lesser-known variant, [[http://5secondfilms.com/watch/good-cop-rocket-alligator "Good Cop, Rocket Alligator"]].


[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A teaser on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' has Batman as the good cop and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Detective]] [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Chimp]] as the bad cop.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "[[Recap/TheBoondocksS1E5ADateWithTheHealthInspector A Date with the Health Inspector]]" parodies this with an interrogation between a "Good Cop / Bad Cop" duo and [[ButtMonkey Tom [=DuBois=]]], who is being accused of a crime that he obviously didn't commit solely because both he and the real perp are black. The Bad Cop immediately accuses Tom of the crime and assaults him, before the Good Cop pulls him off. The Bad Cop grudgingly walks out of the room... before rushing in two seconds later to assault Tom again.
** Furthermore, when the Bad Cop is finally led away for good and the Good Cop starts doing his spiel, Tom protests that as a prosecutor, he knows all about how the Good Cop / Bad Cop thing works. Ten minutes later, he's tearfully signing a confession, as the Good Cop very insincerely promises that Tom will never do any jail time (Tom was ''very'' afraid of getting [[PrisonRape anally raped]]).
* From ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Good Cop, Developmentally Disabled Cop.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' - Jackie and Jade while interrogating the mask of General Ikazuki. This is followed by Finn and Ikazuki when they need Tohru to provide them with a mask removal potion.
* Done in an extended DreamSequence in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' episode "Murder, She Snored" where Daria is accused of killing Kevin. Unsurprisingly, Mr. O'Neill is the good cop and Mr. [=DiMartino=] the bad cop.
* In a rather bizarre episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' involving Time Travel, Batman winds up playing Bad Cop/Worse Cop with ''himself'', [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond some thirty years in the future]]. A seventy-year-old Bruce Wayne, as voiced by Creator/KevinConroy, is the most terrifying being in existence.
-->'''[[WesternAnimation/StaticShock Static]]''': Wow. ''Batman'' playing good cop.\\
'''[[TalkingToHimself Green Lantern]]''': Everything's relative.
** And then there's the conversation in the page quote. Superman almost sounds like he's jealous.
** In another episode, Batman is missing, and Superman and ComicBook/TheFlash try to interrogate Copperhead, who was part of the gang that captured the Bat. Copperhead just laughs at Superman's attempt to play Bad Cop, prompting the Man of Steel to frustratedly wonder how Batman does it.
** This also happens with Green Lantern/Hawkgirl in "War World". You can probably guess who the bad cop was.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'' continues the trend in a scene where the heroes interrogate Deadshot, with Superman actually asking to trade roles with Batman. Not only does Deadshot not buy poor Supes' attemps at all, but Batman trying to be "nice" [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness scares him so much]] he confesses anyway.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Played with by Rainbow Dash (bad cop) and Fluttershy (good cop) to greed-enlarged Spike after he kidnaps Rarity. Rainbow Dash demands he release Rarity, while Fluttershy adds her typical passive comments to Spike (who she's afraid of now).
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Put her down right now!\\
'''Fluttershy:''' I-If you wouldn't mind, that is.\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' I mean it, dragon boy!\\
'''Fluttershy:''' Uh, we'll be ever so grateful if you'd be so kind as to possibly consider...\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' Drop her, scaly!
** Happens again as more of a literal example in the episode ''Rarity Investigates!'' with Dash again where (bad cop) Rainbow Dash interrogates the castle guards with (good cop) Rarity. Rainbow asks biting questions while Rarity talks softly and seductively (while posing on her fainting couch).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E20TheBoyWhoKnewTooMuch The Boy Who Knew Too Much]]", Lisa is being interrogated at school by Principal Skinner and Groundskeeper Willie, but the pair continually (and unintentionally) keep swapping the Good and Bad roles, much to Lisa's amusement.
** When being questioned by the police about Mona Simpson's whereabouts Selma Bouvier attempts to engage the police in a game of Good Cop Bad Cop. To her dismay they were all good cops.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Optimus and Grimlock fall into this while questioning Powell...only it was more like "Good Cop, Crazy Dinosaur Cop."
--> '''Optimus:''' Did I mention my partner is extremely hungry?
** And now again, this time "Robotic Cop, Organic Cop With Terrifying Snot."(Lately Autobots have been getting more and more terrified of organics.)
* "Wrong Exposure", a Season 4 episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', Odd accidentally sends a picture of Franz Hopper, with his daughter, Aelita, to Sissi. Not surprisingly, Sissi shows it to Mr. Delmas. In a meeting with the principal, Jim played Bad Cop while Mr. Delmas played Good Cop to the Lyoko Warriors.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', Jorgen Von Strangle plays this with Wanda, trying to get her to blame Cosmo. He even volunteers to switch right away to his "Good Cop" plaque, but when Wanda refuses to comply, he switches right back to the "Bad Cop" side of the plaque.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard'' episode "Fowl Play", Otis, Pip, and Pig interrogate a Gopher to find out where Peck is when Freddy was accused of eating him. Otis plays the good cop, and Pip plays the bad cop, leading to this exchange:
-->'''Gopher:''' Wait a minute, if you're the good cop, and he's the bad cop, then who's he? ''(points at Pig)''\\
'''Pig:''' I'm the funny cop. Pull my finger!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Ghost Princess", Finn and Jake are respectively the bad and good cop as they interrogate the ghosts in a cemetery. In practice, Jake spends most of the time looting graves until Finn specifically calls for him.
-->'''Finn:''' Jake, it's time to interrogate the neighbors. We'll do it good cop bad cop style. I CALL BAD COP!\\
'''Jake:''' Awww...
* Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode, "Vector Detector"; When Sonic and Vector interrogate Dave on the Meh Burger VIP card the latter found as a clue to who stole Amy's hammer, they both play the bad cop.
* In a Season One episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars,'' Ahsoka tries to play the Bad Cop to Luminara's Good one when interrogating the corrupt Nute Gunray, but is pulled aside and chastised by Luminara just when it seems that she was starting to get somewhere.
-->'''Ashoka:''' Tell us what we want to know right now, or I will gut you like a Rokarian dirt fish!\\
'''Luminara:''' Padawan!
* PlayedForLaughs on ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw,'' as seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVB2jt3zKPs here]].
-->'''Milo:''' Oh, um--I thought we were doing "Good Cop/Bad Cop."
-->'''Dakota:''' And who are you, Dangerously Unstable Cop? And why do you have a cattle prod?!