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->'''Inspector Javert:''' Once a thief, forever a thief! What you want you always steal! You would trade your life for mine? ''[...]'' If you let me go, beware, You'll still answer to Javert!\\
'''Jean Valjean:''' You are wrong, and always have been wrong. I'm a man, no worse than any man.
-->-- ''Theatre/LesMiserables''

Inspector Javert is the [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned]] law enforcement officer (or detective, or BountyHunter) who honestly (if sometimes wrongly) believes that the hero is a bad guy and [[TheDeterminator doggedly pursues him]] in a SternChase, seeking to get him.

The Javert does not realize that the hero is either [[ClearMyName wrongly accused]], or has already redeemed himself for crimes done long ago. Perhaps the Javert simply doesn't care, as [[KnightTemplar the law is the law]], and one is either [[BlackAndWhiteMorality on the side of the law, or on the side of crime]]. Thus, the Javert is the type of person who [[LawfulNeutral obeys the letter of the law, but not the spirit of the law]]. Inspector Javert may be the reason the hero has to keep moving among AdventureTowns. Often, the only way to slow him down is to defeat other violent criminals, then leave them for the Inspector to arrest and process before he can resume the chase.

At some point, however, the officer and accused have to team up to [[EnemyMine fight a common enemy]], or the movie or series ends with them discovering that their entire campaign to bring the hero to justice was in vain, or he is innocent and finds evidence to prove it or they decide to just let them go with a "[[MercyLead five minute head start]]", or something to that effect.

[[TropeNamer Named for]] the archetypal character in Victor Hugo's novel ''Literature/LesMiserables'', and [[Theatre/LesMiserables the subsequent musical]]. Lt. Gerard in ''Series/TheFugitive'' was inspired by Javert, down to the French surname.

A {{Subtrope}} of HeroAntagonist and ImplacableMan.

Compare KnightTemplar and LawfulStupid. Also compare and contrast SympatheticInspectorAntagonist; the hero is a VillainProtagonist or AntiHero and that Inspector chases a ''real'' criminal. May be portrayed as a ButtMonkey and/or WorthyOpponent by the protagonist. Some examples count as ObliviouslyEvil. Less sympathetic examples may be a VillainyFreeVillain. Contrast InspectorLestrade.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Played straight with Inspector Javert in ''[[Anime/LesMiserablesShojoCosette Les Miserables Shoujo Cosette]]'', an anime adaptation of the [[Literature/LesMiserables novel]]. Unlike the original, however, he [[spoiler: [[SparedByTheAdaptation stops himself from committing suicide]] and ultimately accepts Jean Valjean for who he is, realizing that if Valjean can change, [[HeelFaceTurn he can too]]]]. He also [[spoiler: [[AntagonistInMourning attends Valjean's funeral at the end of the anime.]]]]
* Detective Heinrich Lunge in ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' takes this to the point that [[DeconstructedTrope he knowingly destroys his life]]. To Lunge's credit, he eventually learns the truth of the situation, apologizes to Tenma, [[spoiler:takes down Roberto]], and eventually [[spoiler:reconnects with his daughter]].
* Officer Natsuko in ''Anime/ReCutieHoney'', [[CharacterDevelopment at least]] [[HoYay at first]]. Honey is the only one that can fight Panther Claw, but she ''is'' acting outside the law (and her constant ClothingDamage from battles also paint her as an exhibitionist), so Nat-Chan is determined to arrest her.
* Detective Angelica Burns, ''CoyoteRagtimeShow''. In her defense, Mister ''is'' a legendary criminal mastermind and one of her only leads to find the MacGuffin treasure (which was the loot of the theft of ''the biggest multi-planetary bank around'') and taking down the BigBad. However, Mister is (at his worst) an AntiVillain GentlemanThief (with ''much'' higher standards than the Madame and her "children"), and so Burns' drive to capture Mister looks a bit misplaced.
%%%* Ayaka Steiger in ''KurauPhantomMemory'', before doing a HeelFaceTurn.
* Police Inspector Saehara in ''Manga/DNAngel'', with a bit of a variation. Dark really ''is'' a thief, he's just got a good reason for it.
* Inspector Wizer of ''[[LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Slayers]] Revolution'', whose insistence that Lina is responsible for all the evils of the world is quickly becoming a RunningGag. It's subverted, however: Inspector Wizer was pretending to be a personification of this troupe, when it's revealed he just acts this way to manipulate people into doing what he wants. His act even manages to fool [[ManipulativeBastard Xellos]]! Unlike most versions of this, however, Lina Inverse is not WronglyAccused. He's got her dead to rights, of the crime of [[spoiler: '''''being''' Lina Inverse'']].
* ''OnePiece'':
** [[SuperSmoke Smoker]], and by extension [[BadassAdorable Tashigi]]. Subverted when Smoker was proven right about the chaos Luffy would cause.
** It's also confirmed that [[BadassGrandpa Vice-Admiral Garp]] was this to Gold Roger. [[spoiler:He still agreed to raise Roger's son, at the other's request]].
* Quent from ''Anime/WolfsRain'' is a variation -- he isn't a lawman, but he does believe the wolves (or, rather, wolves in general) are responsible for the death of his family, and he obsessively hunts them at every turn.
%%%* ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'':
%%%** Ooishi. [[spoiler: However, subverted in some chapters, when he is actually right]].
%%%** The DS versions also feature Tomoe Minai. Like Ooishi, [[spoiler:she turns out to be right]].
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'': [[spoiler:Priscilla]] burns for the blood of [[spoiler:Teresa]] for "killing humans". Never mind that the humans were ravaging a village at the time, doing so much damage that [[spoiler:Teresa]] wondered if killing the youma in said village was a good idea, since the bandits stayed away while the youma was there.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Ushio fits this so well for Yusei, his prisoner number might as well have been 24601. He eventually lightens up later on.
* Toshio Wakagi in ''CodenameSailorV'' wanted the titular MagicalGirl behind bars because she was a vigilante.
* In the ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' episode "Cowboy Funk", Cowboy Andy mistakes both Spike and Jet on separate occasions of being the Teddy Bomber... even with the real Teddy Bomber standing right next to them both times.
%%%* Every other detective that goes after ''LupinTheThird'', including [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Inspector Zenigata]]. The difference between the others and Zenigata, though, is that Zenigata has a fair share of FriendlyEnemy going on with Lupin.
* Played with in ''Manga/DeathNote''. The master-detective [[GoodIsNotNice L]] appears to be this in the eyes of the other characters, particularly Chief Yagami, in his absolutely relentless pursuit of VillainProtagonist [[LightIsNotGood Light]] [[AGodAmI Yagami]], as he has no real reason to believe that Light is guilty and his methods are extreme. Subverted in that he's actually right about Light, who really is a brutal SerialKiller... Then L becomes this for real during the Yotsuba arc when [[spoiler: Light's [[MemoryGambit memory is erased]]]], since Light is no longer Kira at that time and L continues to pursue him passionately. However, once [[spoiler: Light's memory is restored]], Light is guilty again and L's actions become justified, bringing him back to SympatheticInspectorAntagonist status.
* Three of these appear in ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun''. The first one shows up in England (pursues Sayid for having been a petty thief [[spoiler: but is foiled when he and Lunlun set out for Morocco]]), the second is seen in Egypt (pursues Lunlun [[spoiler: as a side effect of her unknowingly becoming the accomplice of a GentlemanThief - he catches the thief but lets Lunlun go]]), and the third one appears in Sicily (is on the case of Dario the bank robbing AntiVillain [[spoiler: who's about to slip away because of the state of regulations; but when Dario shows up to save a trapped Lunlun from an airtight bank vault, he allows Dario to leave as a free man since not only he chose Lunlun over his freedom, he actually turned himself in five minutes ''after'' the state kicked in.]])
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has Mustang and his crew do this to the Elric brothers. However, instead of wanting to arrest or kill them, he demanded to know why they ran off and didn't ask for his help.
* Junko Hattori of ''LightNovel/DemonKingDaimao'' has a rather nasty habit of this. When we're first introduced to her, she attacks Akuto because she automatically assumes that he was trying to mug her grandmother when he was just helping her out. After the reveal that Akuto is destined to become the next Demon King, Junko repeatedly hassles and tries to kill him, repeatedly mistaking his attempts to actually be good as evil.
* ''Anime/LupinIII'' subverts this with Inspector Zenigata. Although driven to capture Lupin and his gang to the point of obsession, Zenigata isn't so blind as to realize that unlike other career criminals, Lupin has a code of honor which leads to a mutual sense of respect between them despite being on opposite sides of the law. He also realizes that there are far worse individuals than Lupin and will begrudgingly join forces with him if doing so will serve the greater good. But that won't stop him from going back to chasing after Lupin once he's finished processing the villain of the week that they'd joined forces to take down.

[[folder:Audio Play]]
* In "AudioPlay/TheFurtherAdventuresOfNickDanger", Lt. Bradshaw is determined to ''get'' Nick, with an eye towards [[HostileShowTakeover taking over the show]]. "You're lucky we didn't burn you on the Anselmo Pederasty case!"

* Silver from ''Comic/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' has tendencies of this, being a time traveller. While trying to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong by finding and stopping a traitor in the Freedom Fighters, he accuses and tries to attack Sonic, Rotor, and Antoine in that order, every time with very little to go on. He actually began to accuse Bunnie Rabbot of being the traitor based on the knowledge that she left without telling anyone, but Sonic, who was already on the verge of strangling him for accusing Antoine, snapped and [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech effectively dissuaded him from that one]], telling him to pack up and go home, because he's [[TheMillstone really not helping]].
* Detective Harvey Bullock of ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' (to a lesser extent in the latter). Justified because Batman is a vigilante, but Batman is oftentimes shown to be the only one that can take down the Villain-Of-The-Issue/Arc. ''Batman'' himself can sometimes fall into this, willing to chase down whichever criminal he's after (no matter [[JustifiedCriminal how justified]] or how small-fry) to the literal ends of the Earth (and only getting more dogged if the criminal manages to avoid him ''even once'', even to the point [[LetsYouAndHimFight that he's willing to go to war with other heroes, if they get in the way... heck, even other heroes are not exempt from him applying this Trope to them]], DependingOnTheWriter).
* When it comes to hunting down the ''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk'', General Ross slides among three tropes: this, GeneralRipper, and KnightTemplar. HeWhoFightsMonsters comes into play [[spoiler: as in his pursuit of destroying the Hulk he himself becomes the ComicBook/RedHulk]].
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Old Stone Face can go here. Oh how he can go here. Dredd is extremely rigid in his application of the law, so he'll chase after people no matter how small the crime (even across ''parallel universes'', as his crossovers with Batman can demonstrate). Played with in that he's not completely unreasonable though, as he has (occasionally, and on a good day) been shown to use his judgment to go easy on people because of special circumstances.
* ''ComicBook/MsTree'' has Captain Miller, who is constantly trying to put the eponymous heroine behind bars for her vigilante activities.
* A non-cop example, and arguably the most prominent comic-book example; J. Jonah Jameson, former editor of the Daily Bugle and current mayor of New York, and perpetual thorn in the side of ''SpiderMan''. Depending on who's writing him, he's depicted as total {{Jerkass}}, or as a semi-honorable businessman. When Peter was framed for murder during ComicBook/TheCloneSaga, Jameson paid for Peter's legal defense. When Bastion threatened his life if he refused to print an editorial condemning mutants, Jameson (a civil-rights advocate) refused to give in to threats. Jameson is a skinflint, a tight-wad and on occasion a BadBoss, but is also often portrayed as a man with a strong sense of honor and fair play. And no matter how much good Spider-Man does for the city of New York, Jameson will still make it his mission to bring Spider-Man down. In the Ultimate Universe Jameson's positive qualities are played up a lot more, to the point where he eventually recognises Spider-Man as a hero (and he just restarts his crusade because he, at first, believes Miles Morales is desecrating Peter's memory. He lets go once Miles builds a better rep).
* General Sam Lane (Lois' father) has been portrayed as this to ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'', of all people. Pre the ComicBook/New52, in the ComicBook/NewKrypton storyline, he was straight up GeneralRipper who was determined to destroy Superman's reputation and kill him, regardless of who got hurt in the process. In the New 52 ComicBook/ActionComics, General Lane is portrayed as this in Superman's early years, where Superman is still a mysterious GoodIsNotNice vigilante. He's still gunning for Superman, believing him to be a potential threat to America, but he's not the psychotic genocidal GeneralRipper he was before the reboot.
* Comicbook/CaptainAmerica is this in ''Target X''. He feels personally responsible for all the killings ComicBook/{{X 23}} has carried out because she slipped his grasp after her field test by masquerading as a wounded survivor. He reveals he's been tracking her down ever since (approximately ''six years'') and is obsessed with bringing her to justice. He's driven to the point where he completely ignores [[Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} Matt Murdock's]] attempts to warn him that S.H.I.E.L.D. won't care really about justice but instead will use her as a weapon the same was she was used by the Facility. Before he can actually turn her over, however, he recognizes the truth of this and that Laura was as much a victim as the people she killed, and lets her go.
** He goes back to this during the road to ''Secret Wars 2016'', hunting down the Illuminati and goading every superhero he converses with into a WithUsOrAgainstUs situation--either they help him or they are abetting the Illuminati (even by inaction). Granted, the latter have all but JumpedOffTheSlipperySlope in their quest to save Earth 616 from the Incursions (and seek no other methods, thinking IDidWhatIHadToDo justifies everything), but people do point out that Rogers is wasting time and resources better used to try to stop the Incursions on his manhunt... which he ignores.
* Subverted with the final Creator/GarthEnnis arc of ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX'', where a cabal of corrupt American generals (planning to [[CorruptCorporateExecutive go corporate]]) sic Delta Force on Frank Castle, both to bring him in (the generals intending to kill him) and to recover a video tape of him interrogating their agent (who'd identified them). It turns out that [[spoiler:the unit commander Colonel George Howe genuinely believes that the Punisher is a criminal who must be brought in... but, since he was rescued from captivity during the Vietnam War by Frank Castle's special operations team, he felt obligated to preserve Frank Castle's life -- wanting to put him on trial, not put him down. (Eventually the generals' liaison with the Colonel believes that that's why he was so receptive to the orders.) After Frank Castle tells him about the tape and one of the generals inadvertently exposes his motivation, Howe views the tape and decides to release Castle so that he can kill the generals... but since the tape would so damage the credibility of the military, he flat-out tells Castle that he won't reveal the generals' crimes]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'': Thomson and Thompson in ''Recap/TintinCigarsOfThePharaoh'' and ''Recap/TintinTheBlackIsland'', though they're more of a parody of the trope. They're more {{Punch Clock Villain}}s in ''Recap/TintinTheBlueLotus'', and they get better in the later albums however, where they are, if still incompetent, at least trying to help Tintin. However, if the orders are to get him, they ''will'' try to arrest him, regardless of what may be the bigger threat (even if the BigBad is ''literally standing in front of them'').
* ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'': Oh Holmez. He's less efficient and ruthless than the typical Javert, but every little bit as bureaucratic and single-minded.
* After ''ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga,'' and Jean's HeroicSacrifice and subsequent return, some elements of the Shi'ar don't know, or at least don't believe, what we know about her: ContinuitySnarl affects the details, but ''basically,'' Dark Phoenix wasn't all Jean and was definitely under MoreThanMindControl which Mastermind and Emma Frost had been working on her for ''months.'' Jean Grey didn't wake up one morning and decide it might be amusing to wipe out the five billion inhabitants of the planet D'Bari, and does not normally have the power to do such a thing if she ''did'' want to; it was the perfect storm of circumstances that cannot be replicated. But to this day, they pursue her and other relatives of hers, fearing the return of Dark Phoenix. Worse, most of their actions are the sort of thing that would make Jean ''decide'' to go kick their asses if she ''did'' ever return to that power level. It's BullyingADragon to the extreme: "There's this woman we fear is a cosmic destroyer, ComicBook/{{Galactus}} squared in terms of power and can never die, but who made a HeroicSacrifice to stop herself, and has been nothing but heroic ever since her return. I know! Let's ''target her whole family for death'' on the off-chance that one could ''potentially'' become a Phoenix host!" They top themselves when they go after a time displaced teenage Jean Grey and put her on trial for crimes she ''hasn't even committed (yet)''. J'son of Spartax [[{{Jerkass}} of all people]] [[JerkassHasAPoint is the one who calls out Gladiator on his blatantly unfair treatment of her during the trial]]. Not because he gives a damn about her of course, but because he wants to make the Shi'ar look bad. Then again, it's to say they didn't deserve it.
* For years [[ComicBook/XMen Bishop]] was determined to prove ComicBook/{{Gambit}} would one day betray the X-Men, regardless of how many heroic acts Gambit would perform. This plot thread was laid to rest when the traitor was revealed to be Onslaught. During the ''Messiah CompleX'' arc, he became this to Hope (because on ''his'' timeline she grew up to be a villain) and in doing so (by means of ''trying to kill her when she was only minutes born'' and refusing any other alternatives) he jumped the MoralEventHorizon.
* The ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse stories have more than a few in stories that involve Paperinik, DonaldDuck's superhero alter ego (in no small part due him starting out as an outright ''criminal''). The most notable are:
** Inspector Pinko, who chases Paperinik for no apparent reason beyond "he looks like a criminal".
** Commissioner Alcmeone Pinko, the other Pinko's father, who hunted Fantomius, the one whose legacy Paperinik inherited. This time there's a better justification, as Fantomius was, by his own admission, a GentlemanThief ([[LampshadeHanging as stated again and again in the series' tagline]] and Fantomius' own {{Calling Card}}s), no matter [[AssholeVictim what his victims do to get a visit from Fantomius or the fact he often has to arrest them too]]. It's also partly caused by him never knowing ''why'' Fantomius is targeting them, as if he knew he's going after them to insure justice he'd gladly let him go... [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight As he actually did the one time he knew]].
** ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'':
*** Colonel (later general) Clint E. Westcock has this dynamic with Paperinik, and was actually extatic when he was ordered to arrest him, due Paperinik infiltrating a secret base and getting away with it. He changes his opinion after the Evronians raid his command, the Dept. 51, and Paperinik holds the line ''alone'' long enough for the soldiers to rally and come to the rescue.
*** Detective Spader, from Duckburg's police department, tries to arrest Paperinik because, even if his contributions in keeping the crime down are undeniable (and will use his help to deal with other criminals), he still remains a vigilante who breaks the law all the time.
** A non-Paperinik example is in the parody of ''Literature/LesMiserables'', in the Disney take of the TropeNamer himself, who catches the Beagle Boys, who here lives in Paris' catacombs, by ''flooding them'', on top of chasing Scrooge Valjean [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope to tell him he's been pardoned five years earlier]], as he was the only cop in all of France to have a chance to catch him]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'': In the ''The Horseshoe Nails'' series by Dyce, the Operative actually ''takes'' the name Javert. The second Operative appears to take the name Marius, although this is only mentioned in passing. 'Marius has been shot, which is keeping with [[Literature/LesMiserables the literature]] but should not be encouraged.'

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Impresario Tetti-Tatti in "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met" segment of ''Disney/MakeMineMusic''. And he mistakenly believes Willie the Whale has swallowed opera singers by (mis)interpreting the Bible story of [[Literature/TheBible Jonah and the whale]].
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'': The Microbe Obliterator (M-O) takes great pride in his work. Whatever contaminants enter his domain are thoroughly purged with the efficiency only a robot can have. He sees WALL•E as a cancer upon the great ''Axiom'', as the trash-compacting robot unintentionally leaves filth and pestilence in his wake. M-O knows not and cares not for why WALL•E has come to the ''Axiom''. He only knows that WALL•E must be cleansed. Nothing will distract him from his goal. Not distance, not danger, not even the rules that he has lived by his entire life. The road is long, for he must purge the filth that serves as his trail to the heretic. But when he finds WALL•E, he will be at his weakest. He will be at his mercy. And he will be ''cleansed''. [[spoiler: And then they'll become BFF. [[note]] For those without a sense of humor, M-O is the most adorable example ever. He's actually after WALL•E because WALL•E is threatening his germ-free domain. After giving WALL•E a thorough clean-up, they become best buds.[[/note]]]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Taken UpToEleven in ''Deux Hommes dans la Ville'' (a.k.a. ''Two Against the Law'' and ''Two Men in Town''), where it is a major plot drive. In fact, a main cause of the film's DownerEnding.
* ''Film/StreetAngel'': Neri, sergeant of police, who chases Angela after an attempted robbery, then when she escapes jail, and later comes for her after she returns to Naples.
* Four of the five ''Film/MissionImpossible'' films have one in pursuit of Ethan Hunt (IMF superiors Kittridge and Brassel in the first and third films respectively, inspector Sidorov in the fourth and CIA agent Hunley in the fifth). The [[Film/MissionImpossibleII second film]] is the only exception.
* ''Film/TheFrighteners'' gives us OccultDetective Milton Dammers who aggressively harasses protagonist Frank Bannister becauses he's convinced that Frank is responsible for the murders that happen throughout the film. In addition to being this trope, he's also quite the fruitloop.
* The Operative in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' is a case where a government assassin fits the character type. He's after River in order to [[HeKnowsTooMuch protect the Alliance's secrets]], and doesn't ask what those secrets are because [[KnightTemplar he believes wholeheartedly in the Alliance's vision of a "world without sin."]] He only stops when [[spoiler:[[HeelRealization his idealistic vision of the Alliance is shattered with the knowledge of River's secret]]]].
* Detective Spooner in the film ''Film/IRobot'' is a subversion, as he is the main character. In his determination to [[NobleBigotWithABadge apprehend Sonny for murder]], he stumbles across something even more sinister... [[spoiler: And it turns out he's right]].
* Hobbs in ''Film/FastFive'' is characterized this way until [[spoiler:he decides to help Dom because his team was killed and he wants revenge. After an EnemyMine for a day or two, he gives Dom a mercy lead]].
-->'''Hobbs:''' Give me those documents. ''(throws them aside)'' All I care about is that Toretto is a name on a list!
* The main bad guy in ''Film/HaroldAndKumarEscapeFromGuantanamoBay'' could be seen as a parody/deconstruction of this trope, showing just how irrational, prejudiced and wilfuly ignorant a law enforcement official would need to be to believe the protagonists really are terrorists.
---> "It's obvious these kids are innocent, but you're too dumb to realise it"
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Commodore Norrington is midway between this and SympatheticInspectorAntagonist; he has every reason to go after Jack Sparrow, but he doesn't have all the facts about Will Turner. He's also most definitely a good guy in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first film]].
%%%* Billy Dee Williams in Abel Fererra's ''Film/FearCity''.
* ''Film/DarkCity'': Inspector Frank Bumstead hotly pursues protagonist John Murdoch for a series of murders that John is innocent of. [[spoiler:The reality-twisting alien Strangers have created the murders but were interrupted before they could create the murderer!]] John is eventually arrested, but Frank's open mind has been picking up on the real story: when John demonstrates [[spoiler:world-view shattering abilities to manipulate reality himself]] Frank is ready to be recruited to fight the real villains. [[spoiler:And then he gets hurled into space]].
* ''Film/{{Red}}'': Agent William Cooper. He's a CIA agent tasked to hunt down the main characters and doesn't question the motive behind the mission because he's just simply doing his job. Once he discovers the real truth behind [[spoiler:the kidnapping of the Vice President and the conspiracy behind it, he not only lets the main characters go, but ''shoots his boss dead'' and then "handles" the fallout of the whole affair]].
* Henry Burke in ''Film/RaceToWitchMountain'', a [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]]-type government operative, whose job is to hunt down and capture the two aliens running around - he doesn't care if the aliens appear to be human teenagers. Or if, y'know, letting them go would be what prevents the AlienInvasion that is being planned back on their home planet from actually happening.
* Inspector John Acheson, in 2010's ''Film/TheTourist''. He wants to continue pursuing clever thief Alexander Pearce, even after [[spoiler: Pearce leaves a check to cover the 'seven hundred and forty four million' he owed in back taxes. But Acheson's superior overrides him, pointing out that all Pearce did was steal from a gangster]].
* Although not law enforcement, Principal Rooney from ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' is scarily obsessive about catching Bueller to the point of landing him in this trope.
* The hotel concierge in ''Film/HomeAlone2LostInNewYork'' is religiously devoted to busting Kevin for "credit card fraud"(ie using his dad's credit card without permission) so much so that he threatens to call the police on Kevin, thereby scaring him into the streets, instead of contacting a social services agency and kindly asking Kevin about the matter. When Peter and Kate show up at the hotel, they're quick to chew him out over it.
* Gustave the Station Inspector in ''Film/{{Hugo}}'' fits this archetype in his determination to catch [[HeartwarmingOrphan the protagonist]], who has been living in the walls of the train station he is guarding.
* Sheriff Cooley in ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'' starts off chasing the main characters legitimately--they are, after all, escaped convicts--but displays all the self-righteous personality associated with the trope, and his true colors come through when he persists in trying to capture and hang the Soggy Bottom Boys ''after'' they have publicly earned the Governor's pardon (and he knows it).
* Timekeeper Leon in ''Film/InTime'': the sad part is, in a way he ends up triggering off the entire catastrophe his job is designed to avoid, simply because he cannot or will not accept that a wealthy man with a century-plus on him could voluntarily relinquish that time to someone else. Had he been less zealous, one suspects that [[spoiler:Will Salas would eventually have married into the Weis family (the film makes clear the attraction between him and Sylvia), and been in a perfect position to accomplish from within what he risked a lot to accomplish from without]].
%%%* Inspector Farraday in the ''Boston Blackie'' movies.
* While Inspector Uhl in the film ''Film/TheIllusionist'' is tireless in his pursuit, he is a likeable guy and more of an ObstructiveBureaucrat than an actual villain.
* Customs agent Dave Kujan from ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' is obsessed with arresting cop-turned-criminal Keaton. Trouble is, while there's little doubt that Keaton is a thief and murderer, he seems to be genuinely trying to go legitimate at the start of the movie. But Kujan's dogged pursuit lets Keaton's potential business partners know about his criminal background, torpedoing his career and sending him back to a life of crime. In Kujan's interactions with Verbal, we also see he's willing to break the law himself (including issuing death threats) if it means catching Keaton, and is so focused on that goal that he ignores any explanation that doesn't paint Keaton as the criminal mastermind behind everything.
* Samuel Gerard in ''Film/TheFugitive'' has a classic transition from pursuer to ally. Initially his job is bringing back Kimble, the truth about Kimble's conviction is not his business. The chase through the storm drains is also an obvious reference to ''Les Misérables'', which has a similar scene towards the end of the book.
-->'''Kimble:''' I didn't kill my wife!\\
'''Gerard:''' I don't care!
* ''Film/{{Impostor}}'': Major Hathaway is chasing Dr. Spencer Olham because he's convinced that Olham is an alien biorobot who killed the original and took on his personality in order to detonate a bomb and kill the Chancellor. He plans to prove that by vivisecting Olham and disarming the explosive, but Olham escapes and spends the whole film trying to prove he's human. [[spoiler:Hathaway turns out to be right, but missed that Olham's wife was also replaced and then fails to consider that both Olhams could have been impersonated, ending in Hathaway's death when the bomb explodes.]]
* Sheriff Buford T. Justice in ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit''. He begins making up charges to go after Bandit for, caring little whether or not it's true, or even where he does and does not have jurisdiction (he seriously believes saying he's in 'hot pursuit' would allow him to chase Bandit ''all over the United States'').
* Inspector Aberline from ''Film/TheWolfman2010'', appropriately enough. He blames all of the werewolf murders on Talbot and believes they are the result of him having gone insane, and chases after him once he has definite proof that the wolf-man is real and not Talbot's invention.
* Sheriff Loomis is a more realistic example in Film/TheWraith. At first he was this for a long time with Road Pirate, Packard Walsh; waiting and watching him slip up. However when the Wraith comes into the picture, he's on his pursuit list too, even though he doesn't really care since it's only [[AcceptableTargets Packard's gang]] the Wraith is after. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure He does everything in his power to investigate the Wraith]], even opening up a cold case regarding [[spoiler: Jamie Hankin's murder]] as it was one of the leads that clue him in to the Wraith's identity. [[spoiler: He gives up when Packard dies and the Wraith is no longer around.]]
* In ''Film/{{Marmoulak}}'', the Warden is a textbook case. He is an extremely cruel [[TheFundamentalist religious fundamentalist]] who pursues Reza Marmoulak tirelessly and declares his intention to force all the prisoners to go to heaven. However, he seems to genuinely believe that he is doing the right thing, and [[spoiler: shows some signs of softening at the very end.]]
* In ''Film/AntMan'', Scott's ex-wife's fiancé Paxton is a cop who is distrustful of Scott due to his criminal past, and later in the movie begins to pursue Scott after he escapes police custody, unaware that Scott is working to save the world. [[spoiler: He eventually learns the truth and uses his position to clear Scott's charges.]]
* In ''Film/{{Suffragette}}'', Inspector Steed plays this role. Instead of acknowledging that women are unjustly denied the right to vote, he arrests women whose only 'crime' is protesting against that injustice.
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Oddly enough, Colonel Stryker plays this role in the film. After [[spoiler:Apocalypse took control of Professor X's mind and ordered him to control the nuclear missile controllers and send the missiles into space, Stryker tracks the signal to the X-Mansion and mistakenly believes that Xavier is actually the one who's behind it. So he leads a special forces to raid it and capture some key mutants to interrogate them about Charles' whereabouts.]]
* In ''Film/SweetCountry'', black farmhand Sam Kelly kills white land-owner Harry March in self-defense and goes on the run, pursued by a posse led by Sergeant Fletcher. Fletcher initially assumes March was an innocent victim, partly out of racism and partly because he feels a comradeship with March because they were both ex-soldiers, and is determined to get Sam even after the rest of the posse gives up and turns for home. [[spoiler:His attitude changes after Sam gets a chance to tell his side of the story and Fletcher learns what an AssholeVictim March was.]]

* ''Literature/LesMiserables''
** The book named the trope with the original Inspector Javert. In his face, the narrator describes seeing "what could be called [[PureIsNotGood all the evil]] of good." Javert subverted the trope of maniacal lawfulness once in the book: during the street brawl of Fantine and Monsieur Bamatabois, he thought her guilty of everything and refused to hear how she had been attacked, because she was a prostitute. A character true to the spirit of the trope would have accused both of them. This is a display of idealism rather than [[LawfulStupid stupidity]]--Fantine, being a prostitute, was already a law-breaker, whereas Monsieur Bamatabois was 'innocent.' Similarly, he refuses to accept that Jean Valjean was not necessarily in the wrong when he stole a loaf of bread, and he follows Valjean mercilessly for decades for what amounted to a parole violation. Worst of all [[spoiler:even after Valjean saves his life, Javert still can't make himself admit that he's wrong, and is actually DrivenToSuicide for his failure, in effect killing himself over his failure to accomplish a goal that never had any real importance.]]\\
Alternatively, he could instead [[spoiler:[[HeelRealization have realized just]] [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity how wrong he was about the world]], and critically failed to cope]]. The lead-up to his suicide goes on for several pages, as we watch him struggle with a dilemma he can barely process. He seems to finally get the idea that the law is maybe too harsh on convicts: one of his last acts is to write down a list of pragmatic reforms for the local prison, such as suggesting that they should stop making prisoners stand around barefoot in the freezing cold [[PragmaticVillainy because when they get sick it's expensive to treat them]]. But this is, perhaps, the essence of his dilemma: he has operated under the belief that "law" and "good" are the same entity, but in this instance, they're clearly not. Letting Valjean go is moral, but unlawful; imprisoning him again is lawful, but immoral. No matter what he does, he betrays his purpose; since he can't serve his purpose, he finds no reason to live.\\
Also of note is that when Javert isn't chasing Valjean, he's otherwise very good at his job. He leads a group of Paris police officers in catching the Patron-Minette street gang, and correctly pegged "Monsieur Madeleine" as Valjean. However, when a case of MistakenIdentity leads him to think that he had WronglyAccused Madeleine, he begs Valjean to dismiss him for his screwup-showing that Javert is no more tolerant of his own sins than he is of anyone else's. Javert lives the most rigid and unyielding code of conduct of anyone in the novel, and shows mercy to no one - not even himself. By releasing Valjean, he's committed a capital crime. As a man of the law, his code of conduct requires that he [[spoiler: give his life]] as punishment for that crime.
** When Javert, in a particular scene, asks to be resigned from his duty because he thought Madeleine was Valjean, something he adamantly ''resists'' believing because "Madeleine" is an authority person (from his perspective), Valjean/Madeleine promptly asks him to go back to work, ''because he understands what an excellent policeman Javert initially is''.
* Mr. Fix in ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'' is rightfully determined to catch a bank robber. It's just that the protagonist fits the description he was given of the criminal's apearance. However he is a bit more reasonable than some examples here, seeing as he ''does'' release Phileas Fog when he realizes his mistake.
* The FBI agents in the Creator/DaleBrown novel ''A Time for Patriots'' are obsessed with putting Patrick [=McLanahan=] away, convinced that he's a RightWingMilitiaFanatic.
* John Mandrake, from ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', is a fairly high-ranking government official charged with wiping out the Resistance. He genuinely believes the Government to be in the right, [[spoiler: and continues hunting down the final member of the Resistance until the government collapses and demons attack London]].
* Bezu Fache in ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode''. He believes that Langdon is in the conspiracy that killed Jacques Sauniere (and because Langdon ran away because of him being a target for said conspiracy... well... NotHelpingYourCase).
* Inspector Glebski from ''The Dead Mountaineer's Hotel'' is a rare example of the main character playing Javert. He has some pretty good reasons, but eventually his actions are directly responsible for the DownerEnding.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Morgan. He starts out as a WellIntentionedExtremist and almost malicious about it, but after seven books or so his opinion of Harry gets upgraded to "reckless and unpredictable but probably not evil" (which, to be fair, is pretty accurate). He's at least suspicious until [[spoiler: the book he dies in]], but he eventually becomes willing to listen to Harry and give him a chance.
** [[ActionGirl Murphy]] occasionally acts as this, as well, though only in the first book-- after Harry fully explains TheMasquerade to her in ''Summer Knight'' (rather than giving her minimum information as cases demanded), she's ''much'' more cooperative.
** Her former co-worker, Rudolph, went in the opposite direction as her. While Murphy went from a Javert-ish policewoman (Towards Harry, anyway) to a far more reasonable character that didn't beat him up and/or arrest him like she did in the first two books, Rudolph went from a reasonably character that trusted Harry to {{Jerkass}} SmugSnake that will try to have Harry and Murphy arrested at any possible time, even if that means lying his ass off.
* Franchise/SherlockHolmes and his brother, Mycroft, in the ''Literature/EnolaHolmes'' series. In this case, they are simply doing what they thought was right trying to find their naive 14 year old runaway sister and force into Finishing School before something terrible happens to her. However, by the end of the series over that year of hunting her, Sherlock slowly realizes that Enola has grown into a capable young woman and a brilliant professional detective in her own right. As such, his determination to capture Enola fades until he helps her prove herself to Mycroft who soon respects her liberty.
* ''Literature/TheFearIndex'' has Leclerc who by the end is completely convinced that Alex is mentally unhinged and tries to stop him.
* In the ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Blood Pact'' Inquisitor Rime seems too eager to see Gaunt guilty of being a Chaos agent. When [[spoiler: it turns out that Rime is really a Chaos officer]], things suddenly make so much sense.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** The Ministry of Magic much of the time, especially under the Fudge administration -- especially in Book Five, or with Sirius Black in general.
** Umbridge initially seems to be this, in her first appearance by Book 5. By ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', though, it's clear that the law is more just a way to quench some sadistic and power-hungry impulses (whereas, an InspectorJavert follows the law to the letter because they believe in the ''moral'' rightness of it).
* The Seeker in ''Literature/TheHost'', who is convinced that Wanderer is still alive even after she disappears after days in the desert and continues to search for her for months.
%%%* Jan Bublanski in ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy The Girl Who Played with Fire]]''.
* Paula Myo from the ''Literature/PandorasStar'' series by Peter F. Hamilton is genetically engineered to be an Inspector Javert, to the point where she turns in [[spoiler:her parents, who kidnapped her at birth]] for their crimes. When circumstances force her to decide between arresting the WellIntentionedExtremist and saving the human race from extinction, she suffers a near-fatal nervous breakdown.[[note]]Technically a direct homage to ''Literature/LesMiserables'', since Javert DOES suffer a nervous breakdown [[spoiler: (and commits suicide),]] when Valjean's compassion forces him to confront the reality that [[ToBeLawfulOrGood morality and law are not the same thing]].[[/note]]
* The Furies in the first ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' book, which makes sense as this is essentially their function in Myth/ClassicalMythology, particularly in Theatre/TheOresteia, where the Furies relentlessly pursue Orestes.
* Chauvelin of ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel'' -- hmmm... must be a French thing. Charged with hunting down the Pimpernel, he pursues his quarry with a singleminded determination that borders of fanaticism. And he has no qualms about using aristocratic prisoners as live bait for the Pimpernel.
%%%* Yara in ''The Telling'' by Ursula K. Le Guin. [[spoiler: Has a nervous breakdown and commits suicide]].
* Inspector Russell Flint in Creator/TomSharpe's novel ''Literature/{{Wilt}}'', who thinks Wilt has murdered his wife. He's even worse in TheMovie based on the book.
%%%* Inquisitor Thaddeus in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel "Bleeding Chalice".
* In quite a few of Literature/{{Discworld}} City Watch books deliberately set up Commander Sam Vimes as a subversion of this trope. He is absolutely dedicated to the law, and will doggedly pursue any criminal...[[ToBeLawfulOrGood as long as it's just]]. This is made most obvious in Discworld/NightWatch, where he pursues the murderous criminal Carcer, who complains he's being unfairly prosecuted just for stealing a loaf of bread.
* In ''Literature/TheWatchmakerOfFiligreeStreet,'' Dolly Williamson of Scotland Yard is convinced that the titular watchmaker is responsible for making the bombs that Irish nationalists have been setting off in London, and harasses him throughout the book. [[spoiler: It turns out to be the clockmaker working as a police consultant.]]
* In ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'', Miranda is an agent of the Spirit Court tasked with hunting down the main character, Eli, and she's practically obsessed with her task, trying to capture the man even when she's kicked out of the Spirit Court or in the middle of enemy territory. She loses the attitude once the MythArc takes over and she decides she's just being petty at this point.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Lieutenant Gerard, ''Series/TheFugitive'' who will doggedly track down any sighting of Richard Kimble, no matter where it takes him in the country. Hardly surprising given that the character is designed as a modern version of Inspector Javert of ''Les Miserables''.
** Subverted in the series finale as Gerard comes to believe in Kimble's innocence at last and saves the doctor's life.
* Reporter Jack [=McGee=], ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'', who vows to hunt the Hulk down and bring the creature to the law's attention, believing that the Hulk had killed Dr. Marks and David Banner.
* Detective Crumb from ''Series/EarlyEdition'' wanted Gary Hobbes behind bars because of his constant appearance around various calamities. Understandably telling Crumb that a newspaper predicting the future was the reason he was around said calamities would have been a one-way ticket to a nuthouse.
%%%* Danny Concannon, ''Series/TheWestWing'', although he doesn't actually believe the White House is crooked -- he's just making sure it doesn't ''get'' crooked.
* At least in the first season of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', there was a detective named Kate who pursues Angel and his team somewhat relentlessly. Although sometimes she's an ally, eventually she turns into nothing but the Inspector Javert of the show, after [[spoiler: her father is killed by vampires and she blames Angel]]. For example, after a BackFromTheDead Darla tells her that Angel was behind a string of murders, Kate unhesitatingly storms the Hyperion with a SWAT team to have him arrested. However, she is forced to accept the truth when Gunn points out that Angel, being a vampire, couldn't possibly have just stormed in and killed someone in their own home unless he was explicitly invited or the residents were ''already dead''. Later, Holtz takes up the role, though it's a bit more ambiguous as the crimes he seeks justice (or, increasingly, vengeance) for are ones Angel has undeniably committed.
* The cops and prosecutors from ''Franchise/PerryMason''. This is a slight variant in that they believe the hero's clients to be guilty, rather than the hero himself.
* In the second season finale of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', the entire police department becomes this for [[spoiler: Sherlock himself]].
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** In an episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', a renegade Star Fleet officer acknowledges Captain Sisko's pursuit of him as well-intentioned, while he considers himself a Jean Valjean character. Sisko's reaction is to "[[InvokedTrope become Javert]]", and act like a villain, manipulating his quarry into surrendering in an act of self-sacrifice. He does this by [[spoiler: [[DesignatedHero releasing a chemical weapon on a human-inhabited world that makes it uninhabitable to humans]] after Eddington did the same thing to a Cardassian-inhabited planet]].
** The entire Federation is this in the eyes of the Maquis. It's somewhat telling that the destroyed Maquis ship whose crew later joined ''Voyager'' is mentioned as having being named the ''Valjean''.
** [[Literature/LesMiserables The trope namer]] is explicitly discussed in the episode. Sisko and Dax read a digital copy of the novel while discussing how to use it to thwart Eddington's plans (since Eddington sees himself as Valjean specifically as he has also read the novel), and Dax says she is not a fan of Victor Hugo's writing, saying it is too sprawling for her taste.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' does this. All the time. The latest one has been [[spoiler:Special Agent in Charge of D.C. Branch, Larry Moss]], who believes [[spoiler:Jack Bauer has gone off the far end with the death of Bill Buchanan, and is off on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against everyone who has wronged him]].
** Completely subverted in the case of [[spoiler: Chloe O'Brien]] in the final season. [[spoiler: Chloe]] initially doesn't believe Jack's claims that [[spoiler: the Russian government is really behind all the attacks on New York since she's worried he's snapped after the murder of Renee Walker]]. She's wrong about them not being involved. [[spoiler: She's completely right about him going off the deep end. In the end Chloe now has to expose the Russians as the real villains and simultaneously [[SaveTheVillain keep Jack from killing them and starting an international crisis]], instead making her a SympatheticInspectorAntagonist]].
* All forms of law enforcement in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' are after the brothers for the various crimes they have committed and been framed for over the course of their demon hunting careers. At one point when they realise that the FBI has a division working on their case they just sit, stare at each other and realise just how royally screwed they are if anyone catches them.\\
The Inspector Javert in this case is Agent Henricksen, who eventually comes around to the Winchesters' innocence in "Jus in Bello," before [[spoiler:being killed by the BigBad]].
* The marshal pursuing Kate on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' He finally caught her, but then died in the plane crash.
* This from ''Series/PrisonBreak'''s creator and head writer: When the second season of ''Prison Break'' was pitched to the network as something akin to ''Series/TheFugitive'', executives asked the writers to include a "Tommy Lee Jones" antagonist to hunt down the protagonists. This led to the character of FBI Agent Mahone, who spent the first seven episodes portrayed as an intense, intelligent but well-intentioned FBI manhunter. Then he started murdering the fugitives, on the orders of the evil Company who threatened to kill his wife and son if he didn't comply. It got worse from there. Mahone's intelligence and [[WorthyOpponent ability to rival]] Michael turned him into an EnsembleDarkHorse. In the following seasons, Mahone's crimes committed while in pursuit of the [[VillainProtagonist protagonists]] ruined his role as Inspector Javert and made him part of the criminal team, and [[HeelFaceTurn therefore one of the "good" guys]].
* Lt. Jon Kavanaugh of ''Series/TheShield'' fits, though his target, Vic Mackey, isn't innocent to say the least despite being the protagonist.
* Almost every season of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' had an SFPD detective out to expose the Halliwells, due to the proliferation of incidents that they seemed to be on the periphery of. Whether eventual ally, lover or near-caricature (Season 8's Sheridan actually best fits the Javert description) one and all tend to suffer for getting between the Halliwells and those targeting them.
* Detective Dorn from ''Series/DeadlyGames'' was following the ''Charmed'' path, but the series was CutShort before his investigation got very far.
* Doubly subverted by Detective Tritter of ''Series/{{House}}'': he's really out for personal revenge against House, but House really ''is'' guilty of abusing prescription drugs. Tritter's entire basis for squeezing the hospital and House was that he was a suspected drug dealer, which is laughable considering how obsessive House is about about hoarding his Vicodin.
* Francis in the television version of ''Series/LogansRun'' swings between this and SmugSnake.
* Bilar Crais from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' is a combo if this and ItsPersonal, spending all of Season 1 being the BigBad, trying to bring to justice/get revenge on John for accidentally causing the death of Crais' brother.
* John Doggett on ''TheXFiles'' starts out as this, with his belief that Mulder ran away for some mundane reason (so he's the AgentScully ''to Agent Scully'') rather than it being the deed of the GovernmentConspiracy. It is after some time working as Scully's partner that he comes to believe Mulder's innocence.
* Numerous characters from the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' universe go through this from time to time, but the most egregious examples have been Jack [=McCoy=] and Elliot Stabler, both of whom have done things during cases that should have gotten them fired or even locked up.
** Benson also displays this tendency, on multiple occasions confronting a suspect or person of interest who claims they either haven't done things or won't or are on the way to changing and telling them that people like "them" don't stop or change, and it's just a matter of time.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Judoon seem to be a whole race of Inspector Javerts. Ruthless, efficent, logical, and not really caring about the morality of the crime or sentence. That said, they will follow the laws of the planet they are on, such as following the speed limit in a car chase and handing out a promise to return/repay the car's owner for the trouble. Justice must be served.\\
In their first appearance, they transported an entire hospital to the moon in order to pursue their quarry without infringing on Earth's sovereign jurisdiction. The Doctor has to spent most of the episode outrunning them, since their execution order didn't specify '''not''' to kill any ''innocent'' alien they might find in the hospital.
** The entire government of Gallifrey is this to The Doctor from as far back as the Second Doctor's story ''The War Games'' and have escalated to truly monstrous UngratefulBastard levels by ''Face The Raven''. This has come to bite them in the ass, however, because their constant belief that The Doctor conspires against them has him declare "ThenLetMeBeEvil" on the following episode, ''Heaven Sent'', and ''seriously'' tried to do so.
* Psi Cop Bester from ''Series/BabylonFive''. He is a consistent thorn in the side of the entire B5 crew and does a few truly reprehensible things to them, but it's usually because he genuinely believes that he is acting in the best interests of his people, the telepaths, who are persecuted by "mundanes" such as the B5 commanding staff. He is also always quick to remind them that he has the authority of the law behind him.
* The GreyAndGrayMorality makes things slightly ambiguous, but one of Nucky Thompson's antagonists in ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' is a KnightTemplar Prohibition agent, Nelson Van Alden, who becomes obsessed with exposing his criminal activities [[CowboyCop at all costs]]. He finally succeeds in JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope when he [[spoiler:murders his own partner for {{corrupt|Cop}}ion, which once it's found out puts him on the run]]. He does manage to convince his superiors of Thompson's criminality, however, and his replacement on the case is a much more level-headed and competent SympatheticInspectorAntagonist.
* In ''Series/TheATeam'', the military police who are chasing the A-Team qualify as this, notably recurring antagonists Colonel Lynch, Colonel Decker, and General Fullbright. Fullbright doubles as a GeneralRipper.
* Slater from ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses''. He will nick for anything you've done! In fact he will nick you for anything you '''haven't''' done and he won't let a little thing like "Innocence" get in his way!
* Detective Fales from Denver in ''Series/{{Longmire}}''. He's investigating [[spoiler: Walt and Henry]] for the murder of [[spoiler: the crackhead who killed Walt's wife]]. This bites him in the ass big time when [[spoiler:Longmire discovers Fales suppressed evidence that would link David Ridges to said crackhead, and gives it to his daughter, allowing the charges against Henry to be dropped.]] The tragedy is that his targets are actually guilty of a series of lesser but still serious crimes but he is too focused on exposing Walt as a corrupt sheriff to consider the whole picture.
* Renee Montoya plays this role in the early episodes of ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' pursuing the mistaken belief that Jim Gordon [[spoiler: framed Mario Pepper and murdered Oswald Copplepot]]. The situation is further complicated by the fact that Jim is engaged to her ex Barbara and she continues to carry feelings for Barbara. Her partner Crispus Allen calls her out of this saying she is taking things too personally.
* ''Series/DayBreak'': Detectives Spivak and Choi, who are investigating the Garza murder and proceed to arrest Hopper for the crime the conspiracy framed him for. Choi proves to be more reasonable than his partner however, and actually helps Hopper after Hopper saved his life in one loop.
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "Badge of Honor", an old friend of Seth's arrives in Cabot Cove. He is followed by a private eye named Jarvis who has been dogging him for years, convinced that he was responsible for a jewellery store robbery.
* ''Series/CSIMiami'' had InternalAffairs Sergeant Rick Stetler, who constantly popped up the moment he so much as imagined any member of the team was doing something corrupt and had a very personal beef with Horatio Caine (because Caine had made Lieutenant before him, and Stetler decided to believe that Caine had done it through dirty means). [[spoiler: He also had an abusive relationship with his girlfriend (who was Caine's sister-in-law through his dead brother) and was finally PutOnABusToHell when he was discovered to have been stealing impounded vehicles to sell off and had an Assistant District Attorney killed to keep it quiet]].
* ''Series/KaitouSentaiLupinrangervsKeisatsuSentaiPatranger'' gives us Keiichiro Asasi/Patran #1, the leader of the Patrangers. Despite the rival team, the Lupinrangers, stealing away [[MacGuffin the Lupin Collection]] from the villains to protect them, he is unflappable in his dedication in eradicating crime and has declared them criminals because "a thief will always be a thief". This is a source of grief for both teams, but he opts to letting them go if something more pressing happens after a while.

[[folder: Roleplay]]
* Pharisee in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' is depicted as an arrogant, self-righteous individual who has decided it is his divine right to impart justice on wrong-doers, [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity even though the world isn't as black and white as he sees it]]. There are two notable instances of Pharisee being the Inspector Javert:
** During the hunt for TheMole, Pharisee came to the conclusion, with much tangible evidence to support it, that Amanda Claw was actually Silencia Venomosa, a ruthless assassin and mercenary, and was thus most likely the Mole. While he was correct in his deduction of Venomosa's identity, what he could not comprehend was that [[ReformedCriminal Venomosa had retired and was striving to redeem herself of her crimes]]. As a result, [[spoiler:he was wrong about [[RedHerringMole Amanda]] being the Mole]].
** During the FinalBattle, there is one point where Pharisee, while tracking down a pair of [[DirtyCoward deserters]] (including one BoxedCrook), was mercilessly beating Montoya, a former small-time criminal who was also trying to go straight and was just trying to get back home to his wife. After tracking down one of the deserters, Pharisee ''did'' have a HeelRealization of sorts in regards to the needlessly brutal treatment of Montoya.

* In the musical of ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', the literal Inspector Javert is a [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] version of himself. He comes across as completely obsessed with catching Valjean and Valjean alone, as opposed to being the well-intentioned extremist he is in the novel. It's mainly due to the necessary distillation of the 1900+ pages that was the original work.
* ''Theatre/BellsAreRinging'' has Inspector Barnes, a Vice Squad cop eager to get a promotion by closing down Susanswerphone on the flimsiest circumstantial evidence that the answering girls are too close to their subscribers.
* In ''Theatre/TheScarletPimpernel'', Chauvelin- just like the original character in the eponymous [[{{Literature/TheScarletPimpernel}} novel]]- is an agent of the French revolutionaries and once ordered to hunt down the Scarlet Pimpernel, he stops at nothing to do so.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Agent Nightengale from ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' has convinced himself that the eponymous hero is responsible for his own wife's dissappearance, and is utterly bullheaded towards any attempts, by Alan or otherwise, to dissuade him of this.
* Noel in ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'' is this when she comes across Ragna, the highest bounty criminal wanted by her organisation NOL. This was dropped as she came to learn [[HeroWithBadPublicity about him personally]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'':
** In the Templar path, Knight Commander Meredith believes that Hawke somehow masterminded the entire Mage-Templar conflict and that he/she is a greater threat to Kirkwall than the rogue Circle that Hawke just helped her to Annul. At the beginning of the FinalBattle she prays to the Maker to give her the strength to defeat the great evil she imagines Hawke to be. She has a [[HeelRealization moment of doubt]] when she realizes she's losing, [[IgnoredEpiphany but it passes quickly]].
** In the Mage path and if Hawke is a Mage, she believes that in addition to orchestrating the rebellion, they're using BloodMagic to corrupt her fellow Templars and turn them against her. She becomes even ''more'' convinced of this when Knight-Captain Cullen finally has enough of her tyranny and tells her that if she wants to arrest Hawke, she has to [[GoThroughMe go through him]] first. At that point in the game it's obvious that she's [[spoiler: been driven kind of insane by the Lyrium Idol]].
* Carla and Tyler from ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}''. Subverted in that they are absolutely correct in their suspicions of Lucas; it's just that the AncientConspiracy is far more important than the murder he committed.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'': As TheCaptain of Alexandria's 'Knights of Pluto', Steiner is naturally distrustful of [[GentlemanThief Zidane's]] intentions with [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Garnet]]. Zidane's a decent guy, though, if a bit of a ChivalrousPervert.
* The first ''VideoGame/FrontMission'' game features the [=O.C.U.=] and [=U.S.N.=] (later called [=U.C.S.=]) as this trope toward one another, being two rivaling super-powers [[spoiler:until the cease-fire that incorporates them both into the Peace Mediation]], which together becomes this toward [[spoiler:the "terroristic" Soul of Huffman]].
** The Commander (Lloyd/custom name) ends up as this toward [[spoiler:Driscoll]], except that [[spoiler:he turns out more '''exactly right''' than he ever assumed]].
** It is interesting to note that Colonel Olson, who rags on the main commander for such a thing, [[spoiler:himself pretending to be this to disguise being [[TheMole one of the two moles]]]]!
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', SpiritualSuccessor of ''Fahrenheit'', has Lt. Blake thinking that Ethan Mars, the RedHerring suspect, is the Origami Killer. [[spoiler: He's wrong]]. He's less heroic as other examples, being an incompetent RabidCop who is convinced of Ethan's guilt despite the flimsy evidence.
* The police in ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'', to an extent; the main characters ''are'' fighting for free expression, but since they do so via graffiti...
* Spectre Jondam Bau from ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' to Kasumi. Okay, Kasumi really ''is'' a thief, but it's a bit odd to be pursuing a woman who mostly goes for artwork during the ''Reaper invasion'', when one would think the focus would be on the ancient beings who are out for the blood of every sentient organic race. He does [[WorthyOpponent respect her enough]] that when she sends him a tip relating to the war he pursues it, but after [[spoiler: she saves his life]] and either dies or appears to his first reaction is "I was going to arrest her!"
* Deputy Chief Jim Bravura in the original ''VideoGame/MaxPayne''. He returns in the sequel as DaChief with the eponymous protagonist serving under him.
* Goyoda Heiji/Bob Copper in ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce''. He has a valid reason to believe Mega Man is bad in the anime, as he at one point cuts open a truck full of radio viruses slated (presumably) for cleaning or deletion while trying to escape a particularly nasty enemy. Though the man is [[WhatAnIdiot hilariously incompetent]] at this, despite being very competent at everything else regarding his job, and very, very persistent. Geo seems to be incredibly good at this ClarkKenting thing.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'': The Neo Arcadians, four of them being the Four Guardians, hold this to an extreme against most reploids, including Zero [[spoiler:in the first two games]]; whether [[spoiler: Copy-X]] truly believes this or simply pretends is debatable. Later on, they all [[spoiler:slowly come around, Fefnir the fastest and Leviathan the slowest]].
** Though in ''Zero 3'' Harpuia has [[spoiler:come around concerning Zero]], he still [[spoiler:takes a while learning to trust the rest of LaResistance]].
* The cops and prosecutors from ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' are similar to the ones in ''Franchise/PerryMason''... well, except for [[spoiler:Manfred von Karma]] in the first game, [[spoiler:who knows damn well who the real killer is, because it's himself]].
** Franziska doesn't care if the defendant is guilty or innocent, as long as she wins the trial.
** Edgeworth in particular is like this toward the end of the first game's second case (when [[spoiler: Phoenix]] is the defendant). Not too long afterward, this trope gets subverted at the end of the third case when Edgeworth [[spoiler: is convinced that Phoenix's client is innocent and joins Phoenix in going after one of the witnesses]].
** Shi-Long Lang, and his relentless hunt to convict criminals and his dislike for Edgeworth because he's a prosecutor, despite him reforming. Amusingly his wolf-like design inverts Javert's description as 'a Dog among Wolves.'
* To some extent Vhailor from ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' qualifies for this role. Although the nature of the story makes it go a rather unusual route. It gave him superhuman powers. He was conscious of it, and so was The Nameless One, whose GenreSavvy Practical Incarnation decided to bottle him up, not just to put a halt to his relentless pursuit, but for later use.
* Carmelita Fox from ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' believes Sly is nothing but a low-life criminal and will try to gun him down whenever she sees him. Sly's actually more of an AntiHero who steals from other criminals for his own purpose, but he's a whole lot better than the baddies in the series.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
%%%** ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'': Knuckles in his original appearance.
** ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'': The G.U.N Commander, who wanted Shadow captured, dead or alive.
** ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'': Played straight with Silver, thinking Sonic was the Iblis Trigger. [[spoiler: He's actually right, [[OurHeroIsDead but not in the way he predicted]]]].
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'':
** Leblanc, Adecor, and Boccos. They never quit chasing Yuri. Even when you fight Adecor and Boccos in the Coliseum, they're ''still'' trying to arrest him.
** Flynn plays the part for a bit with Yuri, too.
* Maiev Shadowsong in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII: The Frozen Throne'' starts off as one, dedicating an exorbitant amount of time and energy into tracking down her former prisoner Illidan Stormrage. However, as the campaign goes on, she becomes increasingly determined to capture Illidan not for justice's sake, but to avenge the deaths of the Wardens who died guarding or trying to recapture Illidan, which leads to some very rash decisions and, eventually, her to being captured by the very man she was hunting. By the time ''The Burning Crusade'' expansion of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft"" rolls around, it's stopped being about justice and has become [[ItsPersonal very, very personal]], to the point of where she finally exacts her revenge...only to find she's got nothing left to live for afterwards.
** Fully subverted with her reappearance in the novel ''Wolfheart'', where her [[PrinciplesZealot Principles Zealotry]] leads her to turning against her own people, disgusted with them letting the Highbourne back into Night Elven society during her absence.
* Inspector Juste Volerti of ''VideoGame/AviaryAttorney'' is described this way. The object of his focus is the [[SerialKiller Viridian Killer]] who severely injured him eighteen years ago. [[spoiler: He comes to think the game's protagonist is this killer and does something awful and inethical trying to prove it.]]
** The prosecutor Severin Cocorico had no single fixation, but is revealed to have once been convinced that his job was to put every criminal or potential criminal on the execution block or in prison. However he underwent CharacterDevelopment and has become more willing to bend and chooses good over lawful any day.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Miko Miyazaki from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' at first, until she [[ObstructiveZealot goes off the deep-end]] thinking she is the 12 gods' vessel.
* Agent Rammer from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' relentlessly tries to capture Dr. Schlock and Aylee, who are, admittedly, often on the murky side of the moral spectrum.
* Klaus Wulfenbach from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. He's chasing down Agatha when she hasn't done anything yet...but he has ''very good reason'' to not want an "untried Heterodyne heir" running amok through Europe. He also believes her to be The Other, given that the last time he met Agatha she was possessed by The Other. In the next arc, he'd be willing to ignore his grievous injuries and knock down Castle Heterodyne to get at her...if his own son wasn't in there too.
** As of the first Paris storyline, [[spoiler: Agatha is still possessed by the other and fairly predictable and minor incidents are known to be capable of giving the Other control, so Klaus' fears have been upgraded from paranoid fanaticism to 100% justified in all respects, making him more of a HeroAntagonist.]]
* Captain Jhalm from ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'' believes that Digger is dangerous and repeatedly tries to capture her.
* Emile Severin from ''WebComic/{{Sire}}'' is an inversion, believe it or not. While he regularly [[SlapstickKnowsNoGender beats up Susan]] for being a {{Jerkass}}, he still treats her and Anna as innocent due to not knowing they're guilty of [[spoiler: murdering Paul]]. It doesn't hurt that [[spoiler:he's related to the actual Javert,]] [[http://sire.smackjeeves.com/comics/746546/chapter-3-page-5/ either]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'' has Captain Emil Toma and his subordinate, Elka, who both mistakenly believe Duane and Sette to be members of the Red Berry Boys, a gang that kidnaps people, cuts out the organs, and uses the space to smuggle an illegal substance inside them. On the plus side, they're at least also going after actual members of the Red Berry Boys.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' had Thomas run afoul of a particularly over zealous constable who makes a big deal out of Thomas travelling down a tramway without cowcatchers and side plates, [[IdiotHero to which Thomas remarks that he doesn't catch cows]]. The constable marks Thomas as a [[{{Delinquents}} regular law breaker]], despite the fact that his predecessor [[FriendOnTheForce whom Thomas was good friends with]] had no problem with Thomas using that road. Supplementary materials written by the Reverend Awdry explain that the offending officer enforced small laws that none of his peers really cared about.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond:'' Barbara tends to come off as such towards Terry. It's shown to its greatest extent in "Eyewitness," in which Spellbinder uses his illusion technology to make Barbara believe that Batman had murdered Mad Stan in cold blood. When he is exposed and promptly arrested, Spellbinder takes the time to taunt Barbara:
-->'''Spellbinder''': You were ''so'' ready to believe the worst [in Batman], [[MasterOfIllusion it]] was ''easy''.
** Barbara [[HeelRealization even acknowledges herself]] that she screwed up big-time and gives Terry a public service award as an apology.
* In the first two seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', the grouchy and hot tempered [[DaChief Chief Rojas]] was this to Batman, thinking him just as much a "freak" as the guys in Arkham. In the first season, Detective Ellen Yin was the same, but she changed her mind by season two, becoming Batman's ally.
* Agent James Bennet in ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'' genuinely believes that Zeta has been turned against them and is a threat. Despite the number of times he has saved people, the comments of his own team, and the time Zeta saved his own son. But this may have changed when [[spoiler:he overheard that the chip in Zeta's head was a [[PersonalityChip conscience chip]], and is indeed ''not'' working for terrorists]]. However the show was canceled before anything could be shown.
* ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'': Commander Feral, continually running them down to the media for the property damaged caused by actually stopping the threats to the public. At least partially because he and the Enforcers are unable to.
* Truant Officer Langley Turk from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' episode "Field Trip of the Just". Turk is determined to bust Fillmore for truancy because of Fillmore's delinquent past. Fillmore actually has a pass allowing him to be out of school, but Turk assumes it is a forgery.
** To be fair when Turk had reason to to believe Filmore was playing truant since he ran away when asked to produce the pass again. Though by that point the pass had been destroyed so he 'couldn't' have given it to him. Not that Turk would have believed him anyway.
* Flint in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades''. He pursues the titular Renegades for their actions against COBRA, not knowing that COBRA is a VillainWithGoodPublicity.
* [[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Gatchaman]] [[{{Expy}} Expies]] the S-Force[[note]]A pun on "G-Force", two of the three English dubbed versions of the show[[/note]] from ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' come to Earth to fight Coop because they think he's a bad guy. So does their regular arch-nemesis, who wants to [[WeCanRuleTogether team up with him]]. Coop's attempts to prove that he is a good guy don't work out very well.
* Leela is like this towards Fry when they first meet on ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', relentlessly pursuing him in attempt to assign him a career. It's later subverted, as she's chasing after Fry on orders only, and hates her job. [[spoiler: This is what makes her quit and join Fry and Bender.]]
* The Van Helsing parody Ludwig Von Goosewing in ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'', who is fundamentally incapable of grasping that his quarry is a harmless VegetarianVampire.
* Razoul from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is also this, though particularly in the animated series he has his SympatheticInspectorAntagonist moments. [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn He does get better]] at the end of the threequel, though]].
* Jim from ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' is this for Season 1. He suspects that Jeremie and his friends are up to no good since they've been sneaking around a lot within the last few months. Near the end of the season, his determination to find out the truth leads to him chasing Jeremie through the dorms, which leads to the latter getting a twisted ankle and Jim being fired. But that leads to him learning the truth and becoming an ally, meaning that after the gang presses the ResetButton, he becomes a much better character.
* Solomon, the leader of G3 ([[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Galactic Guardian Group]]) in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''. He's not a villain, but still is suspicious of whoever's controlling the Titan.
* [[WhamEpisode Subverted]] in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. [[WellIntentionedExtremist Jet]] spends a few episodes trying to prove that Zuko is a firebender. He is right, but Zuko has changed from an AntiVillain to a ByronicHero, and the audience is set up to expect that he'll make a full HeelFaceTurn any time now - leading most of said audience to root for Zuko and consider Jet an InspectorJavert. Then Zuko [[spoiler:helps Azula take over Ba Sing Se, revealing Jet to really have been a SympatheticInspectorAntagonist]].
** On its continuation series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Chief Bei Fong's EstablishingCharacterMoment is getting in Korra's face after she faces off against some members of the local Triad and demolishes half of the street taking them down and gives her the riot act, declaring that the fact she's the Avatar (and the reincarnation of her mother's best friend) will not earn her any special treatment from her (and almost has her tossed in jail until Tenzin arrives and negotiates). Many episodes afterwards have her treating Korra like a punk even after it's been made clear that [[CopsNeedTheVigilante The Cops Need The Avatar.]]
* Amanda Killman from ''WesternAnimation/{{Bunsen is a Beast}}'' is determined to expose Bunsen as evil and dangerous when he's clearly nice.