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->''Michael Knight is today's hero!''\\
''Driving [[CoolCar the car of tomorrow]]!''\\
''Together, they're the ultimate crimecrashers!''
-->--'''Magazine/TVGuide advertisement''' on ''Series/KnightRider''

[[OddCouple Two very different characters]] are obliged to work together to solve a crime. The premise is very often, but not always, expressed in {{trailers}} and pitches as "[[WunzaPlot One's an X. One's a Y.]] Together, they fight crime!" So much that it's almost become a {{Stock Phrase|s}}. Expect lots of cultural clash humor arising both from different policing traditions and from general personal differences between the two characters. Sometimes the ante will be raised by making the crime-fighters from two groups that are actively antagonistic.

The story often (but not always) involves one character being on his own turf while [[FishOutOfWater the other character is a visitor]]. If there is a sequel, the character who was on his home turf in the first story will probably be visiting the home turf of the other character (the reverse situation).

Can be the premise of a BuddyCopShow, although then there usually needs to be some reason for the other cop to continue hanging around beyond the pilot.

They Fight Crime ''must'' use both WunzaPlot and OddCouple. Please do not add teams of more than two characters, or single characters, no matter how quirky they are.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Advertising ]]
* He's a weed loving gangsta rapper. They're a large respected computer security company. They Fight (cyber)Crime! [[http://www.hackiswack.com/ Seriously.]]
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'': He's a demon from hell with an insatiable appetite for MYSTERY, she's a high school student with an insatiable appetite for FOOD. They fight crime!
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'': She's a [[PlayingWithFire flaming]] {{tsundere}} with a {{katana|sAreJustBetter}}. He's a ghostly [[MissionControl tactical]] power supply. They fight TheLegionsOfHell!
* '' Manga/{{QED}} '' : He's a [[TeenGenius fourteen year old MIT graduate]], she's a police officer's [[GenkiGirl enthusiastic]] daughter. They Fight Crime!
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'': She's a [[TykeBomb nine year old]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction Earthling with insane magical abilities!]] He's a nine year old archaeologist who can turn himself into a ferret! They Fight Magical Crime!
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': He's an age-regressed Sherlockian super-sleuth, she's his unwitting girlfriend/baby-sitter. They Solve Crime!
* Every time Togusa is teamed up with Batou in ''GhostInTheShell'', their relationship fits this trope quite closely. While they have been working in the same unit for quite some time, Togusa is a cautious and serious family man who used to be a police officer, and Batou a former special forces soldier who regularly leaves a trail of destruction and badly beaten up suspects.
* ''Manga/{{Yellow}}'': [[{{Seme}} He's gay]]. [[{{Uke}} He's]] [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday straight]]. They snatch drugs.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'': He's a down-on-his-luck veteran superhero that [[TheLastDJ clings to his old ideals in a world of flashy antics and corporate sponsorship]]! He's a pretty-boy corporate darling with a mysterious past and a mercenary attitude towards superheroics. Together, they generate tons of homoerotic subtext... Oh, and fight crime.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': She's a modern-age high school girl with the powers of a {{Miko}}. He's a Feudal Era half-demon with a {{BFS}}. Together, They Fight Demons (and occasionally collect jewel shards)!
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': He's a laid-back ex-member of a criminal syndicate with a dark and troubled past. He's a former cop with a cybernetic arm and a tricked-out fishing boat. Together, [[PerpetualPoverty They Fail To Collect Any Bountyheads]].
* He's a genius toymaker. She's his girlfriend. Together with their robot dog, they fight crime! They are: Anime/{{Yatterman}}, [[DistaffCounterpart Yatterman 2]], and [[OverlyLongGag Yatterwan!]]
* ''LightNovel/MadanNoOuToVanadis'': He shoots an arrow at her. She makes him a war prisoner. Together, they fight a CivilWar.
* ''Manga/{{Yuureitou}}'': He's a charismatic, [[AntiHero antiheroic]] trans man with a mysterious past! He's a [[LoserProtagonist wimpy]], perverted {{NEET}}! Together, they search for the treasure of the ghost tower...[[MythArc among other things]].
* In ''DeathNote'': One's an [[AmbiguousDisorder ambiguously savant]] ex-TykeBomb with a blunt social awkwardness, terrible hygiene and a sweet tooth; one's a [[TheAce charming]] and [[TeenGenius brilliant]] MagnificentBastard with a near-cult following and a beautiful girlfriend. The latter is [[KillerCop the serial killer they're trying to catch]]. The first one [[PassiveAggressiveKombat knows it]]. ...And together, [[ShootTheShaggyDog They Accomplish Nothing]].
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ''ComicBook/AngelAndTheApe:'' She's a gorgeous [[GreatDetective super-sleuth]] who speaks six languages and [[ActionGirl knows karate]]. He's a comic book artist who [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys happens to be a talking gorilla]]. They Fight Crime!
* ''Comicbook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice:'' One's a dog. The other's a hyperkinetic rabbit-like... thing. They Fight Crime! [[HeroicComedicSociopath Sometimes on purpose!]]
* [[LukeCageHeroForHire Power Man]] and [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]]: Luke Cage is an indestructible badass from Harlem. Danny Rand is a martial arts master CEO. They Fight Crime!
* Comicbook/{{Cable}} is a telekinetic cyborg soldier from the future with a messiah complex. SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} is an insane mercenary who's in love with Bea Arthur and chimichangas (and Comicbook/SquirrelGirl). They Fight Crime! Or cause it, it shifts.
* Franchise/SpiderMan had an issue where Mary Jane helps proposes the following TV pitch: "She's an actress. He's a super-hero. They solve mysteries. Think it'll fly?"
* BoosterGold is a time traveling glory hound. BlueBeetle is a sarcastic inventor. They Fight Crime!
* ''Franchise/GreenLantern'': Hal's an intergalactic cop with a nearly omnipotent ring. [[Comicbook/GreenArrow Ollie]]'s a loud mouthed hippie with a bow. They Fight Crime!
* [[Comicbook/TheAtom Ray Palmer]] is a physicist, [[Comicbook/{{Hawkman}} Carter Hall]] is a re-incarnated Egyptian warrior prince. They fight crime.
* ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'': [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} One is a hyper-controlling, bitter nerd recovering from physical and emotional trauma.]] [[ComicBook/BlackCanary The other is a broken down woman with a history of valuing her boyfriends more than herself.]] Together, They Fight Crime!
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'': One is a young, chaste, straight-edged reporter, the other is a middle-aged, foul-mouthed, alcoholic sea captain. They Fight Crime!
* Quoth [[Comicbook/TheSandman Matthew the Raven]]: "It was like a bad TV show. He's a reincarnated serial killer. His partner's a bird. They're cops."
* ''Comicbook/BrodysGhost'': She's the ghost of a teenaged girl locked out of heaven. He's a self-pitying layabout playing guitar on the streets for tips. They fight crime! [[note]](Specifically, they work together to try to stop a serial killer.)[[/note]]
* ''TheTick'': One's a {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le escaped mental patient, the other's a nervous accountant with glider wings. They Fight Crime.
* ''QuantumAndWoody'': One's a black military veteran armed with an arsenal of gadgets and a thirst for justice. One's a white street-savvy musician with a Zippo lighter and a pet goat. They fight crime!
* ''Comicbook/SinCity'': He's a private eye wanted for murder! She's a silent ninja assassin! They fight crime.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}} and Comicbook/{{Robin}}'': He's a dark, brooding millionaire using a bat-symbol to strike fear in criminals. He's a young, lighthearted, wisecracking teen acrobat. They Fight Crime!
** And in the 90s: [[Comicbook/{{Knightfall}} One's a crippled ex-superhero, the other's a brainwashed religious assassin!]] They Fight Crime!
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* In FanFic/{{Cenotaph}} [[CivilianVillain Purity]] and [[GuileHero Skitter]] team up to fight the ABB. On one hand a flying Blaster, [[TheAtoner ex-Nazi]] single mother. On the other, a ruthlessly intelligent, highly resourcefull teenage highschool student and [[spoiler: newly-minted orphan]] with dreams of being a hero. Together, they fight crime!
* ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'': She's a wealthy {{Yakuza}} heiress, he's a role model for someone who might be {{God}}. They Fight Crime.
** Later, there is also a {{Starfish Alien|s}} [[ArtificialHuman Humanoid Interface]]. And the mentioned {{God}} herself.
* ''FanFic/ACureForLove'': He's the world's [[GreatDetective greatest detective]]. He's the world's most prolific SerialKiller with [[EasyAmnesia amnesia]]. They Fight Crime!
* In a ShoutOut to Bodie and Doyle of Series/TheProfessionals, ''[[FanFic/TheTabulaAvatarUniverse Professional Relationship]]'' has Bodhi, a vampiric BigBad of VideoGame/BaldursGate, save [[Series/{{Angel}} Angel's]] half-demon partner, Doyle. Together, they fight crime!
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[[folder: Film ]]
%% As a general note, [[BuddyCopShow any film that has policemen as the main characters]]. Of course they fight crime.
* ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie:'' "She was six feet of black dynamite. He was a short Hassidic Jew!"...They Fight Crime!
* ''Film/MysteryMen:'' "I am Pencilhead." "And I am Son of Pencilhead!" "We erase crime."
* ''Film/DerWixxer'': He is a fat drunken Chief Inspector with a FreudianExcuse on ThatOneCase! He is a Top Police Academy Graduate and yoyo-fighting inspector with SuperOCD! They're UsefulNotes/BritishCoppers! They Fight Crime!
* ''Film/LastActionHero'': In the Parody-riffic Schwarzenegger vehicle, the audience gets a peek into how partners are assigned at the precinct. "Kowalski, you get the rabbi. Jenkins, you have the animated cat this week."
* ''Film/WildWildWest''. He's a TriggerHappy black U.S. Army captain who was raised by Native Americans! He's a USMarshal who's a MasterOfDisguise and a GadgeteerGenius! They Fight Crime!
* ''Film/BonCopBadCop'': He's Ontarian! He's Quebecois! They Fight Crime!
* ''Film/RushHour''. He's Chris Tucker! He's Creator/JackieChan! They Fight Crime!
* ''Film/ShanghaiNoon''. He's Owen Wilson! He's Creator/JackieChan! They Fight Crime in the old west!
* ''Twin Dragons.'' He's Creator/JackieChan ! He's [[OverlyLongGag Jackie Chan!]] They Fight Crime!
* ''Film/TheThinMan'' series: He's a former private detective! She's a wealthy socialite! They Fight Crime! (Between drinking binges, that is.)
* ''Film/OsmosisJones'': he's a white blood cell, he's a pill to prevent cold-like symptoms! Together, The Fight Crime!
* ''Film/TheLastBoyScout'': He's a former Secret Service agent! He's a former pro-football player! They Fight Crime!
* ''Film/FortyEightHours'' : To quote the [[http://youtu.be/XoAIC2tFfPk?t=29s trailer voice-over]]: "Nick Nolte is a cop, Creator/EddieMurphy is a con." [[YouHave48Hours They have 48 hours]] to Fight Crime!
* ''Film/TheodoreRex'': "A long time ago, in the future": She's a no-nonsense, by the book cop. He's a wise-cracking tyrannosaurus rex. They Fight Crime! (and [[HilarityEnsues hilarity ensues]])
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[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''[[Literature/{{Redwall}} The Bellmaker]]'': He is a [[WarriorMonk young novice mouse from Redwall Abbey]]. She is young warrior mouse and ex-[[LaResistance resistance fighter]]. They team up with her [[BadassGrandpa Badass Pa]] and a [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships militaristic hare]] To Fight Crime!
* ''Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries:'' She's a luscious, highly desirable telepathic barmaid. He's a vampire suffering from anachronistic attitudes. They Fight Crime!
* ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant:'' She is a teenage girl who inherited a mansion. He is a sixgun-toting skeletal-undead sorcerer detective. They Fight Crime!
* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes:'' He's a doctor scarred by the war in Afghanistan! He's a substance-abusing dilettante private consulting detective! They Fight Crime!
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': She's a cop who arrests her best friend every few pages. He's a wizard with trust issues. They Fight Crime!
* ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel:'' [[AndroidsAndDetectives One's a human cop. One's an alien robot cop.]] They Fight Crime!
* ''Snake Agent:'' One's a human cop with a patron Goddess. One's a demon from Hell with an unwanted conscience. Together They Fight Crime!
* ''Literature/TheYiddishPolicemensUnion:'' One's a DefectiveDetective with massive Jewish Guilt [--('''[[TradeSnark TM]])'''--]. One's his sensible half-Jewish, half-Native American cousin. They're cops: They Fight Crime!
* ''Literature/BloodBooks'': She's a former-cop-turned P.I. with a vision problem. He's the vampiric bastard son of HenryVIII. Together, They Fight Supernatural Crime! Now On TV!
** Later, She's a former-cop-turned-P.I. [[spoiler: who is now a vampire. He's her former partner, and still a cop.]] Together, They Fight Supernatural Crime!
* The ''Literature/BloodBooks'' spinoff ''Literature/SmokeAndShadows'' series: He's a gay Production Assistant and wizard-in-training. And ''he's'' still the vampiric bastard son of HenryVIII. They Battle Demons!
* ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'': He's a middle-aged journalist and chick magnet. She's a twentysomething bisexual ass-kicking computer genius who may have Asperger's syndrome. They Fight Crime!
* ''{{Catopolis}}'': Two household pets gain psychic powers, and one of them lampshades it.
-->'''Huey:''' ''You're an Oracular Cat, I'm an Oracular Hamster. We fight crime!''
* Most any of the partnerships in the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series, but in particular: One's the top agent of humanity. The other is a thirty-foot-long winged reptilian alien with multiple eyes on stalks. They Fight Boskone!
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'': One's the Angel who guarded the Gates of Eden, the other's the Serpent that tempted Eve. Together, they [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt prevent the apocalypse!]]
* ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries'': HeterosexualLifePartners Mediochre and Joseph. One's an [[HealingFactor effectively immortal]] TechnicalPacifist with a possibly-supernatural [[AwesomenessByAnalysis gift for probability]]. The other's a BadassNormal [[TheGunslinger gunslinger]]. Together, they catch [[VampireHunter slayers]]!
* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' (Komarre, A Civil Campaign, Diplomatic Immunity): She's a widowed horticulturist; he's a bipolar dwarf. Together, they fight crime!
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/BloodTies:'' She's a Canadian former police detective who is slowly losing her sight. He's a vampire. They Fight Crime!
* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Joey got a starring role in 'Mac & Cheese', a show described as "One's a hard-bitten detective, one's a robot. They Fight Crime!"
** Which may have been a shout-out to the 1976 show "''Holmes And Yo-yo''" (see below).
** In another episode, Phoebe and Monica declare themselves to be a hardass and wuss, respectively.
--->'''Phoebe:''' Hardass and wuss. We could fight crime!
* ''Series/InspectorLynley:'' He's a Literature/LordPeterWimsey with a title and a complicated personal life. She's a cranky, foul-mouthed working-class junk food addict with massive class resentment issues. They're [[OddCouple unlikely]] TrueCompanions and [[TheNotLoveInterest Not Love Interests]] with a healthy helping of UnresolvedSexualTension. They Fight Crime!
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': He's a bestselling mystery writer who doesn't play by the rules. She's a no-nonsense detective who'll do anything to bring a killer to justice. They Fight Crime! And Have Lots Of {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST!
* ''Series/{{Automan}}'': One is a police computer nerd who [[ExplosiveOverclocking overclocks]] the computer and creates a ''Film/{{Tron}}''-like superbeing. The other is that self-same ''Film/{{Tron}}''-like superbeing. They Fight Crime!
* ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'': One's an FBI agent! The other is the Agent's nerdy math-professor brother. They Fight Crime!
* ''Series/KnightRider'': He's [[CatchPhrase a man...who does not exist]]. It's a [[CoolCar car]] [[BagOfHolding holding]] [[AppliedPhlebotinum plot-advancing gadgets]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot with an]] [[SarcasmMode entertaining]] [[RobotBuddy A.I.]]. They Fight Crime!
* ''Series/{{Life}}'': He's an EccentricMillionaire who spent twelve years in prison. She's an ex-junkie with a [[ActionGirl kick-ass attitude]]. They Fight Crime!
* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'': He's a time traveller/coma patient who's {{by the book|Cop}}, and may be going insane. He's an overweight, armed bastard, CowboyCop. They Fight Crime! (And jump over desks!)
* ''Series/DueSouth'': One's a crude, rude American cop. One's a polite, soft-spoken Canadian Mountie. They Fight Crime!
* ''Holmes and Yo-yo'': One's a human cop. One's an experimental robot cop. They Fight Crime!
* ''Series/SimonAndSimon'': Even though they're brothers, Rick and A.J. have nothing in common. They're private detectives, so of course They Fight Crime!
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' parodies this:
** One's a regular cop on-the-beat. The other is God. They fight crime!
** Implied to be the plot of the Tracy Jordan vehicle ''Black Cop, White Cop'', whose poster can be seen on the wall of his dressing room. (Both cops are played by Tracy Jordan.)
* ''Collector's Item'': Creator/VincentPrice is an antique dealer. Creator/PeterLorre... well, it's not entirely clear what he does. He's short and kind of creepy. Together, They Fight Crime.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': One's a slacker with a photographic memory. One's a pharmaceutical rep with an acute sense of smell. They Fight Crime!
* ''Series/{{Covert Affairs}}'': She's a CIA trainee suddenly promoted to field work. He's MissionControl, but he's blind. They Fight Crime!
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': One's a street-smart FBI agent. One's a socially-inept forensic anthropologist. They Fight Crime!
-->'''Booth''': "Look, I'll do my street thing, you do your lab thing, alright? Together, we catch bad guys."
** Another take on them: One's a devoutly religious Catholic who believes in chivalry. One's a rational atheist who believes in gender equality. They Fight Crime!
* Parodied by ''Late Night with Conan O'Brien'': Creator/ConanOBrien is very tall, Robert Reich is a former Secretary of Labor and very short. They Fight Crime!
* Frequently used as a gag on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. For example, near the end of the first-season movie ''Robot Holocaust'', Tom suggests a sequel: "He's a robot. He's a human. They're detectives!"
** An educational short titled "Bodycare and Grooming" inspired the quip, "Body Care! And Grooming! They're cops!"
** Subverted in another episode: "He's a cop! He's a rabbi! They're cops! Except the rabbi!"
* ''Series/ThePersuaders'': One's a streetwise American self-made millionaire, the other is a daredevil English aristocrat. They Fight Crime!
* ''[[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook Angel Summoner and BMX Bandit]]''. One can summon angels, the other rides a BMX. [[ExpositoryThemeTune They're a crime-fighting duo, d-d-d-d-duo, yeahh!]]
** From the same show: Bussman and Christmas. One's a by the book cop, the other is the living embodiment of Christmas Day. They Fight Crime (and eat cookies)!
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': [[AgentMulder He's a misunderstood crackpot]]. [[AgentScully She's a skeptical pathologist]]. They Fight Crime! (And Aliens!)
* ''Past Life'': He's an ex-cop whose wife died (who is totally not going to come up in the series eventually), she's a past life therapist. They fight reincarnation-based crime!
* ''BigWolfOnCampus'': He's a perky, easily frightened, goth with an encyclopedic knowledge of the supernatural; he's an easy going, football playing, werewolf with a secret identity and the ability to kick lots of ass. Together, they fight {{monster|OfTheWeek}}s! With a Kickboxing, Totally BadAssNormal, ActionGirl.
* ''Series/TheAvengers'': He's a suave English gentleman spy. She's an ActionGirl MsFanservice with a preference for catsuits. They Fight Crime, espionage, and unnatural weirdness.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': He's a Nerd with a Magical Database in his head. She's an ActionGirl MsFanservice with [[KnifeNut a thing for knives]]. They Fight Crime ... and Spies!! With their partner, who is a total ColonelBadass!!
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', by virtue of being a police procedural. He's an omnisexual reformed conman who can't stay dead. She's a tough-as-nails policewoman who keeps him sane. They fight crime!
* ''Series/TheSweeney'': He's a tough, no-nonsense, bends-the-rules older cop who's quick-witted and with an eye for drink and the ladies! He's a younger, more inexperienced cop who wants to follow the rulebook yet respects his older partner! They fight crime!
* ''KeenEddie'': One's a scruffy, accident-prone, idealistic detective from Manhattan, the other's a shallow London dandy with an addictive personality and an over-active libido. Together, they fight crime!
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': One's a homicide detective with a dysfunctional family. One's a blueblooded medical examiner with NoSocialSkills and [[BrutalHonesty truth issues]]. They're HeterosexualLifePartners. They Fight Crime!
* ''Series/DarkAngel'': She's a genetically-engineered super-soldier HalfHumanHybrid. He's an incredibly wealthy paraplegic who spends his spare time as an airwave-pirating cyberjournalist. Together, They Fight Crime! Although in season 2, she frees more super-soldiers and they stop fighting crime so much.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'': He's a blue-eyed master criminal genius with a million dollar smile. He's a no-nonsense FBI agent who always gets the bad guys. They Fight Crime!
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': He's a mild-mannered lab tech with a [[SerialKillerKiller Dark Passenger]]. She's a tough, foul-mouthed cop with a heart of gold and a lot to prove. Together, they fight crime (in their own special ways)!
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Two brothers--He's a pre-law student who just lost his girlfriend. He's a charming blue collar bum who can't find their dad. They fight monsters!
* ''Series/{{Sleepy Hollow}}'': She's a police officer with a dead partner and a traumatic paranormal childhood experience. He's a Revolutionary War spy who's been in a magical coma for several hundred years and is mortal enemies with Death. They fight the apocalypse!
* ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'': He's a recently reformed thief with an invisibility gland in his head. He's a jaded veteran and paranoid conspiracy theorist who's been fired from every other government agency in existence. They fight crime!
* ''Series/{{Campion}}''. He's a disinherited member of the aristocracy. He's a former burglar turned valet. They fight crime!
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS1E20TheScienceOfIllusion The Science of Illusion]]": She's a seriously cute recovering teen drug addict. She's a newly-single, single-mindedly Christian housewife and mother. They Fight Crime [[spoiler: or at least attempt to]]!
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. He's an InsufferableGenius with [[NominalHero sociopathic tendencies]] and a habit of [[NightmareFetishist leaving human body parts around the kitchen]]. He's a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] invalided CombatMedic who [[InHarmsWay wants back in on the action]]. They Fight Crime!
* ''Series/TheSentinel''. He's a former Army Ranger turned cop with hyper-acute senses. He's a [[NewAgeRetroHippie long-haired]] Anthropology student. They Fight Crime!
* ''HardcastleAndMcCormick'': one's an ex-con turned race car driver. The other's a retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge. With their prototype sports car [[CoolCar "Coyote X"]]. They fight crime!
* ''T. and T.'' She's a young crusading lawyer. He's Creator/MrT. Of Course they fight crime!
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': She's an FBI agent with a mysterious past, he's a brilliant ne'er-do-well with an even more mysterious one - They Fight Crime along with his father, who's a genuine MadScientist.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' Volume 5: One's a mind-reading detective trying to quit the habit, the other's a mental fragment of a murderous supervillain trapped in the detective's head. They fight crime! ...Or not.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'': He's a detective who wants to be hard-boiled but is too emotional; he's a walking search engine with poor social skills. Together, they fight {{monster|OfTheWeek}}s!
* ''Series/ISpy'': He's a white tennis pro! He's the tennis pro's black trainer! (That was terribly significant in 1965!) They Fight Crime!
* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'': He's an anal retentive stiff! He's his chatty partner! They Fight Crime!
* ''Series/BurnNotice'': He's an out of work spy, she's his trigger happy ex-girlfriend. They Fight Crime along with his buddy who used to report on him to the FBI. And occasionally his mom.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' has done this a few times with [[PlatonicLifePartners Merlin and Guinevere]], notably "[[Recap/MerlinS02E07TheWitchfinder The Witchfinder]]", "[[Recap/MerlinS03E03GoblinsGold Goblin's Gold]]", and "[[Recap/MerlinS04E08Lamia Lamia]]." She's an unassuming handmaiden. He's a long-suffering manservant. Together, they fight frameup-artists, goblins, and man-eating octopus monsters.
* ''Series/CommonLaw'': One's a street-wise loudmouth with a lengthy list of disgruntled ex-girlfriends. The other is a logical former lawyer who's still in love with his ex-wife. They Fight Crime!
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': One's a playboy socialite who was trapped on an island for five years, returning to fix the mistakes of his father and save his city. The other's his bodyguard, a former marine looking for a way to help the world and fight for a cause worth fighting. They Fight Crime, corruption, and the occasional assassin!
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': He's a former spy disowned by the CIA. He's an independently wealthy inventor with a machine that spies on everyone. Together, They ''Prevent'' Crime!
* This seems to be the premise of ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'': he's an unusually empathic FBI agent, he's a cannibalistic psychologist. They hunt serial killers! And get subtly driven to madness by his partner/subtly drive his partner to madness, respectively.
* ''Series/DempseyAndMakepeace'': He's an easy-going blue-collar American detective. She's a by-the-book English noblewoman detective. They fight crime!
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': One is a police detective blessed or cursed with a magic he doesn't understand; the other is a reformed werewolf. They fight crime!
* ''Series/{{Luther}}'': He's a CowboyCop with serious rage issues. She's a malignant {{narcissist}} who got away with murder. They fight crime! And have creepy, creepy {{UST}}.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' referenced this trope during the Glitz Pit challenge. When Mario converses with a Spike Top at one point in the rankings, he talks about distinctive features, his being his spike and Mario's being his BadassMustache. "Spikey Joe and Mustache: Together, they fight crime! That'd make for a killer TV show!"
* Pretty much every ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' game.
** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney:'' One's an [[NaiveNewcomer idealistic rookie defense attorney]]. One's a [[TheSpock logical]], [[TheComicallySerious serious]] [[WorthyOpponent prosecutor]]. They Fight Crime!
*** Alternately: He's a [[FirstPersonSmartass smartassed]] defense attorney with [[ButtMonkey terrible luck]]. She's an [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} out-there]] spirit medium with [[BigEater a big appetite]] and [[ButtMonkey equally terrible luck]]. You know the drill.
** ''VisualNovel/{{Ace Attorney Investigations|MilesEdgeworth}}'' has ''three'' different combinations of this. In all of them, the first person is the aforementioned [[TheSpock logical]], [[TheComicallySerious serious]] prosecutor. Depending on the case, the second person is either a lovable but [[CluelessDetective dumb]] detective, a [[ImprobableAge very young]] prosecutor with a habit of {{whip|ItGood}}ping anyone who annoys her, or a {{highly visible|Ninja}} [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything alleged]] thief.
** ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'': He's a greenhorn attorney. She's [[StageMagician a teenaged magician]]. They Fight Crime!
** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'': One's an experienced, formerly disgraced, attorney back in business after eight long years. One's a FieryRedhead with degrees in psychology and law, as well as the ability to sort through a witnesses emotions. The other one's a HotBlooded, OnlySaneMan who somehow gets [[ButtMonkey less respect than his mentor]], all while acting as a LivingLieDetector. They are the "Wright Anything Agency". They defend people in court and, you guessed it, fight crime!
* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'': He's a laid-back, aloof [[GhostAmnesia amnesiac]] [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghost]] with a drive for justice and CoolShades. She's an idealistic CloudCuckoolander rookie detective [[BigEater who likes chicken]] and keeps getting killed... and again... [[OverlyLongGag and again]]. They solve mysteries, save lives, and (occasionally) fight crime! (or become criminals themselves).
** On the other hand; He's the aforementioned laid-back [[GhostAmnesia amnesiac ghost]]. He's the [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghost]] of a hyperactive puppy pomeranian who will do anything to protect his little miss. They fight crime!
*** This one gets even better once you beat the game and find out... [[spoiler: that you were a cat all along!]]
** One's a serious, idealistic (and quite corpulent) detective who goes by the book and strives to give the best out of himself. The other is a stylish, cool-cat (and quite lanky) police inspector whose every move is literally a dance move and still climbs up the ranks because [[BunnyEarsLawyer he's simply that good.]] They are best pals, and fight crime!
** One's said lanky stylish police inspector, the other is a grumpy former forensic medic for the police who left his job to research a meteorite. They chase down vengeful ghosts!
* In ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', there is a book about ventriloquism which, although only needed for one puzzle, can be used on numerous objects and characters with amusing results. Using it on the head of a donkey costume in the local theater results in, ''"Hi. I'm Frank. I'm a talking donkey. I fight crime."''
* ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'': One's a [[BadassBookworm renowned archeology professor]] and [[AmateurSleuth detective]] (''[[InsistentTerminology not]]'') [[PuzzleGame obsessed with brainteasers]]. The other's a very insistent [[FakeBrit mockney-spouting]] [[AdorablyPrecociousChild little boy]] [[SpeaksFluentAnimal who can talk to animals]]. They [[SolveTheSoupCans solve puzzles]], [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman drink tea]] and occasionally - just occasionally - they fight crime.
* ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2'' as described [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2009/08/12/the-girl-who-wanted-to-be-god/ here]]:
-->He's an amnesiac cybernetic soldier who doesn't know what to do! She's a megalomaniacal artificial intelligence dominatrix who's lost all their power! They Fight The Many!\\
You and her versus the world.\\
She really doesn't like that.
* The famously inept duo of guards from the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series: One's a [[TheAlcoholic constantly drunk]] PluckyComicRelief [[TheDitz ditz]]. One's a StreetSmart SmallNameBigEgo CowboyCop. They're both ''ridiculously'' {{genre blind|ness}}. Together, they will never, ''[[SubvertedTrope ever]]'' succeed in catching the series' protagonist while he robs their charges blind under their noses!
* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'': He's an elementary school student who is assisted by his A.I. program [[spoiler: (older brother)]] in a world where almost everything is connected to a network. They Fight Crime!
** Megaman himself describes official netbattlers as these.
--->'''Megaman''': They fight netcrime.
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'': He's a [[BadassAdorable badass]] [[FunnyAnimal fluffy]] alien [[MrFixit repairman]] with lots of [[{{BFG}} huge guns]]! He's a [[TheSmartGuy clever]], [[RobotBuddy cutesy little robot]]! Together, They Fight Crime... [[foldercontrol]]

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* Parodied in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' in the ShowWithinAShow "Yuppie and the Alien". He is a tough cop transferred to a new precinct, his new partner is a [[RecycledInSpace space traveller]] with a passion for justice. Together, they fight crime in [[Series/MiamiVice designer clothes]], [[CoolCar with a quarter-of-a-million sports car]], [[CoolShip and a UFO]].
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'': Case West: He's an [[IntrepidReporter action photojournalist]] who's [[MemeticMutation covered wars, you know]]. He's a former motorcross champion who needs to [[PapaWolf protect his daughter]] and [[ClearMyName clear his name]]. They fight zombies!
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''. He's a {{Badass}} AntiHero who fights TheEmpire through questionable means. She's a PrincessClassic [[CrapsaccharineWorld whose world is]] [[BreakTheCutie out to break her]] [[DeconstructedTrope in countless ways]]. They Fight Crime (and some {{Eldritch Abomination}}s).
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. He's a male {{Meganekko}} with a [[{{Otaku}} passion for anime,]] a tragic past, poor people skills, and one of the finest scientific minds of his generation! He's a cloned DeadpanSnarker SuperSoldier who likes cardboard boxes, smoking, sneaking, and dog racing! They Fight Giant Robots!
* ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight''. He's a wisecracking, womanizing bookshop owner/mystery novelist with a dark family secret! She's his skeptical Asian-American shop/research assistant! They Fight Supernatural Crime!
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* "Pony Cop" from Webcomic/JohnnyWander.
--> He's a PONY, he's a COP, together they are PONYCOP!
* ''Mr Square'', [[http://revfitz.com/msi177.html Issue 177]]: "He's a chronically depressed loser with nothing to lose. He's a pathologically enthusiastic psychotic sheep who thinks he's an ex-cop. TOGETHER, THEY FIGHT CRIME!"
* ''Webcomic/TheThrillingAdventuresOfLovelaceAndBabbage'': Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace as crime-fighting mathematical superheroes: She's the pipe-smoking, [[NoSocialSkills raised-by-mathematicians]] spawn of Lord Byron. He's an AbsentMindedProfessor with a vendetta against street musicians. They Fight [[http://sydneypadua.com/2dgoggles/lovelace-and-babbage-vs-the-organist-pt-2/ Street Musicians]]!
* ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'': He's an unorthodox thought-police officer with a dark secret. She's a quasi-telepathic autonomous operative of the HiveMind that inhabits her home planet, who can [[{{Flight}} fly]] and [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace breathe in space]]. Together, They Fight Crime!
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': He's an Irish ninja/doctor who wants to be Batman! He's a mustachioed, gunslinging 12-year-old! They Fight Crime!
** The doctor himself has clarified that in point of fact,
--> I wouldn't say that we necessarily fight crime as we...take care of problems that need to be solved with violence.
* ''Webcomic/AxeCop'': He's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a cop with an axe]]! He's a [=dragon/triceratops/tyrannosaurus rex/ghost=]! They fight crime.
** Those last two not awesome enough for you? [[BuddyCopShow They Team Up.]]
* ''[[http://www.registered-weapon.com Registered Weapon]]'': He's a CowboyCop with no regard for life, property damage or hygiene! He's a cash register that was rebuilt into a super-advanced robot! They Fight Crime!
* ''Webcomic/{{Chirault}}:'' He's a demon employed as a demon hunter! She's a CatGirl who's accidentally been shrunk to a few inches tall! They fight demons!
* ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'': He's a 5'2", hyperactive paranormal investigator with [[GenderBlenderName a girl's name]]! He's a laid-back, amnesiac zombie with [[NoNameGiven no name]]! They solve supernatural mysteries!
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' parodies this: see [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2010-06-17 here]].
** He's the [[HalfHumanHybrid Half-Immortal]] [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter son]] of the latest BigBad. She's a [[VoluntaryShapeShifting shapeshifting]] [[NuttySquirrel squirrel girl]] who's also [[HalfHumanHybrid part alien]]. They Fight Crime! [[spoiler: [[FromBadToWorse And fail horribly]]]].
* [[Webcomic/{{Freefall}} He's a ten-ton construction robot. She's a genetically engineered wolf.]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01300.htm They fight crime!]] InSpace!
* Cloud's family in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' spends the second-longest [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2010/07/01/0178-hit-boy/ story arc]] so far doing this in superhero garb. [[spoiler: However, at the end it is revealed that it was just a movie.]]
* ''Webcomic/AGirlAndHerFed'': He's a 6'5" cyborg Federal agent with emotional issues stemming from brainwashing. She's an AxCrazy judo master who sees ghosts and occasionally sets people on fire. They fight a government conspiracy! [[WorldOfWeirdness With the ghost of Benjamin Franklin and a superintelligent talking koala]]!
* He accidentally enrolled in the police academy twice! [[Webcomic/{{Chainsawsuit}} They fight crime!]]
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* Played for laughs (while quoting ''Film/{{Arthur}}'', ''Film/LethalWeapon 2'', and ''Film/FieldOfDreams'') in the Abridged series ''NonePiece''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmsy_2kbqAg]]:
-->'''Shanks''': I am an alcoholic millionaire playboy, who is on the brink of an arranged marriage to a wealthy single woman.
-->'''Luffy''': I am a young Iowa corn farmer with an Oscar winning wife, and paranoid delusional tendencies.
-->'''Shanks''': And together we fight illegal narcotics and crime lords in the mean starts of LA.
-->'''Luffy'''(Coming out of flashback): [[MemeticMutation DAMMIT AUTOCORRECT!]]
* See [[http://theyfightcrime.org/ TheyFightCrime.org]] to get a randomly generated ridiculous-sounding permutation of that phrase.
-->"He's an ungodly Amish farmboy searching for his wife's true killer. She's a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot disco-crazy belly-dancing stripper who dreams of becoming Elvis]]. They fight crime!"
-->"He's a short-sighted alcoholic vampire hunter with a passion for fast cars. She's a manipulative African-American Valkyrie on the trail of a serial killer. They fight crime!"
-->"He's a benighted crooked firefighter plagued by the memory of his family's brutal murder. She's a supernatural gypsy research scientist who hides her beauty behind a pair of thick-framed spectacles. They fight crime!"
-->"He's a time-tossed bohemian waffle chef with a robot buddy named Sparky. She's an artistic mutant museum curator who hides her beauty behind a pair of thick-framed spectacles. They fight crime!"
-->"He's an otherworldly shark-wrestling librarian in a wheelchair. She's a disco-crazy mute mechanic from aristocratic European stock. They fight crime!"
-->"He's an otherworldly one-eyed master criminal from the 'hood. She's a mistrustful tempestuous socialite living homeless in New York's sewers. They fight crime!"
-->"He's a fast talking gay dog-catcher haunted by memories of 'Nam. She's an elegant goth vampire looking for love in all the wrong places. They fight crime!"
-->"He's a [[TotallyRadical deeply religious skateboarding librarian]] haunted by memories of 'Nam. She's a brilliant Bolivian single mother with a knack for trouble. They fight crime!"
** Though the original site has since been taken down, a similar generator can be found [[http://paulm.com/toys/they_fight_crime.html here]].
* The Long Armagedon of the Law[[http://www.tastelesschoice.com/jns.htm]]. He's Jesus, he's the devil. They Fight Crime!
* WebVideo/{{Unskippable}}, in the episode on ''[[VideoGame/{{Onimusha}} Onimusha 3]]'': "One's a Frenchman. One's a samurai. They're cops."
* [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Rorschach]] [[Fanfic/ImAMarvelAndImADC and]] SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}: [[AxCrazy He's a psychopath]]. He's also a psychopath. Together, they fight crime!
** Intended as a one off joke but [[MemeticMutation "because our theme song became a minor internet meme"]] [[{{Defictionalization}} it's become a real]] {{Buddy Cop|Show}} segment on the [[Fanfic/ImAMarvelAndImADC It Just Some Random Guy]] Website/YouTube channel.
-->'''Rorschach:''' [[GoodCopBadCop "How the hell did I end up being the good cop?"]]
* [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/showpost.php?p=4368100&postcount=13 This discussion]] starts off with this concept for a ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}''/''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' crossover before changing it to the more appropriate "They fight Heresy".
** "HE'S An Inquisitor held back from promotion due to his radical ideas of fairness, equitability, and investigating before Exterminating! HE'S a two-legged biological killing machine which consumes men to gain their skills! Together THEY FIGHT HERESY."
* ''WebAnimation/{{Blamimation}}'': He's a Renaissance trout! He's a modern-day hawk! They fight crime! But only above water...
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' played this as a joke, with the newest cop show, where the hardened cop got paired with a kid from the streets, a robot, and a couch To Fight Crime!
** Or the Stewie/[[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] buddy-cop cutaway. "One's a BABY, the OTHER'S...[[AmbiguouslyBrown black? Filipino? Some kind of Spanish]]?"
** Mel Gibson's new [[ActionizedSequel action packed sequel]]: Passion of the Christ 2: [[VerbThis Crucify This!]] Where [[PluckyComicRelief Chris Tucker]] and [[BadassPreacher Jesus Christ]] work together to Fight Crime!
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible:'' She is the popular cheerleader. He is the under achiever who has no friends and a naked mole rat. They Fight Crime! [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld And she'd better be home before 10]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' has the lead protagonists Fillmore and Ingrid of Safety Patrol, one's an ex-hood turned good, the other's a outcast from another school, they fight crime!
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', when Creator/ClintEastwood played a cop partnered with a woman, a cute little kid, an ugly old dog, a dinosaur, and a leprechaun. Later, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger shows up partnered with a pig, an alien, Siamese twins, a sofa, and a second-rate mime.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}''. One's a ByTheBookCop who aspires to be promoted. The other is an out-of-work [[AnimatedActors toon actor]] bobcat. Together, they fight crime!
** Later on in the show: She's a tough, savvy beat cop, he's an out-of-work toon actor bobcat. Together, they fight crime!
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharky_and_George Sharky and George]]'' He's a shark. He's a fish. Together, they fight crime!
* ''WesternAnimation/DynomuttDogWonder'': He's a Franchise/{{Batman}} [[CaptainErsatz rip-off]]. He's an idiot [[RobotBuddy robot dog]]. They Fight Crime!
* ''Super Chicken'': He's a wealthy socialite chicken with a SuperSerum. He's a talking lion ButtMonkey. They Fight Crime!
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb,'' when [[MadScientist Doofenshmirtz]] tries to pitch a BuddyCopShow staring himself and [[DetectiveAnimal Perry the Platypus]] in "Nerds of a Feather":
-->"A fugitive, semi-aquatic special forces amateur stage magician, framed for a crime he didn't commit, [[RefugeInAudacity the 1865 assassination of Abraham Lincoln]], joins forces with a rogue-trillionaire inventor-extreme fighting champion from the future. Together with the aid of "R.I.C.K.", their super crime-fighting talking high-tech rickshaw, they'll bring hope, justice, and varying degrees of aquaticness to a [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Tri-State Area]] in peril. Together, they are...''Doof 'n' Puss!''"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': She's an NYPD detective. They are winged beasts of the night who spent the last thousand years in an enchanted sleep. They fight crime.
* Played with on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', with a two headed goat.
-->'''Homer''': One of you ate tin cans, one of you ate health food. How you solved crimes, I'll never know.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has an in-universe example with Wheels and The Legman, a crime-fighting duo made up by Steve and Roger whose whole existence works upon this. He has working legs. He doesn't. They fight crime! ...well, not really.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': He's an old, bitter ex-vigilante. He's a young, reckless ex-con. They fight crime.
** [[SeasonalRot Season two]] was more: He's a kid with the world's greatest afterschool job. [[CreatorsPet She's]] a {{sassy|BlackWoman}} TeenGenius with a MagicalComputer. They fight crime.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' episode "The Once and Future Thing". He's Franchise/{{Batman}}. He's [[MyFutureSelfAndMe Batman]]. They fight crime.
-->'''Comicbook/{{Static}}''': Wow, Batman playing good cop.
-->'''[[Franchise/GreenLantern John Stewart]]''': Everything's relative.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' has paired [[Series/TheOprahWinfreyShow Oprah]] with Series/DoctorPhil and Creator/BruceWillis with a pair of pants.
* An ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'' short, "A Cop and His Donut", had a rookie cop teaming up with a ''talking donut''.
* Parodied in a [[ShowWithinAShow Film within a Film]] on ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh''.
--> Meet Leon Black. He's a Harvard-educated forensics specialist. Meet Tandoori Jones. He's a fun-loving, typical East Indian cop who plays by his own rules: none. Together they are ''Black & Tan''.
* Originally, ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' was presented as this, (he's a box of french fries, he's a milkshake, he's a meatball, they are detectives.) But the creators silently abandoned the formula ''after the first episode.''
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[[folder: Other ]]
* The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin BouncingCow]] screensaver: "A Cow. A Trampoline. Together, they fight crime."
* When Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, writer of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', was talking about his TV days on an interview, he said that TV networks love this style of pitch because it's simple, consistent and easy to follow. The example he gave was "He's the Pope. She's a chimp. ''They Fight Crime.''"
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