C.O.P.S.C.O.P.S. or the Central Organization for Police Specialists is a team of the best law enforcers in the United States. C.O.P.S. was founded and lead by "Bulletproof" Vess with the expressed purposes of stopping the Big Boss and his gang's rampant control over Empire City. Each member of C.O.P.S. has a special skill, weapon and/or vehicle used to effectively stop crime in its tracks, and is also based on a particular law enforcement archetype.
Bulletproof (Archetype: FBI Agent/Detective)
Real Name: Baldwin P. Vess
Voiced by: Ken RyanAn FBI Agent brought into Empire City by Mayor Davis to take down Big Boss and his gang of crooks. He is gravely injured after a conflict with some of the crooks. To save his life, he is given an experimental surgery which gave him a special armor plated cybernetic torso to repair his body. The torso is bulletproof (get it?), can plug into other machines and control them and contains disks that can short circuit any robot or machine the crooks have up in their arsenal. As leader of C.O.P.S., Bulletproof assigns which officers are best suited to handle a case.
- Catch Phrase: "It's Crime Fighting Time!", "Here's how the caper went down." and "Case Closed!"
- Positive Discrimination: He's a hyper-competent, African-American, FBI agent, cyborg who leads a crack team of heroes.
- Punny Name: "Bulletproof" Vess?
- Sunglasses at Night: It's extremely rare for Bulletproof to go shadeless, though he does lower them in at the end of the Title Sequence, as seen above.
LongArm (Archetype: Patrol Officer/Beat Cop)
Real Name: Patrick "P.J." O'Malley
Voiced by: John Stocker- A patrolman born and raised in Empire City, LongArm serves as the second-in-command of C.O.P.S. He is the 10th generation of O'Malleys to be a police officer and is a very firm believer in the law. He can detain or capture criminals using a device on his arm that fires out a single handcuff attached to a thin but strong cable (his "powercuffs").
- By-the-Book Cop: Even more than the others, he's portrayed as the ideal paragon of a police officer.
- Generation Xerox: As stated, he is the 10th generation of O'Malleys to be a police officer.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: LongArm's gauntlet.
- Number Two: treated as the field leader of the team when Bulletproof remains at HQ.
- Officer O'Hara: his real name is Patrick O'Malley.
- Everybody is Single: Subverted He's Happily Married and has a son.
Mace (Archetype: SWAT Officer)
Real Name: Colt Howards
Voiced by: John StockerOriginally a member of the Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team, Mace is very skilled weapons expert and can contain the toughest situations single-handedly. He is rarely ever seen without his trusty laser bazooka.
- BFG: Isn't a Laser Bazooka a bit much for a policeman?
- Dating Catwoman: Nightshade was Catwoman.
- Energy Weapon: His laser bazooka.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Nightshade
- Improbable Aiming Skills: The intro shows him cutting a neat circular hole in a freeway to drop a pair of escaping Crooks from below.
- Sunglasses at Night: Very rarely without his goggles.
- Talking to Himself: With Sundown and Big Boss.
Highway (Archetype: Highway Patrol Officer)
Real Name: David Y. Harlson
Voiced by: Ray JamesOriginally a member of the California Highway Patrol based in San Francisco, Highway rides the "Bluestreak" motorcycle, the fastest vehicle in the C.O.P.S.' arsenal. Because of the "Bluestreak's" speed, Highway often cuts the crooks off before they can escape.
- Badass Biker: A motorcycle cop, drives the "Bluestreak"
- Casanova Wannabe: Mostly in the comic.
- Punny Name: David E. Harlson rearranges to Harl E. David-Son, and he's a motorcycle cop.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Mainframe in the comic.
- Talking to Himself: With Barricade.
Bowser and Blitz (Archetype: K-9 Officer)
Bowser's Real Name: Rex Pointer
Bowser voiced by: Nick NicholsOriginally members of the Chicago PD's K-9 Unit, Bowser, is an expert animal handler with an interest in dogs and Blitz is Bowser's cybernetic canine partner that is very intellegent and can think like a human being. Blitz was once a normal dog, but, like Bulletproof, he had to be be rebuilt into a cyborg after a near fatal accident.
- Expy: Bowser and Blitz were mostly based on a similar human-and-canine duo, Mutt and Junkyard, from G.I. Joe, since the filecards for both toylines were written by Larry Hama.
- Heroic Dog: Blitz
- Hollywood Cyborg: Blitz
- Intellectual Animal: Blitz
- Mysterious Animal Senses: Blitz has many of these, evil detection, good person licking, evidence/criminal tracking etc.
- Meaningful Name: "Rex" is a common dog's name, and "pointer" is a breed of dog.
- We Can Rebuild Him: Blitz
Barricade (Archetype: Riot Control Officer)
Real Name: Stan Hyde (TV show)/Stan Bach (comics and toy file card)
Voiced by: Ray JamesOriginally a cop from Detroit, Barricade often worked as a crowd control officer and also has skills as a negotiator for peaceful resolutions. He wears riot gear on patrol and uses the "MULE", a streamlined battering ram that can launch its head, to peacefully detain crooks and knock down doors and walls.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: His experience in crowd control comes from growing up in a household with eight kids and only one bathroom.
- Odd Friendship: He becomes pals with the Instant Justice robot he had talked down at the end of "The Case of The Bogus Justice Machines".
- Punny Name: "Stan Bach" sounds like "Stand Back", something a crowd control officer would say.
Sundown (Archetype: Texas Ranger/Cowboy)
Real Name: Walker Calhoun
Voiced by: Len CarlsonA former member of the Texas Rangers, Sundown is a quick and gifted gunslinger, keeping a pair of pistols at his sides when needed. He also is proficient with a lasso.
- Cowboy: his archetype
- The Gunslinger: the other part of his archetype
- My Greatest Failure: Blames himself for the Face–Heel Turn of his old partner Johnny Yuma.
Mirage (Archetype: Vice/Undercover Officer)
Real Name: Suzie Young
Voiced by: Elizabeth HannaMirage is an officer originally from San Francisco, where she did mostly undercover missions. A master of disguise, Mirage is able to spy on the crooks unnoticed.
- Master of Disguise: her gimmick on the team.
- Toyless Toyline Character
- Two Girls to a Team: With Mainframe.
- Twofer Token Minority: An Asian woman.
Bullseye (Archetype: Helicopter Patrol Officer)
Real Name: Hugh S. Forward (TV show)/Hugh S. Sikorsky (comics and toy file card)
Voiced by: Peter KeleghanAn ace helicopter pilot from the Miami PD, Bullseye flies the "Air Raid" a two-cockpit helicopter with twin machine guns. With the "Air Raid", Bullseye is as skilled in hunting down and capturing crooks as he is doing aerial reconnicense.
- Ace Pilot: his role on the team.
- Cool Plane: The "Air Raid" (though it is a helicopter)
- Meaningful Name: Hugh S. Sikorsky references to "Hughes" and "Sikorsky", two helicoptor manufacturers.
Hardtop (Archetype: Pursuit Specialist)
Real Name: Donny Brooks
Voiced by: Darrin BakerA rookie patrolman and LongArm's partner before C.O.P.S. is formed, Hardtop along with Mainframe were not initially part of the team. They proved themselves to Bulletproof on the C.O.P.S. first case and became official members. With his highly skilled driving, Hardtop now drives the "Ironsides", an armored assault vehicle with an external machine gun area.
- Badass Driver: his purpose on the team
- Cool Car: With the "Ironsides"
- Dogged Nice Guy, with a dose of The Everyman thrown in.
- New Meat: A rookie cop overall, and isn't initially chosen for the team, unlike his partner Longarm, who was the first memeber recruited.
- Punny Name: His real name, Donny Brooks.
- Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy: Has brown hair in the cartoon and black hair in the comic.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Afraid of heights, but he overcomes this fear in the very first episode.
Mainframe (Archetype: Dispatcher/Technical Officer)
Real Name: Tina Cassidy
Voiced by: Mary LongA rookie officer who works as a police dispatcher. Mainframe along with Hardtop were not initially part of the team. They proved themselves to Bulletproof on the C.O.P.S. first case and became official members. Mainframe has a genius level IQ and is very adept with technology. Her high tech skills become a very crucial part in the C.O.P.S. cases.
- Action Girl: When required, she leaves the computer and joins the action.
- Mission Control: Her principal role on the team, along with some Gadgeteer Genius.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Highway in the comic.
- Toyless Toyline Character: Never had a toy made
- Two Girls to a Team: With Mirage.
Big Boss' Gang (The Crooks)The Big Boss' Gang are some of Empire City's most nefarious criminals. Like the C.O.P.S., the members of Big Boss' Gang brings a special skill, weapon and/or vehicle used to commit their crimes.
Real Name: Brandon Babel
Voiced by: Len CarlsonBig Boss is the source of most of the crime caused in Empire City. With no legitimate business practices as fronts or legitimate wealth from his fortune, Brandon Babel's identity as the Big Boss is obvious. He does very little to hide it, going as far as to extort the mayor and threaten the city publicly. He is also rarely seen without his servant Squeeky Kleen and partially mechanical pet weasel Scratch.
- Catch Phrase: "Crime's a Wastin!"
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite all the crimes he has pulled on Empire City, he hates drugs and refuses to work with anyone that sells them.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice is an obvious imitation of Edward G. Robinson, right down to the ", see?" at the end of many of his sentences. Not to mention the occasional "mah..."
- Power Fist: He has a cybernetic left hand that gets a workout whenever he gets really steamed.
- Right-Hand Cat: Scratch, who is actually a weasel, but still...
- You Killed My Father: In the comic, he blames Bulletproof for the imprisonment and death of his twin brother.
Real Name: Barney L. Fatheringhouse
Voiced by: Paul De La RosaThe nephew of Big Boss, Berserko is an above-average crook who, while lucky at times, is psychotic, foolhardy and terribly incompetent. Because of this, he is imprisoned more than any other crook in Big Boss' inner circle. Twin handguns are his weapon of choice and he often rides the "Jail Bird" air speeder.
- Combat Pragmatist: Whenever he catches the Smart Ball.
- Cool Plane: the "Jail Bird" air speeder, kind of.
- Lucky Bastard: If he escapes arrest, this is usually why.
- Nepotism: Why he's so high up in Big Boss's organization.
Dr. BadVibes and Buzzbomb
Dr. BadVibes' Real Name: Percival Cranial
Dr. BadVibes Voiced by: Ron RubinAn archetypical Mad Scientist, Dr. BadVibes used to work for the Comtrex corporation, before he was fired for stealing. He joined Big Boss' gang almost immediately and proved his use almost as quickly. A gifted inventor, Dr. BadVibes inventions usually aid in the plans of the crooks.
- Meaningful Name: BadVibes' real last name is "Cranial", and he has an oversized brain...
- My Brain Is Big: Evidently, BadVibes' brain is too big for his head to naturally hold, thus necessitating the glass braincase.
- The Smart Guy: BadVibes is this to the Crooks, not that he has much competition.
Real Name: Constantine Saunders
Voiced by: Nick NicholsThe Big Boss's personal bodyguard and hitman, McBoomBoom is an old-school gangster with a cold personality, and a hatred for bugs. His signature weapons are machine guns, a tommy gun he keeps in a violin case and two machine guns that are cybernetically implanted in his chest.
- A-Team Firing: In the comic, he doesn't want to kill anyone, just make them suffer greatly, but he normally doesn't hit anybody.
- Chest Blaster: The chest guns mentioned above.
- Senseless Violins: The toy comes with a huge cello case, and we bet it isn't because he's got a recital coming up.
- Indeed, the action figure's gun fits inside the cello case.
Real Name: Edmund Scarry
Voiced by: Brent TitcombUnlike most crooks, Rock Krusher likes being in jail, but when the Big Boss is in need of his services, he can easily break out. Rock Krusher is incredibly strong and resistant to harm. His tool of the trade is a jackhammer.
- Cardboard Prison: All of Big Boss' gang can break out of prison, but Krusher actually willingly lives there until Big Boss needs him.
- Dumb Muscle: Though in all fairness, while he's no genius, he's not incredibly dumb and if often shown to be one of the more competent members of the Crooks. The guy did almost succeed in taking over a prison and destroying half the city. At any rate, he's no Berserko.
- Weapon of Choice: A jackhammer.
Real Name: Stephanie Demeanor
Voiced by: Tabitha St. GermainMs. Demeanor is an ugly, callous, musclebound crook who is as strong (if not stronger) than Rock Krusher, picking large items and punching through walls with little effort. She also is armed with a pistol whenever the situation requires it.
- Body Horror: A humorous example from issue #12 of the comic. In order to get Berserko to break off his engagement to Ms. Demeanor, Dr. Badvibes attempts to use technology to make her dumber than Berserko. He fails, but inadvertently makes her as ugly as she is in the cartoon.
- Boobs of Steel: The largest bust of the four main woman characters and she's incredibly strong.
- The Starscream: In the comic, she wants to usurp Big Boss by seducing Berserko.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's quite manish compared to Nightshade... unless you count the clothes.
Real Name: Ted Stavely
Voiced by: Dan HennesseyTurbo is Big Boss' personal getaway driver and auto mechanic. He is able to drive and control any vehicle, though he mostly drives the "Roadster", a drag racer with an external machine gun area.
Real Name: Rafaella Diamond
Voiced by: Jane ScholettleNightshade was from a very rich family, but was disowned when she turned herself to a life of crime. She now is an expert cat burglar on the Big Boss' payroll, but she isn't too chummy with him and is only in his racket for the potential monetary gain.
- Big Sister Instinct: Towards her innocent little sister.
- Dating Catwoman: She was Catwoman to Mace's Batman.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She has a little sister whom she cares deeply about...
- Even Evil Has Standards:...and whom she will do anything to keep out of a life of crime.
- Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: In a twist that shocks no one, jewels are her favorite thing to steal.
- Spy Catsuit: Used during her robberies.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly girl to Ms. Demeanor, but with tomboy clothes
- Twofer Token Minority: An African-American woman.
- Maybe. She seem to lean more towards Ambiguously Brown at times, although thanks to inconsistent animation she sometimes had a Caucasian skin tone.
Real Name: Dirk McHugh
Voiced by: Marvin GoldharBig Boss' personal servant, Squeeky Kleen has a special microphone attached to his ear where he can only hear the words of Big Boss. He is almost always by the Big Boss' side, rarely working on the plans with the other crooks.
- Bald of Evil: Although Squeeky himself isn't terribly evil, he does work for a crime boss.
- Comm Links: Squeeky's earpiece, used to keep in touch with the Big Boss at all times.
- Toyless Toyline Character: The only man in the category.