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Cowboy Cop: Anime & Manga
  • Leon from Bubblegum Crisis.
    • Spinoffs give him a reason: he was in a SWAT team before and had to face rogue boomers with just a riot shield and (maybe) a shotgun. One can get a little iffy in such situations.
  • City Hunter has inspector (later superintendent) Saeko Nogami, who is willing to hire a professional killer offering her own body as payment to take down the worst criminals, only to refuse to actually pay. Due a combination of being very smart and the daughter of the superintendent-general (the chief of the whole police in Tokyo), she not only gets away with it but manages to pass herself as a By-the-Book Cop.
  • Juna in Earth Maiden Arjuna starts out as a Cowboy Magical Girl, mowing down through Raajers until Da Chief Chris tells her to stop.
  • In Gunslinger Girl, this is what got Hillshire thrown out of Europol.
  • Dominion Tank Police is what happens when you get an entire battalion of guys like this. And in a humorous twist, the most cowboy of the cowboy cops in the squad is the only girl in the squad: Action Girl and Cargo Shipper Leona.
  • Batou in Ghost in the Shell is a good example for an actually heroic cowboy cop, but the whole Section 9 could fit this trope as well. Even Aramaki and the Major, who are much more sophisticated and less hot-blooded don't have the law very high on their list of priorities. Given the corrupt state of the Japanese government and the fact that Section 9 seems to spend more time fighting against rival national security and military forces loyal to other factions of the government than actually dealing with terrorists, it's understandable.
    • In short, the whole Section 9 is a shining example.
  • Daisuke Aurora in Heat Guy J.
  • "Sleepy" John Estes, the titular Mad Bull 34, always acts in the interest of justice first and foremost. He does this by killing every violent criminal he meets — it's very rare for him to make an actual arrest. His chief thinks he' a disgrace to the uniform and keeps trying to curtail his exploits or get him fired, but Internal Affairs says he's clean (he's not).
  • One Piece has Captain Smoker, the main protagonist's primary Inspector Javert / Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist. In fact, his tendency for this is implied to be the main reason why he had his rank during the start of the series — Smoker's strength was well beyond that of a captain at the time. Eventually, he gets promoted to Commodore, and then Vice-Admiral, and is still chasing after Luffy.
  • One Officer Jenny in Pokémon. She'll attack you with a bowling ball before sending out her Chatot, buddy.
  • Hibari in Speed Grapher is a justified version: She gets away with being a Cowboy Cop because her chief is terrified of her. Besides, she doesn't attack people; she self-defenses them.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, pretty much any cop that isn't a Corrupt Cop is like this. Even Tetsu Ushio qualified after his Heel-Face Turn. (Considering that the card game is Serious Business even to the police, and with motorcycles in this one, it's no surprise.)

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