troperville

tools

toys

Wiki Headlines
It's time for the second TV Tropes Halloween Avatar Contest, theme: cute monsters! Details and voting here.

main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
Film: Top Dog
Top Dog is a 1995 buddy cop film starring Chuck Norris as Jake Wilder and... a dog named Reno. Despite their friction, the duo fight crime, most notably a white supremacist group which has been bombing numerous buildings and plans to assassinate The Pope at a Coalition For Racial Unity rally.

It uses pretty much every cop cliche in the book. See also Walker, Texas Ranger for a similar Chuck Norris vehicle. See also K-9 and Turner and Hooch.

This film provides examples of:

  • Awesome, but Impractical: Early in the film, a group of terrorists disguised as clowns pays Jake's house a visit. One of them does a pointless front flip over a hedge before shooting.
  • Buddy Cop Show
  • Catch Phrase: Jake: "Damn dog."
    • "That dog's a real hero, you know that?" "Yeah, so I've been told."
  • Chase Scene: There's one when two of the neo-Nazis try to cross the border with weapons in their trunk, and peel away from the patrolmen who were going to search it.
  • Cowboy Cop
  • Dead Partner: Reno's partner was killed.
  • Destination Defenestration: Jake kicks a druggie through a window. Reno gets the credit.
  • Dog Food Diet: Sort of. At one point, Jake brings home a chicken dinner. But he leaves the room and when he returns, he finds Reno has dug into his chicken. Angered, Jake asks what he's supposed to eat; Reno pushes the can of dog food intended for him in front of Jake's shoes.
  • Flashback Nightmare: Reno frequently has one about his old partner, who was killed in the line of duty.
  • Groin Attack: Jake lands one on a druggie early in the film.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy
  • Monster Clown: As mentioned in Awesome, but Impractical, the terrorists are dressed as clowns.
  • Montages: Matthew and Reno at a fair. Also counts as filler, since it doesn't advance the story.
  • Slow Motion
  • Stuff Blowing Up
  • Trash of the Titans: Jake's bedroom. It's so messy he can't find the phone, even when it's ringing.
  • Turn in Your Badge: Jake is on suspension at the beginning of the film, but is pulled out of it to help crack the white supremacy case.
  • Visionary Villain: The villain, Nelson, has a very clear goal in mind: He wants to unite all sorts of hate groups with one attack in order to spread his neo-Nazi agenda all over the world.
    Nelson: In a single blow, we can initiate the movement which will sanitize this country for generations! We must succeed. We will succeed!


  This page has not been indexed. Please choose a satisfying and delicious index page to put it on.  



random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
6659
31