This is a cop's cop. He is incorruptible, competent, and feared by evildoers. If he is not Da Chief
it is likely because either he is too young, or his path is blocked by Obstructive Bureaucrats
who fear him for obvious reasons.
He is often a By-the-Book Cop
, though some versions have a bit of Cowboy Cop
in them. May be a Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist
. If he is an Inspector Javert
, he will be portrayed sympathetically as a Worthy Opponent
and he is only on the opposite side by an unfortunate error in the system or else because the protagonist is a Villain Protagonist
. Often, because Elites Are More Glamorous
, this kind of Cop belongs to a famous law enforcement organization: effectively the constabulary equivalent of a Badass Army
Very often, he's a Determinator
who is Lawful Good
— with a strong accent on lawful
. Generally a fair cop, though if the protagonist is operating outside the law, he'll pursue him as relentlessly as anyone else. You very much do not want to do something to make him follow you.
The Trope Namer
is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, one of those "constabulary Badass Army
" type organizations, thanks to the famous motto: "The Mountie always gets his man!
". (It's not really
their motto—that's "Maintain The Right"—but it's gotten established in pop culture that way.
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- Molson (IIRC) Lager commercials: "Malcolm the Mountie Always Gets his Can".
Anime and Manga
- Inspector Zenigata from Lupin III thinks of himself this way (To be fair, he's successfully caught everyone he's gone after who isn't part of Lupin's gang).
- Inspector Lunge from Monster loses his family and eventually takes an unpaid vacation of several months to try and catch Tenma. He's so determined that, while dying of blood loss he handcuffs himself to Tenma to try and stop him from escaping.
- Inspector Clouseau from The Pink Panther believes he is this.
- Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) in The Fugitive and U.S. Marshals.
- Jack Valentine in Lord of War.
- From Clue:
Wadsworth: Like the mounties, we always get our man!
Green: Mrs. Peacock was a man?! (Mustard and Wadsworth slap him)
- Horse Feathers' Professor Wagstaff (Groucho Marx) is no lawman, but at one point he invokes the trope in song anyway:
My son is right, I'm quick to fight, I'm from a fighting clan
When I'm abused or badly used, I always get my man
No matter if he's in Peru, Paducah, or Japan
I go ahead, alive or dead, I always get my man
- The Dick Tracy movie. Breathless Mahoney also has a song called "I Always Get My Man" but it's about... something else.
- The Rhodian Navy collectively in Over the Wine-Dark Sea. They keep the peace in the Aegean and they are feared by pirates.
- Discworld: Sam Vimes, Carrot as his right-hand man.
- Solomon Kane, who once pursued a bandit from France into the middle of Darkest Africa.
- Zinc Chandler, a Mountie from Michael Slade's RCMP novels, recited the Mounties' "Get Your Man" slogan repeatedly in his head when he shook off the effects of being rendered nearly unconscious. Nearly all of Slade's Mountie heroes fit this trope, singly or collectively.
- In the Commonwealth Saga, Paula Myo fits this trope to a T. Genetically engineered to be an incorruptible super-cop, she has been working for the Serious Crimes Directorate for centuries, and in all that time has only failed to solve one case. Which she is still pursuing, after a century and a half. When circumstances force her to decide between arresting the Well-Intentioned Extremist perpetrator and saving the human race from extinction, she suffers a near-fatal nervous breakdown.
- Harry Bosch, the hero of many a Michael Connelly mystery novel, is this with Cowboy Cop mixed in.
- Lt. Eve Dallas in J.D. Robb's In Death series.
- Corellian Jedi are characterized as utterly devoted and incorruptible lawmen who are feared by evildoers in the Corellian sector. The Corellian Security Force (Cor Sec) has this reputation as well, and Jedi Master Corran Horn is both a Corellian Jedi and an ex-cop.
- Dudley Do-Right. He is a Mountie, after all (see below).
- Klondike Kat always gets his mouse!
- Joe Swanson in Family Guy has always gotten his man. Always. One episode actually centered around him losing his first criminal ever, but of course he catches him by the end of the episode.
- In an episode of Evil Con Carne, when Hector is told that he is being targeted by the Mounted Police, he shouts "The Mounties!? They always get their man!".
- Though they may or may not qualify under the trope, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, one of those "constabulary Badass Army" type organizations that have a lot of these kind both in fiction and presumably in Real Life, are the Trope Namers here, thanks to the famous motto: "The Mountie always gets his man!". (It's not really their motto—that's "Maintain The Right"—but it's gotten established in pop culture that way.)
- Even referenced in Peabody's Improbable History segment of Rocky and Bullwinkle when Peabody and Sherman went back in time to Canada to meet a Mountie who always gets his man. He couldn't arrest a wanted Native American because she's a woman which turns out to be a man in disguise at the end.
- Robert Carrey, an Elizabethan adventurer who served as Warden of the Northern Marches and patrolled the Anglo-Scottish border keeping evildoers at bay. A decent and honest man and too seldom remembered.
- Eliot Ness: He and his men were not called "the Untouchables" for nothing. He was an US Treasury agent who kept organized crime at bay in Chicago in the days of Al Capone.
- In a town in Arizona a highwayman lies buried at the graveyard. Marked on his tombstone is "Wells Fargo Never Forgets".
- Theodore Roosevelt apparently acted like this back in his days as a New York Police Chief. He'd go patrolling in the streets and if he saw a cop acting corrupt (taking bribes, hassling people for no good reason), he slapped them and then fired them on the spot.