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->'''Del Spooner:''' Robots don't feel fear. They don't feel anything. They don't eat. They don't sleep.\\
'''Sonny:''' I do. I have even had dreams. \\
'''Del Spooner:''' Human beings have dreams. Even dogs have dreams, but not you, you are just a machine. An imitation of life. Can a robot write a symphony? Can a robot turn a... canvas into a beautiful masterpiece? \\
'''Sonny:''' Can ''you?''
-->-- ''Film/IRobot''

SaltAndPepper BuddyCopShow [[InSpace In]] CyberPunk! When there's a series of mysterious murders or crimes taking place in a [[PunkPunk cyberpunk]] setting, the local [[PrivateDetective gumshoe]] is paired up with [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots a shiny new partner with all sorts of attachments]]. Usually done in TheyFightCrime style with one or both characters overcoming [[FantasticRacism prejudices/technophobia]]. Sometimes the human detective will say something like "I hate technology" with the android responding "I am technology".

A lot of times this leads to someone asking WhatMeasureIsANonHuman

Compare CopAndScientist.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/TheBigO'' episode "Eyewitness", which teams recurring [[FriendOnTheForce Military Policeman]] Dan Dastun with robot detective R. Freddy O'Reilly. And to a lesser extent, ''Anime/TheBigO'' in general, starring [[RobotGirl R. Dorothy Waynewright]] and Roger Smith. "Eyewitness" is a full-episode homage to Asimov's ''Robot Trilogy'', mentioned below.
%%* Creator/OsamuTezuka's ''Anime/{{Metropolis}}''
* In ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'', the eponymous J is a large stoic android always ready to hand out an epigram on what it means to be a man, who works with the 'cool' and laid back Daisuke (Dice). Collectively they form the investigative team of the Special Services Bureau in the city of Judoh.
* In ''Manga/DimensionW'', main character Kyoma is a technophobic bounty hunter who tracks down illegal power sources and their distributors. Early on, he finds himself partnered with Mira, a highly-advanced android. He spends most of the series casually insulting her.
* ''Manga/AstroBoy'': Though not technically [[BuddyCopShow cop buddies]], Astro's crime-fighting often leads him to work alongside [[DaChief Inspector]] [[NobleBigotWithABadge Tawashi]]. And by "works alongside" I mean [[TeethClenchedTeamwork "argues with"]]. ''Manga/{{Pluto}}'', Creator/NaokiUrasawa's re-take on one of the story arcs in the original manga, has Gesicht filling in both the detective and the robot role.
* ''Anime/ArmitageIII'' plays this straight, down to the "I hate technology" exchange.
* ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'', sorta. Less Android and more {{Cyborg}}; less Detective and more SWAT/Counterterrorism. Besides the Deunan–Briareos pairing, there is also the Deunan–Hitomi pairing; Deunan is initially shocked that Hitomi is a bioroid (artificial human).
* ''Manga/GiantRobo'' includes an android detective.
* ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' is a variation, with a team of cyborg investigators (with much more of their bodies being cyber than organic). Togousa, being the least cyberized (and implied to be the most human) is TheHeart of the squad, but most of the characters are shown to still be essentially human, even if some installments of the franchise seek to explore what that exactly means.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The comic ''ComicBook/TheSurrogates'' is definitely noir and cyberpunk, as well as the movie adaptation.
* ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' has the uneasy alliance between the Imperial Guard and the Brothers of the Sacred Grove (not technically robots, but magically-animated puppets with many robot-like mannerisms).
* In ''ComicBook/TopTen'', android cop Joe Pi has to deal with several cyber-phobic colleagues, including his new partner Irma Geddon.
* The premise of ''ComicBook/{{Darkminds}}'' has detective Nagawa paired up with android Akane Nakiko (well, officially she's a cyborg, but it's more a matter of being an android with some biological components) to solve the "Paradox" murders [[spoiler:which turn out to have been perpetrated by one of Nakiko's prototypes]].
* Any Autobot or Decepticon in ''Franchise/TheTransformers'' with a police vehicle as their alt-mode tends to be some form of cop, though the exact nature varies. Prowl, for example, is a rabidly ByTheBookCop [[spoiler: at least before he started suffering SanitySlippage]] while Streetwise tends to be portrayed as more of a CowboyCop.

[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/IRobot'', which is [[DolledUpInstallment loosely based]] on Creator/IsaacAsimov's work.
* ''Film/OsmosisJones'' is a parody of this, with the "human" cop as a white blood cell and the "robot" cop as a pill.
* In ''Film/TheodoreRex'', cyborgs and dinosaurs are commonplace. The main characters are a dinosaur and a cyborg (played by Creator/WhoopiGoldberg) who are BuddyCops.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* Creator/IsaacAsimov's Robot Trilogy, starting with ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'', are the UrExample of this trope. These feature Earth detective Elijah Baley teaming with R. Daneel Olivaw, one of the very first "humaniform robots" - realistic-looking androids. Lije and Daneel are partners in the first book and remain good friends throughout the rest of the series, but each book of the trilogy examines a different facet of the relationship between robots and humans at a societal level.
** As the UrExample, it established many of the conventions of this trope, despite the lack of many traditional CyberPunk elements (unsurprising, as the book was written before the advent of microcomputers, let alone the Internet).
* ''Brillo'' by Creator/BenBova and Creator/HarlanEllison (It's steel fuzz, get it?)
* The sixth book in the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' series, ''One of our Thursdays is Missing'', has the fictional Thursday and her newfound clockwork butler Sprockett investigates an accident.
* No-one actually officially partners with them in the traditional sense, but from ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' onwards Golems begin to join the Ankh-Morpork City Watch in the Literature/{{Discworld}} series. They're treated largely in-line with this trope until eventually they're just treated as coppers.
* The Creator/AlanDeanFoster novel ''Greenthieves'' deals with a detective who's paired with a singularly perverted 'humaniform' android, as well as a snarky ([[AndIMustScream if only in his mind]]) Minder, basically a floating, orb-shaped AI.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* Joey from ''Series/{{Friends}}'' gets a gig as the human half of the TV detective team "Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E."
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' by way of Jack Carter and Andy in one episode. Andy is back, [[spoiler: as Jack's permanent deputy, Jo is now head of security at Global Dynamics]], as of season 4.
* ''Mann & Machine'' was a sadly short-lived 1992 series where Yancy Butler plays an android detective that, as is often seen in such series, her human partner didn't trust to make life-and-death decisions.
* ''Series/HolmesAndYoyo'' is one of the (if not ''the'') earliest TV examples, as it ran from 1976-77. It was a more comedic take on the idea than the later shows that would run with it, where HilarityEnsues as Holmes tries to conceal the nature of the frequently-malfunctioning Yoyo (aka Gregory Yoyonovich) from the rest of the department.
* 1973's ''Series/RobotDetective'' had this going, though it hewed closer to the action-based {{Tokusatsu}} style common at the time.
* Recurring character Hymie (a robot) would often team with Max during a case on ''Series/GetSmart''.
* Franchise/RoboCop had a partner in [[Series/RoboCopTheSeries the spin-off TV series]] (and Officer Ann Lewis in the movies).
* ''Series/FutureCop'': based on ''Brillo'', but without giving Bova or Ellison any credit, or payment, until after they sued.
* The sadly short-lived ''Series/TotalRecall2070'' (which always seemed more of a Film/BladeRunner spin-off somehow) paired senior detective David Hume with [[WetwareCPU Alpha Class]] android Farve.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', the android Data likes to play Franchise/SherlockHolmes on the holodeck, with his human best friend Geordi [=LaForge=] as [[TheWatson Dr. Watson]].
* ''Series/AlmostHuman'' has Karl Urban teaming up with a SuperPrototype android partner. It's either law or department policy that ''all'' detectives must have an android partner, though most of them prefer the emotionless MX line.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Robots of Death" has a subplot revolving around an apparently unrelated human and robot (Poul and D84), who turns out to be a buddy cop team there to identify which person on the sand miner is secretly a terrorist. Unfortunately, Poul's UncannyValley {{Phobia}} causes him to have a meltdown and D84 dies in a HeroicSacrifice to protect the Doctor.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'' is a prime example. You can choose how you treat your RobotBuddy, so you can either be good pals or you can be a total asshole to him.
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Anachronox}}.''
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', Nick Valentine is ''both'': He's a (self-aware) [[FlawedPrototype old-model]] synth who has the neural copy of a pre-war police officer, and has a hard-boiled film-noir style detective persona (and a [[UncannyValley significant amount of missing skin coverings]]).
* Two of the hunters in ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'', Bucket and Cabot, used to be partners in the Hub Marshalls. By the events of the game, they've been retired for some time, but the mutual respect they formed had them stick together as Planet Tamers.
* One of the main characters in ''VideoGame/DetroitBecomeHuman'' is an android working for the police, who is teamed up with a grizzled cop to solve murders.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* ''Automata'', a ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/6/12/ sub-comic.]]
* The webcomic ''[[http://registered-weapon.com/ Registered Weapon]]'' is about a SociopathicHero CowboyCop teamed up with a cash register-turned-robot who are partners as LAPD homicide detectives.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury'' had compudroid!Watson.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has Smitty (human) and URL (pronounced "[[PunnyName Earl]]"), who double as a parody of SaltAndPepper duos. We don't know if this is standard practice because [[OddlySmallOrganization they're the only cops we ever see...]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': Captain Fanzone could be this to the Autobots. His CatchPhrase is "This is why I hate machines," although he eventually develops a grudging respect for the Autobots. When he's actually paired with an Autobot he grumbles but does his job like a pro.
* All ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' units in the series of the same name follow this dynamic.
* Arguably the Chief in the ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'' cartoon. A few episodes show him to have at one point had a robot body (which he describes as 'useless') and was Carmen's partner before she became a thief.