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They Fight Crime
"That's an illegal entry!"
"Screw the law, I have bunny."

Michael Knight is today's hero!
Driving the car of tomorrow!
Together, they're the ultimate crimecrashers!
TV Guide advertisement on Knight Rider

Two very different characters are obliged to work together to solve a crime. The premise is very often, but not always, expressed in trailers and pitches as "One's an X. One's a Y. Together, they fight crime!" So much that it's almost become a Stock Phrase. Expect lots of cultural clash humor arising both from different policing traditions and from general personal differences between the two characters. Sometimes the ante will be raised by making the crime-fighters from two groups that are actively antagonistic.

The story often (but not always) involves one character being on his own turf while the other character is a visitor. If there is a sequel, the character who was on his home turf in the first story will probably be visiting the home turf of the other character (the reverse situation).

Can be the premise of a Buddy Cop Show, although then there usually needs to be some reason for the other cop to continue hanging around beyond the pilot.

They Fight Crime must use both Wunza Plot and Odd Couple. Please do not add teams of more than two characters, or single characters, no matter how quirky they are.

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  • He's a weed loving gangsta rapper. They're a large respected computer security company. They Fight (cyber)Crime! Seriously.

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  • Blood Ties: She's a Canadian former police detective who is slowly losing her sight. He's a vampire. They Fight Crime!
  • On Friends, Joey got a starring role in 'Mac & Cheese', a show described as "One's a hard-bitten detective, one's a robot. They Fight Crime!"
    • Which may have been a shout-out to the 1976 show "Holmes And Yo-yo" (see below).
    • In another episode, Phoebe and Monica declare themselves to be a hardass and wuss, respectively.
      Phoebe: Hardass and wuss. We could fight crime!
  • Inspector Lynley: He's a Lord Peter Wimsey with a title and a complicated personal life. She's a cranky, foul-mouthed working-class junk food addict with massive class resentment issues. They're unlikely True Companions and Not Love Interests with a healthy helping of Unresolved Sexual Tension. They Fight Crime!
  • Castle: He's a bestselling mystery writer who doesn't play by the rules. She's a no-nonsense detective who'll do anything to bring a killer to justice. They Fight Crime! And Have Lots Of UST!
  • Automan: One is a police computer nerd who overclocks the computer and creates a TRON-like superbeing. The other is that self-same TRON-like superbeing. They Fight Crime!
  • NUMB3RS: One's an FBI agent! The other is the Agent's nerdy math-professor brother. They Fight Crime!
  • Knight Rider: He's a man...who does not exist. It's a car holding plot-advancing gadgets with an entertaining A.I.. They Fight Crime!
  • Life: He's an Eccentric Millionaire who spent twelve years in prison. She's an ex-junkie with a kick-ass attitude. They Fight Crime!
  • Life On Mars: He's a time traveller/coma patient who's by the book, and may be going insane. He's an overweight, armed bastard, Cowboy Cop. They Fight Crime! (And jump over desks!)
  • Due South: One's a crude, rude American cop. One's a polite, soft-spoken Canadian Mountie. They Fight Crime!
  • Holmes and Yo-yo: One's a human cop. One's an experimental robot cop. They Fight Crime!
  • Simon And Simon: Even though they're brothers, Rick and A.J. have nothing in common. They're private detectives, so of course They Fight Crime!
  • 30 Rock parodies this:
    • One's a regular cop on-the-beat. The other is God. They fight crime!
    • Implied to be the plot of the Tracy Jordan vehicle Black Cop, White Cop, whose poster can be seen on the wall of his dressing room. (Both cops are played by Tracy Jordan.)
  • Collector's Item: Vincent Price is an antique dealer. Peter Lorre... well, it's not entirely clear what he does. He's short and kind of creepy. Together, They Fight Crime.
  • Psych: One's a slacker with a photographic memory. One's a pharmaceutical rep with an acute sense of smell. They Fight Crime!
  • Covert Affairs: She's a CIA trainee suddenly promoted to field work. He's Mission Control, but he's blind. They Fight Crime!
  • Bones: One's a street-smart FBI agent. One's a socially-inept forensic anthropologist. They Fight Crime!
    Booth: "Look, I'll do my street thing, you do your lab thing, alright? Together, we catch bad guys."
    • Another take on them: One's a devoutly religious Catholic who believes in chivalry. One's a rational atheist who believes in gender equality. They Fight Crime!
  • Parodied by Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Conan O'Brien is very tall, Robert Reich is a former Secretary of Labor and very short. They Fight Crime!
  • Frequently used as a gag on Mystery Science Theater 3000. For example, near the end of the first-season movie Robot Holocaust, Tom suggests a sequel: "He's a robot. He's a human. They're detectives!"
    • An educational short titled "Bodycare and Grooming" inspired the quip, "Body Care! And Grooming! They're cops!"
    • Subverted in another episode: "He's a cop! He's a rabbi! They're cops! Except the rabbi!"
  • The Persuaders!: One's a streetwise American self-made millionaire, the other is a daredevil English aristocrat. They Fight Crime!
  • Angel Summoner and BMX Bandit. One can summon angels, the other rides a BMX. They're a crime-fighting duo, d-d-d-d-duo, yeahh!
    • From the same show: Bussman and Christmas. One's a by the book cop, the other is the living embodiment of Christmas Day. They Fight Crime (and eat cookies)!
  • The X-Files: He's a misunderstood crackpot. She's a skeptical pathologist. They Fight Crime! (And Aliens!)
  • Past Life: He's an ex-cop whose wife died (who is totally not going to come up in the series eventually), she's a past life therapist. They fight reincarnation-based crime!
  • Big Wolf on Campus: He's a perky, easily frightened, goth with an encyclopedic knowledge of the supernatural; he's an easy going, football playing, werewolf with a secret identity and the ability to kick lots of ass. Together, they fight monsters! With a Kickboxing, Totally Bad Ass Normal, Action Girl.
  • The Avengers: He's a suave English gentleman spy. She's an Action Girl Ms. Fanservice with a preference for catsuits. They Fight Crime, espionage, and unnatural weirdness.
  • Chuck: He's a Nerd with a Magical Database in his head. She's an Action Girl Ms. Fanservice with a thing for knives. They Fight Crime ... and Spies!! With their partner, who is a total Colonel Badass!!
  • Torchwood, by virtue of being a police procedural. He's an omnisexual reformed conman who can't stay dead. She's a tough-as-nails policewoman who keeps him sane. They fight crime!
  • The Sweeney: He's a tough, no-nonsense, bends-the-rules older cop who's quick-witted and with an eye for drink and the ladies! He's a younger, more inexperienced cop who wants to follow the rulebook yet respects his older partner! They fight crime!
  • Keen Eddie: One's a scruffy, accident-prone, idealistic detective from Manhattan, the other's a shallow London dandy with an addictive personality and an over-active libido. Together, they fight crime!
  • Rizzoli & Isles: One's a homicide detective with a dysfunctional family. One's a blueblooded medical examiner with No Social Skills and truth issues. They're Heterosexual Life-Partners. They Fight Crime!
  • Dark Angel: She's a genetically-engineered super-soldier Half-Human Hybrid. He's an incredibly wealthy paraplegic who spends his spare time as an airwave-pirating cyberjournalist. Together, They Fight Crime! Although in season 2, she frees more super-soldiers and they stop fighting crime so much.
  • White Collar: He's a blue-eyed master criminal genius with a million dollar smile. He's a no-nonsense FBI agent who always gets the bad guys. They Fight Crime!
  • Dexter: He's a mild-mannered lab tech with a Dark Passenger. She's a tough, foul-mouthed cop with a heart of gold and a lot to prove. Together, they fight crime (in their own special ways)!
  • Supernatural: Two brothers—He's a pre-law student who just lost his girlfriend. He's a charming blue collar bum who can't find their dad. They fight monsters!
  • Sleepy Hollow: She's a police officer with a dead partner and a traumatic paranormal childhood experience. He's a Revolutionary War spy who's been in a magical coma for several hundred years and is mortal enemies with Death. They fight the apocalypse!
  • The Invisible Man: He's a recently reformed thief with an invisibility gland in his head. He's a jaded veteran and paranoid conspiracy theorist who's been fired from every other government agency in existence. They fight crime!
  • Campion. He's a disinherited member of the aristocracy. He's a former burglar turned valet. They fight crime!
  • Community episode "The Science of Illusion": She's a seriously cute recovering teen drug addict. She's a newly-single, single-mindedly Christian housewife and mother. They Fight Crime or at least attempt to!
  • Sherlock. He's an Insufferable Genius with sociopathic tendencies and a habit of leaving human body parts around the kitchen. He's a snarky invalided Combat Medic who wants back in on the action. They Fight Crime!
  • The Sentinel. He's a former Army Ranger turned cop with hyper-acute senses. He's a long-haired Anthropology student. They Fight Crime!
  • Hardcastle and McCormick: one's an ex-con turned race car driver. The other's a retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge. With their prototype sports car "Coyote X". They fight crime!
  • T. and T. She's a young crusading lawyer. He's Mr. T. Of Course they fight crime!
  • Fringe: She's an FBI agent with a mysterious past, he's a brilliant ne'er-do-well with an even more mysterious one - They Fight Crime along with his father, who's a genuine Mad Scientist.
  • Heroes Volume 5: One's a mind-reading detective trying to quit the habit, the other's a mental fragment of a murderous supervillain trapped in the detective's head. They fight crime! ...Or not.
  • Kamen Rider Double: He's a detective who wants to be hard-boiled but is too emotional; he's a walking search engine with poor social skills. Together, they fight monsters!
  • I Spy: He's a white tennis pro! He's the tennis pro's black trainer! (That was terribly significant in 1965!) They Fight Crime!
  • Dragnet: He's an anal retentive stiff! He's his chatty partner! They Fight Crime!
  • Burn Notice: He's an out of work spy, she's his trigger happy ex-girlfriend. They Fight Crime along with his buddy who used to report on him to the FBI. And occasionally his mom.
  • Merlin has done this a few times with Merlin and Guinevere, notably "The Witchfinder", "Goblin's Gold", and "Lamia." She's an unassuming handmaiden. He's a long-suffering manservant. Together, they fight frameup-artists, goblins, and man-eating octopus monsters.
  • Common Law: One's a street-wise loudmouth with a lengthy list of disgruntled ex-girlfriends. The other is a logical former lawyer who's still in love with his ex-wife. They Fight Crime!
  • Arrow: One's a playboy socialite who was trapped on an island for five years, returning to fix the mistakes of his father and save his city. The other's his bodyguard, a former marine looking for a way to help the world and fight for a cause worth fighting. They Fight Crime, corruption, and the occasional assassin!
  • Person of Interest: He's a former spy disowned by the CIA. He's an independently wealthy inventor with a machine that spies on everyone. Together, They Prevent Crime!
  • This seems to be the premise of Hannibal: he's an unusually empathic FBI agent, he's a cannibalistic psychologist. They hunt serial killers! And get subtly driven to madness by his partner/subtly drive his partner to madness, respectively.
  • Dempsey and Makepeace: He's an easy-going blue-collar American detective. She's a by-the-book English noblewoman detective. They fight crime!
  • Grimm: One is a police detective blessed or cursed with a magic he doesn't understand; the other is a reformed werewolf. They fight crime!
  • Luther: He's a Cowboy Cop with serious rage issues. She's a malignant narcissist who got away with murder. They fight crime! And have creepy, creepy UST.

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  • Played for laughs (while quoting Arthur, Lethal Weapon 2, and Field of Dreams) in the Abridged series None Piece[1]:
    Shanks: I am an alcoholic millionaire playboy, who is on the brink of an arranged marriage to a wealthy single woman.
    Luffy: I am a young Iowa corn farmer with an Oscar winning wife, and paranoid delusional tendencies.
    Shanks: And together we fight illegal narcotics and crime lords in the mean starts of LA.
    Luffy(Coming out of flashback): DAMMIT AUTOCORRECT!
  • See TheyFightCrime.org to get a randomly generated ridiculous-sounding permutation of that phrase.
    "He's an ungodly Amish farmboy searching for his wife's true killer. She's a disco-crazy belly-dancing stripper who dreams of becoming Elvis. They fight crime!"
    "He's a short-sighted alcoholic vampire hunter with a passion for fast cars. She's a manipulative African-American Valkyrie on the trail of a serial killer. They fight crime!"
    "He's a benighted crooked firefighter plagued by the memory of his family's brutal murder. She's a supernatural gypsy research scientist who hides her beauty behind a pair of thick-framed spectacles. They fight crime!"
    "He's a time-tossed bohemian waffle chef with a robot buddy named Sparky. She's an artistic mutant museum curator who hides her beauty behind a pair of thick-framed spectacles. They fight crime!"
    "He's an otherworldly shark-wrestling librarian in a wheelchair. She's a disco-crazy mute mechanic from aristocratic European stock. They fight crime!"
    "He's an otherworldly one-eyed master criminal from the 'hood. She's a mistrustful tempestuous socialite living homeless in New York's sewers. They fight crime!"
    "He's a fast talking gay dog-catcher haunted by memories of 'Nam. She's an elegant goth vampire looking for love in all the wrong places. They fight crime!"
    "He's a deeply religious skateboarding librarian haunted by memories of 'Nam. She's a brilliant Bolivian single mother with a knack for trouble. They fight crime!"
    • Though the original site has since been taken down, a similar generator can be found here.
  • The Long Armagedon of the Law[2]. He's Jesus, he's the devil. They Fight Crime!
  • Unskippable, in the episode on Onimusha 3: "One's a Frenchman. One's a samurai. They're cops."
  • Rorschach and Deadpool: He's a psychopath. He's also a psychopath. Together, they fight crime!
  • This discussion starts off with this concept for a Prototype/Warhammer 40,000 crossover before changing it to the more appropriate "They fight Heresy".
    • "HE'S An Inquisitor held back from promotion due to his radical ideas of fairness, equitability, and investigating before Exterminating! HE'S a two-legged biological killing machine which consumes men to gain their skills! Together THEY FIGHT HERESY."
  • Blamimation: He's a Renaissance trout! He's a modern-day hawk! They fight crime! But only above water...

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  • An episode of Family Guy played this as a joke, with the newest cop show, where the hardened cop got paired with a kid from the streets, a robot, and a couch To Fight Crime!
  • Kim Possible: She is the popular cheerleader. He is the under achiever who has no friends and a naked mole rat. They Fight Crime! And she'd better be home before 10.
  • Fillmore! has the lead protagonists Fillmore and Ingrid of Safety Patrol, one's an ex-hood turned good, the other's a outcast from another school, they fight crime!
  • Parodied on The Critic, when Clint Eastwood played a cop partnered with a woman, a cute little kid, an ugly old dog, a dinosaur, and a leprechaun. Later, Arnold Schwarzenegger shows up partnered with a pig, an alien, Siamese twins, a sofa, and a second-rate mime.
  • Bonkers. One's a By-the-Book Cop who aspires to be promoted. The other is an out-of-work toon actor bobcat. Together, they fight crime!
    • Later on in the show: She's a tough, savvy beat cop, he's an out-of-work toon actor bobcat. Together, they fight crime!
  • Sharky and George He's a shark. He's a fish. Together, they fight crime!
  • Dynomutt Dog Wonder: He's a Batman rip-off. He's an idiot robot dog. They Fight Crime!
  • Super Chicken: He's a wealthy socialite chicken with a Super Serum. He's a talking lion Butt Monkey. They Fight Crime!
  • Parodied on Phineas and Ferb, when Doofenshmirtz tries to pitch a Buddy Cop Show staring himself and Perry the Platypus in "Nerds of a Feather":
    "A fugitive, semi-aquatic special forces amateur stage magician, framed for a crime he didn't commit, the 1865 assassination of Abraham Lincoln, joins forces with a rogue-trillionaire inventor-extreme fighting champion from the future. Together with the aid of "R.I.C.K.", their super crime-fighting talking high-tech rickshaw, they'll bring hope, justice, and varying degrees of aquaticness to a Tri-State Area in peril. Together, they are...Doof 'n' Puss!"
  • Gargoyles: She's an NYPD detective. They are winged beasts of the night who spent the last thousand years in an enchanted sleep. They fight crime.
  • Played with on The Simpsons, with a two headed goat.
    Homer: One of you ate tin cans, one of you ate health food. How you solved crimes, I'll never know.
  • American Dad! has an in-universe example with Wheels and The Legman, a crime-fighting duo made up by Steve and Roger whose whole existence works upon this. He has working legs. He doesn't. They fight crime! ...well, not really.
  • Batman Beyond: He's an old, bitter ex-vigilante. He's a young, reckless ex-con. They fight crime.
  • Justice League Unlimited episode "The Once and Future Thing". He's Batman. He's Batman. They fight crime.
    Static: Wow, Batman playing good cop.
    John Stewart: Everything's relative.
  • Robot Chicken has paired Oprah with Dr. Phil and Bruce Willis with a pair of pants.
  • An Oh Yeah! Cartoons short, "A Cop and His Donut", had a rookie cop teaming up with a talking donut.
  • Parodied in a Film within a Film on Clone High.
    Meet Leon Black. He's a Harvard-educated forensics specialist. Meet Tandoori Jones. He's a fun-loving, typical East Indian cop who plays by his own rules: none. Together they are Black & Tan.
  • Originally, Aqua Teen Hunger Force was presented as this, (he's a box of french fries, he's a milkshake, he's a meatball, they are detectives.) But the creators silently abandoned the formula after the first episode.
  • He's a cat who talks like Archie from "Duffy's Tavern." He's a mouse with a malocclusion. They're Snooper and Blabber. And they fight crime...if the price is right.
  • "We're the Powerpuff Girls''. We fight crime." "That's what we do." "Duh!"

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  • The BouncingCow screensaver: "A Cow. A Trampoline. Together, they fight crime."
  • When George R. R. Martin, writer of A Song of Ice and Fire, was talking about his TV days on an interview, he said that TV networks love this style of pitch because it's simple, consistent and easy to follow. The example he gave was "He's the Pope. She's a chimp. They Fight Crime."

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