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Playing With: Inspector Javert
Basic Trope: An officer believes The Hero is the bad guy and goes after him ruthlessly.
  • Straight: Detective Bob believes Alice, who has been framed, is a thief and does everything in his power to arrest her.
  • Exaggerated: Bob mistakes a ketchup stain on Alice's shirt for blood and attempts to arrest her for murder.
  • Downplayed: Bob, a truant officer, goes after Alice whom he believes is skipping school, but has graduated school years ago.
  • Justified: The hero is framed for all the shit, but without evidence, Bob is right in trying to apprehend her.
  • Inverted: Alice believes that Detective Bob is actually the villain in disguise and tries to capture him.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob is after Alice, who claims to have been framed, but turns out, was lying and did commit the crime.
    • Bob knows that Alice is innocent but continues to pursue her, because he committed the crime and needs a pasty to pin it on.
  • Double Subverted: But that was not the crime Bob is after Alice for.
  • Parodied: Alice is a completely innocent woman, but through a series of coincidences and misunderstandings, Bob accuses Alice of several crimes, and her every attempt to prove her innocence only makes things worse.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Sometimes, Detective Bob accuses Alice of a crime. Sometimes, he does not.
    • Detective Bob accuses Alice of a crime. Sometimes she is innocent, sometimes she isn't.
  • Averted: Alice really is guilty of the crime Bob accuses her of.
  • Enforced: "Enough of this Black and White Morality! Let's make the antagonist an honest cop who sincerely believes the hero is a bad guy."
  • Lampshaded: "Don't the police have anything better to do?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Statutes of limitations say that Alice can't be arrested for her alleged crime after a few years, so Bob drops the case.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: After Bob has arrested Alice, evidence of Alice's innocence pop up, and Bob is fired for his inability to spot this evidence before.
  • Reconstructed: This becomes a Career Building Blunder and Bob later arrests the true villain by spotting similar evidence.
  • Played For Drama: Bob is so obsessed with proving Alice Guilty that he neglects and possibly loses his family in his quest to do so.

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