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[[caption-width-right:232:He's the purgatorial flame of this shithole...He is [[TitleDrop Inferno Cop!]]]]
-> ''"Justice has grown weak, the corrupt dwells in the streets of Jack Knife Edge Town... The weak scream helplessly yet again..."''
-->-- '''Opening Narration'''

''Inferno Cop'' is a WebOriginal short {{Anime}} series by Creator/StudioTrigger, co-founded by the StudioGainax director Hiroyuki Imaishi and other staff of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' and ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' fame.

[[SurrealHumor This]] [[CrossesTheLineTwice should tell]] [[RuleOfCool you something.]]

The premise is as thus: Inferno Cop, a messenger of justice, [[LikeABadassOutOfHell came back from hell]] to avenge his family's death by the hand of the nefarious organization called [[AncientConspiracy Southern Cross]] and to protect innocent citizens from those who dwell in the darkness. But in the dark shadows of the skyscrapers of [[ViceCity Jack Knife Edge Town]], everyone is out for his head...

...yes, even newborn babies, a {{Superhero}} Judge in tights, zombies, the FBI and a [[HumongousMecha Mecha clone of himself]]. Mix this plot with a hefty dose of AffectionateParody of every anime ever, ''very'' LimitedAnimation:[[note]]This is done to maximize profits so the money can be spent on projects like ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'' and ''Anime/KillLaKill'', which cost '''a lot more''' than this[[/note]] and crude jokes and you got Inferno Cop. Basically, Webcomic/AxeCop as an anime.

A sequel is currently in the works.

'''This series is available for streaming on [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8Vd-cvqk4GtPGk2K8yfiEcWxy6nt3VZY Youtube]].'''

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!This series provides examples of:

* AllThereInTheManual: Southern Cross members are apparently from the same university... and Inferno Cop himself is in his early twenties, [[DemBones which we really didn't guess at all, aside from a flashback to his family getting murdered.]]
* AncientConspiracy: Southern Cross.
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: In a parody of anime plots that completely go OffTheRails, Inferno Cop quickly goes from hard-boiled supernatural shonen, to kamen fighting, to SliceOfLife, to extremely specialized episodes focusing solely on a food item, to racing, to a bizarre out-of-nowhere GainaxEnding that shouldn't involve hardboiled supernatural police. And all of it is funny as shit.
* {{Animesque}}: Inverted. The series' art style seems to be heavily influenced by American comic books.
* AntiClimax: Many of the episodes' cliffhangers are resolved this way, [[RuleOfFunny but it doesn't matter since it's humorous.]]
* AntiHero: Inferno Cop. Flaming skeleton out of hell, looking for vengeance? ''Check''. [[ShootTheHostage Willing to shoot innocent, beautiful bystanders taken hostage by the FBI?]] Check. [[AGodAmI Abusing the goodwill of midget pre-humans?]] Yup.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: The Dilosmonotolcoltsaurus, Edolnixcyunotops, Cerasauloarupenatolpritex and Igniorxdeltosuriel are not, in fact, real dinosaurs. Crazy, huh?
* AutobotsRockOut: Standard Inferno Cop background music when it's not absolute silence.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The Southern Cross Organization is reportedly responsible for hundreds of criminal acts such as terrorism, warfare, and shoplifting.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Again, Inferno Cop.
* {{Badass}}: Inferno Cop. Survives practically anything.
** ActionHero: Violence is the only option.
** LikeABadassOutOfHell: Inferno Cop and Mecha Cop accidentally wind up in Hell after becoming Gods (and annoying Yahweh himself). They only find a way out after Inferno Cop's aunt gives them directions.
** MyNameIsInigoMontoya: "''I am the purgatorial flame of this rotting shit-hole...Inferno Cop!''"
* BadCopIncompetentCop: The police are implied to be this. The first policeman to appear does not care about an AttemptedRape of a pregnant woman since the thugs pay 'taxes' ([[CaptainObvious actually they're bribes]]).[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking He also watches the animes illegally.]]
* BrokenRecord: The token female of Southern Cross won't stop repeating about how excellent their new plan is.
* ClipArtAnimation: The characters are cut-out models who don't change - they even get reused as different characters.
* CrimeOfSelfDefense and HilaritySues: Inferno Cop is convicted of murdering a baby, which is technically true - in this case, the baby started to attack after transforming into a huge seamonster.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Inferno Cop needs [[spoiler:to take Hellfire Boy's remains]] to Egypt. He conveniently finds a poster advertising a world cruise for 99 yen.
* CoolCar: Inferno Cop's police car is '''on fire.'''
** Inferno Cop himself is one for a few episodes, after becoming a cyborg.
* CoolMask: Mister Judge and Hellfire Boy.
* CoolShades: Inferno Cop sports these - even when he's wearing goggles.
* CowboyCop: Inferno Cop, supposedly an undead cop given life to reenact vengeance on his enemies. Subverted for laughs, later on, as it reveals Inferno Cop is a branch of cops somewhere in Japan, and Inferno Cop gets admonished by his boss.
* CozyVoiceForCatastrophes: The narrator sounds completely neutral and unfazed by all the weird stuff going on in this show.
* CreatorProvincialism: An American racing prix pays its prize money in... yen.
* {{Cyborg}}: Inferno Cop after his upgrade by Southern Cross. He now also has [[RuleOfCool the power to turn into a car and go back in time.]]
* DamselInDistress: The pregnant woman in the first episode and the nurse in the fourth.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: Everyone Inferno Cop shoots winds up exploding.
* DemBones: Inferno Cop.
* DullSurprise: Due to horribly bad voice acting, everyone who isn't a LargeHam falls under this.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Inferno Cop and Mecha Cop go to the Cretaceous period, where they are assaulted by enormous dinosaurs. Later in the series, during the Rally, one of them drives a dinosaur, and in the finale, they show up for absolutely no reason at all.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies or ZombieApocalypse: At the end of the fourth episode, a zombie outbreak happens. This has no bearing on the plot and doesn't come up again.
* FlamingSkulls: Inferno Cop, again. His skull even burns whilst lying in a hospital bed or ''underwater''.
* FormFittingWardrobe: Mister Judge wears some sort of superhero spandex costume.
* GagSeries: Small-budgeted parody of gritty vigilante-fighting-for-justice-in-rotten-towns-shows, and shonen/seinen anime in general.
* GainaxEnding: Mocked. The last episodes toss out any "plot" the series had in favor of mashup of Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion and ComicBook/HouseOfM... just as how Neon Genesis Evangelion opted to go for a bizarre apocalypse than continue its series.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Hellfire Boy is used as fuel so Inferno Cop can pass Mr. Judge in the American Grand Prix.]] Unfortunately, it's [[spoiler: all in vain; Mr. Judge still wins the race and the prize money.]] DoubleSubverted in that [[spoiler: Inferno Cop still wins the same amount of money for coming in second, and Hellfire Boy somehow survived getting burnt to death to bang his hot girlfriend in the DistantFinale.]]
* HotBlooded: Inferno Cop gets this way during particularly tense moments. Considering he's literally on fire, not a surprise.
* HotScoop: Ariel Suzuki, Zombie news broadcaster. [[spoiler:Later literally becomes hot as Third Destroy Finale explodes everything on Earth.]]
* HypocriticalHumor: Inferno Cop, when dealing with Mecha Cop, says that he relies too much on machines. Inferno Cop then turns into a car and defeats Mecha Cop with ease.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: Jack Knife Edge Town.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Damn, Inferno Cop is ''skilled''.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: According to [[AllThereInTheManual side material]], Mister Judge uses his scales as weapons.
* IncendiaryExponent: Everything the [[AntiHero hero]] owns, including his own head.
* InfantImmortality: Nope. Well, it's okay to kill babies, when they're actually mutant sea monsters working for the local AncientConspiracy. Also, a baby head is the first to die in the Episode 8 race.
* InTheHood: Members of Southern Cross.
* LargeHam: '''[[WorldOfHam Everyone.]]'''
* LarynxDissonance: Everyone is voiced by a small group of men. Even the crying, high-pitched damsels and babies (that turn into sea monsters).
* MeaningfulName: Inferno Cop is a cop out of hell. Mister Judge is a judge. Mecha Cop is a robot.
* MediumBlending: Fire, explosions and a desk in the hospital are all film or photos.
* MisplacedWildlife: The dinosaurs from Episode Four show up in the ending... which is in the year 2085, in the middle of a city going an apocalypse. For some reason.
* NebulousEvilOrganisation: Southern Cross, whose members are all cloaked in capes with hoodies, speak in ominous phrasings, mark their people with cross-shaped scars and call themselves "priests". Their current goal is unknown (other than to end Inferno Cop). [[spoiler:Parodied when it's retconned so that their sole purpose is to make sure Inferno Cop doesn't become everyone and vice versa.]]
* NiceHat: Part of Inferno Cop's attire.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Inferno Cop - cyborg undead skeleton rogue policeman who can turn into a time traveling flaming car.
* OnlySixFaces: The standard male model has appeared as a Southern Cross thug, a judge, a doctor, some zombies, a mummy pharaoh, and a newscaster. And Inferno Cop.
* OutOfFocus[=/=]WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Southern Cross's role dissipates over the series, to the point they spend several episodes not being brought up, and not until the very end, where they go from "criminal organization" to "ancient conspiracy planning to stop Inferno Cop from turning everyone into Inferno Cop". [[RuleOfFunny This is intentional.]]
* PokemonSpeak: The FBI goons hired by Southern Cross. FBI! FBI!
* ProductPlacement: Some of the episodes feature ads for the show's merchandise, complete with Japanese "Skip This Ad" button. [[spoiler:It doesn't do anything.]]
* RetCon[=/=]ReVision: Mocked when Inferno Cop goes from lone wolf swearing revenge on the local crime syndicate for murdering his family to being a regular cop that's part of a police agency made up of flaming skeleton policemen, also called "Inferno Cop", and Southern Cross goes from crime organization to [[spoiler:a cult seeking to stop the transformation of everyone into Inferno Cop.]] All PlayedForLaughs.
* RuleOfCool: The series runs on this. It has flaming skeletons, a judicial system based on [[TournamentArc fighting tournaments]], zombies, dinosaurs... It's one big parody of anime's usage of this.
* SerialEscalation: This is just getting weirder and weirder and everything happens on a larger scale now, with the ZombieApocalypse and AncientConspiracy to God himself. ...Still PlayedForLaughs, though.
* ShoutOut: [[TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles April O'Neil]] apparently moved to Jack Knife Edge Town and changed her name to Ariel Suzuki.
** The sixth episode features [[Franchis/StarWars Ewok lookalikes]]... and their "ancient transcript" is written in [[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Grongi]].
** Mecha Cop strongly resembles [[{{VideoGame/MegaMan}} Doc Robot]].
*** The inside of the pyramid in episode 10 is reminiscent of Pharaoh Man's stage from ''Mega Man 4''.
** One of the bullies mention wanting to go play {{Dreamcast}} at [his] house. This also possibly doubles as a shout out to Gainax, who favored Sega's systems when they still produced them.
** The ritual and the... winged angel aliens in episode 11 is a reference to [[EndOfEvangelion the initiation of Third Impact]]. It's even called "Third Destroy Finale".
*** In the same episode, the [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Lambda 7000 Driver]] is referenced.
*** [[spoiler:Everyone becoming Inferno Cop, including God Himself, in a bid to rid the Earth of humans and be one with each other, to be replaced with perfect specimens]] is a blend of EndOfEvangelion and ComicBook/HouseOfM. [[spoiler:The Pregnant Woman]] even turns into The Scarlet Witch.
** Inferno Cop's [[spoiler:[[GGundam finishing move involves his hand growing to awesome powers and exploding a Godlike enemy, sacrificing himself in the progress]]]].
** Inferno Cop's [[spoiler:sacrifice has him [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica remembered by no one, except for one special person, and works to keep his sacrifice is upheld.]]]]
** Inferno Cop himself seems oddly similar to Comicbook/ThePunisher and Comicbook/GhostRider.
** [[Film/TheCrow Inferno Cop was brought back from death by pure rage, fueled by his need to avenge his murdered loved ones.]]
* SkullForAHead: Inferno Cop and Mecha Cop.
* StylisticSuck: LimitedAnimation, less than three minute long skits filled with [[AntiClimax anti-climaxes]] from the same people that animated ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' and ''ProjectXZone'''s opening, and also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HHZQuTCw1p0 this one excellently animated commercial trailer for a light novel series.]]
* SurrealHumor: Devolves from parody of hardboiled revenge {{seinen}} anime to a surreal mockery and mishmash of every anime trope, ever, such as travelling back into time, meeting your aunt in hell, and fighting mummies in Egypt for no reason at all.
* SurrealThemeTune
** GratuitousGerman: The ending song is primarily in German; while it contains a few buzzwords vaguely related to the series...
** WordSaladLyrics: None of it makes much sense. Take, for example, this:

--->'''''Inferno Glas! Polizei... von der Hölle!'''''

----> ...which roughly translates to "Inferno Glass! Police... from Hell!" Why would one read the first part as "Inferno Glass" can be up for debate, there has been a [[https://twitter.com/infernocop/status/294815385948155904 Twitter convo]] regarding this between a watcher and... Inferno Cop (actually the official Twitter account for the show). Inferno Cop's response? [[SureLetsGoWithThat "Be it 'cop' or 'cup,' both seems the same to me."]] One might also speculate the lyrics is referring to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Glass_Inferno a book title.]]
* RaceLift: Hellfire Boy goes from being white (pre-reveal) to black, to... white again in the DistantFinale. His mom is also revealed to be Ariel... who is Japanese.
* UnexplainedRecovery: The nurse at the hospital and Ariel get blown up repeatedly... and always come back, no worse for the wear.
* TimeSkip: Mocked with Episode Five, where Inferno Cop wakes up from being tossed off a cliff [[spoiler:in the year 2085.]] It has absolutely no bearing on the plot, except for zombies.
* ViceCity: Jack Knife Edge Town.
* XMeetsY: The artstyle of TengenToppaGurrenLagann meets ''WebComic/AxeCop''
* ZombieApocalypse: In the third episode, Inferno Cop awakens from his accident to find out that [[spoiler:he's in the year 2083]] and there are zombies. For no reason at all. It has no bearing on the plot, except for [[RuleOfCool looking cool]].
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