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  • Ear Worm: "Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Each department has their own fan favorite officer or deputy who is popular with fans and the production staff, who are spotlighted/namechecked, even if they only appear for a couple of seconds. Case in point, Deputy Win Sargent of Pierce County, Washington. Or Officer Duane Eamon, of North Las Vegas.
  • Memetic Mutation: "You can't break those cuffs!"
    • Comedians and commentators often note how often male suspects being taken into custody will be lacking a shirt.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The awesome Blues Riff of the Langley Productions Vanity Plate after '93.
  • Nightmare Fuel: ...the original. Many a child was creeped out...damn synth...
  • Unfortunate Implications: The show has been accused of this for its focus on poor people and minorities. Also, some police departments (such as Chicago, Detroit, Honolulu and Orlando) have refused to allow the show to film them because they lost too many Police Brutality cases due to footage being used as evidence because they claim that it trivializes police work.
    • Statistically speaking, there is a higher rate of crime amongst minorities and poor people than there is for the average person. It's more of an unfortunate implication if they don't include people from those backgrounds as its showing less realism and accuracy
  • What an Idiot: The way a lot of suspects get caught.

COPS Cartoon show

  • Ear Worm: The theme song; here, take a listen.
  • Fridge Horror: The Big Boss's coat is buttoned with police badges.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A Texas Ranger named Walker? Kids, can we say, "Low-hanging fruit"?
  • Tear Jerker: "The Case of The Blitz Attack". Even if you're not a dog person, you'll have a lump in your throat watching this episode. (Issue #5 of the comic, while almost identical, was even worse.)
  • Unfortunate Implications: A one-shot villain whose gimmick was controlling bugs had a pet weevil called... Gaylord. What's worse is the fact that "Gaylord" is a real name and not just some childish, homophobic insult, but try telling someone these days that fact.
  • What an Idiot: Berserko

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