This trope is unnecessarily medium specific in both its name and its description. The basic concept behind the trope should be universal to all mediums: Stories that focus on and are told from the perspective of criminals.
This trope dates back to the very early days of TV Tropes when it was still very focused on just TV. The problem with the trope was brought up on an early discussion.
however it was never fixed. According the the apparent creator in that discussion, he was following the example of Cop Show
, another early trope from our "TV Only" days. That trope could use work too, but never mind that for now.
and other have raised the issue of too many tropes being unnecessarily treated as medium specific.
The trope has only 27 wicks and two inbounds. That doesn't seem like a lot for something this basic and common. I can also think of a ton of examples, especially from outside of TV, that should probably be listed. On the plus side, none of those wicks are incorrect. On the down side, the only non-Live-Action TV
example I see is a single anime example.
At a bare minimum, this trope should have its description be expanded to be non-medium specific, and sent to YKTTW
to collect more examples.
If people think there is a pressing reason to keep this medium specific, I'd like permission to create a super-trope for non-TV purposes.
We may also want to consider tweaking the name.
edited 12th Feb '12 6:14:31 PM by Catbert