I removed some examples. When I have time, I can think of some examples (mostly from works we don't have pages for) that could be added.
Upon further reflection, I think this is a legit subtrope, however I would rewrite it a bit. More often then not, I see the Cop Boyfriend
trope being played out as a side effect of the amateur sleuth's snooping rather than the reason for it. For example, Diann Mott Davidson has the Goldy Bears Mysteries series, which changes to the Goldy Shultz series when the titular amatuer sleuth falls in love with and gets married to a homicide detectie that she met during her amateur sleuthing. A similar thing happens with Sami Carter's Candy Shop Mysteries
Basically I think that this is a legitimate trope because it plays a somewhat different role than Friend on the Force
, by allowing one character to be both the Love Interest
and the character the represents the official police as opposed to the meddling amateur. Also, unlike the Friend on the Force
, who generally encourages or supports the non-police sleuthing, the Cop Boyfriend
is more often then not actively discouraging the amateur from getting involved, not only as a matter of professionalism, but also because he doesn't want to see her get hurt. Only on occassion does he seek out her help, and even then very reluctantly.
So basically I think what we need to do is cleanup the examples, tweak the definition a bit (to include making it gender neutral), and possibly change the name so that it doesn't sound like a cop boyfriend of just any old character.
EDIT PS: This trope is getting a ton of misuse on other pages as "any character who is a cop is and is dating anyone." Some of the worse "examples" including Vince on Will and Grace
, which last time I checked has nothing at all to do with detectives, and the real life brother
of one of the people that runs The Spoony Experiment
I've been slagging all the bad examples, so sorry for not thinking to do a proper wick check. However, so far I've removed at least 13 examples and I'm no where near going through all the wicks.
edited 8th Feb '14 11:00:09 AM by Catbert