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* In ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'', Sam Spade notes that one has to avenge one's dead partner, regardless of one's personal feelings towards the partner.

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* In ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'', ''Film/{{The Maltese Falcon|1941}}'', Sam Spade notes that one has to avenge one's dead partner, regardless of one's personal feelings towards the partner.


* Lampshaded in ''Series/AlteredCarbon''. Poe, the avatar of an ArtificialIntelligence, has been researching Film Noir and suggests that Takeshi Kovacs make him his partner, as they inevitably get killed whereas an AI would be difficult to kill. Kovacs has a NoJustNoReaction. [[spoiler:Sure enough in the SeasonFinale, Poe is killed by the villains using a weapon designed to destroy AI's.]]

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* Lampshaded in ''Series/AlteredCarbon''. Poe, the avatar of an ArtificialIntelligence, has been researching Film Noir and suggests that Takeshi Kovacs make him his partner, as they [[GenreSavvy inevitably get killed killed]] whereas an AI would be difficult to kill. kill. Kovacs has a NoJustNoReaction. NoJustNoReaction. [[spoiler:Sure enough in the SeasonFinale, Poe is killed by the villains using a weapon designed to destroy AI's.]]


* Lampshaded in ''Series/AlteredCarbon''. Poe, the avatar of an ArtificialIntelligence, has been researching Film Noir and suggests that Takeshi Kovacs make him his partner, as they inevitably get killed whereas an AI would be difficult to kill. Kovacs has a NoJustNoReaction. [[spoiler:Sure enough, Poe is killed by the villains in the season finale using a weapon designed to destroy AI's.]]

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* Lampshaded in ''Series/AlteredCarbon''. Poe, the avatar of an ArtificialIntelligence, has been researching Film Noir and suggests that Takeshi Kovacs make him his partner, as they inevitably get killed whereas an AI would be difficult to kill. kill. Kovacs has a NoJustNoReaction. NoJustNoReaction. [[spoiler:Sure enough, enough in the SeasonFinale, Poe is killed by the villains in the season finale using a weapon designed to destroy AI's.]]

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* Lampshaded in ''Series/AlteredCarbon''. Poe, the avatar of an ArtificialIntelligence, has been researching Film Noir and suggests that Takeshi Kovacs make him his partner, as they inevitably get killed whereas an AI would be difficult to kill. Kovacs has a NoJustNoReaction. [[spoiler:Sure enough, Poe is killed by the villains in the season finale using a weapon designed to destroy AI's.]]

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* ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'': Early in his career, Captain Dobey's partner Elmo Jackson was found dead on a hook in a meat factory. The killer wasn't caught until years later.

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* ''Series/MidnightCaller'': Implied with Officer Slocum in "Uninvited Guests." Zymak says that a murdered INS agent was very close to his partner. Slocum replies, "That's why I don't like working with a partner."


* More like {{Undead}} Partner in ''Series/{{Witchblade}}'' season one. Sara Pezzini's partner Danny Woo is murdered by a {{mafia}} hitman in the pilot, but the Witchblade lets her [[ISeeDeadPeople interact with his ghost]] and he follows her around dispensing advice for the remainder of the season.

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* More like {{Undead}} Partner in ''Series/{{Witchblade}}'' season one. Sara Pezzini's partner Danny Woo is murdered by a {{mafia}} hitman in the pilot, but the Witchblade lets her [[ISeeDeadPeople interact with his ghost]] and he follows her around dispensing advice for the remainder of the season. [[spoiler:Due to later time travel shenanigans, his murder is avoided and he spends season 2 as Sara's flesh and blood partner.]]


* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': A RunningGag in the show are snippets from the fictional ''[=McBain=]'' movie, essentially an Arnold Schwarzenegger parody. Grizzled CowboyCop [=McBain=] loses his old partner in a hit arranged by his arch-enemy, the drug-dealing politician named Mendoza. For bonus points, the partner in question is A] [[BlackDudeDiesFirst black]], B] [[{{Retirony}} due to retire in a few days]], and C] [[FatalFamilyPhoto shows McBain a picture of his family]] right before he dies.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': A RunningGag in the show are snippets from the fictional ''[=McBain=]'' movie, essentially an Arnold Schwarzenegger parody. Grizzled CowboyCop [=McBain=] loses his old partner in a hit arranged by his arch-enemy, the drug-dealing politician named Senator Mendoza. For bonus points, the partner in question is A] [[BlackDudeDiesFirst black]], B] [[{{Retirony}} due to retire in a few days]], and C] [[FatalFamilyPhoto shows McBain a picture of his family]] right before he dies.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': A RunningGag in the show are snippets from the fictional ''[=McBain=]'' movie, essentially an Arnold Schwarzenegger parody. Grizzled CowboyCop [=McBain=] loses his old partner in a hit arranged by his arch-enemy, the drug-dealing politician named Mendoza. For bonus points, the partner in question is A] [[BlackDudeDiesFirst black]], B] [[{{Retirony}} due to retire in a few days]], and C] [[FatalFamilyPhoto shows McBain a picture of his family]] right before he dies.

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* Frank Reagan of ''Series/BlueBloods'' has a Dead '''Canine''' Partner, a police dog named Greta he'd handled as a young K9-unit officer. She was killed by a criminal Frank sent her after: an old regret that helped motivate him, decades later as Commissioner, to invest extra effort into exonerating another police dog that was falsely accused of biting a child.

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* ''Series/TotalRecall2070'': Agent David Hume's first partner is killed by a sabotaged Beta-class android who later jumps off a building. He is then partnered up with an Alpha-class android detective.


* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' has this with Warp Darkmatter, Buzz's former partner. It's later revealed that his Warp didn't die, but defected to Zurg's side.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' has this with Warp Darkmatter, Buzz's former partner. It's later revealed that his Warp didn't die, but defected to [[TheMole and was on Zurg's side.payroll all along]].


So you're watching a BuddyCopShow. The NaiveNewcomer on the force has made his way to the precinct, ready to fight crime and turn this city on its head, according to the chief, he's about to be paired off with the grizzled old, potentially [[CowboyCop loose cannon]] of a cop. You see, the Grizzled Cop doesn't currently have a partner, and will [[ChillyReception protest having to take on the rookie]] because, as he will vehemently and adamantly bark at the chief, [[IWorkAlone "I WORK ALONE!"]]

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So you're watching a BuddyCopShow. The NaiveNewcomer on the force has made his way to the precinct, ready to fight crime and turn this city on its head, according head. According to the chief, he's about to be paired off with the grizzled old, potentially [[CowboyCop loose cannon]] of a cop. You see, the Grizzled Cop doesn't currently have a partner, and will [[ChillyReception protest having to take on the rookie]] because, as he will vehemently and adamantly bark at the chief, [[IWorkAlone "I WORK ALONE!"]]


* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', Jay reviews a DirtyHarry expy cop film in which the CowboyCop is assigned a new rookie partner fresh out of the academy, who ''spontaneously combusts'' upon his introduction.

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* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', Jay reviews a DirtyHarry Film/DirtyHarry expy cop film in which the CowboyCop is assigned a new rookie partner fresh out of the academy, who ''spontaneously combusts'' upon his introduction.

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