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Basic Trope: An attractive police officer.

  • Straight: Officer Alice is an unusually attractive officer.
  • Exaggerated: Officer Alice looks more like an international supermodel than a police officer.
  • Downplayed: Officer Alice is good-looking, but not overly so.
  • Justified:
    • Officer Alice is a competent officer who just happens to be very attractive.
    • She was actually a fashion model at one point, but was always passionate about criminal justice. After getting bored with her job as a model, she quit to enroll in the police academy and become a police officer.
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  • Inverted: Officer Bob is fugly.
  • Subverted: The main characters, who work as policemen/women, initially think that their new recruit, Alice, will be this trope. Turns out that she has average looks...
  • Double Subverted: It turns out Alice was just Seriously Scruffy from the stress of starting a new job; She Cleans Up Nicely.
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  • Zig Zagged:
    • The attractive officer is prone to not taking care of his/her hygiene during the more intense cases, meaning that (s/)he's sometimes attractive and in the most extreme cases... simply not.
    • Or there are several officers who are given the focus of different episodes, though only some of them are attractive.
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  • Averted: All the cops on the force/show are plain-looking; there are no outstandingly attractive ones.
  • Enforced: See Rule of Glamorous.
  • Lampshaded:
    Crook: "How come there's always a good-looking cop out after us? They thinking that it makes us want to get caught and handcuffed?"
  • Invoked: The higher-ups at Troperville Police Dept. give preference to more attractive ladies hired as officers (particularly for street and road patrolling) to create a better image of the force.
  • Exploited: Officer Alice goes undercover to infiltrate into a criminal syndicate and uses her beauty to seduce a higher-up in its structure, gather enough evidence through him and eventually send all the gang into a prison.
  • Defied:
    Police HR Officer: "Sorry, ma'am, your application is rejected. Here at the Troperville Police Dept. we need officers who are actually the best at cracking cases, not just the most good-looking ones."
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  • Discussed:
    A Mafia henchman (to his boss, at a party): "That beauty has been keeping an eye on us for quite a long time...I'm pretty sure she's a covert cop."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Alice receives unwanted attention from coworkers and suspects that makes it harder for her to do her job.
  • Reconstructed: Alice is a tough cop, so she is able to rebuff unwanted advances, and eventually people stop trying.

Officer Alice, Sir. Your documents— why are you staring at me as if you're stunned?

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