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  • Accidental Aesop: The moment Gina is hit by a bus is played as a shock in "The Fugitive, Part 2", but it was also partly because Gina was looking at her phone in the middle of a street, which was a very prominent issue when it first aired at the start of 2017 due to Pokémon GO's popularity.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • In Season 3's "Into the Woods", is Gina's attempt to re-style Santiago's appearance and personality (even suggesting that she change her first name to "Vanessa", since she considers it more attractive) just another of Gina's wacky and non-too-subtly rude attempts to mess with her co-workers under the guise of trying to become better friends? Or is she taking a genuine interest in Amy for the first time now that Amy is dating her childhood best friend, and just showing her own insecurities and social failings because she's actually trying to be friendly when it matters more?
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    • Is the fact that Amy is much more willing to go along with Gina's weird plans than usual less to do with her own random one-episode-long ambition, and more because she's also making an effort to be better friends with Gina now that they'll be spending more time together socially?
    • Rosa's often violent tendencies can bring to mind she's a Blood Knight who really only got into Police work due to being able to get away with violence.
    • Was Adrian Pimento driven crazy by his undercover work or was he chosen for undercover work because he was already crazy and thus, no one would ever suspect he was a cop? The fact that he held a grudge against computers because he died of dysentery on the Oregon Trail suggests that his mental health issues were a pre-existing condition.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Despite everything they've been through, especially Jake, the squad always goes back to being their chipper selves by the next episode. It's understandable since it is a comedy show, but it still gets lampshaded in "The Therapist."
    Terry: Wait— have you never been to therapy?
    Jake: No, don't need it.
    Terry: Not even after the time your wife shot you?
    Jake: Nope.
    Terry: What about when you were held at gunpoint and had to write your own suicide note?
    Jake: Uh, that was crazy... I forgot about that.
    Terry: ...or when you were falsely accused of bank robbery and went to prison?!?
    Jake: Was that a big deal?
    Terry: You joined a gang and tried meth!
    Jake: Well, I didn't want to be anyone's bitch.
  • Anvilicious:
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    • The Amy-Holt-Gina subplot in "Boyle's Hunch" ends up essentially suddenly slamming the brakes on the comedy in order to deliver a serious discussion on how police abuses of authority have damaged public trust in them. Given that it was aired in an environment where numerous abuses and wrongful shootings (particularly of African Americans) had spiked in public awareness, it may also be a case of Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
    • Similarly, "Moo Moo" is very up-front about the wrongs of racial profiling, although this is also probably a case of Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped as well.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • The potential Charles-Rosa romance introduced in the pilot wasn't very well received. The plot was quietly dropped and the two characters gained new love interests that made better story sense and settled into a respectful friendship.
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    • After the Fox cancellation-NBC acquisition drama of Season 5, showrunner Dan Goor declared that the show will no longer use season-ending cliffhangers so that fans will be left satisfied in the event of a future cancellation. He lied.
  • Awesome Ego: Doug Judy believes he can't go to jail because he is too cool. The fanbase agrees with him.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Gina; it seems people either think she's hilarious or the most annoying character on the show. Common criticisms are that she lacks character development of any kind, that she is frequently rude and insubordinate to her superiors, that she is unnecessarily mean-spirited to the other characters, particularly Amy and Charles, and that she's a Creator's Pet who never seems to be called out or suffer the consequences for this behavior. Viewers also point to the fact that her treatment of Terry—frequently objectifying him, touching him inappropriately, and making sexually suggestive or explicit comments towards him—is at the very least inappropriate in the workplace and at worst constitutes outright sexual harassment. Gina's defenders point out that Hitchcock, who clearly has perverted tendencies, is still largely liked by the fanbase (thought he does have his own detractors - see below); however, others note that while Hitchcock is widely considered to be a lecherous creep in-universe and is treated accordingly, Gina escapes any kind of punishment or ill-regard for her words or actions altogether.
    • Charles Boyle. Either he's an amusing Butt-Monkey and woobie, or he's an annoying, clingy, overly emotional doormat and manchild. Some fans also think that his characterization is geared too much towards comic relief and that he has been deeply flanderized over the course of the show.
      • Also his relationship with Jake. Either it's hilarious or incredibly creepy. Especially once Jake starts dating Amy.
    • The Vulture. While he is supposed to be a Hate Sink due to being one of the biggest jerks in the show, fans are split on whether they Love to Hate him or just find him irritating beyond belief, especially after his increased appearances in the third season.
    • Adrian Pimento. There seems to be a pretty even split among the fandom between those who find his characterisation hilarious, love his chemistry with Rosa, and want to see him added to the main cast, and those who find him completely unfunny and think the character development their relationship triggered in Rosa was completely out of nowhere and poorly done.
    • Detective Michael Hitchcock. While some fans still find his incompetence hilarious, others find his perverted tendencies and massive ego to be grating, as opposed to the much more humble and respectful Scully. It doesn't help that unlike the rest of the Nine-Nine, he doesn't have much in the way of redeeming qualities. At least until season 6, where it's revealed he and Scully took responsibility for protecting a witness when the law wouldn't.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • Kevin throat-punching the mob boss that was threatening his life and making Holt increasingly overprotective. Especially since Holt kept insisting that if anything happened to Kevin, he would die as well from despair, and Kevin gets fed up with his husband.
    • Doug Judy getting Laser-Guided Karma in "A Tale of Two Bandits," courtesy of his little sister Trudy Judy. She follows in his footsteps, frames him by stealing a Pontiac that belongs to a mob boss, and swindles him and Jake so that she gets away scot-free and gives him a So Long, Suckers! phone call, along with some Brutal Honesty that she's not a little girl that he needs to protect and she's free to make her own mistakes and victories. The expression on Doug Judy's face and subsequent Jerkass Realization towards Jake sells the scene.
  • Contested Sequel:
    • Season 6 has quickly become the most divisive season in the series, partly due to coming right off the heels of the adored Season 5, and partly due to some fans feeling that the switch to NBC changed the pacing and tone of the series. Some fans love the season for its varied episode lineup, while others hate it for its emphasis on emotional drama over laugh-out-load moments. It doesn't help that it has some of the most divisive episodes in the series such as "Four Movements", "He Said, She Said", and "Casecation".
  • Crack Pairing: Gina/Rosa is shipped by a large portion of the fanbase, odd considering they have relatively few interactions within the show proper. This is given a nod after Rosa comes out as bisexual and Gina comments that they'd have made a hot couple, to Rosa's agreement.
  • Crazy Awesome: When the team needed to rescue Holt, they let Hitchcock drive because, as he put it, he has nothing to live for and drives accordingly. His driving even had Rosa screaming in fear. It worked, they managed to arrive in time to save Holt.
  • Creator's Pet: Gina frequently comes in for accusations of this. Despite being a raging asshole to almost every other character, she almost inevitably gets away with doing awful things scot-free, while other characters will face much stricter consequences for doing far less. She frequently acts terribly to other characters without any comeuppance, whereas any other character doing something wrong towards her is often treated as a borderline Moral Event Horizon crossing which must be atoned for in some way, no matter how minor the offence is. She has increasingly become the character who provides the solution to the episode's central problem regardless of how increasingly unlikely, strained or repetitive this may seem, and despite her ditzy Cloud Cuckoolander personality apparently has more smarts and skills than a squad full of trained police officers. So she doesn't even learn a lesson from her actions except "I'm always right". Things rarely go wrong for her, and when they do the consequences are dealt with incredibly quickly (for example, an 'arc' where she gets hit by a bus in Season Four is over by the end of one episode, apparently giving her healing skills comparable to Wolverine), as if the writers can't bear the possibility that she might have to suffer even some minor inconvenience every once in a while. And while she's probably the least popular main character, likely due to all of the above, the writers clearly love using her as much as possible.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • A running gag features Boyle constantly correcting Jake's pronunciation of the name of his son, Nikolaj (the joke being that Boyle is actually pronouncing it exactly the same way as Jake). However, in most Eastern European languages, including Latvian, the name would be pronounced "Nikolai," rather than "Nikolazh" as is said in the show, which means that both Jake and Boyle are incorrect. That said, Nikolaj's Latvian relatives also pronounce it this way, so it is presumably possible that in the Latvia of the show's universe, the name would be pronounced like this.
    • Captain Holt's husband Kevin is a classics professor, yet he mentions teaching Beowulf. "Classics" in academia refers to the study of Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and Classical Mythology, while Beowulf is an Old English poem from The Low Middle Ages set in Scandinavia.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • "The Big House" two-parter uses a surprising amount of this. The highlight being Jake Peralta trying to get a prison guard fired by getting beat up by him and getting Caleb to film it. It's borderline dude-not-funny, until Caleb keeps messing up the video and Jake has to keep getting beat up by him over and over again.
    • The Backstreet Boys Cold Open. To clarify, Jake tries to investigate a lineup by having each man sing "I Want It That Way," with the witness identifying the voice of the perp. It turns out each suspect can sing well, so Jake gets into their harmonizing and sings along, forgetting that the perp murdered the witness's brother. As he puts it, "Oh my God I forgot that part".
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Many viewers have noted how immediately uncomfortable Gina's behavior towards Terry would be if their genders were switched.
    • Scenes with this dynamic often seem to be in particularly poor taste now that Terry Crews has come out with his own #metoo allegations.
    • Some fans considered the episode "He Said, She Said" to be a missed opportunity when it came to addressing this.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Cheddar, Holt and Kevin's pet corgi.
    • Kevin himself after the events of "Safe House", which expanded on his friendship with Jake and marriage to Holt.
    • Doug Judy is always met with cheers from the fandom whenever he appears.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • The message of "Karen Peralta" can essentially be summed up as "you have to let people make their own mistakes". Jake is horrified to learn that his mother Karen has once again started seeing his hated father Roger and, initially assuming that his father has somehow tricked his mother into taking him back, sets out to break them up however he can. This lasts until Karen sits him down and gently-but-firmly tells him that she's a grown adult, she still has feelings for him and is entering a relationship with him with her eyes open to his faults, and while she appreciates Jake looking out for her he ultimately has no say in who she chooses to become romantically involved with.
    • From "He Said, She Said": people have to pick their battles when their superiors at work assault or harass them. The price of helping an investment banker speak up against her attacker is that she loses a giant settlement and feels compelled to resign because she doesn't want anyone at her firm pitying her. Amy reveals she also didn't speak up about her superior trying to kiss her because she didn't want to sabotage her career.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Even after NBC swooped in to renew it for a sixth season, the B99 fanbase was pretty furious when Fox cancelled this show (as well as a few others) in favor of renewing Last Man Standing (2011). The inevitable Flame War was only made worse by the fact that the shows were near polar opposites, with B99 being unabashedly progressive, whereas LMS's politics (if not the primary reason for its existence) leans staunchly conservative. And that is all that will be said on the matter.
  • Foe Yay
    • Pretty much entirely one-sided, for good reason, but Wuntch has a really weird... thing for Holt. Their original feud was maybe about Raymond spurring her advances, and when they talk privately she gives him 10 minute pat-downs to check for a wire.
    • Doug “The Pontiac Bandit” Judy and Peralta definitely have...something going on.
  • Fountain of Memes: Holt's Comically Serious attitude and occasional Cold Ham scenes have lead to a proliferation of .gifs of him used as reaction memes on imageboards and file sharing sites. Some examples:
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Star Wars fans, after Mark Hamill was one of the first celebrities to rush to the show's rescue after its unexpected cancellation by Fox.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In "The Oolong Slayer," Jake asks Terry "why do you follow people's directions when you could literally pick them up and throw them out the window?" Later, when Terry Crews came forward about his sexual assault, he was asked why he didn't fight back.
    • Amy desperately wanting Holt’s approval and her anxiety about becoming a sergeant are less funny after “He Said, She Said” reveals her former captain tried to sexually assault her after her promotion to detective, which made Amy feel like she didn’t really earn her rank.
  • Genius Bonus: Both Jake and Doug Judy consider Captain Holt's beloved convertible Gertie to be The Alleged Car which is barely roadworthy, despite his love for her. Gertie is actually a Chevrolet Corvair, a make of car which was notoriously a central focus of Ralph Nader's Unsafe At Any Speed, an expose of unsafe and defective design/manufacturing processes in the American automotive industry, which went into great detail about how it was basically a death trap on wheels.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In-universe. In the opening scenes of the Pilot, Amy says (regarding Jake), "... his parents didn't give him enough attention", possibly as a joke. Later on in the show, we find out that Jake's parents were actually neglectful. And apparently, his parents' neglectfulness really affected Jake.
    • Out-of-universe, the revelations of Terry Crews' sexual harassment makes Gina's near-incessant harassment of Terry rather... uncomfortable... to watch.
    • In the third season episode "Maximum Security," Jake comments on how awful prison is while observing Amy undercover. In the fifth season, Jake goes to prison and experiences the horrors of physical abuse and solitary confinement firsthand.
  • He Really Can Act: A common response to Andy Samberg's performance as Jake Peralta, formerly most well known for his crude, yet hilarious Lonely Island songs and for being on Saturday Night Live. He even won a Golden Globe for his performance.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: In "Halloween III", while Jake and Holt are trying to get some heist-related info out of Amy, Jake gets halfway through a marriage proposal before being cut off. Two years later, in "HalloVeen", Jake stages an entire Halloween heist as an elaborate means of asking Amy to marry him for real. And she says yes.
    • "The Last Ride" begins with the precinct on the verge of being shut down, but by the end Holt announces that it was saved thanks to a swell of support from the online community. Which is almost exactly what happened when it was cancelled by Fox after season 5 and subsequently picked up by NBC, thanks to online support.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One of the Digital Shorts Andy Samberg did for Saturday Night Live was "Great Day", a parody of "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" about about a once-successful man whose spiralling addiction to cocaine has ruined his life, lost him his job and alienated his family. Jump forward a few years to "Sabotage", and a character played by Andy Samberg is being held hostage by a once-successful man whose spiralling addiction to cocaine has ruined his life, lost him his job and alienated his family. And to make it better, the cocaine addict in "Sabotage" is played by Chris Parnell, a former cast-mate of Samberg's in SNL.
    • Another SNL Digital Short had Andy Samberg as an NYPD cop and the name of his partner (played by Bill Hader) is "Santiago."
    • Gina's comment on God being an ethnically ambiguous woman becomes this when The Good Place (another show created by Shur) casts Maya Rudolph as the All-Knowing Judge, the Top God of the Celestial Bureaucracy.
    • Jake's fake/embarrassing 'proposal' to Amy in Season 1 after he wins their bet becomes this after his ACTUAL proposal in Season 5.
      • Similarly, his desperate attempt to propose to Amy in order to suck up to her in "Halloween III," considering he actually did propose to her two seasons later in "HalloVeen".
    • Gina ditching everyone because she got tickets to Hamilton becomes this when Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted his disapproval at the show's short-lived cancellation. It might as well have been part of the reason the show was saved, given that the majority of articles covering fan reaction cite Miranda's tweet about B99 being one of the four things he watches on TV.
    • Terry became a cop because he wanted to become a superhero, and police work is the closest real world equivalent. Terry Crews ended up playing Bedlam, chosen to be part of the superhero team X-Force, in Deadpool 2.
    • Jake's half-sister Kate has a Running Gag in the episode she appeared in where she was horrible at singing. Her actress, Nasim Pedrad, later went on to have a major role in song-heavy movie Aladdin (2019).
  • Ho Yay:
    • Detective Pembroke, 'the Vulture', seems to spend a lot of time talking about, slapping or generally thinking about Peralta's "big white ass". It's so far a one-way version, in that Peralta openly and virulently can't stand the Vulture and is clearly a bit discomforted by this.
      • In Season 3's "Yippie Kayak", the Vulture threatens to fire Terry for insubordination... and then talks about how Terry could then make a living as a model, "because, you know, you're shredded. And I respect that."
    • Peralta and Diaz are Boyle's fantasy threesome. Of cops on a case.
    • Peralta is really involved in Boyle's love life. And doesn't seem to mind watching him and his new fiancee turn the interrogation room into a "live sex show".
    • Peralta at one point asks a woman "Damn it Diane, what are you doing later?" and then asks a guy the same thing in the exact same tone of voice.
    • Diaz and Santiago get a lot of slash fiction written about them. Judging by the Tomboy and Girly Girl dynamic they frequently have on the show, this is not entirely surprising.
    • In Beach House, when Amy has four drinks and "becomes a bit of pervert" she slaps Gina on the ass and says "You are a hot little piece." She's also the only one to visibly appreciate Rosa's black bikini still being clearly visible under her white t-shirt.
    • Jake occasionally shows an interest in how muscular/strong Terry is that comes across as... not straight. He and Terry also have ever increasing amounts of this in Season 3, culminating in Jake being treated as a third member of Terry's marriage as Sharon's 'god-husband'... and Terry's 'god-wife'.
    • Peralta's admiration of Holt takes a weird turn in Halloween IV, where Holt's competitive trash talk appears to turn Jake on a little.
    • In the same episode, Rosa and Amy are a perfect team, with Rosa 100% rolling with whatever crazy idea Amy has, even encouraging her nerdiness. At one point, she leans in close and tells Amy, "Come on. Show me the binder," and it almost sounds like she's trying to seduce her. (And since this is Amy, it totally works.)
    • As soon as Doug Judy enters the plot in The Fugitive, Jake's and Holt's case begins to play out like a kid whose parent doesn't approve of their new friend... or partner. Judy also describes Peralta to his brother as a "thirsty ass white bitch".
    • Jake, Charles and Terry spooning. Yeah, you read that right.
  • Internet Backdraft: The show's Facebook page caught a lot of flak for its handling of "HalloVeen," where they shamelessly spoiled the fact that Peralta proposed to Santiago that episode a few hours after the episode aired on the east coast, even happily pointing out that "We thought people wouldn't see it coming."
  • Jerkass Woobie: Peralta is a childish jackass, but only because his childhood was absolutely miserable and his father abandoned him at a young age.
    • It's also hard not to feel sorry for him during the end of Season 1/beginning of Season 2 arc that sees him completely lovesick over Amy.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Doug Judy is the Pontiac Bandit, an affable car thief known for stealing 200 cars. Making himself known to Jake Peralta by pretending to be an informant, Doug sends Jake on a wild goose chase to the barber Doug framed, while he slips past him unnoticed. When Doug unexpectedly encounters Jake, he gives him the drug manufacturer of giggle pig in exchange for a four-star hotel suite where he collaborates with the suite's waiter on his escape, with Jake being too busy capturing the manufacturer. When Doug learns of a hitman trying to kill him he contacts Jake for help, making sure to meet Jake on a cruise ship, where Jake has no jurisdiction, while escaping said ship once Jake catches the hitman. When Jake needs Doug’s help to capture his adopted brother, Doug uses this opportunity to get immunity on all 600 crimes he committed in return for his assistance. Getting Jake’s attention again by holding hostages, Doug gets Jake involved in a plan to rescue his mother from a drug lord, before escaping from Jake once more. Always being Jake’s most elusive adversary, Doug Judy’s master planning was only matched by his unlimited charm.
    • Trudy Judy is the younger sister of Doug Judy. Turning to crimes for the fun of it, Trudy eventually discovers Doug's old notebooks, and decides to follow his footsteps as a car thief. After being caught, Trudy takes advantage of her brother offering to capture an arms dealer she stole a Ferrari from in exchange for Trudy's charges being reduced. Having an employee of hers act as if he bought the stolen car, Trudy manipulates Doug into arguing with Terry, distracting them from noticing that her employee placed a bomb in the Ferrari. She later sets off the bomb when the car is being delivered, and uses the chaos to sneak away without facing any charges. With an attitude as playful as her brother's, Trudy earns the distinction of being the first person to outwit Doug Judy.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Expect any mention of the series online to be greeted with several answers of "NINE NINE!", especially after being Un-Cancelled.
    • While most lines in the show could qualify, given the rise of crossover blogs on Tumblr, using quotes from the show on caps of other shows, Jake's response of "Cool motive. Still murder." from "Unsolvable" gets special mention for being used to reference everything from comic books to Game of Thrones.
    • "Guess who just got MURDERED!" gets quoted a lot, especially when a hated character on a TV show dies. Again, Game of Thrones is popular with this.
    • Holt's Comically Serious scenes have lead to a proliferation of .gifs of him used as reaction memes. These are documented under Fountain of Memes.
    • It's never been confirmed, but there are many moments throughout the show that hint that Jake may be bisexual. Fans who support this interpretation, particularly on Tumblr, started discussing ideas for an episode where we would meet an ex-boyfriend played by John Mulaney, and the concept (usually containing references to Mulaney's own memetic stand-up routines) has become a running joke in that section of the fanbase.
    • Jake and the line-up singing I Want It That Way.
    • Jake playing an off-key guitar while yelling has also become one.
  • Misblamed: There are fans who inexplicably blame Disney's planned acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox for FOX's decision to cancel the series despite being a fan favorite. This completely ignores the facts that a) the FOX network isn't part of the sale due to FCC regulations, b) the series was produced by Universal Television, and not 20th Century Fox Television, which meant that FOX wouldn't see any syndication royalties for the show, and c) the show was consistently bleeding viewers and advertisers each season, and it would've eventually led to the point that keeping the series on would be financially undesirable for the network. With all that mind, even if the deal with Disney hadn't come into play, the series would've had no shot of staying on the network for a sixth season, and FOX was perfectly content with letting NBC pick up a sixth season.
  • Moe: Amy's Adorkable attempts at impressing Holt. And anything else that doesn't come under her badass moments, pretty much.
  • Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize: In Serve & Protect, did anyone believe they brought in Nathan Fillion for a side role? To no one's surprise, he was the culprit.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Everything about Detective Adrian Pimento. He's a deep-cover police operative who spent twelve years working with ruthless Mafia contacts, including the infamous Jimmy The Butcher. At one point he describes shoving a croquet wicket into a man's eye so hard his brains started coming out through his eye-sockets - in Pimento's words, the victim was "crying his mind".
    • The season 4 finale introduced the fear of being convicted for a crime you didn't commit.
    • Season 5 does not shy away from how broken the prison system is. At least one guard regularly beats inmates to a pulp for the tiniest offence, and all the prisoners are resigned to the fact that he will always get away with it, because the cameras are always conveniently "not working" whenever this happens. (Hell, the warden admits to this.) The rampant anti-Semitism and transphobia in prisons is touched upon, as is the prison's staff general disregard for the inmates' wellbeing. It's played for dark comedy as much as possible, but it's scary.
    • NutriBoom, a pyramid scheme Jake & Charles invest in, is actually a cult. And they have eyes everywhere and are now possibly stalking Jake.
      • Also doubles as Truth in Television, because in real life, many multi-level marketing schemes such as NutriBoom often develop cult-like structures and figureheads, and will often resort to extremely sketchy practices such as hiring stalkers to keep tabs on potential threats, among many other things.
    • Journalist Jimmy Brogen talking about his work with the NYPD in the 1970's with nostalgic fondness in his voice... with lovely anecdotes such as one of the officers choking a hippie to death with his own ponytail. He also only had respect for one officer who did "hair bag" work (desk job), because the officer didn't have any other choice. He couldn't walk anymore because a mobster pried off his kneecaps with a crowbar! Things were... not good in New York in the 70's, there's a reason for why they inspired movies like The Warriors and Escape from New York, Wretched Hive barely scratches the surface.
    • In "Safe House" there is Kevin's terrifying reaction when he finds out that Jake had some really good Nicolas Cage movies to watch instead of the crappy ones they ended up watching.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • Peraltiago = Jake Peralta + Amy Santiago. It even gets mentioned in Season 5
    • Dianetti = Rosa Diaz + Gina Linetti
  • Signature Scene: Captain Holt's epic rant against Rosa, particularly him shouting "BONE" in Skyfire Cycle.
    • The Backstreet Boys cold open and Jake yelling with a guitar from "48 Hours" have reached meme levels.
  • Special Effect Failure: Being a show not normally reliant on SFX, it gets glaringly obvious in "Operation Broken Feather", from Boyle's coffee spill to the gas grenade going off indoors.
  • Spiritual Adaptation:
    • B99 follows the tradition of cop comedies like Barney Miller and lovingly lampoons cop dramas like... about 50% of the shows on television.
    • With its humor and light drama and focus on a precinct of underfunded and undisciplined cops, this show is pretty much Patlabor only without any giant robots or sci-fi elements.
    • With the presence of outlandish quirks and a newcomer in the pilot (except the wild card's the one already on the team), you could easily say it's Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger (itself intended as Homage to the same gritty cop shows that B99 also homages) without giant robots or sci-fi.
    • Much as Parks and Recreation was initially conceived as a sort of public-sector version of The Office (US), it's easy to see B99 as the law enforcement successor to Parks and Rec—this time with the focus on the goofy-but-good-hearted Andy Dwyer character (Jake) rather than the hard-working stickler Leslie Knope (Amy). Other parallels include Holt as Ron Swanson, Rosa as April Ludgate, Terry as Chris Traeger (with shades of Ben Wyatt), Boyle as Ann Perkins, Gina as Tom Haverford/Donna Meagle, Scully and Hitchcock as Jerry Gergich... you get the picture. (The semi-regular guest appearances by Parks and Rec cast members don't hurt the comparison, either.)
  • Stoic Woobie: Holt, not so much in the present but in his backstory. He downplays it and never seems anything other than impassive, but it's pretty clear that being black, gay, and a cop could not have been pleasant for him.
    • He becomes a Not So Stoic Woobie in "Johnny and Dora": when informing the precinct of his forced transfer, he is clearly broken-hearted and at one point almost breaks down.
  • Strangled by the Red String:
    • Rosa's relationship with Holt's nephew Marcus in the second season comes off like this. The relationship is supposedly one of the most significant that Rosa's ever had and she is apparently deeply attached to him. However, the fact that Marcus was hardly ever around, and when he was, he didn't really seem that interesting or appear to have many distinguishing characteristics, and the fact that Rosa, by nature The Stoic, didn't really show a lot of emotion in general, made it easy for viewers to wonder exactly what the big deal was supposed to be.
    • This gets even weirder in Season 3, when Rosa very suddenly falls in love with Adrian Pimento a mere few episodes after the character is introduced. He's a weird and creepy enough character to make it believable that Rosa would have a thing for him, but their sudden leap from "just met" to "we're getting married in a week" is jarring, to say the least. It's possibly lampshaded by the writers in the scene where they get engaged, right in the middle of making an arrest, with no buildup, fanfare, or anything the audience would consider even remotely romantic. Their whirlwind romance ends up being the catalyst for the season-ending cliffhanger, as the Nine-Nine ends up banding together to protect Adrian from a mob hit. One can easily get the impression that the relationship was introduced to keep the audience from wondering why the rest of the precinct would come together so easily in support of an officer they barely know, who is a bit of a loose cannon that most of the rest of them feel incredibly uncomfortable around. They break up early in Season 5.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The final episode of Season One hints (albeit subtly) that Deputy Commissioner Podolski is in the pocket of a Mafia drug syndicate that Jake goes undercover to investigate, but it never comes up on the second season and we never see Podolski again.
    • The first episode of Season Two sees Jake despondent because he only managed to secure the arrest of sixteen of his seventeen targets while undercover. The end of the episode shows him once again barely missing out on catching the guy, and seemed to be setting up an arc with Jake trying to track down his final suspect. It's never even mentioned again.
    • During Boyle-Linetti Wedding, Holt comments to Kevin that he wants to have a 'more festive ceremony to celebrate their love' (a wedding) but it's never brought up again.
    • Amy being caught between her Detective Squad and her new squad of officers in Show Me Going had a lot of potential, but was quickly sidelined for the active shooter plot.
    • Jake, Charles, and Amy are being stalked by a cult, but none of them seem to mind despite the fact that they're powerful enough to hire "contractual security."
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Jake in season two. Most of the time whenever he screws up, he has to go through hell to make it up, no matter how minor the offence. No one else has to do this in the show, making Jake's Butt-Monkey status rather unfair.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Gina gains this most of the time, but Captain Holt can cross this many times, such as "The Wednesday Incident" where he lashes out at everyone, particularly Jake after fending off unidentified muggers. Even when he emotionally hurts his husband, he still blames Jake. It makes him look more like an Easily Forgiven Jerkass than genuinely sorry after everything got fixed at the end.
    • In “The Ebony Falcon”, Gina's apartment is broken into. She starts out by demanding that Holt calls the FBI because she doesn't think that anyone at the precinct is good enough to help her, she spends the entire investigation belittling those who are helping her, and then she issues a formal complaint when Santiago and Diaz admit that they're struggling to find a lead. We're then meant to feel sorry for her when it's revealed that she's scared, and that's somehow supposed to excuse her awful and unprofessional behaviour.
    • In "Uspis," Rosa comes across as this. She forces Jake to work with Jack Danger, an agent for the United States Postal Inspection Service. Danger is The Load bordering on The Millstone that damages their case repeatedly (once out of pettiness, the rest out of sheer incompetence) and Jake is absolutely right to criticize her decision to force him and Danger to work together, despite her being in charge of the case and insisting they need him. The episode portrays Jake as totally irrational anyway.
    • While Gina's actions in "The Tattler" were noble, justified and ultimately helped Jake in the long run, she also decided not to tell Jake that she was the real Tattler when he was falsely accused for it in high school (and people were still calling him that at the 20th high school reunion) for twenty years. Jake had the right to be understandably angry at her for it considering how it deeply affected him, his reputation and his senior year experience (and that's not getting into how it could've affected him mentally) and yet she's still forgiven anyway.
    • In "Casecation," Jake and Amy have an argument about having kids in the near future. Amy wants to have kids, and Jake doesn't. Many people thought that Amy's ultimatum towards Jake was extremely out of character and very mean spirited. She basically told Jake "Change your mind about having kids right now, or I'll divorce you."
  • Wangst: Gina in "Sabotage". While Holt might have been a bit blunt in informing her that he and Sgt. Jeffords hadn't attended her dance-group performance and suggesting that her dancing is a hobby, Gina reacts to it as if she's been told by a doctor that she's going to lose all use of her legs. Granted, Gina's melodramatic flouncing is itself largely played for laughs, but both Jeffords and Holt act as if Holt's comments were a major insult that he has to atone for rather than Gina reacting to his comments way too dramatically.
  • The Woobie:
    • "Six-drink Amy" is so pathetic even Gina can't help but take pity.
    • The second season isn't very kind to Peralta. Roughly in order: he's rejected by the woman he has a crush on (Santiago) because she was in a relationship with someone else. He spent several weeks unsuccessfully trying to get over her with several failed dates, only making himself miserable in the process. He finally met another woman he really clicked with (Sophia), only for her to break up with him both because he arrested her boss and because it turned out she wasn't that into him, after he'd ended up developing some serious feelings for her as well. So essentially, he's been smacked with All Love Is Unrequited twice. He was also once again outwitted by the Pontiac Bandit, had a major falling out with his best friend, had his debts to his work colleagues come back to bite him, and lost the Halloween bet to Captain Holt after almost all of his friends betrayed him (although admittedly the latter was Played for Laughs and Jake himself was apparently "turned on" by it). His dad also came back and took advantage of him being a detective and he was also kidnapped by Sophia's boss. He didn't even get to have a dance with his childhood sweetheart and had to watch as she passed him over for someone else again. And then he sustains multiple serious injuries twice in less than a month ("AC/DC"). By the end of the season, you kind of just want to reach through the screen and give the boy a hug.
    • Rosa becomes one in "Into the Woods", when she tearfully confesses to Holt that she's genuinely afraid that she might never find love, seeing as she couldn't make it work with an actual Nice Guy like Marcus. It comes back in "Game Night", when her parents refuse to accept her coming out to them.
    • It’s really hard not to feel sorry for Terry. He apparently grew up with no friends and a strict and uncaring father. Early in his career he became the laughing stock of his old precinct, to the point they are still bullying him about it twenty years later, due to one ridiculous claim made in a moment of blind panic. He went through a period where he developed a massive eating disorder and got extremely overweight, so much so that he’s still incredibly conscious about his body to this day. Before the beginning of the series, the sheer amount of stress he was under, combined with his fears of dying on the job and leaving his new-born daughters fatherless, caused him to have two separate panic attacks that put him out of active duty for several months and left him a nervous wreck. He has spent years putting up with his brother-in-law Zeke undermining him in his own home. Not to mention the fact he’s also the one who always has to supervise the squad and clean up everyone’s messes, putting him under yet more stress. The fact that after all of this he’s still such a gentle, caring, hardworking, Nice Guy makes it even worse.
    • Luanne from "The Crime Scene". A single mother who had a minor falling out with her son, only to see him murdered. Her story combined with the actress's performance is a major Tear Jerker
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