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18th Jul '16 7:55:41 AM Dravencour
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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', which begins as DesertPunk, turns into one of these after the TimeSkip.
12th Jun '16 6:36:05 PM luisedgarf
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* ''ComicBook/AlbedoErmaFelnaEDF'' mixes this with UsefulNotes/FurryFandom, albeit it's also a desconstruction of both genres, being more realistic than the regular space opera.
12th Jun '16 6:19:29 PM Pavlov
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* ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'': Humanity has split into two factions: Men and Women, who are continually at war with each other. Our story starts with a shipful of women and three guys, all thrown together and having to cooperate to stay alive. As a metaphor, the technology of the two factions combines together to become far greater than the sum of the parts, barely keeping them alive and fueling the story line.
12th Jun '16 3:29:32 AM TheFantasyChronicler
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* The classic works of Creator/LeijiMatsumoto.


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* The classic works of Creator/LeijiMatsumoto.
12th Jun '16 3:19:48 AM TheFantasyChronicler
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* ''Franchise/{{StarCraft}}''



* ''VideoGame/Warhammer 40000DawnOfWar''

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* ''VideoGame/Warhammer 40000DawnOfWar''Warhammer 40,000: ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar''
12th Jun '16 3:14:02 AM TheFantasyChronicler
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* ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry''



* ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry''



* ''Anime/{{Ulysses 31}}''



* ''ComicBook/TheBalladOfHaloJones'', a borderline example in that it overlaps with MundaneScienceFiction.



%%* ''{{Valerian}}''

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%%* ''{{Valerian}}''* ''ComicStrip/DanDare''
* ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' has a foot firmly placed in SpaceOpera, especially in CrisisCrossover comics like ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' where Sinestro himself [[spoiler: set the war up so [[XanatosGambit he wins either way.]]]]



* ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' has a foot firmly placed in SpaceOpera, especially in CrisisCrossover comics like ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' where Sinestro himself [[spoiler: set the war up so [[XanatosGambit he wins either way.]]]]
* ''ComicBook/XMen'' ventures here occasionally, in the ''ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga'', for instance.
%%* ''ComicStrip/DanDare''
%%* ''ComicBook/TheBalladOfHaloJones'', a borderline example in that it overlaps with MundaneScienceFiction.
%%* ''ComicBook/{{Saga}}''
%%* ''ComicBook/{{Prophet}}''



* ''ComicBook/{{Prophet}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Saga}}''



* ''{{Valerian}}''
* ''ComicBook/XMen'' ventures here occasionally, in the ''ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga'', for instance.



%%* ''FanFic/UndocumentedFeatures''
* ''FanFic/SoldToTheHighestBidder'' is a rather [[DarkFic dark]] one of these, covering the political, emotional, and interpersonal complications of an intergalactic [[SexSlave slave trade]].

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%%* ''FanFic/UndocumentedFeatures''
* ''FanFic/SoldToTheHighestBidder'' is a rather [[DarkFic dark]] one of these, covering the political, emotional, and interpersonal complications of an intergalactic [[SexSlave slave trade]]. trade]].
* ''FanFic/UndocumentedFeatures''



* ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' (which also utilizes the genre of SF horror)
* ''Film/{{Barbarella}}''
* ''Film/BattleBeyondTheStars'', a fun B-Movie ''Star Wars'' clone.
* ''Film/CaptainEO'', a Ride/DisneyThemeParks 3-D movie, is less than 20 minutes long but clearly takes place in this genre: A dashing hero with a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits crew of misfit alien creatures]] is sent on a mission to transform a grim, H.R. Giger-esque planet. There's a skirmish with the evil Supreme Commander's fleet of starships, and later the heroes are taken captive by her forces -- but they use ThePowerOfRock to turn into it a land of CrystalSpiresAndTogas and its people (including the ruler) into happy, Day-Glo dancers.
* ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick''
* ''{{Dune}}'' -- features a galactic jihad in a FeudalFuture containing Spacing Guilds and spice mines.
* ''Film/TheFifthElement'', a SpaceOpera with [[AtTheOperaTonight an opera in space!]]
* ''Film/FlashGordon'', though it does not technically count. It set out to emulate the success of ''Star Wars''.
** ''Star Wars'' was originally going to be a GenreThrowback of the original ''[[Film/FlashGordonSerial Flash Gordon]]'' serials.
* The ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' film
* ''Film/TheIcePirates''
* ''Film/JupiterAscending.''
* ''Kai: Death of Dreams''.
* ''Film/{{Pandorum}}'' has a love story (Bower's wife), battles, a dashing hero (Mahn) and a insanely gorgeous female lead (Nadia).
* ''QueenOfOuterSpace'', intended by script writer CharlesBeaumont as a StealthParody.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' (although technically, it's a ''parody'' of SpaceOpera.)
* ''[[FollowTheLeader Star Odyssey]]''
* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' films, except for ''[[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome The Voyage Home]]'', which [[OutOfGenreExperience was a comedy]] set on [[NextSundayAD then-modern]] Earth.



%%* ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick''
%%* ''Film/FlashGordon'', though it does not technically count. It set out to emulate the success of ''Star Wars''.
%%** ''Star Wars'' was originally going to be a GenreThrowback of the original ''[[Film/FlashGordonSerial Flash Gordon]]'' serials.
%%* ''Film/BattleBeyondTheStars'', a fun B-Movie ''Star Wars'' clone.
%%* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' films, except for ''[[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome The Voyage Home]]'', which [[OutOfGenreExperience was a comedy]] set on [[NextSundayAD then-modern]] Earth.
%%* ''Film/TheFifthElement'', a SpaceOpera with [[AtTheOperaTonight an opera in space!]]
%%* ''Film/TheLastStarfighter''
%%* ''Film/{{Barbarella}}''
%%* ''Film/TheIcePirates''
%%* ''Kai: Death of Dreams''.
%%* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' (although technically, it's a ''parody'' of SpaceOpera.)
%%* ''WesternAnimation/StarchaserTheLegendOfOrin''
%%* ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' (which also utilizes the genre of SF horror)
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE''
%%* ''{{Dune}}'' -- features a galactic jihad in a FeudalFuture containing Spacing Guilds and spice mines.
%%* ''QueenOfOuterSpace'', intended by script writer CharlesBeaumont as a StealthParody.
%%* ''The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy''
%%* ''TransformersTheMovie''. Some edits even have the OpeningCrawl.
%%* ''[[FollowTheLeader Star Odyssey]]''
%%* ''Film/{{Pandorum}}'' has a love story (Bower's wife), battles, a dashing hero (Mahn) and a insanely gorgeous female lead (Nadia).
* ''Film/CaptainEO'', a Ride/DisneyThemeParks 3-D movie, is less than 20 minutes long but clearly takes place in this genre: A dashing hero with a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits crew of misfit alien creatures]] is sent on a mission to transform a grim, H.R. Giger-esque planet. There's a skirmish with the evil Supreme Commander's fleet of starships, and later the heroes are taken captive by her forces -- but they use ThePowerOfRock to turn into it a land of CrystalSpiresAndTogas and its people (including the ruler) into happy, Day-Glo dancers.
%%* The ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' film
%%* ''Film/JupiterAscending.''

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%%* ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick''
%%* ''Film/FlashGordon'', though it does not technically count. It set out to emulate the success of ''Star Wars''.
%%** ''Star Wars'' was originally going to be a GenreThrowback of the original ''[[Film/FlashGordonSerial Flash Gordon]]'' serials.
%%* ''Film/BattleBeyondTheStars'', a fun B-Movie ''Star Wars'' clone.
%%* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' films, except for ''[[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome The Voyage Home]]'', which [[OutOfGenreExperience was a comedy]] set on [[NextSundayAD then-modern]] Earth.
%%* ''Film/TheFifthElement'', a SpaceOpera with [[AtTheOperaTonight an opera in space!]]
%%* ''Film/TheLastStarfighter''
%%* ''Film/{{Barbarella}}''
%%* ''Film/TheIcePirates''
%%* ''Kai: Death of Dreams''.
%%* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' (although technically, it's a ''parody'' of SpaceOpera.)
%%* ''WesternAnimation/StarchaserTheLegendOfOrin''
%%* ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' (which also utilizes the genre of SF horror)
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE''
%%* ''{{Dune}}'' -- features a galactic jihad in a FeudalFuture containing Spacing Guilds and spice mines.
%%* ''QueenOfOuterSpace'', intended by script writer CharlesBeaumont as a StealthParody.
%%* ''The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy''
%%*
* ''TransformersTheMovie''. Some edits even have the OpeningCrawl.
%%* ''[[FollowTheLeader Star Odyssey]]''
%%* ''Film/{{Pandorum}}'' has a love story (Bower's wife), battles, a dashing hero (Mahn) and a insanely gorgeous female lead (Nadia).
* ''Film/CaptainEO'', a Ride/DisneyThemeParks 3-D movie, is less than 20 minutes long but clearly takes place in this genre: A dashing hero with a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits crew of misfit alien creatures]] is sent on a mission to transform a grim, H.R. Giger-esque planet. There's a skirmish with ''The Warlord: Battle for the evil Supreme Commander's fleet of starships, and later the heroes are taken captive by her forces -- but they use ThePowerOfRock to turn into it a land of CrystalSpiresAndTogas and its people (including the ruler) into happy, Day-Glo dancers.
%%* The ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' film
%%* ''Film/JupiterAscending.''
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* The ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series by Creator/EEDocSmith is generally given as the [[UrExample defining example]], along with its predecessor and spiritual twin the ''Literature/SkylarkSeries''.
* ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' and other PlanetaryRomance novels contain elements of SpaceOpera, making it an UnbuiltTrope.
%%* ''Literature/{{Dune}}.''
* ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'', by Creator/IsaacAsimov, an extremely influential series inspired in part by Gibbon's ''Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'' and which in turn partly inspired ''StarWars''.
%%* ''Literature/AncillaryJustice'' by Ann Leckie.
%%* ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' series (over more than 2500 books that span from 1971 to 5050).
%%* The ''Literature/HyperionCantos'', by Creator/DanSimmons
%%* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', complete with an in-story Space Ballet.
%%* Creator/AlastairReynolds' Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries actually ''does'' consider seriously how changes in technology would affect culture and even language.

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* The ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series by Creator/EEDocSmith is generally given as Creator/CJCherryh's enormous Literature/AllianceUnion universe. Probably the [[UrExample defining example]], along with its predecessor and spiritual twin the ''Literature/SkylarkSeries''.
* ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' and other PlanetaryRomance novels contain elements
"[[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness hardest]]" of all SpaceOpera, making it an UnbuiltTrope.
%%* ''Literature/{{Dune}}.''
* ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'', by Creator/IsaacAsimov, an extremely influential series inspired in part by Gibbon's ''Decline and Fall of
with FasterThanLightTravel being the Roman Empire'' and which in turn partly inspired ''StarWars''.
%%*
only deviation from known physics.
*
''Literature/AncillaryJustice'' by Ann Leckie.
%%* ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' series (over more than 2500 * ''BALADA'' by Solea Razvan, the first book's tagline is: When the universe is at war, which side are you on?; nuff said.
* [[ChurchOfHappyology Scientology]] founder Creator/LRonHubbard's opus ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth''.
* Parodied by Creator/HarryHarrison in his ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'' and ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers''.
* Adam Christopher's ''The Burning Dark'' uses a Space Opera setting for what is basically a haunted [[strike: house]] space station story, [[spoiler: Throwing in Eldritch Abominations in towards the end for flavor]]
* The Commamder Toad picture
books that span from 1971 to 5050).
%%* The ''Literature/HyperionCantos'',
by Creator/DanSimmons
%%* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', complete with an in-story Space Ballet.
%%* Creator/AlastairReynolds' Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries actually ''does'' consider seriously how changes in technology would affect culture and even language.
Creator/JaneYolen are a parody of space opera.
* ''Literature/TheConquerorsTrilogy'' by TimothyZahn.
* JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToTheEschaton''



%%* ''Literature/{{Lacuna}}'' is firmly in the "New Space Opera" (space opera with hard science) genre.
%%* Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe.
%%* The ''[[Literature/TowerAndTheHive Rowan]]'' series by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey.
%%* Most of Peter F. Hamilton's books, though technological advances have significant societal and cultural impacts.
%%** ''Literature/PandorasStar''
%%* ''Literature/TheSagaOfSevenSuns''
%%* [[ChurchOfHappyology Scientology]] founder Creator/LRonHubbard's opus ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth''.
%%* DavidWeber has an extensive one in ''Literature/HonorHarrington''. As well as everything else he's written.
%%* Creator/WalterJonWilliams' trilogy ''DreadEmpiresFall'' is space opera on the fairly hard science side.
%%* Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''HumanxCommonwealth'' series. It adopts many SpeculativeFiction tropes but plays them for SpaceOpera themes.

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%%* ''Literature/{{Lacuna}}'' is firmly in the "New Space Opera" (space opera with hard science) genre.
%%* Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe.
%%*
* Simon R. Green's ''Literature/{{Deathstalker}}'' books.
**
The ''[[Literature/TowerAndTheHive Rowan]]'' ''Literature/{{Deathstalker}}'' series by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey.
%%* Most of Peter F. Hamilton's books, though technological advances have significant societal
is both a parody and cultural impacts.
%%** ''Literature/PandorasStar''
%%* ''Literature/TheSagaOfSevenSuns''
%%* [[ChurchOfHappyology Scientology]] founder Creator/LRonHubbard's opus ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth''.
%%* DavidWeber has
an extensive one in ''Literature/HonorHarrington''. As well as everything else he's written.
%%*
homage to more traditional Space Opera's and exaggerating or taking various tropes to their most extreme conclusion.
*
Creator/WalterJonWilliams' trilogy ''DreadEmpiresFall'' is space opera on the fairly hard science side.
%%* Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''HumanxCommonwealth'' series. It adopts many SpeculativeFiction tropes but plays them for SpaceOpera themes.* ''Literature/{{Dune}}.''
* Creator/EdmondHamilton: Has big love stories, epic space battles, oversized heroes and villains, awe-inspiring places, gorgeous women, and they usually rule the universe - or at least a star kingdom to boot.
* ''Literature/TheFlightEngineer'' trilogy by S.M. Sterling and JamesDoohan.
* ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'', by Creator/IsaacAsimov, an extremely influential series inspired in part by Gibbon's ''Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'' and which in turn partly inspired ''StarWars''.
* ''Literature/FutureHistory'', a novella set in this genre.



%%* Creator/VernorVinge's ''Literature/ZonesOfThought'' series.
%%* Creator/DavidBrin's ''Literature/{{Uplift}}.''
%%* Creator/CJCherryh's enormous Literature/AllianceUnion universe. Probably the "[[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness hardest]]" of all SpaceOpera, with FasterThanLightTravel being the only deviation from known physics.
%%* Greg Egan's ''Literature/SchildsLadder''. Probably even harder than Literature/AllianceUnion, with no FasterThanLightTravel whatsoever.

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%%* Creator/VernorVinge's ''Literature/ZonesOfThought'' series.
%%* Creator/DavidBrin's ''Literature/{{Uplift}}.''
%%* Creator/CJCherryh's enormous Literature/AllianceUnion universe. Probably
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' derives a lot of its humor through parodying space opera conventions. The unrealistic elements typical of the "[[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness hardest]]" genre are either {{lampshaded}} or replaced with [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum even sillier ideas]].
* DavidWeber has an extensive one in ''Literature/HonorHarrington''. As well as everything else he's written.
* Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''HumanxCommonwealth'' series. It adopts many SpeculativeFiction tropes but plays them for SpaceOpera themes.
* The ''Literature/HyperionCantos'', by Creator/DanSimmons
* ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' and other PlanetaryRomance novels contain elements
of all SpaceOpera, making it an UnbuiltTrope.
* Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe.
* ''Literature/{{Lacuna}}'' is firmly in the "New Space Opera" (space opera
with FasterThanLightTravel being hard science) genre.
* Philip Reeve's ''Literature/{{Larklight}}'' series, which combines SpaceOpera with SteamPunk.
* The ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series by Creator/EEDocSmith is generally given as
the only deviation [[UrExample defining example]], along with its predecessor and spiritual twin the ''Literature/SkylarkSeries''.
* Hugh Howey's ''Molly Fyde'' series is a Young Adult version.
* John Barnes ''Occitan'' series.
* ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' series (over more than 2500 books that span
from known physics.
%%*
1971 to 5050).
* Most of Peter F. Hamilton's books, though technological advances have significant societal and cultural impacts.
** ''Literature/PandorasStar''
* Creator/AlastairReynolds' Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries actually ''does'' consider seriously how changes in technology would affect culture and even language.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfSevenSuns''
*
Greg Egan's ''Literature/SchildsLadder''. Probably even harder than Literature/AllianceUnion, with no FasterThanLightTravel whatsoever.whatsoever.
* ''Literature/TheSiranthaJaxSeries'' by Ann Aguirre.
* John Maddox Roberts' ''Space Angel'' has larger-than-life characters, epic space battles, exotic worlds, and an alien species that inhabits the cores of galaxies. Not a planet in the core of a galaxy, mind you - the ''whole core''.
* The ''Literature/SpaceCaptainSmith'' series by Toby Frost is a very tongue-in-cheek version.



%%* Parodied by Creator/HarryHarrison in his ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'' and ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers''.
%%* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' derives a lot of its humor through parodying space opera conventions. The unrealistic elements typical of the genre are either {{lampshaded}} or replaced with [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum even sillier ideas]].
%%* The ''Literature/SpaceCaptainSmith'' series by Toby Frost is a very tongue-in-cheek version.
%%* Simon R. Green's ''Literature/{{Deathstalker}}'' books.
%%** The ''Literature/{{Deathstalker}}'' series is both a parody and an homage to more traditional Space Opera's and exaggerating or taking various tropes to their most extreme conclusion.
%%* Karin Lowachee's ''WarchildSeries''.
* John Maddox Roberts' ''Space Angel'' has larger-than-life characters, epic space battles, exotic worlds, and an alien species that inhabits the cores of galaxies. Not a planet in the core of a galaxy, mind you - the ''whole core''.
%%* Julie E. Czerneda's ''Literature/SpeciesImperative.''
%%* John Barnes ''Occitan'' series.
%%* Philip Reeve's ''Literature/{{Larklight}}'' series, which combines SpaceOpera with SteamPunk.
%%* Stephen Baxter's ''Literature/XeeleeSequence'' may well be the ultimate example in terms of scale, as well as being much harder sci-fi than the average space opera.
%%* MargaretWeis' tetralogy ''Literature/TheStarOfTheGuardians''.
* Creator/EdmondHamilton: Has big love stories, epic space battles, oversized heroes and villains, awe-inspiring places, gorgeous women, and they usually rule the universe - or at least a star kingdom to boot.
%%* The ''Literature/{{Stardoc}}'' series has elements of both this and MedicalDrama.
%%* ''Literature/SpaceVulture'', a GenreThrowback to the original pulp SpaceOpera, by Gary K. Wolf and Archbishop John J. Meyers.
%%* The Commamder Toad picture books by Creator/JaneYolen are a parody of space opera.
%%* MichaelFlynn's ''Literature/SpiralArm'' series
%%* JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToTheEschaton''
%%* ''Literature/TheSiranthaJaxSeries'' by Ann Aguirre.
%%* ''Literature/TheFlightEngineer'' trilogy by S.M. Sterling and JamesDoohan.
%%* ''Literature/TheConquerorsTrilogy'' by TimothyZahn.
%%* Hugh Howey's ''Molly Fyde'' series is a Young Adult version.
%%* ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination.''
%%* ''Literature/FutureHistory'', a novella set in this genre.
* ''Literature/TheirsNotToReasonWhy'' is firmly in SpaceOpera territory, with PsychicPowers, EnergyBeings, multiple types of FasterThanLight, etc.
* ''BALADA'' by Solea Razvan, the first book's tagline is: When the universe is at war, which side are you on?; nuff said.
* Adam Christopher's ''The Burning Dark'' uses a Space Opera setting for what is basically a haunted [[strike: house]] space station story, [[spoiler: Throwing in Eldritch Abominations in towards the end for flavor]]



* ''Literature/SpaceVulture'', a GenreThrowback to the original pulp SpaceOpera, by Gary K. Wolf and Archbishop John J. Meyers.
* Julie E. Czerneda's ''Literature/SpeciesImperative.''
* MichaelFlynn's ''Literature/SpiralArm'' series
* ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination.''
* MargaretWeis' tetralogy ''Literature/TheStarOfTheGuardians''.
* The ''Literature/{{Stardoc}}'' series has elements of both this and MedicalDrama.
* ''Literature/TheirsNotToReasonWhy'' is firmly in SpaceOpera territory, with PsychicPowers, EnergyBeings, multiple types of FasterThanLight, etc.
* The ''[[Literature/TowerAndTheHive Rowan]]'' series by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey.
* Creator/DavidBrin's ''Literature/{{Uplift}}.''
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', complete with an in-story Space Ballet.
* Karin Lowachee's ''WarchildSeries''.
* Stephen Baxter's ''Literature/XeeleeSequence'' may well be the ultimate example in terms of scale, as well as being much harder sci-fi than the average space opera.
* Creator/VernorVinge's ''Literature/ZonesOfThought'' series.



* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''
* ''Series/BabylonFive''.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'' and ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' are at opposite ends of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism
* Although ''Series/{{Doctor Who}}'' is not Space Opera in itself, some individual stories make use of the subgenere.
** ''Mission to the Unknown'' and the epic twelve part ''The Daleks' Master Plan''. Oddly, "Mission to the Unknown", the prelude episode feels like an Unbuilt Trope version of the sort of stories ''Star Trek'' popularised. "Mission to the Unknown" has the Space agent Marc Cory discovering the Dalek plot to invade Earth's solar system [[RedShirt but dies before]] he can even send a message of warning. Earth's central government, which encompasses the whole system also has a subtly [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] feel to it.
** ''The Space Pirates''
** ''Frontier In Space'' and ''Planet of the Daleks'', which taken together form a twelve part story like the earlier ''The Daleks' Master Plan'', though of a very different kind.
** ''Earthshock''.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', which has the unusual distinction of being both a SpaceOpera [[SpaceWestern and a]] [[TheWestern Horse Opera]].
* Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy is one of the clearest examples in the franchise. ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' had begun to to drift this way before the season ended.
* ''{{Lexx}}''
* ''SpaceCases''



%%* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''
%%* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'' and ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' are at opposite ends of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism
%%* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''
%%* Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy is one of the clearest examples in the franchise. ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' had begun to to drift this way before the season ended.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', which has the unusual distinction of being both a SpaceOpera [[SpaceWestern and a]] [[TheWestern Horse Opera]].
%%* ''Series/BabylonFive''.



%%* ''SpaceCases''
%%* ''{{Lexx}}''
%%* Although ''Series/{{Doctor Who}}'' is not Space Opera in itself, some individual stories make use of the subgenere.
%%** ''Mission to the Unknown'' and the epic twelve part ''The Daleks' Master Plan''. Oddly, "Mission to the Unknown", the prelude episode feels like an Unbuilt Trope version of the sort of stories ''Star Trek'' popularised. "Mission to the Unknown" has the Space agent Marc Cory discovering the Dalek plot to invade Earth's solar system [[RedShirt but dies before]] he can even send a message of warning. Earth's central government, which encompasses the whole system also has a subtly [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] feel to it.
%%** ''The Space Pirates''
%%** ''Frontier In Space'' and ''Planet of the Daleks'', which taken together form a twelve part story like the earlier ''The Daleks' Master Plan'', though of a very different kind.
&&** ''Earthshock''.
%%**



%%* Music/IronSavior is this too. Their first five albums (and a EP) are almost entirely the story of the titular starship.

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%%* * Music/IronSavior is this too. Their first five albums (and a EP) are almost entirely the story of the titular starship.



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%%* The long-running ''The Stars My Degradation'', (a parody of the Alfred Bester classic SF novel ''The Stars My Destination''), a cartoon strip that ran in the ''Sounds'' music paper in the 1970's-80's:
%%--> ''Dempster Dingbuster is my name, Sputwang is my nation;''
%%--> ''The depths of space gob in my face,''
%%-->''The stars, my degradation.''
%%* It was drawn and written by a then-nearly-unknown Creator/AlanMoore. Examples may be seen '''[[http://sequart.org/magazine/8899/alan-moore-the-stars-my-degradation/ here]]'''
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%%[[folder:Newspapers]]
%%*
[[folder:Newspapers]]
*
The long-running ''The Stars My Degradation'', (a parody of the Alfred Bester classic SF novel ''The Stars My Destination''), a cartoon strip that ran in the ''Sounds'' music paper in the 1970's-80's:
%%--> --> ''Dempster Dingbuster is my name, Sputwang is my nation;''
%%--> --> ''The depths of space gob in my face,''
%%-->''The -->''The stars, my degradation.''
%%* It was drawn and written by a then-nearly-unknown Creator/AlanMoore. Examples may be seen '''[[http://sequart.org/magazine/8899/alan-moore-the-stars-my-degradation/ here]]'''
%%[[/folder]]
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is overloaded UpToEleven with adventure, battles, intrigue, and fantasy (including SpaceElves, [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]], and even Gods), all in a setting where mankind possesses a galaxy-spanning empire with planet-spanning cities and a population in the trillions. However it's also overloaded with about as much cynicism, grimness, and darkness as you can ''get'' (hence the common description "grimdark").
%%* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''. The RPG, as distinguished from the series below.
%%* ''TabletopGame/StarFrontiers'' was TSR's attempt to do D&D in a space opera setting
* ''{{Traveller}}'' was the first RPG set in the Space Opera genre, and set the standard for those that followed. It's in the harder end of SpaceOpera and a lot of work went into the {{Backstory}} including fairly realistic science and social science. ''Traveller'' is flexible enough that a wide variety of flavors of SpaceOpera can be played, since the setting is one designed for the telling of stories.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is overloaded UpToEleven with adventure, battles, intrigue, and fantasy (including SpaceElves, [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]], and even Gods), all in a The Cathedral setting where mankind possesses a galaxy-spanning empire with planet-spanning cities and a population in the trillions. However it's also overloaded with about as much cynicism, grimness, and darkness as you can ''get'' (hence the common description "grimdark").
%%* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''. The RPG, as distinguished from the series below.
%%* ''TabletopGame/StarFrontiers'' was TSR's attempt to do D&D in a space opera setting
* ''{{Traveller}}'' was the first RPG set in the Space Opera genre, and set the standard
''TabletopGame/BigEyesSmallMouth'' is intended for those that followed. It's in the harder end this kind of SpaceOpera and a lot of work went into the {{Backstory}} including fairly realistic science and social science. ''Traveller'' is flexible enough that a wide variety of flavors of SpaceOpera can be played, since the setting is one designed for the telling of stories. adventure.
* ''FadingSuns''



%%* ''FadingSuns''
%%* There was a RPG '''named''' ''Space Opera''.
%%* The Cathedral setting in ''TabletopGame/BigEyesSmallMouth'' is intended for this kind of adventure.
%%* The TabletopGame/StarDrive setting originally made for the TabletopGame/{{Alternity}} system and later reused for TabletopGame/D20Modern.
%%* Pacesetter's 1980s ''TabletopGame/StarAce'' RPG, in the spirit of ''Franchise/StarWars', but set in an original universe with fewer mystical undertones.



* There was a RPG '''named''' ''Space Opera''.
* Pacesetter's 1980s ''TabletopGame/StarAce'' RPG, in the spirit of ''Franchise/StarWars', but set in an original universe with fewer mystical undertones.
* The TabletopGame/StarDrive setting originally made for the TabletopGame/{{Alternity}} system and later reused for TabletopGame/D20Modern.
* ''TabletopGame/StarFrontiers'' was TSR's attempt to do D&D in a space opera setting.
* ''{{Traveller}}'' was the first RPG set in the Space Opera genre, and set the standard for those that followed. It's in the harder end of SpaceOpera and a lot of work went into the {{Backstory}} including fairly realistic science and social science. ''Traveller'' is flexible enough that a wide variety of flavors of SpaceOpera can be played, since the setting is one designed for the telling of stories.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is overloaded UpToEleven with adventure, battles, intrigue, and fantasy (including SpaceElves, [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]], and even Gods), all in a setting where mankind possesses a galaxy-spanning empire with planet-spanning cities and a population in the trillions. However it's also overloaded with about as much cynicism, grimness, and darkness as you can ''get'' (hence the common description "grimdark").



%%* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' has some of this. It's mixed with South Asian Mythology.

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%%* * Many a science fiction TBSG (turn based strategy game) - most prominently ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion II''
* ''VideoGame/AdventRising'': You play as the SoleSurvivor of a human world that has been destroyed by aliens. Another alien race takes pity on him and helps him develop his latent psychic potential to basically become a demigod and take the fight back to those other aliens who destroyed his homerworld, getting involved in epic space battles all throughout.
*
''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' has some of this. It's mixed with South Asian Mythology.Mythology.
* ''VideoGame/ColonyWars''
* ''VideoGame/CrisisOfTheConfederation'', a GameMod based on ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'', retains the original game's focus on dramatic character actions and interactions and [[RecycledInSpace transplants it to an outer-space setting]].
* ''VideoGame/EveOnline''
* ''VideoGame/{{Freespace}}''
* ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' gameverse
* ''[[http://www.moddb.com/mods/grand-theft-auto-anderius GTA Anderius]]'' a.k.a Alien City. A [[CloudCuckooLand very wacky]] [[GameMod total conversion]] of ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', although only available in Russian.



* Creator/{{Bungie}}'s next IP ''Videogame/{{Destiny}}'' is a more direct example, set in a distant, fantastical future where intrepid Guardians [[TheChosenMany wielding the power of "The Traveler"]] seek to reclaim humanity's lost empire from "The Darkness". The creators themselves [[http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-03-18-bungie-destinys-scifi-fantasy-setting-gave-us-this-freedom described the setting as]] "mythic science fiction" and a "mix of science fiction and fantasy", with the game being something of a throwback to the idealistic HighFantasy roots of the genre.

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* ** Creator/{{Bungie}}'s next IP ''Videogame/{{Destiny}}'' is a more direct example, set in a distant, fantastical future where intrepid Guardians [[TheChosenMany wielding the power of "The Traveler"]] seek to reclaim humanity's lost empire from "The Darkness". The creators themselves [[http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-03-18-bungie-destinys-scifi-fantasy-setting-gave-us-this-freedom described the setting as]] "mythic science fiction" and a "mix of science fiction and fantasy", with the game being something of a throwback to the idealistic HighFantasy roots of the genre.genre.
* ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace''
* ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}''
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfAThousandSuns''
* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}''



* The ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series, although this slides more towards AfterTheEnd PlanetaryRomance in the context of individual games. Played straight with ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeHunters'' and ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'', as they are the only games in the franchise that internally take place on multiple planets, and the latter shows a bigger interaction with [[TheFederation the Galactic Federation]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Otherspace}}''
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'', a space opera with a hefty dose of WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes [[XMeetsY thrown in]].



%%* ''VideoGame/StarControl''
%%* Many a science fiction TBSG (turn based strategy game) - most prominently ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion II''
%%* ''VideoGame/WingCommander''
%%* ''VideoGame/StarFox'' mixes {{Funny Animal}}s with SpaceOpera.
%%* ''VideoGame/EveOnline''
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Freespace}}''
* The ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series, although this slides more towards AfterTheEnd PlanetaryRomance in the context of individual games. Played straight with ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeHunters'' and ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'', as they are the only games in the franchise that internally take place on multiple planets, and the latter shows a bigger interaction with [[TheFederation the Galactic Federation]].
%%* ''VideoGame/TotalAnnihilation''
%%* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: DawnOfWar''
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}''
%%* ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' gameverse
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}''
* ''VideoGame/AdventRising'': You play as the SoleSurvivor of a human world that has been destroyed by aliens. Another alien race takes pity on him and helps him develop his latent psychic potential to basically become a demigod and take the fight back to those other aliens who destroyed his homerworld, getting involved in epic space battles all throughout.
%%* ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace''
%%* ''VideoGame/ColonyWars''
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'', a space opera with a hefty dose of WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes [[XMeetsY thrown in]].

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%%* * ''VideoGame/SinsOfASolarEmpire''
* ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'s'' Space Stage.
*
''VideoGame/StarControl''
%%* Many a science fiction TBSG (turn based strategy game) - most prominently ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion II''
%%* ''VideoGame/WingCommander''
%%*
* ''VideoGame/StarFox'' mixes {{Funny Animal}}s with SpaceOpera.
%%* ''VideoGame/EveOnline''
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Freespace}}''
* The ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series, although this slides more towards AfterTheEnd PlanetaryRomance in the context of individual games. Played straight with ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeHunters'' and ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'', as they are the only games in the franchise that internally take place on multiple planets, and the latter shows a bigger interaction with [[TheFederation the Galactic Federation]].
%%* ''VideoGame/TotalAnnihilation''
%%* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: DawnOfWar''
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}''
%%* ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' gameverse
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}''
* ''VideoGame/AdventRising'': You play as the SoleSurvivor of a human world that has been destroyed by aliens. Another alien race takes pity on him and helps him develop his latent psychic potential to basically become a demigod and take the fight back to those other aliens who destroyed his homerworld, getting involved in epic space battles all throughout.
%%* ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace''
%%* ''VideoGame/ColonyWars''
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'', a space opera with a hefty dose of WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes [[XMeetsY thrown in]].
SpaceOpera.



%%* ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'s'' Space Stage.
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Otherspace}}''
%%* ''VideoGame/MechQuest'' and ''VideoGame/WarpForce'' by Creator/ArtixEntertainment.
%%* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', depending on the plot and series involved.
%%* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfAThousandSuns''
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}''
%%* ''VideoGame/SinsOfASolarEmpire''
%%* {{VideoGame/Zigfrak}}
%%* ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}''
* ''[[http://www.moddb.com/mods/grand-theft-auto-anderius GTA Anderius]]'' a.k.a Alien City. A [[CloudCuckooLand very wacky]] [[GameMod total conversion]] of ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', although only available in Russian.
* ''VideoGame/CrisisOfTheConfederation'', a GameMod based on ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'', retains the original game's focus on dramatic character actions and interactions and [[RecycledInSpace transplants it to an outer-space setting]].

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%%* ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'s'' Space Stage.
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Otherspace}}''
%%* ''VideoGame/MechQuest'' and ''VideoGame/WarpForce'' by Creator/ArtixEntertainment.
%%*
* ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}''
*
''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', depending on the plot and series involved.
%%* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfAThousandSuns''
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}''
%%* ''VideoGame/SinsOfASolarEmpire''
%%* {{VideoGame/Zigfrak}}
%%* ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}''
* ''[[http://www.moddb.com/mods/grand-theft-auto-anderius GTA Anderius]]'' a.k.a Alien City. A [[CloudCuckooLand very wacky]] [[GameMod total conversion]] of ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', although only available in Russian.
''VideoGame/TotalAnnihilation''
* ''VideoGame/CrisisOfTheConfederation'', a GameMod based on ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'', retains the original game's focus on dramatic character actions and interactions and [[RecycledInSpace transplants it to an outer-space setting]].''VideoGame/Warhammer 40000DawnOfWar''



* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}''
* ''{{VideoGame/Zigfrak}}''



%%* ''Webcomic/{{Angels 2200}}''

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%%* * ''Webcomic/{{Angels 2200}}''



%%* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt''
%%* ''Webcomic/LegostarGalactica'', which is essentially a satire of SpaceOpera.
%%* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''
%%* ''WebComic/{{Terinu}}''

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%%* * ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt''
%%* * ''Webcomic/LegostarGalactica'', which is essentially a satire of SpaceOpera.
%%* * ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''
%%* * ''WebComic/{{Terinu}}''



* ''Literature/ArtemisNeo''
* ''Literature/CaelumLex''
* ''TheEndlessNight''
* ''Literature/TheLastAngel''



* ''OrionsArm'', a [[{{Transhuman}} transhumanist]] SpaceOpera.



%%* ''TheEndlessNight''
%%* ''OrionsArm'', a [[{{Transhuman}} transhumanist]] SpaceOpera.
%%* ''Literature/ArtemisNeo''
%%* ''Literature/CaelumLex''
%%* ''Literature/TheLastAngel''



%%* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/BenTen'' falls into this sometimes.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad''
%%* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainSimianAndTheSpaceMonkeys''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries''
%%* The french cartoon ''Once Upon A Time.....Space''.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/JayceAndTheWheeledWarriors''
%%* ''ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars''
%%* ''Anime/{{Ulysses 31}}''

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%%* * ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers''
%%* * ''WesternAnimation/BenTen'' falls into this sometimes.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad''
%%* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''
%%*
* ''ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars''
*
''WesternAnimation/CaptainSimianAndTheSpaceMonkeys''
%%* * ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers''
* ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad''
*
''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries''
%%* The french cartoon ''Once Upon A Time.....Space''.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles''
%%*
* ''WesternAnimation/JayceAndTheWheeledWarriors''
%%* ''ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars''
%%* ''Anime/{{Ulysses 31}}''
* The french cartoon ''Once Upon A Time.....Space''.



%% * ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers''

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%% * ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers''''WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles''
* ''WesternAnimation/StarchaserTheLegendOfOrin''
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE''
* ''WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy''
11th Jun '16 12:10:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'': ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' IN SPACE! (Quite different from the AlfredBester novel ''The Stars My Destination'', which does the same way, though not in a SpaceOpera way.)

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* ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'': ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' IN SPACE! (Quite different from the AlfredBester Creator/AlfredBester novel ''The Stars My Destination'', which does the same way, though not in a SpaceOpera way.)
7th Jun '16 7:55:22 PM Willbyr
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* ''TowardTheTerra''

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* ''TowardTheTerra''''Manga/TowardTheTerra''
25th May '16 7:07:47 PM Willbyr
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* ''SpaceBattleshipYamato'', the first space opera anime and among the first space operas to use large scale battles between fleets of spacecraft. Among the first space operas to involve the legend Creator/{{Leiji Matsumoto}}.

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* ''SpaceBattleshipYamato'', ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'', the first space opera anime and among the first space operas to use large scale battles between fleets of spacecraft. Among the first space operas to involve the legend Creator/{{Leiji Matsumoto}}.



* ''Anime/TenchiMuyoRyoOhki'' has many Space Opera elements despite taking place mostly on Earth, while spinoff ''TenchiMuyoGXP'' and the second half of ''Anime/TenchiUniverse'' are clear-cut examples.

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* ''Anime/TenchiMuyoRyoOhki'' has many Space Opera elements despite taking place mostly on Earth, while spinoff ''TenchiMuyoGXP'' ''Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP'' and the second half of ''Anime/TenchiUniverse'' are clear-cut examples.



* ''{{Trigun}}'' (more so in the manga).
* ''LightNovel/{{Tytania}}'', the closest thing to an anime ''{{Dune}}'' and written by the same author as ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' though it is an independent story.

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* ''{{Trigun}}'' ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' (more so in the manga).
* ''LightNovel/{{Tytania}}'', the closest thing to an anime ''{{Dune}}'' ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' and written by the same author as ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' though it is an independent story.
24th May '16 6:45:00 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''{{Voltron}}'' (the vehicle one) / ''DairuggerXV''

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* ''{{Voltron}}'' ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' (the vehicle one) / ''DairuggerXV''
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