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20th Apr '18 10:10:25 AM AHI-3000
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See also SuperCop, TimePolice, and SuperheroesInSpace. For the military equivalent, see SpaceMarine.

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See also SuperCop, TimePolice, and SuperheroesInSpace. For the military equivalent, see SpaceMarine. Also, SpacePirates are likely to be among the criminals that Space Cops pursue.
20th Apr '18 10:07:19 AM AHI-3000
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See also SuperCop, TimePolice, and SuperheroesInSpace.

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See also SuperCop, TimePolice, and SuperheroesInSpace. For the military equivalent, see SpaceMarine.
22nd Feb '18 9:50:42 AM intastiel
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* Often described as a "[[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture peacenforcer]]" in novels by Creator/HarryHarrison.

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* Often described as a "[[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture peacenforcer]]" Creator/HarryHarrison's "The Man from P.I.G." describes the challenges of space policing: every linear increase in novels by Creator/HarryHarrison.humanity's spacefaring range means a cubic increase in the region of space to be patrolled. For one remote planet, this means that their sole law enforcement presence is a BunnyEarsLawyer hillbilly with a herd of [[BioAugmentation genetically engineered swine]] for backup.
17th Dec '17 5:38:39 AM JackG
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* The robotic "Space Filth" in ''Series/RedDwarf''.

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* The robotic "Space Filth" in ''Series/RedDwarf''.''Series/RedDwarf'' ("filth" is a derogatory name for police in the UK).
8th Dec '17 10:29:43 AM WaterBlap
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* The titular heroes from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers''. Frontier lawmen (and [[ActionGirl a law-woman]]) using AppliedPhlebotinum to protect law-abiding settlers from SpacePirates, TheEmpire and the occasional ForgottenSuperweapon on TheFinalFrontier.

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* The titular heroes from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers''. Frontier lawmen (and [[ActionGirl a law-woman]]) using AppliedPhlebotinum to protect law-abiding settlers from SpacePirates, TheEmpire and the occasional ForgottenSuperweapon on TheFinalFrontier.the Final Frontier.
1st Dec '17 3:40:15 AM jormis29
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* Kevin Rubio's ''Troops'' is a dual parody of Franchise/StarWars and ''{{Series/Cops}}''.

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* Kevin Rubio's ''Troops'' ''Film/{{Troops}}'' is a dual parody of Franchise/StarWars and ''{{Series/Cops}}''.
25th Oct '17 8:59:52 PM PaulA
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* The Patrol in many of Creator/AndreNorton's science fiction stories. Also, in her ''Literature/TheTimeTraders'' series, there's speculation that the alien "Baldies" are this - at one point, the heroes wonder whether a video they found is the record of an actual case or the equivalent of a television "cop show."

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* Creator/AndreNorton:
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The Patrol in many of Creator/AndreNorton's her science fiction stories. Also, in stories.
** In
her ''Literature/TheTimeTraders'' series, there's speculation that the alien "Baldies" are this - -- at one point, the heroes wonder whether a video they found is the record of an actual case or the equivalent of a television "cop show."
17th Oct '17 8:20:34 PM Gideoncrawle
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->''"From the freshest Konstabel to the most respected Oberst, Patrol officers are a true BandOfBrothers. Theirs is a lonely duty, served far from home and family. But someone must guard the hearthfires."''

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->''"From the freshest Konstabel to the most respected Oberst, Patrol officers are a true BandOfBrothers.band of brothers. Theirs is a lonely duty, served far from home and family. But someone must guard the hearthfires."''
9th Oct '17 9:58:41 PM autofire372
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* One of the smallest sets from the 2009 reboot of Toys/LEGOSpacePolice, three Franchise/{{LEGO}} lines of various ages devoted to this trope. In the first two runs their enemies were humans, the Blacktron faction of Toys/LEGOSpace, but the 2009 reboot had aliens as the enemy and nothing but.

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* One The page image is of one of the smallest sets from the 2009 reboot of Toys/LEGOSpacePolice, three Franchise/{{LEGO}} lines of various ages devoted to this trope. In the first two runs their enemies were humans, the Blacktron faction of Toys/LEGOSpace, but the 2009 reboot had aliens as the enemy and nothing but.
27th Sep '17 2:00:21 PM Chytus
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* The Galaxy Police in the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' series. They've got their jurisdiction from the [[TheFederation Galaxy Union]]. It's a loose alliance of the most influential nations around, mainly humans (in the form of a couple of rival empires) and wau -- a race of large antropomorphic felines.
** It should be noted that the Galaxy Police are also the galactic Postal Service as well. In fact, it's their main source of income.
* Haruko from ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' claims to be a member of some interstellar peacekeeping organization, but it's never clear whether this is truth or just another layer of cover story.
** She ''is'' there to catch [[spoiler:Atomsk]], apparently, but it's doubtful any agency would approve of her other activities.

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* The Galaxy Police in the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' series. They've got their jurisdiction from the [[TheFederation Galaxy Union]]. It's a loose alliance of the most influential nations around, mainly humans (in the form of a couple of rival empires) and wau -- a race of large antropomorphic felines.
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felines. It should be noted that the Galaxy Police are also the galactic Postal Service as well. In fact, it's their main source of income.
* Haruko from ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' claims to be a member of some interstellar peacekeeping organization, but it's never clear whether this is truth or just another layer of cover story.
** She ''is'' there to catch [[spoiler:Atomsk]], apparently,
organization apparently looking for someone, but it's doubtful any agency would approve of her other activities.



* The ''Galactic Patrol'' that appears in some of Creator/AkiraToriyama's mangas like ''Sachi-chan Gū!!'' ''Jiya'', ''JacoTheGalacticPatrolman'' and ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''.

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* The ''Galactic Patrol'' that appears in some of Creator/AkiraToriyama's mangas like ''Sachi-chan Gū!!'' ''Jiya'', ''JacoTheGalacticPatrolman'' ''Manga/JacoTheGalacticPatrolman'' and ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''.



* The title characters from ''Anime/SaberRiderAndTheStarSheriffs''.



* The Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onnz. He was a manhunter(high-ranking police officer) on Mars and he's superhero career can be seen as a continuation of his duties on a larger scale.

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* The Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onnz. He was a manhunter(high-ranking police officer) on Mars and he's his superhero career can be seen as a continuation of his duties on a larger scale.



* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, the Nova Corps (which were very similar to the GLC in many ways).
** The current ''ComicBook/{{Nova}}'' series takes this and runs with it. The suggestion of Ego the Living Planet becoming a Corpsman (instantly dismissed as "crazy"; what's actually happening is a bit more complex), is a clear ShoutOut to Mogo.
* Another organization from Franchise/TheDCU, a modern-era precursor to the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes called L.E.G.I.O.N. (Licensed Extra-Governmental Interstellar Operatives Network), was founded to fill the gap left by the Green Lantern Corps after they disbanded for a short time in the late '80s. They're about halfway between a police force and a mercenary outfit, and bump heads with the Green Lanterns fairly often.
** They've also twice been taken over by villains (in the later issues of their regular book, and in a current miniseries), leading to the good guys becoming R.E.B.E.L.S..

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* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, the Nova Corps (which were very similar to the GLC in many ways).
**
The current ''ComicBook/{{Nova}}'' series takes this and runs with it. The suggestion of Ego the Living Planet becoming a Corpsman (instantly dismissed as "crazy"; what's actually happening is a bit more complex), is a clear ShoutOut to Mogo.
* Another organization from Franchise/TheDCU, a modern-era precursor to the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes called L.E.G.I.O.N. (Licensed Extra-Governmental Interstellar Operatives Network), was founded to fill the gap left by the Green Lantern Corps after they disbanded for a short time in the late '80s. They're about halfway between a police force and a mercenary outfit, and bump heads with the Green Lanterns fairly often.
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often. They've also twice been taken over by villains (in the later issues of their regular book, and in a current miniseries), leading to the good guys becoming R.E.B.E.L.S..



** The 1990s ''Trinity'' miniseries (not to be confused with the more recent titles about [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark]], [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce]] and [[Franchise/WonderWoman Diana]]) was essentially the G.L.C., L.E.G.I.O.N., and Darkstars in a jurisdiction dispute.

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** * The 1990s ''Trinity'' miniseries (not to be confused with the more recent titles about [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark]], [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce]] and [[Franchise/WonderWoman Diana]]) was essentially the G.L.C., L.E.G.I.O.N., and Darkstars in a jurisdiction dispute.



* In the ComicBook/XWingSeries, part of the ''StarWars'' [[Frachise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]], one of the pilots was on the Corellian Security Force, essentially the police of the Corellian system. Corellia's Jedi tended to work pretty closely with them. Largely the CSF stayed within the system. The Jedi had a saying - "There is no luck, only the Force", and the CSF liked to modify it to tell criminals who chalked up being caught to bad luck - "There is no luck, only the Corellian Security Force".

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* In the ComicBook/XWingSeries, part of the ''StarWars'' [[Frachise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]], ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'', one of the pilots was on the Corellian Security Force, essentially the police of the Corellian system. Corellia's Jedi tended to work pretty closely with them. Largely the CSF stayed within the system. The Jedi had a saying - "There is no luck, only the Force", and the CSF liked to modify it to tell criminals who chalked up being caught to bad luck - "There is no luck, only the Corellian Security Force".



* Gerry Anderson's ''Series/SpacePrecinct'' was a rare live action series about this, with a strong New York City feel. It didn't do so well.
** ''Series/SpacePrecinct'' was a reworking of a pilot Anderson had produced about ten years before hand called ''Space Police'', the title was changed upon learning that Lego had a toyline called Space Police (see below). The series didn't have a lot to do with this trope anyway, aside from the title; it was a fairly standard cop show [[RecycledInSpace With TACKED-ON CYBERPUNK ELEMENTS!]]
*** Aaaaand [[FreezeFrameBonus alien "Playboy" mags!]]
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'s'' Peacekeepers were initially created to act as a neutral peacekeeping force by powerful aliens in the far distant past. Over time, they became [[ScaryDogmaticAliens interstellar fascists]].
** To be precise, a planetary ruler can hire the Peacekeepers to protect their planet, but they can also hire them to enforce their will on your own people. So the Peacekeepers run an empire by proxy, while ostensibly protecting everyone.

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* Gerry Anderson's ''Series/SpacePrecinct'' was a rare live action series about this, with a strong New York City feel. It didn't do so well.
**
''Series/SpacePrecinct'' was a reworking of a pilot Gerry Anderson had produced about ten years before hand called ''Space Police'', the title was changed upon learning that Lego had a toyline called Space Police (see below).Police. The series didn't have a lot to do with this trope anyway, aside from the title; it was a fairly standard cop show [[RecycledInSpace With TACKED-ON CYBERPUNK ELEMENTS!]]
*** Aaaaand [[FreezeFrameBonus alien "Playboy" mags!]]
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'s'' Peacekeepers were initially created to act as a neutral peacekeeping force by powerful aliens in the far distant past. Over time, they became [[ScaryDogmaticAliens interstellar fascists]].
** To be precise, a
A planetary ruler can hire the Peacekeepers to protect their planet, but they can also hire them to enforce their will on your own people. So the Peacekeepers run an empire by proxy, while ostensibly protecting everyone.



* ''[[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger Special Police Dekaranger]][=/=]Series/PowerRangersSPD'' are a ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' version, right down to lightbars in their helmets.

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* Franchise/SuperSentai[=/=]Franchise/PowerRangers
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''[[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger Special Police Dekaranger]][=/=]Series/PowerRangersSPD'' are a ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' version, right down to lightbars in their helmets.



* ''Series/DoctorWho''. The Judoon are mercenary police (though the Doctor derides them as "intergalactic thugs"). "The Eleventh Hour" gives us the [[StarfishAliens considerably weirder]] but even more callous Atraxi, who threatened to torch the entire planet Earth to prevent Prisoner Zero's escape.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho''.
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The Judoon are mercenary police (though the Doctor derides them as "intergalactic thugs"). "The Eleventh Hour" gives us the [[StarfishAliens considerably weirder]] but even more callous Atraxi, who threatened to torch the entire planet Earth to prevent Prisoner Zero's escape.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' ("Arena").
-->'''Kirk:''' Out here we're the only policemen around, and a crime has been committed.
** Later, Starfleet Security is shown explicitly performing roles akin to those of the FBI and US Marshals.
** Naval forces have done that sort of thing for hundreds of years. Starfleet in many ways operates like the Victorian era Royal Navy.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' ("Arena").
-->'''Kirk:''' Out here we're the only policemen around, and a crime has been committed.
** Later,
''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries:'' Starfleet Security is shown explicitly performing roles akin to those of the FBI and US Marshals.
** Naval forces have done that sort of thing for hundreds of years. Starfleet in many ways operates like the Victorian era Royal Navy.
Marshals.



* The Inquisition in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are an [[CrapsackWorld exceedingly dark]] variation of this trope, given that they're basically the Spanish Inquisition [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]] [[KillItWithFire WITH FLAMETHROWERS!]]
** Inquisition is more of a StateSec. Adeptus Arbites, on the other hand, are closer to the standard understanding of what police can and must do, although they're still [[GrimDark noticeably darker than usual]] and have more limited jurisdiction -- that is, they enforce only general Imperial laws, of which there are few, leaving most to the local police. In short, they are FBI [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]], with a healthy dose of ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' ShoutOut.

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* The Inquisition in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are 40000}}:''
** The Inquisition is
an [[CrapsackWorld exceedingly dark]] dark variation of this trope, given that they're basically the Spanish Inquisition [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]] [[KillItWithFire WITH FLAMETHROWERS!]]
SPACE!
** Inquisition is more of a StateSec. The Adeptus Arbites, on the other hand, are closer to the standard understanding of what police can and must do, although they're still [[GrimDark noticeably darker than usual]] usual and have more limited jurisdiction -- that is, they enforce only general Imperial laws, of which there are few, leaving most to the local police. In short, they are FBI [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]], with a healthy dose of ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' ShoutOut.



* Pictured above: one of the smallest sets from the 2009 reboot of Toys/LEGOSpacePolice, three {{LEGO}} lines of various ages devoted to this trope. In the first two runs their enemies were humans, the Blacktron faction of LEGOSpace, but the 2009 reboot had aliens as the enemy and nothing but.
** Some people like to interpret this most recent line as DarkerAndEdgier. Note that all the criminals are aliens, humans are rarely shown in poor light, and the space police are unusually heavily armed. The fact that one set is essentially a Space Pimpmobile, complete with a [[FanNickname SPACE PIMP]], just adds to the feel.
*** Your anti-human sentiments have been recorded, citizen...

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* Pictured above: one One of the smallest sets from the 2009 reboot of Toys/LEGOSpacePolice, three {{LEGO}} Franchise/{{LEGO}} lines of various ages devoted to this trope. In the first two runs their enemies were humans, the Blacktron faction of LEGOSpace, Toys/LEGOSpace, but the 2009 reboot had aliens as the enemy and nothing but.
** Some people like to interpret this most recent line as DarkerAndEdgier. Note that all the criminals are aliens, humans are rarely shown in poor light, and the space police are unusually heavily armed. The fact that one set is essentially a Space Pimpmobile, complete with a [[FanNickname SPACE PIMP]], just adds to the feel.
*** Your anti-human sentiments have been recorded, citizen...
but.



* The Spectres in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' qualify. They are the Citadel "Special Tactics and Reconnaissance," given special rights by the Citadel Council that places them above the law and allows them to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure galactic peace. They very much subscribe to the OneRiotOneRanger philosophy, as the Citadel sending a Spectre to deal with a situation is the final option before outright ''declaring war and sending an entire fleet'' after the offending party.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect:''
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The Spectres in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' qualify. They are the Citadel "Special Tactics and Reconnaissance," given special rights by the Citadel Council that places them above the law and allows them to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure galactic peace. They very much subscribe to the OneRiotOneRanger philosophy, as the Citadel sending a Spectre to deal with a situation is the final option before outright ''declaring war and sending an entire fleet'' after the offending party.



* ''VideoGame/EveOnline's'' CONCORD Assembly is an independent body formed by consent of the four empires. They use their own powerful proprietary technology to keep order in secure systems. Their jurisdiction is limited however, leaving most of the galaxy lawless and rather dangerous.

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* ''VideoGame/EveOnline's'' ''VideoGame/EveOnline''
** The
CONCORD Assembly is an independent body formed by consent of the four empires. They use their own powerful proprietary technology to keep order in secure systems. Their jurisdiction is limited however, leaving most of the galaxy lawless and rather dangerous.



* From ''VideoGame/TachyonTheFringe'', Star Patrol is responsible for keeping the peace between all the different warring megacorporations and assorted small factions. Their Enforcer starships are maneuverable, tough, and very, ''very'' well-armed. The few times where you have to tangle with them, you're strongly advised to run for the nearest [[PortalNetwork TCG]] at maximum speed. There are also a few times where they fight alongside you.

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* From ''VideoGame/TachyonTheFringe'', ''VideoGame/TachyonTheFringe''
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Star Patrol is responsible for keeping the peace between all the different warring megacorporations and assorted small factions. Their Enforcer starships are maneuverable, tough, and very, ''very'' well-armed. The few times where you have to tangle with them, you're strongly advised to run for the nearest [[PortalNetwork TCG]] at maximum speed. There are also a few times where they fight alongside you.



* The Peacekeeper Enforcer from ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' is supposed to be a space cop. He goes around and attacks anyone who has more than a certain number of ships, with larger ship classes counting as more. It goes straight to PoliceBrutality when he tries to glass colonies, though. His nickname Ortgay [[http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=200284866658219&set=a.119735938046446.14741.107269765959730&type=1&ref=nf has been admitted to be a]] ShoutOut to ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951''.

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* ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars''
**
The Peacekeeper Enforcer from ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' is supposed to be a space cop. He goes around and attacks anyone who has more than a certain number of ships, with larger ship classes counting as more. It goes straight to PoliceBrutality when he tries to glass colonies, though. His nickname Ortgay [[http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=200284866658219&set=a.119735938046446.14741.107269765959730&type=1&ref=nf has been admitted to be a]] ShoutOut to ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951''.



** Another SpaceWestern example: The title characters from ''Anime/SaberRiderAndTheStarSheriffs''.
** Yet another: ''WesternAnimation/BraveStarr''. (Granted, he's only one, but even the blurb for the movie said one man is enough.)


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* ''WesternAnimation/BraveStarr''. Granted, he's only one, but even the blurb for the movie said one man is enough.
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