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27th Mar '17 12:40:44 PM Discar
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** The Time Masters. Comicbook/RipHunter is a renegade Time Master who wants to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, despite the fact the Time Msters say it was ''supposed'' to "go wrong". [[spoiler:They eventually discover that the Time Masters have been manipulating all of history from the Vanishing Point, which gives them complete omniscience except regarding the Vanishing Point itself. They saw a Thanagarian invasion coming, and decided that Vandal Savage was the only one who could stop it, so they subtly altered history to bring him to power and unite the world under his rule. The Legends destroy the Vanishing Point, disband the Time Masters, and kill Savage long before he rises to power]].

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** The Time Masters. Comicbook/RipHunter is a renegade Time Master who wants to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, despite the fact the Time Msters Masters say it was ''supposed'' to "go wrong". [[spoiler:They eventually discover that the Time Masters have been manipulating all of history from the Vanishing Point, which gives them complete omniscience except regarding the Vanishing Point itself. They saw a Thanagarian invasion coming, and decided that Vandal Savage was the only one who could stop it, so they subtly altered history to bring him to power and unite the world under his rule. The Legends destroy the Vanishing Point, disband the Time Masters, and kill Savage long before he rises to power]].
27th Mar '17 12:39:49 PM Discar
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* The Time Masters in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''. Comicbook/RipHunter is a renegade Time Master who wants to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, despite the fact the Time Msters say it was ''supposed'' to "go wrong".

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* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'':
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The Time Masters in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''.Masters. Comicbook/RipHunter is a renegade Time Master who wants to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, despite the fact the Time Msters say it was ''supposed'' to "go wrong". [[spoiler:They eventually discover that the Time Masters have been manipulating all of history from the Vanishing Point, which gives them complete omniscience except regarding the Vanishing Point itself. They saw a Thanagarian invasion coming, and decided that Vandal Savage was the only one who could stop it, so they subtly altered history to bring him to power and unite the world under his rule. The Legends destroy the Vanishing Point, disband the Time Masters, and kill Savage long before he rises to power]].
** In the second season, the Legends have taken over the TimePolice duties... but they're kind of terrible at it. They work to fix "aberrations" caused by rogue time travelers, and while they do [[CloseEnoughTimeline mostly fix things,]] they also make an embarrassing number of accidental changes to the timeline in the process. These include giving Albert Einstein's wife credit as a genius equal to her husband, loosing zombies on the Civil War, and seducing the queen of France.
16th Mar '17 2:33:33 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Anime/FlintTheTimeDetective'': the main characters work for the Bureau of Time and Space, and were tasked with collecting all the Time Shifters who were scattered across time, despite being a couple of kids and an [[HumanPopsicle unfossilized]] [[OneMillionBC caveman]]. This usually lead them to a [[HollywoodHistory famous historical setting]] where they would square off against renowned time thief Petrafina, who was collecting the time shifters for her own purposes.



* ''Anime/FlintTheTimeDetective'': the main characters work for the Bureau of Time and Space, and were tasked with collecting all the Time Shifters who were scattered across time, despite being a couple of kids and an [[HumanPopsicle unfossilized]] [[OneMillionBC caveman]]. This usually lead them to a [[HollywoodHistory famous historical setting]] where they would square off against renowned time thief Petrafina, who was collecting the time shifters for her own purposes.



* The secret time travel agency in ''Film/{{Predestination}}''. Its purpose to prevent crimes before they can happen. Or as Robertson puts it, the agency is "reshaping wrongdoings".



* The secret time travel agency in ''Film/{{Predestination}}''. Its purpose to prevent crimes before they can happen. Or as Robertson puts it, the agency is "reshaping wrongdoings".



* ''Series/BernardsWatch'': The Postman makes sure the watch's owner doesn't use it to commit crimes. He also ensures that time loops don't occur (such as when Bernard's cousin Lucy kept trying to rewind the watch).
* The Janitor and the clone of Josie in ''Series/BlackHoleHigh''. The clone was an agent from the future sent to ensure the safety of the timeline by having time travel technology develop in the right hands. The Janitor was from the further future and was a much more knowledgeable time policeman.
* [[TheMenInBlack The Cleaners]] in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' are an organisation dedicated to upholding TheMasquerade, though, in carrying this objective out, they are capable of acting as Time Police Officers, by such means as [[ResetButton turning back time]] and even [[RetGone erasing all trace of offenders from existence]] if they deem it necessary.



* ''Series/{{Voyagers}}'' is an interesting concept, in that there's no actual evidence of meddling by anyone other than the Voyagers themselves. Their purpose is to make sure history went the way their records say it did. Is this a StableTimeLoop?
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The Temporal Prime Directive, enforced by a variety of time agents who seem to have no relation to each other (and should be constantly getting in each other's way.) Captain Kirk harried the time agents to no end.
** ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' twice ran into Starfleet Time Police from the 29th century.
** Then there was the whole Temporal Cold War thing in ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'', where it was implied that Daniels' side was mostly there to keep history going as it should have done.
** ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' had Temporal Investigations, which seems to be based in the present (theirs, that is, not the viewer's). The names of the two agents we saw were [[ShoutOut Dulmer and Lucsly]].



** The exact mission of the Time Lords was never made clear but it's implied that they somehow kept watch on time travel, dealing with any paradoxes and stopping people abusing it. And stopping the ClockRoaches from eating planets.

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** The exact mission of the Time Lords was never made clear clear, but it's implied that they somehow kept watch on time travel, dealing with any paradoxes and stopping people abusing it. And stopping the ClockRoaches from eating planets.



* ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'' and their American counterparts ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce''. Though Time Force was originally just a non-time-traveling 30th century elite police force with a Time Machine CombiningMecha, a Time Ship, and a HumongousMecha that forms and mans a CoolGate for time travel. [[CrazyPrepared Ya know, just in case.]]
* Averted in both ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' and ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', for identical reasons: one character in each (the Blue Senturion and the Omega Ranger) ''is'' both a SpacePolice officer and a time traveler, but they're only trying to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong after an alien invasion won; their normal cop duties have nothing to do with time travel.

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* ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'' and their American counterparts ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce''. Though ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' has the main protagonists acting as a form of Time Force was originally just a non-time-traveling 30th century elite police force Police, protecting the timestream from the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Imagin]], whose goal is to change the future by rampaging in the past. TheHero Ryotaro occasionally tries to bend the rules to help the VictimOfTheWeek with a whatever problem they've got. The fifth[=/=]seventh movie (''Episode Yellow'' of the ''Chō Den-O Trilogy'') introduces an actual Time Machine CombiningMecha, Cop, who [[LawfulNeutral arrests anyone who alters history, good or bad]]; naturally, he ends up becoming the movie's antagonist as aside from anything else, by this point Den-O himself is a walking changed timestream.
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Time Ship, and a HumongousMecha that forms and mans a CoolGate for time travel. [[CrazyPrepared Ya know, just Masters in case.]]
* Averted in both ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' and ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', for identical reasons: one character in each (the Blue Senturion and
''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''. Comicbook/RipHunter is a renegade Time Master who wants to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, despite the Omega Ranger) ''is'' both a SpacePolice officer and a time traveler, but they're only trying fact the Time Msters say it was ''supposed'' to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong after an alien invasion won; their normal cop duties have nothing to do with time travel."go wrong".



* The Spanish show ''Series/ElMinisterioDelTiempo'' (lit. The Time Ministry) is about how the Spanish government regulates time travel.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' had recurring character Nicholas Prentice, a senior agent of a future time travel agency. He and his colleagues ensure the regulation of time travel, but he is allowed to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong himself (succeeding when he brings a Nazi war criminal to justice, but failing when he can't prevent a Presidential assassination). His agency recruits its agents by plucking people out of their timeline moments before they were set to die in fatal accidents.



* Averted in the various ''Stargate'' series, especially ''Series/StargateSG1'', but still worth mentioning because that setting really ''should'' have Time Police. Despite multiple methods of TimeTravel in the setting, there are no people or ClockRoaches preventing paradox or enforcing a preferred timeline. Despite {{Precursor}}s and SufficientlyAdvancedAliens who are totally willing to tell humanity YouAreNotReady on other issues like interstellar travel and certain weapons of war, they've never warned people away from screwing with history. Both good guys and bad guys do it. When people time travel and step on the ButterflyOfDoom, the heroes have to make {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong and ''still'' put up with a CloseEnoughTimeline.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' has the main protagonists acting as a form of Time Police, protecting the timestream from the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Imagin]], whose goal is to change the future by rampaging in the past. TheHero Ryotaro occasionally tries to bend the rules to help the VictimOfTheWeek with whatever problem they've got. The fifth[=/=]seventh movie (''Episode Yellow'' of the ''Chō Den-O Trilogy'') introduces an actual Time Cop, who [[LawfulNeutral arrests anyone who alters history, good or bad]]; naturally, he ends up becoming the movie's antagonist as aside from anything else, by this point Den-O himself is a walking changed timestream.
* The Guardians of Time in ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'', presumably. The Guardians are a more advanced form of human than ''homo superior'' (called either ''homo novus'' or ''homo sapiens temporum''), though it isn't exactly clear what their role is, as their appearances all involve them being lured into traps by villains seeking to exploit their ability to facilitate time travel.
* [[TheMenInBlack The Cleaners]] in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' are an organisation dedicated to upholding TheMasquerade, though, in carrying this objective out, they are capable of acting as Time Police Officers, by such means as [[ResetButton turning back time]] and even [[RetGone erasing all trace of offenders from existence]] if they deem it necessary.
* Fate in the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "My Heart Will Go On".
* ''Series/BernardsWatch'': The Postman makes sure the watch's owner doesn't use it to commit crimes. He also ensures that time loops don't occur (such as when Bernard's cousin Lucy kept trying to rewind the watch).



* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' had recurring character Nicholas Prentice, a senior agent of a future time travel agency. He and his colleagues ensure the regulation of time travel, but he is allowed to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong himself (succeeding when he brings a Nazi war criminal to justice, but failing when he can't prevent a Presidential assassination). His agency recruits its agents by plucking people out of their timeline moments before they were set to die in fatal accidents.

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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' had recurring ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'' and their American counterparts ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce''. Though Time Force was originally just a non-time-traveling 30th century elite police force with a Time Machine CombiningMecha, a Time Ship, and a HumongousMecha that forms and mans a CoolGate for time travel. [[CrazyPrepared Ya know, just in case.]]
* Averted in both ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' and ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', for identical reasons: one
character Nicholas Prentice, in each (the Blue Senturion and the Omega Ranger) ''is'' both a senior agent of SpacePolice officer and a future time travel agency. He and his colleagues ensure the regulation of time travel, traveler, but he is allowed they're only trying to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong himself (succeeding when he brings a Nazi war criminal after an alien invasion won; their normal cop duties have nothing to justice, do with time travel.
* Averted in the various ''Franchise/{{Stargate}}'' series, especially ''Series/StargateSG1'',
but failing when he can't prevent still worth mentioning because that setting really ''should'' have Time Police. Despite multiple methods of TimeTravel in the setting, there are no people or ClockRoaches preventing paradox or enforcing a Presidential assassination). His agency recruits its preferred timeline. Despite {{Precursor}}s and SufficientlyAdvancedAliens who are totally willing to tell humanity YouAreNotReady on other issues like interstellar travel and certain weapons of war, they've never warned people away from screwing with history. Both good guys and bad guys do it. When people time travel and step on the ButterflyOfDoom, the heroes have to make {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong and ''still'' put up with a CloseEnoughTimeline.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The Temporal Prime Directive, enforced by a variety of time
agents by plucking people out who seem to have no relation to each other (and should be constantly getting in each other's way.) Captain Kirk harried the time agents to no end.
** ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' twice ran into Starfleet Time Police from the 29th century.
** Then there was the whole Temporal Cold War thing in ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'', where it was implied that Daniels' side was mostly there to keep history going as it should have done.
** ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' had Temporal Investigations, which seems to be based in the present (theirs, that is, not the viewer's). The names
of their timeline moments before they the two agents we saw were set to die [[ShoutOut Dulmer and Lucsly]].
* Fate
in fatal accidents. the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "My Heart Will Go On".



* The Time Masters in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''. Comicbook/RipHunter is a renegade Time Master who wants to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, despite the fact the Time Msters say it was ''supposed'' to "go wrong".
* The Janitor and the clone of Josie in ''Series/BlackHoleHigh''. The clone was an agent from the future sent to ensure the safety of the timeline by having time travel technology develop in the right hands. The Janitor was from the further future and was a much more knowledgeable time policeman.
* The Spanish show ''Series/ElMinisterioDelTiempo'' (lit. The Time Ministry) is about how the Spanish government regulates time travel.


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* The Guardians of Time in ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'', presumably. The Guardians are a more advanced form of human than ''homo superior'' (called either ''homo novus'' or ''homo sapiens temporum''), though it isn't exactly clear what their role is, as their appearances all involve them being lured into traps by villains seeking to exploit their ability to facilitate time travel.
* ''Series/{{Voyagers}}'' is an interesting concept, in that there's no actual evidence of meddling by anyone other than the Voyagers themselves. Their purpose is to make sure history went the way their records say it did. Is this a StableTimeLoop?


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9th Mar '17 7:23:01 PM zequeins
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* From ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', one character never explicitly says he's one, but he may as well be. When you go full on [[VillainProtagonist No Mercy]], he outright stated that he's been keeping an eye on the multiple timelines, that he saw [[ApocalypseHow where the timelines are going]]... and he could no longer afford to stand on the sidelines, and fought you head-on to put a stop to it all. And he's by ''[[SNKBoss far]]'' the hardest boss in the game.
1st Feb '17 8:16:28 PM Luppercus
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* The Spanish show ''Series/ElMinisterioDelTiempo'' (lit. The Time Ministry) is about how the Spanish government regulates time travel.
* The American show ''Series/{{Timeless}}'' has three agents (a history professor, a scientist and a marine) doing esentially TimeCop work.
8th Dec '16 2:52:59 AM TheWeird1
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* In SavageWorld's [="TimeZero=], the PCs play Time Police agents.
** To make a second verse, same as the first one, the PCs can also play Time Police agents in "Timewatch" for "GUMSHOES RPG"
25th Nov '16 1:43:05 AM PaulA
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* DavidDrake and Janet Morris had the ARC, that fought wars across different timelines.

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* DavidDrake Creator/DavidDrake and Janet Morris had the ARC, that fought wars across different timelines.
19th Oct '16 6:53:05 PM jman31415
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* The Time Masters in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''. Comicbook/RipHunter is a renegade Time Master who wants to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, despite the fact the Time Masters say it was ''supposed'' to "go wrong".

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* The Time Masters in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''. Comicbook/RipHunter is a renegade Time Master who wants to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, despite the fact the Time Masters Msters say it was ''supposed'' to "go wrong".wrong".
* The Janitor and the clone of Josie in ''Series/BlackHoleHigh''. The clone was an agent from the future sent to ensure the safety of the timeline by having time travel technology develop in the right hands. The Janitor was from the further future and was a much more knowledgeable time policeman.
19th Oct '16 3:27:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[TheEschatonSeries The Eschaton]] in ''Singularity Sky'' and ''Iron Sunrise'' by Charles Stross is an AI using atemporal logic; it can violate causality by informing itself in the past of the results of future computation and observation. One of the things this lets it do is to observe others violating causality by the results in the future, giving the data to its past self, which can then prevent the incident occurring in the first place. It uses human agents as a first line of defense, and godlike overkill as the last to keep human history (and its own creation) intact.

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* [[TheEschatonSeries [[Literature/TheEschatonSeries The Eschaton]] in ''Singularity Sky'' and ''Iron Sunrise'' by Charles Stross is an AI using atemporal logic; it can violate causality by informing itself in the past of the results of future computation and observation. One of the things this lets it do is to observe others violating causality by the results in the future, giving the data to its past self, which can then prevent the incident occurring in the first place. It uses human agents as a first line of defense, and godlike overkill as the last to keep human history (and its own creation) intact.
8th Oct '16 2:16:45 PM Vir
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* What the laws are exactly is kind of vague in ''Where in Time is CarmenSandiego?'', but it's clear enough that it's illegal to steal historical artifacts from the past and the good characters are always concerned about history being disrupted.

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* What the laws are exactly is kind of vague in ''Where in Time is CarmenSandiego?'', Franchise/CarmenSandiego?'', but it's clear enough that it's illegal to steal historical artifacts from the past and the good characters are always concerned about history being disrupted.
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