Created By: Sabre_Justice on July 31, 2009
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One step up from the Cowboy Cop who enters Hot Pursuit with no regard for their own safety or anyone else's, here you have the police who actually have the equipment, the powers, or whatever else that puts them above the beyond the capabilities of the average police officer. This is common to the point where one of the Stock Superhero Day Jobs is police work, though they don't always do both at once.

Examples:
  • Four words: I am the law!
  • Appleseed ESWAT units (mecha).
  • The animated series {{C.O.P.S.}} was about a team of these.
  • Power Rangers SPD and the Super Sentai original Dekaranger. Cops... with Zords! And their headquarters is a Zord too.
    • There's also the Blue Centurion in Power Rangers Turbo.
  • In his first episode of Heroes, cop Matt Parkman is able to telepathically hear a little girl calling for help. In later episodes and seasons his uses his powers to also try to help people, even when he is no longer a cop.
  • Inspector Gadget. In the revival series, he gets promoted to a secret agent. (and becomes Lieutenant Gadget}
  • The robot Yoyo from the TV series Holmes And Yoyo.
  • Alan Moore's Top 10 series (and it's spinoffs) is all about this trope.
  • The Night Watch from Discworld may fit in this trope. Living in a fantasy world, they've got trolls, golems, zombies, vampires and werewolves in their ranks. And Carrot.

Anime and Manga
  • Section 9 Public Security in Ghost in the Shell and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Cyborg bodies, advanced weapons, Tachikomas, super hacker skillz, etc.
  • Averted with Patlabor. They could be Supercops, but requlations have them stuck in the station until a crook brings out his own Humongous Mecha. For regular criminals they have to go on foot just like all other cops, and face the same obstacles.
  • Dominion Tank Police probably counts. I mean, these are cops... with TANKS. Really BIG tanks, at that. And unlike the Patlabor dudes, these fellows DO move against any and all crime, with superior firepower through and through. Unfortunately for the city, they're also all Cowboy Cops... can you say 'Collateral Damage'?

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Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • October 29, 2008
    Sabre_Justice
    Appleseed ESWAT units (mecha).
  • October 29, 2008
    Sabre_Justice
    The animated series {{C.O.P.S.}} was about a team of these.
  • March 21, 2009
    Sabre_Justice
  • March 21, 2009
    Sabre_Justice
    • The Super Fuzz movie with Terence Hill in the lead role.
  • March 22, 2009
    Sabre_Justice
    Videogames
    • ESWAT Cyber Police, a 1989 scrolling shooter arcade game. Once your character achieves chief rank he gets a cyber suit with turbothrusters and armor.
  • March 22, 2009
    Sabre_Justice
    Averted with Patlabor. They could be Supercops, but requlations have them stuck in the station until a crook brings out his own Humongous Mecha. For regular criminals they have to go on foot just like all other cops, and face the same obstacles.
  • March 22, 2009
    Madrugada
    Judge Dread. All the Judges are examples of this.
  • March 22, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Power Rangers SPD and the Super Sentai original Dekaranger. Cops... with Zords! And their headquarters is a Zord too.

    There's also the Blue Centurion in Power Rangers Turbo.
  • March 22, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The Agent from Crackdown
  • March 22, 2009
    calronmoonflower
    Of course there's the movie Super Cop in which the cop was trying to get killed in the line of duty before he retired in a few days.
  • March 22, 2009
    foxley
    The C.O.P.S. animated series.
  • March 22, 2009
    Sparrow Redhouse
    In his first episode of Heroes, cop Matt Parkman is able to telepathically hear a little girl calling for help. In later episodes and seasons his uses his powers to also try to help people, even when he is no longer a cop.

    Cartman and his "authoritah!" in South Park.
  • March 22, 2009
    DotDotDot!
  • March 28, 2009
    NeeNee
    bump.
  • March 29, 2009
    foxley
    The robot Yoyo from the TV series Holmes And Yoyo.
  • March 29, 2009
    Arivne
    Anime, Film, Manga
  • March 29, 2009
    adam_grif
    Holy shit I remember having the demo of FUTURECOP: LAPD and loving the shit out of it.
  • March 29, 2009
    BlackDragon
    Dominion Tank Police probably counts. I mean, these are cops... with TANKS. Really BIG tanks, at that. And unlike the Patlabor dudes, these fellows DO move against any and all crime, with superior firepower through and through. Unfortunately for the city, they're also all Cowboy Cops... can you spell 'Colateral Damage'?
  • March 29, 2009
    Ouroboros
    Nick Angel from Hot Fuzz is all but called this at certain points of the movie.
  • April 1, 2009
    Sofos
    Alan Moore's Top Ten series (and it's spinoffs) is all about this trope.

    Also, the Night Watch from Discworld may fit in this trope. Living in a fantasy world, they've got trolls, golems, zombies, vampires and werevolves in their ranks.
  • July 31, 2009
    Sabre_Justice
    Alright, one more bump and hoping someone hasn't launched this in the meantime.
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