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A PoliceProcedural ComicBook with a twist, written by Creator/AlanMoore, drawn by Zander Cannon and Gene Ha, and published by Creator/AmericasBestComics. TopTen follows the lives of the officers of precinct 10, Top Ten, as they patrol the streets of [[CityOfAdventure Neopolis]]. The twist is that every single man, woman, and child in Neopolis is a costumed "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Science Hero]]" complete with CodeName. Despite the [[FantasyKitchenSink fantastic]] setting, the PoliceProcedural premise is played [[MundaneFantastic completely straight]]. Transportation accidents, a SerialKiller targeting [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold prostitutes]], and a pervert groping woman are all things they deal with. The twist is that instead of car accidents there are [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]] accidents, the SerialKiller is a [[EldritchAbomination grotesque]] space alien [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe ex-porn star]] and the prostitutes include Immune Girl whose power is that she can't get AIDS or [[TheCorruption S.T.O.R.M.S.]] (a [[BodyHorror mutagenic]] form of VD), while the pervert groping women is a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]] who just shifts into the form of a chair.

There was a twelve issue series published in 1999-2000, plus a SpinOff involving the character Smax published in 2003, and a prequel published in 2005, all written by Creator/AlanMoore. Also in 2005, another five-issue series set five years later was published - written by Paul Di Filippo and drawn by Jerry Ordway- which pretty much nobody liked, as well as "Season Two," ''another'' five-issue series written by Zander Cannon with Gene Ha returning on art in 2008, which most people did. While 2005's ''Beyond the Furthest Precinct'' was an {{Anvilicious}} TakeThat towards the Bush administration, ''Season Two'' was much more faithful to the original series and avoided the pitfalls of ''Beyond...'' by [[{{Retcon}} completely ignoring it]].

Not to be confused with TopTenList.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The Libra Killer had atom-slicing monomolecular strands coming out of her body.
* TheAce: Joe Pi seems to have the perfect answer for everything, which causes a lot of friction with his fellow officers. After all, he's programmed that way...
* AffectionateParody of both {{Superhero}}es and {{Police Procedural}}s.
* AllMythsAreTrue
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: By the bushel.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: In the case of Gograh, more like the five ''hundred'' foot whatever. And falling-down drunk to boot. He doesn't drink beer from cans, he drinks it from beer-filled truck tankers.
** One of King Peacock's foes in the arena is a giant, living statue/temple support beam, complete with part of a column stuck to her head.
* BadassLongcoat: Smax again.
* BadAss: Officer Smax.
** Wolfspider. The S.W.A.T. team's ''only'' member.
* BadSanta: A powerful, delusional telekinetic dressed up as Santa Claus, stole some reindeer from a zoo, and fought off officers Smax, Slinger, Wornow, and Li until being finally subdued by Lovelace.
* BathroomStallGraffiti: In the storyline involving a murder at the Godz bar, the murder suspect hides in the restroom, where there's an entire wall covered in thematically-appropriate graffiti.
* BlindDriving: The blindfolded taxi driver that steers by fate. He and his passengers always arrive where they need to be, but other people in the way...not so much.
* BrotherSisterIncest / {{Twincest}}: The core of Smax's embarrassment about his home dimension. Not that it stops him from participating in it (and lying about it to his co-workers)...
** An incestuous relationship was also forced on the superhuman twins Sturm and Drang by Nazi scientists - Drang doesn't like it but knows her brother is [[DumbMuscle too slow]] to understand, so she's been seeing Herr Panzer on the side.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Glushko's alcoholism is overlooked due to the "special talents" he brings to the table.
* CaptainErsatz and {{Expy}}: Listing the sheer number of these in Top 10 might cause the wiki to crash... Funnily enough, none of the main characters are obvious Ersatzen besides Jetman, who is based on WWII boy aviators Airboy and Hop Harrigan.
** The Libra killer's name and M.O. are based on the Scorpio killer from ''Film/DirtyHarry'', in turn based on the RealLife Zodiac. Professor Gunter Gromolko is based on Dr. Thaddeus Sivana from ''{{Shazam}}'', down to a unique EvilLaugh.
* CelebrityParadox: Not limited to any one celebrity. Because superheroes are real in this world, superhero comics never took off. Look carefully and you can see billboards advertising "Businessman (You'll Believe a Man Can't Fly!)"
* ChillyReception: Joe Pi initially gets a cold response from some of the other cops, mostly because he's taking the place of a popular colleague who was killed in the line of duty. He quickly proves himself both on the streets and with his new partner's family.
* ChurchMilitant: The Maid, who is essentially a modern, superpowered Joan of Arc.
* CloningBlues: [[spoiler: Girl One's "sisters."]]
* [[CodeName Code Names]]: Absolutely everyone. Their drivers' licences even have a space for one's A.E. (alter ego). Consequently, nobody really has a SecretIdentity.
* CompellingVoice: Lovelace.
* ContrivedClumsiness: Joe Pi does this occasionally.
--> '''Joe Pi''': With typical machine clumsiness, I seem to have disabled my inbuilt audio taping system. This mean that if, for instance, a fellow officer should suggest something illegal, I won't have a record of it.
* CrisisCrossover: Parodied in a sideplot in which a character has an Ultra-Mouse infestation in his mother's apartment, so the Ex-Verminator releases Atom Cats to deal with them, but with so many super powered creatures in such a confined space, it turned into a "Whole Secret Crisis-War Crossover Thing" which eventually [[CosmicRetcon rewrote the time line]] so the Ultra-Mouse infestation never happened. The Ex-Verminator [[RippleEffectProofMemory remembers it]], and gets very upset about not getting paid for the job. This apparently happens to him a lot.
* CryingWolf: Shock-headed Pete takes pity on prostitute Immune Girl, and that same night she's murdered. A disgusted Phantom Jack assumes on his past behavior that Pete was just out for a freebie.
* CultureJustifiesAnything: The first defense that M'Rrgla Qualz' lawyer tries amounts basically to this.
* DifferentWorldDifferentMovies: The existence of superheroes led to superhero comics not being popular, so most of the comics known from our world don't exist. Instead SliceOfLife comics are very popular.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Bob "Blindshot" Booker doesn't drive his cab, "the universe does." His "zen senses" let him take you where you ''need'' to be. Subverted slightly; He does cause his share of traffic accidents, but everything he does seems to ultimately help people. Also Synaesthesia's altered senses give her [[HyperAwareness intuition bordering on the psychic]] at times-- although ''interpreting'' said intuition can be a challenge.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Peregrine catches her husband experimenting with "crossover dressing", or dressing up as a different science hero than yourself...
* DontAnswerThat: The series includes an anthromorphized shark lawyer who uses this trope as his entire strategy, essentially.
* EasterEgg: Tons of superhero-related graffiti in the backgrounds.
* EveryoneIsASuper: Kind of the point...
* {{Expy}}: A number of the characters are Expies of the original regular characters in ''HillStreetBlues'':
** Captain Traynor is Captain Furillo
** Sgt. Kemlo Caesar is Sgt. Esterhaus
** King Peacock is Neal Washington
** Duane Bodine is Mick Belker
** Bill Bailey is Howard Hunter
** Irma Geddon and Girl One are Andy Renko and Bobby Hill
** Ernesto Gograh is Jesus Martinez
* {{Fanservice}}: Pretty much the only reason for Girl One's costume (or lack thereof). Justified in that that's just what her creators, a couple of horny {{Fanboy}}s with too much time and money on their hands, designed her for. Probably including the compulsive nudism.
** Jackie too. * [[YuriFan Drool]]*
** Given that Girl Fifty-Four [[LamarckWasRight shares]] the same compulsive nudism...
* FantasticRacism: Mainly against robots (who prefer to be called Ferro-Americans, and don't like being called "[[FantasticSlurs clickers]]"). Precognitives have very stringent restrictions on where they can work, so Ron spends most of his appearances job-hunting. There doesn't seem to be a very high public opinion of vampires, either.
* FantasyKitchenSink
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires: Averted; Vamps are the equivalent of TheMafia, complete with the traditional [[VampireVords Old Country accent]].
* FunTShirt: Sgt Caesar's dress sense goes in for dog-inflected versions of fashionable or humorous t-shirts, such as the one with the slogan ''What part of "ARF" don't you understand?''.
* GenreShift: The main series is a humorous but still pretty straightforward hybrid of a PoliceProcedural and a [[SuperHero superhero comic]]. The ''Smax'' miniseries that follows it, however, is pretty much a parody of generic {{fantasy}} literature.
* GodivaHair: Jennifer from ''Beyond the Farthest Precinct''. Goes well with the 6' tall mermaid look.
* HappilyMarried: Irma Geddon and her [[PsychicPowers psychic]] husband Ron. Peregrine and her hubby, too. Also [[spoiler:Captain Jetman and Wulf]].
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: With very grim realism in the story of Jeff's conception
* HypocriticalHumor: Shock-Headed Peter is strongly bigoted against robots and is eventually kicked off the force for an unsolicited assault on Joe Pi; he starts dating the android Girl Two shortly thereafter.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl / ShamelessFanserviceGirl: Subverted with Girl One, who is naked at all times with the excuse that her shifting skin pigments mean she doesn't technically have to wear clothes -- but she subverts the trope by being quite aware of the nudity taboo, but [[HypnoFool engineered by her creators to have an aversion to wearing clothing]]. When she finds out Hyperdog doesn't see color and can see through her "clothes", she decks him for not warning her.
** He then says he didn't mention it because as a dog he's not attracted to her. Mind you he later marries a human prostitute.
*** In a later panel in the same book he's seen talking to a male colleague where he admits he lied to Girl One, at least about dating a dog.
** Jennifer from ''Beyond'' also counts, as (quite literal) green skinned mermaid, she wears nothing more than GodivaHair (and, technically, a fishbowl installed on a segway).
** Later versions of [[spoiler: the Girl series]] have [[spoiler: the same genetically enforced nudity compulsion, but better or worse luck hiding it, gaining acceptance, etc. Girl 54 is readily accepted back in the force and retains the same quirks; Girl Two's nudity was quickly picked up on by the public at large -- she was [[NearRapeExperience harassed by criminals]] until she quit the force; an unnamed Girl was running around with the villains during one arc, her skin solid black except for a star pattern -- hiding nothing.]]
* LivingStatue: Detective Corbeau fights one in a gladitorial match.
* InTheFutureWeStillHaveRoombas: Which Robyn uses to fight crime.
* JeanneDArchetype: The Maid.
* JediMindTrick: M'rgalla Qualtz' telepathic seduction.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Smax is a gruff and caustic asshole at first. But later, he gives Robyn a ride home, [[spoiler:starts caring for her dad, and even visits her in the hospital after she's injured by Ultima.]]
* KissOfTheVampire / ILoveTheDead: Vampire prostitution. Even the prostitutes themselves are creeped out by the guys who just want them to lay there...
* LawOfConservationOfNormality: Even for a city full of superbeings, life's still got the same old problems.
* LoverAndBeloved: Steve Traynor's and Wulf's relationship began this way, since Traynor was Wulf's sidekick. By the time of ''TopTen'', they've been a HappilyMarried (in a sense) couple for about 30 years.
* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: One storyline involves a Nazi mad scientist creating a time machine to change the outcome of WorldWarII.
* MayDecemberRomance: Jetman and Wulf.
* MisterBig: The Vampire mafia is led by Grigori "Little Greg" Irinescu, who has to stand on his desk so people can kiss his ring without getting on all fours.
* ModernMayincatecEmpire: The crowd at the Transworld Transport Terminus in issue 8 includes a group in {{Mayincatec}} outfits - representatives of the same transdimensional invaders seen in an early issue of ''TomStrong''.
* MostCommonSuperPower: Both used and averted; some science-heroines fit the trope, yet (in keeping with the "average Joes with capes" theme of the series) most just look like ordinary women in bright colors and masks.
* MsFanservice: Girl One. Literally so, as her creators created her with fanservice tropes in mind, and programmed [[InnocentFanserviceGirl some of them]] into her genetics. However, she [[MegatonPunch dislikes]] being viewed this way.
* TheMultiverse
* MundaneFantastic
* MyHorseIsAMotorbike: In ''The Forty-Niners'', the Black Rider is a Zorro-inspired hero who "cuts a dashing figure" atop his motorcycle Midnight.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: When not in costume, Peregrine's appearance is based on 90s fitness guru Susan Powter. {{Lampshaded}}; at one point she's seen on a stakeout wearing a "[[ThePowerpuffGirls Powterpuff Girls]] t-shirt.
* OhCrap: Plenty.
* OneManArmy: The [[PoweredArmor Power-Armored]] Bill "Wolfspider" Bailey is the [=SWAT=] team. The ''entire'' [=SWAT=] team.
* OutsideInsideSlur: A robot derides Joe Pi as being too human by calling him "Spambo" (metal on the outside, meat on the inside).
* PaintedOnPants: Parodied and Lampshaded with Girl One. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar She's given several full body profile shots]] (including one in chapter one where her nipples are clearly visible) and several lingering shots of her backside with the impression suggested that this trope is in play. Then, after it was too late to change it, the comic's authors reveal that she's actually naked with a form of natural, mobile, BodyPaint built in.
* PaintingTheMedium: In a sequence involving a hole through time, the view through the hole is always of something happening earlier or later in the same book, in the position on the page corresponding to the position of the hole.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Private Iron is on the unfortunate end of this treatment when he's brought into Top Ten as a suspect; the bigoted officer questioning him says that when his neighbor's new-fangled television set doesn't work she hits it and attempts to see if the same principle can be applied to robots.
* PhysicalGod: They even have their own bar. Peregrine in particular gets rather upset when she finds her Lord and Savior there after he's had a few.
* PinealWeirdness: The alien who eats brains for their pineal secretions.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Oh so ''very'' averted in "The Forty-Niners."
* PsychoSerum: The recreational drugs of Neopolis are all some kind of PsychoSerum:
** Amazo Pills grant various temporary superpowers.
** Darkshots are a drug for robots which allows them to become "one with the multiverse".
** Goose Juice (mongoose blood) grants temporary {{Superspeed}}. The name is a ShoutOut to the Whizzer, a [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] speedster with a [[DorkAge decidedly silly origin story]].
** Hyperdrene causes hallucinations of imps and pixies so vivid they can be seen by others and can survive for awhile even after the user is dead.
* PunnyName: There is an anthropomorphic shark lawyer called Fischmann. Many of the alter egos are this too, since they are super heroes and villains. Sometimes crosses with ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ReluctantFanserviceGirl: Girl One. It's revealed in chapter 2 that she's actually been naked the whole time, which she hides with her color-shifting skin. She even defends this (in private, to her ''female'' partner) by saying she's more comfortable in the nude rather than wearing clothes. Then it's revealed that her compulsive nudity was an engineered compulsion her creators forced on her, leaving her stuck using her skin trick to hide this fact, and when she realizes her ''male'' boss was color blind, she [[MegatonPunch freaked out,]] revealing she was not really ok with people knowing about it.
* RobotHair: Sung "Girl One" Li. She can control its color and project patterns on her hair (and on her body).
* RocketRide: Sky Witch
* SceneryPorn: Gene Ha's work is astonishingly lush and detailed.
* ShapeshiftingSquick: M'rgalla Qualtz/Vigilante from Venus, a seeming GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe porn star and former prostitute whose true form would give an EldritchAbomination nightmares.
** Worth pointing out that Shockheaded Peter recognises Qualtz' tentacle monster form ''from a porn movie''.
*** Also worth noting that she can make people (males at least) see what she wants, so she may not actually be a shapeshifter and Shockheaded Peter may be seeing the GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe form.
* ShoutOut: Far too many to mention here. Top Ten has {{shout out}}s, [[{{Cameo}} cameo appearances]], and other references to comics classic and modern, television, and many other media at a seeming minimum rate of one per panel, often far far more. There's even cameo appearances of ''word balloons'' from ComicBook/TheSandman and {{Preacher}}. The most intricate, and certainly funniest, is the CrisisCrossover featuring cat and mouse versions of many Marvel and DC characters re-enacting the first appearance of Galactapuss in ''ComicBook/FantasticFour #50''.
** Bill "Wolfspider" Bailey is either named for [[BillBailey the comedian]] or the cabaret tune.
* SiblingYinYang: Dispatcher Janus has two faces who see each other as sisters and argue constantly.
* SpaceRomans: Precinct One, where TheRomanEmpire never ended.
* StayInTheKitchen: Yezidi traditionalist King Peacock has his wife walk three steps behind him. Neither he nor she see anything wrong with it.
* StrawmanPolitical: In ''Top Ten: Beyond the Farthest Precinct'', Mayor Famaile and Commander Cindercott are unsubtle embodiments of the most {{Anvilicious}} aspects of the Bush Administration and its cronies.
* StupidJetpackHitler: In ''The Forty-Niners''. Well, what do you ''expect'' when you rewind the setting back to the 1940s?
* SurvivorGuilt: Smax left his home, and went as far away as Precinct 10, because he couldn't save a little girl from a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]]. Her handprint was permanently burned onto his chest, which didn't exactly help matters.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: [[spoiler: After her death]] Girl One is replaced by Girl Fifty-Four, who is identical. She even gets ''called'' Girl One on occasion, and takes it in stride.
* SymbolSwearing: This is one of the few times where this trope works better than actually cursing. The otherwise calm and peaceful Jetman telling Smax to "Break her %$#@ing neck, son" after [[spoiler:Ultima kills Girl One]].
* VirginPower: Briefly mentioned in ''The Forty-Niners'' as something female superheroes and Atlantean women lie about to brush off guys' attention.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Smax rarely wears a shirt over his ludicrously broad, muscular chest. Justified in that he shoots force beams from his chest.
* WelcomeEpisode: The story starts with Robyn "Toybox" Slinger's first day at the 10th Precinct.
* WelcomeToCorneria: Private Iron, a robot G.I. who shares a train box with a young Jetlad in ''The Forty-Niners'', can apparently only say the same few sentences over and over.
* WhatMeasureIsANonSuper: Dealt with in the prequel book ''"The Forty-Niners"'', having won WorldWarII, the government relocates all supers to Neopolis. Top Ten officers seem non-plussed by this trope, none of the super powered cops nor their non-powered colleagues feel that they're at all incapable of dealing with their duty (though Duane does relish the chance to get a [[RuleOfCool rocket powered flying saddle]].)
* YouAreACreditToYourRace: In the Precinct One world, black people are called Nubians, or "Nubies", and are second-class citizens, as King Peacock finds out. After [[spoiler:Commisioner Ultima]] gets him thrown into a series of Gladiator battles, he is often introduced with this description.
** Hilariously, the description used to introduce his robotic opponent is "a credit to his manufacturers".
* YourVampiresSuck
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