A 1984 sci-fi film directed by Charles Band, starring Tim Thomerson and Helen Hunt.

Jack Deth (Thomerson) is a cop from 300 years in the future who is sent back to 1985 to protect the ancestors of his leaders from a psychic killer. Released in Australia and possibly some other areas as "Future Cop".

Followed by five direct-to-video sequels released by Band's Creator/FullMoonFeatures.

!!Tropes in the first film:

* AntagonistTitle: "Trancers" are mind-controlled humans turned into zombie-like killers.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Jack Deth.
* BigBad: Martin Whistler is the one trying to make a BadFuture in the first film.
* CrapsackWorld: The future is a post-apocalyptic hellscape where climate change has led to such cities as Los Angeles being completely underwater, Society is slowly rebuilding with the help of a council of three, but a megalomaniac with the ability to brainwash people into his zombie slaves is trying to destroy that. And he's figured out time travel...
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: The first film has some interesting nods.
* FutureFoodIsArtificial: Implied.
-->'''Jack Deth:''' I'm from another time, another world. I don't even know what you people eat for lunch.
* GenderBender: [=McNulty=] in the first two movies inhabits the body of a young girl. Also, Jack in #6 inhabiting his daughter Josephine's body.
* IdenticalGrandson: Jack and Phil.
* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: Jack hops into his ancestor who had just met and slept with a girl who he promised to take to work in the morning, and at her work it turns out the MallSanta she worked with was a trancer! What are the odds!?
* MindControlConspiracy: Whistler has been in the past long enough and his ancestor was in a high enough position in the police department that the police could not be trusted.
* MindControlEyes: Not eyes but ''skin'', in this case.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Taken the wrong way by the man Jack Deth is trying to save.
-->"Your name is 'Death'? Forget it, I'm not going up there!"
* PermaStubble: Jack Deth. Interestingly, the reason for that was shown in-universe. Jack's ancestor had his face lathered up and was about to shave when Jack jumped into his body. Since Jack didn't know anything about twentieth-century shaving methods, he just wiped the foam off his face and went unshaven for the rest of the movie.
* PluckyComicRelief: The homeless ancestor they pick up.
* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:Build a receptacle into the handle of a gun to hold two uncushioned glass vials of the drug needed to return to the future, and firing the gun or tossing it around is ''probably'' going to break one of them.]]
* SecondaryCharacterTitle: The protagonist is Jack Deth. The antagonist is Martin Whistler. The Trancers are Whistler's mind slaves.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: The little girl that [=McNulty=] jumped into in the first movie returns as a teenager in the second.
* {{Tagline}}: "His name is Deth. He hunts Trancers. Even in the 20th Century."
* TerminatorTwosome: Jack Deth and Whistler.
* TimeStandsStill: The time-slowing watch which stretches one second into ten.
* TimeyWimeyBall: Somehow, Weisling killing the ancestors of the Council only means that they disappear 300 years into the future. They can infer from this that Whistler's in Weisling's body.
** Also, the hoohah with Jack's own time, where after #2 he can only physically travel through time.
* UnderwaterRuins: Before he goes to the past, Jack does scuba-diving in the old city of "Lost" Angeles.
-->'''Leena:''' But you don't know the way!
-->'''Jack:''' Yeah I do - I used to swim through here.
-->'''Lenna:''' [[FlatWhat What?]]
* UnfortunateNames: Jack's ancestor Phil Dethton
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Jack took over the body of Phil in order to come to 1986. He never went back to the future. So what happened to Phil?