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->''"In a matter of seconds, the plaza had gone from a ghostly quiet to a shoot out that would have been at home in a holodrama about the Old West."''
-->-- '''The Backwards Mask ({{TabletopGame/Traveller}} New Era Trilogy)''' by Matthew Carson

TheWestern '''[-[[RecycledInSPACE IN SPACE!]]-]'''. Basically TheWestern [[JustForFun/XMeetsY Meets]] WagonTrainToTheStars.

The idea is that the vast distances of space have formed barriers and difficulties similar to those faced by [[SettlingTheFrontier American settlers as they crossed and developed the continent]], forcing the people to become independent or even insular, with help from whatever central authority (if any) that laid claim to the land long in coming, and immediate protection once again becoming a personal matter. Technology will vary, usually being less and less high-tech the further out you go from the center of civilization. This causes a [[AnachronismStew curious mix of seemingly anachronistic elements]] such as robots and horses being used at the same time (of course, ''[[MechanicalHorse robot]]'' [[MechanicalHorse horses]] are a common option too).

Essentially, this is nostalgia, allegory, or pragmatism meeting the fact Space is the last unexplored territory, while ignoring that guns and anti-authoritarianism mixes poorly with fragile life-support systems.

Many settings end the similarities there, in spirit, while others seem to have the people [[InTheStyleOf deliberately aping the style]] of TheWildWest in response to the situation. Basically, the question is when the hero(es) comes riding/flying into town, how many of them are wearing cowboy hats.

Depending on how epic the story is, a SpaceWestern can also be somewhat of a SpaceOpera. May involve AsteroidMiners.

Compare NewOldWest, CattlePunk, SamuraiCowboy, WeirdWest.


* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', particularly the episode "[[CowboyEpisode Cowboy Funk]]" where the BountyHunter ''Cowboy Andy'' dress like a typical movie cowboy including a white BadassLongcoat and rides on a horse.
* '' Anime/SpaceDandy Space Dandy'', Already with some subtle or obvious cowboy characteristics, Dandy is a man traveling the galaxies in his ship, the "Aloha Oe" as a bounty hunter looking for rare or never before discovered alien species in exchange for Woolongs(money).
* ''Manga/OutlawStar''
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', although the "space" bit isn't as evident until later on in the series. On the other hand, the planet has BinarySuns and weird fauna.
* ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'', especially the second episode in the almost deserted town in Mars resembles SpaghettiWestern.
* ''Anime/SaberRiderAndTheStarSheriffs'' (originally ''Anime/SeiJuushiBismarck'')
* ''Manga/SpaceAdventureCobra''
* The first scene or so of ''Anime/TransformersVictory''.
* ''Anime/GunXSword'', though more of a space SpaghettiWestern, with HumongousMecha.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Many of the ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' strips set in the [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd Cursed Earth]] play out like {{Spaghetti Western}}s, including "Missionary Man" and "The Dead Man".
* The batch of early ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' stories set on Luna 1 were modeled especially as a western set on Earth's moon.
* ''ComicBook/JustAPilgrim'' is explicitly based on Western tropes, though it takes place in a post-apocalyptic Earth where the oceans have dried up rather than another planet.
* The story "Shootout At Ice Flats" in the 1996 ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' Legends of the Dead Earth annual was about a Kara-lookalike sheriff on an ultra-primitive frontier world. Forget laser guns, the people of this world didn't even know what a gun ''looked'' like.
* Traditional Western AntiHero ComicBook/JonahHex, for a brief time around the ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths, was sent via TimeTravel to an AfterTheEnd future. The GenreShift was not well received.
* UsefulNotes/{{The Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}} ComicBook/{{Superman}} foe Terra-Man was a human kidnapped by aliens in the 19th century. He grew up as their slave, eventually escaped, and became a successful SpacePirate. He eventually returned to Earth only to find that he'd spent so much of his life traveling at [[TimeDilation relativistic speeds]] that 100 years had passed. Despite all his high tech equipment, culturally he was a literal space cowboy, and he dressed appropriately. He even acquired an alien steed named Nova that looked like a winged horse.
* ''ComicBook/FearAgent'' hits this trope pretty square, with its big-buckle toting, hard-drinking, down-home wisdom spewing, alien exterminating protagonist.
* Jack T. Chance, the GreenLantern of Garnet, was a gunslinger-turned-lawman, tasked with with cleaning up the WretchedHive of Garnet, armed with his power ring and trusty six-shooter.
* Creator/CharltonComics published six issues of a comic book actually titled ''Space Western''. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, one issue even upped the ante with a story in which [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/SpaceWestern_350_5628.jpg Space Cowboys fight Space NAZIS... in Space!]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Copperhead}}'' was described by one creator as "''Series/{{Deadwood}}'' in space". It takes place on planet Jasper, where the town is located next to an active copper mine in the middle of territory held by hostile Natives and subject to attack by bandits and its own corrupt bureaucracy.
* The French comic ''Space Mounties'' features, well, Mounties InSpace, although they very much want to get back to base and the joys of bureaucratic work instead of field missions.
* Book three of ''ComicBook/CleopatraInSpace, Secrets of the Time Tablets'' features this aesthetic: The planet Hykosis is complete with desert showdowns, bar fights, and cool hats.

* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', a continuation of the TV show ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', is arguably an example of this. Though it contains more hi-tech elements than most of Firefly's episodes, it still has that Western vibe in places. Sadly, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCebemDzaSs&feature=related country theme song]] is not played until the end of the credits, and then it's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud83soZpEj4 a very de-countrified version]].
* ''Film/{{Outland}}'' has often been described as ''Film/HighNoon'' in space, though it merely borrows some of its themes. However the basic concept of a gun-toting 'Marshal' in a corrupt frontier mining town, fighting a lone battle for justice, is definitely drawn from the Western genre.
* ''Film/StarWars'' dabbles in this. Han Solo, for example, is a sort of Old West [[TheGunslinger gunslinger]], and the cantina in Mos Eisley is a western bar, complete with random brawling. Boba Fett walks with a sound resembling the jingling of cowboy spurs, too. Tatooine is pretty much the Wild West of Star Wars. Mos Espa spaceport is like a typical old western town with little law enforcement, [[TheSavageIndian savage]] [[SpaceJews natives]] wanting their land, farms, shady saloons, smugglers, all set on an endlessly sprawling desert. The spinoff film starring Han Solo is even being billed as a space western by WordOfGod.
** ''[[Film/{{Solo}} Solo: A Star Wars Story]]'' has been pitched as such. Sure enough, there's a shot of Han Solo ready to unsheathe his blaster gun againt several adversaries that looks like it was taken right out of a western and reinforces the gunslinger image Han had from the Original Trilogy. The movie's overall theme of him becoming a space outlaw also nicely fits in the trope.
* Creator/PeterDavid wrote a SpaceWestern called ''Film/{{Oblivion|1994}}''. With George Takei as an eccentric doctor who talked almost entirely in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' references, and [[Series/{{Batman}} Julie Newmar]] as [[MissKitty Miss]] [[CatGirl Kitty]].
* ''Film/MoonZeroTwo'' (a movie mostly known these days by having been featured on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'') was actually advertised as "the first Moon Western".
* ''Film/TheAmericanAstronaut'' is a SpaceWestern musical! Now try to wrap your heads around that. Also ''Film/StingraySam''.
* Ironically, ''Film/SpaceCowboys'' wasn't a western at all. Despite the presence of Clint Eastwood.
* ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'' even though it takes place right here on Earth.
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' as a whole is one. Extra points for having a character that literally kills people with Morricone-style whistling.
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' expands on this, with a planet of sexual escorts that's essentially a space-age version of a seedy saloon, other factions of the Ravagers having different motifs and the above-mentioned whistling being expanded into a laser-arrow version of a wild west shootout in two key scenes.
* It has been argued that ''Film/TheMartian'' qualifies for this genre.

* Many works by Creator/MikeResnick, especially ''Literature/SantiagoAMythOfTheFarFuture''.
* Creator/LRonHubbard's ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth''. Kinda sorta.
* Creator/PoulAnderson and Creator/GordonRDickson's first ''Literature/{{Hoka}}'' story features the Hokas cheerfully recreating the Wild West.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'' has a story ''The Tale of the Adopted Daughter'' which takes place on a frontier planet that is a Western in space-- but just barely in space; most of the elements could have been transplanted from Kansas with little modification.
** Most of Heinlein's oeuvre has at least some space western tropes. ''Literature/FarmerInTheSky'' is perhaps the most relevant example.
* Parodied in ''[[http://www.spacewesterns.com/articles/1/ Bat Durston, Space Marshall]]'', a short story by G. Richard Bozarth.
* ''Dragonfall 5 and the Space Cowboys'', one of the sci-fi juveniles by Brian Earnshaw.
* "On The High Frontier" by Creator/MichaelFlynn deliberately transplants Western cliches into space and gives them a [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness hard-science]] spin.
* Creator/HBeamPiper's "Lone Star Planet" is something of an AffectionateParody - take a planet of [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texan stereotypes]] and add a courtroom drama (with a system based on working out whether the politician you shot had it coming, no less).
* Creator/HarryHarrison's ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero''.
* Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/TheBeastMaster'' and its sequel ''Literature/LordOfThunder''.
* Bernard Schaffer's ''Guns of Seneca 6'' is a re-working of the Tombstone mythos, on a dry planet a far, far away. Other books in the series follow a similar theme.
* Andersons ''Literature/TechnicHistory'' series is a setting based on frontier development. It seems to be inspired more by Elizabethan traders then by the western per se.
* The ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series is for the most part Literature/HoratioHornblower...[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]], and as such its atmosphere is mostly [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen old-school British naval fiction]]. The planet [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Montana]], however, [[PlayedStraight plays this trope]] ''[[UpToEleven even straighter]]'' than ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.
* ''Shining Armor'' by Dominic Green. CoolOldGuy pilots a GiantMecha against a "[[HiredGuns Persuasion Consultancy]]" attempting to run some farmers off their land so it can be used to mine radioactive materials.
* The Franchise/StarWarsLegends novel ''[[Literature/StarWarsKenobi Kenobi]]'', set during the interim period between ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' and ''Film/ANewHope'', was the first attempt to do a straight-up Western within that franchise, with Obi-Wan as the mysterious [[TheDrifter Drifter]] who rides into town.
* It has been argued that ''Literature/TheMartian'' qualifies for this genre.
* For some reason, ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' had an entire story arc about an amnesiac Captain Calhoun spending several months marooned on a pre-spaceflight alien planet, in a remote region that was blatantly TheWildWest dressed up with a bit of CallARabbitASmeerp. Eventually it turned out that one of the villains was in league with the main antagonists of the series, which enabled him to be rescued, but the story still ended up being a bit of a BigLippedAlligatorMoment.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Probably the most obvious Space Western. After all, people say "ain't" and "I reckon", carry weapons that resemble six shooters, and live in small towns with wooden buildings and one street.
** Not to mention TheWestern [[{{BGM}} background music]], the cowboys hats, and, in one of their bigger jobs, actually transporting cattle from one planet to another. Space cowboys and proud of it, [[FutureSlang gorram]] it...
** Watch "Our Mrs Reynolds". You're several minutes in before you see anything outside of the 19th century.
** Take a look at some of their guns. One is using a Le Mat revolver, and another is using a cut-down lever action. WordOfGod says it was the same prop used in ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr.''
** And then in ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Creator/{{Nathan|Fillion}} wears his Mal Reynolds outfit from Firefly, for Halloween, only for the idea of a space cowboy to be seen as ridiculous. "Where are you going to find cows in space?"
** In-universe, the SchizoTech elements of this setting were explained as the result of more-or-less deliberate suppression of the backwaters by the (substantially less Western-themed) Alliance. You could tell whether a given planet was a Core (Alliance) planet or Rim (Independent) planet by whether it looked like a western where everyone happened to own spaceships, or a space opera where everyone happened to use cowboy slang.
* The old ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' had many episodes that were take-offs to classic westerns.
** If you consider the fleet's search for Earth analogous to the Mormon migration (in keeping with the whole [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Space Mormon]] theme that infused the entire show) then old BSG entirely fits the mold. ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' trades Mormon allusions with the more accessible ''Book of Exodus'' allusions.
* Gene Roddenberry pitched ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' to the networks as a "WagonTrainToTheStars" (naming that trope.)
** Almost every ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series had at least one Western episode: the original series had "Spectre of the Gun", ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' had "A Fistful of Datas", and ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' had "North Star".
** Although not a SpaceWestern per se, ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' draws heavily on Western tropes. The producers stated that ''Deep Space Nine'' was ''Series/TheRifleman'' InSpace: the single father raising his son (the Siskos), the sheriff (Odo), the bar/brothel (Quark's, with Dabo girls and Holosuites of Ill-Repute), the frontier town (the space station) near a strategic pass (the wormhole), and so on.
*** When filming the episode "Trials and Tribble-ations," [[https://youtu.be/-OyLHkFSat4?t=4m24s stunt coordinator Dennis Madalone noted that the fistfights in ''TOS'' were straight out of Westerns as opposed to the more martial arts-oriented fights of the 1990s.]]
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was pitched as a "back to basics" approach to the franchise, and indeed the frontier angle factors heavily in the Pilot, "Caretaker". The crew is beamed into a holographic simulation of a backwater ranch, with pitchfork wielding, banjo-playing nutters. Neelix has never had a bath. Water is treated as a precious commodity. Marauders are threatening the Array and its inhabitants. The Delta Quadrant of the galaxy is "frontier" space, uncharted and ungoverned.
* ''Series/{{Earth 2}}'' is a pretty straight science fiction take on the Wagon Train, just one set on a different planet undergoing recon and early colonisation. One of the rarer planet-focused live-action space westerns.
* ''Series/TrueJackson'' has a SpaceWestern [[ShowWithinAShow in it's universe]] called ''Space Plantation''.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Gunmen of the Apocalypse"
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The serial [[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E4ColonyInSpace "Colony in Space"]]. As ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' puts it: "Bullets richochet through this story of [[DeterminedHomesteader stouthearted frontiersmen]], [[MagicalNativeAmerican inscrutable natives]], and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive ruthless claim-jumpers]]".
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E3FrontierInSpace "Frontier in Space"]] also qualifies.
** Not to mention the new series episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E3ATownCalledMercy "A Town Called Mercy"]], which is ShowdownAtHighNoon in a small western town with aliens and {{cyborg}}s.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E6TheSpacePirates "The Space Pirates"]], despite sharing a name with [[SpacePirates another trope]], also qualifies. The TARDIS Wiki [[http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/The_Space_Pirates_%28TV_story%29 says]] "Indeed, the character of Milo Clancey wasn't even an ''allusion'' to a western stereotype; he was a wildcat {{prospector}} who dressed as if he'd just walked off the set of ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''."
** The audio drama "Return of the Rocket Men" is a space SpaghettiWestern starring Steven.
* Referenced on an episode of ''Series/SesameStreet'' when Ernie watches a TV show called ''Cowboys in Space''.
* ''Series/{{Defiance}}'' takes place on earth after an apocalyptic alien invasion, but it has many Western tropes. Nolan is the sheriff in all but name with Irisa as his [[MagicalNativeAmerican psychic Irathient]] cohort, you got land disputes with hostile tribes, highway banditry, and Arkhunters looking to find the big one.
* The short-lived British SF series ''Series/{{Outcasts}}'' didn't indulge in stetsons and mock-Western dialogue, but it was otherwise completely in the genre, with an isolated fortified human colony on an alien planet, philosophical disputes between adventurers and homesteaders, and enigmatic hostile aliens.
* Two single-episode examples in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'':
** "Home on the Remains" has a community of AsteroidMiners who act just like Old West prospectors, which is run by a CorruptHick and even has a Western-style gambler.
** "Different Destinations" is a remake of "Cavalry Westerns", with a small military group protecting a community of nuns, besieged by hostile aliens in an old fort.

* Mocked on the back cover of the first issue of ''Galaxy'' (1950), which printed two paragraphs of a Western story ("Hoofs drumming, Bat Durston came galloping down through the narrow pass at Eagle Gulch...") alongside the same thing RecycledInSpace ("Jets blasting, Bat Durston came screeching down through the atmosphere of Bbllzznaj...").
-->Sound alike? They should--one is merely a western transplanted to some alien and impossible planet. If this is your idea of science fiction, you're welcome to it! YOU'LL NEVER FIND IT IN GALAXY!

* "Music/KnightsOfCydonia" by Music/{{Muse}}.
* Steve Miller's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5lRXB39Zd8 Space Cowboy]].
** Not to be confused with "The Joker," which has a line [[ContinuityNod referencing]] the earlier song.
* Kenny Rogers' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa6evJIBAVo Planet Texas]].
* The Music/ZZTop album ''Afterburner''.
* John Yager's "Benson, Arizona", as used in ''Film/DarkStar'', might technically be covered under this trope by dint of being a Country and Western ballad with sci-fi themes.
* Music/TaijiSawada's work with D.T.R. combines the trope with WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs, occasional HardRock / HeavyMetal fused with countryish sound, and even the occasional ProtestSong or HorribleHistoryMetal in his first two albums, ''Daring Tribal Roar'' and the self-titled ''Dirty Trashroad.'' The acoustic version of ''Daring Tribal Roar'' is pure western soft rock remixes of some of the songs.
* Music/TheMechanisms' concept album ''High Noon Over Camelot'' uses this to create a unique take on the Myth/KingArthur legends.

[[folder:New Media]]
* [[http://www.spacewesterns.com/ Spacewesterns.com]]

* ''Podcast/TheThrillingAdventureHour'' gives us "Sparks Nevada: Marshal on Mars," an {{Expy}} of ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'' complete with an alien Tonto in the form of Croach the Tracker and a rocket horse [[StealthPun named Mercury]]. Its spinoff, "Cactoid Jim, King of the Martian Frontier," plays off UsefulNotes/DavyCrockett.

* ''Toys/RockRaiders'' is basically a combination of this and the AsteroidMiners trope.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' features a number of SpaceWestern themes in the "New West" setting, although they're more limited in scope (pretty much the same places as the ''old'' WildWest).
* The D20 game ''Dinosaur Planet: Broncosaurus Rex'' is a space western on an alien planet with dinosaurs.
* ''{{TabletopGame/Traveller}}'': The default setting is The Spinward Marches, a semi-civilized place with constant low-key mayhem going on in between wars. Traveller has plenty of room for [[TheEpic epic]] [[TheQuest quests]], gigantic SpaceBattle s and secrets that ManWasNotMeantToKnow. But it also has low-key adventures for when the players are in a lighter mood.
* ''Lost Colony'', the final setting produced for the ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' system.
* ''TabletopGame/NewHorizon'' is generally a western [[RecycledInSpace ON A WHOLE NEW PLANET!]], but nowhere is this more evident than Trapper Town.
* While not a huge part of the setting, ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' did feature a few planets that definitely had this vibe, right down to some fiction featuring cattle ranchers fighting off Comanche raiders.
** This is the basic feel the novels and campaigns that involve the 17th Recon Regiment, AKA Camacho's Caballeros. They're a RagtagBunchOfMisfits consisting troublemakers, roughnecks, rancher families, and cowboys, and yet are one of the most tightly-knit mercenary regiments in the game. They basically ''make'' situations into Space Westerns, even when they end up having to deal with Space {{Yakuza}} (and literal ancient secret society conspiracies). This is because the Regiment's home planets were colonized by people from Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas. As they put it "We ''are'' Cowboys and Indians."
* The FATE setting "Frontier Spirit" merges this with ScienceFantasy, because the frontier planet it's set on has a problem with an overactive spirit world and all player characters are assumed to be mediums.
* ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' dabbles in this in places, with settlers on the outskirts of Earthling territories frequently dispensing their own justice, tousling with the natives and constantly having to battle off corporate interests looking to take out the little guy with hired guns. There are even Rocket Rangers who either act as TheCavalry. This is most common on Venus, Ganymede and in the Asteroid Belt, but can be found in other locales too.

* Music/SamShepard's ''Tooth of Crime'' is pretty much SpaceCowboy [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ThePowerOfRock.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Natsume's ''VideoGame/WildGuns'' for the Super NES.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' is (mostly) set on a lawless desert planet where everyone has a Texan accent, there are hostile environments full of angry animals, armies of bandits and hastily built towns.
** And on a planet that's filled to the gills with alien tech, gyrojets, assault rifles that fire ridiculously fast, shotguns with stabilisers, submachine guns which have power packs in place of magazines and giant fuck-off rocket launchers, the best primary weapons are [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolvers]], natch.
** Although Pandora in [[Videogame/{{Borderlands 2}} the sequel]] is now more of a ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''-style dystopia, due to the planet being constantly watched over by an extremely rich [[ShadowDictator Big Brother-esque]] CorruptCorporateExecutive and his ever-watching space station, this trope is still in effect. Jakobs guns exemplify this trope, being anachronistically Western-themed guns that are also the favourite manufacturer of many players, due to their high damage and the ability to fire as fast as you can click. There's also the town of Lynchwood, an anachronistic town ruled over by the corrupt, affable, polite and ridiculously brutal Sheriff Nisha, and the Dust, which is basically a typical Western desert filled with bandits and a few cactii here and there.
** In ''Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'', while the game itself is more CyberPunk than a Western and has a more classical science fiction setting, Nisha is playable and has a very western theme, with an Action Skill that lets her automatically lock onto enemies while the screen fades to sepia and western-style whistling plays as well as skills and class mods that deliberately favor Jakobs guns or their revolvers.
** So far, ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'' seems to have the biggest Western vibe out of all others-almost everybody uses Jakobs firearms, Prosperity Junction is very much like a modern Wild West town, Old Haven is a classic ghost town, Rhys and Fiona's new outfits look like something out of the Wild West, with Rhys having a fancy waistcoat and all, and Fiona can even purchase a very, very Western-like and much fancier version of her present day outfit that's appropriately named "Steampunk Princess".
* The ''VideoGame/GunmanChronicles'' commercial total conversion for ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' purported to have a Western theme.
* The old UsefulNotes/{{Mac}}-originated lightweight FourX game ''VideoGame/SpacewardHo'' is notable for its cutesy frontier aesthetic, including the distinctive be-Stetson'd planet pictured at the top of its page.
* ''VideoGame/{{MULE}}'', to some extent.
* Blizzard's ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' franchise heavily favors this trope, especially with the DeepSouth-flavored Terran faction. Cut off from Earth, the Terrans of the sector have had to make do and forge an existence for themselves. Much of their technology is cobbled together and has a rough, industrial look to it, resulting in frontier saloons where soldiers in power armor go to drink.
** Notably, this trait increases in ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'', where the {{Dixieland}} aesthetic is replaced for a grungy, pseudo-''Series/{{Firefly}}'' one, complete with saloons, revolvers, and Western-style musical cues. The single-player campaign for the first installment, ''[[VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty Wings of Liberty]]'', even has a cantina on a starship where [[Music/LynyrdSkynyrd "Sweet Home Alabama"]] plays on a jukebox. Not to mention [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome "Free Bird"]].
* ''Billy Frontier''
* ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' lifts a fare bit of the western genre, including character archetype and setting (and a soundtrack with a decent use of harmonica), but is clearly futuristic in setting. Also, it includes the cowboy fashioned "Rider" trainer class.
* ''VideoGame/{{Awesomenauts}}'' has a very literal one in the form of Sheriff Lonestar. An [[ArtificialHuman Artificial Cowboy]] created by a band of cow-people in the image of their boogeyman, he was initialy intended as a tourist attraction, to show how cowboys live their life. But then he got out, and [[GoneHorriblyRight the cow-people got a hands-on demonstration of how a cowboy wrangles cattle]]. One wrangled planet later, he grabbed a space vessel, [[RidingIntoTheSunset rode off into the sunset]] and joined the Awesomenauts to earn Solar and live like the Western stereotype he is.
* ''VideoGame/WildStar'' has this, MagiTek, and an ongoing war between a RagTagBunchOfMisfits Faction and TheEmpire.
* ''Videogame/{{Starbound}}'' has a race of western-themed CelestialBody aliens called the Novakid, who make their clothing and technology like literal space cowboys, even carrying revolvers as weapons, and distilling nebulae to make moonshine. Oddly enough, this is more of an average than being stuck in an era, as they have both high intelligence and a very short memory and attention span, both as a race and individually, so they can swing from stone age to space age and back in the span of a couple centuries.
* ''VideoGame/{{Titanfall}}'' has humanity sending homesteaders and settlers to colonize an area of space called The Frontier, creating some very Western-esqe towns and settlements. These settlers and colonists have banded together along with assorted mercenaries,pirates,smugglers and ex-military members to throw the corrupt [[MegaCorp IMC]] out of the Frontier. The menu music also has a distinctly western feel to it, mixing Firefly with Pacific Rim, which pretty much sums up the entirety of the game itself.
* Nearly all of the ''VideoGame/{{Wild Arms}}'' RPG games are this, though the sci-fi elements all tend to be ancient technology found in bits and pieces by prospectors, not part of the player's experience until several hours in. The first two games even have Music/EnnioMorricone "inspired" musical scores.
** Particularly notable is the [[WildArms5 fifth game]] in which an advanced [[spoiler:allegedly]] alien race have taken control of the planet with their far more futuristic technology.
* ''VideoGame/RebelGalaxy'' takes place in a lawless frontier region of space called the Rift, and has a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSkh6g5ksvc soundtrack]] loaded with banjos.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect'' dips its toe into the genre from the get-go; the very first place you go is a frontier planet filled with DeterminedHomesteader types, and humanity's search for more colonies is an ongoing theme of the series. [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] is quickly made a Spectre, a galaxy-spanning Texas Ranger/James Bond type. There's also the Terminus Systems, a lawless reach of space which Shepard has to mosey through in the second game to solve a mystery.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' goes one further; the entire point of the game is to find new planets for the sapient species of the Milky Way in a whole new galaxy.
* ''VideoGame/{{Planetside}}'': The [[LaResistance New Conglomerate]], by dint of their highly libertarian ideology, their "hard rock meets country western meets electric violins" style of music, their very "American" visual motifs (lots of eagles and stars and decals saying things like "Give Me Liberty", etc), and their gritty and utilitarian but highly effective and powerful weapons technology. It contrasts a lot with the very GloriousMotherRussia-themed [[TheEmpire Terran Republic]] and the just downright alien [[MachineWorship Vanu Sovereignty]].

* In ''Webcomic/FarOut'', robots are living out TheWildWest. Some of them apparently come down from the sky.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://thewikia.deviantart.com/art/Northern-Legend-Chapter-1-Of-Men-and-Murder-355198474 Northern Legend]] is a different take on the genre in an effort to avoid the usual cliches or take them from new angles.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BountyHamster'' has some elements of this, with bounty hunters in space and some of the settings.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers''
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Where the Buggalo Roam." Not to mention the cowboy hat-clad parallel universe.
* ''WesternAnimation/WildWestCOWBoysOfMooMesa'' features alien [[FunnyAnimal "cattle" men]]. The tie-in merchandise stated that the characters were the result of a weird radioactive meteor mutating Earth's animal life.
* ''WesternAnimation/JayceAndTheWheeledWarriors'' combined SpaceWestern with ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', ''Series/BattleBots'', and demolition derby. Weird, but awesome.
* An episode of the ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' from the 4th season -- that's the season '''after''' ''Challenge of the [=SuperFriends=]'' -- takes place on planet Texicana. It ends with GreenLantern drawing two green laser pistols while sporting a green cowboy hat.

[[Anime/CowboyBebop See you Space Cowboy...]]