Super Cop

Meet the cop who can't be stopped.

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 have the equipment, the powers, or whatever else that puts them above and 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.

Often takes the form of a Superhero who works for the police, a Cyborg, or a Humongous Mecha. A particularly Badass Normal can qualify if the criminals they chase are superpowered and they are not.

Overlaps with the Vampire Detective.

Not to be confused with the Jackie Chan movie Super Cop (whose tagline provides the page quote).


Examples:

Anime and Manga

Comic Books
  • Marshal Law: "I'm a hero hunter. I hunt heroes. Haven't found any yet."
  • Alan Moore's Top 10 series (and its spinoffs) is all about this trope.
  • The Savage Dragon
  • Superman frequently has to remind people that he's not one of these, because since he has such a good relationship with the Metropolis PD and the citizens of Metropolis, they often treat him like one.
  • Orion Pax in The Transformers IDW comics is a Point One Percenter and a genius investigator who routinely arrests dozens of criminals. This turns out to be good practice for when he becomes Optimus Prime.

Film

Literature
  • The Night Watch from Discworld may fit in this trope. Living in a fantasy world, they've got trolls, dwarves, golems, zombies, vampires and werewolves in their ranks; and Carrot Ironfoundersson. Of course, criminals can also belong to any of those supernatural species, which makes The Watch even more impressive because their superpowered members don't necessarily have an edge because of their superpowers.
  • In the X-Wing Series, Corran Horn discovers that his father, who was part of the Corellian Security Force all his life and got Corran into it too, was the son and the student of a Jedi Knight. Both of them did rely a bit on their Force-Sensitivity. I, Jedi also notes that Corellian Jedi, including Corran's grandfather, tended to work closely with the Corellian Security Force on the tougher cases.
  • The Aurors (and also the poor forgotten Hit Wizards) of Harry Potter including Aurors Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.. Mad-Eye Moody was a legend amongst them.

Live-Action TV

Webcomics

Western Animation

Video Games
  • ESWAT. Once your character achieves chief rank he gets a cyber suit with turbothrusters and armor.
  • An underappreciated PS1 classic is Future Cop: LAPD, where you play a heavily armed Transforming Mecha fighting all kinds of criminals.
  • City of Heroes features Blue Steel, Memetic Badass and the only major superhero who works directly for the police force. There are also cops in Power Armour, cops with Psychic Powers and the Awakened division of alien symbiote-infused cops. There's also nothing stopping player character concepts from being cops.
  • You play one in Crackdown. Morality optional.
  • Konoko. Helps that she was secretly bred to be a One Woman Army capable of handling anything the Syndicate could field.
  • A rare glitch in GTA: Vice City would sometimes render a single random Police Officer invincible, there were also rumors that he could arrest you anywhere, including magically teleporting from the ground onto your helicopter and playing the arrest animation.
  • Mortal Kombat has Kurtis Stryker. Just a regular guy but packs some ordnance to make up for it. Fights otherworldly monsters so he's going a bit above the line of duty.
  • Chun-Li of Street Fighter is an Interpol agent, always hot on the trail of M. Bison.
  • Lei Wulong of Tekken, which makes sense since he is an Expy of Jackie Chan.
  • Project X Zone puts Chun-Li together with Rikiya Busujima from Zombie Revenge and Bruno Delinger from Die Hard Arcade/Dynamite Cop.