Meet the cop who can't be stopped.Superpowered law enforcement. 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 Always Gets His Man, which is a freakishly perfect cop (though the tropes can obviously overlap).
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Anime and Manga
- Used in many works by Shirow Masamune:
- Appleseed's ESWAT units (mecha).
- 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. It helps that most of their field operatives are former soldiers.
- Averted with Patlabor. They could be Supercops, but regulations 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, since the heroes 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'?
- In Lyrical Nanoha, most named members of the Time-Space Administration Bureau's Enforcer division would fall under this. However, special mention goes to Fate Testarossa-Harlaown, who also happens to be a genetically-engineered Artificial Mage.
- Codename: Sailor V and its better known spin off Sailor Moon have a strange example in Minako Aino, alias Sailor V and Sailor Venus: Minako has a rather vocal dislike for police officers, yet both the manga and anime continuities show her befriending some officers and acting like a Japanese cop when superheroing (and getting mistaken for a Super Cop by a youma during her early days as Sailor V), with the anime even having her as a Super Cop in London for a while as part of her background and the Codename: Sailor V manga ending with Minako accepting to work for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, meaning she was a Super Cop for the whole run of Sailor Moon without it ever coming up. She still dislikes your average Japanese cop. In fact, she initially took on the role, not for justice, but to stick it to Tokyo's cops by making fools out of them.
- The title character of Birdy the Mighty. She has superhuman strength, speed, agility, and durability She's also a a bioengineered Super Soldier.
- As of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (and by extension, Dragon Ball Super), Krillin has joined the police force. Bear in mind that he is arguably the strongest Earthling, with enough ki to slice the planet in two, if not destroy it outright. However, as he takes his job very seriously, he will only use the vehicles and equipment issued to him for their intended purposes, using his absurd power only as a last resort.
- 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 set in a city where all the cops are superheroes, because everyone is.
- Supes frequently has to remind people that he's not one of these, but because since he has such a good relationship with the Metropolis PD and the citizens of Metropolis, they often treat him like one. Though at one point in the comics he did actually register in the police department so he could legally arrest supervillains.
- The Metropolis Special Crimes Unit (later the Metropolis Science Police) has Powered Armor and other gear to fight supervillains when Superman isn't available. Thy even briefly during the late '90s has superhuman members.
- 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.
- Judge Dredd:
- While Dredd himself is not an example, being merely a very well-trained Badass Normal, the Justice Department have their own division of Psi-Judges, the most notable of which is Judge Anderson.
- There's a What If? story where Joe Dredd himself was never cured of his lycantrophy after his encounter with a pack of werewolves. His Heroic Willpower allows him to regain control over his wolf form and he becomes a crimefighter in the Undercity.
- Meet the Savage Dragon. The Chicago Police's best weapon against super-human crime. Taken even further because there have been many times when he's been able to handle superhuman rampages by talking down the suspect instead of applying violence, like cops are trained to do.
- Rising Stars: One of the supers hides his powers and works as a cop. When his secret is out and he's banned from working in uniform, his coworkers (who very much like having a superpowered ally) make him a custom one.
- One word: RoboCop. An officer dies and is rebuilt by the corporation that owns Detroit's PD as a cybernetic anti-crime Immune to Bullets One-Man Army.
- Police Academy borders on this when the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits turn into Bunny Ears Lawyers. The animated series, definitely.
- Of course there's the movie Short Time (a.k.a. Super Cop, on some markets) in which the cop was trying to get killed in the line of duty before he retired in a few days because of a pretty bad case of Mistaken for Dying (and thus invoked Retirony) meeting Springtime for Hitler (and thus coming off as a Cowboy Cop).
- And Jackie Chan's Police Story series, where he (mostly) became this by necessity.
- The Super Fuzz movie, pictured above, with Terence Hill in the lead role.
- Nick Angel from Hot Fuzz is all but called this at certain points of the movie. The idea is deconstructed: Nick is a Super Cop, but he's also a somewhat dour, rule-obsessed, nosey loner.
- Scanner Cop is a B-Movie about a cop with Psychic Powers.
- 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
- Has occured a few times in Super Sentai (and by extension, Power Rangers):
- Signalman from Gekisou Sentai Carranger (and the Blue Senturion from Power Rangers Turbo) is a Super Traffic Cop.
- Mirai Sentai Timeranger / Power Rangers Time Force is about a team of Time Police from the year 3000, chasing a villain who travelled a millennium back in time with an entire prison of criminals in tow.
- The S.P.D. from Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger (where it stands for Special Police Dekaranger) and Power Rangers S.P.D. (where it's Space Patrol Delta) plays the police theme much heavier, down to having Finishing Moves that can only be used when the team's superpowered badges judge an enemy guilty. The team even have a "SWAT Mode" as their Super Mode.
- Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger features a team of Super Cop heroes competing with a team of Phantom Thief ones to get their hands on the lost fortune of Arsène Lupin.
- Most Metal Heroes take on this role. In fact the first three, Gavan, Sharivan and Shaider, all share the title Uchuu Keiji, which literally translates to Space Sheriff.
- 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.
- The robot Yoyo from the TV series Holmes & Yoyo.
- Witchblade: Sara Pezzini is a detective in the NYPD homicide department who gains the power of a magic artifact known as the Witchblade.
- "Officer Prometheus" from Silver Age Sentinels. A combination between the powers of the Human Torch, the mentality of Captain America, and an allegiance to the NYPD (well, Empire City PD, actually). He prefers not to think of himself as a (super-) hero (even actively declining membership with the local super-teams), but rather as just one more cop—one that can be an equalizer when his brother cops have to deal with a super-criminal.
- The titular Inferno Cop pursues criminals and other miscreates using the powers of Hell. His police car's siren lights are actually flames.
- ESWAT. Once your character achieves chief rank he gets a cyber suit with turbothrusters and armor.
- Future Cop: L.A.P.D., 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 from Oni. 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 Dynamite Cop/Die Hard Arcade.