Super Cop

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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).


Examples:

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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. I mean, these 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. As he takes his job very seriously, however, he will only use the vehicles and equipment issued to him for their intended purposes, using his absurd power only as a last resort.

     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 set in a city where all the cops are superheroes, because everyone is.
  • The Savage Dragon
  • Superman:
    • 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 lycantropy 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.

     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  

     Tabletop Games 

  • "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.

     Web Animation  

  • The titular Inferno Cop pursues criminals and other miscreates using the powers of Hell. His police car's siren lights are actually flames.

     Webcomics  

     Western Animation  

     Video Games  

  • 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 Die Hard Arcade/Dynamite Cop.


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