YMMV: Timecop


  • Adaptation Displacement: The franchise is apparently based on a comic written by future Battlestar Galactica scribe Mark Verheiden - who knew?
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Ricky looking at porn on the virtual reality set. All for fanservice, not important to the plot at all.
  • Complete Monster: U.S. Senator Aaron McComb dreams of becoming a plutocratic despot. He's quick to abuse time travel for his own purposes, initially using it for financial interest schemes. He threatens his agents with erasing them and their entire families from existence, forcing them to kill themselves if the time agency tracks them down. He shoots one of his old business partners to give his past self the guy's tech company and rewrites history so that he completely controls time travel. He blackmails a time agent to become his mole against Agent Jack Walker by again threatening to erase her family, then kills her anyway to tie up all loose ends and frames Walker when he goes back to save her. After having arranged several failed hits on Walker directly, he sends his goons back in the past to murder the younger Walker and his wife by blowing them both up in their home.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Senator McComb is running for President in 2004. He outright states that it'll be like the Reagan years again, the wealthiest 10% will flourish, the rest can flee to Mexico if they want. In 2004 Ron Silver (who played McComb) gave a speech at the Republican National Convention campaigning for George W. Bush.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Knives can fly out of time vortices without warning

TV Series:

  • Complete Monster: In this series spun off from the film, Ian Pascoe is a time traveller from the near future who, after killing both his parents in 2007, has traversed time and space to Make Wrong What Once Went Right throughout history, funding mob bosses, causing disasters and personally murdering countless people. In his first episode he kills the original Jack the Ripper to take his place, and proceeds to work on achieving Jack's bodycount five times over. When the protagonist tries to stop him, Pascoe ties a time-detonated bomb to a prostitute's neck before escaping. He reappears in 1950s Hollywood, where he electrocutes a famed actress's boyfriend before trying to crush her by tying her up and dropping a safe on her head. When the timecops arrest him, he stages a prison breakout, killing a psychologist and kidnapping the protagonist's colleague on his way out. He meets up with Al Capone in 1928 after previously having made him boss, and forces Capone back into his service. When Capone orders one of his goons to keep tabs on Pascoe, the latter murders the minion and gives Capone the man's bodyparts stuffed into a briefcase. Living solely for the thrill of murder, Pascoe's only goal was to become and remain "the greatest killer in history."
  • Informed Wrongness: The tech guy is portrayed this way. In one episode, he chronically suggests that they not time jump right away and let him tinker with the time machine to figure out why it's acting weird, and is always dismissed out of hand for not doing things "the police way". And then the time machine screws up again. This happens several times.