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* ''LetsPlay/{{Mahu}}'''s "Second Chance" narrative let's play.

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* ''Literature/InBetweenTheStars'' by A. A. Ripley. Combines this with XenoFiction.


[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Sadly]], there aren't too many actual {{Opera}}s set [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]].

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[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Sadly]], there aren't too many actual {{Opera}}s set [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]].SPACE!]] One famous example in the music world, however, is Swedish composer Karl-Birger Blomdahl's Aniara (1959), based on Martinson's poem (1956).


* ''LightNovel/CrusherJoe'' The first written by HarukaTakachio immediately after seeing ''StarWars''.

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* ''LightNovel/CrusherJoe'' ''LightNovel/CrusherJoe''. The first written by HarukaTakachio Haruka Takachio immediately after seeing ''StarWars''.


* The Commamder Toad picture books by Creator/JaneYolen are a parody of space opera.

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* The Commamder Commander Toad picture books by Creator/JaneYolen are a parody of space opera.


* ''Series/BabylonFive'': A sort of "five-year miniseries" which rewards multiple viewings. If their direct competitor borrowed from [[SpaceWestern old westerns]] and war movies, [=B5=] was a [[WizardsFromOuterSpace space-based]] Middle Earth, but with enough verisimilitude to take those tropes and make it into something you can believe in. (The "techno-mages", a monk-like order of reclusive scientists, are one such example of this dual nature.) It helps that Andreas Katulas (G'Kar) has such a commanding air that pretty much everybody raises their game in his presence.
** The {{aftershow}}, ''{{Series/Crusade}}'', suffered from network meddling and budget restrictions, among other things. The second spinoff, ''Legend of the Rangers'' (LOTR, get it?) probably isn't worth your time unless you're a fan: 15 minutes of G'kar (one of Andreas Katulas' final performances before he died!) and 1 hour and 45 minutes of not much happening.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': A sort of "five-year miniseries" which rewards multiple viewings. If their direct competitor borrowed from [[SpaceWestern old westerns]] and war movies, [=B5=] was a [[WizardsFromOuterSpace space-based]] Middle Earth, but with enough verisimilitude to take those tropes and make it into something you can believe in. (The "techno-mages", a monk-like order of reclusive scientists, are one such example of this dual nature.) It helps that Andreas Katulas Katsulas (G'Kar) has such a commanding air that pretty much everybody raises their game in his presence.
** The {{aftershow}}, ''{{Series/Crusade}}'', suffered from network meddling and budget restrictions, among other things. The second spinoff, ''Legend of the Rangers'' (LOTR, get it?) probably isn't worth your time unless you're a fan: 15 minutes of G'kar (one of Andreas Katulas' Katsulas' final performances before he died!) and 1 hour and 45 minutes of not much happening.

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* ''Webcomic/LeavingTheCradle'' tries to bring typical space opera closer to realistic hard science fiction.


* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': What's most interesting is that the Aussie TV market was not a market where science fiction had been successful. Like ''Lexx'', you had a large pool of talent wanting to show the world what they could do. They used animatronics because the Jim Henson company wanted to prove they could do film-quality puppets and makeup on a TV schedule. As for the show, it starts off relatively tame, but then it stops pulling punches and shows how savage the universe can be. The aliens are mostly well-done, and the show has a very grim atmosphere to it. (And where else are you going to see a naked blue anthropomorphic plant?)

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': What's most interesting is that The first few episodes are purposefully cheesy sci-fi, inspired by ''[[Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury Buck Rogers]]'' and ''Franchise/FlashGordon'' with some weird muppets and makeup. Then things get a bit more dark and operatic, and it hits a good stride. Then things go weird. Like, the Aussie TV market was not authors are trying hard to make it a market trippy show for stoners, and episodes where science fiction had been successful. Like ''Lexx'', you had a large pool of talent wanting to show the world what they could do. They used animatronics because main characters go into some sort of surreal headspace or another become the Jim Henson company wanted to prove they could do film-quality puppets and makeup on a TV schedule. As for the show, it starts off relatively tame, but then it stops pulling punches and shows how savage the universe can be. The aliens are mostly well-done, and the show has a very grim atmosphere to it. (And where else are you going to see a naked blue anthropomorphic plant?)norm.

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* Although ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'' is more of a superhero show set in space, it's as close to this trope as it gets for Creator/HannaBarbera.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceStars'' (where Space Ghost later appears) is even closer.


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* Western/Animation/YogiBear once ventured into this territory (sort of) in ''WesternAnimation/YogisSpaceRace''; especially applies to ''Galaxy Goof-Ups'' [[note]]Which aired as part of the original 90 minute series.[[/note]]

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* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has a noncanon, but official AlternateUniverse-based skin line called "Odyssey", which transplants several popular champions into [[DenserAndWackier a colorful yet epic]] ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''-type opera, surrounding the galactic pursuit of [[AppliedPhlebotinum the mysterious substance named "ora"]]. More specifically, it follows [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits the ragtag crew]] of the ''Morning Star'' and their journey to save the universe from the mad [[GalacticConqueror Ordinal Kayn]] and [[LivingWeapon Rha]][[OmnicidalManiac ast]].


* 1. [[SavingTheWorld The world must be in peril.]]
* 2. There must be [[TheQuest a quest]],
* 3. [[TheHero And a man or woman to meet the mighty hour.]]
* 4. That man or woman must confront [[AlienTropes aliens]] and [[SpaceWhale exotic creatures]].
* 5. Space must [[FasterThanLightTravel flow past the ports]] like wine from a pitcher.
* 6. Blood must rain down the [[SupervillainLair palace]] steps,
* 7. [[FighterLaunchingSequence And ships launch out into the louring dark.]]
* 8. There must be a [[DamselInDistress woman]] or [[DistressedDude man]] [[HundredPercentAdorationRating fairer than the skies]],
* 9. And a [[EvilOverlord villain]] [[TheDreaded darker than a Black Hole]].
* 10. And all [[HappyEnding must come right in the end.]]

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* 1. ## [[SavingTheWorld The world must be in peril.]]
* 2. ## There must be [[TheQuest a quest]],
* 3. ## [[TheHero And a man or woman to meet the mighty hour.]]
* 4. ## That man or woman must confront [[AlienTropes aliens]] and [[SpaceWhale exotic creatures]].
* 5. ## Space must [[FasterThanLightTravel flow past the ports]] like wine from a pitcher.
* 6. ## Blood must rain down the [[SupervillainLair palace]] steps,
* 7. ## [[FighterLaunchingSequence And ships launch out into the louring dark.]]
* 8. ## There must be a [[DamselInDistress woman]] or [[DistressedDude man]] [[HundredPercentAdorationRating fairer than the skies]],
* 9. ## And a [[EvilOverlord villain]] [[TheDreaded darker than a Black Hole]].
* 10. ## And all [[HappyEnding must come right in the end.]]


* Although ''Series/{{Doctor Who}}'' is not Space Opera in itself, some individual stories make use of the subgenere.
** "Mission to the Unknown" and the epic twelve part "The Daleks' Master Plan". Oddly, "Mission to the Unknown", the prelude episode feels like an Unbuilt Trope version of the sort of stories ''Star Trek'' popularised. "Mission to the Unknown" has the Space agent Marc Cory discovering the Dalek plot to invade Earth's solar system [[RedShirt but dies before]] he can even send a message of warning. Earth's central government, which encompasses the whole system also has a subtly [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] feel to it.
** "The Space Pirates"
** "Frontier In Space" and "Planet of the Daleks", which taken together form a twelve part story like the earlier "The Daleks' Master Plan", though of a very different kind. The Doctor wants to prevent a war between two space empires, while the Master is trying to start one so the Daleks can wipe out both sides once they've exhausted themselves.
** "Earthshock".

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* Although ''Series/{{Doctor Who}}'' ''Series/DoctorWho'' is not Space Opera in itself, some individual stories make use of the subgenere.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E2MissionToTheUnknown "Mission to the Unknown" Unknown"]] and the epic twelve part twelve-part [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan "The Daleks' Master Plan". Plan"]]. Oddly, "Mission to the Unknown", the prelude episode episode, feels like an Unbuilt Trope version of the sort of stories ''Star Trek'' popularised. "Mission to the Unknown" has the Space agent Marc Cory discovering the Dalek plot to invade Earth's solar system system, [[RedShirt but dies before]] he can even send a message of warning. Earth's central government, which encompasses the whole system system, also has a subtly [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] feel to it.
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E6TheSpacePirates "The Space Pirates"
Pirates"]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E3FrontierInSpace "Frontier In Space" in Space"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E4PlanetOfTheDaleks "Planet of the Daleks", Daleks"]], which taken together form a twelve part story like the earlier "The Daleks' Master Plan", though of a very different kind. The Doctor wants to prevent a war between two space empires, while the Master is trying to start one so the Daleks can wipe out both sides once they've exhausted themselves.
** "Earthshock".[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock "Earthshock"]]



*** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E12BadWolf Bad Wolf]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays The Parting of the Ways]]" - Set on a satellite in a bleak UsedFuture, it starts with our heroes trapped in deadly game shows and ends with them facing down an entire Dalek army led by TheEmperor.

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*** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E12BadWolf Bad Wolf]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays The Parting of the Ways]]" - Ways]]": Set on a satellite in a bleak UsedFuture, it starts with our heroes trapped in deadly game shows and ends with them facing down an entire Dalek army led by TheEmperor.



*** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth The Stolen Earth]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]" - The heroes of the main show and both its spinoffs join forces against Davros and the Daleks, who have stolen multiple planets to build a DoomsdayDevice the size of a solar system.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E11WorldEnoughAndTime World Enough and Time]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E12TheDoctorFalls The Doctor Falls"]] - The Doctor, Bill and Nardole are trapped on a spaceship with an army of Cybermen and ''two'' versions of the Master. One of them is developing a conscience, the other one ''really'' isn't. Time dilation, personal tragedy, dramatic last stands and plenty of explosions are involved.

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*** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth The Stolen Earth]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]" - End]]": The heroes of the main show and both its spinoffs join forces against Davros and the Daleks, who have stolen multiple planets to build a DoomsdayDevice the size of a solar system.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E11WorldEnoughAndTime World [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E11WorldEnoughAndTime "World Enough and Time]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E12TheDoctorFalls The Time"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E12TheDoctorFalls "The Doctor Falls"]] - Falls"]]: The Doctor, Bill and Nardole are trapped on a spaceship with an army of Cybermen and ''two'' versions of the Master. One of them is developing a conscience, the other one ''really'' isn't. Time dilation, personal tragedy, dramatic last stands and plenty of explosions are involved.



* The Franchise/StargateVerse is a borderline example. Technically the center-of-operations is on a single planet (Earth in ''Series/StargateSG1'', the Atlantis base in ''Series/StargateAtlantis''), but with the instant wormholes provided by the Stargate, the bases function like a spaceship or space station in a standard Space Opera, as far as most story purposes go. Both series also have the Big Universe, Big Empires, Big Heroes, and Big Villains elements in spades, and it gets bigger yet once Earth has a space fleet. However, many individual episodes, especially in early seasons, feel more like PlanetaryRomance. ''Series/StargateUniverse'', the second spin-off, is probably closer to a traditional Space Opera.



* The Franchise/StargateVerse is a borderline example. Technically the center-of-operations is on a single planet (Earth in ''Series/StargateSG1'', the Atlantis base in ''Series/StargateAtlantis''), but with the instant wormholes provided by the Stargate, the bases function like a spaceship or space station in a standard Space Opera, as far as most story purposes go. Both series also have the Big Universe, Big Empires, Big Heroes, and Big Villains elements in spades, and it gets bigger yet once Earth has a space fleet. However, many individual episodes, especially in early seasons, feel more like PlanetaryRomance. ''Series/StargateUniverse'', the second spin-off, is probably closer to a traditional Space Opera.



--> ''Dempster Dingbuster is my name, Sputwang is my nation;''
--> ''The depths of space gob in my face,''
-->''The stars, my degradation.''

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--> ''Dempster -->''Dempster Dingbuster is my name, Sputwang is my nation;''
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''The depths of space gob in my face,''
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* ''{{Dreadstar}}'' by Jim Starlin.

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* ''{{Dreadstar}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Dreadstar}}'' by Jim Starlin.



* AlexandroJodorowsky's ComicBook/MetabaronsUniverse, particularly ''ComicBook/TheMetabarons''.

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* AlexandroJodorowsky's Creator/AlejandroJodorowsky's ComicBook/MetabaronsUniverse, particularly ''ComicBook/TheMetabarons''.



* ''QueenOfOuterSpace'', intended by script writer CharlesBeaumont as a StealthParody.

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* ''QueenOfOuterSpace'', ''Film/QueenOfOuterSpace'', intended by script writer CharlesBeaumont as a StealthParody.



* ''Literature/{{Aeon 14}}'' is an epic about a colony ship, ''Intrepid'', trying to leave the insanity of slower-than-light life in Sol, only to run into even bigger problems and ultimately SleepThroughTheApocalypse and land in a more typical FasterThanLightTravel setting.
* ''Literature/TheSecretKing'' by Dawn Chapman is a series similar to the 1970s ''LiveActionTV/BattlestarGalactica'' with a race of aliens fleeing their doomed homeplanet to travel to Earth in the present day.

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* ''Literature/{{Aeon 14}}'' is an epic about a colony ship, ''Intrepid'', trying to leave the insanity of slower-than-light life in Sol, only to run into even bigger problems and ultimately SleepThroughTheApocalypse SleptThroughTheApocalypse and land in a more typical FasterThanLightTravel setting.
* ''Literature/TheSecretKing'' by Dawn Chapman is a series similar to the 1970s ''LiveActionTV/BattlestarGalactica'' ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'' with a race of aliens fleeing their doomed homeplanet to travel to Earth in the present day.


* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is overloaded UpToEleven with adventure, battles, intrigue, and fantasy (including SpaceElves, [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]], and even Gods), all in a setting where mankind possesses a galaxy-spanning empire with planet-spanning cities and a population in the trillions. However it's also overloaded with about as much cynicism, grimness, and darkness as you can ''get'' (hence the common description "grimdark").

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is overloaded UpToEleven with adventure, battles, intrigue, and fantasy (including SpaceElves, [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]], and even Gods), all in a setting where mankind possesses a galaxy-spanning empire with planet-spanning cities and a population in the trillions. However it's also overloaded with about as much cynicism, grimness, and darkness as you can ''get'' (hence the common description "grimdark")."grimdark", for which its tagline is the TropeNamer).


* ''Series/BabylonFive'': A sort of "five-year miniseries" which rewards multiple viewings. If their direct competitor borrowed from [[SpaceWestern old westerns]] and war movies, [=B5=] was a [[RecycledInSpace space-based]] Middle Earth, but with enough verisimilitude to take those tropes and make it into something you can believe in. (The "techno-mages", a monk-like order of reclusive scientists, are one such example of this dual nature.) It helps that Andreas Katulas (G'Kar) has such a commanding air that pretty much everybody raises their game in his presence.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': A sort of "five-year miniseries" which rewards multiple viewings. If their direct competitor borrowed from [[SpaceWestern old westerns]] and war movies, [=B5=] was a [[RecycledInSpace [[WizardsFromOuterSpace space-based]] Middle Earth, but with enough verisimilitude to take those tropes and make it into something you can believe in. (The "techno-mages", a monk-like order of reclusive scientists, are one such example of this dual nature.) It helps that Andreas Katulas (G'Kar) has such a commanding air that pretty much everybody raises their game in his presence.

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