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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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* ''Film/CosmosWarOfThePlanets''


* Franchise/SuperSentai often have heroes or villains from outer space but in general, it doesn't fit this trope thanks to being set mostly on earth. Until Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger that is, which fit neatly into Space Opera. It's set on a future world where the villain pretty much rules the entire galaxy. The heroes and heroines comprised of [[HumanAlien Human Aliens]], a wolf-man alien, and robots. It's actually set in space as the protagonists travels the galaxy using their CoolStarship, which also functions as their headquarters, to defeat their enemies.

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* Franchise/SuperSentai ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger''. ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' often have has heroes or villains from outer space but in general, it doesn't fit this trope thanks to being set mostly on earth. Until Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger that is, which fit Earth. ''Kyuranger'', however, fits neatly into Space Opera. It's set on in a future world where the villain pretty much rules the entire galaxy. The heroes and heroines comprised of [[HumanAlien Human Aliens]], a wolf-man alien, and robots. It's actually set in space as the protagonists travels the galaxy using their CoolStarship, which also functions as their headquarters, to defeat their enemies.


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* ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199''

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* ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199''** ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199'', 2017 remake


** ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199''

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* ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE''
* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' has all the trappings of a Space Opera, despite being a comparatively more personal affair.
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* ''Webcomic/CaptainUfo''
* ''Webcomic/DenmaTheQuanx''



* ''Webcomic/CaptainUfo''
* ''Webcomic/DenmaTheQuanx''



* ''Literature/SpacePirateCaptainMacTaggart'', a humorous {{Funny Animal}} take on the genre, with the title character, the Epic Hero, a female sword-wielding raccoon.



* ''Literature/SpacePirateCaptainMacTaggart'', a humorous {{Funny Animal}} take on the genre, with the title character, the Epic Hero, a female sword-wielding raccoon.



* ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE''
* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' has all the trappings of a Space Opera, despite being a comparatively more personal affair.


* ''ComicBook/Cosmo2018'' is an all-ages variant of the genre, which a RagTagBunchOfMisfits explored exotic locales on both the solar system and beyond. In a twist of irony, Max acted as a side character and a pastiche of [[CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth muscular square-jawed space hero]] to the alien main characters.



* ''ComicBook/Cosmo2018'' is an all-ages variant of the genre, which a RagTagBunchOfMisfits explored exotic locales on both the solar system and beyond. In a twist of irony, Max acted as a side character and a pastiche of [[CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth muscular square-jawed space hero]] to the alien main characters.

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** ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199''


* Creator/CJCherryh's enormous Literature/AllianceUnion universe. Probably the "[[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness hardest]]" of all SpaceOpera, with FasterThanLightTravel being the only deviation from known physics.

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* Creator/CJCherryh's ''Literature/{{Aeon 14}}'', after the TimeSkip during which FasterThanLightTravel is invented, is space opera with significant influence of hard science fiction and PostCyberpunk.
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enormous Literature/AllianceUnion universe.universe by Creator/CJCherryh. Probably the "[[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness hardest]]" of all SpaceOpera, with FasterThanLightTravel being the only deviation from known physics.



* ''Literature/ASymphonyOfEternity'' by ''R.M.Solea'', the first book's tagline is: When the universe is at war, which side are you on?; nuff said.


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* ''Literature/ASymphonyOfEternity'' by ''R.M.Solea'', the first book's tagline is: When the universe is at war, which side are you on?; nuff said.


* ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'': Another botched series from Roddenberry. The lead actor was run off the show because the studio felt that it needed to be more episodic. The tone of the show changed from a sci-fi detective story ("Who are the Taelons and what do they want in exchange for improving Earth") to a cop show with very few sci-fi concepts beyond those already established.

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* ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'': Another botched posthumous series from Gene Roddenberry. The pilot takes place only 3 years after FirstContact. What the series captured perfectly, but ignored in later seasons, was that humans had only recently come to terms with an alien race as part of their world.
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The lead actor was run off the show because the studio felt that it needed to be more episodic. And then they did it again in season five; not a good sign when you have to continually cycle cast members to save money. The tone of the show changed from a sci-fi detective story ("Who are the Taelons and what do they want in exchange for improving Earth") to a cop MonsterOfTheWeek show with very few sci-fi concepts beyond those already established.established. Sandoval, played by the capable Von Flores, turned out to be the saving grace of the series at that moment, something even the execs could not topple.

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