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A Police Procedural Comic Book with a twist, written by Alan Moore, drawn by Zander Cannon and Gene Ha, and published by America's Best Comics. Top 10 follows the lives of the officers of precinct 10, Top Ten, as they patrol the streets of Neopolis. The twist is that every single man, woman, and child in Neopolis is a costumed "Science Hero" complete with Code Name. Despite the fantastic setting, the Police Procedural premise is played completely straight. Transportation accidents, a Serial Killer targeting prostitutes, and a pervert groping women are all things they deal with. The twist is that instead of car accidents there are teleportation accidents, the Serial Killer is a grotesque space alien shapeshifting ex-porn star and the prostitutes include Immune Girl whose power is that she can't get AIDS or S.T.O.R.M.S. (a mutagenic form of VD), while the pervert groping women is a shapeshifter who just shifts into the form of a chair.


There was a twelve issue series published in 1999-2000, plus a Spin-Off, Smax, published in 2003, and a prequel, The Forty-Niners, published in 2005, all written by Alan Moore. Also in 2005, another five-issue series set five years later was published - written by Paul Di Filippo and drawn by Jerry Ordway - which pretty much nobody liked, as well as "Season Two", another five-issue series written by Zander Cannon with Gene Ha returning on art in 2008, which most people did. While 2005's Beyond the Furthest Precinct was an Anvilicious Take That! towards the Bush administration, Season Two was much more faithful to the original series and avoided the pitfalls of Beyond... by completely ignoring it.

Not to be confused with Top Ten List.


This series provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Joe Pi seems to have the perfect answer for everything, which causes a lot of friction with his fellow officers. After all, he's programmed that way...
  • Alternate Universe / Another Dimension: Basically, the basis of this world. Each precinct belongs to a different reality. To travel between dimensions you just need to go to the terminus station and get zapped up.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Joe Pi, the new member of Precinct 10 in issue 11. Comes from the cyber-governed parallel Turingville in Precinct Nine.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever:
    • In the case of Gograh, more like the five hundred foot whatever. And falling-down drunk to boot. He doesn't drink beer from cans, he drinks it from beer-filled truck tankers.
    • One of King Peacock's foes in the arena is a giant, living statue/temple support beam, complete with part of a column stuck to her head.
  • Bad Santa: A powerful, delusional telekinetic dressed up as Santa Claus, stole some reindeer from a zoo, and fought off officers Smax, Slinger, Wornow, and Li until being finally subdued by Lovelace.
  • Bathroom Stall Graffiti: In the storyline involving a murder at the Godz bar, the murder suspect hides in the restroom, where there's an entire wall covered in thematically-appropriate graffiti.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Commissioner Ultima goes on a rampage because she's in desperate need for another Xenite fix, and had already killed Girl One and M'rrgla Qualtz in the process. Robyn proposes they simply give Ultima what she wants to make her stop, figuring she'll either calm down enough for them to detain her or she'll overdose. While Smax is still fighting Ultima, Robyn has one of her drones inject the Xenite into the back of her head. All of it. This plays out badly for Ultima and Robyn. Ultima immediately realizes she's been given too much and foams at the mouth knowing she's about to die. With her last breath she lets out an energy blast that would've killed Robyn had Smax not intervened. It does leave Robyn badly injured and hospitalized for the rest of the first series.
  • Beware the Superman: Atoman is a rather blatant Captain Ersatz of Superman, but he appears rather hulking and muscular and is perpetually scowling in his first appearance. He's also been raping his niece Atomaid and the other sidekicks to the Seven Sentinels for years.
  • Blind Driving: The blindfolded taxi driver that steers by fate. He and his passengers always arrive where they need to be, but other people in the way... not so much.
  • Brawn Hilda: Irma is a stout, plain woman with violence-centred powers.
  • Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Joe Pi is the first officer from the Ninth Parallel (an all-robot world) to serve in the Tenth Precinct. Since Neopolis still has... issues with its robot population, he initially faces a lot of hostility with his fellow officers.
  • Brother–Sister Incest:
    • The core of Smax's embarrassment about his home dimension. Not that it stops him from participating in it (and lying about it to his co-workers)...
      • Well, except to Robyn. In the Smax miniseries, not only she knows and keeps their secret but encourages Smax's sister Rexa to come live with him to Neopolis so they can be happy.
    • In The Forty-Niners, an incestuous relationship was forced on the superhuman twins Sturm and Drang by Nazi scientists hoping to breed more Aryan superhumans. Drang doesn't like it but knows her brother is too slow to understand, so she's been seeing Herr Panzer on the side.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Glushko's alcoholism is overlooked due to the "special talents" he brings to the table.
  • Captain Ersatz and Expy: Listing the sheer number of these in Top 10 might cause the wiki to crash... Funnily enough, none of the main characters are obvious Ersatzen of comic book heroes besides Jetman, who is based on WWII boy aviators Airboy and Hop Harrigan.
  • Captain Geographic: One of the supporting characters in The Forty-Niners is an unnamed patriotic hero whose costume features white stars on a blue field, eagle motifs, and the year of the Declaration of Independence printed on his cowl.
  • Chalk Outline: Smax gets Toybox to draw one around the victim in the Godz bar.
  • Chilly Reception: Joe Pi initially gets a cold response from some of the other cops, mostly because he's taking the place of a popular colleague who was killed in the line of duty. He quickly proves himself both on the streets and with his new partner's family.
  • Church Militant: The Maid, who is essentially a modern, superpowered Joan of Arc.
  • Code Name: Absolutely everyone. Their drivers' licences even have a space for one's A.E. (alter ego). Consequently, nobody really has a Secret Identity.
  • Color Blind Confusion: Hyperdog eventually reveals that he's color blind, which means that he's been able to see through the patterns on the skin of his partner Girl One (who was created by a couple of horny fanboys so she has to be naked all the time but does have a nudity taboo and uses the patterns to give her some modesty) and when she finds out he's been effectively seeing her naked this whole time she decks him. He tells her he's not attracted to human women as a way to try and defuse the situation, though we later learn he was lying about this when he enters a relationship with one.
  • Comfort the Dying: One issue sees Peregrine called upon to provide comfort to a pair of aliens who have become fused with each other after a teleportation-related accident. She has the unhappy task of telling them that they will both likely die within a day.
  • Compelling Voice: Harry "The Word" Lovelace, the hostage negotiator. His occasionally poor phrasing is played for comedy. When he uses his power, his printed dialogue turns red, like Jesse Custer in Preacher.
  • Contrived Clumsiness: Joe Pi does this occasionally.
    Joe Pi: With typical machine clumsiness, I seem to have disabled my inbuilt audio taping system. This mean that if, for instance, a fellow officer should suggest something illegal, I won't have a record of it.
  • Crisis Crossover: Parodied in a sideplot in which a character has an Ultra-Mouse infestation in his mother's apartment, so the Ex-Verminator releases Atom Cats to deal with them, but with so many super powered creatures in such a confined space, it turned into a "Whole Secret Crisis-War Crossover Thing" which eventually rewrote the time line so the Ultra-Mouse infestation never happened. The Ex-Verminator remembers it, and gets very upset about not getting paid for the job. This apparently happens to him a lot.
  • Crying Wolf: Shock-headed Pete takes pity on prostitute Immune Girl, and that same night she's murdered. A disgusted Phantom Jack assumes on his past behavior that Pete was just out for a freebie.
  • Culture Justifies Anything: The first defense that M'Rrgla Qualz' lawyer tries amounts basically to this.
  • Dead Partner: Two officers at Precinct 10 take on new partners after a fellow officer died in the line of duty.
    • Smax lost Stochastic Fats shortly before the series begins, leaving him to be paired with newcomer Toybox. Smax isn't the friendliest person to begin with, making for a very rough beginning to the partnership.
    • Irma Geddon's partner Girl One died during the takedown of Commissioner Maxima, so she gets paired with Joe Pi, a robotic officer transferred in from another precinct. Irma was very close to her old partner, who was practically an Honorary Aunt to her kids, and treats Joe very coldly for a time.
  • Different World, Different Movies: The existence of superheroes led to superhero comics not being popular, so most of the comics known from our world don't exist. Instead Slice of Life comics are very popular.
  • Dirty Cop / Killer Cop: Commissioner Ultima. Also a sort of Functional Addict on the Fantastic Drug Xenite. When she goes on a murdering rampage on Precinct 10, they use it kill her by giving her an overdose.
  • Disability Superpower:
    • Bob "Blindshot" Booker doesn't drive his cab, "the universe does." His "zen senses" let him take you where you need to be. Subverted slightly; He does cause his share of traffic accidents, but everything he does seems to ultimately help people.
    • Synaesthesia's altered senses give her intuition bordering on the psychic at times— although interpreting said intuition can be a challenge.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Peregrine catches her husband experimenting with "crossover dressing", or dressing up as a different science hero than yourself...
  • Don't Answer That: The series includes an anthromorphized shark lawyer who uses this trope as his entire strategy, essentially.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Smax's dream in issue #6.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Harry "The Word" Lovelace appears in the background of a lunchroom scene a few issues before he's properly introduced.
  • Easily Detachable Robot Parts: Joe Pi casually detaches his head and tucks it under his arm to amuse Irma's children.
  • Easter Egg: Tons of superhero-related graffiti in the backgrounds.
  • Everyone is a Super: Kind of the point...
  • Extraordinary World, Ordinary Problems: Takes place in a city filled to the brim with people with superpowers, but most of the crimes that Precinct Ten has to deal with are mundane crimes like prostitution, domestic abuse, and public intoxication.
  • Fanservice:
    • Girl One and Girl Fifty-Four are both completely naked, although they can change their skin to appear as if they're wearing skintight clothing. Justified in that that's just what her creators, a couple of horny Fanboys with too much time and money on their hands, designed them for.
    • Jack Phantom wears a very flattering leotard-like outfit similar to that worn by a magician's assistant.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: The Seven Sentinels, a superhero team who have fought many monsters and defeated many alien invasions — always in space, or in alternate universes, or in other conveniently-uncheckable locations.
  • Fantastic Fantasy Is Mundane: Because superheroes are real in this world, superhero comics never took off. Look carefully and you can see billboards advertising "Businessman (You'll Believe a Man Can't Fly!)"
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Mainly against robots (who prefer to be called Ferro-Americans, and don't like being called "clickers"). In The Forty-Niners, there's a robot ghetto neighborhood, and one of the characters is a robot passing as human by telling people his exoskeleton is Powered Armor.
    • Precognitives have very stringent restrictions on where they can work, so Irma's husband Ron spends most of his appearances job-hunting.
    • There doesn't seem to be a very high public opinion of vampires, either. They would like you to think that this is unreasoning prejudice against your average innocent "Hungarian American with an inherited medical condition", but if there is such a thing as an innocent vampire he or she hasn't appeared yet.
    • On Grand Central, an alternate Earth where the Roman Empire never fell, King Peacock is looked down upon for his skin color, since there "nubians" are mostly slaves.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: The world of Top Ten features a little bit of every fictional genre imagined filtered through the superhero lens. The police chief was a member of a squadron of pilots who fought in World War II, the commissioner's from a world where the Roman Empire survived into the present day, and some of the officers include a modern day cowboy, a talking robot, and a half-breed ogre from a magical kingdom.
  • Foreseeing My Death: M'rrgla Qualtz gets a vision of her upcoming death. In the event she forces the issue by attacking her killer-to-be on sight and getting slain in self-defense, but it's not clear if it's a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy because the killer then proceeds to lay waste to the surroundings, so she might well have died in any case.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampires: Averted; vampires are the equivalent of The Mafia, complete with the traditional Old Country accent.
  • Fun T-Shirt:
    • Sgt Caesar's dress sense goes in for dog-inflected versions of fashionable or humorous t-shirts, such as the one with the slogan What part of "ARF" don't you understand?.
    • When King Peacock visits an alternate parallel where the Roman Empire never fell, there's a tourist in the background wearing a T-shirt that says, "I came, I saw, I bought this lousy T-shirt".
  • Godiva Hair: Jennifer from Beyond the Farthest Precinct. Goes well with the 6' tall mermaid look.
  • Happily Married:
    • Irma Geddon and her psychic husband Ron.
    • Peregrine and her hubby.
    • Captain Jetman and Wulf.
  • Harmful to Minors: The Seven Sentinels. Their so-called battles in outer space and other dimensions are really a cover to hide they're a child molestation operation, and have been sexually abusing their children/sidekicks for years.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In The Forty-Niners, Leni "Skywitch" Muller was originally a German science hero, but defected to the Allies in 1943, apparently because she disapproved of the policies of the Nazis.
  • Hollywood Satanism: Averted. King Peacock subscribes to the indigenous beliefs of the Yazidis, a real life group from the Middle East. Yazidi religion was historically accused of being devil worship because of doctrinal peculiarities, but it's hardly a human-sacrificing Religion of Evil and isn't portrayed as such here.
  • Holy Water: The Maid, being a superpowered Jeanne d'Archétype, has various religious powers. In the climax of The Forty-Niners, as Neopolis faces a mass attack by vampires, she turns the tide by blessing the city's reservoir, causing every hydrant in the city to give out holy water.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: With very grim realism in the story of Jeff's conception.
  • Hypocrite: Played for Drama: After busting a pedophile ring of supers preying on their sidekicks, Traynor starts drawing some uncomfortable parallels to his own relationship with Wulf. He was Wulf's sidekick, they started dating when Traynor was sixteen and thus still underage, and they have been Happily Married for decades now. He starts wondering if he has been living in A Match Made in Stockholm all this time, or, worse, that he has denied a large group of people the same kind of loving relationship he is in by labeling his as alright, but theirs as wrong, illegal and sick.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Shock-Headed Peter is strongly bigoted against robots and is eventually kicked off the force for an unsolicited assault on Joe Pi; he starts dating the android Girl Two shortly thereafter.
    • In The Forty-Niners, a gangster shaking down Scowling Joe's Bar responds to the arrival of the newly-formed police force with the question "Who the £$%& are you?", and Steelgauntlet admonishes him for cussing when there are ladies present. "Yeah, you tell 'em! You tell 'em they don't £$%& with Joe!" says one of the ladies in question.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl / Shameless Fanservice Girl:
    • Subverted with Girl One, who is naked at all times with the excuse that her shifting skin pigments mean she doesn't technically have to wear clothes — but she subverts the trope by being quite aware of the nudity taboo, but engineered by her creators to have an aversion to wearing clothing. When she finds out Hyperdog doesn't see color and can see through her "clothes", she decks him for not warning her.
    • Jennifer from Beyond also counts, as (quite literal) green skinned mermaid, she wears nothing more than Godiva Hair (and, technically, a fishbowl installed on a segway).
    • Later versions of the Girl series have the same genetically enforced nudity compulsion, but better or worse luck hiding it, gaining acceptance, etc. Girl 54 is readily accepted back in the force and retains the same quirks; Girl Two's nudity was quickly picked up on by the public at large — she was harassed by criminals until she quit the force; an unnamed Girl was running around with the villains during one arc, her skin solid black except for a star pattern — hiding nothing.
  • Interspecies Romance: Human prostitute Annette "Neural 'Nette" Duvalle and Police Sergeant Kemlo "Hyperdog" Caesar, a dog with human intelligence and a metallic exo-frame that allows him to move like an human.
  • In the Future, We Still Have Roombas: Which Robyn uses to fight crime.
  • Is It Always Like This?: Naïve Newcomer Toybox asks this in the first issue. Jackie Phantom replies, "No, Mondays are usually quiet, but it picks up later in the week."
  • It Will Never Catch On: The Forty-Niners ends with Wulf saying "I give it six months", speaking both of his new romantic relationship and of Neopolis itself. Because it's a prequel, we know already that both will endure and thrive for decades to come.
  • Jeanne d'Archétype: The Maid, who is even named Joanna Dark.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: M'rrgla Qualtz's telepathic seductions, which she uses on both Monsoon and Jack Phantom.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Smax is a gruff and caustic asshole at first. But later, he gives Robyn a ride home, starts caring for her dad, and even visits her in the hospital after she's injured by Ultima.
  • Karmic STD: Andy "Airbag" Soames' years of infidelity comes back to bite him in the ass when he contracts S.T.O.R.M.S., which is essentially AIDS for superheroes.
  • Kiss of the Vampire: Vampire prostitution. Even the prostitutes themselves are creeped out by the guys who just want them to lay there...
  • Law of Conservation of Normality: Even for a city full of superbeings, life's still got the same old problems.
  • Living Statue: Detective Corbeau fights one in a gladiatorial match in issue 9: Gina "The Caryatid" Marconi of Precinct One is literally a caryatid, a huge marble column with female form, complete with capital. Corbeau defeats her in a moment by breaking off her left foot.
  • Logic Bomb: Jokingly invoked by Joe Pi.
    Irma Geddon: You know, you A.I.s are almost too cute. How do I unplug you when you take over the world?
    Joe Pi: Ask me the purpose of existence, and I explode.
  • Lover and Beloved: Steve Traynor's and Wulf's relationship began this way, since Traynor was Wulf's sidekick. By the time of Top 10, they've been a Happily Married (in a sense) couple for about 50 years.
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: One storyline involves a Nazi mad scientist creating a time machine to change the outcome of World War II.
  • Meaningful Echo: Toybox's first call-out after being assigned to the tenth precinct is a domestic assault, the most recent of many for the couple in question. Joe Pi's first call-out after being assigned to the tenth precinct is a death, which turns out to be the result of the same couple's deteriorating relationship finally going too far.
  • Mister Big: The Vampire mafia is led by Grigori "Little Greg" Irinescu, who has to stand on his desk so people can kiss his ring without getting on all fours.
  • Modern Mayincatec Empire: The crowd at the Transworld Transport Terminus in issue 8 includes a group in Mayincatec outfits - representatives of the same transdimensional invaders seen in an early issue of Tom Strong.
  • Monochrome Past: The Forty-Niners is not full monochrome, but has a muted color palette compared to the stories set in the present.
  • Morton's Fork: Irma tears into Joe Pi for "not caring enough" to attend Irma's previous partner's funeral. Joe apologizes, but points out that doing so would probably leave people upset that a robot was "faking emotions". Irma apologizes to Joe for being a jerk, and recognizes that there was no way for him to win that one.
  • Most Common Super Power: Both used and averted; some science-heroines fit the trope, yet (in keeping with the "average Joes with capes" theme of the series) most just look like ordinary women in bright colors and masks.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Girl One. Literally so, as her creators created her with fanservice tropes in mind, and programmed some of them into her genetics. However, she dislikes being viewed this way.
  • The Multiverse: There is communication with, and travel to, other timelines, each with its own Precinct. Precinct One is in an alternate timeline where Rome never fell (or, as they prefer to think of it, all the other Precincts are in weird alternate timelines where Rome didn't last as long).
  • Mundane Fantastic: A Police Procedural in a city where everyone from bums to schoolkids, tycoons to hookers has a superpower, or is an alien, a god, a cyborg, an enhanced animal or some other kind of superhero/villain, and they're all just getting on with their lives.
  • My Horse Is a Motorbike: In The Forty-Niners, the Black Rider is a Zorro-inspired hero who "cuts a dashing figure" atop his motorcycle Midnight.
  • Naïve Newcomer:
    • The main series begins with Robyn "Toybox" Slinger arriving for her first day at work.
    • The Forty-Niners begins with Steve Traynor and Leni Muller arriving in Neopolis for the first time.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: When not in costume, Peregrine's appearance is based on 90s fitness guru Susan Powter. Lampshaded; at one point she's seen on a stakeout wearing a "Powterpuff Girls" t-shirt.
  • Non-Human Head: Officer Pete Luhan has a TV set for a head, which allows him to beam hypnotic images at other people. He uses this talent to get information out of uncooperative suspects.
  • Oh, Crap!: Plenty, but perhaps the biggest example of this happens when Synasthesia is humming "Ode to Joy" again when Commissioner Ultima is nearby, just as she'd been humming it when investigating Stefan Gracyzk's dead body, and asks Ultima the name of the perfume she's wearing Ultima's answer is "Joy." She killed Gracyzk.
  • One-Man Army: The Power-Armored Bill "Wolfspider" Bailey is the SWAT team. The entire SWAT team.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: While going through video evidence, Colby chides her partner for taking the Lord's name in vain. We don't find out the contents of the next video they watch until later, but the horror of it is underlined by Colby's reaction.
    Colby: Oh. Oh Jesus.
  • Outside/Inside Slur: A robot derides Joe Pi as being too human by calling him "Spambo" (metal on the outside, meat on the inside).
  • Painted-On Pants: Parodied and Lampshaded with Girl One. She's given several full body profile shots (including one in chapter one where her nipples are clearly visible) and several lingering shots of her backside with the impression suggested that this trope is in play. Then, after it was too late to change it, the comic's authors reveal that she's actually naked with a form of natural, mobile, Body Paint built in.
  • Painting the Medium: In The Forty-Niners, there is a sequence involving a hole through time; the view through the hole is always of something happening earlier or later in the same book, in the position on the page corresponding to the position of the hole.
  • Percussive Maintenance: Private Iron is on the unfortunate end of this treatment when he's brought into Top Ten as a suspect; the bigoted officer questioning him says that when his neighbor's new-fangled television set doesn't work she hits it and attempts to see if the same principle can be applied to robots.
  • Physical God: They even have their own bar. Peregrine in particular gets rather upset when she finds her Lord and Savior there after he's had a few.
  • Pineal Weirdness: The alien who eats brains for their pineal secretions.
  • Police Psychic: One story had the title police station call in a mind reader to help with a particularly troublesome suspect during interrogation. Justified because this was a universe where super powers were an objective part of reality.
  • Politically Correct History: Oh so very averted in "The Forty-Niners."
  • Portal to the Past: In The Forty-Niners, a Nazi scientist develops one in an attempt to Make Wrong What Once Went Right.
  • Psycho Serum: The recreational drugs of Neopolis are all some kind of Psycho Serum:
    • Amazo Pills grant various temporary superpowers.
    • Darkshots are a drug for robots which allows them to become "one with the multiverse".
    • Goose Juice (mongoose blood) grants temporary Superspeed. The name is a Shout-Out to the Whizzer, a Golden Age speedster with a decidedly silly origin story.
    • Hyperdrene causes hallucinations of imps and pixies so vivid they can be seen by others and can survive for awhile even after the user is dead.
  • Punny Name: There is an anthropomorphic shark lawyer called Fischmann. Many of the alter egos are this too, since they are super heroes and villains. Sometimes crosses with Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Queer Colors: Jackie "Phantom" Kowalski's costume is black, purple, and white, and has a upside-down triangle emblem that makes it vaguely reminiscent of the "labrys flag" used by lesbians in the late nineties, when the series was written.
  • Razor Wire: The Libra Killer had atom-slicing monomolecular strands coming out of her body, described by one would-be victim as "Purple candyfloss... coming out of the drain."
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Girl One. It's revealed in chapter 2 that she's actually been naked the whole time, which she hides with her color-shifting skin. She even defends this (in private, to her female partner) by saying she's more comfortable in the nude rather than wearing clothes. Then it's revealed that her compulsive nudity was an engineered compulsion her creators forced on her, leaving her stuck using her skin trick to hide this fact, and when she realizes her male boss was color blind, she freaked out, revealing she was not really ok with people knowing about it.
  • Robot Hair: Sung "Girl One" Li. She can control its color and project patterns on her hair (and on her body).
  • Robotic Reveal: In The Forty-Niners, the faceplate of Steelgauntlet's powered armor is ripped off in the climactic battle, revealing only printed circuits, glowing lights and a speaker grille underneath.
  • Rocket Ride: Skywitch, in The Forty-Niners, rides a rocket-powered flying "broomstick".
  • Scenery Porn: Gene Ha's work is astonishingly lush and detailed.
  • Scienceville: the city of Neopolis was originally founded as a home for all the science heroes left over from World War II. To this day, radical scientific research is a major attraction of the city.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: When Zaran Orval assigns Steelgauntlet to lead a major Morgia arrest, it's clear he knows Steelgauntlet is actually a robot. It's just as clear Steelgauntlet didn't know he'd been figured out until that moment.
  • Shame If Something Happened: The Morgia (vampire mafia) are seen running this racket in The Forty-Niners.
  • Shapeshifting Squick: M'rgalla Qualtz/Vigilante from Venus, a seeming Green-Skinned Space Babe porn star and former prostitute whose true form would give an Eldritch Abomination nightmares.
  • Shock and Awe: "Shock-Headed Peter" Cheney has electrical zappy powers.
  • Shout-Out: Far too many to mention here. Top Ten has shout outs, cameo appearances, and other references to comics classic and modern, television, and many other media at a seeming minimum rate of one per panel, often far far more. There's even cameo appearances of word balloons from The Sandman and Preacher.
    • The most intricate, and certainly funniest, is the Crisis Crossover featuring cat and mouse versions of many Marvel and DC characters re-enacting the first appearance of Galactapuss in Fantastic Four #50, shown in issues 6 and 9.
    • In issue 8, the whole scene at the Transport Terminus is full of background cameos for the sharp-eyed fan. For example, Star Trek mirror-universe's Kirk, Spock and Uhura; Marvel's Rogue, Sabretooth, Wild Child, Loki and Nightmare plus the Stargate SG-1 's team are also passing through as King Peacock is leaving.
    • The cameo's aren't limited to American comic books either. In issue 9, Astérix, Obelix and his dog Idefix are among the spectators of King Peacock's gladiatorial fight.
    • Bill "Wolfspider" Bailey is either named for the comedian or the cabaret tune.
    • Alexei "Spaceman" Glushko, the ex-cosmonaut, is a Shout-Out to the leading Soviet rocket scientist Valentin Petrovich Glushko (1908-89).
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Dispatcher Janus has two faces who see each other as sisters and argue constantly.
  • Space Romans: Precinct One, where The Roman Empire never ended.
  • Speech Bubbles:
    • Glushko's telepathic speech is depicted with white writing in a wobbly-edged black bubble.
    • Jackie Phantom's speech bubble gets fainter when she phases out.
    • If Micro Maid speaks while changing size, the lettering in her speech bubble also changes size.
    • All the Physical Gods in the Godz bar have special lettering in their speech bubbles.
    • In The Forty-Niners, The Paladin Joanne Dark has a golden glow effect on her speech bubbles.
  • Spiteful Suicide: Atoman, a Retired Badass, Superman Expy, and leader of a pedophile ring, is tricked into one when the arresting officer mentions they're going to depower him before throwing him in jail. He kills himself so the cops can't arrest him... which was the plan, because they didn't have the ability to arrest him without tremendous collateral damage.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Yezidi traditionalist King Peacock has his wife walk three steps behind him. Neither he nor she see anything wrong with it.
  • Strawman Political: In Top Ten: Beyond the Farthest Precinct, Mayor Famaile and Commander Cindercott are unsubtle embodiments of the most Anvilicious aspects of the Bush Administration and its cronies.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: In The Forty-Niners. Well, what do you expect when you rewind the setting back to the 1940s?
  • Superhero Capital of the World: Neopolis was constructed as a home for every science-powered individual in the United States, in the hopes of keeping all the insanity that comes with superheroes (time travel, giant monsters, doomsday plots, etc.) from infecting other cities.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: After her death Girl One is replaced by Girl Fifty-Four, who is identical. She even gets called Girl One on occasion, and takes it in stride.
  • Symbolic Blood: After King Peacock is forced to kill a robot in self-defense, he's left with machine oil on his hands that looks like blood, and which he reacts to as if it were.
  • Symbol Swearing:
    • This is one of the few times where this trope works better than actually cursing. The otherwise calm and peaceful Jetman telling Smax to "Break her %$#@ing neck, son" after Ultima kills Girl One.
    • Issue #8 features a conversation between two characters who are dying following a traffic accident (which was neither of their faults). Kapela is a phlegmatic alien who believes that everything that happens forms part of the Great Game; Mr Nebula is an ordinary joe who is taking the whole thing much less calmly. At one point, Mr Nebula bursts out into a spate of symbol swearing, the actual meaning of which is immediately lampshaded:
      Mr Nebula: It's not a game! It's not a £$%&ing game! It was our £$%&ing lives, man!
      Kapela: Yes. Yes, indeed, it was. And £$%&ing is a glorious and noble thing, for thence all higher life commences... and you and I, my friend, I fear will not be £$%&ing any more.
    • In the sequence set in the Godz bar, the foul-mouthed Thunor swears with symbols from archaic alphabets.
    • In The Forty-Niners, there's a gangster who's very fond of the word "£$%&".
  • Talking Weapon: Smax has a singing sword stashed in his wardrobe.
  • Tele-Frag: A traffic accident attended by Peregrine involves several sets of teleporters, one of whom wasn't obeying the traffic rules, resulting in a fatal overlap.
  • Three Laws-Compliant: Joe Pi mentions "Asimov's Laws" at one point, but in context these appear to be statutory laws rather than inherent restraints; after confirming that Neopolis, unlike his home town of Turingville, has no such laws on its books, Joe demonstrates that he's quite capable of harming humans if he judges it necessary in the line of duty.
  • Uplifted Animal: Most prominent is Sgt. Kemlo Caesar, also known as Hyperdog, who is a Doberman with standard human intelligence and one of the main characters. Notably, he is not anthropomorphized; he wears a rig to appear humanoid (and get the advantage of hands), but he's physically a normal dog outside of it. A few other uplifted animals appear through the series; one criminal defense attorney is an uplifted shark.
  • Virgin Power: Briefly mentioned in The Forty-Niners as something female superheroes and Atlantean women lie about to brush off guys' attention.
  • Visual Pun: The rubber-neckers around a traffic accident include a few who literally have rubber necks.
  • Vomiting Cop: In The Forty-Niners, there's one outside Scowling Joe's Bar after the vampire mafia make an example of Joe for not signing on to their protection racket.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Smax rarely wears a shirt over his ludicrously broad, muscular chest. Justified in that he shoots force beams from his chest.
  • Welcome Episode: The story starts with Robyn "Toybox" Slinger's first day at the 10th Precinct.
  • Welcome to Corneria: Private Iron, a robot G.I. who shares a train box with a young Jetlad in The Forty-Niners, can apparently only say the same few sentences over and over.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Super?: Dealt with in the prequel book "The Forty-Niners", having won World War II, the government relocates all supers to Neopolis. Top Ten officers seem non-plussed by this trope, none of the super powered cops nor their non-powered colleagues feel that they're at all incapable of dealing with their duty (though Duane does relish the chance to get a rocket powered flying saddle.)
  • Wicked Toymaker: Averted. Robyn Slinger uses some fairly creepy toys as weapons/footsoldiers, but is far from wicked. Ditto with her father, as seen in The Forty-Niners.
  • Writer on Board: In Season 2, when Zander Cannon took over as the writer, he contrived of a pretense to get rid of Irma Geddon and Wolfspider's suits, because he and Gene Ha had gotten sick of drawing them. He also moved King Peacock far into the background, again because Peacock's costume was such a pain to draw.
  • X-Ray Sparks: When Shock-Headed Peter uses his Shock and Awe powers to their fullest extent, his skeleton becomes visible.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race:
    • In the Precinct One world, black people are called Nubians, or "Nubies", and are second-class citizens, as King Peacock finds out. After Commisioner Ultima gets him thrown into a series of Gladiator battles, he is often introduced with this description.
    • Hilariously, the description used to introduce his robotic opponent is "a credit to his manufacturers".
  • You Are What You Hate: In The Forty-Niners, Steelgauntlet exhibits prejudice against robots, but turns out to be a robot himself, passing as human to avoid trouble with prejudiced humans.
  • Your Vampires Suck: Hungarian vampires are analogous to Sicilian mobsters. The younger vampires laugh at the older "widow's peak Vlads" for their horror-movie behavior and dress style, much as the Real Life "Mustache Petes" were derided and ousted by younger and less honor-bound mobsters. It's then subverted when all the vampires turn out to have the usual weaknesses of the pop-culture versions.


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