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R.I.P.D., starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds, is in theaters this weekend. The concept is pretty self-explanatory: living cops die and become dead cops in resurrected bodies that protect the world from evil spirits refusing to pass into the afterlife. The cops must do their duty before they're allowed to pass on, all while shooting things to the tune of Macklemore's "Can't Hold Us."
It looks like goofy fun. Then again, I'm a sucker for strange police forces. Let's take a look at some of the more memorable ones.B.P.R.D. (from "Hellboy")
The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense is a top secret organization defending us against those things that go bump in the night, or as Hellboy's adopted father Professor Bloom says in the first "Hellboy" film, they're "the ones that bump back."The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense is a top secret organization defending us against those things that go bump in the night, or as Hellboy's adopted father Professor Bloom says in the first "Hellboy" film, they're "the ones that bump back."
The supernatural team, led by Hellboy, consists of a telepathic undersea humanoid creature named Abe Sapien, pyrokinetic Liz Sherman, homunculus Roger, and a bunch of humans that aren't nearly as interesting. In addition to appearing in the Hellboy comic and movie, B.P.R.D. also has its own insanely fun title from "Hellboy" creator Mike Mignola.MiB (from "Men in Black")
Another team first introduced in a comic and later adapted to film, the Men in Black oversee all alien immigration coming to Earth and use sophisticated technology to hide them from an unknowing human population. Naturally, they also protect that same population from aliens with more nefarious intentions. Its members include Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, both of whom play characters that have names of their own. But they're still just Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, and I'll hear nothing else on this matter.
Source: Claster TelevisionC.O.P.S.
2020 is only seven years away, but if there's any truth to the prophecies of the 1988 cartoon "C.O.P.S.," we're going to see some big changes. Namely, our police force will be forced to undergo cybernetic transplants to become half-human, half-robot defenders of justice who yell cornball stuff like "it's crime fighting time!"
The "C.O.P.S." (not to be confused with Spike's "COPS
") are led by special agent Baldwin P. Vess. And yes, his codename was "Bulletproof." They fight organized crime in Empire City, which is reduced to a guy that looks like a poor man's Kingpin and talks like an even poorer man's Edward G. Robinson. He runs an organization lazily named C.R.O.O.K.S. In case you're wondering, C.R.O.O.K.S. stands for Couldn't Bother to Think of Something. No, that doesn't fit the acronym, but what's it matter at this point?The Legion of Super-Heroes
Some would argue that the Legion isn't really a police force, but in its various incarnations it has operated as a police force. In some cases, they're outwardly labeled as such.
Set in the far future of the DC Universe, the Legion features a lineup from throughout the galaxy. Ostensibly its members are super-heroes, but the abilities of its members are usually native to their species (though in some cases they're slightly augmented or enhanced).
The Legion has a strict set of regulations, a code of honor, and a rule that says that powers and/or abilities can't be duplicated. It seems outrageous, but it's worth noting that the Justice League also had a similar rule in its early days.
There you have it. This weekend, R.I.P.D. joins their ranks to protect us from the undead.Check out the trailer below.