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''[=RoboCop=]: The series'' is a 1994 Live-Action TV series following on from the ''Franchise/RoboCop'' films of the 1980/90's; 21 episodes were made with a double feature pilot. The series also followed the series' then-recent trend towards family-friendliness, and was aimed at a younger demographic, with toned-down violence and [=RoboCop=] going out of his way to use non-lethal alternatives to capture criminals. More jarringly, OCP is now merely incompetent and naive; the Old Man of the film series being replaced by the greedy, but otherwise decent, Chairman.

Starring [[TheOtherDarrin Richard Eden]] the show takes place in an AlternateContinuity where [[GratuitousGreek Delta City]] (the goal of OCP in the films) is finally completed; the show ignores ''Film/RoboCop3''. The series has a new set of supporting characters; Detective Lisa Madigan is now his partner, Sgt Stan Parks now runs the precinct, Charlie Lippencott is his technician (and partly responsible for his creation) and [[TagalongKid adopted orphan]] Gadget now hangs around the police station. His son Jimmy is back, but now has a new mother, Nancy Murphy; both of which are kept in the dark over who is under the helmet. In the pilot episode we are introduced to Diana Powers, and after having her brain forcibly removed to run OCP's new [[WetwareCPU Metronet]], runs the city enabling [=RoboCop=] access to systems he normally wouldn't have.

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''[=RoboCop=]: ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}: The series'' Series'' is a 1994 Live-Action TV live-action series following based on from the ''Franchise/RoboCop'' films of [[Film/Robocop1987 1987 film]] by Creator/PaulVerhoeven, and starring [[TheOtherDarrin Richard Eden]] as the 1980/90's; titular cyborg.

The show takes place in an AlternateContinuity (ignoring the events of ''Film/Robocop3''), where [[GratuitousGreek Delta City]] (the project OCP is trying to complete in the films) is completed. Robocop[=/=]Alex Murphy (Eden) is still working for the Metro South police precinct, along with his partner, Lisa Madigan, and a new set of supporting characters, including precinct head Sgt. Stan Parks, technician Charlie Lippencott and an [[TagalongKid adopted orphan]] named Gadget. The pilot episode (which uses an early script for ''Film/Robocop2'' as its basis) sees Robo running into several new enemies who would make appearances throughout the series, including "Pudface" Morgan, Dr. Cray Z. Mallardo and CorruptCorporateExecutive Chip Chayken.

Several other characters were seen in the series, including Murphy's wife Nancy and son Jimmy, as well as Diana Powers, an OCP executive who is murdered and has her brain uploaded into OCP's new [[WetwareCPU Metronet computer system]], thus allowing Murphy to access systems he wouldn't otherwise be able to get into.

21 episodes were made in total, with the pilot being a double feature pilot. feature-length episode. The series also followed the series' then-recent trend towards family-friendliness, is notable for featuring a more family-friendly storyline and was aimed at a younger demographic, with toned-down violence and [=RoboCop=] going -- Robo would go out of his way to use non-lethal alternatives to capture criminals. More jarringly, OCP is now merely incompetent and naive; the Old Man of the film series being replaced by the greedy, but otherwise decent, Chairman.

Starring [[TheOtherDarrin Richard Eden]] the show takes place in an AlternateContinuity where [[GratuitousGreek Delta City]] (the goal of OCP in the films) is finally completed; the show ignores ''Film/RoboCop3''. The series has a new set of supporting characters; Detective Lisa Madigan is now his partner, Sgt Stan Parks now runs the precinct, Charlie Lippencott is his technician (and partly responsible for his creation) and [[TagalongKid adopted orphan]] Gadget now hangs around the police station. His son Jimmy is back, but now has a new mother, Nancy Murphy; both of which are kept in the dark over who is under the helmet. In the pilot episode we are introduced to Diana Powers, and after having her brain forcibly removed to run OCP's new [[WetwareCPU Metronet]], runs the city enabling [=RoboCop=] access to systems he normally wouldn't have.
Chairman.



* AbnormalAmmo: [=RoboCop=]'s gun can now apparently fire electronic tracking devices.
* AdaptationNameChange: Due to rights issues, several characters outside of Alex Murphy[=/=][=RoboCop=] himself and his son Jimmy were renamed for the series: Anne Lewis became Lisa Madigan, Sgt. Reed became Sgt. Parks, the Old Man became the OCP Chairman, and Ellen Murphy became Nancy Murphy.
* AdaptationalHeroism: While still greedy, the OCP Chairman actually does have a conscience and cares for people, unlike the Old Man even in the [[Film/RoboCop1987 first movie]]. Whereas, even barring his SuddenSequelHeelSyndrome in ''Film/RoboCop2'', the Old Man was apathetic towards people (his anger at the ED-209 screw up was more about the product malfunctioning, not the fact that said malfunction got an employee killed), the Chairman does indeed care about people, willing to help them out and make things right when he finds out his company did something wrong.
* AirVentEscape: Gadget uses one to escape from the police-station after she's been grounded. Thankfully they track her down as she's being targeted for kidnapping.

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* AbnormalAmmo: [=RoboCop=]'s gun can now apparently fire electronic tracking devices.
* AdaptationNameChange: Due to rights issues, several characters outside of Alex Murphy[=/=][=RoboCop=] himself and his son Jimmy were renamed for the series: series. Anne Lewis became Lisa Madigan, Sgt. Reed became Sgt. Parks, the Old Man became the OCP Chairman, and Ellen Murphy became Nancy Murphy.
* AdaptationalHeroism: While still greedy, the OCP Chairman actually does have a conscience and cares for people, unlike the Old Man even in from the [[Film/RoboCop1987 first movie]]. Whereas, even two films. Even barring his SuddenSequelHeelSyndrome in ''Film/RoboCop2'', the Old Man was apathetic towards people (his anger at the ED-209 screw up was more about the product malfunctioning, not the fact that said malfunction got an employee killed), killed). In contrast, the Chairman does indeed care about people, willing to help them out and make things right when he finds out his company did something wrong.
* AirVentEscape: Gadget uses one to escape from the police-station police station after she's been grounded. Thankfully they track her down as she's being targeted for kidnapping.



* BondageIsBad: One of the villains of "What Money Can't Buy" made frequent mentions of bondage.

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* BondageIsBad: One of the villains of "What Money Can't Buy" made makes frequent mentions of bondage.



* BrainInAJar: In episode one Diana is murdered to provide the brain needed for OCP's city managing supercomputer. [=RoboCop=] himself could also be considered this, as he is a brain with a human face and a few organs for life support. Diana, unlike [=RoboCop=], doesn't keep any of her original body, instead becoming somehow a ProjectedMan.

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* BrainInAJar: In episode one the pilot episode, Diana is murdered to provide the brain needed for OCP's city managing supercomputer. [=RoboCop=] Robo himself could also be considered this, as he is a brain with a human face and a few organs for life support. Diana, unlike [=RoboCop=], Robo, doesn't keep any of her original body, instead becoming somehow a ProjectedMan.



* CatchPhrase: [=RoboCop=]'s customarily excuse for leaving is ''"I must go. Somewhere there is a crime happening."'' Often played for laughs but it's a constant reminder that he doesn't have true free-will and the job is all he has.

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* CatchPhrase: [=RoboCop=]'s Robo's customarily excuse for leaving is ''"I must go. Somewhere there is a crime happening."'' Often played for laughs This is often PlayedForLaughs, but it's a constant reminder that he doesn't have true free-will free will and the job is all he has.



* ChocolateFrostedSugarBombs: Commander Cash Super Flakes are described as being nothing but sugar and that with advertising leads to a crime-spree committed by children. [[spoiler: However it's worse than that as they're a psychotic compound that allows mind control.]]

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* ChocolateFrostedSugarBombs: Commander Cash Super Flakes are described as being nothing but sugar sugar, and it is believed that with the advertising leads campaign is causing kids to go on a crime-spree committed by children. crime-spree. [[spoiler: However it's worse than that as they're However, the cereal also has a psychotic compound that allows mind control.]]



** The mayor turns out to be so experienced in politics that ''anything'' he says, no matter how blatantly true or false it is, cannot be confirmed to be true or false under lie detector analysis. Even claiming to be UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln registers as having a 50% chance of being true, when he's subjected to a lie detector ''functionally identical to [=RoboCop=]'s''.

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** The mayor turns out to be so experienced in politics that ''anything'' he says, no matter how blatantly true or false it is, cannot be confirmed to be true or false under lie detector analysis. Even claiming to be UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln registers as having a 50% chance of being true, when he's subjected to a lie detector ''functionally identical to [=RoboCop=]'s''.Robo's''.



** In [[Film/RoboCop1987 the first movie]], [=RoboCop=] ends up bodily throwing people out of his way when trying to access the department archive computers for information. In here, whenever he turns up in that part of the station, everyone hurriedly gets out of his way.
** The first film plays the Cobra Assault Cannon up as an anti-[=RoboCop=]weapon. In the pilot, Pudface finally shows what the gun can actually [[OneHitKo do]] to [=RoboCop=].

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** In [[Film/RoboCop1987 the first movie]], [=RoboCop=] Robo ends up bodily throwing people out of his way when trying to access the department archive computers for information. In here, whenever he turns up in that part of the station, everyone hurriedly gets out of his way.
** The first film plays the Cobra Assault Cannon up as an anti-[=RoboCop=]weapon. anti-[=RoboCop=] weapon. In the pilot, Pudface finally shows what the gun can actually [[OneHitKo do]] to [=RoboCop=].Robo.



* CrapsackWorld: While leagues above the world seen in the original film trilogy, the world in ''The Series'' isn't a picnic, either, with a war in the Amazon going on (though such a war was mention in the original trilogy, too), sections of Beverly Hills and Brooklyn have been walled off, and it's perfectly legal to market plushies that double as hand grenades and steroids (with the FamilyUnfriendlyAesop that weaker kids deserve to get bullied, no less) to children, speaking English in France can land you in jail, the Italian government has fallen, and the mayor and DA are corrupt and in league with other criminals (with the latter having a fake law degree and helped to frame someone for said phony degree).
* {{Cyberspace}}: Diana solely inhabits one after having her brain scooped out and placed in-charge of Delta City; in ''Heartbreakers'' Charlie visits in an attempt to figure out what is going on with [=RoboCop=] but instead ends up falling for Diana unaware that she's a disembodied brain running the city.

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* CrapsackWorld: While leagues above the world seen in the original film trilogy, the world in ''The Series'' isn't a picnic, either, with either. It issaid in dialogue that a war in the Amazon is going on (though such a war was mention mentioned in the original trilogy, too), sections of Beverly Hills and Brooklyn have been walled off, and it's perfectly legal to market plushies that double as hand grenades and steroids (with the FamilyUnfriendlyAesop that weaker kids deserve to get bullied, no less) to children, children. Also, speaking English in France can land you in jail, the Italian government has fallen, and the mayor and DA are corrupt and in league with other criminals (with the latter having a fake law degree and helped to frame someone for said phony degree).
* {{Cyberspace}}: Diana solely inhabits one after having her brain scooped out and placed in-charge of Delta City; in ''Heartbreakers'' City. In "Heartbreakers", Charlie visits in an attempt to figure out what is going on with [=RoboCop=] Robo, but instead ends up falling for Diana unaware that she's a disembodied brain running the city.city.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Several episodes hint at Madigan growing up in a broken home, which makes her decision to go on diet pills in one episode (ostensibly to lose weight, despite not appearing to need them at all) make a lot more sense in context.



* EmbarrassingFirstName: Gadget's name turns out to be Gertrude Modesto, she and Jimmy don't like it.
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** The old "that last thing a person sees is still in their retina" idea pops up. Robo leans in and and zooms into the eyeball. "It's not clear, but we can clear it up" he says before getting the computer system to fix the garbled image revealing the killer.
** In ''Illusions'' Madigan is investigating a magician and comes across an old photo of him with his son. She presses the button and gets a 3D image; then she zooms into the throat and figures out the "boy" doesn't have an Adam's Apple thus figures out it's a woman (not a fool-proof method to figure out the gender of a person at any-rate) and who she is.

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* EmbarrassingFirstName: Gadget's first name turns out to be Gertrude Modesto, she Gertrude. She and Jimmy don't like it.
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** The old "that last thing a person sees is still in their retina" idea pops up. Robo leans in and and zooms into the eyeball. He says, "It's not clear, but we can clear it up" he says before getting the computer system to fix the garbled image revealing the killer.
** In ''Illusions'' "Illusions", Madigan is investigating a magician and comes across an old photo of him with his son. She presses the button and gets a 3D image; then she zooms into the throat and figures out the "boy" doesn't have an Adam's Apple thus figures out it's a woman (not a fool-proof method to figure out the gender of a person at any-rate) and who she is.



* FakinMacGuffin: ''Heartbreakers'' has [=RoboCop=] having to collect pieces of an advanced weapon in order to save his [ex]wife. When he turns up with the final piece it's revealed it's just an empty box.
* GratuitousDiscoSequence: In one episode, Diana is corrupted by a virus that causes her to transform herself and her workstation into a full Disco club.
* GroinAttack: Near the end of the episode "Inside Crime", a clown-like gunman has Rochelle Carney (the OCP executive in charge of the "Inside Crime" television program) held hostage from within his custody and that he tells [=RoboCop=] and a few police officers to not do anything stupid. Rochelle decides that she's had enough and attacks the gunman herself, first with a back right elbow to his crotch, then a right kick to his groin before finally finishing him off with a hard right punch, to which she then jumps on top of him from upon the table and attempts to attack him much further before being pulled off by her fellow OCP executives.

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* FakinMacGuffin: ''Heartbreakers'' "Heartbreakers" has [=RoboCop=] having to collect pieces of an advanced weapon in order to save his [ex]wife. ex-wife. When he turns up with the final piece piece, it's revealed it's just an empty box.
* GratuitousDiscoSequence: In one episode, Diana is corrupted by a virus that causes her to transform herself and her workstation into a full Disco disco club.
* GroinAttack: Near the end of the episode "Inside Crime", a clown-like gunman has Rochelle Carney (the OCP executive in charge of the "Inside Crime" television program) held hostage from within his custody and that he custody. He then tells [=RoboCop=] Robo and a few police officers to not do anything stupid. Rochelle decides that she's had enough and attacks the gunman herself, first with a back right elbow to his crotch, then a right kick to his groin before finally finishing him off with a hard right punch, to which she then jumps on top of him from upon the table and attempts to attack him much further before being pulled off by her fellow OCP executives.



* HostageForMacGuffin: In ''Heartbreakers'' Robo is forced to steal components for a prototype weapon (the said Heartbreaker) to secure the freedom of his (ex)wife; putting him at odds with his programming and police.

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* HostageForMacGuffin: In ''Heartbreakers'' "Heartbreakers", Robo is forced to steal components for a prototype weapon (the said Heartbreaker) to secure the freedom of his (ex)wife; ex-wife, putting him at odds with his programming and police.fellow officers.



* IceBreaker: The episode ''When Justice Fails'' is full of this; as it's centered around a cryonicatics/fuel company. First Robo's legs get's frozen and he breaks it attempting to pursue the criminal. Later he gets completely frozen in about 3 seconds but thankfully just before he's shattered into pieces he uses a plug to warm himself up (again in seconds). Then the criminal slips on the ice, falling right into a stream of liquid nitrogen, freezes solid instantly and breaks into pieces when something falls on him.

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* IceBreaker: The episode ''When "When Justice Fails'' Fails" is full of this; this, as it's centered around a cryonicatics/fuel company. First Robo's legs get's get frozen and he breaks it while attempting to pursue the criminal. Later Later, he gets completely frozen in about 3 seconds but thankfully just before he's shattered into pieces he uses a plug to warm himself up (again in seconds).again. Then the criminal slips on the ice, falling right into a stream of liquid nitrogen, freezes solid instantly and breaks into pieces when something falls on him.



* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Why [=RoboCop=] hasn't revealed himself to his wife and son [[spoiler:although his dad finds out eventually]]. This plot point means that the series disregards the second movie, which showed Murphy and his wife reuniting briefly, as well.

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* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Why [=RoboCop=] Robo hasn't revealed himself to his wife and son [[spoiler:although his dad finds out eventually]]. This plot point means that the series disregards the second movie, which showed Murphy and his wife reuniting briefly, as well.



* LivingLieDetector: Robo gains the ability to discern whether a person is lying or not through their vocal inflections. Unfortunately it is not infallable -- see ConsummateLiar.

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* LivingLieDetector: Robo gains the ability to discern whether a person is lying or not through their vocal inflections. Unfortunately it is not infallable infallible -- see ConsummateLiar.



* MoodWhiplash: One moment that doubles as a TearJerker is when Robo sees his parents for the first time since he became a cyborg, he flashes back to when he took his first steps, the two encouraging him. When the flashback ends, she sees him and panics, and her husband, Robo's father, tells him to go away.

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* MoodWhiplash: One moment that doubles as a TearJerker is when Robo sees his parents for the first time since he became a cyborg, he cyborg. He flashes back to when he took his first steps, with the two encouraging him. When the flashback ends, she sees him and panics, and her husband, Robo's father, tells him to go away.



* {{Nanomachines}}: Episode titled, appropriately enough, ''Nano'', focuses on the villain using nanotechnology as a weapon; much to the annoyance of the kidnapped scientist that designed the little blighters. They infect Metronet to turn off all the alarms and make the governing computer (with a literal GhostInTheMachine) stop paying attention to running the city. By the end of the episode they rescue the scientist and he uses the machines to help out Madigan suffering a spinal cord injury regain use of her limbs (the result of an accident caused by the villain using the machines to hijack the bus as a distraction).

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* {{Nanomachines}}: Episode titled, appropriately enough, ''Nano'', In the appropriately-titled episode "Nano". It focuses on the villain using nanotechnology as a weapon; weapon, much to the annoyance of the kidnapped scientist that designed the little blighters.them. They infect Metronet to turn off all the alarms and make the governing computer (with a literal GhostInTheMachine) stop paying attention to running the city. By the end of the episode episode, they rescue the scientist and he uses the machines to help out Madigan suffering recover from a spinal cord injury regain use of her limbs (the result of an accident caused by the villain using the machines to hijack the bus as a distraction).



** "Pudface" Morgan is a criminal (who's also Murphy's archenemy in the show) was disfigured in an accident he caused. However, the minute he sees [=RoboCop=], it's clear he blames Murphy for it and not himself.
** A CorruptCorporateExecutive and StrawFeminist named Rochelle Carney who was fired in the episode "Inside Crime" after being in league in the aforementioned Pudface as part of a ratings stunt for the episode's titular ShowWithinAShow. However, while her boss was indeed hitting on her, she chose to blame his behavior and her being a woman for the reason she was fired rather than what actually got her fired, which was being in league with a well-known criminal.
* NewMediaAreEvil: In ''Inside Crime'' the glamorization (and merchandising) of criminals leads children to emulate Pudface to [=RoboCop=]'s chagrin.

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** "Pudface" Morgan is a criminal (who's also (and Murphy's archenemy in the show) who was disfigured in an accident he caused. However, the minute he sees [=RoboCop=], Robo, it's clear he blames Murphy for it and not himself.
** A CorruptCorporateExecutive and StrawFeminist named Rochelle Carney who was is fired in the episode "Inside Crime" after being in league in the aforementioned Pudface as part of a ratings stunt for the episode's titular ShowWithinAShow. However, while her boss was indeed hitting on her, she chose to blame his behavior and her being a woman for the reason she was fired rather than what actually got her fired, which was being in league with a well-known criminal.
* NewMediaAreEvil: In ''Inside Crime'' "Inside Crime", the glamorization (and merchandising) of criminals leads children to emulate Pudface to [=RoboCop=]'s chagrin.



** "Prime Suspect" features Bob and Bambi Taker, parody versions of the then-recently divorced Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Messner, who launch a crusade against Robo. As noted under "Clear My Name", Murphy is framed Bob's murder.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Averted, when Robo is on the run after being accused of murder, since the bullet in question could only have come from his one-of-a-kind gun, coded to his grip, and the targeting system used to aim the shot would be the one from his helmet. Later when Robo is critically damaged, and the kid sidekick shows him his prototype circuit board, letting him use it to make repairs. [[spoiler:Then the scientist who designs the board realizes the prototypes of Murphy's ''gun'' and ''helmet'' are out there...]]
* NonLethalWarfare: The series took advantage of the publicity given to NLW at the time to avoid having [=RoboCop=] kill anyone. [=RoboCop=] is instead armed with an array of Non-Lethal Weapons which he uses to capture the bad guys.
* NotInTheFace: 'Pudface' Morgan repeatedly tells Robo not to hit him in the face whenever he's arrested, as a prior encounter between them resulted in his facial features became malformed, which Morgan blames Robo for, though according to Parks, it was the result of an accident that Morgan himself caused.
* OrganTheft: "What Money Can't Buy" deals with this as Murphy goes against a black market organ ring when two people steal a pair of lungs meant to save a boy body Murphy helped rescue in the prior episode ("Officer Down") after his body started to reject the lungs he was given in an earlier operation. [[spoiler: The duo and their boss stole the lungs for a crime boss and the boy's earlier lungs came from the same criminal ring and were taken from someone who died from tuberculosis.]]

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** "Prime Suspect" features Bob and Bambi Taker, parody versions of the then-recently divorced Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Messner, who launch a crusade against Robo. As noted under "Clear My Name", Murphy is framed for Bob's murder.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Averted, Averted when Robo is on the run after being accused of murder, since the murder. The bullet in question could only have come from his one-of-a-kind gun, coded to his grip, and the targeting system used to aim the shot would be the one from his helmet. Later Later, when Robo is critically damaged, and the kid sidekick shows him his prototype circuit board, letting board and lets him use it to make repairs. [[spoiler:Then the scientist who designs designed the board realizes the prototypes of Murphy's ''gun'' and ''helmet'' are out there...]]
* NonLethalWarfare: The series took advantage of the publicity given to NLW at the time to avoid having [=RoboCop=] Robo kill anyone. [=RoboCop=] Robo is instead armed with an array of Non-Lethal Weapons non-lethal implements which he uses to capture the bad guys.
* NotInTheFace: 'Pudface' Morgan repeatedly tells Robo not to hit him in the face whenever he's arrested, as a prior encounter between them resulted in his facial features became becoming malformed, which Morgan blames Robo for, though according him for. According to Sgt. Parks, it was the result of an accident that Morgan himself caused.
* OrganTheft: "What Money Can't Buy" deals with this as Murphy goes against a black market organ ring when two people steal a pair of lungs meant to save a boy body Murphy helped rescue in the prior episode ("Officer Down") after his body started to reject the lungs he was given in an earlier operation. [[spoiler: The duo and their boss stole the lungs for a crime boss and the boy's earlier lungs came from the same criminal ring and were taken from someone who died from tuberculosis.]]



* PGExplosives: As you would expect from a kids show all explosions do is knock people off their feet and maybe singe their clothing. Justified with [=RoboCop=] himself of course.
* PoliceBrutalityGambit: In the pilot, during Robo's first attempt to arrest Cray Mallardo, the latter screams and bends over in a manner that makes it look like [=RoboCop=] is beating him from the perspective of the security camera in the corner. It wouldn't have held up in court against Robo's memory files, but [=RoboCop=] was shot by The Dragon with an enormous rifle the moment he left the building, rendering him unable to testify.

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* PGExplosives: As you would expect from a kids show show, all explosions do is knock people off their feet and maybe singe their clothing. Justified with [=RoboCop=] himself of course.
* PoliceBrutalityGambit: In the pilot, during Robo's first attempt to arrest Cray Mallardo, the latter screams and bends over in a manner that makes it look like [=RoboCop=] Robo is beating him from the perspective of the security camera in the corner. It wouldn't have held up in court against Robo's memory files, but [=RoboCop=] was Robo is shot by The Dragon TheDragon with an enormous rifle the moment he left the building, rendering him unable to testify.



* SecretKeeper: Murphy becomes this for Diana; apparently revealing she exists would violate the public trust, his Rule #1.

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* SecretKeeper: SecretKeeper:
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Murphy becomes this for Diana; apparently Diana. Apparently, revealing she exists would violate the public trust, his Rule #1.#1.
** Sgt. Parks becomes this when [[spoiler:Sally Modesto]] tells him she is Gadget's biological mother.
** Madigan is this whenever she's around Murphy's father, though she very nearly slips up on several occasions.



** The episode ''Inside Crime'' focuses on the eponymous TV show that follows criminals around as they commit crime. In a ratings stunt, the producers team up with Pudface to get a showdown between him and Robo.
* StrawFeminist: Two epsidoes ("Inside Crime"and "Sisters in Crime") feature a CorruptCorporateExecutive named Rochelle Carney, who outright said in her debut that she considered everything a gender issue, even blaming her getting fired when she returns on her being a woman and her boss, Aubrey Fox, being a louse who hit on her--and while Fox did indeed try to hook up with her, [[NeverMyFault she refused to acknowledge real reason she got fired]] was because she was in league with the series' {{archenemy}} "Pudface" Morgan (who, among other things, tried to kill Robo repeatedly, took a retirement home's citizen hostage, led a siege on OCP heaquarters, and helped push a deinhibitor as a diet pill) as part of a ratings stunt.
* SubliminalAdvertising: Played with in ''[=RoboCop=] Vs. Comander Cash'' as they're very upfront about the hidden messages on the cereal boxes and cartoons/adverts;they can only be seen by wearing the special glasses enabling kids to see their special hidden messages just for them. Messages like "you need a Commander Cash Sleep Buddy". [[spoiler: Of course the real trick is that they're drugging the cereal making the kids mindless obey these messages.]]
* SuperheroOrigin: There’s a ShowWithinAShow cartoon character named Commander Cash and in one episode someone dressed as him is instigating children to commit crimes. It turns out to be the creator of Commander Cash, Tex Jones, who was a researcher with OCP working on subliminal messaging. After another researcher working on brainwashing tried to kill him, Tex recuperated, trained, and became Commander Cash so he could lead [=RoboCop=] to the culprit.
* TagalongKid: Gadget, a young orphan, turns up in the pilot and seemingly gets adopted by the police-station giving her a reason to stick around.

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** The episode ''Inside Crime'' "Inside Crime" focuses on the eponymous TV show that follows criminals around as they commit crime. In a ratings stunt, the producers team up with Pudface to get a showdown between him and Robo.
* StrawFeminist: Two epsidoes ("Inside Crime"and Crime" and "Sisters in Crime") feature a CorruptCorporateExecutive named Rochelle Carney, who outright said in her debut that she considered everything a gender issue, even blaming her getting fired when she returns on her being a woman and her boss, Aubrey Fox, being a louse who hit on her--and while her. While Fox did indeed try to hook up with her, [[NeverMyFault she refused to acknowledge the real reason she got fired]] fired]], which was because she was in league with the series' {{archenemy}} "Pudface" Morgan (who, among other things, tried to kill Robo repeatedly, took a retirement home's citizen hostage, led a siege on OCP heaquarters, and helped push a deinhibitor as a diet pill) as part of a ratings stunt.
* SubliminalAdvertising: Played with in ''[=RoboCop=] "[=RoboCop=] Vs. Comander Cash'' Commander Cash", as they're very upfront about the hidden messages on the cereal boxes and cartoons/adverts;they cartoons/adverts. They can only be seen by wearing the special glasses enabling kids to see their special hidden messages just for them. Messages like "you need a Commander Cash Sleep Buddy". [[spoiler: Of course the real trick is that they're drugging the cereal making the kids mindless obey these messages.]]
* SuperheroOrigin: There’s a ShowWithinAShow cartoon character named Commander Cash and in Cash. In one episode episode, someone dressed as him is instigating children to commit crimes. It turns out to be the creator of Commander Cash, Tex Jones, who was a researcher with OCP working on subliminal messaging. After another researcher working on brainwashing tried to kill him, Tex recuperated, trained, and became Commander Cash so he could lead [=RoboCop=] to the culprit.
* TagalongKid: Gadget, a young orphan, turns up in the pilot and seemingly gets adopted by the police-station police station, thus giving her a reason to stick around.



* TheWallsAreClosingIn: [=RoboCop=] once ended up in a trash compactor in one episode. [[YouFailPhysicsForever When the air pressure reached 2000 PSI]], a flashback gave him inspiration, [[BackFromTheBrink allowing him to push back the walls]].
* WetwareCPU: Metronet, the computer system that runs the whole city, is run by Neurobrain, but it turns out Neurobrain needs an actual human brain to run it. After rejecting the brains of a few elderly boozed-up homelesss guys fail, the evil scientist gets the bright idea of using the brain of his young secretary and it works smashingly.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Inverted. When [=RoboCop=] is critically damaged in the pilot episode, OCP refuses to pay his massive repair bill -- until his partner mentions that he has evidence against Cray Mallardo (who the CEO has serious issues with) in his memory banks. Upon realizing that [=RoboCop=] is still useful, the CEO authorizes [=RoboCop=]'s repairs.

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* TheWallsAreClosingIn: [=RoboCop=] Robo once ended up in a trash compactor in one episode. [[YouFailPhysicsForever When the air pressure reached 2000 PSI]], a flashback gave him inspiration, [[BackFromTheBrink allowing him to push back the walls]].
* WetwareCPU: Metronet, the computer system that runs the whole city, is intended to be run by Neurobrain, but a device called Neurobrain. However, it turns out Neurobrain needs an actual human brain to run it. operate. After rejecting the brains of a few elderly boozed-up homelesss guys fail, homeless guys, the evil scientist gets the bright idea of using the brain of his young secretary to operate the system and it works smashingly.
works.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Inverted. When [=RoboCop=] Robo is critically damaged in the pilot episode, OCP refuses to pay his massive repair bill -- until his partner mentions that he has evidence against Cray Mallardo (who the CEO has serious issues with) in his memory banks. Upon realizing that [=RoboCop=] Robo is still useful, the CEO authorizes [=RoboCop=]'s repairs.
the repairs.
15th Aug '16 2:26:22 AM Anicomicgeek
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* OrganTheft: "What Money Can't Buy" deals with this as Murphy goes against a black market organ ring when two people steal a pair of lungs meant to save a boy body Murphy helped rescue in the prior episode ("Officer Down") after his body started to reject the lungs he was given in an earlier operation. [[spoiler: The duo and their boss stole the lungs are a crime boss and the boy's earlier lungs came from the same criminal ring and were taken from someone who died from tuberculosis.]]

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* OrganTheft: "What Money Can't Buy" deals with this as Murphy goes against a black market organ ring when two people steal a pair of lungs meant to save a boy body Murphy helped rescue in the prior episode ("Officer Down") after his body started to reject the lungs he was given in an earlier operation. [[spoiler: The duo and their boss stole the lungs are for a crime boss and the boy's earlier lungs came from the same criminal ring and were taken from someone who died from tuberculosis.]]
30th Jun '16 9:10:08 PM Anicomicgeek
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* ExpandedStatesOfAmerica: One of the ''[=MediaBreak=]'' segments in an episode mentioned a debate about Newfoundland becoming about the 53rd state. Ironically, despite being a staple in other uses of this trope, Puerto Rico ''isn't'' one of them, as another episode has a [=MediaBreak=] segment state the governemtn sold it off to a company because they didn't have plans for it.

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* ExpandedStatesOfAmerica: One of the ''[=MediaBreak=]'' segments in an episode mentioned a debate about Newfoundland becoming about the 53rd state. Ironically, despite being a staple in other uses of this trope, Puerto Rico ''isn't'' one of them, as another episode has a [=MediaBreak=] segment state the governemtn government sold it off to a company because they didn't have plans for it.
30th Jun '16 8:47:44 PM Anicomicgeek
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* {{Nanomachines}}: Episode titled, appropriately enough, ''Nanno'', focuses on the villian using nanotechnology as a weapon; much to the annoyance of the kidnapped scientist that designed the little blighters. They infect Metronet to turn off all the alarms and make the governing computer (with a literal GhostInTheMachine) stop paying attention to running the city. By the end of the episode they rescue the scientist and he uses the machines to help out a officer suffering a spinal cord injury regain use of their limbs.

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* {{Nanomachines}}: Episode titled, appropriately enough, ''Nanno'', ''Nano'', focuses on the villian villain using nanotechnology as a weapon; much to the annoyance of the kidnapped scientist that designed the little blighters. They infect Metronet to turn off all the alarms and make the governing computer (with a literal GhostInTheMachine) stop paying attention to running the city. By the end of the episode they rescue the scientist and he uses the machines to help out a officer Madigan suffering a spinal cord injury regain use of their limbs.her limbs (the result of an accident caused by the villain using the machines to hijack the bus as a distraction).
30th Jun '16 8:42:41 PM Anicomicgeek
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* OrganTheft: "What Money Can't Buy" deals with this as Murphy goes against a black market organ ring when two people steal a pair of lungs meant to save a boy after his body Murphy helped rescue in the prior episode ("Officer Down") started to reject the lungs he was given in an earlier operation. [[spoiler: The duo and their boss stole the lungs are a crime boss and the boy's earlier lungs came from the same criminal ring and were taken from someone who died from tuberculosis.]]

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* OrganTheft: "What Money Can't Buy" deals with this as Murphy goes against a black market organ ring when two people steal a pair of lungs meant to save a boy after his body Murphy helped rescue in the prior episode ("Officer Down") after his body started to reject the lungs he was given in an earlier operation. [[spoiler: The duo and their boss stole the lungs are a crime boss and the boy's earlier lungs came from the same criminal ring and were taken from someone who died from tuberculosis.]]
17th Jun '16 5:31:49 AM Anicomicgeek
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* ExpandedStatesOfAmerica: One of the ''[=MediaBreak=]'' segments in an episode mentioned a debate about Newfoundland becoming about the 53rd state.

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* ExpandedStatesOfAmerica: One of the ''[=MediaBreak=]'' segments in an episode mentioned a debate about Newfoundland becoming about the 53rd state. Ironically, despite being a staple in other uses of this trope, Puerto Rico ''isn't'' one of them, as another episode has a [=MediaBreak=] segment state the governemtn sold it off to a company because they didn't have plans for it.



* LighterAndSofter: Following up on ''Film/RoboCop3'', the series was dulled down to appeal to family audiences (and, indeed, it was shown in syndication in Canada on weekends at pre-watershed timeslots). [=RoboCop=] didn't kill (he used gadgets to incapacitate them), the humour was dulled down and the plots became cartoonish.
** Pretty much the start of the DorkAge of [=RoboCop=] where the target audience are now grade school kids of fourth grade or older. Merchandise from the show even includes a [=RoboCop=] action figure that say MoralGuardian-approved lines ("[[DrugsAreBad Say No To Drugs!]]" among other things).

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* LighterAndSofter: Following up on ''Film/RoboCop3'', the series was dulled down to appeal to family audiences (and, indeed, it was shown in syndication in Canada on weekends at pre-watershed timeslots). [=RoboCop=] didn't kill (he used gadgets to incapacitate them), the humour was dulled down and the plots became cartoonish.
** Pretty
cartoonish. It's pretty much the start of the DorkAge of [=RoboCop=] where the target audience are now grade school kids of fourth grade or older. Merchandise from the show even includes a [=RoboCop=] action figure that say MoralGuardian-approved lines ("[[DrugsAreBad Say No To Drugs!]]" among other things).



* StrawFeminist: Two epsidoes ("Inside Crime"and "Sisters in Crime") feature a CorruptCorporateExecutive named Rochelle Carney, who outright said in her debut that she considered everything a gender issue, even blaming her getting fired when she returns on her being a woman and her boss, Aubrey Fox, being a louse who hit on her--and while Fox did indeed try to hook up with her, [[NeverMyFault she refused to acknowledge real reason she got fired]] was because she was in league with the series' {{archenemy}} "Pudface" Morgan (who, among other things, tried to kill Robo repeatedly, took a retirement home's citizen hostage, led a siege on OCP heaquarters, and helped push a deinhibitor as a diet pill) as part of a ratings stunt (though her boss did indeed try to hit on her).

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* StrawFeminist: Two epsidoes ("Inside Crime"and "Sisters in Crime") feature a CorruptCorporateExecutive named Rochelle Carney, who outright said in her debut that she considered everything a gender issue, even blaming her getting fired when she returns on her being a woman and her boss, Aubrey Fox, being a louse who hit on her--and while Fox did indeed try to hook up with her, [[NeverMyFault she refused to acknowledge real reason she got fired]] was because she was in league with the series' {{archenemy}} "Pudface" Morgan (who, among other things, tried to kill Robo repeatedly, took a retirement home's citizen hostage, led a siege on OCP heaquarters, and helped push a deinhibitor as a diet pill) as part of a ratings stunt (though her boss did indeed try to hit on her).stunt.
17th Jun '16 5:27:05 AM Anicomicgeek
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** The episode ''Inside Crime'' focuses on the eponymous TV show that follows criminals around as they commit crime. In a ratings stunt the producers team up with Pudface to get a showdown between him and Robo.

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** The episode ''Inside Crime'' focuses on the eponymous TV show that follows criminals around as they commit crime. In a ratings stunt stunt, the producers team up with Pudface to get a showdown between him and Robo.Robo.
* StrawFeminist: Two epsidoes ("Inside Crime"and "Sisters in Crime") feature a CorruptCorporateExecutive named Rochelle Carney, who outright said in her debut that she considered everything a gender issue, even blaming her getting fired when she returns on her being a woman and her boss, Aubrey Fox, being a louse who hit on her--and while Fox did indeed try to hook up with her, [[NeverMyFault she refused to acknowledge real reason she got fired]] was because she was in league with the series' {{archenemy}} "Pudface" Morgan (who, among other things, tried to kill Robo repeatedly, took a retirement home's citizen hostage, led a siege on OCP heaquarters, and helped push a deinhibitor as a diet pill) as part of a ratings stunt (though her boss did indeed try to hit on her).
15th Jun '16 10:57:28 AM Anicomicgeek
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** A CorruptCorporateExecutive and StrawFeminist named Rochelle Carney who was fired in the episode "Inside Crime" after being in league in the aforementioned Pudface as part of a ratings stunt for the episode's titular ShowWithinaShow. However, while her boss was indeed hitting on her, she chose to blame his behavior and her being a woman for the reason she was fired rather than what actually got her fired, which was being in league with a well-known criminal.

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** A CorruptCorporateExecutive and StrawFeminist named Rochelle Carney who was fired in the episode "Inside Crime" after being in league in the aforementioned Pudface as part of a ratings stunt for the episode's titular ShowWithinaShow.ShowWithinAShow. However, while her boss was indeed hitting on her, she chose to blame his behavior and her being a woman for the reason she was fired rather than what actually got her fired, which was being in league with a well-known criminal.



** The episode ''Inside Crime'' focuses on the eponymous TV show that follows criminals around as they commit crime. In a ratings stunt the producers team up with Pudface to get a show down between him and Robo.

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** The episode ''Inside Crime'' focuses on the eponymous TV show that follows criminals around as they commit crime. In a ratings stunt the producers team up with Pudface to get a show down showdown between him and Robo.
13th May '16 2:16:22 PM Anicomicgeek
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* NeverMyFault:
** "Pudface" Morgan is a criminal (who's also Murphy's archenemy in the show) was disfigured in an accident he caused. However, the minute he sees [=RoboCop=], it's clear he blames Murphy for it and not himself.
** A CorruptCorporateExecutive and StrawFeminist named Rochelle Carney who was fired in the episode "Inside Crime" after being in league in the aforementioned Pudface as part of a ratings stunt for the episode's titular ShowWithinaShow. However, while her boss was indeed hitting on her, she chose to blame his behavior and her being a woman for the reason she was fired rather than what actually got her fired, which was being in league with a well-known criminal.
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* EvilVegetarian: Dr. Cray Z. Mallardo, although being a vegetarian has little to do with him being a villain.
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