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8th Jun '17 10:38:22 AM NVPOWER
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* [[FilmNoir Film noir]] themes usually go well with cyberpunk too, since cyberpunk was quite inspired by it.




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* Androids, Transhumans, Super Soldiers, aliens and other Main/Sci-Fi types
8th Jun '17 10:34:13 AM NVPOWER
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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: ''Nothing'' is what it seems like in a cyberpunk world.



* BadCopIncompetentCop: Remember that not all cyberpunk stories has authority as the enemy. Sometimes the police, or even the SecretPolice, are the heroes tasked with cleaning up the mess of the anarchists and hackers and criminals make. ''Film/BladeRunner'', ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'' and ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' were all about government-employed heroes fighting off the DesignatedVillain.

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* BadCopIncompetentCop: Remember that not all cyberpunk stories has authority as the enemy. Sometimes the police, or even the SecretPolice, are the heroes tasked with cleaning up the mess of the anarchists and hackers and criminals make. ''Film/BladeRunner'', ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'' ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'', ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' and ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' were all about government-employed heroes fighting off the DesignatedVillain.



* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: This was less of a problem before people had cybernetics [[note]]Yes, we do. ArtificialLimbs, pacemakers, bionic ear implants, bionic hearts, etc[[/note]]. Nowadays, we know that any implants short of rewiring your brains doesn't cause personality damage.

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* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: This was less of a problem before people had cybernetics [[note]]Yes, we do.do have these. ArtificialLimbs, pacemakers, bionic ear implants, bionic hearts, etc[[/note]]. Nowadays, we know that any implants short of rewiring your brains doesn't cause personality damage.
8th Jun '17 10:14:43 AM NVPOWER
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* EarnYourHappyEndung: A cyberpunk world is usually so messed up that it's almost impossible to change it for the better. However, if changing things for the better IS possible, then it will usually either be achieved [[BittersweetEnding at a]] [[PyrrhicVictory high cost]] or require a lot of time, hard work and determination to get there.

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* EarnYourHappyEndung: EarnYourHappyEnding: A cyberpunk world is usually so messed up that it's almost impossible to change it for the better. However, if changing things for the better IS possible, then it will usually either be achieved [[BittersweetEnding at a]] [[PyrrhicVictory high cost]] or require a lot of time, hard work and determination to get there.
8th Jun '17 10:14:19 AM NVPOWER
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* AntiHero: Inspired by FilmNoir, the rough, dark, and brooding hero is usually chosen for this setting.
* BittersweetEnding: Usually, a cyberpunk story, with its dark and depressing themes, rarely has an ending where the hero wins. Or maybe he does but something is left awry. In ''Film/BladeRunner'', [[spoiler:Deckard gets the girl and defeats the "villain" but has to run for his life]].

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* AntiHero: Inspired by FilmNoir, the rough, dark, and brooding hero is usually chosen for this setting.
* BittersweetEnding: Usually, a cyberpunk story, with its dark and depressing themes, rarely has usually doesn't have an ending where the hero wins. Or maybe he does but something is left awry. In ''Film/BladeRunner'', [[spoiler:Deckard gets the girl and defeats the "villain" but has to run for his life]]. There are a few exceptions to this, but not many.



* FilmNoir: A primary inspiration for the genre. Lots of its visuals and sounds come from noir.

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* FilmNoir: EarnYourHappyEndung: A primary inspiration cyberpunk world is usually so messed up that it's almost impossible to change it for the genre. Lots better. However, if changing things for the better IS possible, then it will usually either be achieved [[BittersweetEnding at a]] [[PyrrhicVictory high cost]] or require a lot of its visuals time, hard work and sounds come from noir.determination to get there.
* GrayAndGrayMorality: Not surprising, considering that cyberpunk was quite influenced by the [[FilmNoir film noir]] style. Most cyberpunk stories tend to have anti-heroes as their protagonists or anti-villains as their antagonists. Of course, there are a few exceptions to this, like ''WesternAnimation/SonicSATAM'', for example.



* ScienceIsBad: To a certain degree. The negative effects of technology feature heavily in cyberpunk fiction, but it is often not technology itself that is explored, but rather the possibilities for abuse.
* SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism: Cynical, or at least Main/EarnYourHappyEnding. The world is dark and horrible, filled with injustice and crime. Bullets are the best way to solve problems, and people, good and bad, if those terms are applicable, die. Painfully.

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* ScienceIsBad: To a certain degree. The negative effects of technology feature heavily in cyberpunk fiction, but it is often not technology itself that is explored, but rather the possibilities for abuse.
abuse. Of course, if you also want to explore technology's benefits, then go ahead, but like we said, don't forget to explore it's negative side-effects as well. It's necessary.
* SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism: Cynical, Mostly cynical or at least Main/EarnYourHappyEnding. The Cyberpunk stories tend to be set in [[CrapSackWorld a dark horrible world is dark and horrible, filled with injustice and crime. crime.]] Bullets are usually the best way to solve problems, and people, good and bad, if those terms are applicable, die. Painfully.
tend to die painfully.
23rd Jan '17 11:26:26 PM CharlesPhipps
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* ''Film/IRobot'': TheMovie is notable for making ''[[WideEyedIdealist Isaac Asimov]]'''s work cyberpunk.

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* ''Film/IRobot'': TheMovie is notable for making ''[[WideEyedIdealist Isaac Asimov]]'''s Asimov's]]'' work cyberpunk.
23rd Jan '17 11:26:03 PM CharlesPhipps
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* ''Film/IRobot'': TheMovie is notable for making [[WideEyedIdealist ''Isaac Asimov'']]'s work cyberpunk.

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* ''Film/IRobot'': TheMovie is notable for making [[WideEyedIdealist ''Isaac Asimov'']]'s ''[[WideEyedIdealist Isaac Asimov]]'''s work cyberpunk.
23rd Jan '17 11:24:34 PM CharlesPhipps
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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: You can try setting [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2017/01/top-signs-were-living-in-cyberpunk.html cyberpunk in the present day]] or maybe the distant future with humanity having long since abandoned a ruined Earth. Steampunk is partially a result of setting the concepts before cyber was a word.



* ''Anime/GhostInTheShell''
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx''
* ''Literature/SnowCrash''
* ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' for a Pre-Cyberpunk movie/book.
* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}''

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* ''Anime/GhostInTheShell''
''Anime/GhostInTheShell'': One of the classic examples and trope makers of the genre.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx''
''VideoGame/DeusEx'': A ConspiracyKitchenSink in a cyberpunk setting.
* ''Literature/SnowCrash''
''Literature/SnowCrash'': Both a send-up as well as a straight example of the genre.
* ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' for a Pre-Cyberpunk movie/book.
movie/book about society run amuck.
* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}''''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'': Intrepid reporter exploring the in's and out's of a future world gone mad.




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* ''Literature/TakeshiKovacs'' by Richard K. Morgan for a far future example of the genre.



* ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'': TheMovie
* ''NewRoseHotel'': TheMovie
* ''Film/IRobot'': TheMovie

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* ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'': TheMovie
TheMovie has a lot of NarmCharm but plot holes large enough to drive a truck through.
* ''NewRoseHotel'': TheMovie
''New Rose Hotel'': TheMovie is a subdued version of Gibson's story but with many good points.
* ''Film/IRobot'': TheMovieTheMovie is notable for making [[WideEyedIdealist ''Isaac Asimov'']]'s work cyberpunk.
30th Dec '15 2:23:49 PM jormis29
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* ''SnowCrash''

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* ''SnowCrash''''Literature/SnowCrash''



* ''{{Transmetropolitan}}''

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* ''{{Transmetropolitan}}''''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}''
6th Sep '15 7:11:36 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Neuromancer}}'': The ''other'' trope codifier.

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* ''{{Neuromancer}}'': ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'': The ''other'' trope codifier.



* ''Film/{{Inception}}'', a much more subtle take on cyberpunk. Compare to ''{{Neuromancer}}'', contrast with ''Film/TheMatrix''.

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* ''Film/{{Inception}}'', a much more subtle take on cyberpunk. Compare to ''{{Neuromancer}}'', ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'', contrast with ''Film/TheMatrix''.
26th May '15 3:29:54 PM StFan
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* RecycledScript: ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep''-type plots have been done [[BubblegumCrisis millions]] [[ArmitageIII of]] [[Film/BladeRunner times]] before. This is not to say it can't be done again, but you should make sure you story is not a cliché ''Film/BladeRunner'' knockoff. If your trenchcoat-clad hero fights runaway robots and doubts his own humanity... you'd better be a damn fine writer, son!

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* RecycledScript: ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep''-type plots have been done [[BubblegumCrisis millions]] [[ArmitageIII of]] [[Film/BladeRunner times]] before.millions of times before (''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'', ''Anime/ArmitageIII'', ''Film/BladeRunner''...). This is not to say it can't be done again, but you should make sure you story is not a cliché ''Film/BladeRunner'' knockoff. If your trenchcoat-clad hero fights runaway robots and doubts his own humanity... you'd better be a damn fine writer, son!
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