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''[=RoboCop=]'' is a classic satirical science fiction/action movie from 1987 directed by Creator/PaulVerhoeven. It has since spawned a modest franchise of other ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}'' productions.

The story takes place in Detroit in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture the near-future]]. [[CrapsackWorld Detroit]] is overrun by crime, primarily because of the work of unofficial crime boss Clarence Boddicker (KurtwoodSmith). To address this matter, [[MegaCorp Omni Consumer Products]] (OCP for short) has decided that they will tear down crime-plagued Old Detroit and rebuild it as their own "Delta City". Beforehand, they must eradicate crime in the city. To that end, executive Bob Morton proposes a new conceptual cyborg to the CEO known as "the Old Man", which he calls [=RoboCop=], which is constructed from a police officer's body and given superior firepower and combat abilities. This is at the cost of OCP President Dick Jones (Ronny Cox), who has proposed a military robot called "ED-209" for urban pacification, but which is prone to malfunction.

Morton's [=RoboCop=] team gets their chance when police officer Alex Murphy (Creator/PeterWeller) and his partner Anne Lewis chase Boddicker's gang to an abandoned steel mill. Boddicker and his men overwhelm Murphy, then take delight in [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill unloading their]] [[SawedOffShotgun shotguns]] [[LudicrousGibs into him]]. OCP takes his remains and effectively resurrects him as the NighInvulnerable cyborg police officer Franchise/RoboCop. His mind is [[LaserGuidedAmnesia supposedly erased]], but signs indicate that the wipe job wasn't perfect and he begins to remember bits and pieces of his past. When Murphy starts looking for revenge against the people who took his human life from him, he discovers that Jones is connected to Boddicker -- and that Jones has [[RestrainingBolt meddled with Murphy's programming]] to ensure his own survival.

The film was remade [[Film/RoboCop2014 in 2014]].

!!This film has the examples of:

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* AbandonedWarehouse: The site of the first confrontation between Murphy and Boddicker's gang. Happens ''again'' in the last confrontation, though it also throws in abandoned factories to the mix.
* ActionGirl: Lewis, although she's a FauxActionGirl for the first part of the movie.
* AfterActionHealingDrama: Murphy in the ER after he's shot. [[TheHeroDies It doesn't work.]]
* AllCrimesAreEqual: ED-209 advances dangerously on [=RoboCop=] for being illegally parked on private property at the end of the film. ([[spoiler:Not that it worked out that well for him on this occasion.]])
* AllThereInTheScript: The script establishes that the film takes place in 2043, because in earlier versions, the news story that was shown following [=RoboCop=]'s escape from the police and ED-209 had Casey Wong report to us that SylvesterStallone has died at age 97 during a brain transplant[[note]]Stallone was born in 1946[[/note]] before the KillSat story was put in instead.
* AndIMustScream: One of the scenes where we see [=RoboCop=]'s creation from his point of view. We see Bob Morton and Donald Johnson, the first complaining because the scientists have saved Murphy's left arm. After being asked if [=RoboCop=] understands what they're saying, he replies that [[MemoryWipingCrew it doesn't matter as they're going to wipe his memory anyway.]] This is followed by Morton asking Johnson if he thinks they'd remove the arm, to which Johnson replies that they should, given Murphy signed release waivers when he joined the force allowing OCP to do whatever they want to him when he dies. Ultimately, Morton orders them to remove the left arm and [=RoboCop=] is shut down for surgery.
* AnArmAndALeg: All over the place, especially Murphy's gruesome death.
* AnnoyingLaugh: Joe P. Cox
* ArtificialGravity: PlayedForLaughs. The President's first visit to the Franchise/StarWars Peace Platform (which is an [[KillSat orbital defense platform]] instead of the peaceful use of the ISS today) got off to a shaky start when power failed, causing a brief but harmless period of weightlessness for the visiting President and his staff.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: Why the hell would they load up the ED-209 with ''live ammo'' for a demonstration in the executive board room? ''And'' give a loaded gun to the guy asked to act out the demonstration? OCP's board of governors isn't that bright.
** During the ShootingGallery scene that introduces Robocop's ImprobableAimingSkills with his [[CoolGun Auto9]], Lewis steps forward on the range. In any RealLife shooting range, this is a huge violation of gun safety and would get her kicked off the range and her gun taken away.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: In the Miranda rights scene, [=RoboCop=] throws Boddicker through numerous plate-glass windows, intent on hurting him or killing him. Boddicker confesses Jones' involvement in the plot, but [=RoboCop=] keeps going. Boddicker finally gets Robo to stop by saying "You're a cop!", reminding Robo that his first duty is to the law. [=RoboCop=] stops his RoaringRampageOfRevenge and arrests Boddicker instead.
* ArtMajorPhysics: In the scene where [=RoboCop=] stops his first robbery by bending the barrel of the hood's gun while the criminal is holding it, the goon would have to have been strong enough to bend it himself to keep the gun in his hands. In other words, [=RoboCop=] would still have disarmed the creep, just not as spectacularly.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Bob Morton, the corrupt corporate guy who sets the Robocop program in motion. Interestingly enough, the filmmakers state that test audiences actually felt bad for him during his death scene.]]
* AttemptedRape: One of the first crime victims rescued by Murphy after his transformation into [=RoboCop=] is a DistressedDamsel being threatened by two men. He disables the first with a GroinAttack.
-->'''[=RoboCop=]:''' Your move, creep!
* BarrierBustingBlow: [=RoboCop=] punches through a wall to grab the disgruntled Ron Miller who is holding the mayor hostage.
* BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults: Bob Morton insults Dick Jones in the bathroom [[RightBehindMe only to discover he's been listening in the cubicle all along.]]
* BetterThanNew: After Murphy is pronounced dead, OCP takes his remains and resurrects him using cybernetic[=/=]robotic technology into the NighInvulnerable [=RoboCop=], though he'll never be human again.
* {{BFG}}: Boddicker and crew eventually are supplied with the Cobra Assault Cannon. The props were built from Barrett Model 82 .50 caliber rifles, and they're quite explosive. They use the Cobra against [=RoboCop=], and he takes one after they're defeated and uses it to blow up the ED-209 in front of OCP's headquarters.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Clarence Boddicker and Dick Jones.
* BigEntrance: The producers were concerned that a simple open entrance could make [=RoboCop=] look silly. Instead, Verhoeven had Robo's entrance teased out. [=RoboCop=] is delivered to the police station by a transport convoy. The support staff comes in first, and as the desk officer protests to Bob Morton, he is suddenly silenced by the sound of heavy mechanical footsteps of something non-human walking into the station, barely visible behind frosted glass. We follow this up with teasing looks of the thing that become more and more revealing until you are eagerly following the running cops through the halls trying to get a good look at this thing. At the end, you get to see [=RoboCop=] towering in his maintenance chair and looking completely kickass.
* BiggerIsBetter: Advertised in the commercial for the 6000 SUX, a car which has reclining leather seats, goes really fast [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and gets really shitty gas mileage]]! Just don't be deterred by its 8.2 mpg rating.
* BlackComedy: The [[KentBrockmanNews newscasts]].
** The unlucky junior executive who gets killed during the demonstration of ED-209 is shot over and over with blood spraying everywhere until he's DeaderThanDead. Morton calls for a paramedic anyway.
* BlackGuyDiesFirst: Although considering what happened to [[SlashedThroat Clarence,]] [[StuffBlowingUp Leon,]] and especially [[HollywoodAcid Emil,]] you could argue that Joe got lucky by merely being shot.
* BodyHorror
** The first time [=RoboCop=] takes his helmet off, he says to Lewis, "You may not like what you are about to see." Murphy's face is the only visible organic part of him, and from the looks of his head, has been ''grafted'' onto a completely synthetic skull.
** Boddicker's getaway driver Emil crashes the panel truck into an industrial-strength tank of [[HollywoodAcid acidic toxic waste]]. Unfortunately for Emil, ''[[NauseaFuel he survives]]'', despite the fact that he's ''melting'' as the acid eats away at his skin, long enough to get splattered.
** Murphy getting shredded apart with shotguns by Boddicker's gang, including losing his entire right arm, then Boddicker finishing him by using a pistol to blow his head off.
*** Speaking of which, the simple fact that Murphy, a nice guy with a wife and kid, woke up to discover that he was now mostly a machine who could only "feel" his past without actually ''remembering'' it is just all kinds of nasty.
* BookEnds: The film begins ''and'' ends in the ''exact same boardroom'', with an OCP executive being shot to pieces by a robot.
* BoomHeadshot: Murphy dies after Boddicker pulls a pistol and shoots him in the head (which, after getting his entire right arm shot off, and being hit in the torso numerous times with shotguns, is almost a MercyKill).
* BondOneLiner: Boddicker chortles, "Give the man a hand!" after using his shotgun to shoot off Murphy's right hand.
* BottomlessMagazines: Nobody is seen reloading in this movie except Murphy who does once, right before the FinalBattle.
* {{Bowdlerized}}: The TV edit used for a ABC Sunday Night Movie in the early 90s cut half the movie and overdubbed the rest: "Ladies, leave!" and "You finked on the wrong guy."
** The Mexican Spanish dub has a minor one: When in the news break talk about a war between Mexico and the U.S., the Mexican dub replaces the dialogue with about a war in the Middle East instead. (Oddly, the original dialogue was uncensored in the subbed version). [[MexicanAmericanWar It's very obvious why they changed that line.]]
* BrickJoke:
** When [=RoboCop=] is first revealed to the rest of the police department, it's explained by the engineers that [=RoboCop=] eats a "rudimentary paste that sustains his organic systems". The OCP exec Donald Johnson tries some and immediately tells Morton it "tastes like baby food", and can't resist helping himself to some more. Later in the film, when [=RoboCop=] is hiding out at the steel mill waiting for Boddicker to show up, Lewis brings him his gun, a cordless drill, and several jars of baby food to eat.
** One that can only be found in the script: when Dick Jones's EngineeredPublicConfession is exposed by [=RoboCop=] at the end of the film, the script comments that "having your cover blown is almost the worst thing that can happen to a Corporate Animal." A few lines later, after Jones gets [[DestinationDefenestration blasted out the window]], the script quips that "this is probably the worst thing that can happen to a Corporate Animal."
** During the hostage situation scene at City Hall, councilman Ron Miller makes several demands. One of these is for a new car that "has reclining leather seats, goes really fast [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and gets really shitty gas mileage]]!" to which the negotiator offers the 6000 SUX (and even offers to throw in a Blaupunkt). Later in the film, we are shown a commercial for the 6000 SUX in which terrified civilians are chased through the streets by a very uncanny T-Rex:
-->'''Commercial Announcer:''' It's back! Big is back, because bigger is better! 6000 SUX, an American tradition. ''[Text appears across the bottom: '''"An American tradition, [[HummerDinger 8.2 mpg]]"''']''
* BrokenRecord:
** "Hahaha! I'd buy '''that''' for a dollar!!"
** "I know you. You're dead. We killed you. We killed you!" (''[=RoboCop=] records and plays back'') "You're dead. We killed you!"
** ''"Murphy, it's you... Murphy, it's you..."''
** "I had to kill Bob Morton because he made a mistake. Now it's time to erase that mistake. I had to kill Bob Morton because he made a mistake. Now it's time to erase that mistake..."
* BrokenFaceplate: [=RoboCop=]'s visor gets smashed open by ED-209, allowing the audience to see the fear and surprise on his face during a close-up.
* BulletproofHumanShield: In the scene where Kinney is getting shot repeatedly by ED-209, there is tons of blood but the bullets should have realistically passed through his body and shattered the window behind him.
* CarFu: Emil should have known not to play CarFu around vats of [[HollywoodAcid industrial chemicals]]. After getting horribly disfigured by the stuff, he's finished off by getting run over himself and bursts into noxious slime.
* ChekhovsGun
** During the ED-209's first presentation, an OCP executive is asked to brandish a loaded gun. In the final scene of the movie, Dick Jones grabs the same gun and uses it in an attempt to take the Old Man hostage.
** The unknown and classified 4th Directive, along with [=RoboCop=]'s computer jack that takes on the form of a spike emerging from his fist which he uses to [[spoiler:dispatch Boddicker]].
* ClusterFBomb: The convenience store robber, upon [=RoboCop=]'s entrance: "Fuck me! Fuck me! Fuck me!"
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Pretty much everyone who works for Omni.
* CreatorCameo: Creator/PaulVerhoeven plays a dancer at a disco, and executive producer Jon Davison is the voice of ED-209.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: Murphy's death, even though he doesn't have his arms splayed, is more or less a re-enactment of the Crucifixion. The [=RoboCop=] = cyborg!Jesus metaphor is extended throughout the film (see: getting pierced by a spear, walking on water).
* CurbStompBattle: [=RoboCop=] versus the ED-209 near the end of the film. Especially satisfying because their earlier fight wasn't concluded.
* {{Cyberpunk}}: One of the [[TropeCodifier defining examples.]]
** CyberpunkIsTechno: The soundtrack blends traditional orchestral music with electronic music and synthesizers. WordOfGod says this was meant to symbolize [=RoboCop=]'s dual nature as both man and machine.
** CyberpunkWithAChanceOfRain: The battle at the film's climax takes place outside ([[AlwaysNight one of the few scenes that isn't set at night]]) where it's cloudy and grey, and there are puddles of water everywhere.
* DavidVsGoliath: [=RoboCop=] vs. the hulking ED-209.
* DeadMansTriggerFinger: During the drug lab shootout, one mook gets shot and sprays the mook next to him with gunfire from his assault rifle.
* DeadpanSnarker: The hostage negotiator vs. Ron Miller in the city hall hostage situation:
-->'''Lt Hedgecock:''' Okay Miller! Don't hurt the mayor! We'll give you what you want!
-->'''Ron Miller:''' First, don't fuck with me. I'm a desperate man! And second, I want some fresh coffee. And third, I want a recount! And no matter how it turns out, I want my old job back!
-->'''Lt. Hedgecock:''' Okay.
-->'''Ron Miller:''' And I want a bigger office! And I want a new car! And I want the city to pay for it all!
-->'''Lt Hedgecock:''' What kind of car, Miller?
-->'''Ron Miller:''' Something with reclining leather seats, that goes really fast, and gets really shitty gas mileage! All right?
-->'''Lt Hedgecock:''' How about the uh, 6000 SUX?
-->'''Ron Miller:''' Yeah! Okay, sure! What about cruise control? Does it come with cruise control?
-->'''Lt. Hedgecock:''' Hey, no problem, Miller. You let the Mayor go, we'll even throw in a Blaupunkt!
** BrickJoke when a commercial for the SUX is shown and we see it has an 8.2 mpg rating.
* DestinationDefenestration: [[spoiler:Jones']] death. After holding the president of OCP hostage, he's blown out the window by [=RoboCop=] and plummets to the ground. There's also the hostage-taker at City Hall earlier in the movie, though [=RoboCop=] just grabs him and punches him through a window.
* DestroyTheProductPlacement: The 6000 SUX, driven by Clarence Boddicker, is crashed prior to the last part of the final confrontation. It's a BrandX of the Taurus' competitor, the Pontiac 6000.
** Earlier Boddicker blows up another 6000 SUX demonstrating his new gun.
* DidYouActuallyBelieve: Dick Jones says this to [=RoboCop=] when he tries to arrest him in his office, and informs him about [[spoiler: the hidden Directive 4 that prevents this very contingency from happening.]]
-->''What did you think? That you were an ordinary police officer? [[JustAMachine You're our product.]] And we can't very well [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters have our products turning against us]], can we?''
* DisastrousDemonstration: ED-209 malfunctions at an [=OCP=] board meeting and reduces a junior executive to LudicrousGibs.
* DramaticUnmask: [=RoboCop=] removing his helmet. "You may not like what you're going to see."
* DrugsAreBad: The scene in the drug factory is almost painfully 80s, what with the close-up shots of [=RoboCop=]'s metallic feet [[{{Anvilicious}} trampling on the vials of cocaine]] as he blows away bad guys.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: "I had to kill Bob Morton because he made a mistake. Now it's time to erase that mistake." This ends up [[spoiler:biting Dick Jones in the ass.]] What makes this particularly stupid on his part is that he knows damn well [=RoboCop=] is capable of recording everything he says (he even bitches out ''Boddicker'' for telling [=RoboCop=] about his involvement in the first place), [[JustBetweenYouAndMe but he didn't expect him to survive his ensuing fight with ED-209, the SWAT team and Boddicker's gang.]]
* EpicFail: The ED-209 attempts to descend a set of stairs in the OCP building, despite the fact that its feet are too big to go down the steps.
* EqualOpportunityEvil: Clarence Boddicker's gang is very ethnically diverse: white (Boddicker, Leon Nash), black (Joe Cox), Asian (Steve Minh), and Latin (Emil).
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Remorseless he may be, but Boddicker enters Bob Morton's house while Morton is in the company of two hookers and orders them, "Bitches, leave!" so that he won't need to eliminate extra witnesses.
* EvilGloating: Boddicker's gang loves this.
* ExecutiveMeddling: In-universe, the Directive 4, which [[spoiler:Dick Jones]] describes as his "own little contribution."
* ExecutiveSuiteFight: After finding out his connection with Boddicker, [=RoboCop=] storms [[spoiler:into OCP's headquarters in an attempt to arrest Jones, who sics ED-209 on him]].
** Also, at the end of the film he returns and blows up the ED-209 guarding the building, then walks into an OCP board meeting and [[spoiler: shoots Jones when he tries to hold the Old Man hostage.]]
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: After tracking down Boddicker, [=RoboCop=] gets his revenge by casually [[WindowPain throwing him through several panes of glass.]]
* FanserviceExtra: Twice. Apparently cops in the future have co-ed locker rooms. Later on, when [=RoboCop=] goes into a club to collect Leon, a woman is seen dancing topless.
* FingerTwitchingRevival: When [=RoboCop=] wakes up and leaves the police station.
* {{Fingore}}: Among the many mutilations inflicted on him before his death, Boddicker's crew starts out by blowing off Murphy's right hand with a shotgun.
* FlippingTheBird: Implied to a degree, [=RoboCop=]'s six-inch data jack emerges from his fist and he brandishes it to a computer tech when he tries to stop Robo accessing files on his own death and Boddicker's gang.
* FlashbackNightmare: Robo has a dream while sleeping in his chair in which he relives his own execution.
* ForTheEvulz: Subverted. Boddicker and his gang are robbers and drug manufacturers who actually are interested in turning a profit, but they often enjoy the more violent aspects of their job, going completely overkill just for a good laugh.
* GangstaStyle: Boddicker's getaway driver Emil holds up a gas station by holding a SMG this way.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: ED-209's first demonstration.
* GoodNightSweetPrince: Joe Cox says this with a sarcastic tone as Boddicker and rest of his gang leave the steel mill after shooting Murphy up with their shotguns.
* {{Gorn}}: A notorious movie for it. ED-209's demonstration, Murphy's death and Emil's acid bath are probably the worst offenders.
* GroinAttack
** You're trying to take down a would-be rapist who's holding his victim hostage. He's using her as a human shield. You are [=RoboCop=], you have [[ImprobableAimingSkills good shooting skills.]] What do you do? Shoot between the ''hostage's'' legs and neuter the guy.
** A psychopath tries to kick [=RoboCop=] between the legs, with [[BallsOfSteel predictably self-defeating results]].
* GunsAkimbo: Subverted, as human Murphy tries to shoot up the Boddicker gang's panel truck this way, with his own pistol and Lewis's sidearm, and fails spectacularly, only managing to hit Bobby in the leg.
* GunTwirling: Murphy's signature CharacterTic, as he copies a move from his son's favorite TV show ''TJ Lazar''. He explains to Lewis in the scene prior to the car chase that he does this because he knows he's his son's role model. (The gun safety issues of doing this are averted by the fact that Murphy only does that trick after unloading the weapon. When he's doing it with Lewis prior to chasing down Boddicker, he reloads his pistol afterwords.)
** After Murphy is killed and Bob Morton's team turns him into [=RoboCop=], and part of the process is that Murphy's memory is erased. However, it turns out the memory-wiping process is not perfect, as demonstrated when Morton shows off [=RoboCop=]'s ImprobableAimingSkills at the firing range. After finishing his magazine, [=RoboCop=] twirls his Auto 9 on his right hand before putting it in his leg holster, and Lewis sees this, immediately realizing that [=RoboCop=] is Murphy.
** Robo also does it at the end of the film before tucking his gun into his holster and confidently walking away, like a hero in an old Western movie.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Robo removes his helmet near the end of the film, apparently deciding he would rather show his real face to the world than wear it. ([[BrokenFaceplate Besides, it was damaged.]])
* HighSpeedMissileDodge: [=RoboCop=] dodges several of ED-209's rockets in their first encounter.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Dick Jones]] and his Directive 4. [[spoiler: Since he is the "number 2 guy around here," he tries to take the one guy who could terminate him hostage. "Dick, you're fired!" takes on a whole new meaning.]]
* HollywoodAcid: The toxic waste Emil takes a bath in.
* HollywoodSilencer: When Boddicker shoots Morton, he fits a silencer first so his pistol is barely audible.
* HookersAndBlow: Plenty of both, particularly at Morton's house right before his death scene.
* HospitalGurneyScene: Murphy being airlifted to the ER where a trauma team makes a last-ditch effort to save him.
* HummerDinger: The 6000 SUX has reclining leather seats, goes really fast and gets really shitty gas mileage(!), specifically, '''8.2 MPG'''! Became even funnier once Hummer [=SUVs=] actually started hitting American streets.
* TheHyena: Joe Cox, with his AnnoyingLaugh.
* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: Reed declares, after announcing Officer Frederickson's death, "I don't want to hear any more talk about strike. We are not plumbers. We are ''police officers!'' And police officers don't strike."
* ImMelting: Emil, after the van he was driving crashed into a vat of toxic waste. And very messily at that. ''His fingernails are separating from his fingers''.
* IdiotBall: We don't see the actual decision on screen, only its consequences. Still, whoever it was who [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace decided to load a prototype law enforcement robot that the design team had to know was flaky and unreliable with live ammo for a demonstration]] in front of the OCP board of directors cannot be the brightest bulb on the company's Christmas tree.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: In the climax of the film, none of the criminals can hit [=RoboCop=] with their {{BFG}}s, even when they cause massive explosions.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Justified in that Robo's are all software. The human Murphy empties four magazines at a speeding panel truck and only manages to hit with one round. When the software craps out after [=RoboCop=]'s run-in with the classified Directive 4 and Dick Jones, he's right back to being unable to hit the broad side of a barn, and Lewis has to help him reprogram himself.
* ImprovisedWeapon: The data spike comes in handy later in the film.
* InfraredXRayCamera: Robo has an infrared scanner that allows him to sneak up on a perp from behind a wall.
* InstantDeathBullet: Typically about as thoroughly averted as humanly possible. Murphy gets shot dozens of times by Boddicker and at the end, he puts a couple dozen bullets in [[spoiler:Dick Jones]], but he is killed when he gets knocked back through a window and falls around 100 stories to his death.
* ISurrenderSuckers: Attempted by [[spoiler:Boddicker]] at the end of the final showdown. He tosses his gun aside and says he gives up...while his buddy is preparing to drop a load of scrap onto Murphy.
* {{Irony}}: Out of Boddicker and his crew, Joe Cox is the most visibly eager to tangle with Robocop, recklessly firing off several shots of the cannon he's been given and whooping with glee at the explosions it causes. [[spoiler: He ends up being the first of Boddicker's henchmen to be killed by Robocop in their final confrontation, and doesn't even manage to get any shots fired.]]
* ItIsDehumanizing: Murphy is referred to by OCP as "it" after his transformation.
* ItsPersonal: [=RoboCop=]'s fight with Boddicker.
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* JustAMachine: OCP refers to [=RoboCop=] as their product instead of a human being with his own identity.
* JustFollowingOrders: When one of the SWAT team sent to destroy [=RoboCop=] in the parking garage protests that they're shooting a fellow officer, the lieutenant simply answers "We have orders to destroy it!"
* KentBrockmanNews:
** News anchors Jess Perkins and Casey Wong. ''Especially'' in the first segment, when they are talking about the police officer shot by Boddicker's gang.
** Goes up a notch in some segments: In the police strike news report, the guy defending the strike is an obviously stoned derelict instead of a police union representative.
* KillSat: The SDI Defense Satellite mentioned in the news accidentally fires on Santa Barbara during start up tests and kills 110 people, including [[TakeThat two former presidents]] who had retired to that area.
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** A thug tries to rape a woman at knifepoint. Seconds later, [=RoboCop=] appears and shoots him ... [[GroinAttack in the balls]].
* LuddWasRight: Although one cop wonders if [=RoboCop=] was [[JobStealingRobot built to replace them]], the trope is ultimately averted with the cops accepting him as an asset on their side, such as being a big tough trooper who can safely draw criminals' fire while his regular comrades can maneuver for position to do support flanking.
* LudicrousGibs: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrXfh4hENKs ED-209 vs Kinney in the Boardroom]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKklmovf0Js Emil vs. Hollywood Acid.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VclFEwUGdY0 Murphy vs. giggling thugs with shotguns.]] Warning: the videos are graphic.
* LullDestruction: According to WordOfGod the creative team wanted a full 10 seconds of silence and blank screen between the moment of Murphy's death and the first flash of static marking the start of his resurrection. The executive team had other ideas.
* MadeOfPlasticine: Emil splats reeeaaal good after taking a bath in a vat of toxic chemicals.
* MemoryWipingCrew: Murphy's memory is supposedly wiped when he's being turned into [=RoboCop=], however it isn't perfect because he retains his GunTwirling habit, and also begins to remember Clarence Boddicker's gang shooting him up with their shotguns.
* MoreDakka: ED-209's cannons, [=RoboCop=]'s machine pistol, and the hundreds of rounds the SWAT team fires at him, all with BottomlessMagazines, of course.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The scene when [=RoboCop=] enters his squad car for the first time, shifts the gears into drive, and drives up the exit ramp from the motor pool and out onto the highway [[OnPatrolMontage on his first patrol]]. Driving a police car is a lot more awesome when you're an invincible cyborg with an epic orchestral theme.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: The scientific staff are all named after politicians, the cops are all named after serial killers.
* [[NukeEm Nukem]]: Get them before they get you! Another quality home game from Butler Brothers!
-->'''Daughter:''' You crossed my line of death!
-->'''Mother:''' You haven't dismantled your MX stockpile.
-->'''Son:''' Pakistan is threatening my border!
-->'''Father:''' That's it, Buster! No more military aid! ''[presses BigRedButton causing simulated explosion]''
* NoOSHACompliance:
** In general the many factories where fights occur are perilous places. In particular: the big tank of acid placed right alongside a narrow service road, no barriers, nothing.
** Also, exactly what moron thought it a smart idea for ED-209 be fully armed for a demo in a company board room?
* {{Novelization}}: By EdNaha.
* OffhandBackhand: When shooting up the drug lab, Robo aims and fires at a random mook without even looking directly at him.
* OhCrap
** Involving ED-209, which is a heavily armed MiniMecha. An OCP executive, Kinney, is asked to simulate a "typical arrest and disarming procedure" during a board meeting. Dick Jones gives Kinney a pistol and tells him to cock it and aim it at ED-209:
--->'''ED-209:''' Please put down your weapon. You have twenty seconds to comply.\\
'''Dick Jones:''' I think you'd better do what he says, Mr. Kinney.\\
''(Kinney drops the Desert Eagle on the floor. ED-209 steps towards him, growls and aims its machine guns at him)''\\
'''ED-209:''' [[{{Unwinnable}} You now have fifteen seconds to comply]]. You are in direct violation of Penal Code 113, Section 9.\\
'''Technician:''' Pull the plug!\\
'''ED-209:''' You now have five seconds to comply.\\
''[Everyone starts screaming and diving for cover]''\\
'''Kinney:''' ''[trying to shield himself behind another board member]'' Help me!\\
'''ED-209:''' Four. Three. Two. One. I am now authorized to use physical force. ''[[[MoreDakka ED-209 fires at Kinney and sprays him up with bullets]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill well past the point of death]], until he is made more of lead than of flesh]''
** Emil at the gas station. When [=RoboCop=] uses the "dead or alive" line, Emil is surprised to hear it and figures out who the new cop is.
** The final fight between Boddicker and [=RoboCop=]:
--->'''Boddicker:''' "Okay, I give up."\\
''(drops his gun)''\\
'''[=RoboCop=]:''' (walks toward him with gun trained on him) "[[ItsPersonal I'm not arresting you anymore.]]"
** [[spoiler:Dick Jones' face when he's fired. Then fired upon.]]
* OminousMultipleScreens: In OCP's board room.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. In addition to Bob Morton, one of Boddicker's guys is named Bobby, and is tossed out onto Murphy's pursuing patrol car after Murphy shoots him in the leg.
* OnPatrolMontage: Robo has a busy first night smashing crime all over Detroit.
* OurGraphicsWillSuckInTheFuture: Everywhere, including the computers in the police station and in OCP's board room, and [=RoboCop=]'s HeadsUpDisplay has a distinctly 80s cyberpunk look with the monochrome green text.
* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: At the end of the film's credit, you can see the following statement:
--> This motion picture is protected under the laws of the United States and other countries and its unauthorized duplication, distribution or exhibition may result in civil liability and criminal prosecution by enforcement droids.
* OutOfTheInferno: [=RoboCop=] [[UnflinchingWalk walking out of the exploding gas station.]]
* PhonyNewscast: The film has a series of newscasts where horrible events are described during the news in an upbeat fashion. For example, in the opening, Casey Wong describes Clarence Boddicker's recent ambush and murder of three police officers in this way, and cheers on the sole surviving officer of the attack, saying how he's rooting for the officer to live. Mood whiplash in the very next scene in the police locker room when Reed is seen taking said cop's name off his locker and putting his personal effects in an evidence tray.
** There are advertisements placed throughout that accompany these newscasts so that you get an idea of what the consumer culture is like in the time period of the movie.
* PinPullingTeeth: When he kills Bob Morton, Clarence pulls the pin on the grenade in this way.
* PoliceBrutality: Robo uses some heavy-handed tactics to fight crime, including throwing a terrorist out a window.
* PowerAtAPrice: The premise of the movie: Murphy gains superhuman abilities and the chance to come BackFromTheDead, but he also loses much of his individuality in the process, or what makes him human to begin with.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner:
** "Your move, creep!" [[note]]Actually a post-ass kicking one liner[[/note]]
** "Come quietly, or there will be...'''trouble'''."
** "Dead or alive, you're coming with me!"
** "Looking for me?" (shoots one of Boddicker's henchmen)
* PsychoForHire: Boddicker, is this [[spoiler:for Dick Jones]].
* PunnyName: When both Bob and Clarence get frustrated with Jones, they really enunciate his first name.
* PuttingOnTheReich: Clarence Boddicker wears glasses resembling those worn by Heinrich Himmler -- a deliberate move according to WordOfGod.
* QuirkyMiniBossSquad: Clarence's henchmen.
* RRatedOpening: In the first twenty or so minutes of this film, we see a businessman get shredded by gunfire with blood spurting everywhere. Then we see the hero [[ImpaledPalm gets his hand blasted apart]], shot repeated at point-blank range, an arm blown off, and shot in the head.
* RailingKill: Several when [=RoboCop=] shoots up Boddicker's drug lab.
* ReadingYourRights: [=RoboCop=] catches Boddicker, and reads him his rights while repeatedly [[WindowPain tossing him through windows]].
** In the commentary, the crew confess that they were terrified that real-world cops would react badly to that scene. They did a test screening...and it was a roaring success. Boddicker being an AssholeVictim probably helped.
* RecklessGunUsage: All over the place. It's not surprising that the ED-209 malfunctioned and killed an unarmed civilian if it's built by a corporation that's stupid enough to a) do a demonstration with its cannons fully loaded and b) give a loaded handgun to a guy who doesn't know how to use it, who then throws it on the floor, whereupon it could have gone off and killed someone. Simply placing it down on the floor could have saved Kinney his life.
* RestrainingBolt: [=RoboCop=]'s classified 4th directive.
* RidiculousFutureInflation: The Old Man mentions the interest payments alone on Delta City could cost them fifty million dollars. This is for six months.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The public is lead to believe [=RoboCop=] is completely robotic, which is believable since only his mouth is visible. Robo himself tries to avert this later in the film by taking off his helmet and showing his true face to the world.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The main plot of the movie, but especially the shootout at the steel mill.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Lewis holds up a twisted mirror to Murphy so he can see what he has become.
** The abandoned steel mill, symbolic of dying American industry, is where the resurrected [=RoboCop=] (a MessianicArchetype who will save Old Detroit from slipping into chaos) takes on the evil criminal Boddicker. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Oh, and he walks across a body of water to get to him.]]
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* SayMyName:
** Lewis does this after seeing Murphy gunned down.
** During the climactic shootout at the steel mill, Boddicker shoots Lewis in the legs and is about to finish her off when [=RoboCop=] [[BigDamnHeroes appears behind him]] and shouts "CLARENCE!" while awesome music plays.
** After dispatching Boddicker, [=RoboCop=] shouts "Lewis!" when he sees her laying on the ground wounded.
* ScaryBlackMan: Joe Cox, one of Boddicker's men, fits this trope very well, especially with the way he mocks Murphy as Murphy lies dying on the ground
* ShootTheHostageTaker: [=RoboCop=] shoots between the hostage's legs to hit the hostage taker in the groin.
* ShoutOut: The catchphrase "I'd buy '''that''' for a dollar!!" from the ShowWithinAShow ''It's Not My Problem'' is a homage to the idiot's TV-derived catchphrase from the dystopic SF novel ''The Marching Morons'', updated for inflation. Originally: "I'd buy '''that''' for a quarter!"
** The star of the show, Bixby Snyder, is possibly a homage to Creator/BennyHill. Or a parody. In a supposedly-filmed scene, there's one final newscast where the newsreaders announce that Snyder has been arrested for receiving sexual favours from underaged co-stars.
* SoftGlass: The movie has plenty of things being thrown through glass, including [=RoboCop=] himself.
** RealityEnsues when Boddicker gets his face cut up pretty badly from it.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Lewis realizes that [=RoboCop=] is Alex Murphy when she sees him performing the gun-spin move he learned from the ''T.J. Lazer'' television show, during the demonstration of [=RoboCop=]'s sharpshooting abilities at the precinct's shooting range.
** Also, Emil figures out that [=RoboCop=] is Murphy during the gas station scene, when [=RoboCop=] says "Dead or alive, you're coming with me!" the very same thing that Murphy said while training a pistol on Emil at the steel mill.
* SpitefulSpit: When [=RoboCop=] tells Clarence that he has the right to remain silent, he spits blood all over his visor. When he is brought to the station he takes another spit on Sgt. Reed's desk.
* StunnedSilence: During the gas station robbery scene when Emil recognizes him as Murphy. [=RoboCop=] is so shocked he just stands in place [[RewindReplayRepeat replaying his recording of it]] and doesn't even react to Emil shooting a submachine gun at him.
-->'''[=RoboCop=]''': Drop it! [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay Dead or alive, you're coming with me.]]\\
'''Emil''': ...I know you. [[DroppingTheBombshell You're dead. We killed you.]] (''fires gun'') We killed you!
* StylisticSuck: The Bixby Snyder show ''It's Not My Problem'' is so bad that when Emil and another guy sit down to watch a bit of it prior to Murphy showing up at the warehouse, they start laughing raucously even though no joke has been spoken.
* TakeThat: The [[KillSat SDI Defense Satellite]] misfired on Santa Barbara, killing more than 110 people including two former president. One is understandable but two seems like carelessness. At the time the movie was filmed, there were two former american presidents living in California where the fictional laser struck: RonaldReagan and RichardNixon.
* TechMarchesOn: Played straight and averted. The DPD Records Department apparently still stores everything on reel-to-reel tape, and the one human-usable computer not sitting in a rack features a painfully slow and kludgy GUI. Over at OCP, we have the giant wall o' monitors in the board room, all of which are [=CRTs=]; the media center sports a VHS player. On the other hand, as shown by the playing of Dick's final taunts to Bob Morton as he died, [=CDs=] (or similarly designed [=DVDs=]) do seem to have become the norm of visual media but note that Bob's home-entertainment gear includes a reel-to-reel deck. Presumably, Robo's data spike is roughly analogous to USB, and to the middle finger.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp:
** When [=RoboCop=] shoots up the drug lab.
** Also during the shootout at the steel mill.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:
** Kinney's death at the demonstration. Poor guy was more lead than flesh by the time they shut ED-209 down. In the director's cut, ED-209 [[NoKillLikeOverkill continually blasts Kenney's lifeless corpse as it lies on the table.]]
** Murphy's death. First, Boddicker shoots his right hand off. Then Boddicker and his men take turns firing their shotguns, shooting off the rest of Murphy's right arm and blasting holes up and down Murphy's midsection. He's ''still alive'' at this point and really in pain. To finish it, Boddicker pulls a pistol and shoots him in the face, blowing off the top of Murphy's head.
** Jones's death. Remember, he was shot 18 times before getting [[DestinationDefenestration blown through that window]].
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: The film ends with [=RoboCop=] telling "The Old Man" his name is Murphy. By the end of the third film, he gets this way with what's left of OCP.
-->'''[=RoboCop=]''': My friends call me Murphy. You call me [=RoboCop=].
* TrenchCoatWarfare: The convenience store robber pulls an assault rifle out of his coat. When [=RoboCop=] shows up, he bends the barrel in half.
* WarOnCops: Clarence Boddicker and his gang are noted by Casey Wong in the opening exposition newscast to have killed ''31'' police officers. The Detroit Police Department seriously must be running short of manpower if Boddicker is offing them like candy.
* WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture: The title of the film and the name of the protagonist himself is styled ''[=RoboCop=]''.
* WelcomeToHell: Murphy gets this as a welcome to the precinct.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: [=RoboCop=] beats up Boddicker almost to the point of death, but when Boddicker screams at him "You're a cop!", [=RoboCop=] realizes what he's doing and is able to restrain himself and arrest him instead.
-->'''[=RoboCop=]''': Yes. I am a cop. (''Directive 3 blinks across his HUD'')
* WhereItAllBegan: The climactic showdown at the AbandonedWarehouse where Murphy was killed at the beginning of the movie.
* WindowPain: See ExtremeMeleeRevenge.
* YouAreTooLate: When Lewis arrives just after Murphy has been killed.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: As [=RoboCop=], Murphy visits his old home and discovers his family no longer lives there, and it's planned to be turned into a model housing development. He wanders around the house alone for a while as memories of his former life come back to him. Saddened and angered, he then [[ShootTheTelevision puts his fist through a monitor]] showing an ad for his new model home.
* YouHaveFailedMe: "Can you fly, Bobby boy?"
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