'''''Cyborg''''' is a 1989 post-apocalyptic action film starring JeanClaudeVanDamme as [[AwesomeMcCoolName Gibson Rickenbacker]]. Rickenbacker battles a gang of marauding thugs led by Fender Tremolo, played by professional-surfer-turned-actor and co-star Vincent Klyn on his debut.

The film starts AfterTheEnd, in a world that has been shattered by war, the collapse of civilization, and just for fun, a plague ravaging the survivors. The titular cyborg, Pearl, has been sent from Atlanta to [[BigApplesauce New York City]] to retrieve information for a group of scientists and doctors looking to both cure the plague and start restoring society. Unfortunately, Fender learns of the mission and moves to intercept Pearl and her bodyguard. The bodyguard is killed, letting Pearl escape just long enough to encounter Gibson for the first time. Gibson is normally a mercenary who fights bandits like Fender's gang, but he's already hunting Fender for personal reasons.

Gibson and Pearl get separated by a couple of Fender's mooks, and Fender offers to escort her back to Atlanta, where he plans to steal the cure for the plague and kill the holdouts. Pearl agrees, hoping that the resources of her superiors will enable them to kill Fender's group when they arrive, and in the meantime Gibson tracks them and is joined by Nady, a survivor of Fender's raids who is similarly determined to put an end to the gang leader.

Directed by Albert Pyun and produced by the infamous late 80's and early 90's Cannon Films, it is considered one of Pyun's most mainstream and commercially successful films. Had two sequels, but InNameOnly. The first sequel marks [[AngelinaJolie Angelina Jolie's]] debut.
!!This film provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: At one point Gibson tries to escape from Fender's gang in one. Amusingly, the opening to said sewer looks like it would probably be too narrow for Fender's crew of evil bodybuilders.
* AfterTheEnd: "First there was the collapse of civilization... anarchy, genocide, starvation... then we got the plague."
* AwesomeButImpractical: Gibson's gun, which seems to be a hybrid of a pistol, a shotgun, and a mini-gun. Looks cool and post-apocalyptic. Too bad the gun offers no other way of holding it besides grabbing it by the barrels of ''the mini-gun itself'', and the gun requires that one turns them ''manually'' after each shot. The barrels would be scorching hot after firing just a round, making it pretty useless unless one waits an hour or two for the barrels to cool off between shots.
* TheBerserker: Most of Fender's "pirates" act like this.
* BigWordShout: FENDER!!!!
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: The director's cut has Fendor asking Gibson who the hell he is on several occasions, so obviously Fender has no recollection of the horrors he inflicted on Gibson. In both versions, he finally seems to remember during the final fight scene.
* CameraAbuse
* TheCastShowoff: Van Damme's trademark leg split actually has a point on this movie, which also doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome. In addition to the innovative way it's used, it may be how [[spoiler:he got out of the well that Fender threw him and his LoveInterest into during Gibson's flashback]].
* CatFight: At two different points Nady goes one on one with female pirates.
* CombatPragmatist: Utilizing concealed weapons, sneaking up on victims, and shooting knife wielding opponents are all specialties of Gibson.
* {{Cyborg}}: Pearl Prophet.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Quite possibly the darkest of Van Damme's earlier works.
* DeadMansTriggerFinger: Cash manages to clear a hallway full of mooks in ''{{Cyborg 2}}'' by throwing a knife at one them, who then proceeds to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XQoxo7MjN4 mow down everyone behind him in his death throes]].
* DolledUpInstallment: As TroubledProduction says, [[DivorcedInstallment it partly originated from]] a ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' sequel. Some TV stations still give the film's title as ''Masters of the Universe 2: Cyborg''.
* EyeScream: An actor lost an eye after being accidentally stabbed with a prop knife -- ''and it is apparently on the film''.
* FauxActionGirl: Nady tries her best but is constantly captured and knocked out over the course of the film. Granted, she manages to take down some mooks, but it often ends with her knocked out as well. [[spoiler:And then she gets stabbed in the final fight for her trouble]].
* FlashBack: Used to explain why Gibson pursues Fender.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Gibson leaves Fender impaled on a large meat hook by the end of the movie's climatic fight]]
* InvincibleHero: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. Gibson is a skilled fighter and a first class {{Determinator}}, but suffers a number of defeats and setbacks, including being badly beaten in his first fight against Fender before [[LeftForDead being left to die nailed to a cross]].
* ItsPersonal
* KnifeNut: Gibson. Complete with enough [[KukrisAreKool Kukris]] to make a [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkha unit]] squee in delight.
* LeftForDead: Fender's crew leave Gibson for dead three times, once in a flashback, and twice in the present. The first time in the present was really gratuitous, as there was no reason not to verify that Gibson was really dead.
* MacGuffin: The information Pearl was sent to get. Pearl herself becomes a LivingMacGuffin.
* MadeOfExplodium: Shortly before the movie's climatic battle, Gibson sets one of Fender's mooks on fire. The mook then limps and falls on the bonnet of an old, abandoned, and rusty car -- ''and the whole car explodes''.
* MusicalThemeNaming: Most characters are named after guitars and manufacturers. Gibson Rickenbacker, Fender Tremolo, Marshall Strat, Les (Paul), Pearl Prophet...
* PapaWolf: [[spoiler:Gibson]]
* PropRecycling: See TroubledProduction.
* RaisedByOrcs: [[spoiler:When Gibson and his LoveInterest lived together, she already had two children, a boy and a girl. Over time, Gibson came to regard them as being like his own. Then Fender and his gang came along, threw Gibson, the LoveInterest and her son into a well, and took the girl. Gibson encounters her in the present, grown up, and probably having served as Fender's slave/toy for all those years.]]
* TheRemake: ''Gangland'', an extremely rare and [[NoBudget ultra-low budget]] DirectToVideo release from 2000. Starring [[{{Saw}} Costas Mandylor]], [[StepByStep Sasha Mitchell]], and Vincent Klyn in an identical role. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2caEUiW2o8 Just imagine Cyborg without the titular cyborg]].
* RetiredBadass: [[spoiler:Gibson was this, until Fender and his goons trashed his life and forced him back out of retirement, looking for revenge.]]
* TheReveal: Gibson's motivation. [[spoiler:Both of them.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Gibson during the final act.
* SameLanguageDub: All of Vincent Klyn's dialogue was dubbed by an uncredited actor.
* ScavengerWorld[=/=]SchizoTech
* ScreamingWarrior: Fender and Gibson turn it UpToEleven in the movie's climatic battle, but it's there throughout. Screaming happens consistently in fight scenes, or with bad guys chasing the good guys, or vice versa, etc.
* SecondaryCharacterTitle: The title doesn't refer to Gibson, but to Pearl, who is the MacGuffin.
* ShirtlessScene: Van Damme, several times throughout the film, especially towards the end, during the penultimate fight with Fender.
* SlasherSmile: Fender in [[spoiler:Gibson's flashback]]
* TapOnTheHead: Nady is knocked out at least ''4 separate times'', (in a movie whose running time is slightly under an hour and a half) and suffers no ill effects. Gibson is knocked out twice himself.
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback
* UnstoppableRage: Gibson in the movie's climatic fight. The guy gets thrown through a ''CAR'' and that only makes him angrier.
* YouRemindMeOfX: Never spelled out, but in their first encounter Gibson claims he tried to help Pearl because for a second he thought she was someone else- [[spoiler:his girlfriend, who was murdered by Fender]].