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Characters: RoboCop

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Alex J. Murphy/RoboCop

Once a police officer named Alex Murphy, he became the eponymous cyborg police officer after being shot to death by Clarence Boddicker and his gang during his first day at the job on Detroit's Metro West precinct.

Played by Peter Weller (1 and 2), Robert John Burke (3)

  • Amnesiac Hero: He loses all his memories of his life as Murphy after he's reborn as RoboCop, but he regains some of them thanks to Lewis going against orders to remind him of his true identity.
    • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: It's likely it was caused by the coup de grāce delivered by Boddicker: a shot to the frontal cranium. It could also be due to OCP meddling with his brain though; it's unclear what exactly is meant when Bob Morton says "we're gonna blank his memory anyway".
  • An Arm and a Leg: His right hand and an entire arm are blown off when he's killed. The rest are taken off when he's turned into RoboCop—one doctor says they could save his arm, before being told that all the limbs have to go.
  • Arm Cannon: Has access to one in the third film. It's also a Fire Breathing Weapon.
  • Back from the Dead
  • Berserk Button: If you are a member of Clarence Boddicker's gang run. If you harm Officer Lewis , pray. If you betray honest cops, especially if you yourself are a cop don't even bother the first two. Last but not least, if you ever hurt his family, nothing will stop him from killing you.
  • Badass
    • Badass Baritone: He has a pretty intimidating voice, being both deep and filtered electronically.
  • Body Horror: When Clarence blows his hand off, he just looks at it, stunned. Then it gets worse after he wakes up and comes to realize practically his entire body has been replaced with mechanical parts.
  • Brain/Computer Interface: His neural spike allows him to jack into computers and download or upload information directly from his memory. Also, it seems his targeting system is interfaced with his brain rather than being part of his visor, since he can still use it when he takes his helmet off.
  • Broken Faceplate: During his confrontation with ED-209, there's a dramatic closeup of his cracked visor and a single eye can be seen for the first time.
  • By-the-Book Cop: One of his prime directives is "uphold the law". When he arrests Boddicker, he throws him through a couple of plate-glass windows for good measure, but refuses to kill him when his directives show up onscreen and remind him of his duty.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Even though he was designed to be a badass crime-fighting machine, he still has memories of his past life and misses his family.
  • Came Back Strong: The whole point of the Robocop process was to do this to him.
  • Catch Phrase: "Dead or alive, you're coming with me."
  • Character Tic: The iconic trigger-guard spin.
  • Chrome Champion: Has this appearance, since he's covered in gleaming metal armour.
  • Clingy Costume / 24-Hour Armor: His body after being resurrected as Robocop. Justified since he has no limbs and machinery integrated into most of his torso — what is technically armor is, in all practical purposes, his skin.
  • Cool Car: His trademark Ford Taurus.
  • Cool Gun: His Auto-9 pistol.
  • Cool Helmet: Rather than simply graft armor to his skull, OCP supplied him with a nifty-looking helmet. It's mostly for show, as events in the films confirm his scanners are part of his rebuilt-eyes, and not his helmet, as might be suspected.
  • Corporate-Sponsored Superhero: Robo has a few OCP logos on him, along with an OCP-001 serial number. Plus, whenever he gets smashed up it's OCP's money that pays for the rebuild (or not).
  • Cowboy Cop: His human side allows him to be one in regards to making decisions.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Although his arms aren't held out to the side, his execution plays out very much like the crucifixion of Jesus in the Bible: he's mocked, tortured, and finally, brutally killed and left for dead. (See Messianic Archetype.)
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: He died this way, being systematically blown apart with shotgun fire.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Would you want to be a Nigh Invulnerable supercop if it meant losing everything dear to you?
  • Cyber Cyclops: His visor has the look down to a T. It's pretty unnerving to look at, especially if you're one of those criminals he's arresting.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: At first played straight, but in the end averted.
  • Cyborg: Well, duh.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Notably when he is usually damaged in someway or has done some damage.
    • For example, reading the Miranda Warning to Clarence Boddicker while casually tossing him around and through a pane of glass.
    • At the end of RoboCop 2 when Lewis complains that OCP is going to get away with unleashing a killer cyborg on the city he puts a ratchet to his head, starts tightening and says "We're only human."
  • Defiant to the End: "Buddy, I think you're slime."
  • Determinator: So much so that this is the reason why Murphy is the only non-psycho cyborg OCP has ever successfully produced.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: When he asks Lewis what happened to his family.
    Lewis starts to put a hand on his shoulder
    RoboCop: Leave me alone.
  • Double Consciousness: After being cyberized, he struggles with having both a robotic side that's programmed to mindlessly obey OCP's orders, and his re-emergent human side. His human side wins in the end.
  • Expy: Word of God says that he's based on Judge Dredd.
  • The Fettered: His prime directives give him a strict moral code which he cannot break.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Programmed to uphold the law, and dedicated to serving that even on his human side. This does not stop him from doling out violent retribution, or simply killing criminals on-sight for refusing to surrender.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: OCP never expected his human side to re-appear.
  • The Gunslinger: He is between types A and B.
  • The Hero Dies: But not for long.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: After Dick Jones decides to have him killed because He Knows Too Much, and sends the entire Detroit police force to gun him down in the parking garage of OCP headquarters. Despite his heavy armour, he barely escapes with his life.
  • Heroic Build: His armor gives him an exaggerated masculine form, with a broad chest and huge arms.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: What's left of Robo's human side mourns the things he lost with his cyber-upgrade.
  • Immune to Bullets: Thanks to his armour.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: His cybernetic implants give him an auto-targeting system that's incredibly accurate.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: OCP and the other police sometimes refer to him as "it", as if he were actually a robot (he's not; he's a cyborg, you idiot!) instead of a person. Lewis is the only other character who still calls him by his real name.
    • And then defied at the end of the movie when the Old Man, grateful that Robo has just saved his life, asks him what his name is and he proudly replies, "Murphy".
  • Job-Stealing Robot: When he shows off at the firing range, one of the police officers wonders aloud if he's going to replace them all.
    • Eventually subverted in that they eventually come to see Murphy as a comrade, enough to be horrified and outraged when they are ordered by Dick Jones to open fire on him.
    • This is actually the purpose of RoboCop in the 2014 reboot; OCP has a line of military cyborgs that have done extremely well overseas, but the American public isn't so keen on having deathbots patrolling their streets. RoboCop is halfway measure designed to warm them to the idea.
  • Just a Machine: OCP usually refers to him as nothing more than a creation of theirs.
    Bob Morton: Let me make something clear to you. He doesn't have a name. He has a program. He's product.
  • Knight In Shining Armour: Kevlar/titanium laminated armor, to be precise. (With nifty purple-on-blue highlights.)
  • Loss of Identity: Underwent this upon being reconstructed.
  • Messianic Archetype: Believe it or not. Paul Verhoeven said he wanted to make a film about an "American Jesus" and there are multiple allusions to this, like Murphy being mocked and tortured before he's killed (and the Impaled Palm scene), his dying and being resurrected, and a scene where it looks like he's walking on water. He even get pierced in his side with a spear.
  • Mighty Glacier: He may be slow, but he can take a lot of punishment before his armor is even dented.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: It's one of his prime directives. Exploited by Hob in the second film, who notes that Robo won't shoot a child even if the child is armed and shooting back.
  • Nice Guy: At least Alex Murphy was; as a human he's seen as a sweet-tempered Boy Next Door who never swore once before he was killed.
  • Noisy Robots: He has heavy, thudding footsteps and makes a lot of mechanical whirring sounds as he moves around. This helps create the illusion that he's a real cyborg and not just a guy in a suit.
  • Not Himself: After being heavily modified by OCP in 2.
    • After first reawakening as RoboCop, he retains no traces of his personality as Murphy and behaves like, well, a robot who's been programmed to enforce the law. Over time, he regains it.
  • One-Man Army: Robocop was designed to be this in order to counteract with the extremely violent and drastically numerically superior criminals of Detroit/Delta City. Super Strength, computer-assisted targeting, Nigh Invulnerable armor-plating and attachable weapons all allow him to take on large groups of average criminals and kill them without hesitation.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: In the second movie, after he's saddled with a couple hundred politically-correct directives.
  • Quest for Identity: The entire point of the film is his struggle to find out who he is and what happened to him, and to bring those responsible to justice. At the ending of the film, he proudly states that his name isn't RoboCop, but Murphy.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: In Robocop 2, it was stated by OCP's evil scientists that the only reason Murphy didn't snap and kill himself like the Robocop 2 candidates did is because he is a devout Irish Catholic, to whom suicide is a damnable sin.
  • Restraining Bolt: The fourth directive, which is classified. It prevents him from acting against a senior member of OCP's board of directors. The third film also adds one that prevents him from acting against Rehab personnel (but not their equipment). Predictably, Robo gets around both.
  • Robo Cam: His field of vision is a Heads-Up Display that shows all kinds of pertinent information about his surroundings, including crimes in progress, potential targets and when he is in "arrest mode". His directives also come up from time to time to remind him how to act in a given situation.
  • Sense Loss Sadness: Once he's cognizant enough of his human origins to remember that he used to have them.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: While OCP is reconstructing him, he can do nothing but lie there hearing them casually discuss, for example, whether they ought to remove his arm or not.
  • Super Cop: He gets called this by name in one scene, and in the first animated series, the intro explicitly describes him as a "super cop".
  • Super Hero Origin: More or less a superhero in all but name.
  • Super Strength: Thanks to his Artificial Limbs.
    "It's 400 foot pounds. He could crush every bone in your hand."
  • Super Toughness: Even if you can penetrate his Nigh Invulnerable armored skin in the first place, what's underneath is mostly machine; very few vulnerable spots to damage, and little in the way of actual pain. Robocop can tank just about anything and survive, if requiring repairs afterwards.
  • The Comically Serious: At first.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: His leitmotif appears in many scenes when he does something cool. Inverted in the Parking Garage scene wwhere it becomes a Dark Reprise.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: His own death. Also, some of the crooks he blows away.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: When Emil reveals to him that he used to be a cop who was killed. He uses this information and the name Lewis gave him to piece together what happened to him, and realizes he is the resurrected Alex Murphy.
  • Tin Man
  • 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: He still has a scar on his forehead from where Boddicker shot him to finish him off.
  • Unflinching Walk: The Out of the Inferno gas station scene.
  • Unorthodox Holstering: The move where he spins his gun around on his fingers and tucks it into the holster built into his leg.
  • Unwilling Roboticization: He didn't have a choice in being resurrected, since OCP legally owned his body. In fact, it's implied they put him in harm's way (reassigning him to the most violent precinct in the city) because they thought he would be a good candidate for their program.
  • We Can Rebuild Him
  • What Have I Become?: Seen especially in the scene where he takes off his helmet for the first time and looks down unhappily at his robotic body.
  • X-Ray Vision: One of his many abilities (see Robo Cam).
  • You Are Number Six: His serial number, OCP Crime Prevention Unit 001.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: When he visits his former home looking for his wife and son, and finds out they've moved away, and only left a crumpled family photo behind.

Anne Lewis

Originally Murphy's partner, and first on the scene after his fatal shooting. Remains assigned to work with him after his cyberization.

Played by Nancy Allen

Sergeant John/Warren Reed

Played by Robert Doqui

Villains

Clarence Boddicker

A central antagonist of the first movie. He is the crime boss of Old Detroit.

Played by Kurtwood Smith

Richard "Dick" Jones

The second main antagonist of the first movie, next to Clarence. He is the corrupt vice-president of OCP.

Played by Ronny Cox

Don Johnson

An executive at OCP that always manages to stick around no matter what happens.

  • Mauve Shirt: Johnson went through three movies and the closest he ever came to danger was Cain's rampage at the end of 2. He was also promoted several times.
  • Only Sane Man: While no less amoral than his superiors, he is a lot more level-headed. In 2, he rightly points out how stupid it is to let Dr. Faxx put the mind of a criminal in their new law enforcement death bot, but is forced to go along with it. Later, after the predictable occurs, he convinces the Old Man to paint her as the sole cause of the rampage and is entirely reasonable to do so.
  • Villainous Breakdown: A minor one. When the Detroit cops all resign rather than help the Rehab officers in 3, he starts ranting about how they're jeopardizing their retirement benefits, clearly annoyed that people would act on principle rather than out of self-interest.

The Old Man

Head of OCP in the first two movies.

Played by Daniel O'Herlihy

  • Benevolent Boss: He genuinely wants to use OCP's power and influence to better the city of Detroit, even if nobody else at his company cares about it, and is the only member of the company who shows any kind of conscience.
  • Characterization Marches On/Flanderization: In the first movie he shows no serious moral failings, refusing to sell a half-finished, potentially dangerous product and being appalled by his underling's criminal dealings. He's not at all bothered by poor Kinney's death, he's more concerned that this malfunction will set them back millions in interest payments and the PR nightmare it will be; he's just not overtly evil, unlike Dick. In the sequel, he has seen numerous attempts to recreate RoboCop fail horribly. Yet he utterly ignores all warnings, safety inspections or psych profile of the murder machine he has paid money for before rolling it out to a crowded, televised press conference. Also bringing a can of real street drugs with him, what the hell?
  • Large Ham: "DICK ... YOU'RE FIRED!"
    • "BEHAVE YOURSELVES!"
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: No one ever calls him anything other than "The Old Man."
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The Old Man in the first movie is just about the only OCP bigwig with any sort of moral standard, especially if compared to young upstarts. In the sequels, he inexplicably becomes a typical corporate douchebag.
  • Smug Snake
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He honestly believes his plans for Detroit are for the good of the city as well as his corporation, even if they involve using giant police robots to wipe out crime before rebuilding it.

Bob Morton

A young up-and-coming executive at the helm of the 'RoboCop' project.

Played by Miguel Ferrer

  • Asshole Victim
  • Anti-Villain: He's not really evil, just overly ambitious and somewhat egotistic. His death scene makes him look more pathetic than anything as he begs for his life while Boddicker shoots him and leaves him to die.
  • Bathroom Stall of Overheard Insults: How he gets on Dick Jones' bad side. Jones does not appreciate being shown up by one of his subordinates on his own project.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive
  • Evil Is Hammy: Like all OCP executives, he did not get where he is by being nice about it.
  • Hookers and Blow
  • Jerkass
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he is a bit more on the Jerk Ass side of things and is still looking out for number one, he doesn't cut corners with RoboCop like Jones did with the ED-209 series. Robo is every bit the badass he is intended to be, and during the unveiling Morton makes sure he knows it.
    Morton: You are gonna be a bad mother fucker!
  • Lack of Empathy: (After a young intern gets blown to pieces) "Hey, it's life in the big city."
  • Large Ham: You are one baaaad motherfucker!
  • No Indoor Voice
  • Precision F-Strike: (pointing to RoboCop) "I fuckin' love that guy!"
  • Smug Snake

Enforcement Droid series 209 (ED-209)

A battle droid created by Dick Jones. Very much fashion over function when it comes to performance.

Voiced by Jon Davison

  • Achilles' Heel: Never let him go near a staircase. Or a manhole.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His design is just straight-up awesome looking, but as a rushed-out product, his numerous design flaws give him essentially zero practical applications. Except, oddly enough, as a children's toy in Real Life.
  • Badass Baritone: His synthesized voice is extremely deep and threatening.
  • The Brute: Is this to Dick Jones. ED-209 is the first thing that manages to do any kind of damage to RoboCop.
  • Catch Phrase: "Please put down your weapon. You have 20 seconds to comply."
  • Chicken Walker
  • More Dakka: He has plenty of firepower, including repeating guns and rocket launchers. Despite this, he's unable to take on the smaller but more clever RoboCop.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: One charges Robo with illegal parking, then readies its machine guns.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
  • Mecha-Mook
  • Take That: ED-209's design was partially meant as a jab at then contemporary American car design. Designer Craig Davies claimed he envisioned futuristic designers making the robot look good in order to make it marketable before they made it work well, "just like an American car." This led to stuff like the over-designed hydraulics system and the vulnerable radiator grill at the front.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After falling down the stairs and landing on his back, he thrashes around for a bit and making whining sounds. It's strangely amusing.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: ED-209's is stairs, with far too broad legs to manage the narrow and steep steps. One is also shown flailing about uselessly after it gets its foot caught in a manhole.

Emil M. Antonowsky

One of Clarence's thugs.

Played by Paul McCrane

Leon Nash

One of Clarence's thugs.

Played by Ray Wise

Cain / RoboCop 2

The main antagonist of the second movie, and the distributor of a street drug called "Nuke."

Played by Tom Noonan

Hob

A young hoodlum who serves as Cain's apprentice in RoboCop 2.

Played by Gabriel Damon

  • The Dragon: To Cain.
  • Enfant Terrible
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Hob is horrified when Cain has Officer Duffy eviscerated.
  • Infant Immortality: Played straight as RoboCop can't bring himself to shoot Hob, allowing Hob to shoot him in the head and escape. Subverted, as Lewis has no problem beating him up when he tries to strangle her. Dangerously averted when RoboCop 2 enters the picture.
    Hob: Can't shoot a kid can you FUCKER!!!
  • Kids Are Cruel
  • Not So Different: He now understands what RoboCop had to go through to become RoboCop, as he is dying himself. Just by seeing the expression on Robo's face, Hob knows that he's been through it before.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: His offers to help Mayor Kuzak pay off the city's debts to OCP in exchange for legalizing Nuke is almost reasonable.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He redeems himself by revealing Cain to be RoboCop 2 and all he asks in return is for RoboCop to not leave him while he dies.
  • Villain Song: Actually gets one on the soundtrack."The Kid Goes Wild," by Babylon A.D.

The CEO

The New head of OCP who is in-charge of the company in Robocop 3

Played by Rip Torn

Paul McDagget

Commander of the Rehabs, mercenaries hired by OCP.

Played by John Castle

Otomo

An android assigned to destroy RoboCop.

Played by Bruce Locke

Kanemitsu

Chairmen of the Kanemitsu Corporation.

Played by Mako


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