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Alex J. Murphy/RoboCop
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.
- An Arm and a Leg: His right hand and 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 left 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: He was killed by Clarence and his gang, but OCP brought him back as an uber-powerful cyborg.
- Bald of Awesome: Post-"cyborgification".
- Berserk Button: If you are a member of Clarence Boddicker's gang, run. If you betray honest cops, especially if you yourself are a cop, he will kill you.
- Badass Baritone: He has a pretty intimidating voice, being both deep and filtered electronically. Murphy's natural voice counts as well.
- Badass Boast: "Your move, creep"; "Dead or alive, you're coming with me"; "I'm not arresting you anymore"; "Come quietly or there will be...trouble".
- 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. Not only that, but he has to lie on the operating table, unable to move, while the team of scientists working on him casually discuss, for example, whether to remove his arm or not.
- His rebuilt form as Robocop; they basically discarded everything except his brain (and certain vital organs, in 2014 remake), and jammed it all into a mechanical body. And then they peeled off his human face and grafted onto a cybernetic skull, to try to lessen the Uncanny Valley effect. This is really brought home in the scene where he takes off his helmet by removing the screws from his temples and then gazes sadly at what's left of himself in the mirror.
- 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.
- Murphy's Deadpan Snarker tendencies come back with his humanity too.
- 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.
- The Comically Serious: At first.(to the rape victim he just rescued) Madam, you have suffered an emotional shock. I will notify a rape crisis center.
- 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 though, as later in the film we see he doesn't need his helmet to use his heads-up display.
- 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. His humanity returns by the end of the first film, and both sequels see him as every bit the incorruptible hero he was in life. Notably, the erasure of all directives in the second film fails to noticeably affect his behavior in any way.
- Cyborg: Well, duh. He's a rare example of a high-conversion model; apart from his face — which is explicitly skin that was peeled off and placed on a cybernetic skull — and certain organs (mostly the brain), all of him is machine.
- 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.
- Dissonant Serenity: He's a cyborg who brings in justice in the brutal manner thanks to his super strength, but rarely raises his voice and mostly speak in a monotone, while never giving out a Precision F-Strike towards anybody.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: When he asks Lewis what happened to his family.Lewis starts to put a hand on his shoulderRoboCop: 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.
- The Everyman: According to his actor Weller in this interview, Murphy was just another mild-mannered "average joe" (or perhaps the clean-cut model kind in comparison to his cynical police department colleagues) before becoming Robocop.
- 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. It's present in his human side too; in the second film, one of the doctors on the Robocop 2 project hypothesizes that his dutiful nature (clean service record, happy family life, devoted Catholic, etc.) gave him a strong core of personality that allowed him to avoid the problems faced by other "subjects."
- 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.
- Gosh Darn It to Heck!: In the films, post-"cyborgification," he never swears as he is programmed not to, even when he was a once human, he never did seem to cuss on-screen.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: OCP never expected his human side to re-appear.
- The Gunslinger: He is between types Trick Shot and Vaporizer.
- Gun Twirling: He was fond of it as a human, both because his son liked it and because he thought it was cool. As Robocop, it was one of the first bits of his original personality to re-emerge.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He was blond. Once he becomes RoboCop, he lost the blond hair but not the heart of gold, not completely.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Has a Cool Helmet, but he takes it off after the disastrous escape from ED-209 and the entire Detroit police force leaves him heavily damaged (see Broken Faceplate).
- The Hero: Mostly as Alex. After he comes Back from the Dead, he is more of an Anti-Hero.
- The Hero Dies: Subverted. He dies during a failed arrest of Boddicker's gang, but he's resurrected as a much tougher hero cop.
- 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.
- Improvised Weapon: The metal spike in his right hand, which is a computer jack, also happens to work great for stabbing someone in the neck.
- "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.
- 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.
- Meat Sack Robot: The eponymous RoboCop was designed to essentially be a robot using a critically injured cop's central nervous system as a Wetware CPU. They left enough of a digestive system to sustain the brain and spine, and grafted his face on for looks, but he's otherwise a robot meant to be subservient to programming. Him partially regaining his previous identity was an unexpected accident.
- 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 gets 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 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.
- After being heavily modified by OCP in 2 to the point where's a walking mental mess due to all the many and contradictory directives programmed into his system.
- 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.
- Only Sane Man: Both before and after post-"cyborgification," he's considered to be this in comparison to his more frustrated and cynical colleagues who wanted to go on strike.
- Papa Wolf: Hurt any member of his family, and nothing will stop him from killing you.
- Police Brutality: Murphy's not above this, considering he tossed Boddicker through several windows, punched a former city councilman-turned-terrorist out of a window, his interrogation of a Corrupt Cop involved throwing him into several arcades machines and smashing his face into a scene, and infamously used his gun to castrate a rapist.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad: In the second movie, after he's saddled with a couple hundred politically-correct directives that almost literally drive him mad before he manages to erase them.
- Power at a Price: Best explained in Cursed with Awesome above.
- Protagonist Title: He is The Hero of the film.
- 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.
- Strolling Through the Chaos: Likewise, walking right into the firefight at the drug lab, not even bothering to respond for several seconds while two dozen guys are shooting at him, then casually raising his gun and wasting a bunch of them.
- 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.
- Theme Music Power-Up: His leitmotif appears in many scenes when he does something cool. Inverted in the Parking Garage scene where it becomes a Dark Reprise.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: His own death. Also, some of the crooks he blows away.
- They Call Me Mister Tibbs: The first 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.
- 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.
- Tranquil Fury: When he and Boddicker are facing off against each other, you can practically feel the hateful undertones in his monotonous voice.
- 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: He still has a scar on his forehead from where Boddicker shot him to finish him off.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: It's likely it was caused by the coup de grâce 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".
- Two First Names: Murphy is commonly used as a girl's name.
- 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: Thanks to being made into a cyborg, any physical damage he sustains sans the head can be repaired.
- We Will Use WikiWords in the Future: His name is properly styled RoboCop.
- 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 6: 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.
Detroit Police Department
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
- Action Girl: Come on, she's a cop.
- Badass Adorable: Don't be fooled by her feminine features. See Establishing Character Moment.
- Badass Driver: Serves as the driver during the van chase at the beginning of the movie, rescues Murphy from an extrajudicial execution in her squad car, and also drives during the climactic shootout at the steel mill.
- Badass Normal: She may not be a superhuman cyborg like Murphy, but they still make a great team. She also saves his life in a Big Damn Heroes moment, and is a pretty good shot ... with a grenade launcher.
- Boyish Short Hair: An intentional choice by the film's creators to give her a bit of an androgynous look, since they felt her gender was not important, though she averts this in the sequels.
- Character Tic: Chewing bubblegum, which alerts one of the gang members to her presence: he incapacitates her so she can't help Murphy when he's cornered.
- Dumb Blonde: Averted. Despite having dirty-blonde hair, she's one of the few people working for OCP who isn't a complete moron.
- Establishing Character Moment: Is introducing by subduing a misbehaving perp with a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Boyish Short Hair in the first film, chin length bob in the second film and shoulder length '80s Hair perm in the third film.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She spends a lot of the movie being the only person under OCP who treats Robo like a human being rather than Just a Machine, and goes out of her way and disobeys orders to help him.
- Female Gaze: She sneaks up on one of Boddicker's goons while he's relieving himself. He puts his hands up, but then casually nods towards his crotch and asks her if he should "zip this up" first. She doesn't fall for the obvious ruse at first but, unfortunately, she can't resist glancing down, and once she does, he catches her off-guard and disarms her.
- Killed Off for Real: By McDagget, a Moral Event Horizon moment for him.
- The Lancer: She is Robo's main ally and Only Friend.
- Only Friend: She's the only police officer who tries to befriend Robo and believes that somewhere in his metallic body, he's still her former partner.
- Oral Fixation: She regularly chews bubblegum.
- Platonic Lifepartners: Her and Alex/Robo are strictly True Companions.
- Sacrificial Lion: In the third movie. Killed by Request of actress Nancy Allen.
- Sidekick: Averted. They're very much equals, despite the fact that one's now a Nigh Invulnerable cyborg.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Is fatally injured by McDagget around halfway in the third movie and dies in Murphy's arms.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She's never without a bubblegum.
- Two First Names: Her last name is usually used as a guy's name. Same applies to her actress.
- You Are Too Late: After being knocked out, she arrives right after Murphy has been shot up and is dying.
Sergeant John/Warren ReedPlayed by Robert Doqui
- Badass in Charge: In RoboCop 3, the man proved it when OCP threatened to take away his pension if he didn't move people out of their homes.
- Badass Mustache: He's one of the few undisputed examples of Big Good in the whole franchise, and on the third film is the one who organizes the citizens of Cadillac Heights to fight back against the Rehab/Splatter army that is coming to kick out (or kill) everybody. And on all three films he rocks a solid mustache.
- Big Good: His attitude towards the officers under his command resembles A Father to His Men.
- Continuity Snarl: The subject of his first name. In the scene when Morton, Johnson, and co. and taking RoboCop to Metro West in the original movie, Morton asks who Reed is, to which Johnson replies "Sgt. John Reed", but in the second, following Faxx's tampering of RoboCop, Murphy calls Reed "Warren".
- Da Chief: He is in charge of the Detroit Police Department.
- Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: Rips off his own badge to demonstrate he won't be a corporate goon anymore.
- Last Stand: Against OCP at the end of RoboCop 3. Saved by Murphy pulling a Big Damn Heroes with his jetpack.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He opposes OCP's moronic policies that put his officers in danger, and tries to dissuade them from striking.
- Turn in Your Badge: Shown in RoboCop 3, he takes off his badge and drops it to the floor in defiance of Johnson's edict for the station to help clear people out of Cadillac Heights.
- Two First Names: Reed can be used as a given name for guys. His name actually counts as three first names if you take into account the Continuity Snarl of his given name. Four if you count Alpha Commando changing his given name to "Joe".
Omni Consumer Products
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
- A Dick in Name: The film loves to go out of its way to remind you that he's as terrible as his namesake by having every character really. emphasise. the. pronunciation of his nickname when they are being angry or sarcastic at him.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Boddicker.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: This is a pattern with OCP, but Jones took it Up to 11. He doesn't even care that he made a piece of utter crap that killed a board member!I had a guaranteed military sale with ED 209 - renovation program, spare parts for twenty-five years... Who cares if it worked or not!?
- Destination Defenestration: His attempt to rebel against the Old Man ends out going ... out the window.
- Did You Actually Believe...?: "What did you think? That you were an ordinary cop? You're our product!"
- Evil Gloating: When Robo comes to arrest him, unknowingly activating Directive 4, he holds out his arms and sarcastically offers to let Robo bring him in. Then he summons ED-209 to kill him, boasting about how he killed Bob Morton.
- Evil Old Folks: Not as much as The Old Man, but enough so that Rob Morton saw his advanced years as a sign of weakness... A fatal mistake.
- Evil Is Hammy: "It's best if you think of it as a game... I'm cashing you out, Bob!"
- Expy: Apparently of Lex Luthor, due to both of them being Corrupt Corporate Executive Big Bads who act as Arch Nemeses for The Heroes.
- He tells Bob after hearing Bob insult him and the Old Man that he's made jabs at his bosses too, but he always respected them. In the final scene when he's outed as the Big Bad, he takes the Old Man hostage.
- He chews out Boddicker for implicating him in Boddicker's actions because Robo records everything he sees, and those recordings could be used as a evidence in a trial. Come the final scene, Robo reveals Dick's true colors to OCP by playing his recording of Dick's Just Between You and Me.
- No Indoor Voice: A common Robocop villain trait.
- The Sociopath: Jones had no qualms to take lives of helpless human beings in order to take over OCP.
- The Starscream: His plan is to wait for the Old Man to die, take over OCP and run the city of Detroit like his own personal fiefdom.
- Villainous Breakdown: All throughout the movie, he's been quite the Smug Snake sleaze, but once Robo plays back his confession, he tries to bargain his way out by holding the Old Man hostage.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The rest of OCP, including his boss, has no idea about his mob connections and general underhandedness.
An executive at OCP that always manages to stick around no matter what happens.Played by Felton Perry
- Comedic Sociopathy: He reacts way too happy when Rob' kills Dick, complete with a huge smile and a thumbs-up, though it may be because he just found out Dick had murdered Morton, who he considered a friend.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He is horrified by the ED-209 screw-up, happy when Jones died after learning about Bob's death, and was appalled with Faxx's ideas for the RoboCop 2 project.
- 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.
- Bus Crash: Seems to have died in the period between Robocop 2 and Robocop 3, leaving his company in the much less capable hands of The CEO in Robocop 3.
- Characterization Marches On: 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 still a Corrupt Corporate Executive, however. 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? Most egregiously, he authorizes a hit on the mayor of Detroit when the desperate mayor tries to make a deal with a crime lord to save the city's finances, which would set back OCP's plans.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of the original film trilogy. Downplayed in the first movie (even though his employee Dick Jones is the Big Bad with connections to Boddicker, he plays no part in the conspiracy), but played straight in the sequel when Characterization Marches On when he purposely allowed Faxx to have Robocop decommissioned and then supervise the Robocop 2 project by using the brain of the Big Bad to control the robot. Even in his absence in the third film with he new head of OCP in his place, his sinister influence still cast its shadow.
- Large Ham:
- "YOU CALL THIS A GLITCH!"
- "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.
- Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: He was practically the Token Good Teammate of OCP and even thanked Robocop and referred him as a human being in the first film. He's suddently a ruthless corporate asswipe that has people killed and uses improperly tested weapons in the sequel to a point he's nearly an Expy of his actor's past Corrupt Corporate Executive role as Conal Cochran in Halloween III: Season of the Witch, except his motives are out of Greed rather then For the Evulz unlike Cochran.
- 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, to say nothing of the ramifications of gentrification.
A young up-and-coming executive at the helm of the 'RoboCop' project.Played by Miguel Ferrer
- Affably Evil: He was originally written as just another yuppie corporate douchebag, but Miguel Ferrer brought a kind of smarmy charm to the character that, when combined with Morton's almost fatherly pride in Robocop, made him strangely likeable.
- Asshole Victim: He's killed by Boddicker, though his death is more of a Alas, Poor Villain moment for him.
- 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.
- Big Good: Downplayed. Even for a Smug Snake Jerkass Corrupt Corporate Executive Anti-Villain, he can be considered to be this of the first film as he was responsible for bringing Murphy back to life as the indestructible cybernetic crimefighter to sincerely solve Detroit's crime problem and even after his death, his legacy still lived on through his successful creation Robo. Plus, given the Old Man's Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome in the the second film after being depicted as the Token Good Teammate of the first film, Morton is by comparison the true sole Token Good Teammate of OCP as he genuinely wanted his creation to solve the city's problems, even though his creation's sincerity of being the solution made Morton felt it would grant him a promotion above anything else.
- Character Death: He dies when Boddicker uses a hand grenade to blow him and his house up.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Like all OCP executives, he did not get where he is by being nice about it.
- Evil Is Hammy:
- Hookers and Blow: What he was doing before Boddicker came to his house.
- Jerkass: He has Murphy's remaining organic arm amputated when it could've been saved, just because he likes the idea of a full-body cyborg better. And the whole project hinges on deliberately rotating men like Murphy into high-crime areas to created "candidates" for robotization.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he is a bit more on the Jerkass 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, indicating Morton genuinely does want his creation to really fight crime with full effect on the streets of Detroit.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: (To the under-construction Robo) "You're gonna be a bad motherfucker!"
- (Also regarding his creation) "That's good. That's very good. I fuckin' love that guy!!"
- Morality Chain: Even though he's just another Corrupt Corporate Executive, but to due to his somewhat genuine goal of creating a crimefighting cyborg with absolutely no ill effects and to make sure Old Detroit is safe to walk in the streets again with no worries unlike the first film's sole 100% genuine Corrupt Corporate Executive sociopath Dick Jones, Morton seems to be this to the Old Man (who seems to be less corrupt in the first film) and the company OCP (which includes employees like Johnson) in general. However, after Morton's death in the first film, in the second film, the Old Man become as bad as Dick Jones, which in turn OCP becomes just another amoral Evil, Inc. unlike the first film where the company only had a few crooked chief executives.
- Smug Snake: "Fuck Jones. He's old, we're young... and that's life."
- Token Good Teammate: Say what you will about his methods, but when Bob got the job of creating a police robot, he paid close attention to every step of the process — right down to arranging Murphy's death — and insisted on delivering the best product he could. Truly an inspiring — albeit amoral — example of the capabilities of American corporations. Compare Jones, who didn't even care whether or not his robot worked — just if he could sell it!
- Uriah Gambit: An odd version, as he didn't even know Alex, let alone had any real disagreement with Murphy, as Morton wanted a skilled, experienced police officer to use for his RoboCop project and for said officer to be dead so he could exploit legal loopholes regarding the use of the officer's body, and thus arranged several officers to be sent to the dangerous Metro West section of Detroit. Alex Murphy just has the crappy luck of being killed and selected by Morton.
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.
- Adaptation Name Change: For some reason, the cartoon and toyline featured the ED-260 (possibly justified, as that may have been intended to be a successor model to the movie robot).
- Adaptational Badass: In one of the Robocop vs. Terminator comics, an ED-209 fights a T-800 and wins. Being ED-209, his flawed logic immediately ruins his crowning moment of awesome, as he opts to finish off his downed opponent by shooting it with a rocket while the damaged T-800 is at ED-209's feet, blowing himself up.
- 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.
- Evil Sounds Deep: And it is a product of OCP and targets RoboCop.
- The Brute: Is this to Dick Jones. ED-209 is the first thing that manages to do any kind of damage to RoboCop.
- Butt-Monkey/Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: ED-209 suffers an embarrassing failure once per movie, from falling down the stairs in Robocop, getting his foot stuck in an open manhole in Robocop 2, and being hacked and made to declare himself a puppy dog in Robocop 3. Dick Jones outright admits ED-209 was built by the lowest bidder and it's primary purpose was to sell defense contracts rather to actually work.
- Catch-Phrase: "Please put down your weapon. You have 20 seconds to comply."
- Chicken Walker: His leg design.
- 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.
- The Ditz: While ED-209 is much larger, more cumbersome, and less maneuverable than a humanoid, his greatest weakness is his limited computerized programming, which is prone to errors and flaws of logic, nicely illustrating the huge difference between a programmed machine and a human mind like Robocop's.
- Mighty Glacier: Much like its cyborg competition, it's not the fastest robot, but it sure packs a lot of firepower and is hard to destroy.
- Mecha-Mook: One serves as Dick Jones' personal bodyguard.
- 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.
The CEOThe New head of OCP who is in-charge of the company in Robocop 3Played by Rip Torn
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Paul McDaggett, though he's clearly the lesser evil.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Quite possibly the most incompetent villain in the series.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Per the course for the higher-ups of OCP.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Draws the line at killing police officers who were standing up for the rebels.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's only referred to by his job title.
- Incompetence, Inc.: He isn't as smart as the Old Man and it's clear OCP hasn't prospered since he was appointed its new head, with the company sinking lower and lower.
- Jerkass: He wants OCP to prosper (again, because he's run it to the ground). And if going to war with the citizens of Detroit is what it takes, then so be it.
- Kill the Poor: He has absolutely no problem with the Rehabs killing people who resist getting kicked out of their homes as long as it doesn't makes the news. The moment he actually protests is because McDaggett decides to keep the campaign even if that means killing cops.
- Smug Snake: The moment the smug finally goes out of his face is the moment when he discovers that 1) OCP's stock has completely bottomed out (as a response for the public discovering how violent the Rehabs actually are) and the corporation is now utterly worthless and 2) McDaggett showcases himself to be Eviler Than Thou.
A central antagonist of the first movie. He is the crime boss of Old Detroit.Played by Kurtwood Smith
- Ax-Crazy: As his execution of Murphy and Morton shows, he's a violent sadist with a fondness for torture and murder.
- Arch-Enemy: For Alex/Robo, being the one who killed him and all.
- Bad Boss: Tells an injured employee "Can you fly, Bobby?" before throwing him into pursuing Police Car.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Jones.
- BFG: He and his gang get Cobra Assault Cannons to destroy RoboCop.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: He wears almost nothing but black and grey. Clearly a bad dude.
- Cop Killer: He's killed 32 cops before killing Alex and openly tells Alex he hates cops.
- Create Your Own Hero: Boddicker and his gang killed Alex Murphy—which bit him in the ass when Morton used Murphy to create RoboCop.
- Diabolical Mastermind: As a crime boss in Old Detroit, he has connections with companies and some law enforcers, and and pretty much untouched by law.
- Deadpan Snarker: He can make some dismissive, yet witty comments.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: He has African-American Joe Cox, Asian-American Steve Minh and Emil Antonowsky, who may have some Russian ancestry, on his gang.
- Evil Gloating: "Are you a good cop, hotshot? You gotta be some kind of great cop, coming in here all by yourself!"
- Evil Is Hammy: As opposed to Alex and the other good guys, he is quite loud.
- Famous Last Words: "Sayonara, RoboCop!"
- Faux Affably Evil: He tries to sound polite to his opponents, even when he threatens to kill them.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Never seen without his glasses. And there is the whole "based on Heimrich Himmler" thing...
- Hand Cannon: Carries a Desert Eagle with a massive silencer.
- Hero Killer: Murphy is just his latest in a long string of victims.
- Laughably Evil: He can actually be pretty funny at times.
- Large Ham: "Ooh, guns guns guuuuuns! Come on Sal! The Tigers are playing... tonight: And I never miss a game!"
- The Leader: Of the crooks that killed Alex.
- No Indoor Voice: Especially when he is very happy or angry.
- Oh, Crap!: When he realizes that Robo is trying to kill him the second time, not arrest him.
- Pet the Dog: When he comes to kill Bob Morton, whom is being entertained by two prostitutes at the moment, he simply orders the prostitutes to leave rather than kill them as potential witnesses.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: (to a couple of prostitutes) "Bitches, leave." He later drops an racial slur against Italians to Italian gangster Sal. Oddly, he doesn't refer to Robo as "it."
- Putting on the Reich: His costuming (wiry glasses, overcoat, leather gloves) was inspired by Heinrich Himmler, reinforcing the idea of him as intelligent but highly sadistic and evil.
- Psycho for Hire: Dick Jones got to hire a ruthless crime lord to do his bidding.
- Softspoken Sadist: One of the less hammy villains in the movie, though still a veritable fountain of meme-tastic, scenery chewing one-liners.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Robo throws him through a few windows, he starts pleading with him not to kill him, because he has the dirt on Jones.
- You Have Failed Me: "Can you fly, Bobby?"
Emil M. Antonowsky
One of Clarence's thugs.Played by Paul McCrane
- Ax-Crazy: Just as insane as his boss, but more impulsive, as seen when he threatens to kill an employee at the gas station simply for laughs.
- An Arm and a Leg: More like his entire body explodes.
- Body Horror: His last moments were unpleasant, to say the least.
- Hollywood Acid: Involved in a horrible accident leading to his famous "melting man" scene.
- I'm Melting!: During the gang's final showdown with RoboCop, his truck crashes into a large vat of green goo labeled with a radioactive sign... and it really did not agree with his squishy bits. His body melts as a result.
- Jerkass: Even for a sadistic henchman, he's really obnoxious.
- Not Quite Dead: Although the scene where Robo fires at him and he crashes his motorcycle looks like he's dying, he shows up later alive (though he still has a gash on his face). Then he dies a much, much more horrible death.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: After being released from prison, he makes some hilarious jokes about rape. Nice guy.
- Prison Rape: Seems to be averted. He claims to not having been raped while in prison.
- Shoot the Television: While the rest of Detroit is rioting, he's calmly sitting and watching a TV in a store window and drinking some liquor. Something pisses him off, leading him to chuck the bottle through the window at the TV.
One of Clarence's thugs.Played by Ray Wise
- Evil Gloating: After dropping a ton of scrap metal on Robo and incapacitating him, he yells and cheers, which leads to Killed Mid-Sentence below.
- Groin Attack: He tries to knee Robo in the balls. Too bad Robocop is a cyborg.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His own grenade launcher is turned on him by Lewis.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Lewis fires his own grenade launcher at him and blows him up.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When a melting Emil comes to him for help, Nash freaks out (in all fairness, it's hard to blame him), yells "Don't touch me, man!" and runs away.
- Shooting Superman: Punching RoboCop.
- Stuff Blowing Up: His fate, what with being on the receiving end of a rocket launcher and all.
Joe P. Cox
One of Clarence's thugs.Played by Jesse D. Goins
- Annoying Laugh: A high-pitched deranged laughter. See The Hyena below.
- Black Dude Dies First: Zig-zagged. He is not the first of the gang to die overall, as Steve Minh dies previously during the shootout with Robo at the cocaine factory. However, he is the first of Clarence's gang to die in their final confrontation with RoboCop.
- Camping a Crapper: Subverted. He is caught relieving himself by Lewis, but manages to knock her out and escape unharmed.
- Cool Car: When released from prison, he gets a 6000 SUX.
- Evil Laugh: Everytime he laughs is when he's done something bad or is about to do.
- Good Night, Sweet Prince: He says this to Murphy as he lays dying.
- The Hyena: He is recognizable for his high-pitched crazy laugh, which he lets out in most scenes he appears in.
- Large Ham: Always laughing loudly and acting all camp.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Calls Emil a homophobic slur a couple of times.
- Scary Black Man: A black member of a ruthless crime gang which is known for his deranged laughter and being trigger-happy.
- Signature Laugh: Again, his laughter is probably his most notable trait.
Cain / RoboCop 2The main antagonist of the second movie, and the distributor of a street drug called "Nuke."Played by Tom Noonan
- Ax-Crazy: He was a psychotic killer before he became a cyborg. After that he just gets worse.
- Back from the Dead: As RoboCop 2 aka RoboCain.
- Big Bad: Of RoboCop 2.
- Brain in a Jar: His organic components are basically limited to a brain, eyes, and spinal cord.
- Came Back Wrong: His first act as Robocop 2 is to massacre every member of his former gang under the directive of OCP. Granted, this was something Cain would probably have been capable of anyway, and since he's no longer human, he no longer needs minions.
- Dark Messiah: What he sees himself as.
- Cain, when Murphy is at his mercy: Jesus... had days like these.
- Deader Than Dead: Let's see... getting his life support taken off, his brain used to control RoboCop 2, then having said brain ripped out and smashed to pieces by RoboCop. That's about as dead as you get!
- Evil Counterpart: To RoboCop.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Turns out putting the brain of a psychopathic criminal mastermind inside a war-machine robot isn't the best of ideas.
- From Camouflage to Criminal: When Faxx looks him up, it's revealed he served in the Amazon War.
- Lean and Mean: As Cain, he's tall, thin, and creepily evil.
- Immune to Bullets: Even more so that the original Robocop. In the first film, sustained concentrated fire from multiple SWAT teams armed with military-grade weaponry was able to at least seriously injure Murphy (Granted, Murphy was unable to shoot back and had to just take it for a solid minute). The same amount of firepower directed against Cain just mildly annoys him.
- Made of Iron: As Robocop 2, he's so heavily armored that he can shrug off shots from an anti-material rifle capable of one-hit-killing an ED-209.
- Name of Cain: Naturally.
- Restraining Bolt: After the fiasco that was ED-209, OCP at least has the sense to have Robocop 2's weapon systems controlled by an external remote control. However, Robocop 2 just steals the remote from them, activates his guns, then smashes the remote (apparently OCP never bothered to make more than one).
- Robotic Psychopath: Being made a cyborg against his will didn't stop him from being Ax-Crazy.
- Sinister Shades: He wear sunglasses in most of his human appearances.
- Superior Successor: Robocop 2 is this to both the original Robocop as well as to the ED-209s, being much more heavily armed and armored than either while retaining Robocop's human level reasoning abilities. Too bad he's also a Nuke-addicted maniac with the brain of a sociopathic crime lord. His operating system also seems to be a version of Apple O/S, compared to Robocop's simpler green CRT text operating system.
- TV Head Robot: After becoming RoboCop 2, though instead of being a constant feature, it's only deployed when he wants to show his face.
- Walking Arsenal: Robocop 2 has an insane amount of heavy weaponry incorporated into his body, including a minigun with an absurd amount of stored ammo, a shoulder-mounted cannon, a extendable pneumatic battering ram for a fist, and a plasma cutting arm. Apparently the design philosophy while building him was There's No Kill Like Overkill.
HobA young hoodlum who serves as Cain's apprentice in RoboCop 2.Played by Gabriel Damon
- The Dragon: To Cain.
- Enfant Terrible: He's as bad as any of the adult members of Cain's gang.
- 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: Played straight when the thugs are dismantling Murphy. "They say he's got a brain, I wanna see it".
- Averted when Cain has Duffy butchered in the most horrible way imaginable.
- 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.
Paul McDaggetCommander of the Rehabs, mercenaries hired by OCP.Played by John Castle
- Army of Thieves and Whores: Hires a vicious street gang after the police force quits.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With the OCP CEO
- Colonel Kilgore: The CEO calls him "war-wacky" on the climax. The fact that he seems to like the combat that is going on only adds to that.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Though nominally the CEO is supposed to be his superior, McDagget ultimately answers only to Kanemitsu directly and mostly only tolerates the CEO. In fact it seems he's willing to go to extreme lengths not authorized by Kanemitsu in order to achieve his mission of cleansing Old Detroit to make way for Delta City.
- Hero Killer: Kills Officer Anne Lewis, a Moral Event Horizon moment for him.
- Evil Brit: British and very evil.
- Eviler Than Thou: Even the Corrupt Corporate Executives at OCP ultimately find his methods to be beyond the pale. He just pulls a Hand Cannon on the CEO and tells him to sit down and shut up.
- Kill the Poor: He plans to wipe out the citizens of Old Detroit who refuse to cooperate with being relocated from their homes.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Even more so than OCP (who were blatantly Putting on the Reich in the second film).
OtomoAn android assigned to destroy RoboCop.Played by Bruce Locke
- Corporate Samurai: A literal example.
- Fragile Speedster: Otomo's not nearly as tough as Robocop or ED-209; a few bullets to the face are sufficient to crack his shell (although this doesn't seem enough to cause any loss of function), and one grenade launcher headshot is enough to take him out. However, he's much faster than Robocop, with speed and agility as good as if not better than a very fit human athlete, able to perform flips, spins, and jumpkicks while still being superhumanly strong enough to knock Robocop's several hundred pound chassis around.
- Honor Before Reason: Has a chance to kill RoboCop from behind but waits for him to turn around. Later waits for him to get up after being knocked down
- Katanas Are Just Better/Absurdly Sharp Blade: Otomo's sole weapon is a katana sword, which happens to be sharp enough to chop off Robocop's titanium hand.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: An android samurai assassin.
- Offscreen Teleportation: In Robocop's first encounter with one, Otomo appears behind Robocop Michael Myers style in the 2 seconds it takes Robocop to bend down and pick up a piece of paper that was on the ground.
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: The two Otomos in the final fight seem to be equipped with one that triggers if they're destroyed. McDagget mentions they have a blast radius of 20 yards and ends up dying in the resulting explosion after the two are destroyed.
- Superior Successor: Nicely contrasts the Japanese automotive industry of the 1980's with that of the USA. While American robots like Robocop, ED-209, and Robocop 2 are powerful but cumbersome Mighty Glaciers that stick out like a sore thumb, the Japanese-developed Otomo is a sleeker, more advanced Ridiculously Human Robot fast enough and strong enough to juggle Robocop in a fight.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: An android who is essentially indistinguishable from a normal human (in terms of appearance at least; he never talks so it's unclear whether he has any social programming).
KanemitsuChairmen of the Kanemitsu Corporation.Played by Mako
- Bigger Bad: He's the CEO of the corporation that purchased OCP.
- Japan Takes Over the World: His corporation owns OCP, which means he technically owns Detroit.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: It's implied the CEO and McDagget are working behind his back and he doesn't know how bad the situation in Detroit really is. He does fire the CEO at the end of the movie.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For the Old Man.
- Villain Respect: Meets RoboCop in person and he bows in traditional Japanese style.