A sequel to RoboCop, released in 1990.The plot involves the spread of a new drug called Nuke, considered the most addictive narcotic in history, as the police department is on strike. RoboCop struggles to stem the flow by going after Cain, a drug kingpin with a messiah complex.Meanwhile, OCP has failed to replicate their success creating the first RoboCop. After several failed attempts, an unscrupulous executive in OCP hypothesizes that the mind of a criminal with a strong desire for power and immortality could survive the procedure. When RoboCop finally takes Cain down, OCP immediately sticks Cain's brain in "RoboCop 2" and counts on his addiction to Nuke as a Restraining Bolt (you get no points for guessing how long he stays loyal). Now RoboCop must face his Evil Counterpart — who is far more heavily armed than himself.
This film has the examples of:
And Show It to You: RoboCop does this to Cain. Instead of the heart, Robo uses the brain. Presumably, we're talking wi-fi here.
Antagonist Title: Technically given that the antagonist has the same name as the film.
BFG: Cobra Assault Cannon from the original film returns to be used by RoboCop against Cain.
Barrier-Busting Blow: RoboCop politely knocks on the (armoured) drug kitchen door. When the guard comes to check the viewport, Robo's fist comes through to wallop him in the solar plexus.
Biting-the-Hand Humor: After being reprogrammed by Faxx, one of RoboCop's new directives is to "avoid Orion meetings."
Blunt Metaphors Trauma: Robocop stops some kids from playing with an open fire hydrant. He attempts to dispatch some old adages of homespun wisdom, but botches several of the sayings. It's worth noting that he's been reprogrammed with so many conflicting directives that he can barely think straight.
Bomb Whistle: Accompanies RoboCain and RoboCop when they fall from the OCP building.
Bottomless Magazines: Bizarrely averted in one scene, considering the film plays it terribly straight otherwise. When Hob first tries to use his fold-out machine gun on Lewis, she knocks him back and he squeezes the trigger. In less than two seconds, empty clip.
Cutting the Knot: RoboCop is given a slew of new directives essentially intended to render him completely useless. When he overhears that a power surge could get rid of them, he walks over to an electrical box and zaps himself, wiping out all his directives.
Determinator: After numerous disastrous attempts at attempting to build a second law enforcement cyborg, Dr. Faxx speculates that the reason why Alex Murphy has survived as RoboCop for so long without issues is that his profile - devout Irish Catholic and an intense devotion to duty - and personality keeps him from eating a bullet.
Dirty Cop: Officer Duffy is used by Cain as an inside source so that Cain and his gang can get inside information on police raids against their hideouts and prepare. After RoboCop beats Cain's location out of Duffy, Cain has Duffy killed by vivisection.
Disastrous Demonstration: RoboCain goes berserk at a press event after the Old Man unwisely waves a canister of Cain's favorite drug around on front of it.
The second attempted RoboCop 2 prototype removes his face-plate and helmet... and reveals to be nothing more than a bloody, screaming skull attached to lots of wires, which immediately collapses to the ground.
RoboCain's screen-for-a-face also pulls this on his former girlfriend Angie before breaking her neck.
Hob, the youngest member of Cain's cult, makes them look innocent in comparison. He's not above killing cops, even trying to garrote Lewis in the scene where RoboCop is beating up Officer Duffy, and uses his age to avoid getting gunned down by RoboCop. Later in the film, he almost manages to buy Detroit by making a deal with the mayor. Then RoboCain shows up...
There's also a junior baseball team that is robbing an electronics store.
Epic Fail: The attempted RoboCop 2 prototypes were driven to self-destruction. The first one pulls his gun and shoots two of the guys overseeing the test (Dr. Schenk is shot in the arm, and has his arm in a sling, wincing uncomfortably when the tape plays), before turning the gun on himself. The second prototype pulls off his faceplate and helmet, revealing a screaming skull that promptly topples over with a loud crash.
The Evil Genius: Hob seems to be one of the more intelligent members of Cain's gang.
Even Evil Has Standards: The dirty doctor who vivisects Officer Duffy to death for squealing is wise enough to suggest to Cain that the very young Hob should leave the room because it would be too intense for him. Angie and Hob also look very much horrified when the torture and murder begins.
Eye Scream: Two prostitutes beat and rob a guy who just had robbed an old lady, and he gets a heel in his eye. There is also one guard during the police raid on Cain's hideout that gets a Moe Greene Special.
Face Palm: The Old Man's response to the failed RoboCop prototypes.
Fanservice Extra: Used deliberately in a cut sequence, to show how Robo has come to terms with the fact that his is just a machine. While walking through the OCP police station, Robo comes across the co-ed locker room, where an unnamed female officer is showering naked. Robo stops and stares for a few moments, then continues on his way.
Gory Discretion Shot: Several times in the movie, we simply got strong hints as to how awful the violence being done was, such as a doctor showing us Cain's agonized face after the skull holding it was sliced away. Used to great effect when RoboCop is dismantled to pieces by Cain's crew - we don't see what it looks like until they're done, but we see the process involves jackhammers, sledgehammers, and their own casual view of the process all from RoboCop's perspective. It is a dark inversion of his "rebirth" in the first movie, and references the visuals of that scene.
Groin Attack: Two prostitutes attack a man on the streets and that one of them had kicked him in the nuts while he was on the ground.
Heart Drive: Cain's brain after he is turned into RoboCop 2.
Heroic BSOD: When Robo encounters the kid villain Hob, he has a full BSOD with flashbacks to his son.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Dr. Faxx used a deadly criminal as a test subject for RoboCain (he ended up acting like the criminal he used to be); then she tried to keep him in check with Nuke (may have worked if he was fully human and his body, not just his mind, actually craved it); then tried to use feminine wiles to avoid responsibility (she was the most likely OCP scapegoat anyway, as she authorized the use of Cain's brain).
Killed Mid-Sentence: The Surgeon General's death in the beginning of the movie: gunned down in the middle of a speech about the spread of Nuke, ironically by a militant Nuke addict working for Cain.
Leave No Witnesses: As OCP are trying to bankrupt the city, they discover that the Mayor is going to cut a deal with a drug lord to get the necessary funding. They send RoboCop 2 to kill the Mayor, specifically stating that there must be no witnesses. Ironically the Mayor is the only one to escape the subsequent massacre, but can't afford to admit what he was up to anyway.
Moe Greene Special: The first person shot by RoboCop when the cops raid Cain's lab is a sniper who gets a round to his right eye.
Motorcycle Jousting: RoboCop has a joust with Cain: RoboCop on a motorcycle, Cain in an armored car.
Name of Cain: Cain, the villain in the second film, is a drug lord, torturer and murderer.
Neck Lift: When Cain (in his RoboCop 2 body) meets Angie in the warehouse, he grabs her head and performs a Neck Snap, then lifts her off the ground and holds her in the air.
Never My Fault: At the end of the film, after RoboCop's intended successor has killed and injured peple, Johnson from OCP suggests blaming Dr. Faxx. It's a twisted example in that it actually was her fault, but OCP brought her in and her superiors turned a blind eye to what she was doing while her subordinates were too afraid to challenge her. Although, to be fair to Johnson, he did argue against Faxx' plans. It was more the CEO of OCP, known only as the Old Man, who needed the blame to be shifted, and then for legal reasons.
Not Himself: When Robo starts showing off his new Politically Correct programming:
Lewis: Hit the gas, Murphy Robo: The posted limit is 35. We should set an example, Anne. Your hair looks lovely that way Lewis: (frowns) It's OCP, they did something to you Robo: I'm fine. Isn't the moon wonderful tonight? Lewis: It's still daytime. Robo:It's the thought that counts. Lewis: (rolls her eyes) Oh, Jesus, we're heading back to the station, that's all there is to it.
Oh, Crap!: Cain's face monitor shows his eyes bulging out just as RoboCop smashes his Brain in a Jar to the asphalt.
Only Sane Man: OCP Executive Don Johnson . He's the only one who realizes that loading RoboCop down with a senselessly complex command program will cripple him and he's one of two men who does see the problem with giving a mass-murdering drug lord an indestructible robot body.
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Dr. Faxx. Belinda Bauer manages to sound broadly American only a handful of times. The rest she swings between vaguely English, Irish, even German and French on a few occasions. What nationality is the actress? Australian.
Out-of-Character Alert: How Lewis and RoboCop's primary technician promptly realize something is very wrong after RoboCop is rebuilt; RoboCop says he's "touched", remarks on it being "a beautiful day" and he calls the captain by his first name; all things Murphy would never do.
Political Correctness Gone Mad: RoboCop is revamped to be a more politically-correct role model by having over two hundred directives installed in his brain to teach "pro-social" messages (as defined by a committee). It drives him effectively insane and unable to do any real policework.
The multitudinous additional directives they added include, noticeable by freeze-framing them:
DIRECTIVE 233: Restrain hostile feelings.
DIRECTIVE 234: Promote positive attitude.
DIRECTIVE 235: Suppress aggressiveness.
DIRECTIVE 236: Promote pro-social values.
DIRECTIVE 238: Avoid destructive behavior.
DIRECTIVE 239: Be accessible.
DIRECTIVE 240: Participate in group activities.
DIRECTIVE 241: Avoid interpersonal conflicts.
DIRECTIVE 242: Avoid premature value judgments.
DIRECTIVE 243: Pool opinions before expressing yourself.
DIRECTIVE 244: Discourage feelings of negativity and hostility.
DIRECTIVE 245: If you haven't got anything nice to say, don't talk.
DIRECTIVE 246: Don't rush traffic lights.
DIRECTIVE 247: Don't run through puddles and splash pedestrians or other cars.
DIRECTIVE 248: Don't say that you are always prompt when you are not.
DIRECTIVE 249: Don't be oversensitive to the hostility and negativity of others.
DIRECTIVE 250: Don't walk across a ballroom floor swinging your arms.
Robo Cam: Mecha-Cain appears to run on an early version of MacOS, complete with skull logo in the upper left.
Save the Day, Turn Away: The movie begins with OCP's legal team forcing RoboCop to turn away from Murphy's wife and kid. RoboCop doesn't want to give up on trying to connect with them, but his family are freaked out by his visits to their home - and are threatening to sue OCP - so RoboCop lies to his wife and convinces them that he isn't really her husband reborn as a warrior of living steel, but a robot built in honor of Murphy's memory.
The Scapegoat: After the battle royale at the end of the movie, the Old Man is well-aware that OCP is going to be on the hook for all the carnage. To save the company, Johnson suggests scapegoating Faxx and making it appear they had been kept completely out of the loop on the project. When you consider that Faxx was responsible for choosing Cain's brain, it actually doesn't seem like scapegoating at all.
Telethon: Mayor Marvin Kuzack organizes a telethon to raise money to save Detroit from bankruptcy. However, we can see that he still has a long ways to go.
That Man Is Dead: In a more complex way, RoboCop tells Murphy's wife that Murphy is dead and they gave RoboCop Murphy's face as a way of honoring the fallen officer. Sadly, we know he's still in there somewhere because he lies to his wife in order to let her go. He may not be dead, but he is no longer her husband.
Ellen Murphy: [sees RoboCop without his helmet] Alex, is it really you? RoboCop: [gets up and walks to her, mesh metal fence separating them] Ellen Murphy: [crying] Don't you remember me? Whatever they've done to you... whatever has happened, we can work it out... start again... RoboCop: [leans forward] Touch me. Ellen Murphy: [she touches his lip, downhearted] It's cold. RoboCop: They made this to honor him. Ellen Murphy: [crying] No... RoboCop: Your husband is dead.I don't know you.
Villain Ball: Bad guys overpower Murphy, dismember him, but then, instead of finishing him off, dump the parts at the police station to rub it in the police's face, that they've beat the best of them. Apparently it didn't occur to them that Murphy could be rebuilt, or they felt over-confident.