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 (Tom Noonan), 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.
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.
Call Back: The gang taking RoboCop apart is reminiscent of Murphy's death in the original film.
Chemical Messiah: Mostly edited out of the final cut, but the villain Cain was a cult leader who thought the drug he used and was distributing, "Nuke", was the key to higher consciousness.
Cloudcuckoolander: RoboCop, after he's saddled with a couple hundred politically-correct directives.
Condemned Contestant: Cain's brain is put in RoboCop 2 against his will after he is taken in by RoboCop.
Continuity Nod: RoboCop brings one of the Cobra Rifles that Clarence Boddicker's gang used in the finale of the last movie to his confrontation with RoboCain, though it does not cause much damage.
Continuity Snarl: Reed's first name. After Faxx's tampered with his programming, Murphy addresses Reed as "Warren". However, in the first movie, when Bob Morton asks who Reed is, Johnson tells him he's "Sgt. John Reed".
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.
The two RoboCop 2 prototypes don't exactly pan out in the testing phase. One shoots several people then blows its own brains out. The second, which they wisely did not provide with a loaded weapon, immediately tore its helmet off, revealing a screaming skull before dropping dead.
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.
Driven to Suicide: One of OCP's commercials has a man lamenting his choice of a cheaper but inferior phone service, which cost his company a lucrative business deal. He then shoots himself in the head. Buy OCP, folks!
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 while 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 and massacres the meeting...
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 is wearing a sling when the tape plays, wincing uncomfortably at that scene), 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. It's likely that one would have tried to shoot someone, too, but the scientists were actually smart enough not give the second prototype live ammunition.
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 are also horrified when he starts cutting; Cain had told Angie the whole thing was a stunt to scare Duffy and the doctor wasn't going to actually hurt him. Hob tries to look away silently, only for Kain to force him to watch.
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 raid on Cain's hideout that gets a Moe Greene Special courtesy of RoboCop.
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.
Flatline: Done when Dr. Faxx shuts off Cain's life support system so his brain can be harvested.
Flaw Exploitation: Hob uses Angie's addiction to Nuke to keep her in line after Cain's absence. Dr. Faxx uses Cain's addiction to Nuke to control him once he's revived...but not for long.
RoboCop better utilizes Cain's addictions in the final battle - despite having superior firepower and a nearly indestructible cyborg body, RoboCain's withdrawal-addled mind allows RoboCop to fight on nearly even terms through better strategy.
Gatling Good: RoboCain's main weapon is a pair of these, which are very destructive against whoever is present.
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.
Hero Stole My Bike: When RoboCop gets knocked off Cain's armored car, three motorcylists are coming up on him as he's lying prone. Two of them ride over him. The third slows down and goes around, and that guy gets knocked off and has his cycle taken so Robo can pursue Cain.
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).
Improbable Age: Hob is the only child member of Cain's gang, but has much control of it as he does.
That might be because he seems to be one of the few (if not only) gang members to not be a drug addict.
Infant Immortality: Averted with Hob, the youngest member of Cain's cult, who gets gunned down behind a truck door while trying to hide from RoboCain.
Kids Are Cruel: Almost all kids shown on screen are little monsters who enjoy violence and law-breaking. Yet RoboCop's conscience won't allow him to target a child. Hob, in particular, is an outright villain and a pretty evil one at that.
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 while snapping her neck a few more times for good measure.
Never My Fault: At the end of the film, after RoboCop's intended successor has killed and injured people, 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. In fact, Johnson is the only one who really isn't at fault, having opposed Faxx at every turn. 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 involved in the RoboCop 2 project who does see the problem with giving the sort of sociopaths who end up on Death Row 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.
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, and had been the one to insist on picking criminal brains to use in general, and that nobody in OCP agreed to it until she seduced the Old Man to give her the go-ahead, it actually doesn't seem like scapegoating at all.
Shoulder Cannon: Part of RoboCain's arsenal is a shoulder-mounted assault cannon and at least one wrist-mounted Gatling gun.
Shout-Out: Cain is overseeing the development of new versions of Nuke, one of which is named Blue Velvet, likely after the song. But just maybe because the chemist working on it is named Frank.
Sleeping with the Boss: Johnson goes to complain to the Old Man about Faxx selecting criminals for the RoboCop program, only to see Faxx walk into the Old Man's room in a revealing outfit.
Stay with Me Until I Die: Little Hob is mortally wounded by Cain's attack. RoboCop finds him and says he's going to call for medical help, but:
Hob: Don't leave me.
RoboCop: I won't leave you. [takes Hob's hand]
Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: In the first movie, the Old Man, the CEO of Omni Consumer Products, is merely an amoral old man who really doesn't do anything outright villainous, just shows little empathy for others. Indeed, he's arguably something of a decent character, as his motivation for erecting "Delta City" genuinely seems to be out of a desire to give people jobs and security in the Crapsack World around them. Now, he's a flat-out Corrupt Corporate Executive, who is somehow stupid enough to not figure out that there's no way putting a psychopath's brain in a super-cyborg body is going to end well.
Super Window Jump: RoboCop plays chicken with Cain by putting his hijacked motorcycle against his van, and uses the ensuing crash to jump through its windshield.
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.
Title Drop: One of the rare cases this trope has been done by a sequel with a number in the title.
Too Dumb to Live: Faxx, a psychologist, comes up with the idea of taking death row inmates and giving them a cyborg body, outright saying that criminals would make good candidates because the power and immortality would appeal to them and thusly they wouldn't go crazy like the cops who had been prior test models. At least Dr. Schenk called her out on that one, and Johnson is quick to shoot her down when she approaches him about it. Alas she managed to convince the Old Man to go along with her idea.
Trashcan Bonfire: There some on the streets of Detroit as RoboCop approaches Cain's first drug factory.
Villain Ball: Cain and his crew overpower RoboCop, dismember him, but then, instead of finishing him off and throwing him into an incinerator, 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 RoboCop could be rebuilt, or they felt over-confident.
Also, they could have figured the damage had already "killed" him. It's noted when the cops have RoboCop on his life-support systems that it's very lucky his organic components are still alive, and that he could die any time now if they don't get him into the resuscitative machinery at OCP.