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Film: RoboCop 3
Back on line. Back on duty.

The second and last sequel in the original RoboCop film franchise, released in 1993.

OCP is working to finish what they've been trying to do in the first two movies — tear down Detroit, a city they deem as "beyond saving", and rebuild it as Delta City. As usual, it comes down to Murphy vs. OCP. RoboCop (now played by Robert John Burke) finds himself working to keep OCP from forcibly removing citizens to make way for "a better Detroit", and along the way, he gets a jetpack and fights robot ninjas.


This film has the examples of:

  • A-Team Firing: Despite the amount of bullets exchanged in the climax, only a few people are shown to get shot.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Otomo's katana cuts through pretty much anything.
  • Arm Cannon: RoboCop can now detach one of his forearms and attach a combination machine gun, flamethrower, and rocket launcher when he knows he's facing a serious firefight. Or when he's just plain pissed off.
  • Army of Thieves and Whores: After the police force calls it quits, McDaggett hires the Splatterpunks to aid the Rehab forces.
  • Ate His Gun: Flex tells Johnson that suicide by jumping off a building is too showy, saying that he'd eat a bullet instead. He lives up to that promise.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: The Splatterpunks get the idea to shoot RoboCop in the mouth, reasoning he's weak there. One protests ("cyborg eat bullets") but the other adds that they'll set him on fire, too.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved:
    Lawyer: This is entrapment! My client was visiting close personal friends in that motel.
    Sgt Reed: Buddy, your client's "close personal friends" were a non-union video crew and a German shepherd!
  • Big Bad: McDaggett, the man in charge of the Rehab operation.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The citizens' resistance is about to be overwhelmed against the mercenaries, until RoboCop comes screaming out the sky with his jetpack on to provide air support.
  • Billing Displacement: Nancy Allen gets second billing (under Robert John Burke), despite having less screentime than Rip Torn (who appears in more scenes than her), and despite being killed off a third of the way through the film.
  • Bullet Catch: RoboCop does this, with a bullet that was inches from hitting Lewis.
  • Bullethole Door:
    • The main character, a cyborg weighing hundreds of kilograms and who has repeatedly proven himself able to smash through walls with no damage, wants to enter the room of a baddie. Instead of smashing right through the flimsy wooden door, he feels it necessary to waste many dozens of bullets (all without reloading) in shooting out his silhouette in the door, through which he then enters the room.
    • Earlier in the movie, RoboCop does the same thing to the roof of his car using his new weapon arm. He apparently felt it more dramatic to punch through the roof rather than open the door. That or the weapon arm blocked the door handle.
  • California Doubling: RoboCop 3 was shot in Atlanta, using many of the buildings that would soon be torn down to make room for the facilities for the 1996 Summer Olympics.
  • Call Back:
    • Lewis is introduced chewing gum and blowing bubbles, much like the original film.
    • Robo startles Lewis by popping out the dataspike on his hand, much like he did to another officer in the original.
    • The scene where Robo is rebuilt after being injured by a grenade is almost identical to his "birth" scene in the original, right down to the engineers in both films accidentally screwing up and then presenting him with a new part.
    • The scene where Robo interrogates McDaggett's lieutenant is identical to the Boddicker drug lab interrogation scene in the original, right down to the same camera angles.
    • Robo confronts a pair of Rehabs harassing a young girl via a shot where a large shadow is seen on a wall, much like his confrontation of the two thugs attempting to rape a woman in the original.
  • Captain Obvious: The cops notice a battered yellow van after they have informed by dispatch to look for one.
    Random Officer: Hey, that's a battered yellow van!
    Lewis: No shit, Sherlock!
  • Chekhov's Gun: RoboCop's jetpack, stolen by the resistance from a warehouse group simply because it looked expensive. Later explained exactly what it was by Dr. Lazarus. As well as the little kid with a portable hacking computer. Directive 4 rears its head again, too... until the rebels delete it.
  • Clean Cut: Otomo quietens an annoyed gas pump owner by cutting the signal to his establishment in this fashion.
  • Continuity Nod: The "I'd buy that for a dollar!" television host is seen in a brief cameo, while an OCP officer named Cecil (who attempted to stop the officers from destroying Robo in the OCP parking garage during the first film) returns as an officer who walks out on OCP and helps Sergeant Reed during the Splatterpunk attack in Old Detroit.
  • Corporate Samurai:
    • Omni Consumer Products (and its new shareholders the Kanemitsu Corporation) hire a band of mercenaries to force out the inhabitants of Old Detroit. To combat this, the regular folks form a underground resistance.
    • Otomo is a more literal example.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: A man tries to hold up a donut shop, only to have several cops aim their guns at him. The man then drops his gun and the clerk behind the counter quips, "So what's it like being a rocket scientist?"
  • Driven to Suicide: OCP's current state has caused three suicides on its premises, and two more happen during the film.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The Old Man (played by Dan O'Herlihy) disappears in the interim between films, and no one seems to reflect on the fact that he's been replaced by The CEO. While it's likely that he faced criminal charges after what happened in the previous film, there's no discussion of his fate besides a reference by Johnson that he was "expendable".
  • Dudley Do-Right Stops to Help: Robo stops chsing Berha and her group to save Lewis and some follow officers from the Spaltterpunks.
  • '80s Hair: Lewis is sporting a seriously big bouffant hairstyle in this one, which really contrasts with the relatively shorter hair she had in the previous two movies.
  • Everyone Is Armed: The doughnut shop scene.
  • Evil Brit: McDaggett definitely qualifies.
  • Fatal Family Photo: Murphy asks if Anne has a family, with her reminding him she has a brother that never calls her. She tragically dies a couple of scenes later.
  • Fingore: Otomo slices off RoboCop's fingers in their first meeting, then the arm.
  • Flashed Badge Hijack: RoboCop commandeers a gaudy pimpmobile to chase after McDaggett.
  • Friendly Address Privileges: Robo's friends call him Murphy, but the OCP executive can call him RoboCop.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Nikko.
  • Give Me a Reason: This great line:
    Paul McDaggett: How may I help you, officer?
    Robocop: By resisting arrest.
    Paul McDaggett: Don't count on it, chum.
  • Go Through Me: McDaggett tries to raid the church filled with civilians. After Robocop tells them to back off, Lewis pulls out her gun and declares "If you want to get in there, you gonna have to shoot through us." McDaggett "gladly" and promptly blasts her with a burst of machinegun fire, followed by firing a grenade in Robocop's torso who was standing beside her.
  • Hero of Another Story: It's implied before he faced Robocop, Otomo was to Tokyo exactly like Robocop is to Detroit.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Nikko's specialty.
  • Honor Before Reason: Oddly enough, Otomo the android seems to adhere to this. He could have killed Robocop effortlessly several times, but the first time waits until Robo turns to face him, and the second time waits until he's on his feet again.
  • Idiot Ball: Anne Lewis has the ball when she chooses to go out with Robocop after finishing her shift, but turns down another officer's offer of body armor.
  • Infernal Retaliation: Two Splatterpunks freak out when they set RoboCop on fire and he just keeps coming after them.
  • Japan Takes Over the World: The Omni Consumer Products Mega Corp. gets bought out by Japanese Kanemitsu corporation.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Otomo's Weapon of Choice.
  • La Résistance: The Old Detroit citizens who refuse to let OCP have their way.
  • Lighter and Softer: The extreme violence, profanity, and drug use of the first two films is toned down in order to appeal to children. Also, a lot of the foul language that would have been there in the previous films is replaced by some odd or outright bizarre slang. For example, one of the two thugs who plans to set RoboCop alight insults the other by calling him "hypo head". Hypo head indeed.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Otomo means "attendant" or "companion". This makes sense, since one of the reasons Japan wants to develop robots is to care for their growing population of elderly. On the other hand, it could also be a Stealth Pun, "Otomo-tan"... automaton.
    • It's surely no accident that the cybernetics expert who brought Murphy back from near-death is named Dr. Lazarus.
  • Money to Throw Away: McDaggett diffuses the car chase by throwing money in the air, forcing RoboCop to stop so he doesn't drive over the kids collecting the money.
  • The Mole: Coontz.
  • Motherly Scientist: Dr. Lazarus.
  • Numbered Sequels
  • Off with His Head!: Nikko hacks the two Otomos to decapitate each other.
  • Oh, Crap: The donut shop robber's reaction when cops pull guns on him.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: RoboCop carries the dying Anne Lewis into a church in this fashion, and sets her down on the altar.
  • Putting on the Reich:
    • The Rehab forces wear grey uniforms, and their oppressive tactics are reminiscient of Nazis.
    • The OCP have been characterized as Nazis for quite a while, actually. The OCP's flag/emblem in RoboCop 2 is pretty much the flag of Nazi Germany, but the Swastika's replaced by the OCP emblem.
    • Bertha outright calls the OCP Nazis in her very first scene.
  • The Quincy Punk: The Splatterpunks, a gang of dirty and violent sons-of-bitches.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: After the Rehab assault on the resistance safehouse, McDaggett orders a defeated-looking Coontz to be executed. ostensibly because he doesn't want to pay the latter for being a turncoat.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Otomo.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: Used on one of the VHS releases, seen above.
  • Shooting Superman: Two Splatterpunks attempt to avert this with a well placed shot to RoboCop's mouth, but they are too freaked out to go through with it. Rest of the bad guys in the film play it straight.
  • State Sec: The Rehabs. Supposedly helping the Detroit Police fight crime, the Rehabs are vicious paramilitary troops.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Lewis is killed by the Rehabs. However, this is because Allen asked the producers to write her character out of the franchise.
  • Tank Goodness: Things start to look bleak for the civilian resistance in the climax as the Rehab forces employ a tank in the fight. Luckily, RoboCop arrives soon after.
  • Turn in Your Badge: The entire Detroit police force turn in their badges in refusal of OCP's practices.
  • Turncoat: Coontz, who decides to aid the Rehab forces for cash.
  • Villain Respect: At the end of the movie, when the Japanese executive meets RoboCop in person, he bows in traditional Japanese style as a mark of acknowledgement of Robo's ability to defeat the Japanese android he'd fought earlier.
  • Weaponized Exhaust: RoboCop dooms McDaggett to his fate by burning his legs with the exhaust of his Jet Pack, leaving him helpless in the soon to explode building.

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