[[caption-width-right:340:Part man. Part machine. All cop.]]

->[[AC:Serve the public trust]]\\
[[AC:Protect the innocent]]\\
[[AC:Uphold the law]]

'''''[=RoboCop=]''''' is a CyberPunk franchise set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture in the CrapsackWorld version of UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}, where the [[LawEnforcementInc police force has been privatized]] and handed over to [[MegaCorp Omni Consumer Products]] (OCP).

It all got its start with the film ''Film/RoboCop1987'', directed by Creator/PaulVerhoeven. With the Detroit police force becoming more and more overwhelmed handling a near warzone of crime and corruption, OCP puts into plans to create a cyborg super-cop from the body of Officer Alex Murphy, who was violently gunned down in the line of duty. Now [[NighInvulnerable heavily armored]], [[ImprobableAimingSkills an impossibly steady hand]] and a computerized brain, [=RoboCop=] is a nearly unstoppable police officer. But he is ultimately a corporate public-relations creation and the soul of Murphy remains restless.

What was originally thought to be a B-Movie flick became a smash hit as a gritty, ultra-violent, [[BlackComedy darkly humorous]] film which featured a great deal of social commentary and political satire on such subjects as capitalism, privatization, the environment and public apathy. It also has a rich undertone similar to the Golem of Jewish folklore, an ensouled artificial creation who is a mere shadow of a man. The film worked as pure summer entertainment as well, with taut action sequences, impressive production design, and memorable characters. Its smash success spawned a series of sequels and spin-offs while providing a huge shot in the arm for the SuperHero film genre that the box-office failure of ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'' almost sunk in the same year.

The first sequel, ''Film/RoboCop2'' (1990), was even [[DarkerAndEdgier more violent and edgy]] than the first, going so far as to include a child as one of the primary villains. Relying too heavily on raw violence and shock value while having less of the satirical humor that defined its predecessor, the sequel was not as popular as the original film. Creator/FrankMiller wrote the original screenplay; although the script was heavily altered to fit a movie format, his influence in the themes of the film can be identified, including scenes in which a focus group attempts to make [=RoboCop=] more family-friendly (rendering him unable to do his job). Miller later turned his original vision of the film into a comic book series (''Frank Miller's [=RoboCop=]'').

''Film/RoboCop3'' (1993) substituted the adult violence for [[LighterAndSofter something more tame]], since the film was rated PG-13. Too mild in the action and edging into kiddie-film territory, this film bombed both financially and critically.

Despite the very adult material, the character of ''[=RoboCop=]'' has the general makings of a classic SuperheroOrigin story, and as such, the character has appeared in at least four different incarnations on TV. In all of them, to one degree or another, the ultraviolence and corporate/political satire is stripped away in favor of superheroics and corny humor:

* ''[=RoboCop=]: The Animated Series'': AnimatedAdaptation, 1988. Produced by MarvelComics for a syndicated cartoon block (notable for the fact that the funding for the 13th episode was used instead to make the 1989 X-Men pilot). Very much like the above. Also introduced a [[MerchandiseDriven toyetic]] group of [[SideKick sidekicks]] called the Ultra Police. At least some of the stories were good.
* ''Series/RoboCopTheSeries'': Live action, 1994. Gave Robo a holographic woman partner, a kid sidekick, and a variety of gadgets. On the other hand, it was occasionally hysterical. "I can't believe it! He's a Milken Scholar!"
* ''[=RoboCop=]: Alpha Commando'': Animated, 1998. Which was less than well received. Filled the world with smartass [=AIs=].
* ''Series/RoboCopPrimeDirectives'': Live-Action, Miniseries, 2000. Focused more on the franchise's dark and satirical elements as opposed to the more family friendly 1994 series. Received an ambivalent response.

A {{Continuity Reboot}} has been released in 2014, directed by José Padilha of ''Film/TheEliteSquad'' fame.

''Film/RoboCop2014'' carries the same basic premise, with [[Series/TheKilling Joel Kinnaman]] as Officer Alex Murphy, brutally crippled by a car bomb. Omni-Corp secures permission from his wife to transform him into [=RoboCop=], a new marketing tool to help Americans feel more comfortable with the military robots being used overseas. Omni-Corp feels confident that they have Murphy under their control, but he has other plans. Supporting roles are played by Creator/SamuelLJackson, Creator/MichaelKeaton, Creator/GaryOldman, and Creator/JackieEarleHaley. A [[ViralMarketing mock website for the company]] was created for [[http://www.omnicorp.com/ OmniCorp]].

While the {{origin story}} of a murdered cop resurrected as a cyborg [[OlderThanTheyThink dates back]] to Anime/EighthMan, [=RoboCop=]'s design was loosely based on the {{Toku}} ''Franchise/MetalHeroes'' series (''Series/SpaceSheriffGavan'') which Verhoven apparently enjoyed watching on his hotel room TV while in Japan. The reference came full circle in 1989, when Toei released ''Series/KidouKeijiJiban'', also a cyborg police officer who operated under a set of directives.

One more thing: there was also a series of videogames produced for home consoles and the arcade, mostly adhering to what is now referred to as the "run and gun" format. [[note]]The UsefulNotes/ZXSpectrum version is recognised as one of the most successful -- and NintendoHard -- games on that system.[[/note]]

In addition, there was also a crossover comic with another famous film franchise: ''Comicbook/RoboCopVersusTheTerminator''.

!!Place the tropes in the list, or there will be... Trouble.


[[folder:Tropes A-I]]
* AdaptationNameChange: Murphy's wife and son, Ellen and Jimmy, are renamed in a few other adaptations.
** ''The Series'' sees Jimmy keep his name, but Ellen's renamed Nancy.
** In ''Alpha Commando'', Ellen is renamed Susan and Jimmy Richie.
** The 2014 Film sees them renamed Clara and David respectively.
* AIIsACrapshoot:
** ED-209; they're not evil, but you have to use ExactWords or you'll suffer.
** Averted with [=RoboCop=] himself; he doesn't rebel against OCP because he's a cyborg, but because he regains his human memories and they are corrupt.
* AlternateContinuity: The television series' split into two (or three, depending on your view) continuities after the second film. The 1994 series and ''Prime Directives'' both ignore the events of the third film in favor of keeping OCP and the threat of bulldozing Old Detroit, although it's still unclear if the two series are meant to be tied into the same continuity (considering that one was a syndicated children's show and the other a violent homage to the original).
* ArmorIsUseless: Averted and also played straight throughout all three films.
** In the first movie, in the moments leading up to his slaughter, Boddicker takes off Murphy's helmet, but let him keep his vest. The standard issue police body armor keeps him alive long enough for the paramedics to arrive and attempt to save his life. If it wasn't for his vest, Alex wouldn't have had much of a fighting chance after being shot repeatedly at close range from sustained shotgun fire. However, the vest doesn't protect him from Boddicker putting a coup de grace in his head.
** [=RoboCop=]'s titanium/kevlar armor is more than adequate for protection against small arms fire and explosions, but once [[DentedIron the armor is dented]] by the ED-209 heavy weapons he is slightly more vulnerable when the police are turned on him... and it's an entire crowd of cops with automatic weapons and shotguns, as well.
** In the second movie [=RoboCop=] is fired at with varying degrees of man portable weaponry including a rocket launcher or two and he still keeps on going. However a .50 caliber M2 is enough to take his hand off and a jackhammer is sufficient to disassemble him (eventually). In the third film, a single round from a grenade launcher is enough to disable him.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Do not get shot in the inner thigh. Your femoral artery is there and it's kind of important. You bleed, a lot, very fast. You will get dizzy almost immediately and pass out soon after. There won't be enough time for EvilGloating. Cocaine would only hasten the process.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Robocop's Titanium/Kevlar armor would, in reality, be very poor protection. Titanium is prized for its weight-to-strength ratio, but is still significantly softer and less durable than steel. Furthermore, Kevlar is a fabric that works by creating a strong, tear-resistant mesh that "catches" bullets and slows them down without letting them penetrate the fabric. It is ineffective against high-velocity projectiles such as explosive shrapnel, rifle ammunition, and explosives. These materials were likely used simply because they sounded very futuristic and cool by 80s standards.
* ATeamFiring
** All those assault cannons in the first movie's climax, and [=RoboCop=] doesn't take a ''single hit''. In general, Robo takes a lot of hits to the chest and none to that few inches of face, though there's at least one scene where he shields his face with an arm.
*** One of the street punks in one of the movies lampshades this, shouting "Shoot him in the mouth!" It likely wouldn't matter... Murphy's face is implied to be just a layer of flesh stuck atop his new metal cranium, getting shot there would probably only hurt his marketability. Though it's never made clear if the flesh is actually from his original body, or a skin graft made to resemble it. It's worth noting that future attempts at making [=RoboCop=]s seen in [=RoboCop=] 2 imply that they do use some parts of the actual body. Even the first film indicates that Murphy's body is at least partially reused in the cyborg body since they at one point discuss the fact that he still has his human left arm up until Bob Morton tells them to amputate it. If that's accurate, then the actual face may actually be ''Murphy's actual flesh and the front of his original skull''. In addition, [=RoboCop=] actually ''does'' need to eat in the film, though the changes in his body mean he's effectively stuck using baby food or at least a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for it, and they claim it sustains his organics.
** Averted throughout the movie by other enemies, though. The confrontation with ED-209 and the subsequent arrival of the SWAT teams and police see [=RoboCop=] barely survive after being targeted mercilessly with assault cannons, machine guns, shotguns and a couple of rockets.
** Murphy himself displayed this when he attempted to fire GunsAkimbo during a car chase. At a distance of less than 20 feet, he rarely even managed to hit the van, and only one of the passengers. May count as ImprobableAimingSkills, however, since he was leaning unsupported out of the window of a speeding car and shooting at a speeding van. Could lay the foundations for Robo's [[ImprobableAimingSkills expert marksmanship]] if Murphy already had some skills as a human.
* AttackDrone: ED-209.
* AwesomeButImpractical: ED-209. It's a big, intimidating automated walking tank loaded with [[{{BFG}} massive]] [[MoreDakka guns]] and rocket launchers, intended for use in urban pacification and with potential military applications. Its initial test is a disaster, as it is unable to recognise that its target has surrendered, leading to the death of an OCP executive. Also, it's utterly useless on stairs, falling over when attempting to chase [=Robocop=]. The second and third films show its further flaws, with it getting stuck in a open manhole in ''Film/RoboCop2'' and being hilariously easy to reprogram (by a child, no less) in ''Film/RoboCop3''. Dick Jones notes that it didn't have to work, as OCP would make a fortune in repairs and spare parts for years to come.
* BackFromTheDead: Murphy; Cain.
* BigBad: Clarence Boddicker and Dick Jones in ''[=RoboCop=]'', Cain in ''Film/RoboCop2'', [=McDagget=] in ''Film/RoboCop3.''
* BiggerOnTheInside: [=RoboCop's=] unhelmeted head is too big to fit inside the helmet, and he can't actually sit inside the Ford Taurus police cars unless the actors didn't wear the legs of the suit.
* BloodyHilarious
* BottomlessMagazines: Nobody in these movies ever seems to reload their guns, even [=RoboCop=] and his machine pistol.[[note]]Murphy actually reloads the Auto-9 a grand total of twice time in all three movies. The first time he reloads his pistol is in the first movie before the final battle with Boddicker and his gang, then fires it several times. The seocnd time is during his raid on a Nuke lab in the opening of ''2'' in, hilariously, the scene in which he probably fires it the ''least''.
* BrickJoke: One character comments that the "organic paste" that feeds Robocop's organics tastes like baby food. When Murphy and Lewis go into hiding, she says she got him some food. Bottles of actual baby food.
* BuddyCopShow: Not a show, precisely, but the Murphy & Lewis dynamic held through all three movies. And unlike most BuddyCopShow situations, they were good buddies from the start, rather than rubbing each other the wrong way.
* CaliforniaDoubling: None of the films have been shot in Detroit.
** Most of the first movie was shot in [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas]].
** ''Film/RoboCop2'' was shot in UsefulNotes/{{Houston}}.
** ''Film/RoboCop3'' was shot in UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, using many of the buildings that would soon be torn down to make room for the facilities for the 1996 Summer Olympics.
** Similar to its predecessors, the 1994 TV series (and ''Prime Directives'') use Canadian locations as a stand-in for Detroit. [[Film/RoboCop2014 The 2014 film]] itself uses Toronto, Vancouver and Hamilton... though apparently they finally [[http://www.freep.com/article/20121003/ENT01/121003078/RoboCop-remake-MGM-Motor-City used Detroit itself at least once.]]
* CameBackStrong: Alex Murphy is killed in action and later reconstructed as an implacable crime-fighting machine.
* CantUseStairs: [[MemeticMutation Famously]], ED-209, ostensibly built for urban law enforcement, was designed without the ability to navigate a simple staircase. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in-story, as it was a poorly-conceived design in several ways, which is why the project was abandoned in favor of the titular character.
* CapitalismIsBad: ''Film/RoboCop1987'' and [[Film/RoboCop2014 its remake]] share this theme, featuring typical CyberPunk MegaCorp organizations that are very unscrupulous about how they employ their power.
* CharacterTics: Murphy had several that carried over into his cyborg persona. For example, he learned how to spin his pistol to impersonate ''T.J. Lazer'', the hero of his son's favourite show. Upon remembering his human life his deadpan sense of humor returns.
* ChickenWalker: The ED-209, which proves to be its Achilles Heel.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Several characters, notably Dr. Tyler, who was involved in his "rebirth", did not appear in the sequels.
* TheCommandments: [=RoboCop=]'s four directives.
* CompanyTown: Omnicorp's plans for a "New Detroit".
* ContinuityNod: The Amazon conflict appears to have kept going since the first film to the third film, with Cain having been a soldier in that war before being court-martialed.
* ContinuitySnarl: In the [[Film/RoboCop1987 first movie]], Sgt. Reed's first name was given by Johnson as "John", but in [[Film/RoboCop2 the second movie]], during his reprogramming by Faxx, Murphy calls him "Warren".
* CoolGun: [=RoboCop=]'s heavily modified Beretta 93R, referred to as the "Auto-9".
* CorporateSponsoredSuperhero:
** Commander Cash, from the TV show.
** Robo himself 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).
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Practically every member of OCP, but notably Johnson (who appears in all three films). In the first film, he's an ambiguous (but generally moral) employee who advises Bob Morton and gives Murphy a "thumbs-up" sign at the end. In the second he's head of the [=RoboCop=] project and still a generally decent guy, but is willing to throw the far more amoral Dr. Faxx under the bus and participate in forging evidence to do just that. By the third, he's transformed into an unlikable douchebag who threatens to cut Sergeant Reed's pension if he doesn't comply with OCP's order to gentrify the Cadillac Heights district. He also [[KarmaHoudini survives the film and doesn't lose his job]] (unlike the CEO, who's fired at the end).
-->'''Johnson:''' Of course, there won't be any trouble from the dead ones.\\
'''The Old Man:''' They'll have relatives. They ''always do''.
** Possibly subverted in the third movie. [[spoiler:It's implied that Kanemitsu is being lied to about what's really going on in Detroit by both the remnants of OCP and The head of Rehabs. He bows his head to [=RoboCop=] at the end of the film]].
* CrapsackWorld
** Detroit. Full of crime and {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s. It got worse when the cops went on strike in the first film, and by the time of the third film it's even ''worse'', with people in danger of having wrecking balls tear through their house ''while they're still living there.''
** And it's not just limited to Detroit, either. In the first film, an orbiting defense satellite misfires and causes thousands of acres of forest to burn in California, killing several when it also sweeps through some homes, as well as two former US Presidents. In the second film, ED-209s are deployed in five major cities despite its continuing malfunctions; and a nuclear power plant in the Amazon goes critical, irradiating the entire rainforest.
** Also from the second film, it seems that skin cancer due to the lack of ozone layer is a pretty common problem. The chemicals you can buy to protect you from that, are also highly carcinogenic!
** It's also perfectly legal to purchase the [=MagnaVolt=] - when a car thief breaks into your car, the moment he sits down, shackles spring up around his arms and legs, turning the seat into an electric chair.
** In the reboot [=RoboCop=] film, the world is a little better than the original but is still bad. Certain fishes are in danger of extinction due to overfishing by sushi restaurants, Brazil has legalized all types of drugs, Greenpeace is now a terrorist group and Tehran is now under occupation by a US droid army who are so effective in fighting that most citizens choose to accept it out of fear. Meanwhile, crime in Detroit has gotten so bad that the city set up SinisterSurveillance everywhere and yet this still doesn't stop criminals for committing crimes in front of a camera. Also, gangs now have access to military hardware like assault rifles and grenades.
** The world in ''[[Series/RoboCopTheSeries The Series]]'' is leagues above the world seen in the original film trilogy, but it isn't a picnic, either, with a war in the Amazon going on (though such a war was mention in the original trilogy, too), sections of Beverly Hills and Brooklyn have been walled off, and it's perfectly legal to market plushies that double as hand grenades and steroids (with the FamilyUnfriendlyAesop of weaker kids deserving to get bullied, no less) to children, speaking English in France can land you in jail, the Italian government has fallen, and the mayor and DA are corrupt and in league with other criminals (with the latter having a fake law degree and helped to frame someone for said phony degree).
* CursedWithAwesome: Being mostly immortal and mostly invulnerable comes with a heavy price.
* {{Cyberpunk}}
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Averted. At first OCP believes Murphy no longer retains any traces of his humanity, but it turns out he does as he regains his memories of his old self.
** The Reboot continues to avert this: in his first simulation, Murphy is noticeably slower than an EM-208, because unlike the EM-208 that fearlessly moves through the killhouse and headshots the perps decisively, Murphy clears his corners like a cop, and tries to talk them down. Dr. Norton has to do a fair bit of work to get the soul-eating done, culminating with artificially lowering Murphy's dopamine levels from 26% (normal) to 2%. [[spoiler: Murphy later gets better.]]
* DaChief: Sergeant Reed.
* DavidVersusGoliath: [=RoboCop=] vs. ED-209, a taller and robotic walker.
* DeadpanSnarker: [=RoboCop=] to some extent, notably when he is usually damaged in some way or has done some damage.
* UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}: The setting for all the films
* DirtForcefield: Robo's always squeaky clean until the third act, wherein he gets heavily damaged.
* DisproportionateRetribution: ED-209 is ''made'' of this trope. In the first, he's seen threatening to machine gun [=RoboCop=] for parking illegally on private property.
* {{Dystopia}}: Detroit's crumbling hellscapes and glittering skyscrapers represented everything that was wrong with America in TheEighties.
* EmergencyTransformation: Murphy, albeit unwillingly.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Rip Torn's character in the third movie is only referred to as "the CEO" and David Gardner's character in ''The Series'' is referred to only as "The OCP Chairman".
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: The construction of Delta City keeps getting pushed further and further back with each instalment. They finally try to start construction during ''Film/RoboCop3'', but the citizens start fighting back.
* FiringOneHanded: All over the place, although it's justified for [=RoboCop=] since he's much stronger than a normal human and has an auto-targeting system.
* {{Flanderization}}: The Old Man of OCP is, in the first film, something of an occasionally [[CloudCuckooLander eccentric]] CEO of the company who reacts to the butchering of one of his employees with an ''"I'm '''very''' disappointed,"'' but is otherwise presented as, if not benevolent, then decent enough individual who wants to make Detroit better and plans to do so by not only redeveloping Old Detroit into Delta City, but also funding public services and the like. He's not good, but he's certainly not ''evil''. The next films have him as an outright CorruptCorporateExecutive who is complicit in the butchering of several police officers for the [=RoboCop=] 2 project, and who throws one of his employees to the wolves when it doesn't work out, and he only gets worse from there.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Alex Murphy is portrayed as a NiceGuy. Since that murderous robot blowing away criminals is still him...
* {{Gorn}}: Murphy's death scene is only the beginning; it doesn't stop there.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: The news broadcasts imply the UsefulNotes/ColdWar is still ongoing and South Africa is still an apartheid state.
* GroinAttack: When a would-be rapist uses his intended victim as a human shield, [[spoiler: [=RoboCop=] aims and fires through the woman's skirt; she is unhurt, but the shot hits the perp squarely in the groin]].
* GunTwirling: Murphy is seen practicing spinning his service pistol a few times in the first movie, a move he learned to impress his son (who saw it on a TV show). As [=RoboCop=], it becomes his signature.
* TheGunslinger: Averted in that the human Murphy was a notably crappy shot in the first movie. About the only remotely gunslinger-like move he could pull off was the trigger-guard gun spin, and that only because he forced himself to learn it to impress his son. Robo's ImprobableAimingSkills are strictly programming (well, all except the spin).
* HandCannon: Robo, natch, as well as many of the bad guys. Murphy's gun is a Beretta 93R fully automatic pistol, modified to look even bigger and spit foot-long flames with every three-round burst. The real Beretta 93R cannot fire in full-automatic; only single and three-round burst. According to the TV Series, it packs armor-piercing ammo, which is shown to be capable of firing through a wall, several pipes, and the metal sides of a hot tub, and still have killing power.
* HeroicBSOD: [=RoboCop=] has an extended one in the original film, beginning when Boddicker's henchman Emil tells him, "We killed you!!" This continues through the sequence where he returns to his abandoned home and rediscovers his identity as Murphy, not ending until he begins his RoaringRampageOfRevenge at the drug factory.
** In the 2014 remake, it happens to him during Omnicorp's uploading of the police database into his memory and comes across his own case file.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Dick Jones chews out Boddicker for confessing to [=RoboCop=] as his computer-enhanced memory is admissible as court evidence. He makes the same mistake gloating about killing Bob Morton, which later leads to his [[IncrediblyLamePun downfall...]]
* HomegrownHero: Both in-universe and in real life. The movies depict [=RoboCop=] as something of a hero to children in the movies, especially from 3 up, and in the live action and animated TV shows. In real life, a statue of [=RoboCop=] was proposed for Detroit, and 25,000 offered up to make it happen. Detroit has no problem with claiming Murphy as one of their own in the same way that Philadelphia has embraced Rocky Balboa or New York has claimed Spider-Man, since there are so few fictional characters from Detroit. As such, Detroit natives are likely to have a certain justifiable pride at knowing one of the most well loved cyborgs of all time is their representative into the world of pop culture, even if his real life creator may not have been from there.
* HotScientist: Though not the same character, the recurring female technician in the original movies with Dr. Maria Lazarus being the most notable one.
* ImmuneToBullets: Not the villains, but [[http://qdb.us/28294 the hero]].
* InstantDeathBullet: {{Averted}} viciously throughout the film. Murphy's shot dozens of times when he's killed by Boddicker and his gang. Dick Jones is shot 18 times, but [[DestinationDefenestration it's the fall when he's blown through the window]] that kills him.
* {{Irony}}
** In the first film, a TV news program mentions that a misfire of the [[KillSat "Strategic Defense Peace Platform"]] ignited a massive fire in the Santa Barbara area that killed over a hundred people, including two former US Presidents. Guess where [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan the main presidential proponent of SDI]] owned a ranch in real life?
** [=RoboCop=], a classic rumination on [[CapitalismIsBad Capitalism is Evil]], has its title character featured in a Korean advert for a chicken-frying machine. Also, the general idea behind [=RoboCop=] and the sheer amount of merchandise behind the character, to the point it becomes bizarre, as mentioned in the MisaimedFandom section.

[[folder:Tropes J-R]]
* JustAMachine: What OCP believes until Murphy proves them wrong.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Kevlar/Titanium laminated armour, to be precise. With nifty purple-on-blue highlights.
* TheLancer: Anne Lewis, Alex/[=RoboCop=]'s trusted partner and friend.
* LawEnforcementInc: The Detroit police force has been privatized, [[MegaCorp which is why OCP wields such an incredible degree of control over them.]]
* LicensedGame: Many, including a CrossOver: ''[=RoboCop=] Versus The Terminator'' (loosely based on the comic). The original Creator/DataEast arcade game is considered to be an exception to TheProblemWithLicensedGames.
** LicensedPinballTable: Also from Creator/DataEast. [[Pinball/RoboCop Click here.]]
* LockAndLoadMontage: Murphy does this a few times, including before the climactic fight with Boddicker's gang in the first film.
* LuddWasRight: Averted considering that while there is some momentary concern he was going to replace them, [=RoboCop=] is soon accepted as simply a tougher comrade who can be invaluable against really dangerous stuff.
* MegaCorp: Omni Consumer Products -- OCP.
* MessianicArchetype: [[http://filmdrunk.uproxx.com/2010/04/paul-verhoeven-robocop-was-a-jesus-metaphor Robo's the American Jesus.]]
%%* MexicanStandoff
* MightyGlacier: [=RoboCop=] is slow, but can take most of the things thrown at his way.
* MirandaRights: When arresting Clarence, Murphy informs him that he has the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, and that anything he says may be used against him.
** In the sequel he reads Miranda to a corpse.
* MoreDakka
** The ED-209 series in general. Autocannon and anti-tank rockets on a police robot: seemingly excessive, until we get to know this future Detroit. [[note]]The ED-209 was going to be marketed to the military after the police trial.[[/note]]
** In ''[=RoboCop=] 2'', Robo's Auto-9 relative to the standard-issue DPD service pistols.
* NerdGlasses: Many of OCP's staff, as well as the gas station attendant [=RoboCop=] saves from a criminal in the first film.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [=RoboCop=] is always on the receiving end of these, putting him out of commission for awhile in every movie.
* NumberedSequels: You know, like model numbers.
* ObstructiveCodeOfConduct: The first three play it straight, the others are more of a RestrainingBolt. The first film's [[spoiler:initially unknown fourth directive is a plot point.]]
* OneManArmy: Being impervious to small arms fire and wielding some incredible firepower of his own, [=RoboCop=] can just walk into a drug den and gun everyone down without breaking stride.
* OneOfOurOwn: What the police eventually come to see Murphy as by ''[=RoboCop=] 2''. Sgt. Reed practically says it word for word when he's brought in after he's more or less ripped apart by Cain and his gang.
----> '''''Sgt. Reed''''': "''He's one'a '''''mine'''''. I want him back on his feet.''
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Daniel O'Herlihy's character in the first two movies is only known as "the Old Man". Likewise, Tedde Moore's character in ''Prime Directives''is referred to only as "The Old Woman".
* OrphanedPunchline: "I'd buy ''that'' for a dollar!" We only hear it in isolation, but the characters are familiar with the show: to them it's hilarious.
%%* OurGraphicsWillSuckInTheFuture
* OutsideContextHero: After Murphy is rebuilt into a cyborg, he spends most of the first film relentlessly haunting and taking down criminals in Old Detroit. Robo Cop is so beyond anything they have ever experience that they're completely helpless before him and he takes down the drug lords who murdered him without taking any damage. A newscaster in the movie compared it to a comic book hero coming to life. It takes the criminals gaining access to military weapons and help from the big number two at OCP just to slow Robo Cop down. He's still somewhat this in the latter films since the common thug, gang banger, drug trafficker, rapist, or murderer can't harm him, although smart criminals like Cain from ''Film/RoboCop2'' and the hired mercenaries led by Mc Daggett in ''Film/RoboCop3'' can take him down. However, that is only if they're expecting him. If they're not, Robo Cop completely curb stomps them.
* ParodyCommercial: Piles of them, throughout all of the movies. It's part of the commericalism satire.
* PetRat: Clarence to [[spoiler:Dick Jones]].
* PrivatelyOwnedSociety: Everything from the police and hospitals to space exploration has been privatized, most of it being run by a MegaCorp.
* ProtagonistTitle: Robo-Cop!
* TheRealHeroes: Implies with the cops depicted as brave working stiffs who have to manage a future urban war zone. As for the title character, Alex Murphy always regards himself as one of them and his comrades come to accept him as simply a tougher comrade who can safely take on the really dangerous stuff and draw their fire as his fellows maneuver for position.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Old Man in the first movie, the only OCP bigwig with [[EvenEvilHasStandards any sort of moral standard]], especially if compared to young upstarts. In the sequels, he inexplicably becomes a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive typical corporate douchebag]].
* RoboCam: Numerous scenes are shown from [=RoboCop=]'s POV, complete with scanlines, subtle pixelation, HUD messages and when Robo is hurt, interference. The HUD is justified, since [=RoboCop=] is technically still human and would need some information displayed to help him make decisions.
%%* RuleOfCool:

[[folder:Tropes S-Z]]
* ShootingSuperman: [=RoboCop=] gets this a ''lot.'' The bad guys eventually wise up in the first film and take him on with anti-tank rifles, but that doesn't stop every other dumb crook in the franchise from unloading their tiny pistols at him.
* ShowWithinAShow:
** ''It's Not My Problem'', the source of the CatchPhrase "I'd Buy That For a Dollar"
** ''Media Break'' [[note]]It sure has.[[/note]]
** ''T.J. Lazer'', inspired by the real show ''Series/TJHooker'', and the source of Murphy's {{Gun Twirl|ing}}.
* ShownTheirWork:
** Many setting details are correct despite the films being shot elsewhere. The first was filmed in Dallas, the second was filmed in Houston, and the third was filmed in Atlanta.
*** The DPD precinct system -- it is organized by geography not the usual precinct numbers.
*** The local hospitals. There really is a Henry Ford Hospital that's a Level 1 trauma center.
*** The neighborhoods: "Cadillac Heights" from the third movie is apparently somewhere in the old Black Bottom, across Woodward from the university district and just south of Hamtramck.
** The trauma team that works on Murphy as he dies is a real trauma team, and their dialog was mostly ad-libbed. In the commentary, the writers say they wished they could have come up with a line like "Let's shock a flat line and quit."
* {{Superhero}}: [=RoboCop=] is a superhero in all [[NotUsingTheZWord but name]]. He can get up moments after a fifteen-story fall when his organics should be shmooshed.
* SuperheroOrigin: Alex Murphy was a dedicated police officer until he was gunned down by Clarence Boddicker's gang. Declared legally dead he was placed into the [=RoboCop=] program to become the superhero he is today.
* SuperCop: Chances are, if you mention the phrase to anyone, and they know of [=RoboCop=], he's the first thing that they'll think of. In fact, [=RoboCop=] is called exactly that in the first film, when he first shows off his computer-enhanced aiming skills at the firing range.
* SuperPrototype: As a cyborg police officer, Murphy is the first attempt and the only success. This is because Murphy has just the right mindset to accept (or at least tolerate) his condition.
* SuperToughness: [=RoboCop=] is made of titanium/kevlar and so he can shrug off small arms fire, great falls, and explosions.
* ThereAreNoGoodExecutives: The president is the only modestly [[CorruptCorporateExecutive honest one]] at OCP and even he goes bad in the second film.
* ThisIsWhatTheBuildingWillLookLike: The model for the Delta City, which appears in all three original films.
* TooDumbToLive: Letís go all the way and call out essentially anybody who genuinely believes they can defeat a heavily armoured 100% accurate police cyborg without strength of numbers and/or heavy weaponry.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: [[http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/25/business/robocop-neumeier-detroit-bankruptcy/index.html?iid=article_sidebar A good chunk of which they got right]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} at least as far as the setting was concerned:]]
** Bankrupt industries.
** The criminally corrupt city government and the flat broke police department.
** The rampant Detroit crime rate, though thankfully not the street scenes out of Hieronymus Bosch.
** Cars with reclining leather seats, that go really fast [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and get really shitty gas mileage]]
** The rise of CD's as the norm of visual media, as shown in Bob Morton's death scene in the first movie.
** The PDA/GPS that Jones and Boddicker use to track [=RoboCop=]'s movements through the city. It even looks like a Palm V-series.
** Rampagingly sensationalistic "news entertainment".
** OCP's privatization in "hospitals, prisons, space exploration".
* TwoFirstNames: Alex Murphy, Anne Lewis (who in turn was played by Nancy Allen) and [[ContinuitySnarl John/Warren]] Reed.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: One of the greatest of debates, ''[=RoboCop=] Versus The Terminator'' -- who will win? An excellent graphic novel and a video game. [[spoiler: [=RoboCop=] wins, but only because of a bizarre, but logical, time travel plot involving no less than three timeline alterations.]] DeathBattle does a more logical, in-depth analysis and pits Murphy against the T-850 on more or less equal terms. The verdict: [[spoiler: Murphy STILL wins]].
* UnorthodoxHolstering: Murphy's cool spinning trick, which he later refines as [=RoboCop=] (he can store his pistol in his leg armor).
* UnusualUserInterface: [=RoboCop=]'s computer input jack that's built into his glove. Also see RoboCam.
* UsedFuture: Detroit is (even more) crime-ridden, dirty, polluted and desolate.
* WasOnceAMan: Murphy used to be purely flesh and blood. Now he's part machine.
* WeCanRebuildHim: Murphy's return from ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill. Also in ''[=RoboCop=] 2'' after Cain's gang is done with him.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: OCP regards [=RoboCop=] as a piece of equipment that they own. Typical is lawyer Holzgang's utter disregard for [=RoboCop=]'s agony after he's been torn apart by Cain's gang. "Nah, it's just the back-up generator making him twitch."
* WeaksauceWeakness: ED-209's is ''stairs,'' with far too broad legs to manage the narrow and steep steps without toppling over. The design of the ED-209 was a lot of show and little fine tuning for both versatility and AI programming.
-->'''Dick Jones''': I had a guaranteed military sale with ED-209! Renovation program. Spare parts for 25 years! Who cares if it worked or not?
* WretchedHive: Detroit. In fact, [[MegaCorp OCP]] has basically given up on it and is looking to tear it all down and start again with Delta City.
* {{Zeerust}}:
** The [[ProductPlacement Ford Taurus cars]] used as police cars looked amazingly futuristic in 1987. Now, a lot less so.
** The models and graphics that [=OCP=] uses to promote Delta City have a rather Zeerusty flavor as well, particularly the ad at the beginning of the third film.
** The computer graphics in general are pretty terrible, especially the computers at the police station that have LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading. Even the resolution on Robo's HUD isn't very good. It's also a little jarring that everyone still uses CRT monitors in a movie set in the future.

[[folder:The animated television shows]]
!!''The Animated Series'':
* AdaptationDyeJob: Both Murphy (prior to his death and rebirth) and Lewis were depicted as redheads.
* AnimatedAdaptation: What else does one do with R-rated movies?
* AscendedExtra: Dr. [=McNamera=], an ''extremely'' minor character in the original film (the guy operating the control panel in the ED-209 scene), is promoted to primary antagonist in the series.
* CallBack: For a kids' show, there's an unexpected nod to Murphy's death, with a flashback to the very end of the scene, Boddicker's [[BondOneLiner "Fun's over"]] and the final shot to Murphy's head, rendered in animation.
* JerkassHasAPoint: In one episode a Lt. Hitchcock sets the record on the highest difficulty setting of a dangerous training course, which Robocop then quickly beats himself. Hitchcock scoffs that all cops should have armor-plating, and that's one of several times Lewis gets on him for being jealous that Robocop's more of a man than he is. While the rest of the episode leaves no doubt that Hitchcock's an ass, he does make a point about how amped-up Robocop is and how his results don't really prove anything. That training course was made for ''human'' police officers, and regardless of his crappy attitude, Hitchcock did set the best time through his own abilities. Robocop's abilities, on the other hand, are all artificial; he beat Hitchcock's record because he's NighInvulnerable and has SuperStrength, and he walked right through all the obstacles anybody else would've needed to avoid.
* MerchandiseDriven: The series was obviously intended to tie in with the ''[=RoboCop=] and the Ultra Police'' action figure line released that year. Said "Ultra Police" show up in one episode, and the bad guys of the toy line were recurring villains on the show.
* OpeningNarration: "He has become the ultimate supercop--[=RoboCop!=]"
* PsychoElectricEel: In one episode of the show, a MadScientist gave one of his creations electric eel powers.
* UltimateJobSecurity: Dr. [=McNamara=] still keeps his job with OCP despite the debacle of ED-260's test run in the first episode, as well as the earlier debacle with its predecessor model ED-209 in the first film. Possibly averted by the events of ''RoboCop2'', as [=McNamara=] was not involved in the creation of the titular cyborg.

!!''Alpha Commando'':
* ActionMom: Agent Miner was shown as both a law enforcement agent and a mother to Matt.
* AdaptationNameChange: In addition to Murphy's family getting their first names changed, so does Reed as in one episode, he refers to himself as "Joe".
* AdaptedOut: OCP is nowhere to be seen in ''Alpha Commando''.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Murphy has been turned into one.
* [[DoAnythingRobot Do-Anything Cyborg]][=/=]HyperspaceArsenal: [=RoboCop=] is a lot like WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget in this iterration as Murphy has several more weapons than just [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms a laser version of his classic gun]] and including some that makes no sense for Murphy to have whatsoever (one episode's climax was resolved with a self-heating ice cream scoop!).
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The show had a few BodyHorror moments, such as the scene in "Doppleganger" where the clones melt. Also, in "H-2-Uh-Oh", two of the characters had a literal moment of scenery nudity (namely because of a chemical that turned them into living puddles, and obviously their clothes can't be worn by living puddles). And this was all in what was supposed to be [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids a kids program]]!
* MuggedForDisguise: The episode "H-2-Uh-Oh" features a villainess who can turn herself into water. While infiltrating a military base, her powers wear off, and she reverts to her (completely unclothed) human form. She spots a guard exiting the ladies' room and tackles her back inside. Punching sounds are heard, and the villainess walks out of the restroom in her newly appropriated clothes.
* NeverBareheaded: Unlike other version, Murphy's never seen without his helmet. The only time he's seen without it is the opening--and it's from the back.
* TitleThemeTune
* {{Tuckerization}}: The characters of Nancy Miller and Cornelius Neumeier were named after ''[=RoboCop=]'' creators Michael Miller and Edward Neumeier. The former character's first name may've also come from Creator/NancyAllen, the actress who played Lewis.
* XMeetsY: ''[=RoboCop=]'' meets ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' in both premise ([=RoboCop=] going around the world, fighting an international criminal organization) and literally (Robo having a lot more gadgets built into him than normal, including some nonsensical ones for a cyborg designed to enforce the law to have).