Fridge: RoboCop (2014)

Fridge Brilliance
  • The ED-209 offscreen killing of a kid just because he has a knife despite the fact that it wouldn't do anything is subtle evidence to support the logic behind the Dreyfuss act, that being a robot doesn't possess the morality and empathy necessary to effectively judge people as a human does. That, and it shows that while the ED-209 isn't the complete joke it was in the original Robocop movies (the original was so pathetic it couldn't go down a flight of stairs without falling), neither is it completely effective either.
    • Alternately: the ED-209 wasn't viewing the kid as a threat to itself, it did see it as a threat to nearby civilians. A steel knife may not be able to leave a dent on a robot, but it can easily go through human flesh.
      • There were also high-priority civilians nearby marked by red tags. That might have overridden some of the possible restrictions.