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The film series as a whole provides examples of:
- Anvilicious: Frank Miller, Irvin Kershner and especially Paul Verhoeven are not aiming for subtlety here (in fact, Verhoeven has never even heard of such a concept). The movies gleefully raise Anviliciousness to an art form, bombarding the viewer with Drugs Are Bad and There Are No Good Executives.
- Awesome Music: The main theme is a suitable precursor to Klendathu Drop.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The satirical humor goes over the heads of a lot of younger viewers, making the TV commercials and news spots seem out of place and strange.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: The ED-209. Who's a cute widdle stupid Mecha Mook? Yes you are, yes you are! That nigh-unstoppable killing machine had a wide audience as a kids' toy.
- Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Paul Verhoeven states that Murphy / RoboCop was deliberately conceived as a Christ figure. He dies an incredibly torturous death, gets resurrected, walks on water, and is the people's only hope in this Crapsack World. Also, he kicks ass.
- Fan Nickname: Robocrap for the proposed remake.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: When you realize that Detroit really is hopelessly bankrupt, rundown and full of rampant crime. On July 18, 2013, Detroit officially filed for bankruptcy, becoming the biggest municipal bankruptcy in US history.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Robocop depicted a futuristic Detroit as a bankrupt, crime rampant city. Sadly, since this movie has come out, present day Detroit has become bankrupt and overrun by crime.
- Iron Woobie: Robocop, ignoring the pun.
- Misaimed Fandom: Blogger Supergay Detroit argued that a Robocop Statue built in Detroit by the residents would be "insulting to Detroit and to Detroiters who have lived here through the worst. The reason Detroit is the setting for Robocop is because the city is considered a hellhole. Robocop may be a man/machine who overcomes injustice, but the Detroit in that movie is no compliment. The statue would serve as a perpetual reminder that Detroit holds the distinction of being the most believable dystopia in America."
- Nightmare Fuel: Here.
- Scapegoat Creator: Frank Miller for the second and third movies. His name may be in the credits, but his scripts did suffer a severe amount of Executive Meddling.
- Sequelitis: 2 and to a greater extent, 3. The remake was widely agreed to not be up to the standard of the original, but considered arguably better than 2, and still way, way better than 3.
- Special Effects Failure: People are split on the 'Go-Motion' animation of non-RoboCop robots (ED-209, RoboCain and the prototype robots at the beginning of film two). To some, they only look real whenever they remain still, but look clunky when they start to movie. But to others, this is justified because of their robotic nature.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Children everywhere loved RoboCop as much as their parents did, even though the black comedy and political satire went over their heads; they just saw him as a cool superhero who fights bad guys. Apparently their parents didn't notice that all the hyper-violence, gore, sexual themes and depictions of hard drug use might not be appropriate for children, judging by the number of people today who saw it at that age when it first came out.
The Alpha Commando cartoon series provides examples of:
- Dork Age: Given it's a children cartoon and Murphy being portrayed in a manner akin to Inspector Gadget, it really didn't help the state of the franchise following RoboCop 3 and RoboCop: The Series.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Don't let the cartoon graphics fool you, the program contains a lot of content that simply is not meant for kids, including Body Horror and a moment of literal Scenery Nudity.