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The genre's vision of a troubled future is often called the antithesis of the generally utopian visions of the future popular in the 1940s and 1950s, but keep in mind that it is ''not'' a term that should be applied to every SpeculativeFiction dystopia or BadFuture ever in the history of the genre, and does not need to always have an {{anvilicious}} ScienceIsBad message to it.

Cyberpunk tends to be pretty hard on the MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness, usually lingering between a 4 and a 5. This makes it one of the more realistic genres of sci-fi, but also makes older stories be very prone to {{Zeerust}}. Creator/WilliamGibson himself, considered the godfather of the Cyberpunk genre, has said [[TechnologyMarchesOn that he was massively shortsighted on the advances in technology that would occur over the next three decades]]. The infamous "three megabytes of hot RAM" in ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' are [[HilariousInHindsight laugh-inducing]] to a modern audience who consider eight gigabytes of RAM cheap and low-end -- and even moreso to mid-2010's audiences who've already eschewed outdated UsefulNotes/MP3 players in lieu of smartphones that now integrate music playback features into their core systems, along with hundreds of''giga''bytes now considered routine. Technology marches on, indeed.

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The genre's vision of a troubled future is often called the antithesis of the generally utopian visions of the future popular in the 1940s and 1950s, but keep in mind that it is ''not'' not a term that should be applied to every SpeculativeFiction dystopia or BadFuture ever in the history of the genre, and does not need to always have an {{anvilicious}} ScienceIsBad message to it.

Cyberpunk tends to be pretty hard on the MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness, usually lingering between a 4 and a 5. This makes it one of the more realistic genres of sci-fi, but also makes older stories be very prone to {{Zeerust}}. Creator/WilliamGibson himself, considered the godfather of the Cyberpunk genre, has said [[TechnologyMarchesOn that he was massively shortsighted on the advances in technology that would occur over the next three decades]]. The infamous "three megabytes of hot RAM" in ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' are [[HilariousInHindsight laugh-inducing]] to a modern audience who consider eight gigabytes of RAM cheap and low-end -- and even moreso to mid-2010's audiences who've already eschewed outdated UsefulNotes/MP3 players in lieu of smartphones that now integrate music playback features into their core systems, along with hundreds of''giga''bytes of gigabytes now considered routine. Technology marches on, indeed.


Cyberpunk tends to be pretty hard on the MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness, usually lingering between a 4 and a 5. This makes it one of the more realistic genres of sci-fi, but also makes older stories be very prone to {{Zeerust}}. Creator/WilliamGibson himself, considered the godfather of the Cyberpunk genre, has said [[TechnologyMarchesOn that he was massively shortsighted on the advances in technology that would occur over the next three decades]]. The infamous "three megabytes of hot RAM" in ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' are [[HilariousInHindsight laugh-inducing]] to a modern audience who consider an eight gigabyte [=MP3=] player to be one of the cheap and low-capacity ones -- and even moreso to mid-2010's audiences who've already eschewed outdated UsefulNotes/MP3 players in lieu of smartphones that now integrate music playback features into their core systems, along with hundreds of''giga''bytes now considered routine. Technology marches on, indeed.

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Cyberpunk tends to be pretty hard on the MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness, usually lingering between a 4 and a 5. This makes it one of the more realistic genres of sci-fi, but also makes older stories be very prone to {{Zeerust}}. Creator/WilliamGibson himself, considered the godfather of the Cyberpunk genre, has said [[TechnologyMarchesOn that he was massively shortsighted on the advances in technology that would occur over the next three decades]]. The infamous "three megabytes of hot RAM" in ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' are [[HilariousInHindsight laugh-inducing]] to a modern audience who consider an eight gigabyte [=MP3=] player to be one gigabytes of the RAM cheap and low-capacity ones low-end -- and even moreso to mid-2010's audiences who've already eschewed outdated UsefulNotes/MP3 players in lieu of smartphones that now integrate music playback features into their core systems, along with hundreds of''giga''bytes now considered routine. Technology marches on, indeed.


* ''ComicBook/TokyoGhost'' by Rick Remender is so Cyberpunk that it hurts. It's all about how technology combininy with humanity's worst impulses only lead to societal decay and disaster.

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* ''ComicBook/TokyoGhost'' by Rick Remender is so Cyberpunk that it hurts. It's all about how technology combininy combined with humanity's worst impulses only lead leads to societal decay and disaster.


* The {{MMORPG}} ''VideoGame/{{Neocron}}'' takes place in a [[AfterTheEnd ravaged future]] where most of the world has face nuclear devastation. Most players begin in the titular city of Neocron, a futuristic but dystopian city of concrete and neon lights patrolled by the ever-watchful "CopBot" robotic police units. Much of the game's mechanics revolve around boosting your character's abilities by installing a wide array of cybernetic implants and augmentations.

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* The {{MMORPG}} ''VideoGame/{{Neocron}}'' takes place in a [[AfterTheEnd ravaged future]] where most of the world has face nuclear devastation. Most players begin in the titular city of Neocron, a futuristic but dystopian city of concrete and neon lights patrolled by the ever-watchful "CopBot" "[=CopBot=]" robotic police units. Much of the game's mechanics revolve around boosting your character's abilities by installing a wide array of cybernetic implants and augmentations.


* ''Film/AlitaBattleAngel'' features a fallen cyborg soldier who gets a second chance at life as a cyborg girl. The world is a kind of soft dystopia, hopepunkish in the daytime and rainy and noirish at night. Law enforcement consists of robot enforcers and cyborg bounty hunters. The elite live in a 'sky city' which is part of a damaged space elevator while the hoi polloi live below in Iron City around the scrapyard of material dumped from the city of Zalem above.

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* ''Film/AlitaBattleAngel'' features a fallen cyborg soldier who gets a second chance at life as a cyborg girl. The world is a kind of soft dystopia, hopepunkish sunny and solar punk/hopepunkish in the daytime and rainy and noirish at night. Law enforcement consists of robot enforcers and cyborg bounty hunters. The elite live in a 'sky city' which is part of a damaged space elevator while the hoi polloi live below in Iron City around the scrapyard of material dumped from the city of Zalem above.

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* ''Film/AlitaBattleAngel'' features a fallen cyborg soldier who gets a second chance at life as a cyborg girl. The world is a kind of soft dystopia, hopepunkish in the daytime and rainy and noirish at night. Law enforcement consists of robot enforcers and cyborg bounty hunters. The elite live in a 'sky city' which is part of a damaged space elevator while the hoi polloi live below in Iron City around the scrapyard of material dumped from the city of Zalem above.


* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' fuses this genre with it's predeceasing genre of FilmNoir.
** And ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'' brought cyberpunk to Kamen Rider before Double, with its evil MegaCorp conspiracy and the transhumanistic themes present in the Orphnochs.

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* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' fuses this genre with it's its predeceasing genre of FilmNoir.
** And ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'' ''Series/KamenRider555'' brought cyberpunk to Kamen Rider ''Franchise/KamenRider'' before Double, ''Double'', with its evil MegaCorp conspiracy and the transhumanistic themes present in the Orphnochs.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' features a number of cyberpunk elements, featuring a dystopian future society where transhumanism is rampant, technology is rapidly outpacing society's ability to assess its moral applications, and the government is thoroughly corrupt.


[[caption-width-right:285:Guns, booze, smokes, and artificial limbs: the typical accessories for a character in a cyberpunk story.]]

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[[caption-width-right:285:[[TechnologyPorn High tech.]] [[CrapsackWorld Low Life.]]]]


The [[TropeMaker originator]] of [[PunkPunk the "Punk" genres]], Cyberpunk is a SpeculativeFiction genre centered around the transformative effects of advanced science, information technology, computers and networks ("cyber") coupled with a breakdown or radical change in the social order ("punk"). A genre that is [[TheFutureIsNoir dark]] and [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] in tone, it borrows elements from FilmNoir, hard-boiled DetectiveFiction and {{postmodern}} {{deconstruction}} to describe the {{Dystopia}}n side of an electronic society.

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The [[TropeMaker originator]] of [[PunkPunk the "Punk" genres]], Cyberpunk is a SpeculativeFiction genre centered around the transformative effects of advanced science, information technology, computers and networks ("cyber") coupled with a breakdown or radical change in the social order ("punk"). A genre that is [[TheFutureIsNoir dark]] and [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] in tone, it borrows elements from FilmNoir, hard-boiled DetectiveFiction and {{postmodern}} {{deconstruction}} to describe the {{Dystopia}}n side of an electronic society.
society. It is often used as a synonym to the related trope "TechnoDystopia".


* Negative consequences of technological progress are a common theme in the works of Dutch author Tais Teng. The most intense example of cyberpunk is his short story ''Silicium Snelwegen'' ("Silicon Highways"), in which broken computer chips are repaired by nanomachines imprinted with the personalities of specialists. The story becomes horrific when the main characters, personalized nanomachines busy repairing a chip, discover that their originals have been erased and they now exist ''only as data.''

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* Negative consequences of technological progress are a common theme in the works of Dutch author Tais Teng.Creator/TaisTeng. The most intense example of cyberpunk is his short story ''Silicium Snelwegen'' ("Silicon Highways"), in which broken computer chips are repaired by nanomachines imprinted with the personalities of specialists. The story becomes horrific when the main characters, personalized nanomachines busy repairing a chip, discover that their originals have been erased and they now exist ''only as data.''


* ''Film/{{Brainstorm}}'': People create a means of allowing people to view each other's memories, complete with sensory feedback, and soon enough one of the scientists uses it to record a sex tape with his girlfriend and the military takes over once the project is completed, with the purpose of using the system as a means for training soldiers more efficiently and for a new brand of torture for intelligence gathering. The protagonist wrecks the place by means of hacking the central mainframe.

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* ''Film/{{Brainstorm}}'': People create a means of allowing people to view each other's memories, complete with sensory feedback, and soon enough one of the scientists uses it to record a sex tape with his girlfriend and the military takes over once the project is completed, with the purpose of using the system as a means for training soldiers more efficiently and for a new brand of torture for intelligence gathering. The protagonist protagonist, one of the men who led the project strictly ForScience, wrecks the place by means of hacking the central mainframe.


%%* ''Film/{{Brainstorm}}''

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%%* ''Film/{{Brainstorm}}''* ''Film/{{Brainstorm}}'': People create a means of allowing people to view each other's memories, complete with sensory feedback, and soon enough one of the scientists uses it to record a sex tape with his girlfriend and the military takes over once the project is completed, with the purpose of using the system as a means for training soldiers more efficiently and for a new brand of torture for intelligence gathering. The protagonist wrecks the place by means of hacking the central mainframe.



%%* ''Film/MinorityReport''. Although it's more PostCyberPunk.

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%%* * ''Film/MinorityReport''. Although it's more PostCyberPunk.PostCyberPunk in terms of visual appearance, it nevertheless involves the moral complexities of a new method in which BigBrotherIsWatchingYou and one of its top enforcers finding out that the road to creating this method was paved with blood and lies, then getting pursued by his fellow policemen because someone manipulated this method to frame him for ([[PrecrimeArrest future]]) murder.


* ''Film/MinorityReport''. Although it's more PostCyberPunk.

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* %%* ''Film/MinorityReport''. Although it's more PostCyberPunk.

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