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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.

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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.


* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'': Government censorship of the media, refugees are treated poorly and social welfare appears to be nonexistent. As well, members of the military appear to be able to issue orders to civilians (something which is not permitted in most democracies except under martial law).
** Also, assassinations are regularly ordered by the Prime Minister or other government officials (which, said the author of the original manga, Shirow Masamune, meant that there had been a massive failure in the political process).
** A lot of themes in ''SAC'' steer the series more towards PostCyberPunk, however. It's still a dystopia (especially given hints about how bad the rest of the world is), but it's a less severe dystopia then many settings, a more realistic in that not EVERYTHING is automatically as bad as it could be.


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* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'': Government censorship of the media, refugees are treated poorly and social welfare appears to be nonexistent. As well, members of the military appear to be able to issue orders to civilians (something which is not permitted in most democracies except under martial law).
** Also, assassinations are regularly ordered by the Prime Minister or other government officials (which, said the author of the original manga, Shirow Masamune, meant that there had been a massive failure in the political process).
** A lot of themes in ''SAC'' steer the series more towards PostCyberPunk, however. It's still a dystopia (especially given hints about how bad the rest of the world is), but it's a less severe dystopia then many settings, a more realistic in that not EVERYTHING is automatically as bad as it could be.

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* ''Series/MrRobot'' is an example with absolutely no fictional technology, instead using a mix of mental health issues and extremely realistic hacking to cover the same themes as traditional stories of this type. It really shows that despit the warnings, reality is actually not that different from what cyberpunk authors predicted in the 1980s.


* Music/TheProtomen. When you're a RockOpera about a dystopian version of VideoGame/MegaMan, it's rather unavoidable.

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* Music/TheProtomen. When you're a RockOpera about a dystopian version of VideoGame/MegaMan, VideoGame/MegaManClassic, it's rather unavoidable.


* Creator/{{Dark Horse|Comics}} has ''ComicBook/BarbWire'' from the ''ComicBook/ComicsGreatestWorld'' imprint. Although occured in TheNineties, the city of Steel Harbor looks like a post-apocalyptic wasteland as seen in ''Franchise/MadMax'' and ''Manga/HokutoNoKen'' in which the strongest survives, and the eponymous Barb Wire is an ActionGirl who's also a BountyHunter. Also one of her allies, The Machine, is a transhuman with mechanical parts.

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* Creator/{{Dark Horse|Comics}} has ''ComicBook/BarbWire'' from the ''ComicBook/ComicsGreatestWorld'' imprint. Although occured in TheNineties, the city of Steel Harbor looks like a post-apocalyptic wasteland as seen in ''Franchise/MadMax'' ''Film/MadMax'' and ''Manga/HokutoNoKen'' in which the strongest survives, and the eponymous Barb Wire is an ActionGirl who's also a BountyHunter. Also one of her allies, The Machine, is a transhuman with mechanical parts.


** Moench would revisit these topics ten years later at [[Creator/DCComics DC]] in the brilliant but obscure comic ''ComicBook/ElectricWarrior.''

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** Moench would revisit these topics ten years later at [[Creator/DCComics DC]] Creator/{{DC|Comics}} in the brilliant but obscure comic ''ComicBook/ElectricWarrior.''



* NinjaSlayer, being a Parody of 80's and 90's anime seen by Americans, has elements of Cyber Punk in the form of Neo Saitama. With it's bright neon lights, police brutality and ninja turf wars, as well as a few cyberntic limbs.

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* NinjaSlayer, ''Manga/NinjaSlayer'', being a Parody of 80's and 90's anime seen by Americans, has elements of Cyber Punk in the form of Neo Saitama. With it's bright neon lights, police brutality and ninja turf wars, as well as a few cyberntic limbs.



* 'Comicbook/LastManStanding'' has a bit of [[BuffySpeak Cyber-punkism]] with the evil MegaCorp known as Armtech, but some of its fantastical elements make it not quite a clear cut case.

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* 'Comicbook/LastManStanding'' ''Comicbook/LastManStanding'' has a bit of [[BuffySpeak Cyber-punkism]] with the evil MegaCorp known as Armtech, but some of its fantastical elements make it not quite a clear cut case.


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* Creator/{{Dark Horse|Comics}} has ''ComicBook/BarbWire'' from the ''ComicBook/ComicsGreatestWorld'' imprint. Although occured in TheNineties, the city of Steel Harbor looks like a post-apocalyptic wasteland as seen in ''Franchise/MadMax'' and ''Manga/HokutoNoKen'' in which the strongest survives, and the eponymous Barb Wire is an ActionGirl who's also a BountyHunter. Also one of her allies, The Machine, is a transhuman with mechanical parts.


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** In general the ''Franchise/MegaMan'' franchise has cyberpunk elements all over the series: In ''Videogame/MegaManClassic'' the robots are being made to make easier the human life, but various of them went reprogammed to be evil by [[MadScientist Dr. Wily]]; in ''Videogame/MegaManX'' there're the Reploids, RidiculouslyHumanRobots that overpassed human population (which Dr. Cain is one of the few humans we see in the series) and can make their own decisions as well becoming rogues by themselves; and ''Videogame/MegaManLegends'', a group of scavenger robots in an AfterTheEnd scenario, in which cybernetics are so widespread in this world that it's impossible to tell for sure who is a robot and who is a human.


* The ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' series, from the second game onward.

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* The ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' series, from the second game onward.


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. 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 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.systems, along with hundreds of''giga''bytes now considered routine. Technology marches on, indeed.

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* ''VideoGame/RememberMe'' is set in a crime-ridden, cyberpunk Paris where people have the ability to access, and even alter, their memories via a digital implant (as well as the memories of others, which becomes a major plot point). The evil mega corp that runs everything even use the threat of memory deletion to keep the populace in line.

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* ''Film/{{Mute|2018}}'' is a mystery thriller set in a dystopic, cyberpunk Berlin. However, its storyline, about a mute bartender trying to find his missing girlfriend, plays out much more like a traditional noir than anything else. Indeed, it's easy to wonder why the film has a cyberpunk setting at all, given how little bearing it has on the plot - sure, there's mega corps, gangsters, and lots of tech, but the story ultimately boils down to [[spoiler: a girl caught between the man she loves and her psycho ex-husband]].

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