Alex J. Murphy/RoboCop
Once a police officer named Alex Murphy, he became the eponymous cyborg police officer after being shot to death by Clarence Boddicker and his gang during his first day at the job on Detroit's Metro West precinct.
- Amnesiac Hero: He loses all his memories of his life as Murphy after he's reborn as RoboCop, but he regains some of them thanks to Lewis going against orders to remind him of his true identity.
- An Arm and a Leg:
- His right hand and entire arm are blown off when he's killed. The rest are taken off when he's turned into RoboCop—one doctor says they could save his left arm, before being told that all the limbs have to go.
- He also loses an arm during each of the sequels, though it's less permanent due to him being a cyborg.
- Arm Cannon: Has access to one in the third film. It's also a Fire-Breathing Weapon.
- Back from the Dead: He was killed by Clarence and his gang, but OCP brought him back as an uber-powerful cyborg.
- Bald of Awesome: Post-"cyborgification".
- Badass Baritone: He has a pretty intimidating voice, being both deep and filtered electronically. Murphy's natural voice counts as well.
- Badass Boast: "Your move, creep"; "Dead or alive, you're coming with me"; "I'm not arresting you anymore"; "Come quietly or there will be...trouble".
- Beware of the Nice Ones: When he was human, him being a mild-mannered policeman doesn't mean he wasn't able to kick some criminal butt. After becoming Robo, criminals better watch out.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Robo's signature "data spike", which is an odd example given that it's actually not a weapon but a customized jack Robo uses to upload/download data to police computers. However, it sees some action as a stabbing weapon at least once in the films, and a lot more usage as a weapon in Mortal Kombat 11.
- Body Horror:
- When Clarence blows his hand off, he just looks at it, stunned. Then it gets worse after he wakes up and comes to realize practically his entire body has been replaced with mechanical parts. Not only that, but he has to lie on the operating table, unable to move, while the team of scientists working on him casually discuss, for example, whether to remove his arm or not.
- His rebuilt form as RoboCop; they basically discarded everything except his brain (and certain vital organs, in 2014 remake), and jammed it all into a mechanical body. And then they peeled off his human face and grafted onto a cybernetic skull, to try to lessen the Uncanny Valley effect. This is really brought home in the scene where he takes off his helmet by removing the screws from his temples and then gazes sadly at what's left of himself in the mirror.
- BrainComputer Interface: His neural spike allows him to jack into computers and download or upload information directly from his memory. Also, it seems his targeting system is interfaced with his brain rather than being part of his visor, since he can still use it when he takes his helmet off.
- Broken Faceplate: During his confrontation with ED-209, there's a dramatic closeup of his cracked visor and a single eye can be seen for the first time.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Even though he was designed to be a badass crime-fighting machine, he still has memories of his past life and misses his family.
- By-the-Book Cop: One of his prime directives is "uphold the law". When he arrests Boddicker, he throws him through a couple of plate-glass windows for good measure, but refuses to kill him when his directives show up onscreen and remind him of his duty.
- Came Back Strong: The whole point of the Robocop process was to do this to him.
- Catchphrase: "Dead or alive, you're coming with me."
- Character Tic: The iconic trigger-guard spin.
- Chrome Champion: Has this appearance, since he's covered in gleaming metal armour.
- Clingy Costume: His body after being resurrected as Robocop. Justified since he has no limbs and machinery integrated into most of his torso — what is technically armor is, in all practical purposes, his skin.
- The Comically Serious: At first.(to the rape victim he just rescued) Madam, you have suffered an emotional shock. I will notify a rape crisis center.
- Cool Car: His trademark Ford Taurus.
- Cool Gun: His Auto-9 pistol.
- Cool Helmet: Rather than simply graft armor to his skull, OCP supplied him with a nifty-looking helmet. It's mostly for show though, as later in the film we see he doesn't need his helmet to use his heads-up display.
- Cop Killer Manhunt: Goes on a one-man version of this is both the original, with Boddicker and his gang for killing him, and in 3 after McDaggett kills Lewis.
- Corporate-Sponsored Superhero:
- Robo 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).
- The media also spares no opportunity to remind viewers exactly who it is that built the city's new soldier in the War on Crime.
- Cowboy Cop: His human side allows him to be one in regards to making decisions.
- Crucified Hero Shot: Although his arms aren't held out to the side, his execution plays out very much like the crucifixion of Jesus in the Bible: he's mocked, tortured, and finally, brutally killed and left for dead. (See Messianic Archetype.)
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He died this way, being systematically blown apart with shotgun fire.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Most encounters with the criminals he comes across have him dishing this out.
- Cursed with Awesome: Would you want to be a Nigh-Invulnerable supercop if it meant losing everything dear to you?
- Cyber Cyclops: His visor has the look down to a T. It's pretty unnerving to look at, especially if you're one of those criminals he's arresting.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: At first played straight, but in the end averted. His humanity returns by the end of the first film, and both sequels see him as every bit the incorruptible hero he was in life. Notably, the erasure of all directives in the second film fails to noticeably affect his behavior in any way.
- Cyborg: Well, duh. He's a rare example of a high-conversion model; apart from his face — which is explicitly skin that was peeled off and placed on a cybernetic skull — and certain organs (mostly the brain), all of him is machine.
- Deadpan Snarker: Notably when he is usually damaged in someway or has done some damage.
- For example, reading the Miranda Warning to Clarence Boddicker while casually tossing him around and through a pane of glass.
- At the end of RoboCop 2 when Lewis complains that OCP is going to get away with unleashing a killer cyborg on the city he puts a ratchet to his head, starts tightening and says "We're only human."
- Death by Origin Story: Murphy himself is gunned down by Boddicker and his gang before being turned into RoboCop.
- Defiant to the End: "Buddy, I think you're slime."
- Determinator: So much so that this is the reason why Murphy is the only non-psycho cyborg OCP has ever successfully produced.
- Dissonant Serenity: He's a cyborg who brings in justice in the brutal manner thanks to his super strength, but rarely raises his voice and mostly speak in a monotone, while never giving out a Precision F-Strike towards anybody.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: When he asks Lewis what happened to his family.RoboCop: I can feel them ... but I can't remember them.
Lewis starts to put a hand on his shoulder
RoboCop: Leave me alone.
- Double Consciousness: After being cyberized, he struggles with having both a robotic side that's programmed to mindlessly obey OCP's orders, and his re-emergent human side. His human side wins in the end.
- Dying as Yourself: He puts himself at least at risk of this in the second film, when the new mass of directives he had been programmed with nearly caused a breakdown, Murphy subjecting himself to a potentially lethal electric discharge in the hope that it would reset his processor rather than kill him.
- The Everyman: According to his actor Weller in this interview, Murphy was just another mild-mannered "average Joe" (or perhaps the clean-cut model kind in comparison to his cynical police department colleagues) before becoming Robocop. He was just an ideally average Detroit police officer doing his duty to fight crime to protect the fellow little guy from getting picked on. Then Clarence and his gang attacked and killed Murphy, leading into his transformation into Robo.
- Expy: Word of God says that he's based on Comic Book/Judge Dredd. An early character design even had him with Dredd's head as a placeholder.
- The Fettered: His prime directives give him a strict moral code which he cannot break. It's present in his human side too; in the second film, one of the doctors on the RoboCop 2 project hypothesizes that his dutiful nature (clean service record, happy family life, devoted Catholic, etc.) gave him a strong core of personality that allowed him to avoid the problems faced by other "subjects."
- In RoboCop 2, he becomes more literally "fettered" when OCP give him a mass of new directives to make him more 'publicly appealing', to the extent that he was unable to actively shoot anyone and just criticised people with inane chatter rather than actively arresting anyone.
- Full-Conversion Cyborg: He is stripped of everything but his brain and face before being rebuilt. Even the rest of his skull is obviously metallic, face aside.
- Good Is Not Soft: Programmed to uphold the law, and dedicated to serving that even on his human side. This does not stop him from doling out violent retribution, or simply killing criminals on-sight for refusing to surrender.
- Gosh Darn It to Heck!: In the films, post-"cyborgification," he never swears as he is programmed not to, even when he was a once human, he never did seem to cuss on-screen, further backing up how much well-mannered and mild-mannered he is that matches his criteria as an Ideal Hero, in contrast to the filthy mouths that are packaged with the cynical nature of most characters whether neutral, good or bad in the films in comparison. Might have been because of his Catholic upbringing. That being said, the only time where he amounted to a curse was the "slime" comment to Boddicker in the first movie, even though the word "slime" can also considered to be not vulgar profanity and just a wholesome, age-appropriate insult.
- Gorn: The audience is not spared from seeing every detail of his Cruel and Unusual Death.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: OCP never expected his human side to re-appear.
- Guest Fighter: RoboCop joins the roster of Mortal Kombat 11 as part of the Aftermath expansion. This also allows him to once again go toe-to-toe with the T-800.
- The Gunslinger: He is between types Trick Shot and Vaporizer.
- Gun Twirling: He was fond of it as a human, both because his son liked it and because he thought it was cool. As Robocop, it was one of the first bits of his original personality to re-emerge.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He was blond. Once he becomes RoboCop, he lost the blond hair but not the heart of gold, not completely.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Has a Cool Helmet, but he takes it off after the disastrous escape from ED-209 and the entire Detroit police force leaves him heavily damaged (see Broken Faceplate).
- The Hero: Mostly as Alex. After he comes Back from the Dead, he is more of an Anti-Hero.
- The Hero Dies: Subverted. He dies during a failed arrest of Boddicker's gang, but he's resurrected as a much tougher hero cop.
- Heroic Willpower: Stated by Juliette Faxx as being the reason why Murphy was the only police officer to be subject to the Robocop enhancement program and not end up committing suicide or breaking down after conversion. Murphy was true Lawful Good police officer who believed wholly in upholding the law and serving the people and it was his strong moral character combined with his strong sense of duty that allowed him to keep it together in the face of the overwhelming despair caused by his circumstances.Juliette Faxx: They're(police) a physical bunch. They're macho, body proud, finding themselves stripped of that... it's no wonder they become suicidal.
Donald Johnson: Our one sucess was a cop.
Juliette Faxx: Well, yes Mr. Johnson. Officer Alex Murphy. Top of his class, devout Irish catholic, family man, and everything in his profile indicates a fierce sense of duty. That's probably what kept him alive.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Zigzagged greatly. Generally, RoboCop is admired by children and responsible adults alike. When it comes to teenagers, the impoverished, and those less savvy of the law however, they think of him as a pathetic monument to ineffectual and ineffective authority, be it that of the failures of the system to the people or as a walking dumb sack of steel shaped in the fashion of a "pig". For some major examples:
- After Dick Jones decides to have him killed because He Knows Too Much, and sends the entire Detroit police force to gun him down in the parking garage of OCP headquarters. Despite his heavy armour, he barely escapes with his life.
- In 2, RoboCop enters into an arcade that also doubles as a meeting ground and hotspot for drug activity. Whimiscally asking the youths that it must be a school night, everyone of the teens then pelt RoboCop with junk food and popcorn, knowing that he wouldn't harm anyone who doesn't meet the legal age range of an adult, and out of the fact that he is a tool of authority. Later when he becomes reprogrammed to be a more "PC" figure of the law, he ineffectually confronts kids in a low income neighborhood who outright tell him to fuck off.
- Heroic Build: His armor gives him an exaggerated masculine form, with a broad chest and huge arms.
- Humble Hero: He was The Everyman with a family to feed to begin with even when he was a human police officer. His personality prior to his "cyborgification" and Robo Speak monotone afterwards contradicts him from the Evil Is Hammy villains.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: What's left of Robo's human side mourns the things he lost with his cyber-upgrade.
- Ideal Hero: When he was human compared to his cynical colleagues, doesn't stop after becoming RoboCop.
- Immune to Bullets: Downplayed. His armor can deflect a stream of bullets easily, but multiple streams (i.e. an entire police squadron) gunning him down with sustained fire can kill him. Heavier ordnance, such as Grenade Launchers and autocannons can also cause heavy damage to him.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Boddicker runs him through with a rail when he's trapped under fallen scrap at the climax of the first film. It's only the fact he stopped to gloat that gives Murphy the chance to turn the tables.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: His cybernetic implants give him an auto-targeting system that's incredibly accurate.
- Improvised Weapon: The metal spike in his right hand, which is a computer jack, also happens to work great for stabbing someone in the neck.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: As Alex Murphy, he's this compared to his colleagues at the precinct or to any fellow Detroit citizen who cynical and/or amoral, while swearing like a sailor in contrast to Murphy's kind-hearted and mild-mannered nature and clean vocabulary. Becoming RoboCop has not gotten rid of his moral principles.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: OCP and the other police sometimes refer to him as "it", as if he were actually a robot instead of a person. Lewis is the only other character who still calls him by his real name. And then defied at the end of the movie when the Old Man, grateful that Robo has just saved his life, asks him what his name is and he proudly replies, "Murphy".
- Jet Pack: He gains access to one in the third film that doubles as a charging station whenever he runs low on power.
- Job-Stealing Robot: When he shows off at the firing range, one of the police officers wonders aloud if he's going to replace them all. Eventually subverted in that they eventually come to see Murphy as a comrade, enough to be horrified and outraged when they are ordered by Dick Jones to open fire on him.
- The Juggernaut: RoboCop is heavily armored against gun fire, rendering him impervious to the bulk of whatever he runs into.
- Just a Machine: OCP usually refers to him as nothing more than a creation of theirs.Bob Morton: Let me make something clear to you. He doesn't have a name. He has a program. He's product.
- Knight In Shining Armour: Kevlar/titanium laminated armor, to be precise. (With nifty purple-on-blue highlights.)
- Loss of Identity: Underwent this upon being reconstructed, though it didn't quite take as he started to remember.
- Made of Iron: Both literally and figuratively, as a matter of fact ! RoboCop is able to shrug off anything short of armor-piercing rounds and rockets, feels no physical pain and will keep walking even while covered in flames. Ironically, Murphy already fit the trope before he became a cyborg, remaining conscious the whole time while being viciously shot to death by Boddicker's gang and even surviving a point-blank Desert Eagle shot to the head long enough to finally die at the hospital about two hours later.
- Meat-Sack Robot: The eponymous RoboCop was designed to essentially be a robot using a critically injured cop's central nervous system as a Wetware CPU. They left enough of a digestive system to sustain the brain and spine, and grafted his face on for looks, but he's otherwise a robot meant to be subservient to programming. Him partially regaining his previous identity was an unexpected accident.
- Messianic Archetype: Believe it or not. Paul Verhoeven said he wanted to make a film about an "American Jesus" and there are multiple allusions to this, like Murphy being mocked and tortured before he's killed (and the Impaled Palm scene), his dying and being resurrected, and a scene where it looks like he's walking on water. He even gets pierced in his side with a spear.
- Mighty Glacier: He may be slow, but he can take a lot of punishment before his armor is even dented.
- Multiple Gunshot Death: How Murphy was killed before OCP used him for RoboCop.
- Never Hurt an Innocent: It's one of his prime directives. Exploited by Hob in the second film, who notes that Robo won't shoot a child even if the child is armed and shooting back.
- Nice Guy: At least Alex Murphy was; as a human he's seen as a sweet-tempered and mild-mannered Boy Next Door who never swore once before he was killed.
- Noisy Robots: He has heavy, thudding footsteps and makes a lot of mechanical whirring sounds as he moves around. This helps create the illusion that he's a real cyborg and not just a guy in a suit.
- Not Himself:
- After first reawakening as RoboCop, he retains no traces of his personality as Murphy and behaves like, well, a robot who's been programmed to enforce the law. Over time, he regains it.
- After being heavily modified by OCP in 2 to the point where's a walking mental mess due to all the many and contradictory directives programmed into his system.
- Oh, Crap!:
- In one of the few moments of post-roboticization displays of emotion, he has this in the first film when on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle from an ED-209.
- One-Man Army: RoboCop was designed to be this in order to counteract with the extremely violent and drastically numerically superior criminals of Detroit/Delta City. Super Strength, computer-assisted targeting, Nigh-Invulnerable armor-plating and attachable weapons all allow him to take on large groups of average criminals and kill them without hesitation.
- Only Sane Man: Both before and after post-"cyborgification," he's considered to be this in comparison to his more frustrated and cynical colleagues who wanted to go on strike.
- Papa Wolf: Hurt any member of his family, and nothing will stop him from killing you.
- Police Brutality: Murphy's not above this, considering he tossed Boddicker through several windows, punched former city councilman-turned-terrorist Ron Miller out of a window, his interrogation of Dirty Cop Duffy involved throwing him into several arcades machines and smashing his face into a screen, and infamously used his gun to castrate a rapist.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad: In the second movie, after he's saddled with a couple hundred politically-correct directives that almost literally drive him mad before he manages to erase them.
- Power at a Price: Best explained in Cursed with Awesome above.
- Protagonist Title: He is The Hero of the film.
- Quest for Identity: The entire point of the film is his struggle to find out who he is and what happened to him, and to bring those responsible to justice. At the ending of the film, he proudly states that his name isn't RoboCop, but Murphy.
- Real Men Love Jesus: In RoboCop 2, it was stated by OCP's evil scientists that one of the reasons Murphy didn't snap and kill himself like the RoboCop 2 candidates did is because he is a devout Irish Catholic, to whom suicide is a damnable sin.
- Restraining Bolt:
- The fourth directive, which is classified. It prevents him from acting against a senior member of OCP's board of directors. The third film also adds one that prevents him from acting against Rehab personnel (but not their equipment). Predictably, Robo gets around both. It's deleted in both the second and third films.
- Technically, his other directives are this as well, but since Murphy was already a cop who lived by these tenets already, it's not so much of a deal. The third directive (Uphold the law) does come into play in the first film when he's got Boddicker at his mercy and brings him in instead of killing him.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: Before his death, Murphy was just another unremarkable, mild-mannered, yet still skilled and honest "average Joe" of a police officer, albeit not as cynical as his other colleagues. When he becomes RoboCop, he is a lot more distinctive than he was before.
- Robo Cam: His field of vision is a Heads-Up Display that shows all kinds of pertinent information about his surroundings, including crimes in progress, potential targets and when he is in "arrest mode". His directives also come up from time to time to remind him how to act in a given situation.
- Sense Loss Sadness: Once he's cognizant enough of his human origins to remember that he used to have them.
- Simple, yet Awesome: His general design, especially compared to something like the ED-209. He may not have the same flash or firepower but all his parts are at the highest level of quality, he can negotiate terrain much more easily and he's able to resolve situation with a minimal of destruction. Compare that to the ED-209 which is good only for it's massive firepower and nothing else.
- Strapped to an Operating Table: While OCP is reconstructing him, he can do nothing but lie there hearing them casually discuss, for example, whether they ought to remove his arm or not. Horrifying inverted in RoboCop 2, when Cain and his gang dissemble him, all while Robo is fully aware what's going on and is clearly experiencing some sort of pain from it.
- Strolling Through the Chaos: Likewise, walking right into the firefight at the drug lab, not even bothering to respond for several seconds while two dozen guys are shooting at him, then casually raising his gun and wasting a bunch of them.
- Super Cop: He gets called this by name in one scene, and in the first animated series, the intro explicitly describes him as a "super cop".
- Super Hero Origin: More or less a superhero in all but name.
- Super Strength: Thanks to his Artificial Limbs."It's 400 foot pounds. He could crush every bone in your hand."
- Super Toughness: Even if you can penetrate his Nigh-Invulnerable armored skin in the first place, what's underneath is mostly machine; very few vulnerable spots to damage, and little in the way of actual pain. RoboCop can tank just about anything and survive, if requiring repairs afterwards.
- Theme Music Power-Up: His leitmotif appears in many scenes when he does something cool. Inverted in the Parking Garage scene where it becomes a Dark Reprise.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: His own death. Also, some of the crooks he blows away.
- They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!: The first film ends with RoboCop telling "The Old Man" his name is Murphy. By the end of the third film, he gets this way with what's left of OCP.RoboCop: My friends call me Murphy. You call me RoboCop.
- Tin Man: He clearly didn't remember his past life until regaining his memories and personality. This is put to the test in RoboCop 2, during the scene in which Murphy has to look his wife in the eyes and tell her that he is just a machine that doesn't remember her. This is only because OCP forced their hand into telling him that Murphy was dead and that his "face" was all that remains.
- 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: He still has a scar on his forehead from where Boddicker shot him to finish him off.
- Tomato in the Mirror: When Emil reveals to him that he used to be a cop who was killed. He uses this information and the name Lewis gave him to piece together what happened to him, and realizes he is the resurrected Alex Murphy.
- Tranquil Fury: When he and Boddicker are facing off against each other, you can practically feel the hateful undertones in his monotonous voice.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: It's likely it was caused by the coup de grâce delivered by Boddicker: a shot to the frontal cranium. It could also be due to OCP meddling with his brain though; it's unclear what exactly is meant when Bob Morton says "we're gonna blank his memory anyway".
- Two First Names: Murphy is commonly used as a girl's name.
- Undignified Death: As mentioned in Cruel and Unusual Death above, his death is very gruesome and Murphy was screaming in agony throughout.
- Unflinching Walk: The Out of the Inferno gas station scene.
- Unlikely Hero: In a sense, at the time of the film's making, he was played by a little known actor named Peter Weller and invokes The Everyman Ridiculously Average Guy aura for not being played by an A-lister like Arnold Schwarzenegger, who himself was considered for this role, and started out as just another human policeman fighting crime before ending up just another Red Shirt cop as common in action and crime films, but after getting killed than resurrected, he becomes the iconic cyborg cop tattooed in the memories of movie-goers.
- Unorthodox Holstering: The move where he spins his gun around on his fingers and tucks it into the holster built into his leg.
- Unwilling Roboticization: He didn't have a choice in being resurrected, since OCP legally owned his body. In fact, it's implied they put him in harm's way (reassigning him to the most violent precinct in the city) because they thought he would be a good candidate for their program.
- Uriah Gambit: Part of his origin as Murphy was the victim of an odd one. He and Bob Morton never met each other; Morton just wanted an experienced police officer for a subject for the RoboCop project and sent several officers to Metro West for that purpose. Murphy just had the crappy luck of being the one picked.
- We Can Rebuild Him: Thanks to being made into a cyborg, any physical damage he sustains sans the head can be repaired.
- We Will Use WikiWords in the Future: His name is properly styled RoboCop.
- What Have I Become?: Seen especially in the scene where he takes off his helmet for the first time and looks down unhappily at his robotic body.
- X-Ray Vision: One of his many abilities (see Robo Cam).
- You Are Number 6: His serial number, OCP Crime Prevention Unit 001.
- You Can't Go Home Again: When he visits his former home looking for his wife and son, and finds out they've moved away, and only left a crumpled family photo behind.
Detroit Police Department
Played by Nancy Allen
- Action Girl: Come on, she's a cop.
- Badass Adorable: Don't be fooled by her feminine features. See Establishing Character Moment.
- Badass Driver: Serves as the driver during the van chase at the beginning of the movie, rescues Murphy from an extrajudicial execution in her squad car, and also drives during the climactic shootout at the steel mill.
- Badass Normal: She may not be a superhuman cyborg like Murphy, but they still make a great team. She also saves his life in a Big Damn Heroes moment, and is a pretty good shot ... with a grenade launcher.
- Boyish Short Hair: An intentional choice by the film's creators to give her a bit of an androgynous look, since they felt her gender was not important, though she averts this in the sequels.
- Character Tic: Chewing bubblegum, which alerts one of the gang members to her presence: he incapacitates her so she can't help Murphy when he's cornered.
- Dumb Blonde: Averted. Despite having dirty-blonde hair, she's one of the few people working for OCP who isn't a complete moron.
- Establishing Character Moment: Is introducing by subduing a misbehaving perp with a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Boyish Short Hair in the first film, chin length bob in the second film and shoulder length '80s Hair perm in the third film.
- Female Gaze: She sneaks up on one of Boddicker's goons while he's relieving himself. He puts his hands up, but then casually nods towards his crotch and asks her if he should "zip this up" first. She doesn't fall for the obvious ruse at first but, unfortunately, she can't resist glancing down, and once she does, he catches her off-guard and disarms her.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She spends a lot of the movie being the only person under OCP who treats Robo like a human being rather than Just a Machine, and goes out of her way and disobeys orders to help him.
- Heroic BSoD: She's visibly (and understandably) distraught seeing Murphy's desecrated corpse.
- Killed Off for Real: By McDagget, a Moral Event Horizon moment for him.
- The Lancer: She is Robo's main ally and Only Friend.
- Only Friend: She's the only police officer who tries to befriend Robo and believes that somewhere in his metallic body, he's still her former partner.
- Oral Fixation: She regularly chews bubblegum.
- Platonic Life-Partners: Her and Alex/Robo are strictly True Companions.
- Sacrificial Lion: In the third movie. Killed by Request of actress Nancy Allen.
- Sidekick: Averted. They're very much equals, despite the fact that one's now a Nigh-Invulnerable cyborg.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Is fatally injured by McDagget around halfway in the third movie and dies in Murphy's arms.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She's never without a bubblegum.
- Two First Names: Her last name is usually used as a guy's name. Same applies to her actress.
- You Are Too Late: After being knocked out, she arrives right after Murphy has been shot up and is dying.
Played by Robert DoQui
- Badass in Charge: In RoboCop 3, the man proved it when OCP threatened to take away his pension if he didn't move people out of their homes.
- Big Good: His attitude towards the officers under his command resembles A Father to His Men.
- Continuity Snarl: The subject of his first name is possibly one. In the scene when Morton, Johnson, and co. and taking RoboCop to Metro West in the original movie, Morton asks who Reed is, to which Johnson replies "Sgt. John Reed", but in the second, following Faxx's tampering with RoboCop, Murphy calls Reed "Warren", though given his programming was driving Murphy crazy and he was butchering age-old sayings, it's also possible Murphy just called Reed by the wrong name.
- Da Chief: He is in charge of the Detroit Police Department.
- Desk Jockey: He's mostly seen working at his desk, but he can still hold his own in the field if he needs to.
- Everyone Has Standards: In 3, he's had enough of OCP's BS by the time Johnson and McDaggett order him to force people out of their homes and leads most of the Metro West cops against them.
- A Father to His Men:
- After Robocop is badly damaged after his encounter with Cain and is taken away by OCP, Reed makes it clear that he expects them to bring "his man" back.
- In RoboCop 3, when he throws down his badge rather than assist the Rehabs in evicting the people of Cadillac Heights, almost every officer in the precinct follows suit.
- Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: Rips off his own badge to demonstrate he won't be a corporate goon anymore.
- Last Stand: Against OCP at the end of RoboCop 3. Saved by Murphy pulling a Big Damn Heroes with his jetpack.
- Manly Facial Hair: He's one of the few undisputed examples of Big Good in the whole franchise, and on the third film is the one who organizes the citizens of Cadillac Heights to fight back against the Rehab/Splatter army that is coming to kick out (or kill) everybody. And in all three films, he rocks a solid mustache.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He opposes OCP's moronic policies that put his officers in danger, and tries to dissuade them from striking.
- Turn in Your Badge: Shown in RoboCop 3, he takes off his badge and drops it to the floor in defiance of Johnson's edict for the station to help clear people out of Cadillac Heights.
- Two First Names: Reed can be used as a given name for guys. His name actually counts as three first names if you take into account the Continuity Snarl of his given name. Four if you count Alpha Commando changing his given name to "Joe".
Omni Consumer Products
- Always Chaotic Evil: Anybody who works for OCP is a ruthless scumbag, especially if they are an executive.
- Corporate Conspiracy: Omni Consumer Products is not the most ethical of corporations. The original film had a vice-president willing to make a deal with a crime boss to start a crime spree, so that OCP can step in and offer to privatize the police force. And all of this to demolish Detroit and rebuild it as Delta City. By the time of the third movie, they're even hiring a street gang to drive out the locals.
- Evil, Inc.: OCP is a cutthroat, heartless corporation that will use any cutthroat method it can, especially if it involves cutting corners.
- Incompetence, Inc.: Big time, thanks to a combination of incompetence and greed. They prioritize making showpieces for military contracts rather than actually keeping the streets safe, and further prioritize said showpieces looking cool for the cameras and getting out early over them actually working. Regardless of what their product is, it's all Cool, but Inefficient, focusing entirely on looking flashy with no concern if it actually works, RoboCop being implied to be a fluke. This does eventually come back to bite them, as between the second and third films, they ended up being bought out by a Japanese company.
- Law Enforcement, Inc.: They've privatised the Detroit Police Department as part of the city's bailout package. This is one of the first steps towards Delta City.
- Mega-Corp: They have divisions in all kinds of diverse fields, such as consumer products, healthcare, prisons, space exploration, law enforcement and military grade weaponry.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: RoboCop 3 was basically about OCP's warranty becoming void between Kanemitsu buying the company, the Old Man being implied to have been forced out, the public learning the truth about the Rehabs, the resultant bankruptcy as stocks plummet, their headquarters being blown up by the Otomos, and the CEO getting fired.
- No Name Given: The Old Man's name was never revealed. The CEO's name is also unstated in RoboCop 3, though if one counts the comic adaptation as All There in the Manual, then it's only his first name that unknown as it's stated there he's Bob Morton's dad (Johnson even calls him "Mr. Morton").
Played by Ronny Cox
- A Dick in Name: The film loves to go out of its way to remind you that he's as terrible as his namesake by having every character really. emphasize. the. pronunciation of his nickname when they are being angry or sarcastic at him. Conversely, while Boddicker is trying to play nice for him, he pointedly calls him "Richard" instead.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Boddicker, being the Non-Action Big Bad who supplies Boddicker with his equipment and money.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Keeps up an air of politeness when doing business, but whenever the chips are down he shows his true colors.
- The Chessmaster: Turning out to be the Man Behind the Man for Detroit's latest crime spree and managing to smooth-talk Boddicker into staying his lackey by pointing out how much he'll benefit once Delta City brings a lot of suckers for construction work surely fits here.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: This is a pattern with OCP, but Jones took it Up to Eleven. He doesn't even care that he made a piece of utter crap that killed a board member!I had a guaranteed military sale with ED 209 - renovation program, spare parts for twenty-five years... Who cares if it worked or not!?
- Destination Defenestration: His attempt to rebel against the Old Man ends out going ... out the window.
- Did You Actually Believe...?: "What did you think? That you were an ordinary cop? You're our product! And we can't very well have our products turning against us, can we?"
- The Dreaded: OCP's other executives are terrified of Dick. They will talk smack about him behind his back, but are quick to run when he shows his face.
- Establishing Character Moment: After his ED-209 specimen kills a fellow executive by accident, he brushes off the death as a "temporary setback". The Old Man has none of it.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. It's hinted that one of the reasons Dick opposes the Robocop project is because the idea of Frankensteining humans into cyborgs creeps him out. However, he doesn't view any humanity within RoboCop and wastes no time trying to destroy him despite him technically being a human.
- Evil Gloating: When Robo comes to arrest him, unknowingly activating Directive 4, he holds out his arms and sarcastically offers to let Robo bring him in. Then he summons ED-209 to kill him, boasting about how he killed Bob Morton.
- Evil Old Folks: Not as much as The Old Man, but enough so that Rob Morton saw his advanced years as a sign of weakness... A fatal mistake.
- Evil Is Hammy: "It's best if you think of it as a game... I'm cashing you out, Bob!"
- Expy: Apparently of Lex Luthor, due to both of them being Corrupt Corporate Executive Big Bads who act as Arch Nemeses for The Heroes.
- Faux Affably Evil: He presents himself as polite and friendly, but he's a ruthless and greedy sociopath who wants to take over OCP at all costs and doesn't care if innocent people die in the process.
- Hate Sink: OCP executives are mostly scumbags, but Dick's depths of depravity makes him the most loathsome of them all. He buddies with a bloodthirsty crime lord for money, has Bob killed for screwing over his ED-209 project, views RoboCop as his "product" and happily tries to have him killed, and threatens to murder the Old Man when he's exposed.
- He tells Bob after hearing Bob insult him and the Old Man that he's made jabs at his bosses too, but he always respected them. In the final scene when he's outed as the Big Bad, he takes the Old Man hostage.
- He chews out Boddicker for implicating him in Boddicker's actions because Robo records everything he sees, and those recordings could be used as a evidence in a trial. Come the final scene, Robo reveals Dick's true colors to OCP by playing his recording of Dick's Just Between You and Me.
- As an executive of OCP, he always builds up the company as being a reliable, strong enterprise, but as he reveals to Bob in their confrontation, he's well aware that ED 209 is total garbage and even has a contingency in place to profit from its malfunction.
- He criticizes Bob for pulling the rug under him with RoboCop, claiming he didn't go through the proper channels while also insulting the company thanks to how he ruined the plans with ED 209. This is despite the fact that Dick has shown he will go to any lengths to get what he wants, hiring Boddicker to kill Bob to get him out of the way, and even taking the Old Man hostage.
- It's All About Me: He really doesn't care about providing the company with a reliable product, he only cares about his advancement opportunity.
- Lack of Empathy: Doesn't care about any people who die as a result of his actions, only for his own advancement.
- Large Ham: His gloating about how he "erased the mistake" that was Morton was only heard by Murphy and nobody else solely because the floor was empty.
- No Indoor Voice: A common Robocop villain trait.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He's not much of a physical threat, leaving that to Boddicker or ED 209 or resorting to Robo's Restraining Bolt to protect himself. His main danger is his influence in OCP as well as his connections providing the likes of Boddicker powerful weaponry.
- Oh, Crap!: He's as smug as a human can possibly be, convinced he's safe behind Directive 4. Then the Old Man shouts, "DICK, YOU'RE FIRED!" and his entire bearing collapses in his last few seconds of life.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Jones brags that he added Directive Four, which essentially renders OCP execs above the law, into Robo's programming.
- The Sociopath: A classic example: he's charming, manipulative, and completely indifferent to the lives of others.
- The Starscream: His plan is to wait for the Old Man to die, take over OCP and run the city of Detroit like his own personal fiefdom.
- Villainous Breakdown: All throughout the movie, he's been quite the Smug Snake sleaze, but once Robo plays back his confession, he tries to bargain his way out by holding the Old Man hostage.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The rest of OCP, including his boss, has no idea about his mob connections and general underhandedness.
- Visionary Villain: His twisted vision of Delta City (New Detroit), a reboot of the town to enable more corporate and conventional theft.
Played by Felton Perry
- Affably Evil: Out of the film trilogy villains, Johnson is nice to everyone, including Morton, and is generally, a Harmless Villain. Even when he does try and use his OCP clout, it comes off as pitiful.
- Bizarre Taste in Food: He takes quite a liking to Robo's nutrient paste.
- Comedic Sociopathy: He reacts way too happy when Robo kills Dick, complete with a huge smile and a thumbs-up, though it may be because he just found out Dick had murdered Morton, who he considered a friend.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He is horrified by the ED-209 screw-up, happy when Jones died after learning about Bob's death, and was appalled with Faxx's ideas for the RoboCop 2 project.
- Mauve Shirt: Johnson went through three movies and the closest he ever came to danger was Cain's rampage at the end of 2. He was also promoted several times.
- Named by the Adaptation: Sort of. In the movies, he's referred to only as Johnson, though his first name is supposed to be Donald. The Marvel Comics adaptation and its series has him named as Daniel.
- Only Sane Man: While no less amoral than his superiors, he is a lot more level-headed. In 2, he rightly points out how stupid it is to let Dr. Faxx put the mind of a criminal in their new law enforcement death bot, but is forced to go along with it. Later, after the predictable occurs, he convinces the Old Man to paint her as the sole cause of the rampage and is entirely reasonable to do so.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Witness him clapping every time the man in charge of OCP makes a mention of the grand goal of creating Delta City at the beginning of each film, even as everybody else in the room gives increasingly less of a crap.
- Rank Up: The CEO in the third film mentions that he made him a vice president.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: During the third film, he bails out of OCP headquarters once things go south.
- Smug Snake: Witness his attempts at strong-arming people, such as Reed in Robocop 3. His attempt at Shame If Something Happened to Reed's pension got quite the backfire and Johnson can only stand there impotently yelling.
- Villainous Breakdown: A minor one. When the Detroit cops all resign rather than help the Rehab officers in 3, he starts ranting about how they're jeopardizing their retirement benefits, clearly annoyed that people would act on principle rather than out of self-interest.
- Villainous Friendship: With Bob Morton. He's genuinely outraged to learn Dick Jones killed him and happy when Robocop avenges him.
Played by Dan O'Herlihy
- Benevolent Boss: He genuinely wants to use OCP's power and influence to better the city of Detroit, even if nobody else at his company cares about it, and is the only member of the company who shows any kind of conscience.
- Bus Crash: Seems to have died in the period between Robocop 2 and Robocop 3, leaving his company in the much less capable hands of The CEO in Robocop 3. Johnson implies that he was considered expendable between films.
- Characterization Marches On: In the first movie he shows no serious moral failings, refusing to sell a half-finished, potentially dangerous product and being appalled by his underling's criminal dealings. He's still a Corrupt Corporate Executive, however. He's not at all bothered by poor Kinney's death, he's more concerned that this malfunction will set them back millions in interest payments and the PR nightmare it will be; he's just not overtly evil, unlike Dick. In the sequel, he has seen numerous attempts to recreate RoboCop fail horribly. Yet he utterly ignores all warnings, safety inspections or psych profile of the murder machine he has paid money for before rolling it out to a crowded, televised press conference. Also bringing a can of real street drugs with him, what the hell? Most egregiously, he authorizes a hit on the mayor of Detroit when the desperate mayor tries to make a deal with a crime lord to save the city's finances, which would set back OCP's plans.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He may be corrupt, but there are a few lines he draws, most prominently petty treason involving hostage-taking. When Dick Jones crosses that line, his usefulness to OCP ends then and there.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of the original film trilogy. Downplayed in the first movie (even though his employee Dick Jones is the Big Bad with connections to Boddicker, he plays no part in the conspiracy), but played straight in the sequel when Characterization Marches On when he purposely allowed Faxx to have RoboCop decommissioned and then supervise the RoboCop 2 project by using the brain of the Big Bad to control the robot. Even in his absence in the third film with he new head of OCP in his place, his sinister influence still cast its shadow.
- Lack of Empathy: At the end of the second film, he leaves the building by stepping over the corpse of a bystander killed by Cain.
- Large Ham: He's VERY LOUD and EXPRESSIVE sometimes:
- Offscreen Karma: We never find out what exactly happened to him, but after ending the second film showing himself to be every bit as corrupt as everybody else in OCP, the third movie shows that he is no longer in charge and Johnson just cryptically says in one scene that the Old Man found out the hard way that "everyone's expendable" to the company.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: No one ever calls him anything other than "The Old Man."
- Only Sane Man: In the first movie, he appears to be the only executive at OCP who plans don't involve making money through excessive villainy. It's dropped in the sequel.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: The Old Man in the first movie is just about the only OCP bigwig with any sort of moral standard, especially if compared to young upstarts. In the sequels, he inexplicably becomes a typical corporate douchebag.
- Skewed Priorities:
- His response to ED 209 killing a man is to express outrage over the setbacks it would create. He doesn't complain about Dick allowing the machine in with live ammunition for no good reason.
- When shown the videos of the failed RoboCop 2 prototypes, his reaction is not one of horror towards the candidates going mad and killing themselves, or the deaths and injuries to the OCP scientists, but is instead to complain about cost overruns.
- Smug Snake: A pretty amiable one, but one nonetheless. Standard OCP board behavior, really.
- Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: He was practically the Token Good Teammate of OCP and even thanked RoboCop and referred him as a human being in the first film. He's suddenly a ruthless corporate asswipe that has people killed and uses improperly tested weapons in the sequel to a point he's nearly an Expy of his actor's past Corrupt Corporate Executive role as Conal Cochran in Halloween III: Season of the Witch, except his motives are out of Greed rather then For the Evulz unlike Cochran. That said, as this video from fan site RoboCop Archive's YouTube channel points out, we only saw the Old Man twice in the original film at board meetings, whereas the Old Man was seen in 2 behind closed doors multiple times.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In the first movie, he disproves of ED 209 after seeing it is dangerous and unreliable. In the sequel, he approves of building a successor to RoboCop that is effectivily walking war machine, and putting the brain of a drug addicted crime lord into it.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He honestly believes his plans for Detroit are for the good of the city as well as his corporation, even if they involve using giant police robots to wipe out crime before rebuilding it, to say nothing of the ramifications of gentrification.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
- Does this to Dick Jones when he tries to take him hostage.
- Johnson implies this happened to him between the second and third films.
A young up-and-coming executive at the helm of the 'RoboCop' project.
Played by Miguel Ferrer
- Affably Evil: He was originally written as just another yuppie corporate douchebag, but Miguel Ferrer brought a kind of smarmy charm to the character that, when combined with Morton's almost fatherly pride in Robocop, made him strangely likeable.
- All There in the Manual: The comic adaptation of 3 states that the new CEO is, in fact, Bob's dad.
- Asshole Victim: He's killed by Boddicker, though his death is more of a Alas, Poor Villain moment for him.
- Anti-Villain: He's not really evil, just overly ambitious and somewhat egotistic. His death scene makes him look more pathetic than anything as he begs for his life while Boddicker shoots him and leaves him to die.
- Bathroom Stall of Overheard Insults: How he gets on Dick Jones' bad side. Jones does not appreciate being shown up by one of his subordinates on his own project.
- Big Good: Downplayed. Even for a Smug Snake Jerkass Corrupt Corporate Executive Anti-Villain, he can be considered to be this of the first film as he was responsible for bringing Murphy back to life as the indestructible cybernetic crimefighter to sincerely solve Detroit's crime problem and even after his death, his legacy still lived on through his successful creation Robo. Plus, given the Old Man's Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome in the the second film after being depicted as the Token Good Teammate of the first film, Morton is by comparison the true sole Token Good Teammate of OCP as he genuinely wanted his creation to solve the city's problems, even though his creation's sincerity of being the solution made Morton felt it would grant him a promotion above anything else.
- Character Death: He dies when Boddicker uses a hand grenade to blow him and his house up.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Like all OCP executives, he did not get where he is by being nice about it.
- Didn't Think This Through: Although the RoboCop initiative addresses virtually all of the weaknesses in the ED-209 rollout; Morton fails to account for a critical flaw in his own plan: Most soldiers or cops converted into Frankensteinian cyborgs would be driven mad by the loss of their humanity. Morton got lucky with Murphy - his desire for vengeance against the criminals who killed him, combined with his strong devotion to the law, enabled him to adapt to his new existence. Attempts to create more RoboCops fail spectacularly when the candidates reject the transformation and destroy themselves. Though to be fair, Morton died before any attempt to replicate his work was seriously discussed.
- Everyone Has Standards: For all his flaws, Bob does take his work seriously, making sure that Robocop has the highest level of quality and he's disgusted at Jones wanting to knowingly sell defective or dangerous products.
- Evil Is Hammy: Morton is right at home to the other slimy 80s action villains.
- Greater-Scope Paragon: Following his death, his mostly redeeming legacy lives on through his creation Robo in the sequels.
- Hidden Depths: Bob seems like and largely is a typical sleazy exec, focused on his own career and hedonism, but he does take his work very seriously. He oversees almost every aspect of the Robocop project and makes sure everything is at the highest level and he takes genuine pride in the end result, sincerely believing it can help bring down crime.
- Honest Corporate Executive: Downplayed, but is between this and Corrupt Corporate Executive, due to being one of the few or even the only one to have any redeeming qualities and acting as a Morality Chain to the Old Man and OCP until his death.
- Hookers and Blow: What he was doing before Boddicker came to his house.
- Jerkass: He has Murphy's remaining organic arm amputated when it could've been saved, just because he likes the idea of a full-body cyborg better. And the whole project hinges on deliberately rotating men like Murphy into high-crime areas to created "candidates" for robotization.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In fairness it would be pointless to let Murphy keep his organic arm when already having removed almost everything else, and it would be weaker than the rest of his cybernetic body to no benefit.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he is a bit more on the Jerkass side of things and is still looking out for number one, he doesn't cut corners with RoboCop like Jones did with the ED-209 series. Robo is every bit the badass he is intended to be, and during the unveiling Morton makes sure he knows it, indicating Morton genuinely does want his creation to really fight crime with full effect on the streets of Detroit.Morton: You are gonna be a bad mother fucker!
- Lack of Empathy: (After a young intern gets blown to pieces) "Hey, it's life in the big city."
- Large Ham: No Indoor Voice aside, Ferrer was clearly having a blast playing Morton and it shows.To the under-construction Robo) "You're gonna be a bad motherfucker!"
(Also regarding his creation) "That's good. That's very good. I fuckin' love that guy!!"
- Morality Chain: Even though he's just another Corrupt Corporate Executive, but to due to his somewhat genuine goal of creating a crimefighting cyborg with absolutely no ill effects and to make sure Old Detroit is safe to walk in the streets again with no worries unlike the first film's sole 100% genuine Corrupt Corporate Executive sociopath Dick Jones, Morton seems to be this to the Old Man (who seems to be less corrupt in the first film) and the company OCP (which includes employees like Johnson) in general. However, after Morton's death in the first film, in the second film, the Old Man become as bad as Dick Jones, which in turn OCP becomes just another amoral Evil, Inc. unlike the first film where the company only had a few crooked chief executives following the death of his and the company's one of the few or even only employee of a Corrupt Corporate Executive with any redeeming qualities.
- Smug Snake: "Fuck Jones. He's old, we're young... and that's life."
- Technician vs. Performer: The performer to Dick's technician surprisingly enough. On the surface it seems the other way around, as Dick's ED-209 was all show and no substance while Bob's idea of a bionic cop seems more feasible and bland. However, Dick's method of creating a "solution" to crime was actually very by the numbers. He went through corporate channels, made a robot (by modern times many industries and sectors are becoming more mechanized), and even followed a corporate line of planned obsolescence or creating a problem to sell a solution for (namely the ED-209's bugs and flaws). Bob on the other hand had a more intricate plan, which involved out of the box thinking like sending the best officers to crime-infested areas to later claim any that died, using a top tier police officer as wet-ware or parts for a bionic law enforcement officer that can be flexible and calculate the solutions to numerous situations and learn more on its own, and Bob made sure that everything worked, the parts were top of the line, and that his peace officer could do everything a normal peace officer could do but better. Jones wanted to make a product. Morton wanted to make a badass super cop.
- Token Good Teammate: Say what you will about his methods, but when Bob got the job of creating a police robot, he paid close attention to every step of the process — right down to arranging Murphy's death — and insisted on delivering the best product he could. Truly an inspiring — albeit amoral — example of the capabilities of American corporations. Compare Jones, who didn't even care whether or not his robot worked — just if he could sell it! Compared to his colleagues, Morton was of the few or even the only Corrupt Corporate Executive to have any redeeming qualities following Old Man's, Johnson's and the rest of his colleagues' irredeemable Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome in the sequels after his death, revealing Morton to be their Morality Chain.
- Uriah Gambit: An odd version, as he didn't even know Murphy, let alone had any real disagreement with him. Morton wanted a skilled, experienced police officer to use for his RoboCop project and for said officer to be dead so he could exploit legal loopholes regarding the use of the officer's body, and thus arranged several officers to be sent to the dangerous Metro West section of Detroit. Alex Murphy just has the crappy luck of being killed and selected by Morton.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He crosses some very questionable lines but Bob does seem to sincerely believe Robocop will improve the city.
A battle droid created by Dick Jones. Very much fashion over function when it comes to performance.
Voiced by Jon Davison
- Achilles' Heel: Never let it go near a staircase. Or a manhole. Or let a child hack into its AI.
- Adaptation Name Change: For some reason, the cartoon and toyline featured the ED-260 (possibly justified, as that may have been intended to be a successor model to the movie robot).
- Adaptational Badass:
- In one of the Robocop vs. Terminator comics, an ED-209 fights a T-800 and wins. Being ED-209, its flawed logic immediately ruins its crowning moment of awesome, as it opts to finish off the downed opponent by shooting it with a rocket while the damaged T-800 is at ED-209's feet, blowing himself up.
- ED-209 acts as an Assist Character for RoboCop in Mortal Kombat 11. Given that it only shows up for Fatal Blows and a Fatality, 209's very much not played for laughs and its weaponry devastates Robo's opponents.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The infamous demonstration shows problems with its ability to recognise that a suspect has complied with its orders. In addition, it's stupidly easy for someone to hack into and take control of.
- All Crimes Are Equal: ED-209 advances dangerously on RoboCop for being illegally parked on private property at the end of the film, possibly having been deliberately programmed to be more aggressive than usual to protect the building due to the police strike.
- Anti-Climax Boss: Set up as a dangerous, unpredictable threat. But gets taken down by its inability to navigate a flight of stairs.
- Awesome, but Impractical: ED-209's design is just straight-up awesome looking and its firepower is something to be reckoned with, but as a rushed-out product, its numerous design flaws give him essentially zero practical applications. Except, oddly enough, as a children's toy in Real Life.
- Badass Baritone: Its synthesized voice is extremely deep and threatening. But when it tumbles down a flight of stairs or gets stuck in an open manhole, it makes squealing noises.
- Breakout Villain: ED-209 is possibly the most renowned "villain" in the whole franchise, and is about as iconic as Robocop himself.
- The Brute: Is this to Dick Jones. ED-209 is the first thing that manages to do any kind of damage to RoboCop.
- Butt-Monkey: ED-209 becomes the butt of jokes in the RoboCop franchise due to its dumb AI and tendency towards clumsy failures.
- Catchphrase: "Please put down your weapon. You have 20 seconds to comply."
- Can't Use Stairs: Ostensibly built for urban policing, it was designed without the ability to navigate a simple staircase. Justified in-story, as it was intentionally written as a poorly-conceived design in several ways (spotty AI, major weak points, seriously overarmed), which is why the project was abandoned in favor of RoboCop.
- Chicken Walker: Its leg design, which is a design flaw. ED-209 is too slow and clunky to navigate urban terrain, as shown when it gets stuck in a manhole or when it tumbles down a flight of stairs. Yet nobody at OCP bothers to fix this flaw.
- Cool, but Inefficient: In its "intended" role as a police robot, one really has to imagine what advantages ED-209 would have. It's very cool, but its weapons and tactics are insanely overkill for any police purpose, it's too clunky to navigate urban terrain, and its AI is too cumbersome to resolve anything a cop would be expected to manage. Much of its makes a little more sense from the perspective of a military conflict, where it could put those guns to good use, but it's still likely to be a liability.
- Crippling Overspecialization: It has enough firepower to damage Robocop and could very likely kill him in a straight long-range fight. The problem is that its design and programming has so many flaws Robo can easily outmaneuver it and put it down long before it can make that happen. Dick Jones bluntly admits ED-209's primary purpose was to sell defense contracts rather to actually work.
- Disastrous Demonstration: The ED-209's product demo results in one of OCP's lesser executives becoming Ludicrous Gibs. Exactly what moron would use live ammo or test it in front of the higher-ups?
- Disproportionate Retribution: One charges Robo with illegal parking, then readies its machine guns.
- The Ditz: While ED-209 is much larger, more cumbersome, and less maneuverable than a humanoid, its greatest weakness is its dumb AI, which is prone to errors and flaws of logic, nicely illustrating the huge difference between a programmed machine and a human mind like Robo's.
- Dumb Muscle: ED-209's firepower is capable of dealing more damage to Robocop with a single burst from its arm cannons than an entire factory full of goons with automatic weapons could manage in an extended firefight. It's also strong enough to sock Robocop with a punch to send him flying a couple dozen feet, despite its short stubby arms clearly not being intended for anything other than shooting stuff. And yet because of its dumb AI, ED-209 is incredibly ineffectual.
- Epic Fail: ED-209 attempts to descend a set of stairs in the OCP building even when its feet are too big to go down the steps.
- Evil Sounds Deep: It has a Badass Baritone voice, but is a product of OCP and targets RoboCop.
- Eyeless Face: Designer Craig Davies deliberately avoided giving the ED-209 anything resembling eyes, seeing as eyes "convey too much emotion" and robot eyes had already become cliché by then.
- Flawed Prototype: Its initial presentation to the OCP board is a complete disaster after it is unable to register that Kinney has complied with its order to put down his weapon with fatal consequences. During Murphy's first encounter with it, he damages it by turning on of its own guns against it and disables it entirely by simply fleeing down a flight of stairs. As the second and third films show, these flaws go uncorrected, as a news report in the second film shows one trapped by an open manhole and in the third film, its AI is easily hacked into by a child. None of this matters to Jones, because he was trying to sell the service contracts and spare parts it would require precisely because it was awful.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: ED-209's first demonstration not only fails to register a "hostile" surrendering, it can't be stopped from firing unless its plug is pulled. This is why the Old Man is so eager to hear about the Robocop program.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: ED-209 suffers an embarrassing failure once per movie, from falling down the stairs in Robocop, getting its foot stuck in an open manhole in Robocop 2, and being hacked and made to declare itself a puppy dog in Robocop 3. Dick Jones outright admits ED-209 was built by the lowest bidder and it's primary purpose was to sell defense contracts rather to actually work.
- Mighty Glacier: Much like its cyborg competition, it's not the fastest robot, but it sure packs a lot of firepower and is hard to destroy.
- Mecha-Mook: One serves as Dick Jones' personal bodyguard.
- More Dakka: It has plenty of firepower, including repeating guns and rocket launchers. Despite this, it's unable to take on the smaller but more clever RoboCop.
- Short-Range Long-Range Weapon: At one point the ED-209 walks up to Robocop and uppercuts him with its arm. Its arm is a short and stubby Arm Cannon and clearly designed for long range use only. ED-209 also spends the entire fight walking up to Robocop to shoot him at point-blank range; this just gives Robocop the opportunity to grab ED's arm and force it to shoot itself. ED-209 really isn't the brightest bulb in the room.
- Staircase Tumble: It tumbles down a flight of stairs while trying to chase Robo.
- Take That!: ED-209's design was partially meant as a jab at then-contemporary American car design. Designer Craig Davies claimed he envisioned futuristic designers making the robot look good in order to make it marketable before they made it work well, "just like an American car." This led to stuff like the over-designed hydraulics system and the vulnerable radiator grill at the front.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: ED-209 acts as an Assist Character for RoboCop in Mortal Kombat 11. Given that it only shows up for Fatal Blows and a Fatality, 209's very much not played for laughs and its weaponry devastates Robo's opponents.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Its AI is largely ineffective and it has all the wit of a rock. Unfortunately for Robocop, ED-209 is still a hulking war-machine that puts its twin-cannons and massive size to lethal use when they first meet.
- Villainous Breakdown: After falling down the stairs and landing on its back, it thrashes around for a bit and making whining sounds. It's strangely amusing.
- Weaksauce Weakness: ED-209's main flaw is that it can't easily maneuver around tight urban terrain, what with far too broad legs to manage the narrow and steep steps of a stairwell. One is also shown flailing about uselessly after it gets its foot caught in a manhole. Its AI is also rudimentary, as a child manages to hack into it very easily. Apparently, OCP didn't care about fixing these flaws even when it was obvious.
The OCP psychologist who proposes putting the mind of a criminal into Robocop 2.
Played by Belinda Bauer
- Mad Doctor: She shows absolutely no remorse for what she does throughout the movie, driving Robocop half mad with nonsense directives, and taking Cain, a sociopathic drug lord with delusions of godhood, and giving him an indestructible armed-to-the-teeth cyborg body. Not only that but it seems that when she was put on the Robocop 2 project she started looking at death row inmates as candidates straight away, with no indication that she looked elsewhere. She also seems to relish prolonging Cain's suffering when she cuts his life support.
- Psycho Psychologist: Puts a drug-dealing cult leader's brain into a Mini-Mecha body.
- The Scapegoat: In the end, OCP used her as this to save the company from fallout over the Robocop 2 fiasco, even if it had to create some evidence to do so. It's even more satisfying considering that Faxx is a Smug Snake who won't see what's going to happen to her until it's too late.
- Sleeping Their Way to the Top: Implied to be doing this with the Old Man.
- Smug Smiler: She tends to shoot annoyingly smug smiles at the other OCP executives whenever the Old Man takes her suggestions over theirs. Because of this, the executives happily use her to save their company from the disaster she herself started.
- Smug Snake: Although she is a clever scientist, she has trouble anticipating the consequences of her own poor choices. Faxx didn't foresee that putting the brain of a drug-addled psychopath into a fully-armed cybernetic nightmare would lead to many casualties and deaths at her own workplace. She also didn't foresee that the Old Man would ultimately put his own welfare before hers, thinking she could just charm her way out of the consequences of her own actions by seducing the Old Man.
The New head of OCP who is in-charge of the company in RoboCop 3
Played by Rip Torn
- All There in the Manual: The comic adaptation of RoboCop 3 states that he's Bob Morton's father.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Paul McDaggett, though he's clearly the lesser evil.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Quite possibly the most incompetent villain in the series.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Per the course for the higher-ups of OCP.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Draws the line at killing police officers who were standing up for the rebels.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's only referred to by his job title. As noted under "All There In the Manual", he's Bob Morton's dad, though his first name still isn't revealed.
- Incompetence, Inc.: He isn't as smart as the Old Man and it's clear OCP hasn't prospered since he was appointed its new head, with the company sinking lower and lower. In another sign of his idiocy, related to the comic adaptation stating he's Bob Morton's dad, he asked whose idea was RoboCop, unaware it was his own son's project.
- Jerkass: He wants OCP to prosper (again, because he's run it to the ground). And if going to war with the citizens of Detroit is what it takes, then so be it.
- Kill the Poor: He has absolutely no problem with the Rehabs killing people who resist getting kicked out of their homes as long as it doesn't makes the news. The moment he actually protests is because McDaggett decides to keep the campaign even if that means killing cops.
- Outliving One's Offspring: The comic reveals he's the father of Bob Morton who died in the first film.
- Puppet King: He may be technically in charge at OCP, but it's Kanemitsu who's giving him his orders.
- Smug Snake: The moment the smug finally goes out of his face is the moment when he discovers that 1) OCP's stock has completely bottomed out (as a response for the public discovering how violent the Rehabs actually are) and the corporation is now utterly worthless and 2) McDaggett showcases himself to be Eviler Than Thou.
A technician at the police station in charge of doing maintenance on Robocop.
Played by Patricia Charbonneau
- Ambiguous Situation: Most technicians in this role are OCP employees. However, she often speaks of OCP with contempt.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: There's a bit of Ship Tease between her and Murphy. As she says, "I know every inch of him. Every circuit. Every living nerve.
- It Can Think: She insists that Murphy is a conscious, suffering human being, not the unthinking machine OCP insists he is.
- No Name Given: She has quite a prominent role for an unnamed, uncredited character. You can only see the name "Garcia" on her name tag if you pause the movie.
- Create Your Own Hero: Boddicker and his gang killed Alex Murphy—which bit them in the ass when Morton used Murphy to create RoboCop.
- For the Evulz: This is their main motivation with money just being a nice bonus.
- Large Ham: All of them are incredibly over the top in the best way.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Nash and Mihn are the only ones who don't fit this.
- Boddicker himself has two of his most famous lines: first telling the ladies with Morton "Bitches, leave," and then telling Sal he'd "shove enough of this factory up his stupid wop ass." Oddly, he doesn't refer to Robo as "it."
- Joe called Emil a "faggot" twice.
- Emil himself makes a crack about Prison Rape after he escapes from prison during the police strike.
- Villainous Friendship: About as close to being friends as a bunch of Ax-Crazy murderers can get.
A central antagonist of the first movie. He is the crime boss of Old Detroit.
Played by Kurtwood Smith
- Arch-Enemy: For Alex/Robo, being the one who killed him and all.
- Ax-Crazy: As his execution of Murphy and Morton shows, he's a violent sadist with a fondness for torture and murder.
- Badass Normal: No special cybernetics or crazy drugs in his system, yet still capable of posing a threat to RoboCop through ruthlessness, equipment, and no small amount of guile.
- Bad Boss: Tells an injured employee "Can you fly, Bobby?" before throwing him into pursuing Police Car.
- Bald of Evil: He's balding and a sadistic monster.
- BFG: He and his gang get Cobra Assault Cannons to destroy RoboCop.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Jones. Boddicker is the much-more immediate threat due to personally being in the field with his goons killing people, and it's his actions that result in Murphy becoming Robocop in the first place.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: He wears almost nothing but black and grey. Clearly a bad dude.
- Cop Killer: He's essentially a serial killer of cops, wanted in connection to the death of at least 32 of them before killing Alex. Boddicker openly tells Alex cops don't like him, so he doesn't like them.
- Deadpan Snarker: He can make some dismissive, yet witty comments.
- Destination Defenestration: When he gets cornered by RoboCop at the drug factory and is read his Miranda rights, he gets thrown through several windows until he confesses his plot.
- Diabolical Mastermind: As a crime boss in Old Detroit, he has connections with companies and some law enforcers, and and pretty much untouched by law.
- Dirty Coward: Clarence's arrogance and cruelty vanishes when he backed into a corner by Robocop, especially the second time, and he quickly devolves into a pleading wreck who will say anything to save his own skin.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: He has African-American Joe Cox, Asian-American Steve Minh and Emil Antonowsky, who may have some Slavic ancestry, on his gang.
- Evil Gloating: "Are you a good cop, hotshot? You gotta be some kind of great cop, coming in here all by yourself!"
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He's not above the occasional violence-based pun.
- Evil Is Hammy: As opposed to Alex and the other good guys, he is quite loud.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has Kurtwood Smith's impressive vocals and is as bad as they come.
- Faux Affably Evil: He tries to sound polite to his opponents, even when he threatens to kill them. He likewise treats his gang members like friends, but he won't hesitate to kill them if it suits his needs.
- For the Evulz: This is Clarence's main motivation for almost everything he does.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Typically seen with his glasses. And there is the whole "based on Heinrich Himmler" thing...
- Hand Cannon: Carries a Desert Eagle with a massive silencer.
- Hate Sink: An absolutely despicable human being.
- Hero Killer: Murphy is just his latest in a long string of victims. He nearly does it again against Robo in their second fight.
- It's Personal with the Dragon: While Boddicker is technically part of a Big Bad Duumvirate, he does technically work for Jones for his own advancement. However, Jones and Murphy don't have any personal animosity towards each other, with Jones instead hating RoboCop's creator, Bob Morton, for endangering his position in the company and wanting RoboCop dead only because it threatens his ED-209 project. By contrast, Murphy only regains his sense of identity through his desire for vengeance against Boddicker for killing him and their fight in the climax is much more personal than Murphy going after Jones, which is more akin to just taking down another criminal.
- Laughably Evil: He can actually be pretty funny at times.
- Large Ham: Very enthusiastic and expressive. You can tell Kurtwood Smith was having a lot of fun in the role. The Japanese dub raised this angle Up to Eleven, courtesy of the late Nobuo Tanaka, aka DIO in the 90s OVAs. Meanwhile, in English:"Ooh, guns guns guuuuuns! Come on Sal! The Tigers are playing... tonight: And I never miss a game!"
- The Leader: Of the crooks that killed Alex.
- No Honor Among Thieves: He threw his incompetent minion Bobby at Murphy and Lewis's car to slow them down.
- No Indoor Voice: Especially when he is very happy or angry.
- Oh, Crap!: When he realizes that Robo is trying to kill him the second time, not arrest him.
- Pet Rat: He's a crime boss who does odd-jobs and assassinations for Dick Jones, the number two guy at OCP. Jones gets obstacles to his position eliminated while Boddicker gains new opportunities to expand his criminal empire with Jones's connections in exchange.
- Pet the Dog: When he comes to kill Bob Morton, whom is being entertained by two prostitutes at the moment, he simply orders the prostitutes to leave rather than kill them as potential witnesses.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: He attempts this with "Sayonara, RoboCop!" after beating and stabbing him with a metal rod, but unfortunately for Boddicker the process of saying it puts his throat within range of Robocop's computer spike...
- Psycho for Hire: Dick Jones got to hire a ruthless crime lord to do his bidding.
- Putting on the Reich: His costuming (wiry glasses, overcoat, leather gloves) was inspired by Heinrich Himmler, reinforcing the idea of him as intelligent but highly sadistic and evil.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He doesn't rape anyone onscreen, but one of the many, many charges on his rap sheet is rape, just to hammer home how much of a scumbag he is.
- Sadist: His joy in inflicting pain and causing carnage is clear in every scene and line he speaks.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Initially plans to walk out of his deal with Dick Jones when Dick asks him to kill Robocop. Then Dick tempts him by the promise of the business he can have when Delta City's construction begins.
- Slashed Throat: How he dies, courtesy of Murphy ramming his data spike into his throat and violently ripping it out in a spray of blood.
- The Sociopath: To him, other people are just toys to be played with and disposed of once they break.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: One of the less hammy villains in the movie, though still a veritable fountain of meme-tastic, scenery chewing one-liners.
- Tom the Dark Lord: It takes a special kind of evil to be a middle-aged, bespectacled, skinny man with a receding hairline named Clarence and remain intimidating. Boddicker is that man.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Robo throws him through a few windows, he starts pleading with him not to kill him, because he has the dirt on Jones.
- Villainous Valor: He's a selfish, greedy man, and if you offer him enough of a reward, he will even risk his neck to try and kill Robocop.
- Villains Want Mercy: While he's still too proud to beg for it, he desperately starts trying to appeal to Murphy's sense of duty both times he loses the upper hand to Robo. It only saves him the first time.
- You Have Failed Me: A combination of this and You Have Outlived Your Usefulness. When one of his goons ends up burning the money during a bank robbery by blowing the doors and then gets his legs shot during a shoot-out between the cops and their getaway van, Boddicker decides to use his incompetent and useless henchman as a way to keep the cop car from pursuing. "Can you fly, Bobby?"
Played by Paul McCrane
- Ax-Crazy: Just as insane as his boss, but more impulsive, as seen when he threatens to kill an employee at the gas station simply for laughs.
- An Arm and a Leg: More like his entire body explodes.
- Body Horror: His last moments were unpleasant, to say the least.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: It really is grisly.
- Hollywood Acid: Involved in a horrible accident leading to his famous "melting man" scene.
- I'm Melting!: During the gang's final showdown with RoboCop, his truck crashes into a large vat of green goo labeled with a radioactive sign... and it really did not agree with his squishy bits. His body melts as a result.
- Jerkass: Even for a sadistic henchman, he's really obnoxious.
- Made of Plasticine: He goes splat when hit by a car— presumably because the acidic toxic waste has weakened his bones.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He told Robocop "We killed you!" which helps Robocop learn he used to be a man with a loving wife and son (his past was meant to be covered up a secret from him by Morton).
- Not Quite Dead: Although the scene where Robo fires at him and he crashes his motorcycle looks like he's dying, he shows up later alive (though he still has a gash on his face). Then he dies a much, much more horrible death.
- Prison Rape: Seems to be averted. He claims to not having been raped while in prison.
- Villainous Breakdown: His terrified disbelief when he first sees Robocop.Emil: I know you...You're dead. We killed you!...We killed you!!!
One of Clarence's thugs.
Played by Ray Wise
- Evil Gloating: After dropping a ton of scrap metal on Robo and incapacitating him, he yells and cheers, which leads to Killed Mid-Sentence below.
- Groin Attack: He tries to knee Robo in the balls. Too bad Robocop is a cyborg.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His own grenade launcher is turned on him by Lewis.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Lewis fires his own grenade launcher at him and blows him up. "I got him, Clarence! I got hi-"
- Number Two: Acts like this for Clarence, as being more reliable than Joe or Emil.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When a melting Emil comes to him for help, Nash freaks out (in all fairness, it's hard to blame him), yells "Don't touch me, man!" and runs away.
- Shooting Superman: Punching RoboCop.
- Stuff Blowing Up: His fate, what with being on the receiving end of a rocket launcher and all.
- Villain Ball: He opts to dump a load of scrapped metal onto Murphy (which doesn't do much) instead of just firing at him from a safe distance using the powerful rocket launcher gun his gang got for the job.
One of Clarence's thugs.
Played by Jesse D. Goins
- Black Dude Dies First: Zig-zagged. He is not the first of the gang to die overall, as Bobby dies (with help from Clarence) in the initial confrontation with Murphy and Lewis, and Steve Minh dies previously during the shootout with Robo at the cocaine factory. However, he is the first of Clarence's gang to die in their final confrontation with RoboCop.
- Camping a Crapper: Subverted. He is caught relieving himself by Lewis, but manages to knock her out and escape unharmed.
- Cool Car: When released from prison, he gets a 6000 SUX.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: During their final showdown with Robocop, Boddicker's gang all get memorable deaths except for Joe, who just gets shot in the chest at the beginning and quickly forgotten about. Originally it was planned that he would be knocked over a railing and impaled on a fence (not unlike how he threw Lewis over a railing) but it was cut to tighten up the sequence.
- Evil Laugh: Everytime he laughs is when he's done something bad or is about to do.
- Good Night, Sweet Prince: He says this to Murphy as he lays dying.
- The Hyena: He is recognizable for his high-pitched crazy laugh, which he lets out in most scenes he appears in.
- Kick the Dog: After blasting off Murphy's hand, arm and countless shots to his chest, Joe reacts to Murphy's loud cries of pain with a mocking 'Does it hurt, does it hurt?' question before cackling loudly.
- Large Ham: Always laughing loudly and acting all camp.
- My Eyes Are Up Here: Invoked. Cox is making water when Lewis comes upon him: rather than zip himself up before turning around and putting his hands up, he opts to give Lewis "the full monty", knowing she'll be distracted, giving him the opening he needs to take her out.
- Scary Black Man: A black member of a ruthless crime gang which is known for his deranged laughter and being trigger-happy.
- Signature Laugh: Again, his laughter is probably his most notable trait.
- Token Minority: As mentioned, hes the only black member of Clarences gang.
Played by Calvin Jung
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Altogether now, "Oh, fuck you!"
- Flat Character: Minh is the one in the gang that gets the least characterization.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Normally carried around a Mossberg 500 Cruiser shotgun.
- Those Two Guys: Often paired with or seen with Cox.
- Token Minority: He's the only Asian gang member.
Played by Freddie Hice
- Car Fu: He gets rammed by Murphy and Lewis's car when Clarence ordered he be literally thrown under the bus, and most likely died from the collision.
- You Have Failed Me: Clarence is outraged that Bobby burnt the cash with bombs. While in the midst of beating up Bobby for the burnt money, Emil alerted him about a car of cops closing in on them, and the cops shot Bobby in his legs. With Bobby dying from blood loss, Clarence found Bobby to be a burden to carry around and had his crew throw Bobby at the cops to slow them down.
Played by Neil Summers
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Literally, as he and Emil seem to be fans of the horrible in-universe sitcom "It's Not My Problem."
- Flat Character: His character makes so little an impression that he's often forgotten about in write-ups of the film. Makes sense since Summers works primarily as a stuntman and his character is only in two scenes.
- Forgettable Character: None of the members of Clarence's gang even acknowledge his death. He's also the only member of the gang whose name is not mentioned onscreen.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Only in two scenes and he uses a Remington 870 shotgun in both (or tries to the second time before being ventilated by Murphy).
- Smoking Is Not Cool: Believes so, and tries to warn Emil about the dangers of smoking.
- Getting High on Their Own Supply: Hob was the only one of the main trio not getting high on Nuke himself.
- Cain takes shots of Nuke during his scenes as a human, and he can immediately tell that his chemist used the wrong ingredients after taking a hit from the latest batch. This bites Cain in the ass later, as his addiction keeps him in agonizing withdrawal pains even after being transferred to the Robocop 2 chassis, forcing him to play along with orders to get his fix.
- Like the rest of the gang, Angie's also a Nuke user. Hob uses her addiction to stop her from rescuing Cain from the hospital and instead help him take over.
Played by Tom Noonan
- Ax-Crazy: He was a psychotic killer before he became a cyborg. After that, he just gets worse.
- Back from the Dead: As RoboCop 2 aka RoboCain.
- Big Bad: Of RoboCop 2.
- Brain in a Jar: His organic components are basically limited to a brain, eyes, and spinal cord.
- Came Back Wrong: His first act as RoboCop 2 is to massacre every member of his former gang under the directive of OCP. Granted, this was something Cain would probably have been capable of anyway, and since he's no longer human, he no longer needs minions.
- Cop Killer: He had Duffy gutted for ratting him out.
- Dark Messiah: What he sees himself as. Cain promises that his drugs will bring humanity to "paradise."Cain, when Murphy is at his mercy: Jesus... had days like these.
- Deader Than Dead: Let's see... getting his life support taken off, his brain used to control RoboCop 2, then having said brain ripped out and smashed to pieces by RoboCop. That's about as dead as you get!
- Decomposite Character: Cain originally started in Frank Miller's original script for RoboCop 2 as a a drug-addled merc/Rehab officer named Kong, who'd be severely injured fighting Murphy and turned into RoboCop 2. While Cain would keep a lot of these elements, the Rehab/merc aspect would be recycled for RoboCop 3's Paul McDaggett.
- Evil Counterpart: To RoboCop. He even strikes Robo's iconic firing pose while firing on civilians during the press conference, seemingly to taunt his counterpart.
- Evil Is Bigger: As Robocop 2, he's almost Mini-Mecha size and almost twice as large as the more human-like Robocop.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Turns out putting the brain of a psychopathic criminal mastermind inside a war-machine robot isn't the best of ideas.
- From Camouflage to Criminal: When Faxx looks him up, it's revealed he served in the Amazon War.
- Full-Conversion Cyborg: When he's critically injured and captured, OCP uses the opportunity to convert him to cyborg against his will (temporarily rendering him a Brain in a Jar while he goes through drug withdrawal, which doesn't help his mood), banking on using his Nuke addiction to keep him under control. Go fig, it turns out placing a brain with a God Complex, a sadistic sense of humor and zero empathy into a massive, heavily armed robotic body is a bad idea, and Cain goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against OCP and the police the second he has a chance.
- Gatling Good: Mounts a minigun on one of his arms.
- Gone Horribly Right: Doctor Faxx reasoned that in order to endure the psychological trauma of being turned into another RoboCop, they should start with someone with a mind that doesn't value their own humanity that much to begin with. It worked. Congratulations, now you have a military-grade combat robot with the mind of a violent lunatic.
- The Juggernaut: As Robocop 2. He was built to be superior to the original, and on that front it succeeded. He is better armoured, with Murphy spending the entire climax trying to kill him, and only succeeding by removing the brain from his robot body and smashing it.
- Junkie Prophet: How he views himself.
- Lean and Mean: As Cain, he's tall, thin, and creepily evil.
- Lightning Bruiser: Despite his huge size and heavily armored chassis, Robocop 2 is also capable of surprising speed, and is even fast enough to run up an elevator shaft.
- Immune to Bullets: Even more so that the original Robocop. In the first film, sustained concentrated fire from multiple SWAT teams armed with military-grade weaponry was able to at least seriously injure Murphy (granted, Murphy was unable to shoot back and had to just take it for a solid minute). The same amount of firepower directed against Cain just mildly annoys him.
- Made of Iron: As Robocop 2, he's so heavily armored that he can shrug off shots from the Cobra Assault Cannon, which one-hit killed ED-209 in the first film.
- Name of Cain: Naturally.
- No-Sell: As Robocop 2, EVERYTHING. Gunfire, the Cobra Assault Cannon, explosions, falling off a skyscrapper, nothing damages his robot body. His organic parts are different story...
- Power Fist: His less-lethal option is a pneumatic ram.
- Restraining Bolt: After the fiasco that was ED-209, OCP at least has the sense to have Robocop 2's weapon systems controlled by an external remote control. However, Robocop 2 just steals the remote from them, activates his guns, then smashes the remote (apparently OCP never bothered to make more than one).
- Robotic Psychopath: Being made a cyborg against his will didn't stop him from being Ax-Crazy.
- Sinister Shades: He wears sunglasses in most of his human appearances.
- Softspoken Sadist: He's got a much cooler, quieter demeanor than most of the other criminals in the series.
- Superior Successor: Robocop 2 is this to both the original Robocop as well as to the ED-209s, being much more heavily armed and armored than either while retaining Robocop's human level reasoning abilities. Too bad he's also a Nuke-addicted maniac with the brain of a sociopathic crime lord. His operating system also seems to be a version of Apple O/S, compared to Robocop's simpler green CRT text operating system.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Robocop 2's chest is huge, but its legs and lower body are comparatively quite thin. This does nothing to hinder its toughness or structural stability, however.
- TV Head Robot: After becoming RoboCop 2, though instead of being a constant feature, it's only deployed when he wants to show his face.
- Walking Arsenal: Robocop 2 has an insane amount of heavy weaponry incorporated into his body, including a minigun with an absurd amount of stored ammo, a shoulder-mounted cannon, an extendable pneumatic battering ram for a fist, and a plasma cutting arm. Apparently the design philosophy while building him was There's No Kill Like Overkill.
A young hoodlum who serves as Cain's apprentice in RoboCop 2.
Played by Gabriel Damon
- Alas, Poor Villain: His death is played quite tragically, for as evil as he was we get a glimpse of the child he could have been under better circumstances. He makes some form of amend by revealing Cain to be RoboCop 2 and all he asks in return is for RoboCop to not leave him while he dies.
- At Least I Admit It: He reasons that the Nuke cult is better than cigarette and fast food companies because they don't advertise a product they know is no good for you (Higher Understanding Through Drugs nonwithstanding) as fun and/or cool.
- Badass Adorable: A gloomy, evil version. A kid he may be but he's got what it takes to pull his weight in the crime-ridden Hellhole that is Detroit. Cain's thugs and clients clearly know better than crossing him.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Hob dons a classy suit as he takes over the gang, by which time his badass credentials are quite established.
- Cool Gun: Both his machine-gun camouflaged as a lunchbox, and the magnum he uses to shoot Robocop.
- Cop Killer: Not successful, but one of his earliest acts is to try to garrote Lewis, and he comes close to succeeding.
- Cute Bruiser: Despite his age and size, Hob is a very good shot and proves adept in a brawl against trained adults.
- Death Equals Redemption: In a way. As Hob lays dying, he no longer bears ill will against Robo, and revealing who is his killer provides a clue on how to fight him.
- The Dragon: To Cain.
- Dragon Ascendant: Takes over Cain's gang after his apparent demise. But despite coming close to getting his drugs legals, his rule is cut short by his former boss who just Came Back Strong.
- Enfant Terrible: He's as bad as any of the adult members of Cain's gang.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Hob is horrified when Cain has Officer Duffy eviscerated.
- Evil Orphan: A hardened, pre-pubescent criminal with no parent around. Though some believe that Hob is Cain's son.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Looks like a cute blond, blue-eyed kid, but is nasty as they come.
- Forced to Watch: Less in the usual "I want you to suffer along with him" manner, and more "You need to learn to get used to this kind of stuff" when Cain has Duffy tortured in front of him.
- Improbable Infant Survival:
- First played straight as RoboCop can't bring himself to shoot Hob, allowing Hob to shoot him in the head and escape.Hob: Can't shoot a kid can you FUCKER!!!
- Subverted next, as Lewis has no problem beating him up when he tries to strangle her.
- Finally dangerously averted when RoboCop 2 enters the picture.
- First played straight as RoboCop can't bring himself to shoot Hob, allowing Hob to shoot him in the head and escape.
- Kids Are Cruel:
- Played straight when the thugs are dismantling Murphy. "They say he's got a brain, I wanna see it".
- Averted when Cain has Duffy butchered in the most horrible way imaginable. Hob is revulsed and cannot bear to watch.
- Nerves of Steel: Not cowed the slightest by adults, nor by the very intimidating RoboCop. Even before his death, despite being visibly terrified, he remains level-headed enough to hide and almost manages to escape.
- Only Sane Man: The sole member of Cain's gang who is not a fanatical psycho or a barely functioning addict. Which might be why the others obey him. Justified as he never took any drug.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Wants to run his business without troubles nor pointless violence. His offers to help Mayor Kuzak pay off the city's debts to OCP in exchange for legalizing Nuke is almost reasonable.
- Sadist: This little prick enjoys dishing out pain a little too much. Though some things are still too horrible for him.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Hob has zero qualms about high tailing away, leaving Cain to die.Hob: Fuck Cain!
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Can't utter a sentence without an expletive.
- The Starscream: While he isn't shown actively plotting against Cain, Hob was shown disgusted with Cain having Duffy gutted and did take advantage of the fact that unlike Angie, he wasn't using Nuke to force her to abandon Cain after he's hospitalized and take over the operation. He also ends up killed for this when Cain becomes RoboCop 2.
- Straight Edge Evil: Hob's the only one of the main three who's not using Nuke himself, which he uses against Angie to take over the Nuke gang after Cain is hospitalized.
- Teen Genius: Pretty smart and an effective drug trafficker despite being fourteen at most.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Seeing a boy his age acting like a vicious, unhinged criminal is unsettling, to say the least.
- Villain Song: Actually gets one on the soundtrack."The Kid Goes Wild," by Babylon A.D.
Played by Galyn Görg
- Meaningful Name: Her name is similar to "angel" and she is the girlfriend of a cult leader with messianic delusions.
- Robosexual: Her reaction to seeing Cain's new body is to fondle one of its claws and hesitantly say that they may still make it work as a couple. It just puts her at grappling range when Cain goes berserk (because he wants Nuke, maybe because of her betrayal, maybe because of sexual frustration or maybe all of the above), grabbing her by the head and either crushing it or snapping her neck.
Commander of the Rehabs, mercenaries hired by OCP.
Played by John Castle
- Army of Thieves and Whores: He hires a vicious street gang after the police force quits.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With the OCP CEO.
- Colonel Kilgore: The CEO calls him "war-wacky" on the climax. The fact that he seems to like all the fighting that is going on and the carnage involved only adds to that.
- Cop Killer: He tells his men to fire upon Metro West's officers when they decide to assist the Cadillac Heights rebels and he personally gunned down Lewis.
- Decomposite Character: He takes over the Rehab/merc aspect from Kong in Frank Miller's original script for RoboCop 2 when the Rehabs for recycled for 3.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Though nominally the CEO is supposed to be his superior, McDagget ultimately answers only to Kanemitsu directly and mostly only tolerates the CEO. In fact it seems he's willing to go to extreme lengths not authorized by Kanemitsu in order to achieve his mission of cleansing Old Detroit to make way for Delta City.
- Evil Brit: British and very evil.
- Eviler Than Thou: Even the Corrupt Corporate Executives at OCP ultimately find his methods to be beyond the pale. He just pulls a Hand Cannon on the CEO and tells him to sit down and shut up.
- Hero Killer: Kills Officer Anne Lewis, a Moral Event Horizon moment for him which leads Murphy to come gunning for him.
- It's Personal with the Dragon: Even with OCP finished as a company, his forces either dead or in retreat and having nothing to gain by doing so, McDagget wanted to kill Robocop with the help of two Otomos for his own personal satisfaction and ultimately died because of this. The OCP executives and his own surviving men wisely retreated because they had nothing to gain from destroying one lone cyborg at this point.
- Kill the Poor: He plans to wipe out the citizens of Old Detroit who refuse to cooperate with being relocated from their homes.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Even more so than OCP (who were blatantly Putting on the Reich in the second film). The Rehabs also greatly resemble the infamous "Black And Tans" from The Irish Revolution, considering that they're war veterans hired as mercenaries to augment the police in evictions. McDaggett himself being an Evil Brit hammers this home.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He's not blatantly racist, but as noted above, he's very much about killing the poor.
An android assigned to destroy RoboCop.
Played by Bruce Locke
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Otomo's katana is sharp enough to slice through titanium.
- Corporate Samurai: A literal example, he works for Kanemitsu Corporation and even uses a katana as he hunts down RoboCop while still maintaining some honor.
- Fragile Speedster: Otomo's not nearly as tough as Robocop or ED-209; a few bullets to the face are sufficient to crack his shell (although this doesn't seem enough to cause any loss of function), and one grenade launcher headshot is enough to take him out. However, he's much faster than Robocop, with speed and agility as good as if not better than a very fit human athlete, able to perform flips, spins, and jumpkicks while still being superhumanly strong enough to knock Robocop's several hundred pound chassis around.
- Honor Before Reason: Has a chance to kill RoboCop from behind but waits for him to turn around. Later waits for him to get up after being knocked down.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Otomo's sole weapon is a katana sword, which happens to be sharp enough to chop off Robocop's titanium hand.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: An android samurai assassin.
- Offscreen Teleportation: In Robocop's first encounter with one, Otomo appears behind Robocop Michael Myers style in the 2 seconds it takes Robocop to bend down and pick up a piece of paper that was on the ground.
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: The two Otomos in the final fight seem to be equipped with one that triggers if they're destroyed. McDagget mentions they have a blast radius of 20 yards and ends up dying in the resulting explosion after the two are destroyed.
- Superior Successor: Nicely contrasts the Japanese automotive industry of the 1980's with that of the USA. While American robots like Robocop, ED-209, and Robocop 2 are powerful but cumbersome Mighty Glaciers that stick out like a sore thumb, the Japanese-developed Otomo is a sleeker, more advanced Ridiculously Human Robot fast enough and strong enough to juggle Robocop in a fight.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: An android who is essentially indistinguishable from a normal human (in terms of appearance at least; he never talks so it's unclear whether he has any social programming).
Chairmen of the Kanemitsu Corporation.
Played by Mako
- Graceful Loser: Despite the damage RoboCop did to his company, he treats him respectfully in their meeting.
- Greater-Scope Villain: He's the CEO of the corporation that purchased OCP. But he doesn't directly act an antagonist in any way, and his only interaction with RoboCop is meeting him after the climax.
- Japan Takes Over the World: His corporation owns OCP, which means he technically owns Detroit.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: It's implied the CEO and McDagget are working behind his back and he doesn't know how bad the situation in Detroit really is. He does fire the CEO at the end of the movie.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For the Old Man.
- Villain Respect: Meets RoboCop in person and he bows in traditional Japanese style.
The leader of the Rebellion against OCP and Rehab.
Played by C.C.H. Pounder
- Black Boss Lady: She's the leader of the rebels.
A Child Prodigy who joined up with the Rebellion as a hacker after her parents were murdered by Rehab.
Played by Remy Ryan
- Big Damn Heroes: Just as RoboCop is beaten by two Otomos and McDagget gloats in triumph, Nikko hacks into the two androids and reprograms them to attack each other instead.
- Playful Hacker: She hacks into an ED-209 to make it as "loyal as a puppy."
Dr. Marie Lazarus
An OCP scientist who helped create Robocop. She is fired for refusing to erase Murphy's emotions and joins the Rebellion.
Played by Jill Hennessey
A member of the Rebels. Later revealed to be The Mole for the Rehabs.
Played by Stephen Root
- Dirty Coward: He spends most of his time on screen acting like the rebel on the verge of a nervous breakdown before deciding to sell the whole group to McDaggett.
- The Mole He's a constantly-nervous Fat Bastard who loudly questions if fighting OCP is worth it at one point. He was going to sell the rebels to OCP either to save his own ass or for money, that much was sure.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: The Rehabs blow him away during their raid on the Rebels' base — we don't see the actual shooting, of course, but we see the Rehabs finding his dead body right after McDaggett orders them to look for him in an explicit invocation of this trope.
A mechanic who joins the rebellion
Played by Daniel Von Bargen
Another member of the rebellion
Played by Stanley Anderson
- The Lancer: To Bertha, along with Moreno.
An anchor for Mediabreak
Played by Mario Machado
- Kent Brockman News: Both he and Jess are just shills for OCP.
An anchor for Mediabreak
Played by Leeza Gibbons
- Kent Brockman News: Both she and Casey are just shills for OCP.
- Put on a Bus: She does not appear in RoboCop 3
Casey Wong's co-anchor in Robocop 3
Played by Eva LaRue
- Everyone Has Standards: Refuses to report the "bullshit" story of RoboCop massacring several nuns and clergy and walks off the set.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: As mentioned above, she storms out after one too many false reports by OCP of Murphy attacking people.
The star of the popular show It's Not My Problem
Played by S.D. Nemeth
- Catchphrase: "I'd buy that for a dollar!"