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    Detroit Police Department 

Alex J. Murphy/RC-2000/RoboCop

Played by Joel Kinnaman

Unlike the original series, Alex Murphy is a plainclothes officer with the Detroit Police Department. He was wounded in a car bomb attack perpetrated by rogue police officers under the order of crime boss Antoine Vallon after he and his partner Jack Lewis tried to arrest him for gunrunning. He was selected by Raymond Sellars to be RoboCop in order to persuade the public to allow OmniCorp-made droid to perform law enforcement duties throughout America.

  • Adaptational Badass: Keeping with OmniCorp's improved competence when it comes to their robot prototypes, this RoboCop is a full-on Lightning Bruiser compared to the original's ungainly Mighty Glacier.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's only called RoboCop twice: once by Pat Novak and the second by Lewis as part of a wisecrack. Otherwise, unlike earlier incarnations, his identity as Alex Murphy is a matter of public record, so he's referred to by his real name.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Averted for Murphy: trauma of being turned into a cyborg aside, he's still pretty much himself. Then it is played straight when they start messing with his brain chemistry to get him under control. He fights his way back.
  • Darker and Edgier: Cowboy Cop compared to the Nice Guy Boy Next Door of the original.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Murphy’s Robocop armor is jet black, but he is a cyborg who fights criminals while the original Robocop from the original films fell under Light Is Good due to having grey and silver armor.
  • Determinator: Nothing will prevent him from catching the bad guys and saving his family.
  • Guns Akimbo: His preferred way of handling guns is in both hands.
  • Heroic Willpower:
    • After getting his emotions dialed down to almost nothing, Murphy is brought back by his wife pleading with him to visit his family. Later, with his family's lives on the line, Murphy manages to overcome the Restraining Bolt prohibiting him from attacking Red Assets.
    • Murphy is able to power through being shot up by multiple ED-209s as he tries to break into OmniCorp HQ. We are told early on that .50 Beowulf and larger will breach Murphy's cyborg body and can kill him. He's hit multiple times and he continues to power through it.
  • Job-Stealing Robot: This is the purpose of RoboCop in the 2014 reboot; OCP has a line of military robots that have done extremely well overseas, but the American public isn't so keen on having deathbots patrolling their streets. RoboCop is halfway measure designed to warm them to the idea.
  • Lightning Bruiser: This version of RoboCop is significantly faster and more agile than the original 1987 version, being able to run at high speeds (doing about 30 mph), leap tall walls in a single bound, and even dodge gunfire and rockets. He's also still a super-strong, heavily-armored robot, although perhaps slightly less nigh-invulnerable than the original version owing to his slimmer physique and more biological components.
  • In-Series Nickname: Mattox dubs Murphy "Tinman" in a deliberate taunt.
  • Paint It Black: RoboCop starts off with the classic chrome armor and a black visor, but OmniCorp opts to give him a matte black makeover with a glowing red visor, making him appear more menacing. After the death of Sellars, he is refitted back to the classic suit.
  • Papa Wolf: If you even so much as threaten his family, then Restraining Bolt or not, he will kill you.
  • The Power of Love: Alex's love for his family allows him to reverse OmniCorp's tampering of his brain chemistry and overcome the Restraining Bolt preventing him from attacking Red Assets.
  • The Protagonist: He's the main character, after all.
  • Super Cop: He's RoboCop, after all. Not only does he have robotic enhancements to catch bad guys, he has digitals copies of evidence and surveillance footage in his head.
  • Superior Successor: Murphy's combat software and robot hardware are significantly more powerful than the older, mass-produced EM-208 robots. It's justified in that Murphy is designed as a unique propaganda piece; they're only making one of him, so they put in a lot more resources, and they want to make absolutely sure he doesn't embarrass them by getting killed by some gangbanger getting lucky.
    • He also counts out-of-universe as this to the 1987 version, which was much slower.
  • The Stoic: Invoked. When the police database of unsolved crimes gets downloaded into Murphy's brain, he freaks the hell out when he comes across the car bombing that mutilated him. In order to make him get over it, his brain chemistry is tinkered with, which has the side effect of suppressing the rest of his emotions.
  • Tranquil Fury: While interrogating, and in one case, shooting, the corrupt cops responsible for his death, he remains calm and composed yet evidently furious as he exposes their conspiracy to car-bomb him as well as their affiliation with Vallon to the entire precinct.
  • We Can Re Build Him: The only things left of his human body are his head, lungs, and his right hand.

Jack Lewis

Played by Michael K. Williams

Alex's partner and another plainclothes officer with the Detroit Police Department. At the start of the movie, he was placed in a hospital after being injured in a shootout due to Vallon being tipped off by moles within the DPD. After being released, Jack starts to help Murphy, now known publicly as RoboCop, to solve his murder and figure out who was responsible for his attempted assassination.

  • Adaptation Name Change: As a result of the Gender Flip, his first name is "Jack", not "Anne".
  • Big Damn Heroes: Jack does this twice near the end, first distracting an ED-209 from shooting up Murphy and then killing Mattox before he can kill Murphy.
  • Black Best Friend: Jack himself. He even jokes about this when Alex becomes RoboCop saying "he's now the right color" because this RoboCop is painted jet black instead of gunmetal gray.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Subverted because he is badly injuried in the first act but survives and continues to be an active hero.
  • The Lancer: Being Murphy's partner he fits as a foil. The contrast is all the greater after Murphy's transformation.
  • Gender Flip: Anne Lewis has become Jack Lewis.
  • Race Lift: The original Robocop had a Caucasian partner instead of an African-American.

John Lake and Andre Daniels

Played by Daniel Kash and K.C. Collins

A duo of plainclothes detectives in the Detroit Police Department, working alongside Murphy and Lewis. In actuality, they're dirty cops working for Antoine Vallon.

  • Berserk Button: They don't like Murphy's Cowboy Cop attitude or his accusations that they're rogue cops, especially since those accusations are true.
  • Corrupt Cop: They secretly work for Antoine Vallon, and it's on their suggestion that Vallon puts the hit out on Murphy.
  • Evil Counterpart: They are corrupt cops in contrast Murphy and Lewis, who are heroic cops.
  • Mole in Charge: They're lead detectives in the DPD's investigation into Antoine Vallon, while secretly they're on Vallon's payroll and helping him to conceal all of his crimes.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Daniels has the bright idea to try and pull a gun on Murphy post-transformation, when Murphy is clearly out for revenge and had just killed an entire gang armed with heavy weapons. Moreover, they're in the middle of the police station and Murphy has already uploaded all of the evidence of their corruption into the police database, so they're hosed either way. Naturally, this ends up costing him his life. It's probably a case of Taking You with Me — Murphy is shot up and looks vulnerable, sitting right in front of him with his visor up. Unfortunately his enhanced reflexes are working just fine.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Lake reveals the Chief of Police's involvement with crime boss Vallon so as not to be shot dead by RoboCop. Murphy appears to give him mercy, only to turn around seconds later and shoot him with a taser round.

Karen Dean

Played by Marianne Jean-Baptiste

The current chief of police with the Detroit Police Department. She doesn't like when her subordinate have Cowboy Cop tendencies. She also secretly works alongside Vallon in providing stolen guns from DPD evidence lockups.

  • Adaptation Name Change: From Sgt. Reed, likely because of the Gender Flip and Adaptational Villainy.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Reed was an honest cop; Dean, however, is not.
  • Corrupt Cop: Exposed as Vallon's mole by Lake after Murphy and Lewis confront him.
  • Da Chief: She doesn't like Murphy's Cowboy Cop activities but does believe his theory that two corrupt cops are working with Vallon. She is still a By-the-Book Cop so she cannot arrest them unless there is evidence and tells Murphy to leave it to Internal Affairs. However, it is later revealed she is in league with them and working with Vallon.
  • Dirty Coward: When Murphy confronts Dean for her corruption, she is shown to expressing nothing, but fear.
  • Gender Flip: For Sergeant Reed, Murphy's supervising officer in the original movies.
  • Mole in Charge: She's the Detroit Chief of Police and, alongside Lake and Daniels, is secretly in the pocket of crime boss Antoine Vallon.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The Chief of Police is not seen after Murphy exposes her corruption. Presumably, she was arrested afterwards.

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    Omni Corp 

Raymond Sellars

Played by Michael Keaton

The current chief executive officer of OmniCorp. He has a vision of selling its android products to the American government so that they can be used for law enforcement purposes. He's also responsible for being the public face of starting the RoboCop to win the public's trust.

  • Big-Bad Ensemble: The current chief executive officer of OmniCorp and the final threat RoboCop faces in the movie. Seeing as he is the CEO of a conglomerate, Sellars is by far more dangerous than Vallon.
  • Character Death: Shot and killed by Murphy after he tries to threaten his family.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Sellars started out just an executive who wanted OmniCorp's droid enforcement program to pass in the United States. Once their first cyborg became a success, corporate greed kicks in as Sellars decides to have him eliminated as a martyr so the droid enforcement program will push through.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He appears charming and friendly towards both employees and Murphy's family. Then he makes the decision to dispose of Murphy in order to "boost" the company's reputation.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: As this article points out, Sellars is named after Wilfrid Sellars.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: He begins the film as a guy who simply wants to sell his machines to the American government, and unlike his counterpart in the original, those machines work. He slowly toys more and more with Murphy, treating him less than a man and more of a useful product as the plot goes on, and once he utters "you know what's better than a hero? A dead hero", you know there is no turning back.
  • Visionary Villain: Sees a future where androids are in the front-lines of law enforcement duties.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After the American Senate initially repealed the Dreyfus Act, he decides to authorize the elimination of Murphy since he found out that he can overrides his directives at will.

Tom Pope

Played by Jay Baruchel

In charge of OmniCorp's marketing division, he's responsible for planning out on how to advertise RoboCop as part of Seller's plan to getting the public to back the company's plans to have Murphy as a cyborg police officer.

  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Like Sellars, he wants to take advantage of RoboCop's popularity to make a profit for the company by turning RoboCop in a martyr.
  • Precision F-Strike: Drops the only one of the entire film: "We're fuuuucked..."
  • Why Didn't I Think of That?: Pope's response to being told Murphy is investigating his own "murder" is excitement because it is a brilliant stroke of marketing.

Liz Kline

Played by Jennifer Ehle

In charge of OmniCorp's legal division, she's responsible for advising Sellars and other company personnel on legal matters in dealing with the public and the American government.

  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Shares this with her peers. She's the legal division after all, and you know what that means, right? She's a lawyer.
  • Jerkass: When Alex goes into shock after having the entire police database uploaded into his brain, Kline tells Dr. Norton to help Alex because their reputations are in danger, not out of concern for Alex's well-being. Also, she considers filing a restraining order against Clara Murphy when the latter understandably complains OmniCorp is keeping Alex from returning home.

Rick Mattox

A private military contractor working for OmniCorp. He's responsible for commanding all of the company's android forces when needed. He also trains Murphy after he is changed into RoboCop.

  • Character Death: Shot and killed by Lewis after he tries to gun down RoboCop.
  • Composite Character: Has the twsited sense of humor of Clarence Boddicker and works for OCP like Paul MacDaggett.
  • The Dragon: To OmniCorp for its security forces, especially its android army. He's the one in the field giving orders to the droids.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: After defeating all his robots in a test fight, Murphy asks if it's all right if he tases Mattox. He's told to go ahead.
  • Musical Chores: When testing Murphy in the simulator, Mattox says he likes music while he works — then plays "If I Only Had A Heart", the Tinman's song from The Wizard of Oz.
  • Oh, Crap!: He gets very nervous at the end of the live-fire test, after Murphy has destroyed all of his EM-208s.
  • Private Military Contractor: Works for OmniCorp as a hired contractor.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Initially he's this with Murphy and Norton since he doesn't approve the idea of putting a person as a machine in battle. Then he's ordered by Sellars to get rid of Murphy.
  • Training from Hell: Gives this to Murphy after his post-cyborg operation as RoboCop. It involves simulations against pure robots and then a live battle where he is hugely outnumbered.

Dennett Norton

Played by Gary Oldman

The head scientist in charge of providing services to disabled people by using OmniCorp-made prosthetic limbs to help them reintegrate back to society. He was also chosen by Sellars to head the RoboCop program and to check on Murphy's physical, mental and emotional health.

  • Adaptation Name Change: From the original's Bob Morton.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Unlike Bob Morton, he truly cares for Murphy.
  • Anti-Hero: Dr. Norton's actions may be questionable, but he has the concerns of his patients (especially Murphy) in mind in order to give them a second chance.
  • Composite Character: He serves Bob Morton's role as the guy who made Murphy into RoboCop, but he truly cares for Murphy like the two technicians from RoboCop 2 and Marie Lazarus, as well as Charlie Lippencot, Colleen Frost, and Cornelius Neumeier
  • Named After Somebody Famous: As this article points out, Norton is named after Jonathan Bennett.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: At the start, Dr. Norton doesn't want anything to do with weaponising his cyborg technology, but Sellars talks him into working on RoboCop. As the film goes on he starts making bigger compromises, such as tinkering with Alex's brain and body chemistry, which have the effect of reducing his humanity. Eventually however, he realizes just how far he's gone and seeks to repair the damage.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Dennet engages into increasingly more extreme action regarding Alex's build and programing, but it's always to help Alex avoid the scrap heap and in any case he clearly doesn't like doing it. The "combat mode", for instance, was made because if Alex doesn't perform as well as the pure-robots then he will never go home and see his family again.

Jae Kim

Played by Aimee Garcia

The assistant of Dr. Norton, she helps him perform his tasks as part of the RoboCop program under OmniCorp's watch.

    Omni Corp Droids 

EM-208

The main android soldiers of OmniCorp. They are used to provide the vanguard of advance forces, as well as to conduct law enforcement operations in war-torn countries.

  • Mecha-Mook: OmniCorp uses humanoid EM-208 robots with advanced AI overseas to conduct searches and serve as main troops for the American military. Murphy is pitted against a large group for his final test.
  • Omniglot: Thanks to OmniCorp programming, they can speak over 2,000 languages to help them easily interact with the native population of a country that they are deployed in.

Enforcement Droid 209

A bipedal android made by OmniCorp. They are used for providing fire support in peacekeeping operations in countries to protect VIPs from hostile forces.

    Criminals 

Antoine Vallon

Played by Patrick Garrow

A Detroit-based crime boss responsible for running small arms in the streets taken from Detroit Police Department custody. He's the main culprit for approving the assassination of Murphy.

  • Adaptation Name Change: From Clarence Boddicker to Antoine Vallon.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Unlike Boddicker, who took sadistic glee in his actions, Vallon is more of a businessman in regards to his work.
  • Arms Dealer: Makes a lot of money selling weapons stolen from the DPD's lockup. As a result, he and his gang are very well equipped.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Being a crime boss, he is RoboCop's primary target.
  • Character Death: RoboCop kills him and his whole gang in one fell swoop.
  • Cop Killer: He's well aware of the risks and consequences of becoming one, but orders the hit on Murphy anyway after being assured by Lake and Daniels that they would protect him.
  • Create Your Own Hero: It was his ordering the car bombing on Murphy that made Murphy eligible for the RoboCop project.
    Vallon: I kill a cop, I'm looking over my shoulder the rest of my life.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's a personal enemy for Murphy and it's his actions that lead to Murphy's transformation into RoboCop, but his street-level crimes are nothing compared to OmniCorp's actions and it's only after he's dealt with that OmniCorp truly turns villainous.
  • No Nonsense Villain: Vallon is pretty competent, and it takes Murphy a lot of work, even with the advanced tracking capabilities he has as RoboCop, to pin the man down. He also has his men arm themselves appropriately to penetrate Murphy's armor (presumably, the ballistic resistance of OmniCorp androids was leaked to him by his moles), lines explosives in the hallway leading to his position, and has all his men behind heavy cover. Though Murphy got through, they did a fair amount of damage.

    Civilians 

Clara Murphy

Played by Abbie Cornish

Alex's wife. She provides moral support for him and her son, David throughout the movie.

  • Adaptation Name Change: From the original's "Ellen" to "Clara".
  • Ascended Extra: In the original trilogy, Ellen and Jimmy were background characters at best, a reminder of what he lost. Here, Clara and David are a key part of the story.
  • Damsel in Distress: Clara and her son are held at gunpoint by Sellars in the climax. Fortunately, RoboCop saves them.
  • Determinator: She will do whatever it takes to get Alex to come home, despite OmniCorp's constant efforts to victimize her family.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She is a blonde and one of the most moral characters in the movie.
  • Happily Married: Before and after Alex's robotization they are shown to have a strong marriage. There was an active sex life too, but Alex is no longer equipped for that.
  • The Power of Love: Clara stepping in front of the roboticized Murphy and begging him to stop ignoring his family is what allows Murphy to triumph over his software and programming.

David Murphy

Played by John Paul Ruttan

The only son of Alex and Clara Murphy.

  • Adaptation Name Change: From the original's "Jimmy" to "David".
  • Ascended Extra: In the original trilogy, Murphy's family were background characters at best, a reminder of what he lost, even more so Jimmy, as at least Ellen had a scene interacting with a post-RoboCop Murphy. Here, Clara and David are a key part of the story.
  • Distressed Dude: David and his mother are held at gunpoint by Sellars in the climax. Fortunately, RoboCop saves them.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: David becomes borderline depressed by his father's absence, to the point he doesn't even want to go to school. RoboCop's desire to see his family again is what allows him to overcome OmniCorp's reprogramming.

Patrick "Pat" Novak

A right-wing broadcaster of "The Novak Element". He's a pro-OmniCorp supporter who believes in the use of their android forces to provide law enforcement services to the public.

  • Expy: Pat Novak is a Race Lift of infamous rightwing TV pundits like Bill O'Reilly or Rush Limbaugh. His show is even named "The Novak Element", obviously after The O'Reilly Factor.
  • Precision F-Strike: At the end, the normally smooth Novak drops Samuel L. Jackson's signature "motherfucker" when talking about the President upholding the Dreyfuss Act and Dr. Norton's whistleblowing.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: When Novak loses his temper on his talk show, he lets loose a lot of words that are bleeped out.
  • Villainous Breakdown: "Villain" is a bit of a stretch, but Pat Novak flies into a Cluster F-Bomb speech with Norton's whistleblowing on OmniCorp and the vetoed repeal of the Dreyfuss Act.

Hubert Dreyfus

Played by Zach Grenier

An American Senator from Michigan who is responsible for authoring the Dreyfus Act, which doesn't allow any company to deploy androids to serve in a law enforcement capacity.

  • Named After Somebody Famous: As this article Senator Dreyfus is named after Hubert Dreyfus.
  • No Party Given: Though his opposition to automated law enforcement (an allegory for drone warfare) and the fact that he represents Michigan (which is generally, though not exclusively, a blue state) could point to him being a Democrat, he is not officially either one.

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