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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- Expy: Word of God says that he's based on Judge Dredd.
- 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."
- 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. 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.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: OCP never expected his human side to re-appear.
- 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 theu 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: 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.
- Heroic Build: His armor gives him an exaggerated masculine form, with a broad chest and huge arms.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: What's left of Robo's human side mourns the things he lost with his cyber-upgrade.
- Immune to Bullets: Thanks to his armour.
- 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.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: OCP and the other police sometimes refer to him as "it", as if he were actually a robot (he's not; he's a cyborg, you idiot!) 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 a former city councilman-turned-terrorist out of a window, his interrogation of a Corrupt Cop involved throwing him into several arcades machines and smashing his face into a scene, 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 the only reason 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Originally Murphy's partner, and first on the scene after his fatal shooting. Remains assigned to work with him after his cyberization.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Sergeant John/Warren Reed
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.
- Badass Mustache: 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 on all three films he rocks a solid mustache.
- Big Good: His attitude towards the officers under his command resembles A Father to His Men.
- Continuity Snarl: The subject of his first name. 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".
- Da Chief: He is in charge of the Detroit Police Department.
- 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.
- 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".
Richard "Dick" Jones
The second main antagonist of the first movie, next to Clarence. He is the corrupt vice-president of OCP.
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.
- 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!"
- 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.
- 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.
- Lack of Empathy: Doesn't care about any people who die as a result of his actions, only for his own advancement.
- 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.
- 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: Jones had no qualms to take lives of helpless human beings in order to take over OCP.
- 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.
An executive at OCP that always manages to stick around no matter what happens.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
The Old Man
Head of OCP in the first two movies.
Played by Daniel 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.
- 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.
- Large Ham: He's VERY LOUD and EXPRESSIVE sometimes:"YOU CALL THIS A GLITCH!"
"DICK ... YOU'RE FIRED!"
- Only Known by Their Nickname: No one ever calls him anything other than "The Old Man."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Smug Snake: "Fuck Jones. He's old, we're young... and that's life."
- 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!
- Uriah Gambit: An odd version, as he didn't even know Alex, let alone had any real disagreement with Murphy, as 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.
Enforcement Droid series 209 (ED-209)
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 him go near a staircase. Or a manhole.
- 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. (In fairness to ED, this is pretty plausible; it's never been shown as lacking in a straight-up fight, just anything aside from that.) Being ED-209, his flawed logic immediately ruins his crowning moment of awesome, as he opts to finish off his downed opponent by shooting it with a rocket while the damaged T-800 is at ED-209's feet, blowing himself up.
- Awesome, but Impractical: His design is just straight-up awesome looking and his firepower is something to be reckoned with, but as a rushed-out product, his numerous design flaws give him essentially zero practical applications. Except, oddly enough, as a children's toy in Real Life.
- Badass Baritone: His synthesized voice is extremely deep and threatening.
- The Brute: Is this to Dick Jones. ED-209 is the first thing that manages to do any kind of damage to RoboCop.
- Catchphrase: "Please put down your weapon. You have 20 seconds to comply."
- Chicken Walker: His leg design.
- Cool, but Inefficient: In his "intended" role as a police robot, one really has to imagine what advantages he'd have. He's very cool, but his weapons and tactics are insanely overkill for any police purpose, he's too slow and clumsy to negotiate urban terrain, and his AI is too cumbersome to resolve anything a cop would be expected to manage. Much of him makes a little more sense from the perspective of a military conflict, where he could put those guns to good use, but he'd still likely be a liability.
- Crippling Overspecialization: He has enough firepower to put the hurt on Robocop and could very likely kill him in a straight long-range fight. The problem is that his design and programming has so many flaws Robo can easily out-maneuver him and put him down long before he can make that happen.
- More Dakka: He has plenty of firepower, including repeating guns and rocket launchers. Despite this, he's unable to take on the smaller but more clever RoboCop.
- 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, his greatest weakness is his limited computerized programming, which is prone to errors and flaws of logic, nicely illustrating the huge difference between a programmed machine and a human mind like Robocop's.
- Dumb Muscle: ED-209's firepower is heavy enough to deal more damage to Robocop with a single burst from his arm cannons than an entire factory full of goons with automatic weapons could manage in an extended firefight. He's also strong enough to punch Robocop hard enough to send him flying a couple dozen feet, despite his short stubby arms clearly not being intended for anything other than shooting stuff. And yet because of his dumb A.I. he's incredibly ineffectual.
- 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.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: ED-209 suffers an embarrassing failure once per movie, from falling down the stairs in Robocop, getting his foot stuck in an open manhole in Robocop 2, and being hacked and made to declare himself 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Villainous Breakdown: After falling down the stairs and landing on his back, he thrashes around for a bit and making whining sounds. It's strangely amusing.
- Weaksauce Weakness: ED-209's is stairs, with far too broad legs to manage the narrow and steep steps. One is also shown flailing about uselessly after it gets its foot caught in a manhole.
The New head of OCP who is in-charge of the company in Robocop 3
Played by Rip Torn
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Bad Boss: Tells an injured employee "Can you fly, Bobby?" before throwing him into pursuing Police Car.
- 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 killed 32 cops before killing Alex and openly tells Alex he hates cops.
- Create Your Own Hero: Boddicker and his gang killed Alex Murphy—which bit him in the ass when Morton used Murphy to create RoboCop.
- 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.
- 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.
- Famous Last Words: Boddicker says, "Sayonara, RoboCop!" before he gets fatally stabbed in the neck.
- Faux Affably Evil: He tries to sound polite to his opponents, even when he threatens to kill them.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Never seen without his glasses. And there is the whole "based on Heinrich Himmler" thing...
- Hand Cannon: Carries a Desert Eagle with a massive silencer.
- Hero Killer: Murphy is just his latest in a long string of victims. He nearly does it again against Robo in their second fight.
- Jerkass: An absolutely despicable human being.
- Laughably Evil: He can actually be pretty funny at times.
- Large Ham: Very enthusiastic and expressive. 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 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 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.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: (to a couple of prostitutes) "Bitches, leave." He later drops an racial slur against Italians to Italian gangster Sal. Oddly, he doesn't refer to Robo as "it."
- 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.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: One of the less hammy villains in the movie, though still a veritable fountain of meme-tastic, scenery chewing one-liners.
- 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.
- 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: "Can you fly, Bobby?"
Emil M. Antonowsky
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.
- 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.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: After being released from prison, he makes some hilarious jokes about rape. Nice guy.
- Prison Rape: Seems to be averted. He claims to not having been raped while in prison.
- Shoot the Television: While the rest of Detroit is rioting, he's calmly sitting and watching a TV in a store window and drinking some liquor. Something pisses him off, leading him to chuck the bottle through the window at the TV.
- 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.
- 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.
Joe P. Cox
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.
- 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.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Calls Emil a homophobic slur a couple of times.
- 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.
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.
Cain / RoboCop 2
The main antagonist of the second movie, and the distributor of a street drug called "Nuke."
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!
- Evil Counterpart: To RoboCop.
- 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.
- Getting High on Their Own Supply: 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.
- 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.
- 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 an anti-material rifle capable of one-hit-killing an ED-209.
- Name of Cain: Naturally.
- 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 wear 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Infant Immortality:
- 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.
- Not So Different: In his final moments, he now understands what RoboCop had to go through before being rebuilt, just by seeing the expression on Robo's face.Hob: I'm gonna die. You know what that's like, don't you? It really sucks.
RoboCop: Yes, it does.
- Only Sane Man: The sole member of Cain's gang who is not a fanatical psycho or a barely functioning adict. Which might be why the others obey him. Justified as he never took any drug.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Wants to run his business without troubles not pointless violence. His offers to help Mayor Kuzak pay off the city's debts to OCP in exchange for legalizing Nuke is almost reasonable.
- 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.
- 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.
Paul McDaggetCommander of the Rehabs, mercenaries hired by OCP.
Played by John Castle
- Army of Thieves and Whores: 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 the combat that is going on 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.
- 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.
- Hero Killer: Kills Officer Anne Lewis, a Moral Event Horizon moment for him which leads Murphy to come gunning for him.
- 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.
- 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).
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
- Greater-Scope Villain: He's the CEO of the corporation that purchased OCP.
- 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.