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Alex Murphy/RoboCop

As in the movies, Alex Murphy was once a police officer, then he became the eponymous cyborg police officer after being shot to death in the line of duty.

Played by Richard Eden

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the movies, he has dirty blond hair, but here, as seen in flashbacks, this version retains Richard Eden's brown hair.
  • Badbutt: As this version is aimed more for children.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: This version of Murphy will more often than not do this to any foes he encounters.
  • Brain in a Jar: RoboCop himself could also be considered this, as he is a brain with a human face and a few organs for life support.
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  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: As in the movies, he misses his family.
  • Cool Helmet: As it tradition with Murhpy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: More prone to this than his movie self, but not to the extent of his Alpha Commando self.
  • The Fettered: As in the movies, he must obey his prime directives.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Aside from extra ammunition (as referred to in the episode "Provision 22"), Robo carries several types of both non-lethal and lethal ordinance (mines, airbags), coolant and other devices/gadgets that would be used in any given episode, all stored in his left leg.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: The reason he hasn't told his family who he is. His father, Russell, later earns it in a later episode.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: He is RoboCop after all.
  • Living Lie Detector: His voice/stress analyzer gained this ability.
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  • Non-Lethal Warfare: The series took advantage of the publicity given to NLW at the time to avoid having Murphy kill anyone. RoboCop is instead armed with an array of Non-Lethal Weapons which he uses to capture the bad guys.
  • Papa Wolf: Do not go after his family.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: While only shown in one episode, this version is also Catholic, as in the movies.
  • Restraining Bolt: Again, the prime directives.
  • Secret Keeper: Is this for Diana. His unwillingness to have her undergo the same persecution that Bob Takker is subjecting him to is the reason why he's the main suspect when someone uses the prototype of his gun to kill Takker, as he was talking to her when the crime happened.
  • Super Cop: Again, this is RoboCop.
  • Superhero: More explicit in this version in the episode "RoboCop versus Commander Cash".
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Detective Lisa Madigan

The series's equivalent of Anne Lewis, Lisa Madigan is Murphy's partner and becomes a detective in the pilot.

Played by Yvette Nipar

  • Adaptation Name Change: For the most part, she's basically the series version of Anne Lewis.
  • Compressed Vice: She has a drug problem that only lasted one episode.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Among other things, she had a drug problem in "Trouble in Delta City" while trying to lose weight, was knocked out and had her gun stolen to kill someone in "When Justice Fails", and was almost paralyzed for life in "Nano". The episode "Midnight Minus One" also implies she came from a broken home.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Several episodes suggested that she came from a broken home.
  • Dysfunctional Family: In the episode, "Midnight Minus One", she impled that she came from one.
  • Only Friend: As with Lewis in the movies, she serves by this to Murphy in the series.
  • Secret Keeper: For Alex's identity.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Unlike Lewis in the first two movies, Madigan had long hair that she'd sometimes have in a ponytail.

Sgt. Stan Parks

The series's equivalent of Sgt. Reed, Stan Parks is Murphy and Madigan's superior officer. He adopts an orphan named Gadget in the pilot.

Played by Blu Mankuma

  • Adaptation Name Change: As with Madigan and Lewis, he's Sgt. Reed in all but name.
  • Badass Baritone: Comes with being played by Blu Mankuma.
  • Badass in Charge: As with Reed in the third movie, he's not afraid to go out into the field.
  • Da Chief: Of Metro South.
  • Papa Wolf: Do not try to harm Gadget.
  • Secret Keeper: Outside of his knowledge of Murphy's identity, Sally Modesto swears him to secrecy when he learns that she is indeed Gadget's biological mother.

Diana Powers/Neurobrain

Diana Powers was Chip Chayken, she was murdered by him and his partner, Dr. Cray Z. Mallardo, in the pilot and her brain is used as help operate Nerobrain, a supercomputer designed to operate Detroit.

Played by Andrea Roth

  • Brain in a Jar: In episode one Diana is murdered to provide the brain needed for OCP's city managing supercomputer. Diana, unlike Murphy, doesn't keep any of her original body, instead becoming somehow a Projected Man.
  • Dumb Blonde: Averted, as it was her cracking a suit that OCP was dealing with that ended up inspiring Mallardo and Chayken to use her brain after the use of those of homeless people failed.
  • First-Name Basis: She's the only one in the present before Alex's father, Russell, learns the truth who addresses Alex by his first name as opposed to "Murphy" or "Robo".
  • Girliness Upgrade: Having her brain transplanted into a computer seems to have agreed with Diana, as she went from a frumpy, bespectacled, ponytailed secretary to a loose-haired cybernetic siren in a lamé dress after losing her body.
  • Virtual Ghost: Thanks to the nature of Neurobrain, she's this. She uses holograms to talk to Murphy and the Chairman.
  • Wetware CPU: Metronet, the computer system that runs the whole city, is run by Neurobrain, but it turns out Neurobrain needs an actual human brain to run it. After rejecting the brains of a few elderly boozed-up homelesss guys fail, Mallardo and Diana's boss, Chip Chayken gets the bright idea of using Diana's brain and it works smashingly.

Charlie Lippencott

The technician who maintains Murphy.

Played by Ed Sahely

  • Brainy Brunette: He's a scientist, after all.
  • Composite Character: Fills the same role as the duo from RoboCop 2 and Marie Lazarus, yet the opening shows him present when Murphy is finished, implying a second in command role similar to Donald Johnson.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: He tried to invoke a version of this to Madigan in "Sister in Crime" when OCP is facing sexual discrimination lawsuits and was cleaning graffiti off of Murphy, before realizing he put his foot in his mouth.

Gadget Parks

An orphan who witnesses Chip Chayken kidnapping a homeless man, she's adopted in the pilot by Sgt. Parks.

Played by Sarah Campbell

The OCP Chairman

The head or OCP in the series and the series's equivalent of the Old Man for the first two movies.

Played by David Gardner

  • Adaptational Heroism: Even barring his Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome in RoboCop 2, the Old Man was apathetic to the people around him (most notably, his anger at ED-209 killing Kenny was at the malfunction itself, not the fact it killed someone). While still greedy, the Chairman is conversely more empathetic to the suffering of others and willing to help people out and make things right whenever Diana, Murphy, or anyone else points out something he or OCP did wrong. He also actually cares for Murphy.
  • Composite Character: While he's more or less the series's equivalent of the Old Man (and some characters actually do call him "old man" from time to time), the opening implies he had Bob Morton's role as overseer of the RoboCop project.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: While much more moral than his employees and the other heads of OCP in the franchise, he is still greedy, willing to rush out products without fully testing them, and as revealed via blackmail in "When Justice Fails", willing to engage in insider trading. That said, he is genuinely horrified when he learns about the products' flaws or when he learns of the crimes his employees have done, and will pull the products off the market and will try to make things right and was willing to call off the space-tram launch in "When Justice Fails" when he learns of the cyrofuel's flaws.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": As is tradition with the boss of OCP, his real name is never revealed, but much like the CEO in RoboCop 3, he's referred to by his job title.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He's not evil, but he lets his greed get the better of him, rushing out products and initiatives without proper testing and willing to engage in insider trading. That said, he can be horrified when he learns about these ideas and initiatives hurting or impairing people, and is willing to call off things or pull products—even if he isn't honest as to why they're being pulled.note 
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to many things illegal and immoral OCP does.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Is willing to make up for mistakes OCP has caused.
  • Secret Keeper: Is this for Alex and Diana.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Diana and Murphy are more than willing to call him out on his bullshit.

Russell Murphy

Alex Murphy's father and a retired police captain, he helps out his son when two cases from his past come back to haunt him and OCP.

Played by Martin Milner

  • Fantastic Racism: Underestimates Robo in the early part of "The Human Factor", he comes around by the end. Then comes "Corporate Raiders"...
  • Outliving One's Offspring: He's unaware his son was resurrected as RoboCop until the end of "Corporate Raiders".
  • So Proud of You: At the end of "Corporate Raiders" Robo declares that he's still a cop, to which Russell proudly agrees.
  • Secret Keeper: He learns that Robo is in fact Alex, who swears him to secrecy.
  • That One Case: While both of his appearances deal with cases from his past, "Corporate Raiders" is this trope as Tessa Stark didn't have enough evidence on her to be convicted before she returned years later.note 

William Ray "Pudface" Morgan

RoboCop's archenemy, he was disfigured in an accident of his own making during an encounter with Robo. Blaming Robo for it, he has decided to seek revenge.

Played by James Kidnie

  • Adaptation Name Change: As given in the pilot, Morgan's backstory is essentially that of Emil Antonowsky, the thug who got doused with toxic waste in RoboCop (1987) movie—except that, unlike Emil, Pudface didn't die of it (and getting run over by a car).
  • Arch-Enemy: Robo's.
  • Cop Killer: Wants to be, considering all the times he's tried to kill Murphy.
  • The Dragon: To Mallardo and Chayken in the pilot and finale.
  • Facial Horror: He was disfigured in an accident he caused.
  • Hero Killer: Tries to be. The closest he came to this was the pilot where he took Robo out for a good chunk of the second act.
  • Never My Fault: According to Parks, the accident that disfigured him was his own fault, though Pudface chooses to blame Murphy for it.
  • Not in the Face!: Yells at Murphy to not punch him in the face. Murphy is more than willing to ignore this.

Dr. Cray Z. Mallardo

A scientist at OCP, he murdered several homeless men for his Neurobrain project before settling on Chip Chayken's secretary Diana Powers.

Played by Cliff DeYoung

  • Evil Vegetarian: Dr. Cray Z. Mallardo, although being a vegetarian has little to do with him being a villain.
  • Mad Scientist: He's the one who created Neurobrain.
  • Punny Name: His first name and middle initial are "Cray Z," and his last name references a species of duck.
  • The Paranoiac: Shown to be paranoid.
  • Serial Killer: He killed a bunch of homeless people for the Neurobrain project until he settled on Diana.

Chip Chayken

An executive at OCP, he employed the Dogtown Gang to do the kidnapping for Mallardo's Neurobrain, before becoming an accessory to his secretary's murder.

Played by John Rubinstein

Reggie Braga

A cartel boss in Old Detroit.

Played by Daniel Kash

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Molotov confronts him in "Tin Man" after he tried to horn in on his turf. Only the titular vigilante stops Motolov from killing Braga.
  • The Cartel: He's a South American crime boss.
  • Enemy Mine: With Molotov to stop the Tin Man.

Vlad "Stitch" Molotov

A crime boss is Old Detroit. His debut appearance, "Prime Suspect", shows that the mayor is in his pocket.

Played by Hrant Alianak

  • Berserk Button: Calling him "Stitch" is a good way to shorten your life.
  • Enemy Mine: With Braga to stop the Tin Man.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He had a scar on the side of his face that is the source of his Berserk Button nickname.
  • I Have Your Wife: Tries to kidnap Gadget in "Mother's Day" to stop Parks from testifying against him, even going as far as to employ two of Pudface's goons and Gadget's real mother.
  • The Mafiya: He's a Russian crime boss.
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