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Anime and Manga

  • In a scene in Great Teacher Onizuka, Onizuka pulls Teshigawara through a wall just like in the movie.
  • Episode 9 of the first Sailor Moon anime sees Ami's computer as Sailor Mercury list Murphy's prime directives.

Films: Animated

Films: Live-Action

  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang has a TV series very similar to it called Proto Cop. Harry tried stealing a doll of the title character, and Harmony had her home invaded by its star, in costume.
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  • Towards the end of Home Alone, Kevin calls the cops and says in a forged, deep voice that's he's being robbed, gives them the address and calls himself "Murphy".
  • The infamous 1987 film, R.O.T.O.R., was heavily inspired by RoboCop and The Terminator.
  • Dredd has Judge Dredd warn a group of perps that "[they] have twenty seconds to comply" before he and Anderson attack them. His manner of speech is even quite similar to ED-209's in the delivery.
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux has the Body-Count Competition scene comparing the film's death count to both RoboCop and Total Recall (1990).

Live-Action Television

  • Saved by the Bell:
    • The episode "Screech's Birthday" has Screech portraying Robocop in an Imagine Spot as a hall monitor.
    • In "Miss Bayside", as Screech decides to be a magician for his talent portion of the pageant, his assistant, his robot Kevin, is dressed in a tux and jokes how he has a date with Robocop's kid sister.
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  • I Love The 80s Strikes Back: The "I Love '87" episode has the panelists talking about their love of the original 1987 film.
  • Family Matters: Steve's sentient robot, Robo-Nerd, was inspired by the film.
  • Full House: In "Mr. Egghead" after a mishap leads to Stephanie breaking her nose, she is frightened by Picture Day, feeling that the other kids will call her "Robo Nose".
  • In Red Dwarf, Lister's attempt to become a superhuman in "DNA" results in him becoming a miniature version of RoboCop.
  • Sledge Hammer! did a full episode, "Hammeroid", parodying RoboCop wherein Sledge is rebuilt as a cyborg to continue fighting crime.


  • Brazilian band Mamonas Assassinas had the song "Robocop Gay", comparing an operated transvestite to a cyborg.

Video Games

  • The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark: The protagonists visit Ireland and get in a conversation with a barman about the differences between Irish and American currency. The barman quotes Bixby Snyder's catchphrase "I'd buy that for a dollar!".
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  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon may as well exist purely to get as many references to the film into a game. From Rex's backstory on how he became a cyber commando being very similar to to Robocop's creation, to the sniper rifle being the Cobra Automatic, to even his pistol not only being the Auto 9, but the in-game name being the AJM 9, a nod to Robocop's full name, Alex James Murphy. The bio for it even flat out admits it's named after him ("The gun was built and named in honor of a fallen DPD cop who fell in the line of duty fighting the creeps of the Detroit megaslums and industrial wastelands").

Web Original

  • Boots to Reboots reviewed the 2014 version, comparing it negatively to the original.
  • Honest Trailers did a trailer for the original R-rated 1987 version on account of their disappointment for the PG-13 rated 2014 reboot.
  • The Nostalgia Critic: His review of Inspector Gadget (1999) begins with some history about the cartoon explaining that he was a half-man, half-cyborg cop, which then leads to a poster of the 1987 film that makes him say, "Uh, no. This one was funny...", which then leads to a poster of RoboCop 3 and for him to stress "Intentionally funny!"
  • The Irate Gamer did both a dual review and a sole review of the various video games.
  • Phelous did two different episodes of Bootleg Zones about two different knockoff RoboCop toys.
  • The protagonist of Space Scumbag (an Abridged Series of Mass Effect 3) is named "TJ Laser," the title of Murphy's son's favorite TV show.

Western Animation

  • A Beavis And Butthead episode had the boys watching it on TV it a new ending where he apparently saved Christmas for a mall full of shoppers, to both of their disgust.
  • The Simpsons:
    • One episode had a spoof where Homer is watching the show and is impressed with it until it's revealed that he's now a single father of a baby Robocop who walks into the room and says "I love you, Daddy" to the sounds of an audience awwing at the display.
    • One future episode has Springfield Police Department crewed entirely by RoboCops.
    • Another episode has Professor Frink and his son building an ED-209 expy.
  • The Critic: Jay reviews a movie where the Robocop-esque character is deactivated whenever someone claps ala The Clapper. He is seen arresting someone, only for them to interrupt him and for him to beg, "Please don't do that."
  • DuckTales (1987) character Fenton Crackshell's superhero alter ego, Gizmoduck, was inspired by the film's title character.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "Burning Down The Bayit", there's a Cutaway Gag showing that even RoboCop had a day off.
    • An early episode had an ED-209 Expy as a hall monitor, predictably failing to recognise when a student presented a hall pass.
  • Earthworm Jim: In one of the flashback scenes in the second season premiere, “The Origin of Peter Puppy”, one of the suits Peter tries out resembles RoboCop.

Alternative Title(s): Robo Cop 1987