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YMMV / RoboCop

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The film series as a whole provides examples of:

  • Anvilicious: Frank Miller, Irvin Kershner and especially Paul Verhoeven are not aiming for subtlety here (in fact, Verhoeven has never even heard of such a concept). The movies gleefully raise Anviliciousness to an art form, bombarding the viewer with Drugs Are Bad and There Are No Good Executives.
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  • Awesome Music: The main theme is a suitable precursor to Klendathu Drop.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The satirical humor goes over the heads of a lot of younger viewers, making the TV commercials and news spots seem out of place and strange.
  • Complete Monster: Now with a page.
  • Dork Age: The attempts to aim the franchise towards children, RoboCop 3, RoboCop: The Series, and RoboCop: Alpha Commando, were not well-received by the fandom because of their exact purpose: toning down what'd been a very adult-set of films to little kids. Despite the attempts made by RoboCop: Prime Directives and the reboot, the franchise hasn't recovered.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The ED-209. Who's a cute widdle stupid Mecha Mook? Yes you are, yes you are! That nigh-unstoppable killing machine had a wide audience as a kids' toy.
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  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Paul Verhoeven states that Murphy / RoboCop was deliberately conceived as a Christ figure. He dies an incredibly torturous death, gets resurrected, walks on water, and is the people's only hope in this Crapsack World. Also, he kicks ass.
  • First Installment Wins: RoboCop (1987) is an undisputed action/sci-fi classic, and set a benchmark that future Robocop media would struggle to meet.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: When you realize that Detroit really is hopelessly bankrupt, rundown and full of rampant crime. On July 18, 2013, Detroit officially filed for bankruptcy, becoming the biggest municipal bankruptcy in US history.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Robocop depicted a futuristic Detroit as a bankrupt, crime-ridden city. Sadly, since this movie has come out, present day Detroit has become bankrupt and overrun by crime. In addition, the city has increasingly started to rely more on private security services as their number of police officers dwindle.
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  • Iron Woobie: Robocop.
  • Memetic Mutation: Robert Cop, an infamous bootleg Robocop toy.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Blogger Supergay Detroit argued that a Robocop Statue built in Detroit by the residents would be "insulting to Detroit and to Detroiters who have lived here through the worst. The reason Detroit is the setting for Robocop is because the city is considered a hellhole. Robocop may be a man/machine who overcomes injustice, but the Detroit in that movie is no compliment. The statue would serve as a perpetual reminder that Detroit holds the distinction of being the most believable dystopia in America."
  • Nightmare Fuel: Here.
  • Scapegoat Creator: Frank Miller for the second and third movies. His name may be in the credits, but his scripts did suffer a severe amount of Executive Meddling.
  • Sequelitis: 2 and to a greater extent, 3. The remake was widely agreed to not be up to the standard of the original.
  • Special Effects Failure: People are split on the 'Go-Motion' animation of non-RoboCop robots (ED-209, RoboCain and the prototype robots at the beginning of film two). To some, they only look real whenever they remain still, but look clunky when they start to movie. But to others, this is justified because of their robotic nature.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Children everywhere loved RoboCop as much as their parents did, even though the black comedy and political satire went over their heads; they just saw him as a cool superhero who fights bad guys. Apparently their parents didn't notice that all the hyper-violence, gore, sexual themes and depictions of hard drug use might not be appropriate for children, judging by the number of people today who saw it at that age when it first came out.

The Alpha Commando cartoon series provides examples of:

  • Complete Monster: Mr. Brink is the leader of DARC (Directorate for Anarchy, Revenge, and Chaos), a terrorist organization that serves as the primary threat of the series. In the three part pilot, Justice Reborn, he instructs DARC to assassinate the premiere of Naugmenastan to cause a war so they can sell weapons to the country, eventually deciding to bomb the room the premiere is in and kill everyone. His organization continues to commit atrocities throughout the series, including converting Francesca Alliata into a cyborg slave to make her bomb a city; attempting to nuke all of the world's capitals; and trying to destroy a plane filled with the Goodwill ambassadors from the Asian Alliance nations, which would cause the Asian Alliance to declare war on the world, allowing DARC to sell weapons to the highest bidders. In the Family Reunion two part episode, Brink sends robots to take over New Detroit, and kidnaps Robocop's family, threatening to kill them if he tries to stop him. Though Brink himself is not seen again, his organization continues to perform evil actions, such as trying to destroy the world's landmarks with a laser, and supplying a corrupt gentleman with a detonator that will allow him to destroy a ship.
  • Dork Age: Given it's a children cartoon and Murphy being portrayed in a manner akin to Inspector Gadget, it really didn't help the state of the franchise following RoboCop 3 and RoboCop: The Series.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: In spite of the cartoon’s general lack of quality, David Sobolov turns in a great and sincere performance as Robocop, managing to capture the character’s basic humanity.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Despite being an animated series for families, at least one episode contains Body Horror and a moment of literal Scenery Nudity.


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