- This article deals with the cyborg. For the model cop and world class husband, see Alex Murphy. For other articles with this title, see RoboCop (disambiguation).
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"Murphy! It's you!"
OCP restructured the Detroit Police Department with "prime candidates" according to risk factor, as another victim of criminality was soon expected to be found. After the failed presentation of the ED prototype, Morton approached the Old Man over the protests of Dick Jones. The Old Man was curious enough to invite Morton and his staff for a full presentation of his RoboCop program.
After receiving the call from the emergency room, the scientists and surgeons at Security Concepts swung into action, harvesting what was left of the brutally slain police officer Alex Murphy's organic components: parts of his digestive tract, what was left of his brain, several organs and his left arm, though the arm was later amputated at the behest of Morton, effectively turning Murphy's remains into the OCP Crime Prevention Unit 001, or RoboCop, as he was more widely known, a cyborg with computer and mechanically assisted reflexes, memory and a 'lifetime' of law enforcement programming and a selection of dynamic software for plotting strategies and ballistic vectors in any situation.
Bob Morton observed RoboCop's initial evaluation and testing personally and was impressed with his marksmanship trials, during which he shot the cardboard head off a humanoid target. After being assigned to the Metro West precinct, RoboCop's first field test was just as impressive, during which he used his advanced on-board technology to stop a convenience store robber, then plot a vector for a bullet to sail harmlessly through a female hostage's skirt and cripple a would-be rapist. Later on, on the very same night, he used thermographic vision to save the then Mayor from the clutches of a maniacal politician.
However, not everything was proceeding quite well, according to OCP's initial projections. As Alex Murphy had had his memories erased, and on-board programming directing his actions, it was assumed that every scintillum of Murphy's personality had died with him on the operating table. But this proved not to be entirely true. One night, as the machine was at rest and sitting in his chair, he began to experience detailed synaptic response: a vivid dream of his former life, torture, and death at the hands of Clarence Boddicker and his gang. RoboCop woke suddenly, and, ignoring the science team's protestations, walked out of the precinct.
Coincidentally, Murphy's partner, Officer Lewis was just on her way in with a suspect and her new partner. Having noticed RoboCop twirling his gun into his holster during calibration earlier in the week (a habit she witnessed Murphy perform before his death), she went to him and, after a few tries, managed to get his attention, then told him he was Murphy. RoboCop hesitated, seemingly unable to process the data, before continuing on his way out.
After driving around the city looking for crime, RoboCop spotted Emil Antonowsky of Boddicker's gang holding up a gas station and closed in, managing to get the drop on him and ordering him to give it up. In the ensuing panic and eruption of gunfire and gasoline, Emil recognized RoboCop and related to him that he and the gang had killed Murphy. RoboCop was stunned, playing Emil's statement back to himself several times. Just managing to regain his sanity in time to prevent Emil's getaway by firing at his motorcycle and sending him smashing into a parked car, RoboCop pressed Emil for more information, but, injured and in shock, Emil could physically say no more.
Heading back to Metro West, RoboCop barged into the Detroit Police Department's record room and used his built-in interface hardware to jack into the database, uploading his stored video of Emil and identifying his known accomplices. Recognizing Clarence from his dream as the man who fired the final, fatal shot, RoboCop examined Clarence's felony rap sheet and discovered he was a suspect in the murder of Officer Alex Murphy.
Compelled to discover who he used to be, RoboCop traveled to his old family home at 548 Primrose Lane, finding it empty, up for sale, and vandalized. As he walked through the empty rooms, an automated salesman stipulated the perks and benefits of the house, and RoboCop's staccato visions and disjointed memories entirely took over his perceived reality. He saw Murphy's wife and son, and emotions coursed through him, but he was ultimately left with an empty, cold room in a vacant house. He turned to leave, confused and angry, pausing only to throw his metal fist through the screen of the automated salesman.
First tracking down gang member Leon Nash to a nightclub, RoboCop found out from him that Clarence was doing business with Sal at a drug factory set up in an old supermarket. RoboCop demonstrated his highly advanced targeting system again by marking the positions of potential shooters, tracking them, and opening fire - with deadly accuracy - when the shot was right, often without even having to physically look at the target.
During the brutal shootout, Sal, Steve Minh, and all the factory workers were killed. Joe Cox was accidentally incapacitated after getting Steve's shotgun slammed in his face, and Clarence was left alone, trapped in an empty office as RoboCop closed in on him. He roughly pulled Boddicker to his feet, reading him his rights and throwing him about the factory until Clarence proclaimed he worked for Dick Jones, second-in-command of OCP. Still disinterested, RoboCop moved in and wrapped a powerful hand around Boddicker's neck and began throttling him. However, Clarence's last words triggered his third directive, and thus the former Alex Murphy spared his killer.
Later, he brought a handcuffed Clarence to Metro West and threw him to the cops therein, who were all crowded around Sgt. Warren Reed and threatening strike action because of the monumental amount of deaths and injuries the beat cops were suffering. As he turned to leave, he made it clear that Clarence was the one responsible for most of them.
After leaving the precinct, RoboCop made his way to Dick Jones. However, on approaching the grand glass doors to Jones' office, the doors swung open and Jones casually greeted him, even agreeing to be arrested and taken to the station. However, as RoboCop closed in, his firmware went into spasm, warning him that he had performed some hitherto unknown violation. Dick Jones gleefully revealed that he had a vital part in designing RoboCop's psychological profile, most importantly a directive which precluded him from arresting any senior member of OCP. Using every ounce of strength, RoboCop managed to draw his firearm, but could not bring it to bear.
Whilst RoboCop was wrestling with his malfunctioning software, Dick Jones unveiled his own Security Concepts crime-fighting machine: an ED-209. As it approached the crippled RoboCop, Dick Jones gloated, "I had to kill Bob Morton because he made a mistake. Now it's time to erase that mistake!" ED-209 opened fire, throwing RoboCop through the heavy set of double doors in a shower of glass and splinters. As he pulled himself upright, ED-209 delivered an uppercut powerful enough to bust open RoboCop's visor and threw him across the office to land heavily on the marble floor.
Before he could get to his feet, the droid was upon him. It raised its cannon, the muzzle hovering mere inches from RoboCop's face, and prepared to execute him, but RoboCop grabbed the droid's arm and deflected its aim, then directed the blazing cannon into the other arm, which exploded, stunning the machine and allowing RoboCop to escape to a staircase. ED-209 tripped and fell behind him, unable to get up, thrashing wildly on the landing, allowing RoboCop to escape.
However, on staggering through the door to the parking lot, RoboCop was confronted by heavily armed SWAT team members and a load of cops, aiming lights and the muzzles of pistols, shotguns, submachine-guns and assault rifles at him. The SWAT team Lieutenant, Hedgecock, announced to the group that they were there to destroy RoboCop. Kaplan and a few other precinct cops protested, but their concerns fall upon deaf ears, and they walked off in disgust.
Meanwhile, the others opened fire, crippling RoboCop's leg, chewing holes in his armor, and the cyborg stumbled toward the multi-story parking lot's internal wall, throwing himself over, and rolling between and beneath the different levels and out of sight of the SWAT team, finding himself bathed in the lights of another police cruiser, occupied by Lewis, who hurriedly helped him aboard before escaping the scene.
Heavily damaged, RoboCop effected some repairs as he hid out at the steel mill while Lewis went off to the deserted police station and brought back some tools and supplies. After sorting out the servos in his arm and leg, RoboCop removed his damaged helmet and sadly reminisced about the life he could not remember. His memories were broken and disjointed, but the emotions haunted him deeply. His targeting system was also damaged, but, with some help aiming from Lewis, he soon reset it to good order. Moments later, a black 6000 SUX and a beat up panel van cruise into the foundry, disgorging the remaining members of Boddicker's gang, all armed with heavy weapons. RoboCop reloaded his gun, told Lewis to get the car, and prepared for the final showdown.
Moving out of sight of the gang, RoboCop managed to get above and behind them upon a catwalk. As the gang stalked further into the complex, jittery and on edge, he frizzed a sheet of scrap metal across the roadway, where it clattered loudly to the floor. The gang turned in unison and opened fire, but realize they had not hit their intended target. RoboCop called out from behind them, and immediately fired a lethal three burst volley of fire at Joe. He then retreated before the others could aim any decent shots.
Emil caught up to him first, aiming to run RoboCop down in the gang's van, but the cyborg sent him ducking for cover with another burst of fire and he lost control, colliding his van through the shell of a vat marked "Toxic Waste." RoboCop half turned to observe the hapless Emil washed out of the walk-through van's rear doors, struggling in the chemical surf.
RoboCop went after Leon, who nimbly skirted around the silos and machinery, squeezing off the occasional ineffective shot, but, as RoboCop moved through the site, he came upon Clarence in a shallow drainage canal by his upturned SUX, putting round after round from his gun into and around Lewis, who collapsed bonelessly into the waters. RoboCop managed to get close enough to distract him mere seconds before Clarence would have executed her, and feigned giving up, tossing his pistol into the water and surrendering. RoboCop stepped closer, pistol raised, as Clarence backed off, confused and pleading for his life. Suddenly, a sound made him look up, just in time to register a ton of girders, scrap and other assorted chunks of metal that piledrive him into the ground from a massive crane that Leon had been operating as Clarence was stalling him.
Just as Clarence and Leon celebrated, Lewis managed to fire off a shot from Clarence's discarded assault cannon, which annihilated Leon and the control room, sending Clarence into a rage. He grabbed a length of scrap and splashed over to RoboCop, proceeding to batter him mercilessly. RoboCop managed to deflect a few of the blows, but an upended plunging strike got through his parry, penetrated a fissure in his breastplate. RoboCop screamed in pain, and Clarence brought his face in close as he spat a final goodbye to the cyborg. RoboCop unsheathed his dataspike and stabbed Clarence through the neck, opening a sufficiently lethal wound that killed Clarence in moments. Desperately, RoboCop called to Lewis, who was in bad shape. RoboCop reassured her not to worry, as OCP could put anything back together.
RoboCop made his way to the OCP headquarters. As soon as he pulled up outside the building, an ED-209 clocked him and strode quickly over, citing a parking violation. RoboCop slung a Cobra assault cannon across the roof and fired it at the ED-209 twice, blowing the entire "head" from the legs of the machine, sending them staggering before collapsing in a twitching heap of scrap.
He then reached the boardroom, bursting in just as Dick Jones was finishing an eloquent piece of wordplay. The executives inside were shocked, but the Old Man managed to stay calm, asking how they could help RoboCop, who answered him, accusing Dick Jones of murder. Jones tried to defend himself and the Old Man asked RoboCop what evidence he had of the allegations. RoboCop brandished his data spike - now tarnished with Clarence's dried blood - into the computer suite in the wall. On the TV monitor, Dick Jones's face appeared, saying twice, "I had to kill Bob Morton because he made a mistake. Now it's time to erase that mistake!" Jones, panicking, leaped into action, running for a pistol on display in the boardroom with which, once he was armed with it, he held the Old Man hostage. RoboCop drew his own weapon, but Dick wrapped an arm around the Old Man, jammed the gun into his head. Jones began shouting demands as RoboCop waited, weapon at the ready, unable to fire due to the continued effects of Directive 4.
The Old Man hollered for Dick's attention and immediately terminated Dick's employment. RoboCop thanked him as Directive 4 instantly became nullified and opened fire on Jones, sending him staggering to the massive glass windows and sent Jones crashing through it to his death.
Casually straightening his tie, the Old Man looked up. "Nice shooting, son," he asked RoboCop. "What's your name?" RoboCop turned to look at the Old Man, answering with a faint smile, "Murphy."
The Nuke Cult
Over the next year, Old Detroit sank deeper into decay and chaos was on the rise. During this time, RoboCop, Lewis, and Reed were transferred to Metro North as a new drug began hitting the streets called "Nuke." A bizarre cult formed around the drug and its creator, a man called Cain.
Many of the police went on strike once again, but RoboCop and Lewis remained on duty to fight against the resulting crime spree. Despite the criminals's attempt to destroy him, RoboCop responded to a gun store robbery, incapacitating those responsible, finding Nuke in one of their cars. He demanded the surviving robber tell him where Nuke was made, but only learned where he got it from.
He made his way there, finding a manufacturing facility for the drug. RoboCop raided the facility and was joined by Lewis in the effort, but failed to arrest Cain or his immediate followers, Angie, Catzo, and the youth Hob, who he was physically unable to target due to his programming. He was shot by Hob in the head, mildly concussing him and triggering a memory of Murphy's son, Jimmy, playing catch with him. 
He then recovered, hearing a baby crying. He saw the baby being held hostage by one of Cain's henchmen, who threatened its mother as Lewis aimed her gun at the henchman. RoboCop ordered Lewis to stay put and used his plot trajectory to accurately shoot the assailant in the head, killing him. Lewis saved the baby from hitting the floor and handed it to its mother, who thanked them and fled the scene, as Lewis complimented RoboCop's marksmanship.
RoboCop's memory trigger prompted him to stalk Murphy's widow and son as he recalled further memories. Murphy's widow took legal action, prompting RoboCop to be confronted by OCP lawyer Holzgang, who demanded he accept his identity as a machine and to deny his humanity. Reluctantly, RoboCop complied with their demands. After they left, Murphy's widow visited him and he told her he did not remember her and that her husband was dead.
With Lewis, RoboCop later staked out Hob making the rounds, dealing Nuke at an arcade. Among the customers was Officer Duffy, who gave over police movements in exchange for money and Nuke. RoboCop and Lewis raided the arcade, though Hob managed to overpower Lewis and escape. RoboCop confronted Duffy and demanded to know the whereabouts of Cain, learning he was at an old sludge plant located on the banks of River Rouge.
He sacrificed a police cruiser to a trap set for him outside the facility and made his way in on foot. He confronted Cain, but was torn apart by his followers. His pieces were then dropped off on the sidewalk in front of his precinct.
RoboCop was taken in for repairs, Lewis and his technicians arguing with Holzgang as to whether he was suffering or not. Despite protests from the police, Holzgang refuses to allow funding for RoboCop's repairs. His condition eventually became critical and Reed demanded he be repaired. However, Holzgang suggested that they could possibly just scrap him instead.
He was taken to Dr. Juliette Faxx for repair, but when she did so, she programmed him to deny his humanity and outfitted him with over three hundred new directives which took away his aggression, rendering him useless in his and Lewis's response to an armed robbery committed by a local little league team and their coach. During this, he read Miranda rights to the coach – who had been shot to death by Lewis – and lectured the children instead of giving them any sort of punishment, allowing them to get away in the process. The store owner then berated RoboCop, who silenced him by grabbing his neck and bidding him have a good day.
Lewis took him back to the precinct where he was examined by his technicians, who discovered what Faxx had done to him, though they were unable to undo it with the equipment they had. They suggested an electrical surge of several thousand volts could do it and hope his insulation protected his brain, but believed it would more likely kill him. Silently deciding to take that risk, RoboCop marched outside to the precinct's power supply, short-circuiting and shocking himself and thereby eliminating all his directives. Having successfully undone Faxx's tampering, he urged his fellow officers to end their strike, asking them rhetorically, "Are we cops?" He then led them in a raid on the sludge plant.
As Cain tried to escape the assault, he drove a truck into RoboCop, who managed to latch onto it. Cain drove recklessly through the city, knocking RoboCop off the truck with a utility pole. Undeterred, RoboCop commandeered a nearby motorcycle and played a game of chicken with Cain. At the last second, RoboCop jumped through Cain's windshield and apprehended him.
He later responded to a disturbance at River Rouge, finding that it had been attacked and that everyone inside was dead, except Hob, who died just after RoboCop discovered him. As RoboCop comforted him in his final moments, Hob told him that something "big," which he believed to be Cain, was responsible for the massacre.
RoboCop attended the unveiling of Delta City and RoboCop 2, a cyborg that used the remains of Cain. The Nuke-addicted cyborg attempted to take a canister of the drug from the Old Man and upon spotting RoboCop, it activated its weaponry and opened fire on the crowd. The two cyborgs fought throughout the Civic Centrum and up to the roof. RoboCop pulled himself and Cain off the roof, plummeting through the ground into an underground facility, where the battle continued.
After fending off Cain, RoboCop managed to go back into the Centrum and find the canister of Nuke that the Old Man had presented, while Cain wreaked havoc outside. Back outdoors, after Cain recovered from being run over by Lewis, RoboCop had Lewis throw the Nuke to Cain, distracting him as he consumed the drug. RoboCop then took the opportunity to jump onto Cain's back and extract his brain, promptly crushing it.
Lewis complained about the Old Man not facing legal issues following the fiasco. RoboCop urged her to have patience, remarking, "We're only human."
Fighting the Rehabs
Eventually, OCP was bought out by the Japanese Kanemitsu Corporation and organized a police force called the Urban Rehabilitators, or "Rehabs," who were deployed to evict citizens from Cadillac Heights in order to speed up the process of building Delta City. This was all done under the guise of simply trying to reduce crime in Old Detroit. Also during this time, RoboCop, Lewis, and Reed were reassigned back to the Metro West precinct.
After Lewis's and two other officers's failed pursuit of a group suspected of breaking into a police armory, RoboCop took over the chase. However, he dropped out when he received a transmission from Lewis, requesting backup, ignoring orders from Reed to continue pursuit. Driving off the top of a parking garage to reach them, he arrived to Lewis and the other two officers, who were in Splatterpunks territory. He fended off the gang with his new gunarm. He tracked the two remaining Splatterpunks, who set him on fire before he managed to apprehend them. Anne drove him back to the precinct, witnessing the Rehabs in action along the way and nearly hitting a young girl, who RoboCop watched as she made her way into a church.
He was examined by his technician, Dr. Marie Lazarus. OCP executive Jeff Fleck came and questioned why RoboCop had violated his orders to continue the pursuit. Lazarus argued that the reason was obviously the fact that RoboCop still had humanity. Fleck commanded her to eradicate RoboCop's emotions to make him fit for the Rehab team. He then began having flashbacks again to Murphy's life and his recording of the little girl.
He entered a police briefing, noting the church to be a place of interest, prompting him to search the police database before leaving with Lewis, asking her if she had a family and urging her to call him Murphy. They arrived at the church, finding a group of refugees from Cadillac Heights. However, the Rehabs arrived just after them, led by Paul McDaggett. RoboCop struggled between serving the public trust and upholding the law. Unable to oppose McDaggett physically, he shot around McDaggett's feet and warned McDaggett that he was making a mistake. Lewis told the Rehabs that they would have to shoot through her and RoboCop. This prompted McDaggett and the Rehabs to open fire, mortally wounding Lewis and damaging RoboCop. The refugees then came to his aid as he took Lewis into the church. He laid her down at the altar, where she died, making Murphy promise to avenge her.
He joined the refugee resistance fighters, learning the girl's name to be Nikko Halloran. They managed to escape from the Rehabs by going to a hideout in the sewers. He collapsed due to the damage he sustained and was carried into the hideout. There, his tracking device was removed.
Robo was taken to the group's main hideout, where they unsuccessfully attempted to repair him. He urged them to find Dr. Lazarus and thank her for not taking his memories away. Nikko soon returned with Lazarus and the appropriate equipment to repair RoboCop. Lazarus and the resistance group successfully repaired him, also deleting his Directive 4, now declassified and stated as, "Never oppose an OCP officer."
Nikko spoke to Murphy, asking if he would stay and help them. She also mentioned looking forward to reuniting with her parents, prompting RoboCop to recall his search through the police database, recalling that her parents were listed as deceased. Murphy then told her if she could remember her parents, then they were never really gone. Nikko then fell asleep on RoboCop's leg and Lazarus came to check on them.
RoboCop was then outfitted with a flightpack designed by Lazarus and had a flashback to Lewis' death. However, he threw off the flightpack and took his gunarm to deal with "unfinished business." He went to Metro West, where Reed directed him to the Rehab Staging Area. There, he fought against the Rehabs and demanded the whereabouts of McDaggett.
He arrived at the Mitchell St. Hotel, finding several Rehabs before reaching McDaggett's room, where he also discovered resistance member Coontz meeting with the Rehab leader. However, McDaggett managed to escape. RoboCop commandeered a pimp's car to pursue McDaggett, who managed to slip away again by throwing money into the street to be collected by a group of children, RoboCop refusing to drive through them.
RoboCop returned to the hideout, abandoned by the rebels after an assault by the Rehabs. He was ambushed by an Otomo, a model of ninja android manufactured by the Kanemitsu Corporation. After losing his left forearm and hand to the Otomo, he equipped his gunarm and blew its head off. After hearing a broadcast from Lazarus, urging the people of Detroit to oppose OCP, he crawled to the flightpack.
Using the flightpack and his gunarm, RoboCop came to the aid of the Detroit Police Department in their firefight against the Rehabs, who had also employed the Splatterpunks. He then infiltrated OCP headquarters and charged McDaggett with Lewis's murder. He was faced with two more Otomo as a grinning McDaggett watched. They knocked him to the floor as Nikko and Lazarus arrived. McDaggett threatened to kill them just as Nikko hacked the Otomo, causing each of them to destroy the other. McDaggett then revealed the Otomo would self-destruct, prompting RoboCop to re-requip his flightpack and escape with Nikko and Lazarus as the Otomo exploded, killing McDaggett.
Lazarus's transmission had a shattering effect on Omni Consumer Products; it caused a massive sell-off by investors and the value of its stock plunged to total worthlessness, financially ruining the company. Kanemitsu later approached RoboCop and bowed to him. The just-fired CEO of OCP approached him, asking, "What do they call you, Murphy?" However, RoboCop responded, "My friends call me Murphy. You call me RoboCop."
RoboCop was later transferred to Metro South, where he was partnered with Lisa Madigan, who managed to figure out his identity. There, he was serviced by Charlie Lippencott. At some point, RoboCop arrested William Ray Morgan. During the arrest, Morgan was scarred by his own toxins, causing him to seek revenge on RoboCop.
Five years after this arrest, Morgan was back on the streets and took hostages at Convalescence Services, demanding the police to send in RoboCop or else he kill his prisoners. Upon his arrival, Morgan destroyed RoboCop's cruiser with a rocket and he emerged uninjured. Drawing his pistol, he entered the building and pacified Morgan's accomplices before confronting their leader. As Morgan stated his intent for revenge, RoboCop destroyed the detonator to Morgan's explosives and arrested him, sending him flying out of the building in a wheelchair into the hands of Murphy's fellow authorities.
After this arrest, Madigan informed him that she had earlier taken the exam for the rank of detective, to which RoboCop voiced his approval. After arriving at the station, Madigan learned that she was in the upper ten percent of those who tested.
Reporting to Lippencott no damage aside from his cruiser, RoboCop was presented the TurboCruiser, which Lippencott designed and asked that it not suffer the same fate as Murphy's previous vehicle. Just then, a girl called Gadget ran into the room and called RoboCop her hero, prompting a memory of Murphy's son Jimmy saying the same thing. After Gadget was removed from the room by Parks, Madigan noticed that RoboCop had recalled a memory and urged him to hell his wife and son his identity. However, Murphy refused, believing it would be better if they continued to think he was dead.
Later, Gadget returned to the station and Parks assigned RoboCop to return her to Family Services. En route, RoboCop determined that she was most likely telling the truth that she had witnessed the Dogtown Ripper and the Dogtown Boys abduct Henry Aaron Winkler.He asked her to elaborate, learning that the Ripper was a man in a suit and needed Winkler's brain for OCP.
Gadget took Murphy inside, showing him that Fanny LaMour, who ran Family Services, did not truly care for children. Just then Murphy saw his wife go to LaMour, searching for Jimmy, who had run away after getting in trouble because of his grades. She showed LaMour a video she had made of him the previous Christmas. This prompted RoboCop to recall several memories. He excused himself, saying that somewhere, a crime was happening. As he drove away, he recalled further memories of his family and of his death at the hands of Clarence Boddicker and his gang.
Murphy went to the morgue with Madigan to view the remains of Winkler, whose brain had been removed. The coroner insisted that the killing was most likely performed by a doctor. Recalling Gadget saying that Winkler's eyes "were still alive," RoboCop examined his retinas, as they held the last image Winkler saw. However, he could not immediately extract a clear image and resorted to enhancing it with the police database. With this, he determined Dr. Cray Z. Mallardo to be the last person he victim saw.
RoboCop informed Madigan as he arrived at Mallardo's lab. As he went to arrest Mallardo, the scientist feigned police brutality at the hands of Murphy. As he put Mallardo into the TurboCruiser, Chip Chayken and Morgan pulled up and Morgan shot RoboCop through the chest, disabling him.
The following day, once Mallardo had control of OCP, the Chairman ordered for RoboCop's reactivation. However, Chip Chayken sabotaged Murphy's memory banks, causing him to suffer from amnesia. Eventually, a holographic Diana Powers came to him and repaired his memory, requesting that he come save her from Mallardo and Chayken at Public Works.
Upon arrival, RoboCop confronted the Dogtown Boys, who stood guard outside. He easily managed to subdue them and was confronted by Morgan. Although being hit by him once, RoboCop deployed an explosive to the balcony, sending Morgan again into the arms of the police. Murphy then made his way inside and uploaded an anti-virus program to save Powers. Mallardo emerged with a high-voltage cable to try to stop RoboCop, instead shutting down the building's power, which quickly rebooted with Powers intact. Mallardo ran for an elevator and Powers trapped him inside so RoboCop could arrested him.
After emerging from the building, he confronted Chayken, who held a syringe to Madigan's neck. Distracted by Murphy, Chayken was then overpowered by Madigan. Seeing his wife come from the crowd to reunited with Murphy's son, Madigan asked him if the time was right to reveal his identity to them, but he declined, saying they needed a husband and father, which he could not provide to them.
RoboCop soon led a corruption investigation into Mayor Fred Friendly and captured footage of him accepting money from Vladimir Molotov. The mayor offered no comment. Moments later, with RoboCop the subject of ongoing protests led by Reverend Robert Taker, he confronted the mob once they stormed the precinct, ordering the unlawful assembly to disperse. Decrying RoboCop's existence as Satanic, Taker confronted the cyborg, but had little effect on Murphy, who again asked the group to disperse. Parks advised that RoboCop leave, his presence only making the protest worse.
Murphy soon pulled over a man for speeding. Faced with resistance from the man, RoboCop tore off his door and the man finally complied. The man then sued the police for $300 million and appeared on Taker's television program with his neck in a brace and his arm in a sling, accusing RoboCop of brutality. Mayor Friendly promised a full investigation into the incident.
Haunted by Taker's claim that he was an abomination, RoboCop went to the church the Murphys had attended, recalling memories of their wedding and the christening of their son. Powers appeared to him, asking him what was wrong. Upon expressing his troubles, Powers assured him that Taker was actually corrupt, despite his wholesome public persona. In regards to Taker's corruption, RoboCop remarked that sometimes the law was not enough.
That night, Taker was murdered and the suspect used an Auto 9 paired with thermographic targeting. This evidence convinced OCP that RoboCop was responsible and they sent Fraker to Metro South to order his shutdown. RoboCop's programming prohibited him from telling Fraker of his activities between midnight and 2:00 AM, a restriction that blocked evidence of his innocence. As Lippencott showed Fraker Murphy's recordings, Madigan arrived, advocating on RoboCop's behalf, insisting that he be left online in order to defend himself in an internal investigation. This position was backed by both Lippencott and Dr. Roger Yung, prompting Fraker to leave, ordering a hearing the following morning.
At his hearing, Fraker examined RoboCop's gun, displaying that it could only be fired by RoboCop. When Friendly ordered a full internal affairs investigation and RoboCop's shutdown pending the results, Murphy feigned taking Madigan hostage so that they could escape in order to continue fighting together for his innocence. However, they were soon cornered at a pier by internal affairs personnel and Murphy asked Madigan to go to them, as they still believed her to be a hostage. With Madigan clear, Murphy continued to not comply with the authorities, instead backing the cruiser into a body of water and escaping into the sewers.
Traversing underground, Murphy found his way to the church, where Madigan soon found him and informed him that Mayor Friendly had been eliminated as a suspect in Taker's murder. Internal affairs agent Smith arrived and pursued Murphy into the tunnels, but he managed to escape after an officer fired his weapon and caused a small cave-in, enough to block off RoboCop. Suffering a circuitry malfunction, RoboCop collapsed.
He requested help from Diana Powers, who came to his aid in contacting Lippencott's lab. He gained assistance from Gadget, who showed him Lippencott's circuitry prototype, which allowed Murphy to make temporary repairs. Powers asked him why he did not present her as his alibi and he explained that people would not understand what she was. As there was a prototype for his circuitry, Murphy reasoned that one must exist for his gun as well, so Powers located it in the possession of Dr. Yung.
After leaving the tunnels, he made a video call to Gadget, learning from her that Lippencott had gone to Dr. Yung's lab. Murphy asked her to contact dispatch, as Lippencott was potentially in danger. As Yung – revealed as the true killer – opened fire on Smith, Madigan, and Lippencott, Murphy arrived, managing to shoot the prototype Auto 9 from Yung's hand and placed him under arrest.
As violent crime rates – aside from murder – rose in Delta City, RoboCop pursued a speeding vehicle. After the pursuit ended, he approached the car, finding a sobbing and apologetic Madigan behind the wheel. He placed her under arrest for speeding, reckless driving, evading arrest, endangering the public, and possession of an impound vehicle.
Shortly after Madigan was placed on suspension, Murphy checked on her in Parks' office, observing her taking a No Gain pill. Nancy Murphy arrived shortly thereafter, prompting RoboCop to recall memories and excuse himself. When Madigan and Nancy got into the latter's car, RoboCop listened in on their conversation, learning that Nancy was beginning to allow herself a social life for the first time since Murphy's death. His eavesdropping was soon interrupted by Diana Powers.
RoboCop later broke up a fight at a drug store and discovered that the scuffle was over a pack of No Gain. He confiscated it as evidence and impounded a crashed No Gain distribution truck as a mob prepared to loot it. Soon, Parks made his way to the vehicle and asked RoboCop to accompany him to a No Gain distribution facility.
Learning that Madigan was being held hostage in the facility, Murphy made his way inside, walking into a trap set by the escaped Pudface Morgan, who was armed with a grenade launcher. Murphy used a can of ISO Flow – a crowd control substance that made surfaces slippery – to cause an explosion at the grenade launcher, knocking Morgan to his feet. Murphy struggled to move across the pool of ISO Flow, allowing Morgan enough time to get back onto the launcher. However, Madigan managed to break free from her restraints and remove a wedge from behind the grenade launcher, causing Morgan to be sent across the room and miss a shot fired at RoboCop. Murphy approached Morgan and knocked him out, asking Madigan to place him under arrest.
Diana Powers arranged with RoboCop a ride-along for him to take the OCP Chairman to Old Detroit, as a result of his indifference toward its citizens. Early in the ride, the Chairman remarked that the insurance companies must have been exploiting it, to which RoboCop pointed out that such companies were owned by OCP. Murphy responded to an alert concerning an ATM, the Chairman becoming dismayed upon learning that the destroyed ATM belonged to OCP.
Hearing a gunshot, RoboCop took the Chairman returned to the TurboCruiser and the Chairman wondered if other policemen would trade places with Murphy if they knew his struggles, to which he said that duty and memories helped him endure. Following the sound of the gunshot, they found the Stompers gang intimidating a car containing Joe and Ami Avery with their ailing son Josh. The gang merely laughed at RoboCop and drove a plow truck into the TurboCruiser – destroying it – then into RoboCop, causing him severe damage.
Once the gang left, Joe and the Chairman came to his aid and took him to a hideout for repair. There, he befriended Josh, who showed him a clown doll that his father repaired, hoping he would be able to do the same for Murphy. Recognizing the close bond between Josh and Joe, Murphy was reminded of his own son, saying such to Josh, albeit referring to Jimmy as a friend.
Joe repaired RoboCop to a certain degree, becoming doubtful when further repairs involved Murphy's brain. With the encouragement of the Chairman and Ami, Joe continued to work, as RoboCop talked him through it. This reached a point where a shutdown of RoboCop was required. Concerned that RoboCop would lose Murphy's identity, he voiced such to RoboCop, who answered, "To be human is to risk."
Joe finished the repairs the following morning, prompting RoboCop to fight off the Stompers as they descended upon the hideout. Backed by the Chairman and Joe, he fought his way to the leader Captain Ethan, who attempted to run down RoboCop with a tow truck. However, the cyborg managed to hang onto the tow truck and hold the tow cable, causing the truck to suddenly stop, throwing Captain Ethan through the windshield and into the arms of the law. As the police arrested the remaining gang members and Josh was loaded into an ambulance, the Chairman went to RoboCop, who confirmed that he was still Murphy.
As Josh awaited a transplant at the Omni Mediplex, black market organ dealers Dave and Louise infiltrated the hospital and took the set of lungs intended for Josh. RoboCop pursued them in his TurboCruiser until Louise managed to shoot out a tire. He later utilized a tracker left on the lung's case, leading him to the car, where a transient slept inside with the case. Murphy quickly determined that the lungs had been replaced with a job and threw the case to allow the bomb to harmlessly detonate. The transient informed RoboCop that he had seen Dave and Louise escape in a van. RoboCop surmised to Madigan that the black market dealers had inside help from someone at the hospital, a conclusion she agreed with.
RoboCop and Madigan investigated the scene of Dr. Otto Gilbert's murder, believing that it was related to Josh Avery. Murphy examined a stack of damaged computer discs, grabbing one as he determined that it could still provide useful data. He took it back to the precinct and discovered the name Ardo Detriti, a name which also appeared on a list of people who owned the model of van the transient saw. Once Madigan left, Murphy asked Diana to conduct research on Detriti in restricted databases.
Diana tracked down Detriti – leader of the black market organ dealers – to a hideout, prompting Murphy and Madigan to make their way there. While Madigan waited outside, Murphy entered the facility and confronted Tom and Jerry, who carried an organ container. The pair surrendered the case and made it out of the building, but were quickly arrested by Madigan. RoboCop found that the container was empty and he and Madigan took Tom and Jerry to the precinct. Learning that Josh's condition was worsening, RoboCop angrily grabbed the criminals and quickly learned that they were working for Vince, who planned to buy the lungs for himself.
Diana showed to RoboCop a call between Detriti and Vince, learning that Detriti and Louise were awaited by a boat to Hawaii. Murphy made his way to a dock where he found the boat as it started to leave. He attached a rope to it and began pulling it back until Detriti threatened to destroy the lungs. Murphy released the boat, but then fired an airbag into the boat, trapping the criminals inside. After Detriti and Louise were captured and Josh's transplant was a success, Diana encouraged Murphy to take a break. However, he declined, knowing that somewhere, a crime was happening.
RoboCop responded to a call at an Omni Militech warehouse, where a group was stealing several weapons. One of these was a plasma cannon which one of the men – who RoboCop recognized as Murphy's childhood friend Frank Uno – used to disable Murphy, causing some damage to his memory.
As Gadget and Charlie performed repairs on RoboCop, Madigan came to him with dogtags she found at the scene, which she found to belong to someone from Hard Company, an elite group of soldiers who had died nine years prior during the ongoing Amazon War. After Madigan left, Charlie installed on RoboCop an electrostatic dampening field to prevent being disabled by the plasma cannon again. As Charlie performed this installation, RoboCop confirmed that the man who shot him was indeed Frank Uno.
After putting himself back online, Murphy found Madigan, who researched a file on Hard Company, who were all listed as having been killed in action and having no next of kin. When Diana appeared to him, RoboCop asked her to search classified files for details on Hard Company. As he watched Frank's foster parents' home, Diana reported back, revealing that just before their deaths, Hard Company had been assigned to a top secret biochemical project called Big Sword and that they were led by General Eugene Omar, the Vice President of Omni Militech.
He summoned Omar to the precinct, he and Madigan presenting evidence that the members of Hard Company were still alive. Omar unsuccessfully lied about having knowledge of this and soon divulged that Hard Company was actually a cover for the Ghost Squad, a volunteer group of soldiers tasked with carrying out top secret missions.
Hard Company soon took over OCP Public Works and their leader, Colonel Albert Brox, demanded that the details of Big Sword or else they destroy MetroNet. Omar and the OCP Chairman refused to give in to the demands, so RoboCop offered to apprehend them alone. On the way there, Diana told Murphy that she was powerless against Hard Company and would die if they destroyed MetroNet.
Upon arrival, he managed to incapacitate Gloria Chung before finding the rest of the group, who attempted to disable RoboCop again with the plasma cannon and to freeze him, but neither were successful. When Frank Uno misfired a weapon, a gaping hole was formed in the floor, sending him and RoboCop to a lower floor. Murphy then learned from Frank that Big Sword was focused around the development of a chemical that would kill people and not plants, and that Hard Company was institutionalized and drugged to keep them from revealing secrets to the public. That was, until they were freed by Colonel Brox and Dr. Rimmer, who planned the crimes committed by the group. When the supposed leaders killed Adam Rakshi and dumped his body near Murphy and Frank, RoboCop asked if Frank still trusted their intentions. RoboCop and Frank then made their way back to Rimmer and Brox, Frank learning that RoboCop was his childhood friend, Alex Murphy.
RoboCop confronted the men, who had extracted Omnium, an element developed by OCP to power MetroNet. After Brox accidentally shot Rimmer with the plasma cannon, RoboCop shot the cannon and caused it to overload, stunning Brox. He then returned Omnium to the core, saving Diana and Delta City. The injured Frank collapsed and began to ask Murphy to deliver a message to his family, but died before he could provide his friend with what to say. RoboCop decided to tell them that Frank died for his country. Back at the precinct, RoboCop hoped that one day, humanity would outgrow war.
The OCP Crime Prevention Unit 001 was afforded the fastest reflexes made possible by modern technology, a memory assisted by an on-board computer, and programmed with a lifetime experience in on-the-street law enforcement.
- Main article: Prime Directives
Fundamental to his operational limits were RoboCop's "Prime Directives," a set of rules, unbreakable and unbendable, that RoboCop is bound to uphold:
- "Serve the public trust"
- "Protect the innocent"
- "Uphold the law"
A fourth directive, of which RoboCop was initially programmed to be unaware unless it became relevant, rendered him physically incapable of placing any senior OCP employee under arrest: "any attempt to arrest a senior OCP employee results in shutdown." While it did not actually shut him down, it did cause him severe pain and stunned him. Dick Jones stated that Directive 4 was his contribution to RoboCop's psychological profile, intended specifically to protect himself from being arrested for his crimes. But this directive failed Jones when he held the "Old Man" hostage and was fired by him, allowing RoboCop to kill Jones.
When Dr. Juliette Faxx gave RoboCop so many directives that they all but paralyzed him against taking any action at all, he deliberately short-circuited himself and thereby erased all his directives, undoing her sabotage and relying on his human mentality as a police officer to guide him. He punctuated this by demanding rhetorically, "Are we cops?" He got an enthusiastic positive response.
RoboCop's primary weapon, the Auto-9, remained stored in a mechanical holster which deployed from RoboCop's right leg. It was also modified so it would not fire unless RoboCop was the one using it.
RoboCop's terminal strip was a sharp, spike-like device that protruded from RoboCop's right fist. This device could be used by RoboCop to interface with a corresponding data port in order to download information from the police database and compare information he gathered from his missions with the police database. This device was also used to kill Clarence Boddicker; having pinned RoboCop under a pile of scrap metal, the cyborg waited for Boddicker to approach and then stabbed Boddicker in the throat, killing the crime lord.
By the time he faced the Urban Rehabilitators, RoboCop was outfitted with a gunarm. To use it, RoboCop removed his left hand and replaced it with the weapon assembly. It contained a 9mm machine gun, a flamethrower, and a small missile launcher with a projectile potent enough to destroy an armored vehicle.
In his fight against the Rehabs, RoboCop used a flightpack. It also doubled as a replenishing system for when his battery system was low on power. The jetpack allowed Murphy to overcome his relatively limited mobility for tactical advantage in combat.
RoboCop had an internal zoom capability for better aim as well as tracking. RoboCop also had different vision modes. His systems used a grid which was crucial to RoboCop's targeting as well as bullet trajectory, allowing him to make ricochet shots. His programming prevented him from targeting children, which allowed Hob to shoot RoboCop and escape the Nuke drug lab. He also had a recorder which could detect voice fluctuations and stress as well as play back audio/visual. This recording capability enabled RoboCop to document any situation he encountered with perfect recall and unbiased neutrality, with his memory being deemed through legal agreement as admissible evidence in a court of law. RoboCop also possessed a directional microphone with which he could track conversations from a distance. It was very sensitive, as he could hear vehicles approaching from afar despite being indoors.
RoboCop's body, while incorporating portions of Alex Murphy's living tissue, was largely electronic and mechanical. This interior structure was protected by a Titanium armored shell composite laminated with Kevlar, making RoboCop incredibly resilient against both bombs and bullets, as well as extreme impacts such as being hit by cars and falling off skyscrapers. The body armor could sustain multiple high-caliber rounds before damage began to appear on the armor itself. It was also highly resistant to heat, as RoboCop was unaffected after being caught in a gas station explosion or being set on fire. His visor was made of the same material and had a black strip of bulletproof anti-fog glass which protected the cranium apparatus and eyes. The visor also had an undercloth of Kevlar, which protected the neck and covered up any wires. The visor was attached with screws. When the visor was removed, only the front of Murphy's face, from the top of the neck up, was exposed; the back of his head was entirely mechanical.
RoboCop's hands also contained actuators strong enough to crush every bone in a human hand (about 400 pounds).
Despite all of RoboCop's technological advances, he was still limited to mechanical maintenance, which meant that he needed servicing and tune-ups from time to time. On top of that, his organic systems needed to be monitored as well, therefore the scientist working on him, such as Dr. Marie Lazarus, would have to monitor both systems during his rest periods.
Despite his impressive reflexes, his overall locomotion was rather slow. He was never seen running except in one short instance, meaning he could not chase a fleeing suspect on foot, only by vehicle. Nevertheless, he was more often than not seen shooting to kill or disable his opponent. He was also exceptionally heavy; when he was temporarily disabled, it took over half a dozen officers to lift him off the ground.
Another one of RoboCop's faults was that he was also programmable, meaning that in the wrong hands, he could be programmed to be incompetent, corrupted, or a dangerous threat to society.
RoboCop occasionally had flashbacks of his previous life as Alex J. Murphy, which caused him to have "dreams" when he was in his recharging state. This sometimes caused him to sleepwalk or wake up in shock.
While highly resistant to small arms, more powerful guns could easily inflict damage to him, especially at weak points like joints, such as when Hob shot RoboCop's whole right hand off at the wrist in the second film.
Robocop's human brain was susceptible to concussions. A powerful enough blow to his head can stun the cyborg for a good amount of time. In RoboCop 2, Hob shot him in the head with a desert eagle, causing him to malfunction and scramble his memories. Later on in the film, a large crane hook slams into RoboCop's head, knocking him out long enough for the Nuke gang to transport and chain him down.
RoboCop's Auto-9 was separate from his body, Disarming him before he fired or preventing him from drawing his weapon could render him effectively useless considering his slow locomotion.
- See RoboCop article on Mortal Kombat Wiki.
"Alex Murphy was a dutiful police officer who was brutally executed by a local gang. Brought back to life through OCP technology, Murphy was transformed into RoboCop, a highly advanced cybernetic police officer designed to uphold the law and protect the innocent. Now entering the Mortal Kombat universe, RoboCop has received a few upgrades and is ready to serve the public by apprehending any Kombatants that stand in his way"
―Mortal Kombat 11 biography
"Your police films are unrealistic."
―RoboCop to Johnny Cage.
RoboCop appears as a guest fighter in the Mortal Kombat 11 expansion, Aftermath. Peter Weller reprises his role as RoboCop's voice actor. He is equipped with weapons like the Cobra Assault Cannon, rocket launchers, grenade launchers, a flamethrower and a retractable shield.
It is stated that RoboCop has received upgrades from Earthrealm Special Forces which allow him full range of motion and fluidity in his limbs as well as increasing his footspeed. In addition, the advanced weapons systems from the sequel movies, and the rambolts from the series have been integrated into his body.
The Konsumable item Corrupted Memory Unit can be used to summon RoboCop to assist the player.
RoboCop reveals that he was transported to Earthrealm while pursuing Kano, who was responsible for dealing weaponry to Old Detroit gangs. After defeating Kronika, he absorbs her power and his mind is not only freed by the various directives OCP input into his programming, but is opened to the depths of his creators' corruption. He vows to put an end to this when he returns, with the help of Sonya, Jax, Stryker and a post-Black Dragon Kabal.
- RoboCop slices his opponent's throat with his data spike, then uses his Auto 9 to shoot their hand off. An ED-209 shoots the opponent with its machine gun as RoboCop grabs a Cobra Assault Cannon and blows up the opponent. This fatality is based upon the deaths of Clarence Boddicker, Alex Murphy, and an ED-209, all in the original film.
- RoboCop fires a grenade at his opponent and it bounces off of their head. He then shoots at their crotch. The bullets go through and hit the falling grenade, causing it to blow up the opponent. This fatality is based upon a scene in the original film where Murphy thwarts a rape attempt.
Behind the scenes
Peter Weller, a method actor known for playing everyman characters, was cast as Murphy/RoboCop in RoboCop. His light build made it easier to work in the bulky RoboCop costume. Peter spent seven months training with a Mime coach to fine tune his robotic movements only to find that the suit was far too bulky for what he had practiced. He used the practiced movements and let the restrictions of the suit slow him down.
The single most expensive aspect of the original film was the RoboSuit. The RoboSuit was designed by Rob Bottin, with additional work (including the under-helmet mechanics) by Miles Teves. Producer Jon Davison estimates that around $1 million of the $13 million budget was spent on the creation of the seven suits used in the film. Beginning with a bodycast of actor Peter Weller, the RoboSuit was sculpted from oil clay. Bottin's experience with urethane on another film project inspired him to cast the primary portions of the suit out of the material, believing that its flexibility would limit the amount of damage the suits would take. Unfortunately, the material also meant that repairs were difficult as the auto body filler used to restore the suits wouldn't adhere to the surface. The black portions of the suit were cast in foam rubber for flexibility. The helmets, along with a stunt suit used for the Shell station explosion, were cast in fiberglass.
Disagreements over the design between Bottin and director Paul Verhoeven delayed the suit's creation, and they weren't delivered to the set until the very day they were required for filming. After several hours of struggling to get Weller into the untested suit (anywhere from 6 to 11 hours, depending on who you ask) it then took the rest of the day to film a scene where Robo catches a set of thrown keys, the keys bouncing off of the foam rubber gloves take after take.
Although the suit-up time was eventually reduced to around 1.5 hours, the third act of the film required Weller to wear complex prosthetics in place of the helmet. Conceptualized by Rob Bottin and designed by Miles Teves, Bottin himself sculpted the prosthetic appliances. It took four hours for makeup artist Stephan Dupuis to apply the makeup in addition to the regular suit-up time. The nature of the makeup, and the Dallas summer heat, meant that scenes could only be filmed every other day, since Weller's face would be blistered and need time to heal before the prosthetics could be applied again.
For leg-holster shots, a cable and spring-actuated system was created and installed within the lower half of a RoboSuit created specifically for that purpose. Terminating at the waist, the gag was operated by technicians pulling cables offscreen.
Only the upper half of the suit was worn by Weller during driving scenes. This was due to the lower half being so big that it was impossible for him to fit into the car.
In 1990, Peter Weller reprised his role in RoboCop 2. This time the suit was built out of fibreglass and was a lot easier to move in. This gave the look of a RoboCop who was now settled and used to his new body.
With the aesthetics of the RoboCop design already proven, Bottin & Co. could focus on improving the RoboSuits for the sequel. With input from Weller's experiences on the first film, the new suit was created from casts taken from the original molds, bodyshopped to a more refined appearance, and new molds taken.
This time around, the suits were created from fiberglass and vacuum-formed plastic, with the gloves the only remaining foam rubber. The sections where the suit split apart were modified to make suit-up faster and easier, and the midsection was replaced with a series of interconnected parts that could twist and slide to allow movement. Although the suit's midsection was more restrictive than in the first film, the entire suit was lighter, more comfortable, and generally had a better range of motion.
The under-helmet makeup was revisited, this time sculpted by Henry Alvarez, who used one of the remaining prosthetics from the first film as a basis.
The leg-holster was also rebuilt for the film, using the more refined suit parts of the sequel, while also incorporating almost the entire body instead of just the legs. A technician, laying on a raised platform behind the holstering suit, could wear the suit arms and insert/remove the Auto-9 pistol as it was operated.
Although a second sequel and a television series were made, this was the last time Weller played the role in film, due to scheduling conflicts with the film Naked Lunch. However, he also did not find RoboCop 2 to be a particularly positive experience. He complained about some scenes not making into the final cut, "There was a couple of things that made the character more human that weren't used. I can't remember exactly what the scenes were, I just remember wondering why they weren't in." These deleted scenes have never been included on home video releases. Nearly three decades later, Weller provided the voice of RoboCop in a 2019 KFC ad campaign titled "Colonel RoboCop" and the Aftermath expansion for the video game Mortal Kombat 11. He is set to reprise the role in the upcoming video game RoboCop: Rogue City.
Following the departure of Peter Weller, Robert John Burke was signed to play the cyborg character instead. The RoboCop suit Burke wore in the movie was originally built for RoboCop 2. Since Burke was taller than Weller, he complained that wearing it was painful after a short time. Burke worked very hard to recreate the movements that Weller had perfected in the previous movies. Other than a very noticeable change in the voice effects Burke's RoboCop was well received even if the movie wasn't.
With Peter Weller unable/unwilling to return for the second sequel, budget-minded Orion Pictures decided to cast a new actor in the role who could fit inside the suits created for the second film. Although Robert John Burke was a close match, several suit parts had to be modified to fit his body; the thighs and collar were extended, the interior of the helmet was enlarged, etc.
Overall, the suits were still the ones used on RoboCop 2, which meant that Burke had to endure not only the already restrictive and uncomfortable nature of the suits, but also all the additional weight of the auto body filler used to repair the suits over the course of RoboCop 2's production.
RoboCop 3 did feature a few new additions not carried over from the first sequel, namely the "flightpack" and "weapon arm". Although the specifics changed depending on what it was required to do within the scene, the weapon arm used a Calico 950A machine pistol, and an operating flamethrower. Additional versions, including one which fired a wire-guided model rocket, and another with a complex locking mechanism built-in, could not be worn by the actor and were instead attached to an empty suit arm.
The flightpack was created from fiberglass and vacuum-formed plastic, with additional metal, plastic, and rubber details added on, including illuminating lights and a version with mechanically actuated functions.
Rob Bottin once again sculpted Murphy's prosthetics as he did on the first, noting that Burke's features weren't as complementary to the design as Weller's were.
The leg-holster effect, kept mostly intact from the second film, was modified to reflect the slight changes made to the suit's thighs.
RoboCop: The Series
In the early stages of casting for RoboCop: The Series, Skyvision was in negotiation with Peter Weller, the original RoboCop, to reprise his role. However this did not come to fruition and Richard Eden was cast. Eden had the job of portraying a different side of RoboCop than had ever been seen before. He was a very convincing RoboCop until his helmet was removed. Some reviewers claimed that his face appeared too soft (feminine features). RoboCop had always had a somewhat menacing look about him without his helmet on. Eden did not look menacing at all in the makeup. In fact he always looked very sad. He also lacked the strong jaw line that Peter Weller and Robert Burke both had.
With production of based in Canada, new suits were created for actor Richard Eden. Molds were taken from suits used on RoboCop 3, resulting in RoboSuits that didn't quite fit the actor, since the thighs and collar had been extended for Robert John Burke.
The prosthetic makeup was mostly kept intact, with a few features simplified, but the face was resculpted. The large budget of The Series meant that the effects team could experiment, and Murphy's facial prosthetics were cast in silicone instead of foam latex. Unfortunately, silicone painting techniques were underdeveloped at the time, resulting in a pale and lifeless appearance unhelped by a soft and non-aggressive sculpture.
Several new gags were created for The Series, including a Terminal Strip that could be attached to the actor's glove, enabling him to insert or remove it from computer interfaces without camera trickery.
Although a left leg-holster was incorporated into the show, there was only ever one built. The holster gag built for the sequels was reused or rebuilt for The Series, with the shots simply mirrored in post-production for the left leg.
RoboCop: Prime Directives
In the miniseries RoboCop: Prime Directives, Page Fletcher played as the RoboCop. Many people have wondered how this decision came about, with Fletcher being shorter than most of the cast. Fletcher also did not mimic the movement style of previous RoboCop actors, instead creating his own style. Many fans of the series appreciate how hard it must be to work inside the suit all day long and the series sold well on DVD.
Rob Bottin once again provided the suits, creating the aged and battle-damaged look of the RoboCop suits through intricate paint applications. For the larger RoboCable, the suits were cast in carbon fiber to reduce weight, with the joints extended to accommodate actor Maurice Dean Wint.
However, the height of RoboCop actor Page Fletcher meant that the suits, which were actually rented from Bottin, had to be modified on-set without Bottin's permission.
All leg holster shots in Prime Directives were reused from The Series, with a dark tint added for RoboCable's holsters.
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