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Hero Overview

Drop it! Dead or alive, you're coming with me.
~ Robocop's famous catchphrase
Thank you for your cooperation.
~ Robocop's another famous catchphrase

RoboCop is a cybernetic law enforcement officer and the star of the 1987 film series, comics and several television series.


Robocop has been performed by various actors and voice artists.

  • Peter Weller - Robocop (1987), Robocop 2, Mortal Kombat 11
  • Robert John Burke - Robocop 3
  • Richard Eden - Robocop: The Series
  • Page Fletcher - Robocop: Prime Directives (4-parts miniseries)
  • Joel Kinnaman - 2014 remake of the first movie
  • Dan Hennessey - Robocop: TAS (voice)
  • David Sobolov - RoboCop: Alpha Commando (voice)


RoboCop (1987)

~ The first movie's last line spoke by Robocop
Robocop: Who is he? What is he? Where does he come from? He is OCP"s newest soldier in their revolutionary crime management program.
~ Anchorwoman Jesse Perkins broadcasting Robocop to the public

Robocop was formerly Alex Murphy, a Detroit police officer in the near future. Recently transferred to the Metro West precinct and partnered with Anne Lewis, Murphy engaged in a high-speed chase and cornered a group of drug dealers led by Detroit crime boss Clarence Boddicker. Following the group into an abandoned steel mill, Murphy was caught, tortured and brutally executed by Boddicker and his gang.

Murphy was rushed to the operating table, where he was declared dead; however, mega-corporation Omni Consumer Products (OCP), which had recently taken over operation of Detroit's law enforcement, had other plans for him. Bob Morton, an executive in the Security Concepts division, used Murphy for his Robocop program. Combining state-of-the-art technology, armor and weaponry, OCP merged Murphy's mind with machinery to create Robocop, the crime-fighting cyborg.

OCP programmed Robocop with three prime directives: serve the public trust, protect the innocent, and uphold the law. A fourth, unknown directive remained hidden in his programming. At first, Robocop cleaned up crime in Detroit and had citizens cheering and criminals on the run. Before long, however, Alex Murphy's memories began to haunt the cyborg. Searching for clues to his past, Robocop rediscovered memories of his happy family life and his murder at the hands of Boddicker's gang. He became determined to get vengeance for his own murder.

Robocop tracked down Boddicker's henchmen on a quest for Boddicker himself. He soon learned that the corruption extended to Dick Jones, the Vice President of OCP, who was working with Boddicker. While attempting to arrest Jones, Robocop's fourth directive activated and prevented him from taking action against any senior OCP official. Jones attacked Robocop with his own mechanical enforcement droid, the bumbling ED-209. Robocop escapes into the parking complex, however he is then confronted by Detroit Police SWAT team led by Lt. Hedgecock who Robocop helped negotiated the hostage taker Ron Miller who Mayor Gibson and his staff hostage earlier has betrayed Detroit Police and taken control of the SWAT to follow Dick Jones' orders to destroy him. Before they open fire a few SWAT team members Kaplan, Jerry, Manson and Ramirez Robocop's comrades protest and tried to stop him and they walk off disgusted after Lt. Hedgecock tells them they have orders to destroy him.

With the help of Murphy's old partner, Lewis who was alerted by Kaplan and the others to Lt. Hedgecock's treachery arrives to save him, Robocop escaped capture and returned to the steel mill where Murphy had first encountered Boddicker's gang. Jones ordered Boddicker to destroy Robocop and a climactic showdown ensued. One by one, Robocop and Lewis took out Boddicker's thugs and ultimately, Boddicker himself. Robocop then returned to OCP and, after a hostage standoff, was able to kill Jones when the senior OCP executive fired him and his orders on the Detroit Police force to destroy Robocop is put to an end.

RoboCop 2 (1990)

Soon afterward, Robocop and Lewis were among the last few police officers working in Detroit as a major police strike ensued and the SWAT team suspended for falling into Dick Jones' trick and Whitakker is the new SWAT leader replacing Lt. Hedgecock who is now been arrested for following DIck Jones' orders to destroy Robocop and his betrayal. The absence of police in addition to the power vacuum left in the underworld by the death of Clarence Boddicker (aka Unofficial Crime Boss of the Old Detroit), a new drug dealing faction named Nuke Cult tried its shot on the chaotic Detroit, seeking to reign over and expand. With their production of a new, highly addictive drug called Nuke the streets of Detroit is now more dangerous than ever. Robocop pursued the Nuke drug lord Cain to an abandoned factory, but Cain and his henchmen captured and dismantled him.

Reduced to a collection of parts in a lab, Robocop's future was in doubt as OCP focused instead on developing an improved "Robocop 2." An ambitious but amoral company psychologist, Dr. Juliette Faxx, took advantage of the situation to reprogram Robocop with hundreds of irrelevant and other politically correct directives, severely impeding Robocop's ability to perform his police duties. With his psyche strained to the breaking point, Robocop deliberately subjected himself to a massive electric shock. He was able to clear almost all of the directives from his programming (except the first four), giving him more free will than ever before.

Robocop, being an honorable person as Alex Murphy, managed to win over the striking police officers of Detroit and staged a massive raid on Cain's drug operation. Robocop captured Cain in the ensuing chase. Dr. Faxx, meanwhile, had decided that Cain's criminal mind would be the best subject for her Robocop 2 project, and murdered him in his hospital bed in order to extract his brain. Unleashed on the city to do OCP's bidding and dominated by his addiction to Nuke, this new Robo-Cain soon overrode OCP's control of him and clashed with the original Robocop in a battle at OCP headquarters.

RoboCop 3 (1993)

Robocop was able to defeat Cain, but OCP began the process of forcibly removing Detroit citizens from their homes to pave the way for its ambitious Delta City project. This time OCP hires a unit of infamous mercenaries known as Urban Rehabilitators. Caught in a moral dilemma and no longer able to reconcile OCP's actions with his own directives, Robocop, along with his partner, Lewis, turned against the corporation and joined an underground resistance movement. OCP's rehab officers subsequently murdered Lewis and forced Robocop into hiding.

The resistance fighters took Robocop in and recruited his OCP technician, Dr. Marie Lazarus, to repair him after the scuffle with the rehab officers. While recovering, Robocop befriended Nikko, a young girl whose parents had recently been killed by the rehabs. Seeking revenge for Lewis's death, Robocop tracked down the rehabs' commanding officer, Paul McDaggett, but was unable to catch him. OCP, desperate to push on Delta City Project, recruited a gang of dangerous and psychopathic thugs called Splatterpunks in addition to Rehabs to replace Detroit Police personnel who resigned over OCP's corruption and tyranny.

OCP, meanwhile, sent Otomo, an agent of its Japanese partner corporation, after Robocop. Robocop squared off against Otomo while the resistance members and former police officers fought the rehab officers in the streets of Detroit. Robocop was able to defeat Otomo, aid the resistance members using his new rocket pack, and rescue Nikko and Dr. Lazarus from McDaggett, who dies in a fiery explosion of OCP building. With OCP gone bankrupt and its ruthless urban renewal project in ruins, Robocop stood at the forefront of the grass roots effort to rebuild Detroit.


Patient, Lewis. We are only human.
~ Robocop to exasperated Anne Lewis. Rococop 2 's last line

After being murdered by brutal criminals, Officer Alex Murphy's organs, left arm and brain was used to create the cyborg, Robocop. As the law enforcer, Murphy was bound by a sense of justice and constantly followed the three directives hardwired into his mind but it's also revealed he had no choice in the matter. Murphy has shown to be relentless when it comes to other criminals, and hasn't a qualm when it comes to killing them however he will only attack if he is provoked.

However unbeknownst to OmniCorp Consumers who all believed that Robocop was fully machine Alex Murphy was still inside that shell. He was clearly traumatised by his death and memory of his past life, he was known to have nightmares reminiscing about what he has lost; being remorselessly gunned down by Clarence Boddicker and his thugs, losing his wife and his child after being transformed into Robocop and being forced to remember his partner, Anne Lewis dying before his eyes. Although many people believe that Robocop is stronger, it's normally proved that Alex Murphy is what prevails, as its humanity, morality and sense of morality that protects the people of Delfa City.

Robocop occasionally proves that he is not bound by his directives as people would imagine him to be. He was capable of acting by himself even if it wasn't the most logical choice. Examples are when he disobeyed his superiors to help Lewis when she was being held down by thugs and later disobeying Paul McDaggett when he was prepared to destroy a church full of innocent people.

Relations with others

My friends call me Murphy. You call me RoboCop.
~ The third movie's last line spoke by Robocop

Since Alex Murphy's "resurrection" as Robocop, the struggling influences of man and machine that comprise the cyborg have presented his greatest challenge. Haunted by memories of his family and the knowledge of what it was like to touch and love others, Robocop also knows that he can never be human again. However, through his experiences, he has learned to regain as much of his humanity as possible.

Anne Lewis, Alex Murphy's former partner, was the first to reach out to Robocop. She recognized him as Murphy and was the first to begin referring to him as such. Her compassion led her to rescue Robocop when Dick Jones ordered his termination. After taking down Jones and Boddicker together, Robocop and Lewis became partners at Metro West, just as they had been before Murphy's death.

Robocop was never able to reestablish a connection with his wife and child, and losing them was perhaps his most painful experience. In addition to the mixed emotions Robocop faced, his "owners" at OCP were also concerned about the legal implications of their "product" seeking a relationship with private citizens under its own volition. Robocop ultimately decided that the only way to allow his former wife to grieve and move on was to make her believe that Murphy was truly dead, and Robocop himself just an emotionless machine.

In addition to Lewis, other associates came to befriend Robocop and treat him as a person rather than just a machine. Sergeant Reed, the head of Detroit's Metro West precinct and Robocop's commanding officer in the police department, treated him like one of the team and, along with most other Metro West officers, knew Robocop as "Murphy." In his time at the precinct, Robocop came to earn the respect and admiration of his fellow officers for his service. They ultimately followed his lead in giving up the police strike to wage war against Cain, and later, to quit OCP and join the resistance movement.

When Robocop joined the civilian resistance, he gained a little more of his humanity back by befriending Nikko, the orphaned girl who served as the group's computer whiz. Triggering memories of his own child, Robocop's time with Nikko allowed him to feel a sense of belonging after Lewis's death and provided Nikko with a parent figure after the death of her father and mother. He also had a good friend in his technician, Dr. Marie Lazarus, who treated Robocop as a patient rather than a piece of machinery.

Ironically, it is Robocop's humanity that continues to prove the strongest weapon in his arsenal. Despite repeated attempts by OCP to restrain their creation with directives, Murphy's sense of honor and duty remain the driving forces that compel Robocop to serve the public trust, protect the innocent, and uphold the law.


Despite possessing extraordinary marksmanship, advanced technical systems, strength, durability, offense and defensive capabilities which might be considered more suited to military duties rather than enforcing laws, Robocop possesses a few but critical weaknesses that put him in danger from time to time.

  • Lack of agility: Robocop is a slow, lumbering hulk of machinery. Because of Robocop's lack of speed, He relies on super armor that grants him formidable defense for compensation. But this defense capability is not perfect. Although able to withstand small arm bullets, Robocop's armor is susceptible to ammunitions with heavier calibers (12.7mm or above). When Robocop received barrages of fires from ED-209's 20mm cannons, Robocop's armor was damaged and weakened. Because of Robocop's lack of speed, he was endangered more than few occasions by Otomo, a very agile and dexterous android assassin armed with specially made katana blade that can cut through Robocop. In addition, Robocop falling onto Nuke Cult's trap and being dismembered by them at the early arc of Robocop 2 was largely due to his lack of agility. In Robocop 3 he was struck by 40mm grenade shell in the chest, and his 'heart' had to be replaced. Had Murphy possessed sufficient speed, he would have been able to dodge these assaults.
  • Secret directive: Robocop has three principal directives hard-wired into his memory.
    • Serve the public trust
    • Protect the innocent
    • Uphold the law

But there is a fourth classified directive which supersedes the above three directives - do not make an attempt to arrest OCP staffs. Any attempt to do so will result in system disruption, inflicting Robocop a crippling pain. Should Murphy manage to override his systematic pain and make further attempt to force his arrest on OCP members it will ultimately result in system shutdown.

This technical shackle placed on Murphy continues to plague him throughout the series, as he is unable to make his move on corrupt OCP executives so long as they are under OCP contract. Even when Murphy was overrode with hundreds of garbage directives which compelled him to risk electrocution to remove all these rubbishes, Directive 4 persisted into his programming. Murphy was only able to kill Dick Jones because Jones was fired by the OCP president, making Jones no longer an OCP's employee Robocop could only watch Old Man and dr. Faxx escape legal justice (albeit temporary for dr. Faxx) after drug-crazed Robocain, made by the approval of Old Man and dr. Faxx, caused bloody carnage which might not have happened had Old Man and Faxx did not give Robocain green light to be made. In Robocop 3 Murphy was unable to stop and fight back as rehab mercenaries hired by OCP (thereby making rehab mercs personnel of OCP) who proceeded to violently evict Detroit residents and committing egregious crime of murdering his fellow officer Anne Lewis. Eventually Dr. Lazarus, a former OCP scientist, was able to remove Directive 4 from Murphy, enabling Murphy to side with rebel residents of Detroit and strike back against OCP.

Appearances in other media

Mortal Kombat 11

Robocop appears as a guest fighter in the Mortal Kombat 11 DLC with Peter Weller reprising his role and also served as an announcer for the game's Arcade.

See also


  • RoboCop is based on Judge Dredd.
  • Cyberswine is based on RoboCop.
  • Director Paul Verhoeven commented that Robocop's character is inspired by Jesus Christ:
    • Murphy's hand being blown off is akin to Jesus being crucified.
    • Both Murphy and Jesus are men of faiths.
    • Both Murphy and Jesus died, then returned to life.
    • Murphy walking through the water pool at the climax of the first movie is inspired by Jesus walking on water.


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