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The Ultimate RoboCop Guide

  1. Basic Attacks
  2. Special Moves
  3. Variation Loadouts
  4. Kombos
RoboCop Primer - Start Here
Character Background:

RoboCop is a 1987 cyberpunk action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Peter Weller. Set in a crime-ridden Detroit, Michigan, in the near future, RoboCop centers on police officer Alex Murphy (Weller) who is murdered by a gang of criminals and subsequently revived by the megacorporation Omni Consumer Products as the superhuman cyborg law enforcer RoboCop.

Themes that make up the basis of RoboCop include media influence, gentrification, corruption, authoritarianism, greed, privatization, capitalism, identity, dystopia and human nature. It received positive reviews and was cited as one of the best films of 1987, spawning a franchise that included merchandise, two sequels, a television series, a remake, two animated TV series, a television mini-series, video games, and a number of comic book adaptations/crossovers.

Director Paul Verhoeven, known for his heavy use of Christian symbolism, states in the documentary Flesh and Steel: The Making of RoboCop (featured on the RoboCop DVD) that his intention was to portray RoboCop as a Christ figure. This is represented in Murphy's horrific death alluding to the crucifixion of Jesus, his return alluding to the resurrection of Jesus, and the showdown with Clarence Boddicker at the steel mill, which finds RoboCop trudging through ankle-deep water, which alludes to Jesus walking on water.



RoboCop "walking on water", alluding to his design as a Christ figure.

According to Rob Bottin, the designer of RoboCop's suit, "RoboCop looks the way he does because that's the way a man's body works! Although we went through fifty different variations, developing his character, everything came back to man-like. It's definitely a guy in the suit, which doesn't belittle it any."

The movie was originally given an X rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in 1987 due to its graphic violence. To appease the requirements of the ratings board, Verhoeven reduced the blood and gore in the most violent scenes in the movie, including ED-209's shooting of Kinney in the boardroom, Bobby being shot in the leg, the Boddicker gang's execution of Murphy with shotguns, and the final battle with Boddicker. Verhoeven also added humorous commercials throughout the news broadcasts to lighten the mood and distract from the violent aspects of the movie (most of the commercials satirize various aspects of the American consumer culture, such as the commercial for the 6000 SUX sedan). After 11 original X ratings, the film was eventually given an R rating for graphic violence, strong language, and brief nudity.



a malfunctioning ED-209 unloading on poor Mr. Kinney

Rotten Tomatoes retrospectively gave it a rating of 89% based on 65 reviews and an average rating of 7.82/10. The site's consensus is: "While over-the-top and gory, RoboCop is also a surprisingly smart sci-fi flick that uses ultraviolence to disguise its satire of American culture".


 
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Basic Attacks


Pokes

d1: a good 7-frame d1 with 14 hit advantage and only -5 on block. Easily followed with standing 1, standing 4, and f3, f2, and even f4.
d3: decent range, safety, and hit advantage. Ticks into Terminal Strip from point-blank. It has more range than d1, but less than d4. However, it lowers RoboCop's hitbox substantially, allowing him to completely avoid many attacks, like Jade's wakeup options and many aerial, mid, and high attacks.

d4: Similar to Frost's d4, slow but with insane range and good hit advantage and decently safe at -9. Canceling d4 into Low-Auto-9 is a very effective strategy against many characters.

Normals and Strings (best options highlighted)

1: 8 frame startup and -5 on block isn't the best standing 1, but it can still be used for staggers. Can tick into Terminal Strip.
12: also -5 on block, making it a decent stagger string, but leaves opponent pretty far away on hit.

121: Probably your most important string. -5 on block. All 3 hits are cancelable, making it an excellent stagger string. It's massively hit-confirmable. +22 on hit, so it loops into itself. If blocked, it can tick into Terminal Strip.
123: a weird string ending in a low. Will very rarely hit a decent opponent. Has a massive gap.

b1: An unimpressive 12-frame mid. f3 seems to be better in every way. The only major benefit is it has almost zero blockstun, making it an excellent stagger into throw once you've trained the opponent to respect B12.
b12 (can be held backward or forward): Only -5 but has a gap. Can be mixed with Crowd Control Cannon to keep opponent guessing, since b12 looks identical to b1~db4. Does not do much damage but sends opponent full screen on hit with enough advantage for a bomb, mine, or low auto 9.

2: An odd 9-frame high with slightly more range than standing 1, only -4 on block and +18 on hit.
22: only -5 on block but it has a ton of block stun, making it ineffective for staggers. Has a gap.
223: Similar to 123, a wonky string ending in a low that you'll rarely use. Has a gap.

b2: a high launcher. Risky to use but only -5 on block. If you read a throw, this makes an excellent punish after a neutral duck. It can also whiff punish quite well and it catches airborne opponents pretty consistently. This is your go-to punisher for unsafe moves.

f2: a 13-frame mid with decent range and stagger potential. +15 on hit allows for mixing in hop attacks, lows, and command grabs to keep your opponent guessing.
f21: still good stagger potential, only -5 on block, but only +7 on hit with pushback, limiting your followup potential.
f212: ends in a safe overhead. Gets a KB if it's a punish or counter. Has a gap. Your f21 staggers are more potent before you blow your KB, as the opponent doesn't really need to respect f212 once you've used the KB.


d2: a mediocre d2 that's only -10 on block. f3 is a much better anti-air in every possible way.

3: A mediocre normal that's +1 on block. Standing 4 is better in every way.

b3: a low starter with decent range and safety. Has around the same range as d4 and slightly less than b4. Only -6 on block and +13 on hit, making it an effective poke and stagger in the corner.
b32: a safe string that's not cancelable. Has a gap, but doesn't seem to be punishable or flawless-blockable. Reaches very far across the screen, allowing you to feint with naked b3.


f3: FASTEST MID at 10 frames. Somewhat staggerable but risky due to high blockstun. Makes a surprisingly good anti-air.
f32: the final special-cancelable hit of this string. Easily confirmed into Flamethrower or Low Auto-9 for decent unbreakable damage.
f322: can only cancel into the 111 followup. Since 111 is all high attacks, this string is very risky to throw out.
f322111: ends with a lot of high gunshots. Safe if they block the gunshots, but savvy opponents will crouch the shots for a full punish.


4: +6-on-block high with loads of push-back. Jails into Cobra Cannon on block to push the opponent back to full-screen, but the canon will whiff if the 4 isn't blocked.

b4: amazing long-range low with a lot of active frames. Excellent as a meaty oki tool. Hits twice, but the first or 2nd shot will whiff from some ranges, lowering the damage and advantage.

f4: a long-range mid kick. Staggerable, but 2nd hit is a high so savvy opponents will poke low after blocking it. +10 on hit, but due to the hit animation, it won't jail into s1, but it will jail into f3.
f42: Your only other launcher, but it's a risky high. Safe if blocked, though. Has a gap.


j1: Only has a horizontal hitbox, so terrible for jump-ins but potentially good for air-ti-air trades.
j2: Swipes at a downward angle, making it excellent for jump-in starters.
j3/j4: Kicks at a downward angle, making it very difficult to anti-air. However, this means it usually connects earlier than most jk's, resulting in less advantage on block. An instant jk that hits the opponent's head can be -11. And blocked hit below the shoulders is usually +3 to +8.

FATAL BLOW: RoboCop's Fatal Blow is decent, being a 19-frame mid that reaches just past his d4 range. The hitbox is the size of his massive body, allowing it to easily catch airborne opponents. However, it seems to have massive damage scaling when used in kombos, making it difficult for him to break 35%.

Both throws seems to be identical, as far as frame data and spacing.

Hop Attack 1 is preferred as both have seemingly identical range, but it's only -11 as oppossed to hop-attack 2's -13.

His Getup and Flawless Block Attacks are lackluster. U2 seems to whiff a lot when used after a flawless block. U3 leaves you +11 on hit, but pushes the opponent out of standing 1, f3, d3, and standing 4 range, so he can't jail into anything.

D1 and D3 Tick Throws
If you add Terminal Strip (the fdb2 Command Grab) to your loadout, d1 and d3 will both tick into it on block. To do it easily, just practice pressing pressing the forward-down motion and 1 to get your d1. So, forward-down-1 gets you your d1. Now, when the d1 is blocked, just press b2, which will complete the fdb motion for the command grab. You can do the same with d3, just be careful because the grab will whiff if you're not close enough to your opponent.

General Tips and Strategies:

d1 is +14 on hit, so it will jail into standing 1, f3, and standing 4 with ease, and also allows you to safely throw out f4. If you have Terminal Strip, every connected d1 means the opponent has to guess between the grab or a string. Once your opponent respects your advantage, you can start adding in your hop attack mix to keep them guessing.

121 is your most important stagger string. 12 into backdash or d1 is effective. Standing 1 into throw is also very effective, and s1 can tick into Terminal Strip. Starting with a j2 makes the mix even more difficult to deal with, since you can do j2 throw, j2 1 throw, j2 12 throw, or any of the other 121 extensions. If they block all 3 hits, you can tick into Terminal Strip, a mid special, or end the string and d1, f3, backdash, or block.

On hit d1, d3, f2, f32, and 121 can be followed up easily with command grab. In the corner, any plus-on-hit attack that leaves them standing can be followed with the grab. This includes b3, Low-Auto-9, 12, and f21, which knock them too far away mid-screen.

You can use the long-ranged disjointed hitboxes of d4 and b4 to punish a lot of wakeup attacks. Use this to train your opponent not to wake up, opening up a lot of oki possibilities like dashing into a grab.

RoboCop has possibly the best forward and back dashes in the game. Use these to keep your opponent guessing. The forward dash can be used to add tremendous range to all of your attacks with minimal impact to their startup frames, due to its fast startup. Dash-throw is very effective, as are dash-f21, dash f42, and dash f322111. You can basically turn your f3 into Raiden's f4.

Since most of RoboCop's strings are around -5, it's worth practicing Flawless Block reversals against counter pokes to take your turn back. His U2 will whiff against every counter poke that I've tested against, but his U3 is consistent and will deal a bit of damage while leaving you +11 against a standing opponent within f3 range. To practice, just go to the AI's Recording page and select the Kustom Reversal slot and record a d1, d3, or d4. Then set the opponent's Reversal Punish to Kustom Reversal. Then you can practice getting your f23 or any other strings blocked and try to flawless block the reversal poke.

After hitting with u2, you can kombo into b2-f34~ender. The ender can include Fatal Blow, which will total around 41% damage. If the match is laggy, you can just ignore the b2 and go straight into f32 for only minimal damage loss.

b2 is going to be your highest damage punisher. Rather than d2, if you read a throw, crouch and punish with b2 for some very solid damage anywhere on screen.
 
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Special Moves


Cobra Assault Cannon: High projectile. Amplify to fire 3 times. 2nd and 3rd hits are mids that push the opponent fullscreen on block. This can be used at the end of strings to try to land the KB on opponents trying to mash after blocking the string.

Shoulder Crowd Cannon (short, medium, far, very far): Arching mid-hitting projectile. Only explodes on contact with the ground, not the opponent, so can't be used as an anti-air. -2 to +8 on block based on range. Short, medium, and far can be amplified to become electric bombs that stun if they hit (still mid projectiles, though).

High Auto-9: A very quick anti-air shot which can be used in most kombos. The amplify fires multiple times but seems to not connect in the corner. The trajectory is very steep.

Riot Shield: A 9-frame move that blocks projectiles and parries mid and high normals. Can be held up to around 3 seconds. If just tapped, it functions almost like a cancel because it recovers so quickly, but it will still catch many counterpokes. Gets a KB if you parry a wakeup and amplify it.

Straight Auto-9: A pretty standard high projectile. Amplify to shoot 3 times and get a knockdown. When non-amplified is used to end a string with the opponent standing, like 121, leaves you +8. Only really useful in the corner due to mid-screen pushback.

Active/Reactive Patrol: Replaces Straight Auto-9 and High Auto-9. Walk forward/backward and fire a high projectile. Cancelable with amplify. All cancels are unsafe. Terrible, useless move that replaces High Auto-9, drastically reducing your potential kombo damage.

Cheval Trap (close, medium, far, and very far) (replaces Shoulder Crowd Cannon): Lays down a spike trap like Erron Black's acid puddle. Amplify to use tear gas, which stuns opponent if they stand in it for too long. If the grenade hits an airborne opponent, it results in a +4 to +5 restand. If it hits a standing opponent, it won't stun or knock down but results in decent damage and massive advantage, usually around +9 to +15.

Flamethrower: Unsafe mid that leaves the opponent standing if you haven't launched. Will not restand the opponent if they have been launched. Amplify for more damage and advantage. Your go-to ender for non-launching strings.

Terminal Strip (replaces Riot Shield): Mid-hitting command grab. Amplify and hold to walk forward. Can choose which side to leave your opponent when amplified. Due to RoboCop's lack of proper mixups, he can have a very difficult time opening up opponents without using throws. Taking this move makes opponents more likely to release block, making it easier to open them up, and removes the chances of RoboCop eating a d2 KB.

Low Auto-9 (replaces Straight Auto-9): A mid-hitting projectile fired from a crouching position, avoiding high projectiles. Gets a KB if it goes under a projectile. Very fast activation and recovery. Amplify to fire 3 times. Probably his best move.

(Air) OCP Charge: While aitborne, immediately fly forward, damaging anyone in your path. Similar to Kitana's air booty special. Gets a KB if it punishes. Also breaks armor. Only -7 on block, but has very low priority, meaning it loses most trades.

Upgraded: Alters the default shoulder bomb's amplified mine, turning it into an electric grenade. Limited value.

Electric Shield: A self buff that causes opponent to take a tiny amount of damage when they attack RoboCop. Can be useful for closing out rounds if you have a massive life lead, but otherwise not very useful.

Arm Crowd Control Cannon (replaces Cobra Assault Cannon): Very quick rocket that can be delayed with amplify. Hits high, but is very fast. Amplify for more damage or hold amplify to delay the missile. Very good anti-air. Amplified version is plus on block. It deals 9% damage, so it wins most trades.
 
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Possible Loadouts

Right off the bat, I just want to say that Low Auto-9 is almost a requirement. You can make other loadouts work ok in some matchups, but Low Auto-9 is such a workhorse that it's almost never worth replacing unless you just actively don't want to play a heavy zoning game.

My preferred loadout is Low Auto-9 - Arm Crowd Control Cannon - Terminal Strip. This is a pure zoning variation, but the command grab allows you to open up opponents when you need to, and to punish some things that would otherwise be safe. A common tactic in this game seems to be using d2 as soon as your slightly-minus string is blocked, which will catch most highs and throws for a KB. However, RoboCop's Terminal Strip is a mid-hitting command grab, so it will catch neutral crouchers without risking eating a d2. Just having access to the grab makes opponents much more likely to jump and press buttons, allowing you to more easily open them up and punish with b2.

I believe that the Arm Crowd Control Cannon does vastly more for RoboCop than the Cobra Assault Cannon or Flamethrower. RoboCop is fairly weak to aerial attacks, so the missiles are great for helping keep people out of the air. They also do 9% damage, allowing them to win most trades. For example, RoboCop can have trouble zoning many characters with Low Shot, such as Kitana and even Shao Kahn, due to their advantageous zoning trades. But the Arm Cannon allows him to trade favorably, forcing those opponents to have to work their way in if they want to win, which is a major advantage for RoboCop. Finally, they drastically enhance his f212 string, since you can meterburn the missile to remain +7 on block.

The Flamethrower is certainly a nice special, and can be quite strong when paired with the command grab. It makes your 121 string much more threatening, and can even act as a preemptive anti-air. However, since RoboCop basically has to take Low Shot, and since Flamethrower really needs Terminal Strip for maximum effectiveness, taking Flamethrower essentially locks you into Low Shot - Terminal Strip - Flamethrower. I also believe that by taking Arm Crowd Control Cannon, the damage you do from your 9% projectiles will at least equal the damage you're missing out on by not taking Flamethrower.

I see a lot of RoboCop players using Cheval Trap (the ground spikes). It's not a terrible move, but the amount of damage it does isn't enough to incentivize solid players to make mistakes. Overall, I can't find a worthwhile setup that includes this special, as I get much more utility out of Low Shot, Terminal Strip, Arm Crowd Control Cannon, and Flamethrower. And, really, that's the issue with his other custom moves as well; they're just not effective enough to replace any of those core moves.

I also see (Air) OCP Charge used quite often. I have not had much success with this move due to it's painfully low priority; it will lose every trade I've tested so far, including against normals like standing 1 and d2. It will lose to divekicks, projectiles; basically anything with an active hitbox. It is totally safe, but if blocked, it leaves you adjacent to your opponent and starts their turn; not a great position for RoboCop. I feel that Arm Crowd Control Cannon covers the air well enough to cover any utility that would have been provided by OCP Charge while keeping yourself much safer.

His Parry is very good, but I believe his Command Grab gives him a lot more utility and potential. Just having access to the Command Grab is enough to make players make mistakes, as they anticipate the grab. Without the grab, he has a very difficult time opening up a savvy opponent. With the grab, every d1 you land turns into a guess for the opponent between grab or string. Only jumping will avoid the grab, but jumping will get tagged for 25%+ damage if you do a string. The grab turns his 121 string into a serious threat, since every time he gets it out the opponent has to guess between 121~grab, 121-stagger-grab, 121-stagger-d1, etc, and if anything you throw out touches them, they're put back into that guessing game. It's pretty insane.
 
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Kombos


If you have Flamethrower: You'll want to hit-confirm all of your non-launching strings into Flamethrower to leave you at massive advantage next to your standing opponent. Even if you don't amplify the Flamethrower, you're left at +15 and close enough to jail into f3, forcing your opponent to respect your followup.

Your non-launching starters are 121, f21, and f32. b3 can also work but isn't hit-confirmable. If you don't have Flamethrower, your best damage will just be confirming into Cobra or Arm Rocket. You can also confirm into your gun specials, which act similarly to Flamethrower, especially in the corner.

Regular Terminal Strip is an excellent kombo ender. At the end of kombos, the amplify is really only good if you need to switch sides or get more corner carry. It usually only adds about 2-3% additional damage.

You will want to end your launcher kombos with either Arm Rocket for damage and full-screen knockback, Terminal Strip for damage and corner-carry, or High Auto-9 (the upward gunshot) for damage and better positioning and advantage. If you want to keep your opponent close, end with High Auto-9. If you want to send them full screen end with cannon. And if you want to carry them to the corner, end with amplified Terminal Strip.

b2 is your highest-damage whiff punisher, and is excellent for punishing whiffed throws and unsafe specials, such as Sub-Zero's slide. You can start any of these kombos with a jump-in-punch, which is highly recommended for b2, since it's a slow high starter.

  • Midscreen: b2-db1-f32-ender
  • Midscreen 1-bar: b2-db1.amp-f32~ender
  • Corner: b2-4~db1-f32~ender
f42 is your only other normal launcher:
  • Midscreen: f42-dash-f32~ender (you can sneak in a b2 after the dash for a tad more damage, but it's not consistent, especially against female hitboxes, so I don't find it to be worthwhile)
  • Corner: f42-4~db1-f32~ender
For punishing, you can use either your 8-frame 121, your 10-frame f32, or your 11-frame s4. Your punishment damage is always going to be low, so it's more about positioning than raw damage. You can use any of the enders mentioned above, though High Shot will only connect after s4. Unless you want to keep the opponent full-screen, ending with High shot is usually your best bet.

f3 is your best anti-air. You can get around 28% meterless damage using f3~db1 (high auto-9) to anti-air, and roughly 30% if you amp the db1. You can also anti-air with a naked db1 and can still usually catch the opponent with f32 to continue the kombo into your ender of choice. Amplified db1 is much easier to kombo from when not in the corner.
 
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Matchups


RoboCop is a pretty polarizing character, as are his matchups. If the opponent doesn't have a solid answer for Low Auto-9 then they're going to have a bad time. However, most characters are able to equip at least one move to help counter RoboCop's zoning.

RoboCop has significant difficulty dealing with characters who are able to effectively counter his zoning. Jade, Erron Black, and Sub-Zero are three characters who utterly nullify his zoning and who utterly outclass him up close, making these exceptionally difficult matchups. Projectile Parries, like those possessed by Nightwolf and Shang, can also cause complications, though they're easier to get around than the tools of Jade, EB, and SZ.

RoboCop can also have difficulty against characters who can easily convert into massive damage, such as Kabal, Kotal, Shao, Baraka, Noob, Spawn, Lao, Fujin, and others. It usually just takes a single kombo from one of these characters to completely undo all of the zoning progress made over the last 30 seconds of gameplay.

RoboCop's wakeup attacks are borderline unusable, allowing many characters to bully him heavily on knockdown. If the opponent can ignore RoboCop's wakeup options while continuing to pressure him, he's going to have a rough time. He is also unable to flawless-block punish many gaps because of the terrible hitboxes of his flawless block attacks.

Against opponents with strong teleports (Raiden, Scorpion, Skarlet, etc) you'll want to take Flamethrower over Arm Crowd Control Cannon, since you'll almost certainly be doing more up-close damage than ranged damage. You will also want to be sure you have Terminal Strip, otherwise you won't be able to adequately take your turn and open up your opponent when they teleport in.

Against characters that like to spend a lot of time in the air, such as Lao, Fujin, and Kabal, you'll want Arm Crowd Control Cannon rather than Flamethrower. It can also help against moves like Jacqui's Bionic Bounce and Joker's Boing, though it does require proper timing.

Jade is an interesting matchup thanks to Dodging Shadows. If you take Low Auto-9 and Arm Crowd Control Cannon, well-timed uses can catch her trying to activate Dodging Shadows. However, a savvy Jade with good timing can basically render all of your ranged attacks utterly useless. Dodging Shadows will avoid Flamethrower, as well, but since you'll rarely be throwing out Flamethrower without hit-confirming into it, this isn't as big of an issue. Overall, I'd probably stick with Low Auto-9, Terminal Stip, and Arm Crowd Control Cannon, but you'll probably find equal success swapping out the cannon for the Flamethrower.
 
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That should be plenty of room for the guide. Post away!
 

Jynks

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Putting match up text in those spoilers might be a pain.. I think maybe a better way would be to have a link to a post in this thread...
 

Darth-Nero

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Big fan of your definitive guides, will be monitoring this thread.

From 1st look i feel like variation 2 will be his most popular. I love trap/setup variations a lot but i feel like his variation 3 is underwhelming, he doesn't look like he's designed to be up in your face pressuring. Hope am wrong and he's as stupid strong up close as he is in neutral.
 

DixieFlatline78

Everyone Has A Path
Regarding the OP spoilers: I wouldn't call Robocop a cyberpunk film lol
*Setting is a crime ridden city in the future
*One corrupt corporation controls every industry in the city (Why is a company that makes military technology making Alex Murphy's kitchen?)
*Plot follows a cyborg regaining his humanity
*Pop culture is mindless bullshit driven by catchphrases and titillation
*Big vat of toxic waste sitting around
 

Zer0_h0ur

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*Setting is a crime ridden city in the future
*One corrupt corporation controls every industry in the city (Why is a company that makes military technology making Alex Murphy's kitchen?)
*Plot follows a cyborg regaining his humanity
*Pop culture is mindless bullshit driven by catchphrases and titillation
*Big vat of toxic waste sitting around
Yeah I mean nobody says it wasn't dystopian scifi 80s, but none of those things are specifically cyberpunk.
The action doesn't take place at night, it's hardly ever raining in the movie, there are next-to-no flourescent lights, literally none of the aesthetic or cinematography is cyberpunk. The cyborg theme yeah I'll give you that.

Verhoeven has his own themes he re-uses in many of his movies, specifically the corrupt company, consumer-driven, proto-fascist, large moving parts behind the scenes type story telling that was largely a product of the hypocritical, consumer-driven, pro-corporate agenda sat out by Reagan in the early 80s. Those aren't exclusive to cyberpunk.
 

DixieFlatline78

Everyone Has A Path
Yeah I mean nobody says it wasn't dystopian scifi 80s, but none of those things are specifically cyberpunk.
The action doesn't take place at night, it's hardly ever raining in the movie, there are next-to-no flourescent lights, literally none of the aesthetic or cinematography is cyberpunk. The cyborg theme yeah I'll give you that.

Verhoeven has his own themes he re-uses in many of his movies, specifically the corrupt company, consumer-driven, proto-fascist, large moving parts behind the scenes type story telling that was largely a product of the hypocritical, consumer-driven, pro-corporate agenda sat out by Reagan in the early 80s. Those aren't exclusive to cyberpunk.
Cyberpunk isnt a visual style it's a set of literary themes. Look into it
 

Wrenchfarm

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Yeah I mean nobody says it wasn't dystopian scifi 80s, but none of those things are specifically cyberpunk.
The action doesn't take place at night, it's hardly ever raining in the movie, there are next-to-no flourescent lights, literally none of the aesthetic or cinematography is cyberpunk. The cyborg theme yeah I'll give you that.

Verhoeven has his own themes he re-uses in many of his movies, specifically the corrupt company, consumer-driven, proto-fascist, large moving parts behind the scenes type story telling that was largely a product of the hypocritical, consumer-driven, pro-corporate agenda sat out by Reagan in the early 80s. Those aren't exclusive to cyberpunk.
I think you're putting too much emphasis on aesthetic signifiers rather than themes. I'd say Robocop fits pretty nicely into the cyberpunk genre, even if it's not neon-soaked.
 

Zer0_h0ur

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Cyberpunk isnt a visual style it's a set of literary themes. Look into it
I've read Neuromancer and seen all the relevant movies multiple times, so I'm not speaking out of my ass.
Robocop doesn't even have a noir-style storytelling narrative.

Cyberpunk =/= dystopian scifi

Beyond robocop and ED209 what cyberpunk-type technology is even in the movie? Where's the net? Cyberpunk is set typically in a world where technology has partially replaced and/or consumed the common individual. Robocops set basically in a normal 80s corrupt Detroit.
We'll have to agree to disagree. Largely semantics but when I think Cyberpunk the structure is distinct from a movie like Robocop.
 

DixieFlatline78

Everyone Has A Path
I've read Neuromancer and seen all the relevant movies multiple times, so I'm not speaking out of my ass.
Robocop doesn't even have a noir-style storytelling narrative.

Cyberpunk =/= scifi

Beyond robocop and ED209 what cyberpunk-type technology is even in the movie? Where's the net? It's set basically in a normal 80s corrupt Detroit.
We'll have to agree to disagree. Largely semantics but when I think Cyberpunk the structure is distinct from a movie like Robocop.
I can respect that. I think I'm just mad triggered by memories of people saying Cyberpunk 2077 wasn't cyberpunk because it can be daytime in the game. It's similar to film noir in that way