robocop n.

a robotic or bionic law enforcement officer

Popularized by the 1987 film Robocop.

SF Encyclopedia


  • 1957 H. Ellison in If Aug. 79/1 Harlan Ellison

    Bergman stopped at the door, as the robocop rolled up, and its tentacles slammed out at him.

  • 1967 H. A. Hargreaves Dead to the World in J. Carnell New Writings in SF 11 153 page image H. A. Hargreaves bibliography

    It couldn’t have been more than three minutes later when the robo-cop arrived, moving swiftly and competently across the grass while his companion remained behind, at the cruiser.

  • 1987 (title of film)


  • 1998 R. Garcia y Robertson Starfall in Asimov’s Science Fiction July 114 page image R. Garcia y Robertson bibliography

    Her robo-cop escort hustled Tiffany past crying babies and disbelieving parents.

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