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|“||I had to kill Bob Morton because he made a mistake. Now it's time to erase that mistake!||„|
|~ Dick Jones, regarding his disgust towards Bob Morton.|
Richard Jones (mostly known as Dick Jones) is the main antagonist of the 1987 sci-fi action film RoboCop.
He was a corrupt businessman and the senior vice president of Omni Consumer Products, who is also the nefarious employer of Clarence Boddicker. He was the main responsible for the Detriot Police Strike, when he give orders to them to destroy Robocop, but his orders are put to an end when The Old Man fired him for murdering Bob Morton and ordering Lt. Hedgecock to destroy Robocop.
Dick Jones has an interest in seeing Omni Consumer Products (OCP) become successful. Not only is he one of the Vice Presidents of the company below the CEO - also known as "The Old Man" - and in line to reap the profits of any big sales, but now that the company has the opportunity to supply the military with their products, the financial benefits could be enormous. So all Dick Jones has to do is stay in power as the Old Man's right hand man and squash any challengers to his throne, like Bob Morton.
Bob Morton is a young, arrogant, but inventive executive at OCP. He got a pet project ready to go immediately as soon as one of Dick Jones' own demonstrations - the ED-209 urban pacification model - goes haywire and kills a OCP employee. The Old Man is impressed when Morton's RoboCop program goes online and joins the Detroit Police force, but Jones loathes this young upstart and wants to shut him and his "bastard creation" down. So Jones hires a cop killer by the name of Clarence Boddicker to take out both obstacles in Jones' way. With RoboCop out of the picture, he could roll the ED-209s back out onto the streets. Even if they don't work, OCP will provide expensive spare parts for years to come. But while Morton dies in an explosion, RoboCop cannot be killed so easily. In fact, RoboCop brutally interrogates Boddicker and discovers that Dick Jones is behind the whole thing.
With a visual record of Boddicker's confession in his memory, the cyborg storms in on Dick Jones and prepares to arrest him. That is when RoboCop discovers the mysterious Directive 4 which has been programmed into his system. Jones explains that any attempt by him to arrest a senior officer of the company will result in immediate shutdown. RoboCop tries to fight off his programming but when Jones brings in an ED-209 to take care of him, his priority is to get out of Jones' office alive. A few giant explosions later, Robocop is then confronted by a Detroit Police SWAT team led by Lt. Hedgecock but Anne Lewis having alerted by Kaplan and the others of Lt. Hedgecock's attempt to murder Robocop intervenes and saves him, RoboCop escapes but has been branded a fugitive by his own police force, until Dick Jones is been killed and the orders to destroy him is put to an end. His orders to destroy Robocop also results the Detroit Police to go on a strike and Lt. Hedgecock presumably relieved as SWAT leader for following Dick Jones' orders.
Dick Jones knows RoboCop is been rescued by Anne Lewis has to be destroyed, and after a quick negotiation with Boddicker, he hands over an arsenal of military weaponry to finish the job. RoboCop fights off the whole crew and takes down Boddicker once and for all, but justice hasn't been served yet. RoboCop storms OCP Senior Meeting and explains the situation to The Old Man himself: Directive 4, Clarence Boddicker, Bob Morton and ordering Lt. Hedgecock to destroy him. Jones begins to panic, and tries to convince the others that RoboCop is lying until he delivers the most damning testimony from Dick Jones himself: a visual record from his memory of Jones admitting he "had to kill Bob Morton because he made a mistake." Jones then pulls out a handgun and tries to take The Old Man hostage and escape, but The Old Man comes up with the best move of all: "Dick, you're fired!" This shuts down the Directive 4 and RoboCop thanks him, due to the actions of the Old Man whom breaks free and gets out of the way, as Robocop blasts Dick Jones through a window, sending him to his death dozens of stories below and his orders on the Detroit police force to destroy him is put to an end.
Dick Jones was a corrupt man who severely hated anyone who threatened his position of power such as Bob Morton or his creation Robocop. While he possesses charisma and showmanship like a businessman would, Jones displayed a blatant lack of empathy even before revealing his murderous side. This was shown when ED-209 killed one of the board members of OCP he simply writes it off as a glitch to The Old Man and claims he would fix it. Jones showed disgust and contempt to his younger rival Bob Morton who was gunning for his position, although in a twist of irony Jones remarked that Bob and he shared some similarities, especially when he was younger and cockier; however, when he went over his head to The Old Man, it proved to be the last straw for Dick. He angrily threatened Bob in the men's latrines and then hired a nefariously sadistic criminal, Clarence Boddicker, to murder him.
Aside from this, Jones displayed hatred towards Morton's creation, Robocop, claiming that he was his "bastard creation" and describing him as product while Directive 4 was being activated. He also ordered Robocop's Detroit police force to destroy him, but this was prevented by Officer Anne Lewis.
Jones loved to gloat over his victims, specifically when he believed that there was nothing they could do. This showed when he had Boddicker play to Bob Morton a disk with Dick ruthlessly gloating over the injured businessman and yet again when Robocop prepared to arrest him but ended up being shutdown because of Directive 4, Jones claimed that he was nothing more than a mistake and planned to erase him as you would which led to the rest of OCP to discover his true nature at the climax of the film.
He was indeed a crooked businessman seeking money, power and fame at all costs, even if it means harming innocent lives.