Anne Lewis was a Detroit Police Department officer at the Metro West precinct to was partnered with Alex Murphy at the time of his death. She was partnered with him again after his reconstruction as RoboCop and continued to patrol with him through multiple police strikes, often facing some of Detroit's most fearsome criminals with little or no backup.
Murder of Alex MurphyEdit
Anne was partnered with Alex Murphy shortly after transfering from Metro South to Metro West. On his first day on the job at his new precinct, he was murdered by a vicious gang of thugs led by Clarence Boddicker. Lewis was incapacitated by gang member Joe P. Cox and was separated from Murphy at the time of the murder and could not cover him and after the carnage ceased, the only thing Lewis could do was summon help to get Murphy medical attention, although he was declared legally dead shortly afterwards.
Some time later, remains from Murphy were used in the creation of the cyborg RoboCop. This information was not public knowledge, but Lewis recognized RoboCop, who had mannerisms from his former life and she helped him rediscover his past.
Later, Anne was alerted to the orders for Lt. Hedgecock and his SWAT force to destroy RoboCop. She arrived at the third level of the OCP parking complex, seeing RoboCop damaged by the SWAT force and helped him to get into her car. As one of the SWAT team members discovered them, Lewis quickly got in the car and drove away, escaping the gunfire.
The two escaped to the old steel mill, where she brought supplies to RoboCop and told him what happened to Murphy's family. She later helped him calibrate his aiming systems before Boddicker and his gang arrived.
A firefight ensued as Lewis gave pursuit to the gang in her cruiser. She encountered Boddicker, who had crashed his car but managed to shoot Lewis, who collapsed into a shallow pool of rusty water. As Boddicker prepared to kill her, RoboCop arrived and was soon buried under metal from a crane operated by Leon Nash. Lewis destroyed the crane control room along with Nash with Clarence's Cobra Assault Cannon, enraging Clarence. The crime lord attempted to kill RoboCop once and for all but was fatally stabbed in the neck by the cyborg.
RoboCop desperately called to Lewis, who responded that she was "a mess." RoboCop assured her that OCP would fix her, as they fix everything. Indeed, she was soon taken to a hospital, where she recuperated.
When the police go on strike, Anne was one of the few police officers that did not. She is once again partnered with Murphy as RoboCop. Although RoboCop cannot strike as he is a subsidiary of OCP, the increased demand on his duties has been putting a strain on him, as well as his support staff. This is to the advantage of Cain, a drug lord developing a new narcotic-drug known as Nuke. Cain's gang at one point manages to mangle and dismantle RoboCop, depositing his remnants near the police precinct. Anne Lewis uses RoboCop's ruined state to show the strikers how Cain's gang is having a field day. The strike is called off, and the police officers return to duty in a united effort to bring down Cain.
During a confrontation with RoboCop, Cain is later killed and OCP (the company that owns and funds the police department) has him transformed into RoboCop 2, who goes berserk and ends up having to battle the original RoboCop, who he almost dominates until he is eventually destroyed by his arch nemesis, with some help from Anne. When Anne expresses regret that OCP got away scot-free, RoboCop consoles her by saying "Patience, Lewis. We're only human".
Opposing the RehabsEdit
The mega corporation OCP is still bent on creating their project, Delta City, to replace the rotting city of Detroit. Unfortunately, the inhabitants of the area have no intention of abandoning their homes simply for desires of the company. To this end, OCP have decided to force them to leave by employing a ruthless mercenary army to attack and harass them. An underground resis.
Anne Lewis, again aiding RoboCop in battle against their enemies. She is killed when she is shot outside the church hideout, having told the Rehab Commander, Paul McDaggett, that he'll have to shoot through them first. In the church, she said her dying words to her friend, "Get them for me. Promise me!" And he says faithfully, "I promise." With her final words, "Murphy...", Anne dies.
Behind the ScenesEdit
- Originally Stephanie Zimbalist, the star of NBC television series "Remington Steele", was cast as Lewis. Due to the network picking up an option in her contract to do more episodes of the television show, she had to withdraw from the role, leading to Nancy Allen taking it on.
- There exists an urban legend that Nancy Allen was so displeased with RoboCop 2 that she agreed to do the third film under the condition that her character be killed off early in the film. However, this is false, according to several interviews by Allen.
- The Character of Anne Lewis was not featured in the TV miniseries RoboCop: Prime Directives. In regards to the character, Co-writer Joseph O'Brien went on to say, "As far as we were concerned Anne Lewis is dead. Whether this happened in RoboCop 3 or not we leave to the discretion of the individual viewer." She is referenced when Ann R. Key reveals her name to RoboCop.
- In the comics, Anne Lewis didn't get killed and instead it was Warren Reed that died, adapted from the original RoboCop 3 script.
- In the Marvel comic books there is an inconclusive romance between RoboCop and Anne Lewis, she kisses him in the 19th issue of the series.
The Animated SeriesEdit
In the 1980s animated series Anne is portrayed as a much closer friend to Murphy, even attempting to help him become reacquainted with social functions like dating. Murphy's feelings for Lewis are much deeper due to this kind of interaction, as in episode "The Hot Seat" where RoboCop wants to work alone so Lewis won't get hurt, Anne says, "Murphy, so you do have feelings for me." When the chief says that Lewis will still be his partner, Anne winks at him.
In episode "The Scrambler" where Anne and Murphy go out on a date and in episode "The Man In The Iron Suit", Lt. Hedgecock, a prejudiced police officer jealous of Murphy, volunteers to test out a new prototype armor for OCP, challenging Murphy to a heated conflict inside a junkyard, where he almost succeeds in killing him. Anne is injured by Hedgecock when she tries to stop him. Murphy briefly snaps into a blind rage, pummeling Hedgecock and ripping apart his armor to get at the occupant. Lewis recovers and persuades Murphy to let Hedgecock go, insisting they can use the recordings of the battle to press charges without taking the law into their own hands (although the tape is inevitably destroyed to appease The Old Man and protect the RoboCop project), Murphy picks up Anne in a sweet way and departs the junkyard.