Peter Weller as Officer Alex J. Murphy/RoboCop in RoboCop (1987)
To say that Detroit PD officer Alex J. Murphy "survives" after a gang of criminals he's pursuing gets the jump on him, tortures and riddles him with bullets (including a parting shot to the dome), doctors pronounce him dead, and the Omni Consumer Products corporation that runs law enforcement uses his body to create an experimental cyborg cop is a stretch.
Yet, a spark of the man and his memories remains amidst the metal in the titular hero of director Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi action classic. And with his badass new robot body and semi-automatic hand cannon he's able to take revenge on the thugs who took him away from his wife and son. By the end of the flick his human side overrides his uptight programmed computer side and he refers to himself not as RoboCop but as Murphy once more.