The definition given in the opening to The Workprint Version

A Replicant is a synthetic, biorobotic being (a type of android) with para-physical capabilities and designed to resemble a living, organic being. It is a genetically engineered being "composed entirely of organic substance" and marketed for labor by Tyrell Corporation, via Los Angeles; marketing under the slogan is "More human than human" .

Replicants are sometimes referred to as "skin-job"s, as their likeness is often skindeep, like a TI. Replicants consider the term a slur.



A replicant is a fictional bioengineered or biorobotic android appearing in the 1982 film Blade Runner, in its 2017 sequel Blade Runner 2049 and in the 1997 video game based on the film. The 'Nexus' series of replicants are virtually identical to adult humans, but have superior strength, speed, agility, resilience and intelligence to varying degrees depending on the model.

Replicants are genetically engineered beings composed entirely of organic substances William (1988:). Replicants are different from humans in that they are faster, smarter, and their emotions are programmed. Roy, who is a replicant, appears as a smartest machine and has a high IQ that was indicated by playing chess game Blade Runner (scott:1982). These replicant are also programmed to live for a designated four years. That is why they come back to their maker to negotiate the terms of their designated life span. In the film, the replicants represent the role of machine, whereas Deckard, the blade runner, takes the role of the human. The replicants pose an obvious danger to the functional aspects of utopian society.

The science-fiction movie fully proves that the world is far from perfect. Deckard in the film appears to have no emotions as he represents humans in 2019. Hence Roy who happens to be a replicant have many more emotions than Deckard, he manages to save him, that connotes caring. That means machines in the future will take a good care of humans.

Animal replicants (animoids) were developed first for use as pets and beasts of burden after most real animals became extinct. A replicant snake is the famous onscreen example. Some replicants were given away "free" to people accepting the offer to emigrate to the Off-world colonies. Others are used in combat to protect colonists and explore other worlds (Zuben, Iggy and Roy Batty were combat models). The Tyrell Corporation introduced the Nexus-6, the supreme replicant — much stronger and faster than, and virtually indistinguishable from, humans. Law forbids replicant existence on Earth, except in the huge industrial complex where they are created. The law does not consider replicants human and therefore accords them no rights nor protection.

Psychological Aspect

Thus a replicant can only be detected by means of the fictional Voight-Kampff test, in which emotional responses are provoked; replicants' nonverbal responses differ from humans'. A key aspect of replicant psychology is that they are lacking in empathy, in effect making them textbook sociopaths. Nexus-6 replicants also have a safety mechanism, namely a four-year lifespan, to prevent them from developing empathic abilities (and, therefore, immunity to the test). This is especially necessary for Mental-A models whose intellectual capacity at least matches their designers. Due to their short lifespans, replicants had no framework within which to deal with their emotions, which lead to them being emotionally inexperienced. Tyrell sought to change this by gifting replicant with a past through implanted memories and therefore creating an emotional cushion that would make them far more controllable. This vision lead to the creation of Rachael, a replicant who was implanted with the memories of Tyrell's niece and believed herself to be human.


Replicants are illegal on Earth after a bloody mutiny against an off-world colony staged by a Nexus-6 combat model. Special police units (Blade Runners) are sent to investigate, test and ultimately "retire" (kill) replicants found on Earth.

The debate concerning Deckard's replicant status continues despite director Scott's repeated clarifications. This following essay critically explains the relationship between science fiction and the contemporary life of the viewer according to Blade Runner (Scott 1982). I will discuss how the city of Los Angeles being depicted in regards to utopia and dystopia and science fiction referring to Ramona Pringle (2013). A screen short from the film Blade Runner (Scott 1982) will be used as a visual example to reinforce the understanding of the terms’ utopia and dystopia with a specific reference.

According to Deckard, a normal replicant can usually be discovered using the Voight-Kampff test, after being given 20–30 questions. Rachael answers over 100 questions before Deckard determines she is a replicant. The theatrical cut's voice-over ending said that as an experimental replicant, Rachael didn't have the four-year life but the Director's Cut did not address this. Scott said that he had wanted to cast a young actress in the role to emphasise Rachael's naivety and unworldliness.

The second film further developed her origin and gave significantly more details about her radical design. It revealed most significantly she was an experimental reproductive model of replicant (who ultimately had a daughter to Deckard) with a high degree of human organs in comparison to replicant parts. She has an internal human bone structure, natural eyes, hair, skin and reproductive organs. This explains her uncanny ability to pass as human. Thus the film suggests it was only her mind and possibly other vital organs which were the replicant parts. As she died during childbirth, of complications related to a caesarean section, it remains uncertain if she could have lived beyond the four years.

This is an image from the film Blade Runner. The image shows Deckard who plays the role of the detective hanging from a ledge, and Roy who is a replicant leaning over the ledge saving Deckard’s life by pulling him up Blade Runner (Scott:1982). They are on top of a building with the aftermath of a fight. Roy is genetically engineered form of species very identical to regular human, yet he is a replicant. In the film Blade Runner(Scott;1982) there is an evidence power struggle with Deckard being at the weaker end. Deckard is vulnerable at the half naked replicant mercy. This displays the binary opposites of the dominant and submissive roles between human being weaker over the replicant.


In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the android manufacturer, known as the Rosen Corporation, did not know how to manufacture an android capable of living beyond four years. The super-soldiers in Soldier—the "spiritual successor" to Blade Runner—are intended to be replicants in the film.

In his novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (the inspiration for Blade Runner), Philip K. Dick used the term android (or "andy"), but director Ridley Scott wanted a new term that the audience would not have any preconceptions about. As David Peoples was re-writing the screenplay, he consulted his daughter, who was involved in microbiology and biochemistry. She suggested the term "replicating", the biological process of a cell making a copy of itself. From that, either Peoples or Scott—each would later recall it was the other—came up with replicant and it was inserted into Hampton Fancher's screenplay.

In Reality

  • 'Nexus' is a Google Phone series, including the 'Nexus 6'. If synonymous, that means Replicants are an Alphabet-subsidiary product (and thus without third-party reprogramming are prone, seemingly intentionally, to Pseudo-Psychosis mostly due to Google Analytics, along with operator malice.)
    • Nexus Smartphones:[1]
  • Replicants seem to be synonymous with Tykuts. A Tykut is an artificial-lifeform spawned by the parasitic-race 'the Maitre' (Constellation Megopei), which are known to commit abductions and engage in involuntary human experimentation (much like spawned the Replicants).

In Other Pseudo-Fiction

Types of Replicants in Blade Runner

  • Information Officer (IO) - Central Unit and Strategic Leader (Sebastian)
  • Power Lifter - Modified for Heavy Loads (Leon)
  • Pleasure Model (Pris)
  • Dollmaker (Roy)

...the film seems to have been intentionally-vague who is and isn't an android.

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