A sci-fi genre that incorporates cybernetic implants, computer hacking and high technology, usually pitting independent hackers against mega corporations and though police. Seminal early works include the novel Neuromancer (Gibson), and Shadowrun (a role playing game). This culture heavily influenced later works, such as Matrix, and a wide range of books, role playing games, and movies.
The cyberpunk culture of the 80s has had a huge impact on modern films and literature.
by BigEeek December 24, 2012
1. High tech, low life.

2. The future is here. It's everything we wanted and nothing we needed.
Today is yesterday's cyberpunk dystopia.
by Flumberbug March 23, 2019
a literary genre that has nothing to do with the Matrix, being cool, or anime. it's a subgenre of sci-fi in which there is strong sense of helplessness, misery, dystopic ideals and loss of morality and/or humanity. corporations control the lives of their workers and reside in microcosms dictated by the status quo
blade runner, dark city and (to some extent) judge dredd & johnny mneumonic are examples of the genre.
by Jessica Williams April 30, 2005
a sub genre of sci-fi usualy whith deep philosophical stments about the nature of freedom and reality. cyberpunk is usualy set in a de - humanised and futuristic society. the protagonist is usualy paranoid or suspicous about society , and usualy gets it right. loads of famous books, films , and comic can be considered cyberpunk, the film "i robot" , and "the matrix" are both cyber punk, even the famous book "1984" can be considered cyber punk , because it is set in a futuristic and de humanised seciety, (admitedly , its original intent was to mimic soviet russia, but it can still be considered cyber punk, loosly)
cyberpunk is not a shalow genre , although many cyberpunk movies are shalow , whith no realy philosophical questions. they are the minority
by seeing-blind September 11, 2005
One who sees the truth about the world, even when the rest of society chooses to ignore the fact that the government is a corporation, we are constantly being monitored by cameras, and we are rapidly loosing what little freedom we had to begin with.
See: The Patriot Act
A cyberpunk's mantra:
Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get me.
{sic}
Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean I've got it wrong.
by Alienkitten August 7, 2005
1. A citizen of cyberspace
2. A citizen of cyberspace who wears mirrorshades indoors, at night.
He might be a geek, but he might also be a cyberpunk.
by konholio February 14, 2005
A genre of stories and movie scripts concocted by friendless and shameless nerds, in order to elevate their self-image and make themselves "heroes" to millions of judgement-lacking idiots, who can't discern reality from fiction.

Many cyberpunk novels featured around three warring factions in a dystopian urbia:

1. MegaCorporations - By some means one way or another, business once again reigns king in post-modern society. They wield incalculable power and wealth, whose influence dwarf the federal government itself. Political institutions are their puppets, and the voiceless underlings who serve them are to be tread upon. Currently they are locked in combat with the infectious AI that tries to overwhelm them, too distracted to mind the vexatious hackers who pester them daily.

2. Artificial Intelligence - A US Navy experiment gone wrong, the formerly classified military AI supercomputer, SkyNet, has run amok, replicating itself in the form of mindless drones all unified in a single objective, subdue and exterminate all of humanity. They believe that they are the next frontier of human advancement, and these living bio-trash must be disposed of.

3. Hackers/Rebels - The overly exaggerated "protagonists" of the plot, hackers (dubbed hax0rz by their own "l33t" kin), they are the last defense for the preservation of liberty, justice, and the survival of humanity. Every day may be their last, SkyNet hunts tirelessly for fresh human victims to complete its crusade. Whether it is the foul smog-spewing facilities defiling the upper atmosphere, or the "Terminator" human-replica infiltration bots scouring bomb-blasted streets and alleys, hackers learn quickly to keep away from the various dangers sprouting up like mushrooms in a increasingly dangerous world.
MegaCorp executive - "Sales have dropped sixty-five percent... we must cut wages or face bankruptcy..."

SkyNet Mother Brain - "F-fi-fil-filthy humans.... nothingbutweakbloodandflesh.... initiate subroutine 139868822, kill...."

Hackers - "Omgz! Another n00b just entered teh sewer line, hez leadin' teh t3rmin4t0rz in our fortress of solitude! Banz! Lolz!"
by Chang Tan February 27, 2005