History Characters / Rocky

15th Feb '18 4:27:12 PM bkitu
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* OnlyInItForTheMoney: His main reason for promoting the first match with Balboa. Averted for the rematch, when it's more personal.

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* OnlyInItForTheMoney: OnlyInItForTheMoney:
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His main reason for promoting the first match with Balboa. His original opponent had to back out, and rather than lose the payday from a big fight, he dreams up the "give a title shot to a nobody" match as a ticket-selling gimmick.
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Averted for the rematch, when it's more personal.personal. He's getting hate mail and death threats from people thinking the first match was rigged, and he wants to prove to the world that he's still the real champ. Money doesn't come up at all in his decision to set up a rematch.



* ScaryBlackMan: Averted. While Apollo obviously could kick the ass of 99% of the population, he's a friendly, charismatic guy who even when he does play the {{Heel}} is almost entirely putting on a show.

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* ScaryBlackMan: Averted. While Apollo obviously could kick the ass of 99% of the population, he's a friendly, charismatic guy who who, even when he does play playing the {{Heel}} {{Heel}}, is almost entirely putting on a show.
25th Jan '18 11:21:04 AM BlueSatoshi
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* {{Determinator}}: As seen in the numerous examples below, this is practically the core of his entire style -- he might not be the strongest offensively, but he can take infinitely more punishment than seems humanly possible, which lets him ride out fights up to the double digit rounds that most of his opponents have never needed to go into. By the final film, Rocky himself (as well as his coach, former bud of Apollo) realize this and utilize it to its fullest to capitalize on what he has left, since at his more advanced age, his raw determination is really all he's got.

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* {{Determinator}}: As seen in the numerous examples below, this is practically the core of his entire style -- he might not be the strongest offensively, but he can take infinitely more punishment than seems humanly possible, which lets him ride out fights up to the double digit rounds that most of his opponents have never needed to go into. By the final film, Rocky himself (as well as his coach, former bud of Apollo) realize realizes this and utilize utilizes it to its fullest to capitalize on what he has left, since at his more advanced age, his raw determination is really all he's got.



* LightningBruiser: After Apollo trained rocky in all the more complicated aspects of boxing Rocky becomes a LightningBruiser MasterOfAll with the ability to fight in close and far away, use a fast but strong jab to confuse and wear out his opponent, has agile footwork and the ability to constantly use feints, and both effectively block and avoid his opponent's punches.

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* LightningBruiser: After Apollo trained rocky Rocky in all the more complicated aspects of boxing boxing, Rocky becomes a LightningBruiser MasterOfAll with the ability to fight in close and far away, use a fast but strong jab to confuse and wear out his opponent, has agile footwork and the ability to constantly use feints, and both effectively block and avoid his opponent's punches.



** Even when he was collecting for LoanShark Gazzo in the first movie, Rocky went out of his way to avert the EvilDebtCollector trope as much as humanly possible under the circumstances: his first scene with Gazzo has Gazzo berating him for not breaking a someone's thumbs for being behind on payment. He doesn't buy Rocky's reasoning that the guy won't be able to work (and therefore pay up) if he's injured.

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** Even when he was collecting for LoanShark Gazzo in the first movie, Rocky went out of his way to avert the EvilDebtCollector trope as much as humanly possible under the circumstances: his first scene with Gazzo has Gazzo berating him for not breaking a someone's thumbs for being behind on payment. He doesn't buy Rocky's reasoning [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure that the guy won't be able to work (and therefore pay up) if he's injured.injured]].



* YouOweMe: Paulie sees himself as giving a lot to Rocky, and felt like he wasn't given the same care that he gave to Adrian and Mickey, gets mad at Rocky, and tried to fight him because Rocky tells him, straight up that no body owes him anything. He got better after asking Rocky for a job.

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* YouOweMe: Paulie sees himself as giving a lot to Rocky, and felt like he wasn't given the same care that he gave to Adrian and Mickey, gets mad at Rocky, and tried to fight him because Rocky tells him, straight up that no body nobody owes him anything. He got better after asking Rocky for a job.



* GlassCannon: Apollo is strong, fast, and has decent stamina but can't take lot's of punishment. Apollo is an interesting version of this trope as he doesn't really have a glass jaw however his ability to take damage is merely average. Given the weight class he's in and how powerful some of the fighters are (like Rocky), he can't really afford to let his opponent land many solid shots. It's notable that he did fine in his rematch with rocky until about round 6 when rocky managed to get in 1 or 2 solid shots to his body. From round 7 on apollo started taking more and more damage and by round 12 couldn't use his footwork and his face was severely swollen. He even needed to hold the ropes in the final round to throw some punches.

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* GlassCannon: Apollo is strong, fast, and has decent stamina but can't take lot's of punishment. Apollo is an interesting version of this trope as he doesn't really have a glass jaw however his ability to take damage is merely average. Given the weight class he's in and how powerful some of the fighters are (like Rocky), he can't really afford to let his opponent land many solid shots. It's [[note]]It's notable that he did fine in his rematch with rocky Rocky until about round 6 Round 6, when rocky Rocky managed to get in 1 or 2 a few solid shots to his body. From round Round 7 on apollo Apollo started taking more and more damage damage, and by round 12 Round 12, he couldn't use his footwork and his face was severely swollen. He even needed to hold the ropes in the final round to throw some punches.[[/note]]
24th Dec '17 9:43:01 AM timotaka
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* StatuesqueStunner: A given as she's played by the 6'1'' (185 cm) Brigitte Nielsen.
24th Dec '17 9:40:47 AM timotaka
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* AnimalMotifs: Numerous. His bizarre haircut, leather jacket, and feather earrings make him look like an animal, he roars when he .throws a punch, and during the intro, a tiger's roar is played several times while the camera is on him.

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* AnimalMotifs: Numerous. His bizarre haircut, leather jacket, and feather earrings make him look like an animal, he roars when he .he throws a punch, and during the intro, a tiger's roar is played several times while the camera is on him.
29th Nov '17 2:25:16 PM infernape612
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A Soviet amateur fighter who, due to being unable to compete as a professional, (Eastern Bloc athletes of the time did not compete in professional leagues, only in the Olympics and other amateur leagues) is being touted as a potentially awesome but unproven boxer. Apollo sees this and is sure he knows better, and challenges Drago to exhibition fight. After Apollo loses and [[spoiler:dies from his injuries]], Rocky challenges Drago to an unlicensed bout in Russia that will not be recognized as legitimate by boxing authorities.

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A Soviet amateur fighter who, due to being unable to compete as a professional, (Eastern Bloc athletes of the time did not compete in professional leagues, only in the Olympics and other amateur leagues) is being touted as a potentially awesome but unproven boxer. Apollo sees this and is sure he knows better, and challenges Drago to an exhibition fight. After Apollo loses and [[spoiler:dies from his injuries]], Rocky challenges Drago to an unlicensed bout in Russia that will not be recognized as legitimate by boxing authorities.



--> ''Drago:'' I fight to win, FOR ME!!! FOR ME!!!!

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--> ''Drago:'' '''Drago:''' I fight to win, FOR ME!!! FOR ME!!!!



* TheStoic: [[NotSoStoic until he's in the ring.]]

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* TheStoic: [[NotSoStoic until Until he's in the ring.]]



* TheAce: He IS the wrestling world champion at the time of ''Rocky III''

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* TheAce: He IS the wrestling world champion at the time of ''Rocky III''III''.
29th Nov '17 2:16:04 PM infernape612
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* CaptainErsatz: Of a young George Foreman. To an extent the first bout between him and Rocky is an a fictionalization of the bout where Foreman defeated Joe Frazier (one of the inspirations for Rocky Balboa) to become world heavyweight champion. In that bout Foreman knocked out Frazier in two rounds and knocked Frazier down '''''six times''''' during those two rounds. Like the film there was a rematch, unlike the film while Frazier did better and lasted longer, Foreman once again knocked him out.

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* CaptainErsatz: Of a young George Foreman. To an extent the first bout between him and Rocky is an a fictionalization of the bout where Foreman defeated Joe Frazier (one of the inspirations for Rocky Balboa) to become world heavyweight champion. In that bout Foreman knocked out Frazier in two rounds and knocked Frazier down '''''six times''''' during those two rounds. Like the film there was a rematch, unlike the film while Frazier did better and lasted longer, Foreman once again knocked him out.
29th Nov '17 2:13:14 PM infernape612
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--> "YOU AIN'T SO BAD. '''YOU AIN'T SO BAD!'''"]

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--> ---> "YOU AIN'T SO BAD. '''YOU AIN'T SO BAD!'''"]BAD!'''"



--> '''Duke:''' He's not a machine! '''HE IS A MAN!'''

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--> ---> '''Duke:''' He's not a machine! '''HE IS A MAN!'''



--> '''Rocky:''' Yo! [[spoiler:Tommy! I don't hear no bell!]]

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--> ---> '''Rocky:''' Yo! [[spoiler:Tommy! I don't hear no bell!]]



-->'''Rocky:''' "You knocked him down, why don't you try knockin' me down now?"

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-->'''Rocky:''' "You ---->'''Rocky:''' You knocked him down, why don't you try knockin' me down now?"now?



* SmokingIsNotCool: Played with in the first movie. Rocky was a smoker, and then he lectures young Marie about hanging out with the wrong crowd and smoking. However, he drops the habit when he has to train for the match against Apollo, and seemed to have never picked it up since. [[SubvertedTrope Unless you count ''Rocky V'' in which he picks the habit back up.]] However, he appears to put it back down when he trains Tommy Gunn.

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* SmokingIsNotCool: Played with in the first movie. Rocky was a smoker, and then he lectures young Marie about hanging out with the wrong crowd and smoking. However, he drops the habit when he has to train for the match against Apollo, and seemed to have never picked it up since. [[SubvertedTrope Unless since (unless you count ''Rocky V'' [[SubvertedTrope in which he picks the habit back up.]] up]]). However, he appears to put it back down when he trains Tommy Gunn.Gunn.
* TechnologicallyBlindElders: In ''Creed'', when Adonis uses his smartphone to take a picture of his paper training schedule.
-->'''Rocky:''' Wait, don't you want this?\\
'''Adonis:''' I got it right here!\\
'''Rocky:''' What if you lose that there or it breaks?\\
'''Adonis:''' It's already up in the cloud!\\
'''Rocky:''' ''[[[LiteralMinded looks up at the sky in confusion]]]'' What cloud? What cloud?



--> '''Mickey:''' "Ya got a lot of heart, but you fight like a goddamn ape!"
* WarriorTherapist: On full display by the time of ''Creed''

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--> '''Mickey:''' "Ya Ya got a lot of heart, but you fight like a goddamn ape!"
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* WarriorTherapist: On full display by the time of ''Creed''''Creed''.
6th Nov '17 7:15:16 AM ScribeRetro
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: During his brief tenure as World Champion it's clear ''nobody'' likes him. The audience boos him, the commentators are unflattering and someone even tries to heckle him, due to a combination of his jerkass personality and having knocked out the extremely popular Balboa.
6th Nov '17 7:13:17 AM ScribeRetro
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* VillainousBreakdown: He has a minor one in the rematch after getting ''floored'' by Rocky in the first round.
6th Nov '17 7:03:25 AM ScribeRetro
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* LikeASonToMe: Micky Goldmill with Rocky, and more recently Rocky himself with Adonis in ''Creed''. Adonis even starts calling Rocky "Unc", and Rocky doesn't object.
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