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[[folder: Main characters]]
!!John Rambo
->Played by: Creator/SylvesterStallone

* AccidentalMurder: Accidentally kills police sergeant Art Galt in self defense when the latter tried to purposely kill him in cold blood in the first film. In the book, he disembowels Galt in the police station for reaching for his gun after Rambo overpowered Teasle and stole the razor.
* ActionHero: The 80's emblem, and the 2000's resurgence of 80's action type as well.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Perhaps more like "adaptational sympathy", but Rambo was a much darker character in the ''First Blood'' book. The novel puts more emphasis on the fact that the whole situation mostly happens because of Rambo's own pride, and Teasle actually gives him several chances to leave the town peacefully, as opposed to the movie where he takes him in after coming back once. Rambo's actions also seem more like vengeance and he eventually realises he is fighting [[BloodKnight because he likes it]], whereas in the movie they seem more like self-defense. And while in the film he only kills one person, in the book he [[ShootEverythingThatMoves slaughters dozens of people]] and is basically like an evil version of what the character would become in later films, and more or less serves as the BigBad of the story.
* ArcherArchetype: Is fond of using a bow for its stealthy qualities, but he's not above using explosive warheads when shit needs to get blow'd up. He will use whatever weapon is available that is most appropriate to the situation.
* AxCrazy: Particularly in the first movie where Rambo mistakes a kid out hunting game for one of the officers pursuing him and Rambo has to force himself to let the kid go. Col. Trautman himself lampshades this during the climax where he accuses Rambo of having wanted to initiate a fight from the beginning.
* BadassBandolier: Has worn bandoliers of ammo for his machine gun.
* BadassesWearBandanas: He's probably one of the most iconic examples.
* BagOfSpilling: Rambo actually did came well armed and with the equipment he needed (the camera he needed). He just happened to lose it on the way down.
* BerserkButton: Murdoch ''really'' should not have decided to abandon Rambo, and by extension, the [=POWs=] he wasn't supposed to rescue.
* BigBad: He's this and VillainProtagonist in the novel. Despite his sympathetic backstory, his actions by the end of the novel make any sympathy you have for him fade away when he kills the innocent townspeople.
* BigDamnHeroes: Especially in the fourth movie, as the Burmese Army found out firsthand.
* BloodKnight: Subverted. Despite the violence associated with him, Rambo actually doesn't enjoy killing and is perfectly content to be left alone. But when push comes to shove he [[CombatPragmatist doesn't hesitate to do whatever it takes to get the job done]]. Played straight in the novel though where he straight-up murders pretty much everyone he comes across and admits to himself that he missed the rush of battle.
* ButNotTooWhite: In the novels, Rambo was mentioned as being half-Native American.
** While the character in the film is played by Sylvester Stallone, who is a combination of Italian, French, and Jewish Ukranian, the second film notes Rambo as being ''of Indian/German descent''.
* CopKiller: Killed sadistic policeman Art Galt in self-defense in the first film. Galt's death was [[AccidentalMurder accidental]], falling from the helicopter after Rambo throws a rock at the windshield because he was leaning out the door with his seat harness unbuckled. Rambo at that point was unarmed, desperate, and looking for ''any'' way to return fire, and is visibly surprised when Galt falls to his death.
* DeadpanSnarker: In the third film, Rambo actually manages to crack a few jokes (unlike the other films in the series, where he's dead serious most of the time).
-->''*Trautman and Rambo stand alone against an entire Soviet battalion.*''
-->'''Trautman:''' Any ideas?
-->'''Rambo:''' Well, surrounding them is out.
-->'''Trautman:''' Hell of a time for humor, John.
* {{Determinator}}: Anything that gets in Rambo's way ''will'' be obliterated.
* TheDreaded: In the first film. Most of the police and national guardsmen who are hunting Rambo are scared shitless of him.
* GoodIsNotNice: In the fourth film. Very evident when he briefly argues with the missionaries over him saving their lives by killing the pirates.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: His torso is crisscrossed with scars from where he was cut by knives while a prisoner of war. In the third and fourth movies he also has a burn mark on his cheek from when a Russian interrogator touched him with a red-hot knife in the second film.
* HeartbrokenBadass: [[spoiler: After Co-Bao's death in the second movie]].
* HeroWithBadPublicity: In the first film, when he was shunned by society, submitted to humiliation by anti-war "maggots" upon returning home, arrested for no good reason and finds himself a fugitive from justice before turning himself in that leads to life in prison until the sequel where he is pardoned.
* HeroicBSOD: Has a major one at the end of ''First Blood''.
* HonorBeforeReason: "Live for nothing, or die for something!"
%%* HotBlooded
* HurtingHero: A result of the trauma he endured in Vietnam as well as the dismissive attitude he received from the public upon coming home.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: [[spoiler: Co's death in the second movie sparks his RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the villains.]]
* IronButtMonkey: He's a badass, but let's face it, ''nothing'' goes right for Rambo in any of the films.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KickTheDog: A literal example in the first movie, when Rambo kills the three dogs the police were trying to use to track him. Still in self-defense, though.
* KnifeNut: Rambo always carries a knife for "hunting." And what can he hunt with a knife?
-->''Name it.''
%%* KnightInSourArmor
* LargeHam:
** "They would have RAPED her 50 times, and cut all your FUCKIN' HEADS OFF! WHO ARE YOU?! [[FunetikAksent WHOUHANNYOYOU!?]]"
%%* LightningBruiser
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: By the fourth movie he has abandoned civilization and humanity almost entirely.
* ManlyTears: At the end of ''First Blood'' as he cries about all the horrors that he has witnessed in Vietnam.
** He also does this in ''First Blood Part II'' when [[spoiler: Co dies.]]
%%* MoreDakka
%%* NoIndoorVoice
* OlderAndWiser: In the fourth movie, who is more world-weary and much more hardened battle veteran then he was in the previous movies.
* OneManArmy: Yeah, he's pretty much the TropeCodifier as far as 1980s action heroes go.
** Taken to absurd levels in the third movie, toned down to a much more believable extent in the fourth.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Let's just say that Rambo '''IS''' the bomb, minus the nuclear, plus all the lead.
%%* PunchClockHero
* RetiredBadass: Former Green Beret, having previously served in Vietnam. He always has time to fight.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Rambo goes on one in every film in the franchise.
** Especially this memorable quote from Rambo: First Blood Part II, after being abandoned under Murdoch's orders.
--> "Murdoch..." *clinches microphone* "''I'm coming for you.''"
* SchrodingersCast: Rambo's characterization is completely different in the book then the films' one we all know and loved.
* ScreamingWarrior: His trademark as of Rambo: First Blood Part II.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Of the classic "has 'Nam flashbacks" variety.
* SociopathicHero: Especially in the first movie.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Is killed via [[BoomHeadshot shotgun blast to the head by Trautman]] at the end of the ''First Blood'' novel. An alternate ending where Trautman kills him was filmed before they went for the ending that was put on screen, and it appears quickly on a dream sequence/flashback on the fourth movie (and is available on the DVD collection).
* SoleSurvivor: In 1971 Rambo's [=SOG=] unit, Baker Team, was ambushed by the North Vietnamese Army while on a long-range reconnaissance mission near the Chinese-Vietnamese border. The survivors were imprisoned in a POW camp and repeatedly tortured. In 1972 Rambo and his only surviving teammate, Delmore, managed to escape from captivity. ''First Blood'' opens with Rambo visiting Delmore's home, only to learn that Delmore has since died from cancer, leaving Rambo as the sole surviving member of Baker Team.
* TookALevelInBadass: Rambo does this in between every film (at least if the number of kills he manages to rack up is any indication).
* TookALevelInJerkass: In the fourth movie - although he is still one of "the good guys" - he is portrayed as more rude and cynical than in the first three movies. [[IronWoobie Considering everything he's been through up 'til then]], [[JerkassWoobie it's perfectly understandable that he'd be a left a little bitter]].
* TragicKeepsake: Rambo takes Co's necklace after her death in the second film and is still seen wearing it at the start of the third film.
* VillainProtagonist: In the first film, [[SubvertedTrope in a way]], as he was a fugitive from justice and the antagonists are actually [[HeroAntagonist law enforcement]] trying to track him down. However, he plays the role straight in the novel unlike the AdaptationalHeroism of the character in the films.
* WarriorPoet: In the fourth movie.
--> "When you're pushed, killing is as easy as breathing."
--> "Live for nothing, or ''die for something.''"
* WeaponOfChoice: Rambo: First Blood Part II has made the character quite fond of using a bow, usually with an explosive tip.
** In the second and third films, he is more known for using an [[MoreDakka M60]] and [[KnifeNut Large Bowie Knife]]. The fourth film gives him a machete that he made himself.
* WesternTerrorists: All of his actions he committed during the events of ''Film/FirstBlood'' could be considered acts of terrorism.

!!Col. Sam Trautman
->Played by: Richard Crenna (1982-88)

* AdaptationalHeroism: Trautman is more of AFatherToHisMen type in the movie than in the book.
* BadassGrandpa: He was able to talk Rambo out of going through with his massacre while he's been pushed, and not only lived, but even convinced him to surrender!
* BigDamnHeroes: Subverted in Rambo: First Blood Part II. Despite having the helicopter close to the ground, he is forced by Murdoch, and his mercenaries (by gunpoint) to abandon Rambo. He knew Murdoch would regret that decision.
* ColonelBadass: But really, what did you expect from the man who trained ''Rambo''?
* IgnoredExpert: Teasle intentionally ignores Trautman's advice on how to handle Rambo, despite the track record so far.
* KickedUpstairs: Explains to Rambo that he was shuffled off to a do-nothing desk job at the Pentagon some time after the war ended:
-->'''Rambo:''' "I tried to get in touch with you, but the guys at Bragg never knew where to find you."
-->'''Trautman:''' "Well, I haven't been spending much time there lately. They've got me down in D.C., I'm shining a seat with my ass."
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The DVD extras contain a biography of Trautman, revealing that he served with distinction in the Korean War.
* TheMentor: He's the man who recruited Rambo into Special Forces and trained him to be a OneManArmy.
* MoralityChain: Usually the only one who can talk Rambo out of his more screwed up moments.
* ThePardon: He offers Rambo this in the beginning of the second movie; conduct a top secret assignment (take photographic evidence of existence of [=POW=]s in Vietnam), and get pardoned for the crimes he committed in the first movie.
* ParentalSubstitute: Lampshaded with his first words on screen.
* SchrodingersCast: His relationship between Rambo and him is completely differently in the novel then in the films, also Trautman is a Captain in the book.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the fourth film, Trautman only appears briefly in a flashback scene. It's never mentioned what happened to the character following ''Rambo III''. This was probably done out of respect for actor Richard Crenna, who passed away in 2003.

[[folder: Appeared in First Blood]]
!!Sheriff Will Teasle
->Played by: Brian Dennehy
* AdaptationNameChange: Full name basis only; he was Wilfred Teasle in the novel, but according to the Survival Mode on the film's DVD, he's William Wright Teasle.
* AdaptationalVillainy: While Teasle was still a bit of a jerk in the novel, he was also a far more complex character and somewhat of a JerkassWoobie and a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. The novel goes into great detail on his motives, his relationships with his family and other members of the town, and acknowledges several similarities between him and John. He arguably comes off as more sympathetic than Rambo and even drives Rambo to a diner to have something to eat before taking him to town limits. The film makes him into a [[HateSink one-dimensional asshole who the audience has no trouble rooting against]], even though he has his JerkassWoobie and PetTheDog moments, which were minimum in comparison to the amount he had in the novel. Also, if Teasle in the film is a decorated Korean War hero like in the novel, the film makes him more of a FallenHero to that then in the book.
* AlasPoorVillain: In a way, as everything he tried to do was to prove what Korean War vets are made of after being shunned for so long and to uphold the law in his duty as a policeman, yet now he's wounded in a pathetic state and is about to take more flak then he's ever before imagined.
* AntiVillain: Type III with aspects of Type II (but the latter is greatly emphasized in the novel). Teasle may have been a {{Jerkass}} and something of a DirtyCop, but everything he's done was to keep his town safe and to uphold the law as well as to put forgotten Korean War vets back in the light again.
* BigBad: Of the first film and the novel. Subverted in the novel, he's the true hero in the novel.
* BenevolentBoss: He genuinely cares for his deputy, heck, Galt's death is one of the main reasons why he chases after John. However, he is also considered to count as a BadBoss, due to neglecting to notice Galt's abuse of Rambo, ignoring Deputy Mitch Rogers' advise and even grabbing him by his hair to show him Galt's corpse and vowing vengeance before finally failing to properly organize his deputies to capture Rambo that leads them to be easily overpowered. It does show he still cares as when he and his men were outmaneuvered, Teasle helped a deputy named Balford who was injured by a booby trap built by Rambo.
* BerserkButton: He's always glad to drive drifters to the edge of town closest to their destination, but God help the drifter who dares come back.
* BreakTheHaughty: After Rambo overpowers his posse during the manhunt initially with just Teasle and his deputies, Rambo pins the sheriff to a tree with a knife on a his throat and was able to paralyze the arrogant sheriff with fear upon warning him what Rambo's capable of and telling him to leave him alone while he still has the chance. After departing, Teasle just sinks down [[TearsOfFear sobbing upon experiencing an amount of fear, humiliation and broken pride]].
%%* BreakoutVillain
* BrokenAce: See FallenHero and RetiredBadass below.
%%* TheBully
* BullyingADragon: His (but mostly Galt's) mistreatment of ShellShockedVeteran Rambo is what led Rambo to go on a rampage.
* CorruptHick: He is a redneck DirtyCop.
* CruelMercy: Was spared from Rambo's wrath, but did not get his own victory and revenge and is left badly wounded and most likely a cripple. Also, it's implied things will go dark for him once the reason why Rambo go on a rampage through town in the first place goes out in the open.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Eggs Rambo to GetItOverWith and FinishHim after being wounded in battle, [[XanatosGambit knowing that his death at Rambo's hands would be something of a posthumous victory for Teasle as killing Teasle would damn Rambo into crossing]] the MoralEventHorizon as well as to border on IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim, which can be considered to be AFateWorseThanDeath for a character like Rambo.
%%* Determinator
* DirtyCop: Of the abusive convict treatment and KnightTemplar kind.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: It is implied (and the director's commentary mentions) that part of the reason Teasle is so hateful about Rambo is because of the Korean War (where he served) being pretty much forgotten by the American people while Rambo (a VietnamWar vet) is a symbol of the new, controversial thing. Explicit in the novel.
* {{Expy}}: The movie's depiction of Teasle has more in common with the {{Franchise/Batman}} comic book character Harvey Bullock then the novel's version of the character. As both Teasle and Bullock are a FatBastard {{Jerkass}} DirtyCop who are willing to antagonize and arrest TheHero due to their backgrounds they loathed (Rambo is a Vietnam vet and a drifter which are both things Teasle despised, while Batman is a costumed vigilante that Bullock views as a freak).
* EvenEvilHasStandards: When Rambo first escapes from the station, Galt was about to open fire until Teasle stops him as Galt would have harmed an InnocentBystander while shooting at Rambo. Then during the initial manhunt, when Teasle hears the gunshots from Galt's attempt to personally execute Rambo out of spite, he tries to radio Galt to remind him that Rambo is to be taken in alive as part of police protocol. Even after Galt was killed and Teasle vows to get his revenge, he still wanted Rambo to be taken in alive, [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk only this time]] is the case of TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou as he wants to be the one to deliver the final blow against him. Also see PetTheDog below for more information.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Is willing to kill Rambo or die trying, as when Trautman attempts to warn Teasle about his final confrontation with Rambo, Teasle scoffs, "Everybody dies," justified as Teasle is a Korean War vet who must have experienced risks like this and was willing go along with this (although, it might have something to do with feeling personally humiliated from his last confrontation with Rambo where he was [[BreakTheHaughty frozen up]] [[MilesGloriosus with fear upon facing him]], so Teasle this time does not want to show vulnerability and have his pride broken the next time he's given the opportunity to face Rambo). This is proven true as after Teasle was wounded by Rambo, Teasle just [[DefiantToTheEnd eggs]] Rambo to FinishHim
* FallenHero: A decorated Korean War veteran who is reduced to an overzealous KnightTemplar DirtyCop.
* FantasticRacism: Against Vietnam veterans, see DudeWheresMyRespect above. Also against World War Two vets in the novel which was his ultimate jealous anger towards.
* FatBastard: While not exactly fat and more big boned, he has an imposing physique and described by Rambo to be "king shit."
* FauxAffablyEvil: When he and Rambo first met, Teasle at first seemed to be courteous to a man on a cold December morning and offered him a ride. Teasle's true colors then show when he casually tells Rambo that because he is a scruffy and long-haired drifter, he is not wanted in the town of Hope. According to a deleted scene with Kern and Teasle, this trope is probably what Teasle meant when he said he initially and ''very'' briefly treated him as "one of (his) neighbor's kids."
* FormerRegimePersonnel: He's a Korean War veteran-turned sheriff.
* GetItOverWith: After being shot and severely wounded, he urges Rambo, "Go ahead, you crazy son of a bitch, finish it!" before Trautman intervenes.
* GreenEyedMonster: See FantasticRacism and DudeWheresMyRespect above.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Serves as a HeroAntagonist to capture fugitive from justice Rambo, but internally just to prove that Korean War vets (which Teasle is one of them) are more badass then Vietnam War vets (which Rambo is one of them) and to avenge the death of Art Galt, who's a despicable character to begin with, accidentally caused by Rambo. In general, despite doing his hardest to uphold the law and bring in ''his'' brand of justice, it turned him into a viciously prejudiced DirtyCop and RabidCop in order to do so in his view.
* HeroAntagonist: He is performing his duty defending the well being of his town, after all, and still ''genuinely'' believes so as he goes about at the expense of Rambo. Subverted since he's also TheBully and something of a DirtyCop to a certain extent, as the reason Rambo goes on his rampage in the first place is because of how he and his deputies mistreated him for no good reason. Played straight only in that ''after'' Rambo goes nuts, he needs to be taken down, especially in a deleted scene when Teasle argued with Kern on how much devastation Rambo caused such as Art Galt's widow grieving over Galt's death:
--> '''Teasle:''' Why don't you go out there and take a look at what's left of my men? You'll see how motivated I am, Dave, and if that doesn't do it for you why don't you go have a talk with Art Galt's widow?
** Teasle plays this role completely straight in the novel to a point he is revealed to be the true hero.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: See PetTheDog below.
* HonorBeforeReason: While his man hunt for Rambo and his refusal to back down is driven by his desire to avenge Galt's death, it's also driven by Teasle's dislike of Vietnam vets and to prove that that Korean War vets are much as efficient as any other soldier who fought in combat and is willing to FaceDeathWithDignity rather than retreat, grovel or cry like some DirtyCoward if Rambo ever does get the upper hand.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Wants Rambo's head to avenge the death of fellow colleague Art Galt, who is a despicable piece of work to begin with, making the audience wonder what Teasle sees in Galt, aside from their shared hatred of Rambo.
* {{Hypocrite}}: He is prejudiced against Vietnam veterans, yet throughout the film the assault rifles (an M16 and a [=HK93=]) he armed himself are kinds used during the Vietnam War.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: In a deleted scene, he argued to state police officer Kern that he did his duty as a police officer to book Rambo for vagrancy and resisting arrest:
--> '''Teasle:''' I did my job, Dave, I booked him for vagrancy and resisting arrest.
* InspectorJavert: He stubbornly views himself as the police officer who holds the responsibility to stop criminals no matter the cost and views Rambo as the criminal needed to be caught.
* ItsAllAboutMe: See DudeWheresMyRespect above.
* {{Irony}}: See {{Hypocrite}} above.
* {{Jerkass}}: Even though he believes he's doing his duty, he does seem to enjoy throwing his weight around. However, in the novel, Teasle is more of a JerkassWoobie (although the movie's version still count him as this).
* JerkassHasAPoint: While the manhunt is driven by Teasle's dislike of Vietnam vets and Rambo's AccidentalMurder of Galt, as a policeman and he doesn't care if Rambo's rampage is a result of PTSD, he is valid that Rambo should not be let off that easy after committing, what Teasle thought it was, first degree murder and for being a CopKiller. This could be subverted however, as Teasle was clearly thinking with his black heart and not his head and he knew about Galt's nature and disposition and knew that Rambo likely killed Galt in self-defense, which is what happened, coupled with Galt's own foolish actions. Although Rambo would be charged for destruction of property, he would likely not be charged with Galt's death.
--> '''Teasle:''' Now don't give me any of that crap Trautman. Do you think Rambo was the only guy who had a tough time in Vietnam? He killed a police officer for Christ's sake!
** Furthermore, when he first arrested Rambo, he was correct that Rambo should not be carrying a dangerous combat knife in the public which makes it at least one (possibly the ''only'') good reason to prosecute him for and to make matters worse, Rambo was probably carrying it without a license as he could not afford one due to being shunned by the public to support him. It also does not help that Rambo was not giving out a straight clear answer when Teasle first questions him over it. However, the penalty Rambo was given for it was harsher than the felony itself, thanks to the other charges for vagrancy and resisting arrest.
*** Also subverted as Teasle, being the RabidCop he is, only found the knife when he searched Rambo's bag without Probable Cause, a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution's Bill of Rights (unlawful search and seizure) that would have resulted in any Judge in America throwing the case out of court for police misconduct.
** However, there is one fact that can mostly be agreed with Teasle, though in his case he is RightForTheWrongReasons, that Rambo is a dangerous individual who is a threat to public safety.
** This trope is played completely straight with Teasle in the novel.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: See PetTheDog and RedemptionRejection below.
* KillerCop: Vows to kill Rambo to avenge Galt's death.
* KnightTemplar: Feels he has his town's best interest at heart when he uses heavy-handed protocol against vagrants.
* LargeAndInCharge: See FatBastard above.
* MilesGloriosus: See BreakTheHaughty above.
* NecessarilyEvil: Teasle is a KnightTemplar DirtyCop driven by mostly FantasticRacism against drifters and Vietnam veterans, but believes his methods is the way to bring in justice.
* TheNeidermeyer: He's a Korean War vet and a {{Jerkass}}.
* NeverMyFault: Does not care that his and his department's mistreatment of Rambo is what caused him to go bonkers in the first place.
** In a deleted scene from Teasle's and Trautman's initial encounter, Trautman tells Teasle that he (Teasle) picked the wrong man (Rambo) to push (referring to the mistreatment he and his deputies gave to Rambo), but Teasle argues ''he'' (Rambo) picked the wrong man (Teasle) (likely referring to Rambo trying to deliberately walk into town to Teasle's opposition that led to Rambo's arrest):
-->''*After being told by Trautman that he picked the wrong man to push.*''
--> '''Teasle:''' No, Trautman. ''He'' picked the wrong man!
** However, Teasle's side of the story is more justified in the novel, as he actually gave Rambo several chances to leave the town peacefully, as opposed to the movie where he takes him in after coming back once.
%%* NoNonsenseNemesis
* NobleBigotWithABadge: He is extremely prejudiced against Vietnam War vets, but however, he is more respectful towards Colonel Trautman, likely due to Trautman being not only a Vietnam War vet, but also (according to AllThereInTheManual for Trautman) a Korean War vet like Teasle, which is only thing that prevents Teasle from being totally hostile towards him unlike to Rambo.
* NotSoDifferent: Both Rambo and Teasle are military veterans in UsefulNotes/ColdWar conflicts who are also each a BrokenAce and a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds due to the way the public has been [[UngratefulBastard mistreating them despite their services]]:
** Rambo has been living life on the road, nearly friendless with Trautman as an exception, jobless and hated by anti-war civilians to a point he's been called a "baby killer," while Teasle's Korean War service has been forgotten and living in the shadow of the Vietnam War hot topic.
** More explicit in the novel.
%%* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou
* TheParanoiac: He initially drove Rambo out of town and then arrested him when returning due to him being a drifter who Teasle believes would disrupt harmony in Hope. In the novel, however, Teasle is ProperlyParanoid, due to Rambo being more of a irredeemable psycho then the movie.
* PetTheDog: He is a police officer after all. In a deleted scene, he shows remorse towards Galt's widow, who's grieving over Galt's corpse, and attempts to apologize to a deputy's wife for her husband's injuries Rambo caused. He then justified his man hunt by listing out the devastation Rambo caused ranging from his deputies' incapacitation to Galt's widow's grief. In the bar scene, he has a civil talk with Trautman (even started his talk with him by apologizing for being "out of line") after thinking Rambo was killed by the National Guard, confessing his desire to kill Rambo himself to him. In a deleted part of this scene, at the beginning of the scene, he returned the gesture of being congratulated for Rambo's "death," while at the end of the scene, he then offered Trautman a ride to the airport. During the man hunt, when Orval was wounded, he tends to Orval's wounds and then when Deputy Balford was wounded by a booby trap, he freed Balford. Also, just before his final showdown with Rambo, he alerts the townspeople to get off the streets and hide in their homes to be away from danger when Rambo arrives.
** According to the [[AllThereInTheManual DVD's Survival Mode easter egg trivia]], Teasle's resume in his profile included being a [[FriendToAllChildren little league coach]].
** It should be noted he's the only BigBad in the Rambo films who have any PetTheDog moments.
** [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk This is subverted however]], in a deleted scene involving an argument with Kern where Teasle tries to justify his treatment of Rambo, claiming that he "tried to do him a favor" and treated him like "one of (his) neighbor's kids" (likely referring to Teasle's initial civil and jovial welcome to Rambo while trying to escort him out of town and trying to hold back his IrrationalHatred of Rambo being a 'Nam vet while being civil with him, before Rambo pushed his BerserkButton by purposely returning to town that prompts him to arrest and mistreat him out of FantasticRacism):
--> '''Teasle:''' I tried to do him a favor, I treated him like he was one of my neighbor's kids.
** However, the novel's depiction of the character has more PetTheDog moments then the movie's depiction and was more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold in a way.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: See FantasticRacism above.
* RabidCop: A {{Jerkass}} cop who uses heavy-handed protocol against vagrants and gets other {{Jerkass}} officers to do the rest of his dirty work for him at the station.
* RedemptionRejection: After [[spoiler:thinking Rambo is dead]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk Teasle]] mellows down and meets with Trautman to apologized for being a {{Jerkass}} RabidCop about the ordeal and confessing his desire to kill Rambo to him, [[HopeSpot making it seem he is preparing to walk away from his personal manhunt]] to TookALevelInKindness, [[spoiler:but when he hears Rambo is still alive]] and Trautman still tries to reason Teasle, Teasle aggressively rebuffs Trautman's attempts to take on the chance to achieve his own ends by killing Rambo.
* RetiredBadass: Teasle is the only cop that seems to give thought to tactics and is unimpressed with Rambo's military background. [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent In his office a Silver Star, Purple Heart and ADSC are on display]], revealing that Teasle was not only a soldier but a soldier awarded for extreme valor, presumably in the Korean War.[[note]]The original novel does say he served with distinction in Korea.[[/note]]
* RevengeBeforeReason: See RoaringRampageOfRevenge below.
* RevengeMyopia: See RoaringRampageOfRevenge below and HorribleJudgeOfCharacter above.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: See JerkassHasAPoint above.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Becomes more eager to join the man hunt to find Rambo to avenge the death of friend Art Galt.
* SchrodingersCast: His depiction in terms of characterization and physical appearance (Teasle in the film is an imposing man in contrast to the smaller sized version in the book) in the film adaptation is completely different from the novel's version of Teasle.
* ShadowArchetype: See NotSoDifferent above.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Dies at the very end of the ''First Blood'' novel (and his death is the [[SmashCut very last thing written on it]]). Severely wounded but alive on the movie.
* SupportingProtagonist: Overlaps with BigBad in the novel, due to equal amounts of focus and backstory. By the end of the novel, it is clear that Teasle has become TheHero against Rambo, who is a VillainProtagonist in the novel.
* TautologicalTemplar: See HeWhoFightsMonsters and HeroAntagonist above.
* TragicBigot: Mostly in the novel, as while he bares FantasticRacism against Rambo for being a Vietnam War veteran who overshadowed the existence of Korean War veterans, he is more of a JerkassWoobie due to losing a father in a hunting trip, being divorced from his wife and overall portrayed more sympathetically. Downplayed in the film adaptation.
* TragicVillain: Hinted to be one in the film. See also TragicBigot, AlasPoorVillain, PetTheDog, NobleBigotWithABadge and AntiVillain above for more information related to this trope. Played straight with Teasle in the novel.
* VigilanteMan: Downplayed. While he leads the man hunt of Rambo because he's an escaped fugitive, Teasle's persistence is fueled by wanting to avenge Art Galt's death.
* VillainHasAPoint: See JerkassHasAPoint above.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: In the eyes of the town of Hope, he is their sheriff hunting for an escaped fugitive and a HeroAntagonist after all. In addition, according to the DVD's Survival Mode, Teasle had many affiliations in the Hope area and was a beloved member of the community, as shown in the film when he seemed to know everyone who walked past. Teasle at one point won the Hope Little League Coach of the Year award, as well as the Kiwanis Service Award in 1968, a Hope community service award in 1973 and a Mayor's Circle award in 1978. He was a member of the local Hope Kiwanis and Elks Clubs, the Fraternal Order of Police and the National Rifle Association. However, if the ending is any indication, this trope will end for him once the truth about what happened to Rambo that led to his escape and rampage through town gets out.
* VillainousBSOD: Has one after Rambo pins him to a tree and threatens him to leave him alone.
* VillainousFriendship: Due to his HorribleJudgeOfCharacter, he has one with Galt, who later dies which leads to Teasle wanting to avenge his death.
* VillainousValor: See DefiantToTheEnd, FaceDeathWithDignity, GetItOverWith and HonorBeforeReason above.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: See KnightTemplar above.

!! Art Galt
->Played by: Jack Starrett
%%* AdaptationalVillainy
%%* AgeLift
* AllThereInTheManual: According to the DVD's Survival Mode easter egg trivia, Galt served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953 to 1957 as a motorpool sergeant at Camp Lejeune and then served in the reserves from 1958 to 1973. This might as well explain why Galt was trigger-happy and prolific as a ColdSniper in the film. Also, given that Teasle is a Korean War veteran and both him and Galt have been friends for a long time when Deputy Mitch Rogers was still a little kid, these facts hint how long they might have been friends. Also, given Teasle's prejudice against Rambo for being a Vietnam vet and Galt's cruelty against Rambo, it could also imply Galt's bullying of Rambo stems from both officers sharing the same dislike of Vietnam veterans as both Galt and Teasle served in the military at a decade that has been forgotten by the public at the time of this film. In addition, despite being a cop, Galt also has criminal record, which shows Galt is a {{Hypocrite}} due to his occupation and also explains what kind of character he is based on his behavior in the film.
* AssholeVictim: A right sadistic bastard who was going out of his way to kill Rambo when he dies.
%%* AxCrazy
* BigBadWannabe: Teasle is the BigBad, but Galt is more of a villain then he is and loved to express how much a vile DirtyCop he is.
%%* TheBully
* BullyingADragon: His mistreatment of Rambo is what led to Rambo to snap and flee and his attempt to summarily execute him personally is what led to his death.
* ColdSniper: Galt [[FauxAffablyEvil calm]][[SoftSpokenSadist ly]] promises to kill the pilot if he doesn't keep the chopper steady so he can draw a bead on Rambo.
* CorruptHick: He is a redneck DirtyCop, probably worse then Teasle.
* [[DeathByRacism Death By]] FantasticRacism: An example that involves more in the that of FantasticRacism rather than usual racism, based on the DVD"s easter egg, Galt's mistreatment of Rambo is implied to be caused by his hatred of Vietnam vets due to Vietnam vets given more public attention then Korean War vets or soldiers from TheFifties (when Galt served in the military) and for that, Galt falls to his death.
* DirtyCop: He's considered to be the most corrupt member of the sheriff's department who's willing to abuse then kill Rambo against the orders of the sheriff, who is his own best friend.
* DisneyVillainDeath: He's killed when the helicopter he's in makes a hard bank and pitches him over the side to smash face-first onto a rock.
* TheDragon: For Will Teasle.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Unaware to Teasle, who initially wanted to re-arrest Rambo after he escapes police custody, Galt planned to just kill Rambo upon finding him, which results in his death.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: In a deleted scene, he had a wife who grieves for him over his dead carcass, but makes us wonder what she sees in him after the film exhibits his sadism towards Rambo.
* EvilIsPetty: The reason he wanted to kill Rambo was for his FantasticRacism of Vietnam veterans and to retaliate for being physically assaulted back in the station when Rambo first escaped from custody [[NeverMyFault which was prompted by his mistreatment]].
* FallenHero: See AllThereInTheManual.
* FantasticRacism: Seemingly against Vietnam veterans.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He has a carefree attitude to the horrible acts he regularly commits.
* GreenEyedMonster: See AllThereInTheManual.
* GuttedLikeAFish: In the book, when Teasle tries to shave Rambo, Rambo overpowers him and swipes the razor, then disembowels Galt when he reaches for his pistol.
* HateSink: Galt is easily one of the most despicable characters in the series. What with his sheer sadism and poor treatment of Rambo.
%%* InNameOnly
* {{Jerkass}}: By far the nastiest specimen out of the group hunting Rambo down, and thoroughly enjoys abusing prisoners under his watch at the county jail.
* KillerCop: Tries to gun down Rambo in cold blood.
* TheNeidermeyer: He was in the United States Marine Corps Infantry, but never saw combat and was stationed at Camp Lejune. It's very likely like his [[GreenEyedMonster Korean War vet buddy Teasle who envies Rambo for putting him and other fellow Korean War vets in his shadow, he takes his sadism out on Vietnam vets like Rambo for being a vet who actually saw combat unlike Galt]].
* NeverMyFault: [[BullyingADragon His mistreatment of Rambo was what caused him to snap and escape, assaulting Galt in the process]]. However, Galt never owe up to his mistake and tries to kill Rambo to retaliate for assaulting him.
* PoliceBrutality: His pointless cruelty is what caused Rambo to freak out and make a run for it in the first place.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: See FantasticRacism above.
* PsychoForHire: He's sadistic and brutal when it comes to treating Rambo in incarceration and reckless when it comes to hunting him.
* RabidCop: He is downright sadistic and brutal when he mistreats Rambo and reckless during the manhunt for him when he doesn't give second thought to a InnocentBystander in the way when trying to kill Rambo or Teasle's orders to capture Rambo alive.
* SchrodingersCast: He is a completely different character in the novel, more along the lines of in terms of physical appearance and personality of Deputy Mitch Rogers from the film version.
* TokenEvilTeammate: While Teasle is the BigBad and his deputies are his {{Mook}}s and they're {{Jerkass}}es too like Galt, they are actually {{Hero Antagonist}}s due to their roles as police officers out to capture a fugitive from justice, however, Galt, due to his brutality against Rambo and his intent to hunt down and kill him, makes him the most corrupt and vile member of the sheriff's department.
* VillainousFriendship: Has one with Teasle, however, Galt does not returned the favor of his friendship with Teasle when he ignores him on the radio of taking in Rambo alive, while Galt tries to gun down Rambo in cold blood, which would lead to his DisneyVillainDeath.

[[folder: Appeared in Rambo: First Blood Part II]]
!! Co
->Played by: Julia Nickson
* ActionGirl: She later proves to be just as effect in a gunfight as Rambo is, and even just as cunning too.
* BigDamnHeroes: Co goes out of her way to single handedly save Rambo from his captors.
* DeathBySex: Rambo and Co was about to shared a moment. Not long after, she gets shot in the back.
* DesignatedLoveInterest: The relationship between her and Rambo developed over the past hour in the film.
* TheMole: Co infiltrates the Vietcong camps as one of the service girls, and was the one who provided intel for John Rambo.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: It's possible for Co to survive in the [=NES=] Rambo game, and if she does the ending will imply that Rambo returned to America and took Co with him.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Co's death is what sparks Rambo's RoaringRampageOfRevenge at the end of the second film.

!!Lt. Col. Podovsky
->Played by: Steven Berkoff
* BiggerBad: Is the actual main villain of the second film.
%%* BreakoutVillain
* DirtyCommunists: Served as a Lieutenant of the Soviet Army.
%%* IcyBlueEyes
* FauxAffablyEvil: He is rather calm and even delightful for a cruel, relentless Soviet Lieutenant.
* LargeHam: His fake Russian accent is definitely over the top.
* TheNeidermeyer: He is a DirtyCommunist officer.
* SoftSpokenSadist: Whether it is drowning you in mud, or launching dozens of missiles on a helicopter, he never raises his voice.
* VillainBall: He tortures Rambo into deciding to give a demoralizing speech to his unit. Rambo instead calls out Murdoch and uses the mic to fight his way out.

!!Sgt. Yushin
->Played by: Voyo Goric
%%* AssholeVictim
* TheBrute: Muscle bound, and loyal to Podovsky
* DirtyCommunists: Served as a Sergeant of the Soviet Army.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Ends up getting knocked out of the helicopter Rambo attempted to hijack.
* TheDragon: Always beside his superior, and undyingly loyal.
* TheNeidermeyer: He is a DirtyCommunist NCO.
%%* SergeantRock

[[folder: Appeared in Rambo III]]
!! Col. Alexei Zaysen
->Played by: Marc de Jonge

%%* BeardOfEvil
* BigBad: The villain behind the invasion of Afghanistan
* ColonelBadass: Does not even think twice before driving a combat helicopter against a tank!
* DirtyCommunists: Like the BigBad before him, he is also a superior within the Soviet Army.
* LackOfEmpathy: He has no qualms with committing mass murder or ColdBloodedTorture to get what he wants.
* TheNeidermeyer: He is a DirtyCommunist SociopathicSoldier.
%%* SociopathicSoldier
* VillainousBreakdown: He grows increasingly unhinged after constantly failing to kill Rambo.

->Played by: Randy Ranney
%%* AssholeVictim
* BeardOfEvil: A full beard, and being all too eager to kill anyone who gets in his way.
* TheBrute: Similar to Yushin, except he's all fat instead of muscle, but just as deadly!
* DirtyCommunists: Like TheDragon before him, he is serving under his superior within the Soviet Army.
* TheDragon: Like Yushin, he is undyingly loyal to Zaysen.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: He walks around with a bandolier of grenades on him. That ends up being his own undoing.
* TheNeidermeyer: He is a DirtyCommunist soldier.
* StuffBlowingUp: [[spoiler:Rambo kills him by setting off his grenades and kicking him into a cave]].


[[folder: Appeared in (John) Rambo]]
->Played by: Matthew Marsden
* AwesomeButImpractical: Schoolboy's .50-caliber sniper rifle, while cool, is very impractical for jungle warfare.
* DeadpanSnarker: "Try the decaf, mate."
* FriendlySniper: He's quite cheerful and amiable when he'd not using his Barrett to pop SPDC troopers' heads like ripe melons.
%%* TheHeart
%%* TheMcCoy
* NiceGuy: The most decent and friendly member of the mercenaries.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Schoolboy's weapon of choice is a Barrett .50 calibur anti-material rifle, which was designed for disabling lightly-armored vehicles. Natrually, the effect such a large round has on a human body is rather horrific.
* TokenGoodTeamMate: The only unambigously kind-hearted and unselfish person in the band of mercenaries rescuing the missionaries.
%%* WarriorPoet
* WideEyedIdealist: Averted; actually, [[GoodIsNotSoft he's the only idealistic character in the movie that still kicks ass.]]

!!Major Pa Tee Tint
->Played by: Maung Maung Khin
* ActorAllusion: Inverted, as Maung Maung Khin is actually a member of the Karen rebellion. His character is based on SPDC officers he fought against, and unfortunately, ''none'' of Pa Tee Tint's nastiness [[TruthInTelevision is exaggerated]].
* BeardOfEvil: If one looks closely, he has a goatee.
* BigBad: Of the fourth film.
* CardCarryingVillain: Early in the fourth film, he tells parents of boys he kidnapped to recruit for his army to fear him along with hearing and believing him.
* DirtyCoward: Hides when the fighting starts (leaving his men to be slaughtered). When the battle's over, he runs for his life. The only time he ever even fires his weapon, is to shoot an unarmed missionary in the back.
* DepravedHomosexual: Is a pedophile with his only known victim being a young boy.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In his first appearance, he forces civilians to run across a minefield before having his men kill them all. He gets even worse from there.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[Film/RamboIII Zaysen]].
* KickTheDog: He never ''stops''.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: watching Rambo gut him like a fish is the high point of the movie.
* KnightOfCerebus: He's more brutal, sadistic, psychotic and noticeably disturbing then the previous [[BigBad Big Bads]] or previous kinds of villains all together. He's the complete 180 degree contrast to the first film's BigBad HeroAntagonist Teasle if comparing Tint's large amount of KickTheDog acts to Teasle's large amount of PetTheDog acts.
* TheNeidermeyer: The most chilling and sadistic kind.
* NonActionBigBad: Unlike the other villains, [[DirtyCoward he is shown running for his life]] and hides from the major battle going on at the end of the movie. The only time he adopts a combat pose is to shoot a fleeing, unarmed missionary in the back.
* SoftSpokenSadist: Always remains TheStoic, while committing war crimes.
* SociopathicSoldier
* UnknownRival: Somewhat subverted, he knew about the mercenaries and tortured them regardless, but he had no idea who Rambo was, or ever met him in person, until the latter gutted him. Upon seeing Rambo, the expression on his face was more confused than terrified of him.
* VillainOpeningScene: The movie starts with Tint and his army playing a sick betting game by forcing civilians to run through a marsh filled with landmines. When they make it safely across, his army guns down the civilians as Tint looks on. In the Director's Cut, however, this was moved to a much later time.
* WouldHurtAChild: Allows his men to massacre both adults and children and he himself even rapes them for his own sick kicks. Another complete [[ChildHater contrast]] to the first film's BigBad Teasle, who's [[AllThereInTheManual resume in the DVD special features]] states him to have been a [[FriendToAllChildren little league coach]].

!! Sarah
->Played by: Creator/JulieBenz
* AttemptedRape: A soldier comes into her cell to rape her, but he's killed by Rambo.
* BreakTheCutie: Still feel like helping people now?
%%* TheChick
* ItsAllMyFault: In a deleted scene, she admits to Rambo that she feels that everything that has happened is her fault as she convinced Rambo to take them into Burma.
* MoralityPet: For Rambo. She successfully guilts him into taking she and her colleagues upriver into Burma. She's the only one nice to him, and he's only "nice" to her.
* OnlySaneMan: For the missionaries. She seems to be the only one to fully recognize the dangers they're facing, and understand the ugly necessity of Rambo's actions.