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!!John Rambo
->Played by: Creator/SylvesterStallone

* 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.
* AxCrazy: Paticularly 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.
* {{Badass}}: The 80's emblem, and the 2000's resurgence of 80's action type as well.
* BadassBandolier: Has worn bandoliers of ammo for his machine gun.
* BadassesWearBandanas: He's probably one of the most iconic examples.
* BigDamnHeroes: Especially in the fourth movie, as the Burmese Army found out firsthand.
* ButNotTooWhite: In the novels, Rambo was mentioned as being half-Native American.
* 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]].
* 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:''' [[GallowsHumor Well, surrounding them is out.]]
-->'''Trautman:''' [[DudeNotFunny 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: No it's not...
* 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]].
* 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.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* 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.
%%* MoreDakka
%%* NoIndoorVoice
* OneManArmy: Yeah, he's pretty much the TropeCodifier as far as 1980s action heroes go.
%%* PersonOfMassDestruction
%%* PunchClockHero
%%* RetiredBadass
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Rambo goes on one in every film in the franchise.
%%* ScreamingWarrior
* ShellShockedVeteran: Of the classic "has 'Nam flashbacks" variety.
* SociopathicHero: Especially in the first movie.
* 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. Considering everything he's been through up 'til then, it's perfectly understandable that he'd be a left a little bitter.
%%* WarriorPoet: In the fourth movie.
* WeaponOfChoice: Whatever he can get his hands on, although some have become synonymous with the character.
** To be specific the [[MoreDakka M60]] and [[KnifeNut Large Bowie Knife]] are this towards him.

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

* AdaptationalHeroism: Trautman is more of AFatherToHisMen type in the movie than in the book.
%%* BadassGrandpa: In The third movie.
%%* ColonelBadass
* IgnoredExpert: Teasle intentionally ignores Trautman's advice on how to handle Rambo, despite the track record so far.
* MoralityChain: Usually the only one who can talk Rambo out of his more screwed up moments.
* TheObiWan: He's the man who recruited Rambo into Special Forces and trained him to be a OneManArmy.
* ParentalSubstitute: Lampshaded with his first words on screen.
* 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.

!! Co
->Played by: Julia Nickson
%%* ActionGirl
* 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.

!!Sheriff Will Teasle
->Played by: Brian Dennehy
* BigBad: Of the first film and the novel.
* BenevolentBoss: He genuinely cares for his deputy, heck, Galt's death is one of the main reasons why he chases after John.
* 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.
* 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 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.
* 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.
* {{Jerkass}}: Even though he believes he's doing his duty, he does seem to enjoy throwing his weight around.
* KnightTemplar: Feels he has his town's best interest at heart when he uses heavy-handed protocol against vagrants.
* 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]]
%%* WellIntentionedExtremist

!! Art Galt
->Played by: Jack Starrett
* AssholeVictim: A right sadistic bastard who was going out of his way to kill Rambo when he dies.
* ColdSniper: Galt calmly promises to kill the pilot if he doesn't keep the chopper steady so he can draw a bead on Rambo.
* 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.
* {{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.
* PoliceBrutality: His pointless cruelty is what caused Rambo to freak out and make a run for it in the first place.

!!Lt. Col. Podovsky
->Played by: Steven Berkoff
%%* BigBad: Of the second film.
%%* DirtyCommunists
%%* IcyBlueEyes
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
* LargeHam: His fake Russian accent is definitely over the top.
%%* SoftspokenSadist

!!Sgt. Yushin
->Played by: Voyo Goric
%%* AssholeVictim
%%* TheBrute
%%* DirtyCommunists
%%* DisneyVillainDeath
%%* TheDragon
%%* SergeantRock

!! Col. Alexei Zaysen
->Played by: Marc de Jonge

%%* BeardOfEvil
%%* BigBad: Of the third film.
%%* ColonelBadass
%%* DirtyCommunists
* LackOfEmpathy: He has no qualms with committing mass murder or ColdBloodedTorture to get what he wants.
%%* SociopathicSoldier

->Played by: Randy Ranney
%%* AssholeVictim
%%* BeardOfEvil
%%* TheBrute
%%* DirtyCommunists
%%* TheDragon
%%* HoistByHisOwnPetard
* StuffBlowingUp: [[spoiler:Rambo kills him by setting off his grenades and kicking him into a cave]].

->Played by: Matthew Marsden
* AwesomeButImpractical: Schoolboy's .50-caliber sniper rifle, while cool, is very impractical for jungle warfare.
* 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
* BeardOfEvil: If one looks closely, he has a goatee.
* BigBad: Of the fourth film.
* 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.
* KickTheDog: He never ''stops''.
* KickTheSonofaBitch: watching Rambo gut him like a fish is the high point of the movie.
* 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.

!! Sarah
->Played by: 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.