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[[folder:Rocky Balboa]]
->Played by: Creator/SylvesterStallone

The primary protagonist of the series, Rocky begins as a part-time boxer, part-time mob enforcer, and debt collector. Despite his violent occupations, however, Rocky is ultimately well meaning and doesn't want to hurt people, he just happens to be good at it. When world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed plans to have a major match on the bicentennial, (America's 200th birthday) and his opponent pulls out due to an injury, Creed decides to give a local fighter a shot at the title, and picks Rocky. This begins a long roller coaster ride for Rocky, as he goes from the gutter to local, then national hero and back again.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Becomes a brick joke when Mickie tells Rocky to consider retiring in the first movie. He ends up doing just that in the beginning of Rocky II, only to come out of retirement when he's down on his luck, again. He attempts to retire in the third movie, only to be put into yet another fight, before officially retiring in Rocky V. GW Duke attempts to enforce this trope on Rocky to no success [[spoiler: even when he convinced Tommy Gunn to try to do it for him, only to prove unsuccessful when they fight it out in the alley]].
* ActionDad: Becomes a father halfway through ''Rocky II'', and will gladly carry fights to support his family.
* {{Adorkable}}: Talks to his pets, awkwardly courts his best friend's sister, tells his coach about her like a lovesick teenager, and starts dancing and posing after running up a flight of stairs. And that's just the first movie!
* AHeroToHisHometown: In ''Rocky V'' and in ''Rocky Balboa'', rich or not, Rocky is well respected by just about everyone in Philadelphia. In ''Rocky V'', it gets to the point where some of his fans ended up trying to defend him from [[spoiler: Tommy Gunn]].
* AllThereInTheManual: Rocky's official fight record is 82 fights. 57 Wins (54 via knockout), 24 Losses, and 1 Draw.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: ''Clubber Lang'' in ''Rocky III'', who is stronger and a lot meaner than Rocky.
* BadassBeard: In the fourth film training montage.
* BadassBoast: A few great highlights.
** Against Clubber Lang in the rematch.
---> "YOU AIN'T SO BAD. '''YOU AIN'T SO BAD!'''"
** Half way into the match against Drago, ''he's taunting him!''
---> '''Duke:''' He's not a machine! '''HE IS A MAN!'''
** In ''Rocky V'', [[spoiler:Rocky took a rather brutal beating to the head, which seemed to have nearly killed him. Then he stands up after hearing Mickey's words and tells Tommy]]:
---> '''Rocky:''' Yo! [[spoiler:Tommy! I don't hear no bell!]]
* BadassGrandpa: How else can you describe a boxer in his 60s who is able to carry a heavy weight champion in his 20s?
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Subverted. Rocky explains in the first film that despite all the fights he went through, his nose never got busted, only for him to has his face quite ruined in the end of the first film and on ward. His nose is mentioned again in ''Rocky II'', which gets busted immediately at the start of the match.
* BerserkButton:
** Want to get on his bad side? Say anything bad about Adrian. Clubber Lang said something bad alright. He was offering her sex back at his crib, at the time that Rocky was just announcing his retirement!
*** But while anger will draw him back into the ring its repeatedly shown to not be enough to make him train or fight to his fullest. He always needs something more positive than that.
** His friends being harassed is another good way to get him angry, especially at Paulie.
*** In ''Rocky V'', [[spoiler: Tommy Gunn should not have punched Paulie.]]
---->'''Rocky:''' You knocked him down, why don't you try knockin' me down now?
*** In ''Rocky Balboa'', some punks were harassing him and Marie. Just a dose of Rocky's aggression, and that got them to shut up.
* BoisterousBruiser: He's a pretty jovial guy, and rarely fights with any real aggression.
* BookDumb: Although by the end of ''II'' he's writing poetry for a comatose Adrian and by ''III'' he's clearly come far in his acting ability, as is evidenced by the many successful commercials he appears in.
* BreakTheBadass: Even Rocky is prone to this, as he goes through this phase in ''Rocky III''.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: In ''Rocky V'', he suffers from brain damage after fighting Drago. Worse still, this forces him to retire from boxing [[RichesToRags at the worst possible time]].
* BruiserWithASoftCenter
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Said word for word in ''Rocky II'', albeit in a much more lighter context.
* CaptainErsatz: Half Rocky Marciano, half Joe Frazier, and inspired by a Chuck Wepner fight. Pretty funny on the Joe Frazier part considering that he makes a cameo in the first film. The Rocky Marciano part is also lampshaded by a poster hanging in Rocky's apartment, and Micky pointing it out in the same film.
* CatchPhrase: "Absolutely."
* CharacterDevelopment: Rocky becomes better in personality, with some other flaws to iron out in each film.
** ''Rocky'' had him going from a poor enforcer for a LoanShark who got his shot at the title.
** ''Rocky II'' has him enjoying his spoils and taking on responsibility for maintaining a home and keeping him and Adrian fed, until he has to fight again.
** ''Rocky III'' has Rocky's acting greatly improved to where he can star in commercials, and after his downturn phase, has gained so much skill to the point of properly applying strategy in his rematch.
** ''Rocky IV'' has him at such a high point in his life and career, where he's willing to throw it away if it meant [[spoiler: avenging the very man that got him there to begin with]].
** ''Rocky V'' goes a little backwards (possibly due to brain damage) as it is an upsetting transition between being rich to going back to rags, as he tries to pass on his talents to Tommy Gunn, but eventually accepts his new life style and lets go his shot back to the ring.
** ''Rocky Balboa'' has Rocky in his 60s, OlderAndWiser, running a restaurant, owning many pets, and still being his humble self, with the only flaw being that he's holding onto the past too tightly.
** ''Creed'' has Rocky pretty much out of the boxing game, barring old friends he made along the way, until Donny convinces him to help the young fighter train. When Rocky finds out that he has cancer, it's Donny who rekindles his will the fight on.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Not really the case in the first three films, but reaches incredibly ridiculous levels in the latter half of his sextology.
** ''Rocky IV'' has him beating Ivan Drago, who is clearly- and explicitly- [[SuperStrength superhuman]], basically the Soviet version of Captain America complete with super serum. To wit, Drago can easily punch with over 2,150 pounds of peak force (the strongest punch ever recorded under lab conditions is Frank Bruno's at 1,420 pounds)[[note]]A show called Sports Science claims that various MMA fighters have landed blows in the 3,000+ pound range, but actual scientific tests have not been able to come anywhere close to even half those results with the same or similar fighters, so the show is widely considered unreliable.[[/note]] and [[NeckLift lift a grown man with one outstretched arm]] and toss him. Rocky traded blows with this beast of Soviet super science for 15 rounds before triumphing over him, despite ''also'' being 40 years old and a good 8 inches shorter + 60 pounds lighter.
** ''Rocky V'' shows him fresh from his fight with Drago with [[DentedIron severe brain damage]] to such an extent that any hard blow to the head is, according to the doctor, potentially fatal. Despite this he still beats the hell out of the much larger Tommy Gunn, the world heavyweight champion and over 25 years his junior, in a ''no-holds-barred street fight''. While getting hit clearly hurts and debilitates him, he doesn't suffer any permanent injury from the dozens of blows he took, while Tommy gets beaten into unconsciousness. In fact, their initial confrontation has Rocky leaving him bleeding on the floor in under ten seconds while having taken no damage himself- the fight only drags on after that because Tommy gets a bunch of cheap shots while Rock's back is turned.
** ''Rocky V'' features Rocky, as an arthritic 60+ year old man with arteries full of spaghetti and a head full of brain damage that we ''spent an entire movie looking at'' and which was supposed to kill him if he took a strong blow to the head, training for about a month before climbing into the ring with unreasonably successful heavyweight champion Mason Dixon (who A. is half his age, and B. had previously smashed dozens of top-tier fighters with such ease that [[VictoryIsBoring his sponsors were seriously considering dropping him because all his fights were too one-sided]]). Mason proceeds to punch Rocky in the face for an hour until he '''breaks his hands''', then barely remains conscious through the handful of cumbersome blows that the geezer who hadn't boxed in decades lands on him (with Mason wondering if he had hidden bricks in his glove with how insanely powerful his blows were).
* {{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) realizes this and 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.
* DeterminedDefeatist: In the first film, he knows that he will lose, but decided that he'll go the distance so at least he won't be seen as a bum.
%%* DoggedNiceGuy: To Adrian.
* {{Expy}}: of Chuck Wepner.
* FightingDirty: When Spider Rico pushes him into UnstoppableRage at the start of the first movie. Most seem to forget that Rocky isn't just a trained champion boxer... he was a former enforcer and knows how to throw down in a street fight. Also against [[spoiler: Tommy Gunn]] in ''Rocky V''.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: He loves visiting the pet shop in ''Rocky I''. He even has his own pet turtles, goldfish, and finally a dog. By the time of ''Rocky Balboa'' he's feeding the birds, keeping numerous pets, and adopting a new dog.
--> "I love almost everybody" (''Rocky V'')
* FriendToAllChildren: In ''Rocky II'', he's playing stick ball with the children on the streets. He was also being chased by an army of children while going for a run.
* GameBreakingInjury: In ''Rocky V'', he was forced to retire from boxing after suffering brain damage from Drago.
* GeniusBruiser: During the fight with Clubber Lang, Rocky uncovers Clubber's weakness (i.e. he burns out quickly) and gets Clubber to throw everything at him in the second round by taunting him excessively. It works rather well to Rocky's advantage and is the shortest climax fight in all the films, closing out in the third round.
* TheGlovesComeOff: In ''Rocky III'', Rocky had to go bare-fists in order to really bring down Thunderlips. Also in ''Rocky V'', where [[spoiler: Rocky and Tommy are in a street brawl.]] In ''Rocky Legends'', the first fight in career mode is a bare-fist street brawl.
* GradualGrinder: He'll be in the fight for the long haul. You better be able to handle it. Averted in ''Rocky III'' where the first match with Lang ended in two rounds, and the next ended in three.
* HandicappedBadass:
** ''Rocky II'' had Rocky being forced to fight right-handed due to his bad right eye, and the possibility of going blind or even killed.
** Again in Rocky V. Despite sustaining brain damage, [[spoiler: he can still brawl down with a heavy weight champion of the world. In the back alley. Barehanded!]]
* HappilyMarried: To Adrian. They're consistently shown to have a very close and loving marriage that lasts through all the difficulties thrown at them.
* HeroicBSOD: Has gone through a few of these
** In ''Rocky II'', he was doing poorly in his training, until he flat out stops after hearing about Adrian going into a coma. He doesn't say a word, and only stays to her side and read stories to her until she recovers.
** In ''Rocky III'' with a bad case of BreakTheBadass, where he suffered from the triple whammy of Mickie's revelation that the ten title defenses Rocky is so proud of were all handpicked opponents while Mickey carefully steered Rocky away from anybody that could actually be dangerous, his crushing loss to Clubber Lang, and [[spoiler:Mickey's death]]. This sends Rocky into a tailspin of depression and questioning not just whether he'll ever be capable of beating Clubber, but whether he was ever any good and his worth as a fighter in the first place.
** Goes through another in ''Rocky V''. See MyGodWhatHaveIDone below.
* HonorBeforeReason:
** In ''Rocky IV'', Rocky feels like he has to fight Ivan Drago, even an unsanctioned match for no money, all to [[spoiler: avenge Apollo's honor]]. Even before that, he [[spoiler: chose to honor Apollo's wishes and refused to stop the fight, which allowed Drago to kill Apollo.]]
** There are times where despite being told to stay down, or to throw the fight, he berates the idea of that and presses on.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: In ''Rocky V'', after finding out him and his family is heading from RichesToRags, he decides that he will accept a match again Union Cane, until Adrian convinces him to see a doctor, in which they confirmed that he has brain damage from his match against Ivan Drago. It takes further convincing from Adrian to finally talk Rocky out of fighting any further, if only to protect himself.
* 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.
* 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.
* MadeOfIron: How else do you describe a guy who goes for 15 rounds with a World Champion and still comes out strong? Drago said it best:
-->"He's not human. He's like a piece of iron."
* TheMentor:
** In ''Rocky V'', he is this to Tommy Gunn [[spoiler: who later betrays him.]]
** In ''Rocky Balboa'', he employs Steps as his personal assistant, practically being a mentor to him.
** In ''Creed'', he becomes one to Apollo's son.
* MightyGlacier: What he logically becomes to an extent by the time of his final fight. There's no way he can out-hit or even bother outmaneuvering Dixon at his age, so he trains to outlast and deal as much damage as he can with any hit he does get in.
-->'''Mason Dixon''': ''*to his trainer*'' He's got bricks in his gloves...
* TheMourningAfter: In ''Rocky Balboa'', Rocky cuts short any potential romance with Marie because his reverence for Adrian. Which makes his promises to Adrian in ''Rocky II thru IV'' all the more powerful.
* MrFanservice: ''Rocky V'' especially treats their audience with a side body shot of Balboa in the shower.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In ''Rocky V'', he spent most of the movie training Tommy Gunn, and never really paid much attention to his own son, who was trying to win his approval. Adrian and Paulie noticed this, but when Robert disowns Rocky, and [[spoiler: when Tommy Gunn disowns him as well,]] Rocky goes through a HeroicBSOD, having realized that he nearly lost his own son because of his own desire for another chance.
* NiceGuy: In spite of spending most of his adult life beating people up for a living, Rocky is ''incredibly'' sweet and kind to everyone. It's especially evident in ''Rocky Balboa'' where he puts up with having his picture taken with Robert's boss despite overhearing him berate him earlier, gives former rival Spider Rico free meals at his restaurant, and responds kindly to ''every single person'' who says "Hey, Rock!" or "Hi Champ!" on the street.
** In ''Rocky Balboa'', after catching up with Marie, Rocky learned that her son, Steps, is without a job, and decided to employ him as his personal assistant. He eventually gives Marie a job as well since one of his waitresses will be on pregnant leave.
** 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]].
** ''Rocky V'' has a case where Rocky [[spoiler: can be too nice. Adrian had to stop him in the end.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In ''Rocky V'', Rocky formed a brotherly alliance with Tommy Gunn, helping to develop him. However, he ends up practically ignoring his own son, despite his bully problems, leading him to take matters into his own hands (although it ended quickly due to a DefeatEqualsFriendship moment), and even that didn't get Rocky's attention. Paulie notices this is happening, and noticing that [[spoiler: Tommy is in the process of being bought by GW Duke]], and tried to warn Rocky that the boat's sinking. Unfortunately, [[spoiler: Rocky's son disowns him, and Tommy disowns Rocky as well. He did manage to fix things with Robert, thankfully.]]
* OlderAndWiser: In ''Rocky Balboa'', he is in his 60s, and is able to maintain a restaurant successfully, and has gotten more intelligent by then.
* RagsToRiches: Takes this trope on a roller coaster ride. In ''I'', it's rags. He does better for a while in part ''II'', but quickly goes through the money from fighting Apollo and doesn't catch on doing other things. After winning the rematch with Apollo, he's solidly rich through ''III'' and ''IV''. ''V'' sees him [[RichesToRags going back to rags]], and by the 6th movie he seems to have found a happy medium, making a decent living as a successful restaurateur.
%%* RealMenLoveJesus
* RedBaron: The "Italian Stallion."
* RetiredBadass: Briefly in ''Rocky II'', and definitely in ''Rocky V''. Also in ''Rocky Balboa''. Fully cemented by ''Creed''.
* {{Revenge}}: His main motive in ''Rocky IV'' is to [[spoiler: avenge Apollo's death at Drago's hands]].
* 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 (unless you count ''Rocky V'' [[SubvertedTrope in which he picks the habit back up]]). However, he appears to put it back down when he trains Tommy 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?
* TranquilFury:
** Rocky's fight with Drago after Apollo's death.
** On full display in ''Rocky V''. [[spoiler: A punch to Paulie's face had Rocky try to open Tommy's head.]]
** In ''Rocky Balboa'', he gives a punk a dose of his fury when he insults Marie.
* UnskilledButStrong: He has a cast iron jaw and a real talent for the sport, but for most of his history, that was all he had going for him. He couldn't even defend himself and allowed himself to be punched in the head repeatedly. Then first Mickie and later Apollo trained him and converted all of that raw talent into true skill and ability, transforming him into TheAce.
--> '''Mickey:''' Ya got a lot of heart, but you fight like a goddamn ape!
* WarriorTherapist: On full display by the time of ''Creed''.
-->'''Rocky:''' (points to Adonis' reflection) This guy right here is the hardest opponent you'll ever have to face. That's true in the ring and I think that's true in life too.

->Played by: Talia Shire (1976-1990)

Paulie's sister, a painfully shy woman who runs a local pet store and that Rocky has had a crush on for years, although she has never responded to his flirting and such. They begin to connect romantically during the build up to Rocky's first fight with Apollo, as Adrian also begins dealing with her own issues and putting her overbearing brother in his place.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Even before the end of the first film, it turns out that the mousy and shy GirlNextDoor had been a beautiful woman all along.
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** While not a fighter like her husband, thanks to a confidence boost by Rocky she is often considered very tough. Rocky even lampshades it in III.
--> '''Rocky:''' When did you get so tough.
--> '''Adrian:''' I married a fighter.
** In ''Rocky V'', she does this again, fed up with how Rocky is practically giving a lot to Tommy, while leaving his own son out of the equation. Rocky finally snaps out of it shortly after.
* ChangedMyMindKid: Adrian spent a good chunk of the film, refusing Rocky to take up the rematch against Apollo. She was quite unsupportive at first [[spoiler: until her water broke and she gave birth to Rocky Jr. After waking up from a short-term coma and spending a heart warming moment with Rocky, she is suddenly supportive of him, motivating him to train at full force.]]
* HappilyMarried: Despite she and Rocky being very different people, the sequels make it clear that their marriage is a deeply loving one.
%%* {{Meganekko}}
* MoralityChain: In ''Rocky II'', Adrian's unsupportive attitude about Rocky fighting was apparently linked to Rocky's poor performance in training. When Paulie realizes this, he tries to get Adrian to support Rocky.
* NotAfraidOfYouAnymore: For a good chunk of the first movie, Paulie will throw her around (figuratively, never physically) and ridicule her for being too shy. Halfway in, after spending the night with Rocky, she stands up to her brother the moment he starts getting aggressive.
* PowerOfLove: Rocky's love for her can make him accomplish miracles. ''Adrian!''
* ProgressivelyPrettier: Goes from dressing and styling herself in frumpy, unattractive ways to more and more flattering styles with each passing movie.
* ShrinkingViolet: At first, she was a painfully shy woman, used to being domineered and controlled by her brother. That didn't last long.
* WomenAreWiser: Often portrayed this way.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: As well as BeautifulAllAlong, Adrian does this trope to a T. She starts out as a shy, meek woman who constantly keeps her appearance covered. But after her first date with Rocky, she gets a big boost of confidence and stands up to Paulie. In later films, she becomes the voice of reason.

->Played by: Burt Young
[[caption-width-right:266: "I don't sweat you."]]

Adrian's older brother and Rocky's long time friend, he begins the films as a drunken, overbearing lout who tries to lord over his sister and hopes to use Rocky in order to make connections with Rocky's mob boss. At first he is resentful of Rocky due to Rocky's greater success and popularity, but eventually Rocky always being there for him make him become a true friend.
* AdaptationalBadass: He is a secret character in ''Rocky Legends''.
* TheAlcoholic: Peaks at the start of the third film, afterward focus on it dies away.
* BigBrotherMentor: Shows up in ''Rocky V'', where he is this to Robert (Rocky Jr.) when helping him with his bully problem.
* BloodBrothers: Paulie and Rocky's relationship gets better with each film, with a brief hiccup here and there. ''Rocky Balboa'' solidifies this, with Paulie and Rocky confine to each other despite some differences.
* CatchPhrase: "I don't sweat you!"
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He made an attempt to fight Rocky, who had defended his title several times, for making him mad. While he never really landed a hit and Rocky said on the defensive, Rocky told him that he fought good. Attempting to take on [[HulkHogan Thunderlips]] in ''Rocky III'' while trying to get him to let Rocky go is another great moment. And another moment in ''Rocky V''. See ShutUpHannibal below.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* FollowTheLeader: In the [=PS2=] version of ''Rocky Legends'', he is a playable character, hoping to emulate Rocky's fame.
* FreezeFrameBonus: A look at the counter in the first movie shows Paulie wearing some sort of an officer's uniform. Possibly an ActorAllusion, since Burt Young served in the Marines in RealLife.
* HiddenDepths: He can be a total jerk, but he can also be a genuinely good guy, as each film progressively shows. It's also implied (thanks to the FreezeFrameBonus above) that he may have been an officer of a sort once, though that was never elaborated on.
* {{Jerkass}}: He uses Rocky just so he can get work from a loan shark collector, and later profits off of his match with Apollo, not to mention calling for a news interview with Rocky without his consent. It works, until the third movie where he is just a bum now, that is until he confronts Rocky, where Rocky lets him in his home with open arms.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: However, after going through an emotional breakdown with both Rocky and Adrian, he decided to be a little nicer to Rocky the next day, and (to be fair about him making money off of Rocky) asked him to advertise the meat factory on Rocky's name. He also becomes like any other good friend to Rocky beginning at ''Rocky II''. He shows further shades of this when he attempts to rescue Rocky from Thunderlips. Then he flat out admits it in Rocky IV.
* MadeOfIron: Takes a shot to the head from [[spoiler: Tommy Gunn (the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion)]] and just ''shakes it off.'' He also took quite a punch to the head by Thunderlips, a heavy weight wrestler, and he can still stand up afterward.
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Subverted. Paulie encourages Rocky to take his sister out, despite her resistance, but is quite surprised when he learned implicitly (based on her NotAfraidOfYouAnymore moment) that he had sex with her, and bursts into tears.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In ''Rocky V'', Adrian and Paulie got into an heated argument early in the film about Paulie signing power to attorney to their accountant. It turns out he ''thought'' he was signing a tax form. It can be assumed that he was simply tricked into signing something he shouldn't have.
* NoodleIncident: Between ''Rocky II'' and ''III'', there is no mention of Gazzo, and Paulie is down on his luck as he descended into alcoholism, and he suddenly resents Rocky.
* TheResenter: To Rocky in ''Rocky III''. Like his alcoholism, it reaches a peak at the start of the third movie and dies away when the two bond after that. In the deleted scenes of ''Rocky Balboa'', he fully resents what kind of a person Paulie himself had become and wishes [[spoiler: he would have died in Adrian's place.]]
* ShutUpHannibal: In ''Rocky V'', he gives this, full force, to [[spoiler: Tommy Gunn, when he insulted Rocky's honor. This resulted in getting punched.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: ''Rocky Balboa'' gives Paulie's (and Adrian's) last name as "Panina'. However, for years it was said their surname was "Pennino", based on Talia Shire's grandmother's surname. To make matters even more confusing, ''Creed'' uses "Pennino" [[spoiler: on Paulie's headstone]].
* 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 nobody owes him anything. He got better after asking Rocky for a job.
--> '''Paulie:''' ...can I have a job?
--> '''Rocky:''' ...all you had to do was ask me.

[[folder:Mickey Goldmill]]
-->''"You're gonna eat lightning and crap thunder!"''
->Played by: Burgess Meredith (1976-82, 1990) [[note]]appears in the fourth and sixth movies in archive footage[[/note]]
[[caption-width-right:230: "Get up, ''you son of a bitch!''"]]

The owner of the local boxing gym where Rocky trains during the first movie, he begins the first film unsympathetic, and even antagonistic towards Rocky, angry at Rocky squandering his talent and working for the mob. He has to eat crow later when Rocky is picked as Apollo's opponent, and begs Rocky to let him be Rocky's trainer, because he knows he can turn Rocky into a dangerous opponent instead of no hope challenger. Rocky, remembering all of Mickie's slights, almost turns him down, but accepts in the end, and a deep relationship forms between the two as Mickie becomes mentor, trainer, and even to a degree a father figure for Rocky.
* BadassGrandpa
* BrooklynRage: He's certainly got the accent, and the old man grouchiness and sudden bursts of anger (see SuddenlyShouting below) certainly covers the rage part.
* CoolOldGuy: He's been part of the boxing world for decades, and still has that certain something that inspires youngsters and makes them love him like a father.
* CynicalMentor: He starts the first film, all but openly antagonistic towards Rocky and all but kicking Rocky out of his gym because of Rocky's mob ties and loan sharking. The sequels turn this into a subversion, as he and Rocky become very close.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mickey makes quite a number of witticisms mixed with the occasional StealthInsult.
* InformedJudaism: There are no real clues about him being Jewish until [[spoiler:he receives a proper Jewish funeral]].
* IWasQuiteALooker: In ''Rocky Legends'', his young self, while in his prime, is a playable character. Not a bad looking guy for his time. Although averted in the Rocky game for [=PS2=], where it's his old self as a playable character.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He doesn't like how Rocky is a collector, and makes it known, but when he caught wind of Rocky facing Apollo, he offers to train him, where he makes '''that''' known that he is worried for him.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:In the third movie he shows signs of heart trouble and failing health and then suffers a heart attack just before Rocky's first fight with Clubber Lang.]]
* TheMentor: Older, wiser figure who knows better than the protagonist, has become too old for the sport and imparts skills and knowledge that allow the protagonist to become TheHero and fulfill his destiny? A big check to everything.
* PapaWolf:
** He becomes protective of Rocky in ''Rocky II'' like a father would. He even decides to train Rocky again after getting fed up with Apollo giving him a bad name.
--> "I say we bash his his head in."
** In ''Rocky III'', he revealed that in Rocky's rise to fame, he went so far as to ensure he picked fighters he knows Rocky can beat, in order to secure Rocky's successful future. This is because he believes that Rocky's prime as a fighter is in danger of passing quickly, and he wants to make sure Rocky makes the money he'll need for the rest of his life without being badly hurt before his career is over.
* {{Retirony}}: [[spoiler: Mickey plans to retire from being Rocky's manager after his fight with Clubber Lang. Lang just so happen to accidentally and indirectly cause cardiac arrest, which later claimed Mickey's life.]]
* SourSupporter: Despite letting Rocky use that one locker for six years, he has another fighter take it over and practically abandons Rocky due to his affiliation with Gazzo. Then he swings right back to him the moment he learned about his match with Apollo Creed.
* SpiritAdvisor: [[spoiler: Not emphasized, but he does appear in a flashback, and says a line near the end of Rocky V where he says to Rocky "Get up you sonavabitch! Because Mickey loves you!"]]
* SuddenlyShouting: His normally gravelly low voice often blows up into ''extremely'' loud outbursts.

[[folder:Robert "Rocky" Balboa, Jr. (sometimes called Rocky Jr.)]]
->Played by Seargeoh Stallone (II, 1979), Ian Fried (III, 1982), Rocky Krakoff (IV, 1985), Sage Stallone (V, 1990), and Milo Ventimiglia (Balboa, 2006)
[[caption-width-right:350: As he appeared in ''Rocky Balboa'']]

The son of Rocky and Adrian who was born in the second film. He has an expanded role in Rocky V where he was close to Rocky until Tommy Gunn came into their lives, drifting them apart. Robert attempted to win his father back, even decided to learn how to fight (with Paulie's help) so he can stand up for himself against bullies, but gave up when even THAT didn't get his father's attention. In the end, Rocky makes up to Robert, and the two get close again. Until Rocky Balboa where they both are quite distant from each other, with Robert pursuing a career in business, and attempting to separate himself from Rocky so he can build his own life.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter:
** In ''Rocky V'', Robert resents Rocky when he was training Tommy Gunn, giving him more attention than Robert.
** In ''Rocky Balboa'', he is always compared to his father, causing him to resent him (again if you count ''V'').
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: Despite beating one bully and watching the other run off, he asks him to be friends with him so they both don't have any more problems. He agreed, and the other one comes through as well.
* TheDogBitesBack: In ''Rocky V'', after getting beaten up by a pair of bullies, twice, he takes up training and beats them both to the ground.
* AFriendInNeed: [[spoiler: To his father, where he decided to quit his job after taking his dad's words to heart, he came to him to support him for his exhibition match.]]
* GeniusBruiser: In ''Rocky V'', he is said by Rocky to be really smart. When bullying becomes a problem to him, he takes up training, and can punch as good as he is smart.
* IAmNotMyFather: Then in ''Rocky Balboa'', he blames his father for having it easy in life, and yet never really being able to make a name for himself, and even went so far as to give Rocky TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, only for Rocky to turn it around on him, telling him that he's looking for someone to blame because he couldn't try to make a name for himself. [[spoiler: He comes through and proceeds to respect his father again.]]
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Shown in ''Rocky V''. Robert can be as humble as Rocky, but when he gets picked on by bullies, he takes up fighting just to beat them up. But thankfully, his humble side shined through, so they became friends afterward.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: He comes to feel this way about his father, as his father's legend will always be hanging over him and he'll always be compared to his dad and, he's sure, found wanting. These issues finally appear to be dealt with in ''Rocky Balboa'', and healing begins between father and son.
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: He was a little boy in ''Rocky IV''. He suddenly ages a year or two by the time of ''Rocky V''. Somewhat justified since the actors changed. Again. But still...
* PutOnABus: In ''Creed'', he is mentioned to have moved to Vancouver with his girlfriend.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In ''Rocky V'', he gives one to his dad, fed up with him spending all of his time with Tommy Gunn. [[spoiler: This leads into a RandomSmokingScene when Rocky finds him. Thankfully, it doesn't become a habit after him and Rocky reconcile.]]
* TrainingMontage: In ''Rocky V'', even Robert gets one.
* WellDoneSonGuy: In ''Rocky V'', he appeals to his dad, surprising him with a trophy collection stand he set up, drawings, and even tried to talk to him about how he reclaimed his stolen coat, but Rocky never really returned a meaningful affection.
* WhosLaughingNow: A non-villainous example. [[spoiler: Near the end, Robert gives Rocky a prep talk before the final round, telling him that people thought of both of them as a joke, but nobody is laughing now.]]

[[folder:Apollo Creed]]
->Played by: Carl Weathers (1976-85)

Rocky's opponent in the first two films and friend in the following two films. Creed begins the series as the reigning heavyweight champion, and between his dazzling skills, speed, and power, no one has ever managed to go the distance with him. When an opponent pulls out a fight set for January 1, 1976, Creed, realizing no other top level contender will be free to fight by then, and unwilling to change the date, instead comes up with a gimmick: to give an unheralded local fighter an opportunity to reach the top ala UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream by fighting him. He then picked Rocky as his opponent, and the rest was history...

In the third film after Rocky loses to Clubber Lang and [[spoiler:Mickie dies]], Apollo trains Rocky for the rematch with Lang, beginning what fans have called "an epic bromance" with Rocky that lasts through the end of the third film and into the fourth, until [[spoiler:Drago kills Apollo in an exhibition bout]].
* AllAmericanFace: Taken to a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH9AB16Crjk hilariously awesome and ridiculous extreme]] in ''IV''.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: APOLLO CREED, can't do more awesome than that.
* BashBrothers: After seeing Rocky suffer a humiliating defeat, and a lot of emotional turmoil, he goes to his aid and helps him become badass again.
* BigBrotherMentor: Becomes this to Rocky in the third film.
* CaptainErsatz: Of UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli. Ali himself suggested to Stallone that Apollo would also be called the Master of Disaster. An announcer says just that in ''Rocky II''.
* CasualtyInTheRing: [[spoiler:Takes a fatal beating from Drago.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: After being defeated in ''II'', he befriends Rocky and co. in ''III''.
* {{Expy}}: of UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli.
* FatalFlaw: Pride. [[spoiler:Which leads to his death after he seriously underestimated Drago.]]
* GeniusBruiser: Emphasized more in the novelization and other background materials, but Apollo isn't just a boxer, he also entirely runs, markets, and manages an entire business empire based around himself.
* 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.[[note]]It's notable that he did fine in his rematch with Rocky until about Round 6, when Rocky managed to get in a few solid shots to his body. From Round 7 on Apollo started taking more and more damage, and by 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]]
* HeelFaceTurn: A mild example, as he [[NoAntagonist was never really a villain]], just Rocky's opponent, before becoming Rocky's trainer in the third film.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: After their relationship had previously consisted of considering each other a WorthyOpponent, the time they spend together in the third film upgrades it to a true, close friendship and this trope.
* HonorBeforeReason: [[spoiler:A fatal example]] from part 4. Even sadder after seeing the salute he gives his wife; Apollo knows damn well what's coming.
* HotBlooded: "''It's time to go to SCHOOL!''"
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Cocky and arrogant, and even goes as far as to berate Rocky publicly to goad him into a rematch, but underneath it all he's not really a bad guy.
* LargeHam: Actively cultivates this as part of his image.
* LetsGetDangerous: While it's understood that Apollo is far, far out of Rocky's league, Apollo treats the fight very much as a joke and spends his entire entrance showboating to the crowd. In the first round Rocky actually manages to knock him down (first time this has ever happened to him) and get him literally on the ropes. Apollo decides to quit playing around and easily breaks Rocky's nose.
-->"He doesn't know it's a damn show. He thinks it's a damn fight."
* ManipulativeBastard: In the second film. Frustrated by the fan response to his first fight with Rocky, he decides to provoke Rocky into getting back to the ring for a rematch by playing the role of the {{Heel}} in the media and angering him. [[GoneHorriblyRight It works]].
* OnlyInItForTheMoney:
** 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.
** Averted for the rematch, when it's more 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.
* PapaWolf: He's somewhat okay when the fans give hatemail to him, he's even willing to risk it as a means to get Rocky back in the ring. However, what really pissed him off over the whole thing was when he finds out his kids are getting picked on over the aftermath of his first fight with Balboa.
--> '''Apollo:''' There's a lot of people out there accusing me of having the fight fixed, accusing me of being a fake, and insulting my kids at school.
* {{Pride}}: Apollo put on quite a show in the first match, but felt his pride seriously injured in the next movie to the point where he changes his mind about the no-rematch and wanted an immediate rematch with Rocky. Sometime later, the hate-mail started to pour in and he gets obsessed over fighting Rocky. The next time they're in the ring, he's not putting on a show then.
* RedBaron: "The King of Sting, the Doctor of Destruction, the [[Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo Count of Monte]] [[JustForPun Fisto]], the Master of Disaster, the One, the Only... Apollo Creed!" That last one (The Master of Disaster) deserves extra credit... the man who inspired the character's creation, Ali himself, noted that that was something he should've used in his heyday.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Killed in the ring by Drago in ''IV''.]]
* ScaryBlackMan: Averted. While Apollo obviously could kick the ass of 99% of the population, he's a friendly, charismatic guy who, even when playing the {{Heel}}, is almost entirely putting on a show.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Was guilty of this against both Rocky and Drago.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: His trademark shorts.
* WorthyOpponent: More than any other opponent, he has this relationship going on with Rocky.
* YourCheatingHeart: Cheated on his wife sometime before his death in ''Rocky IV'', resulting in Adonis' birth. In the novelization for the first movie, it is also implied that he's been cheating on his wife with a so-called "official biographer".

[[folder:Tony "Duke" Evers]]
->Played by: Tony Burton
[[caption-width-right:320: "No pain. No pain."]]

Apollo's trainer and friend, he also trains Rocky for the bout with Drago in the fourth movie [[spoiler:following Drago killing Apollo in the ring]] and returns to train Rocky again in ''Rocky Balboa''.
* AscendedExtra: In the first movie, he is a secondary character who goes unnamed in the film. In the sequels, he gains a more prominent role and is the only character besides Rocky and Paulie to appear in every movie, not counting ''Creed''.
* BadassBoast:
** In ''IV'': "No pain. No pain. ''NO PAIN''.
** In ''Balboa'': "Let's build some hurting bombs!"
* BaldOfAwesome: Very wise, very cool, and very bald.
* BlueOni: To Apollo's red.
* TheBusCameBack: In ''Balboa'', he may have returned half way in, but man does he leave an impression.
* CoolOldGuy: His moustache has turned grey by the time of ''Balboa'', and he retains his sage awesomeness.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: In the video game: ''Rocky Legends'', Duke is the first opponent Apollo fights. Winning has Duke telling Apollo that he plans to retire, but is willing to train him all the way through.
* HonestAdvisor: To both Apollo, and to Rocky in ''III'', ''IV'', and ''Balboa''.
* LikeASonToMe: Duke confines with Rocky in ''IV'' that [[spoiler: Apollo was like a son to him]].
* OlderAndWiser: In ''Rocky Balboa''.
* OnlySaneMan: In both ''Rocky I'' and ''II''. While neither Apollo nor anyone on his team is insane, Duke is the only one who sees how dangerous Rocky is. He's trying to do his job as Apollo's manager (protect Apollo and plan his schedule very carefully so that there are no surprises). Throughout ''I'' and ''II'', Duke tries to warn Apollo about the dangers that Rocky will give him, to no avail.
* RetiredBadass: Former professional boxer turned trainer.
* TrainingFromHell: In ''IV'', he acknowledges to Rocky that his training will be tougher than ever, and is happy to provide such.

[[folder:Clubber Lang]]
->Played by: Creator/MrT (1982)
[[caption-width-right:300: "I want Balboa!"]]

The antagonist of the third film, he is a brutal jerkass of a fighter shaped by the streets into a fearsome opponent. While Rocky enjoys the high life as champion, Lang cuts a swath through the heavyweight ranks, mercilessly knocking out anyone he faces. Mickie quickly becomes aware of what a dangerous man he is, and desperately wants to avoid a bout between him and Rocky.
* 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.
* 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.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: His arrogance is off the charts, and he seems to truly believe that no one can possibly defeat him.
* AxCrazy: He wanted to tear Rocky apart, and you better hope he's in a good mood if you get in his way.
* BadassBeard[=/=]BeardOfEvil: He's plenty badass and a major jerkass, and that beard only enhances both of those traits.
* BerserkButton: Being stared at.
* TheBrute: Much like Rocky, except much stronger and very relentless.
* CatchPhrase: "I pity the fool." Mr. T would keep using this long after Clubber Lang
* CaptainErsatz: Of a young George Foreman. To an extent the first bout between him and Rocky is 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.
* CripplingOverspecialization: He is focused solely on getting fast knock-outs with hard hooks (he rarely uses any other punch and doesn't throw a single jab). His style seems to be keyed solely on destroying Rocky and once Rocky starts outfighting, Clubber is outclassed and decimated in three rounds. It's very likely that the retired Apollo Creed, who specialized in outfighting and was much better at it than Rocky, and whom Clubber repeatedly insulted, threatened, and even attacked, would have beaten or even humiliated him in the ring. ([[FridgeBrilliance Which would also correspond to the inspirations for the 3 characters]]. Rocky primarily borrows from Rocky Marciano and Joe Frazier, Creed from Muhammad Ali, and Lang from George Foreman. In real life Frazier won his first bout Ali, then was brutally destroyed by Foreman in two rounds, and Foreman was then outclassed, knocked out, and demolished mentally, physically and psychologically by Ali.)
* CurbstompBattle: The first fight between Rocky and Clubber is one, as Clubber demolishes an overconfident and ill-prepared Rocky in two rounds, [[CurbstompCushion although Rocky does manage to get a few good blows]]. [[spoiler:The rematch is also one, this time with Rocky defeating Clubber, although like the first bout Clubber does have his moments and gives both Rocky and the audience some scares.]]
* EvilCounterpart: To Rocky in the first two films. Both are hard hitting southpaw brawlers from the streets and expanded materials give Clubber a criminal past. Clubber just takes it all UpToEleven and has a {{Jerkass}} personality.
* EvilVirtues: Clubber is not a pleasant fellow to be sure, but the film makes it clear that he took his training seriously for his first bout with Rocky, while his overconfident opponent squandered his preparation with a glorified circus with endless distractions.
* GlassCannon: Kinda. Stamina is more his weakness than an inability to take a punch, but still, he's the only one of Rocky's challengers to suffer an early KO. See also: Uniquely among Rocky's opponents, he actually knocks the Italian Stallion out, ''in the second round.'' [[spoiler:In their rematch, rather than a dramatic fifteen-round battle, Rocky manages to fell him in three.]]
* GoodHairEvilHair: A Mohawk.
* HairTriggerTemper: Consistently angry and violent.
* HeelFaithTurn: [[WordOfGod According to Stallone]] he became an evangelist in the aftermath of his defeat (another [[CaptainErsatz parallel]] with George Foreman). [[WhatCouldHaveBeen He would have mentioned this had he appeared in Rocky Balboa as planned.]]
* LargeHam: "''I'm gonna crucify him! '''Real bad.'''''"
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: '''CLUBBER LANG!''' He also has quite a personality to match. Even Mickey doesn't want to mess with him. (According to sources outside of the movie, his birth name is James.)
* NothingPersonal: While he is an all out {{Jerkass}} to Rocky, he doesn't really hate him.
--> '''Clubber:''' I don't hate Balboa, but [[CatchPhrase I pity the fool.]] And I will destroy anyone who tries to take what I got.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: He has this when he keeps clubbing Rocky but can't knock him down.
* ScaryBlackMan: Absolutely plays this role to the hilt, as an ex street fight turned ruthless, knockout machine of a boxer who trash talks and attacks anyone around him on a moment's notice.
* {{Trash Talk}}er: Par excellence. In fact, it was his trash talking that got him a shot at the title, since Mickey made sure the match wouldn't be made and Rocky was about to retire before Clubber's trash talking caused Rocky to lose his cool and make the match.
* SincerityMode: During an interview with the upcoming rematch against Rocky, Lang admits that he doesn't hate the guy, but he "pities the fool!" When he was asked about his prediction for the match, without any personal bias, he tones down his usual attitude and simply responded with "pain."
* TheUnfought: [[AvertedTrope Would have been this for Rocky had Rocky retired as planned.]]
* UnskilledButStrong: Fittingly enough as an EvilCounterpart and foil for Rocky, he also starts as this, but never progresses further, whereas Rocky does.
* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: How he got outclassed in the rematch. See UnskilledButStrong and especially CripplingOverspecialization above.
* VillainousBreakdown: He has a minor one in the rematch after getting ''floored'' by Rocky in the first round.

[[folder:Ivan Drago]]
->Played by: Creator/DolphLundgren (1985)
[[caption-width-right:350: "I must ''break you''".]]

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.
* AllThereInTheManual: According to ''Rocky: The Ultimate Guide'', Drago's career stalls until the fall of the USSR five years later, and he turns pro, winning one of the World Title belts, its not specified which one, and amassing a record of 31 straight wins by KO. He never unifies the World titles or fights the top contenders of the early 90s due to promotion politics. His only loss in his entire career was against Rocky.
* AlternateEnding: In Rocky Legends, [[spoiler: Drago defeats Rocky, and has his own national anthem going on afterwards.]]
* BadassBoast:
** To Apollo: "You will lose."
** And the most famous of them all, towards Rocky: '''"I must break you."'''
* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: Clubber Lang was an angry loudmouth. Drago, on the other hand, is quiet and stoic.
* CurbStompBattle: He absolutely ''pounds'' Apollo in the first two rounds, actually killing him. He initially has the better of Rocky during the first round of their match, but Rocky manages to turn the tables in the second round.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He's married to Ludmilla Drago.
* HeelFaceTurn: When he starts fighting Rocky, he becomes arrogant and dominant in the rounds, but when Rocky manages to fight back, he is impressed by his skill and determination. ("He's not human, he's like a piece of iron.") While he did still fight Rocky, he turns against his trainers (and to an extent, his own country) with the following words.
--> '''Drago:''' I fight to win, FOR ME!!! FOR ME!!!!
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With his wife. Until you remember that Creator/BrigitteNielsenn is about [[StatuesqueStunner 6 feet tall]], to give you an idea about how huge he really is.
* HuskyRusskie: Standing at 6'5, which almost lost Lundgren the part because he was just too tall.
* {{Jerkass}}: Though he shows a bit of honor in the end.
* KickTheDog: Shows no remorse for killing Apollo, what prevented him from crossing the MoralEventHorizon is that he's doing it all for his country and that he shows respect to Rocky in the end of the fight.
* KnightOfCerebus: Out of all the antagonists, he definitely has the darkest and longest-lasting effects -- namely, both Apollo's death and Rocky's career-ending injury.
* LackOfEmpathy: "If he dies, he dies."
* MadeOfIron: Until Rocky managed to cut him.
* MegatonPunch: He wields a punch force of over 2000 psi.
* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong: This is the Soviet PR about him, but it's not just Mother Russia at work, judging by the syringes he's injected with during training...
* NotSoInvincibleAfterAll: He initially has the better of Rocky during the first round of their match, seeming unfazed by Rocky's punches... until the second round, when Rocky lands a punch that cuts him below his left eye, after which things even out.
* PlayingWithSyringes: With lots of steroids... possibly.
* PunchClockVillain: Despite his {{Jerkass}} qualities, he's a pawn of the Soviet government rather than deliberately vicious (unlike, say, Clubber Lang or the villains in ''Rocky V'').
* TheQuietOne: His handler and wife do the talking. He does the punching. It's established that while he does speak and understand English, he's just a man of few (if any) words.
* SilentSnarker: During the prefight trash talk with Creed. He's the only one to catch on that the argument between his handler and Creed is simple trash talk to psych each other out and simply pushes Creed as his own way of snarking back.
* TheStoic: [[NotSoStoic Until he's in the ring.]]
* SuperSoldier: His intense [[SovietSuperScience super-sciencey training]] mixed with heavily implied steroid use.
* UnskilledButStrong: Major subversion. Apollo thinks he is this, due to the limited number of Drago bouts that Apollo can view footage from. Apparently, Drago's skill and form had improved by leaps and bounds since his last bout that Apollo saw.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: According to Stallone, while making ''Rocky Balboa'', Drago would have been consumed by alcoholism or long-term steroid abuse.
* WorthyOpponent: He quickly comes to respect Rocky's toughness and determination during their bout, ("He's not human. He is like a piece of iron") and shows that respect near the end of their bout.

[[folder:Ludmilla Vobet Drago]]
->Played by: Creator/BrigitteNielsen (1985)

Ivan Drago's wife, who doesn't play a big role, but is supportive of her husband's career.
* AdaptationalBadass: It says something when being a playable fighter in ''Rocky Legends'' means she can take on Rocky or her own husband in a fair fight. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnCiZfdSdOc See for yourself.]]
* AscendedExtra: In the X-Box version of ''Rocky Legends'', she is a playable character, making her the only female boxer in the game.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: While it was a clear lie and that Ivan did take steroids, Ludmilla does encourage healthy eating to become strong. Even making a joke about {{Popeye}} with it.
* HappilyMarried: Whatever else, she and Drago appear to care for each other.
* InformedAbility: She is labeled early on as an OlympicSwimmer.
* StatuesqueStunner: A given as she's played by the 6'1'' (185 cm) Brigitte Nielsen.
* VoiceForTheVoiceless: [[SubvertedTrope Not that Ivan never speaks]], but she speaks for him when she needs to, mostly when in front of the press.

[[folder:George Washington Duke]]
->Played by: Richard Gant (1990)

Appeared in ''Rocky V''. A powerful and extremely unprincipled boxing promoter who is trying to capitalize on getting current Heavy Weight Champion, Union Cane, in a match with the legendary ex-champion, Rocky Balboa. Unfortunately, due to Rocky's injuries, both he and Adrian decline to make the match, but Duke tries anything, and ''everything'', he can to coerce Rocky into a match.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Duke wanted a sanctioned fight between Rocky and Union Cane. When he didn't get that, [[spoiler: he tries to get one for Rocky and Tommy Gunn. He got it, but it wasn't sanctioned...]]
* TheChessmaster: The man has schemes on top of schemes, and there's always a fall back option when one of those schemes doesn't work out. [[spoiler:Until his attempts to get Rocky and Tommy so angry at each other that they'll do anything to fight each other winds up in them getting into a ''street fight'' rather than a boxing match.]]
* TheDeterminator: He tries everything he can think of to get Rocky back into the ring. Get him to lose all his money? Check. Try to convince him that he doesn't have brain damage? Check. [[spoiler: Steals away Tommy Gunn for a more elaborate scheme later? Check. Bribes Rocky and his family with birthday gifts before rubbing in his face that Tommy Gunn is now with him? Check. Finally has Tommy humiliated just so he can personally force Rocky out of retirement?]] Ccccheck!
* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler: He intended Tommy to force Rocky out of retirement for a prize fight. He never counted on Rocky to say "my ring's outside."]]
* EvilMentor: [[spoiler: He steals Tommy Gunn away from Rocky, with promises of fame and fortune. He even intentionally staged the champion fight just so Tommy can get ridiculed and convinces him to challenge Rocky, seeming that master versus apprentice is much more profitable than a regular title match.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: He acts friendly but it's all an act.
* JerkAss: '''''And how!'''''
* LargeHam: A larger than life attitude is all part of the game for a fight promoter.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:He's willing to ruin the lives and careers of fighters by ignoring pesky issues like "health risks". At the end of the movie he gets a little taste of what fighters go through, and all his wealth and legal maneuvering didn't help him much. Doubly so if you believe the theory that he was responsible for Rocky losing his fortune, which is exactly what makes his threat to sue Rocky ineffective.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Duke:''' Touch me and I'll sue.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Rocky:''' *uppercuts Duke, launching him onto his car* Sue me for ''what?!'']]
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: He doesn't care if one match with Rocky could possibly disable him, or even kill him. What matters to him is that he profits from the match, and he'll do anything to make that happen. Sometimes, he's so ''open'' about his greed and the pursuit of money that he sounds like a CardCarryingVillain.
* RichesToRags: It's implied that he was the cause of Rocky losing his fortune.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: As far as he's concerned, money is more powerful than rules any day, and he assumes that everyone else thinks this way too.
* SmugSnake: Cocky enough to threaten Rocky to sue if he gets hurt, [[spoiler: Rocky wiped his grin off his face.]]
* VillainousBSOD: [[spoiler:His one humanizing moment in the whole thing is when the aged Rocky makes a comeback against his champ in the street, and while everyone else is cheering, he reacts with a stunned, "God-damn... only in America." For once, he sounds like he means it.]]

[[folder:Tommy "The Machine" Gunn]]
->Played by: Tommy Morrison (1990)
[[caption-width-right:272: [[SchmuckBait I don't recommend searching for images on him without safe search on.]] ]]

Appeared in ''Rocky V''. A poor young man seeking to become a professional fighter, he has left his home in hopes of being trained by the legendary Rocky. At first Rocky refuses, but eventually agrees. Tommy proves a talented student, [[spoiler: but eventually becomes frustrated at the slow pace with which Rocky insists on developing his professional career, believing that he's ready to be champion. This provides an opportunity for unethical promoter George Washingtion Duke to first sign Tommy, then turn him against Rocky.]]
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter[=/=]OvershadowedByAwesome: At first he is delighted at being Rocky's pupil and the two become quite friendly, but when he finds Rocky getting more attention than he does and the media always compares the two, he begins to resent Rocky... see also DudeWheresMyRespect below.
* AscendedFanboy: Tommy has been a big fan of Rocky when he was younger. He took a trip to Philadelphia, with risks included, just so he could ask Rocky if he can be trained. He sure is gleeful when he accepts.
* CorruptTheCutie: [[spoiler: He may be aggressive, but at one time he was a genuinely nice guy who just had some personal issues that needed to be ironed out. Then GW Duke got ahold of him. Paulie even saw this coming.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Paulie:''' The ship's sinking, Rocko.]]
* DudeWheresMyRespect: The news media loves to make Tommy Gunn out to be as if he's Rocky's puppet. [[spoiler: Even when he won the title match, everyone berated him for a variety of reasons, almost all of which are related to Rocky (he can never measure up to being like Rocky, AND he is berated for leaving Rocky for GW Duke), eventually fueling his need to take Rocky on.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: From humble, eager, and mindful with Rocky, to mean, angry, and irrational with Duke.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Tommy definitely has Daddy issues, as he elaborates early on. [[spoiler: He may have projected some of them onto Rocky by the end of the movie.]]
--> "My dad was the first guy I punched out. Every time I go into the ring, I see him again."
* FromNobodyToNightmare: From a poor kid with daddy issues alone on the streets of an unfamiliar city to World Heavyweight Champion to [[spoiler:a crazy aggressive punk willing to attack his former father figure, (and anybody that tries to help said father figure) in public.]]
* LonelyAtTheTop: [[spoiler: Thanks to Rocky, he's made it up to become a contender for the heavy weight belt, but dumps Rocky for GW Duke just so he can get the fame and money he wanted. He got his belt, but he gained no respect from anybody, especially because he abandoned Rocky. When he takes on Rocky in the street fight and loses, he may still be the champion, but only on paper to many, MANY people as an aging Rocky can still beat him down. Being arrested and having Duke disown him afterward also didn't help his case.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: Duke encouraged Tommy to get angry and get Rocky to fight him. Punching Paulie in the face got Rocky angry too, angry enough to get a street brawl going on. Not the type of fight Duke had in mind...]]
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: [[spoiler:A big reason why Don King [[CaptainErsatz ersatz]] George Washington Duke convinces him to dump Rocky as his manager is because Duke can get Tommy much more cash than Rocky.]]
* PassingTheTorch: Rocky provides Tommy the same shorts Apollo gave him later in his career.
* PyrrhicVillainy: [[spoiler:Tommy casting Rocky aside in favor of sleazy promoter George Washington Duke gets him fame, the heavyweight title, and presumably money, (although considering that the man Duke is an analogue of is absolutely ''notorious'' for cheating and ripping off his fighters, that last one probably shouldn't be automatically assumed) but Tommy's fame is short lived, because he betrayed Rocky the press and fans alike turn on him, and getting arrested after losing to an aging Rocky in a street fight probably means that Tommy won't profit from his actions nearly as much as he expected to, if at all.]]
* PunnyName: All referring to the Thompson submachine gun, or tommy gun as it's often called.
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: [[spoiler: Starts the film pleading with Rocky to have Rocky train and teach him, eventually sells out and throws Rocky aside. He even refused to thank Balboa for his success at getting the title belt.]]
* TrueFinalBoss: [[spoiler: In ''Rocky Legends'', Career mode for Rocky went on and on until he takes on Tommy in a street brawl match, much like how career mode started.]]
* UngratefulBastard: To be fair, the media hasn't been making this easy on him...
* UnskilledButStrong: His natural approach is to simply brute force his way through fights, though he gets a bit more skilled after Rocky starts training and managing him.
* UnstoppableRage: The first time we see him fight, he is shown as overly aggressive and give a sparring partner a nasty beating. Thanks to Rocky, he's managed to control it [[spoiler: until the street fight scene where the press, GW Duke's speech to him, and Paulie calling him off all lead to him wanting to draw Rocky's blood.]]
* WalkingSpoiler There's only so much you can say about him without spoiling his [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn, and subsequent actions]].

[[folder:Union Cane]]
->Played by: Michael Anthony Williams (1990)

Appeared in ''Rocky V''. A heavy weight champion who claimed the belt shortly after Rocky retired. He is eager to challenge Rocky, but the fight never happened due to the health problems Rocky developed after the fight with Drago in ''Rocky IV''. He eventually takes on Tommy Gunn, only to be knocked out in the first round.
* AdaptationalBadass: In ''Rocky Legends'', he is a playable character, and predictably, can last much longer in the ring then he did in the movie.
* FlatCharacter: If you thought Ivan Drago was a flat character, just see Union Cane. This guy barely has any screen time or characteristics shown.
* PaperTiger: He became a top contender for the world championship before Rocky retired and became champion once Rocky was no longer in the way, so you'd think he'd be able to put up a fight. Tommy Gunn floored him in the first round after dominating him. (This could be a bonus intended for boxing fans, as Duke's real life counterpart Don King frequently used his influence to get his fighters titles and spots as contenders ahead of more deserving fighters.) The reporters lampshade this when they're deriding Tommy's achievements in the ring.
--> "The guy's a paper champion!"
* RedHerring: The next villain in the Rocky film? Nope.
* TheUnfought: Rocky never got to fight him, leaving the title belt his for the taking.
** Applies even in ''Rocky Legends'', where none of the characters in career mode gets to face him. Ouch.

[[folder:Mason "The Line" Dixon]]
->Played by: Antonio Tarver (2006)

A successful and dominant heavyweight champion from the 2000s, he has everything (money, friends, women, etc) except the respect of the people, who see him constantly winning his fights with such ease that they assume his opponents must be hopeless bums. As a result, the only people who seem a fair match for Dixon are the greats of the past, and when a computer simulation shows Dixon losing by KO to a prime Rocky Balboa, Dixon's management sees it as an interesting chance for an exhibition just as Rocky is looking at getting his boxing license back.
* TheAce: He's the ''undisputed'' heavyweight champion of the world, meaning that he either defeated ''all'' the world champions before him and unified the belts or defeated the guy who did it. He's so good that nobody takes him seriously because he doesn't appear to have faced any real challenges.
* BoringInvincibleHero: At the start, he's unpopular with fans due to a string of easy, quick wins.
* CaptainErsatz: Of Roy Jones Jr and Floyd "Money" Mayweather. And his penchant for first-round knockouts brings a little bit of MikeTyson into the character, too.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Despite being the current Heavyweight champion and undefeated, he didn't got any respect from the crowd. He did get it after his fight with Balboa. There's a bit of TruthInTelevision here. There have been many fighters who didn't get the respect they deserve because the guys around are nowhere near their level. Therefore, it creates the illusion that a dominant champion is fighting nothing but bums. In contrast, Muhammad Ali receives platitudes not just because of his tremendous skills, but because of the high level of the other heavyweights around, nearly all of whom Ali fought and beat.
* LonelyAtTheTop: Heavyweight Champion and undefeated, but is anything but loved by the crowds. Not because he's a bad guy, but because his fights are too easy. It doesn't help that his managers also don't respect him very much as they're more motivated by [[OnlyInItForTheMoney money than gaining him respect.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Averted. He's actually a fairly nice guy as the film portrays. He's just disgruntled by the lack of respect from the press, especially considering that he agreed to a match where some of the proceeds will go to charity.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Averted. He may be rich, but he doesn't have the respect he wanted. He also clearly misses his old manager, Marvin, and decided to recruit him back since he's the only guy who really respects him. Not to mention firing him wasn't even ''his'' decision.
--> '''Marvin:''' You came back after you let me go?
--> '''Mason:''' C'mon Marvin, you know I ain't got nothing to do with that.
* PunnyName: For those who don't get the joke, the Mason-Dixon line was the result of a compromise in 19th century American Politics on where slavery would be legal. South of the line it was legal, north of the line it was not.
* VillainsOutShopping: Not really a villain, but we first see him playing basketball with some friends.
* WorthyOpponent: Mason treated the idea of fighting an old Rocky as a joke, but he does respect him on a personal level, and later respects him as a great fighter during the match.

->Played by Creator/HulkHogan (1982)
[[caption-width-right:200:[[RedBaron The Ultimate Male!]]]]

A wrestler who participates in a charity event boxer vs wrestler match. He puts on quite a show against Rocky, and by extension, the immediate crowd that participated. In the end of it, he compliments Rocky and his pals and has a photo shoot with him.
* TheAce: He IS the wrestling world champion at the time of ''Rocky III''.
* AtrociousAlias: His lips are made of thunder? Does he emit thunder when he kisses? A reference to his trash talking, bombastic personality? Whatever the truth might be, there were better names out there.
* TheBigGuy: In the mid-ring staredown, Rocky is at eye level with his nipples.
* LargeHam: Par of the course, and Hogan doesn't disappoint. He's also this InUniverse, since he adopts a completely different, over the top persona for his matches and in hyping up the crowd.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: A total jerk that will attack anyone who tries to stop him in the ring. An utterly kind gentleman outside of the ring. He just loves to put on a good show.
--> '''Rocky:''' Yo why were you so rough out there?
--> '''Thunderlips:''' ''[[ItsWhatIDo That's the name of the game.]]''
* RedBaron: The Ultimate Male, A Mountain Of Molten Lust.
* WrestlingMonster: Oh hell yeah.

->Played by Jodi Letizia (I, 1976), and Geraldine Hughes (Balboa, 2006)

Marie is that young girl who appeared in ''Rocky I'', who has been hanging out with other juvenile delinquents, whom Rocky tried to convince her away, which seemed unsuccessful at first. A long time later, Marie is working at a bar, supporting herself and her son, without her husband, but becomes friends with Rocky and catches up on old times. She eventually becomes his moral support.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: In ''Rocky Balboa'', she becomes less shy and a little more prettier as the movie progresses.
* RandomSmokingScene: The first and last time we saw her in a Rocky movie, til 30 years later...
* ShrinkingViolet: In a deleted scene, she is implied to be one towards Rocky until the guy in the wheelchair (only present in this scene) convinces her to go with Rocky for a safe ride home.
* UngratefulBastard: Rocky, in a show of his own inner goodness, convinces Marie to quit smoking and seek out better friends and to stay in school, and he even walks her home. Her response? "Screw you, creepo!" Becomes funny, and tragic when you see her in Rocky Balboa...

->Played by James Francis Kelly III (2006)

Marie's son, whom she had to raise in the slums, alone. He is a nice guy who stays out of trouble, and is glad to work for Rocky as his personal assistant. He also helps him train when Rocky decides to fight Mason.
* DisappearedDad: His dad left him when he was younger.

[[folder:Spider Rico]]
->Played by Pedro Lovell (I, 1976; Balboa, 2006)
[[caption-width-right:323: Left: ''Rocky Balboa''. Right: ''Rocky I'']]

The first opponent we see Rocky take on in the first movie. We don't see him again until Rocky Balboa, who is seen as Rocky's friend.
* AscendedExtra: He went from being an uncredited, irrelevant to the story fighter, to being Rocky's old friend.
* CoolOldGuy: Even though Rocky beat him before hand, he's the only fighter to back talk Rocky without getting hit.
--> '''Spider:''' [[CallBack Don't make me fight you again.]] Last time you got lucky.
* RealMenLoveJesus: By Rocky Balboa, he appears to be a devoted Christian and prays with Balboa before his match with Mason.

[[folder:Tony Gazzo]]
->Played by Joe Spinell (1976)

The LoanShark who has Rocky under his employ in the first movie. He orders Rocky around to collect for him, but he's also a nice guy.
* BenevolentBoss: Despite conducting illegal business, he's not entirely immoral, and he'll even give Rocky extra cash when he felt that Rocky could need it, no strings attached.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Gazzo is never seen again after ''Rocky II'', although he gets a passing mention in ''Rocky V''. Even with Paulie down on his luck in ''Rocky III'', Gazzo has not been mentioned once. In a deleted scene of ''Rocky Balboa'', he does get mentioned again.
* NiceGuy: To Rocky. He's also nice enough to allow Paulie to take Rocky's place in the second film.
* ProductionPosse: Spinell was a close friend and former roommate to SylvesterStallone.