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->''First he was their weapon. Now he is their punishment.''

An action film from the year 1988, directed by Joseph Zito and starring Creator/DolphLundgren.

Nikolai Rachenko is a Spetnaz who is given a mission to help Cuban communists stationed in Africa to get rid of the resistance leader Sundata who's opposing them. But he soon learns that the man is doing the right thing, and eventually [[HeelFaceTurn joins him]] in his fight.

The film was followed by a loose sequel in 1995, where a RagtagBunchOfMisfits special operatives are enlisted to take down an aspiring Nazi ideologists within American soil.
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!!''Red Scorpion'' contains the examples of:

* AlliterativeName: Kallunda Kintash.
* AnArmAndALeg: When Zayas threatens Nikolai with a grenade, Nikolai shoots his arm off and Zayas ends [[HoistByHisOwnPetard blown up himself]].
* BarBrawl: Nikolai starts trouble in a bar as a ploy to get caught by the MP's and befriend Kallunda.
* {{Bulungi}}: The films setting, in the Marxist Sub-Saharan country of Mombaka, an {{expy}} of Angola and Mozambique.
* ChaseScene: The escape from Cuamo.
* ChildSoldiers: Seen among Sundata's rebel camp.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Cuban's subject Nikolai to some to get information about his purpose in Cuamo.
* CoolGun: Zayas's FN FAL.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Nikolai by the end of the movie.
* DirtyCommunists: Classic Soviet kind and the rarely used Cuban kind are present.
* DramaticNecklaceRemoval
* {{Eagleland}}: Dewey is a mixed case. He's a loudmouth who swears a lot and isn't really an ideal role model, but he is also reporter working to get local atrocities known and to bring peace to the land.
* HotBlooded: Dewey. Quoth Nikolai with a grin:
-->"He's very emotional man."
* KubrickStare: One rebel gives Nikolai one when he arrives to Sundata's camp.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Nikolai relies on this when he has doubts about carrying out his mission. Later on he decides to rely on the Right Thing after his country betrays him.
* LaResistance
* RedScare: Bonus points for having the distinction of being a ColdWar movie made by a future government official.
* ShirtlessScene
* SirSwearsALot: Dewey. For it is the right of an American!
* TankGoodness: A tank tries to hinder the escape of Nikolai and company from Cuamo.
* UseYourHead: Nikolai attacks his first opponent in the bar brawl with a headbutt.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Nikolai had no problem gunning down his own even before he switched sides.

!!The sequel contains the examples of:

* ContinuityNod: Nikolai is briefly mentioned by his former mentor. Which is the only link between the two movies aside from the name.
* NumberedSequels
* PublicDomainArtifact: The Spear of Longinus, though it is not shown to have the mystic properties like usually in fiction.
* RightWingMilitiaFanatic
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Initially.
* ThoseWackyNazis
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