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Characters: Rambo

John Rambo

  • Archer Archetype: 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.
  • Ax-Crazy: 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.
  • Badass Bandolier: Has worn bandoliers of ammo for his machine gun.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Especially in the fourth movie, as the Burmese Army found out firsthand.
  • But Not Too White: In the novels, Rambo was mentioned as being half-Native American.
  • Blood Knight: 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 doesn't hesitate to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
  • Deadpan Snarker: 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?
  • Determinator: Anything that gets in Rambo's way will be obliterated.
  • The Dreaded: In the first film. Most of the police and national guardsmen who are hunting Rambo are scared shitless of him.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: 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.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After Co-Bao's death in the second movie.
  • Heroic BSOD: Has a major one at the end of First Blood.
  • Honor Before Reason: "Live for nothing, or die for something!"
  • Hurting Hero: A result of the trauma he endured in Vietnam as well as the dismissive attitude he received from the public upon coming home.
  • Knife Nut: Rambo always carries a knife for "hunting." And what can he hunt with a knife?
    Name it.
  • Large Ham:
    • "NOTHING IS OVER! NOTHING!"
    • "They would have RAPED her 50 times, and cut all your FUCKIN' HEADS OFF! WHO ARE YOU?! WHOUHANNYOYOU!?"
    • "AAAAAAAAAAAARGH !!"
  • Madden Into Misanthropy: By the fourth movie he has abandoned civilization and humanity almost entirely.
  • Manly Tears: At the end of First Blood as he cries about all the horrors that he has witnessed in Vietnam.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Of the classic "has 'Nam flashbacks" variety.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Especially in the first movie.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Rambo does this in between every film (at least if the number of kills he manages to rack up is any indication).
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: 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.

Col. Sam Trautman

Played by: Richard Crenna (1982-88)

  • Ignored Expert: Teasle intentionally ignores Trautman's advice on how to handle Rambo, despite the track record so far.
  • Morality Chain: Usually the only one who can talk Rambo out of his more screwed up moments.
  • The Obi-Wan: He's the man who recruited Rambo into Special Forces and trained him to be a One-Man Army.
  • Parental Substitute: Lampshaded with his first words on screen.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: 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

Sheriff Will Teasle

Played by: Brian Dennehy
  • Big Bad: Of the first film and the novel.
  • Benevolent Boss: He genuinely cares for his deputy, heck, Galt's death is one of the main reasons why he chases after John.
  • Berserk Button: 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.
  • Hero Antagonist: 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 The Bully 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.
  • Inspector Javert: 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.
  • Knight Templar: Feels he has his town's best interest at heart when he uses heavy-handed protocol against vagrants.
  • Retired Badass: Teasle is the only cop that seems to give thought to tactics and is unimpressed with Rambo's military background. 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 

Art Galt

Played by: Jack Starrett
  • Asshole Victim: A right sadistic bastard who was going out of his way to kill Rambo when he dies.
  • Cold Sniper: Galt calmly promises to kill the pilot if he doesn't keep the chopper steady so he can draw a bead on Rambo.
  • Disney Villain Death: 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.
  • Police Brutality: 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
  • Large Ham: His fake Russian accent is definitely over the top.

Sgt. Yushin

Played by: Voyo Goric

Col. Alexei Zaysen

Played by: Marc de Jonge

Kourov

Played by: Randy Ranney
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Rambo kills him by setting off his grenades and kicking him into a cave.

Schoolboy

Played by: Matthew Marsden
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Schoolboy's .50-caliber sniper rifle, while cool, is very impractical for jungle warfare.
  • Friendly Sniper: He's quite cheerful and amiable when he'd not using his Barrett to pop SPDC troopers' heads like ripe melons.
  • Nice Guy: The most decent and friendly member of the mercenaries.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: 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.
  • Token Good Team Mate: The only unambigously kind-hearted and unselfish person in the band of mercenaries rescuing the missionaries.

Major Pa Tee Tint

Played by: Maung Maung Khin
  • Beard of Evil: If one looks closely, he has a goatee.
  • Big Bad: Of the fourth film.
  • Dirty Coward: 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.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Is a pedophile with his only known victim being a young boy.
  • Establishing Character Moment: 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.
  • Kick the Dog: He never stops.
  • Kick The Sonofa Bitch: watching Rambo gut him like a fish is the high point of the movie.
  • Sociopathic Soldier
  • Unknown Rival: 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: Julie Benz
  • It's All My Fault: 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.
  • Morality Pet: 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.
  • Only Sane Man: 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.


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