- 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.
- Iron Butt Monkey: He's a badass, but let's face it, nothing goes right for Rambo in any of the films.
- Kick the Dog: A literal example in the first movie, when Rambo kills the three dogs the police were trying to use to track him.
- Knife Nut: Rambo always carries a knife for "hunting." And what can he hunt with a knife?
- 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.
- He also does this in First Blood Part II when Co dies.
Col. Sam Trautman
Played by: Richard Crenna (1982-88)
- Adaptational Heroism: Trautman is more of A Father to His Men type in the movie than in the book.
- Badass Grandpa: He was able to talk Rambo out of going through with his massacre while he's been pushed, and not only lived, but even convinced him to surrender!
- Colonel Badass: But really, what did you expect from the man who trained Rambo?
- Big Damn Heroes: Subverted in Rambo: First Blood Part II. Despite having the helicopter close to the ground, he is forced by Murdoch, and his mercenaries (by gunpoint) to abandon Rambo. He knew Murdoch would regret that decision.
- 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.
- The Pardon: He offers Rambo this in the beginning of the second movie; conduct a top secret assignment (take photographic evidence of existence of POWs in Vietnam), and get pardoned for the crimes he committed in the first movie.
- 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.
Appeared in First Blood
Sheriff Will Teasle
Played by: Brian Dennehy
- Adaptational Villainy: While Teasle was still a bit of a jerk in the novel, he was also a far more complex character and somewhat of a Jerkass Woobie. The novel goes into great detail on his motives, his relationships with his family and other members of the town, and acknowledges several similarities between him and John. He arguably comes off as more sympathetic than Rambo and even drives Rambo to a diner to have something to eat before taking him to town limits. The film makes him into a one-dimensional asshole who the audience has no trouble rooting against.
- 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. However, he is also considered to count as a Bad Boss, due to neglecting to notice Galt's abuse of Rambo and failing to properly organize his deputies to capture Rambo. It does show he still cares as when he and his men were outnumbered, Teasle helped a deputy name Balford who was injured by a booby trap built by Rambo.
- 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.
- Break the Haughty: After Rambo overpowers his posse during the man hunt initially with just Teasle and his deputies, Rambo pins the sheriff to a tree with a knife on a his throat and was able to paralyze the arrogant sheriff with fear upon warning him what Rambo's capable of and telling him to leave him alone while he still has the chance. After departing, Teasle just sinks down sobbing upon experiencing an amount of fear, humiliation and broken pride.
- Dirty Cop: Of the abusive convict treatment and Knight Templar kind.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: It is implied (and the director's commentary mentions) that part of the reason Teasle is so hateful about Rambo is because of the Korean War (where he served) being pretty much forgotten by the American people while Rambo (a Vietnam War vet) is a symbol of the new, controversial thing. Explicit in the novel.
- Expy: The movie's depiction of Teasle has more in common with the Batman comic book character Harvey Bullock then the novel's version of the character. As both Teasle and Bullock are a Fat Bastard Jerkass Dirty Cop who are willing to antagonize and arrest The Hero due to their backgrounds they loathed (Rambo is a Vietnam vet and a drifter which are both things Teasle despised, while Batman is a costumed vigilante that Bullock views as a freak).
- Face Death with Dignity: Is willing to kill Rambo or die trying, as when Trainman attempts to warn Teasle about his final confrontation with Rambo, Teasle scoffs, "Everybody dies," justified as Teasle is a Korean War vet who must have experienced risks like this and was willing go along with this (although, it might have something to do with feeling personally humiliated from his last confrontation with Rambo where he was frozen up with fear upon facing him, so Teasle this time does not want to show vulnerability and have his pride broken the next time he's given the opportunity to face Rambo). This is proven true as after Teasle was wounded by Rambo, Teasle just eggs Rambo to Finish Him!
- Fallen Hero: A decorated Korean War veteran who is reduced to an overzealous Knight Templar Dirty Cop.
- Fantastic Racism: Against Vietnam veterans, see Dude, Where's My Respect? above.
- Fat Bastard: While not exactly fat and more big boned, he has an imposing physique and described by Rambo to be "king shit."
- Former Regime Personnel: He's a Korean War veteran-turned sheriff.
- Green-Eyed Monster: See Fantastic Racism and Dude, Where's My Respect? above.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Serves as a Hero Antagonist to capture fugitive from justice Rambo, but internally just to prove that Korean War vets (which Teasle is one of them) are more badass then Vietnam War vets (which Rambo is one of them) and to avenge the death of Art Galt, who's a despicable character to begin with, accidentally caused by Rambo.
- 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 and something of a Dirty Cop to a certain extent, as the reason Rambo goes on his rampage in the first place is because of how he and his deputies mistreated him for no good reason. Played straight only in that after Rambo goes nuts, he needs to be taken down, especially in a deleted scene when Teasle argued with Kern on how much devastation Rambo caused such as Art Galt's widow grieving over Galt's death:
Teasle: Why don't you go out there and take a look at what's left of my men? You'll see how motivated I am, Dave, and if that doesn't do it for you why don't you go have a talk with Art Galt's widow?
- Hidden Heart of Gold: See Pet the Dog below.
- Honor Before Reason: While his man hunt for Rambo and his refusal to back down is driven by his desire to avenge Galt's death, it's also driven by Teasle's dislike of Vietnam vets and to prove that that Korean War vets are much as efficient as any other soldier who fought in combat and is willing to Face Death with Dignity rather then retreat, grovel or cry like some Dirty Coward if Rambo ever does get the upper hand.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Wants Rambo's head to avenge the death of fellow colleague Art Galt, who is a despicable piece of work to begin with, making the audience wonder what Teasle sees in Galt, aside from their shared hatred of Rambo.
- I Did What I Had to Do: In a deleted scene, he argued to state police officer Kern that he did his duty as a police officer to book Rambo for vagrancy and resisting arresting:
Teasle: I did my job, Dave, I booked him for vagrancy and resisting arrest.
- 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.
- It's All About Me: See Dude, Where's My Respect? above.
- Jerkass: Even though he believes he's doing his duty, he does seem to enjoy throwing his weight around. However, in the novel, Teasle is more of a Jerkass Woobie (although the movie's version still count him as this).
- Jerkass Has a Point: While the man hunt is driven by Teasle's dislike of Vietnam vets and Rambo's Accidental Murder of Galt, as a policeman and he doesn't care if Rambo's rampage is a result of PTSD, he is valid that Rambo should not be let off that easy after committing, what Teasle thought it was, first degree murder and for being a Cop Killer.
Teasle: Now don't give me any of that crap Trautman. Do you think Rambo was the only guy who had a tough time in Vietnam? He killed a police officer for Christ's sake!
- Furthermore, when he first arrested Rambo, he was correct that Rambo should not be carrying a dangerous combat knife in the public which makes it at least one (possibly the only) good reason to prosecute him for and to make matters worse, Rambo was probably carrying it without a license as he could not afford one due to being shunned by the public to support him. However, the penalty Rambo was given for it was harsher then the felony itself, thanks to the other charges for vagrancy and resisting arrest.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: See Pet the Dog below.
- Knight Templar: Feels he has his town's best interest at heart when he uses heavy-handed protocol against vagrants.
- Large and In Charge: See Fat Bastard above.
- Miles Gloriosus: See Break the Haughty above.
- Never My Fault: Does not care that his and his department's mistreatment of Rambo is what caused him to go bonkers in the first place.
- In a deleted scene from Teasle's and Trautman's initial encounter, Trautman tells Teasle that he (Teasle) picked the wrong man (Rambo) to push (referring to the mistreatment he and his deputies gave to Rambo), but Teasle argues he (Rambo) picked the wrong man (Teasle) (likely referring to Rambo trying to deliberately walk into town to Teasle's opposition that led to Rambo's arrest):
*After being told by Trautman that he picked the wrong man to push.*
Teasle: No, Trautman. He picked the wrong man!
- However, Teasle's side of the story is more justified in the novel, as he actually gave Rambo several chances to leave the town peacefully, as opposed to the movie where he takes him in after coming back once.
- Not So Different: Both Rambo and Teasle are military veterans in Cold War conflicts who are also each a Broken Ace and a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds due to the way the public has been mistreating them despite their services:
- Rambo has been living life on the road, nearly friendless with Trautman as an exception, jobless and hated by anti-war civilians to a point he's been called a "baby killer," while Teasle's Korean War service has been forgotten and living in the shadow of the Vietnam War hot topic.
- More explicit in the novel.
Played by: Jack Starrett
- All In The Manual: According to the DVD's Survival Mode easter egg trivia, Galt served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953 to 1957 as a motorpool sergeant at Camp Lejeune and then served in the reserves from 1958 to 1973. This might as well explain why Galt was trigger-happy and prolific as a Cold Sniper in the film. Also, given that Teasle is a Korean War veteran and both him and Galt have been friends for a long time when Deputy Mitch Rogers was still a little kid, these facts hint how long they might have been friends. Also, given Teasle's prejudice against Rambo for being a Vietnam vet and Galt's cruelty against Rambo, it could also imply Galt's bullying of Rambo stems from both officers sharing the same dislike of Vietnam veterans as both Galt and Teasle served in the military at a decade that has been forgotten by the public at the time of this film. In addition, despite been a cop, Galt also has criminal record, which shows Galt is a Hypocrite due to his occupation and also explains what kind of character he is based on his behavior in the film.
- Asshole Victim: A right sadistic bastard who was going out of his way to kill Rambo when he dies.
- Bullying a Dragon: His mistreatment of Rambo is what led to Rambo to snap and flee and his attempt to summarily execute him personally is what led to his death.
- 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.
- Death By Fantastic Racism: An example that involves more in the that of Fantastic Racism rather then usual racism, based on the DVD"s easter egg, Galt's mistreatment of Rambo is implied to be caused by his hatred of Vietnam vets due to Vietnam vets given more public attention then Korean War vets or soldiers from The Fifties (when Galt served in the military) and for that, Galt falls to his death.
- Dirty Cop: He's considered to be the most corrupt member of the sheriff's department who's willing to abuse then kill Rambo against the orders of the sheriff, who is his own best friend.
- 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.
- The Dragon: For Will Teasle.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Unaware to Teasle, who initially wanted to re-arrest Rambo after he escapes police custody, Galt planned to just kill Rambo upon finding him, which results in his death.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In a deleted scene, he had a wife who grieves for him over his dead carcass, but makes us wonder what she sees in him after the film exhibits his sadism towards Rambo.
- Fallen Hero: See All In The Manual. Also sort of literal given his Disney Villain Death.
- Fantastic Racism: Seemingly against Vietnam veterans. See All In The Manual.
- 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.
- Psycho for Hire: He's sadistic and brutal when it comes to treating Rambo in incarceration and reckless when it comes to hunting him.
- Rabid Cop: He is downright sadistic and brutal when he mistreats Rambo and reckless during the man hunt for him when he doesn't give second thought to a Innocent Bystander in the way when trying to kill Rambo or Teasle's orders to capture Rambo alive.
- Token Evil Teammate: While Teasle is the Big Bad and his deputies are his Mooks and they're Jerkasses too like Galt, they are actually Hero Antagonists due to their roles as police officers out to capture a fugitive from justice, however, Galt, due to his brutality against Rambo and his intent to hunt down and kill him, makes him the most corrupt and vile member of the sheriff's department.
Appeared in Rambo: First Blood Part II
Played by: Julia Nickson
- Action Girl: She later proves to be just as effect in a gunfight as Rambo is, and even just as cunning too.
- Big Damned Heroes: Co goes out of her way to single handedly save Rambo from his captors.
- Death by Sex: Rambo and Co was about to shared a moment. Not long after, she gets shot in the back.
- Designated Love Interest: The relationship between her and Rambo developed over the past hour in the film.
- The Mole: Co infiltrates the Vietcong camps as one of the service girls, and was the one who provided intel for John Rambo.
- Spared by the Adaptation: 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.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Co's death is what sparks Rambo's Roaring Rampage of Revenge at the end of the second film.
Lt. Col. Podovsky
Played by: Steven Berkoff
- Bigger Bad: Is the actual main villain of the second film.
- Faux Affably Evil: He is rather calm and even delightful for a cruel, relentless Soviet Lieutenant.
- Large Ham: His fake Russian accent is definitely over the top.
- Softspoken Sadist: Whether it is drowning you in mud, or launching dozens of missiles on a helicopter, he never raises his voice.
- Villain Ball: He tortures Rambo into deciding to give a demoralizing speech to his unit. Rambo instead calls out Murdoch and uses the mic to fight his way out.
Played by: Voyo Goric
Appeared in Rambo III
Col. Alexei Zaysen
Played by: Marc de Jonge
Played by: Randy Ranney
- Beard of Evil: A full beard, and being all too eager to kill anyone who gets in his way.
- The Brute: Similar to Yushin, except he's all fat instead of muscle, but just as deadly!
- Dirty Communists: Like The Dragon before him, he is serving under his superior within the Soviet Army.
- The Dragon: Like Yushin, he is undyingly loyal to Zaysen.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He walks around with a bandolier of grenades on him. That ends up being his own undoing.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Rambo kills him by setting off his grenades and kicking him into a cave.
Appeared in (John) Rambo
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.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Early in the fourth film, he tells parents of boys he kidnapped to recruit for his army to fear him along with hearing and believing him.
- 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.
- Knight of Cerebus: He's more brutal, sadistic, psychotic and noticeably disturbing then the previous Big Bads or previous kinds of villains all together. He's the complete 180 degree contrast to the first film's Big Bad Hero Antagonist Teasle if comparing Tint's large amount of Kick the Dog acts to Teasle's large amount of Pet the Dog acts.
- 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.
- Would Hurt a Child: Allows his men to massacre both adults and children and he himself even rapes them for his own sick kicks. Another complete contrast to the first film's Big Bad Teasle, who's resume in the DVD special features states him to have been a little league coach.
- 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.