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Characters: Rambo

John Rambo

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Weapon of Choice: Whatever he can get his hands on, although some have become synonymous with the character

Col. Sam Trautman

Played by: Richard Crenna (1982-88)

  • 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.
  • 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

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
  • 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

Sarah Miller

Played by: Julie Benz
  • Morality Pet: For Rambo. She successfully guilts him into taking she and her colleagues upriver into Burma.


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