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Characters: Rambo

John Rambo

Col. Sam Trautman

Played by: Richard Crenna (1982-88)

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Played by: Julia Nickson

Sheriff Will Teasle

Played by: Brian Dennehy
  • Big Bad: Of the first film and the novel.
  • 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.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones/Benevolent Boss: He genuinely cares for his deputy, heck, Galt's death is one of the main reasons why he chases after John.
  • 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 somewhat 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.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite whatever justification he had, the fact remains that none of the violence in the film would have happened if he just left Rambo alone. And while Rambo winding up in labor camp afterwards was not entirely undeserving, Teasle's role in the affair was most likely overlooked by the public and wound up being hailed as a hero. He's not a true Karma Houdini, though, since he does get shot up pretty bad at the end.
  • 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 
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist

Art Galt

Played by: Jack Starrett

Lt. Col. Podovsky

Played by: Steven Berkoff

Sgt. Yushin

Played by: Voyo Goric

Col. Alexei Zaysen

Played by: Marc de Jonge

Kourov

Played by: Randy Ranney

Schoolboy

Played by: Matthew Marsden

Major Pa Tee Tint

Played by: Maung Maung Khin

Sarah Miller

Played by: Julie Benz


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