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[[folder: Main characters]]
!!John Rambo
->Played by: Creator/SylvesterStallone

* AccidentalMurder: Accidentally kills police sergeant Art Galt in self defense when the latter tried to purposely kill him in cold blood in the first film (and even then, Rambo's actions are just throwing a rock at a helicopter while Galt was leaning out the door). In the book, he disembowels Galt in the police station for reaching for his gun after Rambo overpowered Teasle and stole the razor.
* ActionHero: The 80's emblem, and the 2000's resurgence of 80's action type as well.
* {{Adorkable}}: Against all odds, he can be this at times. This is best seen in the first film, when he cheerfully rambles about his former teammate Delmar Barry. Unbeknownst to him, Barry had since passed away.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Perhaps more like "adaptational sympathy", but Rambo was a much darker character in the ''First Blood'' book. The novel puts more emphasis on the fact that the whole situation mostly happens because of Rambo's own pride, and Teasle actually gives him several chances to leave the town peacefully, as opposed to the movie where he takes him in after coming back once. Rambo's actions also seem more like vengeance and he eventually realises he is fighting [[BloodKnight because he likes it]], whereas in the movie they seem more like self-defense. And while in the film he only kills one person, in the book he [[ShootEverythingThatMoves slaughters dozens of people]] and is basically like an evil version of what the character would become in later films, and more or less serves as the BigBad of the story.
* ArcherArchetype: 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. He will use whatever weapon is available that is most appropriate to the situation.
* AxCrazy: Particularly 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.
* BadassBandolier: Has worn bandoliers of ammo for his machine gun.
* BadassGrandpa: In his 60's during Rambo IV, and still just a lethal to those in his way.
* BadassesWearBandanas: He's probably one of the most iconic examples.
* BagOfSpilling: Rambo actually did came well armed and with the equipment he needed (the camera he needed) in ''First Blood Part II''. He just happened to lose it on the way down.
* BerserkButton: Murdoch ''really'' should not have decided to abandon Rambo, and by extension, the [=POWs=] he wasn't supposed to rescue.
* BigBad: He's this and VillainProtagonist in the novel. Despite his sympathetic backstory, his actions by the end of the novel make any sympathy you have for him fade away when he kills the innocent townspeople.
* BigDamnHeroes: Especially in the fourth movie, as the Burmese Army found out firsthand.
* BloodKnight: 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 [[CombatPragmatist doesn't hesitate to do whatever it takes to get the job done]]. Played straight in the novel though where he straight-up murders pretty much everyone he comes across and admits to himself that he missed the rush of battle.
* ButNotTooWhite: In the novels, Rambo was mentioned as being half-Native American.
** While the character in the film is played by Sylvester Stallone, who is a combination of Italian, French, and Jewish Ukrainian, the second film notes Rambo as being ''of Indian/German descent''.
* CopKiller: Killed sadistic policeman Art Galt in self-defense in the first film. Galt's death was accidental, falling from the helicopter after Rambo throws a rock at the windshield because he was leaning out the door with his seat harness unbuckled. Rambo at that point was unarmed, desperate, and looking for ''any'' way to return fire, and is visibly surprised when Galt falls to his death.
* DeadpanSnarker: 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?
-->'''Rambo:''' Well, surrounding them is out.
-->'''Trautman:''' Hell of a time for humor, John.
* {{Determinator}}: Anything that gets in Rambo's way ''will'' be obliterated.
* TheDreaded: In the first film. Most of the police and national guardsmen who are hunting Rambo are scared shitless of him.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: After years of recurring nightmares and being surrounded by death, John has finally found inner peace and returns to his father's ranch at Arizona.
* GoodIsNotNice: In the fourth film. Very evident when he briefly argues with the missionaries over him saving their lives by killing the pirates.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: 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.
* HeartbrokenBadass: [[spoiler: After Co-Bao's death in the second movie]].
* HeroWithBadPublicity: In the first film, when he was shunned by society, submitted to humiliation by anti-war "maggots" upon returning home, arrested for no good reason and finds himself a fugitive from justice before turning himself in that leads to six years in prison until the sequel where he is pardoned. Despite getting a presidential pardon at the end of the second film, Rambo still felt he has been unofficially banned from ever returning to the United States following his experience at the hands of fellow American citizens in the first film, leading to self-exiling himself to Thailand in the third and fourth films.
* HeroicBSOD: Has a major one at the end of ''First Blood''.
* HeroicBuild: Particularly in Parts II and III, likely due to doing hard labor in prison since the first film. While not particularly tall as [[EvilIsBigger 6'3 Teasle manages to tower over him]] in the first movie, he's extremely muscular.
* HonorBeforeReason: "Live for nothing, or die for something!"
%%* HotBlooded
* HurtingHero: A result of the trauma he endured in Vietnam as well as the dismissive attitude he received from the public upon coming home.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: [[spoiler: Co's death in the second movie sparks his RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the villains.]]
* IronButtMonkey: He's a badass, but let's face it, ''nothing'' goes right for Rambo in any of the films.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KickTheDog: A literal example in the first movie, when Rambo kills the three dogs the police were trying to use to track him. Still in self-defense, though.
* KnifeNut: Rambo always carries a knife for "hunting." And what can he hunt with a knife?
-->''Name it.''
%%* KnightInSourArmor
* LargeHam:
** "They would have RAPED her 50 times, and cut all your FUCKIN' HEADS OFF! WHO ARE YOU?! [[FunetikAksent WHOUHANNYOYOU!?]]"
%%* LightningBruiser
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: By the fourth movie he has abandoned civilization and humanity almost entirely.
* ManlyTears: 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 [[spoiler: Co dies.]]
%%* MoreDakka
%%* NoIndoorVoice
* OlderAndWiser: In the fourth movie, who is more world-weary and much more hardened battle veteran than he was in the previous movies.
* OneManArmy: Yeah, he's pretty much the TropeCodifier as far as 1980s action heroes go.
** Taken to absurd levels in the third movie, toned down to a much more believable extent in the fourth.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Let's just say that Rambo '''IS''' the bomb, minus the nuclear, plus all the lead.
%%* PunchClockHero
* RetiredBadass: Former Green Beret, having previously served in Vietnam. He always has time to fight.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Rambo goes on one in every film in the franchise.
** Especially this memorable quote from Rambo: First Blood Part II, after being abandoned under Murdoch's orders.
--> "Murdoch..." *clinches microphone* "''I'm coming for you.''"
* SchrodingersCast: Rambo's characterization is completely different in the book than the films' one we all know and loved.
* ScreamingWarrior: His trademark as of Rambo: First Blood Part II.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Of the classic "has 'Nam flashbacks" variety.
* SociopathicHero: Especially in the first movie.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Is killed via shotgun blast to the head by Trautman at the end of the ''First Blood'' novel. An alternate ending where Trautman kills him was filmed before they went for the ending that was put on screen, and it appears quickly in a dream sequence/flashback on the fourth movie (and is available on the DVD collection).
* SoleSurvivor: In 1971 Rambo's [=SOG=] unit, Baker Team, was ambushed by the North Vietnamese Army while on a long-range reconnaissance mission near the Chinese-Vietnamese border. The survivors were imprisoned in a POW camp and repeatedly tortured. In 1972 Rambo and his only surviving teammate, Delmore, managed to escape from captivity. ''First Blood'' opens with Rambo visiting Delmore's home, only to learn that Delmore has since died from cancer, leaving Rambo as the sole surviving member of Baker Team.
* ThouShaltNotKill: In the first film, Rambo tries to avoid killing anyone.
* TookALevelInBadass: Rambo does this in between every film (at least if the number of kills he manages to rack up is any indication).
* TookALevelInJerkass: 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. [[IronWoobie Considering everything he's been through up 'til then]], it's perfectly understandable that he'd be a left a little bitter.
* TragicKeepsake: Rambo takes Co's necklace after her death in the second film and is still seen wearing it at the start of the third film.
* VillainProtagonist: In the first film, in a way, as he was a fugitive from justice and the antagonists are actually law enforcement trying to track him down. However, he plays the role straight in the novel due to the AdaptationalHeroism of the character in the films.
* WarriorPoet: In the fourth movie.
--> "When you're pushed, killing is as easy as breathing."
--> "Live for nothing, or ''die for something.''"
* WeaponOfChoice: Rambo: First Blood Part II has made the character quite fond of using a bow, usually with an explosive tip. In the second and third films, he is more known for using an M60 and Large Bowie Knife. The fourth film gives him a machete that he made himself.
* WesternTerrorists: All of his actions he committed during the events of ''Film/FirstBlood'' could be considered acts of terrorism.

!!Col. Sam Trautman
->Played by: Richard Crenna (1982-88)

* AdaptationalHeroism: Trautman is more of AFatherToHisMen type in the movie than in the book.
* BadassGrandpa: 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!
* BigDamnHeroes: 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.
* BigGood: Of the films, as he was one who recruit, trained and commanded him on missions since Vietnam. He is also a ParentalSubstitute for him and was able to talk Rambo into surrendering in the climax of the first film.
* ColonelBadass: But really, what did you expect from the man who trained ''Rambo''?
* IgnoredExpert: Teasle intentionally ignores Trautman's advice on how to handle Rambo, despite the track record so far.
* KickedUpstairs: Explains to Rambo that he was shuffled off to a do-nothing desk job at the Pentagon some time after the war ended:
-->'''Rambo:''' "I tried to get in touch with you, but the guys at Bragg never knew where to find you."
-->'''Trautman:''' "Well, I haven't been spending much time there lately. They've got me down in D.C., I'm shining a seat with my ass."
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The DVD extras contain a biography of Trautman, revealing that he served with distinction in the Korean War; it can be presumed that his combat experience in Korea is what helped established a more civil relationship with the first film's BigBad Teasle who is a fellow Korean War veteran like Trautman.
* TheMentor: He's the man who recruited Rambo into Special Forces and trained him to be a OneManArmy.
* MoralityChain: Usually the only one who can talk Rambo out of his more screwed up moments. In the first film, Trautman also tried to be this towards Teasle, presumably as Teasle himself is not only a fellow military vet, but specifically a fellow Korean War vet like Trautman who likely understood how he felt. Unfortunately, Teasle does a RedemptionRejection towards Trautman's attempts to reason him that leads him to be wounded by Rambo in battle.
* ThePardon: He offers Rambo this in the beginning of the second movie; conduct a top secret assignment (take photographic evidence of existence of [=POW=]s in Vietnam), and get pardoned for the crimes he committed in the first movie.
* ParentalSubstitute: Lampshaded with his first words on screen.
* SaveTheVillain: In the first film, he make this trope clear about his intent:
--> '''Col. Trautman:''' I don't think you understand. I didn't come to rescue Rambo from you. I came here to rescue you from him.
-->'''Sheriff Teasle:''' Well, we all appreciate your concern Colonel, I will try to be extra careful.
* SchrodingersCast: His relationship between Rambo and him is completely different in the novel than in the films, also Trautman is a Captain in the book.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: 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, five years before the release of the fourth movie.

[[folder: Appeared in First Blood]]
!!Sheriff Will Teasle
->Played by: Brian Dennehy
* AdaptationNameChange: Full name only; he was Wilfred Logan Teasle in the novel, but according to the Survival Mode on the film's DVD, he's William Wright Teasle. This name change is proper, considering the AdaptationalVillainy and SchrodingersCast makeover this film's Teasle received in contrast to the novel's Teasle.
* AdaptationalVillainy: While Teasle was still a bit of a jerk in the novel, he was also a far more complex character and somewhat of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. 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 reveals himself to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure when he 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, even though he has his PetTheDog moments, which were minimal in comparison to the amount he had in the novel. Also, if Teasle in the film is a decorated Korean War hero like in the novel, the film makes him more of a FallenHero to that than in the book.
* AffablyEvil: While he was FauxAffablyEvil towards Rambo initially when they first met, he can also be considered to be this due to actually caring for his town and his deputies under his command and is more civilized than his top henchman and best friend Art Galt. Despite having a dislike for Trautman for also being a Vietnam vet, he does have respect for him with one of the presumed factors being that Trautman is also a fellow Korean War vet like him to confide to, prompting him to PetTheDog towards Trautman at the town's bar and nearly considered to take Trautman's advise to drop his vendetta against Rambo before doing a RedemptionRejection at the climax.
* AlasPoorVillain: In a way, as everything he tried to do was to prove what Korean War vets are made of after being shunned for so long and to uphold the law in his duty as a policeman, yet now he's wounded in a pathetic state, having finally accepted bitter defeat and is about to take more flak than he's ever before imagined.
* AntiVillain: Type III with aspects of Type II (but the latter is greatly emphasized in the novel). Teasle may have been a {{Jerkass}} and something of a DirtyCop, but everything he's done was to keep his town safe and to uphold the law as well as to put forgotten Korean War vets back in the light again.
* AvengingTheVillain: Wants to avenge the villainous Art Galt's death.
* BadassNormal: Rather than using a Hind gunship to battle Rambo, Teasle must have a lot of VillainousValor to just face him with nothing but his thought for foot combat tactics and a rifle for the final confrontation.
* BenevolentBoss: He genuinely cares for his deputies, heck, Galt's death is one of the main reasons why he chases after John. However, he is also considered to count as a PointyHairedBoss, due to neglecting to notice Galt's abuse of Rambo, being a BadBoss towards the more rational Deputy Mitch Rogers by ignoring his advice and even grabbing him by his hair to show him Galt's corpse and vowing vengeance before finally failing to properly organize his deputies to capture Rambo that leads them to be easily overpowered. It does show he still cares as when he and his men were outmaneuvered, Teasle helped a deputy named Balford who was injured by a booby trap built by Rambo.
* BerserkButton: 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 and test his patience.
* BigBad: Of the first film. Not present in the novel, however, where he's ultimately the true hero.
* BreakTheHaughty: After Rambo overpowers his posse during the manhunt 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 [[TearsOfFear sobbing upon experiencing an amount of fear, humiliation and broken pride]].
%%* BrokenAce: See FallenHero and RetiredBadass below.
* BullyingADragon: His (but mostly Galt's) mistreatment of ShellShockedVeteran Rambo is what led Rambo to go on a rampage.
* CruelMercy: Was spared from Rambo's wrath, but did not get his own victory and revenge and is left badly wounded and most likely a cripple. Also, it's implied things will go dark for him once the reason why Rambo go on a rampage through town in the first place goes out in the open.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Downplayed, unlike future ''Rambo'' villains where they play this trope straight by fighting to the very end, Teasle does accept defeat after getting gunned down, but eggs Rambo to GetItOverWith and FinishHim after being wounded in battle, knowing that his death at Rambo's hands would be something of a posthumous victory for Teasle as killing Teasle not only have the State Police sharpshooters to arrive in time to execute him for his death, but would also damn Rambo and bordering on IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim, which can be considered to be AFateWorseThanDeath for a character like Rambo.
* DirtyCop: Downplayed, but of the abusive convict treatment and KnightTemplar kind.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: 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 UsefulNotes/VietnamWar 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 Franchise/{{Batman}} comic book character Harvey Bullock than the novel's version of the character. As both Teasle and Bullock are a FatBastard {{Jerkass}} DirtyCop who are willing to antagonize and arrest TheHero 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 who Bullock views as a freak). However, instead of a FatSlob as Bullock was to a point he is compared to an unmade bed, Teasle was at least [[AdaptationalAttractiveness clean and well-groomed]], even for a CorruptHick he is.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He is married in both the novel and movie according to the DVD's extras, in the novel it is revealed Teasle is estranged from his wife and it's implied by the DVD commentary that Teasle is similarly estranged from his wife too in the movie and only has his military veteran pride to keep close by in general.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: When Rambo first escapes from the station, Galt was about to open fire until Teasle stops him as Galt would have harmed an InnocentBystander while shooting at Rambo. Then during the initial manhunt, when Teasle hears the gunshots from Galt's attempt to personally execute Rambo out of spite, he tries to radio Galt to remind him that Rambo is to be taken in alive as part of police protocol. Even after Galt was killed and Teasle vows to get his revenge, he still wanted Rambo to be taken in alive, only this time is the case of TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou as he wants to be the one to deliver the final blow against him. Also see PetTheDog below for more information.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: When Trautman tries to explain to Teasle that Rambo would listen to him to stand down because he is not just his commanding officer, but also a trustworthy ParentalSubstitute, Teasle responds:
--> '''Teasle:''' Jesus Christ, where the hell do you people come from?
* EvilVirtues: Teasle is a despicable DirtyCop BigBad, but in contrast to the later villains, he is more fleshed out in comparison due to being a BenevolentBoss towards his deputies, being more civilized than his dragon Galt, having PetTheDog moments with the deleted scenes showing more of this aspect, having hints of him being a TragicVillain and a TragicBigot for being a Korean War vet having to live in another's shadow, believing in HonorBeforeReason for himself as a Korean War vet even it overlaps with RevengeBeforeReason for Galt's death, deciding to just use his infantry tactics and a M16 rifle for the showdown than a helicopter gunship that the Russians would use and finally choosing to FaceDeathWithDignity after accepting defeat by Rambo.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Is willing to kill Rambo or die trying, as when Trautman 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 and accepting defeat, Teasle just eggs Rambo to FinishHim.
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: Gives a DefiantToTheEnd one to Rambo after accepting defeat and trying to FaceDeathWithDignity.
* FallenHero: A decorated Korean War veteran who is reduced to an overzealous KnightTemplar DirtyCop.
* FatBastard: While not exactly fat and more big boned, he has an imposing physique and described by Rambo to be "king shit."
* FauxAffablyEvil: When he and Rambo first met, Teasle at first seemed to be courteous to a man on a cold December morning and offered him a ride. Teasle's true colors then show when he casually tells Rambo that because he is a scruffy and long-haired drifter, he is not wanted in the town of Hope. According to a deleted scene with Kern and Teasle, this trope is probably what Teasle meant when he said he initially and ''very'' briefly treated him as "one of (his) neighbor's kids."
* GetItOverWith: After being shot and severely wounded, he urges Rambo, "Go ahead, you crazy son of a bitch, finish it!" before Trautman intervenes.
* GreenEyedMonster: His IrrationalHatred of Rambo is fueled by the fact he is a Vietnam veteran stealing attention away from Korean War veterans like Teasle himself.
* HairTriggerTemper: Teasle in the first act increasingly loses his patience with Rambo, starting with Rambo returning to Hope, then his refusal of going through the process of being booked while in police custody before finally culminated in Galt's death that really pushed Teasle over the edge.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Serves as a HeroAntagonist to capture fugitive from justice Rambo, but internally just to prove that Korean War vets such as Teasle are more badass than Vietnam War vets such as Rambo and to avenge the death of Art Galt, who's a despicable character to begin with, accidentally caused by Rambo. In general, despite doing his hardest to uphold the law and bring in ''his'' brand of justice, it turned him into a viciously prejudiced DirtyCop and RabidCop in order to do so in his view.
* HeroAntagonist: 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 TheBully and something of a DirtyCop , 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?
** Teasle plays this role completely straight in the novel to a point he is revealed to be the true hero.
* HonorBeforeReason: While his man hunt for Rambo and his refusal to back down is driven by his RevengeBeforeReason 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 FaceDeathWithDignity rather than retreat, grovel or cry like some DirtyCoward if Rambo ever does get the upper hand.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: 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 arrest:
--> '''Teasle:''' I did my job, Dave, I booked him for vagrancy and resisting arrest.
* InspectorJavert: 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. However, in the novel, Teasle is more of a JerkassWoobie (although the movie's version still count him as this).
* JerkassHasAPoint: While the manhunt is driven by Teasle's dislike of Vietnam vets and Rambo's AccidentalMurder of Galt, he is valid that Rambo should not be let off that easy after committing, what Teasle thought was first degree murder (Rambo was also responsible for destruction of property).
--> '''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 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. It also does not help that Rambo was not giving out a straight clear answer when Teasle, who already worn out his patience by Rambo's return, first questions him over it. However, the penalty Rambo received was harsher than the crime itself, thanks to the other charges for vagrancy and resisting arrest. Also subverted as Teasle only found the knife when he searched Rambo's bag without Probable Cause, a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution's Bill of Rights (unlawful search and seizure) that would have resulted in any judge throwing the case out of court for police misconduct.
** However, there is one fact that can mostly be agreed with Teasle, though in his case he is RightForTheWrongReasons, that Rambo is a dangerous individual who is a threat to public safety.
** This trope is played completely straight with Teasle in the novel.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Teasle is this mostly in the novel due to showing more of his characterization and the film's version could also qualify due to his amount of PetTheDog moments he has with the deleted scenes ReCut for television showcasing more of his softer moments (see PetTheDog below for more information). Also, despite tensions with Trautman, he was at least more polite towards him and even went to a bar he was at DrowningHisSorrows just to apologize for his RabidCop behavior and trying to part on good terms with him.
* KnightTemplar: Feels he has his town's best interest at heart when he uses heavy-handed protocol against vagrants.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Throughout the movie, Teasle refuses to stand down unless Rambo stands down first, but by the climax, it has to take Teasle being riddled with M60 bullets to get to his conscience to accept defeat.
* NecessarilyEvil: Teasle is a KnightTemplar DirtyCop driven by mostly hatred against drifters and Vietnam veterans, but believes his methods are the way to bring justice.
* NeverMyFault: Does not care that his and his department's mistreatment of Rambo is what caused him to go bonkers in the first place, never accepting responsibility for it.
-->''*After Lester revealing Galt and the other deputies had been BullyingADragon towards Rambo, with Kern calling out Teasle's deputies for causing this situation in the first place.*''
--> '''Teasle:''' It doesn't make one goddamn bit of difference, Dave, and you know it! [[LoopholeAbuse If one of my deputies... gets out of line with a prisoner then the prisoner comes to me with it. And if I find out it's like he says I kick the deputy's ass!]] ''Me!'' The ''Law!'' That's the way it's gotta be! People start fucking around with the law then all hell breaks loose!
** In a deleted scene from Teasle's and Trautman's initial encounter, Trautman tells Teasle that he picked the wrong man to push (referring to the mistreatment he and his deputies gave to Rambo), but Teasle argues ''Rambo'' picked the wrong man (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.
* NobleBigotWithABadge: He is extremely prejudiced against Vietnam War vets, but however, he is more respectful towards Colonel Trautman, likely due to Trautman being not only a Vietnam War vet, but also a Korean War vet like Teasle, which is only thing that prevents Teasle from being totally hostile towards him unlike to Rambo. Even earlier when Rambo first escapes from custody, he initially wanted to take in Rambo alive as part of police protocol despite his prejudice against him for his background unlike Galt who just want to kill him for petty reasons. It's only after his friend Galt had been killed that Teasle loses any moral restraint he has inside to kill Rambo to avenge him.
* TheParanoiac: He initially drove Rambo out of town and then arrested him when returning due to him being a drifter who Teasle believes would disrupt harmony in Hope. In the novel, however, Teasle is ProperlyParanoid, due to Rambo being more of a irredeemable psycho than the movie.
* PetTheDog: He is a police officer after all. In a deleted scene, he shows remorse towards Galt's widow, who's grieving over Galt's corpse, and attempts to apologize to a deputy's wife for her husband's injuries Rambo caused. He then justified his man hunt by listing out the devastation Rambo caused ranging from his deputies' incapacitation to Galt's widow's grief. In the bar scene, he has a civil talk with Trautman (even started his talk with him by apologizing for being "out of line") after thinking Rambo was killed by the National Guard, confessing his desire to kill Rambo himself to him. In a deleted part of this scene, at the beginning of the scene, he returned the gesture of being congratulated for Rambo's "death," while at the end of the scene, he then offered Trautman a ride to the airport. During the manhunt, when Orval was wounded, he tends to Orval's wounds and then when Deputy Balford was wounded by a booby trap, he freed Balford. Also, just before his final showdown with Rambo, he alerts the townspeople to get off the streets and hide in their homes to be away from danger when Rambo arrives.
** According to the DVD's Survival Mode easter egg trivia, Teasle's resume in his profile included being a little league coach.
** This is demeaned however, in a deleted scene involving an argument with Kern where Teasle tries to justify his treatment of Rambo, claiming that he "tried to do him a favor" and treated him like "one of (his) neighbor's kids" (likely referring to Teasle's initial civil and jovial welcome to Rambo while trying to escort him out of town and trying to hold back his IrrationalHatred of Rambo being a 'Nam vet while being civil with him, before Rambo pushed his BerserkButton by purposely returning to town that prompts him to arrest and mistreat him out of said irrational hatred):
---> '''Teasle:''' I tried to do him a favor, I treated him like he was one of my neighbor's kids.
** However, the novel's depiction of the character has more PetTheDog moments than the movie's depiction and was more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold in a way.
* RabidCop: A {{Jerkass}} cop who uses heavy-handed protocol against vagrants and gets other officers to do the rest of his dirty work for him at the station.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Play straight in the novel, while played with in the movie. While it is mostly averted in regards to his general despicable behavior, treatment of Rambo and his lust for vengeance for Galt's death, especially in comparison to State Police Captain Kern, his deputies Mitch and Lester and Colonel Trautman (who all play this role straight unlike Teasle), he still care for the welfare of his town and his deputies and did shown some respect towards Trautman despite tensions for being Rambo's associate and a Vietnam vet and doing a RedemptionRejection towards him at the climax.
* RedemptionRejection: After [[spoiler:thinking Rambo is dead]], Teasle mellows down and meets with Trautman to apologized for being a {{Jerkass}} RabidCop about the ordeal and confessing his desire to kill Rambo to him, making it seem he is preparing to walk away from his personal manhunt to TookALevelInKindness, [[spoiler:but when he hears Rambo is still alive]] and Trautman still tries to reason Teasle, Teasle aggressively rebuffs Trautman's attempts to take on the chance to achieve his own ends by killing Rambo.
* TheResenter: Towards Rambo, as his clashing with Rambo began with his jealousy of the more popular Vietnam vets.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Becomes more eager to join the manhunt to find Rambo to avenge the death of friend Art Galt.
* SchrodingersCast: His depiction in terms of characterization and physical appearance (Teasle in the film is an imposing man in contrast to the smaller sized version in the book) in the film adaptation is completely different from the novel's version of Teasle.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Dies at the very end of the ''First Blood'' novel (and his death is the very last thing written on it). Severely wounded but alive on the movie.
* SupportingProtagonist: In the novel, due to equal amounts of focus and backstory. By the end of the novel, it is clear that Teasle has become TheHero against Rambo, who is a VillainProtagonist in the novel.
* TakingYouWithMe: Implied after Teasle get defeated by Rambo in a showdown, Teasle eggs Rambo to finish the job, which in turn the State Police would arrive to kill him to either avenge Teasle's death or to save him if they weren't too late. Fortunately, Trautman comes in to defuse the whole thing.
* TautologicalTemplar: See HeWhoFightsMonsters and HeroAntagonist above.
* TragicBigot: Mostly in the novel, as while he bares FantasticRacism against Rambo for being a Vietnam War veteran who overshadowed the existence of Korean War veterans, he is more of a JerkassWoobie due to losing a father in a hunting trip, being divorced from his wife and overall portrayed more sympathetically. Downplayed in the film adaptation.
* TragicVillain: Hinted to be one in the film. Played straight with Teasle in the novel.
* TroubledSympatheticBigot: Downplayed in the film, but played straight in the novel. He is prejudiced against Vietnam veterans in general, only because he felt his Korean War veteran service and the services of his fellow comrades from that war has been pushed aside and erased from history by the Vietnam controversy. However, he established a more better relationship with Rambo's C.O. Trautman and even though he wanted to kill Rambo to avenge Galt and bring justice for the town of Hope, he is actually internally confused on exactly what he wants.
* VigilanteMan: Downplayed. While he leads the manhunt of Rambo because he's an escaped fugitive, Teasle's persistence is fueled by wanting to avenge Art Galt's death.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: In the eyes of the town of Hope, he is their sheriff hunting for an escaped fugitive and a HeroAntagonist after all. In addition, according to the DVD's Survival Mode, Teasle had many affiliations in the Hope area and was a beloved member of the community, as shown in the film when he seemed to know everyone who walked past. Teasle at one point won the Hope Little League Coach of the Year award, as well as the Kiwanis Service Award in 1968, a Hope community service award in 1973 and a Mayor's Circle award in 1978. He was a member of the local Hope Kiwanis and Elks Clubs, the Fraternal Order of Police and the National Rifle Association. However, if the ending is any indication, this trope will end for him once the truth about what happened to Rambo that led to his escape and rampage through town gets out.
* VillainousBSOD: Has one after Rambo pins him to a tree and threatens him to leave him alone.
* VillainRespect: Despite disliking Trautman for being a Vietnam veteran and Rambo's superior officer, Teasle does have some respect towards him, likely due to Trautman being also a Korean War vet like Teasle.
* VillainousUnderdog: A retroactive example, unlike future {{Big Bad}}s in the sequels, he is no genocidal warlord or some LargeHam madman, just an InspectorJavert HeroAntagonist small town sheriff trying to apprehend an escaped fugitive with moments of being a TragicVillain which drove him to have a bias towards Rambo, while he relies on his Korean War combat experience to fight the iconic OneManArmy. Ironically, the first film was a "cheer for the underdog" story with Rambo being the underdog, more so than Teasle himself if he applies as this trope.
* VillainousValor: Unlike the later outrageous DirtyCommunist villains in the sequels, Teasle here is just a hick town sheriff doing his job even he counts for being a DirtyCop and wanting to avenge Galt's death. However, he is also a Korean War veteran who wants to prove himself to be better than Vietnam veterans after being sick of being in someone else's shadow for so long and relied on his old fashioned infantry combat experience he used in Korea to combat Rambo from thinking of a skirmish line tactic during the initial manhunt to using the rooftop of the police station with nothing, but a rifle and what he learned in past combat rather than an EvilIsBigger Soviet gunship that the later villains used. When the chips are down, Teasle, despite being wounded and accepting defeat, attempts to angrily FaceDeathWithDignity and goads Rambo to GetItOverWith. All of this actions above are quite noble and honorable even for the absolutely wrong dishonorable reasons.

!! Art Galt
->Played by: Jack Starrett
%%* AdaptationalVillainy
%%* AgeLift
* AllThereInTheManual: 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 a ColdSniper in the film. It's also state Teasle is a Korean War veteran and both he and Galt have been friends for a long time, since Deputy Mitch Rogers was still a little kid. 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 being 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.
%%* AssholeVictim: A right sadistic bastard who was going out of his way to kill Rambo when he dies.
%%* AxCrazy
* BigBadWannabe: Teasle is the BigBad, but Galt is more of a villain than Teasle is and loved to express how much a vile DirtyCop he is.
%%* TheBully
* BullyingADragon: 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.
%%* CorruptHick: He is a redneck DirtyCop, probably worse than Teasle.
* DirtyCop: 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.
* DisneyVillainDeath: 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.
* TheDragon: For Will Teasle.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Unaware to Teasle, who initially wanted to apprehend Rambo after he escapes police custody, Galt planned to just kill Rambo upon finding him, which results in his death.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: In a deleted scene, he had a wife who grieves for him.
* EvilIsPetty: The reason he wanted to kill Rambo was for his hatred of Vietnam veterans and to retaliate for being physically assaulted back in the station when Rambo first escaped from custody which was prompted by his mistreatment.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He has a carefree attitude to the horrible acts he regularly commits. In his debut, he channels his ability to demonize those lesser than him through condescendingly put on a laid-back and somewhat jovial veneer, but when he loses his patience, his true colors show. Even when mistreating Rambo, he acts as mostly a SoftSpokenSadist. Then during the manhunt, when trying to get a bead on Rambo, he cheerfully and sadistically shouts "Hey soldier boy!" to him just for him to stick his head out to blow away.
* GuttedLikeAFish: In the book, when Teasle tries to shave Rambo, Rambo overpowers him and swipes the razor, then disembowels Galt when he reaches for his pistol.
* HateSink: Galt is easily one of the most despicable characters in the series. What with his sheer sadism and poor treatment of Rambo.
%%* InNameOnly
* {{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.
* KillerCop: Tries to gun down Rambo in cold blood.
* NeverMyFault: His mistreatment of Rambo was what caused him to snap and escape, assaulting Galt in the process. However, Galt never owns up to his mistake and tries to kill Rambo to retaliate for assaulting him.
* PoliceBrutality: His pointless cruelty is what caused Rambo to freak out and make a run for it in the first place.
* PsychoForHire: He's sadistic and brutal when it comes to treating Rambo in incarceration and reckless when it comes to hunting him.
* RabidCop: He is downright sadistic and brutal when he mistreats Rambo and reckless during the manhunt for him when he doesn't give second thought to a InnocentBystander in the way when trying to kill Rambo or Teasle's orders to capture Rambo alive.
* SchrodingersCast: He is a completely different character in the novel, more along the lines of in terms of physical appearance and personality of Deputy Mitch Rogers from the film version.
* TokenEvilTeammate: While Teasle and his deputies are actually {{Hero Antagonist}}s due to their roles as police officers out to capture a fugitive from justice. 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.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: He is a sadistic brute with a VillainousFriendship with Teasle, who is fellow {{Jerkass}} like Galt and its likely both characters encouraged each others' bad behaviors that made them {{Rabid Cop}}s and {{Dirty Cop}}s (Teasle however is a KnightTemplar and a WellIntentionedExtremist, but likely his reliance on his bad friend Galt may have play a part in Teasle going down the route of HeWhoFightsMonsters that makes him bad as Galt and even causing his [[FallenHero fall from grace to his decorated Korean War veteran past]]). He even made a posthumous influence on Teasle after his death that prompts Teasle to misguidedly avenge his death against Rambo that further makes him goes down further into darkness.
* VillainousFriendship: Has one with Teasle. However, Galt ignores Teasle's orders on the radio to take Rambo alive and tries to gun down Rambo in cold blood, which would lead to his death.

!! Orval
->Played by: John [=McLiam=]
* DemotedToExtra: He has less importance in the movie than the novel.
* MoralityPet: He act as this for Teasle in the novel, trying to tell him how he is doing his job the wrong way and how it would lead to the HeWhoFightsMonsters path. Orval's death only fuels Teasle with vengeance against Rambo.
* ParentalSubstitute: Acts as the surrogate father figure for Teasle after Teasle's dad was killed accidentally in a deer hunt in the novel.
* SchrodingersCast: While still fulfill the role of the dog man, his character and focus is different in the novel than the movie, revealing to be Teasle's ParentalSubstitute after his father died in a deer hunt. Also, Orval being killed was Teasle's subject of revenge against Rambo rather than Art Galt, who was that in the movie.
* SparedByAdaptation: He is only injured in the leg, but alive. In the novel, he is killed and was the result of Teasle's vengeance against Rambo.


[[folder: Appeared in Rambo: First Blood Part II]]
!! Co
->Played by: Julia Nickson
* ActionGirl: She later proves to be just as effect in a gunfight as Rambo is, and even just as cunning too.
* BigDamnHeroes: Co goes out of her way to single handedly save Rambo from his captors.
* DeathBySex: Rambo and Co was about to shared a moment. Not long after, she gets shot in the back.
* DesignatedLoveInterest: The relationship between her and Rambo developed over the past hour in the film.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Co's death is what sparks Rambo's RoaringRampageOfRevenge at the end of the second film.
* TheMole: Co infiltrates the Vietcong camps as one of the service girls, and was the one who provided intel for John Rambo.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: 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.

!!Lt. Col. Podovsky
->Played by: Creator/StevenBerkoff
* BigBad: Is the actual main villain of the second film.
%%* BreakoutVillain
* DirtyCommunists: A Lieutenant of the Red Army.
%%* IcyBlueEyes
* FauxAffablyEvil: He is rather calm and even delightful for a cruel, relentless Soviet Lieutenant.
* LargeHam: His Russian accent is definitely over the top.
* SoftSpokenSadist: Whether it is drowning you in mud, or launching dozens of missiles on a helicopter, he never raises his voice.
* VillainBall: 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.

!!Sgt. Yushin
->Played by: Voyo Goric
%%* AssholeVictim
* TheBrute: Muscle bound, and loyal to Podovsky
* DirtyCommunists: A Sergeant of the Red Army.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Ends up getting knocked out of the helicopter Rambo attempted to hijack.
* TheDragon: Always beside his superior, and undyingly loyal.
%%* SergeantRock

[[folder: Appeared in Rambo III]]
!! Col. Alexei Zaysen
->Played by: Marc de Jonge

%%* BeardOfEvil
* BigBad: The villain behind the invasion of Afghanistan.
* ColonelBadass: Does not even think twice before flying a combat helicopter against a tank!
* ColonelKilgore: As a DirtyCommunist officer, he enjoys torturing his prisoners for the sake of it.
* DirtyCommunists: Like the BigBad before him, he is also a superior within the Soviet Army.
* LackOfEmpathy: He has no qualms with committing mass murder or ColdBloodedTorture to get what he wants.
%%* SociopathicSoldier
* VillainousBreakdown: He grows increasingly unhinged after constantly failing to kill Rambo.

->Played by: Randy Ranney
%%* AssholeVictim
* BeardOfEvil: A full beard, and being all too eager to kill anyone who gets in his way.
* TheBrute: Similar to Yushin, except he's all fat instead of muscle, but just as deadly!
* DirtyCommunists: Like TheDragon before him, he is serving under his superior within the Soviet Army.
* TheDragon: Like Yushin, he is undyingly loyal to Zaysen.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: He walks around with a bandolier of grenades on him. That ends up being his own undoing.
* StuffBlowingUp: [[spoiler:Rambo kills him by setting off his grenades and kicking him into a cave]].


[[folder: Appeared in (John) Rambo]]
->Played by: Matthew Marsden
* AwesomeButImpractical: Schoolboy's .50-caliber sniper rifle, while cool, is very impractical for jungle warfare.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: "Try the decaf, mate."
* FriendlySniper: He's quite cheerful and amiable when he's not using his Barrett to pop SPDC troopers' heads like ripe melons.
* GoodIsNotSoft: He's the only unambiguously kind-hearted and unselfish person in the band of mercenaries rescuing the missionaries and only idealistic character in the movie that still kicks ass.
%%* TheHeart
%%* TheMcCoy
* NiceGuy: The most decent and friendly member of the mercenaries.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Schoolboy's weapon of choice is a Barrett .50 calibre anti-material rifle, which was designed for disabling lightly-armored vehicles. Naturally, the effect such a large round has on a human body is rather horrific.
%%* WarriorPoet

!!Major Pa Tee Tint
->Played by: Maung Maung Khin
* BeardOfEvil: If one looks closely, he has a goatee.
* BigBad: Of the fourth film.
* CardCarryingVillain: Early in the fourth film, he tells parents of boys he kidnapped to conscript into his army to fear him along with hearing and believing him.
* DirtyCoward: 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.
* DepravedHomosexual: Is a pedophile with his only known victim being a young boy.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: 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.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[Film/RamboIII Zaysen]].
%%* KickTheDog: He never ''stops''.
* KnightOfCerebus: He's more brutal, sadistic, psychotic and noticeably disturbing than the previous [[BigBad Big Bads]] or previous kinds of villains all together. He's the complete 180 degree contrast to Teasle if comparing Tint's large amount of KickTheDog acts to Teasle's large amount of PetTheDog acts.
* NonActionBigBad: Unlike the other villains, he is shown running for his life and hides from the major battle going on at the end of the movie. The only time he adopts a combat pose is to shoot a fleeing, unarmed missionary in the back.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Watching Rambo gut him like a fish is the high point of the movie.
* SoftSpokenSadist: Always remains TheStoic while committing war crimes.
%%* SociopathicSoldier
* UnknownRival: Somewhat subverted, as he knew about the mercenaries and tortured them regardless, but he had no idea who Rambo was and never met him in person until Rambo gutted him. Upon seeing Rambo, the expression on his face was more confusion than terror.
* VillainOpeningScene: The movie starts with Tint and his army playing a sick betting game by forcing civilians to run through a marsh filled with landmines. When they make it safely across, his army guns down the civilians as Tint looks on. In the Director's Cut, however, this was moved to a much later time.
* WouldHurtAChild: Allows his men to massacre both adults and children and he himself even rapes them for his own sick kicks (another complete contrast to Teasle, whose resume in the DVD special features states him to have been a little league coach).

!! Sarah
->Played by: Creator/JulieBenz
* AttemptedRape: A soldier comes into her cell to rape her, but he's killed by Rambo.
%%* BreakTheCutie: Still feel like helping people now?
%%* TheChick
* ItsAllMyFault: 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.
* MoralityPet: 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.
* OnlySaneMan: 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.