[[caption-width-right:350:Left ro right: Colonel Trautman, [[LastNameBasis (John) Rambo]], Turbo and Kat.]]

''Rambo: The Force of Freedom'' was a SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon produced by Creator/RubySpears. The cartoon was [[RecycledTheSeries based on the character of]] [[Franchise/{{Rambo}} John Rambo]], from David Morrell's book ''Literature/FirstBlood'', and the subsequent films ''Film/FirstBlood'' and ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII'' and adapted for television by story editor/head writer Michael Chain. The series debuted on April 14, 1986 as a five part mini series, and was renewed in September as a daily cartoon. Rambo was cancelled in December of the same year.

In the cartoon, John Rambo was part of a Franchise/GIJoe-like team called "The Force of Freedom." They went on missions around the world battling against a paramilitary terrorist organization named S.A.V.A.G.E. (short for Specialist-Administrators of Vengeance, Anarchy and Global Extortion - although in a toy advertisement included on a VHS tape of episodes from the series, it's said to mean the Secret Army of Vengeance And Global Evil).

Fictional countries and back-stories would frequently be featured, some of them echoing historical or current events.

The cartoon was filled with hand-to-hand combat and gunfire, with accurately-illustrated guns; yet unlike the original R-rated films, there was never any sensational violence, blood or gore, since this series was intended for family viewing. Moreover, no one ever died or got (seriously) hurt. The only real injury on the show happened when Rambo broke his arm in a survival episode. Rambo (who was seldom called by his first name, even by Trautman) used violence as a last resort and relied on his resources and guile to outwit his opponents a character trait not consistent with the later films (Rambo avoids deliberately killing anyone in the first movie). Additionally, there were no references to Vietnam, [=POWs=], or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.[[note]]He was originally a [[ShellShockedVeteran shell shocked]] UsefulNotes/VietnamWar veteran who suffered from PTSD after being tortured in a POW camp by the Viet Cong.[[/note]]

!!Rambo: The Tropes of Freedom:
* SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon
* ActionFigureFileCard: The toys had both character descriptions on the packages and trading card-like inserts with additional info.
* AnAssKickingChristmas: The plot of "When S.A.V.A.G.E. Stole Santa".
* ATeamFiring
* BeardOfEvil: Snake Bite has one.
* BigBad: General Warhawk, leader of S.A.V.A.G.E.
* BloodlessCarnage: A constant throughout the series, but a particularly notable example occurs in the pilot "First Strike". Several scenes from ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII'' are re-created, but altered so Rambo dispatches his foes non-lethally. For instance, the mud camouflage scene has Rambo merely knocking out the patrolling guard rather than stabbing him like he did in ''First Blood Part II''.
* {{Bulungi}}: "Rambo and the White Rhino" involves two fictional African nations called Namboola and Ombasi.
* UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}: The setting of "Subterranean Holdup".
* {{Cyborg}}: Dr. Hyde (S.A.V.A.G.E.'s MadScientist) and his {{Sidekick}} X-Ray, thanks to an EmergencyTransformation.
* DrugsAreBad: One episode was even titled "Just Say No".
* EnterEponymous: "Enter the Black Dragon" and "Enter the White Dragon".
* TheEvilPrince: A Duke instead of Prince but it's the same idea. See below.
* EvilUncle:
** "Reign of the Boy King": Black Duke Lucan wants to usurp the throne of Morovia from his nephew King Alexander.
** "Robot Raid": Merick wants to prevent his niece Jennifer from inheriting the family's company.
* EyepatchOfPower: Gripper has one.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: One of the very few 80's cartoons from the West to completely avert this. Everyone is carrying real guns (or weapons resembling real guns) and they all fire bullets, not lasers. Rambo himself uses his trademark M60 on numerous occasions.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: General Warhawk, who's never seen without his [[SinisterShades mirrorshades]].
* HookHand: Instead of a hook, Gripper from S.A.V.A.G.E. has a big clamp.
* LastNameBasis: Used almost, if not exclusively with (John) Rambo.
* MasterOfDisguise: Kat.
* MerchandiseDriven
* MindControl: The subject (and title) of one episode.
* NeverSayDie: One reason this series is LighterAndSofter than its source material.
* {{Ninja}}: Force of Freedom member White Dragon is a ninja.
** EvilTwin: His twin brother Black Dragon works for S.A.V.A.G.E. (Conveniently for the toy company, who [[PaletteSwap used the same molds]] to make both characters and their accessories.)
* TheQuincyPunk: S.A.V.A.G.E. agent Mad Dog, with his mohawk and [[WalkingShirtlessScene perpetually bare chest]], has this vibe.
* RecycledSoundtrack: The credit "Music by Music/JerryGoldsmith" is due to the series making heavy use of his score for ''Rambo: First Blood Part II'' (supplemented with "Additional Music by Shuki Levy and Haim Saban"). The series' opening and closing music is the film's specially composed trailer music.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: And so is Snake Bite, the [[SwampsAreEvil swamp-dwelling]] S.A.V.A.G.E. member who uses [[SnakesAreSinister snakes]], [[YouDirtyRat rats]], [[SpidersAreScary spiders]] and [[ScaryScorpions scorpions]] to help him commit crimes.
* RoyalBrat: Boy King Alexander before Rambo gave him a speech about earning respect.
* SixthRanger: Chief and T.D. Jackson for the Force of Freedom; Dr. Hyde, X-Ray and Snake Bite for S.A.V.A.G.E.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Kat is the only major female character in the series.
* TheSquad: The Force of Freedom.
* SuperSoldier: The titular villain in "Supertrooper" is a [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetically-engineered]] example.
* TemporaryBlindness: Happens to Rambo in "Blind Luck".
* WalkingShirtlessScene: With Rambo as the main character, what else would you expect? Mad Dog provides a villainous example as well.