Works in this franchise with their own YMMV pages:
The Franchise in general:
- Awesome Music:
- Jerry Goldsmith, people. This is especially true for Rambo: First Blood Part II (Goldsmith quipped that this score paid for his house), even unto the Animated Adaptation being liberally tracked with the film's score.
- The first three movies' ending themes count: The tearjerking It's A Long Road from First Blood, performed by Dan Hill, Peace In Our Life from Rambo: First Blood Part II, performed by Sly's brother, Frank Stallone, and Bill Medley's cover of The Hollies' He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother from Rambo III.
- To a lesser extent Brian Tyler for Rambo.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: See Baleful Polymorph.
- Complete Monster: Colonel Alexei Zaysen from Rambo 3 and Major Pa Tee Tint from Rambo 4. See those pages for more details.
- Critical Dissonance: All of the sequels were disliked by critics in Rotten Tomatoes, but beloved by the audience. Except Rambo 3, that is.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Interestingly, the Rambo movies are very popular in Japan.
- Iconic Character, Forgotten Title: The first movie is called First Blood, despite people simply calling it Rambo. This is probably why the fourth film was simply called Rambo, but it ironically made things worse.
- And, to make things even more confusing, the director's cut of the fourth film changes the title to John Rambo.
- Iron Woobie: John Rambo.
- Memetic Mutation: "Going Rambo" became a term to describe anyone who are or try to be a One-Man Army.
- Misaimed Fandom: Rare case where the studio ended up fostering it. Rambo of the first film was a Tragic Hero suffering severe PTSD. He was an Anti-Hero in the classical sense. Fans saw him as the ultimate badass and the studio restructured the franchise into being about him being a One-Man Army Action Hero.
- Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page
- No Problem with Licensed Games:
- The game based on Rambo: First Blood Part II for the Sega Master System is a pretty good over head shooter, if pretty hard to play. It's similar to Ikari Warriors, without the rotary controls, rescuing POWs, and the grenades being replaced by the bow with explosive arrows. You could even cheat the game over system by joining in as the second player just as the first player loses all their lives and vice versa.
- A Rambo III adaptation was made for the Sega Genesis that was a pretty good run and gun.
- The arcade game, also based on Rambo III, was a sort-of Rail Shooter game where two players take control of Rambo and Col. Trautman, as they go through Afghanistan. It's pretty action packed, and fun to play with a friend.
- Then there is the light gun game, proudly provided by SEGA. This one has movie footage (though following just Rambo: First Blood Part II, and Rambo III), assault rifles for light guns (or Mac 10 modeled SMGS, depending on the cabinet), More Dakka than even Time Crisis, and when you use the Limit Break, you scream along with Rambo and gain the brief ability to take no damage, AND use Bottomless Magazines. Definitely Rated M for Manly. The only legitimate complaint about this game is, unlike GHOST Squad and House of the Dead 4, there is no console version of this game.
- The Problem with Licensed Games:
- ... But unfortunately, most of the Rambo tie-in games aren't very good, most infamously the NES game adaptation. It borrows a lot from Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link. It wouldn't be a bad idea if it was properly executed. It was not. It did have some good things going for it like staying as faithful to the source material as possible (despite some deviations added to the plot), and having a pretty catchy soundtrack.
- The 2014 game simply titled Rambo: The Video Game was heavily criticized for its dated rail shooter gameplay and graphics (this is NOT to be confused with the Rambo arcade game by SEGA), while making a mess out of the first movie's plot (such as a scene where Rambo drives a truck into a gas station, causing it to explode, and him gunning down cops with a machine gun which never happened in First Blood).
- Sequel Displacement: The sequels are definitely more well known than the first film. Take, for instance, the fact that it was titled First Blood and by the third film, it was called Rambo III, or the fact that Rambo is known for high body counts, even though the grand total of dead bodies in the first film is a single Asshole Victim which Rambo didn't even kill on purpose.