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* MarketBasedTitle: Some markets (such as Latin America) retitled it to ''Rambo II: The Mission''.

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* MookHorrorShow: When dispatching Vietnamese and Soviet soldiers in the jungle (sometimes gruesomely), Rambo is as much a OneManArmy as he's an unstoppable predator dealing with hapless preys.


''Rambo: First Blood Part II'' is not only the most famous of the ''Rambo'' movies, but also the purest definition of an ActionizedSequel. The previous film's anti-war message is discarded in favor of the action-packed story of a hardened soldier returning to save those left behind, with gunfights and explosions aplenty when he's not putting his survival skills to well-worn use. [[CriticalDissonance Savaged by critics upon release]], it nevertheless became the second highest-grossing film of 1985 and by far the most successful film in the series. It has inspired countless imitators, including films and video games (such as ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}'' and ''VideoGame/IkariWarriors''). It would be followed up three years later by ''Film/RamboIII'', which would cement Rambo's status as a OneManArmy.

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''Rambo: First Blood Part II'' is not only the most famous of the ''Rambo'' movies, but also the purest definition of an ActionizedSequel. The previous film's anti-war message is discarded in favor of the action-packed story of a hardened soldier returning to save those left behind, with gunfights and explosions aplenty when he's not putting his survival skills to well-worn use. [[CriticalDissonance Savaged by critics upon release]], it nevertheless became the second highest-grossing film of 1985 and by far the most successful film in the series. It has inspired countless imitators, including films and video games (such as ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}'' and ''VideoGame/IkariWarriors''). The film itself was adapted into a number of arcade and console games, including [[VideoGame/{{Rambo}} an NES action-adventure game]]. It would be followed up three years later by ''Film/RamboIII'', which would cement Rambo's status as a OneManArmy.


* MissingBackblast: Rambo destroys the enemy Mi-24 Hind by firing an an M72 LAW from the cockpit of his own helicopter, which was full of American prisoners of war he was evacuating. In real life, firing the LAW would probably have injured or killed most or all of the people behind him.


* WhamLine: An InUniverse example. When one of the [=POWs=] asks Rambo what year it is, he answers, "1985." The look on the POW's face says it all.

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* WhamLine: An InUniverse example. When one of the [=POWs=] asks Rambo what year it is, he answers, "1985." The look on the POW's face says it all.


* HonorBeforeReason: Rambo only planned to rescue one [=POW=] to use as evidence that American [=POWs=] remain in Vietnam, before he was [[BetrayalByInaction betrayed by Murdock]] and captured by the Soviets. Following his escape [[spoiler:and Co's death]], Rambo decides to rescue ''[[NoOneGetsLeftBehind all of them]]''--a daunting task for a special forces team, let alone a single Green Beret--so they ''all'' have a chance to return home. Being a OneManArmy, of course, Rambo succeeds.

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* HonorBeforeReason: Rambo only planned to rescue one [=POW=] to use as evidence that American [=POWs=] remain in Vietnam, before he was [[BetrayalByInaction betrayed by Murdock]] and captured by the Soviets. Following his escape [[spoiler:and and Co's death]], death, Rambo decides to rescue ''[[NoOneGetsLeftBehind all of them]]''--a daunting task for a special forces team, let alone a single Green Beret--so they ''all'' have a chance to return home. Being a OneManArmy, of course, Rambo succeeds.


* HonorBeforeReason:
** Rather than look for his camera and the rest of his lost equipment, Rambo chooses to sneak into the prison camp to rescue a POW himself, against orders not to engage the enemy and without yet having evidence to suggest the camp is anything but empty, thus risking his life unnecessarily for something that may not even be there. Of course, his suspicion is absolutely correct, and he does make it; he just didn't expect the extraction chopper to [[BetrayalByInaction fly away without him]].
** Looking for his equipment would have been an exercise in futility that "needle-in-a-haystack" doesn't even begin to adequately describe. He cut away his packs while he was dangling from an airplane traveling ~150 knots for what was a minute or two of screen time...this equates to several miles of linear distance where it could have fallen. Add to that the fact that the terrain was a triple-canopy jungle (which means that there is a very good chance that the stuff is hanging from a tree a hundred feet off the ground), and a hundred guys who didn't even have to worry about a hostile army trying to kill them could have spent a week searching for his gear and still not found it.

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* HonorBeforeReason:
** Rather than look for his camera and the rest of his lost equipment,
HonorBeforeReason: Rambo chooses to sneak into the prison camp only planned to rescue a POW himself, against orders not one [=POW=] to engage the enemy and without yet having use as evidence to suggest the camp is anything but empty, thus risking his life unnecessarily for something that may not even be there. Of course, his suspicion is absolutely correct, and American [=POWs=] remain in Vietnam, before he does make it; he just didn't expect the extraction chopper to was [[BetrayalByInaction fly away without him]].
** Looking
betrayed by Murdock]] and captured by the Soviets. Following his escape [[spoiler:and Co's death]], Rambo decides to rescue ''[[NoOneGetsLeftBehind all of them]]''--a daunting task for his equipment would a special forces team, let alone a single Green Beret--so they ''all'' have been an exercise in futility that "needle-in-a-haystack" doesn't even begin to adequately describe. He cut away his packs while he was dangling from an airplane traveling ~150 knots for what was a minute or two of screen time...this equates to several miles of linear distance where it could have fallen. Add to that the fact that the terrain was a triple-canopy jungle (which means that there is a very good chance that the stuff is hanging from a tree a hundred feet off the ground), and a hundred guys who didn't even have to worry about return home. Being a hostile army trying to kill them could have spent a week searching for his gear and still not found it. OneManArmy, of course, Rambo succeeds.



* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: ''Rambo: First Blood Part II'', rather than ''Rambo II'' or ''First Blood Part II''.


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* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: ''Rambo: First Blood Part II'', rather than ''Rambo II'' or ''First Blood Part II''.
* OneManArmy: After [[Film/FirstBlood a whole film]] of Rambo trying to fend off the local police without killing anyone, we see how deadly Rambo truly is when he's put back on the battlefield and no longer has to hold back. The result: Rambo fights tons of Viet Cong and Soviet troops by himself ''and wins'', singlehandedly inspiring many action heroes like him.

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* HonorBeforeReason:
** Rather than look for his camera and the rest of his lost equipment, Rambo chooses to sneak into the prison camp to rescue a POW himself, against orders not to engage the enemy and without yet having evidence to suggest the camp is anything but empty, thus risking his life unnecessarily for something that may not even be there. Of course, his suspicion is absolutely correct, and he does make it; he just didn't expect the extraction chopper to [[BetrayalByInaction fly away without him]].
** Looking for his equipment would have been an exercise in futility that "needle-in-a-haystack" doesn't even begin to adequately describe. He cut away his packs while he was dangling from an airplane traveling ~150 knots for what was a minute or two of screen time...this equates to several miles of linear distance where it could have fallen. Add to that the fact that the terrain was a triple-canopy jungle (which means that there is a very good chance that the stuff is hanging from a tree a hundred feet off the ground), and a hundred guys who didn't even have to worry about a hostile army trying to kill them could have spent a week searching for his gear and still not found it.


* HonorBeforeReason: Rather than look for his camera and the rest of his lost equipment, Rambo chooses to sneak into the prison camp to rescue a POW himself, against orders not to engage the enemy and without yet having evidence to suggest the camp is anything but empty, thus risking his life unnecessarily for something that may not even be there. Of course, his suspicion is absolutely correct, and he does make it; he just didn't expect the extraction chopper to [[BetrayalByInaction fly away without him]].

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* HonorBeforeReason: Rather than look for his camera and the rest of his lost equipment, HighSpeedHijack: Rambo chooses to sneak into steals a helicopter when the prison camp pilot is looking for Rambo in a pond and hovers too close to rescue a POW himself, against orders not to engage the enemy and without yet having evidence to suggest the camp is anything but empty, thus risking his life unnecessarily for something that may not even be there. Of course, his suspicion is absolutely correct, and he does make it; he just didn't expect the extraction chopper to [[BetrayalByInaction fly away without him]].surface.


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* MissingBackblast: Rambo shoots down the Soviet MI-24 HIND helicopter with a rocket launcher by shooting it through the windshield of his own damaged helicopter in a WoundedGazelleGambit. In reality, doing this would have not only finished the job of wrecking his aircraft, it would have also killed all of the [=POWs=] in the passenger bay.


Rambo is released from prison by Marshall Murdock and sent on a mission to find American [=POWs=] in Vietnam. When he does, Murdock orders that Rambo be abandoned and all evidence of the mission be destroyed. Rambo manages to escape from Vietnam, returns to Murdock's command center, destroys it with a machine gun, and threatens Murdock with a knife to get the [=POWs=] out of Vietnam. In the end, Rambo tells Trautman that he and other war veterans want their country to love them as much as they love it, and that he would gladly die for his country.

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A year has passed since the events of ''Film/FirstBlood'', and John Rambo (Creator/SylvesterStallone) is doing time for the mayhem he unleashed back then. The ex-Green Beret is working in a prison quarry when his old commander, Col. Sam Trautman (Richard Crenna), shows up with a mission. Long after the end of UsefulNotes/{{the Vietnam War}}, rumors have surfaced that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War_POW/MIA_issue American prisoners of war remain in Vietnamese custody]]. As one of only three men qualified for the job, Rambo is released from to sneak into a prison by camp to record evidence of [=POWs=]. If he succeeds, he may receive a Presidential pardon. Rambo reluctantly accepts and is flown to Thailand to meet mission commander Marshall Murdock (Charles Napier), who warns Rambo not to engage the Viet Cong. Outfitted with the latest in technology, Rambo is flown to Vietnam to perform a parachute jump into enemy territory.

Unfortunately, an accident during the jump forces Rambo to discard all of his high-tech equipment to save himself. When he finally touches down, he is left with nothing but his survival knife, his collapsible bow
and sent on a mission collection of [[TrickArrow customizable arrows]]. Rambo soon finds his Vietnamese contact, Co-Bao (Julia Nickson), who is able to ferry him through a river to the prison camp. Without the camera he was given to record evidence, Rambo decides to do the next best thing: infiltrate the camp to find American [=POWs=] and rescue a POW himself. Little does he know that Murdock sent him in expecting him to find nothing, thus allowing the POW issue to be buried and freeing the United States from having to pay reparations to Vietnam. When he does, Murdock orders that the truth hits him, Rambo will be abandoned and all evidence set on avenging his betrayal--and now that he's back on the battlefield, only God knows what he'll do to save his countrymen.

''Rambo: First Blood Part II'' is not only the most famous
of the mission be destroyed. Rambo manages ''Rambo'' movies, but also the purest definition of an ActionizedSequel. The previous film's anti-war message is discarded in favor of the action-packed story of a hardened soldier returning to escape from Vietnam, returns to Murdock's command center, destroys it save those left behind, with a machine gun, gunfights and threatens Murdock with a knife explosions aplenty when he's not putting his survival skills to get well-worn use. [[CriticalDissonance Savaged by critics upon release]], it nevertheless became the [=POWs=] out second highest-grossing film of Vietnam. In 1985 and by far the end, Rambo tells Trautman that he most successful film in the series. It has inspired countless imitators, including films and other war veterans want their country to love them video games (such as much as they love it, ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}'' and that he ''VideoGame/IkariWarriors''). It would gladly die for his country.
be followed up three years later by ''Film/RamboIII'', which would cement Rambo's status as a OneManArmy.



* ActionizedSequel: A rather extreme example. ''First Blood'' was a grim thriller about a war veteran victimized by the nation he once served, and had a minimal bodycount. ''Rambo: First Blood Part II'' discards that and sends Rambo back to Vietnam to kill commies by the dozen.

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* ActionizedSequel: A rather One of the most extreme example. examples. ''First Blood'' was a grim thriller about a war veteran victimized by the nation he once served, and had a minimal bodycount.served. ''Rambo: First Blood Part II'' discards that and sends Rambo back to Vietnam to kill commies by the dozen.



* BetrayalByInaction: Rambo is assigned the job of sneaking into a [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnamese camp]] and confirming whether or not Prisoners of War are present. When he finds an entire POW camp where several soldiers (including his old friend and mentor) are being held captive, he takes it upon himself to lead a revolt. However, when he and the escapees reach the chopper meant to extract them, the bureaucrat in charge of the mission orders the chopper to leave without them. The look on Rambo's face as the chopper flies away speaks volumes of the level of betrayal he felt.
* ColonelBadass: We don't see it in this film, but it's plain to see that Trautman isn't a Special Forces colonel for nothing.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: Tay, the Vietnamese officer who killed Co. Mind you, Rambo shot him with an ''explosive-tipped'' arrow.

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* BadassBoast: From Rambo: "Murdock... I'm coming to get ''you''."
** As well as: "Find them... or I'll find ''you''."
* BetrayalByInaction: Rambo is assigned runs to the job of sneaking into a [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnamese camp]] and confirming whether or not Prisoners of War are present. When he finds an entire extraction point with the POW camp where several soldiers (including his old friend and mentor) are being held captive, he takes it upon himself to lead a revolt. However, when he and rescued, only for the escapees reach the chopper meant to extract them, the bureaucrat in charge of the mission orders the chopper helicopter to leave without them.him on Murdock's orders. The look on Rambo's face as the chopper flies away speaks volumes of the level of betrayal he felt.
* ColdBloodedTorture: The captive Rambo is dipped into a leech-infested lake by the Soviets. Soon, he is then subjected to ElectricTorture (see below).
* ColonelBadass: We don't see it in this film, but it's plain to see that Trautman isn't a Special Forces colonel for nothing.
nothing. He's AFatherToHisMen who would've rescued the stranded Rambo if not for Murdock's intervention.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: Lt. Tay, the Vietnamese officer who killed Co. Mind you, Co, as Rambo shot shoots him with an ''explosive-tipped'' arrow.



* EveryCarIsAPinto: In the riverboat scene, Rambo leaps off just as the two boats have a head-on collision and explode. Makes even less sense than for a car -- both because of the relatively slow speed, and because boats have their engines and fuel tanks ''in the rear''.

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* EveryCarIsAPinto: In the riverboat scene, Rambo leaps off just as the two boats have a head-on collision and explode. Makes This makes even less sense than for a car -- both car--both because of the relatively slow speed, and because boats have their engines and fuel tanks ''in the rear''.



* HonorBeforeReason: After Rambo finds a reason to fight once more, he practically ''embodies'' this trope.

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* HellishCopter: Averted with a commandeered helicopter that is landed at its destination successfully, but played straight with the helicopter piloted by Podovsky.
* HonorBeforeReason: After Rather than look for his camera and the rest of his lost equipment, Rambo finds a reason chooses to fight once more, sneak into the prison camp to rescue a POW himself, against orders not to engage the enemy and without yet having evidence to suggest the camp is anything but empty, thus risking his life unnecessarily for something that may not even be there. Of course, his suspicion is absolutely correct, and he practically ''embodies'' this trope.does make it; he just didn't expect the extraction chopper to [[BetrayalByInaction fly away without him]].
* ImprovisedWeapon: Rambo [=KOs=] a Soviet with the radio transmitter with which he was supposed to disavow the [=POWs=]--right after, for bonus points, using it to [[BadassBoast threaten Murdock]] for [[BetrayalByInaction betraying him]] instead.



* MissingBackblast: Rambo destroys the enemy Mi-24 Hind by firing an an M72 LAW from the cockpit of his own helicopter, which was full of American prisoners of war he was evacuating. In real life, firing the LAW would probably have injured or killed most or all of the people behind him

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* MissingBackblast: Rambo destroys the enemy Mi-24 Hind by firing an an M72 LAW from the cockpit of his own helicopter, which was full of American prisoners of war he was evacuating. In real life, firing the LAW would probably have injured or killed most or all of the people behind himhim.



* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Especially the point of the second movie (focusing on the plight of American [=POWs=] in Vietnam).
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Potovski is a major offender; he sounds more like a stereotypical Nazi interrogator, complete viz ze inability to pronounce a "th" sound.

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* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Especially the The point of the second movie (focusing film, focusing on the plight of American [=POWs=] in Vietnam).
Vietnam.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Potovski Podovsky is a major offender; he sounds more like a stereotypical Nazi interrogator, complete viz ze inability to pronounce a "th" sound.



* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Murdoch... '''I'M.COMING.TO.GET.YOU!!'''
** Find them - or '''I'LL.FIND.YOU.'''

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* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Murdoch... '''I'M.COMING.TO.GET.YOU!!'''
** Find them - or '''I'LL.FIND.YOU.'''
OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When Col. Trautman, AFatherToHisMen, flies off without him, Rambo knows who's ''really'' responsible and is set on giving Murdock hell when he comes back.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Trautman is this in spades. Compare him to WellIntentionedExtremist Murdoch.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Trautman is this in spades. Compare him to WellIntentionedExtremist Murdoch. Murdock.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The premise is based on the then hot-button issue of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War_POW/MIA_issue whether American POWs remained in Vietnam after the war]].



* StuffedIntoTheFridge[=/=]{{Retirony}}: [[spoiler: Co's fate.]]
* TenMinuteRetirement: Rambo was ready to leave the POW's in part 2 behind and take Co with him to America. [[MoodWhiplash Then she gets shot.]]

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* SpringtimeForHitler: Murdock sends Rambo on the mission not expecting him to find evidence of [=POWs=] so the United States government can sweep the whole issue under the rug. Rambo does, however, so Murdock strands him in Vietnam to prevent the truth from getting out, going as far as to put Trautman under arrest to prevent a rescue.
* StuffBlowingUp: Lots of it, whether due to missiles, a bomb dropped from a helicopter, or Rambo's explosive arrows. It even has a ''character'' [[DefeatEqualsExplosion blow up]] thanks to the latter.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge[=/=]{{Retirony}}: [[spoiler: Co's fate.]]
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* TenMinuteRetirement: Rambo was ready to leave the POW's in part 2 [=POWs=] behind and take Co with him to America. [[MoodWhiplash Then she gets shot.]]


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* TrashTheSet: The prison camp is destroyed [[StuffBlowingUp spectacularly]].
** There's also a minor example when Rambo destroys all of Murdock's high-tech equipment with his M60 in retaliation for [[BetrayalByInaction stranding him in Vietnam]].
* TrickArrow: Rambo's survival gear includes arrows which can be customized with detachable arrowheads to be either regular arrows or explosive arrows. The latter are put to [[StuffBlowingUp good use]] in the last third of the film.

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* DiveUnderTheExplosion: Rambo dives into a lake in the Vietnam jungle, to avoid a massive explosion brought on by a bomb-like object dropped by a helicopter.


* ElectricTorture: Effectively shows just ''how'' {{Badass}} Rambo is by having him take hours of an ''entire camp's'' electricity and still be alive afterward.

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* ElectricTorture: Effectively shows just ''how'' {{Badass}} badass Rambo is by having him take hours of an ''entire camp's'' electricity and still be alive afterward.



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* WoundedGazelleGambit: Done with ''helicopters!''


* ActionizedSequel: Higher body count, explosion count, and bullets spent than the first movie.

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* ActionizedSequel: Higher body count, explosion count, A rather extreme example. ''First Blood'' was a grim thriller about a war veteran victimized by the nation he once served, and bullets spent than had a minimal bodycount. ''Rambo: First Blood Part II'' discards that and sends Rambo back to Vietnam to kill commies by the first movie.dozen.


* CaliforniaDoubling: The film was entirely shot in Mexico, doubling for Thailand and Vietnam.

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