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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: When Snake Bite is intorudced in "Skyjacked Gold", he captures Kat and torments her with his snake collection. She's not too thrilled about it, although her reaction is equal parts fear and anger.

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: When Snake Bite is intorudced introduced in "Skyjacked Gold", he captures Kat and torments her with his snake collection. She's not too thrilled about it, although her reaction is equal parts fear and anger.


* ActionGirl: Kat, who can fight as well as any of the men.



* LastNameBasis: (John) Rambo is rarely referred to by hus first name.

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* LastNameBasis: (John) Rambo is rarely referred to by hus his first name.



* MasterOfDisguise: Kat.

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* MasterOfDisguise: Kat.One of Kat's skills.



* 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.

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* 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.crimes and torture his victims.


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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: When Snake Bite is intorudced in "Skyjacked Gold", he captures Kat and torments her with his snake collection. She's not too thrilled about it, although her reaction is equal parts fear and anger.


In the cartoon, John Rambo was the leader 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.[[note]]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[[/note]]), which was led by a maniacal military man named General Warhawk. Fictional countries and back-stories would frequently be featured, some of them echoing historical or current events.

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In the cartoon, John Rambo was the leader of a Franchise/GIJoe-like team called The Force of Freedom".Freedom. They went on missions around the world battling against a paramilitary terrorist organization named S.A.V.A.G.E.[[note]]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[[/note]]), which was led by a maniacal military man named General Warhawk. Fictional countries and back-stories would frequently be featured, some of them echoing historical or current events.


* MiddleEasternTerrorists: S.A.V.A.G.E desert warrior Nomad was one. When Arab-American groups objected to him, he ws dropped from the toy line and its advertising.

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* MiddleEasternTerrorists: S.A.V.A.G.E desert warrior Nomad was one. When Arab-American groups objected to him, he ws was dropped from the toy line and its advertising.



* VillainExclusivityClause: S.A.V.A.G.E. was ''always'' behind whatever EvilPlan Rambo and company had to stop, although General Warhawk brought in several guest villains to add a little variety.

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* VillainExclusivityClause: S.A.V.A.G.E. was ''always'' behind whatever EvilPlan Rambo and company had to stop, although General Warhawk brought in several episode-specific guest villains to add a little variety.


* AnAssKickingChristmas: The plot of "When S.A.V.A.G.E. Stole Santa" combines this trope with KidnappedScientist. A retired rocket scientist in a small Colorado town plays SantaClaus during the holidays; Rambo's team has to protect him when S.A.V.A.G.E. tries to force him to work for them.

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* AnAssKickingChristmas: The plot of "When S.A.V.A.G.E. Stole Santa" combines this trope with KidnappedScientist. A retired rocket scientist in a small Colorado town plays SantaClaus during the holidays; Rambo's team has to protect him when S.A.V.A.G.E. tries to force him to work for them.



* EvilFormerFriend: In "The Doomsday Machine", Rambo's old pal Mike Flynn does a FaceHeelTurn and steals a fighter jet to help with Warhawk's latest EvilPlan.

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* EvilFormerFriend: In "The Doomsday Machine", Rambo's old pal Mike Flynn does a FaceHeelTurn and steals a fighter jet to help with Warhawk's latest EvilPlan.plot.



* MiddleEasternTerrorists: S.A.V.A.G.E desert warrior Nomad was one. When Arab-American groups objected to him, he ws dropped from the toy line and its advertising.



** 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.)

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** 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 some of their accessories.)



* ScoobyDooHoax: In "Swamp Monster", S.A.V.A.G.E. creates the titular creature in order to take over a small town as part of their latest plot.

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* ScoobyDooHoax: In "Swamp Monster", S.A.V.A.G.E. creates the (phony) titular creature in order to take over a small town as part of their latest plot.scheme.


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* VillainExclusivityClause: S.A.V.A.G.E. was ''always'' behind whatever EvilPlan Rambo and company had to stop, although General Warhawk brought in several guest villains to add a little variety.


->'''''"[[TitleScream Rambo!]]'''''\\
''Anywhere and everywhere the S.A.V.A.G.E. forces of General Warhawk threaten the peace-loving people of the world, there’s only one man to call. ''[Colonel Trautman: "Get me Rambo!"]'' From the canyons of skyscrapers, to the canyons of remote mountain peaks, liberty’s champion is unstoppable. Rambo! Helped by the mechanical genius know as Turbo and the master of disguises named Kat, the honor bound protectors of the innocent! Rambo, the Force of Freedom!"''
-->--OpeningNarration, read by Creator/DonLaFontaine



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 UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, [=POWs=], or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.[[note]]Rambo was originally a [[ShellShockedVeteran shell shocked]] Vietnam veteran who suffered from PTSD after being tortured in a POW camp by the Viet Cong.[[/note]]

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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 ->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 UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, [=POWs=], or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.[[note]]Rambo was originally a [[ShellShockedVeteran shell shocked]] Vietnam veteran who suffered from PTSD after being tortured in a POW camp by the Viet Cong.[[/note]]

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''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]]

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''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.

''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII''.

In the cartoon, John Rambo was part the leader of a Franchise/GIJoe-like team called "The The Force of Freedom." Freedom". They went on missions around the world battling against a paramilitary terrorist organization named S.A.V.A.G.E. (short [[note]]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).

Evil[[/note]]), which was led by a maniacal military man named General Warhawk. 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, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, [=POWs=], or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.[[note]]He [[note]]Rambo was originally a [[ShellShockedVeteran shell shocked]] UsefulNotes/VietnamWar Vietnam veteran who suffered from PTSD after being tortured in a POW camp by the Viet Cong.[[/note]]



* AnAssKickingChristmas: The plot of "When S.A.V.A.G.E. Stole Santa".

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* AnAssKickingChristmas: The plot of "When S.A.V.A.G.E. Stole Santa".Santa" combines this trope with KidnappedScientist. A retired rocket scientist in a small Colorado town plays SantaClaus during the holidays; Rambo's team has to protect him when S.A.V.A.G.E. tries to force him to work for them.



* LighterAndSofter: It's a more family-friendly version of Rambo. As stated above, ''Film/FirstBlood'''s darker elements were omitted, and the show goes to be a little more like a derivative of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' except with a LighterAndSofter Rambo as the main character.

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* LighterAndSofter: It's a more family-friendly version of Rambo. As stated above, ''Film/FirstBlood'''s darker elements were omitted, and the show goes to be a little more like become a derivative of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' except with a LighterAndSofter Rambo as the main character.


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* MixAndMatchCritters: In "Monster Island", Dr. Hyde goes into [[Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau Dr. Moreau mode]] and creates several ferocious hybrid animals for S.A.V.A.G.E.


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* NotTheNessie: S.A.V.A.G.E. creates a fake LochNessMonster in "Horror of the Highlands".


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* TwinSwitch: In "The Twin Within", Black Dragon poses as White Dragon to [[TheInfiltration inifiltrate]] the Force of Freedom.


* DrugsAreBad: One episode was even titled "Just Say No".

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* DrugsAreBad: One episode was even titled The [[AnAesop Aesop]] of "Just Say No".No", which has S.A.V.A.G.E. joining forces with a gang of drug dealers to smuggle crack cocaine.

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* ScoobyDooHoax: In "Swamp Monster", S.A.V.A.G.E. creates the titular creature in order to take over a small town as part of their latest plot.

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* EvilFormerFriend: In "The Doomsday Machine", Rambo's old pal Mike Flynn does a FaceHeelTurn and steals a fighter jet to help with Warhawk's latest EvilPlan.


* CasinoEpisode: "Raid on UsefulNotes/LasVegas", in which S.A.V.A.G.E attempts to rob all the city's casinos while trying to blow up Boulder Dam as a distraction.



* LastNameBasis: Used almost, if not exclusively with (John) Rambo.

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* LastNameBasis: Used almost, if not exclusively with (John) Rambo.Rambo is rarely referred to by hus first name.


* {{Expy}}: White Dragon and his brother Black Dragon are color-inverted versions of [[Franchise/GIJoe Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow]].

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White Dragon and his brother Black Dragon are color-inverted versions of [[Franchise/GIJoe Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow]].Shadow]].
** Kat is clearly one of Co-Bao from ''First Blood Part II''.


* LighterAndSofter: It's a more family-friendly version of Rambo. As stated above, ''Film/FirstBlood'''s darker element were omitted, and the show goes to be a little more like a derivative of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' except with a LighterAndSofter Rambo as the main character.

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* LighterAndSofter: It's a more family-friendly version of Rambo. As stated above, ''Film/FirstBlood'''s darker element elements were omitted, and the show goes to be a little more like a derivative of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' except with a LighterAndSofter Rambo as the main character.

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* LighterAndSofter: It's a more family-friendly version of Rambo. As stated above, ''Film/FirstBlood'''s darker element were omitted, and the show goes to be a little more like a derivative of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' except with a LighterAndSofter Rambo as the main character.


* SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon

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* SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoonSixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon: There were sixty regular episodes, plus a FiveEpisodePilot.



* ATeamFiring

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* ATeamFiringATeamFiring: While the show got away with real firearms that fired actual bullets, no one ever got hit by them (the vehicles and the scenery usually took quite a pounding, though).



* UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}: The setting of "Subterranean Holdup".



* MerchandiseDriven

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* MerchandiseDrivenMerchandiseDriven: The toyline actually outlasted the show.

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