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    Adonis "Donnie" Johnson-Creed
"I gotta prove it."
Voiced in French by Jean-Baptiste Anoumon

"I did it because it was my fight. And when I stepped into that ring, it wasn't just about me."

The son of Apollo, who Rocky takes under his wing in his golden years.

  • The Ace: Slowly shaping himself to becoming one, despite his youth and lack of experience. He has his father's speed and Rocky's tenacity, which makes for a potent combination.
  • Achilles' Heel: His left ribs (and kidney). Drago broke them in their first fight, and goes back to them in their second. Time will tell if this will be a permanent weak spot.
  • Berserk Button: Using his father's name against him is a surefire way to introduce his fist to your face.
  • Blood Knight: Adonis likes fighting any opponent in the ring and is willing to challenge anyone no matter how strong they are, considering he attempts to solve mainly any issue he has with other people.
  • Composite Character: Has shades of both Rocky and Apollo, not just in character, but also in fighting styles. Adonis can tank blows and go to the body like his mentor, but he also has the agility of his father, and can just as easily go for the head.
    • He can also has shades of Rocky's own son, Robert. Both of them struggle to make a name for themselves because of their fathers' legacies, and Adonis eventually comes to see Rocky as a father figure, and when they're not training in a fight, Adonis and Rocky's relationship are practically family-like.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Pretty much the anti-thesis of Rocky Balboa in many aspects.
    • Rocky was a poor, uneducated neighborhood bum in Philly making ends meet by prizefighting and working as a loan shark. Donnie, after being legally adopted by Apollo's wife, grew up comfortable in Los Angeles, was able to obtain a college degree, and worked a nine-to-five desk job in finance before quitting it to pursue boxing full-time. Both, however, wanted nothing more than to prove themselves to the world: Rocky proving that he's more than a poor ne'er do-well, Donnie proving that there is more to him than just his father's name and legacy.
    • Rocky is an All-Loving Hero, and makes a lot friends, even with his opponents. Donnie, in contrast, has no friends due to his legacy and his combative attitude, and is close only to Rocky, Bianca, and his adopted mother.
    • Mickey treated Rocky like a bum because the old coach felt Rock was wasting his talent. Lil' Duke refuses to train Donnie at his father's old gym partly to protect him, but mostly because of the perception that Donnie comes from wealth and doesn't deserve to be in the ring.
  • Determinator: Just like Rocky and Apollo, nothing will put this kid down. Turn his face into hamburger, break his ribs, send him crashing to the ground, he will take your biggest hits and rise back up like a man possessed.
  • Disappeared Dad: Apollo's death in the fourth film left him to grow up without a father, and he denies that his name has anything to do with why he wants to box himself.
  • Expy: Despite being Apollo's son, his backstory is more like that of Clubber Lang's from the novelisation of Rocky III in that both were orphaned at a young age and spent time in juvie, not to mention he had a fiery and violent temper as a child, which he mostly carried over to adulthood.
  • Genius Bruiser: Adonis, having been adopted by Apollo's wife and raised well by her, has apparently been promoted to a fairly prestigious position in his white collar job before he quits to pursue boxing, trains himself to box well enough to take on Olympic-level boxers, and has a "stat vision," showing he's memorized the records and stats for all his opponents.
  • Happily Adopted:
    • Even though he was the result of Apollo having an affair, Mary Anne treats him like her own child and Donnie clearly loves her.
    • He also calls Rocky 'family'.
  • Heroic Bastard: Adonis is the illegitimate son of Apollo, born shortly after the latter was killed by Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, and was later adopted by Apollo's legitimate widow Mary Anne, who is kind enough to treat him as her own son.
  • Hot-Blooded: Much like his father Apollo, Adonis is eager to express his emotion as he has some impulsive issues that have often gotten him into many brawls as he easily loses his temper over slightest provocations. Especially with how passionate he is when it comes to getting into the ring.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Once he starts catching his rhythm in a match, he has a tendency to start talking trash to his opponents.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He lacks his father's size and reach, which made Apollo (what Rocky called) 'a perfect fighter', and while he can take punishment, he doesn't have Rocky's Megaton Punch, which Rocky could use when his cast-iron jaw allowed him to close the distance with his opponent.
    • In terms of technical skill, he's fast and accurate like his father, but due to being self-trained, he has a tendency to take wild swings that more often than not miss and get him punished, much like Rocky.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed, as Adonis is actually a really cordial individual and has a good heart, but he only unleashes his jerk side whenever he gets angry or is going through a turmoil as he would often be cold and distant, but still care for his loved ones very much. Especially shown when it comes to his arguments with Rocky as he'll say something very hurtful to him intentionally, but at the end of the day will apologize for his actions.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Adonis is much like his father than he lets on. They are both hot tempered boxers who really like to fight and have a prideful, cocky attitude which often gets them into trouble. They both are also very stubborn in that they never really like to listen to others and will often make their own rash decisions in order to fulfill their own wishes. Both also have a need to prove themselves against others for no reason as they have short fuses when it comes to their egos being insulted. Lastly they both have been beaten down severely against two members of the Drago family (Ivan and Viktor) who had much superior power than them. Whereas Apollo sadly passes away from Ivan's Megaton Punch, Adonis lives but is only gravely injured by Viktor who breaks his ribs and his kidneys and ends up coming back to fight him again.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Downplayed but Adonis becomes this to a degree by the end of the second movie due to his Training from Hell in the desert. He gains way more stamina and toughness along with great close quarter combat skills making him a Master of All from a style standpoint. While he doesn't get much stronger or faster the skill increase at close range fighting and the big increase in his stamina and toughness means he can beat a big mass of muscle like Viktor Drago to a pulp in about 8 rounds.
  • Made of Iron: Getting knocked down and his face turned into hamburger give him momentary pause, but he picks his pace right back where he left it. After his Training from Hell to strengthen his core and neck muscles, it's become even harder to knock him down.
  • Meaningful Name: Adonis is a Greek dying-and-rising god. This fits how many people in-universe start to see Adonis Creed as Apollo reincarnate. Made to be a bit more on the nose during his match with Conlan, where he rises up from his knockout "like a man possessed".
  • Mirror Character: Adonis and Conlan are both fighters who come from poverty (although Adonis was later adopted by his wealthy step-mother), and end up in trouble with the law because of impulse control problems.
  • Momma's Boy: He picked fights in juvie when the other kids insulted his mother, and he can't bear to tell his adopted mother that he quit his job to become a fighter.
  • Nom de Mom: Is initially reluctant to use his father's surname, going by Johnson rather than Creed, because he's afraid of besmirching his father's name with a humiliating loss. He's initially dismayed by HBO and Conlin's promoter wanting him to change his name to Creed for promotional reasons and even spends a night in prison after one of Bianca's fellow musicians friendlily calls him "Baby Creed", which he escalated into a brawl. In the end, however, he learns to accept both names, with his new shorts having the name "CREED" on the front of the waistband and "JOHNSON" on the back.
  • N-Word Privileges: Winds up doubling as a Precision F-Strike as during his first fight with Viktor in Creed II after getting brutally injured, while in the corner his trainer tries to call the fight, only for Adonis to snap a very frustrated "Nigga, don't you call this shit!"
  • Pride: Has a tendency to be overconfident when reflected with his cocky behavior, he'll taunt his opponents to the point where it'll backfire on him. Best shown when he comes into the Delphi Gym and bets the keys to his sports car to a boxer who can land a clean headshot on him, just because Duke refused to train him and mentioned his father, making Adonis feel he must prove himself. This comes back to bite him when Danny "Stuntman" Wheeler, a boxer with 18 knock-out wins, lands a perfect headshot on him and wins Donnie's car, keeping it until he and Adonis have their rematch in Creed II.
  • Riches to Rags: Practically invokes this on himself when he moves to Philadelphia to pursue his boxing dream. Before moving, he lived in a mansion thanks to Apollo's wealth, and had a comfortable white-collar job. After moving, he settles in a dingy apartment complex, where Bianca's music leads him to file more than one noise complaint. While he eventually moves in with Rocky, Rocky's middle-class house is still a far cry from Apollo's mansion.
  • Sherlock Scan: A minor example. Adonis can take a look at his opponent and recall all of their statistics including matches won, knockouts, and ranking.
  • Superior Successor: Played for Laughs when Adonis begins his training under Rocky. Rocky prepares to have fun watching Adonis go through his old training method of chasing a chicken, but Adonis catches it after only a bit of trouble, and Rocky says the chickens must be slowing down.
  • Theme Naming: Both Adonis and Apollo are Greek deities. His daughter is named Amara, which is Nigerian for 'kindness' or 'mercy', but retains the 'starting-with-A' naming convention.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: A majority of people attempt to warn him about this as he wants to become a fighter just like his father, as most of Adonis's personality does reflect that of Apollo's as they are both very stubborn, hot-tempered, and prideful. The fact that he's is so much like him causes him to drive a rift in between his relationships with his family, including Rocky, whenever he's going through a stressful time of internal conflict.
    • However this ends up being a subversion, regarding the qualities between the two, Adonis actually ends up listening to other's concerns and taking in the wisdom from Rocky's past experiences, and ends up becoming his own man whereas Apollo who rarely ever gave anyone the time of day or listened to them because of his ego which ended up actually getting him killed. They also differ in many ways in terms of appearance and boxing, as Adonis is much shorter and has a smaller physique despite being very muscular in his own right and being more of a close quarters fighter whereas Apollo actively used his long reach and agility to wear his opponents down.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Eventually, he wears the classic American flag shorts made iconic by his father.

    Bianca Taylor 
Played by: Tessa Thompson
Voiced in French by: Fily Keita

A singer-songwriter who lives below Adonis' new apartment, and later becomes his girlfriend.

  • Brutal Honesty: Sees right through Donnie's insistence that he wants to make it on his own as a fighter, and gently tells him that he sought out Rocky as a trainer for a reason.
  • Deaf Composer: Suffers from progressive hearing loss, and so she tries to make as much music as possible before she loses her hearing completely.
  • Morality Chain: Convinces Donnie to take up his father's name.
  • The Power of Love: Adonis feels like he's known her his whole life, and she is one of the few rocks in his life.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Defied. She has her own life and dreams outside of Donnie, and she works hard to achieve those dreams. When Donnie screws it up, she hits back hard.
  • Second-Act Breakup: Does this twice. First when she learns that Donnie didn't tell her he was the son of Apollo Creed (although that doesn't last long), the second when Donnie punches out a rapper who insulted him at Bianca's show. This time the breakup sticks longer.

    "Pretty" Ricky Conlan 
Played by: Tony Bellew
Voiced in French by: Pascal Nowak

Adonis' main rival in Creed. Conlan is the undefeated light heavyweight champion from Liverpool, whose run-ins with the law will see him in jail soon, giving him a need for one more fight to support his family.

  • The Ace: Despite his career ending early due to his imprisonment he still has one of the most impressive resumes of anyone in the series- after defeating Adonis he retires completely undefeated (and not implied to be competing during a weak period of the sport like Mason Dixon had been in Rocky Balboa), with Adonis' knockdown in the final round being the first (and subsequently only) time he's ever been knocked off his feet. Despite his flaws, he doesn't just talk the talk, he walks the walk. According to Adonis's "stat vision", Conlan is 37-0 with 28 knockouts, holds the lineal light heavyweight title on top of the WBC and WBA, and is rated the #1 boxer in the world pound-for-pound.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Insults and mocks Adonis out and inside the ring, and when Adonis lands his first punch, all Conlan does is smile.
  • Call-Back: Several of his crucial characterization elements are this to previous opponents in the series:
    • Like Drago, Pretty Ricky is a taller, stronger, and just all-around more powerful champion from outside the US who ends up fighting the protagonist on his home court.
    • Like Clubber Lang, Pretty Ricky had a rough youth that becomes apparent in his fighting style and personality, as well as a tendency to trash talk.
    • And most ironically, Pretty Ricky is a family man moved to fight the protagonist at least in part for the sake of his kids, wins the protagonist's major fight by split decision, and comes to see Adonis as a Worthy Opponent, just like Apollo Creed.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: So infamous for his outbursts that they're nicknamed, in-universe, as "fireworks".
  • Jerkass: Not only has Conlan broken a previous opponent's jaw during their weigh-in, he viciously provokes Adonis during the press conference for their fight.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Conlan mainly accepted the fight with Adonis to ensure welfare for his family, holds Rocky's accomplishments as a boxer in high regard, and ultimately gives Adonis his respect by the end of it.
  • The Last Dance: An impending prison term for illegal firearm possession has forced Conlan into an early retirement, making Adonis his final opponent.
  • Manchild: Conlan, despite looking to be in his mid-thirties, seems oblivious to the consequences of his bad behavior, on others and his children. He also often disregards sensible advice, and Tommy Holiday constantly lectures him for it.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Seemingly based on Ricky Hatton: a British boxer with an aggressive counterpunching style, with signature tasseled trunks with his favorite football team's logo, considered a hometown hero. However, Hatton isn't nearly as unpleasant as Conlan, and has never had any serious problems with the law in his life; he was also a welterweight, not a light heavyweight. The incident with Conlan punching Wheeler at the weigh-in is also based on a real incident with a British boxer... except in that case it was Bellew (who plays Conlan) getting punched by David Haye, making it something of a Mythology Gag.
  • Worthy Opponent: Slowly comes to respect Adonis throughout their fight; by the end of their fight, he gives Adonis his endorsement as "the future of this division".

    Viktor Drago 
Played by: Florian Munteanu
Voiced in French by: Jochen Hägele

The son of Ivan Drago and a talented boxer in his own right. Under the intense tutelage of his father, he seeks to restore the Drago name by beating Adonis Creed for the heavyweight title.

  • Achilles' Heel: Stamina. Much like Clubber Lang, Viktor is a wrecking machine that ends fights quick and hard. And like Clubber, it wears him out fast if his opponent makes him go too many rounds.
  • Animal Motifs: His father describes him as similar to stray dogs in Ukraine.
    Ivan: You ever see stray dogs in Ukraine? They go for days without food. People spit on them, they have nothing, no home. Only will to survive, to fight. I have son. All he knows is this. [shows boxing stance] My son will break your boy.
  • Anti-Villain: His reasons to beat Adonis aren't personal in any way. He was practically pressured into fighting by Ivan which in turn his goal was to salvage his father's name even though he does not care for their reputation, but genuinely loves his father and fights because he was told to.
  • Berserk Button: Ivan is able to throw him into enough of a rage to beat Adonis for subjecting him to fight each and everyday for Ludmilla leaving them and putting pressure on Viktor making it seem like it was his fault. Also, insulting or threatening Ivan will invoke Viktor's inverted Papa Wolf complex.
  • The Berserker: In contrast to Ivan's ice cold demeanor in Rocky IV, Viktor is constantly roiling with anger and aggression, and while decent at taking instruction and tactics from his father, he lacks the discipline to remain in control against Donnie in the first fight, getting himself disqualified. By the second fight he still is just as ferocious and perhaps even moreso due to the fact that he's boiling with frustration from his inner conflict towards Ivan once again for his actions.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Lashes out at his father over trying to impress the same people that cast them out when Ivan lost to Rocky.
  • Determinator: Deconstructed. Viktor is so determined to win that he continues to get up in the last fight on his father's commands, regardless of his physical state. This becomes more heart-wrenching when he's so beaten, he can no longer put up any sort of defense against Donnie, but keeps getting back up. It takes Ivan throwing the towel for him because he knows Viktor won't quit and will likely keep going until the fight literally kills him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He isn't evil but antagonistic, but Viktor's loving devotion for his father Ivan is practically the only thing that drives him.
  • Foil:
    • He is this to Adonis. Both men are the son of talented boxers that followed in their father’s footsteps. However, while Donnie was adopted and lovingly raised by Mary Anne and took up boxing despite holding a decent white-collar job, Viktor saw his mother leave him at a young age and grew up in poverty while his father subjected him to Training from Hell. Furthermore, while Donnie’s goal is to forge his own legacy apart from his father and Rocky, Viktor feels he has to win in order to restore the lost honor of the Drago name.
    • He's also one to Rocky himself, to the point that he could be an Evil Counterpart. A ne'er-do-well from the slums, fighting local nobodies in dank rings, he gains an opportunity of a lifetime when he's plucked from obscurity to fight for the World Heavyweight Championship, and against a Creed at that. His signature attack is even a devastating body shot. The only difference is that Rocky fights with love in his heart, but Viktor fights with hate.
    • To his own father, Ivan. While Ivan was part of the Soviet elite, trained in high-tech labs with a massive entourage of trainers, publicity people and managers, Viktor grew up in squalor after him and his father was abandoned following Ivan's loss, being trained on the streets of Ukraine by his father alone. Also, while Ivan's loss costed him everything, leaving him an outcast, Viktor's loss cost him a lot less, since he still had his father to lean on, a father that was fully accepting of his loss, unlike the people who left Ivan following his own. He's also highly emotional, and driven by anger, while Ivan was ice-cold at all times.
  • Glass Cannon: A downplayed variation of this. He's fast, strong, and durable enough to be called a Lightning Bruiser, but only if the fight is short. Take the fight too long, and those devastating yet energy-consuming punches start giving him stamina problems, especially when he misses. By their final round, even though Adonis has broken ribs and been knocked down several times, he's still standing tall, while the less injured Viktor is gasping for air and almost stumbling around. Though this could also attribute to his mother leaving the ring before his fight was finished thus having a play in him nearly just giving up at that point.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has a nasty one when his mother abandons him after his second match against Adonis turns against him. He loses any ability to defend himself afterwards, to the point where Ivan is forced to throw in the towel.
  • Hates Their Parent: Has very little love for his mother, with good reason. He not only hates her for leaving him as a child, but even more so for how she treated his beloved father, Ivan.
  • Hero-Worshipper: An understated and somewhat tragic case; Viktor clearly looks up to and admires his father, which plays heavily into his "Well Done, Son!" Guy tendencies. He's also protective of him, getting outraged for him about Russia's treatment towards him, and when Adonis pushes Ivan for bringing up Apollo, Viktor shoves him back a few feet. Ivan telling him its okay that he lost the final fight and joining him for a run clearly cheers up Viktor at the end.
  • Husky Russkie: Viktor Drago's actor Florian Munteanu is a very muscular 6'4. Though according to the announcer, Viktor is actually Ukrainian.note 
  • Lightning Bruiser: Like his pops, Viktor is a walking brick wall being able to soak up punches like a kid was throwing them, and when he decides to hit, he hits hard, and much faster than a Mighty Glacier.
  • Manly Tears: Viktor lets them flow when he loses the rematch with Adonis and he more or less failed his father. His mother leaving before the match ended also likely had something to do with it.
  • Meaningful Name: Viktor is a reflection of Ivan's desire to use his son to win and get back in good graces with Russia at any cost. Which makes it more ironic when it ends up being Ivan to throw in the towel during the last fight, realizing it's not worth it.
  • Mirror Character: In spite of the differences in their backgrounds, more than a few similarities are apparent between Viktor and Adonis, particularly in how both are openly passionate and emotional boxers with chips on their shoulders about their roles as heirs to famous boxing legends, who use somewhat unorthodox hybrid styles of boxing forged through Training from Hell, refuse to stay down even when they really should, and have a Berserk Button centered on insulting their fathers.
  • Morality Pet: He's this for Ivan. It was because of him (being the son of the family) that eventually Ivan Drago, one of Rocky's strongest and most inhuman opponents, ended up showing more humanizing traits and redeeming himself by prioritizing Viktor more than his pride.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If only Viktor had not used illegal blows in his his first fight with Adonis, he would've clearly won the heavyweight championship title fair and square, as he was definitely dominating his opponent, and at worst would have needed only one more round to clinch it.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Viktor's chilly anger in the ring and tendency to go for low-blows even when he's winning call to mind Andrew Golota, another Eastern-European (Polish, in Golota's case) heavyweight underdog.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother Ludmilla left him and his father following the latter’s loss to Rocky. When she shows up at a dinner celebrating Viktor’s boxing accomplishments, he leaves the table in anger and calls out his father for trying to win her affections back despite the fact she abandoned them. At the end of his rematch with Adonis, when it becomes clear Viktor is losing, he sees Ludmilla leaving the arena and becomes completely demoralized.
  • The Power of Hate: Viktor channels much of his anger over his impoverished upbringing, disgraced family name, pressure from his father’s training, and his Parental Abandonment by his mother into his fights. Rocky himself points out to Donnie that Viktor was “raised on hate”.
  • Shadow Archetype: Viktor reflects Donnie's own hangups about being worthy of his family name, and the pressures that come with it, particularly in the first fight. Donnie only beats Viktor when he learns to fight for himself and his own family, not his father, while Viktor risks serious injury (maybe even death) by refusing to quit when he should out of fear of letting his father down.
  • Tragic Villain: Between his mother leaving him at a young age, growing up in poverty as the son of the disgraced Ivan Drago, and the intense pressure and training from his father in order to become heavyweight champion and restore his family’s reputation and honor, Viktor has not had a happy life.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Viktor is a very powerful and unorthodox boxer who has an inhuman tenacity for fighting as his style is similar to that of a brawler, as he's described as being a well rounded fighter in terms of his physicality especially when it comes to his overwhelming strength. The only thing Viktor truly lacks is his inability to control his anger as he may be able to keep himself at bay for a small amount of time while still being very aggressive he tends to let rage take over him during the midst of a fight to where he swings very quickly and very wildly.
  • Villainous Underdog: Make no mistake, Adonis has money, success, experience, and the world title. Viktor is a nobody from nowhere. Only by quirk of fate is he given an opportunity to challenge the champion.
  • Villainous Virtues: Exceptionally loyal and genuinely loving towards his father, Ivan, risking his good standing with the Russian elite solely because they were the same people who cast his father out.
  • Villainous Valor: In the final fight, he is utterly gassed, demoralized and helpless to prevent Donnie from landing massive shots to his face, but still forces himself to rise and fight even when it's clear he can no longer put up an adequate defense. Ivan actually throws in the towel for him because he knows Viktor won't stop.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His entire motivation is to make his father proud by winning the heavyweight championship and restoring the Drago name.

Alternative Title(s): Creed II