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    Adonis "Donnie" Johnson-Creed

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.
  • Berserk Button: Using his father's name against him is a surefire way to introduce his fist to your face.
  • 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 in the final fight. His recovery from the biggest hit he receives is compared in film to "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.
  • 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 Ann 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 Ann, who is kind enough to treat him as her own son.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He has some impulse issues and often gets into some fights. He easily loses his temper because he obtains most of his traits from his father Apollo along with his own problems.
  • Hot-Blooded: Much like his father Apollo, Adonis is eager to express his emotions especially his passion wanting to get in the ring. Also he's a hot tempered boxer like his father.
  • 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 a 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 misses and gets him punished, much like Rocky.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Not So Different: 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.
  • Pride: Has this issue and becomes over confident which eventually turns him into a cocky fighter when he even taunts his opponents in the ring prompting them to fight. Best shown when he comes into a boxing gym and bets the keys to his car to a boxer who can land a clean headshot on him. This comes back to bite him when a boxer with 18 KO wins lands a perfect headshot on him and now has Adonis' car.
  • 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.
  • 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

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

  • Adult Fear:
    • Bianca is a musician, but wears hearing aids because she's suffering from progressive hearing loss, which means one day she will be totally deaf.
    • In the second movie, her daughter inheriting her disease and being born completely deaf.
  • 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 is actually 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

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.
  • 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.
  • 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

The son of Ivan Drago and an 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.
  • 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, lacks the discipline to remain in control against Donnie in the first fight, getting himself disqualified, and gasses himself beyond hope in the second fight.
  • 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: So determined to win that he continues to get up in the last fight on his father's commands, regardless of his physical state.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Soaking up punches like a kid was throwing them. And when he decides to hit, he hits hard, and faster than a Mighty Glacier. He's not used to longer fights, however.
  • 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.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If Viktor had only not used illegal blows in his his first fight with Adonis, he would've clearly won the heavyweight championship title fair and square since he was completely dominating Adonis and would have at the best needed one more round.
  • Not So Different: 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.
  • 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.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His entire motivation is to make his father proud by winning the heavyweight championship and restoring the Drago name.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): Creed II


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