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John Rambo

  • Accidental Murder: Accidentally kills police sergeant Art Galt in self defense when the latter tried to purposely kill him in cold blood in the first film (and even then, Rambo's actions are just throwing a rock at a helicopter while Galt was leaning out the door). In the book, he disembowels Galt in the police station for reaching for his gun after Rambo overpowered Teasle and stole the razor.
  • Action Hero: The 80's emblem, and the 2000's resurgence of 80's action type as well.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Rambo was a much darker character in the First Blood book. The novel puts more emphasis on the fact that the whole situation mostly happens because of Rambo's own pride, and Teasle actually gives him several chances to leave the town peacefully, as opposed to the movie where he takes him in after coming back once. Rambo's actions also seem more like vengeance and he eventually realizes he is fighting because he likes it, whereas in the movie they seem more like self-defense. And while in the film he only kills one person by accident, in the book he slaughters dozens of people and is basically like an evil version of what the character would become in later films, and more or less serves as the Big Bad of the story.
  • Adorkable: He can be this at times. Best seen in the first film, when he cheerfully rambles about his former teammate Delmar Barry. Unbeknownst to him, Barry had since passed away...
  • Archer Archetype: Is fond of using a bow for its stealthy qualities, but he's not above using explosive warheads when shit needs to get blow'd up. He will use whatever weapon is available that is most appropriate to the situation.
  • Ax-Crazy: Particularly in the first movie where Rambo mistakes a kid out hunting game for one of the officers pursuing him and Rambo has to force himself to let the kid go. Col. Trautman himself lampshades this during the climax where he accuses Rambo of having wanted to initiate a fight from the beginning.
  • Badass Bandolier: Has worn bandoliers of ammo for his machine gun.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: He's probably one of the most iconic examples.
  • Bag of Spilling: Rambo actually did came well armed and with the equipment he needed (the camera he needed) in First Blood Part II. He just happened to lose it on the way down.
  • Berserk Button: Murdoch really should not have decided to abandon Rambo, and by extension, the POWs he wasn't supposed to rescue.
  • Big Bad: He's this and Villain Protagonist in the novel. Despite his sympathetic backstory, his actions by the end of the novel make any sympathy you have for him fade away when he kills the innocent townspeople.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Especially in the fourth movie, as the Burmese Army found out firsthand.
  • Blood Knight: Subverted. Despite the violence associated with him, Rambo actually doesn't enjoy killing and is perfectly content to be left alone. But when push comes to shove he doesn't hesitate to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Played straight in the novel though where he straight-up murders pretty much everyone he comes across and admits to himself that he missed the rush of battle.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: Stallone believes that Rambo would have been happier living 500 years ago as a samurai.
  • But Not Too White:
    • In the novels, Rambo was mentioned as being half-Native American.
    • While the character in the film is played by Sylvester Stallone, who is a combination of Italian, French, and Jewish Ukrainian, the second film notes Rambo as being of Indian/German descent.
  • Cartwright Curse: He immediately loses Co-Bao in the second movie not long after she shares a kiss with him, and he later loses Gabriela in the fifth movie when he attempts to rescue her from the Human Traffickers.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Rambo does not fight fair, preferring to use stealth and kill you before you have a chance to defend yourself, as well as setting up a traps to kill/incapacitate his enemies.
  • Cop Killer: Killed sadistic policeman Art Galt in self-defense in the first film. Galt's death was accidental, falling from the helicopter after Rambo throws a rock at the windshield because he was leaning out the door with his seat harness unbuckled. Rambo at that point was unarmed, desperate, and looking for any way to return fire, and is visibly surprised when Galt falls to his death.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the third film, Rambo actually manages to crack a few jokes (unlike the other films in the series, where he's dead serious most of the time).
    [Trautman and Rambo stand alone against an entire Soviet battalion]
    Trautman: Any ideas?
    Rambo: Well, surrounding them is out.
    Trautman: Hell of a time for humor, John.
  • Determinator: Anything that gets in Rambo's way will be obliterated.
  • The Dreaded: In the first film. Most of the police and national guardsmen who are hunting Rambo are scared shitless of him.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After years of recurring nightmares and being surrounded by death, John has finally found inner peace and returns to his father's ranch at Arizona.
    • Subverted with Rambo V: While he doesn't look for violence, violence appears to look for him.
  • Good Is Not Nice: In the fourth film. Very evident when he briefly argues with the missionaries over him saving their lives by killing the pirates.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His torso is crisscrossed with scars from where he was cut by knives while a prisoner of war. In the third and fourth movies he also has a burn mark on his cheek from when a Russian interrogator touched him with a red-hot knife in the second film.
  • Heartbroken Badass:
    • After Co-Bao's death in the second movie.
    • And again after Gabriela's death in the fifth movie.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: In the first film, when he was shunned by society, submitted to humiliation by anti-war "maggots" upon returning home, arrested for no good reason and finds himself a fugitive from justice before turning himself in that leads to six years in prison until the sequel where he is pardoned. Despite getting a presidential pardon at the end of the second film, Rambo still felt he has been unofficially banned from ever returning to the United States following his experience at the hands of fellow American citizens in the first film, leading to self-exiling himself to Thailand in the third and fourth films.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has a major one at the end of First Blood.
  • Heroic Build: Particularly in Parts II and III, likely due to doing hard labor in prison since the first film. While not particularly tall as 6'3 Teasle manages to tower over him in the first movie, he's extremely muscular.
  • Honor Before Reason: "Live for nothing, or die for something!"
  • Hurting Hero: A result of the trauma he endured in Vietnam as well as the dismissive attitude he received from the public upon coming home.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Co's death in the second movie and Gabriela's death in the fifth movie sparks his Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the villains.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: At the end of First Blood, when talking to Trautman about his Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: He's a badass, but let's face it, nothing goes right for Rambo in any of the films.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: He uses this very ruthlessly in Last Blood in order to find out where Gabriela is, pulling out then breaking the collarbone of a Mexican associated with the human trafficking ring that's taken Gabriela.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the fourth movie. He's grumpy, sullen, and rude, but he risks his life to save the missionaries. Though the fifth movie has Maria praising him to be a great father figure to Gabriela for many years.
  • Kick the Dog: A literal example in the first movie, when Rambo kills the three dogs the police were trying to use to track him. Still in self-defense, though.
  • Knife Nut: Rambo always carries a knife for "hunting." And what can he hunt with a knife?
    Name it.
  • Large Ham:
    • "They would have RAPED her 50 times, and cut all your FUCKIN' HEADS OFF! WHO ARE YOU?! WHOUHANNYOYOU!?"
  • Madden Into Misanthropy: By the fourth movie he has abandoned civilization and humanity almost entirely.
  • Manly Tears:
    • At the end of First Blood as he cries about all the horrors that he has witnessed in Vietnam.
    • He also does this in First Blood Part II when Co dies.
  • More Dakka: He uses a lot of automatic weapons. Arguably the most iconic moment of the whole series is when he uses an M60 as a makeshift assault rifle during his final attack on the prison camp in the second film.
  • Nominal Hero: In the first movie, he's only fighting to survive and rather brutal with his methods (despite refusing to kill his enemies).
  • Old Soldier: In his 60's by the time of Rambo IV and 70's by the time of Last Blood, and still just as lethal to those in his way.
  • Older and Wiser: In the fourth movie, who is more world-weary and much more hardened battle veteran than he was in the previous movies.
  • One-Man Army: Yeah, he's pretty much the Trope Codifier as far as 1980s action heroes go. Taken to absurd levels in the third movie, toned down to a much more believable extent in the fourth.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Let's just say that Rambo IS the bomb, minus the nuclear, plus all the lead.
  • Pragmatic Hero: He is willing to try and solve his problems peacefully, but if you push him too far he will soak rivers with your blood.
  • Retired Badass: Former Green Beret, having previously served in Vietnam. He always has time to fight.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Rambo goes on one in every film in the franchise.
    • Especially this memorable quote from Rambo: First Blood Part II, after being abandoned under Murdoch's orders.
      "Murdoch..." *clinches microphone* "I'm coming to get you."
  • Schrödinger's Cast: Rambo's characterization is completely different in the book than the films' one we all know and loved.
  • Screaming Warrior: His trademark as of Rambo: First Blood Part II.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Of the classic "has 'Nam flashbacks" variety.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Especially in the first movie.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Is killed via shotgun blast to the head by Trautman at the end of the First Blood novel. An alternate ending where Trautman kills him was filmed before they went for the ending that was put on screen, and it appears quickly in a dream sequence/flashback on the fourth movie (and is available on the DVD collection).
  • Sole Survivor: In 1971 Rambo's SOG unit, Baker Team, was ambushed by the North Vietnamese Army while on a long-range reconnaissance mission near the Chinese-Vietnamese border. The survivors were imprisoned in a POW camp and repeatedly tortured. In 1972 Rambo and his only surviving teammate, Delmore, managed to escape from captivity. First Blood opens with Rambo visiting Delmore's home, only to learn that Delmore has since died from cancer, leaving Rambo as the sole surviving member of Baker Team.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: In the first film, Rambo tries to avoid killing anyone.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Rambo does this in between every film (at least if the number of kills he manages to rack up is any indication).
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the fourth movie - although he is still one of "the good guys" - he is portrayed as more rude and cynical than in the first three movies.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Rambo takes Co's necklace after her death in the second film and is still seen wearing it at the start of the third film.
  • Trespassing Hero: In the first film, Rambo is viewed as one by Teasle, who thought Rambo was trying to trespass into his town of Hope that Teasle seemingly treats as private property and arrested him for it with the charge of vagrancy as a more likely substitute for it due to no such charge as trespassing into a town that in general is usually a public area.
  • The Vietnam Vet: One of the most iconic examples in fiction.
  • Vigilante Man: His actions are never sanctioned by the military or police.
  • Villain Protagonist: In the first film he's a Hero with Bad Publicity but he gives the police every chance to walk away, the novel however has Rambo slaughter countless townspeople for getting in his way.
  • Warrior Poet: In the fourth movie.
    "When you're pushed, killing is as easy as breathing."
    "Live for nothing, or die for something."
  • Weapon of Choice: Rambo: First Blood Part II has made the character quite fond of using a bow, usually with an explosive tip. In the second and third films, he is more known for using an M60 and Large Bowie Knife. The fourth film gives him a machete that he made himself.
  • Western Terrorists: All of his actions during the climax of First Blood were acts of terrorism.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His story is soberingly sympathetic, and he destroys anything that crosses him.
  • Vigilante Man: In Rambo III, he has no jurisdiction in Afghanistan. Doesn't stop him from staging a successful rescue mission.

Col. Sam Trautman

Played by: Richard Crenna (1982-88)

  • Adaptational Heroism: Trautman is more of A Father to His Men type in the movie than in the book, where he was more of a Punch-Clock Hero and a Nominal Hero who doesn't get too close with his subordinates.
  • Animal Motifs: He's described in the novel as resembling a sleek and efficient predator like a weasel.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Subverted in Rambo: First Blood Part II. Despite having the helicopter close to the ground, he is forced by Murdoch, and his mercenaries (by gunpoint) to abandon Rambo. He knew Murdoch would regret that decision.
  • Big Good: Of the films, as he was one who recruit, trained and commanded him on missions since Vietnam. He is also a Parental Substitute for him and was able to talk Rambo into surrendering in the climax of the first film.
  • Colonel Badass: But really, what did you expect from the man who trained Rambo?
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: He become this of the fourth film in his absence following the death of his actor Richard Crenna in 2003 five years prior to the fourth installment's theatrical release, due to his influence on Rambo.
  • Hero of Another Story: The DVD extras contain a biography of Trautman, revealing that he served with distinction in the Korean War; it can be presumed that his combat experience in Korea is what helped established a more civil relationship with the first film's Big Bad Teasle who is a fellow Korean War veteran like Trautman.
  • Ignored Expert: Teasle intentionally ignores Trautman's advice on how to handle Rambo, despite the track record so far.
  • Kicked Upstairs: Explains to Rambo that he was shuffled off to a do-nothing desk job at the Pentagon some time after the war ended:
    Rambo: I tried to get in touch with you, but the guys at Bragg never knew where to find you.
    Trautman: Well, I haven't been spending much time there lately. They've got me down in D.C., I'm shining a seat with my ass.
  • The Mentor: He's the man who recruited Rambo into Special Forces and trained him to be a One-Man Army.
  • Morality Chain:
    • Usually the only one who can talk Rambo out of his more screwed up moments. He was able to talk Rambo out of going through with his massacre while he's been pushed, and not only lived, but even convinced him to surrender!
    • In the first film, Trautman also tried to be this towards Teasle, presumably as Teasle himself is not only a fellow military vet, but specifically a fellow Korean War vet like Trautman who likely understood how he felt. Unfortunately, Teasle does a Redemption Rejection towards Trautman's attempts to reason him that leads him to be wounded by Rambo in battle.
  • The Pardon: He offers Rambo this in the beginning of the second movie; conduct a top secret assignment (take photographic evidence of existence of POWs in Vietnam), and get pardoned for the crimes he committed in the first movie.
  • Parental Substitute: Lampshaded with his first words on screen.
  • Save the Villain: In the first film, he make this trope clear about his intent:
    Col. Trautman: I don't think you understand. I didn't come to rescue Rambo from you. I came here to rescue you from him.
    Sheriff Teasle: Well, we all appreciate your concern Colonel, I will try to be extra careful.
  • Schrödinger's Cast: His relationship between Rambo and him is completely different in the novel than in the films (more akin to that of psychiatrist Dr. Samuel "Sam" Loomis and his homicidal mental patient Michael Myers, as the two Sams are handlers of the young maniacs and were sent to stop them), also Trautman is a Captain in the book.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the fourth film, Trautman only appears briefly in a flashback scene. It's never mentioned what happened to the character following Rambo III. This was probably done out of respect for actor Richard Crenna, who passed away in 2003, five years before the release of the fourth movie.

     Appeared in First Blood 

Sheriff Will Teasle

Played by: Brian Dennehy
  • Actor Allusion: Teasle is a Korean War veteran, which is funny as his actor Brian Dennehy early in his acting career had appeared in an episode of the Korean War-set television series M*A*S*H (which the series, as well as the movie, that ironically featured Rambo's actor Stallone as an extra and book they were based on, was seen as Not So Different from the Vietnam War, which Teasle ironically bares prejudice against veterans of in this film). Interestingly enough, Dennehy's character on the show had the rank of Sergeant First Class, whilst Teasle in the novel was state to have been a Marine master sergeant.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Full name only; he was Wilfred Logan Teasle in the novel, but according to the Survival Mode on the film's DVD, he's William Wright Teasle. This name change is proper, considering the Adaptational Villainy and Schrödinger's Cast makeover this film's Teasle received in contrast to the novel's Teasle.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: Teasle in the novel was described as being a smaller man, around 5'7 in height and average weight, in the film, he's a Fat Bastard.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While Teasle was still a bit of a jerk in the novel, he was also a far more complex character and somewhat of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. The novel goes into great detail on his motives, his relationships with his family and other members of the town, and acknowledges several similarities between him and John. He arguably comes off as more sympathetic than Rambo and even reveals himself to be a Reasonable Authority Figure when he drives Rambo to a diner to have something to eat before taking him to town limits. The film makes him into a one-dimensional asshole who the audience has no trouble rooting against, even though he has his Pet the Dog moments, which were minimal in comparison to the amount he had in the novel. Also, if Teasle in the film is a decorated Korean War hero like in the novel, the film makes him more of a Fallen Hero to that than in the book.
  • Affably Evil: While he was Faux Affably Evil towards Rambo initially when they first met, he can also be considered to be this due to actually caring for his town and his deputies under his command and is more civilized than his top henchman and best friend Art Galt. Despite having a dislike for Trautman for also being a Vietnam vet, he does have respect for him with one of the presumed factors being that Trautman is also a fellow Korean War vet like him to confide to, prompting him to Pet the Dog towards Trautman at the town's bar and nearly considered to take Trautman's advise to drop his vendetta against Rambo before doing a Redemption Rejection at the climax.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: In a way, as everything he tried to do was to prove what Korean War vets are made of after being shunned for so long and to uphold the law in his duty as a policeman, yet now he's wounded in a pathetic state, having finally accepted bitter defeat and is about to take more flak than he's ever before imagined.
  • Anti-Villain: Type III with aspects of Type II (but the latter is greatly emphasized in the novel). Teasle may have been a Jerkass and something of a Dirty Cop, but everything he's done was to keep his town safe and to uphold the law as well as to put forgotten Korean War vets back in the light again.
  • Avenging the Villain: Wants to avenge the villainous Art Galt's death.
  • Badass Normal: Rather than using a Hind gunship to battle Rambo, Teasle must have a lot of Villainous Valor to just face him with nothing but his thought for foot combat tactics and a rifle for the final confrontation.
  • The Bad Guys Are Cops: He's the town sheriff and the Big Bad.
  • Badges and Dog Tags: He's a Korean War vet-turned-sheriff.
  • Benevolent Boss: He genuinely cares for his deputies, heck, Galt's death is one of the main reasons why he chases after John. However, he is also considered to count as a Pointy-Haired Boss, due to neglecting to notice Galt's abuse of Rambo, being a Bad Boss towards the more rational Deputy Mitch Rogers by ignoring his advice and even grabbing him by his hair to show him Galt's corpse and vowing vengeance before finally failing to properly organize his deputies to capture Rambo that leads them to be easily overpowered. Also, most notably, he is completely oblivious to the fact his friendship to his fallen deputy Galt was completely one-sided due to the latter's insubordination and deliberately ignoring Teasle's orders at the time of his death. It does show he still cares as when he and his men were outmaneuvered, Teasle helped a deputy named Balford who was injured by a booby trap built by Rambo. However, due to his poor treatment of Mitch, who is a By-the-Book Cop unlike most of his deputies, Teasle appears to be benevolent only to fellow Dirty Cops under his command like himself and Galt.
  • Berserk Button: He's always glad to drive drifters to the edge of town closest to their destination, but God help the drifter who dares come back and test his patience.
    • Also, it's a bad idea to suggest letting the state police deal with the guy who unwittingly caused the death of his so-called best friend. Just ask Mitch for details.
  • Beyond Redemption: If Trautman's look of scorn towards him as he is taken to the ambulance after the latter does a Shut Up, Kirk! Redemption Rejection towards the former is any indication.
  • Big Bad: Of the first film. Not present in the novel, however, where he's ultimately the true hero.
  • Break the Haughty: After Rambo overpowers his posse during the manhunt initially with just Teasle and his deputies, Rambo pins the sheriff to a tree with a knife on a his throat and was able to paralyze the arrogant sheriff with fear upon warning him what Rambo's capable of and telling him to leave him alone while he still has the chance. After departing, Teasle just sinks down sobbing upon experiencing an amount of fear, humiliation and broken pride.
  • Bullying a Dragon: His (but mostly Galt's) mistreatment of Shell-Shocked Veteran Rambo is what led Rambo to go on a rampage.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Downplayed and ultimately Subverted, Teasle starts out as a Rabid Cop, but while Teasle wants Rambo just as bad he's still willing to go by the book on apprehending him. That is until Art Galt’s death where he’s more than happy to open fire on Rambo while he was trying to turn himself in, even though to be fair to him Teasle warned him not to move otherwise he'll shoot and only did when Rambo was slowly backing away that prompt him to do so.
  • Cruel Mercy: Was spared from Rambo's wrath under Trautman's orders, but did not get his own victory and revenge and is left badly wounded and most likely a cripple. Also, it's implied things will go dark for him once the reason why Rambo go on a rampage through town in the first place goes out in the open.
  • Defiant to the End: Downplayed, unlike future Rambo villains where they play this trope straight by fighting to the very end, Teasle does accept defeat after getting gunned down, but eggs Rambo to Get It Over With and Finish Him! after being wounded in battle, knowing that his death at Rambo's hands would be something of a posthumous victory for Teasle as killing Teasle not only have the State Police sharpshooters to arrive in time to execute him for his death, but would also damn Rambo and bordering on If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him, which can be considered to be A Fate Worse Than Death for a character like Rambo.
  • The Determinator: Almost as much as Rambo in the novel. After surviving his initial encounter with the escaped vet in the woods, he is diagnosed with extreme exhaustion and various injuries, and everyone from his doctor to Trautman to State Police Captain Kern tells him to get some reason or he'll only get worse. His determination to catch or kill Rambo, however, leads him to just pop painkillers like candy and continue insinuating himself into the investigation, to the point where his physical, mental and emotional condition deteriorates rapidly over the course of the story, but he continues trudging ahead with no concern for his own well-being.
  • Dirty Cop: Downplayed, but of the abusive convict treatment and Knight Templar kind.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: It is implied (and the director's commentary mentions) that part of the reason Teasle is so hateful about Rambo is because of the Korean War (where he served) being pretty much forgotten by the American people while Rambo (a Vietnam War vet) is a symbol of the new, controversial thing. Explicit in the novel.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is married in both the novel and movie according to the DVD's extras, in the novel it is revealed Teasle is estranged from his wife and it's implied by the DVD commentary that Teasle is similarly estranged from his wife too in the movie and only has his military veteran pride to keep close by in general.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Rambo first escapes from the station, Galt was about to open fire until Teasle stops him as Galt would have harmed an Innocent Bystander while shooting at Rambo. Then during the initial manhunt, when Teasle hears the gunshots from Galt's attempt to personally execute Rambo out of spite, he tries to radio Galt to remind him that Rambo is to be taken in alive as part of police protocol. Even after Galt was killed and Teasle vows to get his revenge, he still wanted Rambo to be taken in alive, only this time is the case of The Only One Allowed to Defeat You as he wants to be the one to deliver the final blow against him. Also see Pet the Dog below for more information.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When Trautman tries to explain to Teasle that Rambo would listen to him to stand down because he is not just his commanding officer, but also a trustworthy Parental Substitute, Teasle responds:
    Teasle: Jesus Christ, where the hell do you people come from?
  • Evil Virtues: Teasle is a despicable Dirty Cop Big Bad, but in contrast to the later villains, he is more fleshed out in comparison due to being a Benevolent Boss towards his deputies, being more civilized than his dragon Galt, having Pet the Dog moments with the deleted scenes showing more of this aspect, having hints of him being a Tragic Villain and a Tragic Bigot for being a Korean War vet having to live in another's shadow, believing in Honor Before Reason for himself as a Korean War vet even it overlaps with Revenge Before Reason for Galt's death, deciding to just use his infantry tactics and a M16 rifle for the showdown than a helicopter gunship that the Russians would use and finally choosing to Face Death with Dignity after accepting defeat by Rambo.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Is willing to kill Rambo or die trying, as when Trautman attempts to warn Teasle about his final confrontation with Rambo, Teasle scoffs, "Everybody dies," justified as Teasle is a Korean War vet who must have experienced risks like this and was willing go along with this (although, it might have something to do with feeling personally humiliated from his last confrontation with Rambo where he was frozen up with fear upon facing him, so Teasle this time does not want to show vulnerability and have his pride broken the next time he's given the opportunity to face Rambo). This is proven true as after Teasle was wounded by Rambo and accepting defeat, Teasle just eggs Rambo to Finish Him!.
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Gives a Defiant to the End one to Rambo after accepting defeat and trying to Face Death with Dignity.
  • Fallen Hero: A decorated Korean War veteran who is reduced to an overzealous Knight Templar Dirty Cop.
  • Fat Bastard: While not exactly fat and more big boned, he has an imposing physique and described by Rambo to be "king shit."
  • A Father to His Men: more pronounced in the book, where he works hard to save his men from Rambo after the hunt turns into a Mook Horror Show and is consumed by vengeful desires when he fails.
  • Faux Affably Evil: When he and Rambo first met, Teasle at first seemed to be courteous to a man on a cold December morning and offered him a ride. Teasle's true colors then show when he casually tells Rambo that because he is a scruffy and long-haired drifter, he is not wanted in the town of Hope. According to a deleted scene with Kern and Teasle, this trope is probably what Teasle meant when he said he initially and very briefly treated him as "one of (his) neighbor's kids."
  • Fighting Irish: His actor is of Irish-American descent and Teasle on-screen is portrayed as a Hot-Blooded Jerkass who presumably carries the same heritage as his actor.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: He absolutely views Rambo as the dangerous fugitive criminal needed to be taken down while not caring if Galt's abuse started this mess nor Rambo's PTSD that he suffers from.
  • Friend to All Children: He may be a despicable Dirty Cop Big Bad, but according to the DVD's Survival Mode easter egg trivia, Teasle was a little league coach, likely to substitute his yearn to be a father due to his wife and him not having children of their own.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: Goes from a noble and highly decorated Korean War vet to a Dirty Cop.
  • Get It Over With: After being shot and severely wounded, he urges Rambo, "Go ahead, you crazy son of a bitch, finish it!" before Trautman intervenes.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: His Irrational Hatred of Rambo is fueled by the fact he is a Vietnam veteran stealing attention away from Korean War veterans like Teasle himself.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Teasle in the first act increasingly loses his patience with Rambo, starting with Rambo returning to Hope, then his refusal of going through the process of being booked while in police custody before finally culminated in Galt's death that really pushed Teasle over the edge.
  • Hate Sink: Downplayed. While he primarily serves as someone the audience can hate for his unjust mistreatment of Rambo, he is nowhere near as corrupt as his more despicable underling Galt and does care for his deputies and the townspeople ... but not enough to overcome his bloodlust for vengeance.
  • Hero Antagonist: He is performing his duty defending the well being of his town, after all, and still genuinely believes so as he goes about at the expense of Rambo. Subverted since he's also The Bully and something of a Dirty Cop, as the reason Rambo goes on his rampage in the first place is because of how he and his deputies mistreated him for no good reason.
    • Teasle plays this role completely straight in the novel to a point he is revealed to be the true hero.
  • Honor Before Reason: While his man hunt for Rambo and his refusal to back down is driven by his Revenge Before Reason desire to avenge Galt's death, it's also driven by Teasle's dislike of Vietnam vets and to prove that that Korean War vets are much as efficient as any other soldier who fought in combat and is willing to Face Death with Dignity rather than retreat, grovel or cry like some Dirty Coward if Rambo ever does get the upper hand.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Teasle is genuinely friends with Galt and wants to avenge his death, but not only Galt was a despicable piece of work not worth to avenge, his so-called friendship with him appears to be one-sided due to Galt's own selfish disloyalty towards Teasle at the time of his death.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: In a deleted scene, he argued to state police officer Kern that he did his duty as a police officer to book Rambo for vagrancy and resisting arrest:
    Teasle: I did my job, Dave, I booked him for vagrancy and resisting arrest.
  • Inspector Javert: He stubbornly views himself as the police officer who holds the responsibility to stop criminals no matter the cost and views Rambo as the criminal needed to be caught.
  • Jerkass: Even though he believes he's doing his duty, he does seem to enjoy throwing his weight around. However, in the novel, Teasle is more of a Jerkass Woobie (although the movie's version still count him as this).
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While the manhunt is driven by Teasle's dislike of Vietnam vets and Rambo's Accidental Murder of Galt, he is valid that Rambo should not be let off that easy after committing, what Teasle thought was first degree murder (Rambo was also responsible for destruction of property).
    Teasle: Now don't give me any of that crap Trautman. Do you think Rambo was the only guy who had a tough time in Vietnam? He killed a police officer for Christ's sake!
    • Furthermore, when he first arrested Rambo, he was correct that Rambo should not be carrying a dangerous combat knife in the public which makes it at least one (possibly the only) good reason to prosecute him and to make matters worse, Rambo was probably carrying it without a license as he could not afford one due to being shunned by the public to support him. It also does not help that Rambo was not giving out a straight clear answer when Teasle, who already worn out his patience by Rambo's return, first questions him over it. However, the penalty Rambo received was harsher than the crime itself, thanks to the other charges for vagrancy and resisting arrest. Also subverted as Teasle only found the knife when he searched Rambo's bag without Probable Cause, a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution's Bill of Rights (unlawful search and seizure) that would have resulted in any judge throwing the case out of court for police misconduct.
    • However, there is one fact that can mostly be agreed with Teasle, though in his case he is Right for the Wrong Reasons, that Rambo is a dangerous individual who is a threat to public safety.
    • While arresting Rambo for vagrancy seems like Disproportionate Retribution today, but it was legitimately a criminal offense in the post-Vietnam years and Teasle was just fulfilling what other officers in America were commonly doing at the time towards the homeless vets. The novel includes a "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer in the foreword of more recent editions.
    • This trope is played completely straight with Teasle in the novel.
    • Ultimately Subverted in the film as while Rambo was a fugitive, he was only made one by Teasle’s abuse. Rambo would’ve turned himself in once he calmed down. In the end Teasle is more of a hypocrite who lets his ego and vindictiveness overcome his sense of duty.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Teasle is this mostly in the novel due to showing more of his characterization and the film's version could also qualify due to his amount of Pet the Dog moments he has with the deleted scenes Re-Cut for television showcasing more of his softer moments (see Pet the Dog below for more information). Also, despite tensions with Trautman, he was at least more polite towards him and even went to a bar he was at Drowning His Sorrows just to apologize for his Rabid Cop behavior and trying to part on good terms with him.
  • Knight Templar: Feels he has his town's best interest at heart when he uses heavy-handed protocol against vagrants.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Throughout the movie, Teasle refuses to stand down unless Rambo stands down first, but by the climax, it has to take Teasle being riddled with M60 bullets to get to his conscience to accept defeat.
  • Mundanger: In contrast to the latter overblown caricature villains, he's a down-to-earth antagonist.
  • Necessarily Evil: Teasle is a Knight Templar Dirty Cop driven by mostly hatred against drifters and Vietnam veterans, but believes his methods are the way to bring justice.
  • Never My Fault: Does not care that his and his department's mistreatment of Rambo is what caused him to go bonkers in the first place, never accepting responsibility for it.
    *After Lester revealing Galt and the other deputies had been Bullying a Dragon towards Rambo, with Kern calling out Teasle's deputies for causing this situation in the first place.*
    Teasle: It doesn't make one goddamn bit of difference, Dave, and you know it! If one of my deputies... gets out of line with a prisoner then the prisoner comes to me with it. And if I find out it's like he says I kick the deputy's ass! Me! The Law! That's the way it's gotta be! People start fucking around with the law then all hell breaks loose!
    • In a deleted scene from Teasle's and Trautman's initial encounter, Trautman tells Teasle that he picked the wrong man to push (referring to the mistreatment he and his deputies gave to Rambo), but Teasle argues Rambo picked the wrong man (likely referring to Rambo trying to deliberately walk into town to Teasle's opposition that led to Rambo's arrest):
    *After being told by Trautman that he picked the wrong man to push.*
    Teasle: No, Trautman. He picked the wrong man!
    • However, Teasle's side of the story is more justified in the novel, as he actually gave Rambo several chances to leave the town peacefully, as opposed to the movie where he takes him in after coming back once.
  • Noble Bigot with a Badge: He is extremely prejudiced against Vietnam War vets, but however, he is more respectful towards Colonel Trautman, likely due to Trautman being not only a Vietnam War vet, but also a Korean War vet like Teasle, which is only thing that prevents Teasle from being totally hostile towards him unlike to Rambo. Even earlier when Rambo first escapes from custody, he initially wanted to take in Rambo alive as part of police protocol despite his prejudice against him for his background unlike Galt who just want to kill him for petty reasons. It's only after his friend Galt had been killed that Teasle loses any moral restraint he has inside to kill Rambo to avenge him.
  • Not Worth Killing: Trautman, who is determined to Save the Villain that he stated to Teasle the first time he meets him, convinces Rambo that he is this and to give him Cruel Mercy instead.
  • Officer O'Hara: He's a police officer played by Fighting Irish-American actor Brian Dennehy. It can be speculated he shared the same heritage as his actor.
  • Only I Can Kill Him/The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: In the novel, he firmly believes that not only does he and he alone have the right to kill Rambo, but that Rambo wants it that way, misinterpretating Rambo's destructive doubling back through town as the troubled vet seeking a confrontation with him. In reality, Rambo is simply trying to get away again, and while he does eventually seek a showdown with Teasle, it's only after his plan fails and he realizes there's no way out for him.
  • The Paranoiac: He initially drove Rambo out of town and then arrested him when returning due to him being a drifter who Teasle believes would disrupt harmony in Hope. In the novel, however, Teasle is Properly Paranoid, due to Rambo being more of a irredeemable psycho than the movie.
  • Pet the Dog: He is a police officer after all and these moments makes Teasle human and fallible. In a deleted scene, he shows remorse towards Galt's widow, who's grieving over Galt's corpse, and attempts to apologize to a deputy's wife for her husband's injuries Rambo caused. He then justified his man hunt by listing out the devastation Rambo caused ranging from his deputies' incapacitation to Galt's widow's grief. In the bar scene, he has a civil talk with Trautman (even started his talk with him by apologizing for being "out of line") after thinking Rambo was killed by the National Guard, confessing his desire to kill Rambo himself to him. In a deleted part of this scene, at the beginning of the scene, he returned the gesture of being congratulated for Rambo's "death," while at the end of the scene, he then offered Trautman a ride to the airport. During the manhunt, when Orval was wounded, he tends to Orval's wounds and then when Deputy Balford was wounded by a booby trap, he freed Balford. Also, just before his final showdown with Rambo, he alerts the townspeople to get off the streets and hide in their homes to be away from danger when Rambo arrives.
    • According to the DVD's Survival Mode easter egg trivia, Teasle's resume in his profile included being a little league coach. Teasle and his estranged wife had no children, so it's possible he took up this job to be a surrogate father to the little leaguers.
    • This is demeaned however, in a deleted scene involving an argument with Kern where Teasle tries to justify his treatment of Rambo, claiming that he "tried to do him a favor" and treated him like "one of (his) neighbor's kids" (likely referring to Teasle's initial civil and jovial welcome to Rambo while trying to escort him out of town and trying to hold back his Irrational Hatred of Rambo being a 'Nam vet while being civil with him, before Rambo pushed his Berserk Button by purposely returning to town that prompts him to arrest and mistreat him out of said irrational hatred):
      Teasle: I tried to do him a favor, I treated him like he was one of my neighbor's kids.
    • However, the novel's depiction of the character has more Pet the Dog moments than the movie's depiction and was more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in a way.
  • Rabid Cop: A Jerkass cop who uses heavy-handed protocol against vagrants and gets other officers to do the rest of his dirty work for him at the station.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Play straight in the novel, while played with in the movie. While it is mostly averted in regards to his general despicable behavior, treatment of Rambo and his lust for vengeance for Galt's death, especially in comparison to State Police Captain Kern, his deputies Mitch and Lester and Colonel Trautman (who all play this role straight unlike Teasle), he still care for the welfare of his town and his deputies and did shown some respect towards Trautman despite tensions for being Rambo's associate and a Vietnam vet and doing a Redemption Rejection towards him at the climax.
  • Redemption Rejection: After thinking Rambo is dead, Teasle mellows down and meets with Trautman to apologized for being a Jerkass Rabid Cop about the ordeal and confessing his desire to kill Rambo to him, making it seem he is preparing to walk away from his personal manhunt to Took a Level in Kindness, but when he hears Rambo is still alive and Trautman still tries to reason Teasle, Teasle aggressively rebuffs Trautman's attempts to take on the chance to achieve his own ends by killing Rambo.
  • The Resenter: Towards Rambo, as his clashing with Rambo began with his jealousy of the more popular Vietnam vets.
  • Riddle for the Ages: His open-ended fate following the events of the first film left fans with countless questions and speculation that are left unanswered and never officially confirmed by neither Word of God or Word of St. Paul. The passing of his actor Dennehy in 2020 also destroys any hopes of him reappearing in a sequel if given.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Becomes more eager to join the manhunt to find Rambo to avenge the death of friend Art Galt.
  • Schrödinger's Cast: His depiction in terms of characterization and physical appearance (Teasle in the film is an imposing man in contrast to the smaller sized version in the book) in the film adaptation is completely different from the novel's version of Teasle.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Constantly gives Trautman this when the former tries to advise him an alternative way in apprehending Rambo. His final one was enough for Trautman to realize that Teasle's Beyond Redemption.
  • Sore Loser: He accepts defeat, though not without being bitter about it.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Dies at the very end of the First Blood novel (and his death is the very last thing written on it). Severely wounded but alive on the movie.
  • Starter Villain: The first villain of the franchise and of First Blood.
  • Supporting Protagonist: In the novel, due to equal amounts of focus and backstory. By the end of the novel, it is clear that Teasle has become The Hero against Rambo, who is a Villain Protagonist in the novel.
  • Surprisingly Similar Characters: The movie's depiction of Teasle has more in common with the Batman comic book character Harvey Bullock than the novel's version of the character. As both Teasle and Bullock are a Fat Bastard Jerkass Dirty Cop who are willing to antagonize and arrest The Hero due to their backgrounds they loathed (Rambo is a Vietnam vet and a drifter which are both things Teasle despised, while Batman is a costumed vigilante who Bullock views as a freak). However, instead of a Fat Slob as Bullock was to a point he is compared to an unmade bed, Teasle was at least clean and well-groomed, even for a Corrupt Hick he is.
  • Taking You with Me: Implied after Teasle get defeated by Rambo in a showdown, Teasle eggs Rambo to finish the job, which in turn the State Police would arrive to kill him to either avenge Teasle's death or to save him if they weren't too late. Fortunately, Trautman comes in to defuse the whole thing.
  • Tautological Templar: See He Who Fights Monsters and Hero Antagonist above.
  • Tragic Bigot: Mostly in the novel, as while he bares Fantastic Racism against Rambo for being a Vietnam War veteran who overshadowed the existence of Korean War veterans, he is more of a Jerkass Woobie due to losing a father in a hunting trip, being divorced from his wife and overall portrayed more sympathetically. Downplayed in the film adaptation.
  • Tragic Villain: Hinted to be one in the film. Played straight with Teasle in the novel.
  • Troubled Sympathetic Bigot: Downplayed in the film, but played straight in the novel. He is prejudiced against Vietnam veterans in general, only because he felt his Korean War veteran service and the services of his fellow comrades from that war has been pushed aside and erased from history by the Vietnam controversy. However, he established a more better relationship with Rambo's C.O. Trautman and even though he wanted to kill Rambo to avenge Galt and bring justice for the town of Hope, he is actually internally confused on exactly what he wants.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Implied to be one for False Friend Galt, who only used his so-called Villainous Friendship with Teasle just to get a free pass to do whatever he pleases under Teasle's protection.
  • Vigilante Man: Downplayed. While he leads the manhunt of Rambo because he's an escaped fugitive, Teasle's persistence is fueled by wanting to avenge Art Galt's death.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: In the eyes of the town of Hope, he is their sheriff hunting for an escaped fugitive and a Hero Antagonist after all. In addition, according to the DVD's Survival Mode, Teasle had many affiliations in the Hope area and was a beloved member of the community, as shown in the film when he seemed to know everyone who walked past. Teasle at one point won the Hope Little League Coach of the Year award, as well as the Kiwanis Service Award in 1968, a Hope community service award in 1973 and a Mayor's Circle award in 1978. He was a member of the local Hope Kiwanis and Elks Clubs, the Fraternal Order of Police and the National Rifle Association. However, if the ending is any indication, this trope will end for him once the truth about what happened to Rambo that led to his escape and rampage through town gets out.
  • Villainous BSoD: Has one after Rambo pins him to a tree and threatens him to leave him alone.
  • Villainous Friendship: He has one with the sadistic Art Galt, though it appears to be one-sided and hollow due to Galt not listening to Teasle at the time of his death.
  • Villain Respect: Despite disliking Trautman for being a Vietnam veteran and Rambo's superior officer, Teasle does have some respect towards him, likely due to Trautman being also a Korean War vet like Teasle.
  • Villainous Underdog: A retroactive example. Unlike future Big Bads in the sequels, he is no genocidal warlord or some Large Ham madman, just an Inspector Javert Hero Antagonist small town sheriff trying to apprehend an escaped fugitive with moments of being a Tragic Villain which drove him to have a bias towards Rambo, while he relies on his Korean War combat experience to fight the iconic One-Man Army. Ironically, the first film was a "cheer for the underdog" story with Rambo being the underdog, more so than Teasle himself if he applies as this trope.
  • Villainous Valor: Unlike the later outrageous Dirty Communist villains in the sequels, Teasle here is just a hick town sheriff doing his job even he counts for being a Dirty Cop and wanting to avenge Galt's death. However, he is also a Korean War veteran who wants to prove himself to be better than Vietnam veterans after being sick of being in someone else's shadow for so long and relied on his old fashioned infantry combat experience he used in Korea to combat Rambo from thinking of a skirmish line tactic during the initial manhunt to using the rooftop of the police station with nothing, but a rifle and what he learned in past combat rather than an Evil Is Bigger Soviet gunship that the later villains used. When the chips are down, Teasle, despite being wounded and accepting defeat, attempts to angrily Face Death with Dignity and goads Rambo to Get It Over With. All of this actions above are quite noble and honorable even for the absolutely wrong dishonorable reasons.

Deputy Sergeant Art Galt

Played by: Jack Starrett
  • Accidental Murder: Only in the movie. Arguably. It's probable Rambo's only intention chucking the rock was to scare Portis into flying away. If he'd intended to kill Galt, he would've thrown the rock at him. This it was entirely unintentional that Galt fell out when Portis lost control of the chopper.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: Galt in the novel was a young man who had a similar slender physical frame compared to Mitch, in the film, he's a Fat Bastard.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the novel, Galt is no better or worse than any of Teasle's other men. In the movie, he's an abusive Jerkass.
  • All There in the Manual: According to the DVD's Survival Mode easter egg trivia, Galt served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953 to 1957 as a motorpool sergeant at Camp Lejeune and then served in the reserves from 1958 to 1973. This might as well explain why Galt was trigger-happy and a Cold Sniper in the film. It's also state Teasle is a Korean War veteran and both he and Galt have been friends for a long time, since Deputy Mitch Rogers was still a little kid. Also, given Teasle's prejudice against Rambo for being a Vietnam vet and Galt's cruelty against Rambo, it could also imply Galt's bullying of Rambo stems from both officers sharing the same dislike of Vietnam veterans as both Galt and Teasle served in the military at a decade that has been forgotten by the public at the time of this film. In addition, despite being a cop, Galt also has criminal record, which shows Galt is a Hypocrite due to his occupation and also explains what kind of character he is based on his behavior in the film.
  • Artistic License – Law: Identified as a deputy in the novel despite working for a municipal police department run by a chief. This makes more sense in the movie, where Hope's police are county cops headed by a sheriff.
  • Asshole Victim: A right sadistic bastard who was going out of his way to kill Rambo when he dies.
  • Ax-Crazy: Very violent and borderline psychotic. He darkens what was already a pretty intense film.
  • The Bad Guys Are Cops: He is a deputy sergeant and the film's secondary antagonist who is The Dragon for the Big Bad Teasle.
  • Badges and Dog Tags: He's an ex-marine-turned-deputy sergeant.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Teasle is the Big Bad, but Galt is more of a villain than Teasle is and loved to express how much a vile Dirty Cop he is.
  • Blood Knight: He takes joy in committing brutality for his own self-interests and was a non-combat Marine who is extremely rancorously jealous of combat vets.
  • Bullying a Dragon: His mistreatment of Rambo is what led to Rambo to snap and flee and his attempt to summarily execute him personally is what led to his death.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: While not actually saying he's evil himself, he clearly makes no secret with his body language and actions what he does is deplorable and he knows and enjoy it.
  • Composite Character: Insofar as many of Teasle's nastier qualities from the book are transposed onto Galt for the movie. And because he lives longer in the movie, he performs the actions of other deputies from the book, such as Shingleton recklessly pulling his gun on the escaping Rambo in public and Lang firing from the police helicopter.
  • Corrupt Hick: In the movie, where, in addition to being extremely abusive to Rambo, he flies off the handle and attempts to snipe the fugitive without orders and in defiance of Teasle saying he wants Rambo alive. He even threatens Portis (the helicopter pilot) when the latter tries to talk sense into him, saying he'll kill him if he doesn't just shut up and do as he's told.
  • The Corrupter: For Teasle with his Toxic Friend Influence from his Villainous Friendship and the lower-ranking deputies under his command. Under Galt's influence, Teasle and his staff become as bad as Galt.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the novel, Galt is killed when Rambo first escapes the police station when Rambo slices open his stomach with a straight razor. In the movie, he survives long enough to participate in the manhunt and is killed by falling out of the police helicopter.
  • Dirty Cop: He's considered to be the most corrupt member of the sheriff's department who's willing to abuse then kill Rambo against the orders of the sheriff, who is his own best friend.
  • Disney Villain Death: He's killed when the helicopter he's in makes a hard bank and pitches him over the side to smash face-first onto a rock.
  • The Dragon: For Will Teasle.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Unaware to Teasle, who initially wanted to apprehend Rambo after he escapes police custody, Galt planned to just kill Rambo upon finding him, which results in his death.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In a deleted scene, he had a wife who grieves for him.
  • Evil Is Petty: The reason he wanted to kill Rambo was for his hatred of Vietnam veterans and to retaliate for being physically assaulted back in the station when Rambo first escaped from custody which was prompted by his mistreatment.
  • Fallen Hero: Was a fellow military veteran like Rambo, Trautman and his one-sided best friend Teasle, despite not seeing combat unlike the latter three. It's that after receiving an honorable discharge Galt began to fall into a dark path, leaving behind a considerable criminal record of acts of violence before becoming a Dirty Cop, possibly to vent out his outrage at not going to war prior to his discharge and his own financial issues stemming from the Sasquatch Burger fast-food restaurant he initially tried to run going out of business in 1966.
  • False Friend: It is implied his friendship between him and Teasle was fake from the get-go if not just one-sided that Teasle was oblivious of, given his despicable characterization that makes viewers wonder what Teasle and his wife sees in him and Galt refusing to listen to Teasle's orders to take Rambo alive like a true friend should if not just a subordinate.
  • Falsely Reformed Villain: Has left behind a considerable criminal record and had been arrested in the past according to the DVD's Survival Mode easter egg trivia, yet unlike Mitch who is a Reformed Criminal who became a deputy out of community service and genuinely became a better person, Galt hasn't learned a thing from his crimes and abuses his position as a deputy sergeant up to his death. It can also be presumed he may have manipulated Teasle and used their so-called friendship to get him a job to act out his violent tendencies with no consequences as long Teasle backs him up.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He has a carefree attitude to the horrible acts he regularly commits. In his debut, he channels his ability to demonize those lesser than him through condescendingly put on a laid-back and somewhat jovial veneer, but when he loses his patience, his true colors show. Even when mistreating Rambo, he acts as mostly a Soft-Spoken Sadist. Then during the manhunt, when trying to get a bead on Rambo, he cheerfully and sadistically shouts "Hey soldier boy!" to him just for him to stick his head out to blow away.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: Goes from a honorably discharged marine to a common criminal then to a Dirty Cop.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Perhaps worse than Teasle, as his hatred of Rambo is due to the fact he's a veteran who had seen combat while Galt as a Marine has not. His disobedience (as shown during the time of his death) and implied hidden contempt towards his superior Teasle despite their one-sided Villainous Friendship may also relate to Teasle seeing action in Korea, while Galt has not. Galt may also resented Teasle behind his back due to the combat experienced latter given the highest rank of sheriff, while non-combatant Galt is a deputy sergeant much to his outrage.
  • Gutted Like a Fish: In the book, when Teasle tries to shave Rambo, Rambo overpowers him and swipes the razor, then disembowels Galt when he reaches for his pistol.
  • Hate Sink: Galt is easily one of the most despicable characters in the series. What with his sheer sadism and poor treatment of Rambo.
  • Jerkass: By far the nastiest specimen out of the group hunting Rambo down, and thoroughly enjoys abusing prisoners under his watch at the county jail.
  • Karmic Death: After abusing and tormenting Rambo and then going against orders to kill the man himself, during which he neglects his own safety to land the fatal shot, Galt is sent plummeting to his death when Rambo is forced to defend himself against the helicopter. His death may have been accidental on Rambo's part, but certainly not what one can call undeserved given his recklessness and sadism.
  • Killer Cop: Tries to gun down Rambo in cold blood.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Way before the inclusion of the more disturbing and vile Tint in the fourth film, Galt fulfilled this role of sorts due to being more vile and lawless than Teasle through his cruelty towards Rambo and then his attempt to kill him in retribution for assaulting him after Galt tormented him. The music that plays during his intense scene when he tries to shoot Rambo in cold blood before meeting his death reflects on this trope Galt borders on and can feel like it came straight out of a horror film.
  • Last-Name Basis: Only known by his surname in the novel. In the movie, he's given the first name Art.
  • Leader Wannabe: He clearly wants to be in charge of the town's police to rule with an iron fist over Teasle who is oblivious to that, even if Galt had to manipulate his superior Teasle as his puppet from behind the scenes to make sure his atrocities gets a free pass.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Was this for Teasle, manipulating him with his Villainous Friendship so his corruption would spread like a virus within the system of the police department and ensure Teasle and the other deputies like Ward were Dirty Cops like him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: It's implied the Villainous Friendship between Galt and Teasle is completely one-sided and Galt may have manipulated Teasle into thinking they're friends to get him a job as a policeman so he could get a free pass to do whatever heinous thing he wants with no consequences and make Teasle think his crooked actions benefits their service to the law. By the time of the film, Teasle has been completely brainwashed by Galt's very Toxic Friend Influence to point of wanting to avenge his death for the rest of the film.
  • The Millstone: Galt's crooked actions against Rambo is what kick off action of the first film.
  • Mundane Horror: Grounded he may be, his atrocities are quite deplorable.
  • Mundanger: In contrast to the latter overblown caricature villains, he's a down-to-earth scumbag antagonist. However, he crosses over to Mundane Horror territory when he attempted to kill Rambo from a helicopter, with the music reflecting on this aspect.
  • Never My Fault: His mistreatment of Rambo was what caused him to snap and escape, assaulting Galt in the process. However, Galt never owns up to his mistake and tries to kill Rambo to retaliate for assaulting him.
  • Police Brutality: His pointless cruelty is what caused Rambo to freak out and make a run for it in the first place.
  • Psycho for Hire: He's sadistic and brutal when it comes to treating Rambo in incarceration and reckless when it comes to hunting him.
  • Rabid Cop: He is downright sadistic and brutal when he mistreats Rambo and reckless during the manhunt for him when he doesn't give second thought to a Innocent Bystander in the way when trying to kill Rambo or Teasle's orders to capture Rambo alive.
  • Schrödinger's Cast: He is a completely different character in the novel, more along the lines of in terms of physical appearance and personality of Deputy Mitch Rogers from the film version.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only lives up to the first act of the film, but Galt's Police Brutality towards Rambo, his one-sided Villainous Friendship with Teasle and death was what begins the film's man hunt for the latter and Teasle's determination to hunt Rambo down out of Avenging the Villain.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: He was in the Marines, but it's unknown if he was an abhorrent nasty back then too. However, due to never seeing combat, he harbors selfish and vicious jealousy towards veterans who had seen combat.
  • The Starscream: Was using his one-sided Villainous Friendship with Teasle make him his puppet to call the shots of the sheriff's department to do corrupt deeds from behind the scenes.
  • Token Evil Teammate: While Teasle wants Rambo just as bad he's still willing to go by the book on apprehending him but Galt is not only the most corrupt of the town's law enforcement he was willing to do whatever it takes to bring Rambo down, to the point of attempting to open fire on him in the middle of a crowded sidewalk, with no regard for the pedestrians he could have hit (Teasle stops him at the last second).
  • Too Dumb to Live: Unbuckling your safety harness while in a helicopter, then leaning out the door of said helicopter while it's several hundred feet off the ground in order to shoot at an unarmed man, isn't a very smart idea. Let's just say a helicopter is not a very stable shooting platform, and when the pilot has to react to something unexpected...
  • Toxic Friend Influence: He is a sadistic brute with a Villainous Friendship with Teasle, who is fellow Jerkass like Galt and its likely both characters encouraged each others' bad behaviors that made them Rabid Cops and Dirty Cops (Teasle however is a Knight Templar and a Well-Intentioned Extremist, but likely his reliance on his bad friend Galt may have play a part in Teasle going down the route of He Who Fights Monsters that makes him bad as Galt and even causing his fall from grace to his decorated Korean War veteran past). He even made a posthumous influence on Teasle after his death that prompts Teasle to misguidedly avenge his death against Rambo that further makes him goes down further into darkness.
  • Unstoppable Rage: He has a fit that last up to his death, focusing on killing Rambo in retaliation for assaulting him during his escape.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He absolutely loses his cool after Rambo assaulted him, making him content on killing him in retaliation, even if he had to disobey police protocol and his own best friend Teasle and threatened the helicopter pilot to fly straight.
  • Villainous Friendship: Has one with Teasle. However, it seemingly appears to be one-sided and hollow that was oblivious to Teasle as Galt ignores Teasle's orders on the radio to take Rambo alive and tries to gun down Rambo in cold blood, which would lead to his death.
  • With Friends Like These...: For being a supposed best friend of Teasle, he doesn't show any real loyalty to the latter.

Orval Kellerman

Played by: John McLiam
  • Demoted to Extra: He has less importance in the movie than the novel.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He refers to his hunting dogs as his babies.
  • Hero Antagonist: He was recruited under the belief he was doing his town a service of capturing a criminal.
  • Morality Pet: He act as this for Teasle in the novel, trying to tell him how he is doing his job the wrong way and how it would lead to the He Who Fights Monsters path. Orval's death only fuels Teasle with vengeance against Rambo.
  • Mundanger: He's quite down-to-earth in contrast to latter Mooks in the sequels.
  • Parental Substitute: Acts as the surrogate father figure for Teasle after Teasle's dad was killed accidentally in a deer hunt in the novel.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: While volunteering for the manhunt, he is a Friend to All Living Things who thought he was helping the town's law enforcement to capture a dangerous criminal.
  • Schrödinger's Cast: While still fulfill the role of the dog man, his character and focus is different in the novel than the movie, revealing to be Teasle's Parental Substitute after his father died in a deer hunt. Also, Orval being killed was Teasle's subject of revenge against Rambo rather than Art Galt, who was that in the movie.
  • Spared By Adaptation: He is only injured in the leg, but alive. In the novel, he is killed and was the result of Teasle's vengeance against Rambo.

Captain Dave Kern

Played by: Bill McKinney

Deputy Mitch Rogers

Played by: David Caruso
  • Adaptational Wimp: in the book, he braves a flood trying to rescue Orval after most of the other deputies decide Screw This, I'm Outta Here!.
  • By-the-Book Cop: He's just an honest deputy.
  • Composite Character: He's a combination his novel counterpart and Galt's novel counterpart as a meek and decent young deputy who tried not to be in Rambo's way back in the station.
  • Hero Antagonist: Perhaps more so than Teasle.
  • Mundanger: Subverted for being a Token Good Teammate, but he's quite down-to-earth in contrast to latter Mooks in the sequels.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: due to him being a By-the-Book Cop Reasonable Authority Figure Token Good Teammate amongst Teasle's deputy staff who is not a Dirty Cop nor look the other way to the Police Brutality, Mitch gets the unfortunate honor of being given the Bad Boss treatment by Teasle, who appears to be a Benevolent Boss only to fellow Dirty Cops like him and ignores Mitch's advice and even grabbing him by his hair to show him Galt's corpse and vowing vengeance.
    • In the book, after Orval dies in the flood. Teasle furiously hits Mitch when he shows up too late to help, even though Mitch actually did try to help, unlike most of the others.
  • Police Are Useless: Downplayed, but during the first manhunt, Mitch was the first to be dispatched by Rambo, yet gets the least painful injury due to being a Reasonable Authority Figure Token Good Teammate. Also, when Rambo first escapes from the station, Mitch was amongst those overpowered by Rambo.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Appears to be Just Following Orders under Teasle's entourage.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Compared to Teasle, who ignores his advice, was against Galt's abuse back at the station, expressed concern for Rambo's well-being after witnessing his multiple battle scars all over his body and initially refuses to needlessly risk the lives of his colleagues during the first manhunt in the woods.
  • Red-Headed Hero: The only nice deputy, and he has red hair.
  • Reformed Criminal: According to the DVD's Survival Mode easter egg trivia, Mitch was once a car stereo and speaker thief who own marijuana, for all of that he was busted and became deputy out of performing community service. By the time of the film, Mitch became a better person in contrast to his aforementioned criminal record and his leniency towards Rambo was likely due to knowing out of personal experience of being an ex-con himself and making sure he'll be treated fairly possibly out of Mitch being mistreated similarly by authorities himself following his own past conviction.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Dies along with everyone else in Teasle's posse during the first manhunt in the novel, but in the movie, Rambo only slices his leg to disable him.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: In contrast to Teasle's Inspector Javert.
  • Token Good Teammate: Is the only officer to show anything even remotely resembling compassion for Rambo.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He never appears after the manhunt scene. We know from Lester that he survived, though.

Deputy Lester

Played by: Alf Humphreys

Deputy Preston

Played by: Don MacKay
  • Bald of Evil: For a given definition of evil, anyway. He's a somewhat aggressive cop and has male pattern baldness.
  • Dirty Cop: For following orders of the equally corrupt Teasle and Galt without question.
  • Dirty Coward: Emphatically doesn't help Galt, Ward and Mitch fight Rambo, running from the room instead.
  • Go for the Eye: During his escape from the station in the novel, Rambo breaks Preston's nose, sending bone splinters into his eyes, permanently blinding him.
  • Hero Antagonist: Downplayed, but compared to Teasle, he appeared to be just a deputy doing his job in the line of duty.
  • Mundanger: He's quite down-to-earth in contrast to latter Mooks in the sequels.
  • Police Are Useless: He bolts when Rambo begins to Freak Out and overpower his jailers.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Appears to be Just Following Orders and his facial expressions while hosing Rambo down appeared he doesn't seem to enjoy it as much as Galt.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Rambo freaks at Ward trying to shave him and starts fighting with him, Galt and Mitch, Preston runs from the room.
  • Sole Survivor: He is the only officer in the novel who doesn't get killed, and only then because Rambo's blinding him during his escape leads to Preston being hospitalized and thus removed from danger.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Downplayed, but he does seem to be a Punch-Clock Villain Just Following Orders like how a low ranking deputy in any Sheriff's department should be and appears to regret hosing down Rambo.

Deputy Shingleton

Played by: David Crowley

Deputy Lang

Played by: N/A
  • Adapted Out: In the novel, he's the cop who shoots at Rambo from the helicopter and gets killed in that scene. In the movie, his role is taken by Galt, and Lang himself never appears.

Deputy Ward

Played by: Chris Mulkey
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the book he is a fairly heroic character and isn't even at the police station when Rambo gets shaved.
  • Adaptational Wimp: see No One Gets Left Behind.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Had not Ward gleefully taunted Rambo not to move otherwise he'll have a Slashed Throat when trying to dry-shave him, Rambo would have cool his jets and not to escape from the station that started this mess.
  • Composite Character: In the novel, Galt is the one who tries to shave Rambo, not him.
  • Dirty Cop: For following orders of the equally corrupt Teasle and Galt without question. He even revels in taunting Rambo when trying to dry-shave him back at the station that prompted him to escape in the first place.
  • Groin Attack: Gets a kick below the belt when Rambo freaks out.
  • Mundanger: He's quite down-to-earth in contrast to latter Mooks in the sequels.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: in the book, when floodwaters from the rain are threatening to wash the injured Orval away, Ward grabs him and tries to carry him on his back, uphill, to safety although ultimately he can't hold on to him long enough.
  • Police Are Useless: He was amongst those overpowered by Rambo when he first escapes and never saw him coming when he dispatches him in the forest during the first manhunt.
    • Mostly averted in the book.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Appears to be Just Following Orders under Teasle's entourage, however, unlike the others, he does seemed to enjoy in tormenting Rambo, just not the same extent as Galt though.
  • Rabid Cop: Downplayed in comparison to Teasle and Galt, but was willing to be abrasive towards Rambo while incarcerated.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His taunting of Rambo while trying to dry shave him is what set the latter off to make a break for it.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Dies along with everyone else in Teasle's posse during the first manhunt in the novel, but survives in the movie.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His attempt to shave Rambo, brandishing a razor, triggers Rambo's PTSD flashbacks to him being sliced across the chest by an enemy officer. Ward even unwittingly says almost the exact same thing as Rambo's torturer: "Don't move. I don't want you to cut your throat." The Vietnamese officer in the triggered flashback says (in Cantonese) ""Don't move! Or I'll kill you!"

Deputy Balford

Played by: Michael Talbott
  • Age Lift: He's described as very young in the book, but clearly middle-aged in the movie.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Craps himself out of sheer terror in the novel.
  • Dirty Cop: For following orders of the equally corrupt Teasle without question.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In a deleted scene Re-Cut for television and Out of Focus in the theatrical cut, he is married to his wife named Barbara whom Teasle apologizes for Balford's injuries and tells her he'll call her at the hospital to make sure everything's okay.
  • Hero Antagonist: Downplayed, but compared to Teasle, he appeared to be just a deputy doing his job in the line of duty.
  • Madness Mantra: When the manhunt goes wrong, Balford takes to muttering "Never so scared" over and over.
  • Mundanger: He's quite down-to-earth in contrast to latter Mooks in the sequels.
  • New Meat: Is implied to be a rookie in the novel.
  • Nominal Importance: Despite having a name, he is constantly called "the young deputy" in the novel.
  • Police Are Useless: He was kicked away at ease when Rambo first escapes and never saw him coming when he dispatches him with his booby trap in the forest during the first manhunt.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Appears to be Just Following Orders under Teasle's entourage.
  • Schrödinger's Cast: Was an easily scared rookie in the novel, but not in the film.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Dies along with everyone else in Teasle's posse during the first manhunt in the novel, but survives in the movie.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Downplayed, but he does seem to be a Punch-Clock Villain Just Following Orders like how a low ranking deputy in any Sheriff's department should be and is not as actively malicious as his superiors.


     Appeared in Rambo: First Blood Part II 

Co Bao

Played by: Julia Nickson
  • Action Girl: She later proves to be just as effect in a gunfight as Rambo is, and even just as cunning too.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Co goes out of her way to single handedly save Rambo from his captors.
  • Death by Sex: Rambo and Co was about to shared a moment. Not long after, she gets shot in the back.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Co's death is what sparks Rambo's Roaring Rampage of Revenge at the end of the second film.
  • Meaningful Name: In English, Bao means protection, and in the movie she rescues Rambo once and saves his life on the river boat, too.
  • The Mole: Co infiltrates the Vietcong camps as one of the service girls, and was the one who provided intel for John Rambo.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: It's possible for Co to survive in the NES Rambo game, and if she does the ending will imply that Rambo returned to America and took Co with him.

Lieutenant Colonel Podovsky

Played by: Steven Berkoff
  • Big Bad: Is the actual main villain of the second film.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He is rather calm and even delightful for a cruel, relentless Soviet officer.
  • Large Ham: His Russian accent is definitely over the top.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: He sounds more like a stereotypical Nazi interrogator, complete viz ze inability to pronounce a "th" sound.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Whether it is drowning you in mud, or launching dozens of missiles on a helicopter, he never raises his voice.
  • Villain Ball: He tortures Rambo into deciding to give a demoralizing speech to his unit. Rambo instead calls out Murdoch and uses the mic to fight his way out.

Sergeant Yushin

Played by: Voyo Goric

Captain Vinh

Played by: William Ghent
  • Man on Fire: He gets burned up in the cornfield by Rambo.
  • Out of Focus: Once the Russians arrive.
  • Wardens Are Evil: Is a very nasty North Vietnamese officer serving as commandant of a P.O.W. camp, where Americans are routinely tortured and abused.

Lieutenant Tay

Played by: George Cheung
  • All There in the Manual: According to the Novelization, Tay is the one who tortured Rambo back during the war.
  • Asshole Victim: Tortured Rambo and killed Co. Blown to bits with an explosive-tipped arrow.
  • Groin Attack: Although hit in the chest, it's noticeably his crotch that explodes first when he dies.
  • Defiant to the End: Even when he realizes Rambo has him dead to rights at the river, he shows no fear and makes only a healf-hearted attempt to flee before turning and defiantly trying to fire one final shot at his enemy.
  • Hero Killer: Is the one who shoots Co.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: He empties two magazines on Rambo without hitting him. To make matters worse, Rambo was standing out in the open.
  • Mook Lieutenant: To Captain Vinh, the commandant of the P.O.W. camp. When Podovsky and the Russians arrive, Tay commands several of the the North Vietnamese soldiers abetting the Russians in their hunt for Rambo.

     Appeared in Rambo III 

Col. Alexei Zaysen

Played by: Marc de Jonge


Played by: Randy Ranney
  • Beard of Evil: A full beard, and being all too eager to kill anyone who gets in his way.
  • The Brute: Similar to Yushin, except he's all fat instead of muscle, but just as deadly!
  • Dirty Communists: Like The Dragon before him, he is serving under his superior within the Soviet Army.
  • The Dragon: Like Yushin, he is undyingly loyal to Zaysen.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He walks around with a bandolier of grenades on him. That ends up being his own undoing.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Rambo kills him by setting off his grenades and kicking him into a cave.

     Appeared in (John) Rambo 


Played by: Matthew Marsden
  • Friendly Sniper: He's quite cheerful and amiable when he's not using his Barrett to pop SPDC troopers' heads like ripe melons.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He's the only unambiguously kind-hearted and unselfish person in the band of mercenaries rescuing the missionaries and only idealistic character in the movie that still kicks ass.
  • Nice Guy: The most decent and friendly member of the mercenaries.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Schoolboy's weapon of choice is a Barrett .50 calibre anti-material rifle, which was designed for disabling lightly-armored vehicles. Naturally, the effect such a large round has on a human body is rather horrific.

Major Pa Tee Tint

Played by: Maung Maung Khin
  • Beard of Evil: If one looks closely, he has a goatee.
  • Big Bad: Of the fourth film.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Early in the film, he tells parents of boys he kidnapped to conscript into his army to fear him along with hearing and believing him.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Tint is this to the previous villains as as he himself is a Knight of Cerebus whose evil deeds graphically overshadows the past foes' own and is a Mundane Horror Soft-Spoken Sadist in contrast to the Russians being examples of Evil Is Hammy. However, while the prior foes are combatants, Tint is Dirty Coward who tries to make a run for it until his death at Rambo's hands. Plus, he doesn't face and/or acknowledge Rambo until the end of film in contrast to the past villains first meeting him early in each installment. Also, he's the only Big Bad who doesn't speak a single word of English.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Is a pedophile with his only known victim being a young boy.
  • Dirty Coward: He commits all kind of war crimes and other horrible things, but once a real battle appears, he immediately runs away while leaving his own troops to the slaughter after shooting an innocent missionary In the Back.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In his first appearance, he forces civilians to run across a minefield before having his men kill them all. He gets even worse from there.
  • Expy: Of Zaysen.
  • Hate Sink: Pretty much every single action in the movie comes of as a ruthless Kick the Dog moment that it gives the audience enough reason to hate this monster.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He's more brutal, sadistic, psychotic and noticeably disturbing than the previous Big Bads or previous kinds of villains all together. The graphic outcomes of the atrocities he committed are absolutely played for horror and makes the past villains' sins pale in comparison. He's the complete 180 degree contrast to Teasle if comparing Tint's large amount of Kick the Dog acts to Teasle's large amount of Pet the Dog acts. The subsequent antagonist Hugo Martinez after him couldn't even hold the candle of being the most dark and monstrous villain in the films like Tint.
  • Mundane Horror: Grounded he may be, his atrocities are quite deplorable and shocking.
  • Mundanger: Unlike the military sequel villains in The '80s, he's realistically a walking bucket of Mundane Horror.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Unlike the other villains, he is shown running for his life and hides from the major battle going on at the end of the movie. The only time he adopts a combat pose is to shoot a fleeing, unarmed missionary in the back.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: When facing an aging Rambo.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Watching Rambo gut him like a fish is the high point of the movie.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: He's the commander of a Burmese military unit and is a monstrous, murderous Sadist, leaving rape and slaughter in his wake.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Always remains The Stoic while committing war crimes.
  • Sore Loser: He plays a sick game where he forces prisoners to wade through a mine-filled marsh. When they all make it safely across, he gets very pissed and orders his soldiers to fire on them.
  • Unknown Rival: Somewhat subverted, as he knew about the mercenaries and tortured them regardless, but he had no idea who Rambo was and never met him in person until Rambo gutted him. Upon seeing Rambo, the expression on his face was more confusion than terror.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Tried to make break for it at the end only to stop dead at his tracks by Rambo who guts him.
  • Villain Opening Scene: The movie starts with Tint and his army playing a sick betting game by forcing civilians to run through a marsh filled with landmines. When they make it safely across, his army guns down the civilians as Tint looks on. In the Director's Cut, however, this was moved to a much later time.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Allows his men to massacre both adults and children and he himself even rapes them for his own sick kicks (another complete contrast to Teasle, whose resume in the DVD special features states him to have been a little league coach).


Played by: Julie Benz
  • Attempted Rape: A soldier comes into her cell to rape her, but he's killed by Rambo.
  • It's All My Fault: In a deleted scene, she admits to Rambo that she feels that everything that has happened is her fault as she convinced Rambo to take them into Burma.
  • Morality Pet: For Rambo. She successfully guilts him into taking she and her colleagues upriver into Burma. She's the only one nice to him, and he's only "nice" to her.
  • Only Sane Man: For the missionaries. She recognizes the danger they are facing, and is the only one of them to recognize the ugly necessity of Rambo killing the pirates. However, she may in turn strongly avert the trope because she was the one who convinced Rambo to travel to Burma in the first place despite the obvious danger and egged on Michael to continue after Rambo killed some attacking pirates when he adamantly requested to leave and return at a different time.

     Appeared in Last Blood 


Maria Beltran

Played by: Adriana Barraza
  • Men Act, Women Are: After Gabriela's been missing for a long time having gone to Mexico, Maria alerts Rambo that she must be in trouble. Rambo agrees to go by himself and that Maria should stay home and wait for him to return. She disappears from the rest of the movie after Rambo goes to Mexico.
  • Voice of Reason: Warned Gabriela not to go to Mexico to see her biological father, claiming that he doesn't love her at all and only Rambo is who she can look up to as a father figure.

Carmen Delgado

Played by: Paz Vega
  • Intrepid Reporter: She is an independent reporter who doesn't hesitate in risking her life to help Rambo.
  • Nice Girl: Aids Rambo in his fight against Hugo and his gang.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Helps Rambo get back to the United States after Victor cuts his face with a knife and takes him to a doctor, who then recommends hospitalization. All thanks to her, Rambo is able to at the very least recover Gabriela as she's dying of drug overdose and bury her properly.


Played by: Yvette Monreal
  • Kill the Cutie: Not long after Rambo rescues her from the brothel, she dies of a drug overdose by Victor, sparking Rambo's Roaring Rampage of Revenge in the second half.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: Despite sharing no biological or legal relationship with him, for all intends and purposes she was Rambo's daughter, as she lived in his ranch and he helped raise her.
  • Morality Pet: She serves as a huge one for Rambo, who he credits for helping him turn his life around. He tells her at some point that she saved him from himself by showing him that there was still good in people, something he had lost sight of over the years. Not that it stops him from viciously attacking or killing those involved in her abduction, and all bets are off after she dies.

Hugo Martinez

Played by: Sergio Peris-Mencheta

Victor Martinez

Played by: Óscar Jaenada
  • Ax-Crazy: While Hugo is known for his violent personality, Victor in particular loves to drug his victims and even carve a V on their cheeks.
  • The Dragon: Hugo's younger brother and the second-in-command of Martinez's gang.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Given since he has a brother, Hugo himself.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Whenever he joyously welcome his potential business partners or customers for this human trafficking ring like inviting guests to a party.
  • The Heavy: Victor, not Hugo, is the reason most of the plot happens. He's also the more antagonistic towards Rambo and tries to kill him as opposed to Hugo's Bond Villain Stupidity. Aside from the last third of the film, where he's killed off to give the Big Bad a reason for his Revenge Before Reason.
  • Killed Offscreen: Rambo decapitates him offscreen, and we don't see his headless corpse until later.
  • Knife Nut: Attacks Rambo with a knife when Rambo first confronts him and Hugo. He also uses his knife to carve a "V" into his victims.
  • Mundane Horror: Grounded he may be, his atrocities are quite deplorable.
  • Mundanger: Unlike the military sequel villains in The '80s, he's realistically a walking bucket of Mundane Horror.
  • Off with His Head!: How Rambo kills him. Rambo spitefully leaves (drops) his head on a freeway.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: When facing an aging Rambo.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Hugo's Blue.


Don Miguel

  • Adapted Out: His only scene is omitted out in the shortened version of the fifth film.
  • First-Name Basis: The Martinez brothers only ever refer to him by his first name and the honorific "don", so his surname remains a mystery.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He is the kingpin of the prostitution ring Hugo and Victor applied to work for, but Don Miguel is waiting for them to abduct far more young Latina women before he'll let them in. While Don Miguel was able to snag 17,000 women for sex slavery in one year alone, the Martinez brothers have less than 30 in their own trafficking ring.


Gabriela's friend who tells her she knows where her father is.
  • Beyond Redemption: Maria thinks so despite Gabriela saying she'd changed, the latter had to learn the hard way that the former was right about her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She sells out Gabriela to the human traffickers led by Hugo Martinez. The lie she used was that she found where Gabriela's father is, but conceals the fact that he doesn't want his daughter back.
  • Dark Chick: As part of the human trafficking ring, she is the first villainess that Rambo faced to appear in the films.
  • False Friend: Even Maria saw through her during her brief stay at the ranch.
  • Karma Houdini: She gets off very easy, as Rambo lets her walk away for simply showing him where Gabriela was last seen, likely out of feeling she's Not Worth Killing after doing what she's told by Rambo.
  • Mundanger: She has no combat skills in contrast to henchmen Rambo takes down, but still got Gabriela captured.
  • Not Worth Killing: Rambo spares her after she did what he tells her.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: When facing an aging Rambo.
  • Lower-Class Lout: She is a denizen of Mexico's seedy inner city slums while connected to criminal gangs.
  • Spicy Latina: She is defensively belligerent when a suspicious Rambo interrogates her in regards to Gabriela's kidnapping, likely stemming from her social skills as a Lower-Class Lout.


Gabriela's biological father.
  • Beyond Redemption: Rambo and Maria thinks so despite Gabriela saying he could have changed, the latter had to learn the hard way that the former two were right about him.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He initially greets her politely and warmly when Gabriela shows up again at the doorstep of his apartment, but when she ask an Armor-Piercing Question about why Manuel left her, Manuel steps out of light of his apartment and into the dark blue light which reflects on him showing his true colors when he coldly admits to Gabriela that he disowned her after his wife's death with no regrets For the Evulz.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: When the cards are down, he admits to Gabriela in cold tone that he left her after his wife's death because he felt like it.
  • Domestic Abuse: Had beat his wife with a belt that prompted Rambo to stop him.
  • For the Evulz: His reason why he abandoned his daughter.
  • I Have No Daughter!: Says this to Gabriela's face when she locates him.
  • Jerkass: Rambo wants to strangle him when Gabriela goes missing and Manuel shows no concern of it.
  • Lower-Class Lout: He is a denizen of Mexico's seedy inner city slums.
  • The Millstone: His relocation to Mexico is what leads Gabriela to go there to find him and getting herself captured. Even Rambo lampshades this when he said its his fault for Gabriela's jeopardy.
  • Mundanger: While not a main villain, he's still a realistically deplorable character who had abused his wife and disowned his daughter with no regrets.
  • Nerves of Steel: Does not flinch when Rambo confronts him when searching for Gabriela, expressing I Regret Nothing in regards to his ultimate decision.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: When facing an aging Rambo.
  • Parental Abandonment: He deserted Gabriela and her mother a while ago without any remorse.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only has two scenes in his screen time around the first act, but Manuel's abandonment of Gabriela in the first place is what started the fifth film's main conflict.

El Flaco

Alternative Title(s): First Blood, Rambo First Blood Part II, Rambo III, Rambo IV, Rambo Last Blood


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