Hero Overview

You know what you are... what you're made of. War is in your blood. Don't fight it. You didn't kill for your country. You killed for yourself. God's never gonna make that go away. When you're pushed, killing's as easy as breathing.
~ John Rambo
Live for nothing, or die for something.
~ John Rambo's famous quote

John Rambo is the main protagonist of the Rambo film series as well as the novel First Blood. He was played by Sylvester Stallone, who was well known for playing Rocky Balboa and Barney Ross.

Character Biography

He was born in 1947 in Arizona. He was one of the Baker company members involved in the Vietnam War who were captured and tortured by Vietnamese forces. Rambo escaped his captors in May 1972.

First Blood

In 1982, Rambo made himself an enemy of Sheriff Will Teasle, the deputy of Hope, Washington. The war veteran got arrested for carrying a weapon, while the police don't know he is innocent. This caused him to go over the edge and even kill deputy Art Galt. Rambo's mentor was Col. Sam Trautman who trusted Rambo very much and wanted Teasle safe.

In the police station, before he could kill Teasle, Rambo is stopped by Col. Trautman and gives in.

Rambo: First Blood Part II

After being sent to jail, he is released for an assignment in Vietnam to search for P.O.W.s. Instead of just searching, Rambo rescued a prisoner and tries to escape but Marshall Murdock betrays him and Rambo is captured. Rambo is taken before Col, Podovsky who demands that Murdock call off all rescue operations, but Rambo refuses to give in then attacks Podovsky and Yushin before escaping.

Later after Co and a number of Russians and Vietnamese are killed, Rambo rescues the prisoners then blows up Podovsky. Back at Murdock's base, Rambo warns, "You knows there's more of them out there. You know where they are. Find them, or I'll find YOU." to Murdock to rescue other P.O.W.s. Before leaving, Rambo tells his mentor, Trautman, he will live "Day by day".

Rambo III

Rambo then appears in Rambo III, where he rescues Trautman from a Soviet prison in Afghanistan.


Rambo rescues a group of Christian missionaries that have been captured by the Burmese Military.