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Rambo: The Animated Series, also known as Rambo: The Force of Freedom, is a family-targeted cartoon using the character of John Rambo from the First Blood movies. The character was created for the novel First Blood by David Morrell, but the inspiration behind the animation was the 1982 movie First Blood starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo. Unlike the novel and movie that depict Rambo as a loner forced into action to defend himself from the local authorities in towns he visits, the Rambo of the animation is the leader of a secret group of military specialists. Beginning as a five-part series to promote a Rambo toy line, the series was expanded to complete a 65-episode season in 1986.

John Rambo begins Rambo: The Animated Series as the operational leader of The Force of Freedom under the command of CoLonel Trautman. A terrorist group known as S.A.V.A.G.E., an acronym for Specialist Administrators of Vengeance, Anarchy and Global Extortion, is led by the terrorist General Warhawk. Warhawk and his second in command, Sergeant Havoc, have set their sights on conquering the African country of Tierra Libre; with the other members of S.A.V.A.G.E., General Warhawk battles with Rambo and the other members of The Force of Freedom in hand-to-hand combat and with guns for control of the country.

As the season progresses, the show depicts mostly stand-alone episodes with S.A.V.A.G.E. targeting different countries and regions of the world to conquer or disrupt. For example, to play on the fears of the Scottish people, General Warhawk builds and operates a model Loch Ness Monster to cause anarchy amongst the people of the country. Despite depicting violent battles, there is no blood or death in Rambo: The Animated Series; no reference is made to Rambo's background as a Vietnam veteran.

Lionsgate
1 Season, 129 Episodes
April 14, 1986
Animation & Cartoons
6.6/10
Cast: Neil Ross, Alan Oppenheimer, Mona Marshall, James Avery
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  • TD visits his Uncle George in Scotland and they see a monster attack a tour boat in the nearby Loch Ness. TD calls the rest of Rambo's team to investigate. The monster is a remotely controlled submarine being tested by...

  • Dr. Hyde creates a cyborg that can replicate the faces of Senator Thorne and the President of the United States. Rambo's team is guarding the senator while traveling on the Orient Express. Mad Dog's men start an...

  • The Black Dragon attacks the White Dragon at his home, and Rambo's team is there to guard radioactive material in a boxcar. Rambo's team repels the attack but during the struggle the Black Dragon disguises himself as...

  • Ancient Mayan tablets are stolen from Dr. Ramirez. The tablets are rumored to provide the location of the Mayan sepulcher, a symbol of Mayan power. Rambo's team is sent in to prevent General Warhawk from getting...

  • The airplane that Professor Ivanovich is on is sabotaged by Warhawk's men and forced to land in Talinia, the country from which the professor defected. The professor and his daughter, Tanya, are removed from the plane...

  • A sea monster is spotted in the Gulf of Alaska, sinking a ship. Rambo's team is sent to investigate but when they arrive they are attacked by giant birds. Rambo, TD, and Kat are carried away. Rambo gets away...

  • Rambo visits his old friend Chopper and discovers that Chopper's teenage son is involved with a drug gang. After Chopper's son suffers an accidental overdose, one of his friends agrees to help Rambo capture the gang's...

  • General Warhawk's men try to kidnap General Bernard, the leader of the Starfire Defense program, but their attempt is thwarted by Rambo's team. Colonel Trautman and Rambo see a corporal who looks and sounds just like...

  • Rambo's team is guarding INT Laboratories. Turbo's mother gets abducted by a motorcycle gang, who's working for General Warhawk. While on guard, Turbo gets a call to go get his mother, causing Turbo to leave his post...

  • An aircraft carrier transporting a "secret weapon" for Colonel Trautman is attacked by General Warhawk's troops. The secret weapon is Rambo's Force of Freedom team, who fight to guide the ship out of enemy territory.

  • Airforce 2 has disappeared in a storm over the China Sea. Rambo's team is enlisted to find the Vice President and accompanying cabinet members. Rambo's team tracks them to a jungle hideout, where the Vice President is...

  • Rambo is in his mountain cabin when he gets a signal of an airplane in distress. He flies his helicopter to the airplane's crash site but it crashes too. The plane was transporting a doctor and his patient to the hospital.

  • Rambo's team is enlisted to assist General Stedring's Alpha Force guard a ship loaded with NATO military supplies bound for Europe. Meanwhile, General Warhawk's men attack and capture a remote NATO base in Norway.

  • General Warhawk's men are trying to kidnap Jennifer, the soon-to-be leader of a major weapons defense company. Her uncle, the current president of the company, has hired Warhawk to stop the transition...

  • Rambo's team is sent to help guard the transport of plans for a new medical laser. The plans are being shipped by train from Cleveland to St. Louis. Warhawk is suspected to try to steal the laser plans...

  • Security guards at a military assembly plant stop a thief from stealing the plans for some prototype combat vehicles. Rambo goes undercover to the plant to investigate. Rambo encounters three near-death accidents.

  • General Warhawk has stolen a WWII vintage U-Boat 505 from the Museum of Science and Industry. In the submarine, there is a map showing the location of a German supertrooper developed during the war...

  • Mad Dog and his gang are forcing a group of elderly people out of their homes. TD, a friend of Rambo's and grandson of one of the evictees, asks for Rambo's help. Rambo and TD confront Mad Dog and chase him away...

  • A boy running away from his orphanage gets stuck in the COlorado mountains during a storm. He signals SOS with his flashlight. Rambo's team finds him and rescues him from a helicopter. They return to the cabin of a friend.

  • Rambo's team is providing security for a senator's trip to Japan. The senator meets President Fujita of the Fujita Electronics Company to view a prototype chip for an American defense project. The chip has been stolen...

  • Warhawk's men terrorize a local South American villagers and move in to steal the legendary gold of El Dorado. Rambo's team is called in to help. They meet a young boy who agrees to lead them to Warhawk's stronghold...

  • Rambo's team is protecting a government gold shipment. Gripper's men try to steal it at the airport but fail. Later, while flying the gold to the Denver mint, knockout gas appears from the ventilation system on the plane.

  • Priceless samurai swords are stolen from the Ishikawa Electronic Co. by the Black Dragon. General Warhawk demands some of the company's robots in exchange for the swords. Rambo's team is sent in to help but...

  • Warhawk's men hijack a supertanker and anchor it off the coast of Hawaii. Warhawk demands a warship in exchange or he will sink the tanker and cause an ecological disaster. Rambo's team is called in...

  • President Wang, leader of the country of Kai Moon, is giving a nationally televised address just two days before elections. Warhawk's men storm the president's office to try to force him to read a letter of resignation...

  • Mad Dog is in Wyoming rustling cattle using a helicopter. Rambo's team, partaking in a nearby rodeo, agrees to help Shane Dobbs, a rancher whose cattle are being stolen. They camp out with the herd and get attacked...

  • Rambo's team is providing security for the Children's Peace conference in Sydney, Australia. Mad Dog's team launches a diversionary ground attack while the Black Dragon's men come down on the conference from the air...

  • Rambo's friend, Lucky, asks for help investigating a rash of accidents occurring on his oil fields in Texas. As Rambo's team helps rebuild an oil platform one of Lucky's employees, Jake, tries to destroy...

  • General Warhawk's men are in England and capture Freedom Dancer, a prize-winning black race horse owned by Winslow, a close friend of Colonel Trautman. Trautman promises to get the horse back and sends in Rambo's team...

  • Turbo and Rambo look into a complaint from Turbo's Uncle Oliver regarding a swamp monster that is terrorizing the bayou. They discover that the "monster" is an amphibious attack vehicle owned by General Warhawk...

  • Colonel Trautman is inspecting an arctic NORAD base where he learns from an Eskimo chief that a killer whale keeps attacking his village. The whale then pops through the ice and destroys his plane. Warhawk is after him...

  • Colonel Trautman is in Utah testing some survival equipment in the Rockies. General Warhawk launches an invasion of the nearby town of Treetop where Trautman is captured. Rambo's team goes to investigate Trautman's...

  • General Warhawk concocts a plan to make his men's missiles undetectable to radar by forcing Venetian monks to make ceramic nosecones. Rambo's team just happens to be vacationing in Venice doing a building renovation...

  • Dr. Stark, studying butterflies in Haiti, sends a message that the local villagers are being frightened by voodoo. He then turns up missing. Rambo's team is sent in to investigate, arriving at an almost-empty village...

  • Danny, on a dare from his brother, Johnny, knocks on the door of a creepy old mansion in Washington while they are trick or treating during Halloween. Count Vladamir kidnaps the boy. Johnny runs home and tells his mom...

  • Rambo's team attacks the Death Merchant's compound and captures him. As they escort him to prison via train, General Warhawk's men stop the train and detach the passenger part of the train, send it rolling away...

  • Kat's brother, a scientist, is investigating the ion trail left by Halley 's Comet. A space probe was sent to gather samples left by the comet. But General Warhawk tries to intercept the probe as it returns to Earth...

  • Rambo's team stops Warhawk's men from stealing the Liberty Bell but Warhawk demands a $10 million ransom or he will steal or destroy America's symbols of freedom. Trautman's plan to use Rambo's team gets shelved...

  • Fishing boats are driven away from their waters by Captain Scar, a pirate led by Gripper. Rambo's team is in the area to watch Kat in a martial arts competition. Warhawk sends Havoc and some pirates to attack Rambo's...

  • In an effort to start a war between two African countries, Umbezi and Nambula, Sgt. Havoc steals a white rhino, sacred to the Nambula. Evidence is planted to implicate the Umbezi. General Warhawk is using the war...

  • King Alex, the spoiled boy king of Morovia, is kidnapped and missing. His evil uncle, the Black Duke, takes over rule with the support of General Warhawk. Rambo is sent to Morovia to rescue the boy...

  • While General Warhawk is attacking a foreign base with commandos from submarines, Nomad leads a supporting ground force. But the mission had been a trap set by Rambo's team and many of Warhawk's troops were captured...

  • Rambo's team is attending the launch ceremony for a powerful new nuclear submarine, the USS Typhoon. A skydiver who is to deliver the ceremonial bottle of champagne is replaced by Sgt. Havoc...

  • A powerful new aircraft, the XK-7, has been developed by the air force. It's stolen by a renegade Special Forces operative and sold to General Warhawk, who uses the plane to capture the world's largest diamond mine...

  • Gripper and his men are holding 12 students hostage in the Statue of Liberty. General Warhawk is demanding a $50 million ransom or he'll blow up the statue and the kids. Rambo evades Warhawk's patrolling helicopter..

  • Threatening to blow up all shipping on the Suez Canal, General Warhawk demands a $100 million ransom. He starts with a relief ship on which Nomad planted explosives. Rambo's team is sent to stop him.

  • Warhawk's men invade the lost city of Arca in India. He rounds up the local Bindu people and forces them to dig for the fabled gold under an ancient temple. Chad, the Bindu chief's son, escapes and joins Rambo's team...

  • General Warhawk plans to blow up the Boulder Dam as a diversion so that he can rob the casinos in Las Vegas. Rambo's team is sent to Las Vegas to investigate a sighting of Warhawk. Kat gets captured by Pandora...

  • General Warhawk joins forces with Rama and the Cult of the Cobra to establish a base in the area. They stop a shipment of food to conquer and starve out the province of Assam. Turbo and Kat go undercover...

  • Mad Dog sneaks beneath the Special Forces building through the sewers and deploys a time bomb. In the sewers they capture a utility worker and former war buddy of Rambo nicknamed Wrongway...

  • As Dr. Herbert Kennsington prepares to accept the Nobel Peace Prize for physics, Count Vladamir, under orders from General Warhawk, sends in his men disguised as waiters. They set off a gas bomb and abduct the doctor.

  • Leaders from three Mediterranean countries are arguing over ownership of valuable ruins found on their common border. One of the leaders, Bashir, teams up with Nomad and claims the treasure for himself. Rambo steps in...

  • General Warhawk and his terrorist group known as S.A.V.A.G.E. steal a nuclear missile from a naval transport bound for the Carlaya Islands. The general plans to level Carlaya's capital city with the missile as a warning...

  • General Warhawk attacks a Tibetan monastery and kidnaps a boy who is in line to be the next Dalai Lama. He then demands that the local chiefs give him all their gold as ransom for the boy. The chiefs agree but the monks...

  • General Warhawk is in Chicago to rob a money shipment to the federal reserve bank. Rambo, suspicious that the backup troops are late, learns that those troops have been replaced by Warhawk's men...

  • General Warhawk and his men kidnap Colonel Trautman and begin their invasion of Tierra Libre. Soon, Rambo, Hayes, Taylor and a handful of Tierra Libre soldiers are the only resistance left. But Rambo counts as an army...

  • Warhawk's men raise and fix Yamato, a sunken Japanese WWII battleship and one of the two most powerful battleships ever constructed. Rambo, Hayes and master of disguise Taylor must stop him before he reaches Tierra Libre.

  • The president of Tierra Libre, the fictional country that general Warkawk wants to take over, is in New York to request help from the UN, but his daughter Estrella gets kidnapped by a Bronx biker gang hired by...

  • General Warhawk's spies steal an experimental flying gunship and kidnap a local kid who saw them, so Rambo must infiltrate Warhawk's secret snowy mountain base to get the plane and the kid back.

  • General Warhawk and his forces try to take over a peaceful fictional South American country. Colonel Samuel Trautman sends John Rambo and mechanic Edward "Turbo" Hayes to stop Warhawk. Katherine Anne "K.A.T." Taylor...

  • Rambo accepts one last mission before his supposed retirement.

  • All signs point to there being a traitor amongst Rambo's group.

  • Rambo gets blasted off into space, while trying to bring in a war criminal.

  • Rambo gets blasted off into space, while trying to bring in a war criminal.

  • Rambo is ordered to guard a priceless artifact.

  • Rambo uses an old football play Turbo told him about to complete his mission.

  • Rambo ends up on an island where monstrous acts are going on.

  • Rambo is encouraged to turn down a mission and now has to decide on his own.

  • Rambo is helped out by a blind man.

  • Rambo is stuck in the middle of the desert and must survive long enough to be rescued.

  • Rambo accepts a mission to go rescue the men of a downed helicopter.

  • Rambo breaks free of his capters and finishes his mission.

  • Rambo is ambushed and captured.

  • Rambo must go up against robots.

  • Rambo's team battles a team of ninjas while protecting a new medical technology.

  • Rambo must break inside WarHawk's fortress with the help of Turbo.

  • Rambo is put on an elite military team for his next mission.

  • Rambo is asked to star in an action movie.

  • S.A.V.A.G.E. tries to ruin christmas.

  • Rambo is teamed up with a ninja dog for his next mission.

  • Rambo must stop an attack on the lost city of El Dorado.

  • Rambo must get aboard a highjacked plane full of gold.

  • Rambo must stop a new group of thugs.

  • Rambo is asked to get a supertanker back that was stolen.

  • Rambo and his team must stop a terrorist attack.

  • Rambo is brainwashed by the enemy.

  • Rambo must stop the S.A.V.A.G.E. Rustlers before it is to late.

  • Kids from around the world have come together to hold a "Children For Peace" conference. Warhawk doesn't like the sounds of this and decides to crash the conference.

  • Rambo must stop a king who is holding his brother in chains.

  • Warhawk is trying to turn Texas into a raging inferno.

  • Rambo must help a local tribe.

  • Rambo is sent into stop a supposed swamp monster, who turns out to be Warhawk.

  • General Warhawk is using a submarine to run his operations and now Rambo must stop him.

  • Rambo must infiltrate General Warhawk's secret northern base.

  • While on vacation in Venice, Rambo's team discover must stop Warhawk from creating missiles.

  • Strange things begin to happen on the night of the supposed voodoo moon.

  • The count returns for revenge on Rambo and his team.

  • Rambo must help a town that is over run by a death merchant.

  • General Warhawk intends to steal a microbe from outerspace.

  • Rambo must get through a bunch of magic traps in order to take down Mephisto.

  • Rambo must deal with modern day pirates.

  • Two African tribes are on the brink of war, thanks to Warhawk. His men have stolen the sacred white rhino from one tribe, causing them to blame the neighboring tribe.

  • A new threat has come about that Rambo must stop.

  • A new threat has come about that Rambo must stop.

  • General Warhawk has highjacked a plane and it's up to Rambo to stop him.

  • Rambo and the team are sent to Delgado, where they find they have just missed Warhawk.

  • Warhawk is building a doomsday machine and intends to hold the world ransom. Now it is up to Rambo to put a stop to it.

  • General Warhawk and the evil forces of S.A.V.A.G.E. hold children hostage in the Statue of Liberty for a fifty million dollar ransom and it's up to John J. Rambo to head the rescue mission and..

  • Rambo must stop an illegal shipment of guns.

  • Warhawk is frantically searching for the lost city of Acra and it's up to Rambo and the team to get there first.

  • In "Raid on Las Vegas," General Warhawk and S.A.V.A.G.E. are after Las Vegas' millions of dollars received from gambling. When they attempt to blow up Boulder Dam, Rambo and the Force of Free

  • Rambo and the team must stop a cult.

  • Rambo goes underground in hopes of catching a smuggling ring

  • Rambo and the team take on a deadly mission into an enemy stronghold.

  • General Warhawk keeps the villagers at bay, by claiming there is a curse.

  • Rambo and the Force of Freedom travel to S.A.V.A.G.E. Island in this first exciting adventure, to stop General Warhawk's plan of using a missile for international terrorism.

  • Rambo and his team are sent to Tibet, to sort out a situation

  • A submarine is being held for ransom.

  • Rambo and his team go full force into Tierra Libre and try to take it back from War Hawk.

  • Rambo and his team make final preparations to take back Tierra Libre.

  • The president of Tierra Libre is flown to New York for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council where he hopes to ask for their help in securing peace for his country. Unfortunately General Warhawk's men are waiting for them at the airport.

  • Warhawk is still attempting to invade the town of Tierra Libre. Havok uses his tanks to blow up the wall guarding the city. At one point Rambo catches a live grenade and throws it back at Havok. Rambo once again successfully forces Havok's men to retreat.

  • General Warhawk has sent his men to take over the small country of Tierra Libre. Kat is already there in disguise and stops the men temporarily. Colonel Trautman finds Rambo and sends him on a mission to save Tierra Libre.

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