One fights his battles on the open range of the wild, wild West, while the other learned most of his tricks while traipsing through the jungles of Vietnam. Rooster packs decidedly less firepower than Rambo, but they’re both working with a bit of a handicap (Rooster’s a drunk with one eye, Rambo’s psychologically battle-scarred). Will Rambo’s silent but deadly tactics be able to take down the loudmouth Cogburn, who’s armed with his notorious true grit?
John J. Rambo
Sylvester Stallone, "First Blood"
Behold, the mother of all Soldiers Who Never Stopped Fighting The War. If John Rambo, a Special Forces vet in the Vietnam War, wasn’t already having difficulty adjusting to civilian life, he sure as hell was when small-town sheriffs with Texas-sized egos went after him. He let the sheriff and his minions off easy, merely wounding them (it’s not Rambo’s fault that one bonehead fell out of the helicopter). When he goes back to Vietnam to look for POWs, however, barely a soul lives to tell the tale, with no less than 59 confirmed kills. As for his trip to Afghanistan in 1988, well, let’s just say that they’re still cleaning up the wreckage.
Definitive badass moment:
When he rigs the trap in the woods that plunges a pair of arrow-tipped stakes into the legs of one of his pursuers.
Classic badass line: “I could have killed 'em all, I could kill you. In town you're the law, out here it's me. Don't push it. Don't push it or I'll give you a war you won't believe. Let it go. Let it go.”
Occupation: Ex-Special Forces
Strengths: Extremely resourceful, could turn a piece of bark into a deadly weapon
Weaknesses: Mental instability could be used as a weapon against him
Bracket History: Defeated #14 Tommy DeVito in round 2, 75%-25%
John Wayne, "True Grit"
He’s an aging, one-eyed, overweight, trigger-happy slob who never seems to miss a drink of whiskey, which means he’ll shoot you as soon as look at you…and even without proper depth perception, you can be damned sure he won’t miss. Rooster Cogburn’s been a Marshall for six years, and in that time, he’s killed 24 people, which he chalks up to the fact that “it’s a dangerous business.” Mind you, he was probably drunk for half those kills, but even without the courage of alcohol flowing through his veins, there’s little doubt that Cogburn’s a man of…wait for it…true grit.
Definitive badass moment:
When Rooster finally meets up with Ned Pepper, Mexican Bob, and the Parmalee brothers and utters his immortal line, “Fill your hand, you son of a bitch!”
Classic badass line: “Young fella, if you're looking for trouble, I'll accommodate you.”
Occupation: US Marshall
Strengths: A quick draw that has no problem shooting to kill
Weaknesses: Overweight, only has one eye, and enjoys a stiff drink a little too often
Bracket History: Defeated #11 Al Swearengen in round 2, 69%-31%