Ivan Drago ( ) is a fictional character that appeared as Rocky Balboa's rival in the 1985 film Rocky IV. He is portrayed by Dolph Lundgren. The character and his catchphrases have gone on to inspire multiple mentions in popular culture, including in the Family Guy episode "Brian Goes Back to College", the Chuck episodes "Chuck Versus the Final Exam" and "Chuck Versus the Anniversary", film Disaster Movie, as well as the name of Michigan heavy metal band, If He Dies He Dies.
Drago is characterized as a tall (6 ft 5 in or 195 cm) and powerful amateur boxing champion from the Soviet Union, as well as a former Olympic gold medalist. He is also a Captain in the Red Army and as seen on his chest, is a recipient of the Hero of the Soviet Union award. He is billed at 261 pounds (118 kg, over 18 ½ stone). Drago's reputation is that of a superman; he wields a super punch of psi, although some measurements captured Drago at a staggering psi, whereas the average psi for a boxer is 700psi. Drago is carefully fitted and trained to be the consummate fighter, with his heart rate and punching power constantly measured via computers during his workouts. Drago is seen receiving injections in the movie (presumably anabolic steroid, though this is never explicitly stated).
Drago is married to another athlete, Ludmilla Drago (Brigitte Nielsen) who is mentioned to be a gold medalist in swimming. She is much more articulate than Ivan, and always speaks on his behalf at press conferences and interviews.
Unlike the flamboyant Apollo Creed and the brash Clubber Lang, Rocky's opponents in previous movies who are abrupt and tell it how it is, Ivan Drago is a quiet man who lets his fist do the talking when inside the ring. Driven by his desire to be the best at all costs, this single-minded manner in which he pursues this goal deprives him of his humanity. This is made evident by his cold-blooded pulverization of Creed in an exhibition match as well as by his callous reaction towards news of his opponent's death. Drago generally allows his wife and trainers to talk on his behalf to the press. The character only speaks short sentences, throughout the film, all terse, short statements.
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