Of Battle Of The Johns: Rambo VS Wick

One of the last books I read The Kite Runner (you can read my review here) was set in Afghanistan and that got me thinking on my earliest memories of Afghanistan being from the Slyvester Stallone movie Rambo III

Rambo III mission briefing

Barring that I was probably too young to be watching Rambo and I most likely watched more than half of the Rambo movies from behind the couch peeking through gaps between my fingers I was awe-struck; this one man army was the force of freedom…

Rambo (TV Series 1986) - IMDb

A part of my mind forever refers to Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo and that memory quietly resided in some dusty corner in my head until Hollywood decided to violently shake out the cobwebs by unleashing the one-man-killing-machine for one last ride four decades after he drew first blood, Rambo Last Blood.

Rambo Stallone GIF by Rambo: Last Blood - Find & Share on GIPHY

Rambo Last Blood is best described as an orgy of violence; decapitations, impalements, explosions and incinerations galore! He cuts out someone’s heart from their chest and glares at it!!!!

Knowing the movie world I bet this will not be the last time we see John Rambo…

After watching this movie a thought has been rattling around in my head about whom would win a fight to death between John Rambo and John Wick

John Rambo VS John Wick

Kill Counters

First Blood1
Rambo II75
Rambo III115
Rambo IV254
Last Blood46
John Wick77
Chapter 2128
Chapter 394

John Rambo has a higher body count but also more movies… if we get more movies in the John Wick franchise bodies will pile up.


John Wick has a certain poetic style, he kills with choreographic movement looking dapper in suit and tie.

John Rambo is blunt force trauma, like a caveman with hammer in a pottery shop.


John Wick

Trained as an assassin; marksman with multiple skills including martial arts, firearms, knives, edged weapons, improvised weapons, tactical driving, infiltration

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum.

John is a man who keeps himself in great shape and maintains a strict level of training. His strength, speed, reflexes, agility, durability, and stamina are in top conditioning, for a man of his age.

John Rambo

Trained Green Beret and Special Ops with battle skills, mastery of weapons, knives, hand to hand combat and guerilla tactics such as stealth, sentry removal, demolitions and such.

 Sylvester Stallone's Rambo

John is a man who’s been trained to ignore pain, ignore weather, to live off the land, to eat things that’ll make a billy goat puke.

Battle Setting

John Wick would win if the fight happens in a urbanscape, where there are abundant supply of weapons.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Rambo would win if the fight happens in a desert or a forest setting where the two fighters have to survive the elements and fight at the same time or if he had time to set up booby-traps.

Rambo Prepares to Kill Everyone in last blood

Weapon of choice

Rambo uses anything he can get his hands on; usually a survival knife or compound bow. Sometimes his bare hands. Also known to use an M60.

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) uses a Heckler & Koch P30L fitted with a custom compensator as his primary firearm but he can kill with a pencil or even a book.

  • Verdict

These guys are so evenly matched the winner of this battle would probably be due to blind luck giving someone tactical advantage..

But if the fight were to end up in hand to hand combat John Wick would win on account of being younger and fitter… although Rambo would have won had a younger version of him fought John Wick.

Who would win John Wick or Rambo

John Wick’s anger can be used against him to get him to do tactically unsound manoeuvres i.e. dumb sh*t like lets say Rambo kills or kidnaps John Wick’s new dog and uses it to lure John Wick into a deadly ambush.

Plot twist you might want to consider:

What if Rambo is John Wick’s father?

Both named John, look alike, same personality, timeline fits….

Rambo is John Wick's Father




  1. Puff, puff puff, “John” puff puff, “I am your father!”
    Sorry, Star Wars nerd in me coming out.
    Also sorry about this – I loved the first Rambo movie, where it was a huge statement about our treatment of Vietnam vets but hated the rest. The series went from a very complex psychological movie to a 2-D cartoon.

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    1. hahahaha actually the Star Wars line was not too far away from my thoughts as I wrote that last part
      “Look, John” *puff puff* “Look, I am your father”


      I only watched it for the action and not the storyline it lacked and it seems with time they have thrown the story out of the window, and Last Blood can aptly be renamed to 49 ways to kill men who human traffic your niece


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  2. My dad introduced me to Sylvester, growing up we used to watch Rambo and I was hooked. I think we still have the cassettes somewhere in the house. I didn’t like the story line of the last one (Last Blood) – the killings were well thought of though. Then John Wick. Ah! John Wick! It’s just sad how much I enjoy watching people get killed…
    Nice read xx

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    1. I am sure still got the Rambo cassettes in some box somewhere too, those things are timeless!!!! Unlike CDs and DVDs easy to scratch and break…

      Too true the story line was a bit…. *meh* but the killings!!! I bet they spend more time thinking up ways people would be killed than the actual story 😂😂
      I worry about the glee in watching this movie violence does this make us bad people?????

      Wait, so who in your opinion do you think would win??

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      1. Nope, Not at all! We aren’t bad people … we just like good movies with extreme violence lol

        It’s really hard – I have to factor age, experience … though in my opinion I would want John Wick to win


  3. A superb comparison between the 2 great action movies

    Watched all of the movies in the John Wick trilogy and it has an edge over Rambo for 2 main reasons – 1. a great story to the shadowy world of assassins and 2. a very strong main character played by Keanu Reeves

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    1. I much prefer John Wick to Rambo, Keanu Reeves definitely made the shadowy world of assassins come to life on the big screen.


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