Full name

Gustav Lars Drago


Ivan Drago


Break or kill Rocky Balboa at any cost and to win the global boxing championship in honor for The Soviet Union


Loses the match to Rocky

If he dies, he dies.
~ Ivan Drago, after knocking Apollo Creed unconscious

Gustav Lars “Ivan” Drago is the main antagonist in the 1985 film Rocky IV and the 2018 film Creed II.

He is portrayed by famous Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren.

Drago is a boxing champion from Sweden (posing as Russia, or the Soviet Union at the time) and also a captain in the Russian military, who is known to have superhuman strength and is shown having steroids injected into him during one of Rocky's montages. His wife, Ludmilla Drago, acts as his spokeswoman during interviews and press conferences, which Drago's manager, Nicolai Koloff, also uses to run down America and boast of Russian superiority in propagandistic fashion. Early in the movie, when he steps into the ring for an exhibition match against Apollo Creed (who has come out of retirement for the bout), he easily kills Creed without remorse in the ring in the second round. In revenge for his friend Creed's death and to defend the honor of America, Rocky challenges Drago to face him in the ring in Moscow, Russia on Christmas Day, where Rocky ends up winning because of his intense training in the snow.


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