Across seven films in the sprawling Rocky franchise, the titular boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) faced numerous opponents both inside and outside of the ring. From robot butlers to back-alley boxers, shady promoters to Olympic champions, Rocky contended with it all over the years.Even though he always managed to pull through, some of these adversaries proved to be more formidable than others.
With that in mind, here’s a look at all the enemies Rocky’s faced, and how they rank against one another.
Technically a gift from Rocky to his brother-in-law, Paulie (Burt Young), a sentient robot butler (with a mild attitude) seemed wildly out-of-place in an otherwise grounded movie franchise about the life of an underdog boxer-turned-champion, but it was the ’80s so whatever. Every kid had an Alphie and this was technically an action star.
The point is, robots were in. So, why does SICO qualify as an opponent? Simply put, the robot was a distraction. Look at Apollo Creed’s (Carl Weathers) reaction when he sees Paulie’s aluminum love servant.
Mick used to tell Rocky that women are a distraction. Is that not, in some way, also true of robot ladies? Hell, maybe Apollo lost (and died) because he couldn’t get SICO out of his head when he was supposed to be training for his comeback against Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
SICO might rank much higher if this was a ranking of Apollo’s opponents.