Ivan Drago (Russian: Иван Драго) is the main antagonist in the 1985 film Rocky IV. He is portrayed by Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren.
Drago is a boxing champion from Russia (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.
In Popular Culture
The character and his catchphrases have gone on to inspire multiple mentions in popular culture (such as the comic parody film Disaster Movie), as well as the name of Michigan heavy metal band If He Dies He Dies.
In an episode of Family Guy, Brian Griffin has a montage which is a parody of Rocky's montage to the song "Heart's on Fire" and when Brian gets to the top of the mountain he yells "DRAGO" the same way Rocky does in the movie.