The Soviet Leader is the overarching antagonist of the 1985 film Rocky IV and it's 2021 recut Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago - The Ultimate Director's Cut. He is the President of the U.S.S.R during the events of Apollo Creed's and Rocky Balboa's fights with the Soviet captain Ivan Drago, and Nicolai Koloff's superior.
He was portrayed by David Lloyd Austin.
The Soviet Leader was the President of the Soviet Union in the 1980's when the Cold War was at it's height. He was the man responsible for the events that transpired in the movie. In order to prove that the Soviet Union was the dominant power in the world in sports, race, technology and power, he orchestrated a propaganda mission by having a Russian boxer and captain in the Soviet army named Ivan Drago be unstoppable force. He had Drago trained under the latest technology and used doping experiments on him. Ivan Drago's first big step was to become a gold medalist and Olympic champion in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. However, that was not enough as USA didn't participate in the games, and thus Soviet dominance over USA wasn't proven yet. The President then started to plan something bigger and had one of his trusted men, a diplomat and member of the politburo named Nicolai Koloff run the whole thing.
5 years later, in 1985, the plan came into fruition. The Soviets targeted the at the time Heavyweight Champion of the world Rocky Balboa, who recently reclaimed his title after defeating Clubber Lang and was at the peak of his fame. Koloff traveled to America and introduced Ivan Drago to the pubic with the help of Drago's wife Ludmilla, who was also an Olympic champion in swimming. He was also joined by Drago's two trainers, Manuel Vega and Sergei Rimsky, as well as a whole team of bodyguards and scientists. Koloff issued a challenge to Rocky Balboa, but was instead challenged by Apollo Creed who came out of retirement. Following Apollo's insults, the Soviets decided to not hold back and had Drago brutally beat Apollo to death in the ring. Rocky Balboa then accepted to fight Drago in Moscow on Christmas. The Soviet Leader was present along with the other members of the politburo during the fight. When Drago stepped up in the ring he greeted his leader and soon the fight started. The Soviet Leader seemed confident as Drago had the upper hand early in the fight but as Rocky started to fight back and won the hearts of the Russian crowd, he ordered Koloff to go and threaten Drago. Rocky finally won, with the Soviet leader looking angrily at Koloff for his failure. After Rocky's warming speech, the Soviet President was moved and started to clap along with the crowd.
- In the director's cut version of Rocky IV, Rocky VS Drago, the Soviet Leader doesn't clap for Rocky's speech at the end, but instead leaves the stadium in disgust which correlates more with Creed 2, where it was stated that Drago was abandoned and forced to leave Russia and live in Ukraine.
- The Soviet Leader was inspired by Mikhail Gorbachev, the real President of the U.S.S.R. at the time.