History Characters / DieHard

28th Sep '17 9:22:52 AM TrollBrutal
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* DeathByIrony: His most famous line is chastising [=McClane=] for not killing him earlier when he had the chance...which is exactly what [[spoiler:Marco spends his last moments doing: ''not'' killing John when he has the chance.]]



* DramaticIrony: His most famous line is chastising McClane for not killing him earlier when he had the chance...which is exactly what [[spoiler:Marco spends his last moments doing: ''not'' killing McClane when he has the chance.]]
10th Sep '17 2:28:58 PM ShadowDaHedgie
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* MutilationConga: It seems like each movie is just an excuse to put [=McClane=] through one of these. In the first movie alone, he gets beaten up, falls down a flight of stairs, runs over broken glass barefoot, gets beaten up again, is shot in the shoulder, jumps off a roof with a firehose tied around his waist, crashes through a window, almost gets dragged back out of the window by the fire hose, and jumps into a water fountain to avoid an exploding elevator. He's fine by the next Christmas.

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* MutilationConga: It seems like each movie is just an excuse to put [=McClane=] through one of these. In the first movie alone, he gets beaten up, falls down a flight of stairs, runs over broken glass barefoot, gets beaten up again, is shot in the shoulder, jumps off a roof with a firehose tied around his waist, crashes through a window, almost gets dragged back out of the window by the fire hose, and jumps into a water fountain to avoid an exploding elevator.helicopter. He's fine by the next Christmas.
1st Aug '17 9:20:09 PM LordArvidthe13th
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: One could argue he was trying to help his co-workers by getting John to surrender. Still didn't end well.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: One could argue he was trying to help his co-workers by getting John to surrender. Still didn't end well. He might have been fine had he told the villain the truth when things went South. Instead he committed to his lie and protected Holly.
19th Jul '17 9:39:49 AM MasterofGalaxies4628
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* PermaStubble: In the third movie. Because he was pulled out of bed while still hungover from a night of hard drinking.

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* PermaStubble: In the third movie. Because movie, because he was pulled out of bed while still hungover from a night of hard drinking.



--> '''Simon''': John. In the back of the truck you are driving, there is $13 billion worth in gold bullion. I wonder if a deal would be out of the question?\\
'''John''': Yeah, I got a deal for you, crawl out from under that rock you hiding under and I'll drive this truck up your ass.

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--> '''Simon''': -->'''Simon''': John. In the back of the truck you are driving, there is $13 billion worth in gold bullion. I wonder if a deal would be out of the question?\\
'''John''': Yeah, I got a deal for you, crawl you: Crawl out from under that rock you hiding under and I'll drive this truck up your ass.



* SupportingProtagonist: Becomes this in ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'', as the movie seems to focus more on Jack and his mission to bring down Chagarin [[spoiler: and later Komarov.]]
* TheSouthpaw: Since Bruce Willis is left handed, so is he. Every single VideoGame adaptation of ''Die Hard'', barring ''Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza'', tends to forget this though.
* TookALevelInJerkass: He's grumpier in the fourth movie, but still a good man underneath.
** Well, he ''was'' very alienated from loved ones during the time, so it might have been somewhat understandable.

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* SupportingProtagonist: Becomes this in ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'', as the movie seems to focus more on Jack and his mission to bring down Chagarin [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and later Komarov.]]
* TheSouthpaw: Since Bruce Willis is left handed, so is he. Every single VideoGame adaptation of ''Die Hard'', barring ''Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza'', tends to forget this this, though.
* TookALevelInJerkass: He's grumpier in the fourth movie, but still a good man underneath. \n** Well, {{Justified|Trope}} because he ''was'' very alienated from loved ones during the time, so it might have been somewhat understandable.



!!Holly [=Gennero=]/[=McClane=]

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!!Holly [=Gennero=]/[=McClane=]Gennero/[=McClane=]



* YouAreInCommandNow: She winds up being the hostage negotiating with the terrorists after [[spoiler:Takagi is killed.]]
-->Holly: "I have a request."
-->Hans: "What idiot put you in charge?"
-->Holly: "You did. When you murdered my boss. Now everybody's looking to me. Personally, I'd pass on the job. I don't enjoy being this close to you."

!!Lucy [=Gennero=]/[=McClane=]

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* YouAreInCommandNow: She winds up being the hostage negotiating with the terrorists after [[spoiler:Takagi is killed.]]
-->Holly: "I
killed]].
-->'''Holly:''' I
have a request."
-->Hans: "What
\\
'''Hans:''' What
idiot put you in charge?"
-->Holly: "You
charge?\\
'''Holly:''' You
did. When you murdered my boss. Now everybody's looking to me. Personally, I'd pass on the job. I don't enjoy being this close to you."

you.

!!Lucy [=Gennero=]/[=McClane=]Gennero/[=McClane=]



-->'''John:''' Need a hug?
-->'''Jack:''' We're not really a hugging family.
-->'''John:''' Damn straight.

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-->'''John:''' Need a hug?
-->'''Jack:'''
hug?\\
'''Jack:'''
We're not really a hugging family.
-->'''John:'''
family.\\
'''John:'''
Damn straight.



--> Powell: "Need a breath mint?"
--> Robinson: *DeathGlare*

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--> Powell: "Need -->'''Powell:''' Need a breath mint?"
--> Robinson: *DeathGlare*
mint?\\
''[Robinson gives him a DeathGlare]''




!!Richard [[ADickInName ‘Dick’]] Thornberg

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\n* ShootHimHeHasAWallet: Provides the page quote. He accidentally killed a 13-year-old who had a toy ray gun, which got him relegated to beat duty.

!!Richard [[ADickInName ‘Dick’]] '[[ADickInName Dick]]' Thornberg



->''"I am '''an exceptional''' thief, Mrs. [=McClane=]. And since I'm moving up to kidnapping, you should be more polite."''
-->'''Played By:''' Creator/AlanRickman

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->''"I [[caption-width-right:350:''"I am '''an exceptional''' thief, Mrs. [=McClane=]. And since I'm moving up to kidnapping, you should be more polite."''
-->'''Played
"'']]
->'''Played
By:''' Creator/AlanRickman



--> And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain he wept, for there were [[VictoryIsBoring no more worlds to conquer]]... The benefits of a classical education.

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--> -->'''Hans:''' And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain he wept, for there were [[VictoryIsBoring no more worlds to conquer]]... The benefits of a classical education.



-->Alas, your Mr. Takagi did not see it that way... so he won't be joining us for the rest of his life.

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-->Alas, -->'''Hans:''' Alas, your Mr. Takagi did not see it that way... so he won't be joining us for the rest of his life.



* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: His response to being shot and falling through a sheet of glass is mild annoyance. Becomes OhCrap when he's dropped 30+ storeys to his death.
* MasterActor: When he encounters [=McClane=] while checking the explosives on the roof, he convincingly acts the part of an escaped hostage, even faking an American accent.
** Subverted - [[spoiler:[=McClane=] wasn't fooled and gave him an unloaded gun.]]

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* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: His response to being shot and falling through a sheet of glass is mild annoyance. Becomes OhCrap when he's dropped 30+ storeys stories to his death.
* MasterActor: When he encounters [=McClane=] while checking the explosives on the roof, he convincingly acts the part of an escaped hostage, even faking an American accent. \n** Subverted - [[spoiler:[=McClane=] wasn't [[spoiler:Subverted when [=McClane=] isn't fooled and gave gives him an unloaded gun.]]



* TheNicknamer: Calls [=McClane=] "Mr Cowboy" until he learns his real name.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Lampshaded - he went to school in England, so his accent must have localized.

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* TheNicknamer: Calls [=McClane=] "Mr Cowboy" "[[AmericansAreCowboys Mr. Cowboy]]" until he learns his real name.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Lampshaded - he Lampshaded. He went to school in England, so his accent must have localized.



* RasputinianDeath: He's shot in the gut, crashes through a window, plummets 30 storeys, and lands on his head.

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* RasputinianDeath: He's shot in the gut, crashes through a window, plummets 30 storeys, stories, and lands on his head.



* SurroundedByIdiots: Hans is (in his own words) an exceptional thief, but his henchman less so. Karl and Marco both pass up excellent chances to kill [=McClane=] (Karl due to it being [[ItsPersonal personal,]] Marco due to BondVillainStupidity), which causes the whole plan to become undone.

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* SurroundedByIdiots: Hans is (in his own words) an exceptional thief, but his henchman less so. Karl and Marco both pass up excellent chances to kill [=McClane=] (Karl due to it being [[ItsPersonal personal,]] personal]] and Marco due to BondVillainStupidity), which later causes the whole plan to become undone.



* {{Western Terrorist|s}}: [[spoiler:Subverted, his group use this as a cover for committing straightforward crimes, though Gruber is a former terrorist himself. Presumably he and the others lost their radical ideals and now just want to make a heap of money and retire]].

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* {{Western Terrorist|s}}: [[spoiler:Subverted, his group use this as a cover for committing straightforward crimes, though Gruber is a former terrorist himself. Presumably Presumably, he and the others have lost their radical ideals and now just want to make a heap of money and retire]].



-->''"Nice suit. John Phillips, London. I have two myself. Rumor has it Arafat buys his there."''
* WorthyOpponent: Is one of the few terrorists who takes [=McClane=] seriously.
** Extends to a meta level, as fans note that Hans is the series' best villain.

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-->''"Nice -->'''Hans:''' Nice suit. John Phillips, London. I have two myself. Rumor has it Arafat buys his there."''
there.
* WorthyOpponent: Is one of the few terrorists who takes [=McClane=] seriously.
** Extends
seriously. Also extends to a meta level, as fans note that Hans is the series' best villain.



* ItsPersonal: "We are both professionals. This is personal."
** ItsPersonalWithTheDragon: Big time.

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* ItsPersonal: ItsPersonalWithTheDragon: "We are both professionals. This is personal."
** ItsPersonalWithTheDragon: Big time.
"



->'''Played By:''' De’voreaux White

* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Starts laughing when he hears John say that Robinson "just got buttf**ked on national TV."

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->'''Played By:''' De’voreaux De'voreaux White

* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Starts laughing when he hears John say that Robinson "just "I'm not the one who just got buttf**ked buttfucked on national TV."TV, Dwayne!"



* TheDriver: Of the limo [=McClane=] rents.



-->''(an armored car tries to drive into the building)''
-->'''Theo:''' Looks like the police have themselves an RV.

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-->''(an armored car tries to drive into the building)''
-->'''Theo:''' ''[as an armored car tries to drive into the building]'' Looks like the police have themselves an RV.



* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:The only terrorist with significant screentime (such as Hans, Karl, Eddie, Franco, and Fritz) to survive.]]

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* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:The only terrorist with significant screentime (such as Hans, Karl, Eddie, Franco, and Fritz) to survive. He still gets punched out by Argyle, and was presumably arrested.]]



-->'''Hans''': We do it the hard way.

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-->'''Hans''': -->'''Hans:''' We do it the hard way.



* MistakenForTerrorist: They mistake John [=McClane=] for a terrorist (he's trying to get the hostages to run back downstairs) and Big Johnson tries to snipe him.
--> '''Big Johnson:''' Swing around again! I'll bag this little bastard.

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* MistakenForTerrorist: They mistake John [=McClane=] for a terrorist (he's actually trying to get the hostages to run back downstairs) and Big Johnson tries to snipe him.
--> '''Big
him. {{Justified|Trope}} because neither they nor any other law enforcement outside Nakatomi know who to look for, and [=McClane=] is [[NotHelpingYourCase firing his submachine gun willy-nilly to scare the hostages back downstairs]].
-->'''Big
Johnson:''' Swing around again! I'll bag this little bastard.



-->''(over the phone)'' This is Agent Johnson... No, ''the other one''.

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-->''(over -->'''Big Johnson:''' ''[over the phone)'' phone]'' This is Agent Johnson... No, ''the other one''.



* SacrificialLamb:[[spoiler:For the terrorists, the first of the group to die.]]

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* SacrificialLamb:[[spoiler:For SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:For the terrorists, the first of the group to die.]]



-->'''John (with ClickHello)''': Drop it, dickhead. It's the police.
-->'''Tony''': You won't hurt me.
-->'''John''': Oh yeah? Why not.
-->'''Tony''': Because you're a policeman. There are rules for policemen.
-->'''John''': Yeah. That's what my captain keeps telling me. (hits Tony, knocking his glasses off)

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-->'''John (with ClickHello)''': -->'''John:''' Drop it, dickhead. It's the police.
-->'''Tony''':
police.\\
'''Tony:'''
You won't hurt me.
-->'''John''':
me.\\
'''John:'''
Oh yeah? Why not.
-->'''Tony''':
not.\\
'''Tony:'''
Because you're a policeman. There are rules for policemen.
-->'''John''':
policemen.\\
'''John:'''
Yeah. That's what my captain keeps telling me. (hits ''[hits Tony, knocking his glasses off)
off]''



->'''Played By''': Bruno Doyon (Franco), Hans Buhringer (Fritz)

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->'''Played By''': By:''' Bruno Doyon (Franco), Hans Buhringer (Fritz)



* [[MauveShirt Mauve Shirts]]: They have the most screen time of the {{Mooks}}, much of it with Karl and chasing [=McClane=]. Franco even gets billing during the opening credits.

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* [[MauveShirt Mauve Shirts]]: {{Mauve Shirt}}s: They have the most screen time of the {{Mooks}}, much of it with Karl and chasing [=McClane=]. Franco even gets billing during the opening credits.



* TheQuietOne: Franco has only two lines, though he shouts both.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: With the exception of the [=SWAT=] assault attempt (Fritz is on the 35th floor helping James bring the missiles down to the third floor, while Franco is guarding the hostages on the 30th floor), they're always in the same scene together.

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* TheQuietOne: Franco has only two lines, though he [[NoIndoorVoice shouts both.
both]].
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: ThoseTwoGuys: With the exception of the [=SWAT=] assault attempt (Fritz is on the 35th floor helping James bring the missiles down to the third floor, while Franco is guarding the hostages on the 30th floor), they're always in the same scene together.



->'''Played By: Dennis Hayden'''

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->'''Played By: By:''' Dennis Hayden'''
Hayden



* NotSoAboveItAll: For all the atrocities he is committing under Hans Gruber's instruction, there is one thing [[EveryoneHasStandards he doesn't want anyone to see]]: snitching a candy bar.



* AllMenArePerverts: When the terrorists begin raiding the offices on the 30th floor, Marco is seen dragging a couple that was making out from one of the offices (the woman's breasts can be seen for several seconds). This winds up being DistractedByTheSexy since [=McClane=] uses the woman's screams as a distraction to escape.

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* AllMenArePerverts: When the terrorists begin raiding the offices on the 30th floor, Marco is seen dragging a couple that was making out from one of the offices (the woman's breasts can be seen for several seconds). This also winds up being DistractedByTheSexy since [=McClane=] uses the woman's screams as a distraction to escape.



* GroinAttack: [[spoiler:Gets half of a magazine emptied into his groin (the rest went into his chest).]]
* DramaticIrony: His most famous line is chastising McClane for not killing him earlier when he had the chance...which is exactly what [[spoiler: Marco spends his last moments doing: ''not'' killing McClane when he has the chance.]]

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* GroinAttack: [[spoiler:Gets half of a magazine emptied into his groin (the rest went goes into his chest).]]
* DramaticIrony: His most famous line is chastising McClane for not killing him earlier when he had the chance...which is exactly what [[spoiler: Marco [[spoiler:Marco spends his last moments doing: ''not'' killing McClane when he has the chance.]]



** [[spoiler: Whereupon John immediately [[StatingTheSimpleSolution shoots through the table]] and kills him, but not before quipping [[DeadpanSnarker "Thanks for the tip."]]]]



* TooDumbToLive: Well, when you ''do'' have a chance to kill someone, don't hesitate...

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* TooDumbToLive: Well, when you ''do'' have a chance to kill someone, don't hesitate... [[spoiler:Whereupon John immediately [[StatingTheSimpleSolution shoots through the table]] and kills him, but not before quipping [[DeadpanSnarker "Thanks for the advice."]]]]



!! Alexander, James and Kristoff
->'''Played By''': Joey Plewa (Alexander), Wilhelm Von Homberg (James), Gerard Bonn (Kristoff)

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!! Alexander, James !!Alexander, James, and Kristoff
->'''Played By''': By:''' Joey Plewa (Alexander), Wilhelm Von Homberg (James), Gerard Bonn (Kristoff)



* DeathFromAbove: James and Alexander are killed when John drops a packet of C4 down the elevator shaft.
-->'''John''': Geronimo, motherf***er!

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* DeathFromAbove: James and Alexander are killed when John drops a packet of poorly-prepped C4 down the elevator shaft.
-->'''John''': Geronimo, motherf***er!motherfucker!



* SteelEarDrums: Averted; James is seen crouching down and holding his ears when Alexander fires the missile launcher.

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* SteelEarDrums: Averted; Averted. James is seen crouching down and holding his ears when Alexander fires the missile launcher.






* AFatherToHisMen[=/=]BerserkButton: Despite being a [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who doesn't bat an eye killing a plane full of people, he cares about his men to some extent. He's not happy when Miller returns without Cochrane and almost kills him over it. When John kills Stuart's men in the skywalk, this leads to the aforementioned plane crashing.

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* AFatherToHisMen[=/=]BerserkButton: Despite being a [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who doesn't bat an eye killing crashing a plane full of people, he cares about his men to some extent. He's not happy when Miller returns without Cochrane and almost kills him over it. When John kills Stuart's men in the skywalk, this in turn leads to the aforementioned plane crashing.



* GreaterScopeVillain: Colonel Stuart's actions are all to free him from captivity.



--> '''Stuart''': You fail me again and the chamber won't be empty. Dismissed.

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--> '''Stuart''': -->'''Stuart''': You fail me again and the chamber won't be empty. Dismissed.








* TheLancer: Works back-to-back with John but [=McClane=] is still the hero of the story.

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* TheLancer: Works back-to-back with John John, but [=McClane=] is still the hero of the story.



6th Jul '17 7:43:36 AM GrecoRomanGuy
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* DramaticIrony: His most famous line is chastising McClane for not killing him earlier when he had the chance...which is exactly what [[spoiler: Marco spends his last moments doing: ''not'' killing McClane when he has the chance.]]
6th Jul '17 7:41:31 AM GrecoRomanGuy
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** [[spoiler: Whereupon John immediately [[StatingTheSimpleSolution shoots through the table]] and kills him, but not before quipping [[DeadpanSnarker "Thanks for the tip."]]]]
2nd Jul '17 4:51:07 AM NightShade96
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* ColdHam: It's AlanRickman. Most of his dialogue is bombastically understated.

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* ColdHam: It's AlanRickman.Alan Rickman. Most of his dialogue is bombastically understated.
25th Jun '17 9:35:35 AM k410ren
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* FlippingTheTable: When he hears his brother Tony is dead, he flips the desk in Holly's office.



* TheQuietOne: Franco has only two lines.

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* TheQuietOne: Franco has only two lines.lines, though he shouts both.



* GiantMook: Lorenzo Caccialanza stands 6'7', the tallest of the terrorists.

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* GiantMook: Lorenzo Caccialanza stands 6'7', 6'7", the tallest of the terrorists.



* LightningBruiser: He manages to outfight [=McClane=] at the end of the movie with some quick and hard hitting martial arts.



* LightningBruiser: He manages to outfight [=McClane=] at the end of the movie with some quick and hard hitting martial arts.



* InTheBack: Shot several times in the back by John, causing him to crash his snowmobile into an icy pond.



* TheQuietOne: Only has one line



* NotTheIntendedUse: Kahn has an... interesting use for a fire ax. When John flees to the plane's cockpit, Kahn blocks the door with the fire ax so John can't escape.

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* MauveShirt: Kahn manages to last all the way to the final confrontation with John before getting blown up in the plan explosion
* NotTheIntendedUse: Kahn has an... interesting use for a fire ax. When John flees to the plane's cockpit, cockpit and Kahn can't shoot through the door, Kahn blocks the door with the fire ax so John can't escape.


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* TheCameo: For Creator/KevinSmith.
23rd Jun '17 3:50:11 PM CynicalBastardo
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* TheSouthpaw: Since Bruce Willis is left handed, so is he. Every single VideoGame adaptation of ''Die Hard'' tends to forget this though.

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* TheSouthpaw: Since Bruce Willis is left handed, so is he. Every single VideoGame adaptation of ''Die Hard'' Hard'', barring ''Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza'', tends to forget this though.
23rd Jun '17 3:48:31 PM CynicalBastardo
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* OneManArmy: [[TropesAreTools Done very well in the first film,]] where he compensates for being outnumbered and outgunned by using hit-and-run tactics, psychological warfare, and crafty thinking to save the day. It's played much straighter in the other films, however.

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* OneManArmy: [[TropesAreTools Done very well in the first film,]] where he compensates for being outnumbered and outgunned by using hit-and-run tactics, psychological warfare, and crafty thinking to save the day. Notably, when he is present at Joe Takagi's death, he doesn't take the opportunity to charge in like a regular ActionHero because he notes that if he did so, he'd be dead too. It's played much straighter in the other films, however.
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