History Characters / DieHard

9th Jan '18 8:33:35 AM Darkmage7280
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* WeaponOfChoice: Looking closely, Kristoff can be seen carrying a [=HK94=] carbine with a shortened barrel and converted to full-auto as a stand-in [=MP5A3=] submachine gun.
9th Jan '18 4:06:57 AM JoelRowan
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* BornInTheWrongCentury: Present, but downplayed in the first film. He expresses confusion and frustration with digital technology, annoyance with LA's lack of traditional Christmas fare, and displays an almost-but-not-quite sexist attitude towards his wife following her career. He gets better by the second one (though he still gets confused by technology).
29th Dec '17 2:09:11 PM AFP
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* BerserkButton: Holly gets a rise out of him by pointing out that for all his posturing and delusions of grandeur, all he's doing is (trying) to steal some money.



** Humorously, the quote is actually "Alexander of Macedon, who, upon hearing that there were other worlds, wept that he had not yet conquered one", which is more accurate to his posturing.

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** Humorously, the quote is actually "Alexander of Macedon, who, upon hearing that there were other worlds, wept that he had not yet conquered one", ''one''", which is more accurate to [[SmallNameBigEgo his posturing.posturing]].


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** Of course, he not only gets the quote wrong, but seems to miss the point of it being that Alexander realized he'd ''failed'' to conquer the world, making his comparison to Alexander of Macedon a bit of {{Foreshadowing}} in addition to [[SmallNameBigEgo remarkably pretentious.]]
27th Dec '17 11:45:03 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* DeathGlare: This seems to be his default expression. And it's nothing short of chilling.
22nd Dec '17 2:29:26 PM TrollBrutal
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* TheDreaded: The LAPD are not particularly happy to see them, and even Powell warns them to no avail that the terrorists know what they're up to.

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* TheDreaded: JurisdictionFriction: The LAPD are not particularly happy to see them, and even Powell warns them to no avail that the terrorists know what they're up to.
22nd Dec '17 1:49:00 PM Michael_McManus
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* TaughtByExperience: AllThereInTheManual with regard to his hand to hand combat skills. A throwaway stage direction in his fight against Karl describes [=McClane=] as bringing "everything from the street."
21st Dec '17 1:54:55 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* TheDreaded: The LAPD are not particularly happy to see them, and even Powell warns them to no avail that the terrorists know what they're up to.


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* KillItWithFire: Their chopper is caught in the explosion when Hans blows the roof, sending them and all aboard crashing down in a fiery inferno.
25th Nov '17 4:35:24 PM eroock
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* CowboyCop: Lampshaded. In the first film, the first mook he kills tells him that he won't hurt him because there are rules for cops. He states that his captain keeps telling him that and proceeds to PistolWhip the mook.

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* CowboyCop: Lampshaded. In the first film, the first mook he kills tells him that he won't hurt him because there are rules for cops. He states that his captain keeps telling him that and proceeds to PistolWhip the mook. Hans calls [=McClane=] out on his behavoir, and then the [[DiscussedTrope discussion turns to cowboys in movies]], leading to the CatchPhrase.



* {{Determinator}}: In the first film, he gets beat up, shot at, nearly blown up, jumps himself off a building and crashes through a glass window, his feet get lacerated, and he eventually gets shot in the shoulder. This does not stop him. The third film has him getting pistol-whipped, blown up, beaten, drowned, shot at, beaten, and blown up ''again''. This makes him angry. In the fourth film, he is shot at, blown up, shot at some more, thrown out of a car, beaten up by a DarkActionGirl, dropped down an elevator shaft, frozen, beat up again, shot at ''by a jet fighter'', shot, and then ''shoots himself''. He doesn't give up at any point.

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* {{Determinator}}: A TropeCodifier for the non-invincible action movie hero who has to [[EarnYourHappyEnding Earn His Happy Ending]]. In the first film, he gets beat up, shot at, nearly blown up, jumps himself off a building and crashes through a glass window, his feet get lacerated, and he eventually gets shot in the shoulder. This does not stop him. The third film has him getting pistol-whipped, blown up, beaten, drowned, shot at, beaten, and blown up ''again''. This makes him angry. In the fourth film, he is shot at, blown up, shot at some more, thrown out of a car, beaten up by a DarkActionGirl, dropped down an elevator shaft, frozen, beat up again, shot at ''by a jet fighter'', shot, and then ''shoots himself''. He doesn't give up at any point.



** In the book, hero Lelend is even more so. For example, he sends down the corpse with the message "Now '''we''' have a machine gun" to make Gruber think there's more than one enemy.



* RightManInTheWrongPlace: The story of his life.

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* RightManInTheWrongPlace: The story of his life.He was just there for a party and turned out to be the guy made to seriously derail a perfectly good plan.



* SherlockScan: He is able to deduce quite a bit about the {{Mooks}} inside the office just by picking up on subtle clues in their attire and actions.



* BlackBestFriend: Despite not meeting each other before the end of the first film, he's John's only trustworthy helper outside the Nakatomi Plaza.

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* BlackBestFriend: Despite not meeting each other before the end of the first film, he's John's only trustworthy helper and source of moral support outside the Nakatomi Plaza.Plaza. Not as big a role in the second, although he is still John's best friend.



* DeskJockey: By choice after shooting a kid. See ShootHimHeHasAWallet.

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* DeskJockey: By choice after [=McClane=] and Powell have a conversation that jokingly derides desk jockey cops, up until Powell reveals why he's now a desk jockey instead of patrolling the streets. This is because Powell made the horrible mistake of [[ShootHimHeHasAWallet shooting a kid. See ShootHimHeHasAWallet.kid with a fake gun]]. [[LetsGetDangerous He still proves he can get the job done]] when [[TheDragon Karl]] [[DragonTheirFeet comes back from the dead for one last shot at McClane]].



* FauxAffablyEvil: He puts up a polite façade, but it's all an act.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: He puts up He's WickedCultured, and displays a polite façade, but it's all modicum of politeness towards the hostages. However, if he doesn't get his way, he feels no revulsion towards killing those in his way without batting an act. eye. He's rather blase about killing Takagi and Ellis, and he's rather angered when Holly calls him a "common thief."
-->'''Hans''' (almost snarling): I am an ''exceptional'' thief.



* SharpDressedMan: Hans notices in the elevator how nice Mr. Takagi's suit is:
--> '''Hans''': Nice suit... John Phillips, London. I have two myself. Rumor has it Arafat buys his there.



* WickedCultured:
-->'''Hans:''' Nice suit. John Phillips, London. I have two myself. Rumor has it Arafat buys his there.

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* WickedCultured:
-->'''Hans:''' Nice suit. John Phillips, London. I have two myself. Rumor has it Arafat buys his there.
WickedCultured: He lampshades this by quoting Plutarch's "Life of Alexander" and then comments, "Benefits of a classical education."



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He's deeply affected by the death of his [[BigBrotherInstinct younger brother Tony]] and subsequently spends the rest of the film hell-bent on killing [=McClane=].

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* DragonWithAnAgenda: He's deeply affected when [=McClane=] kills his brother Tony and subsequently spends the rest of the film hell-bent on killing [=McClane=].
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He's deeply affected by the death of his [[BigBrotherInstinct younger brother Tony]] and subsequently spends the rest of the film [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge hell-bent on killing killing]] [=McClane=].



* SiblingYinYang: He and his brother Tony. The former is hot blooded and strong, the latter is calm and craftier (though taller).



* AssholeVictim: He betrays John to the terrorists. Nonetheless John pleads for Ellis' life and is anguished when he is killed by Gruber.



* AlmightyJanitor: Argyle the limo driver takes out one of terrorists with nothing but his car and his fists. This technically means Argyle was more useful in aiding [=McClane=] in his fight against the terrorists then both the entire FBI and LAPD were (with the exception of Sgt Powell).




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* UncleTomfoolery: At first, it led to a small FunnyBackgroundEvent moment when Powell's car is being shot up.



* BlackAndNerdy: He's the team's hacker, he wears glasses, and doesn't have any combat skills.

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* BlackAndNerdy: He's the team's upbeat and cheery hacker, he wears glasses, and doesn't have any combat skills.



* TheCracker: He is a more realistic black hat: his main displays of cracking skill consist of tapping in to the building's camera system and guessing Takagi's password to defeat the first of [[spoiler:seven locks on the Nakatomi Corporation vault. To disable locks 2 through 6, he uses a big drill. He doesn't even know how to open the final electromagnetic time lock on the vault until he learns about Hans' gaming the FBI into shutting off the power to the entire city grid that the building is on, thus disabling the lock and giving them access to the vault]].



* BenevolentBoss: He was the one that paid for the limo that brought John to Nakatomi towers and seems to get along fine with him.

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* BenevolentBoss: Throws his best employees a party and refuses to sell out his corporation. He was also the one that paid for the limo that brought John to Nakatomi towers and seems to get along fine with him.him. Killing him [[KickTheDog demonstrated how evil Hans was]].




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* SharpDressedMan: Hans notices in the elevator how nice Mr. Takagi's suit is.
29th Oct '17 5:21:05 AM CynicalBastardo
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* CoolGun: His Steyr AUG, a stark contrast to the [=MP5s=] used by the rest of his team.
29th Oct '17 5:18:21 AM CynicalBastardo
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* BatmanGrabsAGun: He has no stomach for using his sidearm in the first film, thanks to shooting a young boy with a toy gun. In the end, he ends up shooting [[DragonTheirFeet Karl]] before he can take out John.


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* DeskJockey: By choice after shooting a kid. See ShootHimHeHasAWallet.
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