History Franchise / DieHard

1st Aug '17 10:38:56 PM AbsoluteSword
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** In the first three films in the franchise, this is the drive behind most of our hero's actions. The first film sees our hero getting caught in the middle of a terrorist takeover of a high-rise building, with no way out, holding dozens of hostages with [[IHaveYourWife his wife among them]] and the police offers arriving to save the day [[PoliceAreUseless being no help at all]]. The second entire planes full of innocent families coming home for Christmas trapped in mid-air at the mercy of a madman, who manages to [[spoiler: destroy one such plane, murdering every man woman and ''child'' onboard]]. The third film has a major subplot about a terrorist bomb in an elementary school.

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** In the first three films in the franchise, this is the drive behind most of our hero's actions. The first film sees our hero getting caught in the middle of a terrorist takeover of a high-rise building, with no way out, holding dozens of hostages with [[IHaveYourWife his wife among them]] and the police offers arriving to save the day [[PoliceAreUseless being no help at all]]. The second entire one raises the satkes with dozens of planes full of innocent families coming home for Christmas trapped in mid-air at the mercy of a madman, who manages to [[spoiler: destroy one such plane, murdering every man woman and ''child'' onboard]]. The third film has a major subplot about a terrorist bomb in an elementary school.
1st Aug '17 10:38:00 PM AbsoluteSword
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** In the first three films in the franchise, this is the drive behind most of our hero's actions. The first film sees our hero getting caught in the middle of a terrorist takeover of a high-rise building, with no way out, holding dozens of hostages with [[IHaveYourWife his wife among them]] and the police offers arriving to save the day [[PoliceAreUseless being no help at all]]. The second is much of the same, except with entire plane-loads of people coming in for the holidays. The third film has a major subplot about a terrorist bomb in an elementary school.

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** In the first three films in the franchise, this is the drive behind most of our hero's actions. The first film sees our hero getting caught in the middle of a terrorist takeover of a high-rise building, with no way out, holding dozens of hostages with [[IHaveYourWife his wife among them]] and the police offers arriving to save the day [[PoliceAreUseless being no help at all]]. The second is much of the same, except with entire plane-loads planes full of people innocent families coming in home for Christmas trapped in mid-air at the holidays.mercy of a madman, who manages to [[spoiler: destroy one such plane, murdering every man woman and ''child'' onboard]]. The third film has a major subplot about a terrorist bomb in an elementary school.
24th May '17 7:01:40 AM rafi
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* DudeWheresMyRespect: See "SequelReset" below.

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* DudeWheresMyRespect: See "SequelReset" below.No matter what adventures [=McClane=] may go on, by the start of the next film he'll be back to being a JerkAss with a miserable home life. Seriously, this is a man who has now single-handedly thwarted four major terrorist attacks on the country (well, only one was actually terrorism, the other three were robberies disguised as terrorist acts), but still [=McClane=] should seriously be invited to train Delta Force in urban combat and anti-terrorist tactics.
** The second film was the only one in the series to suggest [=McClane=] has achieved any level of fame from his actions, with various people scoffing at his media appearances. In real life, the passengers on United 93 are lauded as heroes, and they didn't survive their counterattack on their hijackers. If [=McClane=] was a real person, his face would have been added to the U.S. flag by now...
** "You know what you get for being a hero? Nothin'. You get shot at. You get a little pat on the back, blah, blah, blah, attaboy. You get divorced. Your wife can't remember your last name. Your kids don't want to talk to you. You get to eat a lot of meals by yourself. Trust me, kid, nobody wants to be that guy."
** It actually sort of makes sense. He was fairly well known in the second, mostly because of the reporter forcing Holly's maid to give an interview or be deported. The reporter who he worked with in the second clearly had ethics, so she probably downplayed his involvement. The third movie: You are a reporter. Are you going to focus on the little kids who were saved by cops or some bank robber? And by the fourth, it had probably been 10-12 years. And one can easily argue that his involvement in the fourth would be downplayed for national security reasons, leaving him as somewhat known to law enforcement, but largely anonymous by the fifth.



* SequelReset: No matter what adventures [=McClane=] may go on, by the start of the next film he'll be back to being a JerkAss with a miserable home life. Seriously, this is a man who has now single-handedly thwarted four major terrorist attacks on the country (well, only one was actually terrorism, the other three were robberies disguised as terrorist acts), but still [=McClane=] should seriously be invited to train Delta Force in urban combat and anti-terrorist tactics.
** The second film was the only one in the series to suggest [=McClane=] has achieved any level of fame from his actions, with various people scoffing at his media appearances. In real life, the passengers on United 93 are lauded as heroes, and they didn't survive their counterattack on their hijackers. If [=McClane=] was a real person, his face would have been added to the U.S. flag by now...
** "You know what you get for being a hero? Nothin'. You get shot at. You get a little pat on the back, blah, blah, blah, attaboy. You get divorced. Your wife can't remember your last name. Your kids don't want to talk to you. You get to eat a lot of meals by yourself. Trust me, kid, nobody wants to be that guy."
** It actually sort of makes sense. He was fairly well known in the second, mostly because of the reporter forcing Holly's maid to give an interview or be deported. The reporter who he worked with in the second clearly had ethics, so she probably downplayed his involvement. The third movie: You are a reporter. Are you going to focus on the little kids who were saved by cops or some bank robber? And by the fourth, it had probably been 10-12 years. And one can easily argue that his involvement in the fourth would be downplayed for national security reasons, leaving him as somewhat known to law enforcement, but largely anonymous by the fifth.

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* SequelReset: No matter what adventures Starting with the third, the Die Hard sequels start with John [=McClane=] may go on, by the start of the next film he'll be back to being a JerkAss with a miserable home life. Seriously, this is a man who has now single-handedly thwarted four major terrorist attacks down-on-his-luck cop on the country (well, only one was actually terrorism, the other three were robberies disguised as terrorist acts), but still [=McClane=] should seriously be invited to train Delta Force in urban combat and anti-terrorist tactics.
** The second film was the only one in the series to suggest [=McClane=] has achieved any level of fame from his actions,
outs with various people scoffing at his media appearances. In real life, the passengers on United 93 are lauded as heroes, and they didn't survive their counterattack on their hijackers. If [=McClane=] was a real person, his face would have been added to the U.S. flag by now...
** "You know what you get for being a hero? Nothin'. You get shot at. You get a little pat on the back, blah, blah, blah, attaboy. You get divorced. Your wife can't remember your last name. Your kids don't want to talk to you. You get to eat a lot of meals by yourself. Trust me, kid, nobody wants to be that guy."
** It actually sort of makes sense. He was fairly well known in
family (in the second, mostly because he's in a relatively good mood... until disaster finds him ''again''). Possibly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by his being something of the reporter forcing Holly's maid to give an interview or be deported. The reporter who he worked a headstrong CowboyCop with in a drinking problem; the second clearly had ethics, so she probably downplayed acclaim he gets for his involvement. The third movie: You are a reporter. Are you going to focus on the little kids who were saved heroics is balanced by cops or some bank robber? And by the fourth, it had probably been 10-12 years. And one can easily argue that his involvement repeatedly getting in the fourth would be downplayed for national security reasons, leaving him as somewhat known to law enforcement, but largely anonymous by the fifth.trouble.
24th May '17 6:43:38 AM rafi
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** In "Die Hard", although John McClane seeks out a machine gun (ho-ho-ho) at the first opportunity, he's still eventually reduced to his trusty pistol.
** He's able to take out a helicopter in "Die Hard with a Vengeance" with a snub-nosed revolver. To be fair, he didn't aim directly at said helicopter...



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10th Apr '17 2:15:10 PM nombretomado
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*** Even the video games are not immune to this. The {{Sega}} BeatEmUp ''Die Hard Arcade'' was originally ''Dynamite Deka'' in Japan, whose main character (Bruno Delinger) just happened to resembled Bruce Willis. Sega simply tacked on the ''Die Hard'' license for the international release and claimed that Bruno was actually John [=McClane=] himself, and remade the villain into Hans Gruber.

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*** Even the video games are not immune to this. The {{Sega}} Creator/{{Sega}} BeatEmUp ''Die Hard Arcade'' was originally ''Dynamite Deka'' in Japan, whose main character (Bruno Delinger) just happened to resembled Bruce Willis. Sega simply tacked on the ''Die Hard'' license for the international release and claimed that Bruno was actually John [=McClane=] himself, and remade the villain into Hans Gruber.
10th Mar '17 7:20:05 AM Bissek
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* DowntimeDowngrade: John and Holly's marriage. First movie: On the rocks, restored by RescueRomance. Second movie: Appears stable. Third movie: On the rocks again, and John unintentionally leaving her hanging on the line while he goes to confront the BigBad probably didn't help. Fourth movie on: Divorced.
25th Feb '17 7:33:53 PM nombretomado
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** ''Die Hard'': Based on the novel ''Nothing Lasts Forever'', which was the sequel to ''The Detective,'' whose adaptation starred FrankSinatra. When Ol' Blue Eyes passed on the chance to reprise his role in a direct sequel, the flim was retooled as ''Film/{{Commando}} 2'', but Arnie passed and ''Die Hard'' became a stand-alone movie.

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** ''Die Hard'': Based on the novel ''Nothing Lasts Forever'', which was the sequel to ''The Detective,'' whose adaptation starred FrankSinatra.Music/FrankSinatra. When Ol' Blue Eyes passed on the chance to reprise his role in a direct sequel, the flim was retooled as ''Film/{{Commando}} 2'', but Arnie passed and ''Die Hard'' became a stand-alone movie.
5th Jan '17 9:53:26 AM Black_Diesel
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12th Dec '16 12:45:02 PM JamesAustin
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* BoringInvincibleHero: John started off as an aversion of this trope as a hero who gets hurt like anyone else would, but by ''Good Day'', he's able to brush off falling through several stories of glass despite pushing 60.



* InvincibleHero: John started off as an aversion of this trope as a hero who gets hurt like anyone else would, but by ''Good Day'', he's able to brush off falling through several stories of glass despite pushing 60.



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8th Oct '16 8:03:47 PM DustSnitch
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A landmark action movie franchise that started with [[AnAssKickingChristmas the greatest Christmas movie ever made]] in 1988 when the world was introduced to {{badass}} John [=McClane=]. He is usually called "[[RightManInTheWrongPlace the right man in the wrong place at the wrong time.]]" Creator/BruceWillis stars as New York cop John [=McClane=], who usually has to employ his skills in a situation that has since been called DieHardOnAnX -- he is usually trapped inside a location and has to climb around in air ducts and counter the bad guys' plot. The setup is slightly different in each film (mostly depending on the location), but he always finds himself in the way of terrorists hatching some sort of plot (which ends up serving as an elaborate robbery).

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A landmark action movie franchise that started with [[AnAssKickingChristmas the greatest Christmas movie ever made]] in 1988 when the world was introduced to {{badass}} badass John [=McClane=]. He is usually called "[[RightManInTheWrongPlace the right man in the wrong place at the wrong time.]]" Creator/BruceWillis stars as New York cop John [=McClane=], who usually has to employ his skills in a situation that has since been called DieHardOnAnX -- he is usually trapped inside a location and has to climb around in air ducts and counter the bad guys' plot. The setup is slightly different in each film (mostly depending on the location), but he always finds himself in the way of terrorists hatching some sort of plot (which ends up serving as an elaborate robbery).



* {{Badass}}: John [=McClane=], of course.
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