History YMMV / DieHard

7th May '17 9:51:13 PM Josef5678
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* CompleteMonster: [[ManOfWealthAndTaste Hans Gruber]], the franchise's first BigBad and a prototype for countless future action movie villains, is an self-described "exceptional thief" who leads the [[TerroristsWithoutACause supposed terrorist attack]] that takes over Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles, killing the building's security. A former member of the German terrorist organization Volksfrei, Hans decides to [[{{Greed}} serve his own profit]] over ideology by attempting to rob the Plaza of its bearer bonds. Executing the company head Joseph Takagi when he refuses to cooperate, Gruber has a SWAT team wiped out when they storm the building, and when the hero [[BadassUnintentional John McClane]] interferes, Hans murders a hostage who claims to be John's friend and threatens to begin shooting more until he "gets to someone you do care about!" It is revealed Hans never intends to let any hostages go, instead placing all of them on the roof to rig it with explosives, which he then plans to detonate--killing over 30 innocent people as a distraction--and fake his own death to get away clean with the money. While only succeeding in [[CopKiller killing members of the FBI]] in this attempt, Hans immediately kidnaps John's ex-wife before attempting to kill her and John in retribution. Ruthlessly devoted to his own profit above anything else and mixing an [[TheSociopath utter lack of regard for human lives]]--[[BadBoss even those of his own men]]--with [[FauxAffablyEvil an air]] of [[WickedCultured urbane sophistication]], Hans Gruber remains the most deeply personal enemy [=John McClane=] has ever faced.

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* CompleteMonster: [[ManOfWealthAndTaste Hans Gruber]], the franchise's first BigBad and a prototype for countless future action movie villains, is an a self-described "exceptional thief" who leads the [[TerroristsWithoutACause supposed terrorist attack]] that takes over Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles, killing the building's security. A former member of the German terrorist organization Volksfrei, Hans decides to [[{{Greed}} serve his own profit]] over ideology by attempting to rob the Plaza of its bearer bonds. Executing the company head Joseph Takagi when he refuses to cooperate, Gruber has a SWAT team wiped out when they storm the building, and when the hero [[BadassUnintentional John McClane]] interferes, Hans murders a hostage who claims to be John's friend and threatens to begin shooting more until he "gets to someone you do care about!" It is revealed Hans never intends to let any hostages go, instead placing all of them on the roof to rig it with explosives, which he then plans to detonate--killing over 30 innocent people as a distraction--and fake his own death to get away clean with the money. While only succeeding in [[CopKiller killing members of the FBI]] in this attempt, Hans immediately kidnaps John's ex-wife before attempting to kill her and John in retribution. Ruthlessly devoted to his own profit above anything else and mixing an [[TheSociopath utter lack of regard for human lives]]--[[BadBoss even those of his own men]]--with [[FauxAffablyEvil an air]] of [[WickedCultured urbane sophistication]], Hans Gruber remains the most deeply personal enemy [=John McClane=] has ever faced.
7th May '17 11:41:47 AM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: [[ManOfWealthAndTaste Hans Gruber]], the franchise's first BigBad and a prototype for countless future action movie villains, is an self-described "exceptional thief" who leads the [[TerroristsWithoutACause supposed terrorist attack]] that takes over Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles, killing the building's security. A former member of the German terrorist organization Volksfrei, Hans decides to [[{{Greed}} serve his own profit]] over ideology by attempting to rob the Plaza of its bearer bonds. Executing the company head Joseph Takagi when he refuses to cooperate, Gruber has a SWAT team wiped out when they storm the building, and when the hero [[BadassUnintentional John McClane]] interferes, Hans murders a hostage who claims to be John's friend and threatens to begin shooting more until he "gets to someone you do care about!" It is revealed Hans never intends to let any hostages go, instead placing all of them on the roof to rig it with explosives, which he then plans to detonate--killing over 30 innocent people as a distraction--and fake his own death to get away clean with the money. While only succeeding in [[CopKiller killing members of the FBI]] in this attempt, Hans immediately kidnaps John's ex-wife before attempting to kill her and John in retribution. Ruthlessly devoted to his own profit above anything else and mixing an [[TheSociopath utter lack of regard for human lives]]--[[BadBoss even those of his own men]]--with [[FauxAffablyEvil an air]] of [[WickedCultured urbane sophistication]], Hans Gruber remains the most deeply personal enemy [=John McClane=] has ever faced.
4th Apr '17 7:50:24 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Apparently, before Creator/BruceWillis was approached to play John [=McClane=], the job had already been turned down by Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/SylvesterStallone, Creator/BurtReynolds, Creator/RichardGere, Creator/HarrisonFord and Creator/MelGibson, who didn't believe in the script, and Creator/JohnMcTiernan, who would later direct it, even turned down several offers. When his agent delivered the news to Willis, he immediately advised him not to do it, thinking he'd make a complete fool of himself. However, due to the payment being simply too good to turn down, Willis accepted to play [=McClane=], kicking off his career as one of Hollywood's most popular and well paid actors. Not to mention how the movie became influential in formula and protagonist type of later movies.



** In the original book, the main character was named Joe, not John, and it was his daughter that was taken hostage rather than his wife. Three years after the first movie came out Bruce Willis [[Film/TheLastBoyScout would go on to play]] a character named Joe who would have to rescue his daughter.

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** In the original book, the main character was named Joe, not John, and it was his daughter that was taken hostage rather than his wife. Three years after the first movie came out Bruce Willis Creator/BruceWillis [[Film/TheLastBoyScout would go on to play]] a character named Joe who would have to rescue his daughter.
4th Mar '17 2:02:14 PM rafi
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* UngratefulBastard: Or Bitch in this case. Some people have begun to see Holly [=McClane=] as this, seeing as how her husband was nearly killed trying to save her twice, in ''With a Vengeance'' their marriage is strained over a petty argument and later on in ''Live Free or Die Hard'', we learn that she's divorced him and can't even remember his name. While the writers do make it clear that John is a difficult person he always apologizes to her, she never even thanks him for his heroic efforts on screen. Not helped by the fact that in the novel the first film is based on Holly is an unpleasant person who cheats on her husband with Ellis and helped fund a hostile military takeover in Chile, killing hundreds of innocents, leading to some Demonization in the fandom. Or that after ''Die Hard 2'' (the last time they were shown to be happy together) there is credible evidence that John is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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* UngratefulBastard: Or Bitch in this case. TheScrappy: Some people have begun to see Holly [=McClane=] as this, seeing as how her husband was nearly killed trying to save her twice, in ''With a Vengeance'' their marriage is strained over a petty argument and later on in ''Live Free or Die Hard'', we learn that she's divorced him and can't even remember his name. While the writers do make it clear that John is a difficult person he always apologizes to her, she never even thanks him for his heroic efforts on screen. Not helped by the fact that in the novel the first film is based on Holly is an unpleasant person who cheats on her husband with Ellis and helped fund a hostile military takeover in Chile, killing hundreds of innocents, leading to some Demonization in the fandom. Or that after ''Die Hard 2'' (the last time they were shown to be happy together) there is credible evidence that John is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
4th Mar '17 1:38:30 PM mlsmithca
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* SoCoolItsAwesome: ''Die Hard'' is widely regarded as one of the greatest action thrillers of all time. In addition to being a box office success and maintaining a massive fanbase ever since, it's been placed in ''1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die,'' the IMDb's Top 250, and the AFI's ''100 Years... 100 Thrills'' (#39).
7th Feb '17 7:13:27 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Or Jeremy Irons. In a tank top.
** Or William Sadler in the nude in the second film.

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** Or Jeremy Irons.Creator/JeremyIrons. In a tank top.
** Or William Sadler Creator/WilliamSadler in the nude in the second film.



* UngratefulBastard: Or Bitch in this case. Some people have begun to see Holly [=McClane=] as this, seeing as how her husband was nearly killed trying to save her twice, in ''With a Vengeance'' their marriage is strained over a petty argument and later on in ''Live Free or Die Hard'', we learn that she's divorced him and can't even remember his name. While the writers do make it clear that John is a difficult person he always apologizes to her, she never even thanks him for his heroic efforts on screen. Not helped by the fact that in the novel the first film is based on Holly is an unpleasant person who cheats on her husband with Ellis and helped fund a hostile military takeover in Chile, killing hundreds of innocents, leading to some Demonization in the fandom. Or that after Die Hard 2 (the last time they were shown to be happy together) there is credible evidence that John is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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* UngratefulBastard: Or Bitch in this case. Some people have begun to see Holly [=McClane=] as this, seeing as how her husband was nearly killed trying to save her twice, in ''With a Vengeance'' their marriage is strained over a petty argument and later on in ''Live Free or Die Hard'', we learn that she's divorced him and can't even remember his name. While the writers do make it clear that John is a difficult person he always apologizes to her, she never even thanks him for his heroic efforts on screen. Not helped by the fact that in the novel the first film is based on Holly is an unpleasant person who cheats on her husband with Ellis and helped fund a hostile military takeover in Chile, killing hundreds of innocents, leading to some Demonization in the fandom. Or that after Die ''Die Hard 2 2'' (the last time they were shown to be happy together) there is credible evidence that John is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.



--> '''Hans''': This time John Wayne does not walk off into the sunset with Grace Kelly.
--> '''John''': That was Gary Cooper, asshole.

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--> '''Hans''': This time John Wayne Creator/JohnWayne does not walk off into the sunset with Grace Kelly.
Creator/GraceKelly.
--> '''John''': That was Gary Cooper, Creator/GaryCooper, asshole.
29th Dec '16 9:15:27 PM Josef5678
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* CriticalResearchFailure: The first film features a double-whammy subversion. In the news station, an interviewee claims that the hostages in the building will by now be suffering from Helsinki Syndrome[[note]]Meaning StockholmSyndrome, having mixed up two Scandinavian cities.[[/note]]. The interviewer turns to the camera and smugly says "As in Helsinki, Sweden". [[note]]Helsinki is in Finland.[[/note]] The film then cuts to the cameraman {{facepalm}}ing at the incompetence on display, revealing that the filmmakers were in on the joke.

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* CriticalResearchFailure: CriticalResearchFailure:
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The first film features a double-whammy subversion. In the news station, an interviewee claims that the hostages in the building will by now be suffering from Helsinki Syndrome[[note]]Meaning StockholmSyndrome, having mixed up two Scandinavian cities.[[/note]]. The interviewer turns to the camera and smugly says "As in Helsinki, Sweden". [[note]]Helsinki is in Finland.[[/note]] The film then cuts to the cameraman {{facepalm}}ing at the incompetence on display, revealing that the filmmakers were in on the joke.



* FirstInstallmentWins: Every ''Die Hard'' movie has been a hit, but only the first is a landmark in popular culture.
** Creator/BruceWillis was quoted as saying that the only good ''Die Hard'' movie was the first.

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* FirstInstallmentWins: Every ''Die Hard'' movie has been a hit, but only the first is a landmark in popular culture.
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culture. Creator/BruceWillis himself was quoted as saying that the only good ''Die Hard'' movie was the first.



* WhatAnIdiot: Dwayne Robinson, who chooses to act on random theories rather than heeding the warnings passed on to him by Al and John, refusing to believe the latter is on their side even after he's confirmed to be a fellow cop.

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* WhatAnIdiot: WhatAnIdiot:
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Dwayne Robinson, who chooses to act on random theories rather than heeding the warnings passed on to him by Al and John, refusing to believe the latter is on their side even after he's confirmed to be a fellow cop.
19th Dec '16 3:45:03 AM DeadlyAssassin
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Reginald [=VelJohnson=], AKA Sgt. Al Powell, would play the part of patriarch Carl Winslow ([[TypeCasting another police officer]]) in TV's ''Series/FamilyMatters'' a year after ''Film/DieHard'' was released.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: RetroactiveRecognition:
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Reginald [=VelJohnson=], AKA Sgt. Al Powell, would play the part of patriarch Carl Winslow ([[TypeCasting another police officer]]) in TV's ''Series/FamilyMatters'' a year after ''Film/DieHard'' was released.released.
** It seems what ''actually'' killed [[Film/GhostbustersII Vigo the Carpathian]] was a C4 explosion.
19th Nov '16 5:02:48 PM Maxiboy136
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*** [[{{Bowdlerise}} "Yippee-ki-yay, melon farmer!"]]

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*** [[{{Bowdlerise}} "Yippee-ki-yay, "Yippie-ki-yay, melon farmer!"]]
19th Nov '16 5:02:29 PM Maxiboy136
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*** [[{{Bowdlerise}} "Yippee-ki-yay, melon farmer."]]

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*** [[{{Bowdlerise}} "Yippee-ki-yay, melon farmer."]]farmer!"]]
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