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->'''Cindy:''' ''You steal my car, you rip the seat out, you kidnap me, you ask me to help you find your daughter, which I very kindly do, and then you get me involved in a shoot out where people are dying and there's blood spurting all over the place, and then I watch you rip a phone booth out of a wall, swing from the ceiling like Literature/{{Tarzan}}, and then there's a cop that's going to shoot you and I save you and they start chasing ''me''! Are you going to tell me what's going on or what?!''\\
'''Matrix:''' ''No.''

Possibly the most awesome film Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger ever made, and certainly the most unintentionally [[HoYay homoerotic]]. ''Commando'' tells the story of John Matrix (Arnie), a retired special forces {{colonel|Badass}} whose daughter is kidnapped. To get her back he must, like, kill a prime minister or something? But thankfully he decides to [[RashEquilibrium ignore these demands]] and just kills them all instead.

Best known for Schwarzenegger displaying his distinctive tongue-in-cheek humor for this kind of over-the-top action film.

A sequel to the film was written. When Schwarzenegger claimed he wasn't interested, the script was retooled until it eventually became ''Film/DieHard''.

In 2008, a [[ForeignRemake Russian remake]] of the movie was released called "День Д" (D-Day), starring Russian superstar Mikhail Porochenkov in the lead role as former paratrooper Ivan[[labelnote:*]]which is the Russian equivalent of "John"[[/labelnote]]. Roughly 80% of the movie is a shot-for-shot recreation of the original version, though some scenes were altered to better match both the updated time period and Russian culture [[labelnote:*]]specifically, the chase against the Sully stand-in happens while he is enjoying himself at a water park instead of a mall so he has a plausible reason to not have a cell phone on him, and Ivan obtains his guns from a secret stash instead of breaking into a military surplus store due to heavy Russian restrictions on private firearms ownership. The final fight against not!Bennett is also quite different from the original[[/labelnote]].

Not to be confused with the [[PrintLongRunners long-running]] British ComicBook ''ComicBook/{{Commando}}'', which is a little more sedate in its overall narrative. Does not involve GoingCommando, either. Or the Capcom arcade/console game, for that matter (or its [[VideoGame/BionicCommando bionic]] counterpart).
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!!''Commando'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* {{Angrish}}: In the fight with Bennett. Matrix convinces him to let Jenny out of his clutches, goading him into a knife fight. Bennett takes the bait, but not before responding with a line that gets less and less coherent as it progresses.
-->'''Bennett:''' I don't ''need'' the girl! AND I DON'T ''NEED NO GUN! '''IMGONNAHKILLYOUNAAAAAAAOOOOOO!!!!'''''
* AwesomeMcCoolname: John Matrix.
* {{Badass}}
** John Matrix, to [[RuleOfCool absolutely ridiculous]] levels.
** Bennett deserves mention too, for not only being the only person in the film to put up a decent fight against Matrix, but for getting him ''on the ropes'' in their final battle (though Matrix ''was'' wounded before that fight started).
** Bennett's actor, Vernon Wells, also qualifies. He replaced the original Bennett who was fired on set for "not being menacing enough". When Arnold first saw him, he was not impressed. So Wells absolutely went for him in their first scene. Schwarzenegger demanded that Wells use a rubber knife in all subsequent takes.
* BadassBoast
** From Cook to Matrix, answered with {{Narm}} and {{lampshaded}} by Cindy:
-->'''Cook:''' This Green Beret's going to kick your big ass.\\
'''Matrix:''' I eat Green Berets for breakfast! And right now I'm ''very'' hungry!\\
'''Cindy:''' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments I can't believe this macho bullshit!]]
** Also:
-->'''Arius:''' Mr. Bennett, my soldiers are patriots.\\
'''Bennett:''' [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy Your soldiers are nothing.]] [[{{Badass}} Matrix]] and I can [[OneManArmy kill every single]] [[{{Mooks}} one of them]] in the blink of an eye. [[{{Foreshadowing}} Remember]] [[{{Lampshading}} that.]]
* BananaRepublic: Val Verde
* BloodKnight: Bennett.
* BondOneLiner: Schwarzenegger has always been good at these, but ''Commando'' contains some of his greatest efforts.
** After killing a man on a plane and [[OfCorpseHesAlive disguising him as if he's asleep]], he turns to a stewardess and says: "Please don't disturb my friend. He's dead tired."
** After dropping Sully off a cliff, and then being asked where he's gone: "I let him go."
** After throwing a length of pipe ''clean through'' Bennett and into a boiler, releasing a jet of steam: "Let off some steam, Bennett."
* BottomlessMagazines
** The belt of ammo hanging from Matrix's M60 gets longer and longer with each cut.
** Averted, though, with the rocket launcher, which fires exactly four times over the course of the film before Matrix discards it.
** Also averted with Cooke's {{revolver|sAreJustBetter}} during the motel room fight. You can easily count the gunshots, so you know that Cooke's gun is empty before he does.
* BrandX: At the airport, the Matrix's flight to Val Verde is with an airline simply called "Western." Another plane on the runway after Matrix jumps from the plane during takeoff is labeled "Eastern." [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Air_Lines Both]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Airlines of]] them existed in real life, though.
* CatchPhrase: It's an Arnie film. "I'll be back."
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower
** Early on, Matrix is trying to chase some bad guys but the power to his truck is cut, so he ''pushes it and drives it down a hill''. Then there's the plane escape.
** Ripping a car seat out of the car with his bare hands.
** A more subtle one: Matrix is impeded by a padlock and chains, so he just rips them off.
** Lifting a phone booth with Sully ''still inside''.
* ChewingTheScenery: Vernon Wells, the actor who plays Bennett, practically uses the climactic knife fight as chewing gum! "You're a dead man John! A dead man!", or "How does it feel to be a dying man, John?" Even his understated lines like "I told them I'd do it for free" chew the scenery.
* ColonelBadass: John Matrix
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Dozens, if not hundreds of soldiers, and not one of them can take a decent aimed shot against the guy standing in the middle of a wide open garden shooting at them with a machine gun that should be braced on its bipod in order to fire accurately -- no problem for Matrix. The wussy boss bad guy takes several minutes of dodging and fire-trading before he makes the kill. TheDragon nearly kills Matrix himself. Oh, and by the end of the film, Matrix's apparently killed ''everybody on the island''.
* DamselInDistress: Jenny, but hardly a hopeless example of the trope. Using her own resourcefulness she's able to free herself from her confinement -- if not, Bennett would have cut her throat before Matrix even got near her.
* DeadpanSnarker: Matrix
* DisneyVillainDeath: Sully
* TheDragon: Bennett
* DragonTheirFeet: The BigBad is Arius, not Bennett. He got his own dose of buckshot before Matrix deal with Bennett, though.
* DragonAscendant / DragonInChief: As quoted above, Bennett claims (correctly) that he's a bigger threat to John than Arius' and his army.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Bennett, again.
* EliteMooks: Cooke boasts about being a former Green Beret. Matrix is unimpressed.
* EvilCounterpart: Bennett to Matrix.
* ExcusePlot: Not unexpected being that it's part of the Schwarzenegger oeuvre, but a particularly notable example -- the movie doesn't even ''pretend'' it's going to have anything to do with the whole "kill the Prime Minister / President / whatever of Val Verde to get your daughter back" stuff. This has the rather amusing result that pretty much every scene with Arius before the climax basically involves him sitting around waiting for Matrix to show up and kill him [[GenreBlindness even if he doesn't realize it]].
* {{Expy}}
** General Kirby is basically [[Franchise/{{Rambo}} Colonel Trautman]].
** Matrix himself is basically a tongue-in-cheek version of Rambo.
* FakingTheDead: Bennett is apparently blown up in his boat by Cooke in the pre-title sequence, but it's only to mislead Kirby.
* FollowThatCar:
-->'''Matrix:''' Follow him.\\
'''Cindy:''' Oh, I ''knew'' you were going to say that...
* GroinAttack: Quite a few.
** During the mall fight Matrix hits a security guard in the groin, followed by possibly grabbing Sully by the balls when he picks him up.
** Later Matrix grabs Cooke by the groin, complete with a close up of Cooke's face as he lets out an exaggerated moan of pain.
** During the motel fight, and another possibly off screen groin attack when Matrix takes out a mook at the bad guy's secret hide out.
** Finally, a mook catches an axe between the legs in the extended toolshed scene.
** Bennet tries to make one against John with a sidearm during his VillainousBreakdown.
* HarmlessElectrocution: During the climatic fight, Matrix throws Bennett into a high voltage generator, which sparks and goes haywire as our victim '''''WHO IS WEARING A CHAINMAIL VEST''''' screams like a little girl. About eight seconds later, however, Bennett immediately bounces back in the fight and is arguably fighting better than he did ''before'' the electrocution.
* TheHeavy: Bennett.
* HeroicNeutral: Matrix just wants to be left alone with his daughter, and turns down the Army's offer at the end of the film to do just that. He kept his word too: there never was a sequel.
* HeyYouHaymaker: Matrix delivers one to Cooke.
* HighAltitudeInterrogation: Matrix dangles Sully above a cliff to make him talk. And then...
-->'''Matrix:''' Remember, Sully, when I promised to kill you last?\\
'''Sully:''' That's right Matrix! You did!\\
'''Matrix:''' {{I lied}}. (''drops Sully'')
* HilarityEnsues
** From ''this'' point on in the film, it's all a barrel of laughs:
-->'''Diaz:''' (''[[TooDumbToLive waving Jenny's "I Love You Daddy" Father's Day card in Matrix's face]]'') If you want your kid back [[WhatAnIdiot then you gotta cooperate, right?]]\\
'''Matrix:''' Wrong. (''shoots Diaz'')
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Daughter]]: Subverted in that when the bad guys kidnap Matrix's daughter to blackmail him into working for them, he doesn't even pretend to play along; he ignores their demands and just kills them all.
* ILied: Spoken by Matrix, a rare heroic version:
-->'''Matrix:''' Remember, Sully, when I promised to [[YouWillBeSpared kill you last]]?\\
'''Sully:''' Yes. That's right Matrix, you did!\\
'''Matrix:''' I lied. (''drops Sully to his death'')
* IllKillYou:
-->'''Bennett:''' I can beat you. I don't need the girl. I don't need the girl! I don't need the gun, John! I can beat you! '''I DON'T NEED NO GUN! I'M GONNA KILL YOU NOW!!!!!'''
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Bennett and Cooke.]]
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: With an army that is ''that'' incapable of hitting the broad side of a barn, no '''wonder''' Matrix could take on 74 men and still win.
** http://www.moviebodycounts.com/Commando.htm
* ImprobableAimingSkills: The other reason Matrix could take on the army presented and win.
* InterruptedIntimacy: Happens during the brawl between Matrix and Cooke.
* JugglingLoadedGuns / HadTheSillyThingInReverse: After Matrix gets locked up in a police van, Cindy tries to free him with a quad-barrelled missile launcher. Unfortunately she points the wrong end at the target and blows up the shops behind her. Remember to read which end is the front when handling heavy weapons such as missile launchers.
* KnifeFight: Between Matrix and Bennett at the end of the movie. Minutes later both of them lost their knives, engaging in a fistfight instead.
* LameComeback: After being shot down by Cindy after he (very sleazily) tries to chat her up, Sully's response... is to petulantly snarl "You fuckin' whore!" and stomp off in a huff.
* LargeHam: Bennett.
* LockAndLoadMontage: Complete with enough weaponry to kill a small army. Interestingly, Matrix puts all the equipment on, including his vest and then puts camo paint on his arms and face. Later, he loses the vest and now he has camo paint on his manly chest. Which means, after the montage, he must have taken all the equipment '''off''' again to paint it on, as he was obviously ''planning'' to lose his shirt later.
* MandatoryUnretirement
* MookHorrorShow: Especially the toolshed sequence.
* MoreDakka: Most of the movie revolves around dakka exchange between fighting parties: trimming bushes with machine gun fire, entire squad [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat dakka-venting the barn with The Ahnold inside]], et cetera, et cetera.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Everything, from walking through a mall to getting into an airplane. And getting off of one, as well.
* [[TrickAndFollowPloy Nice Job Guiding Us, Hero]]
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Justified (or [[HandWave excused]], at any rate) by mentioning early in the film that Matrix hails from East Germany.
* OneManArmy: Hoo, boy, is Matrix ever. Could have been called ''OneManArmy: TheMovie''.
* OnlyAFleshWound:
** Subverted. When Matrix is shot in the shoulder by Bennett, his right arm is ''mostly'' out of the fight, he even comments on it and can't use it for much aside for holding impromptu shields and weapons. It seems fine by the end though.
** Played completely straight throughout with Matrix's leg and abdomen wounds, suffered after a being a little to close to a live grenade.
* PapaWolf: You harmed his little girl? You're DOOMED.
* PercussiveMaintenance: How Matrix starts the amphibious plane.
-->'''John Matrix:''' Come on (''WHACK!'') you piece of shit! (''WHACK!'') Time to fly or ''die!'' (''WHACK! the engine starts'') Works every time...
* PlotCoupon: After leaping from the plane to Val Verde, a good portion of the film's second act involves Matrix having to find items that clue him in to the next location. The most egregious instance of this is probably after [[spoiler:Cooke is killed]] without him revealing to Matrix any relevant information, requiring Matrix and Cindy to search his car until they find a helpful clue.
* PoliceAreUseless:
** The cops who arrest Matrix at the army surplus store don't even bother to put him in handcuffs, and they somehow fail to notice Cindy on the store grounds. They also dismiss Matrix's requests to get in touch with General Kirby as crazy talk, and when Cindy pulls up alongside the police paddy wagon in a Cadillac convertible with a ton of stolen military-grade weapons in the back seat, a cop just assumes that she's a prostitute.
** Ditto at the mall earlier. ''All'' of them were attacking the unarmed Matrix ''even as Sully was slaughtering them left and right.'' Subverted later as a cop quickly kills off Sully's money man. Maybe Sully had invisibility superpowers?
* PreMortemOneLiner: "You know I said I would [[YouWillBeSpared Kill You Last]]? ILied."
* PsychoForHire: Bennett.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: After escaping the plane, Matrix has 11 hours to wrap things up before it lands and his escape is discovered.
* RashEquilibrium: Arius hints that Jenny's going to get killed (or worse) no matter what Matrix decides to do (though he doesn't count on Matrix killing every one of his men).
* RatedMForManly: ''Boy howdy''. This movie will impregnate any unprotected female viewers. And a few male ones, too.
* RealityEnsues: Matrix uses a freakin' bulldozer to break into an army surplus store after hours and load up on artillery. As soon as he gets everything he needs (read: all the cool looking stuff), he turns to leave... and gets arrested. What did you think was gonna happen? Luckily, well... see PoliceAreUseless above.
* RedShirt: General Kirby leaves behind two soldiers to protect Matrix and his daughter, describing them as "real good, but not as good as you". Both men are killed as soon as he flies off.
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: TheMovie.
* RuleOfCool: SO, so much.
* ShoutOut: At least three of Arnie's lines are things he said in ''[[Franchise/{{Terminator}} The Terminator]]''. His one-word answer, "Wrong," before blasting away his first {{mook|s}}, his CatchPhrase "I'll be back" (of course), and the line, "Fuck you, asshole!" This was his first big movie after ''The Terminator'' and his first big movie with more than five lines.
* ShowSomeLeg
** Matrix has Cindy pretend to be a hooker in Sully's hotel room. Doesn't quite work as Cooke is still wary, but he still misses Matrix hiding behind the door until the HeyYouHaymaker.
** Later Cindy pulls this ploy off on her own initiative, pretending to be a hooker to distract a pair of cops taking John away in a police truck.
* SoftGlass: Played with. Arnold plays this straight, but his friend who ran the car dealership is badly cut when he's driven through a window. It's possible the shards killed him, that or being hit by the car.
* SoftWater: About three feet of it cushions Matrix's fall after he jumps from an airplane's landing gear.
* StunGuns: "Tranquilizers. I wanted to use the real thing!"
* SuperSenses: Matrix can smell 'em coming.
* TechnologyMarchesOn
** Matrix's daughter would have been dead within ''seconds'' of him being spotted by Sully at the mall if this film was set in the late 1990s. Also Matrix could've called General Kirby on a cellphone once he got off the plane.
* TestosteronePoisoning: {{Lampshaded}} by Cindy with the lines "I can't believe this macho bullshit!" and "these guys eat too much red meat!"
* ThrowingDownTheGauntlet: Arnold convinces Bennett to let go of Jenny by playing to his inner KnifeNut. Since Bennett can't resist the possibility of sticking his knife in Arnold, it works.
* TitleDrop: "Commando" is Matrix's radio callsign.
* TropeCodifier: This is ''the'' Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger movie.
* UnhandThemVillain: Arnold does this to Sully.
* UnnecessaryCombatRoll: It actually proves useful. Matrix is in a gun fight with Arius, and the two take turns shooting at each other and taking cover. After a few rounds of this, Matrix rolls out from his cover as Arius tries to shoot him, only for Matrix to shoot Arius at the end of the roll.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: A handsome Val Verdan in a fur-lined jacket with a [[BeardOfEvil Goatee of Evil]] is introduced in a manner that indicates he's TheDragon, taking part in the opening assassinations and shooting one of Kirby's {{Red Shirt}}s. He stays behind to deliver the [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Daughter]] ultimatum... until Matrix [[BoomHeadshot shoots him in the head]] with his assault rifle.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Averted. Matrix has no problem killing someone, be it a random henchman or a main villain.
* YouWillBeSpared: "You're a funny guy, Sully. I like you. That's why I'm going to kill you last." [[spoiler:[[ILied He lied.]]]]
* ZergRush: How many security guards does that mall have?
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