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->''"No one dies harder than John [=McClane=]."''
-->-- '''Guyz Nite''', "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTyw6cq86kY Die Hard]]"

A landmark action movie franchise that started with 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).

The first film arguably started the trend of modern action movies that had [[TheVillainMakesThePlot intelligent, well-acted villains with intricate, meticulously-planned schemes]], instead of the usual paper-thin plot layered with extra helpings of [[MoreDakka dakka]] to keep you from caring. It also helped to codify the modern action hero (after IndianaJones) where they are prone to sweat, bleed, [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] and [[IndyPloy make things up as they go along]] while you feel they truly are in deadly danger that could overwhelm them at any time.

The series is composed of five movies:

* '''''[[Film/DieHard Die Hard]]''''' (1988) -- UsefulNotes/LosAngeles skyscraper
-->'''Hans Gruber:''' [[YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive Do you really think you have a chance against us]], Mr. Cowboy?\\
'''John [=McClane=]:''' [[CatchPhrase Yippie-ki-yay]], {{m|emeticMutation}}otherfucker.
* '''''Film/DieHard2: Die Harder''''' (1990) -- Dulles International Airport, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC
-->'''John [=McClane=]:''' Another basement, another elevator. [[LampshadeHanging How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?]]
* '''''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance''''' (1995) -- All over [[BigApplesauce New York]]
-->'''Zeus Carver:''' Damn [=McClane=], you know I was just starting to like you.\\
'''John [=McClane=]:''' Yeah, well don't, [[KnightInSourArmor I'm an asshole]].
* '''''Live Free or Die Hard''''' (a.k.a. ''Die Hard 4.0'', 2007) -- UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}}, and surrounding areas
-->'''Matt Farrell:''' [[CarFu You just killed a helicopter with a car]]!\\
'''John [=McClane=]:''' I was out of bullets.
* '''''A Good Day to Die Hard''''' (2013) -- [[TagLine Yippy-kye-ay, Mother]] [[{{Pun}} Russia]]!
-->'''John [=McClane=]:''' The [[Film/JamesBond 007]] of [[UsefulNotes/NewJersey Plainfield, New Jersey]]

A sixth film (tentatively entitled ''Die Hardest'') [[http://screenrant.com/die-hard-6-hardest-story-samuel-jackson-zeus/ is currently in pre-production]], and is slated to be the GrandFinale of the series at Bruce Willis's request. The movie will apparently [[RevisitingTheRoots take place in a single tower in Tokyo]] (appropriate enough, considering that the series is [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Big In Japan]]) and will have a plot tied to the original film, taking place on the thirtieth anniversary of [=McClaine=]'s successful handling of the Nakatomi hostage crisis. While the movie is supposed to feature [=McClaine=] as its sole protagonist, supporting characters from previous installments are being written into the script.

It has spawned a number video games, some of which are directly based on the movies. Also a recent mini-series of comics that showcase John's early days in the force.

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!!Now I have a trope example list. [[MythologyGag Ho ho ho]]:

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[[folder: The franchise in general]]
* AdultFear: 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 take-over 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.
** In the fourth movie, the antagonist uses HollywoodHacking to erase [=McClane's=] pension, mortgage, etc., destroying his financial stability with a few keystrokes.
* {{Badass}}: John [=McClane=], of course.
* BadassFamily: The [=McClanes=] and the Grubers.*
* BandOfBrothers: [=McClane=] and his various sidekicks in each film (especially Al Powell), and weirdly enough, the Grubers:
-->'''Zeus''': Didn't I hear you say you didn't even like your brother?\\
'''Simon''': There's a difference, you know, between not liking one's brother and not caring when some dumb Irish flatfoot drops him out of a window.
** And for that matter, Tony and Karl in the first film.
* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Tony and Karl in the first film and Simon in the third film.
* BondVillainStupidity: Present in all the movies, but [[TropesAreNotBad used sparingly]] to keep the villains threatening.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Played straight with TV edits of the films (see: Mr. Falcon, which is Esperanza's code name). A peculiar example in ''With a Vengeance'', [=McClane=]'s sign "I hate niggers" is turned into "I hate everybody", the actual and less problematic text used during the filming on location in Harlem. Surprisingly, AMC kept the original sign.
** Interestingly, although the German synchro had to change the catchphrase's "motherfucker" ("fuck" would be ''much'' more rude in German) to a "Schweinebacke" (approximately "pig tush"), it became memetically stuck as fast as the original.
* BrooklynRage: Guess where John is from.
* CatchPhrase: "Yippie-kay-ay, motherfucker!"
** Used as a PreAssKickingOneLiner in the first and the fifth, a PreMortemOneLiner in the second and the fourth, and a PostMortemOneLiner in the third.
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: Subverted; the police always arrive early on, but they just can't do anything about the situation, as the villain has already factored their expected response into his plans.
** You'd think by now that John would wise up, and start mentoring a few rookies.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: John has a violent version of this.
* ClothingDamage: John gets noticeably more raggedy from various injuries in each movie.
* ClusterFBomb: Many of John's lines are guilty of this trope.
* DaChief: Deputy Chief of Police Dwayne T. Robinson in the first film, Airport Police Captain Carmine Lorenzo in the second film and Captain Walter Cobb in the third film. The first two are [[JerkAss jerkasses]]/[[TheNeidermeyer Neidermeyers]] while Cobb is a classic ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
* DenserAndWackier: As detailed [[http://www.vulture.com/2013/02/die-hards-john-mcclane-everyman-to-superman.html here]]. It begun with "[[DieHardOnAnX everyman stuck in a building filled with baddies]]", but by the fifth movie he's MadeOfIron and barely flinches while destroying everything in his path.
* {{Determinator}}: Every movie seems to involve [=McClane=] going through truly unholy quantities of punishment - including being shot, having his feet carved up by broken glass, getting ''severely'' thrashed in hand-to-hand combat, and falling over and over again - and still keeps going.
--> '''[=McClane:=]''' I'm like that fuckin' Energizer Bunny.
* DeadpanSnarker: [=McClane=] in all films.
* DieHardOnAnX: The TropeNamer and TropeCodifier. Happens to the one and only John [=McClane=] fairly often.
* DolledUpInstallment:
** ''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.
** ''Die Hard 2'': Based on the novel ''58 Minutes''.
** ''Die Hard With a Vengeance'': An original script called ''Simon Says'', about a man and a woman solving a big mystery in New York. Later retooled as ''Film/LethalWeapon 4'' with the man changed to Riggs and the woman changed to Murtaugh. Then retooled into ''Vengeance'', with Riggs changed to [=McClane=] and Murtaugh changed to a new sidekick, Zeus, played by Creator/SamuelLJackson.
** ''Live Free or Die Hard'': Based on a magazine article, turned into an original script called "WW3.com", shelved after the events of September 11th, eventually retooled to star John [=McClane=]. It was almost a different film called "Die Hard: Tears of the Sun", but after that version of the film fell through Bruce Willis took the catchy title with him to a different movie.
** The fifth film is about the closest there's been to a Die Hard film actually beginning life as a Die Hard film. But even so, the screenplay was a rejected one for the 4th film.
*** 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.
*** Also, the arcade game has nothing to do with any of the films, nothing to do with the archetype, and nothing about the main character that uniquely suggests John [=McClane=]; it's just a generic plot about rescuing the President's daughter with a cop named John [=McClane=] who ''kind'' of acts like the film character. The Japanese release was stand-alone.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: See "SequelReset" below.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The movies are about a guy who just.... won't.... die no matter what manner of immense danger, unholy pain and injuries happen to him. The villains just... can't kill this guy no matter what they try.
* ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation
* FilkSong: Guyz Nite made [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTyw6cq86kY one]], which is even on the fourth movie's DVD.
* FiveFiveFive
* {{Flanderization}}: John [=McClane=] himself. In the first three installments, he's a regular cop with a lot of bad things going on in his life, from divorces to hangovers, and his motivations are usually very personal. By the fourth film, he's an ImplacableMan trying to save everyone because he has to be the guy to do it (although it does get personal later on).
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The villains: Hans and Simon Gruber (choleric), Col. Stuart (melancholic), and Thomas Gabriel (phlegmatic).
* GoingByTheMatchbook
* GoodOldFisticuffs: At least one scene in every film.
* GuileHero: John [=McClane=]. Overshadowed by the more prominent ActionHero profile.
* {{Handguns}}
* HellishCopter: Various helicopters meet their ends due to rocket launchers, power lines, and ''[[CarFu police cars]]''.
* HollywoodHealing: Averted; [=McClane=] keeps on limping throughout the movies from all the damage.
* HonorBeforeReason: No matter how brutally damaged and horrifying under-equipped [=McClane=] may be, he just never gives up and lets the bad guys get away, ever.
* HostageSituation: It wouldn't be ''Die Hard'' if each film didn't involve one at some point.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: For highly trained and well-supplied insurgents, very few of the henchmen in the films even get close with their shots. In the first movie this makes a little sense as most of them are using automatic weapons, it's hard to hit anything with those things.
** In the second film, played straight with in the Skywalk shootout. The SWAT officers and Stuart's men both have automatic weapons ([=M16A1=] assault rifles and H&K [=MP5K=] submachine guns, respectively) - all five SWAT officers are killed, but only manage to kill a single mercenary (Shockley). In part 2 of the shootout, [=McClane=] bursts in as one mercenary puts a pistol to Barnes's head, he's firing at them with a semi-automatic pistol and manages to take out the remaining three mercenaries. He even trades fire with a mercenary firing down through wooden scaffolding (justified as he can't see where [=McClane=] might be). Noticeably, all three were not killed while firing at [=McClane=]: the first is being shot after catching a ventilation grate, the second falls off the scaffolding and is crushed, and [=McClane=] empties a magazine at the remaining one as he runs towards John.
*** Subverted in the church shootout: Major Grant's men fail to pick off any of Stuart's men despite both sides firing automatic weapons. Neither side has any casualties. [=McClane=] manages to pick off two mercenaries to start the snowmobile chase. However, it's revealed that Grant and his men were working with Stuart all along and the shootout was staged for everyone else's benefit.
* IndyPloy: [[{{Foil}} In contrast to the villain's carefully laid plans]], John [=McClane=] does everything on the fly, leading to absurd decisions that many times nearly kill him.
* {{Jerkass}}: Police Chief Dwayne Robinson in the first film, Airport Police Captain Lorenzo in the second film and Dick Thornburg in both films. Zeus in the third film Zeus starts out as a bit of a jerkass but [[JerkWithaHeartofGold slowly lightens up.]]
* LaughablyEvil: Both Gruber brothers occasionally slip into this, Simon more so.
* MuggedForDisguise:
** In the first movie, once Karl shoots the lobby guard, another henchman takes the guard's jacket to impersonate him.
** In the second movie, Barnes and the SWAT team are ambushed by four of Stuart's men, disguised as painters and airport maintenance employees. A deleted scene shows where they got the disguises: two painters are seen unloading their van when two of the Skywalk team's men, [[RobertPatrick O'Reilly]] and Sheldon, walk up. O'Reilly pulls out a pistol and shoots both painters, then they throw the bodies in back and lock the doors.
* NoOneShouldSurviveThat: This trope is invoked at least once every 10 minutes while watching these films.
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo
* OncePerEpisode: "Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker."
** Every movie but the second reveals that the terrorists are actually doing a great robbery.
* OneManArmy: Practically a TropeCodifier.
* PermaStubble: [=McClane=].
* PlotArmor: While the films always show John coming out pretty roughed off, he still tends to pull off highly improbable survivals, especially when confronted with an army of {{Mooks}} with automatic weapons. Then again, if they all attended the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy...
* QuoteSwearUnquote: The CatchPhrase of the film came from [=McClane=] mentioning RoyRogers was his favorite movie cowboy, and then taking Roy's CatchPhrase and adding swearing to it.
* RatedMForManly: ''Yes.''
* RightManInTheWrongPlace: With the exception of the third movie, [=McClane=] always found himself in the middle of something that was generally beyond his training as a police officer.
* RuleOfCool: Most of the stunts performed by John, although the first movie at least complies with physics fairly well
* RunningTheAsylum: Arguably [[OneOfUs one of the biggest fans]] of the ''Die Hard'' franchise is... Bruce Willis. He apparently feels very strongly about not insulting the viewers' intelligence, and while his self-appointed "gatekeeper of the franchise" role [[WagTheDirector makes directors cry]], among other things it resulted in the villain of the fourth film actually getting a fully fleshed-out backstory (rather than what Willis described as a scene of "[=MySpace=] and cheerleader porn jokes").
* SaveTheVillain: Averted.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness
* SequelEscalation: The series goes from a single office building to an airport, to all over New York City, to a scheme affecting all of America. And the fifth movie goes international, sending him to Russia.
* SequelGap:
** Twelve years between ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' (1995) and ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'' (2007) . There were only five from ''Film/DieHard2'' (1990) to ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' (1995).
** In a way, the first movie also counts: the book that it's based on was a sequel to ''The Detective'', which was made into a film starring FrankSinatra in 1968. ''Film/DieHard'' didn't come out until 1988.
* 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.
* SiblingYinYang / FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: [=McClane's=] daughter Lucy is (or was) a teenage rebel while his son John Jr./Jack is a very responsible, by-the-book [[spoiler: CIA agent]]. Just about the one thing they'd agree on (if they were in the same film) is that their dad sucks.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Pretty much the theme of the series. John never seeks out the antagonist or wants to get involved in whatever is going on. Though more often then not a family member of his (his wife in the first two movies, his daughter in the fourth and son in the fifth) will get caught in the crossfire forcing him to get in involved and expanding from there. The third is the only movie to subvert it as its a revenge plot engineered by the big bad but even then that winds up backfiring.
* SuperWindowJump
* TelevisionGeography: Regarding the DC-Baltimore area in the second and fourth movies. They've got Washington Dulles International Airport being represented by the Alpena, Michigan airport in the second film and LAX in #4, and downtown Baltimore for Washington DC (as evidenced by skyscrapers that are much taller than D.C. building codes allow).
* TerroristsWithoutACause: Not really. They're bank robbers, or they're ones seeking revenge for being fired, or assisting a corrupt dictator in escaping.
* TrueLoveIsBoring: Poor John and Holly just couldn't catch a break.
* TheUnfettered: TheDragon in each movie.
* UnorthodoxReload
* TheVillainMakesThePlot: The film series was widely applauded by fans and critics for elevating the action movie genre by incorporating genuinely intelligent and [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy resourceful]] villains. Bruce Willis' quote on the matter is spot on: "Any story where you have good guys versus bad guys can only be as smart as the intelligence of your baddest guy."
* WeDoTheImpossible: Rather, just John. It's actually a source of scorn for some people in-universe, who think he's jumpy and cocky after the events of the first film - it's part of the problem why Carmine Lorenzo won't believe him in ''Die Hard 2''.
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[[folder:''Live Free or Die Hard'']]
* ActionDuo: [=McClane=] and Matt Farrell.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Gabriel's message to the United States, using a montage of clips from Presidential Speeches:
--> "For all the -vital -technology -that -this -nation -holds -dear, -all communications transportation the Internet connectivity electrical power critical utilities, their fate -now -rests -in -our hands."
* BadassBoast: A nonchalant one when John flings a villain from his car.
-->'''Farrell''': Did you see that?
-->'''[=McClane=]''': Yeah, I saw it, I did it.
* BaldOfAwesome: [=McClane=].
* BarrierBustingBlow: [=McClane=] punches a mook through a door.
* BasementDweller: Turns out Matt's great computer genius hacker friend named Warlock is actually [[spoiler: a late 30 something man who lives with his mother]].
* BigBad: Thomas Gabriel.
* BloodlessCarnage: Subverted. Despite concerns over the PG-13 rating, this is still a pretty brutal film. Averted in the unrated version, in which squibs are used.
* CallBack: [=McClane=] shoots a henchman through the foot with the bad guy's holstered gun; Lucy pulls this on TheDragon during the climax.
* CarCushion: Nobody can fall from any height without damaging a poor sod's car.
* CarFu: [=McClane=] destroys a chopper with a car and a ramp, barbecues a DarkActionGirl with an elevator shaft and a SUV, and ''destroys a fighter plane with a big truck '''and an interstate highway''''' (though that later one is almost entirely involuntary).
* CarSkiing: [=McClane=] pulls one off on the crumbling freeway with the assistance of a misguided pilot and missiles.
* ChekhovsGun: when Farrell and [=McClane=] visit Warlock, he notices that he has a ham radio and its frequency. [[spoiler:When he gets in a truck with a radio, he calls Warlock to his radio and asks him to put him in contact with Bowman.]]
* CoDragons: Gabriel's mistress Mai and the French acrobatic henchman Rand.
* CombatParkour: The film features an enemy agent girl whose super-agile backflips and kicks almost manage to defeat John [=McClane=].
* CombatPragmatist:
** [=McClane=] defeats the DarkActionGirl by running her over with a car.
*** ''In an elevator shaft.''
** Played straight with the parkour runner earlier, which [=McClane=] stops dead by shooting him.
** John shoots Gabriel with [[spoiler: the gun that the villain was pointing at [=McClane=] himself]].
* ContinuityNod: We are briefly introduced to another Agent Johnson.
-->'''John''': Again?
* TheCracker: All the displayed hackers.
* CurseCutShort: What happened to [=McClane=]'s catch phrase. It is just barely audible in the ''Die Hard 4.0'' version released overseas, and fully intact in the "unrated" cut.
* [[CutAndPasteNote Cut And Paste Video]]: Gabriel's message announcing their attacks is broadcasted by meticulously cutting and pasting clips from Presidential speeches and arranging them accordingly.
* DarkActionGirl: Mai.
* DarkenedBuildingShootout
* DateRapeAverted: [=McClane=] does this for his daughter at the beginning. Well, that's what he's under the impression he's doing, anyway. All evidence points to his daughter being [[ActionGirl absolutely capable of taking care of herself.]]
* {{Determinator}}:
** Maggie Q's character akes a great amount of punishment in the course of the film, particularly at the gas plant, and yet doesn't show anything worse than a few cuts as a result. Eventually, [=McClane=] has to [[spoiler: throw her down an elevator shaft and then drop a ''truck'' on her]] in order to deal with her permanently.
** Rand keeps surviving attempts at killing him, such as being hit by a car, slammed into a wire fence and clipped against the side of a garbage container. After this, he survives [=McClane=]'s bit of CarFu by jumping out of the helicopter, and not getting a single injury.
* DefiantCaptive: Although she doesn't beat up her captors, when John's daughter Lucy has a gun to her head and is told to plead into the radio to make her father surrender, she instead demonstrates nerves of steel by choosing to give him some much-needed intel: "Now there are only five of them."
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: The first message from the hackers to the nation.
* EverythingIsOnline: The hackers mess up the traffic lights, TV broadcasts, and phone lines. They are, however, unable to remotely access the power grid and have to physically break into a power hub.
* EvilCounterpart: Rand is called the [[EvilCounterPart "evil [=McClane=]"]] on the film's DVD commentary, since he survives a lot of things for a faceless mook.
* FailsafeFailure: The bad guys blow up an entire natural gas facility by routing all the gas to it.
* GenreSavvy:
** When the BigBad threatens to [[spoiler: kill Lucy]], [=McClane=] (correctly) tells him he won't, because he's afraid of [=McClane=] and will need a bargaining chip.
** Matt Farrell repeatedly insists that the BigBad will kill him whether or not he uses his hacking skills to help him, so he steadfastly refuses. [[spoiler: He finally (potentially) gives in when the BigBad threatens to kill Lucy]], though.
* GoodIsOldFashioned: Thomas Gabriel mocks [=McClane=] this way.
* HackTheTrafficLights: the bad guys are able to shut down traffic and other utilities as part of their master plan.
* HackerCave: Most of the assassinated hackers live in them. Hell, a fallen Franchise/{{Terminator}} figurine saves the two main characters. In addition, the Hacker trailer.
* HollywoodHacking: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/7/16/brains-with-urgent-appointments/ Skewered by Penny Arcade.]]
** Not all of it is unrealistic though, as someone actually did blow up a pipeline via computer [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20050_6-real-cyber-attacks-straight-out-bad-hacker-movie.html way back in 1982]]. And ''most'' (not all) of the hacks are done on systems that the villain himself helped code.
* HostageSituation: [=McClane=] utterly denies the BigBad's attempt to use his daughter, Lucy, against him. By his reasoning, if the BigBad has reached the point where he feels threatening [=McClane's=] family to be necessary, then he surely won't act on it because then [=McClane=] would have that much more motivation to kill him. Even Lucy refuses to act the part.
* JustPlaneWrong: The F-35 scene. The real plane is equipped with a single cannon. Also counts as RareVehicles since the F-35 wasn't in production, let alone operational service, in 2007.
** However, a Harrier with minimal weapons loadout does have two cannons, and could have done the fancy flying the F-35 did. Except hovering in a Harrier is ''the most'' difficult thing to do in any aircraft ever, and because of low engine thrust requires that all air-to-ground munitions and most of the fuel be spent first.
* KnightInSourArmor:
-->'''John [=McClane=]''': 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.
-->'''Matt Farrell''': Then why you doing this?
-->'''John [=McClane=]''': Because there's nobody else to do it right now, that's why. Believe me, if there were somebody else to do it, I'd let them do it, but there's not. So we're doing it.
-->'''Matt Farrell''': Ah. That's what makes you that guy.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Lucy is defiant, headstrong, snarky and very able to put a useful fight against her captors.
-->'''Farrell''': Wow, I know that tone. It's just weird hearing it come from someone with... hair.
* LiveActionEscortMission: The first half of the film involves [=McClane=] trying to bring hacker Matt Farrell into the FBI while protecting Matt from the terrorists trying to kill him. Since they're headed to the Feds, at first Matt isn't exactly cooperative.
* LogoJoke: After the 20th Century Fox opening logo plays, it suddenly "short circuits", causing flickering as the the searchlights fade, climaxing in a total power outage.
* MagicFloppyDisk: Averted. There are USB thumb drives. This film came out in 2007 and ''was one of the first films that use them.''
* ManipulativeEditing: The baddies' video message to America mixes together clips from various American presidents to voice their speech.
* MarketBasedTitle: The film is known as ''Die Hard 4.0'' in the UK and other parts of Europe.
* MoreDakka: The F-35 for the bad guys.
* OnlineAlias: KevinSmith's character goes by "Warlock".
* PacManFever: Averted, one of the hackers is clearly seen playing ''GearsOfWar'', and he's pressing the buttons in the way a normal player would.
* PapaWolf: Don't you dare mess with [=McClane's=] daughter.
* LeParkour: Used by Rand.
* PoliceAreUseless: Subverted in that Thomas Gabriel's scheme is suppose to incapacitate the police to prevent them from working as easily.
* PoliceCodeForEverything: John [=McClane=] uses this to SpotTheThread on Mai when she's posing as a police dispatcher, using a code for incidents of public nudity to see if she'll catch it. She doesn't.
* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure[=/=]RecognitionFailure: [=McClane=] fails spectacularly to pass himself off as a member of the nerd culture. Most notably is when he fails to recognize a cutout of Boba Fett and tries to cover it by saying he's only familiar with ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* PreMortemOneLiner: "[[CatchPhrase Yipee-ki-yay, Motherfucker]]", said while shooting his own shoulder.
* PunBasedTitle: The title is obviously a "hard version" of the New Hampshire state motto "Live Free Or Die".
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Many people claimed there was no way you could use a computer to blow-up a gas line, but that sort of thing actually DID happen in real life [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20050_6-real-cyber-attacks-straight-out-bad-hacker-movie.html back in 1982]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Miguel Bowman.
* SerialEscalation: The indoor car chases, as well as [=McClane=] ''using a car to take out a helicopter.'' The makers also try to set a new record for "amount of punishment ever inflicted upon an action star without killing him."
** And then, as if the car-helicopter collision isn't enough, [=McClane=] destroys an F-35 with a semi-truck.
* ShootTheHostage: Taken to a whole new level by the fact that [=McClane=] ''is'' the hostage; [[spoiler:he shoots himself in the shoulder to kill the BigBad]].
* ShoutOut: John is a fan of ''Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival''. Farrel is ignorant of classic rock and regards him as an old fashioned dinosaur.
* SoundEffectBleep
* TalkingToThemself: John, while taking out a helicopter.
--> ...all you gotta do...is pick up a kid... out of Jersey ...and take him down to D.C.! ['''gets into cop car'''] How hard can that be, huh? Nah, can't be that hard, can it? ['''turns on car's lights and sirens'''] Nah, gotta be a...''Senior'' Detective. ['''starts speeding down tunnel as a sniper shoots at him from a helicopter'''] You think if I'm in a traffic jam...throwing a car at me's gonna stop me, huh? ['''the sniper shoots the car, causing it to light on fire.'''] Great. Car's on fire. ['''Jumps out of car just before it goes off of a ramp and crashes into the helicopter, absolutely destroying it.''']
* ThrowItIn: [=McClane=] yellng "Whoa!" when he flings the parkour-using henchman off his car and into a wall; it was Bruce Willis's genuine reaction to the actor taking a bigger bump for the stunt than expected.
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[[folder:''A Good Day to Die Hard'']]
* ActionDuo: [=McClane=] and his son Jack.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Komarov reveals that the file is kept in a radioactive vault where the bad guys can't get at it. They chopper in a tank full of a chemical which when sprayed around the place somehow removes the radiation so that everyone can take off their gas masks.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: [=McClane=] and Jack drive from Moscow, Russia, to Chernobyl, Ukraine, in what appears to be only a few hours. Without passports. (In reality this would be about a 20 hour drive).
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Moscow has one of the most paranoid air defenses and military response protocols in the world. Somehow none of these are present when an American drone is flying over the city or when a rogue attack chopper is shooting buildings in said city up, not to mention the lack of anything other than a few police units responding to what would likely be seen as a terrorist attack.
* AttackDrone: An American drone appears over Moscow airspace.
* AvengingTheVillain: [[spoiler: Irina, of the DaddysLittleVillain variety.]]
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: [=McClane=] and his son Jack (again).
** [=McClane=] loved his son all along; it was Jack that showed resentment and distance, to the point of regularly calling his father by his first name. But they eventually kissed and made up (so to speak).
* BaitTheDog: [[spoiler:Komarov.]]
* BeardOfEvil: [[spoiler:Komarov.]]
* BikerBabe: Irina is introduced climbing off a motorbike in [[SpyCatsuit very form-fitting]] [[HellBentForLeather leathers]] which she unzips to reveal a LittleBlackDress. Ahhhh {{fanservice}}...
* BulletproofHumanShield: Our heroes use a mook as a shield -- he's wearing a bulletproof vest which adds to his protective ability, [[FridgeLogic but so are the other mooks who are quickly knocked down by our heroes bullets]].
* BusmansHoliday: Lampshaded in the end.
--> '''Jack:''' Do you go looking for trouble or does it always just seem to find you?
--> '''John:''' You know, after all these years, I still ask myself the same question.
* CallBack: The teaser features [[Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]]'s [[StandardSnippet Symphony No. 9]], which was prominently used in the first film.
** The tactic of shooting nearby glass to inflict pain upon John in the first film by Hans Gruber is now used by the [=McClanes=] ''on the villains.''
** The death of the villains is a ''combination'' of tributes to Die Hard 1 '''and''' 3, involving a spectacular flailing fall, being chopped to pieces by a spinning motor AND an exploding helicopter.
** John pulling shrapnel out of Jack while bonding with him is similar to how he bonded with Al 25 years ago over the radio as he pulled broken glass out of himself.
** When he's discovered in the bunker near the end of the film, [[spoiler:Komarov]] (who had been speaking in his natural voice up to this point), makes a show of acting scared, much like Hans Gruber did when he pretended to be "Bill Clay" in the original film. He also tries moving towards a nearby gun and when that fails uses his radio to summon help. In addition, the shot where [[spoiler:Komarov falls off the building towards the helicopter blades]] evokes Hans' death scene from the same film.
* CarChase: A really, ''[[OverlyLongGag really]]'' long one.
* CarFu: Occurred three times during the CarChase.
** Which in filming ended up destroying ''132 vehicles at a cost of 11 million dollars''.
* CellPhonesAreUseless: Mostly because John takes his dad's phone and stomps on it.
* CentralIntelligenceAgency: [[spoiler:Jack's employer,]] much to [=McClane=]'s surprise and incredulity.
-->'''John [=McClane=]:''' The [[Film/JamesBond 007]] of [[UsefulNotes/NewJersey Plainfield, New Jersey]].
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Flames from a large gas explosion triggered by a hand grenade wrap around our heroes, but they're not singed.
* CoolCar: MRAP vs Mercedes G-Wagon
* CrazyPrepared: Several instances throughout the movie. John himself qualifies on a mental level - it's almost as if he more than expected to have to take down another terrorist group this time (after twenty years, he'd have to be terminally stupid to not see it coming by now).
* CuttingTheKnot: Jack is arguing with Komarov over what security is in the hotel, when they see John bribing an employee for his access card. Later Jack is trying to break into a car, when John turns up having stolen the keys.
* [[spoiler: DaddysLittleVillain: Irina.]]
* DarkActionGirl: Irina.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Chagarin.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: Chagarin betrayed and got Komarov arrested. After he kills [[spoiler:Alik]], he calls Chagarin, who [[spoiler:gets killed afterwards by one of his men.]]
* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: [[spoiler: Irina. You think she's working with Chagarin against Komarov, and she pretends to be on Komarov's side in order to lure him out. On the contrary! Turns out that she's really working for daddy dearest after all!]]
* DramaticGunCock: By John [=McClane=]. He pumps a shotgun (which, alas, he never gets to use) once in the elevator, then pumps it ''again'' when the bad guys show up. This should have ejected at least one unfired shell.
* TheElevatorFromIpanema
* EtTuBrute: Chagarin's betrayal of Komarov by letting him be arrested by the Russian police.
* GenerationXerox: Jack. He's every bit as badass as his father is and he easily qualifies as the most competent and useful sidekick John [=McClane=] has ever had - to the point where there are times in the movie where John himself seems more like the sidekick.
* HellishCopter: How [[spoiler:Irina]] died.
* HeroStoleMyBike: Happens several times, as John is not quite in his own jurisdiction and therefore cannot do the FlashedBadgeHijack:
** First John steals some poor sap's old truck when he goes chasing after Jack.
--->"Call a cop!"
** Then he runs out into the road trying to get someone to stop their car and ends up getting knocked over by a Mercedes SUV. When the owner jumps out and starts abusing him in Russian, John punches him in the face and makes off with his car.
--->"You think I understand a word you're saying?!"
** Later when they need another car, Jack nicks one from outside a [[TheMafiya Mafia]] hangout, knowing the trunk will be full of weapons.
* IndyPloy: Given that its John [=McClane=], this should come as no surprise. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d on two different occasions by John and Jack, once in the ballroom, the second as they're about to go into Pripyiat.
* LudicrousGibs: [[spoiler: bad guy falling off the roof + high-speed spinning helicopter rotor = SPLAAAAT]]
* MadeOfIron: Our heroes. Oh God yes.
* TheMafiya
* McGuffin: The file [[spoiler:proving Chagarin's involvement in the Chernobyl accident. Which doesn't exist -- Komarov is actually planning to get his hands on a stache of weapons-grade plutonium he had to leave there after the accident.]]
* MoreDakka: [=McClane=] kills several mooks using a [=M249=] machine gun. Also the Hind helicopter that attacks the [=McClanes=].
* MsFanservice: Irina.
* MyHovercraftisFullOfEels: [=McClane=] learns that he inadvertently asked the cabbie "for a bag of hair on the way to the courthouse".
* MythologyGag: [[spoiler:Komarov]]'s death is similar to [[spoiler:Hans']] and [[spoiler:Major Grant's. He falls off a building, then gets sliced to pieces, this time by a chopper rotor.]]
** It's also a possible reference to [[spoiler:Milo's death in ''TheLastBoyScout''.]]
* TheNewRussia
* NukeEm: [[spoiler:Chagarin (later Komarov) plans to steal weapons-grade plutonium, hidden within Chernobyl.]]
* PunBasedTitle: Just like its predecessor.
** Doubles as a ShoutOut:
--->'''[[Film/StarTrekFirstContact Lt.-Cmdr. Worf]]:''' Perhaps today ''is'' a good day to die!
*** That's actually a [[OlderThanYouThink quote by Sioux leader Crazy Horse]], which has been used in a few Westerns, thus the use here as John [=McClane=] is oft compared to a "cowboy".
* ReedRichardsIsUseless [[spoiler: The bad guys have a compound that "neutralizes the radiation" at Chernobyl. Why the Russian/Ukranian governments haven't just USED THIS yet is never addressed. Why they need to sell Plutonium to terrorists to make money rather than just selling this magical chemical....is never addressed.]]
* SequelGoesForeign
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Komarov's plan to have his rival free him from prison and take him directly to his plutonium is interrupted by the CIA trying to spring him (because they also believe the file is real) while the CIA's plan is stymied by John [=McClane=] who holds Jack up for a crucial few minutes because he thinks his son is a crook who's getting himself in even more trouble.]]
* SuperWindowJump
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Irina at the end rams her helicopter into the building that the [=McClanes=] were in. It fails and her attempted attack on them proves useless.]]
* ThereWasADoor: Jack uses a frame charge to get out of a room while it's being attacked, but from then on our heroes just [[SoftGlass jump out the window]].
* YouKilledMyFather‎
* WalkingDisasterArea: A large chunk of Moscow and pretty much half of its cars get completely destroyed the minute John walks into town.
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: Komarov was shot once in his arm, but he didn't die while being attacked in the safe house. Mr. [=McClane=] himself gets blood on his white shirt as he was wounded several times.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: After being ordered to execute our heroes, Dancer Man wastes time talking about how he hates Americans, giving Jack time to saw through his bonds.
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