->'''German Terrorist:''' Attention American workers: Your plant has been taken over by an all-star team of [[TerroristsWithoutACause freelance terrorists]].\\
'''Homer:''' Not on ''my'' shift! ''[[[AirVentPassageway jumps into an overhead vent]]]''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "And Maggie Makes Three"

Bad guys have taken over some location, but, unbeknownst to the villains, [[OneManArmy one]] or more good guys are hiding out in their midst, [[SpannerInTheWorks engineering their overthrow]]. At least one [[AirVentPassageway air vent]] will be crawled through. At least one hostage will be a member of TheHero's family and another will be executed while trying to negotiate with the villains.

Named after a meme within the entertainment industry based on the [[Film/DieHard movie of the same name]], starring BruceWillis. One of the most important action films of all time, if [[FollowTheLeader all the copycat ripoffs]] are any indication. An old story says that the HighConcept pitches for many action films basically went "[[XMeetsY Die Hard on a...]]", until one day, someone tried to pitch a movie as "''Die Hard'' in an Office Building." Apparently, they [[CriticalResearchFailure were unaware]] that the original ''Die Hard '''did''''' take place in an office building.

This plot can be used as the action for a BottleEpisode. The bad guys may unknowingly have BruceWayneHeldHostage. Expect to see at least one BulletproofHumanShield show up.

This trope can be played with varying degrees of blatancy, so remember, just because a work appears on this list [[TropesAreNotBad doesn't make it a total knockoff]] of ''Die Hard''. It's just a basic framework.

See also AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs, HomeAloneAntics, SpannerInTheWorks, RightManInTheWrongPlace.

RecycledInSpace is the general trope for remaking works in a new setting.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''DaphneInTheBrilliantBlue'' has a two-part episode that mashes up ''Die Hard'' with a {{Homage}} to classic disaster movie parody ''{{Airplane}}'', of all things, called "Die Hard, Play Hard".
* The ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' anime series ''Dolores, i'' has an episode titled "Die Hard", where James Links does this on an oxygen plant on Mars. He even [[LampshadeHanging Hangs a Lampshade]] when he wishes it were Christmas halfway through the episode.
* When a group of terrorists take over Sakuya's [[IncrediblyLamePun titanic]] ship in an episode of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', it gets {{lampshaded}} by the [[LemonyNarrator narrator]], who tells us that "''Die Hard'' on a boat will be right back." The title of a chapter in the corresponding manga storyarc? "Titanic Episode 4 - With a Vengeance".
* The events on the Sand Steamer in ''{{Trigun}}''.
* [=Parodied/Lampshaded=] in the ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' light novels. In this case, it's the good guys pretending to be terrorists in order to catch real terrorists, and they nickname the heroic troublemaker among the passengers John [=McClane=].
* Played straight in ''Into The Blue'' and the corresponding anime arc, in which Gauron hijacks the Tuatha de Danaan, with Sousuke, Kurz, and (eventually, thanks to Tessa's efforts) Kaname loose on board.
* ''EarlyReins'': ''Die Hard'' on a train! In TheWildWest! And the heroes are GirlsWithGuns!
* The 1931 story arc of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', AKA "The Grand Punk Railroad" takes it UpToEleven. On a train! With ''three'' gangs hijacking at the same time, two serial killers, and three immortals! You almost forget hostages are involved, sometimes. Later, the 2002 "Bullet Garden/Blood Sabbath" does Die Hard on a Cruise Ship. [[LampshadeHanging The very first chapter starts]] with one of the terrorists rambling about ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl''.
* ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' plays with this when Aramaki and the Major go to London. While visiting a friend who runs a wine bank, Aramaki and his friend are taken hostage by ex-mob bank robbers, but the mob itself gets tipped off, and the bribed police force then besieges the bank. Aramaki manages to convince the robbers to work with him so that they can figure a way out of the police siege.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* ''MsTree'' had a story titled "New Year's Evil" where a deranged gunman takes over the rooftop restaurant where Michael Tree is celebrating New Year's Eve. Michael happens to be in the ladies room at the time. Cue this trope.
* ''[[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]]'' #10: Wildcat goes ''Die Hard'' in the JSA Mansion.
* The three-issue arc of ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange'' after his first victory against Dormammu is essentially ''Die Hard'' in the Sanctum Sanctorum. Strange is knocked out by a bomb and wakes up to find a metal plate over his face and steel gauntlets on his hands that prevent him from spellcasting, and with three underlings of his nemesis Mordo in the house. It takes a combination of wits, skill and luck to beat them all.
* ''HackSlash: Slice Hard'': Die Hard with [[SlasherMovie slashers!]]
* The ''VideoGame/StarFox1'' [[ComicBook/StarFox supplemental material]] featured a few pages of ''Die Hard'' [[foldercontrol]]

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]] when the [[VideoGame/StarFox eponymous team]] encountered Andross' troops aboard the ship they stowed away on.
* ''Detective Comics'' had a 2-part story in #829-830 where a terrorist takes control of Wayne Tower. Since [[BruceWayneHeldHostage Bruce is among the crowd]] he can't immediately change to Batman without tipping his identity off, so he manipulates things from the sidelines for most of it while giving orders to Robin on taking the guy down.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/DieHard''
** The first film is ''[[ShapedLikeItself Die Hard]]'' (on a high-rise).
** ''Die Hard II'' is ''Die Hard'' in a snowed-in airport... and interestingly, is the last ''Die Hard'' movie to follow this trope.
* The Creator/SonnyChiba movie ''The Bullet Train'' is pretty much ''Die Hard'' on a train... except ''The Bullet Train'' came out in 1975, thirteen years before ''Die Hard'', possibly making it the UrExample of this trope.
* ''Film/KeyLargo'' made in 1948 was essentially "''Die Hard'' at a resort hotel" before there was a formula for this kind of film. A gangster (Edward G. Robinson, because who else?) holds a small group of hotel guests hostage while exchanging money. It isn't until the end that it develops more into the traditional ''Die Hard'' plot towards the end when HumphreyBogart is taken to drive the getaway boat, which is when he starts sneaking around, bumping off the goons one by one.
* ''Film/UnderSiege'' and ''Under Siege 2'': ''Die Hard'' on a warship and train, respectively.
* ''Die Hard'' on a train films include: ''The Last Siege'', ''Operation Wolverine: Seconds To Spare'', ''Hostage Train'', ''Death Train,'' "Death, Murder, and Deceit Aboard the Orient Express" and ''Derailed''.
* ''Film/SuddenDeath'' has Jean-Claude Van Damme as a security guard trying to stop ''Die Hard'' in a hockey arena.
* The second half of the Creator/JohnWoo classic ''Film/HardBoiled'' is essentially ''Die Hard'' in a Hospital in true HeroicBloodshed style, as the bad guys take everybody hostage at the hospital. Tequila and Tony, along with the rest of the force in the hospital, have to get everyone out before the bad guys blow everything to hell. It's pretty badass.
* ''Film/{{Cliffhanger}}'' is ''Die Hard'' on a mountain.
* ''Film/{{Speed}}'' is often touted as "''Die Hard'' on a bus" despite not being exactly that. It does involve crawling through elevator shafts, the undercarriage of a bus and on top of a speeding subway train. However, it appears ''Speed'' was mainly inspired by ''The Bullet Train''.
* ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl'' genuinely is ''Die Hard'' on a boat.
* ''Skyscraper'' is a rehash of the original ''Die Hard'', also taking place in a highrise. It stars Anna Nicole Smith. Seriously.
* ''Film/{{Octopus}}'': ''Die Hard'' on a sub, then on a boat, with Russian terrorists. Oh, and a really big octopus.
* The little known movie ''The Last Hour'' AKA ''Concrete War'' can also be classified as ''Die Hard'' in an office building (though to be fair, it's the two good guys who are invading the building the baddies are holed up in)
* LampshadeHanging added to the movie adaptation of DaveBarry's ''Literature/BigTrouble''. Elliot is left on his own in the kitchen when a pair of crooks take everyone else in the house hostage. A character watching outside comments to his partner, "We have a ''Die Hard'' situation developing in the kitchen."
* Lampshaded in ''Film/{{Masterminds}}'', where the student trapped in a taken-over private school observes "We've got a ''Die Hard'' situation here."
* ''Film/{{Passenger 57}}'': ''Die Hard'' on a plane. Just blacker.
* ''Film/ExecutiveDecision'' is also ''Die Hard'' on a plane. Just with an insertion of the [=McClane=] via a docking stealth fighter. And Steven Seagal.[[spoiler: [[DeadStarWalking Briefly]].]]
* ''Film/AirForceOne'': ''Die Hard'' on, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, Air Force One]], with the [=McClane=] replaced with [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking The President of the United States]], played by HarrisonFord.
* ''Film/ConAir'' also has some traits of ''Die Hard'' on a plane, though it ends ''off'' the plane.
* ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'': ''Die Hard'' on a...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin you can probably guess.]]
* ''Film/PhoneBooth,'' an actual non-ironic Hollywood blockbuster, proudly declared itself to be ''Die Hard'' in a phone booth. It was made by Joel Schumacher and starred Creator/ForestWhitaker, Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, and Katie Holmes.
* ''Film/HalfPastDead'': ''Die Hard'' in a prison, with a hilarious name. It got a sequel.
* ''Mean Guns'' is ''Die Hard'' in a prison with a twist: it's a last man standing scenario.
* ''Film/PaulBlartMallCop'': ''Die Hard'' in a mall as a comedy.
* The "''Die Hard'' in a mall" concept had been previously done seriously in the DirectToVideo Creator/MickeyRourke film ''Film/PointBlank''(not to be confused with the Lee Marvin film)and was also later done in the MadeForTV movie ''Christmas Rush'' AKA ''Breakaway'' and the NoBudget DTV film ''Hostile Takedown''.
* A planned sequel to Kevin Smith's ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'' was ''Mallrats 2: Die Hard in a Mall'', purposefully invoking this trope right down to the name.
* Family-friendly version: ''Film/ThreeNinjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain'', which is ''Die Hard'' in an amusement park. The titular brothers (and, to a lesser extent, Hulk Hogan) take the place of John [=McClane=], and Loni Anderson takes the place of Hans Gruber. It's like the writers of the film watched ''Die Hard'' and decided to make it family-friendly by making it a ''Film/ThreeNinjas'' movie.
* ''Film/TheFifthElement'', in its middle section, briefly becomes ''Die Hard'' on a boat... [[RecycledInSpace IN SPAAAACE]]!!! It also has BruceWillis shooting bad guys and blowing stuff up.
* ''Film/TheTakingOfBeverlyHills'' is ''Die Hard'' in the [[LosAngeles City of Los Angeles]].
* ''Film/{{Run}}'' is ''Die Hard'' in a city.
* ''Film/BeverlyHillsCopIII'' is ''Die Hard'' in an amusement park (at least in part).
* Creator/DolphLundgren starrer ''AgentRed'' is ''Die Hard'' on a submarine.
* Other ''Die Hard'' on a sub films include ''Crash Dive'', ''Submarines'', and ''Counter Measures''.
* ''Film/HomeAlone'' is ''Die Hard'' [-FOR KIDS!-] Complete with the Christmas setting, the estranged family, and a scene of a guy cutting his feet on broken glass.
* ''Film/TheRock'' is ''Die Hard'' on Alcatraz.
* ''Film/{{Armored}}'' is ''Die Hard'' in an armored truck.
* ''Terminal Rush'' is ''Die Hard'' in Hoover Dam. It features "Rowdy" RoddyPiper as the villain.
* The b-movie ''Velocity Trap'' is ''Die Hard'' on a spaceship.
* The movie ''Film/{{Hostage}}'' is ''Die Hard'' in a house. Bonus points for having Bruce Willis as the main character.
* ''The Tower'' is "''Die Hard'' without the bad guys!" Seriously, Paul Reiser is trapped inside an evil, sentient office skyscraper.
* The Canadian b-movie ''Lethal Tender'' is ''Die Hard'' in a water treatment plant.
* The b-movie ''Final Voyage'' is ''Die Hard'' on a cruise ship, and features Erika Eleniak along with Ice-T as the terrorist leader.
* ''Operation Delta Force 2: Mayday'', ''Counterstrike'' and ''Maiden Voyage: Ocean Hijack'' are also ''Die Hard'' on a ship.
* The short ''Joyride'' is ''Die Hard'' in the trunk of a car.
* ''Demolition High'' - ''Die Hard'' in a high school, the sequel ''DemolitionUniversity'' is ''Die Hard'' in a chemical plant.
* Another ''Die Hard'' in high school example is The Creator/DolphLundgren film ''Detention''.
* ''Film/DayOfTheWolves'' is ''Die Hard'' in a small town. However, being made in 1971, it predates ''Die Hard''. A gang of bad guys have a plan for TakingOverTheTown. What they hadn't counted on was the police chief being fired that morning, and so being at home instead of where they expected him to be.
* ''Film/{{Bloodfist}} VI'' is ''Die Hard'' in a nuclear missile silo. Don Wilson plays a military courier who's running late and winds up interrupting the terrorist plans. As one of the terrorists states, "Wrong place. Wrong time."
* Most of ''The Interceptor'' is ''Die Hard'' on a C-5.
* The ''Turbulence'' series. On a plane.
* ''Hijack''. Planes, again.
* Not to be confused with ''Hijack'd'', which is also ''Die Hard'' on a plane.
* ''Sonic Impact'' is on a plane.
* ''Air Panic''. Planes.
* ''Air Rage''. On a plane.
* ''Air Marshall''. Still an airplane.
* ''Tail Sting''. Another one on a plane.
* ''Strategic Command'' is also ''Die Hard'' on a plane.
* So is ''Crash Landing''.
* There are two films called ''Final Approach'' and both are Die Hard on a plane.
* ''ThirtyDaysOfNight'' is ''Die Hard'' in a small Alaskan town with vampires, and not on a plane.
* ''Film/{{Lockout}}'' is ''Die Hard'' in a futuristic space prison.
* ''Film/TheRaid'' is ''Die Hard'' in a rundown apartment complex. There's a twist in that the building is actually the bad guy's home territory, with the good cops as the aggressors, and none of the ''Die Hard''-on-an-X subtropes really come into play, beyond the basic setup.
* ''Main/{{Airheads}}'': ''Die Hard'' in a radio station, played as a comedy, wherein the terrorists are the good guys and the guns aren't real. Michael Richards plays the [=McClane=] reimagined as TheFool.
* ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' is ''Die Hard'' in a ''huge'' WretchedHive high-rise in the future. There's even [[spoiler: the villain's [[DisneyVillainDeath death by falling]] in slow motion out of the tower.]] It was sometimes accused of ripping off the above ''The Raid'' - as they both came out the same year - but the truth is a mix of coincidence and the fact that they were both influenced by ''Die Hard''. That said, ''Dredd'' - like ''TheRaid'' - has the villain already in control of the location by the film's opening, and really takes relatively little from ''Die Hard'', beyond the basic plot structure.
* ''Open Fire'' is ''Die Hard'' in a chemical plant.
* ''Act Of War'' is ''Die Hard'' in a presidential palace.
* The Japanese film ''White Out'' is ''Die Hard'' on a dam.
* ''Don't Die Too Hard'' is a French spoof of ''Die Hard'', also taking place in a skyscraper.
* ''TC 2000'' is ''Die Hard'' in a factory.
* There are two films called ''Blast'', both ''Die Hard'' rip-offs. One takes place in an Olympic stadium, and the other takes place on an oil rig. The latter was even written by one of the screenwriters of the original ''Die Hard''.
* ''Tube'' is ''Die Hard'' in a subway.
* ''No Contest'' is ''Die Hard'' at a beauty pageant, it's sequel ''No Contest 2'' is Die Hard in a museum.
* One of the worst rip-offs is ''The Vault'', which is ''Die Hard'' in an art museum.
* ''Film/{{Automatic}}'' is ''Die Hard'' in a futuristic robot factory, where the hero is an android.
* ''Film/DeathMachine'' is also ''Die Hard'' in a futuristic robot factory
* ''ToySoldiers'' is ''Die Hard'' in a boarding school. In a twist, the SpannerInTheWorks is also one of the hostages, and has to make sure the bad guys don't notice him sneaking off to mess with their plans.
* ''Command Performance'' is ''Die Hard'' in a concert hall.
* ''Diplomatic Siege'' is ''Die Hard'' in a U.S. Embassy.
* ''Depth Charge'' is ''Die Hard'' on a submarine fitted with prototype stealth technology. The sub's medical officer and an electrician go up against the XO and his group of terrorists to prevent a nuclear launch.
* The 2013 films ''Film/OlympusHasFallen'' and ''Fim/WhiteHouseDown'' are both ''Die Hard'' in the White House.
* ''Maximum Security'' and ''Maximum Conviction'' are both ''Die Hard'' in a correctional facility.
* ''Project: Shadowchaser'' is ''Die Hard'' in a hospital, and it's sequel is ''Die Hard'' in a chemical facility.
* ''Crackerjack'' (1994) and ''Icebreaker'' are both ''Die Hard'' at a ski resort. ''Crackerjack'' is unusually blatant about it, cribbing many one-liners and plot developments from ''Die Hard''.
* ''Film/HardRain'' is ''Die Hard'' in... rain. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext And a major flood. Also, a church full of stolen money and corrupt cops]].
* ''DeadlyOutbreak'' is ''Die Hard'' in a research facility.
* ''AssaultOnDome4'' Is ''Die Hard'' on a scientific facility on [[RecycledInSpace another planet]].
* ''Stranglehold'' is ''Die Hard'' in a chemical weapons facility.
* ''Critical Mass'' is ''Die Hard'' at a nuclear plant, unique in that it recycles footage from numerous other action films like ''UniversalSoldier'' and ''Terminator2''
* ''Chain Of Command'' is ''Die Hard'' on a ship and blatantly recycles footage from ''DeepRising''
* ''TheAsylum''s ''Film/AgeOfDinosaurs'' is ''Die Hard'' with dinosaurs. Lemme say it again. ''Die Hard'' [[XMeetsY with]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome dinosaurs!]]
* ''Film/NorthSeaHijack'' aka ''ffolkes'' and ''Assault Force'' is ''Die Hard'' on North Sea oil rigs. Actually a subversion, since the film is quite slow-paced and focuses more on the protagonists' carefully-planned tactics rather than action.
* ''PoliceStory2013'' is ''Die Hard'' in a nightclub.
* ''The Peacekeeper'' is ''Die Hard'' in a missile silo.
* ''Not Safe For Work'' is ''Die Hard'' in a building, just with a serial killer instead of terrorists.
* ''VirtualAssassin''(AKA Cyberjack) is "Die Hard" in an office building [[RecycledinSPACE in the future]].
* ''Spacejacked'' is ''Die Hard'' on a cruise ship in [[RecycledInSpace outer space]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''[=GodEngine=]'' traps thirtieth-century cop Chris Cwej in a Martian military base, upon which he promptly proceeds to wreak mayhem using a strategy his partner informs us is officially known as "The [=McClane=] Protocol".
* The second half of the Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures novel ''System Shock'' is Die Hard in a huge computer hub.
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' 's author EoinColfer has described the first book in the series as "''Die Hard'' with [[TheFairFolk fairies]]."
* Judith & Garfield Reeves-Steven's novel ''Quicksilver'' is ''Die Hard'' in the Pentagon
* ''Literature/VerticalRun'' by Joseph Garber is ''Die Hard'' in an office building, where the John [=McClane=] of the story is the only target.
* The Literature/CiaphasCain short story ''Traitor's Gambit'' is Die Hard [[RecycledInSpace on a spaceship]], complete with Cain taunting the head terrorist over a vox unit [[spoiler: and the terrorist's leader being more in it for financial gain than for the cause]].
** ''Cain's Last Stand'' has a scene where a survivor of an alien attack is hiding in the vents. The fact he's still alive when the Tyranids almost always gravitate to the vents (and attack through the same vent moments later) is the first clue [[spoiler: they weren't the original attackers.]]
* The YoungBond short story "A Hard Man to Kill" is ''Die Hard'' on an ocean liner, starring a teenaged Franchise/JamesBond.
* The latter chapters of the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' book ''In Enemy Hands'' is Die Hard on a Starship, followed by ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' [[RecycledInSpace In Space]].
* The Literature/DreamPark book ''The Moon Maze Game'' is basically a LARP turned ''Die Hard'' on the moon.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Parodied on ''Series/TheBenStillerShow'' playing Bruce Willis in a ''Die Hard'' sequel... set in a supermarket.
* In the 9th season, ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' copied ''Film/UnderSiege II''... of course, ItWasAllJustADream.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has done ''Die Hard'' on a spaceship for a number of episodes across the series:
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]". However, this aired before ''Die Hard'' was released. So ''Die Hard'' is sort of "''Space Seed'' in an office building"! Sort of...
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': "Starship Mine" and "Rascals" (with the added dis-advantage that Picard, Guinan, Ro and Keiko were transformed into children before the Ferengi takeover). Arguably, ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' is like this as well.
** TNG: "Timescape" has elements of "''Die Hard'' in a temporal anomaly".
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': For the first part of Season 6, the eponymous station is in enemy hands. Also, the beginning of Season 2 sees the crew temporarily handing the station over to Bajoran radicals. And then there's the shrunken shuttlecraft episode, definitely the SpiritualSuccessor of ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]''. Finally, there's the episode "Civil Defense" from Season 3, where the station is hijacked by an automated defense system put in place by Gul Dukat during the Occupation (who, ironically, shows up only to get captured by his own system along with everyone else).
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': "Basics," "Macrocosm," and "Message in a Bottle". The Doctor was frequently the Bruce Willis, his ProjectedMan status making him immune to whatever incapacitated everyone else.
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': "Acquisition", "Catwalk", and "Chosen Realm".
** Usually any time that Jefferies Tubes are mentioned, you know there's going to be a ''Die Hard'' plot, except for that one episode where Picard ended up playing the flute in them like an insane homeless man.
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'': "The Box".
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'' did it in the episode "Power Play" (by Terry Nation). Although bad guys taking over the Liberator wasn't exactly a rare occurrence...
* ''Series/TheSentinel'' had an episode called "Dead Drop", which involved the main character trying to catch the bad guy by going up elevator shafts, [[StairwellChase running up stairs]], and, in a true ''Die Hard'' moment, swinging in through a window.
** The second episode of the series fit this trope as well, but it advanced the plot by forcing Jim to use his abilities around his boss several times, [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure letting him in on the secret]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' / ''{{Angel}}'':
** A second-season episode of Buffy admits that it's ripping off this device by entitling the episode where everyone is trapped in a vampire-infested school (''Die Hard'' at Sunnydale High) with Buffy as their only hope "School Hard".
** The Bronze is also a popular location for hostage-takings ("The Harvest", "Doppelgangland").
** Angel featured an episode where a band of humans take over the demon-owned nightclub Caritas, which happens to be a frequent watering hole of the heroes. The twist is that most of the clubgoers, while demonic, are fully-assimilated and peaceful, while the gun-toting humans have devolved into hunting demons for sport.
* The episode ''All the Queen's Horses'' of ''{{Due South}}'' was Die Hard on a train full of horses.
* In the pilot of ''{{Entourage}}'', Vince gets pitched a script that is described as "''Die Hard'' at Disneyland."
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': "I Shrink Therefore I Am". ''Die Hard'' is even mentioned by name.
* The ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' episode "Bad Day in Building A" is notable in that it borrows the ''Die Hard'' formula to the point of its TechnicalPacifist hero ''killing'' enemy mooks, including at least one he had clearly already succeeded at tying to a chair. Because the Power of Willis is such that even [=Duncan MacLeod=] must kill for it.
* The short-lived series ''Series/JohnDoe'' had an episode called "Doe or Die", which was previously titled "Doe Hard".
* In the ''Series/LoisAndClark'' episode "Fly Hard" (yep, they weren't even trying to hide it), robbers take over the ''Daily Planet'' building and drill the floor, searching for [[BriefcaseFullOfMoney prohibition-era money]]. Of course, part of the humor is that JimmyOlsen slips through the the terrorists' fingers when they lock up the hostages (while Clark Kent, of course, [[BruceWayneHeldHostage is rounded up with everyone else]]). Jimmy deludes himself into thinking ''he'''s Bruce Willis and is going to save everyone's lives in a rather hilarious InternalMonologue held while crawling through an air duct. He, of course, ends up accomplishing nothing much in particular until Superman finally "arrives" to save the day
* In an episode of ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'', a retiring professor says that he's going to work on his novel, which he describes as "''Die Hard'' only set in an office building".
->'''Dick:''' ''Die Hard'' '''was''' in an office building.
->'''Professor Sutor:''' *glaring* Up yours.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' inverted this trope: in "Bad Guys" SG-1 itself is mistaken as a group of terrorists in an alien museum, and a bumbling security guard believes himself to be the [=McClane=]. [[GenreSavvy Naturally]], they Lampshade it:
-->'''Mitchell:''' [over radio while held at gunpoint] "Uh, we've got ourselves a bit of a [=John McClane=] here."\\
'''Daniel:''' "What? What're you talking about?"\\
'''Teal'c:''' "''Die Hard''."
** They've played it straight a few times. The ''Prometheus'' has been taken over by alien or human bad guys on at least two occasions, and once SG-1 had to take it back from an alternate SG-1. (Long story.) The SGC has also been the target of this a few times. (In "Foothold", for example, the [[spoiler: aliens were masquerading as the regular characters, and Sam was the only one who was really herself]]). ''Die Hard''... In Colorado?
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' is fond of this trope:
** "The Storm" and "The Eye" is a very deliberate reference, because the BigBad (Acastus Kolya) is Robert Davi - who was one of the FBI agents in the original ''Die Hard''. "The Return" does it as well, and also the final season's "The Prodigal", which even ends with Teyla tossing series BigBad off the top floor of the Atlantis main tower. Note that "The Storm/The Eye", "The Return," and the above-mentioned SG-1 episode "Bad Guys" were all penned by staff writer Martin Gero, who apparently has a favorite movie.
** Averted with "Midway". The Wraith have taken over the SGC, and there are only two people conscious on our side. Perfect time for another "Die Hard at the SGC"... except the two conscious people are [[TheBigGuy Teal'c and Ronon]]. Instead of sneaking around, they just start killing every Wraith they can find.
* The ''CSINewYork'' third-season finale "Snow Day" is another example.
* ''Series/MacGyver'': "Phoenix Under Siege", where the headquarters of the Phoenix Foundation is taken over by criminals, trapping Mac and his grandfather (who had returned to the building to retrieve some hockey tickets) inside. And yes, the hockey tickets play a role in the ultimate resolution.
* ''TheMiddleman'' episode "The Clotharian Contamination Protocol", in which ''Die Hard'' is referenced repeatedly, both by the characters and via in-jokes. The HQ is aided by the [[ShoutOut Nakatomi]] Protocol, which [[AirVentPassageway widens the air ducts]] and initiates a lockdown. Toward the end of the episode it becomes [[spoiler:Die Hard [[FantasticVoyagePlot In An Android]]]].
-->'''Dubby:''' How often does the HQ get invaded?
-->'''The Middleman:''' About three times a year.
* ''{{Chuck}}'', which not only has bad guys taking over the Buy More, but also has has Al from ''Die Hard'' in it, as Big Mike's cousin.
** And in a different episode, different bad guys take over the store after Black Friday when Morgan, Jeff and Lester are the only ones inside. The bad guys take Jeffster hostage while Morgan was in his office taking a foot bath...in a tank top...without shoes. Yes, he uses the vents to get around, yes, he knocks a box of tacks off a shelf...and steps on them. Yes, he decides to make a rescue with a gun taped to his back.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' does this in "The Oath" and "Blood on the Scales," with mostly Lee and Kara (and a bit of Tigh/Adama) as the [=McClane=]. Even Tyrol gets to play [=McClane=] as he crawls through [[AirVentPassageway service tunnels and air ducts]] for most of the episode. So this would be ''Die Hard'' InSpace!
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' had an episode where Michael and a rival go ''Die Hard'' in a Bank.
** A more recent episode played with the formula. Michael infiltrates a gang of criminals who take over a small airport and take hostages (including Michael's mother). What does Michael do? Sabotage the operation from within and direct the blame towards a nonexistent airport employee.
* The ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' episode "The Tower" has it on the beach and in a lifeguard tower. Naturally, it is Mitch who saves the day.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has "The Gang Gets Taken Hostage". Frank is stuck in the air vents while the[= McPoyle=]s hold the rest of the gang hostage. He even has to walk over broken glass and tape a gun to his back. And at one point he yells "Yipee Ki Yay Mr. Falcon!"
* ''Series/HumanTarget'' has had ''Die Hard'' On a Bullet Train ["Pilot"] (complete with air vent crawl!) and ''Die Hard'' In a Monastery ["Sanctuary"].
* A season finale episode of ''Series/ThirdWatch'' was essentially "''Die Hard'' in a hospital with five times more cops", and was very action packed for the type of series it was.
* As the characters repeatedly {{Lampshade}}, Jim & George's subplot of the ''NoOrdinaryFamily'' episode "No Ordinary Detention" is ''Die Hard'' in a police station. The trope is also {{Invoked}}, as they explicitly base their plan on [=McClane=]'s actions. George compares himself to Sgt. Powell ("Let me be your black dude"), and Jim at one point uses the family-friendly half of [=McClane=]'s CatchPhrase.
* ''MadAboutYou'' played with being Die Hard in a Hospital because the hospital is sealed off after Bruce Willis gets hurting 'filming the latest ''Die Hard'' film, ''Die Already''. He ends up wandering the hospital ("Do I look concussed?") and helping Paul Riser's character make it to his daughter's birth.
* Happens in Global Dynamics in ''{{Eureka}}'', with Jo Lupo and Zoe Carter.
* In the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode "The Radio Job", part of the con involves making an FBI agent ''think'' this is what's going on. Eliot manages to get off a "Yippee ki-yay, motherf[[CurseCutShort --]]!"
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' did this basically OnceASeason, in addition to drawing enough tonal influences from the original movie that "''Die Hard'' [[RealTime on the clock]]" is not a bad description for it.
* ''ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' featured a sketch in which a terminally ill man's last wish was to do Die Hard. As in re-enact the original movie for real. He's later disappointed when it's not as much fun as he hoped it would be.
* ''Series/TheBlacklist'' episode "Anslo Garrick" is "''Die Hard'' in a top secret FBI compound". As an additional ShoutOut, FBIAgent Elizabeth Keen loses her shoes early on and has to run around barefoot, just like John [=McClane=] in the original movie.
* The ''Series/AlmostHuman'' episode "Are You Receiving?" is ''Die Hard'' with robots.
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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' is basically ''Die Hard'' in Arkham Asylum started by the Joker.
* The entire middle portion (About 60-70% of the game) of ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' is "Die Hard in an Office Building", like the original Die Hard movie, except replace terrorists with psychically controlled super soldiers and [=McClane=] with a slo-mo using, round house kicking [[HeroicMime Silent Protagonist]]
** Also instead of Hans Gruger we get a telepathic and psychotic cannibal named Paxton Fettel [[spoiler:Who is also your brother]].
* The first ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' is ''Die Hard'' on a space station. With a rogue [[AIIsACrapshoot homicidal AI and cyborgs]]. The second one is set on two of humanity's first commercial starships. With even worse and more horrifying [[SurvivalHorror threats]]...
* The original ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life|1}}'' is pretty much ''Die Hard'' in a research facility.
** Not to mention an older example -- ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', anyone? Only replace "demons" with "aliens" and "hell" with "an alternate dimension".
** Alyx lampshades Dr. Freeman's proclivity for air-vent exploration in ''Episode One''.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' was "''Die Hard'' on an Alaskan Military Base".
** Come to think of it, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' was "''Die Hard'' on a Russian Military Base During the Cold War".
*** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' manages to cover "DH on a ship" and "DH in a clean up facility." ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' is a bit like ''Live Free or Die Hard'' in the sense that Snake does quite a bit of traveling in the game. This game lets us add "DH in the Middle East, South America, Europe and Alaska" before coming back to being on a ship again (which this time around is more like StormingTheCastle)
** Of course the original ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' (and sequels) came out in 1987 pre-dating ''Die Hard'' and with the same basic plot. Many also differ in that the "terrorists" often aren't taking over anything, but staying at home being evil and Snake needs to infiltrate them.
*** Die Hard in Zanzibar, that's about it.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'' is "''Die Hard'' in a space station." Other games in the series are "''Die Hard'' on an entire planet", only that Samus is the invader there.
* The escape from the belly of the ''Leviathan'' in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' is either ''Die Hard'' on a spaceship, or a biblical reference.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has a Die Hard on the Normandy scene when Joker has to escape the Collectors and find Shepard to go rescue the rest of the crew.
** The last section of the ''Arrival DLC'', where Shepard has to fight through [[spoiler: the Indoctrinated Alliance team]] and destroy the Alpha Relay before the Reapers can establish a beachhead, can be summed up as Die Hard on an Asteroid.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', the plot of the ''Citadel DLC'' is essentially Die Hard on the Citadel, culminating with a frantic shootout on the ''Normandy'' as Shepard rushes to retake the ship. Die Hard on the Normandy: Die Harder?
* The various ''Pokémon'' games include ''Die Hard'' in an [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue office building]], [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldandSilver a radio tower]], [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire a volcano, an oceanic museum, a weather institute, a submarine pen, a space centre,]] [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl a wind farm, two office buildings, another mountain]], [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite a forest, a cold-storage warehouse, a castle,]] ''and then some''.
** In fact, there's pretty much a guarantee that you'll deal with a situation like this at least once in a Pokemon game (VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon [[VideoGame/PokemonSnap and]] [[VideoGame/HeyYouPikachu other]] [[VideoGame/PokemonChannel spin-offs]] [[VideoGame/PokemonRumble excluded]]). [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], in that the villainous groups pretty much ''are'' Die Hard terrorists/crime syndicates, especially Team Rocket.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', there is a "Die Hard starring Princess Peach" [[UnexpectedGameplayChange segment]] after every chapter. The castle has been taken over by Bowser, and you have to use secret passages and disguises to sneak around and, at one point, [[ARareSentence stealthily bake a cake.]]
* ''VideoGame/BrokenHelix'' is ''Die Hard'' on {{Area 51}}, with [[SemperFi marines]], renegade scientists, and aliens [[MeleeATrois killing each other]]. The player gets stuck in the middle and [[spoiler:can even join either sides]].
* The "[[Film/DrStrangelove No Fighting in the War Room]]" mission of the first ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' is ''Die Hard'' in a nuclear weapons facility.
** The mission "Turbulence" in ''Modern Warfare 3'' is basically "''Die Hard'' on the Russian President's plane". So, it is really more like "''Film/AirForceOne'' with Russians".
* ''Crisis Beat'' is ''Die Hard'' on a ferry. Complete with a Christmas setting.
* ''Chase the Express'', [[MarketBasedTitle aka.]] ''Covert Ops: Nuclear Dawn'' is ''Die Hard'' in a NATO armored train. Also counts as a ThrillerOnTheExpress.
* ''VideoGame/FreedomFighters'' is essentially ''Die Hard'' in New York City. Specifically, the [[AlternateHistory city is under Soviet control]] and it's up to the player to rally the citizens to take it back.
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* ''TheDragonDoctors'' arc "Thieves of life" is a "''Die Hard'' In A Hospital" scenario. Goro, the sickly surgeon, is fighting off four thieves while awaiting her LifeEnergy transplant.
* ''BobTheAngryFlower'': From the people who brought you ''Submarine Action Movie'' and ''Airplane Action Movie''', now comes ''[[http://www.angryflower.com/traina.gif Train Action Movie!!!]]''
* In [[http://www.firmanproductions.com/?p=682 strip #349]] of Micheal Firman's ''Webcomic/{{Moe}}'', while not a reconstruction of this trope in itself, the titular character tries to pitch an action-romance movie based on this format, albeit without being able to think of any romantic movie to merge Die Hard ''with''.
-->"I'm picturing something like Die Hard [[XmeetsY meets]]... That scene in Die Hard where he gets all gushy over his wife"
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* Parodied with the page-quote exchange on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Just to clarify, those events didn't really happen. They're a fabrication by Homer.
** The episode where Maggie rescues the other babies from a creche made a lot of references to ''TheGreatEscape'', but was actually more like ''Die Hard'' In A Nursery.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' episode "A Cold Day at X" is ''Die Hard'' In A Middle School.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Super Fun Time" is essentially ''Die Hard'' at Ye Olde Settlement, where a team of terrorists, complete with a Hans lookalike, takes a frontier-town educational park hostage after robbing a Burger King.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' does this with a unique twist: It's the building where Rattrap is hiding that is trying to kill him. He sets off the security system and tries to deactivate it.
** And an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' did ''Die Hard'' on an Elite Guard Spaceship. Complete with bomb-down-the-elevator-shaft and grumbling while crawling through the air vent.
* The "Hostage Crisis" episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' was basically "''Die Hard'' in the Republic Senate building" with Anakin as John [=McClane=] and bounty hunter Cad Bane as Hans Gruber. Instead of having no shoes like [=McClane=], Anakin has no lightsaber. Unlike most examples of the trope Anakin does ''not'' stop the villains, [[TheBadGuyWins they successfully take over the building, make their demands and then make good their escape]]. Anakin himself is captured without putting any real dents in the villains' efforts and spends the rest of the crisis unconscious and held with the rest of the hostages. However, Anakin does get a redemption at the end of the episode when he saves the lives of the hostages [[ForTheEvulz when Cad Bane was going to blow them up after he had already gotten away]].
* A clip show episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' was framed around Jay's show being taken over by terrorists led by a Hans Gruber {{Expy}}. In the end [[BigDamnHeroes they were defeated]] by HighlyVisibleNinja Milton Berle.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "Trapped With A Vengeance" had Dexter facing the janitor who wouldn't let him leave school, and had several {{Shout Out}}s to iconic scenes from ''Die Hard''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'' episode "Destructive Nature" actually is ''Die Hard'' in an office building -- only with a MadScientist and his {{Man Eating Plant}}s as the villains.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Home Front", Robin and Artemis, the {{Badass Normal}}s of the team, are hunted throughout their own base by a team of ridiculously powerful androids.
* From ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'':
** "Masters of Evil" has some of the Avengers' biggest villains at the time take over the Avengers Mansion, and capture five of the Avengers. Comicbook/{{Ant-Man}}, {{Hawkeye}}, and ComicBook/BlackPanther subsequently have to rescue their fellow superheroes.
** "Alone Against AIM" was actually promoted once as, "''Die Hard'' at Stark Industries!" The Scientist Supreme cuts off the power at the main Stark Industries office building, and takes Pepper Potts hostage, while also stealing some of Comicbook/IronMan's armor. This leaves an un-armored Tony Stark having to stop AIM from blowing up the building, with the Technovore chasing him in pursuit of the arc reactor in his chest. One scene even shows Tony descending an elevator shaft together with Maria Hill.
* Done as a whole plot reference in the ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' in the episode "Die Semi-Hard"
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