Awesome / The Running Man

The film:

  • Ben Richards give a classic hero speech to a trapped Dynamo.
    Richards: No. I won't kill a helpless human being. Not even sadistic scum... like you.
  • His response to Killian's offer of a contract as a network stalker is also pretty impressive:
    (Having wrenched a camera off the wall) You cold-blooded bastard! I'll tell you what I think of it; I'll live to see you eat that contract! But I hope you leave enough room for my fist, because I'm going to ram it into your stomach and break your goddamn spine! (smashes the camera)
    • Cinema Sins actually took off a sin point for this line.
  • Ben Richards winning the once hostile crowd over to the point of betting on him to win the contest.
    Old Lady: "I choose... Ben Richards! That boy is a mean motherf*cker!"
  • Killian is one of the few characters who actually gets to have a good comeback to Arnold's "I'll be back." "Only in a rerun."
  • Dynamo's introduction, where he sings opera and uses his Lightning Gun to power a neon sign saying "Clap if you love DYNAMO!" We do, because we do.
  • "One of us is in big trouble!"
  • Richards sending Killian crashing through a billboard sign and blowing him up followed by the Bond One-Liner: "Well, that hit the spot."

The book:

  • It may be painfully Harsher in Hindsight after 9/11, but Richards not only flying a plane into the network's building but directly into the Big Bad's office while flipping him off from the cockpit is one of the best hero deaths ever.