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The characters pertaining to the ''Die Hard'' film series.


[[folder:The [=McClane=] Family]]
!!John [=McClane=], Sr.
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs..."'']]
->'''Played By:''' BruceWillis

A New York City Detective who, when visiting his estranged wife’s office building to reconcile with her, finds himself having to take on organised terrorists. He has a very abrasive personality, but more than makes up for it with determination and a sense of heroism.

* ActionHero: Action films, action hero.
* ActionSurvivor: From the second film onwards.
* AntiHero: He drinks, smokes, curses, bloodily dispatches his enemies, causes wide scale property damage and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking neglects his married life]].
* TheAlcoholic: In the third film a character comments that John [=McClane=] is two steps away from being a full-blown alcoholic. [=McClane=] corrects him by [[SelfDeprecation holding up a single finger and saying "One step."]]
* {{Badass}}: The essence of the character. What made the ''Die Hard'' series stand out over other action films, especially the ones from the 1980s, was that [=McClane=] is very vulnerable. [[spoiler:Just watch his reactions with Hans, especially when he tries to talk Ellis from saying he didn't know who he was just to save Ellis' life in the first movie, or trying his best to signal the plane that Stuart was gonna crash.]] He could also barely fight when he is badly hurt, and has to relies on hiding and [[CombatPragmatist dirty tactics]] to overcome his enemies and stay alive.
* BadassGrandpa: From the fourth film onwards. His own son even lampshades this.
* BaldOfAwesome: From the fourth film onwards. The previous three films are [[JustForPun Balding Of Awesome]].
* BeingGoodSucks: He lives this trope. Over the course of all five movies, his wife has divorced him, his daughter is distant from him, he's completely estranged from his son [[spoiler: and when he tries to save him he ends up destroying a secret CIA mission that took ''three years'' to plan]], and he simply finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time at all times. His fellow officers don't seem to care much for him, he's nearly an alcoholic, he's bitter, alone, and depressed, yet time after time, he continues to save the day simply because he's "that guy", as he puts it in his own words.
* CatchPhrase: "Yipee-ki-yay, motherfucker!"
* TheChewToy: On top of the amount of abuse he takes in each film, his life in general just sucks.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Even if he doesn't like it, but in a world filled with terrorists, [[PoliceAreUseless incompetent cops]] and [[InnocentBystanders innocent victims]], someone has to be the hero.
* CombatPragmatist: He's not above putting hairspray in your eyes, for example.
* CoolOldGuy: From the fourth film onwards.
%%* CowboyCop
* DeadpanSnarker: A strong trait of his.
* DefectiveDetective: For John saving the day is much easier than saving a marriage.
* DentedIron: Throughout the films, the injuries he takes leave him battered, bruised and bleeding. This is particularly notable in the first film, especially since he's barefoot for the entirety of the hostage situation.
* DestructiveSaviour: Sorry, Washington DC and Moscow. Hope you have [=McClane=] insurance.
* {{Determinator}}: In the first film, he gets beat up, shot at, nearly blown up, jumps himself off a building and crashes through a glass window, his feet get lacerated, and he eventually gets shot in the shoulder. This does not stop him. The third film has him getting pistol-whipped, blown up, beaten, drowned, shot at, beaten, and blown up ''again''. This makes him angry. In the fourth film, he is shot at, blown up, shot at some more, thrown out of a car, beaten up by a DarkActionGirl, dropped down an elevator shaft, frozen, beat up again, shot at ''by a jet fighter'', shot, and then ''shoots himself''. He doesn't give up at any point.
* GoodIsNotNice: Rather downplayed in the first 3 films in that his behavior's still well-meaning and heroic, just that his actions on occasion can be more violent than necessary.
* TheHero
%%* HonorBeforeReason
%%* HotDad
* HeartbrokenBadass: He still loves his wife, even if they are not married anymore. It becomes a factor in ''Die Hard 3'' where he wants to get back with his wife, only for work to get in the way.
* IAmAHumanitarian: Threatens to cook and eat Karl in their fight, but ultimately does not go through with it.
* IndyPloy: Most of his "plans" are these.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Particularly in the fourth film.
* KnightInSourArmor: He may be tired, but what matters is that he still ''cares''.
** He even gives a trope-defining little speech in the fourth movie:
-->'''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=]:''' [[SamaritanSyndrome 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.
* LoveCannotOvercome: John and Holly clearly care about each other, but their marriage is already strained in the first movie. While Film/DieHard ends with them back together, ultimately their relationship can't survive John's ChronicHeroSyndrome. They're officially separated by movie three and divorced by movie four, adding to John's KnightInSourArmor bitterness.
* MacGyvering: His ability to create makeshift gadgets to save the day would make the TropeMaker himself proud.
* MadeOfIron: Over the course of each ''Die Hard'' movie John [=McClane=] takes a ''lot'' of physical abuse, but he still manages to keep fighting.
* ManlyTears: When he fails to save a plane full of innocents from being murdered in ''Die Harder.''
* MotivationalLie: Cleverly uses one to get Zeus to help him in the 3rd movie.
* MrFanservice: Many female audiences surely remember his famous WalkingShirtlessScene from the first movie.
* MutilationConga: It seems like each movie is just an excuse to put [=McClane=] through one of these.
* PermaStubble: In the third movie. Because he was pulled out of bed while still hungover from a night of hard drinking.
** 4th movie as well (he was up all night borderline stalking his daughter, and then had to go all the way from NYC to DC).
* RightManInTheWrongPlace: The story of his life.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules:
--> '''Simon''': John. In the back of the truck you are driving, there is $13 billion dollars worth in gold bullion. I wonder if a deal would be out of the question?
-->'''John''': Yeah, I got a deal for you, crawl out from under that rock you hiding under and I'll drive this truck up your ass.
* SelfDeprecation: Many of his stings. Sometimes, as he's talking to himself. ("Oh, John. What the fuck are you doing?")
%%* SmokingIsCool
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Whenever John meets someone who is snarkier then he is, there's bound to be some of them.
%%* TheSouthpaw: Since Bruce Willis is left handed so is he. Every single VideoGame adaptation of ''Die Hard'' tends to forget this though.
* TookALevelInJerkass: He's grumpier in the fourth movie, but still a good man underneath.
** Well, he ''was'' very alienated from loved ones during the time, so it might have been somewhat understandable.
* WouldHitAGirl: With his fists, with a computer monitor, with a car...

!!Holly [=Gennero=]/[=McClane=]
->'''Played By:''' Bonnie Bedelia

John [=McClane’s=] estranged wife. A hard working businesswoman who cares deeply for John and her children despite the separation.

%%* EightiesHair
* DefiantCaptive: While she is held hostage like her co-workers, she doesn't hesitate to confront Hans and insult him when she needs to help one of her co-workers. [[spoiler: Even when Hans finds out she is married to John, and she finds herself in real danger, she doesn't hesistate to insult him]].
* LoveCannotOvercome: John and Holly clearly care about each other, but their marriage is already strained in the first movie. While ''Film/DieHard'' ends with them back together, ultimately their relationship can't survive John's ChronicHeroSyndrome. Before movie three Holly leaves John, and by movie four they're long divorced.
* MarriedToTheJob: Moved to the west coast for the sake of her career while John stayed in New York.
%%* WorkingWithTheEx

!!Lucy [=Gennero=]/[=McClane=]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/MaryElizabethWinstead

The daughter of John and Holly [=McClane=].

* AscendedExtra: Small role in the first Die Hard, turns out to have a major one in the fourth one.
* DefiantCaptive: While Gabriel still kidnaps her, Lucy isn't about to get all upset about it.
-->'''Lucy''': (over the phone as Gabriel's forcing her to beg for her life): Daddy? ''{{Beat}}'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome There's only five of them now]].
* DemotedToExtra: In the fifth film, where her brother was the one that was taking stage. She only appears taking John to the airport, talking to him on the phone in the extended cut, and [[spoiler:picking both of the [=McClane=]s from the airport]].
* FieryRedHead: Red hair and a defiant, headstrong and snarky personality.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Father, Like Daughter]]: Defiant, headstrong, snarky and very able to put a useful fight against her captors.
-->'''Matt''': "Wow, I know that tone. It's just weird hearing it come from someone with... hair."
* RescueRomance: At the end, it looks like Lucy and Matt are flirting ''hard'' with each other. This causes Lucy's dad even ''more'' pain than anything Gabriel inflicted on him...

!!John "Jack" [=McClane=] Jr.
->'''Played By:''' Jai Courtney

The son of John and Holly [=McClane=].

* ActionDuo: With his dad.
* AscendedExtra: Like his sister before him, small role in the first movie and gets to hang with his father in the fifth movie, taking down terrorists with him.
%%* {{Badass}}
* BaldOfAwesome: Well, a really close buzz cut at least.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Considering he goes by "Jack" instead of "John Jr.", [[FirstNameBasis he calls his dad "John"]] and they were estranged for so long that [[spoiler: John had no idea where his son even ''was'' before learning he was in Russia, let alone being a CIA agent]].
* TheChessmaster: Compared to [[IndyPloy his father]], Jack's plan took three whole years to set up and he presumably accounted for everything... [[RightManInTheWrongPlace except his dad.]]
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: Jack ''wanted'' to be arrested so he could infiltrate TheMafiya[=/=]terrorists/Mafiya-terrorists and then his estranged dad suddenly appears to rescues him with a ''hugely destructive three-way car chase'' (John (small truck) vs. Jack (large truck) vs. Mafiya (giant armored truck)).
* DeadpanSnarker: Gets it from his dad.
-->'''John:''' Need a hug?
-->'''Jack:''' We're not really a hugging family.
-->'''John:''' Damn straight.
* {{Foil}}: The HBO making-of seems to indicate that he is -- or wants to be -- TheChessmaster to John's IndyPloy master since [[spoiler: he's a CIA agent who deliberately puts himself in dangerous situations, is described as "by-the-book", and his secret mission took three years to set up]].
* LikeFatherLikeSon: It's pretty clear he's just as badass as his dad.
-->'''Jack''': [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Someone's gotta stop him.]]\\
'''John''': Atta boy.

[[folder:Recurring Characters]]
!!Al Powell
->'''Played By:''' Reginald [=VelJohnson=]

A Los Angeles beat cop who becomes [=McClane’s=] only ally outside the building in the original ''Die Hard''. He reprises the role for the second film for a short appearance.

* TheAtoner: Powell shot a 13-year-old kid who was holding a realistic-looking toy gun. The guilt he feels over the incident causes him to believe that he'll never again be able to pull his gun on somebody. [[spoiler:Thankfully, he proves himself wrong by drawing his gun and killing a terrorist who is about to kill [=McClane=] at the very end of the first film.]]
* BaldOfAwesome: Though he isn't fully bald.
* BlackBestFriend: Despite not meeting each other before the end of the first film, he's John's only trustworthy helper outside the Nakatomi Plaza.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Powell is never seen or mentioned again after the second film.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DonutMessWithACop: Twinkies for a change. Though he claims they're for his pregnant wife.
* MyGreatestFailure: Accidentally shooting a kid because he mistakenly believed he had a gun.
* OnlySaneMan: He's the only LAPD cop who realizes what's happening.

!!Richard [[ADickInName ‘Dick’]] Thornberg
->'''Played By:''' Creator/WilliamAtherton

A sleazy reporter that hounds the [=McClane=] family in the first two movies.

* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Last seen lying in the snow on a Dulles runway unable to stand after being tazed during the finale of the second movie.
* {{Determinator}}: He's at least determined in getting news stories on the air, even though he's completely relentless and unethical about it.
* EntitledBastard: He expects special treatment on a plane after doing a news story on the declining quality of airline service.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Averted. He was crying as the plane he was residing in with Mrs. [=McClane=] was preparing to crash land since they had no more fuel left in their tanks. (Notably, he was the only one shown crying.)
* {{Jerkass}}: Is obsessed with his job, insults his co-workers, is generally rude towards people, and doesn’t care if his actions cause harm or put other people into trouble.
* LaserGuidedKarma: He deserves all the things that happen to him, be it a punch in the face or an electroshock.
* {{Paparazzi}} \ StrawmanNewsMedia: He's a parody of over-the-top news reporters that hound people for dramatic news stories without regards of privacy, ethics or safety.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: His entire purpose in both films he appears in is to unintentionally cause trouble. In the first film, he makes the villains aware that the woman they've negotiated with is John's wife, thus getting a key-hostage. In the second film he's causing a massive panic on the airport that most likely injured and maybe even killed many people and tampers John's efforts.

[[folder:Die Hard]]
!!Hans Gruber
->''"I am '''an exceptional''' thief, Mrs. [=McClane=]. And since I'm moving up to kidnapping, you should be more polite"''

-->'''Played By:''' Creator/AlanRickman

* BadassInANiceSuit: Very well dressed, he even identifies Takagi's suit as ''John Phillips, London'' (Gruber has two himself, so he claims).
* BatmanGambit: He was able to anticipate the LAPD and FBI's response to him. The only thing he couldn't count on was a determined cop.
* BeardOfEvil: Bearded and decidedly evil.
* BigBad: The most memorable one for the ''Die Hard'' franchise. AFI agrees, ranking him #46 among its "Villains".
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing: Underneath this charming man in a suit is a monster [[spoiler: who would kill dozens just for a clean getaway]].
* BriefAccentImitation: He pretends to be an American hostage to trick John. The accent is very convincing.
* TheChessmaster: He set a new standard for intelligent villains when the film first came out. He planned for just about everything, and almost anything that could have been considered a problem was just factored into the overall plan, [[spoiler: such as the FBI responding to a terrorist attack instead of a robbery]]. John [=McClane=] was pretty much the only thing he hadn't planned on.
* CulturedBadass: Compares himself with AlexanderTheGreat, after taking over the Nakatomi Building.
--> And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain he wept, for there were [[VictoryIsBoring no more worlds to conquer]]... The benefits of a classical education.
** Humoursly, the quote is actually "Alexander of Macedon, who, upon hearing that there were other worlds, wept that he had not yet conquered on", which is more accurate to his fate and hints to more posturing.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Even when he apparently had [=McClane=] at his mercy, he still took the time to call Karl, Fritz and Franco to his location. This ended up paying off greatly when the gun he had turned out to be empty.
* DeadpanSnarker: Emphasis on deadpan.
-->Alas, your Mr. Takagi did not see it that way... so he won't be joining us for the rest of his life.
* DiabolicalMastermind
* [[spoiler: DisneyVillainDeath: An iconic non-Disney example]].
%%* EvilGenius
%%* EvilSoundsDeep
* FacialDialogue: Beautifully expresses a great deal of disgust and contempt without words.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He puts up a polite façade, but it's all an act.
* KickTheDog:
** Killing Takagi for not knowing the password and codes.
** And of course, [[spoiler:his [[KillEmAll actual plan]] for the hostages...]]
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Lampshaded, he went to school in England.
** Which makes a lot of sense. We see later that he can do a spot on American accent, which shows that he has a talent for accents and English. As he studied in England, he probably took on a perfect English, the parts of German getting through is the fact that he has been working with a large group of fellow Germans for a while now.
* PetTheDog: Allowing a couch to be moved out to the lobby so that the very pregnant woman could sit on it. [[spoiler: But then he sends everybody onto the roof that's [[BaitTheDog wired with explosives]] ]].
* SoftSpokenSadist: He (usually) never raises his voice, which makes him more sinister.
* TheSociopath: [[spoiler: His EvilPlan includes sending innocent hostages to the roof to be killed in an explosion whilst escaping in the confusion]].
* TranquilFury: One of his most striking characteristics is how he ''never'' loses his cool (except at the very end when [[spoiler:he was dropped out of the building]], but that's understandable).
* {{Western Terrorist|s}}: [[spoiler: Subverted, his group use this as a cover for committing straightforward crimes, though Gruber is a former terrorist himself. Presumably he and the others lost their radical ideals and now just want to make a heap of money and retire]].
* WickedCultured:
-->''"Nice suit. John Phillips, London. I have two myself. Rumor has it Arafat buys his there."''

->'''Played By:''' Alexander Godunov

* AxCrazy: "I want blood!"
* {{Badass}}
* BigBrotherInstinct / EvenEvilHasLovedOnes / ItsPersonal: He's deeply affected by the death of his younger brother Tony and subsequently spends the rest of the film hell-bent on killing [=McClane=].
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* {{Determinator}}
* DragonTheirFeet: Survives [[spoiler: after his boss's death to make one last attempt on [=McCLane's=] life. He's subsequently killed by Powell.]]
* DragonWithAnAgenda
* GrumpyBear: Even before his brother gets killed, he comes off as very sullen.
* HotBlooded: ''And then some''!
* MadeOfIron: ''Big time''.
* RedOniBlueOni: Is shown to be thuggish and impulsive while Tony is calm and crafty; early on, Tony attempts to disable the phone lines electronically but Karl simply takes a chainsaw and cuts through the lines instead.
* UnstoppableRage: By the end of the film, [[spoiler: he has all but given up trying to evade capture by the police and is perfectly willing to open fire on [=McCLane=] in front of dozens witnesses, including police officers, in a last ditch effort to avenge his boss and brother(and the botched robbery).]]

!!Harry Ellis
->'''Played By:''' Hart Boecher

%%* BoomHeadshot
* DrugsAreBad: He’s seen snorting cocaine at least twice. [[spoiler: The last is when he decides to negotiate with Hans. [[BoomHeadshot And we know the rest]].]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: One could argue he was trying to help his co-workers by getting John to surrender. [[spoiler: Still didn't end well]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Besides giving John’s name to Hans, Richard also gets the name and cause even more trouble afterward]].
%%* SmugSmiler
%%* SmugSnake
* {{Slimeball}}: Comes across as this from the moment we meet him.
* [[spoiler: TooDumbToLive: Yes, go to the dangerous terrorist leader who isn’t above casually executing hostages and try to sell out the guy you just met earlier who happens to be far more GenreSavvy on how hostage situations works]].
* WrongGenreSavvy
->'''Played By:''' De’voreaux White

* CarFu: Uses the limo to crash into Theo's gateaway car.
%%* HeroicBystander.
* OneHitKO: How he then takes out Theo.

->'''Played By:''' Clarence Gilyard Jr.

* BlackAndNerdy: He's the team's hacker, he wears glasses, and doesn't have any combat skills.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Averted. He's the only terrorist with any meaningful screentime to survive the movie.
* DeadpanSnarker: Gives a running commentary of the police's efforts at breaking into the building.
-->''(an armored car tries to drive into the building)''
-->'''Theo:''' Looks like the police have themselves an RV.
%%* TheEvilGenius
* MissionControl: Despite being in the field with everybody else, he still counts, since he spends most of his time away from the rest of the group trying to crack open the vault, and using the building's own security system to keep tabs on police movements outside.
* [[PerkyFemaleMinion Perky Male Minion]]: He's notably chatty and calm, even when the rest of the villains have all lost their [[FauxAffablyEvil affable façade]] due to [=McClane's=] interference. It probably helps that he's not on the front lines.

!!Joe Takagi

->"''Hey we're flexible, Pearl Harbor didn't work out so we got you with tape decks.''"

President of Nakatomi Trading.

--> '''Played By:''' James Shigeta

* BaddieFlattery: On the receiving end. Hans Grubber compliments him on his nice John Phillips suit.
* BenevolentBoss: He was the one that paid for the limo that brought John to Nakatomi towers and seems to get along fine with him.
* DefiantToTheEnd: After finding out Hans true motives for holding up his tower, he flat out goads him into killing him.
-->'''Takagi:''' Get on a jet to Tokyo and ask the Chairman. I'm telling you, you're just going to have to kill me.
* JapanTakesOverTheWorld: Truly a man of his time. He likes to joke about Japan's economic dominance.
* SacrificialLion: The big-shot of the Nakatomi building and a decent guy. He puts up some resistance and his death shows that the terrorists mean business.

!!Johnson and Johnson

-->'''Big Johnson:''' Just like fuckin' Saigon, hey, Slick? \\
'''Little Johnson:''' I was in junior high, dickhead.

* ByTheBookCop: They follow procedure to the letter. Even if it means that the hostages might suffer. This is exploited by Hans.
* FBIAgent: An agent and a special agent.
* OneSteveLimit: Played for laughs. "Johnson and Johnson, no relation". Rather amusing given that one is white and the other is black.
-->''(over the phone)'' This is Agent Johnson... No, ''the other one''.
* PoliceAreUseless: Though they seem more capable than the local police, in the end they aren't much more effective.
* SmugSnake: Not nearly as good as they think they are. They act tough and badass, but they play right into Hans' hand.
* ThoseTwoGuys: They show up in the middle of the movie and mostly act as one character.

[[folder:Die Hard 2: Die Harder]]
!!Colonel Stuart
->'''Played By:''' William Sadler

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The only villainous leader in the franchise to qualify for this trope.
* BigBad: Of the second film.
* {{Badass}}: The first BigBad to fight [=McClane=] and actually win.
* ColonelBadass: Leads his troops with military precision.
* BriefAccentImitation: While impersonating air traffic control [[spoiler:in order to crash the Windsor Air plane]], he speaks with a Southern accent.
%%* HeroKiller
* KarmicDeath: Sending a plane full of innocents to their deaths is pretty unforgivable. So it's only fitting that he and his mooks are blown up on a plane.
* KnightOfCerebus: Not that the film wasn't already serious, but even Hans Gruber didn't murder a planeful of people just to prove a point. That Stuart managed this despite John's best attempts (and his NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, below) arguably qualify him for HeroKiller status.
* LackOfEmpathy: He kills a plane full of people on Christmas Eve and has zero remorse for it.
* NakedFirstImpression: His introductory scene had him practicing martial arts in the nude.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Beating [=McClane=] to a pulp and throwing him off the plane's wing in the finale. Of the series' Big Bads, he's the only one to physically beat the crap out of [=McClane=]. Too bad he didn't ''kill him'', because [=McClane=] ''still'' shrugged off the beating and blew up Stuart's plane.
%%* LightningBruiser
* TheSociopath: The only villain in the franchise to murder ''children'', and feel nothing but ''cold satisfaction'' afterwards on top of that.
* TheStoic: Not one time does he emote to anything. He always acts and speaks with a very stoic presence. And it makes him more terrifying.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Sees himself as a patriot doing whatever is necessary to combat communism and save those who would aid him in that fight.
* WouldHurtAChild: Would destroy an entire plane full of innocent men, women and children just to prove a point.

!!General Ramon Esperanza
->'''Played By:''' Franco Nero

%%* BeardOfEvil
* CigarChomper: He's seen asking his guard to light his up during the flight.
* ClickHello: The pilot of Esperanza's plane is being told by Stuart to land at a different runway than he has been instructed to. As he's protesting the change in orders: *CLICK* "Captain, please tell the tower you will proceed as ordered."
%%* TheGeneralissimo
* HandyCuffs: Esperanza uses his to strangle his guard on the plane to get access to his handcuff key.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: He's clearly based on Manuel Noriega, and bears a physical resemblance to UsefulNotes/FidelCastro.

[[folder:Die Hard with a Vengeance]]
!!Zeus Carver
->'''Played By:''' Creator/SamuelLJackson

* AccidentalMisnaming: "Why do you keep calling me Jésus?! Do I look Puerto Rican to you?"
* ActionDuo: With [=McClane=].
%%* AngryBlackMan
%%* KnightInSourArmor
%%* TheLancer
%%* MalcolmXerox
* NobleBigot: Zeus' EstablishingCharacterMoment reveals he has a severe grudge against white people. He still saves John's life and teams up with him to defeat Simon.
* PapaWolf: When he finds out that the school bomb is planted in the same school his nephews attend, the first thing he does is threaten to shoot Simon.

!!Simon Peter Gruber

->'''Played By:''' Creator/JeremyIrons

* AffablyEvil: A very polite terrorist and thief. This [[DeconstructedTrope works against him]] when he gives [=McClane=] a bottle of aspirines containing relevant infomation. Steers towards FauxAffablyEvil when he's robbing the bank.
* BackUpTwin: Straddles the line.
* {{Badass}}: Takes a more physical approach than his brother, and can go toe to toe with [=McClane=]. His backstory reveals he was an East German Special Forces [[ColonelBadass Colonel]] who turned terrorist.
* BatmanGambit: Wreaks havok to divert law enforcement attention from his real target.
* BigBad: Of the third film.
* BigBrotherInstinct: He may not ''like'' his younger brother Hans, but that does not mean he lacks basic familial love for him: "There's a difference between not liking your brother and not caring when some dumb Irish flatfoot drops him out a window."
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Blonde and a bad guy.
%%* TheChessmaster
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Simon betrays his Middle Eastern clients by trying to keep the gold instead of blowing it up and then tries to maximise his share. He keeps at least some of his accomplices in the dark about the ultimate fate of the gold, and then kills them when they find out. In the alternate ending, he's killed his girlfriend as well a few months after the movie's over.
* CriminalMindGames: Subverted, his quests are all part of a misdirection.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In spite of the money at stake, he will not murder children in cold blood for it. After all, "I'm a soldier, not a monster...though I sometimes work for monsters."
%%* EvilSoundsDeep
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: He gave [=McClane=] a bottle of aspirin, which gave him the location of their hideout in the climax.
* LargeHam: Like [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar]] in the previous year, Creator/JeremyIrons seems like he has a lot of fun playing charming and devious villains.
* LaughablyEvil: His brother in the first film has shades of this (mostly due to being a DeadpanSnarker) though Simon is ultimately more humorous.
* NobleDemon: The kind of leader a band of warriors have is reflected in their behavior, for unlike most moustache-twirling one-dimensional villains, Simon's men actually go out of their way to make sure children will not be hurt in their operations, and actually bother to ''mourn'' the losses of their brothers before rejoicing in their ill-gotten money. Goes hand-in-hand with EvenEvilHasStandards above.
* NotSoDifferent: Both he and [=McClane=] are suffering from headaches (no thanks to each other) throughout the movie.
* PorkyPigPronunciation: Though out the film, Simon seemed to have a stutter of sorts when talking over the phone when "pushed". However, in the scenes when he wasn't speaking to the NYPD, he talks and speaks perfectly fine and fakes a stutter while calling New York police gullible, indicating it was just a ruse.
* WouldNotHurtAChild: An honorable and humane quality that sets Simon apart from normal Hollywood villains such as Colonel Stuart above.

->'''Played By:''' Sam Phillips

%%* TheBaroness
* BlondesAreEvil
%%* DarkActionGirl
%%* DarkMistress
%%* TheDragon
%%* FemmeFatale
%%* KnifeNut
%%* TheVamp
* TheVoiceless: The original ending to the movie suggests she may be mute, but in the final cut she does yell when shooting at [=McClane=]. She was originally supposed to have a speaking part in the film; however, it was decided that her character would be silent, since it made her appear much more imposing and lethal. This makes the scene where she slices one of the Federal Reserve guards to death much more powerful.

!! Mathias Targo
->'''Played By:''' Nicholas Wyman

%%* TheBrute
%%* MadeOfIron
%%* PerpetualFrowner

[[folder:Live Free or Die Hard/Die Hard 4.0]]
!!Matt Farrell
->'''Played By:''' Justin Long

* DeadpanSnarker: [=McClane=]'s humor is contagious even for his sidekicks.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
%%* TheLancer
* NonActionGuy: While Matt is a bit of a wimp when it comes to fighting, he knows all the hacker tricks [=McClane=] needs to defeat Gabriel.
* TookALevelInBadass: Though he does later pick up a gun [[spoiler:and shoots Gabriel's [[TheDragon other Dragon]] during the final showdown.]]
%%* PlayfulHacker
%%* TheSmartGuy

!!Miguel Bowman
->'''Played By:''' Cliff Curtis

%%* BaldOfAwesome
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure

->'''Played By:''' Creator/ZeljkoIvanek

* NumberTwo: To Bowman.
%%* PerpetualFrowner
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure

!!Thomas Gabriel
->'''Played By:''' Creator/TimothyOlyphant

%%* BadBoss: See You Have Outlived Your Usefulness below
* BigBad: For the fourth film.
%%* TheChessmaster
%%* TheCracker
%%* CreepyMonotone
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* DiabolicalMastermind
%%* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes
* FallenHero: In a way. He wanted to protect the country. Then he decided that infinite wealth would be kind of nice.
%%* ItsAllAboutMe
* ItsPersonal: He really doesn't like John killing Mai well.
%%* NotSoHarmlessVillain
* UnholyMatrimony: With Mai.
%%* SoftSpokenSadist
%%* SinisterSurveillance
* SmugSnake: He believes himself to be on a higher intellectual plane then everyone else, particularly [=McClane=].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: At least he ''claims'' to be. The fact that he's "getting paid for his work" kind of makes this hard to believe, though.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Has all of his tech experts except Trey killed after they complete their task for him near the end of the movie.

!!Mai Linh
->'''Played By:''' Creator/MaggieQ

%%* {{Badass}}
* DarkActionGirl: Battles it out with John
%%* DarkMistress
* TheDragon: To Gabriel
%%* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes
%%* MadeOfIron
%%* LightningBruiser
* UnholyMatrimony: With Gabriel.

->'''Played By:''' Jonathan Sadowski

* EvilCounterpart: To Matt Farrell.
* TheEvilGenius: Although Gabriel is enough of an evil genius.
%%* TechnoWizard

->'''Played By:''' Creator/KevinSmith

%%* BasementDweller
%%* CrazyPrepared
%%* GeniusSlob
* InUniverseNickname: His real name is Frederick.
%%* {{Nerd}}
%%* TechnoWizard

[[folder:A Good Day to Die Hard]]
!!Yuri Komorov
->'''Played By:''' Sebastian Koch

%%* BaitTheDog
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Irina. Though in truth, he is the one behind it all.
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing
%%* BeardOfEvil
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Subverted, as he is met with a HelicopterBlender mid-fall]].
%%* EvilAllAlong
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Irina is his daughter.
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
%%* ManipulativeBastard
* WalkingSpoiler: Possibly a first in the Die Hard series.

!!Irina Komorov
->'''Played By:''' Yuliya Snigir

* AvengingTheVillain: [[spoiler:What she ''tries'' to do after seeing that Jack had killed her father, while she was losing control of the Mi-26 Halo cargo helicopter she was piloting due to John's interference. It leads to her ramming the Halo right into the building the [=McClane=]s, only for them to have already escaped, leading to her death.]]
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Yuri. Though he is the one who orchestrates the plot.
* BikerBabe
* DaddysLittleVillain
* DarkActionGirl
* FinalBoss: She is the final antagonist who the McClanes face.
* HellishCopter: [[spoiler:How she died.]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler:To Chagarin.]]
%%* MsFanservice
* RevengeBeforeReason: [[spoiler:She rams her Halo cargo helicopter to kill the [=McClane=]s when she notices that they've already jumped out of the building she was about to crash into just to kill them.]]

->'''Played By:''' Radivoje Bukvic

%%* AxCrazy
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:How Komorov kills him. Of course, he continues to fire into the body long after he had shot the guy.]]
%%* TheDragon
* LargeHam: The dude dancing a jig in front of John, while kicking away their weapons.
%%* HiredGuns
%%* TheMafiya
* PsychoForHire: Enjoys destruction and carnage while doing his job.

!!Viktor Chagarin
->'''Played By:''' Sergei Kolsenikov

%%* DiabolicalMastermind
* DiscOneFinalBoss:[[spoiler:At first it looked like he's the BigBad... until Komorov kills Alik, and gets killed himself by one of Komorov's men.]]
%%* EvilSoundsDeep
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
%%* TheMafiya
%%* NeckSnap