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

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

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

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

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

Not to be confused with the [[PrintLongRunners long-running]] British ComicBook ''ComicBook/{{Commando}}'', which is a little more sedate in its overall narrative. Does not involve GoingCommando, either. Or the Capcom arcade/console game[[note]]Known as "Senjou no Ookami" (officially translated as "Wolf of the Battlefield") in Japan.[[/note]], for that matter (or its [[VideoGame/BionicCommando bionic]] counterpart[[note]]Which is known as "Top Secret" in Japan.[[/note]]).

[[note]]That's a nice description, Troper, I like that. That's why I'm going to [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife ruin your life]] [[YouWillBeSpared last.]][[/note]]
!!''Commando'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* {{Angrish}}: In the fight with Bennett. Matrix convinces him to let Jenny out of his clutches, goading him into a knife fight. Bennett takes the bait, but not before responding with a line that gets less and less coherent as it progresses.
-->'''Bennett:''' I don't ''need'' the girl! AND I DON'T ''NEED NO GUN! '''IMGONNAHKILLYOUNAAAAAAAOOOOOO!!!!'''''
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Though he doesn't get involved in combat until late in the movie, Arius ends up presenting a more formidable obstacle to Matrix than his entire army was.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: John Matrix.
* BadassBoast
** From Cooke to Matrix, answered with {{Narm}} and {{lampshaded}} by Cindy:
-->'''Cooke:''' This Green Beret's going to kick your big ass.\\
'''Matrix:''' I eat Green Berets for breakfast! And right now I'm ''very'' hungry!\\
'''Cindy:''' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments I can't believe this macho bullshit!]]
** Also:
-->'''Arius:''' Mr. Bennett, my soldiers are patriots.\\
'''Bennett:''' [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy Your soldiers are nothing.]] Matrix and I can [[OneManArmy kill every single]] [[{{Mooks}} one of them]] in the blink of an eye. [[{{Foreshadowing}} Remember]] [[{{Lampshading}} that.]]
* BananaRepublic: Val Verde
* {{BFG}}: The quad barrel rocket launcher, as shown in the page picture. It's a [[OneSceneWonder Two Scene Wonder]], but it's one of the most memorable things of this movie.
* BigBad: Arius, but [[ItsPersonalWithTheDragon the real threat]] [[DragonInChief is Bennett]].
* BigGood: General Franklin Kirby.
* BloodKnight: Bennett.
* BodyguardingABadass: General Kirby assigns two of his soldiers to protect Matrix, who is a OneManArmy.
* BondOneLiner: Schwarzenegger has always been good at these, but ''Commando'' contains some of his greatest efforts.
** After killing a man on a plane and [[OfCorpseHesAlive disguising him as if he's asleep]], he turns to a stewardess and says: "Please don't disturb my friend. He's dead tired."
** After dropping Sully off a cliff, and then being asked where he's gone: "I let him go."
** After throwing a length of pipe ''clean through'' Bennett and into a boiler, releasing a jet of steam: "Let off some steam, Bennett."
* BottomlessMagazines
** The belt of ammo hanging from Matrix's M60 gets longer and longer with each cut.
** Averted, though, with the rocket launcher, which fires exactly four times over the course of the film before Matrix discards it.
** Also averted with Cooke's {{revolver|sAreJustBetter}} during the motel room fight. You can easily count the gunshots, so you know that Cooke's gun is empty before he does.
* BrickJoke: "You're a funny guy, Sully, I like you. That's why I'm going to kill you last". Viewers unaware of this film may have forgotten about that line, when Matrix finally catches Sully and [[https://youtu.be/vd1kzNBt4f4 they discover he lied]].
* BullyingADragon: Sully mocks and taunts Matrix as he's about to board the plane. His joking is what prompted the famous "You're a funny guy, Sully. I like you." line.
* CatchPhrase: It's an Arnie film. "I'll be back."
* CannonFodder: Arius' ''entire army'' [[spoiler: is little more than target practice for Matrix]].
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: Gerneral Kirby and his army arrives at Arius' base after Matrix has already cleared it out.
--> '''Kirby:''' Leave anything for us?\\
'''Matrix:''' Just bodies.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower
** The first time Matrix ever appears in the movie, he's carrying by himself a whole tree trunk he just cut down. ''Using only one arm''.
** Early on, Matrix is trying to chase some bad guys but the power to his truck is cut, so he ''pushes it and drives it down a hill''. Then there's the plane escape.
** Ripping a car seat out of the car with his bare hands.
** A more subtle one: Matrix is impeded by a padlock and chains, so he just rips them off.
** Lifting a phone booth with Sully ''still inside''.
** Righting Sully's flipped car.
* ChewingTheScenery: Vernon Wells, the actor who plays Bennett, practically uses the climactic knife fight as chewing gum! "You're a dead man John! A dead man!", or "How does it feel to be a dying man, John?" Even his understated lines like "I told them I'd do it for free" chew the scenery.
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: Most of Matrix's missions as a commando (including overthrowing Arius) very likely took place around this conflict.
* ColonelBadass: John Matrix
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Dozens, if not hundreds of soldiers, and not one of them can take a decent aimed shot against the guy standing in the middle of a wide open garden shooting at them with a machine gun that should be braced on its bipod in order to fire accurately -- no problem for Matrix. The wussy boss bad guy takes several minutes of dodging and fire-trading before he makes the kill. TheDragon nearly kills Matrix himself. Oh, and by the end of the film, Matrix's apparently killed ''everybody on the island''.
* ContrivedCoincidence:
** There just happens to be a bulldozer right next to the gun shop Matrix wants to break into, with the keys in the ignition, apparently.
** Cooke just so happens to have a copy of a receipt for plane fuel in the glove compartment of his car, which can help Matrix and Cindy discover Arius's island compound.
* CreepyMonotone: Arius. He's very calm even when threatening Matrix and his daughter Jenny.
* CurbstompBattle: Matrix against Arius' army at the end of the film.
* DamselInDistress: Jenny, but hardly a hopeless example of the trope. Using her own resourcefulness she's able to free herself from her confinement -- if not, Bennett would have cut her throat before Matrix even got near her.
* DeadpanSnarker: You know the "You're a funny guy, Sully. I like you." Line? That comes right after Sully taunted Matrix about his daughter being potentially gang-raped. Though the context has been lost in MemeticMutation, Matrix was '''not serious''' at all.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Sully
* TheDragon: Bennett
* DragonTheirFeet: The BigBad is Arius, not Bennett. He gets his own dose of buckshot before Matrix deals with Bennett, though.
* DragonAscendant / DragonInChief: As quoted above, Bennett claims (correctly) that he's a bigger threat to John than Arius' and his army.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Bennett, again.
* EliteMooks: Cooke boasts about being a former Green Beret. Matrix is unimpressed.
* EnemiesEqualsGreatness: When Matrix asks Kirby who has been killing his men, Kirby points out that it could be anybody due to the fact that Matrix has made enemies all over the world. A few possibilities that Kirby mentions are the Syrians, [[GlobalIgnorance the South Americans]] (a continent, not a country), the Russians, and various terrorist groups.
** If you think about it, the South Americans comment by Kirby only serves to further increase John Matrix's badassery, because he could easily be implying that John made enemies in ''every single country'' in South America, including Val Verde.
* EvilCounterpart: Bennett to Matrix.
* ExcusePlot: Not unexpected being that it's part of the Schwarzenegger oeuvre, but a particularly notable example -- the movie doesn't even ''pretend'' it's going to have anything to do with the whole "kill the Prime Minister / President / whatever of Val Verde to get your daughter back" stuff. This has the rather amusing result that pretty much every scene with Arius before the climax basically involves him sitting around waiting for Matrix to show up and kill him [[GenreBlindness even if he doesn't realize it]].
* {{Expy}}
** General Kirby is basically [[Franchise/{{Rambo}} Colonel Trautman]].
** Matrix himself is basically a tongue-in-cheek version of Rambo.
* FakingTheDead: Bennett is apparently blown up in his boat by Cooke in the pre-title sequence, but it's only to mislead Kirby.
* FallenHero: It's unsubtly implied that most of Arius's American henchmen are made up of former, possibly all disgraced U.S. soldiers (Bennett was a member of Matrix's unit who was dishonorably discharged for his brutality, Cooke was a Green Beret and Sully himself states while escorting Matrix to the airport that he and the rest of his buddies had served in the military).
* FatalFlaw: Matrix exploits Bennett's bloodlust to coax him into a final fight and ultimately defeat him.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Sully is very chatty with Matrix as he's being walked through the airport and slips him some money for a few beers. At first, the audience may be forgiven in thinking that Sully is a really decent PunchClockVillain who isn't so bad. But then he tells Matrix the beers are so that Arius's men can have "[[IHaveYouNowMyPretty more time with [his] daughter]]".
* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad -- Arius
** DragonInChief -- Bennett
** TheEvilGenius -- Sully
** TheBrute -- Cooke
** TheDarkChick -- Diaz and Henriques
* FollowThatCar:
-->'''Matrix:''' Follow him.\\
'''Cindy:''' Oh, I ''knew'' you were going to say that...
* GroinAttack: Quite a few.
** During the mall fight Matrix hits a security guard in the groin, followed by possibly grabbing Sully by the balls when he picks him up.
** Later Matrix grabs Cooke by the groin, complete with a close up of Cooke's face as he lets out an exaggerated moan of pain.
** During the motel fight, and another possibly off screen groin attack when Matrix takes out a mook at the bad guy's secret hide out.
** Finally, a mook catches an axe between the legs in the extended toolshed scene.
** Bennet tries to make one against John with a sidearm during his VillainousBreakdown.
* HarmlessElectrocution: During the climatic fight, Matrix throws Bennett into a high voltage generator, which sparks and goes haywire as our victim '''''WHO IS WEARING A CHAINMAIL VEST''''' screams like a little girl. About eight seconds later, however, Bennett immediately bounces back in the fight and is arguably fighting better than he did ''before'' the electrocution.
* TheHeavy: Bennett.
* HeroInsurance: During the course of the film, Matrix steals and/or damages several vehicles, breaks into a gun shop, steals an arsenal of firearms, escapes from police custody, beats up a bunch of mall security guards, kidnaps an innocent bystander, and murders two unarmed villains in cold blood, with one of the murders occurring in front of a witness. It's hard to imagine rescuing a family member as a sufficient legal defense to cover all of that.
* HeroicNeutral: Matrix just wants to be left alone with his daughter, and turns down the Army's offer at the end of the film to do just that. He kept his word too: there never was a sequel.
* HeyYouHaymaker: Matrix delivers one to Cooke.
* HighAltitudeInterrogation: Matrix dangles Sully above a cliff to make him talk. And then...
-->'''Matrix:''' Remember, Sully, when I promised to kill you last?\\
'''Sully:''' That's right Matrix! You did!\\
'''Matrix:''' {{I lied}}. (''drops Sully'')
* HilarityEnsues
** From ''this'' point on in the film, it's all a barrel of laughs:
-->'''Diaz:''' (''[[TooDumbToLive waving Jenny's "I Love You Daddy" Father's Day card in Matrix's face]]'') If you want your kid back [[WhatAnIdiot then you gotta cooperate, right?]]\\
'''Matrix:''' Wrong. (''shoots Diaz'')
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Daughter]]: The bad guys kidnap Matrix's daughter to blackmail him into working for them. It instead inspires him to murder them all. So, backfired a bit.
* ILied: Spoken by Matrix, a rare heroic version:
-->'''Matrix:''' Remember, Sully, when I promised to [[YouWillBeSpared kill you last]]?\\
'''Sully:''' Yes. That's right Matrix, you did!\\
'''Matrix:''' I lied. (''drops Sully to his death'')
* IllKillYou:
-->'''Bennett:''' I can beat you. I don't need the girl. I don't need the girl! I don't need the gun, John! I can beat you! '''I DON'T NEED NO GUN! I'M GONNA KILL YOU NOW!!!!!'''
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Bennett and Cooke.]]
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: With an army that is ''that'' incapable of hitting the broad side of a barn, no '''wonder''' Matrix could take on 74 men and still win.
** http://www.moviebodycounts.com/Commando.htm
* ImprobableAimingSkills: The other reason Matrix could take on the army presented and win.
* InstantSedation: Bennett using a dart gun to knock out Matrix. It must have had a very high dosage to knock out someone as huge as Matrix that fast.
* InterruptedIntimacy: Happens during the brawl between Matrix and Cooke.
* ItsPersonalWithTheDragon: The rivalry between Matrix and Bennett is far more personal and important than anything going on with Arius, the actual BigBad.
-->'''Matrix:''' How much are they paying you, Bennett?
-->'''Bennet:''' They offered me a hundred grand. You want to know something? When I found out I'd get my hands on you, I said I'd do it for nothing.
* JugglingLoadedGuns / HadTheSillyThingInReverse: After Matrix gets locked up in a police van, Cindy tries to free him with an M202 "Flash" four-barrel rocket launcher. Unfortunately she points the wrong end at the target and blows up the shops behind her. Remember to read which end is the front when handling heavy weapons such as rocket launchers[[labelnote:*]]Also pay attention to what they're firing. The M202's rockets weren't explosive: they were white phosphorous warheads. The van Arnie was in would have been incinerated. That would be bad.[[/labelnote]]
* KnifeFight: Between Matrix and Bennett at the end of the movie. Minutes later both of them lost their knives, engaging in a fistfight instead.
* KnifeNut: Bennett. Dude practically orgasms at the prospect of stabbing Matrix in the gut [[FoeYay with his big weapon]].
* LameComeback: After being shot down by Cindy after he (very sleazily) tries to chat her up, Sully's response... is to petulantly snarl "You fuckin' whore!" and stomp off in a huff.
* LargeHam: Bennett.
* LockAndLoadMontage: Complete with enough weaponry to kill a small army. Interestingly, Matrix puts all the equipment on, including his vest and then puts camo paint on his arms and face. Later, he loses the vest and now he has camo paint on his manly chest. Which means, after the montage, he must have taken all the equipment '''off''' again to paint it on, as he was obviously ''planning'' to lose his shirt later.
* MandatoryUnretirement: Matrix just wanted to leave conflict behind and live a quiet life rising his daughter... Until some jackass former dictator and his goons decided it was a fantastic idea to kidnap said daughter. ''[[PapaWolf Big mistake]]''.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: According to an interview with Arnold, the actor that plays Bennett (Vernon Wells) is a very nice person off camera.
* MissingMom: In the Director's Cut, it's revealed that Jenny's mother died [[DeathByChildbirth when she gave birth to Jenny]], and at the time of her death, Matrix was stationed with the US Army in Laos.
* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It rates a 7, primarily because of John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) slitting a soldier's bare throat in close-up, scalping another with a thrown buzz-saw blade, and slicing off yet another soldier's arm with a machete (with blood oozing out, especially in the director's cut), and a blood-spurting squib or two.
* MookHorrorShow: Especially the toolshed sequence.
* MoreDakka: Most of the movie revolves around dakka exchange between fighting parties: trimming bushes with machine gun fire, entire squad [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat dakka-venting the barn with The Ahnold inside]], et cetera, et cetera.
* MrFanservice: Prior to gearing up for his assault on Bennett's island, Matrix is seen wearing only a Speedo, presumably for the enjoyment of the film's female audience.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Everything, from walking through a mall to getting into an airplane. And getting off of one, as well.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After Cindy botches Matrix's attempt to tail Sully undetected, resulting in cops almost killing Matrix and Sully almost succeeding to call in the kill order on Jenny, she has a change of heart and starts to help him. After she jumps back in the car with him, she starts freaking out over everything that just happened, as seen in the page quote.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Almost, by Matrix. Him calling out to Jenny at the end tips off Bennett where she is and allows him to seize her first.
* [[TrickAndFollowPloy Nice Job Guiding Us, Hero]]
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Justified (or [[HandWave excused]], at any rate) by mentioning early in the film that Matrix hails from East Germany.
** Bennett uses Vernon's Wells' native Australian accent.
* OneManArmy: Hoo, boy, is Matrix ever. Could have been called ''OneManArmy: TheMovie''.
* OnlyAFleshWound:
** Averted. When Matrix is shot in the shoulder by Bennett, his right arm is ''mostly'' out of the fight, he even comments on it and can't use it for much aside for holding impromptu shields and weapons. It seems fine by the end though.
** Played completely straight throughout with Matrix's leg and abdomen wounds, suffered after a being a little to close to a live grenade.
* PapaWolf: You harmed his little girl? You're DOOMED.
* PercussiveMaintenance: How Matrix starts the amphibious plane.
-->'''John Matrix:''' Come on (''WHACK!'') you piece of shit! (''WHACK!'') Time to fly or ''die!'' (''WHACK! the engine starts'') Works every time...
* PlotArmor: In one the best examples on could ever find of this trope, Martix fights an entire army while standing out in the open, yet none of the enemy soldiers are able to shoot him.
* PlotCoupon: After leaping from the plane to Val Verde, a good portion of the film's second act involves Matrix having to find items that clue him in to the next location. The most egregious instance of this is probably after [[spoiler:Cooke is killed]] without him revealing to Matrix any relevant information, requiring Matrix and Cindy to search his car until they find a helpful clue.
* PoliceAreUseless:
** The cops who arrest Matrix at the army surplus store don't even bother to put him in handcuffs, and they somehow fail to notice Cindy on the store grounds. They also dismiss Matrix's requests to get in touch with General Kirby as crazy talk, and when Cindy pulls up alongside the police paddy wagon in a Cadillac convertible with a ton of stolen military-grade weapons in the back seat, a cop just assumes that she's a prostitute.
** Ditto at the mall earlier. ''All'' of the mall's security focuses their entire attention on dog piling an unarmed Matrix ''even as Sully was shooting people left and right.'' However, one cop manages to kill Sully's money man. Maybe Sully had invisibility superpowers?
* PreMortemOneLiner:
** "Remember when I promised to [[YouWillBeSpared kill you last]]? ILied."
** Cooke also delivers one:
--> '''Lawson:''' I was afraid you'd miss me.
--> '''Cooke:''' Don't worry. We won't.
* ProperlyParanoid: Matrix has a cache of weapons in his tool shed. Considering that he's made so many enemies over the years, this was probably a wise decision.
* PsychoForHire: Bennett.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: After escaping the plane, Matrix has 11 hours to wrap things up before it lands and his escape is discovered.
* RareGuns: Sully's pistol is an ASP 9, a highly customized and rare version of the Smith & Wesson model 39. According to the Internet Movie Firearms Database, Commando is the only film ever to feature this handgun.
* RashEquilibrium: Arius hints that Jenny's going to get killed (or worse) no matter what Matrix decides to do (though he doesn't count on Matrix killing every one of his men).
* RatedMForManly: ''Boy howdy''. This movie will impregnate any unprotected female viewers. And a few male ones, too.
* RealityEnsues: Matrix uses a freakin' bulldozer to break into an army surplus store after hours and load up on artillery. As soon as he gets everything he needs (read: all the cool looking stuff), he turns to leave... and gets arrested. What did you think was gonna happen? Luckily, well... see PoliceAreUseless above.
* RedShirt: General Kirby leaves behind two soldiers to protect Matrix and his daughter, describing them as "real good, but not as good as you". Both men are killed as soon as he flies off.
* RedOniBlueOni: Cindy is red and Matrix is blue. For the villains, Bennett is red and Arius is blue.
* RefugeInAudacity: You might think it's ridiculous to be able to happen to find some of the weapons Matrix finds in the army surplus store. The notable thing is that he breaks into the back room, where they store weapons that you'd need a license to even possess. [[FridgeBrilliance Admittedly, Matrix couldn't exactly wait the 24-48 hours for the police check on his license...]]
* RetiredBadass: Matrix is a retired special forces soldier.
* RedShirt: The two soldiers assigned by General Kirby to protect Matrix and Jenny get killed almost immediately after Bennett's men attack.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Averted. Cooke carries one as a sidearm when he goes to meet with Sully and is attacked by Matrix. During the ensuing fight in the motel, Cooke fires off six shots, either missing Matrix or during the struggle for the gun. He manages to get Matrix in his sights, [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets but pulls the trigger on an empty chamber]]. If he'd been carrying an automatic, Matrix would be dead.
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: TheMovie.
* RuleOfCool: SO, so much.
* ShoutOut: At least three of Arnie's lines are things he said in ''Film/TheTerminator''. His one-word answer, "Wrong," before blasting away his first {{mook|s}}, his CatchPhrase "I'll be back" (of course), and the line, "Fuck you, asshole!" This was his first big movie after ''The Terminator'' and his first big movie with more than five lines.
* ShowSomeLeg
** Matrix has Cindy pretend to be a hooker in Sully's hotel room. Doesn't quite work as Cooke is still wary, but he still misses Matrix hiding behind the door until the HeyYouHaymaker.
** Later Cindy pulls this ploy off on her own initiative, pretending to be a hooker to distract a pair of cops taking John away in a police truck.
* SociopathicHero: John Matrix to some extent. He mercilessly kills any henchman he comes across, fights off the police instead of trying to ask them for help (even though he, of course, doesn't use lethal force against them) and even uses some Villain tropes like the famous ILied.
* SoftGlass: Played with. Arnold plays this straight, but his friend who ran the car dealership is badly cut when he's driven through a window. It's possible the shards killed him, that or being hit by the car.
* SoftWater: About three feet of it cushions Matrix's fall after he jumps from an airplane's landing gear.
* StealthParody
* StunGuns: "Tranquilizers. I wanted to use the real thing!"
* SuperSenses: Matrix can smell 'em coming.
* TestosteronePoisoning: {{Lampshaded}} by Cindy with the lines "I can't believe this macho bullshit!" and "these guys eat too much red meat!"
* ThrowAwayGuns: During the final battle, Matrix simply discards weapons he no longer has any use for.
* ThrowingDownTheGauntlet: Arnold convinces Bennett to let go of Jenny by playing to his inner KnifeNut. Since Bennett can't resist the possibility of sticking his knife in Arnold, it works.
* TitleDrop: "Commando" is Matrix's radio callsign.
* TropeCodifier: This is ''the'' Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger movie.
* UnhandThemVillain: Arnold does this to Sully.
* UnnecessaryCombatRoll: It actually proves useful. Matrix is in a gun fight with Arius, and the two take turns shooting at each other and taking cover. After a few rounds of this, Matrix rolls out from his cover as Arius tries to shoot him, only for Matrix to shoot Arius at the end of the roll.
* WalkingArmory: In the [[StormingTheCastle final battle]], Matrix carries an assault rifle, a shotgun, an Uzi, a Desert Eagle, a rocket launcher, some grenades, mines and a huge combat knife.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: A handsome Val Verdan in a fur-lined jacket with a [[BeardOfEvil Goatee of Evil]] is introduced in a manner that indicates he's TheDragon, taking part in the opening assassinations and shooting one of Kirby's {{Red Shirt}}s. He stays behind to deliver the [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Daughter]] ultimatum... until Matrix [[BoomHeadshot shoots him in the head]] with his assault rifle.
* YouWillBeSpared: "You're a funny guy, Sully. I like you. That's why I'm going to kill you last." [[spoiler:[[ILied He lied.]]]]
* ZergRush: How many security guards does that mall have?
-->''Remember, troper, when I promised to [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife ruin your life]] [[YouWillBeSpared last?]] [[spoiler:ILied.]]''