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Rocky Mountain Search And Rescue Rangers

    Gabe Walker 

Gabriel “Gabe” Walker

Played By: Sylvester Stallone

A former ranger who went off the grid after failing to save Hal's girlfriend Sarah. He returns just as Qualen and his goons crash-land in the mountains.

  • Action Hero: He's the main protagonist in a "Die Hard" on an X movie. This trope comes with the territory.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments:
    Qualen: I must say, you're a real piece of work...
    Gabe: I must say, you're a real piece of shit.
  • Expy: He's basically the modern take on Errol Flynn's leading role from Northern Pursuit, right down to the aspect of them having a troubled background that in turn disgraces their job professions at the beginning of the movies.
  • Hurting Hero: The guilt from Sarah's death has majorly haunted him, resulting in him dropping off the grid for years.
  • The Hero: He's the protagonist of the film, and the one who does the most to stop Qualen.

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    Hal Tucker 

Hal Tucker

Played By: Michael Rooker

A ranger who was Gabe's best friend, until his girlfriend died in an accident that he blames Gabe for.

    Jessie Deighan 

Jessie Deighan

Played By: Janine Turner

A pilot and Gabe's girlfriend. She and Gabe have become distant since Sarah's death.

    Frank Newell 

Frank Newell

Played By: Ralph Waite

An old helicopter pilot and painter-wannabe.

  • Chekhov's Gun: His switchblade became useful for Tucker later on in confronting his killer Delmar.
  • Cool Old Guy: He is part of a search-and-rescue team, and is the nicest guy anyone could meet.
  • Decomposite Character: He's the other half of Canadian Mountie Jim Austin from Northern Pursuit as the poor colleague who attempted to rescue his friends only to get killed for his troubles against the hostage's pleas not to.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Suffers a rather abrupt death after spending most of the movie trying to locate Walker, Tucker and Jessie.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: After spending a bulk of the film trying to find his friends, he is suddenly killed by Delmar and mostly forgotten afterwards in the film except for a later Chekhov's Gun moment.
  • Expy: He stands in for Angus McBain from Northern Pursuit for being a Cool Old Guy and a father figure for the female lead (though Angus was the actual father, while Frank is more of surrogate father while unrelated to Jessie).
  • He Knows Too Much/Leave No Witnesses: He's gunned down by Delmar to tie up loose ends for the posse from being ratted out on.
  • Leave No Survivors: Delmar guns him down so his gang aren't inconvenienced by handling more than one hostage.
  • Nice Guy: Frank is sweet, cheerful, selfless, and generous.
  • Sacrificial Lion: He's somewhat a Decoy Protagonist and his death demonstrated Delmar's own Knight of Cerebus status.

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Terrorists

    General Tropes 

A crew of professional thieves who crash their plane into the Rocky Mountains. They call up Gabe and Tucker to force them to search for their lost money.

  • The Bully: They're constantly screaming at Gabe and Tucker and shoving them around.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: They make no secret they are vile criminals.
  • Evil Is Petty: They act a lot like High School bullies, tormenting and screaming at people for petty reasons.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Due to their terrible tempers.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: All of them are prone to screaming and throwing fits when they don't get what they want. Even Qualen and Kristel, the two most level-headed terrorists, have their moments.
  • Hate Sink: They're despicable people, making their deaths very cathartic.
  • It's All About Me: They barely seem to care about eachother, much less the people they're robbing/tormenting.
  • Jerkass: Without a doubt.
  • Kick the Dog: They shoot kids, they shoot Frank, and Delmar brutally tortures Hal just for both figurative and literal kicks.
  • Knight of Cerebus: They are outright darker than other terrorists in "Die Hard" on an X movies. Not only they are generally mean-spirited, but their atrocities and Karmic Deaths are so graphic and intense that it initially got the movie a NC-17 rating before it had to be cut down.
  • The Sociopath: They care nothing for the lives of others.

    Eric Qualen 

Eric Qualen

Played By: John Lithgow
"Kill a few people, they call you a murderer. Kill a few hundred, they call you a conqueror."

A former intelligence operative turned international terrorist and the brains of the operation.

    Richard Travers 

Richard Travers

Played By: Rex Linn
"I sold out after 20 years, and this is my payback."

A veteran U.S. Treasury Agent who became a disgruntled and gradually mentally unstable double agent for Qualen.

    Kristel 

Kristel

Played By: Caroline Goodall

Qualen's pilot and right-hand woman (or more).

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    Kynette 

Kynette

Played By: Leon
"Time to kill a mountain man."

A brutal, psychotic terrorist who loves to hunt his victims.

    Delmar 

Delmar

Played By: Craig Fairbrass

An ex-soccer player turned terrorist, and the most sadistic and cruel out of Qualen's group. Which really says a lot about him.

  • Ax-Crazy: He loves killing people.
  • Barbaric Bully: He's both a Psycho for Hire and The Bully.
  • Big Stupid Doo Doo Head: In response to Hal calling him an "asshole", Delmar's response is to immaturely call Hal a "loudmouth punk slag".
  • Bully Brutality: If his No-Holds-Barred Beatdown is any indication.
  • The Brute: He's the muscle for the terrorists, as though he is his actor's later characters Gaz's, Ghost's and Wallcroft's Evil Counterpart, as the latter three held similarly ranked roles in their own armed groups.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He loves killing and spreading terror for the sake of it.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Stabbed in the leg with his victim's knife and then blasted with his own shotgun, the force propelling him off a cliff.
  • Dirty Coward: Downplayed but when the tables are turned and Delmar finds himself facing the deadly end of his shotgun, he explicitly and pathetically expresses a lot of fear and panic.
  • Enemy Civil War: With Kynette, as he himself is a racist.
  • Evil Brit: Speaks with a strong Cockney accent.
  • Evil Counterpart/Foil: A meta-example, as he is considered to be both to his actor's later Call of Duty Modern Warfare video game characters Gaz, Ghost and Wallcroft due to some similarities they shared (for example, Delmar wears a brown vest like Gaz from the first Modern Warfare game, carries a MP5 submachine gun that looks like the very same one complete with a fitted stock Wallcroft carries from the third Modern Warfare game and wears a black jumpsuit throughout the film like Gaz's SAS attire in the first Modern Warfare game's level "Crew Expendable" and Wallcroft's default SAS clothing) despite the monstrous and despicable Delmar being completely different from the much more noble and likable NPCs.
    • Both Delmar and Gaz are distinguishable by their brown vests, and Gaz's black SAS attire in "Crew Expendable" resembles Delmar's black jumpsuit and masks (both balaclava and gas masks, though the latter was completely different from what Gaz wore) he briefly wore, while being Out of Focus at the beginning of the film. In addition, in the same aforementioned level, Gaz carried a shotgun as a secondary weapon aside from his submachine gun, much like Delmar, and while his line "I like to keep this for close encounters" was meant to be a Shout-Out to Aliens, it was also a liner Shout-Out to Delmar's death scene in Cliffhanger in which he's killed by his own shotgun by close encounter.
    • Both Delmar and Ghost carried a Beretta 92 as a sidearm and a variant of the MP5 as a primary submachine gun, while both characters died instantly from a gunshot wound to the chest, ironically Ghost's death was held after being devastated by Shepherd shooting his close colleague Roach, while Delmar's death was held after he himself caused a Deuteragonist's devastation by killing off his close friend. Additionally, Ghost's diving outfit from "The Only Easy Day... Was Yesterday" and "The Gulag" resembles Delmar's black jumpsuit, while Ghost wears a balaclava much like Delmar's during the plane heist scene of Cliffhanger. Also, both characters are quite the Torture Technicians, even though Ghost is a rare heroic example, but their torture tactics and motives tends to differ. While Delmar's brutal Kick the Dog No-Holds-Barred Beatdown soccer torture was For the Evulz out of his own meaningless sadistic gratification, Ghost's less brutal and more subtle Kick the Son of a Bitch Cold-Blooded Torture on the other hand was meaningfully for extracting important information to take down the enemy. Also, while Delmar's a genuine psychopath and a wanted criminal, Ghost in the comics was framed for being one for the massacre of his family and made into a fugitive.
    • Delmar and Wallcroft perhaps have closer resemblances in terms of appearances as both characters wore black jumpsuits and masks (both balaclava and gas masks, though Delmar in film only wore them briefly and was Out of Focus during the plane heist scene) and carried a fitted-stock MP5 with attachments.
  • Evil Laugh: Gives a rather hearty chortle while sadistically standing on Hal's fingers as he hangs onto a ledge for dear life.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: As he says, used to be a soccer player before becoming a homicidal insane mercenary.
  • Hero Killer: Killed Frank.
  • Jerk Jock: Used to be a soccer player.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He's the darkest and vilest out of all the other "Die Hard" on an X henchmen in movies. His notable highlights relevant to this trope includes being the Hero Killer of Frank, while his No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of Tucker is played for horror. In fact, most of his atrocities and his own deserved grisly death were so graphic and horrific that it initially got the movie a NC-17 rating before getting edited down. In another movie, he would be a Wes Craven-esque Slasher Movie Big Bad.
  • The Mean Brit: He's a British Jerk Jock.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Attempts to kick Tucker to death after the latter had outlived his usefulness.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Hurls racial slurs against Kynette. Ironicinvoked, considering his actor would later play a Black British character in a video game.
  • Psycho for Hire: Much like Kynette, he could've been the villain of a slasher flick.
  • Sadist: Takes great pleasure in killing people, particularly in long, drawn out ways.
  • The Starscream: Wished for Kynette to be killed so he can be the most relied muscle for the gang.
  • Terrorist Without A Cause: Implied to have became a terrorist just for the fun of killing rather than greed.
  • Wild Card: Willing to indulge in his sadism and homicidal tendencies even if his superior did not order it.

    Ryan 

Ryan

Played By: Gregory Scott Cummins

  • Cruel and Unusual Death: He and Gabe slide down the mountain side, and Gabe presses Ryan's face against the ground, ripping off a great deal of skin as they slide. Gabe then manages to hook himself to the mountain with a pickaxe, while Ryan slides off the mountainside and falls to his death.
  • Evil Is Petty: In the uncut version, he and Heldon welcome Tucker and Walker by stepping on Tucker's hand (which would had double as a Call-Forward to Delmar doing the same thing to Tucker later in the movie if kept in the theatrical cut). Also, when ordering Walker to get the first case, Ryan mockingly, sleazily and smugly said to him, "Go fetch wonder dog."
  • Slimeball: If his smug and sleazy tone of voice towards Walker when backhandedly saying "Go fetch wonder dog" is any indication.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Isn't given much characterization.

    Heldon 

Heldon

Played By: Denis Forrest

Others

    Kurt Matheson 

Kurt Matheson

Played By: Vyto Ruginis

An FBI Agent who singlehandedly derails Qualen's heist.

    Walter Wright 

Walter Wright

Played By: Paul Winfield

A U.S. Treasury Agent who catches on to the heist and tries to capture Qualen and his gang. Unfortunately, the Rocky Mountains are a long way away.

    Brett and Evan 

Brett and Evan

Played By: Trey Brownell (Brett) and Max Perlich (Evan)

A duo of thrill-seekers.

    Sarah Collins 

Sarah Collins

Played By: Michelle Joyner

Hal's ill-fated girlfriend.

  • Disney Villain Death: An infamous one. The opening scene of the movie is about Gabe trying to save her from this and failing, leading to the friction between Gabe and Hal.
  • Nice Girl: A friendly, affable woman who didn't deserve her fate.

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