- Hans Gruber on the outside seems like a nice evil man, but in the inside lays an eviler man whose ultimate plan was to blow the roof where the hostages were during the FBI's tradeoff and walk away in the confusion.
- Takagi's murder, where Hans blows his brains out when he fails to divulge the vault code. To make things worse, John sees the entire thing and was in no position to save his life.John: "Why the fuck didn't you stop them, John? Because then you'd be dead, too, asshole!"
- This is almost certainly exposition for the audience.
- John leaving Tony's body for the terrorists to find with a cryptic warning written across his shirt. Fritz's mortified expression as the elevator opens says it all.
- Watch closely and you'll sometimes see bits of flesh come off the terrorists as McClane takes them out one by one.
- John forced to escape through the vents, nearly falling to his death inside the main shaft. It was purely dumb luck that he was able to stop his fall before plunging to the bottom.
- Ellis' murder. We see it coming it but the fact it shows that Hans is willing to kill someone "close" to John McClane just to prove a point.
Hans: [he puts the walkie talkie up to the screaming crowd, then yells into the walkie talkie] You hear that?! TALK TO ME! Where are my detonators? Where are they, or shall I shoot another one?! Sooner or later, I might get to someone you do care about!
- Also the moment directly afterwards where Hans lets John hear the screaming hostages and threatens to keep killing them one by one until John gives Hans what he wants. Notable because having seemed calm and collected for most of the film, the genuine fury in Hans's voice at that point is quite unnerving.
- John escaping the shootout and then dragging himself into a restroom as his foot leaves a huge trail of blood in its wake; not helped by the image of John removing the glass from his sole. Unsurprisingly, test audiences were reportedly horrified by this bit.
- It gets even better later, when John leaps from the roof and slams against the glass, his bleeding foot leaving fresh smudges all over before he blasts his way back inside the exploding tower.
- The glass-removal-from-foot scene could have been even worse, though. There was apparently supposed to be a *SQUELCH* sound effect as the glass was pulled out. Luckily, it was considered so disgusting that the producers insisted it be removed.
- The music when Hans Gruber plummets to his death.
- Karl is this through his entire pursuit of McClane, Death Glare and everything. Especially chilling is his final attempt to kill John, where he absorbs about half a dozen slugs from Powell before he finally goes down.
- The tension as Al unwittingly comes very close to being shot by the "friendly" gunman who's occupying the reception desk, that audiences are just starting to recover from when he returns to his patrol car singing Christmas carols. Only to have a corpse crash down onto his vehicle, followed by a furious hail of high-powered bullets that he only eludes by blind-driving backwards off the edge of a parking deck.
Nightmare Fuel / Die Hard