Die Hard/Awesome

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  • "Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker!"
    • In the first Die Hard, it is a CMoA; in the third, it follows a CMoA - John McClane taking down an helicopter by shooting an electric cable; in the second and fourth, it precedes a CMoA - McClane blowing a plane in mid-air with a lighter, and while being held hostage by the villain, killing the baddie by shooting his own shoulder.
  • How about Holly punching the smarmy reporter in the face?
    • And tasering him a year later.
  • Lucy gets one in the fourth movie when, having been captured by the Big Bad, he puts the radio in front of her to try and convince McClane that he's serious. Instead of playing the Damsel in Distress, she calmly looks the Big Bad in the eye and tells her dad there's only five of the terrorists left.
  • In Die Hard 4.0, John McClane just had to top his destruction of a helicopter with a tiny handgun and an electric cable in Die Hard With a Vengance when he killed a helicopter by crashing into it with a car while it was hovering in mid air.
    • "I was out of bullets."
  • Ironically, Hans Gruber's defeat was a CMOA for him. After getting shot by McClane and falling out the window, he almost pulls down Holly with him and makes one last effort to shoot McClane (which he does quite calmly considering the situation he is in). Then he falls in slow motion all dramatic-like. He may have lost, but damn if he wasn't badass about it!
  • "Unfortunately, your Mr. Takagi did not see it that way, so he won't be joining us for the rest of his life." He says it very coolly, while eating a sandwich. The best part? Alan Rickman just thought it was the kind of thing Hans would do.
  • Holly negotiating with Hans:

HANS: What idiot put you in charge?
HOLLY: You did. (Hans looks up in surprise) When you murdered my boss. Now everybody's looking to me. Personally, I'd pass on the job. I don't enjoy being this close to you.

    • Holly's CMOA is negotiating with Hans at that level, and Hans' CMOA is that he simply accepts being called an idiot, because she was right!
  • Argyle cutting off Theo with the limo and knocking him out.
  • John taking out the rocket launcher-wielding terrorists with their own plastic explosives.
  • "Oops, no bullets"
  • "Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho."
  • Powell shooting Karl, regaining his ability to use his gun.
  • Simon's reaction to Zeus with a gun:

Zeus: You call in that code right now. Or I'll blow your sick ass into the next world.
Simon: [shrugs casually] If that's what you gotta do.
[Zeus pulls the trigger and nothing happens. Simon eats an egg and calmly takes the gun from Zeus.]
Simon: You forgot to take the safety catch off.
[shoots Zeus in the leg]
Zeus: Oh, God!
Simon: See, that works. Now, where's McClane?

  • In the first Die Hard, when McClane ties a firehose around his waist and leaps off the roof of the Nakatomi Plaza. In slow motion. Just as the FBI is about to shoot him from a helicopter. As the roof explodes behind him. It's one of the best shots in the movie.
  • Also in the first movie, McClane ties a computer and some dynamites to a chair, drops it down the elevator shaft, to the bottom floor where the terrorists are holding their weapons. The huge explosion can be felt by the hostages and Hans. McClane looks down to see the blazing fire sprouting up. He screams "OH SHIIIIT!!!" and jumps out of the way just as it reached his floor.