Bruce Willis' 10 Most Terrifying Characters

By Mack Rawden 2012-12-30 21:15:49discussion comments
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John McClane in Die Hard
Yippee-Ki-Yay, Motherfucker. Willisí skillful, angry Irish American detective first busted onto the scene in 1988ís Die Hard, and in the two plus decades since, heís been in four hit movies with a fifth slated for release in 2013. He routinely finds himself near the top of movie badasses lists, and he remains one of the more beloved action characters in cinematic history. A combination of clever, wiseass remarks and brutal efficiency, heís an extremely entertaining watch, and heíll likely always be the first character people relate Willis to.

One of the reasons why McClane works so well is because heís not really the type of guy you expect things to work out for. Heís too much of a loose cannon to be a stable husband to Holly. Heís got so much pride and pent-up aggression. Luckily, all of those qualities that make him a shitty family man make him a cop who shouldnít be fucked with, and really, thatís all most of us care about anyway. Anybody can get married. Few people can pick off terrorists one by one and throw their leader out of a window.

Korben Dallas in The Fifth Element
Of all the cab drivers in the universe to randomly get, Iím not sure thereís one on Earth as ready and able to eviscerate extraterrestrial threats as Willisí Korben Dallas. A former Major in the Special Forces, heís a bit of a nut job, but he knows his way around weapons and has all the bravery and stupidity needed to go up against a force far greater than his own. To some, the over-the-top weirdness of The Fifth Element itself obscures a bit of Willisí trademark scariness, but to me, itís just proof he can adapt his brand of terrifying to any genre.

Dallas also deserves inclusion here if for no other reason than he shoots an alien in the face in the middle of negotiations. Thatís not really something people do, especially when theyíre far and away outnumbered by the victimís sidekicks, but it certainly worked out for the best here.
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