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Every Major John Wick Character And Where We Saw Them Last

Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains massive spoilers for all three John Wick movies. Please stop here if you don’t want anything ruined.

Over the past decade, the John Wick franchise has not only introduced audiences to some of the best action movies in recent memory but also dozens of iconic and memorable characters. With John Wick 4 being one of the most anticipated 2022 movies, now is the perfect time to stop for a moment and take a look at all the assassins, crime bosses, and mysterious individuals who have come into contact with Keanu Reeves’ out-of-retirement contract killer (as friend, foe, or somewhere in the middle) and where we saw them last.

There are a lot of characters to cover and multiple fates to consider, so let’s jump right into the action and look back on the major players from the groundbreaking 2014 action thriller and its two sequels John Wick: Chapter 2 and John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum.

Keanu Reeves in John Wick

John Wick (Keanu Reeves)

First Appearance: John Wick

Last Appearance: John Wick 3: Parabellum

Audiences were introduced to Jardani Jovonovich, aka John Wick, as he finds a new purpose in raising a puppy named Daisy that was a gift from his dead wife, delivered to him on the day of her funeral. Wick’s days of peace and tranquility are short-lived, however, as a group of Russian gangsters break into his home, kill his dog, and steal his car, setting him on a path of vengeance that will set the tone for the rest of the franchise.

We last saw the dog-loving hitman in John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, when, on the run after being labeled “excommunicado” by the High Table, Wick dodges a series of ruthless killers looking to get the $14 million prize on his head, while also trying to get back at the mysterious organization.

Ian McShane in John Wick: Chapter 2

Winston (Ian McShane)

First Appearance: John Wick

Last Appearance: John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

We first met Winston, the owner of the New York Continental Hotel in John Wick, when the titular assassin first came out of retirement and sought to avenge his dead dog. Not long after being introduced to the rule-obsessed figure, he showed just what happens to those who don’t stick to a code and fall into their animalistic impulses.

In the final moments of John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, in an attempt to prove his loyalty to the Adjudicator, and High Table as a whole, Winston shoots an on-the-run John Wick, who is believed to have died from the shot and subsequent fall. Still, the truth of Winston’s actions are up for interpretation.

Lance Riddick in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Charon (Lance Riddick)

First Appearance: John Wick

Last Appearance: John Wick 3: Parabellum

Charon, the concierge at the Continental Hotel in New York City, is one of the first employees of the hotel and associated assassin society that John Wick encounters when he first gets back into the game.

A major part of all entries in the franchise so far, the mysterious Charon takes a more hands-on approach in the third installment, assisting Wick in taking on the High Table in one hell of a gunfight. He is last seen standing with Winston after the Continental leader takes back control of his hotel.

Laurence Fishburne in John Wick: Chapter 2

The Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne)

First Appearance: John Wick: Chapter 2

Last Appearance: John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

The Bowery King, the mysterious leader of The Soup Kitchen and its vast underworld intelligence network, is introduced in John Wick: Chapter 2 as an unlikely ally of the titular assassin who provides him with a gun a seven bullets to defend himself.

The character returns in a larger capacity in John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum and is seen going to war with the High Table after the organization attempts to strip him of his power and kill numerous members of his sprawling enterprise.

Asia Kate Dillon in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

The Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon)

First/Last Appearance: John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

The central antagonist of John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, The Adjudicator spends the movie hot on the tail of the iconic hitman, doing everything in their power to track down the on-the-run killer and hold him accountable for breaking the rules of the High Table. We last see the character after they realize that John Wick might not be dead and what this could mean for everyone involved in the disappearance of his body.

Keanu Reeves and Anjelica Huston in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

The Director (Anjelica Huston)

First/Last Appearance: John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

The Director is introduced in John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum as the leader of the Ruska Roma crime syndicate who provides Wick with safe passage to Casablanca. This decision, however, would end up bringing great pain to the legendary criminal as both her hands are stabbed by High Table mercenaries for providing the wanted hitman with assistance.

Halle Berry in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Sofia Al-Azwar (Halle Berry)

First/Last Appearance: John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

Sofia Al-Azwar makes her first (and for now, only) appearance in John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum when she helps John Wick get in contact with The Elder deep in the Moroccan desert. The fate of the leader of the Continental’s Casablanca hotel has not yet been revealed.

John Leguizamo in John Wick

Aurelio (John Leguizamo)

First Appearance: John Wick

Last Appearance: John Wick: Chapter 2

Introduced as one of John Wick’s friends in John Wick, Aurelio is the owner of a chop shop with connections to The Continental. Showing up briefly in the first two installments, Aurelio is last seen receiving information on his old friend’s bounty along with seemingly every other person with ties to the criminal underworld.

Peter Stormare in John Wick: Chapter 2

Abram Tarasov (Peter Stormare)

First/Last Appearance: John Wick: Chapter 2

One of the few people to find themselves in John Wick’s path and live to see another day, Abram Tarasov owns a chop shop that came into possession of the hitman’s car that was stolen by his nephew, Iosef Tarasov. In addition to making a deal with the titular hero in John Wick: Chapter 2, Tarasov also provides a great deal of exposition about the assassin and his tendencies.

Jason Mantzoukas in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Tick-Tock Man (Jason Mantzoukas)

Last Appearance: John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

The Tick-Tock Man is seen multiple times throughout John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum. We first see him teasing John Wick with “Tick-tock, Mr. Wick. Tick-tock” just before the $14 million contract goes live. The Bowery King’s ally is then seen grabbing Wick’s body and transporting him to safety after getting shot and falling from the Continental.

Tobias Segal in John Wick: Chapter 2

Earl (Tobias Segal)

First Appearance: John Wick: Chapter 2

Last Appearance: John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

Earl, one of the many hitmen to be working undercover as a member of New York’s homeless population, is seen multiple times throughout John Wick: Chapter 2 and its sequel providing information and other forms of assistance to the Bowery King.

Randall Duk Kim in John Wick

The Doctor (Randall Duk Kim)

First Appearance: John Wick

Last Appearance: John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

The Doctor has popped up a couple of times in the John Wick franchise so far. He is introduced in the first film as the Continental doctor who stitches up a wounded John Wick. He later appears in John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum where he again provides the assassin with services. But since Wick is on the run after being excommunicated, the doctor asks to be shot so the High Table thinks he was forced to provide his services.

Saïd Taghmaoui in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

The Elder (Saïd Taghmaoui)

First/Last Appearance: John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

In John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, The Elder, the mysterious and presumed leader of the High Table give the titular hero a new suit and a brief moment of safety in exchange for one thing: a demonstration of fealty (his finger).

Common in John Wick: Chapter 2

Cassian (Common)

First/Last Appearance: John Wick: Chapter 2

Cassian only appears in John Wick: Chapter 2, but with the way his story ends in the franchise’s second chapter, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him show up again at some point in the future. After John Wick takes out Gianna D’Antonio during his hunt for her brother, Cassian begins a crusade to eliminate the legendary hitman through any means necessary. During their epic fight, which ends in a subway car, Wick stabs Cassian and gives him a choice: leave the knife in and possibly survive or pull it out and die.

Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Characters Who Are Dead Or Presumed Dead

There is a lot of kills in the John Wick franchise. And while a large portion of that bodycount consists of random henchmen, bodyguards, and other goons, some of the series’ most iconic characters have met their maker thanks to Mr. Wick and his allies. Here are the most notable of the bunch…

Riccardo Scamarcio and Ruby Rose in John Wick: Chapter 2

Ares (Ruby Rose)

First/Last Appearance: John Wick: Chapter 2

Ares, the assassin who speaks in sign language and gives everyone’s favorite assassin a run for his money in John Wick: Chapter 2 was introduced and killed in the franchise’s second chapter after she had a vicious fight with the former contract killer. And while there is a case that could be made for Santino D’Antonio’s most vicious bodyguard surviving her encounter with John Wick (especially considering she was stabbed like Cassian), Ares was given no set of choices from the battered hitman.

Mark Dacascos in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Zero (Mark Dacascos)

First/Last Appearance: John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

Zero, a lethal assassin, who runs a sushi restaurant on the side, is hired by The Adjudicator to take out John Wick in John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum through any means necessary. After encountering one another multiple times over the course of the movie, Wick finally gets the better of Zero and strikes him down once and for all, even if the respected and honorable swordsman tells his killer he will catch up to him later.

Willem Dafoe in John Wick

Marcus (Willem Dafoe)

First/Last Appearance: John Wick

Introduced in John Wick, Marcus is one of the recently un-retired hitman’s closest friends and a former mentor who is hired to take out his protégé for killer Viggo Tarasov’s son. Unbeknownst to his employer, Marcus is actually working to save Wick, not kill him, a decision that ultimately leads to his own demise.

Alfie Allen in John Wick

Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen)

First/Last Appearance: John Wick

Iosef Tarasov, the man-child and son of Viggo Tarasov who brought John Wick out of retirement, meets his maker after crossing paths with the notorious contract killer one too many times. After killing Wick’s dog, stealing his car, and destroying what was left of his peace and serenity, Iosef meets a violent death.

Michael Nyqvist in John Wick

Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist)

First/Last Appearance: John Wick

Viggo Tarasov makes his first and only appearance in the first installment of the John Wick franchise. Wick’s former employer, Viggo takes out a hit on the trained killer in an effort to save his son from an early (yet deserved) death. There is no such luck for the younger Tarasov or anyone protecting him, his father included, and Viggo perishes after one final fight with John Wick in the film’s closing minutes.

Adrianne Palicki in John Wick

Ms. Perkins (Adrianne Palicki)

First/Last Appearance: John Wick

Ms. Perkins, a ruthless and accomplished assassin staying at the Continental Hotel in John Wick, finds out what happens to those who break the one golden rule. After trying again and again to kill Wick, breaking every rule in the process, including a very important Continental rule, Perkins meets her maker after a final meeting with Winston and four gunmen.

Riccardo Scamarcio in John Wick: Chapter 2

Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio)

First/Last Appearance: John Wick: Chapter 2

Santino D’Antonio is brought into the picture in John Wick: Chapter 2 when the Italian mafioso calls in a debt he owes for allowing the titular hitman to retire prior to the events of the first movie. Santino’s way of calling in this debt? Oh, forcing Wick to kill the crime boss’ sister Gianna D’Antonio so that he can lead the Camorra. After everything is said and done and Santino thinks he’s safe at the Continental Hotel in New York, Wick breaks the golden rule and kills him, becoming a marked man in the process.

Claudia Gerini in John Wick: Chapter 2

Gianna D’Antonio (Claudia Gerini)

First/Last Appearance: John Wick: Chapter 2

Gianna D’Antonio is introduced and killed off in John Wick: Chapter 2 after her brother puts a price on her head and forces John Wick to complete the task. At first, it looks like Gianna is going to be able to go out on her own terms by slitting her wrists, but Wick opts to shoot her in the head after she loses consciousness.

These are just the major players from the John Wick franchise to be introduced over the years, and doesn’t account for the likes of Jimmy the police officer or John Wick’s late wife Helen from the series’ first entry. With more names being added to the John Wick 4 cast, it’s only a matter of time before this list gets a little longer…

Philip Sledge

Philip grew up in Louisiana (not New Orleans) before moving to St. Louis after graduating from Louisiana State University-Shreveport. When he's not writing about movies or television, Philip can be found being chased by his three kids, telling his dogs to stop yelling at the mailman, or yelling about professional wrestling to his wife. If the stars properly align, he will talk about For Love Of The Game being the best baseball movie of all time.