Ivan Korshunov From Air Force One vs. Hans Gruber from Die Hard
The Ultimate Villain Tournament is a bracket style competition that pits movie villain against movie villain. In this match up, two very dubious terrorists face off. Which baddie would be able to pull off his/her villainous scheme? Take a look at our character breakdowns and tell us who you think is the bigger threat.


Ivan Korshunov from Air Force One

Ivan Korshunov is your typical cookie-cutter Russian-ish (well Kazakhstan but this guy is no Borat) baddie facing off against the US president about 30,000 feet in the air. Ivan is a hopeless fanatic who will let nothing stop him from supporting his cause and achieving his goals. A master of deception, Ivan can sneak into one of the most secured places in the world. Able to gun down innocent civilians without batting an eye, Ivan shows the fearless determination and sheer lack of morals he can bring to the table.

Strengths: Smart, cunning, without remorse.

Weaknesses: Ivan lacks much physical strength and can likely easily be outmatched in hand to hand combat. Also, his fanaticism can work against him causing him to overlook certain details and get tunnel vision towards his goal.



Hans Gruber from Die Hard

Hans Gruber is the one, the only, true Die Hard villain. He’s the original eastern European ne’er-do-well who leads a gang of goons bent on fundraising at anyone’s expense. Hans has a few things going for him: he is clearly able to work a crowd, he can get people bought in and ready for a fight; He is a master of deception, whether it’s faking an accent or lulling someone into a false sense of security, he’s got it. Also his sheer sense of cunning and ability to plan out a perfect operation makes him a capable foe.

Strengths: Arrogant, deceptive and meticulous planner.

Weaknesses: Inability to handle things on his own. He is an administrator not an operator. One on one, whether fists or guns, he probably doesn’t make it out alive.



Which would come out on top? Who should move on in the bracket? You decide!

The Ultimate Villain Tournament: Ivan Korshunov From Air Force One vs. Hans Gruber from Die Hard

  • Hans Gruber from Die Hard (91%, 20 Votes)
  • Ivan Korshunov From Air Force One (9%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 22

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3 thoughts on “The Ultimate Villain Tournament: Ivan Korshunov From Air Force One vs. Hans Gruber from Die Hard

  1. If there’s Die Hard 6-The Final One,I believe Hans Gruber’s son would really take on him as a vengeance along with the rest of his family(his sons) and even the corrupt Joe Takagi’s brother(Yakuza boss)and his henchman…But on the twist,the henchman turns out to be a Japanese police officer investigating his involvement with the Yakuza and alleged tax evasion and money laundering…
    In the end,Takagi seems to be much concerned on the safety of his fellow people and refused to work on,and then killed off..To add darkness,a traitor beyond Matt Farrell’s consent who is happened to be Thomas Gabriel’s brother,Colonel Bill Stuart’s son and Irina Komarov’s childhood lover seeks vengeance over whatever has happened…
    Willem Dafoe is surely good enough to play Hans Gruber’s son too…Imagine Bruce Willis vs Willem Dafoe…Who would you root for??

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