HG´s Christmas Captives – John McClane

Surprisingly easier to incarcerate than you might think, our next occupant of the dock is John McClane (not Bruce Willis so keep the argument re McClane). What verdict will you conclude with regard to Mr “Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker”? Bring forth the submissions and cast your votes, but first, the Summary of Information


Summary of Information for John McClane

Exhibits a Never-Say-Die maverick spirit

Described by Herr H Gruber (deceased) as “Just another American who thinks he is John Wayne)

Relishes use of fire arms

Reluctant hero


Detective Lieutenant in NYPD and then LAPD

Worked in Vice, Narcotics, Homicide, Robbery and Joint Terror Task Force

Father to son and daughter but estranged from them during their childhoods

Rated 3rd of all-time movie badasses

Exhibits vigilantism and rejection of authority


One-step away from being a full-blown alcoholic

Enjoys issuing sardonic one-liners

Disliked his rise to national fame after his heroics at the Nakatomi Plaza

Lost father in childhood, father an Irish American cop

Mother died in early adulthood

Repeated lack of concern for own safety

Has been suspended from active police duty

Exhibits roguish charm to harness the assistance of others

Enjoys mocking his adversaries

Raised as a Catholic

Has killed 73 terrorists


What is John McClane

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20 thoughts on “HG´s Christmas Captives – John McClane

  1. Joa says:

    Medium high type narcissus.
    Perfect for the police environment. It uses the criminal’s mind, intelligence, courage and bravado to “serve” society. Secured need for “thrill”. He loves to immerse himself in the criminal environment and ultimately dominate it, bursting it from the inside. He has trouble holding back his anger, but due to his function, he can afford more than an ordinary citizen, which suits his needs perfectly.
    Fulfilling his role and numerous successes are the factors, that inhibit his aspirations to move to the other side of the force.
    A broken private life can be easily explained by a highly stressful profession, so most people do not suspect who he is.
    Perfectly used individual features. Neither an empath nor a normal person could handle this job.

  2. Sweetest Perfection says:

    He’s an ULA, because I like the character.

    1. lickemtomorrow says:

      SP, that’s one way to discern who’s who 🙂

  3. C says:

    What is John McClane?
    El ❤ de mi vida lol

  4. lickemtomorrow says:

    OMG, I’m going with SUPER SAVIOUR EMPATH <3

    A man after my own heart, John McClane kicks ass big time and doesn't let the bad guys mess with him! He's prone to using bad language at times (“Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker”) as a means of expressing his sense of justice when it has been served, and will take on the authorities when he has to due to his Saviour nature. The Super doesn't hold back when his empathic traits become dimmed as he deals with the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, and duly fires them back tenfold.

    Unfortunately, he's become ensnared with a highly narcissistic woman who chooses her career over him and has pushed him to the edge emotionally, causing him to drink a little too heavily and bring out the addictive element of his empathic nature which can be seen by the chain smoking also. His children have suffered in a system that favours her over him and become estranged, but John still loves them and will save their mother at all costs for their sake. He foolishly still loves her and risks his own life, as Saviour's often do, in the hope he can be granted a respite period and make good on his vows again.

    Firearms can be used for good or evil and John McClane chooses to use them for good – hence the reason he is a policeman and has chosen to protect and serve. He will "Yippee-ki-yay" all those "motherfuckers" if he gets the chance with no questions asked. He's worked in two of the most badass American cities – Los Angeles and New York – and faced the worst of the worst working in Vice, Narcotics, Homicide, Robbery and Joint Terror Task Force. A reluctant hero, he gets on with the job (when he is employed) and no doubt his Saviour traits shine even off the job. After all, he was just coming to meet his wife, not take on terrorists when he got caught up in their evil scheme. I'll bet they're sorry now!

    Love the one-liners, want to bottle some of them, and of course John Wayne was pretty good at delivering the same, although Clint Eastwood would come in a close second (if not top of the list). He's not looking for the limelight, but thrust into it, as Saviour's often are, and if you want to compare him as an American to John Wayne, well you might as well compare him to apple pie 🙂 I'll take cream with that x

    He's had it tough as a child, his Catholic faith complemented his Saviour traits as did his Irish-American heritage. A long suffering people, the Irish have learned to fight back and he's that mixture which leads to his mantra (Yippee-ki-yay, motherfuckers) when the deed is done. Of course, he also exhibits Irish charm which is roguish and completely in line with his empathic nature as he seeks to complement others and improve their sense of self esteem. That also comes with occasionally mocking his adversaries because, hey, who doesn't like to mock their adversaries from time to time … even an empath (who we mustn't forget also has narc traits!).

    I'm going big guns here with John McClane calling him out as Super Saviour Empath.

    HG, you must release him immediately from the place you have him held captive (pretty please with a cherry on top) in case we need him to save the world again!

    1. TheVimtoSlut says:

      You called it! Absolutely my diagnosis too. Super-Empath, predominantly Saviour. Narc traits do confuse people. Largely misunderstood.

      Ex wife is the narc. I’ve always wanted to pop her in the ass and not in a good way.

      P.S RIP Herr Gruber. You were hot and I loved your suits.

      1. lickemtomorrow says:

        The narc traits of the empath are often misunderstood and thanks for pointing that out. The desire to pop the narc in the ass is not off the cards for an empath, so I can empathize with that, lol. Fortunately, empaths are also gifted with a level of restraint (i.e. conscience) so less likely to carry out the plans that could be attributed to an evil mastermind like Herr Gruber. Not my type, but RIP indeed.

        1. Asp Emp says:

          LET, ” The desire to pop the narc in the ass is not off the cards for an empath, so I can empathize with that, lol”…..laughing myself at your words 😉 Attagirl, LET 🙂

          1. lickemtomorrow says:


            Your comments are making me smile today, AspEmp … “attagirl” is especially encouraging x

          2. Asp Emp says:

            LET, thank you 🙂 Yeah, it’s all about “encouragement” 😉

    2. Asp Emp says:

      LET, your first sentence had me laughing, at the use of capital letters 🙂

      1. lickemtomorrow says:

        Haha, AspEmp, I couldn’t RESIST!

        Just seemed like the notion of an SSE should be in capitals 😉

        1. Asp Emp says:

          LET, laughing….obviously, absolutely, of course, why not….. 🙂

          1. lickemtomorrow says:

            Haha, AspEmp, love your follow up comment 🙂 x

          2. Asp Emp says:

            Laughing 🙂

  5. A Victor says:

    Seriously, we’re not supposed to think about Bruce Willis here…??

    Okay… McLane is narcissistic, imo. I think he has empathy for his family but the traits necessary to allow for massive amounts of destruction if required to protect them, higher than a normal would have. His enemy here is a classic narc, and a psychopath I think, so the contrast between them seems clear. But this is possibly my opinion only due to the difficulty of completely separating the actor from the character…

    1. lickemtomorrow says:

      Haha, AV, love the way you start out in this comment … Seriously?? xox

      I had to use all my mental powers to focus on the character, too. Bruce Willis was perfect for this role 😉

      1. A Victor says:

        Yes! He was and so… Hot!! 🔥 A manly man…💕

        1. lickemtomorrow says:

          OMG, AV, yes and yes!

          Certainly captures my imagination, much like the knight in shining armour … fairytales of old <3

          Don't tell me there aren't 'rescuers' like this out there, we see them time and time again.

          What we don't want to do is pin our hopes on the 'false' rescuers … those who deceive us into believing we are being rescued (i.e. the literal wolves in sheep's clothing). These are the guys who make us lose trust in the rest.

          No, Prince Charming is out there (narcs had to get the prototype from somewhere), but we got duped into falling for Prince Chastising 😛

          1. A Victor says:

            Haha, yes LET, you are correct.

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