Action movie stars become fan favorites due to a number of surprising traits that some of them share, such as grit, determination, and bravery, although another quality that most action heroes share is some kind of fighting ability. However, it is almost always accompanied by the ability to receive and strike.
Over the years there have been quite a number of action movies and franchises that have featured heroes whose only ability seems to be that of being able to get knocked down hard and get back on their feet, though that often makes them win with more than one bruise. A superhero god with too many powers is interesting in his own way, but there is something to be said for an action protagonist who is far from invincible and who loses as much as he gains (if not more).
10 A Fistful of Dollars Was the First of Many Beatings for the Man with No Name
Clint Eastwood played the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone’s iconic spaghetti western trilogy that began with A bunch of Dollars, 1964, which was followed For a few dollars more, from 1965, and the good, the bad and the ugly, 1966.
Miguel Ángel Blanca receives a beating in ‘A Last Effort’ by Manos de Topo
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Although the Eastwood rogue is known to fans for his tough demeanor and ability to shoot, he has taken quite a few beatings from the various enemies he has encountered throughout the series, starting with his abuse and torture at the hands of the Rojo brothers and their band in the first installment of the classic trilogy.
9 Snake Plissken was fighting for his life in New York City Breakout
The 1981 movie Escape from New Director John Carpenter’s York starred Kurt Russel as Snake Plissken, a former special forces soldier who was forcibly sent to the “futuristic” prison island of Manhattan to save the President after a crash landing. .
Snake is forced to participate in a wrestling match with the brutal Slag, who was played by wrestler Ox Baker. Although Plissken suffered during the fight, it was really Kurt Russell who paid the price during filming, since Baker did not hang around with little girls.
8 Harrison Ford took more than one beating in the Indiana Jones franchise
Steven Spielberg has directed all the installments of the long franchise of Indiana Jones starring Harrison Ford, who first hit theaters in 1981 with In search of the ark lost, and the heroic archaeologist and adventurer has become a fan favorite due to his ordinary character, which sometimes includes taking the odd beating.
Although each movie had its own moment of abuse for Dr. Jones, it was his battle with the airplane mechanic (played by Pat Roach) in Raiders the one that saw him nearly defeated by the much bigger man – although a well-spinning plane propeller ended that fight before Indiana Jones was knocked out.
7 Martin Riggs was beaten and tortured throughout the Lethal Weapon franchise
Lethal WeaponIn 1987, it featured detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, played by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, respectively. The new partners were investigating a death that uncovered an international drug smuggling operation and endangered both themselves and Murtaugh’s family.
Riggs was the titular “lethal weapon” due to his years of military and special forces training, though he still found himself first brutally tortured and then bloodily beaten in a final battle with the vicious enforcer Joshua which he ultimately won. The franchise would continue this trend and present quite a few other beatings for Riggs.
6 Alex Murphy’s limbs were blown off in the ultraviolent Robocop
Paul Verhoeven directed in 1987 RoboCop, an action movie that was set in the city of Detroit, in the near future, when it fell under the control of a corrupt corporation that was looking for a better way to police the streets using robotic technology. Detective Alex Murphy was horribly mutilated by a criminal gang who shot most of his limbs at him before being rebuilt as the titular RoboCop.
Even after transforming into the robotic cop of the future, RoboCop continued to receive punishment at the hands of the gang and other robotic creations like the ED-209 that left his new body in need of some major repairs.
5 John McClane suffered quite a few injuries throughout the Duro de Matar franchise
One action hero who seems to put up with all the bruises and bumps that come his way is Bruce Willis’ John McClane fromthe franchise Jungle of Christal, who first faced robber terrorists invading Nakatomi Square during a Christmas party in the iconic 1988 original.
Not only is McClane plunged into a battle for his life by taking down the robbers one by one, he puts his body to a severe test by being forced to walk through broken glass in bare feet as he battles various well-equipped operatives. And all of that was only in the first movie, as McClane continued to receive an inhuman amount of punishment throughout the series.
4 The bride was beaten and left for dead at her wedding in Kill Bill
Volumes 1 and 2 of Kill Billby Quentin Tarantino, they followed the vengeance path of a highly trained assassin, initially known only as The Bride, who sought out former members of her hit squad to eliminate one by one after recovering from a near-death experience.
The Bride owes her name to her origin, as she was brutally beaten while pregnant by the other members of the Deadly Viper Assassin Squad before being shot and left for dead by her former boss and lover Bill. Fans are still hoping this story will continue with Kill Bill 3 to expand the story of revenge.
3 Julian’s quest for revenge ended badly for him in Only God Forgives
Ryan Gosling starred as a low-level American crime lord in Bangkok who is sent on a mission of revenge by his mother following the murder of his brother in the stylish 2011 action film. Only God Forgives, the Nicolas Winding Refn.
Although Julian’s skills in Muay Thai fighting made him a threat to most of the other criminals he encountered on his mission, they paled in comparison to his rival, Lieutenant Chang (played by Vithaya Pansringarm). Julian was unable to land a single blow at Chang, who proceeded to slowly and methodically beat Julian into a bruised and bloody pulp.
2 Dave Lizewski’s first day as a superhero didn’t go well at Kick-Ass
Kick-Ass, from director Matthew Vaughn, adapted in 2010 the eponymous comic book series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. that featured young Dave Lizewski (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) as he embarked on his secret career as a costumed vigilante in the real world. .
Unfortunately, he had no powers, no training, and no expensive gadgets like most comic book heroes, and he was stabbed, beaten, and hit with a car on his first outing as Kick-Ass. Luckily, that accident gave him a kind of new skills, as he stopped feeling as much pain as anyone else, making it even easier for him to endure the numerous beatings in this movie and its 2013 sequel.
1 John Wick’s best match ended in a draw in the third chapter: Parabellum
Keanu Reeves wowed audiences as the retired hitman John Wick in the title film that launched the franchise in 2014, which saw him return to work following the tragic loss of his wife and the murder of his new puppy. Wick suffered a series of devastating injuries as he had to fight his way through armies of bodyguards and security on a mission of revenge.
Although John Wick: Capítulo 2 some tougher fighting ensued, it was when the assassins turned on Wick in Chapter 3: Parabellum when it really suffered the most damage. He also had one of his best matches with two well-trained assassins who repeatedly gave Wick opportunities to recover. The match ended in a respectful draw despite Wick’s exhaustion.