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Simon Gruber : Die Hard Character

Simon Gruber, portrayed by Jeremy Irons, is a fictional character and the main antagonist in the film Die Hard: With a Vengeance.

At the beginning of Die Hard: With a Vengeance, a bomb explodes in a jewellery store in New York City. While the NYPD are trying to deal with this act of terrorism, a mysterious man known only as "Simon" phones police Inspector Walter Cobb (Larry Bryggman), telling Cobb that he was responsible for the bomb. He then tells Cobb that he wants to play a game of Simon Says with Lieutenant John McClane, or another bomb will go off. He instructs McClane to go to Harlem wearing a sandwich board that says "I Hate Niggers," or another bomb will go off. The police drop McClane off in Harlem dressed only in the sandwich board and his boxers. Before McClane is killed by a gang of thugs, Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson) intervenes and the two return to the police headquarters. "Simon," annoyed that Carver has interfered with his "well laid plan," sends McClane and Zeus on a wild goose chase around New York City, telling them the location of bombs that will blow up if the two don't reach them and solve "Simon's" riddles.
"Simon" is eventually revealed to be Simon Gruber, the elder brother of Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), whom McClane dropped off the 32nd story of the Nakatomi Plaza at the climax of the first Die Hard film. He has singled McClane out as he wants revenge for the death of his brother (hence the film's title). Revenge is not his only motivation, however - he intends to steal $160 billion worth of gold bullion from the Federal Reserve Bank, using the bombs scattered throughout the city as a distraction. When the gold is stolen, and deposited in dump trucks, Simon's henchmen flee to Canada, while Simon remains behind with his personal guard. Simon informs the police that the gold is on a ship off Long Island, which he intends to blow up, thus distributing the gold across the seabed. However, the ship contains only scrap metal, while the gold is in the dump trucks heading to Canada. When McClane and Carver make an attack on the boat, they are captured and handcuffed to a pole, with the bomb intended to blow the ship sitting directly next to them. Simon reveals that whilst he hated his brother, he will kill McClane anyway for repeatedly meddling with his plans. He then leaves for Canada with the rest of his henchmen, leaving McClane and Carver to die on the boat.
In Canada, Simon and his henchmen celebrate the successful heist, but are interrupted by the police (including McClane and Carver, who escaped the boat moments before it exploded). Whilst the soldiers leave to battle the police, Simon and his bodyguard Katya (Sam Phillips) set off in a helicopter to kill McClane once and for all. With Katya piloting, Gruber shoots McClane's helicopter down with an M60 machine gun. As the pilot lands, McClane runs into the open, knowing that Simon only wants to kill him. Simon aims at McClane but before he can kill him, McClane shoots a fusebox on a power line, sending a live wire into the rotating blades of the helicopter. The electricity flows throughout the helicopter, causing it to explode and killing Simon and Katya instantly.
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