The problem here isn't the manner in which John McClain finally tricks evil German Hans Gruber (though good luck getting mailing tape to stick to a sweaty back!), it's Hans' complete disregard for his own life. Dude, you are hanging by a thread from about 40 stories up, with the one person who could possibly save you leaning out the window with his hands in the proximity of yours. You take this opportunity to pull a gun on him? What's your end-game, pal? Shooting him in the face then scampering up his lifeless body back to safety? This falls into the "hero must have a justifiable excuse for killing a villain" trope very often seen in '80s action movies.

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