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All Of The Assassins In The 'John Wick' Series

Updated April 17, 2019 1.1k votes 178 voters 5.4k views13 items

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John Wick hit theaters in 2014 and went on to spawn a million memes about not killing the man's dog. But more than that, it showcased the underworld network of assassins capable of almost anything (except, of course, taking out John Wick). There have been numerous mercenaries depicted within this underground society throughout the course of the franchise's three films, with each more interesting and dangerous than the last. As each player has found their way to the screen via one of the best action movies series of the previous 20 years, fans have become enamored with the well-written and perfectly portrayed characters.

Keanu Reeves's performance as the titular character is certainly one of his best, but he is hardly the only amazing character in the franchise. Thanks to the brilliant acting abilities of numerous talented professionals, the John Wick franchise is full of dangerous villains, troublesome allies, and regimented support services.

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    Appears In: John Wick, John Wick: Chapter 2, and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    Played By: Keanu Reeves

    John Wick begins the films in retirement. But after his dog is killed and his car is taken, he has little choice but to return to active status. In terms of his style, he prefers to get up close and personal with a pistol, but he can (and does) use just about every tool in his arsenal. When he takes out a target, he ensures they won't get back up by always shooting them in the head. No matter how many shots they take in the chest, John Wick will ensure one more makes its way into their skull.

    After violating the established rules of his guild in the second film, Wick becomes persona non grata and will be starting off John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum with a $14 million bounty on his head.

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    Appears In: John Wick: Chapter 2

    Played By: Common

    In John Wick: Chapter 2Cassian is the bodyguard to Gianna D'Antonio - that is, until John Wick eliminates her. When she's taken out, he swears vengeance and persues Wick across the globe. When the two engage for the last time, Wick stabs him but keeps him alive. He does this out of respect, and Cassian is the only assassin Wick "puts down" without actually ending their life. Though Cassian likely survives, Common is reportedly not reprising his role in the third film.

    Throughout his time in Chapter 2, Cassian shows proficiency in the use of blades and firearms. He also demonstrates skill in hand-to-hand combat and martial arts. In the end, however, he isn't able to take out Wick, despite his impressive abilities.

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    Appears In: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    Played By: Mark Dacascos

    Zero is the primary antagonist who goes up against John Wick in the third film. He has a vendetta against Wick, but also an admiration for his target.

    Zero is likely a skilled martial artist due to his portrayal by Mark Dacascos, an actor whose skills in that area have been on display throughout his career.

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    Appears In: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    Played By: Halle Berry

    Sofia is an assassin and close friend of Wick's, though she clearly shoots him in the trailer for the third film. She has trained dogs in her arsenal and clearly knows how to take care of herself.

    Sofia's fighting style appears to include the use of her two attack dogs, but she also may be proficient in the use of firearms. 

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