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Mai Linh is the secondary antagonist of the 2007 action film Live Free or Die Hard.

She is Thomas Gabriel's girlfriend and second-in-command, who assists Gabriel in his plans to shut down the US infrastructure in order to steal billions of dollars from the Woodlawn Facility.

She was portrayed by Maggie Q, who also played the corrupted Tri-City police officer Chase Linh in Need for Speed: Undercover.


Killing the Hackers

Mai Linh is first seen sending algorithms to various computer hackers, which are set to cause their computers to explode. She manages to kill every one, with the exception of Matthew Farrell. She then breaches the FBI computer system.

After Rand and Del fail to assassinate John McClane and Matt, they inform her and she notifies Thomas Gabriel that Matt is still alive.

Fire Sale

On the morning of July 3, Linh watches over stage one and two of the fire sale shutdown. She then prepares a video package for the rest of Gabriel's team in order to strike fear into the public. Later on, Trey discovers that Farrell resurfaced and Linh orders him to find Farrell's locating and search for information of John McClane.

Linh then poses as a police dispatcher in order to lead the police escorts to Rand and Del instead of John and Matt. Matt immediately recognizes her voice and John convinces Linh to put Gabriel on the phone.

Eastern Hub Takeover

Gabriel sends Linh to the Eastern Power Hub disguised as an FBI agent to cut the power to the Eastern Seaboard. The two share a kiss and she boards the helicopter. She arrives at the hub and incapacitates the guards before entering the building and killing the personnel and starts working to shut down the hub.

At night, the whole system is ready for shutdown, when a henchman notices John and Matt on a security camera. The two henchmen that came with her search for John, who kills the first one before arriving at the central control room.

Confrontation with John McClane and Death

John aims his pistol at Linh, forcing her to move away while Matt reverses her work. Linh waits until John is momentarily distracted, disarms him, then knocks him down. John gets back up and charges at her and knocks her into a metal shelf, briefly knocking her unconscious.

Linh regains consciousness a few seconds later, she engages John a second time and pushes him out of a window, into the parking lot. She then overpowers Matt and forces him to undo his work. As Matt finishes up, she prepares to shoot him, but John suddenly drives in with an SUV, ramming her through several walls and eventually into an elevator shaft.

The SUV begins to fall, barely suspended by the elevator wires as Linh grabs on the very edge. As she climbs up the SUV, the wires break lose, causing it to fall further down the shaft, only held up by the elevator beam. She climbs in and kicks John out, who then climbs back up and strangles her with the few remaining elevator wires, before punching her unconscious.

As John slowly climbs up the unstable SUV, the second henchman notices the cop, but is knocked onto the SUV with a pipe by Matt, his pistol landing right next to Linh. John continues his climb, when Linh regains consciousness. She aims the pistol at John, but the SUV breaks loose from the elevator beam, causing it to fall and explode upon impact.


  • Mai Linh seems to have a high pain tolerance. This is shown when she recovers almost immediately when John knocks her into a metal shelf, does not show any signs of injury when John rams her with an SUV and crashes through a glass door and several other objects, survives getting strangled by elevator wires albeit slightly injured, and regains consciousness almost immediately when John knocks her out.

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           DieHardTitle.png Villains

Die Hard: Hans Gruber | Karl Vreski | Theo | Tony Vreski
Die Hard 2: William Stuart | Ramon Esperanza | Major Grant
Ricochet: Earl Talbot Blake | Kim
Die Hard with a Vengeance: Simon Gruber | Katya | Mathias Targo
Live Free or Die Hard: Thomas Gabriel | Mai Linh | Trey | Rand | Robert Russo | Emerson | Casper
A Good Day to Die Hard: Yuri Komarov | Irina Komarov | Viktor Chagarin | Alik

Video Games
Die Hard: Vendetta: Piet Gruber
Die Hard Arcade: Wolf Hongo
Die Hard Trilogy 2: Viva Las Vegas: Kenny Sinclair | Reese Hoffman | Elena Goshkin | Amir El Kahr | Victor Rashenko

Comic Books
Die Hard: Year One: Alan Douglas
A Million Ways to Die Hard: Mr. Moviefone