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The fire has been called off, my friend. No one is coming to help you. Might as well come out and join the others. I promise, I won't hurt you. (Proceeds to open fire at McClane's supposed hiding spot)
~ Tony trying to find and take McClane hostage.

Anthony "Tony" Vreski is a supporting antagonist in the 1988 action film Die Hard. He is a German terrorist employed by Hans Gruber to help him steal $640 million in bearer bonds from Nakatomi Plaza. He is also the younger brother of Karl Vreski and the first terrorist killed by John McClane.

He was portrayed by Andreas Wisniewski, who also played Necros in The Living Daylights.


Tony Vreski and the rest of Hans Gruber's men (except for Karl and Theo) arrive at Nakatomi and wait on Theo's signal before entering. Gruber's men take over the party while Tony enters the phone junction box and begins disabling the phone lines. He manually does it before his brother Karl arrives and cuts them with a chainsaw. He then joins the other terrorists.

Back at the party, Gruber identifies Joseph Takagi and he, along with Tony and Karl escort Takagi to the 32nd floor where Theo is waiting. Tony sits at a nearby table while Hans attempts to coax the vault code out of Takagi. The latter refuses and is executed by Gruber, who then orders Tony to dispose of the body, when they suddenly hear McClane moving around. Karl and Tony search the balcony but come up empty handed. After McClane pulls a fire alarm, Eddie notifies Hans of the situation who orders him to dial 911 and cancel the alarm, then disable the system. Gruber then sends Tony after McClane. Once Tony enters the 32nd floor, he explains that the fire has been canceled and demands McClane joins the rest of the hostages.

McClane activates a power saw, which gets Tony's attention. McClane sneaks up behind Tony, unsheathes his gun, and tells Tony to drop his weapon. However, Tony attempts calls McClane's bluff, claiming there are rules for policemen. McClane responds by punching Tony and attempting to tackle him.

Tony retaliates by trying to ram McClane's head into a wall, and the resulting struggle causes the two to fall down a flight of stairs. During the fall, McClane manages to break Tony's neck on the final stair, killing him almost instantly. McClane would then proceed taunt the other terrorists with Tony's corpse by putting it in an elevator, putting a Santa hat on him, writing "NOW I HAVE A MACHINE GUN HO-HO-HO" on his shirt, and sending the elevator to the 30th floor, where the rest of the terrorists are.

This turns out to be a terrible mistake on McClane's part, as Karl flies into a fit of rage upon being notified of Tony's death and hunts McClane down for the rest of the movie. Nevertheless, Karl ultimately fails to avenge Tony and joins him in death when Sgt. Al Powell shoots at him upon trying to kill McClane in the aftermath of Gruber's death.

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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