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John Hartigan is a main character and one of the main protagonists of the Sin City franchise by Frank Miller. A former cop, he was stripped from his rights by the corrupt Senator Roark when he murdered his son who was a notorious pedophile and child murderer.
He is portrayed by Bruce Willis.
John Hartigan is an exceptionally brave and loyal man. In a city where almost everyone is corrupt, Hartigan is a symbol of virtue. He spent most of his time doing his duty and protecting innocents, even if it involves corrupt gangsters and politicians under heavy protection. Though Hartigan was used to follow the code, Hartigan was also very relentless while facing depraved scums such as the Yellow Bastard.
Hartigan was also extremely strong-willed, and promised himself to never abandon Nancy despite the fact that he was imprisoned and under the pressure of Roark.
Hartigan's backstory is unknown. At some point, he joined the Basin City Police Department, where he became a well-known cop.
He dedicates himself to protect a nine year old girl named Nancy Callahan from a sadistic pedophile named Roark Junior. When Nancy was kidnapped by Junior, Hartigan murdered Junior, shooting him repeatedly in the genitals, and saved Nancy, injuring himself in the process.
Senator Roark than used his influence to to frame Hartigan for Jr.'s crimes. Hartigan was proud to know that Nancy was safe. Eight years later, Hartigan discovered that Nancy, now a stripper, was kidnapped again by Junior, who was revived under his father's orders and was now a disfigured yellow skinned freak.
Hartigan tried to save Nancy, but was almost killed by Junior in the process. He then follows Junior and Nancy to the Roark family barn and kills Junior, keeping Nancy safe again. After sharing a kiss with Nancy, Hartigan commits suicide fearing that Junior's father, Senator Roark, will go after Nancy so that he can get revenge on him for his son's death.