When Helen died, I lost everything. Until that dog arrived on my doorstep. A final gift from my wife. In that moment, I received some semblance of hope. An opportunity to grieve un-alone. And your son took that from me! Stole that from me! Killed that from me! People keep asking if I'm back and I haven't really had an answer. But now, yeah, I'm thinkin' I'm back. So you can either hand over your son... or you can die screaming alongside him! John Wick to Viggo Tarasov, most famous quote.
Jonathan "John" Wick (born Jardani Jovanovich; Russian: Джордани Йованович; Belarusian: Ярдані Иоаоновіч) is the titular protagonist of the action neo noir film series of the same name. He is a ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to find the people that murdered his loving dog, the last gift from his dying wife. He set to find the people that destroyed his house.
He is portrayed by Keanu Reeves, who also played Neo in The Matrix series, as well as Ted Logan in the Bill & Ted series, Jack Traven in Speed, Johnny Mnemonic in the titular film, Jonathan Harker in Bram Stoker's Dracula, Kevin Lomax in The Devil's Advocate, John Constantine in the titular 2004 film, Johnny Utah in Point Break, and voiced Johnny Silverhand in Cyberpunk 2077.
John Wick was born under the name Jardani Jovanovich, and was a Ruska Roma orphan from Belarus before being taken in by the Director. The Director brought him to the United States, and under her tutelage, Jardani developed martial art skills and basic training. At some point, Jardani adopted the name "Jonathan "John" Wick", and left the Ruska Roma for undisclosed reasons. In the comics, John was a thief in an impoverished Mexican village, who was almost killed by a group of gunmen led by a woman named Calamity, due to John having stole from them.
Wick served in the United States Marine Corps, as evidenced by his tattoos. It was in the Marine Corps, he met Marcus. Though it appears that he was part of the military, it hasn't been confirmed.
After leaving the Marine Corps, John put his skills to use as a professional hitman, joining the Continental, a hotel catering exclusively to criminals. Gaining a reputation for his efficiency, making him highly respected and feared within the criminal underworld.
At some point he began a business relationship with Russian mobster Viggo Tarasov. Viggo valued Wick as an associate for his skill, witnessing him kill three men with a single pencil.
Wick met a woman named Helen, whom he fell deeply in love with, seeking to leave his life as a criminal to be with her. He asked Viggo's permission to leave, Viggo agreed to let Wick leave, on the condition he complete "an impossible task", killing all of his rivals.
Needing assistance, Wick sought the help of Santino D'Antonio, in exchange for making a blood oath with him. Upon completing the task, Wick was freed from his service to Viggo, and retired from his life of crime.
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Santino D'Antonio arrives at the John Wick's house asking him to pay his debt. When he refuses, Santino destroys his house. Afterwards John goes to the Continental Hotel where he is confronted by Winston who tells John to fulfill his debt, otherwise his life is forfeit. John then confronts Santino who tasks him to kill his sister Gianna D'Antonio. Reluctantly the Norman accepts and completes his mission after Gianna orders his subordinate Cassian to he left alone.
Once the mission is complete, Santino orders his men to kill John, who manages to survive the attack from both Santino's men and Cassian, when he together with John Wick crashes at Continental. In the bar, John apologizes for killing Gianna, while Cassian vows revenge. Later Santino tries to make peace with John, but he is ignored and places a 7.000.000$ bounty in his head.
A lot of hitmen attempted to kill John, including Cassian. But John kills them all, except Cassian who is left alive for professional respect. John Wick arrives at the Bowery King where his wounds are treated. And then John convinces the Bowery King to help him kill Santino, who provides him a gun with ammo and information about Santino's location. John manages to kill most of Santino's henchmen and leaves Ares badly injured, while Santino escapes at Continental Hotel.
Santino demands Winston to revoke John Wick's membership, but he decided and tells him that Continental is his kingdom and John hasn't broken any rules yet. In the same time, Winston tells Santino that he has privileges in the Continental. However, John Wick arrives and kills Santino while he is rating, despite Winston's warnings. The next day, Winston tells John that the bounty has been doubled and placed international. He also tells him that he is excomunicado, but gives John Wick 1 hour head start and provides him with a Marker for future use. John then runs while he is suspicious about the possible hitmen that surround him.
Presumably after the events of the first movie, Wick saves Chains (a comrade from the army) from the Swedish police. Afterwards, he is hired by Bain and joins the Payday gang. Some time in early 2017, Wick contacts the Payday Gang and asks them to help rescue Charon in Brooklyn. Fighting off Charon's captors and the police force, Wick and the gang successfully get Charon escorted to safety. Out of gratitude, the Continential lobbyist repays them by offering intel on Bob McKendrick hosting a party about his re-election on a yacht, which would allow the Payday Gang to "repay" the politician by stealing all the money from McKendrick's foreign bank accounts and ultimately prevent him ever being re-elected. After the yacht heist, John Wick fully joins the Payday Gang.
Whoever comes, whoever it is, I'll kill them. I'll kill them all.Wick to Winston.
Wick to Winston on getting services before he leaves.Guns… Lot's of guns.
- His name was supposed to be Scorn, but Keanu loved John Wick so much the directors agreed to change his name to that.
- The character has become a skin in the famous battle royale Fortnite.