Legendary Hitman John Wick Is a One-Man Army — Details on His Kill Count

Allison DeGrushe - Author
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Sep. 18 2023, Updated 12:07 p.m. ET

Keanu Reeves as John Wick in 'John Wick: Chapter 4'
Source: Lionsgate

Spoiler alert: This article contains major spoilers for the John Wick franchise.

The gist:

  • The John Wick franchise currently consists of four films, with the first released in 2014.
  • In John Wick: Chapter 4, there are a total of 151 deaths recorded.
  • John Wick:Chapter 5 is reportedly in development which means the body count is likely to increase.
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As we all know, the John Wick franchise is known for its gritty, action-packed fight sequences and brutal bloodbaths — which means the legendary titular hitman (Keanu Reeves) has killed quite a few people in his lifetime. But just how many?

Keep reading for John Wick's body count across the film series. Plus, stick around as we point out some of his best kills.

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) and his new puppy, Daisy, in 2014's 'John Wick.'
Source: Lionsgate

John really said #JusticeForDaisy

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How many people does John Wick kill?

If we add up all of his kills over the franchise, John Wick's body count is a staggering 450.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, John Wick kills a whopping 77 people in the first film. This includes herds of thugs and gangsters, vicious Russian mob boss Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist), and Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen), Viggo's reckless and arrogant son who killed John's beagle puppy named Daisy. Now, this may seem like a lot, but it's only the beginning.

What about 'John Wick: Chapter 2'?

John kills 128 people and wipes out most of the Italian crime cartel in John Wick: Chapter 2. In case you were wondering, not much time passes between those kills — in fact, John kills someone on average every 57 seconds, per Screen Rant. Although Santino's (Riccardo Scamarcio) death is satisfying, nothing comes close to John killing someone with a pencil.

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We can't forget about 'John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.'

As for the third installment, the titular character is excommunicado; this is the perfect way to dial up the kill count. But in the end, John falls short of his second outing and only kills 94 people in Parabellum. OK, that's still impressive! This film has some of the best kills to date, with John using everything from books to horses to finish off his enemies.

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'John Wick: Chapter 4' is the deadliest in the franchise.

In the first five minutes of John Wick: Chapter 4, the hitman kills four people — from there, it's tough to keep count. While a fan on Twitter said they kept count and estimated the total body count to be 140 people, including the Elder (George Georgiou), Killa (Scott Adkins), and the Marquis Vincent de Gramont (Bill Skarsgård), Dexerto says otherwise.

Per the source, the John Wick: Chapter 4 kill count stands at 151, which means the fourth film is the deadliest in the franchise.

Here's some of John Wick's best kills.

Regarding the first film, the best John Wick kill has to be Iosef Tarasov. After the hitman takes out Iosef's bodyguards, the Russian a-hole flees in fear. But it's not long until John catches up, shooting him in the stomach. He cries, "it was just a f--king," but John puts a bullet in his head before he can say the word "dog." Sure, it's tame, but boy, is it satisfying.

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The first film also shows us what John is capable of — he goes on a rampage in a club (later a staple sequence in the franchise), taking out thugs left and right. In the third act, John uses his car as a weapon nearly as much as he uses his gun. At one point, he hits a guy with the car and shoots him through the roof. So badass.

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There are plenty of notable kills in John Wick: Chapter 2, but as stated before, nothing comes close to the pencil kills. It's creative and shows John can use his surroundings to his advantage and turn anything into a weapon. The pencil murders also call back to the first film, when Viggo tells his son he "once saw him kill three men in a bar with a pencil."

The third film further demonstrates John's ability to surroundings to his advantage and turn anything into a weapon, as the Baba Yaga uses a library book to kill Ernest (Boban Marjanovic) in the first five minutes. John later shows off his deadly throwing skills, launching knives at various attackers and, at one point, hurling an axe into one man's head from about 30 feet away.

We can't forget about the horse stable scene! It's iconic, and we love seeing John use the steeds to his benefit.

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As for John Wick: Chapter 4, one of the best kills comes from John using nunchucks. He easily beats down his attackers, sweeping them off their feet before shooting them. There's also Killa (Scott Adkins), who puts up quite a fight after John slashes him in the throat with a playing card. He's later shot in the butt and fatally falls off a balcony onto a staircase. Ouch!

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Though this isn't a John Wick kill, we have to include it — Marquis's henchman, Chidi (Marko Zaror), throws Mr. Nobody's (Shamier Anderson) dog onto a moving car, and attempts to shoot the canine. In the end, the dog gets the upper hand because Mr. Nobody allows the pup to attack Chidi. The bounty hunter then shoots Chidi in the head, and the dog pees on his face. Poetic cinema.

And, last but not least, there's the Marquis Vincent de Gramont. In the final round of John's duel against Caine (Donnie Yen), the Marquis asks to kill John — but John, who had not yet fired his gun, shoots the Marquis in the head.

John Wick: Chapter 4 can now be streamed on Starz.

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