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"Yes, of course! Hence the name: movement. It moves a certain distance, then it stops, you see? A revolution gets its name by always coming back around in your face. You tried to kill me you son of a bitch... so welcome to the revolution. "
―William Strannix [src]
William Strannix
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William Strannix on Under Siege
Gender: Male
Hair color: Darker Brown
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Affiliation: CIA (formerly)
Profession: Leader of the terrorists
Status: Deceased
Cause of death: Stabbed in the head/Electrocuted to death by Casey Ryback
Played by: Tommy Lee Jones
Film: Under Siege

William Strannix was a "wet boy" terrorist, former CIA operative and the main antagonist of Under Siege.

His weapon of choice was the Heckler & Koch P7 pistol, and he was portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones.


Strannix is displayed as having an endless disgust for the human race. He is not politically motivated, but a misanthrope supreme. He seems to believe that humanity is too sick to survive and that everyone deserves to die. Ironically, he is not religious, as beliefs similar to his have been held by cultists and religious fanatics who believe "end times are near".

He wishes to accomplish this by launching nuclear tipped Tomahawk Missiles at Hawaii, selling many of these to North Korean terrorists in the process, and in doing so, starting a global thermonuclear war, which will eradicate the human race. He is displayed as a delusional man who rationalizes that the extinction of humanity will save the Earth (yet oblivious or dismissive of the tremendous environmental impact a nuclear war would cause).

His incoherent and frighteningly realistic motives appear to be mainly driven by an intense distrust of the government (who had previously ordered him killed) as well as looking at social issues such as environmental irresponsibility and sexual licentiousness have caused him to hate all humanity.


Casey Ryback kicks his P7 from his hand and Strannix grabs a kitchen knife from the ground. Ryback draws his fighting knife and Strannix initiates an intense and violent knife fight which results in Ryback getting slashed in the forehead and Strannix getting slashed in the chest and the wrist. Strannix attempts to slice open Ryback's throat, but Ryback bites the knife and tears it away, using his free hand to jam his thumb deep into Strannix's right eye. Ryback then sinks his knife into Strannix's skull, mortally wounding him, before throwing him headfirst into a glass radar monitor, electrocuting and killing Strannix.


  • "I got tired of coming up with last-minute desperate solutions to impossible problems created by other fucking people!"
  • "Oh, no. No. No. No. There's a difference, my man. You have faith. I don't!"
  • "Let this be a learning experience, gentlemen. If you resist, we will kill you and the man next to you. Now move out of here in an orderly fashion. NOW!"
  • "Four minutes ahead of schedule. Damn, I'm good."
  • "Bang, you're dead."
  • "Hi, Admiral. Six months ago, your boy Tom Breaker cancelled Operation: Cleopatra, and shortly thereafter two young men from Langley showed up in Miami, tried to cancel me along with it. Now you "did" receive each man's right forefinger in the mail, didn't you Tom?"
  • "You're gonna get to watch the end of the world on television, my man. Put your feet up, relax!"


Under Siege Characters
Heroes Casey Ryback
Villains William Strannix - Commander Krill
Allies Jordan Tate - Ramirez - Admiral Bates - Captain Garza - Tackman
Henchmen Daumer - Pitt - Shadow
Other characters Captain Adams - Tom Breaker