Arnold needs no introduction. The Austrian Oak, the Governator, the “pumping is like coming” bodybuilder—he’s been a part of American consciousness for decades, whether he’s Mr. Universe, the T-800, or the governor of California. Moving to the U.S. at the age of 21 with the dream of pursuing fame and fortune through bodybuilding, and knowing very little English, he’s cemented his legacy as a true American badass, building his career through sheer force of will and determination (and admittedly some pretty damn good genetics and a little pharmaceutical help).

 

Arnold became especially well-known through his role in multiple 80s actions movies (Conan the Barbarian, The Terminator and T2: Judgment Day, Commando, The Running Man, Predator… the list goes on). As a muscle bound freak of few words, Arnold was perfect for those roles and is considered by many to be the quintessential action movie star. Although Arnold is probably best known for his action roles in the Terminator flicks, there’s little doubt that his most manly, badass, old-school action movie role is in 1985’s Commando. Arnie plays John Matrix (would you fuck with an ex-commando named John Matrix?) who must take revenge on a former member of his special operations team who has kidnapped his daughter. Is this plot dumb as a bag of Beyoncé fans? Yes. But does it really matter? The 80s were a simpler time, when action movies didn’t need to be smart—you just needed a villain, some guns and explosions, maybe a titty or two, and a good guy who was always a man of action and conviction and could probably roundhouse somebody’s head off. That’s why old-school action heroes are awesome, and why we’re bringing you Arnold’s top 10 old school manly badass moments from Commando.

 

10. CARRYING A GODDAMN TREE TRUNK

One of the first shots of Matrix in the movie, and one that immediately establishes his badass-itude. Chainsaw in one arm, and a goddamn tree in the other. Let’s see Benedict Cumberbatch do this one convincingly.

9. HAVING A SIXTH SENSE FOR INCOMING MILITARY HELICOPTERS, EVEN DURING LUNCH

Because a surprise rocket strike from a Russian Mi-24 HIND was a constant threat in the Cold War 80s.

8. ALSO LITERALLY SMELLING HIS ENEMIES COMING

He’s smelling their fear, in case you were wondering.

7. REFUSING TO NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS

Arnie’s daughter has been kidnapped, and the terrorists want to make a deal with him. He has no choice, right?

Wrong.

6. RUNNING AWAY FROM EXPLOSIONS

Wouldn’t be an action movie without a few of these, would it?

5. THROWING DOWN A SICK REFERENCE LIKE IT'S NOTHING

Commando was released in 1985, one year after a little film starring Arnold called The Terminator.

4. LYING WHEN APPROPRIATE

All-around pisspot Sully is one of the movie’s villains, and a weaselly little shit. In an earlier scene, Matrix states, “You’re a funny guy, Sully. That’s why I’m going to kill you last.”

Spoiler alert: Matrix kills him first. By dropping him off a cliff. And then offers one of his many old-school action hero one-liners.

3. SINGLE-HANDEDLY INVADING A COMMUNIST LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRY

Is there anything more American, or anything more 80s? Matrix soon goes on the mother of all shooting sprees, upping his kill/death ratio by about 400/0, and resorts to farm tools when he runs out of ammo. Notable kills include: pitchfork to chest, scalped by saw blades, and arm hacked off by machete. The scene also brings us this iconic image of Matrix offing about 40 dudes with a belt-fed machine gun.

2. ONE OF THE GREAT ACTION MOVIE ONE LINERS OF ALL TIME

Matrix has just concluded an epic final fist fight with the movie’s villain Bennett by ripping a piece of piping off the wall and throwing it like a goddamn javelin into his chest, leaving a cloud of steam shooting from Bennett’s soon-to-be-corpse. Arnie delivers one of the greatest one-liners of all time with the steel face of a true old-school action movie badass.

1.TELLING IT LIKE IT IS

He’s caked in blood, he saved the day, and all that’s left is the cleanup duty for about 400 dead bodies. Matrix is a man who lets his actions (or the remains of his actions) speak for themselves.