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Everybody thinks I'm suicidal, in which case, I'm fucked and nobody wants to work with me; or they think I'm faking to draw a psycho pension, in which case, I'm fucked and nobody wants to work with me.
— Martin Riggs

Riggs joined the United States Army at age 19, eventually becoming a member of Special Forces, receiving specialized training in weaponry and hand-to-hand combat. These skills would later serve him well when he became a police officer. Most of Riggs' time in special forces was in Vietnam, where he served as an assassin under the CIA's "Phoenix Project" directive; while his ability as a trained killer would later plague his conscience, he thought of it as "...the only thing I was ever really good at."

In 1984, Riggs' wife of 11 years, Victoria Lynn, dies in a car accident, sending him into a deep depression. Driven to the brink with grief and anger, he regularly puts himself (and anyone else near him) in harm's way, secretly hoping someone will put him out of his misery by killing him, while unable to do that himself with suicide. The factor which initially gave Riggs the edge is that because of his wife's death, he was so suicidal that he didn't care whether he lived or died, and this gave him a definite advantage in showdown situations. By the end of the first movie, he has resolved these suicidal tendencies. In the second film, we learn that his wife's death was actually a murder attempt on Martin himself, gone wrong.

Riggs is transferred from the narcotics division to the homicide division after a shooting incident. He is partnered with fellow detective sergeant Roger Murtaugh in hopes that the older, more conservative veteran will keep him in line. The two of them have worked together to defeat drug-lords, military mercenaries, and the South African crime lord, Arjen Rudd.

Battle vs. Jacket (by Laquearius)[]


Winner: Martin Riggs

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To see the original battle, weapons, and votes, click here.

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Battle vs. Max Rockatansky (by Facetheslayer)[]

The simulation begins on the roads of Austrailia, as Max is seen driving his Pursuit Special. Little does he know, on the top of a plateau, Martin Riggs lays in wait, aiming down the road with his Heckler and Koch PSG-1. The former Special Forces soldier, fires a round, however, Max heard the shot, and swerved in reaction, as the shell went through the passenger side's glass. Knowing he had to stop that car, Martin fired lower, shooting out the rear driver's side tire. Max had spun out of control, until his vehicle stopped in the middle of the outback desert.

Martin stood up from his prone position, trying to scout the chance of Rockantsky being alive. Meanwhile, inside the vehicle, Rockantsky reached into the backseat, and grabbed the Mauser Karabiner 98k. He aimed through the driver side door, and managed to shoot out Riggs's rifle, damaging the scope.

"Well... someone wants a shot at the title" Riggs says with a smirk, before sliding down to his 1986 GMC Crew Cab. He reaches inside the tailgate, and equips an AK-47. Meanwhile, Max was pursuing him, with his Mauser and shotgun both holstered on his side, as he holds his H&K G3 up. Riggsmeets him off the face of the plateau, as they exchanged fire. Rockantsky fired wildly, however, Riggs was trained to be calm, as he puts a shot into the Road Warrior's abdomen.

Rockantsky felt pain, as he ran up and clashed assualt rifles with Riggs, as the two were using them in close combat. Rockantsky managed to get heh AK-47 out of Riggs' hands, as he hits him in teh jaw with the butt of his stock. The Lethal Weapon hits the ground hard, however, he does a sweep kick, knocing Max down, and causing him to lose his assualt rifle. Riggs gets up first, and runs back to his vehicle, as Max was slower at getting to his feet.

Riggs ran behind his truck, and reached inside for his H&K MP5A3, as he was covering himself. Max started to open fire with his Mauser C96, He was pickign hsi shots, as Riggs was usign bursts of fire. Rockanstky managed to land a bullet into the left shoulder of Riggs, as he wounded him, to the point where he dropped his gun.

Max walked up to him, ready to fire a bullet from his Mauser into Riggs' skull, however, the gun clicked, as it was out of ammunition, due to the shortage of shells in his time period. Riggs saw this as an opening, as hegets up, and starts a fist fight with him. He grabs Rockantsky's arm, and started to flip him over with a Judo throw, however, it was blocked by the Road Warrior. However, Riggs threw him down with an STO takedown, and puts his beretta to Max's face, but before he could fire a round, max threw some of the desert sand into Martin's eyes, and pushed him off.

Max started to grapple martin's right arm, however, little did he know, Martin dislocated it at will, to escape, as he kicked Rockantsky away. Riggs aimed his Beretta at Rockantsky's head, and fired, however, Rockantsky reacted just in time, so the bullet merely left a painful graze on his left cheek. max fought the pain, and then struggled for the Beretta, as he used hsi right hand to get the gun pointed away from him. And in a quick-draw, he pulls out his Sawed-off shotgun fro it's holster, and pointed it at Riggs' chest, and fired pellts, which tore apart his lungs and heart. Riggs fell to teh ground, and then said to Rockantsky, before he died... "Thank you" Before being at peace, as his life faded away. Max, still wounded pointed his trusty shotgun into the air and yelled in victory, before commandeering Martin's goods.

WINNER: Max Rockantsky

Expert's Opinion[]

While Martin Riggs had better training, and more modern weaponry, the harshness of Max's training, and the reliability of his weapons, in addition to his ruthlessness made him slightly stronger. in this bout. To see the original battle, weapons, and votes, click here.


The battle was declared invalid because Max Rockatansky was given a Heckler & Koch G3, a weapon he didn't use at the time that the battle was published.