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Rutger Hauer as Ryder in the 1986 original.

I'm going to sit here. And you're going to drive.
~ Ryder to Jim

John Ryder is the main antagonist in the 1986 film The Hitcher and its 2007 remake.

He is portrayed by Rutger Hauer, who also portrayed Roy Batty in Blade Runner and Cardinal Roark in Sin City, in the 1987 film. In the 2007 film, he is portrayed by Sean Bean, who also played Sean Miller in Patriot Games, Alec Trevelyan in GoldenEye, Patrick Koster in Don't Say A Word, Ian Howe in National Treasure, and Dr. Merrick in The Island.

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Sean Bean as Ryder in the 2007 remake

Ryder is a ruthless and psychopathic killer who constantly harasses a young couple named Jim Halsey and Grace Andrews after he hitches a ride with them. Inside the vehicle, he reveals himself as a psychopath and attempts to kill them, though they manage to knock him out onto the road and escape. Ryder tracks them down several times and continues to brutally attack them, forcing the terrified couple to flee for their lives.

In the 1987 film, Ryder is killed by Jim, but in the 2007 remake, Ryder kills Jim by chaining him between a truck and a trailer and pulling him apart. He is promptly arrested by the police and is put in a van to be taken across the state. During the trip though, Ryder breaks free and uses the handcuffs he'd been put in to kill the cop who was guarding him in the back. He also kills another cop riding up front and the chaos causes the van to flip. Ryder escapes from the back and kills Esteridge, only to be confronted by Grace when she shoots him in the back with a shotgun. Ryder grins and asks if shooting him had felt good, to which Grace says she felt nothing, and she shoots him in the head.