As Quentin Tarantino’s new western, The Hateful Eight draws its Colt Single Action revolver closer to our screens, we take a look at Tarantino’s maddest and baddest characters to be included in his thirteen films to date. Smooth hit men, creepy Nazis, and charming crime lords, Tarantino’s list of sensational personalities to grace his blood-covered masterpieces is a testament to the director’s ability to create the character as someone the fan can love, or love to hate.
Bill (Snake Charmer)
As the head of The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad in Tarantino’s fantastic double feature, Kill Bill volumes 1 and 2, Bill (David Carradine) emanates the kind of eerie and vengeful charisma that would be associated with someone who uses a hit squad in attempting to murder their ex-lover (The Bride, portrayed by Uma Thurman). Bill is charming whilst threatening, affable yet murderous, and the way he puts together a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is mesmerizing, watch here.
Known as the role that revived the career of John Travolta, Vincent Vega has become an anti-hero legend, along with his hit man partner Jules Winnfield, in Tarantino’s classic crime caper, Pulp Fiction. Vega is a smooth guy: good with words, likeable, though a psychopathic killer of the highest degree.
Austrian SS officer and all-out creep Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) was a menacing figure in Tarantino’s 2009 film, Inglourious Basterds. Waltz is employed by the German army as someone who locates and captures Jewish people in hiding in occupied France. Waltz’s portrayal of a cunning and egotistical psychopath earned him the Best Supporting Actor award at the Oscars, and the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Bride 2
Another awesome portrayal in Tarantino’s Kill Bill, Uma Thurman’s depiction of the vengeful and highly trained former-assassin, The Bride, is one of the coolest characters to grace the screen. She fights in all styles of combat to gain vengeance over the group who tried to kill her, and vengeance was exact.
Mr. White is a cool head amongst a group of wild criminals in Tarantino’s independent crime classic, Reservoir Dogs. Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) is the man charged with the almost impossible job of keeping associate Mr. Orange alive after the botched diamond heist that sets off the film. He does a good job of it, until everything goes completely haywire, of course.