The Top 10 Quentin Tarantino Characters

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Django Unchained is swinging into theaters just in time for Christmas! Early reviews are mostly raves and fans of Quentin Tarantino are preparing for the best. With Jamie Foxx as the slave hero out for revenge, Inglourious Basterds alum Christoph Waltz as a bounty hunter, and Leonardo DiCaprio stealing the previews from everyone else for his first villainous role, it looks to be a character driven piece full of bombastic performances that only Tarantino can deliver. To celebrate, take a look back with us on some other classic characters Tarantino has given us in the past.


Photo Credit: Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction)-

Pulp Fiction is widely regarded as Tarantino’s best film, and it’s first third is highly influenced by Uma Thurman’s sultry turn as Mia Wallace, the adventurous wife of gangster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). The swing contest sequence she shares with John Travolta instantly became classic and sent this character dancing into cinema history.


Photo Credit: Jackie Brown (Pam Grier in Jackie Brown)-

The foxy lead to perhaps Tarantino’s most linear movie never fails to be sexy and badass. You never know who’s side Jackie Brown is on and who she might betray next. The final shot of her driving off and singing to herself cemented her as a Tarantino classic, even if Jackie Brown isn’t his best film.



Photo Credit: Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown)-

No one is having more fun in Jackie Brown than Samuel L. Jackson. His over-the-top performance as arms dealer Ordell Robbie is the highlight of the film. Seeing him go from calm and collected to absolutely nuts by the end is a joy that few other directors could achieve.



Photo Credit: Mr. Orange (Tim Roth in Reservoir Dogs)-

Reservoir Dogs may feature the best cast in any Tarantino film. Tom Roth plays one of the few straight laced heroes in any of the director’s movies. Mr. Orange is an undercover cop planning to stop the men he is working with from completing their job. But he gets shot during the heist and spends most of the film trying not to bleed out. It is a brilliant performance and possibly the best of Roth’s career.


Photo Credit: Bill (David Carradine in Kill Bill)-

Tarantino knows how to really make you hate a character without even showing you his face. Volume 1 of Kill Bill only lets you hear the man’s voice. Then the opening scene of Volume 2, he appears in the flesh and absolutely terrifies you before shooting up a wedding. His end speech about superheroes is also just one of the best scenes in any Tarantino movie ever.


Photo Credit: Shosanna Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent in Inglourious Basterds)-

The heroine of Inglourious Basterds is one of the most complex characters in any Tarantino film. A Jew who fled France during Nazi occupation, she opened a movie theater under a fake name and went on living her life. That is until she finds out several very important Nazi officials, and eventually Hitler himself, will be attending a movie premiere at her theater. Her revenge is the best kind of revenge. She becomes a godly figure in the smoke as she burns down the theater.


Photo Credit: Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction)-

What a better way to grab an audiences attention back in the happy-go-lucky 1990s then to have a man recite scripture before shooting a man. And Samuel L. Jackson delivers it so powerfully and forcefully. What type of man would do this? The same type of man who also enjoys a “Royale with Cheese”.



Photo Credit: Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen in Reservoir Dogs)-

Michael Madsen oozes cool up until he gets the opportunity to do some torture. Then he is totally f***** up. Between the music and Madsen’s scary performance, the torture scene is simultaneously hard to watch and impossible to look away from. It is perhaps the most memorable scene from Reservoir Dogs. 



Photo Credit: Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds)-

Christoph Waltz didn’t walk away with an Oscar for nothing. Hans Landa is one of the best movie villains of all time. Every scene of his has become iconic. He smokes a large pipe, loves milk and cream, and, oh, he’s known as the Jew Hunter. Landa is the scariest on screen Nazi since Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List.



Photo Credit: Beatrix Kiddo, a.k.a. The Bride (Uma Thurman in Kill Bill)-

The lead heroine of Kill Bill is quite easily the best revenge fueled character Tarantino ever came up with. Only known as The Bride throughout Volume 1, she cuts down the Crazy 88 and several other members on her kill list. In Volume 2, Beatrix Kiddo finally accomplishes what she set out to do. The final scene of her crying and laughing in the bathroom is powerful. She knows she hasn’t been the best role model for her daughter, but she is going to keep going anyway.


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