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Top 10 Quentin Tarantino Characters

VO: Rebecca Brayton
These characters could only have come from a mind as twisted as Tarantino’s. From burger-loving hitmen, to brides out for revenge and freed slaves searching for their wives, Quentin Tarantino has invented some classic movie characters – both heroes and villains. In this video, counts down our picks for the top 10 characters from Quentin Tarantino movies. For this list, we’ve chosen the characters from Tarantino flicks that stand out long after we’ve stopped watching. And in case you didn’t catch on: we do not just mean movies Tarantino directed. Special thanks to our users offbeat08, Brandon Martinez and Nis Hartmann Sørensen for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page!

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Top 10 Quentin Tarantino Characters

They could only come from a mind like Tarantino’s. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 characters from Quentin Tarantino movies.

For this list, we’ve chosen the characters from Tarantino flicks that stand out long after we’ve stopped watching. And in case you didn’t catch on: we do not just mean movies Tarantino directed.

#10 – Shosanna Dreyfus: “Inglourious Basterds” (2009)

After surviving slaughter at the hands of ruthless Nazi colonel Hans Landa, this Jewish youth decides revenge is a dish best served burning hot. Her quiet resilience, sacrifice, and ability to almost singlehandedly topple the Third Reich make her one of Tarantino’s ass-kickingest females. She may not go out in the blaze of glory she planned, but she does her job.

#9 – Drexl Spivey: “True Romance” (1993)

Y’don’t get pimpier than this: leopard-print robe, dreads, gold teeth, thinks he’s black. This mysterious, Chinese food-eating, tacky chandelier-swinging flesh-peddler is a career criminal, and he understands the rules like no one else. But this Tarantino creation isn’t your run-of-the-mill P.I.M.P. – he’s also a drug dealer, or drug stealer at the very least – and a mean one at that. But in the end, he gets it where it counts.

#8 – Jackie Brown: “Jackie Brown” (1997)

By far the sharpest tack in a drawer full of morons and smalltime thugs, this flight-attendant-slash-money-smuggler is often getting into trouble – but not to worry, she’s always ready with some fast-talk or, better yet, a gun. Ballsy doesn’t even come close to describing this Blaxploitation heroine, as she’s willing to screw over both her gunrunner boss and the ATF in order to ensure her happy ending.

#7 – Dr. King Schultz: “Django Unchained” (2012)

Nothing goes together like dentistry and bounty hunting. Dr. Schultz is lotsa things: kind, German, charismatic, civil rights advocate, snappy dresser. He’s also the guy who gives Django a break and helps save his missing wife. Mild-mannered and honorable, this iconic Tarantino invention embodies everything you want from a hero, and wraps it in a fascinating package. And, he’s always got a trick up his sleeve.

#6 – Mr. Pink: “Reservoir Dogs” (1992)

It’s poetic: the gang member most resembling a rat is the only one smart enough to escape with the loot, and his life. Twice. Mr. Pink is such a whiny bastard; we’re surprised his own buddies don’t bust a cap in his ass. Also, never ask him to tip. Despite all that, he offers the nasal voice of reason in this crazy world. Can’t argue with that.

#5 – Django Freeman: “Django Unchained” (2012)

He may be an uppity sonofabitch, but he’s got swagger – and not everyone can make a horse dance. Emancipated from slavery and trained as a bounty hunter by the previously mentioned awesome Dr. King Schultz, Django promptly becomes the fastest gun in the south. The rest is a tale of love and vengeance, with this well-rounded Tarantino character shooting and blasting his way out of some tight spots.

#4 – The Vega Bros. – Vic: “Reservoir Dogs” (1992), Vincent: “Pulp Fiction” 1994)

One’s ruthless enough to sever a guy’s ear for shits-and-giggles; the other’s dumb enough to accidentally blow a guy’s face off. But, in Tarantino’s movie world, Mr. Blonde and Vincent Vega are brothers, and cut from the same criminal cloth – although one’s decidedly more effective and sinister. Vince, on the other hand, can’t do much right. But you can tell they’re related by their thin ties and smooth moves.

#3 – Col. Hans Landa: “Inglourious Basterds” (2009)

His most effective weapon? Unnervingly friendly conversation. Also, his pipe is bigger than yours. Tracking Jews seems like a hobby for merciless and charming SS colonel Landa: the “Jew Hunter” will even let his prey escape just so the chase can continue. Sure, his lack of morals leads him to topple Germany to save his own ass, but he’ll be wearing that Swastika till the end of his days.

#2 – Beatrix Kiddo: “Kill Bill” (2003-04)

She’s The Bride, Black Mamba or simply Kiddo, but whatever you call her, she’s badass. Gunshot to the head, four-year coma, rigorous training, one-against-many katana battle, buried alive – you name it, she’s beaten it to a bloody pulp in the name of revenge. Determined, ethical and running an emotional gauntlet unlike any other Tarantino character, Kiddo’s simply a girl you can root for. Plus, she looks great in yellow.

#1 – Jules Winnfield: “Pulp Fiction” (1994)

Tarantino creates cool-as-ice characters, but no one comes close this bad mother f…well, y’know. Funny, intense and jheri-curled, Jules is one of Tarantino’s most quotable dudes. But, you’ll find that this burger-lovin’ philosopher is a man of contradictions: he’s a hitman, and a damn good one, but he’s also a man of god who’ll take any take any opportunity to preach the word of the lord.

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