A list of major and supporting characters on Breaking Bad. There will be spoilers. Only spoilers for season 5 are walter whited out.
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"No, you clearly don't know who you're talking to, so let me clue you in. I am not in danger, Skyler. I AM the danger!"
Played By: Bryan Cranston
"My wife is seven months pregnant with a baby we didn't intend. My fifteen-year old son has cerebral palsy. I am an extremely overqualified high school chemistry teacher. When I can work, I make $43,700 per year. I have watched all of my colleagues and friends surpass me in every way imaginable. And within eighteen months, I will be dead."
An underachieving Albuquerque, New Mexico high school chemistry teacher who, after being diagnosed with lung cancer, starts manufacturing crystal meth to provide for his family upon his death. Knowing nothing about the drug trade, he enlists the aid of his former student, Jesse Pinkman, to manufacture and sell his meth. Walt's scientific knowledge and dedication to quality lead him to produce crystal meth that is purer and more potent than any competitors'. Walt eventually devises an alternative chemical process utilizing methylamine, giving his product a distinctive blue color. His crystal meth, which is given the street name "Blue Sky", dominates the market, leading to confrontations with established drug kingpins.
Walt later begs for Hank's life in "Ozymandias", to little effect. What's notable is that Hankrefuses to grovel.
Acquired Situational Narcissism: Walter gets seriously overconfident whenever he succeeds. Done away with at the end of season 4, when he kills Gus and his pride is reinforced permanently.
Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Many times throughout the series, probably the worst and stupidest was convincing Hank that Gale wasn't Heisenberg.
The Alleged Car: Walt has a decidedly non-Kingpin's taste in transportation, beginning with a bland Pontiac SUV with a perpetually cracked windshield. Of all the cars he chooses to carjack in "Felina", he picks an old Volvo with the exact same paint scheme.
What a Piece of Junk: The above trope is subverted in the show's final moments: Walt slaughters the entire Neo-Nazi gang via a machine gun mounted to the back of an old Cadillac.
And Then What?: He gets this from Skyler after he makes more money cooking meth than they could ever spend in 10 lifetimes.
Animal Motifs: Walter is repeatedly associated with roaches, even sneaking into homes under cover of fumigation in order to continue cooking meth in season 5. Just keep an eye on how often he's sitting in front of posters codifying various species of roach and other vermin.
Anti-Hero: He starts out as something of this status, and then goes through several scales of grey as the seasons come and go. Has crossed the border into Villain Protagonist territory as of season 5.
Unscrupulous Hero: In "Felina". Having accepted that everything is his fault, Walt salvages anything that hasn't yet been destroyed. He ensures a hefty inheritance for his family and that Hank and Gomez's bodies are found. He avenges Hank by killing the Neo-Nazis, rescues Jesse before giving him the chance to kill him. Finally, he clears his family off any charges for good.
Type I, in Season 5 Part 2 he is this against Jesse and Hank. He initially tries to reason with Jesse, and when it proves futile he makes the painful decision to have him killed albeit quick and painlessly. As for Hank, Walt would rather surrender himself than even consider killing his brother-in-law.
Brought Down to Badass: Walt is surprisingly at his most lethal when stripped of his assets, manpower, weapons, and even physical strength. During his absence from New Mexico, his infamy has grown to such an extent that a few crank calls from teenagers (or possibly Badger and Skinny Pete) ties up the entire Albuquerque PD. Throw in a couple of laser pointers for good measure and voilà: Instant hit squad! ("Felina")
Took a Level in Badass: What the title of the series refers to, though he doesn't really make it all the way there until the end of season 4 when he outsmarts Gus. However, it's also a Deconstruction as, the more badass he gets, the more humanity he loses.
Bad Liar: He turns into a sheet of cellophane whenever Skyler's around. And to Walt Jr. after "Ozymandias".
Bald of Awesome: Starting in "Crazy Handful of Nothin'". Though as the show progresses, it's getting closer to Bald of Evil. Notably, when he grows it back for "Granite State" and "Felina", he's become The Atoner.
Batman Gambit: His victory against Gus hinged on Gus being so bent on revenge that he would want to kill Hector himself. It works. He later uses it to wipe out the Nazis and Lydia, seeing Lydia as a Creature of Habit and exploiting Jack's hatred of rats and Pride against them.
Beard of Evil: Or at least Beard of Anti-Heroics, which Walt grows once his actions become less and less excusable. Eventually it's just a Beard of Evil.
Because I'm Good at It. One of the major reasons Walt continues to cook. When Jesse cooks his own batch of meth, Walter takes offense and examines the product, pointing out every flaw.
He also acts very smug in the Season 4 premiere, when Victor, one of Gus' henchmen, tries to cook his own batch of meth.
He even tries to tempt Jesse from leaving the meth business by telling him they're the absolute best at cooking meth.
In Felina, he finally admits to Skyler that this is why he cooked.
In the final scene of the show, Walt takes a rather nostalgic-feeling stroll through the Aryans' meth lab before dying of blood loss from his bullet wound. The song playing as he dies implies that he is dying next to his true love, which isn't his family or even his money, but his blue meth, his creation that he is so proud of.
Becoming the Mask: Walt invents "Heisenberg", his criminal alter ego, as both a convenient pseudonym and a coping mechanism. As time goes on and his behavior becomes more flagrantly amoral, it begins to seem as though there may not really be a difference between the two.
'I am not in danger, Skyler. I AM the danger. A guy opens this door and gets shot, you think that'll be me? No. I am the one who knocks.'
This is emphasized in Season 5, when he starts wearing Heisenberg's iconic pork pie hat in everyday life. And when Declan identifies him as Heisenberg, to which he responds, "You're goddamn right."
Berserk Button: Originally, it was harming his family. Now, attacking his Pride is probably the most dangerous thing you can do, as Mike found out.
In "Granite State", the Schwartzes bring Walt back from the very edge of the Despair Event Horizon from thousands of miles away simply by unintentionally smashing down hard on his Berserk Button regarding his role in Gray Matter.
Best Served Cold: He finally receives a recompense of sorts from Grey Matter by blackmailing them into establishing a trust fund for his son.
In "Felina", he finally kills the Nazis, months after they killed Hank, stole Walt's money and enslaved Jesse in "Ozymandias".
Better Living Through Evil: He made barely anything legally, holding a job at a high school, but then again if it weren't for his exceeding pride, he wouldn't have left Grey Matter.
Big Bad: In Season 5. For the first half. In "Ozymandias", he loses the position.
Blackmail: Walter blackmails Jesse to begin working with him in the first episode, having witnessed Jesse leaving a crime scene. Later, Walter emotionally blackmails Jesse into murdering Gale in cold blood, to save his own skin, having previously saved Jesse from being killed.
Pulls a nasty example in "Confessions", where he makes a "confession tape" confessing to all of his crimes, while saying that his brother-in-law, Hank, was behind everything, using his DEA knowledge to become the meth kingpin and threatening him and his family to get him to do what he wants. He does it as a warning to Hank to get off his back.
Blatant Lies: Unavoidable, really, considering the path he goes down.
Blessed with Suck: How he views his cancer going into remission, since it robs him of a convenient excuse for his awful deeds.
Beware the Nice Ones: Applies in the early seasons before the "nice" goes out the window. He was a meek, unimpressive man before the cancer. Now, people prefer not to cross him.
Bloody Handprint: The ending to the series, after Walt leans on a tank to steady himself.
The Bore: His life before his life of crime. You can really see this when he has conversations with old friends at Gretchen's party or any time he talks to Hank in the first season.
Jesse: Look– look, you two guys are just… guys, okay? Mr. White... he's the devil. You know, he is– he is smarter than you, he is luckier than you. Whatever– Whatever you think is supposed to happen– I’m telling you, the exact reverse opposite of that is gonna happen, okay?
Break Their Hearts To Save Them: His phone call at the end of "Ozymandias". Knowing that the police is listening, he calls Skyler and portrays himself as a psychotic abuser who terrorized her into complicity in his crimes from the get-go so she won't be prosecuted for willingly aiding him and so Marie and Walt Jr. won't shun her. He's playing it up hard and you can see the moment Skyler realizes this.
Break Them by Talking: Attempts one on Jesse in Say My Name.It doesn't stop Jesse from leaving his business.
Broken Pedestal: Progressively for Jesse over the course of his descent into villainy, culminating in the revelation of his true evil in "Confessions".
Becomes one for Walter Jr. when he finds out who and what his father is.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: To Gus in Season 3, and Jesse and Tuco before that: His behavior is erratic and he sometimes threatens to stop working if he doesn't get what he wants, but the meth he cooks is so pure that his bosses are willing to accommodate him.
Butt Monkey: Views himself as being one and his actions as a response. While he did endure a lot of bad luck, casting him as one ignores the fact that much of his bad luck was due to his own arrogance and pride.
Byronic Hero: He either develops into one as the show progresses or he always was one and is gradually exposing it.
Cain and Abel: The Cain to Hank's Abel, even though Hank is just a brother-in-law.
Can't Spit It Out: He seems completely incapable of expressing the kinship he feels for Jesse, even though he goes batshit every time he's in danger. This bites him in the ass in "Bug", since his constant belittling of Jesse (who is still disturbed by Gale's death and finds some satisfaction in working with Mike) finally pushes Jesse over the edge. And boy, was the biting long overdue. He gets somewhat better in season 5 — but only because he figures out that faking approval is the best way to manipulate Jesse.
Can't Take Criticism: It goes hand in hand with his massive ego. He was NOT pleased when Mike calls him out on that ego for causing problems in the meth business.
Car Fu: Uses this on two child-murdering drug dealers at the end of season 3.
Cassandra Truth: He deduces EVERYTHING Gus tries to do with Jesse in season 4, but he fails to convince Pinkman himself. Ironically, when Jesse finally believes him about one of Gus's schemes, Walt is actually the culprit.
The Chessmaster: Attempts it several times, with varying results. He completely became one in "Felina".
Chronic Villainy: No matter how many times he's in danger, he would go back to his meth business just because he can. He gives up his drug business after "Gliding Over All," only to have Hank discover that he is Heisenberg, forcing him to go back into his drug-dealing ways.
Control Freak: The very worst kind. Justified in that he has to be this to keep his criminal activities under wraps and to cook quality meth.
Cooldown Hug: Gives one to Jesse when the later vents over how Walt is unable to be truthful about his motives for getting him to leave town.
The Corrupter: Both in a Downplayed intentional fashion and in an unintentional fashion. While Jesse was already in the meth business, Walt coerces and manipulates him into doing things that he would never have considered doing beforehand. Unintentionally, Walt's influence has a similar effect on everyone around him. One of the writers noted, "Walt has corrupted everyone."
Could Have Avoided This Plot: In season 5, Mike refuses to tell Walt the names of his nine guys in prison (because Walt would try to kill them to prevent them from talking). Infuriated, Walt shoots Mike, fatally wounding him. When he sees the dying Mike, Walt realizes he could have just gone to Lydia for the list of names.
Hell, one of Walt's old friends and former colleagues offered to completely cover his cancer treatment and give him a well-paying, probably much more interesting job with it. But he turned it down out of spite.
As of the Season 4 finale, he can also never tell Jesse (or anybody for that matter) that he was the one who poisoned Brock. Until Jesse figured it out...
And as of Season 5, he can also never tell Jesse that he murdered Mike. However, this was actually more of an Open Secret since both Jesse and Lydia figured out that Walt murdered Mike, despite Walt's denial.
Dirty Coward: One of his most glaring flaws. Walt will consistently do anything and everything (Including murder and poisoning a child) in order to avoid facing the consequences of his actions.
Disguised Hostage Gambit: Walt pulls a really nasty inverted one on Hank. When Hank shows no signs of letting up on his pursuit of Walt, Walt shoots a "confession" video in which he fingers Hank as Heisenberg, claims to have been forced to work as Hank's unwitting chemist, and claims that Hank is trying to engineer his death. In one fell swoop, Walt effectively neutralizes Hank's potential credibility if he were to arrest him.
Doom Magnet: By series end, Walter's actions have led to worsening the lives of virtually every character in the series, if not killing them outright. As of "Granite State", Lydia, Todd and the Nazis are the only characters who have gained anything from Walt's meth business.
And "Felina" has it catch up to THEM as well, leaving no one untouched.
Doting Parent: For all his flaws, Walt truly does love his children.
The Dreaded: By Season 5, he is feared by anyone who knows him as Heisenberg.
Dying Alone: Ultimately dies without any of his friends or family, of blood loss.
Dying Moment of Awesome: Walt is mortally wounded by a stray bullet fired from his M60 gun turret, killing everyone in the Nazi compound except for Jack, Jesse, Todd and himself. Walt, seemingly unfazed by his injury, advances on Jack and executes him.
Dude, Where's My Reward?: He's still seething over selling his stock in Grey matter for a paltry five grand. The final straw is a Coincidental Broadcast in a roadside bar in New Hampshire: Gretchen and Elliott appearing on national news to deny any affiliation with Walter White.
Emperor Scientist: Walt feels that his “meth empire” is the only thing that can replace his regret of losing the billions that he could have had if he hadn’t sold his share in Gray Matter Technologies for 5,000 dollars. He specifically tells Jesse that this is his last driving motivation after losing his family emotionally.
"You asked me if I was in the meth business, or the money business. Neither. I'm in the empire business."
Et Tu, Brute?: The only thing he can say, while being arrested by Hank, is one word to Jesse.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: About the only thing that keeps Walter from turning into an irredeemable monster is that even at his worst, he still cares for his family, and he comes to see Jesse as a surrogate son in a twisted sort of way. He refuses to kill Hank and Jesse when its suggested to him, even though killing them would be the simplest solution for him. While he is eventually pushed to ordering Jesse's murder, he orders it fast and painless, and only does so after Jesse makes a threat that Walt believes is against his family. Finally and most powerfully, in "Ozymandias" he begs Jack to spare Hank, offering Jack all of his 80 million dollars just to let Hank go.
Probably the shining example of this is in "Felina." In his last act of charity before tying off every loose end and shutting down the Albuquerque meth empire for good, he forces his old colleagues from Grey Matter to give the 10 million dollars he has left to his son in an irrevocable trust fund on his 18th birthday with the hope that he'll use it to support his family after his own fate is resolved.
Evil Genius: As increasingly amoral and ruthless as Walt becomes, one aspect of his personality that cannot be refuted is his brilliant mind. He isn't just a skilled chemist, he's also a cunning plotter, a shrewd manipulator, and has skill in tinkering with hardware to create some cobbled-together gadgets if needed.
Evil Is Petty: Blaming Jesse for Hank's death, Walt tells Jesse that he watched Jane die. At this point, Walt had already handed Pinkman over to Jack's gang to be executed as payback for his former partner siding against him, so telling him the truth about Jane served no other purpose but for Walt to twist the knife further.Vince Gilligan actually said that he considers this the worst thing that Walter did on the show, as it was the one thing that he did that was actually sadistic in nature.
Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Interestingly, this is most true in the series finale, after Walt is reduced to emaciated wraith of his old self.
Freudian Excuse: He's reluctant about chemotherapy and insistent on dying on his own terms because of his father's death from Huntington's Disease. In addition, his mother seems to have been a very unpleasant person who he has little to no contact with. It's lightly touched on by the show, but growing up without very much love may be a big reason why Walter turns out the way he does.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Pretty much the whole point of the show is to display his transition from naive, pushover high school science teacher to ruthless, murderous meth manufacturer.
The Gambling Addict: The cover up story that Skyler makes for Walt's earnings in the drug business.
Gilded Cage: The Extractor takes him, along with Saul, out of the city when the DEA starts to close in. Saul is deposited in Nebraska (to his obvious displeasure), while Walt is unceremoniously stuffed inside an empty gas tanker and driven to a desolate ranch in New Hampshire. The Extractor pitches it as a retirement retreat, advising Walt to use his solitude to contemplate things. Walt seems to have taken his advice, as he apologizes to Skyler when he turns up again in "Felina."
Graceful Loser: Attempted in "To'hajiilee". After discovering he'd been Out-Gambitted by Hank and Jesse, Walt is faced with the choice of calling in The Cavalry to bail him out or surrender. Not being able to bring himself to order the deaths of his brother-in-law and surrogate son (who wasn't out to kill him after all) he chooses the latter. Unfortunately for him the backup he calls off arrives anyway.
Greed: His other big failing after pride. As far back as the beginning, Walt has had a tendency to bite off more than he can chew. When he can't make as much meth as he had initially agreed on with Tuco, he still tries to get him to pay the original price as a retainer, despite knowing full well how risky it is to piss off Tuco. Even when the meth business is going smoothly, he always insists to Jesse that they could be making more. This is used by Jesse and Hank to corner him in "To'hajiilee".
Subverted in "Felina", when Jack's promises to return Walt's money and claims do nothing to keep Walt from killing him, even as he claims Walt could never find it on his own.
Gut Feeling: Just like Gus, he becomes able to pick up cues that a situation could be off from subtle odd behaviors in others. He ends up checking his car for a tracking device when Skyler mentions that Hank has been sick with a "stomach bug".
Happily Married: With Skyler before the series, despite Skyler's pushiness and Walt's dissatisfaction with his situation.
Heel Realization: In "Salud" after his fight with Jesse. A tearjerking one, to boot. Until it gets thrown out of the window in "Crawl Space".
Seems to finally get the message in "Ozymandias" when baby Holly's first words are "mama". It dawns on him that no matter how hard he bullshits himself into believing that he's doing it for family, it's no longer possible to convince them. He then admits the truth to Skyler in "Felina."
And finally, after lying relentlessly to himself as well as his family, pretending that everything that he did he did for his family, he finally, calmly acknowledges the truth in Felina:
Walt:I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really...I was alive.
He's Back: He is on the verge of a Despair Event Horizon following a particularly cringe-worthy phone call to his son. ("Granite State") Moments after he phones the DEA to give himself up, Walt spies Elliott and Gretchen on the Charlie Rose show, a reminder of unfinished business. The following episode opens with Walt immediately stealing a sedan and speeding back to Albuquerque.
Villainous BSOD: In "Ozymandias", after Hank is murdered before his eyes, he collapses on the ground and remains motionless for hours. As critics have observed, this bookends nicely with "Crawl Space", with Walt's expressions mirroring Greek comic and tragic masks.
The Hero's Birthday: The first episode begins on Walt's 50th, and it's also the same day he is diagnosed with cancer. His 51st and 52nd birthdays are significant too: on 51, Skyler turns on him for good, even to the point of wishing death on him, and on his 52nd birthday he returns to Albuquerque to die that night.
He's Back: Arguably a villainous version of this occurs at the end of "Granite State," as Walt, seeing Elliott and Gretchen diminish his life's work and reports of his blue meth still circulating, decides against turning himself in and leaves to go back to ABQ.
Honor Before Reason: An rare example of this trope used in a negative manner. He refuses to accept money from former friends, despite the fact that it would solve pretty much all his problems, because he is still bitter about their success with a company he optionally left. This is given as the first evidence of Walt's petty, selfish nature and shows just how prideful he is.
Hypocrite: Showcased by his "I am the one who knocks" boast to Skyler and the "motivational" speech to a fellow cancer patient. Season 4 is pretty much Walt in denial until the finale.
I Coulda Been a Contender: Walt left Grey Matter, the multi-billion dollar company he helped found, on less than amicable terms, selling his stock for 5000 dollars. Making up for the money he lost this way is his second main motivator for the entire series. By Season 5, this goal becomes his primary motivation to keep cooking despite having more than enough money laundered to provide for his family.
I Did What I Had to Do: Always this trope. He even wanted to have a calm discussion with Jesse, once he found out, about how necessary it was to poison Brock.
Idiot Ball: Walt's paranoia over Gus murdering him causes him to pick it up in "Open House". First, he tries to goad Mike into helping him kill Gus, his employer, and doesn't really offer Mike anything in return. Later on, he just drives up to Gus' house with the intention of killing him and is shocked to receive a phone call from Mike.
Insignia Ripoff Ritual: While avoiding the authorities in New Hampshire. Walt, the destitute king, chafes at having to pay $50,000 for supplies he could pick up himself in town. ("Granite State") Defying the instructions of the extractor, he dons Heisenberg's trademark hat and saunters toward the compound gate... only to suffer a coughing fit and turn back, defeated. The last time we see Heisenberg's hat, it's adorning a mounted deer.
Insufferable Genius: He treats Jesse's effort to cook with utter contempt and believes only he can make his product. Though he later admits Jesse is just as good, it is part of his scheme to get him back and avoid suing Hank.
It Gets Easier: He becomes much more bold after killing Krazy-8, which only escalates with every crime: throughout the series, his schemes get more and more risky and he gets more carefree about killing. It culminates with the killing of Mike - the first truly pointless crime Walt commits.
It's All About Me: Shows shades of this throughout the series - it's indicated as early as in season 1, when he turns down a high paying job with an offer of having his medical bills covered because of his refusal to work for a company he optionally left before it was big, essentially putting himself before his family. It kicks in full time in season 4, to the point where Walt speaks this exact line out loud, which eventually leads to a conflict with Jesse. By season 5, it's truly gotten out of control.
In "Felina", he admits to Skyler that this was his main motivation for cooking meth, as he was good at it and enjoyed it.
Jaded Washout/I Coulda Been a Contender: Walt's promising career was thwarted when he missed the chance to participate in a Nobel Prize-winning project. His life and embitterment went downhill from there.
Jerkass: To everyone (mostly Jesse) except his family, and then in later seasons pretty much only his children are spared from his swollen ego and bitterness.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In a very dark sense, he is this to Jesse. For all of his constant belittlement, manipulation, and abusive, jerkass behavior to Jesse, Walt does genuinely care about him. Several times throughout the series, Walt saves Jesse's life despite being a dick to him not too long before. Even after Jesse almost burns his house, Walt tries his best to resolve the situation without harming Jesse. When he realizes he has no choice but to kill Jesse, Walt is heartbroken.
Jerkass Has a Point: Late in season 2, Walter refuses to give Jesse his share of the cut after completing a massive deal. While this may initially come off as greedy, but Jesse also had a massive drug addiction. That same addiction almost screwed Walt from completing the very deal. Walt even makes a point in saying that if he gets clean, he can get his share.
Justified Criminal: Deconstructed Trope: it's slowly being shown that Walter's actions have far-reaching consequences that he couldn't imagine, and his justifications get weaker and more self-serving as time goes on, to the point where Skyler balks at his "bullshit rationales". It's indicated as early as season 1's "Gray Matter", when Walt balks at the idea of his former colleagues solving all of his financial and intellectual problems on the grounds of "charity".
Kansas City Shuffle: He has a tendency to lie in an obvious way, and when called on it, Confess to a Lesser Crime, as seen with his "gambling addiction" or when Walt Jr. wants to know why his clothes smell like gasoline.
Almost every scene between him and his wife, Skyler, in season 5 can be read this way.
A major one in Say My Name. When Jesse tells him that he wants out of the meth business, Walt tries to get him to stay. When Jesse insists on leaving, Walt starts belittling him by essentially telling him that he has nothing else of value in his life outside of cooking meth, and proclaiming that nobody outside of the business cares for his well being. Walt then proceeds to twist the knife even further by attempting to use Jesse's murder of Gale in order to convince him that he's just as morally bankrupt as he is.
In Ozymandias, Just before Jack's crew takes Jesse to interrogate him on what he told Hank and Gomez, he tells Jesse that he let Jane die, just to spite him.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: His early victims, such as the boys picking on his son or the obnoxious man in the bank, keep him from seeming too bad.
Finally catches up with Walt in the season 5 mid-season break. He's done with the business, there are no loose ends, he has more money than he can spend in 10 lifetimes, he smooths up things with Jesse and his family. He's out. And then, Hank realizes that he's Heisenberg. Bonus points for him finding out from a book given to Walt from Gale, the innocent man he forced Jesse to kill.
Jesse finally comes to realization that he poisoned Brock and is having no more of his manipulation, vowing to take him down.
The entirety of "Ozymandias". Walter directly endangers a family member, getting Hank killed. He loses most of the money he earned to feed his ego and protect his family. He destroys the last ounces of trust his family had for him and gets into a physical altercation with Skyler and Walt Jr. He realizes that he's been deceiving himself about his motivations all along. And to cap it all off, he embraces the Heisenberg persona fully, so he can protect Skyler from being complicit in his crimes.
Let Them Die: In the 2nd season he lets Jane die while vomiting in her sleep after a heroin injection.
Let's Get Dangerous: Walter's brain seems to work best when he is in mortal danger. Practically every brilliant gambit he comes up with is created when (sometimes literally) looking into the barrel of a gun.
In "Granite State", Walt puts on his Heisenberg hat and tries to waltz out of his cabin in an attempt to do this. He makes it to the gate, realizes how much road he would have to cover and the idea dies until the very end of the episode, months later.
Like a Son to Me: Jesse. Walter admits this to several people in 5B when it becomes apparent that Jesse is a risk to him and he may have to kill Jesse. Hank even mentions to Jesse that Walter cares for Jesse in a twisted way.
Living Legend: In Season 5, Heisenberg has become this to drug lords in the American Southwest, as evidenced by his scene with Declan.
Lonely at the Top: In the mid 5th season finale, Walter reaches this point when he successfully makes more money than his family could ever spend in 10 lifetimes and has lost the emotional support of all his loved ones. This and the news of his cancer returning help him decide to quit his empire.
Love Makes You Evil: Walt claims he does what he does out of love for his family, which is partly true. Of course, he also has more egocentric motivations. As time goes on, the ego motivation outweighs the love motivation more and more.
MacGyvering: He does this from time to time to get out of trouble, like mixing the right chemicals to escape Krazy-8 and Emilio Koyama. Jumpstarting a car with sponges. Or the pipebomb activated bell that kills both Hector and Gus. And an automated M-60 turret made with a garagedoor opener and car keys.
Meaningful Name: His name was chosen to be deliberately bland and uninteresting to emphasise his everyman nature. As the series goes on, it reflects his increasingly unforgivable actions.
Werner Heisenberg, a theoretical physicist turned Nazi weapons scientist who died of cancer, also may have been a basis for Walt.
Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle is also symbolically in play — the more certain Walter is of what he thinks needs to be done, the more unpredictible he becomes.
Mr. Fan Disservice: Bryan Cranston gets naked fairly often, neither for comedy nor to look pretty.
Moral Myopia: Any threats against him or his family are unforgivable. His murder of people who are either innocent (Gale) or whom he deliberately screwed over (The nine prisoners whom Walt denied security payments owed by Gus and Mike) are glossed over.
It turns out that Jesse also qualifies as one. Despite manipulating his protege several times, Walt does indeed care for him. It gets to the point that he refuses to even consider killing him until Pinkman outright declares himself to be his enemy.
Walt is this to Todd.
Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: His Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology means he knows more about cooking meth than anyone else in the business.
Motivational Lie: Uses one to try to get Jesse on his side in the season 4 finale.
Motive Decay: An intentional and interesting case of this. Walt constantly tells himself that he's doing what he does to provide for his family, and on a certain level, he may be right. However, as the series goes on, it becomes increasingly clear that his decision to cook is as much motivated by the desire to feed his ego as it is for helping his family. In season 5's "Buyout", he tells Jesse that the meth business is all he has left and he's only concerned with having as big a piece of that pie as possible.
'You asked me earlier if we were in the meth business or the money business. Neither. I'm in the empire business.'
Murder Makes You Crazy: As of season 5, creator Vince Gilligan has stated, "The new Walt lives in a power vacuum created by the death of Gus Fring."
Must Make Amends: The main drive of "Felina" is Walt's last-ditch effort to fix the damage he caused to his family. He first launders the remainder of his drug money into a corporate-sponsored trust for Flynn, then discloses the location of Hank's body to Skyler, giving her enough leverage to escape RICO's grasp. Finally, Walt wipes out Lydia and her drug ring and leads the police to their superlab, ending the threat posed to his family forever.
My God, What Have I Done?: Averted for most of the series - he is really good at rationalizing his crimes and ignoring the consequences of his actions. He finally begins realizing his mistakes near the end of season 5 part one after killing Mike and acquiring so much money that it can no longer be laundered or even spent.
Goes through one in "Ozymandias" when his kidnapped daughter's first word is "Mama".
Happens to him in Salud following a very ugly argument with Jesse that results in a fight. When Jr asks his father how he got hurt, Walt breaks down in tears and begins apologizing to his son. Judging by the fact that Walt calls his son "Jesse" shortly after Jr is able to calm him down and sedate him, it could be inferred that his apology was actually meant for Pinkman.
A very subtle, non-verbal example occurs in "Felina", when he realizes exactly how much torture Todd and Jack have put Jesse through. Prior to that moment, Walt had every intention of killing his former partner. When he sees that Pinkman has been turned into a slave, however, Walt's face expresses visible regret over the fact that he handed him over to them.
Never Hurt an Innocent: He originally declares this to Jesse in the beginning. Unfortunately, desperate situations lead to the subversion of this trope at the end of season 3 with Gale.
Never My Fault: Walt's main failing other than his ego is his tendency to rationalize his actions and find excuses for himself:
During the season 3 premiere, he refuses to take any responsibility for his role in the mid-air collision.
For most of Season 4, he insists that he's the Only Sane Man and Gus is out to get him for no good reason. Never mind that he killed Gus' dealers, then ordered Jesse to kill Gale so Gus couldn't kill them.
A bit more of a subtle example, but his selling out of Jesse to Jack's crew and telling him the truth about Jane can easily be interpreted as Walt blaming him for Hank's death.
Subverted after his attempted kidnapping of Holly in Season 5, when Walt makes a phone call to Skyler (which he knows is being intercepted by police) and seemingly blames her for everything that has led to his downfall. But what Walt is really doing is making himself look like an abusive spouse so that the extent of Skyler's complicity won't be uncovered and so she won't be shunned by the remaining family.
Nice Hat: The pork pie hat is an integral part of Heisenberg. When he first wears it he looks like someone's absurd, uncomfortable grandpa. It doesn't stay that way.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Almost everything he does ends up fucking up the situation worse, including the sole fact he went into the meth business. One of the best examples is taking out Gus' laptop in such a way it reveals a clue that is more valuable to the DEA and actually manages to affect people's lives.
Perhaps Walt's most severe and devastating incident yet happens when he thinks Jesse is about to have him killed, and summons Jack's white power gang for backup. He tries to call them off when he sees that Jesse is with Hank and Gomez. Jack's gang ignores the order, shows up after Walt's arrest, and proceed to gun down Gomez and execute Hank to Walt's limitless anguish.
Name's the Same: Walter White was the name of the ATC controller involved in the crash of Mexico Flight 498 which subsequently crashed into a suburban neighborhood in Los Angeles. Probably coincidental, but eerie considering that Walter is also involved in exactly the same thing happening on the show.
A real-life meth cook named Walter White was arrested after the show had already been running for a few seasons. While such an event normally would only have made the local news, the popularity of the show brought the amusing coincidence into the public eye. It's worth noting that the real-life 'Walt' was far more blue-collar and had a much smaller operation than the Walt in Breaking Bad.
Nominal Hero: Walt is far from being a model human being, but the drug distributors he deals with are usually worse than he is. However, by season 5, this trope no longer applies, seeing as how Walt has become just as ruthless as anyone else in the business, and remains in it solely for his ego.
Noodle Incident: Whatever happened at Gretchen's parents' house - it made Walt break-up with her and leave Grey Matter.
Heisenberg is seen as this in the 2nd season when the meth industry becomes aware a customer's head was crushed by an ATM machine. Subverted when everyone knows it wasn't his doing.
In the 4th season... Walter is living in fear of Gus the entire time. Looking for desperate attempts to kill him, but always one step behind. Until the end of the season...
In the 5th season, Jack's crew and Lydia completely underestimate Walter because he looks like a wreck and has no money left.
Not So Omniscient After All: A lot. Especially visible in season 3, where the fact that he is hunted by the Twins and that Gus is playing a much more elaborate game than just selling meth completely flies over his head. Although he deduces it very quickly after events.
Oh Crap: Several in the final episodes: realizing Hank found and took Leaves of Grass in "Blood Money", and realizing that Hank is talking to Skyler in "Buried".
Pet the Dog: Deconstructed. The deeper we go into the series, the writers avoid humanizing Walt more and more. Most obvious Pet the Dog moments - like him talking to his son - are manipulation tactics.
His interactions with Holly - the only person in the entire series that he doesn't attempt to manipulate - are the only consistently genuine ones he has.
The Pete Best: He co-founded a multi-billion dollar chemical firm called Gray Matter, but early on had a falling out with his partners and sold his shares for a piddling sum of money. The full extent to which this eats away at him only becomes completely clear in Season 5.
Pride: Walt's biggest failing. The whole source of this mess even beyond his cancer. If not for his pride, he would have been a rich and successful, award-winning chemist, and none of the events of the show would ever have happened.
Even after he gets into the meth business, his pride keeps screwing things up: The prospect of claiming that his meth profits are a gift, inheritance or randomly found money is so abhorrent that he pays 20% of his profits to Saul and slowly launders the remainder. In Season 4, he talks Hank out of believing that Gale Boetticher was Heisenberg, because he can't stand the idea of another cook being credited with the blue meth.
As of "Buyout", his ego and the boost it gets from cooking meth are why he stays in the meth business.
And in "Granite State", seeing Elliott and Gretchen appearing on television and making him an Un-Person in Gray Matter's history is what drives him to go back to Albuquerque rather than turn himself in.
And at last in "Felina", part of Walt's partial redemption involves letting go of his pride, making sure through Gretchen and Elliott Schwartz that Walt Jr. and Holly receive all the remaining millions he has left to him even at the cost of letting them think the money is from the generosity of his hated ex-business partners rather than through his work. He also finally admits, to himself and to Skyler, that his meth cooking was always for him rather than the family.
Properly Paranoid: In season 4. He deduces a lot of things around Jesse's work with Mike, but he's too unhinged to use the clues to his advantage.
Pyrrhic Victory: Walt manages to build that nest egg for Walter Jr. and Holly before his death, but his actions have led to his brother-in-law's death, his family losing their house and his son and wife disowning him. He barely manages to keep his wife out of jail for her role as an accomplice in laundering his money. And while his family was cleared of any criminal charges, they've been forever scarred and remembered for his crimes.
Pyrrhic Villainy: In general, every 'victory' Walt has causes more problems than it solves and/or kills off even more of his humanity.
The Quiet One: Walt starts out as a man of few words and even fewer actions, but subverts this later on when he becomes comfortable with his new lifestyle, and his Pride starts making him talk way too much.
Redemption Equals Death: Somewhat in Felina. Just before dying, despite still being completely unapologetic about the decisions he's made throughout the series, it's clear that Walt had regained at least some of his lost humanity.
Revenge: While he started out insisting that he wanted as little trouble as possible, his actions have always shown him to be extremely vindictive when wronged. From attacking a man mocking his son to setting a random asshole's car on fire to his lack of hesitation in going after Tuco when he found out that he had hurt Jesse to his reaction when he found out that one of Jesse's dealers had been ripped off (despite Jesse insisting it wasn't a big deal), Walt's always gone out of his way to hit back at people who have messed with him, regardless of the offense or risk.
Sanity Slippage: In "Crawl Space" after finding out that his wife gave most of their money to Ted to pay for taxes, when he desperately needed it to disappear them all after Gus threatened to murder his entire family if he tried to stop him from killing Hank. Many viewers say that Walter never came out of the crawl space, only Heisenberg.
In the opening to "Live Free or Die", he is completely out of it and can barely form a coherent sentence anymore.
Sarcastic Confession: To Hank, twice - first in the season 3 premiere, the second time when Hank stumbles on Gale Boetticher's notes, with a dedication to a "W.W.". It bites him in the ass in Gliding Over All.
Small Name, Big Ego: Granted, the reputation he has as "Heisenberg" doesn't make him just a "small name"; however, Walt has a frequent tendency to assume that he's in control of everything when he clearly isn't. His speech to Skyler in "Cornered" is probably the best example of this.
Suicide by Cop: In the first episode, it's strongly implied that Walter's plan when he thinks he's going to be cornered by police is to open fire on them so they'll kill him. This should give a few implications about his personality from the outset.
Taking the Bullet: Walt, unwilling to let Jesse get caught in the path of the gun turret, tackles him to the floor and pretends to beat him up. With the Nazis now distracted by the scuffle, Walt secretly activates the smart key to his Buick, unleashing a hail of bullets and shielding Jesse with his own body. ("Felina")
Taking the Heat: After Walter flees his home, he calls back while the Whites are under police surveillance to feed a story that he was solely responsible and forced Skyler to his will, so she isn't held accountable.
Then Let Me Be Evil: In reaction to Hank's death and his family leaving him ("Ozymandias"), Walt submerges himself in the Heisenberg persona, barking out threats and gloating over the deaths he's caused. Not necessarily because he takes pleasure in it, but because he wants to distance Skyler from being linked to his crimes. Most telling is that during the whole scene, despite his harsh tone, he is weeping profusely.
This Means War!: Against Jack for stealing 70 million dollars of his money and murdering Hank.
Thou Shalt Not Kill: Deconstructed in the 1st to 3rd season. In season 1, an emotional Walt kills a drug dealer because letting him free after events would mean the certain death of him and his family. Trying to keep this moral trope proves difficult in the 2nd season when Badger, a dealer of Walt and Jesse, becomes a liability and paying off the right people becomes impractical in their line of business and expensive, at least at the time. In the 3rd season, despite his claim to Jesse that they aren't murderers regarding the issue with the 2 rival drug dealers, Walter has Gale murdered in order to secure his and Jesse's survival.
Took a Level in Jerkass: Oh boy. The longer the series goes, he gains new and new levels of jerkassery, but after killing Gus, there's barely any humanity left in Walt.
Too Clever by Half: Walt's ingenuity often screws him up, since he is terrible at predicting consequences, mostly due to his exceeding pride and superiority complex. The magnet ploy is the best example — it sets in motion much of the drama and complications of season 5.
Tragic Hero: A textbook example. Walt is a genius-level chemist (restricted to a job far below his skill level), loving father, and all-around good person at the start of the series. Diagnosed with lung cancer, his own pride drives him to refuse handouts from anyone else and deal with the issue on his own terms. As time goes on, his decisions drive him further down a dark path, draining him of any morality. By the time he realizes just how far he's fallen, the only things left for him to do are humble himself and make amends before dying.
Tragic Keepsake: Walt has a tendency to remember his important kills through gifts and adopting mannerisms:
He cuts off the crust from his bread in memory of Krazy-8.
He keeps the eye from the furry toy from the plane crash in ABQ. It represented his morality and his regrets about what he was doing.
He keeps a book from Gale, which ends up screwing him over.
Some of Gus' cleanliness seems to have rubbed on him; for example, he puts a towel on the floor before kneeling down to vomit, just as Gus did.
His handling of Lydia in the car wash directly mirrors his talk with Gus about Hank's bug at Los Pollos Hermanos.
Additionally, his grieving pose in "Ozymandias" (lying face-first on the ground, beaten and humiliated) mirrors that of Gus when Max killed.
After killing Mike, he starts to drink alcohol the same way.
And he tells Lydia that she needs to learn to "take yes for an answer", just as Mike told him.
Tranquil Fury: A masterful example can be seen at the end of "Granite State". He keeps his poker face on after breaking into Elliott and Gretchen's house, which probably greatly contributes to their panic.
"I love your new house."
The Unfettered: After living afraid for 50 years, as Walt himself puts it, he starts to become this soon after "Heisenberg" arises, being capable of nearly anything to achieve his goals: from lying, abusing and manipulating the people closest to him into doing his bidding to threatening, poisoning or murdering anyone who stands in his way. Though there is at least one line he will never cross: he won't (physically) hurt family, no matter what it costs him, and has a bit of a breakdown when his actions accidentally result in the death of Hank.
Un-Person: On the verge of becoming one in "Granite State": his legal identity is erased, his character as a father and husband is denied, his contribution as a scientist in Gray Matter is discredited, and his reputation as the legendary Heinseberg diminishes as his signature product remains on the market.
And an even more severe one in Season 5's "Ozymandias", when Hank is killed right in front of him.
Villain Protagonist: His actions have gradually become more extreme and amoral as his greed and pride increasingly influence his behavior, pushing the limit on how far he can go before he stops being a sympathetic Anti-Hero. Come Season 5 he has finally transitioned to full villain status, murdering several people to secure his own safety, continuing to cook even though he has more money than he ever needed, and stating outright that with his family life in ruins, his goal now is to build a drug empire. Dials back slightly in the second half of the season when he finally gets out of the business for good and makes it clear that he still loves his family, but it may be too little too late in-universe by this point. By the end, he flat out states that everything he did was all for himself, and while he admits this to his wife and is finally honest to her and himself, he is still completely unapologetic.
"What's the point of being an outlaw when you got responsibilities?"
Played By: Aaron Paul
"The thing is, if you just do stuff and nothing happens, what's it all mean? What's the point?"
A small-time methamphetamine user, manufacturer, and dealer. In high school, he was an inattentive student in Walter White's chemistry class. Now in his mid-20s, Jesse is Walt's business partner in the meth trade. Jesse is impulsive, hedonistic, and uneducated, but personable and possesses street-smarts as well.
Adorkable: Underneath the thuggish exterior that he projects, Jesse arguably qualifies as this. See his interactions with Jane and Brock for some good examples.
The Aggressive Drug Dealer: A Subverted Trope. First, he finds the whole ordeal of forcing a couple that stole meth from one of his dealers to be very difficult and is horrified when the situation leads to one of their deaths. Second, Jesse will not sell meth to a mother who has a responsibility to look after a child. Third, Jesse does not want see children involved in this business. Last, Jesse does NOT want people to die.
Animal Motifs: Associated with dogs due to his loyalty and desire for approval and affection. In Problem Dog, he tells the recovery group about how he put down a dog and while he's referring to Gale it's clear the bad dog in question is him, and in Rabid Dog Saul outright compares him to Old Yeller - the most kind and loyal dog in the world who nonetheless had to be put down when he went mad.
and it gets uncomfortably literal when Todd chains him to a dog run in the Aryan gang's warehouse to force him to cook meth, starting in Ozymandias
Anti-Villain: Starts out as a Type I but gradually evolves into a Type II.
A Real Man Is a Killer: A Subverted Trope. There are plenty of people that Jesse wants to kill throughout the first three seasons, and his reasons are at least noble in a macho, street honor sense. Nevertheless, he doesn't actually get to end a life until the very end of Season 3, when he kills Gale. Jesse does not issue a Pre-Mortem One-Liner and obviously doesn't want to pull the trigger, weeping uncontrollably right before he does. Not to mention that the event appears to completely shatter him, and for the entire episode afterward, Jesse barely speaks because he's still in shock.
The Atoner: Seems to have become this as of "Blood Money".
Be Careful What You Wish For: Jesse was a career criminal before he ever met Walt. At several points he boasts about he'll make it big, stick it to the man, and live the life of a true outlaw. Cue his gradual breakdown when the toll of the life of a "successful" criminal is too much for his soul to handle. He can't even enjoy the millions he's earned, and everyone he loves suffers or has suffered because of his choices.
Being Evil Sucks: Learning this is arguably the defining aspect of his character development.
Berserk Button: Seeing children threatened or harmed drives Jesse into a near-homicidal rage.
Berserker Tears: When he assaults Saul and starts pouring gasoline in the Whites' house after realizing that Walter poisoned Brock.
Big Brother Instinct: Seems to bring this out in people. Both Walt and Mike are very protective of their younger partner, even though Walt isn't above using and manipulating him for his own ends.
Big Brother Mentor: He tries (and fails) to be this to his younger brother Jake. Though he does take the rap for Jake's joint (and steps on the joint afterward).
Book Dumb: Talks and dresses like an idiot, but highly intelligent and deeply flawed and troubled. His Freudian Excuse suggests that much of his behavior started as a way to piss off his parents for pushing him too hard.
Buffy Speak: Despite having been a high school washout, much of what he says would sound fairly intelligent if it weren't for his particular style of vernacular, yo.
Break the Cutie: Granted, Jesse was already dealing meth at the start of the show and was never the most innocent person, but he wasn't anything more than a low level street dealer who's rap sheet likely only extended to a few arrests. Ever since partnering up with Walt however, his life has undeniably taken a turn for the worst.
Breakout Character: Initially, Jesse was slated to be a Sacrificial Lion for Season 1. However, Gilligan was so impressed with the character and Aaron Paul's performance that he eventually promoted Jesse to the Deuteragonist of the series.
Brilliant but Lazy: He's a skilled carpenter, but he'd rather cook crystal meth than put those skills to use as a tradesman. He also has a knack for chemistry, since he becames able to recreate Walt's formula perfectly, (something nobody else could do), but he failed at chemistry at high school, because he didn't apply himself.
Butt Monkey: The first time we see Jesse, he falls out a window. At this point, it's safe to the that that particular misfortune has been among the least terrible things that has happened to him during the course of the show.
The Caretaker: He was this to his aunt before she died of cancer.
Cartwright Curse: In the worst possible way. Both Andrea and Jane are dead because of their relationships with Jesse.
Chaotic Stupid: Prone to impulsive and self-destructive actions out of hurt or spite, though he becomes more responsible as time goes on.
The Chick: Becomes this in Season 5's Walt/Mike/Jesse partnership. He's there to keep both of them together and in check, making sure they don't do anything unnecessarily drastic, and is the most morally conscious of the three at this point. Driven home in the episode Say My Name. The one time Mike has a disagreement with Walt when Jesse isn't present ends with Walt shooting Mike fatally.
Children Are Innocent: A firmly held belief of his. This leads to him plotting the deaths of two drug dealers who are the bosses of Tomás, an 11-year old who murdered Jesse's friend Combo. This situation ultimately leads to the collapse of Walt and Gus's business relationship. Later, when his and Walt's actions lead to a child being murdered, he decides to quit the meth business.
"Uh huh. Tell me, you wouldn't happen to have been... sampling... our product, would you?"
Desperately Craves Affection: As a result of his strained relationship with his parents, Jesse has a tendency to remain incredibly attached to anyone who shows him the slightest amount of care or respect. As a result of this, Walt and later Gus are able to manipulate him into saving their lives on two different counts and earlier than that, Jane is able to convince him to blackmail Walt for his share of the money.
Deuteragonist: Serves this role to Walt's protagonist. The argument could be made that Jesse's arc throughout the story is just as important as Walt's is, at this point. See Foil below.
Didn't Think This Through: Jesse's attempted escape from Jack's gang falls under this. Despite knowing that Andrea and Brock are at risk if he doesn't cooperate, he still attempts to escape his prison. However, it's implied that Jesse's mental state has degraded to the point that he's trying to escape with the knowledge that he'll either get out in order to warn Andrea and Brock, or be put out of his misery by the Nazis (hence his daring them to shoot him). The biggest miscalculation that Pinkman makes is his assumption that he's disposable to Todd.
Jesse does this many times, including pouring out the RV's water supply while stranded in the desert, in order to put out a fire, along with the time where he impulsively goes after the RV, and inadvertently leads Hank to it.
Dirty Business: Killing Gale. It was the only way to save himself and Walt from being killed by Gus.
Distressed Dude: Often needs saving by Walt throughout the series. Specifically from Krazy-8 and Emilio in the Pilot, from Gus' henchmen at the end of Season 4, and after being captured by Uncle Jack's Nazi gang.
Driven to Villainy: He was a low level street dealer at first, but he was only involved with Walt because Walt blackmailed him into working together.
Earn Your Happy Ending: After all the crap he goes through, the series ends with him finally free from the meth business.
He refuses to sell meth to Andrea after finding out that she has a young son.
After Todd kills a kid in season 5, he decides he can't live with all the bodies he and Walt have left in their wake and desperately wants out of the business, eventually deciding that he doesn't even care if Walt gives him his fair share of the money.
Fatal Flaw: His impulsiveness is the most prominent one earlier on, and it leads to a lot of trouble for Walt and him. However, in recent seasons, that quality has been downplayed and has been replaced with his desire for approval and his perpetual self loathing.
Back with a vengeance in Granite State when he tries to escape from Todd and the Aryans despite knowing what the consequences might be for Andrea and Brock. Granted his situation was pretty dire and probably was taking a toll on his ability to reason.
Fate Worse Than Death: As of "Ozymandias," he was sold into slavery by his former partner, with the knowledge that said partner let Jesse's girlfriend die, tortured and made to cook meth, with his current girlfriend and her son's lives hanging in the balance, depending on his cooperation, and his life may already be forfeit, even if he cooperates.
In fact, Aaron Paul explictly calls it this trope name in the behind the scenes of Ozymandias.
Foil: To Walt. Their emotional arcs over the course of the series have run pretty much parallel, with Jesse starting out as a seemingly callous criminal to Walt's kindhearted milquetoast everyman. As Walt has sunk lower and lower into moral decay, Jesse has become more and more troubled by his criminal dealings and how they can affect those around him. Examine how Jesse breaks things off with Andrea instead of letting her know more about what he does for a living to protect her, right around the time Skyler becomes basically Walt's prisoner and the subject of many a Kick the Dog moment because he refuses to believe he is a danger to her or the kids.
Forced to Watch: While tied up in a car by Jack's men, he watches Todd murder Andrea on her doorstep.
Functional Addict: Complete with a downward spiral into heroin addiction, rehab, and then later getting back on the meth. He stops using again once he starts working with Mike, however he does snort meth in order to psyche himself up into trying to burn down Walt's house.
Guilt Complex: Granted, a good amount of things are his fault, but Jesse has a self-destructive tendency to blame himself for practically everything, even if he isn't the one deserves the majority of the blame. This tendency manifests itself in a big way on three separate occasions: He believes that Jane's death, along with the Wayfarer Crash is entirely his fault, and doesn't quite get over his guilt until meeting Brock. Later on, He breaks down in tears and berates himself over the fact that he nearly killed Walt after correctly suspecting him of poisoning Brock. And finally His reaction to the deaths of Drew Sharpe and Mike are so extreme that he makes a naive attempt at giving away his money in order to gain a sense of absolution.
Heel Realization: In the season 3 premiere. Subverted by the end of the season, it comes back in full force in season 5's "Say My Name".
Jesse: "I'm the bad guy."
Heroic BSOD: Poor Jesse. He's hit more than a few low points in his life:
He can barely talk in "ABQ" after waking up next to Jane's dead body.
In the season 4 premiere, he has one after killing Gale; he's so shocked at what he's done that he can't even seem to drive away from the apartment complex. Afterwards, he sits in stunned silence for most of the episode. This particular BSOD is so bad that Jesse essentially stops caring about what happens to himself, and Gus has to employ him in order to snap him out of it.
The opening of "Buried". After tossing money that he and Walt earned cooking meth to a poor neighborhood, Jesse crashed into a swingset, got out of the car, and just rested on the merry-go-round. He didn't say a word the entire episode.
Hidden Depths: Is surprisingly kindhearted and smarter than most people give him credit for. He sounds like an idiot when he talks, but that's just vocabulary.
Honor Before Reason: A recurring problem, especially in later episodes, is that Jesse attempts to do the right thing without fully thinking it through. In "Blood Money" for example, he plans to leave half his five million to Mike's granddaughter but Saul points out that with Mike being investigated, that much money would raise suspicion no matter how he tries to get it to her, and if Jesse just leaves a sack of millions on a doorstep, it will be even more suspicious.
Hope Spot: In "Confessions" it looks like he's finally going to get a new life with a whole new identity... then he realizes that Walt was the one who poisoned Brock.
In "To'hajiilee", Jesse becomes increasingly elated when it seems Walt is about to be arrested and his ordeal is about to end. By the end of the next episode, "Ozymandias", Jesse is betrayed to Jack's crew by Walt, is told point blank by Walt about how he let Jane die, is chucked into a pit and tortured by Todd, and is Made a Slave in a superlab that looks like it came out of an Eli Roth movie.
Idiot Ball: While Jesse demonstrates enough competence and has some genuinely good plans to avoid being The Load, he is prone to making foolish, often hasty decisions, that have disastrous consequences. These include not listening to Walt about how to dispose of Emilio's body, stranding the RV in the desert by leaving the keys in the ignition, and protesting Gus's other dealers using kids to conduct business, almost causing his own death, then Walt's, with the fallout. In Season 5 his taunting phone call to Walt pushes Walt to finally ordering Jack to kill Jesse.
I Have No Son: His parents all but disown him after he gets into drugs, evicting him from his aunt's house in Season 2.
Walt's icily cruel rejection/condemnation of him in Ozymandias definitely has shades of this trope.
Kick the Dog: Not as frequently as Walt does, but he does more than his fair share of morally reprehensible things, the most notable being his attempt to peddle meth to a support group of recovering addicts. Granted, he doesn't get far in his attempt before he gives up on it, but the fact that he even attempted it qualifies as nothing less but this.
Last Name Basis: He still calls Walt "Mr. White". Until the end of "To'hajiilee".
Made a Slave: Jesse is taken by Jack's crew to cook meth for their operation because of Todd in "Ozymandias."
The Millstone: Particularly in the early seasons, Jesse's screwups were likely to cause massive plot complications: everything from leaving the keys in the RV ignition in "4 Days Out," to leading Hank to the RV in "Mas." More seriously, he poisoned Walt's relationship with Gus by going after Combo and Tomás's murderers (Walt had to save him). It gets to the point where Mike proposes that Gus Just Eat Gilligan, but Gus vetos it.
Mirthless Laughter: Starts laughing hysterically and joyously out of relief, while also crying tears of joy, as he drives away at top speed out of the Neo-Nazi compound towards the end of "Felina".
Mr. Fanservice: It's pretty undeniable, actually. This is especially telling since AMC and Vince himself were, at first, reluctant to hire Aaron Paul for the part since they found him too attractive.
Must Make Amends: In "Blood Money", he tries to give his money to the parents of Drew Sharp, the boy Todd killed, and to Mike's granddaughter.
Never Hurt an Innocent: Jesse is all about this trope more so than any other criminal character is concerned. He decides to quit the meth business when a random boy named Drew Sharp is murdered during an operation, having had enough of the blood shed.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He goes against Hank's plan to meet Walt whilst wearing a wire and under DEA surveillance and instead opts to lure Walt by tricking him into believing that he found the money and is burning it. While Jesse's plan indeed works, it gives Walt enough time to call the Aryans to arrive and "save" the day—this ends up with Hank and Gomez dead, and Jesse as a prisoner.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: To Saul in "Confessions", once he finds out that Walt poisoned Brock and that Saul and Huell were complicit in the plot.
Parental Substitute: To Brock. Even after he breaks things off with Andrea, he still provides for them financially.
Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Most prevalent during the first two seasons, after that point his vernacular becomes more erudite, though he still makes liberal use of "yo" and "bitch".
Redemption Earns Life: He has his Heel Realization earlier than Walter, and has since wanted to get out of the meth business. He's the only one of the duo who makes it out alive at the end of the series.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: He can be either depending on the relationship, as he acts as the blue to Badger and Skinny Pete's red and the red to Walt's blue.
Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: He decides to leave the meth business despite Walter persistently trying to persuade him otherwise and refusing to give him his share of the money nearing 5 million dollars. Later, after Walter gave Jesse his money, Jesse decides he doesn't want his "blood money". He first tries to have it sent to Mike's granddaughter and Drew Sharp's parents, but Saul and Walt refuse to arrange this, so Jesse starts driving down a poor neighbourhood and tossing his money away.
Sad Clown: Becomes especially apparent in later seasons.
This is my own private domicile and I will not be harassed... bitch!
The Dog Bites Back: After being kicked out of his house and disowned by his parents in season 2, he blackmails them with his own methlab in the basement (which they did not disclose existed when attempting to sell) to buy it back at less than half the price, including the 400k they just spent renovating it for said sale.
He does it again in the second half of season 5, this time to Walt. In the finale, he does this to Todd.
Took a Level in Badass: Played straight and subverted. He started as a common, immature street thug. Now he's a top notch meth cook, who's killed two people. Neither of these things bring him anything but misery.
There's also the fact that he seems to have become a lot smarter since the start of the show. During the earlier seasons, his impulsiveness made him a liability to Walt. By season 5 however, he's become a vital part of Walt's operation, and even comes up with plans on how to cover their tracks and to steal methylamine.
Tragic Villain: He's been forced to do things that have convinced him he'll never be able to leave the drug trade. Made worse by the fact that Walt blackmailed him into the heavier stuff.
Trauma Conga Line: Hoo Boy. Practically every character goes through their fair share of trauma, but since Jesse partnered up with Walt, his life seems to have been one misfortune after the other. Let's recap, shall we?
Gets kidnapped, and held at gunpoint by Emilio and Krazy-8, and also sustains a pretty serious black eye in the process, courtesy of Emilio.
After attempting to negotiate a deal with Tuco, at the behest of Walt, he's beaten severely.
Not much later, Tuco kidnaps him and Walt, and makes them sit in the trunk of a small car for at least a few hours. Then he beats up Jesse again and very nearly shoots him in the head.
After Tuco is killed, the D.E.A seizes Jesse's money.
His family essentially disowns him and cuts off all communication with him. They also kick him out of his house after discovering a meth lab in the basement, leaving him temporarily homeless.
He's later left at the mercy of two drug addicts after he attempted to reclaim the money that was stolen from his friend and distributor. During this time, he witnesses one of the addicts' heads get crushed by an A.T.M.
Enters a hard drug bender after his friend is killed. This leads him to eventually become a heroin addict, and he ends up getting his girlfriend to relapse as well.
Falls into a state of total despair after Jane dies, and is convinced that it's his fault that she's dead.
Is screwed over by Walt when the latter steals his position as Gus's presumptive cook, simply because Walt's ego didn't like the fact that Jesse was able to reproduce his formula.
Is brutally beaten again, this time by Hank.
Learns that his new girlfriend, Andrea, has a very young brother who killed his aforementioned friend on orders, and concocts a scheme to kill the masterminds behind the shooting, only to have said kid get killed.
Goes through a period of completely shutting down after killing Gale, that he only gets out of once Gus starts trying to groom him into Walt's replacement. During this period, he also has a fairly major falling out with Walt.
His girlfriend's son, Brock is poisoned, leading for him to correctly suspect Walt of the crime, and comes incredibly close to killing him. After the fact, he feels completely torn up by guilt over doing so (since Walt tricked him into thinking his suspicions were wrong).
Is forced to break up with his girlfriend, because he feels that he's a danger to her.
Sees a kid killed by one of his colleagues.
Gets shot down by Saul and Walt when he tries to make amends to Drew Sharp's parents and Kaylee Ehrmentraut because it would raise more questions than help them.
Just when he's about to assume a new identity and start a new life, he finds out that it was Walt who poisoned Brock.
Right before Jack's crew take him away, Walter delivers one final Kick the Dog by telling him that he saw and let Jane die.
Kidnapped, tortured, and imprisoned by Todd so he can teach him to cook Walt's formula and tell him everything he told Hank, and it's probable that he'll be killed after he's no longer needed. There's also the implicit threat that Andrea and Brock will be killed if he tries to resist.
After his attempted escape from captivity fails, he is tied up and forced to watch as Andrea is murdered. And Jack reminds him that Brock will be killed if he escapes or disobeys the gang again.
And as a result he proceeds to spend the next 5 months or so as their meth cooking slave with his hair grown out and his spirit, once again, broken.
Undying Loyalty: Deconstructed and Subverted by the end. Walt vouches for Jesse that he has this early in the show. Mike even lampshades this when he describes this as Jesse's best quality. As the series continues, Jesse's relationship with Walt evolves from a strained having been forced to work with Walter to trusting relationship believing they have survived by having each other's safety in mind while forming a cooperative business. In the 5th season, Jesse gives Walter a watch for his birthday and he shares personal feelings with him at that time. By the end of the first half of Season 5, it's finally subverted when Jesse becomes terrified of him learning he killed 10 witnesses in prison and most certainly, Mike. And when he figures out that Walt poisoned Brock, well... it's not pleasant to say the least. Jesse is taken in by Hank to help arrest Walt, and Jesse cooperates fully. After Walt saves Jesse from Jack and hands him a gun, Jesse isn't willing to do what he desires anymore and leaves.
The Unfavorite: His drug habit and his failing grades in high school have greatly strained the relationship between himself and his parents. As a result, Jesse believes that they love his younger brother more than they love him.
Unwitting Pawn: As season 4 goes on, it's clear that Jesse's loyalty is the most important thing to earn for both Walt and Gus. Gus has Jesse accompany Mike on runs and sets up a Big Damn Heroes moment for Jesse in order to win his trust, the ultimate plan being for Jesse to help him take down the cartel and then take over the lab from Walt. Walt attempts to manipulate Jesse to murder Gus as Jesse gains more acceptance within Gus's organization. In the end, Walt is the one who is able to turn him against Gus by convincing him Gus poisoned Brock in an attempt to have Jesse murder Walter. When in fact Walter orchestrated everything in his plan to kill Gus. Jesse continued as an Unwitting Pawn in the next season, until he learns Walter actually poisoned Brock.
Vanity License Plate: The Capn. Jesse, ironically, spends much of the series being driven around by others with a hangdog look on his face. Until the end.
Verbal Tic: He tends to say "yo" and "bitch" a lot.
Even after Walt's actions lead to Jesse getting hospitalized by Hank and even after Jesse emphatically tells Walt that his life has been ruined since partnering up with him, Walt is able to get Jesse to work with him again by simply complimenting his meth.
It's so bad that Walt is able to play him like a fiddle with simple words of approval in season 5.
He gets over it in "Say My Name" after realizing how crazed Walt really is.
Walt is able to win him over briefly yet again in "Confessions" by giving him a Cooldown Hug... but just for the brief period until he finally figures out exactly what happened to Brock, destroying whatever was left of their father-son relationship presumably forever.
The first time Jesse calls Walt on his first name is in "Breakage", when he's telling Walt that Walt needs him more than he needs Walt, is a clear message that the balance of power has shifted in their relationship.
He does it again in "To'hajiilee", showing that he has absolutely no respect for Walt anymore.
"Someone has to protect this family from the man who protects this family."
Played By: Anna Gunn
"I never wanted any of this."
Walter's wife. She has had several meager sources of income: writing short stories, selling items on eBay, working as a bookkeeper, and ultimately helping her husband launder money. Skyler and Walter have a son, Walter Jr., and an infant daughter, Holly. Skyler cares for Walter very much, but their marriage becomes increasingly strained due to his unexplained absences and bizarre behavior.
Awesome by Analysis: She's apparently one hell of an accountant, but this was first shown when she tracked down Jesse on her own. Later on, she uses an off-hand remark to figure out that Walt has two cell phones, a relationship with Jesse but not with Gretchen, no clear revenue, and lied about all of this, and she outright tells Walt that she knows he's a drug dealer.
Big "Shut Up!": Given to Marie in force during season 5, when she is under a lot of stress and fear.
Control Freak: She sees herself as a necessary one, given Walt's impulsiveness.
In Season 1, she insists that Walt get chemo and radiation treatment, and freaks out when Marie encourages Walt to make his own decisions during the "talking pillow" exercise.
Consummate Liar: She proves to be just as adept at this as Walt, keeping the Heisenberg secret and fooling the Beneke investigators.
Corrupt the Cutie: Thanks to a combination of witnessing Marie's kleptomania, and Ted's embezzling, by the time season four rolls around she becomes desensitized enough about crime that she gets a bit excited of the idea of assisting Walt's business. Though by the start of season five, whatever romanticized notion she had about the idea was lost, and she firmly steps back from it.
Genre Savvy: Sees straight through Hank's attempts to get her to come clean on Walt's activities. After her request to have a lawyer present when she talks is declined, Skyler, knowing that Hank only cares about taking down Walt at all costs makes a scene at the restaurant. It is also widely believed that she knew Walt's Take That speech was in fact a Taking the Heat speech in "Ozymandias".
Lady Macbeth: Walt wants to talk some sense into Jesse. Skyler wants Walt to have him killed instead.
Mama Bear: Her children are not going to find out about her and Walt's crimes or be in any form of danger on her watch. Unfortunately for Walt, he unknowingly becomes an obstacle to that goal in "Ozymandias" as he is involved in Hank's death. After asking him to leave, he refuses to listen and moves towards her instead causing her to lash out at him with a knife.
Most Writers Are Writers: It's implied that before the events of the show she was interested in becoming a writer, as she lies to Marie about working on a short story early in season one, and Walt tries to get her to attend a writing workshop out of town in season two. It might also explain why she is better at coming up with lies on the spot. During a flashback in the season 3 finale, Walt even had plans on Skyler having her own private room just for working on writing.
Pragmatic Villainy: Involves herself in Walt's crimes to enact some damage control and keep their children from ever discovering them.
The Power of Acting: Turns out to be one of Skyler's best weapons. Whether she's faking contractions to bail her sister out of her shoplifting problems, making up a story about Walt's gambling addiction on the fly, or convincing a locksmith that Walt's condo is her home, Skyler can sell it.
The Smart Girl: Once she starts to get involved with Walt's business, it becomes clear that she has a lot of business smarts, and her elaborate lie to the family about where the money is coming from is pretty ingenious. Skyler immediately pointing out to Walter how incredibly stupid are some of his schemes shows that she's as smart as him or at least more prudent.
Taking the Heat: Forced to paint herself as the "bitch mom" to prevent Walt Jr. from learning about his father's activities.
Villain Protagonist: Played with in that she takes a Lady Macbeth-like active role in her husband's business. Subverted by season five, she's mostly stopped dead on this trope after realizing what kind of man her husband has become.
She then plays this straight from "Blood Money" until "Ozymandias", when she refuses to cooperate with Hank's investigation. After this, she wants nothing more to do with Walt.
Villainous Breakdown: Learning that Hank finally knows about Walt's criminality causes Skyler to have a minor one in front of Hank in a restaurant, though Hank mistakes this display as a kind of Stockholm Syndrome situation.
Villainy-Free Villain: For the first two seasons, she mainly existed to be a thorn in Walt's schemes as she tries to find out all of the secrets he's been keeping from her.
What the Hell, Hero?: A particularly epic one in "ABQ" where she calls out Walt for having two cellphones, not telling his mother about the cancer and refusing Gretchen and Elliott's money for treatment.
Your Cheating Heart: In the second episode of season 3 with Ted Beneke, but only as a scheme to get Walt to want to divorce her.
Walter ‘Flynn’ White Jr.
"My Dad is my hero."
Played By: RJ Mitte
"This here? All this that I've been through... and you're scared of a little chemotherapy?"
Walter and Skyler's teenage son and Holly's older brother. He has cerebral palsy, as manifested in speech difficulties and impaired motor control, for which he uses crutches. His father's absences and bizarre behavior lead them to grow apart, leading Walter Jr. to have his friends teach him to drive and his wanting to be called "Flynn".
Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: RJ Mitte has mild cerebral palsy in real life, but Walt Jr. was conceived from the start as having it, and Mitte had to learn to walk with crutches and speak less clearly to portray the level of affectation that the show's creator had in mind.
Locked Out of the Loop: By the second half of season 5 he is the only main character that's oblivious to Walt's being Heisenberg. At least, until Ozymandias.
Meaningful Name: When he wants to be called Flynn instead of Walter, Junior. The first time this happens is simple teenage rebellion. The second time is after he finds out what his father's done, and is ashamed to share the name.
Jerk Ass: To Skyler when she leaves Walt, assuming that she is persecuting him when instead she is trying to keep the consequences his meth business out of the house. Until he learns the truth in "Ozymandias", when he doesn't hesitate to physically protect Skyler from Walt.
Oedipus Complex: Junior physically confronts Walter to defend Skyler and calls the cops on him in "Ozymandias."
Out of Focus: Has appeared less in Season 4 than in any other season. It is likely due to not even a year passing in-story while the actor has aged visibly.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers an epic, long overdue one to his father in "Granite State" when he refuses any money from his father despite his mother likely going to prison soon and barely making ends meet, reminding Walt that he's responsible for Hank's death, and has been a blight on the family.
Took a Level in Badass: Finally finding out what his dad's been up to all this time has taken a toll on the poor kid, but a couple of scenes later, he manages to knock off Walt during the knife squabble with Skyler and pull out his phone to call the cops, especially with Walt still holding the knife. And this is a kid that still needs crutches to walk. He also doubles up in Granite State, giving a very effective "The Reason You Suck" Speech towards his dad.
"Well Done, Dad" Guy: Walt tries to beg Walt Jr. for forgiveness in "Granite State". His son won't hear a word of it.
What the Hell, Hero?: After learning the truth, he calls out his mother on being complicit in his father's crimes. In "Granite State", he gives one to his father for everything he did, and for acting like nothing has happened.
Written-In Infirmity: Averted. Mitte does actually have cerebral palsy in real life, but Walter Jr. was conceived as having it ever since the writing of the pilot. Additionally, Mitte's cerebral palsy isn't as severe as Walter Jr.'s (it doesn't affect his speech as strongly as it affects Walter, and he doesn't need crutches to walk).
Played By: Haven Tomlin, Elanor Anne Wenrich and Moira Bryg Macdonald
"Mama, Mama, Mama."
Walt and Skyler's baby daughter and Walt Junior's younger sister. She was born in 2009.
Also doubles as a Meaningful Echo to the recurring motif of the pink teddy bear of season 2, which ends with her birth and the deaths of everyone on two planes.
Wham Line: Her first words nonetheless. Holly keeps saying "Mama" after Walt kidnaps her in "Ozymandias," which is the final nail in the coffin for Walt in terms of trying to convince his family to stay with him.
"Get a big old raging hard-on at the idea of catching this piece of shit! Oh – my apologies to the HR Department. 'Grow tumescent with anticipation.'"
Walt and Skyler's brother-in-law and Marie's husband, who works as a DEA agent. He is actively involved in investigating a meth kingpin named "Heisenberg", unaware for over a year that his prey is actually Walter. Hank has a cavalier exterior, but in reality the dark side of his job affects him more than he cares to admit.
Badass: Very much so. He manages to defeat the incredibly dangerous and unpredictable Tuco, and then manages to defeat Tuco's lethal and efficient Cousins. These are two men who kill people for a living and belong to one of the most dangerous families in America. They even shoot Hank, but he still manages to kick their asses.
Badass In Charge: Becomes Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC} of the DEA after Gus is killed.
Batman Gambit: Hank correctly figures just how greedy Walt is. With Gomez and Jesse's help, he takes a photo of a dug-up barrel of money in his backyard and has Jesse send both the pic and a taunting phone message to Walt, who immediately leads the trio to where the money is really buried and angrily confesses to his murders in the process.
Berserk Button: The risk of something happening to his family overrides his better judgment, leading him to deliver a savage beating to Pinkman, whom Hank blames early on for "corrupting" Walt, abandoning a crime in progress when he's told his wife's been hospitalized, and finally when Walt dares to pretend innocence after finding Hank's been investigating him.
Big Damn Heroes: In the second episode of season 2, he unknowingly saves Walt and Jesse from Tuco.
Cool Uncle: To Jr. Before the series, it could very well be argued that he sees Hank as more of a father to him than Walt is.
Determinator: After being shot multiple times in 3-7, he still manages to load a gun with a handy bullet and kill his would-be murderer. As of Season 5B, his fixation on bringing down Walt before he dies of cancer is nearly all-consuming, overriding all other considerations, including the safety of other people and even whether his evidence would hold up in court.
Deadpan Snarker: The less obnoxious and rude he gets, the more deadpan his snarks become.
Death Glare: As soon as he uncovers that Walt is Heisenberg, their every interaction past that point involves gratuitous amounts of Hank just staring daggers into his soul, utterly seething with fury at the betrayal.
Disc One Final Boss: Of Season 5 Part 2. Despite being billed as Walt's main antagonist for the aforementioned season and the Final Boss of the show, Hank is killed by Uncle Jack in "Ozymandias", two episodes before the finale.
Dying Moment of Awesome: He takes on a gang of heavily armed Neo-Nazis with nothing more than a Glock pistol, and remains composed and dignified before Jack murders him.
Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Becomes increasingly abusive towards Marie after being bed-ridden by multiple gunshots because he can't stand looking weak to her.
Et Tu, Walter?: He's utterly shocked after discovering that his brother-in-law is Heisenberg.
Face Death with Dignity: He tells Jack to "just do what [he's] going to do" in contrast to Walter's begging for his life.
Fan Nickname: As of season 5, a bizarre running joke has sprung up on the show's IMDb board that revolves around calling Hank "Honk" instead.
Foil: To Walt. Terrible experiences change both men, but while Walt becomes even more consumed by pride and turns into a ruthless criminal, Hank manages to subdue his Good Is Not Nice tendencies, becoming more humble and arguably an even better cop.
... until season 5B, when Hank discovers Walt is Heisenberg and becomes fully obsessed with it, even being called out in the fact that the Heisenberg hunt is his personal obsession.
Frontline General / Outranking Your Job: He still takes an active role in the Fring/Heisenberg case even after he's promoted to ASAC, even remaining a field agent to it, to the point that his superior Ramey criticizes him for it and tells him to stop.
Get It Over With: Hank knows Jack won't spare him, so he refuses to beg for his life and tells him to "do what [he's] going to do".
Go Mad from the Revelation: Played subtly, but present. Upon finding out that Walt is Heisenberg, he risks everything to catch him, entirely losing his sense of humor from previous seasons and taking major risks, like trusting Pinkman, or abusing his authority by kidnapping Huell.
Good Is Not Nice: Definitely in season three and early four, but it's being downplayed more in season five. Partly due to the fact that Walt's actions have gotten truly extreme and Hank has become far less obnoxious and jerkish than he was at the beginning.
This trope comes back full swing in the second part of season 5. Hank's obsession with bringing down Walt causes him to make several morally and legally questionable decisions and he begins to treat his co-workers with a certain degree of frigidity.
Genius Bruiser: While loud, overbearing, and seemingly dumb, Hank is a very skilled investigator, as seen in his work on the Fring case, beginning with his connection of Gale's murder to Gus Fring. This was hinted at early on, when he is able to find the hidden stash of meth hidden in Krazy-8's car, which Gomez couldn't locate earlier.
Hidden Depths: For the first season, Hank seems mostly to be a textbook Boisterous Bruiser, but in season 2, after he kills Tuco, we begin to see that Hank secretly feels a lot of anxiety and fear about his job.
Heroic BSOD: Finally finding out that Walt is Heisenberg absolutely floors Hank. His panic attacks come back with a vengeance and he is emotionally wrecked by the time Walt confronts him about the GPS tracker.
Heroic Willpower: When the Salamanca brothers ambush Hank in Season 3, he manages to reload his pistol and kill his assailant despite the fact that he'd just been shot multiple times.
The Hyena: Has a singularly penetrating cackle. The cops at El Paso are not entertained.
Hope Spot: Near the end of "To'hajiilee". Hank has Walt dead to rights, on record confessing to multiple murders, and Walt finally relents and surrenders. About a minute later, some trucks show up...
Knight Templar: Borderline case, especially in the earlier seasons: beats Jesse senseless in Season 3 and conducted a bunch of searches without a warrant.
Seems to be one of these again in Season 5 part 2, as evidenced by his treatment of Skyler and Jesse during the Heisenberg investigation.
Meaningful Echo: At the start of the fifth season, Hank's boss Merkert is dismissed from the DEA because purported booster Gus Fring had been selling meth under his nose. Half a season later, Hank tells Marie that he will likely be dismissed from the DEA because his brother-in-law Walt has been selling meth under his nose.
My God, What Have I Done?: He doesn't outright state it, but his facial expression after he brutally assaults Jesse indicates that he feels a degree of remorse for letting his emotions cloud his judgement.
Noble Bigot with a Badge: Though he's not very politically correct and frequently makes racially insensitive jokes to his Mexican-American partner, he doesn't appear to be aggressively bigoted or racist. He also assumes that Gomez knows he is not serious about it.
Not So Different: Hank's obsession with catching Walt leads to him becoming increasingly manipulative, a trait commonly attributed to Walt. It gets to the point where he's willing to allow the death of his lead if it incriminates Walt.
Retirony: Subverted. After getting in a whole mess of trouble for beating up Jesse, he tells Marie he thinks that "The universe is telling [him he] shouldn't be a cop anymore," and he believes that he is going to be fired. Around this time, Gus gives the Cousins the okay to kill Hank. However, Hank ends up getting to keep his job, and when the Cousins try to kill him, he (narrowly) escapes.
Subverted again after Hank finds out Walt was Heisenberg all along. He tells Marie that the moment he busts Walt, his career will be over because he was under Hank's nose the whole time.
Shell-Shocked Veteran: Jokes about killing Tuco, but is incredibly rattled by the experience. This gradually worsens over the series, such as when Tortuga's also killed, but comes to a head when he realizes Walter is Heisenberg — he nearly collapses upon realizing it.
Stepford Smiler: Despite being deeply traumatized by his shootout with Tuco and the bombing in Juarez, he continues to maintain his blustery, backslapping persona in front of colleagues and friends.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Hank is the one who originally offered to take Walter on a ride-along to a meth lab, claiming he should get a little excitement in his life. If he hadn't, Walter probably wouldn't have asked to go on one, he wouldn't have been reunited with Jesse and a lot of death and destruction wouldn't have happened. This includes both of his fatal shootings. Poor Hank's own Boisterous Bruiser tendencies helped pave the way for Heisenberg.
"Since when do vegans eat fried chicken?" Following up on that in the next episode, "Except... What are Gustavo Fring's fingerprints doing at Gale Boetticher's apartment?"
A funny example of a delayed one. "W.W., who could that be?... Walter White?
Wham Shot: Him finding a dedication from Gale inside Walt's copy of Leaves of Grass.
What the Hell, Hero?: "It was you. All along, it was you! You son of a bitch. You drove into traffic to keep me from that laundry. That call I got telling me Marie was in the hospital... that wasn't Pinkman. You had my cell number. You killed ten witnesses to save your sorry ass. You bombed a nursing home. Heisenberg. Heisenberg! You lying, two-face sack of shit."
"Facing death changes a person. It has to, don't you think?"
Played By: Betsy Brandt
"You better back off! My husband is a DEA agent."
Skyler's sister, Hank's wife, and Walt's sister-in-law. Marie works as a radiologic technologist. She doesn't hesitate to offer advice to others but often fails to practice what she preaches. She shoplifts obsessively due to kleptomania, for which she sees a therapist. She appears self-centered and shallow but is very devoted to her husband and cares deeply for her sister's family.
The Artifact: The show was originally conceived as more comedic, similar to Weeds. The first season's subplot with Marie's shoplifting/kleptomania is written in a rather light tone. The subplot came back up later and wasn't well-received.
Beware the Nice Ones: Subverted, she admits to looking up ways to poison Walt but doesn't act upon them.
"Don't worry, I won't hurt anybody. But it just feels good to think about it."
Cannot Keep a Secret: "I can't tell you. I promised I would never, ever tell." "... All I'll say is that it has to do with adultery."
The Cassandra: "None of this would have happened if you hadn't bought pot from that Pinkman kid!"
She's obsessed with the color purple. Most of her clothes and furniture are purple. On her blog, she discusses the time she found a purple toaster oven as an example about thinking big and achieving your dreams.
From "Confessions", when things really turn dark, she starts wearing black.
And "Felina", where she wears black and white, symbolising the loss of Hank from her life
Dumbass Has a Point: Marie is naive enough to think you can overdose on marijuana and die from it, but during the "Talking Pillow" debate in Season 1, she's the only one who thinks Walt should decide on his own whether his cancer should be treated and calls out Skyler on not giving Walt a chance to speak and forcing everyone to have one opinion.
Heroic BSOD: Collapses after hearing about Hank's death and is near catatonic in "Granite State"
Jerkass: When under stress, her first response is almost universally to focus on arbitrary annoyances and childish whining, and also goes around to open houses lying to real estate agents about herself as a hobby.
Not to mention that time she deliberately ran over a kid's toy truck.
Stepford Smiler: She's really just that chipper most of the time, but still keeps up her regular behavior when she's actually deeply hurt by Hank's emotional abuse.
Sticky Fingers: Is prone to shoplifting and other forms of minor larceny, particularly when she's under stress. Played for Drama in "Buried" as her first instinct after confronting Skyler is to grab Holly and take her to their car.
Took a Level in Badass: Over the first four and a half seasons she serves mostly as light comic relief or as a passive victim of Hank's angry outbursts, but when she finds out about Walt and Skyler's criminality, she proves to be an extremely fierce and determined woman, collaborating with Hank in his investigation and giving him several good ideas, viciously slapping her sister, and giving both her and Walt devastating What the Hell, Hero? speeches.
Wham Line: "Why don't you just kill yourself, Walt?"
What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Skyler when she learns that Skyler has known for ages about Walt's involvement in the drug trade.
"If you're committed enough, you can make any story work. I once told a woman I was Kevin Costner, and it worked because I believed it."
A sleazy "criminal lawyer" (in his own words: "a lawyer who is a criminal") who acts as Walter and Jesse's consigliere and up to a certain point, the series' comic relief. He uses the name "Saul Goodman" because he thinks his clients feel more confident with a Jewish lawyer; this name is also homophonous with the expression "[it]'s all good, man". Dressing in flashy suits, Saul maintains extensive connections within the criminal underworld and serves as a go-between connecting drug distributors, evidence removers, impersonators, and other criminals-for-hire. Despite his flamboyant appearance and mannerisms — punctuated by his outrageous low-budget TV commercials — Saul is a highly competent lawyer who is able to solve problems and find loopholes in order to protect his clients. He has served as an adviser for Walter, Jesse, Mike, and even Skyler, whom he also helped acquire a car wash in order to launder Walter's drug money.
After Jesse figures out that Walt poisoned Brock, he beats a confession out of Saul at gunpoint. The entire time, Saul is begging for mercy and trying to say that he didn't know what Walt was planning.
Contractual Immortality/Saved by Canon: For the sake of averting both, Vince Gilligan and Bob Odenkirk refused to divulge if said Spin-Off would be a sequel or prequel until Breaking Bad itself was over. The pilot was later, before the show ended, confirmed to be a prequel and a potential series will likely be as well, because by the end of the series Saul is alive but is a wanted criminal using an assumed identity.
Saul: Look, let's start with some tough love, alright? Ready for this? Here it goes: you two suck at peddling meth. Period.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Saul comes off like a sleazy, cheap, two-bit lawyer, but he's actually a sleazy, cheap, surprisingly competent one. His legitimate (not respectable) lawyer business has him deal with frivolous lawsuits and class-action suits, sure, but behind closed doors he's connected and savvy like no one's business. He's the one that basically makes Walt and Jesse take the first step into creating an actual drug empire instead of merely selling their product however they're able.
The Consigliere: Saul is more than just a lawyer. He acts as Walt and Jesse's advisor and handles all of their business arrangements.
Deadpan Snarker: If there's a sarcastic line said, there's a ninety-seven percent chance Saul is the one saying it.
Even Evil Has Standards: Was unwilling to give up Walt and Jesse to Gus, only doing so when Mike threatened to break his legs. Even then, he feeds Mike fake information, protecting his clients.
In late Season 4, he puts himself in harm's way and agrees to tip off the DEA to the threat on Hank's life.
In the season 5 premiere "Live Free or Die", he is upset when he finds out that his participation in Walt's schemes led to a child being hospitalized. He's dealt with a lot of criminal clients and has done a lot of amoral things for them, but it seems he draws the line at children.
Genre Savvy: In his first appearance, when Walt and Jesse kidnap him, he initially begs for his life. But once he realizes that they're not the drug dealers he thinks they are, he starts calmly talking shop. He even asks them why they don't just kill Badger.
Gilded Cage: With his law firm up in smoke, the extractor gives him a new identity and dumps him somewhere in Nebraska. Saul bitterly notes that the best employment he can hope for is managing a Cinnabon in Omaha.
Jesse: What in the hell just happened? You're MY lawyer, not his!
Saul: It's the way of the world, kid. Go with the winner.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Saul may be a sleaze and a boor but he really does care about Jesse underneath his layers of sarcasm and greed. He also tries hard to get through to Walt and stop him from going too far, even though it usually falls on deaf ears.
Laser-Guided Karma: While he survives the series, his fame in New Mexico comes back to bite him in 'Granite State' due to having to pay extra to pay for a new identity, even though Walt's technically the bigger target. This also means he can't practice law anywhere again, rendering his skills useless. A millionaire from assisting in Walt's drug empire, he expects to spend his remaining days destitute and anonymous.
Lovable Coward: In the season 3 finale, he insists he won't give Jesse's whereabouts to Mike and stands his ground... for about five seconds. Of course, there was never any question that Mike couldn't beat the information out of him eventually.
Though to be said he gave Mike the wrong address.
Mean Boss: For a lawyer, Saul is surprisingly fearless of sexual harassment charges, probably because his secretary is too wrapped up in his criminal schemes.
He casually mentions to Walt and Jesse that they should just have Badger killed when he's arrested.
When Jesse threatens to give up Heisenberg if he ever gets caught, Saul tells Walt that they might need to go over options.
He mentions if Walt has given any thought to sending Hank on a trip to Belize.
In "Rabid Dog", he recommends this for Jesse, describing it as "an Old Yeller type situation".
Noodle Incident: When he is initially kidnapped by Walt and Jesse he begins screaming something about "No! It was Ignacio! He's the one you want!" before realizing they aren't the guys he thought were after him and thus far this has never been referenced again.
Obfuscating Stupidity: His outrageous crooked lawyer person belies his extreme intelligence. This is lampshaded in Season Five, where Walt finds that Saul wears bulletproof vest under his flashy pink attorney shirt.
It's played up almost from the moment of his introduction — comments peppered throughout the series strongly suggest that the Bunny-Ears Lawyer aspect to his character is entirely a sham, to get people to underestimate him instantly. Notably, he's the biggest name in the cast never threatened with arrest.
Plucky Comic Relief: Despite being a surprisingly skilled lawyer, pretty much every other word out of Saul's mouth is hilarious.
Invoked by the writers. Vince Gilligan explained that part of the reason why Saul was introduced was because they knew the series would continue to get darker and they wanted to still have some levity.
Properly Paranoid: When things get tense at the send of Season 4 and midpoint of Season 5 he cracks down on security at his office and really wants Walt and Jesse out of his hair. Considering Walt had a lawyer killed in jail this isn't a bad idea.
Put on a Bus: Literally, to Nebraska, as of "Granite State."
Screw This, I'm Outta Here: By "Granite State", Saul has finally had it with Heisenberg, and heads to Nebraska using his identity eraser guy. It's not clear if he was also trying to avoid prosecution for his involvement with Walt's drug empire.
Shoo Out the Clowns: Escapes ABQ with the help of his coveted vacuum cleaner repairman before the series finale.
Shoot the Dog: Makes this suggestion a few times when he suggests doing it to Jesse, he even refers to it as an Old Yeller type situation.
Villainous Breakdown: He goes through this in 5B. Jesse assaults him having found out about Brock, his bodyguard goes missing, and Walter is exposed. Deciding it is too much of a risk, he opts out for a new identity in Nebraska.
You Have to Have Jews: Subverted; he's actually an Irish-American named McGill who uses the name "Saul Goodman" professionally because he believes criminals will be more likely to hire a Jewish defense attorney.
Maybe. Walt had just claimed to be of Irish descent, so Saul could have been trying to flatter him.
Brandon ‘Badger’ Mayhew
"That is awesome, Jesse! I feel like somebody took my brain out and boiled it in, like, boiling hot, like...like, Anthrax."
Played By: Matt L. Jones
The first of Jesse's three friends introduced, and one of his dealers. Not the smartest person around, but is very upbeat.
Adorkable: He has his moments when he shows his a bit nerdy behavior.
Becoming the Mask: Joins Narcotics Anonymous to sell meth to the other members, but ends up joining the program.
The Ditz: Described by the creators as "Jesse's Jesse".
Dumbass Has a Point: Badger is able to spot a number of tell-tale signs that a particular drug deal is a sting. However, he then falls victim to the old "cops can't lie if asked if they are cops" urban legend, and makes the deal anyway.
Everyone Has Standards: He refuses to sell meth to recovering addicts in Season 3, saying that it'd be like "shooting a baby in the face". He's also uncomfortable with pretending to be an assassin with Skinny Pete, but a hefty payload clears that crisis up in less than a second.
Fan Fic: Has written a... uh, "Star Trek script" which he describes to Skinny and Jesse in "Blood Money". In great detail.
The Bus Came Back: He returns with Skinny Pete in the final episode, as one of Walt's 'best assassins'.
Those Two Guys: Has become this with Skinny Pete. Less so during the early seasons, though.
Too Dumb to Live: Busted for dealing drugs after falling for one of the oldest tricks in the book, Jesse and Walt worry Badger will snitch on them to avoid prison. Saul suggests they shank him before he can blab. Jesse and Walt opt for a more expensive solution instead.
"Hey, man, I'm slingin' mad volume and fat stackin' benjis, you know what I'm sayin'? I can't be all about, like, spelling and shit."
Played By: Charles Baker
"For real, yo; the whole thing felt kinda shady, you know, like, morality-wise."
Jesse's friend. He served time in prison with Tuco and introduces him to Jesse. Jesse recruits Skinny Pete to deal meth, although Pete is on probation.
Becoming the Mask: Joins a twelve-step program to sell meth to recovering addicts, but ends up trying to go clean.
Book Dumb: He manages to misspell the word street ("streat").
Everyone Has Standards: He can't bring himself to sell meth to recovering addicts in Season 3. He's also uncomfortable with pretending to be an assassin with Badger, but a hefty payload clears that crisis up in less than a second.
A Million Is a Statistic: Walt's reaction upon hearing about Combo's death is to ask which of Jesse's friends Combo was.
Small Role, Big Impact: Is killed off abruptly and is given very few scenes. However, his death sets off a chain of events leading to the finale of the second season, and also prompts Saul to put Walt into contact with Gus. Later on, Jesse's desire to avenge his death sets the stage for the finale of the third season, starting another chain of events that leads to the subsequent conflict in season 4.
The secretary for The Offices of Saul Goodman & Associates, working as a personal receptionist for Saul Goodman, Attorney at Law. In addition to her secretarial duties, Francesca monitors Saul's vitamin intake and, on one occasion, has impersonated a police officer over the phone. She is often seen dealing with clients at Saul's office.
The Power of Acting: He has been used in 2 major con jobs that involved his role as a environmental auditor and an annoying truck driver. Although assisted in his roles, he was a crucial part in obtaining the carwash for Walter and Skyler and pulling off the train heist.
Even Evil Has Standards: Sort of, he has no desire to force Walt to continue cooking and is completely okay with him being retired despite the decline of quality in meth.
Follow the Leader: According to Walt, his cooks use P2P synthesis and blue food coloring to (poorly) ape Heisenberg's product.
Hufflepuff House: Exists mainly to show that there are drug kingpins apart from Gus and the Mexican Cartels, especially considering they've been effectively eliminated.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Unlike Tuco, Gus or Lydia, Declan has no problem letting Walt leave the business without consequence, respecting Walt's decision to retire. This ends up getting him killed.
"No matter how much you got, how do you turn your back on more?"
Played By: Jesse Plemons
"I saw a threat and I took care of it the only way that I could."
An unassuming worker at Vamonos Pest that later assists Walter, Jesse, and Mike with a train heist in season 5 that ends with him murdering a child witness. After Jesse decides he's out of the business, he becomes Walt's new lab partner.
Affably Evil: Polite, soft spoken, and an all around hardworking guy who nevertheless has no qualms about doing things like killing innocent women and children.
It gets even creepier when he turns Jesse into his meth slave. Although he threatens him with the lives of his loved ones, Todd still maintains a jovial demeanor around him, and even brings Pinkman ice cream as a reward for his services. Jesse Plemons describes Todd as feeling as if Pinkman is a pet.
Ascended Extra: In his first episode, he appears briefly and has a couple lines. In his second episode, he helps the team out in a big way and commits an action that will no doubt have big ramifications in the next episode. Two episodes after that, he's Walt's new lab partner.
Asshole Victim: Given how much torture he put Jesse through, it's hardly surprising that Pinkman would take him out.
Bait the Dog: We know he's a criminal from the start, but he comes off as a rather friendly guy, up until he shot a kid.
Even after having murdered Drew Sharp, Todd lulls the audience into a false sense of security in "Granite State" by bringing an imprisoned Jesse some ice cream, then shortly afterward murdering Andrea.
Foil: To Jesse. Both have a lot of respect for Walt and call him Mr. White, but Todd, unlike Jesse, has no problems being Walt's subordinate. Todd shooting the child witness is also a stark contrast to Jesse's love of kids.
Also, contrast Jesse's initial appearance as a mere thug who later turns out to be much kinder than expected with Todd being introduced as a seemingly unassuming nice guy who later wouldn't hesitate to murder a young child.
Todd also appears to be a good deal less competent at meth cooking than Jesse, with the quality of meth being churned out sharply dropping as soon as Heisenberg retires and Todd is left to cook alone, in contrast to Jesse who eventually becomes every bit as good at cooking as his mentor.
Hero-Worshipper: Seems to have a bit going on for Walt. Even in "Felina", Todd apologizes to Walt before stating that Jack and his white supremacist gang have no use for him anymore, and they he shouldn't have arrived at Jack and his gang's compound.
In "Buyout", he dismisses killing a 14-year-old as "shit happens".
Walt(before disposing Mike's body): I don't wanna talk about this.
Todd(rather nonchalantly): Okay.
Walt (trying to assure Todd): It had to be done.
Leave No Witnesses: His reasoning for shooting a young boy in the chest without hesitation.
Love Makes You Evil: Granted, Todd had already murdered a child before and had white supremacist connections, but after becoming attracted to Lydia, he's become even more ruthless. Even though he's basically a millionaire at this point, he still tortures Jesse, enslaves him, and then kills Andrea when Pinkman tries to escape, simply because Todd wants his meth to be of sufficient enough quality for him to get closer to Lydia.
Meaningful Name: His name is homonymous with the German word for "death"; given his role in the story, this is entirely appropriate.
Killed Off Screen: We last see Gomez in "To'hajiilee" holding his own with Hank against Jack's crew. At the start of "Ozymandias", Gomez is seen lying dead. Hank soon follows.
Nice Guy: Hank gives him a lot of crap, but he never loses his cool.
Only Sane Man: In contrast to Hank's very emotional and at times, even morally questionable conduct, Gomez is about as professional as they come. Becomes even more apparent once he gets in on the Heisenberg case. He frequently questions Hank on his plans, and even threatens to go public with the case if it means that it gets solved.
Pride: In season 4, Hank goads him into conducting an extrajudicial search of Gus's industrial laundry facility by insulting his abilities as a cop.
Undying Loyalty: Gomez is fully aware that Hank's actions in season 5.5 are bending the law at best, and that assisting in any way pretty much dooms his job, too. While he expresses some misgivings about Hank's plans, he backs his former partner absolutely and to his grave.
Vitriolic Best Buds: For all their insults, it’s clear that he and Hank really do care about each other.
ASAC George Merkert
Played By: Michael Shamus Wiles
Hank’s relatively fair-minded superior at the DEA.
A DEA agent in El Paso, he becomes Hank's partner when the latter is given a job there.
Jerkass: He's rude and condescending towards Hank, and can't even look Hank in the eyes when talking about how much he dislikes him, instead preferring to speak the insults in Spanish to a fellow agent.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: It's hard to feel sorry for him after he gets his leg blown off by a bomb. Better still, the agent who mocked Hank earlier gets blown to pieces by the bomb.
APD Det. Tim Roberts
Played By: Nigel Gibbs
An APD detective and friend of Hank's. He first helps investigate Walt's disapperance in Season 2, and later asks Hank for his help in Gale's murder.
Chekhov's Gunman: Briefly shows up to help look for Walt in early Season 2. He comes back later as the detective investigating Gale's murder, and also becomes involved in the Fring case.
Bigger Bad: The Juarez Cartel is the most consistent threat and source of conflict throughout the first three seasons. Don Eladio, its leader, is never name-dropped, and only appears in two scenes in the back half of Season 4 before he's killed off by the show's current Big Bad.
The Cameo: Steven Bauer isn't terribly famous, but it counts since creator Vince Gilligan has often referred to the show as taking Walter from being a teacher to becoming Scarface.
Gustavo, cheer up, man. Gustavo, I'm not angry. I had to spank you. But what choice did I have? Look, once every twenty years you forget your place. There's no place for emotion in this. You of all people should understand. Business is business.
Properly Paranoid: He makes Gus take the first shot of the rare tequila, in case if it was poisoned. It was. Gus drank it anyway - he's just that much of a Badass. Above tropes exemplify how that turned out for him.
Faux Affably Evil: He can appear genial, reasonable and even benevolent at first. Next thing you know, your head is stuffed with explosives and traveling on the back of a turtle.
Karmic Death: He's killed through the machinations of Gus, who he wronged many years before along with Tio Salamanca and Don Eladio.
Mouth of Sauron: Generally acts as a representative of the Cartel to Gus in Season 3.
Shout-Out: His name translates to "John Bag/Sack", a reference to John "Johnny Sack" Sacrimoni of the The Sopranos.
Smug Snake: He is entirely confident that he's smarter than Gus. Simply put, he isn't.
Villainous Breakdown: After Hank kills the Cousins. It doesn't last long before he's gunned down himself.
"You're staying. You belong to the cartel now."
Played By: Maurice Compte
The chief buttonman and deliverer of important messages in the Juárez Cartel's New Mexico territory. By the time of his appearance, he was recently promoted by the Dons of the cartel, replacing Tuco Salamanca's role of informing the cartel about the activity across the border.
The Dragon: Serves as this to Don Eladio, being his chief assassin.
Elite Mook: After Tuco's death, Gaff was promoted to his position.
Evil Counterpart: He's the Cartel's answer to Mike, being a smart assassin and loyal employee who can be relied upon for his efficiency. When it comes down to it, though, Gaff just can't measure up to Mike Ehrmantraut.
Mouth of Sauron: Speaks for the Cartel throughout their conflict with Gus in Season 4.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: Gets two of these. One from Jesse when Fuentes insults both his poor understanding of Spanish (and he subtly insults Gus when asking if Jesse as chemist was a joke) and his lack of basic chemistry knowledge. He gets a second one from his own boss later on, who says that even with Fuentes's college degrees, Jesse still cooks better meth.
Small Name, Big Ego: He's so arraogant, one gets the feeling he would've acted the same way had Walt or Gale been there instead of Jesse.
The DEA's informant on the Mexican Cartel. He is beheaded, his head is put on a turtle, and the head is rigged with bombs, blowing up all of the DEA members who are sent to meet him except for Hank.
Affably Evil: Is obviously a pretty despicable guy, but we mostly see him lounging around, listing off Sky Mall items he would like in return for informing on the Cartel.
Cruel and Unusual Death: After boldly boasting to Hank that his name Tortuga means "turtle", he is then beheaded with his head placed on the back of a tortoise for the delight of the DEA. Hank's reaction to this is what saves his life, or at least his limbs
Decapitation Presentation: After the Cousins hack off his head, they place it on a tortoise and send it to the DEA's meeting place with a message: Hola DEA.
Death by Cameo: Trejo's not exactly a huge star, but he is a bigger name than most of the lead actors (at the time) and he was listed as a special guest star. His run on the show lasts all of two scenes.
Meaningful Name: He says so; his name means "tortoise" in Spanish, which he claims is reflective of his way of getting things done — slow, but successful. When the Twins murder him, they deliver his head to the DEA on the back of a tortoise.
The capos of the Juarez Cartel, all subordinate to Don Eladio. They all partake in the celebrations at Eladio's party, and all of them end up dying by way of Gus's posioned tequila as revenge against the cartel.Their membership includes Dons Paco, Cesar, Renaldo, Fortuno, Cisco, Luis, and Escalara, along with two other unnamed capos.
Minor Major Characters: While they're clearly the power behind the cartel and while even all but two of them are given names, they appear onscreen for 10 minutes at most before dying.
"Nobody moves crystal in the South Valley but me, bitch!"
Played By: Raymond Cruz
"I like doing business with a family man. There's always a lot of collateral."
Walt and Jesse's first boss. Tuco is an unstable, paranoid man who snorts meth all day. At first Walter (and reluctantly Jesse) want to be Tuco's main supplier, but they quickly change their mind after they are hired when Tuco beats one of his subordinates to death over a minor misunderstanding.
Ax-Crazy: After he dies, being "another Tuco" is shorthand between Walt and Jesse for someone possibly being Ax-Crazy.
Bad Boss: He kills one of his underlings for absolutely no reason.
Jerkass: He's aggressive, violent and extremely confrontational.
Knight of Cerebus: The first couple of episodes had Black Comedy and the Jesse/Walt Odd Couple, but the Tuco arc was very dark and dramatic in comparison. Things became more humorous after his death, but were still darker than Season 1.
Large Ham: In direct contrast to the other, more understated villains in the show.
Mood-Swinger: When we first meet him, he's actually fairly quiet which makes him seem like a character who's all business. Then he gets a whiff of Walter's meth, and we see how he really is. His moods always run to the extreme, and he can go from being happy at a successful business arrangement to beating someone to death in an instant.
Psychopathic Manchild: He shows various signs of this. In addition to being prone to violent tantrums, Tuco also seems to be unable to comprehend fairly obvious things. The first major example is the shock he displays at his henchmen dying after he gives him a fatal beating. The second major example is his response to Walt protesting his plan to take him to Mexico, on the grounds that he has a family: "So what? You'll get another one."
Rasputinian Death: Gets hit by a rock, shot at point blank range, kicked and beat, shoved into a ditch, then finally shot in the head.
Real Life Writes the Plot: Tuco was apparently supposed to be on the show a bit longer, but actor Raymond Cruz didn't enjoy playing such a disturbed character for so long and asked to be written out.
Be as Unhelpful as Possible: When brought in to the station as a witness against Jesse following Tuco's death, he refuses to respond to any questions except those regarding the current location and date, and that was just to make sure he wasn't senile. As Gomez points out, an "OG Latino gangbanger" would never help the feds.
Bigger Bad: His actions led to molding Gus Fring, Leonel, Marco, and presumably Tuco into villains.
Chekhov's Boomerang: Tio seems to be a relatively unimportant character until he's brought back in season 3, then plays an even bigger role in season 4.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: There is a framed picture of him, a child, and two baby twins seen in the nursing home he is kept in during the last episode of season 4. The kids are Tuco and the Salamanca twins. A flashback reveals that Salamanca believes that "family is all," which is why they're all so Ax-Crazy about avenging each other. He even keeps Eladio's necklace on the photo frame.
Even Evil Has Standards: See Even Evil Has Loved Ones. Also, he's made it quite clear that he'd never help the feds. Not if he was in jail for over a decade. Or if it was to help avenge the death of his beloved nephew. Even for the guy who killed everybody he ever knew, he would rather blow himself up then turn him in to the DEA.
Fake Nationality: Hector is Mexican, but his actor Mark Margolis is an American Jew of European descent. In the flashback scenes where Margolis is speaking Spanish, it's pretty obvious he's not a native speaker.
Fate Worse Than Death: Subjected to one of these by Gus, whose friend he killed. Gus shows up to see the crippled and decrepit Hector every day, describe in vivid detail the deaths of Cartel members he orchestrated or carried out, and taunts him about whether or not today will be the day that he finally kills him.. Made even worse once Gus has killed every last one of his living family members.
Jerk Ass: Even without his abusive parenting and stone-cold personality, he is still a grade-S asshole. Dude pisses on his boss' pool, for fuck's sake.
Last of His Kind: After Gus' murder of Don Eladio and company, he is the last surviving member of the Salamanca family.
Bond Villain Stupidity: When Marco has Hank cornered, he decides not to execute him with his pistol and leaves to go get his axe. This gives Hank time to reload his pistol and kill Marco with a headshot.
Mixed with a bit of Signature Move — Hank appears to be too weak to fight back, so Marco intends to make it clear this is a retaliation kill from the cartel.
Boom, Headshot: Marco's fate at the hands of Hank with a hollow point bullet.
Chekhovs Hollow Point Bullets: One of the hollow point bullets given to Marco for free by an arms dealer earlier in the episode ends up getting dropped and then fired directly into the head of Marco by Hank.
Creepy Twins: They do everything together and hold the following creed to heart, "Family is all."
The Determinators: Leonel was just crushed by a car and had both legs amputated. When he sees Walt, he unhooks himself from his IVs, rolls out of his hospital bed, and drags himself toward Walt by his bloody stumps, death-staring him the whole time. While Walt was surrounded by half a dozen cops.
Bullying a Dragon: Even after witnessing Gus poisoning Joaquin's bosses, and when Gus was giving the opportunity for any surviving cartel members to leave, Joaquin still chooses to attempt to kill Gus, Jesse, and Mike.
"What does a man do, Walter? A man provides. And he does it even when he’s not appreciated, or respected, or even loved. He simply bears up and he does it. Because he’s a man."
Gus is the largest distributer of crystal meth in the American Southwest. His front is a chain of fast food chicken restaurants, Los Pollos Hermanos, which he uses to give money to law enforcement and otherwise come off as an important member of the community. He employs Walt and Jesse in season two, but almost immediately looks for a way to get his hands on Walter's recipe and replace the two.
Ambiguously Evil: Prior to the shit hitting the fan and him becoming a full-blown villain, it's made clear that he's much more dangerous than his pleasant demeanor lets on, but exactly how much Walt should be worried for himself is pretty unclear; his unrelenting poker-face doesn't help.
It takes balls to poison himself along with Juárez cartel high command.
A few episodes before that, he walks into sniper fire and dares the cartel assassin to shoot him.
Badass Boast: "Don Eladio is dead. His capos are dead. You have no one left to fight for. Fill your pockets and leave in peace, or fight me and die!"
Batman Gambit: His ploy to have two attackers come after Jesse and Mike to cause Jesse to spring into action and then start questioning his loyalty to Walt. It extends even further because he allows Walt to do much of the damage to their relationship himself, which he proceeds to do so through his Jerkass behavior driven by his massive ego.
Before that, convincing the cartel to order the Twins onto Hank first instead of Walt. By listening, the Cartel played into Gus' plans perfectly: if Hank dies, the heat on the cartel's operation increases, allowing Gus to corner the market; if the attack fails, Walt is safe, two of the cartel's biggest hitters are down, and Gus can force a sitdown.
Best Served Cold: Drags out his revenge against Hector Salamanca across 20 years, slowly picking off all of his relatives as he wastes away in a retirement home. This ultimately leads to his undoing, though.
Whatever Gus was before planting his feet in New Mexico, it was scary enough that Don Eladio spared his life at the cartel manor. The Don instead killed his partner, then reminded Gus to restrict his business to chicken. Gus would pitch the same deal decades later, whereupon Eladio fell dead at the exact same spot where Max was shot.
Big Bad: The biggest one of the series. He's introduced late in season 2 and holds the position until his death at the end of season 4.
Blofeld Ploy: Pulls this in the season 4 premiere by slitting Victor's throat in front of Walt and Jesse. Justified in that Walt has him at a standstill so that Gus can no longer kill him and Victor had been seen at the site of Gale's murder, which could potentially lead the investigation back to Gus.
Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Gus makes it a rule to always be calm, composed, and think about what to say and do ahead of time. He breaks this rule in his interactions with Hector, a mistake which directly leads to his demise.
He had a secret hospital set up with medical staff on his payroll to revive him when he self-poisoned. Not only that, the hospital is supplied with matching blood types for himself, Jesse, and Mike (and they even know Jesse's entire medical history).
He arranged in the event of his death for his meth operation employees to be paid for their services with hazard pay should they be sent to prison.
Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He makes tons of legitimate money through his Los Pollos Hermanos chain, and if his setup is at all like Walt's or Saul's, the overhead on laundering his meth profits is huge.
Fridge Brilliance: He stays in meth business to keep his connections with the cartel and the Salamancas, the people he wants to kill.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: All the time, but the ultimate display is his realizing that his car is rigged with a bomb because of how frightened Jesse was behaving and the unnatural occurrence of a child being poisoned. He correctly deduces that Walter was involved.
Disc One Final Boss: Of the whole series. His death happens at the climax of the Series Fauxnale of season 4. Everything after that is Walt taking over Gus' role as the largest meth distributor in Albuquerque.
Even Evil Has Standards: Invoked in "Full Measures" when he insists he would never order the death of a child. Subverted when he threatens to kill Walt's entire family, including his son and his infant daughter.
Face Death with Dignity: After a bomb literally blows half his face off and leaves him looking like Harvey Dent, Gus walks calmly out the door, straightens his tie, then falls over dead.
Facial Horror: Walks away after an explosion and straightens his tie with half his face blown off right before he dies.
Fake Nationality: The character at least claims to be from Chile; Giancarlo Esposito is half African-American, half Italian, and though his Spanish is very good, he doesn't sound like a native speaker.
Gut Feeling: Has a very good sense for when he's in danger, occasionally bordering on Spider-Sense territory. Unfortunately for him, it fails him at the worst possible time, resulting in his death.
Karmic Death: Gus' death is a reference to how a chicken will continue to walk around even after it's beheaded. A fitting end.
Kick the Dog: Possibly his ordering the death of Tomás, though it's never explicitly said that he did. Definitely his threat to Walt that he would murder his entire family, including his infant daughter, should Walt interfere with Hank's murder.
Knight of Cerebus: Granted, earlier villains such as Krazy-8 or Tuco were quite dangerous, but the show still retained a prominent comedic element. However, after Gus is introduced, the show starts to gradually take a much darker turn.
Machiavelli Was Wrong: Gus refuses to use the threat of the Cousins coming after Walt in order to scare him into working for him, stating that "I don't believe fear to be an effective motivator." Subverted in season 4, where he's not above doing things like brutally murdering his own henchman or threatening to kill Walt's family in order to keep Walt in line. Double Subverted when his very ruthlessness proves to be his undoing. If Gus hadn't outright threatened Walt's family, Walt wouldn't have been desperate enough that he was willing to poison an innocent kid—a new Moral Event Horizon for Walt—to win Jesse back.
Master Actor: His ability to remain in character as a polite, honest and mild restaurant owner. Best demonstrated when he successfully convinces Merkert, Gomez, and Roberts that he's innocent in Hank's investigation.
Manipulative Bastard: He convinces the cousins to go after Hank instead of Walt, and tips Hank off about a minute before they come to kill him. This starts his scheme to take over meth production and distribution in the region. He also nearly succeeds at turning Jesse against Walt.
Mysterious Past: Starting to be revealed as of "Hermanos". All we know for certain is that he is Chilean, and did something down there to make Don Eladio spare his life. The Chilean government has no record of his being born or living in that country, and Mike's investigations have turned up nothing.
Playing Both Sides: Plays the US and Mexican governments against the Mexican cartel to seize control of the West Coast meth trade. Also pulls this by telling the Cousins that they can kill Hank in place of Walter since he actually shot Tuco, but then proceeds to anonymously tip Hank so that he can get the jump on them and take them out of the equation.
Perfect Poison: Uses the same bottle of tequila to dispatch Don Eladio and all his captains at once.
The Quiet One: Is very soft spoken, calm, and collected even in the most stressful situations.
Two-Faced: By Hector's bomb in "Face Off". The camera focuses on his uninjured side — the 'legitimate' fast food mogul which everyone sees — and slowly pans around to his disfigured side (representing the blood-soaked meth dealer).
The Unfettered: Obsessed with avenging Max's death, and not above harming innocents along the way,
Villain with Good Publicity: Gus, well respected owner of the Los Pollos Hermanos chain of chicken restaurants who publicly supports the DEA at fundraisers.
Who's Laughing Now?: The Mexican cartel killed Gus' partner and mocks him about it. He ends up killing all of them.
You Have Failed Me: Initially, he appears to be a nicer, stabler person than other druglords Walt and Jesse have encountered, but when Victor screws up and is seen leaving Gale's apartment after possibly leaving evidence there, he shows himself to be just as willing as Tuco to violently dispose of an employee who has become a liability.
Later on after Walt nearly takes Hank to the location of his manufacturing business for investigation, despite Walter managing to avoid confrontation by staging an accident, Gus loses it and has Tyrus abduct Walter outside of Jesse's house, has him taken out to the desert, and fires him, warning him about approaching Jesse or his labs again while telling him that Hank was going to die for his meddling as well as threatening the lives of Walt's family if he tried anything to prevent the assassination. One of few moments he has ever raised his voice beyond his usual cool and collective tone.
"No more half measures, Walter."
Played By: Jonathan Banks
"I promise you this: Either we're all going home or none of us are. Now settle down."
Gus' number one hitman, investigator, and all around problem fixer. Extremely loyal to Gus. Gets along with Walt at first, but stops liking Walt as Walt does more stuff that threatens to ruin their operation. Then he starts to develop a mild respect (or even affection) for Jesse. Despite his horrific profession, Mike at least acts like a decent person and loves his granddaughter.
The Ace: Pulls off all assignments given to him by Gus flawlessly.
A Father to His Men: His partnership with Jesse is an example. He threatens Walt for calling the police on Tyrus on a stakeout and he gets very serious with Lydia for suggesting they murder the employees of Gus' operation to prevent them from talking. Mike even goes as far as to compensate their hazard pay himself, by restarting a meth operation with Walt, to honour a deal and keep them from talking.
Affably Evil: A nice guy and a loving grandfather, but he'll kill you without hesitation if it's his job.
Face Death with Dignity: After he gets fatally shot by Walt, he gets out of his car, crawls away, and sits down to watch the sunset over a river. When Walt catches up with him, and tries to apologize, Mike tells him to shut up and let him die in peace.
Foil: To Walt. Season 5 reveals that Mike has a considerable amount of money stashed away in his granddaughter's name, making him and Walt two men committing crimes for their families. However, Mike's professionalism and caution allows his work life and home life to remain separate, while Walt's family has become horribly entangled in the meth business. And Mike's emotional stability has allowed him to retain an excellent relationship with his granddaughter and presumably her mother as well, while Walt is emotionally isolated from his family.
Mike: Don't make me beat you 'till your legs don't work.
Knows A Guy Who Knows A Guy: Saul admits that Mike has even more connections than himself, explaining to Walt that Mike gives Saul most of his connections and planning a hit on Gus would be "epic fail" because it would go through Mike first. In the 5th season, Mike is easily able to cover distribution for a meth operation without a question from Walter, Jesse or Saul.
Out-of-Character Moment: Jonathan Banks considers the moment where Mike abandons his granddaughter at the playground to escape the police to be something Mike never would have done, but didn't protest out of respect for the writers and producers.
Perpetual Frowner: Anytime he's not with his granddaughter, his default expression is a weary scowl that rarely ever leaves his face.
Pragmatic Villainy: In "Half Measures", he didn't go through with Walt's plan to have Jesse thrown in jail because it would've upset Gus.
Put on a Bus: After he's shot in Mexico in season 4, it's stated he'll have to stay at the medical tent Gus had set up to recover for at least a week. This cleverly allowed the writers to take out his boss while leaving him alive to return in season 5.
Sacrificial Lion: Walt kills him simply because Mike refuses to give him information that Walt could have easily gotten from Lydia, and thus just because Walt is too pissed off to act rationally. Mike's death signals how just far Walt has fallen. If Walt had even a slight chance at redemption after all his previous evil, he just blew it.
Seen It All: The only events in the series that shock him are Walt putting a hit on Gale and Gus' death.
Start of Darkness: Described to Walt in the episode "Half Measure". Mike used to be a cop. He once gave a repeatedly abusive husband an intimidating warning rather than killing him. Later on, the man beat his wife to death, and that's when Mike decided to never take a half measure again.
The Stoic: Mike's too world-weary to get worked up over anything. He reacts to most problems with mild irritation.
Not So Stoic: There are a few times where Mike has been pushed far enough to react with real rage. Like when Walt killed Gus and he prematurely checked himself out of the makeshift Mexican hospital to race back to New Mexico to kill Walt, or when Walt followed him to a bar and asked him to kill Gus.
Failed a Spot Check: Sent into Casa Tranquila ahead to make sure it's safe, he fails to notice the bomb strapped to Tio Hector's wheelchair, resulting in the deaths of both him and Gus.
Jerkass: Sure, a lot of the mean things he does can be chalked up to "just doing his job", but not even extending his hand to pass Jesse a phone and instead making him pull it from his hand? This places him firmly under this trope.
The Quiet One: Even more taciturn than Mike or Gus, which is saying something.
Small Name, Big Ego: He thought he could cook Walter's meth by simply having observed his steps to the cook. Walter mocked him and Gus thought even less of the idea...
Smug Snake: Particularly when he's trying to impress Gus with his cooking despite clearly not being up to the job.
The Stoic: Like many of Gus' henchmen, he remains cold and non-expressive.
The Quiet One: Not as much as Tyrus, and he talks a little more in his final appearance.
"Yes, I am a nerd."
Played By: David Costibale
"Consenting adults want what they want. At least with me they’re getting exactly what they pay for."
Another meth cooker that Gus forces Walt to replace Jesse with. Walt and Gale get along well, but in reality Gus is using Gale to learn how Walt cooks his meth so he can dispose of Walt and Jesse and replace them with Gale, who is a lot more manageable.
Affably Evil: He is fully aware of what he does, but thinks that, since his product is much purer than anyone else's, it can be considered as Necessary Evil - addicts will find their dealers anyway. At least, with his meth, they will actually have what they buy. He is also one of the nicest guy in the show.
Ambiguously Gay: There's hints of this; Gale likes Mexican opera music and his apartment is well decorated, but it's never really explored further than this so he may just be Camp Straight.
For Science!: Gale is more interested in having a dream lab and a good partner than the actual consequences of his actions. Addicts are going to get their meth from somewhere, so why not give them the best? He approaches coffee-making with the same incredible precision.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The season 4 premiere reveals in a Flashback that his dedication to making the best meth possible in Gus' lab is what inspired Gus to hire Walt. Which didn't work out to well for him in the end.
Put on a Bus: After all of three episodes. He does come back in the finale of season 3. Too bad that it was for the dead.
Replacement Scrappy: In-Universe: Gale is more competent than Jesse by any definition of the word, but Walt comes to resent Gale because he answers to Gus and is too submissive for Walt to enjoy manipulating.
Sacrificial Lamb: Exists primarily to provide a relatively innocent victim to show how much Walt has had to compromise his morals.
Small Role, Big Impact: While he's relatively important even with the small amount of screen time, it turns out that he's been an Unwitting Instigator of Doom even in death. He affects the plot in a major way at least three times by being the factor that made Gus hire Walt in the first place, driving the plot of season 3; his death and his notes inspire Hank to investigate Gus Fring in season 4; and his gift is what finally does Walt in at the end of season 5, part 1.
Played By: Christopher King
One of Gus's henchmen.
The Brute: For Gus and later Lydia. He isn't as incredibly competent as Mike, but he'll do for some thug work in a pinch.
A Chinese businessman who owns a chemical manufacturing company that supplies Gus's operation. He's first rescued from Mike while being held hostage by the Juarez Cartel. Later on, after Gus's death, he comes under investigation by the DEA.
Maximino "Max" Arciniega was a close associate of Gus Fring and co-founder of the Los Pollos Hermanos franchise. He held advanced degrees in biochemistry and chemical engineering. Gus and Max were very close. Max's education was financed by Gus after Gus rescued him from the slums of Santiago.
Ambiguously Gay: Stated to be a valid interpretation of Max and Gus' relationship.
Chekhov's Gunman: His name gets dropped earlier in the same episode in which he appears.
Shout-Out: Shares a name with the actor who played Krazy 8 back in the first season.
The Smart Guy: He knows the science, while Gus knows the business.
Los Pollos Security Team
"Corporate security" for Los Pollos Hermanos, these guys were Mike's trusted employees who were promised hazard pay should Gus be killed. Despite Mike's assurances that they were loyal, Lydia and eventually Walt wanted to have them all killed before they said anything to the DEA about the meth operations.The security team consisted of Jack McGann, Andrew Holt, Anthony Perez, Isaac Conley, William Moniz, Raymond Martinez, and Harris Boivin. All seven of them were killed in jail by the Aryan Brotherhood along with their lawyer Dan Wachsberger, laundry manager Dennis Markowski, and Madrigal foreman Ron Forenall.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: Sure, their murders were horrific and grisly, and continued to solidify Walt as completely ruthless, but they were still thugs who would've murdered Walt and his entire family before they had gotten caught.
Scary Black Men: Presumably both McGann and Moniz, even if we didn't get to see much of them outside jail.
Bad Boss: Her first impulse whenever something goes wrong is to kill a subordinate. This is so ingrained in her personality that she expects it constantly from the people she works with but views as threats. When Walt comes up to her in the diner in the finale, he's so desperate that she dismisses him. The assumption he was no longer capable of harming her is what gets her killed.
Cowardly Lion: Formulates a plan to take out Declan and his gang, and then asks Todd and his uncle's skinhead gang to actually carry out the murders, covering her eyes through the carnage.
Creature of Habit: She seems very pattern-oriented: she has an extremely specific tea order and always sits in the same place at the same cafe. Proves to be her undoing, since all it takes for Walt to poison her is to replace a packet of Stevia with ricin.
Definitely Just a Cold: Walt noted her clockwork drink order at Java Joe's. She unwittingly ingests ricin which was swapped for her sweeteners. Oh Crap.
Walt:(over the phone) How are you feeling? Kind of under the weather? Like you've got the flu?
Foil: To Gus. Both are consummate business people, who dress perfectly and try to approach the meth trade with a degree of professionalism not normally seen in the "game". However, while Gus was calm, unflinching and relatively reasonable, Lydia is paranoid, unpredictable and unwilling to accept the brutality of the drug world. The contrast is best illustrated in Gus' massacre of the cartel and her disposing of Declan's crew - he moves between bodies without fear while taunting the remains of his enemies, while Lydia plugs her ears not to hear gunshots and later has to literally be guided by hand with her eyes closed through the carnage.
Jerkass: To just about everyone, especially when she knows she can get away with it.
Karma Houdini: Has it down to a science, even managing to get Mike to take a half-measure by not killing her.
Laser-Guided Karma: Walt finally gets one up on her by poisoning her and not telling her until she's already close to death.
Karmic Death: Fittingly for someone who threw around the idea of murdering loose ends like it was nothing and refused to face the results, Lydia learns on the phone that she will die a slow, horrible death, treated by Walt as a complete afterthought.
Kill Them All: Her solution to Gus's now unemployed and broke henchmen following his death.
And then also her solution when Declan's operation proves to be not up to her standards.
Manipulative Bitch: Especially of Todd; she plays into his crush on her to get him to do stuff. He's always happy to go along.
Murder Is the Best Solution: While this seems to be her attitude in general towards potential threats, it's especially evident in "Granite State" when her first impulse in dealing with Skyler (who has seen her face and knows she was involved in Walt's business) is to have her killed, even after Todd of all people assures her that it isn't necessary and she won't talk.
Nervous Wreck: Lydia is forever on-edge and terrified of being found out. At any given time, she's convinced that the DEA are closing in, Walt is planning to kill her, Mike is planning to kill her, someone is going to talk...
Obfuscating Stupidity: She comes off as a paranoid, crooked executive with a very naive view of the game, but she plays both Mike and Walt through some emotional blackmail, connections, and ego-stroking.
Oh Crap: When Walt tells her what he had her put in her tea.
Properly Paranoid: According to Lydia, everyone is out to get her...this paranoia is not unfounded.
She's Got Legs: And the cinematography never wastes a chance to show it.
Wrong Genre Savvy: When she meets with Mike and later Walter, she dons big black shades and tries to sit away from them like she's in a spy movie. Then she draws attention to herself by throwing a hissy fit about her order and generally acting like she's in a police interview while covered in blood.
Your Days Are Numbered: She ends the series with, at most, only a few days left to live due to Walt poisoning her with ricin.
Played by: Norbert Weisser
The head of Madrigal Electromotive's fast food division, and criminal associate of Gus Fring.
Bigger Bad: Was Gus's business partner who apparently facilitated distribution for his drug empire. This is not really explored in detail.
"Bullet to the back of the head, something like that? I respect that. Too many savages out there."
The leader of a white supremacist gang, which serves as Heisenberg's enforcer affiliate, and an uncle of Todd Alquist.
Ain't Too Proud to BegIn the finale, he tries to plea with Walt when he's already dying of a gunshot, but Walt gives him the same medicine Jack gave to Hank.
Asshole Victim: Him being a white supremacist pretty much makes him this by default. Add in the fact that he organized the brutal murders of 11 people in prison, killed Hank and Gomez, stole from Walt and imprisoned Jesse? Yeah, nobody shed a tear for Jack Welker.
Badass Longcoat: One of his main wardrobe pieces is a big leather coat, and Jack isn't afraid to do his own dirty work.
He also does not like being called a liar. Trying to prove otherwise gets his whole gang killed.
Big Bad/Final Boss: The last one in the series, when he murders Hank and takes over the Blue Sky business, and is the last antagonist killed on screen who wants to continue the business.
Boom, Headshot: Is shot in the head while pleading for his life by Walt with Jack's own Browning Hi-Power.
Boring but Practical: He eschews Gus-style manipulations and the Salamancas' over-the-top violence in favor of shooting people up.
Chekhov's Gunman: Originally, he was just a name dropped by Todd. He grew massively in importance as the show drew closer to its conclusion, eventually ending up as the final Big Bad.
The Chessmaster: He was able to successfully arrange the simultaneous murders of 11 different men, each in a different jail.
Cool Uncle: To Todd. They get along very well considering what kind of people they are.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: He's scarily competent, turning up to kill Hank and Gomez before correctly figuring out that Walt's very specific coordinates are the location of his money. He also wants to kill Jesse right away, and only spares him because of Todd.
Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. When watching Jesse's confession, he seemed upset when Jesse mentioned Todd killing a child. But as it turned out, he wasn't upset about the murder but about him ratting Todd out.
Does NOT like to be accused of lying.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He cares a great deal about his nephew Todd, and even spares Walt's life against his better judgement because it would upset Todd.
Evil Virtues: Well, he did let Walt walk off with 10 mil. He also seems to despise the very thought of anyone thinking that he's gone back on a deal. The latter causes him, and the rest of the Aryans in his gang, to be mowed down with an M60 rigged to the trunk of Walt's car.
"What's with all the greed? It's unattractive."
False Reassurance: When Walter returns outraged that Jack was working with Jesse, seemingly as partners, Jack made it a point to show Walt that he was wrong and demonstrated Jesse as his slave.
Faux Affably Evil: He's a pretty jovial guy who loves his nephew and is generally pretty easy-going, even when he's about to murder you. Highlighted best when he's about to kill Hank and again when's he's about to kill Walt while tormenting Jesse in front of him.
Foil: Arguably one to Hank. Both men are crude individuals that are in actuality, quite cunning. They both also start off on good terms with Walt, before turning against him. The difference between the two, however, can be examined in their respective death scenes. Hank accepts his demise and refuses to beg for his life, while Jack attempts to bargain for his. They also both happen to be role-models to their respective nephews.
Grumpy Old Man: Complains about the state of America, citing the absence of ashtrays on airplanes as an example of the country's decay.
Honor Before Reason: His absolute hate for snitches plays a part in his downfall - if he just executed Walt without absolutely needing to prove to him that he's not partnered up with Jesse, he probably wouldn't die.
Karmic Death: He dies in a reversal of the way he killed Hank. He shot Hank in the head mid-sentence as Walt pleaded for Hank's life and offered Jack all his money to spare him. Walt shoots Jack in the head mid-sentence as Jack tries to use Walt's money that he still has to convince him to spare him.
Meaningful Name: "Jack" is slang for "hijack". Which is exactly what he ultimately does to Walt.
Meet the New Boss: Quietly claims the blue meth lab once Gus dies and Walt announces his retirement. The only thing he lacks is the recipe for Walt's blue coloring, which Walt promises in exchange for a contract on Jesse's life.
Men Don't Cry: While watching Jesse's confessions videotapes he and the rest of his gang spent most of their time calling him a wimp for crying.
Though his political and racial views haven't been given any attention. If it weren't for the swastikas and SS tattoos, there would be nothing in his behavior to date which reveals him as a Nazi sympathizer.
Pride: Walt insults his by claiming that he partnered up with Jesse, a snitch. Ends up being his undoing, as he insists on showing Jesse is alive & enslaved rather than killing Walt on the spot.
Spanner in the Works: To the Hank and Jesse alliance. If he and his gang didn't intervene, then Hank would still be alive, Walt would be apprehended, and Jesse wouldn't have been forced into servitude.
Tattooed Crook: He's seen with some gang tattoos, including a nice big swastika on his neck.
Tension-Cutting Laughter: When Todd tries to convince him to keep Jesse alive, Jack gives him an intimidating Death Glare and nobody's quite sure what he's going to do...until he breaks out in laughter upon realizing Todd has a crush on Lydia.
Those Wacky Nazis: He's the leader of a white-supremacist gang with connections to the Aryan Brotherhood.
Villain Ball: Jack gets steamrolled by it in "Felina", delaying Walt's execution when the latter accuses him of cooperating working with a DEA "rat".
Living Prop: It's a wonder he was even given a name and a credit, since he does precisely nothing but follow Jack's orders.
More Dakka: Uses a BAR in the shoot-out between Jack's gang and Hank and Steve in "To'hajiilee".
Never Trust IMDb: Before Season 5B started, Metzler was listed on IMDb as being in all but the first two episodes, and credited only as "Jack's Man". Oddly, these episodes were Metzler's first known credits, yet he was still listed while other, far more important characters such as Jack and Gomez weren't listed. This led numerous fans to speculate that he'd play an integral role in the season, possibly as some assassin going after the White family. Then when he finally appears, he's given no lines and does nothing but stand around. Then again, multiple characters were credited on IMDb to appear this season, most prominently deceased characters such as Krazy-8, Tuco, Jane, Gale, and Mike among other credits, but didn't appear at all.
"Walter, you getting to know me is not gonna make it any easier for you to kill me. Not that I mind, you understand."
Asshole Victim: He might be a charming son-of-a-bitch, but he's still a stone-cold killer and opportunist.
Badass: He deserves some credit: he survives Walt's initial attack that killed Emilio, frees himself even in a dazed state and remains calm when faced with death. Even while trapped and being choked to death, he manages to stab Walt with a shard of plate.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: Walt's murder of him is a big step, but is arguably justified due to Krazy 8's ruthless cunning and plan to kill Walt.
Manipulative Bastard: Domingo is surprisingly clever for a Warm Up Boss. He nearly convinces Walt to spare him; he would have succeeded had Walt not noticed the broken plate in the garbage. Additionally, the audience learns after his death that he was a snitch for the DEA, and his business model revolved around selling out his competition (including his own cousin) and absorbing their customer base.
Mean Character, Nice Actor: On the DVD commentary, Aaron Paul described Max as one of the nicest, sweetest guys in the world. Hell, the whole reason the character stuck around for longer than intended because the crew loved working with him.
I guess I'd start off by promising that if you let me go, I won't come after you. That you'd be safe. I guess I'd say what happened between us never happened. And what's best for both parties is we forget all about it. But you know that anybody in my situation would make promises like that, and though in my case they happen to be true, you'd never know for sure. So what else can I tell you?
Played By: John Koyama
Jesse's partner as well as Krazy-8's cousin. He's arrested by the DEA after being sold out by Krazy-8, and later becomes Walt's first victim when he and Krazy-8 confront Walt. Jesse later dissolves his body in his bathtub, and it falls through the ceiling in hilariously bloody fashion.
Even Evil Has Standards: Gonzo is clearly upset when Tuco accidentally kills No-Doze and tries to recover the body so he can give him a decent burial.
Fall Guy: Gonzo becomes this for Tuco when he thinks that since Gonzo hadn't been answering his calls for the last few days (on account of being dead and all), Tuco assumes that he's a police informant.
Once a Season: She has shown up to play a small but somewhat crucial role in the first three seasons.
Real Song Theme Tune: Subverted. The Association's "Everybody Knows It's Windy" is played music video-style as a Cold Open to A Day In The Life of Wendy. It's a harsh and abbreviated look at the life of a methhead prostitute; she later claims to do everything for her son, but he's not seen once during this.
Jerkass: To his girlfriend/possible wife, whom he calls 'skank' over and over again.
Too Dumb to Live: He repeatedly insults his lady while working underneath a big heavy ATM, constantly riling her up. He's also boosted ATMs six times and never got one open, yet steals another due to the 'law of averages'.
The Dog Bites Back: When Spooge repeatedly insults her by calling her a skank (even when she tells him to quit calling her that), she has enough and crushes Spooge's head with the ATM he's working under.
Evil Laugh: Has a very disturbing cackle when she and Spooge rob Skinny Pete.
The president and owner of Beneke Fabricators. He gives Skyler her old job back as an accountant during the second season.
Asshole Victim: He deserves a lot of what happens to him. Sure, he's not a killer or drug kingpin like certain other characters, but he's still a sleazy, selfish white-collar criminal who makes terrible decisions and considers himself a genius.
Black Humor: His near-death is probably one of the best examples of this in the show's history. It helps that it feels like a scene that would feel right at home in a Coen Brother's flick like Fargo.
Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word: The creators themselves have stated that they can't decide whether Ted was attempting to blackmail Skyler during their final encounter in Season 4. Whether he intended it to come off the way it did or not, either way he made it clear to Skyler that he felt there was no point to paying the IRS unless he could pay off his other debts, and he was aware that when he didn't pay them off they would inevitably audit Skyler and Walt and all three of them would go to jail.
Butt Monkey: Poor guy has all kinds of bad stuff befall him. Granted, a lot of it is his fault for being so downright stupid.
Chekhov's Gunman: Comes back in late season 4 when the IRS indicts him for tax fraud.
Jerkass: While he makes the fair case that paying off the IRS will not simply solve all his problems, he knows that when he doesn't pay them they will inevitably audit Skyler and Walt for her hand in his business, and the two will go to jail along with him.
Justified Criminal: Is cooking the books at Beneke Fabricators, but he's only doing so to save his father's company and the jobs of the people it employs. Becomes much less justified when he uses the obviously dirty money he receives through Saul to buy a Mercedes SL instead of paying off the debts.
Not Quite Dead: Granted, it was left a bit ambiguous whether he died or not when he tripped, but a lot of people assumed he was dead until the season 5 premiere proved otherwise.
Too Dumb to Live: Saul's thugs force themselves into his house, force him to sign a check to the IRS and set tight until the check clears. Ted decides to make a run for it, trips and cripples himself.
Unexpected Inheritance: Subverted, Skyler gets Saul give Ted money pretending that it's from his "great aunt Birgit" in Luxembourg in order he pay off his tax debt and stop any further investigation by the goverment.
White Collar Crime: In contrast to the more working-class variety practiced by Walt and Jesse.
Played By: Tom Kiesche
Badger's cousin who operates a vehicle towing and repair service.
Jerkass: He might be Badger's cousin, but he still treats both him and Jesse with disdain and demands high payment.
Played By: Jim Beaver
"A man steps to you intent on doing bodily harm, you got every right to plant your feet and shoot to kill."
Walt's gun dealer. He sells Walt a .38 revolver early in Season 4, and later shows up in the Season 5 premiere flashforward to sell Walt an M60.
Amoral Attorney: The truth is that he's just as amoral as Saul, he's just under the delusion that he isn't. He willingly engages in fraud, and being a lawyer he's much more aware of it than Jesse's parents.
Jerkass: He's rude and condescending to Jesse and outright insults Saul, glaring disdainfully down his nose at him. This makes it all the more satisfying when Saul proves himself to be more competent than him in spite of the 'clown act'.
James 'Jimmy In-'N-Out' Kilkelly
Played By: Jimmy Daniels
James Edward Kilkelly, better known as Jimmy In-'N-Out, is an Irish-American lifelong criminal who's made a profit by going to jail for other peoples' crimes. After Badger gets arrested, Jimmy gets set up as the fall guy for Heisenberg.
Chekhov's Gun: Walt tries to use his services, but didn't have the funds in Season 4. Jesse is convinced to use him, but backs down in Season 5 when he figures out that Walt poisoned Brock. However, Walt and Saul finally use him and gain new identities in "Granite State".
Consummate Professional: He works in a very straight-forward way, with no corners cut and earns every dollar relocating Saul and Walt.
The Ghost: Despite being mentioned in Season 4, he does not appear visibly until "Granite State".
Punch Clock Villain: Even though he works to make criminals (or any high-paying customer) disappear, he is honest, accommodating, and reasonable.
The Stoic: Aside from some mild sarcasm, he's a non-judgemental professional who isn't affected by his clients.
"Do right by Jesse tonight or I will burn you to the ground."
Played By: Krysten Ritter
"Well, then why should we do anything more than once? Should I just smoke this one cigarette? Maybe we should only have sex once, if it's the same thing. Should we just watch one sunset? Or live just one day? It's new every time, each time is a different experience."
Jane Margolis was Jesse's neighbor/landlord/girlfriend. She was a tattoo-artist who ironically had no tattoos of her own, and also was a recovering addict. Although she first appeared aloof, she and Jesse soon became a couple, a fact which she hid from her father, Donald, the owner of the building in which she and Jesse lived.
Asshole Victim: To Walt anyway. He blames her for hooking up Jesse with heroine and resents her for blackmailing him of Jesse's shares. If Jane's dead, Walt can get Jesse sober again, and be rid of the one person who can leak his secrets.
Hope Spot: She and Jesse dream of going clean and running away together with 600 grand, but it's all clearly the delusions of addicts. Sure enough, she dies that very night.
Lady Macbeth: Tries to convince Jesse to turn on Walt when he won't give him his share of the money, and it almost works. Too bad she dies before the plan can come to fruition.
Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Well, cross out the "manic" part, but she serves as this to Jesse. She is arguably the one who is able to get him out of his funk after his confrontation with Spooge and his woman, and Jesse is perhaps the happiest we've ever seen seen him be when he and Jane are together. However, her desire to keep Jesse a secret from her father, coupled with Jesse's reaction to Combo's death, leads to the relationship taking a much more tragic turn.
Sugar and Ice Personality: When Jesse first meets her, she acts rather aloof towards him. However, after they become a couple, we see a much bubblier side of her personality. Perhaps the biggest example of this comes during Over, in which she callously dismisses Jesse to her father as "just a tenant", but then gives Pinkman an "Apology Girl" drawing.
"I take care of my baby. I'll do anything for him."
Played By: Emily Rios
A love interest of Jesse Pinkman's. She is a recovering meth addict and single mother to a young son named Brock. Jesse meets her at a drug addicts' support group meeting and initially tries to get her to relapse so she will become a customer of his, but he reverses course when he learns she has a young son to care for.
Anyone Can Die: She's coldly murdered in front of Jesse's eyes in "Granite State".
Functional Addict: Seems to be one, at least compared to most of the other addicts on this show, although her relationship with her mother seems to be quite strained.
Mama Bear: Though not a perfect person, she clearly does love her son.
Morality Pet: Along with her son Brock, she serves as one for Jesse.
Replacement Goldfish: Initially serves as one for Jesse following Jane's death, but he later cuts off contact when he concludes (through manipulation from Walter) that getting too close to her would endanger her. He was right.
Evil Detecting Kid: Word of God is that he doesn't exactly know that Walt poisoned him, but all the same he senses something off with Walt and refuses to interact with him during his visit.
Small Role, Big Impact: As a character, Brock remains relatively static. However, Walt's poisoning of him, and Jesse's eventual discovery of it, is the final nail in the coffin for their partnership.
Trauma Conga Line: His uncle dies, his mother is a drug addict, he gets seriously poisoned and his mother is murdered by a blonde psychotic. He's most likely about to head into foster care since he doesn't seem to have any family left alive save for possibly his grandmother. Poor kid can't catch a break.
"Let's keep it secular, honey."
Played By: Carmen Serano
"Please feel comfortable coming to me with any problems, any issues. Anything at all. You know, completely confidential."
The assistant principal at the high school where Walt teaches and Walt Jr. attends.
Mr. Exposition: Regarding the course of Walt's treatment and how it progresses.
Nice Guy: He's a friendly, extremely talented doctor who never condescends to his patients.
"Whatever [Walt] became, the sweet, kind, brilliant man that we once knew, long ago, he's gone."
Played By: Jessica Hecht
Walt's former college chemistry assistant and now co-owner of Gray Matter, a successful pharmaceutical company. Apparently a former romantic interest of Walt's, she is married to Walt's former partner and friend, Elliott Schwartz.
Blatant Lies: Downplays Walt's contributions to Gray Matter on the Charlie Rose show to merely contributing to the company's name.
The Bus Came Back: She and Elliott distance themselves from Walt and downplay his involvement in founding their company in "Granite State".
Brainy Brunette: She's not just the arm candy of Walt and then Elliott. She's one of the founders of Gray Matter and a chemistry whiz in her own right.
Chekhovs Gunwoman: Returns in "Granite State", where Walt happens to catch her giving an interview with her husband. She tries to minimise Walt's involvement in the company, and thinks that the Walter White she personally knew is gone forever.
Fiction 500: She's directly involved with Gray Matter, making her incredibly rich like her husband.
Happily Married: To Elliott, with whom she has an apparantly stable marriage.
Laser-Guided Karma: To Walt anyway. In "Granite State", they tried to make everyone forget about him. Now, with the help of Skinny Pete and Badger, they will be remembering about him for life.
Noodle Incident: Something happened between her and Walt that led to their breakup and his leaving Grey Matter. Walt views whatever happened as her and Elliott's Moral Event Horizon.
Old Flame: To Walt. Their break up is a major driver of both of their actions in the series.
Silk Hiding Steel: We quickly learn who wears the pants around Casa Schwartz when Walt turns up unannounced. Elliott is sweating bullets and eagerly accepting Walt's terms, while Gretchen refuses to shake the intruder's hand (but does so when Elliott prods her from behind).
Spoiled Sweet: Apparently comes from a wealthy upbringing, which Walt holds over her head as a point of bitterness, despite Gretchen appearing to be a kind, level headed, intelligent and very generous person.
That Man Is Dead: While Heisenberg may still be out there, Gretchen is convinced the Walter White she knew so many years ago is gone forever.
"To Elliott: Sorry about the buckle rash. Eric Clapton."
Played By: Adam Godley
Walter's old college science partner and co-owner of Gray Matter, a successful pharmaceutical company co-founded by Walter. He is married to Gretchen Schwartz.
Big Fancy House: Owns an expensive house with a spiffy eastward view of the puesta de sol. It didn't take much for Walt to worm his way in, though.
Blatant Lies: He discredits Walt's contributions to Gray Matter in a TV interview in "Granite State" despite speaking highly of him in season 1. However, this is the first thing most company owners would do in this situation.
Chekhov's Gunman: Returns in "Granite State", where Walt happens to catch him giving an interview in which he dismisses Walt's contributions to the firm as next to none, which convinces Walt not to surrender and (presumably) return to Albuquerque.
Evil Former Friend: Averted, but Walt sees him as this. Walt believes that Elliott 'betrayed' him, stole his girlfriend and made the fortune that should have been Walt's. In reality, Elliott seems like a pleasant enough guy who's willing to pay for Walt's treatments.
It's possible this is more a case of Downplayed Trope than an outright aversion, as in "Granite State" Elliott goes on TV and marginalizes his former colleague's contributions to his company after Walt goes into hiding.
Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: His final conversation with Walt, when it seems he may be more human, shows that he is at heart just a cruel, mean-spirited person.
Laser-Guided Karma: Is manipulated into selling his carwash at a much lower price by the man he treated so badly. And, just to rub it in, he forces him to hand over his first dollar which he had framed. Which Walt then uses to buy a coke.
Mean Boss: Forces cashiers to do menial labour. He tries to justify his actions by explaining that "a boss has to be tough."
Mugging the Monster: This guy insults Walt and Skyler, demanding them to pay twenty million for his Mickey Mouse car wash business. Walt and Skyler, at that point already a couple of hardened criminals, are supremely pissed off.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a couple of them to Walt. They ring hollow, however, since he treats running a carwash as something that requires a degree and an iron fist (and he's talking to someone who by that time directly killed at least three people) and Walt shuts him up completely by taking his first earned dollar from him. Then he buys a Coke with it.
Played By: Kaija Bales
The young granddaughter of Mike Ehrmantraut.
Cheerful Child: Always seems in good spirits, although we usually only see her when she's in the company of her beloved grandfather.
Morality Pet: For Mike. He loves her deeply and she loves him right back, showing that Mike may be a killer but he's not a sociopath.
Donald 'Don' Margolis
"You can't give up on [family]. Never. I mean, what else is there?"
Played By: John de Lancie
Jane's father. He owns the building his daughter managed for him. He sent Jane to rehab once before and goes with her to recovery meetings.
"Kicking the hell out of yourself doesn't give meaning to anything."
A counselor who leads group therapy sessions at Narcotics Anonymous. His real name is not revealed. He takes a calm, non-judgmental approach to leading discussions and emphasizes that those attending his sessions are there not to improve themselves, but to learn self-acceptance.
Nice Guy: He's a soft-spoken guy who genuinely wants to help other recovering addicts. He's never condescending or judgemental, and it takes a lot to get him to kick Jesse out. Namely, when Jesse reveals he was in the meeting to sell meth to other addicts.
Shut Up, Kirk!: Jesse gives him a brutal one. Self-acceptance is all well and good, but at some point, as Jesse implies, you've got to improve yourself. When he tries to save face, Jesse asks him how a father could possibly just accept himself as the guy who killed his daughter.
Wham Line: In response to Jesse accusing him of never having truly hurt someone, he responds with "I killed my daughter.". This stops Jesse cold.
Played By: Kyle Swimmer & Caleb Landry Jones
Walt Jr.'s best friend. They both attend JP Wynne High School. He frequently gives Walt Jr. rides to school and helps him set up a Pay Pal account for donations to Walt Jr.'s website.
Nice Guy: He's a polite young man and loyal friend to Flynn. Even Walter seems to hold him in some regard as a good person who can be trusted.
The Other Darrin: Played by Kyle Swimmer, but replaced in his later appearances by Caleb Landry Jones.
Satellite Character: He exists only as a friend for Walter Jr. Whenever Walt and Skyler need to have emotional scenes or advance the plot, Louis is a convenient answer to the question of where Walter Jr is.
Mrs. Pinkman and Adam Pinkman
Played By: Tess Harper and Michael Bofshever
The parents of Jesse Pinkman.
Abusive Parents: Both of them seem to generally not like Jesse for reasons other than him being an addict, likely him being an underachiever.
Jerkasses: They often come off as this, despite acting like what they're doing are in Jesse's best interests. Mrs Pinkman, however, at least has the courtesy to look anguished about kicking Jesse out again.
Laser-Guided Karma: They kick Jesse out of his own house when they find out that he's been cooking meth in the basement, and threaten to tell the police if he doesn't move out. Later, when they're trying to sell the house, Jesse and Saul come up with a plan to buy the house at a greatly reduced price, and Saul pulls his own card when he threatens to tell the police that the Pinkmans found a meth lab in the basement and did nothing. The look on their faces when Jesse shows up to his house with the keys is priceless.
No Name Given: Jesse's Mom is only ever referred to as Mrs. Pinkman.
Not so Above It All: Despite him being an overachiever, Jake takes after his brother when he smokes (or at least plans to) a joint of weed.
Played By: Samuel Webb
A 14-year-old boy from northern New Mexico. He stumbles onto the train heist pulled by Walt, Jesse, and Mike, and becomes a victim of Todd's to ensure no witnesses.
Cerebus Syndrome: While the show had always been dark, this is the moment that drove Jesse, who had often been a funny source of Comic Relief, into near catatonia and convinces him to finally leave the business.
My God, What Have I Done?: Not by Todd, who feels absolutely no remorse about it, or even by Walt, who rationalizes it, but by Jesse, who becomes horribly affected by Drew's death.
Sacrificial Lamb: Serves as an innocent victim to show that Todd is a Sociopath and provide a gut-punch to Jesse so hard, that he desires to leave the meth business.
Shaggy Dog Story / Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The entire purpose of robbing the train in this way was to avoid casualties. Todd murdering Drew made the entire alternate route completely pointless.
Small Role, Big Impact: He's killed by Todd before he can do much beyond stumble onto the train heist. Still, Drew (or rather his death) has a massive impact on the remainder of the show: he establishes Todd as a character to the viewer and pushes Jesse out of the meth business completely.
Morality Pet: For Lydia. Mike spares Lydia's life because of Kiira, although he comes to regret this later. Lydia's relationship with Kiira isn't explored much, but when Mike tries to kill her Lydia requests that he just leave her body for Kiira to find so that she doesn't think Lydia abandoned her.
Played By: Pierre Barrera
A custodian at Walt's school, he takes the blame for the stolen lab equipment based on his criminal record, and becomes one of the first lives to be ruined by Heisenberg.
Fall Guy: Blamed for stealing the equipment that Walt actually stole simply because he had a known record for smoking marijuana.
Nice Guy: Seeing Walt vomiting in the bathroom, he cleans it up and even gives Walt a piece of gum, saying that Walt has got a class to teach.