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Played By: Jamie FoxxA slave previously owned by Old Man Carrucan, he is freed by Dr King Schulz and sets out to find his wife Broomhilda.
- Anti-Hero: Unscrupulous Hero at first, but more of a Nominal Hero later on.
- Badass Beard: Has a beard and is badass.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: At some points in the film. "Nice" is debatable at times, however.
- Becoming the Mask: Comes dangerously close to this when he plays the role of a Black slaver to infiltrate Candyland.
- Bounty Hunter: Essentially to be one recruited by Schultz.
- Character Title: And a Protagonist Title at that.
- Chekhov's Skill: Albeit one he learns from Schultz earlier in the film - Django manages to talk his way out of his chains after being captured in Candyland by promising to help his captors claim a huge bounty - skills he got from watching Schultz earlier in the movie.
- Cold Sniper: Has moments of this, though he does not like shooting a man for his bounty in front of his son. He still does it with prodding from Schultz.
- Cool Shades: Anachronistic as they may be.
- Covered with Scars: Django is covered in whip-scars.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Comes with being a former slave.
- Deadpan Snarker: When he returns to Candyland, especially. He snarks throughout the entire final confrontation as he casually guns down all of the people who have wronged him.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Manages to save Broomhilda, avenge Schultz, and destroy Candyland by the end of the film. This after being shot, beaten, nearly castrated, and sold back into slavery.
- Guile Hero: Evolves into one.
- Guns Akimbo: Does this throughout the climax.
- The Gunslinger: Type 4, the Quick Draw.Schultz: You know what they'll call you? The fastest gun in the South.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Compare Django's initial reluctance to kill a bounty who happens to be a father to how he is at the end of the movie. Stark difference.
- The Hero: The main character who is given more focus than Shultz.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: The blue velvet suit he wears at one point in the movie looks like something straight out of Austin Powers. Even the other uneducated slaves think it's ridiculous.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Gains these over the course of the movie.
- Invincible Hero: Has become one by the end of the film. He effortlessly outclasses anyone who tries to fight him and never seems in serious danger in combat.
- Meaningful Name: Invoked. He picks the surname "Freeman" after becoming a free man.
- One-Man Army: Becomes this in the eventual assault on Candyland, although it's subverted: even the best gunman is only dangerous when he has bullets, and Django was eventually overwhelmed and backed into a corner. It's not quite clear who was saved when Stephen used Broomhilda to force him surrender.
- Only One Name: Initially. He later picks up "Freeman" as a surname.
- The Quiet One: He doesn't say much.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: It gets interrupted halfway through, but he does manage to complete it, taking down everyone in Candyland and blowing the place sky high with dynamite.
- Scars Are Forever: Has both whip marks on his back and an R branding him as a runaway slave on his cheek.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Wears them when acting as a slaver.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: By the end of the film, by stealing one of Candie's suits.
- Silent Snarker: His facial expressions alone convey extreme disdain for whomever's talking to him.
- Took a Level in Badass: Schultz trained him in gun fighting and gradually becomes competent as the movie progresses.
- The Watson: At first, when Schultz is showing him the tricks of the trade. If he'd been allowed to be this more, Schultz might not have been gunned down as he was.
- Would Hit a Girl: Kills men and women alike in the eventual assault on Candyland.
Dr. King Schultz
Played By: Christoph WaltzAn eccentric German Bounty Hunter and former dentist who frees Django to aid him in the pursuit of the Brittle Brothers.
- All Germans Are Nazis: Inverted with a vengeance. Schultz is the least racist, most egalitarian and most generally decent character in the film.
- Ambiguously Jewish: A German immigrant in the mid-19th century, when the first Jews came to America from Germany with the stereotypically Jewish profession of dentist. He clearly has a strong German identity due to his fascination with German folklore, but Jews were much more assimilated in Germany than any other European country (prior to Hitler, of course). The surname Schultz is occasionally Jewish. He also hints that he's from Düsseldorf, which was and remains a center of Jewish life in Germany.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV, verging on Type III since he seems to make an effort to only go after the really nasty criminals. As he says, "Badder they are, bigger the reward."
- Badass Beard: Badass Exceptional Beard.
- Badass Bookworm: He's well read enough to know more about Alexandre Dumas than Candie.
- Badass Grandpa: Older than most characters in the movie.=, and he's a bounty hunter.
- Badass Longcoat: Never seen without one.
- Badass Mustache: Distinct along with his beard.
- Beware the Nice Ones: among the nicest people in the movie. He's still deadly.
- Bounty Hunter: And a master of his trade, at that.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A Bunny Ears Bounty Hunter
- Catchphrase: "Now everybody calm down."
- The Charmer: He is exceptionally good at talking his way out of hairy situations.
- Complexity Addiction:
- According to Tarantino, this is partially what lead to the failure of his plan, and his death. It's Schultz' idea to pull the entire scheme on Candyland. Walking in and just buying Brunhilde was always a possibility, one that Django even raises, but Schultz dismisses it because it could be costly. He instead sets up a convoluted plan requiring him and Django to infiltrate Candyland under false pretense to try and trick Candie. This ultimately leads to his death.
- It can be seen earlier in the movie: His first bounty with the Sheriff is very spectacular and theatrical, but done in such a way that only the local Marshall being a Reasonable Authority Figure lets Schultz's plan succeed. The Marshall even points out that Schultz is basically asking for a courtesy he did not himself show his victim.
- Cultured Badass: He knows more about The Three Musketeers than Candie, at least.
- Cunning Linguist: Speaks fluent English, German (one assumes) and shows strong evidence of fluency in French as well. Doubles as an Actor Allusion and debatable family resemblance to Waltz's previous appearance in the Tarantinoverse.
- Decoy Protagonist: While Django is central to the film's plot from the getgo, the story is practically a Buddy Picture for three-quarters, much of the first part of the film focuses on assorted bounty hunts, and the good doctor does much of the planning and talking even through Candyland, only to bite it and complicate everything.
- Depraved Dentist: Subverted - he's a former dentist who kills people for money... but at the same time he's far and away the kindest and most compassionate person in the film.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Abruptly kills Candie, utters his Famous Last Words, and gets gunned down with about a half-hour in the film to go.
- Eccentric Mentor: He is definitely a good teacher and father figure to Django, but his obsession with complex plots and Funny Foreigner tendencies make him come across as not all there on occasion.
- Expy: Very similar in temperament to Colonel Hans Landa (minus the evil tropes), both being witty and somewhat eccentric German Bunny-Ears Lawyer types with a Complexity Addiction.
- Famous Last Words: "I couldn't resist."
- Fatal Flaw: Despite being the most morally upstanding character in the movie (and in many of Tarantino's movies in general), he has a nasty case of pride. Candie manages to get one over him by catching onto his plot to free Broomhilda (though technically it was Steven who actually caught on), which infuriates him. However, Candie is willing to let Schultz and Django leave with Broomhilda at the cost of her selling price and Schultz's pride by way of sealing the deal with a handshake. Schultz decides to put a bullet in Candie instead, getting himself killed moments later and putting Django and Broomhilda through more grief before they get their happy ending.
- For Want of a Nail: If only he'd called him "Monsieur Candie" instead of "Mr." Candie…
- Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: This, combined with his Complexity Addiction and Pride, is one of the major factors that leads to his demise and Django nearly getting killed near the end. He believed that, had he and Django been honest about their intentions from the start, then Calvin would have either refused to sell Broomhilda out of spite or demanded a massive price for her. It turns out that, according to Word of God, while Calvin is a sadistic asshole, his sadism is outweighed by his obsession with cultivating the image of a sophisticated, French-style gentleman, thus he would have gladly sold Broomhilda for chicken feed if Schultz and Django had been truthful, as she was of little to no value to him, and the fact that she was important to them would have been irrelevant.
- Guile Hero: And he teaches it to Django.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted, as shooting Calvin at the moment he did put Django and his wife in danger, though it opened him up to be killed.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Has these, but not to the same extent as Django.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He might seem callous at times, but he really isn't.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Schultz says disgusting things about his job, but his actions are often driven more by nobility and conscience than profit. He believes his bounties are legitimately bad men, and he is doing justice by killing them. The fact that he is paid for it is a bonus.
- The Mentor: An older, (sort of) wiser mentor to Django.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Double Subverted, Schultz ends up dying because he let his emotions get the best of him, not to inspire Django. The subsequent course of events does lead to Django seeking glorious revenge however, both to reclaim his wife and avenge Schultz's death as well.
- Mutual Kill: Played with; by shooting Calvin, he opens himself to be shot by one of Calvin's henchmen. The henchman then shoots and kills him.
- Nice Hat: Which matches his suit.
- Not So Above It All: Inverted; While King Schultz certainly disagrees with slavery, he doesn't seem particularly bothered by it, treating it as the backward practice of easily dispatched stupid rednecks. But his above-it-all demeanor cracks and eventually dissolves completely after he witnesses some particularly awful brutality on Candie's plantation.
- Poor Communication Kills: Foreshadowed from the initial bar scene, and several times on. Schultz rarely shares vital information with Django, whether it be that he had every legal authority to kill the sheriff, the family surrounding a fugitive, or his intentions for Candie. Had he given Django any warning on the last, it's far likelier that he'd have survived.
- Prophetic Name: Yes, we didn't miss that your character is named, "Dr. King", Quentin. Schultz makes the ultimate sacrifice for emancipating Django, just like the great civil rights leader.
- Revenge Before Reason: If Calvin didn't ask for his hand to be shaken by Schultz, both of them would have lived. Alas...
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Generally, if he breaks into a really complicated and articulate speech, the more awesome the scene will be.
- The Spook: His origins are never revealed or fully explained.
- Tragic Hero: According to Tarantino, while Schultz did genuinely despise Candie as a despicable and heartless bastard, his own wounded pride played a great deal in his killing of the man.
Broomhilda von Shaft
Played By: Kerry WashingtonDjango's wife, who was sold by the Brittle Brothers, on Old Man Carrucan's instructions, to Calvin J. Candie.
- Distressed Damsel: The straightest example in a Tarantino film to date.
- Determinator: Just not an Action Girl. It's mentioned that she's in the "hotbox" for trying to escape again. She clearly hasn't just been waiting around in the hope Django will one day rescue her.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: In the end, she is reunited with Django and they escape together.
- Fainting: Does this when she sees Django again for the first time in quite a while.
- Flat Character: She's Django's wife and she's able to speak German. This is the bulk of the characterization she receives.
- Girl in a Box: The first time she's seen outside of flashbacks and fantasy sequences she's naked in the "hot box" as punishment for trying to run away, however the circumstances make it very much Fan Disservice.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Since she was named by an actual German, her real name is almost certainly Brünnhilde, with an "N". However, having traded hands between several owners who don't know how to pronounce it, her name becomes Broomhilda, even on legal documents.
- Letting Her Hair Down: Spends most of the movie with her hair done up, but lets it down as she and Django are about to leave Candieland.
- Living MacGuffin: The whole plot is about her being freed from slavery.
- MacGuffin Girl: She's a Living MacGuffin and a girl that's desired by Candie and Django alike.
- Neutral Female: She's pretty much useless for the entire movie. Hell, when Django began to shoot his way out of Candyland, not only did she not help him at all, she even managed to get into his line of fire instead of, you know, ducking for cover like any intelligent person would when bullets start flying.
- Prophetic Name: The mythical Brunehilde was a Valkyrie and a warrior, and the first time we see a free Broomhilda, she's got herself a horse and a gun, and seems destined to be Neutral No Longer.
- Sex Slave: The scars on her back and her face branding make her no longer fit to be a house slave, but she's still ok to serve as a "comfort woman."
- Scars Are Forever: She has whip marks on her back and an R branding her as a runaway on her cheek. And Django actually begged them not to give her these since they would reduce her value and make her unable to be a house slave any longer.
CandylandCandyland is a plantation in Chickasaw County, Mississippi run by Calvin J. Candie and his head house slave, Stephen. The following characters are affiliated with Candyland and are antagonists of the film unless otherwise noted.
Calvin J. Candie
Played By: Leonardo DiCaprioThe sadistic and charismatic owner of Candyland.
- Alliterative Name: First and last names ends with the letter C. For Added Alliterative Appeal, he's the owner of Candyland and the Cleopatra Club.
- Asshole Victim: Up to Eleven, considering the punishment for his crimes was fairly light.
- Ax-Crazy: More Like Hammer Crazy.
- Beard of Evil: And a pretty pointy one at that.
- Berserk Button: According to his lawyer, Candie hates being called "Mr." Candie and prefers "Monsieur Candie." His insistence on this terminology leads to his death.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Stephen.
- Defeat Means Respect: Totally averted. Subtle hints imply that Candie feels a mixture of envy and respect for all the culture that Schultz is shown to possess during the time they spent together. During their final confrontation, Candie expects Schultz to acknowledge his defeat and somehow recognize him as a Worthy Opponent (even though it was Stephen who unveiled Schultz and Django's plan and tipped Candie off about that), but Schultz not only completely refuses to comply, he even takes advantage of the fact that he no longer needs to lie to Candie about how much he utterly despises him. This last act of spite pushes Candie over the edge, and prompts him to try to humiliate Schultz by forcing him to shake his hand.
- Disc-One Final Boss: To Schultz's Decoy Protagonist. Really, they're these tropes because of each other.
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Or cigarette holder. He likes both.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Candie is a horrible human being, but he does have a very small number of scruples. When it's shown that Django and Schultz really do have the money they'd originally mentioned to buy Broomhilda from him, he is perfectly willing to sell her, with a full receipt for purchase. At that point, he could just as easily have had them both shot, and kept all of their money and Broomhilda for himself. Plus, it was clear after the money for payment was taken out of Schultz's wallet that the pair still had a large amount of money left. However, since Candie styles himself a gentleman, rather than a common thug or bandit, he abides by the letter of the agreement, even after he feels that he's been made a fool of by the two of them.
- Evil Is Hammy: Rather than just admit he knows Django and Schultz are lying, he gives a lecture on the inferiority of black brains, then brings out the skull of his father's favorite slave and violently saws it in half so that he can disgust Django into giving up his cover. When it doesn't work, he threatens to bash Broomhilda's skull in with a hammer.
- Evil Is Petty: He's already won his confrontation with Schultz, but he just has to rub in his victory with a snide gesture of courtesy; he insists that Schultz is obliged to shake his hand to make the deal official and simultaneously acknowledge Candie as a 'gracious host'. This display of petty arrogance gets both him and Schultz killed when Schultz shoots Candie out of wounded pride.
- Faux Affably Evil: He often acts like a proper gentleman, but when things don't go his way or he gets outsmarted, his demeanor goes very much this way. After Stephen exposes Django and Schultz's scheme, he maintains his demeanor in a rather more sinister tone to put them on edge, before flipping into Chewing the Scenery-level anger and threat-making, and then alternating between the two states to scare everyone, during all of which he is never actually rude, and he never fails to use "mister" or "doctor" when addressing his fellow white men.
- Feigning Intelligence: Candie pretends to be intelligent and educated, but doesn't speak a word of French, subscribes to the pseudoscience of phrenology (which has been discredited, if not outright disproven at the time of the film), and doesn't even know that the author of one of his favorite novels, The Three Musketeers, is black.
- Fluffy the Terrible: A racist, corrupt slaver named "Candie."
- Foreign Culture Fetish: He has a fixation on French culture. However, he can't speak or understand the language, and doesn't know as much about France as he pretends to.
- Moguy even warns Schultz beforehand not to speak French in Candie's presence because being made aware of his inaptitude of the language will make him feel slighted.
- For Want of a Nail: If only he hadn't taken offense to being called "Mr. Candie…"
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: The cigarette holder as an Evil Smoking indicator.
- Gratuitous French: Extra gratuitous because, as the film notes, he cannot actually speak French and will feel offended if someone does in his presence.
- Incest Subtext: With his sister, Lara.
- Insistent Terminology: He prefers to be called Monsieur Candie. Despite not being able to actually speak French. In a very subtle way, this leads to his death: Being called "Mr." Candie by Schultz prompts Candie to try to rub it in by forcing Schultz to shake his hand…which puts Schultz over the edge.
- Kick the Dog: Candie does this a lot, but among his biggest are having D'Artagnan torn apart by dogs, everything he does to Broomhilda, and his entire phrenology speech with the skull of his last Old Retainer, Old Ben.
- Knight of Cerebus: Once Calvin and Stephen are presented on screen, the plot of the film focuses much more on the drama than the Black Comedy.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Candie's pretensions of wisdom and sophistication are obviously phony; he gives long lectures about the pseudoscience of phrenology, and his love of French culture is exposed as superficial.
- Mutual Kill: Played with, by Schultz killing him with a shot to the heart, Butch gets an easy opportunity to shoot and kill Schultz...and does.
- Large Ham: "WHERE'S MY BEAUTIFUL SISTER?!"
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He fancies himself as this. The "wealth" part is indisputable; the "taste" part is questionable.
- Meaningful Name: His name is Candie, and - as noted below - he's got one gruesome set of teeth. He's also killed by a dentist.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: We never know what "J" means.
- Non-Indicative Name: For a man named Candie, he's anything but sweet.
- Oh, Crap!: His face when Schultz shoots him.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Played with in that while he is this to a modern audience, the movie does take place two years before the Civil War - he's less politically incorrect by antebellum standards, but many of the other characters still find him extremely reprehensible.
- Red Right Hand: His black and rotten teeth.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: He's wealthy and, as Stephen and to a lesser extent Lara Lee manage the plantation, Calvin is free to spend his time sleeping with "comfort girls," watching Mandingo slaves fight to the death, and fancying himself to be a sophisticated intellectual and a gentleman.
- Science Marches On: Deliberately invoked: he's an amateur phrenologist, which was discredited as a science even at the time the film takes place.
- Smug Snake: Leads to his death. See Tempting Fate.
- Southern Gentleman: Deconstructed to horrifying effect. He stylizes himself as one, and is perfectly polite to white people. But, he considers black people inferior, even going so far as to try to "scientifically" justify his racism, and casually having his black slaves fight and get torn apart by wild dogs because it amuses him.
- Stupid Crooks: He's less intelligent than he at first appears.
- Tempting Fate: Insists on Schultz shaking his hand after their deal is done, denying its validity unless he does so. This leads to him getting shot.
- Villain Has a Point: He calls Schultz a poor loser. Though he is an utterly deplorable jackass, he isn't wrong as Schultz would rather shoot Candie, getting himself killed and putting Django and Brunhilde through more hell than simply shake Candie's hand and leave safely with their main objective achieved after Candie gets the better of him.
- Wicked Cultured: Subverted. While he has a liking for French culture and literature, he doesn't know how to speak French. Furthermore, he was completely ignorant of the fact that the author of his favourite book, The Three Musketeers, was part-black.
Played By: Samuel L. JacksonCalvin Candie's old head house slave and close friend, he enjoys the power he has over the other slaves.
- Asshole Victim: No one will miss him after his death.
- Bald of Evil: Has very little hair on his head and is very evil.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Calvin, despite seeming like he is Calvin's dragon. In fact, he could be considered the movie's TRUE Big Bad.
- Boomerang Bigot: The head house slave of Candyland, Stephen doesn't treat the slaves under him any better than the whites do, and he especially hates free black people like Django. This is emphatically not played for laughs, and he can be absolutely frightening at times.
- Captain Ersatz: Some have noted a resemblance between Stephen and Uncle Ruckus, although Jackson has insisted that Stephen was not intended as a reference.
- Category Traitor: Every other black character hates him for profiting off of slavery as much as the white slaver whom he serves.
- Cruel Mercy: Subverted. He's the one arguing not to immediately kill Django when he's captured after Schultz kills Calvin, but only so they can subject him to a truly hellish Fate Worse Than Death by selling him to the LeQuint Dickey Mining Company.
- Curse Cut Short: "Django! You uppity son of a BI-! [explodes]"
- Death Glare: Gives a heck of one to Django when he sees him ride in.
- The Dragon: He acts the part of this to Candie, possibly out of self-preservation, though he does display a twisted sort of fondness for the man.
- Dragon Ascendant: He outlives his master as a threat, and takes up de facto reign of Candyland with Lara as the technical owner.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He's smarter than Candie, and he's the one to ruin Schultz and Django's plans.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first time we see him, he's expressing his exasperation at Candie's insistence that Django, a black man, needs a guest room. While Candie reprimands him, it's clear he possesses more privilege then the other slaves. He's also methodically forging Candie's signature on various cheques.
- Evil Genius: At least when compared to Candie.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He truly seems to care for Candie. Stephen brought to tears when Schultz kills Candie.
- Evil Old Folks: Stephen is 76 years old and is a truly nasty piece of work.
- Face Death with Dignity: He definitely tries to invoke it by dramatically dropping his cane and walking defiantly towards Django with open arms, but Django will have none of it and opts to kneecap him instead making it difficult for him to maintain the calm, proud composure he presumably intended to go out with.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Devises one. Instead of just killing Django, he has him sent off to to be a slave in a mining company, effectively negating everything Django's done on his journey.
- Grumpy Old Man: Complains and grumbles extensively about "letting a nigger stay in the big house".
- Happiness in Slavery: He's devoted to serving Candie. But its also a Deconstructed Trope, in that he's only happy there because of the power he can use to lord over the rest of the slaves of Candyland.
- Hate at First Sight: When Django rides up on that horse, you can just feel the hatred rolling off his Death Glare.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: He's technically Candie's servent he proves to be smarter and a much larger threat.
- Inelegant Blubbering: His immediate reaction to Calvin's death, as well as getting his own kneecaps blown out.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: "DJANGOOOOOO! YOU UPPITY SON OF A..." Well, he was going to say "bitch" before the dynamite brought down the house.
- Knight of Cerebus: Once he and Calvin are presented on screen, the plot of the film focuses much more on the drama than the Black Comedy.
- Large Ham: becomes this whenever he's flustered or upset, yelling at the top of his lungs in anger.
- The Man Behind the Man: Notice how Stephen even writes checks and bills of sale on behalf of Candie? That makes it clear he's the true mastermind of Candyland and the one who is really in charge.
- Meaningful Name: A reference to Stepin Fetchit, the stage name of comedian Lincoln Perry.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: The original script even had Stephen burning off Django's chest nipples.
- Obfuscating Disability: He spends the entire movie hobbling around with a cane. Turns out it was all part of making him seem more harmless. He drops it and walks fine without it when he drops the act. Though he gets kneecapped moments later.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He acts like an ass-kissing self-deprecating house slave out in public. In truth, he's extremely dangerous, cunning, and the real brains behind Candyland.
- Old Retainer: Stephen has served the Candie family for many, many years.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Played with in that while he is this to a modern audience, the movie does take place two years before the Civil War and thus, he is not according to the values of his time.
- Profane Last Words: Stephen's life ends with him cursing at Django before he gets blown up.
- The Quisling: Enjoys his position as a head house slave, and the power it gives him over other black slaves.
- Scary Black Man: Samuel L. Jackson has on record said that he intended for Stephen to be the most hated black character ever seen on the silver screen.Stephen: Why's I'm scarin' you?Broomhilda: (in tears) Because you scary.
- Sherlock Scan: Uses this to deduce that Django and Schultz are not actually trying to buy a Black fighter and are instead there to save Broomhilda.
- Surrounded by Idiots: He expresses barely concealed annoyance and contempt at how the only punishments the Candyland staff and household could suggest to inflict upon Django for his part in killing Mr. Candie almost exclusively was variations upon Groin Attacks followed by execution. He especially agonizes over the fact that he three times had to hint that the fate of Le Quint Dickey Mining Company slaves are way worse than any of that, before Mrs. Candie finally picked up on it.
- Sycophantic Servant: Pretends to be like this in public. Behind closed doors he's far smarter than his boss, and they both know it.
- Uncle Tomfoolery: Masterfully subverted. He plays this role in public, acting like little more than Candie's trained pet, repeating his lines and laughing at all his jokes. But in private he morphs into a wicked mastermind.
- Undying Loyalty: To Calvin.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Django shoots him in the kneecaps, Stephen gets very loud and starts yelling in hysterics.
Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly
Played By: Laura CayouetteThe sister of Calvin Candie.
- Blown Across the Room: In the most ridiculous manner seen in a Spaghetti Western, to the point she wasn't even blown at the right angle when shot. And this was done by a revolver, from across the room.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Played with. She's disgusted when her brother proudly shows off Broomhilda's scars in the dinner scene, but it's not clear if the abuse itself offends her or if she thinks such things are not good table manners.
- Incest Subtext: With Calvin.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: She and Stephen came up with the idea of sending a captured Django to a mine, where he'll be worked to death, stripped of his name, possibly have his tongue removed, and never be reunited with Broomhilda. Luckily, Django has other plans.
- Spanner in the Works: Lara Lee is actually the one who first notices Hildy's tension with Django, and it's her lighthearted jest about it that draws Stephen's attention to them enough for him to work out the rest. It's possible that the plan would have gone off without a hitch had she not noticed or not chosen to joke about it.
- Stepford Smiler: Comes with the Southern Belle.
- Widow Woman: Calvin mentions her husband is dead.
Played By: Walton GogginsOne of Candie's most trusted hands. While not very bright, he is very ruthless.
- Ambiguously Gay: Crash walks with a distinctive swaying gait and loose wrists, and lingers his finger on Django's nuts just a second too long for comfort. The hefty amounts of Foe Yay he has with Django is also cause for suspicion.
- Combat Pragmatist: When Django starts shooting up Candyland, he is the only gunman smart enough to duck and run for cover. He also takes Broomhilda hostage to prevent Django from further violence.
- Composite Character: There were originally two named henchmen - dimwitted Billy Crash and sadistic Ace Woody. Ace was meant to be played by Kurt Russell. Ace's part was then reduced, and reduced until Kurt Russell left, and Ace's character was combined with Billy to produced the vile and dimwitted Billy Crash we have today.
- The Dragon: He is promoted to this for Stephen and the remaining Candie family after Calvin's death.
- Groin Attack: After Django is captured, Billy prepares to castrate him before he is stopped by Stephen. The next time they see each other, Django shoots Crash in his *BANG*.
- It's Pronounced Tro-PAY: Can never pronounce Django's name correctly, calling him 'De-Jango'. Even with his dying words, he still can't get this right."The 'D' is silent, hillbilly!" *BANG*
- Jerkass: He's very rude and condescending towards Django.
- Mook Lieutenant: This is his role until the first shootout at Canydland, at which point he becomes The Dragon.
- Perma-Stubble: Has a little stubble at all times doubles as a Beard of Evil
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Same as all of the other bad guys.
- Nice Hat: He's never seen without his cowboy hat.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Never raises his voice above a low mumble, even when about to castrate Django with a hot knife.
- Torture Technician: After Django is captured, Billy is fully prepared to castrate Django, with the obvious implication that he's done this before. It's only that Billy takes his time that Django manages to get out unscathed.
Played By: James RemarCandie's shotgun-toting bodyguard.
- Badass Mustache: He's Candie's bodyguard and has an impressive mustache to boot
- The Dragon: To Candie, in a more traditional sense than Stephen.
- Irony: Due to Butch Pooch being the one who kills Schultz, and Schultz shooting Ace Speck at the beginning, we have the irony that Christoph Waltz kills James Remar in the beginning of the movie, and then later, James Remar kills him back.
- Nice Hat: He wears it all the time, even indoors, which even the uneducated Django knows is wrong.
- The Quiet One: He doesn't have much dialogue.
- Sawed-Off Shotgun: His Weapon of Choice, which he holds on Django and Schultz, uses to threaten Broomhilda, and kills Schultz with.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: He's the only person in the film that wields a shotgun.
- The Stoic: He always has the same expression no matter what.
Played By: Dennis ChristopherCandie's trusted lawyer.
- Amoral Attorney: He seems nice enough at first, but he has absolutely zero problems with his employer's brutal behaviour.
- Beard of Evil: Not exactly evil but racist and rude at times.
- Butt-Monkey: His protracted, painful, undignified death lands him here.
- The Evil Genius: To Candie's Big Bad as his legal advisor.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears a pair of spectacles and is an Amoral Attorney
- In the Back: Fatally shot three times in the back.
- Not So Different: Django notes that Moguy essentially being raised by Candie's father to be the family's lawyer is not very far removed from a slave.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: To a slightly lesser extent than his boss, but nonetheless.
Played By: Dana Michelle GourrierA house slave that serves as Stephen's second.
- Mammy: Physically, though averted in that she's Stephen's lover.
Played By: Nichole GaliciaA house slave that serves as Candie's mistress/companion.
- Category Traitor: She's quite pleased with her lofty position as Candie's mistress.
- Dark Mistress: Established mostly by Word of God. We never actually see anything happen between her and Candie.
- Happiness in Slavery: Much like Stephen, she seems happy to have eked out a relatively comfortable life for herself in a country that's harsh on black people.
Played By: Danielle WattsA slave in the Cleopatra Club.
- French Maid: Her routine, she even greets club goes with bonjour. Her master Calvin Candie is himself a Francophile.
- French Maid Outfit: It's her uniform at the Cleopatra Club.
- Meido: Her character is closer to this than the usually sassy French Maid trope.
- Sex Slave: Very likely, but not implied as explicitly as with Broomhilda.
Played By: Franco NeroA member of the Cleopatra Club involved in mandingo fights.
- The Cameo: For Franco Nero, the original Django.
Played By: Daivd Steen, Zoë Bell, Michael Bowen, Robert Carradine, Jake Garber, Ted Neeley, James Parks, and Tom SaviniHillbilly dog handlers led by Mr. Stonesipher hired by Candie to track down runaway slaves.
- All There in the Manual: According to leaked script and early casting news, trackers' names are Jake, Lex, Stu, Cheney, Catfish and Peg. Only Stonecipher and Jake are named in the movie.
- Beard of Evil: Stonesipher, Jake, Cheney and Catfish sport them.
- The Cameo: Pretty much the entire troupe of actors who play them are Tarantino regulars.
- Death Glare: Trackers give it to Django as he rides by.
- Deep South: The deepest.
- Evil Cripple: Tracker Lex is hunchbacked.
- Gentle Giant: Jake doesn't seem to enjoy watching people being ripped to pieces by dogs and he's building a birdhouse while his friends are playing poker with human ears instead of poker chips.
- Groin Attack: Django shoots Stonesipher's genitals off.
- Perma-Stubble: Lex and Stu sport them.
Spencer "Big Daddy" Bennett
Played By: Don JohnsonA plantation owner and slaver and the current employer of the Brittle Brothers.
- Beard of Evil: He's a very mean and cruel man and has an impressive beard.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's very friendly towards Django and Shultz when they offer him a lot of money, but later tries to kill them.
- The Klan: Leads a chapter of the Regulators, a precursor of the infamous Ku Klux Klan, though rather incompetently it seems.
- Large Ham: Especially during the scene where he's trying to get the rest of the Regulators organized.
- Light Is Not Good: Wears a white suit and is evil.
- Man in White: Wears a white suit. Ultimately, it becomes a White Shirt of Death.
- Revenge Before Reason: When Django and Schultz kill the Brittle Brothers, he could have simply cut his losses and hired three more overseers to replace them. But he could not let go of the notion of a "killer nigger" getting the best of him and his, and set out with his Regulators to kill him and Schultz, which leads to him getting killed.
- Southern Gentleman: Like Candie, this notion is deconstructed.
- Johnson appears to have developed a penchant for this role, playing a similar character in A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017).
John 'Big John' Brittle
Played By: MC GaineyThe oldest Brittle brother, and seemingly their leader.
- As the Good Book Says...: Big John snarls out selected quotes from the Bible.
- Asshole Victim: Django enjoys killing him for how mean he is.
- Beard of Evil: Evil and has a beard.
- Didn't See That Coming: When Django kills him, Big John doesn't look scared or in pain. He just looks surprised, as if he can't quite believe that a slave he never gave a second thought to hunted him down and put a bullet in his dark heart.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He has a young slave girl whipped for accidentally breaking eggs.
- Fat Bastard: He's pretty mean, and pretty round.
- Karmic Death: Killed by a slave he once abused and tortured. Django even throws the line he used on him back in his face. "I like the way you die, boy."
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Due to being a sadistic racist.
- Religious Bruiser: Big John covers his body in pages torn from the Bible.
- Starter Villain: Django's main goal in the first third is to kill him and his brothers.
- Token Motivational Nemesis: Big John, along with the other brothers, were responsible for Django and Broomhilda's whipping, and the branding of Broomhilda.
- Whip It Good: His choice of 'motivational tool' is a whip, which he is very handy with.
Roger 'Lil Raj' Brittle
Played By: Cooper HuckabeeThe clumsy middle Brittle brother.
- Asshole Victim: Django enjoys killing him for how mean he is.
- Karmic Death: Not only does Django kill him with his own fumbled gun, but he also takes Big John's whip to him in vengeance for what he did to Broomhilda.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Killed with his own gun.
Played By: Doc DuhameThe youngest Brittle brother.
- Asshole Victim: Django enjoys watching Shultz kill him because of how mean he is.
- Beard of Evil: Evil and has a beard
- Dirty Coward: Brave enough when facing slaves afraid of him, he cuts and runs the instant his brothers buy it at Django's hands. For all the good it does him.
- Eyepatch of Power: Averted given he is a dirty coward.
- Karmic Death: He is the only Brittle not to die at Django's hands, but his death still gets placed here due to him pointing him out to Schultz for him to shoot down in ridiculously badass fashion.
- The Cameo: Big Daddy's right hand man is this for Jonah Hill.
- Creator Cameo: Robert is one for Quentin Tarantino.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Willard is upset when his comrades insult his wife.
- No Name Given: Jonah Hill's character's name is never revealed, even though he's the only one to show his face.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Not exactly sympathetic given they're based off the KKK, but there is something amusing about the way they fumble about with their masks (and Willard getting upset because the rest don't appreciate his wife's handiwork).
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Willard does this when his comrades complain about the masks.
U.S. Marshal Gill Tatum
Played By: Tom WopatA U.S. Marshal based at the town of Daughtrey.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Both ways. When a stranger shows up in town and guns down a fellow lawman, he takes plenty of time to ensure every escape is covered and takes great care to not underestimate the man and put his Posse at risk. Also, he is still willing to hear the perp out and promise that "no-one cheats the hangman in my town". He also apparently pays out the bounty when Schultz has explained the situation.
- U.S. Marshal: Wears a star and is referred to as "marshal". It's not a huge leap.
Sheriff Bill Sharp
Played By: Don StroudThe Sheriff of Daughtrey.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: "Now, why y'all wanna come into my town and start trouble? And scare all these nice people? You ain't got nothin' better to do than to come into Bill Sharp's town and show your ass-
- Retired Monster: Stopped rustling cattle and became a sheriff.
- Retired Outlaw: Is in fact the man Schultz is in town to collect the bounty on.
- The Sheriff: He is the man who shows up when Schultz asks for the sheriff, and he wears a badge, so...
- Villain with Good Publicity: The whole townspeople loved him, and pretty much everyone was eager to kill Schultz for shooting him dead until they learn he was rustling cattle.
- Walking Spoiler: Downplayed as while he does have much impact on the plot at whole, learning about who he is takes the shock out of the scene where King Schultz suddenly guns him down.
Played By: Bruce DernOne of Django's former owners, who sold Django and Broomhilda seperately.
- Alliterative Name: His first and last names start with C.
- Bigger Bad: Is the one that starts the backstory of the film, and isn't really hunted down as an afterthought by Django.
- Beard of Evil: A white goatee.
- The Cameo: For the formidable Bruce Dern, growling every word.
- Evil Is Petty: Carrucan sells Django and Broomhilda seperately to split them up, and even has Django sold 'cheap'.
- Evil Old Folks: He's an older fellow, but still evil to the core.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Carrucan wears a pair of nifty shades, perhaps to disguise the evil in his eyes.
- In Universe Nickname: "Old Man Carrucan".
- Kick the Dog: Separating Django and Broomhilda from each other... and ordering the Brittle brothers to sell Django cheap.
- The Unfought: Django never takes revenge against him, even though he's arguably more responsible for his plight than the Brittle brothers.
Ace & Dicky Speck
Played By: James Remar & James Russo
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Dicky desperately pleads with his captives to spare his life and tries to bargain with them. To no avail.
- Asshole Victim: They're cruel and rude slave owners.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Dicky claims to be one, and it's possible that (compared to other slavers) he's actually right. Not that it does him any good when the slaves are handed freedom on a silver platter and he's the only one standing (or lying, screaming under a horse) in the way.
Played By: Lee Horsley
- Badass Grandpa: Old enough to be white-haired, still working as a lawman, and living up in the mountains where the snow is feet deep? A reasonable résumé for this trope.
- Deadpan Snarker: Upon being confronted by Django and Schultz' latest haul of bounties, he simply shrugs and says to leave them outside:"They ain't going nowhere."
- Nice Guy: In a film full of racist white men, he's the only one other than Schultz that treats Django with equal respect. And in a time when eating or drinking with a black man was taboo, he nevertheless invites both Schultz and Django in out of the 'snowy-snow' for some coffee and cake.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Whilst initially he doesn't know the men that Django and Schultz brought to him, he nonetheless accepts their word on the matter.
- The Sheriff: Specifically, the one with whom Django and Schultz spend their winter bounty hunting.