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Characters: Django Unchained
As a Character Sheet, spoilers will be below.

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After Django is freed by Dr. King Schultz, the two team up to find and kill the sadistic Brittle Brothers (who abused Django and his wife, Broomhilda; and sold Broomhilda). After the conclusion of that quest, Django and Schultz head off to the slave plantation "Candyland" to confront Calvin J. Candie, the man who currently legally owns Broomhilda. Things go south for Django and Dr. Schultz from that point on...

Django

"I like the way you die, boy."
Played By: Jamie Foxx

A slave previously owned by Old Man Carrucan, he is freed by Dr King Schulz and sets out to find his wife Broomhilda.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has both whip marks on his back and an R branding him as a runaway slave on his cheek.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: By the end of the film.
  • Silent Snarker: His facial expressions alone convey extreme disdain for whomever's talking to him.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Kills men and women alike in the eventual assault on Candyland.

Dr. King Schultz

Played By: Christoph Waltz

An eccentric German Bounty Hunter and former dentist who frees Django to aid him in the pursuit of the Brittle Brothers.

  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

"They call me Hildy."
Played By: Kerry Washington

Django'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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

     Candyland/Cleopatra Club 

Candyland is a slave plantation headed by Calvin J. Candie and his butler, Stephen. The following characters are affiliated with Candyland and are antagonists of the film unless otherwise noted.

Calvin J. Candie

"Gentleman, you had my curiosity, now you have my attention."

The sadistic and charismatic owner of Candyland.

  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Or cigarette holder. He likes both.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Despite being played for very dark laughs, he quickly becomes threatening after Stephen points out he is being manipulated by Django and Schultz. He actually manages to force Schultz into paying him $12,000 for Broomhilda and starts a chain of events that kills both him and Schultz.
  • 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 and thus, he is not according to the values of his time.
  • Red Right Hand: His black and rotten teeth.
  • Science Marches On: Deliberately invoked: he's an amateur phrenologist.

Stephen

"He gon' stay in the big house!?"

Calvin Candie's old head house slave and close friend, he enjoys the power he has over the other slaves.

  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Stephen figures out very quickly that Django and Broomhilda know each other.
  • Death Glare: Gives a heck of one to Django when he sees him ride in.
  • The Dragon: Not really, see the tropes right below.
  • Dragon Ascendant: He outlives his master as a threat and takes up nominal 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.
  • Dying Curse: Stephen's life ends with him cursing at Django before he gets blown up.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first time we see him, he is 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, and is brought to tears when Schultz kills him.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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: Subverted; he can walk without a cane, but this doesn't matter when he is kneecapped and then blown up seconds later after this is revealed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Cayouette

The 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.

Billy Crash

"Oh, I'm gonna go walking in the moonlight with you."
Played By: Walton Goggins

One of Candie's most trusted hands.

  • 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'. Gets it wrong for the last time right before he dies.
    "The 'D' is silent, hillbilly!" *BANG*

Butch Pooch

Played By: James Remar

Candie's shotgun-toting bodyguard.

  • 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.

Leonide Moguy

Played By: Dennis Christopher

Candie's trusted lawyer.

  • Amoral Attorney: He seems nice enough at first, but he has absolutely zero problems with his employer's brutal behaviour.

Cora

Played By: Dana Michelle Gourrier

A house slave that serves as Stephen's second

  • Mammy: Physically, though averted in that she's Stephen's lover.

Sheba

"I know you didn't mean me."
Played By: Nichole Galicia

A house slave that serves as Candie's mistress/companion.

Coco

Played By: Danielle Watts

A slave in the Cleopatra Club.

  • French Maid: Her routine, she even greets club goes with bonjour. Her master Calvin Candie is himself a Francophile.
  • Meido: Her character is closer to this than the usually sassy French Maid trope.

Amerigo Vessepi

Played By: Franco Nero

A member of the Cleopatra Club involved in 'mandingo' fights.

Candyland Trackers

Hillbilly dog handlers led by Mr. Stonesipher hired by Candie to track down runaway slaves.

Played By: Daivd Steen, ZoŽBell, Michael Bowen, Robert Carradine, Jake Garber, Ted Neeley, James Parks, and Tom Savini

  • All There in the Manual: According to leaked script and early casting news, trackers' names are Jake, Lex, Stu, Cheney, Catfish and Peg. Only Jake is 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.

     Bennett Plantation 

Spencer "Big Daddy" Bennett

"Now unless they start shooting first, nobody shoot 'em. That's way too simple for these jokers."
Played By: Don Johnson

A plantation owner and slaver and the current employer of the Brittle Brothers.

  • The Klan: Leads a sort of KKK, though rather incompetently it seems.

John 'Big John' Brittle

"I like the way you beg, boy."
Played By: MC Gainey

The oldest Brittle brother, and seemingly their leader.

Roger 'Lil Raj' Brittle

Played By: Cooper Huckabee

The clumsy middle Brittle brother.

Ellis Brittle

Played By: Doc Duhame

The youngest Brittle brother.

Bag Head #2

Played By: Jonah Hill

     People of Daughtrey, TX 

U.S. Marshal Gill Tatum

Played By: Tom Wopat

A U.S. Marshal based at the town of Daughtrey

Sheriff Bill Sharp

Played By: Don Stroud

The Sheriff of Daughtrey. Actually a fugitive criminal that Schutz is hunting down.

  • 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-

Son of a Gunfighter

Played By: Russ Tamblyn

Daughter of a Son of a Gunfighter

Played By: Amber Tamblyn

  • Casting Gag: Creator/Amber Tamblyn is the daughter of Russ Tamblyn.

    Other Characters 

Curtis Carrucan

"You got sand, Django. Boy's got sand...I got no use for a nigger with sand."
Played By: Bruce Dern

  • Bigger Bad: Is the one that starts the backstory of the film, and isn't really hunted down as an afterthought by Django.
  • 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 Speck

Played By: James Remar

Dicky Speck

Played By: James Russo

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Desperately pleads with his captives to spare his life and tries to bargain with them. To no avail.
  • Boom, Headshot: The manner of his death.
  • Punch Clock Villain: He 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.

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