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Inglourious Basterds

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The Basterds

Played By: Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Til Schweiger, Gedeon Burkhard, B. J. Novak, Omar Doom, Samm Levine, Paul Rust, Michael Bacall

"We will be cruel to the Germans, and through our cruelty they will know who we are."

A group of soldiers who have set out to put the fear of God into Nazi Germany. Started as eight Jewish-Americans, but were later joined by the German Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz after he murders 13 Gestapo officers and the Basterds break him out of jail.

  • Badass Crew: It's not even funny how much fear they put into the Nazi party, "butchering them like flies." Hitler even ponders them as "apparitions", able to appear and disappear at will. They're just that good.
  • Blood Knight: Going as far as to scalp the soldiers they kill, the Basterds are in France for the sole purpose of killing German soldiers.
  • The Dreaded: Always leave a Sole Survivor with a swastika carved into their foreheads to spread the word that they are going around killing Nazis.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: All the members can classify.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Let's see, they hate the Nazis, yet they do several eerily similar actions onto the Nazis that the Nazis do onto Jews and other undesirables, even down to locking them in a room under false pretenses (in a manner of speaking). That fits the trope to a "t". But given that it's eight Jews and a hillbilly versus the entirety of the Nazi Party, it just as much comes across as a darkly satisfying turning the tables.
  • Knight Templar: Their mission statement is two words long; "Kill Nazis". However, one of the many (many, many) things that makes them morally dubious is that they do not differentiate between Nazis and non-party German soldiers. Joined the German army just for the pay, even if you hate the Nazis, or got conscripted? Too bad; assuming you survive the Basterds, you're still getting branded with a swastika.
  • Nineties Anti-Hero: They take no prisoners and relish violence. The main reason to root for them is that their targets are Nazis.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Possibly the best example.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Most of the Basterds are Jewish, and they fight Nazis, so revenge is certainly a motivating factor.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Four Basterds disappear (Gerold Hirschberg, Andy Kagan, Michael Zimmerman, Simon Sakowitz) never to be shown on screen again. According to leaked versions of the script, whoever didn't show up by the tavern scene had died.


Lt. Aldo "The Apache" Raine
"You probably heard we ain't in the prisoner-takin' business; we in the killin' Nazi business. And cousin, business is a-boomin'!"
Played By: Brad Pitt

"Every man here owes me one. Hundred. Nazi. Scalps. And I want my scalps!"

A hilljack from the backwoods of Tennessee. Has a mysterious scar about his neck that is ultimately left to the viewers' imagination. Tasked with instilling God-induced fear into the Germans before the Armada, he puts together the American-Jewish "Basterds" - all too happy to kill him some Nazis.
  • American Accents: Of the Hillbilly/Appalachian type.
  • Anti-Hero: Aldo seems truly dedicated to taking down Hitler and stopping the persecution of European Jews. The killing and torturing is just a bonus.
  • Ax-Crazy: He does get off on carving swastikas into the heads of German prisoners-of-war.
  • Badass: Naturally since he's the leader.
  • Badass Mustache: An epic one.
  • Badass Native: Claims to be descended from Jim Bridger, which makes him part Native American.
  • Blood Knight: Like most of the Basterds, he really enjoys fighting Nazis.
  • Decoy Protagonist: He's featured most prominently in the trailers and is played by the best-known actor in the cast but it's really Shoshanna that pulls off the biggest Nazi massacre.
  • Even Anti-Heroes Have Standards: He did seem genuinely willing to let Wilhelm leave the bar alive after hearing that he was a father to a newly born child, and gives off a very subtle indication that he doesn't think highly of Hammersmark killing him in cold blood.
  • Expy: His speech to the Basterds draws similarities to General George S. Patton.
  • Famous Ancestor: Raine mentions he's a direct descendant of well-known mountain man Jim Bridger.
  • The Man They Couldn't Hang: A likely cause of his neck injury.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Like most of the Basterds, he *really* enjoys killing and mutilating Nazis. He also doesn't mind torturing Bridget when he becomes suspicious of her.
  • Large Ham: His way of speaking is quite theatrical throughout the story.
    And I WANT my scalps!
  • Laughably Evil: He is QUITE entertaining, probably the main reason why his blatant sociopathy is largely ignored by the fanbase. Another reason probably being Pay Evil unto Evil.
  • Military Maverick: That fact he mentions having been 'chewed out' before and is still holding the rank of lieutenant probably goes some way to explaining why he is leading an irregular unit on what most people would consider a suicide mission.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • When he tweaks the deal Landa made with the Allied Command, Raine notes it's not the first time he went against orders.
    • How Raine got that scar. He looks like a survivor of a failed hanging, although who hanged him and for what reason is never explained.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: The Nazis are cruel, evil people who will murder without a second thought. Therefore Raine feels giving them a taste of their own medicine is a perfectly valid tactic.
  • Southern-Fried Private: He hails from Tennessee, although Raine mentions he's got Native American blood in him.


Sgt. Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz
"Teddy fuckin' Williams knocks it out of the park!"
Played By: Eli Roth

More commonly known as "The Bear Jew", his infamy and brutality is so widespread among German soldiers stationed in France that many actually believe that he is a golem summoned by a vengeful rabbi. In truth, he is a Jewish-American soldier who really likes baseball. Unfortunately, there are no baseballs in Nazi-Occupied France, so he and his bat make do with Nazi melons.
  • All There in the Manual: Donny's backstory-flashback, cut from the film but found in the published script, reveals that he specifically enlisted to fight in the war on the condition that he fight Germany, not Japan. Also, his bat is inscribed with names of Jewish friends and family members as their blessings for his revenge.
  • Anti-Hero: Donny is truly dedicated to taking down Hitler and stopping the persecution of European Jews. The killing and torturing is just a bonus.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: "Fuck A Duck!"
  • American Accents: Boston.
  • Badass: Being The Dreaded among the Nazis.
  • Batter Up: His weapon of choice. He's become infamous among the Nazis for it.
  • Blood Knight: Donny loves to kill, and he cannot wait to smash his bat into another human being's face over and over.
  • The Dreaded: Even by Basterds standards, he's feared among the German military, to the point of being Shrouded in Myth.
  • Famous Son: According to Quentin Tarantino, Lee Donowitz is in fact, Donny's son.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dies in the explosion of the theater in the end gunning down Nazis.
  • Knight Templar: Is decidedly the most eager to torment and slaughter him some Nazis.
  • The Lancer: He questions Aldo what they need Hammersmark for more than anyone else.
  • Large Ham: Tends towards Chewing the Scenery a lot in his lines. Like his exaggerated sarcasm when talking about Operation Kino...or his elation after beating Sgt. Rachtmann to death.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: His face whilst listening to Raine explain his intentions to the Nazis.
  • Red Baron: He becomes knows as the "Bear Jew" among the Nazis.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Donny Donowitz gives this off as he approaches the German Commanding Officer to execute him.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Nazis believe he's a golem conjured by a Rabbi.
  • Terror Hero: Considering his actor, he looks psychotic in nearly every scene he appears in. Smirking during Raine's monologue of spreading terror towards the Nazis, looking like a maniac standing near Bridget von Hammersmark, and his blood lust when he spots Hitler.


Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz
"Say "auf Wiedersehen" to your Nazi balls."
Played By: Til Schweiger

A psychotic serial killer who was, for a time, a German enlisted soldier. He gained infamy after brutally butchering thirteen Gestapo officers, and was promptly on his way to the gallows. But as it turns out, Aldo was a huge fan of his work and wanted him to play for his team. Hugo didn't even have to ponder on the possibility of killing more Nazis.
  • Blood Knight: Certainly seems to enjoy that one kill where he choked the Nazi to death with his fist.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Out of the 13 Gestapo officers he killed we saw three. One was suffocated by stuffing a fist into his throat and another repeatedly stabbed in the face through a pillow. The third was just strangled with a piano wire.
  • Defector from Decadence: Downplayed in that the Basterds are nearly as decadent as their targets. However, the inscription on his knife translates into "My duty is to my honor", indicating that his rebellion against the Nazis arose out of disgust for their dishonorable crimes.
  • The Dreaded: "Everybody in the German army's heard of Hugo Stiglitz...!"
  • Heel–Face Turn: Subverted. It's never fully explained why he decided to kill Gestapo officers, but the Basterds heard about it and offered him his freedom in return for helping them. Naturally, he joined up. The film hints that the Gestapo tortured him for some reason, setting him off on his personal Roaring Rampage of Revenge before capture (and rescue by the Basterds).
    • The inscription on his knife ("My duty is to my honor") may give a clue as to his rebellion.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: The greatest example in the movie (on the part of sociopath).
  • Knife Nut: He has a SS dagger, with the "Loyalty is my honor" inscription.
  • Nominal Hero: Hugo has no problems with murder, mutilation, and torture. His targets are Nazis, though, so his interests are aligned with that of the Allied High Command.
  • Psycho for Hire: He just seems to like killing.
  • Serial Killer: Before joining the Basterds.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Straddle between this and Heroic Comedic Sociopath.
  • The Stoic: Almost completely unflappable—even when the prison guards to his cell are being suddenly gunned down. And then there's this gem, when Hicox tells him they should all be sure to remain calm on assignment:
    "I don't look calm to you?"
    • Not So Stoic: Subverted. Despite losing his shit in his own mind sitting next to a Nazi Gestapo Officer in a bar, reliving the Nazi torture he endured at some point, he doesn't blow his cover nor burst into violence. Hicox does. Only after, he shots the officer in the balls and goes nuts stabbing him in the back of the head during the shoot out.
  • Token Enemy Minority: Former German soldier under the Nazis. Now with the Basterds.


Cpl. Wilhelm Wicki

Played By: Gedeon Burkhard

An Austrian-born Jew, he quickly fled and became an American citizen right around the time when the Nazi party was coming into real prominence. Afterwards, he joined the Basterds to kick a little ass. Acts as the team's translator, cause the Germans are too shit-scared of Stiglitz.


Pfc. Omar Ulmer

Played By: Omar Doom

A Basterd who got roped into Aldo's insane plan of bombing the cinema following the Mexican Standoff turned Blast Out in the pub. He doesn't speak Italian, not that Aldo cares.
  • Badass: "You have 30 feet to kill that guy after I kill that guy. Can you do it?" His response... "I have to." And he does.
  • Butt Monkey: Raine treats him like this but he proves himself otherwise.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dies in the explosion of the theater in the end gunning down Nazis.
  • Hidden Depths: He's the only one of the trio who satisfies Landa's ear for Italian despite being the only one who can't speak any.


Pfc. Smithson "The Little Man" Utvich

Played By: BJ Novak

"The Germans' nickname for me is "the Little Man"?"

Known to the Germans as the "Little Man" - even though he's not the smallest of the Basterds - , Utvich is a Basterd who, for some reason, was captured by Landa along with Aldo in the hopes of his scheme succeeding. Despite coming off as timid, he is all too happy to follow Aldo.


Pfc. Gerold Hirschberg

Played By: Samm Levine

A Basterd with a minor role. He's the shortest member of the Basterds
  • In the Back: Shoots Private Ludwig when he tries to escape.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In interviews, Samm Levine confirms that Hirschberg survives to the story's end, and written-but-not-filmed closing scenes had himself and other unspecified Basterds meeting up with Lt. Raine and PFC Utivich after they settled things with Col. Hans Landa.


Pfc. Andy Kagan

Played By: Paul Rust


Pfc. Michael Zimmerman

Played By: Michel Bacall

The Nazis

    German High Command 

The German High Command (Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Goring, and Martin Bormann)

Played By: Martin Wuttke & Sylvester Groth


Adolf Hitler
Played By: Martin Wuttke

It's that one guy.
  • Adolf Hitlarious
  • Big Bad: A passive example, as he does absolutely nothing to directly hinder the protagonists.
  • Incoming Ham: "NEIN, NEIN, NEIN, NEIN, NEIN, NEIN!"
  • Large Ham: In his first scene, he really hams it up during his rant about the Bear Jew.
  • Living Macguffin: Despite being the ultimate leader of the Nazi party, Hitler has no real influence on the plot, other than just being another target for Shoshanna and the Basterds to kill. Replacing him with another important Nazi would not affect the plot very much.


Dr. Joseph Goebbels

Played By: Sylvester Groth

Hitler's Minister of Propaganda, he sees himself as the next (less Jewish) Fritz Lang. He...really isn't.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: As if being the Nazi Minister of Propaganda didn't make him evil enough, he also has a creepy, passive-aggressive handshake.
  • Fan Disservice: Thanks for the Goebbels sex scene, Quentin.

    Hans Landa 

Col. Hans ‘The Jew Hunter’ Landa
"I love rumors! Facts can be so misleading, where rumors, true or false, are often revealing."
Played By: Christoph Waltz

"You are now in the hands of the SS. My hands to be exact."

A Nazi colonel who is a damn good detective (in his words). Very good at rooting out Jewish families in hiding. This is how he makes the acquaintance of Shosanna Dreyfus, whose family's death he is responsible for. As fate would have it, he is responsible for the security detail for the film Shosanna's cinema. Apart from Zoller, he's the only fictional Nazi at the gala, though he shares a lot in common with Reinhard Heydrich, the architect of Hitler's "final solution"; this is remarked on by Landa himself in the film.
  • Affably Evil: He's Wicked Cultured, speaks politely, and cracks jokes. He's also a vicious killer.
  • Appropriated Appellation: As seen in the beginning, when he mentions having been given the title of "Jew Hunter," which he finds to be rather catchy. Subverted in the final act, several years later, when he has come to loathe the accolade.
  • Awesome by Analysis: He is essentially a Nazi Sherlock Holmes, and may actually see himself as such (he insists that he's a "detective", and a damn good one; and he even has a gavel).
  • Badass Longcoat: The Nazi uniform worn in the first chapter of the film.
  • Break Them by Talking: His interrogation of Perrier La Padite in the first chapter of the story.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: With a predilection for dairy products, idioms involving shoes, languages, rumors and elaborate conversation Landa is a very odd fish but he counterbalances this with his brilliance as a detective.
  • The Chessmaster: He knows how to play people's weaknesses and strengths against them to get what he wants.
  • Cunning Linguist: One of the character's most well-known traits is his quadri-linguality.
  • The Dreaded: His nickname being the Jew Hunter and all.
  • Drink Order: He sure does like his milk.
  • The Gadfly: He makes a point that he enjoys to "tease rough" while unraveling Bridget von Hammersmark's mountain climbing story.
  • Karma Houdini: Most likely will become this in combination with Written by the Winners. He betrays Hitler with the intention of being viewed by the public as being a spy for the Allies, and he being the reason the allies win. The only way it doesn't quite go the way he plans is the Mark of Shame being carved into his forehead. Even then, considering all the resources he extorted, his persuasion skill, and the fact that plastic surgery was already pretty advanced by that, he would get away with it.
  • Let No Crisis Go to Waste: He discovers the Basterds' plan and hijacks it in order to give himself a cushy retirement.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates his way into surviving the defeat of the Nazis and retiring with a "nest egg".
  • Mark of Shame: Becomes the recipient of Aldo's masterpiece so as to not let his old ties be forgotten.
  • Pet the Dog: It's implied that he does honor his agreement to leave the farmer alone, and he is clearly horrified when Aldo kills his driver after they've surrendered, claiming that he made a deal for the man's life.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He has Shosanna switch in with her assistant because he presumed Goebbells wouldn't allow a "negro" to manage the film night.
  • Psycho for Hire: The Nazis are just convenient for him to act out his horrible impulses. Without them, it's likely he'd be off doing something just as monstrous.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: In four languages no less.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: It comes with being Affably Evil.
  • The Starscream: He actually puts some of the dynamite in Hitler's balcony.
  • Smug Snake
  • Too Clever by Half: His scheme doesn't go the way he envisions it; also, while he is responsible for the death of the German and Nazi leadership, it's less because he sold them out to the Basterds, and more due to sparing a young Jewish girl (For the Evulz, mind; he'd just killed her entire family, and he spared her just because it amused him to do so) and not recognizing her as a vengeful adult.
  • Turncoat: He helps Operation Kino succeed. For a price, of course.
  • Verbal Tic: He calls any German he does not know "Herman".
  • Villain Protagonist: A villain and most likely the real protagonist of the film.
  • Wicked Cultured: He embodies this trope.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Normally he's the opposite; very little gets by him, which makes him such a good detective. He susses out Operation Kino very quickly and cuts what appears to be a flawless deal to save his own skin once the war is over. His mistake, however, comes in assuming that Aldo Raine's Ax-Crazy Military Maverick shtick is just an act to scare the Germans and not really who he is...
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: He burst into uncontrollable laughter over Hammersmark's mountain climbing story.


Frederick Zoller
Played By: Daniel Brühl

A charming German sniper who gained a hero status in Germany after mowing down nearly 300 American soldiers in a single day from a tower. He is now the centerpiece of Goebbels' latest propaganda film, Nation's Pride. Has a serious case of puppy-love for Shosanna.
  • Almighty Janitor: On paper, he's just another soldier. In practice, thanks to his big moment, high-ranking officers practically Squee! upon seeing him, and he has meetings with top-ranking officials.
  • Autobiographical Role: The Movie Within The Movie is about his exploits, and he plays himself.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Initially appears as a jovial guy who just simply does his job as he's commanded. Then Shosanna refuses him and he drops the Nice Guy personality.
  • Cat Smile: A result of his nice guy persona and having Daniel Bruhl's face.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Up to a point. Shosanna would definitely disagree, especially when he shows his true colors.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Finally snaps after Shoshanna snubs him yet again, even when he expected his favors would warm her up to him.
  • Entitled to Have You: When he drops the Nice Guy façade, he demands that Shosanna submit herself to him.
  • Expy: He's kind of a German Audie Murphy: a war hero renowned for an impossible feat, turned actor playing himself in patriotic films.
  • Friendly Sniper: He acts affably enough. Gets subverted as he continuously attempts to force Shosanna into a relationship.
  • Humble Hero: Of a sort; he never reveals his celebrity status until fans appear to fawn over him and afterward doesn't flaunt it. It may be because he's not particularly proud of his claim to fame; see Punch Clock Villain below.


Major Dieter Hellstrom
Played By: August Diehl

Something of a repulsive Gestapo Major, he works directly under Goebbels. Not particularly savvy, but very difficult to fool.
  • Bad Boss: Used Wilhelm and his men as cannon fodder to escalate the bar shootout.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He could very well serve as a Deconstruction of Landa's character: Good with language, but not good enough to recognize a British accent. He fancies himself a detective and claims to know "every [German Soldier] in France worth knowing", and yet sits right next to Hugo Stiglitz, the only member of the Basterds whom we know had his face in a newspaper (for killing those 13 officers), whom "every man in the German Army has heard of", and fails to recognize him. He has no personal magnetism, and his charm is all superficial, quickly dropped once it becomes inconvenient. And perhaps most important of all; unlike Landa, Hellstrom didn't Know When to Fold 'Em and it costs him and his men their lives.
  • Evil Gloating: Is completely content knowing everyone in the bar is going to shoot each other.
  • Faux Affably Evil: An act he's not particularly accomplished at. "I must say, I grow weary of these monkeyshines."
  • Groin Attack: He's shot to death by Hicox and Stiglitz firing their sidearms point-blank into his groin.
  • It's Personal: With Hicox.
  • Jerkass: Upon meeting Shosanna he rudely tells her to get her ass into the car, which was actually supposed to be an invitation; and overall he doesn't enjoy anyone's company including Goebbells and his own men.
  • Lack of Empathy: Had no sympathy for little Max growing up without a father.
  • The Profiler: Definitely envisions himself as such.
  • Stepford Smiler: His smile and manners are entirely superficial. Beneath being very cold.
  • Smug Snake: Hellstrom sure thinks he's some kind of version of Landa. That's the kind of thinking that makes you say "auf wiedersehen" to your Nazi balls.
  • Taking You with Me: With Hicox, having pointed a gun below the table the moment he sat down assuring him they aren't leaving the bar no matter what.
  • You Have No Chance to Survive: Towards Hicox and the basterds explaining they won't survive a shoot out with germen officers in the bar.


Staff Sgt. Wilhelm

Played By: Alexander Fehling

A German soldier under Hellstrom's command. He was given the night off to celebrate the birth of his son, Max, at a pub. Then it all goes to hell.
  • I Have a Family: He's given the choice to let Bridget go without a fight so he could be with his wife and son.
  • Mexican Standoff: With Raine... or not... depends if you ask him or Raine.
  • More Dakka: While everyone in the bar was wielding small sidearms, Wilhelm went for the MP 40 submachinegun with brutal effect.
  • Punch Clock Villain: You set aside the whole "nazi" thing, and what you have left is a swell guy who is celebrating his new family.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Or perhaps his new son, Max, is a better example. Imagine what would've happened if Max hadn't been born that night; Wilhelm and his fellow soldiers wouldn't have gone to that bar, they wouldn't have met Bridget von Hammersmark, Wilhelm wouldn't have picked up on Hicox's accent, which means Hellstrom wouldn't have picked up on his accent, which means the Mexican Standoff wouldn't have happened, and everyone in the bar might've lived through the night. If nothing else, Operation Kino would've played out very differently.
  • Suddenly Sober: Amazing what a firefight in a basement can do.


Sgt. Werner Rachtman

Played By: Richard Sammel

An honorable and loyal German soldier, who "respectfully refuses" Aldo's offer to rat out his comrades. He becomes The Bear Jew's first on-screen kill.
  • A Father to His Men: As he surveys the dead bodies of his men being scalped, he looks none too pleased....
  • Even Evil Has Standards: An unapologetic Nazi (and by extension anti-semite) who nonetheless dies rather than give up his comrades.
  • Face Death with Dignity: The man is unflappable, given the situation; It takes a baseball bat to the head to finally get a reaction out of him.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Unapologetic Nazi and anti-Semite.
  • Precision F-Strike: When told his options are to expose the location of an artillery encampment or get beaten to death with a baseball bat, he answers with an unmistakable "Fuck you, and your Jew dogs."
  • Villainous Valour: In addition to condemning himself to a violent death rather than betray his army, we have this moment:
    Donowitz: *taps a medal on Rachtman's uniform* You get that for killin' Jews?
    Rachtman: Bravery.


Pvt. Butz

Played By: Sönke Möhring

A German solder serving under Sgt. Ratchman.


Francesca Mondino

Played By: Julie Dreyfus

Goebbels' mistress and French translator.

The Allies


Prime Minister Winston Churchill

Played By: Rod Taylor

"Brief him."

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


General Ed Fenech

Played By: Mike Myers

"We have all our rotten eggs in one basket. The objective of the operation: blow up the basket."

An English general under Churchill's command.
  • The Cameo: For Mike Myers with an impeccable accent and heavy make-up.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's an older gentleman who has enough of a sense of fun to have a drink with his subordinates.


Lt. Archie Hicox
'There's a special rung in hell reserved for people who waste good scotch.'

A former film critic and journalist who now serves in Her Majesty's Royal Army. His immense knowledge of German cinema makes him invaluable for the upcoming operation in Fenech's and Churchill's eyes.
  • Badass Bookworm: He is a film historian and film critic.
  • Fatal Flaw: For all his knowledge of German cinema he doesn't know how to signal "3" with his fingers German-style, which is what confirms Major Hellstrom's suspicions that he's not German.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Why make a big deal about having a gun pointed under a table at you when you can sip your favourite drink?
  • Elites Are More Glamorous : His cap-badge indicates he is a Commando.
  • I Am Very British: "Frightfully sorry sir!"
  • One Last Smoke: Along with a glass of scotch.
  • Only Sane Man: Deconstructed. He really knows before the meeting to keep a calm head while undercover. Unfortunately that doesn't stop him from colliding egos with a Nazi Major bent on exposing him and ruining his evening with a movie celebrity.

    Bridget von Hammersmark 

Bridget von Hammersmark
Played By: Diane Kruger

A beautiful German actress who has been secretly working for the Allies for quite some time, being Fenech's primary spy.
  • Consummate Liar: Convinces Wilhelm to put down his gun, then kills him in cold blood.
  • Femme Fatale: She's beautiful, devious, and willing to kill. Posters of the film play this up by showing her in her film premiere outfit while holding a pistol.
  • High Class Gloves: At the film premiere she makes sure to dress like a major movie star, with an outfit that includes long, white gloves.
  • Idiot Ball: Her ability to lie convincingly suddenly fails her when questioned about evidence that implicates her.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Her black premiere dress has lots of beads, lace, and feather trim at the hem.
  • Pretty in Mink: Her premiere outfit is topped by a blue fox fur wrap.
  • Shoot the Dog: Even Aldo seems mildly disappointed with her for straight-up killing Wilhelm after they made a deal.
  • Smug Snake: She works for the allies, but is still smug and sneaky.

Le Gamaar Theater


Shosanna Dreyfus / Emmannuelle Mimieux
Played By: Mélanie Laurent

A French Jew whose entire family was murdered by Hans Landa's men. She eventually inherits a cinema, which ironically becomes the state for the premiere of Nation's Pride. Which ironically, Landa is providing security for.
  • Anti-Hero: A Pay Evil unto Evil version. She crafts a horrific punishment for an entire theater full of high-ranking Nazis. It certainly helps that she's the only survivor of a massacre by Landa and Landa left her alive because he figured she couldn't possibly pose a threat to the Nazis in the future. As noted in Would Hurt a Child, it wasn't just the high ranking officers, but anyone who had association with the Nazi Party.
  • Badass: With her plan to burn the whole cinema to the ground on the premiere night and shooting Zoller in the back with a gun she hid, she certainly qualifies.
    • Hell, her entire character may very well be this: she is a woman who was able to dine, at length, with the man who murdered her family without breaking, only stopping to show emotion after Landa departs. That's a strong person if ever there was one.
  • Broken Bird: Forced to watch the death of her family and then cater to the Nazis.
  • The Chessmaster: She plans out a scheme to kill all the top-ranking Nazis, and even works out details like having her special alternate film prepared for the premiere without getting caught.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Betrayed by her protector and then watched her family get slaughtered.
  • Evil Laugh: In the film she makes for the Nazis right before Marcel burns the whole place down.
  • Final Girl: Subverted. She dies right before her revenge is completed.
  • Ice Queen: Justified, given her backstory.
  • Irony: In the end, she manages to kill damn near every high ranking German soldier except the one who was personally responsible for her family's death.
  • Lipstick and Load Montage: On the premiere night.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Becomes disturbed with herself after shooting Frederick.
  • Not So Stoic: After her encounter with Landa. Also in her taped message to the Nazis in the theater, complete with the Evil Laugh.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Oh boy!
  • Sole Survivor: Of her family.
  • The Stoic: The demeanor she puts on to save her life during the occupation of Paris.
  • Would Hurt a Child: If she noticed there were girls of the Bund Deutscher Mädel (the League of German Maidens, the girl's wing of the Hitler Youth, in the theater.


Played By: Jacky Ido

Shosanna's boyfriend as well as the film projectionist at her cinema. He's said to be the best.
  • Anti-Hero: Type III.
  • Famous Last Words: "Oui, Shosanna."
  • Flat Character: He has little characterization other than his loyalty to Shosanna and that his demeanor is that of a...
  • Nice Guy: See Flat Character.
  • One Last Smoke: He's smoking as he waits for the signal to set the film rolls on fire.
  • Satellite Character: We never get to learn anything about him, other than that he's Shosanna's boyfriend and a very good projectionist.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Shoshanna.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Since the final shot of Marcel is the moment when he tosses down his cigarette to ignite the film reels, his fate is unclear: he ought to have had ample time to escape the theater, but it appears that Shosanna never had any intention of walking away from this one alive; if Marcel knew that, he might have preferred to stay and join in her Heroic Suicide rather than live on without her.

La Padite


Perrier La Padite

Played By: Denis Ménochet

A French milk farmer with three daughters. Landa intimidates and pressures him into exposing the Dreyfus family hiding under his floorboard.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: The first one: aiding Jews to hide puts him and his family at risk. And then to protect his family he's forced to go along with Landa's game.
  • Les Collaborateurs: A rare sympathetic example.
  • Manly Tears: Breaks down for betraying the Dreyfus family to protect his own daughters.
  • Sadistic Choice: Is given the choice of either selling out the Dreyfus family to the Nazis or having his own family killed for not cooperating.
    • Of course, Hans already pretty much knew he was sheltering the Dreyfus family, so Perrier admitting he was hiding them was kind of a moot point anyway.

La Louisiane Tavern



Played By: Christian Berkel

The bartender of La Louisiane. Doesn't seem to care too much for the German occupation.



Played By: Anne-Sophie Franck

A waitress working at La Louisiane. Unlike Eric, she is deathly scared of the German soldiers.