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Characters: Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds

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     The Basterds 

"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 scalp Germans as a sort of revenge. 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
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: All the members can classify.
  • Knight Templar
  • Nineties Anti-Hero
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Possibly the best example.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge
  • They Who Fight 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 nine Jews versus the entirety of the Nazi Party, it just as much comes across as a darkly satisfying turning the tables.
  • 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

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.

Sgt. Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz

"Teddy fuckin' Williams knocks it out of the park! Fenway Park on its feet for Teddy fuckin' Ballgame! He went yardo on that one, out to fuckin' Lansdowne Street!"
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.

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.

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.

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

     The Nazis 

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

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

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 Shoshanna Dreyfus, whose family's death he is responsible for. As fate would have it, he is responsible for the security detail for the film Shoshanna's cinema.
  • Appropriated Appellation: As seen in the beginning, when he mentions having been given the title of "Jew Hunter," which he finds to be rather catch. 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
  • Breakout Character
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: With a predilection for dairy products, idioms involving shoes, languages, rumours and elaborate conversation Landa is a very odd fish but he counterbalances this with his brilliance as a detective.
  • Cunning Linguist: One of the character's most well-known traits is his quadri-linguality.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy
  • Drink Order: He sure does like his milk.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Lets just say that despite promise of becoming a complete American citizen and hailed as a hero, he couldn't eliminate his ties to the Nazis afterwards thanks to the surviving members of the Basterds deciding to do one of their usual methods with surviving Nazis. Though he can probably get plastic surgery with all those goodies he extorted.
  • Faux Affably Evil
  • Karma Houdini: He attempts to invoke this trope in combination with Written by the Winners. He betrays Hitler with the intention of being viewed by the public as being an unwilling ally of the Nazi's, and he being the reason the allies win. It doesn't quite go the way he plans though with the Mark of Shame being carved into his forehead.
  • Let no Crisis Go to Waste: He discovers the Basterds' plan and hijacks it in order to give himself a cushy retirement.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Mark of Shame: Becomes the unfortunate recipient of Aldo's masterpiece.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Star-Making Role: This is the role that made Christoph Waltz known outside of Germany and Austria.
  • The Starscream
  • 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 High 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 recognising her as a vengeful adult.
  • Turncoat
  • Urban Legend Love Life
  • Verbal Tic: Calls anyone he does not know the name of Herrman.
  • Villain Protagonist: A villain and most likely the real protagonist of the film.
  • Wicked Cultured: He embodies this trope.

Frederick Zoller

Played By: Daniel Bruhl

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 Shoshanna.

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.

Adolf Hitler

Played By: Martin Wuttke

It's that one guy.

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.

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.

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.

Pvt. Butz

Played By: Sönke Möhring

A German solder serving under Sgt. Ratchmann.

Francesca Mondino

Played By: Julie Dreyfus

Goebbels' mistress and French translator.

     The Allies 

Lt. Archie Hicox

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.

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.

General Ed Fenech

Played By: Mike Myers

An English general under Churchill's command.

     Le Gamaar Theater 

Shoshanna Dreyfus / Emmannuelle Mimieux

Played By: Melanie 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.


Played By: Jacky Ido

Shoshanna's boyfriend as well as the film projectionist at her cinema. He's the best.

     La Padite Family 

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.

     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.

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