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The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad
The Bride/Beatrix Kiddo AKA Black Mamba AKA Arlene Machiavelli
Played By: Uma Thurman
"I've killed a hell of a lot of people to get to this point, but I have only one more. The last one. The one I'm driving to right now. The only one left. And when I arrive at my destination, I am gonna kill Bill."A former member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad who is described as "the deadliest woman in the world". She is targeted by her former allies in the wedding chapel massacre, and falls into a coma. When she awakens four years later, she embarks on a deadly trail of revenge against the perpetrators of the massacre.
- Action Girl: This or a "good" Dark Action Girl. She's also revealed to be an Action Mom.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. She gets the ever-living shit kicked out of her. In the long run though, she doesn't receive any permanent injuries, a plate in her head notwithstanding.
- Brick Break: During her time with Pai Mei, part of his training was that she was to punch a wooden board day in and day out. In Vol. 2, she puts this to work after being buried alive by Budd inside a wooden coffin.
- Buried Alive: By Budd, but she eventually breaks free by punching a hole in the casket.
- Combat Pragmatist: Besides just cutting people, she'll rip out her opponents' eyes, used improvised weapons, and cut off limbs if it means getting those in her way to stay down.
- Cruel Mercy:
- She settles for blinding Elle instead of killing her.
- She "spares" Sophie Fatale so she can leave a message for Bill, but does so by lopping her arms off and throwing her down a hill, ensuring she's close to death and unlikely to ever recover when Bill gets the message. Cruel Mercy, but likely counts among the cruelest.
- Dark Action Girl: While working for Bill. (Only slightly less dark afterwards.)
- Deadpan Snarker: Is often sarcastic in her dealings with the other DiVAS. Not that they're any better.
- Deliver Us from Evil: The reason she decided to quit the Vipers in the first place; in fact, she had the pregnancy test in hand and was in the middle of a mission when she decided to abandon it.
- Determinator: NOTHING will stop this lady from getting her revenge on the Deadly Vipers. Not even being Buried Alive.
- Disabled Badass : Briefly, in the hospital after she wakes up. She still manages to kill two guys, despite her legs being paralyzed.
- Heel Realization: Seems to finally kick in towards the end of her quest.Bill: "Pai Mei taught you...the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique?"The Bride: "'Course he did."Bill: "Why didn't you tell me?"The Bride: "I don't know...because I'm a bad person."
- Her Name Really Is Barkeep: Bill insists on calling her "Kiddo" in every scene where they speak. At first, it seems like it's just Bill being patronizing ...until we find out that her real name is actually "Beatrix Kiddo"
- Honor Before Reason: She allows Bill and O-Rein Ishii chances to recover, or at least announces that she's coming, before she fights them.
- Hypocrite: Budd calls her out on the fact that she thinks she deserves revenge or a happy ending when she was as remorseless a killer as all the people who wronged her and doesn't even seem to be the least bit sorry about it. Though played with in that she never tries to deny this. People screwed her over and now those people have to die.
- Iconic Outfit: The yellow jumpsuit with black stripes down the side.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Hers is better than most, as it was crafted by the legendary blacksmith Hattori Hanzō, who crafted Bill's sword. Although he had sworn a blood oath never to forge weapons again, he consented to make an exception after she said she needed one to "get rid of a certain vermin" and made what was his finest work to date. (Obviously, Hanzō was not happy with Bill.)
- Made of Iron: The woman was shot in the head and survived.
- Mama Bear: Her love for her unborn daughter spurned her to give up the assassin life, and the loss of her child motivates her to revenge.
- May–December Romance: With Bill. Heck, she even tells her fiancé that he's her father.
- Nominal Hero: Towards the end of the films, she's killed and/or maimed at least a hundred different people, and that's just what we see on-screen. Plus, her actions are driven entirely by revenge.
- Left for Dead: By Bill and his crew.
- Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: When going after Budd, she was knocked out and stripped barefoot when being placed in the coffin to be buried alive. After crawling her way out, making her way back to Budd's trailer and finding Elle there, she's forced to fight barefoot too.
- Not So Different: After killing Vernita in front of her daughter, the Bride doesn't try to rationalize her actions, simply stating that Vernita had it coming and that if her daughter is still sore after growing up she's well within her rights.
- Not So Stoic: She's visibly shaken by the death of O-Ren, as well as when she is shown crying in the bathroom after Bill dies.
- One Woman Army: In that she literally decimates an entire armed force of a Yakuza syndicate using only one (and later, two) katana and a broken table leg as weapons.
- Redemption Earns Life: Probably pushing it, but she does go through hell and nobody's crying over the people she's killed. After all that, she does at the very least deserve her daughter back.
- Sherlock Scan: She determines that she's been in a coma for four years just looking at the creases on her palms.
- Sociopathic Hero: In fact, the only reason she qualifies as this and not an outright Villain Protagonist (she was, after all, a contract killer for most of her life, and didn't seem to show much remorse for it) is the relative Heel–Face Turn she went through upon finding out she was pregnant, and the fact that her desire for revenge is clearly not unjustified.
- Starting a New Life: Her attempt at this sets the storyline into motion, It, uh, doesn't work out.
- Training from Hell: Went through this during her time with Pai Mei.
- Trauma Conga Line: All her friends and her fiance are killed in front of her, she's beaten to within an inch of her life, shot in the head and left comatose, raped multiple times by an orderly who pimps her out and it doesn't get a whole lot better from there.
- The Unfettered: If she can help it, she does not harm or traumatize kids. Everyone and everything else is fair game.
- Unexplained Recovery: No medical reason was ever given for why she woke up from the coma, although the action that seemed to trigger it was a bite from a mosquito; if that meant anything, no-one ever discovered what.
- Vigilante Girl: Played with. She kills or gravely wounds at least one hundred bad guys over the course of both films, but her motives are almost always personal.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She's called out on this by Budd (see Hypocrite above) and then by Bill for making a man who loved her believe she was dead and taking their unborn child with her. Bill also gets her to admit under the truth serum that it felt good killing or maiming the hundreds of people that she did.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Really hates the idea of having children exposed to violence. First off, she's very unhappy when she discovers that Vernita's four-year-old daughter, Nikki, has seen her mother's death at the Bride's hands. Later, the Bride attempts to talk Gogo Yubari out of fighting her (Gogo, of course, would have none of that), then she spares the youngest of the Crazy 88; she spanks him with the flat of her katana blade for "fucking around with the Yakuza" before sending him home. Finally, the Bride would rather have a momentary truce with Bill, rather than killing him in front of their daughter, B.B.
Bill AKA Snakecharmer
Played By: David Carradine
"Do you find me sadistic? You know, I bet I could fry an egg on your head right now, if I wanted to. You know, Kiddo, I'd like to believe that you're aware enough even now to know that there's nothing sadistic in my actions. Well, maybe towards those other... jokers, but not you. No Kiddo, at this moment, this is me at my most...masochistic."The former leader of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. He is also the former lover of The Bride, and the father of her daughter. He is the final and eponymous target of The Bride's revenge.
- Affably Evil: Bill is soft-spoken, considerate and charming. He's also a ruthless killer.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Even the Bride cries at his death.
- Badass Grandpa: He is an excellent swordsman and hand to hand combatant, though this is demonstrated more clearly in a deleted scene than in the final film. Still, while his exchange with the Bride was the shortest of her battles with the Di VAS(barring Budd), it was never the less intense, with him briefly getting the upper hand over her, though in doing so left himself open to the finishing blow.
- Badass In Charge: The leader of the best assassin team in the world, and a deadly man in his own right.
- Bastard Bastard: Bill never knew his real father, and spent a lifetime "collecting" father figures.
- Big Bad: The leader of the assassin squad and the final member of it that the Bride fights.
- Damned by Faint Praise: When asked about the Bride's fiancé, Bill says, "I like his hair."
- Deadpan Snarker: Leading to a little Snark-to-Snark Combat with the Bride.
- Disproportionate Retribution: In his words, he "overreacted".
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Despite the massive amount of build-up, he's defeated relatively easily by the Bride.
- The Dying Walk: The Bride hits him with the Five Point Palm technique, which will kill anyone after they take five steps. He has a last bit of conversation with her, then calmly and symbolically gets up and walks away. And manages to make it six steps before he dies.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He sincerely loves his brother Budd despite their differences, had a previous romance with the Bride and is a good father to their daughter BB.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Would never kill someone in their sleep for this reason.
- Face Death with Dignity: After being hit with the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart technique, he casually stands up, adjusts his coat, and takes six steps, one foot in front of the other, before he just falls down dead.
- The Faceless: His face is hidden throughout Vol. I.
- Family Values Villain: Bill loves his brother, and makes a sojourn out to California to warn him of the Bride's arrival; though apparently that was only around four hours or so from where he was living at the time. He's also a doting father to the Bride's daughter.
- Freudian Excuse: We get a glimpse into Bill's upbringing when we meet Esteban Vihaio. It's easy to see where Bill picked up his more charming (and psychotic) qualities.
- Good Parents: Believe it or not. He's unorthodox, but he wants what's best for his and Beatrix's daughter.
- Graceful Loser: After the Bride uses the Five-Point-Palm Exploding-Heart-Technique on him taught to her by Pai Mei (which means he's dead after he takes five steps) he warmly tells her that she's still the love of his life. Then he calmly walks six steps into the darkness of the backyard and collapsed.
- Heartbroken Badass: By his own admission, the Bride broke his heart and suffered the consequences.
- If I Can't Have You: Bill found out where the Bride was hiding, but didn't tip his hand until the wedding day — when he killed everyone in the wedding chapel. In his own mind, he was saving her from an obvious marriage of convenience.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yes, he may be a ruthless killer. But he's also a fairly pleasant fellow to the people he loves. He genuinely felt bad about shooting Beatrix and was a loving father to B.B.
- Like a Son to Me: Functions as a lover and father figure to the Bride. He's even invited to walk her down the isle, which he (icily) declines.
- May–December Romance: With The Bride, Elle and possibly Sofie.
- Oneof Us: Is a big fan of comic books, surprisingly. His big speech to the Bride to justify his actions references Superman and the duality of his identity.
- Orcus on His Throne: For all the build up over two films, the fight between him and the Bride is really short. If it weren't so emotional, it would be anti-climactic.
- Pet the Dog: He is a genuinely loving and affectionate father.
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: At some point in his youth, Bill studied under Pai Mei and Hattori Hanzo. The latter was so shaken by his pupil, he swore a blood oath to never make another sword — and later broke that oath when the Bride held him responsible for Bill's later career.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He says that when he found the Bride, he had been "trying to track down the fucking assholes (he) thought killed (her)".
- Villainous Valour: He doesn't run from the Bride when he knows she's coming, and he opts to duel her instead of shooting her when he has multiple opportunities to do so.
Elle Driver AKA Californian Mountain Snake
Played By: Daryl Hannah
"I might never have liked you. Point of fact, I despise you. But that doesn't suggest I don't respect you. Dying in our sleep is a luxury our kind is rarely afforded. My gift to you."A former member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. She is the fourth of The Bride's revenge targets.
- Antagonist in Mourning: When she thinks Budd has killed the Bride she grieves not because the Bride is dead - natch - but because she died in an unworthy way. This motivates her deadly revenge against Budd.
- Arch-Enemy: Of the Bride and one of her most bitter rivals.
- Ax-Crazy: She's the most mentally unstable of the Vipers, taking sadistic pleasure in violence and suffering, and possessed of a deep rage.
- Dark Action Girl: Look at the rest of her tropes, please.
- Dark Is Evil: She's dressed in black in Vol. 2.
- Deadly Doctor: She’s not a real doctor. She just dresses as one to sneak into the hospital where the Bride is trapped in a Convenient Coma.
- Deadpan Snarker: Bitterly snarks to Budd as he lays dying in front of her.
- Deceptive Disciple: To Pai Mei, whom she poisons.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Elle provides the toughest challenge for The Bride. Bill in comparison dies rather quickly.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She's implied to be quite smitten by Bill and to be in a relationship with him after the Bride broke his heart. This still doesn't stop her from murdering his brother Budd behind his back.
- Evil Counterpart: To the Bride. Both are blonde badass ladies who had a relationship with Bill.
- Eyepatch of Power: Due to Pai Mei tearing her eye out.
- Eye Scream: Happens to her twice, once at the hands of Pai Mei, the other at the hands of the Bride herself.
- Faux Affably Evil: She'll often maintain good manners, but her dialogue (particularly towards Budd and the Bride) is noticeably malicious in tone.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Her codename is a fairly harmless snake, but Elle herself is probably the most terrifying member of the squad.
- For the Evulz: She was warned not to kill Pai Mei, but does it anyway, against Bill's orders. This proves to be her downfall.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She resents the Bride for 1) being the best, 2) being Bill's favorite, and 3) being Bill's lover.
- Hello, Nurse!: Her outfit in Vol. 1.
- Hospital Hottie: Again, not a real medical professional. Do not contact her for medical advice.
- Ironic Nickname: The only viper to use poison to kill her enemies, and the only one to not be named after a venomous snake.
- Jerkass: Easily the most cruel, nasty, unpleasant and petty member of the Deadly International Viper Assassination Squad.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Her murders of Budd and Pei Mei.
- Lady Macbeth: If she's in a relationship with Bill while the events of the movies take place.
- Large Ham: Her explanation of how she killed Pei Mei is rather overly dramatic.
- Lean and Mean: As Budd says, she has a "bony ass".
- Light Is Not Good: Her sequence at the hospital. Bonus point for having also blonde hair and pale complexion.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Averted and she's very pissed that Bill didn't allow her to.
- Obviously Evil: The black suit and eye patch really drive it home.
- Odd Name Out: Unlike the namesakes of the other members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, the Californian Mountain Snake is non-venomous and completely harmless to humans.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Feels she is this towards the Bride and is none too happy to hear that The Bride was downed by a lowly Budd.
- Poison Is Evil: Is the most ruthless and sinister of the Deadly Vipers, and also uses poison several times to kill foes rather than attack them head-on. Just ask Budd or Pai Mai.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a brief one to the dying Budd, telling him that the Bride deserved to die at the hands of someone better than him.
- The Rival: The secondary conflict of the movies is the Bride's feud with her.
- The Sociopath: Not that her co-workers are saints, but she's clearly excited at the perspective of Budd making the Bride suffer until her last breath and later has no problems about killing him and lying to Bill about it.
- Token Evil Teammate: Well, they're all evil, but she's far more so than the others, the only one who seems to show absolutely no regret at what happened and still hate the Bride with a passion. And while many of them know the benefits of being polite and respectful to others at times, she doesn't even try. If the Bride can be called a Sociopathic Hero, Elle is sociopathic and sadistic, but with no good qualities at all.
- Villainous Breakdown: When she had her only remaining eye ripped out.
- Wham Line: "Know what I did? I killed that miserable old fool."
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Her fate is left unknown. Although considering she is left blinded and thrashing around in rage with a highly venomous snake in a trailer in the middle of a desert, it can pretty much be assumed that she never made it out of there. And yet, if she did simply die, there'd be no reason for all the ambiguity including the question mark next to her name at the end rather than the cross-outs that Vernita, O-Ren, Budd and Bill all got. Word of God states that if he ever made a sequel, it would be about a blind Elle training Nikki Green to avenge her mother.
- Worthy Opponent: To the point that she kills Budd for giving The Bride an unworthy death in her opinion.Elle: (on her feelings) Regret that maybe... the greatest warrior I ever met met her end at the hands of a scrub, alky, piece of shit like you. That woman deserved better.
Budd AKA Sidewinder
Played By: Michael Madsen
"This is for breaking my brother's heart."A former member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad and brother of Bill. He later becomes a bouncer living in a trailer. He is the third of The Bride's revenge targets.
- Affably Evil: Budd is a genial enough guy, even if he was a ruthless assassin.
- The Atoner: Despite having been one of the premier assassins in the world, he has abandoned his old life as an assassin to make a meager living working as a bouncer and lives in a trailer out in the desert. He's apparently done this out of guilt, as he professes that the Bride deserves her revenge... but also deserves to die for hurting his brother."I don't dodge guilt, and I don't jew out on paying my comeuppance."
- Bouncer: He becomes this and a custodian (it seems) at a strip club after retiring from the DiVAs.
- The Brute: Don't mean he's stupid. Not one bit.
- Cool Sword: His engraved Hanzō sword.To My Brother Budd, The Only Man I Ever Loved, -BILL
- Combat Pragmatist: He displays far less skill than any of the other Deadly Vipers... and is also the only one to land a decisive victory over the Bride, refusing to play by her rules and engage her in a fight, opting to simply shoot her. Non-lethally, but it was still a hugely more successful tactic than unleashing an army of katana-wielding henchmen.
- Death by Irony: Elle kills him in a manner not dissimilar from how he dealt with the Bride; instead of fighting him straight up(despite the fact she'd almost certainly win) she set a trap that he had no chance to resist or counter. Unlike his rock-salt loaded shotgun, however, her trap proved very fatal.
- Death by Materialism: An unintentional example, since there was no way Budd could find out there was a black mamba inside the suitcase of money given to him by Elle.
- Death Seeker: Which is why he didn't load the shotgun with live ammo and kill Beatrix when he had the chance. He wanted to die, and figured that if she managed to escape and get to him, she deserved to live more than he did.
- The Dreaded: Possibly. It's worth telling that he's the only one that The Bride ever exercises caution when she tries to kill him, preferring to go for the stealth approach rather than walk up to the front door and start slaughtering. Not that it does her any good.
- Hidden Depths: He may look like a stereotypical dumb redneck, but he is anything but. He's a poet and a philosopher, and he's cunning enough to exploit The Bride's behavior.
- I Lied: He didn't actually sell his Hattori Hanzo sword.
- Karmic Death: Ends up being killed by a Black Mamba.
- Nice Hat: A cowboy hat, which his asshole boss dislikes.
- Noble Demon: His actions after the rock-salt buckshot support this. He was well aware of what kind of training the Bride went through under Pai Mei, so he was giving her the chance to claw her way back out of her grave if she had the will to do so. He also admits that he deserves to die for what he did to the Bride.
- Non-Action Guy: While he apparently used to be a very capable combatant - it's implied you don't get a Hanzo sword unless you know how to use one - he's intentionally let his skills decay to the point that in a straight up fight he's no match for the Bride, unlike the other Vipers, who've all kept up with their trianing. His "fight" with the Bride is more of him ambushing her than any actual combat.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: The only character to deal The Bride a decisive defeat. She never technically defeats him, either.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Initially comes off as a washed up hick living in the middle of nowhere past his prime working as a glorified janitor at strip club where he's regularly harassed by his boss, but proves to be one of the more cunning characters.
- The One Guy: As Bill is the founder of the organization, Budd is the only actual male assassin. Bill actually describes him as "the only man I've ever loved".
- Politically Incorrect Villain: "I don't dodge guilt, and I don't jew out on paying my comeuppance."
- Retired Badass: Nowadays he's a bouncer/janitor at a crappy titty-bar.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Especially when they're loaded with rock salt.
- Warrior Poet: He's very eloquent in his refusal to Bill, and in his description of the quality of Hanzo swords to Elle.
O-Ren Ishii AKA Cottonmouth
Played By: Lucy Liu
"The price you pay for bringing up either my Chinese or American heritage as a negative is... I collect your fucking head. Just like this fucker here. Now, if ANY of you sons of bitches got ANYTHING else to say, NOW'S THE FUCKING TIME!"A former member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. She later becomes "Queen of the Tokyo underworld". She is the first of The Bride's revenge targets.
- Affably Evil: O-Ren is a very pleasant, accommodating young woman with a bright smile and polite, understanding manner. Unless you insult her, in which case she will collect your fucking head. Of all the members of the Deadly Vipers, the Bride appears to be the closest to O-Ren.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Her death is rather solemn and touching, especially considering her horrific backstory and her Affably Evil personality. The Bride doesn't seem to take much joy in it. In fact, her death along with Bill's are the only deaths in which The Bride is visibly shaken over.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: She managed to become the indisputed Queen of the Tokyo underworld through sheer badassery.
- Benevolent Boss: She appears to be this, even if she does kill Boss Tanaka, saying that it's okay if her minions disagree with her, so long as they don't offend her by alluding to her non-Japanese origin."As your leader, I encourage you from time to time, and always in a respectful manner, to question my logic. If you're unconvinced that a particular plan of action I've decided is the wisest, tell me so, but allow me to convince you and I promise you right here and now, no subject will ever be taboo. Except, of course, the subject that was just under discussion."
- Berserk Button: One of her business partners starts making racist remarks about her heritage. She decapitates him.
- But Not Too Foreign: O-Ren's father was a Chinese-American soldier stationed in Japan and her mother was Japanese. This is largely the result of Lucy Liu, O-Ren's actor, being Taiwanese-American.
- Broken Bird: Her parents were brutally murdered in front of her very eyes, and her house burned to the ground. Her heritage is still a very sore spot for her, something Boss Tanaka found out the hard way.
- Dark Action Girl: Very dark and very capable of dealing with trouble personally.
- Dark and Troubled Past: It's so dark, it had to be an anime sequence to possibly avoid an NC-17 rating and some people getting arrested.
- Disc One Final Boss: For the story as a whole; The Bride spends the whole first movie going after her — and she's just the first bad guy on her hit list.
- Dragon Lady: Exemplified in her battle with The Bride thanks to the kimono she's wearing.
- The Dreaded: People are utterly terrified of O-Ren Ishii, and with good reason.
- Evil Genius: Of the DVAS, she's shown to be the smartest assassin and is the most successful post-DVAS.
- Final Boss: Of the first movie; the Bride's entire final sequence in this film is fighting off her Mooks before meeting her in combat personally.
- Foregone Conclusion: After the death of Copperhead, it is shown that Cottonmouth's name was already crossed off the list.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: At age seven, she saw her parents die horribly. At age eleven, she was a bitter Little Miss Badass skilled enough to kill the Yakuza lord who orphaned her. At age twenty, she was among the top female assassins in the world. Now, she's the most powerful Yakuza leader.
- Graceful Loser: After being wounded, she apologized to the Bride for being offensive towards her and, before dying, she concedes that the Bride's sword was indeed made by Hattori Hanzo.
- Half-Breed Discrimination: What she faced growing up, and a few of the racist Yakuza clan leaders have problems with this. But no one dares to speak in front of her, lest one wishes to die.
- I Own This Town: If she wasn't already the Yakuza equivalent of the Trope in Tokyo by the time the Bride confronted her, she was well on her way.
- Lady of War: She's polite, demure, and keeps a stone cold expression throughout the movie. During her fight with The Bride she has an air of grace and dignity, wearing an elegant kimono whilst using her katana.
- Little Miss Badass: Avenged her parents' bloody murder when she was barely 11 years old.
- Mixed Ancestry: O'Ren is Chinese Japanese-American. Do not mock or disparage this to her unless you want to lose your head.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Ishii is the surname of a Japanese doctor who was the head of Unit 731.
- Not So Different: From the Bride, which probably explains why the latter doesn't get much satisfaction from O-Ren's death.
- Not So Stoic: O-Ren is usually quite unflappable, but her being insulted results in some Suddenly Shouting.
- A Mother to Her Men: The few times she's seen hanging out with her subordinates, she's actually quite cordial with them. Even with the other yakuza bosses, she's willing to listen to any of their criticisms, as long as it isn't about her heritage.
- Off with His Head!:
- Decapitates Boss Tanaka for insulting her heritage and for disrespecting her.
- At the end of her battle with the Bride, she loses the top of her head, since the Bride scalps her.
- Precision F-Strike: Actually three; at the end of her speech after she was insulted, though given her usual polite and collected demeanor, it seems almost like a Cluster F-Bomb for how out of place it is.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Over her syndicate; she encourages her lackeys to question her if they feel that a plan of action is unwise. In her own words, "no subject will ever be taboo," unless it involves her heritage as a negative; bringing up her heritage is punished with death immediately.
- The Stoic: She's always cold and controlled. Even the sight of Sophie being mutilated by the Bride doesn't particularly unsettle her.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Her speech to the Yakuza bosses gradually delves into this at the end.
- Suddenly Shouting: She does this during her speech to the Yakuza bosses to show how serious she is. See quote above.
- We Used to Be Friends: It's heavily implied that the Bride and O'Ren were friends, through their shared Trix cereal joke, the fact that the Bride is familiar with O'Ren's horrific backstory and the sorrow the Bride expresses after killing her.
- Woman in White: Except for flashbacks, O-Ren is dressed almost entirely in white.
- White Shirt of Death: She wears a white kimono for her duel with the Bride, and mostly wears white outside of flashbacks as well
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Her backstory is brutal, so yeah.
- Worthy Opponent: She is one of the most powerful women in the world, and is arguably more powerful and deadly than even Bill himself. She is the only DiVA that the Bride seems to respect.
- You Killed My Father: A Yakuza boss murdered her parents. She entered a life of crime to kill the guy.
Vernita Green AKA Copperhead AKA Jeannie Bell
Played By: Vivica A. FoxA former member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. She later becomes a homemaker living under the false name Jeannie Bell. She is the second of The Bride's revenge targets.
- Action Mom: She's kept up with her fighting skills to the point that she can hold her own against the Bride, all while living as a suburban mom who coaches softball.
- Atrocious Alias: Well, she thinks so. She wanted to be called Black Mamba, but that was the Bride's codename in the group. (The Bride supposedly deserved the codename, because the black mamba is considered the deadliest snake in the world, so the name went to the best assassin, which she was.)
- Black Dude Dies First: Downplayed;she's the first of the DiVAS killed onscreen, second in chronological order.
- Crazy-Prepared: Apparently kept a gun hidden in a cereal box. Gotta give the woman credit.
- Dark Chick: Unlike the other DiVAs, she doesn't have a katana and prefers much closer combat using knives. She's the only one who has made a relatively normal life after the group disbanded.
- Dirty Coward: She seems to believe that being a parent makes her immune to karma and also tries to kill Beatrix in a dirty move.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Vernita really doesn't want Nikki to even know about her past.
- Hufflepuff House: Gets a lot less development than the other Vipers. She's also the first one of the DiVAs that we see die.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksman Ship Academy: Beatrix was barely ten feet away from her, was sitting down and Vernita missed. Seriously!
- Knife Nut: The Bride even ditches her Cool Sword to engage her in a knife fight. Vernita tries to kill her with a gun hidden in a cereal box and fails. Shoulda stuck with her knives.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: She offers to face the Bride in a duel that would come close to a fair fight, and the Bride is fine with that, but this turns out to be a subversion; the offer is only done to distract her enemy so she can use a gun hidden in a cereal box. Fortunately, the Bride is able to throw the knife she has and kill her before she can use it.
- Never Bring a Gun to a Knife Fight: Ironically, Vernita may actually have had a better chance if she had honored the deal; knife fighting was her specialty among the Deadly Vipers.
- Pregnant Badass: Calculating the age of her daughter, she would have had to have been at least three months pregnant when she and the others attacked the Bride's wedding rehearsal.
- Retired Badass: Like The Bride, she got out of the assassination business when she had a child.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: While she's the second assassin from the squad to be killed by The Bride, Vernita is the first of them to die onscreen, and is killed very early into the first film.
Associates of Bill
Played By: Michael ParksA retired pimp. He was the first of Bill's “father figures”. Beatrix comes to him asking for Bill's whereabouts.
- Affably Evil: He's very friendly, but evidently still pretty ruthless. He also helps the Bride in finding Bill, because he feels that's what Bill would have wanted, since otherwise Bill otherwise "wouldn't see her again."
- Domestic Abuser: Poor Clara.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Notes that Bill's reaction to the Bride walking out on him was quite harsh, and claims "I would have been much nicer, I would have just cut your face." Then we meet one of the victims of this treatment, and see that she's now sporting a hideous scar running from her lower lip up to the base of her nose.
- Evil Old Folks: He is a retired ruthless gangster.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Evil; he smokes a cigarette with a holder throughout his entire scene.
- Karma Houdini: Very clearly a loathsome human being despite his superficial charms, he nonetheless does not receive any comeuppance for it.
- The Man Behind the Man: Acuna, Mexico, is controlled by a ruthless gang known only as "The Acuna Boys." The members of this gang are the fatherless offspring of Esteban's prostitutes, and take orders exclusively from him- the retired gentleman of leisure.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: For a good deal of the meeting between him and the Bride, Esteban seems just a tad lackadaisical for a gang-leader; then Clara the prostitute shows up with a horribly mutilated face, and the audience realizes just how dangerous he still is under that sleepy exterior.
- Parental Substitute: Esteban was the first of Bill's adopted father-figures, and still fondly remembers taking him out to the movies. It also shows where Bill picked up some of his Affably Evil mannerisms.
- Race Lift: As Earl McGraw playing an Latino gentleman.
- Retired Monster: A retired pimp who semiretired to leading a gang, though he still surrounds himself with beautiful women as a domestic accessory. He's also implied to be a Retired Badass.
- Villain of Another Story: You get this vibe off of him.
Played By: Sonny ChibaA weapon smith who once taught Bill, and who forged swords for the Deadly Viper Assassins.
- Alliterative Name: Hatori Hanzo.
- The Atoner: He promised never to forge another sword after all of the crimes Bill and his gang used them for (or at least one specific one that we never learned about).
- Blasphemous Boast:"I can tell you with no ego, this is my finest sword. If on your journey, you should encounter God, God will be cut."
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Though he's a master swordsmith, he retired to a sushi chef who runs his restaurant very informally, and abuses the lazy waiter who was his smithing assistant.
- Cool Sword: All his swords.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He is reputably the best at Japanese smithing techniques
- Mandatory Unretirement: After the Bride seeks him out for a sword, she mentions she's going to kill Bill to convince him to forge one last blade.
- Nice Guy: Undeniable.
- Old Master: He taught Bill in swordplay.
- Retired Badass: Having taught Bill, though we don't know if he killed anyone himself.
- Revenge: His philosophy of life involves this trope.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: His reputation was built on forging the best swords in the world.
Played By: Gordon LiuAn immensely powerful and extremely old martial arts master. Bill, Beatrix, and Elle all train under him.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He doesn't let anyone else get the upper hand on him easily. He's also extremely quick to anger.
- Asshole Victim: Really, can you blame Elle Driver for killing him? Bill probably warned her not to make him angry. But she doesn't listen.
- Badass Beard: Which he constantly strokes.
- Badass Grandpa: A white-haired old man whose skills put him even above world-class assassins in the prime of their lives.
- Balls of Steel: The Bride finds out the hard way that he's impervious to the Groin Attack.
- Berserk Button: He seems to be the living embodiment of this trope. According to Bill's description and what we see of Beatrix & Elle's training under him, one would consider themselves lucky to come away with grievous bodily injuries after even the slightest percieved offense, intentional or not.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has the ludicrously exaggerated eyebrows of a formidable Far Eastern sage.
- Brick Break: As part of his training regimen that he instilled onto The Bride, he made her continuously punch a wooden board day in and day out. In Vol. 2, The Bride puts this to use after Budd buries her alive inside a wooden coffin.
- Character Tics: Running his hand along his beard.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Very fond of this. Ripped out Elle Driver's eye because she called him a "miserable old fool" and killed an entire temple of unfortunate monks because one of them didn't return a nod he gave him.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Probably one of the harshest mentors seen on-screen. His training amounts to torture.
- Evil Mentor: He is a racist, sexist, narcissistic psychopath who trains murderers for hire.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Gets ticked off by Caucasians, women, "Japanese fatheads" and other petty things.
- Hermit Guru: He lives entirely by himself and detests just about everyone. As Bill points out, this does make him lonely enough to be willing to take students, but not to make him any less of a Jerkass.
- Insufferable Genius: As arrogant as he is legitimately skilled. Nobody would put up with his nastiness if he weren't the only person in the world who could teach such devastating martial arts to pupils.
- Jerkass: Between the racism, sexism, all around misanthropy and training so brutal it qualifies as torture, take your pick.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Abusive, petty, and misogynistic; so it's hard to feel sorry for him when Elle poisons him.
- Legacy Character: A popular fan theory regarding the character; Bill mentions the incident which he developed a special technique took place at a time that would make him impossibly old.
- Light Is Not Good: Wears white, but definitely an Evil Mentor.
- Meaningful Name: His name literally means "white eyebrow" in Chinese.
- Old Master: He's more of a cruel and evil master than the kindly Mr. Miyagi type and according to the film's mythology was responsible for the destruction of the Shaolin Temple because a Shaolin monk that he passed on the road didn't return the slight nod that he gave him. He's been known to snatch out the eyes of those who look on him with defiance and snap the backs and necks of those who give him sass like they were twigs. This eventually gets him killed when he snatches out Elle Driver's right eye for calling him a "miserable old fool," and she retaliates by poisoning his fish heads.
- Pet the Dog: After knocking her bowl of rice to the ground (long story), he gives the Bride his own bowl. There's also the fact that he taught her the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique and no one else.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Bill despairingly notes that Pai Mei, "...hates Caucasians, despises Americans, and has nothing but contempt for women." He also hates the Japanese as well. Ironically, his greatest student and the only one whom he teaches Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique turns out to be a blonde American woman who favors katanas and who also learned to love him like a father, if joyfully snatching out Elle Driver's left eye as vengeance for killing Pai Mei is any indication. Another possibility is that he just hates everyone until they prove themselves.
- Really 700 Years Old: If the Shaolin massacre actually took place in 1003, that would make him around a thousand years old.
- Smug Super: Confident enough in his abilities that he promises to bow down and call the Bride his master if she lands a single blow during their first sparring match. She doesnt.
- Stroke the Beard: A signature taunt of his. He also tends to do it when expressing approval.
- Training from Hell: Puts the Bride through training that would be harsh enough to make most people quit.
- You Fight Like a Cow: Often insults the Bride while she is sparring with him.
Associates of O-Ren Ishii
Played By: Julie DreyfusO-Ren's lawyer, best friend, and second lieutenant. She is also a former protégé of Bill's, and was present at the wedding chapel massacre.
- Amoral Attorney: She's the lawyer of the boss of all Yakuza bosses.
- An Arm and a Leg: Loses one arm when the Bride calls out O-Ren, and loses the other arm during the Bride's interrogation of her in the trunk.
- But Not Too Foreign: Half-Japanese, half-French.
- Dark Is Evil: She dresses almost entirely in black.
- Dissonant Serenity: She's impeccably calm and polite when answering the phone during the beating of the Bride or when translating O-Ren's speech after Boss Tanaka's beheading.
- Everyone Has Standards: She's disgusted when The Bride shoves a Crazy 88's eyeball down another Crazy 88's throat.
- Evil Genius: To O-Ren.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: When she's watching over the El Paso murders, Sofie has her hair in a ponytail. In the present, she wears her hair up in a bun. At the end, after being mutilated, she wears her hair down while talking to Bill.
- Fate Worse Than Death: The Bride cuts off both of her arms, the left one as a means of making a point to O-Ren, and the other one during her interrogation. It should be noticed that this is left somewhat ambiguous in the American version, as we don't see the Bride cutting off her other arm.
- Informed Ability: Despite being a protégé of Bill's, she puts up no fight at all when The Bride comes calling.
- Qipao: Sofie's dressed in a qipao with a cut reminiscent of a male changpao.
- Slasher Smile: When O'Ren decapitates Boss Tanaka. And it gets broader as O'Ren outlines her rules in English to the other mob bosses.
- Smug Snake: Sofie smiled and laughed as she beat The Bride, but she lacks any real skill.
- Villainous Friendship: She's O-Ren's best friend.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She loses both arms to the Bride, and is left alive to deliver a message to Bill. She's never mentioned afterwards.
- Woman in White: Wore a white dress during the El Paso murders.
Played By: Chiaki Kuriyama
"How about now, big boy? Do you still wish to penetrate me?... Or is it I who has penetrated you?"A sadistic 17-year-old who is O-Ren's personal bodyguard.
- Agony of the Feet: Gets a nailed board into one of her feet before the nails go through her head.
- Ax-Crazy: Holy shit, yes. Gogo kills entirely at random for little to no reason.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: She's dangerous, but nowhere near as much as her boss.
- The Brute: To O-Ren, to whom she's the bodyguard.
- Composite Character: The original Kill Bill script had two Yubari sisters, Gogo and Yuki. Yuki was the crazier one of the two, and would end up destroying the Pussy Wagon in an explosive shootout when the Bride got back from Japan. Tarantino used elements from both characters in order to create the Gogo of the movie.
- Cute and Psycho: There's a big contrast between her love of killing people and her schoolgirl mannerisms (like cheerfully saying hi to the Bride and covering her mouth when she laughs).
- Elite Mook: The Bride has a lot more trouble with her than the rest of the Crazy 88.
- Epic Flail: Wields a meteor hammer, which is basically a weighted bludgeon on the end of a chain.
- Exotic Weapon Supremacy: On multiple levels; her weapon is a modified meteor hammer, which is traditionally a Chinese weapon, somewhat out of place in Japan, especially given that all the other members of her game use katanas. It's further modified with the retractable sawbladed ring, making it even more exotic. The Supremacy part comes in when she's able to give the Bride one of the most difficult fights of the film largely due to her being ill equiped to deal with such an unusual weapon.
- Fille Fatale: At most 17. Is seen getting drunk with a businessman who flirts with her in a bar. She ends up happily eviscerating him.
- Giggling Villain: The laugh is particularly unnerving.
- Girlish Pigtails: She sometimes has her hair in these.
- Kubrick Stare: Gives this almost all the time, and particularly in her face-off with The Bride.
- Last-Second Chance: The Bride offers to let Gogo leave alive if she puts down her weapon. Gogo ignores it, and pays for it.
- Little Miss Badass: The youngest fighter in the entire series and one of the most dangerous.The Bride: What she lacks in age, she makes up for in madness.
- Mook–Face Turn: Defied. The Bride gives her a chance to walk away, apparently believing that she's under O-Ren's control, but she laughs it off.
- Psycho for Hire: Hoo boy, yes. Gogo is psychotic to the core, with even The Bride considering her to be mad.
- School Uniforms Are the New Black: Fights in a school uniform instead of the black suits that make up the gang colors of the Crazy 88.
- Tears of Blood: As she is dying from having a nailed board driven through her skull.
- Teens Are Monsters: She's a 17-year-old sadist.
- Undying Loyalty: It's unclear if she's truly loyal to O-Ren (as the Bride suggests) or if she just loves a spot of murder.
- Zettai Ryouki: In her school uniform.
Played By: Gordon LiuHead general of O-Ren's personal army; the Crazy 88.
- Bald of Evil: His baldness helps distinguish him from the other mooks.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Like the rest of the Crazy 88, he's a professional mob enforcer who fights in his suit and tie.
- Bifurcated Weapon: Unlike the rest of the Crazy 88 (who use katanas), his weapon of choice is a short fighting staff which he can pull apart into two swords.
- Boss In Mooks Clothing: Despite being dressed exactly the same as the other members of the Crazy 88, Mo is much tougher and more skilled than the rest.
- Cool Mask: Like his co-horts, Mo wears a Green Hornet type mask.
- The Dragon: Main general and top subordinate to O-Ren Ishii.
- Dual Wielding: As mentioned, his staff is actually a double-sheath for two blades that he uses in tandem.
- Elite Mook: Of the Crazy 88 he causes The Bride the most trouble.
- Le Parkour: Leaps up a katana embedded in a pillar to the second level to pursue The Bride during the Crazy 88 fight scene.
- Meaningful Name: While there are only about three dozen Mooks in the fight scene, the number was chosen for its significance to the Japanese.Bill: There wasn't really 88 of them, they just called themselves the Crazy 88.Budd: How come?Bill: I dunno, I guess they thought it sounded cool.
- Railing Kill: When The Bride kills him, he falls off a rail to a pool below.
Played By: Jun Kunimura
"And what exactly are we celebrating? The perversion of our illustrious council?"A Yakuza who is disgruntled when O-Ren assumes power.
- Jerkass: Tanaka is a dick, insulting O-Ren at her own table, which he immediately gets beheaded for.
- Off with His Head!: How O-Ren murders him.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He hates O-Ren due to her racial heritage."I speak, of the perversion done to this council... which I love... more than my own children, by making a Chinese Jap-American half-breed bitch its leader!" *Cue O-Ren decapitating him.*
- Too Dumb to Live: Insults a formidable Yakuza crimelord at her own table in front of all of her top subordinates. Even if the insult hadn't just so happened to have pressed O-Ren's Berserk Button, the results were still fairly predictable.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appears in one scene with the Yakuza bosses and O-Ren, and gets his head chopped off when he opens his big mouth about O-Ren not being pure Japanese, which is only a few lines of dialouge.
Played By: Perla Haney-JardineThe daughter of Beatrix and Bill. She is raised by her father while her mother is comatose.
- Cheerful Child and Creepy Child: Poor, poor Emilio.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: She doesn't seem to, well, understand how to take care of a pet. Her upbringing doesn't really help. We can only hope that being taken care of by her mom after the second movie will help her drop that. She's four, but she also thinks the R-rated film Shogun Assassin makes a fine bedtime story.
- Walking Spoiler: Her existence in the second film, particularly her being very present in the trailer spoils The Stinger of the first movie.
Nikkia "Nikki" Bell
Played By: Ambrosia KelleyVernita's 4-year-old daughter.
- Children Are Innocent: She's a typical young girl who lives in surburbia and loves her parents.
- Dissonant Serenity: She takes her mother's murder right in front of her eyes with surprising aplomb. Or maybe she was just too shocked to manage to do, well, anything.
- Dull Surprise: Seems pretty calm and collected for a 4-year-old girl seeing her mom die.
- Sequel Hook: Tarantino has said that if he ever makes a sequel to Kill Bill, it will involve Nikki seeking revenge on the Bride for killing her mother. He's even hinted at the possibility of a fourth movie; assuming Nikki is successful, the fourth will continue the Cycle of Revenge by having B.B. hunting down Nikki. However, Tarantino has admitted that if it does happen, it "won't be for quite a while".
Played By: Michael BowenAn orderly at the hospital where The Bride lay comatose for four years. He has been selling sexual access to her body, as well as partaking himself.
- An Arm and a Leg: Almost, as the Bride doesn't quite manage to cut off his foot. Still, eeeeeew.
- Affably Evil: Yeah, he's utterly repulsive, but he sure is a nice guy to his customers... who are obviously just as repulsive as he is.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Tries in vain to stop the recently awoken Bride to stop smashing his head in. He fails.
- Asshole Victim: One of the first chronological kills by the Bride in the film on screen (after the guy who was about to fuck her only to have her bite his tongue off, leading to a lot of blood and supposedly killing him. Once he tells the Bride he pimped her comatose body out, he gets his head smashed in by a door.
- Cool Car: The Pussy Wagon, an outrageously pimped out Chevy pickup truck which is appropriated by the Bride when she kills him. It's so garish that it literally makes the Bride do a double-take.
- Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Likes to rape comatose patients, and has a sideline of pimping their bodies out to his customers.
- Jerkass: He abused his position of trust to rape a comatose woman. Plus, he pimped her out for other sickos to do the same.
- Karmic Death: Buck is killed by one of the formerly comatose patients he pimped out.
- Meaningful Name: His name's Buck, and he likes to... well, you know.
- Mugging the Monster: He's been pimping out the comatose body of a super-assassin, not prepared in the least for the possibility that she may wake up. When she does, she rips the tongue out of an attempted rapist, then smashes Buck's head in, and finally steals his truck.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: The Bride wastes no time in beating Buck's head in a doorway once she remembers him selling her comatose body for sex; he and his most recent "client" are the first people the Bride kills chronologically.
- Orderlies Are Creeps: Buck abuses his power as an orderly to pimp out coma patients to whoever will pay.
- Slimeball: Offering a comatose woman's body up for rape, and charging money for it.
Played By: Michael ParksA policeman who investigates the wedding chapel massacre.
- Cool Shades: He has a whole collection on the top of his dashboard.
Played By: Helen KimAn assassin sent to kill Beatrix. Her attack comes moments after Beatrix learns that she is pregnant.
- Alliterative Name: Karen Kim.
- Badass Boast: When The Bride asks her if she's good with her shotgun.Karen: Not that I have to be at this range, but I'm a fucking surgeon with this shotgun.
- Dark Action Girl: For her unseen employer, Lisa Wong.
- Hitman with a Heart: Lets the pregnant Bride leave after she promises to abandon her assignment.
Played By: Samuel L. JacksonThe organist who was to perform at Beatrix and Tommy's wedding.
"I was a Drell. I was a Drifter. I was a Coaster. I was part of The Gang. I was a Bar-Kay... If they come through Texas, I done played with them."
- The Cameo: For Tarantino regular, Samuel L. Jackson.
- The Faceless: All we ever see is the back of his head.
- Phrase Catcher: "Rufus....he's the man."
- Sacrificial Lamb: Was one of the people blown away in the wedding party massacre that kicked off the plot.
- Sacrificial Lion: If you believe the theory that he's Jules.
Played By: Christopher Allen NelsonBeatrix's fiancé who is killed in the wedding chapel massacre.