"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 assassin who was gunned down on the day of her wedding and fell into a coma. Believing that her child has been lost as well, she seeks revenge against Bill and the four assassins who attacked her wedding.
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.
Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Really hates the idea of having underage kids exposed to violence. First, shes' very unhappy when Vernita's four-years-old daughter Nikki witnesses her killing of her mom, later attempts to talk the teenaged Gogo from fighting her, then spares the youngest of the Crazy 88 and spanks him for "fucking around with the Yakuza" before sending him back home, and finally would rather have a momentary truce with Bill rather than killing him in front of their daughter B.B.
Bill AKA Snakecharmer
"...there are consequences to breaking the heart of a murdering bastard."
Played By: David Carradine
Head of the Deadly Viper Assassins, he is the Bride's primary target and former lover.
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.
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.
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)".
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.
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
"That woman deserves her revenge... and we deserve to die."
Played By: Michael Madsen
Bill's brother, who lives in a trailer out in the desert and works at a "titty bar" as a bouncer. He and Bill are not on good terms.
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.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Instead of dueling the Bride like the other Vipers, Budd instead unleashed a shotgun to her chest. He actually had her dead to rights as well but choose to give her a chance to fight out of her predicament.
Honor Before Reason: His actions after the rock-salt buckshot might be interpreted as this (with traces of The Atoner). 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.
I Lied: He didn't actually sell his Hattori Hanzo sword
Noble Demon: Budd could have killed the Bride, but he choose instead to bury her alive. Budd told Bill earlier in the movie that both he and bride both deserved to die, so this could have beem his way of making one of the two statements come ture.
"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!"
From Nobody to Nightmare: At age seven, she was a Chinese-Japanese little girl who 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 amiog the top female assassins in the world. Now she's the most powerful Yakuza leader.
Graceful Loser: After being wounded, she apologize to the Bride for being offensive towards her and, before dying, she admits the Bride's sword was actually made by Hattori Hanzo.
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.
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.
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).
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 and 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.
Nikia "Nikki" Bell
Played By: Ambrosia Kelley
Vernita/Jeanie's daughter, who is about B.B.'s age.
Disproportionate Retribution: Notes that Bill's reaction to the Bride walking out on him was quite harsh, and claims "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.
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 realises 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. So of course his greatest student, the only one he teaches his Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique, is a blonde, American, woman. Who favors katanas. And also learns to love him as a father, joyfully snatching out Driver's left eye as vengeance for him.