Characters / Scarface (1983)
aka: Scarface

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     Tony Montana 

Antonio "Tony" Montana

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Played By: Al Pacino

"You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your fuckin' fingers and say, 'That's the bad guy'."

  • Adaptational Heroism: His Wouldn't Hurt a Child philosophy separates him from Paul Muni's Tony Camonte who is otherwise free of any noble virtues.
  • Affably Evil: At first he generally has a chill and mostly friendly demeanor and almost comes off as likeable, despite being a murderous henchman. He loses most of this in the 2nd half of the film once he gets addicted to his own drugs and goes mad with power.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: At the end of the film, where he has gone completely off the deep end and lost everything partly due to his own mistakes. You still can't help but feel a little bit of pity for him.
  • Anti-Hero: A Nominal Hero, since the real villain is Sosa, who is much worse than he is. In the videogame, he's an Unscrupulous Hero.
  • Anti-Villain: Type I. While he is a murderous drug kingpin, he has several moral boundaries his fellow criminals don't. And had several Pet the Dog moments.
  • At Least I Admit It: His entire "say goodnight to the bad guy" speech boils down to Tony telling everyone giving him funny looks at the restaurant that at least he acknowledges his own faults and slip-ups instead of pinning blames.
  • Ax-Crazy: More and more so after he's addicted to his own supply.
  • Bad Boss: One of the better examples of this trope as most of the time, he is a reasonable one. However, his Hair-Trigger Temper gets in the way.
  • Big Bad: After Frank's murder, he's the biggest villain of his own story until Sosa comes along.
  • Blood Knight: Many shootouts and fights Tony gets into he enjoys every minute of it. Special mention goes to Freedomtown.
    Tony: I kill a communist for fun, but for a green card, I gonna carve him up real nice.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: "So say goodnight to the bad guy!"
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Cares for his mother very much, even if she despises his trade.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Tony won't kill children. He also has a hands-off policy on women.
  • Friend to All Children: Has shades of this. Tony is fairly pleasant to two kids he talks to while Manny tries to pick up a chick at the pool. He says that he'd really like to have kids with Elvira (which never happens, which is partly what starts the very public fight that finally drives Elvira away), and of course he will not kill children.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Is almost always on the brink of a cocaine-fueled rage. Nearly everything sets him off, especially people who go near his sister.
  • Implacable Man: His bravery and loyalty is what makes him a vital asset to his boss or his partner at the moment. Though his cocaine addiction has made him more of a liability.
  • It's All About Me: Starts to have this attitude after he finished with his criminal empire.
  • Jerkass: More so than his original counterpart. Towards everyone except his family, but still...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He won't kill kids and the first thing he does when he makes it out on top is buy Gina her own beauty parlor for her to work in, in hopes that she doesn't end up like him.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Admittedly, most of victims were bad people, like Hector, Bernstein, and Alberto.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Oh boy. Touch his sister and you die. Isn't that right, Manny?
  • Large Ham: Every line that comes out of his mouth is hammy.
  • Made of Iron: It takes a whole army and a shotgun blast to the back to kill him. This is literal in the game where he is invincible when he is angry enough.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After killing Manny, he feels nothing but sorrow and regret about it.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Hoo boy, he does not like anyone getting around his sister. Not even his best friend is safe.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: While this is shown to be true in the movie, it's made especially clear in the video game, where you simply can't shoot civillians, because that's not in-character for Tony.
  • Noble Demon: Has standards compared to most of the other villains of the film. The noble aspects of him start to diminish over the course of the story, as he becomes a drug addict and his Hair-Trigger Temper worsens though he still keeps his Never Hurt an Innocent attitude.
  • One-Man Army: Tony uses an assault rifle and grenade launcher to kill about a few dozen or so henchmen in the climax. However, he didn't avoid getting fatally shot in the back.
    • However, this is played completely straight in the videogame.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He doesn't like working alongside Colombians. What's hilariously hypocritical is Montana, portrayed by Sicilian-born Al Pacino (most famous for portraying Corleone crime family head Michael in "The Godfather"), rejecting a suggestion by Manny to work with the American Mafia, on the entirely racist basis that he doesn't trust Italians.
  • Properly Paranoid: Much of Tony's aggressive accusations are passed off as Paranoid, but there have been times where he's on the right. For example when Mel shakes him down for protection money, using his killing of Rebenga as leverage. Tony immediately figures that Frank Lopez is setting him up as he is the only one outside of Freedomtown to know about that hit.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Manny and Sosa's Blue. Manny is generally more level-headed and easy going than the Hot-Blooded Tony, who's always looking for a fight. And Sosa is coldly pragmatic and ruthless.
    Tony: There were fucking children in the car!
    Sosa: When you move 400 kilos a month, it is imperative that you do kill children.
  • Redemption Earns Life: In the game, he survives the climactic shootout in the film with plenty of bitter lessons learned, and he uses them as his motivation to take down Sosa once and for all.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: At the film's climax, after Gina's death, leading to the film's most iconic moment.
    • In the game where he survives said shootout, he's on one for the rest of the story against Sosa.
  • Sanity Slippage: He gets more crazier and unhinged after his coke addiction settles in.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Lampshaded by Elvira.
    Elvira: "Can't you stop saying fuck all the time?!"
  • Slouch of Villainy: Tony has atrocious body posture whenever he's sitting in his office chair.
  • Smug Snake: By the second half of the film, he does nothing but brag about how he's the "bad guy" of the town while he's really losing control of both himself and his empire due to his Cocaine addiction and anger issues.
  • The Starscream: To Frank, and later on, Sosa.
  • Villainous Incest: Tony can't have his sister and consequently doesn't want anyone else to have her. This is lampshaded by her right before she's gunned down.
  • Villain Protagonist: May be a Noble Demon but is still The Don of Miami and eventually becomes more violent and dangerous.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Very often due to his Hair-Trigger Temper, but the most prominent one would have to be in the finale.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He would only go after men who challenge him. Bar the one time he slaps Gina for sneaking into the men's bathroom at the Babylon to make out with a guy she just met.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: The reason why Sosa puts a hit on him.
  • Yandere: Acts as one towards his sister.

     Manny Ribera 

Manolo "Manny Ray" Ribera

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Played By: Steven Bauer

"Don't fucking go crazy on me, okay? Just remember, this time last year we were in a fucking cage."


  • Only Sane Man: Is noticeably more level headed than Tony.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: At first Manny serves as a brash, cock-sure Red Oni to a cynical and resourceful Tony's Blue, but in the second part of the movie, with Tony going crazy over money, their roles change, with Manny being more thoughtful in contrast to Tony's obsessive behavior.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Greeting Tony at the door in a robe was a really bad way to tell Tony that he and Gina were seeing each other, especially given Tony's temper and his earlier warning to stay away from her.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Guns down Hector's female henchman Marta when he and Chi-chi rescue Tony.

     Elvira Hancock 

Elvira Hancock

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Played By: Michelle Pfeiffer

"Nothing exceeds like excess. You should know that, Tony."


  • Dark Mistress: To Frank at first, and later to Tony.
  • Genre Savvy: She's the only one (other than maybe Sosa) who understands how stories like Tony's always end, and she gets out while she can.
  • Gold Digger: Her motive for marrying a multi-millionaire drug kingpin.
  • Jerkass: More so than Gina and Tony.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She's not wrong when she points out what an asshole Tony has become.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Tony blames her drug use for the fact that he hasn't had any kids with her. He's been berating her non-stop throughout the dinner but mentioning this finally makes her lash out.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In her last appearance, she decides that she's had enough and tells Tony, "I'm leaving you. I don't need this shit anymore."

     Gina Montana 

Gina Montana

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Played By: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

"I know you did some bad things back then. In the Army, I know you got into some trouble."


  • Brother–Sister Incest: She spitefully tries to seduce Tony at the end and implies that Tony's incestuous love for her is the reason he tries to 'protect' her from other men.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: She and Tony's mother accuse Tony of "destroying" Gina.
  • In the Back: Shot repeatedly in the back by one of Sosa's men.
  • Morality Pet: Manny urges her to be one for Tony, but she doesn't like the role.

     Frank Lopez 

Frank Lopez

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Played By: Robert Loggia

"Lesson number one: Don't underestimate... the other guy's greed!"


  • A Father to His Men: Tries to act like this. It's just an act.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He desperately pleads for Tony to spare his life. It doesn't work.
  • Asshole Victim: The backstabbing boss gets his comeuppance by Tony, or more appropriately, his right-hand man Manny, following Frank's failed assassination plot against Tony.
  • Big "NO!": Gives out several before Manny shoots him.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Acts very friendly and personable at first, but still tried to order a hit on Tony.
  • Karmic Death: Frank sends a group of people rather than himself to kill Tony. This is the exact same manner Frank dies in, being killed by Manny instead of Tony himself.

     Omar Suarez 

Omar Suarez

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Played By: F. Murray Abraham

"Alright! Alright, big man? You wanna make some big bucks? Lets see how tough you are. Do you know something 'bout cocaine?"


  • Asshole Victim: Turns on Tony for his dealings with Sosa, then gets exposed as a cop informant and killed by Sosa's men. Not a smart move there.

     Chi Chi 

Chi Chi

Played By: Ángel Salazar

"Chi Chi, get the yeyo!"


     Ernie 

Ernie

Played By: Arnaldo Santana

"Sure Tony. Thanks."


  • Killed Offscreen: You see him being garroted by the assassins, but it cuts away before he dies.

     Nick the Pig 

Nick the Pig

Played By: Michael P. Moran

"We fucked up. He got away."


  • Last Stand: Attempts to hold off the assassins with his pistol before he is killed.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even though Tony treats him like shit, he sticks by his side, especially towards the end when he has a window of opportunity to escape, but decides to stay and fight.

     Angel Fernandez 

Angel Fernandez

Played By: Pepe Serna

"Tony, look out!"


     Mel Bernstein 

Mel Bernstein

Played By: Harris Yulin

"Every day above ground is a good day."


  • Asshole Victim: Since he was willfully in Lopez's plan to have Tony killed, no one's going to miss him when Tony pops a couple of bullets in him in revenge.
  • Dirty Cop: He's a narcotics officer who's in bed with a narcotic trafficker.
  • Defiant to the End: Insults Tony before getting killed by him.

     Alejandro Sosa 

Alejandro "Alex" Sosa

Played By: Paul Shenar

"I only tell you one time. Don't fuck me, Tony. Don't you ever try to fuck me."


  • Arch-Enemy: To Montana, for both the game and the movie.
  • Big Bad: The most powerful gangster we see in the film, and Tony's main foe.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is far deeper than Tony's, and he's far more evil as well.
  • Eviler Than Thou: He doesn't have any standards, unlike Tony.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Despite being a well-mannered and well-spoken man, it's not for nothing he gained his status as a "drug-overlord," as the TV spokesperson describes him as.
  • Idiot Ball: At first assassinating the reporter who's exposing your entire operation seems like the smart thing for a drug kingpin to do. But then Fridge Logic kicks in and you realize that killing him via carbomb right in front of the UN wouldn't just attract more attention, it would also be considered an act of terrorism that would bring the entire U.S. Army knocking on your door.
  • Karma Houdini: He succeeds with destroying Tony's entire gang, and gets away with it at the end of the film, but...
    • Karma Houdini Warranty: In the video game, Tony's survival is the beginning of the end for him, and Tony proceeds to destroy his entire enterprise and biggest allies before cornering him in his own mansion in a reflection of the film's climax.

     Hector the Toad 

Hector the Toad

Played By: Al Israel

"Hey, watch what happens to your friend! You don't want this to happen to you, give me the money, okay?"


  • Asshole Victim: Serves him right given the way he slaughtered poor Angel.
  • Ax-Crazy: Hector loves to play with his chainsaw to kill his victims. One of Tony's henchmen ends up learning this the hard way.
  • Boom, Headshot: Shot in the head by Tony.
  • Chainsaw Good: Dismembers Angel with one.
    Hector: Now the leg, huh?
  • Made of Iron: Absorbs half a magazine from Manny and falls three stories out a window. He still has enough left in him to walk a short distance before Tony finds him and kills him in the street.

     The Skull 

The Skull

Played By: Geno Silva

     Alberto "The Shadow" 

Alberto "The Shadow"

Played By: Mark Margolis

  • Asshole Victim: Anyone who is willing to blow up two children and their mother won't have much sympathy.
  • Bald of Evil: He's balding and is one of Sosa's more ruthless thugs.
  • Boom, Headshot: Shot in the head by Tony and his brains splatter on the passenger side window.
  • Mad Bomber: Attempts to blow up Gutierrez and his family up with a car bomb.
  • Oh, Crap!: Before Tony shoots his brains all over the passenger side window.
    Tony: You die, motherfucker!
  • Talking to the Dead: Tony rants angrily at his corpse after killing him.
    Tony: What do you think I am huh?! What do you think I am, a fucking worm like you?! I told you man, I told you! Don't fuck with me! I told you, no fucking kids! No but you wouldn't listen, why, you stupid fuck, look at you now.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tries to go ahead with blowing up Gutierrez and his family, when it's clear Tony won't do it. Next moment, his brains are all over the passenger side window.
  • Would Hit a Girl / Would Hurt a Child: Tries to do away with Gutierrez's wife and children when they accompany him in the car.

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