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->"''When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, 'No, I went to films.'''"

Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and actor. According to legend, he learned everything he knows about filmmaking from working at a video rental store in Manhattan Beach. Creator/RogerEbert once quipped that the store owner should get a finder's fee based on QT's subsequent career.

In the early 1990s he was an independent filmmaker whose films used nonlinear storylines and aestheticizing take on violence. He is known for his [[TheMovieBuff absurdly encyclopedic knowledge of film history]]. His films have earned him Academy, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Palme d'Or Awards and he has been nominated for Emmy and Grammy Awards. In 2007, Total Film named him the 12th greatest director of all-time. Known for being ''very'' [[DoingItForTheArt excited about his movies]] in interviews, using many different sources of inspiration with his work and having many {{Shout Out}}s. Notable for his witty dialog and frequently using the same actors in his movies. [[NeverLiveItDown He's also into women's feet.]]

Creator/BradPitt presented him [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR2JQ0vwCDs like this]]. Suits well for the trope page.

The list of actors appearing in his films can be found [[UsefulNotes/TarantinoVerseActors here]].
!!Works that he has been involved in:

[[AC: Directed:]]
* "My Best Friend's Birthday" -- [[/index]]Tarantino's first film, shot in black and white. The plot revolves around a man attempting to do something nice for his friend on his birthday, only to have his efforts continually backfire. Many elements have been "mined" for his later works ([[Film/TrueRomance the character of Clarence and his speech about Elvis;]] [[Flm/ReservoirDogs the station K-BILLY;]] [[Film/InglouriousBasterds the name "Aldo Raine";]] [[Film/PulpFiction the gag of mistaking something for coke and getting pain in one's nose as a result;]] etc.). The film was originally 70 minutes long, but was re-edited to run just over 36 minutes due to a fire in the warehouse where the originals were kept. Never officially released, nor likely ever to be. Unofficially, can be found on Website/YouTube, etc.[[index]]
* ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' -- A heist film that skips the heist, jumping back and forth between the set-up and the calamitous aftermath of a jewelry store robbery. This film uses a nonlinear narrative that became a trademark of Tarantino's. The storyline is said to be based on the Ringo Lam movie ''Film/CityOnFire''. The nonlinear structure has caused a ''lot'' of comparisons to be made to Kubrick's ''Film/TheKilling''...but Quentin makes it a point to downplay this.
* ''Film/PulpFiction'' -- Various tales of sex, violence, drugs, and redemption intersect in the underworld of LA. This film put Tarantino on the map and had tremendous influence on the way films were made for the next decade.
* The ''Series/{{ER}}'' episode "Motherhood", arguably one of the best of the series, features his trademark foot and {{trunk shot}}s.e
* ''Film/FourRooms'' (segment "The Man from Hollywood") -- A group of Hollywood power players hire the bellhop to serve as an impartial hatchet-man to preside over an ill-advised dare. Tarantino plays an {{expy}} of himself.
* ''Film/JackieBrown'' -- A just-making-it flight attendant collaborates with a bail bondsman to pull a heist on an arms dealer. Low-key and more smart than bloody, it disappointed viewers who expected work as stylish as ''Pulp Fiction'', but it has a loyal following and is critically highly acclaimed as his most "mature" work. [[TheFilmOfTheBook Adapted from the novel]] ''Rum Punch'' by Creator/ElmoreLeonard (who publically praised the film), and a subtle homage to the {{Blaxploitation}} films of the 1970s.
* ''Film/KillBill'', Vols. 1 & 2 -- An ActionGirl, LeftForDead after being betrayed by her former lover and the other four members of the group of assassins she was once a part of, goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* A scene in the ''Film/SinCity'' movie, specifically, Dwight driving to the tar pits.
* The ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "Grave Danger" -- which is highly regarded as the best two-part episode of the entire series and features a lot of his motifs while staying within the confines of a ''CSI'' episode.
* ''Film/DeathProof'' -- A [[SatireParodyPastiche pastiche]] of exploitation and muscle car films of the 1970s: A serial-killing stuntman targets young women, using his CoolCar as the murder weapon. This was Tarantino's half of his double-feature collaboration with Creator/RobertRodriguez, ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}''.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' -- A group of Jewish-American Nazi-killers and a Jewish-French owner of a cinema hatch separate plots to kill UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler at the premiere of a high-profile German propaganda film. [[DespiteThePlan Bad luck ensues]].
* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' -- Tarantino's first "true" take on TheWestern, or "Southern", as he's calling it, as well as a throwback to Western-themed {{blaxploitation}} films and {{Spaghetti Western}}s. Follows a freed slave as he is mentored by a German bounty hunter to save his wife from an evil plantation owner.
* ''Film/TheHatefulEight'' -- Tarantino's second western, narrowly rescued from a self-induced DevelopmentHell, about a group of nefarious characters trapped in a lodge in the middle of nowhere during a blizzard. Tarantino shot it in 70mm and took it on a road show before its wide release.
* ''Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'' -- Described as such: "A story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo [=DiCaprio=]), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor… Sharon Tate."
* Tarantino is also at hard work at a new ''Star Trek'' film with high possibilities that this will be his 10th directing film.

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[[AC: Wrote but did not direct:]]
* ''Film/TrueRomance'' -- A hipster with a screw loose marries a {{hooker with a heart of gold}}, steals a cache of cocaine, and flees to Hollywood with the mob and police in pursuit. Directed by Creator/TonyScott, who gave the film a happy ending. Tarantino stands behind his original vision, but approves of the ending for the film that Scott made.
* ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'' -- Serial-murdering lovers on the lam allegedly illustrate something about violence, media, and the American psyche. Directed by Creator/OliverStone, who [[ExecutiveMeddling altered the story so much]] that Tarantino disowned the final product. (Interestingly enough, Tarantino's original script is much more clearly the dark satire on media glamorization of serial killers that the film alleges to be.)
* ''Film/ItsPat''--cowriter, [[UncreditedRole uncredited]], for his friend Julia Sweeney (who had a cameo in ''Pulp Fiction'')
* ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' -- A pair of hardened criminals (Tarantino and Creator/GeorgeClooney) abduct a preacher and his family, then get ambushed by vampires in Mexico. Directed by Creator/RobertRodriguez--Tarantino's close friend in the business. Tarantino also produced.
* ''Film/CrimsonTide'' -- [[UncreditedRole Uncredited]], but rewrote or added many scenes to include his signature pop culture references. Director Creator/TonyScott went so far as to credit Quentin with saving the film, giving it what it needed to come "alive".
* ''Film/TheRock'' -- Wrote a late draft of the screenplay. Again, pop culture references appear, particularly early on. Pay attention in particular to the scene where Creator/NicolasCage defends records as being superior to [=CDs=]--[[AuthorTract which is said to be exactly what Tarantino believes]].

[[AC: His film and TV roles include:]]
* Mr. Brown in ''Film/ReservoirDogs''.
* Jimmie in ''Film/PulpFiction''. You'll recognize him when he asks what sign ''does not'' appear over his garage. Tarantino was going to play either Jimmie or Lance the drug dealer. He decided on Jimmie so he could be behind the camera during the adrenaline shot scene.
* Johnny Destiny in ''Film/DestinyTurnsOnTheRadio'', his only major role.
* A gangster in ''Film/{{Desperado}}''. He tells a classic joke and then gets shot.
* Famous Hollywood director Chester Rush in ''Film/FourRooms''.
* Richard Gecko in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'', brother of the main character and one of his largest roles.
* He has a [[RetroactiveRecognition quick appearance]] as an ElvisImpersonator in ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', during the episode where Sophia gets married. He's the conservatively-dressed one in the back who snaps his fingers instead of gyrating when they all get up and sing. (This is perhaps his earliest on-screen role.)
* His smallest role is ''Film/JackieBrown'', where he just plays a voice on an answering machine.
* He was a guest star in Creator/JJAbrams' ''Series/{{Alias}}''. He played [=McKenas=] Cole, a former SD-6 agent turned mercenary, in four episodes.
* ''Film/LittleNicky'', where he plays a blind evangelist.
* He appears as a corpse in ''Film/KillBill'', Episode 1.
* An AdamWesting cameo in ''Film/TheMuppetsWizardOfOz''.
* ''Film/PlanetTerror'' as an infected soldier who [[AttemptedRape attempts to rape]] one of the main characters.
* Warren in ''Film/DeathProof'', the bar owner.
* ''Film/SukiyakiWesternDjango'', a Japanese Western with a very similar modus operandi to his own works, directed by Takashi Miike.
* Sid in ''Sleep With Me'', where he goes on a filibuster on the Ho Yay in ''Film/TopGun''.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' as a dead Nazi being scalped. Also seen from behind in ''Nation's Pride'' as the American soldier who says, "I implore you, we must destroy that tower!" [[InsertCameo His hands]] also [[spoiler:strangle Bridget von Hammersmark.]]
* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' as an Australian slave trader with a questionable accent [[spoiler:who gets tricked and blown up by Django.]]
* ''Film/TheHatefulEight'' as a voice-over narrator at vital points in the movie.
* He provides comments in the documentary ''Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation''.

[[AC: Executive produced:]]
* ''Film/KillingZoe'', the directorial debut of former writing partner Creator/RogerAvary. Avary had previously written a script titled ''The Open Road'', which was the basis for ''True Romance'', and ''Pandemonium Reigns'', which became "The Gold Watch" story in ''Pulp Fiction''.
* ''Film/TheManWithTheIronFists'': Yet another GenreThrowback, this time, to violent {{Wuxia}} movies of the 70s and 80s.

[[AC: Distributed:]]
* ''Film/ChungkingExpress'' (Tarantino founded Rolling Thunder Pictures specifically to provide Creator/WongKarWai's film with a US release)
* ''Sonatine'' by Creator/TakeshiKitano
* ''Switchblade Sisters'' (initially released in 1975)
* ''Hard Core Logo''
* ''The Mighty Peking Man'' (initially released in 1977)
* ''Detroit 9000'' (initially released in 1973)
* ''Film/TheBeyond''
* ''Curdled''
* ''Film/RollingThunder'' (Initially released in 1977)
* ''Film/{{Hero}}'': Tarantino "presented" the film in American promotional material on the grounds that it be subtitled and un-cut.

Each of his films is packed chock-full of references to other films: [[ListOfFilmReferencesInTarantinosFilms here]] is a far from complete list.

!!Quentin Tarantino and his works provide examples of:
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* ActionGirl: Tarantino's appreciation for tough chicks is one of his personal fondnesses. The Bride (and almost all of the female characters from ''Film/KillBill''), the second group of women from ''Death Proof'', ''Film/JackieBrown'' and ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''' Shoshanna Dreyfus are all examples. Action Girls are also referred to in other films. In ''Pulp Fiction'', Creator/UmaThurman's character once appeared in a TV pilot entitled "[[ShowWithinAShow Fox Force Five]]." In ''Film/ReservoirDogs'', the thieves talk about strong Pam Grier characters.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Many of his characters have alliterative names. [[Film/ReservoirDogs Vic]] and [[Film/PulpFiction Vincent Vega]], [[Film/DeathProof Jungle Julia]], [[Film/DjangoUnchained Calvin Candie]], [[Film/TheHatefulEight Daisy Domergue]]...
* AffablyEvil: Many of his antagonists - and ''protagonists'' as well, since they tend to be gangsters or criminals - are pleasant, polite, soft-spoken people, who have {{Seinfeldian Conversation}}s about the minutiae of life in between crimes and/or murders. Arguably this reaches its crescendo with [[Film/InglouriousBasterds Hans Landa]], who's a ''frigging Gestapo officer'' and also one of the most genial people in the film.
* AnachronicOrder: Tarantino is arguably the director most responsible for popularizing this trope in American cinema; for a brief period it was referred to as "Quentinuity".
* AuthorAppeal:
** His infamous foot fetish.
** Strong women are often featured prominently in his films.
** Constant [[ReferenceOverdosed pop-culture references]] (especially to exploitation films).
** Whenever he uses music from his personal record collection he uses his own LP's with all the scratches and other audio noise to give it a personal feel. (On the officially released soundtracks he uses the official recordings.)
** Mixed race couples and romances appear fairly regularly.
** Tarantino LOVES shooting on celluloid film rather than digitally, and it's showing more than ever now that ''The Hateful 8'' has been shot in a super-wide 70mm film format; Tarantino seems to be taking advantage of it as much as possible with lots of gorgeous SceneryPorn of snowy mountains and forests.
* AuthorTract: Some people think that Tarantino is speaking through his characters when they deliver opinions on various subjects.
* AuteurLicense: So far, the ''only'' ExecutiveMeddling a film of his has gone through... was Harvey Weinstein having Quentin split his ''Film/KillBill'' project into ''two'' films. Quentin was all too happy to oblige.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: If ''Quentin Tarantino'' wasn't a cool enough name, his characters have the most badass names.
* BadassInANiceSuit: The bank robbers in ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' and the hitmen in ''Film/PulpFiction'' wear identical black suits and skinny black ties. These suits would later reappear in ''Film/KillBill'' (the Crazy 88, and Budd in the flashbacks).
* BlackComedy
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The majority of his protagonist, at their worst, could easily pass as VillainProtagonist. The only reason we'd root for them is if the people they're up against is utterly reprehensible.
* BloodyHilarious: Whenever violence breaks out in his works ([[OnceAnEpisode and it usually does]]) expect to always at least be somewhat over-the-top and sometimes bordering on cartoonish (though he occasionally does play it for NauseaFuel).
* BookDumb: He's a high school dropout and didn't go to film school but he has a 160 IQ, is very well-read and is extremely well-versed in cinema and his interviews and commentary show that he's a very intelligent person. To say nothing of the fact that he has built a hugely successful film career and won two Oscars.
* BountyHunter: Dr. King Schultz and Django Freeman from ''Django Unchained'' and John "The Hangman" Ruth and Major Marquis Warren from ''The Hateful Eight''.
* BrandX: Big Kahuna Burger, Red Apple cigarettes, Acuna Bros. Tex-Mex. He also has a tendency to revive dead brands from his own childhood like "Fruit Brute" cereal (he held onto a box after it was discontinued, which has made several appearances).
* CanonWelding: Tarantino has created a largely common universe of his films by including subtle cross-references (for instance, characters commonly refer to others; Mr. White mentions Alabama and Mr. Blonde has Scagnetti as a parole officer, Vic Vega and Vincent Vega are brothers, Jimmie from ''Film/PulpFiction'' and Mr White from ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' have the same last name, etc.) and cameos, but he says that his movies are divided into ''two'' universes.
** The first is an [[spoiler: alternate reality where Hitler was shot down in a theater causing Americans to be obsessed with pop culture and extremely violent]], which consists of ''Film/PulpFiction'', ''Film/ReservoirDogs'', ''Film/TrueRomance'', ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', ''Film/DeathProof'' and probably ''Film/FourRooms'', ''Film/TheHatefulEight'', ''Film/DjangoUnchained'', and, assuming the latter, then ''Film/{{Shaft}}'' and its sequels (as Tarantino has claimed that Broomhilda von Shaft and Django are the ancestors of John Shaft) and Franchise/{{Zorro}} (as Tarantino and Matt Wagner collaborated on a graphic novel crossover between the two characters).
** The second is a set of films that the characters in the above universe watch - the stuff so crazy over-the-top that it qualifies as escapism for people who walk around in a world where ''Film/PulpFiction'' happened. These are ''Film/KillBill, Film/FromDuskTillDawn, Film/NaturalBornKillers'', and possibly ''Film/{{Machete}}'' and ''Film/PlanetTerror'' because of cameos of Earl and Edgar Mcgraw in both movies. Interestingly, the title character in ''Film/{{Machete}}'' appears in another of Creator/RobertRodriguez's films...''Film/SpyKids''. According to Creator/DannyTrejo, they're the same person. [[BellisariosMaxim How this works is probably better left unquestioned.]]
** ''Film/JackieBrown'' takes place in its own universe, as it is an adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel and is aesthetically distinct from Tarantino's other works.
* CaptainObvious: Tarantino enjoys scattering dialogues around that make jokes about obvious things.
** In ''Film/ReservoirDogs'': Mr. Blonde: ''"Either he's alive or he's dead, or the cops got him, or they don't."''
** In ''Film/JackieBrown'': Jackie showing the contents of her purse to the investigators: "Beauty case." "What's in it?" "Beauty ''products''."
** In ''Film/DeathProof'': ''"Hey, who is Stuntman Mike?"'' Answer: ''"He's a stuntman."''
** In ''Film/DjangoUnchained'': Ace Speck asks Schultz what kind of doctor he is. The top of Schultz' cart has a giant tooth bouncing on a spring. Also:
-->'''Stephen:''' ''"Why's I'm scarin' you?"''
-->'''Broomhilda:''' ''"Because you scary."''
** In ''Film/TheHatefulEight'', someone asks how "Six-Horse Judy" got her nickname, and is told it's because she can control six horses at once, a feat uncommon for men and unheard-of for women.
* ChronicallyKilledActor: In his cameos in his own films, Tarantino's character is typically killed off (the exceptions being ''Film/PulpFiction'' and ''Film/DeathProof'').
* ClusterFBomb: Tarantino's dialogue is infamously heavy on profanity, and he's not afraid of dropping n-bombs.
* CodeName: ''Film/ReservoirDogs'', taken from ''Film/TheTakingOfPelhamOneTwoThree''. Later followed by ''Film/KillBill''.
* CoolCar: Once claimed on ''Radio/TheHowardSternShow'' that the ''Pussy Wagon'' is sitting in his driveway. [[http://lolsnaps.com/funny/48290/ Story checks out]].
* CreatorCameo: Frequently plays bit parts in his movies. Some like ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' and ''Film/PulpFiction'' will be minor supporting characters while others like ''Film/KillBill'' will be [[FreezeFrameBonus blink and you'll miss it.]]
* CreatorProvincialism: He was raised in Los Angeles and a few of his films are set there.
* EverybodysDeadDave: So far, has appeared in three of his films: [[spoiler:''Film/ReservoirDogs'', ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', and especially ''Film/TheHatefulEight'']]. In general, very few {{karma houdini}}s exist in his films, but the greyer characters don't go down without a fight.
* EvilVersusEvil
* FoodPorn: Not as ubiquitous as some of his other fetishes, but when it shows up, it's hard to miss. ''Film/IngloriousBasterds'' and ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' have some positively lascivious close-ups of strudel and beer, respectively.
* FootFocus: To a rather [[NeverLiveItDown infamous]] [[MemeticMutation degree.]]
* GallowsHumor: A lot of the comedic moments in his films follow truly awful or violent acts, so they can defuse the tension of the scene. Think Mr. Blonde's snark after [[spoiler:cutting off the cop's ear]] or when Vincent Vega [[spoiler:shot Marvin in the face.]]
* GenkiGuy: He's very energetic and enthusiastic about what he does.
* GenreThrowback: Most of his films are throwbacks to the various genres of Grindhouse / ExploitationFilm from the 70s and 80s.
* {{Gorn}}: Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' featuring a [[ShowWithinAShow Reservoir Dogs parody episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow'' directed by Tarantino (voiced by Creator/DanCastellaneta on the episode. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Originally, the Simpsons producers did want the real Tarantino to voice himself, but]] [[NoodleIncident for reasons unknown]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the Tarantino cameo never happened]]); Tarantino appears on screen and rants, "See, what I'm trying to say in this cartoon is that violence is everywhere! It's even in breakfast cereal!" at which point Itchy chops off his head.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' and ''Death Proof'' both change gears jarringly. ''Film/DeathProof'''s switch was a deliberate homage to [=grindhouse=] films, where directors would often cut together two completely unrelated films, often unfinished, to make one whole product.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Creator/RobertRodriguez, whom he has referred to as his brother. D'awww.
* {{Keet}}: Oh, so very much.
* LanternJawOfJustice: He's quite well known for his epic jawline.
* LargeHam: And damn proud of it!
* MametSpeak: He's noted that Creator/DavidMamet was one of his three key inspirations, dialogue-wise. (The other two are Creator/ElmoreLeonard and Creator/RichardPryor.)
* MexicanStandoff: Featured in a number of his works, including ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', in which the participants stop to argue about whether their position constitutes a Mexican Standoff.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: A personal example for him. Incidents between Harvey Weinstein and at least a couple of women associating with Tarantino in a span of several years → a pattern of serial sex abuse involving Weinstein. [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil Needless to say, Tarantino was both super embarrassed and super PISSED.]]
* {{Motifs}}:
** Revenge features as a theme in several of his creations:
*** For ''Film/KillBill'': the hero's motivation is revenge through both films.
*** In ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', Shoshanna's whole motivation is revenge for what was done to her family.
*** Revenge plays a big part of ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' for Django. First against the Brittle brothers, then later against the people of Candieland. Django also often expresses the desire to kill white people as revenge for the suffering of the black slaves.
*** The main motivation of the villain of the CSI episode he directed is revenge for the death of his daughter, which he blames the cops for.
** Tarantino's films run the opening credits in the fairly average order as other films that display their credits at the beginning. However, he often saves the "Written and/or Directed by" part to kick-off the end credits.
* TheMovieBuff: Let's put it this way: If a film exists, chances are excellent that Tarantino has seen it and has possibly even referenced it.
* NestedStory: How his SharedUniverse CanonWelding functions.
* NiceGuy: He's often been described as very good to work with by actors.
* NobleDemon: Since in most of Tarantino's movies almost every single character is a ruthless murderous criminal, there's usually at least one of these to give the audience someone to vaguely support.
* NWordPrivileges: Some of Tarantino's white characters have them. Some don't, but use the word anyway, as racists.
* OneLinerEcho: From Film/DeathProof: ''Now, look, You can't look like you're trying to get her out of here before Christian Simonson shows up, but you've got to get her out of here before Christian Simonson shows up."''
* PopCulturedBadass: Many of Tarantino's are this thanks to his pop-culture obsessiveness. Examples include [[Film/PulpFiction Jules and Vincent]] and [[Film/KillBill Bill]]. The biggest example is probably [[Film/InglouriousBasterds Shoshanna Dreyfus]], a theater owner in Nazi-occupied France who freaking ''kills'' with pop culture.
* PopCultureOsmosis: Tarantino's use of certain bubblegum pop hits or movie soundtracks has given certain melodies different associations in the ears of younger movie audiences. For example:
** When Dick Dale's surf rock song "Misirlou" plays, people tend to think of sharply dressed hitmen rather than the beach.
** For instance, when one hears the whistling theme "Twisted Nerve" by Music/BernardHerrmann most people won't think of the 1968 film thriller Film/TwistedNerve, but rather Film/KillBill.
* RapeAsDrama:
** In ''Film/PulpFiction'' [[spoiler: Marsellus Wallace is being raped by two creepy guys in a basement. Yet Butch comes back to save him and kills one of them with a sword, while Marsellus shoots the other one in his crotch and informs him that he's gonna call up some of his gang members to torture him for hours, basically getting "medieval on your ass."]]
** In ''Film/KillBill'' The Bride was raped multiple times while she was in a coma. She gets her revenge, though, in the most badass way possible!
** In ''Film/TheHatefulEight'' [[spoiler:Warren claims to have forced Smithers' son to perform fellatio on him. While it's implied that [[ButForMeItWasTuesday he doesn't even remember Smithers' son]] and is just [[UnreliableNarrator trying (successfully) to provoke Smithers into drawing his weapon on him]], it's still treated as a MoralEventHorizon and Warren eventually suffers DeathByIrony when he is shot in the groin.]]
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: While most of Tarantino's characters are morally grey, rapists always get a gruesome come-uppance. Unsurprisingly, in real life Tarantino was upset when he learned a couple of sexual incidents his boss Harvey Weinstein had been involved in, including one with then-girlfriend Mira Sorvino, were part of a larger, more disturbing pattern of sexual abuse than he had realized (read: they turned out to not be mere isolated incidents), and his response was predictable to those who had seen enough of his movies.
* ReferenceOverdosed: Tarantino fills his films with references, especially to other movies, to the point that some critics have accused him of being derivative. Even his production company is named A Band Apart, after ''Bande à Part,'' the famous Godard film.
* RuleOfCool: He more or less bases ''entire movies'' around something that just sounds damn cool (to him).
* SeinfeldianConversation: Characters will often engage in discussions about various trivia that do not seem to have any bearing on the plot. Sometimes they actually do, and other times they're more for character or effect.
* SelfDeprecation: Many of the roles that he casts himself in are particularly stupid and unpleasant characters who rapidly meet unpleasant fates.
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/QuentinTarantino Has his own page.]]
* SitcomArchNemesis: Sort-of, with Creator/SpikeLee. Lee repeatedly slams Quentin for claiming NWordPrivileges for his movies. Tarantino does not take kindly to the DoubleStandard.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Despite the extraordinary violence and brutality, a lot of his works could be considered quite idealistic. Villains often show human sides, characters often act in noble ways [[HonorBeforeReason even when it would be best to be pragmatic]] and people who show kindness or honor are rewarded in some way, [[RedemptionEqualsLife usually by surviving the film]]. This is arguably most apparent in ''Film/PulpFiction''.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Many have accused his performances in his own works as seeming like this trope. Whether this is [[SelfDeprecation intentional]] or not is up for debate.
* SoulBrotha: One or more cool (but not superficial) black/Afro-American characters are present in most of his films.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Music tends to be classic pop, rock, and soul hits from the '60s and '70s. Or even really obscure stuff from the '60s and '70s. ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', in particular, features a scene with an awesomely anachronistic pop soundtrack.
** ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' has [[spoiler: a torture scene set the tones of the bubblegum hit "Stuck In The Middle With You".]]
** ''Film/PulpFiction'' uses a lot of surf instrumentals in a story that doesn't even take place near a beach.
** The fight between the Bride and O-Ren Ishii in Film/KillBill is set to [[spoiler: a funky disco cover of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" by Santa Esmeralda.]]
* SpeechCentricWork: His films typically feature large amounts of dialogue, often of the [[SeinfeldianConversation Seinfeldian]] variety. This was particularly notable in ''Deathproof'', which features very long periods of dialogue before the action finale. Tarantino explained that this was part of his grindhouse pastiche, because grindhouse films often padded their running time with dialogue to save money.
* TaughtByExperience: He didn't go to film school and learned everything he knows about film from watching and making Them.
* TheOner
* TheVerse: Various films Tarantino has worked on feature callbacks to other works, showing they are in the same universe. For instance:
** Various product and company names are referenced, such as Big Kahuna Burger and Red Apple cigarettes.
** ''Reservoir Dogs'' was supposed to imply that Alabama from ''Film/TrueRomance'' went on to become Mr. White's old accomplice, but the ending of ''Film/TrueRomance'' was changed, making this unlikely.
** Victor Vega (Mr. Blonde) from ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' and Vincent Vega from ''Film/PulpFiction'' are supposed to be brothers, and a spin-off film about them was planned but never made. Because [[spoiler:both brothers die]], the movie would have had to be a prequel, but by the time that both Creator/MichaelMadsen and Creator/JohnTravolta had an open schedule at the same time, they had both visibly aged enough that having them play younger men would break the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.
** The sheriff killed at the beginning of ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' appears in ''Film/KillBill'' and both halves of ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' (the first of which has him surviving TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, thus making continuity difficult to establish).
** Lee Donowitz of ''Film/TrueRomance'' is reportedly the son of Donny Donowitz of ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''. As ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' points out, this implies Hitler was successfully [[spoiler:assassinated at the La Gamaar cinema]] in this universe.
** One of the bandits mentioned in ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' is Crazy Craig Koons, a member of Smitty Bacall's gang -- and a possible ancestor of Captain Koons from ''Film/PulpFiction''.
** Oswaldo Mobray from ''Film/TheHatefulEight'' is eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:outlaw English Pete Hicox, who shares a surname with Archie Hicox from ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', a character whom Tim Roth was originally asked to portray.]]
* TranquilFury: In his first interview since the Weinstein scandal broke, Tarantino acknowledged he had known at least some details regarding Harvey Weinstein's sex drive in part thanks to an incident he had learned of years before involving then-girlfriend Mira Sorvino, and also because Uma Thurman had told him about unpleasant experiences with the producer during the production of ''Film/KillBill'', and is angry not just with Weinstein regarding the true extent of it but also with himself for not doing anything about it sooner, before encouraging men who had worked with Weinstein to come out earnestly with their stories.
* TrunkShot: One of his most famous trademarks, appearing in all his films.
* WouldHitAGirl: Because he despises rape doesn't mean he won't get rough with a woman when the situation calls for it. A notable example is the scene where Budd spits on the Bride in ''Film/KillBill''. Tarantino doubled for Michael Madsen in that scene partly because he didn't think Madsen would be able to get it right, and partly because Uma Thurman insisted on it.