"Looked dead, didn't I? But I wasn't. And it wasn't for lack of trying, I can tell you that. Actually, Bill's last bullet put me in a coma. A coma I was to lie in for four years. When I woke up, I went on what the movie advertisements referred to as a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. I roared. I rampaged. And I got bloody satisfaction. 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."
— The Bride
Kill Bill takes Quentin Tarantino's favorite things — westerns, samurai movies, martial arts, pop-culture references, Action Girls, and close-ups of women's bare feet (don't ask aboutthat last one) — and combines them all into one hell of a revenge drama.While Tarantino originally conceived the film as one complete movie, Miramax split it into two parts (Vol. 1, released in 2003, and Vol. 2, released in 2004). Watching them together earns you a nice four-hour action romp filled with deliberate over-the-top violence which runs on the Rule of Cool. Tarantino plans to film a third movie in 2014.The story — told in "chapters", as well as Tarantino's signature non-linear fashion — centers around an Action Girl known primarily as "The Bride", a former assassin who wants to pursue a life of normalcy. Her former crew, The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, isn't too happy with that — and during The Bride's wedding rehearsal, they crash the church and slaughter the entire wedding party, then beat The Bride spaghetti-western-style until she can't move. Once the DiVAS are done, their leader (the eponymous Bill) walks up to The Bride and puts a bullet in her head — right after The Bride tells him she's pregnant with his child. Four years later, The Bride wakes up from a coma and vows to get her revenge on the DiVAS — and anyone who happens to get in her way — while saving Bill for last.To view a partial list of the innumerable references to other films in Kill Bill, visit the List of Film References in Tarantino's Films.
This Roaring Rampage of Tropes includes examples of the following:
As to the actually demonstrated cutting power of the blade, it's sharp enough to easily chop a man vertically in half.
Action Girl: Every major female character other than Sofie Fatale, Nikki Green and B.B.
Action Mom: Vernita and the Bride become this after the incident in the church.
Adult Fear: The scene in which the Bride fights Vernita Green and Vernita's little daughter Nikki steps in perfectly shows the terror that a mother can feel when she realizes that not only has her Dark and Troubled Pastcaught up with her, but her child is about to be utterly traumatised.
A Norwegian movie titled "Kill Buljo" which started out as a simple project by amateur directors and actors for the fun of it, with a very low budget. In the end, it recieved 87 000 viewers in theaters across Norway, sold over 95 000 copies, to a degree got released internationally and Quentin Tarantino himself proclaimed "I love it. I love it!" If you browse around for it, a subbed version should be downloadable somewhere.
Agony of the Feet: How the Bride managed to disable Gogo before offing her: she drove the extruding nail of a 2x4 through one of her feet.
After she gets out of that coffin and walks barefoot through the desert back to Bud's trailer, and then is fighting barefoot amid all that shattered glass and splinters and God knows what else (oh, yeah, and the black mamba) all over the floor.... That's brutal.
Elle actually steps on her foot with her heels. Brutal, indeed.
Amazon Brigade: The Deadly Vipers are predominantly female, and even then Bill rarely dirties his hands during conflict and Budd is far less skilled than any of them (although we never truly see him in action).
Anachronic Order: A Tarantino trademark. The first chapter from Volume 1 shows the Bride's second kill on her mission, and the next four chapters portray the events leading up to that kill - the Bride waking up from her coma, getting her Hanzo sword, hunting down O-Ren Ishii, and making her hit list.
Antagonist in Mourning: Given a nod when Bud and Elle think The Bride is dead. Bud asks Elle, who considered The Bride a personal rival/nemesis, which R she feels: Relief, or Regret.
More importantly, Beatrix weeps in the bathroom after she kills Bill.
And this also happens to Bill twice, first when he believes The Bride has been killed, while she had only run away after finding out she was pregnant. And again, as he explains later in Vol. 2 to B.B. that he felt very sad after, you know, hunting her ass down and putting a bullet in her head. Sorry kiddo!
Anti-Hero: The Bride is an example of Nominal Hero. As an assassin, she fully believes in Paying Evil Unto Evil, though she still has certain things that she will not do if she can help it — like murdering someone in front of their child.
Art Shift: Between the two volumes in both look and feel.
Aside Glance: Beatrix winks at the camera as she's driving during the closing credits.
Audible Sharpness: Zig-zagged at first. When The Bride first handles a Hanzô sword on screen, it makes a sharp sound just when she spins it 180° while still in the sheath. Then she unsheaths it slowly and it has the correct muted leather sound. Then she quickly unsheaths it the rest of the way and the unrealistic metal-on-metal sound is present. Then when she sheaths it again the muted 'whomp' is back. After that it's pretty much all the expected examples, plus naked Hanzo swords almost constantly emit a quiet, high-pitched tone.
Author Appeal: Like a lot of Tarantino's movies, there's a lot of scenes involving women's bare feet.
Balls of Steel: Pai Mei has these, as the Bride finds out the hard way during her battle with him.
Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. The Bride gets beat up, slashed up, bloodied, shot up, and even buried alive, and still kicks serious ass on just about everybody she meets — and this is a woman who is referred to as being very beautiful. It's very debatable though — as bloodied and bruised as she gets, none of her wounds appear to leave a visible lasting mark that mars her beauty. She's lucky she wasn't one of Esteban's girls.
Also, Sofie has an arm cut off on screen.
In the Japanese cut of the movie, she has her other arm cut off when the Bride interrogates her in the boot of the car, though the cut is at the elbow rather than the shoulder.
Berserk Button: The penalty for bringing up O-Ren Ishii's Chinese or American heritage as a negative is: she collects your fucking head. Which she does to Boss Tanaka following her taking of power at the crime council when he insults her heritage. Her warning about the penalty leads to her Suddenly Shouting (see below).
Bilingual Bonus: On the first film's poster, the characters in the background are a katakana transliteration of "Kill Bill" (in this case, reading Kiru Biru) - likely to save space since the actual translation would be 「ビルを殺す」 "Biru o korosu". The Chinese characters on Volume II's poster say "pursue and kill Bill."
The scene with Gogo and the businessman has a bit of this, when he asks what Gogo thinks of Ferrari's he's actually propositioning her for sex. In Tokyo Ferrari is slang for Fellatio.
Black Blood: The Crazy 88s segment was shown in black-and-white to avoid an NC-17 rating.
The original full-color (and extended) version was shown in international markets.
Black Dude Dies First: Hilariously played with. Vernita Green dies at the beginning of Vol. 1, but is actually the second Deadly Viper to be killed by the Bride, since the rest of Vol. 1 is a flashback. (The effect on her screen time is the same, though.)
Blade Run: Pai Mei does this to The Bride. She is... surprised, to say the least.
Boss in Mook Clothing: Johnny Mo, who arrives at the head of the Crazy 88 to battle the Bride. He lasts throughout the entire battle, engaging her multiple times, and at the end faces her in single combat.
Brick Joke: When the Bride says to Nikki that "It was not my intention to do this in front of you. For that I'm sorry. But you can take my word for it, your mother had it comin'. When you grow up, if you still feel raw about it, I'll be waiting."
Pai Mei scoffs that American women are only good for ordering in restaurants. Several months of brutal training, a few years and a live burial later and after clawing her way out of the grave The Bride goes into a cafe and asks for some water.
Cat Fight / Designated Girl Fight: Subverted consistently. None of the fights look like Fanservice for titillating male audiences, and the women fighting FOR REAL, no-holds barred - REAL punches and REAL bruises instead of scratching and hair-pulling. The Bride's fight with Elle Driver in particular is especially vicious.
Celeb Crush: Bill's father figure Esteban Vihaio, a Mexican pimp, tells a story about how he once took Bill to the movies when he was a little boy. He could tell that Bill was drawn to blondes when he noted that the boy had a Precocious Crush for 1940s-1950s movie star Lana Turner.
Code Name: The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad uses the names of lethal snakes as code names. The Bride's was "Black Mamba." This also doubles as Names to Run Away From Really Fast — the Black Mamba is generally considered to be the most deadly snake in the world, which leads to the question of how the others didn't see the end coming.
Cycle of Revenge: Not shown but the possibility is definitely left open. Vernita is killed in front of her daughter Nikki, who the Bride understands might someday want revenge against her.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Budd in Volume 2, as he's the only one who chooses to outright shoot Beatrix rather than engaging in a bladefight first, though he does it with Rock Salt ammo so that he could bury her alive. However this also means that Elle considers him giving her an unworthy death and poisons him with a Black Mamba serpent for it.
Death by Cameo: Quentin Tarantino plays one of the Crazy 88, and ends up being the first one of them to get sliced up by the Bride.
Deadly Doctor: Averted. Elle dresses up as a nurse so she can get close enough to the the comatose Bride to give her a lethal injection; she's stopped from doing so by Bill, and she is not happy about it.
Death by Irony: Budd, while escaping from death from the Bride, aka Black Mamba, is killed by the venom of an actual black mamba.
Found within the story of Pai Mei that Bill tells the Bride. Pai Mei once offered a small nod of deference (a rare gesture) to a passing Shaolin monk, who failed to return it — for all anyone knows, the monk might not have even noticed it. For this grave insult, Pai Mei headed to the Shaolin Temple and demanded the head of the head abbot as an apology. When the other monks pleaded for mercy and tried to console Pai Mei, he slaughtered every one of them, burning the monastery down afterwards.
Bill: Not only are you not dead, you're getting married, to some fucking jerk, and you're pregnant. I... overreacted.
The Bride: You overreacted?
Pai Mei again, plucking Elle Driver's eye out for disrespecting him.
Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Played with. The Bride is a mass-murderer who, in her Roaring Rampage of Revenge, has killed, hacked off parts of, and tortured her former colleagues, moving coldly onto her next target without even waiting for the blood to stop pooling beneath the chopped-up bodies, but when Elle reveals that she killed the Bride's Master, she gets even more fucking pissed!
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Bill considers his brother Budd the only man he ever loved. His past relationship with the Bride was genuinely romantic; the Bride making him think she was dead and breaking his heart is the reason he went on a rampage at all. And he's a doting father to BB.
Bill will be "a murdering bastard" any day, but he will not (in the end) kill someone in their sleep, because "that act would lower us".
The Bride is sadistic and a mass-murderer; but she shows this as well. She sticks to the people on her list (and the Crazy 88) despite pointing out to Vernita to make things even, she would have to kill Vernita, her daughter, and her husband. She is also willing to stop the fight in front of Vernita's daughter and appears genuinely regretful that she killed Vernita in front of her daughter. She also spares one of the Crazy 88 when it turns out that he is just a teenager who is obviously hanging with the wrong crowd.
Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: The Bride is allowed to take her katana on the plane with her, because it's considered matter-of-fact for everybody at the airport (and, by extension, the country of Japan) to have a katana. In that scene, where the Bride is flying out of Japan and formulating her death list, there is also a katana across the aisle from her, and the man seated behind the Bride has one as well. Probably everyone on the plane has one. In fact, the plane has special katana holsters attached to each seat.
Eye Scream: In the Kill Bill 2 flashback, Elle mouths off to Pai Mei and he rips one of her eyes out in response. When the Bride finally confronts Elle, not only does she rip out her remaining eye, but also crushes it under her foot. The Bride rips out one of the Crazy 88's eyes in Vol. 1 in the same manner.
Face Death with Dignity: Bill after he's been five-point-exploding-heart-palmed. He straightens his jacket and wipes the blood off his lip, before getting up and walking away until he falls down dead.
Big Bad: Bill AKA "Snakecharmer", the founder and head of the group and the main target of the Bride's revenge.
The Dragon: Elle AKA "Californian Mountain Snake", the only member still in close contact with Bill and the Bride's rival in swordplay. She is the Bride's biggest obstacle in her path of revenge.
The Brute: Budd AKA "Sidewinder", the largest member of the group who currently works as a bouncer. Ignores any sort of sportsmanship to critically injure the Bride immediately.
The Evil Genius: O-Ren AKA "Cottonmouth", who is the head of the entire Yakuza outside of the Vipers. Attempts to defeat the Bride through her minions before challenging her directly.
The Dark Chick: Vernita Green AKA "Copperhead", who has attempted to escape her former life and live as a normal suburban mom. She attempts to use her family as a way of lowering the Bride's guard.
Sixth Ranger Traitor: The Bride AKA "Black Mamba", whose revenge against the others is the focus of the films.
Four Is Death: Downplayed example as the targets the Bride mainly focuses on (besides Bill) are the four members of the DiVAS who tried to assassinate her at her wedding. Note that while she does succeed in killing two of them, one is killed by another, and said other (her fourth target) doesn't actually die.
Also Played Straight as the film is 4 hours long. The Bride is in a coma for 4 years. It is the 4th Film by Tarantino. The list goes on.
Four-Temperament Ensemble: Villainous example. Bill is phlegmatic, Elle Driver is choleric, Budd is sanguine, Vernita Green is leukine and O-Ren Ishii is melancholic.
Go Out with a Smile: It takes a real man to admit he is wrong, forgive the love of his life for killing him, and to tell her that she is a decent human being with a loving smile before gracefully walking to his death. Manliness, thy name is Bill.
Gory Discretion Blackout: The trucker who pays $75 to rape the now conscious Bride presumably has his lip bit off and his throat torn out with her teeth. It's not know how long it took him to die as by the time she throws him off Buck is coming back.
It took her twenty minutes to kill him. Before Buck leaves, he says "...I'll be back in twenty."
O-Ren expresses admiration for the Bride's sword and admits that it is a Hanzo sword after the Bride scalps her.
Averted with Elle Driver, who flails around violently on the ground screeching about revenge after The Bride tears her eye out.
Gratuitous English: "This is so important, I'm going to say it in English!" - O-Ren, addressing a group of Japanese Yakuza. Though arguably, she was doing it to show her dominance, as she was half Japanese and half Chinese American.
Groin Attack: A few of them in the Bride's fight with Vernita, though they are only noticeable if one is watching closely.
Harmful to Minors: O-Ren Ishii witnesses the death of her parents at the hands of Boss Matsumoto when she's nine and takes her vengeance two years later. The Bride tries to avert this when she kills Vernita Green, but winds up doing it right in front of her daughter anyway. Knowing full well what usually happens to a kid after this, she tells her "When you grow up, if you still feel raw about it, I'll be waiting."
This is a great Sequel Hook. Tarantino is on record as having ideas for Kill Bill Volumes 3 and 4 already rolling around in his brain.
The scene could have been far worse. When Boss Matsumoto throws O-Ren's mother onto the bed, for a moment it totally seems that he is going to rape her...with O-Ren hiding under the mattress! Well, luckily for her...Boss Matsumoto was a pedophile.
Heroic Comedic Sociopath/Sociopathic Hero: The Bride can be either, depending on the mood. When she's under a truth serum from Bill, she admits that she genuinely enjoys killing and maiming people. In fact, what stops her from being a downright Villain Protagonist (she was after all a contract killer for most of her life) is the relative Heel-Face Turn she went through upon finding out she was pregnant, and her very deserved revenge.
"Hattori Hanzo" is the name of a legendary real-life samurai (and ninja) who lived in the 16th century. He had previously been played in a Japanese TV series by... Sonny Chiba.
Hollywood Healing: Zig-Zagged. The Bride shows a wonderful knack for shrugging off various injuries, and usually looks pristine the next day. But her healing from the massacre took four years. And when she woke up from the coma she couldn't move her lower body at all and struggled just to drag herself around. Then again, recovering her old physical prowess from the effects of a 4-year coma were implied to have taken only a short amount of time rather than the months and likely years it should have taken.
Honor Before Reason: The Bride's conduct in the saga practically defines this trope. She never "just shoots" her enemies like a coward: instead she always honorably challenges them in a manner that allows them an equal chance at victory. This is debatable though, as the Bride wants her revenge and she doesn't hesitate to use dirty tricks if they're needed to win — ripping eyes out, using improvised weapons, attacking by surprise, you name it.
The other major characters show Honor Before Reason to varying degrees, ranging from Bill (who shows it in spades) to Budd (who just shoots the Bride). Then there's Elle. She was unhappy that Bill called off the hit on the Bride while she was still comatose, she used a black mamba to kill Budd out of pure jealousy and spite, and how she killed Pai Mei simply by poisoning his fish heads.
Actually, Budd's 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 had had with 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.
In the original script, although the Bride was still honorable, she did have occasional 'reason over honor' moments — most notably, The Bride actually planned to snipe Bill from far away, under the justification that he originally called a bushwhack on her and she was just repaying the favor. She didn't go through with it because she saw B.B. through the scope and realized that her daughter was still alive.
Hospital Hottie: Elle Driver dresses as a nurse in order to sneak into the hospital where the Bride lies in a coma.
Karma Houdini: Ernie, the guy that helped Budd bury the Bride in Volume 2.
Karmic Death: Elle Driver poisoned Pai Mei after he ripped her eye out, and she sics a black mamba on Budd after he claims to have killed the Bride. The Bride later rips out Elle's remaining eye, and leaves her locked in Budd's trailer with the black mamba in question. Of course, the list of former members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad shown at the end has a question mark by her name, but scratches through the names of all the ones the Bride killed — which, if Tarantino is to be believed, is meant to be the opening for a sequel to Kill Bill involving B.B., Vernita Green's daughter, and a blind Elle.
Katanas Are Just Better: Played straight and subverted. Although Hattori Hanzo is described as the world's greatest swordmaker, making his katanas the world's greatest swords, the film undercuts the power of the katana on a number of occasions. The Bride gets knocked around quite a bit by a meteor hammer and is at a disadvantage whenever she's faced with a gun. Her martial arts master is also a Chinese man who lambasts katanas and the Japanese.
Kensington Gore: Scads and scads of neon-red fake blood are used, especially in Part 1. Mostly a Shout-Out to old Shaw Bros. style Kung Fu movies.
Kimono Fanservice: O-Ren Ishii from seems to be a type A when she's a Japanese ganglord.
Knife Nut: Copperhead, played by Vivica A. Fox. Beatrix even chooses to leave her Cool Sword behind to face Copperhead in a fair knife fight. When Copperhead tries to shoot Beatrix with a gun, she misses, and dies when the Bride sends a knife into her at range.
Large Ham: Old-school martial arts stars Sonny Chiba as Hattori Hanzo (especially his English dialogue), and Gordon/Chia Hui Liu in both his roles.
The Bride herself in Volume 2. While normally reserved, when she pretends to be shot by B.B. who was playing with a toy gun, she hams it up.
Left for Dead: Driver, after the Bride plucks her eye out. While the credits for volume 2 have the other Vipers' names crossed out, she simply gets a question mark. Presumably the black mamba bites her at some point.
Leitmotif: Whenever the Bride lays her eyes on a target, the sirens from "Ironside" cut in.
Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Averted as well; the Bride tries to set up duels with Vernita Green and Bill, but she ends up killing them a few moments later.
Mama Bear: The reason why the Bride left her assassin order was to raise her soon-to-be-born baby away from bloodshed. Guess what she did when she couldn't fulfil it...
"Guessing won't be necessary."
Man Bites Man: The Bride's first kill upon getting out of her four-year coma was a trucker who tried to rape her, whose tongue she ripped out with her teeth.
Master of Your Domain: The Bride. She can estimate the passage of time by looking at the lines on her palms, and slow her heartbeat to make it seem like she's in a coma.
May-December Romance: Bill, an old assassin and martial arts warrior who grew up in the 1940s, is outright shown or intimated to have been in relationships with several of his decades-younger students, including the Bride, Elle Driver, and most likely Sophie as well (two of whom are blondes). Lampshaded when Bill shows up to the Bride's wedding, and she lies to the groom that he's her father.
Medium Blending: O-Ren Ishii's backstory leading up to her takeover of the Yakuza is told through an animated sequence, as shooting that sequence in live-action would have all but ensured an NC-17 rating (and potentially a few arrests).
"Luckily for her, Boss Matsumoto... was a pedophile." (Cut to a young O-Ren stabbing Boss Matsumoto through the chest while on top of him, apparently before having sex.)
Mighty Whitey: The elderly Chinese kung fu master Pai Mei hates skinny people, blondes, whites, women, Japanese people, and Americans. Therefore, his greatest pupil is a skinny, blond, white American woman who speaks Japanese. Then again, he put her through Hell. She earned that training. Elle Driver - also a skinny, white, American blonde woman - notably gets her eye ripped out of her head for mouthing off to Pai Mei.
Not to mention that the Bride mops the floor with the bloody remains of the all-Asian martial arts army, the Crazy 88, and then goes on to defeat their Asian mistress.
Missing Trailer Scene: While Michael Jai White is featured in the Vol. 1 teaser, his scene did not make it into either film.
Mook Chivalry: Subverted. The Crazy 88s are a little less chivalrous than most mooks. Doesn't really help them, though.
And then he takes an additional SIXTH step because he is just that AWESOME!
Bill's badassery aside, the first footfall after he gets up is a pivot, not a step.
Mutilation Interrogation: "I'm gonna ask you questions. And every time you don't give me answers...I'm gonna cut something off. And I promise you, they will be things you will miss." No mistake about it, The Bride does not fuck around. And the very first part that she starts with is Sofie's other arm, as she already chopped off the other one... The Japanese cut has her making good on this threat.
Non-Action Guy: Unlike the rest of his associates, Budd appears to have little to no fighting abilities. He makes up for it with common sense.
No Name Given: Forced and lampshaded (as her name is actually bleeped out), but also very subtly averted for the Bride in the first movie: Although she seems to be completely pseudonymous, her real name can be seen very briefly on an airline ticket; furthermore, what seems to be just Bill's affectionate nickname for the Bride — "kiddo" — turns out to actually be her surname. Also, the "silly rabbit, Trix are for kids" exchange between the Bride and O-Ren seems at first to be an entirely random pop culture quote (Tarantino has suggested that he wants it to come across as an old injoke between the two), but is actually a veiled reference to the name Beatrix Kiddo.
Lampshaded when the Bride's real name is revealed and the scene cuts to a school classroom, with the (fully grown) Bride answering the register when her name's called.
The duology begins with a nifty subversion. Upon discovering that in spite of their vicious assassination attempt, the Bride is still alive though in a coma, Bill refuses to let Elle kill her because he thinks so highly of her and doesn't want her being killed like "some rat" in her sleep. He says that if she ever wakes up, they'll finish the job. She woke up alright, and she was pissed.
Inverted, where The Bride hacks her cold-blooded way through literally dozens of sword-wielding Yakuza foot-soldiers, then decides one of them, a young teenager, is too pathetic to kill. She puts him over her knee, spanks him with the flat of her sword and tells him to go home to his mother. He flees.
When the Bride first meets Hattori Hanzo, she pretends not to know how to speak Japanese.
Budd, a drunken redneck to most until they realize he's a cold-blooded killer with a philosophical side... and by then it's too late.
Off with His Head!: O-Ren does this to Boss Tanaka for insulting her heritage, and the Bride deals out several of these during the Crazy 88 fight.
Oh Crap: O-Ren gives a massive one when The Bride reveals herself to her, and an even bigger one when the latter slices Sofie's arm off.
The Oner: A continuous shot in the House of Blue Leaves follows the Bride into the restroom, "Charlie Brown" up to the dining room, then Sofie back to the restroom.
Another one follows the Bride's walk down the aisle, the DiVAS entrance into the chapel and the massacre itself.
Old Master: Pai Mei is the evil (or at very least, Jerkass) version of this, as is Bill himself.
Pai Mei might be a deconstruction of the Kung Fu Master trope.
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: O-Ren, despite supposedly growing up in Japan, has a rather heavy American accent. Lucy Liu did not know Japanese before the role and worked with a language coach to at least sound convincing to an American audience, but was obviously gaijin to Japanese audiences.
Pressure Point: The basis for the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique.
Product Placement: Largely averted, except for the Lucky Charms and Bimbo bread in the end.
Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Never stated outright, but Elle's hatred for the Bride likely comes from being displaced as Bill's lover (given the familiar way Elle speaks to him on the phone, plus Bill's liking for blondes) by her younger rival.
The Public Domain Channel: The Bride and her child watch an oddly symbolic old Heckle and Jeckel cartoon at the end of the movie.
"Do you have a magpie in your home? If you do, you are most fortunate. The magpie is the most charming bird in all the world. He is the best friend a farmer ever had. Treat him gently, treat him kindly. And always remember,the magpie deserves your respect.."
Punch a Wall: During a rainy day, the Bride's training by Pai-Mei is put on hold and she tries napping, only to end up punching a wall with her knuckles. Ouch.
Her training has been so intense that she apparently does this in her sleep by accident.
Punctuated Pounding: The sword-spanking the Bride delivers on the last Crazy 88 before sending him off.
"This! (smack) Is what! (smack) You get! (smack) For fucking! (smack) Around! (smack) With yakuza! (smack) Go home to your mother!!"
Recut/George Lucas Altered Version: "The Whole Bloody Affair" version screened at Cannes combines the two films into one four-hour film and includes the extending the anime sequence, the Crazy 88's fight presented in full color instead of US version's black and white and removed some scenes including the Wham Line below which turns a later scene, an armed Bride being greeted with "Freeze, Mommy!!" by B.B. into one.
Recycled Trailer Music : Tomoyasu Hotei's "Battle Without Honor Or Humanity" began showing up all over the place (in movie trailers, at sporting events, in other movies like Transformers, which used it to punctuate Bumblebee's "makeover") after Tarantino's usage of the song made it famous. Weak covers of the famous bass riff also show up routinely on television in scenes that homage or spoof its usage in Vol. 1. (Examples: Robot Chicken's parody Kill Bunny, as well as a scene in Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins involving Mystery Inc. sneaking onto a school campus in disguise.)
The 5-6-7-8's have been featured in a few commercials since the film as well.
Resignations Not Accepted: When The Bride tried to resign from the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, they tried to murder her. The second installment indicates that she didn't quit as much as walk off her current assignment and allow Bill to think that she was dead. This way she could start a new life somewhere else and avoid having Bill raise their child as an assassin. The ironic part is, by the time she woke up, the Deadly Vipers were defunct as a team; in fact, only two of them were still active criminals.
Bill: There are consequences to breaking the heart of a murdering bastard.
Retired Badass: Hatori Hanzo is no longer in the sword-making business but that doesn't mean he isn't willing to make an exception when it comes to killing Bill.
Vernita and Budd have both left the criminal lifestyle behind- but not their skills as assassins.
Subverted in the case of O-Ren, who only gave up the assassin's lifestyle to become head of the Yakuza.
Bill seems to have left the business behind as well in order to raise Bea-Bea.
Bill's adopted father Estaban is now a pimp but there is an implication that he was much worse in the past and more involved in crime.
Beatrix retired from being an assassin so that she could raise her child. She never seems all that remorseful for her past actions, nor does she care what her former lover/partners do as long as they didn't bring trouble her way.
Pai Mei seems more content with living alone but when he was younger, he was willing to slaughter an entire temple for a slight insult that may not have actually happened. Also, he is more than willing to rip your eye out of its socket if you talk back to him.
Retraux: The Bride 'driving' in front of an obvious back-projection at the start of Vol. 2, while delivering her monologue.
The Reveal: The last few seconds of Part 1, when we learn that the Bride's child is still alive.
Subverted in Vol. 2, because while it is still a very violent movie, by the end credits, The Bride has taken only one life.
Running Gag: Might not have been intentional, but in both volumes, there is a scene where The Bride is talking to one of her targets, and they talk about how they are going to fight later, yet in both situations it doesn't pan out. In Volume One, Vernita Green tells her they will fight in a nearby baseball field with knives, but a minute later she tries to pull a gun on the Bride and gets killed. In Volume Two, Bill tells the Bride that they could have their final duel on the nearby beach in the moonlight, but then they just talk for a while longer and she kills him with the Exploding Heart technique, with no actual fight.
Secret Art: The Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique, which even Bill was surprised to find out was taught to someone else (the Bride, of all people) by Pai Mei.
Sequel Hook: Elle and Sofie are still alive (if not in one piece), Budd still had some friends back in Barstow, and Vernita's daughter saw her mom killed in front of her eyes. Add the Bride's own daughter to the mix and Tarantino's comments and "Kill Beatrix: Vol. 3" is just waiting to be a-born.note IMDb has it scheduled for 2014.
"Oh yeah, initially I was thinking this would be my "Dollars Trilogy". I was going to do a new one every ten years. But I need at least fifteen years before I do this again. I've already got the whole mythology: Sofie Fatale will get all of Bill's money. She'll raise Nikki, who'll take on the Bride. Nikki deserves her revenge every bit as much as the Bride deserved hers. I might even shoot a couple of scenes for it now so I can get the actresses while they're this age."
The trope is also inverted in that, with the exception of the question mark in the end credits, none of these happen near the end of the films. In fact, only Budd's friends even happen in the second movie!
The Seventies: Many, many references, visual homages, and the soundtrack.
She-Fu: Averted by both movies. The Bride took as good as she gave. This led a few reviewers to claim the movies were hateful toward women since it essentially meant the character was being put through everything any male action character would be put through. Apparently, the critics wanted She-Fu instead.
Perhaps most notable, the live action film adaptation of Lady Snowblood. Aside from the general similarities in the plot, Vol. 1 uses the film's theme song, and many shots, especially O-Ren Ishii lying on the ground after her death, are strikingly similar to those in Snowblood.
One specific one is that the Bride wears a jumpsuit similar to the one Bruce Lee wore in Game Of Death when she takes on O-Ren Ishii and the Crazy 88's.
Gordon Liu, who appears as Johnny Mo in "Volume 1", and Pai Mei in "Volume 2", starred in The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin. The style of the Bride's training regimen is modeled after The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. Also the Wu-Tang Clan's debut album is named in honor of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)". The RZA, the creative force behind the Wu-Tang Clan composed the original music for "Kill Bill".
"My name is Buck and I came here to fuck" is a modified line from Eaten Alive.
Given the nature of the film, it's probably best just to link to the IMDB's "movie connections" pages for bothvolumes.
Son of a Whore: Heavily implied to be the case with Bill. The only person who knows his whereabouts just happens to be a pimp who apparently raises the sons of his prostitutes to become his enforcers. Totally explains the big age and appearance difference between Bill and his brother Budd as well as his penchant for getting women to do his dirty work for him. Snake Charmer indeed.
Spiteful Spit: The Bride spits blood in Budd's face after he shoots her. He responds by spitting back - except his spit is far more plentiful and laden with chewed tobacco.
Stealth Pun: The chapter of Vol. 2 titled "Elle and I" could also be written as "Elle and Eye" when she loses her other eye
Also, Budd gets killed by a black mamba.
Stock Scream: Our old buddy Wilhelm shows up more than once during the Crazy 88 sequence.
Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: The infamous primetime version of the film contains the absolutely jarring line, "My name is Buck and I like to party." Comedian Doug Benson discussed this, asking, "You couldn't just change his name to Marty?"
Suddenly Shouting: After warning about the penalty for bringing up her Chinese or American heritage negatively (see Berserk Butotn above), O-Ren Ishii says, "If any of you sons of bitches GOT ANYTHING ELSE TO SAY, NOW'S THE FUCKING TIME!!!"
Throwing Down the Gauntlet: The Bride's calling-out of O-Ren at the House of Blue Leaves using her Catchphrase. In Japanese.note The Japanese she uses here is "Shoubu wa mada tsuicha inai yo!", which roughly translates to "Our contest isn't over yet!"
Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: The Bride asks a young girl if she would like to watch a video before she goes to bed. The girl's answer? Shogun Assassin. Being a former member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad The Bride sees nothing wrong with this.
Twinkle Toes Samurai: O-Ren during the meeting of the bosses, immediately before beheading Boss Tanaka. Justified as she's wearing traditional Japanese clothing at the time: If she didn't take those dainty little steps, she'd probably end up with a face full of table.
Wham Line: "Does she know... her daughter's still alive?"
What Happened to the Mouse?: Karen Kim, the rival assassin who faces off with the Bride just after she's taken the pregnancy test, walks away and isn't specifically mentioned again. Bill claims to have hunted down the people he'd thought responsible for the Bride's murder, but doesn't name them, so it's unclear if Ms. Kim paid for her role in Kiddo's disappearance with her life.
Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Her meeting with Bill. Bill does shoot the Bride eventually — with a truth-serum gun. On the Bride's end, killing Bill wasn't really the point. She obviously wanted to make peace first.
Subverted in the first movie: Vernita tries to shoot the Bride, but she misses her mark and gets a knife through the throat immediately after.
There's also her run-in with Budd. As soon as she opens up the trailer door... Bang.
And then at the end of Volume 2, we see her in white again, bringing the story full circle.
World of Action Girls: While characters like Bill and Pai Mei are far from slouches themselves, most of the best fighters in the series are women.
World of Ham: So much so that it all seems normal, in-universe.
Worthy Opponent: Each of the DiVAS expresses grudging respect for the Bride over the course of the two films. O-Ren, however, seems to be the only one of the DiVAS that the Bride actually respects. But even she doesn't believe that her sword is an authentic Hattori Hanzo katana until the Bride delivers a mortal blow with it. (See Graceful Loser, above.)
Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Aside from what happened with her own unborn child, the Bride hates when children get involved with violence. She's very unhappy when Nikki witnesses Vernita's death at her hands, apologizes to the girl, and tells her that vengeance is hers if, after she grows up, she still wants it. At the House of Blue Leaves, she attempts to dissuade Gogo from fighting her and later spares a frightened teenaged Crazy 88 mook; she spanks the boy with the flat side of her katana for "fucking around with Yakuzas" before sending him home. Towards the end of Part 2, the Bride decides to put her revenge aside for a moment, rather than have B.B. see her mommy and daddy fight to the death.
Bill: He hits you with his fingertips at five different pressure points on your body, and then he lets you walk away. But once you’ve taken five steps, your heart explodes in your body, and you fall to the floor, dead.
You Look Familiar: Michael Parks plays Earl McGraw in Volume 1 and Esteban Vihaio in Volume 2. Gordon Liu plays Johnny Mo in Volume 1 and Pai Mei in Volume 2.