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    The Man With No Name/Joe 
Portrayed by: Clint Eastwood
Voiced by: Enrico Maria Salerno (Italian), Clint Eastwood (English)

A gunman who arrives at a small town being torn apart by warring gangs. He quickly realizes that he can make a profit for himself by offering his services to both gangs.

  • Anti-Hero: He is ruthless and unabashedly seeks money, but he has a soft spot for Silvanito and the family he encounters.
  • Badass Cape: His iconic poncho.
  • Berserk Button: Don't laugh at his mule.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: At least in the film, we don't see the results of his getting drunk off his mind at the Rojo party, except for his singing in an obviously slurred manner while having to be carried to his quarters by Chico and Esteban. The novelization elaborates a little further.
    • This is actually subverted in the film; he pretends to be drunk senseless, but it's just a trick so he can get out unwatched by the Rojos and help Marisol and her family escape.
  • Celibate Hero: This is expanded in the novelisation, where he pauses on his way out after passing information to Mr. and Mrs. Baxter when he hears the couple knocking boots through the wall. He becomes "angry at the stirring he felt in his own loins" before reminding himself that, "A man with a woman on his mind was never fully in command of any situation."
  • The Chessmaster: He's incredibly crafty.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He'll shoot first, wear a boiler plate as armour and, at one point, takes out a pair of Mooks with a barrel.
  • Coffin Contraband: He uses this tactic to escape from San Miguel without the Rojos noticing—specifically, he is the contraband. He stops only to watch the Rojos utterly annihilate the Baxters in their search for him.
  • Contract on the Hitman: He leaves the Rojos because he overhears them plotting to kill him when the job is finished, to avoid paying him.
  • Cool Hat: A staple of an Eastwood gunslinger.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Always has a witty one-liner for the occasion.
  • Determinator Manages to haul himself out of the Rojos' house alive after having suffered a beating from them.
  • The Drifter: The classic Western example.
  • Fastest Gun in the West: Is an expert of the Quick Draw and has a rather large kill count. In this video, he kills 16 people.
  • Guile Hero: He depends as much on his cunning as his phenomenal skill as a pistolero, spending most of the first half of the movie playing both gangs against each other expertly.
  • The Gunslinger: A truly iconic example.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: His marksmanship is superhuman. He's a gunman portrayed by Clint Eastwood, so this is a given.
  • Improvised Armor: He uses a metal piece in his showdown with Ramon.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Treats everyone who's not a Rojo or a Baxter with a degree of kindness.
  • Knight Errant: In his treatment of Marisol.
  • Machete Mayhem: Wields a machete at one point to wreck the house Marisol's kept in and kill one of the Rojos' men.
  • Made of Iron: Endures and recovers swiftly from a pretty bad beating at the hands of the Rojos.
  • Messianic Archetype: It's not explicitly stated, but he is a mysterious man who arrives into town on a mule, is subjected to his own "flagellation" and appears to "resurrect" several times thanks to the breastplate he crafted for himself.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: For much of the movie, he is only out to make some quick cash, and while he's doing that he's all but invincible in fights and plays all the other characters for suckers. It's only when he tries to do something nice by helping Marisol and her family escape that the bad guys get wise to him ...
  • No Name Given: Nobody calls him "Joe" but the cooper, Piripero.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Pretends to be drunk off his ass at the Rojos' party, only so he can be put to bed and out of the Rojos' mind, enabling him to sneak out and help Marisol and her family get away.
  • Older Than They Look: If he was 36 like Eastwood actually was in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, then in A Fistful of Dollars he's at least 45 to 47 years old, even though he looks 34.
  • Only in It for the Money: Like Sanjuro, Joe sees the gang war as an opportunity for profit. Until he learns about Marisol's captivity...
  • Playing Both Sides: His plan for dealing with the Baxters and the Rojos.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Despite being just as handy with a rifle.
  • The Stoic: He's always level-headed, and doesn't talk much.
  • Tranquil Fury: As always, when he's angry it's expressed as a slow burn.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Colt Single Action Army revolver with a 5.5 inch barrel, dubbed the "Artillery" model. Joe's revolver features silver rattlesnakes on the grips.

Portrayed by: Jose Calvo
Voiced by: Luigi Pavese (Italian), Jack Curtis (English)


    Ramon Rojo 
Portrayed by: Gian Maria Volontè (as John Wells)
Voiced by: Nando Gazzolo (Italian), Bernie Grant (English)

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Just barely, but in the novelization, it is he who offers to let Joe leave with his life if he would just tell him where Marisol is.
  • Alliterative Name: Ramon Rojo.
  • Arch-Enemy: He took Marisol away from her desperate husband, and he later becomes this to Joe for beating him and threatening Silvanito.
  • Ax-Crazy: He's an enthusiast for violence and destruction.
  • Badass Mustache
  • Bandito: A classic example, but very smart.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist.
  • Blood Knight: Definitely.
  • Cigar-Fuse Lighting: He uses a cigar to light the fuse on the dynamite that blows up the wall around the Baxter house.
  • Cold Sniper: Shown to be able to shoot a mounted soldier more than halfway across the river.
  • Composite Character: Of Unosuke and Tokuemon. Like the former, he is a marksman who serves as the muscle for his gang. Like the latter, he holds a desperate man's wife captive.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He makes Marisol his whore just because he thinks her husband owes him on account of a past gambling incident.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: He serves as this to his elder brother Miguel. Miguel is the Don of the family, but Ramon is a much more dangerous fighter, and is the true power of the family.
  • The Dreaded: Like his counterpart.
  • Evil Genius: He's the only one of the villains who has a clue about Joe, and seems to be the Rojos' planner as well.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Acts friendly, but is rotten to the core.
  • Fingerless Gloves: He wears a single one on his gun hand.
  • For the Evulz: This is the only reason in him. He is just an inhuman bastard who enjoys killing and robbing.
  • Freudian Trio: The Ego of his brothers.
  • Gatling Good: His first scene involves mowing down a company of Mexican soldiers.
  • The Heavy: He's the real force of the Rojos.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He somehow manages to always shoot his targets right through the heart with his rifle.
  • Instant Death Bullet: Averted; he's alive for a little longer after Joe shoots him.
  • Jerkass: That's putting it mildly.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: He sets up two mass murders within several days rather than try more subtle methods or be content to accept an enemy's surrender.
  • Pet the Dog: He allows Marisol to temporarily reunite with her son during the prisoner exchange, but he draws the line at her husband being present and has Rubio deal with him—and he would have, too, if Silvanito had not pointed a rifle at him, which allowed Joe to successfully defuse the situation before the exchange can go to hell.
  • Power Trio: Of the Rojos, he's the Ego: violent and crazy, but cunning and calculating.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Even as the other combatants have their doubts about the two men in the cemetery, Ramon refuses to take the chance that Joe could be right after all and simply unloads one bullet each into the corpses, just to be certain that they were dead, and then taunts the Baxters about it.
  • Sadist: Just look at the Slasher Smile he puts on while mowing down Mexican soldiers.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Winchester. And he always aims for the heart.
  • Yandere: Holds Marisol captive out of lust for her.

Portrayed by: Mario Brega (as Richard Stuyvesant)
Voiced by: Renato Turi (Italian), Ray Owens (English)

  • The Brute: The Rojo gang's muscle.
  • Expy: Of Kannuki, the Giant Mook. Kannuki makes it to the finale, Chico doesn't.
  • Fat Bastard: Overweight and cruel. His first scene is him shooting at a child's feet to scare him off.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Chico is the Spanish equivalent of calling someone "Tiny", and this heavyweight is anything but.
  • Giant Mook: He's the first of the Rojo thugs we see, and also one of the most prominent to the point of being billed in the opening credits. He's got a great girth, and he generally isn't very friendly even towards his fellow thugs, except for Vincente, who complains about having to watch Joe until he's ready to open his mouth about Marisol, ultimately getting barreled to death along with him.
  • Squashed Flat: When Chico and Vincente show up to continue beating up Joe, Joe rolls an enormous barrel on top of them, and then incinerates their corpses by lighting the spilled liquor on fire to terrorize the still-living Rojos looking for him.

Portrayed by: Marianne Koch
Voiced by: Rita Savagnone (Italian), Joyce Gordon (English)

  • Damsel in Distress: Has to be rescued by Joe and re-united with her husband Julio and son Jesus.
  • Expy of Nui.
  • Rape as Backstory: Ramon forcibly keeps Marisol to himself away from her husband Julio, using an incident involving a game of Poker as his justification for it.

    Don Benito/Don Miguel 
Portrayed by: Antonio Prieto
Voiced by: Mario Pisu (Italian), George Gonneau (English)

  • Adaptational Jerkass: The novelization portrays him as more thuggish and actively participating in Joe's torture in the storeroom.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How he dies.
    Miguel crashed to the ground with a bullet in his head and other men joined him as the stranger kept up the incessant fire.
  • The Don: The head of the Rojo family.
  • Dub Name Change: Don Benito in Italian, but referred to as Don Miguel in the US.
  • Evil Laugh: As he watches his brothers and Mooks wipe out the Baxters.
  • Expy: Of Ushitora.
  • Freudian Trio: Of the Rojo brothers, he's the Superego, the most cautious and reasonable.
  • Not So Aboveit All: Despite being the most reasonable of the Rojo brothers, he's shown laughing while the Rojos and their men slaughter the Baxters (though he doesn't kill any himself).

Portrayed by: Sieghardt Rupp
Voiced by: Bruno Persa (Italian), Bernie Grant (English)

  • Ax-Crazy: Just as much as Ramon.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Lasts a few more seconds than Ramon and tries to shoot Joe from a balcony.
  • Freudian Trio: Of the Rojo brothers, he’s the Id, as the most impulsive of all three brothers
  • Giggling Villain: Spends the scene when Joe is beaten up by the Mooks lying down in the corner, laughing his head off.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: In the novelization, when he captures Antonio, he tells his brother that killing Antonio would not be the best idea because he'd be more useful as a hostage.

    John Baxter 
Portrayed by: Wolfgang Lukschy
Voiced by: Giorgio Capecchi (Italian), Bernie Grant (English)

  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the novelization, after the massacre at the Rio Bravo, the crimes the Baxters committed under his watch are elaborated upon further than they ever were in the film.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When he's outgunned by the Rojos, he offers to skip town. They just shoot him dead.
  • Authority in Name Only: He's the Sheriff, at least according to himself and his badge, but he's on equal footing with Don Miguel.
  • Evil Counterpart: He's an American that ended up in San Miguel, just like Joe, but he uses the town as the center of his criminal enterprise.
  • A Father to His Men: When he and Joe first meet, he threatens to have Joe hanged for killing four of his mooks.

Portrayed by: Josef Egger (as Joe Edger)
Voiced by: Lauro Gazzolo (Italian), Robert Dryden (English)

The undertaker of San Miguel, and the only other man in town besides Silvanito who makes his living honestly.

  • Heroic BSoD: Briefly undergoes one after the last of San Miguel's bosses carks it, before measuring the corpses for their coffins as Joe rides out of town.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After the Rojos torture Silvanito in the cantina, Piripero, the unfailingly happy old undertaker who falls into despair only when he runs out of customers, looks genuinely horrified at the lengths to which the Rojos will go to recapture Joe. His Tranquil Fury as he says "Curse them...!" only seals the deal.
  • The Undertaker: He builds coffins for the bodies left by the Rojos and the Baxters.

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