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    Dr. Caldera 

Dr. Caldera

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"Depends on the type of work you're looking for. Your do's, your don'ts, your wills, your won'ts."
Portrayed By: Joe DeRosa

A veterinarian with connections to Albuquerque's criminal underground, into which he starts opening doors for Mike.


  • Affably Evil: Well, Affably Criminal, at least. He's a relaxed, plainspoken, and professional guy, plus he's kind to animals.
  • Back-Alley Doctor: He has no compunctions about offering Mike under-the-table medication on the cheap — even animal meds, at a discount. This is after he manages to patch up a bullet wound to the shoulder, despite his training as a veterinarian.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Expresses cartel business is too much for him, and after saving Nacho's life, whispers for him to Get Out! and never return. Also, being an honorable veterinarian, cruelty or negligence to animals really pushes his buttons too.
  • Friend in the Black Market: To Mike, and later Jimmy. He trafficks both materials and connections to other useful people, which ends up bringing Huell Babineaux into the show's universe for the first time.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Slightly more so towards animals than people thanks to being a vet, but... He's actually serving an often sadly neglected market. He's kindly to all his clients and he takes the well-being of animals very seriously. He thoroughly takes Jimmy to task for not properly caring for a goldfish that Jimmy had bought solely as an excuse to meet with him. He's also not a huge fan of puppy mills.
    "That's a living creature, not a piece of furniture!"
  • Knows a Guy Who Knows a Guy: He talks with all the connections he gets as a Back-Alley Doctor and points them in each other's direction for a finder's fee.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Downplayed in that he's a Punch-Clock Villain, but he's a vet that uses his business and medical experience to get far in the criminal underworld.
  • No Name Given: He's only identified by name in the credits for "Five-O", never yet within the show.
  • Open Heart Dentistry: Able to preform gun wound surgery on Mike, and later, Nacho. He jokes to the former that he can't provide a sling but can at least wrap a cone around his head.
  • Pet the Dog: Obviously and literally, being a caring veterinarian. Mike's cover story for getting in touch with him is through a dog he adopted for Kaylee, and Caldera checks the health of the goldfish Jimmy brings in. He takes both animals' health very seriously.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He treats his shady business seriously, but not much differently than his main practice as a vet. If anything, looking out for animals seems to matter more to him, considering the way he harangues Jimmy over the care of his goldfish and asks Mike how his dog is doing.
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    Huell Babineaux 

Huell Babineaux

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"Well done, magic man."
Portrayed By: Lavell Crawford
"If I was a lawyer? ... Big glass high-rise, 40th floor. ... When I'm not on my boat."

An expert pickpocket hired by Jimmy, who would one day become a part of Saul's A-Team.


  • Acrofatic: Despite his immense size, he can take or plant anything...given enough room.
  • The Bus Came Back: After a vital appearance in Season 3, he returns in Season 4, again working for Jimmy but in a much different capacity.
  • Clock King: Closely recounts the length of time between the point he snuck the battery into Chuck's pocket and the moment Jimmy reveals it.
    Jimmy: He'll testify that he planted this fully charged battery on you over an hour and a half ago.
    Huell: An hour and forty-three minutes ago.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Made into this as part of Jimmy and Kim's scheme to get him out of jail time.
  • Hidden Depths: He keeps track of time very precisely.
  • Percussive Pickpocket: He plants a cell phone battery on Chuck by doing this, bumping into him on the way downstairs.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Huell is blasting headphones when he sees some guy bothering Jimmy; if he'd overheard that said guy was a plainclothes cop, he probably wouldn't have sacrificed his bag of sandwiches to protect Jimmy.
  • Saved by Canon: His appearances in Breaking Bad indicate he'll survive the events of the show.
  • Scary Black Man: When he's not hired to rummage through people's pockets, he makes for an intimidating bodyguard and masked goon for Jimmy.
  • Stout Strength: Jimmy gets him as muscle at times.

    Daniel Wormald 

Daniel "Pryce" Wormald

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"I'm glad you like my car, but I think we're looking through the wrong end of the telescope here! The priority is my baseball cards."
Portrayed By: Mark Proksch

An IT at a pharmaceutical company and a drug dealer on the side who smuggles pills to Nacho.


  • Blatant Lies: Yes, the burglar who robbed his house was after his baseball cards, and definitely not after either drugs or his illegal stash of money. Oh, and he was definitely stashing videos of himself rubbing his ass on a pie while crying. Honest. Becomes even more pathetic when "Cobbler" reveals that while he was lying about the drugs and illegal stash of money to avoid trouble with the police, he was very genuinely and clearly upset about losing his baseball cards (even if the police weren't convinced) and was fully willing to risk all parties involved (Mike, Nacho and, unwittingly by extension,Tuco and the cartel) by dragging the police in to get them back, whatever the cost. Too Dumb To Rip Off.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Daniel decides confronting the hardened south of the border criminal that just walked in in his house about his stolen baseball cards is the best course of action. Luckily Nacho prefers using carrot over stick and doesn't beat him up for what he wants.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns late in Season 3 when Nacho needs to obtain some doctored medication.
  • Butt-Monkey: Though most of his torment ends up being his own fault.
    • Without Mike to help him the next time, Nacho breaks into his house and takes off with his money, drugs, and sentimental baseball cards. To get them back, Mike makes him send his precious Hummer away to a chop shop. All while not realizing he's directed the authorities' attention to the shadier parts of his background by deliberately calling for their help.
    • He gets kicked out of his own police interrogation by his lawyer, who proceeds to give the detectives the most humiliating "explanation" for a private stash. That's not all, because of Jimmy, Daniel was forced to do an embarrassing video of him sitting on pies babbling on incoherently and crying.
  • Call-Forward: The moment he gets his hand on some money, he buys an outlandish car and broadcasts his illegal money to the world, just like Ted Beneke will later on.
  • Canada, Eh?: Has a Canadian accent. Especially noticeable when he pronounces the word "sorry."
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Later seen proudly driving a massive luxury vehicle with chrome spinning rims. He has no idea why this is a problem.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He introduces himself to his protection with extreme nervousness and elects to tell them that his nickname of "Pryce" is the name of his nephew.
  • Foil: Seems to be a stupider, dweebier and more reckless version of pre-Heisenberg Walter White. But whilst Walter White has unparalleled chemistry skills that make himself invaluable to the drug world, Pryce does not have such Bunny-Ears Lawyer attributes that make him as irreplaceable and quickly finds himself out of his depth without Mike.
  • The Fool: Gets himself eyeball-deep in crime; somehow doesn't wind up toast mainly due to the sheer, unmitigated naïvety and otherwise lethal stupidity he pulls. Yup.
  • Go-to Alias: Goes by "Pryce" during his criminal dealings, which is the same name as his nephew.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Fires Mike for criticizing him and deems him a waste of money for just "standing around", lets Nacho get inside his hummer, and believes the police are "very dedicated" to catching the guy that stole his baseball cards.
  • Humiliation Conga: As a result of not listening to Mike, Daniel has his house broken into. He's robbed of his money, his drugs, and his prized baseball card collection. All he has left is his new Hummer, which he loves, and he has to trade that to Nacho in order to get his baseball cards back. To add insult to injury, Nacho mentions his plans to break up the Hummer for parts, because "it looks like a school bus for six-year-old pimps". Then, to avoid trouble with the cops, he has to make a fetish video of himself sitting in pie while crying.
  • Hummer Dinger: The moment he gets his hands on some money, he buys a gigantic canary-yellow Hummer with a flaming-red paint job. Everyone to remark on it finds the thing to be unbelievably tacky, not to mention how it makes it blatantly obvious that Daniel just got a suspicious windfall.
  • Idiot Ball: And moreso than the Kettlemans, apparently. Wow. What takes the cake is him letting Nacho check out the inside of his car unsupervised with his registration in reach.
  • Jerkass: Insolent towards Mike when he's trying to explain clearly the dangers of his suspicious spending and buying the "blinking neon sign of a car that screams 'drug dealer'".
  • Meaningful Name: Wormald is almost-spinelessly passive and easily stepped on. Furthermore, like a parasitic worm, he ends up slowly latching himself onto several other characters and causes problems to come their way.
  • Mid-Life Crisis Car: His bright and pimped-out hummer is even referred to with such a name by Mike.
  • The Millstone: His stupidity almost gets Mike in trouble, so Mike passes the headache along by making it Nacho's problem, too... and then they have to call Jimmy, who risks putting himself in trouble. All so that this idiot doesn't get caught by the police and wind up ratting them all out. Daniel is very lucky that his untimely death would just cause even more trouble for all concerned.
  • Nervous Wreck: Is freaked out over Nacho sneaking into his house through the backdoor as he thought leaving the back door open was a good idea.
  • Noodle Incident: The "squat cobbler" video Pryce and Jimmy create, which is (un)fortunately never seen.note 
  • Pimped-Out Car: He decides to replace his minivan with a 2003 Hummer H2 decked out in shiny spinning rims, custom internals, and a red fiery paint job.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Downplayed. His first big purchase with his drug money is a bright and flashy hummer with spinning rims and a license plate that says "PLAYUH". He also decided to get sneakers with matching colors.
  • Shadow Archetype: He's essentially what Walter White would have been without his Heisenberg identity, nor the skills that would've created it: A dork from a cushy white-collar suburban life trying to enter the drug trade by bending the resources at his disposal, eventually growing an ego when the successes get to his head, which causes trouble for Mike, The Cartel and Jimmy.
  • Skewed Priorities: His worry over baseball cards. Mind you, only the ones his father left him. He does care about the others, sure, but he could stand to lose them. Just not his dad's (and, possibly, his grandfather's). Hence, more plot ensues.
  • Stealing from the Till: He steals pharmaceuticals from the company he interns at and sells them on the street.
  • Stupid Crooks: He's almost up there in the Kettlemans' league.
    • He calls for several bodyguards for a protection job, not realizing how overkill it might be. Before the actual drug deal, he makes it clear he has no idea how it should work, tossing around different ideas for how the handoff should happen, and when the exchange happens, he's willing to let Nacho short him on the agreed amount, opening himself to getting stepped on for future deals. Fortunately for him, Mike's there to guide him through everything.
    • He doesn't bother finding a way to launder his money, lacking a cover story for why he'd have a rather large budget for someone working IT. Nor does he have any restraint when it comes to spending it.
    • Against Mike's advice, he takes his gaudy and flashy vehicle to the drug deal, and lets Nacho, who has made his lack of respect for Wormald known, take a seat inside to find where his address was being kept.
    • Nacho likes ripping off thieves because they have no means of recourse and can't report the theft to the police. However, Nacho underestimated the depths of Wormald's stupidity and luck when the guy makes the blind, rookie mistake of calling the police for the theft. No, it's not for the stolen money nor the drugs, but for the baseball cards — the idiot genuinely didn't see how one could possibly lead to the rest, until it was pointed out and confirmed.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Thanks to the success of his trades, Daniel finds no issue with splurging his ill-gotten gains on a fancy Hummer with a vanity license plate, and admonishes the more-experienced Mike for criticizing him over his decision. He then decides he'd rather go to the deal alone, considering Mike a waste of money.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His business dealings allow for Mike and Nacho to meet, setting certain events into motion. Additionally, he's the one providing Nacho the doctored medication that eventually leads to Hector's stroke.
  • Suspicious Spending: He attracts police attention by using drug money to buy a flashy yellow Hummer. Even after Mike, Nacho and Jimmy work their asses off to avoid getting the idiot from ratting them out, he's still indignant when Nacho voices his intention to sell and break down the Hummer, since he's smart enough to not drive that around.
  • Tempting Fate: To cap off his lesson about what it means to be a criminal, Mike tells Daniel he needs to accept his status as one and should eventually decide to either be good or bad at what he does. The next time we see him, he's driving a tacky Hummer with a custom license plate calling himself a "PLAYUH", which he intends to take to the meet. Mike got his answer and then some.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He has a good thing going with skimming off the drugs at his workplace, but then lets his initial success go completely to his head, flashing around that he's newly rich by driving a Hummer H2, firing Mike for warning him off about showing off his car to Nacho, calling the police when this leads to him getting ripped off, and doing nothing about an obvious clean spot in his trashed living room caused by pulling the couch out, leading the cops to discover where he had his cash stashed. He's then adamant about "working" with the police to get his baseball cards back and voices aloud that if he has to drag Mike and Nacho's names into the mix, then so be it. He's lucky that they didn't choose to shoot him in the head when they had the chance, thanks to that being a one-way ticket to even more questions asked. He inadvertently was Too Dumb to Fool (With).
  • Vanity License Plate: His Hummer has one that says "PLAYUH".
  • Verbal Backspace: Accidentally lets it slip to the cops he had an entire stash of money hidden away that got stolen. He realizes his mistake when one of them asks how much, at which point he shifts focus back to his baseball cards.

    Marco Pasternak 

Marco Pasternak

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"I don't need the money, Jimmy. I need this."
Portrayed By: Mel Rodriguez
"All due respect, you're a lawyer and you're not making bank. You're doing it wrong."
Jimmy's old friend and partner in crime when they were running scams in Cicero.


  • Big Fun: Jimmy's Fat Best Friend and fellow eager conman.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Saul's appearance included a (fake) Rolex watch and pinky ring to help portray him as a scam artist with a law degree. Here, both originally belonged to Marco and became worn by Jimmy in remembrance of his best friend. Fake Rolexes were their favorite schemes, and his mom gave his ring to Jimmy after the funeral.
  • The Con: Marco and Jimmy work as a team, with one of them playing the role of a victim and the other pretending to rope their real target into helping them grift from each other. The most notable instance they pull involves Jimmy befriending the mark and convincing them to steal from an unconscious Marco, tempting the target into paying for a cheap (but valuable-looking) watch.
  • The Corrupter: Tried to get Jimmy to bail on reforming before he went on to his job at HHM's mailroom. Later, he inspires Jimmy to go back to being a conman for a full week for old times' sake. Marco drills it into Jimmy's head that he's "Slippin' Jimmy" and that he shouldn't go for anything more.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Played With. Although "Marco" has him in a much bigger role than when we last saw him, the episode isn't about him. The death part still applies, though.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: "Evil" is a strong word to use, but it takes the conman a minute to realize that Jimmy genuinely wanted to turn a new leaf and has become a serious lawyer with clients.
  • Fat Best Friend: Is heavyset and is a truer friend to Jimmy than Chuck.
  • Foil: To Chuck. Chuck is a man of high legal principles, someone who has worked hard all his life and used his position as a high powered attorney to help people, while refusing to take moral shortcuts. Marco is a low life and a con man who has barely worked a day in his life and mostly spends his free days at the bar drinking himself into a stupor. Yet, when push comes to shove, it is Marco who proves the true and honest friend to Jimmy while Chuck always has and always will look down on his brother as 'Slippin' Jimmy', providing the final push for Jimmy to free himself from his brother's influence once and for all.
  • Good Is Boring: When Jimmy comes back to visit him, he's got a legitimate job, but the excitement of scamming people is the only thing that makes him happy.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: We see him coughing as he and Jimmy make conversation during the latter's return to Cicero. He has trouble keeping it down before doing one last scam with Jimmy, indicating that he's likely very sick at this point. The episode first showing him face-down at a bar suggests he knows that his mortality was imminent.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Jimmy returns for a week and starts pulling scams with Marco like old times. Marco dies at the end of the week and says it was the best week of his life.
  • Karmic Trickster: Some of his cons rely on the mark themselves being convinced to do something illegal or at least unscrupulous, probably so they can't turn to the police for help. Marco and Jimmy's favorite con is based entirely on the mark joining Jimmy in robbing a seemingly drunk Marco, and having the mark take his wallet with a couple hundred bucks inside while Jimmy "discovers" the nice Rolex watch Marco is wearing and takes it for himself while playing up how valuable it is. The idea is to trick the mark into handing over the wallet plus some of his own cash in exchange for the Rolex, which is actually a cheap fake.
  • The Last Dance: On account of his fatal illness, he was hoping to ply his trade for a little while longer with his friend Jimmy, just like how they did in the old days.
  • Playing Drunk: Marco and Jimmy's favourite con involves Marco pretending to be hammered to the point of passing out on the street.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Has adopted "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple as a personal theme tune, and hums it to steady himself before a big scam.
    "Butt butt hole, butt butt butt hole."
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Marco inadvertently acts as a toxic influence to Jimmy. It's only when Jimmy spends some time running cons with Marco before his untimely death that Jimmy realizes he's happier being a conman than a lawyer.
  • Tragic Keepsake: As it turns out, Saul's phony Rolex watch and his pinkie ring both originally belonged to Marco, the former being a part of their days as conmen and the latter having been a family heirloom. After Marco's death, Jimmy wears them in his honor, and he can be seen fiddling with and looking at the ring whenever he's troubled.
  • Violin Scam: He and Jimmy specialize in these, using various MockGuffins to grift as a duo.

    Clarence 

Clarence a.k.a. Man Mountain

Portrayed by: David Mattey

A thug for hire, nicknamed for his size.


  • The Big Guy: He's so large that he even towers over Huell, and is generally hired for jobs that require him to be intimidating.
  • The Bus Came Back: After running away from Mike in Season 1, he unexpectedly returned in Season 4 as a goon hired by Jimmy. He also makes an appearance in El Camino as a bouncer.
  • Given Name Reveal: In El Camino his name is revealed as Clarence, whereas prior he was referred to as Man Mountain.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Mike easily disarms Sobchak, Man Mountain runs away as fast as his immense bulk can carry him.
  • Stout Strength: He doesn't get referred to as "Man Mountain" for nothing, often working as muscle through the vet's recommendation.

    Sobchak 

Sobchak / Mr. X

Portrayed by: Steven Ogg

One of the potential bodyguards hired by Daniel Wormald, as well as a private investigator for hire.


  • Awesome, but Impractical: For a protection job, he brings up to four pistols, one of which is a Desert Eagle, the poster child for this in the gun world. Mike trashes him for this, and later explains to Daniel that the job wouldn't need firearms because Nacho was hoping that everything would go smoothly and thus wouldn't want to escalate things that far.
  • Beard of Evil: When he turns up in Season 5, he's sporting a beard and just as unpleasant as ever.
  • The Bus Came Back: After getting clocked by Mike in Season 1, he returns in Season 5 when Jimmy hires him as a PI to dig some dirt on Kevin Wachtell.
  • Gun Nut: He carries four pistols on his person for the protection job, resorting to ankle holsters. He has two hands.
  • Hypocrite: For someone who accuses "ethnic types" of being hot-headed, he's not so calm or affable himself.
  • I Have Many Names: His name was never stated in "Pimento", but the script gives him the name Sobchak. In "Dedicado a Max", he's introduced as "Mr. X", but also states that it's only his professional name.
  • Jerkass: Sobchak is loud, arrogant and needlessly aggressive.
  • The Nicknamer: Refers to Mike as "Uncle Fester" and gives Man Mountain his name.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He makes an unflattering reference to "ethnic types" and backs up this claim with some dubious race realism bullshit. Added to that is an obvious distaste for pensioners aimed in Mike's direction. When Mike takes him back to kindergarten, you will fight to stop smiling.
  • Psycho for Hire: He's revealed to be this in Season 5, gleefully offering violent alternate methods for what should be a regular dirt-digging PI job.
  • Sadist: He shows himself to be fairly bloodthirsty, offering to kidnap and torture on behalf of his client.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sore Loser: His reaction to being out-classed by Mike's disarming skills is to get angry, double down, and get a strike to the windpipe for his trouble.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: "Kindness" is hardly the right word for someone so intimidating and he's still a jerk when he reappears in Season 5, but when dealing with Saul and Kim he comes across as much more professional and even soft-spoken than before. He only lapses into being an asshole when Saul questions his work, and he takes offense.
  • Torture Technician: He suggests kidnapping and torturing Kevin, and it's clear he's done something similar before.
  • Underestimating Badassery: After seeing that Mike has no gun on him, he first suggests kicking him out of the bodyguard group, and then dares Mike to try to take his gun while he has it aimed at him. This leads to a very quick disarm and a blow to the neck that leaves him on the ground coughing.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Since he plans on doing a protection job, he feels it's necessary to bring four guns on him, including the infamous Desert Eagle, and urges Daniel to fire Mike since he didn't bring any. Mike later explains why it's excessive—after schooling Sobchak in combat.
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Season 1

    The Lindholm Brothers 

Cal & Lars Lindholm

Portrayed By: Daniel Spenser Levine and Steven Levine

Two con-artist brothers that usually fake injuries to con people into giving them money for "medical bills".


  • Asshole Victim: They are a pair of idiot crooks, but what Tuco did to the both of them was harsh. At least they got out with their lives intact; if Jimmy hadn't stepped in, their fate would have been Colombian neckties and a free pair of shallow graves.
  • Beard of Evil: Both of them have prominent beards and are Staged Pedestrian Accident scam artists.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The punishment Tuco had planned for them. Thankfully, Jimmy is able to talk him down into only breaking one of each of their legs, sparing them but leaving them badly injured.
  • Dirty Coward: They immediately sell Jimmy out to Tuco as soon as the latter takes the tape off their mouths. Justified, Jimmy did get them into that dangerously unfamiliar situation in the first place.
  • Jerkasses: They go a little too far when antagonizing an old woman as part of their con, which backfires spectacularly since it's Tuco's grandma. Also, neither of them have any problems with selling out Jimmy, who was trying to help them.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: They pay for their fake broken leg shenanigans by getting their legs ACTUALLY broken; without Jimmy's intervention, they would have been killed brutally.
  • Mugging the Monster: They have poor luck when it comes to targets; first they end up with Jimmy, who's a reformed con artist turned lawyer with more intelligence and panache then they'll ever have between them. Things go even worse for them next time, when they inadvertently target the beloved grandmother of one Tuco Salamanca.
  • Put on a Bus: Both of them, after being hospitalized.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Their plotline allowed the introduction of Nacho to the plot.
    • By Season 5's "Bad Choice Road," the show makes it known that the Staged Pedestrian Accident scheme that Jimmy engineered back in Season 1 was a catalyst for much of the show's events with a domino effect.
  • Staged Pedestrian Accident: Their stock in trade. And, to give them their due, they'd make excellent stuntmen. Shame about the rest of their hustle.
  • Stupid Crooks: Let's put it this way... they're in Badger's league when it comes to focus and decision-making. None of their jobs have gone right. That we've seen.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Jimmy is on the verge of convincing Tuco to let the brothers go when they open their big mouths to inform Tuco that Jimmy was in on the con as well. They're extremely lucky Jimmy was able to talk Tuco down to just breaking their legs.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Played with. While they completely fail to appreciate that Jimmy risks his hide to save them from Tuco even though they already tried to sell him out to do the same, he was also the one who spurred them into trouble in the first place when they were doing just fine on their own, making their anger very understandable.
  • Villain Cred: They decide to listen to Jimmy recount his days as "Slippin' Jimmy" from Cicero, and are willing to follow his advice after so they can get better at their own craft.

    The Kettlemans 

Betsy & Craig Kettleman

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"What money?"
Portrayed By: Julie Ann Emery & Jeremy Shamos

A husband and wife with rumors of them embezzling money from the county treasury buzzing around them.


  • Beware the Silly Ones: Betsy looks and talks the game so well, that she is outright identified by Jimmy as a certified denizen of Cloudcuckooland. But, the moment the situation calls for blackmail, that absent gaze and bubbly voice of hers turn into steel and you see something else entirely. One flavour of silly fluff hiding a deeper, more worrying bonkers, there: probably played straight. She doesn't actually seem to be a deliberate faker, as such.
  • Consummate Liar: The Kettlemans always insist that they are innocent, even to their lawyers, and seem to have convinced themselves of the fact. Apparently, the belief that "It's not a lie if YOU believe it" is ingrained in their heads.
  • Entitled Bastard: The Kettlemans have rationalized their theft on the premise that they're normal people and Craig works hard, so he's entitled to the money.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: They do care for each other and their children. Betsy could have easily made Craig do the jail time while she enjoyed the money (or freedom, rather, since she couldn't possibly spend it) as a free woman, but she sticks by him. Craig himself is very meek and says little, but the only time he stands up to Betsy is when their children are at risk of losing both parents.
  • Greed: This seems to be the primary motivator for Betsy. She wants the money and she is not going to give it up no matter what the consequences to her family.
  • Hypocrisy Nod
    Betsy: [after finding out Jimmy is threatening with the actual money] You thief!
    Jimmy: [apathetic] Takes one to know one.
  • Implausible Deniability: Betsy really doesn't want to admit to stealing the money, even when talking with people who know full well about it. Jimmy eventually begs her to just admit it for the sake of his own sanity.
  • Jerkass: Oh yes. They're the biggest assholes in Albuquerque before KEN WINS steals a certain chemistry teacher's parking space at the last minute.
  • Lady Macbeth: It is pretty clear that it's Betsy who calls the shots in the family, and that Craig is not the type of person who would steal money unless Betsy talked him into it.
  • Pet the Dog: In a bonus scene released online, Betsy leads the kids to a picnic beneath a busy overpass so that Craig, now in prison, can see them while he is on work-release detail.
  • Smug Snake: Holy shit are they ever. It really is that hard to wipe the smile off their faces.
  • The Sociopath: The more we see of Betsy, the more questions you have to ask yourself about where on the scale she could lie... "Lie" being the operative word.
  • Stupid Crooks: After embezzling money from the county treasury and making apparently zero efforts to hide their tracks (like writing checks to themselves, as Kim notes), they stage their own kidnapping which involves them dragging their kids out to a camping site half a day's walk from their own home. Plus, Betsy tries to blackmail Jimmy with the bribe she gave him. Jimmy takes some pleasure in telling her this would just send her to jail along with her husband.
  • Threat Backfire: Betsy threatens to report Jimmy to the cops for having Mike break in and extract money from their secret hiding place. Jimmy isn't threatened, and counters that while he could get in trouble with the cops, Betsy would face much worse legal consequences since she will be admitting to being an accomplice in the embezzlement, and if she goes to jail too, their children are left without parents.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Kim manages to work out a plea deal with the DA that would get Craig eighteen months in prison (verses a potential thirty years if he were found guilty in court). The Kettlemans refuse to take the deal and fire Kim, believing that a good enough lawyer could get him off completely.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Betsy breaks down crying when Jimmy foils their plan and forces the two of them to crawl back to Kim.
  • Where Are They Now: A short bonus video on AMC.com called "No Picnic" shows that Craig was convicted of the crime, and is currently pulling community service duty on trash pickup as part of his sentence. Betsy brings their kids to the cleanup sites for picnics, and engages all of them in a chorus of the children's song "BINGO" to lift Craig's spirits. It's as cringeworthy as it sounds.

    Robert Williams 

Robert Williams

Portrayed By: Eddie Fernandez

A criminal who was defended by Jimmy, and who was then hired by Jimmy to let himself fall off a billboard so Jimmy could 'rescue' him as part of an advertising stunt.


  • Early-Bird Cameo: He appears briefly as one of Jimmy's many public defense cases, then has a larger role two episodes later when Jimmy hires him to fall off a billboard.
  • Engineered Heroics: He agrees to stage an accident to make Jimmy look like a local hero to drum up business.
  • Publicity Stunt: With onlookers and a camera recording, Jimmy makes everyone see him pulling Robert back onto the platform for a billboard advertising his practice.

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Season 2

    Lawson 

Lawson

Portrayed By: Jim Beaver

A gun dealer doing business in the criminal underworld.


  • Affably Evil: He's polite, respectful, and honorable... but also sells guns to criminals who really shouldn't have them.
  • Almighty Janitor: Very qualified with his field of work and also helps as a sniper spotter for Mike when the latter buys a rifle from him.
  • Arms Dealer: Like in the main series. He deals weapons illegally.
  • Consummate Professional: He knows his product, he doesn't take anything personally, and he makes clear that he feels the best thing he can do is keep a friendly and professional demeanor in order to encourage repeat business. Later, he offers on-the-house ammunition. He goes above and beyond for the customer, and is so aware of forensics techniques that he not only files serial numbers off his guns but obscures where they once were with a stipple machine.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He might sell criminals the guns they use to hurt people, but he won't take a penny if he doesn't feel that he's earned it. When Mike decides not to buy any of his wares, Lawson turns down Mike's offer to pay him just for Lawson's time and trouble.
  • Saved by Canon: He appears in Breaking Bad, indicating he will survive this show.

    The Grifter 

The Grifter

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"Usually, I take the train, but I was just in such a rush to get some medicine for my son, Freddie."
Portrayed By: Stephen Snedden

"There are wolves and sheep in this world, kid. Wolves and sheep. Figure out which one you're gonna be."

A grifter who cons money from Jimmy's father.


  • The Barnum: He puts little effort into begging Jimmy's father for money at the gas station, and with no regrets he lives by the philosophy of either swindling or getting swindled .
  • Con Man: He's a con artist, and seemingly an experienced one.
  • The Corrupter: He seems to be the start of Jimmy's Protagonist Journey to Villain.
  • Never My Fault: Yes, in this world it's take or get taken. It can't just be that you're an asshole who preys on the goodwill of others.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The Grifter's quote about how there are wolves and sheep in the world inspires Jimmy's criminal path.
  • Smug Snake: When Charles Sr. leaves to fetch some tools to help the Grifter with his non-existent car trouble, this asshole just locks eyes with Jimmy, smirks and buys two cartons of cigarettes with the money he claimed not to have. He clearly enjoys rubbing his little victory in Jimmy's face. Though he's still impressed with young Jimmy for spotting his trick from a mile away.
  • The Social Darwinist: Believes there are only "wolves" and "sheep" to the world, having decided to live a life of preying on gullible "sheep".
  • There Are Two Kinds of People in the World: He buys into this philosophy, saying as much to a young Jimmy. He identifies people as either being wolves or sheep.
  • Worthy Opponent: Implicitly impressed by Jimmy spotting him being a con-man.

    Fudge 

Theodore "Fudge" Talbot

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"Public masturbation. Total bullshit."
Portrayed By: Robert Grossman

One of Jimmy's clients from back when he was a public defender.


  • Dirty Old Man: He's a previous client of Jimmy's who was arrested for public masturbation.
  • Hidden Depths: Knows enough about history to point out the Fifi was used against the Japanese. However, he is not a pilot, but another client of Jimmy's named Mr. Yalowitz is.
  • Phony Veteran: Jimmy has him pretend to be a war hero so they can talk their way onto an air force base. Turns out he is at least knowledgeable, and might even be a real bomber pilot.

    Lance 

Lance

Portrayed By: Elisha Yaffe

A staffer working at an all-night copy shop. He takes bribes from Jimmy to erase some compromising security footage.


  • Be as Unhelpful as Possible: He's paid off to cover for Jimmy's deception, leaving Chuck with no answers. He goes as far as to leave in the middle of questioning to help other customers.
  • Soul-Sucking Retail Job: Downplayed, but he can't really be too enthused to be working at the copy shop if he's totally fine with meddling with security footage for some stranger, albeit after a substantial bribe.
  • What You Are in the Dark: As Jimmy finds when bribing him to erase security footage and subsequently lie to Chuck.

Season 3

    Freddy 

Freddy

Portrayed By: Shahine Ezell

A drug dealer who winds up on the same community service crew as Jimmy.


  • Bad Liar: Tries to convince the park supervisor that his daughter is sick, but Jimmy is able to see right through him and realizes that he really plans to go sell drugs.
  • Villain Cred: He takes Jimmy up on his offer of getting him out of community service, and pays in full when his claims hold up.

Season 4

    Ira 

Ira

Portrayed By: Franc Ross

A burglar that Jimmy enlists to help him steal a Hummel figurine.


  • Affably Evil: Ira is an experienced criminal, but he's also a pretty affable guy who can generally be trusted.
  • The Bus Came Back: He hasn't exactly "come back" due to the prequel nature of the show, but Ira does figure in Jimmy's future as the owner of Vamonos Pest.
  • Butt-Monkey: Downplayed, but Ira doesn't exactly have the easiest time stealing that Hummel figurine. What should have been a quick and easy snatch-n'-grab turns into something much less pleasant when Neff, the guy he was hired to rob, ends up sleeping in his own office because his wife kicked him out. As a result, poor Ira is forced to hide under his desk, listening to him argue with his wife, play self-help tapes ad nauseam, and play solitaire in actual solitaire, with the slowly accumulating hours likely feeling like days.
  • Honor Among Thieves: The Hummel figurine he stole at Jimmy's behest ended up selling for a lot more than what Jimmy had estimated. Ira could have pocketed the difference without Jimmy ever knowing or even suspecting, but he still split the take evenly.
  • Pet the Dog: Splits the take evenly in response to Jimmy's Pet the Dog moment of rescuing him.

    Rocco, Zane & Jed 

Rocco, Zane & Jed

Portrayed by: Tommy Nelson, Carlin James & Cory Chapman

A trio of young delinquents who hang around trashy slums. They mug Jimmy in the middle of his disposable phone scam.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After Jimmy has them kidnapped at gunpoint by his muscle and hangs them upside down at the back of a piñata shop, they waste no time apologizing and promising to leave him alone from then on.
  • Asshole Victim: When attempting to mug Jimmy a second time, they are set up by Jimmy and kidnapped by Huell and Man Mountain, who Jimmy threatens will beat them if they don't spread the word to not mess with him. You kinda wish they would still get beaten.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: At first, they seem like random extras written for realism to show how Jimmy's scam isn't immediately going to be successful. However, they soon turn out to be Small Role, Big Impact and their arc stretches into multiple episodes.
  • Delinquents: They're very young petty street criminals who only seem capable of insulting, extorting, and mugging innocent passerby's.
  • Dirty Coward: They're happy to bully Jimmy only to beg and beg like crazy when Jimmy, Huell and Man Mountain threaten them in "Piñata".
  • Eviler Than Thou: A more Downplayed case between street thugs, but Jimmy gets his revenge on them for mugging him and intimidates them into spreading word of his reputation.
  • Hate Sink: Your blood will boil every second they're on screen. They're deliberately written to be as annoying and unlikable as possible.
  • Jerkass: They insult Jimmy, beat him up, mug him, and when he genuinely tries to make peace, they try ripping him off again.
  • Just a Gangster: They can't focus on the bigger picture of extorting a steady flow of money from Jimmy, instead demanding everything he has on him every chance they get.
  • Mugging the Monster: Messing with Saul Goodman ends very badly for them.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Jimmy can't bring himself to hate them because he was the same way when he was their age.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Jimmy approaches them with a deal the next time they meet. If they let him sell his phones on their turf, he'll give them kickbacks from every night he sells. After they repeatedly refuse, he sets them up for an ambush and offers a new deal: stop messing with him and tell others about his services, or else.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: They taught Jimmy that you Can't Get Away with Nuthin', which added fuel to the fire of the paranoiac, ruthless Saul Goodman.
  • Smug Snake: They tell Jimmy he must be "the stupidest person [they've] ever met" after cornering him, whereupon they see his "friends" emerge from the shadows. They reveal themselves to be complete dirty cowards when Jimmy, Huell and Mountain Man have them at their mercy.
  • Stupid Evil: Jimmy literally spells it out for them: "Don't try and mug me again and I'll give you 100 bucks a night". Their immediate response is to try and mug him again. It doesn't go as well as the first time.
  • Teens Are Monsters: They're either teenagers or very young adults.
  • You Remind Me of X: The aggressive youths bring Jimmy's memories of his younger days to his mind, as mentioned above.

    Christy Esposito 

Christy Esposito

Portrayed by: Abby Quin

A student applying for a scholarship from HHM.


  • Anti-Role Model: Jimmy assures her that she can move past not being approved by the scholarship committee and other similar people in the world. He couples this with the idea that she can cut corners and play dirty to get where she needs to be, just like he had.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Her shoplifting a couple years back is what defines her to the committee. While it was the reason why she got interested in the law, it's also the reason why she gets rejected.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: She shoplifted two years before applying for the scholarship, and though she had since turned her life around, the scholarship committee refuses to consider that she may have reformed.
  • You Remind Me of X: It's not said out loud, but it's clear that her being an upcoming, bright mind preparing to enter the world of the law with a criminal history reminds Jimmy of himself. It causes him to project in front of the scholarship committee and rush over to her as she's leaving to give her advice.

Season 5

    Ron & Sticky 

Ron & Sticky

Portrayed by: Morgan Krantz & Sasha Feldman

A pair of junkie criminals.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: They act smug when they start considering getting a public defender, where they'll have free legal assistance instead of paying for Saul's rates. After Saul delivers their "The Reason You Suck" Speech explaining how bad of an idea it is, they start groveling to get his help back.
  • Battle Cry: They shout, "50% OFF!", like a life mantra.
  • Book Dumb: They think 50% is almost half. When they meet again, Saul has to clarify that they can't pay him with the money they stole. They also think that holding in one's bladder causes kidney stones.
  • Catch-Phrase Spouting Duo: They really like their discount for legal consultation, becoming the namesake for the second episode of Season 5.
  • Drugs Are Bad: They fuel their petty crime spree with a lot of cocaine, and they're physically deteriorating from use. They tend to get really aggressive if they can't sate their addiction, and at least one of them dreads rehabilitation programs.
  • The Hedonist: The pair don't particularly care about anything else other than serving themselves. They steal, do drugs and cause mayhem at their luxury, content that a lawyer will bail them out at lowered prices.
  • Jerkass: They're pretty crass and unpleasant people who, in addition to their crime spree, have regularly fleeced their families and friends of money with such regularity it takes them a moment to name a potential target.
  • Noodle Incident: At one point during their spree, they hijacked a car pimped out with neon lights before the next time they stopped by the crackhouse.
  • The Pig-Pen: Hygiene and manners have much less priority to them, compared to getting their next fix of coke.
  • Piss Take Rap: While Krazy-8 and his crew try to get the product out from the drainpipe, Ron and Sticky decide to pass the time loudly rapping about their situation. Domingo's crew are immediately irritated by it.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Spotlighted in the cold open, they seem like just a random pair of hooligans meant to showcase the fallout of Jimmy's irresponsible new business practices but they later incite the events that bring Krazy-8 into police custody, in turn putting Jimmy back in contact with Nacho for the first time since Season 1, and into Lalo's orbit for the first time ever. These two bozos set up a major reunion of the show's often disparate halves.
  • Stupid Crooks: They're fools who give no thought to the consequences, future or immediate, of their crime spree.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: They think that they can do whatever they want knowing that a lawyer will come to their defense with a very good discount, even if he can't get them completely off the hook. Then they see his fee, which has piled up thanks to their long crime binge, and it's still very expensive with 50% taken off.

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