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"Uncle" Jack Welker

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"Jesus, what's with all the greed here? It's unattractive."

Portrayed By: Michael Bowen

"Bullet to the back of the head, something like that? I respect that. Too many savages out there."

Todd's maternal uncle and the leader of a white supremacist gang. Walter pays Jack and his crew to kill Mike's guys in jail, who were involved in Gus' operation and may talk because the D.E.A. confiscated their hazard pay. They successfully kill nine of Mike's guys and their lawyer Dan Wachsberger in three separate prisons, within a two-minute timeframe. He becomes the Big Bad of Season 5 and thus the Final Boss of the entire show once he turns on Walt afterwards for his money.


  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: He gives his nephew Todd a playful noogie while lightly teasing him about Lydia.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Downplayed. In the finale, he feebly tries to cut Walt a deal to spare his life, but he doesn't outright beg or lose his composure, instead looking smug as he takes One Last Smoke.
  • Asshole Victim: He organized the brutal murders of 10 people in prison, killed Hank and Gomez, stole almost all of Walt’s money (albeit leaving him $10 million), imprisoned and tortured Jesse for half a year, and killed his ex-girlfriend and threatened to kill her son too if Jesse stopped cooking? Yeah, nobody sheds a tear for Uncle Jack when Walt blows his brains out.
  • Badass Longcoat: One of his main wardrobe pieces is a big leather coat, and Jack isn't afraid to do his own dirty work.
  • Bait-and-Switch: At first when he listens to Jesse's recording about how Todd killed a child it looks like he is upset about it. He is actually upset that Jesse ratted his nephew and was going to kill him right then and now over it.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a thin circle beard, and is a homicidal Neo-Nazi.
  • Berserk Button: Has no love for stool pigeons. He also does not like being called a liar. Trying to prove otherwise gets his whole gang killed.
  • Big Bad: The last one in the series, when he murders Hank and takes over the Blue Sky business, and is the last antagonist killed on screen who wants to continue the business.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Downplayed. Jack's sister was a hopeless drug addict and went through many abusive relationships with terrible men, a lot of whom Jack killed in retaliation. Eventually, he grew fed up with looking out for her and seemingly gave up on her while taking Todd out of her hands.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: Jack turns on Walt after figuring out where Walt has hidden his money and that there is nothing Walt could do to stop his crew from taking it for themselves—he and his Aryan crew have all the guns, after all.
  • Boring, but Practical: No advanced science like making ricin or explosives, no border-crossing hitmen with axes and no long planned revenge with meth empire as decoy. Jack just plans on schedule with a well trained team and does the job.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Walt kills him, long after he did the same thing to Hank.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He can plan multiple assassinations at the same time, take out Declan's men with little trouble and deduces where Walt buried his money right away. But he has no interests aside from having enough money to live comfortably and helping out his nephew.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Originally, he was just a name dropped by Todd. He grew massively in importance as the show drew closer to its conclusion, eventually ending up as the final Big Bad.
  • Cool Uncle: To Todd. They get along very well considering what kind of people they are.
  • Cop Killer: His gang killed Gomez and Jack personally finished Hank off.
  • The Corrupter: Michael Bowen more or less describes him as this for Todd.
    "Well, you know, it’s within his universe. After studying the Aryan gangs and stuff like that, they’re such a small fraction of the population in the prison system, yet they commit like a quarter of all of the most vile, gruesome murders in the system. They have to do that because they are such a small group. They have to become so frightening that you don’t mess with them. [Jack] knows to get into a gang like that, you must spill blood. And the only way you get out is if you are killed. So that’s the reality he probably told and showed Todd."
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has a pretty dry sense of humor.
    Jack: You know, I gotta be straight with you, man. Taking out all these guys is doable. But hitting them in three separate jails all within two minutes? Whacking Bin Laden wasn't this complicated.

    Jack: (on the topic of Walt wanting to kill Jesse quickly) Angry, non-rat, got it. How angry are we talking, by the way? Like Hulk angry? Like, uh...Rambo, James Bond, badass individual?

    Jack: Let me worry about what I breathe, kid. Just hurry this up so I can grab a smoke.

    Lydia: I am correct in assuming this should be blue?
    Jack: See, I'm thinking the headline here should be "76%."
  • Deal with the Devil: Walt makes one with him. The arrangement: to leave town with his money and keep Jack's murder of Hank under wraps.
    "We square? Hey, I gotta know we're square, otherwise we've gotta go the other way."
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Played with. In the context of the main series, he's the final threat of Walter's story, but is this from Jesse's perspective, whose story properly concludes in El Camino.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: While he technically works as a hitman for Lydia, his gang is the only reason she has a meth business, and Walt ultimately sees him as the larger threat and focuses his entire plan on vengeance against Jack, only eliminating Lydia as a means of tying up loose ends.
  • The Dreaded: Implied. After Todd kills Drew Sharp and the heist team discusses what to do with him, Mike votes against killing Todd by citing his gang connections as being no joke.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For all of Jack's negative qualities, he does seem to love his nephew Todd as if he were his own son. This is the reason why he keeps the meth business alive: so that he can help Todd impress Lydia.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • While he's not above killing or enslaving someone, Jack openly expresses disdain for the type of savagery criminals like Gus or the Salamancas engage in. When he's put into the same situation with Hank as Marco, he quickly shoots him down on the spot, not run back to his car to find an exotic weapon to ritualistically kill him with.
    • He takes offense to Walt calling him a liar at one point.
    • He absolutely despises tattletales, which is why he got so mad when Jesse told Hank about Todd killing Drew Sharp... while also completely ignoring the fact that his nephew is an unrepentant child killer.
    • He finds Greed unattractive. He gives away $10 million to Walt as a consolation prize, and isn't onboard with the idea of continuing to cook meth. It's his love for Todd that keeps the partnership with Lydia alive, not greed.
      Todd: We still got 600 gallons of methylamine.
      Jack: Meth? Who gives a shit about meth? We won the lottery here. We’ve got all the money in the world. You’re talking to me about selling crank?
    • When Kenny decides to execute Walt, Jack is appalled at the idea of it happening in his living room.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Well, more like "evil cannot comprehend lesser evil", but he genuinely seems to think that he can convince Walter to spare him by blackmailing him with the location of the missing money, despite their last interaction being Jack murdering Walt's brother-in-law as Walt was sobbing and begging him not to. Predictably, Walt doesn't even bother to let Jack finish the offer.
  • Evil Virtues: Well, he did let Walt walk off with $10 million. It's hard to see Walt ever doing that if their roles were swapped. He also seems to despise the very thought of anyone thinking that he's gone back on a deal. The latter causes him, and the rest of the Aryans in his gang, to be mowed down with an M60 rigged to the trunk of Walt's car.
    "Jesus, what's with all the greed? It's unattractive."
  • Face Death with Dignity: Downplayed. After his friends and nephew are all violently killed off, Jack merely glares at Walter and reaches for a cigarette despite being mortally wounded. Unlike Hank, however, Jack calmly makes a futile bargain for his life rather than telling Walt where to stick it.
  • False Reassurance: When Walter returns outraged that Jack was working with Jesse, seemingly as partners, Jack made it a point to show Walt that he was wrong and demonstrated Jesse as his slave.
  • Fatal Flaw: Jack's hatred of snitches/rats. It gets him killed. When Walt came to the clubhouse, Jack and his gang were already planning to kill him. But just Walt saying that they were partnering with Jesse - a rat in Jacks eyes, who he promised Walt he would kill later - was enough to keep Walt alive and show him that Jesse is a slave rather than a partner. This allowed Walt enough time to get his keys back and later trigger the M60 in his trunk outside.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Some grumpiness and snark aside, Jack acts like a pretty jovial guy who's practical, fair-minded and even sensitive to the needs of his beloved nephew. The entire Nazi gang seem fairly close-knit and Jack himself has a strong (albeit twisted) moral code with regards to honor and his criminal lifestyle. Nevertheless, he's utterly ruthless and God help you if you hit his Berserk Button.
    • This is highlighted best when he's about to kill Hank and again when's he's about to kill Walt while tormenting Jesse in front of him. In the case of Hank, Jack actually seems a little impressed with him. They're both seasoned professionals, after all.
    • It helps that he strongly evokes a Doc Brown vibe.
  • Foil: Weirdly enough, Uncle Jack is kinda like Hank. Both men are crude individuals who can be underestimated, but in actuality they're highly intelligent and cunning. They both also start off on good terms with Walt, before turning against him. Their deaths are even similar; both are shot in the head after a short but effective shoot-out that wiped out their backup (Jack's gang; Gomez). The difference between the two, however, can be examined in how they face their deaths. Hank accepts his demise and refuses to beg for his life, while Jack attempts to bargain for his. They also both happen to be role-models to their respective nephews.
    • He also shares similarities with Hector Salamanca. They're both ruthless crime bosses who serve as the leader for their respective gangs, and they both raised their respective nephews into sociopathic criminals while serving as their father figure. Also, paralleling how Hector killed Gus' partner and threatened to kill Mike's granddaughter, Jack killed Walt's brother-in-law and threatened to kill Jesse's ex-girlfriend's son.
  • The Ghost: Surprisingly makes no appearances at all in El Camino despite being referred to infrequently.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Complains about the state of America, citing the absence of ashtrays on airplanes as an example of the country's decay.
  • Hate Sink: Not quite this initially unlike his nephew, especially with his virtues and affability, but he becomes this full-stop after killing Hank and enslaving Jesse.
  • Hellbent For Leather: He often wears a long, shifty-looking leather duster.
  • Hero Killer: No other villain in the series can say they have killed Hank Schrader. He may have killed Gomez as well, although one of his men might have done that.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Walt kills Jack by shooting him in the head with his own pistol.
  • Honor Before Reason: His absolute hate for snitches plays a part in his downfall - if he just executed Walt without absolutely needing to prove to him that he's not partnered up with Jesse, he probably wouldn't die.
  • Karmic Death: He dies in a reversal of the way he killed Hank. He shot Hank in the head mid-sentence as Walt pleaded for Hank's life and offered Jack all his money to spare him. Walt shoots Jack in the head mid-sentence as Jack tries to use Walt's money that he still has to convince him to spare him.
  • Kick the Dog: After having Todd kill Andrea in front of Jesse as punishment for trying to escape the compound, Jack makes it worse by promising to kill Brock too if he tries again.
    Jack: Hey, remember. There's still the kid.
    • There's also his Pass the Popcorn attitude when watching Jesse's confession, "Does he cry throughout the whole thing.".
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Just like Hank.
  • Lack of Empathy: When watching Jesse's confession video, it initially looks like he's disturbed by the idea that Todd so effortlessly killed a child. It turns out he was actually furious that Jesse ratted his nephew out.
  • Meaningful Name: "Jack" is slang for "hijack". Which is exactly what he ultimately does to Walt.
  • Meet the New Boss: Quietly claims the blue meth lab once Gus dies and Walt announces his retirement. The only thing he lacks is the recipe for Walt's blue coloring, which Walt promises in exchange for a contract on Jesse's life.
  • Men Don't Cry: While watching Jesse's confessions videotapes he and the rest of his gang spent most of their time calling him a wimp for crying.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: It's his mercy in letting Walt keep 10 million of his dollars that ultimately seals his fate; had he taken all of it, Walt wouldn't have had the money to escape New Mexico, continue living for 6 months, and then eventually return and kill him.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Charming and polite to the waitress in "Confessions".
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: He eschews Gus-style manipulations and the Salamancas' over-the-top violence in favor of shooting people up. What makes Jack so dangerous is his lack of hesitation and tendency to keep things relatively simple.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: After killing Hank and going against his gang's whining, he gives Walt a barrel of ten million dollars as a sign of good faith and no hard feelings. That money would ultimately finance his demise.
  • Noble Demon: Jack may be ruthless and cruel, but he's never pointlessly evil. He understands Walt having problems putting a hit on Jesse and says he'll make it quick until Todd convinces him to keep Jesse around. He is fine with retiring after having enough money, even leaving some to the one he stole because he isn't greedy and takes offense when people think he didn't keep his word.
  • Nothing Personal: After he murders Hank and steals Walt's money, he leaves a barrel of money for Walt and plays this trope straight.
  • Obviously Evil: If the big swastika tattoo on his neck didn't clue you in, he is introduced as a top of the line assassin that even Mike admitted to being wary of.
  • One Last Smoke: While staring down the barrel of his own gun, Jack pointedly pauses in the middle of his final words to grab a cigarette he dropped.
  • Parental Substitute: According to Michael Bowen, Jack serves as one of these to Todd.
  • Pet the Dog: His treatment of Todd in general. Also, later in quite a twisted way, he lets Walt have a whopping ten million despite robbing him of the rest of his money and murdering Hank. This is more than enough money to last normal people several lifetimes. Indeed, Walter would be able to secure his family financially with this money alone after distributing it to them. This would also come to bite Jack in the ass as Walt also had enough money to finance a plot to kill him and Jack would have no leverage for Walter sparing his life.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Jack is a Neo-Nazi, although his political and racial views aren't really given any attention aside from some irritation at political correctness and his disdain for federal law enforcement. If it weren't for the swastikas and SS tattoos, there would be nothing in his behavior to date which reveals him as a Nazi sympathizer. Truth in Television, as the Aryan Brotherhood is now widely seen as more interested in money and power than promoting white nationalism.
  • Pride: Something he has in common with Walt: Jack is a proud man who holds true to his own values and doesn't like leaving a job unfinished. Walt insults his by claiming that he partnered up with Jesse, a snitch. This ends up being his undoing, as he insists on showing Jesse is alive and enslaved rather than killing Walt on the spot.
  • Professional Killer: He and his gang seem to work primarily as hitmen.
  • Sadist: Downplayed. While he's not above being cruel in line with what comes with his occupation, Jack openly disdains savage cruelty and prefers to get his jobs done quick and simple. His worst acts of enslaving Jesse was at Todd's behest and he isn't seen participating in needlessly tormenting him like his goons.
  • Shadow Archetype: In many ways, Jack is the ultimate personification of the kind of person Walt would be if he had allowed his Heisenberg persona to take complete control of his personality — a ruthless, merciless, sociopathic man ready to retire with a multi-million dollar profit.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Threat: An Inversion. He is definitely lower on the villain totem pole than Gus Fring or the Juarez Cartel, and at best is probably on the level of the Salamanca family who have been around since season 1. He isn't anywhere near as ambitious as the other villains either (including Walt), being content to outright retire if he gets enough cash. Yet, he proves to be the final villain of the show, making up for his lack of scope and influence with sheer ruthlessness and the personal impact he has on the main characters.
  • The Sociopath: A cold-blooded murderer who displays politeness whenever he has to and is just as prideful as Walt. Even Michael Bowen describes him and Todd as "just a couple of sociopaths".
  • Spanner in the Works: To the Hank and Jesse alliance. If he and his gang didn't intervene, then Hank would still be alive, Walt would be apprehended, and Jesse wouldn't have been forced into servitude.
  • The Starscream: He deposes Walter and completely takes over his empire as the new leader.
  • The Strategist: He was able to successfully arrange the simultaneous murders of 11 different men, each in a different jail, for a specific time. Notably, Walt only gave the order. He left the details to Jack.
  • Tattooed Crook: He's seen with some gang tattoos, including a nice big swastika on his neck.
  • Tension-Cutting Laughter: When Todd tries to convince him to keep Jesse alive, Jack gives him an intimidating Death Glare and nobody's quite sure what he's going to do... until he breaks out in laughter upon realizing Todd has a crush on Lydia.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: He's the leader of a white-supremacist gang with connections to the Aryan Brotherhood.
  • Villain Ball: Jack gets steamrolled by it in "Felina", delaying Walt's execution when the latter accuses him of partnering with a DEA "rat".
  • Villainous Friendship: With the rest of the Nazis and with his dragon, Kenny. They're genuinely good friends. Even when they all have enough money to retire and go their separate way they still hang out together and help out Todd with his romance.
  • Villains Never Lie: Is incensed when Walt accuses him of lying about partnering with Jesse.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Compared to his nephew, Jack is more laid back and can often be seen lounging around. For a whole weekend, he even left Jesse solely to Todd as he and the rest of his gang went to the Elephant Butte.
  • Villains Want Mercy: He tries to bargain for his life when Walt is about to shoot him. It doesn't work but at least Jack does not beg or lose his composure during the attempt.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Threatens to kill Brock if Jesse doesn't cook for them.
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    Todd 

Todd Alquist

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"Just so you know, this isn't personal."

Portrayed By: Jesse Plemons

"I saw a threat and I took care of it the only way that I could."

A methamphetamine cook and former exterminator for Vamonos Pest. He worked for Walter White, Mike Ehrmantraut, and Jesse Pinkman on their newly-founded meth manufacturing business.

WARNING: Todd's character plays such a huge role in the final season's developments that practically all of his tropes were once spoiler-tagged. Though the tags have been removed for aesthetic purposes, massive spoilers still follow below.


  • Affably Evil: Todd is truly a polite, soft-spoken, slightly shy and an all around hardworking guy. He never raises his voice or gets angry, he doesn't take things personally and does his best to get along well with everyone. He also has no qualms about doing things like killing innocent women and children. It gets even creepier when he turns Jesse into his meth slave. Although he threatens him with the lives of his loved ones, Todd still maintains a jovial demeanor around him, and even brings Pinkman ice cream as a reward for his services. Jesse Plemons describes Todd as feeling as if Pinkman is a pet.
  • Affluent Ascetic: It's not just a matter of laundering it either, Todd doesn't do much with the money he gained and his apartment is pretty bland all around.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: There is something really wrong with him. While the creators of the series have called him a sociopath, he is too emotionally crippled, quiet, calm, easygoing, relaxed, friendly and self-controlled to accurately be described as such. Many have theorized that Todd has signs of autism or some kind of developmental disorder due to his undeveloped, almost deficient social skills. On the other hand, having a sociopathic monster as an uncle and father figure (Jack), it is almost inevitable that he was going to develop a ruthless side anyway.
  • Ascended Extra: In his first episode, he appears briefly and has a couple of lines. In his second episode, he helps the team out in a big way and commits an action that will no doubt have big ramifications in the next episode. Two episodes after that, he's Walt's new lab partner.
  • Asshole Victim: Given his lack of remorse over the many horrible things he's done, it's hard to feel bad for him when Jesse strangles him to death.
  • Ax-Crazy: Todd is a chilling example as he is not even particularly sadistic, but he is a stone-cold criminal prone to killing people, often for petty reasons. And worst of all? He genuinely doesn’t even seem to think it’s that big of a deal. Like when he kills a little boy for witnessing their train heist without thinking twice, and when he kills Andrea right after apologizing to her for having to do so. All of this without feeling any remorse or guilt and always staying calm and easy-going.
  • Bait the Dog: We know he's a criminal from the start, but he comes off as a rather friendly guy, up until he shot a kid. Even after having murdered Drew Sharp, Todd lulls the audience into a false sense of security in "Granite State" by bringing an imprisoned Jesse some ice cream, then shortly afterward murdering Andrea.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: *boom* Surprise chestshot! This from the amiable guy who rarely raises his voice... Arguably, he could count as a form of Softspoken Sadist, as it just goes downhill from there. Except, he never really seems to be in it For the Evulz (it's Nothing Personal) and... seldom drops being polite and non-shouty even while he's busy squicking the audience out.
  • Blonde Guys Are Evil: Played straight - in spades.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Let's just say Todd's moral compass thinks differently to say the least. Todd is always a big people pleaser, childlike, and seems nice to everyone. On other hand he shows zero remorse in killing a child, torturing and enslaving Jesse, and killing his girlfriend, yet still thinks Jesse is his friend. This could interpreted that Todd never fully understands how awful his actions truly are nor how they would cause people to hate him.
  • Chandler's Law: In "Dead Freight".
  • Chekhov's Gun: His uncle's prison connections, which he mentions in "Buy Out", become awful handy for Walt two episodes later.
  • Creepy Monotone: Todd usually speaks in a shy, reserved tone.
  • Creepy Souvenir: Kept the tarantula that was caught by Drew Sharp. In El Camino, Jesse stumbles onto a terrarium in Todd's new bedroom with the same spider.
  • Cute and Psycho: He's a remorseless psychopathic killer, but his childlike qualities gives Todd a cute factor.
  • Dies Wide Open: As a result of being in the midst of fighting for his life when his neck broke.
  • Dissonant Serenity: He remains calm and personable at all times, whether he's having a friendly conversation with you, or putting a bullet in your skull.
  • The Dragon: To Jack, and also to Lydia after "Ozymandias".
  • Establishing Character Moment: Todd's unhesitant and sudden murder of a young boy at the end of "Dead Freight" exhibits him as a stone-cold killer who will prove to be a problem.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • This may just be due to his admiration of Walter, but he talks Lydia out of killing Skyler.
    • He visibly disapproves of Kenny and Neil's pointless abuse of Jesse in captivity.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Doesn't seem to understand why Walter White would kill off the Aryan Brotherhood, or why Jesse would be upset about the things he has done.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Jesse; see Foil for more details.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: He is handsome, and soft-spoken — and can kill an innocent child in a flicker of an eye.
  • Fatal Flaw: Todd's Lack of Empathy is his. As such he never understands why people would hate him for remorselessly murdering innocent people and is always laidback whenever he tells them about it. This is what led Jesse to eventually kill him.
  • Foil: To Jesse in many ways.
    • Both have a lot of respect for Walt and call him Mr. White, but Todd, unlike Jesse, has no problems being Walt's subordinate.
    • Todd shooting the child witness is also a stark contrast to Jesse's love of kids.
    • Contrast Jesse's initial appearance as a mere thug who later turns out to be much kinder than expected with Todd being introduced as a seemingly unassuming nice guy who later wouldn't hesitate to murder children and blow it off as "shit happens."
    • Jesse has little idea about criminal experiences but has a high amount of emotional intelligence; Todd is a sociopath who shows no remorse for his darkest actions but proves to be surprisingly cunning and clever when it comes to crime.
    • Todd also appears to be a good deal less competent at meth-cooking than Jesse, with the quality of meth being churned out sharply dropping as soon as Heisenberg retires, and Todd is left to cook alone, in contrast to Jesse who eventually becomes every bit as good at cooking as his mentor.
    • His relationship with his Uncle Jack is a dark mirror of Jesse and Walter's. Due to Todd being a sociopath and his Uncle Jack being a hardened criminal, their relationship does not collapse from the moral issues as Walter and Jesse do. Unlike Jesse who wanted to leave the meth business and generally proves not to care about money, Todd convinces his Uncle Jack to continue cooking even after they take most of Walter's millions.
  • Freudian Excuse: Not that it empathizes his actions or anything, but Todd's mother was a drug addict who had a revolving door of abusive boyfriends that her brother Jack was tired of murdering constantly, so he took him under his wing. Given who Jack is and how murderous Todd's upbringing was, it's not difficult to imagine that he followed the same steps of his uncle.
  • Friendly Enemy: Despite having killed a child right in front of Jesse, enslaves him later on, tortured him into compliance and eventually killed his Love Interest, Todd still thinks that Jesse is his friend, is always nice with him, and treats him far better than any of Jack's goons. Though this is clearly one sided on Todd's part as Jesse utterly hates Todd and kills him once he has the opportunity.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Subverted, actually: Todd was never a 'nobody' despite working as a pest control worker. He was always a ruthless killer with a Nazi power base backing him.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: In a way, he's this for El Camino. Not only is Jesse still undergoing trauma from Todd's enslavement of him, but it's revealed in a flashback that Todd hid his share of Walt's money in an apartment that he bought. In the present, Jesse seeks the money in order to go into hiding and finally put his past as a criminal behind him, only to get into conflict with Neil and Casey, two crooks who were former associates of Todd and are also after his money.
  • The Heavy: For Season 5. Todd is the instigator for much of the conflict in that whole season, which includes his murder of Drew Sharp causing Jesse to leave Walter White and convinces his uncle Jack to use Jesse as a slave to make meth setting up the final act in the series.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Seems to have a bit going on for Walt. Even in "Felina", Todd apologizes to Walt before stating that Jack and his white supremacist gang have no use for him anymore, and that he shouldn't have arrived at Jack and his gang's compound.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In a way. He ends up strangled to death by the very chains he forced Jesse to wear for 6 months. Also, he was the one who convinced Jack to keep Jesse around to keep making meth, ("No matter how much money ya got, how could you turn your back on more?") which eventually led to his demise.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: How he rationalizes killing Drew Sharp.
  • I Have Your Wife: Todd's ground rule with Jesse is that if he tries anything during his imprisonment they are gonna find and kill Brock, Todd even says it'll be out of his hands.
  • Just Following Orders: The main basis of his rationalization for killing Drew Sharp, since the train heist did have a "no witnesses" rule.
  • Karmic Death: He ends up being strangled by Jesse, the man whom he enslaved and whose former girlfriend he murdered in front of him, with the very chains he used to enslave him. There's also the fact that Todd, a very impersonal criminal, ends up getting killed by someone who has every reason to loathe him due to his actions.
    • In the sequel movie El Camino, a flashback to Season 5 reveals that Todd killed his innocent housekeeper after she found his hidden drug money by strangling her with his belt. Jesse later returned the deed by snapping his neck with a chain.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: "Mr. White..."
  • Knight of Cerebus: After he shoots a child in the chest to Leave No Witnesses in "Dead Freight", he single-handedly extinguishes any lighthearted feeling the show still had left.
  • Lack of Empathy: He has what can only be described as a sociopathic disregard for how any of his actions might affect other people; he just does them because he sees them as necessary or because they are a means to an end, and to him that is all that really matters. It is implied that the main reason he tortures and enslaves Jesse, as well as kills Andrea, is because of a crush he has on Lydia rather than the money. It could be a case of Love Makes You Evil, but it is very likely that Todd simply sees no reason not to do these things. The only one he shows any real emotion to is his Uncle Jack, whom he sees as a father figure.
    • In "Buyout", he dismisses killing a 14-year-old as "shit happens".
    • Later:
      Walt: (before disposing of Mike Ehrmantraut's body) I don't wanna talk about this.
      Todd: (rather nonchalantly) Okay.
      Walt: (trying to assure Todd) It had to be done.
      Todd: Okay.
  • Leave No Witnesses: His reasoning for shooting a young boy in the chest without hesitation. His standard approach when the housekeeper he hire found out his money stash.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Granted, Todd had already murdered a child before and had white supremacist connections, but after becoming attracted to Lydia, he's become even more ruthless. Even though he's basically a millionaire at this point, he still tortures Jesse, enslaves him, and then kills Andrea when Pinkman tries to escape, simply because Todd wants his meth to be of sufficient enough quality for him to get closer to Lydia.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is homophonous with the German word for "death"; given his role in the story, this is entirely appropriate.
    • His surname is Swedish, and means "alder branch". Alder can also mean "blood", as its sap is red and resembles blood. So it can also interpreted as "bloodshed".
  • Mellow Fellow: An easygoing guy who never raises his voice or gets angry. Despite that, you can tell there's something disturbing about him, mainly his Lack of Empathy.
  • Moral Sociopathy: Todd does have "morals" in that he believes in hard work, pleasing people, and being friendly to everyone. He's also completely remorseless in his actions, which includes murdering innocent people including children and torturing Jesse into submission yet still tries to be friendly with him.
  • Neck Snap: Gets his neck broken after Jesse strangles him with his handcuffs.
  • Nerves of Steel: When Jesse threatens to kill Todd in the desert after seizing his pistol, Todd talks Jesse out of it with only the slightest nervousness. He makes no attempt to ever exact retribution against him for this afterward either.
  • Nothing Personal: His outlook on the criminal life. To him, stuff like committing a murder is about as much a chore or minor inconvenience as going shopping for milk is to the average person, and it neither causes him any dissatisfaction nor any enjoyment. The way he sees it, "shit just happens", and the horrible things he personally does, especially to Jesse, aren't even out of anger or malice, but simply because it was convenient for him to do those things. He even says this to Andrea right before he shoots her in the back of the head.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: In his first appearance, he looks like just another regular criminal who does dirty job for some money. This is quickly thrown out of window when he brutally shots a child for coming across the train heist in "Dead Freight", just to make sure he doesn't leave any witness alive (who probably didn't even have a single idea what he's seeing). It only gets worse from then on.
  • Not So Stoic: During Felina, the look on his face was one of surprise and shock after Walt uses his M60 contraption to kill Jack and the Aryan Brotherhood.
  • Obliviously Evil: Todd literally has no idea how atrocious his actions truly are nor why people would be upset with them, allowing Todd to continue committing with utter obliviousness.
  • Oh, Crap!: His reaction to the M60 Shootout.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In the most twisted, sickest way possible. Even after enslaving Jesse and forcing him to be his meth cook under the threat of murdering everyone he cares about, he's friendly and courteous to him, even bringing him ice cream. Todd is so twisted he doesn't seem to think there's anything wrong with locking Jesse up, or why that should stop them from being friends.
    • His respect for Walt is completely sincere. He talks Jack out of killing him and convinces him to leave 10 million dollars for Mr. White.
    • Even though his go-to response to any potential witness is murder, Todd merely intimidates Skylar. When Lydia later asks him to kill her, he still refuses.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Seemingly averted; despite being more-or-less part of a Neo-Nazi gang, he doesn't even wear any white-supremacist symbols, unlike his accomplices. He doesn't even make any racist remarks about killing Andrea (who happens to be Hispanic), only doing so because his uncle wanted to punish Jesse's disobedience. He feels offended when Jesse suggests his Hispanic housekeeper tried stealing his money as she was a hardworking and honest lady. He just killed her because she found where his money was.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Todd is a shy, reserved guy and his crush on Lydia feels like a child getting his first crush on his elementary school teacher. At the same time he's a ruthless killer. His bedroom in El Camino further proves this point, full of toys appropriate for much younger children. The rest of his apartment also has some questionable choices in furniture and colors.
  • Psychotic Smirk: While listening to Jesse recount his murder of Drew Sharp.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: While he's an amoral sociopath who will execute women and children without blinking, he simply view everyone he has does as part of a job. There's no malice behind his villainy, never commits pointless crimes, is very soft-spoken, genuinely polite, eager to please, and conscientious.
  • Replacement Goldfish: He becomes one for Walt after Jesse bails out of the meth business. It even seems that he tries to mirror some of his characterization, but it falls flat.
  • Saying Too Much: Constantly refers to Walter as Mr. White, even to people who'd otherwise know him only as Heisenberg.
  • The Sociopath: Played With. While Todd has been called such and has no problems murdering innocent people and commits other acts of sociopathy, he's just too emotionally crippled to ever realize how atrocious his actions truly are. El Camino has properly the best example of this: in the aftermath of Todd killing Andrea, Jesse, having been Forced to Watch the murder, is having a mental breakdown, but while Todd realizes that Jesse is upset and clearly doesn't like that he is upset, he also fails to understand why Jesse is upset, and so very ineptly attempts to comfort him by mumbling some vaguely inspirational advice to him, completely oblivious to the fact that it was his murder of Andrea that devastated Jesse all the while. This could be a result of having been raised by criminals all his life and thus Todd couldn't have developed a proper moral compass. As a result, Todd literally can't understand the amorality of his actions were a true sociopath can but doesn't care.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He never raises his voice and always speaks in a meek manner with a childlike innocence to his tone, even when committing some of the most brutal atrocities in the show. Although the "sadist" part is averted as he does what he does out of a misplaced sense of necessity, not for kicks.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Very, very strong whiffs of this towards a rather unreciprocating Lydia. And, considering who he is... well... eep? Just as well he never got a chance to ratchet it up.
  • The Stoic: Todd usually remains very calm and laid back, no matter what the circumstances.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: The straightest example in the show. Todd looks and acts like an unremarkable, even boring guy... right up until he shoots a child witness in cold blood. "Shit happens."
  • The Unfettered: Nothing fetters him. He wants to make meth and woo Lydia and nothing else matters.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Despite all the torture Jack's gang puts Jesse through, Todd legitimately sees him as something of a friend and cannot comprehend why Jesse would hate him. Because of this, he frequently lets Jesse do mostly as he pleases under a degree of his supervision.
    • Throughout a whole day of corpse disposal, Todd lets Jesse walk around freely and assist him as if he were a buddy. He even leaves his pistol within Jesse's reach, something that nearly killed him that day, although Todd is able to talk him down.
    • Much later, the thought Jesse would seize the opportunity to murder him during Walt's massacre doesn't remotely cross Todd's mind. This finally does him in.
  • Token Good Teammate: Downplayed as he is by no means a good person as shown by his killing of Drew Sharp, but he seems to be this to the rest of the Neo-Nazis and Lydia as he doesn’t seem to be a racist, treats Jesse at least with some kindness as his prisoner, and disapproves of the pointless abuse of Jesse by Neil and Kenny. He also talks Jack out of killing Walt and Lydia out of killing Skyler.
  • Verbal Tic: Consistently uses "good" as an adverb, where a more educated character would say "well," e.g. "We work together good."
  • Walking Spoiler: Let's just say that when Todd does what he does, the series changes forever.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Has no problem killing Andrea. Or Sonia.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Would kill one, actually.

    Kenny 

Kenny

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"Next time I see a kid wearing a bicycle helmet, I want to smack the shit out of him — you know, for his own good."

Portrayed By: Kevin Rankin

A lieutenant in a White Supremacist Gang, answering to Jack. He helps Jack to arrange the murder of ten prison inmates on contract for Walt.


  • Asshole Victim: Him being a white supremacist pretty much makes him this by default when he's killed by an M60 Walt rigged in the back of his car.
  • BFG: Uses an AA-12 shotgun.
  • Black Comedy: After he's killed, the chair that he's lying on continues to make him vibrate.
  • Cool Uncle: To Todd. They may not be related but Kenny shows Todd the same support Jack does while having a playful relationship with him.
  • The Dragon: To Jack.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He has more character than Frankie and Lester, and is Jack's dragon but he's gunned down by Walt's M60 trap with no fanfare.
  • Dumb Muscle: Says a lot of stupid shit and doesn't seem to be too particularly bright, even irritating Jack once. At one point he even bets a decent sum of money against Neil, a professional welder, over his legitimacy and obviously loses.
  • Jerkass: One of the most despicable of Jack's crew, he enjoys pointlessly tormenting Jesse in captivity. Something that visibly irritates Todd even if he doesn't object to it.
  • Imperial Storm Trooper Marksmanship Academy: Seen in the shootout in "To'hajiilee".
  • More Dakka: When he and Jack kill Declan and his crew. And again later in the shootout at To'hajiilee.
  • Obviously Evil: If the Nazi tattoos didn't clue you in, he's a lot more vulgar and rude than Jack.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Not only a white supremacist, but also passionately opposed to the use of bike helmets. He sees them as Political Correctness Gone Mad as opposed to basic safety and common sense.
  • Porn Stache: His facial hair is... uh, let's say "specific".
  • Tattooed Crook: Shares Jack's neck swastika.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Like the rest of Jack's crew.
  • Undignified Death: Kenny dies in a still-working massage chair, which keeps lifting his body up and down.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Jack; they seem to be genuine pals. They even go to the bathroom together and grump about the state of the world like a pair of high school girls.

    Frankie & Lester 

Frankie & Lester

Portrayed By: Patrick Sane (Frankie) & Tait Fletcher (Lester)

A pair of Aryan gang members working for Jack.


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    Neil 

Neil Kandy

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"I was wondering when you'd remember me."

Portrayed By: Scott MacArthur

A corrupt welder who formerly worked with Jack's gang in the past and is now looking for Walt's missing money. He butts heads with Jesse more than once in El Camino.


  • Ax-Crazy: His response to Jesse demanding a measly sum of cash is to challenge him to a duel to the death and seems to be very bloodthirsty by the way he stares him down. Given his reasonably pragmatic personality presented before, this psychosis may be a result of being high on cocaine and alcohol at the time.
  • Beardness Protection Program: Inverted. In Jesse's flashback, he has a prominent beard and long hair. In the present, he's clean-shaven, with a shorter, more professional haircut. Which makes him far more believable when he poses as a cop.
  • Big Bad: The closest thing that El Camino has to one. He is the main obstacle standing in the way of Jesse's freedom.
  • The Bully: It's revealed that he joined Kenny in physically abusing Jesse when he was in captivity.
    • This is also clear in his interactions with other characters too. Neil repeatedly cows a belligerent Casey into silence during his confrontation with Jesse, once just by slowly and deliberately invading his space.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Neil never denies that he's anything but a deplorable criminal. In fact, he revels in it, and gleeful admits his role in imprisoning Jesse.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Definitely the least impressive Big Bad in the Breaking Bad franchise. He's not a drug lord, a federal agent, a gang leader, or even a hitman, he's simply an opportunistic petty crook who attempts to rob Jesse of his money.
  • Death Glare: Shoots a horrifying one at Casey when he threatens him and repeatedly interferes with his and Jesse's challenge.
  • Duel to the Death: He challenges Jesse to a Western-style pistol duel, and loses.
  • Dragon Ascendant: With the death of his employer, Jack Welker, Neil take's Jack's place as the main antagonist.
  • Evil Counterpart: Neil is the kind of person Jesse could have become if he had no remorse and chose to stay on his path as a petty criminal, driven by greed and ego. He is killed by Jesse while in the middle of doing the same kinds of things Jesse would have done at the start of Breaking Bad: getting high, blowing his money on Hookers and Blow for he and his crew and acting as if he were an old school outlaw. Also, they both have the same idea of breaking into Todd's apartment to steal his money around the same time and they first meet, both are bearded with shaggy hair, but are each clean-cut when they cross paths again.
  • Foil: To his associate Todd Alquist. Like Todd, Neil appears to be a normal, hardworking, all-American guy, but is actually a very ruthless and experienced criminal, who has no problem committing murder, and played a part in Jesse's imprisonment. However, Todd is Affably Evil and completely oblivious on how atrocious his acts are while Neil is a rude Jerkass whose perfectly aware of how bad he is, but doesn't care.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Possibly one for Jesse, though a less flashy example than usual. It's revealed that he is essentially the real architect of Jesse's imprisonment. While Todd had the bright idea of chaining Jesse up in his meth lab, it was Neil who designed the chain and made it all but impossible to break free from. This might suggest that Kandy's Welding Company was also responsible for the construction of the cage Jesse was held in.
  • Greed: Barely two days after news of Jack's gang getting taken out starts to spread, Neil goes searching for Todd's hidden stash of money. He ends up getting himself killed because his avarice is so deep that he's unwilling to part with even a single percent of the money he stole; had he just bought Jesse off with $1,800 of the hundreds of thousands of dollars he had stashed, he would have gotten away scot-free.
  • Guttural Growler: Speaks in a deep, raspy voice, taking after Walt, Mike and Jesse in this regard.
  • Hate Sink: His approach to his job gives an appearance of an honest blue-collar worker. However, beneath that "honest" look lies an opportunistic, sadistic scumbag that delighted in physically and psychologically humiliating Jesse when the Neo-Nazis had him kidnapped and enslaved. And as if that wasn't enough, he certainly lacks any redeemable or entertaining trait that most of the previous villains in the franchise were best known for.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The flashback reveals that Neil is a man who enjoys taking crazy bets. This bites him in the ass in the end when he challenges Jesse to a duel, believing he can outmatch Jesse's .22 pistol with his .45, not realizing Jesse had a second gun trained on him the whole time.
  • Honor Among Thieves: Claims he will not kill Jesse if he shows him where Todd's money is hidden. He even lets Jesse take a good portion of the money he found at Todd's apartment. He does play with the idea of just shooting Jesse, but backs down out of pragmatism when Jesse points out the building is full of witnesses he would also have to kill if a gunshot suddenly filled the hallways.
  • Hypocrite: He only lets Jesse take a third of Todd's money, and tells him 'not to get greedy.' When he encounters Jesse again later, instead of giving Jesse a paltry eighteen-hundred dollars to have him out of his life forever, he challenges him to a duel over Jesse's share. So Neil literally gambled away his life out of nothing other than ego and sheer avarice.
  • Idiot Ball: He's a small-time criminal, but is normally clever and pragmatic in his criminal activities. However, when Jesse comes asking for a tiny additional cut from the money they split, ($1800 out of hundreds of thousands, an amount that even Neil himself admitted was ridiculously small) rather than buy Jesse off he gives in to greed and challenges Jesse to a Quick Draw duel for all of the remaining cash instead. It goes poorly for Neil.
  • Impersonating an Officer: He and Casey pretend to be police detectives when they break into Todd's apartment looking for Walt's money. Their ruse fools Jesse until he realizes that they don't have handcuffs.
  • It's Personal: Averted. He doesn't even question Jesse's escape from the Nazi compound, nor does the thought of Jack's gang being massacred cross his mind in any way other than how he can get rich.
  • Jerkass: Aside from being a welder and cleverish, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot to him. He's just a wrongun, that's it.
  • Lack of Empathy: Was not the least bit bothered by Jack's gang literally enslaving Jesse. In fact, he's the one who helped engineer his imprisonment. Neil even plays a passive role in Jesse's torture at the gang's hands.
  • Multiple Gunshot Death: Jesse puts five pistol bullets into his body during their final duel.
  • Nerves of Steel: This guy's not easily rattled. He unexpectedly finds himself in an armed standoff with Jesse twice and shows no fear during either one.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: His plan stops and ends at finding Todd's money stash now that he is dead.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Averted, he is affiliated with Jack's Aryan Brotherhood but doesn't seem to be part of them. He doesn't even have tattoos to show any Neo-Nazi affiliations.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Doesn't shoot Jesse in Todd's apartment as it'd cause more problems than it'd solve; it's better to let him take a third of Todd's hidden money than to cause a disturbance in a crime scene surrounded by apartments whose residents are already on edge. As Jesse points out, shooting him would mean he'd have to kill any witnesses and/or cops who'd come to investigate the gunshot.
  • Quick Draw: While his idea for a duel with Jesse is idiotic, he does actually have some talent as a quick draw, as he draws and almost manages to get a shot off before Jesse can fire, despite Jesse secretly having a hidden gun that is pointed at Neil and ready to fire right from the start. It's likely that he'd practiced a quick draw and that was why he proposed the idea in the first place.
  • Sadist: Shows some signs. He seemed thoroughly entertained by Jesse's forced attempts to break his chain while imprisoned. And he clearly enjoys it when Jesse realizes who he is in the present.
  • Smug Snake: Bordering on Small Name, Big Ego. This guy projects a very superior attitude toward just about everyone. A bit ironic, considering he is actually one of the least impressive antagonists in the context of the series.
  • The Sociopath: Shows signs of being a low-functioning example. He has the overconfidence, lack of empathy and cruelty, but none of the intelligence that made the likes of characters such as Gus and the Twins so dangerous.
  • Talking Your Way Out: When he gets into an armed standoff with Jesse in Todd's apartment, he talks Jesse into giving up with a bluff.
  • True Final Boss: To the entire Breaking Bad storyline and, more specifically, to Jesse's freedom, with Walter White's storyline concluded.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Since his original impression of Jesse was of a man broken and enslaved by neo-Nazis, Neil does not take him seriously as a threat. Even after Jesse has clearly proved himself more capable than he believed, he still looks down on him. This does not go well for him.
  • Villain Respect: He admits Jesse has balls after his stunt in Todd's apartment. Towards the climax, he also offers to stake his very life in a one on one duel with Jesse rather than overwhelming him with his friends.

    Casey 

Casey

Portrayed By: Scott Shepherd

Neil's partner who accompanies him in the search for Walt's missing cash.


  • Big Bad Wannabe: Throws his weight around and tries to order Neil to do what he wants, but his stupidity and cowardice make it clear who really calls the shots in this partnership.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Jesse offs him.
  • The Dragon: To Neil.
  • Dragon Their Feet: After Neil dies, Casey tries to kill Jesse himself only to be killed himself shortly afterward.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: His gunfight with Jesse is a mess as neither can hit the other, but Jesse ends up on top and unscathed. Somewhat justified, because he and his friends were just partying with heavy alcohol and cocaine use on top of panicking even more than Jesse. Either that or Casey is just a poor shooter who has no gun training at all.
  • Impersonating an Officer: He and Neil pretend to be police detectives when they break into Todd's apartment looking for Walt's money. Their ruse fools Jesse until he realizes that they don't have handcuffs.
  • Jerkass: He's a pathetic, violent criminal with anger issues (his drug and alcohol use might be a factor), which only gets worse after Jesse successfully took him hostage at gunpoint forcing Neil to negotiate for Casey's release. Casey spends the remainder of the movie humiliated and outraged about his hostage taking, even making an unnecessary tantrum about hearing Neil let Jesse take home one-third of Todd's loot.
  • Motor Mouth: Casey has trouble keeping his damn mouth shut. Neil exploits this to distract an obnoxious resident while he searches for Todd's money. During Jesse's final confrontation with them, Neil tells Casey to shut up over three times to no avail before issuing a serious Death Glare to get him to stop talking.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He acts like a spoiled child let alone one who impersonates a policeman and carries a firearm, forcing Neil to "father" him as in stop throwing tantrums. He gets taken hostage by Jesse, and spends most of the movie angry and humiliated over this before exploding over hearing Neil let Jesse take about a third or more of the money stuffed in the fridge.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The talkative, expressive, neurotic red to Neil's icy, sly, coolheaded blue.
  • Smart Ball: While a pretty dumb and ineffective criminal overall, he does have one moment of true cleverness in the film: when Jesse has him at gunpoint and tells him to call for his "partner", Casey has the presence of mind to call for Neil by calling him "Lieutenant", which tips Neil off that something is wrong without giving it away to Jesse.
  • Villainous Breakdown: A dumb petty crook who is high on cocaine, half-drunk and scared after just seeing his far more competent accomplice get gunned down. It's no wonder he drops the ball after frantically grabbing his gun and trying to shoot a moving target.

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