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This page documents the characters in Breaking Bad who comprise Walter White's criminal enterprise. For the main page, see here.

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The Offices of Saul Goodman & Associates


Huell Babineaux
"Mexico. All's I'm sayin'."

Portrayed By: Lavell Crawford

Saul Goodman's bodyguard, who also executes various intimidation and other errands. Hired more for his size and pick pocketing skills than his intelligence, he has a condition approximating narcolepsy (e.g., he falls asleep at odd times, such as when standing up or while on security detail), and has digestive problems that keep him from being as stoic as Saul would like.

  • The Big Guy: For Saul. Huell isn't going to be cooking meth anytime soon, but his size makes him perfect for intimidation.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: Huell has a nervous breakdown and immediately spills the beans once Hank tricks him into thinking that Walt killed Jesse.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Jesse realizes Huell lifted his bag of weed and also pieces together that Walt asked Saul to have Huell lift the ricin cigarette from him months prior when Brock was poisoned. The skill comes back in hand in Better Call Saul when he's planting a cell phone battery on Chuck through a bump-and-snatch.
  • Not So Stoic: Huell is placid and immovable to the point where it seems like he's barely aware of his surroundings. However, his stoic nature cracks wide open during Hank's interrogation; after seeing the supposed picture of Jesse's corpse, Huell immediately drops his threatening mannerisms and confesses his role in hiding Walt's money.
  • Percussive Pickpocket: For a big slow guy, he's a natural pickpocket, doing bump-and-snatch moves several times, first to plant a cell phone battery in Chuck's pocket, and later to lift Jesse's bag of weed.
  • Scary Black Man: Jimmy first hired on Huell as part of his gambit to out the truth of Chuck's mental illness in court. Later on, he keeps Huell around explicitly for his size, which is certainly intimidating. He's never seen in action, however, and he's mostly a comedic figure.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Hank and Gomez tell him to sit tight in the safe house until they get back. After the events of the rest of the episode and the next, they never do, although Word of God is that Agent Van Oster eventually had him questioned and released.
    • In the countdown to El Camino's release, Huell is depicted as staying around in the safe house over the course of several months in accordance with the Time Skip, eventually watching the news unfold about Walt's takedown of Jack's gang. By that point, he decides to leave on his own.


Patrick Kuby
"Look, we are here to do a job, not channel Scrooge McDuck."

Portrayed By: Bill Burr

A former Boston police officer who is currently one of Saul Goodman's henchmen. He was first seen working with Skyler White and later as an accomplice of Saul's bodyguard, Huell Babineaux, who are referred to as Saul's "A-Team." He is the more vocal of the two and far more animated and seemingly competent.

  • All There in the Script: It isn't until the second episode of the second half of the fifth season that his name is said onscreen, but everyone's known what it was for a good while.
  • Author Appeal: Bill Burr was cast in the part because apparently the writers had wasted so many days watching videos of his stand up.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a thin red beard.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kuby is much more vocal than Huell; he's very snarky. Being played by Bill Burr is probably a factor.
  • Evil Redhead: Although he isn't an antagonist, he's still a hired muscle.
  • Fallen Hero: Like Mike, he's a former cop turned criminal.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can be pretty polite and genial, although much of the time he's a lot snarkier than the situation calls for.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, "Boston PD ran him out of Beantown a few years back" but we never hear anything about his past beyond that.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being the serious one of the two, he can't resist the urge of lying atop a giant pile of money after Huell suggests doing so.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: His role to distract the train engineers with his damaged truck.
  • The Power of Acting: He has been used in two major con jobs that involved his role as a environmental auditor and an annoying truck driver. Although assisted in his roles, he was a crucial part in obtaining the carwash for Walter and Skyler and pulling off the train heist.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Hank tells Huell that Walt may have already murdered Kuby to keep his role in moving the money quiet. While this is most likely a lie (Walt has much bigger fish to fry at that point), we never check in with Kuby during the final few episodes, so we don't know whether he was picked up by the cops as well.


Francesca Liddy

Portrayed By: Tina Parker

A former MVD secretary hired on by Jimmy McGill and Kim Wexler as a joint secretary, later a personal receptionist for Jimmy after he opens his practice as The Offices of Saul Goodman & Associates. In addition to her secretarial duties, Francesca monitors Saul's vitamin intake and, on one occasion, has impersonated a police officer over the phone. She is often seen dealing with clients at Saul's office.


Street Connections


Brandon "Badger" Mayhew
"That is awesome, Jesse! I feel like somebody took my brain out and boiled it in, like, boiling hot,, Anthrax."

Portrayed By: Matt L. Jones

One of Jesse Pinkman's longtime friends. Despite his probation, Badger continues to use drugs recreationally.

  • Back for the Finale:
    • He and Skinny Pete provide some much needed comic relief by posing as Walter's "expert snipers" in the emotionally draining episode that is the series finale.
    • He and Skinny Pete both appear in El Camino.
  • Becoming the Mask: He joins Narcotics Anonymous to sell meth to the other members, but along with Skinny Pete he ends up finding real value in the program and starts adhering to the steps. Sadly, it doesn't last.
  • Book Dumb: Enough to make Jesse look like The Chessmaster by comparison.
  • The Bus Came Back: He returns with Skinny Pete in the final episode, as one of Walt's 'best assassins'.
  • Celebrity Paradox. A little more subtle than many instances. Jesse plays a video game called Rage. Matt L. Jones did a voice for the game.
  • Chaotic Stupid: Well, more like "Chaotic Clueless", as Badger doesn't have half the effective impulsiveness of somebody like Jesse to get really up to his neck thanks to whatever he went all random particle over. But, he really doesn't help himself very much with what decisions he does make, let alone manages to follow through on. Case in point: savvy enough to spot trouble like the cop; random enough to jump back in it because clueless. And, the less said about the Fan Fic, the better.
  • The Ditz: Described by the creators as "Jesse's Jesse".
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Badger is able to spot a number of tell-tale signs that a particular drug deal he's about to be involved in is actually an undercover operation, pointing out the conspicuous vans that sure look like police surveillance vehicles. However, he then falls victim to the old "cops can't lie if asked if they are cops" urban legend, sells to the undercover cop, and gets busted for it.
  • Easily Forgiven: He forgives Jesse pretty quickly after the latter wastes his money and abandons him in a desert.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He refuses to sell meth to recovering addicts in Season 3, saying that it'd be like "shooting a baby in the face". He's also uncomfortable with pretending to be an assassin with Skinny Pete, but a hefty payload clears that crisis up in less than a second.
  • Fan Boy: He's a huge science fiction fan, including Star Wars, Star Trek and Babylon 5.
  • Fan Fic: Has written a... uh, "Star Trek script" which he describes to Skinny and Jesse in "Blood Money". In great detail. It's better we not describe it here.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He's very confident in the dumbass ideas that come into his head.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: He's essentially a live-action Shaggy.
  • Those Two Guys: Initially he was a solo player, but as the show progressed he partnered more and more with Skinny Pete to the point where they were practically inseparable.

    Skinny Pete 

Skinny Pete
"Hey, man, I'm slingin' mad volume and fat stackin' benjis, you know what I'm sayin'? I can't be all about, like, spelling and shit."

Portrayed By: Charles Baker

"For real, yo; the whole thing felt kinda shady, you know, like, morality-wise."

One of Jesse Pinkman's longtime friends and a former drug runner of his.

  • Back for the Finale:
    • As stated under Badger's entry, the two receive cameos by posing as Walter's "expert snipers" in the series finale.
    • Like Badger, he returns in El Camino.
  • Becoming the Mask: Joins a twelve-step program to sell meth to recovering addicts, but ends up trying to go clean.
  • Book Dumb: He manages to misspell the word street ("streat").
    "I can't be all about, like, spelling and shit."
  • The Bus Came Back: He returns with Badger in the final episode, as one of Walt's 'best assassins'.
  • Catchphrase: His use of "church" as slang for "true."
  • Due to the Dead: Politely chastises Jesse for missing Combo's funeral and does a little remembrance gesture when mentioning him in a conversation later.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He can't bring himself to sell meth to recovering addicts in Season 3. He's also uncomfortable with pretending to be an assassin with Badger, but a hefty payload clears that crisis up in less than a second.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A non-fatal example. In El Camino, once he, Badger and Jesse find out the titular car is being tracked, he swaps around the trio's cars and keeps the tracked El Camino. This gets him arrested (indeed, a convoy of dozens of police vehicles arrives within minutes), but Jesse keeps his freedom.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He can play a really beautiful classical piece on the piano. And, seems to have a bit of Obfuscating Stupidity going on by also displaying some natural business savvy. He's not above visibly wincing at some of Badger's most horrible displays of scatterbrained... behind his back, of course. For friendship's sake.
    • In El Camino when the titular car turns out to be lowjacked Skinny Peter comes up with the plan that throws the police off of Jesse's scent for the rest of the film.
  • Never Bareheaded: He is never seen without his beanie until El Camino, when he gives his hat to Jesse as a parting gift.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Unlike Badger or Combo, his full name hasn't been revealed.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Less so than Badger but any scene he's in is usually very light-hearted.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: He dresses, talks and acts like a gangster, but he's really just a wannabe.
  • Those Two Guys: Initially forms this with Combo and later has this dynamic with Badger after Combo's death.
  • Undying Loyalty: As demonstrated in El Camino, Pete in unfailingly loyal to Jesse, offering his cap as a parting gift before pulling a Heroic Sacrifice to take the fall for him so he can escape.


Christian "Combo" Ortega

Portrayed By: Rodney Rush

One of Jesse Pinkman's longtime friends who also doubled as a dealer for his meth.

  • Antagonistic Offspring: It's revealed he stole, then sold his mother's RV to Jesse. She knew and didn't report it to the police.
  • Chekhov's Gun: His death comes back in a big way at the end of season 3.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Being shot dead kind of has this effect, even when you are a minor character.
  • Everyone Has Standards: When he senses that he is being set up for an ambush by a rival drug dealers, he orders a child riding a bicycle near the area to leave so that he won't be caught in the line of fire. In a cruel twist of fate, the child proves to be his assassin. However, even after the boy shoots him, Combo opts to run away instead of shooting him back in retaliation.
  • Fat Best Friend: To Jesse.
  • The Generic Guy: Receives the least personality out of Jesse's friends.
  • Mauve Shirt: He's also the only one of them to die.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Walt's reaction upon hearing about Combo's death is to ask which of Jesse's friends Combo was.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Is killed off abruptly and is given very few scenes. However, his death sets off a chain of events leading to the finale of the second season, and also prompts Saul to put Walt into contact with Gus. Later on, Jesse's desire to avenge his death sets the stage for the finale of the third season, starting another chain of events that leads to the subsequent conflict in season 4.
    • We also find out that Jesse used all the money Walter gave him to buy the RV on partying, which would have ended the series pretty abruptly had Combo not subsequently bailed Jesse out by stealing an RV from his family.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Best summed up by this exchange:
    Jesse: Combo is dead. Shot.
    Walt: Which one is he?


"We're not gonna give up this deal to be your errand boys, do you understand? To watch a bunch of junkies get a better high?"

Portrayed By: Louis Ferreira

"Why don’t you just cut to what it is you want or what you think is going to happen here, alright? Because we’re going to get what we came for."

A meth distributor based in Phoenix, Arizona and a competitor to Gustavo Fring's drug empire.

  • Affably Evil: He's a high-ranking drug dealer, but he comes across as a reasonable if stern businessman who honors his deals and expects others to do the same.
  • Boom, Headshot!: His fate at the hands of Jack.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Kenny compares him to Hugh Jackman's Wolverine.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He is quickly disposed of by Jack's gang early on in the latter half of Season 5.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Unlike the other dealers Walt has dealt with, Declan has no desire to force Walt to continue cooking. He's completely okay with him being retired despite the decline of quality in meth.
  • Fatal Flaw: Unlike everyone else he takes the meth business in a casual manner, thinking he just has to buy competition and keep on making cheap knock-offs of blue meth to make a profit. This is a problem when higher ups demand better quality. Lydia ends up killing him and his employees when he refuses to deal with the decline in meth's quality.
  • Follow the Leader: invoked According to Walt, his cooks use P2P synthesis and blue food coloring to (poorly) ape Heisenberg's product.
  • Hufflepuff House: He exists mainly to show that there are drug kingpins apart from Gus and the Mexican Cartels, especially considering they've been effectively eliminated.
  • Lazy Bum: He peddles low quality meth and does not care about improving it, the profits are still fine enough for him.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Declan's reaction to Walt stepping out of the Meth Industry? "Cool, more profits for me." Ironically, Declan not treating this like a big deal is what motivates Lydia to put a hit on him.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Unlike Tuco, Gus, or Lydia, Declan has no problem letting Walt leave the business without consequence, respecting Walt's decision to retire. This ends up getting him killed.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: Some assumed he would grow into the next Big Bad. Instead, Lydia has Jack take him out.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Averted. Unlike Gus Fring, he seems a bit less pragmatic and far less concerned with the quality of his product.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He doesn't understand how much money Lydia is losing from the quality drop in meth and refuses to do something about it, making him a liability.


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