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    Wendy 

Wendy

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"Hey, I ain't holding, okay?"
Portrayed By: Julia Minesci

A meth-addicted street prostitute, who associates with Jesse Pinkman and is featured in the online promotional material as one of Saul Goodman's clients.


  • Butt-Monkey: She tends to get made fun of, picked on, and hassled whenever she shows up.
  • Butterface: Years of meth addiction have not been kind to her.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Ultimately subverted; she reappears in Season 3 as part of Jesse's plot to kill the dealers who murdered Combo but doesn't end up going through with it.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Not quite a heart of gold, perhaps, but she is pretty nice to Jesse.
  • Once a Season: She has shown up to play a small but somewhat crucial role in the first three seasons.
  • Only One Name: Her last name is not revealed.
  • Put on a Bus: Never appears again after the third season.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Subverted. The Association's "Everybody Knows It's Windy" is played music video-style as a Cold Open to A Day in the Life of Wendy. It's a harsh and abbreviated look at the life of a methhead prostitute; she later claims to do everything for her son, but he's not seen once during this.
  • Single Mom Stripper: She says she has a son and she does "all kinds of things for him".
  • Streetwalker: Wendy isn't exactly catering to a high class of clients.
  • Trade Mark Favorite Food: She has a fondness for Mug Rootbeer and constantly demands it from the cops interrogating her.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Disappears after Jesse's plot to poison the rival drug dealers through her is discovered. Whether the drug dealers in question learned from Gus she was planning to poison them, and whether they did anything to her in response, is never addressed.
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    Spooge 

Spooge

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"It's a victimless crime!"
Portrayed By: David Ury

A drug addict who steals meth from Skinny Pete at knifepoint. Jesse later accosts Spooge in the latter's home as Jesse attempts to retrieve the stolen drugs and/or cash payment.


  • Abusive Parents: Spooge and his lady neglect the boy who lives with them, presumably their son.
  • Asshole Victim: He's a meth-head who constantly insults and denigrates his lady, and horribly mistreats his young (possible) son, and also has killed a shopkeeper to steal an ATM. It's hard to feel sorry for him when his woman crushes his head with the ATM, while repeatedly calling her a skank.
  • Atrocious Alias: "Spooge?" Seriously? He must have been completely spun when he came up with that name.
  • Ax-Crazy: It's quite obvious from his first appearance that he's incredibly deranged and violent.
  • Beard of Evil: A scraggly beard from being an unshaven mess in general.
  • Blatant Lies: Spooge tells Jesse that his theft of the ATM went "smooth as silk" and was "a victimless crime". In truth, a clerk was brutally murdered during the robbery.
  • Dirty Coward: When Jesse has a gun on him, he's whiny and submissive.
  • Hate Sink: He has absolutely no redeemable or likable traits, and is meant to garner as much of the audience's disgust and revulsion as possible.
  • Hidden Depths: He's well-aware of accurate medical terminology. David Ury has speculated that Spooge used to be an EMT.
  • Jerkass: Spooge is a pretty nasty fellow, calling his girlfriend/wife a 'skank' over and over again.
  • Karmic Death: He dies when his head gets crushed by the same ATM that he had stolen (and murdered someone to do so), just after he had finished verbally abusing his girlfriend (who kills him out of anger).
  • Too Dumb to Live: He repeatedly insults his lady while working underneath a big heavy ATM, constantly riling her up. He's also boosted ATMs six times and never got one open, yet steals another due to the 'law of averages'.
  • Unfortunate Names: Jesse expresses disbelief at Skinny Pete getting robbed by someone named Spooge.
  • Your Head Asplode: He gets his head absolutely smooshed under an ATM.

    Spooge's Lady 

Spooge's Lady

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"Call me a bad mother? I'll show you a bad mother!"
Portrayed By: Dale Dickey

A drug addict who stole meth from Skinny Pete at knifepoint with help from her partner Spooge.


  • Abusive Parents: She and Spooge neglect the boy who lives with them, presumably their son.
  • Ax-Crazy: When she is shown crushing Spooge's head it proves just how murderous she really is.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT call her a skank. Or a bad mother.
  • The Dog Bites Back: When Spooge repeatedly insults her by calling her a skank (even when she tells him to quit calling her that), she has enough and crushes Spooge's head with the ATM he's working under.
  • Evil Laugh: Has a very disturbing cackle when she and Spooge rob Skinny Pete.
  • Hate Sink: She's just as nasty as Spooge.
  • Parental Neglect: Although her neglectful attitude towards her son would be this trope, she is greatly offended when Jesse calls her a bad mother.
  • No Name Given: Only ever known as 'Spooge's Lady'. According to Skinny Pete, it's something "incomprehensible".
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner / Bond One-Liner: She says "I ain't no skank" before and after killing Spooge.

    Scary Skell 

Scary Skell

Portrayed By: Damon Herriman

A paranoid drug addict.


  • Ax-Crazy: He is deep down the hole of meth addiction, and as a result, he's impulsively violent.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: He's right to distrust Jesse, but it's the meth that's making him paranoid as opposed to any good instincts.
  • The Shut-In: Aggressively orders Tucker to shut the door immediately. Apparently, his meth addiction has made him sensitive to sunlight.

    Tucker 

Tucker

Portrayed By: Blake Berris

A paranoid drug addict.


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Other Criminals

    Ted 

Theodore "Ted" Beneke

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"Being that rock takes everything you’ve got."
Portrayed By: Christopher Cousins

The president and owner of Beneke Fabricators. He gives Skyler her old job back as an accountant during the second season.


  • Asshole Victim: He deserves a lot of what happens to him. Sure, he's not a killer or drug kingpin and not as bad as Walt or Gus or Todd, but he's still a sleazy, selfish white-collar criminal who makes terrible decisions and considers himself a genius.
  • Black Comedy: His near-death is probably one of the best examples of this in the show's history. It helps that it feels like a scene that would feel right at home in a Coen Brothers flick like Fargo.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: The creators themselves have stated that they can't decide whether Ted was attempting to blackmail Skyler during their final encounter in Season 4. Whether he intended it to come off the way it did or not, either way he made it clear to Skyler that he felt there was no point to paying the IRS unless he could pay off his other debts, and he was aware that when he didn't pay them off they would inevitably audit Skyler and Walt and all three of them would go to jail.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor guy has all kinds of bad stuff befall him. Granted, a lot of it is his fault for being such a cowardly, selfish and spineless fool.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Comes back in late season 4 when the IRS indicts him for tax fraud.
  • Dirty Coward: Ted slept with Skyler and hid from her husband, Walt when confronted instead of facing him like a man. His actions would have had negative repercussions for others, yet Ted would always try to save his own skin before others. Finally, after being forced to sign the check, he attempts to run from Huell and Kuby which results in him tripping and crippling himself.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Skyler, seemingly.
  • Handsome Lech: Also towards Skyler. In the past, he got drunk at an office party and groped her. In the present...well, watch his eyes whenever he's talking to Skyler. They're generally not aimed at her face.
  • Jerkass: While he makes the fair case that paying off the IRS will not simply solve all his problems, he also knows that when he doesn't pay them they will inevitably audit Skyler and Walt for her hand in his business, and the two will go to jail along with him.
  • Justified Criminal: In his own mind, he is only cooking the books at Beneke Fabricators to save his father's company and the jobs of the people it employs. Becomes much less justified when he uses the obviously dirty money he receives through Saul to buy a Mercedes SL instead of paying off the debts, making it clear that he's actually siphoning money meant to be used for taxes and using it instead on his own lifestyle. He seems almost pathologically incapable of being fiscally responsible.
  • Not Quite Dead: Granted, it was left a bit ambiguous whether he died or not when he tripped, but a lot of people assumed he was dead until the season 5 premiere proved otherwise.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: Discussed. When Skyler wonders why she doesn't feel happier after Walt goes into remission, Ted recalls that when he got some good news about his dad's cancer, all it took was the flu to knock him flat.
  • Put on a Bus: After making one last appearance in the hospital in the season 5 premiere, he is never seen again, with Walt later telling Marie that he was left paralysed from waist-down and not likely to recover anytime soon, if ever (though it's not clear how truthful Walt's being). He did reassure Skyler of his silence, so there's that....
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He plays a decisive role in Walt's descent into Heisenberg. By getting Skylar roped into tax evasion, she is forced to give him a giant chunk of Walt's money to pay off the IRS and get them off her back. Unbeknownst to her, Walt needs said money in order to disappear and hide from Gus. With that option gone, Walt has no other choice but to confront Gus, which he then emerges victorious and goes down a darker path. Had Walt been able to run, he would have most likely left the meth business behind forever and never embraced the Heisenberg side.
  • Smug Snake: He's a sleazebag who has an affair with Skyler and seems to think he's smooth even though he commits tax fraud while claiming he won't be penalized. He takes the money Skyler gives him and buys a new car even though he's this close to being arrested for unpaid back taxes.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Huell and Kuby force themselves into his house, force him to sign a check to the IRS and set tight until the check clears. Ted decides to make a run for it, trips and cripples himself.
  • Unexpected Inheritance: Subverted, Skyler gets Saul give Ted some of Walt's drug money by pretending that it's from his "great aunt Birgit" in Luxembourg in order he pay off his tax debt and stop any further investigation by the government. Ted, being an utter moron, has no idea it's a scheme and plays it straight In-Universe: he marvels at his sudden good luck, ignores the fact that he has no idea who this "great aunt Birgit" is, and considers it a "sign from above" to re-open operations at Beneke Fabricators rather than pay his tax debt.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His terrible business management and refusal to pay the IRS is what leads Walt to not having enough money to take his family into hiding. Thus, Walt instead kills Gus and re-enters the drug trade, and season 5 happens...
  • Upper-Class Twit: Rare non-comedic variant. Ted is profoundly stupid. He inherited his father's business and ran it into the ground. He then cooked the books— badly— to cover up his ineptitude. He considers the ensuing IRS audit some minor annoyance instead of a criminal investigation. Suddenly receives enough money to get himself out of trouble with the IRS? "Time to buy a Cool Car!" It's hard to overstate just how much of an idiot this guy is.
  • White-Collar Crime: In contrast to the black-market variety practiced by Walt and Jesse, Ted cooked the books to keep his lavish lifestyle afloat.

    Lawson 

Lawson

Portrayed By: Jim Beaver

"A man steps to you intent on doing bodily harm, you got every right to plant your feet and shoot to kill."

Walt's gun dealer.


  • Affably Evil: Polite, respectful and honourable, he's also a black market gun dealer.
  • Arms Dealer: He illegally sells weapons.
  • Badass Beard: Well, when you're being played by Jim Beaver, it's pretty much a given.
  • Cameo: Jim Beaver is a pretty well known character actor but his part is rather minor given that his character only exists in this show to provide Walt with a revolver and the M60, and in Better Call Saul to provide Mike with sniper rifles.
  • Celebrity Paradox: As with Anna Gunn (Skyler), Lawson's actor Jim Beaver plays a medium-sized role in Deadwood, which exists in the Breaking Bad universe.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: After selling Walt a revolver, he turns up in season 5 and sells Walt an M60 that kills all the occupants of Jack's Nazi funhouse.
  • Consummate Professional: He's been in the business for thirty years. On seeing how jittery and inexperienced Walt is, he suggests he buy legally, which would be cheaper and save him the risk of his product being found in some kind of shoot-out.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Lawson may sell guns to people who really shouldn't have them, but he asks Walt's assurance that the M60 he sells him won't be crossing the border into Mexico. He is also very honest when it comes to selling his merchandise, telling Walt that if he wants to use a gun for legal self-defense purposes that he could save a lot of money by buying from a legitimate source.

    Old Joe 

Old Joe

Portrayed By: Larry Hankin

The owner of a junkyard where Walt takes the RV to be totaled. He later helps Walt, Jesse, and Mike with their plan to use a magnet in order to destroy Gus's computer at the APD.


  • The Bus Came Back: After a brief, but memorable appearance in Season 3 where he thwarts Hank's attempt to break into Jesse's RV, he comes back to play a rather pivotal role in the first half of Season 5. He returns again when Jesse calls him in El Camino.
  • Cleanup Crew: Is implied to have disposed of Mike's body after Walt shot him.
  • Cool Old Guy: He might have 'old' in his official casting name, but he's a smart and helpful guy.
  • Deus ex Machina: A smart and helpful Cool Old Guy, just what Walt and Jesse need when Hank is about to bust the RV wide open.
  • Hidden Depths: You wouldn't expect it, but Joe's legal savviness comes in handy when Hank comes to try to bust into the RV. He also seems to have a decent knowledge of engineering, helping rig the magnet that destroys Gus Fring's laptop.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: We don't even know if Joe is his real first name.
  • Rules Lawyer: Invokes this where Hank is concerned.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In El Camino, Joe promptly gets the hell away from Skinny Pete's house once he realizes the tracker in the El Camino was activated, leaving Jesse, Badger, and Pete to deal with the incoming cops but warns them to flee as well.

    Clovis 

Clovis

Portrayed By: Tom Kiesche

Badger's cousin who operates a vehicle towing and repair service.


  • Country Cousin: To Badger. While not exactly "rural" he is living out in the boonies and operates a towing and repair service.
  • Dumb Muscle: Relies on his physical presence to intimidate customers while not taking any adequate security procedures, allowing Jesse to break in and steal back the RV after Clovis already caught him after breaking just minutes earlier.
  • Honest John's Dealership: In addition to hiding evidence from a drug manufacturing ring, he also sells Jesse a used car. Given how at ease he is dealing with this, it seems likely that he has some history dealing with criminals.
  • Jerkass: He might be Badger's cousin, but he still treats both him and Jesse with disdain and demands high payment.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Nonetheless, the police are currently looking for the RV he's being asked to hide and considering the "cargo" enclosed within, he's taking a considerable risk taking it in.
  • Put on a Bus: After Jesse makes a deal with him to hide the RV on his lot, he doesn't appear again until he makes a brief cameo in Season 3 and is never seen again after that.
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    Jimmy In-'N-Out 

James 'Jimmy In-'N-Out' Kilkelly

Portrayed By: Jimmy Daniels

James Edward Kilkelly, better known as Jimmy In-'N-Out, is an Irish-American lifelong criminal who's made a profit by going to jail for other peoples' crimes. After Badger gets arrested, Jimmy gets set up as the fall guy for Heisenberg.


  • Bald of Evil: Which helps convince APD that he's Heisenberg. Hank doesn't buy it however.
  • Bit Character: Doesn't even have any dialogue, but his memorable backstory left enough of an impression to be included.
  • Fall Guy: He's a professional fall guy. He's institutionalized and willingly goes into prison.
  • In-Series Nickname: He's known as 'Jimmy In-'N'Out' due to constantly getting in and out of prison.
  • Not Used to Freedom: Naturally having spent too much time in prison makes modern-day America inconvenient for him.
  • Off on a Technicality: Saul assures Walt and Jesse that he'll get Jimmy a reduced sentence.
  • The Old Con: Due to being in prison for most of his life, he's a frequent face on the inside.

    Ed Galbraith 

Ed Galbraith

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Portrayed By: Robert Forster

A vacuum cleaner repairman who also offers the service of taking people and giving them new lives and identities.


  • Affably Evil: Stoicism aside, Ed is accomodating, helpful, and professional. But if you try and ask for a discount, or beg him for special treatment, he will rat you to the police, as Jesse finds out.
  • Almighty Janitor: Saul thinks that the "vacuum repair shop" is just an euphemism or a cover at least. Ed is really a vacuum repair man.
  • Being Personal Isn't Professional: Walter offers $10,000 just for an hour of his time for a game of cards. He also demands Jesse pay his past dues and refuses to give Jesse a slight discount despite knowing about his imprisonment.
  • Brutal Honesty: When Walt asks whether he can trust Ed to take the rest of his millions and give it to his family back in Albuquerque, the salty old crook just gives him a weary glance and asks if he'd believe him if he told him yes.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Walt tries to use his services, but didn't have the funds in Season 4. Jesse is convinced to use him, but backs down in Season 5 when he figures out that Walt poisoned Brock. However, Walt and Saul finally use him and gain new identities in "Granite State". Jesse peruses his services again to escape Alberqueque and gain a new identity in El Camino.
  • Consummate Professional: He works in a very straight-forward way, with no corners cut and earns every dollar relocating Saul and Walt. He also refuses to close his store for anyone, even lucrative clients, and will not forgive past debts or lower his price for Jesse despite his troubles..
  • The Ghost: Despite being mentioned in Season 4, he does not appear visibly until "Granite State".
  • Honor Among Thieves: He could have easily robbed Walt of all his money but he is too much of a professional for that. He also doesn't hold a grudge towards Jesse, even when he initially spurned his service and later forced him to call the police to get him to leave his shop.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: To keep Walt occupied in a cabin far from society, what kind of entertainment did Ed buy for him to watch? 2 copies of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a total hardass who has no sympathy on Jesse's torture sob story, but he covers for Jesse and visibly has his heartstrings pulled when he reads Jesse's goodbye letter to Brock.
  • Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: Even Saul is surprised that Ed has gone the whole nine yards and owns a vacuum cleaner repair shop. The building is primarily a flophouse for customers who need to be spirited away the next morning.
  • Pet the Dog: When Jesse forces him to call the cops, Ed has mercy and gives the cops a completely fabricated description of him.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: After a tense stand-off with Jesse in El Camino after Jesse ends up short on the funding needed for his services, Ed actually returns the money that Jesse also owes him since he rationalizes that trying to fight him over it would cause more problems than he needs.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Even though he works to make criminals (or any high-paying customer) disappear, he is honest, accommodating, and reasonable.
  • Put on a Bus: Invoked as he is the one who runs the literal bus station.
  • The Stoic: Aside from some mild sarcasm, he's a non-judgmental professional who isn't affected by his clients.

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