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    Hector 

Hector Salamanca

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"La familia es todo." note 
Portrayed By: Mark Margolis

DING! DING! DING!

A former kingpin working for Don Eladio and Tuco's uncle. Hector is confined to a wheelchair thanks to a stroke, and can only communicate with a bell.


  • Abusive Parents: His actual children are unseen, but he was a parental figure to the Cousins and presumably Tuco as well. In "One Minute", he beats the "family is all" mantra into his nephews, Marco and Leonel by drowning the former and forcing the latter to save him.
  • Angry Eyebrows: He spends two whole seasons refusing to look Gus in the eye. When he finally does, he really makes it count.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • To Gus after shooting his best friend (and possible lover), Max, in cold blood before forcing him to look in the eyes of his corpse.
    • To Mike after threatening his granddaughter Kaylee
  • Ax-Crazy: In flashbacks, he is revealed to have been a particularly sadistic member of the Juarez Cartel who possessed a pronounced lack of empathy towards those outside the organization and was horribly abusive towards his own family (even while professing to value them above all things). In this manner, he served as the role model for his Ax-Crazy nephews, Tuco and the Salamanca Twins.
  • Bald of Evil: Is mostly bald and one of the most evil characters featured on the show.
  • Be as Unhelpful as Possible: When brought in to the station as a witness against Jesse following Tuco's death, he refuses to respond to any questions except those regarding the current location and date, and that was just to make sure he wasn't senile. He finishes his interrogation by shitting on the station floor. As Gomez points out, an "OG Latino gangbanger" would never help the feds.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Hector seems to be a relatively unimportant character until he's brought back in season 3, then plays an even bigger role in season 4.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Who would have thought that Tuco's crippled uncle would ultimately be the one to take out Gus Fring?
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: Hector pretty much fits this trope, since he used to be a cruel killer for the Cartel and, thanks to Nacho's medicine tampering, is now confined to a wheelchair and needs a nasal cannula.
  • Death Glare: Gives Gus one of the greatest ever in "Face Off", as seen here.
  • Dirty Old Man: Implied, when Tuco assumes that Hector's anger at Walt and Jesse stems from their changing the channel from his "Mamacitas".
  • Disabled Snarker: In "Face Off" when he goes to the DEA and attempts to have his nurse spell out SUCK MY DICK and FUCK YOU to Hank.
  • The Determinator: In an impressive display of will and determination, he protects his nephew, Tuco, by shoving a ricin-laden burrito intended for him off the dinner table despite being physically handicapped by a stroke. Similarly, he lifts himself up out of his wheelchair to void his bowels just for the sake of crudely insulting his DEA captors.
  • The Dragon: Was once this for Don Eladio, that is, until Eladio cut him off in favor of Gus's distribution system and Nacho induced a stroke out of Hector.
  • The Dreaded: During his tenure as a veteran enforcer for the Juarez Cartel. This is evidenced when he brazenly urinates in Don Eladio's pool in full view of Juan Bolsa and swiftly silences the latter's protest by daring him to snitch. Similarly, the impact he left on fearsome gangsters such as Tuco and the Salamanca Twins is so strong and pervasive that he can command their complete attention even in his infirmity with a simple "ding"of his bell.
    • And thanks to Better Call Saul, he is to date the only person we've seen really scare Mike Ehrmantraut.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome. In "Face Off."
  • Enemy Mine: He hates Walt and Jesse. However, he hates the DEA and Gus even more, and refuses to rat Jesse out to the former in season 2, and grudgingly teams up with Walt to kill the latter in the finale of season 4.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: There is a framed picture of him, a child, and two baby twins seen in the nursing home he is kept in during the last episode of season 4. The kids are Tuco and the Salamanca twins. A flashback reveals that Salamanca believes that "family is all," which is why they're all so Ax-Crazy about avenging each other. He even keeps Eladio's necklace on the photo frame.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He'll never help the feds. Not if he was in jail for over a decade. Or if it was to help avenge the death of his beloved nephew. Even for the guy who killed everybody he ever knew, he would rather blow himself up than turn him in to the DEA.
  • Evil Cripple: His stroke hasn't made him any less of an evil Jerkass.
  • Evil Mentor: To Tuco and the Salamanca Twins, Leonel and Marco, whom are trained by him to be a drug trafficker and professional assassins respectively.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Subjected to one of these by Gus, whose friend he killed. Gus shows up to see the crippled and decrepit Hector, describe in vivid detail the deaths of Cartel members he orchestrated or carried out, and taunts him about whether or not today will be the day that he finally kills him. Made even worse once Gus has killed every last one of his living family members.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He is implied to be the man chiefly responsible for transforming the Salamanca family into one of the leading forces within the Juarez Cartel. He also bears the most responsibility for moulding Leonel, Marco, and Tuco into murderous, sadistic maniacs.
  • Hate Sink: Or at least, how he is portrayed in flashbacks. Not only he was horribly abusive with his nephews, he also murdered Gus' business partner and friend and sadistically forced him to watch his bleeding corpse. However, he subverts this trope when he decides to avenge his family.
  • Honor Before Reason: Has the opportunity to have Jesse dead to rights when it came to implicating him to the DEA. Only problem is Hector refuses to be a rat, even for someone partially responsible for the death of his nephew. Justified since he has the Cousins for settling this type of problem.
    • This also extends to Gus and continues even in the fourth season, when his entire family is dead and the cartel is destroyed. Completely severed from the high level crime he was deeply entrenched in, he is in a unique position to turn the DEA on his hated enemy, but even then he keeps his mouth shut.
  • Ironic Hell: Of sorts: the reason Gus keeps demanding that Hector look at him is in retaliation for Hector shooting Gus's best friend Max and forcing him to stare into his dead friend's eyes.
  • Jerkass: Even without his abusive parenting and stone-cold personality, he is still a grade-A asshole. Dude pisses in his boss' pool and threatens Mike's granddaughter.
  • Last of His Kind: After Gus' murder of Don Eladio and company, he is the last surviving member of the Salamanca family.
  • Meaningful Name: "Hector" means "to restrain" in Greek. He does a good job of restraining Walt and Jesse when they were held captive.
  • Murder-Suicide: He ultimately takes out Gus in a suicide bombing.
  • Older Sidekick: To Don Eladio in his youth.
  • Once for Yes, Twice for No: He can only communicate with a bell. Once for yes, nothing for no.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Played with. When Walt and Jesse see that he's paralyzed, they assume he's not mentally cognizant and quietly discuss their scheme right in front of him. Hector does nothing to challenge their perception until he knocks Tuco's ricin-laced burrito off the table, whereupon they realize he's much craftier than he appears.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: In a flashback in "One Minute", he derides Gus as a "dirty South American". Then, in a flashback in "Hermanos", he manages to direct several disrespectful barbs at Gus and Max in the space of several minutes — namely targeting their races and sexualities.
  • Professional Killer: His Cartel days.
  • Retired Monster: By circumstance rather than choice.
  • The Speechless: He's unable to speak due to his stroke. We only hear him speak in two flashbacks here, as well as in Better Call Saul.
  • Suicide Attack: In the Season 4 finale, with the help of Walter, he lures Gus into a bombing in which both are killed.
  • You Killed My Father: Killed Gus's "brother" Max

    Tuco 

Tuco Salamanca

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"Nobody moves crystal in the South Valley but me, bitch!"
Portrayed By: Raymond Cruz

"I like doing business with a family man. There's always a lot of collateral."

Walt and Jesse's first boss. Freshly released from prison after doing a stint for assaulting Mike Ehrmantraut in a road rage incident, Tuco is an unstable, paranoid man who snorts meth all day. At first Walter (and reluctantly Jesse) want to be Tuco's main supplier, but they change their minds when they witness Tuco beating one of his subordinates to death over a minor misunderstanding.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: He is undeniably demented, but it's never specified where his signs of mental illness come from. Judging by his extreme temper tantrums, sadistic brutality, and extreme lack of empathy, Tuco seems to have traits of sadistic personality disorder or antisocial personality disorder.
  • Arc Villain: Tuco serves as the preeminent threat to Walt and Jesse from his introduction towards the end of the first season, until his death at the beginning of Season 2. Subsequently, his organization ceases to pose a direct threat to the series' protagonists until more than a season later (by which time Gus Fring has all but eclipsed them as the story's foremost antagonist).
  • Ax-Crazy: It's impossible to overstate just how murderously insane Tuco is. He snorts meth off a Bowie knife right out of the bag, he's almost always screaming, and is perfectly capable of beating someone to death just for talking out of turn. After he dies, being "another Tuco" is shorthand between Walt and Jesse for someone possibly being Ax-Crazy.
  • Bad Boss: His underlings are terrified of him, and for good reason. Tuco's mental instability and rampant drug use means he can and will kill you for the most spurious of reasons, most of which exist only within the twisted logic of his own head. He kills No-Doze for saying something supportive.
    Jesse: Did you not see him beat a dude to death for, like, nothing?
  • Boom, Headshot!: Hank finally takes him out with a well-aimed shot to the forehead.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite being a hollering, red-faced lunatic, he is nonetheless one of the Cartel's most reliable and trusted enforcers according to Juan Bolsa. It seems likely his terrifying reputation kept everyone in line and eager to please.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Tuco doesn't think at all. He still manages to engage in a gunfight with Hank after being hit in the head with a rock, shot at close range and kicked into a ditch.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He has shades of this, notably when he brutally pummels one of his thugs for his own sadistic gratification and then is irrationally furious when the man dies as a result. Same goes for the time he beat up Mike over a (staged) fender bender.
  • The Determinator: After being critically wounded by a gunshot from Jesse, he engages in a pitched gunfight with Hank, and holds his own for a couple volleys before he shot hit in the head.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Tuco was planned to last longer, but at the actor's request, he ends up dead early in Season 2: a victim of his own impulsive decisions..
  • Drugs Are Bad: Though he's frighteningly erratic at the best of times, after some meth, he typically becomes sadistically violent. He once killed a man named Dog Paulsen by shooting him point-blank with a shotgun, while hopped up on peanut butter crank.
  • Enfant Terrible: In his childhood, if the family photograph in "Face Off" is anything to go by. The picture depicts him standing casually, but glowering at the camera.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being an awful person, he still gladly takes care of his elderly uncle, who apparently beat the "family is all" mantra into all the young Salamancas. He also notably becomes extremely distressed when he thinks that Walt or Jesse interfered with Hector in some way. "Better Call Saul" shows him also taking care of his beloved grandmother.
  • Freudian Excuse: Possibly. Bolsa mentions that Hector instructed him in the drug cartel business and treated him like a son. Judging by the glimpse of Hector's shockingly brutal parenting methods in "Sunset" coupled with Tuco's glaringly apparent signs of mental illness, it is heavily implied that the time Tuco spent with his uncle left him extremely traumatized.
  • Hate Sink: There is no way to find this scumbag cool or likable. He's so unpleasant, annoying, erratic, wrathful and explosive that he manages to attract a certain level of hatred, both in universe and out. It's saying something that Raymond Cruz, the actor who played Tuco, hates him.
    Walter: [to Tuco] We tried to poison you. We tried to poison you because you are an insane, degenerate piece of filth and you deserve to die.
  • Getting High on Their Own Supply: Part of what makes him so dangerous is his need to snort the very meth that he's supposed to sell or peddle.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Tuco is constantly one broken shoelace away from attacking whoever's at hand. He dishes out No Holds Barred Beatdowns like candy with his victims including Mike, Jesse, and No-Doze.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: He unloads an entire M4 magazine at Hank and doesn't hit him once, Hank manages to shoot him in the head while he was reloading. Justified because at the time Tuco had a severe gunshot wound to the abdomen, and was probably high on drugs as well.
  • Insane Troll Logic: He somehow comes to the conclusion that Gonzo was a DEA informant, with no other evidence beyond the facts Gonzo has been acting “pouty” over the death of No-Doze and hasn’t been able to get in contact with him for two days.
  • Jerkass: He's aggressive, violent and extremely confrontational. There are times when there's absolutely nothing you can say to save yourself.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The first couple of episodes had Black Comedy and the Jesse/Walt Odd Couple, but the Tuco arc was very dark and dramatic in comparison. Things became more humorous after his death, but were still darker than Season 1.
  • Large Ham: In direct contrast to the other, more understated villains in the show. Tuco screams, postures, boasts and goes off the rails.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is Spanish slang for "rat" or "little terrorist".
  • Mood-Swinger: When we first meet him, he's actually fairly quiet which makes him seem like a character who's all business. Then he gets a whiff of Walter's meth, and we see how he really is. His moods always run to the extreme, and he can go from being happy at a successful business arrangement to beating someone to death in an instant.
  • No Indoor Voice: When he's not speaking quietly, he's shouting at the top of his lungs.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He shows various signs of this. In addition to being prone to violent tantrums, Tuco possesses a highly impulsive personality which often leads him to make rash judgments with little forethought of the consequences. This is evidenced by the shock and distress he displays when one of his thugs dies after he gives him a fatal beating. He also appears to have considerable difficulty comprehending (let alone genuinely empathizing with) others' needs and feelings aside from his uncle, Hector, whom he both fears and idolizes. This is made apparent by his response to Walt's protest over his plan to take him to Mexico, on the grounds that he has a family: "So what? You'll get another one."
  • Rasputinian Death: Gets hit on the head with a rock, shot at point blank range on the abdomen, kicked and beat, shoved into a ditch (all of which is the work of Walt and Jesse), then finally shot in the head by Hank.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Tuco was apparently supposed to be on the show a bit longer, but actor Raymond Cruz didn't enjoy playing such a disturbed character for so long and asked to be written out. Cruz did return to play the part again for Better Call Saul.
  • Real Men Cook: Seems to be a pretty decent one. He makes burritos for himself, Walt, Jesse, and his uncle, and Better Call Saul sees him cooking lunch in an apron.
  • Shout-Out: His first name may be a reference to Eli Wallach's character in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's only in four episodes, but his death has profound consequences for a lot of characters.
  • Starter Villain: He's the first big villain in the series following Krazy-8's Warm-Up Boss status, and introduces the Cartels.
  • Stock "Yuck!": Walter's ricin-infused meth gets turned down when Jessie oversells it as his recipe by claiming it contains his secret ingredient: chili powder.
    "I hate chili powder"
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He dies two episodes into Season 2.
  • Tension-Cutting Laughter: Shortly before beating an underling to death anyway.

    The Cousins 

"The Cousins" Leonel & Marco Salamanca

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Portrayed By: Daniel and Luis Moncada

"We've waited long enough. We won't wait any longer."

Two enforcers for the Juarez Cartel who go after Walter to avenge Tuco's murder. Best described as two human Mexican Terminator robots.


  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Their axe can apparently cut right into asphalt.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: It's hard not to feel a little bad about Hank blowing off Marco's face, after witnessing a flashback to the abuse he and Leonel received from Hector as children.
  • Armor Is Useless: Averted. They purchase a pair of bullet proof vests before heading off to kill Hank, ones that prove to be very effective with Marco taking half a clip of handgun bullets to the chest.
  • Asshole Victim: Mike killed Leonel in the hospital.
  • Avenging the Villain: Their objective is to avenge Tuco's death.
  • Ax-Crazy: They kill almost everyone they come across. They also have a literal ax.
  • An Axe to Grind: It's also chromed, for the record.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: And boots. Even the production crew wanted to have a look at the skull-tipped shoes.
  • Bald of Evil: Both are completely bald and very, very evil.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: They barely speak in the entire series (save for their flashback as children), and on the rare occasion they do speak, it's in a low, menacing whisper.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: In season 3.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With Gus in season 3.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: When Marco has Hank cornered, he decides not to execute him with his pistol and leaves to go get his axe. This gives Hank time to reload his pistol and kill Marco with a headshot.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Marco's fate at the hands of Hank, ironically with the very hollow point bullet Marco himself got as a freebie from the arms dealer.
  • Car Fu: How Leonel gets disabled by Hank
  • Chekhov's Gun: The hollow-point bullet given to Marco for free by an arms dealer early in "One Minute" is dropped, unnoticed, by Marco when he's reloading during his attack on Hank. Hank puts it to good use.
    • They were mentioned by Tuco in the Season 2 premiere.
  • Cop Killer: They kill a tribal police officer who stumbles upon them while investigating the death of a woman whose house they took over, and they later attempt to kill Hank.
  • Creepy Twins: They do everything together and hold the following creed to heart, "Family is all."
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The way they murder their victims is extremely savage and brutal.
  • Death Glare: Poster boys to say the least.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: After serving as the main threat for the first half of Season 3, they're both axed off at the season's midpoint.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: They full on slaughter the whole group of illegal immigrants in the van just because one chatty lad spotted their boots.
  • The Determinator: Leonel was just crushed by a car and had both legs amputated. When he sees Walt, he unhooks himself from his IVs, rolls out of his hospital bed, and drags himself toward Walt by his bloody stumps, death-staring him the whole time. While Walt is surrounded by half a dozen cops. Until Gomez and the others can stop him.
  • The Dragon: Serve as this for Hector Salamanca and (posthumously) for Tuco. Though Hector is helpless in a wheelchair, having the twins at his beck and call is part of the reason he's still so feared.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Killing everyone in the truck they used to get into the United States, and torching the truck for good measure. Also, the scene where they kill a woman and set up residence in her place on a tribal residence, then axe the cop who comes by to investigate. And then, their attack on Hank.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The whole reason they go after Walt (then later Hank) is because they hold him responsible for Tuco's death. During the parking lot shootout, after Leonel is incapacitated, Marco abandons his pursuit of Hank to check on him and only abandons him when Leonel tells him to.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: Marco pauses from pursuing Hank when he sees Leonel severely wounded, but his twin insists that he finish off Hank.
  • Implacable Man: No obstacle seems to deter them from their objective. That is, until they go up against Hank.
  • Living MacGuffin: The first half of the Season 3 frames their revenge quest as a major plotline, but it turns out to be a red herring from what the season is really about.
  • Make an Example of Them: Their method of killing, which is what the real Cartels do. They die because of their insistence on abiding by this rule, which allows Hank to defend himself.
  • Nice Shoes: Their boots are pretty badass: cowboy boots with silver skulls on the tips.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: You know it's time to run when they come for you. Almost everything about them is disturbing in nature.
  • Nonverbal Miscommunication: Averted. They rarely say anything to each other, and yet they work like they can read each other's minds.
  • Not Quite Dead: After the confrontation with Hank, Leonel survives and loses his legs, but is determined to kill Walter. That is, until Mike gives him a lethal injection.
  • Off with His Head!: They killed Tortuga.
  • Ominous Walk: They're masters of it.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Surprisingly subvert the Ballistic Discount and let the man who sold them their bullet proof vests live by only shooting him once.
  • Professional Killer: Their role within the Cartel, but their vendetta against Walt is personal.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: Their first on-screen appearance in the series shows them crawling to a shrine dedicated to Santa Muerte in order to gain her blessing for their quest of killing Heisenberg. They do it again later (though without the crawling) when they switch their target to Hank.
  • Revenge Before Reason: They kill literally everyone who so much as slightly inconveniences them. Even when crippled, outmatched, and unarmed, they do not hesitate to try to kill their enemies.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: They go on one seeking revenge on Walt for his involvement in Tuco's death. Then they are redirected to Hank by Gus.
  • Rule of Cool: They seem to live by it. They wear awesome clothes (shiny sharkskin suits and cowboy boots with silver skulls on the toes!), they're incredibly calm and collected, they walk unflinchingly even into cars, and they decide to kill Hank with an axe for the showmanship of it, rather than just shooting him down. The last two bits are their undoing.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: They're introduced wearing expensive suits which they ditch soon after to facilitate an inconspicious border crossing, but once that's done they're quickly dressed to kill again.
  • Sickbed Slaying: The fate of Leonel: poisoned by Mike Ehrmantraut in the hospital.
  • Signature Move: Decapitation via axe seems to be their preferred method of killing.
  • Silent Antagonist: For the most part.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Both are more or less obsessed with killing "Heisenberg."
  • The Sociopaths: Probably the best portraits of true psychopaths shown in the series. They are undeniably brutal and ruthless, they like to murder their victims in extremely brutal ways, and they have zero remorse for their actions.
  • The Stoics: Both are some of the coldest killers shown in the series.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Except that they don't talk much.
  • Undying Loyalty: To their uncle, Hector Salamanca. Due to their uncanny ability to precisely discern his exact thoughts and feelings without the need for speech, they literally function as living extensions of his will.
  • Unflinching Walk: All the time, no matter what's happening. After an explosion a couple yards away, one of them continues to smoke his cigarette.
  • Unwitting Pawn: A rare example of villains who end up unknowing pawns of another villain. Marco and Leonel are only interested in avenging Tuco's death and don't see much beyond that, but Gus is happy to manipulate their myopic quest for revenge so that the two of them die trying to kill Hank. Thus, the Cousins end up attempting to kill a DEA agent (normally, cops are off-limits as assassination targets because of the intense heat that such hits generally bring) and the manner of their deaths helps shut down the border to the Cartel, leaving Gus with uncontested domination of the meth market in the southwest.
  • Villain Ball: Marco's decision to finish Hank off with an axe rather than just shooting him when he's down and helpless backfires spectacularly.
  • The Voiceless: More often than not.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Better Call Saul shows them being used to threaten Mike's granddaughter. In this show, they kill a woman on a tribal reservation and take over her house. Later, when Marco is attacking Hank, he shoots and kills a passing man who happens to surprise him and a female passerby narrowly escapes the same fate thanks to Marco running out of bullets at that moment.

    Joaquin 

Joaquin Salamanca

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An enforcer for Don Eladio, and Hector's grandson.


  • Beard of Evil: Is a bearded enforcer.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Goes after Gus, Jesse and Mike even though Gus warned the Cartel they'd die. Subverted in that he wounds Mike, one of the most dangerous members of Gus' crew.
  • Character Death: Jesse guns him down when he tries to kill him and Mike.
  • The Last of His Kind: He and Hector were the sole remaining members of the Salamanca family and considering Hector is a decrepit old man, his death effectively wipes out the family.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Even after witnessing Gus poisoning Joaquin's bosses, and when Gus was giving the opportunity for any surviving cartel members to leave, Joaquin still chooses to attempt to kill Gus, Jesse, and Mike. Subverted in that he actually manages to surprise Mike and wound him and would have killed both him and Gus were it not for Jesse.
  • Posthumous Character: Of a sort. We don't find out his name or his significance until after he's been killed and Gus is boasting about it to Hector. Heck, it wasn't even indicated that Hector had any other living relatives before then.
  • Red Shirt: He only appears in one episode and has no characterization.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Joaquin doesn't even have any dialogue, but if it weren't for his last ditch effort to kill Gus, Mike would have never been wounded and would have been present for Gus' showdown.
  • Undying Loyalty: The only Cartel's soldier that tries avenging Eladio even though there is no one left to reward him for it.

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    Krazy- 8 

Domingo Gallardo Molina AKA "Krazy 8"

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"Walter, I don't know what you think you're doing here, but trust me, this line of work doesn't suit you."
Portrayed By: Max Arciniega

A former associate of Tuco Salamanca's, and now a meth distributor associated with his cousin Emilio and Jesse Pinkman. Unbeknownst to Walt and Jesse, Krazy-8 is a DEA informant, who acquired the customers of the dealers he ratted out.


  • Affably Evil: While in Jesse's basement.
    "Walter, you getting to know me is not gonna make it any easier for you to kill me. Not that I mind, you understand."
  • Asshole Victim: He might be a charming son-of-a-bitch, but he's still a stone-cold killer and opportunist.
  • Blatant Lies: Tell Walter that he's willing to "live and let live" if Walter will just let him go. He sells it so well that even the audience almost believes it, and of course Walter wants it to be true.
  • The Cameo: Better Call Saul reveals that he used to work for Tuco as a dealer.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: A more justified example than most, since you can't really blame the guy for seizing a chance to arm himself when his captor was still in two minds about murdering him, but he's still undone by a lapse into this. His one act of deception, undermining his and Walt's entire conversation and understanding, is what spurs Walt to kill him; he'd have walked out alive had he not pocketed that piece of broken plate.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Is disgusted by Walt keeping him locked in a basement, saying he wouldn't do something so degrading to his worst enemy. More likely it's just a guilt trip ruse.
  • Hidden Badass: He deserves some credit: he survives Walt's initial attack that killed Emilio, frees himself even in a dazed state and remains calm when faced with death. Even while trapped and being choked to death, he manages to stab Walt with a shard of plate.
  • Hidden Depths: He attempts to invoke this to get Walt to release him, but it was merely a ruse so he could stab Walt as soon as he got out. The fact that he's able to manipulate Walter so successfully rather than rage and bluster or plead and beg like a common crook would do is in itself a straight example.
  • The Informant: For the DEA.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: On the receiving end. Walt's murder of him is a big step, but is arguably justified due to Krazy 8's ruthless cunning and plan to kill Walt.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Domingo is surprisingly clever for a Starter Villain. He nearly convinces Walt to spare him; he would have succeeded had Walt not noticed the broken plate in the garbage. Additionally, the audience learns after his death that he was a snitch for the DEA, and his business model revolved around selling out his competition (including his own cousin) and absorbing their customer base.
  • Meaningful Background Event: Sold Walt the crib they used for Walt, Jr. years before the show. Becomes a Brick Joke when Walt sets the crib up again for Holly.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Played with; Walter makes sandwiches for him while he's imprisoned in Jesse's basement.
  • Not Quite Dead: After the explosion in the pilot.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Was supposed to die in the pilot, but the actors and crew enjoyed working with him, so the character was kept for two more episodes.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Walt being forced to murder him is a major part of the second and third episodes.
  • Starter Villain: He's the first real criminal threat of the series.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Completely inverted; he tries this on Walt, his own kidnapper, in order to get himself free. Walt almost falls for it, but he eventually catches on.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Is the first antagonist in the series to learn that underestimating Walt is a bad idea. He grossly underestimates his intelligence twice, and the second time leads to his death. To be fair the second time he nearly fooled Walt.
  • You Will Be Spared: Krazy-8 talks about this, and admits that there's no reason for Walt to believe him.
    "I guess I'd start off by promising that if you let me go, I won't come after you. That you'd be safe. I guess I'd say what happened between us never happened. And what's best for both parties is we forget all about it. But you know that anybody in my situation would make promises like that, and though in my case they happen to be true, you'd never know for sure. So what else can I tell you?"

    Emilio 

Emilio Koyama

Portrayed By: John Koyama

Jesse's partner as well as Krazy-8's cousin. He's arrested by the DEA after being sold out by Krazy-8, and later becomes Walt's first victim when he and Krazy-8 confront Walt. Jesse later dissolves his body in his bathtub, and it falls through the ceiling in hilariously bloody fashion.


  • Beard of Evil: A thin goatee.
  • Fall Guy: Sold out by his own cousin so that Krazy-8 could get Jesse and Emilio's customers.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Not only on the evil side of the scale but also on the stupid side, smoking a cigarette in a meth lab filled with volatile chemicals. Walt calls him out on this, causing Emilio to carelessly dispose of his cigarette outside the window causing a brush fire.
  • Evil Former Friend: According to Jesse, they met in elementary school.
  • Evil Is Petty: Blows smoke in Walt's face when Walt tells him to put his cigarette out.
  • Hand Cannon: Carries a large .357 revolver.
  • Mixed Ancestry: As his name suggests, he's half-Mexican and half-Japanese. Hank and Gomez even make a point of arguing about his ethnicity.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: He's Jesse's first partner and the first person Walt kills.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Krazy-8, who gets him arrested by the DEA and then manipulates him into thinking Jesse was the snitch.

    No-Doze & Gonzo 

No-Doze & Gonzo

Portrayed By: Cesar Garcia (No-Doze) & Jesus Payan, Jr. (Gonzo)

Two of Tuco's henchmen.


  • An Arm and a Leg: Gonzo's arm gets torn off while moving No-Doze's body.
  • Asshole Victim: Mostly No-Doze, who's more aggressive and short-tempered than Gonzo.
  • Bald of Evil: Both of them have shaved heads.
  • Beard of Evil: They're both bearded.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Gonzo is the big guy to No-Doze's little guy.
  • Blood from the Mouth: No-Doze, after his beating at the hands of Tuco.
  • Co-Dragons: To Tuco.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: No-Doze's beatdown wasn't pretty and getting your arm ripped off by a falling car and bleeding out definitely qualifies as this for Gonzo.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Tuco beats No-Doze to death when No-Doze merely tells Walt and Jesse to remember who they work for.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Gonzo is clearly upset when Tuco accidentally kills No-Doze and tries to recover the body so he can give him a decent burial.
  • Fall Guy: Gonzo becomes this for Tuco when he thinks that since Gonzo hadn't been answering his calls for the last few days (on account of being dead and all), Tuco assumes that he's a police informant.
  • Fat Bastard: Gonzo.
  • Hand Cannon: No-Doze carries one.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Even if Tuco's beating of No-Doze is over the top, it's undeniable that No-Doze was still a petty thug.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: No-Doze at the hands of Tuco.
  • Religious Bruiser: Gonzo didn't want to leave No-Doze's body without a properly burial on the basis that it wasn't, "very Christian".
  • Sacrificial Lamb: No-Doze's death underlines just how brutal and dangerous Tuco is.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: No-Doze succumbs to his brutal beatdown in the Season 2 premiere and Gonzo follows shortly afterwards.
  • Tattooed Crook: They're both pretty heavily tattooed.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: They're always seen together until No-Doze is killed, and Gonzo dies shortly afterward.
  • Token Good Teammate: Gonzo is much more empathic than Tuco and No-Doze: he prevents Walt from getting in the way of Tuco's beating of No-Doze seemingly in part to stop Walt from becoming another victim, and of course he's disturbed by leaving No-Doze's body unburied, and tries to remedy that later, although that proves to be a mistake on his part.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Gonzo, who by his own fault, is killed when a car crushes his arm while he tries to move No-Doze's body. Hank immediately wants to call Leno when he finds out the real cause. No-Doze isn't too smart either, considering he was warned by Tuco about speaking for him, but still kept running his mouth.

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