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Django Freeman

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"I like the way you die, boy."
Played By: Jamie Foxx
Voiced By: Pedro Ruiz [Sony dub], Salvador Delgado [Starz dub] (Latin American Spanish); Taiten Kusunoki (Japanese)

A slave previously owned by Old Man Carrucan, he is freed by Dr King Schulz and sets out to find his wife Broomhilda.


  • Affectionate Nickname: "Big Troublemaker", courtesy of Broomhilde.
  • Anti-Hero: Unscrupulous Hero at first, but more of a Nominal Hero later on, as the bounty hunter work he and Schultz conduct takes a backseat to the plan to free Django's wife from slavery and Django's later Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Badass Beard: Has a wild, unkempt beard at the start which he trims down to something more "professional" once he starts working with Schultz.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: At some points in the film. "Nice" is debatable at times, however.
  • Becoming the Mask: Comes dangerously close to this when he plays the role of a Black slaver to infiltrate Candyland.
  • Book Dumb: Perfectly understandable considering he has been an uneducated slave all his life. He's clever in other ways, is a fast learner overall, and Schultz makes a point of teaching him literacy to better aid in bounty hunting.
    Schultz: Are you sure that's him?
    Django: Yeah.
    Schultz: Are you positive?
    Django: I don't know.
    Schultz: You don't know if you are positive?
    Django: I don't know what positive means.
  • Bounty Hunter: Becomes one under Schultz's tutelage.
  • Character Title: And a Protagonist Title at that.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Albeit one he learns from Schultz earlier in the film - Django manages to talk his way out of his chains after being captured in Candyland by promising to help his captors claim a huge bounty - skills he got from watching Schultz earlier in the movie.
  • Cold Sniper: Schultz trains him in long-range sniping along with the Quick Draw, but Django doesn't share his enthusiasm for gunning men down in front of their sons from atop a hill, wanted fugitive or no.
  • Cool Shades: Anachronistic as they may be.
  • Covered with Scars: Django is covered in whip-scars, which briefly stuns Schultz upon seeing them for the first time.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Comes with being a former slave.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's subtle at first but the more he can get away with it, the more he indulges with backtalking the kind of man who would've had him killed for it a short while ago, a practice which absolutely fascinates Candie when they meet. When he returns to Candyland, especially. He snarks throughout the entire final confrontation as he casually guns down all of the people who have wronged him.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Manages to save Broomhilda, avenge Schultz, and destroy Candyland by the end of the film. This after being shot, beaten, nearly castrated, and sold back into slavery.
  • Guile Hero: Picks up the knack from Schultz.
  • Guns Akimbo: Does this throughout the climax.
  • The Gunslinger: The Quick Draw, as taught by fellow practitioner Dr. Schultz; Where Schultz utilized some form of misdirection to put his target off-guard before drawing on them, Django can just plain draw faster.
    Schultz: You know what they'll call you? The fastest gun in the South.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Compare Django's initial reluctance to kill a bounty who happens to be a father to how he is at the end of the movie. Stark difference.
  • The Hero: The main character who is given more focus than Schultz.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: The blue velvet suit he wears at one point in the movie looks like something straight out of Austin Powers. Even the other uneducated slaves think it's ridiculous.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Gains these over the course of the movie, and it's lampshaded by Schultz that he likely naturally always had these skills.
  • Invincible Hero: Has become one by the end of the film. He effortlessly outclasses anyone who tries to fight him and never seems in serious danger in combat.
  • Meaningful Name: Invoked. He picks the surname "Freeman" after becoming a free man.
  • Nominal Hero: Django is largely driven by personal interests, as noble as his desire to save his wife may be. A telling sign of this is the fact that he takes on the job of bounty hunter not to bring criminals to some form of justice, but as an outlet for revenge for all the mistreatment he's suffered because of whites. Plus, he puts Broomhilda's safety above all else, even other blacks; when forced into a corner by Candie, Django willingly watches D'Artagnan get Eaten Alive by dogs, refusing to lift a finger to save him because it would risk Broomhilda's safety. For what it's worth, though, he avenges D'Artagnan later in the movie by destroying the remnants of Candyland.
  • Not So Different: To Siegfried, the hero of Nibelungenlied; a man who will brave impossible odds and insurmountable obstacles to rescue the woman he loves.
    Django: I know how he feel.
    Schultz: I think I'm just starting to realize that.
  • One-Man Army: Becomes this in the eventual assault on Candyland, although it's subverted: even the best gunman is only dangerous when he has bullets, and Django was eventually overwhelmed and backed into a corner. It's not quite clear who was saved when Stephen used Broomhilda to force him surrender.
  • Only One Name: Initially. He later picks up "Freeman" as a surname.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't say much.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: It gets interrupted halfway through, but he does manage to complete it, taking down everyone in Candyland and blowing the place sky high with dynamite.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has both whip marks on his back and an R branding him as a runaway slave on his cheek.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Wears them when acting as a slaver.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: By the end of the film, by stealing one of Candie's suits.
  • Silent Snarker: His facial expressions alone convey extreme disdain for whomever's talking to him.
  • The Stoic: Having lived most of his life as a slave, Django understandably keeps a lot of his emotions in check even after gaining his freedom.
  • Supporting Protagonist: At first, Schultz is the one who does all the planning and talking. He even recruits Django just because Django knows the faces of the bounties Schultz is looking for. And even when they work to free Django's wife, Schultz is the one in charge while Django mainly follows his lead. After Schultz gets killed for killing Candie in a fit of pride, Django firmly takes the lead and single handedly brings down what remains of Charlie's plantation.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Schultz trained him in gun fighting and gradually becomes competent as the movie progresses.
  • The Watson: At first, when Schultz is showing him the tricks of the trade. If he'd been allowed to be this more, Schultz might not have been gunned down as he was.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Kills men and women alike in the eventual assault on Candyland.
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    Schultz 

Dr. King Schultz

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"The badder they are, the bigger the reward."
Played By: Christoph Waltz
Voiced By: Diego Brizzi [Sony dub], Germán Fabregat [Starz dub] (Latin American Spanish), Kazuhiro Yamaji (Japanese)

An eccentric German Bounty Hunter and former dentist who frees Django to aid him in the pursuit of the Brittle Brothers.


  • All Germans Are Nazis: Inverted with a vengeance. Schultz is the least racist, most egalitarian and most generally decent character in the film.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: A German immigrant in the mid-19th century, when the first Jews came to America from Germany with the stereotypically Jewish profession of dentist. He clearly has a strong German identity due to his fascination with German folklore, but Jews were much more assimilated in Germany than any other European country (prior to Hitler, of course). The surname Schultz is occasionally Jewish. He also hints that he's from Düsseldorf, which was and remains a center of Jewish life in Germany.
  • Anti-Hero: The Pragmatic Hero. Scultz is a bounty hunter by trade who, while preferring to take his bounties dead rather than alive, nonetheless seems to make an effort to only go after the really nasty criminals. As he says, "Badder they are, bigger the reward." That won't stop him from gunning a wanted fugitive down in front of the man's son, however.
  • Badass Beard: Badass Exceptional Beard.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's well read enough to know more about Alexandre Dumas than Candie.
  • Badass Longcoat: Never seen without one.
  • Badass Mustache: Distinct along with his beard.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He is among the nicest people in the movie. He's still deadly.
  • Bounty Hunter: And a master of his trade, at that, though with his preferred style being to take his targets in dead and to kill them before they can defend themselves, in practice he's more of an assassin that only targets wanted criminals.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He sticks out like a sore thumb for numerous reasons, the least of which being a foreign white man in the American South who speaks to slaves as though they were people (and lets one ride a horse, which everyone comments on), but he is nonetheless such a successful bounty hunter that he hasn't actually practiced dentistry in a good long while.
  • Catchphrase: "Now everybody calm down."
  • The Charmer: He is exceptionally good at talking his way out of hairy situations, most of which he puts himself into with his murderous theatrics.
  • Complexity Addiction:
    • According to Tarantino, this is partially what lead to the failure of his plan, and his death. It's Schultz' idea to pull the entire scheme on Candyland. Walking in and just buying Brunhilde was always a possibility, one that Django even raises, but Schultz dismisses it because it could be costly. He instead sets up a convoluted plan requiring him and Django to infiltrate Candyland under false pretense to try and trick Candie. This ultimately leads to his death.
    • It can be seen earlier in the movie: His first bounty with the Sheriff is very spectacular and theatrical, but done in such a way that only the local Marshall being a Reasonable Authority Figure lets Schultz's plan succeed. The Marshall even points out that Schultz is basically asking for a courtesy he did not himself show his victim.
  • Cool Old Guy: Older than most other characters in the movie, and a bounty hunter.
  • Cultured Badass: He knows more about The Three Musketeers than Candie, at least.
  • Cunning Linguist: Speaks fluent English, German (one assumes) and shows strong evidence of fluency in French as well. Doubles as an Actor Allusion and debatable family resemblance to Waltz's previous appearance in the Tarantinoverse.
  • Decoy Protagonist: While Django is central to the film's plot from the getgo, the story is practically a Buddy Picture for three-quarters, much of the first part of the film focuses on assorted bounty hunts, and the good doctor does much of the planning and talking even through Candyland, only to bite it and complicate everything.
  • Depraved Dentist: Subverted - he's a former dentist who kills people for money... but at the same time he's far and away the kindest and most compassionate person in the film.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Abruptly kills Candie, utters his Famous Last Words, and gets gunned down with about a half-hour in the film to go.
  • Eccentric Mentor: He is definitely a good teacher and father figure to Django, but his obsession with complex plots and Funny Foreigner tendencies make him come across as not all there on occasion.
  • Expy: Very similar in temperament to Colonel Hans Landa (minus the evil tropes), both being witty and somewhat eccentric German Bunny-Ears Lawyer types with a Complexity Addiction.
  • Famous Last Words: "I couldn't resist."
  • Fatal Flaw: Despite being the most morally upstanding character in the movie (and in many of Tarantino's movies in general), he has a nasty case of pride. Candie manages to get one over him by catching onto his plot to free Broomhilda (though technically it was Steven who actually caught on), which infuriates him. However, Candie is willing to let Schultz and Django leave with Broomhilda at the cost of her selling price and Schultz's pride by way of sealing the deal with a handshake. Schultz decides to put a bullet in Candie instead, getting himself killed moments later and putting Django and Broomhilda through more grief before they get their happy ending.
  • For Want of a Nail: If only he'd called him "Monsieur Candie" instead of "Mr." Candie…
  • Friendly Sniper: When he's not getting up close and chatty to his marks, he's up on a hill with a rifle sighted for long distances and more suitable for sniping than skirmishing.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: This, combined with his Complexity Addiction and Pride, is one of the major factors that leads to his demise and Django nearly getting killed near the end. He believed that, had he and Django been honest about their intentions from the start, then Calvin would have either refused to sell Broomhilda out of spite or demanded a massive price for her. It turns out that, according to Word of God, while Calvin is a sadistic asshole, his sadism is outweighed by his obsession with cultivating the image of a sophisticated, French-style gentleman, thus he would have gladly sold Broomhilda for chicken feed if Schultz and Django had been truthful, as she was of little to no value to him, and the fact that she was important to them would have been irrelevant.
  • Guile Hero: And he teaches it to Django.
  • The Gunslinger: A Quick Draw, same as Django, as that's the style Schultz trained him in. Schultz's preferred M.O. is to lull his would-be opponents into a false sense of security with his eccentric persona and then draw on them before they have a chance to react, either with a derringer hidden in his sleeve or in the case of the Speck Brothers, by dropping his lantern and using the motion plus the sudden darkness to conceal his draw, killing one and disabling the other before the lantern hit the ground.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted, as shooting Calvin at the moment he did put Django and his wife in danger, though it opened him up to be killed.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Has these, but not to the same extent as Django.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Schultz says disgusting things about his job, but his actions are often driven more by nobility and conscience than profit. He believes his bounties are legitimately bad men, and he is doing justice by killing them. The fact that he is paid for it is a bonus.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Schultz helps Django rescue his wife, Broomhilde, due to a combination of two things: Firstly, he feels responsible for Django as the one who gave the man his freedom, and secondly (and more relevant to the trope) the realization that Django is essentially one of his folk-tale heroes made flesh, and when a German meets a real-life Siegfried it's "kind of a big deal".
  • The Mentor: Adopts this role as a way to make amends for buying Django as a slave early on, not simply freeing the man but teaching him his craft as well.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Double Subverted, Schultz ends up dying because he let his emotions get the best of him, not to inspire Django. The subsequent course of events does lead to Django seeking glorious revenge however, both to reclaim his wife and avenge Schultz's death as well.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Aside from his pride and occasionally deadly demeanor, he is without a doubt a charming, likable, Nice Guy, who admires Django and remains his closest friend. He shoots Calvin knowing he'll get shot back and die in order to not make Django be continued seen as a slave.
  • Mutual Kill: Played with; by shooting Calvin, he opens himself to be shot by one of Calvin's henchmen. The henchman then shoots and kills him.
  • Nice Hat: Which matches his suit.
  • Nominal Hero: An all-around Nice Guy who genuinely sympathizes with Django and Broomhilda's plight, even going so far as to reunite the two out of the goodness of his heart. Despite all this, he's still a remorseless bounty hunter who bears no qualms with murdering wanted men for a quick buck.
  • Not So Above It All: Inverted; While King Schultz certainly disagrees with slavery, he doesn't seem particularly bothered by it, treating it as the backward practice of easily dispatched stupid rednecks. But his above-it-all demeanor cracks and eventually dissolves completely after he witnesses some particularly awful brutality on Candie's plantation.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Foreshadowed from the initial bar scene, and several times on. Schultz rarely shares vital information with Django, whether it be that he had every legal authority to kill the sheriff, the family surrounding a fugitive, or his intentions for Candie. Had he given Django any warning on the last, it's far likelier that he'd have survived.
  • Prophetic Name: Yes, we didn't miss that your character is named, "Dr. King", Quentin. Schultz makes the ultimate sacrifice for emancipating Django, just like the great civil rights leader.
  • Refuge in Audacity: King seems to really live and breathe this trope. To count, he walked into a terribly racist town with a free black man, murdered the Sheriff in cold blood and in broad daylight, then demanded the Marshall pay him $200 for killing said Sheriff. If Tatum wasn't half as noble a man as he was, King would've been killed on the spot and everything would've been moot.
  • Revenge Before Reason: If Calvin didn't ask for his hand to be shaken by Schultz, both of them would have lived. Alas...
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Generally, if he breaks into a really complicated and articulate speech, the more awesome the scene will be. It serves to contrast how much more intelligent and eloquent he is, as a non-native speaker no less, than the various racists and slavers he finds himself in close contact with for whom English is the only language they know.
  • The Spook: His origins are never revealed or fully explained. We know he's German, we know he left Germany for some reason, we know he used to be a dentist. That's about it.
  • Tragic Hero: According to Tarantino, while Schultz did genuinely despise Candie as a despicable and heartless bastard, his own wounded pride played a great deal in his killing of the man.

    Broomhilda 

Broomhilda von Shaft

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"They call me Hildy."
Played By: Kerry Washington
Voiced By: Nadia Polak [Sony dub], Mariana Ortiz [Starz dub] (Latin American Spanish); Romi Park (Japanese)

Django's wife, who was sold by the Brittle Brothers, on Old Man Carrucan's instructions, to Calvin J. Candie.


  • Affectionate Nickname: "Little Troublemaker", courtesy of Django.
  • “Awesome McCool” Name: Broomhilda von Shaft.
  • Distressed Damsel: The straightest example in a Tarantino film to date.
  • Determinator: Just not an Action Girl. It's mentioned that she's in the "hotbox" for trying to escape again. She clearly hasn't just been waiting around in the hope Django will one day rescue her.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In the end, she is reunited with Django and they escape together.
  • Fainting: Does this when she sees Django again for the first time in quite a while.
  • Flat Character: She's Django's wife and she's able to speak German. However, she doesn't get enough screen time to get to know her well.
  • Girl in a Box: The first time she's seen outside of flashbacks and fantasy sequences she's naked in the "hot box" as punishment for trying to run away, however the circumstances make it very much Fan Disservice.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Since she was named by an actual German, her real name is almost certainly Brünnhilde, with an "N". However, having traded hands between several owners who don't know how to pronounce it, her name becomes Broomhilda, even on legal documents.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Spends most of the movie with her hair done up, but lets it down as she and Django are about to leave Candieland.
  • Living MacGuffin: The whole plot to free her from Candyland makes up the second half of the movie.
  • Nice Girl: While she doesn't get enough screen time to get to know her that well, she seems to be rather pleasant, polite, loving, and sweet.
  • Neutral Female: She's pretty much useless for the entire movie. Hell, when Django began to shoot his way out of Candyland, not only did she not help him at all, she even managed to get into his line of fire instead of, you know, ducking for cover like any intelligent person would when bullets start flying.
  • Prophetic Name: The mythical Brunehilde was a Valkyrie and a warrior, and the first time we see a free Broomhilda, she's got herself a horse and a gun, and seems destined to be Neutral No Longer.
  • Sex Slave: The scars on her back and her face branding make her no longer fit to be a house slave, but she's still ok to serve as a "comfort woman."
  • Scars Are Forever: She has whip marks on her back and an R branding her as a runaway on her cheek. And Django actually begged them not to give her these since they would reduce her value and make her unable to be a house slave any longer.

Candyland

Candyland is a plantation in Chickasaw County, Mississippi run by Calvin J. Candie and his head house slave, Stephen. The following characters are affiliated with Candyland and are antagonists of the film unless otherwise noted.

    Candie 

Calvin J. Candie

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"Gentleman, you had my curiosity, now you have my attention."
Played By: Leonardo DiCaprio
Voiced By: Pablo Gandolfo [Sony dub], José Antonio Macías [Starz dub] (Latin American Spanish); Yasuyuki Kase (Japanese)

The sadistic and charismatic owner of Candyland.


  • Defeat Means Respect: Totally averted. Subtle hints imply that Candie feels a mixture of envy and respect for all the culture that Schultz is shown to possess during the time they spent together. During their final confrontation, Candie expects Schultz to acknowledge his defeat and somehow recognize him as a Worthy Opponent (even though it was Stephen who unveiled Schultz and Django's plan and tipped Candie off about that), but Schultz not only completely refuses to comply, he even takes advantage of the fact that he no longer needs to lie to Candie about how much he utterly despises him. This last act of spite pushes Candie over the edge, and prompts him to try to humiliate Schultz by forcing him to shake his hand.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: To Schultz's Decoy Protagonist. Really, they're these tropes because of each other.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Or cigarette holder. He likes both.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Rather than just admit he knows Django and Schultz are lying, he gives a lecture on the inferiority of black brains, then brings out the skull of his father's favorite slave and violently saws it in half so that he can disgust Django into giving up his cover. When it doesn't work, he threatens to bash Broomhilda's skull in with a hammer.
  • Evil Is Petty: He's already won his confrontation with Schultz, but he just has to rub in his victory with a snide gesture of courtesy; he insists that Schultz is obliged to shake his hand to make the deal official and simultaneously acknowledge Candie as a 'gracious host'. This display of petty arrogance gets both him and Schultz killed when Schultz shoots Candie out of wounded pride.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He often acts like a proper gentleman, but when things don't go his way or he gets outsmarted, his demeanor goes very much this way. After Stephen exposes Django and Schultz's scheme, he maintains his demeanor in a rather more sinister tone to put them on edge, before flipping into Chewing the Scenery-level anger and threat-making, and then alternating between the two states to scare everyone, during all of which he is never actually rude, and he never fails to use "mister" or "doctor" when addressing his fellow white men.
  • Feigning Intelligence: Candie pretends to be intelligent and educated, but doesn't speak a word of French, subscribes to the pseudoscience of phrenology (which has been discredited, if not outright disproven at the time of the film), and doesn't even know that the author of one of his favorite novels, The Three Musketeers, is black.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: A racist, corrupt slaver named "Candie."
  • Foreign Culture Fetish: He has a fixation on French culture. However, he can't speak or understand the language, and doesn't know as much about France as he pretends to.
    • Moguy even warns Schultz beforehand not to speak French in Candie's presence because being made aware of his inaptitude of the language will make him feel slighted.
  • For Want of a Nail: If only he hadn't taken offense to being called "Mr. Candie…"
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: The cigarette holder as an Evil Smoking indicator.
  • Gratuitous French: Extra gratuitous because, as the film notes, he cannot actually speak French and will feel offended if someone does in his presence.
  • Incest Subtext: With his sister, Lara.
  • Insistent Terminology: He prefers to be called Monsieur Candie. Despite not being able to actually speak French. In a very subtle way, this leads to his death: Being called "Mr." Candie by Schultz prompts Candie to try to rub it in by forcing Schultz to shake his hand…which puts Schultz over the edge.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Candie is a despicable person all around, but he is on the money that Schultz is a bad loser. Indeed, Schultz's pride gets both of them killed since he couldn't bring himself to shake Candie's hand and leave with Broomhilda.
  • Kick the Dog: Candie does this a lot, but among his biggest are having D'Artagnan torn apart by dogs, everything he does to Broomhilda, and his entire phrenology speech with the skull of his last Old Retainer, Old Ben.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Once Calvin and Stephen are presented on screen, the plot of the film focuses much more on the drama than the Black Comedy.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Candie's pretensions of wisdom and sophistication are obviously phony; he gives long lectures about the pseudoscience of phrenology, and his love of French culture is exposed as superficial.
  • Large Ham: "WHERE'S MY BEAUTIFUL SISTER?!"
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He fancies himself as this. The "wealth" part is indisputable; the "taste" part is questionable.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is Candie, and - as noted below - he's got one gruesome set of teeth. He's also killed by a dentist.
  • Mutual Kill: Played with, by Schultz killing him with a shot to the heart, Butch gets an easy opportunity to shoot and kill Schultz...and does.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: We never know what "J" means.
  • Non-Indicative Name: For a man named Candie, he's anything but sweet.
  • Oh, Crap!: His face when Schultz shoots him.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Played with in that while he is this to a modern audience, the movie does take place two years before the Civil War - he's less politically incorrect by antebellum standards, but many of the other characters still find him extremely reprehensible.
  • Red Right Hand: His black and rotten teeth.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: He's wealthy and, as Stephen and to a lesser extent Lara Lee manage the plantation, Calvin is free to spend his time sleeping with "comfort girls," watching Mandingo slaves fight to the death, and fancying himself to be a sophisticated intellectual and a gentleman.
  • Scary Teeth: He has hideous rotten teeth as black as his heart.
  • Science Marches On: Deliberately invoked: he's an amateur phrenologist, which was discredited as a science even at the time the film takes place.
  • Slave to PR: Candie is a horrible human being, but he has his priorities straight. In his case maintaining his image. When it's shown that Django and Schultz really do have the money they'd originally mentioned to buy Broomhilda from him, he is perfectly willing to sell her, with a full receipt for purchase. At that point, he could just as easily have had them both shot, and kept all of their money and Broomhilda for himself. Plus, it was clear after the money for payment was taken out of Schultz's wallet that the pair still had a large amount of money left. However, since Candie styles himself a gentleman, rather than a common thug or bandit, he abides by the letter of the agreement, even after he feels that he's been made a fool of by the two of them.
  • Smug Snake: Leads to his death. See Tempting Fate.
  • Southern Gentleman: Deconstructed to horrifying effect. He stylizes himself as one, and is perfectly polite to white people. But, he considers black people inferior, even going so far as to try to "scientifically" justify his racism, and casually having his black slaves fight and get torn apart by wild dogs because it amuses him.
  • Stupid Crooks: He's less intelligent than he at first appears.
  • Tempting Fate: Insists on Schultz shaking his hand after their deal is done, denying its validity unless he does so. This leads to him getting shot.
  • Villain Has a Point: He calls Schultz a poor loser. Though he is an utterly deplorable jackass, he isn't wrong as Schultz would rather shoot Candie, getting himself killed and putting Django and Brunhilde through more hell than simply shake Candie's hand and leave safely with their main objective achieved after Candie gets the better of him.
  • Wicked Cultured: Subverted. While he has a liking for French culture and literature, he doesn't know how to speak French. Furthermore, he was completely ignorant of the fact that the author of his favourite book, The Three Musketeers, was part-black.
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    Stephen 

Stephen

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"He gon' stay in the big house!?"
Played By: Samuel L. Jackson
Voiced By: René Sagastume [Sony dub], Gerardo Vásquez [Starz dub] (Latin American Spanish); Yusaku Yara (Japanese)

Calvin Candie's old head house slave and close friend, he enjoys the power he has over the other slaves.


  • Asshole Victim: No one will miss him after his death.
  • Bald of Evil: Has very little hair on his head and is very evil.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Calvin, despite seeming like he is Calvin's dragon. In fact, he could be considered the movie's true Big Bad.
  • Boomerang Bigot: The head house slave of Candyland, Stephen doesn't treat the slaves under him any better than the whites do, and he especially hates free black people like Django. This is emphatically not played for laughs, and he can be absolutely frightening at times.
  • Captain Ersatz: Some have noted a resemblance between Stephen and Uncle Ruckus, although Jackson has insisted that Stephen was not intended as a reference.
  • Category Traitor: Every other black character hates him for profiting off of slavery as much as the white slaver whom he serves.
  • Cruel Mercy: Subverted. He's the one arguing not to immediately kill Django when he's captured after Schultz kills Calvin, but only so they can subject him to a truly hellish Fate Worse than Death by selling him to the LeQuint Dickey Mining Company.
  • Curse Cut Short: "Django! You uppity son of a BI-! [explodes]"
  • Death Glare: Gives a heck of one to Django when he sees him ride in.
  • The Dragon: He acts the part of this to Candie, possibly out of self-preservation, though he does display a twisted sort of fondness for the man.
  • Dragon Ascendant: He outlives his master as a threat, and takes up de facto reign of Candyland with Lara as the technical owner.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: He's smarter than Candie, and he's the one to ruin Schultz and Django's plans.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first time we see him, he's expressing his exasperation at Candie's insistence that Django, a black man, needs a guest room. While Candie reprimands him, it's clear he possesses more privilege then the other slaves. He's also methodically forging Candie's signature on various cheques.
  • Evil Genius: At least when compared to Candie.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He truly seems to care for Candie. Stephen brought to tears when Schultz kills Candie.
  • Evil Old Folks: Stephen is 76 years old and is a truly nasty piece of work.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He definitely tries to invoke it by dramatically dropping his cane and walking defiantly towards Django with open arms, but Django will have none of it and opts to kneecap him instead making it difficult for him to maintain the calm, proud composure he presumably intended to go out with.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Devises one. Instead of just killing Django, he has him sent off to to be a slave in a mining company, effectively negating everything Django's done on his journey.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Complains and grumbles extensively about "letting a nigger stay in the big house".
  • Happiness in Slavery: He's devoted to serving Candie. But its also a Deconstructed Trope, in that he's only happy there because of the power he can use to lord over the rest of the slaves of Candyland.
  • Hate at First Sight: When Django rides up on that horse, you can just feel the hatred rolling off his Death Glare.
  • Haughty Help: Stephen is a Boomerang Bigot and Bad Boss to the other butlers and maids in the house. He is also implied to have been subtly manipulating Candie himself.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: He's technically Candie's servent he proves to be smarter and a much larger threat.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: His immediate reaction to Calvin's death, as well as getting his own kneecaps blown out.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: When he gets shot in the legs and Django leaves, Stephen curses at him only for the dynamite to bring him and the house down mid-sentence.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Once he and Calvin are presented on screen, the plot of the film focuses much more on the drama than the Black Comedy.
  • Large Ham: becomes this whenever he's flustered or upset, yelling at the top of his lungs in anger.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Notice how Stephen even writes checks and bills of sale on behalf of Candie? That makes it clear he's the true mastermind of Candyland and the one who is really in charge.
  • Meaningful Name: A reference to Stepin Fetchit, the stage name of comedian Lincoln Perry.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: The original script even had Stephen burning off Django's chest nipples.
  • Obfuscating Disability: He spends the entire movie hobbling around with a cane. Turns out it was all part of making him seem more harmless. He drops it and walks fine without it when he drops the act. Though he gets kneecapped moments later.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He acts like an ass-kissing self-deprecating house slave out in public. In truth, he's extremely dangerous, cunning, and the real brains behind Candyland.
  • Old Retainer: Stephen has served the Candie family for many, many years.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Played with in that while he is this to a modern audience, the movie does take place two years before the Civil War and thus, he is not according to the values of his time.
  • Profane Last Words: Stephen's life ends with him cursing at Django before he gets blown up.
  • The Quisling: Enjoys his position as a head house slave, and the power it gives him over other black slaves.
  • Scary Black Man: Samuel L. Jackson has on record said that he intended for Stephen to be the most hated black character ever seen on the silver screen.
    Stephen: Why's I'm scarin' you?
    Broomhilda: (in tears) Because you scary.
  • Sherlock Scan: Uses this to deduce that Django and Schultz are not actually trying to buy a Black fighter and are instead there to save Broomhilda.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He expresses barely concealed annoyance and contempt at how the only punishments the Candyland staff and household could suggest to inflict upon Django for his part in killing Mr. Candie almost exclusively was variations upon Groin Attacks followed by execution. He especially agonizes over the fact that he three times had to hint that the fate of Le Quint Dickey Mining Company slaves are way worse than any of that, before Mrs. Candie finally picked up on it.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Pretends to be like this in public. Behind closed doors he's far smarter than his boss, and they both know it.
  • Uncle Tomfoolery: Masterfully subverted. He plays this role in public, acting like little more than Candie's trained pet, repeating his lines and laughing at all his jokes. But in private he morphs into a wicked mastermind.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Calvin.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Django shoots him in the kneecaps, Stephen gets very loud and starts yelling in hysterics.

    Lara Lee 

Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly

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Played By: Laura Cayouette
Voiced By: Mariela Álvarez [Sony dub], Xóchitl Ugarte [Starz dub] (Latin American Spanish)

The sister of Calvin Candie.


  • Blown Across the Room: In the most ridiculous manner seen in a Spaghetti Western, to the point she wasn't even blown at the right angle when shot. And this was done by a revolver, from across the room.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played with. She's disgusted when her brother proudly shows off Broomhilda's scars in the dinner scene, but it's not clear if the abuse itself offends her or if she thinks such things are not good table manners.
  • Incest Subtext: With Calvin.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: She and Stephen came up with the idea of sending a captured Django to a mine, where he'll be worked to death, stripped of his name, possibly have his tongue removed, and never be reunited with Broomhilda. Luckily, Django has other plans.
  • Spanner in the Works: Lara Lee is actually the one who first notices Hildy's tension with Django, and it's her lighthearted jest about it that draws Stephen's attention to them enough for him to work out the rest. It's possible that the plan would have gone off without a hitch had she not noticed or not chosen to joke about it.
  • Stepford Smiler: Comes with the Southern Belle.
  • Widow Woman: Calvin mentions her husband is dead.

    Billy 

Billy Crash

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"Oh, I'm gonna go walking in the moonlight with you."
Played By: Walton Goggins
Voiced By: Martín Gopar [Sony dub], Carlo Vázquez [Starz dub] (Latin American Spanish)

One of Candie's most trusted hands. While not very bright, he is very ruthless.


  • Ambiguously Gay: Crash walks with a distinctive swaying gait and loose wrists, and lingers his finger on Django's nuts just a second too long for comfort. The hefty amounts of Foe Yay he has with Django is also cause for suspicion.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When Django starts shooting up Candyland, he is the only gunman smart enough to duck and run for cover. He also takes Broomhilda hostage to prevent Django from further violence.
  • Composite Character: There were originally two named henchmen - dimwitted Billy Crash and sadistic Ace Woody. Ace was meant to be played by Kurt Russell. Ace's part was then reduced, and reduced until Kurt Russell left, and Ace's character was combined with Billy to produced the vile and dimwitted Billy Crash we have today.
  • The Dragon: He is promoted to this for Stephen and the remaining Candie family after Calvin's death.
  • Groin Attack: After Django is captured, Billy prepares to castrate him before he is stopped by Stephen. The next time they see each other, Django shoots Crash in his *BANG*.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Can never pronounce Django's name correctly, calling him 'De-Jango'. Even with his dying words, he still can't get this right.
    "The 'D' is silent, hillbilly!" *BANG*
  • Jerkass: He's very rude and condescending towards Django.
  • Mook Lieutenant: This is his role until the first shootout at Canydland, at which point he becomes The Dragon.
  • Perma-Stubble: Has a little stubble at all times doubles as a Beard of Evil
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Same as all of the other bad guys.
  • Nice Hat: He's never seen without his cowboy hat.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Never raises his voice above a low mumble, even when about to castrate Django with a hot knife.
  • Torture Technician: After Django is captured, Billy is fully prepared to castrate Django, with the obvious implication that he's done this before. It's only that Billy takes his time that Django manages to get out unscathed.

    Butch 

Butch Pooch

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Played By: James Remar
Voiced By: Gustavo Dardés [Sony dub], José Luis Miranda [Starz dub] (Latin American Spanish)

Candie's shotgun-toting bodyguard.


  • Badass Mustache: He's Candie's bodyguard and has an impressive mustache to boot
  • The Dragon: To Candie, in a more traditional sense than Stephen.
  • Irony: Due to Butch Pooch being the one who kills Schultz, and Schultz shooting Ace Speck at the beginning, we have the irony that Christoph Waltz kills James Remar in the beginning of the movie, and then later, James Remar kills him back.
  • Nice Hat: He wears it all the time, even indoors, which even the uneducated Django knows is wrong.

    Moguy 

Leonide Moguy

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Played By: Dennis Christopher
Voiced By: Gustavo Ciardullo [Sony dub], Nicolás Frias [Starz dub] (Latin American Spanish)

Candie's trusted lawyer.


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    Cora 

Cora

Played By: Dana Michelle Gourrier

A house slave that serves as Stephen's second.


  • Mammy: Physically, though averted in that she's Stephen's lover.

    Sheba 

Sheba

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"I know you didn't mean me."
Played By: Nichole Galicia
Voiced By: Luciana Kalaydijan [Sony dub], Paulina Soto [Starz dub] (Latin American Spanish)

A house slave that serves as Candie's mistress/companion.


  • Category Traitor: She's quite pleased with her lofty position as Candie's mistress. Unlike the other slaves witnessing the fight a the Cleopatra club, she's dismissive of the suffering of Luigi as he's incapacitated and killed by Big Fred.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Much like Stephen, she seems happy to have eked out a relatively comfortable life for herself in a country that's harsh on black people.

    Coco 

Coco

Played By: Danielle Watts

A slave in the Cleopatra Club.


  • French Maid: Her routine, she even greets club goes with bonjour. Her master Calvin Candie is himself a Francophile.
  • French Maid Outfit: It's her uniform at the Cleopatra Club.
  • Meido: Her character is closer to this than the usually sassy French Maid trope.
  • Sex Slave: Very likely, but not implied as explicitly as with Broomhilda.

    Vessepi 

Amerigo Vessepi

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Played By: Franco Nero
Voiced By: Martín De Renzo [Sony dub], Eduardo Fonseca [Starz dub] (Latin American Spanish); Shinpachi Tsuji (Japanese)

A member of the Cleopatra Club involved in mandingo fights.


  • The Cameo: For Franco Nero, the original Django.

    Trackers 

Candyland Trackers

Played By: Daivd Steen, Zoe Bell, Michael Bowen, Robert Carradine, Jake Garber, Ted Neeley, James Parks, and Tom Savini

Hillbilly dog handlers led by Mr. Stonesipher hired by Candie to track down runaway slaves.


  • All There in the Manual: According to leaked script and early casting news, trackers' names are Jake, Lex, Stu, Cheney, Catfish and Peg. Only Stonecipher and Jake are named in the movie.
  • Beard of Evil: Stonesipher, Jake, Cheney and Catfish sport them.
  • The Cameo: Pretty much the entire troupe of actors who play them are Tarantino regulars.
  • Death Glare: Trackers give it to Django as he rides by.
  • Deep South: The deepest.
  • Evil Cripple: Tracker Lex is hunchbacked.
  • Gentle Giant: Jake doesn't seem to enjoy watching people being ripped to pieces by dogs and he's building a birdhouse while his friends are playing poker with human ears instead of poker chips.
  • Groin Attack: Django shoots Stonesipher's genitals off.
  • Perma-Stubble: Lex and Stu sport them.

Bennett Plantation

    Big Daddy 

Spencer "Big Daddy" Bennett

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"Now unless they start shooting first, nobody shoot 'em. That's way too simple for these jokers."
Played By: Don Johnson
Voiced By: Hernán Bravo [Sony dub], José Luis Orozco [Starz dub] (Latin American Spanish); Shinpachi Tsuji (Japanese)

A plantation owner and slaver and the current employer of the Brittle Brothers.


  • Beard of Evil: He's a very mean and cruel man and has an impressive beard.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's very friendly towards Django and Shultz when they offer him a lot of money, but later tries to kill them.
  • The Klan: Leads a chapter of the Regulators, a precursor of the infamous Ku Klux Klan, though rather incompetently it seems.
  • Large Ham: Especially during the scene where he's trying to get the rest of the Regulators organized.
  • Light Is Not Good: Wears a white suit and is evil.
  • Man in White: Wears a white suit. Ultimately, it becomes a White Shirt of Death.
  • Revenge Before Reason: When Django and Schultz kill the Brittle Brothers, he could have simply cut his losses and hired three more overseers to replace them. But he could not let go of the notion of a "killer nigger" getting the best of him and his, and set out with his Regulators to kill him and Schultz, which leads to him getting killed.
  • Southern Gentleman: Like Candie, this notion is deconstructed.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He definitely seems to feel this way about the Regulators he leads.

    Big John 

John 'Big John' Brittle

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"I like the way you beg, boy."
Played By: MC Gainey
Voiced By: Marcos Abadi [Sony dub], Julián Lavat [Starz dub] (Latin American Spanish)

The oldest Brittle brother, and seemingly their leader.


  • Karmic Death: Killed by a slave he once abused and tortured. Django even throws the line he used on him back in his face. "I like the way you die, boy."
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Due to being a sadistic racist.
  • Religious Bruiser: Big John covers his body in pages torn from the Bible.
  • Starter Villain: Django's main goal in the first third is to kill him and his brothers.
  • This Cannot Be!: Has a stunned look on his face that screams this when Django shoots him at point-blank range.
  • Token Motivational Nemesis: Big John, along with the other brothers, were responsible for Django and Broomhilda's whipping, and the branding of Broomhilda.
  • Whip It Good: His choice of 'motivational tool' is a whip, which he is very handy with.

    Lil Raj 

Roger 'Lil Raj' Brittle

Played By: Cooper Huckabee
Voiced By: Jorge Riveros [Sony dub], Miguel Ángel Ghigliazza [Starz dub] (Latin American Spanish)

The clumsy middle Brittle brother.


  • Karmic Death: Not only does Django kill him with his own fumbled gun, but he also takes Big John's whip to him in vengeance for what he did to Broomhilda.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Killed with his own gun.
  • Starter Villain: Django's main goal in the first third is to kill him and his brothers.
  • Token Motivational Nemesis: The bastard who placed the four whip scars on Broomhilda and possibly Django's back, as well as possibly the branding on both of their cheeks.

    Ellis 

Ellis Brittle

Played By: Doc Duhame

The youngest Brittle brother.


  • Karmic Death: He is the only Brittle not to die at Django's hands, but his death still gets placed here due to him pointing him out to Schultz for him to shoot down in ridiculously badass fashion.

    Bag Heads 

Bag Heads

  • The Cameo: Big Daddy's right hand man is this for Jonah Hill.
  • Creator Cameo: Robert is one for Quentin Tarantino.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Willard is upset when his comrades insult his wife.
  • No Name Given: Jonah Hill's character's name is never revealed, even though he's the only one to show his face.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Not exactly sympathetic given they're based off the KKK, but there is something amusing about the way they fumble about with their masks (and Willard getting upset because the rest don't appreciate his wife's handiwork).
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Willard does this when his comrades complain about the masks.
    Willard: Well, fuck all y'all! I'm goin' home! Now, I watched my wife work all day gettin' thirty bags together for you ungrateful sons-a-bitches, and all I can hear is criticize, criticize, criticize! From now on, don't ask me or mine for nothin'!
  • Take That!: They are mockery of The Klan

Daughtrey, TX

    Tatum 

U.S. Marshal Gill Tatum

Played By: Tom Wopat
Voiced By: Alvaro Pandelo [Sony dub], Jesse Conde [Starz dub] (Latin American Spanish)

A U.S. Marshal based at the town of Daughtrey.


  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Both ways. When a stranger shows up in town and guns down a fellow lawman, he takes plenty of time to ensure every escape is covered and takes great care to not underestimate the man and put his Posse at risk. Also, he is still willing to hear the perp out and promise that "no-one cheats the hangman in my town". He also apparently pays out the bounty when Schultz has explained the situation.
  • U.S. Marshal: Wears a star and is referred to as "marshal". It's not a huge leap.

    Sharp 

Sheriff Bill Sharp

Played By: Don Stroud
Voiced By: Gustavo Dardés [Sony dub], Julián Lavat [Starz dub] (Latin American Spanish)

The Sheriff of Daughtrey.


  • Killed Mid-Sentence: "Now, why y'all wanna come into my town and start trouble? And scare all these nice people? You ain't got nothin' better to do than to come into Bill Sharp's town and show your ass-
  • Retired Monster: Stopped rustling cattle and became a sheriff.
  • Retired Outlaw: Is in fact the man Schultz is in town to collect the bounty on.
  • The Sheriff: He is the man who shows up when Schultz asks for the sheriff, and he wears a badge, so...
  • Villain with Good Publicity: The whole townspeople loved him, and pretty much everyone was eager to kill Schultz for shooting him dead until they learn he was rustling cattle.
  • Walking Spoiler: Downplayed as while he does not have much impact on the plot at whole, learning about who he is takes the shock out of the scene where King Schultz suddenly guns him down.

Other Characters

    Carrucan 

Curtis Carrucan

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"You got sand, Django. Boy's got sand...I got no use for a nigger with sand."
Played By: Bruce Dern
Voiced By: Ariel Abadi [Sony dub], Miguel Ángel Ghigliazza [Starz dub] (Latin American Spanish)

One of Django's former owners, who sold Django and Broomhilda seperately.


  • Alliterative Name: His first and last names start with C.
  • Beard of Evil: A white goatee.
  • The Cameo: For the formidable Bruce Dern, growling every word.
  • Evil Is Petty: Carrucan sells Django and Broomhilda seperately to split them up, and even has Django sold 'cheap'.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's an older fellow, but still evil to the core.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Carrucan wears a pair of nifty shades, perhaps to disguise the evil in his eyes.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Is the one that starts the backstory of the film, and isn't really hunted down as an afterthought by Django.
  • In-Universe Nickname: "Old Man Carrucan".
  • Kick the Dog: Separating Django and Broomhilda from each other... and ordering the Brittle brothers to sell Django cheap.
  • The Unfought: Django never takes revenge against him, even though he's arguably more responsible for his plight than the Brittle brothers.

    Smitty Becall 
One of Schultz bounty hunting victims, who killed multiple people during a robbery, and is therefore wanted. He is technically never seen onscreen, but his crimes are still discussed.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The fact that his son was farming with him during his last moments may imply that he was trying to leave his past behind him, and from what is seen, he seemed like a good dad. The kid's reaction is the cherry on the top as well, saying in a shocked tone "Pa?" "Pa?!", further implying that he may have redeemed himself.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: As stated above, he isn't a direct onscreen threat, but his crimes are still fairly horrible when taking everything into account.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Schultz, despite being the overall kindest person in the entire film, doesn't show remorse for killing the father of a child right in front of the child. He is so remorseless that if someone would show the scene to a person without context, they would think that Schultz was the villain.

    Speck Brothers 

Ace & Dicky Speck

Played By: James Remar & James Russo
Voiced By: Alejandro Gómez & Jorge Riveros [Sony dub], Carlos Águila & Pedro D'Aguillón Jr. [Starz dub] (Latin American Spanish)

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Dicky desperately pleads with his captives to spare his life and tries to bargain with them. To no avail.
  • Asshole Victim: They're cruel and rude slave owners.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Dicky claims to be one, and it's possible that (compared to other slavers) he's actually right. Not that it does him any good when the slaves are handed freedom on a silver platter and he's the only one standing (or lying, screaming under a horse) in the way.

    Sheriff Gus 

Sheriff Gus

Played By: Lee Horsley

  • Deadpan Snarker: Upon being confronted by Django and Schultz' latest haul of bounties, he simply shrugs and says to leave them outside:
    "They ain't going nowhere."
  • Nice Guy: In a film full of racist white men, he's the only one other than Schultz that treats Django with equal respect. And in a time when eating or drinking with a black man was taboo, he nevertheless invites both Schultz and Django in out of the 'snowy-snow' for some coffee and cake.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Whilst initially he doesn't know the men that Django and Schultz brought to him, he nonetheless accepts their word on the matter.
  • The Sheriff: Specifically, the one with whom Django and Schultz spend their winter bounty hunting.
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