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The Basterds

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The Basterds

Played By: Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Til Schweiger, Gedeon Burkhard, B. J. Novak, Omar Doom, Samm Levine, Paul Rust, Michael Bacall

"We will be cruel to the Germans, and through our cruelty they will know who we are."

A group of soldiers who have set out to put the fear of God into Nazi Germany. Started as eight Jewish-Americans, but were later joined by the German Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz after he murders 13 Gestapo officers and the Basterds break him out of jail.


  • '90s Anti-Hero: The main reason to root for them is that their targets are Nazis. They are ultimately a band of thugs who take no prisoners and relish violence.
  • Badass Crew: It's not even funny how much fear they put into the Nazi party, "butchering them like flies." Hitler even ponders them as "apparitions", able to appear and disappear at will. They're just that good.
  • Batman Gambit: Their Spare a Messenger bit is just a means to protect whichever prisoner tells them what they want, thus making future survivors more likely to talk. Said survivor is given the "spread fear" excuse so that they aren't immediately put up against a wall and shot for betraying their fellow soldiers, and since the high command typically forbids them to tell the story to anyone else, it works out pretty well. Carving the swastikas into their foreheads is just for kicks, though.
  • Blood Knight: Going as far as to scalp the soldiers they kill, the Basterds are in France for the sole purpose of killing German soldiers.
  • The Dreaded: Always leave a Sole Survivor with a swastika carved into their foreheads to spread the word that they are going around killing Nazisnominally, at least.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: All the members can classify.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: They hate the Nazis, yet they do several eerily similar actions onto the Nazis that the Nazis do onto Jews and other undesirables, even down to locking them in a room under false pretenses (in a manner of speaking). That fits the trope to a "t". But given that it's eight Jews and a hillbilly versus the entirety of the Nazi Party, it just as much comes across as a darkly satisfying turning the tables.
  • Knight Templar: Their mission statement is two words long; "Kill Nazis". However, one of the many (many, many) things that makes them morally dubious is that they do not differentiate between Nazis and non-party German soldiers. Joined the German army just for the pay, even if you hate the Nazis, or got conscripted? Too bad; assuming you survive the Basterds, you're still getting branded with a swastika.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Possibly the best example.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Most of the Basterds are Jewish, and they fight Nazis, so revenge is certainly a motivating factor.
  • Terror Hero: The Basterds' preferred tactic is to kill Nazis in such a brutal manner that any survivors give up out of fear.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Four Basterds disappear (Gerold Hirschberg, Andy Kagan, Michael Zimmerman, Simon Sakowitz) never to be shown on screen again. According to leaked versions of the script, whoever didn't show up by the tavern scene had died.
    • However, other versions have the remaining Basterds survive by the story's end.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Lampshaded by Landa himself: Their plan to blow up the cinema via suicide bombers resembles a terrorist plot much more than any sort of military strategy. Though of course, the Basterds - Donny especially - don't see it that way: It's just good old fashioned Jewish vengeance.
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    Raine 

Lt. Aldo "The Apache" Raine

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"You probably heard we ain't in the prisoner-takin' business; we in the killin' Nazi business. And cousin, business is a-boomin'!"
Played By: Brad Pitt

"Every man here owes me one. Hundred. Nazi. Scalps. And I want my scalps!"

A hilljack from the backwoods of Tennessee. Has a mysterious scar about his neck that is ultimately left to the viewers' imagination. Tasked with instilling God-induced fear into the Germans before the Armada, he puts together the American-Jewish "Basterds" - all too happy to kill him some Nazis.


  • Ambiguously Evil: It's really only ambiguous due to his victims being Nazis. If Aldo did to almost any other group of people what he did to the Third Reich, he'd be seen as an utterly insane war criminal. Given we only see him fight this group, it's hard to tell if he'd use similar tactics on others.
  • Anti-Hero: Aldo seems truly dedicated to taking down Hitler and stopping the persecution of European Jews. The killing and torturing is just a bonus.
  • Ax-Crazy: He legitimately gets off on carving swastikas into the heads of German prisoners-of-war. Landa mistakenly assumes this is a very clever tactic at spreading fear among German soldiers, and that beneath it he can be rational and reasoned with. Unfortunately....that's not the case - Landa all-too-painfully learns that Aldo is very much a psychopath who savors his art form.
  • Badass Mustache: An epic one.
  • Badass Native: Claims to be descended from Jim Bridger, which makes him part Native American.
  • Berserk Button: While it's mostly Tranquil Fury, if you're a Nazi or a German soldier, don't even think that after the war you'll just be able to take off that uniform and walk away from everything it stood for.
  • Blood Knight: Like most of the Basterds, he really enjoys fighting Nazis.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • He did seem genuinely willing to let Wilhelm leave the bar alive after hearing that he was a father to a newly born child, and gives off a very subtle indication that he doesn't think highly of Hammersmark killing him in cold blood.
    • Hates Landa to his very core and makes it known in a very painful manner, but Raine is also willing to let him live and reap the benefits he negotiated due to Hans ending the war.
  • Expy:
  • Famous Ancestor: Raine mentions he's a direct descendant of well-known mountain man Jim Bridger.
  • Functional Addict: For as much "functional" as a man like him can be, the opening scene shows him bumping some (presumably) cocaine like he's taking a sip of coffee.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Like most of the Basterds, he *really* enjoys killing and mutilating Nazis. He also doesn't mind torturing Bridget when he becomes suspicious of her.
  • Knife Nut: Carries a big fucking Bowie knife everywhere, which is what he uses to carve those swastikas. If Donny's comments are anything to go by, Aldo's getting pretty skilled at forehead carving.
  • Knight Templar: He's so dedicated to killing "Nat-zees" he doesn't care if Germans he meets are actually Nazis (such as the SS) or conscripted soldiers who may or may not be Nazi sympathizers (such as the Wehrmacht).
  • Large Ham: His way of speaking is quite theatrical throughout the story.
    And I WANT my scalps!
  • Laughably Evil: He is quite entertaining, probably the main reason why his blatant sociopathy is largely ignored by the fanbase. Another reason probably being Pay Evil unto Evil.
  • The Man They Couldn't Hang: A likely cause of his neck injury.
  • Military Maverick: That fact he mentions having been 'chewed out' before and is still holding the rank of lieutenant probably goes some way to explaining why he is leading an irregular unit on what most people would consider a suicide mission.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • When he tweaks the deal Landa made with the Allied Command, Raine notes it's not the first time he went against orders.
    • How Raine got that scar. He looks like a survivor of a failed hanging, although who hanged him and for what reason is never explained.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: He makes zero attempts to try to hide his thick Tennessee accent while posing as an Italian stuntman during the film premiere at the climax of the film.
  • Obviously Evil: Raine invokes this by carving swastikas into the foreheads of Nazis. Aldo takes issue with the fact that a Nazi could just take off their uniform and no longer be identifiable as a Nazi. So he gives them a little something they can't take off.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: The Nazis are cruel, evil people who will murder without a second thought. Therefore Raine feels giving them a taste of their own medicine is a perfectly valid tactic.
  • The Snack Is More Interesting: Casually munches on a sandwich while Donny executes Rachtman, and when he's interrogating Butz.
  • Southern-Fried Private: He hails from Tennessee, although Raine mentions he's got just a touch of Native American blood in him.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Maybe. We never get to see what happens to him after his actions against Landa, but doing that to a man who just successfully negotiated an end to the war is likely to get Aldo a far worse punishment than just being "chewed out".
  • Uncertain Doom: The end of the film has Aldo defying his orders by scarring Landa and killing the radio operator he brought along. While Raine appears quite confident that he'll only be admonished for this behavior, it's very possible that Landa is correct in saying his punishment will be far more severe.
  • Would Hit a Girl: After the disastrous rendezvous with von Hammersmark that results in two of his men and a British agent dead, he has no issue with hurrying von Hammersmark's interrogation along by sticking a finger into the bullet-wound on her leg.

    Donowitz 

Sgt. Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz

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"Teddy fuckin' Williams knocks it out of the park!"
Played By: Eli Roth

More commonly known as "The Bear Jew", his infamy and brutality is so widespread among German soldiers stationed in France that many actually believe that he is a golem summoned by a vengeful rabbi. In truth, he is a Jewish-American soldier who really likes baseball. Unfortunately, there are no baseballs in Nazi-Occupied France, so he and his bat make do with Nazi melons.


  • Alliterative Name: Donny Donowitz.
  • All There in the Manual: Donny's backstory-flashback, cut from the film but found in the published script, reveals that he specifically enlisted to fight in the war on the condition that he fight Germany, not Japan. Also, his bat is inscribed with names of Jewish friends and family members as their blessings for his revenge.
  • Animal Motif: He's known by the Nazis as "The Bear Jew" for his brutality and preference of using a baseball bat to bludgeon nazis to death. His introduction as "The Bear Jew" has him emerging from a tunnel, like how a bear would emerge from a cave.
  • Anti-Hero: Donny is truly dedicated to taking down Hitler and stopping the persecution of European Jews. The killing and torturing is just a bonus.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: "Fuck A Duck!"
  • Batter Up!: His weapon of choice is a baseball bat with the names of all his Jewish friends and family inscribed on it. He's become infamous among the Nazis for the zeal with which he bludgeons them to death, spouting off baseball references all the while.
  • Blood Knight: Donny loves to kill, and he cannot wait to smash his bat into another human being's face over and over.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: He's on cloud nine whenever he's in a fight.
  • The Dreaded: Even by Basterds standards, he's feared among the German military, to the point of being Shrouded in Myth.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: He spends his last moments gunning down Hitler and the Nazi High Command.
  • Famous Son: According to Quentin Tarantino, Lee Donowitz is in fact, Donny's son.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dies in the explosion of the theater in the end gunning down Nazis to ensure none of them escape.
  • Hollywood New England: His Boston accent shows as he clubs Rachtman. It helps that Donnie's played by born-and-bred Bay Stater Eli Roth.
    Donnie: TEDDY FAHKIN' WILLIAMS KNOCKS IT OUTTA DA PAHK!
  • Knight Templar: Is decidedly the most eager to torment and slaughter him some Nazis.
  • The Lancer: He questions Aldo what they need Hammersmark for more than anyone else.
  • Large Ham: Tends towards Chewing the Scenery a lot in his lines. Like his exaggerated sarcasm when talking about Operation Kino...or his elation after beating Sgt. Rachtmann to death.
    • In the initial interaction with Landa in the theater, Donny’s attempted Italian accent is so forced and over the top that Landa playfully has Donny repeat his cover name over and over again just to amuse himself.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: His face whilst listening to Raine explain his intentions to the Nazis.
  • Red Baron: He becomes known as the "Bear Jew" among the Nazis.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Donny Donowitz gives this off as he approaches the German Commanding Officer to execute him.
  • Same Surname Means Related: Word of God says he's the father of Lee Donowitz from True Romance.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Nazis believe he's a golem conjured by a Rabbi.
  • Terror Hero: Considering his actor, he looks psychotic in nearly every scene he appears in. Smirking during Raine's monologue of spreading terror towards the Nazis, looking like a maniac standing near Bridget von Hammersmark, and his blood lust when he spots Hitler.
  • Would Hurt a Child: During the shootout inside the theatre, he guns down even one of the girls from the League of German Maidens.

    Stiglitz 

Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz

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"Say "auf Wiedersehen" to your Nazi balls."
Played By: Til Schweiger

A psychotic serial killer who was, for a time, a German enlisted soldier. He gained infamy after brutally butchering thirteen Gestapo officers, and was promptly on his way to the gallows. But as it turns out, Aldo was a huge fan of his work and wanted him to play for his team. Hugo didn't even have to ponder on the possibility of killing more Nazis.


  • Ax-Crazy: There really isn't a non-crazy reason for why he enjoys killing Nazis.
  • Bathos: His part in the confrontation with Hellstrom is spoiled somewhat by him still having a card from their party game stuck to his forehead.
  • Berserk Button: He loathes the Gestapo more so than any of the other Basterds combined - strongly implied to be for rather personal reasons. Despite the fact that he's a psychopath, he is for the most part cool under pressure and has no problem maintaining a friendly and affable cover among other German soldiers. But the moment Hellstrom walks up, he immediately turns into an unstable time bomb. If Hicox hadn't accidentally blown his cover, it's very likely Stiglitz would've snapped and murdered him anyway.
  • Blood Knight: Certainly seems to enjoy that one kill where he choked the Nazi to death with his fist.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Out of the 13 Gestapo officers he killed we saw three. One was suffocated by stuffing a fist into his throat and another repeatedly stabbed in the face through a pillow. The third was just strangled with a piano wire.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The only Basterd to get a full flashback sequence divulging their backstory.
  • Defector from Decadence: Downplayed in that the Basterds are nearly as decadent as their targets. However, the inscription on his knife translates into "My duty is to my honor", indicating that his rebellion against the Nazis arose out of disgust for their dishonorable crimes.
  • The Dreaded: "Everybody in the German army's heard of Hugo Stiglitz...!"
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Despite the amount of characterization he gets, he's suddenly killed during the tavern fight, and his death isn't even shown on camera.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Subverted. It's never fully explained why he decided to kill Gestapo officers, but the Basterds heard about it and offered him his freedom in return for helping them. Naturally, he joined up. The film hints that the Gestapo tortured him for some reason, setting him off on his personal Roaring Rampage of Revenge before capture (and rescue by the Basterds). The inscription on his knife ("My duty is to my honor") may give a clue as to his rebellion.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: The greatest example in the movie (on the part of a sociopath).
  • Knife Nut: He has an SS dagger, with the "Loyalty is my honor" inscription.
  • Made of Iron: While hard to tell, close viewing of the bar shootout shows Stiglitz taking multiple rounds to his back as he stabs Hellstrom before he turns around to return fire, killing two more German soldiers. It takes the bartender's shotgun to finally finish him off.
  • Nominal Hero: Hugo has no problems with murder, mutilation, and torture. Unlike the other Basterds, it's unclear if he even thinks it's deserved. His targets are Nazis, though, so his interests are aligned with that of the Allied High Command.
  • Not So Stoic: Subverted. Despite losing his shit in his own mind sitting next to a Nazi Gestapo officer in a bar, reliving the Nazi torture he endured at some point, he doesn't blow his cover nor burst into violence. Hicox does. Only after does he shoot the officer in the balls and goes nuts stabbing him in the back of the head during the shoot out.
  • Pet the Dog: He seems genuine when he congratulates German soldier Wilhelm on the birth of his son, even smiling as he says "Maximilian" is a strong name for a son. It's the nicest he acts in the entire film.
  • Psycho for Hire: He just seems to like killing.
  • Serial Killer: Before joining the Basterds.
  • Sociopathic Hero: He straddles between this and Heroic Comedic Sociopath.
  • The Stoic: Almost completely unflappable—even when the prison guards to his cell are being suddenly gunned down. And then there's this gem, when Hicox tells him they should all be sure to remain calm on assignment:
    "I don't look calm to you?"
  • Token Enemy Minority: Former German soldier under the Nazis. Now with the Basterds.

    Wicki 

Cpl. Wilhelm Wicki

Played By: Gedeon Burkhard

An Austrian-born Jew, he quickly fled and became an American citizen right around the time when the Nazi party was coming into real prominence. Afterwards, he joined the Basterds to kick a little ass. Acts as the team's translator, cause the Germans are too shit-scared of Stiglitz.


  • Alliterative Name: Wilhelm Wicki.
  • Cultured Badass: A bilingual marksman who is part of a dreaded Allied commando squad during WWII.
  • Defector from Decadence: He's actually Austrian-born.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: The best shot among the Basterds. This is demonstrated when he almost single-handedly wipes out the basement of Nazis before Staff Sergeant Wilhelm guns him down.
  • The Lancer: Acts as an interpreter for Raine, goes to the rendezvous with Hicox, and if things had played out the way they were intended, he would've gone to the premiere as part of Operation Kino.
  • Made of Iron: Is shot two times in the chest during the tavern shootout, yet keeps standing and shoots down the guy who shot him plus the bartender before Staff Sergeant Wilhelm puts him down for good.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to the rest of the Basterds, he comes across as The Quiet One.
  • The Smart Guy: His bilingualism makes him a good asset for gathering intelligence.

    Ulmer 

Pfc. Omar Ulmer

Played By: Omar Doom

A Basterd who got roped into Aldo's insane plan of bombing the cinema following the Mexican Standoff turned Blast Out in the pub. He doesn't speak Italian, not that Aldo cares.


  • Ascended Extra: He gets little screentime and few lines in the first four chapters before taking a more prominent role in the film's finale.
  • Butt-Monkey: Raine treats him like this but he proves himself otherwise.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Same as Donny's.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dies in the explosion of the theater in the end gunning down Nazis to ensure none of them escape.
  • Hidden Depths: He's the only one of the trio who satisfies Landa's ear for Italian despite being the only one who can't speak any.
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    Utivich 

Pfc. Smithson "The Little Man" Utivich

Played By: B.J. Novak

"The Germans' nickname for me is "the Little Man"?"

Known to the Germans as the "Little Man" - even though he's not the smallest of the Basterds - , Utivich is a Basterd who, for some reason, was captured by Landa along with Aldo in the hopes of his scheme succeeding. Despite coming off as timid, he is all too happy to follow Aldo.


  • Ascended Extra: Is a background character until the very end of the movie.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Known as "Little Man" to the Germans. He's quite miffed when he finds out.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Inverted, much to his chagrin.
  • Informed Attribute: Is known as "The Little Man," according to Landa, despite being taller than all of the other Basterds aside from Wicki, Stiglitz, Donowitz, and Raine.
  • Sole Survivor: Aside from Aldo, he is apparently the only Basterd involved in Operation Kino to survive. At the very least, he is the only one along with Aldo who makes it back across the border safely.

    Hirschberg 

Pfc. Gerold Hirschberg

Played By: Samm Levine

A Basterd with a minor role. He's the shortest member of the Basterds.


  • In the Back: Shoots Private Ludwig when he tries to escape. Aldo scolds him for it.
  • The Napoleon: He's the shortest member of the Basterds, and apparently one of the most aggressive.
  • Stout Strength: An unused trailer-shot has him running through a building firing an MG 42.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In interviews, Samm Levine confirms that Hirschberg survives to the story's end, and written-but-not-filmed closing scenes had himself and other unspecified Basterds meeting up with Lt. Raine and PFC Utivich after they settled things with Col. Hans Landa.

    Kagan 

Pfc. Andy Kagan

Played By: Paul Rust

Another one of the Basterds.


  • Flat Character: Along with Zimmerman and Sakowitz, he gets no significant screen-time and is mostly a background character.

    Zimmerman 

Pfc. Michael Zimmerman

Played By: Michel Bacall

Another one of the Basterds.


  • Flat Character: Along with Kagan and Sakowitz, he gets no significant screen-time and is mostly a background character.

    Sakowitz 

Pfc. Simon Sakowitz

Played By: Carlos Fidel

Another one of the Basterds.


  • Alliterative Name: Simon Sakowitz.
  • Flat Character: Along with Kagan and Zimmerman, he gets no significant screen-time and is mostly a background character.
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The Nazis

    German High Command 

The German High Command (Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Goring, and Martin Bormann)

Played By: Martin Wuttke & Sylvester Groth

    Hitler 

Adolf Hitler

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Played By: Martin Wuttke

It's that one guy.


  • Adaptational Ugliness: Emphasised in one scene, where Hitler inelegantly rants and sputters in front of a much-lionised portrait that more closely resembles the real thing.
  • Adolf Hitlarious
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He does absolutely nothing to directly hinder the protagonists and only gets about three minutes of screen time. Colonel Hans Landa is the real threat.
  • Demoted to Extra: Hitler was featured prominently in the trailers and considering his role in the war, you'd think he'd be one of the main villains. But no, he gets less than five minutes of screen time and does absolutely nothing throughout the film.
  • Incoming Ham: "NEIN, NEIN, NEIN, NEIN, NEIN, NEIN!"
  • Large Ham: In his first scene, he really hams it up during his rant about the Bear Jew.
  • Living Macguffin: Despite being the ultimate leader of the Nazi party, Hitler has no real influence on the plot, other than just being another target for Shoshanna and the Basterds to kill. Replacing him with another important Nazi would not affect the plot very much.
  • Nice to the Waiter: After informing his secretary that all talk of "The Bear Jew" is forbidden among the rank and file, said secretary reminds him of a forgotten appointment, for which Hitler thanks him. Later, he decides that the premiere of Goebbels' latest movie is important enough to the German people that he himself attends, and he personally praises Goebbels on his work.
  • Pimped-Out Cape: Wears one in his first appearance.

    Goebbels 

Dr. Joseph Goebbels

Played By: Sylvester Groth

Hitler's Minister of Propaganda, he sees himself as the next (less Jewish) Fritz Lang. He...really isn't.


  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: As if being the Nazi Minister of Propaganda didn't make him evil enough, he also has a creepy, passive-aggressive handshake.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his ego, his temper, and the sort of mentality that gets a person put in charge of Nazi propaganda, Hicox reports that the man's attempt at revitalizing German cinema and "beating the Hollywood Jews at their own game" is actually doing quite well.
  • Berserk Button: Don't mention Lillian Harvey. He's still rather sore about her and her opposition to the Nazis.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His joke about the Olympics being based off "Negro sweat."
  • Fan Disservice: Thanks for the Goebbels sex scene, Quentin.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He's introduced as Dr. Goebbels, and in fact the real Goebbels did have a doctorate in philosophy. It goes without saying that he's evil.
  • Number Two: To Hitler. It is in fact a point of personal irritation for Goebbels that the only two people for whom he must wait for an appointment are Hitler and his new, explosively popular movie star Zoller.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He's introduced making racist jokes about Negroes in the Olympics, and according to Landa, he wouldn't trust a black projectionist to do his job well.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: ...Well let's not get carried away, but once Zoller lays out a convincing enough argument for moving the premiere of "Nation's Pride" to a smaller- no, more exclusive venue, Joseph is up for it.
  • Smug Snake: Being more smug than he has justification for comes with the territory of being the Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi Party and a supremacist who considers himself an artistic genius.

    Hans Landa 

Col. Hans "The Jew Hunter" Landa

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"I love rumors! Facts can be so misleading, where rumors, true or false, are often revealing."
Played By: Christoph Waltz

"You are now in the hands of the SS. My hands to be exact."

A Nazi colonel who is a damn good detective (in his words). Very good at rooting out Jewish families in hiding. This is how he makes the acquaintance of Shosanna Dreyfus, whose family's death he is responsible for. As fate would have it, he is responsible for the security detail for the film premiere....at Shosanna's cinema. Apart from Zoller, he's the only fictional Nazi at the gala, though he shares a lot in common with Reinhard Heydrich, the architect of Hitler's "final solution"; this is remarked on by Landa himself in the film.


  • A Father to His Men: Man, anyway. He shows a unique affection for his adjutant at the climax and trusts him enough to bring him in on the plot to defect after allowing Nazi High Command to perish. He is absolutely aghast at the man's murder and has a Villainous Breakdown over it, despite knowing his own safety is ensured.
  • Ambiguous Situation: He specializes in creating these as an intimidating interrogation tactic; his subject is never clear on whether Landa already knows their secret, and Landa drops hints that would support both possibilities to keep them uncertain before finally revealing his hand.
  • Appropriated Appellation: As seen in the beginning, when he mentions having been given the title of "Jew Hunter", which he finds to be rather catchy. Subverted in the final act, several years later, when he has come to loathe the accolade. Both reactions may have just been a lie: he states that he enjoys the moniker to LaPadite, whom he is trying to intimidate, and expresses his distaste for it to Aldo and Utivich, who is trying to broker a deal with and who are both well known for despising the Nazi's.
  • Awesome by Analysis: He is essentially a Nazi Sherlock Holmes, and may actually see himself as such (he insists that he's a "detective", and a damn good one; and he even has a gavel).
  • Badass Longcoat: The Nazi uniform worn in the first chapter of the film.
  • Big Bad: He is the main antagonist of the film and the one hunting the Basterds and Shosanna Dreyfus.
  • Break Them by Talking: His interrogation of Perrier LaPadite in the first chapter of the story.
  • Breakout Character: Thought by many to be the highlight of the film, Landa was the Star-Making Role for Christoph Waltz for international audiences and Tarantino has said he considers Landa to be the best character he ever wrote.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: An important thing to note about Landa is that he's not simply effective, he is also playful. Every interaction h has in the movie is an interrogation, and for Landa every interrogation is a performance. Neither his meeting with LaPedite nor revealing to Bridget von Hammersmark that he found her shoe at the tavern before he kills her with his bare hands were necessary to achieve his aims, but he does so anyway to amuse himself a little before getting down to business.
  • The Chessmaster: He knows how to play people's weaknesses and strengths against them to get what he wants.
  • Colonel Badass: A non-physical example; he outmaneuvers most of his opponents with ease, and it does take some nerve to plant dynamite under Hitler's seat without breaking a sweat.
  • Create Your Own Hero: Killing Shoshanna's family with her watching the whole thing made her into a vengeful Nazi killer who would be responsible for the death of most of the major Nazi officers by having them trapped inside a burning theatre. On the other hand, Landa himself benefited from her actions.
  • Cunning Linguist: One of the character's most well-known traits is his quadri-linguality. His ability to speak English allows him to speak freely about the Dreyfusses without tipping them off that he knows where they are and his grasp of Italian completely torpedos the Basterds’ facade at the theater.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Sadistically threatening a man's family to get him to give up a Jewish family he's been hiding despite having already deduced that they were there hiding under the floorboards before he had even arrived. He then spares Shosanna not out of mercy, but rather out of whimsy.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Landa seems to be completely shocked when Aldo kills his adjutant in cold blood even though his survival was part of Landa's deal with the Allied command. Arguably, Landa expected Aldo to put his ruthlessness (which he was well aware of) aside for the sake of honor or at the very least of orders. He was not.
  • The Dreaded: His nickname being the Jew Hunter and all.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Is shown to smoke a rather (bordering on comically) large one. The fact that he only smokes it while interrogating LaPedite is a clue that he already knows the answers to everything he's asking the man.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Loves having an unexpectedly friendly and jovial personality when he's interrogating and sometimes even killing people, but there is no doubt that he is really a vicious and opportunistic bastard underneath it.
  • The Gadfly: He makes a point that he enjoys to "tease rough" while unraveling Bridget von Hammersmark's mountain climbing story.
  • I Gave My Word: Regardless of his other flaws, Landa does respect deals and promises. We see him keep up his end of every bargain he makes, and he is clearly horrified when Raine shoots the German soldier he had included to defect to the US in their agreement at the end.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Does it when meeting ladies for the first time as part of his gentlemanly veneer, but certainly with Lapadite and possibly with Shoshanna it's also an intimidation tactic.
  • Karma Houdini: Most likely will become this in combination with Written by the Winners. He betrays Hitler with the intention of being viewed by the public as being a spy for the Allies, and he being the reason the allies win. The only way it doesn't quite go the way he plans is the Mark of Shame being carved into his forehead. Even then, considering all the resources he extorted, his persuasion skill, and that plastic surgery was already highly capable of treating such scars back then, he would likely get away with it.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • It's highly likely he knew well in advance where the Dreyfuses were hiding in LaPadite's farmhouse, but terrorizes Perrier LaPadite into confessing anyway. This particular instance strangely overlaps with Pet the Dog at the same time, as instead of simply ordering LaPadite and his family killed, he gave LaPadite the opportunity to "cooperate" (with no further punishment) instead of simply being discovered with Jews hiding in his house (which would likely have fatal results for his family).
    • He murders von Hammersmark in an unnecessarily brutal fashion, but not before making her pull her own lost shoe out of his jacket pocket and slipping it on her foot for her, so that she knew in no uncertain terms how screwed she'd been from the start.
  • Let No Crisis Go to Waste: He discovers the Basterds' plan and hijacks it in order to give himself a cushy retirement.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates his way into surviving the defeat of the Nazis and retiring with a "nest egg".
  • Mark of Shame: Becomes the recipient of Aldo's masterpiece so as to not let his old ties be forgotten.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Assuming he's treated as such (as he could be considered the Villain Protagonist,) he is not dangerous because of being a physical threat. This is made very clear in his opening scene, where he completely breaks down the much more physically imposing Lapadite without even needing to bring his soldiers into the room.
  • Not So Stoic: His brutal and apparently very personal murder of von Hammersmark is a far cry from his usual dispassion about killing people, not to mention his reaction when Raine shoots his driver.
  • Omniglot: Much like his actor, Landa is fluent in German, English, French, and Italian.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Landa's loyalty is not to race or country, just his own prosperity. Which is why he, sensing the Nazi's inevitable defeat, betrays them.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • It's implied that he does honor his agreement to leave the LaPadite family alone.
    • He is clearly horrified when Aldo kills his driver after they've surrendered, claiming that he made a deal for the man's life.
    • When making his demands for enabling Operation Kino, he initially asks for the Congressional Medal of Honor, before rescinding and asking that all members of the operation receive the medal.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Despite being a literal Nazi, it's questionable if Landa shares the party's beliefs at all. He has Shosanna switch in with her assistant because he presumed Goebbells wouldn't allow a "negro" to manage the film night, and makes a comment that "one could see how that [being a projectionist, staying out of sight behind the scenes] could be a good trade for them [black people]". The former was an accurate statement as to his peers' expectations, while the latter may just be to provoke Shoshanna.
    • Actually, Landa's medals are a good clue that he is lying about the extent/solidity of his Nazi beliefs. At the very least, they show that he at one time was something of a true believer. He is wearing medals and insignia that indicate a long-time membership in the party, which is especially damning for an Austrian. It means he would have been a member long before the Germans annexed Austria in 1938, at a time when being a Nazi party member in Austria was illegal and a professional detriment. Landa is undoubtedly an opportunist, but his medals suggest that he did have some initial affinity for Nazi ideology and that he allied himself with the party long before it would have been wise for a career-minded Austrian to do. His efforts to diminish his Nazi connections toward the end of the movie are him rewriting his own narrative.
    • When he’s laying the outline of his deal with the Americans, he specifically notes how he has no desire to be judged by a ‘’Jewish’’ tribunal after the war. Why he assumes the tribunal would be Jewish is anyone’s guess but it’s clear he doesn’t want people in control of his postwar fate to be Jewish. There again it might be antisemitism or because the fate of the Jew hunter in the hand of the Jewish people is pretty much prison or death.
    • In his first scene he does make an analogy comparing Germans to hawks and Jews to rats, much like real Nazi propaganda of the time, but he insists that he doesn't mean the comparison as an insult, as rats are tough survivors in a hostile world.
  • Psychological Projection: Landa is an amoral pretender using Nazism just to benefit himself personally. Upon discovering the real purpose of the Basterds' tendency to Spare a Messenger scarred with a swastika, Landa assumes Aldo Raine's Ax-Crazy Military Maverick shtick is just an act to scare the Germans. Thinking of him as a like-minded opponent is a rare mistake for the otherwise observant Landa, which ends up being quite painful since Raine is the one he surrenders himself to.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: A villainous example; it's heavily implied that he's aware of "Emmanuelle's" true identity note , but he never divulges his knowledge of her true identity to either Shosanna herself or his superiors.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: In four languages no less.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: It comes with being Affably Evil. The strudel scene says it all.
  • The Starscream: He actually puts some of the dynamite in Hitler's balcony.
  • Too Clever by Half: His scheme doesn't go the way he envisions it; also, while he is responsible for the death of the German and Nazi leadership, it's less because he sold them out to the Basterds, and more due to sparing a young Jewish girl (For the Evulz, mind; he'd just killed her entire family, and he spared her just because it amused him to do so) and not recognizing her as a vengeful adult. His biggest mistake, however, is either over- or underestimating Aldo's intelligence; Landa assumes that he and Aldo treat each other as intellectual equals (as shown by his annoyance at the subversion of Worthy Opponent below,) so isn't prepared for Aldo either being stupid enough to get himself shot for killing Landa's driver and carving a swastika into Landa's forehead, or intelligent enough to realise he can actually get away with being "chewed out" instead of executed for insubordination. Which one it is depends on how much credit we give Aldo, but either one is a mistake for Landa. Besides Aldo’s intelligence, Landa also misjudges his character. Hans is so self-serving it's questionable if he views the tenants of Nazism as anything but a tool for his own power... but Aldo is unquestionably who he says he is.
  • Turncoat: He helps Operation Kino succeed. For a price, of course.
  • Trademark Favorite Drink: He sure does like his milk.
  • Troll: While mind-games are a major part of his detective MO, his forcing the Basterds to repeat their atrociously-pronounced Italian cover-names after demonstrating he speaks the language flawlessly appears to be just for his own amusement.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: He has a reputation as a womanizer, as von Hammersmark claims to be familiar with a number of his "conquests", but we don't see much evidence of it.
  • Verbal Tic: He calls any German he does not know "Herman". Which, if read as "Herr Mann", translates to "Mr. Man" in german.
  • Villain Protagonist: Landa gets more screen time than both Aldo and Shosanna.
  • Wicked Cultured: He embodies this trope.
  • Worthy Opponent: Subverted in his relationship with Aldo; he considers his interrogation of all of Aldo's swastika-marked survivors to be an extremely obvious step for an intelligent opponent to take, and when he realises Aldo is surprised that Landa did this, he very petulantly says "we simply aren't operating on the level of mutual respect I'd assumed" and takes a moment to regain his composure. This is goes with his general misjudgment of Aldo's character.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: He burst into uncontrollable laughter over von Hammersmark's mountain climbing story.

    Zoller 

Pvt Frederick Zoller

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Played By: Daniel Brühl

A charming German sniper who gained a hero status in Germany after mowing down nearly 300 American soldiers in a single day from a tower. He is now the centerpiece of Goebbels' latest propaganda film, Nation's Pride. Has a serious case of puppy-love for Shosanna.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: While he's somewhat of a creepy stalker and a mass murderer, it's sad seeing him being betrayed by someone who he thought he loved, getting killed by her. Obviously, that sympathy doesn't last for a long time, and he turns out to not be fully dead, and kills Shoshanna in his last moments, but it's still kind of tragic. The music makes it even better.
  • Almighty Janitor: On paper, he's just another soldier. The lowest rank an enlisted man, and thus, any individual in the military, can be, in fact. In practice, thanks to his big moment, high-ranking officers practically Squee! upon seeing him, and he has meetings with top-ranking officials.
  • Autobiographical Role: The Movie Within The Movie is about his exploits, and he plays himself.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Initially appears as a jovial guy who just simply does his job as he's commanded. Then Shosanna refuses him once too often and he drops the Nice Guy personality.
  • Cat Smile: A result of his nice guy persona and having Daniel Brühl's face.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Initially it appears to be a relatively benign example of this trope, but then his true colors are revealed and he shows the worst aspects of this trope.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Finally snaps after Shoshanna snubs him yet again, even when he expected his favors would warm her up to him.
  • Entitled to Have You: When he drops the Nice Guy facade, he demands that Shosanna submit herself to him.
  • Expy: He's kind of a German Audie Murphy: a war hero renowned for an impossible feat, turned actor playing himself in patriotic films.
  • Friendly Sniper: He acts affably enough. Gets subverted as he continuously attempts to force Shosanna into a relationship.
  • Humble Hero: Of a sort; he never reveals his celebrity status until fans appear to fawn over him and afterward doesn't flaunt it. It may be because he's not particularly proud of his claim to fame; see Punch-Clock Villain below.
  • Karmic Death: He is ultimately killed by the secretly Jewish girl he'd been harassing the entire movie.
  • Mook Lieutenant: He may be just a soldier but his fighting skills along with being a protege of Goebbels makes him stand out from the crowd.
  • Mutual Kill: With Shosanna.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Him convincing Goebbels to move the Nation's Pride premiere to Shosanna's cinema ultimately contributes to the death of the entire Nazi High Command.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Starts moving onto threats after getting rejected enough times.
  • One-Man Army: Why he's so famous, and why a movie is being made about him.
  • Prince Charming Wannabe: He's very convinced that Shosanna is a Tsundere for him.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He confesses to Shosanna that he does not want to watch his film, because he does not feel proud of killing so many men. At the premiere, he watches the violence onscreen only briefly before excusing himself. On the other hand, he proudly boasts of killing 300 men when threatening Shoshanna, so who knows.
  • Taking You with Me: Shosanna shoots him to keep him from discovering her plan, but then gets curious when she hears him still alive. As she approaches him in sympathy, Zoller shoots her back.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He seems to think he's in a romance flick where he can defrost the ice queen. Not how it works out.

    Hellstrom 

Major Dieter Hellstrom

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Played By: August Diehl

Something of a repulsive Gestapo Major, he works directly under Goebbels. Not particularly savvy, but very difficult to fool.


  • Awesome McCoolname: Doubling as Names to Run Away from Really Fast, because Hellstrom.
  • Bad Boss: Has no problem dragging his own men into what ends up being a mutually fatal shootout, even gloating about orphaning the newborn Max.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He could very well serve as a Deconstruction of Landa's character: Good with language, but not good enough to recognize an English accent, despite speaking English. He fancies himself a detective and claims to know "every [German Soldier] in France worth knowing", and yet sits right next to Hugo Stiglitz, the only member of the Basterds whom we know had his face in a newspaper (for killing those 13 officers), whom "every man in the German Army has heard of", and fails to recognize him. He has no personal magnetism, and his charm is all superficial, quickly dropped whenever it becomes inconvenient. And perhaps most important of all; unlike Landa, Hellstrom didn't Know When to Fold 'Em and it costs him and his men their lives.
  • Evil Gloating: Is completely content knowing everyone in the bar is going to shoot each other dead.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Zigzagged. He fails to recognize Stiglitz, despite sitting right next to him. He doesn't fail to notice Hicox using the wrong hand gesture for "three".
  • Faux Affably Evil: An act he's not particularly accomplished at.
    "I must say, I grow weary of these monkeyshines."
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: He and the Basterds enjoy playing their card game for a few minutes, before Hicox blows his cover and things get tense again.
  • Groin Attack: He's shot to death by Hicox and Stiglitz firing their sidearms point-blank into his groin.
    Stiglitz: "Say "auf wiedersehen" to your Nazi balls!"
  • Jerkass: Upon meeting Shosanna he rudely tells her to get her ass into the car, which was actually supposed to be an invitation; and overall he doesn't enjoy anyone's company including Goebbels and his own men.
  • Lack of Empathy: Had no sympathy for little Max growing up without a father.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite his general Lack of Empathy, he allowed Wilhelm and his unit to celebrate his son's birth and even joined them at the tavern; though he stopped short of fraternizing with them, seating himself just around the corner with a beer and a book.
  • Stepford Smiler: His smile and manners are entirely superficial and do not hide his cold, smug personality.
  • Smug Snake: Hellstrom sure thinks he's some kind of version of Landa. That's the kind of thinking that makes you say "auf wiedersehen" to your Nazi balls.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Like Landa, appears to get a kick out of being very scary in a conversational tone.
  • Spotting the Thread: Subverted, then Played Straight; Hellstrom picks up on Hicox's "obscure small town" accent, but a sufficiently detailed and corroborated cover story assuages his doubts. Then Hicox makes a drink order with the wrong hand gesture, which Hellstrom notices immediately.
  • Taking You with Me: With Hicox, having pointed a gun below the table the moment Hicox blew his cover assuring him they aren't leaving the bar no matter what.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: Stiglitz first shoots him point-blank in both balls, then Hicox shoots him a few more times there, before Stiglitz stabs twice in the back of the head.
  • Undying Loyalty: He is utterly devoted to Nazi Germany - Truth in Television when it comes to the Gestapo. When Hicox blows his cover, under no circumstances will he allow him to leave the tavern alive, even if it means everyone else inside will die, him included.
  • Villainous Valor: You have to give him credit for not only being willing to die in the process of stopping an enemy spy, but actually doing so after being shot in the balls at point-blank range.
  • Wicked Cultured: Knows a lot about dining, history, German accents, and American pop-culture. He also enjoys reading while listening to classical music (instead of indulging in drunken festivities like the other Germans in the same tavern).
  • You Have No Chance to Survive: Towards Hicox and the basterds explaining they won't survive a shoot out with German officers in the bar.

    Wilhelm 

Staff Sgt. Wilhelm

Played By: Alexander Fehling

A German soldier under Hellstrom's command. He was given the night off to celebrate the birth of his son, Max, at a pub. Then it all goes to hell.


  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: His and his comrades' celebrating with drinks in the basement of a tavern certainly doesn't deescalate the situation that follows. It's abundantly possible his booze-enhanced high spirits are responsible for his boldness toward Hammersmark. (See below under Small Role, Big Impact.)
  • Broken Pedestal: Went from idolizing Hammersmark to denouncing her as a "fucking traitor" upon learning she's working for the Allies.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Comes across as a drunken idiot at first, but, even in that state, he identifies Hicox's foreign accent, and he then manages to shoot down Wicki, leaving him as the sole-survivor of the shootout with von Hammersmark. At first.
  • Even Mooks Have Loved Ones: Unfortunately Hellstrom didn't care for his son growing up without a father.
  • Good-Looking Privates: He's young, clean-cut, (if a touch disheveled at the moment) and soon to be a father.
  • I Have a Family: He's given the choice to let Bridget go without a fight so he could be with his wife and son. He accepts the offer, but von Hammersmark had other ideas.
  • Mexican Standoff: With Raine... or not... depends if you ask him or Raine.
  • More Dakka: While everyone in the bar was wielding small sidearms, Wilhelm went for the MP40 submachinegun with brutal effect.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: You set aside the whole "Nazi" thing, and what you have left is a swell guy who is celebrating his new family.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Or perhaps his new son, Max, is a better example. Imagine what would've happened if Max hadn't been born that night; Wilhelm and his fellow soldiers wouldn't have gone to that bar, they wouldn't have met Bridget von Hammersmark, Wilhelm wouldn't have drunkenly overstayed his welcome and caused Hicox to reprimand him, Wilhelm wouldn't have picked up on Hicox's accent, which means Hellstrom wouldn't have picked up on his accent, which means the firefight and ensuing Mexican Standoff wouldn't have happened, and everyone in the bar might've lived through the night. If nothing else, Operation Kino would've played out very differently.
  • Suddenly Sober: Amazing what a firefight in a basement can do.

    Rachtman 

Sgt. Werner Rachtman

Played By: Richard Sammel

An honorable and loyal German soldier, who "respectfully refuses" Aldo's offer to rat out his comrades. He becomes The Bear Jew's first on-screen kill.


  • Even Evil Has Standards: He fights for the Nazis but nonetheless chooses death over giving up his comrades.
    Rachtman: "You can't expect me to divulge information that would put German lives in danger?"
  • Face Death with Dignity: The man is unflappable, given the situation; It takes a baseball bat to the head to finally get a reaction out of him.
  • A Father to His Men: As he surveys the dead bodies of his men being scalped, he looks none too pleased....
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: He's a completely unapologetic Wehrmacht sergeant in service to the Nazis.
  • Not Afraid to Die: He knows full well he will be killed if he doesn't cooperate. At first he politely refuses, then just outright insults the Basterds to drive home his point. Even with the Bear Jew standing with a bat in front of him, he remains unflinching.
  • Precision F-Strike: When told his options are to expose the location of an artillery encampment or get beaten to death with a baseball bat, he answers with an unmistakable "Fuck you, and your Jew dogs." He had just seen them murder and scalp his men.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: He refuses to divulge the position of another group of German soldiers, and is graphically beaten to death with a baseball bat for it. After watching that happen, another soldier (who does not share his "bravery") is far more cooperative, immediately telling the Basterds everything they want to know.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: Played with; He has the classic look of a villain, but is also shown to have noble aspects, chief among them loyalty and courage.
  • Villainous Valour: In addition to condemning himself to a violent death rather than betray his army, we have this moment:
    Donowitz: *taps a medal on Rachtman's uniform* "You get that for killin' Jews?"
    Rachtman: "Bravery."

    Butz 

Pvt. Butz

Played By: Sönke Möhring

A German soldier serving under Sgt. Ratchman.


  • Les Collaborateurs: To the Basterds.
  • Dirty Coward: Comes to Raine with fear and trembling, and eagerly gives up the information upon seeing his commanding officer beaten to death.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: When asked what he's going to do once he gets home, he responds that the first thing he's going to do is hug his mother.
    Raine: *takes a bit of snuff* ...Well isn't that nice.
  • Fire Purifies: He then says, when asked, that he plans to dispose of his Nazi uniform by burning it. Aldo takes issue with that, leading to...
  • Mark of Shame: The swastika Aldo carves on his forehead.
  • Sole Survivor: Allowed to live for betraying his comrades.

    Mondino 

Francesca Mondino

Played By: Julie Dreyfus

Goebbels' mistress and French translator.


    Jannings 

Emil Jannings

Played By: Hilmar Eichhorn

A German actor.


The Allies

    Churchill 

Prime Minister Winston Churchill

Played By: Rod Taylor

"Brief him."

It's that other guy.


    Fenech 

General Ed Fenech

Played By: Mike Myers

"We have all our rotten eggs in one basket. The objective of the operation: blow up the basket."

An English general under Churchill's command.


  • The Cameo: For Mike Myers with an impeccable accent and heavy make-up.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's an older gentleman who has enough of a sense of fun to have a drink with his subordinates, and admonishes Hicox for being modest while listing out his accomplishments.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When informing Hicox that he'll be working with an American secret service known to the Germans as "The Basterds":
    Hicox: The Basterds? Never heard of them.
    Fenech: Whole point of the secret service, old boy; you not hearing of them.
  • Mr. Exposition: Fenech is the man who outlines "Operation Kino".

    Hicox 

Lt. Archie Hicox

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'There's a special rung in hell reserved for people who waste good scotch.'

A former film critic and journalist who now serves in Her Majesty's Royal Army. His immense knowledge of German cinema makes him invaluable for the upcoming operation in Fenech's and Churchill's eyes.


  • Badass Bookworm: He was a film historian and film critic before joining the Army, and his role in the top-secret Operation Kino requires knowledge of German cinema.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Why make a big deal about having a gun pointed under a table at you when you can enjoy a good scotch?
  • Fatal Flaw: For all his knowledge of German cinema he doesn't know how to signal "3" with his fingers German-style, which is what confirms Major Hellstrom's suspicions that he's not German. Likewise, he shows a tendency to take control of situations and situates himself as an Only Sane Man direction over the more uncouth Americans, but in a situation where he is not in his element, these attempts to take point in uncomfortable situations rather than be patient leads to disaster: see Worlds Expert On Getting Killed below.
  • Fish out of Water: While on paper he is an expert on German culture, it only applies to cinema, and his lack of understanding with German accents and hand gestures proves fatal.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous : His cap-badge indicates he is a Commando.
  • Gentleman Snarker: His explaination for being in France with von Hammersmark for a movie premier?
    "Someone has to carry her lighter."
  • Groin Attack: Shoots Hellstrom there several times, who repays the favor.
  • I Am Very British: "Frightfully sorry sir!"
  • One Last Smoke: Along with a glass of scotch.
  • Only Sane Man: Deconstructed. He really knows before the meeting to keep a calm head while undercover. Unfortunately that doesn't stop him from colliding egos with a Nazi Major bent on exposing him and ruining his evening with a movie celebrity.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: "Well if this is it, old boy, I hope you don't mind if I go out speaking the King's."
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: He has one once he realizes he's not going to be leaving the bar.
  • Token Good Teammate: To the Basterds
  • Trademark Favorite Drink: Scotch and plain water. It inadvertently gets him killed when he gets tempted by an offer of 33 year-old Scotch and orders it for himself and his companions.
  • Undignified Death: Dies suddenly via several shots to his crotch.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He’s introduced in and is the point character of Chapter IV. He dies before it’s over.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: In-Universe. Germans note that his accent is rather odd and not native to Germany. He explains it away as being from a village near the mountain of Piz Palu, located on the Swiss-Italian border.
  • Worlds Expert On Getting Killed: Though part of it came down to bad chance, despite being introduced as a consummate agent and expert, Hicox progressively botches the situation at the bar until it ends with nearly everyone dead. His impatient and heavyhanded attempt at getting rid of Wilhelm’s inconsequential drunken interruption (which von Hammersmark was already handling) exposes his accent and gains Hellstrom’s attention, his standoffish attitude towards Hellstrom only heightens the latter’s suspicions (again, over von Hammersmark’s attempts to handle it), he pulls from his film knowledge to give himself a high profile alibi that someone like Hellstrom could easily disprove (and indeed, seems unaware of the kind of threat Hellstrom poses), and all that’s before he confirms Hellstrom’s suspicions by failing to gesture correctly - essentially escalating the problem repeatedly. It ends with him dead, the other essential members of the mission dead, and Hammersmark with a bullet wound, kicking off the desperate maneuver in the finale.

    Bridget von Hammersmark 

Bridget von Hammersmark

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Played By: Diane Kruger

A beautiful German actress who has been secretly working for the Allies for quite some time, being Fenech's primary spy.


  • Anti-Hero: Is a committed double agent for the Allies, but has no problem gunning down a surrendering new father to protect her cover.
  • The Charmer: As befits her career and status as an actor-turned-spy, Bridget charms and flirts her way out of sticky situtations. She's introduced playing party games with the German soldiers at the tavern, and attempts to allay Hellstrom's suspicions by confirming Hicox's cover story while lightly teasing him over it.
  • Consummate Liar: Convinces Hellstrom that Hicox is an old friend of hers. Later convinces Wilhelm to put down his gun, then kills him in cold blood.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Outwardly very gracious and charming, but her true personality is quite a bit more snarky and cynical than she lets on. In fairness to the woman, she spends most of her screentime with a very painful hole in her leg, which is liable to make anyone snippy.
    Bridget von Hammersmark: I know this is a silly question before I ask it, but can you Americans speak any other language than English?
  • Death by Pragmatism: She guns down Wilhelm after he surrenders to eliminate witnesses, but fails to clean up the evidence that puts her at the tavern shootout in the first place; namely a fancy shoe and an autographed handkerchief for Max with a lipstick kiss on it, both of which Landa finds.
  • Femme Fatale: She's beautiful, devious, and willing to kill. Posters of the film play this up by showing her in her film premiere outfit while holding a pistol. Hicox's pistol, specifically.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She's charming and sociable enough when we first meet her, but after the tavern rendezvous goes to hell she kills Wilhelm to keep him from blowing her cover, and loses much of her joviality after catching a bullet in the leg.
  • Guile Hero: Gen. Fenech acknowledges that Operation Kino is her brainchild, and she's the only member of the allies directly involved who is a non-combatant.
  • High-Class Gloves: At the film premiere she makes sure to dress like a major movie star, with an outfit that includes long, white gloves.
  • Idiot Ball: Her ability to lie convincingly suddenly fails her when questioned about evidence that implicates her, though at this point she had probably realized that Landa had her cornered and that any attempt to talk her way out was pointless.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Is on the receiving end of this when Raine gets suspicious that she set them up after the disastrous tavern rendezvous. She manages to talk him down.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Her black premiere dress has lots of beads, lace, and feather trim at the hem.
  • Pretty in Mink: Her premiere outfit is topped by a blue fox fur wrap.
  • Refuge in Audacity: When asked by Landa about a large (and stylishly high-heeled) cast on her leg, she actually goes with Aldo's suggested "broke-your-leg-mountain-climbing story". Landa doesn't buy it for a second, but the fact that she attempts to pass this obvious lie off as the truth puts him into hysterics.
  • The Mole: Her role in Operation Kino, as a German actress working against Germany (specifically the Nazis).
  • Shoot the Dog: Even Aldo seems mildly disappointed with her for straight-up killing Wilhelm after they made a deal.

Le Gamaar Theater

    Shosanna 

Shosanna Dreyfus / Emmannuelle Mimieux

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Played By: Mélanie Laurent

A French Jew whose entire family was murdered by Hans Landa's men. She eventually inherits a cinema, which ironically becomes the state for the premiere of Nation's Pride. Which ironically, Landa is providing security for.


    Marcel 

Marcel

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Played By: Jacky Ido

Shosanna's boyfriend as well as the film projectionist at her cinema. He's said to be the best.


  • Anti-Hero: By association with Shosanna. When she reveals her plan to burn down the theater, he takes little convincing to go along with it.
  • Famous Last Words: "Oui, Shosanna."
  • Flat Character: He has little characterization other than his loyalty to Shosanna and that his demeanor is that of a...
  • Nice Guy: See Flat Character. He likes cinema, hates Nazis, and loves his girlfriend.
  • One Last Smoke: He's smoking as he waits for the signal to set the film rolls on fire.
  • Satellite Character: We never get to learn anything about him, other than that he's Shosanna's boyfriend and a very good projectionist.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Shoshanna.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Since the final shot of Marcel is the moment when he tosses down his cigarette to ignite the film reels, his fate is unclear: he ought to have had ample time to escape the theater, but it appears that Shosanna never had any intention of walking away from this one alive; if Marcel knew that, he might have preferred to stay and join in her Heroic Suicide rather than live on without her.

LaPadite

    Perrier 

Perrier LaPadite

Played By: Denis Ménochet

A French milk farmer with three daughters. Landa intimidates and pressures him into exposing the Dreyfus family hiding under his floorboard.


  • La Résistance: He tries to be this by sheltering Jews.
  • Les Collaborateurs: A rare sympathetic example, since he's forced to collaborate under threat to his family.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: The first one: sheltering Jews puts him and his family at risk. And then to protect his family he's forced to go along with Landa's game.
  • Manly Tears: Breaks down for betraying the Dreyfus family to protect his own daughters.
  • Sadistic Choice: Is given the choice of either selling out the Dreyfus family to the Nazis or having his own family killed for not cooperating. Of course, Hans already pretty much knew he was sheltering the Dreyfus family, so Perrier admitting he was hiding them was kind of a moot point anyway.
  • The Stoic: Puts on a calm front when talking with Landa.
    • Not So Stoic: ...And when Landa breaks his resolve, he weeps in shame even as he reveals where the Dreyfuses are hiding.

La Louisiane Tavern

    Eric 

Eric

Played By: Christian Berkel

The bartender of La Louisiane. Doesn't seem overly perturbed by the German occupation.


    Mathilda 

Mathilda

Played By: Anne-Sophie Franck

A waitress working at La Louisiane. Unlike Eric, she is deathly scared of the German soldiers.



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