These are the characters of Kill Bill.
The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad
- Blue and Orange Morality: They do not follow a conventional code of morals, and their philosophy seems to be based on "Might Makes Right"—they can be brutal to their enemies, but show Villain Respect for those who have proved themselves to be strong. They will beat one of their members into a coma for leaving the squad, kill her fiance and then kidnap her daughter afterwards, but they will not outright kill her without giving her a chance to defend herself first in a fight.
- Breaking the Fellowship: Four years after crashing the Bride's wedding, the squad has disassembled.
- Dwindling Party: The Bride aims to systematically kill them off one by one. At the end, the only ones left alive are her and possibly Elle.
- Family Values Villain: Some of them are shown to love their families. Bill and Budd are brothers who still care for each other, the Bride chose to quit the assassin life for her unborn daughter's sake, and Vernita settles into the suburban mom life post-DiVAS while taking care of her daughter.
- Professional Killer: They are considered some of the deadliest assassins in the world.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: A group of professional assassins who name themselves after snakes.
- Theme Naming: They each have a codename that corresponds to a species of snake, with Bill being the "Snakecharmer."
The Bride/Beatrix Kiddo AKA Black Mamba AKA Arlene Machiavelli
A former member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad who is described as "the deadliest woman in the world". She is targeted by her former allies in the wedding chapel massacre, and falls into a coma. When she awakens four years later, she embarks on a deadly trail of revenge against the perpetrators of the massacre.
- Age-Gap Romance: Has a relationship with much older Bill. She even tells her fiancé that he's her father.
- Anti-Hero: Of the Noble Demon and Unscrupulous variants. She may be an assassin who grudgingly admits that she loves her job, but she really does care about children (heavily regretting that Nikki saw her mother Vernita being killed) and isn't sadistic unlike, say, Elle Driver. And as much as she enjoys killing people, she chose to quit for her unborn child without a second thought.
- Always Someone Better: She beats out Elle in every category—the Bride is a higher-ranking assassin, a better student of Pai Mei's, and has Bill's actual love and respect. Elle hates her for this, but also grudgingly respects her skill, even going as far as to kill Budd for giving the Bride what she thought was an Undignified Death.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. She gets the ever-living shit kicked out of her. In the long run though, she doesn't receive any permanent injuries, a plate in her head notwithstanding.
- Big "NO!": When she sees the rest of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad enter the chapel and realizes that her entire wedding party is about to be shot up.
- Brick Break: During her time with Pai Mei, part of his training was that she was to punch a wooden board day in and day out. In Vol. 2, she puts this to work after being buried alive by Budd inside a wooden coffin.
- Buried Alive: By Budd, but she eventually breaks free by punching a hole in the casket.
- Combat Pragmatist: Besides just cutting people, she'll rip out her opponents' eyes, used improvised weapons, and cut off limbs if it means getting those in her way to stay down.
- Taken to its logical conclusion during her fight with Elle; until The Bride gets her hands on Budd's Hanzō sword in order to level-out the playing field, she opts to use literally everything within arms reach as a weapon against Elle, including a TV antenna, Budd's can of tobacco spit, a lamp, a chair, a guitar, and even a toilet. Even after she finds the sword and engages in a Blade Lock with Elle, she instead chooses to finish the fight quickly with some Laser-Guided Karma by way of snatching out Elle's other eye, rather than drawing the fight out any longer.
- Cruel Mercy:
- She settles for blinding Elle instead of killing her, leaving Elle in a trailer with a black mamba in the middle of the desert and totally blind. The cards before the title sequence even make Elle's death ambiguous.
- She "spares" Sophie Fatale so she can leave a message for Bill, but does so by lopping her arms off and throwing her down a hill, ensuring she's close to death and unlikely to ever recover when Bill gets the message.
- Dark Action Girl: While working for Bill. (Only slightly less dark afterwards.)
- Deadpan Snarker: Is often sarcastic in her dealings with the other DiVAS. Not that they're any better.
- Deliver Us from Evil: The reason she decided to quit the Vipers in the first place; in fact, she had the pregnancy test in hand and was in the middle of a mission when she decided to abandon it.
- Determinator: NOTHING will stop this lady from getting her revenge on the Deadly Vipers. Not even being Buried Alive.
- Disabled Badass : Briefly, in the hospital after she wakes up. She still manages to kill two guys and successfully make her escape, despite her legs being paralyzed.
- Dynamic Entry: How she confronts Elle in Vol. 2.
- Heel Realization: Seems to finally kick in towards the end of her quest.Bill: "Pai Mei taught you...the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique?"The Bride: "'Course he did."Bill: "Why didn't you tell me?"The Bride: "I don't know...because I'm a bad person."Bill: "No. You're not a bad person. You're a terrific person. You're my favorite person."
- Her Name Really Is Barkeep: Bill insists on calling her "Kiddo" in every scene where they speak. At first, it seems like it's just Bill being patronizing ...until we find out that her real name is actually "Beatrix Kiddo".
- Honor Before Reason: She allows Bill and O-Ren Ishii chances to recover, or at least announces that she's coming, before she fights them.
- Hypocrite: Budd calls her out on the fact that she thinks she deserves revenge or a happy ending when she was as remorseless a killer as all the people who wronged her and doesn't even seem to be the least bit sorry about it. Though played with in that she never tries to deny this. People screwed her over and now those people have to die. And she tells the daughter of one of her targets that if when she grows up, she still wants revenge, she'll be waiting.
- Iconic Outfit: The yellow jumpsuit with black stripes down the side.
- Informed Attractiveness: While Uma Thurman is a beautiful woman, the sheer number of people across the films who talk her up as being beautiful and desirable has this effect.
- In Love with Your Carnage: A deleted scene has her looking very impressed when Bill kills a character played by Michael Jai White by launching his sword from his scabbard just long enough to cut his throat.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Hers is better than most, as it was crafted by the legendary blacksmith Hattori Hanzō, who crafted Bill's sword. Although he had sworn a blood oath never to forge weapons again, he consented to make an exception after she said she needed one to "get rid of a certain vermin" and made what was his finest work to date. (Obviously, Hanzō was not happy with Bill.)
- Made of Iron: The woman was shot in the head and survived.
- Mama Bear: Her love for her unborn daughter spurned her to give up the assassin life, and the loss of her child motivates her to revenge.
- Nominal Hero: Towards the end of the films, she's killed and/or maimed at least a hundred different people, and that's just what we see on-screen. Plus, her actions are driven entirely by revenge.
- Not Afraid to Die: Completely averted. She tears up before being shot by Bill, and then again when she feels that Budd is about do her in.
- Left for Dead: By Bill and his crew at her wedding day.
- Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: When going after Budd, she was knocked out, tied up, and put in a coffin to be buried alive. She had to remove her shoes to get the hidden razor inside in order to cut her ropes. After crawling her way out, making her way back to Budd's trailer and finding Elle there, she's forced to fight barefoot too.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Several characters lampshade the fact that someone named after one of the deadliest animals in the entire world is not somebody you want to cross.
- Not So Different: After killing Vernita in front of her daughter, The Bride doesn't try to rationalize her actions, simply stating that Vernita had it coming and that if her daughter is still sore after growing up she's well within her rights.
- Not So Stoic: She's visibly shaken by the death of O-Ren, as well as when she is shown crying in the bathroom after Bill dies. And is not so fearless of death.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: When she first arrives at Hanzo's sushi shop, she acts like a somewhat airheaded tourist who barely knows Japanese. However, that quickly drops when she makes known her real reason for being there. It seems that she does this with everyone when she isn't serious, she acted pretty ditzy in volume 2 when Bill was regaling her with the story of Pai Mei, even though she was already a very well trained warrior at that point.
- One-Woman Army: In that she literally decimates an entire armed force of a Yakuza syndicate using only one (and later, two) katana and a broken table leg as weapons.
- Redemption Earns Life: Pushing it, but she does go through hell and nobody's crying over the people she's killed. After all that, she does at the very least deserve her daughter back.
- Sherlock Scan: She determines that she's been in a coma for four years just looking at the creases on her palms.
- Sociopathic Hero: The only reason she qualifies as this (she was, after all, a contract killer for most of her life, and didn't seem to show much remorse for it) is the relative HeelFace Turn she went through upon finding out she was pregnant, and the fact that her desire for revenge is clearly not unjustified.
- Starting a New Life: Her attempt at this sets the storyline into motion. It doesn't work out.
- Tears of Fear: Lets these out when faced with death and she's not able to do anything about it.
- Token Good Teammate: Well, "good" is a stretch, but, she's the only member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad who's not a completely evil psycho (except Budd, perhaps).
- Training from Hell: Went through this during her time with Pai Mei.
- Trauma Conga Line: All her friends and her fiance are killed in front of her, she's beaten to within an inch of her life, shot in the head and left comatose, raped multiple times by an orderly who pimps her out and it doesn't get a whole lot better from there.
- The Unfettered: If she can help it, she does not harm or traumatize kids. Everyone and everything else is fair game.
- Unexplained Recovery: No medical reason was ever given for why she woke up from the coma, although the action that seemed to trigger it was a bite from a mosquito; if that meant anything, no-one ever discovered what.
- Vigilante Girl: By pure coincidence. She kills or gravely wounds at least one hundred bad guys over the course of both films, but her motives are almost always personal.
- Villain Protagonist: While A Lighter Shade of Black in comparison with the other DiVAS, she's still very much a remorseless, unrepentant assassin.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She's called out on this by Budd (see Hypocrite above) and then by Bill for making a man who loved her believe she was dead and taking their unborn child with her. Bill also gets her to admit under the truth serum that it felt good killing or maiming the hundreds of people that she did.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Really hates the idea of having children exposed to violence. First off, she's very unhappy when she discovers that Vernita's four-year-old daughter, Nikki, has seen her mother's death at The Bride's hands. Later, The Bride attempts to talk Gogo Yubari out of fighting her (Gogo, of course, would have none of that), then she spares the youngest of the Crazy 88; she spanks him with the flat of her katana blade for "fucking around with the Yakuza" before sending him home. Finally, The Bride would rather have a momentary truce with Bill, rather than killing him in front of their daughter, B.B.
Bill AKA Snakecharmer
The former leader of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. He is also the former lover of The Bride, and the father of her daughter. He is the final and eponymous target of The Bride's revenge.
- Affably Evil: While he admits to not being too outwardly kind, Bill is soft-spoken, considerate, and charming. He's also a ruthless killer.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Even The Bride cries at his death.
- Badass in Charge: The leader of the best assassin team in the world, and a deadly man in his own right.
- Bastard Bastard: Bill never knew his real father, and spent a lifetime "collecting" father-figures.
- Big Bad: The leader of the assassin squad and the final member of it that The Bride fights.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: In a deleted scene, while Bill and the Bride are enjoying an outing, Bill is confronted by someone whose master he killed and wants revenge. Judging by Bill's almost bored expression, it's safe to say that this was not an uncommon occurrence.
- Cool Old Guy: He is an excellent swordsman and hand to hand combatant, though this is demonstrated more clearly in a deleted scene than in the final film. Still, while his exchange with The Bride was the shortest of her battles with the DiVAS (barring Budd), it was never the less intense, with him briefly getting the upper hand over her, though in doing so left himself open to the finishing blow.
- Damned by Faint Praise: When asked about The Bride's fiancé, Bill says, "I like his hair."
- Deadpan Snarker: Leading to a little Snark-to-Snark Combat with The Bride.
- Disproportionate Retribution: In his words, he "overreacted".
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Despite the massive amount of build-up, he's defeated relatively easily by The Bride.
- The Dying Walk: The Bride hits him with the Five Point Palm technique, which will kill anyone after they take five steps. He has a last bit of conversation with her, then calmly and symbolically gets up and walks away. And manages to make it six steps before he dies.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He sincerely loves his brother Budd despite their differences, had a previous romance with The Bride, and is a good father to their daughter BB.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Would never kill someone in their sleep for this reason.
- Face Death with Dignity: After being hit with the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart technique, he casually stands up, adjusts his coat, and takes six steps, one foot in front of the other, before he just falls down dead.
- The Faceless: His face is hidden throughout Vol. I.
- Family Values Villain: Bill loves his brother, and makes a sojourn out to California to warn him of The Bride's arrival; though apparently that was only around four hours or so from where he was living at the time. He's also a doting father to The Bride's daughter.
- Freudian Excuse: We get a glimpse into Bill's upbringing when we meet Esteban Vihaio. It's easy to see where Bill picked up his more charming (and psychotic) qualities.
- Good Parents: Believe it or not. He's unorthodox, but he wants what's best for his and Beatrix's daughter.
- Graceful Loser: After The Bride uses the Five-Point-Palm Exploding-Heart-Technique on him taught to her by Pai Mei (which means he's dead after he takes five steps) he warmly tells her that she's still the love of his life. Then he calmly walks six steps into the darkness of the backyard and collapsed.
- Has a Type: Likes his women blonde, and has apparently liked blondes since he was a child.
- Heartbroken Badass: By his own admission, The Bride broke his heart and suffered the consequences.
- If I Can't Have You...: Bill found out where The Bride was hiding, but didn't tip his hand until the wedding day — when he killed everyone in the wedding chapel. In his own mind, he was saving her from an obvious marriage of convenience.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yes, he may be a ruthless killer. But he's also a fairly pleasant fellow to the people he loves. He genuinely felt bad about shooting Beatrix and was a loving father to B.B.
- Like a Son to Me: Functions as a lover and father figure to The Bride. He's even invited to walk her down the isle, which he (icily) declines.
- MayDecember Romance: With The Bride, Elle and possibly Sofie.
- One of Us: In-Universe. He's a self-confessed huge fan of old Japanese films and an even bigger fan of comic books, with Superman being his favorite. Volume 2 contains an entire monologue where he parallels the mythology of Superman to the Bride's current predicament.
- Orcus on His Throne: For all the build up over two films, the fight between him and The Bride is really short. If it weren't so emotional, it would be anti-climactic.
- Pet the Dog: He is a genuinely caring and affectionate father.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Most of the time. Killing other people is nothing personal. It's just part of his job.
- A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: At some point in his youth, Bill studied under Pai Mei and Hattori Hanzō. The latter was so shaken by his pupil, he swore a blood oath to never make another sword and later broke that oath when The Bride held him responsible for Bill's later career.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He says that when he found The Bride, he had been "trying to track down the fucking assholes (he) thought killed (her)".
- Under Statement: The Bride calls him out on this when he says that shooting up her entire wedding party and putting her into a coma for four years may have been an "overreaction."
- Villain Has a Point: During their conversation, he chastises The Bride for letting him think she was dead, calling it a cruel act.
- Villainous Valour: He doesn't run from The Bride when he knows she's coming, and he opts to duel her instead of shooting her when he has multiple opportunities to do so.
Elle Driver AKA Californian Mountain Snake
A former member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. She is the fourth of The Bride's revenge targets.
- Always Someone Better: This attitude towards The Bride likely fuels much of her homicidal rage towards her nemesis. She's acutely aware that The Bride was Bill's first lover and favored student, and that she's a Replacement Goldfish. She also likely knew that the Bride completed Pai Mei's training while she had her eye ripped out by him. She also seems subconsciously aware that The Bride is her better, as evidenced by her using every dirty trick in the book to avoid a fair fight with her.
- Antagonist in Mourning: When she thinks Budd has killed The Bride, she grieves not because The Bride is dead but because she died in an unworthy way. This motivates her deadly revenge against Budd.
- Arch-Enemy: To The Bride and clearly her most bitter rival.
- Asshole Victim: Given her borderline sociopathic behavior, killing of The Bride's mentor, and apparent love for maximizing the amount of pain she causes to other people, particularly Budd, it's hard to feel too sorry for what happens to her.
- Ax-Crazy: She's the most mentally unstable of the Vipers, taking sadistic pleasure in violence and suffering, and possessed of a deep rage.
- Combat Pragmatist: She will use every dirty trick in the book to win a fight or take someone out.
- Dark Action Girl: Look at the rest of her tropes, please.
- Dark Is Evil: She's dressed in black in Vol. 2.
- Deadly Doctor: Shes not a real doctor. She just dresses as one to sneak into the hospital where The Bride is trapped in a Convenient Coma.
- Deadpan Snarker: Bitterly snarks to Budd as he lies dying in front of her.
- Deceptive Disciple: To Pai Mei, whom she poisons.
- Dirty Coward: For all of Elle's posturing on how The Bride deserved better than presumably being shot and buried alive by Budd, she did everything possible to avoid a fair fight. She tried killing The Bride while she was in a coma and was more than happy to let Budd finish the job after he incapacitated her. She also repeatedly attempted to gain an unfair advantage when they finally did fight by relying on Hattori Hanzo's sword rather than fighting her on even footing. That's in addition to poisoning Pai-Mei rather than face him in a fight.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Elle provides the toughest challenge for The Bride. Bill in comparison dies rather quickly.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She's implied to be quite smitten with Bill and has a relationship with him after The Bride brakes his heart. This still doesn't stop her from murdering his brother Budd behind his back.
- Evil Counterpart: To The Bride. Both are blonde badass ladies who had a relationship with Bill.
- Evil Gloating: Elle loves recounting her evil deeds and watching people she has killed die painfully.
- Evil Laugh: She has two hammy ones that mirror each other; one during a flashback where she kills Pai Mei, and the other as she explains the former to The Bride.
- Eyepatch of Power: Due to Pai Mei tearing her eye out.
- Eye Scream: Happens to her twice, once at the hands of Pai Mei, the other at the hands of The Bride herself.
- Faux Affably Evil: She'll often maintain good manners, but her dialogue (particularly towards Budd and The Bride) is noticeably malicious in tone.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Her codename is a fairly harmless snake, but Elle herself is probably the most terrifying member of the squad.
- For the Evulz: She was warned by Bill not to defy Pai Mei, but does it anyway, and pays for it. She later takes murderous revenge, and brags about it to Pai Mei's best student. This proves to be her downfall.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She resents The Bride for 1) being the best, 2) being Bill's favorite, and 3) being Bill's lover.
- Hate Sink: All of the other assassins are given some measure of sympathy or at least humanity. Elle is just a hateful Jerkass.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: Rather than just ordering Budd to finish The Bride off, she demanded that he prolong her suffering as much as possible. This ultimately leads to her downfall.
- Hospital Hottie: Again, not a real medical professional. Do not contact her for medical advice.
- Hypocrite: It's pretty rich for Elle to talk down to Budd for dishonorably killing The Bride so she thought at the time when she's the one who poisoned Pai Mei. She also tried to poison The Bride in her sleep while she was in a coma, which was so dishonorable that Bill called her out on it.
- Ironic Nickname: The only viper to use poison to kill her enemies, and the only one to not be named after a venomous snake.
- Jerkass: Easily the most cruel, nasty, unpleasant, and petty member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad.
- Karma Houdini: She suffers seemingly no consequences for killing Pai Mei, who Bill used to train his assassins. Turns into Karma Houdini Warranty in Volume 2 courtesy of her fight with The Bride.
- Kiai: Lets one out during her fight with The Bride when she does a flying kick through the bathroom wall.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Her murders of Budd and Pai Mei.
- Large Ham: Her explanation of how she killed Pai Mei is rather overly dramatic, as are a lot of her flamboyantly over-the-top fighting moves and shouts.
- Lean and Mean: As Budd says, she has a "bony ass".
- Light Is Not Good: Her sequence at the hospital. Bonus point for having also blonde hair and pale complexion.
- Might Makes Right: This seems to be her philosophy. Going by how she saw no problem with trying to poison a comatose Bride but was so enraged at Budd for seemingly giving her an unworthy death that she killed him, she seems to believe that the strong are the only ones allowed to dishonorably kill their opponents.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Averted, and she's very pissed that Bill didn't allow her to.
- Obviously Evil: The black suit and eye patch really drive it home.
- Odd Name Out: Unlike the namesakes of the other members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, the Californian Mountain Snake is non-venomous and completely harmless to humans.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Feels she is this towards The Bride and is none too happy to hear that The Bride was downed by a lowly Budd.
- Poison Is Evil: Is the most ruthless and sinister of the Deadly Vipers, and also uses poison several times to kill foes rather than attack them head-on. Just ask Budd or Pai Mei.
- Psycho for Hire: It's clear that she really enjoys what she does for a living.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a brief one to the dying Budd, telling him that The Bride deserved to die at the hands of someone better than him.
- Replacement Goldfish: Estaban did say Bill was always "a fool for blondes." It's all but stated she and Bill are currently in a relationship, and being another deadly blonde assassin, it's heavily implied that Bill is using her as a poor replacement for The Bride in his life. This adds a whole new layer to why Elle hates her.
- The Rival: The secondary conflict of the movies is The Bride's feud with her.
- Sadist: She takes visible relish in causing pain and agony to others.
- Smug Snake: Just about every word she says is dripping with contempt and self-satisfaction.
- The Sociopath: Not that her co-workers are saints, but she's clearly excited at the prospect of Budd making The Bride suffer until her last breath and later has no problems with killing him and lying to Bill about it.
- Statuesque Stunner: Horrible she may be, Elle is attractive and stands at an impressive 5'10".
- Token Evil Teammate: Well, they're all evil, but she's far more so than the others, the only one who seems to show absolutely no regret at what happened and still hate The Bride with a passion. And while many of them know the benefits of being polite and respectful to others at times, she doesn't even try. If The Bride can be called a Sociopathic Hero, Elle is sociopathic and sadistic, but with no good qualities at all.
- Uncertain Doom: Her fate is left unknown. Although considering she is left blinded and thrashing around in rage with a highly venomous snake in a trailer in the middle of a desert with no one else around, it can be safely assumed that she never made it out of there. And yet, if she did simply die, there would be no reason for all the ambiguity, including the question mark next to her name at the end rather than the cross-outs that Vernita, O-Ren, Budd, and Bill all got. Quentin Tarantino states that if he ever made a sequel, it would be about a blind Elle training Nikki Green to avenge her mother.
- Villainous Breakdown: When she had her only remaining eye ripped out.
- Wham Line: "Know what I did? I killed that miserable old fool."
- Worthy Opponent: To the point that she kills Budd for giving The Bride an unworthy death in her opinion.Elle: (on her feelings) Regret that maybe... the greatest warrior I ever met, met her end at the hands of a bush-wacking, scrub, alchy piece of shit like you. That woman deserved better.
Budd AKA Sidewinder
A former member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad and brother of Bill. He later becomes a bouncer living in a trailer. He is the third of The Bride's revenge targets.
- Affably Evil: Budd is a genial enough guy, even if he was a ruthless assassin.
- Almighty Janitor: He was part of an assassination squad and is quite possibly one of the most dangerous people alive but works as a bouncer and janitor at a sleazy strip club.
- Anti-Villain: You get the feeling that, aside from his previous career, Budd's not really all that bad a guy, and he even freely admits that he - and all the other assassins - deserve what's coming to them.
- The Atoner: Despite having been one of the premier assassins in the world, he has abandoned his old life as an assassin to make a meager living working as a bouncer and lives in a trailer out in the desert. He's apparently done this out of guilt, as he professes that The Bride deserves her revenge... but also deserves to die for hurting his brother."I don't dodge guilt, and I don't jew out of paying my comeuppance."
- Bait-and-Switch: Part 2 spends several minutes showing how utterly pathetic Budd's job and overall station in life is (a bouncer in a failing strip club in Hicksville, when he's not mopping up piss and vomit, living in a shitty trailer), and has a scene where Bill (Budd's brother) points out that since Budd hasn't kept his fighting skills sharp (even supposedly hocking his Hattori Hanzo sword), he will likely die at the hands of Beatrix Kiddo. But, surprise, surprise, he not only survives Beatrix's murder attempt; he takes her out and has her in a position where he could effortlessly kill her if he'd wanted.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Subverted. He deliberately left her alive and buried her in a seemingly inescapable death trap, because he decided that if she was strong enough to escape that, she deserved to get her revenge on him.
- Bouncer: He becomes this and a custodian (it seems) at an unsuccesful Texas strip club after retiring from the DiVAs.
- The Brute: Don't mean he's stupid. Not one bit.
- Cool Sword: His engraved Hanzō sword.To My Brother Budd, The Only Man I Ever Loved BILL
- Combat Pragmatist: He displays far less skill than any of the other Deadly Vipers... and is also the only one to land a decisive victory over The Bride, refusing to play by her rules and engage her in a fight, opting to simply shoot her. Non-lethally, but it was still a much more successful tactic than unleashing an army of katana-wielding henchmen.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Ask any expert on venomous snakes. Being bitten in the face, no less with as much snake venom as Budd would cause him to spend his final moments in an unimaginable level of pain and agony.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His only battle with The Bride lasts all of five seconds. He wins.
- Death by Irony: Elle kills him in a manner not dissimilar from how he dealt with The Bride; instead of fighting him straight-up (despite the fact she'd almost certainly win), she set a trap that he had no chance to resist or counter. Unlike his rock-salt-loaded shotgun, however, her trap proved very fatal.
- Death by Materialism: An unintentional example, since there was no way Budd could find out there was a black mamba inside Elle's suitcase of money.
- Death Seeker: Which is why he didn't load the shotgun with live ammo and kill Beatrix when he had the chance. He wanted to die, and figured that if she managed to escape and get to him, she deserved to live more than he did.
- The Dreaded: Possibly. It's worth telling that he's the only one that The Bride ever exercises caution when she tries to kill him, preferring to go for the stealth approach rather than walk up to the front door and start slaughtering. Not that it does her any good.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Although Bill admits they've not been on good terms for years, the brothers really do seem to love each other. The only time Budd expresses any anger towards The Bride, it is, in his own words, "for breaking his brother's heart."
- Even Evil Has Standards: He abandoned his life as an assassin after what happened with The Bride.
- Face Death with Dignity: He doesn't seem especially worried about The Bride's plans to kill him. She never gets the chance.
- Future Loser: Suggested to be the case with him. He was previously one of the deadliest assassins in the world, but now works as a put-upon bouncer in a trashy bar and lives out of a trailer in the middle of nowhere. He's heavily suggested to have forced this fate upon himself out of guilt over his past actions as an assassin.
- Genius Bruiser: He's big and tough, but his greatest strength by far is his brain. He forgoes fighting The Bride entirely in favor of ambushing her, which proves to be the most effective method of getting rid of her.
- Guttural Growler: Budd's voice is almost as gritty as his brother's.
- Hidden Depths: He may look like a stereotypical dumb redneck, but he is anything but. He's a poet and a philosopher, and he's cunning enough to exploit The Bride's behavior.
- I Lied: He didn't actually sell his Hattori Hanzo sword.
- Karmic Death: Ends up being killed by a Black Mamba.
- Meaningful Name: His assassin codename is Sidewinder, a desert snake who moves sideways to cope with the heat, as if to forshadow him not acting like the other opponents the Bride faces.
- Nice Hat: A white cowboy hat, which his asshole boss dislikes.
- Noble Demon: His actions after the rock-salt buckshot support this. He was well aware of what kind of training The Bride went through under Pai Mei, so he was giving her the chance to claw her way back out of her grave if she had the will to do so. He also admits that he deserves to die for what he did to The Bride.
- Non-Action Guy: While he apparently used to be a very capable combatant it's implied that you don't get a Hanzo sword unless you know how to use one he has intentionally let his skills decay to a point where he's no match for The Bride in a straight fight, unlike the other Vipers, who have all kept up with their training enough to fight her on relatively equal ground. His "fight" with The Bride consists more of him ambushing her than any actual combat.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Skips the effort of trying to fight The Bride in favor of shooting and burying her immediately.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Compared to the other Vipers, who managed to find success for themselves outside of the group and remained incredibly deadly fighters, Budd is portrayed as being something of a loser, working a shitty job in the middle of nowhere and not making any effort to keep up his skills as a fighter. He still manages to be the only character to deal The Bride a decisive defeat. She never technically defeats him, either.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Initially comes off as a washed-up hick living in the middle of nowhere, working as a glorified janitor at a failing strip club where he's regularly harassed by his boss, but proves to be cunning and competent.
- The One Guy: As Bill is the founder of the organization, Budd is the only actual male assassin. Bill actually describes him as "the only man I ever loved".
- Politically Incorrect Villain: "I don't dodge guilt, and I don't jew out of paying my comeuppance."
- Earlier, he also comments on Hattori Hanzo breaking his oath to help The Bride kill Bill due to an unknown beef with the latter, saying "them Japs sure know how to hold a grudge."
- Reality Ensues: The Bride is probably the best sword-fighter on the planet. Doesn't mean jack against an opponent who's smart enough to use firearms. The only reason her quest doesn't end right then and there is because Budd intentionally leaves her alive after shooting her and buries her in a way that she'll have a chance to escape, rather than just taking her sword and chopping her head off.
- Retired Badass: Nowadays he's a bouncer/janitor at a crappy titty-bar. He especially stands out, as unlike the other DiVAS, he doesn't appear to have kept up with his training, and displays no real combat ability at all. He has no interest in ever being an assassin again, he just wants to die.
- Secret Test of Character: What his "fight" with The Bride amounts to. He intentionally avoids killing her outright in favor of burying her alive. Whether The Bride has the strength to escape or not will decide which of the two of them deserves to die.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Especially when they're loaded with rock salt.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: While Bill is a Man of Wealth and Taste, Budd is a trashy redneck who lives in squalor and obscurity. Subverted in their actual personalities, where they're both shown to be similarly Affably Evil Noble Demons.
- Warrior Poet: He's very eloquent in his refusal to Bill, and in his description of the quality of Hanzo swords to Elle.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Budd does just shoot her when the Bride comes-a-knockin' on his door. He does not, however, choose to use real bullets.
O-Ren Ishii AKA Cottonmouth
A former member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. She later becomes "Queen of the Tokyo underworld". She is the first of The Bride's revenge targets.
- Affably Evil: For a deadly assassin, O-Ren is a very pleasant, accommodating young woman with a bright smile and polite, understanding manner. Unless you insult her, in which case she will collect your fucking head. Of all the members of the Deadly Vipers, The Bride appears to be the closest to O-Ren.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Her death is rather solemn and touching, especially considering her horrific backstory, her Affably Evil personality, and the implication that the Bride was closest to her among the Deadly Vipers. The Bride doesn't seem to take much joy in it. In fact, her death along with Bill's are the only deaths in which The Bride is visibly shaken over.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: She managed to become the undisputed Queen of the Tokyo underworld through sheer badassery.
- Benevolent Boss: She appears to be this, even if she does kill Boss Tanaka, saying that it's okay if her minions disagree with her, so long as they don't offend her by alluding to her non-Japanese origin."As your leader, I encourage you from time to time, and always in a respectful manner, to question my logic. If you're unconvinced that a particular plan of action I've decided is the wisest, tell me so, but allow me to convince you and I promise you right here and now, no subject will ever be taboo. Except, of course, the subject that was just under discussion."
- Berserk Button: One of her business partners starts making racist remarks about her heritage. She decapitates him.
- Boss Warning Siren: While "Ironside" is used a handful of times in both films for this exact purpose, O-Ren's arrival set to the song makes it stand out compared to the others.
- But Not Too Foreign: O-Ren's father was a Chinese-American soldier stationed in Japan and her mother was Japanese. This is largely the result of Lucy Liu, O-Ren's actor, being Taiwanese-American.
- Broken Bird: Her parents were brutally murdered in front of her own eyes, and her house burned to the ground. Her heritage is still a very sore spot for her, something Boss Tanaka found out the hard way.
- Cold Sniper: One sequence in her backstory depicts her as this.
- Dark Action Girl: Very dark and very capable of dealing with trouble personally.
- Dark and Troubled Past: It's so dark, it had to be an anime sequence to possibly avoid an NC-17 rating and some people getting arrested.
- Disc-One Final Boss: For the story as a whole; The Bride spends the whole first movie going after her and she's just the first bad guy on her hit list.
- Dragon Lady: Exemplified in her battle with The Bride thanks to the kimono she's wearing.
- The Dreaded: People are utterly terrified of O-Ren Ishii, and for good reason.
- Eloquent in My Native Tongue: Although she speaks fluent Japanese, she delivers her inaugural speech/lays the ground rules to the Yakuza bosses, as quoted in Benevolent Boss above, in English to better convey her message, with Sofie simultaneously interpreting to Japanese.
(opening in Japanese) So that you understand how serious I am, I'm going to say this in English.
- Likewise, even when we never hear her speak Chinese at any point, we can be sure from her cultural background pride that she can.
- Evil Genius: Of the DiVAS, she's shown to be the smartest assassin and is the most successful post-DiVAS.
- Final Boss: Of the first movie; The Bride's entire final sequence in this film is fighting off her Mooks before meeting her in combat personally.
- Fingore: Defied; O'Ren's katana lacks handguards but she loses no fingers because of it.
- Foregone Conclusion: After the death of Copperhead, it is shown that Cottonmouth's name was already crossed off the list.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: At age nine, she saw her parents die horribly. At age eleven, she was a bitter Little Miss Badass skilled enough to kill the Yakuza lord who orphaned her. At age twenty, she was among the top female assassins in the world. Now, she's the most powerful Yakuza leader.
- Graceful Loser: After being wounded, she apologized to The Bride for being offensive towards her and, before dying, she concedes that The Bride's sword was indeed made by Hattori Hanzo.
- Half-Breed Discrimination: What she faced growing up, and a few of the racist Yakuza clan leaders have problems with this. But no one dares to mention it in front of her, lest one wishes to die.
- Honor Before Reason: During her duel with The Bride, O-Ren manages to inflict a deep slash across The Bride's back that causes her to collapse in pain and shock. Rather than going in for the kill she decides to gloat and insult The Bride and wait for her to recover sufficiently to stand up and continue the fight.
- Immigrant Patriotism: Despite her Chinese-American heritage, she considers herself Japanese, and will not take attacks on her background lightly.
- I Own This Town: If she wasn't already the Yakuza equivalent of this Trope in Tokyo by the time The Bride confronted her, she was well on her way.
- Lady of War: She's polite, demure, and keeps a stone-cold expression throughout the movie. During her fight with The Bride, she has an air of grace and dignity, wearing an elegant kimono whilst using her katana.
- Little Miss Badass: Avenged her parents' bloody murder when she was barely 11 years old.
- Mixed Ancestry: O'Ren is Chinese Japanese-American. Do not mock or disparage her for this unless you want to lose your head.
- A Mother to Her Men: The few times she's seen hanging out with her subordinates, she's actually quite cordial with them. Even with the other Yakuza bosses, she's willing to listen to any of their criticisms, as long as it isn't about her heritage.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Ishii is the surname of the Japanese doctor who headed Unit 731 during World War II.
- Near-Villain Victory: She manages to inflict a deep slash across The Bride's back during their duel. Judging from the position and depth of the wound, if it had gone just a fraction deeper, it would have damaged her spinal column, leaving The Bride paralyzed and leading to her defeat.
- Nice to the Waiter: Ribbing on his resemblance to Charlie Brown aside, she does make it a point to not let him or any other civilians get involved in the blood feud between her and The Bride. This might factor into why The Bride got along with her so well before the chapel incident soured things.
- Not So Different: From The Bride, which probably explains why the latter doesn't get much satisfaction from O-Ren's death.
- Not So Stoic: O-Ren is usually quite unflappable, but her being insulted results in her Suddenly SHOUTING!.O-Ren Ishii: "Now, if any of you sons of bitches got ANYTHING ELSE TO SAY, NOW'S THE FUCKING TIME! ...I didn't think so."
- Off with His Head!:
- Decapitates Boss Tanaka for insulting her heritage and for disrespecting her.
- At the end of her battle with The Bride, she loses the top of her head, since The Bride scalps her.
- Oh, Crap!: A subtle one. She's rather dismissive even after The Bride cuts through the Crazy 88 like a human weed-whacker. Then The Bride manages to cut her leg during their fight. And suddenly she realizes the fight is not going to go her way.
- Pet the Dog: When she realizes that there's about to be a bloodbath at the club she and her cronies are at, her first reaction before anything else is to tell the waiter to hightail it, which he wisely listens to.
- Precision F-Strike: Delivers three of them at the end of her speech to the other Yakuza bosses, though given her usual polite and collected demeanor, it seems almost like a Cluster F-Bomb for how out of place it is.
- The Queenpin: As the undisputed leader of The Yakuza, she's become "the Queen of the Tokyo Underworld".
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Over her syndicate; she encourages her lackeys to question her if they feel that a plan of action is unwise. In her own words, "no subject will ever be taboo," unless it involves bringing up her heritage as a negative; the punishment for doing so is instant death.
- The Stoic: She's always cold and controlled. Even the sight of Sophie being mutilated by The Bride doesn't particularly unsettle her.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Her speech to the Yakuza bosses gradually delves into this at the end.
- Super Senses: She actually hears the Bride breathing on the other side of a wall in the House of Blue Leaves, despite the noise being made by her men partying and music being played outside. She then throws a dart right where the Bride's head was, without looking there.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: She does this during her speech to the Yakuza bosses to show how serious she is. See quote above.
- We Used to Be Friends: It's heavily implied that The Bride and O'Ren were friends, through their shared Trix cereal joke, the fact that The Bride is familiar with O'Ren's horrific backstory, and the sorrow The Bride expresses after killing her.
- When She Smiles: Very much The Stoic throughout the story, but there are instances during her interaction and partying with her bodyguards where she laughs and smiles ever so briefly, and it lights up the room.
- Woman in White: Except for flashbacks, O-Ren is dressed almost entirely in white.
- White Shirt of Death: She wears a white kimono for her duel with The Bride, and mostly wears white outside of flashbacks as well
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Her backstory is brutal, and she later became the most powerful Yakuza boss in Tokyo, so yeah.
- Worthy Opponent: She is one of the most powerful women in the world, and is possibly more powerful and deadly than even Bill himself. She is the only DiVA that The Bride seems to respect.
- You Killed My Father: A Yakuza boss murdered her parents. She entered a life of crime to kill the guy.
Vernita Green AKA Copperhead AKA Jeannie Bell
A former member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. She later becomes a homemaker living under the false name Jeannie Bell. She is the second of The Bride's revenge targets.
- Action Mom: She's kept up with her fighting skills to the point that she can hold her own against The Bride, all while living as a suburban mom who coaches softball.
- Atrocious Alias: Well, she thinks so. She wanted to be called Black Mamba, but that was The Bride's codename in the group. (The Bride supposedly deserved the codename, because the black mamba is considered the deadliest snake in the world, so the name went to the best assassin, which she was.)
- Black Dude Dies First: Downplayed; she's the first of the DiVAS killed onscreen, second in chronological order.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Tries to fool The Bride into thinking they'll have an honourable duel at a predesignated location and time, before trying to kill her with a hidden gun. It doesn't work.
- Combat Pragmatist: Of the Improvised Weapon type. During her fight with The Bride, Vernita uses table legs, a fireplace poker, and a whole shelf.
- Crazy-Prepared: Apparently kept a gun hidden in a cereal box. Gotta give the woman credit.
- Dark Chick: Unlike the other DiVAs, she doesn't have a katana and prefers much closer combat using knives. She's the only one who has made a relatively normal life after the group disbanded.
- Deadpan Snarker: She manages to get some quips in during her brief screen time.
- Dirty Coward: She seems to believe that being a parent makes her immune to karma and also tries to kill Beatrix in a dirty move.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Vernita really doesn't want Nikki to even know about her past.
- Hufflepuff House: Gets a lot less development than the other Vipers. She's also the first one of the DiVAs that we see die.
- Hypocrite: Attempts to persuade The Bride to spare her because she's a mother and has put her murderous past life behind her; never mind that she was perfectly fine with watching a visibly-pregnant Bride get gunned down on her wedding day for abandoning the life herself.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksman Ship Academy: Beatrix was barely ten feet away from her, was standing still and Vernita missed. Seriously! Though in fairness, it's hard to aim a gun you can't actually see inside a cereal box.
- Knife Nut: The Bride even ditches her Cool Sword to engage her in a knife fight. Vernita tries to kill her with a gun hidden in a cereal box and fails. Shoulda stuck with her knives.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: She offers to face The Bride in a duel that would come close to a fair fight, and The Bride is fine with that, but this turns out to be a subversion; the offer is only done to distract her enemy so she can use a gun hidden in a cereal box. Fortunately, she misses and The Bride is able to throw the knife she has and kill her before she can try again.
- Meaningful Name: Jeannie Bell, the alias she takes on, was the name of an actress in early '70s Black action movies.
- Never Bring a Gun to a Knife Fight: Ironically, Vernita may actually have had a better chance if she had honored the deal; knife fighting was her specialty among the Deadly Vipers and in her fight, she at least managed to hold her own against the Bride when using knives.
- Pregnant Badass: Calculating the age of her daughter, she would have had to have been at least three months pregnant when she and the others attacked The Bride's wedding rehearsal.
- Retired Badass: Like The Bride, she got out of the assassination business when she had a child.
- Sassy Black Woman: At least during her temporary parlay with The Bride; from what little we hear, one gets the impression that even after all these years, Vernita's still sore about the whole "Black Mamba" thing.
- Starting a New Life: She retired from her life as an assassin to become a typical suburban housewife and mother. Very violently averted in Volume 1.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: While she's the second assassin from the squad to be killed by The Bride, Vernita is the first of them to die onscreen, and is killed very early into the first film.
Associates of Bill
A retired pimp. He was the first of Bill's father figures. Beatrix comes to him asking for Bill's whereabouts.
- Affably Evil: He's very friendly, but evidently still pretty ruthless. He also helps The Bride in finding Bill, because he feels that's what Bill would have wanted, since otherwise Bill "wouldn't see her again."
- Blue and Orange Morality: Thinks disfiguring a woman (and, if the woman is a prostitute, forcefully retiring them from said profession) is nicer than killing her, and gladly helps The Bride find Bill, even though Bill is "like a son" to him and knowing full well she means to kill the man, because "how else will he see [her] again".
- Domestic Abuse: Poor Clara.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Zigzagged. Notes that Bill's reaction to The Bride walking out on him was quite harsh, and claims "I would have been much nicer; I would have just cut your face." Then we meet Clara, one of the victims of this treatment, and see that she's now sporting a hideous scar running from her lower lip up to the base of her nose, which keeps her from closing her mouth properly.
- Evil Old Folks: He is a retired ruthless gangster.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Evil; he smokes a cigarette with a holder throughout his entire scene.
- Karma Houdini: Very clearly a loathsome human being despite his superficial charms, he nonetheless does not receive any comeuppance for it.
- The Man Behind the Man: Acuna, Mexico, is controlled by a ruthless gang known only as "The Acuna Boys." The members of this gang are the fatherless offspring of Esteban's prostitutes, and take orders exclusively from him the retired gentleman of leisure.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: For a good deal of the meeting between him and The Bride, Esteban seems just a tad too lackadaisical for a gang-leader; then Clara the prostitute shows up with a horribly mutilated face, and the audience realizes just how dangerous he still is under that sleepy exterior.
- Parental Substitute: Esteban was the first of Bill's adopted father-figures, and still fondly remembers taking him out to the movies. It also shows where Bill picked up some of his Affably Evil mannerisms.
- He was also this for the gang of fatherless sons of his prostitutes, the Acuna Boys, and uses their love and respect for him to control them.
- Race Lift: Earl McGraw plays a Latino gentleman.
- Retired Monster: A retired pimp who semi-retired from leading a gang, though he still surrounds himself with beautiful women as domestic accessories. He's also implied to be a Retired Badass.
- Villain of Another Story: You get this vibe off of him.
A renowned weapon smith who once taught Bill, and who forged swords for the Deadly Viper Assassins.
- Alliterative Name: Hattori Hanzo.
- The Atoner: He promised never to forge another sword after all of the crimes Bill and his gang used them for (or at least one specific crime that we never learned about).
- Blasphemous Boast:"I can tell you with no ego, this is my finest sword. If on your journey, you should encounter God, God will be cut."
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Though he's a master swordsmith, he retired to become a sushi chef and runs his restaurant very informally. He is seen abusing the lazy waiter who had previously been his smithing assistant.
- Cool Sword: All of his swords.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He is reputably the best at Japanese smithing techniques.
- Mandatory Unretirement: After The Bride seeks him out for a sword, she mentions that she's going to kill Bill in order to convince him to forge one last blade.
- Meaningful Name: Hattori Hanzo was a famous samurai and ninja from the Sengoku era of Japan, and is a fixture in the Japanese pop culture that inspired the first volume.
- My Greatest Failure: All but stated that Bill is this to him. He adamantly refused to break his 28-year blood oath to forge a sword for The Bride, but when she mentions that her target is Bill, he immediately consents.
- Nice Guy: Undeniable. He and his associate are the only characters in Vol 1 that aren't antagonists.
- Old Master: He taught Bill in swordplay; it is apparently a prerequisite to receiving one of his swords that you actually be able to use the thing to a satisfactory degree.
- Retired Badass: Having taught Bill, though we don't know if he killed anyone himself.
- Revenge: His philosophy in life apparently involves this trope. He's willing to break an oath never to make another sword, on the condition that the sword he makes aid The Bride in hunting down and killing Bill.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: His reputation was built on forging the greatest swords in the world.
An immensely powerful and extremely old martial arts master. Bill, Beatrix, and Elle all train under him.
- The Ace: Easily the best fighter in the film and considered to be one of, if not the, best in the world.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He doesn't let anyone else get the upper hand on him easily. He's also extremely quick to anger. However, he truly is as powerful as he believes himself to be. Elle Driver loses an eye to him and only manages to kill him by poisoning his food.
- Asshole Victim: Abusive, petty, and misogynistic; so it's hard to feel sorry for him when Elle poisons him.
- Badass Beard: Which he constantly strokes.
- Balls of Steel: The Bride finds out the hard way that he's impervious to the Groin Attack.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Easily the deadliest martial artist in the moviesnote and never once uses a weapon in combat. He hands the Bride her ass on a silver platter when she comes at him with a sword during the first round of their fight.
- Berserk Button: He seems to be the living embodiment of this trope. According to Bill's description and what we see of Beatrix & Elle's training under him, one would consider themselves lucky to come away with grievous bodily injuries after even the slightest perceived offense, intentional or not. Worth noting is his first sparring bout with The Bride, where he's content to effortlessly toss her around the ring and even laughs off an attempted Groin Attack. But when she attempts to blindside him with a rock upside the head, he catches her hand, twists it into a painful wristlock, and threatens to take her entire arm off at the shoulder.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has the ludicrously exaggerated eyebrows of a formidable Far Eastern sage.
- Brick Break: As part of his training regimen that he instilled onto The Bride, he made her continuously punch a wooden board day in and day out. In Vol. 2, The Bride puts this to use after Budd buries her alive inside a wooden coffin.
- Broken Ace: He's possibly the best fighter in the world and a miserable old bastard who treats almost everyone around him like dirt.
- Character Development: Yes, he does get some of this in his interactions with The Bride. It's telling that, for a man whom Bill describes as hateful of women, Caucasians, the Japanese (of which The Bride is a practitioner of the nation's martial arts), he ends up growing to respect someone - The Bride - who is all of the above.
- Character Tics: Running his hand along his beard.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Every fight he's in goes almost completely in his favor. He can kick the shit out of just about anyone as easily as breathing.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the wizened old Kung-Fu teacher. He's not a good man, teaching self-defense techniques to the righteous. He's a miserable old cunt, teaching deadly techniques to whackjob assassins and murderers. And that's if he doesn't kill them in training first.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Very fond of this. Ripped out Elle Driver's eye because she called him a "miserable old fool" and killed an entire temple of unfortunate monks because one of them didn't return a nod he gave him.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Probably one of the harshest mentors ever put to screen. His training amounts to torture. He makes Sergeant Hartman look like Mr. Miyagi. Heck, the title card before the Bride's training with him lampshades this: "The Cruel Tutelage Of Pai Mei"
- Establishing Character Moment: Literally the first thing he says to the Bride when he meets her is an insult:The Bride: Master...Pai Mei: Your Mandarin is lousy. It causes my ears discomfort. You bray like an ass!
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Well, loved ones may be a bit of a stretch, but he comes to truly respect the Bride, enough to teach her the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart technique, something he never even taught Bill. The feeling is mutual; the Bride comes to see him as something of a father figure, and when she learns that Elle Driver killed Pai Mei, she is furious and removes Driver's remaining eye just as Pai Mei did to her first eye.
- Evil Laugh: It's more of a troll-ish, taunting laugh as he mocks and belittles the Bride during their first spar, but it still counts.
- Evil Mentor: He is a racist, sexist, narcissistic psychopath who trains murderers for hire.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Gets ticked off by Caucasians, women, "Japanese fatheads", and other petty things.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Bill mentions that Pai Mei "has nothing but contempt for women" and shows this when he later mocks the Bride saying that all women can do is "spend a man's money and order in restaurants". Despite this, he grows to highly respect the Bride, showing that a lot of his misogyny may be just to get a rise out of his female students.
- Hermit Guru: He lives entirely by himself and detests just about everyone. As Bill points out, this does make him lonely enough to be willing to take students, but not to make him any less of a Jerkass.
- Historical Domain Character: Pai Mei (or Bak Mei, in Cantonese), meaning White Brows, was a quasi-historical figure from 1600's China. His historicity is somewhat dubious, but by most accounts he was a Shaolin monk who either betrayed the monastery to the Qing army or survived its destruction and spread the Shaolin arts in secret. He has a martial art named after him, which claims him as its founder, and his distinct look and legend are popular in Chinese cinema. Whether he's supposed to be the Pai Mei of legend or simply a reference is never clarified, but he's certainly been around long enough.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Okay, not friends, but Bill mentions to The Bride that Pai Mei takes her on as a student out of a desire to have at least some form of company in his solitary existence. Even if it's just someone to verbally and physically abuse.
- Insufferable Genius: As arrogant as he is legitimately skilled. Nobody would put up with his nastiness if he weren't the only person in the world who could teach such devastating martial arts to pupils.
- Jerkass: Between the racism, sexism, all-around misanthropy, and training so brutal it qualifies as torture, take your pick.
- Jerkass Has a Point: His training methods might be cruel, but him teaching The Bride how to punch through wood at close distances is essential to her surviving the events of the second film.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His training of ruthless assassins and contract killers involves torment and torture. Not mentioning any others he's trained, if not, outright killed during sessions. Special mention, however, goes to when he gouges out Elle's right eye for calling him a "miserable, old, fool".
- Legacy Character: A popular fan theory regarding the character; Bill mentions the incident which he developed a special technique took place at a time that would make him impossibly old.
- Large Ham: His over-the-top mannerisms, dramatic laughs, and theatrical beard strokes definitely qualify him.
- Light Is Not Good: Wears white, but is definitely an Evil Mentor.
- Meaningful Name: His name literally means "white eyebrow" in Chinese.
- Old Master: He's more of a cruel and evil master than the kindly Mr. Miyagi type and according to the film's mythology was responsible for the destruction of the Shaolin Temple because a Shaolin monk that he passed on the road didn't return the slight nod that he gave him. He's been known to snatch out the eyes of those who look on him with defiance and snap the backs and necks of those who give him sass like they were twigs. This eventually gets him killed when he snatches out Elle Driver's right eye for calling him a "miserable old fool," and she retaliates by poisoning his fish heads.
- Pet the Dog: Several during The Bride's training:
- At one point when The Bride is relentlessly punching at the board she's trying to break, Pai Mei nods in approval. Coming from him, that's the equivalent of extraordinary praise.
- After knocking her bowl of rice to the ground (long story), he gives The Bride his own bowl.
- There's also the fact that he taught her the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique and no one else.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Bill despairingly notes that Pai Mei "...hates Caucasians, despises Americans, and has nothing but contempt for women." He also hates the Japanese as well. Ironically, his greatest student and the only one whom he teaches the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique turns out to be a blonde American woman who favors katanas and who also learned to love him like a father, if joyfully snatching out Elle Driver's left eye as vengeance for killing Pai Mei is any indication. Another possibility is that he just hates everyone until they prove themselves.
- Reality Ensues: Pai Mei may be an unstoppable badass who can take down world-class assassins but poison will still kill him as easily as it will anyone else.
- Really 700 Years Old: If the Shaolin massacre actually took place in 1003, that would make him around a thousand years old.
- Smug Super: Confident enough in his abilities that he promises to bow down and call The Bride his master if she lands a single blow (with a sword against his bare hands) during their first sparring match. She doesn't.
- Stroke the Beard: A signature taunt of his. He also tends to do it when expressing approval.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: Strong enough to punch through solid wood from only three inches away, fast and agile enough to dodge the Bride's sword strikes and balance on her sword, is said to have been born before the year 1000 and lived all the way up to 2003 and he would have lived longer had Elle not poisoned him. And then there's his "Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique".Bill:"Quite simply, the deadliest blow in all of martial arts. He hits you with his fingertips at 5 different pressure points on your body, and then lets you walk away. But once you've taken five steps your heart explodes inside your body and you fall to the floor, dead."
- Training from Hell: Puts The Bride through training that would be harsh enough to make most people quit."Since your arm belongs to me, I want it strong."
- Troll: "From here, you can get an excellent view of my foot."
- Too Dumb to Live: Apparently thinks accepting food from someone he just horribly mutilated is a good idea.
- Undignified Death: After a lifetime of fighting, he dies when Elle poisons his fish heads. All he can do is lie on the ground, sputtering empty threats as Elle stands over him and gloats.
- You Fight Like a Cow: Often insults The Bride while she is sparring with him.
Associates of O-Ren Ishii
O-Ren's lawyer, best friend, and second lieutenant. She is also a former protégé of Bill's, and was present at the wedding chapel massacre.
- Amoral Attorney: She's the lawyer of the boss of all Yakuza bosses.
- An Arm and a Leg: Loses one arm when The Bride calls out O-Ren, and loses the other arm during The Bride's interrogation of her in the trunk.
- Bullying a Dragon: Calling her captor a "stupid blonde slut" after she just sliced her arm off, slaughtered her entire Mafia army, and killed her boss is flat-out suicidal, especially since the Bride only kept her alive to interrogate her for information and to send a message.
- But Not Too Foreign: Half-Japanese, half-French.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: The only reason the Bride kept her alive was for her information on the other Deadly Vipers and to deliver a message to Bill.
- Dark Is Evil: She dresses almost entirely in black.
- Dissonant Serenity: She's impeccably calm and polite when answering the phone during the beating of The Bride or when translating O-Ren's speech after Boss Tanaka's beheading.
- Everyone Has Standards: She's disgusted when The Bride shoves a Crazy 88's eyeball down another Crazy 88's throat.
- Evil Genius: To O-Ren.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: When she's watching over the El Paso murders, Sofie has her hair in a ponytail. In the present, she wears her hair up in a bun. At the end, after being mutilated, she wears her hair down while talking to Bill.
- Fate Worse than Death: The Bride cuts off both of her arms, the left one as a means of making a point to O-Ren, and the other one during her interrogation. It should be noticed that this is left somewhat ambiguous in the American version, as we don't see The Bride cutting off her other arm.
- Gratuitous French: She delivers her most famous line, quoted and translated above, in the language. Justified by her origins. It is hinted that the Bride understood it entirely.
- Hello, Attorney!: The Bride even describes her as a "pretty lady"
- Informed Ability: Despite being a protégé of Bill's, she puts up no fight at all when The Bride comes calling.
- Qipao: Sofie's dressed in a qipao with a cut reminiscent of a male changpao.
- Slasher Smile: When O'Ren decapitates Boss Tanaka. And it gets broader as O'Ren outlines her rules in English to the other mob bosses.
- Smug Snake: Sofie smiled and laughed as she beat The Bride, but she lacks any real skill.
- Translator Buddy: Acts as O-Ren's interpreter in French and Japanese.
- Villainous Friendship: She's O-Ren's best friend.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She loses both arms to The Bride, and is left alive to deliver a message to Bill. She's never mentioned afterwards.
- Woman in White: Wore a white dress during the El Paso murders.
A sadistic 17-year-old who is O-Ren's personal bodyguard.
- Agony of the Feet: Gets a nailed board into one of her feet before the nails go through her head.
- Ax-Crazy: Holy shit, yes. Gogo kills entirely at random for little to no reason.
- Blood Knight: She shows shades of this, seeming to relish the sight of O-Ren decapitating Boss Tanaka and toying with the Bride during their fight.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: She's dangerous, but nowhere near as much as her boss.
- The Brute: One of the most dangerous people in O-Ren's organization, second only to the woman herself.
- Composite Character: The original Kill Bill script had two Yubari sisters, Gogo and Yuki. Yuki was the crazier one of the two, and would end up destroying the Pussy Wagon in an explosive shootout when The Bride got back from Japan. Tarantino used elements from both characters in order to create the Gogo of the movie.
- Cute and Psycho: There's a big contrast between her love of killing people and her schoolgirl mannerisms (like cheerfully saying hi to The Bride and covering her mouth when she laughs).
- Epic Flail: Wields a meteor hammer, which is basically a weighted bludgeon on the end of a chain.
- Exotic Weapon Supremacy: On multiple levels; her weapon is a modified meteor hammer, which is traditionally a Chinese weapon, somewhat out of place in Japan, especially given that all the other members of her gang use katanas. It's further modified with the retractable sawbladed ring, making it even more exotic. The Supremacy part comes in when she's able to give The Bride one of the most difficult fights of the film largely due to her being ill-equipped to deal with such an unusual weapon.
- Fille Fatale: At most 17. Is seen getting drunk with a businessman who flirts with her in a bar. She ends up happily eviscerating him.
- Giggling Villain: The schoolgirl titter clashes hard with Gogo's bloodlust and propensity for violence.
- Girlish Pigtails: Gogo sports these in one scene, specifically the one where she kills that poor guy who was hitting on her at a bar.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Shown gulping booze straight from the bottle, then inviting a salaryman to screw her. Unfortunately she gets her kicks in a different manner, by gutting him.
- Kubrick Stare: Gives this almost all the time, and particularly in her face-off with The Bride.
- Little Miss Badass: The youngest fighter in the entire series and one of the most dangerous.The Bride: What she lacks in age, she makes up for in madness.
- MookFace Turn: Defied. The Bride gives her a Last-Second Chance to walk away, apparently believing that she's under O-Ren's control; Gogo laughs it off, and pays for it.The Bride: ...I beg you. Walk away.
- Psycho for Hire: Hoo boy, yes. Gogo is psychotic to the core, with even The Bride considering her to be mad.
- School Uniforms Are the New Black: Fights in a school uniform instead of the black suits that make up the gang colors of the Crazy 88.
- Tears of Blood: As she is dying from having a nailed board driven through her skull.
- Teens Are Monsters: She's a 17-year-old sadist.
- Undying Loyalty: It's unclear if she's truly loyal to O-Ren (as The Bride suggests) or if she just loves a spot of murder.
- Zettai Ryouiki: In her school uniform.
Head general of O-Ren's personal army, the Crazy 88.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: As second in command to O-Ren he turns out to be a pretty good fighter and gives the Bride more trouble than the normal members of the Crazy 88.
- Bald of Evil: His baldness helps distinguish him from the other mooks.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Like the rest of the Crazy 88, he's a professional mob enforcer who fights in his suit and tie.
- Bifurcated Weapon: Unlike the rest of the Crazy 88 (who use katanas), his weapon of choice is a short fighting staff which he can pull apart into two swords.
- Boss in Mook's Clothing: Despite being dressed exactly the same as the other members of the Crazy 88, Mo is much tougher and more skilled than the rest.
- Cool Mask: Like his cohorts, Mo wears a Green Hornet type mask.
- The Dragon: Main general and top subordinate to O-Ren Ishii.
- Dual Wielding: As mentioned, his staff is actually a double-sheath for two blades that he uses in tandem.
- Le Parkour: Leaps up a katana embedded in a pillar to the second level to pursue The Bride during the Crazy 88 fight scene.
- Meaningful Name: While there are only about three dozen Mooks in the fight scene, the number was chosen for its significance to the Japanese.Bill: There wasn't really 88 of them, they just called themselves the Crazy 88.Budd: How come?Bill: I dunno, I guess they thought it sounded cool.
- Railing Kill: When The Bride kills him, he falls off a rail to a pool below.
The Crazy 88s
- Informed Attribute: They are supposed to be a dangerous gang but they barely did anything before they got wasted by Beatrix.
- Made of Plasticine: Are being hacked apart with little effort by the Bride's sword.
- The Men in Black: They are apparently a simultaneous Shout-Out to The Green Hornet and The Matrix (Yuen Wo Ping was the fight choreographer for all three Matrix films and Kill Bill).
- Mook Chivalry: Subverted. The Crazy 88s are a little less chivalrous than most mooks. Doesn't really help them, though.
- The Notable Numeral: Crazy 88.
A Yakuza who is disgruntled when O-Ren assumes power.
- Asshole Victim: O-Ren chops his head off with a katana sword, and he deserved it.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Averted, he admits that he loves his criminal empire more than he loves his own children. It really goes far in showing what a scumbag he is.
- Jerkass: Tanaka is a dick, insulting O-Ren at her own table, which he immediately gets beheaded for.
- Off with His Head!: How O-Ren murders him.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He hates O-Ren due to her racial heritage."I speak, of the perversion done to this council... which I love... more than my own children, by making a Chinese Jap-American half-breed bitch its leader!" *Cue O-Ren decapitating him.*
- Too Dumb to Live: Insults a formidable Yakuza crimelord at her own table in front of all of her top subordinates. He's lucky that one of the other crimelords didn't kill him immediately for his insolence. Except that the insult just so happened to press O-Ren's Berserk Button, so she did it herself.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appears in one scene with the Yakuza bosses and O-Ren, and gets his head chopped off when he opens his big mouth about O-Ren not being pure Japanese, which is only a few lines of dialogue.
The daughter of Beatrix and Bill. She is raised by her father while her mother is comatose.
- Cheerful Child and Creepy Child: Poor, poor Emilio.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: She doesn't seem to, well, understand how to take care of a pet. Her upbringing doesn't really help. We can only hope that being taken care of by her mom after the second movie will help her drop that. She's four, but she also thinks the R-rated film Shogun Assassin makes a fine bedtime story. Overall, this is pretty much an example of exactly why Beatrix didn't want Bill involved in B.B.'s life.
- Walking Spoiler: Her existence in the second film, particularly her being very present in the trailer spoils The Stinger of the first movie.
The Yakuza boss who killed O-Ren Ishii's family.
- Asshole Victim: When O-Ren Ishii kills him, it is fully deserved and no one will miss him.
- Dissonant Serenity: Matsumoto seems to smile and simply looks happy while he's killing an innocent family.
- Hate Sink: Although he has little screentime, in fact he only appears in a short, animated but memorable flashback scene, Matsumoto manages to establish himself in such a short time as the worst person in both films.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He intended to have sex with O-Ren (who is pretending to be a prostitute) before she kills him; what makes this even worse is that she's a child at the time of the flashbacks, which would have made it statutory rape.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's the one behind Ishii's Start of Darkness as a feared assassin, but he has very little screentime.
- The Sociopath: Matsumoto has no other emotions but happiness when he kills innocent people.
- Would Hurt a Child: He's a Yakuza boss and a sadistic pedophile.
Nikkia "Nikki" Bell
Vernita's 4-year-old daughter.
- Children Are Innocent: She's a typical young girl who lives in surburbia and loves her parents.
- Dissonant Serenity: She takes her mother's murder right in front of her eyes with surprising aplomb. Or maybe she was just too shocked to manage to do, well, anything.
- Dull Surprise: Seems pretty calm and collected for a 4-year-old girl seeing her mom die.
- Sequel Hook: Tarantino has said that if he ever makes a sequel to Kill Bill, it will involve Nikki seeking revenge on The Bride for killing her mother. He's even hinted at the possibility of a fourth movie; assuming Nikki is successful, the fourth will continue the Cycle of Revenge by having B.B. hunting down Nikki. However, Tarantino has admitted that if it does happen, it "won't be for quite a while".
An orderly at the hospital where The Bride lay comatose for four years. He has been selling sexual access to her body, as well as partaking himself.
- An Arm and a Leg: Almost, as The Bride doesn't quite manage to cut off his foot. Still, eeeeeew.
- Affably Evil: Yeah, he's utterly repulsive, but he sure is a nice guy to his customers... who are obviously just as repulsive as he is.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Tries in vain to stop the recently awoken Bride from smashing his head in. He fails.
- Asshole Victim: One of the first chronological kills by The Bride in the film on screen (after the guy who was about to fuck her only to have her bite his tongue off, leading to a lot of blood and supposedly killing him. Once he tells The Bride he pimped her comatose body out, he gets his head smashed in by a door.
- Cool Car: The Pussy Wagon, an outrageously pimped-out Chevy pickup truck which is appropriated by The Bride when she kills him. It's so garish that it literally makes The Bride do a double-take.
- Door Fu: The Bride kills him by smashing his head up against the door jamb repeatedly.
- Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Likes to rape comatose patients, and has a sideline of pimping their bodies out to his customers.
- Jerkass: He abused his position of trust to rape a comatose woman. Plus, he pimped her out for other sickos to do the same.
- Karmic Death: Buck is killed by one of the formerly comatose patients he pimped out.
- Meaningful Name: His name's Buck, and he likes to... well, you know.
- Mugging the Monster: He's been pimping out the comatose body of a super-assassin, not prepared in the least for the possibility that she may wake up. When she does, she rips the tongue out of an attempted rapist, then smashes Buck's head in, and finally steals his truck.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: The Bride originally started beating Buck's head in a doorway to interrogate him on Bill's location, but once she remembers him selling her comatose body for sex she just outright kills him; he and his most recent "client" are the first people The Bride kills chronologically.
- Orderlies Are Creeps: Buck abuses his power as an orderly to pimp out coma patients to whoever will pay.
- Slimeball: Offering a comatose woman's body up for rape, and charging money for it.
A policeman who investigates the wedding chapel massacre.
- Cool Shades: He has a whole collection on the top of his dashboard.
An assassin sent to kill Beatrix. Her attack comes moments after Beatrix learns that she is pregnant.
- Alliterative Name: Karen Kim.
- Badass Boast: When The Bride asks her if she's good with her shotgun.Karen: Not that I have to be at this range, but I'm a fucking surgeon with this shotgun.
- Combat Pragmatist: Befitting an assassin. She lures The Bride near the door by pretending to be an employee of the hotel, then shoots through the door. If Beatrix hadn't dropped the tester and bend down to retrieve it, the movies wouldn't have been.
- Dark Action Girl: For her unseen employer, Lisa Wong.
- Hitman with a Heart: Lets the pregnant Bride leave after she promises to abandon her assignment.
- Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: In a complete inversion of what happened to Vernita, she blocks the knife thrown by the bride with her shotgun barrel before trying to shoot again.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Her preferred weapon.
The organist who was to perform at Beatrix and Tommy's wedding.
- The Cameo: For Tarantino regular, Samuel L. Jackson.
- The Faceless: All we ever see is the back of his head.
- Phrase Catcher: "Rufus....he's the man."
- Sacrificial Lamb: Was one of the people blown away in the wedding party massacre that kicked off the plot.
- Sacrificial Lion: If you believe the theory that he's Jules.
Beatrix's fiancé who is killed in the wedding chapel massacre.
Budd's employer and owner of the Texas stripclub he works at as a bouncer.
- Bad Boss: Suspends Budd for an indefinite period for being 20 minutes late. Subverted in that as Budd himself points out, he doesn't really need a bouncer if there is no one to bounce.
- Bullying a Dragon: Has no idea the employee he chews out was a champion assassin.
- Drugs Are Bad: Snorts cocaine to deal with the failure of his stripclub, and it makes him act hostile towards Budd.
- Jerkass Has a Point: His conversation with Budd indicates that this isn't the first time the latter arrived to work late, so he has the right to be pissed off at him. Also, telling your boss that it's okay to be late if there is no job for you to do at the moment is a pretty lame excuse.
- Sore Loser: Takes the lack of any customers in his stripclub very personally, lashing out against Budd.
One of Bud's coworkers at the strip club.