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- Played by: John Travolta
One of the three lead characters in the film, and one of the Villain Protagonists. Together with Jules, both are part of Marsellus Wallace's organized crime group. Vincent just came home to LA after serving in Amsterdam for a brief time. Compared to Jules, he's pretty lousy at his job, utterly genre blind and dumb, a heroin addict suffering constipation [a heroin side effect], and on top of that he tends to be a big jerk.
Along with Mia, he's the protagonist of the film's first segment.
- Affably Evil: While he has a tendency to be a jerk, he does have quite a few friendly conversations with Jules.
- Alas, Poor Villain: It can be sad to see him anticlimactically meet his end right after the story that focused on him.
- Alliterative Name: Vincent Vega.
- AM/FM Characterization: A deleted scene has Mia ask him if he's an Elvis man or a Beatles man. He picks the former.
- Artistic License Gun Safety: When Vincent, an experienced hitman, is talking with Marvin, he rests his hand on the edge of the seat, his pistol pointed straight at Marvin with his finger still on the trigger. When Jules hits a bump,note Vincent accidentally fires the weapon, shooting Marvin in the face and naming a trope. Even after the accident, Vincent doesn't remove his finger from the trigger; he continues waving it around as though the gun had nothing to do with the mess in the backseat.
- Backup Twin: When discussing the unmade Vega Brothers sequel, Tarantino considered having Travolta playing Vince's twin or an identical older brother.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Subverted. Vincent spends most of the movie in a suit, and loses it after the Wolf's clean-up job, but regains it when he's on Butch's house. However, while he initially comes off as your typical stoic, smooth-as-ice hit-man, as the film progresses he proves to be a useless, idiotic person who causes far more problems than he resolves and is simply too strung out on heroin to let anything faze him. Alongside Jules, a legitimate badass, he manages to appear competent, but on his own it becomes all too obvious that he relies on his partner to do all of the work for him.
- Badass on Paper: At a glance, Vince is a bonafide badass. He's an enforcer for a powerful crime boss who treats killing with detached indifference, carries himself with an easy confidence, and always wears a slick-looking suit when on the job. In practice, though, he proves himself to not only be a bumbling halfwit, but someone so Too Dumb to Live that he is killed within days of being separated from his much more competent partner.
- Bad Mood as an Excuse: For insulting Butch.
- The Brute: To Marsellus, as the abrasive but quiet Dumb Muscle.
- Bumbling Sidekick: To Jules. Notably, Vincent's incompetence gets him killed barely a few days after Jules retires.
- Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: Vincent always crudely announces his need to go, which helps to differentiate him from his more professional counterpart, Jules. It also creates some incongruity with his character, being a professional hitman in a suit and tie.
- Camping a Crapper: He meets his end seconds after leaving Butch's bathroom.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the standard crime thriller protagonist. He's cool, calm and doesn't let anything faze him, but this is almost entirely because he's on heroin through most of the movie and mostly unaware of his surroundings. His actual skills as a hitman are highly dubious, as Jules does all of the work for the two of them while Vincent immediately makes the situation worse whenever he takes any direct action. Despite all of this, his natural charm is enough to fool the audience into believing him to be all that he appears to be for most of the movie.
- Decoy Protagonist: Leads the first segment of the movie and has many surface-level traits in common with the typical bad boy crime thriller protagonist. His actor also receives top billing, creating the impression that he is the central protagonist to the uninformed viewer. Despite this, he drops out of the spotlight the moment the movie's non-linear format is revealed and never returns to being the main focus. As a character, he is also shown to be generally useless and more prone to creating problems than he is at resolving them, making both Jules and Butch fit into the position of protagonist not only as much, but better than he does.
- Dies Wide Open: When Butch shoots him down, his eyes are still open.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: After being the central character of the previous story, he comes out of the bathroom and gets shot by Butch before he can even say or do anything.
- Dumb Muscle: An assassin who's dumb as a box of rocks. He has little understanding of gun safety, doesn't appear to be able to even wash his hands correctly and dies because he leaves his weapon where his mark can get to it.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In the prologue, you can see Vincent heading to the restroom in the background as Yolanda and Ringo discuss holding up the diner.
- Everyone Has Standards: He's a Jerkass who is prone to shifting the blame for his own failings onto others, but he sincerely thanks Winston Wolfe after he helps him dispose of the evidence of Marvin's murder. Considering that he spends most of the Wolf's screentime acting ungrateful for his help, this final thank you reveals that he has a shred of humility in him.
- Genre Blind: He claims that he doesn't watch television, which might explain his many unwise decisions that lead to his demise (being strung out on heroin all the time probably doesn't help either). He doesn't consider that taking a bathroom break during a stakeout mission generally isn't a good idea, and that continuing with the life of a hitman probably isn't the wisest reaction to an apparent brush with a divine miracle.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: When Butch kills him with Marsellus' Wallace's gun. A symbolic way of saying that being attached to Marsellus would get him killed.
- Idiot Hero: For a given value of heroic, but he's definitely not all that bright. Constant heroin use does not a competent hitman make.
- Special idiot points should be given for his handling of firearms. Not only does shooting Marvin on accident qualify, but his own death could have been avoided if he didn't go to the bathroom and leave a submachine gun on the kitchen counter of a man he was supposed to kill.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: The Trope Namer. He waves a loaded gun around with his finger on the trigger, and accidentally shoots Marvin in the face. Later, Vincent leaves a gun lying around when he goes to the bathroom, and his target finds it.
- Jerkass: He happens to behave like this as a result of his bad day.
- Kick the Dog: There is zero reason for him to treat Butch like shit save just to be a prick, and because he had a bad day.
- Lethally Stupid: Vincent accidentally kills Marvin and spatters the car with blood, in the middle of a talk. He almost accidentally gets his boss' wife killed too.
- The Millstone: He is never much more than a liability in whatever he's involved in. He fails to locate the hiding man in the bathroom while Jules is interrogating the others, accidentally shoots Marvin, antagonizes Jimmie, gets into a pointless argument with Wolf, almost screws up Jules' peace negotiation with Ringo and Yolanda, leaves heroin out for Mia to nearly die from an overdose, and gets himself killed waiting for Butch.
- Never My Fault: Vincent seems pathologically incapable of accepting responsibility for anything, even when he screws up or escalates situations to dangerous levels. It takes serious pressure for him to muster even a tiny ounce of concession here.
- Pet the Dog: How he treats Mia offsets some of his assholish tendencies.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The apathetic, stone-faced blue oni to Jules' hammy, religious red oni. In a twist, his cool demeanor is the direct result of a drug habit, and thus he is actually less competent and collected than the more emotional Jules.
- Salt and Pepper: The Salt to Jules' Pepper, being the laid-back but incompetent white guy.
- Same Surname Means Related: Tarantino says he as Vic Vega from Reservoir Dogs are brothers.
- Ship Tease: With Mia. However, because she's married to Marsellus, Vincent knows better than to try anything. Or at least, Mia's overdosing and Vince dying keep him from ever getting to that point.
- Siblings in Crime: With Vic Vega/Mr. Blonde, though it appears the two of them work for different bosses.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With his brother Vic. Vincent might be a lethally stupid fuck up and ruthless killer, but he has some decent qualities to him. Vic is a stone-cold psychopath and genuine monster who enjoys torturing and killing those he can.
- The Spock: To Jules' McCoy.
- The Stoic: When he's 'in character'.
- Too Dumb to Live: Due to being a strung-out heroin addict. He leaves his gun on the counter when staking out Butch's house, resulting in Butch taking the gun himself and killing Vincent with it. Also, he nearly gets himself shot earlier in the film by screwing up Jules' peace negotiation with Ringo and Yolanda.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He spends the entire time after shooting Marvin in the face being whiny and ungrateful to the people trying to help him clean up the mess that he caused. Jules is quick to call him out on it, and he's given a really precise chewing out by Mr. Wolf.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Vincent's carelessness causes a lot of problems through the film, whether he's disregarding the laws of gun safety like a moron, whether he's leaving heroin out where a coke addict can mistake it for her drug of choice or even carelessly insulting an already stung Butch.
- Villainous Friendship: While his relationship with Jules is rooted in them being hitmen for the same crime boss, they seem to generally get along pretty well and talk casually with each other about inane and personal topics when out on the job. Their bond is further shown in their later interactions, with Jules making sure to preface his frustrations with Vince's carelessness by emphasizing that he respects him and Vincent seeming genuinely upset when Jules tells him that he is planning on leaving the criminal life behind and ending their partnership.
- Villain Protagonist: Along with Jules. They're two hitmen working for an L.A. crime lord who mercilessly execute his partners in a business transaction in the opening.
One of the three lead characters in the film, and one of the Villain Protagonists. Together with Vincent, both are part of Marsellus Wallace's organized crime group. He's been living in Inglewood for several years. Compared to Vincent, Jules is miles more intimidating, capable of scaring whoever he's facing in a fingersnap. However, he's much more personable, and believes in the Bible.
He's the protagonist of the film's third segment.
- Affably Evil: When not "in character". Between Jules and Vincent, Jules is usually the more polite of the two, having friendly conversations with Vincent, the Wolf, his old partner Jimmie, and even his boss Marsellus Wallace.
- Afro Asskicker: Well, a Jheri Curl Asskicker anyway.
- As the Good Book Says...: He's fond of (mis)quoting Ezekiel 25:17 (with a bit of his own embellishment, as only the final lines of Jules' speech, the ones about "great vengeance and furious anger," appear in the aforementioned passage) before executing someone. As he explains to another character later, he "just thought it was some coldblooded shit to say to a motherfucker before I popped a cap in his ass", but after he's begun to question his lifestyle, he starts really thinking about its meaning."The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and goodwill, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers! And you will know my name is the Lord... when I lay my vengeance upon thee!"
- The Atoner: Starts down this by the end of the film."The truth is, you're the weak. And I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm tryin', Ringo, I'm tryin' real hard to be the shepherd."
- Badass Baritone: It's Samuel L. Jackson, muthafucka. His voice noticeably deepens when he's talking to a target, suggesting it's just another facet of his hitman 'persona' that he puts on in front of his targets. Unlike Vincent, he is actually a hyper-competent badass able to terrify a man just by eating his burger.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Spends most of the movie in a suit. After Vincent shoots Marvin, he loses it after the Wolf's clean-up job in favor of a really ugly T-shirt.
- Beam Me Up, Scotty!: In-Universe. Jules has taken some serious artistic license in adapting Ezekiel 25:17 into a Badass Creed, since the way he quotes the passage is almost entirely incorrect. But it's still some cold-blooded shit.
- Berserk Button:
- Disrespecting his boss, Marsellus Wallace. Not remembering what he looks like, trying to "fuck Marsellus Wallace like a bitch"note are good examples. And damn, you'd better remember that Marsellus Wallace don't like to be fucked by nobody but Mrs. Wallace.
- Repeatedly answering a question with "what" also counts.
- Having to pick up all the bits of Marvin's head from the back seat of the car, when it was Vincent's Reckless Gun Usage that caused the mess.
- But Now I Must Go: Played with, as when Jules has a near-death and then near-life in prison moment in the same day, he decides he must leave and travel the world. Not only is he not a heroic character, but the story is told out of order.
- Breakout Character: When the movie first came out, Jules was overshadowed by the marketing around Vincent Vega and Travolta's Career Resurrection. Years later, Jules is seen as the most popular character from the film and even gets argued as the "true" main character.
- Co-Dragons: With Paul. Paul is Marsellus' Number Two, while Jules is more visible and active.
- Deadpan Snarker: Usually overshadowed by his Large Ham status, but he does get in some good snarking.
- His response to Vincent's statement that he doesn't watch television:Jules: But you are aware there's an invention called a television, and that on that invention, they show shows, right?
- His response to Brett's nervous repetition of the word "what" (when Jules asked him what country he was from):Jules: "What" ain't no country I ever heard of. They speak English in "What?"
- His response to Vincent's statement that he doesn't watch television:
- The Dragon: Jules is Marsellus Wallace's primary enforcer.
- Enemy Eats Your Lunch: He's the trope page image, taken when he eats Brett's burger and drinks from his soda to intimidate him.
- Faux Affably Evil: When "in character". He initially acts rather polite and cordial towards Brett and his friend, but suddenly shoots Brett's friend dead without blinking an eye before starting to really grill Brett about what he did.
- HeelFaith Turn: His reciting from the Bible was initially simply to make himself more intimidating, but when he actually takes the time to think about what he's saying, he decides to become a better person. This is brought on by his near-death experience in the apartment, where a gangster unloads a gun at him at close range, and misses every time. This leaves Jules shaken enough to reexamine his life.
- Heel Realization: The entire last story of the movie involves Jules' realization that he was, in fact, a tool used by wicked men.
- Hitman with a Heart: Played with, on one hand Jules believes in a higher power and is arguably more caring than Vincent, and he's very friendly to his colleagues and boss. On the other hand, he's absolutely merciless to his marks, shooting two defenseless men at his mercy with pure spite in mind, only learning to show mercy near the end of the film to Yolanda and Ringo when he could feasibly kill one or both of them in a standoff.
- Holy Hitman: "And you will know my name is the LORD, when I lay my vengeance upon thee." When Jules actually thinks about what this means, especially after almost getting shot, he really starts to wonder about his life choices.
- Hot-Blooded: He can act this way around his target, but it's just a tool for intimidation.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Marcellus, to the point where he can backtalk him, hang up on him, quit on him, and still be respected and given the very best support team.
- Even if someone sees Vincent as the lead in their two-man cell, it's clear Jules is the only competent part of the partnership. Vincent is a drug-addled moron who simply cannot do anything right, while Jules is a very smart, very competent professional who backs up his image with action. In fact, his not being around results in Vincent getting himself killed.
- Kirk Summation: He figures "Ringo" out pretty quickly and is able to talk him out of leaving the diner in peace without the briefcase.
- Large Ham: At many points, such as the ending and of course the infamous "Describe what Marsellus Wallace looks like!" bit.
- The McCoy: To Vincent's Spock. This becomes especially emphasized after his Near-Death Experience.
- Messy Pig: Jules gives this as a reason for why, despite not being Jewish or Muslim, he doesn't eat pork.
- Near-Death Experience: The mook in the bathroom nearly kills both him and Vince, but misses every shot. Jules is the only one who takes time to contemplate the situation, however, and decides to call it quits before the mob life gets him killed.
- The Nicknamer: Calls his current targets by nicknames to further assert his power over them.
- No Indoor Voice: Most prominently when he and Vincent meet Brett.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: He makes references to Green Acres, A Flock of Seagulls, and other bits of pop culture.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Jules' reading of Ezekiel 25:17.
- Real Men Love Jesus: An absurdly intimidating hitman who believes in the Bible.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni:
- The red to (an unusually wickeder) Paul's blue. He subverts the usual scenario by having a Heel Realization during the third segment and quitting the mob life.
- He's also the hammy, religious red oni to Vincent's apathetic, stone-faced blue oni. Due to Vincent's incompetence, Jules is able to pull off the Hypercompetent Sidekick, No-Nonsense Nemesis paper much better.
- Repeat to Confirm: Jules gives these orders to his boss Marcellus, as they discuss the Marvin cleanup. Their mutual respect is so strong that not only does Marcellus accept this, and not take getting yelled at over the phone as an insult, his repetition includes a change that gives Jules an even better outcome than he was requesting, sending in The Wolf, as opposed to any other "cavalry" people.
- Salt and Pepper: The Pepper to Vincent's Salt, being a very hammy but also highly competent black guy.
- Scary Black Man: Very much so, enough to be the page image. Particularly when he's "in character".
- Soul Brotha: Jules wears a Jheri curl hairdo and Porn Stache and speaks with a bit of Jive Turkey. Tarantino is known for his '70s throwback embellishments.
- Villainous Friendship: While his relationship with Vince is rooted in them being hitmen for the same crime boss, they seem to generally get along pretty well and talk casually with each other about inane and personal topics when out on the job. Their bond is further shown in their later interactions, with Jules making sure to preface his frustrations with Vince's carelessness by emphasizing that he respects him and Vincent seeming genuinely upset when Jules tells him that he is planning on leaving the criminal life behind and ending their partnership.
- Villain Protagonist: Along with Vincent, but becomes more of an Anti-Hero by the end of the film.
- Walking the Earth: Invoked, as his retirement plan.
- Played by: Bruce Willis
One of the three lead characters in the film. Unlike Jules and Vincent, Butch is an Anti-Hero, a decent and honorable guy who would rather live his own life with his wife Fabienne. He is a boxer who's been in the job for quite a few years, but his story starts after he double-crosses the mob he affilliated himself with despite being told to throw the match.
Along with Marsellus Wallace, he's the protagonist of the film's second segment.
- Accidental Murder: He accidentally kills another boxer in the ring. This is what starts all of his trouble, as he'd promised Marsellus Wallace that he'd take a dive.
- AM/FM Characterization: He sings along to "Flowers on the Wall" by The Statler Brothers while driving back from the apartment.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: In a symbolic reading of the film, Butch is essentially an anthropomorphic personification of Honor. His whole storyline revolves around him attempting to do right by his family legacy, and nearly all of his actions stem from him refusing to do anything that would compromise his moral code. His conflict with Marsellus is ultimately an ideological conflict over whether Power trumps Honor.
- Anti-Hero: He is the closest thing the movie has to a good guy since he's not a criminal and saves Marsellus' life, but he's still more than willing to double-cross mob bosses and at least pretends he doesn't care that he accidentally killed an opponent in the ring.
- The Atoner: While Butch claims not to care about killing his opponent, he mutters, "Sorry, Floyd," to the air when he hears the news. His compulsion to save Marsellus may be connected.
- Badass Back: Butch slashes Maynard, the pawn shop's owner, with a katana; then he walks past him, and finishes him off by thrusting it behind him.
- Badass in Distress: Complete with Breaking the Bonds.
- Bald of Awesome: This is one of Bruce Willis' first roles as a bald man.
- Berserk Button: When he realizes that Fabienne has not packed a watch that's been in his family for three generations. Downplayed insofar as he regains his calm with impressive speed and even reassures her that it's not her fault and that he can't stay mad at her.
- Car Fu: Butch runs down the crime boss who wants him dead after seeing him at a crosswalk. Unlike most, he doesn't get to full speed; he hits him after only going about ten feet. He is also injured when his car is T-boned in the process, as he was not wearing a seat belt.
- Casualty in the Ring: Happens offscreen to the man Butch fought. This gets him in serious trouble with Marsellus Wallace, because he was supposed to throw the fight for him.
- Chainsaw Good: Subverted. Butch is choosing a weapon to use to rescue Marsellus Wallace. He grabs a chainsaw, and then stops and instead grabs a katana, since it's a much more pragmatic choice to sneak up on someone.
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: Him going back to save Marsellus after escaping The Gimp, even though Butch owes Marsellus nothing.
- Enemy Mine: When Butch goes back to rescue Marsellus. It ends up getting Marsellus to downgrade his punishment from death to exile.
- The Fool: Bordering on Idiot Houdini. Butch is a decent guy, but more than that he's incredibly lucky despite his poor judgment. Instead of skipping town he decides to go back in order to fetch a watch that isn't worth anything beyond its sentimental value, but might very well get him killed... which it would have hadn't both hitmen waiting for him at his home been indisposed at the same time. And then he manages to get out of a rather weird kidnapping, free his former boss in the process and manage to resolve the bad blood between them. Basically, he did something that would have gotten him unceremoniously killed off in any normal reality, but here he got out of it not only (mostly) unscathed, but actually better for it.
- Genius Bruiser: He's a talented boxer who can knock a man out with one punch but is also surprisingly crafty and clever as his scheme to double cross Marsellus showed.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Subverted; he only gets angry twice - when he sees that Fabienne has forgotten the watch, and during the chase with Marsellus. Immediately after he's exploded at Fabienne and lost his temper, he collects himself and admits that it's not her fault that he didn't make it clear how important the watch was to him. He then goes out of his way to reassure her that everything will be fine.
- Honor Before Reason: It made more sense for Butch to just leave Marsellus behind, but the heroic exploits of his ancestors inspired him to do the right thing. He also implores Zedd to go for his gun before cutting him down, suggesting an unwillingness to kill an unarmed opponent.
- Irony: Despite his grandfather having been killed in the Pacific by the Japanese in World War 2 (as explained during the backstory of his precious gold watch), Butch seems to regard the katana (a Japanese sword), with which he commits his first heroic deed, with a fascinated reverence.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As much of an asshole as he can be, he can still be trusted to do the right thing and shows a softer side with Fabienne and his brother. Even saving Marsellus when Butch had every reason to leave him for dead.
- Jobber: Subverting this is what got him in trouble with Marsellus.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He chooses this weapon to save Wallace's life in the pawn shop. Made ironic by the fact that his grandfather was killed by the Japanese in the Pacific during World War 2.
- Meaningful Name: "I'm American, honey. Our names don't mean shit." Ironically, his name is meaningful, since "Butch" means "masculine" or "manly".
- Memento MacGuffin: His gold watch, bought by his great-grandfather and passed down through the generations to him.
- Military Brat: His great-grandfather fought in World War I, his grandfather fought in World War II and his father fought in The Vietnam War.
- Mood-Swinger: He rather frighteningly goes from Tranquil Fury to just plain fury at the flick of a switch. And back again.
- One-Hit Kill: He is able to knock the Gimp unconscious with just one good punch.
- Persona Non Grata: Marsellus revokes Butch's "L.A. privileges", but this was a downgrade from an earlier implication that he'd be tortured and probably killed for disobeying Marsellus. Besides, he was planning to ride off into the sunset and never look back anyway, so "never setting foot in L.A. again" wasn't too harsh of a condition.
- Pragmatic Hero: He saves Marsellus due to personal honor.
- Redemption Earns Life: Not as clear-cut as other examples, but Butch's decision to save Marsellus Wallace from being raped might just be what saves him from being killed by Wallace's associates. He crosses Wallace in the beginning, but choosing to save him might spare Butch from being killed later on.Quentin Tarantino: "If he just left [the pawn shop], would he still get out of town with Fabienne? Would he still make it to Tennessee? Would he still have all the money and everything like that? Well, he'd be looking over his shoulder. Right now, he's not looking over his shoulder because he did the moral thing."
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Driving into someone from just a couple feet away will not kill them, and it will still be enough to hurt you if you're not wearing your seat belt.
- Symbolism: Given Tarantino's love of Japanese culture, it's almost certain that the weapon he happened to find, a katana, was meant to tie into the samurai ideal of honor, given that honor is Butch's defining character trait and he went so far as to save his enemy because he refused to turn his back on his sense of honor.
- Throwing the Fight: Marsellus tries to make him do this. He thinks winning the fight and betting everything on himself is a better idea.
- Token Good Teammate: The only half-decent character working for Marsellus, or in the movie's cast (with the possible exception of Jules post-Character Development). He does go against Marsellus' orders, unintentionally killing his opponent in the ring, and flip-flopping about it afterward: he smack talks him, saying if he was a better fighter he wouldn't be dead, but also says to himself "Sorry, Floyd."
- Tragic Keepsake: Why he's so protective of his father's watch.
- What You Are in the Dark: Butch could have easily left Marselllus to be raped to death by Maynard and Zed, but decides to go back and save the mob boss who had been trying to kill him. Given that he had no guarantee that Marsellus would call off his hitmen out of gratitude, it probably would have been more sensible for him to leave Marsellus to his fate. It's implied that he was inspired by the wartime heroism of his father and grandfather. It's also likely that he realized that he easily could have been picked instead of Marsellus, and would want to be saved if he was in that position.
- Played by: Ving Rhames
The leader of the organized crime group that Vincent and Jules work in, and one of the Villain Protagonists, being the one who Butch affilliates with at the start of the film. In spite of how powerful he is, Marsellus is calm and reasonable as long as one doesn't betray him. Butch apparently doesn't get the memo, and Marsellus is out to catch and execute Butch for double-crossing him.
Along with Butch, he's the protagonist of the film's second segment.
- Affably Evil: He's a powerful crime lord but he's polite, calm, kind to his employees and reasonable.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: In a symbolic reading of the film, Marsellus is essentially an anthropomorphic personification of Power. Nearly all of the events in the film either happen because of orders that he gives, or because of characters trying to avoid his wrath; he can decide any character's fate on a whim, and it's simply taken as a given that defying his will means death. Even Butch, who comes the closest to actually "beating" him, only gets his happy ending because Marsellus chooses to let him go free. Of course, the only reason Marsellus has the ability to make that choice is because Butch saved his life; the implication seems to be that no Power is absolute.
- Badass Baritone: It's Ving Rhames. The badass part is, when he mentions "going medieval" on Zed's ass, you better believe him.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: Clearly. And he doesn't look like a bitch.
- Bald of Awesome: One of the two things Brett describes him as, aside from being black.
- Benevolent Boss: Implied at least. While staking out Butch's apartment, he goes to get coffee and donuts for Vincent and himself. He's also surprisingly understanding when Jules lashes out at him after the whole "Marvin" incident.
- Berserk Button: Given how angry he gets about Butch's ploy and the way he gets personally involved as well as the implication that Brett tried to double cross him, it's fair to say that betrayal is a big one for him.
- Big Bad: A rare cross between this and Villain Protagonist, as he's behind all of Vincent and Jules's dirty dealings. Played straight in Butch's story.
- Brick Joke: At the beginning of the movie, Jules says, "Marsellus Wallace don't like to be fucked by anybody except Mrs. Wallace." Near the end of the movie, he is randomly taken captive by two sadistic hillbilly types in the basement of their pawn shop, where they proceed to rape him. "I'm pretty fucking far from okay", indeed.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: What he plans to do to his rapist.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: His "medieval on your ass" threat on Zed. Even if the way he drops it is brutal.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Subverted. Everybody thinks Marsellus threw somebody out of a five-story window for giving his wife a foot massage, but Mia denies it ever happened. Of course, Mia is an Unreliable Narrator so the exact truth is left ambiguous to the audience.
- Distressed Dude: Becomes this for Butch to rescue as part of his Redemption Quest.
- The Don: He is the boss of his organization.
- Double Take: When he spotted Butch escaping. Complete with a Precision F-Strike which, if you consider the movie, is improbably precise.Marsellus: ...Motherfucker.
- Dramatic Deadpan: A lot. If he raises his voice, it means some serious shit has gone down.
- The Dreaded: As evidenced by the fact that almost everyone who knows him expresses at least some hesitation in pissing him off.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Marsellus runs a pretty diverse group for an organized crime outfit. It's especially odd, considering Vince is the brother of a guy working for a more typical Mafia group whose leader makes a few rather unfortunate remarks about blacks.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He lets Butch go for saving him from the rapists.
- Evil Virtues: He has a few:
- Camraderie: He's laid-back and polite as standard and gets along very well with those under him.
- Honor: As fearsome as he can be, Marsellus is someone who can usually be trusted to keep his word.
- Humility: He doesn't take it personally or get angry when Jules lashes out at him and he shows genuine gratitude to Butch for saving his life, letting him leave LA unharmed.
- Kindness: He is good to the men under him and is capable of repaying kindness when it's showed to him as illustrated by his letting Butch go.
- The Faceless: Up until the "Gold Watch" chapter, when Butch runs into him at the crosswalk. This is the first point in the film where his face is clearly seen, and his face is seen in "The Bonnie Situation" as well, which chronologically takes place well before "The Gold Watch".
- I Owe You My Life: His unspoken response to Butch saving him is to call off the hunt for him and let him leave LA unharmed.
- Large and in Charge: He is the largest person in the entire cast and also a mob's boss.
- Made of Iron: He takes a lot of abuse, being rammed over by Butch. It doesn't seem to slow him down.
- Major Injury Underreaction: His response to Butch asking him if he's okay after being raped (on top of having been hit by a car not long ago)? "Naw, man. I'm pretty fuckin' far from okay." Downplayed in that he's clearly in a lot of pain, and it's taking him a fair bit of effort to stand up straight.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He's the boss of a mob who dresses up as one would expect.
- Noble Demon: He's genuinely grateful to Butch for saving his life, when it would have been more pragmatic to leave him, and lets him go as a way of thanking him.
- Pragmatic Villainy: After Butch saves him, Marsellus is willing to make a deal: if Butch never tells anyone else what happened, and leaves Los Angeles that night, Marsellus will forget all the ways Butch has wronged him. Butch agrees, and Marsellus, true to his word, lets him go.
- Rape Portrayed as Redemption: Played With, since Marsellus' rape is more about Butch's redemption than his own. When Butch saves him from the rapists, Marsellus considers him redeemed and calls off their feud.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Although he's the Big Bad of the story, he's still an Affably Evil man. He doesn't get angry at all, not even Tranquil Fury, when Jules gets short with him over the situation with Marvin. He also seems to take Jules quitting very well too. He also lets Butch go in gratitude for saving his life with the strict condition that Butch leave LA and never return which Butch happily agrees to.
- Repeat to Confirm: Marcellus gets these orders from Jules, as they discuss the Marvin cleanup. Their mutual respect is so strong that not only does Marcellus accept this, and not take getting yelled at over the phone as an insult, his repetition includes a change that gives Jules an even better outcome than he was requesting, sending in The Wolf, as opposed to any other "cavalry" people.
- Scary Black Man: He is the person with the most power in the movie, and he clearly doesn't look like a bitch — unsurprising because, again, it's Ving Rhames!
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Hes big on suits, and wears natty jumpers when at home.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Marsellus speaks in a manner that can be described as a combination of urbane and colloquial language, as demonstrated when he threatens to "get medieval on [Zed's] ass".
- The Stoic: He's generally calm and unemotional which makes the few outbursts he has all the more noticeable.
- To the Pain: What Marsellus implies that is going to happen to the rapists.
- Tranquil Fury: After being freed from his hellish ordeal at the hands of Zed and Maynard, Marsellus calmly orders Butch to step aside before castrating Zed with a shotgun blast, then proceeds to describe to Zed the horrific acts of revenge he has in store for him.
- Villainous Friendship: Jules and Vincent are loyal to him and Marsellus, in turn, treats them well. When they finally get back from the whole business with Brett, Marsellus pulls Vincent into a hug, and even when he and Jules argue over Marvin's death, it's clear there's a friendliness behind it and he personally sends Winston to bail them out.
- Played by: Uma Thurman
Marsellus Wallace's wife, a spoiled, former actress who starred in a TV pilot for a series that never kicked off.
Along with Vincent, she's the protagonist of the film's first segment, where Vincent takes her out for dinner.
- AM/FM Characterization: Her first scene is set to Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man" and upon returning home she puts on Urge Overkill's cover of Neil Diamond's "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon".
- Action Girl: In the TV pilot she starred in. Her character's specialty was knives. And terrible jokes.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Largely averted when she overdoses - blood, spittle and all.
- Brutal Honesty: She doesn't have much of a filter and offers her summation of almost every situation. This is likely because her husband is a mob boss, so she's grown accustomed to not being taken to task.
- Deadpan Snarker: Most notable in her banter with Vince.This doesn't sound like the usual, mindless, boring, gettin'-to-know-you chitchat.
- Does Not Like Shoes: She is barefoot at home and when she dances, which takes up a large chunk of her screen time.
- Drugs Are Bad: Mia nearly dies from an overdose, and the off-the-grid "medical treatment" she receives is rather disturbing.
- Femme Fatale: She does fit the description for the most part, but is depicted as less of a villain than usual.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: She was part of a failed TV pilot called Fox Force Five, where at the end of every episode, she would tell one of these. We only get to hear the first one.
- Morality Pet: To Vincent. He actually seems to lower his guard around her.
- Near-Death Experience: Her accidental heroin overdose. It's only through Vincent getting her to his dealer's house to get a shot of adrenaline to the heart that she lives.
- Noodle Incident: When Vincent asks Mia about the story where Tony Rocky Horror was thrown out of a building for giving Mia a foot massage, Mia points out how stupid and disproportionate this is, then says that no one but Marsellus and Tony know what happened. We never find out.
- Ship Tease: With Vincent. Since Butch gunned Vincent down, it goes nowhere.
- Too Dumb to Live: Sure, part of it is Vincent's fault for leaving his drugs around, but one shouldn't go snorting stuff without being certain of what it is. Luckily for her, she survives.
- Trophy Wife: Marsellus probably married her because of her beauty and youth.
- Worst Aid: How she's revived after the heroine overdose: she gets an adrenaline shot directly to her heart. Also notable in that during the overdose and the treatment she manages to avert Beauty Is Never Tarnished.
- Played by: Tim Roth
One of the two very first characters seen at the start of the film, alongside his wife Yolanda. "Ringo" (as he's referred to by Jules) is tired of mugging convenience stores due to the language barrier, so in the restaurant he's having breakfast with Yolanda in, he decides they should switch their way of robbery then and there.
Along with Yolanda, they're the villains of the film's third segment. Of the two, Ringo is the calm mastermind.
- Affectionate Nickname: "Pumpkin", by Yolanda. In turn, he calls her "Honey Bunny".
- Affably Evil: While Ringo is an experienced store robber, it is shown he loves his wife Yolanda, and before holding up the restaurant, he has a rather pleasant and friendly conversation with her. Additionally, once Ringo is held at gunpoint by Jules, and after Jules lets him go, Ringo calmly sits down, not ever threatening to gun Jules again.
- Asian Store-Owner: This trope is discussed by Ringo in the film's opening conversation; he laments about knocking over convenience stores has become nearly impossible, since many such store owners don't speak enough English to understand "Open the fucking register!" Although he never specifically refers to Asian store owners, only "foreign".
- Brandishment Bluff: He discusses a borderline case about a story he heard of someone robbing a bank by walking in with a phone, and saying there was a little girl on the line that they were going to kill if the teller didn't hand over the money. He points out there was probably never a little girl in the first place, but it proved that you could rob a bank with nothing more than a cell phone.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He and Yolanda are a loving, devoted Outlaw Couple. One of them being in danger is enough to freak the other out immensely.
- Evil Brit: Going by his accent.
- Hypocritical Humor: During the opening scene, Ringo complains about how "too many foreigners own liquor stores", which makes robbing them harder. Ringo is an Englishman in America — a foreigner, in other words.
- Karma Houdini: He and Yolanda are made to give back the MacGuffin briefcase and Jules' wallet... but, other than that, they get to keep all the loot they've robbed, including the contents of the register, several of the other diners' wallets and a cell phone, and Jules' money, and walk away entirely unharmed — while, admittedly, looking rather shook up.
- Motor Mouth: He does most of the talking when he's with Yolanda but shuts up pretty quickly once he meets Jules.
- Mugging the Monster: He had no way to know Jules was a dangerous hitman when he sticks a gun in his face. Jules points out upon gaining control of the situation that any other day, 'Ringo' and Yolanda would've been dead from the get go.
- No Name Given: We never do find out Ringo's real name ("Pumpkin" is Yolanda's pet name for him and Jules only refers to him as "Ringo" due to his English accent).
- Outlaw Couple: With Yolanda. He's the calm and cool one, she's the frightening and psychotic one.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: In his opening conversation with Yolanda, he casually drops slurs against pretty much every racial and religious group that exists.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Yolanda.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Drops off quite a lot of swears in the intro scene.
- Played by: Amanda Plummer
One of the two very first characters seen at the start of the film, alongside her husband "Ringo". Yolanda lives the thug life with her husband to their leisure, though she understands that mugging convenience stores is becoming harder due to the language barrier. As a result, she agrees they should switch their way of robbery in the restaurant she and Ringo are having breakfast, then and there.
Along with Ringo, they're the villains of the film's third segment. Of the two, Yolanda is the crazy enforcer.
- Affectionate Nickname: "Honey Bunny", by Ringo. In turn, she calls him "Pumpkin".
- Affably Evil: At least when not waving around a gun, she can be quite friendly. Especially towards her husband.
- Ax-Crazy: Subverted. Compared to Ringo, she's ready to blow people's heads off as soon as they stop talking. Except since she and Ringo agree at the beginning they don't want to kill anyone, it's apparently just her act during the robbery to scare people into compliance. Note how, when Jules gets the drop on Ringo, she's panicky, crying, terrified and clearly out of her depth — but despite apparently being utterly unstable and psychotic moments before, never pulls the trigger.
- Blah, Blah, Blah: When she and Ringo talk about quitting robbing.Yolanda: When you go on like this, you know what you sound like?
Ringo: I sound like a sensible fucking man, is what I sound like.
Yolanda: You sound like a duck. Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack...
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She and Ringo obviously love each other very much.
- Freak Out: She has a screaming breakdown when Jules takes Ringo hostage and comes close to breaking down from the pressure of it all.
- Karma Houdini: Along with Ringo, she gets away with the robbery scot-free (apart from, as noted above, some Jules-inflicted psychological trauma).
- Nice to the Waiter: She's very pleasant to the waitress who serves her and Ringo coffee in the diner. Then they hold the place up.
- Outlaw Couple: With Ringo. He's the calm and cool one, she's the frightening and psychotic one.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Ringo, if their conversation before holding up the diner is any indication.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Not so much in normal conversation, but she really gets going when the robbery starts.
- Played by: Phil LaMarr
One of the four friends at the start of the film that Vincent and Jules track down to kill in the film's prologue. As seen in the third segment, he's actually an informant that works for Marsellus Wallace, meaning he's the only of the four who comes out unharmed. Though he doesn't have much time on-screen before his fate ends up naming a trope...
- Boom, Headshot!: How he's killed.
- Butt-Monkey: In his short screen time, he's told to shut up, gets seemingly traumatized as he watches his "friends" die, and then he gets his head blown off by accident. Then comes the humiliation of disposing of his body.
- Foreshadowing: Vincent mentions to Jules that one of the men in Brett's apartment is working for them, and thus by extension Wallace. Since Marvin is the only person not killed during the bloodbath, the audience is left to assume it was him, though it's never explicitly revealed.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Played with, in that his head is blown open and all the blood splatters the back windshield before we get to see the trauma. Later averted, where the audience then gets a good few moments to see his deflated head when he's stuffed in the trunk for disposal.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: The Trope Namer, and his fate.
- The Mole: It's implied he was Jules and Vince's informant, and is also on Marsellus' payroll.
- Pretty Little Headshots: Averted. When he gets shot in the face, the entire inside of his head goes all over the car.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death:Vincent: I mean, do you think that God came down from Heaven and stopped- (gunfire, blood and brains splatter over the rear window and Vincent and Jules) Oh man, I shot Marvin in the face.
- Played by: Frank Whaley
One of the four friends at the start of the film that Vincent and Jules track down to kill in the film's prologue. Seeing as he's the most versed when it came to screwing Marsellus up, Brett seems to be their prime target of the four.
- Asshole Victim: He apparently screwed Marsellus out of a fortune. With that in mind, Brett may not be as innocent as he looks. Downplayed as his killing is still depicted as a Kick the Dog moment for Jules and Vincent; even the informant, Marvin, was horrified by Brett's death.
- Bullying a Dragon: If what Jules says is true, Brett and his preppie friends attempted to embezzle from or sneak off with the property of Marsellus Wallace. Keep in mind, Wallace is a known and dangerous mob boss with hitmen that are very willing to kill and Brett and friends are just preppies with one pistol between them.
- Butt-Monkey: He's interrogated by Jules, has his food eaten, gets shot in the shoulder, and then gets blown away by both Jules and Vincent.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Initially played straight, the camera cuts as he's being shot to death with only the muzzle flashes to go by. Later subverted, when in the third segment we see Brett being riddled with bullets and dying.
- Hero of Another Story: He and his group somehow came into possession of the briefcase and did something to get on Marsellus' bad side before the events of the film, but we never really find out how.
- Karmic Death: It's strongly implied that he and his buddies are small-time criminals who had double-crossed Marsellus in a past business deal related to the contents of the briefcase. Maybe he didn't deserve to be blasted through with a gun several times, but still.
- Noodle Incident: How a bunch of young losers like Brett and his friends got ahold of a suitcase belonging to a mob boss isn't explained.
- Unlucky Everydude: He doesn't seem to be the criminal type. It's strongly hinted he got in way over his head in the deal and bit off more than he could chew when he screwed over Marsellus.
- Played by: Burr Steers
One of the four friends at the start of the film that Vincent and Jules track down to kill in the film's prologue. And the one with the least screentime, seeing as he had barely anything to say before Jules guns him down.
- All There in the Manual: His name is never spoken in the film's dialogue. Jules refers to him only as "Flock of Seagulls" in reference to his Mike Score-esque haircut.
- Make an Example of Them: Jules proves he's not fucking with the young men when he nonchalantly shoots him in the chest. He barely has time to flinch and cover his face in fear when he's turning the gun barrel on him.
- Unlucky Everydude: Like Brett, he just happened to get in over his head. What's worse is that he barely had anything to say.
- Played by: Paul Calderón
The owner of the bar Marsellus Wallace conducts his business at. A very amicable and polite man.
- Affably Evil: As with most of the criminals in this movie, he's pretty polite when he needs to be, and off the job he's very amicable with his co-workers.
- The Bartender: Owns the bar that Marsellus conducts his business at.
- Nice Guy: He immediately welcomes Vincent and Jules to his bar once they finish the job, and refers to them by their merits.
- Number Two: To Marsellus.
- Oh, Crap!: A more humourous version - when Vincent mentions he's not met Mia yet, he shoots a wicked sideways glance that sets Jules off laughing, as if both are aware of the effect Mia has on men yet are too polite to tell Vincent.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni to Jules' red oni, though he subverts the usual scenario by being much more on the evil side than him.
- Played by: Eric Stoltz
A drug dealer who deals Vincent some heroine at the start of the film's first segment. He later helps Vincent cure Mia's overdose.
- Affably Evil: Sort of. He's a drug dealer, but a pretty friendly and pleasant guy... as long as the people he's selling to are white.
- Artistic License Medicine: The injection scene would not have worked in real life for a variety of reasons.
- Bystander Syndrome: Tries to do this when Vincent brings an overdosed Mia to his house for treatment. Vincent doesn't take a "no" for an answer. Eventually though, Lance relents.
- Erudite Stoner: He sits around his house all day in a bathrobe but he's smart enough to keep medical journals around his place in case of ODs. He also seems to be one of the more reasonable characters in the film.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He clearly doesn't want to do anything with Mia's overdose, but he eventually goes on with helping Vincent revive her. Somewhat justified given Mia's overdose happens at midnight, so he clearly he wouldn't want to be bothered at such late hours.
- Looks Like Jesus: He has long hair and a beard.
- The Medic: It is mentioned he is capable of bringing people back from ODs. Mia's case, however, is unique in that such had never happened to him.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He casually uses the n-word and implies that he only sells to white people.
- The Slacker: He's described in the script as someone who looks like he's never had a job.
- Stating the Simple Solution: When Vincent tells him that Mia overdosed, Lance tells him to take her to a hospital and call a lawyer. Vincent is too scared of Mia's husband to even consider this.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Contributes to Mia's overdose, albeit indirectly, by putting Vincent's heroin in a baggy instead of a balloon, which Mia later mistakes for cocaine.
- Played by: Rosanna Arquette
- Nightmare Fetishist: She seems to enjoy Mia's OD and revival, at least in retrospect, calling it "trippy" with a big grin.
- Savage Piercings: Largely subverted. She's chock full of facial piercings, and has at least one genital piercing by her own account, but other than finding Mia's revival interesting, she seems like one of the more normal people in the movie.
- Played by: Christopher Walken
A soldier who partook on the Vietnam War alongside Butch's dad. He gives a young Butch his dad's watch at the start of the film's second segment.
- Ass Shove: How he managed to hide the watch.
- Local Reference: Although the film takes place entirely in Los Angeles, he references Quentin Tarantino's birthplace of Knoxville, Tennessee.
- Memento MacGuffin: Delivers one to a very young Butch.
- Mood Whiplash: Koons tells a harrowing story about Butch's ancestors carrying the watch. The story becomes absurd and hilariously ridiculous as he goes on, but his tone never changes. Then again, it's Christopher Walken.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He was a POW and tortured in Vietnam.
- Played by: Angela Jones
Butch's driver, who takes him out of the ring once he's done with the match.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Implied. She seems to be sexually attracted to Butch for beating another man to death.
- Deranged Taxi Driver: She's very pleasant to talk to and is a pro at her job... and is also fascinated by death and perfectly willing to cover for Butch if anyone comes looking for him.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Drives her cab barefooted.
- Expy: Jones played a character named Gabriela in a short film in 1991, Curdled, who was about as creepy in the same ways as Esmerelda. Tarantino saw Curdled and created Esmerelda's role for Jones; Pulp Fiction's success subsequently led to Curdled being remade as a full-length feature in 1996. Esmerelda and Gabriela could easily be the same character.
- Funny Foreigner: She speaks with an exaggerated accent that seems to be Played for Laughs.
- Nightmare Fetishist: She is fascinated by death and murder.
- You No Take Candle: "Who ees dees saaade?"
- Played by: Maria de Medeiros
- Affectionate Parody: A lot of Fabienne's general weirdness becomes more explicable if she is regarded as an affectionate parody of a character from Le Film Artistique; in particular, her Fauxlosophic Narration dialogue about attractiveness and pot bellies is like the kind of thing that the character de Medeiros herself played in Philip Kaufman's Henry & June would come out with (that character being real-life writer Anaïs Nin.) Fabienne's general air of helplessness is not due to mental impairment but to the fact that such a character is wildly out of her depth in a violent gangster story.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Has some shades of this with the things she talks about.
- Funny Foreigner: There is some humor surrounding her accent.
- The Load: To Butch. He would have just skipped town and avoided all the trouble in his plot line, except that she accidentally left his most valued possession behind in their apartment when she packed their stuff, even though he specifically reminded her to get it. Also, when he shows up at the end, beaten and bloodied and riding a stolen motorcycle, she ignores his repeated pleas for her to hurry up and get on, and just stands there in the parking lot asking him questions.
- Morality Pet: For Butch.
- OOC Is Serious Business: She is for the most part a sweet girl, if a bit quirky. The only time she really gets upset is when Butch starts making fun of her intelligence and takes it too far. Considering some of the tropes previously listed, her mentality might be a sore spot for her.
- Token Good Teammate: Pretty much the only straight up good character of the main bunch, as Mia is neutral despite being married to Marsellus, snd Butch is more of an Anti-Hero.
- Wacky Cravings: The next morning, Fabienne tells Butch she's ordering a big breakfast. Blueberry pancakes with a slice of cheese and a glass of orange juice and a piece of blueberry pie afterwards.
Zed and Maynard
- Played by: Peter Greene and Duane Whitaker
Maynard: "Naws. Drag him back there to Russel's old room."
A pair of brothers that operate a pawn shop... which doubles as a rape dungeon. Unlike the majority of the criminals in the film, both are portrayed as despicable and having no redeeming qualities, seeing as they readily delight in the misery of Butch and Marsellus Wallace.
Both are the true villains of the film's second segment.
- Beard of Evil: Maynard has an unkempt beard which highlights his vile, sadistic personality.
- Bigot with a Badge: Perhaps in order to increase the random horror of the encounter, rapist cop Zed is also really racist, making it a point to choose Marsellus Wallace as his first victim.Zed: Eeny, meeny, miney, moe. Catch a nigger by the toe.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Marsellus has every intention of giving Zed an agonizing death, using pliers and a blowtorch for undisclosed purposes. Considering the latter raped Marsellus and planned to do the same to Butch, Zed has it coming.
- Companion Cube: The only thing Zed cares about besides himself is his motorcycle, Grace.
- Cool Bike: Zed's chopper 'Grace' is admittedly a very cool ride. And also possibly stolen, depending on how you take Zed's questioning if it's fine to leave outside. It is stolen in turn by Butch following his rescue of Marsellus, which is understandable as Zed won't be needing it any more
- Cruel and Unusual Death: This is to be Zed's fate according to Marsellus. We don't learn much of the specifics but it will apparently involve a pair of pliers and a blowtorch.
- Deep South: They speak with Southern accents.
- Depraved Homosexual: They have a rape dungeon at their place of business.
- Dirty Cop: Zed is a security guard who moonlights as a Serial Rapist.
- Eviler Than Thou: They prove to be much more depraved than Marsellus and take turns raping him. Marsellus retaliates by shooting Zed in the groin, and threatening to torture him to death.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Zed is quite physically attractive and an utterly depraved monster.
- Fat and Skinny: Maynard is a pudgy schlub, while Zed is a scrawny asshat.
- Fat Bastard: Maynard is an overweight pervert who delights in acts of rape.
- Faux Affably Evil: Zed is pretty soft-spoken for such a despicable excuse for a human being.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: They have absolutely no relevance or connection to the main plot or any of the characters. They only enter the story because Butch and Marsellus just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
- Groin Attack: Zed is on the receiving end of one, from a shotgun at point-blank range. It's implied that it totally destroys his genitals. If Marsellus' description of Zed's upcoming fate is any indication, it will probably be the least painful experience he suffers at his hands.
- Hate Sink: Maynard and Zed are presented as one-note sociopathic rapists who delight in the misery of others, especially compared to the layered main characters.
- Hillbilly Horrors: The duo are deranged hicks who get their rocks off through sexual assault.
- I Call It "Vera": Zed's nickname for his motorcycle is "Grace".
- Karmic Death: The deaths of the two rapists are each portrayed as well deserved comeuppance, since both Maynard and Zed are portrayed as people who will not be missed given the atrocities they have committed, namely, raping Marsellus, and attempting to rape Butch. Maynard at least goes quick. Zed, on the other hand, is shot in the groin, and is implied to be tortured to death.
- Lean and Mean: Zed is a slender sadist who takes joy in performing acts of rape.
- Mugging the Monster: Zed and Maynard probably didn't realize just how powerful Marsellus is in the criminal underworld before they sexually assaulted him. Naturally, Marsellus returns their cruelty with a vengeance.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: They use the N-word when choosing whom to rape first.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: They're brutal rapists and the only characters in the film with no redeeming traits whatsoever.
- Rasputinian Death: Marsellus does not plan on letting Zed die anywhere nearly as quickly as Maynard did. He intends to "get medieval on" the man with pliers and a blowtorch.
- Sadist: They take immense pleasure in their depravity, even keeping one victim on as a sex slave and torture victim.
- Serial Killer: They are implied to have murdered multiple people.
- Siblings in Crime: According to the script, Zed and Maynard are brothers.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Zed always speaks in a calm and soft tone of voice that highlights his depravity quite well.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Maynard stands out a bit with his beard and long hair but there's still nothing about either of their appearances that hints at how monstrous they are.
- Torture Cellar: The basement of their pawn shop serves as a base of operations for acts of rape.
- Played by: Stephen Hibbert
Zed and Maynard's (possible) sex slave.
- Ambiguously Evil: How willing of an accomplice he is in Zed and Maynard's rapes within the context of the film remains ambiguous.
- And I Must Scream: He's trapped by two depraved rapists and kept in an outfit which prevents him from speaking.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: It's heavily implied that his regular sexual abuse at the hands of Zed and Maynard has led him to become just as sadistic and depraved as they are.
- The Faceless: We never see the face behind the mask.
- Fate Worse than Death: He's an implied sex slave trapped at the whims of two truly vile people whose regular abuse has completely shattered his psyche. If anything, Butch knocking him out and letting him choke to death was a kindness.
- Giggling Villain: He starts giggling like a little schoolgirl when he's left alone with Butch.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Covered from head to toe in black leather.
- Nothing Is Scarier: We learn absolutely nothing about The Gimp but it's safe to assume that whatever happened to him to make him the way he is, it wasn't good.
- Oh, Crap!: Hes not pleased when Butch manages to get free.
- Past Victim Showcase: He's kept around partially to show other victims what will potentially happen to them and make them hope Zed and Maynard simply kill them.
- Sex Slave: The Gimp is held captive and implied to be subject to sexual abuse.
- The Spook: Absolutely nothing is ever elaborated on about The Gimp.
- Uncertain Doom: The last we see of him, he's left knocked out with a very angry Marsellus Wallace in the other room. But seeing that he didn't land on his knees, he's probably dead from strangulation by the leash.
- The Unintelligible: Due to his mask.
- Played by: Alexis Arquette
One of the four friends at the start of the film that Vincent and Jules track down to kill in the film's prologue... except, unlike the other three, he doesn't appear in the prologue, rather in the film's third segment, where he tries his best to ambush the hitmen before failing despicably and ending with the same fate as them.
- A-Team Firing: He takes the lead characters by surprise and unloads a large-caliber revolver at them, only for him to miss every shot and get gunned down after a *Beat*. Jules interprets this unlikely scenario as divine intervention, and decides to give up the life of a gangster and Walk the Earth.
- Cross-Cast Role: A retroactive example, as Alexis Arquette later came out as a trans woman.
- Four Is Death: Subverted. He fares just as well as the rest of Brett's crew against Jules and Vincent, i.e. not at all.
- Hand Cannon: Attempts to wield one. Emphasis on "attempts".
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Somehow misses Jules and Vincent despite the bullets hitting directly behind them, meaning they had to purposely miss their target. Jules notices this.
- Karmic Death: He hides in the bathroom while his partners get killed, then pops out for a surprise attack. It doesn't end well for him. To be fair, jumping out to attack before anyone died would have yielded the same result, and the fact that handguns are difficult to use, especially under extreme stress, means he may have hit his crew.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: This is literally how IMDb credits the character.
- Truth in Television: Handguns are difficult to use accurately, especially under extreme stress. A large-caliber revolver is even worse due to the recoil, so missing six shots from across a room while rapid-firing in a panic is more plausible than one might think. As for the bullets hitting the wall "behind" them, a bullet only needs to miss by a fraction of an inch. All-in-all, the "bullet miracle" scene is fairly believable even without divine intervention.
- Played by: Quentin Tarantino
Jules' former partner-in-crime, working for Marsellus Wallace before retiring the mob life. He's an old good friend of Jules. Unfortunately, Jules and Vincent drop by his house in the morning with the pretense that they need a place to hide before disposing of Marvin's dead body; Jimmie is, obviously, not pleased at all.
- Creator Cameo: Tarantino originally wrote the role with Steve Buscemi in mind, but took it up himself when Buscemi was unable to do it because of his schedule.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Implicitly; he's a milquetoast suburbanite who nonetheless previously worked as an enforcer for a powerful mob boss and has no problem acting indignant to a stone-cold killer like Jules. Jules also noticeably seems to respect Jimmie, and makes no attempt at talking back when he chews him out.
- Deadpan Snarker: A very justifiable moment of his before he chews out Jules for using him to hide the deed.(to Jules) I want to ask you a question: When you came pulling in here, did you notice a sign on the front of my house that said "Dead Nigger Storage"?
- Happily Married: His greatest fear in the whole situation is what his wife will think of him, should she find "a bunch of gangsters doing a bunch of gangster shit" in their kitchen and finding a dead black man in their garage.
- Hypocritical Humor: Telling Vincent and Jules, who are wearing his clothes, that they look like a couple of dorks after putting them on. Jules even points this out. Justified in that they were old clothes from his college days and likely not what he normally wears.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He's somewhat ill-tempered but it's hard not to blame him given that people from a life he left behind showed up out of nowhere and put him in the middle of a very dangerous situation that puts his life and marriage in danger. Jules even says he has good reason to be grouchy.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he's very rude to Jules when he attempts to make polite conversation, his anger is very much justified as Jules had just brought a dead body to his house out of the blue. Outside of this, his primary concern about the whole ordeal is how it could impact his marriage, he is adamant that there is no way that Jules could persuade him to stop loving his wife, and he is shown to be very polite and grateful toward Winston Wolfe (who, unlike Jules, was called in specifically to help out with disposing of the body as a trained professional). The fact that he was willing to let Jules use his garage to hide the body at all also shows that he's game for sticking his neck out for his old partner, at least to a point.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He's not too happy with helping Jules and Vincent out of this jam and he doesn't try to hide it.
- Motor Mouth: He flies off on a tangent when Jules and Vincent show up with a dead body.
- Must Have Caffeine: He swats down Jules' attempts to change the subject (after bringing in Marvin's corpse) by praising his coffee, but he can't quite resist the temptation to brag about his taste for the good stuff.
- No Badass to His Valet: He talks to Jules (and by extension Vincent) with the casualness of an old college buddy, and berates their actions to their faces without any fear of retaliation. Conversely, he is much more submissive and polite when speaking with Winston Wolfe, who he does not know personally, has a reputation that precedes him, and treats him with the poise and decency befitting of a consumate professional.
- N-Word Privileges: He goes on a massive tirade to Jules, casually dropping the n-word numerous times; under the circumstances, Jules lets it slide. Likely in-verse justified, as he worked for a black crime boss, worked with a black partner and is married to a black woman.
- Odd Friendship: Many people wonder why a gangsta like Jules knows a neurotic suburbanite like Jimmie, but he's actually Jules' old partner who quit "the life", just like Jules would by the end of the movie, but still occasionally does him small favors.
- Pet the Dog: He helps Jules and he sincerely loves his wife.
- Reformed Criminal: See below. No wonder he's so pissed when Jules brings him a dead body asking for a favor.
- Retired Monster: Word of God says Jimmie used to be Jules' partner but he quit 'the life' and Jules respects that.
- Skewed Priorities: Never mind the mountain of criminal and legal issues that could arise if Jules, Vince, and Marvin's corpse were found at his house; Jimmie's only real concern, to the point that he's nearly horrified at the very thought, is that his wife would divorce him if she walked in on them and discovered their criminal activities. Somewhat justified when you consider that he used to work for the mob and likely would have their protection against most legal proceedings, whereas no amount of connections would be able to make his wife forget he helped stash a dead body. There's also the matter of the sheets; yeah, they're going to be used to mask the inside of a gory car and yeah, Jimmie not getting divorced sorta hinges on that, but he's hesitant to let them go because they're his best linens, a wedding gift from his late aunt and uncle.
- Supreme Chef: In a sense. He buys and makes excellent coffee which both Jules and The Wolf praise.
Winston 'The Wolf' Wolfe
- Played by: Harvey Keitel
Marsellus Wallace's top cleaner. A stoic gentleman with excellent manners and a mouth just as foul as his co-workers. He's called by Marsellus to help Vincent and Jules dispose of the body in their car before time runs out.
- The Ace: He has reputation for being very good at what he does to the point that Jules goes from oanicked to instantly calm when he hears Marsellus is sending him. His behavior on screen shows that such a reputation is entirely justified.
- Affably Evil: A dapper, elegant gentleman with excellent manners and a pleasant disposition who will dispose of dead bodies to "solve problems" possibly the nicest thing he does for a living.
- Alliterative Name: Winston Wolf.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He is in a nice tux for the duration of his screentime and is still badass enough to bark orders at hitmen. Justified as Marsellus called him away from a party he was attending.
- Badass Mustache: And it's pretty classy to boot.
- Berserk Button: He does not like having his orders questioned or getting back talk from people he's been sent to help.
- Brutal Honesty: In a sense. While he's always polite, the issue of time means he doesn't have time for pleasantries and has to be blunt with orders and trust that Vincent and Jules will act accordingly. This attitude rubs Vincent the wrong way and their brief conflict nearly sends The Wolf away.
- Cleanup Crew: He "solves problems", those problems in this case being a dead body and a blood-soaked car. He just needs Jules and Vincent to get the car and themselves street-safe, and he'll handle it from there.
- Clock King: Says he'll arrive at Jimmie's house in ten minutes, and pulls up on his driveway nine minutes and forty-seven seconds later. He isn't as obsessive or smug as the usual type.
- Cool Car: Acura NSX, driven very fast, right up to the fourth wall.
- Drives Like Crazy: The drive to Jimmie's house normally takes 30 minutes, but The Wolf gets there in just under 10.
- Evil Genius: He's smart enough to clean up Jules, Vincent, and the car, and arrange for the disposal of Marvin's corpse and the car, in less than an hour. He seems to be Marsellus' best cleaner.
- The Fixer: Winston's role in resolving "The Bonnie Situation": He lays down a plan on how to get the tainted car ready to move, assigns roles, sets up a dropoff destination for car and corpse alike, and pays off Jimmie for his trouble. Aside from spraying down Jules and Vincent to get the blood off of them, he doesn't actually dirty his own hands with gruntwork.
- Gentleman Snarker: "Let's not start sucking each others' dicks quite yet" takes the cake, but he spends a good deal of his screentime snarking at Jimmie, Jules, and Vincent. The Wolf is especially acidic towards Vincent, but does tone it down with Jimmie on the grounds that he's doing them a huge favor by not kicking them out and/or calling the police."If I'm curt with you, it's because time is a factor. I think fast, I talk fast, and I need you guys to act fast if you wanna get out of this. So, pretty please, with sugar on top, clean the fucking car."
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: All Marsellus had to do was say that he was putting The Wolf on the job, and Jules went from panicked and angry at everyone, to downright jovial (but still angry at Vincent). He really is as brilliant as his reputation precedes, and at the end, Jules and Vincent were raving about how awesome it was to see him at work. The thing is, the closest he comes to doing any actual cleaning is hosing Vincent and Jules down; his real gift with them is cutting through the bullshit and telling them what to do. Before the literal cleanup is done, he's already made arrangements for the figurative cleanup, disposal of the car and body.
- Implied Death Threat: Played for Laughs when he hands Vincent the keys to his car."If I get my car back any different than I gave it, Monster Joe's gonna be disposing of two bodies."
- Real Men Take It Black: Averted. The Wolf likes his coffee with lots of cream and sugar.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He treats those under him according to how much they did to get themselves into their current mess. To Jules and Vincent, who brought a bloody car and a dead body to Jimmie's doorstep, he's a taskmaster who snaps off orders and doesn't bother with pleasantries. He's much more cordial to Jimmie, complimenting his coffee and paying him generously for imposing on him and emptying the linen closet.
- Red Baron: Usually just referred to as "The Wolf."
- Simple, yet Awesome: His instructions for Jules and Vincent really just boil down to them cleaning the car as quickly as possible, focusing on the worst areas and covering up the bloodstains and he uses nothing more complicated than ordinary household cleaning products and blankets. But he's so calm and collected, and does it with such a style and efficiency, that it becomes awesome anyway.
- Sophisticated as Hell: He is charming, professional, and cultured in his manner of dress and speech, but he is no less foul-mouthed than his fellow criminals.
- Verbal Business Card: "I'm Winston Wolf. I solve problems."
- Wicked Cultured: He attends elegant parties, sports fine clothes, is well-spoken, and has a nice car. Oh, and he disposes of dead bodies.
- Destination Defenestration: He's mainly known for the time Marsellus threw him out of a four-story building.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Allegedly, Marsellus threw him because he gave Mia a foot massage. Mia denies it, but she may not have been telling the truth.
- The Ghost: Mentioned in passing, but we never see him. He serves as more of a cautionary tale for Vincent, specifically, not to get too close to Mia Wallace on their "date".
- Noodle Incident: Just why did Marsellus hurl him out that window?