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     Mr. White 

Mr. White / Larry Dimmick
"You shoot me in a dream you better wake up and apologize."
Played By: Harvey Keitel

A veteran gangster and a long-time friend of Joe Cabot, he is one of the six men assembled by the latter for the jewel heist. He is good-natured and persuasive, and believes in a code of honor among criminals.

  • Affably Evil: He's the most likable of the thieves, sticks his neck out for Mr. Orange, and expresses moral disgust at Mr. Blonde's behavior, but he's also a cold-blooded murderer who slaughters several cops and has no qualms with brutalizing people for their money.
  • Anti-Villain: He is the most polite of the robbers, tips waitresses, and has a distaste for killing innocent people, but as Mr. Orange found out the hard way, just because he's a nice guy doesn't mean he won't kill you.
  • Asshole Victim: Despite being the most likeable of the lot, hates cops to the point that that he immediately turns on his protegé Mr. Orange when the latter reveals his true identity as an undercover cop and (possibly) shoots him in cold blood.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He almost always wears a suit, and wins a fight with Mr. Pink.
  • Berserk Button: He gets defensive every time someone questions Orange's loyalty or shows a lack of concern over his well-being. He also gets mad when Mr. Blonde calls him an asshole.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Orange. This is what kills him, since not only does he override No Honor Among Thieves and give him his real name, but he is willing to defend him when correctly accused of being a rat.
  • Cool Old Guy: Downplayed, he's middle aged.
  • Cop Killer: He guns down two police officers in their squad car.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When Mr. Blonde half-jokingly threatens to shoot him during breakfast, he responds with a sick burn that the others acknowledge.
    Mr. White: You shoot me in a dream, you better wake up and apologize.
  • Decoy Protagonist: He's clearly the main character for the first part of the film, but drops out of the picture for a while after Mr. Blonde and then Mr. Orange take center stage. By the climax, he's back to being in the spotlight alongside Orange.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Clearly crosses it after Orange reveals himself as the rat, degenerating into heavy sobbing and ultimately killing both himself and Orange. Considering the fact that he just killed his closest friends and will very soon die himself all for a person he thought he could trust more than anything, it's pretty justified.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Joe's second in command and field team leader. Joe only gets involved in the action right at the end.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He gets angry at Mr. Pink's stinginess and passionately explains why waitresses need tips, showing that he's good-natured, a bit of a hot-head who'll go to bat for others, and sympathetic. He's also no-nonsense, cracking that all he has from the previous Seinfeldian Conversation is "Madonna's big dick coming out of my left ear," and he's the most likely to stand up to Joe; he grabs Joe's notebook away and refuses to give it back.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He doesn't kill civilians. And he always tips waitresses.
    • In the original script, Mr. White was the one who refused to tip the waitress.
    • He is also disgusted over Mr. Blonde's violent behaviour.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Optimist.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine - the good-natured, charismatic veteran who sticks up for the rookie and remains optimistic when everything goes to hell.
  • Guns Akimbo: He uses a pair of pistols to shoot some policemen through the windshield of their cruiser.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper/Hot-Blooded: It's easy to get him angry.
  • Honor Before Reason: It may be a twisted sort of honor, but hoo boy.
  • Just Friends: In his flashback prior to the job White explains that 'pushing the woman-man-thing' led to splitting from a female robbery partner, which happened amicably.
  • Large Ham: When he gets excited.
  • The McCoy: Follows his heart instead of his head. Doesn't end well.
  • Meaningful Name: His color certainly fits his sense of honor and moral code.
  • Moral Myopia: He's sickened by the fact that Mr. Blonde killed random innocent civilians, yet kills cops without remorse and claims he will gladly shoot or harm anyone who gets in his way during an escape. Demonstrated most plainly in a deleted scene where it's mentioned that one time he worked on a job with someone and found out he was a cop, he shot up a surprise birthday party for the cop and killed three people, including the cop, and wounded six others.
  • Noble Demon: He has a highly developed sense of personal honor, to the point where he'll turn a gun on his own employers to protect his partner. He also takes pride in being a "professional" criminal. He'll gun down cops without remorse, but Blonde needlessly killing civilians disgusts him.
  • Papa Wolf: Towards Mr Orange.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: His attitude towards Mr. Orange.
  • Rated M for Manly: "Shit, you shoot me in a dream and you better wake up and apologize" and other general badassery. Which makes his rather unmanly, undignified sobbing at the end of the movie all the more jarring.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He distrusts people he had known for years while betting his life for a guy he only knew for a few days.
  • Undying Loyalty: Turns out to be a fatal flaw for trusting Mr. Orange.
  • Villain Protagonist: Initially comes off as a clear-cut Anti-Villain and a highly sympathetic character, but we're later treated to flashbacks that definitely show that, while he has morals, he's still a villain.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Every now and then due to his Hair-Trigger Temper, but the most prominent one was when he finds out that Mr. Orange was a cop all along.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Smith and Wesson 639 pistol.

     Mr. Blonde 

Mr. Blonde / Vic Vega
"Are you gonna bark all day, little doggie? Or are you gonna bite?"
Played By: Michael Madsen

A friend of Nice Guy Eddie's and one of the men assembled for the heist. His cheery demeanor hides a violent and unhinged psychopath.

  • Alliterative Name: Vic Vega. And yes, he is Vincent Vega's brother. And he's played by Michael Madsen.
  • AM/FM Characterization: The pairing of him torturing Marvin with "Stuck in the Middle With You" by Stealers Wheel helps to showcase how seriously he doesn't take the situation.
  • Asshole Victim: He botched the heist by starting a shootout in the jewelry store, killing several cops and innocent bystanders; Mr. White and Mr. Pink note that one civilian was barely twenty years old. Furthermore, Blonde is a sadist who tortures and nearly immolates a cop for no reason whatsoever. Only "Nice Guy" Eddie is saddened by his death.
  • Ax-Crazy: His trigger-happy behavior leads to Mr. Pink's realization that they were set up, when the cops show up early. He's the only member of the team that Pink declares that he absolutely trusts not to be a rat — "He's too damn homicidal to be working with the cops!"
  • Backup Twin: When discussing the unmade Vega Brothers sequel, Tarantino considered having Madsen playing Vic's twin or an identical older brother.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Just like his partners, he always wears a suit. He's also willing to provoke Mr. White in a fight.
  • Bait the Dog: He's very soft-spoken and polite while everyone else is panicking. Then Marvin Nash finds out the hard way just how he earned his reputation…
  • Berserk Button:
    • He really doesn't like alarms, or rather store owners not obeying him and hitting the alarm. While his reaction to the alarm is off-screen, it's discussed at-length by the other characters (he apparently began going on a rampage that involved unnecessarily shooting people) and is responsible for the situation everyone's in.
    • He gets a little pissed when Marvin Nash calls Eddie his boss, leading him to claim that he's the only boss of himself.
  • The Brute: One of the larger thieves and he likes to hurt people. Just ask Marvin Nash.
  • Brutal Honesty: He flat-out admits to Marvin Nash what kind of a man he is before torturing him.
  • Captain Obvious: When he's asked about Mr. Blue's fate.
    Mr. Blonde: Either he's alive or he's dead, or the cops got him, or they don't.
  • Comedic Sociopath: He has his moments.
  • Creepy Monotone: He almost never raises his voice, but unlike most cases, he has a cheerful tone of voice.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A lot of what he says comes off as darkly sarcastic.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Apparently raped plenty of "punks" in prison.
  • Dissonant Serenity: He always maintains his calm and carefree demeanor, even as the situation gets increasingly hopeless, or as he's brutalizing a hostage.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He jokingly offers to shoot Mr. White for not returning Joe his notebook, hinting at his eventual reveal as a violent psychopath, and establishing his laid-back personality… which he keeps, even as he brutally tortures a cop.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Could have easily walked and implicated his boss, but chose to take the sentence instead.
    • Like many others at the table, he's also annoyed with Mr. Pink for not tipping the waitresses.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: He's the most evil character in the film, and is played by famous Guttural Growler Michael Madsen.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He cheerfully cuts off a struggling cop's ear while dancing to Stuck in the Middle with You. This only serves to amp up how much of a psychopath he is.
  • For the Evulz: His motivation for torturing the cop, among other things.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Apathetic.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic - the stone-cold, introverted badass who hides his psychopathic streak from the others.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: With the exception of the Cabots. White and Pink are understandably pissed at him for having turned a simple heist into a shooting spree.
  • Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook: It's implied that he used to be relatively well-adjusted (as much as a career criminal can be, anyway) and that his time in prison made him the sadistic asshole he is today.
  • Happy Dance: A very dark and twisted version of the trope, when he's torturing Marvin Nash.
  • The Heavy: Even considering the sting set up by The Mole, Mr. Blonde is still the most responsible for the heist going wrong after he goes on a violent killing spree to avoid getting caught. Even the main characters acknowledge this.
  • It Amused Me: His motivation for torturing Marvin Nash, as he admits, is that "it's amusing, to me, to torture a cop."
  • Jerkass: An unrepentant asshole, sociopath and provoker, after all.
  • Kill It with Fire: Tries to do this to Marvin Nash.
    Mr. Blonde: You all done? (As Nash begins protesting again) Have some fire, scarecrow.
  • Lack of Empathy: He has absolutely no empathy, except for maybe the Cabots.
  • The Millstone: Every complication the robbers face after the alarm went off can be traced back to him. Thanks to his killing spree, at least half of his team, including himself, are dead by the end of the movie. Even in the past, he got himself caught in a botched robbery.
  • Moral Sociopathy: He'll torture and murder innocent people, but he refuses to give info to the authorities on his boss.
  • Nice Shoes: He wears some snazzy black-and-red cowboy boots. He keeps a razor in one of them.
  • The Only One I Trust: Both Mr. Pink and Joe Cabot single him out as being most definitely not an undercover cop, albeit for different reasons (Pink because Blonde's too much of a psycho to be an undercover cop, Joe because Blonde has previously demonstrated his Undying Loyalty).
  • Prison Rape: It's implied that he raped people while in prison, and that he got raped himself.
  • Psycho for Hire: Extra emphasis on the 'psycho' part.
  • Psycho Knife Nut: He keeps a straight razor in his boot, and he uses it to torture Marvin.
  • Sacrificial Lion: While not sympathetic, he's the first major character to bite the dust, which ups the ante for the film.
  • Sadist: His defining trait is his love of inflicting violence, to the point that you have to wonder if he went along on the robbery more for this reason than for money.
  • Same Surname Means Related: Tarantino says he and Vince Vega from Pulp Fiction are brothers.
  • Siblings in Crime: His brother, Vince Vega, is in the same business, although it would appear that the two work for different bosses.
  • Slasher Smile: He has Michael Madsen's famous grin and it nicely reflects just how depraved he is.
  • Smoking Is Cool: He's puffing on a cigarette in most of his scenes.
  • The Sociopath: He's one of the least sympathetic members of the gang for this reason.
  • Softspoken Sadist: He never raises his voice even where he's describing to the cop about how much he'll enjoy torturing him, or justifying killing a crowd of people in a store because the alarm went off.
  • Spanner in the Works: For both the robbers and the cops. The robbers because he goes on a shooting spree inside the jewelry store, the cops because the shooting spree forces them to tip their hand and tip the robbers off to the set-up, turning a (potentially) nonlethal sting into a massacre for all sides.
  • The Stoic: Cool, calm, and a murderous nut.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Downplayed, as his other teammates are all brutal criminals themselves (and one undercover cop), but Blonde is the only one who qualifies as a Ax-Crazy psychopath who guns down civilians for little reason and tortures cops for his own amusement.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Offscreen. It's implied that he used to be a nice guy, and his stint in prison really messed him up.
  • Tranquil Fury: Never raises his voice or loses his cool, but is strangely aggressive at times.
  • Undying Loyalty: For all his numerous faults, he is intensely loyal to the Cabot family.
  • Uniformity Exception: He wears cowboy boots instead of regular shoes like the others.
  • Villain Protagonist: Played completely straight when you play as him in the video game.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Nope. He's the only character in the whole movie who never loses his composure.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: How he was able to hide his sadistic side behind that affable facade is a mystery…

     Mr. Pink 

Mr. Pink
"Come on, guys! Nobody wants this! We're supposed to be fucking professionals!"
Played By: Steve Buscemi

A young robber, logical yet neurotic.

  • Asshole Victim: Although unlike Mr. White, who antagonized Mr. Blonde at every turn and tries to rein him in, his overall spinelessness keeps him under Blonde's radar, allowing him to escape the Mexican Standoff near the finale alive (albeit in police custody).
  • Author Avatar: Tarantino originally wrote this part for himself. So, he's a fast-talking guy who loves seventies music and television shows.
  • Beard of Evil: A Jerkass and amoral criminal with a natty-looking goatee.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mocked, disrespected, beaten, and dubbed Mr. Pink.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: The entire movie, Mr. Pink is trying to convince White to just abandon Orange to his fate so that they could make off with the diamonds on their own. Subverted, as that probably would have been the smartest thing to do.
  • Consummate Professional: The only one of the robbers who fits the bill.
  • Cop Killer: During his escape, he kills a couple of cops.
  • Deadpan Snarker: More so than anyone else, especially with his "World's Smallest Violin" line.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He refuses to tip the waitress and explains he'd only do so if she did a fantastic job, showing that he's self-centered, a perfectionist, and has little sympathy for others. He's also very high-strung; he guzzles coffee like an addict, prompting Nice Guy Eddie to tease him that another cup of coffee is "the last fucking thing you need."
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite his obvious racism, he considers black people to be more human than the fuzz and is shocked over Blonde murdering an innocent black woman.
  • Flipping the Bird: An eagle-eyed viewer will notice that he plays the World's Smallest Violin with his middle finger.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Cynic.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric - the domineering, obsessive perfectionist who takes charge when the heist goes awry.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Like Mr. White, Mr. Pink is a fellow hothead. Hence why their relationship is particularly volatile.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Despite the heist getting botched, Pink still managed to make it off with the diamonds and shake off the cops. It's strongly implied he gets arrested off-screen: he can be heard yelling "Don't shoot, I've been shot, goddammit!" at the cops.
  • Jerkass: Not very sympathetic toward others, as shown during the tip scene and quite callous when it comes to Mr. Orange's injuries, stating that some are lucky and some aren't.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: That being said, his insistence on being professional and pragmatic, while making him look like a complete asshole, is also vindicated by the finale, where his decision to simply cut his losses and run results in him being the only member of the group who survived the heist and immediate aftermath, though whether or not he got away is left ambiguous.
    • He makes serval other good points in the film, such as telling Mr. White that he shouldn't have told Mr. Orange his real name, which is reaffirmed by the fact that Orange is a cop. He also points out they shouldn't stay at the warehouse in case of cops possibly showing up or it not being safe there, which like the name point, is reaffirmed by Mr. Orange later telling Marvin that the cops are waiting outside the warehouse.
  • Lovable Coward: Mr. Pink is an asshole, a criminal, and a coward, but his desire to remain professional and avoid letting personal feelings get in the way makes him surprisingly sympathetic.
  • Meaningful Name: Pink is kind of a pussy; he is prone to panic, but is too scared to really run for it (his partners would kill him) and instead opts to complain about the situation.
  • Must Have Caffeine: His high-strung nature is implied in part to be caused by over-caffeination: he complains that the waitress didn't top off his coffee enough times for his liking, which the others mock him for.
    Mr. Pink: Look, I ordered coffee. Now we've been here a long fucking time and she's only filled my cup three times. When I order coffee, I want it filled six times.
    Mr. Blonde: Six times. Well, what if she's too fucking busy?
    Mr. Pink: The words "too fucking busy" shouldn't be in a waitress's vocabulary.
    Nice Guy Eddie: Excuse me, Mr. Pink, but I think the last fucking thing you need is another cup of coffee.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Ends up on the receiving end from Mr. White after Pink gets a little too callous about Mr. Orange's injury. When Blonde arrives with a tied-up Nash, Pink, White, and Blonde deliver one to Nash to find about The Mole.
  • No Name Given: He's the only major character whose name we never find out.
  • Offscreen Karma: He survives the shoot-out between White, Eddie, and Joe and flees the warehouse, but runs straight into the arms of the cops, who audibly arrest him.
  • Only Sane Man: He spends a lot of time playing this role ("Am I the only fucking professional here!?") as things get more heated between the other thieves.
  • Pet the Dog: He actually is willing to take Orange to the hospital until White admits he previously revealed his real name to Orange.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: On top of being a very unpleasant person, he is also a blatant racist, mocking Mr. White and Mr. Blonde's behavior being that of "fucking niggers".
    • Surprisingly, he is disgusted with Mr. Blonde's killing of a 21 year old or younger black woman.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He is a professional criminal, emphasis on "professional": he doesn't shoot or steal or abandon someone for no good reason.
  • Psycho Pink: Mr. Pink is one of the members of the bank heist and he's a violent, cowardly racist. Downplayed, as he’s one of the more level-headed and pragmatic of the crew, thinks Blonde’s murder of a black woman was too much, and tries to calm everyone down when shit hits the fan with White and the Cabots.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He wants to do this so badly throughout the movie. He ends up making good on his word in the end when everyone shoots each other, and Pink decides to bail with the jewels. He still gets arrested off-screen, though.
  • The Scrooge: He refuses to tip.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Coupled with Fargo and Boardwalk Empire (by '20s standards anyway), Steve Buscemi's characters tend to have quite the filthy mouth.
  • The Smart Guy: Is shown to have more common sense than the others, opting to leave the hideout right away rather than stay and wait to be caught. He finally goes through with this at the end, but ultimately proves to have waited too long…
  • Sole Survivor: He's the only main character still alive at the end of the movie, a first for a Chronically Killed Actor like Buscemi.
  • Spotting the Thread: The fact that the cops showed up when Mr. Blonde started shooting tipped Mr. Pink off that there's a mole in the group.
  • Uniformity Exception: He's the only member of the group who wears jeans with his suit instead of slacks.

     Mr. Orange 

Mr. Orange / Freddy Newandyke
Played By: Tim Roth

A rookie robber who becomes Mr. White's protege.

  • Agonizing Stomach Wound: He's slowly bleeding out from being gutshot and spends a lot of his on-screen time screaming and moaning. It's bad enough that when the cop begs after having his ear cut off, Mr. Orange screams at him that his pain's worse.
  • Author Avatar: Tarantino originally wrote the role of Mr. Pink for himself, but Orange has a bit in common with him, namely his love of old television shows, movies ("Fuck off, I'm tryin' to watch The Lost Boys") and Marvel Comics (he has a Silver Surfer poster in his apartment and compares Joe Cabot to The Thing).
  • Becoming the Mask: He genuinely did come to love and look up to Mr. White during their time together, which ends up screwing them both over.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Spends the first half of the film either writhing in pain or unconscious, then… well, just look at all of the spoiler tags.
  • Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: Which he actually gets a Training Montage dedicated to memorizing it.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Specifically, in Mr. White's, but not how you would expect it.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When Joe asks the crew which one of them didn't tip, he immediately rats Mr. Pink out — foreshadowing the revelation that he's an undercover cop. Earlier, he was the only one to change his mind and ask for his dollar back after Mr Pink's ranting.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Realist.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic - the naive rookie who looks up to the others and remains trusting when he gets in over his head.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Even before his betrayal is revealed, Mr. Orange sticks out as the black sheep among the others. He's awkward in his attempts to make or join conversation, either derailing discussions or simply annoying the others for one reason or another. The exception is Mr. White, who takes a genuine liking to him.
  • Geek: Has a Silver Surfer poster in his apartment and talks about The Fantastic Four and Baretta.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He is revealed to be this when we see that he is an undercover cop.
  • The Hero: He’s the closest thing the film has to a good guy.
  • Hero Antagonist: Tarantino described him as the film's "bad guy". As an undercover officer, he's the main threat working against the heist crew which ultimately results in their defeat.
  • Heroic BSoD: On several occasions in the movie, most memorably when he kills a woman.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Guns down Mr. Blonde when the psychopath tries to set Marvin Nash on fire.
  • The Lancer: To Mr. White.
  • Made of Iron: Instant Death Bullet doesn't apply to this guy, several times over.
  • Mirror Monologue: Does one before the heist to psych himself up.
  • The Mole: He is actually an undercover cop.
  • Naïve Newcomer: The other crooks see him as young and inexperienced, which is why White takes him under his wing.
  • Nerves of Steel: He's an undercover cop who's very good at his job.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Puts thirteen rounds in Mr. Blonde's torso.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Fan of superheroes and compare Cabot to the Thing.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: But so would you if you were shot in the gut.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Even before it's revealed that he's an undercover cop, he rats out Mr. Pink for not tipping.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Goes from an unsure rookie cop to a mole who ends up blending in too well.
  • Undying Loyalty: He's so overcome with guilt over Mr. White sacrificing everything for him that he reveals to him his identity as a cop literally moments before the cops arrive, essentially forfeiting his own life.
  • Walking Spoiler: We don't learn much about him until after The Reveal.

     Mr. Brown 

Mr. Brown

The getaway driver for the heist.

     Mr. Blue 

Mr. Blue
Played By: Eddie Bunker

An old robber, one of the six men assembled for the heist.

  • '80s Hair: He rocks a gray-brown mullet.
  • AM/FM Characterization: He admits that he only liked Madonna's earlier music but "tuned out" when she changed her style.
  • Cigar Chomper: He smokes cigars (not cigarettes like everyone else) and the video game even has him put his stogie out in someone's eye as a finishing move.
  • Cool Old Guy: An elderly jewel thief who listens to Madonna.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When the others are trying to convince Mr. Pink to give the waitress a tip.
    Mr. Pink: She was okay, but she was nothing special.
    Mr. Blue: What's special? Take you in the back and suck your dick?
  • Everyone Has Standards: Virtually all of his dialogue is him arguing in favor of tipping waitresses.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's the eldest of the bank robbers.
  • Killed Offscreen: The only reason we know he died is because Joe said so. And no one is sure how, though it's hinted — and outright confirmed in the video game adaptation — that he died outside of a theatre.
  • Manly Facial Hair: He sports a neat mustache that looks oddly fitting for a Cool Old Guy like himself.
  • No Name Given: Along with Mr. Pink and Mr. Brown, we never find out his real name.
  • Out of Focus: By far the least developed heist member of the cast. We don't even get to see him die onscreen like with Mr. Brown, rather we're told he died outside a theater by Nice Guy Eddie.
  • The Quiet One: He does speak, but less so than the other characters, given his limited screentime.
  • Red Herring: He disappears during the heist, and Mr. Pink straight up questions if he's the rat. Nope, he's dead. Orange is the rat.
  • Red Shirt: And doesn't even die onscreen, although this is somewhat necessary, as Eddie Bunker is a convicted felon, and, hence, was legally prohibited from so much as holding a gun (which would have been needed for the death scene) for the filming.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Even the tagline sometimes says "five men" instead of six.
  • Smoking Is Cool: He smokes cigars, in contrast to the cigarettes the other guys smoke.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He only appears in the restaurant scene and when they're given their aliases. The rest of the characters don't know what happened to him after the heist until it's revealed he got killed by the cops.

     Nice Guy Eddie 

"Nice Guy" Eddie Cabot
Played By: Chris Penn

Joe Cabot's son, helping the latter run the Family Business. Not actually nice.

  • Affably Evil: He's nice to his friends… but isn't quite as nice to cops or people shooting his closest friends.
  • Asshole Victim: He initially seems to live up to his nickname, but is in fact as ruthless as Mr. Blonde. His reaction to the others telling him that Mr. Blonde had jeopardized the heist by going off the rails is basically a "So what?" In addition, when Mr. Orange tells Eddie that Mr. Blonde tortured a cop, and nearly set him on fire, as justification for shooting Mr. Blonde, his reaction is to shoot the cop Blonde maimed without a second thought. There's a reason he and Blonde were best friends.
  • Berserk Button: He clearly does not like the idea of suggesting Mr. Blonde/Vic would rip off him and his father because of their friendship to Vic and Vic's loyalty to Joe and Eddie.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's chubby, goofy, and really doesn't look too threatening, especially when surrounded by cool criminals in suits and ties. By the time he got really serious, his manner of speaking changed to something deep and more diabolical.
  • Cop Killer: He executes Marvin Nash.
  • The Dragon: To his father.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Is somewhat disgusted by Mr. Pink's refusal to tip the waitress. He also opposes torturing Marvin Nash, albeit for pragmatic reasons:
    Eddie: If you fucking beat this prick long enough, he'll tell you he started the goddamn Chicago fire, now that don't necessarily make it fucking so!
    • As it turns out, he's right; while Marvin doesn't confess to anything, he also doesn't admit to knowing who The Mole is until after Mr. Blonde has been shot dead and he's no longer being tortured by him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He flips out when Mr. White points his gun at Joe near the end. He also seems to care about Mr. Blonde too. When Eddie sees Blonde's dead body on the floor, he is noticeably upset and almost on the verge of tears.
  • Fat Bastard: He's quite heavyset, tempermental and abrasive, in addition to being a criminal.
  • Fiery Redhead: Dark red hair and a fearsome temper.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Nice Guy Eddie is more dangerous than his name and clothes leads on. He unceremoniously kills Marvin Nash after Orange's fake story to show he isn't buying it.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Justified, the crew screwed up big time and his dad wants to know.
  • Ironic Nickname: He's more of a Comparatively Nice Guy Eddie.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He makes openly racist and anti-Semitic remarks whenever he can.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Along with Mr. Pink, Nice Guy Eddie's one of the most foul-mouthed characters in the movie. Nearly every line of his has an f-bomb laced in it somewhere.
  • Stupid Evil: Characterised as being forgetful and unable to put details together. Examples include formely being under the impression that "the cheating wife shot Andy" in the opening conversation, thinking that Pam Grier played the titular character of the Christy Love TV show, and not putting together that Mr. Orange is the rat even after having called Orange's bluff in his made-up story. He's not an outright idiot, but he's not particularly perceptive.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When he finds out from Mr. Orange about Mr. Blonde wanting to rip them off. His first action is to shoot Marvin Nash, who is a policeman tied up to a chair. And when Eddie gets involved in the Mexican Standoff between himself, his dad and Mr. White, he screams at Mr. White to stop pointing his gun at his dad before shooting him.
  • Villainous Friendship: He and Mr. Blonde playfully wrestle like children when the latter gets released from prison. He's pissed when he returns to find Orange has shot Blonde and throws the accusation that he was a traitor out immediately.

     Joe Cabot 

Joe Cabot
"Alright ramblers, let's get ramblin'!"
Played By: Lawrence Tierney

A local mob boss and the mastermind behind the jewel heist. Father of Nice Guy Eddie.

  • Bald of Evil: Orange even says he looks just like the Thing.
  • Big Bad: He's the mastermind behind the jewel heist.
  • Cool Old Guy: When not being a Jerkass, he can be quite sociable.
  • Evil Debt Collector: Subverted. One of his first scenes begins with him on the phone reassuring someone not to worry about the money they owe him and he knows they'll pay him back.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's quite old and is mob boss.
  • Fat Bastard: An elderly, obese jewel thief.
  • A Father to His Men: One of his men is his son and Blonde seems to be a surrogate one. He pays for everyone's lunch at the start of the film.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He's rarely in a good mood.
  • Guttural Growler: He has a raspy voice.
  • The Irish Mob: Cabot is a mobster of Irish descent who organizes the whole heist, so naturally he counts as an example.
  • Jerkass: He's overall a grouchy, racist, somewhat misogynistic old man. And of course, his cop-hating quality comes out near the end of the film.
  • Orcus on His Throne: He plans out the robbery that the other robbers, sans his son Eddie, carry out, yet he doesn't take part in the robbery itself. The only time he attempts to get his hands dirty is when he appears at the warehouse to personally kill the robber who was The Mole to the police, who happens to be Mr. Orange.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He casually throws around slurs like "coon" and "jungle bunny".

     Marvin Nash 

Marvin Nash
Played By: Kirk Baltz

A police officer taken hostage by Mr Blonde.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After Mr. Blonde tortured him, Nash begged him to stop once the tape on his mouth came loose.
  • Badass in Distress: He begs but he's got balls of steel with the whole "not ratting out Mr. Orange, and spends all his screentime prisoner.
  • The Chew Toy: Kidnapped during a robbery, beaten, tied to a chair and tortured by a psychopath, and nearly set on fire. In the end, he is shot after having had his ear cut off.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Was subjected to this by Mr. Blonde.
  • Death by Disfigurement: He's killed after he receives facial scars and loses an ear, even pointing out that he's "deformed" before he's killed.
  • Defiant to the End: He'd rather get burned to death than give up Mr. Orange. Downplayed a bit in that just before the torture got really severe, he was explicitly told by Mr. Blonde that even his confession wouldn't stop the torture at all — and, conversely, he could also realize that staying true to this trope might actually be his only, however slim, chance to make it out alive.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He just barely escapes a painful death at Mr. Blonde's hands and hears Mr. Orange's whole story… only to get filled full of holes by Nice Guy Eddie in about two seconds.
  • Ear Ache: Blonde slices one of his ears off.
  • Human Shield: Mr. Blonde uses him as one during the getaway.
  • I Have a Family: An ad-lib by Baltz has him say this while begging Mr. Blonde not to burn him alive.
  • Made of Iron: He's driven around in a trunk, beaten up, has his face cut and his ear hacked off, and still doesn't give up Mr. Orange.
  • Police Are Useless: Subverted. It seems like he's incompetent for being kidnapped by Mr. Blonde. He's actually in on the police sting, and brave enough to choose getting burned alive over blowing Mr. Orange's cover. He just got unlucky.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: He knows Mr. Orange is a cop.
  • The Watson: Serves as this to Mr. Orange, who fills both him and the audience in on the plot.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He’s not happy that Mr. Orange won’t call for backup.