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     Tony Montana 

Antonio "Tony" Montana
Played By: Al Pacino

"You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your fuckin' fingers and say, 'That's the bad guy'."

A former Cuban soldier and prisoner who was exiled to Miami by Fidel Castro and eventually becomes ingrained in the criminal underworld.

  • Adaptational Heroism: He has far more moral standards and likable characteristics than Tony Camonte. It's hard to imagine Camonte having second thoughts about killing children and putting morality before self-interest the way Montana does. In the original film, Camonte fights and goes down fighting the police, whereas Montana loses to a rival druglord. Furthermore, Montana's incestuous feelings toward his sister are far more ambiguous, while Camonte leaves little to the imagination.
  • Adaptational Name Change: His last name is changed to "Montana".
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: His philosophy against harming children separates him from Paul Muni's Tony Camonte who is otherwise free of any noble virtues.
  • Addiction-Powered: In his last stand, he hypes himself up with some cocaine, which likely contributes to his endurance compared to the mooks he mows down.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: He gets shot in the back after losing everything and descending to madness trying to stay in power. Shortly before that, he picks up the phone on his office desk for a moment, then sets it back down. There's nobody left to call: Manny and Gina are dead, Frank is dead, Sosa wants him killed, his mother has disowned him, and Elvira has left him for good. Tony has absolutely nobody left.
  • Animal Motifs: Pacino watched the original film and noted that Paul Muni came off as "a big ape", so he tried to emulate that in his performance. Sosa even calls him a "fucking little monkey".
  • At Least I Admit It: His entire "say goodnight to the bad guy" speech boils down to Tony telling everyone giving him funny looks at the restaurant that at least he acknowledges his own faults and slip-ups instead of pinning blames.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is the embodiment of this trope in the second half of the movie. In general, he's more than ready to use lethal weapons, mostly guns.
  • Bad Boss: One of the less-egregious examples of this trope as most of the time, he is a reasonable one. However, his Hair-Trigger Temper gets in the way. He kills Manny without a second thought upon seeing him with Gina, only finding out afterward that the two had just been married. Later, the combination of pain from being shot by Gina, shock at seeing her gunned down, and all the cocaine he's snorted leaves him unable to react as Chi-Chi is killed while begging him to open the office door.
  • Berserk Button: He does not like it when guys put the moves on his little sister. Played in a tragic way after he finds Manny with Gina. He also reacts violently when he learns that Sosa expects him to be okay with killing women and children.
  • Big Bad: After Frank's murder, he's arguably the biggest villain of his own story. But the real villain is Sosa, who is much worse than he is.
  • Big Brother Bully: Over the course of the film, he becomes controlling and possessive of Gina, starting to yell at her harshly.When he finds out Manny is in love with her, he is lost in quiet rage and kills him without a second thought and has his men bring Gina to his mansion.
  • Blood Knight: Many shootouts and fights Tony gets into he enjoys every minute of it. Special mention goes to Freedomtown.
    Tony: I kill a communist for fun, but for a green card, I gonna carve him up real nice.
  • But Not Too Foreign: He claimed his father was American during the interrogation scene.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: "So say goodnight to the bad guy!"
  • Cigar Chomper: Once he can afford them.
  • The Corrupter: To Gina, who begins acting out and rebelling against her mother once Tony reenters her life.
    Georgina: "Why do you have to hurt everything you touch? Why do you have to destroy everything that comes your way?"
  • Death by Irony: He falls from a relatively high ground over people around him into the swimming pool, next to a statue carrying a globe with his "The World Is Yours" motto.
  • Death Seeker: Arguably in the end. He probably knows that the film's climax will be his last stand. The biggest hint is that, just before grabbing the M16, he tells the body of his recently-dead sister "I'll see you soon, okay?"
  • Defiant to the End: At the very end of the film, Tony is nearing the end of his Last Stand; his rifle is gone and Sosa's men are unloading their weapons into him. Yet Tony refuses to go down and keeps railing away at his attackers right up until The Skull shoots him in the back.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When he sees Manny and Gina together, he kills Manny in a fit of anger. He subliminally regrets acting on impulse like that and truly cements it when one of Sosa's men kills Gina, culminating in an Unstoppable Rage.
  • The Don: Deconstructed. Tony may be a powerful gangster which he wanted, but he really is just a smug manchild stuck in his own fantasy world. Once he becomes a crime lord, he is driven too much by his own pride and greed contributing to his negative attitude and distances himself from the people close to him. He still has his moral codes however, but even that is sadly proven to only get him so far.
  • Doomed Moral Victor: Averted. He does not kill the Bolivian anti-drug activist because children and a woman were put in danger. Later played straight however, with the circumstances leading to Tony's death.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: One of the most iconic examples of this in cinema; he goes out battling a small army of hitmen sent to kill him, all the while shouting obscenities, taking a good chunk of them with him before the Skull shoots him from behind.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He tries to provide for his mother, but the relationship is strained due to her being aware of Tony's criminal activities. She refuses any money and demands he leave.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Deconstructed. He tries to take care of those he loves even as he becomes an increasingly bigger criminal and acting more like a general jerk. His affection for Gina in particular is very strong, although laced with incestuous implications. Subverted later in the film, as he eventually becomes a malignant presence in their lives when he drives Elvira away, kills Manny because he proposed to Gina, and locks Gina up in his own mansion out of an obsession with "protecting" her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Tony won't kill children. He also has a hands-off policy on women.
  • Fatal Flaw: His Hair-Trigger Temper would certainly qualify. It causes him to make very unwise decisions without considering the consequences, like betraying Frank, killing Sosa's man Alberto and later disrespecting the very angry Sosa when he calls about the botched hit, spurring the siege of the compound.
    • Also his greed. The whole chain of events that leads to his downfall starts when he breaks off with his banker because he doesn't want to pay higher rates for having his money laundered.
  • Friend to All Children: He has shades of this despite how it's been said his drug-dealing could have eventually impacted childrens' lives if he stayed in control. Tony is fairly pleasant to two kids he talks to while Manny tries to pick up a chick at the pool. He says that he'd really like to have kids with Elvira (which never happens, which is partly what starts the very public fight that finally drives Elvira away), and of course he will not kill children.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: He's a former Cuban Army soldier who gradually becomes a fearsome Miami cocaine kingpin, and quickly becomes known for being quite fearless and ruthless to his rivals. His military training could explain his deadly skills with firearms, such as an assault rifle and grenade launcher that he uses to kill dozens of enemy gangsters with in the final battle.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a huge scar on one side of his face; at the very beginning of the film, he says he got it in an accident when he was a child.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He is aggressive and almost always on the brink of a cocaine-fueled rage. Nearly everything sets him off, especially people who go near his sister.
  • The Hero Dies: Our Nominal Hero; gets killed by his enemies at the end.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Loses everything by the end, including his life. Even before Sosa's death squad attacks his mansion, it's implied his criminal empire is not long for this world as he's become completely unhinged from having killed his best friend Manny in a terrible rage and he's already killed or driven away everyone else who could have helped him. A couple of his men are shown watching him standing on the balcony, clearly unnerved and questioning his ability to function among themselves.
  • Iconic Outfit: There's the red Hawaiian-style shirt he wears during the chainsaw scene, the disco-styled, wide collared suits he wears when he starts making money, and perhaps most famously, the dark blue pinstriped suit he wears when he goes after Sosa's men sent to kill him.
  • Immigrant Patriotism: Tony strong disdain with Castro's Cuba make him appreciate capitalist America very strongly... At least until he rises to the top of Miami drug trade and still feels unfulfilled and resentful under capitalism.
  • Implacable Man: His bravery and loyalty is what makes him a vital asset to his boss or his partner at the moment. Though his cocaine addiction has made him more of a liability.
  • Incest Subtext: Tony's violent protectiveness regarding his sister has more than a few shades of this, which is a callback to the original film this is a remake of.
  • It's All About Me: Starts to have this attitude after he finished with his criminal empire.
  • Jerkass: He, believe it or not, is not quite as ruthless as his original counterpart, but despite some noble tendencies here and there, one can easily see him at his worst as one of these. His drug-dealing game has led to some viewers having a big problem with him. He has shown jealousy and recklessness, is harsh with his sister when she starts making love to a guy she met at a club, mouths off at bankers and such who he feels would short-change him, was gearing up to execute a man he did not know as he became more drunk with power until childrens' lives were on the line, and his anger has been a danger towards others including himself. He appears to fight with just about everyone sooner or later except his mother (who herself is sickened by his habits), but still...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He won't kill kids even when his life was starting to fall apart and the first thing he does when he makes it out on top is buy Gina her own beauty parlor for her to work in, in hopes that she doesn't end up like him. In addition, when things were really going downhill, he did not verbally abuse his minion, Ernie, despite being furious.
  • Kick the Dog: Though some instances here are debatable.
    • Stealing Frank's girlfriend Elvira and starting her addiction to cocaine.
    • Killed his best friend Manny without a second thought because he thought he made it clear to him to stay away from Gina. He did feel awful about it when he came to his senses.
    • Leaving Chi-Chi to die due to being a mix of likely incoherence over Gina's death and not rushing fast enough to help while Chi-Chi begs desperately Tony to open the door.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Admittedly, most of his victims weren't very good people, like Hector, Bernstein, and Alberto. This also goes for those he targets in the video game.
  • Klingon Promotion: Kills his boss Frank Lopez and takes control of not only his businesses and position, but also his woman.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Oh boy. Touch his sister and you may well die. Isn't that right, Manny?
  • Large Ham: Every line that comes out of his mouth is hammy. Somewhat justified later on when he's high as a kite on blow
  • Lonely at the Top: In spades. He even lampshades this when he's sitting miserably in a restaurant with his wife and closest he had to a proper friend who can barely stand him at this point.
  • Made of Iron: At the end, due to being seriously coked-up. He snorted so much coke that it dulled the pain receptors in his body to the point where he took hundreds of bullets and was still standing. That said, he sure as hell felt a shotgun blast to the back.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After killing Manny, he feels nothing but sorrow and regret about it.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits: Hoo boy, he does not like anyone getting around his sister. Not even his best friend is safe.
  • The Napoleon: His height is confirmed to be around 5'6".
  • Never Going Back to Prison: What motivates him into a new deal with Sosa, as Tony can't stomach jail anymore, not even a short three year stint.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: While this is shown to be true in the movie, it's made especially clear in the video game, where you simply can't shoot civilians, because that's not in-character for Tony.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: It's believed he was at least partly inspired by a real life Cuban-American Miami drug lord named Mario Tabraue.
  • Noble Demon: While he is a murderous drug kingpin with self-destructive tendencies, he has standards compared to most of the other villainous people of the film. The noble aspects of him start to diminish over the course of the story, as he becomes a drug addict and his Hair-Trigger Temper worsens, though it never goes away completely and he still keeps his Never Hurt an Innocent attitude.
  • One-Man Army: Tony uses an assault rifle and grenade launcher to kill about a few dozen or so henchmen in the climax. However, he didn't avoid getting fatally shot in the back.
    • However, this is played completely straight in the video game.
  • Pet the Dog: He gives Ernie a job after blowing away Frank and Mel Bernstein right in front of him. Also, killing Alberto rather than letting him blow up a car with two children in it.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He doesn't like working alongside Colombians. He also derisively refers to Italian mob guys as "Guineas" (which is funny considering Pacino himself is an Italian-American). He also uses the slur "maricon" (faggot).
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Early on in the film, he mentions he grew up watching old school Hollywood tough guys like James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart.
  • Properly Paranoid: Much of Tony's aggressive accusations are passed off as Paranoid, but there have been times where he's on the right. For example when Mel shakes him down for protection money, using his killing of Rebenga as leverage. Tony immediately figures that Frank Lopez is setting him up as he is the only one outside of Freedomtown to know about that hit.
  • Rasputinian Death: He takes an improbable number of bullets to the torso in the final shootout with Sosa's death squad and isn't even fazed, but this might be explained by the fact that he had his face buried in a mountain of coke just before. It takes a shotgun blast at close range from behind and a fall off a balcony to finally kill him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Manny and Sosa's Blue. Manny is generally more level-headed and easy going than the Hot-Blooded Tony, who's always looking for a fight. And Sosa is coldly pragmatic and ruthless.
    Tony: There were fucking children in the car!
    Sosa: When you move 400 kilos a month, it is imperative that you do kill children.
  • Redemption Earns Life: In the game, he survives the climactic shootout in the film with plenty of bitter lessons learned (such as giving up drugs), and he uses them as his motivation to take down Sosa once and for all.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: At the film's climax, after Gina's death, leading to the film's most iconic moment.
    • In the game where he survives said shootout, he's on one for the rest of the story against Sosa.
  • Sanity Slippage: He gets crazier and more unhinged after his coke addiction settles in.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: He's ravaged by all of them, save maybe Sloth. Among these, his most fatal flaws are Wrath and Pride.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: When his life starts going down the drain, he starts wearing a more professional looking dark blue suit with a matching waistcoat and dark red tie, in contrast to the loudly colored, wide collared, tie-less suits from before; when shit's hit the fan, he stops wearing the tie, his suit gets covered in blood and coke, and he wears it as he makes his last-stand against Sosa's hit squad.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Lampshaded by Elvira.
    Elvira: "Can't you stop saying fuck all the time?!"
  • Slouch of Villainy: Tony has atrocious body posture whenever he's sitting in his office chair.
  • Smug Snake: By the second half of the film, he stands up to brag about how he's the apparent "bad guy" of the town while he's really losing control of both himself and his empire due to his Cocaine addiction and anger issues.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: He survives the shootout at the mansion in Scarface: The World Is Yours.
  • The Starscream: To Frank, and later on, Sosa.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Tony starts out the film as a crook, but it's not until he gains power that he allows himself to become a cocaine-addicted wreck. He constantly curses and begins to act like a cantankerous prick towards even some of his associates or possible friends over disagreements, and gets called out on it by almost everyone close to him. His impulsive behavior does not allow him to take the hint soon enough...
  • The Usurper: Takes Frank's life together with his criminal enterprise and luxury mansion. He also recruits Frank's trustier men, liquidates Frank's slimier collaborators, and makes Frank's mistress his wife.
  • Villainous Incest: Tony can't have his sister and consequently doesn't want anyone else to have her. This idea is lampshaded by her right before she's gunned down.
  • Villain Protagonist: May be a Noble Demon but is still The Don of Miami, a drug lord who eventually becomes more violent and dangerous.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Very often due to his Hair-Trigger Temper, but the most prominent one would have to be in the finale.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He would only go after men who challenge him. Bar the one time he slaps Gina for sneaking into the men's bathroom at the Babylon to make out with a guy she just met.

     Manny Ribera 

Manolo "Manny Ray" Ribera
Played By: Steven Bauer

"Don't fucking go crazy on me, okay? Just remember, this time last year we were in a fucking cage."

Tony's best friend who was exiled from Cuba to Miami together.

  • The Dragon: Acts as this for Tony, handling his security and a lot of his other dirty work.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Was in prison with Tony.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: He served with Tony in the Cuban Army, so he knows how to handle himself.
  • Funny Background Event: As the sound dulls while Tony is eyeing Elvira for the first time in Frank's apartment, Manny can be heard going on in a low voice to Frank, talking about how the girl sitting on the bed during the botched drug deal looked like a "witch".
  • Has a Type: Manny is very much attracted to blondes. Subverted in that he ultimately falls for Tony's sister, Gina, a brunette.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Shoots Lopez, who was himself a drug kingpin who tried to kill Tony.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Ends up falling in love with Gina.
  • The Millstone: He becomes this in the second half of the film. Even given Tony's erratic behavior, the events of his downfall are mostly due to Manny's screwups. First, he puts Tony in contact with a money launderer who turns out to be an undercover cop. Then, while Tony is busy dealing with Sosa's business, he puts Manny in charge of the operation, but instead of doing that, Manny runs off to elope with Gina. As noted below, his way of breaking the news to Tony was extremely unwise, and leads to his death.
  • Number Two: The second-highest ranking man in Tony's organization.
  • Only Sane Man: Is noticeably more level-headed than Tony.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: At first Manny serves as a brash, cock-sure Red Oni to a cynical and resourceful Tony's Blue, but in the second part of the movie, with Tony going crazy over money, their roles change, with Manny being more thoughtful in contrast to Tony's obsessive behavior.
  • Tempting Fate: Tony makes it clear, in no uncertain terms, that he doesn't want Manny near his sister after the latter drives him home early on in the film. However, as the later montage (and a later altercation at the Babylon Club) reveals, Gina gets eyes for Manny, and despite his initial reservations, they agree to get married. This kicks off the chain of the events that drive the last third of the film.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Greeting Tony at the door in a robe was a really bad way to tell Tony that he and Gina were seeing each other, especially given Tony's temper and his earlier warning to stay away from her.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Guns down Hector's female henchman Marta when he and Chi-chi rescue Tony.

     Elvira Hancock 

Elvira Hancock
"Nothing exceeds like excess. You should know that, Tony."

Frank Lopez's girlfriend, and later, Tony's wife.

  • Broken Bird: Gives a vibe of deeply regretting her choices in life, as she bitterly refutes Tony's claim that America is the "land of opportunity". And of course there's her devastating and on point "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Tony in her final scene.
  • Dark Mistress: To Frank at first, and later to Tony.
  • Genre Savvy: She's the only one (other than maybe Sosa) who understands how stories like Tony's always end, and she gets out while she can.
  • Gold Digger: Her motive for marrying a multi-millionaire drug kingpin.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: It's not like she would be together with Frank or marry Tony if they weren't rich and powerful like a drug lord, but she's not wrong when she points out what an asshole Tony has become.
  • It's All About Me: She's almost entirely motivated by self-interest and material wealth, caring neither for Frank or Tony as people.
  • Ice Queen: She's aloof and sarcastic, making plenty of jabs at Tony and Lopez. Given that both men are drug dealers, one can understand her disdain.
  • Jerkass: More so than Gina and Tony would act, as she's aloof, snide and unpleasant, at least if rubbed the wrong way. Though she can be respectful if approached with enough respect, as seen when there are times when Tony and her start to get along.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She's not wrong when she points out Tony's asshole tendencies as they grow more consistent.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Tony blames her drug use for the fact that he hasn't had any kids with her. He's been berating her non-stop throughout the dinner but mentioning this finally makes her lash out.
  • Navel-Deep Neckline: Her red dress has a neckline that ends on her navel.
  • Rich Bitch: She's the girlfriend of Frank Lopez, and later wife of Tony, and treats everyone coldly.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: In her last appearance, she decides that she's had enough and tells Tony, "I'm leaving you. I don't need this shit anymore."

     Gina Montana 

Gina Montana
"I know you did some bad things back then. In the Army, I know you got into some trouble."

Tony's younger sister, who looks up to him.

  • '80s Hair: Her hair's really big.
  • Break the Cutie: Getting dragged into Tony's criminal life does a number on her personality.
  • Broken Bird: After Tony kills Manny, she completely loses it.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: She spitefully tries to seduce Tony at the end and implies that Tony's incestuous love for her is the reason he tries to 'protect' her from other men.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: She and Tony's mother accuse Tony of "destroying" Gina.
  • Fan Disservice: In the ending, she approaches Tony wearing nothing but a loose nightgown and underwear while shouting at him to fuck her. And this is shortly before being gunned down by one of Sosa's men.
  • Morality Pet: Manny urges her to be one for Tony, but she doesn't like the role.
  • Sanity Slippage: Goes completely insane after Manny's death.

     Georgina Montana 

Georgina Montana

Played By: Míriam Colón

Tony and Gina's mother.

     Frank Lopez 

Frank Lopez
Played By: Robert Loggia

"Lesson number one: Don't underestimate... the OTHER GUY'S greed!"

A car dealer and drug kingpin, and Tony's initial employer.

  • Affably Evil: Even at the end of the film, it may be hard not to like him at the very least a little, as he is one of the comparatively nicer gangsters in the film.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He desperately pleads for Tony to spare his life. It almost works....until Tony makes Manny do the job as he wanted Frank to die in a sense of irony.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Wears a Chai necklace and uses the Yiddish word "chazzer" at one point for "a pig that don't fly straight". Miami does have a sizeable population of Cuban Jews, but it's never explicitly stated if he is one.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He's a major drug kingpin, but Tony survives his assassination attempt and confronts him, Frank quickly breaks down and pleads for his life after admitting he sent the hitmen. Then Manny kills him with one shot.
  • Big "NO!": Gives out several before Manny shoots him.
  • Dirty Coward: He always sends his guys out for his dirty work, something Tony points out while confronting him. Frank tries to lie at first, then admits he set up the hit after finding out that Mel won't help him out of the mess. He offers to give Tony both money and Elvira, and ends by pleading and groveling at his feet.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He attempts to have Tony killed half-way through the movie, but Tony survives and finishes Frank while he begs for his life. Tony then takes over Frank's drug business.
  • Face Death with Despair: He dies groveling for his life. By the end Tony is bound to find him so pathetic he can't even be bothered to kill him himself.
  • A Father to His Men: Tries to act like this. It's just an act.
  • Foreshadowing: While Frank and Tony hit it off famously at first, Tony privately tells Manny later that while he likes Frank, he thinks he's too soft to be a major player for long. He is proven right.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Goes from a feared drug kingpin to a guy begging for his life after the failed hit on Tony and Tony's subsequent coup against him.
  • Karmic Death: Frank sends a group of people rather than himself to kill Tony. This is the exact same manner Frank dies in, being killed by Manny instead of Tony himself.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Signs off on Tony's death once his ambitious underling commits him to dangerous deals, makes too plain his designs on Frank's empire, and his open insolences grow too great to suffer.
  • Slimeball: While he tries to hide it, he's at least somewhat of a selfish prick who won't think twice about having one of his guys killed over business disagreements or his wife.
  • Villain Has a Point: Frank was absolutely correct: the guys that survive in this business are the ones who manage to stay underneath the radar. Those who want it all make powerful enemies and attract attention from law enforcement - which is exactly what happens to Tony.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: To the public, he is a friendly, gregarious philanthropist who sponsors a little league baseball team. Too bad that he's also a murderous drug kingpin.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Tony. Averted as it's clear that they are mostly just using each other.

     Omar Suarez 

Omar Suarez
"Alright! Alright, big man? You wanna make some big bucks? Lets see how tough you are. Do you know something 'bout cocaine?"

Frank Lopez's right-hand man, who gives Tony his first assignment.

  • Ambiguous Situation: Twice over. Tony has some suspicions that Omar was responsible in some manner for the deal with the Colombian dealers going sour. However, he never acts on this and Omar is killed for an unrelated accusation: being a police informant. This too is never given any proof beyond Sosa's word, and Frank at least is not convinced.
  • Asshole Victim: Turns on Tony for his dealings with Sosa, then gets exposed as a cop informant and killed by Sosa's men. Not a smart move there. Bear in mind it's implied he tried to have Tony killed by Hector, so Tony doesn't care when he's killed.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Tries to pull a gun on Tony after their first altercation.
  • Jerkass: He starts out not believing in Tony's potential and rubbing it in unprovoked. Although to his credit, he acts cordial enough on rare occasions until Tony steps on his toes.
  • The Rival: to Tony, for a little while.
  • Smug Snake: His wiry appearance combined with a slimy, arrogant personality and unsophisticated attitude certainly give off this vibe.
  • The Stool Pigeon: According to Sosa, he was a police informant.
  • Undignified Death: As the hanged Omar is shown being flown away (still hanging by the cord) by Sosa's men, one of the designer shoes he previously ribbed Tony for not having earlier in the film falls off.

     Chi Chi 

Chi Chi

Played By: Ángel Salazar

"Chi Chi, get the llello!"

Another one of Tony's henchmen.

  • The Generic Guy: He isn't really given much of a personality but does show some enthusiasm.
  • In the Back: Gets shot in this fashion when he tries to pound on the door to Tony's room, as Sosa's men attack.
  • Last Stand: Holds off some of Sosa's men when they attack.
  • Mauve Shirt: Manages to reach the end of the film before biting it.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has this reaction when he sees Sosa's men pouring into the compound at the end of the film, which leads him to rouse Tony from his locked room before he's gunned down.
  • Undying Loyalty: Sticks with Tony throughout the entire film.



Played By: Arnaldo Santana

"Sure Tony. Thanks."

A thug who works for Frank Lopez, and later, Tony.

  • Face Death with Dignity: While clearly sweating buckets and fidgeting with terror after Tony and Manny have killed Frank and then Mel, he never sobs or begs for his life like they both did, instead just keeping quiet and bracing himself for the inevitable. His courage in the face of death is likely why Tony decided to spare his life and offer him a job instead.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: After Frank and Mel are killed, Tony turns his attention to Ernie, who is sweating, awaiting his impending death. Tony instead offers him a job, which he accepts. He then takes a swig from a bottle of Jack Daniels.
  • Mauve Shirt: Given more prominence and focus than other guards, due to his presence in the scene where Tony confronts Frank and his ensuing work as a bodyguard for the latter. This doesn’t save him from getting garrotted however.
  • Killed Offscreen: You see him being garroted by the assassins, but it cuts away before he dies.
  • You Will Be Spared: Tony spares him after Frank and Mel are killed, letting him come work for him instead.

     Nick the Pig 

Nick the Pig

Played By: Michael P. Moran

"We fucked up. He got away."

One of Tony's bodyguards.

  • Boom, Headshot!: Killed by The Skull this way.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: When given the opportunity to escape Sosa’s assassins, he instead stays behind and briefly attempts to hold them off with just a pistol before being murdered by The Skull.
  • Fat Idiot: Tony starts to yell at him like he's an idiot.
  • Mauve Shirt: He manages to survive most of the movie before being killed by The Skull in the mansion shootout.
  • Last Stand: Attempts to hold off the assassins with his pistol before he is killed.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even though it's said Tony nick-named him for being overweight and thus seems to treat him like shit, he sticks by his side, especially towards the end when he has a window of opportunity to escape, but decides to stay and fight.

     Angel Fernandez 

Angel Fernandez

Played By: Pepe Serna

"Tony, look out!"

Another one of Tony's friends.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Angel is perhaps the only character to be more sympathetic towards, given his limited role in the film. His Cruel and Unusual Death compared to everyone else only adds to the sympathy.
  • An Arm and a Leg: A literal example, as Hector dismembers him.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Dismembered by Hector the Toad with a chainsaw.
  • Red Shirt: He is brutally killed very early in the film, and is given much less characterization than most of Tony's crew.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed early on by Hector the Toad in a drug deal gone wrong.

     Mel Bernstein 

Mel Bernstein

Played By: Harris Yulin

"Every day above ground is a good day."

A corrupt police detective.

  • Asshole Victim: Since he was willfully in Lopez's plan to have Tony killed, no one's going to miss him when Tony pops a couple of bullets in him in revenge.
  • Defiant to the End: Insults Tony before getting killed by him.
  • Dirty Cop: He's a narcotics officer who's in bed with a narcotic trafficker. He's so dirty that even Tony questions why he calls himself a cop.
    Mel: [after getting shot in the stomach by Tony] You can't shoot a cop!
    Tony: Whoever said you was one?
  • Dirty Coward: Played with. He asks for mercy from Tony, but when the latter makes clear he's getting none in the most mocking manner possible, he furiously snarls abuse back at Tony up to his dying breath.
  • Profane Last Words: "Fuck you!!!"
  • Smug Snake: Thinks he's untouchable due to being a cop. Tony shows him how wrong he is.

     Alejandro Sosa 

Alejandro "Alex" Sosa
Played By: Paul Shenar

"I only tell you one time. Don't fuck me, Tony. Don't you ever try to fuck me."

A Bolivian drug kingpin, and Tony's main cocaine supplier.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Montana, in the game. The game is all about Tony's revenge on Sosa for attempting to kill him.
  • Basso Profundo: Courtesy of Paul Shenar.
  • Big Bad: The most powerful gangster we see in the film.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It's revealed Sosa is married and his wife is pregnant with 3 months left until she's due.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is far deeper than Tony's, and he's far more evil as well.
  • Eviler than Thou: He doesn't have any standards, unlike Tony.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Despite being a well-mannered and well-spoken man, it's not for nothing he gained his status as a "drug-overlord," as the TV spokesperson describes him as.
  • Karma Houdini: Ambiguous case. He succeeds in destroying Tony and his entire gang, but Tony's failure to execute the reporter investigating him (the whole reason Sosa has Tony killed) not only results in Sosa and his empire continuing to be under scrutiny, but likely increased his exposure to the authorities, meaning he's still in hot water. And Sosa's confederates probably aren't happy with him, either. However...
  • The Man Behind the Man: He is the most powerful drug dealer we see in the film, supplying Lopez and Tony with coke.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Sosa is a thinly-veiled Expy of Roberto Suárez Gómez, a prolific Bolivian drug kingpin who financed a 1980 coup d'état that installed a friendly military dictatorship. Like Sosa, Gómez used his power and influence to have political rivals and whistleblowers murdered, and at his height was considered the biggest cocaine producer in the world.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The cold-hearted Blue to Tony's Hot-Blooded Red.
  • The Sociopath: A cartel boss who thinks nothing of having a man hanged from a helicopter, ordering a man's wife and child killed to make sure he's eliminated, or sending an army of goons to kill the man who stops it.
  • Uncertain Doom: Tony sabotaging his assassination attempt on a reporter leaves his criminal acts exposed. Whether or not he escapes prosecution is not confirmed before the film ends, but he makes damn sure that Tony goes down no matter what happens to him.
  • Villain Ball: Goes to the step of trying to assassinate a reporter (in broad daylight) who has exposed his drug operation, right in front of the United Nations, and conscripts a drug kingpin (who is dealing with his own legal troubles) to carry out the act. Besides the fact that killing him via carbomb right in front of the UN wouldn't just attract more attention, it would also be considered an act of terrorism that would bring the entire U.S. Army knocking on his door.

     Hector the Toad 

Hector the Toad

Played By: Al Israel

"Hey, watch what happens to your friend! You don't want this to happen to you, give me the money, okay?"

A Colombian drug dealer from whom Tony is ordered to buy cocaine.

  • Asshole Victim: Serves him right given the way he slaughtered poor Angel.
  • Ax-Crazy: Hector loves to play with his chainsaw to kill his victims. One of Tony's henchmen ends up learning this the hard way.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Shot in the head by Tony.
  • Chainsaw Good: Dismembers Angel with one, and is ready to use it on Tony before he's stopped.
    Hector: Now the leg, huh?
  • Jerkass: A brutal, double-crossing drug dealer who happily dismembers people with a chainsaw.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After giving Angel a Cruel and Unusual Death via his chainsaw, he himself meets an ugly demise when he’s shot with half a magazine worth of bullets and falls out a window before being finished off by Tony.
  • Made of Iron: Absorbs half a magazine from Manny and falls three stories out a window. He still has enough left in him to walk a short distance before Tony finds him and kills him in the street.
  • Starter Villain: The first rival and threat in the drug business that Tony and his friends have to deal with.

     The Skull 

The Skull
Played By: Geno Silva

Sosa's main henchman.

  • Boom, Headshot!: Gives one to Nick during the final shootout.
  • Cool Shades: He's always seen wearing a pair of sunglasses, even at night. Makes him look very similar to a Terminator.
  • The Dragon: To Sosa. He does whatever dirty work Sosa doesn't want to do.
  • Hero Killer: Kills Nick offscreen (The Skull has his shotgun pointed point-blank at Nick's head and we see the Skull firing) and personally kills Tony with a shotgun blast to the back.
  • Karma Houdini: Like his boss, gets away with his crimes in the film. The game is another matter...
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Hangs Omar out of a helicopter.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In the game's alternate possibilities, he's taken out by Tony in the first mission, setting the stage for Tony's Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Sosa.
  • The Quiet One: Doesn't speak much, if at all. But he does shout furiously at Omar when he kills him.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Wields a double-barreled shotgun during the assault on Tony's mansion.
  • The Spook: Nothing is known about him - even his nickname is only given in the credits.

     Alberto "The Shadow" 

Alberto "The Shadow"

Played By: Mark Margolis

An assassin sent by Sosa to assist Tony and his men in killing a journalist.

  • Asshole Victim: Anyone who is willing to blow up two children and their mother won't have much sympathy. Though, he does mention that if Sosa says they must make a move, they make a move with a little bit of nervousness...
  • Bald of Evil: He's balding and is one of Sosa's more ruthless thugs.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Shot in the head by Tony and his brains splatter on the passenger side window.
  • Mad Bomber: Attempts to blow up Gutierrez and his family up with a car bomb.
  • Morton's Fork: Even if he wanted to spare Gutierrez' family, it's not like he had a lot of choice in the matter - missing their shot would've simply put him in Sosa's crosshairs along with Tony.
  • Oh, Crap!: Before Tony shoots his brains all over the passenger side window.
    Tony: You die, motherfucker!
  • Talking to the Dead: Tony rants angrily at his corpse after killing him.
    Tony: What do you think I am huh?! What do you think I am, a fucking worm like you?! I told you man, I told you! Don't fuck with me! I told you, no fucking kids! No but you wouldn't listen, why, you stupid fuck, look at you now.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tries to go ahead with blowing up Gutierrez and his family, when it's clear Tony won't do it. Next moment, his brains are all over the passenger side window.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Overlaps with Would Hurt a Child, as he tries to do away with Gutierrez's wife and children when they accompany him in the car.