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Characters from Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.

Due to the nature of the movie and our character sheets, expect major unmarked spoilers.

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The Hateful Eight

    In General 

The Hateful Eight

  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Ruth, Warren and Mannix are far from clear-cut heroes, but the others are either part of or aiding a band of ruthless criminals.
  • Anti-Hero: They count as either this or Anti-Villain.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: Even the most morally upright characters in the lodge (which isn't saying much) are rather dark characters.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Very few of these people are at peace with themselves, let alone each other. And they're stuck together.
  • Kill 'Em All: The only members who don't die on-screen are Mannix and Warren, who are dying from their wounds.
  • Nice Hat: Most of them have a nice hat.
  • The Notable Numeral: Hateful and 8.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Daisy is the only woman present besides flashbacks.
  • Spanner in the Works: Warren and Mannix were both unexpected members and only became present because they hitchhiked with Ruth. They end up destroying the entire gang.
  • Unreliable Narrator: It's unlikely anyone is telling the whole truth in there, and by the end it's left ambiguous how much was true.
  • World of Ham: They are all remarkably over-the-top people in their own ways, particularly Daisy and Warren.

    The Bounty Hunter 

Major Marquis Warren a.k.a. The Bounty Hunter
"Got room for one more?"
"Move a little strange, you're gonna get a bullet. Not a warning, not a question. A bullet."

A former black Union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter.

  • Affably Evil: He really isn't a very good person and regularly kills for money. However, he's very easy to root for when compared to some of the other characters in the movie. Can come up as a Nominal Hero if only half of what he says to goad the general is true.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Has a reputation for killing people trying to collect the Confederate bounty on his head.
  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses: He's introduced sitting on three outlaws he killed and was bringing to Red Rock as proof of death to collect a bounty.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: It's great fun watching him put the pieces together to figure out who is involved with Daisy's escape plot.
  • Badass Baritone: Samuel L. Jackson, motherfucker.
  • Bash Brothers: With Chris, eventually. Between the two of them, they basically have the entire situation under control in short order.
  • Berserk Button: He keeps a letter from Abraham Lincoln in his pocket and does not like to see it get damaged. After all, he's trying to convince other people that it's real.
  • Bounty Hunter: Hell, it's his nickname.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He has no problem shooting someone in the back, holding multiple guns on people or shooting if someone moves strange. And in this situation, he has every right to be. Unfortunately, it gets turned on him near the end.
  • Consummate Liar: One of his most defining traits is that he's practically lying half the time, either to drop folks' guards or to test them. His Lincoln letter is a fake, designed to get people to respect a black man of authority. His details about Minnie are grossly over-exaggerated, created to get Bob to blow his cover. And his story of how he killed the General's son is suspect at best, spun to get him to try to kill him.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Getting shot in the groin, then slowly bleeding out in agonizing pain has to suck.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Of the harshest kind.
  • Depraved Homosexual: On the off chance he actually did rape Chester to death.
  • Evil Laugh: Especially when he goes into detail about how he supposedly killed Smithers' son.
  • Face Death with Dignity: The movie ends with him and Chris lying on a bed, calmly waiting to bleed out from the wounds they have incurred.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Chris. They hate each other at the start of the movie, but eventually band together to take down Jody's gang and develop a mutual respect.
  • Great Detective: Samuel L. Jackson has compared Warren to Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express, piecing together the truth. Brilliantly subverted when, for all his deductions, he is shot during the summation by the one person he failed to detect, who is literally right under his nose.
  • Groin Attack: Is on the receiving end of this via Jody shooting him from under the floor.
  • Guns Akimbo: Most notably does this during his "Move a little strange." monologue above.
  • The Hero: The closest thing the movie has to one.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: His utter callousness towards everybody makes up a lot of the movie's humour.
  • I Shall Taunt You: He tells Sandy Smithers a story about how when Sandy's son came to collect the bounty on his head, Warren stripped him naked, walked him through the snow for hours, and then forced him to give him a blowjob in exchange for a blanket, which he didn't give to him before killing him. This story successfully provokes Sandy into going for his gun so that Warren can kill him in self-defense.
  • Its Pronounced Tropay: Pronounces his name "Mar-kwess" instead of "Mar-key."
  • Jerkass: He's not a very nice person, though he's capable of being civil to those who he trusts.
  • Karmic Death: Depending on whether or not his oral rape of Smithers' son happened; he's castrated by a bullet to the groin and bleeds out.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: See I Shall Taunt You. Then there's what he does to Bob and Daisy.
  • Knight Templar: During the Civil War, he developed such a reputation for this that it eventually got him stripped of his commission.
  • Large Ham: You can just tell Samuel L. Jackson was having fun with this one. Of note is the scene where he describes raping and murdering Smithers' son.
  • Nominal Hero: Unlike John, he just wants to get paid for his work, and has no interest in lofty ideals of 'justice' for his bounties. He's also kind of an asshole.
  • Old Soldier: Samuel L. Jackson was in his late sixties when he filmed this. Warren is still the most badass character in the movie.
  • One-Man Army: Boasts about having killed countless Confederates during the Civil War and pointed out by Mannix to have killed many Amerindians after it. And that's without counting his burning of a POW camp, in which 47 Confederate troops were killed.
  • Pet the Dog: Rather cruelly subverted; he offers General Smithers some stew and sits down to eat with him despite their initial animosity, and asks him about his family. Turns out he's just using it as an opportunity to twist the knife and gloat about how he killed his son.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He doesn't deny Mannix's accusation that he killed "redskins" back in the day. He also states he joined the war to "kill Southern crackers".
  • Price on Their Head: Warren mentions that the Confederates put a $5,000 bounty on his head, and it drew a lot of people, typically ex-Confederates, to his location looking for fortune.
  • Punch-Clock Hero: He really doesn't want to be here.
  • Quick Draw: As expected from someone who once had a $30,000 bountynote  on his head and is still alive to talk about it. He gets to put it to good use more than once.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: As it turns out, it's what happened to General Smithers' son, shortly before he was executed by Marquis (who is also the said rapist), if his monologue to Smithers' wasn't made up to bait the General into attempting to shoot him. If it is true, his eventual death by having his testicles shot off and the resulting blood loss is definitely a Karmic Death.
  • Scary Black Man: A given for a bounty hunter played by Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Sociopathic Hero: He's absolutely ruthless and uncaring, but (more or less) a heroic figure.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Mannix accuses him of this for his brutality against white soldiers in general, claiming that Warren burnt down a Confederate POW camp, killing both Confederate rookies and Union POWs.
  • Spanner in the Works: Not only was his presence not expected, but actively helping Ruth and raising the tension by killing the general changed the patience game to "let's kill them before more shit hits the fan".
  • Spotting the Thread: He is the one to uncover most of the crucial clues that lead to the discovery of who is involved with Daisy's escape attempt.
  • Straight Gay: If his treatment of Smithers's son is true.
  • The Unfettered: He is singled-minded in pursuit of his principles and in following up from his suspicions. He joined the Union Army to kill white folks and does not let a small detail like setting his fellow prisoners alight interfere with his escape plans when he is captured.
  • Villain Protagonist: Depending on how much of his backstory is true, most notably whether he really raped Smithers' son and whether he really did burn 37 Union soldiers to death to save himself.note 
  • Weapon of Choice: A Colt Single Action Army revolver with a 4.75 inch barrel, known as the "Quick Draw" model.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Punches Daisy and threatens to kill her at various points.
  • Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: He claims to have tortured, raped, and killed General Smithers' son after he came to kill him, trying to provoke Smithers into shooting him so he can gun him down in self-defense. It's left ambiguous how much of it is true.

     The Hangman 

John Ruth a.k.a. The Hangman
"You really only need to hang mean bastards, but mean bastards you need to hang!"
Played By: Kurt Russell

"When that sun comes out, I'm takin' this woman to hang!"

A bounty hunter known for capturing fugitives so they can be hanged.

  • Always Gets His Man: And always gets them alive, so that they can hang.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Posthumous example when Daisy cuts off his arm in an attempt to free herself.
  • Badass Moustache: Sports a pretty spectacular one.
  • Big Good: Downplayed, but he's only member of the Eight who is neither a vicious psychopath nor violently racist. Just somewhat casually racist, but most people were at this time.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Projectile vomits blood after drinking the poison.
  • Bounty Hunter: Although unlike most, he captures his targets instead of straight up killing them so that they can face the end of a noose.
  • Broken Pedestal: Discovering that Warren lied about the Lincoln letter wounds him severely.
  • Chained Heat: He is chained together with his prisoner, Daisy.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: After drinking the poisoned coffee, he vomits up an absolutely insane amount of blood, before finally getting shot in the chest by Daisy.
  • Death by Irony: Even though he went out of his way to disarm everyone else at the haberdashery besides Warren, he ends up dying by a gun, namely his own.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Lasts longer than most examples, but is the second character to die.
  • Defiant to the End: Even after discovering he’s been poisoned and beginning vomiting up his own blood, he spends his dying moments trying to beat Daisy to death and bring her down with him.
  • Face Death with Dignity: While he's certain he'll die, he spends his last moments saving Mannix from suffering his fate, beating up Daisy, and when he realizes she'll shoot him dead for good, his only reaction is a disappointed sigh rather than despair.
  • Guile Hero:
    Mannix: Like I said, friend. You got me at a bit of a disadvantage.
    Ruth: Keeping you at a disadvantage is an advantage I intend to keep.
  • Hero-Worshipper: He appears to hold a truly massive appreciation for Abraham Lincoln.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Shot with his own gun by Daisy.
  • Honor Before Reason: Contrasting Warren, who sees his work as a way to earn a living and never bothers to take his bounties alive, Ruth takes his job as a servant of the court very seriously. His bounties hang because that's justice, damn it!
  • Innocently Insensitive: Unlike most of the characters, he isn't actively prejudiced and tries his best to be tolerant. However, he's not immune to some period racism. In one instance, he rather humorously chastises Daisy for using a racial slur while using a racial slur.
    Daisy: Howdy, nigger.
    Ruth: She's a pepper, ain't she? Now girl, you know the darkies don't like being called niggers? They find it offensive.
  • Ironic Name: "Ruth" means "kindness and mercy", virtues that John has neither of.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is arguably the most heroic of the eight protagonists. That doesn't mean he's an entirely nice person. Also, as unnecessarily violent as he is towards Daisy, he does show signs of warming up to her over the course of the film; he voluntarily unchains her at dinner and lets her play the guitar, and even shows some appreciation for her song. But when he asks if there's a second verse, she simply threatens him. Back in chains she goes.
  • Large Ham: Kurt Russell is having a blast.
  • Meaningful Name: The word 'ruth' means mercy; John is certainly much more honorable and merciful than other members of his profession.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's essentially Harvey Weinstein as a rugged 19th century bounty hunter, according to executive producer Stacey Sher. However, he ended up being somewhat toned down in his misogyny compared to Weinstein, whose litany of sexual misconduct includes multiple incidents of rape whereas Ruth's onscreen misogyny amounts to verbally and physically (but not sexually) abusing Daisy just because he could—and given her deadly (not to mention racist) streak, plus the fact that she's an infamous outlaw, she very likely had it coming, unlike Weinstein's (many) victims, including those Tarantino had known about when writing the character.
  • Old Soldier: Like Warren, he is an aging bounty hunter who still is very good at what he does.
  • Only Friend: In the beginning at least, he's the only member of the titular Eight who treats Warren as more or less an equal friend.
  • Patriotic Fervour: Ruth is a Hero-Worshipper of Lincoln and refuses to so much as socialize with Mannix at first because he was a Confederate veteran.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: His personal philosophy:
    "You really only need to hang mean bastards, but mean bastards, you need to hang."
  • Pet the Dog: While he insists that Mannix is a liar through and through, he does agree with him when he compliments O.B.'s driving skills, saying that's the only true thing he's said. He also occasionally treats Daisy with civility, but it usually ends up poorly.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He uses some racial slurs, though not as often as other characters and he never directly calls Warren "nigger" (only ever repeating it after other people say it), and later paints the black race as untrustworthy after Warren reveals his Lincoln letter is fake. Nevertheless, his attitude is more Fair for Its Day, seeing as how he genuinely comes to trust and respect Warren, clearly hates slavery, and chastises Daisy for calling Warren a nigger. Even him labeling blacks as untrustworthy is more because of the betrayal than him sincerely thinking it.
  • Principles Zealot: Insists on capturing criminals alive so that they can hang. He does this for the sake of justice, but it ultimately gets him killed when his latest prisoner has a gang lying in wait to liberate her.
  • Properly Paranoid: He is the first character to figure out that one of the eight is in cahoots with Daisy. Justified since he knows that the reason Daisy's bounty is so amazingly high is because she is part of an infamous outlaw gang, so he knows accomplice is a possibility.
  • Red Baron: John Ruth, "The Hangman", because of his trademark of capturing his targets alive and then bring them to hang (and subsequently staying to watch the hanging). Several characters remark on his alias.
  • Sacrificial Lion: His death marks the point when shit really starts hitting the fan.
  • Taking You with Me: As mentioned above, even when poisoned, he proceeds to strangle Daisy before dying. Alas, Daisy got the gun in time.
  • Token Good Teammate: He's not quite a "good" person, but he's the least bigoted and most principled of the titular eight.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His insistence on bringing Daisy in alive, despite lots of warnings otherwise, leads to the events of the entire film and numerous deaths, including his own.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Remington 1858 "Cattleman's Carbine" rifle and a Colt Single Action Army revolver with a 7.5 inch barrel, known as the "Cavalry" model.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Repeatedly, for no real reason other than his own claims that she is a "mean bastard". Which, in his defense, she is.

     The Prisoner 

Daisy Domergue, "The Prisoner"
"When ya get to hell, tell 'em Daisy sent you."

A fugitive wanted either dead or alive for murder, who has been captured by Ruth.

  • Agony of the Feet: Warren shoots her in the foot.
  • Alliterative Name: Daisy Domergue.
  • Asshole Victim: A thoroughly unpleasant and racist criminal, she is subjected to much physical abuse over the course of the movie. She is lynched at the end by the surviving characters.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted, practically subverted. Daisy Domergue's face starts off severely bruised and only gets worse, the screenplay mentioning a "once sexy smirk."
  • Chained Heat: She is chained to Ruth in order to ensure she doesn't escape.
  • The Chew Toy: She suffers constant abuse from John Ruth, which manages to be Played for Laughs because of its over-the-top nature and Daisy's hammy, defiant reactions. Later subverted. The violence inflicted on her later in the film — starting from about the time Ruth is poisoned — is played almost entirely for drama.
  • Damsel in Distress: A villainous example.
  • Dark Action Girl: The members of the Jody Domergue gang readily accept her as a leader after Jody is killed. She's also fairly handy with a machete.
  • Death by Racism: In a roundabout way. She's so contemptuous of Warren that she never tries to get him to help her (though he killed her brother before she feels like bargaining, so there is also valid reasons why), only appealing to Mannix... which seals her doom when he sides with Warren instead.
  • Death Is Dramatic: The extended and detailed sequence of Daisy's violent lynching is the climax to which the film's narrative is leading. This Cruel and Unusual Death is supposedly justified by Daisy's criminal nature and/or the act of racial reconciliation involved in her execution — especially as she is a racist, so it is supposedly Laser-Guided Karma.
  • Defiant Captive: Even with John Ruth as her captor.
  • Dies Wide Open: After being hanged.
  • The Dragon: To her brother Jody.
  • Dragon Ascendant: After Jody is killed, she proclaims herself the new leader of his gang. Fortunately, she herself is killed only minutes later.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Her brother Jody. She also cares for her niece(s) and/or nephew(s) enough to want to make sure they are cared for after Jody is killed.
  • Evil Laugh: Like many other characters. Hers is a distinctively insane, Wicked Witch-styled laugh.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Daisy can be quite jovial, but at the same time completely monstrous.
  • Females Are More Innocent: Inverted, she's arguably the worst out of anyone there.
  • The Gadfly: Daisy does this constantly. While John Ruth is making his big announcement to the rest of the Eight about her, Daisy seems to be doing whatever she can to non-verbally poke fun at the subject matter. "This is Daisy Domergue!" Daisy waves to everybody. "I'm taking this woman to be hanged!" Daisy holds her arm up and sticks out her tongue. Her first words to Major Warren:
    Daisy: Howdy, nigger!
  • Hidden Depths: She's a surprisingly talented singer and guitarist.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": It's never explicitly called out, but an easily missed joke late in the movie is that everyone's been mispronouncing Daisy's last name the entire time; John Ruth and everyone introduced to her by him pronounces it "Dom Er Goo", but when she finally says it herself, she pronounces it "Do Min Gray".
  • Jerkass: All the rest of the Eight, with the exception of The Hangman, are either violent criminals, vicious racists, or just general jerks. Daisy is all three.
  • Karmic Death: Daisy is finally hanged by the film's climax, the fate she spent the whole movie trying to avoid, courtesy of Warren and Chris after she and her gang have killed Ruth and a whole lot of other people. The two men hang her instead of blowing her brains out as a mark of respect to Ruth.
  • Large Ham: Manages to stand out in a movie full of them.
  • Laughably Evil: Daisy is a vile, racist sociopath, but she sure is fun to watch.
  • Macho Masochism: Daisy reacts to her beatings with laughter, derision, and by savoring the taste of her own blood. That said, most of her gleeful reactions seem to be deliberate attempts to act crazy. Otherwise, she reacts with genuine pain, and the entire plot is kicked off by her desire to avoid a hanging.
  • Made of Iron: In the real world, next to nobody could still be walking and talking after getting the severe beatings Daisy endures back-to-back.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Her decision to continue taunting Ruth after she's seen him drink the poison leads to him re-cuffing her. This means that she's still chained to his dead body for the climax, which leaves Mannix ample time to recover enough to shoot her while she attempts to free herself.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She becomes much more lucid when bargaining with Mannix.
  • Pet the Dog: She is clearly horrified and saddened when her brother is killed.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Her first line is to call Warren a nigger.
  • Psychopathic Woman Child: Does childish things occasionally like catch snowflakes with her tongue, and is very flippant about everything. While she's a lot more direct and clear when trying to bargain with Mannix, she's still an Ax-Crazy gang member.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The hammy, gadflyish red to Jody's blue.
  • Smug Snake: She's happy to engage in "defiant madwoman" displays... as long as she's confident Jody and friends will save her from the gallows in the end. When their plan falls apart, and it becomes obvious that her life is in serious danger, all her "quirks" go right out the window and she resorts to a desperate combination of bargaining and threats.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female member of the main cast.
  • The Sociopath: Sadistic, violent, and manipulative, Daisy shows a lot of signs of being one. While hysterically horrified at first, she very quickly gets over her brother's death and goes right back to trying to save her own skin at all costs.
  • Spiteful Spit: Proudly hocks on the Lincoln Letter.
  • Teeth Flying: When Ruth discovers he is dying of poison in the coffee he drank with her knowing all along, he starts beating up Daisy and knocks out her front teeth. She proceeds to spit said teeth at him and continues laughing.

     The Sheriff 

Chris Mannix, "The Sheriff"
"WHOO HAW! Now we're talkin'!"
Played by: Walton Goggins

A southern renegade claiming to be Red Rock's new sheriff.

  • Anti-Hero: He is an unapologetic racist, but is overall a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Badass Longcoat: Claims Smithers' as his own after he is killed by Warren.
  • Bash Brothers: Warren and he manage to take on Jody's whole gang by themselves, despite being outnumbered and the disadvantage of not knowing what the hell is going on.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: When Daisy claims that Jody had preemptively set fifteen more men in Red Rock, Chris ultimately reveals that he doesn't believe a word of it. And the second that Daisy refers to the remaining gang members as an army, Chris compares the handful of dead criminals on the floor around them to the four hundred zealots that his father commanded well after the point when Chris himself called their cause doomed. And, on a broader level, after multiple characters expressed skepticism that he would even be considered for the position of sheriff, he showed that he was capable of looking past personal prejudices and examining hard facts when he dismantled Daisy's threat as well as the sincerity of her offer of mercy.
  • Character Development: The only character in the film who not only changes, but changes for the better. He starts out as a rather dim racist, but by the end he allies with Warren and works out for himself that Daisy's offers and threats are hollow, proving he has potential as a lawman.
  • Face Death with Dignity: The movie ends with him and Warren lying on a bed, calmly waiting to bleed out from their gunshot wounds.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Warren. They start out as enemies, but the events of the film turn them into allies.
  • Good All Along: It turns out Chris really is the new Sheriff of Red Rock. At the climax of the film, Daisy offers him a boatload of cash if he lets her go. He considers it for a second before calling her out as a lying piece of trash who was happy to let him die earlier on.
  • Hero-Worshipper: To General Smithers when they first meet.
  • Hidden Depths: When John Ruth threatens to leave him to die in the blizzard because Chris refuses to part with his weapon, Chris quickly points out that doing so for simply that reason would make Warren and he complicit in Chris' almost certain subsequent demise, which causes Ruth to relent. This subtly displays that Chris is much smarter than he seems. Smart enough to, say, figure out that Daisy is bullshitting him during the climax of the film.
    • It's mentioned that he is the youngest of his father's sons, his father being the leader of Mannix's marauders. Depending on how old he is, and how far from the Civil War the film takes place, it is possible that his earlier war criminal past happened when he was still fairly young.
  • Hypocrite: He (justifiably) calls out Warren for his brutality against POWs and Native Americans, only for an angered Ruth to comment that a member of a murderous bushwhacker gang is really the last person who should be calling out someone's wartime atrocities.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He points out that Warren has killed Native Americans.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is racist and antagonistic when first introduced, but ultimately turns out to be one of the only characters who told the truth about his background, and even forms a friendship with Warren.
  • Keet: He's a much happier and more outgoing person than everybody else in the haberdashery. He also spends most of his time socializing with the others.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Hanging Daisy at the end, with Warren's help.
  • Large Ham: Like you wouldn't believe.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: A huge racist who was part of a rebel gang that killed freed slaves, still a better guy than most of the people in the cabin.
  • Meaningful Name: Mannix is a very excitable, or "manic", fellow.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Is an avid believer and supporter of the Confederate cause even when long lost, mostly due to being the son of a Confederate officer who continued to fight on with his men after the war as a renegade band of guerillas called 'Mannix's Marauders'.
  • Noble Bigot: He is very racist, but otherwise offers to buy Ruth and Warren dinner once they get to Red Rock, and is a rather jovial and helpful fellow. He's also one of the few lodgers who are not affiliated with Daisy's gang.
  • The Only One I Trust: Warren decides to trust him because he nearly drank the poisoned coffee.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: While he ultimately turns out to be on the side of good, he is still a racist.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: He faints from blood loss and adrenaline rush after siding up with Warren against Daisy.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: What he ultimately turns out to be.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a scathing one to Daisy in the end, calling her bluff, telling her she's a (paraphrased) 'pathetic, no good, lying whore,' and finishes by claiming he's going to kill her and there is absolutely nothing in this world she can say that's going to stop him from doing just that.
  • Red Herring: As it turns out, he is one of the only characters who was honest and not involved with Jody's gang in any way.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Played for laughs, as Mannix says that Joe is Daisy's accomplice because he's the "ugly one." It becomes this trope when Joe reveals he poisoned the coffee.
  • The Sheriff: Or so he claims to be. Turns out he was telling the truth.
  • Shoot the Dog: Mentions having to kill his horse on the way to Red Rock.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Delivers one to Daisy by revealing that he doesn't believe her claim that 15 more of Jody's gang are waiting in Red Rock to take revenge if he killed her, and pointing out she didn't warn him about the poisoned coffee that he nearly drank.
  • Sole Survivor: A good contestant for the position. Unlike the rest of the characters, Chris receives a nasty, yet not completely fatal bullet wound, and makes it to the end of the film alongside Warren. While Warren most likely bled out from his... cracked huevos, Chris might have had a chance to tend to the wound. The movie ends before we find out.
  • Spanner in the Works: Like Warren, he was not expected, and his team-up with a person he hates allow them to have the upper hand on the gang.
  • Spotting the Thread: He completely destroys Warren's credibility on the Lincoln Letter by pointing out that a man who was pen pals with the president would almost certainly not be drummed out of the military for war crimes.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After Warren starts to trust him.
  • Uncertain Doom: The context implies Chris bleeds to death with Warren, but his bullet wound isn't necessarily fatal (the same likely can't be same of the gallons of blood Warren loses to his "huevos" being gunned into pulp). The movie ends before we can find out for certain.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Between his bigotry and shady past, he is clearly a deeply flawed man, but what sets him aside from Warren is that Chris is actually fighting to uphold the law, what with Jody's gang being murderous outlaws who could pose a danger to the town he's supposed to be protecting.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The one to shoot Daisy and ultimately hang her (along with Warren).

     The Mexican 

Bob, "The Mexican"
"Are you actually accusing me of murder?"
Played by: Demián Bichir

The caretaker of Minnie's Haberdashery.

  • Affably Evil: This guy is pretty funny and goofy, even for a murderer.
  • Alliterative Name: Of a sort, when we discover that his real name is Marco, since his alias is "the Mexican.
  • Asshole Victim: Warren kills him in spectacularly violent fashion after exposing his secret.
  • Bad Liar: Out of everyone in Jody's gang, he is the worst at hiding his secret, and doesn't fool Warren for a second. He did have the hardest role compared to the others, though.
  • Bait the Dog: Of the funny variety. Bob is an odd character who provides a decent amount of the film's humor, and then he's hit with the reveal. His Moral Event Horizon is even partly characterized by him screwing up and failing to kill someone, just before he violently knifes Dave to death.
  • Bandito: His character seems like something of a throwback to this archetype, though it's not immediately obvious that he's an outlaw.
  • Beard of Evil: He's got the largest beard in the cast, and is a ruthless Bandito.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call him a liar. Even though he totally is one.
  • Boom, Headshot!: After shooting him in the chest twice, Warren shoots him in the face with both of his pistols, completely disintegrating his head.
  • Butt-Monkey: Most of his comedic scenes come at his own expense.
  • The Caretaker: Not of any specific person, but he has been entrusted to watch over Minnie's Haberdashery while the owner is away. Or so he claims.
  • Death Glare: Tries giving one to Warren at several points. It doesn't frighten him in the least.
  • Evil All Along: Was working with Jody's gang the whole time.
  • Funny Foreigner: His somewhat goofy nature makes him this. Until the truth about him is revealed.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: How he busted the door's lock.
  • Imposter Forgot One Detail: One of the biggest clues that leads to Warren figuring things out is his claim that Minnie, who famously hated Mexicans, left the haberdashery in his care.
  • Knife Nut: He's much better with a knife than he is with a gun, as Sweet Dave found out the hard way.
  • Large Ham: Like most of the other characters.
  • Latino Is Brown: Averted. Bob is obviously of white/European (most likely Spanish) ancestry.
  • Left the Background Music On: For the first half of Warren's story about his encounter with Chester Charles Smithers, Bob is playing "Silent Night" on the piano.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Warren shoots him twice in the chest and twice in the head, blowing his head apart.
  • Only One Name: Only known as Bob, doesn't have a last name. His real name is Marco, still no last name.
  • Out of Focus: Gets the least characterization out of the eight.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: One of the more amusing characters. Except he's actually a villain.
  • The Sociopath: He's probably just as bad as the rest of his gang.
  • Token Minority: Of Jody's gang.
  • We Have Reserves: He ultimately ends up dying because Jody did nothing to help him.
  • Your Head A-Splode: Courtesy of Warren.

     The Little Man 

Oswaldo Mobray, "The Little Man"
"The man who pulls the lever that breaks your neck will be a dispassionate man. And that dispassion is the very essence of justice."
Played by: Tim Roth

The hangman of Red Rock.

  • Accent Relapse: A same-language variant. He fakes an upper-crust English accent, but is pure cockney when he drops the act.
  • Affably Evil: Despite the nature of his job, he is incredibly polite, well-spoken, and charming. Even when it's revealed that he's a murderer.
  • Asshole Victim: Warren kills him while he tries to negotiate with Chris.
  • Bait the Dog: Of the likable variety. He's the friendliest of the people encountered at the lodge and actively participates in discussions with the main characters. He's also got the second-highest bounty of Jody's gang, and kills a child with the same creepy dispassion he spoke of earlier.
  • Blood from the Mouth: After being shot by Chris.
  • Consummate Liar: Oswaldo's a naturally charming and witty man and unlike Bob, a Bad Liar, and Joe, who who keeps acting suspiciously aloof, Oswaldo is the best at keeping up the charade.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: He doesn't die immediately even after being shot a second time, instead rolling on the ground in agony for several minutes before bleeding out.
  • Dastardly Dapper Derby: He wears one.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When John asks his name "What's your name, 'buster'?", Oswaldo responds dryly "Well, it certainly isn't 'buster'".
  • Evil All Along: Was working with Jody the whole time.
  • Evil Brit: Very much so. It turns out his accent is fake, but he's still English; he just happens to speak with a working-class Cockney accent rather than the upper-crust RP he was speaking before.
  • The Evil Genius: Out of Jody's gang, he's the most quick-witted and very good at keeping up his friendly facade.
  • The Executioner: As a hangman, and therefore an executioner, he kills people for a living. Oswaldo speaks in favor of the professional and apathetic types because, in his words, "For justice delivered without dispassion is always in danger of not being justice."
  • Expy: He is strikingly similar to Doctor King Schultz in terms of looks and personality. Both are charismatic and well-spoken bearded gentlemen even though they kill people for a living. Subverted in the end. Unlike Schultz, Oswaldo is a complete fake.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Grimly acknowledges that he has little chance of survival after Chris shoots him in the stomach, and continues trying to bargain with the survivors for Daisy’s life as he lies bleeding out in a chair.
  • I Am Very British: Speaks with a very high-class, Received Pronunciation style. After his cover is blown, he switches to his real, more working-class (though still English) accent.
  • Kill and Replace: Warren lists him as a potential suspect even though he has documentation by suggesting he pulled this. Considering his true identity, this is likely true.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Warren finishes him off with a second shot to the stomach while he is talking to Chris.
  • Large Ham: He's very theatrical. Just look at him suggest dividing the haberdashery in half, with wide, sweeping arm motions.
  • Nothing Personal: Explains to Ruth that he never takes any satisfaction in hanging criminals, as it is simply his job. Though he's not even a hangman like he claims to be.
  • Only Sane Man: Acts as a mediator between the various characters. Of course, this is subverted.
  • The Smart Guy: Essentially styles himself as the "neutral party" amongst the factions in the room, offering rational and diplomatic "solutions" to the tensions and so on. It's all an act.
  • The Sociopath: Shows no emotion when gunning down a young woman at Minnie's.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: He calmly talks, negotiates, and acknowledges the fact that he probably won't survive very long while already bleeding to death from a stomach bullet wound.
  • The Stoic: Even getting shot doesn't faze him much.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Killed one of the female workers at Minnie's.

     The Cow Puncher 

Joe Gage, "The Cow Puncher"
"You know, looks can be deceiving."
Played by: Michael Madsen

A mysterious cow puncher.

  • Asshole Victim: Warren and Chris gun him down.
  • Bait the Dog: Downplayed. Gage is the most prickly of the folk encountered in the lodge, always seeming like he's going to start a fight. Then the reveal happens, and there's a cruelty to Gage's murders that the rest lack; from letting Judy flounder on the ground in pain after shooting her, to having a casual stroll and taking his time killing the coachman. It was also he who sentenced OB and Ruth to a painful death via poison.
  • Beard of Evil: Averted; he's the only one of Jody's crew who doesn't have a beard.
  • Blown Across the Room: When Warren and Chris gun him down, Warren's shot sends him across the haberdashery and into a table at the other end, breaking it.
  • Cowboy: Ruth immediately points out how much he resembles one with his clothing and hat.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Despite his shady nature, he is passing through Red Rock to visit his mother. This turns out to be a lie.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While the story about his mother is a lie, he does seem to care about Daisy. When Warren threatens to pour the poisoned coffee down Daisy's throat, Joe admits he poisoned the coffee, giving himself up as her co-conspirator.
  • Evil All Along: Was working with Jody the whole time.
  • Expy: Of Mr. Blonde. Both are played by Michael Madsen. Both are soft-spoken and polite at first, but are revealed to be cold-blooded psychopaths and are gunned down in cold blood. He also bears a resemblance to Budd.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Chats/flirts with Six-Horse Judy in an almost Adorkable manner... just before the gang puts its plan into motion and he kills her in cold blood.
  • Guttural Growler: Has a raspy, intimidating voice.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears leather gloves, a leather vest, and leather boots.
  • Hidden Depths: Feigns this by saying he's on his way to visit his mother and that he's writing his life story.
  • Jerkass: Even from the start, he isn't the most pleasant guy.
  • Nice Hat: Sports a nifty cowboy hat.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Joe doesn't do himself any favors by acting suspiciously aloof when Ruth tries to talk to him. In retrospect, this makes him seem rather stupid, as his job was to avoid suspicion.
  • Obviously Evil: Acts abrasive and suspicious when talked to, wears dark clothing, has a raspy voice, and is intimidating in general, to the point that it seems obvious that he'll be a Red Herring. He isn't.
  • The Quiet One: Described as this by Oswaldo, though he isn't really that quiet.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Wields a shotgun and uses it to kill Charlie.
  • The Sociopath: Shot Six-Horse Judy and Charlie in cold blood, remaining completely stoic despite their begging.
  • The Stoic: Calm and composed to a creepy extent; in a movie full of characters hamming it up, this is noticeable. He starts to lose his cool toward the end.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: He's the one who poisoned the coffee, causing the death of O.B..
  • Weapon of Choice: A Colt Walker pistol and a shotgun. The pistol is hidden under one of the tables.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He mercilessly shoots and kills Six-Horse Judy.
  • Write What You Know: In-Universe, he claims to be writing "The only thing I'm qualified to write about... my life story."

     The Confederate 

General Sanford "Sandy" Smithers a.k.a. the Confederate
"I don't know that nigger. But I know he's a nigger. And that's all I need to know."
Played By: Bruce Dern

Marquis Warren: You captured a whole colored command that day... but not one colored trooper made it to camp, did they?
Sandy Smithers: We didn't have the time or the food...nor the inclination to care for northern horses! And least of all, northern niggers! So we shot 'em where they stood!

  • Alliterative Name: Complete with matching nickname.
  • Asshole Victim: Gets killed by Warren.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has an exasperated, rude sense of wit.
  • Dirty Coward: Allies himself with Jody to save his own skin.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His son Chester. Warren uses this fact to provoke him into drawing first, thus allowing him to kill the General in self-defense.
  • Evil Old Folks: He is quite old and also a racist Confederate who ordered the massacre of colored Union soldiers. He also doesn't care at all when Minnie and her family are murdered right in front of him, and readily offers his cooperation in exchange for his life.
  • Expy: Visually, his silver hair and whiskers makes him resemble Robert E. Lee himself. His backstory of involvement in murdering African-American soldiers and other war crimes seems to suggest inspiration from Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was involved in the Fort Pillow massacre. That said, Forrest was considerably more competent, and the mistreatment (ranging from murder and torture to re-enslavement) of black prisoners was endemic throughout the Confederate armed forces, so he may simply be a generic Confederate who takes his look from Lee.
  • Grumpy Old Man: The demeanor he gives off.
  • Guttural Growler: Has a rather harsh, raspy voice.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: The original cut of the movie showed mutual respect between him and Chris Mannix. However, the extended version showed him disparaging Mannix for offering him a bowl of stew from the table Warren was seated at.
  • Jerkass: Hostile and mean to almost everyone he meets.
  • Karmic Death: A horrible white supremacist is killed by a black man — the same man who claims to have killed his son, no less.
  • Kick the Dog: His massacre of black POWs during the battle of Baton Rouge.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Has a dead son. Said son had a fatal encounter with Warren.
  • Pet the Dog: He is nice to Chris, and he actually shows some respect for Warren when he offers him some stew.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Is an evil, racist man. Is also in on the plot to murder Ruth and Warren.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: The first of the eight to die.
  • Secret Keeper: Forced into this role by Jody and his gang.
  • Stealth Pun: Fulfills both definitions of 'confederate'. Obviously, he was an officer in the Confederate army. But Confederate can also mean an accomplice or someone who is in on a secret or deception. Despite playing no part in it, he is fully aware of Jody's plan.
  • Take No Prisoners: His policy towards colored POWs during the Civil War.
  • Villain of Another Story: His military days are long behind him, and he only ends up involved in Jody's plot to kill Ruth and Warren due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Other Characters


O.B. Jackson

Played by: James Parks

The man escorting Ruth and Daisy to Red Rock via horse and carriage.

  • Blood from the Mouth: While dying from the poison, he projectile vomits blood.
  • Butt-Monkey: Is forced to go outside in the blizzard to throw the guns into the outhouse and comes back damn near frozen to death, claiming he wasn't going outside again. After Smithers is shot, everyone draws straws to help Joe get rid of the body outside; guess who draws the shortest. Then to top it all off, he gets an excruciating death via projectile-vomiting blood after drinking the poisoned coffee.
  • Cool Shades: A pair of round dark-glasses, presumably to overcome snow-blindness.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Thanks to Joe's poison.
  • The Driver: Responsible for getting Ruth, Warren, Daisy, and Chris to Minnie's Haberdashery.
  • Due to the Dead: Despite being something of a Butt-Monkey in life, both Mannix and Warren speak highly of him after his death. Mannix treats his death as a Kick the Dog moment for Joe Gage and asks Warren if he can kill him right before Jody shoots Warren in the groin.
  • Nice Guy: One of the few characters to not refer to Warren by any racial slurs and is generally amiable and trustworthy. Appropriately, he isn't one of the Hateful Eight.
    • To be fair, he does initially refer to Warren as "smoke" upon meeting him. Although, it isn't meant to be derogatory and is considerably less offensive than some other slurs he might have chosen. Plus, he's happy to give Warren a free ride to Red Rock, only hesitating because Ruth had paid for a private trip.
  • Red Shirt: He has almost no characterization or impact on the plot, hence why the movie is not called the Hateful Nine.
  • Token Good Teammate: He seems to be the only character in the movie who isn't at least somewhat of a Jerkass, to the point that the grumpy John Ruth admits that he "kinda sorta" trusts him.

The Jody Domingre Gang


Jody Domingre

Played By: Channing Tatum

Daisy's brother, who, with the help of his gang consisting of Joe, Bob, and Oswaldo, planned on freeing Daisy from Ruth.

  • Affably Evil: Switches between this and Faux Affably Evil.
  • Asshole Victim: Warren takes him out with a bullet to the head.
  • Ax-Crazy: Shot Minnie in the face without a second's hesitation.
  • Bad Boss: Did nothing to stop Bob's death at the hands of Warren.
  • Bait the Dog: Poor Minnie.
  • Beard of Evil: A Badass Moustache coupled with Perma-Stubble.
  • Big Bad: He is ultimately the instigator of all the conflict in the movie.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He comes off as friendly, then he shot Minnie in the face.
  • Big Brother Instinct: While it's unclear if he's the older or younger sibling (and certainly Channing Tatum is considerably younger than Jennifer Jason Leigh), Jody did all of the heinous, inhuman acts to save his sister.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Courtesy of Warren to the back of his head. It's an appropiate Karmic Death, as he shot Minnie in the face.
  • The Cameo: An extended one for Channing Tatum.
  • The Chessmaster: Manipulated a majority of the films events.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Which allows him to get the drop on Warren. In fact, this is the first thing we see of him.
  • Dirty Coward: Will shoot the defenseless people in Minnie's haberdashery, but hides under the floor boards when Ruth and the others show up.
    • He hides under the floorboards because the bounty hunter will definitely recognize him if he sees him.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: The leader of the outlaws and the mastermind behind the plot to free Daisy. He is also the second of the five gang members to be killed off, leaving his Dragon Ascendant sister and the other two bandits as the remaining villains.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He finally shows himself to the group, and then unceremoniously gets the top of his head blown off.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first thing we see him do is give Warren a Groin Attack, by shooting them.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His entire motivation is to save his sister from being hanged. Daisy also mentions that he has kids somewhere.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Flirts with Minnie by speaking to her in French.
  • Eviler Than Thou: To Smithers, who is easily intimidated by him.
  • Evil Genius: His plan would've gone off without a hitch... if Warren and Mannix didn't hitch a ride with Ruth.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Well, if you consider Warren and the others "evil".
  • Famous Last Words: "How you doin', dummy?"
  • Faux Affably Evil: Acts incredibly charming and sweet to Minnie before slaughtering her and everyone else in the haberdashery.
  • Groin Attack: He shoots Warren in the nuts.
    Jody: Say adios to your huevos.
  • The Heavy: Gets props for being this, while the audience doesn't even know he exists, but literally nothing would have gone wrong if he wasn't involved.
  • He Was Right There All Along: Hidden under the floorboards, waiting for a moment to strike. Considering how long and eventful the time was before he decides to show up, he does have some patience.
  • Hidden Villain: Quite literally, since the audience is given absolutely no indication that he even exists before his appearance.
  • Jerkass: Killed a haberdashery full of innocent people. This is the nicest way to describe him.
  • Kick the Dog: He really didn't need to kill everyone in Minnie's haberdashery.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Once he showed up, the Black Comedy elements dropped, and things got serious.
  • Lack of Empathy: Like brother, like sister.
  • Omniglot: Speaks fluent English, Spanish, and French.
  • Pet the Dog: Clearly loves his sister.
  • Ragin' Cajun: Implied. He has a thick New Orleans accent and speaks fluent French.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The patient, stoic blue to Daisy's red.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Only appears toward the end of the movie, but the entirety of the plot wouldn't have happened if it weren't for him.
  • The Sociopath: He's so evil, he manages to be this even though he seems to love his sister.
  • The Stoic: His expression doesn't change when he shoots Minnie and the guy standing next to her in the face.
  • The Unfettered: Was willing to kill a haberdashery full of people to save his sister.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's impossible to talk about him without revealing his role in the plot.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Colt 1878 double-action pistol.
  • We Wait: His plan is to wait for Ruth to drop his guard and kill him, since he knows he is dangerous. He was hiding in the basement for hours, waiting for a moment to strike.
  • Wicked Cultured: Is fluent in French and Spanish.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Straight-up shoots Minnie.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The girl working at Minnie's was clearly below the age of 18, and he had no problem seeing her shot.
  • Your Head Asplode: His head is obliterated by Warren.

Minnie's Haberdashery

    In General 

Minnie's Haberdashery Staff

The owner of Minnie's Haberdashery, her husband, workers, and stagecoach drivers in her employ.

  • Boom, Headshot!: How most of them are killed.
  • Dead All Along: They were murdered by Jody and his gang and their bodies dumped in the well several hours before the main characters arrived at the haberdashery.
  • Instant Death Bullet: Averted with Gemma (Minnie's assistant) and Six-Horse Judy, who need to be shot again by Oswaldo and Joe.
  • Nice Guy: All of them are kind and hospitable, which makes it sadder when we see them get slaughtered.
  • Sugarbowl: Before the Domergue Gang arrive, with the exception of the unwanted General Smithers, everyone in the Haberdashery appears upbeat and happy.
  • Posthumous Character: All of them, as we find out toward the end.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: The nicest characters in the movie, so naturally they were violently murdered before the story even started.


Minnie Mink

Played By: Dana Gourrier

  • Alliterative Name: Minnie Mink.
  • The Ghost: Minnie is constantly referred to by Warren, unaware she's literally become one.
  • Informed Flaw: Minnie does not display that much racism toward Bob despite what Warren says. It is possible, however, that Warren was lying about this trait in order to test Bob's reaction. It's also worth noting she barely interacted with Bob before being killed, so it's possible that she never found out he is a Mexican.
  • Moe Greene Special: Minnie is shot through the eye by Jody.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: If Warren's claim that she despised Mexicans is true.

    Six-Horse Judy 

Six-Horse Judy

Played By: Zoë Bell

  • The Driver: Six-Horse Judy drove Jody, Oswaldo, Joe, and Bob to Minnie's Haberdashery.
  • Genki Girl: Six-Horse Judy is highly energetic and enthusiastic in her short screentime.

    Sweet Dave 

Sweet Dave

Played By: Gene Jones

  • In the Back: He is stabbed repeatedly in the back by Bob.
  • Lazy Bum: According to Warren. It's one of things that clues him in to something being amiss.
  • This Is My Chair: He would have never willingly parted from it.



Played By: Keith Jefferson

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He begs for his life when Joe discovers his hiding spot. It doesn't work.
    "Look, I just started working here. Whatever Minnie did to make y'all mad, I had nothing to do with it."
  • Hope Spot: For a couple minutes, it seems as if he'll escape, until Joe tracks him to his hiding place by the blood spots he left and kills him.
  • Your Head Asplode: Most likely, since Joe points his shotgun four inches from his head.



Played By: Belinda Owino

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