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"Move a little strange, you're gonna get a bullet. Not a warning, not a question, a bullet."
Major Marquis Warren

The Hateful Eight is a 2015 Western and the eighth film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Six or eight or twelve years after The American Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape towards the town of Red Rock. Its passengers are Bounty Hunter John "The Hangman" Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his captured quarry Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who he is transporting to Red Rock to face justice (and the gallows). Along the way, the stagecoach picks up two strangers who happened to be on the road: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black ex-Union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a Southern renegade who claims to be Red Rock's newly-appointed Sheriff.

Losing their way in an oncoming blizzard, the stagecoach is forced to take refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive, they are greeted by four unfamiliar faces: Bob (Demián Bichir), who is taking care of Minnie's while she is away visiting her mother; Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock; cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen); and Confederate General Sandford Smithers (Bruce Dern).


Yet as the storm overtakes the mountainside cabin, locking them in for the night, tensions and suspicions begin to ignite and it soon becomes clear that the eight travellers may not all make it to Red Rock after all.

Notably features the first Western score by Ennio Morricone since 1981—especially unique as Tarantino is usually not one to "trust" composers to score original music for his films (although he doesn't mind taking music written for other movies). This was also the first film to be shot in the 2.76:1 aspect ratio Ultra Panavision 70 process since Khartoum in 1966. It was also presented in a "Roadshow" format in about 140 theaters worldwide with 70mm projection, extended runtime and a special programme.

Tarantino also plans to adapt the film into a stage play, which is actually how Harvey Weinstein thought the material would best be served in the first place.


When the film became available on Netflix in April 2019, an extended version in the form of a 4-episode Mini Series was unveiled on the streaming service alongside the theatrical cut, to the surprise of everyone.

Previews: Teaser, Trailer 1

Due to the nature of the film and the wiki's policy about trope titles, unmarked spoilers follow, and on related pages.

The Hateful Eight only provides examples of these tropes, but examples of these tropes it does provide:

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Added Alliterative Appeal:
    • Mannix's Marauders, a gang of Confederate rebels who hadn't accepted the whole unconditional surrender thing, led by Chris' father.
    • Only in the german dub: Minnies Miederwarenladen
  • Agony of the Feet: Daisy gets shot in the right foot by Warren, and spends the rest of the film hobbling around as she attempts to escape.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg:
    • According to Warren's account, General Smithers' son didn't beg for his life or to go free, but knowing he was going to die, instead begged for a blanket to die with some comfort, to the point of performing fellatio after Warren promised to give it to him.
    • When Joe Gage finds Charly in the outhouse, the latter attempts to beg for his life by saying he had nothing to do with whatever Minnie did to make him mad. It doesn't help him much as Joe blows his head off.
  • All There in the Script: According to the written script, Minnie and Sweet Dave became acquainted with one another as slave and owner, before the Civil War. Sweet Dave once had Minnie as a slave, but they somehow stayed together after the abolition of slavery, for unknown reasons. It could be speculated that Sweet Dave was secretly in love with Minnie, or that he helped her purchase land to start her own business, as a way of paying her reparations for keeping her enslaved in the past. It is believed that Quentin Tarantino has left the audience to make up their own theories about the connection between Minnie and Sweet Dave.
  • Alliterative Name:
    • Daisy Domergue.
    • Minnie Mink.
    • General Sanford "Sandy" Smithers.
    • His son Chester. Charles. Smithers.
  • Always Gets His Man:
    • Played with. John Ruth is called "The Hangman" because he always takes his targets alive rather than dead, so they always hang.
      Warren: When the handbill says "Dead or Alive", the rest of us just shoot you in the back from up on top a perch somewhere and bring you in dead over a saddle. But when John Ruth the Hangman catches you, you hang.
    • And it's still played straight, as Daisy is indeed hanged to death at the end of the film. But John Ruth wasn't alive to see it happen, though both Warren and Mannix are happy to hang her in respect of him.
  • Ambiguous Ending: By the end of the film both Mannix and Warren are likely too wounded to survive long enough to be found after the blizzard but their deaths are never confirmed on screen nor is it ever revealed if there were fifteen extra gang members waiting in Red Rock or if it was one last desperate ploy by Daisy to dodge the noose.
  • Anachronic Order: It wouldn't be a Tarantino film without it. In this case, there are some previous events to the start of the film proper which are explored in flashback form towards the film's climax.
  • And Another Thing...: As in several other Tarantino movies. This time, it's used by the narrator early in chapter four to inform the viewers that someone poisoned the coffee.
  • Anti-Hero: Deconstructed. Three of the titular Eight qualify, since everyone else is either one of the villains or in league with them, but everyone in this film has done terrible things in the past or commits them on-camera. Warren once escaped a POW fort by burning it to the ground, killing everyone in it (including his fellow prisoners), to say nothing of how he killed both General Smithers and especially his son (not that either of them were good people either), and attacked Indian villages with the rest of his regiment; Mannix is a Southern racist who is strongly implied to have committed racist atrocities both during and after the war; Ruth is the most honest of the three, but still smacks around his unarmed female prisoner whom he is proudly taking to town to be hung. The rest of the Eight , though, are just murderous thugs and their selfish, Dirty Coward, war criminal hostage. The only exceptions who aren't one are O.B. and the background characters killed in chapter 5.
  • Anyone Can Die: What else would you expect from Tarantino? Although Smithers had already died by that point, John Ruth's gruesome end is what really solidifies this trope. By the end of the film, every single character, major or minor, is dead except for Warren and Mannix, both of whom have sustained heavy wounds and will more than likely die after the credits roll.
  • Arbitrary Gun Power: Played With. Major Warren blows Bob's head apart with two .45 caliber revolvers, yet when he shoots Daisy in the leg a few times, the damage is noticeably less gruesome.
  • Arc Number: Eight.
  • Arc Words:
    • "'Old Mary Todd is calling.' That's a nice touch."
    • Also: "You only need to hang mean bastards, but mean bastards, you need to hang."
  • Artistic License – Biology: It's up for debate whether or not he was telling the truth, but all the same, Warren claims that he forcefully stripped Smithers' son to his bare ass and forced him to walk in the snow for two hours in sub-zero temperatures before raping and murdering him. In reality, the average person would only last two to twenty minutes naked in below zero temps before freezing to death.
  • Artistic License – History:
    • Warren and Smithers could not have met at the Battle of Baton Rouge, because it took place a few months before the Union Army permitted African Americans to enlist in its ranks (unless they were passing as white) in late 1862. Could be justified considering this is set in Tarantino's Shared Universe, which went Alternate History with Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
    • A combination of this and Artistic License – Geography: Warren did time in a Confederate prison camp in West Virginia. West Virginia, which was founded during the war, was the only state to separate from a Confederate state (Virginia) in order to stay in the Union. Granted, there were plenty of supporters of the Confederacy left in WV after its separation (as was always the case in border states), but it would be a very unlikely and unsafe place for a permanent Confederate POW camp. (There were no such camps located there in real life.)
  • Apathy Killed the Cat:
    • It turns out the main reason General Smithers is there despite the fact he witnesses the brutal murders of Minnie and her workers is that he doesn't "give a fuck about these people" because he just met them. This leads directly to him meeting Major Warren, who not only reveals the horrific way his son died, but baits him into getting shot.
    • Similarly, the gang decides to leave Smithers alive because he's no threat (and old). All it does is get Warren even more suspicious of the rest of the people in Minnie's Haberdashery.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...:
    • Why is her name Six-Horse Judy? Because she can control six horses at once, a feat uncommon for men and unheard-of for women.
    • Also:
      Oswaldo: What did she mean when she said, "bounty hunter's nigger friend in the stable"?
      Mannix: He's got a nigger bounty hunter friend in the stable.
  • Asshole Victim: Pretty much everyone except Minnie and her employees, plus the three stagecoach drivers and O.B., are genuinely terrible people, and by the end of the movie, they have all poisoned or shot each other, with everyone either dead or dying from their wounds. John Ruth is probably the "least terrible" of the Hateful Eight, though, since unlike the others, we never see or hear of him lying about his past or killing an innocent person (or being complicit in such), but he still is a brutal bastard who has no problem beating up an unarmed (if admittedly dangerous) woman.
  • Audible Sharpness: When Joe Gage is deflecting John Ruth's questions, Major Marquis Warren presses a pen knife against Joe's neck with an audible "tzing!"
  • Auteur License: Quentin Tarantino was able to convince The Weinstein Company to allow him to shoot the film in 70mm Ultra Panavision, a format that had not been used in nearly 50 years, and then forgo any digital post-processing or editing. Quentin then persuaded the producers to spend an additional $10 million to equip ~140 theaters around the world with the 70mm projection equipment and optics needed to exhibit the film in a 1950's style "Roadshow" format. Remember, this was several years after even "basic" 35mm film projection had been replaced by digital and most of the 70mm projectors obtained for the roadshow had to be rebuilt from discarded equipment.
  • Author Appeal: Although the film has a pretty strong subversion of Tarantino's famous Foot Focus, he does manage to fit in a romantic couple with one black and one white member.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Warren is all about this. He knows Bob is lying from the beginning and that something is up from spotting the various threads, and basically has the entire situation under control after things go south, killing Bob, who he knows is rotten (he's correct), holding up Joe and Oswaldo because they could be (they are); and giving a gun to Chris, who Warren concludes is likely the only non-deceased person at Minnie's who is genuinely on his side because of the coffee (right again). He only gets blindsided by Jody being under the floorboards.
  • Badass Longcoat: Marquis Warren, John Ruth, Chris Mannix, Bob, Joe Gage, and General Smithers wear them.
  • Batman Gambit: The reason Warren tells Smithers the story. It allows him to fairly (more or less) claim self-defense when he kills Smithers, because Smithers was clearly reaching for the gun.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted with Daisy Domergue. She enters the film already looking beat up and only becomes moreso.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Jennifer Jason Leigh has described the dynamic between John Ruth and Daisy Domergue as "The most dysfunctional couple since Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".
  • "Be Quiet!" Nudge: Be Quiet Elbow-to-the-Face that really sets John Ruth's character.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Jody's gang is killed to a man and Daisy is hanged, sparing future travelers from the fate of Minnie and her employees, but everyone else is either dead or (in the case of Warren and Mannix) close to dying, and what's worse is that the movie ends before we find out for sure.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: Tarantino calls his characters "a bunch of nefarious guys in a room, all telling backstories that may or may not be true." Verges on Evil Versus Evil. The closest "Good Guy", by Tarantino's standards, was O.B., as he was the only one among the group who lacked any racist or ruthless tendencies. He was just the unlucky individual in the room. Ultimately, it ends up as two war criminals who were at least willing to put the past behind them to enforce the law vs a gang of psychopathic murderers.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Zig-zagged thanks to Tarantino's circular storytelling. The first character death shown is that of a white man, but it's later revealed that Minnie's crew (three of which were black) had already been killed beforehand, with Minnie being the first killed with a Boom, Headshot! at point-blank range.
  • Blatant Lies: "Christmas with mother... it's a wonderful thing."
  • Blood from the Mouth: John Ruth and O.B. begin vomiting blood all over the place after drinking poisoned coffee. This being a Tarantino film, it's High-Pressure Blood, as well.
  • Bluff the Impostor: Warren asks Bob if Minnie still smokes her stinky pipe. Bob counters that Minnie smokes her own rolled cigarettes, not a pipe, and acknowledges Warren's attempt to pull this trope. Bob really is an impostor, but his brief interaction with Minnie luckily involved her rolling cigarettes.
  • Bottle Episode: Pretty much the entire film takes place inside and around Minnie's Haberdashery, a large, single room lodge. The total number of characters are limited to the titular Hateful Eight as well as a handful of minor supporting characters.
  • Bounty Hunter: Ruth and Warren both make their living taking down outlaws with bounties on their heads. Interestingly, Tarantino indirectly indicates each gang member's threat level by their bounty. Towards the end of the film, it's revealed that Daisy's is $10,000, Grouch Douglas is also $10,000, Marco the Mexican is $12,000, English Pete Hicox is $15,000, and Jody is $50,000.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • John Ruth is pissed when he finds out Warren's supposed letter from President Abraham Lincoln is a fake.
    • Chris possibly undergoes this in regard to General Smithers after the latter is killed. Instead of shooting Warren then and there, he debates offscreen with the others whether or not it counted as self-defense.
  • Call-Back: O.B. (James Parks) uses the line, "Well, smoke..." (smoke being the jocular term for an African-American). In Django Unchained, a member of the Le Quint Dickey mining company (played by Michael Parks) uses this same line when addressing Django. In both instances, they address a black bounty hunter. In both cases, the lines are said by son and father, respectively.
  • The Cameo:
    • Channing Tatum as Jody, who (save for a flashback where he and his gang take over Minnie's lodge) only appears long enough to shoot Warren before greeting Daisy and getting the back of his head blown out by Warren in turn.
    • Quentin Tarantino narrates two different sections, but never appears in person.
  • Cardboard Prison: Part of Warren's backstory involves him having been captured by the Confederates and put into prison camp. How does he escape? He just burns down the entire camp.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • Neither John Ruth nor Major Warren believes Chris' story about him being the new sheriff of Red Rock. He is the new sheriff of Red Rock, and the only character other than John Ruth who isn't lying about anything.
    • Likewise, Chris twice warns General Smithers that Warren is just trying to rile him up enough to go for a gun so Warren can kill him. Smithers doesn’t listen, grabs the gun, and Warren kills him.
  • Central Theme: Property and possession, particularly the film addressing what it means to own something and the legitimacy of that, whether that concept is arbitrary and what control - or lack of control - a person has over something they claim ownership of.
  • Chained Heat: John Ruth and Daisy, bounty hunter and bounty.
  • Closest Thing We Got: Warren and Mannix want to honor John Ruth by delivering justice to Daisy his way, but since the possibility of getting her to Red Rock is out of the picture, they instead opt to hang her themselves at Minnie's.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Daisy's death by hanging is prolonged and slow, her struggles are intentionally filmed at length and in detail, and within the plot, Mannix and Warren laugh and gloat over her suffering.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Warren, who has no problem wielding multiple hidden guns, shooting targets in the back, or killing someone who moves strange at him.
  • Contrived Coincidence: All these characters just happen to meet on the road and/or wind up in the same lodge moments before a blizzard hits. Although it's not quite that bad, since three of the eight are trying to save one from another one. Warren, Mannix, and Smithers being there as well is still mighty coincidental.
  • Creator Thumbprint: Red Apple cigarettes — or in this case, tobacco, since machine-rolled cigarettes hadn't been invented yet. The narrator refers to them as "Manzana Roja" when Bob smokes them.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
    • Not exactly unusual, but it sure as hell is cruel. During The Reveal, Grouch Douglas/Joe Gage and Pete Hicox/Oswaldo Mobray join Jody Domingre in murdering the Lodge's inhabitants. They both gun down two women, Judy and Gemma respectively, but one bullet each only wounds them. They then spend about another minute on the floor, bleeding and in pain, with tearful expressions that are evidently begging for mercy. They don't get any, and are finished off by the two Outlaws in cold blood.
    • The final fate of Daisy. She ends up hanged, just as promised. Problem is, normally death by hanging happens when there is no more support under executed person, the rope tightens up under their weight, snapping the neck and causing instantaneous death. Instead, Daisy is slowly dragged up by wounded Chris and Warren and suffocates to her death while trashing around from asphyxiation, as they are in no condition to give her a "proper" hanging.
  • Dastardly Dapper Derby: Oswaldo Mobray wears one.
  • Death by Irony:
    • Warren, who boasts about raping a man in front of that man's father (whether or not he actually did it), gets his dick blown off, and is implied to have died from the blood loss.
    • Jody Domingre has one, to a lesser extent. During Chapter Five, Jody blows Minnie's head open when he shoots her from point-blank range. After he's forced to surrender at gunpoint, he has his own head blown open by Major Warren and his corpse tumbles back down into the basement he just climbed out of.
  • 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 — equally as she is a racist Southerner, so it is supposedly Laser-Guided Karma.
    • Chester Charles Smithers' Cruel and Unusual Death — being raped and tortured by Warren — is also a major plot device, although Chester is a minor character. The fact that Warren was almost certainly lying, as he makes a habit of, to provoke General Smithers notwithstanding.
  • Decoy Protagonist: John "The Hangman" Ruth. He's a badass, crazy-prepared bounty hunter who seems like he can handle anything, including the trap he knows he's walking into. He wasn't expecting poison, however, and dies of it halfway through the film. If anything, Warren and Mannix take his place.
  • Defiant Captive: Daisy. John Ruth doesn't have much patience for this, though.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Much like Tarantino's earlier films (and given that the film is set in the post-Civil War West), characters routinely drop N-bombs and make assorted racist statements.
  • Depraved Homosexual: On the off chance Warren actually did rape Chester to death.
  • Developing Doomed Characters: For at least half of the characters. The other half die too, but they're not telling the truth about who they are.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Jody probably shouldn't have had Bob play The Caretaker of Minnie's Habadashery, since Minnie doesn't like Mexicans. This is one of the first clues that something's not right.
  • Dirty Coward:
    • General Smithers. After murdering the Lodge owners, Jody Domingre makes a deal with him; Jody and his gang will spare Smithers' life if he keeps his trap shut when John Ruth arrives with Daisy. He didn't count on a former opponent from the War showing up, who in turn murders Smithers in "self-defense" after provoking a response, in order to exact vengeance for the execution of black soldiers in the War.
    • Joe Gage/Grouch Douglas. When it's revealed he's an imposter, he surrenders as Chris Mannix is about to shoot him, placing his hands on the wall and yelling that he is unarmed. In the very next Chapter, the story flashes back several hours to when Joe/Grouch has a worker at the Lodge, Charlie, at his mercy with a Double Barrelled Shotgun. Charlie begs for his life, but Joe just shoots him dead. And he smiles as he does it.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: Averted. Warren's rape of Smithers' son, if it actually happened, is portrayed as an appropriately hideous crossing of the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Daisy states that she is in command of the gang once her brother is killed, and the surviving gang members acknowledge this without question.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Pretty much all of the characters are screwed up in some way, and they're all trapped in the same building.
  • Enclosed Space: Except for the two first chapters in the mountains with the carriage and the occasional trip to the outhouse and the barn and a quick reveal of a basement, a flashback to the mountains, and a man being executed out back, the entire movie plays out in Minnie's Haberdashery.
  • Enemy Mine: Several characters team up at several points out of distrust at the others.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Daisy is almost immediately racist and rude to Warren, and John Ruth brutally elbows her in the nose and spews a stream of invective at her. Hey, he's bringing her in alive, not in perfect condition.
    • Warren himself is introduced waiting patiently in the snow for a passing stagecoach, and politely requesting a ride when one appears. Notably, he is waiting in the middle of the road, seated on a small pile of corpses he was in the process of transporting to claim their bounties.
    • Mannix is a former Confederate war criminal who claims to be the new sheriff of Red Rock. While Ruth dislikes him and wants to leave him behind, Mannix manages to weasel his way onto the stagecoach by detailing the legal consequences Ruth would face for willfully leaving someone to freeze to death in a blizzard, showing that he's smarter then he looks.
    • Everyone in the Lodge when O.B.'s Stage arrives is given one pretty quickly; Bob is introduced as a sterotypical Mexican mixing English with Spanish, Oswaldo Mobray is portrayed as being a peppy little Englishman with a jovial nature, Joe Gage appears to be a quiet loner who sits in the corner and rarely speaks, and Sanford Smithers is a crooked old (racist) man who rebuffs people and makes harsh comments. In truth, Sanford is the only one who is legit: The other three are given their REAL Establishing moments in Chapter Five, where it's revealed that earlier that morning, they turned up at the Lodge and murdered everyone there in cold blood, except for Smithers. They also make some rather cruel remarks about the innocent people that they just killed, calling them fat and dropping numerous N-Bombs.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The plot is motivated by Daisy's brother, Jody, who rounds up a group of four men and takes over the lodge before John, Chris, and Warren arrive so he can rescue her. The first thing he does upon revealing himself to the group is say how much he missed her. In addition, Jody's group appear to be True Companions, as Joe and Oswaldo hug Bob and wish him "good luck" before he goes out to meet John Ruth, Daisy, Warren, and Mannix.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: For a given value of "good" — when Chris Mannix explains to Daisy why her utter lack of empathy or compassion is the reason why he can't trust her at all, she's clearly and visibly confused. It never occurred to her that all her actions discredit any kind of promise she might make.
  • Evil Laugh: Well, not evil, since the characters are anti-heroes, but the laughs are pretty evil.
    • Warren while he relates the story of what he did to Smithers' son.
    • Warren and Chris when they decide what to do with Daisy: hang her.
  • Everybody Did It: Everyone who got to the haberdashery before Mannix, Ruth, and Warren was either directly involved with the effort to free Daisy or an accomplice of theirs. Additionally, the main conspirators also turn out to have slaughtered Minnie and all her employees and family.
  • Evil Brit: "English" Pete Hicox.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Since the film is set in a World of Ham, this trope was a given, but Daisy Domergue is quite possibly the hammiest of them all.
  • Evil Old Folks: General Sanford Smithers, a racist Confederate general who once captured black Union soldiers and massacred them all because he couldn't be bothered to drag them to a prison camp. He also plays along with Jody's plot to rescue Daisy.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Well, we were warned that the characters are hateful. The only major player who hasn't committed any outright atrocities that we know of is O.B., and he's just there to be The Driver.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: Barring the Flashback with General Smithers' son, the film takes place over the course of a single day. Even the other Flashback where Jody, Oswaldo, Joe, and Bob murder everyone at the haberdashery takes place a few hours before the coach with Warren, John Ruth, Daisy, Mannix and O.B. arrives.
  • Face–Heel Turn: At the end of the film, Mannix insists on letting Daisy try to make a deal for her life, claiming he just wants to hear what she has to say. But he starts getting more and more interested as she ups to ante, and shooting his partner seems like a small price to pay... Subverted when he denies her in the end. He knew her threat (fifteen more gang members waiting to sack Red Rock) was bullshit, so he really did just want to see what she'd say to try and get out of the mess she was in.
  • Facial Horror: Daisy's face is subject to firstly blows from John Ruth, and also biohazards in the shape of stew, vomit, blood, and brains. This is possibly intended to show her character, but it is also Disproportionate Retribution.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Jody Domingre. He's polite to the people he meets, compliments them on the things they own (namely Minnie on her lodge), and thanks them for the things they do for him, like roll him a cigarette. But make no mistake, he's a cold-blooded killer, and all of his charm doesn't stop him from blowing the top of Minnie's head off and gunning down everyone at the Lodge.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Warren and Mannix end up on the same side about halfway through the film, when they realize everyone else left alive is against them. They make an effective team, and at the very end, Mannix reads Warren's fake Lincoln letter and compliments him on the cleverness of it.
  • Foregone Conclusion: When the film flashes back to when Jody's gang first arrives at Minnie's Haberdashery, it's pretty clear that everybody inside is going to be murdered.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • John Ruth's first reaction upon drinking the coffee at Minnie's is to spit it out. Later, after drinking the poisoned coffee, he spits out more than just coffee...
    • Mobray explains to John Ruth and Daisy the difference between "justice" (which is systematic and orderly) and "frontier justice" (which, although satisfying, can be wrong as often as right). At film's end, a dying Warren and Mannix opt for frontier justice to hang Daisy for her crimes.
    • When John Ruth shows Warren's Lincoln letter to Daisy, she spits on it, causing Warren to punch her right out of the stage. Since she's chained to John Ruth, he goes with her. In the snow, he complains that his arm was nearly torn off. After he dies around the end of the second act, Daisy (still tethered to his corpse)chops the same arm off trying to get free during the climax.
    • John Ruth threatens to knock out Daisy's front teeth in Chapter One, when she objects to Warren travelling in the stage coach with them. He actually does that later in the film before he dies.
    • The chessboard between the two chairs at the fireplace. The conspicuous lack of a second player even though the game itself is clearly still in-progress is an early hint of someone disappearing before Ruth's carriage arrives.
    • When Warren asks Bob who the "idiot" is who broke the door latch, Bob grows defensive. It turns out that he accidentally shot it off while trying to take out one of Minnie's employees in the flashback.
    • Warren carefully reloads his gun at one point, showing he is fully aware that he does not have Bottomless Magazines. But also foreshadowing his running dry later on.
    • While Warren and John Ruth are discussing their different philosophies when it comes to bounty hunting, Warren comments, "Bringing in a desperate man alive's a good way to get yourself killed." Although Daisy doesn't kill John Ruth, he still dies because her gang is trying to free her, something that would be impossible if she was dead.
  • Full-Name Basis: John Ruth is, with very few exceptions, always called John Ruth.
  • Fur and Loathing: John Ruth and Bob wear long, furry coats.
  • Genre Throwback: To the epic period films which defined the later years of The Golden Age of Hollywood, such as Ben-Hur and Khartoum. With this territory comes the three-hour running time, the ensemble cast, an overture, an intermission, a magnificent orchestral score, the highly-publicized use of 70mm film, and the Roadshow Theatrical Release preceding the wide release.
  • Give Me a Reason: Everyone feels this way towards at least some of the other people in the cabin.
  • Good All Along: Mannix wasn't lying. He really is the new Sheriff of Red Rock.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: During Chapter Five, Joe Gage has a man named Charlie cornered in a tool shed outside the Lodge. While Charlie begs for his life, Joe cocks the shotgun and aims it at Charlie's head. We only see the very next scene from the waist down as Joe fires the shotgun and most likely blows Charlie's head to pieces.
  • Groin Attack: Done to Warren by Jody, with a bullet to the balls.
    Jody: Say adios to your huevos...
  • Gun Twirling: Warren briefly twirls his gun after shooting General Smithers, then holsters it.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Mannix to General Smithers — Smithers was apparently a War Hero during the Civil War.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • John Ruth could have saved himself a lot of trouble by just killing Daisy. But he always brings his targets in alive.
      Ruth: No one said this job was supposed to be easy.
      Warren: Nobody said it's supposed to be that hard either!
    • Applies to Mannix as well when he stops short of killing Joe Gage because the latter is unarmed, despite Mannix himself having just been wounded by Gage's accomplices and it's likely that Gage will try to finish the job once the wounded Mannix lets his guard down. Gage even knows this and tauntingly reminds him of it when Mannix turns the gun his way.
  • Hope Spot: Inverted. Mannix seems poised to kill Warren and let Daisy go free in exchange for Daisy's gang not sacking Red Rock, only to turn the deal down and reason out how unlikely it is that her gang is there. Played straight immediately after, as he faints from blood loss once he finishes his speech. With Warren lying crippled in bed, Daisy makes for a machete to cut off John Ruth's arm.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Warren passes off his fake letter from Lincoln as this.
    Warren: The only time black folks are safe is when white folks are disarmed. And this letter had the desired effect of disarming white folks.
  • Informed Attribute: Minnie is said to hate Mexicans to the point that she put up a sign banning them from her haberdashery. However, the flashback reveals that she let Bob inside with no complaints and displays a chipper, accommodating personality at odds with Warren's description. It's possible that she doesn't know he's Mexican: he appears white, uses an Anglo-sounding name, and speaks little enough that she may not have caught his accent.
  • Instant Death Bullet: Mostly played straight, thanks to Boom, Headshot! moves, but averted with English Pete a.k.a. Oswaldo Mobray, who gets shot in the gut and still carries on a civil, if pained conversation. He gets shot in the chest again and is still moving around in pain in the background for the rest of the film. Judy and Gemma don't die after the first shot, either, and Gage and Mobray (respectively) fire a second to finish them off.
  • Insult to Rocks: It turns out Warren had a good reason to believe that Bob's story wasn't true. Minnie proudly displayed a sign saying "No dogs or Mexicans." She took it down two years ago to accommodate dogs.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Warren tells Smithers a horrific story about how he killed his son so that Smithers will try and shoot Warren, and Warren can kill him in self-defense.
  • It Began with a Twist of Fate: Warren and Mannix end up becoming the heroes who defeat Jody's gang, protect Red Rock, and bring Daisy Domergue to justice basically because they hitched a ride with John Ruth during a nasty blizzard.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: It's repeatedly pointed out that John Ruth would get just as much money for bringing in Daisy dead as alive, and it would certainly make his life much easier. But he insists on bringing her in alive, and his only defense is a flippant claim that he wants to give the hangman business. Oswaldo makes a small speech about the nature of justice which seems to resonate with John. In the end, Warren and Mannix do their best to bring Daisy to justice by hanging her themselves instead of just shooting her.
  • Karmic Death: Daisy does indeed get hanged at the end of the film... by Warren and Chris, who tie her to the ceiling and watch her struggle in front of them.
  • Kill 'Em All: By the end of the film, everyone except Warren and Chris are dead, and the latter two are left bleeding out on a bed in the lodge.
  • Knight of Cerebus: A rare case where it's one of the heroes who set up the dark tone of the latter half. While not exactly peachy keen, The Hateful Eight didn't get exactly gory or dark until Warren tells his story in an attempt to goad Smithers into shooting him. Not only did this cause the first onscreen death in the film, but as revealed later, it proved to be a good enough distraction for Joe Gage to slip poison into the coffee and lead to not just the deaths of John Ruth and O.B., but also the confrontation between Warren and the gang.
  • Knight Templar: Warren developed a reputation for this in the Civil War, eventually leading to his being stripped of his commission.
  • Large Ham: The thing that stops Marquis' tale of how he raped and killed General Smithers' son from being absolutely horrific is his over-the-top, sweeping demeanor, bizarre euphemisms, and victorious laugh (complete with a "WOOOOOOO!" worthy of Ric Flair) during the monologue.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: If Warren's story about raping an attempted murderer before killing him is true, getting his balls shot off definitely counts as this. If.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: As Warren tells Smithers about how he (supposedly) made his son strip naked and perform fellatio on him in the freezing cold, the film flashes back to the event in all its disturbing "glory". Smash Cut back to Warren:
    Warren: [chuckles] Starting to see pictures, aren'tcha?
  • Letters 2 Numbers: Some promotional materials call it The H8ful Eight.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Warren, Ruth, and Mannix aren't the easiest guys to root for, but everyone else at Minnie's sans O.B. and Smithers is a cold-blooded psychopath, and even the latter is an asshole Dirty Coward who's helping them.
  • Locked Room Mystery: Becomes this once Ruth deduces one of the guests is Daisy's accomplice, and even more so after someone poisons the coffee. While the door isn't actually locked, it's impossible to enter or leave without everyone in the room knowing it, as explained under Running Gag.
  • Machete Mayhem: Daisy grabs one off the wall to chop John Ruth's arm off to free herself. She turns to an immobilized Warren... and gets shot by Mannix.
  • Made of Iron: In the real world, next to nobody could still be walking and talking after getting the severe beatings Daisy endures.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: In Warren's flashback, we see General Smithers' son walking around nude with Warren holding a gun on him.
  • Manly Tears: The Lincoln letter seems to inspire this in people.
  • The Mole: One of the other characters is secretly an accomplice of Daisy's, or so Warren believes. It's eventually revealed that Oswald, Joe, and Bob are all masquerading as innocent travelers to rescue Daisy, with Smithers assisting them.
  • Never Trust a Title: There are actually "nine" people in Minnie's Haberdashery; the titular Hateful Eight, and the Butt-Monkey stagecoach driver O.B. And even if O.B. isn't hateful enough to qualify, there's one more under the floorboards who is...
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The ads put an emphasis on action and humor, painting the film as another over-the-top western adventure like Django Unchained. In reality, the movie is much darker than its predecessor, and is really more of a horror movie set in the old west than an actual western. There's comic relief to break up the tension and misery, but it's definitely not the real selling point.
    • The film Also shares a number of similarities with And Then There Were None, with a group of people, trapped in an isolated location, being killed and not knowing who to trust, which again is far different than what the trailers indicate the film will be.
  • Nice Hat: Except for General Smithers, who probably removed his in keeping with the rules of the Haberdashery when he first arrived, every member of The Eight has one.
  • Noble Bigot: Mannix is a horrible racist, but aside from that, he is willing to buy drinks for Ruth and Warren (who is black, and Mannix has other valid reasons to despise him) for picking him up, praise O.B's talent as stagecoach, assist in putting a rope road, and is a jovial fellow. He also didn't shoot Gage (though he really wanted to), since he surrendered, and ends up siding with Warren.
  • The Notable Numeral: The Hateful Eight.
  • N-Word Privileges: Quentin Tarantino once again demonstrates his apparent love of the word; there's 59 uses of it, or nearly one every three minutes, and that's with the several minutes the movie chews up in dialogue-free cinematography. Justified in-universe as the film is set just after the Civil War. Ruth chastises Daisy for using it the first time, saying "darkies don't like it".
  • Pass the Popcorn: Daisy gleefully chows down some jerky whilst watching Warren and Mannix argue in the stagecoach.
  • Pet the Dog: Chris is a racist asshole, but he does offer to buy John and notably Marquis dinner and drink with them when they get to Red Rock in gratitude for saving his life. As he's one of the only characters who isn't lying about who they really are, he is being entirely genuine.
  • Pistol-Whipping: When Daisy taunts John Ruth after he's poisoned, Ruth lets out a yell of rage and hits Daisy with his rifle, knocking them both onto the floor and sending the gun flying.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: Mannix faints from blood loss after triumphantly deciding to kill Daisy, who is handcuffed to a corpse much heavier than her, and spare Warren. Unfortunately, this is before he has actually killed Daisy, and she still has some tricks left. Thankfully, he regains consciousness Just in Time.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • John Ruth keeps Daisy manacled to his arm, only letting her free when they're trapped in the cabin, and even then he always keeps a rifle at hand. Unfortunately, he hadn't planned for poison...
    • John Ruth tosses Oswaldo and Gage's guns down the well, leaving him, Mannix, and Warren the only ones with guns. Shame the gang had planted firearms under nearly every item of furniture in just such an eventuality, not to mention the guy under the floorboards.
    • After the shootout, Warren tells Jody to toss his guns up while threatening to shoot Daisy. Jody throws one, and when he claims to have none left, Warren tells him to shit one out in the next three seconds before they shoot her.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Mixed with Say My Name. Marquis' gloating to General Smithers about raping and killing Smithers' son: AND CHESTER. CHARLES. SMITHERS. SUCKED!!!!! ON THAT WARM... BLACK... DINGUS... FOR AS LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG AS HE COULD!
    Warren: [after letting out an Evil Laugh] Starting to see pictures, ain't you?
  • Rape as Drama: A male on male rape scene which ends with the victim being killed by the rapist, Warren, is a major plot driver. The scene is narrated and also seen in flashback — although it may be fictional — and prompts General Smithers to try and kill Warren, who kills Smithers in self-defense.
  • 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 Karmic Death.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Chris ends up giving one to Daisy in the end after she tries to convince him to kill Warren and let her go, collecting the bounties on her gang and protecting Red Rock from the supposed threat the "rest" of her gang poses. Chris pretends to consider it... and then tells her he knows for a fact she's full of shit, has always been full of shit, that she would have let him die a horrific death by letting him drink the poisoned coffee that John Ruth saved him from, and calls her out on what a truly loathsome piece of trash excuse for a human being she really is.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: As Ennio Morricone had limited availability to work on the film's score (one of the only times a Tarantino film featured an original score), the film also makes use of several unused tracks from Morricone's score for The Thing (1982) and "Regan's Theme" from Exorcist II: The Heretic.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Was Chris Mannix really the sheriff of Red Rock, and that was just a lie to pressure John Ruth into save him? Apparently, Walton Goggings asked Tarantino about this, and he said that he was up to Goggins to figure it out. Goggins probably decided that Mannix was telling the truth, given how much his character acts like a sheriff throughout the movie.
  • The Reveal: Most of the characters get one, although the biggest is when we find out that Daisy's brother, Jody, is hiding underneath the floorboards of the lodge, and reveals himself by shooting Warren through the floor. Also, the reason why the bounty is so high is because Daisy is a member of her brother's notorious gang.
  • Running Gag: With the latch to the door broken, it must be continually kicked open and then nailed shut whenever somebody has to leave and enter the lodge. After each new party is forced through the process, they join the others in shouting at the next group to go through the door.
  • Running Gag Stumbles: Eventually, John just stands against the door while someone's outside, though it still has to be nailed up.
  • Scenery Porn: The first few minutes and some other parts throughout show extensive shots of the snow covered landscape in which the film takes place, filmed in "glorious 70mm."
  • Self-Plagiarism:
    • Joe Gage says at one point, "A bastard's work is never done" — a popular tagline on posters for Inglourious Basterds.
    • A chair is covered with blankets and fur to hide the bloodstain of the man killed in it. Jules and Vincent use the same technique to disguise the back seat of the bloodstained car in Pulp Fiction.
    • Like in Pulp Fiction again, there's another man with a gun who's hiding out of sight and who has been listening to the whole scene since the beginning. And who gets shot moments after showing himself.
    • The two actors from Reservoir Dogs die the same way they do there. Groucho AKA Joe Gage gets shot to death quickly via multiple bullets from someone not standing. And English Pete AKA Oswaldo Mobray gets shot in the stomach but stays coherent and conversational for some time. A second bullet to the chest leaves him all-but-dead, twitching on the floor but still alive to die slowly.
    • "Say adios to your huevos" certainly echoes "Say auf Wiedersehen to your Nazi balls".
    • Sam Jackson got shot in the balls with Walton Goggins nearby. In a previous movie, it's the other way around.
    • The speech of Mobray (portrayed by Tim Roth) on how the execution should be performed by the impartial man with no prior knowledge of anyone involved in the case is basically a twist on a similar speech in Quentin Tarantino's segment of Four Rooms. Fittingly enough, the receiving side of the speech in Four Rooms was Ted portrayed by the same Tim Roth, and the speaker was played by...Tarantino himself.
  • The Sheriff: Chris Mannix claims to be one. He's telling the truth.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The song that plays as Joe Gage follows Minnie's hired man and kills him is a reference to the same song over a similar scene in The Last House on the Left.
    • Mannix and Warren's final moments before the end credits seems to mirror a similar scene in Planet Terror when Sheriff Hague and JT, feuding throughout the movie, albeit on a friendlier note, spend their last moments together.
    • The name of Samuel L. Jackson's character is one to the TV-Western producer/director, Charles Marquis Warren.
    • Daisy Domergue's blood-drenched face is a nod to Carrie (1976).
    • Pete Hicox/Oswaldo Mobray shares a surname with Lt. Hicox, a character in Tarantino's previous film, Inglourious Basterds. Word of God is that at least one character in this movie is actually related to a character in one of his other movies, so this might be both intentional and continuity.
    • Warren making Col. Smithers' son walk through the snow is a nod to the torture walk in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly... only even more sadistically homoerotic.
    • The title is an allusion to Federico Fellini's . The credits call it "The Eighth Film by Quentin Tarantino" and 8 is an Arc Number of the film, similar to Fellini who titled his film since he had made 7 1/2 films before his masterpiece.
    • Six Horse Judy is bouncy and hyperactive in the manner of Doris Day in Calamity Jane. Both women dress alike, Jane rides shotgun on a stagecoach whilst Judy drives, and when entering their chosen drinking establishments Jane sits on the bar while Judy perches on a table.
    • Some of the lighting during the exterior shots of Minnie's Haberdashery during the blizzard are reminiscent of The Thing. O.B. and Mannix setting up a guide rope to the outhouse establishes another prop that was important in The Thing, and the overall story ends with the last two surviving members of the cast (two men, one black and one white) victorious... but nonetheless in conditions that all but guarantee that they won't be surviving for that much longer.
    • John and O.B. vomit blood after drinking the poisoned coffee. Just like how Yuka vomited blood after eating poisoned food in Battle Royale. The movie can be reminiscent of an extended version of BR's lighthouse massacre, where someone getting poisoned instigated the eventual shoot-out.
  • Sarcastic Confession: Early on, when questioned by John, Daisy mockingly admits that someone in the cabin is in cahoots with her, but does it in a way that's somewhere between trolling and I Know You Know I Know. However, this trope is Zig-Zagged because, as it turns out, she's not in league with one of the lodgers. She's in league with three of the four, and the fourth has agreed to not interfere.
  • Scare Chord: There is a really aggressive violin like music that plays when things are about to get serious.
  • Self-Defense Ruse: Major Warren taunts General Smithers (claiming to have raped Smithers' son then left him to die naked in the snow) until Smithers goes for his gun, allowing Warren to shoot Smithers in "self-defense".
  • Shown Their Work: General Smithers is accused of murdering African-American Union soldiers and other war crimes, several of which were really committed by Confederates during the American Civil War, along with selling soldiers back into slavery. It got so bad that Lincoln and Ulysses Grant refused to exchange Prisoners of War until the South treated African-American soldiers fairly.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Daisy Domergue enters the film with a black eye and receives a constant barrage of blows, pistol whippings, an elbow to the face, and she is shot three times. Her face is hit with blood, brain matter, stew, and bloody projectile vomit. This thread is played for laughs. Finally her slow death by hanging is seen as a joke by the two final survivors. This ongoing thread approaches a Trauma Conga Line.
  • Slasher Smile: Daisy gives a chilling one as she sings her final verse to "Jim Jones at Botany Bay" shortly after John Ruth drank the poisoned coffee.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Moderately to the cynical side of the scale, but not as far as you'd think going by the premise. Everybody Dies, including the innocent bystanders. Six of the ten (non-posthumous) characters were murderers in on the conspiracy to free the bounty. The remaining four consisted of one Token Good Teammate and three fairly dark anti-heroes (the closest thing the movie has to a "hero" in the end is an unapologetic white supremacist and former Confederate bushwhacker). Basically every character was a violent, selfish criminal. But, in the end, it was two of those same selfish criminals who changed for the better, putting aside their differences to avenge the innocents killed by the villains and honor the man who saved their lives. In the process they brought Jody's gang to justice and saved future travelers from the fate of Minnie and her workers. Even the final shot of the movie, featuring the two "heroes" painfully bleeding to death alone in a cabin full of corpses, manages to have a tinge of optimism at the end via the (fake) Lincoln letter.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Daisy Domergue is the only woman in the film's cast of eight, despite mentions of female lodge owner Minnie. The flashback also includes Minnie, her female assistant, and Six-Horse Judy, who were all killed by Jody and his gang prior to Daisy's arrival.
  • The Sociopath: Each and every member of the Domergue gang. Daisy, Jody, "Bob", "Oswaldo", and "Joe Gage".
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Warren and Mannix being on the stagecoach, General Smithers being at the lodge. While Warren killing Smithers provided a useful distraction to poison the coffee, he and Mannix are the only ones left alive at the end of the movie — and even then, not for long.
    • Daisy gives the game away with her final made-up verse to "Jim Jones at Botany Bay" shortly after she had seen him drink the poisoned coffee. As a result, John Ruth smashes her guitar and chains them back together. Sure enough, this means she has to waste valuable time hauling a much bigger corpse far enough to reach a machete, cut his arm free, and then go for a fallen gun, which gives Mannix enough time to wake up and shoot her.
  • Snowed-In: The vast majority of the film takes place in a snowed-in mountain lodge during a blizzard.
  • Snow Means Death: Just look at the poster.
  • Spiritual Successor: To The Thing. The story of characters isolated in the snow and having heavy themes of paranoia and share the bleak tone. Both feature Kurt Russell as the lead and a soundtrack by Ennio Morricone. Three songs from The Thing's soundtrack even show up in Hateful Eight (two unused in the film but featured on the soundtrack, and one used when they find the site of the UFO). Both films also end with the two main characters, one black and one white, calmly waiting to die.
    • Also to Tarantino's first film, ReservoirDogs. Both films are a mystery about unsavory characters trapped in a building.
  • Spotting the Thread: There are multiple threads everywhere for Warren to spot, on the account of him being familiar with the Haberdashery and all its traditions and quirks.
    • Warren realizes that something is suspicious when he spots a lone jellybean on the ground, and the rest kept up high in glass jars do not contain that color jellybean. It's eventually revealed that this was dropped by Minnie's helper when Jody and his gang took over the lodge.
    • Warren notices the stew tastes exactly like it always has done when made by Minnie, except that she is supposed to have gone away for a week according to the Mexican.
    • The favorite armchair of one of the patrons is usually never allowed to be sat in by anyone else, except this time it is occupied and covered in blankets. Further inspection reveals a bloodstain on it.
    • Bob the Mexican claims to have been hired by Minnie, despite the fact that Minnie hated Mexicans.
    • Mannix spots a thread of his own: Why would Warren be stripped of his commission following a controversial war record if he was pen pals with President Lincoln?
    • Mannix knows Daisy is lying to him when she tries to get him onto her side, pointing out to her she's been lying through her teeth the whole time and never seemed to give a crap about his life before she needed his help.
  • Straight Gay: If Warren's treatment of Smithers's son is true.
  • The Summation: After John Ruth dies from the poisoned coffee, Warren has all the suspects held at gunpoint while he delivers one of these, explaining all the threads he has spotted and correctly deducing who poisoned the coffee.
  • Take That!: Both Mannix and Smithers are mocked by John Ruth and Warren for supporting the Lost Cause. Ruth reminds them that they revolted because they lost the election and they fought to enforce and extend slavery. Warren feels the same way, though with him it seems that he hates the Confederates on general principle.
  • Talking Is a Free Action:
  • Teeth Flying: During his final No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Daisy, Ruth manages to destroy the bottom two thirds of Daisy's front two teeth. Very disturbing. She even spits one of them at his face.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Warren goads on General Smithers by proclaiming that he captured Smithers' son and led him stark-naked through a blizzard, then forced the man to perform oral sex on him. This eventually results in Smithers trying (and failing) to shoot Warren before being shot down in turn.
    • In a more comical example, O.B. curses at John Ruth that he will not go back out into the blizzard... only to be forced to do it later when disposing of General Smithers' body because he drew the short straw.
  • This Is My Chair: Sweet Dave's Chair. The fact that Sweet Dave would apparently bring his chair with him to the other side of the damned mountain rather than leave it behind is one of the many inconsistencies that Warren notes.
  • This Is My Side: Oswaldo suggests splitting the lodge so the Southerners and Northerners don't have to sit next to each other, with the dinner table as a neutral zone.
  • Token Good Teammate: John Ruth and O.B. Jackson are the only inhabitants of Minnie's Haberdashery who aren't terrible people. Though Chris Mannix has gotten a bit better by the film's end.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth:
    • Minnie and her employees are some of the genuinely nicest characters in the film... and they are brutally murdered by Jody and his gang.
    • While not an entirely good person, John Ruth is pretty much the only member of the titular Hateful Eight who can be considered a decent human being... he's also one of the first to bite the bullet.
  • Undying Loyalty: After Jody is killed, all his gang members are willing to give themselves up so that Mannix and Warren can collect their bounties, in exchange for letting Daisy go.
  • Unreliable Expositor: It is not known whether the story Warren told regarding the fate of Smithers' son was true or a lie he made up just to piss off Smithers. Warren had already established with the Lincoln letter that he had no compunctions about lying to get what he wants, and he wanted Smithers to try and kill him to justify killing Smithers in self-defense.
  • Vigilante Injustice: Discussed
    Oswaldo Mobray (lecturing Daisy): John Ruth wants to take you back to Red Rock to stand trial for murder. And, if... you're found guilty, the people of Red Rock will hang you in the town square. And as the hangman, I will perform the execution. And if all those things end up taking place, that's what civilized society calls "justice". However, if the relatives and the loved ones of the person you murdered were outside that door right now, and after busting down that door they drug you out in the snow and hung you up by the neck...that would be frontier justice. Now the good part about frontier justice, is it's very thirst quenching. The bad part is it's apt to be wrong as right!
  • Villainous BSoD: Daisy suffers one, very briefly, after her brother is killed right in front of her. Joe Gage tries to console her.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: When John and O.B. die from the poisoned coffee, they vomit up large amounts of projectile blood.
  • War Is Hell: How both Warren and Smithers justify their behavior at wartime (the former burning prisoners of war alive and the latter slaughtering surrendering troops). Mannix doesn't buy the excuse in Warren's case.
  • Weird West: It's not at all fantastical or sci-fi, but it's still a batshit crazy horror western. It is the Wild West meets The Thing, after all.
  • The Western: The film is set in post-Civil War Wyoming, with the cast of characters including bounty hunters, ex-soldiers, and outlaws. Only with the familiar desert scenery of the Southwest swapped out for the harsh winter of Wyoming.
  • Wham Line: After listening to a deal offer from Daisy, Chris seems swayed on her side and letting her go, along with considering killing Warren... and then Mannix throw the deal right into her face, explaining he just toyed with her for his own amusement and wasn't fooled for a second.
    Chris Mannix: No deal, tramp.
  • Wham Shot: As Warren deduces the true motives of Bob, Oswaldo, and Joe, the camera moves down behind Joe, making it seem like he's got something behind his back... and it keeps going, under the floorboards, until we see Jody, who up until that point had not been seen or referred to.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Or rather, "What Happened to the Cat?" In the flashback to before Jody's gang massacre the tenants of Minnie's Haberdashery, we see a housecat in the cabin. The cat has mysteriously vanished by the time the movie proper starts.
  • What You Are in the Dark:
    • Daisy tries to make a deal with Mannix, offering to let him collect the bounties of her slain gang members and sparing him from the wrath of the rest of her gang in return for killing Warren and allowing her to go free, since Warren would be the only witness. However, Mannix declines, suspecting that Daisy is bluffing and remembering that Daisy would have let him die by drinking the poisoned coffee.
    • A self-induced version happens a bit earlier. After Jody makes his entrance and Oswald and Mannix shoot and wound each other, Mannix could and would very well shoot Gage too, and is indeed going to do so, as Gage just confessed to be the one who poisoned the coffee, and Mannix himself asked Warren for the permission to execute him in cold blood (just as Warren did to Bob) a minute earlier. However, just as Mannix is about to pull the trigger, Gage desperately reminds him that he is unarmed, and he arguably hit some spot, because Mannix ends up holding his fire for the moment. Mannix finally does shoot Gage only after he retrieves a gun and is going to fire at him and Warren.
  • World of Ham: Hoo boy. While the characters aren't happy about their circumstances, the principal actors sure seem to be enjoying themselves.
  • World of Jerkass: The title is no lie, as everyone is bitter, racist and prone to violence, and most are criminals, to boot.
  • Write What You Know: In-Universe. Joe Gage is writing, in his own words, "the only thing I'm qualified to write about: my life story."
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: John Ruth thinks he's the gruff Crazy-Prepared man of the law who Always Gets His Man. While this is mostly true, and he would be The Hero in a more traditional, lighthearted western, he doesn't expect to be poisoned in an exceedingly dark ensemble western Locked Room Mystery when he and his prisoner get locked in up in Minnie's with a bunch of other sketchy dudes with absolutely no way out. Chris takes over for him as the only somewhat heroic character in the film, since Warren is a clear Nominal Hero whose objective is simply just to stay alive.
  • Your Head Asplode:
    • Jody comes up from underneath the floor just long enough to greet Daisy before having the back of his head blown out by Warren.
    • Bob's fate as well, also by Warren's hand.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: At the end, Warren is bedridden and out of bullets, Daisy is chained to a heavy corpse without a gun, and Mannix has sided with Warren to destroy the Domergue gang once and for all. But then Mannix faints from his adrenaline and wounds, and Daisy starts to make her way to a pistol.