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Schultz was being more truthful with Calvin than we knew.
At the Cleopatra Club, Candie asks Schultz to explain why he wants to get into the mandingo fighting business; Schultz replies that he's bored and mandingo fighting seems like a good bit of fun. Now, think back to the scene at the saloon in Daughtrey where Schultz explains that he left dentistry five years ago to become a bounty hunter. My guess, is he was telling the truth. He was, for a time, a travelling dentist, plying the trade across the dentist-scarce South and Southwest frontiers, but he became jaded and dissatisfied, until, one day, he did something similar to Django - he saw some badass bounty hunter and thought, "this seems like a good bit of fun". He tried it, using his dentist disguise for the first time, and realized "this is my calling in life, and I'm a natural". Another point: when he blows up the cart during the proto-Klansmen scene, he says "auf wiedersehn", ostensibly to the baddies - but he knows he'll never meet them again! He's saying it to the cart, because it represents the last bit of his former life, which he may return to in his retirement.

Schultz is somehow connected with Professor Moriarty.
No idea how, but considering the wristgun...

Schultz killed Candie because he realized that the plantation owner was going to kill them all.
After Candie strongarms Schultz into paying the $12,000 for Hildy, Candie demands Schultz shake his hand. Considering Candie went berserk at the dinner table to the point of cutting his own hand without reacting (something Leonardo DiCaprio accidentally did during filming), Schultz shaking his hand would obviously put him in a vulnerable position for an attack. The fact Candie starting yelling that demand suggests he was adamant for a special reason beyond Southern propriety and Schultz realize that this psycho wants him dead. So, given that Schultz is deep in Candie's plantation with no escape, he might as well take his best shot and hope Django can use the distraction to jump the plantation's thugs for an outside chance to shoot his way out. At that, Django does make his move after Schultz is shot in retaliation and given that there are armed gunmen waiting upstairs in the entrance hall and outside the front door, it's obvious Candie didn't intend any of them to get 10 feet out of the house alive.
  • Jossed. Schultz actually shoots Candie because he finds him utterly loathsome, especially after using his dogs to tear D'Artagnan apart. As it was, Candie was going to let Django, Schultz and Brunhilde leave, and is demanding the handshake from Schultz to basically dominate the proceedings and seal some kind of victory after 'finding out' that Django and Schultz weren't slavers. As it was, if he wasn't so adamant in demanding the handshake, he wouldn't have been shot. But Schultz fired his gun, and, well, it escalated pretty quickly.
  • Is there a definite Word of God behind this? Candie's goon was right there, and given the actions of Big Daddy, he would mostly have had wanted some form of revenge. Him wanting to force a handshake was rather suspicious - maybe he had some get-up that was like a poor white trash version of Schultz's derringer.
    • There actually is. An interview Tarrantino gave post-release said that Schultz's killing of Candie was out of pure spite, being a poor loser, and that Candie has no intentions of murdering Django, Schultz, or Brunhilde.
  • The handshake was Candie's revenge, or part of it anyway. Candie had already won; he'd forced Schultz to pay a small fortune for Brunhilde and completely humilated the man for trying to cheat him. He had no motivation to follow the example of Big Daddy.

When Candie wanted Schultz to shake his hand, Schultz was going to shake his bandaged bloody hand.
Not really a WMG, at this point, but this Troper was certain that, when there was all that hemming and hawing, the gag was that he would shake the broken/bloody hand really hard—thus both fulfilling the Southern Hospitality obligation, and giving him the Finger.
  • Also, this was before finding out that Leo diCaprio actually just cut his hand open by accident and they threw it in.

Django Freeman and Brunhilde von Schaft are ancestors of John Shaft.

Dr. Schultz is somehow related to Col. Hans Landa
  • The implications of this for Landa are staggering.
  • Come on, this is too obvious. Plus it connects the Basterds universe with the Django universe, which is just too badass to pass up.
    • I assumed he was a great(great?)grandfather on the mother's side. Or possibly an uncle.
      • If we go by 20 years = a generation, that could work. This movie is about 85 years before Inglourious Basterds. Hans Landa appears to be late 30s-early 40s during WWII, making for an approximate birth date of about 1900 or so(many Nazi mid-level officials were born around then, with Hitler and the other big fish being born in the late 19th century). Schultz, on the other hand, appears to be in his mid-late 40s(makes sense, given Christoph Waltz obviously aging between the two movies, making for an approximate birth date of 1815 or so. So? Great grand-father, if anything. Given the tendency for characteristics to continue in the family in the Tarentino-verse though, I'd say that Hugo Stiglitz(see below) is more likely.
      • Actually, this strikes this troper as a fair bit of Fridge Brilliance. Both characters are polyglots, both are refined, and both of them are notorious for turning nearly any situation to their advantage. Also, Landa seems to share some of his theoretical grandfather's attitudes on blacks to a degree. When discussing Marcel, Shoshanna's black assistant (and unbeknownst to him, boyfriend) he remarks that "while he's a capable negro" he shan't work the premiere. Most Germans featured in Inglourious Basterds would've been far more racist and dismissive.

Dr. Schultz is related to Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz
  • They're both men with an immense capacity, and talent, for violence. They have the ability to stay calm under amazing amounts of pressure. They both die after killing a Smug Snake. Also, they both can be associated with a meaningful 'auf Wiedersehen' catchphrase.

Taking the above two to their inevitable conclusion,
Hans Landa and Hugo Stiglitz are distantly related, sharing King Schultz as a common ancestor.

The destruction of Candyland caused the Civil War in the Tarintinoverse.
  • Given Tarintino's penchant for creating a subdued alternate universe between all his films, the sudden destruction of the largest slave plantation in the South seems like another point of divergence. The freed Candyland slaves and Django go on to raise hell amongst the other plantations. After two years of revolt, the federal government abolishes slavery to end the fighting and the South secedes in protest.
    • That actually makes a lot of sense. The movie is set in 1858, "two years before the Civil War." But in Real Life, the Civil war started in 1861, not 1860. I doubt that the destruction of Candyland was the cause, but it's not too much of a stretch to say that it pushed the beginning up.
      • Although it's a matter of how closely you want to take that. If the year was given as "1854, two years before the Civil War", that would be a pretty solid indicator; this way, it's too close to say definitively.
      • But could that not simply be another indicator of how different the Tarantinoverse is from our own? The biggest and most obvious shift is how World War II ended, but maybe in the past there were smaller differences, such as the Civil War starting in 1860 rather than 1861 like in our world. Perhaps the world of Tarantino's films didn't differ from ours in 1944. Perhaps that universe was simply never ours to begin with.
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    • Unlikely. What would be most likely is this incident would be the equivalent to John Brown's Raid except much much worse. While the freed slaves would no doubt cause a lot of trouble, in the end the US Military would have put an end to their Slave Rebellion. Django and his Rebels would be viewed as martyrs by Northern abolitionists, and they would have terrified the Southern Slave-owning Aristocracy. This would have further enlarged the divide between north and south while radicalizing the extremists on both sides. The final straw would be the election of Republican Abraham Lincoln, resulting in South Carolina and other southern states succeeded from the Union and Aggressively expelling Federal Troops from it's borders Starting the American Civil War in the Final Months of 1860.

Gotta come up with the most awesome WMG ever.
Django Freeman -> couple of generations -> Morgan Freeman

Quite an obvious one, given all the hints:
Stephen, and Ben before him, were the real masters of Candyland: Calvin Candie, and his father and grandfather before him, were simply too limited intellectually to competently rule Mississippi's fourth bigger plantation: if Calvin and his lawyer are any indication, they were sent to "elite" boarding schools were they were taught little more than to flaunt they status and repeat bullshit like phrenology meant to justify said status and privileges. So Ben, then Stephen, actually ran the plantation business and were the reason it did not collapse under the incompetence of its "legitimate" owners. which also explains things like:
  • Why Stephen is more adamant about the rules of the plantation than Calvin (about not freeing Broomhilda from the oven before ten days) because he understands that keeping the rules consistent is necessary to maintain a semblance of order within the plantation: Calvin and his goons are just too dumb to understand it.
  • Why Stephen despise the other slaves because he IS a black slaver: he's not a boomerang biggot, he is just aware, unlike the idiots who "own" him that class trumps biology.
    • And of course Why Django does not let him escape and gives him the worst death of the bunch: a black slaver is the lowest of the low.
  • Why Ben, then Stephen never killed their masters despite the numerous opportunities: they rule the plantation in the name of inept master who probably never learned how to cook eggs: the actual power and wealth at their disposal is much bigger than if they were living as free men outside of the south: it's not hapiness in slavery or inherent submissiveness, Calvin my boy: it's just that you are a big dumb badly trained dog who believes he owns the house because he barks loudly and you do not realise that you would have starved to death long ago if not for the old sociopath who play dumb when you're in a "playful" mood.
  • A minor add-on - Stephen isn't so much "racist" as "elitist" and "classist". He's got power, he's far better than any of the blacks (or whites), and a foreigner and a free man (the latter of which were notoriously poor) coming up to his doorstep, stupid enough to buy a third-rate fighter? That just disgusts him.
    • Stephen being elitist ties in nicely with a monologue by Candie earlier regarding the "white trash" and "peckerwoods" who serve as his lowest minions; he claims they're so good at handling the black fighters precisely because they're barely higher on the food chain. And what does Stephen call Django in his last moments? "Uppity". Someone who was too big for their britches, who had no business rising above their status like he did, arrived at the plantation that day, and Stephen was displeased with it from the start.
    • There's one problem with this obvious theory; if Stephen is a highly competent sociopath with no true loyalty or submissiveness to his master, nor a complete boomerang bigot; why does he scream and cradle and mourn the death of Candie with such emotion? And why does he, with his last breath, curse Django's name for killing his apparent master and remind him constantly of his inferiority in that moment where he is no longer under the pretense of maintaining his loyalty to Candie? Also, what evidence have we that Candie's father and grandfather were incompetent? No information is give on them in the movie. And there clearly must have been a highly intelligent man in the line at one time at least in order to have built up the plantation to its level before the niggers came pouring through the gates.
      • Two possibilities: One: This Trope applies: even a sociopath may grow fond of his pet. Two Stephen realizes that his status as the shadow master of the plantation is in jeopardy: now that her bordeline incestuous brother is gone, Lara-Lee may very well find another husband who can decide to kick the old man out of the house and rule the plantation himself, or bring in his own house servant who will replace stephen. In this case, Stephen is crying not because he lost someone he loved, but because he fear for his station... As for why Calvin's father and grandfather should have also been incompetent, it comes from the fact that Calvin is an archetypal decadent aristocrat which often implies that the decadence started earlier to reach rock bottom with his generation.

Hilda is Schultz's illegitimate daughter
Schultz marries a black woman, possibly before coming to America, and is separated from her when she's with child (which he knows about); when Django mentions his wife had a German name he's curious - the real reason he makes Django his partner. When he actually meets her he realises she is probably his daughter but can't reveal that just now - Schultz does a much better job of hiding his rage than Django while Candie flaunts Hilda's wounds. When Schultz's gambit is exposed and Candie forces him to pay 40x what he wanted to, and 'allows him to leave' under full armed guard both inside and outside of the house, he realises he won't ever get the chance to reveal he's her father and chooses to play the situation out.

In the first draft, Django's first owner was German
One of the movies that served as inspiration for Django Unchained is 1975 Mandingo. In Mandingo, the main character is auctioned by a Dirty Old German Woman. Additionally, there is the Word of God joke that Django and Broomhilda are ancestors to Shaft. This doesn't make sense, however, since Django doesn't have the last name Von Shaft in the final film, Broomhilda does. Presumably, Tarantino learned at some point that German-Americans (led by politicians like Carl Schurz) were one of the most vocal groups against slavery in the lead-up to the civil war, and decided to adknowledge this by making the Dr. King character a German instead.
  • Easy Hand Wave for the last name discrepancy: In the film's aftermath, Django and Broomhilda turn out not to share One True Love, but they don't split until after Broomhilda bears a child. Broomhilda keeps (or reverts to) her maiden name, the child stays with its mother, and Django's child keeps the Von Shaft name alive.
    • It could also be that Django decided to use the Von Shaft name after the events of the film, since the name'Django Freeman' is going to be plastered all over every wanted poster from New Orleans to Richmond.

Schultz is a refugee from the failed German Revolution of 1848
He is the right age, cultured, trilingual and very liberal in general for his time. He sees Americans and Southerners in particular with contempt, and says that he doesn't want to die in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, so why doesn't he just go back to Germany? Because he actually can't go home again. In Real Life, many German liberals fled to North and South America where they became progressive politicians or joined armies in wars that they considered to be morally justified. Schultz is a bounty hunter because, besides the pay, the job provides him with the opportunity to be The Remnant By Proxy to a revolution long after it has been crushed, killing oppressive authority figures and convicted murderers alike and freeing people from slavery. This also explains why he can't take it anymore and kills Candie even though it will result in his own death. The image of an oppresive, murdering aristocrat acting with impunity and feeling morally justified about it hit too close to home to ignore it.

Stephen can speak German, too:
Stephen obviously likes to be in charge, and hates the idea of things happening without him knowing. When he informs Candie of his suspicions, he uses the exact same phrasing ("they've rode a lot of miles and gone through a lot of trouble", etc.) that Schultz used when speaking in German to Broomhilda. Since we don't know where Stephen is during the sequence between Broomhilda and Schultz, and the rug gets pulled out from under their plan in the very next scene, it seems likely that Stephen was listening in on them, and has at least a working knowledge of German.

The film has underlying feminist themes.
Throughout the film, women are seen as passive characters. Broomhilda is a typical Damsel in Distress, Lara is a Southern Belle who does practically nothing and one of Candie's trackers is quite clearly a woman, but has her face covered, wears masculine clothes and never speaks a word of dialogue. At the end of the film, Broomhilda seems to have gained an active status similar to her husband, wearing masculine clothes but not covering her face, wielding a gun and riding off for more adventures. I believe that Tarantino is subtly suggesting that the suppression of race also leads to the suppression of women, and they are just as awful and dehumanising as each other. Considering QT's penchant for the Action Girl trope and other such strong, female charcters, I feel this is quite likely.
  • Perhaps the aborted plans with the masked tracker could have been a final, last-minute confrontation between her and Broomhilda (thus completing the whole hero/villain Shadow Archetype theme). That would've been awesome and revealed Broomhilda's awesomeness (her namesake was a mighty Valkyrie, after all). The masked tracker would be a cool, frightening, axe-weilding, Ax-Crazy type (complete with the Red Right Hand of the missing lower-jaw, revealed in a shocking unmasking). Maybe someone can write this as a fanfic, "DJANGO UNCHAINED: The Lost Chapter".

Django and Broomhilda had a son after the movie.
After blowing Candieland sky high, Django and Broomhilda laid low until the Civil War was over, and then headed west with their son, Bartholomew (Perhaps an anglicization of Schultz's real first name, or maybe they just liked how it sounded). On the way they were accosted by a tribe of native americans, but allowed to pass unharmed due to their race. Their son eventually grew up to work for one of the railways cutting through the Rock Ridge area. After getting fired, their son Bart would later go on to foil a plot by the state's attorney general to seize the town of Rock Ridge, with some assistance from the Waco Kid.

Django Unchained is set in the same universe as The Boondocks.
Django Freeman is the ancestor of Robert, Huey, and Riley Freeman. And Stephen is the ancestor of Ruckus.
  • And Robert's legend of Catcher Freeman was based on Django. Just watch "The Story of Catcher Freeman", and see how oddly similar it is to Django Unchained!

The Brittle Brothers killed Old Man Carrucan, hence why they're wanted for murder and have especially high bounties.
Perhaps shortly after they sold Django and Hilda the Brothers wanted more pay from Carrucan, money he would not provide. In response, and probably without much foresight or planning, they killed Old Man Carrucan, robbed his estate, and made a run for it, changing their names and getting new jobs working for Big Daddy. They may have well been planning to do the same to Big Daddy before Django and Schultz showed up.

Django is Susannah Dean's great-great-great grandfather, and also is related to the line of Eld.
Django seemed to be a natural at both shooting, and negotiation, taking on a whole ranch full of men with just his revolvers, and then after being captured, escaping with naught but his wits and a quickdraw that would make Billy the Kidd blush. Django and Broomhilde had a few children, and somewhere down the line, there was a lawyer who gave birth to a little girl, destined to be drawn into Mid-World with Eddie Dean.

Zed is a descendant of the Candie family.
He's a racist, sadistic, blonde hillbilly who gets his kicks by being cruel to black people. I know Calvin isn't shown to be married, but he could be related through an illegitimate child of Candie's. Or, since Lara is known to be a widow and is old enough to have school-age children. Which is why they weren't killed at Candieland or shown; they were off at boarding school.

Calvin is sterile.
Or he's just not interested in any white women besides Lara. Which takes me to below...

...Calvin is responsible for the death of Lara's husband.
He and Lara are hinted to be incestuous, but he didn't want to take the chance of having a handicapped child with his sister (or couldn't even if he wanted to, see above). The husband was brought in specifically to produce heirs to Candieland and, having fulfilled his duty, was swiftly dispatched. Either Calvin did it himself or hired somebody to make it look like an accident. The husband's job was done and he wanted his BEAUTIFUL SISTER to himself.
This film is a western style adaptation of Beowulf.
  • King Schultz is Beowulf, a supposedly unstoppable badass.
  • The Brittle brothers represent Grendel.
  • Big daddy is Grendel's Mother, who attacks the people responsible for the death of her son.
  • Calvin Candie is the dragon, who ultimately kills and is killed by the Beowulf character.
  • Broomhilda is the dragon's treasure.
  • Django and his fight against the slavers is the conflict between pagan and Christian values.
    • Shouldn't Django be Wiglaf in this comparison?

Django Freeman is an ancestor of Jules Winnfield.
Both men live in the Tarentino Universe, are African American and know how to use a gun. Django is possibly Jules Great,Great Grandfather or something.

Butch Pooch and Ace Speck are identical twin brothers
Both of these guys have similar voices and accents, have the same style of mustache, and also wear fine hats.

Stephen is an ancestor of Jules Winnfield
Due to the uncanny resemblance and both of them work for ruthless businessmen.

The film also takes place in the past of Patlabor
Broomhilda's former owners, the von Schafts, a wealthy German-American family, are the founders of the company that would become the ruthless international Mega-Corp Schaft Enterprises.

Django Unchained is a film in the reality of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Maybe the big bad Candie wasn't played by Leonardo DiCaprio, but was actually played by Rick Dalton after he got himself and his career straightened out, and after he sobered up.
  • Alternatively, it was the son of Rick Dalton and his Italian wife, following in his father's footsteps and staring in a Spaghetti Western-style Blaxploitation film.

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