When it comes to creating good, violent movies, Quentin Tarantino is the king. He has introduced the world to several memorable characters throughout his successful career, and many of them have been ruthless killers. Some of his characters, like The Bride or Django Freeman, kill for understandable reasons: The Bride is on a mission of deserved revenge, and Django is on a quest to rescue his wife from slavery. On the other hand, there are characters like Mr. Blonde who just enjoy the act of killing, as we saw in the iconic Reservoir Dogs torture scene. Either way, death and violence carried out by the characters are seen in every film that Tarantino takes on.
Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, but grew up in Los Angeles. He spent his youth working in a video store, developing a sheer love for cinema. After meeting his soon-to-be producer, Lawrence Bender, Tarantino sold his first screenplay, True Romance, getting him some recognition in Hollywood. Soon after, he wrote and directed Reservoir Dogs, and from there, it’s history. His filmography is filled with action, comedy, history, and, of course, violence. Unfortunately, Tarantino has stated that he will only be making one more film, as per IndieWire, but before that is released, let’s take a look at his deadliest movie characters, ranked.
9 Mr. Blonde — Reservoir Dogs
Of all “dogs” in Reservoir Dogs, Mr. Blonde (Michael Madson) is unquestionably the most deranged and sadistic. We watch him dance around the room while he ruthlessly tortures a police officer. At the same time, he seems to get much enjoyment out of the act. What we don’t see, however, is that Mr. Blonde went completely insane during the botched robbery. It is stated in the film that he murdered several civilians like a mad man. Mr. Blonde is certainly the deadliest character in the film.
8 Dr. King Shultz — Django Unchained
Dr. King Shultz (Christoph Waltz), from Django Unchained, makes the list for a couple of reasons. One is that he is a bounty hunter who spends his days tracking and killing criminals. At the same time, he is extremely skilled at what he does, and we see that he surely knows his way around a pistol. When it comes to a gun-slinging draw, Shultz will always come out on top, making him one of the deadliest characters of Tarantino’s films.
7 Jules & Vincent — Pulp Fiction
Not only are Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent (John Travolta), from Pulp Fiction, two of the coolest characters of all time, but they are also two of the deadliest. These hitmen work for Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) and they will do whatever is needed from him. That includes killing whoever crosses Wallace in the wrong way. We watch these two kill several people in the film without a blink of the eye, and we know that they have killed many more off-screen.
6 Stuntman Mike — Death Proof
In Tarantino’s slasher film, Death Proof, we are introduced to Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) who takes great pleasure in killing innocent young women. The way he kills them makes him particularly sadistic. He lures women into his car and crashes it knowing the driver’s seat is death proof. We watch him hunt down two different set of women in the film with the goal of brutally murdering them with his deadly automobile.
5 Cliff Booth — Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
In the climax of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, we watch Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) change history by brutally murdering members on the Manson family. We also watch him defeat Bruce Lee (Mike Moh) in a fight. Booth is a skilled killer who fought in World War II, presumably killing many along the way. His physical capabilities make him deadly beyond belief. At the same time, he may have also killed his wife.
4 Bill – Kill Bill Vol. 1 & Kill Bill Vol. 2
In Kill Bill, Bill (David Caradine) is the leader of The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. It is stated that Bill has sanctioned countless killings throughout his career. He is a criminal mastermind who will take a life without thinking twice. In Vol 2, we watch as Bill, along with his crew, brutally murder a church full of innocent people. He even puts a bullet in his pregnant wife’s head.
3 Django Freeman — Django Unchained
In Django Unchained, the main character, Django Freeman (Jamie Foxx) quickly finds out that he has a sheer talent in gun-slinging. After helping Shultz kill several wanted criminals, Django takes on nearly every resident of Candy Land. Django kills them all one by one, and comes out on top. He is not another character that you would ever want to go up against in a draw.
2 The Basterds — Inglourious Basterds
In Inglourious Basterds, Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) leads the Basterds in a quest of killing, and scalping, as many Nazis as possible. They are a deadly group of soldiers who eventually take on the leaders of the Nazi party. In the last act of the film, we watch as the Basterds change the course of history by killing top Nazi officers, including Hitler himself. Lt. Aldo Raine wanted 1000 Nazi scalps from each of them, and they worked endlessly to make that happen.
1 The Bride — Kill Bill Vol. 1 & Kill Bill Vol. 2
In this epic story of revenge, The Bride (Uma Thurman) kills several people to finally get to her arch nemesis, Bill. She is one of the most skilled assassins on the planet, and she handles samurai swords with ease. We watch as she slides her way through numerous enemies in the “House of Blue Leaves” scene, leaving behind gallons of blood. Her skill, intellect, and determination makes her the deadliest character of Tarantino’s filmography.
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