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100. Jimmie Dimmick

The Movie: Pulp Fiction

The Actor: Quentin Tarantino

Noteworthy Quote: “I’m gonna get fuckin’ divorced. No marriage counselling, no trial separation, I’m gonna get fuckin’ divorced.”

This is the best of the characters Tarantino himself has played, mainly because the shrill Jimmie gels perfectly with his onscreen personality. He can’t play cool (see Mr. Brown), but he’s certainly effective enough as a put-upon whiner who loves coffee and hates having corpses in his garage.

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99. Roger “Lil Raj” Brittle

The Movie: Django Unchained

The Actor: Cooper Huckabee

The Brittle brothers tend to blend together, but there’s no denying their menace. “Little Raj” may not have much to do, but we fully understand why he and his brothers would drive Django to vengeance.

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98. Ellis Brittle

The Movie: Django Unchained

The Actor: Doc Duhame

This Brittle brother doesn’t have much to do either, but his death, shot in a field while his blood drenches the cotton, is an astonishing moment.

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97. Big John Brittle

The Movie: Django Unchained

The Actor: M.C. Gainey

As the most recognizable Brittle brother (another minor Tarantino character played by a terrific character actor), Big John gets the biggest and best chance to showcase his scumminess on screen. His death at the hands of Django triggers one of the film’s best lines: “I like the way you die, boy.”

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96. B.B. Kiddo

The Movie: Kill Bill Vol. 2

The Actor: Perla Haney-Jardine

Noteworthy Quote: “Oh, Mommy, don’t die. I was just playing.”

Beatrix’s daughter is an adorable bundle of energy and imagination and honesty. If our heroine had fought her way through dozens of bad guys only to reach an annoying brat, Kill Bill Vol. 2 would have collapsed. As it stands now, we fall in love with this little girl as quickly as she does.

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95. Butch Pooch

The Movie: Django Unchained

The Actor: James Remar

Calvin Candie’s personal bodyguard may be a man of few words, but he is the sonuvabitch who kills Dr. King Schultz, an act of villainy that propels him above other examples of minor muscle.

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94. Winston

The Movie: Jackie Brown

The Actor: Tommy “Tiny” Lister Jr.

Noteworthy Quote: “Look man, there’s only three reasons why you can’t make your court date. One, you’re in a hospital. Two, you’re in jail. Three, your ass is dead.”

Winston is one of the smallest characters in Jackie Brown, but he literally towers over everyone else. Max Cherry’s partner-in-bail-bondsmanship may not get much to do in the movie, but the imposing and always watchable “Tiny” Lister ensures that he stands out in each of his scenes.

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93. Larry Gomez

The Movie: Kill Bill Vol. 2

The Actor: Larry Bishop

Noteworthy Quote: “You’re saying that the reason that you’re not doing the job that I’m paying you to do is, that you don’t have a job to do? Is that what you’re saying? What are you trying to convince me of, exactly? That you’re as useless as an asshole right here? Well guess what, Buddy. I think, you just fucking convinced me!”

Larry Gomez only has one job in Kill Bill Vol. 2 and that’s to make it crystal clear just how much Budd’s life sucks. In the course of a single scene, Larry Bishop does all of the necessary heavy lifting, scolding Michael Madsen’s miserable assassin-turned-bouncer for being lousy at his horrible job.

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92. Jasper

The Movie: Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Death Proof

The Actor: Jonathan Loughran

Noteworthy Quote: “What’s a cheerleader movie?”

Jasper appears twice in the Tarantino filmography, playing a redneck scumbag piece of trash on both occasions. Actor Jonathan Loughran should consider this a compliment: he makes your skin crawl the moment you see him. A third appearance may not be out of the question, but it would have to take place before the events of Kill Bill Vol. 1, where he met his end after attempting to have his way with Beatrix Kiddo.

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91. Mr. Stonesipher

The Movie: Django Unchained

The Actor: David Steen

Django Unchained is so full of horrible men doing horrible things that the mind goes numb trying to count them all. The indecipherable Mr. Stonesipher is Calvin Candie’s personal slave catcher, living in a shack on his property and tracking down anyone who escapes the plantation. It’s a small role, played with casual cruelty by David Steen. He gets what he deserves when Django shoots him in the balls.

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90. Pvt. Butz

The Movie: Inglourious Basterds

The Actor: Sönke Möhring

Noteworthy Quote: “I will hug my mother like I’ve never hugged her before.”

The nastiest trick Inglourious Basterds pulls is how it often makes you feel bad for the German soldiers our heroes are slaughtering. Poor Butz gets a swastika carved into his forehead and it’s genuinely horrifying.

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89. Boss Tanaka

The Movie: Kill Bill Vol. 1

The Actor: Jun Kunimura

Noteworthy Quote: “And what exactly are we celebrating? The perversion of our illustrious council?”

Boss Tanaka only has a single scene, but it’s a doozy. When he speaks up at a Yakuza council meeting and makes his thoughts on Lucy Liu’s O-Ren Ishii known, he loses his head. Literally. It’s our transition into Kill Bill Vol. 1’s exceedingly violent second half and a terrific tease of the insanity that follows.

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88. Ace Speck

The Movie: Django Unchained

The Actor: James Remar

Noteworthy Quote: “Last chance, fancy pants.”

This nasty slave trader happens across Dr. King Schultz and gets what’s coming to him. A boilerplate villain given panache by strong writing and strong acting from one of the great “that guy” actors.

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87. Dicky Speck

The Movie: Django Unchained

The Actor: James Russo

Noteworthy Quote: “Who’s that stumblin’ around in the dark? State your business or prepare to get winged!”

See above. Only Dicky’s big death scene, killed at the hands of his newly freed slaves, gives him the edge.

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86. Pfc. Smithson Utivich

The Movie: Inglourious Basterds

The Actor: B.J. Novak

Noteworthy Quote: “The Germans’ nickname for me is ‘the Little Man’?”

Because he’s played by B.J. Novak, Utivich is one of the funniest Basterds and he gets a handful of great lines. However, Novak’s casual humor is better utilized when he plays against type, like when he nonchalantly scalps a dead Nazi in the film’s final scene.

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85. Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly

The Movie: Django Unchained

The Actor: Laura Cayouette

You get the impression that much of Laura Cayouette’s performance ended up on the cutting room floor. As the body count rises in the second half of Django Unchained, Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly stands on the sidelines, providing key support while other villains get the showy moments. What is there is strong: cheerful but creepy, you just know that there’s something wrong going on between her and and Calvin.

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84. Brett

The Movie: Pulp Fiction

The Actor: Frank Whaley

Noteworthy Quote: “What? What-?”

Brett exists to get intimidated by Jules, but it’s hard to imagine Samuel L. Jackson’s iconic monologue packing the same punch if there wasn’t this poor schmuck on the receiving end of it.

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83. Sofie Fatale

The Movie: Kill Bill Vol. 1

The Actor: Julie Dreyfus

Noteworthy Quote: “Burn in hell, blonde bitch! I’ll tell you nothing!”

O-Ren Ishii’s best friend, lawyer and right-hand lady is the kind of villain who receives such a raw deal at the hand of the hero that you can’t help but feel awful for her. Julie Dreyfus sells Sofie’s confidence and sophistication with gusto, but it’s her transition into traumatized victim that elevates her from a memorable henchwoman into something a little more.

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82. Lee

The Movie: Death Proof

The Actor: Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Noteworthy Quote: “Yeah, but not the real Rock. He’s this electrician named Bruce, and Kim started calling him The Rock because he looks like The Rock, so we all just started calling him the Rock.”

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is so funny and watchable in her limited Death Proof screen time that you almost resent the movie for abruptly abandoning her at a desolate cabin with the likes of Jasper (which is easily the film’s most uncomfortable and unfortunate moment). Lee is fun enough that the film should have found a way to squeeze her into the car for that big final chase.

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81. Old Man Carrucan

The Movie: Django Unchained

The Actor: Bruce Dern

Noteworthy Quote: “And this one… you will sell him cheap!”

It may be little more than a cameo (in a flashback, even), but Bruce Dern is genuinely unpleasant and unnerving as Django’s former owner. You can imagine this character being fleshed out and given more screen time and becoming a contender for one of Tarantino’s strongest villains. But alas.

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