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Inglourious Basterds

The Basterds

 "We will be cruel to the Germans, and through our cruelty they will know who we are."

A group of soldiers who have set out to scalp Germans as a sort of revenge. Started as eight Jewish-Americans, but were later joined by the German Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz after he murders 13 Gestapo officers and the Basterds break him out of jail.

Lt. Aldo "The Apache" Raine

Played By: Brad Pitt
"You probably heard we ain't in the prisoner-takin' business; we in the killin' Nazi business. And cousin, business is a-boomin'!"

A hilljack from the backwoods of Tennesee. Has a scar about his neck that is never explained. He is the leader of the Basterds.

Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz

Played By: Til Schweiger
"Say "auf Wiedersehen" to your Nazi balls."

 "Do I not look calm to you?"

Sgt. Donny ‘The Bear Jew’ Donowitz

Played By: Eli Roth
"Teddy fuckin' Williams knocks it out of the park! Fenway Park on its feet for Teddy fuckin' Ballgame! He went yardo on that one, out to fuckin' Lansdowne Street!"

Pfc. Omar Ulmer

 Played By: Omar Doom

Pfc. Smithson ‘Little Man’ Utvich

Played By: BJ Novak
"The Germans' nickname for me is "the Little Man"?"

The Nazis

The German High Command (Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Goring, and Martin Boorman)

Col. Hans ‘The Jew Hunter’ Landa

Played By: Christoph Waltz
"I love rumors! Facts can be so misleading, where rumors, true or false, are often revealing."

A Nazi colonel who is a damn good detective (in his words). Very good at rooting out Jewish families in hiding. This is how he makes the acquaintance of Shoshanna Dreyfus, whose family's death he is responsible for.

  • Affably Evil/Faux Affably Evil: He is a constantly polite, pleasant and gentlemanly man on the outside, even when he's interrogating those who hide his enemies.
  • Awesome By Analysis: He is essentially a Nazi Sherlock Holmes, and may actually see himself as such (he insists that he's a "detective", and a damn good one; and he even has a gavel).
  • Breakout Character
  • Colonel Badass
  • Cunning Linguist: One of the character's most well-known traits is his quadri-linguality.
  • Fate Worse Than Death - lets just say that despite promise of becoming a complete American citizen and hailed as a hero, he couldn't eliminate his ties to the Nazis afterwards thanks to the surviving members of the Basterds deciding to do one of their usual methods with surviving Nazis. Though he can probably get plastic surgery with all those goodies he extorted.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Mark of Shame: Becomes the unfortunate recipient of Aldo's masterpiece.
  • Red Baron: He is famously known as "the Jew Hunter". He has truly earned the title.
  • The Sociopath
  • Soft Spoken Sadist
  • Too Clever by Half: His scheme doesn't go the way he envisions it; also, while he is responsible for the death of the German and Nazi High leadership, it's less because he sold them out to the Basterds, and more due to sparing a young Jewish girl (For the Evulz, mind; he'd just killed her entire family, and he spared her just because it amused him to do so) and not recognising her as a vengeful adult.
  • Wicked Cultured: He embodies this trope.

Frederick Zoller

 Played By: Daniel Bruhl

Major Dieter Hellstrom

 Played By: August Diehl

Adolf Hitler

 Played By: Martin Wuttke

Joseph Goebbels

 Played By: Sylvester Groth

The Allies

Lt. Archie Hicox

 Played By: Michael Fassbender

Bridget von Hammersmark

 Played By: Diane Kruger

A beautiful German actress who is secretly working for the Allies.

General Ed Fenech

 Played By: Mike Myers

Le Gamaar Theater

Shoshanna Dreyfus

 Played By: Melanie Laurent

A French Jew whose entire family was murdered by Hans Landa's men. She eventually owns a cinema.


 Played By: Jacky Ido

He is Shoshanna's boyfriend as well as the film projectionist at her cinema.

  • Anti-Hero: Type III
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Maybe. Unlike the people in the theater, he had a possible escape route (hey, he had to get in through the back part of the theater somewhere).
  • Satellite Character: We never get to learn anything about him, other than that he's Shosanna's boyfriend and a very good projectionist.
  • Where Da White Woman At
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