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Played By: John Travolta
- Affably Evil
- Badass Long Hair
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- Decoy Protagonist
- Elite Mook
- Jerkass: On his bad day in the movie.
- Pet the Dog: How he treats Mia offsets some of his assholish tendencies.
- Salt and Pepper: With Jules .
- The Stoic: When he’s ‘in character’.
- Those Two Bad Guys:With Jules .
- Too Dumb to Live: Due to being a strung out heroin addict. He almost accidentally gets his boss' wife killed over it too.
- Villain Protagonist
Played By: Samuel L. Jackson—"If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions."
- Affably Evil
- Afro Asskicker: Well, a Jheri Curl Asskicker anyway.
- The Atoner
- Berserk Button: In his own words, if you push him, he will become a "mushroom-cloud laying motherfucker".
- Deadpan Snarker: Shoots a man dead without even looking. First thing he says to the other guy: "Oh, I'm sorry, did I break your concentration?"
- Elite Mook
- Faux Affably Evil: When "in character".
- Heel Faith Turn
- Hitman with a Heart
- Kirk Summation
- Large Ham: "Does. He. Look. Like. A. Bitch?"
- Pop-Cultured Badass
- Real Men Love Jesus
- Salt and Pepper: with Vincent .
- Scary Black Man: He's Even The (Current) Trope Image.
- Soul Brotha
- Those Two Bad Guys: with Vincent.
- Villain Protagonist: But graduates to…
- Anti-Hero: Type III.
Played By: Uma Thurman—"Why do we feel it's necessary to yak about bullshit in order to be comfortable?"
- Brutal Honesty
- Deadpan Snarker
- Does Not Like Shoes
- Femme Fatale
- Incredibly Lame Pun: She was part of a failed TV pilot called Fox Force Five, where at the end of every episode, she would tell one of these. We only get to hear the first one.
- Noodle Incident: When Vincent asks Mia about the story where Tony Rocky Horror was thrown out of a building for giving Mia a foot massage, Mia points out how stupid and disproportionate this is.
- Where Da White Women At?: Married to Marsellus.
- Anti-Hero: Type III.
- Bald of Awesome
- Honor Before Reason
- Jobber: Subverting this is what got him in trouble with Marsellus.
- Meaningful Name: I'm American, honey. Our names don't mean shit.
- Token Good Teammate: The only unambiguously good character working for Marsellus, or in the movie's cast (with the possible exception of Jules post character development). His only crime was ripping off a mob boss who he later saves even though it would be in his best interest not to.
- He also beat a presumably innocent man to death in a boxing match, though that was an accident. Still, he never showed any remorse for it, dismissing it with a shrug and a quip.
Played By: Harvey Keitel—"I think fast, I talk fast and I need you guys to act fast if you wanna get out of this."
Ringo AKA Pumpkin
Played By: Tim Roth—"Yeah, well the days of me forgetting are over, and the days of me remembering have just begun."
Yolanda AKA Honey Bunny
Played By: Amanda Plummer
- Ax Crazy: Compared to Ringo. She's ready to blow people's heads off.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Since she and Pumpkin agree at the beginning they don't want to kill anyone, it's her act during the robbery to scare people into compliance. Note how, when Jules gets the drop on Ringo, she's panicky, crying, terrified and clearly out of her depth -- but despite apparently being utterly unstable and psychotic moments before, never pulls the trigger.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When she's not waving a gun around psychotically screaming at people during a robbery, she seems quite bubbly, friendly and almost sweet.
- Lady Swears A Lot
- Nice to the Waiter: She's very pleasant to the waitress who serves her and 'Pumpkin' coffee in the diner. Then they hold the place up.
- Outlaw Couple
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Ringo.
Played By: Maria de Madeiros
Played By: Ving Rhames—"Fuck pride. Pride only hurts, it never helps."
- Bald Black Leader Guy
- The Big Bad: A rare cross between this and Villain Protagonist as he's behind all of Vincent and Jules's dirty dealings. Played straight in Butch's story.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: What he plans to do to the people who raped him.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Subverted. Everybody thinks that Marsellus threw somebody out of a five story window for giving his wife a foot massage, but Mia denies it ever happened.
- The Don
- Even Evil Has Standards: Lets Butch go for saving him from the rapists.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He seems to run a pretty efficient criminal organization. Case in point: apparently when Vincent was acting up due to his drug habit, Marsellus shipped him off to Amsterdam for a few years.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: See Even Evil Has Standards.
- Tranquil Fury: Barely. After being savagely raped, Marsellus' expression and demeanour simmers with fury, and it's down to Ving Rhames' brilliant performance that some members of the audience find it terrifying.
- Scary Black Man
- Where Da White Women At?: Married to Mia who is white .
Played By: Christopher Walken
Played By: Eric Stoltz
Played By: Rosanna Arquette
Played By: Phil LaMarr
Played By: Quentin Tarantino
- Creator Cameo
- Hypocritical Humor: Telling Vincent and Jules, who are wearing his clothes, that they look like a couple of dorks.
- Motor Mouth
- N-Word Privileges
- One-Scene Wonder
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