Inglourious Basterds/Characters

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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!"
  • Anti-Hero: Type IV
  • Badass
  • Batter Up: His weapon of choice
  • Berserk Button: While the other Basterds are in on it for the same reason, Donny has an extreme hatred for those that kill Jewish people. Especially those that get rewarded for it. Which is why he questioned Ratchman on his Iron Cross.
  • Blood Knight
  • Combat Sadomasochist
  • Knight Templar
  • Large Ham
  • Shrouded in Myth: Nazis believe he's a golem conjured by a Rabbi.
  • Tranquil Fury: During his appearance when Aldo calls him out to kill Sgt. Ratchman. He is calm when he asks about Rachtman's Iron Cross and doesn't yell or scream when he's beating him to death. It's only after Ratchman dies that he goes ham impersonating Teddy Williams.

 Donny: You get the for killing Jews?
Ratchman: Bravery.

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.

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