After nine films, Quentin Tarantino is officially the patron saint of badass cinema. From the ear-cutting antics of Reservoir Dogs to the blood-vomiting chaos of The Hateful Eight, his movies are often remembered for their violent set pieces, but they endure for one simple reason: incredible actors playing badass characters.
What makes a Tarantino character a badass? While all of QT's characters are morally complicated, the badasses on this list aren't straight-up villains (sorry, Hans Landa!) and they're not only the most iconic roles (goodbye, Vincent Vega!). They are cool. They are righteous. And, of course, they're badass.