Seven films deep into his career, Quentin Tarantino's blood-splattered, pop-culture-cluttered, sometimes perverse, and always hilarious movies have become their own genre, beholden to his own tropes. Among the many things you're bound to find in a Tarantino flick—next to foot fetish shots, excessive use of "nigga/nigger," and Samuel L. Jackson—are several truly cool, unforgettable characters.

From the color-appointed jewel thieves of Reservoir Dogs to the eponymous former slave turned bounty hunter in Tarantino's latest, the bloody and wonderfully crazy Django Unchained (in theaters Christmas Day), the esteemed writer-director has bestowed upon us some of cinema's most memorable ass-kickers, assassins, and scary goons. As a companion piece to our highly entertaining Quentin Tarantino Soundboard, we've ranked the 25 most badass characters from all of his movies.

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Written by Frazier Tharpe (@The_SummerMan)