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This is a list of characters from the AMC television series Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad is an American television drama series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. Set and produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Breaking Bad is the story of Walter White , a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer at the beginning of the series...


Walter White

Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
Bryan Lee Cranston is an American actor, voice actor, writer and director. He is best known for his roles as Hal the father in the Fox situation comedy Malcolm in the Middle, and Walter White in the AMC drama series Breaking Bad, for which he won three consecutive Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama...

) is a high-school chemistry teacher who, after being diagnosed with lung cancer
Lung cancer
Lung cancer is a disease characterized by uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. If left untreated, this growth can spread beyond the lung in a process called metastasis into nearby tissue and, eventually, into other parts of the body. Most cancers that start in lung, known as primary...

 at age 50, starts manufacturing methamphetamine
Methamphetamine is a psychostimulant of the phenethylamine and amphetamine class of psychoactive drugs...

 to provide for his family upon his passing. Knowing nothing about the drug trade, he enlists the aid of his former student Jesse Pinkman to sell the product and to help "cook". Walt takes uncompromising pride in the quality of the methamphetamine he produces, even though he despises drug addicts and would never use the product. As he puts it, "The chemistry must be respected." His scientific knowledge and dedication to quality lead him to produce methamphetamine that is purer and more potent than anyone else's. Unable to procure enough over-the-counter cold medicine to supply the precursor for a large batch of methamphetamine, Walt switches to a different chemical process, using methylamine
Methylamine is the organic compound with a formula of CH3NH2. This colourless gas is a derivative of ammonia, but with one H atom replaced by a methyl group. It is the simplest primary amine. It is sold as a solution in methanol, ethanol, THF, and water, or as the anhydrous gas in pressurized...

, a chemical that is easier to buy—or steal—in large quantities. The result has a blue tinge. The distinctive color becomes the signature of his highly potent concoction, called "blue meth" on the street, and it dominates the market. Walt starts off squeamish about the kinds of brutality needed to fend off other criminals, but he becomes progressively more comfortable with violence. He reasons that he has no choice. But Walt finds his new life as a drug lord thrilling and satisfying. In his previous life, he was cautious and fearful, unwilling to take risks. After a promising youth, when he helped make discoveries in crystallography for a technology start-up called Gray Matter, he worked years as an overqualified high-school teacher, one so underpaid that he has to take a demeaning second job working at a car wash. Meanwhile, his business partner at Gray Matter, Elliott Schwartz, married his then-girlfriend Gretchen, won the Nobel prize
Nobel Prize
The Nobel Prizes are annual international awards bestowed by Scandinavian committees in recognition of cultural and scientific advances. The will of the Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, established the prizes in 1895...

, and became rich. In fact, Walt never needed to make methamphetamine to pay for his cancer treatments. The Schwartzes offered to pay, but Walt refused. Walter's machiavellian descent into the criminal underworld reveals a surprising level of repressed ambition, a massive undercurrent of rage, resentment, vanity, and an increasing ruthlessness which has alienated him from his family and colleagues. He is repeatedly called "Mr. White" by Jesse, evoking the Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and actor. In the early 1990s, he began his career as an independent filmmaker with films employing nonlinear storylines and the aestheticization of violence...

 film Reservoir Dogs
Reservoir Dogs
Reservoir Dogs is an American crime film marking debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino. It depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist, but not the heist itself. Reservoir Dogs stars an ensemble cast: Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, and...

. Actor Bryan Cranston has contributed to much of the character, including Walter's backstory and personality traits. Cranston has won three consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

Jesse Pinkman

In high school, Jesse Pinkman (played by Aaron Paul
Aaron Paul
Aaron Michael Paul is an American actor. After appearing in several roles in American television, including a recurring role on the HBO series Big Love, Paul came to prominence in the late 2000s for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Jesse Pinkman in the AMC series Breaking Bad, for which he...

) was a small-time methamphetamine user/manufacturer/dealer and an inattentive student in Walter White's chemistry class. Now in his mid-20s, Jesse is Walt's business partner in the meth trade. Jesse is impulsive, hedonistic, and uneducated, but also personable and possesses street-smarts. He talks in playful slang. He likes to wear garish clothing that follows the latest trends in youth culture, play video games, listen to loud music, take recreational drugs, and drive cars outfitted with gadgets to make them "bounce". When Jesse has money, he usually spends it throwing long-running parties for friends as well as strangers or on items like a giant-screen television for his home. Before his partnership with Walt, he added a little chili powder to make his methamphetamine stand out in the market. Walt insisted on making a pure product, and patronizingly taught Jesse the procedures to do it. Walt treats Jesse like a foolish son in constant need of stern correction. Jesse's own family kicked him out because of his drug use. Despite the friction between them, he and Walt have a deep bond of loyalty. Like Walt, Jesse is horrified by the brutality at the higher levels of the drug trade, but does what he thinks is necessary. He wrestles with feelings of guilt about the deaths, all drug-related, of people he's been associated with, especially his girlfriend Jane Margolis. Jesse's last name, like Walter's, also alludes to Reservoir Dogs.

Skyler White

Skyler White, née
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 Lambert, (played by Anna Gunn
Anna Gunn
Anna Gunn is an American actress, best known for her roles as Assistant District Attorney Jean Ward on The Practice, Martha Bullock on Deadwood, and, currently, Skyler White on Breaking Bad. She appeared on Seinfeld in the episode "The Glasses" and on the first season of Murder One...

) is Walter's wife, a published short-story writer who sells items on eBay
eBay Inc. is an American internet consumer-to-consumer corporation that manages, an online auction and shopping website in which people and businesses buy and sell a broad variety of goods and services worldwide...

. She and Walter have one son (Walter Jr). She is approximately 10 years younger than Walter, whom she met when she was a hostess at a restaurant near the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where Walter was employed at the time. She is pregnant during the first two seasons with the couple's daughter, Holly (born at the end of the second season). She cares for Walter very much, but their marriage becomes increasingly strained due to his unexplained absences and bizarre behavior. Unaware of Walter's meth business, she believes that Walter's illness has strained the family's finances and returns to her old job working for Ted Beneke, whose sexual advances had caused her to quit earlier. She increasingly relies on Ted for emotional support as her husband grows distant. She leaves Walter at the end of season two after her suspicions regarding Walter's double life are confirmed when he accidentally reveals he has two cell phones. In the third season, she deduces that he is in the drug trade and confronts him; he admits (and emphasizes) that he is a crystal meth producer ("not a dealer"). She demands a divorce from him in exchange for her silence about his criminal activities. When Walter calls her bluff and forcibly moves back into their home, she retaliates by initiating an affair with Ted and coldly informing Walter. She enjoys her affair with Ted, as they skip work frequently to go to his home. Even in her anger, Skyler is conflicted; she permits Walt to take care of baby Holly, and defends some of his actions to her divorce lawyer. She later finds that Walter has signed off on their divorce and left the house for good. When Ted arrives at her home and tries to clarify the nature of Skyler's feelings, she refuses to answer and asks him to leave. Following Hank's shooting, Skyler tells Marie that Walter earned millions through card counting
Card counting
Card counting is a casino card game strategy used primarily in the blackjack family of casino games to determine whether the next hand is likely to give a probable advantage to the player or to the dealer. Card counters, also known as advantage players, attempt to decrease the inherent casino house...

 at underground blackjack games, and offers to pay for Hank's physical therapy
Physical therapy
Physical therapy , often abbreviated PT, is a health care profession. Physical therapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, diagnosis, treatment/intervention,and rehabilitation...

 and anything else not covered by insurance. She later admits to Walt that she never filed the divorce papers, slyly beginning to work her way into Walter's criminal activities by reminding him that spouses cannot be forced to testify against each other
Spousal privilege
In the law of the United States, the spousal privilege comprises two separate privileges, the marital confidences privilege and the spousal testimonial privilege....

. She suggests an alternative money-laundering scheme after being thoroughly unimpressed by Saul's plan to launder the money through a laser-tag facility. Skyler suggests Walter instead purchase the car wash facility he worked at in the pilot, and offers to run the business for Walt. She tries to frame these decisions as forced on her by Walt's criminal activities, but she ends up letting Walt spend more time with the kids and having dinners as a family when Walt, sensing an opportunity to regain his place in the family, tells her that's the only way her cover-up can succeed. Skyler, through a combination of business planning and underhanded tactics, buys the car wash and begins laundering the drug money.

Hank Schrader

Henry "Hank" Schrader (played by Dean Norris
Dean Norris
Dean Joseph Norris is an American actor currently starring as DEA agent Hank Schrader, the brother-in-law of main character Walter White in the AMC series Breaking Bad, which premiered on January 20, 2008.-Biography:...

) is a Drug Enforcement Administration
Drug Enforcement Administration
The Drug Enforcement Administration is a federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Justice, tasked with combating drug smuggling and use within the United States...

  (DEA) agent. He is also Walter's boisterous brother-in-law, and Marie Schrader's husband. He is currently investigating a new meth kingpin in the area named "Heisenberg", unaware that Heisenberg is actually Walter. Hank is not free of shortcomings – he once offered Walter a Cuban cigar, and when asked whether that was legal, replied "sometimes the forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest." Although loutish and obstreperous, he is highly competent at his job and genuinely cares about Walter and his family. When searching for a missing Walter in season two, he stumbled upon the drug baron Tuco and killed him. This earned him a promotion and a transfer to El Paso but also triggered panic attacks, which Hank struggles to keep from affecting his work. While in El Paso, Hank is with a group of fellow DEA agents, preparing to meet an informant, when a tortoise with the informant's severed head atop its shell arrived, with a sign painted along the tortoise's shell that said "HOLA DEA". This triggers a panic attack for Hank, who flees to a car to hide his embarrassment from his colleagues, who are investigating the shell. Removing the informant's head from the tortoise shell triggers a nasty explosion, killing and wounding the DEA agents who were nearby. Although unharmed (his hiding the panic attack from his colleagues resulted in being shielded from the blast), Hank is so further traumatized by this incident that he is unable to return to El Paso, eventually giving up the promotion, which went to his close friend and partner, Steven Gomez. Nagged by feelings of inadequacy, Hank becomes obsessed with the Heisenberg case, and overly aggressive on the job, starting a fight with two men in a bar whom he suspects of dealing drugs. A call telling him that Marie was in a car accident forced him to abandon pursuit of Jesse's RV, a huge clue in the case. Discovering he had been duped, he violently beat up Jesse, resulting in his suspension from the DEA. Hank finally opens up to Marie and reveals his panic attacks, but Jesse ends up not pressing charges because Walter agrees to a 50-50 deal working in Gus's mega-lab for millions each. Unknown to him, the Cousins—twin brothers and hitmen from Mexico—have been following him, planning to avenge Tuco's death. An anonymous caller warns Hank about the hit one minute beforehand, just as he returns to his car in a shopping center parking lot. Because he is suspended, Hank is unarmed. He is shot multiple times, but manages to kill one of the Cousins and severely injures the other, who on Gus's orders is later murdered by Mike while in the hospital. Hank is left unable to walk by the shooting and doctors are unsure if he will be left paraplegic. Marie, however, insists on putting Hank into expensive PT (physical therapy
Physical therapy
Physical therapy , often abbreviated PT, is a health care profession. Physical therapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, diagnosis, treatment/intervention,and rehabilitation...

). When told that insurance won't cover the doctors Marie chooses, Skyler and Walter agree to pay for it (unbeknownst to Hank). When Marie suggests taking care of Hank at home, Hank refuses, saying that he won't go home until he can walk again. Marie makes a bet that he can still get an erection, and if he does, he has to return home. Shortly afterwards, Hank looks annoyed as Marie triumphantly wheels him out of the hospital.

Later on, it is shown that in his recovery, Hank has spent time "bidding on minerals", or buying rocks. Throughout his recovery, he is much harsher to Marie than he ever had been in the past, snapping at her constantly and treating her with contempt. The cause of this behavior is likely the fact that he is dependent on her for things he would once do himself (going to the bathroom and heavy lifting, among others). He seems to be his usual self in the presence of others, though he still makes crude remarks about Marie in their company. Recently, he has been approached by the Albuquerque Police Department to offer his insights into the shooting of Gale, including looking over his lab notebook. He had come to believe that Gale might have been the elusive Heisenberg, and (seeing this as closure for his previous work) turns the evidence back over to the APD. However, at a celebratory dinner with Walter and his family congratulating their acquisition of a car wash, Hank discusses his conclusions about Gale being a cooking genius, prompting Walter to arrogantly claim that he doubts that Gale was doing anything more than copying the work of a greater meth cook. Suspicions aroused, he had the APD send over the evidence once more, this time noticing that Gale, a known vegan and consumer of organic food, had a napkin from Los Pollos Hermanos (Gus's fast food joint), and questions why a vegan would eat fried chicken. He procures a fingerprint from Gus while eating with Walt Jr. at one of Gus's restaurants and it matches with a fingerprint found in Gale's apartment. When asked about this, Gus comes up with an alibi and a story to explain being at Gale's place, but Hank remains suspicious. He even has Walt drive him to the restaurant and, when there, tells the alarmed Walt to place a tracking device on Gus's car (which Gus later removes). After the tracking device revealed nothing about the whereabouts of Gus, Hank comes up with a new plan. A few days later, Hank and Walt go on another car ride. Suddenly, Hank brings up that he knows about the laundry facility that's owned by the parent company of Pollos Hermanos. As it turns out, this is the facility that houses the meth super lab that Walt and Jesse both work at. Walt, visibly flustered, tries to change the subject and deflect the suspicions of Hank. Hank doesn't pay much attention to Walt, and urges Walt to pull into the driveway of the laundry facility as they approach. However, Walt, still trying to stall, claims he did not see the entrance and tells Hank he will make a U-turn at the next chance. Walt then pulls directly into an oncoming car which causes a collision. Hank and Walter receive minor injuries. Marie decides that having Walter drive Hank for his investigation is irresponsible and Hank's purchase of a hand-controlled vehicle is revealed. Hank's plans are cut short when he is placed under DEA protective custody, after Walt places a tip off - via Saul - when Gus threatens to take care of Hank's private investigations. Hank then pushes Gomez to search the laundry facility, which turns out clean. Hank is seen obsessively looking at photos, taken during the search. Later Hank watches the television report of the retirement home bombing which killed Gus Fring and the fire that destroyed the laundry facility.

Marie Schrader

Marie Schrader (played by Betsy Brandt
Betsy Brandt
Betsy Brandt is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Marie Schrader in Breaking Bad-Early life:Brandt is a native of Bay City, Michigan. Betsy graduated from Western High School in 1991....

), née
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 Lambert, is Skyler's sister, Hank's wife, and Walt's sister-in-law. She doesn't hesitate to offer advice to others, but she often fails to practice what she preaches. She shoplifts obsessively due to kleptomania
Kleptomania is an irresistible urge to steal items of trivial value. People with this disorder are compelled to steal things, generally, but not limited to, objects of little or no significant value, such as pens, paper clips, paper and tape...

, for which she sees a therapist. She appears self-centered and shallow but is very devoted to her husband and cares deeply for her sister's family. In season three, Marie becomes a major source of comfort and support to her husband, who proves to be more emotionally fragile than he lets on. When Hank is shot and nearly killed by the cousins, Marie angrily accuses Hank's DEA colleagues of not doing enough to support and protect their fellow agent. With Walt and Skyler's help, she arranges for Hank to undergo an aggressive physical therapy program that is not covered by their insurance. Marie loves the color purple, and nearly all her household and clothing items are various shades of purple.

Walter White, Jr.

Walter White, Jr. (played by RJ Mitte
RJ Mitte
Roy Frank “RJ” Mitte III is an American actor best known for his role as Walter White Jr. on the AMC television series, Breaking Bad....

), is Walter and Skyler's teenage son. He has cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term encompassing a group of non-progressive, non-contagious motor conditions that cause physical disability in human development, chiefly in the various areas of body movement....

, manifested in speech difficulties and impaired motor control, for which he uses crutches. He grows apart from Walt due to his father's absences and bizarre behavior, being taught to drive by his friends and wanting to be called "Flynn". In an effort to help his father pay for cancer treatment, Walter Jr. sets up a website asking for donations. As part of a plan to launder Walt's drug profits, Saul Goodman (Walt's lawyer) arranges for a wave of "donations" drawn from Walter's drug money. When Skyler and Walter separate due to Walt's deceptions, Walter Jr. ultimately takes his father's side, and stops answering to the name Flynn. As of the end of season 4, Walter Jr. remains completely oblivious to his father's drug business and its role in his family's life.

Gustavo Fring

Gustavo "Gus" Fring (played by Giancarlo Esposito
Giancarlo Esposito
Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito is a Danish-born American film and television actor and director.-Early life:Esposito was born in Copenhagen, Denmark to an Italian father and African-American mother. His mother was an opera and nightclub singer from Alabama, who once appeared on the same...

) owned and operated "Los Pollos Hermanos" ("The Chicken Brothers"), a successful and much-loved fast-food restaurant chain, which is also a front for methamphetamine distribution throughout New Mexico and neighboring states. Born in Chile, he emigrated to Mexico in 1989, shortly before the Pinochet
Augusto Pinochet
Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte, more commonly known as Augusto Pinochet , was a Chilean army general and dictator who assumed power in a coup d'état on 11 September 1973...

 regime fell. An expert businessman and manager, Gus foresaw the profitability and coming large-scale market for methamphetamine long before the Mexican drug cartel did. He started the first version of the fried-chicken/methamphetamine operation while in Mexico with cook and chemist Maximino Arciniega, and restarted in the U.S. due to a conflict with the cartel. Gus is, above all, cautious and methodical. Despite his control of a multi-million-dollar drug-trafficking network, almost no one knows who he is. He "hides in plain sight" as a community-oriented businessman, even publicly donating to anti-drug causes, while working through carefully vetted intermediaries to establish contacts to carry out his methamphetamine operations. He is initially wary of hiring Walter, considering him to have poor judgement for keeping a drug addict (Jesse) for a business partner, but he does so in order to get access to Walt's market-dominating and extremely profitable "blue meth" manufacturing process.

Ever since the beginning of their professional collaboration, Gus sees Walt as somewhat of a threat due to his high intellectual capacity, and as such tries to eliminate him in various ways. In season 3, Gus has Walt train Gale to be as good a cook as Walt, only to be able to dispose of Walt without harming the drug manufacture. When Walt responds by killing Gale (by sending Jesse to do the job), Gus slits his own henchman's throat in front of their eyes, which reaffirms Walt's determination to kill Gus. He tries to hatch various schemes during season 4, but repeatedly fails as Gus starts manipulating Jesse to turn him against Walt. Eventually, Walt figures out that the only way to succeed is to "beat Gus in his own game", and so he resorts to poisoning Jesse's girlfriend's son to make it seem as if Gus had done so, ultimately kindling Jesse's desire to kill Gus. Unfortunately, Jesse inadvertently gives away the scheme, so Walt uses Saul to retrieve information as for Gus's possible whereabouts. Upon learning of Gus's visits to Hector Salamanca, Walt finally succeeds by convincing Hector to help him lure Gus into the nursing home by pretending to be a DEA
DEA is the commonly used acronym for the Drug Enforcement Administration, a United States law enforcement agency.DEA or Dea may also refer to:- Organizations :* DEA , UK development education charity...

An informant is a person who provides privileged information about a person or organization to an agency. The term is usually used within the law enforcement world, where they are officially known as confidential or criminal informants , and can often refer pejoratively to the supply of information...

 and have Gus and Tyrus killed by suicide bombing the place. Even moments before collapsing and dying, with half his face blown off, Gus maintains his famous calmness and manages to adjust his tie.

It is implied that Gustavo Fring may not actually be his true name. Neither Hank nor Mike can find any record of Gus's existence before his immigration from Chile to Mexico. Don Eladio mentions that he has spared Gus's life only because he knows who Gus is, and warns him that he "isn't in Chile anymore"; in another flashback scene, Hector Salamanca mockingly refers to him in a phone conversation as "Grand Generalissimo
Generalissimo and Generalissimus are military ranks of the highest degree, superior to Field Marshal and other five-star ranks.-Usage:...

". Vince Gilligan
Vince Gilligan
Vince Gilligan is an American writer, director and producer. He is the creator of the highly acclaimed television series Breaking Bad. Gilligan has also worked on the hit series The X-Files and The Lone Gunmen. He is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University...

 purposely left Gus's past ambiguous, comparing it to the briefcase in Pulp Fiction.

Saul Goodman

Saul Goodman (played by Bob Odenkirk
Bob Odenkirk
Robert "Bob" Odenkirk is an American actor, comedian, writer, director and producer. He is best known as the co-creator and co-star of the HBO sketch comedy series Mr...

) is a criminal lawyer—that is, a lawyer who is a criminal. Dressed in flashy suits, Saul appears on low-budget TV commercials with the slogan, "Better call Saul!" He offers to get clients acquitted for their crimes or help them sue to make the most of wrongs they've suffered. His real surname is McGill, but he thinks his clients feel more confident with a Jewish lawyer. The moniker "Saul Goodman" is also homophonous with the expression "[it]'s all good, man". Behind the scenes, he maintains extensive connections within the criminal underworld, and serves as a go-between connecting drug distributors, evidence removers, impersonators, and other providers of illegal services with their clients. Despite his somewhat sleazy appearance, Saul is a highly competent lawyer, able to efficiently solve problems and find loopholes in order to protect his clients. He has served as an adviser for both Walt and Jesse during their conflicts with each other and Gus Fring, and has helped Skyler in her attempts to acquire a car wash in order to launder Walt's drug money.

Mike Ehrmantraut

A former police officer, Mike Ehrmantraut (played by Jonathan Banks
Jonathan Banks
Jonathan Ray Banks is an American actor in film and television.Banks was born in Washington, D.C. in 1947. His mother worked for the CIA. Banks attended Indiana University Bloomington where he was a classmate of Kevin Kline...

) works for Saul as a private investigator
Private investigator
A private investigator , private detective or inquiry agent, is a person who can be hired by individuals or groups to undertake investigatory law services. Private detectives/investigators often work for attorneys in civil cases. Many work for insurance companies to investigate suspicious claims...

 and for Gus as a private investigator, cleaner
Cleaner (crime)
In crime fiction, a cleaner is a person who destroys or removes any incriminating evidence at the scene of a crime, typically a murder, as if the crime never happened...

, hitman and consigliere
Consigliere is a position within the leadership structure of Sicilian and American Mafia crime families. The word was popularized by Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather , and its film adaptation...

. Mike possesses extraordinary skills and knowledge regarding crime and violence: removing evidence from crime scenes, installing hidden surveillance equipment, entering and exiting buildings without detection, and killing people without detection. Mike works effectively and efficiently, untroubled by psychological demons or yearnings for revenge. He is a calm and calculated individual and commits murder in a very professional manner without passion or emotion, describing killing as 'business' and not personal. The audience occasionally gets glimpses of his personal life, which is in contrast with his work as a criminal; he is a devoted and affectionate family man who enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.

Tuco Salamanca

Tuco Salamanca (played by Raymond Cruz
Raymond Cruz
Raymond Cruz is a Mexican American actor. He is mostly known for playing military roles. Since 2005 he has been a regular cast member on the TV series The Closer, playing the character Detective Julio Sanchez...

) was a Mexican
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

 drug kingpin who became Walter and Jesse's meth distributor towards the end of season one. He was unpredictable and prone to violent outbursts, but surprisingly respectful of Walter because of his superior product, intelligence, business style, and guts. He has no respect for Jesse, whom he continually taunts, threatens and abuses. Paranoid, he kidnaps Walter and Jesse and brings them to his uncle's house in the middle of nowhere. He wanted to bring Walter to Mexico where he could cook full time. Walter and Jesse tried to poison Tuco, but his heavily handicapped uncle was eventually able to inform his nephew of their plan. Tuco nearly executed Jesse as a result, but Jesse fought back and shot him. Tuco soon recovered and tried to find them, but he was killed in a shootout with Hank, who had just arrived.

Hector Salamanca

Unable to speak due to a stroke, communicating only by ringing a desk bell attached to his wheelchair, the elderly Don
Don (honorific)
Don, from Latin dominus, is an honorific in Spanish , Portuguese , and Italian . The female equivalent is Doña , Dona , and Donna , abbreviated "Dª" or simply "D."-Usage:...

 Hector Salamanca (played by Mark Margolis
Mark Margolis
Mark Margolis is an American actor who has been making films since 1976.Margolis went to Temple University briefly before moving to New York City, where he studied drama with Stella Adler and at the Actors Studio...

) was once a brutal Mexican drug kingpin and an associate of cartel boss Don Eladio. He is Tuco Salamanca's uncle, having raised him as a son, and likewise to Tuco's twin
A twin is one of two offspring produced in the same pregnancy. Twins can either be monozygotic , meaning that they develop from one zygote that splits and forms two embryos, or dizygotic because they develop from two separate eggs that are fertilized by two separate sperm.In contrast, a fetus...

 cousins Leonel & Marco. Though brutal, Hector is very loyal. He spent 17 years in San Quentin State Prison
San Quentin State Prison
San Quentin State Prison is a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation state prison for men in unincorporated San Quentin, Marin County, California, United States. Opened in July 1852, it is the oldest prison in the state. California's only death row for male inmates, the largest...

, never once revealing any information to the authorities. He taught his nephews that family is everything, and lives by the creed himself. Hector loathes Gustavo Fring, calling him a "fry cook" and a "dirty South American." Likewise, Gus despises Hector for killing Max, and goes out of his way to torment the former kingpin. These feelings come to a head in the Season 4 finale, when Walter White is able to convince Hector to use a makeshift bomb to kill himself, eliminating Gus and Tyrus in the process.

Leonel and Marco Salamanca

Leonel and Marco Salamanca (played by Daniel and Luis Moncada), referred to as the Cousins, are twin hitmen for a Ciudad Juárez
Ciudad Juárez
Ciudad Juárez , officially known today as Heroica Ciudad Juárez, but abbreviated Juárez and formerly known as El Paso del Norte, is a city and seat of the municipality of Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Juárez's estimated population is 1.5 million people. The city lies on the Rio Grande...

 Mexican drug cartel. In spite (or because) of their austere, mechanical physicality and virtually non-verbal interaction, they are a fearsome presence and kill without hesitation or emotion. They are, in fact, revealed to be the ones who killed Tortuga by decapitating him with a machete
The machete is a large cleaver-like cutting tool. The blade is typically long and usually under thick. In the English language, an equivalent term is matchet, though it is less commonly known...

. As children they occasionally argued, though Don Salamanca put this at least partially to rest when he nearly drowned one of them and reinforced to them that 'family is all' (i.e., everything) which may explain their desire to avenge Tuco. Following the death of Tuco, (who turns out to be their cousin) they are summoned to New Mexico by Don Salamanca to kill Walter. En route to being smuggled into America, they killed the entire group of immigrants when one recognized them by their skull-tipped boots. The Cousins quickly tracked down Walter to his house and were about to kill him, when Mike informed Gus Fring of their presence and he ordered them by text message to abort the mission. Although Gus has given them permission to kill Walter after their partnership ends in three months, Gus is warned that the Cousins will probably ignore such deals, and a scythe is later found drawn outside Walter's house by Mike (believing the Cousins to have drawn it to send a message). Gus redirects the brothers by telling them that Hank is the one who killed Tuco. Gus gives them special permission to kill a DEA agent on his turf, which is normally prohibited due to the amount of attention drawn by such an action. When they confront Hank, he kills Marco by firing a hollow-point directly into his head, causing it to burst. Leonel is severely injured, prior to the death of Marco when Hank backs his car into him and presses him against another, causing Leonel to lose both of his legs. To silence Leonel, Gus Fring has Mike assassinate him in the hospital, effectively distracting the entire police force in the hospital building by personally bringing them fried chicken; Leonel dies in his hospital bed, and Mike is seen leaving the hospital after disposing of a syringe.

Steven Gomez

Steven Gomez (played by Steven Michael Quezada) is Hank's DEA partner and friend. A Hispanic himself, he has a lot of knowledge about the inner workings of Mexican gangs. He doesn't seem to mind Hank's off-color remarks about his race. Gomez, or 'Gomie' as Hank affectionately calls him, is promoted to El Paso after Hank, scared of going back to the deadly environment there, delayed his transfer.

Jane Margolis

Jane Margolis (played by Krysten Ritter
Krysten Ritter
Krysten Alyce Ritter is an American actress and former model. Ritter is well known for her critically acclaimed turn as Jane Margolis on AMC's Breaking Bad where she first appeared as the property manager and neighbor of Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman...

) was Jesse's neighbor/landlord/lover. She was a tattoo-artist (without any tattoos) and recovering addict. Although she carried an aloof air, she and Jesse soon become a couple. She eventually relapsed into drug addiction and introduced Jesse to heroin. She threatened to blackmail Walter after he refused to give Jesse his cut from a major deal nearly ruined by Jesse's addiction. Her actions work, so she and Jesse plan to run away to New Zealand
New Zealand
New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses and numerous smaller islands. The country is situated some east of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and roughly south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga...

 with the money. That night, in Walt's presence (and with him not intervening), she dies in her sleep by asphyxiating on her own vomit. Her death manifests significant repercussions throughout season 3
Breaking Bad (season 3)
The third season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad premiered on March 21, 2010 and concluded on June 13, 2010. It consisted of 13 episodes, each running approximately 47 minutes in length. AMC broadcast the third season on Sundays at 10:00 pm in the United States...

, and is largely responsible for Jesse's downward spiral throughout the first half of the season over his role in her death. Walt also expresses guilt over his inaction towards Jane to Jesse in the episode "Fly", while under the influence of sleeping pills, and later questions the statistical improbability of both meeting her and talking to her father on the same night despite never having met either beforehand.

Donald Margolis

Donald Margolis (played by John de Lancie
John de Lancie
John de Lancie is an American actor. He has been active in screen and television roles since 1977, though he is best known for his recurring role as Q on the various Star Trek series and as Frank Simmons in Stargate SG-1....

) is Jane's father. He owns the building his daughter managed for him. He sent Jane to rehab once before and goes with her to recovery meetings. Donald becomes furious when he discovers that his daughter is back on heroin, suspecting Jesse is at fault. He nearly calls the police but relents when Jane promises to go back into rehab. Depressed, he goes to a bar and strikes up a conversation with a stranger (Walter) about the heartache of raising children. His words inspire Walter to help Jesse get clean from heroin. After Jane's death, he unwittingly causes a mid-air collision of two planes at his job as an Air Traffic Controller
Air traffic controller
Air traffic controllers are the people who expedite and maintain a safe and orderly flow of air traffic in the global air traffic control system. The position of the air traffic controller is one that requires highly specialized skills...

. After the accident, it is revealed that Margolis was rushed to the hospital to treat a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Ted Beneke

Ted Beneke (played by Christopher Cousins) was the President/Owner of Beneke Fabricators. He gives Skyler her old job back as an accountant during season two. Ted has always been attracted to Skyler but doesn't make any advances since her return. Ted commits tax fraud to keep the company alive and save everyone's jobs. He admits this when Skyler finds out while working on the company's books. Skyler sleeps with Ted in season three, so as to exact revenge against Walt for his life of crime, but Ted's offer for her to have some of her things at his house is ignored by her. Skyler later gets angry at Ted when he shows up at her house to ask about their relationship, and she later severs both her personal and professional ties with Ted.

In season 4 Ted meets up with Skyler, now running a car wash, and notifies her of the IRS
Internal Revenue Service
The Internal Revenue Service is the revenue service of the United States federal government. The agency is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury, and is under the immediate direction of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue...

' criminal investigation into his company's tax fraud. Since Skyler is heavily linked to Ted's tax fraud, and would have her entire family put under surveillance if the investigation were to proceed, intervenes by pretending to be a ditzy accountant at Ted's meeting with the IRS. While her show of incompetence (allegedly using Quicken to handle the company's accounting) gets Ted off from a full investigation, she must still deal with his poor financial standing and the need to pay his backtaxes and penalty. Skyler arranges for Ted to receive money for his IRS case by having Saul manufacture a dead relative in Luxembourg with sizable assets. However, a follow up by Saul reveals that Ted has leased a new Mercedes and is using the funds to reopen his business. When Skyler approaches him about his need to pay the IRS first, he refuses and tells her to leave; seeing no alternative, Skyler is forced to reveal that she was the one who gave Ted the money. Ted still refuses to pay the IRS, as he will lose his home and social status regardless. His motive turns out to be blackmail; he expects Skyler to foot not only his tax bill but his other obligations as well. With no other options, Skyler has Saul Goodman send two of his men to force Beneke to write the check. They succeed, but Beneke panics and attempts to flee. In the process, he trips on a loose rug and crashes headfirst into a piece of furniture. It is not stated explicitly whether he died as a result, but Saul is later seen to be very frustrated by the impact of the incident, which Huell refers to as an act of God.


Victor (played by Jeremiah Bitsui) was a loyal henchman to Gus. He first appears in season two as a seemingly fellow customer in Los Pollos Hermanos when he suddenly confronts Walter and tersely conveys Gus's non-negotiable offer to purchase Walter's meth and arrange for delivery within the hour. In season three, he continues his work under Gus. Gus instructs Victor to give half of the money for Jesse's meth to Walter as a way to convince Walter to cook again. After Walt kills two of Gus's dealers, Walt tells Gus that Jesse is "at least two time zones away." Victor guards the lab at all times when Walter and Gale are present and monitors their conversations. Walt suspects Gus is preparing to kill him, and conspires with Jesse to kill Gale, making Walt indispensable as the only remaining cook. Victor picks up Walt from his home, telling him there is a leak in the lab. Walt is greeted by Mike when he arrives, and deduces they plan to kill him. Walt begs Mike to spare him, offering to turn Jesse over. Under the pretext of contacting Jesse to lure him into a meeting, Walt convinces Mike and Victor to allow him to call Jesse using his cell phone. Instead of arranging a meeting, Walt instructs Jesse to kill Gale before Mike kills Walt, leaving Walter as the only chemist available to Gus. Victor races to stop Jesse from killing Gale, but does not arrive in time; he enters Gale's apartment and is seen by neighbors. He dies when his jugular
Jugular vein
The jugular veins are veins that bring deoxygenated blood from the head back to the heart via the superior vena cava.-Internal and external:There are two sets of jugular veins: external and internal....

 is sliced by Gus in the season 4
Breaking Bad (season 4)
The fourth season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad premiered on July 17, 2011 and concluded on October 9, 2011. It consists of 13 episodes, each running approximately 47 minutes in length...

 opener "Box Cutter
Box Cutter (Breaking Bad)
"Box Cutter" is the fourth season premiere episode of the American television drama series Breaking Bad, and the 34th overall episode of the series. It originally aired on AMC in the United States on July 17, 2011. In the episode, Walter and Jesse face repercussions from Gus for having...

", possibly done as a message for Walter or Jesse, as well as punishment for carelessness. Later in the episode, Walt, Jesse and Mike are forced to dispose of Victor's body using hydrofluoric acid
Hydrofluoric acid
Hydrofluoric acid is a solution of hydrogen fluoride in water. It is a valued source of fluorine and is the precursor to numerous pharmaceuticals such as fluoxetine and diverse materials such as PTFE ....

, echoing Walt and Jesse's previous experience with Emilio from season 1
Breaking Bad (season 1)
The first season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad premiered on January 20, 2008 and concluded on March 9, 2008. It consisted of seven episodes, each running approximately 47 minutes in length, except the pilot episode which runs approximately 57 minutes. AMC broadcast the first...


Gale Boetticher

Gale Boetticher (played by David Costabile
David Costabile
David Costabile is an American actor. Born in Washington, D.C. He is best known for his recurring television roles on The Wire , Flight of the Conchords , Damages , and Breaking Bad...

) was a chemist hired by Gus Fring to help set up the new laboratory and serve as Walt's "lab assistant". He holds an MS degree in organic chemistry
Organic chemistry
Organic chemistry is a subdiscipline within chemistry involving the scientific study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and preparation of carbon-based compounds, hydrocarbons, and their derivatives...

, with a specialty in X-ray crystallography
Crystallography is the experimental science of the arrangement of atoms in solids. The word "crystallography" derives from the Greek words crystallon = cold drop / frozen drop, with its meaning extending to all solids with some degree of transparency, and grapho = write.Before the development of...

. He describes himself as a "nerd
Nerd is a derogatory slang term for an intelligent but socially awkward and obsessive person who spends time on unpopular or obscure pursuits, to the exclusion of more mainstream activities. Nerds are considered to be awkward, shy, and unattractive...

" and a "libertarian
Libertarianism, in the strictest sense, is the political philosophy that holds individual liberty as the basic moral principle of society. In the broadest sense, it is any political philosophy which approximates this view...

" (confirmed in a later posthumous episode when a Ron Paul
Ron Paul
Ronald Ernest "Ron" Paul is an American physician, author and United States Congressman who is seeking to be the Republican Party candidate in the 2012 presidential election. Paul represents Texas's 14th congressional district, which covers an area south and southwest of Houston that includes...

 sticker is shown on a page in Gale's lab notes). He is single, vegan, apparently cultured, and an intellectual equal to Walt. He is a fan of foreign language music and apparently speaks fluent Italian. As a side project, he is working on a process for brewing a superior cup of coffee
Coffee is a brewed beverage with a dark,init brooo acidic flavor prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant, colloquially called coffee beans. The beans are found in coffee cherries, which grow on trees cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in equatorial Latin America, Southeast Asia,...

, and impresses Walt with his results. However, after Walter learns of Jesse's intentions of pressing charges against Hank, Walter is forced to fire Gale and re-hire Jesse as his partner. After Jesse's "disappearance," Gus re-hires Gale and instructs him to learn everything he can from Walt. He tells Gale that Walt has terminal cancer, and that the meth production cannot halt for even a week because of his business' high overhead
Overhead (business)
In business, overhead or overhead expense refers to an ongoing expense of operating a business...

. Gale agrees to take over the lab full time after one more "cook". Upon Walt's call, Jesse shows in his doorway with a weapon, prepared to kill Gale. Gale begs for his life, offering Jesse his possessions and money. A gunshot is heard as the screen fades to black. In the season four premiere, Gale is found dead by Victor, who then escorts his killer, Jesse, to the lab. Gale's lab notes are shown close to his body, on a table, when the crime scene investigation is being done, at the end of "Box Cutter
Box Cutter (Breaking Bad)
"Box Cutter" is the fourth season premiere episode of the American television drama series Breaking Bad, and the 34th overall episode of the series. It originally aired on AMC in the United States on July 17, 2011. In the episode, Walter and Jesse face repercussions from Gus for having...

". Later an Albuquerque police detective gives Hank copies of the evidence taken from Gale's apartment. After reviewing it Hank then shows Walt and Walt Jr. a DVD amongst the evidence. The DVD shows Gale singing karaoke
is a form of interactive entertainment or video game in which amateur singers sing along with recorded music using a microphone and public address system. The music is typically a well-known pop song minus the lead vocal. Lyrics are usually displayed on a video screen, along with a moving symbol,...

 of the song "Major Tom (Coming Home)" by Peter Schilling
Peter Schilling
Peter Schilling is a German synthpop musician whose songs often feature science-fiction themes...

 in front of images of rockets and wildlife while the song is captioned in Thai script.

Badger Mayhew

Brandon "Badger" Mayhew (played by Matt L. Jones
Matt L. Jones
Matthew L. "Matt" Jones is an American actor and comedian best known for his recurring role as Badger on Breaking Bad and for voicing Gunther on the animated series Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil.-Life and career:...

) is Jesse's friend. Badger is on probation, but still does drugs. He has a job holding a sign outside of a bank. He and Jesse teamed up briefly to cook meth in season one, using the money from Badger's job to buy pseudophedrine. However, Jesse disposes of the inferior meth (several times), angering Badger, which escalates into a scuffle. Jesse kicks Badger out of his RV and strands him in the desert. Badger and Jesse reconcile, and Badger helps clear the meth lab from Jesse's basement and asks his cousin to hide Jesse's RV. Badger is later enlisted to deal Walter and Jesse's meth, but is eventually arrested. Badger then flees New Mexico to lie low in Fresno, California
Fresno, California
Fresno is a city in central California, United States, the county seat of Fresno County. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 510,365, making it the fifth largest city in California, the largest inland city in California, and the 34th largest in the nation...

 for a while, but he returns and quickly agrees to sell meth for Jesse again. Badger later appears at a Narcotics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous is a twelve-step program modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous describing itself as a "fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem," and it is the second-largest 12-step organization...

 meeting with Skinny Pete, informing everyone that "Blue Sky" is back in town but cannot bring himself to sell any to the people at the meetings because they are trying to better themselves and he thinks it is wrong. He and Skinny Pete continue to attend meetings and even begin working the steps. Eventually he relapses into drug use when Jesse tempts him into using again. He leaves Jesse's house after a few days of nearly continuous partying, claiming to remember having a cat he needs to feed.

Skinny Pete

Skinny Pete (played by Charles Baker) is Jesse's friend. He served time in prison with Tuco and introduced him to Jesse. Jesse recruits Skinny Pete to deal meth, although Pete is on probation. He is mugged by two addicts, forcing Jesse to get the money and product back. He may be borderline illiterate, spelling "street" wrong and having trouble reading his own writing. After Badger is nearly arrested and Combo is killed, Pete quits dealing for Jesse, fearing his going back to prison and his own safety. He eventually decides to sell meth for Jesse again, albeit on a smaller scale. He attends Narcotics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous is a twelve-step program modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous describing itself as a "fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem," and it is the second-largest 12-step organization...

 meetings with Badger. After following the program together and staying clean, they eventually relapse back to using when Jesse tempts them with meth. After a few days of heavy meth use they leave Jesse's house.

Combo Ortega

Christian "Combo" Ortega (played by Rodney Rush) was Jesse's friend who also doubled as a dealer of his methamphetamine. Combo was later killed when a rival drug group shot him several times. His death drove Jesse to spiral into drug addiction. It is later revealed that the RV where Walter and Jesse cook meth belonged to the Ortega family, and Combo sold it to Jesse for $1,400 without his family knowing, providing a big clue for Hank when he is tracking down "Heisenberg".

Gretchen Schwartz

Gretchen Schwartz (played by Jessica Hecht
Jessica Hecht
Jessica Hecht is an American actress, known for numerous Broadway appearances and TV roles.-Background:Hecht was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the daughter of Lenore, a psychotherapist, and Richard Hecht, a physicist. Jessica moved with her parents and her sister to Bloomfield, CT, at the age of...

) is Walt's old college chemistry assistant and now co-owner of Gray Matter, a successful pharmaceutical company. Apparently a former romantic interest of Walt's, she is currently married to Elliott Schwartz. She discovers that Walter lied to his family about her and Elliott paying for his treatment, horrified when Walt angrily and bitterly blames her and Elliott for ruining his life. Although she claims that Walt sees it wrong, it is still unknown what transpired, only that Walt left her and his research behind suddenly and without explanation after Gretchen took him to her parents' home for the weekend. Later, after Skyler's suspicions of Walt having an affair with Gretchen are renewed, Skyler makes contact with Gretchen, who eventually tells her that they never paid for any of Walt's medical bills. However, out of pity towards Walt, Gretchen later covers for Walt and states that she did help Walt out on the condition that she would deny it if asked by Skyler. She also added that the two would no longer be able to continue to "fund" Walt's treatment. When told this, Walt spins another lie in which he claims that he met with Gretchen and learned that she and Elliot have gone broke due to the recent recession, hence them cutting off their financial help.

Krazy-8 Molina

Domingo Gallardo "Krazy-8" Molina (played by Max Arciniega) is a meth distributor formerly associated with Jesse Pinkman and Emilio. Unbeknownst to Walt and Jesse, Krazy-8 is a DEA informant, acquiring the customers of the dealers he rats out. Krazy-8 becomes suspicious of Jesse when he attempts to sell him a new product after Emilio's arrest and forces Jesse to take him to his new partner. Krazy-8 suspects Walt is involved with law enforcement and appears intent to kill him until Walt offers to teach him his drug formula. While mixing chemicals, Walt creates a small explosion that produces phosphine
Phosphine is the compound with the chemical formula PH3. It is a colorless, flammable, toxic gas. Pure phosphine is odourless, but technical grade samples have a highly unpleasant odor like garlic or rotting fish, due to the presence of substituted phosphine and diphosphine...

 gas and appears to kill both Emilio and Krazy-8. Emilio dies, but Krazy-8 eventually regains consciousness, prompting Jesse and Walt to imprison him in Jesse's basement for several days as Walt works up the courage to kill him. Walt attempts to rationalize freeing Krazy-8, who has regained his health, but eventually strangles him with a bike lock upon realizing Krazy-8 plans to attack him with a concealed piece of a broken plate. Later in the episode, it is implied that Walter disposed of Krazy-8's body with hydrofluoric acid in the same manner as Emilio.

Andrea Cantillo

Andrea Cantillo (played by Emily Rios
Emily Rios
Emily Clara Rios is an American actress and model.Rios, a Mexican American, was born in Los Angeles, California. She was raised as a Jehovah's Witness in the city of El Monte, California. Rios was discovered while shopping in an area shopping mall. She has appeared in the short For Them and...

) is a love interest of Jesse Pinkman. She is a single mother to a young son named Brock and a recovering meth addict. Jesse meets her at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting and initially tries to get her to relapse so that she will become a customer of his, but reverses course when he learns that she has a young son to care for. He engages in a romantic relationship with her, but ends it when he discovers that the 11 year old boy who killed his friend "Combo" is her younger brother Tomas. After the break-up, she confronts Jesse at his home about a large sum of money which he had left for her at her home. He tells her that the money is for her to move out of her bad neighborhood and to help raise her son. Saul continues to deliver money to her, in her new home, on behalf of Jesse. When Brock is poisoned, Jesse rushes to the hospital and stays there until the doctors notify him that Brock will survive.

Tyrus Kitt

Tyrus Kitt (played by Ray Campbell) was Gus's henchman, hired to replace Victor following his murder. He served as Mike's second-in-command, monitoring Walt and Jesse's activities both inside and outside the lab. Tyrus dies in the Season Four Finale.


Huell (played by Lavell Crawford
Lavell Crawford
Lavell Crawford is an American stand-up comedian and actor from St. Louis, Missouri. His mother is Annita Crawford. His sisters are Elonda Goodwin and Erica Roach. His step-father is Dwight Davis....

) is Saul Goodman's new bodyguard and security. Hired more for his size than his intelligence, he has some digestive problems that keep him from being as stoic as Saul would like.


Kuby (played by Bill Burr
Bill Burr
William "Bill" Burr is an American stand-up comedian, radio host and actor.-Life and career:Burr was born in Canton, Massachusetts. His father was a dentist, and Bill worked as a hygienist for a short time. He began stand-up at age 23 after attending Emerson College. In 1995, he moved to New...

) is a hired hand for Saul Goodman. He assists in facilitating the car wash sale to the Whites by impersonating an environmental inspector, and later intimidates Ted Beneke with the help of Huell.

ASAC Merkert

Assistant Special Agent in Charge Merkert (played by Michael Shamus Wiles) is Hank's boss at the DEA. He is impressed with Hank's work and recommends him for a transfer to El Paso. When Hank returns, he is frustrated by Hank stalling a second transfer to El Paso, unaware that he is suffering from panic attacks and is scared to go back. After Hank attacks Jesse, Merkert is forced to suspend Hank without pay, but tells him off the record that Jesse will not press charges. Following Hank's shooting and subsequent recovery, he welcomes Hank back to work, but refuses to advance Hank's suspicions of Gus Fring beyond a basic interview.


A meth-addicted street prostitute portrayed by Julia Minesci who associates with Jesse Pinkman. She helped Jesse maintain an alibi and withstood an intense interrogation from Hank Schrader on his behalf. Knowing her to be loyal to him, Jesse tries to convince her to help him kill two drug dealers who convinced an 11 year old boy to murder Combo on Gus Fring's orders. She declines at first, fearing the repercussions, revealing that she has a son that she needs to protect, but Jesse eventually persuades her to help, drawing comparison between the murdered boy and her own son. At the last moment she is spared the ordeal by Mike who intervenes to take Jesse to a meeting with the drug dealers.
She was featured in the online promotional material as one of Saul Goodman's clients.

Carmen Molina

Carmen Molina (played by Carmen Serano
Carmen Serano
Carmen Serano is a Hispanic American actress. She starred in the 2007 film Urban Justice alongside Steven Seagal. In 2008 she appeared in five episodes of the series, Breaking Bad.-Personal life:...

) is the assistant principal at the high school where Walt teaches and Walt Jr. attends. In season three, Walter makes an awkward pass at her, resulting in Walt being on "sabbatical... indefinitely."


Gonzo (played by Jesus Payan, Jr.) is Tuco Salamanca's brother-in-law and one of his lieutenants. He dies while moving No Doze's body from under a stack of cars in a junk yard; the stack shifts and catches his arm under it, partially severing it and causing him to bleed out
Exsanguination is the fatal process of hypovolemia , to a degree sufficient enough to cause death. One does not have to lose literally all of one's blood to cause death...

. When Walter and Jesse learn he is dead, they incorrectly believe that Tuco is killing any witness to No Doze's murder.

No Doze

No Doze (played by Cesar Garcia) is one of Tuco's head lieutenants in his drug organization. He was severely beaten to death by Tuco himself in the final episode of season one for making a comment to Walter and Jesse ("Just remember who you work for"), which Tuco took as an offensive remark towards his intelligence.

Jake Pinkman

Jake Pinkman (played by Ben Petry) is Jesse's younger over-achieving brother. Jesse accepts the blame for a joint belonging to Jake.

Mrs. Pinkman

Mrs. Pinkman (played by Tess Harper
Tess Harper
Tess Harper is an American actress.-Early life:Born Tessie Jean Washam on August 15, 1950 in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. Her parents' names are Ed and Rosemary Washam. She grew up around lots of quilts and quilt makers. On her own time, she liked to sit on the porch-swing and read...

) is Jesse's mother. Along with her husband, she kicks Jesse out of the house, but feels guilty about it. She appears in seasons 1-3.

Elliott Schwartz

Elliott Schwartz (played by Adam Godley
Adam Godley
Adam Godley is an English actor.-Biography:Adam Godley has appeared in numerous movies including Love Actually, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ....

) is Walter's old college science partner and co-owner of Gray Matter, a successful pharmaceutical company co-founded by Walter. He is married to Gretchen Schwartz. Walter blames him and Gretchen for stealing his research and becoming millionaires in the process, although the exact truth of this claim is unknown. Elliott offers to pay for Walter's treatment. Walter declines, but tells Skyler he has accepted to cover up his use of drug money in the process.


Spooge (played by David Ury
David Ury
David Brian Ury is an American film and television actor, stand-up comedian and Japanese film, anime and manga translation specialist. He is a descendant of German impressionist painter Lesser Ury.- Career :...

) is a drug addict who stole meth from Skinny Pete at knifepoint. He was later accosted by Jesse in his home as Jesse attempted to retrieve the stolen drugs and/or cash payment. Spooge attempted to repay Jesse by breaking open an ATM he had stolen from a convenience store. While attempting to drill into the machine from the bottom, he began verbally abusing his girlfriend (played by Dale Dickey
Dale Dickey
Dale Dickey is an American actress best known for her recurring role as Patty on My Name is Earl and for her supporting roles in films such as Domino and Winter's Bone....

) who tipped the ATM, crushing Spooge's head and killing him instantly. Spooge's death was attributed to Jesse among his associates and rivals for a short period until the woman confessed the murder.


Clovis (played by Tom Kiesche
Tom Kiesche
Tom Kiesche is an American film, stage, television, and commercial actor with dozens of credits in each medium. Tom is also a prolific produced and published writer .-External links:...

) is Badger's cousin who operates a vehicle towing and repair service. When Jesse's RV quit running, Clovis charged him an exorbitant amount to tow and store the vehicle due to its cargo. Clovis repaired the RV and caught Jesse sleeping in it after Jesse had scaled the fence (and destroyed a portable toilet in the process) after being evicted from his home. Clovis ordered Jesse to pay for the repairs and property damage and then threatened to sell off Jesse's inventory to cover the repairs when Jesse claimed he could not furnish immediate payment. Jesse again broke into the gated lot and drove through the gate without paying for the repairs. He later returned to pay Clovis for the repairs and damages and made arrangements to store the RV inside Clovis' gated lot for $500 per week. Clovis also sold Jesse a used red hatchback (Toyota Tercel). Jesse eventually decided to retrieve the RV, but Walter warned Clovis that the DEA was looking for it, forcing Clovis to bring it to a junkyard to be destroyed.

Don Eladio

Don Eladio (played by Steven Bauer
Steven Bauer
Steven Bauer is a Cuban-American actor. He is known for his role as Manny Ribera in the 1983 film Scarface, and his role on the bilingual PBS show Que Pasa, USA.-Early life:...

) was the head of the Ciudad Juárez
Ciudad Juárez
Ciudad Juárez , officially known today as Heroica Ciudad Juárez, but abbreviated Juárez and formerly known as El Paso del Norte, is a city and seat of the municipality of Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Juárez's estimated population is 1.5 million people. The city lies on the Rio Grande...

 Mexican drug cartel which employed Juan Bolsa, Hector Salamanca and Salamanca's nephews. He first met Gus Fring at a business meeting twenty years prior to the start of the series, where Gus and his partner Max attempted to propose a business deal where they would produce methamphetamine for the cartel. Unimpressed by their pitch, he had Max executed for manipulating him into a meeting, but spared Gus's life due to a currently unrevealed past in Chile. At some time in the next few years, he entered into a partnership with Gus, where the latter served as his chief distributor in the American Southwest.

Following the deaths of Juan Bolsa and the Cousins, and Gus's subsequent establishment of the superlab, Don Eladio ordered retribution through his henchman Gaff, hijacking meth deliveries and killing some of Gus's operatives. Gus agreed to Eladio's demand - the formula for the blue meth and the services of a chemist - and traveled to the cartel's superlab with Mike and Jesse. After Jesse cooked a successful batch, Eladio invited the three to a party at his villa with multiple capos of the cartel, toasting their new business venture with a bottle of premium tequila supplied by Gus and chiding the latter for needing to be kept in line every twenty years. However, shortly afterwards the capos began to collapse, victims of a poison Gus had put in the tequila. Eladio saw that Gus (who had vomited up the poison) had betrayed him, but collapsed dead into the swimming pool before taking any action.


Tortuga (played by Danny Trejo
Danny Trejo
Dan "Danny" Trejo is an American actor who has appeared in numerous Hollywood films, most notably in roles as an antagonist, or anti-hero.-Early life:...

), literally "Tortoise" in English, was an informant to the DEA in El Paso on the inner workings of the Mexican cartels. Upon discovering that, cartel operatives cut off his head and placed it on a tortoise with the words "Hola DEA" written across its shell. A hidden bomb in the head then exploded, severely injuring some of the DEA Agents and Mexican police on the scene with Hank. It is later revealed that he was killed by Tuco's cousins.

Juan Bolsa

Juan Bolsa (played by Javier Grajeda) is a high-level member of the Mexican drug cartel that the Salamanca family belongs to. It is Bolsa who orders Tortuga's execution by the Cousins, and later places his head on a booby-trapped turtle for the DEA to find. He is also the cartel's liaison with Gustavo Fring, and the one who arranges a meeting between Gus, the Cousins and Don Salamanca on the matter of Walter. He tells Gus he will urge the Salamanca family to be patient, but advises that Gus risks losing the favor of the cartel if he does not finish his business with Walter quickly and that he cannot guarantee the Cousins will listen to reason. He has forbidden the Cousins to kill Hank Schrader, as the DEA is "off limits." He is later killed by Mexican federales at his home in Juarez in retaliation for the cousins' attack on Hank.


Gaff (played by Maurice Compte) was a member of Don Eladio's drug cartel. He is first seen coordinating the hijacking of a Los Pollos Hermanos truck transporting drugs, killing the guards inside by pumping it with exhaust. Gaff serves as the cartel's representative in a sitdown with Gus, where he rejects the offer of $50 million to cut all ties and informs him there will be no negotiation, only an ultimatum to deliver the formula for the blue methamphetamine. Later, he kills one of Gus's men with a sniper rifle following a clean-up operation at the farm, but stops shooting when Gus presents himself as a target. He is strangled by Mike during Gus' mass poisoning of The Cartel.


Maximino Arcieniega (played by James Martinez) was Gus' business partner. Gus paid for Max's education in biochemistry and chemical engineering, at the University of Santiago in Chile
Chile ,officially the Republic of Chile , is a country in South America occupying a long, narrow coastal strip between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far...

. When the pair moved to Mexico and opened up a chain of Los Pollos Hermanos chicken restaurants together, Max was the chemist – he cooked the crystal meth, samples of which he and Gus started giving away. These samples gained the attention of Don Eladio, a local drug lord, whom Max and Gus had approached in the hopes of convincing the Don to join them in the meth business. Don Eladio, unimpressed by these upstarts and nominally dismissive of selling methampethamine in lieu of cocaine, had Hector kill Max on the patio of his mansion as Juan Bolsa watched. Gus was forced to watch his friend's fatal head wound bleed into the swimming pool, a vision that stayed with him. After moving to the US, Gus set up a college scholarship in Max's name (which Gale won one year) and grew determined to avenge his friend's death, while mentally tormenting the now-disabled Hector in the hospital by mocking the death of Hector's nephew, and having rival drug lord Juan Bolsa killed by Mexican authorities in retribution for the attempted hit on DEA agent Hank.