- Beatrix Kiddo
Beatrix Kiddo Kill Bill character
The Bride fights the Crazy 88
First appearance Volume 1 Last appearance Volume 2 Created by Q & U Portrayed by Uma Thurman Information Aliases The Bride
Occupation Assassin Children B.B. (Daughter) Nationality United States
Beatrix Kiddo, primarily known as "The Bride", is a fictional character and the protagonist in the movie Kill Bill by American director Quentin Tarantino. She is portrayed by Uma Thurman and was selected by Empire Magazine as one of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
Beatrix Kiddo's past
The Bride, codenamed "Black Mamba", is a former member of the "Deadly Viper Assassination Squad", an elite, shadowy group of assassins. A formidable, ruthless warrior trained under martial arts master Pai Mei (Gordon Liu), she served at the right hand of Bill (David Carradine), her boss and lover, a position that provoked the furious envy of Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah).
Kiddo, a master of the Tiger/Crane style of kung fu, is the only Viper to learn the "Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique", a method of killing a person by quickly striking five pressure points around the heart with the fingertips. After the victim takes five steps, the heart explodes and he/she falls dead. Pai Mei supposedly refused to teach this technique, which was said to be "the deadliest blow in all of martial arts", to Bill or anyone else. Kiddo's determination wins his respect, however, and he teaches her the forbidden technique - a secret that Kiddo withholds from Bill until they meet for their final showdown.
Kill Bill Vol. 1
These events are described in chronological order. The film's sequence varies.
Kiddo is first seen on the day of her wedding rehearsal in rural Texas, living under the name "Arlene Machiavelli", having previously left Bill and abandoned the Vipers. Bill finds her, however, and gate-crashes her wedding rehearsal with the other Vipers and murders everyone inside. Bill then shoots her in the head, leaving her in a seemingly irreversible coma. She remains comatose for four years, during which she is repeatedly prostituted and raped by an orderly named Buck (Michael Bowen).
Shown being bitten by a mosquito whose sting starts to mysteriously revive her as she lies comatose, she then awakens slowly as she is simultaneously about to be violated by one of Buck's "clients." Even though weakened by atrophy, she kills the would-be rapist and then Buck, before beginning a mission of revenge on the other Vipers.
She then travels to Okinawa, where she convinces the legendary swordsmith Hattori Hanzō (Sonny Chiba) to come out of retirement and forge a katana for her. After getting the sword, Kiddo arrives at the "House of Blue Leaves" where she faces O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu).
Kiddo encounters Sofie Fatale (Julie Dreyfus) in a washroom, where she recognizes her cellphone's "Auld Lang Syne" ringtone, and remembers her from the El Paso massacre. Kiddo captures her and brings her to O-Ren Ishii, where she cuts off her left arm and challenges O-Ren to a duel. O-Ren Ishii, the Crazy 88 gang and Gogo Yubari (Chiaki Kuriyama) fight Beatrix; however, Beatrix defeats the Crazy 88 and Gogo. The Bride then faces off against O-Ren, climaxing in a dramatic swordfight in a snow covered garden.
After killing O-Ren, Kiddo then tortures Sofie Fatale for the locations of the rest of the members of the Vipers. She then sends her rolling down a hill to a hospital for medical attention so she could live on and tell Bill what had transpired, and that Kiddo is still alive.
Kiddo then finds Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), who had renounced her life as a hired killer and started anew in a quiet suburban neighborhood with her husband and daughter. Kiddo shows up at her doorstep and engages her in a brutal fight. However, during the fight, Green's daughter Nikki comes home from school, and Kiddo is unwilling to kill Green in front of her child. Green tries to apologize for what she had done, but Kiddo is implacable. Green shoots at her with a handgun concealed in a cereal box, but misses and Kiddo quickly throws a knife at Green, killing her.
Nikki goes to the kitchen just in time to see Kiddo kill her mother. Kiddo tells the girl that it was not her intent to kill Green in front of her; and that if the young girl wishes to avenge her mother's death when she grows up, Kiddo would be waiting.
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Vol. 2 expands on the circumstances of Kiddo's shooting. Bill finds her on the day of her wedding rehearsal and pretends to give her his blessing; moments later, however, he leads the Vipers in massacring the wedding party in the chapel and shooting Kiddo on the side of her head, seemingly killing her, but that puts her in an an indefinite coma.
The film then returns to where Vol. 1 left off. After killing Vipers O-Ren Ishii and Vernita Green, Kiddo goes after Budd (Michael Madsen), Bill's brother. Laying in wait underneath Budd's trailer, she charges in the front door only to be shot in the chest by Budd with a shotgun loaded with rock salt, so as not to kill her. He sedates her and calls Elle Driver, Kiddo's arch-rival within the Vipers, to bargain a price for Kiddo's Hanzo sword. Budd and an accomplice then take her to a graveyard and bury her alive. During her imprisonment, she recalls her rigorous training sessions under the tutelage of the martial arts master, Pai Mei. Using one of the many techniques she learned from him, Kiddo breaks open the casket and goes back to Budd's trailer where he lies dead, having been bitten by a black mamba hidden in the suitcase Driver brought that contained the money for the sword. Driver, still in the trailer after Budd's death, engages Beatrix in a brutal battle, in which Driver reveals that she had killed Pai Mei as revenge for tearing out her eye. Enraged, Beatrix tears out Elle's other eye, leaving her completely blind, and leaves Driver locked inside the trailer with the angry black mamba still inside. Beatrix then pursues her final target, Bill.
When she finds him, from information provided by Esteban Vihaio (Michael Parks), she discovers that their daughter, B.B. (Perla Haney-Jardine), whom she presumed had died in utero, is alive and well. They spend the evening together as a family until B.B. goes to bed, and then Bill and Kiddo settle their differences; Bill explains his reasons for trying to kill her (being angered at her leaving him) and argues that she could only be a killer. Kiddo, under truth serum, admits that she left because she wanted their daughter to have a life away from killing and that the only way B.B. would have gotten that was to leave Bill.
At the end of their conversation, a fight ensues where Kiddo fatally strikes Bill using the "Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique". As Bill dies, the two forgive each other and make their peace. He then walks 5 steps and falls to the ground, dead. The Bride then disappears with B.B. in the middle of the night. The next morning, she lies on the bathroom floor of the hotel that she and B.B stayed in after she fled Bill's villa, crying and laughing at once. The two then drive off into the sunset to begin a new life.
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Kill Bill FilmsVol. 1 · Vol. 2 Music CharactersBeatrix Kiddo · Bill · Deadly Viper Assassination Squad · Earl McGraw · Full list of characters Works of Quentin Tarantino Written and directed
- Reservoir Dogs (1992)
- Pulp Fiction (1994)
- Jackie Brown (1997)
- Kill Bill
- Vol. 1 (2003)
- Vol. 2 (2004)
- Death Proof (2007)
- Inglourious Basterds (2009)
- Django Unchained (2012)
- True Romance (1993)
- Natural Born Killers (1994)
- From Dusk till Dawn (1996)
- Past Midnight (1992)
- Killing Zoe (1994)
- Four Rooms (1995)
- Curdled (1996)
- Daltry Calhoun (2005)
- Hostel (2005)
- Sin City (2005)
- Hostel: Part II (2007)
- Planet Terror (2007)
- Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)
- Hell Ride (2008)
- The Man with the Iron Fists (2011)
- Reservoir Dogs
- Pulp Fiction
- Jackie Brown
- Kill Bill: Vol. 1
- Kill Bill: Vol. 2
- Death Proof
- Inglourious Basterds
- My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)
- Kill Bill characters
- Fictional assassins
- Fictional martial artists
- Fictional sword fighters
- Fictional women soldiers and warriors
- Fictional characters introduced in 2003
- Film characters
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