List of Breaking Bad characters
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Main characters 
Walter White 
Walter Hartwell "Walt" White, Sr. (played by Bryan Cranston) is an Albuquerque, New Mexico, chemistry teacher who, after being diagnosed with lung cancer, starts manufacturing crystal meth 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 manufacture and sell his meth. Walt's scientific knowledge and dedication to quality lead him to produce crystal meth that is purer and more potent than anyone else's. Walt eventually devises an alternative chemical process utilizing methylamine, giving his product a distinctive blue color. His crystal meth which is given the street name "blue sky", dominates the market. He is repeatedly called "Mr. White" by Jesse, evoking the Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs.
Walt is initially squeamish about the use of violence, but gradually comes to see it as a necessity. He also comes to find his new status as a drug lord as psychologically rewarding, leading him to become less and less reluctant to resort to criminal acts such as theft, extortion, money laundering, depraved indifference, and murder. Walt's machiavellian descent into the criminal underworld reveals a surprising level of repressed ambition, rage, resentment, vanity, and an increasing ruthlessness which has alienated him from his family and colleagues.
Skyler White 
Skyler White (née Lambert) (played by Anna Gunn) is Walter's wife. She has had several meager sources of income: writing short stories, selling items on eBay, working as a CPA, and ultimately helping her husband launder money. Skyler and Walter have a son, Walter Jr., and an infant daughter, Holly. Skyler cares for Walter very much, but their marriage becomes increasingly strained due to his unexplained absences and bizarre behavior, ultimately leading to their separation. Later, once Walter reveals his operation, she aids him in laundering his funds. They eventually procure the car wash that Walter once had to work at. Although she helps Walter, she is still displeased with the situation overall. As Walter slowly becomes more of a "hardened criminal", her emotions of fear and worry for him become more and more prevalent.
Walter White Jr. 
Walter Hartwell White Jr. (played by RJ Mitte) is Walter and Skyler's teenage son. He has cerebral palsy, manifested in speech difficulties and impaired motor control, for which he uses crutches (which Mitte does not require). 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 the website, "www.savewalterwhite.com", asking for donations. As part of a plan to launder Walt's drug profits, Walt's lawyer, Saul Goodman, 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 mid-season finale of season 5, Walter Jr. remains completely oblivious to his father's drug business and its role in his family's life.
Jesse Pinkman 
In high school, Jesse Pinkman (played by Aaron Paul) was a small-time methamphetamine user, manufacturer, and dealer. He was 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, is an homage to Reservoir Dogs.
Mike Ehrmantraut 
Mike Ehrmantraut (played by Jonathan Banks) was a former Philadelphia police officer who works for Gus — and, on occasion, Saul — as a private investigator, head of security, cleaner, hit man and consigliere. The reasons he left the force in Philadelphia were never specified; his main lesson as a cop was to not take "half measures", as he once told Walt that he decided at the last second not to murder a wife-beating husband, only to later arrest that man for smashing his wife's head in. In Season 4, a rough and rocky relationship between Jesse and Mike begins, and although initially being frustrated at being assigned to Jesse by Gus, he learns to like him after Jesse begins to show potential. However, Mike does not like Walt in the least; considering him to be selfish, arrogant, and egotistical. He later becomes a reluctant partner in Walt and Jesse's meth operation, still despising Walt and feeling depression over Jesse's choices. Mike was a calm and calculating individual who efficiently performed his duties for Gus, using his extensive knowledge to do so without detection. Like Walt, Mike was a family man who enjoys an affectionate relationship with his granddaughter. Ultimately, his involvement with Walt and Jesse leads to his downfall as Mike is shot by Walt after refusing to give him the names of the nine men that work for him. Walt realizes moments after shooting Mike that he could have gotten the names from Lydia, and could have spared Mike's life.
Gustavo Fring 
Gustavo "Gus Fring" Fringman (played by Giancarlo Esposito) was the Chilean-born proprietor of Los Pollos Hermanos, a highly successful fried chicken restaurant chain. He was also a public booster for the local DEA office. However, despite outward appearances, Gus was a major drug kingpin initially affiliated with the Mexican Juarez Cartel, using his restaurant as a front for methamphetamine distribution throughout the American southwest. Like Walter White, Gus is a criminal who "hides in plain sight", using his anti-drug philanthropy to conceal his true nature. Gus originally established Los Pollos Hermanos in Mexico several years previously, but emigrated to the United States when Don Eladio and Hector Salamanca murdered his cook and close friend, Maximino Arciniega, in retaliation for cutting into their business.
When Walt seeks a buyer for his chemically pure meth, he is put in contact with Gus. However, despite recognizing Walt's "excellent" product, Gus refuses to do business with him because the erratic and careless behavior of his partner, Jesse Pinkman. Walt manages to persuade Gus into purchasing thirty-eight pounds of his meth for $1.2 million; after the product yields good returns, Gus offers Walt $3 million for three months of his time. Gus' hiring and protection of Walt puts him at odds with the cartel's leadership, which considers him responsible for the death of Hector's nephew, Tuco. Gus directs Leonel and Marco Salamanca, two cartel assassins, to kill Walt's brother-in-law, Hank Schrader. He arranges for the hit to fail, ensuring that the U.S. and Mexican governments crack down on the cartel and leave control of the methamphetamine market to Gus alone.
Despite Gus' initial protection of Walt, the collaboration between the two men becomes continuously strained. Walt learned that Gus was grooming his regular cook, Gale Boetticher, to replace him, leading him to task a reluctant Jesse with killing Gale. When the hit succeeds, Gus silently slits the throat of one of his second-in-command, Victor, in front of the horrified duo. Walt becomes increasingly fearful that Gus will kill him and his family, causing him to look for numerous ways to kill Gus first. Gus eventually dies in an explosion set up by Walter, who uses Hector Salamanca's detestation towards Gus to lure him into a trap.
Saul Goodman 
Saul Goodman (played by Bob Odenkirk), real surname McGill, is a sleazy "criminal lawyer" (in his own words: "a lawyer who is a criminal") who acts as Walter and Jesse's consigliere and up to a certain point, the series' comic relief. He uses the name "Saul Goodman" because he thinks his clients feel more confident with a Jewish lawyer; this name is also homophonous with the expression "[it]'s all good, man". Dressed in flashy suits, Saul maintains extensive connections within the criminal underworld, and serves as a go-between connecting drug distributors, evidence removers, impersonators, and other criminals-for-hire. Despite his flamboyant appearance and mannerisms — punctuated by his outrageous low-budget TV commercials — Saul is a highly competent lawyer who is able to solve problems and find loopholes in order to protect his clients. He is also reluctant to be associated with violence or murder. He has served as an adviser for Walter, Jesse, Gus, Mike, and even for Skyler, whom he also helped acquire a car wash in order to launder Walter's drug money.
Hank Schrader 
Henry R. "Hank" Schrader (played by Dean Norris) is a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent. He is also Walter's outspoken brother-in-law, and Marie Schrader's husband. Hank drives a midnight blue Jeep Commander. He is currently investigating a new meth kingpin in the area named "Heisenberg", unaware that Heisenberg is actually Walter. Hank has a cavalier exterior, but in reality the dark side of his job affects him more than he cares to admit. In the course of his work, Hank is promoted to El Paso, Texas from Albuquerque for a short time, but experiences a traumatic event courtesy of the Mexican drug cartels and moves back to Albuquerque. Although he is loud and opinionated, he is competent at his job and cares deeply about Walter and his family.
Marie Schrader (née Lambert) (played by Betsy Brandt) is Skyler's sister, Hank's wife, and Walt's sister-in-law. Marie works as a radiologic technologist. She doesn't hesitate to offer advice to others, but often fails to practice what she preaches. She shoplifts obsessively due to kleptomania, 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 3, 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. When Hank stubbornly decides to stay at the hospital claiming he is completely disabled, she refuses to give up on him and gives him a hand job to prove he still has feeling below the waist. When he returns home, however, Hank is cold and brash to Marie, despite her attempts to make him comfortable. Rather than act spitefully to him, she spirals back into kleptomania which leads Hank to investigate the Heisenberg case as a favor for the policeman who let her off. Once Hank begins making progress with the case, his relationship with Marie becomes loving again, and she becomes stable enough to care emotionally for her family members. When Walt and Skyler begin to visibly have marriage problems, she volunteers to house the kids for a couple of days while they work things out. Marie loves the color purple, and nearly all her household and clothing items are various shades of purple. She drives a blue Volkswagen New Beetle.
Recurring characters 
Holly White 
Holly is Skyler and Walt's infant daughter. While pregnant with Holly, Skyler smokes and Walt later finds out. Walt was not present during the birth of his daughter because he was preoccupied with drug related business; he blames Jesse for making him miss the birth. Ted Beneke, Skyler's boss, is the one who takes her to the hospital when she goes into labor. Holly is seen learning to walk in season 5. Holly and her brother spend three months in the home of their aunt and uncle while their parents work to determine the state of their marriage.
Brandon "Badger" Mayhew (played by Matt L. Jones) is Jesse's friend. Despite being on probation, Badger still uses drugs. He had a job as a mascot for a bank, advertising on the street. Although never revealed, it is assumed Badger lost the job. During Season 1, Badger briefly teams up with Jesse in order to cook crystal-meth. However, disagreements between the two soon occur, and they bitterly part ways. In Season 2, Badger and Jesse reconcile, and he helps clear the meth lab from Jesse's basement and assists in hiding Jesse's RV to avert police suspicion. Walt and Jesse later employ Badger to sell their product, but he is soon arrested, causing complications. Once released, Badger flees New Mexico to lie low in California for a while. After returning to New Mexico, Jesse takes advantage of Badger by easily persuading him to start selling for them again. Later, he appears at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting with Skinny Pete, informing a group of recovering drug-addicts that "Blue Sky" (Walt and Jesse's product) is back in town with the intention of finding new buyers. Soon, he and Skinny Pete begin to find the meetings helpful, and continue to attend regularly. Badger helps Jesse several more times over the series, and was in attendance at Jesse's party, which lasted several days. He was also the lead singer for a band with Jesse called Twaughthammer.
Ted Beneke 
Ted Beneke (played by Christopher Cousins) is the president and owner of Beneke Fabricators. He gives Skyler her old job back as an accountant during the second season. 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 saves 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, but she ignores Ted's offer for her to have some of her things at his house. 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 him.
In season 4, Ted meets up with Skyler, who is now running a car wash, and notifies her of the IRS' criminal investigation into his company's tax fraud. Since Skyler is heavily linked to Ted's tax fraud, and her entire family would be put under surveillance if the investigation were to proceed, she 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 and ignoring electronic transactions) gets Ted off from a full investigation, she must still deal with his poor financial standing and his need to pay his back taxes and penalties. Skyler arranges for Ted to receive money to pay off these IRS obligations by having Saul manufacture a dead relative in Luxembourg who leaves Ted a sizable inheritance. 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 Ted about his need to pay the IRS first, he refuses and tells her to leave; seeing no alternative, Skyler is forced to reveal it was she who gave Ted the money. Ted still refuses to pay the IRS, as he will lose his home and social status, regardless. His motive is assumed by Skyler to be blackmail; she thinks he expects her 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.
At the start of the fifth season, it is revealed that Beneke did not die from the fall. However, he has been gravely injured and ostensibly disabled by the accident. When Skyler visits an intimidated Ted at the hospital, he guarantees his silence regarding the issue of Saul's plan to extort money from him.
Gale Boetticher 
Gale Boetticher (played by David Costabile) is a German American 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, with a specialty in X-ray crystallography. He describes himself as a "nerd" and a "libertarian" (confirmed in a later episode when a Ron Paul 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 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. Gale agrees to take over the lab full-time after one more "cook". Upon Walt's call, Jesse shows in Gale's doorway with a weapon, prepared to kill him. Gale begs for his life, offering Jesse his possessions and money. A gunshot is heard as the screen fades to black. In the season 4 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, during the crime scene investigation, at the end of "Box Cutter". 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 of the song "Major Tom (Coming Home)", by German musician Peter Schilling, in front of images of rockets and wildlife while the song is captioned in Thai script.
Bogdan Wolynetz (played by Marius Stan) is the owner and proprietor of the car wash at which Walt is employed at the beginning of the series. He is abrasive and rude to Walter, who finds this job degrading and tedious. After Walt is diagnosed with lung cancer in the Pilot episode, he angrily quits, grabbing his crotch and telling Bogdan to "wipe down this" in the process.
Bogdan does not reappear until the fourth season, when Walt and Skyler are trying to purchase the car wash in order to launder Walt's drug money. When Skyler is trying to negotiate the purchase of the car wash, Bogdan brings up Walt's angry outburst (knowing that Skyler is his wife) and states that, if Walt wants to purchase the car wash it will cost twenty million dollars. Eventually, Walt and Skyler are able to purchase it for $800,000 after Skyler hires Kuby to perform a fake environmental audit on the car wash.
When Saul suggests that Walt and Skyler could accuse Bogdan of harboring Al-Qaeda terrorist activity in order to force him to sell the car wash, Walt exasperatedly reveals that Bogdan is, in fact, Romanian.
When Bogdan hands the keys to the building over to Walter, he makes a point of snidely taunting Walter: refusing to fix small problems with the store, backhandedly gloating about his unfair treatment to Walter, and implying that Walt needs his "woman", Skyler, to fight his battles for him. Walter, having been riled up by Bogdan, refuses to let him leave with his first American business dollar (repeating to Bogdan that the carwash came "As is", which Bogdan used to justify the carwash's condition), which had been framed and mounted. Instead Walter spitefully breaks the glass and spends the dollar in the vending machine.
Andrea Cantillo 
Andrea Cantillo (played by Emily Rios) is a love interest of Jesse Pinkman. She is a recovering meth addict and single mother to a young son named Brock. Jesse meets her at a drug addicts' support group 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 Jesse's behalf. In season 4, she and Jesse reunite. When Brock is poisoned, Jesse rushes to the hospital and stays there until the doctors notify him that Brock will survive. In season 5, Walt manipulates Jesse into leaving her, by advising Jesse that he would have to be honest with her about all the crimes he has committed. While Jesse does send them off again, he continues providing for them financially.
Steven Gomez 
Steven Gomez (played by Steven Michael Quezada) is Hank's DEA partner and friend since Season 1. 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 witnesses a deadly attack on the Mexican border. Scared of going back to the deadly environment there, Hank delayed his transfer. Steve Gomez has been Hank's right hand man in the "Heisenberg" case since the beginning. After Hank is nearly killed by the Salamanca Brothers, Gomez starts performing tasks that Hank can't perform due to his handicap. At the end of Season 4, (on Hank's request) Gomez visits Gus's factory (with the underground lab) after a GPS links Gus's car to a visit. Gomez (with K9 units) finds no trace of any lab on the property. After Walt and Jesse ignite the lab in the Season 4 Finale, Gomez returns in Season 5 with Hank to find it destroyed with little evidence remaining.
Donald Margolis 
Donald Margolis (played by John de Lancie) 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. Returning to work as an Air Traffic Controller while still distraught over Jane's death, he unwittingly causes a mid-air collision of two airplanes. Shortly after the incident, Walt hears via his in-car radio that Margolis was rushed to hospital after a self-inflicted gunshot wound, however Walt turns the radio off before Margolis' fate is revealed.
Jane Margolis 
Jane Margolis (played by Krysten Ritter) is Jesse's neighbor, landlord, and lover. She is a tattoo-artist (without any tattoos) and recovering addict. Although she carries an aloof air, she and Jesse soon become a couple. She eventually relapses into drug addiction and introduces Jesse to heroin. She threatens to blackmail Walter after he refuses to give Jesse his cut from a major deal nearly ruined by Jesse's drug use. Her actions work, so she and Jesse plan to run away to New Zealand with the money. When they enter the room and see the heroin, instead of throwing it away as promised earlier, they instead get high and fall asleep. That night, after Walt accidentally turns her on her back, she dies in her sleep by asphyxiating on her own vomit as Walt looks on. Her death manifests significant repercussions throughout season 3, 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.
Krazy-8 Molina 
Domingo Gallardo "Krazy-8" Molina (played by Maximino Arciniega) is a meth distributor associated with Jesse Pinkman and Emilio, who is Krazy-8's cousin. Unbeknownst to Walt and Jesse, Krazy-8 is a DEA informant, who acquires the customers of the dealers he rats out. Krazy-8 becomes suspicious of Jesse when Jesse attempts to sell him a new product after Emilio's arrest, and Krazy-8 forces Jesse to take him to Jesse's new partner. Krazy-8 suspects Walt is involved with law enforcement and appears intent on killing him until Walt offers to teach Krazy-8 his drug formula. While mixing chemicals, Walt creates a small explosion that produces phosphine 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's. Throughout the series, Walt continues to make sandwiches without bread crusts, adopting the manner in which Krazy-8 ate sandwiches.
The fourth-season character of "Maximino Arciniega" shares his name with the actor who portrayed Krazy-8.
Combo Ortega 
Christian "Combo" Ortega (played by Rodney Rush) was Jesse's friend who also doubled as a dealer of his methamphetamine. Combo is later killed when a rival drug group corners him while he is dealing methamphetamine on "foreign turf". Combo calls his friend Skinny Pete, saying the two men are "mad eyeballing him". As he hangs up the phone, a kid on a bicycle (later revealed to be part of the gang) shoots him several times, killing him on the street. Combo's death drives 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's knowing, providing a big clue for Hank when he is tracking down "Heisenberg".
The Salamanca family 
Hector Salamanca 
Hector "Tio" Salamanca (played by Mark Margolis) is the elderly Don who was once a brutal Mexican drug kingpin and an associate of cartel boss Don Eladio. However, a stroke has rendered him unable to walk or speak, and he communicates only by ringing a desk bell attached to his wheelchair. He is Tuco Salamanca's uncle, having raised him as a son, along with Tuco's twin cousins Leonel and Marco. Though brutal, Hector is very loyal. He spent 17 years in San Quentin State Prison, 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 by allowing Hector to live through seeing his younger family die, one by one, knowing that Hector's family is everything to him. However, in the Season 4 finale, Hector is able to exact his vengeance upon Gus by playing a part in his demise.
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 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 have killed Tortuga by decapitating him with a machete. 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." 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 Gus 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. Later, outside Walter's house, Mike finds a drawing of a scythe, which he believes The Cousins have drawn to send Walt a message. Gus redirects the brothers by telling them that it is Hank who killed Tuco, and 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 round that was dropped early by Marco, directly into his head. Leonel is severely injured; prior to Marco's death, Hank backs his car into Leonel and presses him against another vehicle, 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.
Tuco Salamanca 
Tuco Salamanca (played by Raymond Cruz) was a sociopathic Mexican drug kingpin who becomes Walter and Jesse's meth distributor. He serves as a major antagonist in seasons one and two. 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. Fearing immediate arrest because his entire crew has been arrested by the DEA he kidnaps Walter and Jesse, with the plan to flee to Mexico and have Walt cook meth for the cartel, in a superlab the cartel would build.
Tuco takes Walt and Jesse to a remote desert house where his uncle Hector Salamanca lives. Walter and Jesse tried to poison Tuco with ricin, but Hector Salamanca, while appearing mentally disabled, is anything but. He rings the bell that he uses to communicate and alerts Tuco that Walt and Jesse poisoned his food. Tuco takes Jesse outside to execute him. Jesse fights back, and eventually shoots Tuco in the abdomen, but cannot bring himself to deliver a kill shot to the wounded Tuco. Jesse and Walt flee and hide behind some desert plants growing on a slight ridge.
Tuco emerges, staggering and wounded, and is caught off guard by Hank who has followed a LoJack signal to Jesse's car. Hank attempts to arrest Tuco. After a short stand-off between Hank and Tuco a shootout ensues, in which Hank shoots Tuco in the head, killing him instantly. It is later revealed that Tuco's grill was mounted in a paperweight and presented to Hank as a trophy, which he later throws in a river over guilt of having taken Tuco's life.
Gretchen Schwartz 
Gretchen Schwartz (played by Jessica Hecht) is Walt's former college chemistry assistant and now co-owner of Gray Matter, a successful pharmaceutical company. Apparently a former romantic interest of Walt's, she is married to Elliott Schwartz. She discovers that Walter lied to his family about her and Elliott paying for his treatment, and is 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. Out of pity for Walt, Gretchen later covers for him 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 recession, and hence cut off their financial help.
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. After Badger is nearly arrested and Combo is killed, Pete quits dealing for Jesse, fearing being sent back to prison and for his own safety. He eventually decides to sell meth for Jesse again, albeit on a smaller scale. He attends Narcotics Anonymous meetings with Badger. After following the program together and staying clean, they eventually relapse when Jesse tempts them with meth. After a few days of heavy meth use they leave Jesse's house. In the Season 5 episode '"Hazard Pay", Skinny Pete is shown to be a talented pianist.
Victor (played by Jeremiah Bitsui) was Gus's loyal henchman. He first appears in season 2 as an apparent 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 3, 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 to a meeting, Walt convinces Mike and Victor to allow him to call Jesse using his cell phone. However, 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 arrives too late; he enters Gale's apartment and is seen by neighbors. He dies when Gus slices his jugular in the season 4 opener "Box Cutter". Later in the episode, Walt, Jesse and Mike were forced to dispose of Victor's body using hydrofluoric acid, echoing Walt and Jesse's previous experience with Emilio from season 1.
Lydia Rodarte-Quayle 
Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (played by Laura Fraser) is an executive of Madrigal Electromotive GmbH, working out of the company's Houston, Texas, office. She appears to be nervous most of the time and acts snobbish, ordering specialty teas in a diner. She played an unspecified role in Gus Fring's criminal empire, helping him distribute drugs throughout the American southwest. When the DEA begins investigating the link between Gus and Madrigal, Lydia becomes anxious and asks Mike to eliminate eleven people who were involved with Gus. When he refuses, Lydia makes the same offer to one of the eleven on her hit list and adds Mike to those she wants killed. However, Mike deduces her plan and dispatches the new hitman, but not before Chow is killed. Mike breaks into Lydia's home, ready to execute her, but allows her to live contingent on the fact that she can provide him with methylamine.
After Lydia gives them the first shipment the DEA visits Madrigal and Lydia is forced to give up her guy in the warehouse, Ron Forenall, to the DEA. Lydia calls Mike to tell him she no longer has a guy in the warehouse who can get the methylamine and Mike assures her he will get her a new guy. Mike sends Jesse to Houston to pick up the methylamine and he and Lydia find a GPS tracker at the bottom of the barrel they were removing. Mike later deduces that the DEA is not responsible for the GPS tracker and that Lydia is because she wanted out of the business. Mike vows to kill her again and mentions that operations may have to lay low for a bit without her as a source for the methylamine, but Jesse not wanting her to die, tries to intervene on the pretense that maybe the DEA really did plant the tracker. Looking to Walt to break the tie about the decision to kill Lydia, Walt sides with Jesse but only because he refuses to cease making meth. The three give her one last chance to prove she did not plant the device. After bugging Hank's office, they force her to call him and ask about the device. Hank tells her his office did not plant any trackers, and the three are about to kill her until they hear Hank, through the bug, call the Houston DEA office. The contact there tells Hank that they placed trackers on every barrel, preventing the three from using any of it to make meth. In an effort to save herself, Lydia provides Walt, Jesse, and Mike information about a freight train that carries "an ocean of methylamine", thus giving them a new source of the chemical. Later, in order to make herself useful and therefore make Walt less eager to kill her, she provides Walter with a new market for Blue Sky in the Czech Republic, using her resources and network to distribute the meth in large quantities.
Todd (played by Jesse Plemons), is an exterminator for Vamonos Pest (the front used by Walter, Mike and Jesse to cook meth in Season 5). He is later brought into the partnership after he kills a fourteen year old boy, causing Jesse to drop out of the business.
Minor characters 
Maximino Arciniega 
Maximino Arciniega (played by James Martinez) was Gus's partner. Gus paid for Max's education in biochemistry and chemical engineering, at the University of Santiago in Chile. 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 partner'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 Boetticher won one year) and grew determined to avenge his friend's death.
The character of Maximino Arciniega shares his name with the real-life actor who played Krazy-8 in the show's first season.
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 tortoise for the DEA to find. He is also the cartel's liaison with Gustavo Fring, and the one who arranges a meeting among 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 favor with 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.
Duane Chow 
Chow (played by James Ning) is the owner of Golden Moth Chemical, an industrial chemical manufacturing company that supplies chemicals to Gus Fring's drug empire. During Fring's conflict with the Juarez cartel, cartel enforcers came to Chow's offices and held him hostage. Chow's captors were later killed by Mike, who shot Chow in the hand for not telling Gus about the situation. After Gus' death, Chow started being questioned by the DEA, as he was one of the men on Gus' payroll at the time of his murder. Chow was on the list of eleven men who Lydia suggested to Mike that he kill before they make a plea deal with the DEA, however Mike refuses. Lydia then hires one of the eleven to kill the other ten, Chris Mara, and adds Mike to the list. Mara starts with Chow, who he uses to lure Mike into a trap before shooting Chow in the head. Mike thwarts the attempt after getting the information that Lydia gave to Chris, and then kills Chris Mara, leaving nine alive from Lydia's original list.
Clovis (played by Tom Kiesche) is Badger's cousin who operates a vehicle towing and repair service. When Jesse's RV quits running, Clovis charges him an exorbitant amount to tow and store the vehicle, due to its cargo. Clovis repairs the RV and catches Jesse sleeping in it after Jesse has scaled the fence (and destroyed a portable toilet in the process) after being evicted from his home. Clovis orders Jesse to pay for the repairs and property damage and then threatens to sell off Jesse's inventory to cover the repairs, when Jesse claims he cannot furnish immediate payment. Jesse again breaks into the gated lot and drives through the gate without paying for the repairs. He later returns to pay Clovis for the repairs and damages and arranges to store the RV inside Clovis' gated lot for $500 per week. Clovis also sells Jesse a used red hatchback (Toyota Tercel). Jesse eventually decides to retrieve the RV, but Walter had warned Clovis that the DEA was looking for it, forcing Clovis to bring it to a junkyard to be destroyed.
Don Eladio 
Don Eladio Vuente (played by Steven Bauer) was the head of the Ciudad Juárez 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 wherein they would produce methamphetamine for the cartel. Unimpressed by their pitch, Don Eladio 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 ensuing few years, he entered into a partnership with Gus, who served as Don Eladio's 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 orders retribution through his henchman Gaff, hijacking meth deliveries and killing some of Gus's operatives. Gus agrees to Eladio's demands - the formula for the blue meth, the services of a chemist, and a 50% share in the business - and travels to the cartel's superlab with Mike and Jesse. After Jesse cooks a successful batch, Eladio invites 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 begin to collapse, victims of a poison Gus had put in the tequila. Eladio realizes that Gus (who has vomited up the poison) has betrayed him, but collapses dead into the swimming pool before he can take any action.
Gaff (played by Maurice Compte) is a member of Don Eladio's drug cartel. He is first seen coordinating the hijacking of a Los Pollos Hermanos truck that is transporting drugs, and killing the guards inside by pumping it with exhaust gas. Gaff serves as the cartel's representative in a sitdown with Gus, where he rejects Gus' offer of $50 million to cut all ties and informs Gus there will be no negotiation, only an ultimatum to deliver the formula for the blue methamphetamine. Later, Gaff kills one of Gus' men with a sniper rifle at the chicken farm, but stops shooting when Gus presents himself as a target. Mike strangles Gaff to death during Gus's mass poisoning of the cartel.
Gonzo (played by Jesus Payan, Jr.) was 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 to death. When Walter and Jesse learn he is dead, they incorrectly assume that Tuco is killing any witnesses to No Doze's murder.
Group Leader 
The Group Leader (played by Jere Burns) is a counselor who leads group therapy sessions at Narcotics Anonymous. His real name is not revealed. He takes a calm, non-judgmental approach to leading discussions and emphasizes that those attending his sessions are there not to improve themselves, but to learn self-acceptance. During an outdoor session at a campfire, he reveals to Jesse and other recovering addicts that in July 1992, while drunk on vodka and high on cocaine, he killed his six-year-old daughter by accidentally hitting her with his car. Jesse, still reeling from Jane's death, asks the Group Leader how can he not hate himself for what happened. The Group Leader responds that self-hatred and guilt stand in the way of achieving true change. Group Leader is seen again in season 4, when Jesse returns to a session distraught about killing Gale. However, during the session, Jesse nearly breaks down and yells at Group Leader claiming that his philosophies on "accepting yourself" aren't true. Jesse then mentions the death of Group Leader's daughter and admits to the whole group that the only reason he came to the group meetings was to sell meth to them. He asks Group Leader if he's okay with that, to which the group leader responds, "no". Jesse then says, "about time", and leaves the session.
Huell (played by Lavell Crawford) is Saul Goodman's new bodyguard and security. Hired more for his size than his intelligence, he has digestive problems that keep him from being as stoic as Saul would like. Later seen in the season 5 premiere, it is made known that Huell ended up playing a huge role in the poisoning of Brock Cantillo. At the time how the boy was poisoned is left to the audience's speculation.
Hugo Archuleta 
Hugo (portrayed by Pierre Barrera) is a former custodian at JP Wynne High School. When Walt would leave class to vomit (a consequence of his chemotherapy), Hugo would offer him a stick of gum and clean up after him, saying "You've got kids to teach". After the DEA connected missing school equipment to methamphetamine production, Hugo was one of the initial suspects because of the access his custodial duties afforded him. Hugo was soon placed under arrest for possession of marijuana, much to Walt's chagrin, and after a search of his home, more marijuana was found, but no methamphetamine or items that could connect him with the meth investigation.
Old Joe 
Old Joe (played by Larry Hankin) is the owner of a local junkyard who appears to be in his late 60's. He has provided aid to Walt and Jesse on several occasions through his car crusher in addition to his well grounded knowledge of the legal limits on police procedure and evidence gathering. He is also quite a capable engineer, providing the magnet system used to wipe the evidence from Gus' laptop, and constructing the portable laboratory equipment used in the Vamonos Pest undercover meth lab operation.
Tyrus Kitt 
Tyrus Kitt (played by Ray Campbell) was one of Gus's henchmen, hired to replace Victor following his murder by Gus with a boxcutter. He served as Mike's second-in-command, monitoring Walt and Jesse's activities both inside and outside the lab. Tyrus is killed by Hector during his showdown with Gus in the season 4 finale.
Chris Mara 
Chris Mara (played by Christopher King) was also one of Gustavo "Fring" Fringman's henchmen. He was one of Mike Ehrmantraut's errand runners between Fring, the mules and the dealers. One of his other side-jobs was to assist Tyrus Kitt in monitoring who was coming and going through the doors of both the Albuquerque Police Department and the Albuquerque office of the DEA. Chris Mara first appears in "Crawl Space" (Season 4, Episode 11) and is one of the people searching for Walter White when he goes into hiding. We also notice him in his car as Jesse Pinkman exits the FBI after he is questioned about Brock Cantillo's poisoning by Ricin ("End Of Times"--Season 4, Episode 12) and is there when Hector Salamanca leaves the DEA office after questioning ("Face Off"--Season 4, Episode 13).
In "Madrigal" (Season 5, Episode 2), we again see Chris Mara after he takes Duane Chow hostage in his own home, forcing Chow to call Mike Ehrmantraut to come over so Chris can kill him. However, Mike sees Chris' car parked in Chow's driveway and senses that this is a trap. Mike outsmarts Chris with a toy on Chow's front door while he sneaks into Chow's house from the back. Chris tells Mike in his final scene that since the DEA seized his hazard pay, he took up Lydia Rodarte-Quayle's offer that Mike refused, telling Mike that Lydia added him to her list of people she wanted killed and that she was willing to pay twice as much for Mike's death than she was for the rest of Fring's surviving crew. Mike then dispatches Chris Mara in the same way that Chris killed off Chow.
Ron Forenall 
Ron Forenall (played by Russ Dillon) is Mike Ehrmantraut's contact at the warehouse at Madrigal Electric Motors in Houston. He is in constant contact with Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, who tells him which containers she has taken off the manifests so that he can prepare them to send over to Golden Moth Chemical Company in Albuquerque so they in turn could pass them on to Lavanderia Brilliante and to Fring's Lab.
In "Fifty-One" (Season 5, Episode 4), Ron Forenall is arrested after Hank Schrader and Steven Gomez arrive at Madrigal Electric Motors in Houston and Lydia Rodarte-Quayle identifies him in the warehouse. We later see him in "Gliding Over All" as he is one of the 9 inmates that Lydia lists to be taken out as the surviving people in Fring's organization along with Dan Wachsberger, Mike Ehrmantraut's attorney who rolls over on them. Ron Forenall is last seen in a hallway when a prison door is shut and he is shanked to death.
Emilio Koyama 
Emilio Koyama (played by John Koyama) is Jesse's former partner in the meth business and the cousin of Krazy 8. According to Jesse, they met when they were still in elementary school. In the Pilot episode, Emilio is arrested during a DEA raid on a house (at which Walter is present during a "ride along" with Hank) in which the DEA is looking for meth supplier who goes by the street name "Captain Cook." Emilio makes bail and suspects Jesse ratted him out to the police (which turned out to have been Krazy 8 as a DEA informant) and forces Jesse to lead him and Krazy 8 to his new partner. Emilio recognizes Walt from the time of his arrest and suggests killing both Walt and Jesse. Walt convinces them to spare their lives if he teaches them his meth formula. While the three are in the RV in the desert, Walt deliberately causes a chemical explosion and flees, trapping Emilio and Krazy 8 inside the RV with deadly phosphine gas. Emilio dies and is subsequently disposed of by being dissolved in hydrofluoric acid in Jesse's bathtub.
Kuby (played by Bill Burr) 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 Huell's help. He also aids Walt, Jesse, and Mike in their train robbery.
Dennis Markowsky 
Dennis Markowsky (played by Mike Batayeh) is the former manager of Lavanderia Brilliante, the industrial laundromat which served as the cover for Gus' superlab. Following Gus' death, Dennis was incarcerated by the DEA, as he was one of the men on Gus' payroll at the time of his death. Dennis agrees to keep his mouth shut when Mike ensures that he will still receive his money from the drug empire. When Dennis' funds are confiscated, Dennis, through his attorney, proposes a plea deal to the DEA, but Hank refuses, believing he can get a better deal from one of Gus' other incarcerated henchmen. Dennis is later killed on Walt's orders by several other inmates who pour flammable liquid into Dennis' cell and ignite it, burning him alive.
ASAC George Merkert 
Assistant Special Agent in Charge George Merkert (played by Michael Shamus Wiles) is Hank's boss at the DEA. He is impressed with Hank's tenacity and hard work, and recommends him for a transfer to El Paso. When Hank returns, he is frustrated by Hank's stalling a second transfer to El Paso, unaware that Hank is suffering from panic attacks and is afraid 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. When Gus is revealed to be a drug kingpin, Merkert is permanently relieved of his duties in the DEA due mainly to his and Fring's extensive personal interactions and the subsequent doubt cast on Merkert's integrity following Fring's downfall.
Earl Dowdy 
DEA Agent Earl Dowdy is Hank Schrader's contact in the Houston DEA Office. He is a voice on the telephone in "Dead Freight" (Season 5, Episode 5) who was in charge of the team that planted the tracking devices on the chemicals inside the Madrigal Electric Motors facility in Houston.
After Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, the in-house counsel to Madrigal Electric Motors in Houston, calls Hank Schrader and asks him if he know about the tracking devices on their barrels of Methylamine, Schrader then calls his counterpart in the Houston DEA office, Earl Dowdy and asks him if his team placed the tracking devices on the barrels.
Dowdy tells Schrader that his team put them on the outside of the barrels because they did not have either the time or the equipment necessary to put those devices on the inside of the barrels.
Tim Roberts 
Tim Roberts (played by Nigel Gibbs) is a Detective with the Albuquerque Police Department. He works closely with Hank Schrader and the DEA under George Merkert's watch and alerts Schrader about the suspicious activities of Gustavo "Gus Fring" Fringman and that this "friend of Law Enforcement", as Fring tells the police when questioned, was actually running a Meth manufacturing and distribution network from his Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant chain.
Roberts first appears in "Grilled" (Season 2, Episode 2) and is at the White household asking Skyler White about the disappearance of her husband, Walter White after Tuco Salamanca kidnaps both Walter White and Jesse Pinkman and takes them to his uncle's house. Hank asked Roberts to take the case of Walter's disappearance as a personal favor to Hank, thinking that Walter had one of his "episodes" where he forgot where he was and then turns up days later.
Roberts next appears in "Open House" (Season 4, Episode 3), after Marie Schrader is arrested and taken to the APD Police Station for her pilfering of peoples things in the houses she visits. Hank contacts Roberts after Marie calls Hank about her predicament. Roberts gets the homeowners to drop their charges after their property is returned and takes Marie home for Hank.
Roberts is also in "Shotgun" (Season 4, Episode 5) as he is investigating the murder of Gale Boetticher. Detective Roberts has caught this case and consults with Hank Schrader after he finds Gale's notebook and asks his friend at the DEA what all the notes and the drawings mean and whether or not Gale may have been working in a meth lab, which in turn piques Hank's interest in this case and he in turn embarks on his own investigation of Gale Boetticher and his ties to Gustavo "Gus Fring" Fringman.
Roberts then appears in "Hermanos" (Season 4, Episode 8) where the APD detectives investigation of Gale Boetticher's apartment yields Gustavo Fringman's fingerprint and that gives the APD and the DEA probable cause to officially request that Fringman come in for questioning. Fringman complies and then explains his ties to Boetticher and how he won one of Fring's Maximino Arciniega scholarships that Gale used to pursue degrees in Chemistry. Detective Roberts is satisfied with Fring's explanations of how he knew Boetticher and why he was there, but Hank remained dubious of the story that Fring told and that compels Hank to continue investigating Fring and his personal and business dealings.
Carmen Molina 
Carmen Molina (played by Carmen Serano) is the assistant principal at the high school where Walt teaches and Walt Jr. attends. In season 3, Walter makes an awkward pass at her, resulting in Walt being placed on "sabbatical... indefinitely."
No Doze 
No Doze (played by Cesar Garcia) was one of Tuco's head lieutenants in his drug organization. He was beaten to death by Tuco himself in the last episode of season 1 for making a comment to Walter and Jesse ("Just remember who you're working for"), which Tuco took as an insult of 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, which results in Jesse's being thrown out of his parents' house. After apologizing to his brother, Jake asks for his joint back; Jesse responds by crushing it on the sidewalk and informing his brother that the marijuana was of poor quality.
Mr. Pinkman 
Mr. Pinkman (played by Michael Bofshever) is Jesse's father.
Mrs. Pinkman 
Mrs. Pinkman (played by Tess Harper) 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) 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 for that purpose.
Spooge (played by David Ury) was a drug addict who stole meth from Skinny Pete at knifepoint. He is later accosted by Jesse in his home as Jesse attempts to retrieve the stolen drugs and/or cash payment. Spooge attempts to repay Jesse by breaking open an ATM he has stolen from a convenience store. While attempting to drill into the machine from the bottom, he begins verbally abusing his girlfriend (played by Dale Dickey), who tips the ATM, crushing Spooge's head and killing him instantly. Spooge's death is attributed to Jesse among his associates, as well as his rivals, for a short period until the woman confesses to the murder. Spooge had a son, whose complete neglect brought Jesse to call 911 and leave the phone line open to allow police to trace the call.
El Tortuga 
El Tortuga (played by Danny Trejo), whose name means "the tortoise," is an informant to the DEA in El Paso on the inner workings of the Mexican cartels. Cartel operatives cut off his head and place it atop a tortoise with "HOLA DEA" ("Hello DEA") written across its shell. A hidden bomb in the head then explodes, killing the tortoise while severely injuring some of the DEA agents and Mexican police on the scene with Hank. It is later revealed that Tortuga was killed by Tuco's cousins Leonel and Marco Salamanca.
Wendy is a meth-addicted street prostitute portrayed by Julia Minesci, who associates with Jesse Pinkman. She helps Jesse maintain an alibi and withstands an intense interrogation from Hank Schrader on Jesse's behalf. Recognizing her loyalty 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 whom she needs to protect, but Jesse eventually persuades her to help by drawing a 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 is featured in the online promotional material as one of Saul Goodman's clients.
Louis is Walt Jr.'s best friend. They both attend JP Wynne High School. He frequently gives Walt Jr. rides to school and helped him set up a PayPal account for donations to Walt Jr.'s website.
Drew Sharp 
Drew Sharp is an inquisitive teen boy growing up in McKinley County in northwestern New Mexico and is played by Samuel Webb. He appears at the wrong place at the wrong time during "Dead Freight" (Season 5, Episode 5). In the opening scenes, we find Drew on his motorcycle riding around the desert scrub and picking up a tarantula he puts into a jar so he can study it later. He hears the train coming down the tracks and sets off to go see it, only to encounter Walter White, Jesse Pinkman and Todd as they are celebrating their success in pilfering the Methylamine from the tanker car on the train they stopped with Kuby's help. White, Pinkman and Todd turn off the engine to their pump and discover Drew and his motorcyle on the other side of the trestle. They wave hello to Drew Sharp and then Todd pulls out his firearm and kills Drew on the spot.
In the next episode ("Buyout", Season 5, Episode 6), Drew Sharp's body and motorcycle are hauled back to Vamanos Pest in Albuquerque so that Walter, Mike Ehrmantraut and Jesse decide on how to dispose of them while Todd keeps the spider in the jar. Later on in that episode, KOB Reporter Antoinette Antonio reports on the disappearance of Drew Sharp and how the search for Drew has now expanded beyond McKinley County.
Dan Wachsberger 
Dan Wachsberger (played by Chris Freihofer) is an attorney hired by Mike Ehrmantraut to represent Ron Forenall, Dennis Markowsky and the other 7 surviving members of Gustavo "Gus" Fringman's operation running out of the Lavanderia Brilliante in Albuquerque. Wachsberger takes the money (Mike Ehrmantraut's "Legacy Costs") from Mike and then deposits it to 10 Safety Deposit Boxes over at the Cradock Marine Bank in Albuquerque--9 for Fring's surviving guys and their families to use in lieu of their "Hazard Pay" and 1 larger box for Mike Ehrmantraut's Grand-Daughter Kaylee on her 18th Birthday.
We are first introduced to Dan Wachsberger in "Hazard Pay" (Season 5, Episode 3) as he and Mike Ehrmantraut are going through the New Mexico Department Of Corrections facility at Los Lunas south of Albuquerque. Dan signs in and tells the attending guard, Darla, that he has brought in his "paralegal" and that they are here to see Dennis Markowsky. One of the character traits that we see throughout his appearances is that he flirts with the females in the room, be it Darla or later on at the bank with Dorothy Yobs, the lady that Dan routinely lavishes with gifts of sugary baked goods that gives Dan access to the safety deposit boxes at Cradock Marine Bank in "Say My Name" (Season 5, Episode 7).
Eventually, the DEA discovers the transactions going on between Mike Ehrmantraut and Dan Wachsberger and the 10 safety deposit boxes at Cradock Marine Bank and Steven "Gomey" Gomez is sent to investigate it, where Gomez and his agents discover Dan Wachsberger making his routine drops in these boxes and they in turn arrest him and get Dan to give them Mike Ehrmantraut ("Say My Name").
The next and last time we see Dan Wachsberger is in "Gliding Over All" (Season 5, Episode 8) where Dan is in Federal Lockup at La Tuna near the Texas border outside of Las Cruces, where he is chatting with his own attorney on a telephone and is murdered by a bunch of prisoners at the same time the 9 surviving members of Fring's operation are also killed off, including Ron Forenall and Dennis Markowsky.
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