The D is silent, hillbilly.
—Django, before killing Billy Crash.
Django was presumably born in slavery and was taken from his parents when he was young.
Django Unchained Edit
While enslaved at the Carrucan Plantation, Django and Broomhilda attempt to escape together, but are captured, and brutally branded with the letter "r", for "runaway", on their cheeks. Suspected to be married, their owner sells each of them to different slavers. Django is sold to the Speck Brothers, Ace and Dicky at the Greenville Auction House, along with several other slaves. After marching through the country for days, the Specks and the slaves are approached by Dr. King Schultz, a bounty hunter masking as an itinerant dentist on a horse-drawn dental office. Schultz is looking for The Brittle Brothers, Django's former slavers. Schultz gets Django to reveal he can identify the Brittles on sight. When he proposes buying him from the Specks, they refuse, and threaten to shoot Dr. Schultz if he doesn't leave. Schultz quickly draws his weapon, kills Ace and Dicky's horse, which falls on Dicky breaking Dicky's leg and immobilizing him. Schultz then frees Django, ordering him, in a friendly way, to join him in their future adventures as bounty hunters. He also frees the other slaves leaving them to finishing off Dicky, the remaining Speck Brother. Dr. Schultz and Django take off to the Brittles' current employer, Bennet Plantation. King promises Django his freedom, payment for his work, and a new suit of clothes. Django will have to fully act the part of a freeman and bounty hunter, from now on.
Searching for the Brittle BrothersEdit
On the Bennett Plantation, Django and Schultz are confronted and harassed by the owner, Spencer Bennet, because Django has privileges only a southern white man is allowed to enjoy. When Schultz hints to Bennett he's got big bucks to spend, Bennett cools his attitude and becomes friendly with the duo. This gives Django time to find the Brittle Brothers on the plantation, on his own. When Django first sees the Brittles about to punish a female slave for breaking eggs, he has a flashback to the time when Broomhilda was whipped by the Brittles for running away with Django. (He and Broomhilda had tried and failed to escape together. When recaptured, Django had pled and begged them to not punish Hildy, but punish him instead. His pleas were to no avail, Big John Brittle telling Django, "I like the way you beg, boy".) Now, on the Bennett Plantation, Django first confronts Big John, then the younger brother Roger "Little Raj" Brittle. Django's sudden, bold approach -- in a "Blue Boy" costume, and in complete, macho control, intimidates and surprises them - - and astonishes the plantation's onlooking slaves. He walks to John and shoots him in the heart, taunting him with "I like the way you die, boy", throwing back John's own words from the earlier time. As Raj draws his gun, Django takes the whip and repeatedly whips Raj until he is on the ground, overcome; then Django shoots him, leaving onlooking slaves in shocked amazement. Schultz suddenly shows up, rifle in hand. The pair had earlier agreed King would kill all three brothers, not counting on Django's impulsive asassinations, in his furious rage at the abusive Brittles. Django points King to the last Brittle escaping on a horse, and Schultz kills him at sniper range, revealing a skill of his unknown until now. Big Daddy Spencer and an angry white mob show up, guns drawn demanding to know why all the mayhem. Schultz writhes out of the bad situation, showing Spencer his bounty hunter warrant for the Brittle Brothers, loads up the corpses and leaves for an isolated place to hide out overnight. Spencer and a mob of fellow white supremacists, learn their location, and get up a large gang of badly led, inept would-be klansmen, complete with pillow-case hoods with wrongly cut out eye holes, whose horses were the only ones who saw where they were going. Schultz and Django, anticipating a klan-style assasination, hide in the underbrush, with dummies of themselves under the dentist wagon, and dynamite inside it. As the supremacists gathered around Schultz's booby-trapped cart, in confusion, Schultz shoots, igniting the dynamite, sending most of the raiders to their eternal reward. Django and Schultz watch from their hideout as Spencer flees. Schultz offers Django the chance to deliver him the finishing blow. Django snipes and kills Big Daddy, leaving Schultz surprised and proud of his young protege.
Becoming a Bounty HunterEdit
As Django and Schultz camp on the mountains, Django tells him about how Broomhilda was born in a German slave owning family (leading her to speak the language.) This excites the German doctor to tell Django the origin of Broomhilda's name (a German myth that told the story of a princess who was kidnapped and put on upon a dragon guarded mountain, until the hero saves her). The story influences Django to save his wife. Schultz offers Django a proposition: If Django assists him in his bounty hunting adventures, after the winter season, he will assist Django in saving his wife. Django and Schultz spend the winter hunting and earning profits from their bounties. After Schultz tells Django about this he says he feels responsible for Django because he freed him which brings a bond between the two. The duo's next target is the notorious Smitty Bacal Gang. Django and Schultz find Smitty Bacal who is living peacefully with his son at his farm. Django becomes hesitant to shoot Smitty because he has a family and is living peacefully but Schultz convinces him to kill the wanted outlaw. Django then snipes Smitty, leading his first real bounty. Schultz, who is proud, tells Django to keep the wanted bounty sign, as a symbol for good luck. Schultz realizes that Django is extremely gifted in shooting. After the winter season, the duo decides to head to Mississippi. Django and Schultz are able to view the Slave Holding records where they learn that Broomhilda is being slaved by notorious Francophile slave owner, Calvin Candie, who manages mandingo fights. Schultz tells Django that in order to save his wife, he will have to take on the role of a black slaver/mandingo expert to attract Candie's attention.
Django and Schultz enter The Cleopatra Club, a club/brothel owned by Candie himself. The duo are introduced to Calvin by his close associate, Leonide Moguy. When introduced to Candie, he is in the middle of watching/betting on a Mandingo game. Django and Schultz talk negotiations of buying a Mandingo from Candie. Candie becomes very interested, by the proposition and Django's freeman status. Candie's prickish attitude towards the freeman causes Django to antagonize Candie and causing Candie's gun-totting bodyguard Butch Pooch to become weary of Django. The next day, the duo meets Candie and his gang, as they have just bought some Mandingo fighters, who are headed to Candyland, the plantation owned by Candie. Candie's gang, including Candie's man, Billy Crash, harass the Django. The other Mandingos grow both intimidated and resentful of Django - whom they believe to be a black slaver. Django bosses around the slaves and humiliates them in front of the white men, leading Schultz to inform Django that he can't act so rough with the other slaves. Along the way, the group encounter one of Candies' top Mandingos trying to run away. This act angers Django and Schultz, with Candie realizing it angers the abolitionist, Candie tricks the scared Mandingo to come down, and allows his attack dogs to viciously kill the mandingo. Soon, the group gets to Candyland. Django and Schultz are given a room to stay inside his mansion, they are introduced to the head slave, Stephen . Stephen harasses and throws rude words and slurs towards Django, knowing he is a freeman. This starts a rivalry between the two men. As Django and Schultz are about to be taken in the room, Schultz asks Candie if he can 'have some time alone' with a slave who knows the German language. Candie happily agrees and has Broomhilda sent to his room, however they are quickly informed by Stephen that while Candie was gone Broomhilda tried to escape and was caught and sent in to the hotbox. This angers Django, however they let Broomhilda out and groom her up for Schultz. When Broomhilda goes to Schultz room, he speaks to her in German, just in case Candie's people are listening. He tells her a certain friend is behind a closet and that she must not scream when she sees him. Django opens the door, saying "Hey, little troublemaker", reuniting with his wife. Because Candie is tricked into thinking she can pleasure Schultz, he has her work as a house servant for the night as they talk over negotiations at the dinner table. Stephen becomes suspicious of the way Django and Broomhilda glare at each other. When Broomhilda and Stephen enter the kitchen, he asks her if she knows the freeman, in which she answers "no". In order to anger Django, Stephen persuades Candie to ask if Schultz had pleasured Broomhilda, in which Schultz responded by saying that they only talked. This causes Stephen and Candie to show Broomhilda's whipped body to Schultz. Stephen demands to talk to Candie, persuading him that Broomhilda and Django knows each other. Candie becomes angered, and threats to kill Broomhilda if Django and Schultz don't give Candie $12,000. This angers the duo, however they are being threatened by the gun-toting Butch. The duo give up the money causing Candie to give her freedom papers. While Candie is writing out the papers, Schultz becomes angered by Candie's cruel actions towards slaves. Feeling pressured by Marshall who is gunning down Django, Hilda, and Schultz, Schultz ask to talk to Candie. Schultz begins to humiliate Candie among his knowledge of the French, to which Candie gets angry. He finishes signing her papers, he demands that Schultz shake his hand. Candie really has a trick up his sleeve, but so does Schultz. Schultz agrees to shake it, but as he walks over to Candie he draws his hidden Derringer and shoots Candie in the heart. This makes Stephen deeply saddened and angered that Candie is dead, so Stephen is crying and hugging the dead Candie. Schultz then lets Butch kill him, angering Django to rush over and take Butch's gun, murdering him. Django takes some guns and massacres all of Candie's men by himself. The whole house is left in blood with Django left, until Billy Crash and a couple other men come in and order Django to stop, and if he doesn't, it leads to the death of a hostaged Broomhilda. Django surrenders and is tortured in a slave barn. Billy Crash attempts to "snip" Django with a heated knife, until Stephen stops him and tells him that Ms. Laura Candie, Candy's sister, would rather have Django be sent to the LeQuient-Dickey Mining Facility, a mining factory where slaves would mine until they eventually die of exhaustion. Billy leaves, giving Stephen time to interrogate and warn Django of the troubles ahead.
Escape from CandylandEdit
As Django (and a few Mandingo's) are being driven trough the desert to the mining facility by a few Australian slavers, Django realizes that he can use his bounty hunting status as a way to get free. He tells the slavers that he was hunting down the Bacall gang and says that he will give them half of their profits if they let Django free. They assist Django by giving him a few weapons and a horse. Django tricks the slavers, then kills all three of them. He frees the intimidated Mandingos and rides off to get his revenge and to free Broomhilda. When he goes Candie's stables to retrieve his clothes he finds Shultz' dead body and retrieves Broomhilda's freedom papers from his pocket then bids his fallen friend "auf wiedersehen". As the remaining members of the Candie Family and a very small number of Candies men are mourning at Calvin's funeral, Django kills the remaining amount of Candie's associates and frees Broomhilda. Django sneaks in the Candyland Mansion and wires it with dynamite. As the remaining Candies' walk in the mansion, they are shocked to see a smiling Django on the balcony. As Billy and his men arm themselves to kill Django, Django quickly murders them first, sparring Billy. He then states to Billy that, "last time, his hands were on his..." and angrily shoots Crash's crotch. This angers a wounded and very damaged Billy. Billy soon yells in pain "Duh-Jangoooooo", when Django taunts "The D is silent, hillbilly" then shoots Billy dead. Laura, Stephen, Sheeba, and Cora are left. Django recommends that all of the black people separate and leave from the white people. This confuses the two slaves, however, Stephen tries to leave, when Django orders him to stay. Django commands the two slaves to tell Ms. Laura "goodbye". Confused, the slaves do what they are told and Laura is shot. He frees the two slaves and orders them to leave. The only ones in the house are a vengeance filled Django and a nervous Stephen. Stephen taunts Django by saying "I counted 6 shots, nigga" with Django replying "I count two guns, nigga". Django shoots Stephen's kneecaps, injuring him badly. Django starts to laugh as Stephen curses Django. Django lights a cigarette on the stick of dynamite and bravely walks out the mansion, killing Stephen and destroying most of Candyland. A now free Django and Broomhilda happily ride their horses into the moonlight.
Murders Committed by Django Edit
- Butch Pooch – Shot in the chest.
- Leonide Moguy – Shot in the back and used as a shield against gunners.
- 15 Candyland Gunner – Killed in the Bloody Shootout.
- Royd – Shot in the belly.
- Reno – Shot in the belly.
- Frankie – Shot at his dynamite, making him to explode.
- Mr Stonesipher – Shot in the balls.
- 6 Stonesipher's Trackers – Shot to death on his house.
- Tracker Peg – Shot in the chest.
- 2 Candyland Gunner – Shot to death.
- Billy Crash – Shot in the balls and chest.
- Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly – Shot in the chest.
- Stephen – Shot in the knees and exploding the house where he was in.
I like the way you die, boy.
Y'all wanna see somethin'?
You got yourself a deal, mate.
D-J-A-N-G-O. The 'D' is silent.
Hey, little troublemaker.
- Though never confirmed, it's estimated that Django is around to 25-27 years of age.
- As revealed by Quentin Tarantino during the 2012 Comic-Con panel, Django and Broomhilda are both the great-great-great-great grandparents of John Shaft, from the Shaft movie series.
- The following actors were considered for the role of Django: Will Smith, Idris Elba, Denzel Washington and Chris Tucker.
- Django's name is based on the name of the famous 1966 spaghetti western, Django, starring Franco Nero (who had a small cameo in the film).
- The horse (Tony) that Django rides in the movie is in fact Jamie Foxx's own horse.
- Jamie Foxx made a small cameo appearance at the end of the 2014 western comedy film A Million Ways to Die In The West as Django.