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Stephen
Stephen
Portrayed bySamuel L. Jackson
Biographical information
StatusDeceased
ResidenceCandyland, Mississippi, U.S.
ProfessionSlave
AffiliationCalvin Candie
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Stephen (1782 - May 7, 1859) was Calvin Candie's starkly loyal house slave and close friend. He is the secondary antagonist of Django Unchained. Being a senior house slave more respected than the rest, Stephen personally views himself second only to the white man with all his fellow black people beneath him.

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When his master and friend, Calvin Candie, arrives at Candyland, along with his men, Schultz, and Django Stephen greets Candie informing his master that Broomhilda has attempted to escape and has been locked in the "hot box". During dinner, Stephen's dislike towards Django grows increasingly apparent due to the fact that he is a free man and is free to ride a horse alongside white men. As the senior house slave he has the luxury of being the authority over the other slaves but his intellect, like that of all slaves, is grossly underestimated by his owner. This is a kind of freedom of itself because it affords Stephen the opportunity to watch and see what is really going on at the dinner table. He becomes suspicious of Django and Broomhilda. In the kitchen, he taunts Broomhilda. Later, he informs Candie that Django and Schultz are more interested in Broomhilda than purchasing a mandingo.

Enraged, Candie threatens to kill Broomhilda unless King can afford her for $12,000. King agrees but he soon kills Candie with a gunshot wound into the chest, which leads to a brutal gunfight. As it goes on, Stephen is seen mourning over Candie's body. At the end, as Django runs out of ammo, Stephen gives him two options: surrender or see Broomhilda be killed. Django surrenders and is subdued. Stephen then orders one of his men to castrate him but changes his mind and sends Django to the coal mines to be worked to death. Django escapes by convincing the slave drivers that he is a bounty hunter and after Candie's funeral, slaughters the remaining men and Candie's sister. Django lets the last slaves leave but orders Stephen to remain. Stephen drops his cane and straightens himself as he walks towards Django, showing that the appearance of a hobbling older houseslave was nothing more than a ruse to appear non-threatening. Stephen challenges Django that he is out of ammo, however Django produces a second gun. After some dialogue, Django shoots Stephen in his kneecaps and leaves him to die as Candyland burns to the ground.

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