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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, 1858) 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 Brunhilde 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 Brunhilde. In the kitchen, he taunts Brunhilde. Later, he informs Candie that Django and Schultz are more interested in Brunhilde than purchasing a mandingo.

Enraged, Candie threatens to kill Brunhilde 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 rans out of ammo, Stephen gives him two options: surrender or see Brunhilde 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 work to the 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 Stephen is left behind, in which Django shoots Stephen with two shots into his kneecaps. Django leaves Stephen inside before Candyland explodes, killing Stephen inside.

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