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You are now in the hands of the SS. My hands to be exact.
~ Hans Landa to an incapacitated Lt. Aldo Raine
Hans Landa (also known as: The Jew Hunter and Col. Landa) is a top Nazi officer of the SS and the main antagonist in the 2009 Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds.

He is portrayed by Christoph Waltz, who won the Academy Award for the role ,who also portrayed another Tarantino character; Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained ,that gave the chance to win another Academy Award for this role.

Inglorious Basterds

In the film, he is portrayed as a highly intelligent and cold-blooded SS officer ordered to hunt down any European Jew hiding out in France. As such, he has been given the nickname "The Jew Hunter", which he claims to take pride in having. 

He is a cunning, expert detective who is able to manipulate answers out of others with hard-pressing interrogations. However, despite his deadly nature, he has a very light and outgoing personality, showing child-like enjoyment for things such as sweets and milk. Although he enjoys his high rank within the Nazi Party, it is later revealed he holds little care for anything except himself and is willing to turn on his own country as long as it benefits him personally. 

Landa eventually becomes aware of an assassination plot against Adolf Hitler inside of a French cinema, and uses this to his advantage. Having predicted the Third Reich was bound to fall and wanting to evade Jewish tribunal, Landa makes a deal with the group of American soldiers known as the Basterds and their commanding officers to be granted American citizenship as well as partial credit for the destruction of the Third Reich in exchange for letting the assassination attempt follow through. Wanting to end Hitler's reign of tyranny, the Americans make the deal with Landa and Hitler is killed in the cinema. 

Sometime after the assassination, the Basterds drive Landa out into the woods where their leader, Lieutenant Aldo Raine, allows Landa to live, but with a price. Much like he had done to previous Nazis in the film, Raine proceeds to slice a swatzika-shaped scar on to Landa's forehead, permanently branding him with the symbol ,while Landa is defeated and screaming from pain. It is unknown what Landa's fate is after this. 


An Austrian SS officer assigned to the Sicherheitsdienst. He is nicknamed The Jew Hunter in reference to his keen ability to locate Jews hiding throughout Occupied France. Egotistical and ambitious, Landa takes a great deal of pride in this reputation, lauding his nickname "the Jew hunter" and using it to compare himself to Reinhard Heydrich. When the tide of the war turns against the Nazis, he scoffs at it, alluding that his job is to find and capture people and the fact that they are Jews is of no consequence to him.  Landa is cruel, highly intelligent, relentless and ruthless but when needed, charming and polite. He uses a very methodical and Holmesian approach in his search for hidden Jews. Besides speaking German, he is also fluent in at least English, French and Italian. He is also sarcastic and seems to have a knowledge, albeit flawed, of English language idioms, such as "That's a Bingo!" or "If the shoe fits, you must wear it."

Landa appears to be an opportunistic sociopath, acting only out of pure self-interest. In the beginning of the film, he subscribes to Nazi ideology as a means to power and wealth, having been a member of the Austrian Nazi party at least since 1934 (possibly even having taken part in the assassination of Engelbert Dollfuss.) By the end of the film, he unreservedly breaks his oath to Hitler, and switches sides to assist the Basterds in assassinating Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party elite inside a movie theater. In return for his role in the plot, Landa first demands and receives full immunity for his war crimes, a house onNantucket Island, a Colonel's military pension, public recognition as an agent working with the American Office of Strategic Services and to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Even so, Landa is punished for his actions by Lt. Aldo Raine, who carves a swastika into his forehead with a Bowie knife, ironically marking the apolitical careerist as a Nazi for life. 

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