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Jesse Pinkman

Full Name
Jesse Bruce Pinkman
Jesse Jackson, Cap'n Cook, Diesel
Breaking Bad
Drug dealer, methamphetamine cook, partner/apprentice to Walter White and Mike Ehrmantraut
Powers / Skills
Methamphetamine making, driving, woodcarving, some ability with pistols and unarmed fighting
Assisting Walter White, getting high, playing video games
Type of Villain
Drug Dealer, Partner In Crime, Pawn of the Villain, Tragic Villain, Anti-Hero, Protagonist Villain


Ever since I met you, everything I ever cared about is gone! Ruined, turned to shit, dead, ever since I hooked up with the great Heisenberg! I have never been more alone! I have NOTHING! NO ONE! ALRIGHT, IT’S ALL GONE, GET IT? No, no, no, why… why would you get it? What do you even care, as long as you get what you want, right? You don’t give a shit about me! You said I was no good. I’m nothing! Why would you want me, huh? You said my meth is inferior, right? Right? Hey! You said my cook was GARBAGE! Hey, screw you, man! Screw you!
~ Jesse Pinkman to Walter White
What happens now? I’ll tell you what happens now. Your scumbag brother-in-law is finished. Done. You understand? I will own him when this is over. Every cent he earns, every cent his wife earns, is mine. Anyplace he goes, anywhere he turns, I’m gonna be there, grabbing my share. He’ll be scrubbing toilets in Tijuana for pennies, and I’ll be standing over him to get my cut. He’ll see me when he wakes up in the morning, and when he crawls to sleep in whatever rat hole’s left for him after I shred his house down. I will haunt his crusty ass forever. Until the day he sticks a gun in his mouth and pulls the trigger, just to get me out of his head… That’s what happens next.
~ Jesse to Walter after Hank nearly beat him to death
What's the point of being an outlaw when you got responsibilities?
~ Jesse Pinkman
Jesse Pinkman is the secondary protagonist in the television series Breaking Bad. He is a meth dealer and served as Walter White's partner.

He is portrayed by Aaron Paul.

Paul has been widely praised for his performance, winning two Emmy awards. The character has been praised for the parallel development to Walter, where Walter gets more dangerous and violent, Jesse becomes more troubled and sympathetic.


Jesse Bruce Pinkman was born in September 1984 into an upper middle-class family in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At the time the series starts, he has long been estranged from his parents due to his drug abuse and lifestyle. After being forced to leave his parents' residence, Jesse moved in with his Aunt Jenny, whom he cared for until her death from cancer; afterwards, he was allowed to stay in her home, whose ownership fell to Jesse's parents. Jesse was a poor student in high school, largely due to his inattention and apathy.

Walter White, who Jesse almost always calls "Mr. White," was his chemistry teacher, and flunked him in his class. Walt himself later tells Jesse that he "never thought much" of him, although his mother recalled that Walt "must have seen some potential in Jesse, he really tried to motivate him. He was one of the few teachers who cared." Pinkman would later deliver on that potential, producing a product on his own which Walt begrudgingly concedes is as good as what Walt himself produced and superior to that which was produced by Gale Boetticher who held an advanced degree in chemistry.

In "Say My Name", Walter refers to himself and Pinkman as "the two best meth cooks in America".

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