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Bring out the gimp.
~ Zed to his best friend Manyard

Zed is one of the villains of the 1994 black comedic crime thriller film by Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction. He is a rapist who victimizes men that he and his accomplice, Maynard, kidnap. Zed rapes Marcellus Wallace inside basement of Maynard's pawn shop. He serves as the main antagonist of the chapter called The Gold Watch.

He is portrayed by actor Peter Greene, who also played Dorian Tyrell in the live-action comedy movie The Mask and Deacon in Blue Streak.

History

Boxer Butch Coolidge is being chased by crime boss Marcellus Wallace into a pawn shop, where Butch disarms him and prepares to shoot him in the head. Suddenly the pawn shop owner, Maynard, holds Butch at gun point with his shotgun, knocking Butch out while Marcellus passes out. Meanwhile, Maynard calls Zed and says, "the spider caught himself a couple of flies".

Later on, Maynard wakes them both up and they find themselves bound and gagged. Zed arrives and tells Maynard to wake up 'The Gimp', and chooses Marcellus with a game of "eenie meenie miny moe". Leaving The Gimp to watch over Butch, they take Marcellus into the back room, bend him over a volting horse and begin to rape him. Butch manages to untie himself and knock The Gimp out, but just as he is about to leave the pawn shop, he realizes he cannot leave Marsellus to his fate and goes back to save him with a katana in hand.

Butch sneaks up on Maynard and brutally slashes and stabs him, then holds Zed at bay with the katana. Marsellus frees himself and picks up Maynard's shotgun. Before Zed can grab his pistol, Marsellus shoots him in the crotch. He vows that Zed's suffering has only begun, promising that he will "get medieval on [his] ass". Since Butch saved him, Marcellus calls off his feud with him, provided Butch leaves Los Angeles and keeps what happened there to himself. Afterwards, Zed is tortured, mutilated and killed by Marsellus' men.

Trivia

  • According to a commentary, Zed and Maynard had killed one of their previous victims before Butch and Marcellus were kidnapped.