Which ‘Django Unchained’ Characters Best Follow Guy Code?

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Quentin Tarantino‘s movies are pretty much for guys. Sure, “Kill Bill” and “Jackie Brown” feature badass women, but Tarantino understands the male psyche like few other filmmakers. Such is the case with MTV Movie Awards nominee “Django Unchained.” But even though it’s geared toward guys, not all the characters follow Guy Code. Here’s an inventory of who upholds it…and who completely breaks it.

1. Django (Jamie Foxx)

The titular slave is a fiercely courageous man able to overcome his brutal past while keeping a cool head and still seeing the good in (certain) white people. Sold away from his beloved wife Broomhilda, Django’s one goal is to make it back to her…though if he rights a few wrongs along the way, all the better.

2. Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz)

This German dentist and bounty hunter is a deeply moral follower of Guy Code who earns his living from rescuing slaves and killing wrongdoers. (Yeah, he hasn’t exactly made a buck from dentistry in awhile.) When the good doctor hears Django’s sad tale of Broomhilda, he becomes determined to mentor the man and help reunite the lost lovers. What a guy!

3. Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio)

The charismatic but dopey plantation owner destroys all tenets of Guy Code. He owns numerous slaves, brutally beats them all and even encourages them to fight to the death for his pathetic amusement. He displays just the smallest sparks of Guy Code in his belief in and love for Stephen, but if he loved him so much…why wouldn’t he free him?

Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson)

While house slave Stephen would appear to satisfy many elements of Guy Code in his fierce loyalty to Candie, he’s actually the largest breaker of Guy Code. Only loyal to Candie for Machiavellian means of survival, Stephen completely turns his back on his fellow slaves to curry favor, and only cares about one guy in the entire universe: Himself.

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Aaron Goldfarb (@aarongoldfarb) is the author of How to Fail: The Self-Hurt Guide.