Aldo Raine

Aldo Raine

    Inglourious Basterds
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew Up… the son of hillbilly moonshiners in Maynardville, Tennessee. He claims to be the direct descendant of Jim Bridger, the legendary mountain man. He also has some Native American in his blood, explaining his unusual methods and nom de guerre, Aldo “the Apache” Raine.

Living… behind enemy lines in Nazi occupied France. Constantly on the move, Aldo and his team are trying to stay alive for as long as they can, while denying Nazis the same privilege.

Profession…1st Lieutenant and leader of the Basterds, a team of eight Jewish-American commandos. The Basterds are not a strategic, objective-based unit. Instead, their job is simply to spread fear through the German ranks and kill as many Nazis as possible.

Interests… killing, intimidating, and scalping Nazis.

Challenge… completing Operation Kino, a daring plan to assassinate the top members of the German command, including Adolf Hitler.

Personality… straightforward, fearless, and charming. Aldo Raine’s steady leadership is at the heart of all the Basterds’ successes. He cares deeply for his men, but is a soldier first and foremost. Although Aldo exhibits kindness and decency to all non-Nazis, his hatred for the Germans is intense and sadistic. He takes special pleasure in carving swastika’s into the foreheads of living Nazis so they can never deny their connection to the 3rd Reich.


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