What Your Favorite Breaking Bad Character Says About You

Co-written by Stephanie Georgopulos.

Badger

If Badger is your favorite Breaking Bad character, you’re likely a stoner who’s perpetually stuck in the high school mentality. You’re the type who thinks losing entire days to the idiocy of highness is an endearing and humorous thing to do with your time. You’re aimless; can’t see your life going anywhere positive in the near future. Negative qualities aside, you’re a warm individual with honest intentions and a good heart. Between absolutely sick bong rips, you support those closest to you, even if they’ve hurt you in the past (though, let’s be honest — you probably just don’t remember their indiscretions). Your biggest setback is that you still live with your mom, and because you can’t seem to hold down a steady job, she’s on your ass all the time about vacuuming and shit.

Hector “Tio” Salamanca

You can hold a grudge and a half. You appear feeble and sedentary to people who don’t know you very well, but you’re actually calculating and insane. You’re probably someone’s 5’3″ psycho ex-girlfriend. In fact, 89% of the people who have dated you refer to you as such. (Of course, no one believes them because d’aww, you’re so tiny and incapable!)

Walter White, Jr.

You’re a cynic who gets along better with animals than with humans. You’ve definitely attended your fair share of dog funerals. You might own a World Wildlife Fund sweatshirt. In your eyes, animals are pure and humans are driven solely by greed and self-interest. That’s why anyone who exhibits unquestionable earnestness, innocence and naivety is heralded by you. A person who acts free of self-serving motives melts your black, hardened heart — even if they’re motive-free because they honestly don’t know any better.

Hank Schrader

If your favorite Breaking Bad character is Hank, you’re a straight-shooting man’s man with clear values and a douchey demeanor. Are you a republican? You’re probably a republican. You know if you like or hate a person within the first minute of meeting them and you could care less what their assessment of you is. While your unconscious misogynistic tendencies do not go overlooked by most in your circle of friends, your sincere desire to do good by the standards you’ve consistently kept earn you brownie points. Aw, what am I saying? Come here, you big bear — give us a hug!

Marie Schrader

You’re Italian by association. You’re skilled at spending exuberant amounts of money on cheap-looking shit. Or just stealing cheap-looking shit, when the mood strikes. You had an extensive hoop earring collection in high school. You might be from Long Island.

Gustavo Fring

Acquaintances often confide that you “looked like a total bitch the first time we met,” or that they “totally thought [you] hated [me], at first.” Even your warmest smile reads “I will murder your entire family.” You will give another lukewarm smile as your acquaintance goes on and on about how alienated they felt, how sure they were of your indifference toward them, all while you imagine what their body might look like circulating on a rotisserie rod.

Skyler White

You’re a complete blowhard who has to control everything and everyone around you. You kind of go ballistic when that’s taken away from you — which is often — but you never actually accept that the world doesn’t revolve around you. You become more of a ride-or-die bitch with age, but you definitely won’t ride without buckling your seatbelt first.

Jesse Pinkman

As soon as you moved out of your childhood home, your parents replaced your bedroom with a gym. When you visit them, they refrain from asking you if you’re seeing anyone, if you have a job, if you’re okay because they know the answer is probably terrifying and… well, ignorance is bliss. You have spent at least one hour at Off Track Betting. You might have untreated depression. Or Stockholm syndrome. Maybe both.

Los Primos de Tuco

You haven’t read a book since third grade, and you don’t see anything wrong with that.

Gretchen and Elliot Schwartz

You’re wildly successful but still make time every five years to check in on your old friends, who are poor and thus more exciting than you could ever hope to be. God love ‘em.

Gale Boetticher

You lecture strangers on the internet about heteronormativity. You always auditioned for the school play but were never cast in a leading role. Both you and your therapist believe this rejection set the stage for your inferiority and intimacy issues. You are in the 3% of humans who enjoy both Breaking Bad and Glee.

Steven Gomez

If your favorite character on Breaking Bad is Hank’s loyal partner, your significant other will never live up to the excellence that is your best friend. In high school you were the water boy and in college you were a male cheerleader. You aspire for a simple, uninspiring life with no surprises. You’re good at what you do but excel at nothing in particular. You may or may not be in the closet about your sexuality.

Jane Margolis

Lewis Jacobs/ Still Photographer

You never quite grew out of your gothic phase in high school. Despite the fact that you serve at Denny’s or TGIFridays or Friendlies, your parents still believe you’re a rising star who’ll get their life on track… someday. Before they die, maybe.

Saul Goodman

You have an affinity for used car salesmen and CSI: Miami. In your free time you read genre fiction and do crosswords. You’re bafflingly good at crosswords. You spend your weekends tricking people into thinking you suck at pool. Your wife doesn’t know about one of your credit cards.

Mike

You spend your weekends in bed watching episodes of The Wire because a) you’re obsessed with basically every character and b) you’re incredibly apathetic and tired of existence. Are there better ways to spend your weekends? Sure, but who the fuck cares. In your mind, the only thing better than fresh sheets and the opening credits of The Wire is setting up camp in an empty parking lot and eating Taco Bell at 3 a.m. on a weeknight.

Walter White

You’re a maverick of sorts, and you’re constantly going rogue — so basically, you’re the humanization of the McCain/Palin 2008 campaign. You’re smart, which makes you overly confident and… wholly unlikeable. Seriously, the only reason anyone keeps you around is because you’ve manipulated them into needing you. When people actually do love you, it’s mostly an accident; an uncontrollable flaw on their behalf like unyielding loyalty or a medical disorder. It’s not your fault, though — you weren’t validated enough as a child. Your dad didn’t show up on Career Day. Your mom needs a forklift to help her leave the house, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?-style. We get it — you have low self-esteem and you need credit for everything you accomplish because you ostensibly went unnoticed your entire life. Just… try not to be such a dick about it, okay?

Tuco Salamanca

You’re the friend no one wants to get high with. You’re too loud, you’re too aggro, you want shit you didn’t pay for, and sometimes you just decide to like… freaking kill people. No, you’re on some amateur-hour shit. You’re a bad trip waiting to happen. You’re the face people see in the mirror during an acid trip that makes them decide to off themselves. Just… go to rehab or something.

Ted Beneke

Lewis Jacobs/ Still Photographer

You mean well, but… I’m just gonna say it. White boy, you need some perspective. Quit chasing that vanilla dream and get on the unemployment line with the rest of us. TC mark

image – Breaking Bad

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  • Emil Caillaux

    If you’re Walter Jr., your favorite meal of the day is breakfast.

    • EP

      UGH that’s exactly what I was going to comment with! “You enjoy breakfast for dinner, breakfast for lunch…well, quite frankly, you just enjoy breakfast.”

    • Erin

      “Do you want breakfast or lunch?”
      “… pancakes.”

  • http://musabee.wordpress.com musabee

    I met Gus randomly at a bar recently. I almost piddled myself. It was bliss.

    Also, I HATE HATE HATE Skyler, but love this: “You become more of a ride-or-die bitch with age, but you definitely won’t ride without buckling your seatbelt first.”

  • http://none BrBa Fan

    You could not be any more off base about Skyler. Walt is a TERRIBLE husband to her and the amount of shit she has had to put up with over the past 5 seasons has been insane. Just about everything she does is understandable and justifiable. I’m so sick of the unintelligent Skyler hate, it truly means you do not understand Breaking Bad at all.

    • skylerruleZ

      This so much,

    • NawDawgNaw

      Eh, just because she’s been through a lot doesn’t change the fact that her character also has an unbearably annoying personality. I understand the reasoning and logic behind all of her actions, but I still spend most of her screen time rolling my eyes and waiting for her to leave.

      Note: all of this only applies through season 4. I actually really like season 5 Skyler so far. Watching her lose her shit has been fascinating.

    • Eli

      AMEN. Skyler is one badass Mom.

    • Molly

      People hate Skyler because they don’t think a woman has any right to tell her husband what to do. They are the people who secretly wish it was the 1800s where they can’t beat up and rape their wife with no consequences.

      Really, if it was the other way around NO ONE would be on the meth making wife’s side. Fuck Breaking Bads sexist ass fans

  • http://twitter.com/copper0928 Alyssa (@copper0928)

    Reading this article makes me realize that Gus is, in fact, my favorite character. And I feel like this shouldn’t be!

  • Irene Marie

    This article doesn’t really say anything about the person who might like this character, but just summarizes the character. I like Jesse Pinkman, but I have a wonderful relationship with my parents. Just because my favorite character has a certain quality doesn’t mean I do.

    • http://none BrBa Fan

      Word, these articles are annoying. Might as well just title it “Summaries of Breaking Bad Characters”

  • http://gravatar.com/gondelman Josh Gondelman

    I hope this takes off, just because I’d love to hear a woman say (with high-pitched enthusiasm): “I am SUCH a Tuco!”

  • Box Cutter

    lol at the comments that think Skyler matters.

    • pinkmansgirl

      LOL @ Skyler’s face! (and all of the comments that think she matters!)

  • rachel

    If you are Marie you are actually the purple people eater.

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