Breaking Bad is an American television series created by Vince Gilligan.
The following is a list of characters from both series and the feature film. Walter Hartwell White also known by his clandestine alias Heisenberg played by Bryan Cranston is an underachieving Albuquerque, New Mexico high school chemistry teacher who, after being diagnosed with lung cancer , starts manufacturing methamphetamine to provide for his family upon his death.
Knowing nothing about the drug trade, he enlists the aid of his former student, Jesse Pinkman , to sell the meth he produces. Walt's scientific knowledge and dedication to quality lead him to produce crystal meth that is purer and more potent than any competitors'.
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To avoid the tedious collection of pseudoephedrine required for production, Walt devises an alternative chemical process utilizing methylamine , giving his product a distinctive blue color.
His crystal meth, which is given the street name "Blue Sky," dominates the market, leading to confrontations with established drug makers and dealers. Walt is initially squeamish about the use of violence, but gradually comes to see it as a necessity.
He also comes to find his new status as a drug lord psychologically rewarding, leading him to become less and less reluctant to resort to criminal acts such as theft , extortion , money laundering , depraved indifference , and murder. Walt's descent, Macbeth -like,  into the criminal underworld unearths immense levels of deeply repressed ambition, rage, resentment, vanity, and an increasing ruthlessness which alienates him from his family and colleagues.
She has had several meager sources of income: writing short stories, selling items on eBay , working as a bookkeeper, and ultimately helping her husband launder money. Skyler and Walter have a son, Walter Jr. Skyler cares for Walter very much, but their marriage becomes increasingly strained due to his unexplained absences and bizarre behavior, ultimately leading to their separation.
Later, once Walter reveals his operation, she aids him in laundering his funds. They buy the car wash where Walter had recently moonlighted. Although she helps Walter, she remains displeased with the situation overall.
As Walter slowly becomes more of a "hardened criminal," her emotions of fear and worry for him become increasingly prevalent. When in the episode "Buried," Hank tells Skyler he is on to Walt, but needs her help to provide sufficient evidence to build a successful case, Skyler replies that she needs a lawyer and later tells Walt they should remain quiet. Jesse Bruce Pinkman played by Aaron Paul is a small-time methamphetamine user, manufacturer, and dealer.
In high school, he was an indifferent student in Walter White's chemistry class. Now in his mids, Jesse is Walt's business partner in the meth trade.
Jesse is impulsive, hedonistic, and uneducated beyond high school, but he is financially ambitious and streetwise. He talks in playful slang, likes to wear garish clothing that follows the latest trends in youth culture, plays video games, listens to rap and rock music, takes recreational drugs, and drives Lowriders. Walt treats Jesse like a foolish son in constant need of stern correction.
Jesse's own family kicked him out of their house because of his drug use. Despite the friction between them, he and Walt have a deep bond of loyalty. As a result of his relationship with Walt, Jesse becomes an excellent meth cook, ultimately leading to his exploitation by others.
Despite his criminal lifestyle, Jesse is far more conscientious than Walt. He is horrified, particularly during later seasons, by the brutality at the higher levels of the drug trade, but remains involved with Walt because he is not sure what else he can do.
He is very protective of children: his desire to keep children out of the violent drug world gives rise to several key events throughout the series. He wrestles with feelings of guilt about the deaths, all drug-related, of people he has been associated with. Towards the end of the fifth season he is overwhelmed by guilt and his "blood money. Henry R. He is involved in investigating a meth dealer known as "Heisenberg," unaware for over a year that his prey is actually Walter.
Hank has a cavalier exterior, but in reality the dark side of his job affects him more than he cares to admit.
In the course of his work, Hank is promoted to El Paso, Texas from Albuquerque for a short time but experiences a traumatic event and moves back to Albuquerque. Despite his brashness, Hank is highly competent at his job and cares deeply about his family.
Hank is eventually promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA in Albuquerque but is still determined to solve the "Heisenberg" case, which ultimately leads to his demise.
Marie works as a radiologic technologist. She does not hesitate to offer advice to others, but often fails to practice what she preaches. She shoplifts compulsively—apparently a manifest symptom of kleptomania —a behavior for which she sees a therapist. She appears self-centered and shallow, but is very devoted to her husband and cares deeply for her sister's family. Nearly all of her household and clothing items are shades of the color purple.
In Season 3, Marie becomes a major source of comfort and support to her husband, when The Cousins shoot and nearly kill Hank. With Walt and Skyler's help, she arranges for Hank to undergo an aggressive physical therapy program that is not covered by their insurance.
When Hank stubbornly decides to stay at the hospital, claiming he is completely disabled, she refuses to give up on him and masturbates him to prove he still has feeling below the waist. When he returns home, however, Hank is cold and brash to Marie, despite her attempts to make him comfortable, and she spirals back into kleptomania.
Once Hank begins making progress with the case, his relationship with Marie improves again. When Walt and Skyler begin to have marital problems, she volunteers to take in their children for a couple of days while they work things out.
In the final season, Hank shares with Marie the truth about Walter's criminal activities, and Marie confronts Skyler. Learning Skyler has known of Walt before Hank was shot, Marie slaps her sister and storms out of the room angrily. She tries to take Holly with her, but Hank commands her to return the baby.
She then urges Hank "to get" Walter. Marie is eager to help Hank when Jesse agrees to confess about Walt's crimes. She is initially unaware of Hank's death and reconciles with Skyler on the condition she tells Walt Jr. Marie learns that Hank is missing when Walt kidnaps Holly, and eventually receives confirmation he is dead.
She is last seen in her house two months later, now with blue instead of purple trim around the house, warning Skyler to be on the look out for Walt. Walter Hartwell White Jr. He has cerebral palsy , as manifested in speech difficulties and impaired motor control, for which he uses crutches which Mitte, who has a milder variation of cerebral palsy, does not require .
Angered by his parents' constant fighting, Walter Jr. When he discovers that Walt has cancer, Walter Jr.
Walt's lawyer, Saul Goodman , arranges for a wave of fictional "donations" drawn from Walter's drug money, in order to launder it and also make Walter Jr. When Skyler and Walt separate, Walter Jr. Upon learning of his father's connection with Hank's death, Walter Jr. Feeling betrayed Jr. Saul Goodman played by Bob Odenkirk , real name James Morgan McGill , is a sleazy lawyer who acts as Walter and Jesse's attorney and provides some of the series' comic relief.
He uses the name "Saul Goodman" because he thinks his clients feel more confident with a Jewish lawyer; this name is also homophonous with the expression "[it]'s all good, man. Despite his flamboyant appearance and mannerisms—punctuated by his outrageous low-budget TV commercials—Saul is a highly competent lawyer who is able to solve problems and find loopholes in order to protect his clients.
He is also reluctant to be associated with violence or murder. He has served as an adviser for Walter , Jesse , Gus , Mike, and even Skyler , whom he also helped acquire a car wash in order to launder Walter's drug money.
Gustavo Fring played by Giancarlo Esposito is the Chilean -born proprietor of Los Pollos Hermanos, a highly successful fried chicken restaurant chain. He is also a public booster for the local DEA office and a member of the hospital board.
Like Walter White , Gus is a criminal who "hides in plain sight," using his anti-drug philanthropy to conceal his true nature. Gus originally established Los Pollos Hermanos in Mexico several years previously, but emigrated to the United States when Don Eladio and Hector Salamanca murdered his cook and close friend, Maximino Arciniega , as punishment for insulting Eladio.
Mike Ehrmantraut played by Jonathan Banks is a former Philadelphia police officer who works for Gus —and, on occasion, Saul —as a private investigator, head of security, cleaner , and hit man. His reasons for leaving the Philadelphia police are never specified during Breaking Bad , but given his story to Walt about missing a chance to kill an abusive perpetrator who eventually murdered a victim Mike was trying to help, and Hank's refusal to bring up the reason for Mike's departure from the police, it is implied that Mike decided to take revenge against the abuser, which resulted in Mike's departure.
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As a result, one of the lessons Mike employed in his criminal activities was to not take "half measures. The next day circa Mike fled to Albuquerque to be near his granddaughter Kaylee played by Kaija Roze Bales and daughter in law Stacey.
He initially worked as a parking attendant at the Albuquerque Courthouse, where the evening and night hours often enabled him to take part in criminal activities during the day. Mike is a calm and calculating individual who efficiently performs his duties for Gus, using his extensive knowledge of police procedure to do so without detection.
Prior to his murder of Werner Ziegler he is shown to go to extreme lengths to avoid killing anyone or targeting innocent bystanders.
It is Mike's suggestion of a new life in Alaska that drives Jesse's ambitions following his escape from Jack Welker's gang. She originally worked with Gus Fring as a supplier of chemicals required for his drug business in the American southwest. Lydia becomes anxious and asks Mike to eliminate 11 people who were involved with Gus and could expose her. When he refuses, Lydia makes the same offer to one of the 11 on her hit list and adds Mike to it.
However, Mike ambushes and kills the new hit man, and deduces that Lydia is responsible. He consequently breaks into Lydia's home, ready to execute her, but allows her to live contingent on her providing methylamine for a new meth operation to be run by Walt, Jesse, and Mike. Mike guesses that Lydia placed it because she wants out of the business, and again vows to kill her.
Lydia provides Walt, Jesse, and Mike information about a freight train that includes a tanker car full of methylamine, enabling a 1,gallon heist which ensures they can continue cooking meth almost indefinitely. Later, she provides Walt with a new market in the Czech Republic , using her resources and network to distribute the meth in large quantities.
After Walt quits, Declan and his gang take over the meth business, but produce a poor quality product. Lydia and Jack's gang arrange the massacre of Declan's crew, after which Jack's gang takes the methylamine and begins running Declan's business, later kidnapping Jesse to cook a better product for them.
Months later, during a meeting with Todd, Walt now a wanted criminal interrupts a regular coffee shop meeting between Lydia and Todd to offer a new method of meth production. Lydia appears to agree to Walt's offer, but after Walt leaves she suggests to Todd that Walt should be killed at the meeting.
That evening Lydia is obviously ill and calls Todd to check on whether the gang killed Walt. Walt answers Todd's phone and tells her that Jack and his gang are all dead and she will soon be dead too, because he added ricin to the Stevia she used in her tea during the meeting at the coffee shop. In the movie El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie , Jesse hears a radio news report that confirms Walt's death and mentions that a woman from Houston, presumably Lydia, is critically ill after having been poisoned.
The report indicates that her suspected ties to Walt are being investigated, and that she is not expected to survive. Lydia reappears in season 3 of Better Call Saul.