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"I'm prepared to scour the Earth for that mother****er. If Butch goes to Indo-China, I want a **** hiding in a bowl of rice waiting to pop a cap in his ass." ― Marsellus Wallace vows to kill Butch.[source]

Marsellus Wallace is the main antagonist (later anti-hero) in Quentin Tarantino's 2nd film, Pulp Fiction. He is a notorious crime lord in Los Angeles and the husband of Mia Wallace. Marsellus is also the boss of Vincent VegaJules WinnfieldButch Coolidge, and many other unidentified gangsters.

He was portrayed by Ving Rhames.


Marsellus Wallace is the leader of a criminal cartel that operated out of the greater Los Angeles area in the mid-1990s. He has connections of every kind, and he is the type that one would not want to mess with (as Jules Winnfield would say, word around the campfire is that Marsellus threw a man off a four-story balcony through a greenhouse for touching his wife's feet). He seems to have a small band of trusted people, as indicated by the fact that he is only seen speaking with Butch Coolidge, Vincent Vega, Jules Winnfield, his wife Mia Wallace, and Paul and Winston Wolfe. He runs most of his business through his front, Inglewood strip club.

The Gold Watch

In this sequence, Marsellus was hit by a car driven by Butch Coolidge. Butch was already wanted by Marsellus for double-crossing him, and when the crime lord realized it was him, he chased after him. Butch eventually stumbled into Maynard's pawn shop where he ambushed Marsellus, disarmed him, and prepared to shoot him in the head. Suddenly, Maynard pulled out a shotgun and held Butch at gun point, forcing him to drop his pistol and approach the desk with his hands behind his head. Maynard then knocked Butch out by striking him with the butt of the rifle, and Maynard held the two hostage. Zed then shows up, and rapes Marsellus.

While Zed is raping him, Butch breaks free and takes a samurai sword from the shop to kill Maynard, saving Marsellus. Before Butch can kill Zed, the gangster appears in the background with Maynard's shotgun and says, "Step aside Butch". He then shoots Zed in the groin, wounding but not killing him. He goes on to say he is going to call up his gangsters, and have them torture Zed. Butch asks what is going to happen between the two of them, and Marsellus says that they're cool, but Butch must never tell anybody about this incident, and instructs him to leave town right away, and to never return or Marsellus will kill him. After which, the two went their separate ways and it's implied that Marsellus kept his word and Zed was tortured, mutilated and killed by his men as his many previous victims.

Fun Quotes

"I think you're gonna find, when all this shit is over, I think you're gonna find yourself one smiling motherfucker. The thing is, Butch, right now you got ability. But painful as it may be, ability don't last. And your days are just about over. Now that's a hard motherfuckin' fact of life, but that's a fact of life your ass is gonna have to get realistic about. See, this business is filled to the brim with unrealistic motherfuckers. Motherfuckers who thought their ass would age like wine. If you mean it turns to vinegar, it does. If you mean it gets better with age, it don't. Besides, Butch, how many fights do you think you got in you anyhow? Two? Boxers don't have an Old Timers Place. You came close but you never made it. And if you were gonna make it, you would have made it before now. (holds out the envelope of cash to Butch, but just out of his reach) You're mine, dig?"" ― Marsellus Wallace[source]

" (when he sees Butch) Motherfucker!"" ― Marsellus Wallace[source]

"What now? Let me tell you what now. I'ma call a coupla hard, pipe-hittin' n*****s, who'll go to work on the homes here with a pair of pliers and a blow torch. You hear me talkin', hillbilly boy? I ain't through with you by a damn sight. I'm gonna get medieval on your ass."" ― Marsellus Wallace[source]


  • Marsellus is one of the few characters in the film not seen smoking.