After being shown the meth, Tuco invites Jesse to snort some of the product to prove he isn't a cop, before snorting some himself off the tip of a knife. As he is cooking breakfast for them, Tuco orders both Walt and Jesse to give him their wallets so he can take a look at their documents, learning that "Heisenberg's" real name is Walter White. "We're gonna make a lot of money together," says Tuco. They meet again at the same auto junkyard and Walt delivers the first ever batch of blue meth. 2008 Skinny Pete and Jesse find themselves in Tuco's hideout with a pound of Walt's meth, believing they will be able to negotiate a deal with Tuco. But owing me money, that's bad.". Hector would never talk to the DEA about the incident. Walt then tells Tuco that he'll pay Walt and Jesse "up front" for future purposes and demands that Tuco now buy two pounds of his meth instead of one, which Tuco agrees to without hesitation ("Crazy Handful of Nothin'"). Duane Chow As Hank is going through old evidence documents, he briefly comes across a picture of Tuco's corpse ("Blood Money"). Walt and Jesse are horrified after witnessing the scene. High on the meth he just snorted, Tuco screams at his associate, claiming that he is disrespecting their new partners. Breaking Bad is popular for many reasons—the fantastic acting, the excellent pacing, the intriguing setting, etc. Hank announces that Tuco Salamanca’s headquarters have been raided, netting “some of his lieutenants.” He gives a list of crimes for which Tuco’s believed to be responsible, including the murder of Krazy-8. Tuco lies dead after being shot in the head ("Grilled"). Heisenberg (played by Bryan Cranston) got what he deserved by the end of the show. Tuco laughs and tells a bewildered Walt he'll see him next week as Gonzo drags No-Doze's limp body to the car, and the drug dealers drive away ("A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal"). Sadness Ranking: 1/10. Death and misery go hand-in-hand on the show, but less so death and traditional sadness. But Walt and Mike have bad blood between them, and Mike backs out of working with Walt because he can’t stand him. ("Off Brand"), While talking to Hector, Lalo, who has to flee back to Mexico, states that Tuco will be out of prison in eleven months and can thus take over the Salamanca operations at that point. He is overall almost completely insane, violent and a complete psychopath, making him one of the most dangerous members of his family, surpassing even his uncle and cousins to an extent. Tuco was born in Mexico and was raised by his uncle Hector, alongside his cousins Lalo, Marco and Leonel, and Joaquin as a member of the Juárez Cartel. Tuco follows Mike outside and keeps demanding that he pay for the damage. After Walt learns of the events that occurred in the hideout, he decides to take matters into his own hands. Tuco mentions his future plans, saying that he has a lot of connections south of the border and his cousins are coming to give them a lift to Mexico where Walt and Jesse will be taken to a superlab so they could "cook 24/7." Appearances in Breaking Bad He was looking for Jesse’s car, connecting the murder of No-Doze to Tuco, and that’s when a shoot-out with an injured Tuco occurs. There, he faced off against Jack Welker’s Neo-Nazi gang with a mounted machine gun, but also wound up getting shot in the process. His operation is extremely successful and he becomes a key man for the Cartel's operations north of the border and gradually he becomes one of the most powerful and influential dealers in Albuquerque. Jesse was also massively messed up after her death, spiraling out of control. But after things go awry following a murder of his underling, No-Doze, Tuco kidnaps Jesse and Walt and brings them out to a cabin in the desert where an ostensibly out-of-it uncle of his is also residing. Whose death do you think was the most shocking on Breaking Bad? Tuco is known for his erratic personality and propensity for extreme violence, making him one of the most dangerous drug dealers in New Mexico. Coincidentally, Raymond Cruz once played a character going by virtually the same name, 'Eladio Buente', as part of the X-Files episode '. Hank Schrader, searching for Jesse by tracking his car, approaches Tuco believing him to be Jesse. Oh, and massive spoilers up ahead. Breaking Bad may not be the greatest show of all time, but while it was still airing, it was often the most surprising. Knowing what Tuco is like while high, Lalo reassures Hector that they will have someone keep an eye on Tuco to make sure he stays clean. AMC. It turns out that Tio is still very aware of his surroundings and when Tuco comes back with the other burritos Tio is able to convince Tuco not to eat the poisoned one. Tuco Salamanca Jesse criticizes Walt for his poor choice of location to set up a meeting with a psychopathic drug dealer. Abuelita (grandmother)Hector Salamanca (uncle) †Marco and Leonel Salamanca (cousins) †Lalo Salamanca (cousin)Joaquin Salamanca (first cousin once removed) †Gonzo (brother-in-law) † Tuco tries to interrogate Jimmy to find out if he's working for the government. Walt tries to tell Tuco that Tio is not in his right mind, but Tuco is very aware that his uncle is still sharp. Hank, tracking Jesse, locates Tuco’s compound and shoots him in the head after a standoff. "I hate chili powder," Tuco complains as he throws the bag away. Mike says he doesn't have any but Tuco says he saw Mike's wallet full of money when he was buying food. Images (67). Arriving at the hideout, he presents himself as "Heisenberg" to Tuco. The leading cause of death was murder. Tuco's death is the first of many firearm-related deaths featured onscreen during the entire. He is shown to be capable of hurting and killing people close to him without showing any remorse if they do something he finds disrespectful and even shows sadistic pleasure in harming others to a degree. Tuco gains the upper hand by choking Jesse while repeatedly slamming him against the ground but Jesse is able to grab a pistol from Tuco's belt and shoots him in the stomach. There were several other minor deaths, but these were the major ones. Walt uses methylamine to deliver the amount of meth he promised in time. Tuco proceeds to beat Jesse while using his assault rifle to keep Walt away. Walt manages to grab the rifle, but is unable to get a clear shot as Tuco and Jesse fight. However, Tuco shows signs of being extremely loyal to the people he truly trusts and loves such as his elderly grandmother and later his disabled uncle. Tuco finally asks his uncle what he wants, and Tio is able to tell Tuco that he doesn't like Walt or Jesse. And Jesse didn’t help the matter, since he gave her drugs and got her back off the wagon. Gale Boetticher (Played by David Costabile) was a chemist who was on the verge of being just as good as Walt at cooking meth. Tuco threatening Jesse ("Crazy Handful of Nothin'"). It’s probably the most shocking death on the show. Alberto “Tuco” Salamanca (played by Raymond Cruz) was the head of a drug empire in Albuquerque, and a member of the Juarez Cartel. However the two were able to injure him and escape and ultimately Tuco was killed after a shootout with DEA agent Hank Schrader, Walt's brother-in-law. 1 History 1.1 Season 1 1.2 Season 5 2 Appearances 2.1 Better Call Saul 3 Trivia 4 References Abuelita is driving her car home when she accidentally runs over Cal as his twin brother, Lars … His family hated his guts, and he was on the lam. It was at a critical time in his life since he’d just been kicked out by his parents and needed something stable in his life. Sadness Ranking: 1/10 Unpredictable and hot-headed, Tuco was a ruthless killer who spelled danger for Walt and Jesse and his death came as a relief to both of them. He was brought in for questioning about whether he knew Jesse Pinkman, but pooped in the DEA meeting room rather than say a word. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. In order to prevent them from squealing about Gus’s operations to law enforcement, Gus’s right hand man, Mike, ends up working with Walt and Jesse just to have the money to pay out to the families of the people who are in jail. Tuco then asks Walt if he can trust him, to which Walt responds with a solid "yes" while looking Tuco in the eyes, gaining his trust. The following are the characters with the highest kill counts. At first, Mike refuses, but after being constantly harassed by the Salamancas, he eventually agrees to tell the police that the gun was his on the condition of raising his price to $50,000. Unaware of Gonzo's death, Tuco believes that Gonzo was the one who turned him in to the DEA and brought the raid on his hideout; he is extremely upset about it and feels betrayed, stating that he treated Gonzo like a brother. Whereas Game of Thrones often had story lines with very slow build-up and then these MASSIVE EPISODES where the bodies just pile up, Breaking Bad was consistently surprising viewers, killing off important, mainline characters all the time as a way to further the story. Walt and Jesse are aware that Gonzo was found dead so they play along so he won't think that they were the ones who ratted Tuco out. Tuco eventually traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico and worked alongside is uncle at his drug distribution business. He would briefly become Walter White and Jesse Pinkman's meth distributor. Family He calmly convinces his grandmother to go upstairs and watch her soap opera and then proceeds to beat down both brothers. No-Doze then dies in front of them, prompting Tuco to release his rage by furiously kicking the corpse several times. He escaped to New Hampshire with the help of Ed, “the vacuum cleaner repairman,” but eventually returned to New Mexico. In the end, Walt was smarter than Gus since he found out about Gus’s hatred for the cartel and the Salamanca family. ("Yes, Ms. They drive to Walt's house and trick Walt into getting in the car with Jesse, only for Tuco to point a gun at them and force them to drive to an unknown location ("Seven Thirty-Seven"). No-Doze (lieutenant) †Nacho Varga (former lieutenant)Unnamed Girlfriend Tuco is impressed by Walt's "balls" and he tells Walt that he's won his respect and agrees to pay all of his debts, explaining that the meth he'd taken from Jesse sold better on the streets than any other product he's had. Raymond Cruz (born July 9, 1961) is an American actor, best known for his starring … Spoiler alert for the first two episodes of “Better Call Saul.”. After beating his associate, No-Doze, to death for disrespecting him in front of Walt and Jesse and following the death of his lieutenant Gonzo, Tuco would be forced to go on the run from the DEA. Gonzo - Accidentally crushed by a settling car in a junkyard, which partially severed his arm and caused him to bleed to death With the rest of the bag of explosives in his possession, Walt threatens to throw the entire bag and kill himself and everyone in the room. 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Jane Margolis (Krysten Ritter) was Jesse’s … But that’s when DEA agent, Hank Schrader, arrives. Don Hector offers Mike $5000 if he tells the police that the gun found on the scene was Mike's and not Tuco's, as this would reduce Tuco's potential jail time considerably. Tuco also had four cousins involved in criminal activities: Lalo, Marco, Leonel and Joaquin Salamanca. Committed suicide by placing one end of a defibrillator in his mouth and the other over his heart, electrocuting himself to death. Last Full name He's the grandson of Abuelita and nephew of Don Hector Salamanca, one of the most powerful members of the Juárez Cartel. Tuco gets out of the car and drags an unconscious No-Doze out to the floor, ordering Walt to perform CPR to bring him back. Tromel.") Main Tuco tries pulling his gun, but Mike successfully slaps it off his hand, so Tuco starts punching him in the face, telling him to let go. Walt gives Tuco another bag of crystals and asks for $50,000, Tuco laughs at the offer, saying that Walt is not doing the math correctly. Later on, as Tuco is shooting animals with an assault rifle while he waits for his cousins to arrive, Tio keeps ringing his bell to call his nephew's attention. Tuco Salamanca. Believing Tio wanted the biggest burrito, he switches plate with his uncle, Tio then proceeds to push the poisoned burrito to the floor while staring angrily at Walt, but Tuco is unable to decipher the message. He wants Mike to kill Tuco for a large sum of money, explaining to Mike that Tuco might kill him if he finds out about Nacho's side business not involving the Salamancas. Tuco prepares burritos for Walt, Jesse, and his uncle. Tuco turns his attention to Walt and Jesse, dismissing the duo saying that they are "done" before violently pushing Jesse to the ground for no apparent reason. Mid to Late 30's or Early 40’s First Walt tries to explain to Tuco that CPR won't help, they need an ambulance to save the man's life. As they get in Jesse's car and are driving out of the junkyard, Tuco's car returns and blocks their path. He personally kidnapped Walt and Jesse in order to bring them to Mexico with him to cook and produce their superior meth for the Cartel. Mike denies having done any such thing and leaves after buying food. Tio, Tuco, Walt and Jesse at the cabin ("Grilled"). He then orders Gonzo to dispose of the body, to which Gonzo says they should give his buddy a proper burial, but Tuco coldly orders him to stash the body underneath a stack of old cars. Tuco Salamanca was a prominent character in the first two seasons of … As he is removing the body from under a pile of cars, the pile collapses on Gonzo's arm and he bleeds to death. He gets Tuco's attention again after the meal by continually ringing his bell. One of the brothers call her "biznatch", which deeply offends Tuco. They find Tuco's bloody prints on No-Doze's body and decide to raid Tuco's hideout. ("Grilled") Tuco left his hideout before the raid during the night, where several members of his crew were arrested. "Gloves Off" Nobody moves crystal in the South Valley but me, bitch! Tuco is known for his erratic personality and propensity for extreme violence, making him one of the most dangerous drug dealers in New Mexico. But after his lawyer, Saul Goodman, sells him down the river to the DEA, he actually dies by the river when Walt shoots him just because Mike talked smack to his face. Juárez Cartel Distributor He is shown to be capable of hurting and killing people close to him without showing any remorse if they do something he finds disrespectful. Walt approaches Tuco and manages to blow up his office which persuades Tuco to give him his money and they start performing deals. Tuco Salamanca shot in the forehead during a shootout with Hank. With Tuco out of action Walt and Jesse are able to make their escape. Raymond Cruz is perhaps best-known for his portrayal of the frighteningly lethal 'Tuco Salamanca' in AMC's critically acclaimed show Breaking Bad (2008), a character he later reprised for the first two episodes of the spin-off Better Call Saul (2015). Jesse begins to realize Tuco does not wish to pay the $35,000 for the product, and Tuco threatens Jesse and Skinny Pete with a knife after Skinny Pete tries to intervene in the negotiation. They plan to do it at El Michoacáno, a restaurant where Tuco and Nacho meet their drug dealers to collect money from their sales. The only instance when people weren't directly murdered was when the Wayfarer 515 collided with a chartered plane in Season 2''s thirteenth episode titled "ABQ." The police arrive and surround them, telling them to stop fighting. They claim that Tuco's grandmother ran over one of them in her car and then tried to drive off, so they followed her home. Tio was, in fact, Don Hector Salamanca, a highly influential member and one of the most feared capos before his health deteriorated. Tuco Salamanca Tuco realizes that Walt and Jesse are partners and then ridicules Walt for bringing him yet another pound of meth after he stole Walt's first batch. Walt tries to calm down the situation by telling Tuco to relax, and Tuco responds by viciously beating No-Doze's face to a pulp, even showing Walt and Jesse his bloodied knuckles as he celebrates. Nacho tells the story of when Tuco killed one of his closest friends, Dawg Paulson, by shooting him in the face with a shotgun only because he slightly suspected the man was ripping him off. However, Tuco is then found by Walter's brother-in-law Hank Schrader. Although Tuco was still his erratic self in the 2002-set episodes, he was noticeably calmer and more rational than we’ve ever seen him — we can’t imagine ‘09 Tuco … And I have a theory about why this is. Tuco Salamanca is a Mexican drug dealer who once became Walter White's partner. Once he saw how great Walt’s blue meth was, he took it upon himself to sell it, making quite a profit. As Tuco is distracted by Walt's comment, Jesse is able to grab a rock and strike Tuco in the head, making him drop his rifle. But once he tracked Walt down, he managed to get himself in the middle of a Neo-Nazi gang shoot-out, eventually getting shot in the head by the leader of the gang, Jack Welker. (" Madrigal ") Himself "Ja, Frau Tromel." He then threatens Mike with a gun and takes his wallet from him. DEA Agent Hank Schrader (played by Dean Norris) met his end (alongside his partner, Gomez) after finally realizing that the “Heisenberg” he had been searching for for the past few seasons was actually his own brother-in-law, Walt. Every crime drama needs a villain, and they don’t come much more vicious than Tuco Salamanca. Krysten Ritter as Jane Margolis. Cause of Death: Tuco was killed by Hank during a shoot-out with the DEA. Tuco and his associates, Gonzo, No-Doze and Nacho Varga take Jimmy and the twins out to the desert. Mike offers to swap insurance information but Tuco declines; he wants cash. So he kept him on, but watched him closely, knowing that Walt was hatching schemes to kill him next. The sound of police sirens in the distance alert Nacho, who decides to jump in his van and drive off. Only three people witnessed Tuco's death: Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, and Hector Salamanca. Still not convinced, Tuco threatens to torture Jimmy, but Nacho convinces Tuco that he is speaking the truth and they decide to let him go. Mike decides not to kill Tuco, but comes up with a plan to have Tuco arrested instead, this way Nacho will be free from the Salamancas to continue transacting his own business. Together, the two of them got deep into heroin, and Walt saw Jesse’s quick decline. And now, his family will never get any of the money he saved up for them. Jane Margolis (Played by Krysten Ritter) was Jesse’s landlord at first, and then his lover. Occupation Former chemistry teacher cum meth kingpin, Walt, a.k.a. Breaking Bad told us how Tuco Salamanca’s story ended, Better Call Saul offered fans a different perspective. Unfortunately, Jane was anything but stable, since she was a recovering drug addict. Tuco is then killed by Hank Schrader, who was searching for Walt Status Tuco eventually descended into a life of severe drug abuse and over time gradually became mentally unstable whenever high on meth. Tuco is annoyed, and as an apology Walt offers to extend his offer to four pounds. But Walt, or Heisenberg as Tuco knows him, earns Tuco's respect by demanding restitution and by using … "Grilled" He's ruthless, unpredictable, brutal and sadistic--pretty much everything of a psychopath . Relationships Big mistake, though, because Walt was anything but dumb, and he knew that Gus was grooming Gale to be his replacement. “The Chicken Man” himself (since he’s the owner of Los Pollos Hermanos), Gus Fring (played by Giancarlo Esposito) played a tense cat and mouse game with Walt through Seasons 3 and 4. He planted a bomb in Hector Salamanca’s wheelchair, and Hector blew up both himself and Gus in the process. First Raymond Cruz as Tuco Salamanca. None of them would tell Gus at that time. 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