Villains in movies and other forms of entertainment tend to be obnoxious, malicious, and generally repulsive. This is necessary to make the audience dislike them and encourage viewers to cheer for the good guys. But Tarantino takes a different approach to his films, with most of the villains being good-natured and charming individuals who are just as captivating as any of the so-called heroes.
Take Jules from Pulp Fiction as a character to understand exactly what that means. Despite being a killer for a crime boss, he’s polite, easy to get along with, and generally seems like a nice guy, aside from all the murders. The character of another Samuel L. Jackson is the same, with Ordell Robbie possessing a likable quality in “Jackie Brown.” Bill from Kill Bill comes across as a soft-spoken and almost grandfatherly character, but is actually a ruthless killer, while SS Colonel Hans Landa is a terrible Nazi, but his portrayal by Christopher Waltz makes him bleakly compelling.