Characters

Tuco SalamancaPlayed by Raymond Cruz

Tuco Salamanca

Tuco becomes Walt and Jesse's distributor after Walt chokes Krazy-8 to death. Known for his erratic personality and propensity for extreme violence, Tuco hasn't much use for Jesse — at their first meeting, he beats him up and steals his meth and money. But Walt, or Heisenberg as Tuco knows him, earns Tuco's respect by demanding restitution and by using fulminated mercury to blow up Tuco's headquarters. "You got balls. I'll give you that," Tuco says. To Jesse's chagrin, Walt agrees to make two pounds of meth for Tuco. When they can't produce it, Walt convinces an at-first incredulous Tuco to front them the money to buy enough ingredients.

Walt and Jesse's dealings with Tuco go sour after they witness him killing his henchman No-Doze for speaking out of turn. While Hank's DEA team is raiding Tuco's headquarters, Tuco abducts Walt and Jesse at gunpoint and absconds to the desert hideaway of his ailing uncle, Tio. He plans to take Walt to Mexico, where they can cook meth 24/7.

Trapped with Tuco in a remote shack, Walt tries to slip Tuco poison, but Tio tips off his nephew. Walt and Jesse eventually get free of Tuco, but before they can leave the premises, Hank, who has taken personal leave to search for Walt, stumbles upon Tuco. The two exchange gunfire until Hank finally hits Tuco with a fatal head shot.

 

Tuco Salamanca Quotes

“This kicks like a mule with its balls wrapped in duct tape!”
Season 1, Episode 6: “Crazy Handful of Nothin’”
“I beat the livin’ piss out of your little mule boy, and you bring me more meth?”
Season 1, Episode 6: “Crazy Handful of Nothin’”
“Tight, tight, tight! Yeah! Blue, yellow, pink, whatever man — just keep bringing me that!”
Season 1, Episode 7: “A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal”
“You’re just speaking for me? Like I don’t have the goddamn sense to speak for myself?”
Season 1, Episode 7: “A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal”
“Woooh! Damn, man look at that! Look! Shit’s messed up… OK, Heisenberg! Next week.”
Season 1, Episode 7: “…And the Bag’s in the River”
[To an unconscious No-Doze] “What’s the matter with you? Can’t take an ass-beating, bitch?”
Season 2, Episode 1: “Seven Thirty-Seven”
“Do something! You’re smart, right? Do that, do that thing!”
Season 2, Episode 1: “Seven Thirty-Seven”
“You mad doggin’ them Tio? What are you telling me, Tio? Huh? Are they punking me?”
Season 2, Episode 2: “Grilled”