3. Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz), "Inglourious Basterds"
Christoph Waltz's character in "Django Unchained," Dr. King Schultz, almost made the cut for this list, but it's hard not to think of that performance as a great variation on Waltz's first stroke of Tarantino-bred genius. As the dastardly Nazi colonel nicknamed "the Jew Hunter," Waltz was given the role of a lifetime and lived up to the arduous task: Hans Landa is charming, witty, likable, and also, an unrepentant murderer, dashing the hopes of the Allies until a fortuitous flip-flop in the final act. Waltz, not his marquee co-star Brad Pitt, owns "Inglourious Basterds," and wrings each movement and turn of phrase of as much panache and dread as humanly possible.