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NOTE: This page is only about his US theatrical version as the original Italian theatrical and 2003 Extended Cut versions of Angel Eyes were not voted Pure Evil, and thus only the US theatrical version of Angel Eyes' info and crimes should be put here.


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But you know, the pity is when I'm paid, I always follow my job through.
~ Angel Eyes's most famous quote.

Angel Eyes, also known as "The Bad", is the titular main antagonist of Sergio Leone's 1966 legendary western film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

He is a traitorous and cruel assassin who crosses path with the other two titular characters, all looking for a stash of stolen Confederate Gold, worth $200,000. He has become one of the most iconic villains in film history.

He was portrayed by the late Lee Van Cleef.


Angel Eyes was a ruthless and cunning killer, who has been hired to get clues on the whereabouts of a man called Jackson, finding out he has changed his name to Bill Carson and has gone missing. Upon being told that a fortune in cash is in the middle of this thing, he kills Carson's former associate and his own employer and goes on a search by himself.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • He was a known assassin which implies that he already killed several people by contract before the movie.
  • Tracks down and murders a man as ordered by an employee. When the man informs him about Bill Carson's gold and offered him money to spare his life, he kills him and takes the money for himself.
  • Murdered the child of his victim.
  • After being paid by his employer, he murdered him and laughed about it, wanting to keep information of the gold for himself.
  • Beat a hooker for information about the location of gold.
  • Having infiltrated the Union forces and taken command over a POW camp, Angel Eyes has Tuco brutally tortured and watched with pleasure until he gave him the name of the Cemetery where the gold was kept. During the torture session, he forced prisoners-of-war to sing and play music to cover up the sounds of the abuse. One prisoner informs Blondie that Tuco is not the first prisoner in the camp to have been tortured by Angel Eyes.
  • Ordered Wallace to have Tuco executed after he was no longer useful.
  • Betrayed Blondie and ordered his men to kill him and Tuco.
  • Intended to murder Blondie and Tuco at Sad Hill Cemetery and take the gold for himself.


  • In the original 177-minute Italian version and the 2003 Extended Cut, Angel Eyes felt pity for the soldiers that suffered in war, taking away his Pure Evil status. However, since this scene was removed in the US release, that version is the one that qualifies as PE.
  • Angel Eyes, alongside Ramón Rojo and El Indio, is one of the three villains of the Dollars trilogy that is Pure Evil.

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Animated Features
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Live-Action Features
Ramón Rojo | El Indio | Angel Eyes (US Theatrical Version) | Reverend Henry Kane | Clarence Boddicker | Richard Jones | Cain | Paul McDaggett | Queen Bavmorda | Kesslee | Archibald Cunningham | King Louis XIV | Mason Verger | Creeper | Mirror Queen | Vladis Grutas | Water Street Butcher | Lord Cotys | Bartholomew Bogue

See Also
007 Pure Evils | Hellraiser Pure Evils | Middle-earth Pure Evils