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What's the most you've ever lost on a coin toss?
~ Chigurh's infamous line

Anton Chigurh is the main antagonist of the 2005 novel No Country for Old Men and its 2007 film adaptation of the same name. He is a professional hitman and assassin, characterized as an unstoppable killing machine with a fatalistic code.

He was portrayed by Javier Bardem in the film.


In the novel he is portrayed as the main antagonist even though he never shared a scene with the story's main protagonist, Ed Tom Bell. His main weapon of choice is a Captive Bolt Pistol, which he uses to smash holes in human skulls or open door locks. He also uses a silenced semi-automatic shotgun, which comes in handy in the scene where he single-handedly killed a group of Mexicans who were sent to kill Chigurh's target, Llewelyn Moss. He also carries with him a TEC-9 pistol. He also collects coins which he always carries for luck.

In the movie he appears wearing tough jeans, leather boots and bowl cut hair and has brown eyes (as opposed to blue eyes in the book). Sometimes before he kills his victim, he plays a coin toss. He has a great deal of endurance. Capable of withstanding pain from a shotgun ricochet and a broken or fractured arm. He also has a broad medical knowledge and can even take care of his own wounds. He also shows some level of intelligence as seen when he escapes a sheriff's precinct and steals medical supplies from a drug store filled with civilians and security.

Not much is known about Anton Chigurh's past, with the only things people being able remember about him are a peculiar hairstyle and a tendency to kill without hesitation or emotion.

Chigurh has a talent for improvisation, like using an antique coin to open an air vent, killing a policemen with his own handcuffs and using a boy's shirt as a sling.

Chigurh is a hitman who has no remorse or compassion for other human beings. He is described by one character in the novel as a "psychopathic killer", even being compared to the bubonic plague. His main weapon of choice is a captive bolt pistol, which he uses to either kill his victims or to destroy cylinder locks on doors. He also wields a suppressed semi-automatic shotgun and pistol (a TEC-9 in the film adaptation). In 1980, he is hired to retrieve a bag of money from a drug deal that went wrong, but discovers that a hunter named Llewelyn Moss has taken it already and has left town. Chigurh tracks Moss down to a motel using a receiver that connects to a transponder hidden in the satchel of money.

However, Moss unintentionally tricks Chigurh into believing he was in the room next to his when he hides the money in the ventilation system. That room was being occupied by a group of Mexican gangsters who were set to ambush Moss. Chigurh brutally murders the Mexicans (one of them begged Chigurh not to kill him, only for him to shoot him anyway) and searches for the money, but it is nowhere to be found.

Chigurh finds out about a bounty hunter named Carson Wells who, like Chigurh, has been hired to retrieve the bag of money. Chigurh kills Wells after Wells tries to make a deal with Moss. Chigurh ruthlessly tracks Moss down until Moss is eventually killed by Mexican gangsters at another motel. Once again Moss hid the money in the vents, which was unseen by the Mexicans at the time of their ambush of Moss. However after his experience with Moss before, Chigurh knows where the money will be. He arrives at the scene of the crime after the police have left, retrieves the money from the vent and returns it to his employers.

Near the end, Chigurh pays a visit to Moss' grieving widow and debates whether or not to kill her, relying on a coin toss. After leaving her house, Chigurh is involved in a car crash, leaving him badly injured with a compound fracture of his left ulna and walking with a limp. He then offers money to a teenager on a bicycle to give him his T-shirt. He and the teenager create a sling for his injured arm and Chigurh leaves the scene before the ambulance arrives.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • He's a professional hitman which means he could have killed many people before the events of the movie.
  • Strangled a police officer to death with his handcuffs.
  • Killed a man by shooting him in the head with his Captive Bolt Pistol so he could steal his car; a crime he repeats later in the film.
  • Upon being hired to retrieve stolen money from the film's protagonist, Llewelyn Moss, he kills two of his employer's men who take him to the scene where the money was stolen.
  • According to Carson Wells, even if Llewelyn gave Chigurh the money, he would kill him anyways just for inconveniencing him.
  • He nearly shoots a bird on the way to the motel for no reason.
  • When he tracks Moss down to a motel, he murders several Mexican criminals who are after him once he gets in the wrong room-even when one of them surrenders.
  • When he successfully tracks down Moss to hotel, he murders the clerk and later kills a man trying to give Moss a ride, and mortally wounds Moss in the process.
  • After getting shot in a gun fight, he blows up someone's car to distract everyone from him stealing from a pharmacy to treat his wound, which could have gotten several people killed.
  • When Anton discovers that his employer has hired Carson Wells to retrieve the money, he shoots him to death and does the same to his employer, deciding to take the money for himself.
  • Even when Moss is killed by Mexican assassins, Chigurh kills his wife so he can keep his "promise" to Moss from earlier when he threatened to kill her if he did not give him the money.
  • While he doesn't murder the two kids who witness his car accident and instead pays them off, it's possible the only reason he did not do so was because he was severely injured and running out of time before the police arrived, in addition to being in broad daylight and them not witnessing him commit a crime.

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