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When the chimes end, pick up your gun. Try and shoot me, Colonel. Just try.
~ El Indio to Douglas Mortimer.

El Indio (Spanish for "The Indian") is the main antagonist in the 1965 spaghetti western film For a Few Dollars More, the sequel to A Fistful of Dollars.

He was the psychopathic leader of a gang of wanted outlaws who had Douglas Mortimer and Monco join forces to both go after his bounty.

He was portrayed by the late Gian Maria Volonté, who also played Ramón Rojo in the original film.


El Indio was an outlaw considered by the authorities in the film to be one of the worst criminals of the times; according to a bank official "Not even Indio would dare to rob that one". Once Indio escapes prison, he orders the family of an old rival to be executed in shootouts (including a baby son), but still, the man gave him the opportunity to avenge himself. However, he fails in the attempt and is killed by Indio.

Douglas Mortimer and Monco both go after his bounty, and end up working together. Monco joins El Indio's gang after freeing Sancho Perez from prison. They plan to go on a bank robbery. After the robbery is successful the gang heads east to a small town, where Monco meets up with Douglas. Douglas joins El Indio's gang by opening the safe without explosives. However, El Indio catches them trying to steal the money and has them beaten and tied up. El Indio suspects that they are bounty killers and devises a plan to get them, and most of his gang, killed while he and Niño escape with the money. Unfortunately, Niño is killed by Groggy, who takes El Indio prisoner while he searches for the money, all while the gang is being killed by Douglas and Monco.

Douglas and Monco make it to where El Indio and Groggy are hiding, a shootout breaks out and Groggy is shot. However, El Indio manages to shoot Douglas' gun out of his hand, and challenges him to an unfair duel. Monco intervenes and makes the duel fair, which ends when Douglas is the faster draw and shoots and kills El Indio.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • Killed Douglas Mortimer's brother in law and then raped his sister, driving her to suicide.
  • When he gained information about the safe containing $1 million from a cellmate, he murdered the cellmate so he would keep the information for himself.
  • On his jailbreak, he had all the guards killed except for one, so that man could tell the tale and spread his name.
  • Hunted down a former gang member who had imprisoned him in the past and used the money to start a family. Once he found him, he took revenge by having his wife and his 18 month old son murdered while he listened. He then challenged him to an unfair duel and killed him.
  • He challenged others to dishonorable duels where he played the tune of his pocket watch and once the chime had ended, they shoot. Since El Indio had listened to the watch many times, he knew exactly when the tune ended, giving him an unfair advantage.
  • Robbed the bank of El Paso for the $1 million dollar safe inside.
  • Tortured Monco and Mortimer and then set them free only as this is according to his plan.
  • Killed one of his own gang members and framed the bounty hunters for it.
  • Planned on having all his gang and the bounty hunters kill each other leaving all the money for him.
  • When Nino, the one gang member he'd planned to keep around is killed in front of him, he still didn't care and showed no reaction.


  • El Indio, alongside Ramón Rojo and Angel Eyes, is one of the three villains of the Dollars trilogy that is Pure Evil.

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Animated Features
Jenner | Mok Swagger | King Malbert

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