All his bullshit aside, it's called a cook. Everything comes down to following a recipe. Simple, complicated, it doesn't matter. The steps never change, and I know every step.
|― Victor explains himself to Gus|
Victor is a loyal henchman of Gustavo Fring, and a prominent enforcer in Gus' Drug Empire, alongside Mike Ehrmantraut and Tyrus Kitt. He also acts as Gus's front in initial deals with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.
Victor finds Jesse and brings him back to the lab with Walt, where he and Mike hold them while waiting for Gus. Walt attempts to convince Gus that he needs Walt and Jesse to cook his meth, while Victor attempt to demonstrate that he has value to Gus by showing that he has learned how to cook by observing Walt. Gus unexpectedly slices open Victor's throat with a box cutter in front of Walt, Jesse, and Mike, then orders them to "get back to work". They are forced to dispose of Victor's body using hydrofluoric acid.Though Mike commented that Gus may have killed Victor because he was seen at Gale's apartment and can be connected to Gus, Walt later mentions to Jesse that Gus may have done it because Victor took inappropriate liberties (such as cooking meth while Mike held Walt and Jesse hostage) and "[flown] too close to the sun," as Walt put it.
Better Call Saul
While Mike is staking out Los Pollos Hermanos from across the street, he sees Victor drive into the restaurant and park out back. A moment later, he drives off, carrying Mike's tracker. Mike follows Victor's Escalade out into the desert, until he finds his tracker abandoned in the road, with a gas cap and a ringing cell phone. ("") Victor and Tyrus Kitt are shown to be co-enforcers who serve as Gustavo Fring's muscle while Gus speaks with Mike.
Victor and Tyrus are facilitating a money transfer at Los Pollos Hermanos distribution center. Arturo, collecting money for the Salamancas accompanied with Nacho, demands five kilos of drugs like last time. Nacho pulls out a pistol and cocks it to threaten Victor and Tyrus, who seemingly give in to the demand. While the two walk out with the extra kilo of drugs, Gus Fring and his assistants walk out of the shadows and Gus pulls a plastic bag over Arturo's head and while Victor and the rest of the men force him to the ground and apply zip ties to his wrists and ankles. While Arturo suffocates to death, Gus warns Nacho that he knows he switched Hector's medication with poison and that "you are mine." ("")
Victor takes part in covering up Arturo's murder and wounds Nacho to "make it look real" when the cartel sends people to investigate. ("")
Alongside Tyrus Kitt, Victor picks up Saul Goodman and Mike Ehrmantraut at a truck stop and drives them back to Albuquerque while, alongside Tyrus, explaining the aftermath of the desert ambush. Victor later tails Nacho and Lalo as Nacho drives Lalo to the border. ("")
Victor appears as an apparent fellow customer in the Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant, where Walter White has come looking for Gus. He suddenly confronts Walter and tersely conveys Gus's non-negotiable offer to purchase Walter's meth and arrange for delivery within the hour. Victor tells Walt that if he doesn't show up within the hour, to "never show his face" at Los Pollos again. ("")
When Jesse Pinkman decides to start cooking again and is looking for a buyer of his new product, Gus sends Victor to deliver the money. When Jesse complains that it's only half of the amount agreed upon, Victor tells him, "That's your half." Later that day, Walt is sitting in his car at a red light. Victor pulls up next to him and tosses a bag of cash in his window, telling Walt "your half" before driving away. ("") It is revealed that Gus instructed Victor to give half of the money for Jesse's meth to Walter as a way to convince Walter to cook again. When Walt decides that Gale Boetticher isn't going to work out as his assistant at the superlab, it's Victor who escorts in Gale's replacement, Jesse. As Gale and Victor make their exit, Walt, guilt stricken, assures Victor that this decision is for the best. Victor coldly reminds him, "200 pounds a week. Got it?". ("")
After discovering Jesse is planning to murder the Rival Dealers, Gus sends Victor and Mike to retrieve him and bring him to his chicken farm. There, a meeting is held between Jesse, the rival dealers, Walt, and Gus with Victor and Mike merely observing. ("") After Walt kills the two dealers, Walt tells Gus that Jesse is "at least two time zones away." Victor guards the lab at all times when Walter and Gale are present and monitors their conversations. Walt suspects Gus is preparing to kill him, and conspires with Jesse in secret to kill Gale, making Walt indispensable as the only remaining cook.
Victor later catches Walt sneaking out of his house to murder his replacement, Gale, telling him there's "a chemical leak in the lab". Walt reluctantly goes along and is greeted by Mike when he arrives; he deduces they plan to kill him. Walt begs Mike to spare him, offering to turn Jesse over. Under the pretext of contacting Jesse to lure him to a meeting, Walt convinces Mike and Victor to allow him to call Jesse using his cell phone. However, instead of arranging a meeting, Walt instructs Jesse to kill Gale before Mike kills Walt, leaving Walter as the only chemist available to Gus. Victor races to stop Jesse from killing Gale, but arrives too late. ("")
Shortly after Gale's murder, Victor enters Gale's Apartment and is seen by neighbors, who are later revealed to have accurately described him to the authorities. Outside the apartment, Victor notices Jesse sitting in his car, apparently in shock. At gunpoint, Victor orders Jesse to go to the lab. There they join Walt and Mike.
It is revealed that while watching Walt cook, Victor closely studied the procedure and learned the process of cooking meth. He single-handedly gets a batch ready in front of a stewing Walt and a somber Jesse, and awaits Gus' arrival in the lab. Walt is visibly concerned that Victor proves to be better at the process than he expected. When his boss finally arrives, however, Gus coolly slices Victor's throat using a box cutter, shocking everyone at his macabre murder, including Mike. It's believed Gus chose Victor due to Victor exposing himself at the scene of Gale's murder and is now a risk to his organization. Walter and Jesse then dissolve his body in hydrofluoric acid along with the box cutter and the murder weapon used on Gale, echoing Walt and Jesse's previous experience with Emilio Koyama earlier in the series. ("")
When Mike lets Jesse ride shotgun, Jesse asks Mike if he has become "the guy" (Victor's replacement), which angered Mike to the point of stopping the car and telling Jesse that he, in fact, was not the guy. ("")
Walt mentions to Jesse that the reason Gus might have killed Victor is because of Victor taking liberties that weren't his, (cooking meth while Walt and Jesse were held hostage by Mike) and "flew too close to the sun" as Walt put it ("").
The police sketch of Victor can also be seen on the DEA evidence board under the name "Unsub Bystander" showing that the police never managed to identify exactly who Victor is. ("")
Personality and Traits
Victor is shown to be a dedicated and loyal henchman of Gus, following his orders without question. A man of few words, he is shown to be extremely cautious, patient and observant.
He is also extremely cruel and sadistic and is no stranger to murder as seen by him aiding Gus in restraining and killing Arturo and he surely would've killed Nacho Varga's father, Manuel, had Gus ordered him to. His sadism is evident by him remarking to a frightened Nacho after being ordered not to kill his father that he is a nice guy and also his facial expressions whilst seeing Gus prepare a box cutter to supposedly kill Walt and Jesse with. Victor is shown to be very intelligent as seen by him preparing a batch of meth in the superlab to prove his usefullness and prove that Walt and Jesse were no longer needed and even appeared to worry Walt himself momentarily after not missing a step of the complex process.
While intelligent, Victor himself is prone to mistakes, as seen by him being spotted at Gale's murder scene and this mistake would ultimately cost him his life, as well as attempting to cook a batch of meth himself.
Murders connected to Victor
- Arturo Colon: Assisted Gus in restraining him in order to suffocate him to death with a plastic bag on his head. ("")
Better Call Saul
- "Your pop's a nice guy."
- ―Victor to Nacho after getting orders not to kill his father
- Victor: "Thirty-eight pounds, $1.2 million. Truck stop, two miles south of Exit 13 on the 25. One hour."
- Walter: "What?"
- Victor: "One hour. You in or out?"
- ―Victor conveying Walter about Gus' offer and meth delivery time.[src]
- "That's right genius. Watch me."
- ―Victor to Walter about cooking a batch of meth himself.
Better Call Saul
- Victor's vehicles include:
- Victor is identified as "Unsub Bystander" on the DEA evidence board. UNSUB is a law enforcement term for Unknown Subject, meaning that the police could never identify Victor despite having a sketch of him and witnesses. Being identified as a Bystander instead of a suspect suggests that Victor was not suspected as the killer, but possibly having something to do with the murder due to his strange behavior at the crime scene.
- In Breaking Bad Tyrus and Victor are never seen on screen together, as the former replaced the latter in supervising Walt in the Superlab, however in Better Call Saul they are very frequently seen accompanying one another.
- In 50% Off, it's implied Victor may know some spanish as he was seen having a conversation with Manuel Varga and his friends, but he wasn't heard talking due to being inside of the store.
- The character Olivia Bitsui in season 5 of Better Call Saul was named after Jeremiah Bitsui's daughter.
- In Victor's in Better Call Saul, a song called "The Go" by "Hassahn Phenomenon" in his car. This song can be found on SoundCloud and YouTube.
- Victor's name is unknown in Breaking Bad up until the laser tag scene in the episode "Full Measure". The same can be said for Mike, whose name was revealed later in the same episode.
- Victor's surname has never been revealed, leaving him as one of the few characters whose surname is unknown.