In real life, drug dealers are some pretty unsavory characters. I mean, they make a living (sometimes a very nice one) preying upon the addictions of others. But for the most part, they’re not terribly different than non-drug dealing folk. They see movies, go to barbecues, and might even go shopping on Black Friday. They aren’t one-dimensional characters, cold and merciless.

Well, in the movies, they can be. I don’t need to know if one of them was pissed off when Ruben Studdard won Idol over Clay Aiken, or if another one was waiting in line at Chipotle yesterday. In the movies, drug dealers are representative of a lot more than themselves. They represent the danger, violence, and unpredictability that goes hand-in-hand with the seedy underbelly that protagonists find themselves in. So to watch these actors ham it up as dirtbag dealers really is a thing of beauty.

7. Lance - Pulp Fiction

Lance, played by Eric Stoltz, might be the least sleazy guy on this list, but that doesn't mean he's still sleazy. Audience members with any sort of drug-dealer experience know that Lance embodies a fair number of undesirable drug dealer qualities, like paranoia, petulance, and a very short memory.

While his super-pierced girlfriend, played by Rosanna Arquette, was pretty endearing, his eagerness to cut the convo short while customer John Travolta ran around with a dying Uma Thurman was more than a little selfish. He represents a very real lack of customer service in an industry that should live and die by it.

Points for the Fruit Brute cereal, though.

6. Drexl Spivey – True Romance

Am I the only one who thinks, in this era of endless spinoffs and sequels, it’s a crime that we don’t know the backstory on Dexter, the drug-dealing pimp from True Romance. In a movie absolutely brimming with creepy characters, Gary Oldman manages to set himself leagues apart as the dreadlocked, scar-faced sociopath.

He is the first problem that the lovely couple encounters in the film, leading to more and more. But no heavies going forward are as daunting as this guy, who truly seems like he doesn’t give a f*ck about anything.

5. Todd Gaines – Go

While he might be the most eloquent and composed of anyone else on this list, this guy is sleaze incarnate, nauseating Katie Holmes’ Claire, who he keeps as collateral while her friends find some cash. From his shirtless outfit to the ironic Santa hat, Todd Gaines might be a very dangerous drug supplier, but he’s definitely a guy that isn’t pleasant to share a room with. I’m not sure if I would rather take my chances with Drexl. He might be more likely to kill you, but at least you can look at him and know what you’re getting. Instead, you get a Timothy Olyphant exterior riddled with smarm.

4. Rip Millar – Less Than Zero

Rip would be the biggest example of a “user” on this list. His stone cold façade conveys a ruthlessness that is palpable. His efforts to come across as likable are nominal at best. He doesn’t want to be your friendly drug dealer. His smirk and superior attitude let you know that he means business, even if you’re just trying to help your friend out of a jam.

Without putting too fine a point on it, he’s EXACTLY what you would expect from James Spader playing a drug dealer. He also seems like one of those guys that would kiss you on the cheek to say hello. Yuck.

His character raises the bar even further in Brett Easton Ellis’ follow-up novel, Imperial Bedrooms. His crimes grow over the years and he’s described as being almost repulsive from having so much plastic surgery. And you can see headed that way even 25 years earlier.

3. Rupert Guest – Rules of Attraction

And the winner of the “live wire” award for drug dealers in film is….

Clifton Collins Jr. as Rupert, the coked-out, sleep-deprived former military drug dealer. His pale complexion, propensity for violence and profanity during his drug binges, and military background make him the wild card of the bunch. It’s hard to place the accent, but he sounds Georgian, adding even further to the element of danger.

Rupert is so jumpy and erratic in all his seasons that he ratchets the tension up to 11. When the college kids cross him, the audience can only expect the worst to happen to those miserable bastards.

2. Jay – Clerks, Every Other Kevin Smith Film

Jay is different from every other entrant on this list in that he is 100% harmless. But that hoarse voice and gibberish talk of snoochie boochies was enough to make audiences’ skin crawl in Kevin Smith’s 1994 debut. His fascination with his mute partner, his Russian friend Olaf, and his propensity to Alway...Keep...Talking. make him some welcome comic relief on this list of sociopaths, but no more desirable to hang around.

OK. Maybe just a little more desirable to hang around.

1. Big Worm – Friday

Sure, Big Worm looks like a bit of a joke, but some of the most dangerous criminals in movies often do. Remember Rory in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels? He didn’t look like much either until he set a guy on fire.

It’s not known what methods Big Worm would resort to, but it’s clear he’s got a reputation that precedes him, so don’t let the curlers, ridickey-donkey outfits, and un-gangster car fool you. Friday is filmed with colorful characters, but they all exist in the ghetto, this one as a drug dealer, so even the most innocuous dealer could lay you out.

Even when he’s wearing curlers. ESPECIALLY When he’s wearing curlers.

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