It took two films for Beatrix Kiddo (aka "The Bride" aka "Black Mamba") to track down her former lover and mentor Bill. But when she finally did, man, did he earn the title of bad guy with style. The sword-wielding, martial arts-loving master of assassins played by David Carradine was one of those bad guys that walks (and talks) softly, but carries a big stick (or sword). He left our heroine for dead while she was pregnant with his child, and that's some cold-blooded business.