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If God didn't want them to be sheared, he wouldn't have made them sheep.
~ Bogue expressing contempt for his victims

Bartholomew Bogue is the main antagonist of the 2016 action-western film The Magnificent Seven. He is a powerful, ruthless and corrupt industrialist and Sam Chisholm's arch-nemesis.

He was portrayed by Peter Sarsgaard, who also played Hector Hammond in the Green Lantern and Gene Carson in Flightplan.


In 1879, corrupt industrialist Bartholomew Bogue besieges the mining town of Rose Creek, and slaughters a group of locals led by Matthew Cullen when they attempt to stand up to him. Matthew's wife, Emma Cullen, and her friend, Teddy Q, ride to the nearest town in search of someone who can help them and come upon warrant officer Sam Chisolm, who initially declines their proposal until he learns of Bogue's involvement.

Chisolm sets out to recruit a group of gunslingers who can help him, starting with gambler Josh Faraday. They are later joined by sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux, knife-wielding assassin Billy Rocks, skilled tracker Jack Horne, Comanche warrior Red Harvest, and notorious Mexican outlaw Vasquez.

Arriving in Rose Creek, the seven engage in a gunfight with Bogue's enforcer McCann and his men and drive them away with a warning to leave Rose Creek alone. Surmising that Bogue and his forces will return in a week, the seven and Cullen train the townspeople to defend their home and grow fond of them. Robicheaux, haunted by the horrors of the Civil War and fearing the inevitable killing he will be a part of, abandons the group and is replaced by Cullen.

Bogue arrives with his forces and attacks the city, but the bandits are ambushed by the townspeople, leading to a shootout during which Robicheaux rejoins the group. Bogue then unveils his secret weapon, a Gatling gun, with which he kills numerous innocents. Realizing they're outgunned, the seven drive the townspeople away and mount their last stand. Horne is killed by Bogue's Comanche assassin Denali, who is later killed by Red Harvest.

Robicheaux and Rocks are killed by a second round of gunfire as Faraday sacrifices himself to destroy the Gatling gun and the rest of Bogue's men, riding up to them in a final charge and then detonating a stick of dynamite right next to the gun killing nearly all Bogue's minions. Bogue flees into town with his two remaining henchmen, where he is confronted by Chisolm, who kills his remaining henchmen, disarms and wounds Bogue. Bogue quickly flees into the church asking Chisolm if he was a god-fearing man, implying that he entered the church believing that Chisolm would not kill him since you cannot kill someone inside a church. However, he is is surprised when Chisolm starts to strangle him. As Chisolm is strangling Bogue, he reveals that Bogue's men raped and murdered his mother and sisters during a raid several years earlier, in which he himself survived being hanged. Bogue is then fatally shot by Cullen while reaching for a hidden gun in his boot.


Bogue is greedy, selfish, and sadistic; he has no qualms about robbing innocent people blind and leaving them destitute, and in fact takes pleasure in watching them suffer. He is also shown to be completely ruthless, as shown when he is willing to sacrifice his own men while using the Gatling gun on the town.

However, he is also pretty coward, as shown when Chisolm shot away his gun, and he tried to run away.


  • He is based on the bandit leader in the Japanese film Seven Samurai and Calvera in the original The Magnificent Seven, which in turn is a remake of Seven Samurai.
  • As Calvera before him, Bogue has never killed personally one of the Seven. However, he was responsible for the death of four of the seven protagonists of the film.
  • Bogue is the only antagonist of The Magnificent Seven series who is killed by the person who hires the Seven, Emma Cullen, whereas the others are killed by the leader of the seven, Chris Adams and Sam Chisholm.