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~ Huell's most famous quote.
Huell Babineaux is a supporting character in the crime drama series Breaking Bad and its prequel series Better Call Saul. He worked for Saul Goodman as one of his two enforcers alongside Patrick Kuby.
It's unknown where Huell was born, as New Mexico is listed as his birthplace despite the fact that his social security number begins with 331, which is issued to people born in Illinois. What we do know is that he lived in Coushatta, Louisiania before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2001. The same year, he was arrested for pickpocketing, and eventually got in contact with a vet named Caldera, who has connections to the criminal underground.
Better Call Saul
Two years later, Huell is introduced in Season 3, where he, on Jimmy/Saul's orders, bumpts into Charles McGill and slips a fully-charged battery into his pocket. This is because Chuck believes he suffers from "electromagnetic hypersensitivity", a condition where he suffers from pain when close to electrical devices. In court, Jimmy reveals to Chuck that Huell slipped a battery into him a hour and 43 minutes ago, so by all means he should've felt pain all this time; But he didn't, proving his "condition" is a mental illness. An enraged Chuck humiliates himself as he starts ranting about how he's not crazy, and that Jimmy is a con man who shouldn't be a lawyer.
Later on, Jimmy hires Huell to be a bodyguard during his burner phone business. Over several months, business is going well, until Huell assaults a man to protect his boss somewhere in late 2003-early 2004. Unknown to him, the man is a cop, and he gets arrested. The cop believes Huell assaulted him on purpose as this is the same cop who locked him up for pickpocketing in 2001. Jimmy and Kim Wexler make a con where they pretend Huell was a hero in Coushatta, who saved several lives during a fire, among others. Thanks to this, Huell is released after four months of probation. Following this, Huell would serve as a bouncer when Jimmy sells his remaining burner phones, and then attends Jimmy and Kim's marriage.
Afterwards, Huell is hired by Jimmy to pickpocket the keys to Howard Hamlin's car. Huell takes the keys to a fellow criminal who makes a duplicate of them. Huell leaves the original keys next to Howard's car and gives the duplicate to Jimmy. While getting paid, Huell asks Jimmy why he's doing the things he does if he and his wife are well-paid lawyers. Jimmy claims that what they are doing will be worth it, as soon they will be helping people once the scam is done. Huell laughs it off, showing his scepticism, before leaving.
Four years later, Huell is hired by Saul as a bodyguard. He would use both him and Patrick Kuby, his "A-Team", into intimidating Ted Beneke into repaying his IRS debts. Once it's done, Ted tries to make a run for it, but slips on his carpet and breaks his neck after crashing into a wall. Huell and Kuby look at Ted, believe he died (he actually managed to barely survive, although paralyzed), and flee the scene. Afterwards, Huell explains the situation to Saul, believing it to be an "act of Hod". Later on, Saul and Walter White hire him to pickpocket a vial of ricin from Jesse Pinkman, which Walt would use to poison the eight-year old Brock Cantillo as a way to convince Jesse that Gustavo Fring needs to be killed. Jesse originally figures out it was Huell, but Walt manipulates him into thinking it was Tyrus Kitt, one of Gus's henchmen.
A few cameos later, Huell and Kuby collect all of Walt's money and bring it to Saul. During this, the former proposes stealing all the money and escaping to Mexico, but the latter shuts down that option, pointing out their boss had ten people killed in prison within two minutes. After delivering the money, Walt gives Huell and Kuby some of it, with implications that they went and stole some of the money before giving it. When Jesse is planning to use Ed Galbraith to relocate with a new identity, Saul has Huell pickpocket Jesse's bag of pot, believing Ed wouldn't have accepted Jesse if he brought it with him. When Jesse realises what happened, he puts the pieces together and realises Huell really did steal the ricin from him, and that Walt and Saul are responsible for Brock's poisoning. He barges into Saul's office, steals his gun and beats him up, threatening Huell with a gun before escaping.
After Jesse almost burns down Walt's house after stealing Saul's car, Huell takes back the car from Walt. Following this, he is brought into a DEA safe house and interrogated by agents Hank Schrader and Steven Gomez, who have figured out Walt is the infamous meth kingpin that they've been searching for. Hank lies to Huell that Walt is assassinating anyone connected to Brock's poisoning, and that Kuby has recently went missing. When Huell starts doubting that, he is shown a picture of what is apparently a dead Jesse. Huell, shocked by this, starts talking to the agents about how he and Kuby collected Walt's money in barrels and put them in a van, and that later Walt returned with the van but without the barrels. Hank and Gomez leave the safehouse, while advising Huell to stay in it until they return and say he's good to go.
As Huell is never seen again, it's unknown just what happened. Due to their deaths at the hands of Jack Welker, Hank and Gomez were never able to pick Huell up and release him from the safe house. That said, it's been implied numerous times that he eventually left the DEA safehouse and started living a normal life, now that both Walt and Saul fled New Mexico under new identities (or that the former is dead, depending on just when was Huell released). It's shown during promotional videos for the sequel movie El Camino that Huell would watch a news report about the events of the series finale. Afterwards, tired of waiting, he puts on his jacket and leaves the safe house on his own. That said, it's unknown if those videos are canon or not. Meanwhile, series creator Vince Gilligan claimed that after Hank and Gomez have gone missing/died, Huell would've been released by DEA agents mere hours afterwards, but not before being questioned on what he knows.
Huell has become a very popular character in the fandom that spawned many memes, such as him being stuck in the safehouse for eternity (pointed out above), being "reasonably" happy (referencing a famous quote of his), having a unit of time named after him (1 hour and 43 minutes, the exact time he lists during the court trial in Better Call Saul), or outright being portrayed as a godlike entity who used only a fraction of his power to make Ted slip and break his neck (similar to how other fictional characters are portrayed as godlike, such as SpongeBob SquarePants or Shaggy of Scooby-Doo).