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You're starting a gang war. And the gang are professionals.
~ Wallenquist threatening Ava Lord

Herr Alarich Wallenquist is an overarching antagonist of Frank Miller's Sin City yarns and the film adaptation Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. He is a German Mafia boss who controls the prostitution and vice that runs Sin City.

In the film adaptation, he was portrayed by Stacy Keach, who also portrayed Lou Ford in the 1976 film adaptation of The Killer Inside Me, Phantasm in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Robert Vance in Batman Beyond, Cameron Alexander in American History X, and Ken Titus in Titus.

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Wallenquist, nicknamed "The Kraut", is the most powerful mob boss in Sin City; he controls the prostitution, gambling, drug-running, and graft that runs the city, and has its politicians and business leaders in his pocket. He is a large, burly man whose face is covered in scars, the origin of which are never revealed.

While he does not hesitate to kill to maintain his iron grip on power, however, he is a reasonable man with his own code of honor, avoiding violence whenever possible and doing what he can to spare innocent civilians (such that there are in Sin City). He is also a patient, cool-headed strategist, and is willing to bear temporary losses to achieve greater ends. Finally, he respects the prostitutes in Old Town, and allows them a great deal of autonomy and protection as long as they pay tribute to him.

In A Dame to Kill For

Wallenquist is first seen having dinner with Ava Lord, the widow of one of his main competitors, Damien Lord, who has recently been murdered. Ava asks him to kill her former lover, Dwight McCarthy, and offers to sleep with him in return. Wallenquist agrees to kill McCarthy, but rebuffs her advances, saying that his price is much higher. He sends his thugs to kill McCarthy, who nevertheless escapes and kills Lord.

In To Hell and Back

When Wallenquist's right-hand man The Colonel threatens Sin City's corrupt police commissioner, Liebowitz, the latter responds by authorizing a sting operation in which The Colonel is killed and several of Wallenquist's most important henchmen are imprisoned. The Colonel's chief assassin, Mariah, meets with Wallenquist and asks permission to kill Liebowitz. Wallenquist refuses, however, saying that Liebowitz is more useful to him alive; he also chastises Mariah for seeking revenge, which he calls "a loser's game" with "no percentage in it".

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