Pulp Fiction is one of the greatest films of the last quarter-century, and there are so many memorable scenes and quotes from Quentin Tarantino’s second film.
The greatest mystery from the movie is the question of what is in the briefcase obtained by Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield. But there are other smaller mysteries from the film, and one of them includes Vega’s car being keyed.
Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the movie (which, if you haven’t or know someone who hasn’t, make them watch it ASAP).
Vega, portrayed by John Travolta, pays a visit to his heroin dealer. The two made small talk, and Vega discusses how his car was keyed by someone, and he was understandably very upset about it. But the movie never comes out and says who keyed his car or why.
Here’s the scene from movie. NSFW, obviously.
Apparently the answer to the question was obvious, and we should’ve known the identity of the culprit the entire time.
The film, of course, is shot out of sequence, so it was easy to overlook the first time you watch it. But the culprit was Butch the boxer, portrayed by Bruce Willis. Butch threw his boxing match, and he was looking for a way to retaliate against someone involved. He didn’t want to do anything to Marcellus Wallace, so instead he keyed Vega’s car.
Tarantino admitted as much during an interview with Opie and Anthony at about the three-minute mark in the interview.
It’s not exactly a pivotal plot moment in the movie, but it is cool to finally know who made Vega so upset by keying his car.