With the recent release of El Camino, Jesse Pinkman's story has finally reached its end. Audiences were absolutely captivated by Aaron Paul's stunning performance over the past decade. He took Jesse Pinkman on a beautiful character arc that went from an amoral, self-involved criminal to a conscientious man hoping to make a better life for himself.
As Jesse went on this journey through Breaking Bad and El Camino, he had many friends who helped him along the way. At least some of these friends helped him, others proved to not really be as ride or die as Jesse originally thought. Here are Jesse Pinkman's friends, ranked.
10 Emilio Koyama
Emilio Koyama was one of Jesse's first friends to be shown on the series. He was Jesse's first partner in the meth business. The two of them were quite successful at selling meth, to the point where the DEA focused all their resources on catching "Captain Cook."
When Emilio got busted, he assumed that Jesse was the one who sold him out. After recognizing Walter from the original raid, Emilio tried to convince Krazy 8 to kill the two of them. If not for Walt's expertise and quick thinking, dosing the two with phosphine gas, both he and Jesse would have died in the first episode.
9 Andrea Cantillo
One of Jesse's few love interests in the series, Andrea gave Jesse a little bit of hope for the future. It appeared that Jesse loved both Andrea and her son, Brock, very much. In the end, it was this love that made Jesse leave her.
When Walter made Jesse realize he would eventually have to reveal the truth of his meth career to Andrea, he knew things would never truly work out. So, in order to protect her, Jesse left Andrea. One of the most heartbreaking scenes in the entire series came sometime later when Andrea was killed by the white supremacists in front of Jesse.
8 Brock Cantillo
Andrea's son, Brock seemed to always hold a special place in Jesse's heart. In fact, it seemed like whenever Jesse was around children in the show his whole demeanor absolutely changed. Brock's innocence reminded Jesse of the kid he used to be, and he saw a world of potential within Brock.
Jesse made quite an effort to become Brock's friend. He genuinely cared about the kid. At the very end of El Camino, Brock is the only person that Jesse sends a final goodbye letter to. That shows how close the two really were.
7 Mike Ehrmantraut
When the two men first met, Mike was very open about his dislike for Jesse Pinkman. As he got to know Jesse better, however, Mike's opinion softened.
Eventually, Mike became a bit of a mentor for Jesse. Much of Mike's advice was very helpful for Jesse after he decided to leave his criminal life behind. It was actually Mike that convinced Jesse to move to Alaska and make a better life for himself.
One of Jesse's most trusted friends throughout the series is Christian Ortega, also known as Combo. When Jesse and Walter first decided to expand their operations, it was Combo that Jesse trusted to start selling their product. While Badger and Skinny Pete are often shown as Jesse's most trusted confidants, Combo was right up there as well. Until he was murdered that is.
One of Combo's most important contributions to Jesse's cause was the RV. The famed RV of Breaking Bad was actually originally owned by Combo's mother.
5 Jake Pinkman
Jesse's brother, Jake is also one of his closest friends. The two brothers share a special connection with one another, and Jesse would do anything to protect Jake and his innocence.
When Jesse moved back home for a time, his parents were very wary of his drug-filled past. When they found some marijuana in the house, it was immediate grounds for Jesse to get kicked out. It turns out that the joint was actually Jake's. Jesse had been honest with his parents and remained clean. He instead took the fall and left in order to protect his little brother.
4 Jane Margolis
It was very clear throughout the series that Jane was the love of Jesse's life. The two of them got along so well together, and after a certain point seemed inseparable. It turns out that Jesse was a horrible influence on Jane, but their relationship had positives as well.
After Jane died from an overdose, Jesse was absolutely devastated. She truly meant the world to him. Her death helped inform and change his character for the remainder of the show.
3 Walter White
Walter White and Jesse Pinkman had a series of ups and downs throughout Breaking Bad. At times, the two meth cooks could not have been any closer. At other times, they literally wanted to kill one another.
Walter saw a lot of potential in Jesse and did a lot to try and help him reach that potential. Although ultimately Walter's self-interests were more important to him than his relationship with Jesse, the two had many great moments as friends throughout Breaking Bad.
It's pretty clear throughout the series that Badger is one of Jesse's best friends. Unlike many other characters in the series, Badger had no ulterior motives. He just wanted to be Jesse's partner and friend.
He sold meth with Jesse, played video games with him, and even helped Pinkman recover from the trauma of his torture from the white supremacists. They had their ups and downs, but in the end, Badger will always have Jesse's back.
1 Skinny Pete
After the events of El Camino, it's quite clear who Jesse Pinkman's best friend is. Skinny Pete always looked up to Jesse and he was Pete's hero. They could always get along just fine and loved to hang out. But when danger came knocking at the door, it was Skinny Pete who was willing to risk it all to help his friend.
In El Camino, Skinny Pete came up with a clever bait and switch plane involving his car, Badger's, and the El Camino. In the end, Pete knew he was going to be the one arrested, but he did it anyway in hopes of helping Jesse find a better life.