Ender’s Game

Bonzo Madrid is a young, aggressive, and highly ambitious student at the Battle School. Largely because of his strict Spanish upbringing, he’s been taught to fight at all costs and defend his honor before all else. As the commander of the Salamander Army, he’s also a tyrannical leader who hurts anyone who disobeys him. Bonzo comes to despise Ender for defeating him both in and outside of the Battle Room. In the end, he corners Ender in the shower and tries to kill him—an encounter that ends in his own death at Ender’s hands.

Bonzo Madrid Quotes in Ender’s Game

The Ender’s Game quotes below are all either spoken by Bonzo Madrid or refer to Bonzo Madrid. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 7 Quotes

“Listen, Wiggin, I don’t want you, I’m trying to get rid of you, but don’t give me any problems, or I’ll paste you to the wall.”
A good commander, thought Ender, doesn’t have to make stupid threats.

Related Characters: Bonzo Madrid (speaker), Andrew “Ender” Wiggin
Page Number: 86
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“You disobeyed me,” Bonzo said. Loudly, for all to hear. “No good soldier ever disobeys.”
Even as he cried from the pain, Ender could not help but take vengeful pleasure in the murmurs he heard rising through the barracks. You fool, Bonzo. You aren’t enforcing discipline, you’re destroying it. They know I turned defeat into a draw. And now they see how you repay me. You made yourself look stupid in front of everybody.

Related Characters: Bonzo Madrid (speaker), Andrew “Ender” Wiggin
Page Number: 95
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Bonzo Madrid Character Timeline in Ender’s Game

The timeline below shows where the character Bonzo Madrid appears in Ender’s Game. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7: Salamander
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...and combat experience. Ender explains that he’s young and inexperienced. The boy, whose name is Bonzo Madrid, explains that he is the commander of the Salamander Army, and won’t be using... (full context)
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...soldier—the finest sharpshooter in Salamander—but hasn’t been given a suitable command position. Petra jokes about Bonzo, and offers to teach Ender how to be a soldier (how to shoot, maneuver in... (full context)
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For the rest of the day, Ender notices the way Bonzo runs his team. He orders everyone to wear their jumpsuits at all times, except for... (full context)
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...Ender proceeds with his practices with Petra, even though other soldiers have warned him that Bonzo doesn’t like other soldiers associating with her. In the battleroom, Petra teaches Ender how to... (full context)
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...the other Salamander soldiers. Although Ender isn’t yet a good soldier, he notices ways that Bonzo could be a better commander. Bonzo insists on strict regimentation in all maneuvers—but this makes... (full context)
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The next day, Bonzo confronts Ender about practicing with his old friends. Ender explains that the only way he’ll... (full context)
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Four days after his run-in with Bonzo, Ender is preparing for his first battle with Salamander Army. The army is about to... (full context)
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...soldiers through the Salamander army’s side of the battleroom. Ender notes that if he’d disobeyed Bonzo and shot even one soldier, the Condor army wouldn’t have been able to muster the... (full context)
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After the battle, Ender expects Bonzo to tell him that it’s all right for him to shoot. Instead, Bonzo says nothing... (full context)
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...Leopard Army is new and weak, they have novel strategies, and use tactics that confuse Bonzo’s overly regimented troops. As Ender watches Leopard defeat Salamander, he decides to fight. He freezes... (full context)
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...the game, Salamander troops mutter about how Ender turned defeat into a draw by disobeying Bonzo’s orders. The next day, Bonzo approaches Ender and tells him that he’s been traded to... (full context)
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...his free time, so that nobody will be able to beat him up the way Bonzo did. (full context)
Chapter 8: Rat
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...and Rose is annoyed, but can’t do anything about it. Ender also tells Rose that Bonzo had ordered him never to fire his gun. This further irritates Rose, because it proves... (full context)
Chapter 10: Dragon
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...a chance to shine. Bean smirks and challenges Ender’s expertise as a commander, mentioning that Bonzo Madrid still calls Ender a “pinprick.” This infuriates Ender, and he grabs Bean and pushes... (full context)
Chapter 11: Veni Vidi Vici
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...of paper with his new battle assignment: he’s fighting the Salamander Army, still commanded by Bonzo Madrid. (full context)
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...can fire without being hit in return. The battle proceeds quickly, and Ender’s troops overpower Bonzo’s in less than a minute. (Again, Card gives few details.) (full context)
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...asks Bean what he would have done as Salamander commander, and Bean points out that Bonzo should never have kept his troops in one place. Ender leaves the battleroom quickly, still... (full context)
Chapter 12: Bonzo
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...Dap that Graff is intentionally putting Ender’s life in danger. Pace warns Graff that if Bonzo Madrid and his friends attack Ender, then Ender could be severely injured. He adds that... (full context)
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...the sound of boys entering the showers. Even before he turns around, he knows that Bonzo is there. Bonzo is accompanied by a gang of other boys, including Ender’s old rival,... (full context)
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Ender prepares to fight Bonzo in the showers. He can see right away that Bonzo is an experienced fighter, and... (full context)
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Bonzo turns to Ender and lunges at him. He tries to grab Ender, but Ender’s body... (full context)
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Ender staggers away from Bonzo’s unmoving body, followed by Dink. Bonzo’s friends make no attempt to stop them—they’re too shocked... (full context)
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Ender is lying alone in his room, hours after his fight with Bonzo. Suddenly, he hears a noise—a note has been slipped under his door. The note says... (full context)
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...the battle, but Ender can’t share his enthusiasm. He tells Bean about how he hit Bonzo, seriously injuring him. Bean nods but insists that Bonzo “had it coming.” (full context)
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...Major Imbu and Colonel Anderson. They discuss the recent death that’s occurred in Battle School: Bonzo Madrid’s death in the showers. Anderson tells Imbu that Graff has been summoned by the... (full context)
Chapter 14: Ender’s Teacher
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...about the Giant. Sometimes in his dreams he sees wolves with the faces of children—Stilson, Bonzo, and Peter, but also Alai, Dink, and Valentine. Once in his dream Ender attacks Valentine... (full context)
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...him 1000 to 1. Ender remembers all the unequal fights he’s faced: against Stilson, against Bonzo, and against two Battle School armies at once. Bean, remembering the same Battle School episode,... (full context)
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...the Giant, and sees the Dr. Device destroying an entire world of Buggers. He sees Bonzo, who tells Ender, “You have no honor.” (full context)
Chapter 15: Speaker for the Dead
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...court-martialed for his manipulations of Ender. The court showed a jury videos of Ender killing Bonzo Madrid, suggesting that Graff is guilty of negligent homicide. Graff’s defense, which eventually cleared him... (full context)
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...Ender has watched videos of Graff’s court-martial—this means that he saw videos of Stilson and Bonzo’s deaths, of which he’d previously been unaware. One by one, Ender’s friends say goodbye to... (full context)