The main characters in breaking bad are Jesse Pinkman and Walter White. In the beginning of the storyline Jesse Pinkman is a druggie and Walter White is diagnosed with cancer. Determined to provide for his family, Walter teams up with Jesse Pinkman to create and distribute the purest Crystal Meth. Together they take on Gangs, The cartel, and the D.E.A. in order to both attain their financial goals before time is up.