After seeing "the gimp" character in Pulp Fiction, two questions come to mind.
- How does "the gimp" come to be in Maynard & Zed's basement? and
- Why is "the gimp" covered up with a mask?
'The Gimp' was already in the basement, he is kept down there. We can infer this from Maynard stating 'The Gimp's sleeping' and Zed suggesting 'Well we better wake him up then'.
To answer your second one, I suggest googling what a 'Gimp' is. However, if you don't want to, then I suggest googling 'gimp mask' which should be able to explain it.
This is all about sexual practice called 'S&M' which stands for 'Sadomasochism'.
Hope this helps, apologies if my quotes aren't 100% as I don't have the script to hand.
The film portrays “The Gimp” as being the willing S&M partner of Zed and Maynard, the pawn shop owner and his security guard friend. While he is shown being “held” in a box-like structure in the basement of the pawn shop, it’s clear from his actions that this is a willing sexual act and that he is not being held captive.
Butch reinforces this portion of the narrative when he assaults The Gimp instead of freeing him. If Butch had considered him to have been a “victim”, it’s logical to presume that he would have helped him escape, rather than leaving him to his certain death at the hands of Marcellus Wallace and his men.
He could easily have been kidnapped just like the two main characters were. If Butch had not gone back then Wallace probably would have been used as a gimp too.
However as Butch's father's friend told him when he was a child "When two men are in a dangerous situation they take on a certain responsibility for each other" (quote might not be accurate) he was honour bound to go back and prevent this.
How does "the gimp" come to be in Maynard & Zed's basement?
According to Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction director) in an article published by Empire Magazine — EMPIRE 30: Quentin Tarantino Answers Your Questions, where he answered a similar fan question (emphasis mine):
Question: What is the Gimp’s backstory in Pulp Fiction, and what happened to him after Butch left?
Tarantino: It doesn’t quite play this way in the movie, but in my mind when I wrote it, the Gimp’s dead. Butch knocked him out and then when he passed out he hung himself. In terms of backstory, he was like a hitchhiker or somebody that they picked up seven years ago, and they trained him so he’s the perfect victim.
Why is "the gimp" covered up with a mask?