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27th Apr '16 8:14:23 AM Chris116
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See Daryl's page '''[[TheWalkingDeadTVShowDarylDixon here]].'''

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See Daryl's page '''[[TheWalkingDeadTVShowDarylDixon '''[[Characters/TheWalkingDeadTVShowDarylDixon here]].'''
23rd Apr '16 3:47:32 PM randomguy399
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* PromotedToLoveInterest: The show made her a one night stand partner to Shane and put into a full-blown relationship with the Governor. Ironically, she didn't ended-up with any of her two canonical love interest due to DeathByAdaptation; Dale, who died early, and Rick, whom are supposed to be each other's SecondLove, thus leaving this very trope open to be filled (if, at all) by a different character.

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* PromotedToLoveInterest: The show made her a one night stand partner to Shane and put into a full-blown relationship with the Governor. Ironically, she didn't ended-up with any of her two canonical love interest due to DeathByAdaptation; Dale, who died early, and Rick, whom are supposed to be each other's SecondLove, thus leaving this very trope open to be filled (if, at all) by a different character.character ([[spoiler:Michonne in Season 6.]])
5th Apr '16 6:29:53 AM Chris116
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!!Daryl Dixon
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[[caption-width-right:300:''"The longer they're out there, the more they become what they really are."'']]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/NormanReedus

-->''"You want to know what I was before all this? I was nobody. Nothing."''

Daryl is one of two redneck brothers who joined the group. Merle was the nastier and more vicious of the two, and eventually got left behind in a DirtyBusiness sort of situation. Daryl is slowly growing away from the behavior he displayed with his brother now that he is among the rest of the group without Merle's influence.

He has developed a friendship with Carol and become a [[TrueCompanions brother]] to Rick, acting as one of his biggest supporters within the group and one of the most dependable members of the group in general. So dependable, in fact, that he takes it ''very'' personally whenever the group suffers a loss, and usually withdraws into himself to cope with his grief. Despite coming a long way since he joined the group, he still feels like an outsider at times, and Daryl's friends occasionally struggle to keep him close when he feels like drifting away.

Daryl's outsider status makes him fell ill-at-ease in Alexandria after the group arrives. After establishing a friendship with Aaron he accepts a job as a recruiter for the safe-zone.

Daryl and Merle are also the protagonists of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDeadSurvivalInstinct'', a FirstPersonShooter by Activision that tells the story of the brothers before they arrived at the Atlanta camp.

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!!Daryl See Daryl's page '''[[TheWalkingDeadTVShowDarylDixon here]].'''
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[[folder:Merle]]
!!Merle
Dixon
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[[caption-width-right:300:''"Youíve got to play
the more they become what they really are.hand you’re dealt. I only got one."'']]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/NormanReedus

-->''"You want
Creator/MichaelRooker

-->''"Now, how's about a big hug for your ol' pal Merle? Huh?"''

Merle is Daryl's much more racist and jerkass older brother. He put the scavenging group sent
to know what I was before all this? I was nobody. Nothing."''

Daryl is one
Atlanta at risk, and attacks other members of two redneck brothers who joined the group. This forces the others to leave him behind, and he ends up forced to cut his own hand off to escape, disappearing into Atlanta. He was rescued by the Governor and became his right hand man in Woodbury. When Woodbury came into conflict with the group, Merle was quickly deserted the nastier and more vicious of the two, and eventually got left behind in a DirtyBusiness sort of situation. Daryl is slowly growing away from the behavior he displayed with Governor to join his brother now that Daryl, although he is among was stunned by how much he had changed and was disliked by the rest of the group without Merle's influence.

group. He has developed a friendship with Carol eventually attempts to assassinate the Governor on his own, killing several of Woodbury's top soldiers before being killed by the Governor.

Merle
and become a [[TrueCompanions brother]] to Rick, acting as one of his biggest supporters within the group and one of the most dependable members of the group in general. So dependable, in fact, that he takes it ''very'' personally whenever the group suffers a loss, and usually withdraws into himself to cope with his grief. Despite coming a long way since he joined the group, he still feels like an outsider at times, and Daryl's friends occasionally struggle to keep him close when he feels like drifting away.

Daryl's outsider status makes him fell ill-at-ease in Alexandria after the group arrives. After establishing a friendship with Aaron he accepts a job as a recruiter for the safe-zone.

Daryl and Merle are also the protagonists of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDeadSurvivalInstinct'', a FirstPersonShooter by Activision that tells the some of their story of the brothers before they arrived at the Atlanta camp.



* TenMinuteRetirement: Daryl briefly loses the will to help others after failing to save Sophia. He goes back to his usual self once the situation escalates again. As detailed below, he usually lapses into this after the group takes a heavy loss.
* AbusiveParents: Daryl was beaten and neglected as a child, to the point that his back is badly scarred as seen in "Home."
* TheAce: He's pretty much the best overall fighter in the group, able to do anything that he needs to and is a force to be reckoned with. In Season 4, he takes down a tank alone.
** BrokenAce: He is not the most well-adjusted individual.
* AchillesInHisTent: After leaving the group in "The Suicide King", he spends most of "Home", away from them after leaving with Merle. [[ChangedMyMindKid He]] [[BigDamnHeroes comes]] [[ForegoneConclusion back]].
* AlliterativeName: His first and last name starts with a ''D''.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Averted. [[http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/10/the-walking-deads-norman-reedus-daryl-is-a-total-virgin.html Word Of God]] states that Norman Reedus plays Daryl as so socially awkward that he could be considered a "total virgin." Due to his CharacterDevelopment, he swings between this trope and ChasteHero.
* TheApocalypseBringsOutTheBestInPeople: At least it does once his brother is out of the picture.
* AwesomeButImpractical:
** Daryl's crossbow may be quieter than guns, but it has its shortcomings too. It needs a unique type of ammunition that only Daryl really knows how to make more of, and it's large and clunky as compared to Rick's personal Python which can be stored in his holster. Trying to pull out the clunky crossbow from a bag nearly costs Daryl his life in "Always Accountable". This scene caused IGN to speculate if Daryl was perhaps becoming too reliant on his crossbow. [[spoiler: It was stolen by Dwight for about half of Season 6.]]
** His use of a motorcycle also counts. Sure he's a BadassBiker, but it's engine is much louder than that of a normal car and it does leave him a bit more vulnerable to walkers and gunfire than he would be if he was in a car.
* AnAxeToGrind: He uses two axes at once in the Season 1 finale.
* AntiHero: At the start of the series. His CharacterDevelopment has turned him into more of a straight up hero while Rick has descended into being an anti-hero.
* ArcherArchetype: We rarely see him use a weapon other than his crossbow. [[spoiler: Until it is stolen in "Always Accountable." Then we see him with knives and guns.]]
* AutomaticCrossbows: Averted. It can be difficult to spot, but Daryl does occasionally nock another bolt.
* {{Badass}}: Uses a crossbow, has a no-nonsense attitude to the apocalypse and panicking camp members, kills walkers with deadpan one-liners, is a fantastic shot and a very competent tracker.
** BadassBeard: Gets more noticeable after Season 1.
** BadassBiker: Becomes one in late Season 1 and afterwards. Apparently the CoolBike used to be Merle's, so he probably counts as one too.
** BadassInDistress: See below, and also happens in the mid-season finale of Season 3 when he is captured in Woodbury.
** BackToBackBadasses: with Merle in "The Suicide King".
** BadassBoast: Gives a short but nevertheless effective one to Dwight and Honey when they [[spoiler: steal his bike and crossbow.]]
-->'''Sherry:''' We're sorry.
-->'''Daryl:''' You're gonna be.
* BattleTrophy: Daryl begins a collection by making a necklace of the ears of the zombies he killed while searching for Sophia, as an indication to himself how tough and strong he is. It might also have had the practical use of masking his living scent.
* BashBrothers[=/=]SiblingTeam: With Merle. Although not much seen, but they've already played these tropes when the apocalypse started. Since Season 3, Daryl is also BashBrothers with Rick.
* BigDamnHeroes: A few notable examples:
** In the Season 2 opener, he saves T-Dog from becoming walker food by shooting the walker about to chomp on T-Dog and then dumping said walker's body on T-Dog to mask his scent.
** Subverted late in Season 2 -- he tackles down a walker that's about to eat Dale, but he's moments too late from saving him and he personally delivers the MercyKill as an apology.
** Midlate in Season 3, he does it twice in one episode, once to save a group of Mexican strangers he didn't even know, and once to save Rick.
* TheBigGuy: Class 3. Becomes TheLancer after Shane is killed.
* BreakoutCharacter: One of the most popular characters, he was promoted to the main cast in Season 2 and given an entire episode to show his badass credentials. In Season 3, he's become the second-in-command to Rick and runs the group when he's not available. By Season 4, he's probably the show's {{Deuteragonist}} and in Season 5 it's probably safe to say that he's one of few characters on this show with PlotArmor.
* BrokenTears: When finding his brother Merle as a Walker then {{Mercy Kill}}ing him.
* ByronicHero: He is cynical, determined, and brooding and also has a strict personal code with a lot of loyalty to his friends.
* CatchPhrase: Some variation of "That ain't you/us/her."
* CelibateHero: Due to his abusive past, he has trouble with letting people get close or touching him. When Carol starts joking about the two of them having sex he gets real quiet and asks her to stop.
* CharacterDevelopment: Daryl is one of the characters who has changed the most out of the cast, highlighted in the episode "Home", where his new personality clashes with Merle's outdated perception of him. While Daryl was originally a mildly racist, belligerent redneck who only looked out for himself and his brother, as Merle dominated him through mild psychological bullying, Daryl chooses Rick's group over Merle in the episode. He's now a brave, compassionate and stronger man, who has bypassed Merle and can see his flaws.
** He hasn't completely left his old HotBlooded ways behind, just tempered them with something that looks suspiciously like maturity and civilization.
* CharacterTics: He bites his thumb when he's apprehensive, such as when he waited in the hall while Andrea shot herself.
* CombatDiplomacyStealth: Fills the Combat role, with Rick commanding Diplomacy, and Glenn handling Stealth.
* CombatPragmatist: Daryl at one point [[Recap/TheWalkingDeadS05E07Crossed uses a Walker's head as a melee weapon]] while desperate.
* ConflictingLoyalty: Brought to the fore in "The Suicide King", when he's forced to choose between Rick's group and his brother Merle, and ends up [[ThickerThanWater going with the latter]]. Then in "Home", he decides that Rick's group is his real family and goes back to them, with Merle reluctantly being forced to follow.
* CoveredWithScars: Seen in the episode "Chupacabra". [[http://thewalkingdeadfanclub.blogspot.com/2011/12/walking-dead-star-norman-reedus-talks.html Norman Reedus]] states they're from Daryl's childhood abuse. "Home" confirms that both he and Merle were physically abused by their father.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Explored in "Home".
* ADayInTheLimelight: Season 2's "Chupacabra", Season 3's "Home" (shared with his brother), Season 4's "Still" (shared with Beth), Season 5's "Consumed" (shared with Carol), and Season 6's "Always Accountable" (shared with Sasha and Abraham).
* DeadpanSnarker:
** When Jenner gives a pretty damn bleak exposition about the walker virus and how a person reanimates, Daryl mutters, "''Damn'' I'm about to go get shit-faced again."
** After a walker growls at him, he replies with a crossbow bolt through the head and "Shut up".
** Instead of asking for help while he's bleeding from one of his own arrows on his way back to Hershel's farm, he simply notes to Rick that this is the third time Rick has pulled a gun on him at this point and then asked if Rick would pull the trigger this time. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor He is then shot by]] [[IJustWantToBeBadass Andrea]], who doesn't know it's him from afar. The bullet just barely grazes his ''head''. Most would be unconscious or [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow just plain dead]], but [[TheDeterminator Daryl]], being... [[MadeOfIron Daryl]], still manages to mutter as the others pick him up, "I was kidding."
** When the group elects to leave their temporary base in a barn to go to Alexandria with Aaron, despite Rick's reservations, Daryl agrees, as "this barn smells like horse shit."
* DecompositeCharacter: While pretty much still a CanonForeigner, he filled in most of Tyreese's role in the first two and a half seasons, specifically TheLancer (after Shane's death) and his close relationship with Carol.
* DefrostingIceKing: Initially hostile to everyone else in the group, he slowly grows closer to each group member and becomes loyal to them.
** History repeats itself when the crew move into Alexandria, where Daryl is clearly uncomfortable with this new lifestyle. Aaron (and a little bit of Eric) eventually get him to warm up again by the end of "Forget" saying that Daryl knows the difference between a good person and a bad person and appoint him the new recruiter of the safe zone.
* {{Determinator}}: Even after being stabbed in the side by one of his crossbow bolts following being tossed from a spooked horse down into a ravine, he still manages to make it back to the camp on his own.
** After running all day, he spent an entire night up to keep watch for walkers while inside a car's trunk.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Begins occupying this role from the third season onward, and later begins sharing it with Carol.
* DifficultButAwesome: The crossbow can actually be harder to aim with and use than a conventional gun, but mastering it offers Daryl a lot of advantages. He can both hunt food for the group and silently stealth kill any Walkers he encounters without bringing a dozen more down on his head. In addition, to overcome its low ammunition limitations, Daryl has learned to always retrieve bolts, and even knows how to make new ones if he needs to.
* DontYouDarePityMe: After the group finds and shoots the undead Sophia, Daryl separates himself from the others in frustration. Carol, who knew how hard Daryl searched for Sophia, tells him he can't just shut the others out and that the group needs him. Daryl angrily tells her that he was better off on his own to begin with, that Sophia wasn't his problem, and that he doesn't need her to try and take care of him. Knowing that this is Daryl's way of handling what happened, Carol stands there and lets him vent as long as he needs.
* FailureKnight: Daryl has a tendency to blame himself for almost any tragedy that befalls the group. WordOfGod says that he officially feels that he's this after Beth was killed.
* FishOutOfWater: To say that Daryl doesn't fit in well at Alexandria is an understatement.
* FriendToAllChildren: Willing to look for Sophia in Season 2, bonds with Carl, and cares for the new born Judith Grimes and even calls her Little Asskicker. His main reason for saving a random Mexican family in Season 3 is that he could hear their crying baby. In Season 5, despite being extremely against the new posh lifestyle of Alexandria, he admits that it's good that the group has come because Carl and Judith deserve a roof over their heads.
* GoodIsNotNice: Well, not ''all'' the time.
* GuiltComplex: It's revealed in "Still" that he feels responsible for Hershel's death and the destruction of the prison, as he gave up looking for the Governor and later talked Michonne into doing the same. Sophia's name also comes up.
* GutFeeling: He's typically very good at judging character. It's stated by Aaron to be one of Daryl's most invaluable qualities.
* {{Hallucinations}}: After two falls down a riverbank and a pretty severe injury, Daryl starts having hallucinations about his brother Merle - mocking him and egging him on to survive.
* HandicappedBadass: Or, in this case, an injured one. After being badly injured after a fall and impaled on one of his own crossbow bolts, Daryl wakes up with a walker attempting to eat his (thankfully booted) foot. He kills it with a stick, and then pulls the aforementioned bolt out of his own body and uses it to shoot another.
* HatesBeingTouched: Flinches back when Carol (probably the least threatening member of the group) leans in to give him a motherly kiss on the forehead. WordOfGod states that he's "constantly expecting to be hit" due to his childhood abuse.
** By Season 4, he is openly more physically affectionate with many people -- including Rick, Carol, and Beth -- and even around people he does not know very well.
*** A CallBack in "Them" has Carol kiss his forehead again -- Daryl lets her.
* HeroicBSOD: He shuts down almost completely for a time after the loss of the prison, hunting for food and killing walkers when necessary but mostly following Beth around and communicating in monosyllables. He eventually snaps out of it after getting into a drunken argument with Beth that leads to him breaking down and opening up to her, only to lapse into ''another'' one in the very next episode when Beth is kidnapped and he falls in with the Claimers.
* HeroicSacrifice: He was prepared to perform one for Rick and the others, buying time to escape from Woodbury by laying down cover fire. He's subsequently captured by the end of the episode, but is rescued in the next one.
** Another subversion in the Season 5 finale, when he prepares to fight through the walker herd alone to give Aaron an opening to escape. Fortunately, Morgan pulls off a BigDamnHeroes moment at that exact second, allowing them both to survive.
* HiddenDepths: Shown to have this side to him in Season 2. He's the most confident that they will find Sophia alive and even comforts Carol. The Cherokee Rose scene won him a LOT of fans.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Daryl actually has a compassionate side to him, but on the rare occasion it is observed he will brush it off or try to change the subject.
* HotBlooded: Becomes less so as the series goes on.
** Arguably by the third season, after taking over as TheLancer, he has switched roles with Rick who was very level headed in Season 1, and is now more Hot Blooded and unpredictable. Daryl is now the calmer, more reliable one.
** Season 4 has shown that alcohol brings out Daryl's hot-blooded {{Jerkass}} side, to the point where he's shouting quite loudly at Beth despite having walkers within earshot. Ironically in the first season, when the group indulged in some of Jenner's alcohol, he was one of the jolliest drunks in the group.
* IconicItem: His crossbow. Also his wing-embroidered vest.
* TheIdealist: Surprisingly; aside from Rick, he was the one who was the most confident they would find Sophia alive. Sadly, he was wrong.
* InVinoVeritas: A little moonshine helps Daryl let out all the frustration and anger he's been keeping inside.
* IWorkAlone: Used to believe this, but grows used to working with the other survivors and in "This Sorrowful Life" he tells Merle that they can't survive without people anymore.
** Tends to slip back into this whenever something bad happens to someone in the group, most noticeably after Sophia, and later, Beth die.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: On Randall in "Judge, Jury, and Executioner".
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: A mildly racist redneck like his brother Merle, but he continually goes out of his way to help others in the group, such as helping Rick rescue Glenn from the Vatos, saving T-Dog's life several times, and even revealing Merle's secret drug stash when T-Dog gets a nasty infection. He also cares about finding Sophia far more than any of the other members of the group besides Carol.
* KillTheOnesYouLove: Killed the zombified Merle.
* KnifeNut: Capable of being this when he needs to be. Besides using one as a secondary weapon, he's also comfortable enough throwing them that he is able to hit a walker with in the face with a knife throw, without so much as grazing someone inches away from said walker's face.
* TheLancer: As tension between [[TheHero Rick]] and [[TokenEvilTeammate Shane]] rapidly escalates towards the end of Season 2, Daryl gradually became Rick's right-hand man. Following Shane's death at the end of Season 2, Daryl officially becomes this starting Season 3.
* LightningBruiser: Since his arrows can be reused, he has quicker reload time than his allies. He is well adapted to close-range combat, too.
* LonersAreFreaks: Daryl grew up having only himself to rely on, and as an adult prefers solitude. He also has a violent temper, and has some disconcerting hobbies, such as collecting pieces from his zombie kills.
* LonerTurnedFriend: For a long time, he alienated himself from the group and preferred avoiding human intimacy as much as possible. Eventually, he becomes one of the group's most loyal members.
* MadeOfIron. He falls down a steep slope and impales himself on one of his crossbow bolts. He then climbs up the slope, falls, then tries again, eventually limping back to camp, where not even being grazed on the head by a rifle shot keeps him down.
* ManlyTears: Some prominent examples were when he discovered Merle's HeroicSacrifice and subsequent zombification, reuniting with Carol in the Season 5 premiere, and after Beth's death in "Coda".
** Regarding the later incident -- Norman Reedus said in interviews that he had spent an hour before the shot sitting on a crate and 'crying his eyes out' in order to work out all that emotional reaction. Multiple viewers noted that it didn't really work as well as Reedus might have wished.
* MoralityPet: To Merle.
* MultiRangedMaster: While he's often seen with crossbow, he also sometimes uses guns.
* NeverBeHurtAgain: It's implied Daryl likes to keep his distance from others because he's afraid of the pain he'll feel should he lose them.
* TheNicknamer: Called Glenn [[InterchangeableAsianCultures Chinaman]] in Season 1 and coined Lori's newborn baby as "Little Asskicker" before being named Judith by Carl.
* NobleBigot: While being no fan of Glenn or T-Dog, he won't simply stand by and withhold assistance if either one of them is in need, even if it means putting his life on the line. Used to demonstrate his character development in Season 3 when Merle calls Glenn Chinese. While Daryl had called Glenn a Chinaman in the past, this time he responds by telling Merle that Glenn is Korean.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: While going out of his way to search for a missing Sophia alone, Daryl ends up falling down a cliff ''twice'', the initial fall causing one of his arrows to impale him, the second when he's trying to get back up. Then he is nearly eaten by walkers and when attempting to (successfully) climb back the second time, he had hallucinations of Merle mocking and berating him. Once he got back in the farm, his friends mistook him as a walker and was nearly killed when one of them (Andrea) shot him. This all happened in a ''single'' episode.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind:
** This is a big issue for him, possibly because of what happened to Merle. Whenever someone goes missing, he will be the first to volunteer to look for them. The only time he refused was shortly after the barn massacre and Sophia being found as a walker, as he was too torn up about his failure. He also is the most insistent on returning to search for Andrea when the farm is overrun and she is separated from the group. In Season 3, when Glenn and Maggie are kidnapped, he immediately volunteers to go after them.
** He brings this up as a big reason for why he leaves the group in "The Suicide King". He isn't willing to abandon Merle a second time. However, he realizes that they parted ways in how they think a long time ago and decides to return to the group, followed in shock by his brother.
** Despite his strong disapproval of Bob's actions in Season 4's "Indifference", Daryl doesn't even threaten to leave him behind.
** Eventually subverted in "Too Far Gone", when he and Beth are forced to flee the prison without the others after the defenses are lost and the group is scattered during the final battle with the Governor.
* NoSocialSkills: He's never been terribly good at interacting with others, but he slowly improves over the course of the series.
* NoSympathy: When the group considers booting out the inmate survivors, Daryl compares himself to them, stating that while they're degenerates, they're not monsters. Regardless, [[BaitAndSwitch he still thinks they should hit the road]].
* OddFriendship: Most obviously with Rick, with whom Daryl was initially deeply at odds with. (What with the whole cop-who-left-my-brother-to-die thing going on.) By Season 4 Rick says Daryl is his brother.
** With Carol, who becomes an important figure for him during Season 2 and beyond. Carol jokes about the idea of them being attracted to each other, and it's obvious that they're both devoted to each other, but beyond that, nothing definitive has been shown in canon.
** Starting with "Still", he developed this with Beth, despite their outlooks and pre-apocalypse lives being complete polar opposites.
** He also forms one with Aaron in "Forget" after the latter offers him a job as a recruiter for Alexandria.
** He forms one, yet again, with Denise in the second half of season 6. She even tells Daryl that he reminds her of someone she used to know.
* AnOddPlaceToSleep: He at one point tries to sleep in a ''coffin'', calling it the most comfortable bed he's had in years.
** He also initially refuses to sleep in a prison cell, choosing instead to sleep in the upstairs hall.
* OutOfFocus: He has an jarringly [[DemotedToExtra reduced role]] the first half of season six. It's not until the sixth episode of the season that he finally gets a starring role in an episode. He returns to the spotlight in the second half of the season.
* PeekABangs: Progressively starting Season 3. He even maintained it when he had the chance for a haircut during Season 5.
* PhraseCatcher: A minor example. He gets called that "Robin Hood cat" on two separate occasions by unrelated characters: Tomas in Season 3 and Tony in Season 4.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Mildly racist to start but pretty much gone by the third season, but he was always willing to stick his neck out for all the members of the camp from the beginning.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Beginning in Season 2.
* RatedMForManly: The show always find ways to highlight his {{Badass}}ness, such as taking out the crossbow impaled to him or destroying a tank by himself.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue to Merle's, Rick's, and Carol's Reds.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Shown when he and Rick look for Sophia at the start of Season 2.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After he and Merle are rescued by Rick's group from Woodbury, Daryl abandons Rick and the group to stay with his brother. The next episode, he pulls this on Merle and heads back to the group, deciding that they are his real family. Merle is forced to follow along so he doesn't get left alone.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: His relationship with Merle has him as the one more willing to help out others without insisting on payment, which he gets called on by Merle.
* SherlockScan: Twice. He figured out that Shane killed Otis due to the fact that Shane had Otis' gun when he supposedly did a HeroicSacrifice, and the second time when he determined Shane killed Randall by noting their footprints were walking together, the tree which Shane banged his face against to make it seem like Randall had attacked him, and Randall's broken neck.
* SleevesAreForWimps: His signature look, though he dons sleeves when winter blows through.
* SmokingIsCool: Daryl is a smoker, as seen in Season 3's "Arrow on the Doorpost", Season 4's "Indifference", and Season 5's "Them".
* SuicideIsShameful: Daryl has no sympathy for people who give up and take the easy way out (besides those who put themselves down before they can reanimate like the bitten Andrea).
* TakeMeInstead: Tries to do this in the Season 4 finale by offering his own life in exchange for the Marauders letting Rick, Carl, and Michonne go free. It doesn't work, as they just decide to kill him as well.
* ThinkNothingOfIt: When Carol thanks him for trying to save Sophia, he only responds by insisting Rick and Shane would have done the same. Likewise, when Carol notes his efforts to bring in refugees in S4, Daryl notes that Rick saved many as well. When Aaron reminds him of how he saved his group from a storm that eventually spawned a tornado, Daryl tries to shrug it off.
* TokenGoodTeammate: When he joins the Claimers in Season 4.
* TokenWhite: In Season 4, he goes on a medicine retrieval arc being accompanied by Michonne, Bob, and Tyreese.
* TookALevelInKindness: Daryl's CharacterDevelopment since the first season is very evident, to say the least.
* TragicKeepsake: Daryl eventually receives ownership of Beth's knife after the latter is killed, keeping it at his side.
* UnableToCry: For a long time after Beth's death. After several weeks, while all alone, he finally cries.
* UndyingLoyalty: Towards Rick, from the end of Season 2 onwards. Even when Merle comes back into the picture in Season 3, Daryl ends up choosing Rick, and he always backs Rick's play even if he doesn't necessarily agree that it's the best course of action.
** By S5, this is beginning to fracture somewhat. As Rick becomes more ruthless (as highlighted in HotBlooded above), Daryl begins to advocate against some of Rick's methods. Daryl sides with Tyreese regarding a peaceful prisoner exchange with Grady, frustrating Rick, who had wanted to go in guns blazing. When Rick and Carol begin plotting to prepare to take over Alexandria by force if need be, Daryl is not receptive to the idea (though Reedus contends that he would've if it really came to it). While for now the two are brothers, a rift is starting to form between Rick and Daryl.
** In Season 6, he is opposed to Rick indefinitely ending Alexandria's recruiting campaign, but while he makes this known, he also loyally concedes that it's Rick's call no matter what.
* WarriorPoet: In "Cherokee Rose", describing the myth about the plant.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Carol constantly reassures Daryl that he's more than just a killer, and has more good in him than he'd like to admit. Aaron also takes up this job when Daryl arrives in Alexandria.
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[[folder:Merle]]
!!Merle Dixon
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[[caption-width-right:300:''"Youíve got to play the hand you’re dealt. I only got one."'']]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/MichaelRooker

-->''"Now, how's about a big hug for your ol' pal Merle? Huh?"''

Merle is Daryl's much more racist and jerkass older brother. He put the scavenging group sent to Atlanta at risk, and attacks other members of the group. This forces the others to leave him behind, and he ends up forced to cut his own hand off to escape, disappearing into Atlanta. He was rescued by the Governor and became his right hand man in Woodbury. When Woodbury came into conflict with the group, Merle quickly deserted the Governor to join his brother Daryl, although he was stunned by how much he had changed and was disliked by the rest of the group. He eventually attempts to assassinate the Governor on his own, killing several of Woodbury's top soldiers before being killed by the Governor.

Merle and Daryl are also the protagonists of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDeadSurvivalInstinct'', a FirstPersonShooter by Activision that tells some of their story before they arrived at the Atlanta camp.
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!!Carol Peletier
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[[caption-width-right:300:"''If you want to live, you have to become strong.''"]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Melissa [=McBride=]

-->''"Sooner or later you're gonna have to do it. You'll have to do it or you'll die. So you're gonna change the way you think about it. You have to change. Everyone does now. Things don't just work out."''

Carol survived the initial stages of the zombie apocalypse with Ed, her husband, and Sophia, her daughter. Ed abused her, but he died during the walker attack on the camp. After that, Carol became more independent, but the disappearance and later death of her daughter demoralized her again.

However, she has since recovered and started becoming more assertive, taking a larger role in the group as both as shooter and medic. Carol has also established a strong friendship with Daryl and began to deeply care about him after he kept looking for the missing Sophia in Season 2. After the community in the prison was established, Carol became a member of the council that helped run the group. She is exiled after killing some of the group in a desperate attempt to stop a plague, and her actions then and later with Lizzie and Mika haunt her to this day.

Despite having trouble facing her own demons, Carol is one of the most changed survivors of the apocalypse. She has proven to be a shrewd tactician whose no-nonsense approach to things makes her a finely oiled killing machine in combat. Given her MamaBear feelings towards the group, you have a force of nature who will do ''anything'' to save or protect her own. Carol is also a brilliant schemer who effortlessly dupes the entirety of Alexandria, hiding her true nature under an innocent, incompetent Stepford wife persona who is more than a few steps ahead of anyone.

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!!Carol See Carol's page '''[[Characters/TheWalkingDeadTVShowCarolPeletier here]]'''.
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[[folder:Ed]]
!!Ed
Peletier
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[[caption-width-right:300:"''If you want to live, you have to become strong.''"]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Melissa [=McBride=]

-->''"Sooner or later you're gonna have to do it. You'll have to do it or you'll die. So you're gonna change
Adam Minarovich

Ed is
the way you think about it. You have to change. Everyone does now. Things don't just work out."''

abusive husband of Carol survived and the initial stages father of the zombie apocalypse with Ed, her husband, and Sophia, her daughter. Ed abused her, but he Sophia. He died during the walker attack on the camp. After that, Carol became more independent, but the disappearance and later death camp outside of her daughter demoralized her again.

However, she has since recovered and started becoming more assertive, taking a larger role in the group as both as shooter and medic. Carol has also established a strong friendship with Daryl and began to deeply care about him after he kept looking for the missing Sophia in Season 2. After the community in the prison was established, Carol became a member of the council that helped run the group. She is exiled after killing some of the group in a desperate attempt to stop a plague, and her actions then and later with Lizzie and Mika haunt her to this day.

Despite having trouble facing her own demons, Carol is one of the most changed survivors of the apocalypse. She has proven to be a shrewd tactician whose no-nonsense approach to things makes her a finely oiled killing machine in combat. Given her MamaBear feelings towards the group, you have a force of nature who will do ''anything'' to save or protect her own. Carol is also a brilliant schemer who effortlessly dupes the entirety of Alexandria, hiding her true nature under an innocent, incompetent Stepford wife persona who is more than a few steps ahead of anyone.
Atlanta.



* ActionMom: In Season 4, she becomes this to Lizzie and Mika, whom she adopts after their father dies.
* ActionSurvivor: In Season 3. Later upgrades to a full-fledged ActionGirl starting in Season 4, and by Season 5 she's able to keep up with Daryl in toughness.
* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: She's having it much worse here than in the comics.
* AdaptationalBadass: By Season 3, she becomes more combat proficient and emotionally stable than her comic counterpart. Which is a good thing [[AdaptationalAngstUpgrade because she really needs to be]]. In the Season 5 premiere, Carol almost singlehandedly destroys Terminus, by blowing up its fences and taking advantage of a passing herd. It would have been impossible for Rick and co. to escape without her aid. In Season 6 she single-handedly takes out at least eight Wolves when they attack Alexandria.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Went from having medium length blonde hair in the comics to short cropped grey-black hair. Justified in that outside of a few plot points, she has very little in common with the character from the comics.
* ADayInTheLimelight: "The Grove" and "Consumed" are both very Carol-centric.
* AgeLift: Carol is younger than Rick and Lori in the comicbook.
* AntiHero: She slowly started to become as her character started take a dark turn by doing what ever it takes in order to protect them, whether it be teach kids how to use weapons to defend themselves or by killing Karen and David then burning their bodies in order to stop an illness from spreading. Throughout Season 5, she has shown herself to be more morally flexible than most others.
* AxCrazy: Throughout Season 5 and 6, she's displayed signs of this, from threatening to kill [[WouldHurtAChild Sam]] to [[spoiler:slaughtering a defenseless Wolf without even considering interrogation]]; thus really showcasing how much of a toll her hardened personality and secretive pragmatism is taking on her psyche.
* {{Badass}}: She's accumulated one of the biggest body counts on the show, and her one-woman assault on Terminus has to be seen to be believed.
--> '''Rick:''' That woman, she's a force of nature.
* BadassGrandma: She's one of the oldest members of Rick's group and a OneWomanArmy.
* BadassLongcoat: Wears a brown one. It's not a duster like most examples, but it's below the waist.
* BadassTeacher: In the Season 4 premiere, she's shown teaching the kids how to use weapons and defend themselves behind Rick's back.
* BadassInDistress: She is knocked out and captured by Grady Memorial Hospital at the end of "Consumed."
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor:
** Throughout the episode "Indifference," she tries to get Rick to be more active again and deal with the situation at hand, as far her killing Karen and David, and he does... by exiling her from the group.
** In "The Grove", her efforts to train Lizzie and Mika to be {{Action Survivor}}s end in disaster. Mika is the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Girl]] who, while perhaps a bit too soft and scared for her own good in a post-apocalyptic world, is/becomes a much stronger and well-adjusted girl than Carol gives her credit; Lizzie, meanwhile, while having some creepy ideas that the Walkers are more real than living people, Carol thinks of as the strong one because of her willingness to kill. By the end of the episode, Lizzie is revealed as an AxCrazy BrokenBird who kills small animals like mice (both to feed walkers and [[ItAmusedMe for fun]]) and ends up murdering Mika (and thinking of murdering Judith) because she thinks she'll be better off as a Walker. Carol was so focused on the girls not ending up like Sophia that she was blind to the danger right in front of her.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: She's known for being one of the most caring and even-tempered members of the group, yet in Season 4 it's revealed that she murdered Karen and David and burned their bodies in an attempt to prevent the fatal disease they were suffering from spreading. Then Terminus happened. Towards the end of Season 6, she begins to long for a more peaceful life, and genuinely hopes that her enemies will have the mercy to spare her - but she still will utterly ''annihilate'' those who legitimately cross her.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Ironically, despite worrying that the people of Alexandria are this in disguise (like the people in Terminus), Carol comes across as this, hiding her true self behind a friendly, [[ObfuscatingStupidity slightly ditzy]] façade. She ends up being forced to cast off the disguise after the first few battles of Alexandria in which her ruthless, OneWomanArmy traits are sorely needed.
* BreakoutCharacter: Despite being on the show since the beginning, it wasn't until season 5 that she became this. Her truly amazing siege on Terminus to rescue Rick and the others in the premiere, which included blowing up a fuel tank with a ''firework'', sniping various Termites, and getting in a fight with (and ultimately mercilessly killing) Mary, cemented her as a bonafide {{badass}} in the eyes of the fandom.
* BrokenBird: First she gets broken by her husband's abuse, and then Sophia's death. Since then, she's taken numerous levels in badass to become a skilled shooter and valuable member of the group as a secondary medic, but her experiences have left scars. After her confrontation with Morgan in Season 6 when she nearly [[spoiler:killed him, only to get Denise captured by Owen]], she's become severely depressed and now just wants to stop killing, to the point of [[spoiler:going into exile.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Starts off as a timid victim, but evolves into a more confident, hardened {{Badass}} with a pragmatic streak, who Rick even leaves in charge on at least one occasion. In Season 6 her memetic badassery comes to take a severe toll on her psyche and she's now trying to deal with her depression.
* CompositeCharacter: Since Andrea dies early, some of her roles in the comics were given to Carol: She is the one in charge of Lizzie and Mika (just like Andrea adopts Ben and Billy) and Carol also becomes the most {{Badass}} female from the original Atlanta group. Also she was in charge of killing Lizzie after she proves to be too unstable, just like Carl had to do in the comics about Ben.
* DeadpanSnarker: The more hardened she becomes, the more often her snarky sense of humor seems to come out.
* DespairEventHorizon: Seeing the undead Sophia walking out of the barn. Daryl has to stop Carol from running to her. Later, [[spoiler:nearly being forced to kill Morgan only to discover she was responsible for Denise's capture and the Anderson family's death seems to have done it again.]]
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Started showing signs of this in season three as she began to become a more fleshed out, rounded character and definitely has taken this spot by the fifth season along with Daryl.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Subverted, in a way. Sophia's death does indeed push her to her DespairEventHorizon, but she gets back up after enough time, arguably sooner than any other woman normally would after losing a daughter the way she did. It's everyone else that insists on awkwardly avoiding her for a while afterward. When Carl, who can't find a way to handle his own grief at Sophia dying, tells Carol that heaven is a lie, Carol then confronts Lori, telling her that Rick and Lori need to control Carl and that everyone needs to stop pitying her and treating her like a headcase.
* DrillSergeantNasty: A mild example toward the kids in Season 4, as she gives Patrick a hard time for wanting to be excused from her "lessons" and says that Lizzie is weak for being unable to MercyKill her ZombieInfectee father. Justified, when you realize that she's trying to get them to toughen up so that they don't meet the same fate as Sophia. It's horrifically Subverted when Lizzie takes it the '''wrong''' way and goes off of the deep end, and Carol knows it.
* EvilChancellor: To Rick when they get to Alexandria.
* TheExile: Gets kicked out of the prison by Rick in "Indifference", not appearing again until "Inmates". In Season 6 after breaking down following her confrontation with Morgan and her [[spoiler: abduction by the Saviors, she exiles herself from Alexandria as she's afraid to kill any more.]]
* ForgivenButNotForgotten: Tyreese forgives her for killing Karen, although he considers executing her, and swears he will never forget what she did.
* {{Foil}}:
** To, of all people, her comic counterpart. Both were abused by their husbands, and began to snap under the stress of the post-apocalyptic world. However, unlike her comic counterpart, her daughter was the one who died and she never committed suicide. However, as of Seasons 5 and 6, she's displayed numerous signs of becoming more and more unhinged, to the significant boiling point in "Start to Finish," [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero where she ultimately provides a means for the Wolf leader to break free]]]].
** Morgan becomes hers in Season 6 as well. Both lost their families and passed the DespairEventHorizon, however, Carol rather quickly came back while Morgan went completely insane, as he had no support system while Carol had the group. Carol eventually becomes a ruthless killing machine, while Morgan becomes a MartialPacifist who adheres to ThouShaltNotKill. Carol employs GoodIsNotNice while Morgan is a completely genuine NiceGuy. Their ideologies clash in "Start to Finish", and it's implied Carol envies how well-adjusted he is.
* GoodIsNotNice: She's a hero, but that doesn't mean she has to act pleasant. She's still the TeamMom to the group and to Alexandria when they officially join their ranks, though.
* GoodIsNotSoft: After finding out that Terminus has captured her friends, she singlehandedly kills all but six of them and destroys their safe zone. This phase is repeated again when the Wolves attack Alexandria.
* GoodVersusGood: [[spoiler: Her ruthless pragmatism clashes with Morgan's pacifistic nature in Season 6. In "Start to Finish", the two actually come to blows over the fate of the Alpha Wolf, ending with Morgan knocking her out. She later says she should have killed him.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: Criticizes Morgan for his {{Pacifism}} by saying he does it for selfish reasons, despite her ruthless pragmatism heavily shown to just be a way to satiate her paranoia.
* IconicItem: Her trench knife, which she gains in Season 4. Its connotations with brutal pragmatism reflects on Carol.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Her justification for murdering Karen and David, though Rick doesn't buy it. It gets {{Deconstructed}} eventually. When she runs into Tyreese and he talks about Karen, she starts feeling worse about it. It culminates in her admitting out of guilt and firmly expecting Tyreese to kill her as a result.
* IceQueen: She comes off as this to Sam until she figures out that he and Jessie are abused.
* ImpliedDeathThreat: To Sam. Insinuating that she would bind him and leave him to die out in the forest to keep him silent.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: "Not Tomorrow Yet" implies that she's grown to like being the den mother for Alexandria after already shedding her masquerade, and that she only ''wishes'' she could be as well-adjusted as the pacifistic Morgan.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She's become increasingly cold, but she does care for the safety of her friends.
* KickTheDog:
** Her ImpliedDeathThreat to Sam.
** When she and Morgan are sneaking past the Wolves, she sees [[ButtMonkey Gabriel]] in trouble, but coldly tells Morgan to leave him to die.
** Telling Morgan that she should've killed him for [[spoiler: [[SaveTheVillain protecting the Alpha Wolf]]]].
* KickTheSonOfABitch:
** After gaining the upper hand on [[ImAHumanitarian Mary]], she shoots her legs and allows a horde of walkers to devour her alive.
** Her ImpliedDeathThreat to [[DomesticAbuser Pete]].
** Her systematic killing spree of [[spoiler: half the Wolves.]]
** When she gives [[spoiler: the Savior [[SmugSnake Paula]]]] a CruelAndUnusualDeath and [[BoomHeadshot fatally shoots]] [[spoiler: the Savior [[JerkAss Chelle]]]].
* KillTheOnesYouLove: Tearfully kills Lizzie who murdered her younger sister.
* KnifeNut: Her primary weapon in later seasons, though she's reasonably capable with firearms as well. Notably, she uses her knife to kill Karen and David.
* KnightInSourArmor: She's become increasingly antisocial and cynical towards everyone, but she remains one of the heroes.
* LadyOfWar: She became one of the more mature and composed {{Action Girl}}s next to [[MasterSwordsman Michonne]]. In fact, she's rather stoic when killing walkers.
** NotSoStoic: In Season 6, she breaks down crying after the [[spoiler: horrific, mindless slaughter brought upon Alexandria by the Wolves, despite spending most of the episode pushing Morgan to break his ThouShaltNotKill creed.]]
* TheLeader: In Season 4, along with Daryl, Glenn, Hershel, and Sasha, as part of the council in charge of the prison community.
* TheLoad: Could do little but be a victim on the sidelines for the longest time, but grew out of this after the TimeSkip between Seasons 2 and 3.
* MamaBear: To the group at large. The people of Terminus found this out the hard way.
** She also seems to feel this way towards Sam, despite her icy demeanor and KickTheDog moment towards him. When she finds out that he might be abused, she demands that his father be killed. Nonetheless, she has little patience for him after Pete's death, imploring him to get over it.
* TheMedic: Under Hershel's tutelage she has picked up some medical skills and knowledge.
* MistakenForGay: By Axel, due to her short hair.
* MythologyGag: She's mistaken for gay by Axel. In the comics, there's implication she might be bisexual when she proposes marrying ''both'' Rick and Lori.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Implied to be her reaction towards finding out that she had a part to play in Sam's mental breakdown and subsequent death, as she visits his gravesite and leaves a cookie behind.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: As her comic counterpart has OnlyOneName, she was given a surname by default due to [[NoNameGiven Ed]] playing this trope entirely straight.
* NeverFoundTheBody: The other survivors think she is dead after the massive walker attack in "Killer Within" and prepare a grave for her. Daryl later discovers her alive, but weak from thirst and exhaustion.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Her teaching the children how to use knives was well-intentioned, but tragically contributed to the deaths of Lizzie and Mika.
** Similarly, in "Start To Finish," the knife she brought in an attempt to kill [[spoiler:the Wolf that Morgan had tied up]] is how [[spoiler:he not only gets free, but manages to escape Alexandria with not just a loaded gun, but Denise as a hostage]].
** Another example in "Start to Finish" regarding Sam. Threatening to leave him to die alone in the woods may have gotten her access to the guns, but it takes a ''devastating'' toll on the kid's sanity and he's later seen drawing pictures of him being eaten by walkers. She triggered a SanitySlippage that ends up putting Rick and the others in great peril [[spoiler: when the herd invades Alexandria. In "No Way Out", the poor kid is so traumatized by her threat that he freezes up and breaks down, and is then EatenAlive as Carol threatened him. This then leads to the death of Jessie and then Carl ''losing an eye''. She seems to realize her part in Sam's death, as she later pays his grave a visit and leaves a cookie there]].
* NotSoDifferent: Horrifically, she learns that she's almost exactly like the Savior [[EvilCounterpart Paula]].
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Carol deliberately plays the role of a chipper, ditzy [[NonActionGuy housewife]] while the group stays at Alexandria. As Carol points out, the best part about staying at Alexandria is that she can be invisible. She ends the charade when she's forced to take action when Alexandria faces the threats of the Wolves and the walker herd. Towards the end of the season, she realizes she really ''does'' want to be a sweet, well-adjusted housewife and TeamMom to Alexandria, though. She employs the old housewife charade when she's threatened by Saviors, and both times [[spoiler: she almost utterly destroys them.]]
* OddFriendship: With Daryl, even having a bit of ShipTease. Loads of subtext, and they're obviously important to each other, but the exact nature of the commitment they share is ambigious. Also with Axel in Season 3, albeit ''very'' briefly.
* OneManArmy: As of Season 5, Carol now has one of the largest body counts on the show, as she arranged the deaths of most of Terminus by directing a herd into the compound. In Season 6, she leads the retaliation against the [[spoiler: Wolves' assault on Alexandria, slaughtering many of them and securing the armory by herself while disguised as one of the Wolves.]]
* OutOfFocus: Got this a bit in the first half of Season 6, though nowhere near as bad as Daryl.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Tyreese largely out of necessity in Season 4, which nearly ends in Carol's death when he almost kills her, but refuses since Judith needs ''both'' of them to survive. Their relationship understandably becomes strained, but they remain stalwart allies to each other until Tyreese's death.
* PlotArmor: Robert Kirkman has basically [[http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2015/10/18/theres-only-one-character-on-the-walking-dead-the-creator-says-he-wouldnt-kill/#5e66def17b69 confirmed]] that Carol is the character who is currently in the least amount of danger of being killed off.
* PragmaticHero: She's still a fundamentally good person acting with the best of intentions, but she's willing to commit some very questionable acts in the name of keeping the group safe and she has no problem taking things under her own initiative rather than consulting with the others.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Inverted with Tyreese. They didn't become a couple like their comic counterparts. And because of some circumstances in Season 4, they likely won't be. It's finally inverted once and for all following Tyreese's untimely demise in the mid-Season 5 premiere.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Beginning in Season 4.
* PromotionToParent: In "[[Recap/TheWalkingDeadS04E02Infected Infected]]", a dying Ryan Samuels begs Carol to take care of his daughters as if they were her own, as they don't have anyone else left. She agrees, and they appear to be become ReplacementGoldfish to her for Sophia.
* PutOnABus: On a car to be more accurate, being exiled by Rick in "Indifference."
** TheBusCameBack: In "Inmates."
* TheQuietOne: Due to Ed's abuse, and later, Sophia's disappearance and death. She starts speaking up more in Season 3 and especially Season 4, where she is one of the five members on the council running the prison.
* ShipTease: Besides her ambiguous situation with Daryl, she seems to get a crush on [[spoiler: Tobin, enters a relationship with him in "Not Tomorrow Yet" and they sleep together before she leaves Alexandria.]]
* ShrinkingViolet: Due to her abusive husband, she is somewhat reserved around others. [[CharacterDevelopment She starts growing out of this in Season 2]], and by Season 3 this trope no longer applies to her.
* SoleSurvivor: The only remaining member of her family.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: So far, she managed to stay alive longer than her comic counterpart, who committed suicide before the Woodbury attack on the prison, thanks to her {{Adaptational Badass}}ness.
* TeamMom: Takes up this role after Lori dies. She herself even lampshades this to the Alexandria survivors during an interview (and also one of the few nuggets of truth during her interview). After the battle of Alexandria, she really does become the TeamMom to the community at large, making cookies for the town members and such.
* TookALevelInBadass: In the break between Season 2 and 3. She apparently learned how to headshot walkers from a considerable distance. Rick even lampshaded it in Season 4, even using it as basis when he exiled her. Her actions in the fifth season have elevated her to a MemeticBadass on par with Daryl in the eyes of the show's fandom.
* TookALevelInCynic: She's become a bit harsher to other people, but now she's a KnightInSourArmor.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Admittedly, her views on [[BadassPacifist Morgan]].
* UnscrupulousHero: By Season 5, Carol has only the well-being of the group in mind, but she has become callous in her methods. As an advisor to Rick, she often suggests the most effective, but ruthless strategies.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Murdered Karen and David to try and prevent the illness from spreading further.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Carol's advice and actions throughout Season 3 and 4 indicate that her CharacterDevelopment is taking a darker turn, as she makes more and more decisions on her own and without the rest of the groups knowledge to keep them safe.
** Tells Andrea she can end the conflict between the group and the Governor if she stabs him in his sleep.
** Begins to teach the children how to use weapons and asks Carl not to tell his father when he finds out.
** Kills Karen and David early in Season 4 to keep a disease from spreading to others in the prison and burns their bodies.
** A deleted S3 scene has Carol quietly declaring to a borderline-reformed Merle that she " will slit his throat while he sleeps" if Merle screws things up for his brother Daryl. It's enough that Merle, who's a badass like his brother, is quite obviously impressed with her.
* WidowWoman: She doesn't mind much, since Ed abused her and "looked" at Sophia.
* WifeBasherBasher: Due to her own past as a survivor of domestic abuse, she implores Rick to kill Pete, who is abusing Jessie and his children. In the season finale, she threatens Pete and holds a knife to his throat.
* WorfHadTheFlu: After already being weakened from falling from a 3 story high overpass, she's knocked out by the Grady Police and becomes their prisoner. Due to the severity of her injuries, Carol is unable to do anything to save herself. Had she recovered sooner, it's more than likely Carol would've given Grady Memorial and Dawn her own [[ComicBook/TheJoker Joker]]-style [[Film/TheDarkKnight hospital treatment]].
* WouldHurtAChild: She kills Lizzie, as she views her as too much of a threat to Judith. It crushes her soul to have to go through with it.
** There's also her very wordy, albeit terrifying threat to Sam, saying that if he didn't forget that she was taking guns, [[KickTheDog she'd abduct him in his sleep and tie him to a tree outside the walls of Alexandria where he'd be eaten alive.]] [[spoiler: Her later, very solemn visit to his grave implies she was bluffing.]]
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!!Ed Peletier
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->'''Portrayed by:''' Adam Minarovich

Ed is the abusive husband of Carol and the father of Sophia. He died during the walker attack on the camp outside of Atlanta.
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* NeverMyFault: Rarely takes true responsibility for his actions. He blames Rick for the fish fry attack when it was his own fault for not having the group properly prepared for a possible attack and instead treating it like a long camping trip. Later, he starts rambling about his own problems when he initially tries to apologize to Carol about the barn massacre.



* WhatYouAreInTheDark: He considers shooting Rick in "Wildfire" when they were alone (Dale was watching, but he didn't know that), but ultimately can't go through with it.

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He considers shooting Rick in "Wildfire" when they were alone (Dale was watching, but he didn't know that), but ultimately can't go through with it.
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--> '''Rick:''' ''That woman, she's a force of nature.''

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--> '''Rick:''' ''That That woman, she's a force of nature.''



* BewareTheNiceOnes: She's known for being one of the most caring and even-tempered members of the group, yet in Season 4 it's revealed that she murdered Karen and David and burned their bodies in an attempt to prevent the fatal disease they were suffering from spreading. Then Terminus happened.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: She's known for being one of the most caring and even-tempered members of the group, yet in Season 4 it's revealed that she murdered Karen and David and burned their bodies in an attempt to prevent the fatal disease they were suffering from spreading. Then Terminus happened. Towards the end of Season 6, she begins to long for a more peaceful life, and genuinely hopes that her enemies will have the mercy to spare her - but she still will utterly ''annihilate'' those who legitimately cross her.



* BrokenBird: First she gets broken by her husband's abuse, and then Sophia's death. Since then, she's taken numerous levels in badass to become a skilled shooter and valuable member of the group as a secondary medic, but her experiences have left scars.
* CharacterDevelopment: Starts off as a timid victim, but evolves into a more confident, hardened {{Badass}} with a pragmatic streak, who Rick even leaves in charge on at least one occasion.
* CompositeCharacter: Since Andrea dies early, all her roles in the comics were given to Carol: She is the one in charge of Lizzie and Mika (just like Andrea adopts Ben and Billy) and Carol also becomes the most {{Badass}} female from the original Atlanta group. Also she was in charge of killing Lizzie after she proves to be too unstable, just like Carl had to do in the comics about Ben.

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* BrokenBird: First she gets broken by her husband's abuse, and then Sophia's death. Since then, she's taken numerous levels in badass to become a skilled shooter and valuable member of the group as a secondary medic, but her experiences have left scars.
scars. After her confrontation with Morgan in Season 6 when she nearly [[spoiler:killed him, only to get Denise captured by Owen]], she's become severely depressed and now just wants to stop killing, to the point of [[spoiler:going into exile.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Starts off as a timid victim, but evolves into a more confident, hardened {{Badass}} with a pragmatic streak, who Rick even leaves in charge on at least one occasion.
occasion. In Season 6 her memetic badassery comes to take a severe toll on her psyche and she's now trying to deal with her depression.
* CompositeCharacter: Since Andrea dies early, all some of her roles in the comics were given to Carol: She is the one in charge of Lizzie and Mika (just like Andrea adopts Ben and Billy) and Carol also becomes the most {{Badass}} female from the original Atlanta group. Also she was in charge of killing Lizzie after she proves to be too unstable, just like Carl had to do in the comics about Ben.



* DespairEventHorizon: Seeing the undead Sophia walking out of the barn. Daryl has to stop Carol from running to her.

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* DespairEventHorizon: Seeing the undead Sophia walking out of the barn. Daryl has to stop Carol from running to her. Later, [[spoiler:nearly being forced to kill Morgan only to discover she was responsible for Denise's capture and the Anderson family's death seems to have done it again.]]



* ForgivenButNotForgotten: Tyreese forgives her for killing Karen, although he considers executing her.
* {{Foil}}: To, of all people, her comic counterpart. Both were abused by their husbands, and began to snap under the stress of the post-apocalyptic world. However, unlike her comic counterpart, her daughter was the one who died and she never committed suicide. However, as of Seasons 5 and 6, she's displayed numerous signs of becoming more and more unhinged, to the significant boiling point in "Start to Finish," [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero where she ultimately provides a means for the Wolf leader to break free]]]].
* GoodIsNotNice: She's a hero, but that doesn't mean she has to act pleasant.
* GoodIsNotSoft: After finding out that Terminus has captured her friends, she singlehandedly kills them all and destroys their safe zone. This phase is repeated again when the Wolves attack Alexandria.

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* ForgivenButNotForgotten: Tyreese forgives her for killing Karen, although he considers executing her.
her, and swears he will never forget what she did.
* {{Foil}}: {{Foil}}:
**
To, of all people, her comic counterpart. Both were abused by their husbands, and began to snap under the stress of the post-apocalyptic world. However, unlike her comic counterpart, her daughter was the one who died and she never committed suicide. However, as of Seasons 5 and 6, she's displayed numerous signs of becoming more and more unhinged, to the significant boiling point in "Start to Finish," [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero where she ultimately provides a means for the Wolf leader to break free]]]].
** Morgan becomes hers in Season 6 as well. Both lost their families and passed the DespairEventHorizon, however, Carol rather quickly came back while Morgan went completely insane, as he had no support system while Carol had the group. Carol eventually becomes a ruthless killing machine, while Morgan becomes a MartialPacifist who adheres to ThouShaltNotKill. Carol employs GoodIsNotNice while Morgan is a completely genuine NiceGuy. Their ideologies clash in "Start to Finish", and it's implied Carol envies how well-adjusted he is.
* GoodIsNotNice: She's a hero, but that doesn't mean she has to act pleasant.
pleasant. She's still the TeamMom to the group and to Alexandria when they officially join their ranks, though.
* GoodIsNotSoft: After finding out that Terminus has captured her friends, she singlehandedly kills all but six of them all and destroys their safe zone. This phase is repeated again when the Wolves attack Alexandria.



** When she gives [[spoiler: the Savior [[SmugSnake Paula]]]] a CruelAndUnusualDeath.
** When she [[BoomHeadshot fatally shoots]] [[spoiler: the Savior [[JerkAss Chelle]]]].

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** When she gives [[spoiler: the Savior [[SmugSnake Paula]]]] a CruelAndUnusualDeath.
** When she
CruelAndUnusualDeath and [[BoomHeadshot fatally shoots]] [[spoiler: the Savior [[JerkAss Chelle]]]]. Chelle]]]].



* ObfuscatingStupidity: Carol deliberately plays the role of a chipper, ditzy [[NonActionGuy housewife]] while the group stays at Alexandria. As Carol points out, the best part about staying at Alexandria is that she can be invisible. She ends the charade when she's forced to take action when Alexandria faces the threats of the Wolves and the walker herd.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Carol deliberately plays the role of a chipper, ditzy [[NonActionGuy housewife]] while the group stays at Alexandria. As Carol points out, the best part about staying at Alexandria is that she can be invisible. She ends the charade when she's forced to take action when Alexandria faces the threats of the Wolves and the walker herd. Towards the end of the season, she realizes she really ''does'' want to be a sweet, well-adjusted housewife and TeamMom to Alexandria, though. She employs the old housewife charade when she's threatened by Saviors, and both times [[spoiler: she almost utterly destroys them.]]



* ShipTease: Besides her ambiguous situation with Daryl, she seems to get a crush on [[spoiler: Tobin, and kisses him in "Not Tomorrow Yet".]]

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* ShipTease: Besides her ambiguous situation with Daryl, she seems to get a crush on [[spoiler: Tobin, and kisses enters a relationship with him in "Not Tomorrow Yet".Yet" and they sleep together before she leaves Alexandria.]]



* TeamMom: Takes up this role after Lori dies. She herself even lampshades this to the Alexandria survivors during an interview (and also one of the few nuggets of truth during her interview).

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* TeamMom: Takes up this role after Lori dies. She herself even lampshades this to the Alexandria survivors during an interview (and also one of the few nuggets of truth during her interview). After the battle of Alexandria, she really does become the TeamMom to the community at large, making cookies for the town members and such.
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--> '''Rick:''' ''That woman, she's a force of nature.''
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* BadassBookworm: He has a ton of books in his RV that he lends out the other group members. He does regret not having a better selection, and states that he would have brought more if he had known the world was going to end.

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* BadassBookworm: He has a ton of books in his RV that he lends out the other group members. He does regret not having a better selection, and states that he would have brought more better ones if he had known the world was going to end.



* DeathByAdaptation: In the comics, Dale died at the cannibals arc (which was after the prison arc).

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* DeathByAdaptation: In the comics, Dale died at the cannibals arc (which was after arc, which the prison arc).show covers in Season 5.
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** Daryl's crossbow may be quieter than guns, but it has its shortcomings too. It needs a unique type of ammunition that only Daryl really knows how to make more of, and it's large and clunky as compared to Rick's personal Python which can be stored in his holster. Trying to pull out the clunky crossbow from a bag nearly costs Daryl his life in "Always Accountable". This scene caused IGN to speculate if Daryl was perhaps becoming too reliant on his crossbow. [[spoiler: For the time being, it's been stolen by Dwight.]]

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** Daryl's crossbow may be quieter than guns, but it has its shortcomings too. It needs a unique type of ammunition that only Daryl really knows how to make more of, and it's large and clunky as compared to Rick's personal Python which can be stored in his holster. Trying to pull out the clunky crossbow from a bag nearly costs Daryl his life in "Always Accountable". This scene caused IGN to speculate if Daryl was perhaps becoming too reliant on his crossbow. [[spoiler: For the time being, it's been It was stolen by Dwight.Dwight for about half of Season 6.]]



* TheExile: Gets kicked out of the prison by Rick in "Indifference", not appearing again until "Inmates".

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* TheExile: Gets kicked out of the prison by Rick in "Indifference", not appearing again until "Inmates". In Season 6 after breaking down following her confrontation with Morgan and her [[spoiler: abduction by the Saviors, she exiles herself from Alexandria as she's afraid to kill any more.]]
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Implied to be her reaction towards finding out that she had a part to play in Sam's mental breakdown and subsequent death, as she visits his gravesite and leaves a cookie behind.
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