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!!Survivors introduced at the Atlanta Camp from the [[LiveActionAdaptation television show]] ''Series/TheWalkingDead'':

!!Due to the AnyoneCanDie nature of the show and quickly moving plots, only spoilers from the current/most recent season will be spoiled out to prevent entire pages of whited out text. If you have not seen Season 1, 2, and 3 read at your own risk!

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!!The Dixon Brothers

[[folder: Daryl Dixon]]
!!Daryl Dixon
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[[caption-width-right:300:''"It's a waste of time, all this hoping and praying."'']]
->'''Portrayed by''': Norman Reedus

->''"Shoot me again? You best pray I'm dead."''

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 an ally of Rick's, acting as one of his biggest supporters within the group.

Daryl and Merle are the protagonists of ''The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct'', a FirstPersonShooter by Activision that tells the story of how they arrived at the Atlanta camp.
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* AbusiveParents: [[WordOfGod According to]] [[http://thewalkingdeadfanclub.blogspot.com/2011/12/walking-dead-star-norman-reedus-talks.html Norman Reedus]], Daryl was beaten and abandoned as a child. Confirmed in "Home" when Merle, accidentally, sees the scars left by their father.
* 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.[[spoiler: In Season 4, he takes down a tank alone.]]
** BrokenAce: He is not the most well-adjusted individual.
* AchillesInHisTent: After leaving them in "The Suicide King", he spends most of "Home", the next episode, away from the group after leaving with Merle. [[ChangedMyMindKid He]] [[BigDamnHeroes comes]] [[ForegoneConclusion back]].
* AlliterativeName: His first and last name starts with a ''D''.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: [[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 is playing Daryl is so socially awkward as to be 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.
* AnAxeToGrind: He even 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 AntiHero.
* ArcherArchetype: We rarely see him use a weapon other than his crossbow.
* 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".
* 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}}.
* BrokenPedestal: Seems to experience this when he finds out that [[spoiler: Carol murdered Karen and David.]]
* BrokenTears: When finding his brother Merle as a Walker then {{Mercy Kill}}ing him.
* ButtMonkey: "Chupacabra" showed Daryl 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 was 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. Again, it all happened in ''one'' episode.
* ByronicHero: He is cynical, determined, and brooding and also has a strict personal code with a lot of loyalty to his friends.
* CanonForeigner: Fans of the show may be surprised to find he and his brother are nowhere to be seen in the comics.
* 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.
* CombatPragmatist: Wields a ''crossbow'', recognizing that 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. He also attempts to recover fired bolts if he can, allowing him to conserve ammunition. He even knows how to make new ones.
* 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), and Season 4's "Still" (shared with Beth).
* DeadpanSnarker:
** 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."
* 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.
* {{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.
* 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.
* 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.
* GenreSavvy: In Season 2, he was the only person who noticed that Shane had returned from his raid with Otis with Otis's gun, despite Shane's claim that Otis had pulled a HeroicSacrifice so he could escape. Daryl quickly deduces that Shane left Otis for dead, but keeps it to himself until he's questioned by Dale.
* GoodIsNotNice: Well, not ''all'' the time.
* GuiltComplex: It's revealed in "Still" that he feels responsible for [[spoiler: 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
* {{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 S4 he is [[spoiler:openly more physically affectionate with many people -- including Rick, Carol and Beth -- and even around people he does not know very well.]]
* HeroicBSOD: He shuts down almost completely for a time after [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: Beth is kidnapped and he falls in with the Marauders.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Non-lethal version: he gives Rick and the others 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.
* 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.
* HotBlooded: Becomes less so as the series goes on.
** Arguably by the 3rd 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.
* IconicItem: His crossbow.
* TheIdealist: Surprisingly; aside from Rick, he was the one who was the most confident they would find Sophia alive. Sadly, he was wrong.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* MissingMom: She died in a fire when he was still a kid.
* MoralityPet: To Merle.
* MultiRangedMaster: While he's often seen with crossbow, he also sometimes uses guns.
* 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.
* 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 [[spoiler:Bob's]] actions in Season 4's "Indifference", Daryl doesn't even threaten to leave anyone behind.
** Eventually subverted in "Too Far Gone", when he and Beth are forced to flee [[spoiler:the prison without the others after the defenses are lost]] and the group is scattered [[spoiler:during the final battle with the Governor.]]
* OddFriendship: With Carol, who becomes a sort of maternal figure for him during Season 2 and beyond. Carol jokes about the idea of them being attracted to each other, but neither seem at all interested in that.
** Starting with "Still", he develops this with Beth, despite their outlooks and pre-apocalypse lives being complete polar opposites.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Mildly racist to start but more or less gone by the third season, but still willing to stick his neck out for all the members of the camp.
* 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 [[spoiler: destroying a tank by himself]].
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Merle's red. Also, as TheLancer he's the Blue to Ricks Red
* 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 sleeves are beginning to appear as winter nears.
* SmokingIsCool: Daryl is a smoker, as seen in Season 3's "Arrow on the Doorpost" and Season 4's "Indifference".
* TakeMeInstead: Tries to do this in the Season 4 finale by offering his own life in exchange for [[spoiler: the Marauders letting Rick, Carl, and Michonne go free.]] It doesn't work, as they just decide to kill him as well.
* 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.
* 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.
* WarriorPoet: In "Cherokee Rose", describing the myth about the plant.
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[[folder: Merle Dixon]]
!!Merle Dixon
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[[caption-width-right:300:''"Youíve got to play the hand youíre 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 the protagonists of ''The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct'', a FirstPersonShooter by Activision that tells the story of how they arrived at the Atlanta camp.
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* AbusiveParents: He ran away from home to escape his father's physical abuse, stating that he would have killed him had he stayed any longer.
* AffablyEvil: Seems to have become this by Season 3, at least to some people. To others, he's FauxAffablyEvil.
* AintTooProudToBeg: Played straight in Season 1, subverted in Season 3.
* AlasPoorVillain: Of a sort, considering he'd had a definitive HeelFaceTurn over the course of the episode, but the finale of "This Sorrowful Life", with Daryl's BrokenTears, can make many people feel sorry for Merle, who previously was reviled by many for his racism and sexism.
* AloofBigBrother: While it's indicated he is BigBrotherBully to Daryl, he does have BigBrotherInstinct moments, such as when Governor ordered him to kill Daryl or be killed, he fought Daryl and even though he beat his brother for real, he quickly got away with his brother when they got the chance (and they even went BackToBackBadasses before that!). In "The Suicide King", he is seen to be horrified when he notices scars on Daryl's back from beatings that he received as a child from their father. Their brotherhood relationship is pretty much a ToughLove at its worst, where Merle has no qualms in beating Daryl when he had to, but he still cares about Daryl nonetheless.
* AnArmAndALeg:
** He loses his right hand after having to use a hacksaw to cut it off so he can get out of handcuffs that were keeping him from escaping the horde of walkers looking to invite him for dinner, in the first season.
** He had two of his fingers bit off by The Governor in Episode 15 of Season 3.
* [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie And Then Merle Was A Walker]]: After being shot by the Governor in "This Sorrowful Life". Daryl reluctantly puts him down by the end of the episode.
* ArtificialLimbs: Merle ended up with a "replacement" after creating it. He replaced his missing hand with a contraption of things he found together inside a medical warehouse.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: He apparently believes in this, attempting to take over the scavenging group in Atlanta after beating up T-Dog. Luckily, Rick had something to say about that.
* TheAtoner: When he lets Michonne go free and decides to take down as much of Woodbury that he can.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: By "This Sorrowful Life", he takes this approach as a TokenEvilTeammate, and even very nearly says the trope name verbatim.
-->'''Merle:''' Maybe these people need someone like me around. To do their dirty work. The bad guy.
* {{Badass}}: He may be a total dick, but you have to respect his quiet amputation of his own hand and his escape through a walker-infested city. Becomes a HandicappedBadass post-amputation.
** BackToBackBadasses: with Daryl in "The Suicide King".
** BadassBookworm: The only thing he misses about Woodbury is the library, since he's gotten to become rather literate in at least Literature/TheBible by Season 3.
* BaldOfEvil: Though less evil (and bald, coincidentally) by Season 3.
* BashBrothers / SiblingTeam: with Daryl. Although not much seen, but they've already played these tropes when the apocalypse started.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: He tells the Governor that he's eager to find his baby brother Daryl when he finds out the group is nearby. In the mid-season finale, the Governor uses the connection between Merle and Daryl to publicly accuse Merle of treason, and he and Daryl finally meet again at last -- in Woodbury's gladiator ring.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: His "replacement" version ended up becoming something akin to [[Franchise/EvilDead Ash Williams]] when Merle created a blade attachment. His knife once attached works like a bayonet, making it very effective in Walker killings and hostage taking as Glenn and Maggie figured out.
* BloodKnight: While not as crazy as Shane, Merle does love combat especially the staged walker fights in Woodbury.
* BoisterousBruiser: He ''really'' loves to fight.
* BringIt: He always tries to provoke people into fights with him using taunts. He even practices his taunts while he is alone!
* TheBusCameBack: After being unseen since the third episode of Season 1 (save for appearing to his brother via hallucination in Season 2's "Chupacabra"), he finally turns up again in Season 3.
* CanonForeigner: Fans of the show may be surprised to find he and his brother are nowhere to be seen in the comics.
* CatchPhrase: Probably the closest to one the series will get: "I ain't begging/I ain't gonna beg you."
* ADeathInTheLimelight: "This Sorrowful Life", which packs in a lot of CharacterDevelopment and ends with his death, [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie twice]].
* DefectorFromDecadence: After the Governor pits him and his brother Daryl against one another in a death match, he breaks away from Woodbury.
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[LastWords "I ain't beggin' you... I ain't beggin'...."]]
* {{Determinator}}: He sliced through his own hand, slowed the blood loss, climbed down the staircase of a skyscraper, killed several walkers, cauterized the stump and then escaped with the heroes' truck. He did all of this bleeding heavily and quietly to avoid attracting more walkers. If Merle has one defining characteristic, it's his absolute refusal to die.
* DidntSeeThatComing: He's surprised, to say the least, when being accused as a traitor by the Governor in the aftermath of the Woodbury attack.
* DirtyBusiness
--> "Maybe these people need somebody like me around, someone to do their dirty work; a bad guy."
* TheDragon[=/=]TheBrute: To the Governor in Season 3. Until he defects. Martinez picks up the slack instead.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: His assault on the Woodbury Militia in "This Sorrowful Life", which takes out some of the Governor's best soldiers.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Recklessly shooting walkers which draws attention to the survivors, beating up T-Dog and calling him a nigger, and attempting to take control of the scavenger group through violence. Plus he was hyped up on drugs at the time.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Looks thoroughly shocked and disturbed when The Governor is seen fondling a naked Maggie.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Don't mess with his brother. Ever.
* {{Fingore}}: Had his ring and middle fingers bitten off by the Governor before being killed by him.
* FlatCharacter: In Season 1, is the most stereotypical, over the top, one dimensional bigot in the show, being on the scene for all of fifteen seconds before throwing out racial slurs and trying to kill T-Dog at the drop of a hat while making sexist and homophobic comments to anyone in the vicinity. It makes you wonder why they even ''let'' this guy come with them for this long. When he returned in the third season, he was still the racist he is, but brought down to a more believable level, not once does he call Michonne the N word, even when he has much more reason to hate her than he would with T-Dog.
* GlassCannon: Merle mostly focused on attacking, and is one of the best on the offensive in the series. However, his lack of defensive skills led him to trouble several times such as when Rick neutralized him resulting to him being handcuffed then losing his hand, and not noticing a walker beside him during his solo attack on Woodbury that leads to his death.
* HandicappedBadass: Even losing his hand doesn't stop him from kicking ass.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Mostly a heel but is still capable of doing good if it is in his best interest.
* HeelRealization: Michonne exposes Merle's guilt about all the people he's killed and all the horrible things he's done for the sake of Woodbury. This results in him sparing Michonne's life and becoming a DeathSeeker.
* HeroicSacrifice: He decided to take down as much of Woodbury that he could to protect Daryl and the prison.
* HiddenDepths: Merle is very knowledgeable about the Bible, and he admits to Hershel that Woodbury's library is the only thing he misses about the town. He's kept count on how many people he's killed and doesn't seem proud of it.
* HotBlooded: Whether it's a racist rant or beating the crap out of someone, he does everything with gusto and a big grin on his face.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: A victim of this, often with disastrous results.
** In Season 1, shooting walkers at random led Rick to handcuff him to stop attracting attention, and his screaming at T-Dog to release him probably contributed a bit to T-Dog's falling and dropping the key.
** In Season 3, he lies to the Governor about successfully killing Michonne, thinking she had no reason to come back to Woodbury anyway. Not knowing that Michonne is still nearby, he kidnaps and takes Glenn and Maggie back to Woodbury. Michonne seeks out Rick's group to inform them of Woodbury's location and they provide her with enough distraction for her to sneak into the Governor's office and kill the walker-daughter of the Governor. This leads the Governor to publicly brand him a traitor in front of all of Woodbury.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Fairly often to survive or for whoever he is affiliated with. {{Deconstructed}} in "This Sorrowful Life". Its discussed that he's always making bad choices and what results those actions will have, and most importantly the weight of it all for his conscious.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: He employs this on Glenn in "When the Dead Come Knocking".
* {{Jerkass}}
** JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: He seems to have become somewhat less of a {{Jerkass}} in Season 3... but is utterly sadistic toward anyone who isn't from Woodbury or named Daryl Dixon. Which isn't to say he isn't a jerk to Daryl, too. When he leaves Woodbury with Daryl, Rick, Glenn, Maggie, and Michonne, he wastes absolutely no time in taunting and insulting all of them until Rick gets fed up and just [[TapOnTheHead knocks him out]].
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: His final characterization.
* KickTheDog: He kills Gargulio for questioning his orders (even after he saved Merle's life) and takes Maggie and Glenn hostage in "Hounded".
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: He takes Glenn and Maggie hostage in order to get back together with his brother Daryl.
* LargeHam: He loves hamming it up. Likely why he was such a huge hit with the fans despite being a racist asshole.
* LeanAndMean: In Season 3. Michael Rooker states that he lost 20 pounds to play Merle again to invoke this.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: When he was left on a rooftop in Season 1. He chose life.
* NecessarilyEvil: He chooses to be the TokenEvilTeammate because he believes that only BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork and there are times that it is the best, or worse, only option.
* TheNicknamer: He has a number of nicknames that he uses to refer to other characters:
** Daryl: Little Baby Brother, Darlina
** Rick: The Sheriff, Officer Friendly
** Andrea: Blondie, Sugar Tits, Rug-Muncher, Whore
** Maggie: Bo-Peep
** Michonne: Mute, Nubian Queen
** T-Dog: Spear-Chucker, Mr. Yo
** Morales: Taco Vendor
** Caesar: Brownie
** Gargulio: Neil, although this is due to him not being able to pronounce Garguilo's name.
** Milton: Miltie
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: ZigZagged. His ambush and killing on eight of Woodbury Militia is the one The Governor used as justification to unleash all-out attack on the prison to kill Rick and all people in prison as retaliation. However, by the time they arrive, Rick's group already prepared an ambush, not only they managed to drove most of Woodburry Militia them away but also greatly demoralized Woodburry Militia, causing them too afraid to continue and agree to let Rick's group alone and never mess with them anymore ever. But then, [[BadBoss The Governor]] killed most of them, including [[AssholeVictim All]][[UngratefulBastard en]], except his two CoDragons, Shumpert and Martinez, and Karen who [[FakingTheDead faked her death]]. With Karen still alive and saved by Rick's group, they managed not only find the already-bitten Andrea to be with her in her last moment, but they also managed to convince Tyreese and Sasha to believe The Governor is a horrible man, prompting the two's HeelFaceTurn permanently (although they're never evil to begin with) so they can take many of Woodbury people to refuge in the prison. So, in the end, it's still Woodbury who lost many of its people.
* NotSoDifferent: Michonne's long discussion with him in "This Sorrowful Life" leads him to realize that the Governor has been making Merle more like himself, turning him into a killer of men (which, for all he was a {{Jerkass}}, he was never a killer, not even in the army; he's killed sixteen men since joining the Governor). So to prove that he actually ''is'' different from the Governor, he lets Michonne go and sets off on his HeroicSacrifice, taking out eight of Woodbury's finest and nearly the Governor before being taken down himself.
* OddFriendship: With Hershel in Season 3. They share two mutual things: they are amputees and they like quoting ''Literature/TheBible''.
* OneManArmy: He manages to kill eight of Woodbury's troops all by himself before his HeroicSacrifice.
* PetTheDog: When Andrea tells Merle that Amy is dead, he looks genuinely sad and comments that she was a good girl.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Merle is quite a bit more of a racist and sexist than Daryl. In Season 3, however, he appears to have toned it down a great deal. It's possible having your hand cut off while in the midst of a coked-up racist beat-down changes your perspective.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Beginning in Season 3.
* PsychoPartyMember: When he was with the scouting group in Atlanta, shooting walkers without need and attacking other group members. And in Woodbury, he kills Gargulio in order to make sure his lies about killing Michonne stay intact.
* ReallyGetsAround: According to Daryl, he "got the clap on occasion."
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Dies while trying to protect his brother and the prison group, and very narrowly missed killing the Governor in the process.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Daryl's blue.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Following the accusation of treason by the Governor.
%% * RousseauWasRight
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: Like with most of the Atlanta survivors, he's introduced in the second episode of the show.
* ShootTheDog: When he kills Gargulio.
* SixthRanger: His situation kinda enforced him to be this for Rick's group in the last half of Season 3.
* StupidEvil: It's repeatedly pointed out in the back half of the third season that Merle is quite reckless. At one point, Rick asks him straight out "Do you even know why you do what you do?" Merle eventually confesses that no, he doesn't know. This, and his long conversation with Michonne, leads to his eventual HeelRealization.
* SwordAndGun: His artificial hand has a BladeBelowTheShoulder attachment for melee combat, while uses guns in his remaining hand.
* TattooedCrook: Daryl mentions he spent some time in prison before the ZombieApocalypse.
* TokenEvilTeammate: When he's with his brother's group. He even brings it up in "This Sorrowful Life".
* TookALevelInKindness: Not too much kindness, of course, but he's grown more even-tempered. He seems to be working on this after reuniting with his brother and the Atlanta group.
[[/folder]]

!!Peletier Family

[[folder: Carol Peletier]]
!!Carol Peletier
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[[caption-width-right:300:''"If you want to live, you have to become strong."'']]
->'''Portrayed by''': Melissa [=McBride=]

->''"Iím hardly the woman I was a year ago, but if Ed walked through that door right now, breathing, and told me to go with him, Iíd like to think Iíd tell him to go to hell."''

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.
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* ActionMom: In Season 4, she becomes this to Lizzie and Mika, who she adopts after their father dies.
* ActionSurvivor: In Season 3.
* 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]].
** She did Carl's pivotal [[spoiler: execution]] moment from the comicbook in Season 4.
* 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.
* AgeLift: Carol is younger than Rick and Lori in the comicbook.
* AntiHero: Definitely qualifies by Season 4: 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.
* BadassTeacher: In the Season 4 premiere, she's shown teaching the kids how to use weapons and defend themselves behind Rick's back.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[spoiler: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.]]
** [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: she murdered Karen and David and burned their bodies in an attempt to prevent the fatal disease they were suffering with from spreading.]]
* ButtMonkey: In Season 1, she suffers abuse from her husband, and then in Season 2 she has to deal with Sophia's disappearance and death. Things look up for her in Season 3, but then T-Dog dies to save her and she still nearly dies of exhaustion and lack of water when lost in the prison. She outgrows it afterward.
* 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 the secondary medic.
* 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 [[spoiler:killing Lizzie after she proves to be too unstable, just like Carl had to do in the comics about Ben]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Seems to be becoming more and more of one as of Season 3.
* DespairEventHorizon: Seeing the undead Sophia walking out of the barn. Daryl has to stop her from running to her.
* 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.
* TheExile: [[spoiler:As of "Indifference"]], she's no longer welcome at the prison[[spoiler:, courtesy of Rick]].
* ForgivenButNotForgotten: [[spoiler:Tyreese forgives her for killing Karen, although he considers executing her.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Her justification for [[spoiler: murdering Karen and David]], though Rick doesn't buy it.
** It gets {{Deconstructed}} eventually. When she runs into Tyreese and he talks about [[spoiler:Karen]] she starts feeling worse about it. [[spoiler:It culminates in her admitting out of guilt and firmly expecting Tyreese to kill her as a result.]]
* KillTheOnesYouLove: [[spoiler:Tearfully kills Lizzie after she murders 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 [[spoiler: kill Karen and David.]]
* TheLeader: In Season 4, along with Daryl, Glenn, Hershel, and Sasha, as part of the council in charge of the prison community.
* TheLoad: Averted between Seasons 2 and 3 onward.
* TheMedic: Under Hershel's tutelage she has picked up some medical skills and knowledge.
* MistakenForGay: By Axel, due to her short hair.
* 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 make a grave was made for her despite never finding the body. Daryl later discovers her alive but weak from thirst and exhaustion.
* OddFriendship[=/=]ShipTease: With Daryl. Also with Axel in Season 3, albeit ''very'' briefly.
* 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 becoming ReplacementGoldfish to her for Sophia.
* PutOnABus: On a car to be more accurate. Seems to be the case [[spoiler:as of "Indifference"]], though it's highly unlikely this is the last we'll see of her.
** TheBusCameBack: In "Inmates".
* TheQuietOne: Due to Ed's abuse, and then to 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.
* 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.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: So far, she managed to stay alive longer than her comic counterpart, who committed suicide before the Woodbury's (second in this adaptation) attack on the prison, thanks to her {{Adaptational Badass}}ness.
* TeamMom: Takes up this role after Lori dies.
* 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 for [[spoiler: exiling her.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Murdered infected survivors [[spoiler:Karen and David]] to 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 [[spoiler:Karen and David]] early in Season 4 to keep a disease from spreading to others in the prison and burns their bodies.
* WidowWoman: She doesn't mind much, since Ed abused her and "looked" at Sophia.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:She kills Lizzie, as she views her as too much of a threat to Judith]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Ed Peletier]]
!!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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* AdaptationalVillainy: While it was stated in the comics that the ZombieApocalypse strained his relationship with his wife and daughter, they were still able to [[SparedByTheAdaptation remember him]] fondly and sympathetically. That can't be the case here.
* TheAlcoholic: Par for the course in his DomesticAbuser background.
* AssholeVictim: Nobody gave a crap that walkers ate him, including his family.
* CrazySurvivalist: Showed a few signs of this in a flashback.
* DeathByPragmatism: A rare example of the pragmatic qualities being revealed after death, when he is shown hoarding military rations during the early stages of the ZombieApocalypse and refuses to socialize with other people.
* DomesticAbuser: Ed hits his wife Carol in the third episode. Comments between the characters indicate that he has a history of doing this. That and [[MoralEventHorizon "looking" at his daughter]].
* DyingAlone: His own fault, since he refused to join the others for dinner after getting the crap kicked out of him by Shane for abusing his wife.
* EatenAlive: Gets eaten when walkers wander into the camp and several enter his tent.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Being a {{Jerkass}} DomesticAbuser and a PervertDad, it's not hard to see why the Atlanta group never liked him and didn't care that he died.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's shown to be an abusive asshole to a lot of people, particularly his wife.
* KarmicDeath: Ed gets eaten by a Walker just one episode after he slaps his wife. Notably, he gets killed because he's alone in his tent -- he refuses to eat with the others since Shane beat him for hitting his wife, and his wife and daughter don't want to spend time around him.
* MauveShirt: Along with Amy and Jim.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: The name of Carol's husband wasn't mentioned in the comics.
* PervertDad: According to Carol, he "looked at Sophia in [[ParentalIncest ways]] a father should never look at his daughter".
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Ed's comic counterpart is already dead before the events in the comics take place, although he doesn't last very long.
* SurvivalistStash: Had a bunch of military rations he kept from the others and scolded his wife for offering to share them.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Aside from Merle, he is the only member of the camp that doesn't have some positive traits and is a complete asshole.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Sophia Peletier]]
!!Sophia Peletier
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[[caption-width-right:300:''"No, no, don't leave me!"'']]
->'''Portrayed by''': Madison Lintz

Sophia is the daughter of Carol and Ed, and is a friend of Carl. She went missing in a forest after running away from walkers, and was eventually found in the barn of Hershel's farm, having become a walker. She was put down by Rick.
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* AbusiveParents: Her father Ed.
* AgeLift: Similar to Carl's.
* [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie And Sophia Was Found As A Walker]]
* BusCrash: Disappearing after the first episode of Season 2, she came back (un)dead.
* CreepyChild: After becoming a walker.
* DeadAllAlong: Much of the second season the group searched for her without effect. Near the end of the season, it's discovered that she's one of the walkers captured by Otis and kept in Hershel's barn.
* DeathByAdaptation: Sophia is currently still alive and well in the comics.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Carl.
* DyingAlone: After getting lost in the woods and bitten by a walker.
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple[=/=]TrueBlueFemininity: Her shirt has an overlapping blue and violet scheme.
* KillTheCutie: Twice, if you count her getting bitten, and then her walker self getting shot by Rick.
* TheLoad: While she was never much of a hindrance in the first season, the entire set up for the second season's arc was because she went missing.
* MoralityPet: To Daryl in the second season.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Like her mom, her comic counterpart has OnlyOneName.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: One of the reasons she got killed off was because Madison Lintz was [[ShesAllGrownUp growing too fast]] for the timeframe the show is supposed to take place in. Just look at the zombified Sophia and compare her to her earlier appearances.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Gets lost in the woods, and a long search for her ends at the farms barn where Otis had put her walker form but died before telling anyone.
* TagalongKid: From Season 1 to the first episode of Season 2.
* TragicMonster: After becoming a walker.
* TraumaCongaLine: Has an abusive father, watches said father get the crap kicked out of him then eaten, barely survives multiple attacks by walkers while watching people die around her, and then get lost in the woods and becomes a walker. Poor kid.
* UndeadChild: Her tragic fate.
* YouthfulFreckles: Madison Lintz's own freckles.
[[/folder]]

!!Andrea and Amy

[[folder: Andrea]]
!!Andrea
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[[caption-width-right:300:''"The pain doesn't go away. You just make room for it."'']]
->'''Portrayed by''': Creator/LaurieHolden

->''"What part of "everything is gone" do you not understand?"''

Andrea was a civil rights lawyer before the outbreak, but was on a road trip with her sister Amy when the apocalypse began. She and her sister were doing fine at the camp until her sister got bitten. Andrea had to put her own sister down rather than let her continue as a walker. This experience led her to having a death wish. Dale guilt tripped her into not going through with it; she holds something of a grudge against him for that, but is beginning to shake the death wish off. She does, and by the end of the second season has become one of the group's protectors before she gets separated from the rest in the finale and forced to fend for herself.

Andrea is found and rescued in the forest by Michonne, and the two of them spend several months surviving on their own before encountering Woodbury. Andrea stays there and enters into a relationship with the Governor, but is caught in the middle of the conflict between Woodbury and her old group at the prison. She eventually tries to return to the prison but is caught by the Governor and locked her in a room with a dying Milton, who turns into a walker and bites Andrea before she can free herself. She is later discovered by Rick, Daryl, and Michonne, who stays with Andrea as she commits suicide to avoid becoming a walker.
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* ActionGirl: Andrea is the female survivor who carries a gun the most. Once she gets some training she's mowing down walkers with the best of them. Best shown in "By The Dying Fire", as she is on the run through the forest for hours while being hounded by walkers and carrying an entire bag of weapons. She takes down a ton of them, but running out of ammo and exhaustion allowed one to finally jump her. Thankfully, [[BigDamnHeroes Michonne chose that moment to make her debut]].
* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: Her depression was highly increased over the comic version.
* AdaptationalWimp: Downplayed. While she's a credible ActionGirl here, she's ''nowhere'' near the competence of her comic counterpart.
* AgeLift: In order to further increase the differences between her and Amy. Whereas Comics!Andrea was fresh out of college, TV!Andrea is in her mid-thirties
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Has a fling with Shane and falls for the Governor.
* AllWomenAreLustful: Stated that the thing she misses the most since the ZombieApocalypse began is her vibrator. When she and Shane had a fling, it was her who instigated it. In Season 3, she immediately hooked-up with the Governor.
* BloodKnight: After getting gun training, she seemed to enjoy cutting down walkers a little too much.
* BoundAndGagged: Towards the end of the third season she's captured by the Governor and is secured to an old dentist's chair.
* BrokenBird: While Amy's death initially sends her into a depressed suicidal state, she eventually bounces back and resolves to survive by becoming as {{Badass}} as possible.
* CaptainObvious: A lot of the things she says, especially in her introduction, are self-explanatory.
* {{Chickification}}: She seems to undergo a bit of this during her time at Woodbury, though she tries to keep from [[StayInTheKitchen being forced away from battle]].
* CompositeCharacter: Her character arc in Season 3 is more in-line with Alice from the comicbook.
* ConflictingLoyalty: In Season 3, big time.
* CradlingTheirKill: Her sister Amy, after she turned into a walker.
* DeathSeeker: She becomes one at the end of the first season, following Amy's death. She really, really doesn't appreciate having her gun taken away, either.
* DeathByAdaptation: She is currently alive and well in the comics.
* DecompositeCharacter: Since she dies early, all her roles in the comics were given to Carol; specifically, being the one in charge of Lizzie and Mika (just like her comic counterpart adopts Ben and Billy) as well as being the most {{Badass}} female from the original Atlanta group.
* DespairEventHorizon: First her sister Amy gets killed by a walker, then Andrea has to put her down.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: See CradlingTheirKill above. In Season 3, she dies in Michonne's, shooting herself in the head after being bitten.
* DistressedDamsel: Near the end of Season 3, she gets kidnapped and brutally tortured by the Governor.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: The woman with the most "[[UnusualEuphemism adventure buddies]]".
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Solemnly asked for Rick's [[RevolversAreJustBetter Colt Python]] in order to shoot herself so she won't reanimate.
* TheGunslinger: Andrea has a natural aptitude for firearms despite having little experience prior to the apocalypse, her proficiency far outstripping that of the other civilians in the group when Shane gives them gun training in Season 2.
* HelloAttorney: Prior to the ZombieApocalypse, she was a lawyer. The judgment one would expect of a lawyer, however, doesn't seem to be in evidence given her on-screen record.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Michonne at the beginning of the third season. Michonne tenderly cares for Andrea when she's ill at the start of the season, and Andrea begs her to just go on without her.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter:
** She was one of Shane's greatest supporters, so she has a track record of taking a liking to the series' villains.
** She still listens to the Governor after seeing his ''collection of severed heads'' and the staged fights.
** Trusts Milton, who she knows is completely loyal to the Governor, to aid her escape from Woodbury. He predictably tells the Governor of all Andrea's plans. However, Andrea is later proven right about him when he realizes how far off the deep end the Governor is and starts helping her.
* IdiotBall:
** Trying to [[IJustWantToBeBadass prove she's a badass]] made her do some idiotic things in Season 2, including shooting a gun despite knowing the shot could attract other walkers and nearly shooting Daryl's head off as a result.
** Choosing to side with the Governor over Michonne, who kept her alive for seven months!
** Her firm grip on the IdiotBall leads to her death at the end of Season 3. She stops working to get off her handcuffs several times to talk with a dying Milton. It gets even worse when you consider the fact that even he tells her that she needs to hurry. She easily talks to him for a few minutes in a situation where a mere ten seconds may have been enough to keep her from getting bitten.
* IJustWantToBeBadass: She wanted gun training in order to defend the camp, but her desire to prove herself led to her accidentally shooting and wounding Daryl.
* JackOfAllStats: She's a well-balanced ActionGirl, effective in handguns and melee weapons.
* TheLoad: Her Season 2 character arc involves wanting to grow out of this. [[TookALevelInBadass She succeeds admirably]].
* MartialPacifist: Tries ''so hard'' to be this in Season 3.
* MsFanservice: After Maggie, she's the second closest thing to one on the show. She dons thong underwear in "When the Dead Come Knocking" and gets completely nude in "I Ain't a Judas".
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Once she realizes what the Governor is really like, including what he did to Maggie and Glenn.
* OnlyOneName: Her last name, like Amy's, has never been revealed.
* OnlySaneWoman: In Woodbury as of the second half of Season 3.
* PluckyGirl: As of "Beside the Dying Fire". On her own against a horde of walkers, she runs and fights her way through the forest for the better part of eighteen hours. She only gets overwhelmed when she loses her knife, and luckily Michonne shows up to save her.
* 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.
* RedemptionQuest: Andrea decides to go after the Governor herself to make up for not realizing he was a sociopath before.
* ReplacementGoldfish: She bears a remarkable resemblance to the Governor's late wife, seen only in a photograph.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In "Prey", she finally realized her mistake of siding with The Governor and flees Woodbury to warn Rick and the others [[SubvertedTrope only to be recaptured.]]
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: Although she was still credited in the first.
* SurvivorGuilt: In Season 1.
* TooDumbToLive: A really bad case in Season 3, due to being a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter despite the fact that she used to be a lawyer and therefore somebody you would expect to have good judgment. First, she completely fails to see through The Governor's lies and tricks and chooses him over her friend Michonne. She still follows The Governor even after she sees his collection of severed heads and his zombified daughter and he openly threatens her should she try to the prison. The Governor is a pretty convincing guy, so all this could have been forgiven, had it not been for the events in the Season 3 finale. The Governor ties her in a chair and locks her in room with a dying Milton. There are pliers nearby she can use to free herself if she can grab them with her feet. Milton repeatedly tells her to hurry, but she wastes precious seconds talking to and comforting him even when he stops moving. She also takes excruciatingly long pauses to look at him in terror instead of continuing to try and free herself. Predictably, Milton reanimates and bites her, dooming her, half a second after she had freed herself. Had she not wasted time trying to talk to Milton, she would have been able to free herself in time and kill him before he reanimated and bit her.
* TookALevelInBadass: After Shane [[TrainingFromHell trained]] her on how to shoot, to the point that she can run all night carrying a bag of guns (but no ammo) killing walkers with a knife.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Sorry your sister died, Andrea, but you don't need to tell Lori you hate her because her family is still alive.
* WillNotBeAVictim: Once she gets over her suicidal tendencies in Season 2, she resolves to survive by becoming as {{Badass}} as possible. Even once she eventually gets bitten, she insists on ending her own life while she still can rather than succumbing to the infection or allowing one of the others to put her down.
* ZombieInfectee: She is bitten in the Season 3 finale and kills herself with a headshot to avoid becoming a walker.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Amy]]
!!Amy
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->'''Portrayed by''': Emma Bell

Amy is Andrea's younger sister and was killed in a walker attack early in the series.
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* [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie And Then Amy Was A Walker]]: For a few seconds, before being put down by Andrea herself.
* CuteLittleFangs: Accidentally revealed if you're paying attention while she's on the boat in "Vatos".
* TheCutie: Mentioned by Andrea
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: She's one of the "nice" characters.
* {{Hallucinations}}: In "Hounded", she is one of the people who calls Rick during his hallucinations.
* TheHeart: Of the group.
* KillTheCutie: After turning into a walker, her sister had to kill her off herself.
* MauveShirt: Gets established as a NiceGirl before becoming zombie chow.
* NiceGirl: She is one of the more cheerful and upbeat survivors.
* TragicMonster: When she starts coming back as a walker, but Andrea kills her quickly.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: One of the youngest, sweetest, and most cheerful survivors, and one of the first to die.
* ZombieInfectee: For a very brief time before bleeding out from the bites.
[[/folder]]

!!Other Atlanta Camp Survivors

[[folder: Glenn Rhee]]
!!Glenn Rhee
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[[caption-width-right:300:''"Nice moves there, Clint Eastwood. You the new sheriff come riding in to clean up the town?"'']]
->'''Portrayed by''': Steven Yeun

->''"If bad ideas were an Olympic event this would get the gold."''

Glenn is more than he seems. He's quick, clever, and brave, and these traits helped him save Rick when they met in zombie-overrun Atlanta. He is kind of laid back personality-wise, though, and has a tendency to let youthful exuberance override common sense. This causes the group to underestimate him and sometimes take advantage of him, while also causing him to sometimes not think out all his plans clearly. While staying on Hershel's farm, he began a relationship with Maggie, who he became engaged to in Season 3.
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* ActionSurvivor: Though he's become more capable in Season 3.
* AdaptationalBadass: He is more combat proficient from the get-go than his comic counterpart.
* {{Adorkable}}: He's really shy and awkward in social situations, but he's also the nicest group member, which endears him to everyone else.
* AlmightyJanitor: He knows his way around Atlanta better than anyone else in the group because of his former job delivering pizza.
* AsianAndNerdy: References playing ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' and other video games.
* BadLiar: His utter inability to lie ultimately results in revealing Hershel's barn is full of walkers in the second season. Seemingly gets better at lying by Season 3, as he was able to tell Merle that most of the initial camp group would come to rescue him and Maggie without a problem. Too bad Merle already knew the truth of what happened to the group beforehand.
* BadWithTheBone: When being held by Governor and Merle, he and Maggie used a walker's bone as weapon to attack Merle and one other {{Mook}}. Said other {{Mook}} is killed by stabbing the bone into his neck, anyway.
* BattleCouple: Him and Maggie as of Season 3.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Glenn starts to snap a bit in Season 3, starting with "The Suicide King".
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: He's introduced rescuing Rick, who he doesn't even know, and agrees to go back into Atlanta to rescue Merle even though he hates him.
* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: His introduction to Rick, saving him from the Walker herd.
* DeadpanSnarker: His first line was snark, and he hasn't let up on it since.
* TheDeterminator: Becomes this in his search to reunite with Maggie.
* DueToTheDead: He is a great believer in this.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Initially subverted, though he and Maggie have gotten better at it by Season 3.
* GuileHero: He would rather sneak around the walkers than fight them.
* TheHeart: Easily the most "pure" and nicest member of the group, he's one of the few people that has gotten along with all the other member of the group without many issues.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Towards Maggie.
* HiddenDepths: Who would expect a pizza delivery guy to be so good at strategy? Maggie even lampshades that Glenn is more useful than the others give him credit for and shouldn't always be sent out on supply runs or be used as bait for the walkers.
* HollywoodNerd: References playing ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''.
* IllBoy: In Season 4, he's hit with an illness making its way around the prison. [[spoiler:He gets better.]]
* IWorkAlone: Glenn as much as said this to Maggie. This changes when Glenn and Maggie become the OfficialCouple of the group and comes back to bite him in the ass when he and Maggie are interrogated at Woodbury, and the Governor manipulates their concern for each other into telling him the group's current location at the prison.
* KickTheDog: A frequent victim of this.
** Glenn was able to come up with a decent plan to get to the guns in Season 1, only to be kidnapped.
** Being TheHeart, he was the natural choice to go find and comfort Rick in the prison after Lori's death. Rick, not finished grieving, snaps and shoves Glenn up against the wall, giving him the most jarring DeathGlare in the series so far.
** He's tortured at Woodbury by Merle, who seems to be taking out his collective rage at Rick's group on Glenn by beating on him. He doesn't divulge the group's location even after the heavy beating, but Maggie, unable to take the sight of Glenn dying, does.
* TheLancer: Briefly acted as this for Rick in Season 3 after Daryl left with Merle.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: [[WordOfGod Glen Mazarra]] said on Twitter that his last name is "Rhee". Glenn's surname wasn't mentioned in the comics.
* NiceGuy: He's the nicest person in the whole group next to Dale and T-Dog.
* NiceHat: His baseball cap.
* MacheteMayhem: As of Season 3.
* OfficialCouple: With Maggie, including becoming engaged in "This Sorrowful Life".
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: He's certainly not a NaiveNewcomer, but he's only the GuileHero when he's dealing with walkers. Get him around normal people and he's the {{Adorkable}} HollywoodNerd. His naivete in dealing with Dave and Tony serves to counterpoint Rick's and Dave's escalating tension.
* PluckyComicRelief: As much as someone in a zombie apocalypse can be, anyway.
* TheScrounger: He's often sent out on supply runs for the group.
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: While the viewerís heard his voice at the end of the pilot, Glenn made his proper introduction in the second episode.
* SecretKeeper: Forced into this role during Season 2, though he admits that he is a ''terrible'' one.
* TheSmartGuy: Glenn can make effective and safe strategies for dealing with walkers, and is the best in the group at maneuvering around Atlanta.
* TheSneakyGuy: Even after being away from the group in so long, Merle states that he remembers Glenn as this.
* TheStoic: Puts up this front when things get serious in Season 3, especially while being tortured by Merle.
* TokenMinority: Most of the Atlanta crew are Caucasian, whereas he's Korean. As of the Season 3 another Asian character has appeared, though that character was killed off shortly after debuting. Also after T-Dog's death in the same season, he's the only non-white survivor in the group until Michonne joins. Gets better in Season 4, when a lot more non-white characters join the group.
* TookALevelInBadass: Several actually, during the eight month time jump between Seasons 2 and 3. He even kills a walker while tied to a chair and then scavenges it's bones to use as weapons in his and Maggie's breakout from Woodbury.
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[[folder: Theodore Douglas]]
!!Theodore Douglas/T-Dog
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[[caption-width-right:300:''"I'm the one black guy. [[GenreSavvy You realize how precarious that makes my situation?]]"'']]
->'''Portrayed by''': [=IronE=] Singleton

->''"C'mon, man, don't give me that gangsta shit."''

T-Dog is a member of the original survivor group and [[WordOfGod former football player]]. He feels that that he doesn't really have a place in the group, and seeks to find a way to prove himself to the others. By the third season, he has become one of the group's main fighters, working alongside Rick and Daryl. He is killed early in Season 3, when he gets bitten and then EatenAlive holding two walkers back so Carol can escape.
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* ActionSurvivor: All of them are of course, but T-Dog is the only guy in the original group who's not a badass survivalist or ex-cop.
* {{Badass}}: With a BadassBeard.
* BaldOfAwesome: Mostly in Season 3.
* BatterUp: Wields a baseball bat several times in the first season.
* BelatedBackstory: The audience only starts to learn of his time from before the apocalypse after being in the show for nearly two seasons before he's killed in the prison.
* TheBigGuy: He really steps into this role during the third season.
** StoneWall -> MightyGlacier: At first, he focused more on defending and escorting the other members. By Season 3, he finally starts going on the offensive.
* BigGuyFatalitySyndrome: Has a HeroicSacrifice holding off a hoard of walkers to save Carol in Season 3.
* BlackBestFriend: To most of the survivors, but especially to Glenn. His statement while digging a grave for T-Dog is very touching:
--->'''Glenn:''' T-Dog wasn't just a good guy. He's [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the]] [[TearJerker best]].
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Lampshades this early in Season 2, after he becomes delirious due to a fever. He comments to Dale that both of them would be the first ones to go if their situation ever got bad enough, and thinks that he'll be "lynched". Averted in that he's outlived several members of the group so far. Until Season 3's "Killer Within" where he was the first of the group to die in the season, although he was quickly followed by Lori in the same episode.
* CaptainErsatz: His background as a football player belongs to comicbook's Tyreese. Ironically, Tyreese showed up four episodes after T-Dog's death.
* CarFu: How he takes out a walker in "Beside the Dying Fire".
* TheCynic: Possibly the most cynical character in the series, though, surprisingly, he's actually one of the most sympathetic and nice to the prisoners, who are morally ambiguous at best.
* DeadpanSnarker: Quite a few times, but most notably after the disastrous attempt to remove the [[FanNickname well walker]] on Hershel's farm results in it splitting in half and dumping its guts into the well.
-->'''T-Dog''': (bashes the walkers brains in) "Good thing we didn't do something stupid like shoot it."
* DecompositeCharacter: Since Tyreese debuted much later than in the comics, T-Dog filled his role as TheBigGuy in the first two seasons. He even received Tyree's former football player backstory from the comics.
* DropTheHammer: He dispatches a few walkers this way.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: After being bitten and bleeding heavily, he still has the strength to hold off two walkers to allow Carol to escape from them.
* EatenAlive: After saving Carol, two walkers overwhelm and devour him.
* FingerlessGloves: He starts wearing some at the end of the second season.
* GenreSavvy: He is well aware about how dangerous it is to be the [[BlackDudeDiesFirst only black guy in a group]].
* TheKlutz: Deconstructed and PlayedForDrama. His dropping of the keys to Merle's handcuffs is frequently referenced, and he sliced up his arm when there was a herd of walkers nearby.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: He gets a riot shield at the beginning of Season 3.
* MustMakeAmends: He felt terrible about dropping the key to Merle's handcuffs, even if the guy was racist, figuring that no one deserved his fate. He decided to go with Rick, Daryl, and Glenn to help rescue him, but by the time they got to the roof, Merle had cut his hand off and disappeared.
* NiceGuy: His most defining characteristic is how willing he is to help others and give people second chances, as shown when he volunteered to go back for Merle and advocated giving Axel and Oscar a chance to join the group.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Heck, he only mentioned his real name while ranting under the effects of drugs and a fever!
** FullNameBasis: Played with. His nickname is a shortened version of his full name.
* OutOfFocus: During Season 2.
* SacrificialLion: For Season 3 alongside Lori.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After the farm falls to the walkers, T-Dog escapes with Lori and Beth. He wants to head to the east coast, and is only convinced not to when Lori and Beth both threaten to leave unless he tries to find the others.
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: Along with the rest of the Atlanta scouting group.
* TokenMinority: Often accused of being this in Season 2 by fans and reviewers who felt his character was extremely underused.
* TwoFirstNames: Theodore and Douglas are commonly used as first names.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Sadly, despite the mentioned tropes, this one also holds true for T-Dog. Out of all of the main characters, T-Dog got very little CharacterDevelopment during his presence on the show. In Season 1, his important scenes were him getting beat up by a racist (Merle), and him being established as a klutz who chokes during crucial situations. In Season 2, he's mostly ignored and pushed to a background character. There are episodes where he doesn't even have speaking lines. The only major scenes in Season 2 are the ones where he mentions the TokenMinority and the BlackDudeDiesFirst tropes, both which are countered by Dale, and the one where he mentions holding the gun side ways being "gangsta shit". In Season 3, he's given a little bit more scene time, only to die shortly afterwards. Needless say, many fans either laughed at his character, or complained about it during the show.
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[[folder: Shane Walsh]]
!!Shane Walsh
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[[caption-width-right:300:''"You can't just be the good guy and expect to live. Not anymore."'']]
->'''Portrayed by''': Jon Bernthal

->''"Hell, man, if you think about it in the cold light of day, you are pretty much dead already."''

Rick's best friend and fellow police officer. He saw Rick in the hospital, then went back in to serve and protect. Before the hospital was given up for lost, Shane checked one last time on Rick. He heard no heartbeat but tried to leave things in a way that his friend would be safe if he did wake up. Believing Rick dead, he broke the news to Lori, which [[ComfortingTheWidow led to a full romance]], which was broken off abruptly when Rick returned.

Shane has not coped well since losing both his position as leader and his position in the hearts of Lori and Carl. He has a increasing ruthless streak which we get to see more and more of as the show progresses. He was killed by Rick in the penultimate episode of Season 2 after attempting to murder him to regain leadership of the group and Lori.
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* ActionDad: Was a surrogate sort to Lori and Carl when they all thought Rick was dead. Possibly one to Judith too.
* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: Due to being SparedByTheAdaptation, the show was able to emphasize his {{Deuteragonist}} [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain Journey To Villain]] via LoveMakesYouCrazy and [[LovemakesYouEvil Evil]].
* AdaptationalVillainy: Justified due to being SparedByTheAdaptation. As a result, Shane was fully utilized as a character compared to his comic counterpart.
* AgeLift: Shane is 25 at the start of the comics. He's in his mid-thirties in this one.
* [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie And Then Shane Was A Zombie]]: For about ten seconds.
* AntiHero: Started the series as a Type IV, ultimately sliding towards Type V as the series progresses.
* ApologeticAttacker: He tells Otis he is sorry before shooting him in the leg and leaving him as bait for the walkers.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: When he was the Atlanta group's leader.
* {{Badass}}: Best seen when he goes to the school with Otis for medical supplies. For Season 1 and 2, Shane is Rick's only rival at skill with a gun.
** AdaptationalBadass: If only because he sticks around longer to show it.
* BaldOfEvil: After his ImportantHaircut.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: Subverted. For all his CowboyCop, "do what must be done" and "take over the farm" crap, Rick's the one that has to shoot Sophia after Shane doesn't have the nerve to do it.
* BigBad: For Season 2, in one of the most rare examples in all media where one doesn't lead a FiveBadBand but is instead [[TokenEvilTeammate a member of the main characters' group]].
* BloodFromTheMouth: After Rick fatally stabs him in the chest.
* CharacterTic: He had a tendency to rub his head when stressed.
* ComfortingTheWidow: When he and Lori believed Rick was dead. It unfortunately led him down the roads to how he ended up.
* CompositeCharacter: Since his comic counterpart dies very early and Tyreese debuted in a later timeline than in the source material, Shane filled, if not took, pivotal elements of the former's CharacterDevelopment (specifically being TheLancer and the LoveTriangle gone bad storyline) and fused it with his own.
* CowboyCop: More so than Rick, though the cop part gets increasingly consumed by CrazySurvivalist
* CrazyJealousGuy: Begins developing into this after Rick finds the survivors and Lori & Carl go back to him.
* CrazySurvivalist: Increasingly as the series goes on.
* DeathByIrony: After (and aside from) his KarmicDeath, Shane's reanimated self was shot and killed by Carl, the boy ''he taught'' to shoot.
* DoUntoOthersBeforeTheyDoUntoUs
* DrillSergeantNasty: When training Andrea to shoot. He realizes that he's gone straight into {{Jerkass}} when he brings up "the Walker that bit Amy".
* FallenHero: He was a genuine friend of Rick and fine leader of the group. But when Rick returned from his coma, reunites with Lori and took over as the group's leader, Shane gradually changes and thing ultimately went FromBadToWorse.
* {{Foil}}: He is naturally Rick's, being his second-in-command with a radically different approach to problems.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Especially poignant if you consider the title of the show.
* HotBlooded: He has a lot of trouble reigning in his emotions and is on the verge of yelling a lot of the time.
* ICanLiveWithThat
-->'''Rick:''' You gonna kill me in cold blood? Screw my wife, have my children, my children call you daddy?! Is that what you want? That life won't be worth a damn. I know you; you won't be able to live with this.
-->'''Shane:''' What you know what I can live with? You've got no idea what I can live with. With what I live with!!
* ImpliedDeathThreat: To Dale.
* ImportantHaircut: After killing Otis he shaves his head, after snagging his hair almost got him killed. It also helped conceal the fact he murdered Otis to escape rather than escaping because of a HeroicSacrifice on Otis' part, as Otis tore out a patch of his hair.
* ItGetsEasier: Deconstructed.
-->''"There is nothing easy about taking a manís life no matter how little value it may have. But when you get it done, you have to forget it. I guess I havenít quite got that last part down."''
* ItsAllAboutMe: The ultimate reason why Shane ends up a villain.
* {{Jerkass}}: He grows into one after his ImportantHaircut. He casually threatens other group members lives when they inconvenience him and handles most situations in the most aggressive way possible without giving much thought to how other people may think or feel about them.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Lampshaded by Andrea. He may be brutal, but most of his suggestions for the safety of the group are correct. He's just too ruthless, stubborn and quick in trying to implement them.
* KarmicDeath: Killed by his former best friend, after repeatedly attempting to murder him.
* KickTheDog:
** He shoots Otis and leaves him for the walkers to get time to run away. Although this was partly done to get medical supplies for Carl, he was saving his own skin, too.
** Threatening to kill Dale if he causes too much trouble.
** Ruthlessly massacring the walkers in the barn in front of Hershel, who, bear in mind, believed said walkers were his potentially curable friends and family.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Shane beating the crap out of Ed probably had a little more to do with his own frustrations than with doing the right thing, but damned if he didn't pick a deserving target.
** His murder of Randall might count, if you believe that Randall wasn't so innocent after all.
* TheLancer: Shane is Rick's right-hand man, and often offers completely contrasting advice, normally of a harsher nature.
%% * LawmanGoneBad
* TheLeader: When he was in charge of the group, Shane was a combination of Type III and IV.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy [[LoveMakesYouEvil and Evil]]
* ManipulativeBastard: He staged Randall's escape in order to lure Rick far out so he could murder him.
* MrFanservice: The writers seem determined to have him show as much skin as possible in Season 2.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Multiple times.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Shane nearly goes through with it. Twice. In "Better Angels", after trying it a third time and losing his nerve, Rick kills him.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Or rather "My God, What Have I ''Almost'' Done?", if his expression of horror after considering to shoot Rick is anything to go by.
* TheNeedsOfTheMany: A strict believer of this philosophy.
* PermaStubble: Grows a BeardOfEvil in [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope at least in one of]] [[SanitySlippage Rick's]] [[{{Hallucinations}} visual hallucinations]], as the Woodbury soldier who kills Oscar]].
* PetTheDog: His scene with Carol after Sophia is found to be a walker and then shot. However, it's been pointed out that, even though he's doing this for Carol, most of Shane's dialogue in this scene is still about his own problems.
* ReallyGetsAround: An entire scene in Season 2 was devoted to he and Rick talking about his... escapades back in high school, including mention of the 30-year-old PE teacher. He's also gotten with 2/3 of the remaining original female group members -- [[HelloAttorney Andrea]] and Lori.
* TheResenter: Of Rick.
* SanitySlippage: Mostly generated by guilt and rage.
** When Rick comes back from his coma, Shane loses his relationship with Lori and Carl. He takes it badly enough to contemplate shooting Rick to have his spot back as group leader and loved-by-Lori.
** When walkers close in on them, Shane shoots Otis, presumably so he can get away to bring the medical equipment to Carl, but also to save himself.
** Dale calls him out on pointing his gun at Rick. Shane asks Dale what he thinks Shane would do if he's the kind of man who'd shoot his own best friend. He's doing some very creepy swaying and other body language all the while.
* TheSheriff: Again, just a deputy, and junior to Rick. Also, no hat.
* [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids Silly Rick, Idealism Is For Kids]]: Repeatedly calls Rick out on thinking they can live like they used to, arguing that the rules of the old world don't apply anymore.
* SociopathicHero: He shows a distinct LackOfEmpathy towards most of the other group members and to all human threats, and routinely advocates the most ruthless or violent solution to every problem. Deconstructed in that such actions endanger the group by encouraging Hershel to kick them off the farm, and his behavior encourages Rick to kill him
* SparedByTheAdaptation: An excellent example until "Better Angels". This was one of the reasons the creator wanted to do the show; so he could explore more fully the character of Shane. And Boy howdy did it have ramifications.
* TheStarscream: Although Rick is not a BigBad, on at least one occasion Shane has considered killing him and taking back leadership of the group (not to mention giving Shane another chance with Lori).
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Shane is ''literally'' half-an-inch short on fitting the trope to a T. [[note]]Jon Bernthal stands 5'10 1/2 [[/note]]
* TeamKiller: Kills Otis and threatens to kill Dale. Attempts to kill Rick three times.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Almost shooting Rick in cold blood and is very prone to KickTheDog moments.
%% * {{Ubermensch}}
* TheUnfettered: He gradually loses his moral restrictions, including repeatedly considering killing Rick before ultimately being killed ''by'' him in the penultimate episode of Season 2.
* 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.
* WifeBasherBasher: Although it turned into a way for him to take out his frustrations.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: He and Rick used to be really good friends, but the pressure of the ZombieApocalypse and the LoveTriangle with Lori has driven a massive wedge between them, resulting in them arguing all the time and eventualling trying to kill each other.
* {{Yandere}}: Of the Obsessive flavor.
* YouWouldntShootMe: To Dale when he wouldn't return the weapons. He was right.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Dale Horvath]]
!!Dale Horvath
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[[caption-width-right:300:''"If I had known the world was ending, I would have brought better books."'']]
->'''Portrayed by''': Jeffrey [=DeMunn=]

->''"I may not have what it takes to last for long, but thatís okay. At least I can say that when the world goes to shit I didnít let it take me down with it."''

Dale is an old man who is kind of the father figure to the group. He is quiet and observant, and often something of a trickster as he'll let the others believe incorrect information if he believes it's in the best interests of the group. He is killed when he gets gutted by a walker on Hershelís farm and Daryl is forced to MercyKill him.
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Dale went from an {{Anti Hero}}ic GrumpyOldMan in the comics, to a NiceGuy TeamDad on this one. The change was [[EnsembleDarkhorse well received]].
* AnAxeToGrind: He decapitates a walker with an axe in "Tell It to The Frogs".
* {{Badass}}: We rarely see him without his scoped rifle.
%% * BadassBeard
* 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.
* BadassGrandpa: 64-years-old and can swing an axe like a much younger man.
* BadassPacifist: Very evident in Season 2, especially when dealing with Shane. It was heavily implied that he's a MartialPacifist, though.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He wasn't afraid on standing up to Shane regarding the latter's controversial decisions.
* BigOlEyebrows: Which the internet became fans of.
* BoomHeadshot: Via Daryl, to prevent Dale from suffering after getting attacked and gutted by a walker.
* CoolCar: His RV.
* CoolOldGuy: Lends out books to the group, swings a axe with the best of them, stands up to Shane's aggressive tactics, and tries to steer the group along a moral path.
* TheConscience: Even more so than Rick. Partly deconstructed though in that he can come off at times as preachy, and his moral advice is not always useful in the harsh situations the group find themselves in.
* DeathByAdaptation: In the comics, Dale died at the cannibals arc (which was after the prison arc).
* DecompositeCharacter: Since he dies early, all his CharacterDevelopment in the comics were given to Hershel; specifically his role as the TeamDad and the LifeOrLimbDecision storyline.
* GuileHero: He's willing to trick and deceive his camp members if he thinks it will keep the group together and safe.
* GuttedLikeAFish: By a Walker's hands.
* NiceGuy: Aside from Glenn, he is the most openly caring person in the group and his main focus is keeping everyone from doing immoral things to survive.
* NiceHat: His omnipresent white bucket fishing hat.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Inverted. He instead becomes a genuine father-figure to Andrea in this version instead of entering in a MayDecemberRomance with her like in the comics.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: His actor (Jeffrey [=DeMunn=]) was upset at original showrunner (and longtime friend) Frank Darabont's dismissal, and quit in protest, thus necessitating Dale's death.
* TeamDad: Dale is the member of the camp most dedicated to keeping it together, and who takes the most time to make sure its members are ok. [[OverprotectiveDad Whether they want him to or not.]]
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: After taking the guns to prevent Shane from arming everyone to kill the walkers in the barn and take over Hershel's farm, he has the opportunity to kill Shane, who he knows is a threat to people in the group. However, he can't bring himself to actually pull the trigger and take a human life.
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[[folder: Jacqui]]
!!Jacqui
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->'''Portrayed by''': Jeryl Prescott Sales

Jacqui is a survivor who worked for the Atlanta city zoning department, and uses knowledge from her job to aid the survivors. She chose to commit suicide by staying in the CDC with Doctor Jenner when it exploded.
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* AnAxeToGrind: When the walkers attacked the camp, Jacqui was armed with an axe.
* CanonForeigner: Never appeared in the comics.
* DrivenToSuicide[=/=]IChooseToStay: Dies by way of [[KillItWithFire thermobaric munitions]] in the CDC by her own choice.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Chooses to die on her own terms, instead of eventually becoming a victim of the walkers.
* GenreSavvy: She quickly notices Jim has been bitten, even as he tries to conceal it by acting casual and saying the blood on his shirt is not his. When he begs her not to tell the others that he's infected, she does so immediately.
* GoOutWithASmile
* {{Hallucinations}}: In "Hounded", she is one of the people who calls Rick during his hallucinations.
* MauveShirt: Though she survives longer than the rest of Season 1 {{Mauve Shirt}}s.
* OnlyOneName: Her surname is never mentioned.
* SassyBlackWoman: Her voice and manner of speaking.
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: Introduced with the rest of the Atlanta scouting party in the second episode of Season 1.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Was even more of a background character than T-Dog. The only major scene with her is when she chooses to stay behind and die with Jenner, which was mainly a scene to highlight the father and daughter like relationship between Dale and Andrea.
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[[folder: Morales]]
!!Morales
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->'''Portrayed by''': Juan Gabriel Pareja

A member of the original survivor group, Morales and his family left to look for family in Birmingham, Alabama after the group decided to go to the CDC.
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* ActionSurvivor: He has no martial training, but he manages to take down quite a few walkers with his baseball bat.
* BatterUp: His main melee weapon.
* CanonForeigner: Never appeared in the comics, although some fans speculated that he was a replacement for Allen and his family.
* HappilyMarried: To his wife, Miranda.
* LastNameBasis: His wife and kids get first names, but his is never revealed.
* MauveShirt: Luckily for him, he was only PutOnABus instead of being killed off.
* NiceGuy: He treats Rick well despite his actions having endangered Morales and the rest of the scouting group and gives him advanced warning that Daryl will likely be out for Rick's blood once learning about how Merle got left behind.
* PermaStubble: bordering on BadassBeard
* PutOnABus: He and his family leave the group to look for relatives in Birmingham, Alabama.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Has not been seen since.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Jim]]
!!Jim
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[[caption-width-right:300:''"You know, the only reason I got away was 'cause the dead were too busy eating my family."'']]
->'''Portrayed by''': Andrew Rothenberg

->''"Do you hear that? That's the sound of God laughing while you make plans."''

Jim is a survivor in the original group. He was infected during a zombie attack on the camp. He was left behind after asking to die from the infection, feeling he didn't deserve to live for failing his family.
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* BatterUp: His primary weapon is a baseball bat.
* DespairEventHorizon: His family's death, although he managed to keep going until getting bitten.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: In "Vatos", he mentions this that he thinks he did this, having dug numerous graves before the walker attack on the camp.
* DyingAlone: His own choice, as he wanted to be left alone so that when he came back as a walker, he might be able to find his family.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Knowing there is no hope for him, he decided to be left alone in a tree to die.
* GreaseMonkey: He was the groups mechanic, having been an auto mechanic before the ZombieApocalypse.
* {{Hallucinations}}: In "Hounded", he is one of the people who calls Rick during his hallucinations.
%% * MauveShirt
* [[NiceHat Nice Cap]]: He is wearing a blue cap in almost all of his scenes.
* SanitySlippage: He may have dreamt the future, or just gone completely insane. Not even he is sure which.
* SurvivorsGuilt: He only managed to escape from walkers because they were so busy eating his family.
* ZombieInfectee: He tries to hide it and begs Jacqui not to give it away. However, she's GenreSavvy enough to tell the rest of the group immediately.
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