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Juliet Starlingembodies everything fun about The Ditz and The Tease. Juliet wakes up on her 18th birthday to find her school overrun with zombies. With her chainsaw, the support of her zombie-hunting family, and the still-living severed head of her boyfriend Nick, she sets out to stop the zombie apocalypse from totally ruining her birthday.
- A Love to Dismember: With Nick's head, the twist being that he's still alive.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Right before slicing Nick's head off, and again before his Heroic Sacrifice to defeat Killabilly.
- Badass: That chainsaw isn't just for show.
- Badass Adorable: Isn't she just the most adorable zombie-slaying Badass ever?
- Bare Your Midriff: Courtesy of the cheerleader outfit she's wearing.
- BFG: "Chainsaw Blaster!"
- Big Sister Instinct: One area focuses on her saving Rosalind from Josey.
- Big Sister Worship: She absolutely adores her older sister, Cordelia.
- Blood Knight: Sure she's a good person, but damn does she like killing things. Killing zombies give her 'total wood' and she thinks it's fun to kill her ex-friends now that they're permanently zombies. She's also killed plenty of non-zombie supernatural creatures including sasquatches, leprechauns and frankenberries. That bit of cheerful bloodthirstiness tends to run in all the Starling sisters.
- Buffy Speak: "Wow. Dumbest, most explodiest birthday cake ever!" Rather fitting, considering the many similarities between Juliet and Buffy. Career-wise, that is.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Her inane babbling in no way diminishes her zombie hunting prowess.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Chainsaw Blaster!" "Chainsaw Dash!"
- Cameo: Makes one in Killer is Dead; in Episode 51, a DLC chapter, if the player breaks open a barrel on a ledge that's shaking, Juliet leaps out and jumps away to the sound made in her own game when she uses her Big Jump move.
- Chainsaw Good: Her favorite way to slay zombies is a magical chainsaw that she always carries.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: She has a tendency to go off on very odd tangents, and has a short attention span.
- Dance Battler: She employs her cheerleading skills in her zombie massacres.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Justified, more or less, since she's fighting in a cheerleader outfit.
- Ditzy Genius: She's knowledgeable in all things zombie-related and is an accomplished necromancer, and is highly adaptable to extreme environments.note . She's also, well, a ditz.
- Genki Girl: Even in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, it is impossible to keep Juliet upset for long.
- Girlish Pigtails: As you can probably tell by looking at her hair, she's rather girly.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She has a favorite stuffed toy rabbit, which she is seen cuddling in the intro. One of her extra costumes is modeled after the same rabbit.
- Goofy Print Underwear: She tells Nick that she is wearing her special zombie-hunting underwear, which, according to her training, is cotton panties with teddy bears or hearts on them.
- Hidden Depths: She may think it's totally cool that she has a severed head for a boyfriend, but if her Dream Sequence at the start of Stage 3 is to be believed, she fears that he'd rather become a zombie than continue living as just a head.
- Innocently Insensitive: Towards Nick. She's happy that he's not dead and is quick to proclaim her love for him, but never gets it through to her head that he has plenty of good reasons to feel pretty miserable. Towards Swan before she started going out with Nick. She hardly even remembers doing anything bad to Swan that prompted him to start the Zombie Apocalypse. It is even suggested that they had never spoken to each other.
- Jiggle Physics: Shots that focus on her chest show her to be... bouncy.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Nick didn't start off brooding and depressed, but once he became a head, life lost a lot of zing for him. That's when Juliet reveals she's actually a zombie-hunter and starts showing what she's truly like. Then her perkiness goes into overdrive to the point where at late Stage 5 or 6, he says he's finding it hard to stay miserable hanging around her.
- Martial Arts and Crafts: Juliet utilizes her cheerleading chops as a branching series of quick, light, set-up combos.
- Ms. Fanservice: A just-turned-18-year-old hot blonde girl in a cheerleader outfit? You better believe it.
- Mini Dress Of Power: She usually fights in her cheerleader uniform.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Killing all five Dark Purveyors only ended up completing Swan's ritual and summoning Killabilly. That, and Swan disliking her choice of boyfriends.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Juliet can, on occasion, show a surprising interest in many of the horrors she comes across. Of course, since her entire family is made of zombie hunters, she's probably used to it.
- One-Man Army: While her family helps, Juliet does much of the grunt work of stopping the apocalypse alone.
- The Pollyanna: Manages to wear a smile even when slaughtering zombies.
- She-Fu: All the time. Justified by her being a cheerleader; she naturally has to stay in shape to remain good at it.
- Spoiled Sweet: Very heroic despite her parents doting on her to the extreme.
- Stripperific: Her normal and alternate cheerleader outfits are pretty skimpy. Then there is the time you can have Juliet tear through the walking undead wearing naught but a bikini, one of them a seashell bikini.
- Sweet Tooth: For lollipops, which also restore her health.
- Swiss Army Weapon: It's a chainsaw! It's a cell phone! It's a grenade launcher, self-propelled rocket engine, or pair of pom-poms!
- The Tease: Either because of or resulting in the Third-Person Seductress.
- The Tee Totaler: Doesn't do drugs (space cake or otherwise), never watched porn and is very good at keeping boys out of her body. It was suggested that she's, at least, on second base with Nick though.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Lollipops, as the name implies. Nick's birthday gift to her is even a bouquet of lollipops.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Can use wrestling moves like takedowns, hurricanranas, and the drop kick.
- Zettai Ryouki: Thigh high socks and a miniskirt.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Apparently one of his hobbies. It's no longer an issue once the game starts.
- Audience Surrogate: Juliet had been keeping the whole "zombie hunter" thing a secret from him at the game's opening. So, as he learns about the way it works, so does the player.
- Badass Normal: Pre-beheading, it's implied that he took down an entire group of zombies by himself. This is without any of Juliet's athleticism or knowledge of how to stop them.
- Book Dumb: He's pretty sharp, all things considered, but his grades kind of suck. For the record, his GPA is a 2.7. Juliet has a 3.4. However, one throwaway line in act one states that he is in Calculus as a high school senior, so zig-zagged.
- Butt Monkey: He takes quite a bit of abuse over the course of the game. After he ends up just a head, he gets shot out of cannons by his girlfriend quite often.
- Deadpan Snarker: After the initial shock of everything wears off, Nick settles firmly into being very snarky about the whole situation. He eventually stops questioning the absurdity of it all.
- Death Seeker: He openly requests Cordelia to put a bullet in his head at one point during Stage 5.
- Despair Event Horizon: During Stage 5. He snaps out of it eventually.
- Disabled Snarker: Quite a few of his quips are at his own expense.
- Equippable Ally: Juliet wears his head on her waist like a keychain.
- Fate Worse Than Death: He certainly regards his predicament as this.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He expresses jealousy towards zombies on occasion:That zombie just looked at your butt! I saw it!
- Heroic Sacrifice: He allows his head to be attached to Swan's decapitated body to stop Killabilly's heart and destroy him.
- Giving Up on Logic: By the time they get to Lewis, Nick has simply stopped caring about all the weirdness he's seen.
- "Sure. Giant robot elephant. Doesn't even faze me anymore."
- Hidden Depths: A fan of My Chemical Romance. (This doubles as an in-joke, since MCR and Mindless Self Indulgence, whose lead singer composed the boss themes, are closely connected.)
- I Will Only Slow You Down: Says this in verbatim at the start of Stage 5 once the pressure of losing his body starts to get to him.
- Losing Your Head: Well, everything except that, thanks to Juliet's magic.
- Magic Knight: Whenever Juliet slaps him onto a zombie body, he's both really strong and uses really powerful magic.
- Only Sane Man: He's the only one on Juliet's journey who knows absolutely nothing about the zombies. His suggestions, meaningful or otherwise, all get brushed aside.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Once he is resurrected with his head permanently attached to Morikawa's body due to a cosmic mix-up (not that he minds).
- What the Hell, Hero?: Often calls out Juliet during Stage 5 for not respecting his wishes and treating him like an accessory.
Starling Family and Friends
- Action Girl: She's received the same training that Juliet has and kicks just as much ass.
- Friendly Sniper: She's a good guy with a sniper rifle.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to both her sisters, but particularly Rosalind.
- Weapon of Choice: Her Sniper Rifle.
Voiced by: Mariya Ise (JP), Kimberly Brooks (EN)Juliet's little sister. 16 years old. Obsessed with driving vehicles of every sort, but lacks the expertise.
- Cloud Cuckoolander
- Collector of the Strange: Collects yeti skulls. She also wants to add Justin Bieber's skull to the pile.
- Distressed Damsel: Gets kidnapped by the Dark Purveyors to provoke Juliet.
- Drives Like Crazy: She clearly is a lethal hazard when put in a mobile machine.
- Mood-Swinger: Once put behind the wheel of something she clearly has little control over, she shifts between laughing excitedly and screaming in terror.
- Skunk Stripe: There's a pink streak in her hair.
Gideon Starling, a.k.a. "Dad"
Voiced by: Joji Nakata (JP), Gregg Henry (EN)Juliet's dad and head of the zombie-hunting family business. 44 years old.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: "Favorite Weapon: His own G.D. fists."
- Happily Married: He's unable to keep his hands off of his wife, if Juliet's introductory montage means anything.
- In a Single Bound: Is capable of scaling buildings way faster than any human should.
- Manly Tears: Said to cry any time he sees a dog die on TV. See also Tears of Joy.
- Tears of Joy: When he learns that Juliet is a tactical genius.
Elizabeth Starling, a.k.a. "Mom"
- The Voice: Aside from a few photos in the opening sequence and the post-credits scene, you pretty much only ever hear her voice throughout the game.
- Weirdness Censor: She is completely unaware of her family's duties as zombie hunters.
Junji Morikawa a.k.a. "Sensei"
Voiced by: Bin Shimada (JP), Bruce Locke (EN)Juliet's sensei in the art of zombie-slaying.
- Cool Old Guy: Taught Juliet everything she knows about killing zombies.
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (JP), Sean Gunn (EN)The main antagonist. 18 years old. A goth student from San Romero High School who opens a portal to the Rotten World and infests Earth with zombies to get even with the people who made his life a living hell.
- A God Am I: Part of his ritual involves him declaring himself the god of the realm of Earth to the Dark Purveyors.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Subverted, he never actually professed his attraction to Juliet. Came to think this because of her loving a jock.
- Big Bad: Is responsible for the Zombie Apocalypse that drives the game's plot.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Ought to make this his catchphrase.
- Deal with the Devil: With the Dark Purveyors.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He starts a Zombie Apocalypse because he was bullied in high school and rejected by Juliet in his eyes. It is strongly hinted that he had never even spoken to her prior to his ritual.
- Emo Teen: He even practices making broody faces in the mirror, as stated on his title card.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Subverted. While dealing the the Dark Purveyors is not a wise decision in any way, it's NOT how he dies, surprisingly, despite the Dark Purveyors thinking he's a punk.
- Freudian Excuse: Subverted. While we do see flashbacks of Swan getting bullied, and it is pretty cruel in nature, his excuse gets tossed out the window by the fact that he goes way overboard with his revenge.
- Kansas City Shuffle: While he was counting on Juliet to kill the Purveyors to complete his plan, it really didn't matter in the long run what happened as long as Juliet and his schoolmates suffered.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: "Your eternal screams of horror will be my pop music!"
- Mad Bomber: Part of his plan to open the portal to Rotten World involves placing explosives inside the school.
- Meaningful Name: Since the ritual culminates in his suicide, his entire plan could be considered his "swan song," especially when you consider all the musical references of the Dark Purveyors.
- Another theory is that his name is based off the story of the ugly duckling who grew up to be a beautiful swan. It suggests that his life would've been better had he not focused on revenge.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Being bullied in school has led him to believe that the entire world is rotten, and drives him to attempt to destroy it.
- Not Good with Rejection: He triggered a Zombie Apocalypse because he took Juliet dating Nick as rejection.
- Self-Serving Memory: Given that he thinks Juliet rejected him. The flashbacks are mostly him watching Juliet from afar and not even talking to her.
- Stalker with a Crush: Was this for Juliet. When he felt like she rejected him by dating Nick, he snapped and enacted his revenge on her and the rest of humanity.
- Sweet Tooth: For Pez.
- Take That: Someone named Swan associated with the supernatural... huh.
- Tragic Villain: The reason behind the Zombie Apocalypse was because he was bullied in high school and the girl he had a crush on, a.k.a. Juliet, started dating Nick. Though it's mostly undermined by the fact that he never bothered to talk with Juliet and decided to kill everyone, regardless if they even had anything to do with him.
- The Unfought: Despite being the main antagonist, Swan is never fought as a boss. He kills himself to summon Killabilly, the true final boss.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He starts the Zombie Apocalypse due to him being bullied and his unrequited crush for Juliet being destroyed when she gets together with Nick.
- Xanatos Gambit: His ritual is guaranteed to be complete one way or another.
Dark PurveyorsA group of five powerful zombie rock lords summoned by Swan from the Rotten World to spread the Zombie Apocalypse across San Romero.
- Losing Your Head: They're each defeated by their heads being sawed off.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: Whenever one is killed, they say, "Meus Vita, Rege, pro nefario coepto!" This means, "My life, O King, for your evil plan!", foreshadowing that they are dying willingly.
- Who Needs Their Whole Body?: They keep fighting even after Juliet saws them to pieces. However, they can only take so much before they die.
- Undying Loyalty: To Swan. They're even perfectly willing to die for the sake of his goals.
- Younger Than They Look: They may be zombie demi-gods, but rather than being centuries old, they're all only 18 even if most of them look like they're in their thirties.
- Atomic F-Bomb: He's got a few."COCKSUCKER!!""FUCKING BITCH!!""STUPID COOZE!!""VANILLA SLUT!!"
- And then there's "PISS OFF!!" before you actually fight him.
- Big Word Shout: He can actually weaponize this.
- Blood Knight: He's enjoying the fight with Juliet a lot more than the other villains.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Ironically, when Juliet deals the final blow, he screams in genuine pain and fear. But before that...Zed: (after pushing himself back together once he's cut in half) YOU THINK THAT HURT ME?! I JUST JIZZED A LITTLE, BABY!
- Deadly Disc: Can throw red energy disks.
- Death from Above: One of his more damaging attacks is an overhead strike with his mic.
- Delinquent Hair: Sports a huge mohawk. Juliet actually has to avoid it when she tries sawing him in half.
- Flipping the Bird: During his defeat, his severed hand throws up the middle finger.
- Guyliner: Juliet even calls him this during his intro.
- Improbable Weapon User:
- Uses his mike stand as a staff.
- Also, screaming obscenities becomes a projectile attack when Zed does it.
- Laser Blade: After Juliet cuts his mic in half, a laser appears where the rest of it used to be when he swings it.
- Improv Fu: Stated by Morikawa to be the weakest of the Dark Purveyors, but is by no means dumb. He uses his mic as a bludgeon and later a laser blade, and makes it as hard as possible for his enemy to hit him by flash-stepping all over the place and jumping around on speakers. One of his strategies is actually pretty smart: positioning himself on top of a giant speaker, meaning Juliet can't reach him until she saws it down, leaving her wide open to his attacks.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Bears a striking resemblance to his English VA. Most likely intentional, as said VA also composed the game's boss themes, including Zed's.
- Le Parkour: Shades of this as he jumps and tumbles to dodge attacks.
- Oh Crap!: Screams that his wounds actually HURT as Juliet puts him down for good.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: A lot of his dialogue consists of misogynistic slurs at Juliet's expense.
- Pulling Themselves Together: The first two times he's cut in half.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Red mohawk, black and red tartan trousers, black shirt and he is a Dark Purveyor.
- Starter Villain: He's the first boss.
- Words Can Break My Bones: Some of the words he shouts turn into giant letters that can hurt you on contact.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Some of Yumil's hobbies include disemboweling, drinking blood, and... balancing a ball on his nose.
- Bears Are Bad News: Wears a still-living bear skin coat named Yumil. Upon his defeat, Yumil lunges at Juliet, but she puts it down with a kick.
- Cool Ship: A viking ship that flies.
- Detachment Combat: After Juliet cuts him in half at the waist, his legs and upper body continue attacking.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: He speaks Icelandic.
- No Pronunciation Guide: His name is pronounced "Vee-kay", but is often mispronounced as "Vikk" by Let's Play-ers.
- Shock and Awe: By striking his drums with his sticks, he can produce lightning. Most of his attacks also produce electricity. It's to the extent that Juliet will actually have to dodge lightning bolts as his ship flies over the city.
- Villainous Breakdown: "Impossible!! I can't be beaten by a little girl! I'm a warrior!"
Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (JP), Shawnee Smith (EN)The psychedelic zombie.
- Boss Banter: Like Zed, she'll talk to Juliet a lot during the fight. Notably, when she's knocked down, she'll go into a fast-paced impassioned speech in a low voice about...something hippie-related.
- Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: Her arena sports this motif, and it actually features in one of her attacks—she will send pink butterfly swarms at Juliet that will slowly do damage until shaken off.
- Car Fu: Her copies often try to run Juliet over with combines.
- Dark Chick: She is the sole female of the Dark Purveyors and the most laid-back out of them.
- Diagonal Cut: One of the cuts that eventually takes her out.
- Dissonant Serenity: Acts like this for the entire boss fight, and is completely calm before getting decapitated. Given her theme, she's probably stoned off of her undead ass.
- Evil Laugh: Actually pulls off a pretty good one, shrieking with laughter whenever she's hit.
- Evil Smells Bad: Though this may have more to do with being a dirty hippie than simply being evil.
- Flipping the Bird: Does this once while monologuing.
- Floating in a Bubble: How she travels. She can also trap Juliet in one.
- Frankenstein's Monster: Physically resembles this trope, to an extent.
- Friendly Enemy: "Ah, sister Juliet! And brother Nick!". It's also notable that she never insults Juliet the way the other Purveyors do.
- She doesn't quite qualify for Token Good Teammate, given that she's still trying to kill Juliet and still spreading the zombie plague. But she keeps Rosalind out of the fight, and her intro card doesn't list any negative qualities beyond "really bad fashion sense" (the others all had cringe-worthy themes, such as necrophilia, torturing small animals, etc).
- Giant Hands of Doom: Conjures a giant version of her hand to attack Juliet with.
- Glasgow Grin: It appears to be stapled shut.
- Go Out with a Smile: And what a way to go.◊
- Granola Girl: Her association with the O'Bannon farm gives this impression.
- Hydra Problem: Whenever she's cut in half, the two halves each turn into a whole Mariska. She even tears herself in half a second and third time after Juliet does for good measure. Juliet resorts to shooting down the copies.
- Instrument of Murder: A sitar.
- Macross Missile Massacre: She is capable of performing this in her third stage, by rotating her eight energy clones to throw them.
- Master of Illusion: Juliet has to wake up from rather terrifying illusions that are the results of Mariska's work.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Dresses like one, anyway.
- Off with Her Head!: How Juliet finishes her off.
- Psychedelic Rock: This is her theme, and she's even called the Psychedelic Zombie in her intro card.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female Dark Purveyor. This is largely due to being modeled after Janis Joplin.
- V Sign: Does this a lot.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Unlike the other Purveyors, who slowly disintegrate as their fight goes on, Mariska gets more dangerous the further into the fight Juliet gets. Her first form is a joke, but by the second, things get chaotic, with Mariska clones coming after the player in combines and in the smashing cranes from earlier. In her third, all of her clones get health bars, rather than being one-hit dummies and she starts generating giant hands to come after the player and her clones start shooting out missiles by the dozen.
- When She Smiles: Right before Juliet decapitates her.
Voiced by: Hajime Iijima (JP), ROLLY (JP - singing), Dave Fennoy (EN)The funk zombie.
- Flying Saucer: Rides one.
- Hollywood Voodoo: His design is a cross between this and a funk musician.
- I Lied: When he said he'd release Rosalind if Juliet beat him.Josey: You trusted what I said?! I'm a mother freakin' zombie!
- Instrument of Murder: A keytar.
- Oh Crap!: He has a look of utter horror and can only throw his hands up helplessly when Juliet carves up his flying saucer with him in it.
- Paid Harem: Has two scantily-clad women on his flying saucer.
- Precision F-Strike: Notable, because he always replaces the F strike itself with "Funk"."Funk me..."
- Serious Business: When it comes to video games.
- Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: He threatens to kill Rosalind before Juliet tries to finish him off, though Juliet's dad rescues her before giving Juliet the all clear.
- Win to Exit: Can trap people in video games (that resemble retro games like Pong and Pac-Man, but with zombies) that can only be escaped by winning.
- Animal Motifs: The elephant.
- BFG: His massive guitar is also a machine gun. There's also a number of huge assault weapons on his motorcycle.
- Combat Pragmatist: While Juliet is talking to Swan, Lewis suddenly fires at her from off-screen. After their introductions and banter, he starts shooting as soon as he's finished talking.
- Cool Bike: With an elephant on the back. He calls it Ellyphant. It also transforms to become a more hulking and dangerous mech.
- Gatling Good: On his elephant mech.
- I Call It "Vera": Refers to his elephant mecha as "Ellyphant".
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: His gun-guitar, as well as his elephant mecha.
- Instrument of Murder: His guitar, which has a built-in machine gun.
- Macross Missile Massacre: From his elephant mecha.
- Mini-Mecha: After Juliet trashes his bike, he turns it into a mechanical elephant.
- Attack Its Weak Point:
- In the initial battle, his eyes are the weak point.
- Later, to truly kill him, Juliet must destroy his heart, after tricking him into swallowing her and Nick.
- Car Fu: Throws cars at long range and spawns zombies driving cars up close.
- Dumb Muscle: He's not too smart; in fact, for Juliet, this is a classic example of having to outsmart a foe you can't outfight.
- Eye Scream: You can shoot him in the eyes, although he can regrow them.