Characters: The Walking Dead Comic
Characters from the comic series The Walking Dead:
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Rick is the main character of the comic. A small town cop, he awakens in the hospital after being shot and put in a coma, and finds himself one month into the zombie apocalypse. Setting out to find his family, Rick eventually becomes a leader who desperately tries to retain what little humanity he has left while protecting his loved ones and guiding others through the dangers of a post-apocalyptic world in which the walking dead are not the biggest threat.
- Action Dad: He is a cop, after all.
- An Arm and a Leg: His right hand as a Type III, courtesy of The Governor.
- An Axe to Grind: His go to melee weapon is a small hatchet.
- Anti-Hero: Evolves into a Type IV.
- Bash Brothers: With Tyreese.
- Battle Couple: Downplayed with Andrea.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Cartwright Curse: Assumes he has this by Issue 91 after the deaths of Lori and Jessie, which is why he is hesitant to get into a relationship with Andrea, not wanting to lose someone else because they were close to him.
- Cool Hat: Before he gave it to Carl.
- Crazy Sane: Talking to a dead Lori on a unplugged phone is one of the ways he tries to stay sane. It's debatable if it works or if it is just making him crazier.
- Crusading Widower
- Empty Shell: He fears he has become this by Issue 90.
- Fair Cop
- Fighting the Lancer: He gets into a fistfight with Tyreese after discovering that he had cheated on Carol with Michonne, and all of the pressures on both characters erupting and causing them to beat the crap out of each other until neither could stand. This leads to the two of them not talking to each other outside of group discussions for many issues, although they eventually make up.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Hearing Voices: He hears Lori's voice in a telephone after she dies in the prison assault.
- He Who Fights Monsters
- Hero Protagonist
- I Did What I Had to Do: Several times:
- Killing Dexter.
- Killing Martinez.
- Slaughtering the Hunters.
- Leaving Jessie and Ron to die (this is the only one he expresses some regret over).
- Invulnerable Knuckles: Oh so averted. Rick bashes Thomas Richards in the face so badly after it was discovered he killed Hershel's twin daughters that he breaks every bone in his right hand, rendering it useless. Leading to...
- Irony: That same hand is severed by the Governor, after Dale tells him it's useless.
- Knight in Sour Armor: After the fall of the prison. He seems to be recovering some after the zombie herd that attacked Alexandria was defeated and the group came into contact with the Hilltop Colony.
- The Leader: Started out as a type IV, but has been slowly turning into an ill-tempered type III.
- Man Bites Man: At one point he rips out a bandit's throat with his teeth.
- Nerves of Steel: Develops them over the course of the comic.
- Papa Wolf
- Plot Armor: So far Rick really seems to have better luck staying alive than anyone else around him.
- Pragmatic Hero
- Second Love: For Andrea.
- The Sheriff: In his pre-apocalypse life and eventually post as well once the survivors reach the Alexandria Safe Zone.
- Survivors Guilt: After the Prison arc.
- Slept Through the Apocalypse: He was in a coma in hospital after being shot for the first month.
- The So-Called Coward: Has taken up this role as of issue 102, pretending to give in to Negan's demands, but actually planning something in secret.
- Villain Protagonist: Rick is acutely aware that he is becoming this, and doesn't like it one bit.
Lori is Rick's wife. She slept with his best friend Shane shortly after the apocalypse began when she thought Rick was dead. Her relationship with Rick is strained by this and other factors. She gives birth to their daughter Judith at the prison. Dies with Judith when the Governor assaults the prison.
Carl is Rick's son, who is slowly becoming darker and less childlike as the series goes on. Loses his left eye in Issue 83.
- Anti-Hero: Type III.
- Catapult Nightmare: When he dreams about executing Ben, which he has no memory of after getting shot in the head.
- Children Forced To Kill: Twice. Once Shane in defense of his father and then Ben in a Vigilante Execution.
- As of Issue 101, he is willing to hold people he knows well at gunpoint to make them back off.
- Creepy Child: Especially after his Eye Scream.
- Eye Scream: He is accidently shot is the left eye by Douglas Monroe when the Alexandria safe-zone is breached by zombies, creating a giant hole in his head. Dr.Denise Cloyd manages to save him, but he loses part of his memory and his personality becomes even darker.
- Eye Patch Of Power: Or bandage in his case. Negan eventually takes it away from him, saying he looks more badass without it.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Killing Ben. Unlike most of Rick's IDWIHTD moments, this is shown to torment him afterwards.
- Morality Chain: He is pretty much the only thing keeping Rick from becoming a complete Villain Protagonist.
- Nice Hat
- Puppy Love: With Sophia.
- 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: A realistic version in Issue 83. He loses his eye, a portion of his brain, and part of his head, and it is held down to luck, rather than badass nature, that he survives it with the help of Dr. Cloyde. Also, due to the brain damage, he develops a very different personality, and has memory loss.
- Took a Level in Badass: Several over the course of the series...
- Took a Level in Jerkass: ...along with several levels in being a Jerkass.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: You know, like executions.
Judith is Rick actually Shane's
and Lori's infant daughter born at the prison. Killed with Lori when the prison is attacked by the Governor.
Atlanta Camp Survivors
Glenn is the first survivor encountered by Rick, and his closest friend in the post-apocalyptic world. He led Rick back to his camp which reunited him with his family, and has served as a scout and scavenger for the group at every safe-haven they find. While staying on Hershel's farm, he fell in love with Maggie Greene and eventually married her, with both of them adopting Sophia after Carol's suicide
. He is murdered by Negan in the 100th issue of the series.
- Action Survivor: He prefers to use stealth and avoid zombies, but is more than capable of taking them down if he needs to.
- Bald of Awesome: Temporarily, after Maggie shaves his head at the prison. The hair grows back by the time the group comes together after the end of the prison arc, eventually to its normal length.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Was heavily in debt when the outbreak happened, and would have done anything to escape it. That problem doesn't seem so bad any more, though...
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Dear God: he is hit repeatedly in the head by a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire as he tries to call out to Maggie as she, his adopted daughter, and his friends are forced to watch him die. The first hit knocks his left eye out of socket, and by the end, there is almost nothing left of his head.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death by Pragmatism: His decision to move with Maggie and Sophia to Hilltop since it had better walls and more defenders ends up getting him killed when Negan captures them, Rick, Carl, Michonne, and Heath and choses to make an example of Glenn.
- Fragile Speedster
- Happily Married: To Maggie.
- The Heart
- Le Parkour
- Nice Hat
- Nice Guy
- The Reliable One
- The Scrounger: He is the groups go-to guy for searching for supplies due to him being fast and smart. When the group reaches the Alexandria Safe-Zone, this becomes his official job for the town.
- The Smart Guy
- The Sneaky Guy
Andrea is a former law clerk turned Zombie Apocalypse Badass
. She found safety with her sister Amy at the camp outside of Atlanta, but was forced to shoot Amy in the head after she was killed in zombie attack. Despite having never fired a gun before Rick and Shane's training, she quickly became the best shot in the group and the designated sharpshooter/lookout. She entered into a relationship with Dale and took care of twins Ben and Billy after their parents died.
Her new family quickly fell apart on the road to Washington D.C., with Ben murdering Billy and Carl secretly killing Ben to protect the group, and Dale dying of a zombie bite plus cannibal attack.
In the Alexandria Safe-Zone, Andrea has established herself as Rick's most trusted advisor and now lover
. She is currently tied with Sophia as the longest-lasting female character overall.
Carol is the mother of Sophia and an attractive young widow. She was in a relationship with Tyreese until he cheated on her, and best friends with Lori. Committed suicide by zombie after slowly going insane.
The young daughter of Carol, and currently tied with Andrea as the longest-lasting female character in the comics overall.
Dale is an elderly survivor whose RV serves as the groups main transportation. He lost his wife early in the apocalypse began and started a relationship with Andrea shortly after Amy died, and the two of them adopt Ben and Billy after their parents died
. Lost a leg at the prison.
As the series goes on, he becomes increasingly frustrated with Rick's leadership and their friendship becomes strained, although he makes up with Rick beforing dieing of a zombie bite.
- An Axe to Grind
- An Arm and a Leg:Loses both legs before he dies.
- Berserk Button: He has a few, and if one is pressed hard enough, he will fly into an extremely angry rage.
- Captured By Cannibals: Which he found hilarious, since a zombie had bitten him and they ate his leg before they found out.
- Cool Old Guy
- Foreshadowing: Delivers a metric ton of it in the prison arc, first by telling Rick the he'll never be able to use his right hand again after Rick beat Thomas half to death (just before the Governor severs it) and ponders aloud if there were another, larger, more organized group living out of Wal-Mart that wanted their prison and supplies.
- Grumpy Old Man: Gradually leans into this after the prison arc, especially towards Rick.
- Life or Limb Decision: The only one in the series that takes.
- May-December Romance: With Andrea.
- Nice Hat
- Team Dad
- Zombie Infectee: After being bitten on the leg when out getting gas from cars around the prison with Billy Greene, though, unlike Allen, his leg being chopped off helps. He later calls himself "tainted meat" to the eponymous hunters of Volume 11.
Shane was Rick's police partner, and escorted Lori and Carl down to Atlanta when the Zombie Apocalypse
began. He fell in love with Lori and slept with her once, and became the leader of a group of survivors outside of Atlanta. He was overjoyed when Rick showed up, but quickly grew jealous of him and Lori. After slowly going crazy, he tried to kill Rick, only to be shot by Carl.
The husband of Donna and father of Ben and Billy. He has a major Heroic BSOD
after Donna dies
. During the prison arc, he is bitten on the leg by a walker. Rick amputates the limb to save his life, but this causes him to die of blood loss
- Action Survivor
- Country Matters: He drops a c-bomb when Andrea confronts him over his wife's death and his inability to deal with it.
- Happily Married
- Life or Limb Decision: Subverted; he loses both.
- Non-Action Guy: And he is not very successful when he tries not to be.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Unsurprisingly after Donna is killed. It caught a lot of readers off guard when he even became the first person to use the c word in the series, as mentioned above.
- Wangst: In-Universe, this is how Dale and Andrea view his breakdown over Donna since they've both been through the same thing (having loved ones killed in front off them) and he's got two kids to take care of.
Donna is the wife of Allen and the mother of Ben and Billy. She is religious and slightly snotty, but warms up to the rest of the group eventually. She is eaten by a zombie at the Wiltshire Estates.
Ben and Billy
Ben and Billy are the twin sons of Allen and Donna.
- Cain and Abel: Subverted. Ben kills Billy, but not out of hatred. He just wanted to prove that anyone can come back from death now. It's stated he doesn't even realize why what he did is wrong.
- Creepy Child: Ben.
- Enfante Terrible: Ben.
- Shoot the Dog: Carl decides to shoot Ben dead to keep the group safe.
Amy is Andrea's younger sister. She is the first casualty of the series, to establish that Anyone Can Die
A mechanic from Atlanta.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Says "It's just a scratch" when half his forearm has been gnawed off.
- The Quiet One
- Survivor Guilt: He saw his entire family eaten by zombies when escaping Atlanta, and was heavily traumatized by it.
- Unstoppable Rage: "MY FAMILY! MY FAMILY! YOU KILLED THEM!"
- Zombie Infectee: Gets bitten in Issue 5, and is left under a tree to die in Issue 6, hoping that he will be reunited with his family.
Tyreese is a former professional football player who joins the group with his daughter and her boyfriend at the start of the second volume. He and Rick become quick friends, and Tyreese takes up a secondary leadership position in the group. He is captured and executed by the Governor in Issue 46
Hershel's Farm Survivors
- As the Good Book Says: Following Billy blaming him for Rachel and Suise's deaths by moving them to the prison, Hershel beats him, claiming that the Bible says they are supposed to "Honor they mother and father", and that he will go to hell if he talks back to him again.
- Badass Grandpa
- Boom, Headshot: By the Governor.
- Doesn't Like Guns
- Famous Last Words: "Dear God, just kill me."
- The Fundamentalist: Although he does loosen up with time, saying that if God's put them in a world where they have to sin to survive, then so be it.
- Heroic BSOD: Several times. The last one leads to his death.
- Not so Above It All: While he normally disapproves of cursing, make him mad enough and he'll start dropping f-bombs.
- Overprotective Dad
- Papa Wolf
- Serious Business: Don't joke about Hell in front of him.
- Token Religious Teammate: This is why Glenn decides to have him as a priest when he proposes to Maggie.
- Trauma Conga Line: His ever decreasing number of children, culminating with Billy getting killed in front of him, and Hershel giving up all hope and will to live despite Maggie still being alive.
- Zombie Advocate: He believes they are just sick people, and is horrified when he learns Rick's group has been killing zombies. After Lacey and Arnold get eaten, he quickly changes his mind.
Maggie is Hershel's second-oldest daughter. She began a relationship with Glenn soon after meeting him, and they eventually married at the prison. She is currently pregnant with his child, although Glenn gets murdered by the Saviors shortly after they discover this.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Her execution of Thomas Richards and her takeover of the Hilltop from Gregory.
- Break the Cutie: She loses every single member of her family by the time the prison arc is over, and loses Glenn to the Saviors a several months later.
- The Chick
- Farmer's Daughter
- Fiery Redhead
- Happily Married: To Glenn.
- Heroic BSOD: After the last of her family dies.
- Interrupted Suicide: She tries hanging herself after losing all of her family, but gets cut down and survives. She later comes to regret it as a moment of weakness.
- Pregnant Badass: In "All Out War" she takes part in fighting the Saviors while heavily pregnant.
- Put on a Bus: She moved to the Hilltop with Sophia in issue 101.
- The Bus Came Back:Seems to be returning to the main plot; she's now trying to organize an uprising against Gregory.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "All Out War", Maggie takes over the Hilltop from Gregory and leads an army to assist Rick in fighting the Saviors, showing up at Alexandria armed to the teeth and chasing Negan's forces away.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Starts beating the crap out of Rick after Glenn is murdered by the Saviors, berating him for doing nothing to stop it, despite them being surrounded by fifty armed men. This was mostly fueled by grief, and they part civilly at the Hilltop when she decides to stay with Sophia.
- Widow Woman
Rachel and Susie Greene
Rachel and Susie are twin girls and Hershel's youngest children. Murdered by Thomas Richards at the prison.
Lacey is Hershel's oldest daughter. Eaten by zombies when they broke out of the barn.
- Red Shirt
- Unstoppable Rage: "NOT MY FATHER! NOT MY FATHER!" Unfortunately, he gets so wrapped up in pummeling that zombie he doesn't notice his undead brother coming up behind him.
- Bald of Evil
- Boom, Headshot
- Dirty Coward: He only targets women (his wife, Andrea) and children (the twins) likely knowing full well that he'd be no match for a man like Rick Or Tyreese.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Especially emphasized the scene where he reveals his true nature. His glasses shines in the light as he looms threateningly over Andrea.
- Implausible Deniability: In the intro of the game, the officers remembers Thomas as one of the people he drove to the prison. He especially remember that Thomas, in spite of being apprehended by the police as he was in the middle of cutting his wife's body to pieces, spend the whole trip to the prison crying and snotting, insisting over and over again that he didn't do it.
- Knife Nut
- Knight of Cerebus: While the series was in no way light hearted to begin with, Thomas was the first example of how other humans could be even more of a threat than the zombies.
- Serial Killer
- The Sociopath
- Off with His Head!: His motus operandi.
- Ungrateful Bastard: The first thing he does upon being freed from his cell after the group decides to hang him is attempt to strangle his savior with his bare hands. His very last words to her before getting riddled with bullets by Maggie is to call her a whore.
- Walking Spoiler
- Would Hurt a Child: He's the one who killed Hershel's daughters.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: A hopeless drug addict, he wished and prayed for anything that would force him to give up the habit. He got it.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If he hadn't left the door open when he raided the armory him and Dexter likely would have succeeded in forcing Rick's group out of the prison. Instead, the horde of zombies that that are freed end up giving Rick a cover to kill Dexter covertly without anyone noticing.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He flees the prison crying after Dexter is shot by Rick.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He is never seen after leaving the prison. A bust of his zombiefied form was later released, and Robert Kirkman said he died.
The Governor aka Philip Blake aka Brian Blake
- Alliterative Name: His real name.
- Ambiguously Brown: Has a vaguely Hispanic complexion despite having the name Philip Blake. Rise of the Governor confirms that his father was white and his mother Mexican.
- An Arm and a Leg: Type 3. His right arm from the elbow down is severed by Michonne during his Cold-Blooded Torture.
- Badass Mustache: He sports an impressive Fu Manchu job.
- Big Bad: From issues 27 to 48.
- Blatant Lies: Everything he tells his people about the group at the prison.
- Boom, Headshot: By Lily.
- Bread and Circuses
- Cold-Blooded Torture:By Michonne. Not that he didn't deserve it.
- Cool Uncle: At first...
- Dead Person Impersonation: Of his brother.
- Despotism Justifies the Means
- Evil Counterpart: To Rick.
- Eyepatch of Power
- Eye Scream: Michonne scoops out his left eye with a spoon that she had shoved somewhere else in his body previously.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Fingore: During Michonne's well-deserved Cold-Blooded Torture, she pulls his fingernails out one-by-one with a pair of pliers.
- Greed: Pretty much his M.O, he freely admits all his actions are to just have things because he wants it. There was no reason to kill any the survivors of the downed helicopter nor mutilate Rick and rape Michonne when he could've easily worked with them in building a fortified community. He just did it cause he had the power and he wanted more.
- Glorious Leader
- Groin Attack: Michonne gives him one involving nails and a katana.
- Handicapped Badass
- Hero Killer: Rick and his group are terrified of him, and whenever he shows up, there is a good chance people will die. In addition, he personally kills Tyreese, Hershel, Patricia, and Alice, and cuts off Rick's right hand.
- I Have Many Names
- I Love the Dead: French kisses his daughter's (niece's) zombie. Not every character that can fit incest, pedophilia AND necrophilia into one panel...
- Karmic Death: Lily, one of his own soldiers, kills him when she discovers he made her shoot a baby, then kicks him to the oncoming zombies.
- My Sibling Will Live Through Me
- Start of Darkness: In The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.
- The Generalissimo: While he's not the leader of a third-world nation per se, his Eyepatchof Power and his Glorious Leader persona certainly fit the bill.
- The Sociopath
- Two First Names
- Villainous Friendship: With Bruce. The only time he actually seems upset about something is when Bruce gets killed.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Very few people in Woodbury know the full truth about The Governor.
Bruce is The Governor's right hand man. He is shot in the neck by Andrea, and The Governor shoots his body's head to spare him from coming back as a zombie.
Gabriel "Gabe" Harris
Gabe is one of The Governor's most loyal soldiers. Killed by Andrea during the attack on the prison.
Alice was a college student studying interior design before the outbreak. She barely escaped her dorm room after it was set up as a safe haven. After arriving in Woodbury, she was made to become Dr.Stevens assistant, and defected along with him to Rick's group at the prison. She is executed personally by The Governor during the attack on the prison.
Stevens is the doctor of Woodbury, who only reluctantly treats The Governor and his men because they keep the civilians safe. He attempts to escape the town alongside Rick, Glenn, Michonne, Alice, and Caesar, but is bitten by a zombie outside of the walls.
Caesar is the head of security for Woodbury and a friend of Dr.Stevens. He helps Rick, Michonne, Glenn, Stevens, and Alice escape Woodbury and make it back to the prison. Which he soon leaves, attempting to run back to Woodbury either to bring The Governor's forces to attack or lead the good citizens back. He is killed by Rick to prevent this.
Lily is a citizen of Woodbury who is forced to take part in the assault on the prison. She kills The Governor after he made her shoot Lori and Judy.
Sgt. Abraham Ford
Abraham is an army soldier who led a group of survivors from Houston in an attempt to get to Washington D.C., encountering Rick's group along the way and convincing them to come along. He is killed by Dwight, a member of The Saviors.
- Amazon Chaser: Why he fell for Holly and cheated on Rosita.
- Anti-Hero: Type III, leaning into Type IV at some points.
- Badass Mustache
- The Big Guy
- Dying Moment of Awesome: While his death was sudden and unceremonious, the fact that he managed to continue casually talking for a few moments before the arrow in his head killed him was pretty awesome.
- Eye Scream: How he dies.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- He Who Fights Monsters: His greatest fear is this, with Rosita acting as his Morality Pet.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Rosita.
- I Did What I Had to Do: While leading his group, he executed three members of his group who tried to steal food and leave, believing that his mission to get Eugene to Washington D.C. was too important for anyone to jeopardize. When Eugene was revealed to be a liar, Abraham realized that he had killed them for no reason at all.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: One that he does his best to hide.
- Killed Mid-Sentence
- The Leader: Of his group, and he clashes with Rick over who the leader is once their groups merge. He eventually comes to respect Rick and lets him lead, settling in as The Big Guy.
- More Brakka: His Weapon of Choice is an assault rifle.
- My God, What Have I Done?: More like "my god what did I almost do" when Maggie turned out to be alive, after he almost shot her in the head to keep her from reanimating.
- Pragmatic Hero
- Rape as Backstory: But on his family, not him.
- Red-Headed Hero
- Sir Swears-a-Lot
- 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: Never actually notices the arrow lodged in his head; he just continues talking until it kills him.
- The Worf Effect: Seemed to get killed just to show off that Negan was a real threat after all.
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Rosita with Holly shortly after the group arrives at the Alexander Safe Zone. Once Rosita admits to knowing about the affair, they break up and he begins going out with Holly openly.
Eugene is a scientist who worked for the government and claims to know what caused the Zombie Apocalypse
, convincing both Abraham and Rick's groups to protect him on the way to Washington D.C. Actually a science teacher who lied to them to get protection.
He has knowledge about a large number of subjects, including first aid and making bullets.
- '80s Hair: His mullet, which he likes because it makes people underestimate him.
- Action Survivor: He's extremely adept at finding ways to survive and manages to hold his own pretty well the few times he gets into a fight.
- Consummate Liar: He notes lying as one of his few skills besides his vast amount of knowledge, and uses it to con protection out of the other survivors.
- Distressed Dude: He gets captured by the Saviors while scouting and brought before the gates of the Safe-Zone, where Dwight demands that they let him and the other Saviors in or they kill Eugene. Eugene responds by bitting him in the dick, giving the others a chance to open fire on the Saviors while they are distracted and free Eugene.
- Fat Idiot: Inverted.
- Formerly Fat: He's lost a lot of weight since the Safe-Zone was attacked by a horde, attempting to get in shape so he could contribute more and impress Rosita.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Rosita. Whether this is because of his past lies to her or simply because he's decidely unattractive (or both) is unknown.
- Man Bites Man: Nastiest example yet; he bites Dwight in the dick, hard enough to immediately draw blood through his jeans.
- The Medic: Served as this on the way to Washington D.C., using a variety of techniques to treat the groups injuries.
- Non-Action Guy: Most of the time, but he does manage to kill a few zombies in the No Way Out finale and escape from The Saviors by biting Dwight's dick.
- The Peeping Tom: Used to spy on Abraham and Rosita when they had sex. Subverted in that they knew and found it amusing. He later expresses guilt and shame to Abraham about it, saying that he was just lonely and going crazy while they were on the road.
- Perma Stubble
- The Smart Guy: Very smart. He has knowledge on dozens of topics, and even managed to figure out a way to manufacture bullets.
- Took a Level in Badass: During the No Way Out arc, he takes down several walkers. After this he starts exercising more to get in better shape and becomes dedicated to finding ways to increase the safety of the Safe-Zone.
Rosita is Abraham's girlfriend. Before meeting him, she believed she had to have sex with other survivors in order to get protection, and was surprised when Abraham refused her initial advances. Breaks up with him after figuring out he is cheating on her with Holly.
Chris is the leader of a group of cannibals - called the Hunters in issue titles - who target Rick's group on their way to Washington D.C. Their attempts to eat them don't end well for Chris and his people.
The sole female member of the Hunters
- I Ate What?: His reaction to learning Dale had been bitten before the Hunters chopped off his remaining leg and ate it is to believe he would need to cut off his own tongue.
- Perma Stubble
- The Stoic: He's the one Hunter that remains the most calm after the group learns Dale had been bitten before the Hunters chopped off his remaining leg and ate it.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appears one issue.
Alexandria Safe-Zone Survivors
Douglas was a Democratic Ohio U.S. Congressman before the Zombie Apocalypse
. He is married to Regina and the father of Spencer. He founded the Alexandria Safe-Zone with his friend Alexander Davidson, but forced him to leave after learning he was sexually exploiting female survivors. Douglas viewed Rick's group as the towns greatest chance of survival due to their experience surviving in the outside world.
- Action Survivor
- Badass Grandpa: He survived for several months out in the open with his friends and family before the Safe-Zone was established, and killed two hostile human survivors during that time.
- Bald White Leader Guy: Well, two out of three ain't bad.
- Berserk Button: Do not mention Davidson. This will cause Douglas to fly into a rage.
- Celebrity Survivor: He was a congressman before the outbreak.
- Dirty Old Man: It's noted that he assigns all the pretty girls jobs where he'll see them every day.
- Driven to Suicide: After zombies breach the Safe-Zone walls, he almost shoots himself in the head, but can't bring himself to do it. He then goes outside his house to be eaten by the zombies...
- Eaten Alive: ...and that attempt succeeds after he tries to help Rick and Carl.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Exiling his friend Davidson from the Safe-Zone after learning how he was exploiting the women in the Safe-Zone.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Douglas, we know you were only trying to help, but you only succeeded in bringing more zombies into the area, shooting Carl in the head and getting eaten.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Sanity Slippage: After Regina is murdered, and even more severely once the zombies attack the Safe-Zone.
- Sexless Marriage
- Your Cheating Heart: He has cheated on his wife before, and tells Andrea that their marriage was purely political and loveless. After her death, he wonders if things could have been different had he been more faithful.
Regina is Douglas' wife and Spencer's mother. She is initially hostile to the Rick's group when they arrive. She is later murdered by Pete Anderson.
- Bitch Alert: Her first scene is marching straight past Rick and his group without acknowledging them, and then demanding that Douglas tell her everything about them while insulting their appearance and dismissing their need for them.
- Mauve Shirt
- Sexless Marriage
- Slashed Throat
- Too Dumb to Live: Walking up to an obviously disturbed man holding a knife and asking what the hell is wrong with him is not a very smart idea.
Spencer is Douglas and Regina's son. He and Andrea held a mutural interest in each other after she arrived at the Safe-Zone, but she broke it off with him after he advocated abandoning the others in the Safe-Zone when walkers overran it.
He often acts as a gatekeeper for the community. Then he tried to make a deal with Negan to kill Rick and put him in charge, for which Negan murders him in disgust.
- Easily Forgiven: For being part of Nicholas' conspiracy, but not by Andrea for wanting to abandon the Safe-Zone during the zombie attack. They later make up after he tells her he is happy for her after she starts a relationship with Rick.
- Like Father, Like Son: Like Douglas, Spencer can come off pretty creepy and overly aggressive when talking with women.
- Gutted Like a Fish: By Negan.
- Mistaken for Gay: Several of the women in the Safe-Zone thought he was gay, and were surprised by his interest in Andrea.
- Non-Action Guy: Although he has taken out several walkers, he is very averse to actually going out and fighting them, prefering to remain inside the Safe-Zone's walls.
- The Resenter/The Starscream: Towards Rick. He even tries to convince Negan to kill Rick so he can lead Alexandria in his place. Negan does not approve.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Andrea. The attraction was mutual at first, but after he advocated leaving the rest of the Safe-Zone to die when zombies breached it she has wanted nothing to do with him. Spencer kept trying to talk to her to convince her otherwise, even waiting outside of her house for hours one time, although he eventually backs off.
- Trauma Conga Line: The rapid loss of his parents.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: By Negan
"We were a naive, sheltered bunch of weaklings... most of us at least. Just waiting to get killed inside these walls. We had no idea how unsafe we were. That's why Douglas put Rick in charge— and that's why I'm glad that we're taking steps to make this place safer— things we never would have thought to do."
Heath is a scavenger for the Safe-Zone. He was initially mistrustful of Rick, but quickly became loyal to him after his experience saved the Safe-Zone and made it safer. He is in a relationship with Doctor Denise Cloyd.
- An Arm and a Leg: Most of his left leg is blown off by a grenade thrown by Negan during the Savior attack in Issue 120.
- Badass: He is a good shot and proficient in using melee weapons to kill zombies.
- Batter Up: Uses a baseball bat several times to kill zombies.
- Black Dude Dies First: Averted and actually helps save his life. When he and a few other group members are captured by Negan and the Saviors, Negan passes Heath and Glenn over when he is looking to make an example of someone because he does not want to be thought of as a racist. Nearly subverted when Negan resorts to eenie meenie to pick his victim and choses Glenn.
- Character Development: At first he was extremely weary of Rick and his group, but after seeing how their experiences allowed them to protect Alexandria and working closely with Glenn, Heath became extremely loyal to Rick and one of his main advisors.
- Dreadlock Warrior
- A Friend in Need: He goes on a dangerous scavenging run to get medicine for Scott, whose broken leg becomes infected. Unfortunately, the medicine doesn't help and Scott dies.
- Le Parkour: One of the ways he navigates around Washington D.C. to look for supplies is by combining this with Roof Hopping and Building Swings.
- Love Interest: For Denise, who he got to know well after spending so much time at the medical building checking in on Scott.
- The Scrounger: Along with Scott, he is Alexandria's main supply runner. After Scott dies, Heath teams up with Glenn to scavenge.
- Specs of Awesome
- The Sneaky Guy
Doctor Denise Cloyd
"Don't misunderstand me. It's not like I don't care. It's just... I've seen a lot of things, lost a lot of people... If I didn't think you could take care of yourself... if I thought you'd make me worry about you... I wouldn't be with you."
Denise is one of the Safe-Zones three (later two
) doctors, and the only one who is a surgeon. She is in a relationship with Heath.
- The Chick
- Dressed To Heal: She is normally seen dressed in a white doctors coat, even when she is not working.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: A slight variation: she doesn't fall in love with her patient Scott, instead entering into a relationship with his best friend Heath.
- Love Interest: For Heath, after spending time with him as she treated Scott.
- The Medic: She is Alexandria's main doctor.
- Secret Keeper: She is the only one who know that Rick left Jessie to die and cut off her hand to save Carl after he rambled about it in his grief over Carl's injury and Jessie and Ron's death.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Out of all the Alexandria citizens, she is the one who gives Rick the most trouble after he submits to the Saviors after they take a significant portion of her major antibiotics and other drugs.
- Youthful Freckles
- Zombie Infectee: She is bitten by a zombiefied Holly in Issue 119. The bite is likely too far up on her arm to amputate, but she refuses to even try that because she needs two arms to treat Heath after his leg is blown off by a grenade. She dies from the bite in Issue 121 and is put down by Michonne.
"This place is a shining beacon of hope in the middle of a waste land."
Aaron is a recruiter for the Safe-Zone alongside his partner Eric.
- Afraid of Blood
- Badass Gay: He and Eric are fully capable of surviving on their own for weeks at a time while out recruiting, and Aaron has shown himself to be an excellent shot and capable melee fighter.
- Battle Couple: With Eric, and he is the better fighter of the two.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's a little too quick with the snarky comments, which gets people annoyed at him sometimes.
- Despair Event Horizon: We don't see a whole lot of his reaction, but he's almost certainly crossed it now that Eric is dead.
- The Idealist: He always looks at situations from the best point of view possible, and is convinced that Alexandria can be the start of civilization returning. However, he is also a realist about human nature, since his experience recruiting people resulted in him encountering many dangerous individuals, so he knows that humans can be just as big a threat as zombies.
- Love Interest: For Eric.
- Machete Mayhem: He is seen using a machete a few times to dispatch zombies.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: When Eric is stabbed by a women they were attempting to recruit, Aaron panics and rushes him back to Alexandria. The wound turns out to not be very deep, and Eric barely lost any blood before Dr. Cloyd treated the wound. Aaron tells Rick that he would have no idea what to do if he lost Eric, making his reaction understandable.
- Number Two: To Douglas. Since Aaron was the main recruiter, it was often his decision on if people were admitted into the Safe-Zone or not, but once inside, he followed Douglas' orders and decisions while giving him some advice.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: His brand of snark is not very appreciated by some of the other characters, and he admits it has gotten himself into trouble on a few occasions. It even earns him a Death Glare from Abraham at one point.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Eric is killed, the war with the Saviors becomes personal for Aaron, and he swears that he won't stop until they are all dead.
- Straight Gay
- The Sneaky Guy: He was able to follow Rick's group of experience survivalists around for several days without ever being noticed. During the conflict with the Saviors, he is chosen to go with Jesus to scout out Negan's outposts due to his stealth skills.
- Those Two Guys: He is almost always seen with Eric.
Eric is a recruiter for the Safe-Zone alongside his partner Aaron.
- Action Survivor: Compared to Aaron, who is a legitimate Badass.
- Battle Couple: With Aaron, although he is less combat-proficient.
- Bury Your Gays: To be fair, he lasts a while and it's not like he's any more expendable than the rest of the cast.
- Boom, Headshot: He is shot in the head and killed in "All Out War" during an attack on one of the Savior's outposts.
- The Cynic: Unlike Aaron, Eric is fairly cynical about the problems Alexandria has to deal with, a fact which sometimes causes conflict between them.
- Love Interest: For Aaron.
- Satellite Love Interest: His role in the comic centers almost solely around his relationship with Aaron, and he has very few conversations with other characters.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Attempts to do this after the Negan and the Saviors force Rick to submit, trying to convince Aaron that Alexandria is no longer safe and that they would be able to survive fine on their own. Aaron manages to convince him that they need to stay and help Rick keep the community together.
- Straight Gay: Less so than Eric, but he still has virtually no stereotypical gay mannerisms.
- Those Two Guys: He is almost always seen with Aaron.
Holly is a member of the Safe-Zone construction and security crew. She started a relationship with Abraham after he saved her from a group of zombies.
- Action Girl: Holly was the only Action Girl in Alexandria before Rick's group arrived.
- An Axe to Grind: She uses axes to dispose of zombies on a few occasions.
- And Then Holly Was A Zombie: In Issues 119 and 120.
- Badass in Distress: She is captured by the Saviors in Issue 116, and is nearly raped by David in Issue 117 before Negan kills him. In Issue 119, it's revealed that Negan either killed her or had her killed.
- Battle Couple: With Abraham.
- The Big Girl
- Boyish Short Hair
- Groin Attack: She has done this twice: the first time to Tobin after his defense strategy nearly got her killed by zombies, and the second time to Rick so she could be the one to drive a truck through the gate to the Saviors main base.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: During the issues set in the wintertime, Holly wears a leather jackets frequently.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She drives a truck through the gates of the Saviors sanctuary to let a herd of zombies trap them inside so the rest of the allied army can take out the outposts unhindered. This gets her captured and eventually killed by the Saviors, although she does say before she is killed that she doesn't care if they kill her since she knows she has hurt them and it would be nice to see Abraham again.
- Lady Macbeth: She has been seen dropping hints to Abraham that maybe he should be the one in charge instead of Rick, but ultimately nothing comes of it as Abraham is loyal to Rick and is killed by the Saviors.
- Mistaken Identity: After being captured by the Saviors, Negan thinks that he has captured Rick's lover, and she is unable to convince him she is not.
- Rescue Romance: With Abraham. It was a secret at first, but after Rosita discovers he is cheating their relationship comes out into the open.
Nicholas is a citizen of the Safe-Zone who lives with his wife Paula and son Mikey. He attempted to lead a conspiracy against Rick and his people, believing him to be a dictator trying to kill the original inhabitants of the Safe-Zone. When Rick spared his life, Nicholas realized he was wrong, and joins Rick's inner circle of advisors.
- Badass Mustache
- Batter Up
- Character Death: Dies from the zombie infection after being wounded by one of the Savior's infected weapons.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After his conspiracy is stopped, he becomes one of Rick's advisors.
- Easily Forgiven: He suffers no repercussions after beating up Glenn and almost shooting him while trying to rally the inhabitants of the Safe-Zone to kick Rick's group out. This leads to him becoming extremely loyal to Rick, although Andrea questions Rick on how wise this was.
- Happily Married: From what little we see of the relationship with his wife Paula, they have a very solid and loving marriage.
- In the Hood: After winter arrives, he constantly wears a hoodie with the hood up, although one would think that would restrict his peripheral vision, which is pretty important in a Zombie Apocalypse.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Averted: he is shot in his right arm by a Savior in Issue 114 and begins bleeding heavily. Dr. Cloyd tends to his wound, but his arm is now in a sling and he cannot participate in the war against the Saviors. He recovers in time to participate in the battle at the Hilltop.
- Papa Wolf
- Pride: What leads him to try and start a conspiracy against Rick: having worked in construction before the Zombie Apocalypse, he can't stand being reduced to a "dirt digger" again while Rick and the other newcomers begin taking over leadership positions.
- Zombie Infectee: He is wounded by one of the Savior's infected weapons during the battle at the Hilltop, which results in him becoming infected.
Pete is one of the three doctors in the Safe-Zone. After Rick discovers he is abusing his wife Jessie and son Ron, he attacks him in his own home. This leads to him getting kicked out of his house, and the start of some Sanity Slippage
. He tries to kill Rick in revenge, but ends up murdering Regina instead, causing Douglas to order Rick to execute him.
Olivia is in charge of the Safe-Zone store house and keeping track of what supplies they have and who has it. She reluctantly participated in Nicholas attempted conspiracy, and backed down quickly once Rick intervened.
Tobin is the head of the Safe-Zone construction and security crew and one of the original inhabitants. He gave up his position to Abraham once he realized that he was not suited to leading and protecting people. Eaten by zombies when the walls of the Safe-Zone were breached.
- The Atoner: He allowed two people to die on his construction crew rather than try to rescue them during zombie attacks, and realized that it was actually possible to do so after Abraham saved Holly. This led to him having a breakdown and letting Abraham taking over his job as head of construction.
- Dirty Coward: When he ran the construction crews, he would have the crew gather into a phalanx formation to fight the undead. If anyone could not get into the formation, Tobin would leave them to die, which led to the deaths of two people, and nearly got Holly killed.
- Eaten Alive
- Heroic Sacrifice: Stayed at a breach in the wall so that Holly could run to get help to defend it, and got eaten in the process.
- Mauve Shirt
Bruce is a member of the Safe-Zone construction and security crew. Bitten by a zombie when the herd attacked the Safe-Zone, and was put out of his misery by Abraham.
Scott is a scout for the Safe-Zone, and best friends with Heath. Dies of an infection after breaking his leg.
- Black Dude Dies First: He's the first member of the Safe-Zone community to die after Rick's group arrives.
- Le Parkour: How he and Heath get around the ruins. Causes his death when he misjudges a jump and breaks his leg, which gives him an infection that he dies from a few weeks later.
- The Scrounger
Hilltop Colony Survivors
Paul "Jesus" Monroe
Jesus is a recruiter for the Hilltop Colony who encounters Rick's group in Issue 92. He doesn't agree with many of the decisions Gregory makes, but doesn't attempt to get him replaced because of how much the rest of the town likes him.
- Apologetic Attacker
- Badass: Fights more or less evenly with Michonne and Abraham at the same time in his introduction, and does pretty well, disarming Michonne and not getting shot by Abraham.
- Berserk Button: Really doesn't like having guns pointed at him.
- Bookworm: Nearly all of his belongings at Hilltop are books.
- Combat Parkour: He jumps and kicks a lot while engaging both zombies and humans in hand-to-hand combat, and he uses his quickness to dodge attacks and outflank opponents.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Escape Artist
- Hero of Another Story: Before joining the main group.
- In-Series Nickname: "Jesus", due to his look.
- Ironic Nickname: A guy nicknamed Jesus who goes up against villains named the Saviors?
- The Lancer: Nominally, he's one to Gregory. By the end of Volume 19 he becomes one to Rick.
- Martial Pacifist
- Nice Guy
- Nice Hat
- Not Using the Z Word: He refers to the zombies as "eaters".
- Number Two: To Gregory.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: One of his skills, which includes getting out of bonds and escaping a moving car without being notice.
- Straight Gay: Revealed to be in a relationship with another Hilltop resident named Alex in Issue 122.
- War Hawk: He wants war with the Saviors in order to end their tyranny over the Hilltop and other communities. He manages to convince many people to join him despite opposition from Gregory.
- The Worf Effect: He introduces himself by kicking the crap out Abraham and Michonne at the same time. As if that wasn't enough, he clearly goes out of his way to not kill or even injure them, and spends the whole fight casually insisting he just wants to talk. One Hell of an Establishing Character Moment.
Gregory is the leader of Hilltop, and likes to take credit for its success even though he is little more than a figurehead. He is the one who agreed to bow to The Saviors demands and give them half the towns supplies.
- Les Collaborateurs: To Negan.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He might lead his own colony, but he gets pretty much zero respect from most people and is nothing more than a pathetic pawn of Negan.
- Cult Colony: Michonne thinks Gregory has turned Hilltop into this. Eventually subverted when it is revealed that everyone in Hilltop thinks he is an idiot, but no one else is willing to step up to lead.
- Dirty Coward: He's too afraid to try and stand up to Negan on his own, even though he has more than 200 people living in Hilltop's well-fortified walls. Instead he decides to let Rick's group take all the risk, and after Negan murders Glenn, Gregory panics and demands to know is if Negan has any idea that Gregroy had taken Rick's offer to fight the Saviors.
- Dirty Old Man: Hits on all the women in Hilltop, and even "accidently" walks in on Maggie while Dr. Carson is checking on her pregnancy.
- Face-Heel Turn: In All Out War, he sides with Negan after being threatened and declares that anyone who follows Jesus in fighting against the Saviors will be banished from Hilltop, along with their families.
- Failed a Spot Check: He only realizes Rick is missing his right hand when Rick points it out to him on their second meeting.
- It's All About Me: Every single decision he makes is designed to benefit him in some way.
- The Leader: Type IV.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: It is very clear that he is doing very little to actually run Hilltop, and at one point he admits to Jesus that he has no idea how many people even live there.
- Pride: He makes many claims about having a strong "iron will", and tells to Jesus that he is the only thing which holds Hilltop together and stopped Negan from killing them all.
Kal is the head of security for Hilltop.
- Boom, Headshot: Gets shot in the head in Issue 123 when the Saviors attack the Hilltop.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Those Two Guys: With Eduardo. Twice now they have had scenes where the two of them are just talking about something random before spotting Rick's group approching.
Eduardo is one of the gate guards for Hilltop.
- Oblivious to Love: He tells Kal about a girl named Mandy who had apparantly being giving him signals that she wanted to go out with him, but finally gave up and just asked him out instead. He feels like an idiot for never noticing before.
- Those Two Guys: With Kal.
Dr. Harlan Carson
Harlan is Hilltop's doctor.
Earl is a blacksmith who crafts weapons for Hilltop.
- The Blacksmith
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems to have a bit of this going on with Jesus, being one of the few who calls him Paul and claims that him going by "Jesus" is disrespectful, even if he looks like depictions of him. However, he is smiling while saying this and is more than happy to do Jesus favors.
Brianna is a citizen of Hilltop. She has a son, and befriends Maggie Green after she moves to the Hilltop.
Negan is the leader of The Saviors, first mentioned in Issue 96 and introduced in Issue 100.
- Affably Evil/Faux Affably Evil: It's hard to tell, as Negan fluctuates between seeming genuinely affable and reasonable or obviously lying while going into raging rants.
- A God Am I
- Bad Guys Play Pool: He becomes extremely excited after learning that Spencer's house has a pool table, and sets up shop there after gutting Spencer and waiting for Rick to return to Alexandria.
- Batter Up: His main weapon, which he has named Lucille.
- Berserk Button: Do not damage Lucille. Carl learns this in Issue 113, and it is one of the factors that leads to the following arc, an all-out war.
- Big Bad: Starting with Issue 96.
- Blue and Orange Morality: He does not operate on the same morality scale as the other characters. He has his set of rules, and even Jesus admits that if you follow them, Negan is a downright reasonable and cheerful guy.
- Cargo Ship: With Lucille, in-universe. He even admits he's rubbed himself against it. And this is from a man with a Paid Harem.
- Cult: Leads the Saviors this way, hence their name. See Dark Messiah below.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Constantly using the "F" word.
- Dark Messiah: He even believes he's rebuilding civilization.
- Dissonant Serenity: Has a disturbingly cheerful expression while bludgeoning Glenn to death and when he guts Spencer.
- The Dreaded: For the Hilltop, and then the Alexandria Safe-Zone after his murder of Glenn. It's shown that his own people are also absolutely terrified of him.
- Even Evil Has Standards / Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Despite his threat to have some of his men rape Carl when first meeting Rick, Negan later admits that was just a bluff and that he dislikes that sexual violence. He also has a no rape policy for the Saviors, and even executes David when he tries to rape a captive Holly.
"As much as I love violence... I absolutely fucking hate sexual violence. It's... unseemly."
- Evil Counterpart: Like other villainous survivor group leaders, he seems to be one to Rick.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor
- Evil Overlord
- The Ghost: For a very brief period of time. He was frequently mentioned but never seen in issues 96-99, before making a grand entrance in issue 100.
- Heel Realization: Seemingly in Issue 125.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Most of his outfits seem to be made of leather. Many of Saviors follow suit, dressing in similar styles.
- Hero Killer: After tracking down Rick and several members of his group on their way to Hilltop and surrounding them with fifty of his men, he personally murders Glenn with Lucille, and makes it clear to Rick that everyone is his group will suffer the same fate at his hands if they do not fall in line like Hilltop has done. This terrifies the entire group and leaves Rick desperately trying to find a way to fight back.
- I Call It Vera: Lucille, his baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: If one of his wives cheats on him, it's the man she cheated with who gets punished.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain/Villain Ball: In Issue 108, he brags to Dwight about how he's going to have sex with Sherry, having already given him his scar for "cheating" with her before, for basically no reason. This is the last straw for Dwight, who opts to join Rick's group in Storming the Castle to save his wife and kill Negan.
- Paid Harem: Sort of. He has a harem of wives, and in return for being faithful to him, they do not have to earn "points", the currency in his community.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Unlike the Governor, he doesn't like killing people, due to needing the communities under his thumb to have enough people to defend themselves and scavenge supplies to give the Saviors.
- Psychopathic Man Child: Shades of this, variety E, strewn among the rampant swearing.
"It's going to be Pee Pee Pants City here real soon."
"I've got an idea. Heh. Eeny, meeny, miny, moe..."
"Holy shit— He's taking it like a champ!"
- Slashed Throat: In Issue 125, courtesy of Rick with an infected knife.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Almost every other sentence. Taken to parodic levels when he talks to Carl inside the Alexandria Safe-Zone.
- The Sociopath
- The Unfettered
- Visionary Villain: Unlike nigh-Omnicidal Maniac the Governor, Negan seeks to build a community of different groups, albeit one under his rule running the zombie apocalypse version of a protection racket.
- Wham Line: "Did you really think we didn't have guns just because you never saw us with them?"
- Worthy Opponent: He seems to see Carl this way, and eventually Rick, too.
- Would Hurt a Child: Threatens to have his men gang-rape Carl if Rick doesn't settle down, then later threatens to cut out Carl's remaining eye and feed it to Sophia. Though apparently he'll only do that to keep others in line. He professes to hating killing people and sexual violence, allegedly.
Dwight is one of Negan's lieutentants and the leader of the first group of Saviors to confront Rick's group. His wife Sherry is one of Negan's "wives".
- Beard of Evil
- Cluster F-Bomb: When Eugene bites his dick.
- Co-Dragons: He is one of several of Negan's top lieutenants.
- Groin Attack: He gets bitten by Eugene right on the dick while holding him hostage.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: He tells Negan this after the Saviors were surprised to see him following his capture during the second attack on Alexandria.
- Reverse Mole: He gives Rick, Jesus, and Ezekiel information on where all the Saviors' outposts are, along with detailed information about their main base, so they can end the Saviors reign of terror. He then returns to the Saviors to wait for the right time to assassinate Negan.
- The Straight and Arrow Path: Uses a crossbow as his main weapon, and is pretty effective with it.
- Trapped In Villainy: He claims to Rick, Jesus, and Ezekiel that he hates what he has had to do for Negan, but was forced to do it to protect his wife. He plots with them to kill Negan, destroy the Saviors, and free his wife.
- Two-Faced: The left side of his face is burned all the way around to the back of his head. A more realistic than usual variation as he is seen applying eyedrops to compensate for not having any eyelids. This came from having his face burned with a hot iron for sleeping with Sherry after she became one of Negan's "wives".
- Wild Card: The question about if Dwight is really betraying the Saviors, is still working for Negan, or simply waiting to see which side comes out on top before siding with them is still up in the air. He has done a lot to hurt both sides, but has also passed up on a few opportunities to hurt them as well.
Another of Negan's lieutenants.
- Badass: He manages to beat Andrea almost to death before getting killed.
- Co-Dragons: One of several Dragons to Negan. He leads one attack on Alexandria and later leads several Saviors in intimidating members of the Hilltop.
- Destination Defenestration: Andrea barely manages to slit his throat and throw him out of a bell tower while he is trying to do the same to her.
- Evil Brit: Possibly: he uses British slang a couple of times and wears a shirt with the Union Jack on it.
- Hidden Depths: While attempting to strangle Andrea, Connor admits to her that he feels bad about killing them, since they are clearly a Worthy Opponent who has survived a long time and much hardship in the Zombie Apocalypse.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Had he not thrown his knife down, he would have killed Andrea. She manages to grab it and cut him several times, allowing her to eventually slit his throat and throw him out the belltower.
- The Quincy Punk: Has a mohawk, leather jacket, and numerous piercings, and his general attitude fits the bill as well.
A Savior first seen operating under the command of Dwight.
Another of Negan's followers, running things inside the Sanctuary.
- Co-Dragons: Although he appears to be a more logistical Dragon than a group leader like Negan's other Dragons.
- Heel-Face Turn: After overhearing Dwight claiming to a captive Eugene that he is working with Rick, Carson joins him in rebelling against Negan. He recruits several other Saviors and frees Eugene and the other captives Negan had taken.
- Non-Action Guy: So far never seen fighting, wielding a gun or killing anybody.
- Number Two: He appears to run the day-to-day operations inside the Sanctuary and report any major issues to Negan.
A Savior who guards Negan during his stay at the Alexandria Safe-Zone.
A member of Negan's Paid Harem
, Sherry is also Dwight's wife
, and the reason why the latter works with Negan.
Ezekiel is the ruler of The Kingdom, a survivor group based out of an old high school. He is allies with the Hilltop and hates The Saviors. He was a zookeeper before the apocalypse and owns a pet tiger named Shiva that he saved from the zoo where he worked.
- Badass Beard
- Cool Pet: Shiva, a tiger from the zoo where he worked. He explains to Michonne that he was there the day Shiva was born and later saved her life when she fell in a pit, making her loyal to him to the point where she sacrificed her life to save him from walkers.
- Dreadlock Warrior
- Despair Event Horizon: Is quickly approaching this point; he loses Richard and Shiva, two of his closest friends and allies, in the space of a single issue.
- Every Scar Has A Story: He shows Michonne three large scars on his stomach where Shiva had attacked him while he attempted to help her after she was injured.
- Fingerless Gloves
- The Good King: His number one priority is looking out for the well-being of his people and his allies by ending Negan's reign of terror.
- Hidden Depths: Ezekiel may seem crazy at first, but he is actually a very good actor and strategist who is easily able to read people. In the "Letter Hacks" of Issue 113, Robert Kirkman claims that Ezekiel may be the smartest character in the series so far.
- Large Ham: Although his whole personality is an act. He used to act in a community theater, which helped him develop his "king" persona.
- The Leader: Type IV. He admits to Michonne that he became "King" due to his group of survivors making him a Memetic Badass due to having a pet tiger and having such a powerful personality. He decided that since the stories that built up around him gave them hope, he had no right to correct their notions about him.
- Parental Abandonment: Tells Michonne that his father was dead to him from an early age and that his mother never really earned being called one.
- Reluctant Warrior: He dislikes violence, but understands the need for it to combat the Saviors.
- The Smart Guy: To Rick's The Hero and and Jesus' The Lancer
- Sword Cane
King Ezekiel's head of security.
Ezekiel's beloved tiger who's life he saved, making her undyingly loyal to him. Tragically proves just how loyal she is when she jumps into a crowd of walkers to save him, getting devoured in the process
Morgan is the first survivor encountered by Rick, living with his son Duane in an abandoned house in Rick's hometown. They stayed behind while Rick took off for Atlanta, but Duane was eventually bitten and turned into a zombie.
When Rick passed through his hometown on the way to Washington D.C., Morgan met him again and joined his group. He was killed when zombies breached the Alexandria Safe-Zone.
A former lawyer, Michonne is a katana wielding survivor who joined the group during the Prison arc. She is slightly unbalanced, having survived on her own for a long time, and sometimes speaks to her dead boyfriend.
- Action Girl
- Anti-Hero: Type IV.
- The Big Girl
- Cartwright Curse: So far her pre-apocalypse boyfriend, Tyrese, and Morgan have all died, forcing her to put down all of them either before or after they turned. One wonders what will happen to Ezekiel
- Cold-Blooded Torture: You almost feel sorry for the Governor. But not quite.
- Covered with Scars: Following her imprisonment in Woodbury.
- Dark Action Girl: No pun intended.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
Andrea: Will someone come over here and stab this thing?! I want a sword.
Michonne: Andrea kill this, Andrea kill that. Stay here and protect these people, Andrea. Andrea, come with us for protection. It would get old quick. Trust me.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Rather cold and distant when she first shows up, but warms up eventually.
- The Drifter: Before arriving at the prison.
- Hearing Voices: Is sometimes seen talking to no one. Turns out she hallucinates her dead boyfriend sometimes. However, what happened to the Governor and a conversation afterwards imply it may be more than a hallucination.
- Katanas Are Just Better
- The Lancer: Seems to have taken up this role since Tyreese died.
- Man Bites Man: Bites off the Governorís ear, and bites him in the neck later.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Four times.
- Seducing Tyreese, which leads to Carol's Sanity Slippage and eventual suicide.
- Not finishing off the Governor so he can come back and kill everyone.
- Taking Tyreese on a reckless mission that ends up getting him killed.
- Amputating Morgan's arm with a sword she was just using to kill zombies. That couldn't have helped the infection.
- Pragmatic Hero
- Rape as Drama
- Scarily Competent Tracker
- She Who Fights Monsters
Father Gabriel Stokes
Gabriel is a preacher who survived in his church by himself until he ran out of food, and encountered Rick's group on the road. After arriving at the Alexandria Safe-Zone, he took over a church that was within the walls.
- The Atoner: He was too scared to open the doors when his congregation tried to get into the church and had to listen as they were devoured. This almost repeated itself during the herd attack on Alexandria, but this time he was able to act.
- Good Shepherd: Completely averted at first, since he let his entire congregation die to save his own life. He later grows into this role for the Alexandria Safe-Zone.
- His Story Repeats Itself: Gabriel tells Rick about how he kept a door to his original church closed when the dead came, keeping people locked out in fear. In Issue 82, Eugene yells for him to open the Alexandria Safe Zone church doors during a horde invasion, and he does so, letting them in. In Issue 84, he ups this further by going out to help fight off the hordes.
- Laser-Guided Karma: What he thought Rick's group might be, hoping that Rick had been sent by God to kill him for locking his congregation outside of the church.
- Non-Action Guy: Although he managed to gather some courage and kill a few zombies when the Alexandria Safe-Zone was overrun.
- Out of Focus: Hasn't gotten much to do ever since his character arc was completed in No Way Out.
- Preacher Man
- Token Religious Teammate
- Ungrateful Bastard: In return for protecting him and helping get him to the Alexandria Safe-Zone, Gabriel tries to get the rest of Rick's group kicked out because of their ruthless killing of the cannibals makes them unfit to be part of the community. Douglas disagrees, telling him that nearly everyone there has had to commit murder or worse to survive before the Safe-Zone was built and to never bring it up again.