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Characters: The Walking Dead Comic
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Debut: Issue 7
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
- Action Dad: Is a father and kicks a lot of ass.
- Bash Brothers: With Rick.
- Badass: Gets left in a room full of zombies armed only with a hammer. When they come back to retrieve his body, he's alive and unbitten, all the zombies are dead.
- The Big Guy: For the group overall.
- Black Dude Dies First: The first member of the main group to die in the Governor's assault on the prison.
- Career-Ending Injury: In his backstory.
- Celebrity Survivor: Subverted: he used to be a pro football player, but he was already washed up by the time of the Zombie Apocalypse. He and Michonne both admit he wasn't even very good.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: And how! The Governor tries to cut Tyreese's head off with Michonne's katana, but when he can only get the blade halfway through Tyreese's neck, he's forced to slowly saw through the rest. This takes several panels and Tyreese is still alive for most of it.
- Defiant to the End: The Governor takes him hostage and tries to use him as leverage to get inside the prison, but even as a katana is being held to his throat he still screams for Rick not to let him in. This leads to the Governor killing him in a rage.
- Drop the Hammer: He swings a mean carpentry hammer, which is a good thing since...
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: ...he's worthless with a gun.
- The Lancer: To Rick.
- Lightning Bruiser: Moves quickly and deals a lot of damage.
- Off with His Head!: Which reanimates and is put down by Michonne.
- Papa Wolf: When he discovers that Chris killed Julie in a botched suicide pact, he strangles him to death, and then allows him to reanimate so he can kill him again, but slower.
- Please Wake Up: Begs for Julie to "come back." She does, but not the way he would have wanted her to...
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheating on Carol with Michonne led to a whole mess of problems.
Debut: Issue 7
Julie is Tyreese's daughter. She has a relationship with Chris, and the two vow to have a Suicide Pact. However, it goes terribly wrong, and Chris ends up killing her, letting her die in Tyreese's arms, and then shooting her again once she reanimates.
Debut: Issue 7
Chris is Julie's boyfriend.
- Asshole Victim: No one felt particularly sad over his death, considering how much of a prick he was.
- Driven to Suicide: Was in a suicide pact with Julie, though in the end he fires too early and is killed by an enraged Tyreese.
- Interrupted Suicide: By himself by accident.
- Jerkass: Acts rude and entitled to pretty much everyone except for Julie.
- Not-So-Badass Longcoat: Same deal as Julie.
- Sanity Slippage: Goes through enough to form a suicide pact with Julie.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Carl even lampshades it.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He gets mad when assigned babysitting duty instead of being allowed to help Rick and the others kill zombies and thinks he should be out there fighting alongside them just because he's almost an adult and not a completely horrible shot with a gun.
- Suicide Pact: Plans one with Julie, but it goes horribly wrong...
- Teens Are Monsters: He plans on both him and his girlfriend Julie committing suicide rather than put up with the new life they've found themselves in and actually convinces her to go through with it. Ultimately, he only succeeds in killing Tyreese's daughter which soon leads to his own death after he puts her zombie down right in front of her father.
- Together in Death: The reason why he and Julie formed a Suicide Pact. He's horrified when he shoots her too early, as now they won't be able to be together forever...
Hershel's Farm Survivors
Debut: Issue 10
Hershel is the highly religious owner of a small farm in Georgia, where he and his family stayed with two friends when the Zombie Apocalypse
began. Although his initial meeting with Rick's group was tense, he and his family joined them at the prison for safety.
- Abusive Parents: Beats Billy for talking back to him.
- 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: Is very old and can still hold his own in the zombie apocalypse.
- Boom, Headshot: By the Governor.
- Driven to Suicide: Puts a gun to his head after the zombies in his barn escape and kill Lacey and Arnold, blaming himself for their deaths. Rick pulls it away from his head before Hershel can pull the trigger.
- 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, after witnessing Billy dying in front of him breaks the last of his spirit and he asks the Governor to kill him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be extremely mean to his children, particularly Billy, and an outright asshole to other survivors if they annoy or anger him. However, his heart is normally in the right place, and he lightens up some throughout the series.
- Not So Above It All: While he normally disapproves of cursing, make him mad enough and he'll start dropping f-bombs.
- Odd Friendship: Eventually forges one with Axel, teaching him how to farm.
- Overprotective Dad
- Papa Wolf
- Serious Business: Don't joke about Hell in front of him.
- Staking the Loved One: Puts down three of his children at the end of the barn massacre: Shawn, who was already a zombie, plus Lacey and Arnold, who were killed during the zombie attack.
- 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.
- Would Hit a Girl: Tries to smack Lori after she gives him a What the Hell, Hero? for planning to kick the group off his farm once Carl recovers.
- Zombie Advocate: He believes they are just sick people, and is horrified when he learns Rick's group has been killing zombies. Instead, keeps any that wonder onto his farm in his barn, hoping that hey will recover. After Lacey and Arnold get eaten, he quickly changes his mind.
Debut: Issue 10
Maggie is Hershel's fourth child and second 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 prove that she is not somebody to mess with.
- 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
- 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.
- The Leader: Becomes the head of the Hilltop during All Out War.
- 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.
- 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: After Glenn dies.
Debut: Issue 10
Billy is Hershel's fifth child and third son. He worked as a farm hand for his father and helps his father plant crops at the prison.
- Badass: He is a good shooter and manages to kill many Woodbury soldiers during the assault on the prison.
- Boom, Headshot: By a Woodbury soldier.
- Friendly Sniper: Turns out to be an excellent shot.
- It's All About Me: His reaction to Carol committing suicide right after seducing him is "Why would she do that to me?"
- Kill the Cutie: He was one of the nicer characters.
- Perma Stubble
- Sweet Tooth: When talking to Otis he says that fruit and vegetables all taste the same to him, but that if he knew where a candy bar was within walking distance that he'd hop the prison fence and make a run for it.
Rachel and Susie Greene
Debut: Issue 10
Rachel and Susie are twin girls and Hershel's youngest children. Murdered by Thomas Richards at the prison.
Debut: Issue 10
Lacey is Hershel's third child and oldest daughter. She is eaten by zombies when they break out of the barn.
Debut: Issue 10
Arnold is Hershel's second child and son. He is eaten by his zombified brother Shawn when the zombies break out of the barn.
- Berserk Button: When his father is attacked by zombies in Issue 11, leading to an Unstoppable Rage.
- Red Shirt: Doesn't have many lines or much characterisation before getting killed in his second appearance.
- Too Dumb to Live: Tries to punch a zombie to death while turning his back on several others a couple feet behind him. It isn't very surprising when he gets chomped on.
- 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.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in Issue 11.
Debut: Issue 9
Otis is a friend of Hershel who joined him at the farm with his girlfriend Patricia.
- And Then Otis Was A Zombie: Killed and reanimated when the prison yard is overran.
- Death by Racism: Refers to Dexter and Andrew as "a couple niggers" after a black woman saves his life. This likely leads to...
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: One of only two named characters so far to die entirely off-panel, only mentioned after Rick kills his zombie, and doesn't get a funeral scene, either. It's mentioned that no one liked him very much.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Nobody is particularly fond of Otis.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: As a zombie.
- Put on a Bus: When he goes back to Hershel's farm to hold the fort.
- Reckless Gun Usage: His shooting of Carl, when he thought he, Rick, and Tyresse were zombies, even though they were talking and carry weapons.
- Shovel Strike: Briefly uses a shovel as a weapon when he can't get inside the prison and is surrounded by zombies. Luckily, Michonne was nearby at the time and saved him.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: His more racist and jerkass tendencies become apparent after he returns from staying at the farm.
Debut: Issue 10
Patricia is Otis' girlfriend.
- Death by Sex: She has sex with Axel right before the Governor attacks the prison and is one of the first casualties of the battle.
- Horrible Judge of Character: First, she freed Thomas Richards after he was imprisoned for killing Hershel's twins, and was surprised when he tried to kill her. Then she sided with Dexter and Andrew when they tried to take over the prison.
- Boom, Headshot: She's shot in the head by a Woodbury soldier.
- Dumb Blond
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Every other death during the prison battle had at least some impact, but all Patricia got was a shocked look from Billy as she was shot through the head and then was literally never mentioned again.
- Lethally Stupid: Even out of mercy, freeing a Serial Killer while your friends are sleeping is NOT a good idea.
- The Load
- The Scrappy: In-Universe and out; neither the fans nor the other characters liked her much after the above actions, and even her own boyfriend didn't want to talk to her.
- Too Dumb to Live: All the time, and ironically she died as she lived. Her failure to realize that it's probably not a good idea to leave yourself exposed while dozens of men are shooting at you results in her death.
Hershel Greene Jr.
Debut: Issue 130
The son of Maggie and Glenn, though tragically Glenn dies before he is born
Debut: Issue 13
Axel was imprisoned for armed robbery. He is the friendliest prisoner towards the survivors, and becomes a trusted friend and ally.
- Badass Beard: He has a massive white beard and is a very capable survivor.
- Badass Biker
- Boom, Headshot: He is shot in the middle of his forehead during the assault on the prison.
- Deadpan Snarker: He makes a ton of snarky comments towards the others.
- Death by Sex: Ends up being the first person killed during the Governor's attack on the prison after being found having sex with Patricia shortly before.
- Hidden Depths: He spends a lot of time pondering about what the zombies are thinking and if they are aware.
- Nice Guy: Although a bit perverted he's easily the nicest of the prisoners and one of the friendliest characters in the series.
- Odd Friendship: With Hershel, who disliked Axel at first due to his fellow prisoners actions. However, Axel's help with setting up the farm on the prison led them to getting to know each other better and becoming friends.
- The Peeping Tom: He peeks in on Lori and Carol while they are taking a shower.
- Stout Strength
- Tattooed Crook: He has tattoos on his shoulders, which are hidden most of the time by his shirt.
- Token Good Teammate: Of the prison survivors. He's the only one who doesn't betray or murder anyone and sides with Rick's group when Dexter tries to kick them out of the prison.
- Verbal Tic: "You follow me?" Which according to one letter-writer, actually is a piece of prison slang.
Debut: Issue 13
Dexter was imprisoned for murdering his wife and the guy she was cheating on him with. While initially friendly towards Rick's group, tensions within the prison soon drive a wedge between them.
Debut: Issue 13
Thomas was imprisoned for tax evasion. He is really a psychotic misogynistic killer who begins preying on the female members of Rick's group.
- Arc Villain: For Volume 3.
- Ax-Crazy: He's practically the definition of this trope.
- Bald of Evil: Is balding and also one of the most evil characters in the series.
- Boom, Headshot: Maggie finishes him off in this way after unloading her entire clip of ammo into him.
- 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 officer 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: Uses knives as his main weapon.
- 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: He killed his wife (and possibly other people) before the start of the series, and continues the trend when he murders Rachel and Susie and attempts to murder Andrea.
- The Sociopath: A textbook example of this.
- Off with His Head!: His motus operandi.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Maggie literally empties her entire gun into him. To add insult to injury, his corpse is thrown to the walkers and ripped to pieces.
- 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: Having all of his tropes spoiler tagged ought to clue you in.
- Would Hurt a Child: He's the one who killed Hershel's daughters.
Debut: Issue 13
"My life was a wreck—all because a' my addiction. I couldn't function, y'know... I was here—again... I didn't know what else to do."
Andrew was a drug user and dealer who had been imprisoned multiple times. He was in a relationship with Dexter.
- 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.
- Undying Loyalty: To Dexter, although Axel tries to make him understand that Dexter really doesn't give a crap about him and will abandon him the moment he finds a willing woman.
- 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. He later appeared as a zombie in The Fall of the Governor, in which he was killed by Lily.
Woodbury is a small town of survivors who constructed a barricade around their community using scrape metal and vehicles. Originally led by a group of brutal soldiers, they were overthrown by Philip Blake, who became known as the Governor. While appearing to be a benevolent leader, The Governor and his men are manipulative and murderous, keeping dissenters in the town in line through fear and lies.
The Governor aka Philip Blake aka Brian Blake
Debut: Issue 27
The Governor is the insane leader of Woodbury. He preys on any survivors unlucky enough to get near the town, taking all of their supplies before killing and feeding the lucky ones to zombies in the arena or to his undead daughter. The unlucky ones he tortures and/or rapes first.
- 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 horseshoe 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
- Ear Ache: He gets most of his ear bitten off by Michonne when they first meet.
- Evil Counterpart: To Rick.
- Eyepatch of Power: After losing his eye.
- 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.
- Specifically, she's implied to have NAILED his penis to a wooden board before severing whats left of it with her katana after he pulls it free. Ouch.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to set him off.
- Handicapped Badass: Still causes a lot of trouble even after Michonne cuts off his arm and scoops out his eye.
- 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: Brian, Philip, and the Governor.
- 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...
- Jerkass: Even without his murderous and psychotic traits he's still a grade-A asshole.
- 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.
- Reality Ensues: During the final assault on the prison, he never gets a showdown with Rick and ends up being killed by a random Mook who was rightfully pissed off about the death of baby Judith.
- Revenge Before Reason: It's heavily implied his assault on the prison was less for pragmatic reasons and more petty revenge for his torture at the hands of Michonne. As expected, it gets him and his entire group killed.
- My Sibling Will Live Through Me: After his brother Philip dies he takes his name and even his personality.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Not to the truly ridiculous levels of characters like Negan but he's very profane, especially when he's angry.
- 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 Allan Cooper
Debut: Issue 27
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
Debut: Issue 27
Gabe is one of The Governor's most loyal soldiers. Killed by Andrea during the attack on the prison.
Debut: Issue 29
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.
- Action Survivor: Despite having no training, she quickly becomes an excellent shot. During the Woodbury attack on the prison, she manages to kill several attackers before being kneecapped and killed.
- Boom, Headshot: How the Governor kills her.
- Defiant to the End: Still continues shooting Woodbury soldiers even after getting wounded. The Governor has to finish her off with a shot to the head.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dressed to Heal
- Heel-Face Turn
- Heroic Sacrifice: She covers Rick as his family as they tried to flee the prison, killing several Woodbury soldiers even after getting wounded.
- Instant Expert: Went from an interior designer to a qualified medic in a matter of months. She just calls it paying attention.
- The Medic: Studies medicine under Dr. Stevens, and becomes the medic the prison community after joining them.
- Nice Girl
- Not Using the Z Word: Calls them "biters", and finds Rick's group practice of dividing them into "roamers" and "lurkers" silly.
- The Smart Girl
Debut: Issue 28
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 Ramon Martinez
Debut: Issue 27
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.
- And Then Martinez Was A Zombie: His zombified self is found by the Governor's men and decapitated. The Governor later uses his zombie head as 'proof' that the Prison group is a threat to Woodbury.
- Ambiguously Evil: Claims to be against The Governor and only intending to bring good Woodbury citizens back to the prison. Whether he was telling the truth or just trying to get Rick to spare him, we'll never know.
- Badass: He stuck his hand into a zombies mouth and ripped its jaw off!
- Car Fu: Ends up on the receiving end.
- Decapitation Presentation: By the Governor after his men behead his zombified form, in order to motivate the citizens of Woodbury into attacking the prison.
- False Friend: Was working for the Governor all along.
- Heel-Face Turn
- Sleeves Are for Wimps
Debut: Issue 43
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.
A small group of three survivors attempting to get to Washington D.C. The encounter Rick's group after the fall of the prison, and recruit them to help on their mission.
Sgt. Abraham Ford
Debut: Issue 53
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: One of the biggest in the series.
- 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: Is suddenly killed while talking to Eugene.
- 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
- Sacrificial Lion: His death along with Glenn's kickstarts the conflict with the Saviors.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: So sudden that Abraham himself doesn't even notice after the arrow is shot into his head. It's all the more surprising because he had been established as one of the most major and long-lasting characters by that point.
- '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.
Debut: Issue 53
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.
- 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.
- Happens again in All-Out War when he's taken hostage by the Saviors, though this time Dwight breaks him out.
- '80s Hair: His mullet, which he likes because it makes people underestimate him. Post Time Skip, he no longer has his mullet.
- 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. He's lost even more weight after the Time Skip.
- 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. As of Volume 22 he's become so vital to the group's survival that Rick actually forbids him from going on more supply runs as he's too valuable to lose.
- 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. Culminates with his first human kill in All Out War, when he shoves a Savior off a building.
Debut: Issue 53
Rosita is Abraham's girlfriend. Before meeting him, she often had sex with other survivors in order to get protection, and was surprised when Abraham refused her initial advances but protected her anyway. She breaks up with him after figuring out he is cheating on her with Holly.
- Action Survivor: She manages to take down several zombies when the Alexandria Safe-Zone is attacked.
- Action Girl: Becomes one during "All Out War", participating in numerous battles against the Saviors. Post Time Skip, she seems to be one of the leaders of Alexandria's fighters, helping to command the group that herds a herd of walkers away from the Kingdom.
- Bare Your Midriff: Before winter arrived again.
- The Chick
- Flat Character: Doesn't have much of a personality.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Abraham.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Nice Hat: Hardly ever seen without her hat on.
- Out of Focus: After breaking up with Abraham, she is seen less often and doesn't do much when she does show up.
- Post Time Skip, she starts to get more pagetime.
- Spicy Latina: Downplayed, if not averted.
- Your Cheating Heart: Abraham cheats on her with Holly and she later cheats on Eugene with another man during the time skip... which ended up getting her pregnant.
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 them, and they are butchered by Rick, Michonne, Andrea, and Abraham.
Debut: Issue 63
Chris is the leader of the Hunters.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After it becomes clear that Rick's group have his people completely at their mercy. Unfortunately for him, he had just finished promising to keep on hunting Rick's group for food and is killed on the spot along with his friends.
- Arc Villain
- Affably Evil
- Asshole Victim: Along with the rest of his group.
- Evil Counterpart: He and his entire group are this to Rick's group.
- Fingore: Andrea shoots his right index finger to prove he and his group are surrounded.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: What Rick, Abraham, Michonne, and Andrea do to him and his group.
- Gory Discretion Shot: How the deaths of him and his group are depicted.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He and his group turned to cannibalism once they ran out of food. They began with their children.
- Mugging the Monster: Really should have thought some more about assaulting Rick's group...
- Pragmatic Villainy: Would really rather not be doing this, but hey, a man's got to eat.
- Too Dumb to Live: He allows his entire group to cook and eat Dale's leg without checking him for bites or even wondering why he was alone in the first place. Unfortunately, the whole group is wiped out before they find out if they have become infected or not.
- Villainous Breakdown: He acts calm and polite when he is in firm control of the situation but when Dale reveals that his group ate his infected leg and Rick reveals that he has their group completely surrounded he responds in malicious anger and, in the latter case, desperate begging.
- Would Hurt a Child: Had his group eat their own children when they ran out of food.
Debut: Issue 61
Greg is a member of the Hunters.
Debut: Issue 61
Charlie is a member of the Hunters.
- Co-Dragons: With Greg
- I'm a Humanitarian: Same as the other members of his group.
- In the Hood: Wears a hoodie to cover his head during his first few appearances.
- No Name Given: He is the only Hunter whose name is never mentioned. It was later revealed on the official website.
Debut: Issue 63
Theresa is the sole female member of the Hunters.
Debut: Issue 63
Albert is a 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.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Like the rest of his group.
- Perma Stubble
- Tongue Trauma: He threatens to cut out his own tongue when Dale reveals his infection but is quickly talked out of doing so by Chris, who points out that he'd have to cut out his stomach for it to do any good.
- Too Dumb to Live: He thinks cutting out his tongue will somehow stop a potential infection from spreading after he ingests a large amount of "tainted meat" that came from a bitten Dale.
Debut: Issue 63
David is a member of the Hunters.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Unsurprisingly.
- Nerves of Steel: He is the only one who is completely unfazed at learning that he was eating the meat of a bitten person, reasoning that any infection would have been killed as the meat was thoroughly cooked. He does show some surprise at Chris getting his finger blown off but not as much as the Hunter right next to him who covers his mouth in shock.
- The Stoic: He's the one Hunter that remains calm after the group learns Dale had been bitten before the Hunters chopped off his remaining leg and ate it. He reasons that since they cooked the meat, chances are any disease likely would have been killed.
A group based out of an old high school, with a fortified wall built out of metal sheets and reinforced by school buses. They are led by King Ezekiel and join Alexandria and the Hilltop in the war against the Saviors. After the war, they become part of a network of communities attempting to rebuild civilization in the Washington D.C. area.
Tropes related to The Kingdom:
Debut: Issue 108
Ezekiel is the ruler of The Kingdom. He was a zookeeper before the Zombie 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
- 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.
- Heroic BSOD: Has one after losing a good number of his men and Shiva, though Michonne snaps him out of it.
- 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.
- Put on a Bus: Has not been seen or mentioned since the Time Skip, though since the Kingdom is still around he's most likely alive.
- 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
Debut: Issue 115
King Ezekiel's head of security.
Debut: Issue 108
Ezekiel's beloved tiger who's life he saved, making her undyingly loyal to him.
A small group of six survivors led by a woman named Magna. They are introduced in Issue 127, becoming the first new survivors introduced after the Time Skip
at the end of "All Out War". After an encounter with a herd being directed away from the Kingdom by survivors from Alexandria, the group is invited to join the community, an offer which they accept.
Debut: Issue 127
Magna is the leader of her small group.
- Awesome McCoolname: Magna is a feminine Latin adjective which means "great".
- Distaff Counterpart: Shares a lot of similarities with Rick. Her reaction to Alexandria is even pretty much exactly the same as his was, believing that it is too good to be true, and resolves to find out what they are hiding.
- Genre Savvy: She easily sees through Negan's attempt to convince her Rick is a monster who has been torturing him, telling him that she knows what somebody who has been tortured looks and acts like, and he clearly has not been.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Unfortunately, she's hell-bent on proving that Rick's group is hiding something which leads to her making some bad decisions, up to and including ambushing Andrea in her house. Thankfully, Andrea manages to convince her that they are not evil.
- The Leader: She is uncomfortable with being called the leader of her group, and tries to insist that they are a team, but Luke tells her that they are a team with a strong leader.
- Living Lie Detector: She has a "very good bullshit detector" according to Robert Kirkman, and it's shown when she immediately see's through Negan's act to try and get her to set him free.
Debut: Issue 127
Luke is a member of Magna's group.
Debut: Issue 127
Yumiko is a archer in Magna's group.
Debut: Issue 127
Kelly is a member of Magna's group.
Debut: Issue 127
Connie is a member of Magna's group.
- The Quiet One: Magna describes her as this, though she insists that she's not that quiet.
Debut: Issue 127
Bernie is a member of Magna's group. He is killed when the group becomes surround by a herd being directed by survivors from Alexandria away from the Hilltop.
Debut: Issue 130
A group of survivors introduced after the time-skip, unknown to the other Washington communities.
- Big Bad: Set up as the new ones of Volume 23, at least.
- Child Soldiers: They have no problem putting young people on the front line during combat and the first Whisperer to be introduced was a teenaged girl named Lydia who was captured alive by Jesus.
- Combat Pragmatist: Prefer to sneak after their victims and stab them when their guard is down, preferably using walkers as backup.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The first time a Whisperer shouts is when her friend Joshua is killed by Jesus.
- Evil Gloating: When facing enemies who know what they are, the Whisperers can't seem to avoid telling their foes that they'll die.
- Genuine Human Hide: They skin walkers and then stitch the hides to make walker-suits.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: An unusually literal example, even for this series. They're survivors pretending to be walkers, and are obviously much more dangerous. They kill troops from Alexandria and the Hilltop with little to no provocation.
- Knife Nut: All but one seem to use kitchen knives as their weapons of choice. They obviously do so as walkers would be attracted to the noise of gunfire, and survivors would be too interested in apparent zombies carrying guns.
- No Name Given: A few issues into their introduction, none have been named. Save for Lydia, who is captured by Jesus.
- Pragmatic Villainy: They attempt to kill any trespassers on their land, without asking any questions.
- Stage Whisper: The source of their name. The reader can normally hear what they're saying, although not in issue 129.
- Terse Talker: They talk in whispered shorthand, as they've realised that walkers don't notice this. The fact that the Whisperer with the shotgun still does this when interrogating Dante implies this may have even become force of habit.
- Unknown Rival: Rick and co have no idea they even exist.
- Word of God: Their name was given by Kirkman in 133.
Debut: Issue 133
A sixteen years old girl. She's taken prisoner by Jesus and imprisoned at Hilltop
Debut: Issue 1
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.
- Action Survivor
- Amazon Chaser: By the Alexandria arc he has begun a relationship with Michonne, quite possibly the deadliest woman in the main cast aside from Andrea. Unfortunately, the relationship is short lived and he dies afterwards.
- Call Back: just like his son before him, he introduces himself to Rick when they meet for the second time with a Shovel Strike.
- Life or Limb Decision: Gets bitten on his upper arm when zombies breach the Safe-Zone, causing Michonne to cut his arm off to try and stop the infection. It fails, and Morgan dies from the infection.
- Mercy Kill: To prevent reanimation by Michonne.
- Out of Focus: Quickly slips into the background after rejoining the group. It's even lampshaded by Rick when Morgan dies, as Rick mentions that he feels bad that he never got to talk to him much.
- Put on a Bus—>The Bus Came Back: Shows up in the first issue, then reappears many issues later to join Rick's group.
- Sanity Slippage
- Shovel Strike: His reintroduction to Rick.
Debut: Issue 1
Duane is Morgan's young son.
- Bus Crash: Dies sometime after his appearance in Issue 1.
- Shout-Out: He's named after the star of Night of the Living Dead.
- Shovel Strike
- Undead Child: He was bitten and turned into a zombie at some point, and Morgan kept him chained up in a house and fed hostile travelers to him. Morgan later shoots the chain and lets "Duane" roam free when he leaves with Rick.
Debut: Issue 19
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: She is the best melee fighter among the female protagonists,
- 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. She seems to have mostly recovered from this.
- Katanas Are Just Better
- 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
- Put on a Bus: Has not been seen ever since the comic skipped two years ahead in time after All-Out War. Although at first it seemed likely that she had simply moved back to the Kingdom with Ezekiel, Rick mentions in Issue 131 that he misses her even after "everything that happened". This implies that she may have either died or left the group for whatever reason.
- Rape as Drama: She's raped by the Governor.
- Scarily Competent Tracker
- She Who Fights Monsters
- Submissive Badass: She has no desire for leadership, and prefers to simply get orders from Rick and the other leaders about what they should do next.
Father Gabriel Stokes
Debut: Issue 61
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.
- Demoted to Extra: It's only the occasional appearance that keeps him from becoming a case of Chuck Cunningham Syndrome. Robert Kirkman actually had to confirm that he was still alive in the aftermath of All-Out War, since he appeared so little during that arc that it was entirely possible that he had been killed off screen during one of the battles.
- 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 he thinks 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.
The leader of a small group of scavengers in Washington D.C. who come across the Alexandria safezone and try to force their way inside. He is quickly killed before the ensuing firefight between the Alexandria survivors and the members of his group.
- Arc Villain: To an even lesser extent than the Hunters. His group only gets a few appearances before they get to Alexandria and are killed within minutes of arriving. The only real point of his existence is lead to the next arc where the safezone wall is breached due to Rick's group attracting a herd of zombies with gunfire when they killed him and his people.
- Bad Boss: Shoves one of his own group members into the zombies so that he and the others can escape.
- Bald of Evil: Dangerous murderer who tries to use force to get what he wants? Check. Not a single hair on his entire head? Check.
- Boom, Headshot: Courtesy of Andrea when he attempts to pull a gun on Rick after failing to talk his way inside.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: By a well-deserved bullet to the brain.
- Too Dumb to Live: Despite being heavily outnumbered, outgunned and in no position to be making threats he tries to force Rick to open Alexandria's gates for him. Unsurprisingly, this gets him a bullet to the head from Andrea and his entire crew wiped out in the span of a few minutes. He does say that the group was desperate, but he still could have been civil and did as he was told by Rick.
- Underestimating Badassery: Threating the guy with a walled community and a badass sniper under his command was not a good idea.
The dead themselves are just as much characters of The Walking Dead as the living survivors are and set the events of the story in motion. While The Walking Dead has mostly shied away from "elite special zombies" the Walkers that appear have been grouped into two types based on behavior.
The first type are called Roamers due to their tendency to travel around in search of prey. This type is more likely to react to noises and movement and will actively seek out living survivors. Often they will also band together into large groups called "herds" which can pose a serious threat to even the most advanced settlements.
The second type are less common and called Lurker's due to their more lethargic disposition. They will often ignore humans who don't get too close but can be even more dangerous than Roamers due to their way of blending into the environment and appearing to be harmless dead bodies until they attack.
Note: Only characters who are introduced as zombies are included below, characters who first appeared as humans and then turned are included in the folders above. Also be aware of unmarked spoilers due to the nature of these characters appearing dead to begin with.
- Not Using the Z Word: Rarely are they simply called zombies. Each group has their own name for them, from Biters to Geeks to Lamebrains.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Zombies here are fairly typical, being just rotting animated corpses. Walkers are intelligent enough to follow sound, grip objects and hammer on fences, but that's about it. Volume 22 suggested a new form of talking walkers may have evolved, but this trope is brutally subverted: they're just survivors who are wearing zombie skins.
- Posthumous Character: Given that they all became zombies before appearing.
- Zerg Rush: Herds can wipe out entire settlements if they are big enough.
A helplessly pathetic zombie encountered by Rick on the side of the road in the very first issue. She is put out of her misery by him before he begins his trip to Atlanta.
- Ascended Extra: The live action version of The Walking Dead gives her a backstory and explains how she ended up as the bicycle zombie. This version of her isn't even named.
- Eaten Alive: There is barely anything left of her by the time Rick stumbles upon her.
- Mercy Kill: Rick takes a moment to put her down before moving on at the end of the first issue.
- No Name Given: Since she is just a zombie laying on the side of the road this is to be expected. Her nickname comes from the fact that she was found near a bicycle.
- The tv show gives her the name Hannah as well as a proper backstory, but that may not be canon for this version of her.
Hershel's son who was killed before the events of the comic. While he received little focus in the comic itself he serves a much bigger role in the first episode of the video game series by Telltale, which shows how he arrived at his current state. He is killed by Hershel when he bites and infects his brother Arnold after being let out of the barn.
For more information, see his entry on the video game's page.
- Ascended Extra: Little more than a named zombie in the comic he gets a bit of backstory in the video game when he rescues Lee and Clementine and brings them to his father's farm for a night.
- Doomed by Canon: His zombie form in the comics makes his fate in the game a forgone conclusion. The actual details of his death are left up to the players choices, however. (For more information refer to his page on the game's character sheet.)
- Mercy Kill: He gets shot in the head by his father after killing his brother Arnold.
- Multiple-Choice Past: While he dies in the game regardless of what the player does several of the details surrounding his death are determined by the choices they make when interacting with him.
Mike And Terry
The zombiefied remains of Michonne's boyfriend and his best friend whom she has kept around to mask her presence to the zombies. They are both decapitated by Michonne so she can gain entrance into the prison and join Rick's group.
- Off with His Head!: Both are decapitated by Michonne when she joins up with Rick's group at the prison.
- Race Lift: Terry is supposed to be white in the comics but the version of him that appears in the tv show is black.
The Governer's daughter (niece) who was zombiefied before her debut in the comic. The book series "Rise Of The Governor" goes into more detail about her life with her father and uncle and eventual death before they reach Woodbury.
- Doomed by Canon: Her fate as the Governor's zombie pet in the comics makes her death in the novel a sure thing.
- Girlish Pigtails: Keeps this hairstyle even in her zombie form.
- Undead Child: Which is creepy enough even without all the things the Governor does with her corpse, which he keeps as a sort of pet.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The last we see of her is when the Governor is entrusting her to the care of one of his residents while he goes off to lead the Woodbury militia on its siege against the prison. With his death there along with that of most of his citizens her ultimate fate remains unknown.
- While it isn't shown in the comic she eventually gets put down by Lilly.