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Characters: The Walking Dead Comic

Characters from the comic series The Walking Dead:

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     Tyreese's Group 

Tyreese

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.

Julie

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.

Chris

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
  • Not-So-Badass Longcoat
  • Sanity Slippage: Goes through enough to form a suicide pact with Julie.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot
  • 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 

Hershel Greene

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
  • 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.

Maggie Greene

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.

Billy Greene

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.

Lacey Greene

Debut: Issue 10

Lacey is Hershel's third child and oldest daughter. She is eaten by zombies when they break out of the barn.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her "tour" of the farm with Rick's group is particularly snarky:
    Lacey: This is our yard... if you'll follow me around back, I'll show you our backyard.
  • Eaten Alive: She is caught in the middle of the zombies when they broke out of the barn, and is quickly swarmed and partially eaten.
  • Gutted Like a Fish: The zombies tear into her stomach and pull her guts out.
  • Red Shirt: Doesn't have many lines or much characterisation before getting killed in her second appearance.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in Issue 11.

Arnold Greene

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.

Otis

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.

Patricia

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.

     Prison Survivors 

Axel

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.

Dexter

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.
  • Bald of Awesome: Pre-Driven to Villainy.
  • Boom, Headshot: Rick shoots him in the head while he is distracted by walkers.
  • Driven to Villainy: Was fairly friendly to Rick's group (the very first closeup of him is with a big friendly smile) before the whole false murder accusation thing.
  • Get Out: After being falsely accused of the twins murder he confronts the group after his friend Andrew gets them some guns from the armory and tells them all to leave the prison immediately.
    Dexter: Get the FUCK out of my HOUSE.
  • Jerkass: Not so much at first, but after being falsely accused of murder and treated badly by Rick's group even after being absolved, he turned against them really fast.
  • Noble Demon: He is an unrepentant murderer who killed his wife and her boyfriend, but is completely honest to Rick and his group about this fact and happily welcomes the group to the prison... at least at first.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His unfailing honesty to Rick's group ultimately leads to his downfall.
  • Scary Black Man
  • Unfriendly Fire: From Rick. "He must've caught a stray bullet."
  • Ungrateful Bastard: "Smart man woulda let it get me." Unfortunately for Dexter, Rick takes this to heart...
  • Would Hurt a Child: He threatens Carl and Lori when rick tries to convince him to listen to reason. If not for the hordes of that show up immediately after he might have actually gone through with it.

Thomas Richards

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.

Andrew

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 Survivors 

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.

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.

Alice Warren

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

Doctor Stevens

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.

Lily Caul

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.

    Abraham's Group 

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.

Eugene Porter

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.

Rosita Espinosa

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.

    The Hunters 

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.

Chris

Debut: Issue 63

Chris is the leader of the Hunters.

Greg

Debut: Issue 61

Greg is a member of the Hunters.

Charlie

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.

Theresa

Debut: Issue 63

Theresa is the sole female member of the Hunters.

Albert

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

David

Debut: Issue 63

David is a member of the Hunters.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Unsurprisingly.
  • 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.

    Hilltop Colony Survivors 

Paul "Jesus" Monroe

Debut: Issue 91

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. He is also the only character who manages to put up an even fight against Negan, although he fails to kill him.
  • Berserk Button: Really doesn't like having guns pointed at him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: One of the nicest guys in the series, and also one of the most lethal.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves the lives of Rick, Heath, Nicholas, and Holly when Negan is lining them up to be executed.
  • 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: He has been captured and tied up twice, and both times waited until he had learned what he needed to before casually escaping.
  • Hero of Another Story: Before joining the main group.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Jesus", due to his looks.
  • 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.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's extremely quick, and the few times he does get hit he is barely inconvenienced.
  • Martial Pacifist
  • Nice Guy
  • Nice Hat
  • Not Using the Z Word: He refers to the zombies as "eaters".
  • Number Two: To Gregory, although Jesus often goes against his wishes.
  • Red Herring: When he's first introduced the cast is highly suspicious of him and Rick fears that he may turn out to be the next Governor, but it's soon revealed that he's a good guy and Negan, who Rick had never even heard of, is the true villain.
  • 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

Debut: Issue 95

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.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: He honestly believes that he is what holds Hilltop together and that they are only alive because of him. He even seems to delude himself into thinking that he never knew Jesus was taking soldiers to fight the Saviors.
  • 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.
  • Break the Haughty: After Gregory tried to side with Negan, the residents of Hilltop lose what little respect or liking they had for Gregory and he is quickly overthrown by Maggie after getting knocked down in once punch.
  • Les Collaborateurs: To 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.
  • Hate Sink: Negan is too awesome to truly hate, so Gregory picks up the slack with his cowardice, insensitivity and stupidity.
  • It's All About Me: Every single decision he makes is designed to benefit him in some way.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In his one appearance in Volume 21, he actually seems to have improved his behavior after losing his position as leader, risking his life to drag the injured Rick inside his house. However, in Volume 22 Maggie mentions that even two years later he hasn't changed his ways at all and is still insufferable.
  • Kick the Dog: He might have been too much of an idiot to realize how cruel it was, but when he said that Negan is reasonable to the wife of the man who was murdered in front of her by him no no one felt bad when she punched him in the face.
  • 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.
  • Running Gag: Forgetting the names of other people, including Rick and Maggie. Robert Kirkman said it was another way to show what a "shitty" person Gregory is, since he cares so little about others that he doesn't bother to remember their names.

Kal

Debut: Issue 95

Kal is the head of security for Hilltop.
  • Badass
  • Blade on a Stick: Of the city guard type. It's actually lampshaded by Jesus when Rick's group first arrive at the Hilltop, saying that standing around with a deadly weapon all day must make him eager to actually use it.
  • 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

Debut: Issue 95

Eduardo is one of the gate guards for Hilltop.
  • Blade on a Stick: Same deal as Kal.
  • 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

Debut: Issue 95

Harlan is Hilltop's doctor.

Earl Sutton

Debut: Issue 95

Earl is a blacksmith who crafts weapons for Hilltop.
  • The Blacksmith: He creates spears for the Hilltop, along with any other metal items they need. He also helped craft a prosthetic to replace Rick's missing hand.
  • The Mentor: After the Time Skip, he has begun teaching Carl how to carve and craft things. He also has an apprentice named Rolland who he is teaching to become a blacksmith.
  • Nice Guy: He is a friendly and helpful guy and is shown to get along great with everybody he meets.
  • 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

Debut: Issue 95

Brianna is a citizen of Hilltop. She has a son, and befriends Maggie Green after she moves to the Hilltop.

Alex

Debut: Issue 122

Alex is a citizen of the Hilltop, as well as Paul "Jesus" Monroe's boyfriend.

Marco

Debut: Issue 128

Marco is a citizen who is first seen riding on horseback to the Hilltop with Ken.

Ken

Debut: Issue 128

Ken is a citizen who is first seen riding on horseback to the Hilltop with Marco.
  • The Load: Quickly becomes this after badly injuring his leg, to the point where Marco is forced to leave him behind.
  • Remember the New Guy: Though he may have joined the Hilltop in the two-year Time Skip.
  • Those Two Guys: With Marco.
  • Uncertain Doom: Marco reluctantly leaves him on a hill to die due to his injuries, but so far it's unclear if he actually died.

Dante

Debut: Issue 131

A resident of the Hilltop who is sent on a rescue mission for Ken.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Has a crush on Maggie, though he's not optimistic about their chances of being together.
  • Badass: Oh yeah. He and two other Hilltop soldiers cut their way through a couple dozen walkers in a couple minutes. And after the other two are killed by the disguised survivors among the walkers, Dante quickly kills two of them as well before being captured.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Nice Guy
  • Remember the New Guy: Same as a lot of characters introduced after the Time Skip.
  • What the Hell Are You?: Has this reaction to the disguised survivors, initially believing they are talking and weapon wielding walkers before discovering they were wearing masks.

Doug

Debut: Issue 131

A guard for the Hilltop who accompanies Dante and an unnamed Hilltop guard on a rescue mission for Ken.
  • The Cynic: He and the other guard both aren't very optimistic about the chances of finding Ken.
  • In the Back: He's knifed in the back by a survivor disguised as a walker.
  • Red Shirt: He and the other guard mostly exist to be killed by the mysterious survivors who are dressed as walkers.
  • Those Two Guys: With the unnamed Hilltop guard.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He and the other guard die an issue after their introduction.

Ethan

Debut: Issue 95

A resident of the Hilltop who is blackmailed into attacking Gregory by Negan.
  • I Have Your Wife: Negan was holding someone close to him hostage, and used her as leverage to force him to try and murder Gregory.
  • Red Shirt
  • Slashed Throat: Courtesy of Rick when he stabs Gregory and attacks him as well.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed in his debut issue; he's also the first resident of the Hilltop to die.

    The Saviors 

The Saviors are a large group of survivors in the Washington D.C. area who live at the Sanctuary, a massive factory surrounded by a fence and hundreds of zombies chained and impaled upon poles. They are led by Negan, who demands that surrounding communities give the Saviors half of their supplies in exchange for protection against the zombies, although they often dole out violent beatings and sometimes kill members of the other communities. This brutality led to a war between the Saviors against the united forces of Alexandria, the Hilltop, and the Kingdom.

Negan

Debut: Issue 100

"Hi. Rick, isn't it? I'm Negan, and I do not appreciate you killing my men. Also, when I sent my men to kill your men for killing my men you killed more of my men. Not cool. Not fucking cool. You got no fucking idea how not fucking cool that shit is. But I imagine you'll be up to speed shortly. Yeah. You're going to so regret crossing me in a few minutes. Fuck yes, you will."

Negan is the leader of The Saviors, and believes that his rule is the only way to keep the communities of the Washington D.C. area alive and bring civilization back to the world. His goal is undermined by his love of violence and the brutal survivors under his command often abusing the other survivor groups.
  • 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
  • Anti-Villain: There are times when he displays shades of this; he develops a respect for Carl, seems to genuinely believe that he's rebuilding civilization, is fair and reasonable if you follow his rules, and seemingly realizes the error of his ways when Rick points out how they can peacefully unite the communities, though it doesn't last when Rick attacks him moments later.
  • Badass: He is a capable fighter and manages to kick the crap out of Rick both times they fight. The only reason he lost the second time was because Rick had already wounded him.
  • 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.
  • Bad Liar: After "All Out War", he attempts to get Magna's group to believe he was tortured horribly by Rick's group. The fact that he has zero evidence of this, on his person or in his mannerisms, makes Magna call him out immediately.
  • 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: From Issue 96 to Issue 126.
  • 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.
  • Cruel Mercy: Defeated in the "All Out War" by Rick by having his life spared, and him imprisoned for the rest of his life while watching his people thrive without his despotic rule.
  • 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.
    Negan: As much as I love violence... I absolutely fucking hate sexual violence. It's... unseemly.
    • He is also absolutely disgusted by Gregory's cowardice.
  • 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, until Rick wounds him and he goes back to being evil again.
  • 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.
    • In fact, Negan is matched only by the Governor for the sheer amount of death and suffering he causes in the main cast. In addition to the above described murder, he kills Spencer and Holly, orders the death of Kal, break's Rick leg (which he is still recovering from even after the two-year Time Skip), and the conflict with his group in general results in the deaths of Abraham, Eric, Richard, Shiva, Denise, and Nicholas.
  • 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.
  • Joker Immunity: So far seems to have it, though given the nature of this series it's unlikely to last. He even manages to survive All Out War, the arc that seemed destined to kill him.
  • Karma Houdini: Seemingly in Issue 126. Subverted, in that Rick instead has a Cool and Unusual Punishment for him: See Cruel Mercy above.
  • 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 a knife. However, it's nonfatal, and the knife was not infected, and the cut was shallow.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Almost every other sentence. Taken to parodic levels when he talks to Carl inside the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Subverted two years after the All-Out War in issue 127. He doesn't swear at all, and is very nice to Carl.
    Negan: Pardon me, young man, and fucking excuse the shit out of my goddamn French... but did you just threaten me?
  • 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Honestly believes that his way is the only way for humanity to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. When he realizes he may have been wrong about everything, he undergoes a Heel Realization.
  • 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

Debut: Issue 98

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
  • Badass
  • 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.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Turns against Negan in Volume 18.
  • 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 Starscream: Takes over the Saviors after helping overthrow 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. Dwight ends up having been on Rick's side for real the whole time, and takes over the Saviors to end the war peacefully.

Connor

Debut: Issue 99

Another of Negan's lieutenants.
  • Asshole Victim: He certainly had it coming after brutally beating Andrea.
  • 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.
  • Disney Villain Death: Andrea throws him out of a bell tower.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass
  • The Quincy Punk: Has a mohawk, leather jacket, and numerous piercings, and his general attitude fits the bill as well.
  • Slashed Throat: How Andrea finishes him off.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Brutally beats Andrea and almost kills her before she throws him out of a bell tower.

David

Debut: Issue 97

A Savior first seen operating under the command of Dwight.

Carson

Debut: Issue 105

Another of Negan's followers, running things inside the Sanctuary. His brother is Dr. Harlan Carson of the Hilltop.
  • Co-Dragons: Although he appears to be a more logistical Dragon than a group leader like Negan's other Dragons.
  • Defector from Decadence: While he acknowledges that the Saviors at the Sanctuary live a pretty good and safe life, he betrays Negan because he can no longer support the brutal methods he uses and because he is tired of living in fear of having his face melted by an iron.
  • 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.

Seth

Debut: Issue 111

A Savior who guards Negan during his stay at the Alexandria Safe-Zone.

Sherry

Debut: Issue 105

A member of Negan's Paid Harem, Sherry is also Dwight's wife, and the reason why the latter works with Negan.

Mark

Debut: Issue 105

A Savior who has his face burned with an iron by Negan as punishment for him sleeping with Amber, a member of his Paid Harem.
  • Heel-Face Turn: He and Amber decide to join Dwight's rebellion against Negan.
  • Two-Faced: As a result of having his face burned by Negan.

Amber

Debut: Issue 105

A Savior who is part of Negan's Paid Harem.

     The Kingdom 

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:

  • The Kingdom
  • Large Ham: The guards of the Kingdom tend to follow Ezekiel's example of being a Large Ham for effect and then dropping the act around friends:
    Kingdom Guard: Who dares trespass on the sovereign land of—oh, shit—Jesus? Is that you?! Hot damn, man. We didn't recognize you at first. Sorry if we startled you.
  • Red Shirt Army: They suffer heavier casualties than any other community during the war with the Saviors.

"King" Ezekiel

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.
  • 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

Richard

Debut: Issue 115

King Ezekiel's head of security.

Shiva

Debut: Issue 108

Ezekiel's beloved tiger who's life he saved, making her undyingly loyal to him.

     Magna's Group 

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.

Magna

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.
  • 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.

Luke

Debut: Issue 127

Luke is a member of Magna's group.

Yumiko

Debut: Issue 127

Yumiko is a archer in Magna's group.

Kelly

Debut: Issue 127

Kelly is a member of Magna's group.

Connie

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.

Bernie

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.

    Other Survivors 

Morgan Jones

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.

Duane Jones

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.

Michonne

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.
  • Badass
  • 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.
  • Determinator
  • 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
  • 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.

Derek

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 Walkers 
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.
  • Posthumous Character: Given that they all became zombies before appearing.
  • Zerg Rush: Herds can wipe out entire settlements if they are big enough.

Bicycle Girl

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.

Shawn

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.

Penny

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.


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