Characters from the comic series The Walking Dead:
- Grimes family and Atlanta Camp survivorsnote
- Tyreese's Group and Hershel's Farm Survivorsnote
- Prison Survivorsnote
- Woodbury Survivorsnote
- Alexandria Safe-Zone
- Hilltop Colony
- The Saviors
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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
- 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.
- Badass Mustache: His handlebar mustache is one of his defining characteristics.
- The Big Guy: He was initially the leader of his own group, but steps down and becomes this for Rick's group. He is physically the largest and most imposing member of the group.
- 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 gets riled up easily.
- 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: He will do whatever it takes to keep his group going.
- Rape as Backstory: But on his family, not him.
- Red-Headed Hero: He is a redheaded.
- Sacrificial Lion: His death along with Glenn's kickstarts the conflict with the Saviors.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: One of the most profane characteres.
- 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
- 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. That said, he's significantly less hopeless after the Time Skip, though their relationship has its troubles, including her cheating on him.
- 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: He has one.
- 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.
- Sole Survivor: As of Rosita's death in Issue 144, he is currently the only surviving member of Abraham's group.
- 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.
- Would Hurt a Child: He tells Rick that they should use Lydia as bait to draw Alpha out of hiding so they can kill her. When Rick points out how dangerous that could be it leads to this exchange:Rick: "We wouldn't."Eugene: "What?"Rick: "We wouldn't hurt her. What if Alpha calls that bluff?"Eugene: "Then we don't bluff."
- Debut: Issue 53
- Action Survivor: She manages to take down several zombies when the Alexandria Safe-Zone is attacked.
- Bare Your Midriff: Before winter arrived again.
- The Chick: For Abraham's group.
- Flat Character: Doesn't have much of a personality.
- Girlish Pigtails: Though she lets her hair down after the Time Skip.
- Too Happy to Live: After the time skip, she's in a happy relationship with Eugene and becomes pregnant. So naturally, Alpha beheads her before all of this can go anywhere.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Abraham.
- Mauve Shirt: Though amazingly she manages to survive for quite some time before meeting a tragic and unceremonious end in Issue 144.
- Ms. Fanservice: Rosita is quite attractive.
- Nice Hat: Hardly ever seen without her hat on.
- Off with His Head!: One of Alpha's many decapitation victims. Made sadder due to the fact that she was pregnant at the time.
- 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
- 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: For Volume 11.
- Affably Evil: He tries to be polite and apologetic to his victims.
- Asshole Victim: Along with the rest of his group.
- Death by Disfigurement: Only lasts a few minutes after his finger is shot off.
- 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
- The Brute: He's the most physically imposing of the Hunters
- Co-Dragons: With Charlie
- Death by Disfigurement: Same deal as Chris, except he loses an ear instead of a finger.
- Ear Ache: Andrea shoots Greg's ear off
- I'm a Humanitarian: Same as all the hunters.
- Debut: Issue 61
- 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
- The Dark Chick: The only female Hunter.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Just like the others.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female member of the Hunters.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: She throws up a little when Dale reveals he has been infected.
- Debut: Issue 63
- 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.
- Not Using the Z Word: When talking about zombies he uses the word "Deadie" to refer to them.
- Perma Stubble: He has one.
- 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
- 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:
- 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.
- Debut: Issue 108
- Back for the Dead: After a short but noticeable absence following the Time Skip, he returns to the main story only to be killed during Alpha's massacre soon after.
- Badass Beard: He has one of the most impressive beards in the series.
- 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: He has dreadlocks and can fight when he has to.
- 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: Is pretty much always seen with them.
- 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 B.S.O.D.: 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.
- Hope Spot: Think Ezekiel will get back together with Michonne after being encouraged to do so by Pete? Nope, he's beheaded an issue later by Alpha as he's on his way to profess his love to his ex.
- 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.
- Off with His Head!: The last person to be revealed in the line of Alpha's decapitation victims.
- 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.
- He finally reappears in issue 139 alongside Michonne.
- 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: One of his main items.
- Debut: Issue 115
- The Big Guy: He seems to be the muscle of the Kingdom.
- Number Two: For Ezekiel.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Lasts four issues before being killed by Saviors.
- Debut: Issue 123
- Red Shirt: He doesn't get a single line before dying.
- Zombie Infectee: Wounded by one of the Savior's infected weapons, and dies from the injury shortly afterward.
- Debut: Issue 129
- Butt Monkey: In his first appearance he is beaten with a cane by Rick for failing to clear the road of walkers, which could have gotten both Rick and Carl killed. In Issue 147 Gus mentions that he is "on probation for something".
- The Ditz: Seems to be quite the idiot, as he fails miserably at his relatively simple job and is eventually put on probation for unknown reasons.
- Debut: Issue 147
- Locked Out of the Loop: Due to his job he is unable to attend the fair and therefore has no idea that Alpha killed twelve people, including his leader Ezekiel.
- Nice Guy: A jovial and friendly guy.
- Debut: Issue 108
- Action Pet: She kills both walkers and Saviors during her time in the series.
- Cool Pet: Ezekiel is the only character in this series that can say he owns a freaking tiger. In fact, the ownership of a tiger is why he's been named king in the first place.
- Defiant to the End: The zombies surround and devour her, but she still manages to go down swinging. The very last image of her is a shot of one of her paws clawing a zombie's face off.
- Eaten Alive: How she dies.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Saves Ezekiel from walkers, getting herself eaten.
- Panthera Awesome: Shiva is a tiger and kicks a lot of ass.
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
- Awesome McCool Name: 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.
- 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.
- Ship Tease: With Luke. he dies before it can go anywhere.
- Debut: Issue 127
- The Lancer: Appears to be this for Magna.
- Off with His Head!: He is a victim of Alpha's mass decapitation in issue 144.
- Ship Tease: With Magna. Of course, he dies before it can go anywhere.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Not to the extent of Bernie, but he only gets about a dozen issues before being decapitated by the new villain.
- Debut: Issue 127
- All Asians Know Martial Arts: No, and don't ask her.
- Berserk Button: Apparently she is rather tired of being asked if she knows kung-fu because she is of Japanese descent: no she doesn't, and will hit anybody who asks in the balls.
- Deadpan Snarker: Definitely the most snarky member of her group.
- Meaningful Name: "Yumi" means "a bow" in Japanese.
- The Straight and Arrow Path: Uses a compound bow.
- Debut: Issue 127
- Bald of Awesome: Is completely bald and a capable survivor.
- Gender-Blender Name: "Kelly" is typically a female name.
- Knife Nut: Uses two knives as his weapons.
- Official Couple: He is in a relationship with Connie.
- Debut: Issue 127
- Official Couple: She is in a relationship with Kelly.
- The Quiet One: Magna describes her as this, though she insists that she's not that quiet. Considering that she's barely spoken since, Magna's probably right.
- Debut: Issue 127
- Debut: Issue 130
- Arc Villain: Set up as the new ones after the two-year Time Skip, beginning with the end of Volume 22 and extending into 23 and beyond.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Standards: They may roam among the walkers and even eat from the animals they take down, but they do not engage in cannibalism.
- Evil Gloating: When facing enemies who know what they are, the Whisperers can't seem to avoid telling their foes that they'll die.
- Fluffy Tamer: They have managed to come closest to domesticating a fucking zombie horde. It's only partial, but them keeping an entire herd sated enough to be used as attack dogs while leaving their handlers alone enough to pretty much occupy the same space is nothing short of admirable.
- Genuine Human Hide: They skin walkers and then stitch the hides to make walker-suits.
- He Who Fights Monsters: According to Lydia they became what they are as a result of the horrors they faced.
- 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 other survivors would be too interested in apparent zombies carrying guns.
- No Name Given: A few issues into their introduction, none had been named, save for Joshua and Lydia, who are killed and captured by Jesus, respectively.
- Likewise, the group was named by Robert Kirkman and Sean Mackiewicz in #133 Letter Hacks. This is eventually an Averted Trope, as their leader calls the group the Whisperers in Issue 144.
- Pragmatic Villainy: They attempt to kill any trespassers on their land, without asking any questions.
- Pretend We're Dead: They like to dress themselves up in Walker skins, as a disguise from both the living and the Walkers.
- 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: Until Issue 143, Rick and co have no idea they even exist. Though the residents of the Hilltop do know of their existence.
- Debut: Issue 132
- Abusive Parents: She allowed her daughter, Lydia, to be raped by her men, and refuses to even let her daughter call her "mom". She also hits her right in front of Rick and Carl without a second thought.
- Badass: It was a horrifically evil action, but she managed to draw out and decapitate twelve members of Rick's group without anyone at the fair noticing. That must have required a lot of stealth and determination.
- Bad Boss: She kills one of her own men simply for witnessing her sobbing over her daughter.
- Bald of Evil: She is completely bald and the leader of the villainous Whisperers group.
- Bald Woman: Naturally.
- Beneath the Mask: According to Lydia, the Decapitation Presentation is likely an indication that, in spite of her bravado, Alpha is afraid of the Oceanside-Alexandria-Saviors-Kingdom alliance, as she's never had to face a group this large before.
- Big Bad: Seems to be getting set up as one for the Whisperers arc. Issue 144 cements it when she beheads twelve supporting characters and leaves their heads on pikes as a warning to Rick's group.
- Emotionless Girl: Making her a marked contrast of previous big bads The Governer and Negan.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite her absolutely disgusting treatment of her, she does genuinely care for her daughter Lydia and is even shown crying because she misses her in issue 148.
- Get Out: In issue 144 to Rick and Carl as well as her own daughter. Hoo boy, does she get her point across.
- Hero Killer: Her "separation wall" shown in Issue 144 cemented her as this for the Savior-Alexandria-Hilltop-Oceanside alliance. The fact that she has a somewhat-controlled army of what appears to be thousands of Walkers helps.
- Jerkass: Even to her own daughter, she is not a pleasant person.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: Issue 144 seemingly reveals a more vulnerable side to her, and she even allows Lydia to join Rick's group (although she goes about it in a cruel manner). Then it's revealed that she beheaded numerous members of Rick's group (including a child and pregnant woman) to mark the boundaries between her territory and Rick's.
- Knife Nut: She is just as deadly with a knife as she is with a machete.
- Machete Mayhem: She is seen returning to her camp in issue 143 with a bloody machete that she implied she used to kill someone from Rick's group with. Turns out she used it to behead twelve people.
- Mama Bear: Played with. While she goes to the trouble of a hostage exchange to get Lydia back, she allows her men to constantly rape her.
- A twisted version of this trope happens in issue 144, where Alpha knows that she can't give her daughter the life she wants to so she hands her over to Rick's people... and then tells her to never come back.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: She makes everyone, including her own daughter, refer to her as "Alpha".
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In a sharp contrast to her underlings who were willing to kill on sight she returnedDante and Ken to the Hilltop in exchange for the release of her daughter. Afterwards she departs without any bloodshed and promises to leave Maggie's group alone if they stay out of her territory. Becomes a lot less reasonable when she kills a dozen of Rick's men just to send a message.
- Samus Is a Girl: In issue 138 she finally reveals herself as the leader of the Whisperers as well as being Lydia's mother.
- Virtueis Weakness: Alpha talks a lot about disowning things like emotion and empathy, adopting a ferral, animalistic lifestyle. This is how she justifies allowing Lydia to be raped by other Whisperers.
- Would Hurt a Child: She abuses her daughter both physically and emotionally and decapitates Josh and Rosita (who was pregnant) with her machete.
- Debut: Issue 133
- Anti-Villain: In issue 136 it is revealed she's not as psycho as initially seen.
- Cute and Psycho: She's really cute. But she's clearly been affected by the horrors she has witnessed and the Whisperers' ethos.
- Dissonant Serenity: When captured.
- Heel–Face Turn: She's apparently going this way.
- High-Heel–Face Turn: Considering the other Whisperers in her party were men.
- Nightmare Fetishist: In issue 137, she says that Carl's eye-hole is "sexy" and even licks it.
- Rape as Drama: According to herself, she is frequently raped by the other Whisperers.
- Sole Survivor: Of the group of Whisperers who attacked Jesus.
- Teens Are Monsters: She attacks humans with knives to protect the zombies and sounds like a member of some kind of cult despite only being sixteen years old.
- Villains Want Mercy: She begged Jesus to spare her life, even though her group was about to kill him and his group just for trespassing on their land.
- Villainous Breakdown: As a result of being alone, the death of Joshua and Carl being kind to her.
- Debut: Issue 154
- Badass: He doesn't just look intimidating—he utterly decimates his opponents in combat, effortlessly overpowering and stabbing Aaron.
- The Comically Serious: To an extent. His annoyance with Negan's constant wisecracks leads to some funny moments.
- The Dragon: As his title would suggest he's this to Alpha.
- Dual Wielding: Wields two knives, leading Negan to dub him as "Frowny Mc Two Knives".
- Large and in Charge: The second-in-command of the Whisperers and utterly massive. He towers over Negan (who was himself Large and in Charge) and is by far the tallest character in the series. He is easily over seven feet in height.
- Debut: Issue 133
- Hidden Depths: Lydia mentions that he was much kinder to her than the other Whisperers, hence why she was so distraught over his death.
- The Faceless: He never takes off his mask before dying, so we don't know what he really looked like.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Jesus slices the top of his head off in his first real appearance.
- Debut: Issue 1
- Action Survivor: He survives for a very long time despite not being a capable 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: After Duane's death.
- Secret Keeper: He is one of the few people to know that Carl was the one who executed Ben.
- Shovel Strike: His reintroduction to Rick.
- Debut: Issue 1
- Bus Crash: Dies sometime after his appearance in Issue 1.
- Shout-Out: He's named after the star of Night of the Living Dead (1968).
- Shovel Strike: He hits Rick in the back of the head with a shovel, mistaking him for a zombie.
- 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
- Action Girl: She is the best melee fighter among the female protagonists,
- Anti-Hero: Type IV.
- Badass: One of the biggest badasses in the series.
- The Big Girl: She is one of the most physically capable members of the group.
- 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
- As of issue 144 he has met his end as well. Decapitation by a villain, same as Tyreese before him.
- 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: Losing three boyfriends and getting raped hasn't stopped her from continuing to survive.
- The Drifter: Before arriving at the prison.
- Has a Type: So far, all of her relationships have been with black men.
- 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: Her signature weapon is a katana, and it's been shown to be pratically magical with how effective it is at killing walkers.
- Man Bites Man: Bites off the Governor’s ear, and bites him in the neck later.
- My Greatest Failure: She finally opens up about her past to Rick in issue 139, where she mentions that she has never been able to forgive herself for abandoning her daughters when the apocalypse started. Even though there was nothing she could do she has been suffering from the guilt of this one incident for most of the series and feels she doesn't deserve any happiness because of it.
- 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: Michonne is not above commiting some very villanous actions to survive.
- 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.
- She finally returns in issue 139 alongside Ezekiel.
- Rape as Drama: She's raped by the Governor.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: She's a great tracker.
- She Who Fights Monsters: Michonne's experiences have hardened her into someone who's not a whole lot better than the villains she faces.
- 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
- 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.
- Dirty Coward: At the start of the apocalypse he locked out his congregation and let them get eaten to save himself. Later on he starts to grow out of this.
- 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.
- Hypocrite: Is disgusted by the "unspeakable" actions of Rick's group, while he himself was the one who let his entire congregation die horribly out of self-preservation.
- 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: He was a priest before the apocalypse.
- Token Religious Teammate: Obviously, being a priest. He becomes the Safe-Zone's main priest as well.
- Took a Level in Badass: He manages to help out and kill a few walkers when a herd overruns the Safe-Zone. Later on, after staying on the sidelines for over fifty issues he tells Rick that he wants to join the army that is training to fight the Whisperers.
- 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.
- Debut: Issue 75
- 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.
- Debut: Issue 139
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: Although they're often 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 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.
Bicycle GirlA 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.
ShawnHershel'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 TerryThe 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.