Characters / The Walking Dead TV Show Abrahams Group

Members of Abraham's group from the television show The Walking Dead:

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    Abraham 

Sergeant Abraham Ford

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"I think I'm that much ready to tear the world a brand new asshole."
Portrayed by: Michael Cudlitz

"Suck my nuts."

Sgt. Abraham Ford's always game for a brawl, and his brutality may be useful against walkers and hostile survivors, but it scared away his family and ultimately he was unable to make amends with them before they were killed and eaten by walkers. Moments away from suicide, Abraham was inadvertently saved when Eugene Porter arrived and asked for his aid, as he claimed to be a scientist who could cure the walker plague. Now with a new reason to live, Abraham and later his new girlfriend Rosita began leading a cross-country quest to protect Eugene and escort him safely to Washington to save the world.

To Abraham's dismay, his journey is constantly hampered by countless setbacks and diversions, but none so life-changing as when he met Glenn Rhee, who was searching for his wife Maggie after the fall of their community. Abraham reluctantly agreed to help Glenn find Maggie, and when the deed was done, decided to join in the final push to the supposed sanctuary of Terminus. However, Abraham and the rest were captured by the cannibals that dwelled there, and it was only with the help of Rick Grimes and Carol Peletier that everyone escaped unscathed. Abraham subsequently convinced the large, powerful group to join him on the trek to Washington, just in time for the Hunters to attack. Abraham helped defeat the Hunters, gaining a powerful sense of respect for Rick in the process.

Abraham led an offshoot of the group to begin the journey to Washington anew, but when an impassable barrier stood in their way, Eugene confessed the truth: that he was not a scientist and had been lying to get protection from strong survivors. Heartbroken, Abraham shuts down for a while until he decides he wants to live, and is horrified to realize that he nearly killed Eugene in his rage at the truth. Abraham returns to the group, only for them to take two more losses, and their spirits are lower than ever until they reach the Alexandria Safe Zone.

There, Abraham was promoted to be the leader of the construction crew, and finally made amends with the repentant Eugene. Inspired by Sasha to try to make some changes to his life to become a happier man, he soon ends his relationship with Rosita and hooks up with Sasha herself. He is picked to die by Negan in the Season 6 finale, which is shown in full detail in the Season 7 premiere, but not before telling the Savior leader to "suck my nuts" with his last breath.
  • Action Dad: He protected his two kids in the early stages of the apocalypse. Deconstructed when his brutal dispatching of a violent group scared his family away, and they were killed as a result.
  • Adaptational Heroism: This version of Abraham has the decency to not outright cheat on Rosita with Sasha, whereas in the comic Abe cheated on Rosita with Holly while they were still together (though he later expressed remorse for it).
  • Adaptation Expansion: Comic! Abraham was severely Out of Focus after the end of the cure arc until his death by Dwight. This Abraham ends up having a lot more to do after the cure quest ends, among them being a member of the Negan lineup since he was Spared by the Adaptation.
  • Adaptation Name Change: The name of his late wife in the comics was Beth. To avoid a One Steve Limit with Beth Greene, her name was changed to Ellen in the show.
  • A Death in the Limelight: The second half of Season 6 greatly ups Abraham's presence after he'd been Out of Focus since the end of the cure arc, and depicts him making changes in his life to become a happier, more well-adjusted man. He's killed shortly after finding new love with Sasha and having proposed starting a family with her some day.
  • Advertised Extra: Despite his Promotion to Opening Titles in Season 5, Abraham tends to be the main cast member most likely to be Out of Focus and hasn't had a terribly large role in the series, especially after the end of the quest for a cure. He's usually just there without much to do. This changes in the second half of Season 6, where he starts to get much more focus and genuinely feels like a member of the main cast.
  • Amazon Chaser: Rosita mentions that when they met in Dallas, he asked her to join his mission after seeing what she could do against walkers, which presumably factored into their attraction and eventual Relationship Upgrade. It also what causes him to develop a crush on Sasha.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: When a lookout is in danger with walkers closing in, The Leader Tobin falls back because he thinks they can't save her. Abraham steps up, kicks ass, and saves the girl. The other men see what he's capable of and gladly follow his lead. Even Tobin accepts that he's not good enough to be in charge and vouches for Abraham to be the new construction head.
  • Back for the Finale: Abraham returns in several flashbacks in the season 7 finale, 15 episodes after perishing in the season premiere. A dying Sasha remembers her last hours with him.
  • Badass Mustache: Has a handlebar mustache, something the comic fans were very happy got carried over.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Just when it seems that Glenn is done for after getting swarmed by walkers in "No Way Out", Abraham shows up and saves him in true heroic fashion.
  • The Big Guy: Fulfills this role when he falls in under Rick, especially after Tyreese's death. He even ends up leading a bunch of Big Guys when he takes over the construction crew of Alexandria. After the death of Tyreese, Abe is arguably the most physically powerful person in Alexandria.
  • Blood Knight: Abraham clearly enjoys killing walkers, which freaks Tara out a bit since she has never seen anyone smile while putting them down.
    • Lampshaded in this conversation:
    Glenn: I'm sorry I punched you.
    Abraham: I'm not. (smiles) I like to fight.
    • His behavior has been Deconstructed in a few episodes. "Self Help" reveals that, while his brutality is useful against the walkers, it ultimately made his family abandon him. Abraham's reckless behavior and enthusiasm for fighting walkers in "First Time Again" even freaks out fellow Blood Knight Sasha.
  • Berserk Button: He flips out when Eugene reveals that he was lying about being a scientist that has a cure for The Virus in order to have protection, and tries to beat him to death.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He loves to fight all the time.
  • Break the Haughty: Abraham starts out as a bull-headed warrior who has a habit of pushing things too far in his desperation to reach Washington. However, learning Eugene does not have the cure, nearly killing him, and frightening his girlfriend with his rage severely humble him. When he returns from an extended period of being near-catatonic, he's a much more level-headed, reasonable man.
  • Brutal Honesty: Abraham tells the truth and doesn't sugarcoat things. This doesn't earn him friends, but it does earn him respect.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Any sort of swear using the word "dick".
    • By way of Ascended Meme, "WHO'S ____?!?" (Deanna/Negan).
  • Character Death: He is the first victim of Negan and Lucille in Season 7.
  • Character Development: He starts out as a hot-blooded Jerk with a Heart of Gold who has little patience for things. Over the course of the series he gradually mellows out, develops respect and loyalty to Rick, and thanks to Sasha, Glenn and Maggie, makes several changes to become a happier man with hope for the future.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: He gets beaten to death by a baseball bat covered in barbed wire. It should be noted that Negan says he's "taking it like a champ," which can only infer the worst.
  • Crusading Widower: It is revealed in the fifth episode of Season 5 that he has a dead wife and kids.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: "Self Help" reveals that his family abandoned him after he slaughtered a group of people who had attacked them. When he went looking for them, he found that they had died sometime after leaving him, and nearly shot himself before meeting Eugene.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Self Help" portrays Abraham's backstory through flashbacks and gives him a lot of focus. Then again in "Always Accountable", alongside Daryl and (more directly) Sasha, as well as "Knots Untie" as he heavily considers leaving Rosita for a chance with Sasha.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He always has an extremely dry and creative insult for every situation. Right to the end.
  • Dead Star Walking: He's billed in the credits of the Season 7 premiere, but is the first one killed by Negan, after only a single scene.
  • Death Glare: Is capable of shooting some very nasty ones at people. He gives an almighty one to Negan when the group is captured.
  • Defiant to the End: His last words to Negan before he smashes his head in? "Suck my nuts." It's even implied Negan chose him specifically because he realized that Abraham would never break.
  • Demoted to Dragon: A heroic example that's also played with. He cedes any authority to Rick after the defeat of the Hunters and learning of Eugene's lie, but he becomes The Big Guy of the group as opposed to The Lancer (bar his final episode).
  • Determinator: Deconstructed. He makes ridiculously risky decisions to carry on Eugene's mission, endangering the lives of everyone around him as he becomes increasingly desperate to complete it and save lives. It's implied he's so driven as it's all he has left to live for.
  • Driven to Suicide: A flashback reveals that he was moments away from shooting himself after finding his family's corpses.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Has been shown on several occasions to be drinking fairly excessively, usually after something bad has gone down.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: While the circumstances mean that he's unable to fight back in any meaningful way, Abraham truly "takes it like a champ" in his last moments. He shows no fear when Negan picks him for execution, and after being hit with Lucille the first time, he still has enough strength left to say "suck my nuts", spiting Negan one last time before the beat-down ensues. Chris Hardwick mentioned in the following episode of Talking Dead that even though Negan killed Abraham, he didn't beat him.
  • Entitled to Have You: In "Twice As Far", he admits to Sasha that he's had this mindset regarding his romantic feelings for her and apologizes. Him growing out of this trope is what moves Sasha to give him a chance.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When Lucille is looming over him and the others, he shows no fear. He starts to shake a little bit when the Grim Reaper picks him, and gives one sad last look to the camera, but he musters enough courage to tell Negan to go fuck himself with his last breath.
  • Famous Last Words: "Suck my nuts."
  • Fiery Redhead: He's a strong, aggressive, and determined character with a bit of a temper problem. Subverted when he is picked to die in the Season 7 premiere. He calmly accepts his fate and delivers one last epic one-liner before being killed.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: As Abraham and Rick are both alphas, they butt heads during the first few episodes of the fifth season over the group's next move. However, despite nearly coming to blows with Rick, Abraham comes to respect him after he successfully engineers the Hunters' deaths, and even tells Rick that the world needs a man like him. After Eugene's lie is exposed, Abraham becomes the loyal Big Guy of the group with Undying Loyalty to Rick, which he further gets to display in the season finale when he speaks up for Rick at Alexandria's public forum on whether or not to kick Rick out.
  • Flat "What.": His reaction to the Saviors ambushing him, Daryl, and Sasha, and saying that they now owe the Saviors all of their belongings.
  • Guttural Growler: Becomes one of these when he's really pissed off.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Has one when he learns that Eugene was lying about being a scientist, meaning everything he's been fighting for since his family died was for nothing. Even after recovering and becoming functional again, he's mellowed out considerably, not helped by the group's lack of supplies and exhaustion from their journey.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In "Last Day On Earth", he nobly stands up to Negan and silently volunteers himself to be his victim. During the final round of "Eenie meenie minie moe", Abe once again does his best to egg on Negan to pick him whenever he passes him. This incident is notable because for the first time he is sticking his neck out not because he cares little for his well-being, but so someone else does not have to suffer such a horrible fate. It comes to fruition as Negan does indeed choose him to die, noting that Abraham took one for the team. It's ultimately subverted when Daryl inadvertently gets Glenn killed minutes after Abe is gone.
  • Hero of Another Story: Leads his own group prior to being introduced.
  • Hot-Blooded: He doesn't exactly have a Hair-Trigger Temper, but he can get riled up and lose control.
  • In Harm's Way: He's a Blood Knight through and through who is so acclimated to violence that in Season 6, he struggles with the question of whether he'd be down for settling down and retiring or not (as he mulled over in the previous season). He's so eager for a thrill that he goes dancing with the devil several times and putting himself in avoidable danger.
  • Intercourse with You: In "Last Day On Earth", he warmly tells Sasha that he wouldn't mind having a family with her some day, if she's ever ready and willing. It's a sweeter example of this trope than most since by this point, Abe has genuine hope for the future. Tragically, he's murdered by Negan that same night while Sasha is forced to watch, and Rick has a vision of an impossible future where Sasha is pregnant with Abraham's child.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Told Glenn after their initial meeting that Maggie is probably dead and it would be a waste of time to look for her, then immediately after, had the nerve to fight him after Glenn justifiably punched him. Despite this, Abraham is a good man at heart. He hands supplies over to Glenn and Tara after they initially plan on parting ways, showing that he cares about their well-being, and leaves a heartfelt note to Rick when he temporarily leaves for Washington, saying that "the world needs a man like Rick Grimes".
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • He is right in saying that it's risky to go after Maggie when possibly curing the zombie disease requires extra help.
    • He calls out Eugene on his Heroic Wannabe tendencies, informing him that he isn't as badass as he thinks he is. Fortunately, they both change their opinions later.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Telling Glenn that Maggie was probably dead, after Glenn has no clue where she is, counts for sure.
    • He is astonishingly brutal when he dumps Rosita.
    Abraham: When I first met you, I thought you were the last woman on Earth. You're not.
  • The Lancer: In "Last Day on Earth", as all of Rick's other lieutenants are MIA, Abraham serves as Rick's right hand man during the desperate mission to Hilltop.
  • Large Ham: He almost always is having a blast and is pretty larger than life, especially when he's waxing his usual silly remarks or taking on a bunch of enemies.
  • The Leader: Led the ever-shifting group that was escorting Eugene to Washington, though he would listen to Eugene's input from time to time. He ends up falling in under Rick after he briefly leads an offshoot to begin the journey to Washington that ends when Eugene's lie is exposed. In Alexandria, he becomes The Leader of the community's construction crew.
  • Love Triangle: He's torn between longtime girlfriend Rosita and his new crush Sasha in Season 6. Sasha seems to not be that interested in him, while Rosita is oblivious that Abe has feelings for Sasha. In "Not Tomorrow Yet", however, he breaks up with Rosita and in "East", gets together with Sasha.
  • May–December Romance: He and Rosita are more or less two decades apart.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Abraham's children were unnamed characters in the comic. Here, his son and daughter were respectively named A.J. and Becca.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: He saved his team's lookout when Tobin thought she couldn't be saved in time.
  • Not So Stoic: Despite being one of the most stalwart members of the group, even he has his limits. He's pretty rattled when Rick blows Pete's brains out less than a few inches away from him, and has to resort to Drowning My Sorrows to try to get over it.
  • Odd Friendship: Develops one with Sasha in Season 6. Which goes on to quickly become Abraham outright propositioning her.
  • Official Couple: With Rosita, until he falls for Sasha and dumps Rosita in "Not Tomorrow Yet". He and Sasha get together in "East", which sadly doesn't last more than a few days before Abe's death.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Abraham may be a jolly Blood Knight most of the time, especially when he gets to kill, but his cocky, gleeful demeanor is completely absent when he and the gang slaughter the Hunters, who were there to kill and eat him and his group.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In Season 5.
  • Rated M for Manly: He fits the stereotypical "macho" characters to a T.
  • Red Is Heroic: He is a red-headed hero on a quest to try and save the world.
  • Rousing Speech: Gave one at the second episode of Season 5 to sway Rick and his group into joining him on a trip to Washington D.C so they can put an end to the Zombie Apocalypse.
    "I'd like to propose a toast. I look around this room and I see survivors. Each and every one of you has earned that title. To the survivors! [everybody toasts] Is that all you want to be? Wake up in the morning, fight the undead pricks, forage for food, go to sleep at night with two eyes open, rinse and repeat? 'Cause you can do that. I mean, you got the strength. You got the skill. Thing is, for you people, for what you can do, that's just surrender. Now, we get Eugene to Washington and he will make the dead die and the living will have this world again. And that is not a bad takeaway for a little road trip."
  • Sacrificial Lion: He and Glenn serve as this for Season 7.
  • Sanity Slippage: Season 5 implies it, and it's become clear by Season 6 that he is suffering from pretty severe PTSD. Thanks to his blooming relationship with Sasha and being inspired by Glenn and Maggie's own faith, he gradually mellows out and becomes a happier, more stable man.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • When the Hunters' threat is looming over the group after they return a half-eaten Bob to them, Abraham tries to take whoever is willing to go with him and get the hell out of there, largely to protect Eugene from the cannibals. It's pointed out to him, however, that the Hunters are watching the place and Abraham would've been followed and been more vulnerable had he left before the problem was dealt with.
    • In "Always Accountable", he tries to convince Sasha to stay with him in a sheltered area and leave Alexandria. Sasha refuses and Daryl comes to their rescue before Abraham gets his wish.
  • Ship Tease: With Sasha in Season 6, even though he is still in a relationship with Rosita. He makes it clear that he wants to be more than friends in "Always Accountable." Towards the end of the season, he leaves Rosita for her and they end up together.
  • Ship Sinking: He breaks up with Rosita, and his relationship with Sasha ends as quickly as it began since he is killed by Negan two episodes later.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Says shit quite a bit, and also drops the amusing line "son of a dick" and other variations, such as "mother dick" and "dicked" instead of "f*cked".
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: The guy is ripped, and he makes sure everyone knows it so they don't screw with him. He's even still wearing his tank-top despite Rosita starting to cover up more (likely because winter's approaching).
  • Spared by the Adaptation: His comic counterpart was killed by Dwight after shooting a arrow through his head. Here, Denise takes his place and he survives the encounter. It ends up getting downplayed a bit as he is killed by Negan only two episodes later and In-Universe only a day or two later.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Is the first one killed off in the Season 7 premiere after having been on the show since Season 4.
  • Tempting Fate: Sasha had a nightmare of him dying literally hours before he actually died. Despite this omen, Abraham shrugged it off in order to help Maggie.
  • Too Happy to Live: Abraham had finally achieved happiness in his life living in Alexandria and finding a new love with Sasha. Too bad he gets killed by Negan for standing up to him.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After his Heroic B.S.O.D. he mellows out somewhat and develops an Undying Loyalty toward Rick.
  • Undying Loyalty: After falling in under his command, he develops this to Rick. However, in "Always Accountable" he tries to convince Sasha to jump ship with him when he believes Daryl may have abandoned them, and they're in a comfortable shelter with ample supplies. Ultimately, Sasha refuses his offer and he decides to return to Alexandria. In "Last Day On Earth", he nobly offers himself as Negan's victim when one of the group is to be executed.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When Eugene admits to his lie Abraham goes berserk and knocks him out with three punches to the face.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to stop the Zombie Apocalypse, but if you slow him down he will not hesitate to beat the shit out of you.
  • The Worf Effect: The jolly, badass muscle of Rick's group ends up being the first victim of Negan, to show that he is not screwing around.
  • Worthy Opponent: Negan is impressed when Abraham silently offers himself up as his victim so no one else has to die. Whether because he was impressed by Abe's bravery or decided to quash his defiance, or both, Negan takes him up on his offer and is genuinely impressed when Abe still has the strength to get back up after one hit with Lucille.
  • You Are in Command Now: Abraham becomes leader of the construction crew in Alexandria after Tobin steps down.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Hits on Sasha very directly in "Always Accountable" despite being in a relationship with Rosita. He ultimately doesn't outright cheat on Rosita.
  • Your Head A-Splode: It looks like his head gushes out a geyser of blood once Negan strikes him over and over again with his bat.

    Eugene 

Eugene Porter

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Portrayed by: Josh McDermitt

"No one gets to clock out today. And hell, this is a story people are gonna tell."

Dr. Eugene Porter is a survivor of the apocalypse and a member of Sgt. Abraham Ford's survivor group. He claims that he knows what caused the outbreak and was headed to Washington to find the "cure". The reality is that Eugene was lying in order to get protection, and ended up confessing when his guilt got the better of him. Tara eventually inspires him to take a level in badass, and he eventually earns back Abraham's friendship when the two apologize to each other.

Eugene begins striving to become a more vital member of Alexandria, hatching a plan to produce homemade bullets and learning how to fight walkers. Eugene's growing proficiency, however, does not save him from the wrath of the Saviors when they come knocking at Alexandria. Eugene attempts to sacrifice himself for the survival of the group, only to end up captured and forced to watch the death of Abraham and Glenn. Traumatized from the scariest moment of his life, Eugene reluctantly aids Rosita's attempt to strike back at Negan, only to be brought to the Sanctuary by the Savior leader. Delighted with the prospect of safely living behind-the-scenes in a respected position, Eugene accepts Negan's offer of membership and becomes the Chief Engineer of the Sanctuary, leaving his friends distraught at his defection.
  • Adaptational Badass: He learns to become a pragmatic Action Survivor much earlier than his comic counterpart.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, he only confesses after his cover is blown. In the show, he confesses to prevent his friends from being killed.
  • Adaptational Villainy: A mild example, but his comic counterpart never once considered joining the Saviors, something which this version of Eugene does to save his life.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Eugene is blond in the comics.
  • Adaptation Expansion: A downplayed example, but he gets the dubious honor of being in the Negan lineup, something his comic counterpart was not.
  • Adorkable: Some of his attempts to bond with others can be seen as endearing.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Shows more than a few Asperger's traits due to his flat, monotone delivery and clinical way of speaking.
  • The Atoner: He admits to Tara and Rosita that he seeks to become a capable fighter in order to help fight threats alongside his True Companions in order to atone for his past cowardice.
  • Badass Bookworm: Well, the bookworm part was there from the start, but it took a long time before he fully fit the trope. He seems to have made it by "No Way Out".
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Eugene is an Adorkable Nice Guy, but when his friends are in danger he'll do anything he can to help them. When Dwight holds him and his friends captive, Eugene bites him in the crotch.
  • Break the Haughty: While he was coming clean at the time, Eugene made the nearly fatal error of telling the enraged Abraham that he's still smarter than him. An earth-shattering punch probably taught him to wise up about when to say that.
  • Character Development: The Eugene who sincerely apologizes to Abraham for lying about a cure and admitting he deserved to die, and calls Abe a hero is a far cry from the man who would smugly rub it in to everyone that he's smarter than them in his debut episode. He also learns the meaning of bravery and sacrifice, stepping up as a vital member of Alexandria.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He learns to use anything and everything around him to his advantage in a dangerous situation, from using a fire hose atop a nearby firetruck to mow down some walkers to chomping on Dwight's dick to give his friends the opportunity to fight off the Saviors!
  • Comically Missing the Point: All the time. Tara has to tell him to shut up at one point when his comical rambling is too much.
  • The Comically Serious: It's pretty amusing to listen to his stoic and overly-serious dialogue.
  • Consummate Liar: He admits it's one of his few skills. It's how he managed to convince everyone he's a government scientist.
  • Covert Pervert: In the fifth season, he's caught watching Rosita and Abraham having sex. Rosita points out that he has done it before, though Abraham is amused and brushes it off.
  • Cowardly Lion: He repeatedly insists that he's not combat capable. However, when Tara is critically injured, he refuses to leave her side and single-handedly carries her over his shoulder across a walker-infested factory, killing all of them as he goes. Then, he pulls a Big Damn Heroes by distracting a herd of walkers so that Glenn, Noah, and Nicholas have a fighting chance to escape from them. Finally, when Nicholas abandons Glenn and Noah and tries to commandeer the escape van, Eugene pulls a gun on him. Call Eugene what you want, but do not call him disloyal to his friends.
  • Deadpan Snarker: With emphasis on the deadpan.
  • Defrosting Ice King: He was initially an Insufferable Genius, but after bonding with the other characters he slowly mellows out.
  • Dirty Coward:
    • Eugene lied about being a scientist just so he could have a group protecting him. However, it's played with some sympathy. He was motivated by fear, and as time went on the lie got too big for him to get a handle on. He's plagued by guilt over his lie, and has memorized the names of everyone who's died in pursuit of his myth.
    • Redeems himself in "Spend" by carrying a gravely wounded Tara out of the zombie-infested warehouse and later providing a distraction to give Glenn, Noah, and Nicholas a fighting chance to escape (Noah doesn't make it, but without Eugene, none of them would have).
    • In "Hostiles and Calamities", a couple of Negan's wives even call him out on this when he outright refuses to kill one of the wives, and uses the pills he concocted for them to kill Negan instead.
    • Eugene himself admits he's relapsed back into this in Season 7, viewing his level taken in badass as nothing but a delusion shattered by watching Negan kill Abraham, saying that if a survivor as tough as Abraham couldn't make it in the new world, there's no way he would have. Regardless, after being abducted by the Saviors, he chooses to join them in order to survive with some degree of comfort.
  • Distressed Dude: Seems to make a habit of getting captured by the Saviors every time he goes off alone in Season 6.
    • When he tries to prove he's a capable survivor on his own, he's captured, but he's able to turn the tide and give Daryl, Abraham, and Rosita a fighting chance.
    • In the Season 6 finale, he outright volunteers for a likely suicide mission to provide a distraction. The Saviors capture him and line him up with the rest of his group.
    • The third time isn't his fault, but when Rosita's attempt to kill Negan fails, Eugene confesses to making the bullet and is taken hostage, since Negan sees him as an asset.
  • Easily Forgiven: He seems have gotten back in the group's good graces very quickly after revealing his lie. However, the beating he got from Abraham and the guilt he has to live with is probably punishment enough. Chances are that not that many of them really believed him in the first place. Michonne, for example, doesn't seem too surprised when Glenn tells her that Eugene lied. Rosita just found him too pathetic to hate.
  • The Engineer: Ultimately ends up serving as the engineer for Alexandria as a whole. He even figures out a way to engineer homemade bullets. Which is the very reason why Negan kidnaps him and practically forces him to work for the Saviors as their Chief Engineer, a role Eugene thought up on the fly to lie to Negan.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In spite of his cemented status as a Dirty Coward, Eugene steadfastly refuses to leave Noah and Glenn behind on a supply run in "Spend."
  • The Evil Genius: Downplayed. While he's shown to be quite comfortable with life at the Sanctuary, he's still not evil by any stretch of the word, and clearly doesn't want to see his friends get hurt, even going so far as to ask Rick to stand down both times he challenges Negan.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Played With. He's kidnapped by the Saviors after Negan finds out that he crafted a bullet made out of a bullet casing and other raw materials. "Hostiles and Calamities" shows that Eugene joins the Saviors' ranks as their Chief Engineer in order to survive, and, possibly kill Negan once and for all. In "The Other Side", he refuses the first chance at escape that Rosita and Sasha offer him and is shown to be enjoying his duties as the Sanctuary's new engineer. In "Something They Need", he reveals to a captured Sasha that his reason for staying at the Sanctuary is because he doesn't want to be scared anymore, and encourages her to do the same to spare her anymore pain.
  • Foreshadowing: His satisfied smirk at the end of "Claimed" when the group is doubling back is a good sign he's hiding something. In "Self-Help", he reveals he's been purposely sabotaging the group's efforts to get to Washington to cover his lie.
  • Genius Ditz: While he does show a good deal of mechanical knowledge, especially with regards to sabotage, he can make some really, really dumb decisions sometimes. Notably, he seriously thought that putting broken glass in a fuel-line to sabotage a van was a good idea. As Tara was quick to point out, they were very close to all dying or being seriously injured. He mentions however that he was feeling extremely stressed at the time. After admitting to the group that the cure story was a ruse, he still decides it is a good idea to tell the violent and temperamental Abraham that he is "smarter than him."
  • Good Is Not Soft: Eugene's one of the nicest characters in the show, but is more dangerous than at first glance. When Dwight and the Saviors capture him and uses him as leverage against his group, Eugene immediately bites Dwight in the groin.
  • Groin Attack: He pulls one by biting Dwight in the dick while on his knees at gunpoint.
  • Hero Ball: Tells Abraham that he no longer requires his help because he believes that he's a fully capable survivor now and drives him away in order to prove himself. This results in him getting captured by the Saviors.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tries to pull one in the Season 6 finale by diverting the Saviors' attention with the RV so that Rick and the others can take Maggie to the Hilltop on foot. They all end up captured anyway, but Abraham still respects Eugene for being willing to go out that way, calling him a survivor and a hero.
  • Heroic Wannabe: Eugene lied about being a scientist so he could be seen as a heroic figure. Despite being uncovered later, he attempts to Take a Level in Badass to be a real hero and atone for his lies.
  • Incompatible Orientation: He has expressed some interest with Tara, who is a lesbian. However, he doesn't seem to mind it at all. This eventually goes away as they become legitimate best friends.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He's not very social and sometimes offends his friends.
  • Insufferable Genius: Just look at the quote. Subverted in that although he is pretty intelligent, he isn't the level of genius he was pretending to be.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Manipulates Rosita into letting him navigate and then leads the van to a position where they can meet up with Maggie's group and then rescue Glenn and Tara. Ultimately his jerk tendencies begin to taper off as his heart of gold begins to shine through during his Character Development.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Biting Dwight, Denise's killer, in the dick after he tries to force Daryl's friends to surrender.
  • Kill It with Water: His first unassisted attack on Walkers involved using a fire truck's water cannons. It works rather well.
  • Last Stand: Tries for one in Season 6 in order to try to divert the Saviors' attention from the rest of the gang. Everyone thanks him, Rick declares he's lucky to have him as family, and Abraham calls him a hero and strong survivor for this. Nobody says it, but the score and everyone's farewells make it clear nobody, Eugene included, expects him to survive the night. It ends up being for nothing as he ends up captured with the rest of the group anyway.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Rosita. Though according to his actor, Eugene sees Rosita as a sister he wants to have sex with.
  • Lovable Coward: All the group gladly protects him, as Eugene has probably never even killed a walker prior to the fifth season. It becomes less lovable though when it's revealed he tricked Abraham into protecting him, directly leading to the death of several people on the course of the journey.
  • MacGyvering: Knows how to make improvised versions of things like batteries and water filters out of whatever's on hand.
  • Machete Mayhem: Trains with a machete in the sixth season and later uses it to help eliminate a Walker herd.
  • Meaningful Background Event: In the middle of the reunions at the end of "No Sanctuary", he's shocked to see Rick and Carl reunite with baby Judith. Given his later admission of Survivor's Guilt, it's likely that he's horrified that his fool's errand may potentially add an infant to the list of casualties.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Putting the truck out of commission by spraying it with bullets, forcing the group to continue on foot.
    • The lie he spun about the cure lead to conflict and multiple deaths, all for nothing.
  • Non-Action Guy: His attempt to fire an assault rife simply ends up spraying bullets everywhere, including into Abraham's truck, specifically the fuel tank. Poor Abraham is left trying to figure out how a camel loaded with C4 didn't destroy one of those trucks but Eugene managed to put it out of commission. In Self Help, it's revealed that he purposely did that to slow his group down. However, Eugene ends up outgrowing this and then some by "No Way Out".
  • No One Gets Left Behind: In "Spend", when Tara is seriously injured in the warehouse, he carries her to the exit, even shooting a few walkers on his way out. Later, he provides a distraction by blasting the radio in Aiden's van, luring the zombies on the exterior away from the revolving door where Glenn, Noah, and Nicholas were trapped. Had it not been for him, all three likely would have died, not just Noah. This was all in spite of admitting his cowardice earlier in the episode.
  • Odd Friendship: With Tara. They get along pretty well even after his lie is exposed and are shown playing cards on the way to Alexandria. He even fights his way through a horde of walkers to save her, and when she recovers from a big injury, he has the first genuine smile he's ever had on the show.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Is growing into this role as time goes on.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Added to the opening credits in Season 7.
  • Protectorate: Eugene and the knowledge that he carries falls under this for Abraham and Rosita, whose primary goal is to safely transport him to Washington D.C. to flip the switch on the apocalypse.
  • Serious Business: Calling "dibs" is a serious thing with him.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: As part of his Ambiguous Disorder, Eugene tends to use long words and explain situations in a very clinical manner. He never uses one word when five will do.
  • The Smart Guy: He's one of the smarter characters on the show, which helps make up for his lack of survivor skills. When his group was attacked by walkers next to a fire station, he was the only one to think to climb on top of a fire truck and use the high-pressure hose to destroy the walkers. He becomes the definitive Smart Guy of the group after Glenn is killed. That is, until he's taken by the Saviors, and willingly becomes Negan's Evil Genius in order to survive.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: He's not very social around others, but he wants to be a noble hero like his friends.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: Eugene is quite proud of his southern heritage as exemplified in a conversation with Rosita. He has a strong accent and is highly intelligent.
  • Spock Speak: His response to Abraham questioning how he managed to shoot the fuel tank:
    Eugene: A fully amped-up state and an ignorance of rapid-firing weapons.
  • The Stoic: Doesn't exactly express much emotion.
    • Not So Stoic: When Abraham nearly forces the team into danger, Eugene breaks down and tearfully admits to his false pretenses as a gifted scientist, and later is just as tearful and shaken as the others during the Negan lineup. He's seen burying his face in his hands during Glenn's death and afterward.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: He's grown a little too overconfident in his newfound fighting abilities. He indirectly causes Abraham to leave him by bragging about these skills and gets captured by the Saviors. Fortunately, he's able to help fight the group and escape on his own.
  • Survivor's Guilt: He's memorized the names of all the people who have died on the mission to Washington, which he sadly recites when the truth comes out in "Self-Help".
  • Taught by Television: Eugene was an avid gamer who tends to compare the situations he gets into to the games he used to play.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "Self Help" he starts to get the hang of killing walkers. By "Spend", though, he is still not combat-proficient, with Tara encouraging him to stop being such a coward and begin pulling his own weight. After Tara is gravely injured in an explosion, Eugene succeeds in getting her out of the building (killing two walkers in the process), and drawing away the majority of them that had Glenn, Noah, and Nicholas trapped. When Nicholas tries to abandon the others, Eugene stands his ground and refuses to leave. He even starts to pull out a gun before Nicholas throws him to the ground. In "No Way Out", he refuses to be kept out of the second battle of Alexandria and fights ferociously to save his friends and his home. He even characterizes his increased competence in terms of RPG mechanic in "Twice as Far." "Hostiles and Calamities" takes this one step further by lying to Negan, stating he was some sort of bioengineer prior to the apocalypse, a statement that Negan actually believes and responds by making him Chief Engineer to the Saviors.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After he stops being an Insufferable Genius he starts acting more humble and friendlier upon joining Alexandria. In "Spend", he refuses to leave his team behind and even attacks Nicholas when he reveals that he's a bigger Dirty Coward than he ever was. Eugene cares a lot more for the safety of others than his own now.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Tries pulling a non-lethal one on Abraham, telling him that he's fully capable of protecting himself and no longer requires the soldier's protection.
  • Younger and Hipper: His comic counterpart is in his late thirties when he first appeared. According to The Other Wiki, he's in his mid thirties in the show.

    Rosita 

Rosita Espinosa

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"Dying is simple. The people dying around you, that's the hard part."
Portrayed by: Christian Serratos

"We don't want to kill. We don't like it. It happens."

Rosita Espinosa is a survivor of the apocalypse and a member of Sgt. Abraham Ford's survivor group, with whom she is in a relationship. After their group joins forces with Rick's survivors, Rosita develops friendships with Tara, Maggie, and Glenn. After they arrive in Alexandria, Rosita is assigned to be an assistant in the community's medical building.

Rosita's world is upended in Season 6 when Abraham ultimately leaves her for Sasha, coldly dumping her and never apologizing. Though Rosita is ultimately happy that Abraham has found happiness with someone else, they are never able to properly make peace before he is brutally murdered by Negan. The trauma of watching Abraham die and having his remains rubbed in her face, as well as Sasha taking Abraham's body to bury at Hilltop, severely harden Rosita, giving her a lust for revenge that brings about more harm than good for Alexandria, even after Rick begins properly fighting back.
  • Action Girl: She's shown to be quite skilled with a gun and doesn't show any concern about walkers.
  • Adaptational Badass: Her comic counterpart is more-or-less The Chick and nothing else. Here, she's highly competent, level-headed and very useful. When she tells Sasha in late season 7 that she had sex with numerous male companions she drifted to, it was largely just for fun to distract them while she learned all their skills. Her comic counterpart explicitly used sex to get protection, whereas this Rosita privately laughed at how men thought she needed to be protected.
  • Adaptation Expansion: While still a secondary character she's been given a lot more to do than her comic counterpart, who was shunted to the background almost immediately after her introduction. She also is a member of the Negan lineup and then becomes a main character in Season 7.
  • Adaptational Modesty: She wears a top beneath her tied shirt, thus showing less cleavage than her comic counterpart.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In Season 5's "Try", she gets a lot more lines and screentime when she and Michonne go out to make sure Sasha is okay. She gets another spotlight episode in Season 6's "Not Tomorrow Yet" as it deals with the fallout of Abraham dumping her, and later "Twice As Far" which deals with the drama between her, Abraham and Eugene.
  • Amicable Exes: After Abraham dumps her and after she and him work together to fend off Dwight, they're slowly on the path to becoming this. When Abraham is killed by Negan a few episodes later, she is devastated.
  • Ascended Extra: She is little more than a minor background character in Season 4, but gets a lot more to do in Season 5 and especially Season 6 and on. By season 7, she's become one of the main focuses, getting enough screentime to rival most of the main characters, and actually appearing in more episodes than anyone else that season, including Rick.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: In "The Other Side" she reveals to Sasha that the reason she's a jack of all trades is because she watched the various men who tried to protect her before she met Abraham, learning all of their skills.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Michonne and Sasha in "Try". She and Aaron also successfully watch each other's backs twice, during the fight against the Wolves in "JSS" and the raid on the Saviors' compound in "Not Tomorrow Yet."
  • Bare Your Midriff: In her first appearances in Season 4 she has her shirt tied into a knot so her midriff is exposed.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: After getting her face cut open by Arat. In subsequent episodes the wound forms into a small, barely visible scar, that in no way detracts from her attractiveness.
  • The Big Guy: In Season 7, she begins stepping into this role, as she becomes one of the group's most vicious, bullheaded fighters and taking the position from her deceased ex-boyfriend. She shares the role with Sasha, though they're hardly friends. Regardless, since Rosita is at Alexandria full-time while Sasha is at Hilltop with Maggie, Rosita is the most regular Big Guy of Rick's group.
  • Blood Knight: In Season 7, she's far too eager to fight the Saviors.
  • Brutal Honesty: She makes it no secret that she thinks Eugene is a bad fighter and won't survive on his own.
  • Cartwright Curse: Both her ex-boyfriend Abraham and potential new flame Spencer are killed by Negan in the first half of Season 7.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Rosita was always Brutally Honest and down-to-earth, but Abraham's murder, and the group's subsequent subjugation, at the Savior's hands is this for her causes her to become (justifiably) angry at the world. She snaps at Eugene every time they speak and seemingly only focuses on revenge at all costs after these events.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She seems to be permanently exasperated by the antics of her companions, and rolls her eyes so often it's a wonder they don't get stuck that way.
  • Death Seeker: Implied in "Hearts Still Beating", where the prospect of dying for killing Negan doesn't seem to faze her "as long as he goes first."
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: When training Eugene and the Alexandrians.
  • Friendship Moment: In "Try" where she and Michonne search for Sasha, quickly determining that she was hunting walkers and even fighting alongside each other and saving Sasha in the process. Though their efforts went in vain, they at least tried to comfort Sasha.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Calls Morgan a hijo de puta note  in "Not Tomorrow Yet" and drops other Spanish phrases throughout Season 7 (usually when she gets angry).
  • Guns Akimbo: She carries a pair of pistols, one of which is a two-tone SIG-Sauer P228.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Becomes the surgeon's assistant in Alexandria.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Suffers from one during the first half of Season 6 when Abraham doesn't return home from the herd mission, unsure if he's still alive or not. She's at it again when shortly after he does get back, he rudely dumps her.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Abraham.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Tara, a lesbian, has expressed quiet interest in her.
  • Kick the Dog: Tells Eugene he's still a weak coward even after his attempted Heroic Sacrifice in Season 6 and snaps at Sasha that just because they were both involved with Abraham, doesn't make them friends.
  • La Résistance: Quietly forms one against Negan in the first half of Season 7, asking Eugene to make her a bullet so that she can avenge Abraham's death.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Eugene, complete with sibling-esque bickering.
  • Love Triangle: In Season 6, Abraham is torn between her and his new feelings for Sasha. Rosita is oblivious to it until Abraham abruptly dumps her in "Not Tomorrow Yet".
  • Machete Mayhem: In Season 6, she instructs the Alexandrians how to fight zombies with a machete. It pays off in "No Way Out" as the Alexandrians are now an army of hack-and-slash killing machines.
  • Male Gaze: In "Claimed", the camera focuses on her rear (clad in the shortest tightest shorts you could find) as she bends over to grab something on the ground.
  • May–December Romance: She and Abraham are more or less two decades apart.
  • The Medic: She has a bit of medical knowledge, and is assigned to be an assistant in Alexandra's medical building after the group arrives there.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Initially, thanks to the bared midriff and tiny shorts. Averted from her third episode onwards, however, when she dons much less revealing clothing as winter approaches. Lampshaded in "Us" when Abraham and Tara discuss the latter's crush on her, and Abraham is amused (but not mad) that both Tara and Eugene check her out a lot. She gets a nude scene in "Knots Untie".
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has this reaction when her failed attempt to assassinate Negan gets Olivia killed and Eugene kidnapped.
  • Nice Hat: Her tan infantry field cap.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her failed attempt to kill Negan leads to Olivia's death and Eugene being taken hostage.
  • Official Couple: With Abraham until he dumps her in "Not Tomorrow Yet".
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When the sweet, wise Rosita is breaking down and crying and later calling Morgan a motherfucker in Spanish, you know it's serious business.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: According to Christian Serratos, Rosita grew up in a family of mostly men, including several brothers, and probably lost her mother at a young age. Her attitude and personality was modeled after how she saw her siblings behave.
  • Out of Focus: It took a while for her to gain more focus and Character Development, but she finally becomes a main character starting the second half of Season 6.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's played by the short, skinny Christian Serratos but is one of the group's most ferocious fighters.
  • Precision F-Strike: She's the first character in the series to drop one of these in "Not Tomorrow Yet" (not counting one from a dying Hunter) when she calls Morgan a hijo de puta, which in some dialects of Spanish means "motherfucker".
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Added to the main credits of Season 7.
  • Revenge Before Reason: She plans to kill Negan using a bullet she asked Eugene to make for her, despite warnings from Father Gabriel and Eugene himself that it will go wrong and someone else will have to pay the price. When Negan kills Spencer in front of her, Rosita snaps and fires at him. She misses, and it results in Olivia's death and Eugene's kidnapping.
  • Second Love: She is presumably Abraham's first girlfriend after his wife's death. When he dumps her, however, he makes it clear she wasn't really this, as he felt like she was the "last woman on earth."
  • Secret Keeper: Carol asks her to keep the whole debacle with Morgan and the Alpha Wolf quiet.
  • Sex for Solace: Sleeps with Spencer for fun after her harsh breakup with Abraham.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Until Tara and Glenn joins her, Abraham and Eugene.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: At the party in Alexandria.
  • Ship Tease: Spencer convinces her to have dinner with him in "Twice As Far", though Rosita later admits she was trying to get her mind off Abraham.
    • Ship Sinking: Any chance they might have had of getting together comes to a grinding halt with Spencer's death in the mid-Season 7 finale.
  • Spicy Latina: Averted initially. She's rather calm and collected, keeping her head in tense situations when others panic. Played straight in Season 7 as her desire to fight the Saviors consumes her, and she's more antagonistic towards everyone as a result.
  • Token Good Teammate: Compared to Abraham and Eugene, she's not as rough or as much of a jerk as them, and follows Glenn and Tara when they depart after Eugene ruins their ride. She even threatens Abraham to protect Eugene after the latter's lies are revealed, and later gives the two men the final push they need to make amends.
  • Token Minority: She's the first Hispanic to be part of Rick's group ever since Morales all the way back in Season 1.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season 7, she's far more hostile and sullen, after Abraham (and Glenn) is brutally murdered in front of her and Negan torments her with the bloody Lucille. She gets over it in Season 8.
  • Tough Love: She thinks of Eugene as a friend, but she outright tells him that he sucks at fighting.
  • We Used to Be Friends:
    • Rosita initially looked out for and cared about Sasha's well-being as much as any member of the group. However, when Abraham coldly dumps her to immediately hook up with Sasha, Rosita begins carrying a serious grudge towards Sasha. Despite Sasha's attempts to form a peace between them, Rosita refuses and outright says that while they're on the same side, they're not friends. They reach an understanding before Sasha goes on a Suicide Mission to kill Negan.
    • As of the Season 7 finale, Rosita no longer considers Eugene a friend, given his new loyalty to the man who killed Abraham, and when he says "I'm Negan", Rosita and Rick silently decide to detonate the explosives they had set up outside Alexandria, which would have killed Eugene had the Scavengers not already dismantled them.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Rosita calls Glenn out for pushing Tara so hard, telling him that he's only doing so because Tara feels that she owes Glenn.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Which shows She's Got Legs. Though after a few episodes she does receive a makeover that is less cartoonishly fan-servicey.
  • Wolverine Claws: Swiftly takes out a walker with a makeshift claw (made out of a belt) in the Season 5 premiere.
  • Younger and Hipper: Her comic counterpart is in her mid twenties when she first appeared. According to The Other Wiki, she's in her early twenties in the show.

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