Characters: The Walking Dead TV Show Abrahams Group
Members of the Abraham's group from the television show The Walking Dead:
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Sergeant Abraham Ford
Portrayed by: Michael CudlitzSgt. Abraham Ford is a survivor and former member of the military. He is attempting to deliver Eugene to Washington DC, believing he has the answer to the cause of the zombie plague.
"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."
- Action Dad: He's revealed to have two kids.
- Deconstructed: His brutal dispatching of a violent group scared his family away, and they were killed as a result.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Badass: He is a crack-shot and wields a crowbar with deadly efficiency.
- Badass Mustache: Has a handlebar mustache, something the comic fans were very happy got carried over.
- The Big Guy: Fulfills this role when he falls in under Rick and especially after Tyreese's death.
- Blood Knight: Abraham clearly enjoys killing walkers, which freaks Tara out a bit since she has never seen anyone smile while putting them down.
Glenn: I'm sorry I punched you
- Lampshaded in this conversation:
Abraham: I'm not. (smiles) I like to fight.
- Deconstructed in "Self Help" which reveals that, while his brutality is useful against the walkers, it ultimately made his family abandon him.
- Brutal Honesty: Abraham tells the truth and doesn't sugarcoat things. This doesn't earn him friends, but it does earn him respect.
- 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.
- 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. It was only meeting Eugene that prevented it.
- Fiery Redhead: He's a strong, aggressive, and determined character with a bit of a temper problem.
- Fire-Forged Friends: As Abraham and Rick are both alpha's, 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.
- Heroic BSOD: 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.
- 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.
- 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 Glen 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.
- Kick the Dog: Telling Glenn that Maggie was probably dead, after Glenn has no clue where she is, counts for sure.
- The Leader: Seems to be the leader of his small group, although Eugene actually seems to be calling the shots on their destination and any side trips they might undertake. He briefly retakes the role when he leads a small party to Washington, but when Eugene's deception is exposed, he returns to the rest of the group and falls in under Rick.
- In Alexandria, he becomes The Leader of the community's construction crew.
- 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.
- Official Couple: With Rosita.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: In Season 5.
- Rated M for Manly: He fits the stereotypical "macho" characters to a T.
- Red-Headed Hero: 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."
- 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.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Says shit quite a bit, and also drops the amusing line "son of a dick".
- 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).
- Took a Level in Kindness: After his Heroic BSOD he mellows out somewhat and develops an Undying Loyalty toward Rick.
- Undying Loyalty: After falling in under his command, he develops this to Rick.
- 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.
- You Are in Command Now: Abraham becomes leader of the construction crew in Alexandria after Tobin steps down.
Portrayed by: Josh McDermittDr. 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".
"I appreciate the positive affirmations and looking the other way on the perversion, but I know empirically and definitively I cannot survive on my own."
- 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.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Eugene is blond in the comics.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Shows more than a few Asperger's traits due to his flat, monotone delivery and clinical way of speaking.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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"
- 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."
- 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.
- Incompatible Orientation: He has expressed some interest with Tara, who is a lesbian. However, he doesn't seem to mind it at all.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Survivors 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Survivors 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".
- 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, making it clear that Eugene was willing to shoot Nicholas had he tried anything rash.
- 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.
- 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.
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Portrayed by: Christian SerratosRosita Espinosa is a survivor of the apocalypse and a member of Sgt. Abraham Ford's survivor group, with whom she is in a relationship.
"You ain't herding sheep now, Abraham. Eyes on the prize"
- 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.
- Adaptation Expansion: While still a pretty minor 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.
- 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. Given the recent trend of characters dying as they suddenly start getting more screentime, some were worried she would follow the same trend, but it was averted.
- Ascended Extra: She is little more than a minor background character in Season 4, but gets a lot more to do in Season 5.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Michonne and Sasha in "Try".
- Badass: She made it evident in the Season 5 premiere that she does NOT need a gun to defend herself against walkers, forming Wolverine Claws out of her earrings and slashing a walker with a killing strike. In "Try", though she's teamed up with pistol-wielding Michonne and Cold Sniper Sasha, she only has a knife during the mass walker ambush and holds her own very well. She even smashed in a walker's kneecap before taking it out.
- Bare Your Midriff: Wears her shirt tied into a knot so her midriff is exposed.
- 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.
- 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.
- Genre Savvy: Knows to take out a walker's legs as shown in "Try."
- Guns Akimbo: She carries a pair of pistols, one of which being is a two-tone SIG-Sauer P228.
- Hello, Nurse!: Becomes the surgeon's assistant in Alexandria.
- Incompatible Orientation: Tara, a lesbian, has expressed quiet interest in her.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Eugene, complete with sibling-esque bickering.
- May-December Romance: She and Abraham are more or less two decades apart.
- 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 have a discussion about her, and Abraham is amused (but not mad) that both Tara and Eugene check her out a lot.
- Nice Hat: Her tan infantry field cap.
- Official Couple: With Abraham.
- Out of Focus: Compared to Abraham and Eugene, she's only just starting to receive more screen time and development.
- Second Love: She is presumably Abraham's first girlfriend after his wife's death.
- The Smurfette Principle: Until Tara and Glenn joins her, Abraham and Eugene.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: At the party in "Alexandria".
- Spicy Latina: Averted, actually. She's rather calm and collected, keeping her head in tense situations when others panic.
- 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 Latina to be part of Rick's group ever since Morales all the way back in Season 1.
- 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.