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Survivors first introduced at Hershel's Farm on the television show The Walking Dead:
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The Greene Family
A family living in Georgia introduced in the second season. They own the Greene farm.
- Adaptational Badass: Their comic counterparts weren't presented as a Badass Family. The trope also applies to them individually.
- Adapted Out: Out of Hershel's seven children in the comics, only Shawn, Arnold and Maggie showed up. Beth is a Canon Foreigner.
- Badass Family: Rick and co., along with the Zombie Apocalypse, forced them to be.
- Belly of the Whale: The destruction of Greene Farm leads them to accept the new state of the world and follow Rick's group to survive.
- Death by Adaptation: Arnold Greene was killed in the comics' version of the barn massacre. Here, he's one of the walkers in the said barn.
- Decomposite Character: Hershel only had one dead wife in the comics.
- The Family That Slays Together: After they became a Badass Family. Most notably in the Season 3 premiere, where they all worked together to clear the prison.
- Farm Boy: If owning a farm is not obvious enough.
- Farmer's Daughter: Maggie and Beth, the former more so.
- The Heart: The Greenes are widely considered as the family of the show more than the Grimeses.
- Honorary Uncle: The Greenes eventually become more of a family to the Grimeses and to most of their eventual True Companions. In fact, the Greenes may well be considered the second most prominent family next to the Grimeses.
- Missing Mom: Maggie and Beth's respective mothers were dead before the series began.
- Named by the Adaptation: Hershel's late wife in the comics is unnamed. The show's Decomposite Character are respectively named Josephine (1st) and Annette (2nd).
- The One Guy: Of the surviving members of the family, Hershel is the last remaining male.
- Related in the Adaptation: Zig-Zagged. The family relationship in the comics got shuffled a bit. Hershel's late wife is split into two characters, Shawn was only Hershel's step-son, where he's his biological son in the comics. Likewise, Arnold, one his sons in the comics, became the nephew of his first wife instead.
- Religious Bruiser: They're very religious, and by Season 3, they're a very Badass Family.
- Second Episode Introduction: They, along with the surviving farm residents, were all introduced in "Bloodletting", the second episode of the second season.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Unfortunately, the family starts dropping like flies.
- Took a Level in Badass: While Hershel may have always been a Badass Grandpa, his daughters eventually become combat proficient fighters by Season 3.
- True Companions: With the other farm residents below. Eventually to the main group itself.
- Zombie Advocate: They keep walkers in a barn until mid-Season 2, thinking they were sick people.
Portrayed by: Scott WilsonHershel is the owner of a farm that was mostly spared by the zombie apocalypse. He allowed the survivors to stay on the farm during their search for Sophia, but secretly kept a barn full of walkers, including his wife and step-son, believing they were simply sick. After the group is forced to leave the farm, his medical knowledge is vital to their survival and makes him one of their main assets and leaders.When the group occupies the prison, Hershel tries to keep Rick on a moral path during the conflict with Woodbury and encounters with other survivors. After the end of the battle against Woodbury and the growth of the group in the prison, Hershel begins growing crops in the prison yard to provide food for the group. He becomes the head of the council leading prison (and by extension the leader of the entire community), and finds himself forced to step up to the plate when most measures to contain the plague fail. He is killed by The Governor in the mid-season finale of the fourth season as part of a bid to take over the prison, but dies happy that Rick has embraced his last lessons - that you can come back from the things you do to survive.
"I can't profess to understand God's plan, but when Christ promised a resurrection of the dead, I just thought he had something a little different in mind."
- Abusive Parents: His father beat him badly, causing Hershel to leave the farm until he died.
- Action Dad: When he needs to be.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Inverted. He didn't become as Wangsty as his comic counterpart. Having his children reduced to mainly two note and him being much more likable might have helped. The only time he came close to this was when he fell Off The Wagon after the mid-Season 2 finale, which he also quickly recovered from.
- Adaptational Badass: He's more combat proficient than his comic counterpart as evidenced in the Season 2 finale. Also, losing his leg doesn't stop him from kicking Walkers' ass. He even conceals a gun on his leg stump.
- Adaptational Heroism: He is more doting and compassionate than his comic counterpart.
- Adaptation Personality Change: He is more emotionally stable than his comic counterpart ever was.
- Age Lift: Went from being a few years to a decade older than Rick in the comics to being old enough to be his father.
- The Alcoholic: Got sober the day Maggie was born. He briefly fell off the wagon when the barn full of Walkers is cleared out.
- An Arm and a Leg: Due to getting his right leg bit while searching for Maggie and Glenn in the prison, Rick promptly makes a tourniquet then uses a hatchet to cut off part of the leg below the knee to stop the spread of the infection.
- And Starring: An odd example. Back when Scott Wilson was still in the "also starring" list during Seasons 2 and 3, he plays this straight. But when he finally got Promoted to Opening Titles in Season 4, he was mostly credited last but without the "And" citation. Yet when David Morrissey (The Governor) returns on-screen, he re-assumed having the last spot with the "And" billing from Season 3.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: His decapitated head reanimates not long after his death, and Michonne tearfully puts it down.
- Artificial Limbs: Has a peg-leg in Season 4.
- As the Good Book Says: He quotes from The Bible in several episodes.
- Back for the Finale: He appears in several flashback scenes in the Season 4 finale, eight episodes after his death.
- Badass: He sure knows how to use his God shotgun. His actor Scott Wilson speculates that Hershel was pretty wild in his youth.
- Badass Beard/Beard of Sorrow: He sports one beginning in Season 3.
- Badass Bookworm: He is well-versed in The Bible, being a devoted Christian and all.
- Badass Grandpa: Possibly older than Dale, and even more badass than him. Rick even brings him to the sit-down with The Governor that could potentially become a firefight, crutches and all.
- Breakout Character: Originally Hershel was to be killed off before the end of the second season (and again in the third), but Scott Wilson's warmth in his performance convinced the show runners to keep him on. After taking his level in kindness, Hershel became one of the most beloved characters on the show and eventually became one of the show's major characters, to the point his death became the emotional climax of the climactic prison war. Robert Kirkman even noted how hard it was to kill off Hershel, expressing sadness that Wilson wouldn't be on set the following year. Prior to the fourth mid-season finale, an entire video tribute was put together by the cast and crew, bidding farewell to Wilson and referring to him as a "legend". It's very easy to say that of all the characters killed off in the show, Hershel is the one character everyone misses.
- Cartwright Curse: Both of his wives died.
- Closest Thing We Got: Despite being a veterinarian, Hershel mostly treats the various scrapes, bullet wounds, and arrow wounds that the survivors tend to accumulate. He's also the prison group's main doctor during the flu epidemic, as Dr. Caleb quickly succumbs.
- Composite Character: His characterization for the prison arc (specifically the leg amputation and also becoming the Team Dad of the group) was fused with comic-Dale's, due to the latter's early exit from the show.
- Cool Old Guy: He's approaching seventy, but is an excellent shot and medic, dispenses good advice to the group, a little seen but witty sense of humor, and is extremely calm under pressure. The Governor even admits to liking him for the good man that he is when he's captured him.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Similar to Tyreese's fate in the comics, Hershel's neck is slashed in a botched decapitation attempt, and then it's followed up by the Governor hacking brutally away at the neck to decapitate Hershel completely.
- Crusading Widower: Twice.
- A Day in the Limelight: Season 4's "Internment" mostly revolves around his attempts to manage the illness spreading through the prison while waiting for the other to return with medication.
- Dead Star Walking: Gets promoted to the main cast of season four, but only appears in six episodes and with one being in a flashback.
- A Death in the Limelight: Season 4 heavily emphasized his role as the group's Team Dad. His A Day in the Limelight episode was also the last episode centered around the group before the mid-season finale where he eventually met his end.
- Scott Wilson remarked that even he started getting vibes that this trope was in effect, noting his speech about risking your life and "Internment" focusing on him were clear signs that Hershel's time was running out.
- Despair Event Horizon: When he sees first hand his walker neighbor shot and then put down by Shane. Then Shane forces his own group to massacre the walkers in the barn, including Hershel's zombified family and neighbors. He manages to recover quickly.
- Doesn't Like Guns: But he sure knows how to use them.
- Drowning My Sorrows: After the walker barn massacre and realizing that the walkers can't be helped.
- Easily Forgiven: He has an astounding amount of forgiveness in his old body, to the point of calmly advocating a peaceful merge with The Governor's militia.
- Farm Boy: He grew up on his farm and inherited it after his parents died.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Very much Averted. His absence is still very much felt long after his death, both in-universe and amongst the fandom.
- Go Out with a Smile: Because of Rick realizing that you can come back from the things you do to survive, he smiles knowing that he and his family at the prison will be alright when he's gone.
- Handicapped Badass: After losing a leg, Hershel does not usually exit the prison since he can no longer run (an inevitability on supply runs, as Daryl notes in season four). However, he quickly proves that he is still perfectly capable in close-combat with walkers, as evident when after a few minutes on his crutches, he uses them as weapons to kick walker ass.
- The Heart: Takes this job from Dale upon his death, and becomes perhaps the greatest example of this trope on the show. Dale was unwilling to accept killing a living man, deeming that they couldn't come back from doing such a thing. Tyreese later also avoided killing as best as he could. Hershel, on the other hand, believes that you can come back from the horrific things you do to survive, and thus accepts the violent, dangerous world full of horrible people he lives in. He even shows empathy for The Governor at times, though it's clear he'd kill him if it really came to it. After his death, Rick is disturbed to find that the people of Terminus basically became what he could've become if he hadn't had Hershel around to guide him, proving just how vital Hershel's position as The Heart was to the group.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Hershel is very untrusting of Rick's group during their stay on the farm, and does not appreciate their desire to stay permanently. While he was indeed quite a bit of a Jerkass, events in the latter half of the season prove that his fear of hostile groups invading his farm is perfectly justified when the group encounters Dave and Tony's group.
- Kindly Vet: He was a veterinarian before the apocalypse.
- Last Stand: Tries for one in the second season finale but gets rescued at the last moment.
- The Leader: He's a part of the council running the prison in the fourth season, and thanks to his wisdom and warm heart, is clearly the one with the most authority, making him the true leader of the prison community until he's captured and executed by the Governor.
- Little Brother Is Watching: In Season 4, when the prison has a block full of sick people, he takes extra precautions to make sure none of the patients witness him taking dead bodies from the block. Later during a walker outbreak he draws the walkers away from a cell with two children so they don't see him killing them with a shotgun.
- The Medic: As a veterinarian, he's the closest thing the group has to a doctor. Also serves as the Combat Medic in Season 3, until he loses his leg.
- Morality Pet: Towards Rick. Hershel is a sort of father figure to Rick, who he looks to for advice to do the right thing. Hershel even smiles proudly when Rick pleads to settle things peacefully with the Governor and his group, claiming that people aren't too far gone and can change from the bad things they have done.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Hershel saving Rick's son and letting the survivors stay on his farm ends up being something he later regrets. His oldest daughter gets into a relationship with Glenn, much to his disappointment. Rick and the survivors refuse to leave the farm and guilt trip him about it. And he watches in disbelief as his family and friends (whom are walkers) in the barn are slaughtered by Shane and the survivors after they find out about it.
- Not to mention that the Walker invasion of the farm was technically Rick's fault, as it was either the sound of Shane's firearm going off as Rick stabbed him or Carl shooting an infected Shane that alerted the Walker army to the location of the farm, and Hershel gets to watch as many of his friends are eaten alive overrun in the ensuing battle.
- Nice Guy: After warming up to Rick's group he essentially becomes Dale's replacement as the moral compass who is compassionate and friendly.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: Hershel reveals to Lori that he's a veterinarian, not a practicing surgeon. This does not comfort Lori at all considering that he's about to attempt a complicated surgical procedure on a critically injured Carl.
- Number Two: Along with Daryl to Rick during the third season. He is Rick's closest confidante, his mentor, and is let in on things the rest of the group isn't; plus, he and/or Daryl were put in charge several times during Rick's absence. We get a number of scenes where Rick confers with just Daryl and Hershel regarding their next move. Carl even suggests Rick take a break from leadership at one point and hands the reins to Hershel and Daryl. Merle refers to him and Daryl as Rick's "inner circle".
- Obi-Wan Moment: He gives Rick a warm, knowing smile before his decapitation.
- Odd Friendship: With Merle in Season 3. They share two mutual things: they are amputees and they like quoting The Bible.
- Off The Wagon: Following the barn massacre of the walkers. Luckily, he gets better quickly.
- Off with His Head!: His ultimate demise, courtesy of the Governor using Michonne's sword, in "Too Far Gone".
- Open Heart Dentistry: After Carl is shot, Hershel has to operate to remove the bullet fragments, but he had only done the procedure on animals before, since he is a veterinarian.
- Overprotective Dad: Both to his blood relatives and his step-kids.
- Parental Substitute: To Rick.
- The Patriarch: Both of his family and somewhat for the group.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: He initially only refers to Glenn as the "Asian boy", although he never treats him poorly. He later tells Glenn the country was built on immigrants, however. In the same conversation this is averted, as he gives Glenn his father's watch after realizing that Glenn and Maggie are attracted to one another, saying, "No man's good enough for your little girl until one is."
- Promotion to Opening Titles: In Season 4.
- Promotion to Parent: Upon Lori's death in childbirth and Rick's subsequent Sanity Slippage, he nobly takes it upon himself to more or less raise Judith for Rick while he recovers from his latest loss.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When he returns to his farm after recovering from his Heroic BSOD, the first thing he says to Shane when he raises his voice? A scathing attack that basically amounts to "Shut up, asshole, you're only here because Rick talked me into it."
- Religious Bruiser: He is the Token Religious Teammate of the group as well as the resident Badass Grandpa.
- Sacrificial Lion: In season 4.
- Selective Obliviousness: Towards the fact that walkers are no longer people. Shane shooting one without it dying convinces him he was wrong.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Hershel didn't survive the prison attack in the comics, but in the show he does. The first two, at least.
- Stepford Smiler: At the end of "Internment", he puts on a brave, smiling face after finally containing the plague, but the trauma of losing so many friends on his watch causes him to break down and cry once he's alone, and he can't even find solace in the Bible.
- Team Dad: Takes the role over from Dale after he dies. It helps that he's actually the dad to two members of the group. By Season 3, he advises on how to care for Judith, advises the rest of the groups on relationships, is Rick's main source of advice, and is the one who tries hardest to help Rick with his loosening grip on sanity. He ends up being the Team Dad to the entire prison community in the fourth season, and his death at the hands of the Governor immediately launches everyone into action.
- Technical Pacifist: He knows how to use a gun, but just doesn't like to.
- Token Religious Teammate: One of the few group members to keep any faith in God after the apocalypse started.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: By Season 4, Hershel had basically become the embodiment of everything that was still good in the world. So of course he had to die a horrific death in front of his family and friends.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He started as a very untrusting prick before mellowing down to the compassionate Team Dad that everyone loves.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Was prone to giving these to Rick and his group during their early days on his farm, until he mellowed out. However, during the third season, at the end of his patience with Rick, he yells at him to get his shit together and do something about the threat of Woodbury, raising his voice for the first time in a season. Even Merle looked surprised at his outburst.
- He later rightfully gives Rick hell about considering handing over Michonne to the Governor, and expresses immense disgust at Carl's execution of an ambiguously surrendering Woodbury soldier.
- White Shirt of Death: Was wearing his Iconic Outfit when he died.
- Zombie Advocate: He considers them merely sick people who could one day be cured until Shane finally demonstrates otherwise by shooting one through various vital organs to no effect. After this, he has no trouble helping to kill walkers.
Portrayed by: Lauren CohanMaggie is Hershel's oldest daughter, and the most welcoming member of the farm to the group. She quickly established a relationship with Glenn and became one of the groups main defenders and scavengers. She accepted Glenn's proposal near the end of Season 3. In season four, she loses both her father and apparently her sister, and becomes determined to find Glenn after the fall of the prison.
- Action Girl: Developed into one. As of Season 3, she begun to show herself able to hold her own along with Rick and the men. By the time the season ends, she's the most skilled gun user of all the women.
- Adaptational Badass: She's a credible Action Girl here compared to the comics. In fact, she is the most competent female member of the group in Season 3 until Michonne joins them. But as Michonne is literally a bad shot, Maggie is still the group's best Action Girl in terms of firearms.
- Michonne shows some proficiency in firearms in the Season 5 episode, "Try." Still, one could argue that Maggie is much better at firearms than she is.
- Adaptational Curves: She's notably taller and well-endowed than her comic counterpart.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Compared to her initially fragile comicbook counterpart, she's more assertive and emotionally strong from the get-go.
- Age Lift: From around 17 in the comic to 22 in the show.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has dark red hair, tall and is usually composed.
- Badass: Smacking a walker in the head with a baseball bat while charging it mounted on a horse is the most inventive attack on a walker we've seen so far.
Maggie: Just do whatever you're gonna do and go to hell.
- And while she didn't have much to do after that moment, she is absolutely a badass by Season 3. She's one of the five (or six, if you count Carl) main "field team" members, is one of the three people Michonne can honestly call a killer, and busted into quarantine to save her dad in S4. Her only response to the Governor's Shameful Strip and not-at-all-hidden threat to rape her is to tell him to do what he has to do, and then go to hell.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Sasha in "Alone" when they were surrounded by walkers near an ice cream truck.
- Badass Boast: When the Governor is about to rape her. It stops the Governor dead in his tracks.
- Bad with the Bone: When being held by Governor and Merle, she and Glenn used a walker's bone as weapon to attack Merle and one other Mook. Said other Mook is killed by stabbing the bone into his neck, anyway.
- Batter Up: Though Season 3 sees her switch to Machete Mayhem alongside Glenn.
- Battle Couple: With Glenn.
- Big Sister Instinct: Towards Beth. Also towards Carl, such as when she scolded Merle when he bluntly said Governor wants Rick's head.
- Broken Bird: What she has become as a result of the death of her father and the death of her little sister in the second half of Season 5.
- Calling the Old Man Out: When Hershel wants to kick Rick's group off of the farm.
- Composite Character: In the comics, Maggie has an older sister. Here, she takes the role of Hershel's eldest child. She also becomes the group's main (female) sniper in this continuity (until Season 5 when Carol steps up) instead of Andrea, due to the latter becoming an Adaptational Wimp and later dying.
- Death Wail: She gives an agonizing one after seeing Daryl carrying a life-less Beth out of the hospital.
- Distressed Damsel: Kidnapped by Merle alongside Glenn, but gets rescued, even killing one of the guards holding them captive.
- Evil Stole My Faith: Midway through Season 5, so many bad things have happened that Maggie admits she's lost her faith.
- Fanservice Pack: Helps that she's played by former model Lauren Cohan.
- Farmer's Daughter: Lampshaded by Glenn.
- Fiery Redhead: She's never afraid to voice her opinion or back down in an argument.
- Forced to Watch: She's made to watch the execution of her father, along with the rest of the main cast.
- Friendly Sniper: By Season 3, she's easily the best marksman among the female cast and by the end of the season she appears to have become the group's primary sharpshooter. In the Season 2 finale, she indicates that her upbringing on the farm may have had a hand in her proficiency with firearms. By Season 5, she shares this role with Sasha and Carol as the latter radically steps up her game.Maggie: You grow up country, you pick up a thing or two.
- Good Is Not Soft: She's one of the most moralistic characters on the show, but she's killed at least three humans, including a Woodbury guard who she stabbed in the throat with a walker bone. Notably, the only other unambiguously "heroic" characters to have taken human lives — not including Mercy Kills — are Rick, Michonne, and Carl.
- And while most of those kills are in some way self-defense, she's one of the few people to flat-out murder someone, since she's a good enough shot that she intentionally killed that militia girl in Woodbury.
- Horseback Heroism: When she saved Andrea at the beginning of Season 2.
- Jack of All Stats: After becoming a well-rounded Action Girl in Season 3. She's good with firearms, but not as great as Rick, Daryl, Hershel, or Carl. She's effective in melee combat, but not as competent as Rick, T-Dog, Glenn, or Michonne. Seems to be improving as of season 5, in which her marksmanship is only matched by Carol, Sasha, and Rick.
- Ms. Fanservice: She takes off her shirt and bra on more than one occasion, although the Shameful Strip by the Governor in Season 3 is most definitely not fanservice.
- Official Couple: With Glenn.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In "Us", she reveals that she deliberately caused the cave-in encountered by Glenn and Tara by unloading her last clip of bullets into the ceiling to cut off a horde of walkers.
- Parental Abandonment: She has two Missing Moms (Hershel remarried). She later witnesses her father being brutally killed in front of her.
- Plucky Girl: She will stop at absolutely nothing in her quest to find Glenn following the fall of the prison.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Beginning in Season 3.
- Promotion to Parent: Helps take care of Lori's baby after her death in Season 3.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Tends to generate this kind of dynamic when interacting with either Glenn or Beth, acting as the passionate, impulsive red to her husband's or sister's blue.
- Religious Bruiser: Not as much as her dad, but she's a bonafide devoted Christian and ass kicker.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge/Unstoppable Rage: Alongside Beth, she opens fire on the Governor's forces after Hershel is killed in "Too Far Gone".
- Sanity Slippage: In the second half of Season 4, her desperation to find Glenn causes her behavior to become increasingly erratic.
- Sexy Secretary: Becomes Deanna Monroe's assistant in Alexandria.
- Shameful Strip: Forced to do this in Season 3 by the Governor.
- Sole Survivor: She is the last remaining member of the Greene family as of Season 5.
- Statuesque Stunner: Stands 5'8 and is good looking.
- Token Religious Teammate: After her father dies, her sister gets abducted and killed and Gabriel undergoing a Sanity Slippage induced Face-Heel Turn, Maggie becomes the true religious voice of the group.
- Token White: In the trio with Bob and Sasha in the latter half of Season 4.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Beth's girly girl.
- Toplessness from the Back: In "Cherokee Rose".
- What the Hell, Hero?: By the look on her face in "Spend", she is hurt when Gabriel tells Deanna to not trust Rick's group and kick them out of Alexandria.
- Woman in Black: Wears mostly black outfits starting Season 3.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: A particularly cruel example. After the prison fell, Maggie operated under the mindset that Beth was dead during the second half of Season 4. In the episode from Season 5 "Coda" as she, Glenn and Abe return from their failed trip to DC, she is informed that they have a lead on where Beth is to her shock and delight. It is taken away from her when she arrives at the hospital where Beth is at to see Daryl carrying Beth's dead body in his arms. At which point Maggie drops to the ground and starts crying.
Portrayed by: Emily KinneyBeth is Hershel's youngest daughter, and the girlfriend of Jimmy. She develops a friendship with Carl and helps keep the groups spirits up through her singing. In Season 4, she has begun a relationship with Zach, a new member of the prison community. She tries to maintain a positive attitude despite all the horrors the group faces, and becomes close to Daryl when they flee the destroyed prison together.
- Action Survivor: Though she's definitely not among the most competent fighters in the group, by the beginning of Season 3, she's capable of defending herself if necessary and able to take out walkers without flinching.
- As of the Season 4 episode "Too Far Gone", it seems she's on her way to becoming a full-fledged Action Girl, as her father's death motivates her to take an active role in the ensuing battle and she later hits the road with Daryl after the prison is lost and the group is forced to scatter.
- Angst Coma: Following the barn walkers being shot and being attacked by her own undead mom. She snaps out of it, but starts thinking about suicide.
- Ascended Extra: She started off as little more than a background character, but slowly got more screentime and eventually became a main character in Season 4.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Very much averted in Season 5. She has two visible facial wounds (Which matches the ones Andrea's comic counterpart has) and to make matters worse, she dies via Boom, Headshot.
- Beware the Nice Ones/Beware the Quiet Ones: Easily one of the sweetest members of the group, and she doesn't tend to say too much, but when a fight breaks out between Merle and several of the others she responds by storming into the room and firing a pistol into the air to get their attention.
- Boom, Headshot: How she dies in Season 5, courtesy of Dawn.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Behaves this way for a short time after escaping the Prison with Daryl.
- Broken Bird: In Season 2, she outgrows it in Season 3.
- Break the Cutie: The loss of her mom and brother plus the barn massacre traumatized her pretty heavily. Her emotional state after Jimmy's death isn't really shown due to the time skip between Season 2 and 3, but she seems to have recovered pretty well. Until her death.
- The Bus Came Back: After vanishing before the fourth season finale, she returns in the fourth episode of the fifth season. She dies in the midseason finale.
- Canon Foreigner: She never appeared in the comics.
- Cartwright Curse: Both of her romantic interests ended up as zombie food.
- Celebrity Paradox/Product Placement: She sang an unplugged version of her actress' own song in Season 4.
- The Chick: Compared to all the women in the group (and cast), Beth fills every aspect of the trope in spades.
- Cute Bruiser: Heavy on the cute, low on the bruiser, but the principle is there.
- The Cutie: Of the Prison group.
- Cool Big Sis: When Carl has Precocious Crush on her, it's implied that she realized it. But since she's much older than him, the least she can do is act like a big sister to him. Also, after Lori's death, she is the one Daryl asked to keep an eye on Carl since Rick isn't in his best condition to be a good father.
- Damsel in Distress: She ends up kidnapped in "Alone".
- A Day in the Limelight: "18 Miles Out". Season 4 also brings us "Still", which serves as a dual day in the limelight for both Beth and Daryl. Her first appearance in season five qualifies as this as well.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments once she starts getting more screentime. She is a teenager, after all.
- Dead Star Walking: Gets promoted to the main cast of season five, but only appears in three episodes and dies in the third, the mid-season finale. Also falls under A Death in the Limelight, since this was the most involved Beth had ever been in the plot.
- A Death in the Limelight: The entire second quarter of Season 5.
- Despair Event Horizon: Crosses it following the barn massacre of the walkers. She eventually recovers.
- Doomed Moral Victor: Her final act of defiance in stabbing Dawn gets her killed, but it's also the catalyst that frees the Grady Memorial residents from Dawn's oppression when Daryl kills her in retaliation.
- Driven to Suicide: Halfway through Season 2, she comes to believe there is no hope left in the world, and tries to convince Maggie that they should kill themselves together. When she tries, she only makes a shallow cut on one wrist and can't go through with it. Ultimately, it's Interrupted Suicide.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Her death is very sudden and anticlimactic; she's instantly killed via a bullet to the brain when Dawn fires her gun by accident, after the group have already succeeded in rescuing her from the hospital.
- Due to the Dead: A big fan of this, much like her father: she insists on covering up a desecrated corpse even when no-one is around to see it, yells at Daryl for having a little too much fun killing walkers, and finds it "beautiful" that someone would still take the time to embalm corpses during the zombie apocalypse.
- Emotionless Girl: By Season 4, Beth is starting to edge into this territory; when Daryl tells her that Zach is dead, she responds with a simple "okay" and tells him that she doesn't cry anymore. Later shown not to be true when she breaks down crying at a couple points later in Season 4 during Hershel's execution and after the fall of the prison.
- Fanservice Pack: Thanks to her wardrobe.
- Farmer's Daughter: Not so obvious as with Maggie.
- Flipping the Bird: She gives Daryl the finger when she gets fed up living by his rules, and does it again when the two set a cabin on fire.
- Forced to Watch: Along with the rest of the prison group in "Too Far Gone" when the Governor executes her father.
- Girly Bruiser: While still more feminine than her older sister, she's a competent-enough Action Girl in her own right. This is more evident in Season 4.
- Glass Cannon: Like Carl, her lack of physical strength puts her at a great disadvantage in situations where she has been taken by surprise, shown most effectively in season 4 episode 10 (Inmates) where Daryl has to save her from a relatively low number of Walkers after she wanders off into the forest alone.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: By far the most innocent and sweetest character on the show. Which makes her death all the more heartbreaking.
- Hallucinations: An episode after her death, she sings to and comforts the dying Tyreese.
- The Heart: Nicest person in both Rick's group and the Grady Memorial Hospital.
- Heroic Sacrifice: A possible interpretation of Beth's last act. Beth stabs Dawn, knowing Dawn will kill her for it, to get Dawn killed in order to save Noah.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In Emily Kinney's own words, Beth died because of her overconfidence.
- Hidden Depths: Turns out to have quite a pleasant singing voice.
- The Idealist: After the prison group is scattered in the second half of Season 4, she is the most convinced that there's a chance they might be able to find each other again. Though there are a few hints that her positive attitude is at least partly an act to keep herself motivated.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Her great quest for her first drink. It's implied to also be an attempt to drown her sorrows.
- The Ingenue: She's by far the sweetest and most innocent character of the group.
- Innocently Insensitive: In her game of "I Never" with Daryl, she accidentally brings up a lot of painful memories for him.
- Kill the Cutie: In "Coda", the mid-Season 5 finale.
- Morality Pet: To Daryl after traveling together.
- Mundane Luxury: In "Still", she makes time to be a normal teenage girl, trying on nice clothes and spending a lot of effort trying to get her first alcoholic drink.
- Neutral Female: Initially, but eventually learns to handle herself in a fight.
- Never Say Goodbye: Beth refuses to say goodbye to Zach before he goes on the supply run, despite him telling her that it could be dangerous. She later tells Daryl that she's glad she didn't say it even though he doesn't return. She also never got to say goodbye to Hershel before his tragic fate, and to Maggie before Beth's own tragic fate.
- Odd Friendship: With Daryl starting in Season 4. Bordering on Ship Tease at times. Pity nothing will ever come out of it.
- Parental Abandonment: Her mom has been dead at the start of the story. While her father was brutally killed in front of her.
- Pink Means Feminine: Until "Arrow on the Doorpost", where she switched to wearing a white blouse. She dons a pink jacket in the Season 3 finale "Welcome to the Tombs", though.
- Promoted To Parent: She's the main caretaker for Judith. Lasts until the prison is overran, where the role is taken over by Tyreese.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: While she was promoted to series regular as of Season 4, her name only appeared in the OBB of season 5.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge/Unstoppable Rage: In the mid-fourth season finale after watching Hershel get executed by the Governor.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Flees the prison with Daryl once it becomes clear that sticking around is a losing proposition.
- Sacrificial Lion: In Season 5.
- Ship Tease: With Daryl in Season 4 and Noah in season 5. Carl also has a Precocious Crush on her in Season 3. Sadly, she dies before all of it can go anywhere.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Picks up an assault rifle alongside her sister in "Too Far Gone".
- Stepford Smiler: Shades of it in Season 4. Although on the surface she still appears cheerful and upbeat, her total lack of reaction to her boyfriend's death implies that she has become emotionally numb to trauma.
- More or less confirmed in "Still"; she admits that she really just wants to lay down and cry but "they don't get to do that".
- Technical Pacifist: If firing a pistol just to stop three of her teammates from arguing are any indication.
- Tempting Fate: In "Still", she boasts that she'll never die to Daryl, but claims he would badly miss her should she. In "Coda" Beth is killed and Daryl is absolutely heartbroken.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Maggie's tomboy.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: She managed to survive over and over again, despite being almost useless (except for her singing voice). Then she ups her badass quotient a bit in the fifth season. Boom, Headshot.
- Took a Level in Badass: Pretty much the everyone in the group did (to varying degrees) during the time skip between Seasons 2 and 3, Beth included. She doesn't take part in much on-screen action and is presumably still pretty low tier in her group, but the sole fact that she even can fight is a huge step up in and of itself.
- During the Season 3 premier, she's briefly seen standing watch with a gun. Later that episode, we see her stabbing walker-heads through a chain link fence and then joining in with the rest of the group as they open fire on the horde.
- After a fight breaks out between Maggie, Glenn, and Merle, she promptly storms into the room and fires a pistol into the air to stop them.
- The death of her father in "Too Far Gone" angered her so badly that she even picked up a rifle and joined in the battle to defend the prison against the Governor.
- She takes another one in "Slabtown".
- Unable to Cry: By Season 4, she has gone through so much grief that she tells Daryl that she doesn't cry anymore, even after learning that her new boyfriend Zach has died. She gets over it in "Isolation", after learning Hershel is treating the sick inhabitants of the prison and risking his own life in doing so. However, watching the Governor behead her father shows that she's still got some tears in those ducts.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Her fate following her kidnapping is still unresolved as of the Season 5 premiere. It's finally resolved when she returns in "Slabtown".
Other Hershel Farm Survivors
Portrayed by: Pruitt Taylor VinceOtis is a farmhand on Hershel's farm. After accidently shooting Carl, he accompanies Shane to recover medical supplies. Shane shot him and left him to be eaten by walkers so he could escape with the supplies.
- Adaptational Curves: Inverted. His comic counterpart has the more fit appearance.
- Adaptational Heroism: His comic counterpart is more of a Jerkass and is The Friend Nobody Likes.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He had red hair in the comics.
- Age Lift: From the comic version, going from his being in his late 20's to somewhere in his 40's or 50's.
- The Atoner: He volunteers to get medical supplies to help Carl, who he accidentally shot.
- Badass: Complete with Badass Beard and Bald of Awesome. He saves Shane's life from walkers a few times during their mission.
- Death by Adaptation: In the comics, he is Killed Offscreen screen in the prison arc by being Eaten Alive by walkers and later put down by Rick.
- Eaten Alive: After Shane shoots him in the knee to serve as bait.
- The Lancer: He is Hershel's right-hand man.
- Nice Guy: Even more so than in the books, where he's a racist. Otis is torn up over accidentally shooting Carl, and immediately volunteers to help get the medical supplies needed to save him. He also refuses to abandon Shane to the walkers, but this gets him killed, as explained in the No One Gets Left Behind entry.
- No One Gets Left Behind: He absolutely refuses to leave Shane behind to be eaten by walkers, but this ends up getting Otis killed as Shane decides that he can't risk them both dying and being unable to get the medical equipment to Hershel, leading him to shooting Otis in the knee and leaving him as a distraction for the walkers.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Shane made the decision for him.
Portrayed by: Jane McNeillOtis' wife, she aids Hershel in maintaining the farmhouse. She was eaten by walkers when Hershel's farm was attacked.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Not necessarily intelligence, but levelheadedness and common sense. Saying that her comic counterpart is extremely Too Dumb to Live is a huge understatement.
- Age Lift: From the comic version, going from being in her mid-20's to her mid-40's.
- Bit Character: No pun intended.
- Death by Adaptation: In the comics, she died when the Governor attacked the prison.
- Demoted to Extra: None of the characterization given to her in the comics made it into the show.
- Eaten Alive: In the second season finale as the group flees the farm, a walker comes out of nowhere to grab her and proceeds to munch down as a few other walkers join him.
- Happily Married: She and Otis appeared to have a very loving relationship.
- Red Shirt: Gets very little screen time or characterization before dying.
- Widow Woman: After Otis dies.
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Portrayed by: James Allen McCuneA young farmhand on Hershel's farm, and the boyfriend of Beth. He was eaten by walkers when Hershel's farm was attacked.
- Bit Character: He's such a minor character that most reviewers didn't even bother to learn his name.
- Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the comics.
- Eaten Alive: While driving the RV, walkers manage to burst in while it's parked during his rescue of Rick and Carl and eat Jimmy before he can escape.note
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: To Beth, though this might be partially excusable due to the following episode taking place months later.
- Heroic Fire Rescue: During the second season finale, Jimmy takes the RV and rescues Rick and Carl from the burning barn as the walkers attack. Unfortunately, he gets eaten when walkers break into the RV.
- Gangsta Style: He holds his gun like this during training. After T-Dog tells him not to, he becomes much more accurate and is later able to kill a few walkers when the farm is attacked.
- The Generic Guy: He has pretty much zero discernible character traits.
- Nice Hat: He is often seen wearing a straw cowboy hat.
- Red Shirt: So much so that the cow Dale finds mutilated in the field was originally meant to be Jimmy's body. Jimmy is such a bit part that his death was replaced with a cow and it made very little difference.