Characters from the television show The Walking Dead who don't fit on any of the other character pages:
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"Boy there's got a gang, 30 men. They have heavy artillery and they ain't looking to make friends. They roll through here, our boys are dead. And our women, they're gonna wish they were."tA nomadic group of hostile scavengers traveling southward down the east coast. They prey upon other survivors, robbing, raping, and killing them. Originally formed in Philadelphia, they eventually make their way to Georgia, where a small group of them have a bloody encounter with Rick's group before moving on.
— Daryl Dixon
- Adaptation Expansion: The Walking Dead Social Game expands on them a bit. Their leader is a man named Harlan, who believes that reverting to primitive ways will prevent future outbreaks. Sean has a brother named Willie, who goes to search for him after Dave and Tony's group disappears, but he is killed by walkers.
- Apocalypse Cult: They have taken a blood oath and reverted to primitive, tribal ways so as to never experience an apocalyptic outbreak again.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comic.
- Decomposite Character: The group has no comic counterpart, but their role in the story as the Wake-Up Call Boss to introduce the theme of hostile human survivors being more dangerous than the dead was originally possessed by Thomas Richards in the comic.
- Disaster Scavengers: They roam the countryside taking whatever they want by force.
- The Dreaded: Once the group encounters them, they become morbidly afraid of them and for good reason, since they're outnumbered and outgunned.
- Greater-Scope Villain: This group's appearance rocks Rick's group to the core. It's the threat of this much larger, heavily-armed group that becomes a driving force behind the conflict over what to do with Randall for the rest of Season 2.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: They introduce the concept that, in the middle of a global Zombie Apocalypse, other living people are also a genuine threat.
- Karma Houdini:
- Aside from the few members who appear and are killed, the majority of the Living go unpunished for the atrocities they have committed.
- Averted in The Walking Dead Social Game, where a large amount of the group is killed and their leader Harlan is captured by Woodbury and likely executed.
- Knight of Cerebus: While the show was dark before they arrived, it hadn't begun to plumb the depths people could sink to after the end of civilization.
- Mythology Gag: They mention having initially headed towards a refugee camp near Washington, D.C.
- Named by the Adaptation: The Walking Dead Social Game reveals that the group calls itself The Living.
- Not Using the "Z" Word: They call zombies "lamebrains" and "roamers."
- Nothing Is Scarier: Aside from a small group of them consisting of Dave, Tony, Randall, Sean, and Nate, we never see the rest of the Living or their camp. Furthermore, most of their horrific actions are described, not shown, leaving them up to the viewers' imaginations.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: They commit gang-rape.
- The Unfought: Rick's group only ever encounters a five-man scouting party of them.
Portrayed by: Michael ZegenA young man who went to school with Maggie and joined the Living when they got to Georgia. He is captured by Rick's group, forcing them to come to a decision on what to do with him. Shane later frees and kills him, causing him to reanimate and he is put down by Glenn.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Frantically says whatever he can to keep Rick and Shane from pulling the trigger on him.
- Ambiguously Evil: We never quite find out whether he's truly dangerous or not before he's murdered by Shane.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: Turns into a walker after Shane snaps his neck, and is put down by Glenn.
- Asshole Victim: Possibly. Depends on if you believe he really was innocent the whole time.
- Blatant Lies: He was lying about knowing where his group was, as he happily complies with Shane's faux request to be brought to them. It's implied that he was telling the truth otherwise.
- Bound and Gagged: How Rick and Shane keep him for most of "18 Miles Out".
- Butt Monkey: He gets impaled through the leg when he fails jumping off a roof, gets trussed up in a car, left for dead accidentally by Rick and Shane and told repeatedly to shut up by them. Then, he gets tortured by Daryl and nearly executed. And then he gets his neck snapped and becomes a walker.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- Car Fu: He crushes a walkers head in while driving in "18 Miles Out".
- Motor Mouth: Notes this himself, telling Shane he talks a lot when nervous.
- Neck Snap: How Shane kills him after leading him into the woods.
- Roof Hopping: He tries this and fails spectacularly.
- Saying Too Much: When Daryl is interrogating him, he mentions that his group gang-raped two teenage girls in front of their father, but insists he did not participate. Daryl doesn't believe him.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Randall staying alive is what exacerbates the conflict between Rick and Shane until their eventual breaking point.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He thinks that telling Rick and Shane that he knows Maggie means that they'll spare him due to the connection and a sense of empathy. It actually makes the argument that they should kill him even more convincing, even to Rick, as that means he knows where the farm is and by extension he could bring his friends there.
Portrayed by: Michael Raymond-JamesA member of the Living from Philadelphia who meets Rick, Glenn, and Hershel in a bar in Georgia in an intense encounter that ends in his death at Rick's hands.
- Boom, Headshot: He is slower at the quick draw than Rick.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- Deadpan Snarker: Most of his lines are snarky attempts to get Rick and the others to open up.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: He's the Good Cop to Tony's Bad Cop. He's polite and talkative, putting Rick, Hershel, and Glenn at their ease. Glenn buys it. Rick and Hershel don't.
- Faux Affably Evil: He is extremely polite in his conversation with Rick, Glenn, and Hershel, but the entire time something seems off about him; he just keeps pushing at Rick's stonewall responses. After Rick refuses repeatedly to take Dave and Tony to their camp, he reveals his true colors and goes for his gun.
- Perma-Stubble: Has a trimmed Beard of Evil-esque one.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in his debut episode not five minutes after being introduced.
Portrayed by: Aaron MunozDave's fatter friend who traveled with him from Philadelphia, Tony is a lot ruder than Dave. He was killed alongside Dave by Rick when they attempted to force him to reveal where his camp was.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- Coup de Grâce: Rick shoots him once each in the shoulder and gut, then finishes him off with a bullet to the head.
- Fat Slob: Aside from his unkempt look, he pees on the floor in front of everyone!
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: While Dave puts the good guys at their ease, Tony has more of a temper. He's also casually misogynistic and pisses on the floor.
- Jerkass: Unlike Dave, he makes no effort at trying to be friendly.
- Perma-Stubble: See the picture.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: His concern for "cooz" is disturbingly out of place.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: When he explodes that he'd be willing to kill the trio, Dave steps in to calm the situation, but even Glenn realizes this isn't as casual and friendly as Dave would like it to seem.
- Urine Trouble: It's his inappropriate th of places to tinkle which drives the point home that he and Dave are probably not good news.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Tony is violent and pees where ever he likes... and that's about all we got of him before Rick takes him out.
Portrayed by: Phillip DeVonaAnother member of Dave's group.
- Bit Part Bad Guy: He is a very minor character that gets into a shootout with Rick, Glenn, and Hershel before fleeing.
- Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the comics.
- Deadpan SnarkerNate: We're looking for Dave and Tony and nobody checks the damn bar?
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Sean gets shot he decides to abandon him and drive away and calls on Randall. When Randall falls on the gate and his leg gets impaled on a gate, Nate abandons him as well.
- Revenge Before Reason: Unlike Randall and Sean, he wasn't willing to go back to the rest of his group without killing Rick, Glenn, and Hershel for killing Dave and Tony even after Rick explains to him what happened. After Sean got wounded and Walkers began approaching, he decided fleeing was a better idea.
Portrayed by: Keedar WhittleA member of Dave's group who gets killed in the confrontation with Rick, Hershel, and Glenn.
National Guard Group
National Guard Group
Portrayed By: Julio Cesar Cedillo, Gary Weeks, Troy Faruk, Mike Mayhall, Dwayne Boyd, Matthew Austin Murray, Philip Dido, Scott Dale, Bob FisherA small group of National Guardsmen with a large amount of military hardware, including a helicopter. They are killed by the Governor for their supplies.
- Acting for Two: Bob Fisher plays two members of the group. Scott Dale also plays Lou, a member of the Claimers, in Season 4.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: Sean reanimates after death and is put down by the Governor. The Woodbury soldiers are kind enough to prevent this from happening to the rest.
- Black Dude Dies First: Sean, who is thrown from the helicopter during the crash and sliced in half by the blades.
- Dangerous Deserter: Averted. They seem pretty friendly.
- Every Helicopter Is a Huey: Their helicopter.
- I Surrender, Suckers: The Governor rides up waving a white flag to lull them into a false sense of security.
- Kill 'em All: Two are killed in a helicopter crash and the other nine are murdered by the Woodbury survivors.
- The Lancer: Corporal Brady serves as this to Lieutenant Welles, running the camp in his absence.
- Once a Season: Their helicopter appears once in each of the first three seasons in "Days Gone Bye," "Beside the Dying Fire," and "Walk With Me."
- Red Shirt: None of them get any characterization and only exist to be killed by the Woodbury survivors.
- Sacrificial Lamb: They die to show the audience what kind of person the Governor is.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: They fled their posts with a lot of gear in tow after an outbreak at the refugee camp they were guarding.
- Small Role, Big Impact: First, Rick follows their helicopter directly into a swarm of walkers, leading to him getting trapped in the tank and meeting the Atlanta survivor camp. Furthermore, this also inadvertently starts up the herd that drives the group off the farm. When the helicopter crashes, it brings Andrea and Michonne into contact with the Woodbury survivors. Then the audience sees the Governor's true nature when he slaughters the remaining soldiers. Finally, the Woodbury army uses their weaponry in their war with Rick's group.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Flying over Atlanta starts up the herd that drives Rick's group off the Greene Family Farm and kills Jimmy and Patricia in "Beside the Dying Fire."
Portrayed By: Julio Cesar CedilloThe leader of the National Guard group. After the helicopter crash, he is taken hostage by Woodbury and later executed.
- A Father to His Men: Is devastated when told that the rest of his group is dead.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: He reanimates after death. At least, his head does.
- Dead Guy on Display: His head winds up in the Governor's aquarium.
- Killed Offscreen: By someone in Woodbury.
- The Leader: Of his group.
- Off with His Head!: His head is cut off, either after death or the cause of it.
- Red Shirt: Gets little characterization.
- Token Minority: The only Latino in his group.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed in his first appearance.
Rockford Tent City Survivors
Portrayed by: Ashley BellKarina is one of two survivors the walker herd attacking the Rockford tent city.
- Accidental Murder: She tells Dr. Gale that during the early days of the Zombie Apocalypse, she shot a man in the woods after mistaking him for a walker and he choked to death on his own blood. When a small girl with the man started screaming, Karina panicked and fled.
- Canon Foreigner: She never appeared in the comics.
- Driven to Suicide: After she thinks Paul died, she decides she doesn't want to be the Sole Survivor of her group and asks Doctor Gale to help her commit suicide with drugs.
- My Greatest Failure: In the above mentioned Accidental Murder, Karina knows that she left that little girl to die alone in the woods, and thinks that she will also die alone as punishment.
- Not Using the "Z" Word: She calls zombies "decays."
- The Promise: Like all members of her group, she swore an oath upon joining that "One lives. All live." The burden of thinking she is the only one left breaks her, and she commits suicide.
- Sole Survivors: She and Paul are the only members of their group to survive the walker attack on their camp. After thinking that Paul has died, Karina decides she doesn't want to be the only one left and commits suicide.
Portrayed by: Wyatt RussellPaul is the other survivor of the walker herd attack on the tent city. He was injured during the attack, causing Karina to desperately search for medical supplies to treat him.
- All There in the Manual: It's revealed he chained the hospital cafeteria doors and painted "DONT OPEN DEAD INSIDE" on them.
- Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the comics.
- One Steve Limit: Averted: There are two other Paul's in The Walking Dead TV universe: one at Woodbury, and the other a minor character in the Dead Reckoning flash game.
- The Promise: Like all members of their group, he swore an oath upon joining that "One lives. All live." When he discovers that Karina killed herself when she thought he was dead instead of living up to the oath, he is disappointed and angry, but swears to live up to it himself and takes walker!Karina with him.
- Sole Survivors: He and Karina are the only ones who escape the walker attack on their group. He becomes the only survivor after Karina commits suicide.
A group of around thirty survivors living in a makeshift camp in rural Georgia. Martinez founds the group after abandoning the Governor, who eventually finds him and joins the group under the alias "Brian Heriot" along with the Chambler family. He kills Martinez and takes control of the group, using them to attack the prison for a final confrontation with Rick's group that gets all of them killed, including himself.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: One of them, a man in a red plaid jacket, gets shot in the chest by Lizzie Samuels. He later reanimates and is used as a pet walker by Michonne in "After."
- Canon Foreigner: The group never appears in the comic.
- Expy: The camp and some of its residents bear a strong resemblance to the Atlanta survivor camp from Season 1.
- Mildly Military: A number of them have military experience.
- Redshirt Army: The Governor gets them all killed.
Portrayed By: Kirk AcevedoMitch is Pete's older brother. He was a tank operator in the army, but abandoned his post with his tank shortly after the Zombie Apocalypse started.
"End of the world don't mean shit when you got a tank."
- Asshole Victim: It's telling that Daryl still killed him after he surrendered.
- Bald of Evil: Which he keeps covered with a military cap.
- Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the comics.
- Character Death: Daryl shoots him in the chest with a crossbow.
- Dangerous Deserter: Abandoned the military with his tank as soon as the shit hit the fan, and he is willing to kill other survivors to get supplies.
- The Dragon: To Martinez. Becomes one to the Governor after the latter murders Pete.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Averted. At first, he's angered and saddened by Pete's death at the hands of the Governor but he gets over it very quickly and becomes the Governor's dragon.
- Jerkass: He is a total asshole to everybody. He is actually somewhat similar to Merle, but without the redeeming qualities.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: After Daryl forces him into the open with a grenade rolled down the barrel of the main cannon, detonating inside the tank, Mitch surrenders to him. It doesn't do any good, however.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Mitch is the more violent, jerkass of the two Dolgen brothers.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Wears tank tops and vests, which shows off his muscular build.
- Sociopathic Soldier: He has no problem with murder or theft, stealing a tank when he bailed out on the Army at the first convenient oportunity.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Mitch appears to be one for Merle, as a ruthless Jerkass with a Sibling Yin-Yang type relationship with his more compassionate younger brother. He even becomes The Governor's new Dragon, and ultimately proves to be worse than Merle due to not seeking revenge for The Governor killing his brother.
- Tank Goodness: He was a tank operator in the army, and still has his tank with him at the camp.
Portrayed By: Enver GjokajPete is Mitch's younger brother, and was part of the army like him. He was stationed at Fort Benning before abandoning his post and joining his brother.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: He reanimates after being dumped in a nearby lake by the Governor, with a chain attached to his ankle to weigh him down.
- Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the comics.
- The Chains of Commanding: Feels them immediately after taking the camp leadership position following the death of Martinez, as he mentions to Brian while the two were having a conversation.
- Dragon Ascendant: He goes from The Dragon (more of the Dragon Their Feet) to the leader in "Dead Weight" after Martinez's death.
- In the Back: Gets it both literally and figuratively in "Dead Weight", courtesy of the Governor.
- Nice Guy: He refuses to kill or steal supplies from other survivors, instead wanting to have them join their group. His attitude ultimately gets him killed, as the Governor sees him as weak.
- Number Two: To Martinez.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Pete is the more level-headed, compassionate of the two Dolgen brothers.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: The reason that he's taken out of power by the Governor, who stabbed him in the back figuratively and literally.
Portrayed By: Juliana HarkavyAlisha was in the army reserve before the Zombie Apocalypse.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Tara, initially.
- Boom, Headshot: Courtesy of Lizzie.
- Canon Foreigner: She never appeared in the comics.
- Lipstick Lesbian: With Tara.
- Vasquez Always Dies: By far the most combat-proficient of the named females in the Governor's party, and the only one to die.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed in her second episode.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Deconstructed. The children she failed to kill are creepy children who don't think twice shooting her in case she averts this trope.
"See, going it alone, that ain't an option nowadays. Still, it is survival of the fittest. That's a paradox right there. So I laid out some rules of the road to keep things from going Darwin every couple hours. Keep our merry band together and stress-free. All you got to do is claim. That's how you mark your territory, your prey, your bed at night. One word: claimed."A small group of marauders in Georgia led by Joe who come into conflict with the group. They have strict rules about "claiming" supplies and not violating another's claim, under penalty of beatings or even death. When Rick kills one of their own, the group shifts gears to track him down, taking in Daryl, and leading to a brutal confrontation with their target.
- Adaptation Expansion: Their role in the plot prior to "A" is an invention of the show.
- Adaptation Name Change: They are called the Marauders in the comics.
- Asshole Victims: Every single one of them had it coming.
- Canon Foreigner: While Joe, Tony, and Dan correspond to the three Marauders from the comic, Len, Harley, Billy, and Lou do not.
- Disaster Scavengers: They roam around looting abandoned buildings and robbing, raping, and killing survivors.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Not out of any inherent morality, but their rules are all that keep them from tearing each other apart.
- Foreshadowing: It's never brought up, but the Claimers might be the ones responsible for raiding the camp encountered by the Governor and the Dolgen brothers in "Dead Weight" several episodes before their introduction.
- Killed Offscreen: One of them doesn't even survive long enough to appear onscreen. Rick is initially alerted to their presence when he hears this man begging Joe for mercy. He is then killed by Harley.
- Mooks: Harley, Billy, and Lou.
- Named by the Adaptation: All members of the Marauders are nameless characters in the comics.
- Obviously Evil: They dress in black, look particularly rough, all tote impressive weaponry, and casually talk about theft and rape.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: They make several sexist remarks.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Their whole philosophy of taking what you want by calling 'dibs' and the like smacks of stunted emotional growth. Joe in particular acts like a strict parent enforcing rules among chaotic, simple-minded children.
- Red Shirt: Lou, who is killed by Rick in his first scene. Billy as well, who receives zero characterization and then is killed along with the rest of the Claimers.
- Revenge: They track Rick for days just to punish him for killing Lou and setting his reanimated corpse on them. Then again, as Joe says, "we've got nothing but time."
Played By: Jeff KoberThe leader of the Claimers. His search for Lou's killer puts him on a collision course with Rick Grimes, but not before he takes Daryl Dixon under his wing.
"When men like us follow rules and cooperate a little bit, well, the world becomes ours."
- Age Lift: Several decades older than his comic counterpart.
- Arc Villain: Of the second half of Season 4, though he only menaces Rick, Michonne, Carl, and Daryl before his death.
- Badass Grandpa: As the leader of a gang of vicious killers and opportunists who are younger than him, he pretty much has to be able to kick ass to keep his head attached to his neck.
- Beard of Evil: He has a goatee beard and is deeply evil.
- Berserk Button: Breaking any of his rules, such as lying.
- Bullying a Dragon: Rick's the proverbial dragon. As expected, it gets Joe killed.
- Disc One Final Boss: Of the Season 4 finale. He's killed by the middle of the episode.
- Evil Laugh/Evil Gloating: Holding Rick at gunpoint and laughing about how he and his friends will kill Daryl, then rape Michonne and Carl, and finally kill him.
- Evil Old Folks: In his 60s and perfectly okay with robbing, raping, and killing outsiders.
- Evil Mentor: Joe is a brutal killer, but he has a soft spot for Daryl and quickly takes him under his wing.
- Evil Virtues: He enforces claiming and honesty to keep his group in order.
- Famous Last Words: "What the hell you gonna do now, sport?"
- Faux Affably Evil: For a sadistic, murdererous rapist, he's remarkably polite, affable, and fair-minded.
- Flunky Boss: Rick, Daryl and Michonne fought him alongside his Mooks.
- Grease Monkey: He was a mechanic prior to the outbreak.
- Hidden Depths: He is far more intelligent than he appears.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Casually and gleefully ordering the execution of Len is ruthless, but it's hard to feel any sympathy for Len.
- The Leader: Of the Claimers.
- Man Bites Man: How he meets his end. Rick tears Joe's throat out with his teeth.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: His rules and his judicious application of them are probably the only reason his group hasn't fallen apart. He also does not punish Daryl for not claiming the rabbit because he's aware Daryl is new. In fact, he even makes sure to hear out what's going on between his group if an argument breaks out.
- The Social Darwinist: Believes in survival of the fittest, but he also recognizes the fact that people can't survive on their own. This paradox leads him to come up with the practice of "claiming."
- Team Dad: For the Claimers. He's always ready to hear out his friends' arguments and is like their strict parent (given they're a bunch of Psychcopathic Manchildren) when smoothing things over. On top of that, he does seem to genuinely care for his men... until they break his rules, that is.
- Tempting Fate: He restrains Rick, has his men do the same to Michonne, Daryl, and Carol. Joe then stares into his eyes, and gloats, "what're you gonna do now, sport?" Rick answers him by biting a huge chunk of his throat out, killing him.
- Would Hurt a Child: Joe is willing to hurt absolutely anyone, and his threat to have Carl raped is one of the (many) reasons that get him killed.
Played By: Marcus HesterA compound-bow wielding jerkass who is barely tolerated by the rest of the Claimers.
"You see the rules of the hunt don't mean jack out here. Now that rabbit you're holdin' is claimed, boy. Claimed whether you like it or not."
- The Archer: He's a proficient archer.
- Asshole Victim: While he was murdered for a petty reason, he clearly had it coming.
- Beard of Evil: Has a beard and is obviously evil.
- Canon Foreigner: Doesn't appear in the comic.
- Didn't See That Coming: Clearly didn't expect Joe to spot him trying to frame Daryl.
- Dirty Cop: What he was before the outbreak.
- Establishing Character Moment: Choking Tony unconscious simply to sleep in his bed.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Despite Joe's claim that they don't have to be brothers in arms, all of the Claimers generally seem to get along, except for Len.
- Hate Sink: He exists mainly to show that yes, people are capable of being jerks for no reason what so ever.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: Tried to frame Daryl for stealing his rabbit half but instead Joe has the group punish him for lying because he saw him do it. The result? He gets killed.
- Hypocrite: Nearly starts a fight with Daryl when he said he "claimed" the rabbit. Joe points out he hardly knew that himself.
- Jerkass: Chokes out group members for beds, and calls dibs on taking Daryl's jacket when the marauders first encounter him. He also shoots and calls dibs on a rabbit Daryl is about to kill before taunting him about why he is acting all depressed.Len: You know, I bet there's a bitch, got you all messed up, am I right? Got you walking around here like a dead man, you just lost yourself a piece of tail, must've been a good'un'. Tell me something, was it one of the little'uns? 'Cause they... don't last too long out here.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The recipient of one that results in his death for trying to frame Daryl.
- The Rival: To Daryl.
Played By: Davi JayThe only Claimer who sees Rick's face during their initial encounter.
"Don't worry. You'll get yours."
- Ambiguously Brown: Due to actor Davi Jay's ethnicity.
- Badasses Wear Bandanas: Subverted. He never gets to do anything remotely badass, and even gets beaten by Len for a bed.
- Beard of Evil: Like the rest of the group. Combines it with Perma-Stubble.
- Boom, Headshot: With his own gun, thanks to Michonne.
- The Dark Chick: He never gets to do anything particularly heinous.
- Race Lift: His comic counterpart is white.
- Token Minority: He's the only nonwhite Claimer.
- Would Hit a Girl: Slaps Michonne when she tries to grab his gun and makes it clear that he plans on raping her.
Played By: Keith BrooksAn overweight pedophile and member of the Claimers.
"Stop your squirming."
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted. His comic counterpart looks like a methhead, while Dan is greasy, hairy, and overweight.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Pleads with Rick to spare his life to no avail.
- Ascended Extra: A mild example; he had little to no dialogue before "A", but he becomes the most prominent asshole of the group when he attempts to rape Carl.
- Asshole Victim: Even more so than the other members of his group. He was planning on raping Carl, so it's okay to admit that you cheered when Rick brutally stabbed him to death.
- Attempted Rape: On Carl. Once he's done, he's planning to rape Michonne next.
- Bald of Evil: Not completely, but balding.
- Beard of Evil: Like most of his companions.
- The Berserker: His actor described him as an "attack dog" who doesn't slow down one bit when given an order.
- Death By A Thousand Cuts/Gutted Like a Fish: Oh boy, Rick surely takes his time to stab him repeatedly for attempting the above.
- Evil Laugh: While trying to rape Carl. He's clearly enjoying it.
- Fat Bastard: Overweight and a child rapist.
- Human Shield: When Rick kills Joe and turns the table on the Claimers, he tries to use Carl as one, but his nerve fails when the blood-soaked Rick stomps towards him and he lets him go.
- Oh, Crap!: This is his reaction when Rick rips Joe's throat out with his teeth, and he realizes that Rick isn't someone to be messing with.
- Too Dumb to Live: After the rest of his gang is killed and he's holding Carl at knifepoint, he loses his nerve and lets him go. Holding Rick's son hostage is the only chance he had at getting out of there alive.
- Would Hurt a Child: Punches Carl and drags him out of a car before attempting to rape him.
Played By: JD EvermoreJoe's second-in-command.
"These are the guys that killed Lou so we got nothin' to talk about."
- Ax-Crazy: He is one of the most vicious members of the group. Harley is first heard being given permission to finish off one of their group in "Claimed," and is shown having claimed Len's bow in "Us," implying that he killed him as well.
- Beard of Evil: Same as most of his companions.
- Boom, Headshot: Courtesy of Michonne.
- The Dragon: Appears to be this to Joe.
- Team Killer: He is responsible for the deaths of two Claimers who broke the rules and had to be taught all the way, and attempts to do it again to Daryl.
Played By: Eric MendenhallAnother member of the Claimers.
Played By: Scott DaleAnother member of the Claimers whose death at Rick's hands spurs their respective groups into conflict.
- Red Shirt: Rick strangles him with a rifle sling in his first scene.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He dies without even getting a line but his death causes the Claimers to start tracking Rick's group out of revenge.
- Villainous Friendship: Seems to have been on good terms with the other Claimers, who attempt to avenge his murder, and both Joe and Harley express their anger over this.
Portrayed By: Benedict Samuel, Jesse C. Boyd, Alec Rayme, Elena Sanchez, Labrandon Shead, Lance Tafelski, Duke Jackson, Casey Hendershot, othersA predatory group of survivors in the Washington area, who engage in sacking and murdering other groups or individuals and the collection and mutilation of walkers to employ them as weapons and traps.
- Adaptation Expansion: Compared to the Scavengers, they receive quite a bit of buildup.
- Adaptation Name Change: They are the TV show version of the Scavengers, a smaller and more generic group from the comics.
- Adaptational Badass: They are a much bigger threat than the Scavengers from the comics. The Scavengers never got past the gate of Alexandria and were all massacred because they were Too Dumb to Live. However, the Wolves easily breach Alexandria and succeed at killing a few civilians. Some of them even get away... though only to get killed by Rick.
- Adaptational Villainy: The Scavengers were a gang of thugs willing to use violence to survive. The Wolves actively seek out groups to torture and kill - and kill in gruesome manners - or make into zombies.
- Animal Motif: Savage Wolves.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: As we see in Alexandria, their preferred method of assault involves running up to people and slashing them or hacking them to death.
- Ax-Crazy: They slaughter and destroy entire communities, seemingly For the Evulz.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Based on the conversation with Morgan, they carve or paint the "W" as a symbol of the belief that humans evolved from wolves, and that the zombie apocalypse is just a return to their natural state. The rant a captured Wolf gives Morgan about how they are freeing their victims, before being killed by Carol, also indicate this trope is at play.
- Broad Strokes: Compared to other villainous groups like the Claimers and the Hunters (post-Terminus), the Wolves have by far the least in common with their comic counterparts.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": Members paint a "W" on their forehead with mud or blood or carve it.
- Calling Card: Walkers with a carved W on their forehead, dismemberment of walkers, and messages to the effect of "Wolves Not Far".
- Carved Mark: They carve "W" on every walker they get their hands on. It's pretty weird. All of them have also carved the "W" (or simply drawn with their hacked up victim's blood) on their own foreheads.
- Combat Pragmatist: They have systems of using walkers as weapons with varying sophistication. It ranges from a semi trailer filled with walker heads that will fall on anyone who opens it, to a sophisticated system of pulleys that will open four trucks full of walkers if any of their doors are touched. In the latter they use lights and loud music to lure the walkers back into the trap after it's activated.
- In their first on-screen appearance, one distracts Morgan while another sneaks up behind and attempts to lop his head off.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Have a tendency to do this to their victims.
- Curbstomp Battle: Two of their leaders suffer one from Morgan in "Conquer" and ALL of them who go up against Carol suffer this fate.
- Decomposite Character: The show later introduces another group called the Scavengers, who are in more of a True Neutral territory than the Chaotic Evil of the Wolves.
- Disaster Scavengers: The roam around the Virginia countryside attacking settlements.
- Disc One Final Boss: For all the buildup, they only attack Alexandria once in Season 6. Even though they launch a savage attack on Alexandria, taking several, if Red Shirt, lives in the process, and cause a herd to swarm the exteriors of Alexandria, nevertheless they are defeated, with the surviving attackers getting killed by Rick. Owen, their leader, manages to remain a minor antagonist into the midseason premiere, but the threat he poses is diminished considerably.
- The Dreaded: Averted. Rick's group find warnings of the Wolves in Shirewilt Estates, the barn, and finally in the canned food factory but they don't pay them much attention.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Male or female, black, white, or Hispanic, all are equally savage, barbaric, and inhuman.
- Fairy Tale Motifs: Two Wolves hunt down and kill a guy wearing a red poncho with hood.
- For the Evulz: They tortured a woman tied naked to a tree before leaving her to turn, then a few days later killed Red Poncho Guy just for the kick of it. Later, they gleefully ravage Alexandria and messily butcher its residents while laughing their asses off.
- Hero Killer: Downplayed since they ultimately never take the life of anyone remotely important, but they do slaughter Bit Characters Shelly Neudermyer, Erin, Holly, Mikey, and Natalie Miller, along with numerous other background Alexandrians and put a major dent in the natives' pride and sense of security.
- Hope Crusher: Since they destroy safe zones For the Evulz, then it's very likely they enjoy destroying the happiness of others.
- Greater-Scope Villain: In the second half of Season 5. They remain unseen until the finale and Rick's group has yet to directly confront them, but their presence is hinted at throughout the season.
- Kick the Dog: They kill Red Poncho Guy for no reason.
- Kill 'em All: By the midpoint of Season 6 they are completely wiped out except for their leader Owen, the majority of them having been killed by Carol in the Alexandria battle and the rest being gunned down by Rick. As of "No Way Out," Owen has been killed as well.
- Knife Nut: Their traditional weapon appears to be knives and other stabbing utensils. Carol quickly figures out that the Wolves are only using edge weapons out of necessity and would use guns if they had them. This is hinted at when Morgan first encounters the Wolves and the pistol they had was empty, and later when the Blonde Wolf quickly pockets a pistol off of a dead Alexandrian when escaping the Safe Zone.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: When Morgan informs the Wolves they're outnumbered and outgunned, the remaining Wolves immediately retreat.
- Lack of Empathy: They do not care about who they kill.
- Laughing Mad: They cackle like hyenas after killing people.
- Mugging the Monster: Two of them try to rob and kill Morgan armed with only knives. They get beaten with a stick as a lesson.
- No Name Given: The only ones to receive names are minor Red Shirt "Aphid" and their leaders Owen and Edward, whose names were only revealed via Word of God.
- Outside-Context Problem: The Wolves are the first malevolent force that Rick's group encounters upon entering the Washington area. Rick's inner circle becomes aware of their presence, but Alexandria is completely unaware until they're literally trying to burn down their doorstep.
- Redshirt Army: Almost none of the Wolves are given any character and only exist as a group of barbarians attacking innocent safe zones.
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Their M.O. with other settlements, based on what they did to Noah's home of Shirewilt Estates and the tied and naked zombified woman found by Daryl and Aaron. And what they do to Alexandria.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Their attack is brief but deadly and their membership is quickly wiped out, but their attack on Alexandria is a major part of a chain of events that finally inspires the town to become effective and capable survivors.
- Shout-Out: Their practice of carving the letter "W" onto their forehead is similar to the Manson Family, whose members carved "X"s on their foreheads during their murder trial.
- The Sociopath/ Sadist: Apparently so. They murder innocents without batting an eyelid. It's all fun and games for them.
- The Spook: The scariest part about them is that we know nothing about them. Why do they dismember and murder random people? Why are they creating a giant walker herd?
- Took a Level in Dumbass: They go from cunning, Nothing Is Scarier Trap Masters in Season 5 to a Chaotic Evil Horde of savages whose only tactic is the Zerg Rush in Season 6.
- Tragic Villain: The Blond Wolf implies in "JSS" that they didn't choose to become murderous psychopaths who ravage communities unprovoked.
- Trap Master: They are capable of crafting some truly deadly traps.
- Unknown Rival: During Season 5, the only character they faced was Morgan and only he, Daryl, and Aaron learn of their existence by the end of the season. In Season 6, Rick is aware of their presence, but the Wolves mount a massive assault on Alexandria that leaves many survivors dead.
- Villain Ball: None of the Wolves bring guns to assault Alexandria. Apparently, they only use knives and stabbing weapons when attacking enemies since they get a rush out of slowly butchering their prey. This proves to backfire on them, when the guards in Alexandria start fighting back with their ranged armory.
- Justified, in that they don't have guns to attack with. Any guns and bullets they accumulate, they tend to use up quickly in their battles which means they are reduced to melee weapons most of the time.
- Villain Decay: They were originally implied to be dangerously intelligent trap masters who successfully tore down safe zones For the Evulz and once considered a serious threat towards Rick and his people. When they finally appear, they're nothing more than stupid brutes who rush in hacking and slashing people, failing to kill a single major character and getting wiped out entirely by the competent survivors.
- Would Hit a Girl: They once tortured a girl before leaving her tied to a tree for the walkers to consume. Also, many of the people who they killed in Alexandria were untrained, middle-aged women.
- Would Hurt a Child: They have no qualms about attacking children.
- Zerg Rush: They assault enemies in higher numbers in order to have an advantage. Considering their Wolf motif, its unsurprising that they have a strength in numbers approach and hunt in a pack. Somewhat deconstructed in that since all of them take part in the assault on Alexandria, they're all killed and the survivors are quickly picked off, wiping them out.
- Zorro Mark: The letter W that they mark on themselves and anyone they kill.
Portrayed By: Benedict SamuelsThe assumed leader of the Wolves. He encounters Morgan when he arrives in the Washington area but fails to kill him. During a routine check-up of his group's walker trap, he discovers photos of the peaceful, walled Alexandria and plots for an assault on the community.
"You know, the first settlers here, they put bounties on wolves' heads. Brought the natives into it. Made them hunt 'em. Didn't take 'em too long to kill them all. They're back now."
- Adaptation Name Change: His comic counterpart was named Derek, though Owen's actual name is only revealed through Word of God.
- Adaptational Villainy: He's far more sadistic and dangerous than his comic book counterpart, Derek, who doesn't even get to set foot inside Alexandria.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: He's shot in the chest by Carol and is later put down by Morgan.
- Arch-Enemy: To Morgan. They fight twice and his presence forces Morgan to question his own newfound Thou Shall Not Kill philosophy. Morgan is ultimately the one to put down the reanimated Owen.
- Ax-Crazy: Though he's more Faux Affably Evil about it.
- Bait the Dog: Pretends to be affected by Morgan's story before telling him how he is still going to slaughter the remaining Alexandrians.
- Barbarian Longhair: He has long black hair.
- Beard of Barbarism/Beard of Evil: A psychotic murderer with no empathy and a short, sparse beard.
- Big Bad Ensemble: The massive herd of walkers heading toward Alexandria is the main threat in the first half of Season 6, but Owen serves as the most prominent human antagonist alongside the much less threatening Ron.
- Brutal Honesty: Makes no bones about the fact that if Alexandria wants to be safe from him, they'll have to kill him.
- Butt Monkey: Gets his ass handed to him by Morgan both times they fight.
- Character Death: Is killed by Carol in "No Way Out" after getting bitten.
- Combat Pragmatist: He tries to distract Morgan while the Blonde Wolf sneaks up behind him to stab him in the head. In "Start to Finish" he knocks out Morgan by hitting him in the head while he's distracted and then makes sure to take Denise as a hostage so he can exit his cell without being killed.
- Death Equals Redemption: Kind of. It's ambiguous how much he really changes, but over the course of "No Way Out" he develops a protective stance towards Denise. After being shot by Carol, he still saves Denise from a walker before dying.
- Decomposite Character: He and Jadis of the Scavengers are both technically counterparts of Derek from the comics.
- Disc One Final Boss: He lasts longer than the rest of his group, but is killed in the ninth episode of the season by Carol.
- Expy/Composite Character: He has several similarities with Alpha, the leader of the Whisperers in the first story arc after the Time Skip in the comics, which was happening concurrently with his first appearance. Both are Faux Affably Evil sociopaths who believe the zombie apocalypse to be an improvement because it has forced humans to abandon civilization and revert to their true nature as animalistic predators. Functionally, he fills the same role as Derek, as the cocky and violent leader of a group of raiders whose encounter with Alexandria definitively proves to its residents that Humans Are the Real Monsters and also causes them to be surrounded by a herd of walkers.
- Faux Affably Evil: He strikes up a conversation with Morgan, covering missing movies, local history, and how much he enjoys chatting with new people. He quickly makes it clear that he wants to rob, kidnap, and kill Morgan. In "Here's Not Here" he cheerfully explains to Morgan how he is going to kill him and all the residents of Alexandria (including the children).Owen: So... I know I'm probably going to die, but if I don't, I am going to have to kill you, Morgan. I'm going to have to kill every person here. Every one of them. The children, too. Just like your friend Eastman's children. Those are the rules. That’s my code. I'd say I'm sorry, but you said it, right? Don't ever be sorry.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: He warms up to Denise a bit in "No Way Out", but is killed before anything comes of it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Gets himself bitten saving Denise from a walker, but dies a bit later and from Carol, not the bite.
- Lack of Empathy: A given for someone in a group as sadistic as his own, but a standout scene has to be his response to Morgan's story. He simply mocks both him and Eastman and says he is still going to kill everyone in Alexandria.
- Last Episode, New Character: For Season 5.
- The Leader: Implied to be one for the Wolves. He's credited as "Wolves Leader" in his second appearance. The fact that the Blonde Wolf, later seen leading a group of four other Wolves, is subordinate to him in their first appearance, as well as the fact that he says he accelerated their attack on Alexandria to find himself medicine for his infection supports this notion.
- No Name Given: His name, Owen, was only revealed after his death.
- No Sell: He is completely unaffected by Morgan's story about why he chose to stop killing people, and only responds with a promise that he will kill Morgan and everyone else in Alexandria.
- Not Afraid to Die: Not exactly a Death Seeker, but the prospect of being killed doesn't faze him in the least. He even encourages Morgan and Carol to do so.
- Not Quite Dead: Appears to have been killed by Morgan in "JSS", but the end of "Here's Not Here" reveals that he was just knocked out and locked in one of the houses.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to kill everyone.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Goes out of his way to keep Denise alive in "No Way Out", as he needs her medical attention.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Some of his mannerisms are almost childlike, making him even creepier.
- Redemption Rejection: After Morgan tells Owen how he found redemption and believes that Owen can save himself as well, Owen insists that if he doesn't die, he will kill Morgan and the Alexandrians, even the children.
- Sadist: An even more prominent example than the rest of his group. He gleefully admits in "Start to Finish" that taking Denise as a hostage isn't necessary; it's obvious he just likes to cause pain and suffering whenever he can. He does later admit he needs Denise for her medical expertise, so it's not wholly just to cause suffering.
- Sinister Scythe: He's armed with a sickle during the raid on Alexandria.
- Slasher Smile: Has a very unsettling one.
- Sole Survivor: He is the last surviving Wolf by the end of the third episode of Season 6, until he is killed in the midseason premiere, putting an end to the Wolves.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Even when trying to kill people, he always seems unshakably calm and polite, with his normal speaking voice being very slow, shaky, and not much louder than a whisper.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Derek is killed during his group's attack on Alexandria. On the show, Owen survives for a while longer than this.
- Ungrateful Bastard:
- Even though Morgan spared his life twice, he still intends to kill Morgan and everyone in Alexandria unless Morgan kills him.
- Morgan goes out of his way to defend Owen from being killed, even knocking out Carol when she tries to do so. He still knocks out Morgan and takes Denise as a hostage the first chance he gets.
- Weapon for Intimidation: He threatens Morgan with an empty gun, instead using a knife to try and kill him.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies without much of a backstory.
- Wicked Cultured: He is a local historian and movie buff.
- Would Hurt a Child: Emphasizes to Morgan that he will kill the children in Alexandria.
- Zombie Infectee: Gets bit while protecting Denise.
Portrayed by: Jesse BoydA prominent member of the Wolves. He and his leader fail to kill Morgan upon his arrival in Washington but discover signs of a nearby, flourishing community ripe for the taking.
"We didn't choose."
- Ax-Crazy: He revels in bloodshed and violence, like his fellow Wolves.
- Beard of Evil: Has grown a full and unkempt one by his second appearance.
- Boom, Headshot: How Rick takes him out when he tries to kill him.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- The Dragon: Appears to be this to Owen.
- Last Episode, New Character: For Season 5.
- No Name Given: His name is only revealed through Word of God.
- Tragic Villain: He implies in "JSS" that he and his fellow Wolves didn't choose to become the dangerous psychopathic predators they ultimately became.
- Underestimating Badassery: He likely thought that Rick, alone and injured in his RV, would be easy prey. This proves to be a fatal mistake.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: We don't learn much of anything about him before Rick kills him.
"Red Jacket Wolf"
"Red Jacket Wolf"
Portrayed By: Alec RaymeA Wolf who is killed by Carl.
Portrayed By: Elena SanchezA Wolf who is killed by Carol.
"Shaved Head Wolf"
"Shaved Head Wolf"
Portrayed By: Labrandon SheadA Wolf who is captured by Morgan before being killed by Carol.
"We're freeing you. People don't belong here anymore."
- Bald of Evil: He was credited as "Shaved Head Wolf" after all.
- Boom, Headshot: How Carol kills him, even after Morgan has taken him prisoner.
- Knife Nut: He tries to kill Father Gabriel with one.
- Scary Black Man: He is one of the most disturbing Wolves, and seems to almost be in a trance.
- Straw Nihilist: Believes that humans have no place in the world anymore.
"Black Bearded Wolf"
"Black Bearded Wolf"
Portrayed By: Lance TafelskiAn axe-wielding Wolf who challenges Morgan before being killed by Carol.
"Quick… or slow? [...] Gonna be slow."
- Ax-Crazy: He has the highest on screen body count during the Wolves’ raid on Alexandria.
- An Axe to Grind: He wields an axe.
- Barbarian Longhair: His hair reaches down to his shoulders.
- Beard of Barbarism/Beard of Evil: A shaggy black one.
- The Brute: One of the biggest Wolves seen.
- Character Death: Stabbed in the torso by Carol.
- Worthy Opponent: He seems to regard Morgan as one, offering him a quick death.
Portrayed By: Duke JacksonA hooded Wolf who Carol kills and impersonates.
- Badass Longcoat: Carol uses it to impersonate him.
- Badasses Wear Bandanas: Two of them, which conveniently hide most of his face.
- Character Death: Carol stabs him in the head.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Carol kills Aphid and wears his clothes to slaughter his fellow Wolves.
- Knife Nut: He wields a large blade that he uses to fatally wound Erin.
- The Nameless: Inverted. He is one of only two Wolves to be named (the other being their leader Owen), and the only one whose name is spoken on the show.
Portrayed By: Casey HendershotA Wolf who is fatally wounded by Carol and later reanimates.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: He disappears after being shot during the Wolves raid, only to reappear as a walker several episodes later.
- Evil Redhead: He's a Wolf with red hair, including his Beard of Evil.
- Instant Death Bullet: Averted. He's shot twice by Carol, but is able to escape and find somewhere comfortable to die.
- Molotov Cocktail: He uses one to kill an Alexandria guard.
- Oh, Crap!: When Carol suddenly guns down his companion and points an automatic rifle on him.
- There's No Kill Like Overkill: Carol shoots him twice with an automatic rifle and he later bleeds to death. After reanimating, Deanna goes crazy on his corpse with a broken bottle before he is finally put down by Rick with a knife to the head.
Portrayed By: Pollyanna McIntosh, Sabrina Gennarino, Thomas Francis Murphy, Gino Crognale, Cory Jones and othersA group of neutral survivors based at a large junkyard.
"Things grow harder. We open cans, sometimes inside's rotten. Time's passed. Things are changing again. So maybe we change."
- Adaptational Badass: Downplayed, but they are still more formidable than their Too Dumb to Live comic counterparts and poise a serious threat to the group in the season 7 finale.
- Adaptational Heroism: They team up with Alexandria as opposed to fighting it like in the comics. Subverted in the season 7 finale, which reveals that they allied with the Saviors behind Rick's back, becoming just as villainous as their comic counterparts.
- Adaptational Intelligence: They show more intelligent strategic thinking than their Too Dumb to Live comic counterparts.
- Cannon Fodder: They bear by far the majority of the casualties on the villainous side during the battle in the Season 7 finale.
- Crazy Homeless People: Definitely have this vibe going on with their soiled clothing, dirty appearance, and the fact that they all live in a junkyard.
- Decomposite Character: They share the name with the Scavengers from the comic books, who had already been adapted for the show as the Wolves.
- Disaster Scavengers: They live in a junkyard and scavenge for supplies.
- Enemy Mine: They form an uneasy alliance with Rick to combat the Saviors. They actually ended up striking a more profitable deal with the Saviors.
- Evil All Along: When the Saviors arrive at Alexandria for a battle, the Scavengers reveal that they betrayed Rick to Negan in exchange for supplies.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: They make it clear that they aren't friends with Alexandria, but they are willing to help them combat the Saviors to steal their supplies. They turn on the group in the season 7 finale in order to get even more supplies from Negan himself.
- The Quiet One: Most of the barely even speak.
- Token Evil Teammate: They are the only morally questionable group in the Alexandria-Hilltop alliance and turn on them.
- True Neutral: Their In-Universe stance. Exemplified by their motto: "We take. We don't bother." They eventually side with the Saviors.
Portrayed By: Pollyanna McIntoshThe leader of the Scavengers.
- Abhorrent Admirer: She's attracted to Rick, who is understandably taken aback by this.
- Adaptation Name Change: Going along with the Gender Flip, Jadis doesn't sound anything like Derek, the original leader of the group in the comics.
- Adaptational Personality Change: She's pretty much nothing like the comic book Scavenger leader Derek.
- Decomposite Character: She and Owen of the Wolves are technically both counterparts of Derek from the comics.
- Gender Flip: The comic book Scavenger leader was originally a guy named Derek, but Jadis is the leader of the group here.
- In-Name-Only: She has absolutely zero similarities to the original Scavengers leader Derek and is a different character entirely.
- Strange-Syntax Speaker: She doesn't use the word "I".
Portrayed By: Sabrina GennarinoA member of the Scavengers.
Portrayed By: Thomas Francis MurphyA member of the Scavengers.
Father Gabriel Stokes
Portrayed By: Seth GilliamGabriel Stokes is a priest encountered by Rick's group of survivors after fleeing from Terminus. He holds refuge in a church that he's been holed up in since the apocalypse began, having locked out his own congregation to keep out the approaching walkers. He is haunted by having to listen to his followers be slaughtered thanks to his cowardice and has no martial skills two years into the apocalypse when he meets Rick's group. Gabriel offers his church and his food to them in gratitude for them saving his life, but is alienated from the group when he reveals his backstory of cowardice. His relationship with the group is further strained when the cannibals of Terminus attack, and Gabriel is left traumatized by the depths of Gareth's evil and Rick's brutal slaughter of the villains.After getting his own church overrun, Gabriel is forced to join the group on the open road and presides over the funerals of the group's fallen members. The group does not accept him as family as they have each other, and Gabriel realizes this by the time they get to the sanctuary of Alexandria. He informs the community's leader, Deanna, of the "unspeakable" acts Rick's group have done, seriously pushing Deanna to evict them from the community. Torn apart by remorse for his lifetime of sins, Gabriel tries to commit suicide via walker and via Sasha, but Maggie ultimately is able to help him work past his demons and regain his faith in God.Nevertheless, Gabriel's betrayal of the group becomes public knowledge and they almost refuse outright to make peace with him. Gabriel endeavored to atone for his sins by learning how to fight and to be a good shepherd to his flock, and a valuable ally to Rick and Alexandria. Despite Rick and the vast majority of the group's hatred of him after his betrayal, Gabriel proves himself during the Battle of Alexandria when he not only is a loyal team player, but rallies some of his congregation into battle. Gabriel soon becomes a trusted lieutenant of Rick's as they enter conflict with the Saviors.
"I'm a sinner. I sin almost every day. But those sins, I confess them to God, not strangers."
- Actual Pacifist: When we are introduced to Gabriel he's potentially the first character since Season 1 who isn't shown owning a weapon.Gabriel: I have no weapons of any kind. The word of God is the only protection I need.
- Adaptational Badass: His comic counterpart managed to gather some courage and kill a few walkers, but was still a Non-Action Guy for the most part. This Gabriel becomes a full-fledged warrior and defender of Alexandria in during the show's adaptation of the "No Way Out" arc, while his comic counterpart dies shortly into his first combat mission in Issue #158, which takes place years later in the timeline, and thanks to his own cowardice that TV! Gabriel overcame.
- Adaptation Expansion: He gets a lot more to do here than in the comics, most notably including a small subplot where he temporarily leaves the group to confirm their reports of Gareth's evil, his feud with Rick in Season 6A, taking part in the raid on the Savior compound, and becoming one of Rick's right hand men in Season 7.
- Adaptational Villainy: This version of Gabriel is more actively malicious in his speech to Deanna when trying to get Rick's group kicked out of Alexandria. However, he reforms, makes up for his misdeeds, and even overcomes his cowardice immediately, something his comic counterpart never did.
- Adaptational Wimp: Zig-Zagged. Originally he is even more of a coward and Non-Action Guy than his comic book counterpart. Case in point: in "Crossed" he sneaks out of the church and abandons the group, something that didn't happen in the comics. However, he does chokeslam a Walker after he snuck out of the church on his own, and kills his first walker earlier than he did in the comics. He becomes a full Adaptational Badass by Season 6 when he learns how to fight much earlier than his comic counterpart.
- Age Lift: He is in his late thirties in the comic. According to The Other Wiki, he is in his early to mid-forties in the show. This is probably evidenced when the show made him bald.
- As the Good Book Says: A firm believer of The Bible and the words of God. His church displays readings of verses related to the dead and resurrection, appropriately enough.
- The Atoner: In the Season 6 premiere, Gabriel tries his best to help out around Alexandria, but is denied a chance at every turn. In the next episode he decides to start learning how to fight so he can contribute more.
- Badass Pacifist: He still sees fighting as a last resort, but does volunteer to do all he can to help Rick's group.
- Badass Preacher: Averted; he's one of the least capable characters on the show. Subverted after "Start to Finish", where he actively fights alongside Rick after Alexandria gets overrun. In "No Way Out" he takes Judith to safety in his church and then rallies the Alexandrians to join Rick in taking out the herd. In "Not Tomorrow Yet" he joins the group in storming the Saviors' compound and channels Jules Winnfield as he recites a Bible passage right before finishing off one of the Saviors.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: Word of God implies that he served as head of his parish. He becomes this to the church-goers of Alexandria and in the Season 6 finale, he's actually put in command of Alexandria while Rick is away and later becomes one of his key lieutenants.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In Season 5, he acts pretty pleasant and polite but turns out to be a selfish coward. In Season 6, he attempts to reform himself, becoming a genuinely Nice Guy in the process.
- Butt Monkey: In Season 5, the group never really accepts him as one of their own and often disrespect him; when he tries to counsel Maggie, she harshly rejects him. Even Carl acts condescending to him, and in Season 6 it's a minor Running Gag that Rick treats him like shit. Fortunately, he manages to become a true member of the group and outgrows this.
- Character Development: Goes from a selfish coward who gladly sells out the group to save his own skin to a team player who contributes greatly to the survival of his friends.
- Combat Pragmatist: Humorously informs Rick that he still wears his priest uniform on the battlefield to use it as camouflage on night missions.
- Dark and Troubled Past: After Atlanta was bombed in the early days of the Zombie Apocalypse, he locked his church and refused to let in a group seeking refuge. The noise they made trying to get in brought Walkers out of the woods, and they were killed and devoured while he listened.
- Death Seeker: In the Season 5 finale, he approaches a walker to let himself be bitten but recants at the last minute. Later in the episode not only does he leave Alexandria in the hope that a walker will eat him, but when Sasha has him at gunpoint and Maggie stops her Gabriel tells her she should've let Sasha kill him.
- Defrosting Ice King: Was initially a hypocritical Ungrateful Bastard towards Rick and co, but eased up a bit more after fighting side-by-side with them. It actually got to the point where he's able to joke around with Rick.
- Despair Event Horizon: Passes it in the Season 5 finale when he becomes a Death Seeker and takes his first human life. He gets better in Season 6.
- Dirty Coward: He locked his church's doors to his parishioners, leading to them being devoured by the dead. He has limits though, as shown by staying quiet even when the Hunters give him a chance to leave peacefully. He grows out of this in Season 6.
- Fire-Forged Friends: He actually had to work very hard at earning Rick and the groups trust when they first met. Fortunately, the good priest managed to earn their acceptance after pulling his own weight as one of their fighters when fending off walkers and Saviors. Now Gabriel is actually trusted enough to babysit Judith and patrol Alexandria.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Gabriel never quite fits into Rick's group before they arrive at the Safe-Zone, and it's made clear that several members dislike him and don't consider him to be "family". Gabriel seems to realize this too, as he becomes an Ungrateful Bastard as soon as the group gets to Alexandria and tries to get Deanna to kick them out.
- Pushed to it's logical extremes in the Season 6 opener, where Rick doesn't even want him burying bodies. And when Gabriel offers his help with the group's walker-control plan, Rick shuts him down without even looking at him. And later in "Heads Up", when he's putting up signs for a prayer circle later that day, and Rick tears them down nonchalantly.
- After taking a huge level in badass in "Start to Finish" and "No Way Out", he's finally earned the group's respect. Rick originally plans to leave Judith with Gabriel when they visit the Hilltop in "Knots Untie", and the two are shown joking around before they storm the Saviors' compound in "Not Tomorrow Yet." By the Season 6 finale, Rick actually leaves him in charge of Alexandria in his absence. In season 7 he is one of Rick's most faithful allies, having complete trust in him.
- In "Rock in the Road", he mysteriously disappears into the night with a bulk of Alexandria's supplies and weapons, and Rosita believes that Gabriel just went back into a petty man, deserting them. Of course, Rick doesn't believe in this. He's right — Gabriel was kidnapped by one of the Scavengers and forced to take the supplies.
- Friend to All Children: After defrosting, Gabriel is trusted to babysit Judith, which is a job he seems to cherish very much.
- Gentle Giant: Surprisingly proves himself so when he's able to lift a walker off the ground stock-armed, but is unable to finish it off.
- Give Me a Sign: Believes that Rick was sent by God.
- Good Shepherd: Completely averted at first, as he allowed his congregation to get eaten to save himself. He later reforms and becomes Alexandria's main pastor.
- Hate Sink: In Season 5; despite his pleasantness, his selfish and cowardly attitude render him unlikable for the most part.
- Hazy Feel Turn: As of season 6, he's trying to atone for all the horrible things he did in his past, but nobody is willing to give him a chance. Very likely because they don't feel safe with him. It becomes a full Heel–Face Turn when he actively helps out the group in "Start to Finish" and makes it clear that he will no longer be a coward.
- Heel Realization: He's realized the error of his ways and desires to atone for his sins. Unfortunately, nobody believes him, until he finally becomes a true team player when the walkers overrun Alexandria.
- Heroic Wannabe: Gabriel wants to be a genuine hero like Rick, but he doesn't exactly have the skills or intelligence to back him up. A major part of his Character Development involves him growing out of this.
- Hypocrite: He encourages Deanna to kick out Rick's group on the basis that they have done "unspeakable things"—Never mind that Gabriel was the one who locked out his entire congregation at the beginning of the apocalypse, letting them all get eaten by walkers. This ends up being Lampshaded later when talking to Carl after his Heel–Face Turn, saying he's realized that he was projecting his own feelings of self-loathing onto them.
- Indy Ploy: After Negan begins bragging about how he is going to take Maggie as one of his wives, Gabriel is able to fool him by quickly digging a grave and convincing Negan that Maggie died on her way to the Hilltop.
- In Mysterious Ways: He's a firm believer in this.
- Irony: In season 5, the priest was temporarily the Token Evil Teammate.
- It's All About Me: In Season 5, he feels that he is the only member of Rick's group who deserves to live in the "paradise" that is Alexandria. In "Conquer", he mocks the deaths of Bob and Tyreese to Sasha's face in a selfish attempt to get her to Mercy Kill him. He grow out of this and begins sticking his neck out for other members of the group.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In Season 5. In case you thought that Gabriel was trying to redeem himself, in "Spend" he tries to convince Deanna to kick Rick's group out of Alexandria on the basis that they are "bad people".Then in "Conquer" he tries to force the mentally unstable Sasha to kill him. Subverted in Season 6 when he finally begins making genuine strides to redeem himself for his cowardly and selfish actions and ultimately moves out of this trope entirely.
- Karma Houdini: Maggie convinces Sasha to spare him after he attacks her, and thus he survives Season 5 without much of a comeuppance for his actions. In Season 6, however, he is still hated by Rick's group for most of the first half of the season, subverting this since his road to redemption is not an easy one.
- Kick the Dog: He taunts Sasha over the deaths of Bob and Tyreese in an attempt to make her kill him.
- The Load: At first he's not even wanted as a counselor, but finally manages to start pulling his own weight in the mid-Season 6 finale.
- Mercy Kill: His first human kill is this. Later, he asks Sasha to grant him one when he passes the Despair Event Horizon following this. She almost does, but is stopped by Maggie.
- Nice Guy: Subverted in Season 5: Gabriel is an affable if nervous fellow, but in this case being pleasant doesn't mean he's good. He's a judgmental coward with no understanding of how the world has changed. Following his Heel–Face Turn in Season 6 he has become one of the friendliest characters on the show.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: After leaving the church to examine the Hunters camp for evidence of what kind of people they were, he returns only to accidentally lead a herd of walkers inside the church.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His decision to leave Alexandria's gate open brings zombies inside the safe zone. Fortunately, Rick finds and kills them before anyone's hurt. But it's this action that contributes to the people accepting Rick into Alexandria permanently.
- Non-Action Guy: He is first seen lying on top of a rock, kicking at walkers and yelling for help and is rescued by Rick and his group. Later, he has to be aggressively prodded by Rick into joining the scouting mission at the food bank. During the mission, he even tries to bail as he's so frightened by the walkers. In "Them", he steps in and helps the group hold the barn door shut when a large herd of zombies try to break in, although "Spend" shows that Gabriel actually has no intention of being accepted by the group, and in fact wants them kicked out of Alexandria for the "unspeakable" actions they have committed. In "Conquer", he finally kills his first walker, and mercy kills a partially eaten human a few seconds later. He breaks down in tears because of this. In Season 6 he looks to grow out of this by asking Carl to teach him how to fight. He succeeds in "Start to Finish", and as of "No Way Out", is a fully qualified badass.
- Not So Different: In "Conquer", he is just like Sasha when struggling with his own morality and desire to die.
- Number Two: In Season 7, with Glenn and Abraham dead, Daryl captured by Negan, Maggie at Hilltop indefinitely, Carol missing, and Michonne's relationship with Rick on shaky ground, Gabriel steps up as one of Rick's right hand men alongside Aaron.
- Pet the Dog: Before his Heel–Face Turn, he had a few moments of decency even though he was The Friend Nobody Likes and he knew it.
- Provides Bob a peaceful death in comfort.
- Presides over the funeral for Tyreese (and presumably Beth).
- Tried to offer his counsel to Maggie after Beth's death.
- Mercy kills a wounded man out in the woods.
- Preacher Man: What he is. He presides over Tyreese's, and presumably Beth's funerals. He also becomes Alexandria's pastor and is shown with a new church after the two month Time Skip in Season 6.
- Religious Bruiser: Not only does he kill walkers now, but he also retains his Christian beliefs.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Decides to leave Rick's group and his church because he feels he needs to go to the Hunters camp and see if they were really as bad as what he had been told. Although he finds a bible, he quickly returns to the church after discovering Bob's partially eaten leg. He later admits to Michonne that he understands why they did what they did to the Hunters.
- Happens again, albeit under mysterious circumstances in "Rock in the Road", taking most of Alexandria's supplies with him. Rick doesn't believe for one second he would have deserted them. He's right, as Gabriel was kidnapped by one of the Scavengers, who wanted supplies back after Rick and Aaron unknowingly looted from their boat.
- Second Episode Introduction: Introduced in the second episode of Season 5, "Strangers".
- Secret Keeper: It's unknown how many in Alexandria are aware of the truth, but he and Aaron dug a fake grave for Maggie in Season 7 to help hide Alexandria's alliance with Hilltop.
- Sinister Minister: Averted, despite Rick and Sasha's suspicions. He's just an ordinary priest on his own. Played straight in "Conquer". The first thing Negan does when he sees Gabriel is to call him "creepy", although ironically by that point he had long since outgrown this trope. Gabriel is actually playing it up just to unnerve Negan on purpose.
- Sixth Ranger: To Rick's group in Season 5.
- Stepford Smiler: Takes a page from Carol's book in Season 7, playing the part of an overly pleasant and harmless priest to fool Negan.
- Took a Level in Badass: Downplayed initially in the Season 5 finale, he was going to commit suicide by letting a walker eat him, but could not go through with it, so he grabs the Walker by the neck with a noose and chokes it to death so hard that its head gets ripped off by the rope's pressure and than presume to smashes its skull with a stone. He also smashes a dying man's head in after he got partly eaten by the very same zombie he killed. In the same finale Gabriel gets into a scuffle with Sasha and grapples so aggressively with her that she struggles to aim her rifle at him for several minutes.
- He's also capable of preventing one of the Wolves from knifing him to death. He manages to hold off his attacker until Morgan arrives just in time to save him.
- By mid-Season 6,he is a legitimate example of this as he actively fights when walkers break through Alexandria's walls, telling Rick that this time he will not run or abandon them. In "Not Tomorrow Yet" he actually joins Rick and the others in taking on the Saviors.
- By the Season 6 finale, it's gotten to where Rick can leave him in charge of Alexandria's defenses in his absence.
- Took a Level in Cynic: In "Conquer", he becomes a Death Seeker and takes his first human life, getting progressively worse as the episode continues. However, unlike most, Gabriel succeeds in bettering himself afterwards.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After coming back from the brink of despair, he's become a genuinely loyal and friendly member of Alexandria in Season 6.
- Too Dumb to Live: In "Conquer" where he accidentally leaves the gate open and thus allows walkers to enter Alexandria, but his biggest offense was taunting Sasha about the deaths of both her brother and her boyfriend, knowing she's become unhinged. Granted, he was doing it to be mercy-killed by her, but considering he witnessed what Sasha did to one of the men who ate her boyfriend and laughed about it, you'd think he'd go for a less painful option.
- Token Religious Teammate: He is a priest, after all.
- Tranquil Fury: During Season 7, Gabriel puts up an act to appear like he did when we first met him, a timid, cowardly yes-man. Looking at his eyes and overall demeanor, however, and you can see he is giving off a surprisingly cold and hostile vibe whenever he speaks to Negan. It works in creeping out Negan, to say the least. Right from the get-go, he knows that they must kill Negan and the Saviors and will one day go to war, unlike Rick who was initially content with submission.
- Undying Loyalty: Near the end of "Start to Finish" he tells Rick that, no matter what happens, he will not run or abandon them. After having spent all season harassing Gabriel for his betrayal, Rick responds: "Yeah, I know."
- Ungrateful Bastard: In "Spend", he tries to get Deanna to kick Rick's group out of Alexandria and let him stay because of all the "unspeakable things" they've done — the same unspeakable things that saved Gabriel's life several times over.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Originally a Non-Action Guy, though he was shown to have strength if nothing else. He had enough power in him to choke slam a walker, wrestle a violent Sasha off of him, and hold off one of the Wolves long enough for Morgan to save him. In "JSS", he tries to learn from Carl how to actually put it to good use in combat, and by "Start to Finish" has become pretty handy with a machete.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Is quietly shocked by Rick's group's butchery of the Hunters within his church.
- When He Smiles: Whenever he's not feeling sorry for himself, Gabriel does have a barely recognizable innocent look to him while smiling.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Chokeslams and impales a Walker after he splinters off from his church after the Hunters debacle.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Gets his own church overrun, and is forced to abandon it and join the group on the road.
- Zombie Advocate: Like Hershel and Lizzie before him, he thinks that walkers are still people. Thankfully, he ends up following the former's way instead of the latter's.
Portrayed By: Russ ComegysA hitchhiker encounter by Rick, Carl, and Michonne on the road. He is the original owner of the orange backpack.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Pleads with the survivors to stop and let him into the car. They don't.
- Brick Joke: This is basically what his storyline amounts to.
- Crazy-Prepared: Comes back to bite him, literally. He might've outrun the walkers if he hadn't been weighed down by frying pans and other assorted gear.
- Devoured by the Horde: His ultimate fate.
- Iconic Item: His orange backpack, which survives far longer than he does until its' confiscated by Terminus.
- Killed Offscreen: He dies sometime between the beginning and the end of the episode, but we never see it.
- One-Shot Character: Only appears in the episode "Clear."
- Red Shirt: His only purpose is to show how cold the survivors have become.
Portrayed By: Kerry CondonClara is an Irish survivor who became stuck in Georgia with her husband Eddie after the airports were shut down. She encounters Rick in the Season 4 premiere, asking for help getting food to her walker husband.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Due to the trauma of zombie apocalypse and losing her husband
- And Then John Was a Zombie: She reappears in "Too Far Gone", now a walker, and part of a herd that invades the ruined prison after being lured by the sound of gunfight and tank shots.
- Canon Foreigner: She never appeared in the comics.
- Continuity Nod: The walker Clara appears in several blink-and-you-miss-it shots for several episodes after the prison falls.
- Driven to Suicide: She stabs herself in the stomach after failing to kill Rick to feed to her walker-head husband, unable to live with the things that she and her husband have done to survive and wanting to become like him.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Due to suffering starvation and probably illness
- Eternal Love: In a twisted way. Not only does she want to feed the undead head of her husband, she then takes her life to be like him.
- Expy: She may have been influenced by The Stranger from The Walking Dead game, who also lost his mind after losing his loved ones in the woods, and spoke to their zombified head in a bag.
- Ill Girl: It is clear she's suffering from undernourishment and the effects of being forced to eat even rotten food.
- Sanity Slippage: She has clearly become unhinged, as Rick discovers when her husband is just his decapitated walker head.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed in her first appearance.
Portrayed By: Brina PalenciaA girl Rick and Carol found hiding in a house while they were looking for medical supplies. She's quite inexperienced with walkers and has managed to stay unusually optimistic with the help of her boyfriend Sam. They are on the verge of joining Rick's group when they are attacked by walkers, and Ana is quickly killed and eaten thanks to her badly healed leg.
- Bury Your Disabled: Her leg didn't heal well after she got trampled, meaning if she was ever chased by walkers, she wouldn't make it very far, so this combined with the fact that Rick was hesitant to add more people to the group made it unlikely that she was going to last long after leaving the house she was hiding in.
- Canon Foreigner: She never appeared in the comics.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Due to her badly-healed leg.
- Devoured by the Horde/Killed Offscreen: Rick and Carol finds her badly-healed leg severed from her body and the rest of her being devoured by walkers.
- Kill the Cutie: Ana, who is as cute as Rory gets eaten in her first appearance.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Takes six shots just to kill one walker.
- Love Interest: For Sam, who saved her after she was trampled.
- The Pollyanna: For someone trying to survive the zombie apocalypse with a bum leg, she's oddly optimistic.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in the same episode she was introduced.
Portrayed By: Robin Lord TaylorA boy Rick and Carol find with a dislocated arm who was hiding out with his girlfriend Ana. He's unusually trusting and optimistic. After losing Ana to walkers and losing contact with Rick and Carol, he embarks on a quest to find sanctuary at Terminus, only to end up butchered by the community of cannibals, his faith in humanity proven horribly, horribly wrong in his final moments.
- Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the comics.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: After being captured by Terminus, he gets his head bashed in by an aluminum bat, and then gets his throat slit and bleeds out into a trough.
- The Cutie: Like his girlfriend, he's unusually optimistic and trusting.
- Hero of Another Story: He evidently went on an adventure to find Terminus after Ana was killed. However...
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: It's rendered meaningless when he's brutally killed by the Terminus butchers only a few seconds after reappearing.
- Kill the Cutie: He's slaughtered like a pig by the Terminus residents in the opening scene of Season 5.
- Not Using the "Z" Word: He and Ana call zombies "skin-eaters."
- Sacrificial Lamb: The very first casualty of Season 5. As an added Gut Punch he's killed only a few seconds after making his reintroduction.
- Slashed Throat: After being hit in the head by a bat, a Termite cuts his throat over a trough.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome/Back for the Dead: He's the first casualty of Season 5, having been captured and then slaughtered like a pig by Terminus during the opening. Rick recognizes him and is unable to help him.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Oddly, he claims to like people more now in the Zombie Apocalypse, instead of being mistrustful or weary of them like most other survivors. Considering his fate, he should've thought better.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He seems to believe that the apocalypse brings out the best in people. Terminus proves him wrong the hard way.
Portrayed By: John Carroll LynchA survivor who Morgan encountered after leaving King County.
"We're not built to kill. We don't have claws, fangs or armor. Vets, they came back with PTSD. That didn't happen because we're comfortable with killing. We're not. We can't be. We feel. We're connected."
- Actual Pacifist: He swore a solemn vow to not kill another living thing, even in self-defence. Although this trope is downplayed in that he will fight if he's forced to, his emphasis on Aikido means that even when defending himself he's usually just minimizing harm to his opponents in favor of simply redirecting their attacks away from himself.
- The Aloner: His only companion after the death of his family was a goat, Tabitha.
- The Atoner: As penance for allowing a man to starve to death in a cell, he now adheres to Thou Shalt Not Kill.
- Bald of Awesome: Mostly bald and can definitely kick ass.
- Berserk Button: The one time he actually gets visibly pissed off with Morgan's initial self-destructive behavior is when he breaks a painting his late daughter did.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Eastman was a a caring, gentle father and husband who could see the good in just about everyone. When one of his patients murdered his family, he locked him in a cell and watched him starve to death for over 40 days.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- Combat Medic: He was a forensic psychiatrist before the apocalypse, and can also handle himself in combat thanks to his skill in aikido.
- Dark and Troubled Past: It's nothing new for The Walking Dead, admittedly. Though, unlike most others, his tragedy took place before the Zombie Apocalypse.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a dry wit to him.
- Death by Origin Story: The origin story in this case being the origin of Morgan's current ideology.
- The Determinator: When the apocalypse started, he trekked through thirty miles of walker infested territory back to his house just so he could find the framed drawing his daughter had made for him.
- Driven to Suicide: Implied to have shot himself in the head - or maybe had Morgan do it - after he's bitten.
- Face Death with Dignity: Accepts his fate with remarkable grace after getting bitten. He even tells Morgan that he's "ready" to die.
- Friend to All Living Things: The philosophy of aikido doesn't just apply to humans. Eastman is a vegetarian and even has a pet goat named Tabitha. When she is eaten by walkers he is clearly devastated.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When Morgan freezes up while fighting a walker, Eastman pushes him out of the way and gets bitten.
- Hero of Another Story: He received more characterization and backstory (and an incredibly interesting one at that) than many characters who had more appearances than him.
- Magical Negro: Inverted with Morgan.
- Martial Pacifist: He was the one who taught Morgan how to fight, but not kill, his enemies.
- The Mentor: To Morgan, helping him recover from his grief and insanity, and also training him in aikido.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Ends up getting bitten by a walker when saving the life of his protegé Morgan.
- Nice Guy: One of the most genuinely good people in the entire series.
- Posthumous Character: Only appears in the flashback episode "Here's Not Here", and is dead by the end of it.
- The Social Expert: Seeing as he was a forensic psychiatrist before the apocalypse, he is fantastic at reading people and finding out what makes them tick.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only ever appears in one episode, though everything that Morgan does from Season 5 on would not have happened without his intervention. It is very likely that Daryl and Aaron would have died had Morgan not happened across them in "Conquer," though everything after that point would be pure conjecture.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: He's where Morgan got his mindset from Season 5 onward.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: A kind, thoughtful person even after the Zombie Apocalypse. Naturally, this means he gets killed.
- Tragic Keepsake: A rabbit's foot that his daughter gave to him, and he passes it on to Morgan when he's dying.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Subverted in that while he dies in his first and only appearance, he's heavily fleshed out and is a major character in said episode.
- White Shirt of Death: Was wearing a white shirt when he got bitten.
- Zombie Infectee: Gets bitten on the abdomen by a walker, and either killed himself or was given a Mercy Kill by Morgan because of it.
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Portrayed By: Kevin Patrick MurphyThe leader of a small community of survivors based in a library dominated by the Saviors. When his group began rebelling against the Saviors, they struck back and wiped out every survivor in the Library besides him. Simon tortured and beat him, and used him to show the Alexandrians what could befall them should they not submit to Negan once he hangs him and leaves him to turn.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: While being beaten and tortured, all he can do is beg for mercy even though he clearly knows it won't work.
- Character Death: Dies in the season 6 finale.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Tortured and beaten by a gang of Saviors, getting spray-painted on, and ultimately hung without a Mercy Kill is no pleasant way to go.
- Last Episode, New Character: First appears in the season 6 finale.
- Make an Example of Them: He's a victim of this, as Simon uses him to demonstrate the Saviors' wrath should Rick not submit.
- Mercy Kill: Averted. He is simply hung, and the Alexandrians can't spare the bullets to put him out of his misery, and Rick encounters his severed head on the ground while scavenging for his axe.
- No Name Given: Only credited with the incredibly generic title "Male Survivor". Talking Dead gives us the much more catchy title "The Last Librarian."
- Off with His Head!: Rick clings to his body to get off the RV, and his weight causes the decomposing walker's body to split at the neck.
- Posthumous Character: He makes much more of an impact upon his death and during his time as a walker, in and out of universe.
- Sacrificial Lamb: He's introduced solely to show what happens to communities who rebel against the Saviors, and his death was seen at the final roadblock the group encounters, really showing how dire their situation is. In the following episode, Negan specifically takes Rick to his undead corpse to show him up close and personal.
- Sole Survivor: Of his group for about a day before he's killed.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in his first appearance.