Characters: The Walking Dead TV Show Terminus Survivors
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Terminus Survivors/The Hunters
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Played By: April Billingsley, Chris Burns, Chris Coy, Denise Crosby, Tate Ellington, Benjamin Papac, Andrew J. West, Travis Young
A former sanctuary for survivors that advertised its existence, the inhabitants of Terminus were transformed into brutal killers and cannibals after being brutalized by a group of survivors who followed the signs to Terminus. Now led by Gareth, Terminus traps, loots, kills, and eats anybody unlucky enough to fall into their clutches, recruiting strong survivors after feeding them with human flesh and then giving them the choice of joining them or becoming the next meal.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Compared to the Comic!Hunters, they have a very tragic and very horrific backstory which triggers their Start of Darkness.
- Adaptation Expansion: The Hunters are merely a group of survivors like Rick and company. The show gave them a community.
- Adaptation Name Change: Chris becomes Gareth, Charlie becomes Martin and David becomes Mike. Subverted as a group though, as they finally dubbed themselves as "The Hunters" (like in the comics) after Terminus gets burned to the ground.
- Asshole Victims: Tragic backstory aside, they had it coming.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: Sans the "raping the prisoners" thing, they became like the people that imprisoned and abused them.
- Being Good Sucks/No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The main reason for their Start of Darkness is because they were invaded and violated by a group of survivors they tried to help.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: What led them to become what they are now
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Their M.O. to lure unsuspecting survivors. According to writer / showrunner Scott Gimple, whenever a weak person comes to Terminus, they do not bother with the act and throw them in a train car immediately. When strong people come along, they keep up the act for a few days while feeding them human meat before revealing the truth and asking them to join them. This didn't happen with Glenn's group because Abraham tried to leave before they were fed, and Rick's group figured out something was wrong very quickly.
- Add to that that several of the Terminants in the "welcome wagon" are the young and attractive members of the community.
- Bullying a Dragon: Tangling with Rick and his crew really doesn't end well for them.
- Cannibal Clan: What they became.
- The Cynic: Every single one of them.
- Dark Is Evil: The Hunters are mostly clad in black outfits and are all brunettes.
- The Dog Bites Back: Did this to their previous captors/tormentors. After Terminus' destruction, they're trying to do this to Rick's group.
- Even Evil Has Standards: According to Word of God, the only thing they don't do to other survivors after their Face-Heel Turn is raping them, likely due to their own experiences.
- Fallen Heroes: Terminus really was once a sanctuary that set up signs so other survivors could come and survive, but after a group of men followed the signs and took over Terminus, killing, beating, and raping the residents before they were beaten, they became twisted survivalists who trap, kill, and eat anyone who arrives there.
- Faux Affably Evil: Act nice to lure people in but in reality they are ruthless cannibals.
- Five-Bad Band: The Hunters;
- Big Bad: Gareth, The Leader of the group.
- Co-Dragons: Martin and Greg, since they were the last ones "standing" with Gareth before they were all slaughtered by Rick and his group. Martin is, however, the more prominent Dragon of the two.
- Evil Genius: Albert, the group's resident tactical sniper and the one who came up with the theory that they may be infected since they ate the leg of the Zombie Infectee Bob.
- The Brute: Mike, the biggest and the most physically imposing of the group.
- Dark Chick: Theresa, the sole female Hunter.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Started out as a legitimately good sanctuary who became a Cannibal Clan after some scumbags really badly bit the hand that fed them.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: After the destruction of Terminus, their rabid, almost lustful desire to find someone to eat means that they don't check Bob for bites. Turns out Bob is tainted meat, and though Robert Kirkman later revealed they didn't get infected, it nevertheless pisses off Rick's group even more, earning the Hunters a gory death by hacking, much like their prey.
- Hypocrite: Gabriel finds a bible on the front of the infested school where the very un-Christian Hunters had made camp. Based on Mary's name inside, the bible probably belonged to Gareth.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Summed up in their belief that "You're the butcher or the cattle". After being treated like cattle by a group of people they gave sanctuary to, they take this revelation to its extreme. They seem to enjoy cannibalism too, even implying they'd eat Judith too.
- I Ate WHAT?: To those they maintain "public face" to for days, only to then reveal they were being fed human flesh.
- It's Personal: Towards Rick's group after Terminus gets burned to the ground.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: Originally, they still want to make the world a better place despite the Zombie Apocalypse. Helping the wrong people and surviving them changed all that.
- Join or Die: Their approach to strong groups or individuals they are interested in recruiting. Gareth even states "Join us or feed us."
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Rick, Abe, Michonne and Sasha hacking them to death is horrifying, but boy, did they deserve it.
- Killed Off for Real: The vast majority of them die in the season premiere, before the remnants are killed in the third episode of the season.
- Letter Motif: They put Rick and his group in boxcar "A". Later on, they mark Gabriel's church with the same letter after Rick and the group take refuge there.
- Madness Mantra: Many, such as "We first. Always", "Never again" and the most infamous "It's better to be the butcher than to be the cattle".
- Meaningful Rename: After Terminus gets burned to the ground, the group dubbed themselves "Hunters" and is dead set on tracking down Rick's group.
- Motifs: The group is strongly associated with fire and slaughterhouses.
- Not So Different: From the walkers around them, as symbolised by Gareth's monologue with his reflection among a mass of walkers. They both eat people, after all.
- Oh, Crap: When they realize that Bob Stookey, whose leg they've been eating, was bitten by a walker and is tainted.
- Offing the Offspring: During Gareth's speech to Bob Stookey, saying that bears eat their young when they begin to starve. He claims that it was 'part of the pitch' and the look on his face seems to imply that the Terminants likely ate their own children.
- Rape as Backstory: Several of the Terminants were raped by a group they had taken in.
- The Remnant: The Hunters are composed of the (presumably) surviving Terminus residents led by the community's leader.
- Room Full of Crazy: Their "Church", were they pay tribute to the belongings and names of their fallen members, and is full with phrases like "Never Again", "Trust Noone" and "We First, Always".
- Tragic Villains: They don't kill and eat outsiders because they want to, they do it because previous experiences in the post apocalyptic world left them so broken that they feel like they have to do it to survive. When Mary reveals all, it shows just how messed up being betrayed by people they tried to help made them all. Following the destruction of Terminus, we get to see that some of them do get pleasure from killing other people and feasting on their flesh.
- Theres No Kill Like Overkill: Not only the destruction of Terminus but the brutal manner in which Gareth, Martin, Greg and Theresa end up killed
- The Unfettered: They once tried to rebuild society. Now they no longer care about any moral restraints, aside from maybe rape.
- Watching Troy Burn: Rick and co. burned Terminus to the ground and they were helpless when it happened.
- Zombie Infectee: Potentially, after eating Bob's tainted meat. The Hunters don't survive long enough in either the show or the comic to see if this infects people.
- In Issue 134 of the comics fanmail section Robert Kirkman states that neither the TV Hunters or their comic book counterparts got infected for eating the "tainted" meat.
"You're the butcher or you're the cattle."
Andrew J. West
"At the end of the day, no matter how much we hate all this ugly business... a man's got to eat."
A prominent resident and the leader of Terminus.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: While not really ugly, his comic counterpart Chris has a more "stiff" and "crook-like" appearance.
- Adaptation Expansion: He is given a background and family, while Chris casually mentioned his in the comics. The events in Terminus are an original creation of the show.
- Adaptation Name Change: His comic counterpart's name is Chris.
- Advertised Extra: Andrew J. West is present in most of the season 5 promotions but only sticks around for the season's first three episodes.
- Affably Evil: Not so subtly implied to be a cannibal, but he tries to be polite and approachable to people, even to those about to be butchered.
- Faux Affably Evil: After he drops the act and especially after Terminus is burned down he becomes increasingly ruthless and sadistic while keeping a creepily friendly attitude. Probably made most obvious when he tells Stookey he really doesn't want to hurt him while remaining fairly cheerful and rubbing it in his face that he's eating Stookey's leg.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Insists he isn't, but his nerve fails as death approaches.
- Aloof Big Brother: Casually signaled his brother to be killed off.
- Arc Villain: Serves as the Big Bad from the season 4 finale to the third episode of season 5.
- Big Bad: The ending of season 4 sets him up as one for season 5 when he captures most of the main characters.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Terminus is destroyed in the first episode of season 5, and he and the Hunters are wiped out two episodes later. His one victory in season 5, capturing Bob and eating his leg, backfires spectacularly: Bob was already dying from a zombie bite, and returning him to the group leads Rick to take action to finish off the Hunters.
- Big "NO!": Screams this just before Rick hacks him to pieces.
- Beard of Evil: A sparse and thin one that makes him look both non-threatening and ghoulish at the same time.
- Disc One Final Boss: Slaughtered by Rick — with the machete Rick told him he was going to do it with — three episodes into season 5.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is really angry for Mary and Alex's deaths, despite him being the main cause of the latter's demise.
- Evil Counterpart: One could argue him as being one to Rick, another chance to show how far a 'good man' can fall. Gareth started out trying to help people, trying to be a good man, but faced lots of bad situations (His group being overthrown and brutalized being the main one). Like Rick, he responded a bit poorly, but unlike Rick he had no one to reign him in and, instead, helped bring everyone else down. In short, he's what could have happened to Rick if someone like Hershel hadn't been there to try and be the moral compass.
- Eye Scream: Threatens to stab Bob in the eye if Rick doesn't reveal the contents of the hidden bag. Thankfully, Rick tells him and he doesn't go through with it.
- Face Death with Dignity: Subverted. He tells Rick that he wouldn't beg for his life, as there's no point. But when Rick looms over him with a machete, he begs Rick to let the Hunters go, saying they'll never bother him again.
- Fingore: Got two fingers shot off by Rick.
- Genre Savvy: He has his men throw tear gas canisters into the train car holding Rick's group before extracting members, knowing that they will attack as soon as the door is opened.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Becomes as evil as the people who brutalized Terminus (with the exception that it isn't known if he's raped anyone) which is probably made most obvious while he torments Bob Stookey.
- It's Personal: He especially wants to kill Carol for killing Mary.
- Jerkass: When he slips into Faux Affably Evil mode, his dialogue comes off as very snide and sadistic.
- Kick the Dog: Word of God is that Alex was his brother. After Alex died (on Gareth's signal mind you), Gareth allowed his brother to be carved up to be used as food for the community.
- His conversation with Stookey as he and his men chow down on his leg is also this.
- Last Episode New Character: In Season 4.
- The Leader: Of Terminus.
- Never Found the Body: Rick shoots him in the shoulder in "No Sanctuary" and we see him go down, but we never see a body or get any confirmation that he died either. Naturally, he turns up alive and well in the next episode.
- Never My Fault: Blames the death of his brother on Rick, despite being the one who actually ordered it. He also refuses to admit to any wrongdoing when he's about to die, justifying his actions by simply claiming he has felt true hunger.
- Never Trust a Trailer: Trailers for Season 5 indicated that he would team up with Rick's group in an effort to find the cure. This never actually happens and he remains a direct antagonist until his death three episodes in.
- Nothing Personal: Says this pretty much word for word to Bob while eating his leg.
- The Nicknamer: Calls Rick "the ringleader", Daryl "the archer", Michonne "samurai", and Carl "the kid".
- Oh, Crap: When he recognizes the machete with the red handle.
- Perma Stubble: Which is growing to be a Beard of Evil.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: In season 5, though it doesn't do him much good when he's killed three episodes into the season.
- Smug Snake: Thinks he's clever and more dangerous than Rick. It becomes clear that he's not.
- The Sociopath: Though he appears to view himself as a Sociopathic Hero resorting to I Did What I Had to Do.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: As of the most recent episodes he comes across as this. Likely because he became even more off unstable after Terminus was destroyed.
- The Stoic: Only really panics when Rick shoots off his finger. He even faces a fragile window with a mass of walkers on the other side, and wonders about when it will inevitably break.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Hacked to pieces by Rick.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in his fourth appearance. All the more surprising since he had been made a series regular for the season he died in.
"Welcome to Terminus."
Portrayed by: Denise Crosby
The first resident of Terminus introduced, Mary greets new arrivals to Terminus and holds a position of authority.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Possibly (see Canon Foreigner below). There was no mention that Chris' mother was raped, nor indications that he's a Child by Rape for the matter.
- Affably Evil: She's really calm and polite for someone who may be cooking people.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She seems calm and polite but it is an act to help capture anybody who arrives at Terminus.
- Canon Foreigner: While Chris obviously has a mother, she didn't appeared in the comics as a character.
- The Dragon: Serves as one to Gareth, being the main welcomer and the person who seems to be the most important to the community after him.
- Eaten Alive: After interrogating her, Carol shoots Mary in the leg and leaves her to be eaten by several walkers.
- Evil Redhead: Redhead and evil.
- Mouth of Sauron: As part of Terminus' "Welcome Wagon".
- Rape as Backstory: In a flashback, she is shown being thrown back into one of Terminus' railcars by one of the men who had taken it over, with the implication that she had just been raped. She later tries to justify her and her fellow Termites actions to Carol because of what those men did to her and the other female residents of Terminus.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Averted but Invoked. Her son's original name is one letter away from Christ, the son of a very well known Mary. This is likely done to avoid backlash from the Christian/Catholic community.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: After being introduced and established as a major villain at the end of season 4, she dies in the season 5 premiere.
- Team Mom: Possibly to Terminus, if her cooking the food is an indication. Furthered more by Word of God saying that she was the mother of both Gareth and Alex.
Portrayed by: Tate Ellington
A resident of Terminus.
Portrayed by: Benjamin Papac
A resident of Terminus.
Portrayed by: Chris Coy
A Terminus resident who lives outside the main compound, manning a small outpost where he shoots off fireworks to distract walkers.
- Adaptation Expansion: He is given a little plot as Tyreese's Arch-Enemy, while Charlie is merely one of The Hunters' mooks (aside from the fact that Tyreese is dead at that point in the comics).
- Adaptation Name Change: His comic counterpart's name is Charlie.
- Arch-Enemy: The show builds him and Tyreese as this.
- Asshole Victim: No one is mourning his brutal execution from Sasha. We mean no one.
- Badass: While we don't get to see him much in combat, refusing to kneel after being surrounded by Rick's group, and only doing so when Gareth begged him and Abraham put a gun to his head, was incredibly ballsy.
- Beard of Evil: Sports a sparse one (mustache and goatee) that grew in the weeks between Tyreeese sparing him and his death.
- Blatant Lies: Tries to convince Carol and Tyreese that the rest of their group attacked Terminus after they had already overheard him talking about how they captured them.
- Blood Knight: He happily embraces Terminus' violent ways and is the most eager for blood, and is aggressively prodding Gareth to get on with it and attack the half of Rick's group that stayed in the church.
- Co-Dragons: With Greg, since they were the last ones "standing" with Gareth before they were all slaughtered by Rick and his group. He is, however, the more prominent Dragon of the two.
- Dead Person Conversation: He appears to the dying Tyreese several episodes after his death to taunt him about his morality.
- Defiant to the End: A variant. He is the last Hunter standing and refused to run or surrender despite being cornered. Gareth actually had to talk him into kneeling.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He questions why Carol and Tyreese left him alive when they could've just killed him and taken the car. He deduces that they're simply better people than he is and repays their mercy in the worst way possible.
- Hate Sink: All the Hunters are pretty nasty pieces of work, but Martin is easily one of the biggest assholes featured in the show.
- In the Hood: Wears one when he took out Bob.
- I Warned You: When he appears as a hallucination to the bitten and dying Tyreese, he rubs it in his face that he's about to die, supposedly because of his good heart. He also tries to make Tyreese feel guilty and responsible for Bob's death, though a hallucination of Bob assures him that this wasn't the case.
- Nice Hat: Wears a blue baseball cap, and while talking to another Termite over the radio, he calls dibs on Carl's sheriff hat.
- Never Found the Body: Tyreese claimed or at least thought that he beat him to death. He shows up at the following episode.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Tyreese pins him down and beats the crap out of him after he threatens to kill Judith. He survived it though.
- Not Quite Dead: Tyreese claimed that he killed him after brutally beating him but he turns up alive in the next episode.
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: His Adaptation Name Change from Charlie to Martin sounds fishy.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: A big part of his character is his belief that things like idealism and morals will only get you killed in the post-apocalypse. He only ever refers to Tyreese as "the guy that saves babies" and seems to think he's an idiot for putting others above himself.
- Smug Snake: Of all the Hunters, Martin is the most unpleasant and the biggest Jerkass. He tells Carol and Tyreese that their compassion will get them killed, and later brags that he will make it out alive. He happily threatens to snap Judith's neck, and even when the much larger, more powerful Tyreese has pinned him and has him at his mercy, he goads him on claiming it didn't hurt. When Rick's group has the Hunters cornered, he refuses to back down, smugly claiming there's another way out.
- Would Hurt a Child: He threatens to snap Judith's neck if Tyreese doesn't put down his weapons and go outside where three walkers are waiting.
Portrayed by: April Billingsley
Theresa is one of the Hunters tracking down Rick Grimes and his group of survivors after the fall of Terminus.
Portrayed by: Travis Young
Greg is part of Gareth's group tracking down Rick Grimes and his group of survivors after the fall of Terminus.
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Portrayed by: Chris Burns
Mike is one of the Hunters tracking down Rick Grimes and his group of survivors after the fall of Terminus.