Characters: The Walking Dead TV Show Tyreeses Group
Members of Tyreese's group from the television show The Walking Dead:
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Portrayed by: Chad L. ColemanTyreese is the leader of a small group of survivors, including his younger sister Sasha, that discover the prison. His neighbor Jerry helped them survive the initial outbreak in a bunker, but they later left and joined a group of 25 people that slowly got whittled down. After briefly joining Woodbury with his sister, he joins the remaining citizens of the town in moving to the prison. He begins a relationship with Karen after settling into the prison. He enters a state of depression and rage after her death, but doesn't have long to dwell on it since the prison falls not long after. Rescuing Judith from the place, he becomes one of her primary caregivers.
"It's not over. This isn't the end."
- Adaptational Heroism: Tyreese is much nicer, compassionate, and diplomatic compared to his comic counterpart. By Season 5, he starts becoming one of the strong candidates for being The Heart of the group, something his comic counterpart never was.
- Adaptational Villainy: Invoked, but ultimately subverted in Season 3. He joined Woodburynote after Rick kicked them off the prison, forcing him to find another safe place for his group and Woodbury is the only available option. Once there, he and his group decided to help the Governor in his "war". But despite this, Tyreese has remained a good person, acting very reluctant to harm the prison group, and protesting the use of walkers against them. He even flat-out refuses to take part in the second prison attack during the Season 3 finale and joins Rick's group after learning the truth about the Governor.
- A Death in the Limelight: Gets a hearty amount of focus in season five and "What's Happening And What's Going On", and he's dead by the end of said episode.
- An Arm and a Leg: Michonne chops off his bitten arm in a last-ditch effort to save his life. Sadly, it's already too late for him.
- Arch-Enemy: Martin becomes his in Season 5. They only face off once (not counting their Dead Person Conversation but Martin is the first character to directly confront Tyreese's morality and how it will get him killed.
- Ass Kicking Equals Authority: He is the most capable fighter of his group, hence the leadership.
- A-Team Firing: He's almost worthless when using a gun. It takes him four shots to hit a very slow moving walker with a sniper rifle. In "30 Days Without An Accident", he misses a couple of very close range shots with a handgun.
- Badass: Dispatches walkers with complete ease using only a hammer. He's also sporting a Badass Beard. In the second half of Season 4 until the Season 5 premiere, he's in a Badass and Child Duo with Lizzie, Mika and most notably Judith.
- The Berserker: When he's truly angry he is a terrifying force to be reckoned with; Allen was nearly fed to a pit full of walkers, an entire herd of walkers was decimated when he was cornered by them, and he nearly beat Martin to death. You'd better hope you're not in range of his fists or his hammer if he's angry. Word of God even clarifies that no other member of Rick's group could've not only survived, but decimated the herd he was surrounded by.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Tyreese is one of the kindest and most decent people on the show. When Allen attacked him near a pit of walkers though, Tyreese almost threw him in. In Season 4, Karen's death sends him into a massive fit. Then in the Season 5 premiere "No Sanctuary", he pummels, beats, and almost kills the douchebag who threatened to snap baby Judith's neck. The next episode revealed that the guy survived, but his face is obviously swelling bad.
- The Big Guy: He is literally the biggest, the tallest and physically the strongest member of Rick's group.
- Brother-Sister Team: With Sasha.
- Character Death: In "What's Happening And What's Going On", he's bitten twice by walkers and dies of his wounds by the end of the episode.
- Dead Person Conversation: While dying, he talks to the ghosts of Lizzie, Mika, Martin, Bob, The Governor and Beth.
- Decomposite Character: Due to debuting much later than his comicbook counterpart, his roles for the first two seasons were filled by T-Dog (received his backstory as an ex-football player), Shane (as The Lancer with the Love Triangle gone bad story line) and Daryl (received his character relationship with Carol, as well as The Lancer after Shane's death).
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He is shown to be very capable at handling walkers but ends up getting mortally wounded when one bites him while he's not paying attention. It's not a complete example though, as he his slow death throughout the rest of the episode is very emotional and cinematic.
- Drop the Hammer: When first shown, he's using a small sledgehammer as a weapon.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Inverted. He debuted much later than in the source material.
- Enemy Without: Word of God is that Tyreese fears his own strength and the berserker he becomes when he's enraged.
- Face Death with Dignity: Once he realizes that he's about to die, he faces the end peacefully and with no fear. It helps that several of his deceased friends appear to him as hallucinations and comfort him.
- Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: When Carol admits she murdered Karen (and David), Tyreese almost breaks a table and seems to consider shooting her. Ultimately he forgives her when Carol tells her reasons, and that Karen's death was quick.
- Gentle Giant: He's the only one who shows nothing but gratitude to the prison group for saving and harboring them. He is also very disturbed by having to kill walkers, particularly when stabbing them through the prison fence. Tyreese is also often seen carrying and tending to baby Judith, a position that he seems entirely competent and comfortable with.
- The Heart: Of the group following Hershel's death.
- Heroic Blue Screen of Death: He goes through this when he finds Karen and David's charred bodies in the prison yard. And then there's Sasha falling sick. He so affected by both events that he remains several seconds inside a walker surrounded car — with an open door — during the mission led by Daryl to find antibiotics.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With his sister.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Season five delves into his wistful, desperate desire to avoid the overrun, brutal world he's forced to live in; largely due to the emotional trauma of losing so many friends to the apocalypse. It's quite clear that he'd be happy to just watch Judith while the others deal with people and walkers. In his Dead Person Conversation with several characters, he's confronted over this desire by Martin and The Governor, who mock him for wanting to escape reality. Ultimately, Bob, Beth, Lizzie, and Mika are able to assure Tyreese that there was nothing wrong with wanting to be done with the apocalypse, and comfort him as he passes away, finally ending his suffering.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: He's got horrible aim with a firearm, which nearly gets him killed during the fall of the prison, before being saved by Lizzie and Mika. This is the reason he generally sticks to his trusty hammer.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Outright calls baby Judith his friend.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: To Allen, after he antagonized Tyreese out of petty jealousy and advocated the use of walkers against the prison group.Allen: I'll protect [my son].
Tyreese: Oh, like you protected Donna?
- In the Season 5 premiere, a man threatens to kill Judith. He responds in due course, by beating the SOB to death. Except he didn't.
- Large and In Charge: He twice as big as the rest of his group and clearly in command of them.
- The Leader: Of his small group. After joining the community at the prison, he steps out of the leadership role.
- Life or Limb Decision: When his arm was chomped twice by walkers, Rick and Michonne cut it off, but it's already too late for the big guy and it fails to save his life.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's very agile for a guy his size.
- Love Interest: For Karen, with the two of them becoming a couple in the Time Skip between Season 3 and 4.
- Martial Pacifist: Tyreese can definitely kick ass, but he always chooses to be diplomatic.
- Nice Guy: Very much so. He has snapped and gotten aggressive on three occasions, but they were rather understandable (Allen's provocation, the aftermath of Karen's murder, and Martin threatening to kill baby Judith). In the latter case it turns out that he couldn't even bring himself to kill the bastard like he said he did as he turns up alive in the next episode.
- The One Guy: After the fall of the prison in the latter half of Season 4, he is the only man in a group consisting of Lizzie, Mika and Judith and is later joined by Carol.
- One-Man Army: Episode 3 of Season 4 showed him demolishing a horde of walkers all by himself.
- Only Sane Man: The most level-headed of his group.
- Sanity Slippage: After Karen is murdered.
- Nice Hat: His beanie that he's rarely seen without. It's left on the cross marking his grave.
- Papa Wolf: To the children in general, but it's most evident in the second half of Season 4.
- Judith may not be his child, but when she was threatened in the Season 5 premiere, he viciously killed the guy who threatened her. Upon her return, Carol is fully expecting to have to finish Martin off herself, but Tyreese stops her and admits that he was capable of killing since the man was threatening Judith's life. Although it ends up being subverted when the guy turns up alive in the next episode, showing that Tyreese either spared him or didn't kill him as he thought he did.
- Plot Armor: Clumsily running in the open field, with his wardrobe-size frame, while in close range of shooters during the third Prison Attack. Sadly, the plot armor doesn't protect him in Season 5 when he doesn't notice a walker behind him in time.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: While he was promoted to series regular as of Season 4, his name only appeared in the OBB of Season 5. Much like Hershel, Beth, and Gareth before him, it doesn't do him much good, and he dies in the middle of the season.
- Promotion to Parent: In the beginning of the second half of Season 4 for Lizzie, Mika, and Judith. He continues in this role until Judith is reunited with Rick in the Season 5 premiere, but still promises to help as much as possible with her afterwards.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: The reason for his sudden death is probably because Chad Coleman got a major role in another TV series.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to his sister's red.
- Sacrificial Lion: His death in the middle of season five comes just at the same time the group is losing hope.
- Scary Black Man: Subverted. Tyreese is nice, reasonable, compassionate, and shows nothing but gratitude to the prison group for harboring his group. The only incidences when he becomes violently angry is when he finds out that Karen has been killed and her body has burned, and when a man from Terminus threatens to kill Judith. The latter one resulted in Tyreese beating the asshole to death (or so it appeared).
- Sixth Ranger: Subverted for Rick's group in "The Suicide King". Played straight for Woodbury in "I Ain't No Judas", although he is having second thoughts. Played straight to Rick's group as of "Welcome To The Tombs".
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Always wearing A-shirts until fall comes late Season 3.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Justified as he debuted much later than his comic counterpart. He was the first fatality of the prison attack in the comics, but he survived in the show. In "Too Far Gone", Hershel actually suffers the death Tyreese had in the comics. While he dies (at the middle of Season 5), it occured much later in the timeline compared to his comic death.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: Nobody saw it coming, largely because Beth had just died the episode beforehand.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Oscar, and, by second degree, to T-Dog, as the Blue Oni black man set to be a member on the heroes' side.
- Those Two Guys: With Sasha in Season 3. Averted from Season 4 onward once they both start receiving more screen time.
- Thou Shall Not Kill: A major belief of his. It's seemingly averted in the Season 5 premiere when he kills Martin, but the next episode subverts it by revealing that Martin survived. Ultimately, he dies without having ever killed a living person.
- He also averted it during the final prison battle, when he vigorously took part in the fight against The Governor after Hershel's execution.
- Token Good Teammate: Tyreese is the only member of his team who isn't an Ungrateful Bastard and is levelheaded. While his sister isn't an Ungrateful Bastard, she's very Hot-Blooded and argumentative, while Donna was given no characterization due to her early death. This becomes a factor when they arrived in Woodbury, where he is one of the few ready to argue against the Governor's decisions.
- During the fifth season - particularly during the Grady Memorial Rescue Arc - Tyreese is the one advocating the most peaceful course of actions. While the group are not villains, they've certainly grown more brutal in combat and are far more comfortable with it than he is.
- Token Minority: In the latter half of Season 4. Aside from being The One Guy above, he is the only black person of said group.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: The tragedy of Tyreese's demise is that he was one of the most goodhearted characters on the show, who did his best to be a moral compass for the group in the wake of Hershel's death. His desire for a peaceful life with his friends and baby Judith also makes this even more tragic since the group arrives in the relatively peaceful Alexandria soon after his demise.
- Zombie Infectee: He's bitten by a walker and lays dying for an extended amount of time, and when he's attacked by another one, he allows it to chomp on the same arm until he grabs a weapon to kill it with. He dies at the end of the episode.
Portrayed by: Sonequa Martin-GreenSasha is Tyreese's younger sister and was a firefighter before the Zombie Apocalypse. After joining the prison group, Sasha becomes part of a council that leads the growing community. She also begins to form a relationship with Bob after the fall of the prison.
- Action Girl: She shows off some pretty sweet shovel swinging skills in her introductory episode, and during the run to the department store, she shows she is just as adept with a gun and creating Improvised Weapons. By the fifth season, she is the group's go-to sniper and is probably the most combat-proficient female after Michonne.
- Adaptational Badass: If you consider Julie as her comic book counterpart.
- Adaptation Name Change: If she is indeed Julie's TV counterpart.
- Age Lift: If you consider Julie her comic counterpart, then she's over a decade older than her.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Maggie in "Alone" when they were surrounded by walkers near an ice cream truck.
- With Michonne and Rosita in "Try".
- Blood Knight: Michonne determines very quickly in "Try" that Sasha was hunting walkers.
- Broken Bird: She doesn't take Bob's death well in Season 5, nor the death of her brother. By the time the group reaches Alexandria, she's paranoid, possibly experiencing auditory hallucinations, and may well be a Death Seeker.
- Brother-Sister Team: With Tyreese until his death.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics, although she appears to be taking the place of Tyreese's daughter, Julie.
- The Cassandra: She points out that Terminus seems too good to be true when Maggie and Bob are dead set on heading there, and warns that it's more likely to be another Woodbury than the safe haven it purports to be. Naturally, it turns out to be even worse.
- Cold Sniper: Sasha's the best shot of the whole group and comes across as this to anyone she doesn't trust, especially after Tyreese's death and their admission to Alexandria. She's more of a Friendly Sniper with some the group, though.
- Composite Character: While it isn't clear if Julie is her comic counterpart, all her role starting Season 5 originally belongs to Andrea in the comics, particularly the death of a significant other during the Fear the Hunters as well as becoming the group's resident sniper. Also, since Michonne is getting Adaptational Heroism Sasha gets her comic counterpart's storyline of being paranoid and out of place when the group gets to Alexandria.
- The Cynic: Her experience at Woodbury and the fall of the prison make her skeptical about the signs for Terminus promising safe-haven. While Maggie and Bob want to push on to Terminus to find safety and maybe other members of their group, Sasha doesn't believe they will ever find the others again and simply wants to find a safe building and stay put. Her reaction to Alexandria is similar, but compounded even more so by the recent deaths of Bob, Beth, and Tyreese.
- Death Seeker: May very well be one; in "Forget", when she hallucinates hearing walkers nearby she simply sits down and says "Come and get me."
- Determinator: While stuck in quarantine she fights through her own sickness to assist Hershel in treating others who have fallen ill until she literally passes out from exhaustion and dehydration.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Possibly inverted if she is indeed Julie's counterpart since she debuted much later than in the source material.
- Extreme Melee Revenge: She did not hold back when she stabbed Martin to death.
- Friendship Moment: In "Try" where Michone and Rosita search for Sasha, quickly determining that she was hunting walkers and even fighting alongside each other and saving Sasha in the process. Though their efforts went in vain, they at least tried to comfort Sasha and bring her back to reality.
- Hot-Blooded: She gets riled-up easily.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With her brother.
- I Can Still Fight: It takes a lot of cajoling by Hershel to convince her that she needs to take rests while she is sick.
- Ill Girl: Has fallen victim to a serious illness that has killed more than a few people in Season 4. She gets better.
- Improvised Weapon: When her gun jams in "30 Days Without An Accident" during a fight against walkers in a department store, Sasha grabs a pool cue, breaks it in half, and begins killing walkers with both halves.
- In the latter half of Season 4, she uses a long sharpened stick that she made herself as her primary melee weapon.
- The Lancer: She is her brother's most trusted teammate and the second most capable fighter of her team after him, but also has a much more confrontational personality than he does.
- The Leader: In Season 4, she is part of a council that runs the group at the prison, alongside Daryl, Carol, Glenn, and Hershel.
- One Woman Army: Staying in the guard tower at Alexandria has made her an extremely good shot. Best shown in "Try" when she effortlessly mows down a large group of walkers with only a little help from Michonne and Rosita.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Promoted to series regular for Season 4.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Tyreese's blue.
- Salt and Pepper: She's regularly seen with Maggie starting the second half of Season 4.
- Sanity Slippage: Bob's death starts sending her down this path, but Tyreese's death is really when it happens; she becomes reckless and paranoid, finding it impossible to fit in at Alexandria. In "Conquer", she actually lies in a pile of dead walkers.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Starts wearing one in Season 4.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: By the time the group reaches Alexandria, Sasha is a reckless, paranoid wreck who is having auditory hallucinations of walkers and a severe panic attack at Deanna's welcome party.
- Ship Tease: With Bob. They had a Relationship Upgrade in Season 5.
- Shovel Strike: Originally appeared with a shovel as her weapon.
- Sixth Ranger: Subverted at first, but played straight at the end of Season 3.
- Sole Survivor: Of her family after Tyreese's death, and she is currently the only surviving character on this page.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Possibly. If she is indeed Julie's counterpart, then she's supposed to have died around the timeline of late Season 3 to Season 4.
- Those Two Guys: With Tyreese in Season 3. Averted from Season 4 onward when they develop into more distinct characters.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Her Sanity Slippage in Season 5 has made her extremely abrasive and antisocial.
- Tragic Keepsake: Starts wearing the late Bob Stookey's jacket after his death.
- Trauma Conga Line: Early in Season 5, Bob dies just as she is starting to form a genuine relationship with him. A couple episodes later, her brother Tyreese dies. It has not done wonders for her sanity.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Holy hell; when she, Rick, Michonne, and Abraham lured the Terminus survivors to the church after they chopped Bob's leg off for a meal and dropped him at their doorstep, she turned Martin into a human pincushion. Tyreese is reasonably horrified by this.
Portrayed by: Daniel Thomas MayAllen is Donna's husband. He and his family were the first survivors to join Tyreese and his sister. After they join Woodbury, Allen joins the Governor's militia and adapts easily to the job. He is killed by the Governor when he massacres the militia.
- Adaptational Curves: His comicbook counterpart is fatter.
- Adaptational Villainy: The guy is a douchebag compared to his comic counterpart.
- Asshole Victim: It's hard to feel sorry for him considering how much of a dick he was.
- Boom, Headshot: Gets shot by the Governor after drawing a gun on him after the Governor killed the rest of the Woodbury militia.
- Composite Character: Some of his more violent traits seem to stem from comic-Tyreese's unnamed best friend, whom according to Tyreese had tried to kill him some weeks before meeting the group.
- Crusading Widower: His wife died in their debut, and his grief/desire to protect his son motivates many of the actions he takes afterwards.
- Death Seeker: When Tyreese holds him near the Woodbury Walker pit, he yells at Tyreese to drop him.
- Decomposite Character: He's an In Name Only character and his important characterizations from the comics were given to two not-so Canon Foreigner characters; Morales was given the role of the Atlanta group's original family man member, while Ryan Samuels was given his role of a dying father who left his two children for the group.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Inverted. He debuted much later than in the source material.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He draws his gun after showing disgust at the Governor gunning down the Woodbury militia. It doesn't do him much good, however, and the Governor shoots him in the head.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He is jealous that his wife looked to Tyreese for protection after he saved Donna's life.
- In Name Only: Pretty much the only similarity he has with his comic book counterpart is his name.
- Jerkass: Is generally rude and unpleasant to everyone except for his family.
- Love Makes You Evil: To be fair, he only started acting maliciously after failing to protect his wife.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Ben dies in Merle's ambush of the Woodbury militia, which Allen blames on the prison survivors and motivates him to seek revenge on them.
- The Social Darwinist: Flavor 4: he thinks that society had degraded to the point where only the fit survive, and sees that as enough justification to take over the prison.
- Sour Supporter: For Tyreese.
- Too Dumb to Live: Pulls his gun out on The Governor right after the latter kills the Woodbury Militia, and instead of shooting him right there he hesitates and does nothing. This predictably gets him killed a few seconds later.
- Token Evil Teammate: The most malicious and ill-minded member of Tyreese's group.
- Underestimating Badassery: Badly underestimates Carl, had he gone through with his plan to take the prison he likely would have been shot for his troubles.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Despite all the help the group gave him and the others, he wants to try and take their weapons and the prison for themselves. He also hates Tyreese for saving Donna's live prior to their introduction to the show.
- Would Hurt a Child: Yes, yes he would. When he suggests Tyreese and Sasha in order to take over the prison that they would need to kill everyone living there, they call him out on this after they pointing that there was a baby in the mix as well.
Portrayed by: Tyler ChaseBen is the son of Allen and Donna. He joins the Woodbury militia alongside his father. He is shot and killed by Merle when the militia is ambushed by him.
- Accidental Murder: Zig-Zagged. Merle was aiming for The Governor when Ben accidentally blocked his shot, but the actual plan aside from killing The Governor is to take out as many Woodbury militia as he can.
- Adaptational Heroism: Very relatively, but compared to his comic counterpart, who ended up being an Enfant Terrible who murders his own brother and doesn't realize it, this version, who tries to avoid fights among people and just works to help fight off the Walkers is at least comparatively better. Doesn't help him much, though, given his status as an Ungrateful Bastard.
- Age Lift: From around 6 or 7 years old in the comic to a teenager in the show.
- Coincidental Dodge: Inverted, he coincidentally wanders into Merle's aim, taking a bullet meant for the Governor completely by chance.
- Composite Character: Possibly. He has a twin brother in the comic books, but he's the only child here.
- Death by Adaptation: His comic book counterpart was executed by Carl around the cannibals arc.
- Decomposite Character: His Character Development from the comics, specifically the Creepy Child/Enfant Terrible storyline, was given to Dark Action Girl Lizzie Samuels for the show.
- Demoted to Extra: His comic counterpart is The Rival of sorts to Carl. Here, he is a Mauve Shirt who is killed off before any Character Development.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Gets shot in the neck by Merle during his ambush of the Governor's men.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Inverted. He debuted much later than in the source material. Same goes for his direct counterpart, Lizzie.
- In Name Only: The only thing he has in common with his comic book counterpart is his name. The character of Lizzie from Season 4 is the comic book character's true counterpart.
- Like Father, Like Son: He is actually nodding in approval for his father's Ungrateful Bastardness.
- Machete Mayhem: Uses a machete to dispatch a walker in the scene he is introduced in, but loses it when the walker collapses and it gets stuck in the walker's head.
- Mauve Shirt: Killed off by Merle in "This Sorrowful Life".
- Ungrateful Bastard: Like his dad, he wants to take over the prison before getting kicked out and joins the Woodbury army to fight the prison group, despite them having saved them previously.
- Yes-Man: To his father.
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Portrayed by: Cherie DvorakDonna is Allen's wife. She is bitten just before their group finds the prison, succumbing to the bite after the group makes it inside.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Her comicbook counterpart is an old-looking woman with short blond hair.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Donna is blond in the comics.
- Ambiguously Brown/Race Lift: While Donna was white in the comics, this Donna appears to be Hispanic or of Mixed Ancestry.
- Death by Adaptation: An odd version. She's around much shorter than her comic incarnation, but dies much later in the timeline.
- Demoted to Extra: In the comics, Donna was around for the first arc and a half before being killed.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Inverted. She debuted much later than in the source material.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her clothes are pink.
- Red Shirt: Given none of the characterization her comic book counterpart received.
- Zombie Infectee: Gets bitten in the woods outside of the prison and dies of the bite shortly after Carl finds the group.