Characters: World War Z

A Character Sheet for the World War Z novel characters.

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    The Interviewer 

The Interviewer

  • As Himself: The audiobook, which features a full cast reading each role, specifically identifies the interviewer as Max Brooks, and Brooks reads the interviewer's part.
  • Author Avatar: For Max Brooks.
  • Mr. Exposition
  • Not So Above It All: When interviewing Closure LTD., it's revealed he also there to use their service.

    Kwang Jingshu 

Kwang Jingshu

    Nury Televadi 

    Stanley MacDonald 

Stanley MacDonald

  • For Your Own Good: His 'debriefing and evaluation' by the Canadian Government, back when it seemed like he may have just imagined the attack.
  • The War on Terror: A member of the Canadian Armed Forces participating in raids on terrorist drug caches when he first encounters a zombie.

    Fernando Oliveira 

Fernando Oliveira

    Jacob Nyathi 

Jacob Nyathi

    Jurgen Warmbrunn 

    Saladin Kader 

Saladin Kader

    Bob Archer 

Bob Archer

    Gen. Travis D'Ambrosia 

Gen. Travis D'Ambrosia

    Grover Carlson 

Grover Carlson

    Mary Jo Miller 

Mary Jo Miller

  • Mama Bear: She tells the interviewer about the first zombie attack she experienced, during which one of the zombies grabbed her daughter. Mary Jo admits that she really doesn't remember exactly what happened, but says that according to both of her children, she ripped the zombie's head off with her bare hands.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Went from a typical California Phalanx-taking soccer mom to an engineer, city-planner, and mayor of her own town.

    Gavin Blaire 

Gavin Blaire

    Ajay Shah 

Ajay Shah

  • The Danza: Ajay Shah is portrayed in the audiobook by Ajay Naidu.

    Sharon 

    Maria Zhuganova 

    T. Sean Collins 

T. Sean Collins

    Ahmed Farahnakian 

Ahmed Farahnakian

    Todd Wainio 

    Paul Redeker 

Paul Redeker

  • Beneath the Mask: Xolelwa Azania believed that Redeker instead of being heartless, felt too much and that distancing himself from emotion was the only way he could protect himself in a cruel world. Considering the fact that Xolelwa Azania is really the split personality of Paul Redeker this insight has a helluva lot of weight to it.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Redeker prepaired a plan that while many view as heartless and amoral, was so comprehensive it was said that it left out no detail from survival to rebuilding society afterwards.
  • Heroic BSOD: Implied to be what happened when Nelson Mandella showed Redeker what may have been the first true human warmth and compassion he ever felt in his life.
  • It's the Only Way to Be Sure
  • Knight Templar
  • Sanity Slippage: By the time of the events in the book, Paul is in a mental institution in South Africa.
  • Split Personality Takeover: Xolelwa Azania, the man talking about Redeker, is Redeker himself
  • Straw Vulcan
  • The Stoic: Was said to be a man not only devoid of emotion but actively saw them as a nuisance at best and the root of all the world's problems at worst.
    • Not So Stoic: It seems that when Nelson Mandella showed Paul what might have been the first real act of emotion and empathy towards him, Paul was shaken so deeply that it destroyed the very foundations of everything he believed in.

    David Allen Forbes 

David Allen Forbes

  • Adorkable: Throughout his interview Forbes rambles, stammers, and trips all over himself trying to apologize for anything he says that people from other countries might find insulting. At one point early in the interview he almost gives up entirely and is only persuaded to continue after asking the interviewer to promise to "cut all the daft bits."
  • Badass Adorable: He carries a claymore which he learned how to use to very good effect against zombies.
  • Nice Guy

    Philip Adler 

Philip Adler

  • All Germans Are Nazis: Averted. A west Berliner by birth, he was taught 'to always bear his grandfather's shame'.
  • The Atoner
  • A Father to His Men
  • Just Following Orders: Defied. Although he complied with the order to withdraw and abandon the civilians his unit was protecting after his commanding officer threatened to enact decimations the way the Russian military did, he fully acknowledges and accepts responsibility for choosing to do so. He planned to personally assassinate his commanding officer in retribution, and is bitterly disgusted that the general committed suicide before he could do so rather than accept responsibility for giving the order.

    Bohdan Taras Kondratiuk 

Bohdan Taras Kondratiuk

    Jesika Hendricks 

Jesika Hendricks

  • Break the Cutie
  • I'm a Humanitarian
  • Must Make Amends
  • Stoic Woobie
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out the US government not for abandoning everyone, but for not doing enough to inform of them of where to go and how to survive. Also calls out most of the people who fled North for being so short-sighted and unprepared, which led to the devastation of the Canadian wilderness.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Her father thought he and his family would be better off surviving in the Canadian wilderness. To be fair he might have been right had several million American not had the same idea...

    Sardar Khan 

Sardar Khan

    Arthur Sinclair Jr 

Arthur Sinclair Jr

    "The Whacko" 

"The Whacko"

    Joe Muhammad 

Joe Muhammad

    Roy Elliot 

Roy Elliot

    Christina Eliopolis 

Christina Eliopolis

  • Action Girl
  • Badass
  • Hearing Voices: While the evidence strongly implies that Christina was hearing a voice in her head, it was definitely not a malicious one and may have been created by her mind as a way to cope and stay sane.
  • Imaginary Friend: What "Mets Fan" probably is.
  • Mommy Issues: More implied than directly stated - when Christina is on the brink of crossing the Despair Event Horizon and is seriously considering shooting herself before the zombies can get her, Mets Fan galvanizes her into action by demanding, "Who are you, your mother?"
  • Sanity Slippage: After she survives and gets back to her people, it is revealed that her radio had been broken and no one used the call sign "Mets Fan". This leads people to think she was hearing the voice in her head.
    • Sanity Strengthening: Despite the fact that the voice may have been conjured from Christina's mind due to stress, the voice is positive and encouraging. At times when she feels hopeless, the voice reminds her to only think about what she needs to do next and actively pushes her to keep going and survive. It essentially keeps her from breaking under the pressure from the sever and dangerous circumstances surrounding her escape from zombie infested territories.
  • Talking to Themself: See Hearing Voices and Imaginary Friend above.

    Barati Palshigar 

Barati Palshigar

    Kondo Tatsumi 

Kondo Tatsumi

  • Ascended Fanboy: As the outbreak progressed, he stayed in his room and on the internet poring over discussions of the war right up until the power went out and he realized he had no actual skills, experience, or support to make use of his information. Only through luck did he manage to escape and meet his Sensei, who would teach him true badassery.
  • Hikikomori: At first.

    Seryosha Garcia Alvarez 

Seryosha Garcia Alvarez

    Adm. Xu Zhicai 

Adm. Xu Zhicai

    Terry Knox 

Terry Knox

    Ernesto Olguin 

Ernesto Olguin

    Darnell Hackworth 

Darnell Hackworth

    Father Sergei Ryzhkov 

    Andre Renard 

Andre Renard

    Breckinridge 'Breck' Scott 

Breckinridge 'Breck' Scott

  • Corrupt Corporate Executive
  • Evil Counterpart: To filmmaker Roy Elliot. Both characters sold the lie of "hope", but while Elliot sold it to save people from dying of despair and to give them a reason to keep surviving, Breck did it simply to make a quick buck. Notably, both characters are entirely honest about "selling lies".
  • False Reassurance: Phalanx works perfectly as a a rabies vaccine, just as advertised. He knew damn well the virus wasn't actually rabies despite it being known as "African Rabies" at the time.
  • Greed
  • Hate Sink: He is pretty much there just to be hated.
  • Jerkass: Scams countless people out of millions of dollars, laughs his head off when most of his buyers ended up infected, brags about scamming people out of their money, and taunts people about the fact that in his safety dome, he is protected against zombies, and because he's in a leased Russian research base in the Antarctic, the police can never arrest him.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: He notes that what happened is partly the governmant's fault, since they could have checked to see if any of his vaccines had actually been tested, and that while he did knowingly sell untested vaccines, many doctors have given untested Flu shots. He also notes that even if his vaccines didn't work, the belief that there was treatment, kept people from panicking, and that after the truth got out, it wasn't long before panic and fear caused things to spiral out of control.
  • Karma Houdini: Not for long anymore.
  • Laughing Mad
  • Only in It for the Money
  • Smug Snake
  • The Sociopath