A CharacterSheet for the '''World War Z novel characters.'''


[[folder:The Interviewer]]
!!The Interviewer
->'''Played By:''' Max Brooks

* AsHimself: The audiobook, which features a full cast reading each role, specifically identifies the interviewer as Max Brooks, and Brooks reads the interviewer's part.
* AuthorAvatar: For Max Brooks.
* MrExposition
* NotSoAboveItAll: When interviewing Closure LTD., it's revealed he also there to use their service.

[[folder:Kwang Jingshu]]
!!Kwang Jingshu
->'''Played By:''' Steve Park

[[folder:Nury Televadi]]
!!Nury Televadi
->'''Played By:''' Frank Kamai

* EvenEvilHasStandards
* {{Greed}}
* OnlyInItForTheMoney

[[folder:Stanley [=MacDonald=]]]
!!Stanley [=MacDonald=]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/NathanFillion

* ForYourOwnGood: His 'debriefing and evaluation' by the Canadian Government, back when it seemed like he may have just imagined the attack.
* TheWarOnTerror: A member of the Canadian Armed Forces participating in raids on terrorist drug caches when he first encounters a zombie.

[[folder:Fernando Oliveira]]
!!Fernando Oliveira
->'''Played By:''' Paul Sorvino

[[folder:Jacob Nyathi]]
!!Jacob Nyathi
->'''Played By:''' Ade [=McCormack=]

[[folder:Jurgen Warmbrunn]]
!!Jurgan Warmbrunn
->'''Played By:''' Carl Reiner

* BunnyEarsLawyer
* CoolOldGuy

[[folder:Saladin Kader]]
!!Saladin Kader
->'''Played By:''' Waleed Zuaiter

[[folder:Bob Archer]]
!!Bob Archer
->'''Played By:''' Jay O. Sanders

[[folder:Gen. Travis D'Ambrosia]]
!!Gen. Travis D'Ambrosia
->'''Played By:''' Dennis Boutsikaris

* CoolOldGuy
* GeneralRipper: Averted and discussed.
--> Attack. When I heard that order, I thought "oh, fuck".
* OnlySaneMan

[[folder:Grover Carlson]]
!!Grover Carlson
->'''Played By:''' Creator/SimonPegg

* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: He is a very-thinly fictionalised version of Karl Rove.

[[folder:Mary Jo Miller]]
!!Mary Jo Miller
->'''Played By:''' Denise Cosby

* MamaBear: 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''.
* TookALevelInBadass: Went from a typical California Phalanx-taking soccer mom to an engineer, city-planner, and mayor of her own town.
* UnstoppableRage: Took a zombie's head off with only her bare hands in a moment of MamaBear-fuelled aggression when said zombie grabs her daughter.

[[folder:Gavin Blaire]]
!!Gavin Blaire
->'''Played By:''' Bruce Boxleitner

[[folder:Ajay Shah]]
!!Ajay Shah
->'''Played By:''' Ajay Naidu

->'''Played By:''' Nicki Clyne

* BreakTheCutie
* SignificantGreenEyedRedHead: She's described as being extremely beautiful, but she has the mind of a four-year-old.
* WildChild: Sharon was a Feral; one of the children who were left to fend for themselves and became wild as a result. Now an adult, she's described as one of the luckier cases since she has retained the capacity for language.

[[folder:Maria Zhuganova]]
!!Maria Zhuganova
->'''Played By:''' Jeri Ryan

* BabyFactory
* BreakTheCutie
* MyCountryRightOrWrong

[[folder:T. Sean Collins]]
!!T. Sean Collins
->'''Played By:''' Creator/HenryRollins

* AxCrazy
* {{Badass}}
* BloodKnight
* MadHatter: For a blood-crazed psychopath, he is remarkably introspective and level-headed.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: When the compound of the man he's working for is overrun, he refuses to shoot civilians who are simply trying to find a safe place and instead leaves.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere

[[folder:Ahmed Farahnakian]]
!!Ahmed Farahnakian
->'''Played By:''' Maz Jobrani

[[folder:Todd Wainio]]
!!Todd Wainio
->'''Played By:''' Creator/MarkHamill

* {{Badass}}
* DeadpanSnarker
* MotorMouth
* ShellShockedVeteran

[[folder:Paul Redeker]]
!!Paul Redeker
->'''Played By:''' Eamon Walker

* BeneathTheMask: 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. [[spoiler: Considering the fact that Xolelwa Azania is really the split personality of Paul Redeker this insight has a helluva lot of weight to it.]]
* CrazyPrepared: 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.
* HeroicBSOD: 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.
* ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure
* KnightTemplar
* SanitySlippage: By the time of the events in the book, Paul is in a mental institution in South Africa.
* [[spoiler:SplitPersonalityTakeover: Xolelwa Azania, the man talking about Redeker, is Redeker himself]]
* StrawVulcan
* TheStoic: 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.
** NotSoStoic: 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.

[[folder:David Allen Forbes]]
!!David Allen Forbes
->'''Played By:''' Eamonn Walker

* {{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."
* BadassAdorable: He carries a [[{{BFS}} claymore]] which he learned how to use to very good effect against zombies.
* NiceGuy

[[folder:Philip Adler]]
!!Philip Adler
->'''Played By:''' Jurgen Prochnow

* AllGermansAreNazis: Averted. A west Berliner by birth, he was taught 'to always bear his grandfather's shame'.
* TheAtoner
* AFatherToHisMen
* JustFollowingOrders: 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. [[spoiler: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.]]

[[folder:Bohdan Taras Kondratiuk]]
!!Bohdan Taras Kondratiuk
->'''Played By:''' David Ogen Stiers

[[folder:Jesika Hendricks]]
!!Jesika Hendricks
->'''Played By:''' Michelle Kholos

* BreakTheCutie
* ImAHumanitarian
* MustMakeAmends
* StoicWoobie
* WhatTheHellHero: 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.
* WrongGenreSavvy: 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...

[[folder:Sardar Khan]]
!!Sardar Khan
->'''Played By:''' Creator/KalPenn

[[folder:Arthur Sinclair Jr]]
!!Arthur Sinclair Jr
->'''Played By:''' Creator/AlanAlda

* CoolOldGuy
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure

[[folder:"The Whacko"]]
!!"The Whacko"
->'''Played By:''' Creator/RobReiner

* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The description of his background in the novel makes it quite clear that he is intended to be the Democratic politician Howard Dean.

[[folder:Joe Muhammad]]
!!Joe Muhammad
->'''Played By:''' Dean Edwards

* HandicappedBadass

[[folder:Roy Elliot]]
!!Roy Elliot
->'''Played By:''' Frank Darabont

* [[EvilCounterpart Good Counterpart]]: Of Breckinridge "Breck" Scott. Both characters sold the lie of "hope". But while Breck sold a sham vaccine to make a quick buck, Elliot's films were meant to inspire people to keep surviving, and to stop people from dying of despair. Notably, both characters are honest about "selling lies".
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: A clear {{Expy}} of StevenSpielberg
* MotivationalLie
* RuleOfCool: Explains the importance of AwesomeButImpractical as a psychological need for the American movie-goer.

[[folder:Christina Eliopolis]]
!!Christina Eliopolis
->'''Played By:''' Becky Ann Baker

* ActionGirl
* {{Badass}}
* HearingVoices: 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.
* ImaginaryFriend: What "Mets Fan" probably is.
* MommyIssues: More implied than directly stated - when Christina is on the brink of crossing the DespairEventHorizon and is seriously considering [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled shooting herself before the zombies can get her]], Mets Fan galvanizes her into action by demanding, "Who are you, your ''mother''?"
* SanitySlippage: 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.
** SanityStrengthening: 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.
* TalkingToThemself: See HearingVoices and ImaginaryFriend above.

[[folder:Barati Palshigar]]
!!Barati Palshigar
->'''Played By:''' Parminder Nagra

[[folder:Kondo Tatsumi]]
!!Kondo Tatsumi
->'''Played By:''' Creator/MasiOka

* AscendedFanboy: 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.

[[folder:Seryosha Garcia Alvarez]]
!!Seryosha Garcia Alvarez
->'''Played By:''' John Turturro

[[folder:Adm. Xu Zhicai]]
!!Adm. Xu Zhicai
->'''Played By:''' Ric Young

[[folder:Terry Knox]]
!!Terry Knox
->'''Played By:''' Creator/AlfredMolina

* HeroicSacrifice
* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: They monitor from space and provide all the help to the people of Earth.

[[folder:Ernesto Olguin]]
!!Ernesto Olguin
->'''Played By:''' John [=McElroy=]

[[folder:Darnell Hackworth]]
!!Darnell Hackworth
->'''Played By:''' Music/{{Common}}

[[folder:Father Sergei Ryzhkov]]
!!Father Sergei Ryzhkov
->'''Played By:''' F. Murray Abraham

* BadassPreacher
* ReligiousBruiser
* WellIntentionedExtremist

[[folder:Andre Renard]]
!!Andre Renard
->'''Played By:''' Rene Auberjonois

[[folder:Breckinridge 'Breck' Scott]]
!!Breckinridge 'Breck' Scott
->'''Played By:''' Creator/MartinScorsese

* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* EvilCounterpart: 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".
* FalseReassurance: 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}}
* HateSink: 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.
** JerkassHasAPoint: 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.
* KarmaHoudini: Not for long anymore.
* LaughingMad
* OnlyInItForTheMoney
* SmugSnake
* TheSociopath