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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
* BadassGrandpa: He was already a grandfather when he encountered one of the earliest cases of ThePlague, got a message to his daughter to get out of the country ASAP before being arrested by the MSS, ''escaped'' from prison, and is now chairman of the security council of Greater Chongqing. And he still makes house calls to all his patients.
* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: When he made a house call to a remote village deep in the Chinese wilderness, he was deeply irritated at the time at how despite China's many advances forward, many people still lived primitively and believed in superstitious fears.
* RetiredBadass: He was an army doctor in his youth, and he mentions performing major surgery near the front lines of a "minor" [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-Soviet_border_conflict border clash]] with the Soviet Union in the 1960s.

[[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.
* ShellShockedVeteran
* 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

* AccidentalAimingSkills: Fernando Oliveira credits his killing of zombie Herr Mueller to this. He bought a large and showy Desert Eagle purely for intimidation and never practiced with it; he was aiming for the chest but was unprepared for the recoil. Luckily for him and everybody else present, his shot went wild and by pure chance hit Mueller in the head.
* DrJerk
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Slaps one of his nurses who is crying about his zombie patient. Later gets slapped by his receptionist after shooting said zombie patient.
* HookersAndBlow: "I did what any good doctor should do when his patient is suffering, I hit the town."

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

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

* BunnyEarsLawyer
* CoolOldGuy
* IgnoredExpert

[[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

* HateSink: Just like Breckinridge Scott below, he's mainly here to be hated.
* NeverMyFault: Even after everything that's happened, he refuses to even consider himself or his former administration responsible for ignoring the zombie threat until it was too late and contributing to the Great Panic.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: He is a very-thinly fictionalised version of Karl Rove.

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

* 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
* ForcedToWatch: He could only watch from the sky during the Great Panic, watching people try desperately to get away, unaware they were only prolonging the inevitable, as they were merely headed to another infested zone.

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

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

* BreakTheCutie: She saw parents kill their children, then saw her own mother's death. Then she wound up living on her own. At ''four'' years old. She's now a "feral", or WildChild, who may well never progress beyond the mental age at which she was broken.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedHead: She's described as being extremely beautiful, but she has the mind of a four-year-old.
* VoiceChangeling: She mimics several voices during her recollection, with special mention to her uncannily accurate recreation of a zombie moan.
* 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: At the time of her interview, she's pregnant for the ''eighth'' time. She doesn't even know the fathers of her children, but considers continuing to produce them her duty to her country.
* BreakTheCutie: After she's forced to participate in a decimation, she gives up moral agency in favor of JustFollowingOrders. She also has her children taken away shortly after birth so she can get pregnant again as quickly as possible.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: She considers her role as BabyFactory her duty, and does not question orders any more. (She ''does'' snark a lot about the government, past and present; because they badly need her uterus, they won't do anything to her.)

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

* AxCrazy: He's on the verge of SerialKiller, and he knows it. He does retain enough conscience to take out his homicidal urges on zombies, not on the living, and plans to suicide after the zombies are gone specifically so he ''doesn't'' start killing living humans.
* 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: At the Long Island celebrity compound, when the alternative is to kill refugees who break in to find safety.

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

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

* ArmorIsUseless: One of his many complaints about Yonkers was the MOPP 4 protective gear the rank and file soldiers were wearing, several layers of rubber, charcoal, and heavy body armor, on one of the hottest days of the year, while letting the many reporters and superiors wear normal clothing. Averted with the later battle dress uniforms, which actually were effective at preventing infection.
* DadTheVeteran: A veteran of the Zombie War, and now a husband and father.
* DeadpanSnarker: Most of his commentary on the mistakes and stupidity he saw, especially in his earlier segments.
* MotorMouth
* ShellShockedVeteran: Years after the war has ended, he is still haunted by what he witnessed during the war, from his fellow soldiers being eaten alive to the government incompetence that caused so many senseless deaths. According to his unit's psychologist, who he sees regularly, his reactions are still fairly healthy.
* WhatWereYouThinking: His first interview section is spent chastising the poor planning of Yonkers, from the poor tactical decisions to the "Land Warrior" system that only served to incite further panic.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: He's described as being old before his time, and that looking at him, you wouldn't be able to tell he's at the beginning of his life chronologically.

[[folder:Paul Redeker]]
!!Paul Redeker
->'''Played By:''' Creator/EamonnWalker

* AmoralAfrikaner: Tried very hard to be heartless by design, and Plan Orange (later changed into the Redeker Plan) was notably both originally designed as an emergency plan in case of uprising during ''Apartheid-time Africa'' and takes belief in TheNeedsOfTheMany to the most logical extreme (those that the Plan considers "strategically useless" are placed on an Invoked SafeZoneHopeSpot (by comparison with the safe zones for the "strategically useful")).
** Brooks discussed his idea for the character in interviews: white Afrikaners themselves were afflicted by apartheid, because they were indoctrinated from birth by their own parents and all authority figures into believing that apartheid was good. Brooks was fascinated by interviews with Afrikaners after the fall of apartheid who broke down saying "I didn't know what I was doing was wrong". Admitting that they were on the wrong side and everything they stood for was evil would have been so mind-breaking that many of them just shut off all emotions rather than GoMadFromTheRevelation.
* 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 prepared 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 Mandela showed Redeker what may have been the first true human warmth and compassion he ever felt in his life.
* ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure
* KnightTemplar
* MeaningfulName: Xolelwa Azania? Azania is the ancient Greek name for southern Africa, and many black nationalists believe that the country should be renamed thus. Google Translate gives myriad answers for "Xolelwa"; In Zulu/Xhosa/etc it can mean "Discarded", "Clemency", "Downloaded", "Forgiven"... [[spoiler:All of them hit the nail on the head pretty hard considering that he's actually what's left of Redeker when ''Nelson Mandela'' embraced him and told everyone present his plan would save the country, both black and white]].
* SanitySlippage: By the time of the events in the book, Paul is in a mental institution in South Africa.
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: [[spoiler:Xolelwa Azania, the man talking about Redeker, is Redeker himself.]]
* StrawVulcan: Redeker spent most of his life suppressing his natural intense emotional capacity as a useless distraction that interfered with doing what was needed. [[spoiler:Or so [[SplitPersonalityTakeover Xolelwa Azania, who's in a position to know]] Redeker ''very'' well believes.]]
* 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 Mandela 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:''' Creator/EamonnWalker

* {{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.
* {{BFS}}: A massive claymore almost as big as he is.
* 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: He not only carries his culturally-ingrained guilt over Germany's past, but the guilt of having been forced to abandon civilians to fend for themselves.
* 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: She was just a child when she and her parents went through the living hell of zombie attacks and winter in a refugee camp.
* ImAHumanitarian: In the Canadian refugee camp as a child, she got very sick, both from starvation and illness, during the pitiless winter. Her parents got into a fight over what to feed her- eventually her father went out and came back with a bowl full of stew- which is strongly implied to have been made from human flesh.
* 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 Americans not had the same idea...

[[folder:Sardar Khan]]
!!Sardar Khan
->'''Played By:''' Creator/KalPenn
* CassandraTruth: People don't believe him when he tells this story. Not that General Raj-Singh was there, but that Khan himself was the last person who saw him alive.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys

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

* CoolOldGuy
* NoInsideVoice: "I started my career trading on the floor of the NYSE, so I can yell as hard and long as any professional drill sergeant."
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He can be persuaded to change his mind if the other party can present good reasons he should.

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

* CloudCuckooLander: He admits to being an oddball, and tells a tree that it's doing a good job.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The description of his background in the novel makes it quite clear that he is intended to be the Democratic politician Howard Dean.
* NoInsideVoice

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

* AngryBlackMan: Moreso in the audiobook, he didn't take kindly to CondescendingKindness regarding his disability.
* HandicappedBadass: He's a paraplegic in a wheelchair, but that didn't stop him from joining the neighborhood watch and protecting his neighborhood from zombies, killing more than a few. Being in a wheelchair isn't too much of an obstacle when fighting zombies, apparently, as their clumsiness and slowness makes up for his lack of mobility.

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

* CoolOldGuy
* [[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".
* MotivationalLie: He freely admits that several of his movies don't necessarily bear a lot of relation to reality, but considers that justified by the results he gets - helping others to keep going and not cross the DespairEventHorizon by simply never waking up.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: A clear {{Expy}} of Creator/StevenSpielberg
* 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: Military pilot doing airdrops in zombie-infested regions.
* 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.
* HelpfulHallucination / 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 severe 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.
* IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance: Despite his obsessive collecting of fact and statistics relating to the zombie war, he didn't actually process what the data meant. It wasn't until he was cut off from the internet and dealing with the threat first hand that he realized how much he didn't know about anything beyond his computer, and vow to change for the better.
* TookALevelInBadass: Went from a scrawny hikikomori otaku teenager to hardened warrior. Fittingly, he's voiced in the audiobook by Creator/MasiOka, aka [[Series/{{Heroes}} Hiro Nakamura]].

[[folder:Seryosha Garcia Alvarez]]
!!Seryosha Garcia Alvarez
->'''Played By:''' Creator/JohnTurturro

[[folder:Adm. Xu Zhicai]]
!!Adm. Xu Zhicai
->'''Played By:''' Ric Young
* AntiMutiny: "We were not traitors" is his opening statement. The sub's captain went rogue because they realized the dangers of relying on WeHaveReserves against a zombie attack.
* NumberTwo: The XO of the Chinese Sub that went rogue during the war.

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

* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: They monitor from space and provide all the help to the people of Earth.
* CatchPhrase: "Not bad for the son of an Andamooka opal miner."
* HeroicSacrifice: He chooses to stay in space for ''years'' to keep communication satellites going so that humanity can get information spread around they need in order to survive. He does this knowing he has inadequate supplies and is getting a lot of radiation in the process.

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

[[folder:Darnell Hackworth]]
!!Darnell Hackworth
->'''Played By:''' Music/{{Common}}
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: A positive example, Darnell admits toward the end that he used to hate dogs with a passion until he had to listen to a nearby pet stores puppies die slowly after the owner ran off. He then became a dedicated handler to a HeroicDog, and now runs a farm for retired military dogs and dotes on his now elderly partner.
* HeroicDog: A retired K9 handler, he describes the role dogs had during the war.
* OldDog: his former partner, a dachshund mix, Maisie, makes an appearance during the interview, now retired and elderly. Darnell dotes on her.

[[folder:Father Sergei Ryzhkov]]
!!Father Sergei Ryzhkov
->'''Played By:''' Creator/FMurrayAbraham

* BadassPreacher
* ReligiousBruiser
* WellIntentionedExtremist
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefullness: Non-lethal version; while he wasn't killed, he was exiled to a remote village deep in Siberia once the Russian government established itself and no longer needed him as a figurehead. The other Russian POV character, Maria Zhuganova, calls him the only person in Russia who actually believes in Russia's religious epiphany.

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

* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Discussed and defied. The French were tired of their legacy of loss and humiliation, and so embarked on an unimaginably difficult and dangerous clearing of the Paris Catacombs, pushing ahead at a time when other nations were taking it slow.
* HeartbrokenBadass: He's experienced so many terrible things that he makes no effort to protect himself from zombies, just other people.
* TheHermit: Lives in an isolated cabin in Canada. "I don't care if the dead find me, but I care very little for the living."
* RetiredBadass

[[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 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 government'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, since at least two countries are working together to get their hands on him.
* LaughingMad
* NeverMyFault: He blames the Great Panic entirely on the reporter who broke the story to the public that his zombie vaccine was worthless. Assumes zero responsibility over the fact that his zombie vaccine WAS worthless.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: He knew Phalanx was a lie, and didn't care. Getting the money was what he cared about.
* SmugSnake: Gloats at the victims of his scamming.
* TheSociopath: Absolutely zero remorse for the harm done to those who made the mistake of believing that Phalanx actually worked.