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Zombieland

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    Columbus 
Played by Jesse Eisenberg

"I avoided people like they were zombies before they were all zombies. Now that they are all zombies... I kinda miss people."

The protagonist of the film, a college student trying to return to his family in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Heroic BSOD: He has a minor one when Wichita tells him that Columbus, Ohio is in ruins, meaning that his parents are probably dead.
  • Hollywood Nerd: He is a shut-in who, like Zoey, wasted all his time in his apartment, guzzling junk food and dreaming about the Girl Next Door. Though he was less preoccupied with watching Zombie B-Movies than playing World of Warcraft, and was surprisingly limber for a nerd.
  • No Name Given: He only refers to himself as "Columbus", which is where he's from.

    Tallahassee 
Played by Woody Harrelson

"My momma always told me someday Id be good at somethin'. Who'd have guessed that somethin' would be zombie killin'?"

A man who took one look at the zombie apocalypse and realized he'd been waiting for it his entire life.
  • Blood Knight: Tallahassee loves him some zombie killin'. Columbus notes that he has some sort of chip on his shoulder for them that goes beyond "it's okay to kill zombies". That's because they killed his son.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Tallahassee can't stand Sno-Balls (due to the coconut). It's not the taste, it's the consistency.
  • Guns Akimbo: Carries two handguns for his last stand.
  • Moment Killer: He's a professional at it according to Columbus since he keeps interrupting him and Wichita.
  • No Name Given: He only refers to himself as "Tallahassee", which is where he's from.

    Wichita 
Played by Emma Stone

"You have just survived the zombie apocalypse and drove half way across the country... where are you gonna go? "

A con artist who survived the zombie apocalypse with her little sister.
  • Big Sister Instinct: If you are not Little Rock, then it's going to take some very extenuating circumstances for Wichita not to rob you blind and leave you for dead if she gets the chance. If you threaten Little Rock, you've got about the same chance of not being shot.
  • No Name Given: Following the pattern set by Columbus and Tallahassee, she takes the name of the place she is from. Until the end of the movie, when she tells Columbus her name is Crista.

    Little Rock 
Played by Abigail Breslin

"I'm going to Pacific Playland! Woo!"

Wichita's little sister and fellow con artist.
  • Morality Pet: Her older sister, Wichita, genuinely adores her, which makes Little Rock the sole person alive Wichita will put before herself.
  • No Name Given: Following the pattern set by Columbus and Tallahassee, she takes the name of the place she is from.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Becomes one to Talahassee for his son.

     406 
Played by Amber Heard

"That's not even the worst part!"

Columbus' next-door neighbor at college. She became a zombie and tried to kill him.
  • The Can Kicked Him: She forces Columbus to put her down using a combination of the bathroom door, shower curtains and finally a "double tap" across the skull with a toilet tank lid.
  • Genre Blind: Sadly only sees a crazed "feverish homeless cannibal" when the more Genre Savvy would see a zombie. A Justified Trope by the fact that this was very early in the outbreak.
  • Killed Off for Real: She was the first zombie Columbus killed.
  • No Name Given: Columbus never learned her name, so he just calls her by her room number when telling others what happened to her.

    Spoiler Character 
Played by Bill Murray
"I was never a very good practical joker."

Bill Murray. Yes, the real one. He's been holed up in his mansion for the duration of the apocalypse.