Characters / Zombieland


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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.
  • The Hero: The film's main character and the one who pulls the foursome together. See The Leader below.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: 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.
  • The Leader: He more or less pulls the foursome together by telling them they have to work together if they are all to survive. See The Hero above.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: He insists on pursuing Wichita even after she stole his shotgun twice and then kidnapped him. It continues at the end after she again steals the Hummer and goes off to Pacific Playland with Little Rock though if he hadn't gone after her, she and Little Rock probably wouldn't have survived.
  • No Name Given: He only refers to himself as "Columbus", which is where he's from.
  • Odd Couple: With Tallahassee, before the introduction of Wichita and Little Rock.
  • Shut In: Before the Zombie Apocalypse. He describes his parents as "paranoid shut-ins" as well.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Before the film he was a shut-in spending all his free time on World of Warcraft, but becomes a competent survivor by the time we meet him and ends up a big damn hero.
  • Weapon of Choice: As his allies gather up submachine guns and semi-automatic shotguns, Columbus insists on sticking with his IGA Coach double-barrel shotgun.

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.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Is this to Columbus and then to Little Rock, especially when he teaches her how to properly shoot.
  • The Big Guy: In both size and age. He's the oldest of the four, (old enough to have fathered a young son) and the tallest.
  • 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.
  • Heartbroken Badass: There's a reason he hates zombies. They killed his son.
  • Humble Goal: Tallahassee's Twinkie obsession.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Tallhasse is besieged by sixty zombies and has sixty rounds of ammo for his pistols, and makes every shot count.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be quite brash and surly at times, but starts to care about the others, sees Little Rock as a Replacement Goldfish for his dead son and it's thanks to his Last Stand that Columbus is able to save Wichita and Little Rock at the end.
  • Knight in Sour Armour: He kills zombies because they killed his puppy. Or so Columbus thinks, before Tallahassee reveals it was his SON, not his puppy.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Upon meeting Bill Murray, Tallahassee becomes a squeeing fanboy.
  • Last Stand: A quite magnificent one at that. Subverted in that he survives.
  • Man Child: Lampshaded by Columbus a few times.
  • Moment Killer: He's a professional at it according to Columbus since he keeps interrupting him and Wichita.
  • Nice Hat: His Stetson.
  • No Name Given: He only refers to himself as "Tallahassee", which is where he's from.
  • Sacrificial Lion: He appears to become this at the climax of the movie. Except that he's such a Crazy Awesome Badass, he survives.
  • Squee: When he meets Bill Murray in the latter's mansion, revealing himself to be a massive fanboy.
  • Team Dad: Ends up becoming this.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Twinkies. He's obsessed with finding some throughout the whole movie. At the end, Little Rock throws him one.

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 Krista.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: She is a Con Man, and was one before the outbreak.

    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.

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.
  • Brainless Beauty: Gives that impression.
  • 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.
  • Girl Next Door: Was this for Columbus before becoming a zombie, as he calls her 406, and she calls him 408.
  • 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.
  • Zombie Infectee: The first one Columbus killed, though she was still human when we first see her. After he falls asleep, however...

    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.