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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.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Averted. It’s implied.
- Apologetic Attacker: When putting down 406.
- 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.
- 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 I’d 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.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A skilled zombie hunter who is also batshit insane.
- Catchphrase: "Time to nut up or shut up!"
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Twinkies. He's obsessed with finding some throughout the whole movie.
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.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Something she completely acknowledges, and even plays with it at the end of the movie when she pretends to be leaving without Columbus and Tallahassee again.
- Con Man: Even before the Zombie Apocalypse, when she and Little Rock scammed people for money.
- Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For most of the movie. She disarms the guys and leaves them for dead twice, kidnaps them once, and steals their only transportation three times over the course of the film. She gets better over the course of the movie, with the scene where she dances with Columbus being particularly sweet of her..
- 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.
Played by Abigail Breslin
"I'm going to Pacific Playland! Woo!"Wichita's little sister and fellow con artist.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: To a lesser degree than her sister, as she feels bad about doing it.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- As Himself: Yes, that is Bill Murray playing himself as the character with the most screen time other than the main four heroes.
- Celebrity Survivor: Bill Murray is living out the Zombie Apocalypse in his Beverly Hills mansion, using his acting talents to go outside without being eaten.
- Didn't Think This Through: Scaring people whilst dressed like a zombie is not wise at all, and it gets him killed.
- Face Death with Dignity: Takes his death very well.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Little too convincing in his role as a zombie, which gets him shot fatally.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Murray's surprise cameo and shocking death are near impossible to avoid.
- Master of Disguise: He disguises himself as a zombie to fool zombies enough to go outside once in a while. It works a little too well on humans.
- My Greatest Failure: Played for laughs.Wichita: Do you have any regrets?
Murray: ...Garfield, maybe.
[everyone nods in understanding]