1 Days Left to Support a Troper-Created Project : Personal Space (discuss)

YMMV / The Walking Dead

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YMMV page for the video game goes here.

YMMV for the comic

  • Complete Monster:
    • The Governor, real name Philip/Brian Blake, is the insane despotic leader of Woodbury, a small town of survivors, and takes extreme measures to maintain his status as the leader. These measures include feeding survivors from outside the town to the zombies surrounding them in order to keep them docile; and running violent fights between people in his town and the zombies as an entertainment for the residents. When Rick Grimes and his group visit Woodbury, Blake initially acts friendly until he turns tables on them by chopping off Rick's hand and raping Michonne repeatedly for several days, severely traumatizing Glenn in the process. He also has his zombified daughter actually niece chained up as a pet and has almost pedophilic interactions with her. Later, Blake manipulates the residents of Woodbury to attack the prison and is responsible for the deaths of vast majority of the cast, executing most of them personally in cold blood. He also pressures one of the residents to kill Rick's wife Lori and her infant daughter, Judy in an action so horrible that the said resident personally betrays and executes the Governor shortly afterwards, leaving his corpse to be devoured by the zombies. Utterly sociopathic and sadistic, the Governor is the absolute worst example of a human being that the world of zombie apocalypse has to offer.
    • When the protagonists first encounter Thomas Richards, he merely comes across as a nerdy, polite and ultimately harmless inmate imprisoned for tax evasion. This makes it all the more shocking when he's revealed to be a homicidal lunatic who was really imprisoned for dismembering his wife. For no reason at all besides his own enjoyment, Thomas decapitated two little girls, Hershel Greene's twin daughters, Rachel and Susie. Then, taking advantage of the confusion surrounding his murders, he attempted to decapitate Andrea as well. While he failed in his attempt he ended up scarring her in the process. Eventually captured, when the community looks like they're going to execute him, Thomas is rescued by a woman he had befriended earlier named Patricia. Believing that Thomas is insane, not evil, and in need of psychological help, Patricia plans on the two of them escaping together. In thanks, Thomas immediately tries to strangle her to death. Though a minor antagonist in the grand scheme of things, Thomas acted as a dark harbinger of what was to come by showing how much worse humans could be than zombies.
  • Crazy Awesome: Negan
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy:
    • Can have stints of this, particularly after Rick reunites with what's left of his gang for the first time since issue 48, and the story is set back to where it was 40 issues ago, just with fewer survivors.
    • After issue 100... Not only is the new paradigm the characters find themselves in even more hellishly grim than before, the cast seems seems to be comprised almost entirely of Mauve Shirts. After watching entire supporting casts get wiped out again and again, it's really getting harder for Kirkman to avoid this trope.
    • Post "All-Out War" seems to reverse this, with Rick sparing Negan's life, thereby reversing his downward spiral into violent insanity, and kicking off a new dawn for the apocalyptic world founded on peaceful union and stable trade. It's a world plagued by the Whisperers, but still.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Villains in the series all stand under the shadow of The Governor.
  • Evil Is Cool: Negan is clearly a monster, but he's a Crazy Awesome monster.
  • Fountain of Memes: Negan. He has many hilarious bits of dialogue that fans love to quote, such as "It's going to be pee-pee pants city here real soon," "Did you eat her pussy like a lady?" and "You got no guts".
  • Hype Backlash: Issue 150. A milestone issue and the possible halfway point of the story, twice as long as a regular issue, and the title "Betrayed" had fans expecting it to be the most shocking issue yet. The plot ended up being mostly build-up for the current arc, without any major moments comparable to what happened in issue #100 and was felt to largely be not much different from a standard issue.
  • Love to Hate: Negan is hated for killing Glenn but he redeems himself for being The Joker of the comic.
  • Narm:
    • In the first issue, a corpse falls out of an elevator and Rick falls down next to it and yells "HELP!" The ways it's drawn makes it look like he's asking the corpse for help.
    • The Governor cutting off Rick's hand is a pretty shocking page, but loses a little impact due to Bruce's dopey facial expression while he holds him down.
  • Nausea Fuel: You really have to admire the detail the artists put into the zombies. You can see every maggot and fly crawling around their decaying skin. And there are a LOT of maggots. And flies.
  • The Scrappy: Basically, to avoid being a Scrappy in this series don't be Load, a Dirty Coward, or Too Dumb to Live.
    • Lori, for being generally whiny and unreasonable.
    • Patricia, for being willing to forgive an unrepentant serial killer in one of this series' most extreme examples of Too Dumb to Live.
    • Spencer, who during the "No Way Out" arc wants to leave everyone else to their deaths when the herd is about to break through the walls, causing Andrea to give him a What the Hell, Hero?. He later plots to overthrow Rick by having Negan kill him. Needless to say, even Negan finds this act disgusting and demoralizing and guts Spencer.
    • Gregory, who is a total Hate Sink that has actually deluded himself into believing he is the Hilltop's main protector and is willing to let innocent people die just to save his own ass. His attempted murder of Maggie was the final straw that ultimately led to her publicly executing him. And absolutely no one is complaining.
  • Squick: The Governor making out with his zombified daughter after pulling her teeth out with pliers.
    • Lydia licking Carl's empty eye socket before seducing him.
  • Toy Ship: Carl and Sophia.
    • Carl and Lydia.

YMMV for the novels

  • Ass Pull: The Governor letting the rebels live even after they tried to drag him out of town and feed him to the zombies. He does punish them... by making them cut up corpses to feed his zombies. Needless to say, this goes almost completely against his characterization in the rest of the book as well as the comic.
  • Broken Base: Over this book retconning away the backstory of Lilly from the Telltale Game.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Lilly berates herself for her 'cowardice' but doesn't seem aware she's judgmental, haughty, and just plain mean to everyone around her.