YMMV: The Walking Dead
YMMV page for the TV show goes here. YMMV page for the video game goes here.
YMMV for the comic
- Canon Sue: It's been argued by some fans and detractors both of the Comics that certain characters fall into Canonical Mary/Marty Sue territory for various reasons. The most common accusations of this are towards:
- Complete Monster:
- The Governor is an insane despotic leader of a small town of survivors, who feeds any survivors from outside the town to the zombies in order to keep them docile so he can run "fights" between people in his town with the zombies surrounding them. And this is only the start of what he does during his run in the series, which includes raping one of the main characters repeatedly, leaving his own daughter (actually niece)"alive" as a zombie so he can keep her as a pet, and being responsible for the deaths of the vast majority of the cast in issue # 48.
- 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.
- 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.
- Love to Hate: Negan is hated for killing Glenn but he redeems himself for being The Joker of the comic.
- 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.
- 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.