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* KillEmAll: By the end of the novel, [[spoiler: Brian is the only survivor.]]


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* TheAce: Philip is a low-key example of this, admired by his friends as well as family.
* AbusiveParents: Philip and Brian had them. Oddly, enough, it doesn't really impact any of them.
* AntiHero: Both Philip and Brian start out as these though in different ways
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler: Brian is the future Governor, not Phillip.]]

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* %%* TheAce: Philip is a low-key example of this, admired by his friends as well as family.
* %%* AbusiveParents: Philip and Brian had them. Oddly, enough, it doesn't really impact any of them.
* %%* AntiHero: Both Philip and Brian start out as these though in different ways
* %%* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler: Brian is the future Governor, not Phillip.]]



* BreakTheCutie: Penny slowly loses it in the chaotic environment of the aftermath.

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* %%* BreakTheCutie: Penny slowly loses it in the chaotic environment of the aftermath.



* CrapsackWorld: It's the Walking Dead universe.

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* %%* CrapsackWorld: It's the Walking Dead universe.



* DrivenToMadness: [[spoiler: Poor, ''poor'' Brian...]]

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* %%* DrivenToMadness: [[spoiler: Poor, ''poor'' Brian...]]



* FromNobodyToNightmare: [[spoiler: Brian Blake.]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Philip, among others.
* HumansAreBastards: The humans do far worse to the survivors than the zombies ever do.
* InfantImmortality: Subverted.

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* %%* FromNobodyToNightmare: [[spoiler: Brian Blake.]]
* %%* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Philip, among others.
* %%* HumansAreBastards: The humans do far worse to the survivors than the zombies ever do.
* InfantImmortality: Subverted.
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* PapaWolf: Philip to Penny.

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* %%* PapaWolf: Philip to Penny.



* RoomFullOfZombies

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* %%* RoomFullOfZombies



* StartOfDarkness: For the Governor.

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* %%* StartOfDarkness: For the Governor.



* UndeadChild: The eventual fate of Penny.
* VillainProtagonist: The Governor.

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* %%* UndeadChild: The eventual fate of Penny.
* %%* VillainProtagonist: The Governor.



* WellDoneSonGuy: Brian is this to Philip.

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* %%* WellDoneSonGuy: Brian is this to Philip.


* ColdBloodedTorture - [[spoiler: Philip repeatedly tortures, degrades (and in the case of the woman, rapes) the group responsible for his daughter's death.]]

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* ColdBloodedTorture - ColdBloodedTorture: [[spoiler: Philip repeatedly tortures, degrades (and in the case of the woman, rapes) the group responsible for his daughter's death.]]



* [[spoiler:DeadPersonImpersonation]] - [[spoiler: Brian becomes Philip at the end of the novel.]]

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* [[spoiler:DeadPersonImpersonation]] - [[spoiler:DeadPersonImpersonation]]: [[spoiler: Brian becomes Philip at the end of the novel.]]



* DrivenToVillainy: The Governor. [[spoiler: Subverted when you find out Brian Blake, rather than Philip is the Governor. An identity he adopts purely because he hates his own.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Brian goes from being the voice of reason to...well, you know.]]
** Phillip undergoes one of these as we all know he would given he's Penny's father. [[spoiler: He's not the Governor, though.]]

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* DrivenToVillainy: The Governor. [[spoiler: Subverted when you find out Brian Blake, rather than Philip Philip, is the Governor. An identity he adopts purely because he hates his own.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Brian goes from being the voice of reason to...well, you know.]]
** Phillip
]] Philip undergoes one of these as we all know he would given he's Penny's father. [[spoiler: He's not the Governor, though.]]


* TheAce: Phillip is a low-key example of this, admired by his friends as well as family.

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* TheAce: Phillip Philip is a low-key example of this, admired by his friends as well as family.

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** It's implied Brian was going through this even ''before'' the zombies showed up.


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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Everyone in the main group except Brian dies, Brian completely snaps, [[SplitPersonalityTakeover believing himself to be his brother Philip]], and becomes The Governor, liberating Woodbury from a tyrant only to himself become ''much'' worse.]]

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: [[spoiler: Brian Blake.]]


* TheEndingChangesEverything: [[spoiler: Brian Blake is The Governor.]]

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* TheEndingChangesEverything: [[spoiler: Brian Blake is The Governor.]]

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* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler: Brian, at the end. Too bad it only happens after he's completely lost it.]]


* DrivenToInsanity: [[spoiler: Poor, ''poor'' Brian...]]

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* DrivenToInsanity: DrivenToMadness: [[spoiler: Poor, ''poor'' Brian...]]

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* DrivenToInsanity: [[spoiler: Poor, ''poor'' Brian...]]

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* BigBadWannabe: 'Major' Gavin thinks he's all hot shit because him and his goons can intimidate a bunch of normal townsfolk. [[spoiler: Then Brian riddles him with bullets during his villainous ranting, leads the Woodbury citizens in subduing Gavin's men, and takes charge as... [[TheDreaded The Governor.]]]]

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* SoleSurvivor: Philip, of course. [[spoiler: But actually Brian.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: The Governor killing Gavin by emptying his revolver into the general direction of the guy's face after Gavin goes on a murderous power trip foreshadows how the Governor himself will later meet his end at the hands of one of his own people under similar circumstances.]]


* CozyCatastrophe: The book opens with the group securing a nice luxury house to take shelter in that is well stocked with supplies. This being TheWalkingDead their good fortune only lasts a couple chapters before they are forced to move on to avoid being overrun by the zombies.

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* CozyCatastrophe: The book opens with the group securing a nice luxury house to take shelter in that is well stocked with supplies. This being TheWalkingDead ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' their good fortune only lasts a couple chapters before they are forced to move on to avoid being overrun by the zombies.

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