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This page lists the characters of How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse and their associated tropes. I guess you're probably either too bored or with no idea how you ended here in the first place, so read at your own risk.


Anti-Zombie Squad

A squad formed to end the apocalypse. How they will achieve their goal is still unknown, and half the squad didn't even want to join in the first place.


General Tropes

  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: When they're not bickering or poking fun at each other's expenses and actually act as a team, instances ensue.
  • Badass Normal: The badass part is questionable, but it's almost impossible not to be in such a situation. Then again...
  • Butt-Monkey Everyone is this, to an extent, and everyone pokes fun and is poked fun at to and from at least two other members.
  • Crazy Survivalist: In a way. It's not every day apocalypse survivors go around setting their own HQ on fire or raid a furniture shop to eat the furniture.
  • Family of Choice: Given the apocalyptic scenario, it was a given survivors would lose their families in the process. April is the first to point out this, much to the group's disgust. But they are internally happy.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Duff is red to Collin's blue.
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    • Lucas is red to Kerberos's blue.
    • April is red to Butch's blue.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Aside from April, everyone seems reluctant to interact with one another, at least at first.
  • Vague Age: Aside from Duff, the Squad members' ages can only be guessed. Averted with Collin, who is fifteen.
  • Weirdness Magnet


Your average 16-year old who has spent too much time on 4chan, Duff is the story's protagonist as well as the narrator. A former hikikomori who seems to have no sense of touch and is overall disinterested in what does not benefit her. Despite her extroverted demeanor, she tends to be insecure... when not having delusions of grandeur. Looks dangerously similar to Suou from Darker Than Black.


Tropes associated with Duff:

  • Anti-Hero: While not as ruthless as other examples, she is not exactly welcoming to other people's problems and tends to do things solely for her own benefit, is a jerk, and wouldn't hesitate doing many questionable things if required.
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  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason why Duff began warming up to the Zombie Squad. Which renders her to
  • Becoming the Mask: While she stays with the Squad merely as a way of survival, she begins getting used to their antics and even states her mother and sister may not be there anymore, but she has a family.
  • Berserk Button: Don't mess up with her chest or her hair, her giant pencil or pizza. Also, don't be a cat.
  • Blond, Brunette, Redhead: Redhead to Kerberos's blond and April's brown. Yes, brown is her original hair color.
  • Butt-Monkey: As well as every other Squad Member. Being protagonist of a Gag Series, this was bound to happen.
  • Cowardly Lion: Despite wanting to avoid conflict as much as possible, if it comes down to it, she fights.
  • Dangerous 16th Birthday
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Part of her Character Development.
  • Expy: Looks surprisingly a lot like Suou from Darker Than Black. Personality is an entirely different matter.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's a tsundere after all.
  • Genre Savvy: When surrounded by a group of zombies the first time, she expected to be rescued by some. "Six-packed guy with a toothpaste commercial the way pretty ladies are in movies,". Sadly for her, it never happens.
  • Green-Eyed Redhead.
  • Idiot Hero
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: She knows she's not smart or pretty, and yet seems to have an overly inflated ego and think of the rest as lesser beings. This may stem for the lack of actual self-confidence she fakes and tries to pretend exists.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Part of why it's pointless to try to get her serious.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Look at Made of Iron below.
  • It's All About Me
  • Karma Houdini: Averted on many occasions and even lampshaded by her once. However, played straight after some Kick the Dog moments from her.
  • Kick the Dog: All the time and for her own amusement.
  • Jerkass
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sarcastic, carefree and selfish, she does care in her own way about others and even considers the Squad a family.
  • Lack of Empathy: Does not care about anything that doesn't hinder her.
  • Made of Iron: Duff manages to survive three zombie hordes, getting trapped inside a building on fire and jumping off a three-story building on the apocalypse's first day. All of this with only a giant pencil as a weapon.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Collin's Feminine Boy. Could also count as the Masculine Girl to Lucas's Feminine Boy.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Her giant pencil was her mother's birthday gift for her. Dramatic Irony ensues when, without knowing that, Duff takes down her mother's undead corpse with it.
  • Pet the Dog: As much as the Anti-Zombie Squad irritates her, after fleeing the fire she worries more about them than getting eaten. Other cases of this trope are rare, but not impossible.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Collin's Blue.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: The reason she begins liking Collin.
  • Smug Snake: Though generally acts silly, her true plans are far from what one would consider morally correct.
  • The Bully
  • The Cynic
  • The Fool
  • Took a Level in Kindness: A fact she is both shocked and disgusted at.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pizza.
  • Tsundere: A blatant case of type A. Her dere moments are borderline nonexistant.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Brushes off Collin saving her with an, "Uh-huh."
  • Weak, but Skilled: While having no physical strength or combat prowess, Duff can be ingenious when coming up with plans and strategies. All of this coming from her playing videogames.
  • When She Smiles
  • Would Hurt a Child: She has no problems smashing her giant pencil against a kid's gut when he tries mugging her. Lampshaded by Collin, who is horrorized.


One of the teenaged members is the Squad, he joins upon hearing their goal to end the apocalypse after a... bizarre meeting with Duff. He has the tendency to laugh at everything and make tasteless jokes, as well as sing. Sadly, he sings like a walrus. Nevertheless, he's one to stick close to his principles and The Idealist, as well as one of the nicer and smarter members of the Squad. Not like that is any hard...

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The founder of the Anti-Zombie Squad and resident Genki Girl. Used to study fashion and still wishes to carry out her dream of being a fashionista. Given her normal clothes consist of a reaper costume, such a fact may come off as a suprise. A young woman around her early twenties, though with her energy and small size she usually seems younger.

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Joined the squad after saving Duff and Kerberos after the latter's Heroic BSoD, which almost got them killed. Even if he did it by accident, Kerberos is grateful, too grateful to let him go and convinces him to stick around the Squad until they leave the mall they're currently visiting. Shy, soft-spoken and generally quiet, Collin is soon to be disliked by Duff—but not for long.


Tropes associated with Collin:

  • Beware the Nice Ones: When mad, he's not so shy, sweet or soft-spoken anymore.
  • Blatant Lies: Stemmed from the fact he gets nervous when lying and comes up with the silliest things possible.
  • Brutal Honesty: As revealed in this exchange:
    Duff: Collin, do you think I'm pretty?
    Collin: Honest?
    Duff: Just be gentle.
    Collin: Okay.
    Collin: No.
  • Butt-Monkey: The second-biggest to the Squad after Lucas.
  • Catchphrase: "Cheesy."
  • Character Tics: Tugging at the ends of his sleeves.
  • Chew Toy: To the universe.
  • Cowardly Lion: He will panic, albeit not visibly, at any hint of danger. However, he goes at great lengths for others.


The group's oldest member, being a middle-aged man who used to live in the mountains as a lumberjack and came to the city to visit his artist-wannabe daughter. Needless to say, such reunion ended in a tragedy with the outbreak. Not much else is known about him except his brute strength is insane and he only seems to eat 'wood'. At least he doesn't need any fiber. Rough, hard-spoken and huge, he seems like a man to steer clear of. And yet he writes My Little Pony Fanfiction.

Tropes associated with Butch:

  • Angry Black Man: Or so our resident pseudo-racist fellow Duff states.
  • Badass Baritone: Duff states he could easily resemble Darth Vader.
  • Gut Feeling: What gives him his sense of intuition.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Duff gives this to him at first, given he pretty much expresses his dislike for her openly and doesn't seem to congratulate her like April. Then again, April congratulates everyone and he was right in not trusting her, since her plan in the first place was to stay until she managed to find somewhere decent to be.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: The reason why he stayed with the Squad is because he didn't think its members would survive for long and he couldn't bear to live them to die.
  • Mood-Swinger: Though his moods tend to swing solely between being completely stoic and a raging maniac.
  • No Social Skills: This is apparently the cause of his... strange personality, given he was pretty much isolated from society all his life, and by his own accord.
  • Not So Stoic: When he loses track of the Zombie Squad.
  • Odd Friendship: With Lucas and Kerberos.
  • One-Man Army
  • Only Sane Man: Along with Collin, as usually Lampshaded by him. Duff doesn't agree.
  • Perpetual Frowner
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot
  • The Big Guy: Standing at 6'6", this isn't surprising.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Muffins. This baffles the Squad, and with reason.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Lucas, of all people.


Nobody knows her age, her name or even whether what lies beneath her glasses. Her mind, her thoughts are an enigma. She is a mystery. Perhaps because she never says anything and her face is mostly covered by hair and bandannas. Perhaps because she says things completely at random about topics completely at random. She is so ambiguous, in fact, Duff wonders whether she could be a cross-dressing sentient alien.


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