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Dr. Olivia "Liv" Moore

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"When you die, life goes on without you. If you're among the living dead, you're around to watch."
Played By: Rose McIver

"I wanted to do something with my life. I wanted to help people. Not necessarily as a zombie psychic who eats murder victim brains, but still, I so nailed it today."

The protagonist of the show, Liv is an ex-medical resident who died and woke up as a zombie. As a result, at least once a month, she must feed on brains to survive. She works at the King County Medical Examiner's Office in order to have access to the brains she needs. With each brain eaten, she absorbs new memories and traits.

She then begins to solve the deaths of the victims whose brains she's eaten with the help of her boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, the only one who knows her secret. She also turns to Seattle PD Detective Clive Babineaux who thinks these visions Liv has are psychic powers.


  • 10-Minute Retirement: Forced on her by an irritated Clive. After a vigilante's brain causes her to take a risky, one-woman assault on a criminal warehouse, leading to her being injured and left unconscious, Clive says he's done working with her. Just one episode later, an actor on Zombie High is killed and her immense knowledge of it makes her useful enough that Clive agrees to partner up with her on exception. After solving the case together he just officially agrees to work with her again.
  • Action Duo: Despite officially being a medical examiner, she often works with Clive on cases and gets in on the action with him to catch the killers. Demonstrated in the first episode when Clive chases Pratt out of the house he takes the call girls hostage in and Liv pursues him by jumping on his escape car.
  • Action Girl: As seen in the pilot, after Liv witnesses the horrible death of the woman whose brain she eats, she says she's got to catch the bastard who did it and shows her devotion when she jumps on to the roof of the fleeing murderer's car, while he's shooting through the roof at her and uses the steering wheel to drive him off the road.
  • Action Survivor: Subverted on the boat party. As a human, she stands up to Blaine, splashing her drink on him after he slaps her ass and dives off the boat when things go to hell but Blaine managed to scratch her and she drowns in the water. Thankfully, becoming a zombie means death isn't so permanent.
  • Adorkable: She has her moments, and depending on the brain she eats it can be magnified. After she eats the brain of a preschool teacher, she finds herself asking people what they're good at, chastising swearing and yelling and leaving a note for her Love Interest Justin to mark a 'yes' or 'no' on whether or not he likes her.
  • Adult Fear: After her brother Evan is left fighting for his life in a hospital bed after the Meat Cute building explodes with him right outside, Liv has to refuse letting him take her O-negative blood, risking turning him into a zombie and the two being discovered. Following this, she can do nothing but watch as the doctors (fortunately successfully) struggle to save her brother.
  • Almighty Janitor: Although Liv has a medical degree and was once on the route to be a successful doctor before 30, she chooses to work in the morgue as an assistant medical examiner to have easy access to brains and to avoid having to be around people, both results of her unfortunate zombification.
  • Amicable Exes: Before her revolving door romance dynamic begins going with Major, she remains on friendly terms, even after breaking off their engagement and largely isolating herself due to her infection.
  • Arch-Enemy: Liv despises Blaine for purposely turning her into a zombie and his abhorrent business involving murdering teenage runaways and turning them into high-priced zombie food. When he loses his memory in the second season, she's the most reluctant to believe him and always ready to fight him at any sign of aggression.
  • Attractive Zombie: Aside from her pale skin and occasionally her eyes, Liv is quite attractive.
  • Badass Adorable: Liv is a cute, attractive and somewhat dorky medical examiner whose zombie powers means she can knock out people twice her size.
  • Badass Bookworm: Liv is a remarkably intelligent young woman, who would have been a successful doctor if not for her zombification. Posthumously, she uses her brain-eating and medical skills to help catch killers and is more than capable of getting in on the action fighting the bad guys thanks to her enhanced zombie strength and durability.
  • Badass in Distress: After eating the brain of a vigilante crime fighter, Liv becomes incredibly headstrong and reckless, attacking a warehouse full of armed criminals to save a restrained woman who turns out to be the Villain of the Week and promptly knocks Liv down before getting ready to shoot her before Mr. Boss of all people shows up and guns the villainous woman down.
  • Bad Dreams: After being turned into a zombie by Blaine she finds herself unable to sleep for months and when she finally does fall asleep she has a nightmare about Blaine sitting at the foot of her bed before attacking. Afterwards, Liv gives an unamused monologue about the bitter irony of a zombie dreaming about being attacked by a zombie.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Liv has a Horror Hunger to devour the brains of the living, lest she become a mindless Romero zombie. She still finds a way to do this ethically and even beneficially to society by consuming the brains of murder victims and using the memory flashes she gets from doing so to solve crimes.
  • Being Good Sucks: Liv is a very noble and morale person and her unwillingness to accidentally infect her patients as a doctor, or sexually transmitting it to her lover leads her to leave her promising career as a doctor and call off her engagement with her beloved fiancé.
  • Big Eater: She acknowledges that she's always hungry, although chooses to only eat minimal amounts of brain matter to conserve her food supply. However, in one episode, she eats the brain of an overweight internet troll and quickly finds herself addicted to junk food, seen playing video games with a pile of empty pizza boxes next to her while she gorges on cheesy snacks.
  • Blatant Lies: Liv's zombie powers allow her to jump on to the roof of Pratt's car, which causes him to shoot through the roof, trying to hit her, before she grabs the wheel from him and causes him to crash and her to be thrown into a forest by the road. Once Clive shows up at the scene, Liv humorously tries to write off what happened as her adrenaline allowing her to catch up to Pratt's car, whom she claims was celebrating "drunk cowboy style" by shooting his gun into the roof of his car and crashing moments before she arrived at the scene.
  • Brainy Brunette: At least she was before the zombieism set in. In fact her introductory scene of her pre-zombiefied we see her choose not to wait for a more senior doctor and take matters into her own hand with a dying patient, knowing the decision to make to sae his life.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Called off her engagement to Major, knowing full well that he would still stay with her if she told him she was a Zombie, effectively putting his life, his libido, and his dreams of being a dad, in jeopardy.
  • Break the Cutie: Already hit by becoming a zombie and being forced to call off her engagement to Major, the series isn't particularly kind to Liv. In the first season she manages to find a new lover in the form of Lowell, a fellow zombie, until he's killed by Blaine, driving her deeper into depression. By the end of the start of the second season her family no longer speaks to her after she doesn't want to give her zombie blood to her critically injured brother and later in the same season, she loses another lover when Vaughn's experiments turn Drake into a mindless Romero zombie, forcing her to put him down.
  • Broken Bird: For the majority of the pilot especially. The majority of her character development arc is devoted to finding hope again.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: Although all zombies get the same skills, personality and memories of the people they eat, Liv is the only one we see putting it to use by allowing said memories to guide her while solving the murder of her meals.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: The first season sees her acting very conflicted around Major, as she still loves him deeply but doesn't want to risk turning him into a zombie or dealing with the implications of dragging him into her new world.
  • Cartwright Curse: By the end of Season 4, Liv has lost three boyfriends and almost lost her ex-fiancé.
  • Celibate Hero: Keeps herself away from Major out of fear for infecting him with the zombie virus and initially the only other zombie she knows is Blaine, who she detests for turning her. The intense feelings of loneliness because of it show on her until she meets fellow zombie Lowell, ending this trope.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Evan. When their mom is being hard on him she's willing to let him crash at her place and tells her she's told their mom the apartment's in a dead cell zone and is fiercely protective of him. Tragically, this dynamic gets severed at the end of Season 1 when Evan needing a blood transfusion from Liv has her refuse without explaining why, due to her being an undercover zombie. Since then, both Evan and her mother Eva refuse to see Liv.
  • Creepy Good: Clive even refers to her as "Dark Princess" in the first episode. When cross examining a child, the five-year old immediately asks why she is so white. Others have been off-put by her appearance.
  • Crusading Widow: Liv starts out very much as an All-Loving Heroine, wanting to help save people as a doctor and now stop them from getting hurt by solving crimes as a zombie. She even finds herself unable to take out Blaine when she's got him dead to rights but angrily decides he must die once he kills her then-boyfriend Lowell.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Despite lamenting the diminished to taste food beyond spice and brains, as well as the unpleasant side effect of absorbing the personality of whomever's brain she eats, Liv is essentially impervious to all damage except for her brain and is able to gain memories of the deceased's brains she eats to help solve crimes.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Aside from her pale skin and occasionally her eyes, Liv is quite attractive.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Thanks to the boat party turning her into a zombie, Liv begins the series quite pessimistic, feeling no one will be able to understand her problem, shutting herself away from the world and saying she feels the world is going on without her as she watches from un-death. Fortunately, this quickly fades once Ravi discovers her predicament and proves himself a supportive friend.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Has one in the form of the boat party that turned her into a zombie and gave her PTSD from the killings she witnessed. Feeling she has to bear the burden alone drives her to break up with her ideal dream man of a fiancé, push away her family and quit her well-progressing job at the hospital. The fallout of this event keeps coming back to haunt her in the form of the Romero zombie version of Marcy and her run-ins with Blaine, whose turning of her soon makes him Liv's Arch-Enemy. Being a zombie is never something comfortable for Liv, she tells Ravi that she fears the day they're discovered, worrying for her safety.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Undead, somewhat creepy looking, but genuinely happy that she can use her zombie-ness to solve murders and help people.
  • Dating Catwoman: Appears to be in such a relationship with Drake, who works with Blaine and Mr. Boss but subverted when he's revealed to be an undercover agent tracking both groups.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She can snark with the best of them, in glorious troves.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After she kills Drake to save Clive, Liv has a bit of a breakdown and collapses. When Vaughn gasses the room Liv almost lets herself die, only getting up because Clive reminds her that she has the training of a soldier and has to keep moving.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Her state in the pilot. Lost and without knowing what to do with her undead life and unable to feel anything but hunger, she spends her days moping around and watching TV. She comes around through the Pilot, in which she learns she can use her powers to catch murderers and help her fellow undead.
  • Disappeared Dad: Three seasons into the show and although we've met her Mom and brother, iZombie has made no mention of whoever Liv's father might be, leaving his whereabouts and situation unknown.
  • Dude Magnet: Although she's got bigger fish to fry than looking for a mate, Liv is extremely attractive and this gets noted by many, many male characters who hit on her. Also, for someone not looking, she ends up having quite a few boyfriends as a result.
  • Expy: Blonde, snarky woman, who went through a traumatic event and now solves crime, who is written by Rob Thomas? Sounds familiar. Even lampshaded by Liv, who thinks she found a kindred spirit in Kristen Bell.
  • Fangirl: She has a near-childlike love of Zombie High.
  • Feel No Pain: Being a zombie, Liv only feels a numbed sense of pain and can survive a stab in the chest with the same amount of damage a normal person would get from a relatively weak punch.
  • Flanderization: In Season 3, Liv gets much more affected by the personalities of the brain's she eats than ever before, to the point she struggles to act as herself. This is justified after she eats the brain of a delusional man and a hallucinated conversation with her deceased ex-boyfriend, Drake, reveals she's been diving into the personalities of others to avoid dealing with the guilt she feels at his death.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: After battling off some of her depression by solving the call girl's murder and saving another two in the first episode, Liv happily shows up to her mother's haunted house dressed as, what else? A zombie. When her friends comment on how awesome her costume is, Liv half-jokingly makes remarks that the commitment involves a difficult lifestyle.
  • Freakiness Shame: Can't hardly blame her for this—multiple times she belabors the point that even with her cravings, eating human brains still sucks. If one reads between the lines of when Major confronts her in the final episode about lying to him for the whole season, it would seem that one of the reasons she didn't let Major love her was because she couldn't love herself, at least not completely. Once more, aside comments and her dialog patterns reveal that Liv really does think of herself a monster.
  • Freudian Trio: She is one all by herself. Her insatiable zombie appetite is the id, her driven nerdy personality the superego, and she strives to balance the two and remain human as the ego.
  • Friendly Zombie: She gets her brains from the corpses that come into the morgue specifically so she won't go all monster-movie zombie and start harvesting from living victims. She also takes advantage of the side-effect of her brain-eating (a Psychic Powers-esque ability to see the victims' last memories) to solve their murders.
  • Friends with Benefits: During the timeskip between season 3 and 4, this is what her relationship with Major has become, now that he is a zombie once more. Their relationship ends though, when Major is sick of repeatedly getting flak from Liv for siding with Fillmore-Graves.
  • Friend to All Children: She always had a soft for the young people. When she was human she would voulenter at her mother's hospital and play with the children. Becoming a zombie did not remove this quality(even if interactions with them are occasionally awkward).
  • Gallows Humor: Liv has a cynical sense of humor, as seen in Flight of the Living Dead, when her and Ravi make jokes about different food served on sticks, in reference to the impaled sky diver's whose brains she's going to eat. Of course, the laughter ends as soon as Liv discovers the deceased was her former sorority sister.
  • Hallucinations:
    • Scott E's brain causes her to constantly hallucinate that the devil is talking to her, which ends up being a representation of the person who killed him and clue in his murder.
    • In Season 3 she consumes the brain of a delusional man to help solve a string of murders. This brain, combined with Liv's guilt over having to kill Drake results in her beginning to see him everywhere she goes, until she manages to make peace with him.
  • Healing Factor: She can take bullets or a brass knuckles punch in the face without getting any scars.
  • The Heart: Liv is a very empathetic person and through all the personalities and trials she goes through, remains consistent on her hope for humanity and to make people happy.
  • Heartbroken Badass:
    • In Season 1, her and her lover Lowell hatch a plan to kill Blaine, only for Blaine to turn the tables and off Lowell, sending Liv into a depression fuelled by feeling responsible and a deep-seeded hatred and determination to kill Blaine.
    • In the season finale of Season 2, Liv gets hit with another dose when she discovers Drake has been turned into a Romero zombie and is forced to kill him. This leads to her diving deeply into the brains she eats in Season 3, working tirelessly to solve cases and escape being herself to run away from her guilt.
  • Heel Realization: After sobering up from the effects of a brain that causes her to behave awfully, she usually goes through this. This has happened quite a while:
    • Realizing how awfully selfish she became under the effects of the brain of a hedonistic artist.
    • The aftermath and how brutally she treated Peyton during the time she became a sociopath.
    • She actually cries in season 4 after eating the brain of a Rich Bitch and being mean to all her friends and witness of the case, having to be comforted by Ravi.
  • Heroic Albino: The Undeathly Pallor, white hair, and red circles around her eyes make her look like one.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Liv and Peyton. The two of them occasionally flirt with each other, but it's all in good fun.
  • Holier Than Thou: Liv does not see herself exclusively as a better zombie than others, but she does make others look very bad when she takes the morally higher ground. Lowell develops deep feelings of guilt over this, which eventually leads to his death, but Major in season 4 calls Liv out for this behavior and promptly ends their sexual relationship, after repeatedly being criticized for his work at Fillmore-Graves.
  • Horror Hunger: She's a zombie... so, yeah. Also, certain lines imply that Liv is not ever truly sated but merely more able to operate after feeding (in the third episode Liv refers to herself as a stomach and "hunger incarnate"). Once more, this hunger is explicitly shown to efface her humanity if left unfed.
  • Hospital Hottie: She's a former Hospital-Resident, and even being one of the undead can't detain from the fact that she is quite pretty.
  • How's Your British Accent?: A visual example rather than an accent-related one. There occasionally come scenarios where she has to pose as human in environments where people are looking for zombies, which serve primarily as an excuse for Rose McIver to show off her natural appearance sans zombie makeup.
  • I Am a Monster: Liv initially detests herself for what she has become, explaining in a monologue that for all the things she was as a human, all she believes she is now is a ravenous, unending hunger. Her friends and loved ones help her lighten up once they discover she's a zombie but she still yearns for the day she can be human again.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Liv doesn't trust Blaine, despite his initial seeming friendliness, for turning her into a zombie. As she learns that he kills people and extorts money from victims he turns into zombies, her animosity towards him only increases.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Liv wishes more than anything to be human again and only finds solace in being a zombie from the visions that help her solve murders from eating brains.
  • Important Haircut: Shown early on after the intro to the show with her as a human. In addition to the lightening of her hair color, Liv has also cut it noticeably shorter, as her body changes to that of an undead and her mind to that of a lonely cynic.
  • Ironic Name: It sounds like "Live more," and she's undead. Also counts as a Punny Name.
  • I Should Have Been Better: After eating the brains of Marvin Webster, Liv's resulting apathy nearly leads to Ravi being killed by a zombified Marcy. Although Ravi points out the obvious problems with acting while having adopted the personality of an emotionless monster, Liv chastises herself for waiting so long to save Ravi and for killing what was left of Marcy, even though being a Romero zombie meant Marcy's original personality was long gone.
  • It's Personal: She was never Blaine's biggest fan due to him making her a zombie but his lies that it was unintentional and that he had forgotten mean this event isn't what really sets her off. Later, when she and Lowell plot to kill Blaine and Blaine ends up killing Lowell, Liv really gets set off and is since out for blood after the psychotic zombie.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Liv pulls this in an extremely dark way—telling a recently zombified Max Rager fixer who just confessed to accidentally murdering his aunt in a fit of overwhelming hunger that it was odd because she never ate anyone she didn't want to. Sure the guy was a complete nut even before his undead days, but he had practically destroyed his own world right there and was literally on the verge of tears that time.
  • Love Hurts: While being a zombie has made her physically Nigh Invulnerable, the difficulties of Liv’s unlife have seen her go through hell in terms of emotional turmoil:
    • First Liv is zombified, forcing her to break off her relationship with her fiancé, whom she is still very much in love with. Throughout the first season, Liv can do nothing but watch as Major moves on, unable to tell him the truth. Even as they both remain alive and well, the couple are unable to maintain a lasting relationship for a variety of cruel twists thrown their way.
    • Meeting her first zombie lover, Lowell, Liv tries to free him from Blaine’s controlling brain business and plans to assassinate Blaine with Lowell. When she finds herself unable to follow through with the plan, Lowell tries to take matters into his own hands and dies to the much more combat-hardened Blaine, leaving Liv absolutely devastated.
    • In Season 2, Liv begins dating Drake and although the relationship goes well, Liv becomes concerned with his criminal activities. Fortunately, it turns out Drake is an undercover cop. Unfortunately, Drake’s a zombie on Vaughn Du Clark’s hit list and although Major tries to freeze and hide Drake’s body safely, Vaughn finds Major’s warehouse stash and brings Drake in for experimentation, turning him into a Romero zombie and forcing Liv to kill her brain-dead lover.
    • Liv begins happily dating Justin in Season 3 and although the relationship seems to be going smoothly for much of the season, during the two-part finale Liv has to eat the brain of a flirtatious scientist, leading to her cheating on Justin with Chase and him breaking up with her. Justin’s final scene with Liv is him catching her in a facility run by his organization, Fillmore Graves and quickly signaling to his comrades he’s spotted an intruder, all of them charging after Liv with machine guns, highlighting his anger at her.
  • Lying to the Perp: A vision from the Victim of the Week lets Liv know the a garbage man witnessed her and Clive's suspect parked next to each other. Although the garbage man didn't actually hear any of the conversation between the two, Liv is able to convince the suspect he did by quoting specific lines from the conversation and having Ravi dressed as the garbage man in another room, leading to the suspect's conviction.
  • Mama Bear: For Evan; threatening him has turned her from scared and afraid (i.e. victim) to stone cold and deadly (i.e. monster). To a (presumably) lesser extent, she is shown to be protective of Ravi. on a more humorous note, Liv on Mama Brain is this for everyone to a hilarious degree.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: A particularly depressing situation with Major, in which she goes from being unable to be with him out of fear of infecting him as a zombie, to him discovering she's a zombie and angrily leaving for her not trusting him with that.
  • Meaningful Name: Lampshaded in episode 5, a zombie name Liv Moore who wishes to live more.
  • The Medic: Before her undeath she was an up and coming heart surgeon, now she is an assistant medical examiner. Notably she seems to be more versed in dealing with living patients than Ravi is, so she's often the one providing first aid to others.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Although Liv likes solving crimes for the good of humanity, she often finds the visions of death painful and the personalities from certain brains affecting her to be incredibly unpleasant.
  • My Beloved Smother: Eva has her heart in the right place but doesn't deal with her daughter's PTSD in a beneficial manner for Liv. Instead of trying to understand Liv or giving her space, Eva tries to constantly insert herself in Liv's life, telling her she should get back together with Major and trying to get her to join in on her own socials. This takes a tragic turn when Liv being unable to provide Evan with a blood transfusion and unable to explain why destroys her relationship with Eva, who now wants nothing to do with Liv.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Becoming a zombie greatly increased Liv's alcohol tolerance, as seen in Season 2's Zombie Bro, where she eats the brain of a frat boy and is able to consume vast amounts of alcohol at a party.
  • Nice Girl: Her being an undead brain eater may have made her moody, literally, but that hasn't changed her from being the kind, good-hearted person who simply wants to do her part to help others.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She reveals to Blaine that he can turn people into zombies, something he seemingly didn't know before, as he believed he was the only one. This gives him the idea to start turning innocent people and essentially become the zombie version of a drug dealer. In her defense, she didn't know his nature at the time.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Liv's constant hunger for brains can make her almost giddy at the prospect of finding new murder victims for her to consume, as noted by Ravi and Clive.
  • No Social Skills: Bright and full of life as a human, Liv purposely puts this on to keep people away from her as she dwells in her misery as a zombie. In the first episode, her ex-fiancé, roommate and family note how withdrawn she has been, no longer taking part in social events or even regularly communicating with anyone.
  • Odd Name Out: Compared to the rest of her family, Eva and Evan Moore.
  • One-Person Birthday Party: In season 2, Liv asks her friends to spend the day with her, although none of them probably knew it was her birthday. The people who do know do not talk to her, and the person who decides to spend time with Liv turns out to be the culprit of the week. It looks like a sad, lonely birthday, that Liv celebrates with a bottle of whiskey, until she finds a birthday cake in the fridge and finds out that it was her best friend, Peyton, who came over earlier to deliver it.
  • One True Love: She has dated other, and even fallen in love with other people, but both she and Major mutually agree, thanks to the influence of a happily married couples brains bringing out their true feelings despite their feud, that even though they are no longer together and maybe never will be again, the feelings between them never died and the two are the greatest loves of one another's lives.
  • Perky Goth: Comes across this way as many characters take her hair and appearance as a style choice. Despite the look, she's very friendly.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: Utopium turned her into a zombie, and she is actively trying to avert a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Phony Psychic: Technically; her visions are very real, but they're not the product of psychic powers. That's her cover story with the police.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Her zombie powers make her far stronger than a look at her small body would give the impression of. She can chase down cars and overpower much larger men who try and attack her.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Ravi, her fellow medical examiner, whose relationship never goes beyond anything other than strictly a good friendship. When Liv eats the brains of a woman who had sex with Ravi, the resulting sexual images leave her thoroughly sickened and unable to look at Ravi for a bit.
  • Race Fetish: Plays having one in an episode to gain intel on a suspect in an Asian gang when she and Ravi go to investigate a store the gang runs.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The main indicator of when she Turns Red.
  • Reluctant Psycho: She eats brains because she needs to, and they prevent her from turning feral. Her sense of taste is dulled, but even she doesn't "like" eating brains, saying that the texture and consistency is revolting.
  • Running Gag: People mentioning her complexion and a need to tan and paint her hair is extremely common, even among the zombies themselves.
  • Seeing Through Another's Eyes: Not in real time, of course, as Liv has to eat the brain of the person in question to get visions of their past, helping her solve many murders. Although this is an ability all zombies have, Liv is almost exclusively the only one to use it because of the show’s focus on her.
  • Self-Harm: Near the end of Season 2, Liv stabs herself in the chest with a kitchen knife to get Clive to believe she a zombie after finally telling him the truth.
  • Super Strength: When full-on zombie mode.
  • Supreme Chef: Makes food made with brains look absolutely delicious. Even Ravi has to admit that the brains she cooks look very appetizing.
    Ravi: Dear god, that smells sensational. (Said about some fried bite sized snacks)
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Both in season two and season three, whenever she's forced to partner up with Blaine.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After becoming a Zombie. She can ingest the right brains to become an expert soldier or a talented martial artist, also she can go into "full on zombie mode" which makes her noticeably more deadly (read: understatement). She was the first person in the show whom we see drop a zombie-body, and by the end of the first season, she takes out a zombie-hitman in possibly the greatest fight of the series—thus far.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: As it turns out, brains are still treated as the most disgusting food ever, and Liv says that eating them "Sucks beyond words" and that she finds herself disgusting for having to eat them. However, Liv (and all other zombies) love extremely spicy foods because it is all that they can taste. As such, Liv keeps a number of different chili peppers on hand and has even been seen swigging out of a bottle of hot sauce.
  • Turns Red: Getting too upset causes her to go into "full-on zombie mode". According to herself, that is a reaction to a threat to her survival.
  • Used to Be More Social: While parties were never her thing, Liv was much more lively as a human, having been a sorority sister and very involved according to her mother. Post-zombie, Liv's depression and shock at the night of the boat party have led her to live a much quieter life.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Due to having eaten the brain and absorbed the personality of a hit man who she quickly realizes was a sociopath, Liv finds herself doing some morally questionable things. First mocking Clive for him being unwilling to make a risky move in the case, she monologues to herself about the horrific realization that she genuinely doesn't care about the violence in the case. Ravi also calls her out a second time when she finds a Romero mode of her former friend Marcy, whom she coldly throws rocks at and later tries to off without remorse.
    • Later in Season 1, she (without the excuse of a brain) is on the receiving end of one from Major, after her neglecting to tell him that she's a zombie leads to him thinking he's mentally ill and even checking himself into a mental health hospital. Despite being worried she would pressure him, Major calls Liv out for thinking they didn't share a strong enough bond for him to be trusted with that information.
  • When She Smiles: In the pilot, at least. After her transformation, it is especially prominent when Liv smiles because she just doesn't anymore.

Under The Effects of Brains

  • Action Fashionista: Becomes one thanks to eating the brain of a vain wealthy housewife. Gaining the woman's sense of style, Liv begins wearing glamorous outfits around the police station and although she gets such a pampered personality that she asks Clive to drive his car up to a building to save her walking a few steps, she ends up taking down the Villain of the Week (in Full-on Zombie Mode, no less) while all dressed up.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Has shades of this depending on the brain she is on, becoming extremely suspicious of Drake when he shows up late to dates, eventually going so far as to place a tracker on him while on scientist brain. She also accidentally becomes this to Major when she unknowingly consumes the brain of a stalker.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Usually not, but depending on the brain, she may trust people she would usually find suspicious, specially in regards to pre-school teacher brain and Positivity Brain, which turned her into The Polyana and believed in everybody during the investigation. Completely averted regarding her love interests. All of her boyfriends are genuinely good guys, who fell in love with her.
  • Idiot Ball: She has eaten many brains that dimmed her naturally quite intelligent self. This includes a ditzy DJ and the brains of an unrealistic romantic woman.
  • Jerkass Ball: If she eats the brain of an unpleasant person, its just natural she'll become unpleasant, and this has happened many times, including ingesting brains of a hypocritical love advisor, a Rich Bitch, etc.
  • Kinky Spanking: In Season 3, after Liv eats the brain of a man believed to have killed a dominatrix he was a client of, she gains his submissive fetishes and tries to get Peyton to trigger a vision for her by spanking her with a fly swatter while posed suggestively.
  • Lad-ette: Becomes this under the influence of frat-guy brain. So much so that she even plays beer pong with the guys while visiting the fraternity house.
  • Lack of Empathy: After consuming the brain of a sociopathic hitman, Liv finds herself struggling to care about the deaths involved in the case or the people around her. She throws rocks at the now Romero zombified Marcy, her former friend and later almost leaves Ravi to die when he falls in the pit with Marcy. Horrified at what the brain did to her, Liv has to fight to overcome the deceased man's ruthlessly uncaring nature.
  • The Load: After eating the brain of a ditzy and selfish DJ, Liz becomes forgetful and self-centered, rendered basically useless during the investigation if not for her visions.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Because the show is formatted to "Brain of the Week," the writers can often find a reason to give sensible Liv a more sensual and erotic side, be it a stripper, a sexually repressed erotic author, call girl or dominatrix (and later a sexual submissive), and a chance to promote just how gorgeous and nicely shaped Rose McIver really is.
  • My Beloved Smother: Liv herself becomes a de facto one after eating the brain of a mother-to-be and starts chiding Ravi and Clive, forcefully trying to get them to get keep good posture and eat well.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Played for Laughs when she eats the brain of a murdered old man who disliked minorities. At one point, Liv rants to the Asian Ravi about how her ride back to the office was slow because of an elderly Asian female driver. At another, a black inmate makes a pass at Liv and when Clive stands up for him, Liv refers to him as "one of the good ones", much to his disbelief.
  • Rich Bitch: She gains this personality by eating the brain of an unpleasant upscale woman, though she does not has the money to be one. After she sobers up, she actually cries over how mean she was to everybody in the case, deciding that was the most jerkass she has ever been.
  • Situational Sexuality: Under the effects of the Brain-Of-The-Week, her sexuality can change. Such as in episode 2 where after eating the brain of a sex addict she openly lusts after his female lovers. She also ogles a girl while in Frat Bro brain.
  • Sticky Fingers: During the pilot episode, Liv eats the brain of a kleptomaniac call girl which causes her to begin stealing an assortment of random objects, including Clive's stapler, a picture of Pratt's family, Peyton's pens and eyeballs from her mother's Halloween haunted house.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: In one particular episode, Liv has eaten the brain of a hopeless romantic, quickly develops Love at First Sight for random men and believes in One True Loves and fate. Her narration in the episode in particular, shifts its tone to an Affectionate Parody of Sex and the City in which she narrates her thoughts on love and romance simultaneously with her narration of the murder.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Eating the brain of the flirtatious Dr. Kupps, Liv finds herself to fight off the urge to flirt with men as she goes to a bar her brain doner used to frequent, even though she's dating Justin. Barely pulling herself away from one man after an intense make-out session in the elevator, Liv eventually gives in to her urges and cheats on Justin with Chase, leading to Justin breaking up with her at the end of Season 3.
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    Ravi 

Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti

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"Brain-eating, being undead, these are things you can discuss at length with me."
Played By: Rahul Kohli

"A call girl gets murdered, you eat her brains, help find her killer. It's like that Elton John song."

A medical examiner and Liv's boss, he knows that Liv's a zombie and tries to help cure her of her condition as well as provides her access to brains on the job. After being introduced to him by Liv he eventually becomes Major's roommate and Best Friend.


  • Actual Pacifist: Being that he took the Hippocratic oath, he's very dedicated to preserving life, even zombie life. He goes out of his way to save anyone he can, even people he hates like Blaine and Don E, to the point he was willing to die to save Don E. The one time he does fight, its to save Liv, and he's freaked out when it results in the man's death. The only time he willingly plans violence is to save Peyton, but he ends up waiting in the car while Blaine handles it.
  • Adorkable: More than a little eager about zombies, and gets all giddy when discovering something new about the zombie condition. He also seems to have an interest in magic tricks and vigilante super heroes.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Or at least a part time zombie.
  • Badass Beard: He has an impressively thick one.
  • Beta Couple: Becomes this with Peyton after they start dating.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty for Peyton's Archie, vs Blaine's Veronica.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Has a very noticeable brotherly love for Liv, and is extremely protective of her. He's noticeably angry any time someone makes a comment about her appearance, and his efforts to make a cure for the virus, a task which would be incredibly difficult with his limited resources, are stemmed from wanting to help her.
  • Bollywood Nerd: To a lesser extent. He was able to make the deductive leap that Liv was a zombie because he actually believes in zombies, and got fired from the CDC because of it.
  • The Coroner: Is Liv's boss and a talented medical examiner.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He could probably rival Logan Echolls.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: invoked He has this reaction when a know-nothing medical examiner makes a joke about Liv's albino appearance.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Quickly became this to Major, something both like to lampshade and joke about.
  • It's All About Me: Accused of this by Peyton, who tells that, while she was kidnapped, Ravi can only focus on the fact that he did nothing and that she and Blaine are getting closer, making the fact she almost died about his ego.
  • Mad Scientist: Considering the amount of research he's casually performed on zombieism, Ravi certainly has the makings of one.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Has recently become this for Liv, as he's the only human who is aware of her secret and is the main person she talks to about it. But Ravi also shares this role with Peyton - while he is the one Liv talks to about zombie stuff Peyton helps her deal with her relationship drama. Serve as this to Major as well, after he reverts back when the cure wears off.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe, the fact he failed in taking action while Blaine saved Peyton is something the others love to joke about, particularly Major, much to his disdain.
  • Nice Guy: He' not freaked out that Liv is a zombie, in fact he finds it cool. And he's also helping her find a cure—and shows that he is concerned with her in the manner of a friend, more so than a science experiment.
  • Non-Action Guy: Ravi has a hard time actually putting up a fight and doesn't seem to know the first thing on how to fight. This comes back to bite him when Peyton gets kidnapped and he stays in the car doing nothing and scared while Blaine goes there and rescue her by himself.
  • Open Heart Dentistry: A lesser example. He is a practicing medical practitioner well-versed in surgery, just not on living patients. Good thing Liv is not living. It should also be noted that Liv herself was a heart surgeon.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Liv, his fellow medical examiner.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: At the end of season 3, he decides that the best way to test his newly developed zombie vaccine is to take it himself and have Liv scratch him. The consequences of this are unknown.
  • Smart Guy: Compared to Clive and Liv (both of whom are by no means unintelligent) he has been shown to notice things they would not. Once more, he is scientifically savvy enough to successfully develop a Zombie cure, without the use of high tech equipment or funding for research, largely doing so in his spare time.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's a towering 6"4, dark-haired and quite good-looking. Also overlaps with [1].
    Ravi: I'm a tall doctor with fantastic hair and a British accent. I don't even need to be this attractive. Just icing.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Has a bit of a breakdown when he accidentally overdoses and kills Janko during their fight. He gets over it quickly, although he is still shaky.
  • They Called Me Mad!: He was kicked out of the CDCC for his obsessive beliefs that zombies could be used as biological weapons. Liv's plight vindicates him.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Downplayed, but still there. he becomes mopier and snarkier after Peyton gets closer and dates Blaine in season 3, realizing he lost his chance with her by sleeping with someone else.

    Clive 

Detective Clive Babineaux

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"I'm really gonna need a hand with this, so let me know when things get extrasensory."
Played By: Malcolm Goodwin

A detective at the Seattle Police Department who thinks that Liv's a psychic. He gets help from Liv in order to solve crimes.


  • Arbitrary Skepticism: He questions Liv's input a lot, despite her being right nearly all of the time. In fairness, he's reluctant to listen to her mostly because the information she gives him puts him in the spotlight and ruffles a lot of feathers in his department, especially with his captain.
  • Badass Normal: During the Season 2 finale, Clive is able to score several headshots on a horde of Romero Zombies that are specifically targeting him, escaping without a scratch. In general, although he only fights when he needs to, he has never lost a single fight he's in, either hand to hand or with guns, and typically Curb Stomps the other guy.
  • Berserk Button: Played for laughs. "The Hurt Stalker" reveals that a good way to piss him off is to ask him what George R. R. Martin is doing right now. ("Not writing.") He also doesn't appreciate being teased for his Cajun cooking.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: More seriously, his Friend to All Children nature means that any form of child abuse triggers him. At one point he Curb Stomps an abusive dad, knowing he might get in trouble for it.
  • Black and Nerdy: He's a Game of Thrones fan. As of Season 3, he is also into D&D.
  • Catchphrase: "Ms. Moore, please". Lampshaded by Liv, something he usually says when the quirky personalities Liv incorporates act out during an investigation.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He previously worked undercover in taking down gangs, and did some violent things for said cover. He also punched the shit out of a guy when he found out he was a child abuser, which may also imply he might have suffered something similar.
    • The reason why is explained in "Zombie Knows Best" (see Papa Wolf).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Compared to other characters, his snarkiness is more prominent. This is usually about him jabbing at Liv's "psychic" abilities and the ridiculous things she asks him to do, most of which might put a dent in his career.
  • Did Not Get the Girl:
    • Loses his chance with Dale after he releases Major from prison. When they meet again by season three, he makes an Anguished Declaration of Love, that she completely turns down.
    • Averted in season 4. After coming clean with Dale about zombies, the two of them resume their relationship. Everything looks fine, except for the fact that Dale was accidentally turned into a zombie, which hinders their sex life. Fully averted when he decides to become a zombie like her and end's up marrying her to join her as a zombie. Thankfully Liv decides to give up the cure so he and Dale can truly be together
  • Dying as Yourself: In season two surrounded by mindless zombies craving his brains. Trapped with Liv and Major with no exit. Liv offers to turn Clive into one of them to prevent his violent death. Clive instead decides to save one last bullet for himself instead. Luckily Vivian Stoll came by and provided an exit with overwhelming fire power.
  • Friend on the Force: While Clive has not been read-in on the whole "Zombie" thing, he does find her seemingly psychic abilities useful enough to drag her along on cases.
  • Friend to All Children: Clive hits it off really easy with kids, and becomes extremely protective of them very quickly. Most notably Wally, whom he manages to befriend in less than a minute of meeting.
  • Hardboiled Detective: Clive is more akin to this than the more traditional Sherlock Holmes. He also dresses like Bullitt
  • Heartbroken Badass: After Dale leaves him, and again when Wally's family is killed.
  • Hidden Depths: Clive plays the piano, is a skilled Cajun style chef and is a huge Game of Thrones fan. In general he can quite easily become Hot-Blooded when it comes down to fantasy settings. He quickly got addicted in a heated game of Dungeons and Dragons in season 3.
  • Lying to the Perp: Along with Liv when her vision allows her to know a garbage man was present when the suspect and victim were talking. By having Liv quote the conversation to the suspect and Ravi dressed up as the garbage man (who actually heard nothing), Liv and Clive are able to get a conviction.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The only main character to not learn that Liv is a zombie. That is, until Liv confesses everything to him, even stabbing herself in the chest to prove her story, so she can get Major out of jail at the end of season 2. He participates in Major and Liv's raid of Max Rager to save Drake and the other Zombies that Major was forced to lock away.
  • Nerves of Steel: Clive can be counted to be cool under pressure. Trapped in a building, having its own zombie outbreak. Almost shot down in the street during a drive by. Clive keeps a clear head and never freezes. Fitting as he once spent years as an undercover cop.
  • Only Sane Man: When on the job with the more playful Ravi and Liv whose personality swings vary from brain to brain. Clive is the one counted on to be focused on the task on hand.
  • Opposites Attract: Dale is outgoing, bawdy and impulsive. Clive is private, focused and stoic. Yet they both develop a loving relationship. Willing to sacriface their own happiness or humanity for each other . Finally in season four they end up married to each other.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's quite fond of wearing tight sweaters that show off his incredibly muscular physique.
  • Nice Guy: He's a bit distant at first but Clive eventually shows that he's one of these.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Acts as one to Liv, being her close partner, but it's clear they are just friends and both have real Love Interests in other characters.
  • Papa Wolf: In "Love & Basketball," Clive finds out one of the kids on the basketball team is being physically abused by the father. Clive then drives onto his lawn, calls the bastard out, and pounds the shit out of him.
    • In season 3 it's revealed that when he was undercover in vice, he lived next door to a kid named Wally Reed, whose father was an abusive drunk. One night Clive intervened when the father was being particularly violent and had him arrested. After that he became a surrogate father figure to Wally until he and his mother moved away, fearing for their safety when Wally's father was close to getting out of prison.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Defied, he cooks and is very good and proud of it, but he dislikes when that is considered cute, that's why he avoids tell Ravi and Liv about it.
  • Straight Man: Clive often plays this to Liv when she's being affected by the brains of the victim of the week, who tend to be very colorful people.
  • Supreme Chef: The food he sometimes brings to Liv and Ravi, which they love, wasn't bought, he made it himself.
  • Tranquil Fury: Clive's moods range from indifferent to weirded out (especially when he's with Liv), all with the same look on his face. When he's actually angry, he gets quieter, softer and will punch out a dude without loosening his tie.
  • Undying Loyalty: If you’re his friend Clive will do anything to help. In season two when Liv revealed to Clive about her condition. Because she needed his help to free Major from prison to prevent a Zombie outbreak. Clive tanked the case, freeing Major from prison. Tarnishing his reputation and ending his relationship with Bozzio.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Clive is too much of a straight-laced hard-ass for all this absurdity and bloodshed around him, but that's what happens when your favorite sidekick is a zombie with wildly varying personalities.

    Major 

Major Lilywhite

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"It's the world that's crazy, and I've got proof."
Played By: Robert Buckley

Liv's fiancé, until she broke up with him after she became a zombie. He also becomes roommate and best friend to Ravi after Liv introduces them.


  • Adorkable: The guys always got a cute quip to break the tension, likes spending time playing video games and shares a lot in common with Ravi in this regard.
  • An Ax To Grind: Major grabs a fire ax during the Season 2 finale to fight off a group of rabid zombies. He later uses it to break through a glass window in Max Rager's basement to save himself and Rita from a dangerous gas.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Under the effect of a truth-teller brain, he lightly implies that he has thought of being with Chase Graves romantically or sexually, though that never goes too far and most of his attention is still aimed at women, particularly Liv.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Three times, first in the season one finale when Liv scratches him to save his life, although he is cured soon afterwards. A longer and possibly more permanent change occurs in "Pour Some Sugar, Zombie" when he is confronted by Ravi about being the chaos killer, revealing that the cure has been nullified when he goes full zombie from the stress. He isn't really happy about this. By the time he gets cured again (to prevent the first cure from killing him) he is isolated from non-zombies (thanks to being the Chaos Killer) and has comraderie with actual zombies (from joining Filmore-Graves) so that when his friends are killed, he actively asks to be made into a zombie again so he can protect the ones that are left.
  • Attractive Zombie: Much like Liv, the being living dead thing hasn't taken away his good looks. Maybe even more so, given that his body hasn't really deteriorated as much, remaining the same skin tone, and blonde hair.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's an incredibly compassionate person, who will fight tooth and nail for the people he cares about.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Downplayed. In season 1, when he found out about zombies he was determined to kill them all, assuming they're all monsters like Blaine. As he learns about Liv's zombism and bonds with the innocent zombies he's charged with kidnapping, as well as slowly turns back into one, he empathises with them to the point he quickly signs up with Fillmore Graves, and sticks with them even after being cured. By the end of Season 3, when asked to 'pick a side' between humans and zombies, he declares its not even close and is firmly on the zombies' side. However, he's clearly troubled by Fillmore Graves taking over Seatle in what's essentially a military dictatorship occupying via blackmail.
  • Break the Cutie: Investigating kids' disappearances did no favors for his mental stability.
    • His life doesn't get any easier come Season 2 when Vaughn contracts him because of his Zombie sensing powers to assassinate the other remaining zombies threatening to have Liv killed if he doesn't comply.
    • Season 3 ups the ante by having him deal with the fallout of being publicly outed as a suspected serial killer.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Frequently delivers.
    Clive: As long as I've got you, I had a few more questions about the Meat Cute incident.
    Major: Oh, did you get re-assigned to the Solved Crime squad?
  • Determinator: When asked to describe her former Fiancé, the first word Liv says is "Determined". Cue screen cut to Major watching hours of skating videos to find just one man in the crowd.
  • Descent into Addiction: As a result of killing off any zombies that Max Rager deems fit, and his renewed feelings for Liv Major falls prey to the allure of Utopium.
  • Disposable Fiancé: Played with. Liv dumps him at the start of the series in order to embrace her new life, and at first glance he seems like an archetypal "bland perfection" type who just can't keep up with the supernatural and is doomed to be Locked Out of the Loop. Then he starts hunting zombies, and by the second season he and Liv seem to be back together — and, while he's still pretty perfect, he's no longer bland.
  • Distressed Dude: Much of season 1, until in "Blaine's World" he shakes this status off with a particularly gory Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Fearless Fool: Shows shade of this as time goes on, doing some downright dumb things in the pursuit of his mission.
  • Friend to All Children: He was a youth counselor.
  • Friends with Benefits: During the timeskip between season 3 and 4, this is what Major's relationship with Liv has become, now that he is a zombie once more. Their relationship ends though, when Major is sick of repeatedly getting flak from Liv for siding with Fillmore-Graves.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Quickly became this to Ravi, something both like to lampshade and joke about.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: He takes care of a dog, whose zombie-owner he took out. He is genuinely fond of the dog, but neglects him, and ultimately decides to leave it on a bus in hopes that the dog gets a better owner. Unfortunately, this backfires on him.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Major is genuinely good-natured and abhors killing innocent people. When Major is tasked with taking out Seattle's zombies, he instead only kidnaps them and freezes them up until Ravi can come up with a cure. When he gets arrested for his "murders" as the "Chaos Killer", he is shamed by the whole city, even when the public later learns that he didn't kill anyone. Now he is "merely" a mass-kidnapper as he puts it, but it doesn't help him much and everyone still seems to think he killed people. His reputation is ruined.
  • Hidden Depths: The seemingly normal, well-adjusted social worker knows where to go and who to talk to to set up a weapons deal in the middle of the night. Presumably, the knowledge comes from his work with troubled kids.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He tries to act harder and nastier after joining with Filmore's, but even Liv knows he's still the good man she fell in love with under his hardened exterior.
    Liv: I know who he is, even if he forgets sometimes.
  • Insert Grenade Here: Kills the Candyman by shoving a grenade into the broken window of the Meat Cute's freezer.
  • Irony:
    • In season 1, Blaine points out the irony how Seattle's zombie hunter didn't see that his own beloved was a zombie, too.
    • In season 2, Major is looking for drugs and is given some by one of the teenagers he once tried to help. This is when he realizes that he needs help.
  • Knight Templar: Once he discovers that zombies are real, he declares he is going to kill them all. By the season 3 finale, after spending the season being ostracised by the human population with only the Fillmore Graves zombies accepting him, even after finding out he's human, he seemingly switches into being this for the zombies.
  • Lovable Jock: Was one of the Star Football players in college, but according to Liv the reason she fell in love with him was when she realized he never took anything for granted after admitting he wanted to become a social worker after he finished school as his way to give back.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Well built body, handsome face, chiseled jaw, plus the guy's played by Robert Buckley, so it comes with the territory.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: As of season 2 the zombies of Seattle refer to him as The Boogeyman, while the police call him The Chaos Killer.
  • Nice Guy: He's quite a friendly person, and seems to be on good terms with Liv despite breaking up with her. He also works with teenage runaways at a halfway house. Liv even describes him as "sweetness and light" incarnate.
  • One True Love: He has dated other, and even fallen in love with other people, but both he and Liv mutually agree, thanks to the influence of a happily married couples brains bringing out their true feelings despite their feud, that even though they are no longer together and maybe never will be again, the feelings between them never died and the two are the greatest loves of one another's lives.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Gives one to Julien before dropping a grenade during the Meat Cute attack: "Walk away from this."
  • Pretty Boy: Straight out called one by his Gym Trainer. Pretty much the easiest way Julien figures out someone is talking about Major is when they mention how pretty he is.
  • Pragmatic Hero: In contrast with Liv, Major is capable of doing some morally questionable actions for the greater good, such as kidnapping.
  • Punny Name: Paired with the dog he takes in, Minor.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In the season one finale. After escaping the freezer of the Meat Cute using a lighter and frozen urine, Major retrieves his cache of weapons from his truck and proceeds to kill every member of Blaine's operation besides Blaine himself.
  • Sad Clown: In the first few episodes, as he constantly cracks jokes around Liv as if he is desperate to make her smile. Appears to be a coping mechanism for him.
  • Sanity Slippage: Almost. Finding no logical explanation to the supernatural things he experiences in season 1, Major thinks he's going crazy and checks himself into a mental hospital, where he finally finds the answer, when a fellow inmate approaches him and tells him about zombies.
  • Selective Obliviousness: A case of Love Makes You Dumb. Blaine lampshades this at the end of season 1. Major knew that the massacre at Lake Washington was caused by zombies, yet he somehow didn't make the connection that his ex-fiancé, who dramatically changed after said massacre, turned into a zombie.
  • Shipper on Deck: To Peyton/Ravi, specially when he gets in Teenage Girl Brain in season 3 and elects "The One That Got Away" as their theme song.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: No matter what happens, the universe doesn't seem to want Liv and Major to be together, when they get over their differences.
    • It starts with Liv becoming a zombie and her consequently calling off the engagement with Major, as she knows that sex and having children is important to him (even if she made this decision without informing him about her). However, she turns Major into a zombie to save his life, and promises him that they can be together now. Major calls her out on her hypocrisy, leading to Liv using Ravi's prototype cure to turn Major back into a human.
    • When they reconcile in season 2 and want to get back together, Ravi has to inform them that sex, even with protection, is impossible without turning Major into a zombie. They thus break up again and Liv gets together with Drake.
    • In season 3, when Major receives Ravi's reworked cure that completely turns him back into a human without any consequences, Liv is unable to turn back as well, because all other doses were either stolen or given away, which leads to Liv starting a relationship with Major's friend, Justin.
    • In season 4, Liv and Major actually have sex with each other again. However, it's only a Friends with Benefits relationship and Liv frankly is extremely offended by Major's decision to work for Fillmore-Graves. Growing tired of Liv's Holier Than Thou attitude, he ends their relationship at the start of the season.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In a major way, from distressed social worker to fearsome zombie-hunter.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season 4, to Liv and Peyton's dismay, thankfully, it doesn't take for long.
  • Trapped in Villainy: At the start of Season 2, Max Rager has blackmailed Major into being their hitman using Liv's life as collateral. Subverted as instead of killing the Zombies, he's revealed to have been placing them in deep freeze stasis after kidnapping them, until Ravi perfects the cure.
    • Happens again at the end of season 3; he signed up to rejoin Fillmore Graves in order to do what was necessary to protect the zombies, just as Fillmore Graves is forced into taking over Seattle when the masquerade is broken. Now he's trapped mowing down rebellious humans trying to fight against the zombie army that took over.
  • Unfortunate Name: When facing the possibility of Laser-Guided Amnesia, asks to be given a less horrible name.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His rampage at Meat Cute ultimately keeps Liv from using the cure for herself - which keeps her from saving her brother's life at the conclusion of Season 1.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Gives one of these to Liv when he's turned by her at the end of the first season.
    • Receives one from Ravi when Major loses the dog while high on Utopium.
    • Receives one from Liv at the start of season 4 when he is rather ambivalent about smuggling a kid out of Seattle due to Fillmore Graves strict policies.
  • Workout Fanservice: So if Liv is pulling in the males, how do the writers get even more females with Major? Make him a personal trainer in season 2, and give ample chance to show him sweaty and shirtless even more than before.

    Blaine 

Blaine McDonough

Blaine DeBeers, John Deaux

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"There are some things worse than death."
Played By: David Anders

"Has over-saturation buried us? I don't know. I think we're gonna surprise some people. I mean, what did LL Cool J say? 'Don't call it a comeback,' right?"

A drug dealer-turned-zombie, as well as the person who turned Liv into a zombie in the first place. Blaine was also at the boat party when the zombie outbreak occurred; a combination of the tainted Utopium he was dealing and the Max Rager energy drink actually caused the zombie outbreak.


  • Abusive Parents: in season 3, we find out that his father used to beat him.
  • The Aggressive Drug Dealer: Deliberately turns rich people into zombies, then charges them through the nose for the steady supply of brains they need in order to stay sane.
  • Amnesiac Hero: After taking the second cure he loses a large majority of his memories. He seems to be becoming this trope, helping get brains to Major when he is in jail and saving Peyton from several of Mr. Boss's men. Turns out he's faking it. He did lose his memories for a while, but he kept up with the charade to try and change his life and how people viewed him.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 1. His brain-dealing operation is the biggest threat to the main characters and puts all of them in a lot of danger.
  • Badass Decay: Invoked. Blaine observes that he was far more effective as a zombie than a human.
  • Bad Boss: He's been shown to kill any of his goons or clients who go off the rails. One episode has him knife a goon's throat when a supply of expensive brains goes missing, though it was nonlethal since the goon was a zombie. He later murders another minion for losing his supply of zombie cures.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: While Blaine was nothing but affectionate towards Peyton and made a genuine attempt to change, their relationship was still born out of a lie.
  • Becoming the Mask: In season 3, once he regains his memories.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Ravi's Betty in terms of Peyton's Archie.
  • Break the Badass: Blaine's return to villainy is informed by his losing everything precious to him. His relationship with Peyton, the loyalty of his former crew, his business, and very nearly his life after his father orders him shot.
  • Buried Alive: Zig-zagged. When he is kidnapped by Mr. Boss, he has already regressed into a zombie, making him technically undead. Then Mr. Boss slits his throat and buries him in the forest, intending to hide Blaine's (supposedly) dead body. Except Blaine isn't dead and merely digs himself out in the morning.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Blaine flat out stating his reasons for his actions are "Daddy issues. Megalomania. Greed."
  • Catchphrase: Blaine frequently refers to zombies as 'Team Z', which Liv initially mocks him for. None the less, the cast has been referred to as such in episode promos.
  • Cryforthe Devil: When we learn of his childhood abuse.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All consumingly.
  • Enemy Mine: He and Liv are not on friendly terms, but if anyone threatens to expose or kill their mutual friends or fellow zombies, the two of them work together. In Season 2, when Major's "killing" (actually kidnapping) of zombies ordered by Max Rager threatens Blaine's business, Blaine comes up with an arrangement that is mutually beneficial for Blaine and Major.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Seems to have genuinely loved his grandfather, who raised him until his father had him committed to take over his business. Especially considering his tears after smothering him with a pillow. It's implied in "Eat A Knievel" that he also cared for his mother who was as abused as him by his father.
    • He also appears sincerely heartbroken over losing Peyton. Despite his sense of self preservation, he previously risked his own life to save hers.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Blaine resents his father for not doing more to prevent his mother's suicide, for which she used his pistol. He also accuses him of having psychologically abused her. Angus mocks his love for her by joking that he had an Oedipus complex.
  • Faking Amnesia: Blaine loses his memories thanks to Ravi's cure in Season 2 but quickly recovers them, continuing to fake his amnesia to try and change his life and how people viewed him. As a result, he was able to win Peyton's affections.
  • Fanboy: He's one for Nirvana, such as buying memorabilia and remembering vividly what he was doing when Kurt Cobain died.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He is perfectly capable of being charming, even sympathetic in the face of his and Liv's shared condition; however, he is also perfectly willing to infect people with the zombie virus in order to blackmail them for money in exchange for brains. How he initially got those brains? Murdering homeless runaways and turning thugs into zombies for muscle.
  • Feels No Pain: His pain resistance is notable even for a Zombie, seeing as he has taken bullets to the throat without flinching.
  • Freudian Excuse: The more we learn about his relationship with his father, the more abuse we learn he suffered at the man's hands. In addition to having beaten Blaine, he also allowed their housekeeper to take away Blaine's pet dog, with the implication he had her kill it. Furthermore, Blaine also had to see Angus put his beloved grandfather in a nursing home to wrestle control of the family company and emotionally abuse his mother. Oddly enough, he chooses teenagers who have had the same terrible upbringing as himself and had run away from abusive homes to feed his rich clients. His victims from season one were people like him, killed and served up to people of wealth and power like his Father.
  • Generic Name: Slightly modified by Blaine, as one of his alias is "John Deaux" (pronounced the same as "Doe").
  • Given Name Reveal: It's not until season 2 that we find out his real last name - McDonough. DeBeers is just a nickname for being the guy who could supply beer for under-age drinkers.
  • Greed: In "Blaine's World" he admits to this being one of his flaws along with "daddy issues" and "megalomania."
  • Heartbroken Badass: After Peyton leaves him in season three, Blaine spends an entire episode drunkenly moping about.
  • The Heavy: Only the Big Bad of the first season but throughout the show, he proves to be the most personal antagonist to Liv for his role in turning her into a zombie and even as her occasional reluctant ally, he's got a variety of nefarious schemes going on and is the most frequent foe to clash with the heroes.
  • The Hedonist: One of the reasons speculated for his Badass Decay. Blaine enjoys booze, women, drugs and various combinations thereof, but as a zombie he had no particular desire for them.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Blaine in Season Two, after becoming an amnesiac. He is horrified to learn of his past crimes; and later seeks to aid Liv and puts himself in danger to save Peyton. This skirts the Death of Personality trope, as Blaine still retains his wit; and his proficiency with firearms, implying retrograde amnesia. This is confirmed in the third season, and the character remains a hero for the first half the season. He later confesses he feigned the true duration of his memory loss in attempt to change his life and how people viewed him. He returns to his old ways after Peyton leaves him (his deception precluded Major and Liv from being cured) and his father has him shot while also stealing his business. Though the uneasy friendship he forms with the group falls apart, both he and Don E. assist Liv and Clive on an investigation.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Don E. The latter to the point Blaine offers Don a partnership after he betrayed him, despite killing other henchman in the first season for attempting to start their own business.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: After briefly being killed and returning to life as a zombie, Blaine develops a cough that Ravi thinks means his body is degenerating. Blaine takes a second cure when the cough begins to get worse. This is actually more realistic than most, as the cause of death is lungs filling up with fluid.
  • Joker Immunity: Even once he reverts to human status.
  • Karma Houdini: He is personally responsible for the murder of dozens of teenagers. Profiting from their death, his infecting of the rich and others lead to the rise of Zombie's. Ruining tens of thousands of lives in the process. He had a low point after he lost his original business, and lost Peyton. But bounced back with a bigger business then before and even more power and influence. Ending season three on a high note smirking at a club full of new clients.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Blaine decides to smother his catatonic grandfather to put him out of his misery, and so he can give his brains to his father.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: After taking the second cure, Blaine loses a majority of his memories. He seems to regret his previous actions and is trying to be a better person. It's later subverted when he turns out to have only had it for a few days after taking the cure - everything afterwards is just an act, though he was trying to be a better person. He later seems to have reverted to his old ways, however.
  • Madeof Iron: Both in the first season finale, and midway through the third season, Blaine suffers gunshot wounds while human. Despite bleeding out he manages to get himself treatment, be it at a vet's office or having another zombie scratch him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Very much so.
  • Mercy Kill: Although he did intend feed his father his brains, killing his grandfather can be interpreted this way given his vegetative state.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His amnesia in the latter half of season 2 leads him to become incredibly disturbed at the life he once lived.
  • Pet the Dog: In Season 2, when Blaine believes he may be dying. He has a chat with Chief and Don E, giving them the reigns of the organization in the case of his death, even giving them advice about the future.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: An unusual hybrid of this and Wicked Cultured. He's a huge fan of Nirvana.
  • Properly Paranoid: Reacts instantly to a surprise attack from someone he has no reason to suspect is plotting against him.
  • Reformedbut Rejected: By Peyton, he did try to start a new life with her. But after she discovered that he lied about being a new man and felt like he used her. She rejected him due to his past crimes.
  • Reformed Criminal: Blaine in the first half of season three. Even when the truth about his amnesia is revealed, he states he wanted to change his life and how people viewed him.
  • Retired Monster: Blaine after Liv cured him in "Blaine's World". While he still runs shady operations and returns to selling utopium for a time, he is no longer the murderous villain he was in Season 1. That is not to say he has no problem killing anyone who gets in his way like his father’s minions or Zombie truthers if convenient. He is more than happy to profit from those turned into zombies without their consent.
  • Suddenly Bilingual: Don E., Blaine, and their clients at The Scratching Post speak Bangladesh after eating the brains shipped from a high fatality hospital.
  • Supervillain Lair:
    • Season One: Blaine's "Meat Cute" Butcher shop.
    • Season Two: Moves his business to Shady Plots funeral home.
    • Season Three: Initially, still working out of Shady Plots, but after taking out Angus, moves into the Scratching Post.
  • Token Evil Teammate: In season 2, none of the others are happy about it, but he's their only link to tainted utopium and they are the only ones who can reign him in.
  • Token Human: Becomes this after taking the second cure, at least among the characters at Shady Plots. In season 3, after being dumped by Peyton, he willingly turns back into a zombie.
  • Tooka Level In Badass: Blaine in the season two finale, taking out Mr. Boss' men. He killed people previously, but tended to rely on henchman to do a lot of his dirty work. Here he was willing to risk his own life to save Peyton's, despite the fact he was outnumbered.
  • Wicked Cultured: Surprisingly. Blaine has a fondness for fine wine and regrets not being able to taste it after becoming a zombie.
  • Wild Card: Blaine in season 2, and especially in season 3 when he takes back his business. At that point he is no longer murdering, nor dealing drugs. He is simply trying to earn a profit.
  • Villain Protagonist: After season one, as he has his own stories divorced from the case of the week. Especially when involving Boss, Chase, or his father.
  • Vorpal Pillow: Blaine uses a pillow to smother his vegetative grandfather, hoping to feed his brain to Angus so that they can both have revenge.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Blaine played the organ in his boxers for an entire scene and was promptly taken out into the woods for Mr. Boss' attempted mob hit.

    Peyton 

Peyton Charles

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"I so want to write you off [...] But you're my freaking heart... So if you could step up, I'd really appreciate it!"
Played By: Aly Michalka

Liv's roommate and best friend from college. She works as an Assistant District Attorney, and later is promoted to Mayor Baracus's chief of staff. After Baracus is murdered she becomes the new Acting Mayor of New Seattle.


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Peyton and Blaine's relationship plays into this trope. She fell for him initially while thinking he was simply a reformed drug dealer, and again when she believed him to be a changed man due to amnesia.
  • Ascended Extra: While present in season 1, she wasn't really that important and didn't have any plotline besides reminding Liv of her old life. After learning about the zombies, she gets the Stacey Boss Subplot in season 2 and be the center of a Love Triangle in season 3, in the same season, she also gets to appear in the opening.
  • Beta Couple: Becomes this with Ravi after they start dating. By season 3, this develops in a Love Triangle between her, Ravi and Blaine. She and Blaine become the beta couple for the first half of season 3, until she leaves him when he reveals his feigned the duration of his memory loss.
  • Brainy Brunette: Downplayed, she has a hazel colored hair that sometimes seems blonde, but she is a brunette and one of the smartest characters in the main group.
  • The Bus Came Back: She comes back in early season 2.
  • Damsel in Distress: In the season two finale, while Liv, Clive and Major are dealing with raging undead at the Max Rager party, Blaine and Ravi are busy rescuing Peyton from Mr. Boss.
  • Forgivenbut Not Forgotten: With Blaine in the first half of Season Three, when it's believed his amnesia was lasting. Peyton develops feelings for him in spite of his past crimes. Even Major empathizes with his not wanting to remember. Ravi brings up Blaine's crimes in the same scene; clearly not forgetting and questioning if he has actually earned forgiveness, to which Peyton defends him. When Blaine confesses he feigned the duration of his amnesia, Peyton beats herself up over giving him another chance.
  • Hello, Attorney!: She's the Assistant District Attorney and is extremely attractive, as is noted by many other characters.
    Liv: Ravi, she's a lawyer who looks like Victoria's Secret model.
    Gilda: Some chick came by, waited around for a bit, but then she had to fly. Sorry, I use the names part of my brain to store body envy. This girl had several parts I'd kill for. And a beauty mark right where I wanted to punch her.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Liv and Peyton. The two of them occasionally flirt with each other, but it's all in good fun.
  • Love Triangle: Peyton finds herself in one with Blaine and Ravi.
  • Muggle Best Friend: She and Ravi share this role. While Ravi knows about Liv's secret and helps her on her cases, Peyton has personal history and she's the one Liv talks to about the continuing interpersonal drama between her and Major. Later on, she finds out about Liv's zombie status, and they become best friends again after reflecting and understanding why Liv changed so much.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She sleeps with Blaine in season 2, by the end of the episode, she finally learns what he has done to Liv, Major, the street boys and so many others, leading her to a breakdown when Liv confirms these things to her.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: A gorgeous ADA dated a geeky Medical Examiner.
  • Out of Focus: She often falls in this, since she is not directly connected to the zombie situation and the Mr.Boss investigation plot is just a subplot. She becomes more prominent with time, specially in season 3, in which she is officially an Ascended Extra.
  • Put on a Bus: On episode 11 of season 1.
  • Rescue Romance: With Blaine, at the end of season 2.
  • Rule of Empathy: During her time away, she states she could understand how difficult the past year had been to Liv by putting herself in her shoes, and comes back understanding that she could be more supportive to Liv, despite everything that has happened.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Her Stacey Boss investigation. She is threatened by the man himself, attacked left and right, only to ultimately be a moot point, since her only witness gets amnesia and the whole case falls to the ground.
  • Shipper on Deck: To Liv/Major, she seems very happy to see her best friends get back together in season 2 and often reminds them that they love each other despite their differences.
  • That Didn't Happen: Peyton initially proposes that Blaine could regain all his memories, yet stay the new improved version of himself. Though he maintains this is what happened, she leaves him anyway, due to his feigning the prolonged memory loss and the consequences of said lie. Though it should be noted he lied not to screw her friends over, but more due to his own fear of rejection.
  • Unwitting Muggle Friend: Up until the boat party, she and Liv were extremely close and shared everything with each other. Now Peyton is completely unaware that her best friend is a zombie, despite the obvious visual cues like the sudden albinism and white hair. The unwitting part no longer applies as of "Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat."
  • Unwitting Pawn: Blaine uses her to take down his competition, the drug empire run by Mr. Boss.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She dates Ravi, who is an Adorkable sweet guy. She later initiates a relationship with Blaine, when he tries to reform. The relationship ends when he confesses he feigned the true duration of his memory loss.
  • Slut-Shaming: After being rescued from Mr. Boss' men, Ravi seems to care more about the fact she slept with Blaine than the fact she almost died. He kept using the present tense as well, much to Peyton's dismay. Peyton later calls him out on it, telling him his opinion on her sleeping with Blaine is irrelevant.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's rather tall in addition to being ridiculously beautiful.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In "The Exterminator," she's pissed at Liv for not only peeking at her case file, but for finding out that the defendant on trial wasn't the killer. Happens again when she finally learns Liv's secret.
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    Angus 

Angus McDonough

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"Immortality suits me."
Played By: Robert Knepper

Blaine's millionaire father. Don E persuades him to invest in creating Seattle's first zombie pub, the Scratching Post. Later, Blaine takes over the Scratching Post and drops his father down a well; when Angus gets out, he becomes a pastor known as "Brother Love" who preaches zombie supremacy and quickly amasses a cult following.


  • Abusive Parent: A lot of Blaine's issues come from him. Not only he ignored his issues, specially being abused by his nanny, but as Blaine puts it, he would humiliate and beat Blaine as well, not to mention psychologically torture his mother.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To Blaine; they despise each other and Angus makes it clear he's perfectly willing to have his son killed.
  • Ascended Extra: Comes back in season 4 as one of the main villains.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Save the instance when he was kidnapped by Major, it's all he ever wears... until he becomes a pastor, that is.
  • Big Bad Wannabe:
    • Despite writing off his son as an ingrate, Blaine is a more intelligent criminal than Angus and when they come to conflict, Blaine easily dismantles his organization, traps Angus in a well and takes over his club.
    • Is built up to be a big threat in Season 4 after eating the brain of a priest and becoming an influential preacher convincing swathes of zombies of their superiority to humans and intends to form a new world order. That being said, it doesn't amount to much, with Chase getting the spotlight as the main villain and Angus' plans falling apart the minute he tries to march his horde beyond the walls, getting gunned down with ease by the guards.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He thinks nothing of having people killed on his orders, in addition to having acquired his company in a less-than-ethical way.
  • Cultured Badass: Recounts Greek myth to his son on multiple occasions, while viciously targeting anyone who crosses him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It isn't hard to see where Blaine gets his sense of humor from. Being played by Robert Knepper helps.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite preaching zombie superiority over humans, he's tad disturbed of the idea of wanton slaughter of the lot of them.
  • Evil Albino: Coming back in season 4, he now wears his zombie skin and hair with pride as he leads his cult.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Blaine traps him in the bottom of a well, where he often goes to feed him the worst brains he can find just to keep him sufficiently conscientious for Blaine to tease him.
  • Hate Sink: An abusive parent who tortured Blaine and his mother, happily partake in the shadiest of bussiness and whenever onscreen, is only there to inflict psychological pain on Blaine.
  • Jerkass: He handed his son off to his father to raise instead of raising Blaine himself and would rather hand his entire estate to his housekeeper than his own son. It's later revealed he beat Blaine and psychologically tortured his wife. Blaine tossed a penny down a wishing well each time either happened, and estimated there was over a dollar and forty-two cents at the bottom.
  • Kick the Dog: He had his will prepared in a way that'd screw Blaine over - Blaine would be left the balance of Angus' properties, but only in the event that Angus died some form of a natural death. Even if Blaine couldn't possibly have been involved in the event that there was some suspicion of foul play, accidental or otherwise, Blaine would get nothing.
  • Killed Off for Real: He is ultimately shot to death by the army soldiers guarding the routes out of New Seattle.
  • Light Is Not Good: He appears clad in white as Brother Love, often under the spotlight of the theater where he presents his sermons to a group of outraged, angry zombies. He is, at that point more insane and bloodthirsty than ever.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Angus is perfectly happy with his zombie status, even if he hates being under his son's thumb. He thinks immortality suits him.
  • Narcissist: To the point where Blaine and Major discuss how he has a bust of himself.
  • Never My Fault: He refuses to accept any responsibility for his wife's suicide, despite not keeping his weapon locked up and not helping her through her depression at all.
  • Offingthe Offspring: He orders Dino to kill Blaine, and upon learning that he failed demands that he be brought his head with the next attempt.
  • Parental Neglect: Toward Blaine, at least in Blaine's estimation. He did nothing to stop Blaine's childhood nanny from beating him, and was later revealed to have beat Blaine himself.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: Becomes a main character in Season 4.
  • Put on a Bus: Twice. In the second season he is re-frozen off screen by Blaine and disappears for the rest of the season. In the third season, Blaine imprisons him at the bottom of a well on their family estate.
  • Religion of Evil: The leader of an evil cult in season 4, feeding off starving zombies by encouraging and leading them to go to murderous rampages in the streets
  • Reality Ensues: Believing to be called by God to action. Angus leads his flock against trained soldiers with automatic weapons and a clear line of fire. Angus flock is slaughtered to the last man . Angus himself is put down like a rabid dog.
  • Sanity Slippage: His time stuck in a well did not do well to his sanity. He came out of it insane, murderous and adding a chilling religious streak to his villainy.
  • Sinister Minister: After he gets out of the well in the beginning of Season 4, he becomes the pastor of a zombie congregation, preaching about how zombies should rule the world. He even leads his 'flock' on raids to kill humans and take their brains.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: In their first scene together, Angus and Blaine go to war with "The Reason You Suck" Speech as weaponry.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In season 4. Hilariously, he becomes a far nicer guy as an anti-human religious zealot.
  • Visionary Villain: in the third season, Angus plots the increase of the zombie population and worldwide brain distribution; stating that 'The Future is Brains!'
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Angus has spent a lifetime being disappointed by his party boy drug dealing son, and they've built up deep reserves of resentment toward each other.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After being tortured by Candy and Chief, he disappears without audience knowledge of if he made a new video will for Blaine. He's later revealed to still be in the morgue, frozen and unresponsive until Don E defrosts him.

    Don E 

Donald "Don E." Everhart

Played By: Bryce Hodgson

The twin-brother of Scott E.


  • And Then John Was a Zombie: He asks Chief to turn him to make him practically invincible when the time came to take on Mr. Boss.
  • Batman Gambit: Pulls it off against Mr. Boss' man, Kenny. Don E. asks him for a quick and painless kill, but taunts him so much that Kenny wants to let him suffer by shooting him several times in the body. Of course bodyshots can't kill a zombie.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He has no real plans himself, but when Blaine loses his memory, Don usurps his role as boss through trickery. He proceeds to run the business into the ground, showing no foresight and making stupid decisions. He releases and allies himself with Blaine's father Angus, only to be treated as an errand boy.
  • Briar Patching: As mentioned above, Don E asks Kenny to shoot him in the head, rather than gut shot him (to make it painless) which is actually the only way to kill him. Sure enough Kenny gut shots him instead, which allows Don E. to survive.
  • Bullying the Dragon: He taunts a guy with a gun pointed at him, asking him if this is his first time killing someone and laughing at him. Naturally, the guy shoots him, although he survives thanks to being a zombie. Of course, he was intentionally goading the hitman into shooting him in the chest to make things more painful, knowing that he'd survive.
  • Dude In Distress: In season three he is kidnapped by a group of Zombie Truthers that intend to document his starvation and subsequent transformation in a Romero Zombie.
  • Evil Twin: Of his more good-hearted but insane brother, Scott E.
  • Manchild: Even when he's on a brain, this guy always acts like a teenaged dumbass.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: When Blaine lost his memory, Don seizes the chance to become head of the operation through trickery. He also frees Angus from imprisonment, and forces him to listen to a business proposal at gunpoint.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: He finally becomes a main character, shown in the opening titles and all, in the fifth and final season of the show.
  • Those Two Guys: Him and Chief spend a lot of time together, both acting as Blaine's most visible crew members in the second season, managing the brain-dealing business, and playing music together.
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