Liv's family and lovers
A British musician sponsored by Max Rager Energy Drinks who becomes involved in Liv's life after a mutual friend of theirs is murdered. Liv's love interest in Season 1.
- Adorkable: His attempts to hit on Liv are spurned early on (usually by one of her cases) but it doesn't stop him from being a great guy none the less while he can tell she still struggles with her lost humanity.
- Boom, Headshot!: After he tried to stab him in the head with a barbecue fork, Blaine responds by shooting him in the head.
- Non-Action Guy: He admits to Liv that he's not the type of guy who'd usually be willing to do anything that could risk breaking his fingers, never mind kill a guy. He's willing to attempt to do it for Liv, though.
- Redemption Equals Death: Decides to help Liv end Blaine out of guilt. It doesn't go well for him.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He claims he gets his brains by bribing a mortician at a local funeral home. Turns out he's actually been getting them from Blaine, but he thought Blaine was getting them from a funeral home.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: With shades of Tall, Dark, and Snarky as well. Liv is quite taken with him and she and Ravi discuss at length about how good-looking he is.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Seriously, he was turned in the first place by Blaine because Blaine liked his music and then when he finally finds out the truth of how Blaine acquired the brains he sold to other zombies, including him, he tries to kill Blaine but Blaine is quicker to the punch.
- Troubled, but Cute: Has the image of one - tends to be a loner who also is a dark-haired brooding musician. But in his interactions with Liv he can also be quite charming and affable.
- Situational Sexuality: After eating the brain of a gay scientist, he loses sexual attraction to Liv (briefly implying he is interested in Ravi, as well). They work around it and go on to have a nice, sexless date on their day.
An undercover cop and secret member of Blaine's crew (as a mole in Stacey Boss' organization), he is turned into a zombie by Liv to save his life. Liv's Love Interest in season 2.
- Boom, Headshot!: Liv is forced to kill him this way when he goes Romero and tries to kill Clive.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He's very close to his mother, and brings Liv to meet her. Subverted as he isn't really a bad guy.
- Foil: To Lowell. Drake is much more action driven, capable and willing to use his skills to fight and much more heroic.
- Good All Along: Liv has serious misgivings about him, wondering just how deep his criminal connections go. He's actually working undercover, and is one of the good guys.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Offers himself up as the next cure tester among the other zombies in Max Rager's basement, knowing full well it probably won't work.
- Momma's Boy: A positive example. He did time in prison for beating the shit out of her abusive boyfriend (maybe?) and talks on the phone with her several times a day, but isn't whipped, nor is their relationship toxic.
- Mr. Fanservice: A lot of focus is given on how attractive he is, especially without his shirt. It helps that, at the time he and Liv starts to date, she is under the effect of a novelist who writes erotica.
- The Reveal: He's an undercover cop, joining Mr. Boss's crew so he can be an informant.
- Reverse Mole: He's actually an undercover officer, infiltrating Mr. Boss's organization.
- Token Good Teammate: Of Blaine's crew, being generally not only nicer, but also an undercover cop trying to end the organization of Mr. Boss.
- Wife-Basher Basher: He spent time in prison on an assault charge, after beating up and hospitalizing his mother's abusive boyfriend.
A former DJ who was turned into a zombie at a Fillmore Graves picnic. A friend to Major, and eventual love interest to Liv during Season 3.
- Ambiguously Evil: It's not clear how involved he was in Carey's plans, since he was in the security of the school where the vaccine was being tainted and even called other mercenaries to goa after Liv. Its very likely he was Just Following Orders.
- Black Best Friend: Fits the stereotype to Major's arc, but he is far more well developed than the general trope.
- Bros Before Hoes: He actually asks for Major's permission and blessing before he even attempts to start anything with Liv, only when Major gives him his ok and even turns out to be a Shipper on Deck, he starts making a move at her.
- The Bus Came Back: He's absent for almost the entirety of Season 4, but he returns in the season finale after Liv is arrested and sentenced to death.
- Foil: To Drake and Lowell. Different than then, he faces no issue in his zombie status (different than Lowell's issue with his brain receiving and Drake learning about zombies), being a zombie from way before than then and allied to Fillmore Graves, he also fits better than them in Liv's friends group, since he is also Major's friend. He also survives through the end of his introductory season; his relationship with Liv, however ends when, while under the effects of a brain, she cheats on him.
- Killed Off for Real: Is killed by Major after finding out he betrayed him and that he was responsible for the deaths of other Fillmore Graves soldiers.
- Nice Guy: The first and best friend Major makes at Fillmore Graves.
- Romantic False Lead: He and Liv break up when she cheats on him by the end of season 3.
- Secret Keeper: He is the only one at Fillmore Graves' military that knew that Major had been cured and was human again (until the end of Season 3).
A journalist and hockey player who is filming a documentary in New Seattle. Liv's Love Interest in Season 4.
Liv's younger brother.
- AB Negative: Revealed to have O-negative blood when he's critically injured in the hospital. Liv's believed to be the only one with his blood type present but refuses to turn him into a zombie after what happened with Major. Fortunately a doctor in the hospital saves Evan's life with his own blood but he detests Liv for her decision.
- Ambiguously Gay: A meta example. There is a deleted scene of season 2 in which he confronts Liv about the events of early season 2/end of season 1, learning she is a zombie. As a result, he comes out to her. Because it's a deleted scene, the canon status of his sexuality is unknown.
- The Bus Came Back: In a deleted scene on the Season 2 DVD release. After conferring with his therapist, Evan confronts his sister and learns she is a zombie, before coming out to her in turn. As this was cut, its status as canon is uncertain.
- Happened on the actual broadcast in Season 5.
- Deadpan Snarker: Seeing as how he's related to Liv, that's no surprise.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Liv's Responsible, being a slacker while Liv is gainfully employed.
- Out of Focus: He and his mother were never that important, but they pretty much all but disappear come Season 2.
- Put on a Bus: Disappears for a long time after the second season premiere.
- Good Parents: She's genuinely concerned for her children's well-being and tries to push them to be better than who they can be.
- Meddling Parents: Downplayed example. Liv mother has a very active presence in her life to say the least - she pops into her apartment with little to no warning and has held an intervention for Liv to discuss getting Liv back into medicine and repairing her and Major's relationship. Though of course she had good intentions - one of the former occasions was due to hearing Liv was sick and she came to take care of her and the latter was after the traumatic boat party and much like her other friends and family she was very concerned.
- Out of Focus: Becomes estranged from Liv because of her refusal to donate blood to Evan at the end of Season 1. During Season 2 she and Evan are hardly figured into plots at all.
A man who thinks that zombies are the next stage of evolution... and who also may be Liv's father. He was the chemist who created the first batch of tainted utopium which, when combined with the Max Rager drink, caused the zombie outbreak in the first place.
- The Social Darwinist: He intends to use as much force as necessary to ensure that zombies take what he sees as their rightful place as the rulers of humanity.
A prostitute whom Blaine turned into a zombie and forced to accept his clients as her own, in exchange for the brains she needed to survive. She was contemplating suicide when Major encountered her and froze her, promising to unfreeze her when he could offer her a better life. He was eventually able to offer her a cure for the zombie virus.
- Aborted Arc: It is widely speculated that Natalie would have had a larger role in the series, but was killed off due to when Brooke Lyons was cast in the CW's Life Sentence. Her captor, Osborn Oates, is built up as a big bad; described as a James Bond villain, yet he never comes into play nor receives a single line of dialogue. Despite knowing Major intended to free her, he does not send his henchman after Major once Natalie escapes in an effort to find her. We never hear of Oates again, and he apparently gets away with his crime. Upon receiving a dose of the cure, Natalie told Major that she couldn't leave with him as Oates would find her no matter where she ran. She did run, and apparently, he did not find her. While unconfirmed, it is speculated that Natalie would have played a larger role in the series; specifically in regards to the missing cures. However, when Natalie was abruptly killed off/written out of the show, and we never hear of him again.. While unconfirmed is speculated that this plan was altered as states Blaine payed her exclusively in brains, leading her to run through her savings. Yet when she returns in the penultimate episode of Season 3 she tells Major she's been able to fund her travels and purchase a new home in Italy via her savings from her time as a call girl. She also tells Major upon receiving a dose of the cure that she can't leave with him as her captor, Osborn Oates, will find her no matter where she runs to. She did, and apparently, he did not. It is rumored that she was originally going to be behind the theft of the missing cures, telling Oates of their existence and using them to barter for her freedom and new home in Italy. Oates would know where to locate them as his henchman had previously seen Ravi's morgue ID. Rob Thomas stated he originally planned to reveal the resolution to the mystery in the third season, but it was pushed off to the fourth due to time constraints. It is speculated the true reason is that with Lyons departing in the season's penultimate episode there was no time to rewrite the arc, and the reveal of Blaine as the thief in Season Four was ultimately a rewrite.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: Inverted. By the time Major meets her again by the end of season 3, she is human again.
- Driven to Suicide: By the time Major finds her, she is attempting to kill herself with a bullet in the head. he amanges to stop her by convincing her he can make her sleep while he attempts to find a cure.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: Abruptly killed by Johns' bomb.
- High-Class Call Girl: prior to becoming a zombie and being under Blaine's thumb, she was this. She was happy with her life and nostalgicly recalls trips to Japan and other countries with her clients.
- Human Popsicle: Kept as one by Major.
- Plot Hole:
- Natalie states Blaine paid her exclusively in brains, leading her to run through her savings. Yet when she returns in the penultimate episode of Season 3 she tells Major she's been able to fund her travels and bought a new home in Italy via her savings, earned from her time as a call girl.
- She also tells Major upon receiving a dose of the cure that she can't leave with him as her captor, Osborn Oates, will find her no matter where she runs to. She did, and apparently, he did not.
- Rescue Romance: Her storyline with Major has shades of this, as he attempts to help her out and becomes obsessed with saving her by season 3. They even sleep together near the end of season 3.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: She was happy with her life as a call girl, but she is forced to become a hooker to Blaine's clients when he turns her into a zombie, which drives her to attempt to kill herself. She is stopped by Major, who freezes her but is unable to rescue her from Vaughn as she was already kidnapped by a lover and kept as his private mistress. When Major finally finds her, he has to leave her with a cure that might cause amnesia. She does manage to become human and the side effect is gone, but she is finally free, finally human when she is killed by John's bomb.
- Shower of Angst: She implies she does this a lot.Natalie: I spend the rest of my time hating myself... and showering.
Major's girlfriend after Liv breaks off her engagement with him.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She gets frustrated at Major's obsession with investigating Dupont and eventually dumps him.
A woman who starts a relationship with Major after he is exposed as the Chaos Killer.
- Stop Helping Me!: Her efforts to rehabilitate Major's image are not appreciated, and he dumps her after he learns about them.
Ravi's lovers and colleagues
Ravi's former boss. She uses his medical examiner's office as a laboratory while she is doing work in Seattle as part of a investigation on the Aleutian Flu and the strange symptoms she see on zombie corpses she examined.
- Amicable Exes: Friendly with Ravi even after their relationship ended.
- Chekhov's Gunman: A recurring character that played as mostly Ravi's past fling and a one night stand turns out her brain gives vital information towards the final of the season.
- Mauve Shirt: A character with ties to the zombie mystery and Ravi's complicated relationship with Peyton, turns out to be season 3's final Victim of the Week.
- Nice Girl: A very pleasant woman, specially with Ravi, but she does berates him for the zombie theories.
- Plot-Triggering Death: The investigation on her death triggers the investigation on the relation between Fillmore Graves and the Aleutian Flu, which becomes the final arc of the season and reveals Carey Gold as the season's Big Bad.
- Really Gets Around: It's revealed she was addicted to anonymous sex. She passes this trait to Liv for a while, after her death. Ravi is apparently the only lover she's had with whom she had a personal connection to.
- She Knows Too Much: Killed by Carey's daughter, Patrice, when she sees her and Tatum eating brains through the window. That is not even to get on the fact she was investigating the Aleutian Flu and a possible act of bioterrorism.
- Victim of the Week: She is the one to the Season 3's two part finale "Looking for Mr.Goodbrain", killed by Patrice and disposed by Carey.
A doctor in Atlanta working on a cure for the zombie virus. She is Ravi's liaison with the greater medical community.
- Naïve Newcomer: She is skeptical that teenagers will be hunted down and killed in order to create a zombie cure, but Ravi—who has seen how desperate people have gotten in New Seattle—is quick to advise her otherwise.
Ravi's girlfriend for a short while before Peyton returns.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: In order to grow closer to Ravi, she clumsily attempts to show off elements of British culture she barely understands. This culminates in her throwing him a 'Guy Fawkes Party' that completely bewilders Ravi.
- Temporary Love Interest: She and Ravi date for a short while, on that period, she isn't given much character and is mostly just for Ravi to break up with her after Peyton comes back. She vanishes to never be mentioned again.
Agent Dallas Anne "Dale" Bozzio
An FBI agent, assigned to investigate the disappearance of the wealthy in Seattle, by a person dubbed the Chaos Killer. Unbeknownst to her is the fact that all the victims are zombies.
- Adorkable: She has a surprisingly fun way of flirting with Clive and generally has a very off-beat personality. The first thing she does when she's given Isobel's cure brain is eat ice-cream and send gifs of their friends of her doing it.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: She received a dose of Aleutian Flu vaccine tainted by Fillmore Graves, transforming her into a zombie. This occurs on the same day she finds out about their existence. She is eventually cured by Isobel's brain.
- The Bus Came Back: She is called back to Seattle in "Twenty-Sided, Die" to investigate a possible Russian angle to the victim was murdered. While she initially states that she has no longer interest in Clive, she and her rekindle their relationship after she learns about zombies.
- Casual Kink: In the season 4 finale, she tells Clive that while she can't give him kids, he has her permission to spank her when he wants, while making it clear its more for her than him. Making it better? She does this as part of her wedding vows, and does it in front of all their friends and coworkers!
- Da Chief: With the outside world cut off from Seattle in Seaosn 4 following them Breaking The Masquerade, she, as a federal agent, ends up becoming the new head of Seattle PD.
- Gender-Blender Name: Dale is usually a male name. Turns out it's short for Dallas.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After hearing Clive talking to Liv about loving Bozzio , but lamenting that he will never have kids as long as he is in a relationship with her. Bozzio breaks up with him pretending that she has given up trying to make it work. However when she kisses him goodbye her expression hidden from him, she looks absolutely heart broken. Thankfully in the end Clive decides life with her is worth giving up on both children, and his humanity.
- Locked Out of the Loop: In season 2's climax, Liv confesses to Clive about the zombies, leading him to help her get Major out of jail. The truth however isn't disclosed to Dale, who just thinks that Clive screwed her over for no reason. She learns about it in the season 3 finale, when she corners Clive about the number of weird coincidences surrounding him, Major, Blaine and one of Blaine's subordinates.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Is there a Frank Zappa fan in the writer's room?
- One of the Boys: Part of what made Clive attracted to her was how casual and fun she was around the rest of the (mostly male) police officers. When she becomes the chief of police, its shown she's a pretty fun boss to work with.
- 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.
- Put on a Bus: After Clive throws the cases for The Chaos Killer and The Meat Cute Massacre, Bozzio returns to her old position when all her work turns up nothing. She also breaks up with Clive when he wouldn't justify his reasoning for throwing the cases.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: She's trying to take down the Chaos Killer (Major) and from the information she has, she's entirely justified.
A new police officer in New Seattle.
A lawyer who works with Peyton on the James Weckler case, and later begins dating her.
- Understanding Boyfriend: Is very chill about the oddities in Peyton's life, such as her roommate Liv's eccentricities (due to the brains she eats).