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Played by: Simon Pegg

"How's that for a slice of fried gold?"

A 29-year-old slacker who works as an electronics shop salesman. He lacks direction in his life, is mired in his boring routines, his colleagues shows him no respect, and he has a strained relationship with his girlfriend, Liz.

  • Affectionate Nickname: His mother calls him "Pickle".
  • Action Survivor: Despite being a typical, unhealthy layabout, he still manages to survive the entire film.
  • The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People: The whole point of the movie. Helps that he started sorting his life out right when it started.
  • Apologetic Attacker: When he's forced to shoot Barbara.
  • Apologizes a Lot: He's given out a lot of apologies to Liz, which she became fed up with.
  • Blatant Lies: He can't lie to save his life.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't threaten Shaun's mother. Don't even talk ill of her.
    • To a lesser extent, don't threaten Ed. When Zombie!Pete arrives at the bar and attacks Ed, Shaun angrily kills him.
      Shaun: I said LEAVE HIM ALONE!!!
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Uses Ed's "two seconds" before visiting his zombie in the shed.
  • Butt-Monkey: Shaun is a Loser Protagonist in almost every sense of the word and doesn't get much respect from others. He also ends up getting a throwing dart in his head by accident during a fight.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He uses whatever is available, be it a cricket bat, pool cue, or jukebox.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually when confronted by Ed's stupidity or David's abrasiveness.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ed.
    David: Well, I wasn't the one who was blowing our cover by having a tiff with my boyfriend.
    Shaun: He's not my boyfriend!
    Ed: (handing him a beer) It might be a bit warm, the cooler's off.
    Shaun: Thanks, babe.
  • The Hero: Notably, every scene in the entire film (with just one exception) is centered around him.
  • Improbable Weapon User: A cricket bat.
  • Loser Protagonist: He's a bit of a slacker, is in a rocky relationship with his current girlfriend, and is stuck in a dead-end job where none of the younger employees have any respect for him. To his credit, he isn't as much of a loser as Ed, whose only source of income is occasionally selling weed.
  • Mama's Boy: Say what you will about Shaun, but he's fiercely loyal to his mother. Which makes it even more heartbreaking when he's forced to shoot her in the head.
  • Nice Guy: He's a bit lazy and irresponsible at the start of the film, but otherwise a decent guy.
  • Only Sane Man: Shares this role in the group with Liz.
  • Rage Breaking Point: After sticking his neck out for Ed almost the entire movie, Shaun is understandably pissed off when Ed threatens the entire group's safety by answering his cell phone in front entire hoard of zombies, leading into a big "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    Shaun: I've spent my entire life sticking my neck out for you, and all you ever do is fuck things up! Fuck things up and make me look stupid! Well, I'm not gonna let you do that, anymore! Not today!
  • Staking the Loved One: He ends up having to shoot his recently-turned mother, and he dreads the possibility of shooting his girlfriend and infected best friend at the climax when it seems they're trapped in the Winchester cellar with no way out. Luckily for him, he discovers the way out of the cellar, and Ed decides to pull a Heroic Sacrifice of his own.
  • Too Dumb to Live: What exactly made the Winchester any safer than Liz's apartment? While it's got big heavy doors and a rifle on the wall and Ed knows where all the exits are (and he can smoke), they actually probably would have been safer in the apartment, because the window was above ground level (Shaun himself could climb up to it, but he wasn't a zombie) and you couldn't even get into the building without being buzzed in. Even if the zombies somehow got in through that door, they could have barricaded the apartment door fairly easily. But they also wouldn't have had half so much booze.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Starts off as a bumbling slacker. Becomes a zombie slaying badass.
  • Weapon of Choice: A cricket bat.



Played by: Nick Frost

"Who died and made you fucking king of the zombies?"

Shaun's housemate and best friend. He is unemployed, quite the slob, and has even less direction in life than Shaun.

  • Accomplice by Inaction: Shaun is pissed with him and David for just standing by watching him fight a Z-Word with Liz and Dianne while he's just texting.
  • And Then Ed Was a Zombie: He's still Shaun's best mate, though.
  • Action Survivor: Until he gets bitten in the Winchester.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When David starts whining, he delivers a simple one.
    David: I trust Shaun has another genius scheme up his sleeve.
    Liz: This is hardly constructive David!
    David: No, Lizzie, this is a waste of time, we should've stayed at the flat!
    Ed: Yeah, well why didn't you?
    David: Because; Because; Because of...Captain Wow.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: He does a lot of stuff for Rule of Cool (Like stopping the Jaguar by doing a lot of donuts). That said it's really risky (Like crashing Pete's car so he could drive said Jaguar). During the Winchester siege, he tries to advocate using Molotov Cocktails to take care of the zombies, only for Shaun to tell him that using those could light the whole pub up. He decides to use them anyways once the zombies start breaching through en masse, but he gets stopped by zombies before he can throw them.
  • Berserk Button: He never shouts at Shaun and allows him to give him "The Reason You Suck" Speech but when David points a gun at Barbara, he immediately and furiously defends her.
    Ed: Don't point that gun at Barbara!
  • Big Fun: Quite chubby. Also very funny.
  • Blood Knight: After everything goes to pot, he starts having fun in a world without rules.
  • Catchphrase: "Two seconds!"
  • Combat Pragmatist: Not exactly a rule-abiding kind of guy. He's the one who first kills a zombie (with an ashtray), and when everyone's fruitlessly trying to save David from being torn apart, he rushes back to the bar to reload the empty Winchester rifle, having likely (and correctly) written him off as a goner.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He is a Fat Slob, but when it comes down to actually killing zombies he proves quite adept. Case in point, he's the first of the heroes to kill a zombie (with an ashtray), fights the zombified bar owner alongside Shaun and Liz, and during the Winchester siege he tries to use a Molotov Cocktail that only fails because he gets grabbed at from behind by zombies busting through the backdoor. According to All There in the Manual, he even managed to kill two zombies with the Winchester rifle's remaining bullets while he was dying from blood loss.
  • Fat Slob: He is overweight and very much a layabout.
  • Gasshole: "I'm sorry, man."
  • Heroic Sacrifice: To allow Liz and Shaun to escape the Winchester's cellar, of the I Will Only Slow You Down variety.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Shaun.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He kills a zombie with his ashtray.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: He tells Shaun and Liz to leave him behind after he has been seriously bitten in the neck. Shaun comes back after him after the crisis is over though.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Lazy, annoying and vulgar, but he genuinely cares about Shaun. He's just bad at showing it.
  • Lame Comeback: His only response after Pete's "The Reason You Suck" Speech during their final argument is to petulantly mutter that the music they were playing wasn't hip-hop, like Pete called it, but electro. After Pete's left the room.
  • The Lancer: Shaun's best friend and his partner during the Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Lethally Stupid: It's possible some of the deaths could've been prevented if Ed hadn't insisted on going to the Winchester instead of Liz's apartment.
  • Manchild: He's an overweight slacker who makes a living selling drugs part-time.
  • The Mean Brit: He's an annoying and vulgar Fat Slob who happens to be English.
  • The Millstone: Outright causes a lot of the group's problems. Deliberately crashes Pete's car so he could drive Phillip's Jag, answering his phone whilst surrounded by zombies..... Unlike Dave, however, he can actually contribute to the group by fighting zombies.
  • Noodle Incident: According to Shaun, he shot his sister with an air rifle, the main reason he won't be given the gun. In a deleted scene Liz asks why, here's the answer:
    Ed: She asked me to.
  • Peaceful in Death: In the extra's he notes that he died very peacefully in the cellar...Before coming back as a Zombie.
  • Redemption Equals Death: After he's infected by Pete's bite, he chooses to go out giving Shaun and Liz the best chance he can.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He takes this to new levels and plays it for laughs. The characters need to get past a horde of zombies, and do so by acting like zombies to avoid drawing attention. When they are nearly to apparent safety, his phone goes off... and he answers it and starts cheerfully talking on the phone, less than ten feet from dozens of zombies. Previously, he had "accidentally" crashed their first car, giving him an excuse to drive a Jaguar instead. Following after the cellphone incident, the electricity comes back on and he starts playing a pub fruit machine, which draw the attention of a zombie in the same building as them. In fact, he’s so profoundly stupid and ignorant that it’s arguable that turning into a zombie is an improvement.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Not to the extent of Shaun, but Ed becomes surprisingly resourceful by the end.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Played with. Ed holds Shaun back, but it’s far from intentional and he does love Shaun.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: When Pete tries to Pet the Dog when telling Ed and Shaun to keep the noise down, Ed insults him behind his back and ruins the moment.
  • Weapon of Choice: A shovel, which he uses to bash the zo-those things' heads in.



Played by: Kate Ashfield

"Can we just CALM THE FUCK DOWN?"

Shaun's girlfriend. Their relationship is quite strained as she is tired of Shaun's listlessness and laziness.

  • Action Girl: Almost wields a chain against the zombies at the very end of the film. She also grabbed a pool cue to beat on the zombified bartender with Shaun and Ed and beat him with a fire extinguisher.
  • Action Survivor: Survives the events of the film, along with Shaun.
  • Cold Ham: Justified. She's whispering very loudly towards David during her Rage Breaking Point due to any zombies outside.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Probably the biggest snarker in the film.
  • For Want of a Nail: If she'd admitted to have started smoking again in secret, Ed probably would've had less of a problem staying at their flat than he did and not have gone to the Winchester.
  • Only Sane Man: Shares this role in the group with Shaun.
  • Precision F-Strike: Just look at that quote. She actually manages to defuse the situation, somewhat.
  • Rage Breaking Point: She gets majorly fed up with David's whining and tantrum that she goes into a Cold Ham rant.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: She is trying to push Shaun into being a more proactive and ambitious person, instead of just mindlessly following his daily routines and settling for the path of least resistance. She gives up on him, when he, despite promising to change his ways, forgets their date one time too many.



Played by: Lucy Davis

"Just look at the face: it's vacant, with a hint of sadness. Like a drunk who's lost a bet."

Liz's flatemate and a failed actor.

  • Action Survivor: She survives the events of the film (see below.)
  • Action Girl: She charges into a horde of zombies armed only with David's severed leg. According to an extra on the DVD, she survived!
  • At Least I Admit It: As she explains why she Stayed with David even knowing he was madly in love with Liz, she had to come to terms with it, and asks why he hasn't.
  • Beta Couple: With David.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Is a lot more affable than David, but goes completely berserk when he's ripped open by zombies.
  • Break the Cutie: The Zombie Apocalypse happens, a lot of people die around her, her Bastard Boyfriend gets ripped to shreds before her and she's stuck in a tree forced to eat his leg. No wonder she becomes a recluse.
  • Chekhov's Skill: She's a "failed actress." Her acting skills come in handy when the group has to pretend to be zombies to get to the Winchester.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: She attacks zombies using one of David’s torn off legs.
  • Hypocrite: She's the one to point out to David what a stupid idea it is to go through the front door of the Winchester with a hundred zombies there, yet when he gets ripped apart, she immediately runs out the front door. In the Plot Hole Extra she acknowledges this.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Survived the Zombie Apocalypse sitting in a tree eating David's leg whenever she was hungry.
  • Idiot Ball/Nice Job Breakingit Hero: She let the zombie horde in so that she can rescue what's left of David. In fairness, they were breaking in through the windows and the backdoor at around the same time, so she really just sped the process up a little.
  • Love Martyr: She put up with a neglectful boyfriend who cared more about trying to hook up with her best friend because despite all that, she still cared for him. She even ran out to save him from the zombies as he's being torn apart.
  • Number Two: Seems to be second most competent behind Shaun, throwing Shaun a weapon to deal with the pajama-clad zombie and checking for signs of the owners of the Winchester and also helping them sneak into the Winchester with her acting skills.
  • Rage Breaking Point: She gets really fed up with David for his terrible personality.
    David: So you're gonna stay with him!?
    Dianne: Look Shaun-
    David: After everything he-
    Dianne: WILL YOU LET ME FINISH!? Shaun didn't ask you to come here you came for the same reason I did because you didn't know what else to do now get away from that door this instant!
    David: But-
    Dianne: David!!
  • Replacement Love Interest: Deconstructed. She knows that David loved (and still loves) Liz, and went into a relationship with him anyway. However, he continues to put Liz on such a high pedestal that he almost completely ignores her, making it a very loveless relationship. What's worse is that she just won't abandon him.
  • Stepford Smiler: Ultimately this due to David being such a terrible boyfriend but won't do anything to get out of it.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Played With. On the one hand, she couldn't stand by David anymore yet still tried to save him even though it was too late. On the other, she holds no ill will towards Shaun and Liz, but she now only talks to them on holiday greeting cards now that she lives with her Aunt. So while she's lost contact with friends, it's not due to any ill will, just that they grew apart.
  • Wham Line: While everyone is in a Mexican Standoff over David wanting to shoot an infected Barbara, Shaun accuses him of doing it to punish him for dating Liz.
    Shaun: Oh come on, we all know you love Liz!
    David: That is not true!
    Shaun: It is!
    David: That is not true.
    Dianne: Yes it is.



Played by: Dylan Moran

"Basically, I'd say your nine lives are up, Shaun." note 

Liz's other flatmate. He is, to put it mildly, a bit of a dick.

  • Commander Contrarian: Always ready to insult Shaun's efforts, even though he himself proves to be The Load at one point and Shaun has to improvise with a genuine act of nobility.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Whenever he's putting Shaun down. Which is often.
  • Didn't Think This Through: After deciding he and Shaun can't be in the same room anymore, he tries to leave the Winchester through the front door, where all the zombies are! Dianne calls him out on this when he's the only one willing to be that stupid.
  • Dirty Coward: For all his snarking at Shaun from the sidelines, he's clearly not massively imbued with courage and resolve. Most notably (and dickishly), despite being the one to pick up the gun and callously insist on the necessity of shooting Barbara to prevent her from rising from the dead, he ultimately bottles out and gets Shaun to do it. This essentially means that he ends forces Shaun to shoot his own mother in the head.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He was prepared to kill Shaun over punching him!
  • Everyone Has Standards: When David tried to shoot Shaun, everyone sees him as having crossed the Moral Event Horizon, burning a bridge with his only friends.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: While Shaun is distracting zombies, he assumes Shaun abandoned them, rather than he's dead. Never mind the fact that his best friend, a woman he's been in love with for 3 years, and his own mother is in there. When Shaun does return he's thrown a loop.
  • Evil Gloating: The quote at the top is him gloating over Shaun being dumped by Liz at the beginning.
  • Foreshadowing: This and Establishing Character Moment, but when first introduced all he does is criticize Shaun on his efficiency of being a boyfriend, and knows more about Liz than he seems to do his own girlfriend.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: A downplayed example for the most part, since he wears glasses and is a bit of an obnoxious dick. Then, at the end, he grabs the rifle and tries to shoot Shaun with an extremely cold look on his face.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Shaun, due to David's secret love for Liz
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: He almost redeems himself. But then he gets ripped apart by hungry zombies. In a deleted scene, he actually managed to apologize before being killed.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Calls Shaun out for not being a model boyfriend to Liz. This is coming from a man who constantly ignores his own girlfriend because he'd rather be with Liz.
    • Tries to Invoke this with Shaun, calling him this when he refuses to shoot his zombie mother!
    • Claims to be a pacifist when he was offered the gun but was the only one to threaten to shoot Zombie!Barbara. Shaun calls him out during the Mexican Standoff.
    • Constantly accuses Shaun of being selfish, such as when he ran off to distract zombies, he tries to make it sound like he abandoned them. He himself is defined by his selfish fawning over Liz and hating Shaun.
  • It's All About Me: Cares only about himself, hyping himself as more competent than Shaun, destroying Dianne's confidence, and fauning constantly over Liz.
  • Jerkass: Through unlike Ed, he isn't at all likeable.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Seemingly invoked deliberately. It's clear that he's correct in that Shaun's plan isn't very well thought-out, and his ultimate goal amounts to little more to sitting around and waiting for rescue. However, considering that he himself rarely has anything to offer but unhelpful snark, and that he just makes things worse on the rare occasions when he actually tries to do something, it's clear that he's Right for the Wrong Reasons, his criticisms of Shaun's plans being more out of personal dislike for Shaun than him actually having any idea of what to do, keeping him from being remotely sympathetic. Even when he's right and is actually ready to do something about it (when he was ready to shoot the now-dead Barbara before she could revive as a zombie), he can't do it without being a complete twat about it, and he ultimately wimps out and makes Shaun do it.
  • Karmic Death: Dies very shortly after his most heinous act.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: During an attempted apology, even.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: As Diane points out, if he really was as capable as he was trying to act whenever he was putting Shaun down, he would have taken charge of the group himself, rather than following along with whatever Shaun was doing.
  • Lack of Empathy: After Zombie!Barbara is shot, everyone consoles Shaun, but he just says this:
    David: I think we can all agree you did the right thing.
  • The Load: All he does is complain about every decision Shaun makes, acting like he knows better but never offering any useful plans in turn. He also never contributes to fighting the zombies (the only other one who doesn't, Barabara, has the excuse of being an old woman while he's a healthy young man) when Diane will at least throw people weapons and even Ed actually has a kill count. When he actually does do something, it just makes things worse.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Everything he does is motivated in some way by his not-so-secret love for Liz.
  • Manchild: He is not as mature as he thinks he is.
  • Never My Fault: Constantly blames every problem (Particularly his) on Shaun.
    David: -There's also a huge hole in the window.
  • Non-Action Guy: The most he does is empty a bin and throw it through a window.
  • Only Sane Man: Thinks he's this, although really he's just The Load.
  • Poor Communication Kills: If he'd just let Shaun point out There Was a Door then he wouldn't have broken a giant window. Then again, he hates Shaun.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After failing to kill Shaun because the gun ran out of shells, he decided he wanted to leave the Winchester, right through the front door. Everybody points out what a stupid and short sighted idea this is.
  • Skewed Priorities: Cares more about hooking up with Liz than anything. When he was threatening to shoot Zombie!Barbara and everyone was against him, he was called out by Shaun and Dianne for being in love with her. Leading to this exchange:
    David: Lizzie, I just want you to know that my feelings for you have always-!
  • Smug Snake: Very smug about his supposed superiority to Shaun, yet when the chips are down, proves himself to be even more unreliable, incompetent and just plain stupid than Shaun ever was.
  • Stalker Witha Crush: Acts a little too involved in Liz's relationship with Shaun and plays the "nice guy" card whenever he can.
  • The Starscream: Played interestingly, but when the group gets into the Winchester, he tries to become leader when Shaun goes to distract zombies, assuming he's dead and whines like the Trope Namer. And after Barbara dies and Shaun punches him, he's prepared to kill him like the Trope Namer.
  • Stupid Evil: More like stupid Dumbass. But the first thing he does when they get to the front door of the Winchester is break the window, even though that is a really short sighted idea. He didn't even wait for Shaun to point out the back door.
  • Tantrum Throwing: When they get to the Winchester, he slowly gets into this when the next plan to survive is wait for Shaun and go from there. When everyone tries to relax, he goes to the snacks and starts throwing them at everyone just because he's not being listened to.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Standing right in front of the pub window, seconds before he gets eaten. His behaviour also degenerates into this as his Skewed Priorities, childish grudges and Tantrum Throwing would have, even if he wasn’t dragged out the window and eaten, likely ensured his death further down the line regardless.
  • Undignified Death: However much of a Karmic Death it was, he was still dragged out a window and ripped to shreds, begging for mercy.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Played With. On the one hand, Shaun and Ed never really liked him, but Liz and Diane become so sick of his whining, selfishness, pettiness, and cowardice that they don't follow him when he becomes very stupid. Doesn't stop everyone from trying to save him from the Z-Words, though.



Played by: Penelope Wilton

"It’s been a funny sort of day, hasn’t it?"

Shaun's happy-go-lucky mother.

  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Cheerfully oblivious to the Zombie Apocalypse going on around her. At least at first; after she's bitten, she seems more distracted by hiding her bite than actually being oblivious to everything.
  • The Cloud Cuckoo Lander Was Right: She is right that the random flowers she picked up on the side of the road were bought for her by Shaun. She just didn't know he threw them away in frustration the previous night.
  • Famous Last Words: It's been a funny sort of day, hasn't it?
  • Happily Married: With Philip. She's also implied to have been this with Shaun's real father given she still wore a necklace he got her.
  • Mortal Wound Reveal: She reveals the zombie bite on her wrist when the group gets to the Winchester.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Shaun is trying to get her and Philip out of the house, he can't bring himself to say that there's a zombie apocalypse and that Philip is Secretly Dying. So he decides to tell her that he touched him when he was younger. He immediately regrets it and admits to the mistake. It's the only time we see Barbara become legitimately pissed.
  • Second Love: Philip.
  • The Load: She's not very useful, but not actively detrimental like Ed nor flat-out incompetent and shortsighted like David.
  • Too Dumb to Live: What did she think would happen opening the door to a zombie?
  • Zombie Infectee: Every zombie movie needs one.



Played by: Bill Nighy

"It's a lot of overblown nonsense, a lot of drug nuts running wild."

Shaun's grumpy stepfather.

  • Dying Declaration of Love: After getting bitten twice, a dying Phillip apologizes to Shaun for making him hate him, assuring that he always loved him, and asks that he takes care of his mum.
  • Famous Last Words: Take care of your mum for me... That's a good boy...
  • Happily Married: To Shaun's mum, Barbara.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shaun hates him and he acts pretty coldly towards his stepson at first, but it's later revealed that he genuinely cared for Shaun even after everything they went through.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: "I'm perfectly alright, Barbara; I ran it under a cold tap."
  • The Mean Brit: He can be a British ice king.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Never smiles. Ever. The zombified him does, however, smile in relief.
  • Tough Love: He tried to use this on Shaun over the years because he felt he didn't have motivation. Phillip ultimately confesses to Shaun that he always loved him like he was his own son.
  • Wicked Stepfather: Subverted. Shaun certainly views him as such at first, but Phillip is ultimately good-hearted, if not slightly abrasive, fellow.
  • Zombie Infectee: Notably, he gets bitten twice, presumably speeding up the process.



Played by: Jessica Hynes

"Glad to see somebody made it!"

One of Shaun's old friends.

  • Action Survivor: Survives the events of the film.
  • The Cameo: Jessica Stevenson previously worked with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on Spaced.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Oh my God, Shaun!" Said cheerfully after bumping into Shaun at random intervals.
  • Golf Clubbing: Her Weapon of Choice.
  • Hero of Another Story: Has a group of survivors just like Shaun (with a counterpart for every single character in Shaun's group), but she seems to be the only one who got out alive — or at least, is the only one we later see. Presumably kicked a lot of zombie ass off-screen.
  • The Pollyanna: She's almost constantly smiling and cheerful, even in the midst of a Zombie Apocalypse. Her upbeat personality doesn't prevent her from surviving the events of the film, either.
  • Running Gag: She keeps bumping into Shaun randomly throughout the events of the movie.



Played by: Peter Serafinowicz

"Sort your fucking life out, mate!"

Shaun's other housemate. He really, really doesn't like Ed.

  • Brick Joke: When Shaun tries to leave the bathroom after finding the infected Pete in the shower, tells Pete that he and Ed and are taking his car to the pub, and he can join them if he feels better. He shows up when the other zombies break through the pub's barricades.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Has a rather epic one.
    "No, it's not. It's fucking Sunday. And I've got to go to fucking work in four fucking hours 'cos every other fucker in my fucking department is fucking ill! Now can you see why I'm SO FUCKING ANGRY? "
  • Deadpan Snarker: Whenever he has to put up with Ed's stupidity. Which seems to be often.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: He seemingly turned into a zombie during a shower, causing dead Pete to stumble around butt nude.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Considering this held the night before Pete turns into a zombie the next morning, Pete tried to Pet the Dog towards Shaun and Ed, but then Ed acts as an Ungrateful Bastard towards Pete's act of kindness, it is all ruined and results in an argument between Shaun and Pete and the latter going back to bed on bad terms.
  • Jerkass: He's extremely mean towards Ed. Although as noted below...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He does show genuine sympathy to Shaun after learning that he and Liz have split up, and a lot of his more dickish tendencies appear to be provoked by Ed's own Jerkass nature.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Ed doesn't pay his rent, makes a mess out of his house, plays loud music at night and isn't even attempting to get a job. It's hard to dispute his assessment for why Shaun keeps Ed around, even if the two are best friends. More infamously, he's the one who tells Shaun to sort his life out, which he spends the rest of the film trying to do.
  • The Mean Brit: He's a British Jerkass.
  • Pet the Dog: There are occasions where he'll try to cut Shaun and Ed some slack, but Ed is the one who puts him back in a foul mood again.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He really lays into Shaun in their final argument after his buttons have been pushed a bit too far (though depending on how generously you want to interpret it, it can also be viewed as You Are Better Than You Think You Are).
    "Stop defending [Ed], Shaun! All he ever does is hold you back! Or does it make you feel better having someone around who's more of a loser than you are? [...] You know what I mean. I assume it was Liz who did the dumping? Sort your fucking life out, mate!"
  • Zombie Infectee: He was assaulted and bitten by what he believed to be a group of "crackheads". They weren't crackheads.


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