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Woodbury is a small town of survivors who constructed a barricade around their community using scrape metal and vehicles. Originally led by a group of brutal soldiers, they were overthrown by Philip Blake, who became known as the Governor. While appearing to be a benevolent leader, The Governor and his men are manipulative and murderous, keeping dissenters in the town in line through fear and lies.


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    The Governor 

The Governor aka Philip Blake aka Brian Blake
Debut: Issue 27

The Governor is the insane leader of Woodbury. He preys on any survivors unlucky enough to get near the town, taking all of their supplies before killing and feeding the lucky ones to zombies in the arena or to his undead daughter. The unlucky ones he tortures and/or rapes first.

  • Alliterative Name: His real name.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Has a vaguely Hispanic complexion despite having the name Philip Blake. Rise of the Governor confirms that his father was white and his mother Mexican.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Type 3. His right arm from the elbow down is severed by Michonne during his Cold-Blooded Torture.
  • Arch-Enemy: He seems to view Michonne as one. When she bites off his ear for amputating Rick's hand, he holds her captive and rapes her repeatedly. When she tortures him in retaliation for that, he plans an attack on her group. When he beheads Tyreese, she holds him at gunpoint and would have gladly given him a Boom, Headshot! if his men hadn't interfered.
  • Ax-Crazy: A very subtle case, but you can tell from the sheer enjoyment and glee he has out of targeting and making other people's lives hell that he has a very broken mind. A lot less subtle when he comes back in "Made to Suffer", though.
  • Badass Mustache: He sports an impressive horseshoe job.
  • Big Bad: From Volume 5 to Volume 8.
  • Blatant Lies: Everything he tells his people about the group at the prison.
  • Boom, Headshot!: By Lilly. But that isn't even what kills him...
  • Bread and Circuses: He keeps his community distracted from the obvious atrocities occuring by constantly staging gladiator fights and keeping them entertained.
  • The Caligula: He's a homocidially deranged Sadist cum iron-fisted despot who uses his community to fight small-scale wars rooted in petty vendettas and who murders, rapes, subjegates, and otherwise dominates anybody unfortunate enough to fall under his sway.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He is violently tortured out of revenge by Michonne, whom he spent days raping.
  • Cool Uncle: At first...
  • Creepy Uncle: He french-kisses his zombified niece at one point. As Michonne speculates, it's also highly likely he's taken it father than that.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Fall of the Governer retcons his fairly quick comic death into this; the bullet was a .22 round that just paralyzed him, and for a few minutes he felt the zombies eat him.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Of his brother.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: The attitude he seems to have.
  • Death by Irony: After treating all of his soldiers like crap and manipulating them he finally is killed by one of his soldiers he pushed too far.
  • Dirty Coward: When Michonne holds him at gunpoint when he's trying to deliver a Rousing Speech to his men, he's abruptly out of bluster and his nerve is lost.
  • Ear Ache: He gets most of his ear bitten off by Michonne when they first meet.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Rick. The Governor is what Rick would be if he allowed the world as it is now to drive him to madness, a power-crazed control freak who hurts others simply for its own sake. Robert Kirkman has even said that he considers them two sides of the same coin. This sticks around even after he’s dead, as whenever Rick strays a bit too close to becoming a Villain Protagonist, such as when he massacres The Hunters, his left eye will be drawn blacked out in a parallel to The Governor’s lost eye.
    • In a sense he's this to Michonne, both of them have the personalities of their loved ones in their heads but while Michonne is able to keep her boyfriend's personality under control most of the time Philip has taken complete control leaving Brian to feebly protest against Philip's actions. Also while Michonne seems to have gotten rid of her boyfriend's personality, Brian is completely erased when she tortures him.
  • Eyepatch of Power: After the Eye Scream mentioned below.
  • Famous Last Words: "We've got to stick together!"
  • Faux Affably Evil: Slips into this mode sometimes, mainly around his men. More often than not he's just a straight-up Jerkass.
  • For the Evulz: There's really no reason for the Governor to do the horrific things he does. He just likes having power and wants more of it.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: As we learn in Rise of the Governor.
  • Greed: Pretty much his M.O, he freely admits all his actions are to just have things because he wants it. There was no reason to kill any the survivors of the downed helicopter nor mutilate Rick and rape Michonne when he could've easily worked with them in building a fortified community. He just did it because he had the power and he wanted more.
  • Glorious Leader: He acts as a dictator in his community and has brainwashed most of his citizens into adoring him.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to set him off.
  • Handicapped Badass: Still causes a lot of trouble even after Michonne cuts off his arm and scoops out his eye. Justified as he spent some time relearning how to shoot on zombies and even then he points out he isn't as good as before.
  • Hate Sink: The Governor is pretty much a personification of every single evil and cruel quality that a human being can have. It's even written on his character small intro.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: And it's really, really creepy.
  • Hero Killer: Rick and his group are terrified of him, for good reason. He personally kills Tyreese, Alice, and Hershel and causes the deaths of Axel, Patricia, Billy, Lori, and Judith all over a very short period of time.
  • I Have Many Names: Brian, Philip, and the Governor.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Indulges in this in the worst possible way to Michonne.
  • I Love the Dead: French kisses his daughter's (niece's) zombie. Not every character that can fit incest, pedophilia AND necrophilia into one panel...
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Offhandedly admits to trying human flesh to the zombiefied Penny while wondering aloud how she can eat that stuff.
  • It's All About Me: Woodbury is perhaps one of the last real safe havens for the living in all of Georgia, and all he uses it and its denizens for is to sate his own perverse desires, whims, and impulses.
  • Jerkass: Even without his murderous and psychotic traits he's still a grade-A asshole.
  • Karmic Death: Lilly, one of his own soldiers, kills him when she discovers he made her shoot a baby, then kicks him to the oncoming zombies. Fall of the Governor rubs in the karma even moreso when it's revealed that the bullet, a .22, merely paralysed him and the zombies did the rest. He was also fully aware as they tore him apart. But considering the sick piece of work that he was, it's a fully deserving punishment.
  • Made of Iron: The guy suffered multiple injuries and amputations (all in a short span) that could had killed a normal man easily but he survived all of them.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates the people of Woodbury to believing that Rick's group is dangerous and crazy.
  • Mask of Sanity: He can appear calm and reasonable to his people when he wants to. 'Tis but an act, however. He stops pretending to be anything remotely resembling 'reasonable' with Rick, Glenn, and Michonne all of ten minutes after meeting them.
  • Pet the Dog: His kind treatment of Bob.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: His behaviour shows signs of this, having some similarities between a power-hungry schoolyard bully that employs violence both for the sake of it and to keep others in line. His final assault on the prison is fuelled both by a childish delusion of a grandiose final battle between him and Rick as well as a desire for petty revenge.
  • The Quisling: In the non-canon Alien Ending, The Governer betrays his own species to be a machine for the zombie-virus-spreading aliens.
  • Reality Ensues: During the final assault on the prison, he never gets a showdown with Rick and ends up being killed by a random Mook who was rightfully pissed off about the death of baby Judith.
  • Revenge Before Reason: It's heavily implied his assault on the prison was less for pragmatic reasons and more petty revenge for his torture at the hands of Michonne. As expected, it gets him and his entire group killed.
  • My Sibling Will Live Through Me: After his brother Philip dies he takes his name and even his personality.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Not to the truly ridiculous levels of characters like Negan but he's very profane, especially when he's angry.
  • Start of Darkness: In The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: His opinion during his assault on the prison, none of his men can shoot decently and he has to remind Gabe they aren't shooting with the tank because they don't know how as it took months just to learn how to drive it and only use it to distract walkers and scare people.
  • The Generalissimo: While he's not the leader of a third-world nation per se, his Eyepatch of Power and his Glorious Leader persona certainly fit the bill.
  • The Sociopath: He has no empathy for anyone but himself.
  • Two First Names: Phillip/Brian Blake.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Bruce. The only time he actually seems upset about something is when Bruce gets killed.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Very few people in Woodbury know the full truth about The Governor.
  • Wham Line: "Well stranger, we feed them strangers."



Bruce Allan Cooper

Debut: Issue 27

Bruce is The Governor's right hand man. He is shot in the neck by Andrea, and The Governor shoots his body's head to spare him from coming back as a zombie.

  • Bald of Evil: He is completely bald and a loyal ally of the Governor.
  • Black Best Friend: He seems to be the Governor's only genuine friend. The Governor is actually broken up over his death.
  • Character Death: Andrea shoots him straight through the neck. He lingers for a while until the Governor finds him, and then dies and is put down.
  • The Dragon: To the Governor.
  • Mercy Kill: The Governor shoots him in the head after he dies to prevent him from reanimating.
  • Scary Black Man: he's very intimidating and aggresive.
  • Undying Loyalty: Follows the Governor's orders without question.
  • Villainous Friendship: With The Governor.


Gabriel "Gabe" Harris

Debut: Issue 27

Gabe is one of The Governor's most loyal soldiers. Killed by Andrea during the attack on the prison.



Caesar Ramon Martinez
Debut: Issue 27

Caesar is the head of security for Woodbury and a friend of Dr. Stevens. He helps Rick, Michonne, Glenn, Stevens, and Alice escape Woodbury and make it back to the prison. Which he soon leaves, attempting to run back to Woodbury either to bring The Governor's forces to attack or lead the good citizens back. He is killed by Rick to prevent this.

  • A Death In The Lime Light: He gets to explain his backstory and show off his skill at killing walkers shortly before dying
  • And Then Martinez Was A Zombie: His zombified self is found by the Governor's men and decapitated. The Governor later uses his zombie head as 'proof' that the Prison group is a threat to Woodbury.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Claims to be against The Governor and only intending to bring good Woodbury citizens back to the prison. Whether he was telling the truth or just trying to get Rick to spare him, we'll never know.
  • Badass Gay: Although never revealed in the series, Robert Kirkman has said that Martinez was gay, and that he simply never had the chance to reveal it.
  • Badass Teacher: He was a gym teacher before the apocalypse.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: Is almost always seen wearing his bandana.
  • The Big Guy: Subverted. It seems that he's going to grow into this role but he dies before really stepping into this role.
  • Car Fu: Ends up on the receiving end.
  • Decapitation Presentation: Deliberately invoked - the Governor tells his people that Rick's group killed and decapitated Martinez and left his severed head at the entrance to Woodbury - an elaborate lie to motivate the citizens into attacking the prison.
  • False Friend: Was working for the Governor all along.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He turns against Woodbury and joins Rick's group.
    • Heel–Face Mole: What he really is. Him joining Rick's group was all part of the Governor's plan, though he ends up getting killed by Rick before he can report information back to Woodbury.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: How Rick claims to have killed him when talking to Abraham. This is odd considering we see Rick strangle him without beating him at all.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Wears sleveless shirts.
  • Ineffectual Loner: He apparently was this before arriving at Woodbury.

Woodbury Militia


Lilly Caul

Debut: Issue 43

Lilly is a citizen of Woodbury who is forced to take part in the assault on the prison. She kills The Governor after he made her shoot Lori and Judy.

  • Ascended Extra: She's the star of her own book and also appears as a major character in the Telltale video game series, although the latter conflicted with the former and Word of God now states that the latter is a different character.
  • Brain Bleach: Has this reaction when she realizes she killed a baby.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Killing The Governor.
  • Heel–Face Turn: It may have been too late, but at least she put The Governor down.
  • Hero of Another Story: The leader of the Woodbury group after the death of the Governor, she helps them to survive the aftermath of the assault on the prison in Issue 48, and is the main character of Descent, the sequel to The Fall of the Governor.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: "YOU MADE ME KILL A FUCKING BABY!"
  • Punch-Clock Villain: She doesn't hold any personal animosity towards the prison survivors and is merely trying to defend her home, which she believes to be under attack by them. When she realizes that the fleeing woman she shot was a mother trying to protect her baby she flies into a rage and blows the Governor's brains out.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In just one issue she manages to kill Lori, Judith and even the Governor himself during the end of the battle for the prison.



Debut: Issue 48

Smitty is a member of the Woodbury Militia and takes part in the final assault on the prison. He successfully manages to kill Billy Greene and by extension his father Hershel Greene when he causes him to lose the will to live and collapse after Billy's death.

  • Devoured by the Horde: The official wiki lists him as being eaten by the zombies while trying to escape the prison.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has this reaction upon killing Billy.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He thinks he's protecting his home by going after Rick's group and shows deep regret when he manages to shoot Billy in the head.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Like Lilly he gets only a few panels and lines but his actions lead to the deaths of two major characters.

Woodbury Arena Gladiators


Harold Abernathy

Debut: Issue 28

A fighter in the Woodbury arena who meets Rick in the hospital room after Rick loses his hand. He is killed by Eugene, another fighter who is upset that Harold knocked his teeth out during their last match.

  • Blood Knight: He seems to enjoy fighting just for the sake of fighting. When his last opponent confronts him about knocking all of his teeth out he initially thinks the guy is just mad that he lost and wants a rematch.
  • Crowbar Combatant: His weapon of choice in the arena.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He is the first Woodbury resident to die and gets just once scene before it happens.


Eugene Cooney

Debut: Issue 28

A fighter in the Woodbury arena who fought against Harold and later on, Michonne. Ultimately, he ends up losing both fights and dies after Michonne decapitates him.

Woodbury Medics


Alice Warren
Debut: Issue 29

Alice was a college student studying interior design before the outbreak. She barely escaped her dorm room after it was set up as a safe haven. After arriving in Woodbury, she was made to become Dr. Stevens' assistant, and defected along with him to Rick's group at the prison. She is executed personally by The Governor during the attack on the prison.

  • Action Survivor: Despite having no training, she quickly becomes an excellent shot. During the Woodbury attack on the prison, she manages to kill several attackers before being kneecapped and killed.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How the Governor kills her.
  • Defiant to the End: Still continues shooting Woodbury soldiers even after getting wounded. The Governor has to finish her off with a shot to the head.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's quite snarky.
  • Dressed to Heal: Wears a stereotypical doctor's outift for most of her screentime.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Turns against the Governor and joins Rick's group.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She covers Rick as his family as they tried to flee the prison, killing several Woodbury soldiers even after getting wounded.
  • Instant Expert: Went from an interior designer to a qualified medic in a matter of months. She just calls it paying attention.
  • The Medic: Studies medicine under Dr. Stevens, and becomes the medic the prison community after joining them.
  • Nice Girl: She's very compassionate and friendly.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: Calls them "biters", and finds Rick's group practice of dividing them into "roamers" and "lurkers" silly.
  • The Smart Girl: Becomes this for Rick's group.

    Dr. Stevens 

Doctor Stevens

Debut: Issue 28

Stevens is the doctor of Woodbury, who only reluctantly treats The Governor and his men because they keep the civilians safe. He attempts to escape the town alongside Rick, Glenn, Michonne, Alice, and Caesar, but is bitten by a zombie outside of the walls.

  • Dressed to Heal: Which makes sense, as he is the doctor for Woodbury.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Calmly accepts his fate after being bitten.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Turns against the Governor and escapes Woodbury with Rick's group.
  • Mauve Shirt: He doesn't last too long.
  • Non-Action Guy: He's a skilled doctor, but not a fighter. Naturally, he ends up getting mauled by a zombie the minute he steps out of the safety of the town.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He only works for the Governor because Woodbury needs a doctor and him and Alice are the only ones in the settlement with extensive medical knowledge..
  • Tempting Fate: He gets fatally bitten mere seconds after saying how easy their escape was.


Bob Stookey

Debut: Issue 29

A washed up old man who used to be an army medic. He has a fairly small role, but it ultimately leaves a massive impact that changes the comic forever.

  • Ascended Extra: He is a main character in the "Road To Woodbury" novel alongside Lilly.
  • Back-Alley Doctor: He is an alcoholic who had a passing medical lessons a while ago, Alice had to assist the Dr. Stevens because he didn't want and knew he was trash at it. He is used as a last resort when both medics are out and the Governor is maimed by Michonne, unfortunately for Rick's group he didn't have to do much since Michonne was careful about not killing him during the torture and miss the artery.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Appears very briefly in Issue 29, getting told to eat more food by the Governor. In Issue 43, he is called in to save the Governor after he was tortured by Michonne.
  • Hidden Depths: This poor old man is a former Army Medic.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Quite possibly the most massive one in the entire series. When the Governor is mutilated by Michonne he is called in by Bruce and Gabe since he is the only one who has a chance of saving him. Despite his initial protests he is convinced to perform the surgery and manages to successfully tend to all of the Governor's wounds and prevents him from dying of blood loss or infection. This directly leads to the Governor regaining enough strength to storm the prison with his militia and wipe out half of the main cast.
  • Non-Action Guy: Despite being in the army once Bob is just an alcoholic who spends his days wallowing in self pity and is one of the few Woodbury residents who doesn't take part in the attack on the prison.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He could very well be the poster boy for this trope. See above for details.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The last time we see him is when the Governor asks him to stay in Woodbury and watch over Penny while he and the other residents begin their attack on the prison. Given how that went he might be one of the only residents left alive in the entire town.

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