Characters from Visambros' The Walking Dead: Real Monsters fanfic:
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Canon character from The Walking Dead 400 Days DLC. The story follows his transformation from an ordinary, if abrasive, trucker to the borderline psychopathic man we meet in game.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Casey and arguably Vaughan later on.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Averted. It's stated in Chapter 3 of the revamped version that his father was the one person he never stood up to.
- Creepy Monotone: Nate's voice takes on this tone whenever he blanks out.
- Dark and Troubled Past: A flashback sequence in Chapter 4 provides glimpses into Nate's less-than-perfect childhood.
- Declaration of Protection: Other than surviving, keeping Vaughan and Charlie safe is one of Nate's main goals in the story. He also takes the baby under his wing in Chapter 2 and Sissy in Chapter 4.
- Depraved Pansexual: Subverted. While he's most certainly depraved, his relationships with Charlie and Vaughan are used to humanize him.
- Distressed Dude: Nate ends up in this position a few times in the story, but usually ends up saving himself.
- Don't Say Such Stupid Things: To Vaughan in Chapter 5.
- Drowning My Sorrows: This is Nate's go-to solution after a few days of dealing with the emotional pain of losing the baby. According to a flashback, he seems to have this in common with his mother.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Nate refuses to let Charlie kill a baby in Chapter 2.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: As shown at the start of Chapter 3, where he teases Vaughan by driving off without him.
- Failure Knight: His inability to protect the baby and Casey is a driving point for his determination to keep Charlie, Vaughan, and Sissy safe.
- Friend to All Children: Despite thinking that children are gross and clearly not being used to surrounding himself with them, Nate ultimately tries to treat them right in his own way.
- Go for the Eye: Nate does this twice to bandits in episode 3. He purposefully shoves an arrow into Duke's eye, and is the cause of another bandit being hit in the eye with an arrow shortly after when he uses the man as a shield.
- Love Makes You Evil: Nate's slow acceptance of his lack of empathy for people outside his group and his increased brutality is ultimately due to his love for the ones in his group and the people he's lost. Losing Vaughan and Charlie is what finally breaks him and turns him into the person we see in 400 days.
- Jerkass: What with his tendency to antagonize his friends, or even put them in danger for fun, he's certainly no angel.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His unwavering loyalty to and protectiveness of Charlie and Vaughan (and earlier, Casey) act as redeeming traits.
- The Nicknamer: Calls Vaughan "Vee" and Charlie "Charles", among other things. Also, Sissy becomes "Baguette."
- Papa Wolf: Subverted. Nate is quick to "adopt" the baby he finds in Chapter 2 but is woefully incompetent as a surrogate father; he accidentally leaves her in a walker-infested hospital, resulting in her death.
- Sanity Slippage: Nate gets more and more brutal as the story goes on, and even worries that he's losing his mind.
- Reluctant Psycho: Nate realizes very quickly that there's something wrong with his mental health and it distresses him at first.
- Sir Swears-A-Lot
- Would Hurt a Child / Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Both are played with. It's clear that Nate would not purposefully hurt a child. However, due to his inability to be a responsible caregiver, children end up in danger or even dying because of him.
Charlie (Senkirin Wakahisa)
A pragmatic, somewhat aggressive woman, she nevertheless cares deeply for those in her circle of friends. Her attitude towards others, however, is less than favourable. Vaughan's current girlfriend.
- Action Girl: Armed with her trusty butcher's knife, she makes short work of any zombies.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played straight with Nate and Harvey, averted with Vaughan.
- Broken Tears: Is brought to tears in Chapter 5 after she thinks both Vaughan and Nate may die.
- Bystander Syndrome: If the situation doesn't directly affect her or people she likes, Charlie will not help you.
- Child Hater
- Cigarette of Anxiety: There seems to be hints of this for Charlie in the revamp.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: In the original story, aside from the time where she cries at the idea of losing Vaughan and Nate in chapter 5, she seems to be very unfazed by the horrors of the apocalypse. In the revamp there are some hints throughout the story that things might be getting to her, but even those are mild at best.
- Control Freak
- Damsel in Distress / Damsel out of Distress: Charlie gets kidnapped twice. The first time she ends up saving herself before Nate and Vaughan come to rescue her. The second time Nate does end up saving her, but she later becomes the lead in the escort mission like part in the same chapter.
- Badass in Distress: Pretty much, her needing to be saved never detracts from her badassery.
- Deadpan Snarker: She never hesitates to put Nate in his place with a small dick joke.
- Domestic Abuser: Though it's never fully explored, there are hints throughout the story that lean towards Charlie being this.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Charlie is very possessive of both Nate and Vaughan, and will not stand for any possible threat to them or the group. Not to mention her reaction to Nate's lie in Chapter 1.
- Girl with Psycho Weapon
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to anger Charlie.
- Hates Everyone Equally: If it weren't for Nate and Vaughan, she'd come across as a misanthrope.
- Honey Trap: To Harvey in Chapter 3.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Charlie brings up a lot of valid points despite being horribly rude most of the time.
- Knife Nut
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: Jude even refers to her as "a dude with boobs."
- Bifauxnen: Seeing as other characters have mentioned that Charlie looks pretty, it's most likely that she can pass for a pretty boy instead of just a manly looking woman.
- Lady Swears-A-Lot
- Living Emotional Crutch: Alongside Vaughan, for Nate.
- Meaningful Name: Her English name means "warrior."
- Mixed Ancestry: Charlie is half black, half Japanese.
- Naturalized Name: From Senkirin to Charlie.
- One of the Boys
- Technicolor Eyes: In the original and tumblr revamped versions, Charlie has violet eyes. In the PDF and fanfiction.net revamped versions, this is averted with her eyes being brown.
- Tomboyish Name
- Took a Level in Kindness: Downplayed. In Chapter 4, it becomes more obvious that she really does care for Nate and Vaughan, as opposed to just feeling possessive towards them.
- Tough Love: Towards Nate and Vaughan.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: "You don't mess with my shit."
- Would Hurt a Child: Charlie has no qualms with the idea of killing or leaving the baby in order to keep the rest of the group safe.
- Tsundere: Type A variety.
- Übermensch: The only socially accepted morals Charlie follows are the ones she deems right for her. Otherwise she has her own sense of right and wrong made up in her mind.
A shy and quiet man, his strong sense of right and wrong makes him the most moral of the group. However, his Stage 3 brain tumour has unfortunate consequences. Charlie's current boyfriend.
- Adorkable: Of the "somewhat awkward but adorably sweet" variety.
- And Then Vaughan Was A Zombie
- At least, he definitely is in the original version. In the revamp however...
- Asian Speekee Engrish: Though he doesn't speak like that anymore, it's been stated a few times in the revamp that his English wasn't very good when he was learning how to speak it.
- Baby Talk: Vaughan is the only one who does this when speaking to the baby.
- Break the Cutie: The combination of cancer and a zombie apocalypse is bad enough without having to deal with dying babies and lying doctors.
- Convulsive Seizures: It's not stated whether the seizure Vaughan had in chapter 4 was convulsive, but the one in chapter 5 was scarily so.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Vaughan mentions caring for his terminally ill mother, who became angry and emotionally abusive towards him as her illness progressed.
- Death by Despair: It's implied that Vaughan allows himself to be overcome by the walkers attracted by Eddie's gunshot, due to his guilt over Charlie's death.
- Despair Speech: After he passes his Despair Event Horizon in Chapter 5.
- Distressed Dude: Vaughan is in this position a lot.
- Guilt Complex: By the end of chapter 5, it's revealed that he blames himself for every major negative thing that had happened to the group up to that point.
- The Heart: Vaughan acts as the group's moral compass and is also the kindest of the three.
- Heroic BSoD: Has one after Charlie dies in Chapter 5.
- Ill Man
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: When he's lucid, he maintains a policy of trying to avoid hurting others whenever possible. He even tries to convince Nate to spare Dan, despite the fact that, as far as he's aware, another bandit is possibly raping Charlie at the time. He does get called out on this.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Alongside Charlie, for Nate.
- The Load: Vaughan views himself to be this by the end.
- Love Martyr: Still loving both Nate and Charlie after everything they put him through definitely makes him come across as this.
- The Millstone: Sees himself as this by the end of the story.
- Mood-Swinger: As his illness progresses.
- Morality Pet: Vaughan tries to be this to Nate.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Vaughan has several of these moments, most notably when he torments a bandit by threatening to stab him in the eye with an arrow.
- Naturalized Name: From Renkiyu to Vaughan.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Usually changes in his demeanor are the results of a mood swing, which can render him aggressive, frightening or outright violent.
- Prone to Tears: An interesting male version. Vaughan isn't overly sensitive, but due to how thick-skinned both Nate and Charlie are, he comes across as being one in comparison. His sensitivity to things does, however, increase over time due to the events of the story.
- Punished for Sympathy: Nate does not take kindly to Vaughan wanting to let a bandit have supplies after they were attacked.
- Slasher Smile: Vaughan often wears one during a mood swing.
- The Straight and Arrow Path
- Stupid Good: Vaughan is too nice in a world that's now dangerous for people like that.
- Survivor Guilt: Particularly after the baby's death.
- Token Good Teammate
- The Twink: Charlie calls him this in chapter 2.
- Uncertain Doom: Thanks to the revamp, Vaughan's fate is now unknown.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Frequently to Nate, most notably in Chapter 4.
- Your Days Are Numbered: In Chapter 1, even before they are aware of the outbreak, Vaughan tells Nate that his chances are relatively slim."If I took chemo it would be difficult to get rid of, and my chances arent as positive, but its not impossible that Ill live."
Tam the babyDiscovered by the group in Chapter 2, she (?) is brought along with the group before she meets an unfortunate end.
- Ambiguous Gender: Though the baby is referred to as female, we never actually find out if the baby is really a "she". Even the author giving the baby a name doesn't help, since "Tam" is a unisex name.
- Babies Make Everything Better: Averted. Not only does having the baby around cause tension between Charlie and Nate, her death affects everyone for the rest of the series.
- Children Are Innocent
- Conveniently an Orphan: Her parents' deaths allows Nate to care for her and leads to her eventual death.
- Fearless Infant: Tam seems pretty fearless, going with random strangers without a fuss. And then she gets left behind at the hospital
- No Name Given: The group doesn't know her real name, but instead refer to her as "baby" (or "the puppy" in Charlie's case). The author later confirmed on her blog that the baby's name was Tam.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Despite having a very short run in the story, the emotional ripples caused by her presence spread throughout the rest of the subsequent chapters.
- Token Mini-Moe: An infant in a group of adults.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth
- Undead Child
The leader of the bandits that Nate's group meet in chapter 3. A morally corrupt man that has no qualms about doing horrible things to people.
- Eye Scream: Gets killed by an arrow being forcibly jammed into his eye.
- Just Between You and Me: Duke tells Vaughan and Nate than he and his men are going to beat up and murder them, then rape Charlie when they get back to their new hideout.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Uses racial slurs against both Charlie and Vaughan.
- Serial Rapist: With the possible exception of Dan, he and his men have raped multiple people in the past.
- Starter Villain: For Dr. Nāgá, though the two have no connection to each other.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Duke is pissed about the bandits that were directly or indirectly killed by Nate's group.
A seemingly hesitant bandit.
- Dirty Coward: If he's telling the truth, it doesn't change the fact that he stood back when the others were raping people, and helped steal and murder just so he could have some protection. At worst, he's lying to try and save his own skin.
- Man on Fire: Gets set on fire in order to force Charlie's location out of him.
- Body Horror: While most of it is left to the reader's imagination, there is a brief description of Dan's "melted and sagged" skin.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Possibly.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Claims to be this.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He admits to killing and stealing to survive, but says that he never raped anyone like the others.
- Tragic Villain: If he is telling the truth about his reasons for joining the bandits.
The bandit who wrote about the doctor camp and took Charlie away after she gets knocked out by Duke.
Dr Reva Nāgá
Head of the doctor camp. An outwardly reasonable and understanding woman, she is also oddly secretive, with more than one good reason. She and her colleagues are conducting experiments to cure zombification.
- An Arm and a Leg: Subverted. Dr. Nāgá has apotemnophobia, a fear of amputations, so she ties off her arm instead of removing it to prevent infection.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
- Karma Houdini: Despite losing a few doctors to the rescue mission in episode 5, Nāgá ends up getting anyway with what she's done and has more test subjects she can work on without interruption, assuming the survivors are unable to escape on their own.
- Knight Templar: Downplayed. She is aware that what she's doing is wrong. However, because she's doing it for the greater good for mankind, she sees herself as less of a monster than people just trying to survive the apocalypse.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She's often the voice of reason during any scuffles, and even after her secret is revealed she maintains a cool head.
- Sophisticated as Hell: When she swears.
- The Stoic: Downplayed. She shows enough emotion to not be completely stoic, but it still isn't very much.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- Would Hurt a Child: She had to be convinced not to bring Sissy along to be tested on. There is, however, something to be said about the fact that she agreed to leave the little girl behind, especially since the doctor is so determined in her cause.
- Zombie Infectee: The only reason why she hasn't turned is because she tied her arm off.
Another doctor at the camp. He gets into a fight with Donald for reasons seemingly out of his control.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Every time he doesn't something wrong, he always gets punished for it in one way or another. Fight Donald, the guy who wants to protect the other patients? He gets his ass kicked by him and Nate. Refuses to say where the other survivors are in the clinic? His ear drum bursts and he almost gets his spine broken. Attempts to inject Vaughan with the zombie virus? Charlie beats the shit out of him.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: He's apparently skinny to the point where he almost looks anorexic, but is still able to hold his own during his fight with Donald.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In chapter 5, Charlie beats the crap out of him until there's blood on her hands, but we don't know if he dies or not and we never see him again after the trio escape the room.
A seemingly irrational orderly, who tries to warn people away from Nāgá's camp, much to the patients' confusion.
- Anger Born of Worry: We only ever see Donald angry, but that's partly due to his concern for the well being of the survivors at the camp.
- Neck Snap: Is a victim of this after he threatens the survivors with a gun.
- Reality Ensues: In actuality, it's not that easy to kill someone by breaking their neck. Which is why Donald doesn't die right away after his neck breaks.
- Properly Paranoid: Donald is seen warning others to stay away from the camp, and with good reason, as it turns out.
- Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: Believing Donald to be a problem, Nate kills him at Nāgá's request, but it is only after Nāgá disappears with the patients that he was proven to be right.
Cecilia "Sissy" Bonnet
A five-year-old girl visiting from France with her family. In her naivety, she does her best to make everyone around her feel welcomed.
- Alice Allusion: The dress Sissy wears is referred to as an "Alice in Wonderland dress". Her wearing the dress alludes to Nate's confusion over whether she is real or not.
- Cheerful Child
- Creepy Child: When Nate first sees her, he wonders if she could be a hallucination of the dead baby, and is ill at ease for a while afterwards.
- The Cutie: Very much so, especially when she makes bouquets for everyone despite her flower allergy.
- Children Are Innocent
- The Pollyanna: Despite the horrors she has seen and the fact that her mother is sick, she maintains an unfailing optimism and kindness.
- Embarrassing First Name: In the original, Nate thinks that "Sissy" is a terrible name (most likely due to the meaning of the word "sissy" in English). In the revamp, this becomes more of an embarrassing full name. "Sissy Boner", "Pissy Bonbon".
- Free-Range Children: Due to her mother being a patient at the camp, and having no one else to take care of her, Sissy can roam around on her own as she pleases. However, she has enough common sense not to be alone and decides that Nate would be a good babysitter for herself.
- Kid Sidekick: To Nate.
- Little Stowaway: Sissy is purposefully kept in Nate's truck when the doctors leave camp.
- Morality Pet: She tries to be this to Nate.
- Shipper on Deck: To Nate and Roxane. And Nate and Charlie. And Nate and Vaughan. "You two should kiss!"
- Spock Speak: Downplayed in the revamp.
- Surprisingly Good English: In-Universe example. For someone so young and born in a non-English speaking country, her English is amazingly good, even if she forgets some words.
- Token Mini-Moe: She is the only child at the camp.
A laid-back runner, Jude floats through life on the stash of weed he keeps in his fanny pack. He gets on well with most other residents/patients due to his easy-going nature.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was on suicide watch in the past. It's the reason why he doesn't believe he'd be able to cope without being high all the time now that he's living in the apocalypse, because he was barely able to deal with life when things were normal.
- Hidden Depths: His past is what keeps him from being solely a comic relief character.
- The Fool: Mostly due to the fact that he's baked.
- Friend to All Children: He accepts Sissy's bouquet, even going so far as to damage his shirt in order to wear it, and offers to stay behind and babysit her at the end of Chapter 4.
- Functional Addict: Sort of. He is able to function like everyone else ultimately, but not with much clarity. Subverted slightly by his assertion that he needs his stash to be able to cope.
- Nice Guy: He gets on well with most everyone. He even offers Vaughan some of his weed, thinking it will help ease his affliction, despite the fact that he feels he would succumb to the horrors of the apocalypse without it.
- Plucky Comic Relief: A weird conversation in Chapter 4 and a stint crawling around in air vents in Chapter 5 mark him as such.
- The Stoner: Jude appears to exist in a permanently spaced-out state.
A friendly young woman with striking hair. She puts up a nonchalant front, but is very worried about her sick sister and her MIA mother.
- Adorkable: Downplayed in the revamp.
- Jail Bait: Nate was planning on sleeping with her (and the feeling was mutual) until he found out how old she really was.
- Nice Girl: Shown to be very friendly towards Sissy and Nate, and sympathetic of Vaughan's dire situation.
- Sassy Black Woman: Roxane has some shades of this, as shown by her flirtatious actions towards Nate, but it's strongly implied that this is a way of coping with her situation.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Roxane sports some impressive bright green dreadlocks.
- Younger Than They Look: Nate mistakes her for an adult when she is in fact only sixteen.
Roxane's protective father. He has a bit of a temper, but he can and does admit when he is wrong or has acted rashly.
- Papa Wolf: Very protective of Roxane and her younger sister; understandable, really, since they've been separated from their mother.
- Scary Black Man
- Gentle Giant: Becomes this after making peace with Nate, until they get back to the camp and find that everyone else is gone. Though in both cases, his anger is more than justified.
Another doctor at the camp. Something of a dark horse in Chapter 4, her strong morals and wily courage make her a valuable ally in Chapter 5.
- Easily Forgiven: Averted. Nate almost kills her, Charlie punches her in the face, and they both threaten her when she tries to help them. Played straight with Vaughan, who seems not to hold what she did against her.
- HeelFace Turn: Ritika goes from being on board with Dr Nāgá's plans in Chapter 4 to attempting to help the main characters escape in Chapter 5.
- Redemption Equals Death: She's only able to aid the trio so far until she is killed by her co-workers.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She's much nicer, or at least more restrained, in chapter 5 than she is in chapter 4.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Not wanting Sissy to be apart of their experiments is what made her eventually decide to stop helping the other doctors.
Nate's younger brother, who briefly appears in flashback sequences in Chapter 4 and throughout the revamped chapters.
- Ascended Extra: Downplayed. He's still a minor character in the revamp and only appears in flashbacks and dreams, but his role is bigger than it was in the original.
- Break the Cutie: Casey catches AIDS on an exchange trip to Japan and is forced to forego medical treatment to hide it from his father.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: In the revamp it appears as though Casey came back to Nate as a ghost, but it turns out Nate was actually sleeping.
- Posthumous Character
- Sibling Yin-Yang
- Sidekick: To Nate, when they were both younger.
- Reckless Sidekick: Averted. Casey is definitely the more sensible of the two.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Casey only appears in a few scenes, and only ever in flashbacks, but the emotional impact of his death is explored, as well as serving to explain Nate's determination to find a cure for Vaughan.
A woman who only shows up in flashbacks.
- The Alcoholic: Almost all the flashbacks involving her depict her as this.
- Alcoholic Parent: Unfortunately.
- All Abusers Are Male: Averted. Her abuse is in the form of neglect and possibly emotional manipulation. She is viewed in a more sympathetic light in comparison to her husband however.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Her explanation for why she drinks implies this, and apparently points to Nate's father as the reason for her need to drink, but this is most likely an excuse to keep drinking even if her husband is making her miserable.
- I'll Tell You When I've Had Enough!: Says this to Nate in a flashback.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Unlike her husband, she is devastated by this.
- Unnamed Parent
A bully of a man who only shows up in flashbacks.
- Abusive Parents: Both physically and emotionally toward both Nate and Casey.
- Domestic Abuser: He is blatantly shown to be this to his children and implied to be this toward his wife.
- Offing the Offspring: Not directly, but if he had been a better father, Casey wouldn't have felt the need to kill himself. His wife even called him out on it.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Unlike his wife, he is indifferent to this because he believes Casey is gay.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Uses homophobic slurs against Casey and racial slurs against Vaughan.
- Unnamed Parent