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Characters from the television show The Walking Dead who joined the group at the prison:

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    In General 
Five inmates who have been stuck in the Prison for ten months prior to Rick's group arriving due to a Prison Riot breaking out once the outbreak started.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Kill ’Em All: They're all dead by the end of Season Three.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: None of them got to say goodbye to their loved ones they knew before the outbreak due to a Prison Riot combined with dying guards and inmates reanimating and overrunning the Prison.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted. Rick finds out the hard way how they've been relieving themselves the months prior before his arrival.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: They're shown to be capable of dishing these out when they have the chance, as seen with the first walkers they encounter alongside Rick's group when clearing out a cell-block. The said walkers were lucky that they died before they encountered them.
  • Odd Name Out: There's Andrew, Axel, Oscar, Tomas, ... and Big Tiny.
  • Slept Through the Apocalypse: Thanks to the Prison Riot ten months prior to the group's arrival, they had to take shelter in the prison's kitchen, leaving them with no prior knowledge of what's happened outside the prison.


"I mean, I like my pharmaceuticals, but I ain't no killer!"
Portrayed by: Lew Temple

Axel is a two-bit criminal imprisoned for armed robbery with a water pistol. He was trapped in the prison after the Zombie Apocalypse began, where he was pushed around by Tomas and Andrew, causing him to be relieved when Rick's group arrived. He joins the group after Oscar kills Andrew and saves Rick. He is murdered by the Governor during the first Woodbury assault on the prison.

  • Adaptational Heroism: Lacks his comic counterpart's perverted tendencies.
  • Adaptational Wimp: His comic counterpart is The Big Guy of the prison survivors.
  • A Death in the Limelight: In "Home", he gets a lot of focus and some backstory revealed before being shot in the head by the Governor.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After Rick kills Tomas and (supposedly) Andrew for attempting to murder him, Axel begs Rick to spare his life, claiming that he isn't dangerous and was only imprisoned due to his prescription drug addiction. The last part is a lie, since he had been arrested for armed robbery (albeit with a water pistol) and he was trying to seem non-threatening.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Courtesy of the Governor, much like his comic counterpart.
  • Bulletproof Human Shield: Becomes this after his death, with Carol being forced to take cover behind his corpse. It works surprisingly well.
  • Butt-Monkey: He was mercilessly bullied by Tomas and Andrew before Rick's group showed up, although Oscar stood up for him before that.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Begins to flirt with Beth because he believes she's the only single straight woman of the group. After Carol tells him to back off and that she's not a lesbian — Axel thought she was one because of the short hair — he instantly begins to hit on her. She casually rejects him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has shades of this after joining Rick's group.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the comics, Axel was the first casualty during the Governor's 2nd attack on the prison. Here, he's killed right at the very start of the first attack.
  • Grease Monkey: Mentions to Daryl that he could help give his motorcycle a tune up. Also tries to get the prison generators working.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Mistakes Carol for a lesbian because she has short hair.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: He is shot in the head by the Governor while he and Carol are in a middle of a conversation.
    Axel: One time, that son of a bitch —
  • Mauve Shirt: The show teases that he will become a member of the group. He's then killed during the first raid the Governor makes against the prison.
  • Nervous Wreck: Although this does not stop him from volunteering to help rescue Glenn and Maggie after they get captured by Woodbury.
  • Nice Guy: He spends most of "Sick" attempting to get Rick's group and his fellow prisoners to get along. It really doesn't work, although he and Oscar do manage to earn the group's trust later, and he proves to be a loyal, hardworking member of the group for the remainder of his tenure on the show.
  • Non-Action Guy: He admits that guns make him nervous, and that when he robbed a store he just used a water pistol.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Most of his scenes tend to involve him being put down or having awkward conversations with other survivors.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The talkative, emotional red to Oscar's calm, quiet blue.
  • Ship Tease: With Carol. Emphasis on 'tease'. Unfortunately, it goes nowhere, as Axel is killed by the Governor.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: Gets shot in the head by the Governor out of nowhere.
  • Token White: To the prison survivors. Oscar, Andrew and Big Tiny are all African-American while Tomas is Hispanic.
  • Verbal Tic: "You follow me?"


"I ain't never pleaded for my life, and I ain't about to start now. So you do what you gotta do."
Portrayed by: Vincent Ward

Oscar is a prisoner who was forced to go along with Tomas' leadership of the prison survivors. He was in prison for breaking and entering and had a wife and kids. He joined the group after killing Andrew and saving Rick. Oscar is killed in the middle of Season 3 after helping rescue Glenn and Maggie from Woodbury.

  • An Axe to Grind: While clearing the prison, he uses an axe as his main weapon.
  • Bald of Awesome: He proves to be a useful and brave member of the group, unlike Axel.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He saves Rick's life by throwing a barrel at Andrew during their fight and then shooting the latter in the head.
  • The Big Guy: After joining the group.
  • Black Best Friend: He and Big Tiny share this role to Axel. Although between them, Oscar seems to play the trope straighter.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Maggie shoots him to prevent reanimation.
  • Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the comics. However, his appearance is quite similar to that of Dexter.
  • Character Death: He's shot in the back by a Woodbury soldier.
  • Defiant to the End: While he isn't killed, Oscar refuses to make a case for his life to Rick after Tomas and (supposedly) Andrew are killed for trying to murder and attack Rick. He states that he has never begged for his life before and won't do it now.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He has better agility than T-Dog but, while still strong, doesn't match his strength and toughness.
  • Mauve Shirt: He gets a little background and a few personality traits before being killed off.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: He had a wife and children before the outbreak. After he's freed by Rick, he asks for a phone to try and contact them. It's unknown if they died during the outbreak or if they found shelter.
  • Nice Guy: He's a reasonable man, and selflessly risks his life to save Glenn and Maggie. Axel mentions that before meeting up with Rick's group, Oscar used to always stand up for him when Tomas and Andrew tried to push him around.
  • The Quiet One: He tends to remain pretty quiet in most group discussions.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Calm, quiet blue to Axel's talkative, emotional red.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of another Bald of Awesome African-American.
  • Throw a Barrel at It: He tosses a barrel at Andrew to prevent him from attacking Rick.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Hope you get some slippers in the afterlife, Oscar.


Portrayed by: Markice Moore

Andrew is Tomas', right-hand man. He is killed by Oscar after luring a large number of walkers into the prison in an attempt to kill Rick's group.

  • Adaptational Badass: He may be a scumbag, but give the man credit: he survived being locked in close quarters with a bunch of walkers and caused utter chaos for the survivors before going mano-a-mano with Rick. It's more than his comic counterpart ever came close to achieving.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: He's more composed and strategic than his comic counterpart.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: In the comics, he was in a one-sided relationship with Dexter because there were no women in the prison. In the TV series, this is seemingly reduced to him being a friend/underling of Tomas.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: He's already a villain, but he's far more dangerous in this incarnation, making his comic counterpart pale in comparison.
  • Asshole Victim: When even the merciful, doting Hershel is cursing you as an asshole after your death, you know you qualify for this trope.
  • An Axe to Grind: When he attacks Rick and Oscar in the generator room, he has a big axe as his weapon.
  • Batter Up!: He uses a bat as his main weapon when fighting walkers.
  • Black Best Friend: To Tomas.
  • Boom, Headshot!: At the hands of Oscar.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the comic/novel, he flees from the prison before dying from an unknown cause and being put down by Lilly Caul after reanimation. Here, he's killed by Oscar in the prison.
  • Devoured by the Horde: This is heavily implied to be his fate after Rick locks him in a courtyard with a bunch of walkers, though it is averted when he shows up a couple episodes later orchestrating his revenge.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He plans to use the walkers to kill the inhabitants of the prison so that he can retake it. However, since he is inside the prison while carrying out this plan, he's basically trapped himself inside a building full of walkers. Even if he survives, it's unlikely he can fend off other survivors by himself.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: For the first half of Season 3.
  • The Dragon: To Tomas, being the only prisoner to follow his orders without protest.
  • Dragon Ascendant: He proves to be far deadlier than Tomas, managing to survive near-certain death, orchestrating a walker attack on the prison that leads to two major character deaths, and even holding his own in a fight against Rick.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He is just as freaked out as the others after watching Tomas brutally kill Big Tiny and even tried to get Rick to save the latter somehow before his death.
  • Friend to Psychos: It looks like Tomas was the weapon that Andrew aimed at the rest of the prison, judging by the rather devastating intellect displayed under From Nobody to Nightmare.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Despite appearing to be Tomas' lackey, he manages to cripple the group to the point of being a Hero Killer.
  • Hero Killer: His plan to take back the prison directly and indirectly leads to the deaths of two notable Atlanta survivors: T-Dog and Lori.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He trusts Oscar to be on his side and shoot Rick, after Oscar had just thrown a barrel at him.
  • Moe Greene Special: Oscar kills him by shooting him in the eye.
  • Not Quite Dead: He is believed to be dead after Rick locks him in a courtyard full of walkers, but he later turns up alive in "Killer Within", with disastrous consequences.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: In his first appearance, he seems like nothing more than a lackey for Tomas, taking an ineffectual swing at Rick and presumably getting himself killed as a result. The next time he's seen is after surviving getting locked in the courtyard full of walkers, unleashes a horde of them on the heroes, and holds his own in a one-on-one fight against Rick.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Tomas is killed, Andrew bolts and is left to his fate by Rick, only to come back two episodes later and die for real.
  • Spanner in the Works: Setting off the alarms ends up luring even more walkers to the prison's surrounding area.
  • Tattooed Crook: He has tattoos on his chest and is in prison for an unspecified crime.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Great job running off into the darkness unarmed, mate. Amazingly, he survives and wrecks havoc on the survivors.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Tomas, for some reason. It could be that he shared the relationship with Tomas that his comic counterpart had with Dexter.


"Shit happens."
Portrayed by: Nick Gomez

Tomas is the leader of the prisoners, having held a position of authority even before the Zombie Apocalypse. He does not take kindly to Rick taking charge of the prison. He is killed by Rick after attempting to kill him.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Thomas Richards is an unfit and balding man in the comics. Here, he is given a fit and badass appearance similar to the Governor's comic counterpart.
  • Adaptational Badass: Thomas Richards is an Action Survivor at best, while Tomas can kick ass if he needs to.
  • Adaptation Name Change: To complement the Race Lift.
  • Ax-Crazy: After Big Tiny is (presumably) infected, Tomas immediately takes his pickaxe and destroys his head, hitting it over and over until there is nothing left and remaining totally nonchalant about it. Keep in mind that this was someone he'd been locked up with for at least eight months.
  • Asshole Victim: Killed by Rick after trying to slice him with a machete, and after failing that, throwing a walker onto him.
  • Composite Character: His role in the story best resembles Dexter, while his appearance matches the comic version of the Governor and his name is the Spanish equivalent of Thomas Richards.
  • Death by Adaptation: Both of his prisoner counterparts were able to stick long enough in the comics, while he doesn't even last a single episode (excluding his last minute appearance in the previous one).
  • Gang Bangers: He is implied to have been a gang member prior to being imprisoned.
  • Jerkass: He's antagonistic and rude to Rick's group from the moment he's introduced.
  • Ironic Echo: "Shit happens." In record time, too.
  • The Leader: Of the prison survivors.
  • Mugging the Monster: He tries to kill Rick twice with walkers but Rick soon kills him.
  • Race Lift: Tomas' comic counterparts Thomas Richards and Dexter are white and black, respectively.
  • Starter Villain: For Season 3. He's dead by the second episode; his lackey, Andrew, takes over as the season's Disc-One Final Boss from there.
  • Powerful Pick: He uses a small pickaxe as his main melee weapon.
  • Tattooed Crook: He has numerous tattoos covering his body and is likely incarcerated for a violent crime, given how Ax-Crazy he is.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He thinks he can push Rick and his crew around, despite having seen the number of walkers they wasted taking the prison. Then he tries to kill Rick and tells him that "shit happens". The machete to his head by Rick was really the only way that situation was going to end.

    Big Tiny 

Big Tiny
Portrayed by: Theodus Crane

Big Tiny is the muscle of the prison survivors who was serving a fifteen year sentence before the Zombie Apocalypse.

  • The Big Guy: The producers described him as the "muscle" of the prison survivors...
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: ...which doesn't do him much good when he freaks out fighting walkers.
  • Black Best Friend: Although he and Oscar share the role to Axel, the latter two seem to be closer.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Aside from being the first inmate to die, he's also the first living casualty of Season 3.
  • Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the comics.
  • Character Death: After being scratched by a walker, Tomas brutally murders him.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He expresses concern for his mother after learning of the walker apocalypse.
  • Gentle Giant: He's pretty soft-spoken and nice despite his huge, intimidating size and strength.
  • Ironic Nickname: "Tiny" is anything but.
  • Mighty Glacier: During the prison group's first fight scene, he attacks slower than the others, yet delivers the most damage to the walkers he's fighting. Too bad that's his only fight scene.
  • Nice Guy: He seems to be a pretty decent guy and is never hostile to Rick, unlike Tomás and Andrew.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: For the brief time he's onscreen, he's only ever addressed by his nickname.
  • Red Shirt: Gets almost zero characterization before being killed.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies halfway through his first episode.
  • Zombie Infectee: He gets scratched by a walker while clearing the prison. After Rick declares that he is going to die, Tomas kills him.




"We're the ones who live."
Portrayed by: Danai Gurira

"The path ahead has only grown darker. It's harder to see. You can feel... so lost... so alone..."

Michonne is a survivor who saves Andrea after the attack on the farm. The two of them traveled together for several months as of the beginning of the third season. She used two armless and jawless walkers to carry supplies and ward off other walkers, only telling Andrea that they were barely men before becoming walkers. The truth of the matter is that they were her boyfriend and his friend who got her infant son killed by walkers, traumatizing her and causing her to shut down until she meets Andrea.

Dead on the money regarding her suspicions of The Governor, Michonne ends up joining Rick's group when she literally causes shit to hit the fan when she kills The Governor's undead daughter, provoking a brutal war between the two groups. Michonne ultimately earns her place within the group when Rick refuses to hand her over to The Governor for torture, and deeply ingratiates herself in the group, even becoming a surrogate mother to Carl and Judith.

To her horror, her hunt for The Governor ends the day he returns to the prison with a vengeance, but ultimately Michonne is able to end his reign of terror once and for all with her katana. After a brief relapse to her old, lifeless days, she finds Rick and Carl and becomes closer to Rick as a confidante and as a Lancer. Having done a 180, she becomes one of the most optimistic and friendly members of the group, especially when they risk falling into the same lifeless stupor that she once succumbed to, and becomes a constable at Alexandria. After several major battles at Alexandria, Michonne soon discovers and gets what she really wants in life — a relationship with Rick and family with him, Carl, and Judith.

When the Saviors take over Alexandria, Michonne is eventually able to help Rick realize they must fight back. The war costs Michonne her surrogate son Carl, and his dying wish to spare Negan is one she and Rick ultimately follow through on.

  • Action Girl: By far the most adept female at fighting walkers on the show.
  • Action Mom: Though her baby is long dead. She now counts as this with Carl and Judith, who she's become an adoptive mother to since Season 4. After the six-year Time Skip in Season 9, she gave birth to her and Rick's son, RJ.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Her humanity is evident much earlier here than the comics. Her more questionable actions from the comic were also Adapted Out. Best shown in Season 5 when the group gets to Alexandria; her comic counterpart found it hard to fit in and didn't trust the place, whereas here she is one of the most optimistic members of the group about the situation. Sasha ends up getting her "out of place" storyline.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Her comicbook counterpart Really Gets Around. This incarnation doesn't.
  • The Aloner: Implied to have spent a great deal of time traveling alone save for her two zombie companions. As a result, she's very self-sufficient, but slowly learns to rely and care for others.
  • Angry Black Woman: At Woodbury, especially towards The Governor and Merle. She mellows towards the latter when she notices his guilt.
  • Arch-Enemy: For The Governor.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Sasha and Rosita in "Try".
  • Badass Armfold: Occasionally shows this whenever Rick's negotiating with someone.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: She wears a diadem.
  • Battle Couple: With Rick starting the second half of Season 6.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: As The Governor soon found out.
  • The Big Girl: She's pretty on par with the physically strong fighters. She even survives going into a one-on-one fight with the Governor and gives Rick a One-Hit KO.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Her debut shows her saving Andrea from a walker by cutting its head off.
    • Stabbing the Governor to save Rick in the second attack on the prison.
  • Black Best Friend: To Andrea in season 3. It's most likely the closest relationship Andrea has maintained since Amy died.
  • Black Cloak: Her hooded jacket.
  • Bodyguard Babes: She's often Rick's partner and is very easy on the eyes.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: She walks by Rick's side to protect him, despite the fact that Rick himself is a highly competent badass in his own right.
  • Bodyguard Crush: She keeps an eye on Rick, but soon became a Battle Couple with him.
  • Breakout Character: One of the most popular characters of the series and is considered as one of its Series Mascot along with Rick, Daryl, Carol, Glenn, Maggie and Hershel.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Much like Daryl, she's incredibly tough, but does have a friendly demeanor underneath her hardened shell.
  • The Cassandra: She was immediately able to sense that the Governor (and by extension, his men) is someone who shouldn't be trusted and warned Andrea. Andrea being Andrea...
  • The Cavalry: Served in this role to Andrea at the end of the second season.
  • Character Development: One of the best examples in the series. She starts out as an emotionless, quiet survivor who kills without hesitation and likes to do things on her own. By Season 5, she's a team player and has become one of the nicest and most optimistic members of the group; she may even qualify as The Heart after the deaths of Tyreese and Glenn.
  • Composite Character: With the Death by Adaptation of Andrea in Season 3, she takes her place as Rick's confidant, female Lancer (shared with Carol, though Michonne is obviously more prominent), and eventually his Second Love.
  • The Conscience: She has become this to Rick since Season 5, often reining him back from making hasty decisions that will result in violence or death. Despite shrugging off others, Rick actually listens to Michonne's advice and will change a plan of action if she's firmly opposed to it.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The death of her son caused her to become very cynical and withdrawn.
  • Cry Cute: When she saw Andrea dying. In Season 4, she does this after holding Judith. Happens again when she finds Carl and Rick after believing everyone else from the prison to be dead.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She lost her son early in the apocalypse, and it is implied that her boyfriend killed him in what he thought was a Mercy Kill.
  • Death Glare: This appears to be her permanent facial expression at first, but she gets better as she starts to open up to Rick's group. She can still shoot some pretty nasty ones to enemies, though.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She gets out a few witty remarks and sarcastic comments, all of them in her usual deadpan demeanor.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Sometimes talks with her dead boyfriend. She starts doing it again in Season 9 after Rick's apparent death.
  • Decomposite Character: Due to her Adaptational Nice Guy, her "out of place in Alexandria" storyline in the comics is given to Sasha.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen:
    • She is mostly out for herself at first, but still tries to help the prison group in Season 3. And then there's her sad reaction to Penny... before learning she is a walker.
    • In "Clear", she opens up to both Carl and Rick, showing her soft side and helping them with both their problems. As a result, they accept her into the group.
    • Season 4 delves into her past and, as a result, we learn her initial frostiness was because of grief due to the death of her son. Carl primarily learns this information and Michonne becomes more affectionate and protective of him, eventually crediting he, Rick, and Andrea for helping her through her pain.
    • She finally opens up enough to pursue a romantic relationship with Rick in Season 6, inspired by Deanna's advice to take what she wants in life.
  • Diagonal Cut: Frequently cuts clean through walker heads in this manner.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: Female example.
  • The Drifter: Prefers traveling rather than trying to find a place to settle down safely. She eventually joins the group at the prison, although it still takes her a few months to decide to stay permanently.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite being alone in the wastelands on the zombie world, Michonne absolutely refuses to give into committing atrocious deeds like so many antagonists and even goes out of her way to help others.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Her brown leatherette glovelettes.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Throughout Season 3, she and Rick don't get along at first until they start working together more. After overcoming the Governor, she grows attached to him and his group, eventually joining them permanently.
  • Friendly Sniper: In Season 7, she steps up to become the group's main sniper, after Sasha departs to Hilltop to take care of Maggie and later dies.
  • Friend to All Children: Michonne has a soft spot for kids. In fact, the only reason why she even met Rick and his group at the prison in the first place was because she saw his friends get abducted when they were searching for baby food, which prompted her to take it upon herself to give the infant supplies to strangers she never met.
  • Friendship Moment: In "Try" where she and Rosita search for Sasha, quickly determining that she was hunting walkers and even fighting alongside each other and saving Sasha in the process. Though their efforts went in vain, they at least tried to comfort Sasha.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Despite being two of the show's most popular characters, she and Carol never share a scene with just the two of them until Season 9.
  • Glass Cannon: She's good on the offensive. However, her opponents weren't usually able to hit her back, and when she's traveling alone she can't treat her own injuries.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She may be one of the noblest characters, but she doesn't hesitate to kill if necessary.
  • Good Parents: Michonne was shown to be a very good mother to Andre and she treats Carl and Judith like her own children. The majority of her decisions and advice to Rick involve making sure Carl and Judith can live a safe, healthy life.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted. Every single male main character prefers using long ranged weapons such as guns and crossbow, while she prefers swords.
  • Hates Being Alone: Realizes in "After" that she's grown attached to Rick's group and goes out of her way to reunite with them, succeeding at her efforts in the end. She then fully embraces the group as her family and vows to be with them until the very end.
  • The Heart: She of all people becomes this during the Alexandria arc, being the most vocal supporter of the place and trying to push Rick in a less pragmatic direction.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After Rick's supposed death.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • In the fourth season, after the fall of the prison, she lapses into her original behavior, captures and maims two zombies like her previous "companions", and joins a herd. Eventually snaps out of it, wipes out the herd, and rejoins Rick and Carl.
    • Suffers another one in "Say Yes," when she believes that Rick was killed and is readying herself to be devoured by walkers. Thankfully, it turns out Rick survived and snapped her out of it.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Andrea, who seems to be one of the few companions Michonne has allowed herself to become to close after the apocalypse. When Andrea leaves Michonne for the Governor, she is deeply hurt, and in the end stayed by Andrea's side in her final moments.
  • Hidden Depths: In "Clear", she turns out to relate very well with Rick, having gone through the same mental trauma. She also displays a soft side with Carl, helping him get a photo of his mother, and generally acting in a weird, cool bodyguard/aunt combination. In fact, when she's around Carl, she tends to reveal she can be downright nerdy, as she apparently goes out scavenging for comic books that the two can share. Several episodes show that she has an artistic side.
  • Human Pack Mule: She uses two walkers to carry supplies around.
  • Iconic Outfit: The headband and bright colored tank tops she's seen wearing much of the time.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: One of the series' most recognizable characters, she does not appear until the finale of Season 2 and is only properly introduced in the Season 3 premiere.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Michonne displays about zero proficiency with firearms, and pretty much sticks to using her katana and other melee weapons. However, when several of the group's better shots are either killed, incapacitated, or otherwise absent, Michonne learns and trains herself to be the group's sniper come Season 7.
  • Intergenerational Friendship:
    • With Carl. They geek out over comic books together and even trade stories about their lives before the apocalypse, gradually becoming closer as Michonne transitions into the role of surrogate mother to him and Judith.
    • With Deanna too. Deanna is a Cool Old Lady who inspires Michonne to become a more noble human being and encourages her to pursue a romantic relationship with Rick.
  • In the Hood: In the Season 2 finale.
  • I Work Alone: When she's leaving Woodbury and Andrea refuses to go with her, Michonne claims that she just slowed her down anyway. In Season 4, she goes out on scavenging runs by herself, as well as to look for the Governor. However, in "Indifference", she decides to end her hunt for him and stay at the prison.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Not initially; when she's first introduced, she's not a good shot, focusing mainly on using her katana. Later seasons rectify this, and she becomes one of the group's main snipers after she trains herself with using a rifle.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Her preferred weapon of choice is her katana blade, which can slice through walkers in a single stroke.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
    • Stabbing the Governor and leaving him to bleed out in a field of walkers without mercy killing him.
    • Murdering Theresa for trying to kill her group while she breaks down crying.
    • Murdering Ron for attacking Carl.
    • Stabbing Jocelyn in the heart for kidnapping Judith.
  • Lady of War: Cool and collected, she's usually seen disposing of walkers with grace and quickness.
  • The Lancer: During the second half of Season 4, after meeting up with Rick and Carl, Michonne takes this role in their small group. After the entire group reunites in Terminus, she begins sharing this role with Daryl.
  • Last Episode, New Character: In Season 2.
  • The Leader: By Season 9, she has become co-leader of Alexandria alongside Rick. After Rick is apparently killed in "What Comes After", Michonne becomes Head of Security for the community instead, though as Gabriel (the head of the council) notes, she is still the one calling the shots anyway.
  • Mama Bear: Michonne's very quick to protect Carl, spends days tracking him down in "After", and when Ron tries to shoot Carl and Rick in "No Way Out", she doesn't hesitate to stab him through the chest. She's also one of those who slaughtered the remaining Termites after they threatened Judith. She even tries to reason with Negan to protect Carl, knowing that it could get someone killed for her talking out of turn (and considering that the whole group was at gunpoint, the stakes were at their highest) — it doesn't, possibly because she doesn't attempt to resist him physically, but she took a big risk for Carl nonetheless. In a flashback in "Scars", although she really doesn't want to and even gives them the chance to stand down, Michonne slaughters a bunch of Ax-Crazy children holding Judith captive, proving once and for all just how deadly Michonne can be when her kids are in danger.
  • Master Swordsman: She's very skilled with that sword of hers, to say the least, and in Season 5, we're informed that she's self-taught, having acquired the weapon after the start of the apocalypse and learning its use via the "School of Hard Knocks" method.
  • Morality Chain: To Rick. By Season 6, she's one of the few people he'll listen to, as shown on several occasions when she talks him down from using violence to solve all of Alexandria's problems.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She gets a sex scene with Rick in "The Next World" where we see her naked backside. After officially becoming his girlfriend, she and Rick begin to share more sex scenes together more often.
  • Mythology Gag: Michonne seems to consider suicide in "Say Yes" while surrounded by walkers, just like her videogame counterpart did in The Walking Dead Michonne DLC.
  • No Social Skills: Good against walkers, not that good with people. She starts to grow out of this in Season 4.
  • Not So Stoic: She finally breaks down and sobs in "After," which proves cathartic after everything she's been through since the apocalypse. She's also barely able to keep her cool when Carl is shot in the eye in "No Way Out".
  • Odd Friendship: Forms a pretty strong admiration of Non-Action Guy Deanna.
  • Official Couple: With Rick starting in the second half of Season 6.
  • One-Hit KO: Knocks Rick out cold after he goes off the deep end while fighting Pete and pulls a gun on everyone.
  • One-Man Army: Her katana allows her to quickly dispatch multiple walkers in a short time at long range. In Season 4, she wipes out a small herd of walkers solo with just her katana. Later cuts a bloody swathe — on two occasions — through a massive walker horde in "No Way Out".
  • Only One Name: She's never referred to as anything but "Michonne".
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Her infant son, Andre, was killed early in the apocalypse. She also loses her surrogate son, Carl, in Season 8.
  • Parental Substitute: She takes over as a surrogate mother for Carl and Judith after Lori's passing. Carl more or less admits she's his mother now in "The Next World". After the six-year Time Skip in Season 9, Judith outright calls her "mom".
  • Perpetual Frowner: During Season 3, she rarely has any expression on her face besides a distrusting or concerned frown. In Season 4, she is more open with her emotions and starts smiling a lot more.
  • Plucky Girl: Not so obvious because of her quiet demeanor.
  • Pretend We're Dead: Two variants:
    • With her walker pack mules, their scent overcomes her own, which disguises herself partially to walkers.
    • She also takes advantage of a time when she's Covered in Gunge to walk freely among the dead.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: In the comic book adaptation Rick's Second Love was with Andrea. Due to Andrea's early death at the end of season 3 Michonne becomes Ricks Second Love after his fling with Romantic False Lead Jessie.
  • Properly Paranoid: She quickly picks up on the Governor's lies and all of the subtle things wrong with Woodbury and decides to leave as quickly as possible.
  • The Quiet One: She never says any more than she has to, and often prefers to use a Death Glare to communicate when people who annoy her. Emphasized in "Hounded", where she has a major role yet spends the entire episode without uttering a single word (not counting her grunts upon fighting walkers and Merle's group), at all. This changes in Season 4 as she becomes more acclimated to the group.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She tears Heath a new one when he accuses her of being a bad person, pointing out how he's never had to really fight for his survival in the apocalypse.
  • Relationship Upgrade: With Rick, from friends to lovers.
  • Riches to Rags: Before the apocalypse arrived, Michonne was middle classed and lived a privileged and lavish lifestyle.
  • Second Love: She eventually enters a relationship with Rick after the death of Romantic False Lead Jessie.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In "Try", Rick goes completely off the deep end after fighting Pete, pulling a gun on the Alexandria citizens and giving them a huge "The Reason You Suck" Speech where he pretty much says that he's going to take over Alexandria. So what does Michonne do? She hits him in the back of the head, knocking him unconscious.
  • Shoot the Dog: Slicing the heads of her Human Pack Mule so she and Andrea won't be caught by The Governor and his men. Merle still found them, however.
  • Sixth Ranger: When she first joins the prison group, who have already been together for almost a year. After becoming integrated into the group she becomes The Big Guy and later The Lancer.
  • Sleep Cute: She and Rick share a few adorable scenes where they're cuddling in bed together.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Until the second half of Season 4, the only times we see her with sleeves is when she's wearing her Black Cloak in the Season 2 finale and while wearing her green jacket from the comic in the last two episodes of Season 3.
  • The Stoic: She refuses to convey much emotion out of fear of being looked down upon as weak.
  • Tempting Fate: An episode after she declared that she'll stop the hunt for The Governor, he returns.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She finally learns how to use firearms in Season 7.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: She becomes more sociable and upbeat over time thanks to her friendship with Rick's group.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: After the six-year Time Skip in Season 9, she loses much of the idealism that she gained together with Rick after the latter's supposed death. She gets it back after talking with Judith and realizing just how far she's fallen.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season 9, she's a lot more hostile to everyone and coldly says that as long as Alexandria survives, she doesn't care what happens to the other communities, despite having friends there who fought in the Savior War with them. The reason? Sometime after Rick's "death", her former best friend Jocelyn showed up at the gates of Alexandria along with several children who accompanied her. Jocelyn then proceeded to double-cross Michonne by robbing the community of all their food, killing a resident, and kidnapping the children, including Judith. When Daryl and the heavily pregnant Michonne caught up to them, Jocelyn had them both tied up and branded by the children as a test of strength. After escaping, Michonne was forced to kill Jocelyn and all but one of the children in self-defense. This led to her severing ties with all the communities and refusing to let in any strangers.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The first time she meets Rick's group, she is openly hostile towards them and completely disobeys Rick's direct orders when they infiltrate Woodbury, but decides to stay with them until the Governor is off her back. However, she soon grows attached to the group, to the point of being regarded as one of their own.
  • Tough Love: She punches out Rick while he is suffering a Sanity Slippage in Alexandria in order to save him from himself.
  • Tranquil Fury: In "Too Far Gone", when she and Hershel are taken hostage by The Governor. Returns again in Season 5 when Gareth and the Hunters threaten to hurt Judith and kill the rest of the group. She's fairly calm throughout most of their slaughter.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Rick. In "Conquer", Michonne assures Rick that she's with him no matter what. However, she also makes it clear that she'll knock some sense into him if the situation calls for it, too.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Shortly after entering a relationship with Rick, she very clearly demonstrates that she's this trope when they're attacked at the Hilltop, knocking another girl on her ass after she punches Rick in the face.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her katana blade.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She makes no secret about her disappointment when Rick gives in to the Saviors and serves them loyally, though she understands that he just wants to do what it takes to keep them all alive. A few episodes later, he realizes that Michonne is right for questioning him and decides to strike back thanks to her.
  • When She Smiles: Whenever she lets out a genuine smile, her happiness is often noted by Carl and Rick.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Justified, as she stabs Ron after the latter had a gun pointed at Carl and Rick. Taken Up to Eleven in "Scars", when Michonne is forced to kill several children, most of them younger than Ron, in self-defense after they kidnap Judith and try to kill Michonne while she is pregnant with Rick's son.
  • You Are in Command Now: Discussed in Season 7. Rick tells her that if he dies in the war against the Saviors, he wants her to take command of Alexandria. It comes to fruition in Season 9 when Rick is apparently killed in an explosion.


Bob Stookey
"Nightmares end. They shouldn't end who you are."
Portrayed by: Lawrence Gilliard Jr.

"Two times, two different groups. I was the last one standing. Like I was supposed to see it happen over and over, like it's some kind of curse."

Bob Stookey is a former army medic who is recruited by Daryl and Glenn into the group during the Time Skip between Seasons 3 and 4. Bob's struggles with his alcoholism cause the group much grief during his initial runs, getting one man killed and nearly compromising their effort to retrieve medicine to fight the plague wiping out the prison. Bob returns to the prison only to take part in the climactic final battle with The Governor that destroys his new home. However, to his relief, he finds himself surviving alongside Maggie and Sasha, breaking his streak of being the Sole Survivor of any camp he joins.

He develops a relationship with Sasha, but tragically, he is bitten shortly after the group's successful escape from Terminus. Bob doesn't let anyone in on the secret, and soon finds himself as the dinner of Gareth and the Hunters, gleeful that they're apparently eating "tainted meat". He is returned to his group, and ultimately dies peacefully with Sasha after the Hunters are defeated, having left Rick some sage advice about how to keep on living.

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Aside from the alcoholism, he is also plagued by his Survivor Guilt.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Besides the Race Lift, his age is reduced for the show.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Possibly. His comic counterpart is a resident of Woodbury and is an ally of The Governor.
  • Adaptation Expansion/Ascended Extra: In the comics, Bob was a minor character in Woodbury who saved the Governor's life. In the show he has an altered backstory (Here, he has nothing to do with Woodbury) and is a main character.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Grey in the comics, black in the show.
  • The Alcoholic: He has a rather severe drinking problem. In "30 Days Without An Accident", he struggles to walk past some alcohol during a supply run and nearly takes some with him. In Indifference, he tells Daryl that the alcohol helps him cope with being the Sole Survivor of two other groups, particularly when the silence of being alone got to him.
    • It's to the point he nearly dies for the sake of saving a bottle of hooch and almost draws his gun when Daryl prepares to throw the bottle away.
  • The Aloner: He's ended up as the Sole Survivor of a group twice before joining Rick's group. Each time he suffered extreme loneliness being left on his own.
  • An Arm and a Leg: A Type 3 occurs to him in "Strangers" when he is knocked out and captured by the Hunters. He awakens to find Gareth and the other cannibals had cut most of his left leg off to eat it.
  • Badass Angster: Despite being a trained soldier and all-around competent fighter, he spends a good amount of time against angsting over his Survivor's Guilt and alcoholism and other assorted problems.
  • Black Dude Dies First: While not the first casualty of Season 5, he's the first member of Rick's group to die during the season.
  • Combat Medic: He served in the army as a medic.
  • Composite Character: Since Dale dies early, Bob (or rather his leg) picks up his role as The Hunters' food and as the "tainted meat".
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Completely averted. Of all the horrible deaths that have befallen the cast throughout the show, Bob gets probably the most peaceful, almost heartwarming death of all. He's bitten, and his leg is cut off and eaten by the Hunters, but he doesn't appear to be in any pain as he slowly dies. Not only does he die with the knowledge that his surrogate family have killed the Hunters, but he gets to say goodbye to all of them, and spends his final moments smiling with Sasha.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Several episodes after his death, he appears to the dying Tyreese in a vision along with several other deceased characters.
  • Death by Adaptation: His comic counterpart is still alive according to The Other Wiki.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Has a lot of screentime in his last two episodes.
  • Defiant to the End: Attempted this against the Hunters, but they didn't kill him after he mocked them by eating his "tainted meat".
  • Dissonant Serenity: After the fall of the prison, Bob is oddly cheerful and upbeat. Sasha tells him it's fine to be glad he is alive, but Bob tells her that isn't why he is smiling and doesn't elaborate. Later he reveals that he's smiling because he's broken his trend. Their group may have fallen apart, but he's not alone anymore.
    • When he's captured by the Hunters and is being Eaten Alive, he's rather amused, which eventually does unnerve the Hunters. He smugly reveals that he had been bitten, and they'd been eating "tainted meat".
  • Face Death with Dignity: No hysterical struggling, he just calmly said goodbye to his surrogate family before he goes out with a smile.
  • Go Out with a Smile: After briefly passing into unconsciousness, he claims he dreamed of Sasha smiling at him, and thus, he dies smiling with her at his side.
  • Hates Being Alone: Bob's main motivation. He's spent more time than he counted alone after two groups fell apart, so he'll readily risk his life and overcome any obstacle to avoid being alone again.
  • Ignored Epiphany: He feels bad that his rampant alcoholism indirectly killed Zach, but does not try very hard to stop himself.
  • The Load: Only when he encounters alcohol. On his first scavenging mission for the group he brings disaster onto them by bringing a shelf down onto himself, becoming trapped and forcing the others to try and free him while fighting off walkers attracted by the commotion.
    • On his second, Bob, while on a mission to get medical supplies, fails to get any and instead takes a bottle of hooch.
  • Mercy Kill: The only person he had killed prior to joining the Prison community was a woman who asked to be killed.
  • Nice Guy: Issues aside, he was generally friendly to everyone. The only real exception was when he threatened Daryl after the latter threatened to get rid of his booze, though they ultimately made up, and until his death he remained one of the most hopeful and upbeat survivors.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Him knocking over the alcohol shelf in "30 Days Without An Accident" while successfully resisting the urge to take some results in dozens of walkers falling through the roof of the store, one of which ends up killing Zach.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Averted: when the prison is attacked by the Governor again, Bob is shot through the right shoulder. He quickly has Maggie and Sasha check for an exit wound, and after they confirm there is one, he remarks that he can wait to treat it and resumes shooting. He treats it after the battle, but a few days later he is still bleeding from the wound and his right arm is noticeably weaker.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Though he doesn't know for sure if it'll kill them, he delivers a great one to the Hunters as he reveals they've been eating "tainted meat".
    Bob: I've been bitten, you stupid pricks! I'm tainted meat!!
  • Race Lift: Was white in the comics, and now black for the show.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in the Season 4 premiere. Justified due to numerous survivors joining during the Time Skip.
  • Sacrificial Lion: He is the first casualty of Rick's group in Season 5.
  • Ship Tease: With Sasha. They become an item in season five, briefly, until his death.
  • Skewed Priorities: Due to his work as a medic, he feels the need to check a bullet wound while still fighting.
  • Survivor Guilt: A big issue for him. Before joining the prison group, Bob was reportedly part of two other groups, both of which he was the only survivor. He also expresses guilt over Zach's death, which he indirectly caused.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: He started off as a very pessimistic and struggling alcoholic. He becomes more upbeat and optimistic over time.
  • Younger and Hipper: His comic counterpart is much older.
  • Zombie Infectee: He's bitten early in Season 5 and dies of the bite in the next episode. His status as this, however, comes back to literally bite the Hunters in the ass when they eat his leg.


Dr. Caleb Subramanian
Portrayed by: Sunkrish Bala

Dr. Caleb Subramanian is one of the new residents of the prison.

  • And Then John Was a Zombie: After dying from the flu that is going around the prison he reanimates as a walker and is put down by Hershel.
  • Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the comics.
  • Contamination Situation: While treating the illness that infects the prison, Caleb is infected but still does his best to help Hershel care for the other patients. He dies shortly before the group sent to get medicine to treat it returns.
  • First-Name Basis: Hershel is the only one to call him Caleb, demonstrating their friendship.
  • Eye Scream: His reanimated self gets a knife in the eye from Hershel.
  • In-Series Nickname: Most of the characters call him Dr. S.
  • The Medic: He is the first actual doctor to join the group, and his medical knowledge comes in handy in figuring out that a disease killed Patrick and Charlie.
  • Mercy Kill: He stabs an unnamed prison resident in the head after they die to prevent him from reanimating. Is also the recipient of it when he dies of the disease and turns, courtesy of Hershel.
  • Non-Action Guy: Justified. He is The Medic.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in the Season 4 premiere. Justified due to numerous survivors joining during the Time Skip.


Portrayed by: Kyle Gallner

Zach is a college student who joined the group during the time skip between Season 3 and 4. He is dating Beth Greene.

  • Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the comics.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Towards Daryl. Part of this is trying to guess what Daryl did before the Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Eaten Alive: The walker that gets him begins eating him before a fallen helicopter breaks through the ceiling and drops onto them.
  • Love Interest: For Beth. Daryl even pokes fun at him for acting like a romance novel boyfriend.
  • Nice Guy: What little we see of him makes him out as a nice, normal, down-to-earth guy.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Freeing Bob from being trapped under a fallen shelf results in him being bitten by a walker and crushed by a helicopter.
  • Red Shirt/We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in his debut episode, breaking the group's 30 days without incidents.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in the Season 4 premiere, but has apparently been around long enough to become an item with Beth. Justified due to numerous survivors joining during the Time Skip.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: The very first casualty of Season 4.


Portrayed by: Vincent Martella

Patrick is a new resident of the prison who becomes friends with Carl.



Portrayed by: Brandon Carroll

David is a new resident of the prison who takes place in "cleaning up" the Prison fence with Sasha and Karen.

  • Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the comics.
  • Contamination Situation: David is isolated along with Karen in a cell after she mentions he too is showing symptoms of the sickness. She and David are then murdered and burned by Carol to stop the disease from spreading further.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. He shares the same name with Tara Chambler's father from the same season he appeared in, an Alexandria survivor from Season Six and a Savior from Season Seven.
  • Red Shirt: He gets no more screen time than the unnamed prison residents, and is only notable for having been murdered by Carol alongside Karen.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in the Season 4 premiere. Justified due to numerous survivors joining after the abandonment of Woodbury and the Time Skip between seasons.

Samuels Family


Lizzie Samuels
"They're not dead, they're just...different."
Portrayed by: Brighton Sharbino

Lizzie is the eldest daughter of Ryan. Her already disturbed mindset is being further twisted by the Zombie Apocalypse.

  • Age Lift: In the comic, Ben and Billy are twins. The show explicitly stated that she is Mika's older sister, and Mika herself appears to be the same age as the twins in the comics.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She clearly has some sort of psychosis or delusional disorder. Unfortunately for her and everyone else, There Are No Therapists.
  • Anti-Hero: Even for a Zombie Apocalypse, this girl has some twisted morals. But she is arguably trying to do what she thinks is best. And then she ends up Jumping Off the Slippery Slope.
  • Ax-Crazy: Her behavior in the later half of Season 4 develops into textbook symptoms of violent mental instability. She secretly kills rabbits at night (and not for food), and almost kills Judith with a sense of fascination on her face. In "The Grove", she has degenerated to the point where she murders Mika so that she'll come back as a walker and would've done the same to Judith if Carol and Tyreese hadn't found her. It is implied that she showed some signs of mental illness before the Zombie Apocalypse, since Mika has a system of making her look at flowers when Lizzie starts becoming severely agitated or crazy.
  • Babysitter from Hell: She took this role out of necessity for Judith since she and Mika were with Judith when they escaped the prison attack. Needless to say, Lizzie is not the best candidate for this as she even attempted to kill Judith for crying too much.
  • Berserk Button: Killing her zombie playmates. She actually threatens to kill Carol, reduced to screaming and crying over it.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She kills Alisha and another of the Governor's soldiers to save Tyreese.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Her morals are a bit off, even for the Zombie Apocalypse. Killing people is fine, as they just come back as walkers. Shooting people in the head and killing walkers is murder though, as they don't keep walking around then.
  • Boom, Headshot!: She did this to Alisha during the third prison attack. Later, she's on the receiving end of this courtesy of Carol, after she and Tyreese agree that Lizzie is too unstable to be around people and a potential threat to Judith.
  • Cain and Abel: She murders Mika to bring her back as a walker, to prove to Carol and Tyreese that there's nothing wrong with walkers. Somewhat subverted that there are no animosities between them.
  • Canon Character All Along: She doesn't share a name with any character from the comics. It wasn't until her final episode where it's revealed that she's actually the Gender Flipped Ben (who actually appeared on the show, but has nothing in common with his namesake).
  • Children Forced to Kill: Leads the rest of the children in taking up arms during the prison battle in "Too Far Gone", and personally kills two of the Governor's soldiers.
  • Creepy Child: She cares more about walkers than living people, and even her sister calls her "messed up". When Glenn coughs up a large amount of blood and mucus, Lizzie plays with the puddle with her toe. And she was the one who was feeding rats to walkers.
  • Cute and Psycho: Revealed to its full extent in "The Grove". Lizzie was the one who fed rats to the walkers, dissected live rabbits for fun, and believes walkers are just normal people and friendly. She ends up killing Mika so she will turn into a walker, and plans to kill everyone else in her group.
  • Dead Person Conversation: She, Mika, and several other dead characters appear to the dying Tyreese to help him move on.
  • Decomposite Character: While Ben already appeared in the show, she is the one receiving his Character Development from the comics since he's an In Name Only character who bit it off way too soon.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She acts far too calm around walkers, treating them like normal people.
  • Easily Forgiven: Implied, at least from Tyreese's viewpoint. She's one of "good" hallucinations he saw while he's dying in "What Happened and What's Going On", only The Governor and Martin are "bad" hallucinations in said episode. Downplayed in that much of her behavior is suggested to be the result of psychosis rather than any actual malice.
  • Enfant Terrible: Graduates to this in "Too Far Gone", when she guns down two attacking survivors without hesitation or conflicted emotions. Later in "Inmates", she considers smothering Judith when trying to keep her quiet. It blows up in "The Grove" in which she murders Mika and was about to murder Judith, too.
  • Foil:
    • She's most closely compared to Mika and by extension Sophia, having lost her innocence despite her similar upbringing and status. Carol tried to teach Lizzie to fend for herself, correcting her mistakes with Sophia, yet fails anyway as Lizzie is insane.
    • Lizzie acts as a contrast to Carol in Season 4, as Carol acts strictly rational in comparison to Lizzie's irrationality. Carol accepts killing as a necessity, but does so only after deliberation and she hates it anyway. Lizzie meanwhile embraces death in all its forms without thought or real understanding.
    • To Hershel. Both at first believe Walkers are just normal people (Though Hershel thinks it's a disease) and lose loved ones to it. However Hershel wises up to his mistake and kills Walkers to protect his friends and family wheres Lizzie never does and even kills her sister to prove her point.
  • Gender Flip: Her comic counterpart Ben is male.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Prior to it, she makes some of the most compelling arguments a Zombie Advocate in this universe can make — namely that humans also kill, and that being reanimated as something is arguably better than nothing. Once she's cleared that slope, however...
  • Lack of Empathy: For humans at least. She shows empathy towards the walkers in a creepy way.
  • Let Them Die Happy: Subverted. Carol attempts this when she puts down Lizzie, but Lizzie dies distressed and crying, believing that Carol is angry at her.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's not even a teenager, but she can pull off headshots from several yards away. She later admits to Carol that this was an accident, since it prevented Alisha from coming back.
  • Obliviously Evil: Lizzie does terrible things, but believes that she's doing the right thing and everyone else is wrong. Her reaction to killing Mika, which is exactly the same as Ben's reaction to killing Billy in the comic, is especially notable.
    Lizzie: Don't worry, she'll come back! I didn't hurt her brain.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in the Season 4 premiere. Justified due to numerous survivors joining during the Time Skip.
  • Replacement Goldfish: She and her sister appear to be becoming ones for Carol in place of Sophia.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: In comparison to her sister, Lizzie is less emotionally strong and is creepily attached to walkers.
  • Tagalong Kid: Is obviously just a kid, and more often than not she's serving this role to Carol.
  • Tragic Monster: Played with. She goes from sympathizing with the Walkers to wanting to become one, and is on the verge of willingly allowing herself to be bitten. Like the Walkers she identifies with, she's not actively evil or intentionally malicious...just too dangerous to be allowed to continue living.
  • Team Killer: Killed her sister. She would have killed Judith too if Carol and Tyreese hadn't arrived.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Is showing signs of this throughout Season 4. Confirmed in "The Grove".
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "Too Far Gone", when she finally puts Carol's weapons training to good use.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Names walkers and mourns their deaths more than humans, plays in gore with her boot, and guns down people. And to top it off, she murdered her own sister.
  • Übermensch: She often squabbles with other characters because of her own set of morality.
  • The Unfettered: If she wants to prove a point, she will prove it no matter what.
  • Walking Spoiler: Due to her actions in the latter half of Season 4.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She nearly smothers Judith in an attempt to keep her quiet, and looks extremely fascinated while doing so. She later kills Mika, and was seconds away from killing Judith before Carol and Tyreese interrupted her.
  • Zombie Advocate: She argues that walkers are not dead, just different. She also argues that humans kill, too. In "Infected", she is more upset that her favorite walker on the fence was killed (calling him special) than about her dad dying. When Carol kills a walker that Lizzie was "playing" with, she accuses her of murdering it. She even seems to prefer them to humans, as she kills her sister and almost kills Judith to make them into Walkers to "prove" that they're not so bad to Carol and Tyreese.


Mika Samuels
"We can't pretend anymore."
Portrayed by: Kyla Kennedy

Mika is the youngest daughter of Ryan.

  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Lizzie's Cain. Somewhat subverted that there are no animosities between them.
  • Canon Character All Along: She doesn't share a name with any character from the comics. It wasn't until her final episode where it's revealed that she's actually the Gender Flipped Billy.
  • The Cassandra: Comes right out and says that her sister is not weak but messed up in their second episode, but neither Carol nor anyone else really gets it until her last appearance.
  • Children Are Innocent: She won't even shoot a deer and sympathizes with hostile survivors, noting that they probably weren't like they are now before the Zombie Apocalypse. She does shoot at walkers if she needs to, knowing (unlike her sister) that there is nothing human left in them.
  • Dead Person Conversation: She, Lizzie, and several other dead characters appear to the dying Tyreese and help him move on.
  • The Fettered: Despite Carol's attempts to harden her, she refuses to kill people, even to save herself.
  • Foil: To her sister. Mika is younger, but more rational and knows that Walkers are dangerous but refuses to kill Humans because she thinks its murder, in contrast to Lizzie who thinks Walkers are just normal people and that killing Walkers is murder. That and Mika didn't go insane while Lizzie did.
  • Gender Flip: Her comic counterpart, Billy, is male. She suffers the same fate, being gutted by her sibling so she can come back as a walker.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: In stark contrast to her sister.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: She's one of the few characters in the show to actually be a totally good person and refuses to kill because of this.
  • Kill the Cutie: Lizzie murders her to make a point to Carol. Carol makes sure to stab her head to prevent reanimation.
  • Nice Girl: Very sweet and friendly to the group and gets along with Tyreese and Carol very well. She's probably one of the single nicest character put in the show.
  • Precocious Crush: Seemed to have developed one for Patrick, until he became a walker.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in the Season 4 premiere. Justified due to numerous survivors joining during the Time Skip.
  • Replacement Goldfish: She are her sister appear to be becoming ones for Carol in place of Sophia.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Despite being younger, Mika is much more rational and less creepy than her sister.
  • Tagalong Kid: Tags along with Carol quite often, and is even younger than Carl. She gets better though, see Took a Level in Badass below.
  • Technical Pacifist: Against walkers. Against humans, she is more or less an Actual Pacifist.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: A variation. She has no issues killing Walkers, but she believes killing Humans is murder. She refuses to hurt people as a result.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Like Sophia. Summed up by Carol when she says Mika "doesn't have a mean bone in her body".
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "The Grove", in which she finally musters up the courage to shoot walkers dead. Nevertheless, she refuses to shoot people and can't bring herself to shoot a deer.


Ryan Samuels

Portrayed by: Victor McCay

Ryan is a survivor who joined the prison community with his daughters Lizzie and Mika.

  • Canon Character All Along: He doesn't share a name with any character from the comics. It wasn't until his daughters' final episode where it's revealed that they're actually the Gender Flipped Ben and Billy, making him the equivalent of Allen (who actually appeared on the show, but has nothing in common with his namesake), which was supported as he got Allen's death scene in the comics.
  • Decomposite Character: While Allen is already in the show, Ryan had perhaps Allen's most pivotal scene from the comics: he gets bitten and asks another member of the group to look after his two children when he dies.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: Subverted: Carol prepares to amputate his left arm after he gets bitten, but then notices a bite on the back of his neck, which seals his fate.
  • Mercy Kill: After he dies, Carol stabs him in the head to prevent reanimation.
  • Red Shirt: He doesn't get much characterization before being bit and dying in "Infected".
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in the Season 4 premiere. Justified due to numerous survivors joining during the Time Skip.
  • Zombie Infectee: He is bitten on his left arm and the back of his neck when walkers attack D-Block, and suffers for a while before dying.

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