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A massive group of hostile, heavily armed survivors with a network of settlements in the Washington, D.C. area. Their powerful, charismatic leader, Negan, is both revered as a Dark Messiah and feared as a tyrant. The Saviors are able to sustain their large army by extorting tributes of food, weapons, and other supplies from a number of Puppet States who they dominate and abuse through intimidation, terrorism, and murder.
- Adaptation Expansion: They get much more fleshed out as a group. While Rick's group kills a few Saviors prior to meeting Negan in the comic, there is a subplot involving them wiping out an entire Savior outpost on the show. Furthermore, many individual Saviors are subject to this, receiving more screentime and characterization.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: With Oceanside. In the comics, they have no connection until Oceanside joins the multi-community alliance two years after Negan's defeat. In the show, Oceanside was formerly one of their vassal communities until all the men were killed and they fled to their current home.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: They first appear in "Always Accountable," which is during the show's adaptation of the "No Way Out" arc from the comics, several volumes before the Saviors' first appearance there.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Negan says that they try to avoid killing other survivors unless they need to make an example because they're no use to them dead. On the show, they apparently have a custom of killing one member of every group they come into contact with right off the bat. Furthermore, the comic version of the Saviors at least keep the areas surrounding their vassal communities clear of walkers in exchange for their exorbitant tribute. On the TV show, there is no mention of them making such pretense; they are more up front about the fact that they're running a protection racket.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: They have turned a number of neighboring communities into subservient Puppet States that make regular tributes of food, weapons, and other goods to them.
- The Hilltop Colony - Subjugated by the Satellite Outpost under Wade; rebels alongside Alexandria and the Kingdom
- Oceanside - Subjugated by the Sanctuary under Simon; fled from the Saviors after Simon massacred all male residents
- The Kingdom - Subjugated by the Chemical Plant Outpost under Gavin; rebels alongside Alexandria and the Hilltop
- The Library - Subjugated by the Insurance Office Outpost under Regina; everyone killed by Simon after they rebelled
- The Alexandria Safe-Zone - Subjugated by the Sanctuary under Negan himself; rebels alongside Hilltop and the Kingdom
- The Junkyard - Simon attempts to subjugate them but ends up killing almost all of them.
- Arc Words: "We are all Negan" for the second half of Season 6.
- Bad Boss: If you don't give them what they want then they kill you. If you do give them what they want then they just abuse you. This applies to both the characters who work under them willingly and the groups coerced into working for them.
- Badass Crew: They're a lethal force to be reckoned with and their members are always armed to the teeth. Their use of set radio call-signs suggests a sophisticated communication network. Even in terms of sheer size they far outclass any other antagonist group seen in the series (Rick's group kills over forty of them and still barely scratch the surface of their numbers).
- The Bully: It seems that most of the Saviors enjoy picking on their enemies like bullies.
- Corporal Punishment: Mutilation is their standard punishment for rule breaking.
- Cult: The Saviors worship Negan as their Dark Messiah.
- Dark Is Evil: Many of their members are clad in black.
- Death by Adaptation: Not so much death as in disbandment. The comic counterparts of the Saviors ultimately survived the events of the series and (after a bit of HeelFace Revolving Door after Negan's defeat) became permanent allies on Rick's side. The TV Saviors ultimately disband and reintegrate into other communities, and the ones who remain evil plunderers are massacred by Carol during Season 9.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After they are defeated and peacefully surrender in the final battle of the war, the Saviors become allies to AHK and Oceanside. In turn, they receive supplies and help from the other communities to repair the damage inflicted to the Sanctuary at the start of the war.
- The Dreaded: They've taken a page out of Grand Moff Tarkin's book in that they prefer to rule through the fear of force rather than through force itself. When encountering a new group, they tend to kill one person so the survivors know who they're dealing with, but they would rather let the rest live so they can be more useful to their new masters.
- Dwindling Party: Their numbers are ever-decreasing throughout their tenure on the show. Originally, there were at least several hundred in their ranks, but by the end of the war, have been reduced to just under a hundred. After Season 9, the only living named (former) Saviors who are confirmed alive are Negan and Alden, while Dwight and Sherry have been Put on a Bus.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Racially, they're pretty diverse. Also, their ranks are a bit more diverse in terms of sex than in the comics, where only one female soldier is ever seen, though they're still a comparatively small minority.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- They really don't like seeing someone get their face burned off.
- When Negan throws Dr. Carson into the furnace while he's still alive, just about everybody looks horrified.
- Officially, they don't condone rape - but Negan's major lieutenants vary on how much they are able or willing to enforce this rule. Negan himself only wants "willing" women in his harem - though he still means women he has intimidated or simply manipulated into it (basically, "I'll give you life-saving insulin for sex, and if you refuse, you can leave - and just try to find some on your own").
- Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: To their credit, they seem to be a pretty tightly knit group. Most members are shown to be good friends who have each other's backs, and they will come after anyone who kills one of their own.
- Evil Minions: The Saviors have an assortment of workers at the Sanctuary.
- Fantastic Caste System: At the top there's Negan, followed by his lieutenants (Simon being the topmost), then the "soldiers" (the Saviors proper), and at the bottom are the workers and Negan's wives. The very bottom rung on punishment detail are the workers tasked with maintaining the perimeter fence of impaled zombies on spikes.
- Fascist, but Inefficient: The Saviors run a huge, well-stocked empire... during peacetime. When the allied forces of AHK put the Sanctuary under siege, the Saviors inside begin running out of food, gas, and water very quickly. It's clear the Saviors have never had to deal with such a scenario before, and thus their poor rationing and response nearly leads to a worker uprising. The loss of their slave states also means that they're no longer receiving a constant stream of supplies, and they are still forced to contend with a food and ammo shortage in Season 8B.
- Fat and Skinny: Played for Laughs. There are two different Saviors named Joey. Fat Joey is an engineer at the Sanctuary, Skinny Joey is a soldier at the Chemical Plant Outpost. After Fat Joey is killed, Skinny Joey just becomes Joey. Which disappoints Negan.
- Faux Affably Evil: Many of their members act this way, putting on a sleazy front as they pretend to be reasonable, benevolent people, while threatening to kill, maim, torture, or all of the above at the same time.
- Fictional Currency: The Saviors are such a large survivor faction that they even have their own ad hoc currency system of "points" - ration points based on supply and demand. Basic foodstuffs are worth the points you can earn in a hard day's worth of work. Fresh vegetables are more expensive. Life-saving medication like insulin is rare and very hard to scavenge, so costs more points than people can afford (without engaging in glorified prostitution). Their top lieutenants and probably most of the soldiers either earn more points or can just do what they want.
- Greater-Scope Villain: They're a background threat in the first half of Season 6, while Rick's group is still dealing with more immediate concerns. They're also this in some episodes of Season 7 where they're not the focus, such as "The Well" (where some briefly appear) and "Swear" (where they do not appear but their influence is felt).
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Many of the Saviors wear leather.
- I Am Legion: As a sign of undivided loyalty and devotion, all Saviors are expected to assume Negan's identity when asked their names or who are they.
- Iconic Logo: Negan's bat Lucille seems to have acquired a fair amount of symbolic significance to the Saviors, many of whom have carved it on their guns.
- Kick the Dog: Cross the Saviors and you will suffer for it, as the people of Alexandria learn the hard way after massacring a huge number of them in their sleep. For this the Saviors take delight in making their lives miserable, even stealing all of their mattresses only to burn them. They aren't exactly what you call kind to the people of the Hilltop or the people of the Kingdom either. Some of the ones who manage to survive the war do get better in its aftermath however.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: In the season 8 finale, the Saviors lose the war with the AHK coalition and surrender peacefully to them. Negan himself gets removed from power while Laura seemingly takes command in order to forge an alliance with the other groups.
- Large Ham: They tend to have a flair for the dramatic. Negan, Simon, and Bud are probably the standout examples.
- Leitmotif: A gentle, soft piano piece often plays during Season 8 during Savior-centric scenes. It's subtle and conveys that something is not right even in scenes where nothing is happening.
- Mugging the Monster: It goes both ways. Rick's group preemptively slaughters everyone at one of their outposts. In retribution, the Saviors kill their only doctor and later brutally murder Abraham and Glenn in front of their friends. Neither group has any idea who they're messing with.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: The Saviors begin getting some substantial parallels to Nazi Germany, particularly in their subplots after Season 8.
- In general they operate as a fascist regime with a mass-murdering tyrant, who demand regular tributes from vassal states theyve subjugated with violence lest they incur more violence. They regularly violate any peace brokered between them and their states and any attempt at appeasement just makes things worse for the communities who only end up getting bullied further. They also share the Third Reichs Fascist, but Inefficient trope since when the actual rebellion from their slaves begins, the Sanctuary almost immediately runs out of supplies once the constant stream of tributes stops.
- After the Savior War, the surviving Saviors are very much in a state like Germany after both World Wars. Like after the First World War, they have been subjected to severe punishment and restrictions for their actions in the war by their former enemies, leading to great unrest and poverty as their own supplies fail and resentment builds against the other communities. Like after World War II, the Saviors are now governed by a rotating set of appointed leaders from the other communities, just like how Berlin was divvied up between the Allied nations. Several holdouts still feel loyalty to their old leader, and several Saviors end up killed by vengeful survivors from the other communities as retribution.
- We are introduced to a young man in Season 10 who was the child of two loyal Saviors who died during the war. He seems like a normal guy until he gets a spotlight episode in which he proves to still worship Negans old regime and his mass-murdering ways, believing the good old days are when the Saviors ruled the other communities with an iron fist. Hes more like a Neo-Nazi by any other name given his disturbing fanaticism towards a dead fascist regime and wanting to bring it back.
- The trope gets Played With when it comes to genocide, however. Negan normally does not even want to hear of the idea since he knows that he cannot run his empire without people alive to provide and work for it, and because in his mind he is making his slave states stronger through his enslavement of them. His second-in-command Simon, however, is a full-tilt bloodthirsty maniac who hides his bloodlust behind a very thin facade of wanting to teach the communities a lesson, and has committed at least two known acts of genocide - the Library, and the men of Oceanside. The latter instance is one that Negan has displayed disgust for. That being said, since the last Librarian was used in the subjugation of Alexandrias leadership, Negan presumably signed off on it, and at the end of the war displayed a willingness to wipe out all the communities after being pushed too far.
- Never My Fault: It seems that most of the Saviors have picked up on Negan's habitual inability to see anything wrong with their actions. They see themselves as a Necessarily Evil doing what needs to be done in order to restore society as a result of his brainwashing, but also mirror his inability to accept there may be anything wrong with their methods. In other words, if you're a member of a community they're forcing to serve them and something goes wrong for them, YOU are the problem. However, after Negan is eventually overthrown and imprisoned by the same people he once enslaved, some of the surviving Saviors eventually seem to finally accept that they were the ones who were in the wrong, and redeem themselves by siding with their former enemies.
- Non-Indicative Name: You might think that a group called "Saviors" would be keen on helping people. However, it turns out the reason why they call themselves this is because they apparently believe they are saving people by blackmailing them into servitude. It seems that Negan believes that by forcing people to work for him, he is integrating them into the community he's building where they will eventually be safe once they've full heartedly sided with the Saviors and it appears he's brainwashed the rest of his people into believing this as well, and that they are Necessarily Evil. He can't accept that his group have become just a bunch of extortionists who blackmail and rob other communities and he and his people like their various atrocities are entirely on others for not playing ball.
- Not Quite Dead: Rick's group assumes that the satellite outpost is the Saviors' main compound and that Primo is Negan. The first half of "Twice as Far" shows the people of Alexandria going on with business as usual after the supposed extermination of their enemy. It's not until Dwight shows up and kills Denise that they learn that the Saviors are far from beaten.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Many of the Saviors seemed to have a bark bigger than their bite. Despite being a fearsome group that terrorizes other survivors, Rick and his people beat them at every turn and the only dangerous member seemed to be Dwight, who outsmarts Daryl and kills Denise. But then in the season 6 finale the Saviors outsmart Rick and his group at every turn, show just how large of a group they really are, capture Rick's group and bring them to Negan who beats Abraham and Glenn to death.
- Not Using the "Z" Word: They apparently call zombies "growlers" and "cold bloods" judging by the uses of these terms in "The Same Boat."
- Politically Incorrect Villain: They are not the most enlightened group. Though race seems to be a nonissue with them, gender is not, as can be seen under numerous entries below.
- Pride: Negan and the other abusive thugs under his employ are so high off themselves they feel they are entitled to bully anyone they like or take anything they wish, acting like their various atrocities are entirely on others for not playing ball and cruelly bullying and antagonizing anybody and everybody who's weaker than they are. It's also the group's big failing, too, since they assume they can still keep their vassal communities in check despite the fact Rick's group killed off forty of them (Negan basically lets them off with a relative slap on the wrist, utterly confident that he can intimidate the Alexandrians into working for him to replace his losses), and Ezekiel and even Gregory are finding ways to rebel against them. Carl directly confronts Negan in "Sing Me a Song" that the smart thing to do would have been to kill Rick and all of his core fighters - to which he smugly explains that they're more productive alive and working for him. He's just that overconfident that he can break and humiliate Rick and his followers (i.e. not only keeping Daryl, one of Rick's top fighters, alive as a hostage, but being convinced he could break him down and turn him into a willing lieutenant).
- Punch-Clock Villain: Some of the more sympathetic ones, like Dwight and Gavin, who just treat extorting the other communities as a job and aren't looking for a fight. However, this trope only applies to some Saviors. Others not so much.
- Red Shirt Army: Abraham and Sasha gun down two in "Always Accountable," Daryl blows up a small group of them in "No Way Out," many more are killed when Rick's group raids one of their outposts in "Not Tomorrow Yet," Carol lures another group into a trap and burns them alive in "The Same Boat", and later Abraham, Daryl and Rosita dispatch a number of them when Dwight tries to blackmail his way into Alexandria in "Twice as Far." Finally, Carol guns a group of them down while leaving Alexandria in "East." Suffice to say, Negan is pissed.
- Rising Empire: Unlike any other group, the Saviors actually have more than one base, meaning they control far more territory than any group previously seen, and they have the martial might to back it up. They have also subjugated a number of other communities and turned them into vassal states. Finally, they have their own economy (made up of a point system), and are beginning to develop their own culture revolving around Negan.
- Sinister Whistling: They are generally recognizable by their two-tone whistle.
- Smart Ball: In the finale, the Saviors finally gain some intimidation points when they plan out a strategy for ambushing Rick and a few of his cohorts by perfectly setting up a trap, and then proceeding to murder two of them and brutally mind rape Rick into submission.
- Smug Snake: The Saviors are pretty high on the horse, given the size of their organization and Negan's status as The Dreaded.
- The Stoner: One of the few things they actually produce themselves is marijuana.
- Stupid Evil: Negan and the other bullies under his employ are so arrogant that they apparently never expected the people whose lives they made a misery to rebel against them, neither noticing nor caring that their more practical lieutenants (i.e. Gavin) actually lose less men and have a better working relationship with their tributaries - i.e.for a long time Ezekiel and his people thought it was worth it to just deliver them some supplies to make them go away without a fuss because Gavin and his men (with the exception of Jared) displayed a more civilized, diplomatic attitude towards them, only following Negan's orders to blackmail them into providing for the Saviors because they were too terrified of him to dare to disobey him, with Richard not so coincidentally being both the only one who disagrees and believes that they must fight the Saviors and the poor sap who bears the brunt of Jared's sadistic abuse. That is until Jared pushes Ezekiel and the people of the Kingdom too far by murdering Benjamin against Gavin's orders, and they decide they WILL join the people of Alexandria and the Hilltop in the fight against the Saviors after all. Negan isn't totally insane and he does make some big speeches about how he'd rather not massacre everyone else because he'd rather they stay alive to work for him - only to then come needlessly close to breaking his own rules (he clearly enjoys torturing people who disobey him, not just treating it as something he has to do to maintain order). The bullies like Jared among the Saviors are so drunk on power that they don't seem to understand they're trying to run a "protection racket", not a "bully people so badly they eventually rebel against you" party.
- Super-Persistent Predator: As Rick's group learns in the sixth season finale, if the Saviors want you, they want you, as evidenced by their increasingly large and intimidating roadblocks during the episode.
- Undying Loyalty: One thing they all have in common is their absolute reverence for Negan.
- Villain Ball: Even when people are being completely compliant with their demands, the bullies among The Saviors have a nasty habit of assaulting people over trivial, sometimes imaginary slights, and they never receive any rebuke from their superiors for it. So basically, the abusive ones treat people like crap even if they do as they're told because they're so arrogant they won't expect that to lead to a rebellion. It also doesn't help that they often kill people who have very valuable skills, like medical physicians and mechanics.
- We Have Reserves: They're the first big group that Rick and his followers encounter, who at first didn't even suspect that a large multi-location survivor faction could exist out there. They're the first time Rick's group encounters a faction that controls more than one base, with various outposts away from their main base. The Governor's total number of fighters at Woodbury (and later) numbered a little over 30 people. Terminus and the Wolves also had between one or two dozen people. Alexandria's total population when Rick's group arrives is a little over 50 people (including children and the elderly). Rick's group learns the hard way, however, that the Saviors number in the hundreds. Rick's group killed around 30 of them in Season 6... and this loss was only enough to annoy Negan, not enough to put a significant dent in his power base.
- Would Hurt a Child: Some of them have zero qualms about hurting or killing anyone, including children. Simon and the ones who complied with his orders to massacre the men and boys of Oceanside are the standout example.
- Zerg Rush: In the Season 6 finale, the Saviors eventually capture Rick and a few of his friends by ganging up on them with over at least 120 people joining Negan in an ambush.
- Eugene: Rick, I'd feel remiss if —Rick: No. I know who you are. Listen, you five. The Saviors inside. All of you have a chance to survive here. To survive this. You all can live if you surrender. Can't guarantee it any time but now. Right now.
Negan and his inner circle of lieutenants who are either outpost heads or hold other positions of power among the Saviors.
- 0% Approval Rating: Unlike Negan, none of his lieutenants are admired as much as he is. In fact, the second Negan is MIA the workers immediately strike back against the council. One of them even tries to assassinate Simon.
- Co-Dragons: All of them report directly to Negan. Simon, Gavin and Regina are each tasked with carrying out Negan's edicts and control of the vassal communities on his behalf. Eugene and Dwight also have authority over workers and even other Saviors. Later on, Eugene is given command over his own outpost, the bullet factory, with a group of workers and soldiers to protect it.
- Dwindling Party: As the war with the AHK alliance grows uneasy, their numbers begin to suffer. First, Gavin is killed, along with his entire squadron, when he invades the Kingdom. Simon is killed for trying to usurp Negan's power. Dwight is exiled by Daryl after helping the alliance take down the Savior regime for good. Eugene ends up pulling a HeelFace Turn and returning to Alexandria to help rebuild it. Regina is burned alive by Carol after menacing her one too many times.
- Mook Lieutenant: With the exception of Dwight, who is Sanctuary-based, all of them command their own groups of Saviors based at different outposts.
Portrayed By: Steven Ogg
Simon is the unpredictable second-in-command of Negan's regime. Like Negan, he's equal parts charming and terrifying but more often the latter. He's one of the three outpost leaders, who takes control of the satellite outpost after its original inhabitants are wiped out by Rick's group. Simon spearheads the operation to capture Rick and his inner circle and bring them before Negan for subjugation. Simon also begins personally visiting Hilltop Colony for its' tribute and takes pleasure in toying with Gregory, later conscripting Dr. Harlan Carson for the Sanctuary.
When the war begins, however, Simon's psychotic ruthlessness begins to put him at odds with his leader. Simon frequently votes in favor of exterminating the forces of AHK, but Negan refuses, believing they will be able to subjugate their slaves once again. During a raid on Hilltop, Simon abandons Negan when Rick attacks him, and usurps command of the Saviors. However, Simon's raid fails and Negan quickly returns and kills his lieutenant for his treachery.
- Actually Pretty Funny: When a drunken Gregory is hyucking it up about how amazing he thinks he is and how he deserves more, Simon is watching with a delighted grin as he snickers. Then Gregory shoves him, and Simon's smile vanishes and he knocks him on his ass.
- Adaptation Name Change: He seems to be the show's version of the comics character Connor, being a high-ranking member of the Saviors who serves as Negan's lieutenant.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Connor was of average intelligence while Simon is above average.
- Adaptational Nationality: Simon is American, while Connor from the comics was likely British.
- Adaptational Villainy: While Connor was no peach in the comic, at least he never tried to take over the Saviors and murder Negan for petty disagreements.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: After killing him, Negan has his zombified corpse chained to the Sanctuary fence.
- Asshole Victim: It's safe to say that he deserved to be made an example of for all his horrible actions.
- Ax-Crazy: He is far more bloodthirsty and deranged than even Negan himself, who becomes enraged when Simon starts "backsliding" by suggesting that they should kill all the people in the Hilltop to make the rest of the colonies fall in line. Not to mention Simon himself orchestrated the mass slaughter in the Library (and at Oceanside as well) a lot earlier which angered Negan and made their relationship more strained. Simon fully demonstrates how volatile he really is in "The Lost and the Plunderers" when he massacres all the Scavengers except for Jadis.
- Bad Boss: It's revealed that Simon doesn't give a crap about the safety of his own men, he just hates it when they're killed because it makes him look weak. In fact, he himself doesn't care about wasting his followers as pawns in a dangerous battle.
- Badass Mustache: Simon's mustache is just as nasty as his personality, and you don't get to be Negan's right hand man without being able to handle yourself.
- Beneath the Mask: In most of his appearances, Simon is a confident smartass who acts above it all, but once he's forced to hold the leadership reins he swiftly begins to crack under pressure when he finds himself unable to keep the Savior community stable. It's also (vaguely) implied that Negan once had to cow him into submission.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Simon eventually becomes a culpable threat in his own right, independent from Negan, during the second half of Season 8.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Despite being a terrifying and capable leader, Simon thinks way too highly of himself and is only half as dangerous as Negan himself. During the second half of Season 8, he manages to take Negan's place as the main antagonist of the season for a mere two episodes before Negan's return.
- Both Sides Have a Point: Simon's conflict with Negan has both men offering valid points. Negan points out that their slave states can't provide for them if they're all dead, which is proven when the Sanctuary almost immediately runs out of supplies during the siege. Simon, however, realizes that the allied communities will never fully submit to their rule, so he vouches for wiping them out, expanding their rule, and finding other communities to subjugate. Simon, however, rejects Negan's compromise approach to the situation (killing one member of each community that steps out of line), and works to usurp Negan to attempt outright genocide of the allies.
- Breakout Villain: The popularity of Simon's actor and the genuinely creepy, fun performance he gives solidified him as an instant fan-favorite, who was eventually added to the main cast in Season 8.
- The Bully: There are plenty of bullies among the Saviors, but Simon deserves a (not) honorable mention for the special interest he takes in making Gregory's life miserable, humiliating him at every opportunity. Not that Gregory doesn't deserve it. This ends up working against him during the Sanctuary siege, since the moment the workers begin complaining, he throws himself at them to fight them as opposed to actually trying to lead them.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Similar to his boss, Simon is rather eccentric, but he gets the job done and most certainly shouldn't be taken lightly.
- Character Death: Publicly beaten and strangled by Negan in "Worth."
- Composite Character: Due to Bud's early demise on the show, Simon takes over his comic role during Negan's introduction. He also incorporates aspects of Connor, being one of Negan's lieutenants who deals with the Hilltop.
- The Creon: Perfectly content to remain as Negan's right hand man, until he begins to grow frustrated with Negan's doctrine.
- Dead Guy on Display: Negan hangs up Walker Simon along the Sanctuary fence to serve as a reminder on why nobody betrays him.
- Decomposite Character: Farron, a member of the Scavengers, ends up taking his role in the comics of nearly killing Rick's love interest during the start of All Out War and dying in the process.
- Dirty Coward: Not as obvious as Gavin, but Simon is definitely better at hiding it behind intimidation tactics and appearing all high and mighty. Best example of this is when he guns down all the Scavengers except Jadis after they had handed their weapons. And when trying to take over Hilltop in a botched attack plan, Simon decides to retire with his men when the odds are against him. As Negan said while choking him to death...Negan: You went for it all at the Hilltop. You got Saviors killed, and then you ran away like a coward!
- Disproportionate Retribution: He is far more likely than Negan to use more violence than the situation calls for. He slaughtered everyone at the Library and advocates doing the same to the Hilltop. As his frustration builds, so does his desire to scorch the earth and wipe out his enemies completely. Negan does not approve of this, and becomes enraged at Simon whenever he begins "backsliding." Eventually he outright disobeys Negan in service of this trope, slaughtering all but one of the Scavengers.
- The Dragon: Negan refers to him as his "right hand man," and he has more power and influence than anyone else in Negan's inner circle. He also takes command of the Satellite Outpost in Season 7.
- Dragon Ascendant: In "The Key," he declares Negan dead and usurps command of the Saviors with the intention of exterminating the allied communities at the Hilltop. When Negan returns, he also returns to his role as The Dragon, but tries to overthrow him, only to fail and be killed.
- Evil Counterpart: Or rather, eviler counterpart to Shane. Much like Shane, Simon is a ruthless, self-loving Number Two to a more merciful leader (albeit one who's still the Big Bad of the series) who eventually schemes to overthrow him, deeming him too weak to lead their group against outside threats. Even in death, both Shane and Simon got what they wanted, since both Rick and Negan executed their treacherous lieutenant and ultimately adopted their more merciless mentality going forward. Simon's death on the floor being strangled by Negan also strongly resembles Rick's killing of Shane, who was also on the ground and being held down by Rick.
- Eviler Than Thou: In Season 8 he's revealed to be much more ruthless than Negan, who calls him "psychotic" and a "demented, broken goddamn ghoul."
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: If you notice on the Gremlin car he sent crashing through the Hilltop's gates, it has a middle-finger gesturing lock on the trunk. There's also the incident when he takes Dr. Carson away from the Hilltop, and in what he believes is a fair exchange, he gives the group a crate full of aspirin as a replacement. Otherwise, he's quick with a smug, sardonic comment.
- Evil Is Hammy: Steven Ogg is clearly having a blast in the role. Special mention should go to his cry of, "BULL. SHIT." when Jadis tries to pull the wool over his eyes.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Gregory finds out that trying to suck up to a murderous psychopath does not qualify as guaranted life insurance. When Gregory fails to get the Hilltop fighters to stand down, Simon violently pushes him down the stairs and abandons him to his death. When he later returns trying to wriggle into the Sanctuary, Simon has little patience for him and nearly kills him before reducing him to his coffee boy.
- Evil Is Petty: He is very eager to murder somebody for the most minor inconveniences. One standout example would be how he orders his men to off all the Scavengers just because Jadis punched him for being an ass.
- Expy: Simon is an almost perfect copy of Trevor Philips from Grand Theft Auto V. Both characters are played by Steven Ogg, homicidal maniacs, and strategic gang leaders. The only real difference between the two is that while Trevor may be more Ax-Crazy than Simon, Simon doesn't have any of Trevor's redeeming qualities and/or loyalty.
- Fatal Flaw: His sadism is what eventually proves to be Simon's downfall. Had he not massacred the Scavengers and tried to coup against Negan, he might still be alive.
- A Father to His Men: Sadism appears to be Simon's primary motivation, but he also seems to care for the thugs under his command. When Maggie takes a group of his Saviors hostage, he's furious and even forgets he's afraid of Negan for a moment. It ends up being Subverted in Do Not Send Us Astray, however, as when Maggie reminds Simon about the hostages, Simon says screw them, because hes more interested in slaughtering the AHK fighters, not his own captured men. Simons earlier outburst was clearly just him using the hostages as an excuse to go and massacre Hilltop.
- Faux Affably Evil: Like Negan, he's a rather jovial and charismatic presence, but there's a constant sinister undercurrent to his actions. At his most affable, he's giving some rather heartfelt advice to Rick about cherishing his group. He gives that advice because he knows very well that at least one of them will be dead before the day is through, and he's even beating and lynching a man to give Rick a preview of the horrors to come. Comparing Simon to Gavin is a good lesson in the difference between this trope and Affably Evil.
- Flunky Boss: Whenever Simon appears on screen he's always backed up by a big gang of thugs to help him intimidate others. In fact, he can't even enter Gregory's mansion without filling the room with over 30 guys standing in it with him.
- For the Evulz: Simon has no motivation for his heinous acts apart from satisfying his own sadistic urges.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He's very short-tempered and arguably the most aggressive Savior shown. He pushes Gregory down the stairs after seeing him as useless, picks up fights with the workers after they start revolting, slaughters all the Scavengers for not getting a chance to get his revenge on Hilltop and lunges at Dwight after he betrays him. Steven Ogg even joked on Talking Dead that he played the zombified Simon, who is noticeably more snarly and vicious than the average walker, as if a part of Simon were still in there consciously trying to attack anything in his path (specifically, Negan).
- Honest Advisor: Simon tries to speak honestly to Negan about the rebelling communities, but Negan doesn't want genuine opinions. He wants complete obedience.Simon: Maybe we should cut our losses here. These people can't learn the lesson, no matter how many times we teach it. Alexandria, Hilltop, Kingdom, these garbage rats? They're not seeming to understand the situation. Not one little bit. So maybe we learn our lesson, scrape the plates into the trash. Move further out. Find other communities to "save".Negan: Oh, I am doing my best to hold it together right now. You wanna cut your losses, take your own advice. Killing everybody to solve the problem that is the easy way, not our way. What we do saving people, it is hard. But it damn well works.Simon: Not lately.
- It's Personal: After Carl's failed attack on the Sanctuary, Simon really comes to hate him since he killed two of his men and strongly implies he is angry that Carl got off easy with Negan.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He shows some level of kindness towards Dwight, but it's not outright genuine as he's just another pawn that he uses on his attempted coup against Negan, knowing well of their negative history together. When Dwight ends up betraying Simon, he lashes out at him in anger. Also, he pretty much uses Gregory as his tool in order to get in good graces with the Hilltop and Negan, even making him breakfast during his visit at the Sanctuary. When Gregory shows during the war that he's unable to command the residents of the Hilltop anymore (seeing Maggie as their true leader), Simon pushes him down the stairs in anger, considering him completely useless. Simon later wants to send Gregory away (which actually means "kill him"), only to change his mind at the last second and make him his coffee boy. All in all, Negan sums up Simon pretty well with his Post-Mortem One-Liner after killing him.Negan: What an asshole.
- Also, when Negan spares Simon's life even after what he did at the Junkyard and Hilltop, he says he won't let him down...only to then start a mutiny against and try to assassinate him at least an hour later.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: In-Universe. Simon had executed every man and boy over 10 at Oceanside, and Negan didn't punish him although their relationship was strained afterwards. He then massacres 99% of the garbage people and attempts to purge Hilltop (which still has some of his own men imprisoned) when Negan is temporarily disposed of, and Simon's life is spared yet again after he returns to the Sanctuary. But when Simon tries to lead a mutiny against his boss, Dwight ends up betraying him and he ends up in a Trial by Combat against Negan; he loses and gets choked to death.
- Karmic Death: Strangled to death by Negan after repeatedly trying to overthrow him. He's also made an example as a walker strung up on a fence, exactly like how he murdered an innocent librarian for trying to cross him.
- Kick the Dog: As he walks.
- He brutally beats and hangs the last survivor of the Library community he had just wiped out.
- He has his men trash Alexandria when they are only supposed to look for Daryl.
- He takes away Hilltop's only doctor from them after Negan kills theirs (coincidentally the brother of doctor in question), but that was just orders. Leaving them a couple crates of aspirin to handle the entire community's medical needs, though, just comes off as him going the extra mile to be a prick.
- He guns down Tamiel right in front of Jadis after the latter already apologized for her actions, and Negan only ordered one member of the garbage people (Brion in this case) killed for their treachery. He then proceeds to massacre every last Scavenger except for the leader, complete with a Slasher Smile.
- He says "screw them" and dismisses his own captured men as "damaged goods" during his attempted purge on Hilltop. He also has his men taint their weapons with walker blood to infect all of the wounded.
- He ordered the all-male massacre at Oceanside in order to dominate the community's women.
- He tries to overthrow and kill Negan after he returns to the Sanctuary, despite him forgiving his atrocities several times in the past.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Admittedly, making Gregory kneel before him is a little satisfying. Also, he takes the Hilltop leader's scotch and painting as payment. In the Season 8 premiere, he takes it further by shoving Gregory down a flight of stairs after the latter's "speech" fails to win any Hilltop residents over to their side. In general, Simon likes to treat Gregory like a pet. Only problem is, Simon is a terrible pet owner. Then there's his slaughter of the Scavengers, a group of smug opportunists who betray their supposed allies at every turn.
- Kneel Before Zod: When Rick's group is finally at the Saviors' mercy, he orders them to get on their knees. When they put it off to get the ailing Maggie off her stretcher, Simon gets in Rick's face and orders him again to kneel. Later, he commands Gregory to kneel before him during his first tribute, as is customary for the Saviors.
- Lack of Empathy: Views people as tools to play with for his amusement. This is best evidenced when he does not hesitate to sacrifice his men if it means he gets revenge on AHK. He also talks about Savior fatalities with a casual tone, usually with some form of "They have been removed from the field of play", as if he were talking about a chess game.
- Large and in Charge: As The Dragon to Negan, Simon wields a great deal of power and his physical appearance lends to his presence. He has a muscular build and towers over most of the other characters. Steven Ogg is 6′3″, standing even taller than Jeffrey Dean Morgan (although the show tries to shoot around this slight discrepancy to emphasize Negan as the Big Bad).
- Last Episode, New Character: He's introduced alongside Negan in the Season 6 finale.
- Laughably Evil: Simon is a highly entertaining character due to his memorable dialogue and Steven Ogg's energetic, full-on performance. It doesn't make him any less intimidating or vile.
- Make an Example of Them: Does this to the Library survivors to show what happens when you cross the Saviors. Also did this to Oceanside, by slaughtering every male over the age of 10. And yet again did this to the Scavengers for double crossing the Saviors.
- Mouth of Sauron: He speaks on Negan's behalf, and when Rick repeatedly refuses to accept his terms, he decides that it's time for them to "meet the man" and summons his boss to deal with them personally. Simon also fills this role with the Hilltop, telling Gregory "I'm your Negan."
- Murder Is the Best Solution: His solution in dealing with rebelling communities is to wipe them all out and move on, something which puts him at odds with Negan, who believes that people can be cowed into submission and used as a resource. To wit, Simon massacred every male member of Oceanside over the age of 10, completely wiped out the Library community, slaughtered every Scavenger with the exception of Jadis, and was totally fine with killing every last person at Hilltop.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Simon is the only antagonist to be indirectly responsible for the deaths of others long after his own demise, as the Saviors who took part in the Oceanside massacre and survived the war are kidnapped by the vengeful residents of the community and executed.
- Neck Snap: Negan kills him by crushing his windpipe.
- No Name Given: He was credited as "Lead Savior" in "Last Day on Earth" and his name was not revealed until Scott Gimple's letter on the Talking Dead Season 7 preview special.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Simon likes to get up close with his enemies as a method of intimidation. When not positioning himself higher than whoever he's talking to, he tends to crowd them and back them into a corner. In particular he tends to get very close to Gregory, even patting him on the head like an obedient pet. He also gets close to Carl, staring right into his remaining eye and flicking his hat.
- Pet the Dog:
- He does sound genuine when he asks Rick to cherish his time with his group, and when Abraham pleads to let them get the very ill Maggie down off her stretcher themselves, he allows it and calls off his men.
- When Gregory comes to the Sanctuary to rat out Maggie's rebellion, Simon treats Gregory with remarkable kindness. He even (or at least claims to) makes him a tasty breakfast of pancakes and eggs. When Gregory quickly becomes intimidated by Negan, Simon gently assures him that he has made the right choice in coming to them and says he believes him. However, it all comes crashing down when Gregory's threat to kick people out of Hilltop for rebelling against Negan fails since the Hilltop residents no longer respect him as leader. Simon then loses any trace of kindness and shoves him down a staircase. It's implied Simon's good treatment of Gregory was all because Simon looked forward to getting a reward from Negan if Gregory successfully put down the rebellion on his watch.
- In "The Key", when he's speaking to Dwight and asking his opinion about Negan's orders, Dwight refuses to speak and says he's just paid to work, not voice his opinions. Simon counters this by saying he greatly values Dwight's opinion, and in general is open and somewhat genuine trying to court Dwight to aid him in usurping Negan. When Dwight agrees to go along with him, Simon is genuinely delighted and thanks him.
- In "Worth", when plotting to kill Negan, he orders his men to ensure that Negan's death is quick, saying he's earned that much for getting them as far as he has.
- Pride: He does not like it when his position of power is questioned. It proves to be his downfall once he starts to think that he should be in charge instead of Negan.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He's almost as big a childish bully as Negan is. When the Saviors start losing in the war with Rick's coalition he literally starts throwing temper tantrums like a bratty child who can't get his way. It's so bad that Negan even has to talk him down like a parent.
- Psycho Supporter: He doesn't really care about Negan's ideas that people are a resource and should only be killed if necessary to "save" other lives. He is always quick to offer the most brutal solutions, and in general, he wants any excuse to kill.
- Punny Name: He's Negan's second in command, so what Simon Says goes.
- Real Men Cook: Cooks breakfast for Gregory during his visit in the Sanctuary.
- Replacement Flat Character: Even though he makes his debut earlier, Simon's Ax-Crazy and Starscream qualities are ramped up significantly in Season 8 to make Negan, who in turn is given a few Pet the Dog moments, more sympathetic by comparison.
- Sadist: Simon clearly enjoys making others suffer. Whether it be acting like a smug Jerkass to everyone, or slaughtering entire communities over petty slights, he enjoys every minute of it. Just look at the expression on his face as the Scavengers are massacred for proof.
- Slasher Smile: A specialty of his; he sports a big coat-hanger grin rather frequently.
- Smug Snake: The majority of his dialogue consists of Evil Gloating, and he's almost always seen with a large group of soldiers backing him up. When Negan is temporarily indisposed, Simon shows that he really isn't fit to be the sole man in charge.
- The Sociopath: Callous, bloodthirsty, a megalomaniac, and fairly cunning.
- Sore Loser: He really hates to lose. Once the Saviors start suffering heavy losses in the war with AHK he throws childish tantrums on how much he despises the enemies and is eager to kill them all instead of listening to his boss.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Due to his role in the comics of fighting and nearly killing Rick's love interest before being thrown off the tower going over to the Scavenger Farron, Simon ends up surviving long past the point where his comic counterpart Connor was killed.
- The Starscream: After having grown frustrated with Negan being willing to spare the communities that clearly will never fall in line, Simon tries to get Dwight on his side and, once he sees Negan's car about to get hit in "The Key" he decides not to warn him. Afterwards, without conclusive proof, he declares that Negan is dead and takes over as leader of the Saviors. He then rallies his forces to wipe out their enemies once and for all. In "Worth," after Negan returns alive, Simon moves to assassinate him with his cronies, including Dwight, who double-crosses him in turn to Negan, resulting in his execution.
- The Strategist: Simon is one of the most intelligent Saviors. He is responsible for orchestrating the rather ingenious roadblocks of Rick's group, and is always one step ahead of them. He later organizes a similar stunt at the Hilltop, opening the gate, lighting several pyres, and blaring music to attract walkers inside. He's good at military strategy, killing and intimidating opponents. His need for Disproportionate Retribution, however, exceeds even Negan's - wiping out entire tributary communities that try to rebel, lacking Negan's presence of mind to comprehend that they can't work for him if they're dead.
- Too Clever by Half: He is quite cunning and strategic at first, but as Season 8 progresses, his sadism and impulsiveness start to kick into overdrive and his tactics become increasingly sloppy. Negan even berates Simon for his reckless attack on Hilltop as he strangles him to death, furious that it ended up getting a number of their soldiers killed and has forced him to make the painful decision to massacre the communities and start over.
- Trial by Combat: After the depth of his treasonous behavior is revealed, Negan gives Simon a chance fight for the leadership of the Saviors. He loses.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Despite the fact that Negan has forgiven Simon's atrocities multiple times, he still doesn't submit to his regime and even tries to instigate a mutiny against him which ends up being Simon's downfall.
- Villain Has a Point: Towards the end of "Rock in the Road", he points out that after killing two Saviors and discovering the location of the Sanctuary, Carl got off extremely easy. He also realizes before any of his cohorts that the rebelling communities will not surrender to Negan and return things to the status quo. When killing him, Negan admits that he will have to kill AHK and follow Simon's doctrine.
- Villainous Breakdown: As the war goes on, Simon becomes more and more unhinged. He ends up disobeying Negan and mercilessly gunning down every one of the Scavengers save for Jadis.
- Villainous Friendships: They're subverted by the end of Season 8 when Simon ultimately betrays them.
Negan: Who the hell do you think you're talking to? Are you confused about who we are? Are you confused about who is in charge? Are we backsliding, Simon? Please, tell me we're not backsliding.Simon: We're not backsliding.
- He seems to have a pretty good relationship with Negan, who affectionately refers to Simon as his "right-hand man." Once the war with Rick starts, however, the differences in their goals split further and further apart until Simon becomes The Starscream. It's also implied that they didn't always get along, and much like Dwight, Simon might have had to be cowed by Negan at one point.
- In "The Key", he begins striking up one with Dwight so he can convince him to join his coup to usurp Negan.
- Warhawk: He is by far the most hawkish member of the Savior leadership, outstripping even Negan. He almost always pushes for the most aggressive and violent course of action, and frequently proposes (and, multiple times, commits) mass murder.
- We ARE Struggling Together: After the war begins, Simon and Negan's relationship becomes a great deal more strained. Negan lashes out at Simon for his Disproportionate Retribution, whereas Simon feels that Negan has failed the Saviors by not taking a harder line with the rebelling communities. Simon becomes The Starscream in "The Key" when he decides to abandon a search for him, so he can go and slaughter AHK as he pleases.
- We Can Rule Together:
- In "The Key", he asks Dwight to go along with declaring Negan dead so they can lead the Saviors together (albeit with Simon as the more dominant of the two).
- In "Worth" Negan retells the story of how Simon was the right hand man of the former leader of the Saviors, and mirroring his actions with Dwight, helped Negan overthrow the former leader.
- We Have Reserves: Ultimately, Simon cares nothing for the men under his command, just seeing them as tools to use to kill and satisfy his bloodlust. When he learns Maggie has taken numerous Saviors as POW's at Hilltop, Simon immediately roars that he will slaughter Hilltop for it to rescue his men - but when he is later at Hilltop's gates, he dismisses them as "damaged goods" and prepares to massacre them anyway.
- White-Collar Crime: According to Word of St. Paul, pre-apocalypse Simon was a shady lender who sold subprime mortgages to unsuspecting customers.
- Wicked Cultured: Simon has a taste for the finer things (excluding Scotch). He plays Jean Sibelius's Finlandia to attract walkers to the Hilltop, uses the stage direction "exeunt" in casual conversation, and he's downright blown away by a portrait of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in Gregory's office. He later takes it for himself.
- Would Hurt a Child: Revealed in "Worth" to be responsible for the massacre at Oceanside, which included every boy over the age of 10.
- Zerg Rush: During the Battle of Hilltop, Simon displays little actual strategy in his attacks on the community. His orders basically boil down to "kill them all", and his only strategic move is deploying several hidden Saviors armed with walker-infected weapons. Sure enough, AHK is able to route and drive off his troops through genuine strategies.
Portrayed By: Jayson Warner Smith
A high-ranking Savior who serves as the liaison to the Kingdom. He's the leader of the Chemical Plant Outpost, and serves on the Saviors' governing council. Gavin is portrayed as being one of the more practical, civilised and diplomatic Saviors and never partook in the same amount of bullying and torture that certain cohorts of his did, though nevertheless treated the Kingdom poorly. When they appeared to come up short during a tribute, Gavin reluctantly ordered one of them to be executed, but was disgusted when Jared shot and killed the teenage Benjamin. Gavin made some effort to apologize to Ezekiel, but the damage was done, and the Kingdom joined the rebellion against Negan. Gavin was highly uncomfortable during the escalating war, and was ordered to bring Ezekiel to Negan for execution. Ultimately, Gavin made it clear that he never wanted to join the Saviors and only did so because Negan would have tortured or killed him had he refused, and for this Ezekiel and Carol took pity on him. They tried to convince the mentally unstable Morgan to spare his life after cornering him, though Gavin was then killed by Henry, who wanted revenge on the Saviors for his brother's murder.
- Adaptation Expansion: His comic counterpart is a random Mook, while this Gavin is a major supporting villain.
- Affably Evil: Despite being one of the Saviors leaders, hes usually polite and reasonable, albeit in a professional, not terribly friendly way. He's also not above condescending and mocking the Kingdom.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After being cornered by a crazed Morgan, Gavin offers to let the Kingdom residents go to Hilltop and continue working for the Saviors without punishment, and desperately begs Morgan not to kill him.
- Bad Liar: Tries to trick Ezekiel into giving them more supplies when he takes a lazy half-look at their tribute, claiming their load is smaller, but the king immediately calls him out on it, and Gavin is forced to backtrack.
- Break the Haughty: We see that for the most part Gavin stands on the Savior Council as one of their most productive lieutenants and is proud of his accomplishments (although considering his diplomatic, non-violent approach to solving problems, he's probably justified in feeling proud of them), but is horrified by a crazed Morgan's violent slaughter of his men and desperately begs Morgan not to kill him.
- Death by Adaptation: His comic counterpart survived to the end of the series, but only got Demoted to Extra. On the show he's a major casualty in the war with Rick's coalition.
- Dirty Coward: As mentioned below in Punch-Clock Villain, Gavin really doesn't have the stomach for violence that Negan, Simon, and Regina have. He quickly backs down when he's caught in a lie, he's unwilling to watch the execution of Richard that he himself ordered, and is basically useless during the siege of the Sanctuary. Ultimately, he is a weak man who does whatever it takes to save his own skin, no matter who else gets hurt.
- Disproportionate Retribution: No matter how you slice it, taking a mans life over one missing melon is pretty harsh, especially considering how the Kingdom had never made any error in their tributes beforehand and did more than their part to honor their agreement.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While a Savior and not exactly a beacon of morality himself, he seems to hate the idea of violence against children or young people. When Jared shoots the teenage rookie Benjamin when the Kingdom's tribute comes up short, he's outraged at Jared when he finds out Benjamin died. When the Saviors outright conquer the Kingdom, he insists that they turn over Ezekiel to him, as he explicitly says that he doesn't want the Kingdom's children to have to watch what will happen should they not cooperate. He is also disgusted and horrified by Morgan's brutal slaughter of his underlings.
- A Father to His Men: Seems genuinely proud of the Chemical Plant Outpost's orderly and efficient operations and has a managerial regard for the Saviors under his command.
- Hypocrite: He is openly mocking and dismissive towards Ezekiel's position as 'king,' but seems to conveniently forget that The Saviors themselves revere Negan as if he were their god-king.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Feels this way about his villainous actions. To be fair, Negan would have tortured or killed him had he refused.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He's stabbed in the throat by a spear from Henry.
- In the Back: Stabbed through the back of the neck with a spear by Henry.
- Just Following Orders: He engages in extortion and eventually murder because he is utterly terrified of being killed by Negan, even admitting at one point that everything he does is under the penalty of "that goddamn bat."
- Karmic Death: He's ultimately killed by the younger brother of a man his thugs executed right on the grounds of the area he oppressed for so long.
- Kick the Dog: He was going to have Richard killed over a single missing melon, the very first time The Kingdom had even made a mistake of any kind with their supply tributes after Ezekiel had been more than accommodating. To his credit, we the audience know what Negan will do if he finds out Gavin let it slide, and when Jared kills Ben instead just to be a spiteful prick, even Gavin is pissed.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Although a very minor slap on the wrist, it is pretty satisfying when he calls out Jared on his blatant stupidity, makes him return Morgan's staff, and makes him walk all the way back to their outpost by himself. Considering that they frequently show up at the meeting point by car, it can be assumed that Jared has a long walk ahead of him.
- Mauve Shirt: He only appears in seven episodes, but he does get quite a bit of characterization. He ends up being the first major Savior fatality of the war.
- Mook Lieutenant: He is in charge of the Chemical Plant Outpost, and leads a group of around 60 Saviors. After his faction is wiped out, he leads another team of Saviors to directly occupy the Kingdom and enslave its populace, though his reign is short-lived.
- Necessarily Evil: He believes that following Negan's system is the best way to ensure peace and stability in the post-apocalyptic world. Though he's bothered by extortion and murder, he is willing to accept them because the alternative is presumably anarchy. Gavin tries to make up for this by running a "good crew" (with the inexplicable exception of Jared) and being more professional than the other Savior leaders. Although nobody is terribly upset by his death, his clear reluctance and humanity in spite of his complicit actions makes it hard to cheer all the same.
- Never My Fault: Every time Jared picks a fight with Richard and nearly erupts a gunfight, Gavin blames Ezekiel for not having any control over his people when really it's his own poor leadership that's allowing Jared to needlessly pick fights with Richard and causing tension. Not only does he command Ezekiel to keep bringing Richard, he himself continues bringing Jared, both for no apparent reason. When he has Ezekiel captured, he keeps blaming him for all the horrible deeds he's done.
- Noble Demon: He's still a villain, but he takes no joy in committing his villainous actions and holds more standards than his murderous Savior cohorts.
- Oh, Crap!: He's pretty horrified to see Morgan slaughtering his minions.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. He shares the same name with a Grady Memorial Hospital survivor who was killed by Dr. Steven Edwards from Season 5.
- Only Sane Man: He is this among the loyal Savior lieutenants. Eugene is... Eugene. Regina and Simon are both too brutal and psychotic for their own good, and Dwight is The Mole and not interested in the survival of the Saviors. Gavin is the only one who always wants to handle things calmly and diplomatically with no bloodshed if possible, and is also the first to realize that there is a traitor in their midst.
- Pet the Dog:
- He calls off Jared the first time after considering that Ezekiel has been cooperative with their demands... though he still lets Jared do whatever the hell he wants. He is incensed when Jared shoots the young Ben instead of Richard like Gavin had wanted him to, and even asks how Ben is doing the next time their groups meet up. When Gavin realizes the boy died, he seems genuinely upset about it.
- He makes it clear to the Kingdom civilians later that he does not want to have to get his task done "Negan's way". He encourages them to give up Ezekiel so that no one else has to die. Later, he apologizes for Ben's death again and isn't enthused about being the one to take Ezekiel back to the Sanctuary to be killed. He even instructs his men to "get him a pillow or something" so he'll at least be comfortable in the back of the truck for his last ride. He muses that things always have to get "dark and ugly and inhuman" and seems genuinely upset about the whole situation.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Gavin makes it clear that he only works for Negan because the latter will torture or kill him if he refuses, and also says he picked the Kingdom as his outposts vassal state because of the lack of stress from their agreement. He's pretty laid back as opposed to Negan and Simon, who gleefully relish their duties and he certainly doesn't have the stomach for violence that Negan, Simon and Regina have.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Compared to pretty much every other Savior in a position of authority, he's the most on the level, acknowledging that Ezekiel has been completely cooperative and as a result is pretty civil with him for it, seeming to genuinely prefer that things go forward in a smooth and — if not friendly — civil manner. He never once threatens or tries to humiliate Ezekiel, unlike his comrades. Even when tensions between the two communities begin getting heated, he's still letting them off fairly easy and when in "Bury Me Here" he does decide one of Ezekiel's group needs to die, he seems more regretful that it has gotten to that point than gleeful like Negan would be — and while Negan told Arat to kill someone at random in "Hearts Still Beating," Gavin is outraged at Jared when he kills Benjamin instead of Richard. He has Jared transferred to another outpost off-screen. In "Mercy", he is the only one of Negan's lieutenants who actually wants to sit and talk things out.
- Redemption Rejection: In "Honor," Ezekiel offers him the chance to do the right thing and let him go. Gavin makes it clear that like Eugene, he ultimately doesn't care what he has to do to save his own skin and is completely unwilling to jeopardize the safety and comfort of his position. Unlike Eugene, he doesn't get another chance to find the courage to turn against Negan, courtesy of a spear-wielding Henry.
- Villain Ball: In spite of his general decency and professionalism, he always brings Jared along on supply pickups for no apparent reason despite having over 50 other soldiers to choose from. Jared's behavior antagonizes the Kingdom far more than they would have been otherwise, and he ends up murdering Benjamin against orders and out of pure spite. Gavin transfers Jared to the Satellite Outpost, but the damage has been done and the Kingdom joins Alexandria and the Hilltop in rebelling against the Saviors and they wipe out the Chemical Plant Outpost, killing all of Gavin's people. He himself ends up getting killed by Benjamin's brother Henry.
- Villain Respect: He actually admits that he does have respect for Ezekiel even when things cause a rift between them.
- Villainous Breakdown: Suffers an epic breakdown when he finds himself pleading for Morgan to spare his life.
Portrayed By: Traci Dinwiddle
The leader of the Insurance Office outpost.
- Asshole Victim: The fact that she chose to become a roaming bandit even after some of her fellow Saviors (like Laura and D.J.) chose to integrate themselves peacefully into the other communities means her fate was very well-deserved.
- Bad Boss: Unlike most of the Savior leaders, Regina has absolutely no problem sacrificing workers to keep herself safe. She even threatens to execute Eugene when he questions her methods.
- The Brute: She's the most vicious and hotheaded of the inner circle of Savior lieutenants, preferring brute force to solve problems.
- Canon Foreigner: She never appeared in the comics.
- The Dragon: She seems to be Jed's right-hand woman following the six-year Time Skip in Season 9.
- Faux Action Girl: Despite being a very heavy set girl who is eager to taste blood, Regina never does anything even remotely badass in her entire tenure on the show.
- General Failure: Compared to the other Savior leaders she has little to no success in anything she does and Negan ends up demoting her to Eugene's bodyguard. To make it worse, she even fails to do that since Daryl and Rosita effortlessly breach her security and almost abduct Eugene.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Although we don't see much of Regina during the peacetime in the aftermath of the war prior to Justin's murder, it seems that, to her credit, she did initially make a genuine effort to get along with her former enemies after her life and the lives of her cohorts were spared. She thanks Henry for giving her water with a friendly gesture while working on the bridge and can later be seen trying to talk Jed down following the fight between Daryl and Justin. However, when she discovers that Saviors are being murdered in the night by the vengeful women of Oceanside, she quickly falls back into her old villainous ways.
- Hot-Blooded: She has a short temper and favors violent solutions.
- Kill It with Fire: Carol douses her with gasoline while she sleeps and sets her ablaze.
- The Lad-ette: She has a tough and rather butch personality and appearance.
- Mook Lieutenant: She's the leader of the Insurance Office Outpost and commands a large group of Saviors.
- Not Quite Dead: She is shot in the leg by Eugene in the Season 8 finale and returns in Season 9, albeit with a limp.
- Number Two: She becomes this to Eugene after he takes command of the new Bullet Factory outpost.
- Remember the New Guy?: Unlike the other lieutenants, she's the only one who isn't introduced as a Savior before being named explicitly as being among the big leaders of the Saviors.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: She wears a sleeveless jacket.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only woman in the top leadership of the Saviors.
- Sole Survivor: Besides Gracie, an infant, she's the only surviving member of the Insurance Office outpost. Until Season 9, that is.
- Villain Decay: She was initially an important member among Negan's inner circle and guided her own outpost, but by the end of the war has been demoted to Eugene's bodyguard. After the war she ends up as one of Jed's bandits.
- We Have Reserves: She thinks that the low-level workers are expendable compared to the soldiers.
A grim factory surrounded by a wall of impaled zombies. The Saviors' main base, this is where Negan holds court and the civilians live and work. The compound is home to over 100 Saviors, and they extort supplies directly from the Alexandria Safe-Zone.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: It first appears in "The Cell", several episodes before "Sing Me a Song", in which the comic events where it first appears are adapted.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: In the Season 8 premiere, the allied AHK forces attack the Sanctuary with a herd of walkers, trapping the Saviors inside for a few days.
- Black Site: Its location is a closely guarded secret.
- Corporal Punishment: Negan publicly punishes violations of the rules by pressing a hot iron against the face of the offending party. Dwight (who stole insulin, attempted to defect, and got three Saviors killed and another's arm amputated in the process) and Mark (who skipped out on his work duty to sleep with one of Negan's wives) have suffered this fate.
- Hellhole Prison: Daryl is subjected to psychological torture in an attempt to break him during his imprisonment in the Sanctuary.
- Home Base: Of the Saviors. They have a number of outposts, but this is essentially their capital.
- Kneel Before Zod: It's become standard to kneel to Negan whenever he walks in the room.
- Night of the Living Mooks: The Sanctuary is encircled by impaled zombies as a defensive measure.
- Nightmarish Factory: An old factory surrounded by impaled zombies and populated by a massive, hostile group.
- Non-Indicative Name: To Daryl and the other prisoners (and a fair amount of the Saviors themselves), the "Sanctuary" is anything but.
- Paid Harem: Negan has one.
- Slave Brand: They keep slaves from their vassal communities who are distinguished by their gray sweatshirts with orange letters painted on them.
- Supervillain Lair: This is where Negan lives.
Portrayed By: Elizabeth Ludlow
A high-ranking Savior who lives at the Sanctuary. During a surprise visit to Alexandria, Arat kills Olivia on Negans orders and scars Rosita for her attempt to kill him. She survives the ensuing war and becomes one of the Saviors primary ambassadors for peace, but Oceanside, refusing to forgive her for her part in Simons genocide years earlier, executes her.
- Adaptation Name Change: She seems to be the comic counterpart of Tara, with her name spelled backwards to follow the One Steve Limit with Tara Chambler.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: She desperately pleads with Maggie and Daryl to save her from Cyndie and the Oceanside survivors, insisting that she has changed and become one of them. However, after hearing the details of Arat's murder of Cyndie's brother, they leave her to her fate.
- Boyish Short Hair: She has very short dyed blonde hair following the Time Skip between Seasons 8 and 9.
- Dark Action Girl: She's a female Savior lieutenant, so this is a given.
- A Death in the Limelight: Season 9 shows that Arat has become one of the main Savior leaders, but shes killed three episodes in.
- Demoted to Extra: After being established as one of Negan's top thugs in "Service" and then scarring Rosita and killing Olivia in "Hearts Still Beating," Arat is reduced to a sporadically appearing, non-speaking background character. She gets more screentime in Season 9, just in time to be killed.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: In the aftermath of the war, Arat appears to have become a voice of reason among the Saviors alongside Laura, encouraging her comrades to work peaceably with the other communities. Then she is murdered by Cyndie and the other Oceanside survivors as revenge for Arat's brutal murder of Cyndie's eleven-year old brother.
- Hero Killer: Guns down Olivia in "Hearts Still Beating."
- Jerkass: Arat doesn't even bother with the Faux Affably Evil mask the rest of the Saviors like to throw on: she's humorless and cold to just about everyone. She does seem to have gotten better in the aftermath of the war, however.
- Karmic Death: Despite her genuine attempt at a HeelFace Turn, she pays the price for the atrocities she committed even before the Savior War when shes executed by the older sister of a young boy she cruelly murdered.
- Kick the Dog: She seems to take a special dislike to Olivia, manhandling her when two pistols go unaccounted for in the Alexandria armory. Later, when Negan orders her to kill someone, she shoots Olivia in the face.
- Middle-Management Mook: Along with Gary and Laura, she is one of the highest ranking Saviors at the Sanctuary outside of Negan's inner circle, and sits in on the meeting with his lieutenants when Negan is presumed dead.
- Mook Promotion: After the deaths of Simon and Gavin, Dwight being outed as a turncoat, and the transfer of Eugene and Regina to the Bullet Factory outpost, Arat is promoted to have a seat on the Savior council.
- Race Lift: She is Middle Eastern while her comic counterpart is East Asian.
- Sadist: She murdered Cyndie's brother with both a smile and a vicious taunt: "No exceptions".
- Twofer Token Minority: Middle Eastern and female, and is in fact the first Arab character in the show.
- Undying Loyalty: Her defining characteristics are her ruthlessness and unhesitating loyalty to Negan. When Negan is run off the road by Rick in "The Key", she is genuinely concerned for her boss's safety and offers to go and look for him.
- The Voice: She is heard over the radio in "The Cell" before appearing in "Service."
- Would Hurt a Child: In "Warning Signs" it is revealed that she was the one responsible for murdering Cyndie's eleven-year old brother and did it with a smile on her face. Because of this, it's hard to feel sad for her when Oceanside kills her.
Portrayed By: Mike Seal
A high-ranking Savior who lives at the Sanctuary.
- Bald of Evil: He's one of Negan's followers and his hair is so short he seems nearly bald.
- Beard of Evil: Gary has a dark, trimmed but thick beard and accompanies Negan on his trips to Alexandria.
- Character Death: He's killed on Negan's orders in "Worth" for joining Simon's mutiny.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: His death is very sudden, as he's quickly sniped and taken out.
- Faux Affably Evil: He puts on a front of being cold but respectful of the Alexandrians when theyre being subservient, but as time goes on, he proves that he can be just as heinous as his cohorts. He gleefully holds Jerry at gunpoint during a stand-off with Hilltop, and happily goes along with Simon's Kill 'Em All policy later in Season 8.
- Kick the Dog: Just after showing his reasonable side, he exhibits his brutality by helping David beat the hell out of Aaron for no good reason.
- Mauve Shirt: After some spotlight in his first appearance, Gary largely does little for the remainder of his tenure on the show, and is quickly killed in "Worth" for betraying Negan.
- Middle-Management Mook: Along with Arat and Laura, he is one of the highest ranking Sanctuary Saviors outside of Negan's inner circle. He also appears to be Simon's right-hand man, accompanying him on all of his missions in Season 8.
- Mook Promotion: After Gavin's death and Eugene and Regina transferring to a new outpost, Gary is given a seat on the Savior council. He blows it, however, when he joins Simon's mutiny and is executed for it.
- The Mutiny: He joins Simon's mutiny against Negan, but it doesn't last and he's executed with the rest of the mutineers.
- Pet the Dog: He sincerely (and needlessly) thanks Spencer after the latter shows compliance and gives the Saviors supplies, giving him words of encouragement and a handshake.
- Scary Black Man: He's black and his association with the Saviors makes him scary by default.
- Tattooed Crook: He takes part in the Saviors' extortion and sports heavy tattoos on one his arms.
Portrayed By: Martinez
A perverted Savior who participates in the lootings of Alexandria.
- Abhorrent Admirer: He displays a very creepy interest in women he wants to take advantage of and what's worse is that age is not a no factor for him.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Once Negan makes it very clear that he is angry with him for intending to rape Sasha, he resorts to pathetic begging.Negan: I do not accept your apology.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: Negan purposely allowed David to turn into a walker by only stabbing his throat and not the brain because he wanted to see how Sasha would react to it. He didn't last too long before she stabbed him dead again.
- Asshole Victim: Given that his only memorable characteristics are of him sexually harassing women and beating up Aaron, it's safe to say that nobody cared about his death. Heck, even Negan mocks him after slashing his throat out.
- Attempted Rape: On Sasha.
- Beard of Evil: He has a scruffy beard and is a murderous rapist.
- Bondage Is Bad: He apparently always carries around a length of rope in case the opportunity to tie a woman up and rape her should present itself.
- Break the Haughty: David is nothing but a smug bully who harasses everyone while hiding behind his boss's dominance. However, when Negan catches him violating his no rape rule, he immediately begins crying for forgiveness.
- Character Death: He is killed by Negan for violating the no rape rule.
- Dirty Coward: When he doesn't have anybody defending him, David's quite a pathetic wuss. This is revealed when Negan corners him in Sasha's prison cell for violating the no rape rule as he pathetically begs for forgiveness.
- Ephebophile: He displays a creepy interest in Enid, who is no more than 15.
- Faux Affably Evil: He acts like a caring guy when talking in a joking manner towards others, but is eager to cause bodily harm in the process.
- Hate Sink: He is a sleazy, perverted rapist and a scumbag who harasses young girls and women alike and clearly gets the kicks for using his status a savior to bully everyone around him.
- Jerkass: He, a grown man, takes great pleasure in antagonizing Carl and Enid, both of whom are teenagers.
- Karmic Death: After bragging about how he can do whatever he wants thanks to Negan being in control of everything, David eventually ends up killed by his own boss when he makes the mistake of believing that he can also get away with violating his own boss's rules.
- Kick the Dog: Beating up poor Aaron for something he didn't do.
- Mook: Just a lowly Savior footsoldier.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He and Gary deliver one to Aaron.
- No Sense of Personal Space: He refuses to back off from women who dislike his advances.
- Oh, Crap!: He looks like he's about ready to piss himself when Negan catches him violating the no rape rule.
- Sadist: David is one of only three Savior foot soldiers (the other two being Jared and Gunther) who seems to truly enjoy the pain and suffering of others. The delight he takes in taunting Sasha about how he intends to rape her says it all.
- Smug Snake: Smirks when Negan humiliates Rick, but later is a babbling mess when he realizes Negan is going to kill him for attempting to rape Sasha.
- Too Dumb to Live: Intends to rape Sasha with her cell door wide open despite knowing that his equally violent boss is strongly against rape. None other than Negan himself catches him before he can go through with it and stabs him through the neck.
Portrayed By: Joshua Hoover
An engineer and guard at the Sanctuary until he is killed by Daryl and replaced with Eugene.
- Adaptation Expansion: His comic counterpart is a nameless Savior who makes a brief appearance returning Lucille to Negan. Joey has a slightly larger role on the show.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He begs a pipe wielding Daryl not to kill him. Daryl ignores him and bludgeons him to death.
- Big Eater: Downplayed, as we only ever see him eat once, but he must have an appetite if he's gotten as big as he is. Other Saviors claim he's only good at eating cake.
- Butt-Monkey: He's often mocked for his weight, unappreciated for his work for the Saviors, and dies a pretty embarrassing death not even trying to stop Daryl from escaping or trying to sound the alarm. Even in death, Negan can't help but ridicule the poor sap in a eulogy.Negan: "Without Fat Joey, Skinny Joey is just....[sigh] Joey. So it's a goddamn tragedy."
- Comically Missing the Point: Is too afraid of Negan to realize he's just screwing around with him when he asks if he treated Lucille right.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Few Saviors besides Negan really care for him.
- Gory Discretion Shot: We don't see his head being crushed, but Joshua Hoover has said that there were shots of his head being destroyed that didn't make the final cut of the episode.
- Hidden Depths: Nobody thinks much of him, but he is in charge of redirecting walkers away from the Sanctuary, something that we know is a difficult strategic task to undertake after Season 6A. We get to see firsthand one of his walker traps in "Rock in the Road" and it's nothing short of ingenuity, using lots of dynamite, steel cables, and cars that is capable of diverting a herd easily on par with the quarry herd.
- In-Series Nickname: "Fat Joey."
- Kick the Dog: He and some pals beat Daryl on Negan's orders when the latter decides not to kill him.
- Noble Demon: Although he never got a great deal of screen time before his death at Daryl's hands, Daryl is surprised to discover after killing him that he had a gun in his pocket the whole time he was begging Daryl not to kill him, and realizes he was genuinely giving him a chance to escape. Unfortunately, Daryl loathes the Saviors so much after being imprisoned and tortured by them and Negan's murder of Glenn and Abraham, he doesn't care.
- Non-Action Guy: He's never seen outside the Sanctuary and doesn't seem to be much of a fighter. Negan expresses that he could use the exercise of going after a rogue Savior, suggesting he never leaves the Sanctuary. He only attacks Daryl when he has several other Saviors as back-up, albeit on Negan's orders. He doesn't even try to stop or fight Daryl when he's escaped for real and just begs to be spared.
- No Respect Guy: Even though he's in charge of a rather important task in luring walkers away from the Sanctuary, few Saviors respect him.
- One Steve Limit: Played for Laughs. There is also a "Skinny Joey" who lives at the Chemical Plant Outpost. In "Rock in the Road," Negan notes that without Fat Joey, Skinny Joey is now simply "Joey."
- Punch-Clock Villain: Although he never got a great deal of screen time before his death at Daryl's hands, Daryl is surprised to discover after killing him that he had a gun in his pocket the entire time he was begging Daryl for his life and realizes he was genuinely giving him a chance to escape. The implication is that Fat Joey was Just Following Orders because Negan would have killed him had he refused and that he was indeed just "trying to get by." Considering what a completely sycophantic and subservient Yes-Man he was in Negan's presence, it's quite obvious he was terrified of him.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: He is briefly in possession of Rick's trademark Colt Python.
- Undignified Death: He leaves the Earth in a pretty pathetic exit. Despite being armed with a gun and being a couple of feet away from an alarm switch, he spends his final moments begging for Daryl to just take off and spare him, Hell, he didn't even put up a fight to stop the latter from bashing his head in.
- Undying Loyalty: To Negan. In his eulogy, Negan admits that Joey was if nothing else a staunchly loyal Savior.
- Yes-Man: He's totally sycophantic and subservient to Negan whenever he's in his presence.
- Your Head Asplode: Daryl smashes his head in with a pipe.
Portrayed By: Stuart Greer
A member of Jiro's team who hunts Carol down after she kills his comrades.
- Avenging the Villain: He tries to kill Carol after she guns down his crew.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- Determinator: He tracks Carol for quite some time while suffering from a painful gunshot wound just to make her pay.
- Evil Old Folks: Old and a violent Savior.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: Tortures Carol with two gunshots in order to make her suffer before watching her die bleeding out.
- Mook: Just a lowly Savior footsoldier.
- Multiple Gunshot Death: He's shot six times by Morgan.
- Not Quite Dead: Turns out Carol's bullet to the shoulder didn't kill him.
- Redemption Rejection: Morgan offers him the chance to just walk away. His response? "No."
- Revenge: He trails Carol in order to exact revenge for her killing his friends and mortally wounding him.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He badly wounds Carol, forces Morgan to abandon his no-killing policy, and accidentally causes the two of them to make contact with riders from the Kingdom.
- Sole Survivor: Of the team of Saviors that encounter Carol.
- Stalker Without a Crush: He follows Carol in order to kill her.
- Villainous Friendship: He's pretty pissed at Carol for killing the rest of his team.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appears in the last two episodes of Season 6.
Portrayed By: Aerli Austen
A Savior who is taken hostage by Michonne.
- Dangerous Deserter: She defects from the Saviors and leaves, only to run into Michonne on the road.
- Dark Action Girl: She's tough, but she's no match for Michonne.
- Evil Red Head: She's red-haired and is a Savior.
- Face Death with Dignity: She calmly tells Michonne to kill her. She does.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Absolutely nobody brings up the fact that she's missing and are unaware of her death.
- Killed Offscreen: Shot with a silenced pistol by Michonne.
- Mook: Just a lowly Savior footsoldier.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appears briefly in two episodes.
Portrayed By: Rich Ceraulo
The leader of a team of Saviors who are sent to attack Alexandria, only to run into Carol on the road.
- Asshole Victim: Given that he enjoys bullying an old lady, it's probably safe to say that nobody felt sorry for him when Carol wounds him and leaves him to bleed out on the road.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Bleeds out slowly from a gunshot wound for a while before Rick stabs him in the head.
- Faux Affably Evil: Acts mockingly polite to Carol.
- Its Pronounced Tropay: He pronounces his name as "Yee-roh" when the name Jiro is usually pronounced as "Jee-roh".
- Jerkass: Snide and arrogant, like many of the Saviors.
- Last Villain Stand: After Carol guns down all his comrades except Roman and has him cornered, he makes one last attempt to butcher her with his knife before she guns him down.
- Left for Dead: Roman just tells him to let go as he's bleeding to death.
- Middle-Management Mook: Seems to be one of Negan's higher-ranking soldiers, as he leads a team of Saviors to scout Alexandria.
- Mugging the Monster: He assumes that Carol will be an easy target. He is very wrong.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His brief appearance reveals that the Saviors now know of Alexandria's existence, right down to its exact location.
- Smug Snake: Treats Carol with condescension.
- Token Minority: He's the only Asian member of his group.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He gets killed in his first episode.
Portrayed By: Ciera L. Payton
One of the few Sanctuary-based Saviors who isn't trapped in the siege of the war's opening salvo. She tries to enact a plan to lure the herd away from the Sanctuary, but is caught and eventually killed by Michonne's group.
- Bullying a Dragon: Downplayed, since while usually challenging Michonne in a straight-up fight is a bad idea, she is able to keep Michonne on the defensive since she's still not fully healed from past injuries.
- Character Death: Killed when Daryl runs a truck into her vehicle.
- Dark Action Girl: A female Savior.
- Smug Snake: Snarky and malicious like your usual Savior.
- Spanner in the Works: AHK was unaware of her and she could've easily saved the Sanctuary from the siege had Michonne's group not run into her.
- Worf Had the Flu: Presumably the only reason she poises such a threat to Michonne is the latter still not being fully recovered from her beating in the Season 7 finale.
Portrayed By: Zach McGowan
A hostile Savior who is largely uninterested in helping build a new peaceful future with the other communities. After Rick orders him to leave the construction site, he is picked off and killed by Oceanside as retribution for participating in Simons massacre years before. His mysterious death causes great strife amongst the communities.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: He is left to turn after being killed.
- Arch-Enemy: He clashes with Daryl several times throughout the first two episodes of Season 9.
- Asshole Victim: The only ones who are genuinely affected by his death are his fellow Saviors, though some of it is implied to be out of fear that they will be killed next rather than actual grief.
- Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the comics.
- Character Death: He is killed off-screen by Beatrice at the end of "The Bridge" as revenge for killing her husband.
- Evil Counterpart: To Daryl. Both are cantankerous, bad-tempered men who are unhappy with the new status quo post-Negan.
- Hate Sink: He's there to show that despite the Savior War being over, they are still far from peace with the other communities.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He is shot through the chest with a spear gun by Beatrice, the woman he made a widow.
- Jerkass: He is easily one of the most loathsome Saviors introduced, being rude, argumentative, and abrasive.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: A retroactive example — after his death he is revealed to have taken part in the Oceanside massacre but did not die in the actual war with the Saviors, meaning his death was a long time coming.
- Killed Offscreen: His actual death occurs off-camera after being abducted by the members of Oceanside at the end of "The Bridge". After reanimating, he is put down by either Maggie or Kal, also off-camera.
- Never My Fault: He takes zero responsibility for failing to sound an alarm that would divert walkers from the lumber yard, which endangered the lives of several people and indirectly resulted in Aaron losing an arm.
- Remember the New Guy?: He makes his debut in Season 9 but is confirmed to have been there the entire time.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He's this to Jared. Both are Jerkass Mooks who do nothing but dish out Kick the Dog moments and create animosity between the Saviors and other survival groups. They also both have long hair and their names also both happen to start with the letter "J."
- Undying Loyalty: He is strongly implied to have been the one who painted the pro-Negan graffiti on the walls of the Sanctuary.
- Would Hurt a Child: He violently shoves Henry to the ground simply for refusing to give him another cup of water.
Portrayed By: Rhys Coiro
A Savior introduced after the defeat of Negan. He makes some attempt to follow Ricks peaceful doctrine, but after learning of Oceansides hunt of former Saviors, he refuses any further attempt at peace and attempts to kill Carol. He leads an uprising of the Saviors at the camp, but its derailed by Ricks apparent death. Six years later, Jed has become the leader of a roaming band of ex-Saviors who rob and kill people after the fall of the Sanctuary. After mugging Carol and Henry, Jed meets his end when Carol kills him and his group.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When he is finally at Carol's mercy, he pleads and tells her they will never cross paths again.Carol: I know.
- Arch-Enemy: To Carol. He sneeringly refers to her as "Boss Lady" and antagonizes her at every turn.
- Arc Villain: He is a minor threat to the heroes for early Season 9, but is killed off by Carol midway through the sixth episode, putting an end to all known antagonistic Saviors.
- Asshole Victim: Like Justin before him, he proves that for some Saviors, it's simply impossible to change, and his fate at Carol's hands is very well deserved.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He tries to take Carol hostage to use against Rick, which ends very badly, though mercifully. The second time he isn't as lucky, serving as the last straw for Carol, who promptly burns him alive.
- Bullying a Dragon: He repeatedly menaces Carol, the woman almost single-handedly responsible for putting an end to both Terminus and the Wolves.
- Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the comics.
- Dirty Coward: He tries to bargain for his life after robbing Carol. It doesn't save him.
- Evil Is Petty: While obviously not okay, robbing Carol and Henry of food and medicine for survival is understandable. Taking Carol's wedding ring just because he can? Not so much.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Possibly. Although we don't see much of Jed prior to Justin's murder, to his credit he is quick to attempt to help poor Aaron after accidentally dropping a log on his arm upon seeing a herd of walkers approaching. Considering he and Aaron almost got into a scuffle earlier, it's enough to qualify as a Pet the Dog moment for him. Any chance he had of changing his ways comes to an end when it's discovered that the women of Oceanside are the ones responsible for killing the missing Saviors. Summed up by Jed himself while threatening Rick and Carol in the aftermath of Justin's murder.Jed: You know, over and over I heard you yapping about how every life counts and man I gotta tell you, I'm right there with you. But if you don't give up that gun, her life ain't gonna count for shit for too much longer.
- Jerkass: Like Justin before him.
- Kill It with Fire: Carol douses him with gasoline while he sleeps and then sets him ablaze with his own match.
- Man on Fire: By his own match, no less.
- Oral Fixation: He is often seen with a toothpick in his mouth, and after the six-year Time Skip, a match.
- Pet the Dog: A very minor example considering he is robbing her at the time, but in "Who Are You Now?" he acknowledges Carol having once spared his life and does not harm her. He also has the decency to help Daryl free Aaron after dropping a log on his arm, despite nearly getting into a fight with him earlier.
- Remember the New Guy?: He is only introduced in Season 9 but was there the entire time.
- Adaptational Modesty: In the comics, Negan's wives are made to wear nothing but lingerie and boots. In the show, they wear black cocktail dresses and pumps.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: One trio of wives Negan loves to share has Amber the blonde, Tanya the brunette, and Frankie the redhead.
- The Dark Chick: Negan tries invoking them as this in order to keep them as his supportive lovers.
- Hidden Depths: When they gain focus, the audiences learns that they're more than just pretty faces.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: They chose to marry Negan and be used as sex slaves of their own free will, but they are quite compassionate ladies with Hidden Depths.
- Little Black Dress: Their default wardrobe are all small, tight black dresses and heels, accentuating their vulnerability; in contrast with the female Saviors, who mostly wear boots and pants.
- Ms. Fanservice: Negan really knows what he likes in a woman and doesn't hesitate to show them off.
- Non-Action Guy: Negan absolutely refuses to allow them out in the fighting since he views them as his prized trophies.
- Paid Harem: Negan offers them comforts and to have their needs and wants satisfied in exchange for being part of the Royal Harem.
- Questionable Consent: All of them have to give consent to become a wife, but once they do it is unclear if they can still turn down sex, or if Negan thinks wives no longer need to give consent. The reasons they become a wife also apply, as it can be to escape the truly horrific conditions they'd live in otherwise (basically slavery), Sherry does so to save her husband's life, and Tina would've done so as it was the only way to get medication for her diabetes, which she needs to live. Ultimately, none of them seem actually happy with their circumstances, and it is decidedly unclear just how willing they actually are.
- Royal Harem: They are a group of women bound to serve the sexual desires of the authoritarian leader of the Saviors; they are also a symbol of his status and superior masculinity over the rest of the group, who are forbidden to share their favors and company unless ordered by Negan.
- Sex Slave: Sherry and Amber did not become Negan's wives of their own free will. Sherry did it to save her husband's life and Amber did it in order to support her dependent mother. Negan also tried to add the diabetic Tina to his collection with the promise of free insulin, which she needed to survive and could barely afford working for points. Unlike the other wives, their relations with Negan are unequivocally nonconsensual, despite his firm rules against rape, as he's using power and manipulation to keep control over their bodies.
- Stepford Smiler: They try to keep the façade of being devoted to Negan and happy with their lot, but they're just as emotionally scarred as everyone else.
- Token Minority: The only woman of color among the wives is black, and, in contrast to the others, is unnamed and uncredited.
- Unproblematic Prostitution: Tanya and Frankie became Negan's wives of their own free will to make their lives easier, and can leave any time they want.
Portrayed By: Autumn Dial
One of Negan's wives. She was formerly married to Mark.
- The Alcoholic: Understandably becomes a drinker after dealing with too much stress as Negan's trophy wife.
- Break the Cutie: If marrying Negan didn't hurt her, then seeing her former husband getting his face branded right in front of her definitely did.
- Broken Bird: She's detached from everything and is considering suicide due to her horrible life living with Negan.
- Decomposite Character: Her role in the comics as the ex-wife of Negan who becomes acquainted with the main characters who was ultimately decapitated by the Whisperers is given to Frankie in the show.
- Demoted to Extra: Downplayed. While never a prominent character, her comic book counterpart was at least a Recurring Extra post-Savior War. Here, she disappears altogether after the war.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Negan enjoys having her as part of his harem.
- Fanservice Pack: Negan has her wear nice dresses and jewelry to look presentable.
- Fate Worse than Death: Considers being Negan's wife as a more horrible situation than what happened to her own ex-boyfriend.
- Girl Friday: Negan considers her one of the many wives he'd gladly share with others as long as there's no sex.
- The Load: Her friends outright state that Amber doesn't have what it takes to be a worker, so she took the position as one of Negan's many wives thinking it'd be easy. Guess how well that worked?
- Pretty Freeloader: A sympathetic example. Amber didn't have what it takes to work so she chose the position as one of Negan's many wives.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the comics she's one of the people decapitated by Alpha.
- Took a Level in Cynic: According to the other wives, all she does now is drink and cry. She's also considering suicide to escape her horrible life.
Portrayed By: Chloe Aktas
One of Negan's wives.
- Canon Foreigner: There's no mention of a woman named Tanya among Negan's wives in the comics.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She's very pale (notably even paler than Amber and Frankie, who are each designed to be hot blonde and redhead, respectively), has dark ivory hair, and conspires against Negan.
- The Starscream: She plans to kill Negan alongside Frankie, but those plans are put to rest when Eugene refuses to go along with their scheme.
- Unproblematic Prostitution: Tanya freely signed up to become one of Negan's wives in order to survive with some degree of comfort.
- Fictional Currency: They work to earn "points" which they can use to trade for goods and services.
- Happiness in Slavery: Maybe happiness is a bit of a stretch, but many of them are grateful for the safety even if it means being exploited.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Most of them aren't villains, but instead just people getting by working under the more antagonistic Saviors.
Dr. Emmett Carson
Portrayed By: Tim Parati
The Sanctuary's resident doctor and brother to Hilltop's doctor Harlan Carson.
- Adaptational Intelligence: His comic counterpart is Negan's Consigliere and is fairly intelligent, but Carson on the show is a doctor.
- Adaptational Wimp: He doesn't have the same bravery to team up with Eugene to escape Negan like his comic counterpart did and just remains as the villain's doormat of a worshipper.
- Age Lift: Several decades older than his comic counterpart.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Begs Negan to spare his life. The Savior leader disagrees and fires him.
- Alas, Poor Villain: All the Saviors watching him getting whupped by Negan flinch in terror upon seeing the leader toss him into a furnace to burn to death. Given that Carson isn't by any means an evil man, it's pretty harsh to see him pathetically beg for Negan's forgiveness for a crime he didn't commit only to suffer a cruel fate anyway.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Negan tosses him into the Sanctuary's furnace.
- Death by Adaptation: Dies long before his comic counterpart, who was decapitated by Alpha during the Whisperers arc, just like Olivia a few episodes prior.
- A Death in the Limelight: Although still a minor character, "Hostiles and Calamities" gives him more screentime and characterization than in his previous appearances, and he's dead by the end of the episode.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: His comic counterpart was decapitated and had his head put on a pike by Alpha.
- False Confession: Negan hits Carson during his public interrogation and threatens to iron his face if he doesn't say he's sorry for letting Daryl go in an attempt to make a pass at Sherry. Terrified, he breaks down and apologizes, despite being innocent, hoping he'll be let off. Unfortunately, Negan takes this as a confession and murders him for it.
- Frame-Up: Dwight frames him for helping Sherry and Daryl escape, which he is killed for.
- Kill It with Fire: The upper half of his body is incinerated in the furnace.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: He wears a white lab coat to let everyone know that he's a doctor.
- The Medic: He's the only doctor living at the Sanctuary.
- Named by the Adaptation: His first name wasn't revealed in the comic.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: For being nothing but a friend towards Dwight and offering him his friendship, the Savior soldier rewards him by throwing him under the bus for Daryl's escape, which gets the doctor killed by a pissed off Negan.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Unlike a lot of the Saviors, he's just a guy doing his job while remaining loyal to Negan.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: After appearing to have forgiven him, Negan suddenly tosses him into the furnace without warning.
- Villainous Cheekbones: He has them, but he's actually one of the few benign Saviors.
- You Have Failed Me: Negan kills him when he (under duress) confesses to aiding in Daryl's escape, reasoning they can just replace him with their "spare Dr. Carson".
Portrayed By: Griffin Freeman
A Savior who is branded as punishment for rule-breaking.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Gets his face branded like Dwight for defying Negan.
- Facial Horror: Gets his face branded by a hot iron as punishment for seeing Amber behind Negan's back.
- Potty Failure: He pees his pants after passing out from getting his face ironed.
- Urine Trouble: After fainting from his torture, Negan notes that he pissed himself.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We never find out what happens to him after the episode "Time for After". It's unknown if he died during the walker breach on the Sanctuary or if he died during the war or survived the whole ordeal.
Portrayed By: Liz E. Morgan
A diabetic girl whose attempt to defect from the Saviors with her sister Sherry and brother-in-law Dwight leads to her death.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The redhead to the blonde Dwight and brunette Sherry in their first appearance.
- Boyish Short Hair: She sports a pixie-cut.
- Bury Your Disabled: She's the first diabetic to appear on the show, and doesn't make it to the end of her first episode. Justified, considering how difficult insulin would be to produce or find and store in the apocalypse.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- Due to the Dead: She attempts to pay her respects to two children she and her sister used to babysit who were accidentally killed when her group lit the forest on fire.
- Ill Girl: She suffers from diabetes, requiring periodic shots of insulin to keep from passing out.
- Kill the Cutie: An innocent girl who dies horribly in her debut episode.
- The Load: She, unfortunately, can't help it as she is a diabetic and requires insulin regularly, and she passes out on one occasion.
- Nice Girl: She seems to be kind and civil from the little we see of her.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: She attempts to give a moment of peace for her deceased friends, but unfortunately, they're revealed to still walkers that attack and kill her once she gets too close to them.
- The Quiet One: She doesn't say much.
- Red Shirt: Gets very little characterization before dying.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Alongside Dwight and Sherry, when Negan tried to pressure her into becoming one of his wives. Unfortunately...
- Shoot The Shaggy Dog Story: This whole attempt is rendered completely moot as she ends up dying and Dwight and Sherry are back with the Saviors a few episodes later, with the latter ending up becoming one of Negan's wives. This also happened after she got her insulin back from Daryl, as well.
- Too Dumb to Live: You'd think someone who had survived so long in the apocalypse would calmly step away from a reanimating zombie instead of panic like a victim in a slasher film.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Bitten on the throat by two walkers in her first appearance.
Portrayed By: Michael Scialabba
A Savior worker who defects and is killed by Dwight.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: He reanimates after death and is incorporated into the Saviors' walker wall.
- Being Evil Sucks: He became disillusioned by his time as a Savior and decided to pull a Screw This, I'm Outta Here!. He also gets Dwight to further acknowledge this with his new status as well, despite all the perks.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- Despair Event Horizon: After his wife Maria dies, he becomes very disillusioned with Negan's rule and leaves, heading out into the wasteland.
- Face Death with Dignity: He doesn't care whether Dwight kills him or not because he knows there's nothing left for him back at the Sanctuary.
- Fate Worse than Death: Views life in the Sanctuary this way. Unfortunately, he winds up back there after dying.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: He came to realize this after his time with the Saviors.Gordon: "You know, after me and Maria survived those first few months when we got there, we thought it'd be okay. We thought we knew how to fight the monsters."
- In the Back: Dwight mercifully shoots him in the back.
- Redemption Equals Death: By the time of his death, he fully renounces his status as a Savior.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He gets fed up with living under Negan's rule and decides to leave.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears in one episode, but he makes an impression on Dwight about how following Negan isn't the only option.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appears in "The Cell."
- We Used to Be Friends: He used to be this with Dwight during the early days of the apocalypse before he started to become crueler.
A Savior outpost in an abandoned satellite relay station. This subgroup is the one that initially handles the Hilltop Colony and is the first to come into conflict with Rick's group, which results in their complete destruction. The outpost is subsequently reclaimed and repopulated by the Saviors under the command of Simon.
- Badass Biker: A gang of them like to drive around on motorcycles. They get blown up by Daryl.
- Bullying a Dragon: Bud's biker group tries this with the combination of Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham, all of whom are very lethal people. They get blown up for their attempt. Similarly, Paula's group tries to do this to Maggie and Carol. Their deaths are a lot more brutal and painful than Bud and his group's as a result.
- Corporal Punishment: They punish rule-breaking by severing one of the guilty party's fingers. Michelle lost a finger for stealing gasoline.
- Creepy Souvenir: One of them has a collage made of photographs of people with their heads crushed proudly displayed by his bed.
- Disc-One Final Boss: With the destruction of the outpost and Primo's execution, the survivors of Alexandria and the Hilltop believe that Negan has been killed and the Saviors wiped out. They soon learn just how wrong they were. The Saviors reclaim the outpost but lose it again in Season 8.
- Fat and Skinny: The two guards at the door.
- Faux Affably Evil: To varying degrees. Bud and his gang feign kindness, but have every intention to kill Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham no matter what. Paula's group, meanwhile, is a lot more friendly to their captives (Maggie and Carol) and, until they rebel, are reasonable and willing to negotiate with Rick for their safe return.
- High Times Future: They have their own marijuana growing room.
- I Have Your Wife: They take Hilltop resident Craig hostage to force his brother Ethan to assassinate Gregory.
- Kill 'Em All: All of the original inhabitants are dead by the end of "The Same Boat," thanks to Rick's group. Later, under Simon's command, the new inhabitants massacre every resident of the Library community they had subjugated.
- Kill It with Fire: The last stragglers from the outpost, a scout crew, get burned alive by Carol.
- Make an Example of Them: When the Librarians started an uprising, they hanged one of them as an example. When they continued fighting, Simon had them wiped out. They later hang the Sole Survivor to serve as a cautionary example for Rick's group.
- Moving the Goalposts: They decide that the Hilltop isn't giving them enough supplies anymore, so they kill two of them, kidnap another, and demand the head of their leader.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Mooks tend to be fairly eccentric, especially after Simon takes command.
- Replacement Scrappy: In-universe. While the Saviors at the satellite outpost allowed the Hilltop to make regular supply drops off location, these guys show up and lure in walkers in the middle of the night, then take half of Hilltop's stuff. Simon humiliates Gregory and walks off with his prized painting and scotch.
- Satellite Character: No pun intended. This trope applies to the Saviors who defected to AHK alongside Alden towards the end of Season 8. None of them get any Character Development, but usually they are seen immediately following whatever Alden says or does (in "Wrath", as soon as Alden announces he's staying with Tara, the other Saviors immediately appear behind him) to show that they have pulled their HeelFace Turn.
- Slain in Their Sleep: Many of the original group are killed in their sleep by Rick's group.
- Starter Villain: This is the main Savior faction Ricks group deals with in Season 6, from "Always Accountable" to "The Same Boat." It is not, as they believe, the only Savior group. Furthermore, they were quite easily beaten, as Rick's group was able to kill all of them without a single fatality. Simon, who later takes command of the outpost's new inhabitants, theorizes that they grew soft dealing with someone as compliant as Gregory.
- Trojan Horse: Unbeknownst to them, the truck they send from Hilltop to the Sanctuary contains both Carl, who kills two Saviors and almost takes out Negan himself and Jesus, who marks a trail to the Sanctuary.
- Unknown Rival: They have absolutely no idea who the Alexandrians are, where they came from, or why they're attacking them.
- Would Hurt a Child: Jesus mentions that when the Saviors first came to the Hilltop, they beat a sixteen year old boy to death just to let the community know who they were dealing with.
Portrayed By: Christopher Berry
A Savior leads a small but heavily-armed biker gang.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His comic counterpart is blonde.
- Asshole Victim: Killed by Daryl and nobody is crying.
- Badass Biker: By virtue of leading a pack of Saviors on a bike.
- Beard of Evil: Has a scruffy beard and is a violent Savior.
- Bullying a Dragon: He may have Daryl, Sasha, and Abe outnumbered and outgunned, but they're not the helpless sheep he seems to think they are, let alone the rest of their group. Sure enough, Daryl overpowers one of his men and annihilates the group.
- Complexity Addiction: Molly's reaction to hearing how he was killed imply he's got this, as she scoffs that he probably put on a big show when confronting Daryl, Sasha and Abraham.
- Death by Adaptation: In the comics, Rick and co. spared him so he can tell Negan that they don't need his "protection" and that they're not afraid of him, and he later appears among the crowd of Saviors when Negan kills Glenn. Here, Daryl blows him to bits along with his pals from the get go.
- Decomposite Character: His comic role as the lead savior during Negan's first appearance goes to Simon on the show.
- Dual Wielding: Wields two pistols at once.
- Faux Affably Evil: He comes off as superficially charming, and cheerfully explains that he'll end Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham if they step out of line.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He doesn't seem to have been very popular among the Saviors. Molly speaks dismissively of him after his death and Negan refers to his gang as "the dick brigade."
- I Lied: Assures Abraham and Sasha that he won't kill them... until he thinks about it for a second and decides that he is going to. Fortunately, a rocket launcher-wielding Daryl has other ideas.
- Jerkass: Thoroughly unpleasant and irritatingly smug.
- Large Ham: Absolutely chews the scenery with every line that comes out of his mouth. Even his fellow Saviors, who are by no means a subtle group, consider him to be this, as Molly derisively (and correctly) assumes that he "put on a show."
- Ludicrous Gibs: He and the rest of his gang are left in "pieces and puddles." The largest bit of him left is his head.
- Middle-Management Mook: Seems to be one of Wade's top enforcers, as he leads his own small team.
- Named by the Adaptation: He's a nameless Mook in the comics. Even on the show, he was credited as "Negan's Scout" and his name was only revealed during a Reddit AMA that his actor did.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Derogatorily refers to Abraham as a "ginger."
- Smug Snake: Spends the majority of his first appearance rambling proudly about how Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham owe Negan everything they've got. Daryl ends up quickly taking care of him and his gang.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Blown apart with an RPG by Daryl.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed at the end of his first scene, which is spread across two episodes.
Portrayed By: Alicia Witt
The leader of a small team of Saviors that captures Carol and Maggie after everyone at their compound is killed.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: She turns after being impaled and partially eaten, dying due to a nasty neck bite, and is put down by Maggie.
- Asshole Victim: The only distress regarding her death comes from Carol, who has grown weary of killing, and her fellow Saviors.
- Bad Boss: Leaves Donnie unconscious while he's still bleeding out from his wounds. This naturally leads to his death.
- Badass Boast: Talks about how she stopped counting after her kills entered the double digits.
- Bullying a Dragon: She and her comrades mock Carol and Maggie nonstop, and pay the ultimate price for it.
- Canon Foreigner: She never appeared in the comics.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: First she is impaled on a pole by Carol, then a walker slowly eats her face off while she is still alive.
- The Cynic: Due to her experiences in the zombie apocalypse, she has abandoned all trappings of morality or empathy, focusing on survival by any means.
- Dark Action Girl: As much of a killer as Carol, just with zero morals.
- Death Seeker: After the events of the episode, she seems to have become this. She taunts a gun-wielding Carol after she's been warned to run away, and tries to attack her.
- Despair Event Horizon: Seems to cross it after, over the course of a single day, her home and everyone in it is destroyed and her closest friends are slaughtered by her captives.
- Eaten Alive: A walker starts chowing down on her face after she gets impaled.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Or rather, did. She mentions having had a large family before the apocalypse that she loved.
- Everybody's Dead, Dave: She and her three companions return to their home only to find that Rick's group have slaughtered everyone but Primo.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Mixed with Villain Has a Point. Paula disregards Carol and Maggie's entreaties that Rick is an honorable man and can be reasoned with, and instead decides he and their friends are simply waiting for an opportune moment to strike. She even flat out tells them that's what she would do.
- Evil Counterpart: To Carol. Both started out as weak people, but over time developed into hardened killers. The difference is that Paula has lost any semblance of her humanity she once had and has no empathy or moral qualms whatsoever. Carol might have seen a possible future version of herself in Paula which combined with Morgan's words and killing Owen might have lead to her decision to leave.
- Evil Redhead: She's a redheaded unrepentant murderer.
- Facial Horror/ Two-Faced: Gets half of her face devoured by a walker after she's impaled on rebar.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She was a meek and put-upon secretary before the apocalypse, eventually becoming a hardened, nihilistic killer.
- Hero of Another Story: Has a very fleshed-out backstory.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: She gets impaled on a metal bar by Carol.
- Jerkass: Arrogant, aggressive, and snide.
- Jerkass Has a Point: She mocks Maggie's choice to get pregnant in the apocalypse, given that the world is too dangerous for small children. In her defense, and given what we've seen of the defenseless Judith, she's really not wrong.
- Karmic Death: She treated Carol like crap at every turn and bragged about not being afraid of death. Carol ends up causing her to die a painful death.
- Kick the Dog: Mocks Carol and Maggie every chance she gets.
- Middle-Management Mook: She leads a small team of Saviors and has some authority at the Satellite Outpost.
- Mini-Boss: She's the primary antagonist of "The Same Boat."
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Due to the army taking over D.C. once the outbreak started, she was stuck with her boss rather than being able to return to her husband and four daughters, whom she loved very much.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Her decision to knock out Donnie and ignore the fact that he requires medical attention indirectly leads to his and Molly's deaths.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: She makes the sexist claim that "guys can't handle pain."
- Redemption Rejection: Carol tries to get Paula to stand down due to a combination of not wanting to resort to violence and death, and seeing Paula as someone she could have been had she not met Rick and the others. Paula isn't buying it, and she dies for her resistance.
- Smug Snake: She's so smug that she never once worries about the possibility that Carol and Maggie are smarter than they look.
- Underestimating Badassery: Paula definitely should have been warier of Carol.
- Villain Ball: She decides to make Rick's group wait for hours until deciding to make a hostage trade, completely ignoring the fact that Donnie is bleeding out from his wounds and requires medical attention from Primo. This indirectly leads to his and Molly's deaths.
- Villain Has a Point: Maggie and Carol urge her to negotiate with Rick, but Paula (rather smartly, given what she happens to know at the time) decides she isn't about to trust a man who just slaughtered her entire community in their sleep to keep his word.
- Villainous Friendship: She seems to get along well with Molly and Michelle.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She dies in the only episode she appears in.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She does have a valid moment of this when she points out that, from her point of view, Maggie and Carol's group simply showed up out of nowhere and killed off most everybody she knows.
- Would Hurt a Child: Paula doesn't seem to care when she learns that Maggie is pregnant. She even makes fun of her for it, seeing it as a stupid decision in the wake of the apocalypse.
Portrayed By: Jill Jane Clements
An elderly Savior who is part of Paula's team.
- Adaptation Expansion: Only mentioned in the comics.
- Affably Evil: She's still something of a Jerkass to Carol and Maggie but has a more jovial demeanor than her companions.
- Affectionate Nickname: Her friends call her "Molls."
- Cool Old Lady: She's pretty entertaining.
- Evil Old Folks: Nasty and violent, despite being well into her sixties.
- Faux Action Girl: She never really kills many enemies without her friends watching her back. When Maggie and Carol escape, she's the first one easily dispatched by them without even putting up a fight.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: She chain-smokes so much that she coughs up blood at one point and has no qualms about smoking in the presence of a pregnant woman.
- Handicapped Badass: Despite having a crippling lung condition that even she admits she's dying from, it doesn't stop her from being able to kill walkers.
- Hollywood Atheist: She has a rather low opinion of religious people.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Thanks to her smoking habits.
- Large Ham: Very over the top and memorable.
- Never Mess with Granny: She takes down walkers with ease.
- The Nicknamer: Calls Carol "little bird" and Maggie "Magnolia."
- Pet the Dog: Offers Carol a cigarette to calm her down, and is overall friendly to her and Maggie despite them being on opposite sides. It's only once the two rebel and causes her to become infected that she wants them dead, which doesn't last long given that Maggie kills her.
- Self-Deprecation: Much like Dale several seasons before, she admits that she likely won't last that long in the apocalypse given her age, as well as her condition.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: She ends up getting her head beaten to a pulp by Maggie.
- Villainous Breakdown: She loses it after a reanimated Donnie bites her arm.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed in her first appearance.
- Zombie Infectee: Gets bitten by the zombified Donnie before being beaten to death by Maggie.
Portrayed By: Jeananne Goossen
A Savior who is part of Paula's team.
- Affectionate Nickname: Her friends call her "Chelle."
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Played straight.
- Boom, Headshot!: Courtesy of Carol.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- Dark Action Girl: She's a female Savior footsoldier.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She has a tattoo of her deceased father Frank's name.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Tells Molly to stop smoking around the pregnant Maggie, and overall seems to want to keep the baby safe until Maggie and Carol rebel.
- Evil Counterpart: She's this to Maggie, right down to being a brunette woman whose name starts with the letter "M." Both had significant relationships with their fathers, who died during the zombie apocalypse. However, Maggie's relationship with her husband Glenn is very close and loving, while Michelle says her boyfriend was an asshole. Maggie's pregnancy is going fine at the time, while Michelle had a miscarriage.
- Fingore: One of her pinky fingers was severed for stealing gas.
- Friends with Benefits: She was in a mostly sexual relationship with one of the bikers who were blown up by Daryl.
- Ice Queen: Has a cold and unimpressed demeanor.
- Jerkass: Treats Maggie and Carol pretty badly.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When she slashes at Maggie's womb, she pauses long enough for Carol to get the drop on her.
- Pet the Dog: Despite her treatment of the hostages, she briefly opens up to Maggie and acts like a real human being.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She's killed in her first appearance.
Portrayed By: Rus Blackwell
A Savior who is part of Paula's team.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Debuts earlier than his comic counterpart and is slightly more prominent.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: Dies from blood loss and reanimates as a walker who Carol uses to attack Molly.
- Asshole Victim: Donnie is such a repulsive prick that it's hard to give even a tiny rat's ass when he meets his end.
- The Brute: Definitely the most physically powerful member of the team.
- Death by Adaptation: Dies at a point before his comic counterpart is introduced.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: While Paula, Molly, and Michelle all seem to get along just fine, none of them can really stand Donnie due to his misogynist tendencies.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Very misogynistic.
- Jerkass: On the whole, he's a nasty and selfish piece of work.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He calls out his team for wasting time trying to scare Rick's group into getting their way instead of providing him serious medical treatment.
- Kick the Dog: Literally kicks Carol while she's down.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: He kicks Carol while she's still tied up and on the floor.
- The Load: He's seriously injured by Carol and can't do much until receiving medical treatment.
- The One Guy: The only male member of Paula's team.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He's pretty sexist for a man relying on three women to save his life.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in his first episode.
- Would Hit a Girl: Beats up Paula, Maggie, and Carol, all over the course of a couple of seconds.
Portrayed By: Jimmy Gonzales
The Sole Survivor of Alexandria's raid on the satellite outpost, who is captured and executed.
- Anti-Climax Boss: In-universe. For the brief period of time when Rick believes that he is Negan, this is what he appeared to be.
- Bald of Evil: Completely bald and a Savior.
- Boom, Headshot!: Believing him to be Negan, Rick promptly shoots him in the head.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- Cool Bike: Daryl immediately recognizes it as his own.
- Distressed Dude: Gets captured by Rick's group and held prisoner.
- Get It Over With: Spitefully tells Rick's group to just kill him like they killed everyone else.
- I Am Spartacus: When Rick demands to know where Negan was killed, Primo declares that he is Negan.
- The Medic: Has some medical skills.
- Red Herring: After killing Primo, Rick believes that he actually killed Negan, and that the Saviors are history.
- Too Dumb to Live: After Rick's group finish up annihilating the Saviors' outpost, Primo decides to ride out on a motorcycle to escape them instead of waiting patiently for the group to leave without noticing him. This is what gets him captured.
- Undying Loyalty: Sacrifices his own life to protect Negan and the rest of the Saviors.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed in his second appearance.
Portrayed By: Darin Cooper
A Savior lieutenant who led the search for Dwight.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- Deadpan Snarker: When Cam starts screaming in pain after getting his arm amputated, Wade's response is to flatly tell him to "walk it off."
- The Faceless: Not literally, but his face isn't shown in his first appearance.
- The Medic: He has enough medical knowledge to cleanly amputate an infected arm.
- Middle-Management Mook: Seems to be a high-ranking member of the Saviors as he leads the hunt for Dwight, Sherry, and Tina.
- Pet the Dog: After he rescues Cam from a zombie infection, he calls off the search for Dwight's group in order to bring him back for medical treatment.
- The Stoic: Remains creepily calm even after amputating his friend's bitten arm.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We don't know if he's among the Saviors that have been killed during the attacks on the Satelite Outpost. His name hasn't been mentioned since his first appearance.
Portrayed By: Matt Lowe
A Savior who is part of Wade's team and loses an arm while hunting Dwight, Sherry, and Tina.
- An Arm and a Leg: Wade amputates his arm after he is bitten.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- Failed a Spot Check: Is so unaware of his surroundings that he manages to get bitten by a walker that is pinned to a tree.
- Killed Offscreen: By Rick's group in "Not Tomorrow Yet" when they raid the Satellite Outpost.
- Mook: Just a lowly Savior footsoldier.
- Zombie Infectee: Briefly, though Wade manages to chop off the bitten arm quickly.
A Savior who is a member of Simon's crew in the repopulated satellite outpost.
- Asshole Victim: Killed by a zombified Sasha and no one is crying.
- Beard of Evil: He has a beard and is a petty jerk.
- Composite Character: A minor one, as he gets the fate of comic book Denise of being bitten by Negan's zombified prisoner (Holly in the books, Sasha in the show).
- Facial Horror: Gets his face eaten off by a reanimated Sasha.
- Failed a Spot Check: He doesn't see Daryl and Maggie hiding out.
- Grammar Nazi: Upbraids Enid for abbreviating "vegetables" to "veggies."
- Jerkass: He's a complete asshole to Enid for no reason, taunting her even when she gives him supplies and throwing vegetables on the ground.
- Mook Promotion: He first appears as a background Savior at the Sanctuary in "The Cell." He becomes more prominent when he transfers to the repopulated Satellite Outpost.
A Savior who is a member of Simon's crew in the repopulated satellite outpost.
- Failed a Spot Check: Fails to notice a teenage boy with an assault rifle hiding in the back of the truck.
- The Klutz: Jesus saws open a box, causing him to shatter the entire case of Gregory's scotch that Simon intended as a gift for Negan.
- Mook: Just a lowly Savior footsoldier and truck driver.
- Multiple Gunshot Death: Carl unloads five rounds into him.
- Oh, Crap!: Has a moment of this right before Carl shoots him in the chest.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He gets the teensiest bit of characterization during the scene in which he has a conversation with a Savior from the Sanctuary. He hints at a knowledge of military tactics, sympathy for Fat Joey, and some hope that the walkers will eventually get wiped out. He and his comrade get shot dead shortly afterwards.
Portrayed By: Adam Fristoe
A Savior in the repopulated satellite outpost. During the allies' attack, he feigns to be an enslaved worker to avoid getting killed.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: After being shot by Maggie he is delivered to the Sanctuary as a warning that Hilltop has taken several Saviors hostage. He reanimates in the box he is contained in and killed by Negan with a nail gun.
- Asshole Victim: Executed by Maggie in retribution for his attempted murder of Jesus and Tara and Simon's murder of Neil. Only Jesus seems torn up about his death due to his Thou Shalt Not Kill mantra, and Maggie is only seen breaking down afterwards due to the horrors of the night she just had (which was reminiscent of the night she lost Glenn).
- Evil Is Petty: After taking Jesus hostage, he ruins a bottle of prenatal meds Maggie needs just to Kick the Dog.
- Karmic Death: After insulting Maggie and smashing a bottle of her medicine, he is executed by Maggie herself for the death of Neil.
- Make an Example of Them: Maggie ruthlessly executes him in front of the other Savior hostages as retribution for Simon's murder of Neil, proving to them once and for all that unlike Gregory she is not one to be fucked with.
- Tempting Fate: He insists that Maggie is merely "putting on a show", even as she holds him at gunpoint. She isn't.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: He feigns to be a worker whose family is held in the Sanctuary to avoid getting killed. He even pees himself to sell the lie. Jesus believes him and keeps Tara from killing him.
Portrayed By: Lane Miller
A Savior in the repopulated satellite outpost.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Rick kills him shortly after he made it clear he truly wanted to join the AHK alliances and defect from the Saviors completely.
- In the Back: After releasing Rick and Morgan and joining them to fend off a massive group of walkers, he gets a hatchet in the back and is later put down by Rick as he lays dying.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal/HeelFace Turn: Unlike Jared, Reilly doesn't want to return to the Sanctuary due to Simon abandoning the Savior hostages to their fate. He accepts Rick's offer to be allowed to defect to the Hilltop, unaware that Rick is lying.
- Remember the New Guy?: Reilly's first and only appearance was in "Still Gotta Mean Something". He, along with the other credited Saviors in this episode, was not credited nor did he appear in any other Season 8 episode featuring Alden and the other Savior hostages.
- Token Good Teammate: He's one of the Saviors Alden argues is a good person that got dealt a bad hand, and pleads with Rick to be spared.
Portrayed By: Mark Ashworth
A Savior in the repopulated satellite outpost.
- Devoured by the Horde: He's pushed into the walkers by Rick when he and Morgan turn on the Saviors that released them.
- Eaten Alive: He's eaten by walkers, who start with non-lethal bites.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal/HeelFace Turn: Unlike Jared, Evan is dubious in returning to the Sanctuary due to Simon abandoning the Savior hostages to their fate. He accepts Rick's offer to be allowed to defect to the Hilltop, ignoring Rick is lying.
- Remember the New Guy?: Evan's first and only appearance was in "Still Gotta Mean Something". He, along with the other credited Saviors in this episode, was not credited nor did he appear in any other Season 8 episode featuring Alden and the other Savior hostages.
- Token Good Teammate: He's one of the Saviors Alden argues is a good person that got dealt a bad hand, and pleads with Rick to be spared.
Chemical Plant Outpost
Portrayed By: Joshua Mikel
A member of Gavin's team. He does nothing but antagonize the Kingdom during their tribute pick-ups, with Gavin turning a blind eye to it. He goes too far when he kills Benjamin to punish the Kingdom for coming up short on a tribute, enraging Gavin. He's later transferred to the satellite outpost, and is taken as a prisoner of war at Hilltop. Jareds smug, unpleasant demeanor doesnt wane in the slightest throughout his incarceration. When Henry accidentally frees the Saviors, he leads a crew out of Hilltop, intending to rejoin the Sanctuary. However, Jared finally meets his end at Morgans hands during a subsequent confrontation.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Morgan traps him in a room full of walkers and grabs his shirt to keep him from escaping, he's left fearfully begging Morgan to let go of him. Morgan obliges only after the walkers are well into the process of eating him alive.
- Animal Motifs: A rat, which is fitting given his greasy hair, his slimy demeanor, and nasty attitude. Benjamin even lampshades it at one point, muttering "rat-faced prick" under his breath when Jared starts acting up.
- Arch-Enemy: He intentionally makes Richard from the Kingdom this. After Richard's death, Morgan takes his place.
- Asshole Victim: If any of the Saviors truly deserved to die screaming in agony, it was the particularly sadistic, cruel, depraved and compassionless scumbag known as Jared. Fittingly, he does.
- Ax-Crazy: Very depraved, sadistic and willing to instigate trouble for his own enjoyment.
- Barbarian Longhair: His hair is long and greasy.
- Beard of Evil: Has a long beard and loves to torment others.
- The Bully: Probably the worst one among the Saviors, and he's not short of competition. He takes delight in physically and mentally abusing the people of the Kingdom and takes a special interest in making Richard's life miserable, victimizing him at every opportunity.
- Bullying a Dragon: He picks fights with Richard and Morgan, two men who can easily kick his ass. Antagonizing Morgan one too many times eventually leads to his death.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- Dead Person Conversation: In "Wrath", he appears to Morgan in a hallucination with the wounds that killed him, still mocking him even in death.
- Devoured by the Horde: Morgan traps him on the other side of a gate and leaves him to be eaten by a group of walkers.
- Dumb Muscle: Gavin outright calls him a total idiot, but only has him around to act as a heavy hitter.
- Eaten Alive: Morgan ensures that his death is slow and painful.
- Evil Counterpart: Could be considered one to Benjamin since both are young soldiers working for their groups while trying to work their way up the ranks, but unlike Benjamin, Jared is always screwing up, defying his orders, and earns scorn from his leader while Benjamin has worked hard to become a legitimate fighter and is adored by his group members.
- Evil Is Petty: He needlessly picks fights and instigates conflict simply because he can.
- Famous Last Words: "Let go!"
- Faux Affably Evil: Becomes this way towards Morgan after he and his fellow Saviors surrender to Jesus and his militia, rather than being an outright Jerkass like previously.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Absolutely none of the Saviors, or even his supervisor Gavin, like being around him since he's always an unpleasant company.
- Hate Sink: Of all the Savior foot soldiers we meet, Jared is, with the possible exception of Rapey Davey (see David above) the most despicable and evil one and makes it abundantly clear in every scene he appears in what an irredeemable bastard he is.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: In standard Savior fashion, he quickly realizes that Richard is completely fine with being killed, and so shoots Ben instead for the Kingdom being short on their tribute.
- Jerkass: An arrogant, violent jackass who shows no redeeming qualities.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He's quick to realize that Rick and Morgan are out for blood when they come looking for the escaped Hilltop Saviors, and advises his cohorts to just kill the pair and call it a day.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: It took over an entire next season for Jared to get any sort of punishment for killing Benjamin. He does fortunately get it in time, and pretty good too.
- Karmic Death: He's left to his fate by Morgan, the man he repeatedly antagonized and whose protege he murdered in cold blood.
- Kick the Dog: Even though he could have easily given back his weapon, Jared takes Morgan's staff out of spite even after Morgan straight out apologizes to him. He also kills Benjamin despite being ordered to kill Richard.
- Laser-Guided Karma: At first, he averts this trope - he's an unrepentant dick to Morgan even after being captured, taunting him for wearing Benjamin's armor, and gets off scot-free due to Jesus's intervention. Later, the trope is (fortunately) played straight with Maggie, who doesn't put up with his shit and is all-too-willing to butt him into unconsciousness with her rifle when he starts fucking around. Morgan later one-ups it by brutally killing him personally.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: When the Hilltop is overrun by walkers, Jared openly admits that the sound of people screaming is "music" to his ears. Fittingly, he dies in the next episode screaming in agony.
- The Millstone: The only thing he seems to do for the Saviors is nearly screw up their stable relations trading with the Kingdom since he feels the need to screw with others.
- Mook: Just a lowly Savior footsoldier.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Ezekiel originally turned down Rick's offer of an alliance between the Kingdom and Alexandria against Negan and the Saviors to avoid unnecessary deaths among his people. After Jared kills Ben, Ezekiel has a change of heart and leads a contingent of Kingdom fighters to Alexandria's aid in the season seven finale.
- Oh, Crap!: His smug attitude and psychotic joy finally goes out the window when Morgan knocks him into a room full of walkers and closes the gate door while holding him against it to keep him from running, and Jared spends his last moments pleading for him to let go of him.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Really gives Negan a run for his money in this department since he immaturely loves to bully others and horse around, even when on the clock.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Gets transferred to the newly restaffed satellite outpost likely due to Gavin having grown sick of his jerkassery.
- Sadist: Jared is one of only three Savior foot soldiers (the other two being David and Gunther) who seems to truly enjoy the pain and suffering of others. As mentioned above in the Loves the Sound of Screaming trope, he even describes the sound of people screaming in agony as "music to my ears."
- Smug Snake: Taunts Richard because he knows the man can't do anything about it, and also repeatedly taunts and insults Morgan. The latter repeated action, as well as his murder of Benjamin, is what eventually gets him killed.
- Stupid Evil: Even Gavin calls him an idiot.
- Troll: Pretty much everything he does is intended to aggravate others.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Even though his life has been spared thanks to Jesus's insistence, he's constantly aggravating and insulting his captors, and rejects the food offered to him.
- Villain Has a Point: When Rick and Morgan are captured by Jared and the other saviors who managed to escape from the Hilltop, he is the first and only one to see through Rick's lie when he claims that they can come back with him and treat the injured Saviors. The same can't be said about his comrades...
- Would Hurt a Child: He shoots and kills Benjamin, who was in his late teens.
Portrayed By: Whitmer Thomas
A Savior who attempts to kill Ezekiel.
- Ambition Is Evil: He strives to move up into Negan's inner circle by taking Ezekiel hostage, thinking that he'll gain respect from his leader. All he gains is a gory death courtesy of Jerry.
- Asshole Victim: Considering that he coldly mocks Ezekiel for failing an attack and leading his soldiers to their death with a smug grin on his face and even shooting one soldier dead right in front of him, absolutely nobody was sad to see him brutally murdered.
- Ax-Crazy: A vicious and sinister murderer who takes pleasure in torturing victims emotionally and psychologically.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He thinks that he's a threat capable enough of being a leader among the Saviors, but really he's just a lowly foot soldier.
- Expy: He looks like a younger version of the comic-only character Thomas Richards, sharing quite a lot of his sadism and delusions as well.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears glasses and is definitely one of the cruelest Saviors shown. Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick even referred to him as "creepy".
- Gorn: His death by getting sliced in half by a battle ax is one of the goriest deaths in the series.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Jerry straight up biscets him with a giant axe.
- Hate Sink: It's impossible to think he was written to be anything else except this. Even his actor, Whitmer Thomas, hoped for viewers to hate his character by the time he died.
- It's All About Me: His sole motivation is to move up in the Savior ranks.
- Kick the Dog: Coldly tells Ezekiel that he got his people killed by lying to them about being a king and dragging them out into the war. Later, once Ezekiel falls and is too weak to get back up, he stomps on his already injured leg.
- Lack of Empathy: He mocks Ezekiel for losing so many of his men in the war and even dismisses his own battalion just to hold Ezekiel as a prize.
- Mook: He's just a low-ranking foot-soldier in the Saviors, but he seeks to move up on the hierarchy.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He seems to be based on infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, being a creepy, bespectacled, dirty-blonde-haired weirdo with psychopathic tendencies. Many YouTube commenters love pointing this out.
- Opportunistic Bastard: Takes advantage of Ezekiel's moment of weakness to take him hostage and abandons his fellow soldiers to take the king to Negan as a prize personally.
- Psychotic Smirk: He's always seen grinning with a creepy sneer on his face.
- Sadist: Gunther is one of only three Savior foot soldiers (the other two being David and Jared) who seems to truly enjoy the pain and suffering of others.
- Small Name, Big Ego: See Big Bad Wannabe right above.
- Smug Snake: Most of his lines are about how Ezekiel is a failure while he's a smarter threat.
- The Sociopath: He seems to dismiss the fact that many of his Savior cohorts are dead or in conflict in favor of taking Ezekiel as a prize to prove himself to Negan.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's killed by Jerry in his first appearance.
Portrayed By: Charles Halford
A Savior stationed at Gavin's outpost. He leads the Saviors when the Kingdoms forces attack, and though he almost entirely wipes out their soldiers, he and his remaining men are picked off by Rick, Daryl, and Carol.
- All for Nothing: In his final moments, he admits that his mission was not worth the price of his life since in the end, nobody won in their battle over some guns.
- Apologetic Attacker: When Carol takes Joey hostage, Yago hesitates and regretfully tells Joey hes screwed before opening fire on him anyway.
- Beard of Evil: He has a thick, long beard and is a member of an organization that exploits other people for its own comfort.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He's a villain and has a deep voice.
- Middle-Management Mook: He seems to be one of Gavin's top enforcers, as other Saviors in the outpost follow his lead.
- Pyrrhic Victory: He tells Rick and Daryl that they wiped out the Kingdom's army, but admits that it wasn't worth it since it cost him his own life and his loyal men.
- Shoot the Hostage: When Skinny Joey is being held hostage by Carol at knifepoint, Yago simply shoots him in an attempt to kill Carol.
- Was It Really Worth It?: In his final moments, he doesn't believe his mission was worth the cost of his and his men's lives.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's stabbed in the stomach by Rick in his first appearance and bleeds out on the side of the road in the following episode.
Portrayed By: Keith Hudson
A heavyset Savior stationed at Gavin's outpost.
- Beard of Evil: He has a thick beard and is a member of an organization that exploits other people for its own comfort.
- Fat Bastard: He's heavyset, speaks in a crude and violent manner, and is a member of the Saviors.
- Middle-Management Mook: He seems to be one of Gavin's top enforcers.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's killed by Carol in his first scene.
Portrayed By: Trey Butler
A Savior working under the command of Yago.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After he's held at knifepoint by Carol, he pleads for Yago to stand down, only for the latter to order his men to fire on both of them.
- The Ghost: He was mentioned by Negan in his eulogy for Fat Joey, several episodes before, but was never actually seen in person until "Some Guy".
- Mook: He's just a low-ranking foot-soldier serving under Yago.
- One Steve Limit: A subverted In-Universe example with another Savior called "Fat" Joey. After the latter dies, he simply becomes Joey.Negan: Without Fat Joey....Skinny Joey is just...Joey.
- Shoot the Hostage: He's on the receiving end of this, courtesy of Yago.
Insurance Office Outpost
A Savior subgroup based out of an insurance office and led by Regina.
- Hero Killer: They kill two somewhat notable Alexandrians, Francine and Eric.
- Hufflepuff House: They are the least prominent of the four Savior factions, and don't do anything until Season 8.
- Redshirt Army: Virtually all of them are wiped out over the course of two episodes. The only survivors are their leader Regina, who was at the Sanctuary at the time, and Gracie, a baby who is taken to Hilltop.
Portrayed By: Lindsey Garrett
A Savior in a leadership position in Regina's outpost. She leads the Saviors present when they are attacked by the Alexandrian strike force, but Mara is outwitted when the Alexandrians wait long enough for fallen Saviors to turn on their former cohorts, and she is quickly killed.
- Eaten Alive: She's eaten by the reanimated Dino.
- Middle-Management Mook: She seems to be one of Regina's top enforcers, and is in charge of the outpost in her absence.
- Oh, Crap!: When her dead compatriots start to reanimate.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Her personality is similar to the likes of Arat and Laura.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She's killed in her first appearance.
Portrayed By: Lee Norris
A Savior in Regina's outpost. He is executed by Daryl after giving up information on heavy weapons sent to Gavins outpost.
- Boom, Headshot!: Daryl caps him in the head after getting the information he needed.
- Sole Survivor: He's the sole survivor of the Alexandrians' attack on Regina's outpost. It doesn't last as he's killed by Daryl shortly afterward.
- Surrender Backfire: He agrees to Rick's proposal of ceasing fire and getting a car to escape in exchange for information on the weapons kept at the outpost only to get shot by Daryl after he has revealed the weapons were taken to Gavin's outpost.
Portrayed by: Joshua Lamboy
The father of the child mentioned below. He is killed by Rick during his infiltration of the outpost, rattling Rick once he learns he was trying to protect his daughter.
- Character Death: Impaled on an angle bracket at the end of a fight with Rick.
- Not So Different: Rick realizes this when he learns he was trying to defend the room where his infant daughter was. He was even wearing a similar outfit.
- Papa Wolf: He fights tooth and nail to protect his daughter from a man he perceives as a genuine threat to her safety.
Portrayed By: Scarlett & Sophie (Season 8), Anabelle Holloway (Season 9-present)
The daughter of a Savior who is adopted by Aaron following the destruction of Regina's outpost.
- Cheerful Child: One of the more friendly and stable children, likely due to her (relatively) sheltered upbringing in Alexandria.
- Happily Adopted: She adores her father, Aaron. According to Ross Marquand, Gracie is in fact aware of her true parentage and that she was rescued from the Saviors' outpost.
- Nice Girl: She's a good kid, and is one of the few people to show Lydia any kindness when she moves into Alexandria.
- Sole Survivor: With Regina's death in early Season 9, she is now the last surviving inhabitant of the Insurance Office outpost.