Also, due to heavy reliance on Walking Spoiler at the end of Episode 2/"Ties That Bind - Part 2", browse through at your own risk.
Javi's brother, Kate's husband, and Gabe and Mari's father. David was an army veteran who had a strained relationship with his brother. He was presumed dead by his family after leaving to take his bitten mother to the hospital but not returning, before reuniting with them as a leader of the New Frontier.
- Ambiguously Evil: It's currently unclear how honest he's being with Javi. A lot of his methods are harsh yet understandable from his perspective, yet he is a member of the New Frontier, and Clementine has seen some pretty shady things he's done.
- Anti-Hero: He's a Jerkass and not the most pleasant leader, but he's doing what he believes is best for everyone, if somewhat misguided and selfish. Upon discovering members of the New Frontier have been conducting violent raids, he immediately sides with you and vows to figure out what's going on, though doing things like trying to run off with his family will still piss him off.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Upon finding out that David exiled Clementine out of the New Frontier, Javier can berates his brother for leaving a 13 year old girl to fend for herself and can even asks will he do the same if it were Mariana. While David justifies his previous action, he is unable to answer the next question.
- Asshole Victim: If both Kate and Gabe survive Episode 5 while he dies, Kate will feel no guilt over David's death (feeling it was his fault) and encourage Javi to feel the same way. David will also be completely glossed over in favour of Gabe if both of them die. Considering his abusive nature towards Javi and seemingly his whole family, its not unwarranted.
- The Atoner: If he survives the events of Episode 5 and is convinced to return to Richmond, it's implied he takes it upon himself to rebuild the community, possibly alongside Javier.
- Ax-Crazy: David has been increasingly growing to be a more aggressive character as he has multiple violent actions due to his Hair-Trigger Temper.
- Berserk Button: Basically anything not going his way. If the dishes aren't done right he gets pissed. Javi not doing what he needs him to do he gets pissed. He gives an order and no one follows it he gets pissed. Yeah definitely a Psychopathic Manchild.
- Big Bad: Can be considered this for the season as a whole, especially on a personal level to Javier and Clementine.
- Big Brother Instinct: After the council kicks Javi and his group out of Richmond, David secretly puts a map among the supplies he gave him to meet him at a storage shed in order to direct him to the nearest town. Probably one of the few times he act as an actual big brother towards Javi instead of a Big Brother Bully.
- Blood Knight: Kate describes him as someone who thrives during war. He even states to Javi that he felt more at home in the army.
- Cain and Abel: Javi and David never got along. Episode 2 reveals that David is one of the leaders of the New Frontier, which means that conflict between the brothers is inevitable.
- Ultimately, the inevitable comes when David attempts to pull a Murder the Hypotenuse on Javi in Episode 5. Fortunately, Clementine stops David from killing Javi.
- Can't Stay Normal: He thrived in the warzone and felt trapped by his choices when he returned home. Prior to the outbreak he contemplated rejoining the army because he felt it was the only life he knew.
- Character Death: He only survives Episode 5 if both Javi and Clementine decide to pursue him and Gabe, which results in Kate's death. Otherwise, he is bitten and given a Mercy Kill by Gabe.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He's possessive of his wife Kate, and he only gets more so when it becomes obvious that she loves Javi and not him. Even if Javi rejects Kate's advances at every turn and tells David as such, he insists on believing the worst and attacks him anyway.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Deconstructed, he's in and out of Gabe and Marianna's life due to the war. When the outbreak began, he left to take his mom to the hospital but she died along the way. He met up with some of his friends from the military and started the Richmond community. He didn't even try looking for his family. Prior to the outbreak, he considered reenlisting into the military because he couldn't reconnect to his old life and wanted Javier to take his place in raising his family.
- Death Equals Redemption: If Javi goes after him and Gabe alone, he succumbs to a walker bite, but he mends his relationship with Javi before he dies, and admits that he's always loved him. He also urges Gabe to save himself in his other optional death scenes (if Javi helps Kate alone or if both Javi and Clementine help Kate).
- Death Seeker: He shows shades of this. As Kate puts it, David would talk about his own military funeral the way other people talked about retirement plans. He would even promise Kate that she would bury his dog tags with or without his body.
- Despair Event Horizon: If David survives the season, he clearly crosses it, as he is convinced that his family wants nothing more to do with him and that humanity will never be able to defeat the walkers. Javi has the option of convincing him to come back to Richmond, but even then he's clearly not in the best state of mind.
- Disappeared Dad: Before the apocalypse, he contemplated reenlisting with the army as he felt that he couldn't readjust or regain his sense of purpose. He selfishly wanted Javi to protect his family in his place. During the apocalypse, he was forced to abandon his family until they eventually found him in episode 2. He took no time in trying to regain his fatherly role and trying to get Javi to leave Kate and Gabe.
- Envy: The flashback to the brothers' day at the bating cages makes it clear David wishes he could trade places with Javi and not have a family to care for.
- Establishing Character Moment: Beating Javi up and calling him irresponsible for something that was out of his control.
- Everybody Has Standards: He is shocked and disgusted to hear that members of the New Frontier have been conducting raids on peaceful communities and killing innocent people, right under his nose.
- Expy: Of Shane. Both are very hot-headed individuals who have trouble retaining their emotions often on the verge of yelling and are driven by jealousy. Also both have extremely violent and aggressive behavior often aimed at the person they are jealous of ie Rick and Javi who are their better counterparts. Finally they both fight for a women they love and think they are better for them rather than their rivals.
- Famous Last Words:
- In Episode 1, when he drives off with Mrs. Garcia, he tells Javier to meet him at the hospital. It never happens.
- Determinate in Episode 5. If you went alone to rescue Gabe and David, David will be bitten. In his last words, he tells you to take care of his family and that he loves you before succumbing to his bite."Te quiero, Gabriel. Te quiero, Mariana. Te quiero, Javier..."
- Five-Second Foreshadowing: When we first see Richmond, we are given a shot of a Confederate flag. In the Civil War, due to segregation and differing beliefs, families would be torn apart; brother would have to fight brother.
- Foil: To Kenny. Both Kenny and David are men who care greatly for their families, but have severe flaws (such as short tempers and selfishness) that often drive wedges between them and their loved ones. They also do their best to be leaders of their respective groups, with Kenny often taking charge of his groups while David commands the New Frontier's militia. However, while Kenny stuck close to his wife and son before losing them three months into the outbreak, David was separated from his family when the outbreak happened, before reuniting with them four years later. In addition, Kenny laments in episode 5 of season 2 that before the outbreak, he was away from his family on fishing trips a lot of the time, which isn't unlike David wanting to reenlist and leave his family behind. At the same time, Kenny had a loving relationship with Katjaa and Duck, whereas David's relationship with Kate, Gabe, and Mariana was strained even before the outbreak. To top it all off, David's fight with Javier in episode 5 reminds Clementine of Kenny's fight with Jane in the final episode of season 2, and the player's choice in that situation even dictates whether or not she threatens David at gunpoint or shoots him in the shoulder.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Considers himself the responsible to Javi's foolish. David was the responsible sibling at first but this was zigzagged when he all but begs Javi to essentially let them switch; he's miserable in his current life married with Kate and would love nothing more than to run off and re-enlist in the army while Javi looks after the family.
- Green-Eyed Monster: David seems to hate that Javi used to be famous and successful, and even after he lost it all, he still lives a life free of attachments.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He gets pissed off if even his cup gets broken. This doesn't make him easier to work with when he recruits Javier and his friends. It can cause a problem in episode 4 if you spare Joan in a deal to make her let David go, as after being released, David will take Clint hostage in a reckless revenge scheme, and in episode 5, his hair-trigger temper causes him to physically attack Javi over the (possible, depending on player choice) feelings between Javi and Kate.
- He punishes Clementine for stealing medicine behind his back to help treat an ill AJ, while ignoring Lingard wasting all kinds of drugs and medicine on himself purely to get high. In the same situation, he calls out Clem for not being a team player, when he himself not only has problems working with others but also attempts to leave the New Frontier after a herd attack the city.
- All his comments about Javi being irresponsible, selfish, and not caring about family ring hollow when David was the one who wanted to leave and to reenlist in the army, practically forcing Javi to step up and protect David's family in his absence. David then doesn't bother trying to find them over the next four years. In the flashback of episode 4, right after admitting of wanting to abandon them to return to the army, David has the nerve to call Javi selfish if his brother does not promise to look after his family.
- One of the core themes of David's character - lampshaded by Kate in episode 5 - is David threatening to "desert" his family by joining the military, as David is unable to cope with civilian life and is proud of being a soldier. In Episode 5 however, he attempts to leave with his family and abandon Richmond, the town he had been defending.
- In Episode 3, David is kicked out of the New Frontier using more or less the same speech he used to kick Clementine out.
- It's All About Me: David only cares for his own happiness and not for others. Not satisfied with civilian life, he wishes to return to the army. When New Richmond is under attack, he attempts to skip town, taking only his family and Clementine with him.
- Jerkass: David is not a very pleasant person; he punches Javi in his first scene, and shows no concern when Kate cut open her hand (instead yelling at her about the broken cup). As he is one of the leaders of the New Frontier, the outbreak has done little to improve his mood.
- What he did to Clem and AJ is despicable. In retaliation for Clem stealing/trying to steal medicine for a sick AJ, he not only kicks Clem out of his group but keeps AJ (despite he and his group thinking AJ will die) for no other reason than to punish her. Clem lampshades that they don't even want to take care of him and rightly calls them monsters.
- In episode 5, he hits Gabe, potentially twice, although it's an accident on both occasions as he's angry and not paying attention to where he's swinging. However he only apologizes on the first occasion, as on the second occasion he's too wrapped up in fighting Javi.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- Although he did assault Javi after his brother missed their father's death, David is justifiably angry as he stayed the entire time.
- Even though he kicked Clementine out the New Frontier and took AJ from her, David was still right for punishing Clementine for stealing medicine as she did so behind his back.
- If Javi accepts Kate's love confession, then David at least has some justification to be pissed off at Javi in episode 5 as Kate is still David's wife. Of course it still doesn't justify assaulting Javi over it, especially if he did not return Kate's feelings.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In spite of the above examples, he isn't completely heartless, and absolutely has standards and morals in comparison to the other New Frontier members. In Episode 4, Paul even says that he was a hopeless drug addict before David came along and inspired him to put his talents as a doctor to use and to try to stay sober.
- After kicking Clementine out, Ava reveals that David wanted her to have the picture that AJ drew shortly after her exile, meaning that David knew that Ava was going to go and give a bag of supplies to Clem. This meant that he likely had a change of heart from his previously antagonistic behaviour to Clementine and either sent Ava or agreed with her plan to go and give a bag of supplies to Clem.
- Kick the Dog: David had no reason to separate AJ from Clementine after the latter was caught stealing medicine as he didn't even want to give him medicine when he was sick.
- The Leader: He commands the New Frontier's militia. Subverted when it turns out that Joan has been commanding most of his people from the shadows.
- Last Disrespects: The player as Javi can say that they're glad that he's dead since he doesn't have a chance to abandon them again.
- Married to the Job: By his own admission David's military career is his life, to the detriment of his relationship with his family. It goes as far as David lapsing into moments where he uses military jargon to order his family around.
- Mercy Kill: If David gets bitten by a walker but Gabe survives, his son decides to kill him after saying goodbye.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: When Kate reveals to David that she has feelings for Javi in Episode 5 (which Javier will have either rejected or accepted in Episode 4) David's response is to attempt to murder Javi for "taking his family from him." Fortunately, Clementine stops David from killing Javi.
- Never My Fault: He blames Javi in Episode 5 for breaking his family apart when he himself is a terrible father/husband before the apocalypse for wanting to abandon them and not even trying to look for them after the death of their mother.
- Oh, Crap!: The look on his face is priceless when he sees Javier with the Prescott group.
- Only a Flesh Wound: In the finale Clem potentially shoots David grazing his shoulder intentionally when he ignores her demands to stop assaulting Javi. He recoils angrily in pain but otherwise shrugs it off quickly.
- Papa Wolf: Cares for his family very much and goes berserk if anyone dares to wrong them.
- Parental Neglect: Downplayed. While David loves his family and is never outright neglectful he's disturbingly eager to leave his wife and two (at the time) prepubescent children behind to reenlist in the military.
- Parents as People: At the end of the day, David is an extremely flawed man who honestly does love his family, and is genuinely trying to do the right thing by them, but his shortcomings and insecurities ultimately make him unfit as a family man, something he is painfully aware of.
- Pet the Dog:
- Tells Clementine that AJ pulled through and is still alive after she tackles him to the ground and threatens to kill him.
- In Episode 5 he allows Clementine to join his family when he suggests they escape town, even if she spat in his face when he exiled her from the New Frontier.
- Quickly Demoted Leader: It didn't take long for his leadership to get revoked by Joan.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He often gets this from everyone around him including his family members. In the season finale, Kate even berates him for using military slang on his family and refusal to save New Richmond and dumps him.
- The Reveal: He is one of the leaders of the New Frontier.
- The Unfavorite: David feels this way in comparison to Javi which adds to their antagonism, especially when their father called out for an absent Javi on his deathbed despite David being directly present.
- So Proud of You: If you pick family-oriented dialogue choices during Javi's conversation with David in Episode 3, David will end the conversation by saying that it took the end of the world, but Javi finally "grew up" by David's standards. Alternatively, if your last dialogue choice is to say that you couldn't have abandoned Kate and her family because they had no one, David will say that the Javi he used to know would have found a way to abandon them, again implying that Javi has changed for the better. Though it may just reflect how little faith David had in his brother to begin with.
- Token Evil Teammate: He and Javi become allies after reuniting, but let's just say that David's morality is not his strong suit.
- Token Good Teammate: For The New Frontier leadership. David (unlike Clint and Lingard) thinks Joan is a twisted bitch and refuses to let her get away with what she's been doing. The fact that Joan's raids killed his daughter right before he got a chance to see her again also probably has something to do with that.
- Too Dumb to Live: In episode 5, he chooses to abandon the walker-infested Richmond with Gabe (the only one to agree with him) and leave the others to fend for themselves. This leads to David's death unless both Javi and Clementine go after him. If neither go after him, Gabe dies alongside his father.
- Unstoppable Rage: David will go berserk for basically anything that doesn't go his way. If Javi doesn't kill Joan, David flips his shit and takes matters into his own hands by trying to kill her. Also occurs when he fights Javi over Kate by trying to kill his brother with a wrench. Remind you of anyone?
- Ungrateful Bastard: If Javi takes Clint's deal to leave Richmond peacefully, David thanks Clint for freeing him by taking him hostage immediately in an attempt to kill Joan, triggering a firefight anyway where David kills Clint.
- Walking Spoiler: It's hard to discuss his character or really anything past the ending of "Ties That Bind - Part 2" without revealing that he is one of the people in control of the New Frontier.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Almost every character except his son will berate him for his poor descisions. This fall on death ears however as David is too stubborn to think of anyone but himself.
- Wild Card: We don't know how much of a trustworthy person he is since Kate wants Javier to be wary of him while Gabe wants us to work with him.
David's wife, Javier's sister-in-law, and Gabe and Mari's stepmother. After David went missing in the first days of the outbreak, Kate has become the caretaker of her stepchildren alongside Javi.
- Action Girl: When Javi returns to the junkyard, there are numerous dead walkers throughout the place. In addition, she appears to be in charge of planning.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: She delivers one to David in episode 5 when he starts using military jargon and ordering his family around like soldiers.
- The Atoner: Throughout episode five, she tries to make amends for letting the walkers into Richmond by at first trying to offer medical aide, and then trying to reseal the busted wall.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Kate has survived multiple car crashes and never had any injuries that will ruin her looks. Even when she became a walker in one of her endings, aside from her pale skin and bloodshot eyes, she doesn't show any obvious any bite marks or wounds that one should had when entering a herd of walkers alone and poorly equipped.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- Kate will return to help bust Javi out of his cell in Episode 4 provided he chose to attempt to leave Richmond with Kate back in Episode 3. She'll later note that she had a few close calls with the patrols on her way back.
- Attempts this at the end of Episode 4 using the truck you stole earlier... only for one of Joan's goons to throw a Molotov cocktail at the driver's window, possibly exploding through it and causing her to swerve/crash right into the wall, letting the walker herd into Richmond. She is soon found alive, but feels immense guilt about it.
- Character Death: Kate only survives Episode 5 if Javi stays and helps her save Richmond. She goes missing and is never found if only Clem stays with her, and gets bit if both Javi and Clem leave to chase David and Gabe before being optionally put down by Javi.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a rather sardonic personality.
- Distressed Damsel: At the end of Episode 1, the New Frontier shoot her in the stomach. You spend the entirety of Episode 2 trying to get Kate medical treatment.
- Erudite Stoner: Kate has learned to figure out herd movements. In addition, she enjoys being baked.
- Heroic BSoD: Falls into one briefly in episode five about cracking open the wall. Javier can help talk her out of it.
- If Javi defends her against David in the Episode 2 flashback, Kate will actually be angry with him for straining her and David's marriage as it is "for life". Yet in Episode 4, she is ready to end things with David to be with Javi.
- Despite stating that Javi is under "no pressure" to reciprocate her love in Episode 4, Kate becomes heartbroken and acts colder towards Javi if he does not.
- The Lancer: Kate has been there for Javi ever since the start of the apocalypse, and is his most reliable ally.
- Mama Bear: Despite not being their biological mother, Kate cares deeply for Gabe and Mariana, even going in the line of fire to recover Mariana's body after she was shot, resulting in Kate getting shot through the abdomen.
- Ms. Fanservice: Kate is a very pretty woman, and after getting her bullet wound treated to, she spends a bit of time in a sports bra.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Feels immense, immense guilt over accidentally destroying the barricade in episode four.
- Never Found the Body: Potentially in episode five, depending on a number of factors. If Javi and Clementine split up at the end of episode 5 with Javi going after David and Gabe and Clem staying with Kate, then Kate and Clem will get separated by a herd. Clem will barely make it through, but you'll be unable to find Kate, and a "photo wall" funeral will be held of her three days later.
- Nice Girl: Aside from some snark, Kate is a good person. She can optionally act colder towards Javi though in Episode 5, if he rejected her love confession in Episode 4.
- No Periods, Period: Makes a period reference for the first time in a TellTale Walking Dead game, during a friendly argument with Javier about blood-stained underwear being more of an inconvenience to a teenage girl than spontaneous erections are to a teenage boy.
- Official Couple: If Kate survives Episode 5 and Javi returned her affections, she asks to start a family with him.
- Parents as People: At the end of the day, Kate is an extremely flawed woman who honestly does love her family and tries to do the right thing by them, but is fairly immature when it comes to dealing with them. Her long-standing attraction to Javier despite being married to David, strained relationship with his kids, and her own proclivity for smoking weed especially in front of the kids makes her come as an unfit mom, something she is painfully aware of.
- Redemption Equals Death: If Javi goes to rescue David and Gabe instead of helping Kate defend Richmond immediately, Kate gets bitten and dies saving Richmond from the herd she let in.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: In Episode 3 Kate wants to escape Richmond, calling it "a cage". Javi can choose to try and make a run for it with her, or to stay and help David with Richmond's conflicts. If he does not decide, Kate ropes him into leaving with her.
- This gets switched in Episode 5, with Kate wanting to stay in Richmond to undo the damage she caused to Richmond's defenses, and David wanting to leave to avoid a "losing battle".
- Ship Tease: With Javier. How overt it is is up to the player. This eventually results in a confession of love from Kate in episode 4; you can choose whether to upgrade the ship tease or whether to engage in Ship Sinking instead, by either accepting or rejecting the confession.
- Shipper on Deck: She's the first to notice the growing attraction between her stepson and Clementine and hopes that something will occur between them.
- The Stoner: She likes to smoke weed when she can.
- Unkempt Beauty: For somebody who has suffered from a car crash, she sure is lucky to have come out completely unscathed.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: It is hinted that Kate has feelings for Javier despite the fact that she is married to his brother, David. This can be somewhat resolved when Javi, Clementine, and Tripp or Eleanor return to the junkyard; one of the options when helping Kate out of the truck where she and Gabe were hiding is to kiss her, something she doesn't seem to mind. It can be resolved for good in episode 4, as Kate confesses she can't be David's wife anymore, as she wants to make it work with Javi instead. You can choose whether to resolve the tension by accepting Kate's confession or by rejecting it.
- Unwanted Spouse: Appears to hold little affection for David, and is unsure if she misses him four years into the outbreak. In episode 4 she finally confesses outright that she can't be David's wife anymore.
- What Could Have Been: Was originally conceived as a dramatically different character (arguably, even one completely distinct from Kate in-game). Files show that Kate's role was originally occupied by a blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman named "Grace," whose model has a different face and more buxom figure. Family photographs around the Garcia household still depict this woman, so it's likely the original character model was recycled into David's ex-wife in order to make way for Kate's character in-game. Why this was changed is unknown.
- Wicked Stepmother: Downplayed. She loves the kids but admits that she is fairly immature when it comes to dealing with them, having told David when they got married that she wouldn't change how she was around his kids. She is also pragmatic, which results in her denying the kids fun. She lampshades this if Javi sides with the kids over her at the junkyard, calling herself the mean stepmom and Javier the Cool Uncle.
- Woman Scorned: In episode 5, she decides to divorce David while surrounded by walkers. She then kisses Javier in front of David out of spite if Javier accepted her feelings for him. If he didn't, she spitefully remarks that she can't believe she developed feelings for either of them.
- Your Cheating Heart: Despite being married to David, her heart lies with his brother Javier. Javi has the option of reciprocating in Episode 4.
Gabriel "Gabe" Garcia
David's son, Kate's stepson, Javier's nephew, and Mari's brother. Gabe is currently going through puberty, with all the emotional turmoil that entails.
- Action Survivor: Gabe is a capable survivor, but a big part of his character arc is him wanting to become a "real man" like his father.
- Alliterative Name: Gabriel Garcia.
- Amazon Chaser: Aside from her being the first girl his age he seen in years, Gabe apparently is attracted to Clem's survival skills.
- Big Damn Heroes: If Javi chose to stay and help David in Episode 3, then in Episode 4 Gabe will return to bust Javi out of his cell.
- Broken Pedestal: Downplayed in regards to David in episode five. He comes to realize his dad is not the perfect man he thought he was as a kid, but he still very much loves him and thinks that he can change.
- Character Death: Dies in Episode 5 if both Javi and Clementine choose to stay behind and help Kate save Richmond, leaving Gabe to get bitten by a Walker off-screen after a truck crash; you find him just in time to have one last conversation before he dies. Otherwise, he survives.
- Death Equals Redemption: He's definitely not a villain, but he is considered an annoyance. If he dies in Episode 5, he apologizes to Javi for giving him such a hard time, and admits that he was his real father.
- Emo Teen: Justified, since he's going through puberty since the outbreak began. He even admits to hate feeling moody.
- First Love: He is the first person that Clementine develops feelings for.
- Foil: Was meant to be one for Clementine. Like her, Gabe is forced to grow up in a Crapsack World and lost their innocence after losing people they love. Unlike Clem however, Gabe is already a moody kid even during the early days of the apocalypse and his survival skills are a joke. While Clem loses her parents during the early days of the apocalypse and spends most of years growing up alone, Gabe is with his family during those four years but takes everything for granted.
- Heroic Wannabe: He wants to be a tough guy like his father, but his survival skills aren't that great. However, in episode 5, he does come up with a great idea by using a generator to make noise to lure the walkers away. David praises Gabe for this.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Despite David's clearly being a horrible parent, he will still side with him over Javi.
- Hypocrite: If Javi kills Conrad in Episode 2 Gabe rats him out for it in Episode 4 in front of everyone and criticizes him for being a killer, despite Gabe pleading for Javi to shoot him. But if Javi instead accepts Conrad's deal to take Clementine prisoner, Gabe criticizes him for being a coward.
- Innocently Insensitive: Some of his comments regarding his three parents actually saddens Clemntine since her own parents died during the early days of the apocalypse.
- I Want to Be a Real Man: His goal after Mariana's death. But like Ben in season 1, he
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gabe has quite a temper, but he loves his family and will fight to the death for them. He's also the one who criticizes you if you agree to Conrad's plan late in episode 2.
- The Load: He wants to prove his use to the group, but all his attempts seem to make things worse.
- Missing Mom: Kate is his stepmother, and he doesn't really regard her as a mother figure, but his biological mother (David's first wife) is never even mentioned.
- Never My Fault: After revealing to Tripp and Eleanor that Javi killed Conrad two episodes ago which got the Prescott survivors to break their ties with the Garcia family, Gabe didn't apologize to Javi for his mistake and sees Javi's plan to make put him on watch as a way of getting at him back.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In episode 4, Gabriel accidentally rushes an enemy too soon, which indirectly results in Javi getting stabbed in the shoulder with a knife. Gabe is very remorseful about this, and he does turn out to be helpful for the rest of the episode if you still invite him along later, such as helping Javi push a truck.
- Ship Tease: With Clementine in the latter half of the season. Both deny it, but Javi can choose to give them his blessing. If he dies, one of the dialogue possibilities is Clem admitting she loves him. The two share a kiss, and then a few seconds later, he is put down to prevent reanimation.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Javi can give him a short speech in episode 4, telling him that Javi is tired of Gabe trying to be a lone warrior or martyr when he's actually a boy trying to prove himself a man.
- Together in Death: In the ending where he dies, Kate laments that they let him die under their watch like Mariana, but they're at least together in death.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After Marianna dies.
- Turn Out Like His Father: Kate worries that he will take from David, whom Gabe considers to be a "real man." Indeed, in episode 3, when the family reunites with David, Gabe idolizes his dad, and if near the end of episode 3 you choose to try to make a run for it with Kate, Gabe will leave the group to go help his father with Richmond's brewing civil conflict. And in episode 5, when Kate and David split up for good with Kate staying behind and David leaving, Gabe decides to go with David, even after David hit him by accident.
- Ungrateful Bastard: If Javi kills Conrad in Episode 2 (an act which saves Gabe's life), Gabe will rat him out to Tripp in Episode 4 and ruin Javi and Tripp's friendship. Even if Javi doesn't kill Conrad to save Gabe, Gabe will still be angry and call Javi a coward.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Gabe will be angry Javi no matter how handles Conrad's threat to capture Clementine in Episode 2, either immediately accusing him of being a coward if Javi agrees to it or by ratting him out to Tripp and Eleanor in Episode 4 if Javi kills him (seemingly forgetting that Conrad had a gun to his head at the time).
- In Episode 5 Gabe criticizes Javi if he killed Joan in Episode 4, as well as David for either killing Clint (if Javi instead accepted his deal) or supporting Javi if he killed Joan.
- You're Not My Father: Unsurprisingly comes up a bit with his uncle Javi (and more often, with his stepmother Kate). If he dies in Episode 5 he tearfully admits that he was wrong, and that Javi was a better father to him than David ever was.
Mariana "Mari" Garcia
David's daughter, Kate's stepdaughter, Javi's niece, and Gabe's sister. Mari is kind, but pragmatic for her age.
- Boom, Headshot!: Her death.
- Headphones Equal Isolation: Mari owns a cassette player she listens to during her family's travels. However, she reveals to Javi that the batteries died a couple weeks and sometimes wears her headphones to fool that she's tuning him and Kate out.
- Kill the Cutie: A sweet, innocent girl who dies tragically.
- Missing Mom: Her biological mother is never mentioned, and Kate fills in as her stepmother.
- Nice Girl: She's quite kind, especially four years into the outbreak.
- Pink Is Feminine: The clothes Mari wears are predominantly pink.
- Sacrificial Lion: The first major casualty of Season 3, and her death redefines the entire group dynamic and establishes the New Frontier as a very real threat.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: Right in the middle of a lighthearted conversation with Javier, she is abruptly shot through the head.
- Sweet Tooth: She desires, even prays, to find at least a candy bar whenever she and her family are scavenging.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Mari is the youngest and most innocent member of the group. The New Frontier shoots her dead at the end of Episode 1. In fact, in episode 3, if you pick the "she deserved better" dialogue option after Javi tells David what happened to Mariana, Javi even paraphrases this trope by saying that Mariana was too sweet for this screwed-up world.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed at the end of the first episode.
Other Family Members
- And Then John Was a Zombie: He died of terminal cancer, and then came back as a Walker and bit his wife and brother, forcing Javi to put him down.
- Continuity Snarl: Episode 1 stated his name was Rafael, but the credits to Episode 5 state it is Salvador.
- Deadpan Snarker: When he was alive he had a wry sense of humor that he used to scold his quarreling sons.
- Dramatic Irony: Of course, he starts talking to Javier and David about how they need to take care of each other when he's "just a name written in stone". Not only is there still nasty conflict between the brothers during the apocalypse, but in all likelihood, Javi, Kate, and the kids buried Salvador in the yard with a makeshift funeral when they were at the house.
- Posthumous Character: He's long-dead by the time of the main story, and only properly appears in a flashback in the fifth episode.
- Secretly Dying: In the Episode 5 flashback, he reveals he had terminal cancer with a very small amount of time left to live, and wanted to keep it a secret from his family. He would have succeeded had Javier not found a document in his wallet.
- Turn Out Like His Father: He wanted to have daughters rather than sons who would turn out like him. Unfortunately, both David and Javi came to separately embody what he viewed to be his worst traits.Salvador: You know, I prayed for daughters every night your mother was pregnant with both of you. "Please, God, a daughter. Anything but a son, anything but another me. [to David] Anything but another hot-headed idiot with his heart in the right place. [to Javier] Anything but another foolhardy, handsome gambler. Anything at all"
The wife of Salvador and mother of Javi and David. She gets bitten by her dead husband and died during the early days of the outbreak.
- Facial Horror: Her zombie husband takes a nice big chunk out of her cheek when he comes back to life, sealing her doom.
- Killed Offscreen: She dies of her infection shortly after getting bitten.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She died during the early days of the apocalypse and doesn't appear outside the intro to episode 1.
- Zombie Infectee: She gets bitten on the face by her walker husband, ensuring her eventual death and reanimation.
Salvador's brother and Javi and David's uncle. He is bitten on the arm during the initial outbreak and disappears from the story afterwards.
- Killed Offscreen: Not confirmed, but his death was almost a certainty as he gets bitten before the survivors knew that bites spread the infection and doesn't appear later on in the story.
- Uncertain Doom: The narrative heavily implies that he died alongside Mrs. Garcia since he doesn't appear again after the intro and was bitten. However, the bite was on the arm, which isn't fatal if the limb is removed quickly enough, though he doesn't know about that. Most sources (including the wiki) officially list him as deceased but note that his survival is possible, if extremely unlikely.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He gets very little screen time compared to the rest of the Garcia family.
- Zombie Infectee: Unlike Mrs. Garcia he was bitten on the arm, which is survivable if removed quick enough. Unfortunately, no one is aware of this yet.
The lawman in Prescott. He used to date Eleanor and is overprotective of her.
- Amicable Exes: He gets along with Eleanor pretty well.
- Badass Beard: Tripp has a large beard and is a skilled marksman.
- Berserk Button: Harming Eleanor is a big no-no.
- The Big Guy: Fills this role for Javier's group after the fall of Prescott.
- Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: He'll either die in episode 4 or 5, regardless of how you play the game.
- Boom, Headshot!: Tripp can potentially die in episode 4 when Joan forces Javi to make a Sadistic Choice between sparing either Ava or Tripp. And in a nasty twist, Tripp dies if you choose to spare him, as Joan wants to teach Javi a lesson about betrayal. He'll only survive if you counter-intuitively pick Ava instead.
- Death by Falling Over: If he lasts into episode 5, he'll die by falling over. Unlike Ava where she fell because a walker was inside the abandoned car, he'll toss it over, but he can't swing over when the helicopter blade bends. Tripp tries to kill a swarm of walkers, but he falls over instead over the edge.
- Expy: Bears a lot of similarities to Sgt. Abraham Ford from the comics, both in appearance and personality.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Borders on this, but most of the time he's able to keep his emotions in check.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As aggressive as Tripp can sometimes be, he's fair and reasonable, always willing to help good people in need.
- The Leader: He's the closest thing Prescott had to one before Javier came along.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Tripp is a strict lawman, but he is quite reasonable and helps Javi reunite with his family out of the goodness of his heart.
- Tempting Fate: At the end of episode one he expresses joy at Javier managing to save his entire family and telling him that happy endings like this are rare. Right on cue The New Frontier cut the happy ending short by killing Javier's niece and seriously wounding her stepmom. Fittingly, the player can actually call him out on jinxing them.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: As the season progress, Tripp begins to lose his temper further and further. This cultivates in him lashing out at Javi in Episode 4 if Conrad is killed in Episode 2.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- He can give this to Javier if he feels that he is bending down to the New Frontier. And despite his aggressive nature, he's pretty horrified to see Javier brutally smash Badger's head in.
- Gives Javi a big one in Episode 4 and ends their friendship if Javi killed Conrad in Episode 2. If he survives Episode 4 he makes peace with Javi, admitting that he would have done the same if someone threatened his family.
The doctor in Prescott. She used to date Tripp.
- Amicable Exes: Doesn't seem to harbor any dislike for her ex-boyfriend Tripp, only saying they didn't work out.
- Closest Thing We Got: She's not actually a doctor, but she knows how to do first aid, so she became Prescott's medic.
- Distressed Damsel: She strikes out on her own to get medical supplies for Kate, and isn't seen again in episode 2. It's heavily implied she is taken hostage by the New Frontier. She reappears in Episode 3, having been put in quarantine. However, once it's discovered how skilled Eleanor was in patching up Kate, the New Frontier let her out after finding her useful as a medic.
- FaceHeel Turn: Defects to the New Frontier in Episode 4 by selling the group out to Joan and standing free in the crowd and testifying against Javi.
- Foreshadowing: Clementine comments in episode 1 that she trusts Tripp more than Eleanor. Three episodes later, you find out her instincts were right.
- Hypocrite: Blames Javi if Tripp was killed by Joan, after Javi vouched for him to be saved and Eleanor was the one who sold the group out to Joan in the first place.
- Karma Houdini: She gets zero punishment for betraying Javier and his friends even if Conrad is alive, aside losing Prescott and possibly everyone she holds dear since she met Javi. Although with Javi potentially becoming Richmond's new leader, its possible she will be exiled.
- The Medic: She's Prescott's resident healer.
- Never My Fault: Eleanor lashes out at Javi for what happened. Though as Javi can point if Tripp was killed, she was involved with Joan's plans. She merely states she never knew this was going to happen.
- Nice Girl: Eleanor is a good person who is willing to help Javi out of the kindness of her heart.
- Regretful Traitor: When Joan reveals that she's captured and is willing to kill Tripp, Eleanor is horrified.
- Rejected Apology: Once Kate tells Javi about forgiving Eleanor for what she's done. He can either not accept it right away, she's gonna earn it or forgive her actions, but he'll not forget what she did.
- Romantic False Lead: Her Ship Tease with Javier doesn't come to anything, especially after she betrays him and Kate to Joan.
- Shipper on Deck: Suggests the possibility of Gabe and Clem "hitting it off".
- Ship Tease: With Javier, though Kate's involvement complicates things.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In episode 4, she screws Javi and the group over in favor of joining the corrupt New Frontier, regardless of player decisions, and she shows zero regret for doing so when confronted.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In episode 5, it's revealed that the reason Eleanor told Joan about Javi's plan in episode 4 is because Eleanor was trying to protect the lives of the people in Richmond; Eleanor claims this was "triaging a bad situation", since in Richmond she can at least save lives instead of just patching them up and hoping for the best.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The last we see of her is tending to patients in Episode 5, so presumably, she's still doing that after everything blows over. Since Tripp, Conrad, and Francine's pictures are on the memorial board at the end, it can be assumed she was the one who put those there. In 2019, Kent Mudle confirms that Eleanor is still alive and well in Richmond at the time of Season Four.
The bartender in Prescott. He and Francine are lovers.
- Asshole Victim: After getting shot in the head by Javier, players can feel this way towards him for holding Clem and Gabe at gunpoint, including his willingness to kill Gabe and Javi, if Javi fails to make a decision in time.
- And This Is for...: If Conrad is still alive in episode 3, Javi can let him shoot Badger in the head for what he did for Francine.
- Badass Mustache: Sports a nice-looking mustache.
- Bald of Awesome: He is completely bald and one of Prescott's best fighters.
- The Bartender: He owns the bar in Prescott.
- Black Best Friend: He is Tripp's best friend and if he is killed in Episode 2, Tripp will lash out at Javi for killing him in Episode 4.
- Boom, Headshot!: He can potentially be killed this way in Episode 2, if Javier decides to shoot him when he holds Gabe at gunpoint.
- But Now I Must Go: If Conrad is still alive in episode 4, he will declare he's going to leave until he can figure out who "the new Conrad" is, as Richmond isn't his community and therefore not his problem.
- Butt-Monkey: He can potentially die in every episode after episode 1 based on player choices. Javi can shoot him in episode 2, he'll die in episode 3 if he is not given a gun, and at the very end of episode 4 if the player misses a quick time event then he will push Javi out of the way of Kate's crashing truck and get run over himself. This gives him the most episodes to have a potential canon death out of any character in the 3 seasons thus far, who up to this point only had two at most.
- Cool Old Guy: He is a laidback guy who owns a bar in Prescott. This ended when he loses Francine and his home. He returns to this trope in Episode 3 if he is still alive at that point.
- Devoured by the Horde: He can potentially die this way in Episode 3 if you don't give him a gun when getting into the warehouse.
- Easily Forgiven: If Javi didn't kill Conrad in Episode 2, Clementine doesn't show any resentment towards him for the remaining of the season though they didn't bring up the topic again or even talk to each other either.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Possibly in episode 4. At the end of the episode when a truck is speeding towards Javier, if the player misses the quick time event, then Conrad will push Javier out of the way but will be run over instead.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While his reaction was extreme, he was somewhat justified in his anger about Clementine being part of the New Frontier, especially since it was the group that killed his wife. Earlier, if Javier opens fire on the New Frontier members, Conrad's anger toward him is understandable since Francine's subsequent death really was his fault.
- The Many Deaths of You: Conrad is the first Telltale character who can be killed in three different episodes, but also can possibly survive all of them depending on your actions.
- Mauve Shirt: He gets some characterization, but can potentially be killed at the end of Episode 2 or midway through Episode 3.
- Nice Guy: Conrad is relaxed and likable. He becomes rude and hotheaded in Episode 2 after Francine's death, but if Javi agrees to his plan to capture Clementine he later realizes the error of his ways and returns to this trope.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: If Javier lets him kill Badger he delivers a bad-ass one.Badger: (To Javier) What? Ain't got the guts to kill another man?Conrad: No. You're not a man. You're nothing.
- Redemption Equals Death: If he is alive in Episode 3, he will insist that Javier doesn't give him a gun at the warehouse as he feels that his actions have made him undeserving of it. Agreeing with him on this will then get him devoured as he has no means of defending himself when the walkers grab him.
- In Episode 4, if Javi fails the prompt to dodge Kate's out-of-control vehicle, Conrad will save him by shoving him out of the way and get fatally run over himself.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: If he survives Episode 2 and 3, Conrad is against the group's plan to save David from Joan and plans to leave Richmond once the Herd dissipate. Subverted later as he returns to help Javi when things become out of controlled.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After Episode 2, Conrad had finally cool down and returns to his usual nice demeanor when Javi first met him. In fact, after Badger's death, he tries to find some composure and opt to leave Richmond instead of helping the group to overthrow Joan.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He is appalled to learn that Clementine was once with the New Frontier.
- Would Hurt a Child: Late in Episode 2, after Conrad overhears that Clementine was once part of the New Frontier, he insists on using her as a hostage to negotiate with them. When Javi protests, Conrad takes Gabe as a hostage and won't relent unless Javi agrees to his plan or kills him. If Javi does nothing, Conrad kills both him and Gabe.
An adventurous resident of Prescott. She and Conrad are lovers.
- Badass in Distress: The New Frontier captures Francine and holds her hostage in Episode 2. This inevitably results in her death.
- Dead Man's Hand: Draws aces and eights in her poker game with her husband. Sure enough, she doesn't survive past Episode 2.
- Faux Action Girl: Despite supposedly being one of the best scouts in her community, she gets captured and killed easily.
- Fingore: She suffers this at the hands of The New Frontier during the hostage situation in episode 2.
- Nice Girl: From the little we see of her, she seems to be pleasant and friendly toward Javier.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets gunned down by the New Frontier at the beginning of the second episode, before getting any development.
A shady man who lives in Prescott who sold Clementine a shoddy box of bullets that almost get her and Javier killed.
- Accidental Murder: Falls victim to this.
- Asshole Victim: Eli has a reputation for being scum. When Clementine kills him, Tripp gives her the relatively light punishment of locking her up for the night, because Tripp doesn't think it's worth investigating whether Clem killed Eli in cold blood.
- Boom, Headshot!: Clem ends up shooting him point blank in the face with her gun.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Turns out not all of the bullets he gave Clem were bad after all.
- Jerkass: The man is very unpleasant to be around.
- Karmic Death: Implied to have knowingly sold an adolescent girl faulty bullets knowing full well that could easily get her killed. Clem accidentally kills him when one of those bullets turns out to be not-so-faulty.
- Knife Nut: When Clem confronts him about ripping her off he tries to pull a knife on her.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed in his first scene.
- Would Hurt a Child: He was willing to stab Clementine when she confronted him about selling her faulty bullets.
The New Frontier
- "I can do whatever I want!"
One of the four people in charge of the New Frontier.
- Asshole Victim: If Javi shoots her in the eye, nobody really seems sad over her death (except perhaps Fern).
- The Big Bad Shuffle: The first two episodes suggested that David was the one and only boss of the New Frontier and was responsible for all the atrocities. "Above the Law" reveals there are three others that make the decisions too, including Joan.
- Big Bad Wannabe: While she is certainly in a position of power, she was ultimately a coward who relied on her soldiers to do all the dirty work. She even leaves herself wide open for Javi to shoot her, evidently banking on him taking Clint's deal.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Sure she looks nice, but she's the one that's been ordering raids on peaceful communities like Prescott.
- Control Freak: Her 'I run this town!' attitude after being outed really drives home the megalomania.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Potentially can be this. In episode 4 if Javier doesn't accept the deal to leave Richmond then he will shoot her in the eye, killing her.
- Faux Affably Evil: She gives off the vibe of a warm, friendly Southern grandma but beneath the facade is a ruthless sociopath who has no issues wiping out peaceful communities for her own gain.
- Freudian Excuse: Tries to justify her actions for the sake of the New Frontier because of the losses they had during a terrible winter in the past.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Said word for word. Her justification for raiding the other communities behind the other leaders' backs.
- I Lied: Towards the end of episode 4 she reveals she has captured Tripp and Ava and says she will execute them along with David, but she tells Javier to pick which one of them to spare. After Javi makes a choice between the two, Joan immediately orders for that one to be executed instead, saying Javi must learn about betrayal.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: When she gets outed as being the one behind the raids, she starts pouring in alcohol in a cup and drinks it during her Motive Rant.
- It's All About Me: Controls The New Frontier like a shadow dictator and orders raids on other communities for supplies they don't need.
- Karma Houdini: If Javi takes Clint's deal instead of killing her, Joan gets off completely scot-free.
- Karmic Death: After her constant gloating and betrayal, Javi can suddenly shoot and kill her (just like how Mariana was killed).
- Kick the Dog: Murders the person Javi chooses to be spared, simply to be cruel.
- Lack of Empathy: She puts up a decent front, but Joan only seems capable of feeling her own pain.
- Moe Greene Special: If Javi refuses Clint's deal in Episode 4, he instead shoots Joan through the eye.
- Sadist: Maybe not as obvious as with Badger, but Joan smugly relishes the pain she has caused David, Javi, and the others.
- Non-Action Big Bad: In comparison to Carver, Joan prefers to let her goons do her dirty job. She herself is not even seen holding a gun at all.
- Skunk Stripe: Has a long white bang.
- Smug Snake: Her confidence mostly seems to come from having managed to flip David's muscle (Max, Badger, Lonnie, and others) to her side, and she feels comfortable offering Javi and his friends a deal when they're surrounded by her men and will be vulnerable to walkers if they leave; if Javi goes for broke and just shoots her, her expression makes it pretty clear she didn't see it coming.
- The Sociopath: While she could've just been a condescending Well-Intentioned Extremist when first outed as the Big Bad, her insanely barbaric and sadistic actions in the climax of Episode 4 prove she is nothing but a bloodthirsty monster.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: If Javi agrees to leave Richmond peacefully, David takes Clint hostage and kills him while Joan runs away in the confusion. The character status screen at the end lists her whereabouts as unknown.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The reason why she's been ordering raids is because in the winter season, the New Frontier had lost so many people due to lack of supplies. It crosses over into Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist when it's shown that she is raiding and hoarding supplies the New Frontier doesn't actually need, and it quickly becomes apparent she's own a power trip.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: If Javi takes Clint's deal, then Joan vanishes when the herd invades Richmond. Her final fate is never revealed.
- Would Hurt a Child: She claims that she's sorry for the loss of Mariana (which was indirectly caused by her raids), but the way she stoically says it while drinking suggests she might just be saying that to save face.
One of the four leaders of the New Frontier, and the Head of Medicine for the community.
- Being Evil Sucks: Fully admits that siding with the dark actions of the New Frontier has taken a toll on his mind, which has likely caused the doctor to develop a drug addiction as well as having suicidal thoughts in Episode 4.
- Despair Event Horizon: He admits that he was dangerously close to it before joining Richmond until David got him back on his feet. After David's fall from power in Episode 3, he has no one to keep him relatively on the wagon (and quite possibly also from getting exiled in disgrace due to his addiction), so he feels he has no choice but to ask Javi to put him out of his misery. If you don't, he gets better in Episode 5.
- Dirty Coward: Javier accuses him of being one, and he's right considering Paul refuses to do anything to stop the morally questionable acts of his community, even though Paul has the authority to do so as one of Richmond's leaders, and he owes David quite a bit. He admits to being one when he asks Javi to kill him.
- Driven to Suicide: In episode 4 he is found in a drugged up stupor and requests that Javi murder him in exchange for the location AJ is being held at. If killed, his death will be used by Joan to justify executing David and his allies later in the chapter.
- Dr. Jerk: Played with. He's outwardly friendly but is shown to be pretty callous at times, heartlessly telling Clem that Alvin Jr is going to die and going along with the ruthless actions of his community.
- He also denies Clementine's choice to accept Paul's offer to mercy kill him if Javier refuses first. Even though he knows that Clementine would be more than happy to take the deal if it means that Paul will disclose AJ's whereabouts to her, Paul instead calls the deal off for no reason other than to spite her.
- Functional Addict: He's a brilliant doctor, but he has a crippling drug addiction; he admits that David was the only reason he became functional in the first place rather than just a plain addict. With David gone after Episode 3, he's ready to let the drugs take over, though if Javi refuses to kill him, he gets better in Episode 5.
- Mercy Kill: After David gets kicked off the council, he can no longer bear the thought of having to face Joan's tyranny, and asks Javi to give him a fatal overdose in exchange for AJ's location.
- Non-Action Guy: He isn't a fighter.
- One Steve Limit: He has the same first name as Paul "Jesus" Monroe, which is probably why he's usually referred to as "Dr. Lingard" in a series that runs on First-Name Basis.
- Redemption Rejection: If you refuse to kill him, Lingard will reject Javi's "Thank you" for keeping him alive. But he'll become a better doctor.
- The Stoner: David's comments indicate that he gets high pretty frequently.
One of the four leaders of the the New Frontier, Clint is the Head of Rations and Food.
- Anti-Villain: He has genuine regard and wants what's best for the people of Richmond, but his refusal to stop the raids and his continuous support of Joan lands him here.
- Boom, Headshot!: It's possible for David to execute him this way at the climax of episode 4.
- The Generic Guy: Gets the least amount of characterization out of the New Frontier members.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He still has trust in Max and Badger despite the fact that they destroyed Prescott and killed Javier's ten year old niece, while having Javi kicked out because he stole gas, even though Max and Badger were the ones who escalated it.
- Karmic Death: Similar to Joan, hes responsible for his own death since he assumed David would cooperate (even though he made it clear he wasnt).
- Only Sane Man: Of the four community leaders. The head of their military is a violent soldier with a Hair-Trigger Temper, their doctor is a suicidal stoner and their final member is a power tripping sociopath who was conducting raids on innocent settlements and attempts to execute several members of Javier's group in episode 4. By contrast, Clint at least tries to do the right thing and shows some remorse when things start going south.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He is the most fair and honest out of the leaders in his community, and seems shocked to hear that Joan is raiding other settlements.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: If Javi kills Joan rather than accept his deal, he runs away in the resulting confusion and isn't seen again. The character status screen at the end lists his whereabouts as unknown.
- Token Good Teammate: Downplayed, he isnt as bad as Joan and genuinely wants to keep Richmond a safe place, but his refusal to take any action to stop the raids and constantly going out of his way to side against Javi makes him a villain or, at the very least, an antagonist.
- Too Dumb to Live: He still has Javi kicked out even though he is outright told that Badger and Max killed his niece and destroyed Prescott. Later on, Even if Max reveals Joans horrific crimes, he still sides with her and continues to remove David from power, during the trial he also expected David to cooperate with the exile and for things to go smoothly, even though David made it very clear that he wanted to kill them. To say he wasnt thinking straight throughout the whole story is an understatement.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: If you kill Joan, Clint's fate after the herd breaches Richmond's walls is never revealed.
New Frontier Soldiers
A commander in the New Frontier. He's one of the more reasonable members, but he still has a volatile temperament.
- Asshole Victim: after all his jerkass behavior and attempting to make himself look like a victim, it makes sense why Javier and/or David would shoot him dead with no hesitation.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He starts begging for mercy when Javier and company have him at their mercy. It's up to the player as to whether or not they listen to his pleas.
- Boom, Headshot!: He can be executed in this way by Javier or David.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: If Javi allows Max to live, he can use Max to confess to everyone about Joan's raids on peaceful settlements.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Max is ruthless, but he is shocked when Badger reveals that he has Francine hostage and then outraged when Badger destroys Prescott in Episode 2. He also seems to be somewhat affected by Javier's impassioned speech to let them inside the community, and argues that "it's not like [he] doesn't have a heart". Episode 3 also shows that he isn't exactly happy with Badger killing Mariana.
- Jerkass: While he's not as bad as Badger, Max is aggressive and unpleasant.
- Mook Lieutenant: He is a high-ranking member of the New Frontier.
- Spanner in the Works: Max ends up being this to Javi, as since Max tells Joan and Clint about Javi siphoning gas, it scuttles Javi's attempt to get the group accepted into Richmond. He can also later become this to Joan if you spare him, as you can convince Max to testify against Joan.
- Villains Want Mercy: Max starts begging for his life to David and Javi after they killed Badger and promise to help them to stop Joan. Javi can either ignore his pleas and execute him, or letting him live and use him to testify of Joan's conspiracy.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: If you spare Max, he never appears or is even mentioned after he testifies against Joan. If he died, a photo of him will be on the memorial wall, though if he didn't, then it won't be. Word of God is that he and Lonnie were imprisoned separately from Javi and David to await exile, so it's possible that they survived the battle with the walkers and were banished afterwards.
A violent commander in the New Frontier.
- Asshole Victim: Javier shoots him in the gut with a shotgun in Episode 3, and has the option of finishing him off or letting him zombify.
- Ax-Crazy: He's a psychotic, rage-filled lunatic who both murders people and brags about it gleefully.
- Bald of Evil: Completely bald and a violent killer.
- Boom, Headshot!: If Conrad survives in "Above The Law", Javi can let Conrad shoot Badger in the head for killing Francine.
- Beard of Evil: His beard only adds to his villainous appearance.
- Cruel Mercy: One of the choices Javier has upon him being at his mercy is to leave him to bleed out from his gunshot wound, ensuring he turns into a Walker when he finally expires.
- Defiant to the End: He remains spiteful and mocking even as Javier is about to bash his head in.
- Disproportionate Retribution: In Episode 2, Badger destroys Prescott for harboring Javi, even if Javi attempts to surrender to the New Frontier. However, in Episode 3, we learn that Badger and Max have been conducting raids on settlements on Joan's orders; this may be why Badger destroys Prescott even if you try to surrender.
- The Dragon: Turns out he is in cahoots with Joan's plans to raid other settlements like Prescott.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He seems to be genuinely upset over the death of his friends.
- Expy: He's the third shamelessly sociopathic, barbaric Hate Sink in the games, succeeding Carver and Randall.
- A Fate Worse Than Death: As mentioned earlier, the player has the option to let him turn into a zombie instead of killing him.
- Hate Sink: As mentioned above, he's just like Carver and Randall.
- Jerkass: He's a volatile jerk.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Javi can optionally say this to Badger before he either bludgeoning him to death with his baseball bat, or leaving him to mortally die from his wounds and resurrect as a walker. Or if Conrad is alive, he can finish off Badger for murdering Francine.
- Mook Lieutenant: A high-ranking New Frontier soldier.
- Sadist: It seems that he lives to cause as much unwarranted suffering as he possibly can.
- The Sociopath: He gleefully has no conscience, just a mindless hatred for others. He talks to and about Javi and Mariana like they ruined his life or something, yet they never did a thing to him.
- Would Hurt a Child: Badger shows no remorse over killing Mariana. There will most likely be some interesting ramifications from this in Episode 3, since Mariana was, of course, his boss's daughter. Come episode 3, and David indeed promises to "deal" with Badger, though he ultimately doesn't get the chance; depending on player choice, either you or Conrad kill him, or he's left to turn into a walker after bleeding out from a gut wound.
- Your Head Asplode: One of his possible fates, if Javi goes full Negan on him.
A young woman Clementine meets while trapped inside a small house in the woods. Once the two get to talking she reveals that she belongs to a bigger group called The New Frontier and wants Clementine to join them. Episode 2 reveals that Clem took her up on the offer.
- Ambiguously Evil: At this time it's not known whether or not Ava's morals line up with The New Frontier's current ruthlessness. In Episode 4, it turns out her morals don't line up with the New Frontier's current ruthlessness; Ava is conflicted but ultimately offers to help Javi against Joan.
- Affably Evil: She is very polite and friendly to Clementine even if the player chooses to be rude or distrustful of her. She also thanks Clementine for saving her life and express worry about her fellow New Frontier members. That said, she is still a member of a group with highly questionable morals and may have had darker motives than she lets on.
- Bald Woman: Though its unknown if she has a shaved head for practical reasons or just because it looks cool.
- Boom, Headshot!: She can be executed this way in episode 4 if Javi chooses to spare her life over Tripp, which cause Joan to order her death instead of his.
- Character Death: Ava can potentially die in episode 4 when Joan forces Javi to make a Sadistic Choice between sparing either Ava or Tripp. And in a nasty twist, Ava dies if you choose to spare her, as Joan wants to teach Javi a lesson about betrayal. She'll only survive if you counter-intuitively pick Tripp instead. Even if you do save her in that situation, she'll fall off a narrow ledge after being grabbed by a walker.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: If Ava survives to Episode 5, she's killed by a walker with very little buildup.
- Faux Action Girl: Despite being one of the very few female soldiers among the New Frontier, Ava does not showcase any amazing fighting skills at all when compared to the other fighters. The only remotely awesome thing she does is sucker punch Tripp. Otherwise, she mostly is never seen fighting onscreen. In fact, she even dies from a sneak attack by a single walker while Tripp dies fending off multiple walkers.
- HeelFace Turn: Can turn good in Episode 4 and help Javier expose the evils of the new frontier. Can be killed off before fully turning into an ally for Javier.
- Number Two: To one of the leaders of the New Frontier, David.
- Only Friend: She is pretty much the only person Clementine can have positive opinion on in the New Frontier. Not only she allows Clementine to say goodbye to AJ, she later secretly meets Clementine after her exile to give her some supplies.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Ava is short, being dwarfed by pretty much everyone around her. She's also fully capable of knocking the much larger Tripp on his ass with one punch.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: While she still supports David's ruthlessness, it's mainly because she thinks being strict is necessary (which isn't wrong, it's just that the New Frontier is a bit too much with it) and the two have been friends for almost the entire apocalypse. She's otherwise friendly and reasonable as she can be in this circumstance, like offering Clementine & AJ a place at the New Frontier when she comes across them and despite supporting David kicking Clementine out for stealing medicine for AJ, she manages to allow him and the others to let Clementine say goodbye. Also, as a flashback in episode 4 reveals, Ava actually tracked Clementine down after Clementine was kicked out of the New Frontier so she could give Clementine some advice about needing her head to be clear so she could survive the walkers.
- Token Good Teammate: She's the only kind person in the whole New Frontier.
- Undignified Death: She'll either die getting executed in front of everybody or die getting jumped by a single walker, causing her to fall to her death off a bridge while screaming like a child.
- Undying Loyalty: Completely loyal to David and when Joan takes control of the New Frontier, she joins Javi in rescuing David.
- What the Hell, Hero?: To Clementine if Clem spits in David's face rather than saying goodbye to AJ. Considering Ava just managed to convince the others to let Clem do the latter, she comments that Clem "deserves" whatever she gets.
- "We did that. Raided those communities. Hurt those people... because David told us to."
A soldier in the New Frontier that first encounters Javier's group in episode 1 under Max's command. He is later revealed to be one of Joan's raiders and will side with her during the confrontation scene near the end of episode 3 and blame David for the leader's actions, possibly resulting in his death.
- Asshole Victim: Attempting to lie about David causing the raids and trying to play victim certainly didnt earn him any sympathy points when David punches him in the face and shoots him after.
- The Dragon: He seems to become this for Joan after Badger is killed and will back her up when Javi and David confront her in episode 3.
- Killed Offscreen: It's possible for him to be killed by David between episode 3 and 4.
- Sole Survivor: It's possible for Javi and David to kill both Badger and Max, which leaves him as the only surviving member of Joan's enforcers left. Unfortunately, this also means no else is left to stick up for Javi's group when he and Joan blame David for the raids.
- However, if the above scenario does happen then Lonnie will be killed by David at the end of Episode 3.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: If he isn't killed by David he disappears from the story, leaving his ultimate fate unknown. Word of God is that he and Max were imprisoned separately from Javi and David to await exile, so it's possible they survived the battle with the walkers and were banished later.
- "'Course I remember. It's why I haven't shot you already! That's how I'm helping you!"
A soldier in the New Frontier who is first encountered as a part of Max's squad. After being ambushed on the road by Clementine he is either shot dead by Javi or allowed to escape, in which case he'll reappear later in the story.
- Boom, Headshot!: If he makes it to episode 5 he'll be shot in the head by David to prevent his infected corpse from reanimating.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He may be a member of the New Frontier, but he seems to be good friends with Lonnie and threatens Javi for harming him in episode 1. Episode 5 reveals that he had a wife and a little girl.
- Jerkass: He is rude and hostile to Javi even if the player spared his life in episode 1.
- Life-or-Limb Decision: Happens if he made it to episode 5, but the infection has already spread too far to save him. If Javi severs his arm he'll die immediately.
- Outliving One's Offspring: He is revealed to have a little girl in episode 5 who was killed in the chaos following the wall breach. Sadly, he seems to be completely unaware of this fact and tells his wife that they have to find her while dying form a bite on his hand.
- Zombie Infectee: Gets bitten on the hand in the aftermath of the wall coming down. Unfortunately, it is too late to try and remove the arm as the infection has already spread too far into his body. Attempting to remove his arm will straight up kill him.
- "We're all fucking dead because of you! You blew a hole in our wall! Got my little girl killed! Got my whole fucking family killed! Richmond was fine until your stupid ass showed up!"
A member of the New Frontier who is one of the guard stationed at Richmond. Episode 5 reveals that she is married to Rufus and had a little girl named Ida who was killed in the walker attack at the end of episode 4.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She is a member of the New Frontier alongside her husband and may have taken part in some shady business but she is overcome by grief when she loses both her husband and daughter to the zombies.
- Outliving One's Offspring: She is completely distraught over the death of her young daughter, which she blames on Javier's group.
- Never My Fault: She blames Javi's group for everything bad that happened to Richmond, including the wall breach and the death of her family even though she had a direct impact on the events that unfolded as one of Joan's soldiers.
Paul "Jesus" Monroe
A strange but skilled survivor that Javi's group finds while en route to Richmond. For tropes that apply to Jesus in the comic, check here.
- Adaptational Badass: Granted show and comic Jesus is no slouch himself, but game Jesus pulls off some downright Matrix like moves during his time with the group.
- Ascended Extra: While he was already a fairly important character in the comics he becomes part of the main cast here in episode two when he encounters Javier's group near Richmond.
- Ambiguously Evil: While comic readers know that he's friendly, he simply comes out of nowhere for Javier's group; they have no idea who he is or what his motivations are. Episode 3 solidifies him as a good guy.
- Back for the Finale: He left near the end of Episode 3 and return during the climax of Episode 5 to help Javi.
- Badass Gay: He flirts with Javi and is canonically gay in The Walking Dead mythos, and is also a total badass.
- Badass Beard: Unsurprisingly, he sports a beard and proves himself to be capable in combat.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As easy going and affable as Jesus is, he is more than capable of beating a walker to death without a weapon.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- In episode 3, when David is pounding on the door begging to be let in from the walkers outside, if you choose to leave him out there on Clementine's advice, or if you don't make a decision before the timer runs out, Jesus will save David himself. He'll also scold you by saying "I thought you were a good man" if you outright chose to back away, though if you just let the timer run out, Jesus won't say anything to Javi after saving David.
- In Episode 5, Jesus and his pals show up and rout the herd invading Richmond.
- The Bus Came Back: After leaving in episode 3, Jesus temporarily comes back in episode 5 to help save Richmond.
- But Now I Must Go: He leaves the group shortly before the end of Episode 3.
- The Cavalry: After leaving in Episode 3, he returns in Episode 5 with reinforcements from Hilltop to drive the herd away from Richmond.
- Combat Parkour: Has ninja-like fighting skills that he puts to good use against the walkers.
- Holier Than Thou: Jesus is ridiculously judgemental of Javi's actions. He chews out Javi if he doesn't open the door for David, despite Clementine holding Javi at gunpoint warning him not to. Yes, Jesus shames you for being held at gunpoint.
- Hypocrite: He chews out Javi for killing Badger and/or Max, remarking that human life "isn't high" on Javi's priority list. Yet, in the comics, Jesus kills many people himself.
- Looks Like Jesus: Hence the nickname.
- Nice Guy: Jesus is a pretty friendly guy who goes out of his way to help a group of people he barely knows, though he won't hold back if he feels Javi has done something wrong.
- One Degree of Separation: What Clementine and Jesus don't know is that they share a mutual acquaintanceship with the same Glenn.
- One Steve Limit: Averted, since he has the same first name as Paul Lingard.
- Put on a Bus: Parts ways with Javi at the end of episode 3 to warn his community of the threat of the New Frontier.
- Saved by Canon: As a major character in both the comics and TV show, he'll almost certainly survive his appearance here. He survives, but leaves the group near the end of episode 3 so he can warn his people about the raids. He returns in Episode 5 to help drive the walkers out of Richmond, but makes it through and departs afterwards with nary a scratch.
- Ship Tease: Can potentially flirt with Javier in the finale.
- The Sixth Ranger: Shows up late in Episode 2 to help out Javier and his friends.
- The Trickster: He props up some old pieces of clothing against a wall to look like himself, fooling Javier in time for Jesus to get the drop on him.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Can give up to three to Javi if he does any of the following: shoots Jesus' dummy figure, does not let David inside when he is trapped, and/or crushes Badger's skull and shows no remorse for the act. Oddly enough, Jesus doesn't lash out on Conrad for killing Badger if Javi lets him.
- You Lose at Zero Trust: His relationship with Javi depends on whether what he does is right or wrong.