Top 10 Walking Dead Characters

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The Top Ten

Daryl Dixon
Definitely the perfect person for the Apocalypse. He knows how to survive, fight, kill, and doesn't need other people to help him. What really makes him perfect though, is the fact that he isn't helping other people, smart enough to take orders and not sides, and work as a team with the rest of the characters


He's a character that really changes throughout the seasons he starts off a lot like his brother but over time he changes into a nicer person! He's a really complex character that I have laughed and cried with! He gets funny 1 liners and some badass scenes like pulling an arrow from his stomach to shoot a walker! And there is the potential for a relationship with carol (another great character)! I just hope do much he won't get killed in season 4 like the writer is implying I'm praying its not goodbye daryl if it is no one watching will have a dry eye!
Daryl is one of those guys that plays the perfect role. He's tough, he acts as if the apocalypse is nothing new, and he goes out there with worrying and does his best. Has great survival skills and cares, (you can tell he cares by how much work he put into trying to find sophia)
[Newest]He should have been given the main role. But still he is the best. He is the kinda guy you wanna be with in such times.
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2Rick Grimes
Good guy, marksman and a great father I couldn't think of a better character if I tried and if you think about how he has progressed of the seasons from being; season 1 a badass season 2 a leader and season 3 he shows his emotional side after losing so much and gaining so little.
For some reason Rick's a lot more interesting in season 3. Maybe its cause he actually has a reason to be so miserable now :P
He's the main character and always been there for them & is the leader & been through more then anybody had to do. like kill shane, raise 2 children by himself, and lost his wife, and he risk his life for anybody in his group.
[Newest]Everybody needs a good leader. And even Daryl Dixon would never beat Rick Grimes when it comes to leadership.

3Glenn Rhee
At the beginning of the series Glenn always risked his life for the group and had the most upbeat nature. I felt in series 3 he got worse because of always having to worry about Maggie. I just wan't Glenn back to how he was in season 1 and 2.
Ever sense the beginning of the show, glenn has always been the kind of guy I would want to survive with. He is also, in my opinion, one of the best characters on the show, simply because of his development. Oh, and then there's the scene where he kills the zombie with the chair, making anything darrl has ever done look about as badass as cuddling with teddy bears.
He's a sneaky beast
[Newest]He is a great guy who was always underestimated. He killed a walker with a chair!

She's the most badass girl on this whole show. I like how she's the strong but silent type. She can also be very funny and sweet (when she got Carl his picture back). How badass is it that she carried two walkers on chains and slices their heads off with a ninja sword?! The best character by far.
This is my number one favorite character! When I first saw her I became interest in her as my favorite character and when she showed her full appearance and I saw her with her two zombies (do you guys know those two zombies with her are her boyfriend, Mike and Mike's best friend). But also I saw she has madly skills of her katana and good fighting skills. When she met the governor and the people took her katana away she ask the governor to give back her katana and she never leaves without her weopen that is her katana. But I am actually saw when she fights the governor I was madly happy that she stabbed the governor in the eye. That's talent! You can't mess with this girl, she is really good to kill and fight off against anyone who is in her path!
A girl. Good guy. Mysterious. Smart. Intuitive. Bad-ass. What more could anyone possibly want you in a favorite character.
[Newest]Michonne is far the best character, she survives on her own, and in season three, she walks amongst a pack of walkers, and whacks off all their heads. How many other characters did that? And that sword is way too epic. She also has a compassionate side which some of the other characters don't have.

5Carol Peletier
Carol is my favorite character in my opinion because she has become the strongest person in the group, not physically but emotionally. I thought she would never cope with the loss of her daughter but she used that sadness and uses it to make her stronger.
Great overall character and has turned into a real badass.
The most consistently developed character in the entire series thus far. A capable, empowered female character, the last original female survivor of the entire series from the season 1 Atlanta Camp group and the last remaining survivor of her immediate family. A domestic abuse victim and frail woman turned total firm decision maker, vigorous survivor and total leadership material all in just 4 seasons. Amazingly portrayed and iconic! Carol!
[Newest]Carol is the most badass character of the entire series. She has the most amazing character arc. She goes from a weak "church mouse" into a hardened combat veteran. She is cold blooded with compassion. If there was anyone I would want as a leader it would be her.
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6Hershel Greene
He's got a pretty dope beard.


He's an asset to the team without him there is no medic
He's the new voice of reason.
[Newest]He's was so cool

7Merle Dixon
Merle was my favorite character because his whereabouts and whether he's dead or not is unknown. This is a mystery in the rest of season one and all of season two but even though it took him sol long to return, he wasn't forgotten about because of the fact that his brother was in the group and someone would mention him every now and then. His return was a shock and he also had a knife on his arm, which I think was the most badass weapon on the show. The way he went out was heroic and sad for a lot of people because they just started to like him. I've always liked him but was glad to see him go just was hoping it wouldn't be this soon.
Merle was the most interesting character to watch in The Walking Dead It's a real shame he's gone, and just when he started to be the hero!
He was killed off too soon. The character had so much potential to become so much more. By far my favorite character on the television show.
[Newest]I really wish he hadn't of died

8Carl Grimes
This kid is only like 12 and he acts more grown up than anybody else in the entire group.
Why the hell would you try to spoil the whole show for everyone? It's great that you read the comics, but you can leave the endings to yourself.
He's just an amazing character, and how much he has grown I just find him to be an amazing character and the fact he was able to shoot his mother and come back from it I must applaud, and the responsibility he has at such a young age I just think he deserves the votes
[Newest]Carl needs to stay single

9Dale Horvath
A man who stands by his convictions with a fair and kind heart, he might be seen as a relic of the world before the apocalypse. But if the group came across you in the wild and you needed taking in, no one would hear you complaining about Dale, the man who would invariably have your back.

Just an interesting character who kept his humanity closer than his fear.
Great character, a voice of reason. When it seemed every one had lost their ethics, Dale was there to talk fair reason and sense into every one. When 99% of the world stopped caring about one another, Dale was the 1% and you really need characters in shows like this to relate to. Luckily Hershel had similar moral principles and sort of took over after Dale went.
Best Character in the whole series. I was crying when he died.
[Newest]Best character stopped watching walking dead cause I was so pissed he died

10Maggie Greene
I love her, almost as much as I love her love interest Glenn. She can kill walkers, take care of Judith, all while remaining feminine and kind-hearted. She's cool and I can't wait to see more of her.
Love how she is open to being a fighter.
Strong, Tough and beautiful. She is a force to be reckoned with. Love Maggie, one of the best characters.
[Newest]Maggie Greene should be number 1

The Contenders

11The Governor
He was the most compelling character on the show. I can't remember an episode he appeared in where every moment he had on screen didn't fascinate me. I'd kill him on sight in real life, but I find I really miss his presence on The Walking Dead. He was just so unpredictable. It's a rare villain that can both garner my sympathy and make me thoroughly enjoy watching his heinous actions. In fact, he has to be one of my favorites of all time, and I can't commend David Morrissey enough for his portrayal. I really hope he's worked in again somehow.
He was the best character on the show, but he was too far gone. I'm pretty positive he's dead. Although, he was predominantly a charismatic sociopath, there were moments when I felt like he was once a good man before the apocalypse. Morrissey was a sexy, charming, yet despicable Governor. I could never completely hate his character, even though I really wanted to.
He was one of the best characters... I just think people hate on him because he could sometimes be irrational. He was one of the most interesting characters of the show, and it would have been interesting to see how long he could survive. The Prison should have killed his crew, and he should have escaped. He would meet the Rick Later and he'd die in some badass way

Actually Rick's my favorite and Carol a close second, but I'm voting for Andrea since y'all were just horrible about her in the third season (well not all of you, but enough and I found that sad! ). Andrea and Carol were always my favorite female characters although I think Maggie's great too. She has a good heart- beautiful, strong, compassionate, emotional, ultimately good values... She did a good job before the apocalypse, and she was trying her best afterwards to find herself and her values again, especially after the loss of her little sister. How can you hate on someone who was just trying to do the right thing, as well as find a little something worth living for? The fact that she still tried to find love where she could and had innocence in her heart after everything was hopeful, not stupid. Also, Michonne is cool and all but she should have spoken up more and actually told Andrea what was going on, instead of leaving her there in ignorance as some sort of punishment for not bowing and catering to her superior intuition forever. Sorry but she's supposed to be a friend, and Andrea is the one getting called out on being a bad friend simply for wanting someplace that felt safe to stay in for a while... you know, with other people in it. Like, having a possible future and a sense of community again? It's not Michonne's fault she's so independent and untrusting but there's no need to kick Andrea to the curb for not being that way as much as her. What was she supposed to do, leave apparent safe haven right away again immediately after being so ill she almost died? Should she have been so loyal to the first person who saved her that she was rude to these new people without knowing anything about them? Andrea's decisions make a ton of real world sense, it's what people do. Haha, you can tell that stuff made me mad. I also was a bit unhappy at TWD writers though for essentially pitting two strong female characters against each other with the fans, and drastically 'weakening' one of them the moment another strong female character showed up. This kind of sucks. There should be a place for characters like Andrea as well as the cartoon badasses to coexist without one being proven as more 'right' and 'better' than the other. But at least she went out standing by her values. by the way, I do really like Daryl and actually Carl also but I also love the more overtly humanist characters like Hershel.
People don't understand that Andrea wanted Peace. She had just gotten over illness and she was grateful for the stability woodbury offered. Michonne should have pulled Andrea to the side and let her friend know whats up. Andrea finally found peace at woodbury and her mistake was that she didn't see the bigger picture. I love/hated her. She was the most realistic character on the show. A beautiful strong female character with so many flaws. That made her interesting. I liked hoe she always stood up for Shane and even fell for the Governor because she is a human being. She got herself caught in between two worlds. I miss her being on the show but I loved the way she died. It was epic to me! She finally got her peace... just in death while the others are still fighting to live in a world that may already be doomed.
Still love her, the show went downhill since she died. She was amazing and the only character who was able to evolve into so much more. All the other characters are already at their max. Andrea could of become a sniper bad ass but the show became too stupid.

13Theodore "T-Dog" Douglas
He's black... That's all you need to know.
They should not of killed him off.
T-DOG so sad he died they really should have done a lot more with his character.
[Newest]Unfairly forgotten by the ungrateful people at the prison. Only character who would risk his life for the group no matter what.

14Beth Greene
In season 4 she shows her talent to make bad things better. Want to see more about her with daryl. maybe relationship? Yes, I think daryl needs to be loved in fact of his past. and beth would be a good decision while she isnĀ't hard-nosed and can show good things in an apocalyptic world (time to relax, time to speak about the past, hanging loose).
Beth is my favorite character by far! She has had a hard time in the zombie apocalypse by getting attacked by her dead mom, suicide attempt and seeing her father's head get sliced off. She isn't the usual character to be able to survive a zombie apocalypse and that's why I like her she is a usual 18 year old girl trying to live and be happy
She is like the "hope" character, she brings everyone together with her singing, like a little light in this dark world, hope she gets lots of developement and stays alive
[Newest]It was such a bad decision to kill Beth off right when she had such an amazing story arc! She didn't deserve to die. She is by far the most relatable character in the series.

15Shane Walsh
Shane served a similar position to the Governor for me in some ways. During his time, Shane was the most interesting character on the show, and I was inclined to agree with most of his decisions. His friendship with Rick was great. He might have been one of the group's most valuable assets if Lori hadn't thoroughly screwed up his head. It's tragic, really. By Season 5, Rick has surpassed Shane in the "warped" morality department. Shane was just ahead of his time. Poor bastard.
He was the most realistic in a zombie apocalypse and made the show entertaining with rick he chats and talks things out and shane will just kill best character and certainly better then daryl
Best character in the show by the end of the second season... I watch the barn scene from "pretty much dead already" over repeatedly as well as the fight in "18 miles out"

Why in gods name is he not first? He, rick, carol, and Daryl are the ONLY characters developing at all and learning the benefits of forgiveness and apology. Carol just admitted to tyreese in "the grove" that she killed Karen and David, she did so right after she shot her adopted daughter. That's tough right there. But tyreese forgave her and that's the damn toughest thing anybody has ever done on the show.
Badass zombie killer, not my favourite, but he deserves better than 15. Tyreese would be the perfect last man standing together with daryl
Instead of voting for Daryl, Rick, Glenn, Michonne, and Maggie, I 'll give my vote to Tyreese, who is another potential character in the Walking Dead. Tyreese may be very impatient and dangerous when his love ones are on danger, but he is kind, and is doubtful of killing the living ones.
[Newest]Tough as nails, heart of gold.

Nice guy and funny. kindhearted sorry to see him go... Really brutal got shot in head by governor
He was awesome and he had the best mustache around! And then the governor shot him! R.I.P. Axel we will always remember you...
Flirty and funny always brings a smile on ya face

18Judith Grimes
So adorable she will be an awesome character!
She is so cute and being a baby has its benifita.

19Morgan Jones
He feels more human than the other characters. I am not sure if I would be able to pull that trigger in the very first episode. In Season 3, he was so emotionally broken due to the brutal loss of his son, so now he has nobody in his life. For me, he is the most intriguing character on the show.
Though he is not my favorite I think he should be higher because all the stuff he went through, losing his son and going crazy, writing stuff on walls, setting up traps. I would like to see him in season 5 or something.
Hoping for a comeback season 4! This guy knows how to survive!
[Newest]I think Morgan has actually gone through more than anyone else

20Rosita Espinosa
Beautiful character who really deserves to survive. Wouldn't watch the show without her, Beth or Daryl.
She is quite cool seems like she will be a good person
She is awesome. Can't wait to see more of her. Love her.

Sasha is, in my opinion, the greatest female character because she has amazing traits in all areas. She's a badass, a fighter, a leader, but most importantly, she's a realist. She disregards the nonsense and strives on and gets it all done. The actress is so great and she's turned this character into a total team player from where she started. Now she's the sharpshooter! Go SASHA!
I love her. Sasha's a great character because she's come so far from season 3 as Tyreese's little sister. She's matured into a young woman, but she's breaking down now over the loss of her boyfriend and is continuing to become a bigger character. She's had nice and slow development so I'm holding out hope she makes it to season 6 to have big scenes with Rick and the others.
I think what makes this character my favorite is that Sonequa Martin Green is such a wonderful theatre actress. Without her, this character would be nothing. Sasha is fierce and dominant, but also really intense and engaging. In season 5, some of the other survivors are falling into categories of predictability but this character keeps surprising me and keeps me on the watch. Love her and want more of her.

22Milton Mamet
Died trying to kill the governor, he was epic, shouldn't've died, yet he did kill andrea
His weapon should have been a sling shot.
Judith, a character with no lines, and axel, a character with no dimension, are above him on this site. people are idiots.

23Abraham Ford
Best gun and mustache! He's the definition of bad-ass. Can't wait for him to be in the show!
The toughest and all around most bad-ass character in The Walking Dead.
Whoever said he has the best mustache is wrong axel has the best mustache. This guy can die. I don't care about him.
[Newest]I love this guy! How is he 26? Sure, maybe he's a little hard-headed, but come on. He's a badass.

Otis was a nice, fat man! He cared for Patricia very much! And then Shane shot him in the leg! R.I.P. Otis, we will all miss you...

25Lee Everett
Simply awesome how he keeps Clem safe
Lee was the best character ever! (and clementine) why did they have to make him die, yeah it is different to other games but still! He's the best character ever! The death of lee was to sad I started crying, I watched pewdiepie (YouTuber) play it and he was crying to! I wish lee never died, he was so nice and caring the way he cared for clementine like a daughter, he wasnt a bad man, he was the best guy ever
Lee is a hero he is way better than rick he is kindhearted.
[Newest]He always was a hero

26Caesar Martinez
Just one of the best characters on the show. Even if he isn't a main character he has a lot of potential in season 4 now that he has his own group
Dude is skilled with a bat. Also he's funny when he's drunk, and had one of the better deaths in the series.
Man you don't notice it but he's the most badass he did a backflip and kicked merle in the face and he's a bat master


Her brother and boyfriend recently died:( Has probably had the hardest thing to go through out of any character on the show, and yet she remains one of the most fierce.
So much potential wasted.

29Edwin Jenner

He looked really nice. Wish I could have seen more of him.R.I.P.
He's a nice kid dies at big spot because of bob, he cood of been a good character and rip, also beth's boyfriend

I hope he goes to hell for what he done to everyone especially how he killed glenn
Negan may be a bad dude most of the time but he has his morals.

32Sophia Peletier
Sophia was sweet and I wished we could have seen more of her

33Tara Chambler
You all need to understand that Tara is a kind-hearted person. Everyone hated her because she was the first to agree with the governor about attacking the prizon. She has stayed emotionally strong through the loss of all 3 family members. While she is no where close to the top woman in the group ( Michonne, Carol, Maggie, Sasha) she emotionally has a lot of potential. And that is why to me, she deserves number 8.
Her character has so much potential, she seems like a good fit for the group.
Go Tara! Hop she lives

34Jimmy Greene
He is not their brother!
He wasn't their brother! He was Beth's boyfriend
He really should not have died. He was nice.R.I.P.

35Big Tiny
Its only a flesh wound.

36Rick's Horse
This horse is so badass. And then it gets killed off the show. RIP horsey.
Awesome character! Probably the best :3



39Meghan Chalmers

Wish he was alive he could have survived long.

41Penny Blake
The Governor's undead daughter was cooler than even Daryl and she provided for the most mesmerizing ever display of a father's love for his little girl

I really did like Jacqui. She was a very sweet woman and helped with as much as she could. She should not been killed off.
Shouldn't have committed suicide she was nice.

43Mike and Terry
In the comic book series their names were Mike and Terry and they were once close to Michonne (will say no more not to spoil). Their first appearance was the show's most iconic moment. They deserve to be on this list as a SINGLE entry as nothing happened that would distinguish one from the other.
They are Michonne's two armless, jawless chained walkers, who keep other walkers away and the show's viewers in awe.

A back up chareters but still she seems like a decent chareters in the comic she is one of the best shots and is a bigger chareters in the comic than T.V. but she's good in the T.V. too all Yeats known about her is she was married to Otis and was good at performing iv and good at surgeries but can't perform them her self she saved Carl's life witch is a big win

Good kid and friend to all, RIP

46Paul 'Jesus' Monroe


Said one sentence why is he on the list!







I'm surprised to see him so far down on this list. I really hope they bring his character back. He was an awesome leader.

56Dawn Lerner
Her brother and boyfriend recently died:( Has probably had the hardest thing to go through out of any character on the show, and yet she remains one of the most fierce.


58Deanna Monroe

59Duane Jones

60Jessie Anderson

61Reg Monroe

62Bob Stookey
47? Maybe it's just because he is new, but I'm beginning to like Bob as one of my favorite characters. He hasn't done anything bad yet except get Zach killed in the first episode of season 4, which isn't too major. After watching all of season 4 and past seasons, my favorite characters are Tyresse, Bob, Rick, Glenn, Michonne, Carol, and T-dog and Dale. Some are just likeable and some are interesting because they are actually developing. I like Daryl a lot but he's just been boring and WAY overrated.
He was a drunk but he was a boss sorry to see him go like that
Bob is a great character, I really wish him the best

Randall was a good guy, and they treated him like crap anyway! And then Shane killed him! That was a poor decision Robert Kirkman!
Randall was a good guy, they treated him like crap for no reason! And then Shane killed him!

Kenny is amazing to me he was like merle
In a weird way he's like daryl

65Eugene Porter
He brings a lot of humor into a depressing world. You have to respect that.

Younger and stronger then Carl.
Clementine is only ten years old and still she is a bad ass!
Its clem. enough said
[Newest]Way better than carl in so many ways

Gareth was an evil prick, but there's something about him that's just fun to watch. He rarely stops talking, and seems quite intelligent. Plus, I kind of like cannibalistic villains. He's number 2 so far behind the Governor (unless you count Shane as a villain).
He probably won't be as dangerous as the Governor, but you can tell that this guy is a sociopath. He might last a bit longer than we think.
He killed my favourite character but.. you can't really dislike this guy.

68Gabriel Stokes

I loved Ben even though he was a screwup he is just trying to be a help.
His speech to Kenny really spoke out to me.

70Mika Samuels
Sister of lizzie and totally cool when they shot that ladie in the head, hope they are safe
Mika is a awesome character. Why did they have to kill her off? She could have done so much more to the show.R.I. P Mika


71Lizzie Samuels
Lizzie was cute badass she got killed off because she went crazy to think walkers were different, rip I love Lizzie and her sister
How the hell is Lizzie below Lori? Sure, she was crazy, and she killed her sister, but she was interesting!
Creep. You look like my annoying step sister

72Lori Grimes
She doesn't deserve the hate! She was nice and she was confused about her feelings for Shane. She thought rick was dead. They were nearly at a divorce anyway. Not the best character but better than Otis!
Come on poor girl didn't know Rick was alive she died having a baby she deserves more respect


Glad she is dead.

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