Top 10 Walking Dead Characters

Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
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

shadownite90

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]I don't think I would watch this series anymore if not because of Daryl
More comments about Daryl Dixon

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]Rick is the best developed character and is bad ass

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's niece, funny, smart, and he gets the job done. This makes him my personal favorite

4Michonne
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 a crazy ninja loner... But still a better mom than Lori. Now that's sad. :(

5Hershel Greene
He's got a pretty dope beard.

Jamshidi

He's an asset to the team without him there is no medic
He's the new voice of reason.
[Newest]I guess santa didn't survive the zombie apocalypse... :(

6Merle 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]
Toughest guy in the show, he was my favorite because of his brutal yet honest way of speaking, and overall his "badassness". I would've loved to see him wonder in the wood a bit longer with his brother, who is my second favorite character.

7Carl 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.
It' was a hard choice for me because there are so many great characters. Hershel, Rick and Daryl could all have had my vote, but I chose Carl because he has the most potential out of anyone. He's a kid having to grow up in this world, and he has had some of the best moments in the show and a lot of development. I believe when the show finally ends, Carl will be the last man standing.P. S to the guy who said Carl IS the last one to survive in the comics, you're a liar, because the comics are still going and plenty of characters are still around.
[newest]
Carl is badass in the comics and I hope he gets more badass in season 5.

8Carol 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]She's the only character whose change, changed our point of view as well fully. Long live for Carol!

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.
Best Character in the whole series. I was crying when he died.
He brought the team together. He Was the glue. He kept andrea from killing herself
[Newest]Best character stopped watching walking dead cause I was so pissed he died

10Andrea
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.
She should have lived because she suffered for Amy's death but she copes with Dale's help, also she's very brave and suffered a huge transformation since the Atlanta camp
[Newest]She is the best and always will be.

The Contenders

11The Governor
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.
Originally Merle was my favorite, but as the show goes on deceased characters will be forgotten. The Governor is definitely the most interesting character of season 4 in my opinion and is a perfect villain. Sometimes I pity the guy. RIP Philip Blake, RIP Merle Dixon
He is the coolest character on the series, a badass, smart, manipulative, evil and crazy. He makes for a great antagonist! Also David Morrissey does incredible job portraying the governor!
[Newest]He did what he felt he needed to do to protect himself, his daughter, and his group. And he didn't apologize to anyone for it

12Maggie 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]
The best female character! LOVE MAGGIE!

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]He'll come back 2 life you'll see

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]
She's hot. That's my reasoning

15Tyreese
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.
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.
Badass zombie killer, not my favourite, but he deserves better than 15. Tyreese would be the perfect last man standing together with daryl

16Shane Walsh
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
Shane well I've got a few words for shane beast, strong, quick, and willing to do anything for the group and have you seen him star in snitch
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"
[Newest]Shane was so cool. He is a way better leader than Rick and didn't deserve to get killed off.

17Rosita 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.

18Axel
Nice guy and funny. kindhearted sorry to see him go... Really brutal got shot in head by governor
Flirty and funny always brings a smile on ya face

19Eugene Porter

20Morgan 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

21Edwin Jenner

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.

23Sasha

24Judith Grimes

25Otis

26Lee 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

27Oscar

28Caesar 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
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

29Abraham Ford
Whoever said he has the best mustache is wrong axel has the best mustache. This guy can die. I don't care about him.
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.

30Sophia Peletier
Sophia was sweet and I wished we could have seen more of her

31Zach
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

32Big Tiny

33Patrick
Good kid and friend to all, RIP

34Jimmy Greene
He is not their brother!
Brother of Maggie and Beth

35Negan
Negan may be a bad dude most of the time but he has his morals.

36Penny 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

37Mike 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.

38Patricia
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

39Meghan Chalmers

40Jim

41Joe

42Gareth
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.

43Jacqui

44Shumpert

45Haley

46Allen

47Donna

48Tara Chambler

49Len

50Luke

51Heath

52Paul 'Jesus' Monroe

53Bob 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.
Bob is a great character, I really wish him the best

54Kenny
In a weird way he's like daryl

55Randall

56Clementine
Younger and stronger then Carl.
Clementine is only ten years old and still she is a bad ass!
Its clem. enough said

57Ben
I loved Ben even though he was a screwup he is just trying to be a help.

58Mika Samuels
Sister of lizzie and totally cool when they shot that ladie in the head, hope they are safe

59Lori Grimes
Don't you love how the physco who killed her sister is before her
It's so funny how major of a character she is but how far down the list. Because she is a slut, terrible mother, pathetic apocalypse survivor and all round useless person to be stuck with in a zombie apocalypse

Luke72


60Lizzie 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
Creep. You look like my annoying step sister
She hasn't really gotten any big roles yet but if she lives through season 4 I'm sure she will be a bigger charater

Comments About This List

Featured Lists
Popular Lists
New Lists

Top Remixes of This List

Posts About This List

List Info

This list was created 2 years, 96 days ago and has been voted on over 2,000 times. This top ten list has been remixed 53 times.

Updated Monday, October 20, 2014


List Error Reporting

See an item on this list that's misspelled, duplicated, or doesn't belong? Let us know. Click here to report the error.