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The Walking Dead Comic Book Characters

The Walking Dead needs to incorporate more comic book characters into the TV show.

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SAMANTHA CARTAINO 

As a recent college grad, Sam spends her free time analyzing films and literature until she goes cross-eyed. Many told her a degree in English would be useless but she’s putting what she learned to good use writing articles about tv, books, and pop culture and is loving every second of it.

If TV Rick Grimes fought comic book Rick Grimes, who would win—and does it matter? Either way, it’s a win for The Walking Dead since the comic-turned-TV-show has successfully seeped into two different mediums. Fans of the series may have a preference of either the comics or the show, but there is still a lot of respect for each version. The Walking Dead comics started in 2003 while the TV show aired on AMC in 2010. There aren’t many books or graphic novels that can transfer to television well, but the creators behind The Walking Dead did it all. The great thing about The Walking Dead series is that the comic books and the show are two different entities. While many people thought the show would just be a retelling of the comics in a different medium, the show deviates from the comics in many ways. Some characters such as Daryl Dixon were created especially for the TV series and do not exist in the comics at all. Meanwhile, some characters like Andrea meet their demise much sooner in the show than in the comics. No one is safe in either medium, and creator Robert Kirkman refuses to pull any punches. However, there are some compelling comic book characters such as Jesus, Ezekiel, and Negan, that fans are dying to see on the screen. While they may be safe in the comics, they may not survive the world of television. But GeekRoom thinks that these comic book characters would have a fighting chance in the real world.

10. Jesus

Jesus, aka Paul Monroe, is one of the most beloved characters in the comic book series. He is nicknamed Jesus because of how much he looks like Jesus Christ. The character is a highly rational, logical, and thoughtful man who gives out a lot of advice to everyone around him. He values justice and fairness over everything else, believing that one should not criticize others for doing things they would not have done themselves. Jesus is also a very good hand-to-hand combatant and holds survivalist traits, which helped him achieve the position of the Hilltop Colony's ambassador and scout. He is the Hilltop’s equivalent to Alexandria’s Aaron since he goes out and scouts for people to recruit for the colony. Ultimately, Jesus is a quick thinker and a great tactician, which is why he is one of Rick's loyal allies in the comic books. The Weekly Crisis listed Jesus as #10 in their list of “The Ten Best Characters in The Walking Dead,” saying, "Being nicknamed after the son of God seems like one hell of an exaggeration, but Jesus has shown time and time again that he is a good, trusting man who just wants what’s best for everyone. The name fits. Even though we’ve only recently been introduced to him, Jesus is quickly showing himself to be one of the book’s greatest characters."

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9. Dr. Denise Cloyd

You can never have too many doctors during a zombie apocalypse. Dr. Denise Cloyd lives in Alexandria in the comic books, but her character was never introduced in the TV series. In the comics, Alexandria is in a safe zone established by the military in the early days of the outbreak, which contained a handful of supplies for a large group of people. In the comics, she and Rick become close friends while she nurses a main character back to health after a horrific event. While Denise was never seen in season 5 of the show, she was indeed living in Alexandria, and was referenced as being too busy to appear at the community forum about Rick at the end of the season or to attend Deanna's party. Not only is she an important character, but she is vital to the storylines of many other characters. Denise is also one of the most underrated characters in the comics, so it could be interesting to see if they beef up her role on the TV show. While doctors generally do not last long on the show, Denise may be different.

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8. Dwight

No, this Dwight has no relation to Dwight Shrute from The Office. Dwight in the Walking Dead series is a member of the Saviors. Half of his face is burnt because of the Saviors’ leader Negan, but he continues to serve him and act as his right-hand man. Dwight carries around a crossbow, leading many fans to question if Daryl Dixon was based off this character. In fact, there is a theory that Dwight may not be introduced into the show at all and that Daryl will switch allegiances from Rick to Negan, therefore picking up Dwight’s storyline. Dwight, like Daryl, is a very complicated character who constantly blurs the lines between friend and foe. While Daryl has found his place as a friend to Rick and the others, there is still an unpredictable nature about him that could be used to pick up Dwight’s storyline. Fans, however, would be heartbroken if they lost their precious Daryl, so this theory probably would not pan out well. Robert Kirkman likes to change up the TV show from the comics, but this might be taking it a little too far.

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7. Holly

Love is always in the air when Holly’s around. Holly is a character in the comics who works on the construction crew with Abraham and a couple of other men in Alexandria. After Abraham saves her life, they begin an affair behind Rosita’s back, breaking up their relationship. Holly has been mentioned a few times on the TV show by characters like Eugene in season 5, but she was never featured on the show. However, fans have been eager to point out that Francine is a character that greatly resembles Holly. In season 5, Francine is with the construction crew on lookout duty as her fellow survivors gather materials from the Woodlands Mall site. She falls out of the construction vehicle after walkers attack the site, injuring her leg. She then becomes surrounded by walkers, but is saved by Abraham. After, she punches Tobin in the face after he almost abandoned her, but is willing to remain working after Abraham starts leading the team. Like the fan theory of Daryl and Dwight, Francine could be Holly’s TV equivalent.

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6. Hilltop Colony

The Hilltop Colony is a farming community of 200 residents, originally led by a man named Gregory. Rick’s group finds out about Hilltop once Jesus contacts then and leads them to it. Rick and his group end up becoming allies with Hilltop after they meet the Saviors. Jesus strikes a deal with Rick, promising that Hilltop will give Alexandria half their supplies if Rick gets rid of the Saviors. In the comics, Jesus and Rick become close and Hilltop, Alexandria, and another sanctuary called The Kingdom all work together to fight The Saviors in what is called “All Out War.” While Hilltop is the biggest settlement in the zombie apocalypse, The Kingdom (lead by Ezekiel) is the second biggest. It is a sanctuary surrounded a wall of buses and sheets of metal. Although the Hilltop Colony is the largest sanctuary, it does run into some trouble with its leader Gregory as well as outsiders. Ultimately, Hilltop is the perfect location to introduce new characters and storylines.

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5. Gregory

There are many villains encountered at the Hilltop Colony, but one of the worst is Gregory. Gregory is the extremely vain and self-absorbed leader of Hilltop. Even though the residents of Hilltop know how cowardly Gregory really is, they still believe he is the best leader they have. Gregory refuses to believe he is a coward, saying his actions keep the people of Hilltop safe and that every decision he makes is for the good of the Colony, when they are really for his own well being. He also tends to crack easily in tense situations. For example, he starts to panic and cry when the Saviors come for Hilltop. He often will go behind Rick’s back in order to do something that he says will benefit the colony, only for it to benefit himself. Another noticeable trait of Gregory's is his flirtatious nature around women. He goes out of his way to "accidentally" bump into attractive women like Maggie and flirt with them. However, he is generally rejected, as many of Hilltop's women see his true nature and want nothing to do with him. Awkward.

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4. The Saviors

If you thought walkers were bad, you obviously haven’t met the Saviors. Sometime after the Hilltop Colony was established, a separate group formed within the colony, led by a man named Negan, to kill nearby zombies in the area. Soon, Negan's group became more and more violent as they grew in numbers, and they eventually began committing crimes against other living survivors, including murder, blackmail, theft, rape, and much more. Negan dubbed his group the Saviors, demanding half of all the rations and supplies from the Hilltop Colony. If the Saviors did not get what they wanted, they would give out deadly messages or severe beatings. In return for the rations, the Saviors would kill all zombies surrounding the Hilltop Colony. The Saviors' main base of operations has shown to be in a heavily fortified factory with a secure fence surrounding it. In the comics, Jesus enlists Rick and his group to help take down the Saviors so that Hilltop could truly be safe again, but this act proves incredibly difficult. Many characters die in the process even though Hilltop allies with The Kingdom for extra reinforcement. It would be wonderfully frightening to see the Saviors on screen battling it out with Rick and the others.

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3. Ezekiel

No one messes with a guy with a pet tiger. Ezekiel is the leader of The Kingdom and has a pet tiger named Shiva. He used to be a zookeeper and knew the tiger since she was born. Ezekiel is charismatic and acts like a wise old man a lot of the time. He generally keeps a cool head and a friendly demeanor, reveling in the respect others have for him. However, he is revealed to be relatively insecure: he wishes for his "subjects" not to see him as weak. The Kingdom is a school that becomes a sanctuary after the zombie apocalypse. The residents live in the school during winter, and in the summer, they sleep and live in tents based in the school yard. No one, not even known allies of the community, can enter or see Ezekiel without an escort. Eventually, Ezekiel forms an alliance between Rick and Paul to take down the Saviors, and even moves members of The Kingdom to Hilltop in order to help the resistance.

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2. The Whisperers

The Whisperers are probably the stealthiest people in the Walking Dead series. They are a group of people who disguise themselves in walker skin to blend in with them and not get noticed. Whisperers do not harm the undead, but instead live among them. It's been theorized that the Whisperers have already been featured on the TV show when Rick and the others found walkers with “W”s carved into their heads. Although there are signs that the “W” stand for the Wolves, the group’s name could have been changed in order to make them seem a little more threatening. After all, the Whisperers act like a pack of wolves as they dress in walker skins and stalk survivors. However, many fans believe that the Wolves are the Saviors from the comic books. There are some strong characters that come out of the Whisperers such as Lydia and Alpha, so it would be interesting to see how these characters play out on screen with characters like Rick and Deanna.

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1. Negan

The Governor has nothing on Negan. While he has already been confirmed to appear on the show, played by Jeffery Dean Morgan, on the upcoming season, we couldn't resist but to add him to this list. This man is the leader of the Saviors and is the worst of them all. He carries a bat wrapped in barbed wire, which he calls Lucille and uses to kill walkers and humans alike. Negan is as feared and respected as a king, and many people just accept whatever he says. In spite of his violent and savage nature, Negan can be very reasonable for the sake of practicality, like when he spared Carl's life to keep relations steady with Rick, even though Carl slaughtered many of Negan's men. Perhaps a bit mentally unstable, Negan possesses a sense of sympathy underneath his cold exterior, though he has almost no empathy at all. Ultimately Rick, along with Jesus and Ezekiel, come together to wage war on Negan and the Saviors. When Negan made his first appearance in the 100th issue, IGN wrote a review of the character that read: "The new villain already looks to be a worthy addition to the book's cast. I didn't realize how much I missed having a truly awful antagonist like the Governor in this series until now. The villain's voice is very distinct, allowing Kirkman to toy with a very different approach to dialogue. For a series where the characters sometimes ramble on too much without making a clear point, this character is very much appreciated.”

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