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30 Best ‘Walking Dead’ Characters

From survivors to Saviors, the Governor to Negan – the greatest heroes, villains and everything-in-between of AMC’s hit zombie-horror show

Walking Dead fans have learned to accept that no one – and we do mean no one – on the show is guaranteed to make it through an entire episode, let alone multiple seasons. Over the course of hit AMC horror show's six years on the air, it's become one of the Screen Actors Guild's biggest clients. Dozens of major heroes and villains have come and gone, along with countless folks who’ve popped up for an episode or two, made a strong impression, and then ended up dead – or worse. Much, much worse.

All heroes, villains and potential zombie snacks are not created equal, of course, so we've chose the 30 most memorable TWD characters to date. Some are likable; some are awful; and others, frankly, we're still not so sure about. But all of them have played a part in populating a complex epic about what it means to be alive in a postapocalyptic world overrun by the shambling, groaning, flesh-craving corpses. It would not be The Walking Dead we know and love without them.

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Michonne

From the moment she appeared on screen – katana sword at the ready, stoic-gunfigther look on her face, wandering the land with two jawless walkers shackled to her – Michonne has been The Walking Dead’s ultimate bad-ass. She survived on her own for months, figuring out how to thrive in the wilderness under the harshest of circumstances. Yet she's also adapted well to living in a group, and has even started to draw on her pre-apocalypse past as a mother and an academic to start thinking about how best to rebuild society. Savage when she has to be, tender and affectionate with her friends and lovers, both nurturing and deadly as they come, this character (courtesy of Danai Gurira’s continually extraordinary performance) represents this series at its best. Michonne hasn’t lost touch with her humanity. And she's a thrill to watch on a killing spree.

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