For every horde of zombies scratching and clawing to eat all of humanity, there are inevitably a few heroic humans who step up to the challenge of saving themselves and their fellow survivors. Most aren’t very successful, but it’s the effort that counts.
Here is a list of the top six zombie heroes from film and television:
#6) MARTIN, DEAD SNOW (2009)
In the Norwegian zombie romp Dead Snow, a group of university students heads off to an isolated mountain cabin for spring break only to be attacked by frozen Nazi zombies. Martin is the unlikely hero who will do whatever it takes to survive, even cut off his own arm to keep from getting infected.
#5) RICK GRIMES, THE WALKING DEAD (2010-)
Small town sheriff Rick Grimes leads a ragtag band of survivors in a land destroyed by a catastrophic zombie plague. As he struggles to keep it together on the small screen, the show he helms continues to break all-time ratings records in the real world. That alone is worth the #5 spot.
#4) LIONEL COSGROVE, DEAD ALIVE (1992)
Lionel is living in New Zealand with his domineering mother when he falls in love with a local girl. Shortly thereafter, his mum is bitten by a Sumatran Rat-Monkey and slowly turns into a ravenous zombie. Lionel commits himself to taking care of her at any cost, but the bodies just keep piling up!
#3) TALLAHASSEE, ZOMBIELAND (2009)
Played by Woody Harrelson, the Zombieland character Tallahassee is all business. He would rather be killing zombies than doing just about anything else–except eating Twinkies. With an endless supply of weapons, cars and fuel, Tallahassee slays more ghouls than anybody else on this list.
#2) BEN, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
As he only person who can keep a clear head on his shoulders in Night of the Living Dead, Ben spends as much time fighting with other idiotic survivors as he does with the undead menace outside his front door. He falls one short of the top spot because in the end he falls short of his ultimate goal.
#1) SHAUN, SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004)
Shaun of the Dead tells the story of two slacker friends who are totally unprepared when England is overrun by zombies. As the title character, Shaun takes charge of a small group and leads them to his favorite pub. Sure almost everybody dies following his direction, but at least he saves his girlfriend.
Who else should be on this list? Which heroes did we miss? Who is your favorite of all time?