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A nickname is a recurring theme in The Walking Dead. It is when a character is referred to by a different name other than his or her birth name. Nicknames can be chosen under the circumstances that is related to the person's appearance or personality.


Comic Series

TV Series


Video Game

Survival Instinct

Dead Reckoning

Social Game

  • Ed tells the main character upon meeting him that his friends call him "Trucker". (Social Game)
  • The player can give themselves a nickname, if they want one. (Social Game)
  • Jesse is known mostly by the survivors as "Uncle Jesse".
  • Joe is simply known as "Joe the Mechanic".
  • Marla Wilkinson is often referred to as "Old Girl", "Ol' Girl", and "Sweet Ol' Marla". (Social Game)
  • Harlan calls Max "soldier boy" and "G.I. Joe".
  • Ed refers to Otis as "Big" Otis.
  • Arturo talks about the irony in his ex-girlfriend's nickname before she turned, "Man-Eater".
  • Emily gives nicknames to several members of the group: "Puddydog Don" (Don), "Crazy Eyes Lady" (Megan), "The Squeaky One" (Nora), "Idiot" (Hero Player), "Mister Policeman" (Sky), and "Jarhead Max" (Max).
  • Emily is commonly known around camp as the "axe-wielding girl".

Novel Series

Abstract BetrayalCliffhangersDenialDepressionDistrustDiscriminationEnvyFearForeshadowingForgivenessHumanityHumorHopePrideRegretReligionRevengeSacrificeSanitySecrecyTeamwork
Realistic AmputationsCannibalismHeroismLeadershipNicknamesPunishment

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