Mar 12, 2013

So who are the Zombicide Survivors based on?

Hello all,
So who are the Zombicide Survivors based on?

My best guesses are (derived at from the cultural memory of the Internet) :

Season one:
Crazy Ned - Alan Moore
Doug the Office Guy - Michael Douglas as William Foster in Falling Down
Goth Amy - Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto in NCIS
Josh the Thug - Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, Breaking Bad
Phil the Cop - Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in Walking Dead
Wanda the Waitress - Ellen McElduff as Wanda June in Maximum Overdrive

Kickstarter Survivors:
Cardboard Samurai - as Cardboard Samurai from Penny Arcade
Claudia the Rebel - Rosario Dawson as Gail in Sin City (or Selena, Vasquez, Michelle Rodriguez?)
Dave the Geek - Jim Parsons as Sheldon Lee Cooper in Big Bang Theory
Eagle Chaz, the American Hero - Chuck Norris 
El Cholo - Dan "Danny" Trejo in Machete 
Eva Duran, the artist - Uma Thurman as The Bride in Kill Bill
Ivy the Hitgirl - Angelina Jolie as Jane Smith in Mr & Mrs Smith
Kyoko the Free Spirit - Lucy Alexis Liu as Alex Munday in Charlie's Angels
Marvin Redfield, the Bodyguard - Samuel L. Jackson as Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction
Nick Walker - Bruce Willis as John Macclane in Die Hard
Troy the Travellor - Bruce Campbell as Ashley Ash Williams in Evil Dead  

who are the Zombicide Survivors based on
Season two:
Achille the Serial Killer - Athony Hopkins as Hannibal Lector in The Silence of the Lambs
Adriana the Shopgirl - Beyoncé Knowles as Foxxy Cleopatra, in Austin Powers in Goldmember
                                 (who is based on Pamela Suzette "Pam" Grier as Foxy Knowles in Foxy Brown)
Brad the Crime Lord - Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry
Chuck, Momma's Boy - Nicholas John "Nick" Frost as Ed in Shaun of the Dead
Dakota the Convict - Pamela Anderson as ? in ? (Barb Wire?)
Don the Civil Servant - John Cleese as Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers
Frank the Repo Man - Thomas William "Tom" Selleck as Thomas Magnum in Magnum P.I.
Fred the Trader - Simon Pegg as Shaun in Shaun of the Dead
Gary the Misfit - Jeff Bridges as Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski in The Big Lebowski
Helen the Federal Agent - Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs
Kirk the Old Sensei - Steven Seagal as Rogelio Torrez in Machete (Lawman?)
Lea the Teenager - Emily Jean "Emma" Stone as Wichita in Zombieland
Mack the Car Salesman(r) - Nicolas Cage as Cameron Poe in Con Air

Mike the Miniature Sculptor - Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in The Shining
Ralph the Cowboy - Woody Harrelson as Tallahassee in Zombieland
Rick the Stuntman - Jason Michael Statham as Chev Chelios in Crank
Rob the Security Expert - Sean Connery as John Mason in The Rock
Rose the Aunt - Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote
Ross the Manager - John Goodman as Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski
Thaissa the Entrepreneur - Bridget Fonda as ? in ? (Maggie in Point of No Return?)
Smith, Dog of War - Kurt Russel as S.D. Bob "Snake" Plissken in Escape from New York

Will the Game Designer - Simon Maxwell Helberg as Howard Joel Wolowitz in Big Bang Theory

'Artists Boxes'
Angry Mary, Bones, Butch, Padre Johnson, Red Cap Ben, Uncle Honk
Note: These seem to be fully 'generic' Survivors/Zombivores and thus will probably not need explanations..

Prison Outbreak:
Josh - Joshua "Cornbread" Harris (Generous Kickstarter :-))
Will be added once we know the names...
Toxic City:
Will be added once we know the names...

Note - Oook has made the perfect illustrated list of the Season Two Survivors and their real life counterparts: (Warning, very slow site...)

The major mystery is Crazy Ned, while Claudia, Dakota and Thaissa are still somewhat mysterious.

Any speculation, comments or tips would be much appreciated!

All the best,


  1. Claudia the Rebel - Rosario Dawson in Sin City ?

  2. Hi ErenHistarion,
    Thats the best guess so far - added! Thanks!

  3. There's some confusion over Claudia... The body and pose here:

    look a lot like Vasquez from Aliens holding a smart gun (even down to the similar bandana on her belt)


    but the face and hair does look a lot more like Rosario Dawson. So maybe a hybrid?

  4. Hi FluffyPanda,
    My bet is on Rosario as the character and someone like Vasquez for the attitude :-).

  5. The other thing that makes me lean towards Vasquez is the inclusion of dogtags round her neck.

    The other plausible suggestion is Selena from 28 Days Later (as seen in this BGG thread: That's got the zombie connection too but the dogtags still don't quite fit there. I wish GG would just let us know who the "inspiration" was for some of these less obvious models.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see the sculpt arrive with short hair and an "anyone ever mistake you for a man?" look about her.

  6. Ok, just found an image of her sculpt and she still has the hair:

  7. Ach, FluffyPanda you are killing me here.
    Possible candidates:
    Rosario: Close fit, same attitude, but Dog Tag problem.
    Vasquez: Same pose, but not really anything else imo.
    Selena: Bandana and looks, but dog tags?
    Michelle Rodriguez (Resident Evil): Same looks and clothing, but the dog tags?
    I can't call it...

  8. Kyoko -> Lucy Liu in Charlie's Angels

  9. Hi Manu,
    Of course - must have suffered a brain melt. I had it in my notes and then my mind went blank :-). Thanks.

  10. Wasn't Claudia based on a Sin City Character? I'm not sure which one, since it's been a while seeing the movie... and I can't find an image that supports this.

  11. Hi John Ling, yes Rosario Dawson as Gail in Sin City is still the best guess. But FluffyPanda raised some good alternative influences.

  12. I'm adding your list to my blog... it's a great list.

  13. Thanks John Ling, that might help get the remaining personages identified. Let me know if anyone brings up some new suggestions.

  14. i think gg said not all survivors were based on actual people

  15. Kirk looks an awful lot like 21 from Venture Brothers.

  16. Isn't Thaissa Dianna Agron (Quinn from Glee)?
    This picture looks spot on:"

  17. Howdy RebelMage,
    I agree that they look very similar. Yet that is a very common stance for dressgownwearing-females :-). Do you know whether this Agron is adequately described by the survivor description?
    All the best,

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  19. Rob the Sevurity Expert - John Connery as John Mason in The Rock

    I don't know an actor named John Connery, but I do know one named Sean Connery.

  20. Ha, Joseph you are correct - wonder where that came from :-).
    Should be changed now.

  21. I don't think the base survivors from season 1 are based on anyone (that's why you can't find anyone for Crazy Ned). They are just based on stereotypes, that's why you can find some TV characters they are similar to.

    I don't think they started actually creating characters based on people until they started doing the exclusive characters in the first kickstarter.

  22. Hi Eric, well some of them are clearly directly based on other characters (i.e. Phil and Doug). But others are, as you state, somewhat generic. But that still makes it fun to attempt to identify which characters may have influenced the sculpts most.
    All the best,

  23. I do like the list, and enjoy the characters that are based on other people, I just wanted to point out that from my knowledge, they said the base survivors were just stereotypes, not based on people, but I'd have to double check to be sure of that.

    Either way, thanks for the list, it really helped me.

  24. My first impression was that Claudia was Lisbeth Salander from "the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" The description of a dad who "got a little too close", plus the wild hairdo....

  25. I think Ned is based on a character from the video game Kane & Lynch.

    Greetings from germany,

  26. Crazy Ned-Hobo with a shotgun with Rutger Hauer!!!

  27. TBH when I see crazy Ned I only think of the internet radio guy Nash but I doubt that was intentional

  28. Did you see the new boxes yet? Gaming Night:
    #2 Thiago = Austin Powers
    #3 Bill = ???
    #4 Mr. Phal = ???

    1. Hi Sjeng,
      Hmm - interesting and I'll have to add them soon :-).

    2. Bill = Al Swearengen - Ian McShane of Deadwood Fame

  29. Mr. Phal is a well-known man in France. He is the creator of a great french site on Boardgames : Trictrac ( It was an arrangement with the french guys behind Zombicide. So Mr. Phal is... Mr. Phal ! He's got his own miniature.

  30. I may be the only one that thinks this, but I definitely feel that Ned is Rorschach from the watchmen. He's all crazy talking about the end of the world (on the side of the box) much like the comic. He's also wearing the comedian's smiley face button with the blood splotch. Though I think Alan Moore fits a bit as well (certainly for looks)

  31. Well, the season 3 kickstarter is in full swing, and there's some more promo figs based on people/characters. Here's the ones I know: 1) Audrey the Bookworm is Amy from Big Bang Theory, 2) Lucius the Weed Man. Unknown. 3) cat the Gardener looks like Daisy Duke to me. 4) doc looks like House, M.D., 5) Jesse the Deli Counter Man looks like that loudmouth British chef I can't stand from Hell's Kitchen, 6) Patrick the Hipster is Leonard from Big Bang. That's it so far.

    1. Lucius the weed man strongly resembles Jean Reneau as Leon the Professional from the film of the same name.

  32. There will be a Dick Johnson survivor who is Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) from Anchorman.
    And there will be a Raj from TBBT as well.

  33. Crazy Ned is Frederick Kaludis, also known as "Warlock" or "Freddy", in "Live Free or Die Hard" (Die Hard 4), played by Kevin Smith. You're welcome ;)


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