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"Badger" (real name unknown) is a main character and an antagonist who first appears in Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: A New Frontier. A high-ranking member of the New Frontier who serves as a lieutenant, Badger is a man set on carrying out orders, as well as finding his own resolution in avenging those who have fallen on his side during the apocalypse. He is one of several members of the New Frontier who enacts violent raids on other settlements, raids that are orchestrated by their leader, Joan. He served as the primary antagonist of the first half of Season 3 and the secondary antagonist of the episode "Above The Law".
Badger is a sadistic, sociopathic, remorseless, barbarous, and bloodthirsty man. He is very loyal to the New Frontier and Joan, who ordered him and some others to raid settlements. Compared to Max, who tries to avoid unnecessary violence, Badger is shown to take every opportunity to kill and hurt others. He orders his men to attack Prescott and massacre the entire town. He also murders Mariana, a child, and shows no remorse, even taunting and mocking Javier about it. After Javi manages to subdue Badger by shooting him, he shows no fear in the face of death, and even seems to encourage Javi to kill him. If Javi decides to kill Badger himself, he will hit him with his bat, to which Badger merely smiles before Javi finishes him off.
Nothing is known about Badger's life prior to or as the outbreak began, though he may have lived in or near Richmond at the time. Telltale Staff, Alyssa Finlay, hinted that he may have come from a privileged life and that his bullyish personality had formed from this background. Badger went on a hunting trip at one point and successfully killed a buck, as seen by his memorial photo during "From The Gallows".
At some point after the outbreak, Badger joined with a large militia-style group called the New Frontier. Over time, he attained enough authority to be considered a lieutenant under David García, who was in charge of the group's fighting members at the time.
Badger first appears alongside Max and Lonnie, whereupon they discover Javier García retrieving his gasoline can from an ambulance. Badger holds him at gunpoint with the others before Max orders him and one other man with them to spread out and search for any others with Javier. He regroups with Max quickly when he hears shouts for help, arriving to once again hold Javier at gunpoint as Max attends to an unconscious Lonnie. Max ominously informs him that he must pay for what he has done before knocking him out. Badger and Max carry Javier to their truck to be driven back to Richmond.
Badger briefly returns at the end of the episode, initiating a gunfight and killing Mariana García. Badger and four of his men approach the junkyard gates, barely being fended off by Clementine and Javier's efforts. Kate Garcia is shot in the abdomen as she goes to her dead step-daughter's side. One of his men is fatally shot by Javier, (Determinant) causing Badger to halt his position and continue firing from afar. Clementine advises Javier to stay with her and fight off the attackers, though Gabriel García and Eleanor/Tripp both claim that they need his help in getting back to Prescott. (Determinant) Javier can choose to stay behind with Clementine and give his family time to escape, killing two more of Badger's men before being incapacitated by a flashbang. Badger runs away and leave all of his men for dead. (Determinant)
Alternatively, Javier can tell Clementine that he has to go back with Kate, which leads to Clementine staying behind alone to fight off Badger and his men. The García family flees the scene and Badger is forced to run from a group of walkers that encroach his position. (Determinant) Badger survives either way and makes it back to his people with a story about him and his men being attacked by the people of Prescott.
Badger is among the strike force that drives to the town of town of Prescott to find and apprehend Javier, confronting Tripp, Javier, Clementine and Conrad. He had revealed to his group about what Clementine and Javier did to him and his squad and captured Francine to use as a bargaining chip to force Javier to surrender himself to them.
During the debate, he resists Max's orders and takes things in to his own hands, ordering one member to chop Francine's fingers off to persuade Javier further. If Javier agrees to come down, (Determinant) Badger orders one man to restrain him while another points a gun at his head, preparing to execute him, wanting Javier to pay for what he's done, despite Max's protests Badger insists on killing Javier straight away, claiming it will "take too long" upon taking him back to headquarters and punish him there. Clementine then exits the gate and shoots at them, (Determinant) enabling Javier to escape.
Regardless of what Javier decides to do, Badger disobeys Max's orders by convincing the others to attack the town, having a truck full of walkers be rammed through the damaged gates. He also proceeds to shoot Francine dead, either as she runs away or while she is still restrained if Javier refused to come down. (Determinant)
Badger is introduced when Lonnie and Max are stocking up on supplies. Max makes remarks that they wouldn't be in the situation they were in now if Badger hadn't shot Mariana, and Badger referred her as "little bitch", said that he had no remorse at all and would do it again if he had the chance, Max calls Badger stupid for this. Max discusses with the two that Joan is going too far with taking supplies from other settlements and that it is going to lead to a war and so they should hide all of the supplies they've taken before any of the New Frontier members who don't know about the situation find them.
Whilst discussing the items they got, David, Javier, Tripp, Jesus, Clementine and Conrad (Determinant) appear behind them armed, ambushing them and David knocks Badger to the ground and Max is shocked to see him, David tells Max that he thought better of him, Max tries to reassure David but then pulls out his gun and starts shooting. Everybody splits up. David goes after Max, while Clementine and Jesus go after Lonnie.
Javier goes after Badger. He is encountered loading a shotgun and Badger and Javier engage in a brawl, both men trying to kill each other for the killings of their friends. When Badger seems to have gained the upper hand, he remarks how he's always hated David and regretted not killing Javier sooner now knowing he is David's brother. Javier ends up mortally wounding Badger by shooting him in the abdomen with a shotgun. Tripp appears and stands aside Javier and lets Javier decide Badger's fate. If Conrad is still alive, he will recognize Badger as the one who killed Francine, he walks over to Badger and kicks him in the face, reminding him of Francine, Badger replies saying that Francine was "nothing." Javier can let him turn or bash his brains in an uncontrollable rage. If Conrad is the one to decide Badger's fate, Badger insults Javier, but Conrad tells Badger he's nothing, let alone a man, and calmly shoots him in the head, killing him.
After the events of the previous episode, Badger's corpse is later discovered and taken back to Richmond. At the town meeting, Joan uses Badger's death in an attempt to turn the residents of Richmond against Javier and David. When David is about to be executed, Joan reveals the corpse of Badger to the crowd, claiming David to be responsible for his death. The state of Badger's corpse is determined by how he was killed. If he was killed by Javier, Badger appears with a bag covering his head, regardless if Javier actually killed him or mutilated his head. If he was killed by Tripp or Conrad, he will appear with a perforation wound on the side of his head. If left to turn, his skin will be noticeably pale and discolored, with a perforation wound in the side of his head, implying he was found and put down by the New Frontier.
A photo of Badger before the outbreak can be seen on the memorial wall, the image depicts Badger kneeling over a dead elk while holding a rifle in a snowy location.
- Killed By
Javier uses his baseball bat to strike Badger on the side of his head. After the first hit, Badger smiles, satisfied that Javier is losing his sanity. If Javier hits Badger once or twice, Badger is still conscious, but later dies from the trauma. On the third hit, Javier bashes Badger on the scalp crushing his skull and cracking it open, killing him. Despite this, Javier can continue beating Badger's head until it is completely brutalized. If he succeeds in doing so, Badger's corpse can be seen twitching.
Let Conrad Do It
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Javier can choose to allow Conrad to kill Badger instead, as vengeance for Francine's murder and having his home overrun with zombies. This shocks Badger who then taunts Javier for not having the guts to kill another man, but he's called out by Conrad, who says "You're not a man, you're nothing." before raising his gun and stoically shooting Badger point blank in the side of the head, killing him instantly.
- Killed By
If Javier remains silent, he'll lower his bat and Tripp begrudgingly takes it upon himself to finish off Badger by stabbing him in the head.
Let Him Turn
- Killed By
- Javier García (Caused, Alive)
- Blood loss (Alive)
- A member of the New Frontier (Zombified, Off-Screen)
Javier can choose to spare Badger, knowing that he will bleed out from his wounds and reanimate. Javier does this as either a way of refusing to kill anyone and not give Badger the satisfaction, or possibly just out of wanting to leave him to suffer as punishment for killing Mariana. His reanimated corpse is later found and put down by an unknown member of the New Frontier off screen.
This list shows the victims that Badger has killed:
- Mariana García
- Numerous counts of Prescott residents (Caused and Direct)
- Numerous counts of zombies and unnamed people
- Badger is the only character to be only called by his nickname, not his real name.
- According to unused audio files, Tripp knew Badger before he came to Prescott to get Javier. 
- Badger has the most possible determinant killers with a total of four.
- Badger is one of nine characters who can appear in every episode of Season 3, whether it's a photograph, as a corpse or as a walker.
- Of all the corpses that can possibly be seen in "Thicker Than Water" when Joan displays them to the people of Richmond, Badger is the only corpse that is dead no matter what, while the other three (Max, Lonnie, and Dr. Lingard) are entirely caused to the player's decisions.
- Unused files show that Badger was originally going to take Rufus' role of being the truck driver.
- The photo of Badger kneeling over a dead elk on the Richmond Memorial Wall, shows he was a hunter. This could explain his marksmanship skills and possibly his nickname.