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- "You let that killer out and he almost killed you--and then--then you was gonna let them two--them two kick alla us outta here. You sided against us with--with--a couple n*ggers. I just want you to know I ain't talkin' ta you neither. Yer dead to me."
- —Otis to Patricia about her siding with Dexter and Andrew over the group.[src]
While not renowned for his intelligence, Otis is a good-natured and well-meaning person, who is friendly towards most people he meets. Although sometimes reckless, he has a clear sense of right and wrong. He exemplified numerous times, such as feeling a great amount of guilt over accidentally shooting Carl, stopping Hershel from shooting Rick, and being outraged upon discovering that Patricia sided with Dexter and Andrew over the survivors. Otis has also shown himself to be prejudiced at times against black people, although this seems stem from ignorance rather than any kind of genuine malevolence, as Otis doesn't seem to have a problem with Tyreese or Michonne, being usually quite friendly to both when interacting with them.
Not much is known about Otis's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that he and his girlfriend Patricia narrowly escaped from Wiltshire Estates. Hershel Greene allowed them to stay at his farm.
While Rick, Tyreese, and Carl are hunting in the woods, Otis accidentally shoots Carl, thinking the trio were zombies. Rick threatens to kill Otis but, fortunately, Carl survives the gunshot. Otis takes Rick to the Greene Family Farm where Hershel can treat Carl's wound. Afterwards, Tyreese consoles Otis, who feels a tremendous amount of guilt for his mistake. He also reveals that he and Patricia originally came from Wiltshire Estates. When Hershel points a gun at Rick's head and demands that he and his group leave, Otis grabs him and convinces him to stand down. He later tries to get Hershel to apologize to Rick, only to find the man huddled over in tears.
Otis moves to the prison with the rest of the farm residents, but later opts to return and look after the livestock, apparently after breaking up with Patricia.
At some point, Otis decides to abandon the farm and move back to the prison with the others. He hastily rides a cart down the road towards the prison through a group of zombies, shooting those that get too close. Michonne spots Otis and decides to follow him. At the prison gates, Otis yells to be let in, but the others don't hear him and are too busy fighting off walkers. Otis is cornered by the roamers outside the prison and nearly killed, but is saved in the nick of time by Michonne. After the fighting is over, Otis vouches for Michonne and tells Rick she saved his life. When he finds out about Patricia's betrayal, Otis confronts her and shuns Patricia completely. Otis is seen praying in his cell when Rick and the others rush an injured Allen in. Tyreese instructs Otis to fetch some towels, much to the latter's annoyance. While Allen is incapacitated, Otis is tasked with watching Ben and Billy.
Otis assists Billy and Dale in luring the walkers away from the parking lot, and is offended when Dale jokes about his intelligence. While Rick, Glenn, and Michonne are away Otis helps Billy in the garden. The two talk about candy bars and girls, with Billy complaining there aren't enough women in the prison. Otis teases Billy when the latter wonders if Carol would like him. Later, Otis approaches Patricia and apologizes for his behavior. He asks that the two go back to being friends, which she accepts.
When the prison is overrun, Otis is attacked and devoured. Rick stumbles upon his reanimated corpse and puts him down.
- Killed By
- Zombies (Alive, Off-Panel)
Somehow as the Prison is overrun, Otis is devoured by walkers.
- Rick Grimes (Zombified)
After Rick finds Otis' mutilated and reanimated corpse when he returns from Woodbury, he puts him down.
This list shows the victims Otis has killed:
- Numerous counts of zombies
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- In an interview with UGO, Kirkman stated: "I think [Otis' racism] came about after he was introduced because I started to notice that all the characters were pretty nice except for an evil character that kills kids sometimes. I wanted to throw in some people that aren't evil but aren't so nice either. I've got some stuff planned for Otis now that should be pretty cool. But I realized that I had made a mistake in making everybody too friendly."
- Otis is one of the few characters to die (and/or reanimate) off-panel.
- Robert Kirkman about Otis' death: "Otis wasn't buried because he didn't have much left of him and didn't die at a time when the burying would have been easy to do. There were tons of zombies to clean up...and Otis was a zombie...Allen and Carol weren't zombies." This is an error, as Carol did in fact turn, although she was put down immediately after reanimation, so her body was mostly intact.
- Although he was staying with Hershel, Otis didn't share the same belief that zombies could be cured as he was willing to kill Carl, thinking he was a zombie.