Heroism is a recurring theme in The Walking Dead. It is a selfless act that benefits others.


Comic Series

TV Series

  • Glenn saves Rick from the walkers in the streets. (Guts)
  • Felipe and Guillermo stay behind and take care of the senior citizens. (TV Series)
  • When the apocalypse started, T-Dog tried to help out as many seniors as he could. (TV Series)
  • Shane gets Lori and Carl safely out of King County after the outbreak. (TV Series)
  • Glenn safely instructs Rick out of a tank that is surrounded by zombies in Atlanta. (Guts)
  • Daryl, T-Dog, Rick, and Glenn attempt to save Merle. (Tell It to the Frogs)
  • Rick gives guns and ammo to a group of survivors in a nursing home. (Vatos)
  • Dr. Edwin Jenner saves the survivors by letting them into the CDC. (TS-19)
  • Daryl saves T-Dog's life by hiding his scent from the walkers and by giving him Merle's antibiotics to help his blood infection. (What Lies Ahead, Bloodletting)
  • Hershel and Patricia save Carl by removing the bullet fragments from his body. (Bloodletting, Save the Last One)
  • Glenn saves Maggie from getting attacked by a walker in a drug store. (Secrets)
  • Carl saves Rick by shooting a zombified Shane. (Better Angels)
  • Jimmy drove the RV up to the burning barn to give Rick and Carl a safe way to get off the barn. (Beside the Dying Fire)
  • Andrea saves Carol from walkers. (Beside the Dying Fire)
  • Rick saves Hershel by shooting a walker as it's about to come up behind him at the farm. (Beside the Dying Fire)
  • Daryl returns to get Carol off the farm safely. (Beside the Dying Fire)
  • Michonne saves Andrea from walkers. (Beside the Dying Fire)
  • Rick saves Hershel's life by chopping off his leg after he's been bitten, preventing the spread of infection. (Seed)
  • Daryl saves Rick by killing a walker that Tomas pushes on top of him. (Sick)
  • Lori resuscitates Hershel when he stops breathing as he recovers from having his leg amputated. (Sick)
  • T-Dog sacrifices himself in order to let Carol escape. (Killer Within)
  • Oscar kills Andrew in order to save Rick. (Killer Within)
  • Lori decides to die and let Judith live. (Killer Within)
  • Daryl rescues a weakened Carol from the tombs. (Hounded)
  • Rick and Carl protect and rescue Michonne after she passes out in front of The Prison. (When the Dead Come Knocking)
  • Rick, Michonne, Daryl, and Oscar arrive at Woodbury to rescue Glenn and Maggie. (When the Dead Come Knocking)
  • Oscar lifts a severely injured Glenn over the wall as they escape, but is in turn, shot in the side. (Made to Suffer)
  • Carl Grimes leads Tyreese and a group of survivors to safety inside the Prison. (Made to Suffer)
  • Rick and Maggie rescue Merle and Daryl from Woodbury. (The Suicide King)
  • Martinez saves a girl from a walker. (The Suicide King)
  • Daryl and Merle save a Mexican family from a horde of walkers. (Home)
  • Daryl and Merle come to the rescue of Rick as he is being pinned down by multiple walkers. (Home)
  • Michonne, Glenn, and Maggie quickly save Hershel from a massive group of walkers after The Governor and his men attack. (Home)
  • Michonne quickly dispatches a walker that grabs Carl's leg as he reaches for a photo. (Clear)
  • Merle has a change of heart and frees Michonne and drives off, later attempting to kill The Governor to protect his brother. (This Sorrowful Life)
  • Daryl and Zach risk their lives to save Bob when he is trapped under some shelves and walkers are falling from the ceiling. (30 Days Without An Accident)
  • Rick, Daryl, and Glenn quickly rescue several prison survivors from the undead after Cell Block D becomes infected with a deadly virus. (Infected)
  • Rick shoots several walkers to give Carol a chance to escape as walkers swarm her. (Isolation)
  • Hershel saves a dying Glenn and many people in Cell Block D after many survivors with the flu begin to die and reanimate. (Internment)
  • Lizzie saves Glenn by luring a reanimated Henry away from Glenn who is choking. (Internment)
  • Philip (under the guise of Brian) manages to save Tara from a reanimated David. (Live Bait)
  • Philip rescues Meghan from several biters after they fall into one of the abandoned pits. (Live Bait)
  • Julio provides a cover fire for the survivors so they can get to the bus. (Too Far Gone)
  • Lizzie and other children save Tyreese from Alisha and an unnamed attacker. (Too Far Gone)
  • Michonne impales Philip as he's about to kill Rick. (Too Far Gone)
  • Carol attacks Terminus by herself despite being outnumbered and manages to rescue the survivors who were being held captive in the boxcars. (No Sanctuary)
  • Rick's group saves Gabriel from a walker attack, and Rick himself pulls a walker away from him. (Strangers)
  • Rick saves the weaker survivors who stayed in the Church by killing two then getting the rest to surrender, when the Hunters break into the Church as Rick and the stronger survivors leave. (Four Walls and a Roof)
  • Beth successfully retrieves and injects Carol with the medicine that will save her life. (Crossed)
  • Instead of leaving them to die or killing them himself Morgan Jones spares his unconscious attackers and even leaves them somewhere where he's sure they won't be killed by walkers. (Conquer)
  • Morgan saves Daryl and Aaron from walkers. (Conquer)
  • Michonne and Glenn lead the remaining Alexandrians back to the Safe-Zone. (Thank You)
  • Denise saves Scott's life from a gunshot to the leg. (Now)
  • Rosita, Tara and Eugene save Tobin from the herd. (Start to Finish)
  • Morgan saves Carol from walkers. (Start to Finish)
  • Morgan saves Owen from Carol. (Start to Finish)
  • Daryl saves Abraham and Sasha from the Savior. (No Way Out)
  • Owen saves Denise by sacrificing himself to walkers. (No Way Out)
  • Rick saves Carl by amputating Jessie's hand. (No Way Out)
  • Michonne saves Rick by killing Ron. (No Way Out)
  • Glenn and Enid rescue an injured Maggie. (No Way Out)
  • Abraham and Sasha rescue Glenn from walkers. (No Way Out)
  • Jesus saves Glenn and Heath from being shot by a Savior. (Not Tomorrow Yet)
  • Rick and the group find and rescue Maggie and Carol who were captured by the Saviors. (The Same Boat)
  • Abraham, with the co-operation of Eugene, Rosita and Daryl, drive the Saviors away. (Twice as Far)
  • Eugene offers to distract the Saviors from Rick and the group taking Maggie to the Hilltop. (Last Day on Earth)
  • Glenn saves Maggie from being potentially killed by Negan. (Last Day on Earth)
  • The Kingdom provides refuge for Morgan and a heavily injured Carol. (The Well)
  • Morgan saves Benjamin from a walker. (The Well)
  • Rick saves Olivia from execution by finding Spencer's gun stash. (Service)
  • The Hilltop provides refuge for Maggie and Sasha from the Saviors. (Go Getters)
  • Maggie, Sasha and Jesus work together to save the Hilltop from a walker attack. (Go Getters)
  • Cyndie risks her life many times to protect Tara from being killed by her community. (Swear)
  • Tara claims to have made the bullet Rosita used in her attempt to kill Negan. (Hearts Still Beating)
  • The Kingdom and the Hilltop offer Daryl asylum when he escapes the Savior's capture. (Rock in the Road, New Best Friends, The Other Side)
  • Rick and the group rescue Gabriel Stokes from the Scavengers. (New Best Friends)
  • Negan saves Sasha from being raped by David. (Something They Need)
  • Maggie saves Gregory from a walker. (Something They Need)
  • The Kingdom and the Hilltop, led by Ezekiel and Maggie respectively, rescue Alexandria from the Saviors and the Scavengers attack. (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life)
  • Ezekiel risks his life to help his people escape the Kingdom after the Saviors invade the community. (How It's Gotta Be)
  • Carl, knowing his death is inevitable, buys time so the Alexandrians can escape while he tries to negotiate with Negan prior to the bombing of Alexandria. (How It's Gotta Be)
  • Dwight leads a group of Saviors away from the group who are traveling to the Hilltop. (Dead or Alive Or)
  • Gabriel saves a trapped Harlan Carson from walkers despite his deteriorating eye sight. (Dead or Alive Or)
  • Daryl frees Aaron's trapped arm and saves him from the walkers. (The Bridge)
  • Rick, in order to avoid the walkers from passing through the bridge, shoots and ignites the dynamite, making it explode and risking his own life. (What Comes After)
  • Connie saves a Whisperer baby from being devoured. (Bounty)
  • Henry tries to rescue Lydia. (Bounty, Guardians)
  • Daryl and Connie rescue Lydia and Henry from the Whisperers' camp. (Guardians)
  • Adeline saves Gage from being bitten. (Chokepoint)
  • Tammy Rose saves Earl Sutton from being devoured. (Chokepoint)
  • Michonne and Daryl save Judith and the other Alexandrian children from Jocelyn's Group. (Scars)
  • Michonne saves Judith from a walker. (Scars)
  • Ozzy, Alek, and D.J. try to rescue Henry, Tara, Adeline, Tammy, Rodney, Frankie and Enid from the Whisperers. (The Calm Before)
  • Negan went into the blizzard in order to save Judith and Dog. (The Storm)
  • While talking to Lydia, Negan states that he's not a hero when she tries to convince him to help, but Lydia insists that he could be. Telling her that "I guess that's what I'm doing now," Negan hands her Alpha's walker mask and departs the Tower. Negan later purposefully distracts Beta so that Lydia can lead the horde away and Lydia saves Carol from allowing herself to go over a cliff to her death with the horde. (A Certain Doom)


Video Game

Dead Reckoning

  • Leon saves Robb and safeguards him. (Chapter 1: Domestic Disturbance)
  • Shane can safeguard Mrs. Heller to her car. (Chapter 1: Domestic Disturabnce)
  • Shane can save Gary from the zombified Robb or zombified Patricia. (Chapter 5: First Blood - Chapter 6: No Turning Back)
  • Shane can save Leon from the zombified Patty. (Chapter 6: No Turning Back)

Social Game

  • The main character saves Joe from walkers after Shane spots him. (Social Game)
  • The protagonist saves Greg from the walker infested city after he breaks his leg. (Social Game)

Novel Series

Abstract BetrayalCliffhangersDenialDepressionDistrustDiscriminationEnvyFearForeshadowingForgivenessHumanityHumorHopePrideRegretReligionRevengeSacrificeSanitySecrecy
Realistic AmputationsCamouflageCannibalismDecapitationsFramingHeroismLeadershipMercy KillingNicknamesPunishmentRapeSuicideTeamwork
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