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Captain Henry Rhodes

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Choke on 'em!
~ Capt. Henry Rhodes' last words

Capt. Rhodes

Captain Henry Rhodes is the main antagonist of the 1985 George A. Romero film Day of the Dead.

About a year after the zombie outbreak, Rhodes is a former military captain hiding out with several others in the Seminole Storage Facility while zombies overrun the surface world and the US Government and military lost their power to exterminate the zombies, even losing their power to hide in shelters. There were 400,000 times as much zombies as there were living humans.

After months in the facility, Rhodes, like many others, became less and less stable. After Major Cooper died, Rhodes took control. Rhodes threatens those around him, even his own men, and threatens to shut the research down. 

One day, after Miguel is bitten, Rhodes declares that the scientists' zombie research will be shut down, and the specimens destroyed, tomorrow. The next day, when Rhodes and his men discover that Logan has been using the other soldiers' fresh corpses to try and domesticate zombies, Rhodes drags Logan into a refrigerator used to store human meat, and kills a pleading Logan in cold blood.

Now completely insane, Rhodes kills Ted Fischer and has Sarah and McDermott disarmed and lowered into the zombie-infested caves. He orders John to take Rhodes and his men away on the chopper, and when John refuses, Rhodes has Steel mercilessly beat him. While Rhodes is distracted, John knocks him out, disarms him, and escapes with his guns.

When Rhodes wakes up, he and Torrez search the complex for Steel and Rickles. When zombies infest the complex, Rhodes leaves Torrez, Rickles and Steel to die by towing away their wheel cart and refusing to let his three soldiers come with him and then he runs off to go get ammunition. Steel, who viciously displayed loyalty to Rhodes, became surprised that Rhodes would betray him like this and screamed at the top of his lungs calling Rhodes such slang terms. Rickles and Torrez were violently slowly ripped to death by the zombies while Steel tried running away but got killed anyways.

Unfortunately, Rhode has making his own downfall by not brutally killing Bub like what he did to Logan when they eventually confronting each other. When Rhodes confronts Bub, whom sought revenge for killing Logan, Rhodes cowardly flees instead brutally killed him like what he did to Torrez, Rickles, and Steel. This gaves Bub better advantages as he able to gunned Rhode down without fear of any counterattacks. As Rhodes tries to flee from Bub without any resistance efforts, he ended up runs into a horde of zombies who attack and dismember him. Bub later gives Rhodes a mocking salute as the zombies eat the latter alive, while Rhodes himself still mocks Bub in agony.

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