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Capt. Rhodes

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

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 a bastard. Rickles and Torrez were violently slowly ripped to death by the zombies while Steel tried running away but got killed anyways.

Unfortunately, Rhode brought about his own downfall by not killing Bub like he did Logan when they eventually confront each other. When Rhodes confronts Bub, who sought revenge on Rhodes for killing Logan, Rhodes frantically tries to load his rifle, but tries to flee after Bub shoots at him. This gave Bub an advantage as he was able to gun Rhodes down without fear of any counterattacks. As Rhodes tried to flee from Bub, he ended up running into a horde of zombies, as he turned to flee Bub shot him causing Rhodes to fall into the grasp of the zombies who proceeded to disembowel and devour him. Bub gave Rhodes a mocking salute as the zombies ate the latter alive, while Rhodes, himself still in agony, told the undead eating his body to "choke on em".