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You ever hear the one about the stupid f--k named Rick who f--king thought he knew s)*t but didn't know s--t and got himself f--king killed? It was about you. You got that right? (...) In case you haven't noticed... you're f--king f--ked, you stupid f--ker.
~ Negan, who survived the attack from Rick's group and used them as hostages.
Frankly... I've just been defending myself from a bunch of ungrateful f--ks most of the time. But, mostly, I'm trying to restore order... Get things back to where they were before you came along and f--ked everything up. You see... I know what it takes for people to survive... And it's someone like me. Someone to keep everyone in line, to keep everyone preoccupied so they're not focused on how goddamn miserable they are. I'm saving lives.
~ Negan explaining his own goals to his enemy Rick Grimes.

Negan (pronounced KNEE-GAN) is a fictional character from The Walking Dead comic book series and TV series.

He served as the primary antagonist from Volume 17: Something to Fear to Volume 21: All Out War, Part 2. He later becomes a recurring antagonist, bordering an anti-hero, from Volume 22: A New Beginning to Volume 26: Call to Arms. He becomes an anti-hero in Volume 27: The Whisperer War and onward. He is also the titular main protagonist of his backstory, Here's Negan

Negan is the totalitarian and magisterial leader of The Saviors, a hostile group of outbreak survivors that are pitted against Rick Grimes' group. Although other villains exist throughout the series, Negan has been the biggest and most dangerous threat that Rick and his group have ever faced, even more so than both The Governor and Alpha.

In the television series, Negan is the primary antagonist from the second half of Season 6 onwards.

In the series, he was portrayed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who also portrayed The Comedian in Watchmen and Sam in Desierto.

Personality

Negan has a unique personality. He has a penchant for provocation and power games. The stronger the resistance to his will, the more he seems to enjoy the test of wills. With insight rarely associated to violent antagonists, Negan appears to both observe and appreciate the concerns and intentions of his opposite numbers. This gives him a serious psychological advantage in most contest of wills, as he is able to anticipate and pre-empt an enemy's plans.

He is a very intelligent, logical, clever and brilliant strategist. While he can be very intimidating, dangerous and brutal, he is also strangely charismatic and has a twisted sense of humour, and with this humour comes frequent cursing. Also, while he can be very casual and jolly when speaking to an ally or enemy, he has a temper that can frighten just about anybody. Despite being a violent, sadistic, and murderous sociopath, he does have a compassionate and insightful side to him that comes out at times: this is shown when he makes fun of Carl's damaged eye and when Carl begins to cry, Negan quickly apologizes to the poor boy.

Also, when Negan makes fun of Olivia's weight and makes her cry, he regrets it and apologizes to her, and then offers to have sex with her if she wants to, but an offended Olivia slaps him in the face, causing Negan's men to aim their guns at her, ready to kill her. However, Negan orders his men to stand down since he knows that he crossed the line. This shows that whenever Negan crosses the line when he insults someone, he almost immediately tries to make up for it and can't bring himself to ignore it. Furthermore, Negan always follows his moral code: as much as he loves violence, he absolutely hates sexual violence as he finds it "unseemly", and he will not hesitate to kill anyone who commits sexual violence of any kind, friend or foe. He believes that if anyone in his group of Saviors are to commit rape, then their goal of rebuilding civilization can never be achieved.

As well as his dislike towards rape, Negan also dislikes killing people, which is never shown by any of the other main antagonists in the series, save for Chris and The Hunters. Negan really only wants to install fear in other people and tries to keep as many people alive as possible, hence why he called his group "The Saviors". Also, he is willing to spare anyone whom he sees as potentially useful and can be reasonable during negotiations, and he is a man of his word as he promises to help communities clear out walkers near their homes and will not destroy their communities, as long as they give him half of everything they have once a week. Unlike other villains in the past, such as The Governor and Thomas Richards, Negan is always true to himself and is a very honest man; it is not really in his nature to lie, even if his honesty is brutal. Despite seemingly having little empathy and remorse, he can show remorse occasionally. Unlike many other villains throughout the series, Negan does not underestimate his enemies, at least not as much as other villains do; he knows full well how battle-experienced and dangerous Rick and his group are and as a result, he admires their skills and views them as extremely useful for his cause, hence why he keeps them alive. However, he does kill one of their group members, Glenn, when they kill a dozen of his men, showing that while he wants to keep potentially useful survivors alive in order for them to work for him, Negan does not tolerate other survivors killing his men, and will give the survivors a severe but fair punishment by killing at least one member of their group. He also has a weird and disturbing relationship with his baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, "Lucille", indicating that he is an objectophiliac. However, it is later on revealed in his back-story, Here's Negan, that he named his baseball bat after his deceased wife, Lucille, whom he loved and he wanted to dedicate his bat to her.

Killed Victims

Comic Series

  • Andy (Caused or Direct)
  • David (Caused or Direct)
  • Crystal (Assumed, Caused or Direct)
  • Ethan (Indirectly Caused)
  • Abraham Ford (Caused)
  • Glenn
  • Spencer Monroe
  • David
  • Holly (Alive)
  • Charles (Caused or Direct)
  • Betsy (Caused or Direct)
  • Mr. Orson (Caused or Direct)
  • Mrs. Orson (Caused or Direct)
  • Denise Cloyd (Indirectly Caused)
  • Nicholas (Indirectly Caused)
  • Kal (Caused)
  • Brandon Rose (Alive)
  • Alpha (Alive)
  • Unnamed Kingdom Survivor
  • Numerous counts of zombies and unnamed people (Caused and Direct)}}

Television Series

  • Rory (Caused)
  • Marsha (Caused or Direct)
  • Tim (Caused or Direct)
  • Ethan (Indirectly Caused)
  • Denise Cloyd (Caused)
  • Abraham Ford
  • Glenn Rhee
  • Spencer Monroe (Alive)
  • Olivia (Caused)
  • Emmett Carson
  • David (Alive)
  • Sasha Williams (Indirectly Caused)
  • At least 20 unnamed people
  • All male Oceanside Residents aged 10 and above (Caused, Indirect, or Direct)
  • At least two unnamed residents of the Alexandria Safe-Zone (Caused)
  • Numerous counts of zombies and unnamed people (Caused and Direct)}}

Appearances

Here's Negan

  • "Part 1"
  • "Part 2"
  • "Part 3"
  • "Part 4"
  • "Part 5"
  • "Part 6"
  • "Part 7"
  • "Part 8"
  • "Part 9"
  • "Part 10"
  • "Part 11"
  • "Part 12"
  • "Part 13"

Volume 17: Something To Fear

  • Issue 100

Volume 18: What Comes After

  • Issue 103
  • Issue 104
  • Issue 105
  • Issue 106
  • Issue 107
  • Issue 108

Volume 19: March To War

  • Issue 111
  • Issue 112
  • Issue 113
  • Issue 114

Volume 20: All Out War - Part One

  • Issue 115
  • Issue 116
  • Issue 117
  • Issue 119
  • Issue 120

Volume 21: All Out War - Part Two

  • Issue 121
  • Issue 122
  • Issue 123
  • Issue 124
  • Issue 125
  • Issue 126

Volume 22: A New Beginning

  • Issue 127
  • Issue 128
  • Issue 129
  • Issue 130

Volume 24: Life and Death

  • Issue 140
  • Issue 141

Volume 25: No Turning Back

  • Issue 148 (No Lines)
  • Issue 149
  • Issue 150

Volume 26: Call To Arms

  • Issue 151
  • Issue 152
  • Issue 153
  • Issue 154
  • Issue 155
  • Issue 156

Volume 27: The Whisperer War

  • Issue 157
  • Issue 158
  • Issue 159
  • Issue 161
  • Issue 162

Volume 28: A Certain Doom

  • Issue 163
  • Issue 164
  • Issue 165
  • Issue 166
  • Issue 167
  • Issue 168

Season 6

  • 6x16: "Last Day on Earth"

Season 7

  • 7x01: "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be"
  • 7x03: "The Cell"
  • 7x04: "Service"
  • 7x07: "Sing Me a Song"
  • 7x08: "Hearts Still Beating"
  • 7x09: "Rock in the Road" (Voice Only)
  • 7x11: "Hostiles and Calamities"
  • 7x14: "The Other Side" (No Lines)
  • 7x15: "Something They Need"
  • 7x16: "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life"

Trivia

  • Negan is the second major primary antagonist in the Comic Series, the first being The Governor and the third being Alpha.
    • Out of all three of the antagonists, Negan has the longest lifespan and is the only one still alive.
    • Also, while still a bad guy, Negan is the least evil of the three, because unlike The Governor, Negan does not really like killing people, he only kills to keep people in line, and he absolutely hates sexual violence (The Governor was a vicious rapist who raped Michonne multiple times). Plus, unlike Alpha who is a feral individual, Negan wants to rebuild civilization, and unlike Alpha, Negan does not kill children or pregnant women. And unlike Alpha, Negan hates rape and does not allow anyone in his group to rape anyone (Alpha allowed many of her male Whisperers to rape her own daughter, Lydia and other female Whisperers, numerous times because she believed that it would make them "stronger").
    • Also, each of the three major antagonists has a different status: Negan is alive, The Governor is dead, and Alpha is undead.
  • Charlie Adlard has confirmed that Negan is based on actor Henry Rollins.
    • Henry Rollins also auditioned for the role of Negan due to partially inspiring the character, but the role was eventually given to Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
  • Negan in both the Comic Series and TV Series are different in some ways. In the Comic Series, Negan is a very tall and physically imposing man with a shaven face, square jaw, and his leather jacket's zipper is on his left side, whereas in the TV series, while still very tall, he is thinner, has a stubble, his jaw is more round, and his leather jacket's zipper is on his right side, which is more appropriate since men's leather jackets have the zipper on the right side, while women's leather jackets have the zipper on the left side. In addition, TV Series Negan is more sadistic, disrespectful and depraved than his Comic counterpart, shown when he kills two people in Rick's group, Abraham and Glenn, instead of just one, Glenn, like in the comics, and even wanted Rick to chop off Carl's left arm or else everyone in Rick's group would be executed by Negan's men (though Negan soon reveals that it was a test and he just wanted to scare Rick into complete submission, which indeed worked), something that his Comic counterpart never did. TV Series Negan also spends far more time mocking and torturing his victims and admits that he enjoys killing people (especially men, whilst he admits that he does not enjoy killing women), while his Comic counterpart confesses to Rick in private that he does not enjoy killing people, men or women.
    • Also, it is strongly implied that in the TV Series, during his debut, Negan purposely, not randomly, selected Abraham because of the man's imposing size and fearless demeanor, and Negan felt somewhat intimidated by him and felt that it was too dangerous to keep the larger man alive. Negan also probably believed that removing Abraham from Rick's group would leave the group at a certain practical disadvantage. Therefore, Negan was most likely just messing with Rick and his group with the "eenie, meeny, miney, moe" game and had already chosen to kill Abraham even before the game. Even Abraham's actor, Michael Cudlitz, agrees that Negan's game was simply a front for him to observe each member of the group and determine who was the logical choice to take out. His seemingly random choice of Glenn as his second victim supports this interpretation as well, given that Glenn had previously interrupted him. In the Comic Series, however, Negan's victim, Glenn, truly appears to have been a random selection since he gave several reasons as to why he couldn't decide as to who was going to get "Lucilled".
  • Negan is the fourth major primary antagonist in the TV Series, the first being Shane Walsh, the second being The Governor, and the third being Gareth.
  • In the comics, Negan's right-hand man is Dwight but the Savior that appeared in Issue 97 and 100 come close as well. In the TV Series, Negan's right hand man is Simon and they share a very strong relationship. Simon is the second in command of the Saviors. The differences is that while Dwight wants to overthrow Negan, Simon does not and is extremely loyal to Negan.
  • From Issue 100 to Issue 111; Negan had a red scarf around his neck in the comics. However after Issue 111, Negan has not been shown wearing that since. In the TV Series; Negan's scarf is much larger and he has been seen wearing it from time to time thus far. Its a possibility that he wears the scarf when he intends to kill his enemies and when he is not wearing it, it was because he was not planning on killing anyone with the exception of his own men who disobeys his rules or orders.


 
The Walking Dead Villains
Comics

ZombiesShane† • Thomas Richards† • The Governor† • Chris† • Dwight‡ • Negan‡ • Caesar Martinez† • Woodbury Army† • The Hunters† • Pete Anderson† • Nicholas† • The Saviors‡ • SherryGregoryAlphaThe Whisperers

TV

ZombiesShane Walsh† • Tomas† • Merle Dixon‡ • The Governor† • Gareth† • DwightNeganEd Peletier† • Randall Culver† • Caesar Martinez† • Shumpert† • Woodbury Army† • The Governor's Militia† • Lizzie Samuels† • Alisha† • Mitch Dolgen† • Dan† • Joe† • Lan† • Lou† • Tony† • Mary† • Dawn Lerner† • Peter Anderson† • Ron Anderson† • Nicholas† • The Wolves† • Owen† • Paula† • The SaviorsSimonGregory

Video Games

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