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Vivian (Dawn of the Dead)

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Look, I can go backwards.
~ Vivian's only few words before the beginning of the infection.

Vivian is a minor antagonist in the 2004 remake of the infamous Dawn of the Dead. She is a very minor antagonist, yet, given that she starts off the whole zombie outbreak, she is a very driving force in the plot.

She is portrayed by Hannah Lochner.


Vivian is first seen in the opening when she is skating. She comes up to Ana's car and she talks about skating with her. After telling Vivian they can do more skating tomorrow, Ana parks her car and go inside her house.

Later the next morning, when Ana and her husband Luis are sleeping together, the door eerily creaks open and reveals a shadowed Vivian, who slowly enters the room. To begin with, she moves like a classic zombie, very slowly and disorientated, but this is revealed to mask a malevolent intelligence. Even though Vivian is now a zombie - seen from her torn open lips - she still can deceive people, and she does this by pretending she is injured. Luis demands an ambulance for Vivian but then Vivian bites him on his neck in an unexpected moment. She is thrown out to the hall by Ana. The sound of the lamp shattering wakes Vivian, who springs to her feet like a cat and speeds down the hall, trying to kill Ana, but then Ana slams the door shut on her. Luis then gradually dies due to blood loss, when Ana tries to call an ambulance. Luis later reanimates and attacks Ana, who escapes with her car while being chased by the zombified Luis.

That's the last Vivian appears in the film.


From what was seen of Vivian, it seems she was obsessed with sport and athletics. She seemed to model her appearance on Ana and desire to be like her. In life, she was a sweet girl who would be charismatic and charming when she wanted, yet she was also pretty spoiled, demanding Ana watch her skating and her new skating moves. She was quite creepy when she was alive as she would stare at Ana without saying much and seemed to be lurking around each day at the neighbourhood as if determined to see Ana each time.

Vivian also seemed to be somewhat of a coward as she nervously backed away from Ana's car when she was reversing into her drive despite the fact Ana's car posed no real threat to Vivian.

Normally Vivian could be seen skating round the neighbourhood, probably a foreshadow of her super-speed when she became a zombie; because she was quite athletic from skating.

It is also ironic that Vivian was involved in skating, narrowly dicing with death, (or injury) because she eventually became a zombie: skating is a very dangerous sport and skating damage to arms and legs would be a bad injury.

It is ironic that Vivian took extreme lengths to protect herself from possible danger - such as strapping herself into proper protective skating gear such as arm straps - and backing nervously and cowardly away from Ana's car, when in fact all these lengths of protection she took for herself failed when she got attacked and infected by a zombie, which ended her life and revived her as a monster.

When Vivian got infected and became a zombie, she was a cruel, sadistic monster. She had some traces of her former self - she was very acrobatic and mischievous as displayed when she sadistically tricked Louis into thinking she was just wounded. Vivian also possessed superhuman abilities as a zombie such as super speed, and durability. Such was her cruelty she grinned evilly when killing Louis.

Despite presumably Vivian being a good friend of hers, Ana barely mourned for her afterwards, instead focusing her attention on Louis - possibly showing Vivian's true nature as a spoiled brat who believed she deserved the best out of everything. Perhaps Ana was too torn up about Vivian's attack on Louis and thus couldn't bring herself to remember the girl Vivian was.


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