6 Teenage Zombie Slayers before The Walking Dead: World Beyond!
No one could have predicted AMC’s runaway success The Walking Dead, but perhaps the secret to the show’s popularity lies in how it’s attracting a growing audience. That’s mainly because the story’s conflicts aren’t limited to the threat of the undead itself, with episodes exploring everything from relationship dramas to hardcore action settings.
It is therefore not surprising that the TWD the universe would eventually be expanded with specialty spinoffs like Fear the living dead and the most recent world beyond, which focuses on the first generation of teenagers raised in this apocalyptic wasteland. And to get you in the mood for the final season of The Walking Dead: World Beyondreleased on Blu-ray and DVD on 8 Marchwe’ve put together this list celebrating six of the best teenage zombie killers in media!
Adolescence is terrifying enough under normal circumstances, so you have to be an extremely skilled zombie slayer to endure shooting the undead in the head while dealing with hormones, dates, and high school drama. While some of the characters on this list aren’t exclusively hunting zombies, they’re all great examples of teenagers doing their best to fight off the undead.
Naturally, these aren’t the only teenage Z-slayers, so be sure to comment below with your own favorites if you think we’ve missed one!
Now onto the list…
6. Buffy Summers – Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
I know it might sound like blasphemy to have the literal chosen one at the bottom of this list, but Buffy has only ever faced real zombies once, going up against the undead in Dead Man’s Day. In this Season 3 episode, a mystical Nigerian mask causes a zombie uprising in Sunnydale, forcing the Scooby Gang to fight for their lives at a gruesome house party.
Clearly, the legendary Slayer was easily able to dispatch those undead with her usual wit and melee combat abilities, and that’s why she earns her spot on this list as a skilled zombie slayer. After all, whether they’re vampires, ghosts, or zombies, you can always count on Buffy to defeat the undead.
5. Silas Plaskett – TWD: World Beyond (2020-2021)
My favorite among the main cast of world beyond, Silas Plaskett stands out as one of the most psychologically complex characters in the series. Harboring a dark past and serious emotional issues, this haunted seventeen-year-old still insists on proving he has a heart of gold despite being shunned by most of the other survivors.
His relationship with Dennis was also one of the highlights of the second season, and he’s a spin-off character that I wouldn’t mind seeing again in future projects set in the Walking Dead universe.
4. Ben Goudy – Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)
The Boy Scout organization isn’t without its flaws, but you have to admit that scouts would have a serious advantage in a real-world zombie uprising due to their particular set of survival skills. This is why the protagonist of Scout’s guide to the zombie apocalypse makes it onto this list, because Ben Goudy’s leadership skills and impressive numbers of undead make him a damn good scout.
Ben’s teenage urges can get the better of him at times, but his practical knowledge and survival skills make for creative zombie killing in a highly entertaining zom-com. In fact, I would really like to see Tye Sheridan and Christopher Landon team up again for an even wackier sequel.
3. Reggie & Sam Belmont – The Night of the Comet (1984)
Featuring two adorable Valley Girls battling zombies after a mysterious comet-triggered extinction event, Comet Night isn’t just a charming sci-fi satire, it’s also the origin of one of the most memorable and influential zombie-slaying duos in media. Reggie and Sam Belmont might not be your average horror protagonists, but they certainly deserve their place on this list as competent Z-slayers with a sense of humor.
Battling zombies while shopping and on road trips, the Belmont sisters and their teenage antics are notable for making the apocalypse feel like Amusing, which is rare in most zombie movies. Interestingly, the duo were also one of the inspirations behind Buffy Summers, which makes them even more important to the horror genre.
2. Anna – Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)
A blood-soaked British musical, Anna and the apocalypse introduces us to an unusually cheerful protagonist as she sings and dances through a gruesome zombie outbreak. The film itself can get surprisingly dark in places, but Anna makes this list precisely because of how she refuses to let the grim situation affect her own adorable nature.
Already having a lot to do before the zombies even attacked, Anna is a great example of how a high school student could realistically deal with the end of the world, and I particularly appreciate her evolution from oblivious theater child to killer of ass-killing zombies as she insists on saving her loved ones.
1. Ellie – The Last of Us (2013)
The last of us’ The ‘infected’ may not be zombies in the traditional sense, their horrific state being caused by a brain-destroying fungus, but if there was a trophy for the ultimate teenage zombie killer, I’d say it belongs to Ellie. Not only is this traumatized fourteen-year-old miraculously immune to infection, but she is also a hardened survivor as she grew up alone during this hellish epidemic.
While Ellie is set to be played by the talented Isabella May Ramsey in the upcoming HBO adaptation, it remains to be seen if the series will cast her as the relentless but vulnerable badass featured in the game.
The second season of “The Walking Dead: World Beyond,” on Blu-ray and DVD March 8, concludes the epic story of Iris (Royal Aliyah), To hope (Alexa Mansoor), Elton (Nicolas Cantu), and Silas (Hal Cumpston) — four friends who traveled across the country on a mission that transformed everything they knew about themselves and the world. As they confront the mysterious Civic Republic army and fight for control of their own destiny, goals will change, bonds will form and fall, and innocence will be both lost and regained.