Columbus and Tallahassee (Zombieland)
If zombies overran the world one day, it would be beneficial to have both brains and brawn. In the 2009 horror comedyZombieland, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) fit the requirements perfectly, using each person’s strengths to outweigh their own weaknesses.
What Columbus lacks in experience and confidence, he makes up for in his quirks and intelligence, which helps him to think quickly and act fast in dire situations. Tallahassee on the other hand will act on impulse and find unique ways to take out the hordes of undead. Together, the duo can help your group survive by developing a plan on what to do, what to avoid, and how to keep yourselves alive.
Alice (Resident Evil)
Even after waking up in a mysterious mansion without her memory, Alice (Milla Jovovich) could still hold her own whether she was up against armed soldiers or genetically altered humans. In the Resident Evil film series, Alice remains fearless as she confronts the evil Umbrella Corporation responsible for unleashing a zombie virus into the world. Her strength and confidence keeps Alice thriving as she breaks free from her past and kicks ass toward building a better future. With Alice in your group you’d have someone who could take out unexpected dangers with her eyes closed, in slow-mo, all while looking pretty.
Claire Redfield (Capcom’s Resident Evil 2)
She may be the younger sister of S.T.A.R.S golden boy Chris Redfield but don’t underestimate her abilities to survive. The petite beauty introduced herself in Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 by riding into the dangers of Raccoon City on her motorcycle. Although not trained Special Forces, Claire used her wits and intelligence to solve puzzles, avoid traps, and find things to use for later. Her spunkiness, mixed with her resourcefulness, make her the perfect candidate for your zombie survival group. Not only is she determined and unrelenting, she will help you fight the undead all while cozying up as your new best friend. And you can always use a friend - even in a zombie apocalypse.
Ben (Night of the Living Dead, 1968)
In the original Night of the Living Dead, Ben (Duane Jones) didn’t let segregation and race hinder him from doing what was necessary to survive. The strong-minded man kept calm and collected while everyone else was overreacting and foolishly making poor decisions out of fear and confusion. Ben’s ability to captivate a group and pull them together to work on reinforcing their fortress against the undead, are major leadership qualities that would help to unify your survival group and have you working as a team.
Peter (Dawn of the Dead, 1978)
Although Roger was my favorite in the original Dawn of the Dead, his cockiness and selfishness got him killed too soon. Peter (Ken Foree) on the other hand, remained vigilant and stoic throughout the ordeal. His compassion and moral standing made him willing to put himself on the line for the sake of others. His character, along with his military background as a SWAT, makes him an ideal person who you would want fighting by your side. When the going gets tough, it’s nice to know that the person beside you wouldn’t stab you in the back in order to save himself (Ahem, Shane).
Stephen (Dawn of the Dead, 1978)
Stephen (David Emge) isn’t exactly a fighter and he probably couldn’t protect you from the living or the dead, but he does know how to fly.
In Dawn of the Dead, Stephen was responsible for getting his group out of the crowded city and into the infamous shopping mall. When the streets eventually become overrun and a car will only get you so far, having someone on your team who knows how to get you around in other ways is vital.