I’m actually surprised I haven’t done one of these yet!
In my mind, there are two types of apocalypses you need to be ready for in the event of possibility: *
Let’s be real here, these are definitely things you can prepare for, especially with the right gear in tow.
*Let’s also be real here: If we’re suffering under a nuclear fallout or global warming a la The Day After Tomorrow, we’d be just extinct, so planning for those probabilities are moot. That’s what preventative measures are for, right?
Anyway, in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse, one needs to plan to stick to groups. Wandering around alone may be more stealthy and could potentially allow you to survive unaware hordes, but at the end of the day, you can’t do everything yourself (even if you are Wonder Woman). So you need a really good team to back you up. A really good team.
10 Fictional Characters To Add To Your Zombie Apocalypse Party
Cinder (Cinder by Marissa Meyer) – I’d bring Iko with me because she’s completely AI and dispensable (SORRYNOTSORRY), but if she broke down too quickly, I’d need a machinist to fix her. Why not bring the actual engineer to begin with, right? Cinder’s a perfect fit. She’s practically bionic, so getting bit by a zombie is only half-lethal for her. And she’d be able to download the schematics to every establishment for better navigation purposes.
Katsa (Graceling by Kristin Cashore) – You. Always. Bring. Katsa. No team about SURVIVAL is without a girl whose GRACE is Survival, and yes, I mean that with a capital S.
Kell (A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab) – Oh of course bring someone who has command of all elements, including blood magic. Fire is the enemy’s weakest point, and honestly, a firebender would do, too, but Kell is quite the lovely redhead. Also, if things go sideways, he can whisk at least one other person away to a different location (I choose myself, obviously…).
Gimli (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien) – And his axe. Seriously, that will come in handy.
Alina (Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo) – As will Alina’s superior ability to cut things (provided she doesn’t burn out). I’d have said the Darkling, but in all honesty, he’s probably the one responsible for causing the zombie apocalypse in the first place.
George (Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce) – Someone with the ability to See and sense the danger before the zombies actually come will be pretty useful in this party, and George has the Gift to do both. He’s also pretty handy with locks, and when you can’t outrun the zombie horde…you unlock a door and bolt it shut.
Bigby (Fables by Bill Willingham) – There’s something comforting about the Big Bad Wolf of the Fables universe. When completely surrounded, he can easily swipe them off in his big badassery. If that fails, he has the ability to huff, puff, and blow many of them away, buying enough time for the rest of the party to book it.
Paula (Cybele’s Secret by Juliet Marillier) – Not everyone should be a combatant. At the end of the day, somebody needs to stay in the background to plot logistics. Paula isn’t a natural leader, but she’s a resourceful girl, and when everything goes to shit, she knows how to improve.
Shallan (The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson) – Like Paula, Shallan would be one of the people who would stay in the background for logistical purposes. She’s also observant and a damn good researcher, and for all I know, give her time and the resources, and she’ll probably cure the zombie plague, thereby ending the apocalypse.
Leah (Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs) – Because we always need that one person we can willingly sacrifice to the zombies to buy us an escape route. Oh, I suppose she’d be a fast runner, too, we always need those in the team?