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He sent Merle to kill me. Would have sent him to kill you, too, if you had come with me. But you didn’t, did you? Hm-mmm. You chose a warm bed over a friend. That’s why I went back to Woodbury, exposed him for what he is, I knew that it would hurt you.
~ Michonne to Andrea.

Michonne Hawthorne is the overall tritagonist and a survivor of the zombie apocalypse in AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series, serving as one of the two tritagonists (alongside Daryl Dixon) of the show from Season 3 episode "Say the Word" to Season 8 episode "Honor", before she becomes the sole tritagonist following Carl Grimes's death. After her husband Rick Grimes's disappearance, Michonne becomes the deuteragonist of the series until her departure in the Season 10 episode, "What We Become". Michonne is a woman who is skilled with a sword who has a dark and mysterious past. After meeting Andrea, Michonne started to realize there was more to life than killing walkers and living in the shadows.

Several days after arriving at the prison, Michonne started to settle in and became a loyal member of the group.

After Andrea’s death, Michonne sought vengeance for her friend, and searched for several months for her killer, The Governor.

Eventually, she and Hershel Greene were kidnapped by the Governor in an attempt to take the prison for himself. After he had killed Hershel, Michonne escaped and eventually found The Governor attempting to kill Rick Grimes, but she stopped him by stabbing him through the heart.

Before Terminus, Michonne developed a strong bond with Rick's son Carl, and becomes something of a surrogate mother to him (Carl's mother Lori having died during the prison invasion).

During the years in Alexandria, Michonne was seen as a possible leader figures by the others, and later became one of the founding leaders. During these years, she and Rick became lovers, and she conceived a child with him after the war with The Saviors.

After Rick's apparent death, Michonne gave birth to his son, RJ, and became the mother figure to Judith Grimes, Rick’s daughter with Lori. During these years, she had no choice but to become the leader of Alexandria, and eventually led the war to end the Whisperers.

Michonne is played by Danai Gurira, who also portrayed Okoye in Black Panther.


Michonne is a slim built African-American woman with long black braided hair in her early 30s. Michonne can nearly always be seen wearing a brown vest and leggings. She also has a cloak similar to her comics counterpart.

Michonne tends to work alone and quietly and keeps much of her past secret, even towards Andrea, but still fights for the survivors defense as strongly as the other active defenders. Michonne said that she "trusts her gut" when it comes to other survivors. After the loss of her boyfriend, she suffered from hallucinations in which she would talk to him. It was revealed that she likes art and/or sculptures as she looted a cat sculpture and claimed that was "Too damn gorgeous" to leave behind.

Michonne appeared to have an aversion to babies, as she vehemently refused to hold Judith until Beth forced her to, and, while looking at Judith, shed tears while whispering, "My baby..." before hugging Judith close.


TV Series

Season 2

  • 2x13: "Beside the Dying Fire" (No Lines)

Season 3

  • 3x01: "Seed"
  • 3x03: "Walk With Me"
  • 3x04: "Killer Within"
  • 3x05: "Say the Word"
  • 3x06: "Hounded" (No Lines)
  • 3x07: "When the Dead Come Knocking"
  • 3x08: "Made to Suffer"
  • 3x09: "The Suicide King"
  • 3x10: "Home"
  • 3x11: "I Ain't a Judas"
  • 3x12: "Clear"
  • 3x13: "Arrow on the Doorpost"
  • 3x14: "Prey" (Flashback)
  • 3x15: "This Sorrowful Life"
  • 3x16: "Welcome to the Tombs"

Season 4

  • 4x01: "30 Days Without an Accident"
  • 4x02: "Infected"
  • 4x03: "Isolation"
  • 4x04: "Indifference"
  • 4x05: "Internment"
  • 4x07: "Dead Weight" (Flashback)
  • 4x08: "Too Far Gone"
  • 4x09: "After"
  • 4x11: "Claimed"
  • 4x15: "Us"
  • 4x16: "A"

Season 5

  • 5x01: "No Sanctuary"
  • 5x02: "Strangers"
  • 5x03: "Four Walls and a Roof"
  • 5x07: "Crossed"
  • 5x08: "Coda"
  • 5x09: "What Happened and What's Going On"
  • 5x10: "Them"
  • 5x11: "The Distance"
  • 5x12: "Remember"
  • 5x13: "Forget"
  • 5x15: "Try"
  • 5x16: "Conquer"

Season 6

  • 6x01: "First Time Again"
  • 6x03: "Thank You"
  • 6x05: "Now"
  • 6x07: "Head's Up"
  • 6x08: "Start to Finish"
  • 6x09: "No Way Out"
  • 6x10: "The Next World"
  • 6x11: "Knots Untie"
  • 6x12: "Not Tomorrow Yet"
  • 6x13: "The Same Boat" (No Lines)
  • 6x15: "East"
  • 6x16: "Last Day on Earth" (No Lines)

Season 7

  • 7x01: "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be"
  • 7x04: "Service"
  • 7x05: "Go Getters"
  • 7x07: "Sing Me a Song"
  • 7x08: "Hearts Still Beating"
  • 7x09: "Rock in the Road"
  • 7x10: "New Best Friends"
  • 7x12: "Say Yes"
  • 7x15: "Something They Need"
  • 7x16: "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life"

Season 8

  • 8x01: "Mercy"
  • 8x06: "The King, The Widow, and Rick"
  • 8x07: "Time for After"
  • 8x08: "How It's Gotta Be"
  • 8x09: "Honor"
  • 8x10: "The Lost and the Plunderers"
  • 8x12: "The Key"
  • 8x13: "Do Not Send Us Astray"
  • 8x14: "Still Gotta Mean Something"
  • 8x15: "Worth"
  • 8x16: "Wrath"


  • In the comic series, Michonne appeared in the 19th issue, whereas in the TV series, she appeared in the 19th episode.
  • As of "Coda", Michonne and Maggie are the only remaining main characters introduced in Season 2.
  • Michonne in the TV series is far less promiscuous and flirtatious than her comics counterpart: in the comics, Michonne had multiple lovers, including Dominic, Mike, Tyreese, Morgan Jones, and King Ezekiel; in the TV show, she only had two lovers: Mike and Rick Grimes.
  • Michonne is the third longest serving female character in the TV series, the first being Carol Peletier, the second being Maggie Greene, and the fourth being Judith Grimes.

|-| Comic Series= Michonne is a main character first encountered in Issue 19 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and is a member of Rick Grimes' group, and a major protagonist within the series, and also one of the last remaining survivors who made it out from The Prison. Armed with a Katana and the deadly skills to complement it, Michonne is an effective and crucial defender of the survivors.

Characteristics and Role

Michonne tends to work alone and quietly, but, still fights for the survivors defense as strongly as the other active defenders. She is frequently referred to, and perceived by the other characters as one of the strongest members of the survivors, and frequently participates in the violent, but, necessary actions of the group, such as the conflict against The Governor and his henchmen. Her participation in the torture and slaughter of The Hunters showed a much more detached side of her than ever before. She admits in her imaginary conversations with her boyfriend that she cares for the group, showing that some humanity remains despite her torturous experiences. Michonne has shown from her break-down after torturing The Governor that she is still capable of vulnerability.

Despite her experiences, Michonne has proven her worth to the group; not only in her practical skills with her katana, but, her constant participation in moving the survivors forward and keeping the group safe. She is the only survivor arriving Post-Prison and before Woodbury. She remains a vital member of the survivors.


  • Robert Kirkman mentioned in the Letter Hacks of Issue 49 Michonne is the strongest character in the comic book.
  • Before the apocalypse, it has been confirmed Michonne didn't know any martial arts.
  • Although she has been seen as a fairly good shot with a gun, Michonne rarely uses one, preferring to almost exclusively use her sword.
    • This is shown to be almost the exact opposite as her TV series counterpart, who is not adept with firearms at all.
  • Michonne, along with Rick Grimes, Andrea, Abraham Ford, the Governor, and Negan have killed the most named characters either as a zombie or as a living person.
  • In Issue 36, Robert Kirkman wrote of Michonne's rape and revenge in a letter as follows:
"​It was always my plan to NOT show what happened to Michonne--to show the "closed door"...But then when it came time for HER revenge--I wanted to show every single action taken against The Governor. (aside from a few done while he was passed out)
"The idea is that you never SEE the evil person's actions...but when the good person does their thing--you see just how evil they can be. It makes you question the character-and hopefully yourself--especially if you're cheering them on the whole way."


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