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What's the matter, David? Never taken a shortcut before?
~ Shaun mocking David

Shaun is the main and titular protagonist of the 2004 live-action comedy/horror film, Shaun of the Dead.

Shaun is played by Simon Pegg, who also plays Nicholas Angel in Hot Fuzz, Graeme Willy in Paul, Montgomery Scott in Star Trek, Gary King in The World's End, and Jack in A Fantastic Fear of Everything.

In the film

Shaun is shown at the beginning of the film with his girlfriend Liz at the Winchester Tavern. Liz expresses her annoyance at them not doing stuff alone together (with Shaun bringing his friend Ed, making Liz bring her flatmates Diane and David).

The next day, after a bad day at work (including a meeting with his estranged step-father Phillip), Shaun meets Yvonne, an old friend of his. When she asks Shaun what he and Liz are doing for their anniversary, Shaun remembers that he forgot to book a table at Liz's favourite restaurant.

When he suggests the Winchester, she breaks up with him. Shaun drowns his sorrows with Ed at the Winchester, before they later return home drunk, unknowingly encountering a coupe of zombies on the way. After waking his other housemate Pete by spinning electro discs, the two of them get into a heated argument, with Pete telling Shaun to "sort his fucking life out".

The next day, Shaun and Ed notice a girl in their back garden. They assume she is simply drunk, until Shaun accidentally shoves her onto a pipe after she goes to bite him, impaling her, but not causing her death or even any signs of pain. Just then, a very large, blood-stained man comes in, behaving the same way.

After sealing themselves inside, Shaun and Ed correctly come to the conclusion that the people in the garden are zombies. The two fight them off with electro records (but only the ones the duo dislikes) until Shaun and Ed finally arm themselves with a cricket bat and shovel from the shed, beating the two zombies to death.

Back in the house, Shaun calls his mother Babara, who reveals that Phillip was bitten by a zombie. After a minute, Shaun and Ed formulate a plan to take Pete's car to Shaun's mum's house, kill Phillip, then rescue Liz from her flat, and hold out at the Winchester.

Before they leave, Shaun uses the toilet, where he discovers a zombified and completely nude Pete behind the shower curtain. Shaun and Ed then hurriedly drive to Barbara's house. Upon getting to his mother's house, Shaun goes to kill Phillip, only to find he is still alive.

Things are further complicated as Ed purposely crashes Pete's car in order to drive Phillip's Jaguar. Shaun drives to Liz's apartment and convinces her to come with him, and he grudgingly allows Diane and David to come along. Phillip soon dies of his bite after making peace with Shaun, before he reanimates shortly after and attacks the group.

The group abandon the car with Phillip still inside, and they walk through the gardens. The group then breifly run into Yvonne and her group, before they part ways and press on to their destinations. They later arrive in the pub after pretending to be zombies.

However, when Ed plays a noisy machine in the pub, it attracts the zombies and initiates an attack on the pub. Barbara then reveals that she was bitten earlier, forcing Shaun to shoot her in the head with the pub's Winchester Repeater, which he had been using on zombies.

During the attack, David is torn to pieces, prompting Diane to run out of the pub and past the zombies. Ed gets bitten by a zombie Pete, who is then killed by Shaun, before the three survivors go to the cellar. Shaun and Liz escape to the streets through an elevator, while the bitten Ed stays and defends the cellar as zombies break in. On the street, the army arrives in the nick of time to save Shaun and Liz.

Trivia

  • Shaun, along with Ed make a cameo appearance in Phineas and Ferb, with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reprising their roles.
  • Shaun and Ed play TimeSplitters 2 in the film.

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