Michonne

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Character
Name: Michonne
Occupation: Lawyer, Constable of Alexandria
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Location:
Status: Alive
Relationships: Andre (son), Mike (boyfriend), Rick Grimes (boyfriend)
Fandom: The Walking Dead
Other: played by Danai Gurira
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Michonne is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead and is portrayed by Danai Gurira in the AMC television series of the same name. She is a popular, fan favorite character on the horror-drama series.

Savage when she has to be, tender and affectionate with her friends and lovers, both nurturing and deadly as they come, this character represents this series at its best.[1]

Canon

TV Series

Michonne is introduced in the last episode of Season 2, when she saves Andrea from walkers. Michonne and Andrea travel for several months together until they are picked up by The Governor's men and brought to Woodbury. Michonne and Andrea disagree on the best course of action and Michonne leaves on her own. The Governor's men track down and try to kill Michonne, she escapes but is injured. She seeks refuge with Rick's group at the prison. Michonne soon becomes a contributing member of the group. At the end of the Season 3 Rick must decide whether or not to give Michonne to The Governor in order to broker a deal, he decides against it. Mid Season 4 The Governor attacks the prison, although the prison is destroyed, Michonne kills The Governor. After the fall of the prison Michonne finds Rick and Carl, at the end of the season they are reunited with the larger group. In Season 5 Michonne is instrumental in convincing Rick to accept their invitation to the Alexandria Safe Zone. In the latter half of Season 6 Michonne and Rick begin a romantic relationship. After Negan and the Saviors take over their group, Rick and Michonne disagree on the best course of action. Michonne tries to go it alone, but decides "I had to go my way. But when I found it ... I realized that ... I didn't want it to be my way. I wanted it to be ours -- me and you."[2]

Fandom

Pairings

Statistics

Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Pastfic: about Michonne's life before the Zombie Apocalypse
  • Andre: focusing on Michonne coping with her son's death, and sharing her burden with someone else, usually Rick Grimes
  • No Zombie Apocalypse AU: Modern setting where no Zombie Apocalypse occurs, often she knows or is friends with her fellow survivors
  • Futurefic: set in the future where Michonne is often married or has a child

Challenges

Other

  • Michonne is sometimes referred to as the Samurai in fanworks, after Gareth called her that in Season 4, Episode 16

Controversies

  • Racism: Despite Rick Grimes/Michonne being a popular pairing in fandom since Season 3, when it went canon in Season 6 there was some backlash. These responses were classified by some as blatant or systemic racism,[4] with some fans saying that Michonne was too dark skinned and/or too masculine to be a worthy partner for Rick.[5]

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