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|The Walking Dead (comics) character|
|First appearance||Issue #100 (comics)|
|Created by||Robert Kirkman
Negan is a fictional character in The Walking Dead franchise. He appears in the comic book series The Walking Dead and serves as the main antagonist for Rick's community. He is the leader of a group of hardened men with their campsite based at an abandoned factory (the latter being labeled 'Sanctuary'). Most of the women, including some of the men's former girlfriends/wives, are kept at the Sanctuary campsite enslaved and used as sex toys primarily for Negan himself.
Negan has a unique personality; a purer form of sociopathic typification than the Governor, who had psychotic tendencies and often engaged in emotional outbursts. Negan is as feared and respected as a king, seen as the first and last word on the activities of his group, the Saviors. Brutal, foul-mouthed and possessed of a twisted sense of humor, Negan carries a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire he named Lucille. Yet his behavior in certain situations might not always be construed as evil: while he can, of course, be unmerciful and relentless when it comes to getting a point across, at the same time he is (at least on the surface) understanding of others and willing to spare those he sees as potentially useful. He is also shown to be quite reasonable when people attempt to negotiate with him, and has a genuine disgust for the act of rape. Interestingly, this stands in contrast to his need for a harem made up of other men's wives.
Negan has a penchant for provocation and power games. The stronger the resistance to his will, the more he seems to enjoy the test of wills. With insight rarely associated to violent antagonists, Negan appears to both observe and appreciate the concerns and intentions of his opposite numbers. This gives him a serious psychological advantage in most contest of wills, as he is able to anticipate and pre-empt an enemy's plans.
Comic book series
Negan and his men have hounded the Hilltop colony and other communities for months, using fear and threats of violence to receive percentages of their victim's supplies (including food and ammunition). When Rick and his people arrived at Hilltop and assumed authority positions, the free lunch was stopped. On several occasions, Negan's men would attempt to coerce Hilltop residents, only to face Rick and others, often with fatal results for the raiders.
Finally, Negan had had enough. The Saviors ambushed Rick and his small group after they agreed to set camp for the night while they were on their way to The Hilltop to enlist Jesus to help them go against Negan. After lining everyone up and explaining to them how things were going to be from now on he decided that they should be punished for previously killing his men and not following orders. Randomly choosing Glenn from the assembled captives, Negan proceeded to murder him with his baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire which he has affectionately nicknamed "Lucille". More disturbing than the act itself is both the time it took to finish Glenn off (which may have been intentional on Negan's part) and Negan's attempts at casual humor and conversation during the killing. This reinforces the sociopathic typification as it is rare that other psychological subtypes can maintain low levels of emotional response (screaming, laughing, other highly expressive behavior). For Negan, this is business as usual.
Robert Kirkman and Scott M. Gimple have both expressed interest in bringing Negan into the comics' TV adaptation, stating that he will likely appear in a later season. There has been much speculation across the internet as to who would be capable of playing a character as unpredictable, intimidating and violent as Negan while still being able to deliver his twisted sense of humor.
The character of Negan has been praised by both critics and fans as an antagonist of the series.