|“||I used to have ambition. I used to be passionate. Inspired. Alive. Now, I am mostly just hungry.||”|
— Liv in Pilot
Olivia "Liv" Moore (born November 13th, 1987) M.D. is the main protagonist of iZombie. She was a medical resident who was scratched by a zombie on a disastrous boat party and woke up as a zombie. As a result, at least once a month, she must feed on brains to survive. She took a job at the King County Medical Examiner's Office in order to have access to the brains she needs. With each brain eaten, she absorbs new memories and traits. She then begins to help solve the deaths of the victims whose brains she's eaten. She also turns to Seattle PD Detective Clive Babineaux who used to think the visions were Liv's psychic powers, but now knows she is a zombie.
Olivia is a member of the Moore family.
She is portrayed by New Zealand actress Rose McIver.
Liv was once a normal young human woman engaged to Major Lilywhite and working as a medical resident at the local hospital. During one night at a party that turned into a "zombie feeding frenzy", she was scratched by Blaine DeBeers. She falls into a lake and eventually dies, only to wake up in a body bag as a zombie herself. All of her loved ones believe her to be suffering from PTSD after the incident at the boat party, which changed Liv. In the aftermath of her becoming a zombie, Liv chooses to break off her engagement with Major in fear of also turning him into a zombie.
Throughout the Series
She is described as being a "disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out". She is said to have had similar personality as her best friend Peyton, very energetic and having a type A personality. Peyton described her as being a force and an unstoppable, hyper-focused fireball.
Liv's personality prior to her transformation into a zombie was characterized primarily by her fervent work-ethic and laser-focus on her academic and career advancement as well as her habit of planning out her entire life very early on. Despite this, Liv was still (and remains) a loyal friend and a devoted fiancee to Major and was an overall positive individual.
|“||I get rabid — there’s some sounds we play with and mannerisms and all sorts of things that happen to bring out this kind of rabid zombie behavior.||”|
Since becoming a zombie, her personality has drastically changed. She's become less driven to do things and achieve goals due to having lost hope for her future since becoming a zombie. She's also become less involved in the community and more reserved. However, she has gotten very sarcastic.
In the aftermath of the zombie attack, Liv's personality changed drastically as noted by her family and friends; she became withdrawn, monotone, apathetic, unambitious, generally cold towards everyone, made all the worse by the fact that she was unable to sleep. This was changed somewhat when Ravi revealed he knew her secret and that he was working on a cure for her condition; while she maintained a level of withdrawness, her sense of positivity was given a slight boost, she developed some new relationships and repaired some old ones.
Liv's overall personality is now characterized by fluidity; because she consumes brains for a living, she undergoes regular personality changes that match the victim from which she took it, from passionate and insightful to emotionally detached and merciless to overly-protective and maternal. Liv has a sarcastic/sardonic and deadpan sense of humor for the most part, since she is regularly on the receiving end of Ravi's zombie jokes.
As a human, Olivia was a rosy-cheeked young woman who had long, brown hair. She also had light blue eyes and pale skin, though not zombie-pale.
|“||We have full-body makeup for as much as is exposed. So I have white skin that gets even whiter, I get paler, my eyes get redder and darker circles||”|
As a Zombie, Liv has hair and skin that are so light, they are practically white. Her eyes are still the same shade of blue although her eyes do turn red when she loses control and have dark circles around them. The way she dresses has almost become more dark and Goth because of the transformation.
During occasions, specifically when she became Renegade, Liv started to "tan and dye", which is a zombie term for dying the zombie's hair a more natural color and tanning the skin to give the appearance that the zombie is visibly human. Although Liv didn't actually dye her hair; she wore a blonde wig and wore makeup instead of tanning her skin.
Powers and Abilities
- Memory Absorption: When Liv consumes a new brain, she also absorbs the memories of the deceased. They appear to her as visions, and allow her to experience what the deceased was feeling when the memory occurred. Since most of the brains she consumes come from victims of a homicide, they are usually violent and often leave Liv shaken afterward. As a side effect, Liv also develops the personal characteristics of the individual whose brain she has consumed, which at times has caused her to develop various phobias and personality disorders.
- Pseudo-Immortality: Being trapped in a paradox between life and death, Liv does not belong to either and is thereby unfettered with the limitations of either (i.e., fatality). This was seen when Liv was shot at point-blank range by Pratt, only for her to get up a short moment later and go after him. She cannot die from grievous injuries to any of her major organs, aside from the brain. As a zombie, Liv does not physically age; as 10 years after the main events of the final episode, both her and major appeared to be the same age while Ravi, Peyton and Clive had noticeably aged.
- Trait and Skill Absorption: When she consumes the brain of a person, Liv temporarily absorbs some of their personality traits and individual skills. Since becoming a zombie, Liv has displayed abilities like immediate fluency in a different language, or expert martial arts and firearms skills, meaning she absorbs both knowledge and muscle memory.
- Adrenal Activation "Full-On Zombie Mode": When Liv experiences an adrenaline rush; usually when in danger ,or in the midst of a violent confrontation, Liv's zombie characteristics will fully surface, causing her eyes to turn into those of a zombie's and allowing her to perform incredible feats; she gains access to physical strength and speed that surpasses any humans, and further reduced sensitivity to any endured pain or trauma.
- Enhanced Strength/Endurance: While in "Full-On Zombie Mode" Liv possesses significantly enhanced physical strength, this has allowed her to easily knock back and overpower people larger and heavier than her, and easily smash materials like glass. During the events of the first episode, Liv was able to leap on top of a moving car and easily tear the windscreen off with a single hand. Liv also possesses tremendous endurance, allowing her to sustain injuries such as gunshots and stab wounds, even to vital organs and continue to function without hinderance.
- Enhanced Speed/Agility: During an agitated state, also known as "Full-On Zombie Mode", Liv is able to move with tremendous physical speed and athleticism. Liv is able to run much faster than any human; during the events of the first episode, Liv was able to run fast enough to catch up to a speeding vehicle. Liv can also move with unnatural agility, as on more than one occasion she has been able to leap with inhuman grace; she was able to leap on top of a moving vehicle, and jump high enough to leap over the walls of a house.
- Zombie siring: As a zombie, Liv possesses the ability to infect other beings with the zombie virus. While it is usually transferred by scratching a victim, zombies can also transmit the zombie virus through non violent means such as sexual intercourse.
Temporarily Inherited Traits and Skills
- Romanian language, Kleptomania (Tatiana Korzha)
- Artistry, Appreciation of Jazz, Passion (Javier Abano)
- Peristerophobia, aka, the fear of pigeons (Unknown)
- Antisocial Personality Disorder, Trivia Master (Marvin Webster)
- Paranoia, Kung Fu (Sammy Wong)
- Thrill seeking (Holly White)
- Donut craving, Muscle Memory, Warlock Forest Skills, Sloppiness, Hacking, Agoraphobia, aka, the fear of crowded or enclosed public spaces (Simon Cutler)
- Maternal Instincts (Emily Sparrow)
- Relationship & sex expert (Sasha Arconi)
- PTSD, Desire for battle, Tactics & strategy, Marksmanship, Stealth Mode (Everett Adams)
- Alcoholism (Rebecca Hinton)
- Hallucinations (Scott-E)
- Shallow & naive (Kimber Cooper)
- Stoner mentality (Nate)
- Sarcasm & bitterness (Teresa)
- Bitterness, racism (Wendell)
- Fraternity humor & thinking (Chad Wolcoff)
- Fashion "expert", rich people's/housewife behavior (Taylor Fowler)
- Singing & playing the guitar (Lacey Cantrell)
- Basketball knowledge (Coach Hayden)
- Gambling Addiction/Problem (Harry Cole)
- Magic tricks (Syd Wicked)
- Obsessive Stalking (Regina Sumner)
- Wanna-be Superhero (Chris Allred aka. ‘The Fog’)
- Big hearted (Davis Biel aka. ‘Santa’)
- Acting (Jordan Burdick)
- Horny & into Erotica (Grace LeGare)
- Addicted to social media (Madison Brennick)
- Pathological Liar (Corey Carp aka. ‘Big Fish’)
- Caffeinated "Hippy"/Cheery disposition (Leslie Morgan)
- Scientific Knowledge (Dr. Eleanor Cash)
- Stripper/Poledancer behavior (Cassidy Kozlowski)
- Ambitious, hyper-competitive, organized and driven (Bailey Barker)
- Playing the drums (Unknown)
- Handling guns (Janko)
- Handling guns (Janko)
- Enthusiastic and supportive (Stanley Chen)
- Zen/positive outlook (Topher)
- Shameless gossip (Cheryl Warner)
- Dominatrix/commanding traits (Roxanne Greer aka. ‘Sweet Lady Pain’)
- Drama queen and hot mess (Yvonne Fallon)
- Cheery and optimistic (Jamie Brennan)
- Obnoxious, prankster mentality (Finn Vincible)
- Role-playing knowledge, imaginative and Russian language (Dan Harbinson)
- Hallucinations (James Weckler)
- Conspiracy theorist, excitable, paranoid (Bo Johns)
- Promiscuous, flirtatious, driven (Katty Kupps)
- Seahawks fanatic, disdain of zombies, opinionated towards the sport of football. (Clink Hicks)
- Insufferable, horny, technophobe, severely opinionated, daytime drinker. (Mrs. Brinks)
- Hopeless romantic; falls in love very easily. (Annie Wallace)
- Hockey knowledge, aggressive, unintelligent. (Gordie Schultz)
- Pretentious Actress, dramatic, bursts into song, excellent at orchestrating plans. (Nellie)
- Charming, Player (Romantic), Horny, 'Slut', Flirty, Manipulative, Persuasive. (Max Roberts)
- Medieval History Teacher/knowledge, participant in LARP, renaissance-like speaker. (Garrett Drexel)
- Underground rapper, loves to make up raps for any moment, anywhere, anytime. (Walden "Dirty Reign" Schwartzman)
- Loves 80’s music, aggressive, prone to anger/violence, thinks up unconventional ways to get people to talk. (Detective Lou Benedetto)
- Hunger for Brains: Since she is a zombie, she must feed on human brains at least once a month to keep her humanity and survive, otherwise she becomes "dumber, meaner" and more like a proper zombie. In addition, this keeps her from attacking others in order to feed on their brains.
- Adrenaline (Full-on Zombie Mode): A zombie's abilities are triggered by adrenaline rushes, making them hard to control and hide.
- Ravi Chakrabarti: Liv's boss and close friend. He is the first person to know she's a Zombie.
- Blaine DeBeers: He is the one who turned Liv into a zombie. Enemy turned uneasy ally. The two have a complicated relationship.
- Major Lilywhite: Liv's Husband and previously, her ex-fiancé, who she's always been in love with. They began dating again in Season 2 but eventually broke up once more. In the last episode of the show, in Season 5, they are shown to be married.
- Clive Babineaux: A homicide detective whom Liv helps on cases by posing as a psychic. The two become friends soon after meeting. Their relationship was strained in the Season 2 mid-finale, when he ended their partnership after Liv went rogue as a vigilante due to ingesting the brains of one.
- Peyton Charles: Liv's best friend and ex-roommate. Their relationship was strained in season 1 after she witnessed Liv kill Sebastion and learn that she was a zombie, leading to a hiatus. She returned in Season 2 and mended her friendship with Liv.
- Eva Moore: Liv's mother. Their relationship was strained after Liv was first turned in the season premier, but it is currently in complete shambles after the events of the Season 1 finale, when Liv refused to give blood to save Evan after he was critically injured in the butcher shop explosion. As seen in the Season 2 premier, she has all but disowned Liv, kicking her outright from the hospital, believing Liv to be on drugs. It is likely that Eva and Evan have disowned Liv from their family.
- Evan Moore: Liv's younger brother.Their relationship was strained after the events of the Season 1 finale, when Liv refused to give blood to save Evan after he was critically injured in the butcher shop explosion. Although he survived, as seen in the Season 2 premiere, he wants nothing to do with Liv, seen when he woke up and told her to leave immediately, despite Liv's pleas. It is likely that Eva and Evan have disowned Liv from their family.
- Lowell Tracey: Liv's ex-boyfriend, a fellow zombie. Liv was devastated when she witnessed him attempt to murder Blaine, but get shot in the head by the antagonistic zombie instead.
- Drake Holloway: After turning him into a zombie, Liv started a romantic relationship with Drake while on erotic novelist brains.
- Justin Bell: She met him through Major when he began to work for Fillmore-Graves. They eventually break up in Looking for Mr. Goodbrain, Part 2, after he finds out about her one-night stand.
- Chase Graves: While dating Justin, they hooked up in his hotel room in Looking for Mr. Goodbrain, Part 1.
- Levon Patch: Liv's ex-boyfriend They first meet in Goon Struck, while Liv was on the job at a hockey game (and under the influence of a brain), which caused him to be brought to the station. It's here that he tells her he's a zombie (he had already guessed on his own that she was, given her behaviour being identical to a deceased hockey player he played with). It's in this episode, that she also learns, through a vision, that he's working for the smuggler, Renegade as a Documentary Filmmaker. In Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Brain, while under the influence of a bachelor playboy's brain, she initiates their first kiss. It's after this that they begin a romantic relationship. In You've Got to Hide Your Liv Away, he admits he loves her and in And He Shall Be a Good Man, Liv admits she loves him too before he's murdered by guillotine.
- Martin Roberts - Her father.
As a zombie, Liv has the ability to turn others into zombies via blood or scratching. To date, she has turned/"sired" the following zombies:
- Sebastian Meyer: Turned by accident, Sebastian licked Liv's blood without knowing the effects it would have on him. He was later killed by Liv. (Mr. Berserk)
- Major Lilywhite: Liv turned Major into a zombie after he was mortally wounded by Blaine in order to save him. He was later cured by her. (Blaine's World)
- Drake Holloway: Liv turned Drake into a zombie at the request of Blaine (who was now cured) in order to find the last of the tainted Utopium that started the zombie outbreak in the first place. (Cape Town)
- Marcy Khan (zombie) - Smashed her skull (The Exterminator)
- Sebastian Meyer (human) - Ran over his face with a boat (Mr. Berserk)
- Sebastian Meyer (zombie) - Stabbed him in the skull (Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat)
- Drake Holloway (zombie) - Gunshot wound (Salvation Army)
- Russ Roche (zombie) - Stabbed him in the skull (You've Got to Hide Your Liv Away)
- Chase Graves (zombie) - Crushed his skull with the zombie guillotine (And He Shall Be a Good Man)
Season 1: 13/13
- Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?
- The Exterminator
- Liv and Let Clive
- Flight of the Living Dead
- Virtual Reality Bites
- Maternity Liv
- Dead Air
- Patriot Brains
- Mr. Berserk
- Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat
- Blaine's World
Season 2: 19/19
- Grumpy Old Liv
- Zombie Bro
- Real Dead Housewife of Seattle
- Even Cowgirls Get the Black and Blues
- Love & Basketball
- Max Wager
- Abra Cadaver
- The Hurt Stalker
- Cape Town
- Method Head
- Fifty Shades of Grey Matter
- Physician, Heal Thy Selfie
- The Whopper
- Eternal Sunshine of the Caffeinated Mind
- He Blinded Me... With Science
- Pour Some Sugar, Zombie
- Reflections of the Way Liv Used to Be
- Dead Beat
- Salivation Army
Season 3: 13/13
- Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother
- Zombie Knows Best
- Eat, Pray, Liv
- Wag the Tongue Slowly
- Spanking the Zombie
- Some Like It Hot Mess
- Dirt Nap Time
- Eat a Knievel
- Twenty-Sided, Die
- Return of the Dead Guy
- Conspiracy Weary
- Looking for Mr. Goodbrain, Part 1
- Looking for Mr. Goodbrain, Part 2
Season 4: 13/13
- Are You Ready for Some Zombies?
- Blue Bloody
- Brainless in Seattle, Part 1
- Brainless in Seattle, Part 2
- Goon Struck
- My Really Fair Lady
- Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Brain
- Chivalry is Dead
- Yipee Ki Brain, Motherscratcher
- Insane in the Germ Brain
- You've Got to Hide Your Liv Away
- And He Shall Be a Good Man
Season 5: 13/13
- Thug Death
- Dead Lift
- Five, Six, Seven, Ate!
- Dot Zom
- Death Moves Pretty Fast
- The Scratchmaker
- Filleted to Rest
- Death of a Car Salesman
- The Fresh Princess
- Night and the Zombie City
- Killer Queen
- Bye, Zombies
- All's Well That Ends Well
- Her name in the comic series is Gwen Dylan which she used as an alias in He Blinded Me With Science.
- Her name is a play on the words "Live More" or "Oh, Live More".
- Her heart resting rate is 10 beats per minute.
- Liv noticibly looks less pale near the end of the series, despite not tanning frequently.
- Her blood type is O-, which she shares with her brother, Evan.
- She can only taste food if it's really spicy.
- She dressed up as a zombie for Halloween in the Pilot, showing how she was starting to embrace her undead status.
- She believes God is female.
- As a human, she used to like Reese's Cups.
- Liv's high school boyfriend was named Barrett. He wrote her a 3 page note, telling her why they should lose their virginity's together.
- Her old high school was called Doc Maynard High School.
- She attended the University of Washington and was in a sorority (Mu Theta Zeta).
- She was born in 1987 because in "Grumpy Old Liv," she was 27. In "Real Dead Housewife of Seattle", she turned 28. It was the year 2015 because it was Friday the 13th (it was Friday and her license says November 13).