|“||I used to have ambition. I used to be passionate. Inspired. Alive. Now, I am mostly just hungry.||”|
— Liv in Pilot
Assistant Medical Examiner (currently)
|Cause of Death||
Drowned/Zombie Attack (as a human)
Blaine DeBeers (as a human)
Olivia "Liv" Moore (born November 13th 1987) M.D. is the main protagonist of iZombie. She is 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 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. When one night at a party that turned into a "zombie feeding frenzy" she was scratched by Blaine DeBeers, falls in the lake and 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, an unstoppable, hyper focused, fireball.
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aftermath of the zombie attack, Liv's personality changed drastically as noted by her family and friends; she became withdrawn, monotone, apathetic, unambitious generally cold towards most everyone, made all the worse by the fact that she was unable to sleep.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 characterised by fluidity; because she consumes brains for a living, she undergoes regular personality changes that match to 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.
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.
Powers and Abilities
- Memory Absorption: When she consumes a new brain, she absorbs the memories of the deceased. They appear as visions and are usually quite violent, since the victims are mostly victims of homicide.
- 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 Olivia was shot at point-blank range by Pratt, only for her to get up a short moment later and went after her shooter.
- Trait and Skill Absorption: When she consumes the brain of a person, she temporarily absorbs some of their traits and skills, such as knowing how to speak a language they knew or knowing martial arts.
- "Full-On Zombie Mode": When in danger or in the midst of a violent confrontation, Liv's zombie characteristics fully surface, causing her eyes to turn into those of a zombie's and allowing her to perform incredible feats; she gains access to enhanced physical strength and speed.
- Uncommon sense of morality: Most zombies on the show do not think much about turning others into zombies, killing innocent humans, starting a war, sacrificing their own, or all of the above; however, Liv's moral compass doesn't sway from the first seconds of the pilot to the last seconds of the season 2 finale. I think it is important to note the at the beginning of the pilot, she was a human, therefore, zombie Liv and human Liv have the same sense of self and morality. Even Major changed after becoming a zombie - an increase in violent behavior in non-life-threatening positions.
Temporarily Inherited Traits and Skills
- Romanian language, Kleptomania (Tatiana Korzha)
- Artistry, Appreciation of Jazz, Passion (Javier Abano)
- Peristerophobia aka. 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 (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 & bitter (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)
- 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 ex-fiancé, she's is still in love with him. They began dating again in Season 2 but eventually broke up once more.
- 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 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.
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
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
- Her name in the comic series is Gwen Dylan.
- Her name is a play on the words “live more“
- Her heart resting rate is 10 beats per minute.
- 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.
- She believe God is female.
- As a human, she used to like Reese's Cups.
- She attended the University of Washington and was in a sorority (Mu Theta Zeta).
- She, Peyton, Major, Marcy and Holly all went to the same university.
- She was born in 1987 because in "Grumpy Old Liv," she was 27. In Real "Dead Housewives 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).