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|“||JUST LEAVE ME THE F-CK ALONE! I DON’T NEED YOU AND DUCK DOESN’T NEED YOU!||„|
|~ Kenny while fighting Lee.|
|“||YOU STUPID F-CKING KID!||„|
|~ Kenny blaming Clementine for Sarita's death.|
|“||HOW COULD YOU KILL A F--KING CHILD?!||„|
|~ Kenny losing his cool after believing that Jane killed Alvin Jr.|
Kenny is a main character in Telltale's The Walking Dead franchise. He first appeared in Season 1 as the tritagonist, and in Season 2 as the deuteragonist. Kenny was a more rational, calmer man in the first half of Season 1, known for taking action and being a true friend to Lee but after the death of his wife Katjaa and his son Duck he became increasingly unstable and depressed. When he returns in Season 2, he has become even more unstable, volatile and reckless, indirectly causing several characters' deaths but one remaining light is Kenny's friendship with Clementine and his care for Alvin Jr.. His actions in the story had lead him to be viewed as both a hero and a villain by many of the characters within the game and some fans.
He is voiced by Gavin Hammon, who also voices The Tweedles in The Wolf Among Us.
Kenny was raised by his father, a man who taught Kenny about the makings of and how to repair broken cars (as he usually possessed nearly half-a-dozen wrecked vehicles in his garage at once). Kenny noted that his father was a "mean son'a bitch, but he taught [him] respect". Kenny's knowledge of mechanical engineering extended to boats due to his love of the water and traveling, tools that would aid him in the years following the outbreak. At some point, he went to Mexico.
As an adult, Kenny became a commercial fisherman. He would hunt for snapper fish and yellow fin, but in the summers, he'd take tours down and sailfish. During one of his fishing tours, he encountered a sick octopus and decided to bring it ashore to a veterinarian's office. He met Katjaa at the office, where she agreed to help the octopus. They fell in love and became husband and wife afterward. They later had a son named Kenny Jr. (who they nicknamed to as "Duck" because of his loud nature), whom Kenny frequently played catch with. Kenny retained his job as a fisherman, allowing him to begin catching tuna, which he would allow his wife to grill for him. The family adopted a dog, but it died before the outbreak. Kenny stated that he cried when they had to put it down, despite the fact that he did not like it as much as his son did.
Kenny often went sailing to the open sea for months at a time, separated from his family, which he admits to be a fact that he deeply regrets after their deaths.
Kenny and his family were returning from Memphis, Tennessee after visiting Katjaa's sister when the outbreak started. He and his son were seen at Gil's Pitstop just before the outbreak started.
Kenny is a generally likable and caring man, though occasionally appears stubborn, volatile, confrontational and short-tempered. These flaws take over at times which allows him to get carried away, and act before thinking which at times proves reckless.
Kenny is generally characterized by needing a sense of purpose or, more specifically, protecting people, which Lee Everett noticed in "Around Every Corner". Protecting Katjaa and Duck was his singular drive until their deaths, and when that purpose was robbed of him, he sunk into a deep depression until he discovered he focused himself on a new purpose. Getting to Savannah to find a boat helped steady him because he had a chance to get his friends to safety kept him moving until his arrival at the waterfront, where he found that there were no boats. He slipped back into his catatonically depressive state, finding himself whiskey in which he drowned his sorrows. Kenny's spirit was again revived when Lee and Clementine found a boat and the mission of saving Clementine from her abductor motivated him once more. After either being separated from or outliving all of his friends and family, Kenny seemingly gave up, finding himself the nearest shelter and hiding from the outside world. He was found in a restaurant by Sarita, who gave him another mission in life; protecting her. After Sarita died, Kenny again lost his purpose in life but regained it again with Alvin Jr.'s birth. Not willing to lose his purpose again, he spent all of his time worrying over the security of the baby. He found himself lost and meaningless when he was told that the baby had been lost, driven to live only by the will to destroy that which had taken away his purpose. He would give everything he had to protect the baby, offering up his life if necessary as proven by his insistence that Clementine leave him to save the baby.
Kenny is also known to be very emotionally involved with the events in the story. He is loyal to those who treat him well, but unforgiving to those who don't. He has proven to be a rather tough survivor of the apocalypse being able to handle himself in most situations. Most of the group respects him for this. He also possesses fairly good leadership qualities, having been a captain of a commercial fishing ship.
He is willing to take risks for those he cares about, but is also willing to let those who wrong him suffer for it, shown when he hesitates to come to Lee's aid under the door in "Long Road Ahead" (Determinant) and when he brutally kills Carver for what he did to him and the group in "In Harm's Way".
Additionally, Kenny is often known to be irrational, specifically when it came to Duck being bitten, where he would insist that he "was fine" and that they should just pay attention to the road. This is also hypocritical, because when Larry has a heart attack in the meat locker of the St. John's Dairy Farm, he insists on crushing his head, as he may reanimate as a walker, even though he may not have been dead to begin with.
The loss of Katjaa and Duck heavily dwells upon him and thus Kenny enters a state of depression, becoming cynical, and closed off to the people around him which makes others begin to worry about his morality. Though Lee will attempt to help him during these troubling times, he eventually pulls through and regains his compassionate side to aid those that he cares about, especially Lee and Clementine, which he could express that he considered them family, though he still has difficulty trusting people he hadn't known before, evidenced by his hesitance to place any faith in Molly or Vernon.
After his brutal beating at the hands of Carver coupled by the death of Sarita, Kenny becomes incredibly vicious, aggressive, hostile, brutal, and mentally unstable, even towards his fellow group members including Clementine (due to Sarita's death/Infection). As a result, his unstable nature only further intensifies as shown through his behaviour with Arvo (at times mercilessly insulting and beating him). Jane will even theorize that Kenny express several traits similar to Carver and that if he continues on his current path he could eventually become like him, to which Clementine can highly disagree with.
Though despite his temperamental side, Kenny has proven to be rather selfless towards the other members of the group as demonstrated as he stated that he would rather have the children eat than him, evidenced in "Starved For Help". He rescued Christa from certain death by jumping into the hole she was stuck in, fully knowing he would be trapped instead of her or tried to save Ben when he became trapped in an alleyway. (Determinant) Kenny selflessly took the blame for stealing the radio in order to protect Clementine (this resulted in Kenny losing his left eye). Additionally, he helped Rebecca with her pregnancy, giving her steps to follow whilst in labor. Furthermore, he desperately begged for Edith to take Clementine and AJ into Wellington in order to ensure their safety, which would mean him being alone again.
- Shoot Kenny before he kills Jane: Kenny will be shot in the abdomen by Clementine, and will fall to the ground. After lying motionless, he will talk to Clementine about how close they were to Wellington. He tells her about how much he fears death, and soon he will finally succumb to his wounds and die peacefully. Clementine and Jane then leave his body at the rest stop.
- Shoot Kenny after he kills Jane: After Kenny kills Jane, Clementine then aims her pistol at him and proceeds to ask her to do it, remorseful that he went too far. She then coldly shoots him in the head, killing him instantly. She then leaves both his and Jane's corpses at the rest stop.
- Leave Kenny: Clementine tells Kenny she's leaving at first Kenny starts to beg her not to leave, but then realizes she's right and should take AJ with her and after a sad final conversation, she proceeds to go with AJ starts to cry but Kenny assures him that she will take good care of him then watches as she continues to walk away into the blizzard leaving Kenny behind in the snow. Kenny's fate after this is unknown.
- Stay in Wellington: Kenny hugs Clementine and gives her his hat and takes a bag of supplies and tells Clementine he's real glad to have met her and walks away with tears in his eyes. Kenny's fate after this is unknown.
- Leave Wellington: Kenny and Clementine proceed to to take 2 bags of supplies and they leave. 2 years later, Kenny teaches Clem how to drive but she accidentally crashes into a tree, crippling Kenny. Kenny then sacrifices himself to a group of Walkers, an event that allows Clementine to escape with AJ while Kenny is heard getting devoured by the walkers.
Kenny's dark actions often have a negative effect on the other characters and is a major factor in the motives of Lilly, Mike, Bonnie and the Stranger's villainous actions, either out of fear of Kenny and what he might do, or Kenny did something horrible to them and they wanted to seek vengeance on Kenny and his friends. However Kenny's role in their motives is debatable due to their own actions in regard to Lee and Clementine's endangerment.
- Lilly was horribly traumatized due to Kenny smashing Larry's head right in front of her. This leads Lilly to not save Lee (if he sides with Kenny). She later kills Doug or Carley and if kept, she steals the RV and escapes.
- The Stranger wanted revenge since Kenny and the group stole all of his food and supplies from his "abandoned car" that lead to his family being killed by walkers. This leads to him kidnapping Clementine and trying to kill Lee.
- Bonnie and Mike feared Kenny's unstable and unpredictable behavior and they also didn't like him bullying Arvo, which is what led them to betraying to group and stealing the truck so they can "get away from Kenny".
- Arvo was being bullied, and abused by Kenny almost every single time they were together. After being bullied and beaten, Arvo feared Kenny and he grew to hate the group even more than he did already. Arvo also attempted to join Bonnie and Mike in stealing the truck and he also shot Clementine with his rifle. Despite all this, Jane and Kenny managed to scare off Bonnie, Mike and Arvo (possibly killing them in the process) and make their way to Wellington in the truck with Clementine.
- Jane wanted to show Clementine that Kenny was dangerous. Jane faked the baby's death to send Kenny into a wrathful state in front of Clementine so she would eliminate Kenny, if the player chooses to.
- Wanted to forcefully take over the St. John's Dairy in case the St. Johns themselves weren't all they appeared.
- Smashed Larry's head with a salt lick, believing that he was dead which the player can side with.
- Stole food and supplies from the the Stranger's abandoned car which indirectly led to the Stranger's wife and daughter getting killed.
- If Lee does not help kill Larry, Kenny will not save Lee from Danny St. John, and in Long Road Ahead, he will not save Lee from the walkers in the pharmacy.
- Kenny was willing to let walkers devour a terrified woman so they can gain more time gathering supplies.
- He attacks Lee when told to stop the train, although in his defense, Lee was insulting him (Determinant).
- Is quick to suggest the killing of someone who may or may not turn, but refuses to acknowledge indisputable evidence that Duck would (though this is understandable, as Duck was his son).
- Insulted Lee and other group members at multiple occasions (Determinant).
- Wanted to kill Ben after he found out about his dealings with the bandits, although in his defense, Ben is the indirect responsible to the chain reaction that led to Katja and Duck's death
- Not complying with William Carver and getting Alvin killed (Determinant).
- Blamed Clementine for Sarita's death even though she was reanimating, though he does later apologize and realizes Clem only did what she thought was right.
- Abused Arvo throughout No Going Back. He pushes him around, calls him racist names towards Russians such as "ruskie" and "commie", and even goes as far as beating Arvo within an inch of his life after when Arvo calls him out for his abusive behavior, calling him a "fucking Commie piece of shit".
- Attempts to, or successfully, murders Jane as he believed she killed the baby (Also violently throws Clem out of the way if she tries to stop him).
- Larry: Head smashed with a salt lick to 'prevent reanimation'.
- Duck: Shot in the head with a handgun to prevent reanimation. (out of mercy, determinant)
- Fivel: Shot in the head with a handgun. (zombified, determinant)
- Ben Paul: Shot in the head with a handgun to prevent him from being devoured. (determinant)
- Johnny: Shot in the head with his rifle.
- William Carver: Brutally beaten to death with a crowbar.
- Sarita: Shot in the head to prevent the reanimation. (determinant)
- Rebecca: Shot in the head. (zombified; determinant)
- Natasha: Shot. (off-screen)
- Buricko: Shot in the head.
- Vitali: Shot in the head while his neck has been stabbed with a knife.
- Jane: Stabbed. (determinant)
- Jane's unborn child: Died if he killed Jane. (unaware, determinant)
- Numerous counts of zombies
- Kenny is the first villainous protagonist in the video game universe, followed by Jane and Violet.
- However, similarily to Violet and in contrast to Jane, Kenny isn't malicious.
- Kenny was one of three characters to appear in all five episodes of Season One, the other two being Lee and Clementine, and he and Clementine are the only two from the first season to reappear in the second season.
- Despite Kenny normally being polite, there are some instances where Kenny is xenophobic:
- He made a racist comment to Lee when they were inspecting the lock at the St. John Dairy, making the assumption that he knew how to pick a lock simply because he was "urban", a kind of terminology for African-Americans.
- He calls Arvo a 'Commie,' due to his Russian origin, and abuses him for no other reason than his origin. He also tells Arvo to say his sentence "in American", and mockingly asks him to "speaka de English".
- He also shows hostility when Arvo's gang surrounds him and his friends.
- If Kenny is killed in Episode 10, he has the longest lifespan of any character to get killed in the series.
- Kenny has some similarities to The Governor, especially the TV version. Both lose family members which hardens them. Both get their eye damaged and end up wearing an eyepatch. Both the TV Governor and Kenny end up doing extreme things so they can protect a child. Both the TV Governor and Kenny are shot by a loved one after they kill someone (Determinant). Unlike The Governor who dies in disgrace though, Kenny either dies with honor or lives and redeems himself.
- Kenny and Lilly are almost complete opposites:
- Kenny believes in a democratic rule within a group while Lilly believes one needs to be run by a single person.
- Their reunion with Clementine was different, while Kenny happily welcomes her in and was very happy to see her, Lilly instead held her at gunpoint and threatens to kill her if she doesn't cooperate, her happiness seeing her short-lived.
- Even though both came to inherit antagonistic qualities, they differ as Lilly would do anything to protect herself, including abandoning her friends when they needed her help, (Determinant) whereas Kenny would be willing to sacrifice himself to protect his loved ones.
- In all of his determinant outcomes, no matter what, Kenny trusts Clementine's judgement and allows her to do what she wants. Lilly feigns defeat and begs for her life only to use this as a ruse should Clementine chose to spare her.