Zed (ゼッド Zeddo) AKA "The Punk Rockin' Misfit" is the first Dark Purveyor encountered in Lollipop Chainsaw, when Swan initiated his dark ritual on San Romero. He is highly noted for his ability, to manifest vulgar profanity into physical energy, capable of causing harm.
Zed is first confronted when Swan begins initiating a dark ritual in the front yard of San Romero. As with the other Dark Purveyors, Swan then summoned Zed by calling out his name, making him take his physical form. Zed then challenged Juliet, by scolding her saying "PISS OFF!", causing her to fly all the way to The Junkyard and force her to race towards him through a maze of broken San Romero vehicles.
As Juliet persisted to his location, Zed began using his vociferous screaming, in order prevent her arrival, causing vehicles, words and various other objects to fall upon her. When Juliet finally manages to reach the stage, Zed is out of Juliet's reach of sight, oblivious to his presence above stage. Zed then attempts to strike her, as she evades the sudden attack. Zed then formally introduces himself to Juliet, later causing a fact screen to appear. As Juliet reads an influence, she becomes offended by the fact that Zed is abusive towards small animals. The first boss battle then begins.
During this, Zed will be constantly attack Juliet with fierce force and with unlimited amounts of confidence. When Zed is finally cut down from a majority of his center, it is revealed he is resistant to pain and then persists with the use his speakers. Though this clearly has its limits, as he is later defeated by Juliet's persistent attacks, and later dies when he is cut down the center after a second time. Zed is not mentioned nor seen again until near the end of the game, when Swan reveals the true intentions of his diabolical plans.
Zed's appearance is very street punk, with his most obvious physical feature being his bright red mohawk; which, at its tallest, reaches up to at least a foot from the top of his head. Zed, like many of the other Dark Purveyors, is unusually tall when compared to Juliet, though his physique is by far the lithest.
Zed's arms sport a dark armband, around his neck he wears a silver Anarchy necklace and spiked collar, and around his waist a studded belt with blue suspenders. However, only one of these suspenders is actually worn correctly, while the other dangles near his hip. Zed also has a spiked piercing through the left side of his nose. He additionally wears a long, open leather jacket and red plaid pants that are folded over at the bottom, one folded higher than the other, leaving just a portion of his skin exposed.
Zed's skin is unusually pale, and he seems to be at about mid-stage deterioration, with tattoos up both of his arms. Aside from his flesh-tone, the greatest hints at his necrosis are the blood on his lips and nose, as well as a small spot above his brow.
Zed has a very abrasive, loud and violent personality, despite apparently being the weakest of the Dark Purveyors. Constantly screaming into his microphone, he takes extreme pleasure in taunting and insulting Juliet, even before they fight onstage. Zed is certainly one of the more, if not the most vulgar of the Dark Purveyors, even utilizing words such as "COCKSUCKER", "FUCKIN' BITCH", and "VANILLA SLUT" in his powerful vocal attacks.
Profanity Blast: With the use of his microphone, Zed will prepare when this attack is in use. Time will briefly slow down as the words appear on screen as blocky, black and red letters. Juliet can turn to look at the words, and either attempt to run out of harm's way, or jump over the letters as they draw near.
Mohawk Discs: Appearing in different forms during the last two phases of the fight, first as a single disc that can be jumped over, and then as dual discs that can be dodged (and even redirected at Zed) via a QTE later on, they are relatively easy to avoid, though still pack a deadly punch. When using the dual discs, Zed will remain stationary while the force of his impending attack will keep Juliet from drawing close.
Death Wail: Zed's final attack, and relatively easy to dodge. He will remain stationary, before screaming out the word 'YEEEAAAAH'. However, unlike his previous verbal attacks, each letter will fly out in a different direction at high speed, leaving Juliet with the only option of jumping over each incoming letter as she draws near.
Zig-zaggin' Zed: Will break into a quick dash, zig-zagging across the stage before attempting to spear Juliet with the end of his microphone. While this is a common form of this attack, Zed can also simply strike out at Juliet without first running, usually when attempting to pull off a longer combo like the Holy Chainsaw, or remaining still too long.
Mosh Strike: Can jump into the air before diving down and striking at Juliet, should she be within the swirling red circle that appears on stage.
Microphone Spin:Will remain stationary while spinning his microphone, preventing Juliet from attacking him from the front, and stunning her if she attempts to. This move, while not particularly harmful on its own, is often coupled with Zed's spear jab.
Claw Jab: Will twirl around and slam the clawed end of his mic on the ground, and will follow up with a back flip on hard mode and up. Both hurt Juliet if she is too close.
Zed appears to symbolize Swan's most inner, emotional and personal thoughts, primarily his angsty opinion on Juliet after realizing that she had left him for Nick. This can be shown with Zed's primary attacks that are openly aggressive to Juliet, yet so simple to evade or counter. This could symbolize that Swan's thoughts were quite powerful, but could never create true destruction which may be the reason Zed is the weakest Dark Purveyor. Zed's threats during the boss fight could also symbolize Swan's morbid ideas to torture Juliet, in order to punish her for the emotional pain that she had created for him.
Zed is the name of the sadistic security guard from the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction. The trophy/achievement you get for killing him is called "Zed's Dead, Baby, Zed's Dead", which references a line used by Bruce Willis' Butch Collidge referring to said guard in the movie.
His stabbing move bears a strong resemblance to Dante's trademark Stinger move from the original Devil May Cry video games and its reboot, DmC: Devil May Cry.
His "ball" attack during Phase 3, along with Juliet's subsequent dodge and their coming back to hit him, bears resemblance to how Frieza is killed in Dragon Ball Z.
Him giving the finger as he dies is similar to Jan Valentine's death in Hellsing. Additionally, both he and Jan are very loud, crude and obnoxious.
The giant letters could possibly be referance to the music video for Mindless Self Indulgence's song "Mark David Chapman." Jimmy Urine, the lead singer of Mindless Self Indulgence, voiced Zed as well as composing the boss music for the game.
"DIE! DIE! DIE!" could possibly be a referance to Mindless Self Indulgence's song "Clarissa".
Zed's incredibly tall red mohawk may be a reference to Johnny Napalm's appearance in the Neversoft-developed Guitar Hero games.
When Zed tells Julliet that "London is calling", this is a possible referrence to the song "London Calling" by the British punk band, The Clash.
When Zed yells out "Oi, never mind the bollocks, here's your death!", this may be a referrence to the album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols by the British punk band, The Sex Pistols.
Zed's line "Mmm, I love the smell of almost-dead cheerleader in the morning!" may be a reference to the film Apocolypse Now, in which the character, Lt. Col. Kilgore tells his men, "I love the smell of Napalm in the morning."
Zed's death bears some similiarities to another character's death, named Death Metal from No More Heroes, another Suda51 game. Both are the first bosses of their game, who lose their hands at the end of the battle. Zed's manner of death, may have been an intended allusion towards Death Metal.
Sometimes Nick will get angry at him for insulting Juliet and will say "Watch your mouth, dickweed!"
Nick always yells the phrase "FUCKING GIANT LETTER BULLSHIT!!!" when Zed uses his final attack.
His aura/energy color is red.
He and Lewis Legend are the only Dark Purveyors whom Swan actually names.
He is #09 in the Zombie Album.
Concept Art shows that Zed had a differently shaped collar, his right wristband was a fingerless glove, and that he could have worn glasses or a differently designed jacket not seen-in game.
During the approach to Zed's boss battle, Juliet refers to Zed as a "My Chemical Romance wannabe". Notably, Zed is voiced by Jimmy Urine, lead singer for Mindless Self Indulgence. MSI's bassist, Lyn-Z, is married to the lead singer of My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way.