"Welcome to the MOSH PIT, you zombie-hunting sleaze!"
Zed (ゼッド Zeddo) AKA "The Punk Rockin' Misfit" is one of the zombie bosses of Lollipop Chainsaw. He is the first of the Dark Purveyors that Juliet Starling faces, and acts as an initiation for her into Swan's ritual. Despite being the weakest of the five undead generals, Zed does not lack in personality or confidence.
Zed is the fastest of the Dark Purveyors, possessing incredible speed and stamina. His most notable form of attack is obscene profanity, being screamed into his microphone, which take on the form of blocky, black and red letters that fly out towards Juliet. His tendencies lean towards masochistic, displaying high tolerance to pain when first cut in half. However, he is eventually done in by Juliet's persistence, and dies after being cut down the center a second time.
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 bitch and slut in his powerful vocal attacks.
Phase 1: The first phase starts with Zed attempting to attack Juliet at the beginning. When Juliet sees that Zed is harming animals she throws her lollipop in the air and the battle begins. Zed will use generic melee moves such as small stabs from his microphone. He has high speed and can use this to either get away from Juliet or to surprise her. He will also scream profanity into his microphone, transforming them into blocky letters that will fly towards Juliet. When weakened Juliet will cut him in half mid-way.
Phase 2: The second phase will start after he is sliced in half, only to reveal that it has no effect. He will then scream, summoning a barrage of speakers. Zed will jump on these speakers and will throw disks that will bring damage to Juliet. Juliet will have to break near to all of the speakers and then have Zed summon an even larger Speaker to come. Juliet will have to saw this one slowly but Zed will try to prevent her from going on.
Phase 3: The third phase will start after Zed is sliced a second time through the side of the abdomen. The third phase is similar to phase one with the exception of him summoning his mohawk disks and able to repell Juliet away from him. When his health is low, he will then scream into his microphone screaming "YEAH". The words will then create a wall of words that protect him. Juliet defeats him by slicing him in half a second time.
Profanity Blast: As Zed is preparing to use this attack, time will briefly slow down as the words appear on screen. 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.
While Zed commonly uses his long-range attacks, he will frequently switch to using his mic as a weapon when Juliet is close.
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 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.
Sometimes Nick will get angry at him for insulting Juliet and will say "Watch your mouth, dickweed!"
Nick always yells the prase "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.
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, performed Zed's voice as well as composed the boss music for the game.
"DIE! DIE! DIE!" could possibly be a referance to Mindless Self Indulgence's song "Clarissa".