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"Neither rain nor sleet nor hail, nor zombies are going to keep me from my appointed rounds!"
—Carl, explaining his "oath"

Carl Schliff is a psychopath in Dead Rising 2. He is a mailman that is determined to never fail at his job and can be found in the mission Mail Order Zombrex.

He reappears in Dead Rising 2: Off the Record with the same role, though he accuses Frank West of mail fraud after he signs for a package, declaring that he has damaged the postal service and America and attacks Frank as a result.

Tape It Or Die[]

Tape It Or Die blogger Wallace Hertzog met Carl Schliff during the Fortune City Outbreak he blogged:

"[My father] once said to me that there are two jobs that he has the utmost respect for: soldiers, and postmen. I understood why he respected soldiers. But postmen? That through me for a loop at the time. Now I think I understand...[Carl] seemed more worried about someone signing for his delivery...than he did about being bitten. I can respect that, although I think he may be a little out of touch with reality."[1]

Mail Order Zombrex[]

In Mail Order Zombrex, Carl is a mailman that has never failed at his job and plans to keep it that way, regardless of whether or not there's an outbreak going on. Chuck Greene spots Carl trying to deliver a package in the Royal Flush Plaza. Noticing Chuck, Carl asks him to sign for the package. Chuck tells Carl about the zombies, but Carl responds that he has sworn an oath and angrily demands a signature for the package. Chuck sees that the package Carl has is Zombrex, and realizes that he is willing to hand it over in return for anyone's signature. Chuck takes the opportunity and signs for it, but his signature allows Carl to identify him, and believing he is the cause of the outbreak, refuses to give him the Zombrex, instead giving him a mailbomb. Chuck tosses the bomb back into Carl's mailcart, which explodes. He jumped out and mumbled that he never failed his postal service and just failed because Chuck released the zombies.He then picks up a nearby shotgun and says `YOU ARE GOING TO PAY!`, before attacking Chuck.

Carl and Chuck fight, and Carl is defeated. Chuck then takes the Zombrex out of Carl's bag saying he needs it for his daughter. With his dying breath, Carl signs his own clipboard and pulls out another bomb package, letting it detonate in his hands, blowing him into pieces.

Battle Style[]

Carl has 3 attacks. The first includes him firing his shotgun in which Chuck can dodge during the battle. His second attack is his melee which involves him hitting Chuck with his shotgun. This will only happen if Chuck gets too close to him. His last attack is where he will throw explosive packages at Chuck which usually only happen after he hits Chuck with his melee.

Sandbox Mode[]

Carl is one of the crazed survivors Frank can fight in Sandbox Mode. He will spawn in front of The Man's Sport in Royal Flush Plaza. Once defeated he drops his shotgun and $25,000. Carl may also drop the psychopath clothing, if the player did not obtain them through the story mode already.[Verification needed]


  • Carl is one of the few psychopaths in Dead Rising 2 and Off The Record to attack the protagonist on semi-legitimate grounds:
    • He genuinely believes Chuck to be responsible for the zombie outbreak, and otherwise simply wishes to continue delivering the mail, which he was unable to do when Chuck nearly killed him and destroyed his mailcart with one of his mailbombs. Chuck's actions also destroyed essential supplies that Carl was planning to deliver to people, as there may have been more than one box of Zombrex on his cart. Although the fact that he has a lot of mail bombs on hand might imply otherwise, these might be for self-defense against zombies, looters, and potentially other psychopaths.
    • In Off the Record; Carl gives Frank a mail bomb because he had committed mail fraud, and once Frank figures out the package is a bomb, he tosses the bomb (perhaps unintentionally) onto Carl's mailcart, causing it to blow up and destroy essential supplies for other people. Carl takes Frank's actions (mail fraud and now terrorism) as a front against not only him, but the postal service, and by extension, America. Since Fortune City had no social structure or security amidst the outbreak, Carl believed he had to take the law into his own hands to defend himself from a terrorist.
  • Carl's character is a nod toward the term "going postal", meaning to go violently insane as a result of stress. This phrase originated from the stereotype that postal workers are more likely to snap than the average civil-servant, as a result of their low morale. Ironically, he is quite the opposite of this phrase, as he is so dedicated to his job and his morale is so high because of his love and passion for his job that he continues to deliver mail in the middle of a Zombie Outbreak. He will sometimes yell the phrase when throwing mail bombs.
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  • Carl has a pen with the Dead Rising 2 logo on it, as seen when he asks Chuck to sign for the Zombrex.
  • He is the only psychopath to be a civil servant. 
  • Even if Katey has turned, Chuck will still say he needs the Zombrex for his daughter in the ending cutscene. 
  • He is also very similar to Paul Carson because they both throw explosive projectiles at the protagonist. 
  • Carl's shotgun seems to have less bullet spread than one fired from Chuck/Frank. 
  • Carl's last name 'Schliff' may be a reference to 'Cliff Claven', a character from Cheers who was also a postman and was attached to his job as well. 
  • Carl has a tattoo of his postal service's logo on his arm. However, a full portrayal of Carl's arm shows that it's a bald eagle in the style of the company's logo. The actual logo as shown on his uniform and bag is a mule/donkey.
  • Carl's boss music title is Postman, an original song included in the Dead Rising 2 Soundtrack.
  • Carl is similar to Steven Chapman from the first game, both wield shotguns, both being very attached to their jobs, and attacking the protagonist for reasons related to their jobs. Steven attacked Frank because he believed that Frank was going to vandalize his store, and Carl attacked Chuck because he destroyed his mailcart, alongside genuinely believing that he caused the outbreak. 
  • Carl's shotgun fire animation is very similar to Slappy's Fire Spitter fire animation as seen when they both stumble when they fire three shots at Chuck
  • Carl, also, is similar to Cletus Samson from first game, both have a shotgun to use against protagonist. Also, both of them names and surnames begin with "C" and "S".
  • Carl appears on the icon symbol for the achievement Camera Crazy in Dead Rising 2: Off the Record.
  • In Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, his body is blown up and all that remains are his work boots that score Brutality when photographed. The same thing happens with Sgt. Dwight Boykin
  • If Carl's body is still intact after dying in Off the Record, taking his picture will result in Horror points instead of Brutality points. 
  • Carl does not show any desire to attack either Chuck or Frank until they sign for the package Carl is trying to deliver. 
  • In Dead Rising 2 Carl is yelling at The Chieftain's Hut. But in Dead Rising 2: Off the Record Carl is yelling at The Man's Sport. 
  • Carl is voiced by Samuel Vincent, the real life brother of the late Gabe Khouth, who voiced Evan MacIntyre and Johnny James.
    • Samuel Vincent is also known for voicing the Australian cartoon character Shezow as well as performing as Sonic the Hedgehog's singing voice in the animated series Sonic Underground. He is also very well-known for voicing Edd/Double D in the widely popular Canadian-American animated television series Ed, Edd n Eddy. His quote about his oath is quite similar to Double D's quote in the episode "Mission Ed-possible". 
  • While reloading his weapon, he may say "Schwing!" Which is a reference to Wayne's World.
  • Carl is among the few psychopaths to have received an apology from the protagonist for their fight, the second is Diego Martinez from Dead Rising 3. After the fight, Chuck remorsefully tells him that he needs the Zombrex for Katey but in "Off The Record", Frank apologises after taking the Zombrex for himself.
  • Carl's oath is based on the unofficial motto for the United States Postal Service, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." The oath itself originates from the Greek historian Herodotus, who said this when he saw the Persian mounted postal couriers: "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."



  1. Hertzog, Wallace. A Post About a Postman (But Not That Movie), Tape it or Die, (September 21, 2010).