"That's heavy, brother. But I dig it."Vanderohe, Army of the Dead
Before the outbreak
Vanderohe graduated from college with a master's degree in philosophy. He pledged with Omega Psi Phi where he received an omega brand on his chest, but later joined the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
After the Las Vengeance group disbanded, Vanderohe buried his zombie-killing tools in the desert and began work as a caregiver at a home for the elderly.
"You know, when we were in it, like, when we were really in it, I never thought about the faces of all the countless monsters, but now I just realized, you know, were people. But now their faces, that's all I see."Vamderohe, Army of the Dead
Vanderohe was one of three remaining founding members of Las Vengeance, and as such was one of the three members of the new team offered the largest share of the $50 million fee the group was getting for retrieving Bly Tanaka's vault contents. His share was to be $15 million. He thought the mission might be cathartic, and agreed to go back into the deadly Las Vegas quarantine zone. Ludwig Dieter took a quick liking to Vanderohe, following the latter's lead. Vanderohe was initially unimpressed, but came to understand and respect Dieter's passion. Vanderohe, Dieter, and Mikey Guzman formed the team that would break into the Götterdämmerung to retrieve the $200 million cash from within, and though Dieter's safecracking was a success, the Las Vegas horde attacked as the group packed up the money. Guz was split up from Vanderohe and Dieter, and the remaining pair took on Zeus. Zeus' strength proved to be too much to handle, so Dieter seized an opportunity to lock Vanderohe in the vault, away from Zeus. Vanderohe didn't reemerge from the safe until after the nuclear strike on the city. Carrying all the money he could, he made his way out of the shattered city and made it to an airport. He used some of his newfound cash to rent a private jet to Mexico City. During the flight a hostess noted how cold he was, and examining his body in the bathroom mirror, he realized he'd been bitten by a zombie.
- Skilled marksman: Vanderohe is skilled with a variety of guns, destroying many zombie brains with a level head.
- Strong gravitas: Vanderohe's physical presence has a strong impact on those around him. He's immediately singled out as a role model by Ludwig Dieter, and when he makes demands of even the power-hungry Burt Cummings, the latter quickly ingratiates himself at the expense of his sense of worth among the group.
- Rescue saw: Vanderohe carries a gas-powered fire and rescue saw, designed for quickly cutting through large obstructions like car doors. He also uses the saw to kill zombies in a pinch.
- SIG-Sauer P226R: Vanderohe carries a SIG sidearm.
- Knight's Armament PDW: Vanderohe's primary weapon is the Knight's Armament. The weapon is capable of full-auto fire.
- Private jet: Using the money from the Götterdämmerung heist, Vanderohe chartered a private plane to Mexico City.
- Las Vengeance
- Vanderohe has an omega brand on his chest.
- This may be a reference to Darkseid, a major villain in Zack Snyder's Justice League, which was director Zack Snyder's most recent film prior to Army of the Dead. Darkseid is well known for using the omega symbol.
- It could also be foreshadowing, as Vanderohe is the last survivor of the core Las Vengeance group, and the omega represents the end.
- Zack Snyder wanted Vanderohe to be in a fraternity. Snyder chose Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, which marks its members with an omega brand. Vanderohe's actor, Omari Hardwick, is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, and as noted by the black and gold shown in the graduation photo, so is Vanderohe. In real life, one can only be a member of one of the two fraternities. However, Hardwick posted an Instagram video talking about how Vanderohe was a member of both.
- In a Q&A session during a New York City screening of Army of the Dead, Zack Snyder confirmed that in a potential sequel, Vanderohe would take the place of Zeus as the king-class zombie in the next outbreak.
- Vanderohe is never shown being bitten, and in fact it appears as though his fight with Zeus does not leave room for Zeus to have bitten him. His arm where the bite would later appear can also be seen unbitten after all zombie but Zeus have gone, leaving no real chance for him to take the bite. This could be a simple misdirect, but there's also a possibility it's related to the time loop theory.
- Shay Hatten, Zack Snyder, Joby Harold (writers) & Zack Snyder (director) (May 14, 2021). Army of the Dead.
- Vanderohe's connection to both Alpha Phi Alpha and Omega Psi Phi fraternities - Omari Hardwick on Instagram. Since his graduation photo has him in the colors of Alpha Phi Alpha, he must have pledged Omega Psi Phi earlier in his college career, but switched for whatever reason.