Jimmy Cooper was a minor character who appears in The Last of Us. He was the neighbor of Joel and Sarah Miller and among the first Infected citizens of the city of Austin during the outbreak of the cordyceps brain infection.
Not much is known about Jimmy's life before the events of The Last of Us except that he was the neighbor of Joel and Sarah and had a job in the city, which caused him to be among of the first of those infected. It is likely that he had a family and that they too were infected, since Joel refers to something being wrong with "the Coopers". It is also implied that Joel and Jimmy were on good terms since Joel refers to him by his first name and not by a title.
Events of The Last of Us
At some point, over two days of working in the city, Jimmy caught the infection and turned in to a Runner on September 27th, 2013.
When Joel left the house late at night, he was confronted by Jimmy. In the brief altercation, Joel became covered in Jimmy's blood and was forced to run back to his house. Jimmy, overcome by the infection, pursued Joel and began slamming against their patio door, attempting to force entry. Eventually, he broke through and charged at Joel, forcing him to shoot Jimmy in self-defense, killing him.
His corpse was left by Joel and his daughter, Sarah, the pair fleeing the house shortly after Jimmy's death.
- Jimmy is the first infected seen in the game, as well as the first Runner seen in the game.
- Jimmy is also the first infected to die onscreen.