History Literature / WorldWarZ

5th Aug '16 11:28:17 PM Savini24
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** The Chinese Civil War is also ended by nuking the Politiburo's bunker.

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** The Second Chinese Civil War is also ended by nuking the Politiburo's bunker.
17th Jul '16 7:54:18 PM Discar
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* OutsideContextVillain: The zombies, obviously. The US Army not having a clue how to fight the living dead gets them creamed early on.

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* OutsideContextVillain: OutsideContextProblem: The zombies, obviously. The US Army not having a clue how to fight the living dead gets them creamed early on.
17th Jul '16 9:53:02 AM dvorak
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* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: One scene has zombies reviving after they were killed with nerve gas. Nerve toxins work by destroying the nerves in some fashion (hence the name), so there would be no way for signals to get from the brain to the muscles

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* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: One scene has zombies reviving after they were killed with nerve gas. Nerve toxins work by destroying the nerves in some fashion (hence the name), so there would be no way for signals to get from the brain to the musclesmuscles (if it wasn't heavily damaged in the first place, either from the gas itself or from [[DeathByFallingOver smashing their heads on the ground]].
17th Jul '16 9:46:49 AM dvorak
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* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: One scene has zombies reviving after they were killed with nerve gas. Nerve toxins work by destroying the nerves in some fashion (hence the name), so there would be no way for signals to get from the brain to the muscles
16th Jul '16 1:21:47 PM Tromboneman
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* ForeignLookingFont: "On ne passe pas" is French for "None shall pass", more or less, and was famously used at the Battle of Verdun in WWI. However, Brookes writes it as "On ne passé pas". Which is more or less French for "None shall passed".

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* ForeignLookingFont: "On ne passe pas" is French for "None shall pass", more or less, and was famously used at the Battle of Verdun in WWI. However, Brookes Brooks writes it as "On ne passé pas". Which is more or less French for "None shall passed".
16th Jun '16 11:26:55 AM HotelCalifornia
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* ImprovisedWeapon: The genesis of the Lobotomizer, which was a [[Pun lifesaver for the headache]] the government had to go through in terms of budget since it could be made from the plentiful and useless automobiles sitting around. Several other creative methods are also mentioned.

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* ImprovisedWeapon: The genesis of the Lobotomizer, which was a [[Pun [[{{Pun}} lifesaver for the headache]] the government had to go through in terms of budget since it could be made from the plentiful and useless automobiles sitting around. Several other creative methods are also mentioned.
10th Jun '16 8:56:11 AM JBK405
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* MakeTheBearAngryAgain: The Holy Russian Empire. There were some ''damned'' smart and ''damned'' ruthless people in Russia during the Great Panic. When soldiers sent to eliminate Zeds got cold feet and rebelled, their commanders decimated them - forced every ten rebels to kill one of their number or be executed. The sheer horror of that choice made every single survivor so dedicated to JustFollowingOrders that they pretty much took a vow to [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill never make a choice again]]. The only thing they wouldn't do was kill a fellow soldier - even {{Zombie Infectee}}s. Instead, they would commit ''group suicide'' - uninfected right alongside infected. That is, until a shell-shocked priest present at one killed the infectee himself, proclaiming that as a man of God, he would take the sin upon himself so the soldier could die cleanly. Cue priests being given carte blanche to eliminate infectees... Or anyone deemed "infectees"... such as [[CorruptChurch political dissidents]]...
10th Jun '16 12:06:33 AM Kalaong
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* MakeTheBearAngryAgain: The Holy Russian Empire. There were some ''damned'' smart and ''damned'' ruthless people in Russia during the Great Panic. When soldiers sent to eliminate Zeds got cold feet and rebelled, their commanders decimated them - forced every ten rebels to kill one of their number or be executed. The sheer horror of that choice made every single survivor so dedicated to JustFollowingOrders that they pretty much took a vow to [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill never make a choice again]]. The only thing they wouldn't do was kill a fellow soldier - even {{Zombie Infectee}}s. Instead, they would commit ''group suicide'' - uninfected right alongside infected. That is, until a shell-shocked priest present at one killed the infectee himself, proclaiming that as a man of God, he would take the sin upon himself so the soldier could die cleanly. Cue priests being given carte blanche to eliminate infectees... Or anyone deemed "infectees"... such as [[CorruptChurch political dissidents]]...
7th Jun '16 5:19:38 PM JBK405
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* KillItWithFire: Not the best way to kill zombies (due to them stumbling around and [[InfernalRetaliation lighting other stuff on fire]], plus long lag time), but definitely the best method for disposal.
** The American "Cherry PIE" round incinerates zombie brains to keep infected tissue from becoming Aerosolized. Every so often, there's too much incendiary in the round, which gives the stricken Zack GlowingEyesOfDoom.
** The British citizens held up in a castle that was over an oil deposit that went untapped for historical preservation reasons suddenly found themselves in a position to pump up much more oil than they need for their own internal use, and nowhere to take it. They adopted an old besieged force's tactic and made crude incendiary bombs they would thrown on the Zeds that gathered below. While they acknowledged that [[GradualGrinder this was a slow way to take them out]], the nature of their castle gave them plenty of time to hold out, the tight packing of the Zeds as they funneled in meant they were easy to hit with a HerdHittingAttack, and in this context the fire had an incredibly good Resource-to-Kill ratio.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The White House Chief of Staff at the time ignored the report on zombies, inadvertently condemning millions to death. When the writer finds him, he's working at a "Biofuel Conversion Plant". Specifically, he shovels shit for a living. [[DontExplainTheJoke So he has the same job with a pay reduction.]]
** Breckinridge Scott, who brags about having fooled the world into thinking that they'd been given a legitimate source of immunity, and has the gall to insult the journalists who showed the world the truth. That said, his charm eventually goes away and it turns out he hadn't quite prepared for the US and Russia making a deal to extradite the bastard back to US soil.

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* KillItWithFire: KillItWithFire:
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Not the best way to kill zombies (due to them stumbling around and [[InfernalRetaliation lighting other stuff on fire]], plus long lag time), but definitely the best method for disposal.
** The American "Cherry PIE" round incinerates zombie brains to keep infected tissue from becoming Aerosolized.aerosolized. Every so often, there's too much incendiary in the round, which gives the stricken Zack GlowingEyesOfDoom.
** The British citizens held who holed up in a Windsor castle that was were over an oil deposit that went untapped for historical preservation reasons reasons, and they suddenly found themselves in a position to pump up much more oil than they need for their own internal use, and nowhere to take it. They adopted an old besieged force's tactic and made crude incendiary bombs they would thrown on the Zeds that gathered below. While they acknowledged that [[GradualGrinder this was a slow way to take them out]], the nature of their castle gave them plenty of time to hold out, the tight packing of the Zeds as they funneled in meant they were easy to hit with a HerdHittingAttack, and in this context the fire had an incredibly good Resource-to-Kill ratio.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The White House Chief of Staff at the time ignored the report on zombies, inadvertently condemning millions to death. When the writer finds him, he's working at a "Biofuel Conversion Plant". Specifically, he shovels shit for a living. [[DontExplainTheJoke So he has the same job with a pay reduction.]]\n** Breckinridge Scott, who brags about having fooled the world into thinking that they'd been given a legitimate source of immunity, and has the gall to insult the journalists who showed the world the truth. That said, his charm eventually goes away and it turns out he hadn't quite prepared for the US and Russia making a deal to extradite the bastard back to US soil.



* MakeTheBearAngryAgain: The Holy Russian Empire. There were some ''damned'' smart and ''damned'' ruthless people in Russia during the Great Panic. When soldiers sent to eliminate Zeds got cold feet and rebelled, their commanders decimated them - forced every ten rebels to kill one of their number or be executed. The sheer horror of that choice made every single survivor so dedicated to JustFollowingOrders that they pretty much took a vow to [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill never make a choice again]]. The only thing they wouldn't do was kill a fellow soldier - even {{Zombie Infectee}}s. Instead, they would commit ''group suicide'' - uninfected right alongside infected. That is, until a shell-shocked priest present at one killed the infectee himself, proclaiming that as a man of God, he would take the sin upon himself so the soldier could die cleanly. Cue priests being given carte blanche to eliminate infectees... Or anyone deemed "infectees"... such as [[CorruptChurch political dissidents]]...



** Heh. [[JustForPun Mama Bear hands.]]



* MilitariesAreUseless: In the first half, every single armed force of the world (save for Israel and... that's all) holds the IdiotBall until the world gets really screwed. For example, the Battle of Yonkers, where the military [[spoiler: ''fails to bring enough ammo'' to wipe out the waves of zombies]]. While the zombies being protected by solid PlotArmor -[[RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain only headshots seem to affect them]], and things like napalm and high caliber explosives that should transform them into liquid bits of corpses are ineffectual- doesn't help, armies still make most bad decision that caused the apocalypse. Part of the reason is that the story seems to take place in an AlternateUniverse that [[GenreBlind isn't quite so obsessed]] with ZombieApocalypse-themed media, making a ''real'' zombie apocalypse an OutsideContextVillain. They really get better once the situation has become critical, though.

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* MilitariesAreUseless: In the first half, every single armed force The book goes in-depth into all of the world (save ways that every military on the planet was--in its own way--completely unprepared for Israel and... that's all) holds the IdiotBall until zombie plague and unable to cope with the world gets really screwed. For example, situation. Some could not adjust their tactics to combat the Battle undead, some could not handle the societal and national pressures of Yonkers, where the situation, and some were just flat-out incompetent. Until the beginning of the offensive to end the war, most of the personal stories are about people struggling to survive when the military [[spoiler: ''fails to bring enough ammo'' to wipe out the waves of zombies]]. While the zombies being protected by solid PlotArmor -[[RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain only headshots seem to affect them]], had collapsed and things like napalm and high caliber explosives that should transform left them into liquid bits of corpses are ineffectual- doesn't help, armies still make most bad decision that caused the apocalypse. Part of the reason is that the story seems to take place in an AlternateUniverse that [[GenreBlind isn't quite so obsessed]] with ZombieApocalypse-themed media, making a ''real'' zombie apocalypse an OutsideContextVillain. They really get better once the situation has become critical, though.behind.



* MissionControlIsOffItsMeds: The Skywatcher helping her supposedly got way more involved than any other Skywatcher, though Eliopolis denies this. [[spoiler:Military psychologists also told her that her radio broke as soon as she hit the ground, that the Skywatcher going under the name "Mets Fan" never existed, and that "Mets Fan" was either short for a Greek Goddess or standing in for her mum.]]
* MoreGun: The Army takes this approach at Yonkers, throwing every kind of weapon they had into the setup. This includes weapons meant for use against hard targets such as bunkers and tanks, and weapons that are great for inducing fear or debilitating wounds over large numbers of soft targets. Unfortunately, with zombies there's only two ways to make a kill: [[BoomHeadShot destroying the brain]] or [[LudicrousGibs completely obliterating the body]]. The latter was achieved in bulk--Todd explains that "It was a meat grinder, a wood chipper..." until the guns ran out of ammo (also to Todd's disgust: the brass apparently believed in BottomlessMagazines, and had spent logistical time and effort on bringing in useless junk such as field latrines and bridgelayers to this urban battlefield instead of bringing in ammo) and most zombies simply stepped over the liquified remains of the first rank. Not enuff dakka.

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* MissionControlIsOffItsMeds: The Skywatcher helping her supposedly got way more involved than any other Skywatcher, though Eliopolis denies this. [[spoiler:Military psychologists also told her that her radio broke as soon as she hit the ground, that the Skywatcher going under the name "Mets Fan" never existed, and that "Mets Fan" was either short for a Greek Goddess or standing in for her mum.]]
* MoreGun:
MoreDakka: The Army takes this approach at Yonkers, throwing every kind of weapon they had into the setup. This includes weapons meant for use against hard targets such as bunkers and tanks, and weapons that are great for inducing fear or debilitating wounds over large numbers of soft targets. Unfortunately, with zombies there's only two ways to make a kill: [[BoomHeadShot destroying the brain]] or [[LudicrousGibs completely obliterating the body]]. The latter was achieved in bulk--Todd explains that "It was a meat grinder, a wood chipper..." until the guns ran out of ammo (also to Todd's disgust: the brass apparently believed in BottomlessMagazines, and had spent logistical time and effort on bringing in useless junk such as field latrines and bridgelayers to this urban battlefield instead of bringing in ammo) and most zombies simply stepped over the liquified liquefied remains of the first rank. Not enuff dakka.



** In a more horrifying version, there were those who believed that [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raping virgins cures the disease.]] It doesn't.
* MyGreatestFailure: Despite Israel's unexpected success in withstanding the zombie apocalypse, the people whose names mark said report still consider the whole thing a failure; ''the whole plot'' could have been prevented had it been taken seriously, but knew no one would - and they don't blame them. After all, who seriously thought something that only happened in books and movies and was only discussed by nerds would happen on such a massive scale?
* NewMediaAreEvil: Lampshaded. The interviewer asks the pharmaceutical exec why people didn't hear from alternative media. The exec says that anyone from such media would be dismissed as crackpots. The book was published in late 2006, and even then, people would have posted the zombies on Youtube and Flickr the second they got an Internet connection. Thousands of people would definitely make Creator/{{CNN}} sit up and take notice. There's a grand total of ''one'' blog mentioned in the entire book, though it's implied alternate media was on fire with this stuff.
** Played with, in the case of the nerdy Japanese kid. 2ch[=/=]2chan had been ''busy'', but they had been gathering information on the zombie hordes ''solely'' for e-fame, not once focusing on the infection physically spreading to their homes. By the time Japan is completely overrun, all of them had completely useless information, thanks to Japan's lack of harmful weapons lying about. Tondo only survived by finding a WW2 Veteran's katana.
** The general implication that Max Brooks gives, is that those of us on the internet tend to drastically over-estimate the extent to which "New Media" had penetrated into the general population.
* NicknamingTheEnemy: Americans refer to the undead as "Zack", and the Europeans refer to them as "Zed": a take-off on how Germans would be called "Jerry" in World War II, or Viet Cong would be called "Charlie" in the Vietnam War. Zombies are also referred to as "Ghouls", frequently shortened to "G's", similar to how the Viet Cong would be called "VC". The reformed US military's new battle doctrine is described as trying to "out-G the G", which is a reference to a quote about US strategy against the Viet Cong. The Japanese call them "Siafu", which is another word for the African driver ant, due to their swarming and all-consuming nature.

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** In a more horrifying version, there were those who believed that [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raping virgins cures the disease.]] It doesn't.
* MyGreatestFailure: Despite Israel's unexpected success in withstanding the zombie apocalypse, the people whose names mark said the report which warned them what was to come still consider the whole thing a failure; ''the whole plot'' could have been prevented had it been taken seriously, but they knew no one would - and they don't blame them. After all, who seriously thought something that only happened in books and movies and was only discussed by nerds would happen on such a massive scale?
* NewMediaAreEvil: Lampshaded. The interviewer asks Traditional media marched in lock-step with the pharmaceutical exec why people didn't hear from governments and militaries of the world to first ignore and then suppress what was happening with the zombie outbreak, but it is implied that social media and alternative media. The exec says that anyone from such media would be news sites picked up at least some of what was going on. However, these disparate and fringe news sites were dismissed as crackpots. The book was published in late 2006, crackpots and even then, people would have posted paranoid conspiracy nuts but the zombies on Youtube and Flickr populace at large, partly because of the second they got an Internet connection. Thousands of people would definitely make Creator/{{CNN}} sit up and take notice. There's a grand total of ''one'' blog mentioned in the entire book, though it's implied alternate way new media was on fire with this stuff.
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viewed at the case of the nerdy Japanese kid. 2ch[=/=]2chan had been ''busy'', but they had been gathering information on the zombie hordes ''solely'' for e-fame, time, and partly because people did not once focusing on the infection physically spreading want to their homes. By the time Japan is completely overrun, all of them had completely useless information, thanks to Japan's lack of harmful weapons lying about. Tondo only survived by finding a WW2 Veteran's katana.
** The general implication that Max Brooks gives, is that those of us on the internet tend to drastically over-estimate the extent to which "New Media" had penetrated into the general population.
believe what was happening.
* NicknamingTheEnemy: Americans refer to the undead as "Zack", and the Europeans refer to them as "Zed": a take-off on how Germans would be called "Jerry" in World War II, or Viet Cong would be called "Charlie" in the Vietnam War. Zombies are also referred "Zed". The accepted and generic way to as "Ghouls", refer to an actual zombie is apparently "Ghoul", frequently shortened to "G's", similar to how the Viet Cong would be called "VC"."Gs". The reformed US military's new battle doctrine is described as trying to "out-G the G", which is a reference to a quote about US strategy against the Viet Cong. The Japanese call them "Siafu", which is another word for the African driver ant, due to their swarming and all-consuming nature.



** If you keep an eye on the other interviews with Americans, you learn that [[spoiler:parents murdering their children to keep them from the zombies was apparently a frequent phenomenon. So were feral children.]]
** The possibility that [[spoiler:the person bearing your loved one's name is actually just a random person with very good plastic surgery, if you hire "Closure, LTD" to find their zombie corpse]].
** The 'Ferals', kids that were all alone, traumatised and somehow managed to survive. Years after the outbreak, the clean up soldiers keep finding them, and they still have the minds of kids--if they're lucky. Most acted a lot like rabid gorillas.
** North Korea. The entire country just goes underground, and to date has not come back up. Nobody knows what's below the surface now, with some speculating that the whole thing is nothing but zombies.



** None were named, but [[Series/AmericanIdol Ruben Studdard]], Creator/ParisHilton, [[RealTimeWithBillMaher Bill Maher]], and Ann Coulter were all at the ill-fated celebrity bunker. Maher tells anybody who will listen that the ZombieApocalypse is merely a sign of the breakdown of the capitalist/consumerist system (in between ranting about high-fructose corn syrup and the "feminization of America"), Hilton makes fun of a wannabe zombie hunter who [[TooDumbToLive gets himself killed]] on national TV, Ruben and his handler (who's wearing a [[Creator/LarryTheCableGuy "Get It Done!"]] cap) get blown up by a hand grenade, and Maher and Coulter [[OutWithABang have sex as everything goes to hell]]. ([[ExactWords Well, the ones at the mansion aren't named, but by the end they're damn sure harmed.]])

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** None were named, named or explicitly identified, but [[Series/AmericanIdol Ruben Studdard]], Creator/ParisHilton, [[RealTimeWithBillMaher Bill Maher]], and Ann Coulter were all at the ill-fated celebrity bunker. Maher tells anybody who will listen that the ZombieApocalypse is merely a sign of the breakdown of the capitalist/consumerist system (in between ranting about high-fructose corn syrup and the "feminization of America"), Hilton makes fun of a wannabe zombie hunter who [[TooDumbToLive gets himself killed]] on national TV, Ruben and his handler (who's wearing a [[Creator/LarryTheCableGuy "Get It Done!"]] cap) get blown up by a hand grenade, and Maher and Coulter [[OutWithABang have sex as everything goes to hell]]. ([[ExactWords Well, the ones at the mansion aren't named, but by the end they're damn sure harmed.]])



** Todd Wainio states at one point that he had a squadmate he swore to God was Michael Stipe, but was never able to get the man to admit it.



** "Roy Elliot" seems to be an {{expy}} of [[Creator/StevenSpielberg Senor Spielbergo]]. He actually really helps the war effort by making morale-boosting propaganda movies, initially just using his own hand-held cameras to make documentaries funded out of pocket, similar to the kind that got us through the darkest days of World War II.

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** "Roy Elliot" seems to be an {{expy}} of [[Creator/StevenSpielberg Senor Spielbergo]].Creator/StevenSpielberg. He actually really helps the war effort by making morale-boosting propaganda movies, initially just using his own hand-held cameras to make documentaries funded out of pocket, similar to the kind that got us through the darkest days of World War II.



** Particularly chilling references are given to battles like "Black Hills" (where the Americans first destroyed rebellion strongholds--it's implied these were the ones that split away due to the massive, and harsh, shifts in government the US had to undergo, not the typical far-left/far-right strongholds that would pop up - basically, normal Americans). Other references appear to be this until they are elaborated on later in the book. For example the "Battle of Yonkers" and the "South African war plan" are mentioned in passing since early in the story, so when the chapters finally arrive that start with characters stating that their interview will give an eye-witness account of Yonkers, or the details of the South African (Redeker) plan, you're filled with dread at what they're about to reveal.

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** Particularly chilling references are given to battles like "Black Hills" (where the Americans first destroyed rebellion strongholds--it's implied these were the ones that split away due to the massive, and harsh, shifts in government the US had to undergo, not the typical far-left/far-right strongholds that would pop up - basically, normal Americans). Other references appear to be this until they are elaborated on later in the book. For example the "Battle of Yonkers" and the "South African war plan" are mentioned in passing since early in the story, so when the chapters finally arrive that start with characters stating that their interview will give an eye-witness account of Yonkers, or the details of the South African (Redeker) plan, you're filled with dread at what they're about to reveal.



* NukeEm: Deconstructed. Iran and Pakistan wipe each other off the map by launching their nukes at zombie-infested cities. The interviewee wonders how many uninfected were vaporized, and how many people died of radiation-induced illnesses the world over from the fallout. You can also apparently still find zombies who were there because they will set off a geiger counter, meaning that not only does the most powerful weapon on earth ''not'' kill zombies efficiently, it leaves behind a ''radioactive'' zombie. Fun.

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* NukeEm: NukeEm:
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Deconstructed. Iran and Pakistan wipe each other off the map by launching their nukes at zombie-infested cities. The interviewee wonders how many uninfected were vaporized, and how many people died of radiation-induced illnesses the world over from the fallout. You can also apparently still find zombies who were there because they will set off a geiger counter, meaning that not only does the most powerful weapon on earth ''not'' kill zombies efficiently, it leaves behind a ''radioactive'' zombie. Fun.



** Avoiding nuking in the Himalayas is the focus of one story, since that last ditch plan would have given the zombies a nice gentle ramp to follow the refugees.



* OldMediaAreEvil: And a large part of the blame for the ignorance of the public about the true nature of the 'rabies' infected and the subsequent Great Panic goes to them. Warmbrunn and the former head of the CIA indirectly defends them, as, in the paraphrased words of the latter, absolutely ''no one'' is going to think the undead are rising en mass, when there are other, far more realistic threats at hand.

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* OldMediaAreEvil: And a A large part of the blame for the ignorance of the public about the true nature of the 'rabies' infected epidemic and the subsequent Great Panic goes to them. Warmbrunn and the former head of the CIA indirectly defends defend them, as, in the paraphrased words of the latter, absolutely ''no one'' is going to think the undead are rising en mass, mass when there are other, far more realistic threats at hand.



* OutsideContextVillain:
** The zombies, obviously. The US Army not having a clue how to fight the living dead gets them creamed early on.
** Iran also gets one in the form of Pakistan. Iran considered itself (and, early on, genuinely was) safe and secure, with abundant natural resources, highly mountainous terrain that was extremely unforgiving to zombies, and cities located far away from one another that could be easily isolated if one of them were to be overrun. Unfortunately, Iran's attempts to stop the flow of refugees from neighboring Pakistan, blowing bridges at the border, enraged Pakistan's government [[spoiler:and triggered a nuclear war that destroyed both countries]]. The man being interviewed describes how, unlike India and Pakistan, which were well-armed longtime rivals, the lack of historic enmity between Iran and Pakistan [[spoiler:and Iran's relatively infant nuclear weapons program]] meant that the two countries had never developed the mechanisms and diplomatic channels to prevent war between them.

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* OutsideContextVillain:
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OutsideContextVillain: The zombies, obviously. The US Army not having a clue how to fight the living dead gets them creamed early on.
** Iran also gets one in the form of Pakistan. Iran considered itself (and, early on, genuinely was) safe and secure, with abundant natural resources, highly mountainous terrain that was extremely unforgiving to zombies, and cities located far away from one another that could be easily isolated if one of them were to be overrun. Unfortunately, Iran's attempts to stop the flow of refugees from neighboring Pakistan, blowing bridges at the border, enraged Pakistan's government [[spoiler:and triggered a nuclear war that destroyed both countries]]. The man being interviewed describes how, unlike India and Pakistan, which were well-armed longtime rivals, the lack of historic enmity between Iran and Pakistan [[spoiler:and Iran's relatively infant nuclear weapons program]] meant that the two countries had never developed the mechanisms and diplomatic channels to prevent war between them.
on.



** The strategy for fighting back against the zombies is to form a defensive position, then draw them over open fields with loud music. Each country uses some variation on their traditional war songs--the Scottish use bagpipes, for example, and the South African Zulu chant and bang combat knives (The Sou'frican equivalent of the K-BAR is referred to as an assegai) against rifle butts. The Americans' choice? Among other songs, "The Trooper", which makes things doubly ironic because Music/IronMaiden is obviously not American and they use a Zombie as a mascot, along with the singer dying at the end of the song.



** The strategy for fighting back against the zombies is to form a defensive position, then draw them over open fields with loud music. Each country uses some variation of aggressive, energetic music--the Scottish use bagpipes, for example, and the South African Zulu chant and bang combat knives (The Sou'frican equivalent of the K-BAR is referred to as an assegai) against rifle butts. The Americans' use Music/IronMaiden, which is ironic as they use a Zombie as a mascot.



* ProperlyParanoid: Israel. The Israeli agent interviewed even said a degree of paranoia was already the Israeli intelligence's unspoken policy, because, thanks to their enmity with their neighbors, it was a survival skill. They were the only ones who actually took the threat seriously and took steps to defend against it ''before'' their country was completely overrun.

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* ProperlyParanoid: ProperlyParanoid:
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Israel. The Israeli agent interviewed even said a degree of paranoia was already the Israeli intelligence's unspoken policy, because, thanks to their enmity with their neighbors, it was a survival skill. They were the only ones who actually took the threat seriously and took steps to defend against it ''before'' their country was completely overrun.



* TheQuisling: A psychological disorder here: it's another human psychological response to living in the UncannyValley and dealing with PrimalFear at all times. The human mind snaps and goes "if you can't beat 'em, join em," and the still living human begins to behave like a zombie him/herself. This offers no defense from actual undead, though. Many Quislings were so realistic that early news footage of zombies eating Quislings led to people believing that the zombies eat each other. While the zombies actually can tell Quislings from real zombies through various criteria, humans can only tell by a) shooting them and seeing warm blood come out, and b) seeing if they blink.
** Even worse, quislings that bite people don't make them zombies. Which means a lot of people used Phalanx, the completely fake anti-zombie medicine, got bit by a quisling, survived, and thought the medicine worked. There's also the very real danger of getting infected by their complete lack of hygiene--solanum is toxic to other microbes, but even the mouth of a living human who has brushed their teeth every day of their life is a hotbed of bacteria waiting to happen, one that can realise its potential very quickly sans regular cleaning.
** Perhaps even worse, once Phalanx was exposed, some people bitten by quislings assumed they were zombies, and unnecessarily killed themselves out of fear of infection. One interviewee mentions this almost happened to a squadmate before they noticed the "zombie" bleeding red.
** Worse, there's apparently no cure for being a quisling. Despite years of trying, there are no individuals who have "Woken Up" and realized that they aren't actually zombies.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: It's mentioned that in certain areas of Africa, infectees reasoned that they could cure themselves by raping virgins. This goes as well as you'd expect. What makes it worse is that this is a reference to an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_cleansing_myth often-told myth]] in real life.

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* TheQuisling: A psychological disorder here: it's another human psychological response to living in the UncannyValley and dealing with PrimalFear at all times. The human mind snaps and goes "if you can't beat 'em, join em," and the still living still-living human begins to behave like a zombie him/herself. This offers no defense from actual undead, though. Many Quislings were so realistic that early news footage of zombies eating Quislings led to people believing that the zombies eat each other. other, and sometimes when a person was bitten by a Quisling they killed themselves before they learned that they had not become infected by a zombie. While the zombies actually can tell Quislings from real zombies through various criteria, humans can only tell by a) shooting them and seeing warm blood come out, and b) seeing if they blink.
** Even worse, quislings that bite people don't make them zombies. Which means a lot of people used Phalanx, the completely fake anti-zombie medicine, got bit by a quisling, survived, and thought the medicine worked. There's also the very real danger of getting infected by their complete lack of hygiene--solanum is toxic to other microbes, but even the mouth of a living human who has brushed their teeth every day of their life is a hotbed of bacteria waiting to happen, one that can realise its potential very quickly sans regular cleaning.
** Perhaps even worse, once Phalanx was exposed, some people bitten by quislings assumed they were zombies, and unnecessarily killed themselves out of fear of infection. One interviewee mentions this almost happened to a squadmate before they noticed the "zombie" bleeding red.
** Worse, there's apparently no cure for being a quisling. Despite years of trying, there are no individuals who have "Woken Up" and realized that they aren't actually zombies.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: It's mentioned that in certain areas of Africa, infectees reasoned that they could cure themselves by raping virgins. This goes as well as you'd expect. What makes it worse is that this is a reference to an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_cleansing_myth often-told myth]] in real life.
blink.



** Played with the propaganda films. As the director talked about them he consistently lampshades the in-universe Reality of it, especially the high-tech weapons which performed nowhere near as awesome as they looked - they required that the zombie be almost still, or required impractical amounts of energy, but the shots of lasers punching holes in zombie skulls or a slow-mo disintegration of a face worked ''wonders'' for when human morale was at an all-time low, to the point were people were literally ''depressed to death.''
** The mass of survivors that fled north and into Canada, hoping that the cold weather would hamper the Zombie horde and freeze them solid come winter. Unfortunately, most of them failed to realise that cold weather and the coming winter would prove even deadlier to the ''living'' and unlike Zombies, people [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty need to eat]] in order to survive.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Arthur Sinclair, head of [=DeStRes=] ('''De'''partment of '''St'''rategic '''Res'''ounces).

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** Played with the propaganda films. As the director talked about them he consistently lampshades the in-universe Reality of it, especially the high-tech weapons which performed nowhere near as awesome as they looked - they required that the zombie be almost still, or required impractical amounts of energy, but the shots of lasers punching holes in zombie skulls or a slow-mo disintegration of a face worked ''wonders'' for when human morale was at an all-time low, to the point were people were literally ''depressed to death.''
** The mass of survivors that fled north and into Canada, hoping that the cold weather would hamper the Zombie horde and freeze them solid come winter. Unfortunately, most of them failed to realise that cold weather and the coming winter would prove even deadlier to the ''living'' and unlike Zombies, people [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty need to eat]] in order to survive.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
Arthur Sinclair, head of [=DeStRes=] ('''De'''partment of '''St'''rategic '''Res'''ounces).



* RedshirtArmy: The numerous variants of the Redeker plan call for leaving "disposable" units behind to cover the retreat of more viable personnel.
** The Chinese Politburo sends armies of barely-trained and poorly-armed conscripts against the zombies, succeeding only in swelling the undead ranks. Similarly, the Russian Federation had many of its troops, implied to be reservists, armed with ''very poorly maintained WW2 equipment left out in the open.'' It's a miracle they didn't suffer the same fate as the Chinese.
* TheRemnant: All of humanity to a degree, especially when the various versions of the Redeker Plan are in effect, but the clearest example is the United States, which is pretty much reduced to the Pacific bordering states and scattered enclaves.
** A more straight example is the Chinese Politburo holed up in Xilinhot during the Chinese Revolution.

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* RedshirtArmy: The numerous variants of the Redeker plan call for leaving "disposable" units behind to cover the retreat of more viable personnel.
**
The Chinese Politburo sends armies of barely-trained and poorly-armed conscripts against the zombies, succeeding only in swelling the undead ranks. Similarly, the Russian Federation had many of its troops, implied to be reservists, armed with ''very very poorly maintained WW2 equipment left out in the open.'' open. It's a miracle they didn't suffer the same fate as the Chinese.
* TheRemnant: All of humanity to a degree, especially when the various versions of the Redeker Plan are in effect, but the clearest example is the effect.
** The
United States, which is pretty much reduced to the Pacific bordering states and scattered enclaves.
** A more straight example is the The Chinese Politburo holed up in Xilinhot during the Chinese Revolution.



** Post-war, it's the White Zones and ocean floor that are, in effect, Remnant strongholds ''for Zack''.
* RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain: Since the zombies follow Romero rules, as stated on BoomHeadshot above.

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** Post-war, it's the White Zones and ocean floor that are, in effect, Remnant strongholds ''for Zack''.
* RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain: Since the zombies follow Romero rules, as stated on BoomHeadshot above.this is the only way to actually 'kill' a zombie.



* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules[=/=]ScrewThisImOuttaHere: T. Sean Collins and some of the other mercenaries at the mansion abandons the celebrity "hideout" when it becomes clear that [[spoiler: the building is coming under attack not from zombies, but refugees, including women and children.]]

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* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules[=/=]ScrewThisImOuttaHere: ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: T. Sean Collins and some of the other mercenaries at the mansion abandons the celebrity "hideout" when it becomes clear that [[spoiler: the building is coming under attack not from zombies, but refugees, including women and children.]] He had signed up to fight zombies, not slaughter civilians who only wanted to find shelter themselves.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: As the celebrity mansion falls, T. Sean Collins grabs a surfboard and paddles out onto the ocean, hoping to be picked up by a ship just off shore.



* SergeantRock: There's Sergeant Avalon who participated in the Battle (Victory) of the Three Colleges and her replacement Todd Waino. Also the French Sergeant, Renault, who's team happens upon an underground vault of at least 300 zombies, and, rather than simply denote the chamber and seal them in, they elect to sacrifice themselves to the last man [[YouShallNotPass to ensure the zombies never reach the streets of Paris]].

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* SergeantRock: There's Sergeant Avalon who participated in the Battle (Victory) of the Three Five Colleges and her replacement Todd Waino. Also the French Sergeant, Renault, who's team happens upon an underground vault of at least 300 zombies, and, rather than simply denote the chamber and seal them in, they elect to sacrifice themselves to the last man [[YouShallNotPass to ensure the zombies never reach the streets of Paris]].



** And a [[BadassPreacher Russian priest]] who [[VideoGame/HalfLife2 fights zombies, with a messiah complex bigger than Jesus.]]



* SlowClap: Mocked. The person narrating the UN meeting and America's decision to go on the offensive said that, after the US President's big speech to retake the world, it'd be the sort of bullshit, cheesy speech that'd be followed by slow clapping and maybe the camera focusing a tear slide down someone's cheek. Instead, the UN council stares at him in stunned silence.

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* SlowClap: Mocked. The person narrating the UN meeting and America's decision to go on the offensive said that, after the US President's big speech to retake the world, it'd in a movie it would be the sort of bullshit, cheesy speech that'd that would be followed by slow clapping and maybe the camera focusing a tear slide down someone's cheek. Instead, the UN council stares at him in stunned silence.



** There are also plenty of Take Thats toward obvious celebrities, usually highly-obvious copies of contemporary celebrities, including a a thinly-veiled Karl Rove, [[RealTimeWithBillMaher Bill Maher]], Ann Coulter, Paris Hilton, and various movie stars and musicians.
** The Rove-surrogate is found literally shoveling manure.

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** There are also plenty of Take Thats toward obvious celebrities, usually highly-obvious copies of contemporary celebrities, including a a thinly-veiled Karl Rove, [[RealTimeWithBillMaher Bill Maher]], Ann Coulter, Paris Hilton, and various movie stars and musicians.
**
musicians. The Rove-surrogate is found literally shoveling manure.



** Another metafiction shot at the ''28'' series: T. Sean Collins talks about seeing the thermal signature of the horde of survivors bearing down on the celebrity compound and thinking that they were fast zombies, but he quickly realizes that a ''real'' zombie wouldn't be giving off heat signatures, running, or having the mental faculties to actually run.



** Played straight in the army's reclamation of rebel enclaves in territory they're recapturing.
** Also played straight by the Russians, who use anything and everything they can against the undead, which includes running them over with obsolete tanks.



** The CIA director points out that they didn't and never had anything close to the resources people think they do, but also admits that the illusion thereof was something the CIA actively encouraged; they ''wanted'' the world to suspect the CIA of [[ZeroApprovalGambit being responsible for all its woes]], to [[BrandishmentBluff fear its wrath]], and perhaps [[SwordOfDamocles think twice before trying to harm American citizens]]. He also admits the downside of this was a big reason the Z War harmed America so badly; ''Americans'' believed those same things about the CIA, and thus the agency became the FallGuy for TheWarOnTerror, was crippled by [[YouHaveFailedMe the resulting purges]], and his personal efforts to prepare for the Z War were [[NotMeThisTime dissected in search of ulterior motives]].

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** The CIA director points out that they didn't the agency doesn't and never had did have anything close to the resources people think they do, but also admits that the illusion thereof was something the CIA actively encouraged; they ''wanted'' the world to suspect the CIA of [[ZeroApprovalGambit being responsible for all its woes]], to [[BrandishmentBluff fear its wrath]], and perhaps [[SwordOfDamocles think twice before trying to harm American citizens]]. He also admits the downside of this was a big reason the Z War harmed America so badly; ''Americans'' believed those same things about the CIA, and thus the agency became the FallGuy for TheWarOnTerror, was crippled by [[YouHaveFailedMe the resulting purges]], and his personal efforts to prepare for the Z War were [[NotMeThisTime dissected in search of ulterior motives]].



** The enclave of celebrities who broadcast their easily-overrun "fortress" to nearby urbanites who were either fleeing the zombies, infected or both. You do the math.

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** The enclave of celebrities who broadcast their easily-overrun "fortress" to nearby urbanites who were either fleeing over the zombies, infected or both. You do internet and TV, flaunting their food and security to the math.panicked masses dying literally across the street. The people, in turn, storm the gates to help their own survival.



** The extremist Israelis who rebel because Jerusalem was abandoned. They decide to attack the safe area instead of just going to Jerusalem themselves, where they would have, at a minimum, not had to face the one military on earth that faced the zombie completely intact.



** Tomonaga Ijiro and Kondo Tatsumi. A blind gardener and a {{hikikomori}}, respectively, before the war. Together, [[TheyFightCrime they fight zombies]]. And did so until the Japan infestation was cleansed.

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** Tomonaga Ijiro and Kondo Tatsumi. A blind gardener and a {{hikikomori}}, respectively, before the war. Together, [[TheyFightCrime they fight zombies]]. And did so until the singlehandedly survived in zombie-fied Japan infestation was cleansed.and founded a zombie-killing society.



** A bunch of California college students turn zombie repelling force; outperforming the professional militaries of most countries. Damn.
*** The campuses themselves go from ordinary academic buildings and grounds to anti-zombie fort.

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** A bunch of California college students turn zombie repelling force; outperforming the professional militaries of most countries. Damn.\n*** The campuses themselves go from ordinary academic buildings and grounds to anti-zombie fort.



*** As Sergeant Wainio explains, many of the new soldiers were people who prior to the zombie war would never been in a uniform. But when faced with extinction, many folks get in gear.



* UnreliableNarrator: Since the book is a compilation of statements made by various survivors ten to twenty years after the events occurred, not every piece of information should be taken at face-value.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Gee, thanks China. If the Chinese government hadn't tried to cover up the plague, rather than sharing information with the rest of the world, billions fewer people would have died. Also the malice of the Chinese space station designed to blow up and cause Kessler syndrome, denying space to humanity for decades and taking out out most existing satellites, not to mention actively making the situation in their own country worse by attempting to ZergRush ''zombies''. This does nothing but eventually end up with the rogue Chinese sub firing a nuclear missile at the government bunker, allowing the military to fight effectively.
** What's worse is that they accidentally cause patient zero- had they not flooded the Three Gorges Dam area, then Patient Zero and his family wouldn't have been bitten by underwater zombies while searching for their belongings in their underwater home, and at the very least, it wouldn't have happened the same way that it did turn out.

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* UnreliableNarrator: Since the book is a compilation of statements made by various survivors ten to twenty years after the events occurred, not every piece of information should be taken at face-value. \n* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Gee, thanks China. If Occasionally the Chinese government hadn't tried to cover up the plague, rather than sharing information with the rest of the world, billions fewer book has footnotes correcting or corroborating specific facts that people would have died. Also the malice of the Chinese space station designed to blow up and cause Kessler syndrome, denying space to humanity for decades and taking out out relayed, but in most existing satellites, not cases there is no "official" word as to mention actively making the situation in their own country worse by attempting to ZergRush ''zombies''. This does nothing but eventually end up with the rogue Chinese sub firing a nuclear missile at the government bunker, allowing the military to fight effectively.
** What's worse is that they accidentally cause patient zero- had they not flooded the Three Gorges Dam area, then Patient Zero and his family wouldn't have been bitten by underwater zombies while searching for their belongings in their underwater home, and at the very least, it wouldn't have happened the same way that it did turn out.
accuracy.



* WeHaveReserves: the Chinese leadership's behavior, until the reserves rebelled and dropped a nuke on them.
** Deconstructed and discussed; the idiocy of employing this tactic when ''each of your casualties turns into an enemy'' is talked about and illustrated.

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* WeHaveReserves: the Chinese leadership's behavior, until the reserves rebelled and dropped a nuke on them.
**
them. Deconstructed and discussed; the idiocy of employing this tactic when ''each of your casualties turns into an enemy'' is talked about and illustrated.



** Also, the Chinese military's entire strategy [[spoiler:up until [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified the Revolution]]]]. Russia also attempted this... and was a tad more successful. The difference was that the Chinese attempted ''simultaneous'' zerg rushes against every city in the country, not establishing Safe Zones to use as a springboard for later offensives. The Russians actually did establish a Safe Zone east of the Ural Mountains, walled off all of their major cities, and then cleared each city one by one, using zerg rushes. The Chinese Politburo used zerg rushes because they were stubborn fools who refused to change tactics, while the Russians used zerg rushes mostly because most of their military was so antiquated and poorly armed that they had little choice.

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** Also, the The Chinese military's entire strategy [[spoiler:up until [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified the Revolution]]]]. Russia also attempted this... and was a tad more successful. The difference was that the Chinese attempted ''simultaneous'' zerg rushes against every city in the country, not establishing Safe Zones to use as a springboard for later offensives. The Russians actually did establish a Safe Zone east of the Ural Mountains, walled off all of their major cities, and then cleared each city one by one, using zerg rushes. The Chinese Politburo used zerg rushes because they were stubborn fools who refused to change tactics, while the Russians used zerg rushes mostly because most of their military was so antiquated and poorly armed that they had little choice.
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''World War Z'' is a 2006 companion piece to the ''Literature/TheZombieSurvivalGuide'' by Max Brooks. (Who is the son of Creator/MelBrooks and Anne Bancroft. Seriously.)

The book is designated satire, as it has a combination of horror, drama, and sociopolitical commentary. It's written as a collection of interviews with survivors and important figures telling the story of a [[ZombieApocalypse Zombie war]] that nearly causes the extinction of mankind. In the Z war 'verse, zombies come about through [[TheVirus a virus called Solanum]] and it spreads in the usual way per the John Russo rules about zombies. The zombies themselves seem to operate following a bit of the Russo rules and a bit of the Romero rules.

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''World War Z'' is a 2006 companion piece to the ''Literature/TheZombieSurvivalGuide'' by Max Brooks. (Who is Brooks, the son of Creator/MelBrooks and Anne Bancroft. Seriously.)

Bancroft.

The book is designated satire, as it has a combination of horror, drama, and sociopolitical commentary. It's It is written as a collection of interviews with survivors and important figures telling the story of a [[ZombieApocalypse Zombie war]] that nearly causes the extinction of mankind. In the Z war 'verse, this world, zombies come about through [[TheVirus a virus called Solanum]] and it spreads in the usual way per the John Russo rules about zombies. Solanum]], which is spread via bites from a zombie or fluid-to-fluid contact. The zombies themselves seem are non-living beings, and can only be stopped by direct injury to operate following a bit of the Russo rules and a bit of the Romero rules.
brain.



* AccidentalAimingSkills: Fernando Oliveira credits his killing of zombie Herr Meuller to this. He bought a large and showy Desert Eagle purely for intimidation and never practiced with it. He was aiming for the chest but was unprepared for the recoil. The shot went wild and, by pure chance, hit Meuller in the head.
* AffablyEvil: The pharmaceutical executive... ''at [[FauxAffablyEvil first]].''

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* AccidentalAimingSkills: Fernando Oliveira credits his killing of zombie Herr Meuller to this. He bought a large and showy Desert Eagle purely for intimidation and never practiced with it. He it; he was aiming for the chest but was unprepared for the recoil. The Luckily for him and everybody else present, his shot went wild and, and by pure chance, chance hit Meuller in the head.
* AffablyEvil: The pharmaceutical executive... ''at [[FauxAffablyEvil first]].''
head.



* TheAlliance: When the Chinese Politburo is completely obliterated by a rogue sub's nuclear strike on their compound, the Rebels and Loyalists unite against the zombie threat, with much more success than the Politburo had.

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* TheAlliance: When the [[spoiler:the Chinese Politburo Politburo]] is completely obliterated by a rogue sub's nuclear strike on their compound, the Rebels and Loyalists unite against the zombie threat, with much more success than the Politburo had.before.



** The Zombie Survival Guide is also spoken of by the interviewees as being imperfect, and so specific to survival in North America as to be nearly useless elsewhere. It recommends as essential things that were just flat-out unobtainable for people living elsewhere. Todd Waino dismisses it as some survivalist trash (complete with jerkoff motions), and the head of Radio Free Earth points out that not many people outside of North America would have a gun, or even running water.
* AlternateHistory: Recent events, such as the death of Nelson Mandela and the annexation of the Crimea, have converted this from NextSundayAD to AlternateHistory.

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** The Zombie Survival Guide is also spoken of by the interviewees as being imperfect, and so specific to survival in North America as to be nearly useless elsewhere. It recommends as essential things that were just flat-out unobtainable for people living elsewhere. Todd Waino dismisses it as some survivalist trash (complete with jerkoff motions), and the head of Radio Free Earth points out that not many people outside of North America would have a gun, or even running water.
* AlternateHistory: Recent events, such as the death of Nelson Mandela and the Russian annexation of the Crimea, have converted this from NextSundayAD to AlternateHistory.



* AscendedFanboy: The {{Otaku}} in Japan, who later learns zatoichi skills from a blind man (who was only a gardener) in Hokkaido. In the forest. Surrounded by zombies coming in from the overcrowded cities. They kill lots and lots of zombies, and post war, they're forming up a civilian defense and preparedness organization.
* AuthorAppeal[=/=]ShoutOut: Music/IronMaiden. Some of the music blared to improve troop morale and lure Zack into prepared killzones is reminisced about with a certain fondness by the veteran interviewee, who also quotes lyrics.
* AuthorAvatar: Brooks himself, although he never mentions himself by name (he did play himself as the interviewer in the audiobook).
** It's made pretty clear, though; when one interviewee disparages the ''Survival Guide'' as worthless, the interviewer responses, "Really?" The way it's placed makes it clear the interviewer ''wrote'' the Guide.
* AuthorTract: It's hardly subtle that what Max Brooks likes survives the war and what he doesn't like is destroyed or changed up, such as modern-day China being a first-rate failure that propagated the infection further, the unnecessary, wasteful spending of billions of dollars on things that don't work at all in the US Military, and Paris Hilton getting stabbed in the face after she pushes her assistant too far.
* ArabIsraeliConflict: Settled by the zombie invasion, by virtue of many involved parties being dead or infected ([[spoiler:Iran and Pakistan]] destroyed each other in nuclear warfare, Palestine and Egypt became completely overrun, and hard-line, ultraconservative Jews who didn't want to share space with non-Jews rebelled, and were quickly crushed), and Israel making peace by inviting in Palestinians previously in Israeli territory, with strict but fair conditions. Even that didn't stop people from trying to carry out the war, and Israel suffered daily mortar attacks, but those decreased as the zombies began swarming in.
* AutobotsRockOut: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] at the Battle of Hope. Every nation that hadn't had their army decimated would use something similar to attract zombies to their location.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Most of the weapons the US Army uses at Yonkers. They use "Shock and Awe" weaponry against the zombies, which is ineffective against them, in addition to a combat system for infantry that allows you to hear and see everything your buddies are seeing. This does nothing for morale when it is stated that the aerial recon showed a horde of zombies millions strong marching out of New York when they were already having a lot of trouble against the front ranks. Also, a soldier is ambushed and torn apart outside a house, and his camera gets all of the action. This stuff, along with a plan that ignores much of the good terrain, written by armchair generals who had spent decades preparing for WorldWarIII with the Soviets, allows the army to be slaughtered. This happens all over the world, apparently--South Korea had a similar incident at Inchon.
** MHTELS (Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser) and Zeus, anti-missile and anti-mine technology, respectively. Terribly inefficient for anti-zombie work, as they take forever to kill organic targets, but make for great propaganda footage, because they make ''heads boil apart.'' Which subverts the impractical part; since some people are so bloody sad they croak from Broken Heart Syndrome.
** Also, the guy early in the outbreak who fights the zombies by strapping on some rollerblades and attempts to mow down zombies with a meat cleaver attached to a hockey stick. [[spoiler: He doesn't make it home, as he gets tripped by a zombie, is dragged into a sewer by his ponytail, and then gets mocked by Creator/ParisHilton after a news camera catches it.]]
** The tactic used by the US Armed Forces in the American reclamation is ''almost'' this: two lines of infantry, stretching the entire continent, moving in synchronicity. The line wasn't in step, for obvious reasons--differing terrain and weather, places that required a grouped offensive, et cetera. Todd Wanio discusses having to wait weeks at a time before bad weather stopped hampering them and mop-up operations in places that the line missed.

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* AscendedFanboy: The {{Otaku}} in Japan, who later learns zatoichi skills from a blind man (who was only a gardener) in Hokkaido. In the forest. Surrounded by zombies coming in from the overcrowded cities. They kill lots and lots of zombies, and post war, they're forming up a civilian defense and preparedness organization.
* AuthorAppeal[=/=]ShoutOut: Music/IronMaiden. Some of the music blared to improve troop morale and lure Zack into prepared killzones is reminisced about with a certain fondness by the veteran interviewee, who also quotes lyrics.
* AuthorAvatar: The unnamed narrator is implied to be Max Brooks himself, although he never mentions himself by name (he did play himself as who also performed the interviewer role in the audiobook).
** It's made pretty clear, though; when one interviewee disparages the ''Survival
audio book, and is hinted to have written ''The Zombie Survival Guide'' as worthless, within the interviewer responses, "Really?" The way it's placed makes it clear context of the interviewer ''wrote'' the Guide.
* AuthorTract: It's hardly subtle that what Max Brooks likes survives the war and what he doesn't like is destroyed or changed up, such as modern-day China being a first-rate failure that propagated the infection further, the unnecessary, wasteful spending of billions of dollars on things that don't work at all in the US Military, and Paris Hilton getting stabbed in the face after she pushes her assistant too far.
story.
* ArabIsraeliConflict: Settled The current conflict is settled by the zombie invasion, by virtue of many involved parties being dead or infected ([[spoiler:Iran infected. [[spoiler:Iran and Pakistan]] destroyed each other in nuclear warfare, Palestine and Egypt became completely overrun, and the hard-line, ultraconservative Jews who didn't want to share space with non-Jews rebelled, rebelled and were quickly crushed), and Israel making peace crushed by inviting in Palestinians previously in the Israeli territory, with strict but fair conditions. government. Israel itself invited in all Palestinian and Palestinian-descended peoples from other countries who sought shelter in the opening stages of the crisis. Even that didn't all this did not completely stop people from trying to carry out the war, and Israel suffered daily mortar attacks, but those decreased as the zombies began swarming in.
* AutobotsRockOut: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] at the Battle of Hope. Every nation that hadn't had their army decimated going on the offensive would use something similar play loud, energetic music to attract simultaneously draw zombies to into range and motivate their location.
own soldiers.
* AwesomeButImpractical: AwesomeButImpractical:
** One man early in the outbreak fights the zombies by strapping on some rollerblades and attempts to mow down zombies with a meat cleaver attached to a hockey stick. [[spoiler: He doesn't make it home, as he gets tripped by a zombie, is dragged into a sewer by his ponytail, and then gets mocked by Creator/ParisHilton after a news camera catches it.]]
**
Most of the weapons the US Army uses at Yonkers. They use "Shock and Awe" weaponry against the zombies, which is ineffective against them, in addition to a combat system for infantry that allows you to hear and see everything your buddies are seeing. This does nothing for morale when it is stated that the aerial recon showed a horde of zombies millions strong marching out of New York when they were already having a lot of trouble against the front ranks. Also, a soldier is ambushed and torn apart outside a house, and his camera gets all of the action. This stuff, along with a plan that ignores much of the good terrain, written by armchair generals who had spent decades preparing for WorldWarIII with the Soviets, allows the army to be slaughtered. This happens all over the world, apparently--South Korea had a similar incident at Inchon.
** MHTELS MTHELS (Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser) and Zeus, laser-based anti-missile and anti-mine technology, respectively. Terribly respectively, are good at their intended functions but terribly inefficient for anti-zombie work, as work. However, the US Government keeps them in operation because they take forever to kill organic targets, but make are perfect for great propaganda footage, because work; they make ''heads boil apart.'' Which subverts apart'' and convince the impractical part; since some public that miraculous technology will help save the day. Since morale is so low that a hundred people every day are so bloody sad they croak literally dying from Broken Heart Syndrome.
** Also,
Syndrome, they became critical in propping up the guy early in the outbreak who fights the zombies by strapping on some rollerblades and attempts to mow down zombies with a meat cleaver attached to a hockey stick. [[spoiler: He doesn't make it home, as he gets tripped by a zombie, is dragged into a sewer by his ponytail, and then gets mocked by Creator/ParisHilton after a news camera catches it.]]
** The tactic used by the US Armed Forces in the American reclamation is ''almost'' this: two lines of infantry, stretching the entire continent, moving in synchronicity. The line wasn't in step, for obvious reasons--differing terrain and weather, places that required a grouped offensive, et cetera. Todd Wanio discusses having to wait weeks at a time before bad weather stopped hampering them and mop-up operations in places that the line missed.
remaining society.



** BadassIsraeli--the State of Israel is literally the ''only'' country to take the initial reports of the zombie threat seriously and respond to them competently. This is attributed to a deliberate policy of considering every potential threat to Israel after the Yom Kippur War, no matter how ridiculous it might sound. The sheer level-headed planning and logic which Israel employs puts the botched reactions of all the world's major superpowers to shame. Israel's response is to build a massive structure out of reinforced concrete surrounding its entire border--aptly dubbed "The Wall"--like a modern Great Wall of China. In order to convince the world that they're honestly not trying to hold onto contested territory, the Wall is built on the old 1967 border lines, abandoning the West Bank and Jerusalem (Jerusalem isn't geographically very defensible). Then, they try to warn the world by presenting a detailed report on the zombie threat to the United Nations General Assembly. Finally, they announce that they'll let any Palestinians within the Wall if they go through medical screening first, again to try to convince everyone that this isn't a trick (few believe them anyway, but this arguably prevented an open war with the Palestinians). It is generally presented that Israel is virtually the ''only'' country to survive the Zombie War relatively intact (barring some isolated islands like Cuba). Of course, they did have to face an Israeli Civil War when the ultra-orthodox Jews got upset that they abandoned Jerusalem, but the IDF triumphed over the rebels because the ultra-orthodox do not participate in compulsory military training. Presumably such arguments about whether to abandon this territory died down during the first year of the zombie epidemic, when entire countries started collapsing and zombie hordes numbering in the millions seethed outside the Wall.

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** BadassIsraeli--the State of Israel is literally the ''only'' country to take the initial reports of the zombie threat seriously and respond to them competently. This is attributed to a deliberate policy of considering every potential threat to Israel after the Yom Kippur War, no matter how ridiculous it might sound. The sheer level-headed planning and logic which Israel employs puts the botched reactions of all the world's major superpowers to shame. Israel's response is to build a massive structure out of reinforced concrete surrounding its entire border--aptly dubbed "The Wall"--like a modern Great Wall of China. In order to convince the world that they're honestly not trying to hold onto contested territory, the Wall is built on the old 1967 border lines, abandoning the West Bank and Jerusalem (Jerusalem isn't geographically very defensible). Then, they try to warn the world by presenting a detailed report on the zombie threat to the United Nations General Assembly. Finally, they announce that they'll let any Palestinians within the Wall if they go through medical screening first, again to try to convince everyone that this isn't a trick (few believe them anyway, but this arguably prevented an open war with the Palestinians). It is generally presented that Israel is virtually the ''only'' country to survive the Zombie War relatively intact (barring some isolated islands like Cuba). Of course, they did have to face an Israeli Civil War when the ultra-orthodox Jews got upset that they abandoned Jerusalem, but the IDF triumphed over the rebels because the ultra-orthodox do not participate in compulsory military training. Presumably such arguments about whether to abandon this territory died down during the first year of the zombie epidemic, when entire countries started collapsing and zombie hordes numbering in the millions seethed outside the Wall.



** [[LaResistance Three hundred college students]] from Claremont, instead of running for the hills [[spoiler: fortified a college campus into a pseudo-medieval city, planted gardens, dug wells and managed to hold off almost ten thousand zombies.]] These guys are ''most certainly'' the example of the BadassBookworm.

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** [[LaResistance Three hundred college students]] from Claremont, instead of running for the hills [[spoiler: fortified a college campus into a pseudo-medieval city, planted gardens, dug wells and managed to hold off almost ten thousand zombies.]] These guys are ''most certainly'' the example of the BadassBookworm.



* BedsheetLadder: The {{otaku}} in Japan escapes from his high-rise this way (he lampshades it, and says it was the only way to leave his flat without having to fight a bunch of zombies with no useable weapons), and nearly kills himself doing it, after slipping due to high winds and losing his grip--and ironically, saving his life by throwing him into the room of an old WorldWarTwo veteran who still had his military-issue (but perfectly deadly) katana in the room. Subverted in part, as he only goes the length of one sheet at a time, and has to loot every good sheet he can find to compensate for the apartments that are locked, infested, or both, and his scrawny nerd body wasn't meant for climbing.
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Toyed with, and justified.
** Christian sects believing that the Rapture was happening, and engaging in such behavior as deliberately exposing themselves to the zombies.
** To a lesser extent, third world countries, especially Africa and India. The Ganges River was choked with pilgrims who believed the river would cure them, and was quickly swarming with zombies.[[note]]In real life, the river is purported to have healing effects.[[/note]] Some African communities react to TheVirus the same way they reacted to AIDS in RealLife; raping virgins, and bloodletting amongst other counterproductive rituals.
** On the more secular side, there were some overzealous environmentalists (implied to be pagans, though) who believed the zombies were GaiasVengeance, attacking small towns (booby trapping trees and poisoning water supplies). Both the sects and environmentalists, however, were rare, and hysteria was only widespread due to alarmism.

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* BedsheetLadder: The {{otaku}} in Japan escapes from his high-rise this way (he lampshades it, and says it was the only way to leave his flat without having to fight a bunch of zombies with no useable weapons), and nearly kills himself doing it, after slipping due to high winds and losing his grip--and ironically, saving his life by throwing him into the room of an old WorldWarTwo veteran who still had his military-issue (but perfectly deadly) katana in the room. Subverted in part, as he only goes the length of one sheet at a time, and has to loot every good sheet he can find to compensate for the apartments that are locked, infested, or both, and his scrawny nerd body wasn't meant for climbing.
room.
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Toyed with, and justified.
BeliefMakesYouStupid:
** Some Christian sects believing that the Rapture was happening, and engaging in such behavior as deliberately exposing themselves to the zombies.
** To a lesser extent, Some third world countries, especially Africa and India. The Ganges River was choked with pilgrims who believed the river would cure them, and was quickly swarming with zombies.[[note]]In real life, the river is purported to have healing effects.[[/note]] Some African communities react to TheVirus the same way they reacted to AIDS in RealLife; raping virgins, and bloodletting amongst other counterproductive rituals.
** On the more secular side, there were some overzealous environmentalists (implied to be pagans, though) who believed the zombies were GaiasVengeance, attacking small towns (booby trapping trees and poisoning water supplies). Both the sects and environmentalists, however, were rare, and hysteria was only widespread due to alarmism.



** A quiet Palestinian father goes PapaWolf on his son in order get him to go with the rest of the family to the Israeli quarantine zone, instead of blowing his life away by becoming a suicide bomber.

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** A quiet Palestinian father goes PapaWolf on his son in order get him to go with the rest of the family to the Israeli quarantine zone, instead of blowing throwing his life away by becoming a suicide bomber.terrorist.



* BerserkButton: Never hurt a dog in front of Darnell Hackworth. It doesn't matter if he's suffering from a fever, the rickets, and dangerously underweight, he will tear you a new one. Hackworth comments on it, saying that he hated dogs until he was forced to listen to puppies starve to death in a nearby pet shop.
* BigApplesauce: The Battle of Yonkers was to intended to stop the zombies pouring out of it.
** BrooklynRage: New York is referred to as the Hero City after the war. After UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the Soviets gave the title of "Hero City" to twelve cities that had displayed outstanding heroism during the war, many of which either held out against the Germans ([[TheCityFormerlyKnownAs Leningrad]], UsefulNotes/{{Moscow}}, Stalingrad) or only went down after a heavy fight (Kiev, Smolensk, Minsk). From that, it can be inferred that a sizable group of especially badass New Yorkers managed to hold out in the city against the zombies.

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* BerserkButton: Never hurt a dog in front of Darnell Hackworth. It doesn't matter if he's suffering from a fever, the rickets, and dangerously underweight, he will tear you a new one. Hackworth comments on it, saying that he hated dogs until he was forced to listen to puppies starve to death in a nearby pet shop.
* BigApplesauce: BigApplesauce:
**
The Battle of Yonkers was to originally intended to as a simultaneous propaganda coup (By showing the public that the military could stop the zombies pouring zombie threat) and also as a vital stopgap against the zombie horde coming out of it.
the densely populated city.
** BrooklynRage: After the war, New York is referred to as the Hero City after the war."Hero City". After UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the Soviets gave the title of "Hero City" to twelve cities that had displayed outstanding heroism during the war, many of which either held out against the Germans ([[TheCityFormerlyKnownAs Leningrad]], UsefulNotes/{{Moscow}}, Stalingrad) or only went down after a heavy fight (Kiev, Smolensk, Minsk). From that, it can be inferred that a sizable group of especially badass New Yorkers managed to hold out in the city against the zombies.



* BladeOnAStick: Maori warriors are mentioned using their indigenous weapons, staffs with crescent blades on top, to great effect against the zombie hordes. Zulu tribes in South Africa use traditional spears.
** One unnamed fellow attempts this by bolting a cleaver to a hockey stick and rollerblading along fast enough to decapitate a zombie in one swing; [[RealityEnsues He gets tripped and pulled into a sewer without even getting one.]]
* BlackBlood: Zombie blood is black. One of the ways to tell a Quisling from a regular Z is that Q's bleed red.

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* BladeOnAStick: BladeOnAStick:
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Maori warriors are mentioned using their indigenous weapons, staffs with crescent blades on top, to great effect against the zombie hordes. Zulu tribes in South Africa use traditional spears.
** One unnamed fellow attempts this by bolting a cleaver to a hockey stick and rollerblading along fast enough to decapitate a zombie in one swing; [[RealityEnsues He gets tripped and pulled into a sewer without even getting one.very quickly.]]
* BlackBlood: Zombie blood is black. One of the ways to tell a Quisling from a regular Z is that Q's Qs bleed red.



** The Resource-to-Kill Ratio: BoringButPractical as strategic doctrine. Leads to the mothballing of most of the USAF, the demechanization of the Army, and the [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking abandonment of polymer for rifle stocks.]]

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** The Resource-to-Kill Ratio: BoringButPractical as strategic doctrine. Leads to the mothballing of most of the USAF, the demechanization of the Army, and the [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking abandonment of polymer for rifle stocks.]]



* BringMyBrownPants: Todd Waino describes this happening to him and his fellow soldiers(both literally ''and'' metaphorically...maybe) in every section he's interviewed in except the final one.

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* BringMyBrownPants: Todd Waino describes this happening to him and his fellow soldiers(both literally ''and'' metaphorically...maybe) in every section he's interviewed in except the final one.BringMyBrownPants:



** Todd Waino describes this happening to him and his fellow soldiers(both literally ''and'' metaphorically...maybe) in every section he's interviewed in except the final one.



* CallBack: A diver who specializes in underwater zombie combat mentions the Chinese sub that was sunk in an earlier story told by a Chinese submariner.  Todd Wainio and his squadron come across the church that Sharon the feral child had been trapped in during the Great Panic.  Wainio also serves with the girl who sang "Avalon" at the Battle of the Five Colleges.  Arthur Sinclair still hopes to arrest Breckinridge Scott. Jurgen Warmbrunn mentions having come across both the psychological evaluation of Stanley [=MacDonald=] and the blog of Fernando Oliveira's nurse in his research. Collins mentions [=MacDonald=] trying to find his peace among the monasteries in Meteora when discussing war veterans trying to deal with their trauma from the war. Canadian refugee Jesika Hendricks mentions meeting an Iranian former pilot who was looking for somewhere to settle down; this is Ahmed Farahnakian. It's also strongly hinted that the old man Kondo Tatsumi gets his katana from is the older brother of his master Sensei Ijiro. A photograph of the old man as a young officer shows he had a little brother that would have been about Ijiro's age. Mary Jo Miller comments on one of her co-wokers, Ms. Inez leaving for the Canadian artic before the Great Panic hits. Later, Ms. Inez is mentioned as the medic in Todd Waino's unit during the reclaiming of America.

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* CallBack: CallBack:
**
A diver who specializes in underwater zombie combat mentions the Chinese sub that was sunk in an earlier story told by a Chinese submariner.  Todd submariner.
** Todd
Wainio and his squadron come across the church that Sharon the feral child had been trapped in during the Great Panic.  Wainio Panic. Wainio also serves with the girl who sang "Avalon" at the Battle of the Five Colleges.  Arthur Colleges.
** Arthur
Sinclair still hopes to arrest Breckinridge Scott. Jurgen Scott.
** Jurgen
Warmbrunn mentions having come across both the psychological evaluation of Stanley [=MacDonald=] and the blog of Fernando Oliveira's nurse in his research. research.
**
Collins mentions [=MacDonald=] trying to find his peace among the monasteries in Meteora when discussing war veterans trying to deal with their trauma from the war. war.
**
Canadian refugee Jesika Hendricks mentions meeting an Iranian former pilot who was looking for somewhere to settle down; this is Ahmed Farahnakian. It's also Farahnakian.
** It is
strongly hinted that hinted--but never explicitly confirmed--that the old man Kondo Tatsumi gets his katana from is the older brother of his master master, Sensei Ijiro. A photograph of the old man as a young officer shows he had a little brother that would have been about Ijiro's age. age.
**
Mary Jo Miller comments on one of her co-wokers, Ms. Inez leaving for the Canadian artic before the Great Panic hits. Later, Ms. Inez is mentioned as the medic in Todd Waino's unit during the reclaiming of America.



* CelebritySurvivor: Lots of fun is had with this. One of the soldiers that Todd Wainio served with was a former pro wrestler, and another one may or may not have been [[Music/{{REM}} Michael Stipe]]. A pre-war film director also finds work shooting propaganda movies for the government. And then, of course, there's [[DeathByMaterialism the celebrity fortress]] [[TooDumbToLive on Long Island...]]

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* CelebritySurvivor: Lots of fun is had with this. this.
**
One of the soldiers that Todd Wainio served with was a former pro wrestler, and another one may or may not have been [[Music/{{REM}} Michael Stipe]]. Stipe]] (Waino was sure it was him, but could never get him to admit it). A pre-war film director also finds work shooting propaganda movies for the government. And then, government, and mentions that a friend of course, there's [[DeathByMaterialism his, '[[Creator/MartinScorsese Marty]]', is also still making movies
** One of
the celebrity fortress]] [[TooDumbToLive chapters details the "Celebrity Fortress" on Long Island...]]Island, where actors, musicians and socialites had set up to survive the war in the style to which they had grown accustomed. [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed None of them were explicitly identified]], but there are hints to match several of them to real-life celebrities.



** Averted by the other target, the Italians: it's implied they fought hard and had a sufficient weapon surplus to supply other countries (it helps that most of Italy's weapon factories are in one of the most easily defensible areas of the country).



* CoolOldLady: Please be upstanding for [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.]] A DistaffCounterpart to BadassGrandpa:
-->[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "She... she wouldn't leave, you see. She insisted, over the objections of Parliament, to remain at Windsor, as she put it, 'for the duration.'"]][[note]]Even cooler--it survived the war.[[/note]]

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* CoolOldLady: Please be upstanding for [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.]] A DistaffCounterpart to BadassGrandpa:
-->[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "She...
]]:
-->"She...
she wouldn't leave, you see. She insisted, over the objections of Parliament, to remain at Windsor, as she put it, 'for the duration.'"]][[note]]Even cooler--it survived the war.[[/note]]'"



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Breckenridge Scott, who openly gloats about fooling most of the population into believing his rabies vaccine was a cure.
* CozyCatastrophe: A handful of countries managed to get by almost unscathed: Israel was pretty much the ''only'' nation that took the initial zombie threat seriously while Ireland and Cuba were isolated enough to be zombie-free. On the other hand, the Israelis had to contend with a brief civil war against ultra-Orthodox dissidents over abandoning Jerusalem and letting in goyim, and Cuba faced democratic upheaval [[spoiler:with Fidel Castro ''willingly giving it to his people,'' guaranteeing his own legacy and ensuring he didn't get toppled over by an increasingly overpopulated, diverse, and liberal populace.]] North Korea meanwhile ''attempted'' pulling this off through having its entire population go underground to wait out the zombie apocalypse. [[spoiler: Decades later, no one's in a rush to figure out whatever became of them.]]

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Breckenridge Scott, who openly gloats about fooling most of the population into believing his rabies vaccine was a cure.
effective against the zombie virus.
* CozyCatastrophe: A handful of countries managed to get by almost unscathed: Israel was pretty much the ''only'' nation that took the initial zombie threat seriously while Ireland and Cuba were isolated enough to be zombie-free. On the other hand, the Israelis had to contend with a brief civil war against ultra-Orthodox dissidents over abandoning Jerusalem and letting in goyim, and Cuba faced democratic upheaval [[spoiler:with Fidel Castro ''willingly giving it to his people,'' guaranteeing his own legacy and ensuring he didn't get toppled over by an increasingly overpopulated, diverse, and liberal populace.]] upheaval. North Korea meanwhile ''attempted'' pulling this off through having its entire population go underground to wait out the zombie apocalypse. [[spoiler: Decades later, no one's in a rush to figure out whatever became of them.]]



** The otaku subverts this. He was looking for information online about zombies simply for e-prestige, but does not bother to learn, understand, or utilize the information in any way. He had no mental or physical preparedness, despite having every opportunity to do so. He realizes how childish his "information mining" is when he finds a government official's own plan, which DID use the information to create a real plan of action and preparedness, but still doesn't do so himself. His escape from his apartment is mostly by luck, and from half-remembered action movie escapes, not from real learning or preparation, and he only later begins to actually think about all the facts he learned online and how to use them properly; his first real thoughts about his knowledge are when he reaches the streets and remembers that he's mostly safe in the open, and he kicks himself because he never bothered to look up enough to be able to hotwire a vehicle when he had the time. The only real reason he survived the entire mess was because an apartment he happened to accidentally crash into after he falls off his bedsheet ladder contained a genuine military-issue katana.



** The celebrity mansion--at least, against zombies.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: The traditional start of [[{{Hikikomori}} Kondo Tatsumi's]] day, before he TookALevelInBadass

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** The celebrity mansion--at least, against zombies.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: The traditional start of [[{{Hikikomori}} Kondo Tatsumi's]] day, before he TookALevelInBadassTookALevelInBadass.



* DisabilitySuperpower: One unusually {{troperrific}} chapter features a samurai with Daredevil-type blindness surviving alone in the woods. He was blind as a result of being a Nagasaki survivor, and became a BadAss simply by running away into the woods so that nobody would have to think about the useless old gardener that nobody likes. Using a spade to kill the zombies and politely thanking them for making so much noise before he did so just makes it better.
** Another interview has a wheelchair-bound man taking up zombie defense patrolsó crawling zombies trying to attack him from behind get his (perfectly mundane) wheelchair instead of his legs. In addition, he was considered perfect for patrol duty, as whenever they needed to check a house, procedure stated that at least two people had to be left on the streets to make sure zombies weren't coming down the road. It's a lot easier to pick the people if one of them ''can't enter the house.''

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* DisabilitySuperpower: DisabilitySuperpower:
**
One unusually {{troperrific}} chapter features a samurai with Daredevil-type blindness surviving alone in the woods. He was blind as a result of being a Nagasaki survivor, and became a BadAss simply by running away into the woods so that nobody would have to think about the useless old gardener that nobody likes. Using a spade to kill the zombies and politely thanking them for making so much noise before he did so just makes it better.
** Another interview has a
wheelchair-bound man taking up joins the volunteer zombie defense patrolsó patrols that are set up in neighborhoods once the initial panic wears downó crawling zombies trying to attack him from behind get his (perfectly mundane) wheelchair instead of his legs. In addition, he was considered perfect for patrol duty, as whenever they needed to check a house, procedure stated that at least two people had to be left on the streets to make sure zombies weren't coming down the road. It's a lot easier to pick the people if one of them ''can't enter the house.''''
** One unusually {{troperrific}} chapter features an old, blind Japanese gardener surviving alone in the woods. He was blind as a result of being a Nagasaki survivor, and became a BadAss simply by running away into the woods so that nobody would have to think about the useless old gardener that nobody likes. Using a spade to kill the zombies and politely thanking them for making so much noise before he did so just makes it better.



* EatTheRich: In one story, a bunch of celebrities lock themselves in a well-armed and supplied compound during the outbreak. It falls not to zombies but to [[spoiler: the starving masses]].

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* EatTheRich: In one story, a bunch of celebrities lock themselves in a well-armed and supplied compound during the outbreak. It falls not to zombies but to [[spoiler: the starving masses]].masses who are looking for a place to survive.



** Zombies exposed to radiation ''do'' pose a threat, though- they're radioactive and spread that radioactivity. One story that takes place in a submarine is able to identify where an underwater swarm came from due to them activating the geiger counter.



* EvilDetectingDog: Dogs could detect [[TheVirus Solanum]] [[ZombieInfectee infected]] and would freak out. Certain dog breeds were used to hunt zombies, and to attack and kill them where humans could not easily get in/out.
** The Israeli government employs them to screen refugees.

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* EvilDetectingDog: Dogs could detect [[TheVirus Solanum]] [[ZombieInfectee infected]] and would freak out. out when any zombie or person who had been bitten by a zombie was nearby. Certain dog breeds were used to hunt zombies, and to attack and kill them where humans could not easily get in/out.
** The Israeli government employs them to screen refugees.
in/out.



* [[ShowWithinAShow Film Within A Novel]]: ''Victory at Avalon: The Battle of the Five Colleges''. See above. Also ''Anacapa'', ''Mission District'', ''Dos Palmos'', and ''[[BigDamnMovie Fire of the Gods]]'', the latter pretty much BackedByThePentagon and the first of ''Wonder Weapons'', which were BasedOnAGreatBigLie, as the technology they depict is useless against zombies, but images of zombie skulls literally being vaporized in slow-mo worked wonders for morale. All directed by Roy Elliot, Steven Spielberg's CaptainErsatz. There's also ''Hero City'', directed by Creator/MartinScorsese, of which there were two versions: one, which was pure inspirational propaganda, and the other a more unbiased view including plenty of examples of [[WarIsHell humans]] [[ObligatoryWarCrimeScene being]] [[OffscreenVillainy total jerks.]]



** The earlier Zombie Survival Guide stated that a gas mask was essential to fighting zombies, since 1) zombie blood getting splashed in your mouth or eyes would kill you (Solanum-infected tissue is toxic) and 2) Zombies smell like rotten meat and they're more than likely to munch your face off while your doubled over puking from the stink.
* GenreBlind: The American general officers in command at the Battle of Yonkers take this to an extreme.

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** The earlier Zombie Survival Guide stated that a gas mask was essential to fighting zombies, since 1) zombie blood getting splashed in your mouth or eyes would kill you (Solanum-infected tissue is toxic) and 2) Zombies smell like rotten meat and they're more than likely to munch your face off while your doubled over puking from the stink.
* GenreBlind: The American general officers in command at the Battle of Yonkers take this to an extreme.GenreBlind:



** The American general officers in command at the Battle of Yonkers take this to an extreme.



** Fernando Oliveira gives Rosi, one of the nurses at the hospital he works at, "a good one across the cheek" [[spoiler: after she sees the patient Herr Mueller flatline, reanimate and kill the heart surgeon Doctor Silva.]] He's on the receiving end shortly afterwards courtesy of Graziela, another nurse, after [[spoiler:he goes to see for himself and manages to blow off Mueller's head mostly by sheer dumb luck]].

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** Fernando Oliveira gives Rosi, one of the nurses at the hospital he works at, "a good one across the cheek" [[spoiler: after she sees the patient Herr Mueller flatline, reanimate and kill the heart surgeon Doctor Silva.]] Silva. He's on the receiving end shortly afterwards courtesy of Graziela, another nurse, after [[spoiler:he he goes to see for himself and manages to blow off Mueller's head mostly by sheer dumb luck]].luck.



* GlobalCurrency: Due to the way things go, Cuban pesos become the most accepted currency in the world, in places that aren't on a barter economy.

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* GlobalCurrency: Due to the way things go, Cuban pesos become the most accepted currency in the world, in places that aren't on a barter economy.world.



* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: The 'Alpha Teams' deployed by the United States the initial outbreak sites to 'deal' with the problem. In this case though, the reader is just as clueless as everyone else to their stories, since the records were sealed for 140 years.

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* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: TheGreatestStoryNeverTold:
**
The 'Alpha Teams' deployed by the United States to the initial outbreak sites to 'deal' with the problem. In this case though, the reader is just as clueless as everyone else to their stories, since the records were sealed for 140 years. One general describes them as the bravest, most heroic American action teams in history.



* HeelRealization: The guy narrating the celebrity mansion story realizes that [[spoiler:the people attacking are human, not zombies.]]

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* HeelRealization: The guy narrating the celebrity mansion story realizes that [[spoiler:the the people attacking are human, not zombies.]]



** Everything that had to do with the defensive line. They not only had just one line of defense, but no soldiers were put in overwatch positions on buildings, they'd failed to secure the combat zone behind them (say, checking to make sure that homes weren't empty of zombies), and valuable time, resources, and energy were wasted building cover (blasting tank bunkers out of parking lots, even!) against a force without ranged weapons.

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** Everything that had to do with the defensive line. They not only had just one line of defense, but no soldiers were put in overwatch positions on buildings, they'd failed to secure the combat zone behind them (say, checking to make sure that homes weren't were empty of zombies), and valuable time, resources, and energy were wasted building cover (blasting tank bunkers out of parking lots, even!) against a force without ranged weapons.



** Keeping the Air Force completely shut out until one emergency bombardment with a thermobaric bomb.



** Zombie biology. The zombies are resistant to anything that doesn't destroy the brain, mostly shrugging off hits below the neck (unless a lucky shot hits the spine or the legs) and ignoring the effects of overpressure, intense heat, or even getting their lungs ripped out through their mouths by the effects of a thermobaric bomb. Furthermore, even if they have been crippled, a crawling zombie is arguably more dangerous than a standing one, especially if it's crawling through brush or tall grass where it can't be seen until it grabs someone by the leg. As a result, most soldiers, who were trained to aim for the center of mass, had trouble consistently hitting targets as small as zombie heads, while explosives and incendiary weapons had little effect outside the immediate blast radius.



* IdiotBall[=/=]SmartBall: A good portion of the world, especially America, seems to be holding the former for the first act, then dropping it, then eventually picking up the latter. The really weird thing is that in some cases, it's implied to be the same people.



* InfantImmortality: Averted. Very much so. Played semi-straight with the Ferals, children who grew up without society, language, or their parents.

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* InfantImmortality: Averted. Very much so. Played semi-straight with Averted; the Ferals, deaths and abandonment of children who grew up without society, language, or their parents.is a frequently-encountred issue all throughout the series.



** Paul Redeker. His plan was amoral and a planned murder of millions of people, but it saved mankind from the zombies.
** The Ukrainian armed forces had a very sadistic method of 'screening' the refugees. The KillEmAll entry shows it had a very good point.
* {{Jerkass}}: '''Breckinridge Scott.''' Proudly boasts about scamming millions off of scared people by perpetrating the myth that it was rabies, developing half-assed products that claimed to ward off Rabies (and bragging that he didn't care if it even cured Rabies), blames people's "stupidity" for buying "into the myth" when there was no information but his actively deceitful claims of rabies, and laughs when most of them wound up infected.
** The doctor who diagnosed "Patient Zero" will not stop talking about how stupid, uneducated, superstitious, and underclass he thought the rural folk he had to help were, blaming it on being "an old revolutionary at heart", being one of the Communist party's firm believes who were to smash superstition. However, he does seem to realize when telling the story how arrogant and snobbish his younger self was, and has a bit of sympathy (in hindsight) for those affected by the Three Gorges dam.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Paul Redeker. An emotionless, possible sociopath whose plan for dealing with zombies was originally designed for the Apartheid system - but he recognizes that it's impossible to save everyone, and Nelson Mandela himself accepts that the 'Redeker Plan' will save South Africa. Practically every other country adopts this plan as well.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Breckinridge Scott, the developer of the Pahalanx vaccine. He proudly boasts about scamming millions off of scared people by perpetrating the myth that the zombie virus was rabies, developing half-assed products that claimed to ward off rabies (and bragging that he didn't care if it even did that), blames people's "stupidity" for buying "into the myth" when there was no information but his actively deceitful claims of rabies, and laughs when most of them wound up infected.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** Paul Redeker. His plan was amoral and a planned murder of millions of people, but it saved mankind from the zombies.\n** The Ukrainian armed forces had a very sadistic method of 'screening' the refugees. The KillEmAll entry shows it had a very good point.\n* {{Jerkass}}: '''Breckinridge Scott.''' Proudly boasts about scamming millions off of scared people by perpetrating the myth that it was rabies, developing half-assed products that claimed to ward off Rabies (and bragging that he didn't care if it even cured Rabies), blames people's "stupidity" for buying "into the myth" when there was no information but his actively deceitful claims of rabies, and laughs when most of them wound up infected.\n** The doctor who diagnosed "Patient Zero" will not stop talking about how stupid, uneducated, superstitious, and underclass he thought the rural folk he had to help were, blaming it on being "an old revolutionary at heart", being one of the Communist party's firm believes who were to smash superstition. However, he does seem to realize when telling the story how arrogant and snobbish his younger self was, and has a bit of sympathy (in hindsight) for those affected by the Three Gorges dam.\n* JerkassHasAPoint: Paul Redeker. An emotionless, possible sociopath whose plan for dealing with zombies was originally designed for the Apartheid system - but he recognizes that it's impossible to save everyone, and Nelson Mandela himself accepts that the 'Redeker Plan' will save South Africa. Practically every other country adopts this plan as well.



** Grover Carlson, the former White House chief of staff, points out how impossible it would have been politically for the pre-war federal government to put all its resources into preparing for the coming zombie apocalypse. He's supposed to come off as a uncaring JerkAss who did nothing, but he's right. As he puts it, the government can't focus on one single threat at a time and it's the job of the president to provide a measured response, which is what they did with the Alpha Teams and community response programs. That it wasn't enough is hardly his fault alone.
* JustFollowingOrders: {{Defied}} by the mercenaries at the Celebrity Bunker, who refuse to shoot the survivors besieging the compound because they'd been hired to shoot Z's, not people.

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* JustFollowingOrders:
** Grover Carlson, the former White House chief of staff, points out how impossible it would have been politically for the pre-war federal government to put all its resources into preparing for the coming zombie apocalypse. He's supposed to come off as a uncaring JerkAss who did nothing, but he's right. As he puts it, the government can't focus on one single threat at a time and it's the job of the president to provide a measured response, which is what they did with the Alpha Teams and community response programs. That it wasn't enough is hardly his fault alone.
* JustFollowingOrders:
{{Defied}} by the mercenaries at the Celebrity Bunker, who refuse to shoot the survivors besieging the compound because they'd been hired to shoot Z's, not people.



*** The Russians quell rebellion among their troops by enacting [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimation_(Roman_army) decimations]] in the classical Roman sense of the term. This(along with a ''thoroughly'' CorruptChurch) actually result in the re-birth of Russia as a global empire.

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*** The Russians quell rebellion among their troops by enacting [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimation_(Roman_army) decimations]] in the classical Roman sense of the term. This(along This (along with a ''thoroughly'' CorruptChurch) actually result in the re-birth reformation of Russia as a global theocratic empire.



*** German trooper Philip Adler refuses to abandon the refugees he's guarding - until his commander tells him his unit will be "punished with Russian Efficiency" if he doesn't. Adler complies, but plans to assassinate his CO the next time he sees him.

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*** German trooper Philip Adler refuses to abandon the refugees he's guarding - until guarding; he explains that--as a West German--he had grown up being taught that "just following orders" did not excuse your actions. Then his commander tells him his unit will be "punished with Russian Efficiency" if he doesn't. doesn't, and Adler complies, but plans to assassinate his CO the next time he sees him.


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* SelfDeprecation: ''The Zombie Survival Guide'' is spoken of by the interviewees as being imperfect, and so specific to survival in North America as to be nearly useless elsewhere. It recommends as essential things that were just flat-out unobtainable for people living elsewhere. Todd Waino dismisses it as some survivalist trash (complete with jerkoff motions), and the head of Radio Free Earth points out that not many people outside of North America would have a gun, or even running water.


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* ShowWithinAShow: We see a documentary filmmaker who chronicles humanity's survival in the war and makes propaganda features to inspire those who are so demoralized they are dying in their sleep. ''Victory at Avalon: The Battle of the Five Colleges'' was his first, followed by ''Anacapa'', ''Mission District'', ''Dos Palmos'', and ''[[BigDamnMovie Fire of the Gods]]'', the latter pretty much BackedByThePentagon and the first of ''Wonder Weapons'', which were BasedOnAGreatBigLie, as the technology they depict is useless against zombies, but images of zombie skulls literally being vaporized in slow-mo worked wonders for morale. All directed by Roy Elliot, Steven Spielberg's CaptainErsatz. There's also ''Hero City'', directed by Creator/MartinScorsese, of which there were two versions: one, which was pure inspirational propaganda, and the other a more unbiased view including plenty of examples of [[WarIsHell humans]] [[ObligatoryWarCrimeScene being]] [[OffscreenVillainy total jerks.]]
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