History Literature / WorldWarZ

7th Jan '17 3:56:32 PM nombretomado
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** None were 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]].

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** None were named or explicitly identified, but [[Series/AmericanIdol Ruben Studdard]], Creator/ParisHilton, [[RealTimeWithBillMaher [[Series/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]].



** 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 [[Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher Bill Maher]], Ann Coulter, Paris Hilton, and various movie stars and musicians. The Rove-surrogate is found literally shoveling manure.
29th Dec '16 9:41:26 AM nombretomado
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** Paul Redeker, who spent his whole career engineering how to save [[MightyWhitey the elite]] [[TheApartheidEra white population of South Africa]] from a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized populist black uprising]] through sacrificing "unnecessary" citizens in a patently [[KnightTemplar amoral]], [[StrawVulcan emotionlessly logical]], and [[CrazyPrepared detailed]] survival plan. Then the [[FromBadToWorse zombies show up]]. When he's hauled before the South African government, and [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming embraced by Nelson Mandela]], he... cracks. [[spoiler:He [[SplitPersonalityTakeover goes crazy, develops a split personality because he could not understand how someone could hold sympathy for someone like him,]] and assumes the name Xolelwa Azania, believing he was a close 'friend' of Redeker.]]

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** Paul Redeker, who spent his whole career engineering how to save [[MightyWhitey the elite]] [[TheApartheidEra [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra white population of South Africa]] from a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized populist black uprising]] through sacrificing "unnecessary" citizens in a patently [[KnightTemplar amoral]], [[StrawVulcan emotionlessly logical]], and [[CrazyPrepared detailed]] survival plan. Then the [[FromBadToWorse zombies show up]]. When he's hauled before the South African government, and [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming embraced by Nelson Mandela]], he... cracks. [[spoiler:He [[SplitPersonalityTakeover goes crazy, develops a split personality because he could not understand how someone could hold sympathy for someone like him,]] and assumes the name Xolelwa Azania, believing he was a close 'friend' of Redeker.]]



* StrawVulcan: Paul Redeker, who firmly believes that empathy only inhibits human progress, and made the original, extraordinarily racist Redeker Plan for Apartheid-era South Africa ''because he saw no reason not to.'' [[spoiler:When Nelson Mandela shows extreme empathy for him -- proposing that this mindset was the only way a moral, sensitive man could ''survive'' TheApartheidEra -- he snaps and develops a split personality, far more cheerful and compassionate than Redeker ever was.]]

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* StrawVulcan: Paul Redeker, who firmly believes that empathy only inhibits human progress, and made the original, extraordinarily racist Redeker Plan for Apartheid-era South Africa ''because he saw no reason not to.'' [[spoiler:When Nelson Mandela shows extreme empathy for him -- proposing that this mindset was the only way a moral, sensitive man could ''survive'' TheApartheidEra UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra -- he snaps and develops a split personality, far more cheerful and compassionate than Redeker ever was.]]
6th Dec '16 5:05:55 PM DimensionalShambler
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* OldMediaAreEvil: A large part of the blame for the ignorance of the public about the true nature of the 'rabies' epidemic and the subsequent Great Panic goes to them. Warmbrunn and the former head of the CIA indirectly defend 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: A large part of the blame for the ignorance of the public about the true nature of the 'rabies' epidemic and the subsequent Great Panic goes to them. Either they were simply describing the outbreaks as 'African rabies' and implied to ignore the fact ''they were causing the dead to rise'', or feeding lies and misinformation from bigwigs and the uninformed, leading to Phalanx spreading like wildfire (and doing nothing to stop infection) and indirectly causing the Canadian ecosystem to be utterly turned into a frozen cesspit from fleeing refugees heeding the media's call to "go north". Warmbrunn and the former head of the CIA indirectly defend them, defends the media, as, in the paraphrased words of the latter, absolutely ''no one'' is going to think the something out of a bad sci-fi film (the undead are rising en mass mass) when there are other, far more realistic threats at hand.
6th Dec '16 5:03:18 PM DimensionalShambler
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** Paul Redeker, who spent his whole career engineering how to save [[MightyWhitey the elite]] [[TheApartheidEra white population of South Africa]] from a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized populist black uprising]] through sacrificing "unnecessary" citizens in a patently [[KnightTemplar amoral]], [[StrawVulcan emotionlessly logical]], and [[CrazyPrepared detailed]] survival plan. Then the [[FromBadToWorse zombies show up]]. [[spoiler:But it's when he's [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming embraced by Nelson Mandela]] that his emotional isolationism cracks and he embraces his own humanity. He also [[SplitPersonalityTakeover goes crazy]] and assumes the name Xolelwa Azania.]]
** Lots of soldiers in the US Army suffer from this. One was a professional wrestler who broke down after smelling perfume that reminded him of someone he knew. Another man reached his abandoned home outside of Chicago and shot himself in his living room. The heroine of the Battle of Five Colleges--Sergeant "Avalon"--survived a battle against 10,000 zombies and stoically led a squad during the offensive to reclaim the American heartland, only to finally break down after seeing, of all things, a ''turtle''. By this point in the war, seeing a turtle was like "seeing a unicorn" due to how few survived.

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** Paul Redeker, who spent his whole career engineering how to save [[MightyWhitey the elite]] [[TheApartheidEra white population of South Africa]] from a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized populist black uprising]] through sacrificing "unnecessary" citizens in a patently [[KnightTemplar amoral]], [[StrawVulcan emotionlessly logical]], and [[CrazyPrepared detailed]] survival plan. Then the [[FromBadToWorse zombies show up]]. [[spoiler:But it's when When he's hauled before the South African government, and [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming embraced by Nelson Mandela]] that his emotional isolationism cracks and he embraces his own humanity. He also Mandela]], he... cracks. [[spoiler:He [[SplitPersonalityTakeover goes crazy]] crazy, develops a split personality because he could not understand how someone could hold sympathy for someone like him,]] and assumes the name Xolelwa Azania.Azania, believing he was a close 'friend' of Redeker.]]
** Lots of soldiers in the US Army Army, post-Yonkers and recruiting civilians, suffer from this. One was a professional wrestler who broke down after smelling perfume that reminded him of someone he knew. Another man reached his abandoned home outside of Chicago and shot himself in his living room. The heroine of the Battle of Five Colleges--Sergeant "Avalon"--survived a battle against 10,000 zombies and stoically led a squad during the offensive to reclaim the American heartland, only to finally break down after seeing, of all things, a ''turtle''. By this point in the war, seeing a turtle was like "seeing a unicorn" due to how few survived.
6th Dec '16 2:19:49 PM Kalaong
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*** German trooper Philip Adler refuses to abandon the refugees he's 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, and 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; 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 told him his unit will would be "punished with Russian Efficiency" if he doesn't, didn't, and Adler complies, complied, but plans planned to assassinate his CO the next time he sees him.saw him. [[spoiler:The commander beat him to it, which Adler called [[SuicideIsShameful an act of ultimate cowardice]];]]
--->Remember what I said about being beholden to your conscience? You can’t blame anyone else, not the plan’s architect, not your commanding officer, no one but yourself. You have to make your own choices and live every agonizing day with the consequences of those choices. He knew this. That’s why he deserted us like we deserted those civilians. He saw the road ahead, a steep, treacherous mountain road. We’d all have to hike that road, each of us dragging the boulder of what we’d done behind us. He couldn’t do it. He couldn’t shoulder the weight.
6th Dec '16 10:33:13 AM Kalaong
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* StrawVulcan: Paul Redeker, who firmly believes that empathy only inhibits human progress, and made the original, extraordinarily racist Redeker Plan for Apartheid-era South Africa ''because he saw no reason not to.'' [[spoiler:When Nelson Mandela shows extreme empathy for him, he snaps and develops a split personality, far more cheerful and compassionate than Redeker ever was.]]

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* StrawVulcan: Paul Redeker, who firmly believes that empathy only inhibits human progress, and made the original, extraordinarily racist Redeker Plan for Apartheid-era South Africa ''because he saw no reason not to.'' [[spoiler:When Nelson Mandela shows extreme empathy for him, him -- proposing that this mindset was the only way a moral, sensitive man could ''survive'' TheApartheidEra -- he snaps and develops a split personality, far more cheerful and compassionate than Redeker ever was.]]
2nd Dec '16 5:55:56 AM Bahslel
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* TheExtremistWasRight: The Redekker plan is a fine example of this trope, literally having been made by a sociopath for sociopathic racists (it was an evacuation/battle plan for the notorious South African Apartheid government, in case black rebellion toppled the government and its cities).

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* TheExtremistWasRight: The Redekker Redeker plan is a fine example of this trope, literally having been made by a sociopath for sociopathic racists (it was an evacuation/battle plan for the notorious South African Apartheid government, in case black rebellion toppled the government and its cities).



** The Redecker Plan, which is this on a national scale. In order to keep the country alive, the "important" people would be gathered and secured in a single place to ensure the country can be rebuilt... and the rest of the population will be herded into enclaves which are armed and supported for the express purpose of giving the zombie more appealing targets that last as long as possible, so that the primary group has the least amount of danger. The enclaves are sent supplies and whatever other support is possible only as long as they are strong enough to remain a viable distraction. [[NecessarilyEvil Most countries adopt their own variations of the Redecker Plan.]]

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** The Redecker Redeker Plan, which is this on a national scale. In order to keep the country alive, the "important" people would be gathered and secured in a single place to ensure the country can be rebuilt... and the rest of the population will be herded into enclaves which are armed and supported for the express purpose of giving the zombie more appealing targets that last as long as possible, so that the primary group has the least amount of danger. The enclaves are sent supplies and whatever other support is possible only as long as they are strong enough to remain a viable distraction. [[NecessarilyEvil Most countries adopt their own variations of the Redecker Redeker Plan.]]
2nd Dec '16 5:55:16 AM Bahslel
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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 was aiming for the chest but was unprepared for the recoil. Luckily for him and everybody else present, his shot went wild and by pure chance hit Meuller in the head.

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* AccidentalAimingSkills: Fernando Oliveira credits his killing of zombie Herr Meuller Mueller 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. Luckily for him and everybody else present, his shot went wild and by pure chance hit Meuller Mueller in the head.
23rd Nov '16 7:04:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* ArabIsraeliConflict: The current conflict is 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 the hard-line, ultraconservative Jews who didn't want to share space with non-Jews rebelled and were crushed by the Israeli 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 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.
20th Nov '16 5:38:35 AM jnw42970
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** The US armed forces have weaponized the standard entrenching tool, dubbing it the "Lobotomizer" or "Lobo."

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** The US armed forces have weaponized the standard their standard-issue entrenching tool, dubbing it the "Lobotomizer" or "Lobo."
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