History Literature / WorldWarZ

17th Mar '17 12:36:15 PM Rebu
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* IdiotBall: The Battle of Yonkers is considered a crowning moment of stupidity both in and out-of universe. From letting the news reporters get mixed up with the troops, to deploying a bunch of useless military hardware, to [[spoiler:not having enough ammo to actually fight the zombies]]...


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** The US had highly effective black-ops anti-zombie teams. The Battle of Yonkers indicates that no one planning the operation listened to them. At all.
14th Mar '17 2:09:51 PM TheWanderer
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* TankGoodness: Subverted and averted. At Yonkers, the tanks aren't carrying appropriate ammunition--anti-tank kinetic darts are worth fuck-all against the living dead. Later in the war (in America's case at least), tanks get mothballed because the resources required to use them (i.e. fuel and ammunition) don't equate to a higher number of dead zombies than, say, an infantry platoon would. Todd Waino notes that the only time they were fielded was when A) a threat was human and B) something bad was going down, such as fighting rebel strongholds or criminal gangs who had taken over cities.

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Subverted and averted. At Yonkers, the tanks aren't carrying appropriate ammunition--anti-tank kinetic darts are worth fuck-all against the living dead. Later in the war (in America's case at least), tanks get mothballed because the resources required to use them (i.e. fuel and ammunition) don't equate to a higher number of dead zombies than, say, an infantry platoon would. Todd Waino notes that the only time they were fielded was when A) a threat was human and B) something bad was going down, such as fighting rebel strongholds or criminal gangs who had taken over cities.cities.
** Russia played this straight though, as it was mentioned that running over zombies with old tanks was a tactic they embraced.
22nd Feb '17 2:32:25 PM Gregzilla
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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Land Warrior, Chinese nuclear subs and Comanches are deployed, the Chinese have a Space Station ([[spoiler:though it turns out it's not much but an orbital denial system in case things heat up on the ground)]], and computers have voice-typing. One of the previous wars is heavily hinted as having been the Iraq War, and fuel-cells are used on boats, though it's apparently a recent post-war invention.
* TookALevelInBadass: Seems to be one of the books central themes. In the face of a ZombieApocalypse, some people get killed and others get [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Awesome]].

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Land Warrior, Chinese nuclear subs and Comanches are deployed, the Chinese have a Space Station SpaceStation ([[spoiler:though it turns out it's not much but an orbital denial system in case things heat up on the ground)]], ground]]), and computers have voice-typing. One of the previous wars is heavily hinted as having been the Iraq War, and fuel-cells are used on boats, though it's apparently a recent post-war invention.
* TookALevelInBadass: Seems to be one of the books central themes. In the face of a ZombieApocalypse, some people get killed and others get [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[WorldOfBadass Awesome]].
26th Jan '17 9:36:32 PM WanderingBrowser
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*** Ironically, the sheer fear he has at the idea that the zombies can run indirectly references a common TakeThat ''from'' fast zombie fans against traditionalists -- namely, that a zombie that can actually chase you down effectively is ''far'' more terrifying than a barely-ambulatory corpse you can easily outrun or outmaneuver.



* ZombieGait: It's mentioned a handful of times that you're better off in the streets, where you can easily outrun Zack, than in a bottlenecked building.

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* ZombieGait: As per the lore established in the previous book, zombies can't manage much faster than a lurching, drunken shamble when it comes to motion, due to brain damage and decaying tendons. It's mentioned a handful of times that you're better off in the streets, where you can easily outrun Zack, than in a bottlenecked building.
22nd Jan '17 8:28:01 PM TheWildWestPyro
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** The Chinese Politburo holed up in Xilinhot during the Chinese Revolution.

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** The Chinese Politburo holed up in Xilinhot during the second Chinese Revolution.Civil War, which ends when [[spoiler: a rogue submarine nukes their bunker]], resulting in China becoming a federal republic.



* SergeantRock: There's Sergeant Avalon who participated in the Battle (Victory) of the 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]].

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* SergeantRock: There's Sergeant Avalon who participated in the Battle (Victory) of the Five Colleges and her replacement Todd Waino. Waino after she leaves the army. Also the French Sergeant, Renault, who's whose 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]].Paris]]. [[HeroicSacrifice It worked]].



* 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, in a movie it would be the sort of bullshit, cheesy speech 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.

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* SlowClap: Mocked. The person Chilean diplomat 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, in a movie it would be the sort of bullshit, cheesy speech 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.silence before launching into discussion.



** 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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** 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 by the time of the war that they had little choice.
22nd Jan '17 8:14:25 PM TheWildWestPyro
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** Sharon's story about how the church she was holed up in as a child was overrun and some of the adults [[spoiler: started killing their own children in order to "save" them from the zombies. Her own mother tried to kill her, but another woman (who lost her daughter to zombies) shoots the mom and tells her to run. She spends the rest of WWZ "feral," running from zombies and bereft of any other human contact.]] All this told by a ''very'' broken young woman with ''sound effects'' thrown in.

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** Sharon's story about how the church she was holed up in as a child was overrun and some of the adults [[spoiler: started killing their own children in order to "save" them from the zombies. Her own mother tried to kill her, but another woman (who lost her daughter to zombies) shoots the mom and tells her to run. She [[She spends the rest of WWZ "feral," running from zombies and bereft of any other human contact.]] All this told by a ''very'' broken young woman with ''sound effects'' thrown in.



** The soldier interviewed on the effectiveness of Raj-Sing square formations mentions that a Zombie given GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath by an overcharged PIE round is a "[[BringMyBrownPants cure for constipation]]."

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** The soldier interviewed on the effectiveness of Raj-Sing square formations mentions that a Zombie given red GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath by an overcharged PIE round is a "[[BringMyBrownPants cure for constipation]]."



** Geraldo Rivera goes down at Yonkers. He at least had the token dignity that he was trying to defend himself with a revolver when he got swarmed by the zombie horde; a lot of the other reporters and celebrities died like cowards.

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** Geraldo Rivera goes down at Yonkers. He at least had the token dignity that he was trying to defend himself with a revolver Beretta when he got swarmed by the zombie horde; a lot of the other reporters and celebrities died like cowards.cowards or had undignified deaths.
22nd Jan '17 8:10:00 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* MercyKill: Deconstructed ''brutally'' in Sharon's narration about [[spoiler: her last experiences in the church]]. From her story, and Todd's mention of [[spoiler: breaking into the church]] much later on, its implied that the churchgoers [[spoiler: murdered their own children]] to stop the approaching zombie horde from attacking them, only to [[spoiler: get killed by the zombies themselves]].

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* MercyKill: Deconstructed ''brutally'' in Sharon's narration about [[spoiler: her last experiences in the church]]. church. From her story, and Todd's mention of [[spoiler: breaking into the church]] said church much later on, its implied it's clear that the churchgoers [[spoiler: murdered their own children]] children to stop the approaching zombie horde from attacking them, only to [[spoiler: possibly get killed by the zombies themselves]].themselves.
22nd Jan '17 8:07:11 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Defied. France's political leaders come to the conclusion that with a century of disastrous defeats behind them (WorldWarII, Indochina, Algeria) they ''have'' to win a decisive and spectacular victory against Zack, or the French people will lose faith in their nation and its ability to protect them. The French interviewee remarks about LaResistance in WorldWarII, but also specifies why clearing Paris' catacombs had been the hardest campaign of the war... And that they had to make it even harder because you couldn't use firearms (a single spark would blow up entire tunnels filled with flammable gas), only blades and air carbine (the latter being dangerous: if you missed and struck stone you could produce a spark and blow everything up). They did it with no external help, outside of the made-in-Italy air carbines that would work... if you were supremely lucky. And all in supremely treacherous conditions, where one step could send you barreling into a horde of hidden zombies ripping your face apart in water, dying in sewage, choked to death, or the various cave-ins. Ultimately, they scored an astonishing victory in the catacombs, with an advance squad taking down several thousand zombies that took them by surprise despite their radios going silent. The commander of said squad not only survived and became a legendary war hero, but rose to become the Supreme Commander of the French armed forces and wrote a highly-praised memorial poem for the Versailles monument.

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* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Defied. France's political leaders come to the conclusion that with a century of disastrous defeats behind them (WorldWarII, Indochina, Algeria) they ''have'' to win a decisive and spectacular victory against Zack, or the French people will lose faith in their nation and its ability to protect them. The French interviewee remarks about LaResistance in WorldWarII, but also specifies why clearing Paris' catacombs had been the hardest campaign of the war... And that they had to make it even harder because you couldn't use firearms (a single spark would blow up entire tunnels filled with flammable gas), only blades and air carbine (the latter being dangerous: if you missed and struck stone you could produce a spark and blow everything up). They did it with no external help, outside of the made-in-Italy air carbines that would work... if you were supremely lucky. And all in supremely treacherous conditions, where one step could send you barreling into a horde of hidden zombies ripping your face apart in water, dying in sewage, choked to death, or the various cave-ins. Ultimately, they scored an astonishing victory in the catacombs, with an advance squad taking down several thousand zombies that took them by surprise despite their radios going silent. The commander of said squad not only survived and became a legendary war hero, but rose to become the Supreme Commander of the French armed forces and wrote a highly-praised memorial poem for the Versailles monument.
22nd Jan '17 8:00:05 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* DontAskJustRun: When a survivor is recounting being in a South African slum during one of the first mass zombie attacks. He remembered seeing people running and screaming "They're coming! They're coming!" People with not so sharp survival instincts stood there confused and asked "Who is coming?", while those with better survival instincts knew that you never needed to know who "they" were: if "they" were coming, you ran. It also makes sense that many of the older people were the ones who started running immediately; they were all survivors of Apartheid, and could remember the days when "they" were the government and soldiers coming to round people up.

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* DontAskJustRun: When a survivor is recounting being in a South African slum during one of the first mass zombie attacks. He remembered seeing people running and screaming "They're coming! They're coming!" People with not so sharp survival instincts stood there confused and asked "Who is coming?", while those with better survival instincts knew that you never needed to know who "they" were: if "they" were coming, you ran. It also makes sense that many of the older people were the ones who started running immediately; they were all survivors of Apartheid, and could remember the days when "they" were the government Apartheid government's dreaded police force and soldiers coming to round people up.
22nd Jan '17 7:58:17 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Defied. France's political leaders come to the conclusion that with a century of disastrous defeats behind them (WorldWarII, Indochina, Algeria) they ''have'' to win a decisive and spectacular victory against Zack, or the French people will lose faith in their nation and its ability to protect them. The French interviewee remarks about LaResistance in WorldWarII, but also specifies why clearing Paris' catacombs had been the hardest campaign of the war... And that they had to make it even harder because you couldn't use firearms (a single spark would blow up entire tunnels filled with flammable gas), only blades and air carbine (the latter being dangerous: if you missed and struck stone you could produce a spark and blow everything up). They did it with no external help, outside of the made-in-Italy air carbines that would work... if you were supremely lucky. And all in supremely treacherous conditions, where one step could send you barreling into a horde of hidden zombies ripping your face apart in water, dying in sewage, choked to death, or the various cave-ins.

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* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Defied. France's political leaders come to the conclusion that with a century of disastrous defeats behind them (WorldWarII, Indochina, Algeria) they ''have'' to win a decisive and spectacular victory against Zack, or the French people will lose faith in their nation and its ability to protect them. The French interviewee remarks about LaResistance in WorldWarII, but also specifies why clearing Paris' catacombs had been the hardest campaign of the war... And that they had to make it even harder because you couldn't use firearms (a single spark would blow up entire tunnels filled with flammable gas), only blades and air carbine (the latter being dangerous: if you missed and struck stone you could produce a spark and blow everything up). They did it with no external help, outside of the made-in-Italy air carbines that would work... if you were supremely lucky. And all in supremely treacherous conditions, where one step could send you barreling into a horde of hidden zombies ripping your face apart in water, dying in sewage, choked to death, or the various cave-ins. Ultimately, they scored an astonishing victory in the catacombs, with an advance squad taking down several thousand zombies that took them by surprise despite their radios going silent. The commander of said squad not only survived and became a legendary war hero, but rose to become the Supreme Commander of the French armed forces and wrote a highly-praised memorial poem for the Versailles monument.
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