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25th Jun '16 11:46:36 AM nombretomado
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* In ''BattleForWesnoth'', necromancers are quite common, and are the reason for TheUndead being a faction in themselves and a major, recurring threat to Wesnoth. The allure of immense power and potential immortality (via transformation into a Lich) draws in practitioners of the dark arts, and although the extreme strain of their training causes most of these 'Dark Adepts' to become [[SquishyWizard extremely frail and weak physically]], it does give them [[GlassCannon impressive magical firepower]]. The Adepts' higher-level promotions, the Dark Sorcerer, Necromancer, and Lich, often lead the Undead armies in battle, making them perhaps the most powerful individuals in the Wesnoth-verse [[note]](the characters, not the actual units)[[/note]]. However, they are hated by everyone. ''[[ZeroPercentApprovalRating Everyone]]''. Necromancers, both alive and undead, have been involved in so many wars and battles throughout the various campaigns, since before the creation of the titular kingdom to hundreds of years after it's fall, that they have become somewhat of a cliche in Wesnoth.

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* In ''BattleForWesnoth'', ''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth'', necromancers are quite common, and are the reason for TheUndead being a faction in themselves and a major, recurring threat to Wesnoth. The allure of immense power and potential immortality (via transformation into a Lich) draws in practitioners of the dark arts, and although the extreme strain of their training causes most of these 'Dark Adepts' to become [[SquishyWizard extremely frail and weak physically]], it does give them [[GlassCannon impressive magical firepower]]. The Adepts' higher-level promotions, the Dark Sorcerer, Necromancer, and Lich, often lead the Undead armies in battle, making them perhaps the most powerful individuals in the Wesnoth-verse [[note]](the characters, not the actual units)[[/note]]. However, they are hated by everyone. ''[[ZeroPercentApprovalRating Everyone]]''. Necromancers, both alive and undead, have been involved in so many wars and battles throughout the various campaigns, since before the creation of the titular kingdom to hundreds of years after it's fall, that they have become somewhat of a cliche in Wesnoth.
23rd Jun '16 9:44:50 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** This is continued in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' where the head of the Dept. of Postmortem Communications, Dr Hix, is allowed to get away with, and is perhaps even encouraged to commit, [[PokeThePoodle minor acts of evil]] as part of his job, so long as they are within University Statutes.

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** This is continued in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' where the head of the Dept. of Postmortem Communications, Dr Hix, is allowed to get away with, and is perhaps even encouraged to commit, [[PokeThePoodle minor acts of evil]] as part of his job, so long as they are within University Statutes. He's also the designated TokenEvilTeammate, required to do or say the things that are morally questionable yet necessary like knocking his boss unconscious to break the hold of a possessing artifact.
** There are apparently evil necromancers elsewhere in the world; part of his job is to enforce the University's monopoly. With fireballs.
5th Jun '16 3:22:37 PM nombretomado
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* Ned, the main character of ''PushingDaisies''. The soul gets revived along with the person in his instance, so no zombies. In fact, one of the first things he says in the series is an objection to those he revives being called undead, when they're merely "alive again".

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* Ned, the main character of ''PushingDaisies''.''Series/PushingDaisies''. The soul gets revived along with the person in his instance, so no zombies. In fact, one of the first things he says in the series is an objection to those he revives being called undead, when they're merely "alive again".
23rd May '16 3:12:03 PM nighttrainfm
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** In the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins first]] [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening two]] [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII games]], necromancy is usually treated as the darkest aspect of BloodMagic, which is already feared and reviled; even [=PC=] blood mages (such as Merrill) shy away from raising the dead. The second game features a necromancer ''[[SerialKiller serial killer]]'' who turns out to be [[spoiler: assembling the likeness of his dead wife out of his victims.]]

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** In the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins first]] [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening two]] [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII games]], necromancy is usually treated as the darkest foulest aspect of BloodMagic, which is already feared and reviled; reviled: even [=PC=] blood mages (such as Merrill) shy away from raising the dead. The second game features a necromancer ''[[SerialKiller serial killer]]'' who turns out to be [[spoiler: assembling the likeness of his dead wife out of his victims.]]
13th May '16 8:59:45 AM eroock
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->''Though some might say there is not much point to turning the earth into one gigantic graveyard, these people are fools and will never understand anyway.''

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->''Though ->''"Though some might say there is not much point to turning the earth into one gigantic graveyard, these people are fools and will never understand anyway.''"''
26th Apr '16 2:15:40 PM Willbyr
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* Charles zi Britannia in ''Anime/CodeGeass NightmareOfNunnally's Geass, "The Dead Rise," allows him to raise the dead to fight for him, creating soldiers that are virtually unkillable [[spoiler:unless he dies, at which point, they die too]]. He raised some of the best soldiers from the dead in order to claim the throne, including the current Knights of the Round.

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* In ''Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally'', Charles zi Britannia in ''Anime/CodeGeass NightmareOfNunnally's Britannia's Geass, "The Dead Rise," allows him to raise the dead to fight for him, creating soldiers that are virtually unkillable [[spoiler:unless he dies, at which point, they die too]]. He raised some of the best soldiers from the dead in order to claim the throne, including the current Knights of the Round.
5th Apr '16 9:59:27 AM kome360
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** in the fourth Disgaea game there is a DLC necromancer class who instantly revives any enemy she kills as a zombie

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** in In the fourth Disgaea game there is a DLC necromancer class who instantly revives any enemy she kills as a zombiezombie.
** In the fifth Disgaea game an elite necromancer zombifies entire worlds and her LimitBreak is a plot point.
29th Mar '16 3:00:54 PM Eievie
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However, necromancy didn't always have the evil connotations that it has in media today. The word 'necromancy' comes from the words 'nekros' (dead) and 'manteia' (prophecy), meaning that necromancers are more likely to summon spirits for divination than armies of rotting zombies. It was widely practiced across the world until the Renaissance, when it was equated with demonology and got its bad reputation.

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However, necromancy didn't always have the evil connotations that it has in media today. The word 'necromancy' ''necromancy'' comes from the words 'nekros' ''nekros'' (dead) and 'manteia' ''manteia'' (prophecy), meaning that necromancers are more likely to summon spirits for divination than armies of rotting zombies. It was widely practiced across the world until the Renaissance, when it was equated with demonology and got its bad reputation.



* There are three in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' - [[spoiler: Orochimaru, the Second Hokage, and as of chapter 489, Kabuto.]] All use the Impure World Resurrection technique.

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* There are three in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' - [[spoiler: ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''--[[spoiler: Orochimaru, the Second Hokage, and as of chapter 489, Kabuto.]] All use the Impure World Resurrection technique.



* ''Literature/TheBible'' comes down pretty hard on divination in general, including necromancy, and exhorts the Israelites not to put their faith in sorcerers. However, it's because those practices are associated with alien gods (not [[EldritchAbomination that kind]]) and HumanSacrifice... not because they don't ''work.'' At one point (in 1 Samuel 28), a necromancer conjures the spirit of Samuel, a dead prophet, to ask some questions. While Samuel does show up, he's not real happy about it and basically just tells Saul that God is ''done'' with him.

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* ''Literature/TheBible'' comes down pretty hard on divination in general, including necromancy, and exhorts the Israelites not to put their faith in sorcerers. However, it's because those practices are associated with alien gods (not [[EldritchAbomination that kind]]) and HumanSacrifice... HumanSacrifice… not because they don't ''work.'' At one point (in 1 Samuel 28), a necromancer conjures the spirit of Samuel, a dead prophet, to ask some questions. While Samuel does show up, he's not real happy about it and basically just tells Saul that God is ''done'' with him.



* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars The Chessman of Mars]]'', Tara is accused of being "one of those horrid Corphals that by commanding the spirits of the wicked dead gains evil mastery over the living" -- which could only be killed by RoyalBlood.

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* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars The Chessman of Mars]]'', Tara is accused of being "one of those horrid Corphals that by commanding the spirits of the wicked dead gains evil mastery over the living" -- which living"--which could only be killed by RoyalBlood.



* In the universe of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', necromancy on human remains is absolutely forbidden by the laws of the White Council. Of course, there are many illegal necromancers, and they've been shown to create zombies, control ghosts, and consume the spirits of the dead to increase their power. [[spoiler: Harry himself ends up exploiting a loophole in the laws on necromancy -- the law only says ''human'' remains, after all -- to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome create a zombie T. rex]].]] (Usually not done because of the way Necromancy works. Two things feed into the potential power of a reanimated body; age and psychological complexity. [[spoiler: Sue may have been pretty dumb, but she was possibly the oldest corpse in the city.]])

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* In the universe of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', necromancy on human remains is absolutely forbidden by the laws of the White Council. Of course, there are many illegal necromancers, and they've been shown to create zombies, control ghosts, and consume the spirits of the dead to increase their power. [[spoiler: Harry himself ends up exploiting a loophole in the laws on necromancy -- the necromancy--the law only says ''human'' remains, after all -- to all--to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome create a zombie T. rex]].]] (Usually not done because of the way Necromancy works. Two things feed into the potential power of a reanimated body; age and psychological complexity. [[spoiler: Sue may have been pretty dumb, but she was possibly the oldest corpse in the city.]])



** Also, ''Ghost Story'' gave fans an answer to a question left over from the TV series: "Just how powerful IS the ghost of a necromancer?" The answer? The ghost of a knowledgeable, experienced and skilled necromancer (as opposed to the ghost of someone newly dead) is downright ''terrifying.'' It turns out that Harry wasn't kidding when, in a previous book, he described necromancers as equal in power to faerie queens, demon lords and archangels.

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** Also, ''Ghost Story'' gave fans an answer to a question left over from the TV series: "Just how powerful IS ''is'' the ghost of a necromancer?" The answer? The ghost of a knowledgeable, experienced and skilled necromancer (as opposed to the ghost of someone newly dead) is downright ''terrifying.'' It turns out that Harry wasn't kidding when, in a previous book, he described necromancers as equal in power to faerie queens, demon lords and archangels.



* Katia of ''Literature/ShamanBlues'' is a necromancer - though the formal name is "death warden" - although rather than raise the dead, she spends most of her working hours putting them back in their graves.

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* Katia of ''Literature/ShamanBlues'' is a necromancer - though necromancer--though the formal name is "death warden" - although warden"--although rather than raise the dead, she spends most of her working hours putting them back in their graves.graves.
* ''Literature/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren'': Enoch O'Connor--it's his peculiarity. Sort of. He can re-anamate the dead, but he can also animate little clay dolls, and other things that were never alive to begin with.
-->'''Enoch:''' That's what I can do--take the life of one thing and give it to another, either clay like this or something that used to be alive but ain't anymore.
7th Mar '16 4:04:36 AM shadowbeast
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* Available as a player character professional edge in the RPG adaptation of ''ComicBook/TheSixthGun''. It allows the casting of ''zombie'' at the Novice level, as well as making the casting cheaper per zombie (more power can be paid to increase the duration).
* ''TabletopGame/WeirdWarsWorldWarTwo'' has the historical Japanese Unit 731 harbour a small group which uses Eastern magic to summon the dead and bind them to remains, even capable of attaching undead brains to the controls of vehicles and aircraft. When offered to the military they refuse violently due to their sense of honour, but at the GMs discretion, they may end up resorting to this madness as the situation gets more desperate towards the end of the war. Imperial Japan and National Socialist Germany, despite allied fears to the contrary, do NOT share their knowledge of such dark magic as the Eastern necromancy and Nazi blood magic, which indicates their intentions toward each other after conquering the world.
* There are multiple nations using Necromancy during the (not so) Great War in ''TabletopGame/KaisersGate''. The Mayans, the city-state of New Orleans, and others use it to great effect; in the far East, a different school using Eastern magic operates in support of warlords; while the Entente powers do have some, the Russian peoples' backlash against a battlefield use of ''zombie'' caused the Czar to pull the troops out, leaving the conflict and allowing Rasputin to destroy the revolutionary groups by avoiding the spark that led to the Revolution in reality. The particular discipline is kept in reserve by the French.
5th Mar '16 9:45:39 AM Anddrix
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* A partial aspect of Rose Hathaway's shadow kissed powers in ''Literature/VampireAcademy''. She can summon ghosts.

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* A partial aspect of Rose Hathaway's shadow kissed shadow-kissed powers in ''Literature/VampireAcademy''. She can summon ghosts.ghosts, though it takes a lot of effort and gives her a splitting headache.
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