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15th Apr '18 11:10:43 AM GM_3826
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** In Fire Emblem: Echoes, monsters in general are referred to as "Terrors" when before they were always known as "monsters".
14th Apr '18 9:48:02 AM zarpaulus
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* ''Red Markets'' euphemistically refers to the undead slow zombies as "Casualties", and the fast technically still alive ones as "Vectors".

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* ''Red Markets'' ''TabletopGame/RedMarkets'' euphemistically refers to the undead slow zombies as "Casualties", and the fast technically still alive ones as "Vectors".
12th Apr '18 11:44:57 AM zarpaulus
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* ''Red Markets'' euphemistically refers to the undead slow zombies as "Casualties", and the fast technically still alive ones as "Vectors".
18th Mar '18 2:00:43 PM Irthe1981
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* ''WebVideo/LeftPOORDead'': The main characters are convinced that the zombies are actually poor people.
7th Mar '18 7:49:52 AM EspyPsyche
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* In ''Literature/TheRadiantDawn'', the mook zombies are usually referred to as "undead" or "mindless". EliteMooks are referred to as "cavaliers" or "necromancers".
22nd Feb '18 5:26:38 PM igordebraga
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* ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' not only [[TropeNamers names the trope]], but invokes it; later in the film, when [[spoiler:David says Barbara's "turning into one of those zombies"]], Ed angrily shouts "We're not using the Z-word!"



* ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' not only [[TropeNamers names the trope]], but invokes it; later in the film, when [[spoiler:David says Barbara's "turning into one of those zombies"]], Ed angrily shouts "We're not using the Z-word!"
5th Feb '18 6:12:59 PM merotoker
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* ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'': Humans are quick to identify the mysterious invaders as "parasites", rather than aliens. But because the narrative is delibrately ambiguous on whether or not new predators came from another world, or [[GaiasVengeance just manifested from ours]], the absence of the "a"-word may totally be justified. [[spoiler:It also makes the Mayor's HumansAreTheRealMonsters-centric speech at the end much more meaningful]].

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* ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'': Humans are quick to identify the mysterious invaders as "parasites", rather than aliens. But because the narrative is delibrately deliberately ambiguous on whether or not new predators came from another world, or [[GaiasVengeance just manifested from ours]], the absence of the "a"-word may totally be justified. [[spoiler:It also makes the Mayor's HumansAreTheRealMonsters-centric speech at the end much more meaningful]].



* ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' not only [[TropeNamer names the trope]], but invokes it; later in the film, when [[spoiler:David says Barbara's "turning into one of those zombies"]], Ed angrily shouts "We're not using the Z-word!"

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* ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' not only [[TropeNamer [[TropeNamers names the trope]], but invokes it; later in the film, when [[spoiler:David says Barbara's "turning into one of those zombies"]], Ed angrily shouts "We're not using the Z-word!"



* The ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' films call their vampires vampires, but their werewolves are called ''lycans'', which, while it makes sense as a shortening of 'lycanthrope', does make them sound like ''lichens'', that thin layer of green moss and fungus that grows on rocks. That being said, most of the movies are from the perspective of a vampire and someone who was part of neither society. In the third film/prequel we learn that a lycan is [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent a specific kind of werewolf]]. Though in the first film when Selene is telling Michael about the history, she refers to the lycans as werewolves briefly just to clear up confusion.
** Especially funny since the filmmakers state in the commentary for the first movie that they didn't want to use the word "werewolf" because it sounds corny. Because "vampire" and "lycan" lend it that touch of classic elegance.

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* The ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' films call their vampires vampires, but their werewolves are called ''lycans'', which, while it makes sense as a shortening of 'lycanthrope', does make them sound like ''lichens'', that thin layer of green moss and fungus that grows on rocks. That being said, most of the movies are from the perspective of a vampire and someone who was part of neither society. In the third film/prequel we learn that a lycan is [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent a specific kind of werewolf]]. Though in the first film when Selene is telling Michael about the history, she refers to the lycans as werewolves briefly just to clear up confusion.
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confusion. Especially funny since the filmmakers state in the commentary for the first movie that they didn't want to use the word "werewolf" because it sounds corny. Because "vampire" and "lycan" lend it that touch of classic elegance.



* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}''. Keeping track of how many times the characters say "Zombie" is part of [[http://www.moviecynics.com/zombieland-fun-movie-drinking-games/ the drinking game]].
* ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'' used - well, "nosferatu" to avoid saying "vampire." This was probably to disguise the fact that it was a wholesale CaptainErsatz rip-off of ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''.
** It had copyright infringement problems as it was, considering that it was a more faithful adaptation of the book than any of the "official" filmed versions.

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* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}''. Keeping track of how many times the characters say "Zombie" is part of [[http://www.moviecynics.com/zombieland-fun-movie-drinking-games/ [[http://web.archive.org/web/20110613062817/http://moviecynics.com:80/zombieland-fun-movie-drinking-games/ the drinking game]].
* ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'' used - well, "nosferatu" to avoid saying "vampire." This was probably to disguise the fact that it was a wholesale CaptainErsatz rip-off of ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''.
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''Literature/{{Dracula}}''. It had copyright infringement problems as it was, considering that it was a more faithful adaptation of the book than any of the "official" filmed versions.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'''s "Inferi". They're closely based on [[VoodooZombie the zombies of Haitian folklore]] (bodies animated by magic, to do the magician's bidding). The name comes from Roman gods of the underworld, the Inferi Dei. Ironically, zombies are mentioned by name in the first book; Quirrell supposedly got rid of one and received his turban as a reward.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'''s "Inferi". They're ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** "Inferi" are
closely based on [[VoodooZombie the zombies of Haitian folklore]] (bodies animated by magic, to do the magician's bidding). The name comes from Roman gods of the underworld, the Inferi Dei. Ironically, zombies are mentioned by name in the first book; Quirrell supposedly got rid of one and received his turban as a reward.



* ''Literature/SaturnsChildren'' by Charles Stross justifies this in regard to its robots--the actual term robot is considered a {{Fantastic Slur|s}}.

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* ''Literature/SaturnsChildren'' by Charles Stross Creator/CharlesStross justifies this in regard to its robots--the actual term robot is considered a {{Fantastic Slur|s}}.



* Played with in ''Literature/ThisBookIsFullOfSpiders''. The outbreak is caused by a sort of PuppeteerParasite that can mutate humans in unpredictable ways, but isn't anywhere near contagious enough to cause a ZombieApocalypse, and many of the infected retain their senses. In other words, not zombies. However, the government designates these infected individuals "Zulus" to ''encourage'' people to associate them with zombies, since that sort of black-and-white thinking will make it easier for the government to [[GuiltFreeExterminationWar bomb the quarantined city once the rest of the country sees them as a lost cause]].

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* Played with in ''Literature/ThisBookIsFullOfSpiders''.''Literature/{{This Book is Full of Spiders|SeriouslyDudeDontTouchIt}}''. The outbreak is caused by a sort of PuppeteerParasite that can mutate humans in unpredictable ways, but isn't anywhere near contagious enough to cause a ZombieApocalypse, and many of the infected retain their senses. In other words, not zombies. However, the government designates these infected individuals "Zulus" to ''encourage'' people to associate them with zombies, since that sort of black-and-white thinking will make it easier for the government to [[GuiltFreeExterminationWar bomb the quarantined city once the rest of the country sees them as a lost cause]].



* Since it entered its eight edition, Warhammer40000 now refers to the unit formerly called Plague Zombies as Poxwalkers. Probably for copyright reasons.
** WarhammerAgeOfSigmar still refers to zombie units as zombies, but their sub-faction was named Deadwalkers.
* The tabletop game ''TabletopGame/UnhallowedMetropolis'', set in a nightmarish future London (while, in a twist, keeping the Victorian setting from before the outbreak of the plague alive) where the dead do not always rest quietly, uses various terms for them, and Zombies is only one of them. The standard term is "animates", mortus animatus is the scientific name, and the term ambulatory dead is also sometimes used.
** Meanwhile, the closest thing the setting has to werewolves... are called "thropes" and nothing ''but'' "thropes."

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* Since it entered its eight edition, Warhammer40000 ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' now refers to the unit formerly called Plague Zombies as Poxwalkers. Probably for copyright reasons.
** WarhammerAgeOfSigmar
reasons. ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' still refers to zombie units as zombies, but their sub-faction was named Deadwalkers.
* The tabletop game ''TabletopGame/UnhallowedMetropolis'', set in a nightmarish future London (while, in a twist, keeping the Victorian setting from before the outbreak of the plague alive) where the dead do not always rest quietly, uses various terms for them, and Zombies is only one of them. The standard term is "animates", mortus animatus is the scientific name, and the term ambulatory dead is also sometimes used.
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used. Meanwhile, the closest thing the setting has to werewolves... are called "thropes" and nothing ''but'' "thropes."



* The roleplaying game ''TabletopGame/{{Victoriana}}'' is set in a 19th century alternate earth populated by dwarfs, orcs, dragons, magicians, vampires... and a race of [[OurElvesAreBetter long lived, magical, fae, nature loving, graceful pointy eared people]] called... "Eldren", and nothing but "Eldren". (the third edition of the game also adds a race of small, jolly, stealthy, hairy footed, quick-witted people called... "Hulder")

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* The roleplaying game ''TabletopGame/{{Victoriana}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Victoriana|RPG}}'' is set in a 19th century alternate earth populated by dwarfs, orcs, dragons, magicians, vampires... and a race of [[OurElvesAreBetter long lived, magical, fae, nature loving, graceful pointy eared people]] called... "Eldren", and nothing but "Eldren". (the third edition of the game also adds a race of small, jolly, stealthy, hairy footed, quick-witted people called... "Hulder")



** Totally averted in all the rest of the pre-[=REmake=] games: ''Everyone'' calls them zombies without hesitation or qualification. Except for {{Ma|uveShirt}}rvin, who refers to them as [[ShapedLikeItself "zombie-like creatures"]]. Most games that feature zombies made after REmake will have common folks refer to them as "monsters", while those with more knowledge will call them B.O.W.'s (Bio-Organic Weapons). This name is perhaps the only example sillier than the term zombie itself, seeing as biological and organic are synonyms, and saying BOW takes longer. Then again, it may be justified in that BOW encompasses more than just the humans--it includes the crocodile-like creatures, bats, snakes, etc.

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** Totally averted in all the rest of the pre-[=REmake=] games: ''Everyone'' calls them zombies without hesitation or qualification. Except for {{Ma|uveShirt}}rvin, who refers to them as [[ShapedLikeItself "zombie-like creatures"]]. Most games that feature zombies made after REmake [=REmake=] will have common folks refer to them as "monsters", while those with more knowledge will call them B.O.W.'s (Bio-Organic Weapons). This name is perhaps the only example sillier than the term zombie itself, seeing as biological and organic are synonyms, and saying BOW takes longer. Then again, it may be justified in that BOW encompasses more than just the humans--it includes the crocodile-like creatures, bats, snakes, etc.



* ''Franchise/MetalGear''

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''

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*** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the word "zombie" ''is'' used, but it's for temporarily-risen bodies that crumble to dust after a while and generally look the same as they did when they were alive. Also unlike traditional zombies, they can talk and seem to be self-aware (but [[AndIMustScream incapable of controlling their actions]]). The more traditional rotten shambling corpses are "Draugr", ancient undead Nords who also have elements of [[{{Mummy}} Mummies]] and first showed up in the series in Morrowind's ''Bloodmoon'' expansion. (The word "draugr" exists in real life languages in northern Europe, and essentially means "undead".)

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*** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the word "zombie" ''is'' used, but it's for temporarily-risen bodies that crumble to dust after a while and generally look the same as they did when they were alive. Also unlike traditional zombies, they can talk and seem to be self-aware (but [[AndIMustScream incapable of controlling their actions]]). The more traditional rotten shambling corpses are "Draugr", ancient undead Nords who also have elements of [[{{Mummy}} Mummies]] {{Mumm|y}}ies and first showed up in the series in Morrowind's ''Bloodmoon'' expansion. (The word "draugr" exists in real life languages in northern Europe, and essentially means "undead".)



* In ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'', apparently the word "soul" can't be used, so when in Mephisto's (a CaptainErsatz of the Devil) world, you'll be barraged by references of his obsession with people's "Astral Spirits", bordering into {{narm}}.

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* In ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'', apparently the word "soul" can't be used, so when in Mephisto's ComicBook/{{Mephisto}}'s (a CaptainErsatz of the Devil) world, you'll be barraged by references of his obsession with people's "Astral Spirits", bordering into {{narm}}.



* A truly bizarre variant of this crops up in the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series, where King Dedede is to all appearances a penguin, but is ''never'' referred to as one in any canonical capacity. This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in both ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' and the AnimeOfTheGame, ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa''.

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* A truly bizarre variant of this crops up in the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series, where King Dedede is to all appearances a penguin, but is ''never'' referred to as one in any canonical capacity. This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in both ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' and the AnimeOfTheGame, TheAnimeOfTheGame, ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa''.



* In the True Mastermind Edition of ''[[VideoGame/TimeCrisis Time Crisis 5]]'', [[spoiler: there is a drug that was created to [[FeelNoPain suppress pain and fear]]. However, with the lifeless way the move and attack, they're zombies in all but name. [[BigBad Robert Baxter]] plans on using the drug to turn the entire world into a ZombieApocalypse, with New York as his first target.]]

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* In the True Mastermind Edition of ''[[VideoGame/TimeCrisis Time Crisis 5]]'', [[spoiler: there is a drug that was created to [[FeelNoPain suppress pain and fear]]. However, with the lifeless way the move and attack, they're zombies in all but name. [[BigBad Robert Baxter]] plans on using the drug to turn the entire world into a ZombieApocalypse, with New York as his first target.]]target]].



* Website/TheEditingRoom's script for ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' (or as Website.{{Cracked}} put it: "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_20012_if-dark-knight-rises-was-10-times-shorter-more-honest.html If The Dark Knight Rises]] [[AccentuateTheNegative Was 10 Times Shorter]] [[FridgeLogic and More Honest]]" to lampshade how the movie [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome never mentions]] [[ComicBook/TheJoker the villain]] from [[Film/TheDarkKnight the film's predecessor]].

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* Website/TheEditingRoom's script for ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' (or as Website.{{Cracked}} Website/{{Cracked}} put it: "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_20012_if-dark-knight-rises-was-10-times-shorter-more-honest.html If The Dark Knight Rises]] [[AccentuateTheNegative Was 10 Times Shorter]] [[FridgeLogic and More Honest]]" to lampshade how the movie [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome never mentions]] [[ComicBook/TheJoker the villain]] from [[Film/TheDarkKnight the film's predecessor]].



* In the direct-to-home-video animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', the characters seem to go out of their way to never, ever say the name "Franchise/{{Superman}}". He's referred to as Clark a few times, but the word "Superman" isn't uttered a single time in the entirety of the movie. This despite the main focus of the second half being a fight between Superman and [[Characters/{{Batman}} the title character]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' cartoons, the characters with particularly stupid names in the comics (like Amazo, Martian Manhunter, ComicBook/{{Metamorpho}}, Ocean Master, and most of the WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}) were almost always called by other names.

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* In the direct-to-home-video animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', the characters seem to go out of their way to never, ever say the name "Franchise/{{Superman}}". He's referred to as Clark a few times, but the word "Superman" isn't uttered a single time in the entirety of the movie. This despite the main focus of the second half being a fight between Superman and [[Characters/{{Batman}} [[Characters/BatmanTheCharacter the title character]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' cartoons, the characters with particularly stupid names in the comics (like Amazo, Martian Manhunter, ComicBook/MartianManhunter, ComicBook/{{Metamorpho}}, Ocean Master, and most of the WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}) were almost always called by other names.



* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' never calls any of the characters (most of whom are FunnyAnimals) by their species, it just treats them as human. Taken to humorous levels when Rigby is referred to as a 'man' by human characters. Subverted in "Jinx" when Rigby tries to use charades to communicate with Pops and he points at himself, Pops immediately says "raccoon".

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* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' never calls any of the characters (most of whom are FunnyAnimals) {{Funny Animal}}s) by their species, it just treats them as human. Taken to humorous levels when Rigby is referred to as a 'man' by human characters. Subverted in "Jinx" when Rigby tries to use charades to communicate with Pops and he points at himself, Pops immediately says "raccoon".
29th Jan '18 7:48:34 AM Juneberries
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* ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'': Humans are quick to identify the mysterious invaders as "parasites", rather than aliens. But because the narrative is delibrately ambiguous on whether or not new predators came from another world, or [[GaiasVengeance just manifested from ours]], the absence of the "a"-word may totally be justified.

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* ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'': Humans are quick to identify the mysterious invaders as "parasites", rather than aliens. But because the narrative is delibrately ambiguous on whether or not new predators came from another world, or [[GaiasVengeance just manifested from ours]], the absence of the "a"-word may totally be justified. [[spoiler:It also makes the Mayor's HumansAreTheRealMonsters-centric speech at the end much more meaningful]].
28th Jan '18 2:00:10 AM LinTaylor
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* PlayedForLaughs in Creator/TeamFourStar's ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' campaign. After Creator/{{Lanipator}} [[CriticalFailure rolls a Natural 1]] on a Knowledge check about the undead, he decides to play it for comedy by having his character Wake be a FlatEarthAtheist who doesn't believe that the undead are real[[note]]Specifically he thinks they're just corpses controlled by magic like a puppet on strings, rather than being sentient animated beings[[/note]]. Later in the campaign when the party has to explore a ghost ship full of zombies, he grudgingly admits that the undead are real, but still insists on calling them everything '''except''' "undead" (including a few {{Shout Out}}s to a few other examples that appear on this page).
22nd Jan '18 4:59:28 PM Juneberries
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* ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'': InUniverse, humans are quick to identify the mysterious invaders as "parasites", rather than aliens. But because the narrative is delibrately ambiguous on whether or not new predators came from another world, or [[GaiasVengeance just manifested from ours]], the absence of the "a"-word may totally be justified.

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* ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'': InUniverse, humans Humans are quick to identify the mysterious invaders as "parasites", rather than aliens. But because the narrative is delibrately ambiguous on whether or not new predators came from another world, or [[GaiasVengeance just manifested from ours]], the absence of the "a"-word may totally be justified.
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