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9th Feb '16 7:59:45 PM Prfnoff
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* ''VideoGame/VampireRain'' prefers to call its vampires "Nightwalkers."
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* ''VideoGame/VampireRain'' ''VideoGame/VampireRain'', despite the title of the game, prefers to call its vampires "Nightwalkers."
31st Jan '16 8:14:37 AM nombretomado
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* 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 SuperFriends) were almost always called by other names. Amazo was actually named by Lex once, in the episode where he fires the JLU's space-cannon. He's talking to himself about his new robot body he's been building and specifically mentions the creation of the robot Amazo as his inspiration. Solomon Grundy ought to be mentioned, and he ''is'' explicitly referred to as a zombie, which leads to the exchange:
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* 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 SuperFriends) {{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}) were almost always called by other names. Amazo was actually named by Lex once, in the episode where he fires the JLU's space-cannon. He's talking to himself about his new robot body he's been building and specifically mentions the creation of the robot Amazo as his inspiration. Solomon Grundy ought to be mentioned, and he ''is'' explicitly referred to as a zombie, which leads to the exchange:

* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' does this as well with the CanonForeigner SuperFriends. Instead, they are given {{Meaningful Name}}s that serve as [[MythologyGag nods]] to their former superhero {{Codename}}s. Apache Chief/Long Shadow becomes Tye Longshadow, El Dorado becomes Eduardo "Ed" Dorado, Jr., and Samurai becomes [[GenderFlip Asami "Sam" Koizumi]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' does this as well with the CanonForeigner SuperFriends.{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}. Instead, they are given {{Meaningful Name}}s that serve as [[MythologyGag nods]] to their former superhero {{Codename}}s. Apache Chief/Long Shadow becomes Tye Longshadow, El Dorado becomes Eduardo "Ed" Dorado, Jr., and Samurai becomes [[GenderFlip Asami "Sam" Koizumi]].
30th Jan '16 6:12:34 AM fq
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* UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode once prevented the portrayal of zombies in comics. Creator/MarvelComics decided to get around this by [[LoopholeAbuse literally just making zombie comics but replacing the letter "o" with "uve", calling them "zuvembies" instead]] (a term popularized by "Pigeons from Hell", a Creator/RobertEHoward story), since technically, they weren't using "zombies". The ''word'' zombies.
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* UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode once prevented the portrayal of zombies in comics. Creator/MarvelComics decided to get around this by [[LoopholeAbuse literally just making zombie comics but replacing the letter "o" with "uve", calling them "zuvembies" instead]] (a term popularized by "Pigeons from Hell", a Creator/RobertEHoward story), since technically, they weren't using "zombies". The ''word'' zombies. It's even lampshaded in comics featuring them: --> ComicBook/WerewolfByNight: "You mean they're zoŚ" [[SoundEffectBleep SKRASH]]
29th Jan '16 7:56:08 PM Seanette
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* Subverted in ''Literature/WorldWarZ'': they had all sorts of codewords starting with Z ("Zack" was common in the U.S., a callback to "Charlie" from TheVietnamWar), and when they actually did use the word "zombie" it was self-conscious, because until the ZombieApocalypse, zombies had just been scary things from horror movies. Incidentally, the British called them "Zeds" (the European convention for the letter "Z"), the Japanese named them after a type of ant, and in China zombies are called "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Eternal Walking Nightmare]]."
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* Subverted in ''Literature/WorldWarZ'': they had all sorts of codewords starting with Z ("Zack" was common in the U.S., a callback to "Charlie" from TheVietnamWar), and when they actually did use the word "zombie" it was self-conscious, because until the ZombieApocalypse, zombies had just been scary things from horror movies. They're also referred to as "ghouls" or "Gs". Incidentally, the British called them "Zeds" (the European convention for the letter "Z"), the Japanese named them after a type of ant, and in China zombies are called "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Eternal Walking Nightmare]]."
21st Jan '16 9:01:52 PM Eagal
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* Invoked and justified in ''Literature/ExHeroes'' by Peter Clines. It's evidently easier to accept that they're dead if they're called "Exes" as in "Ex-living" or "Ex-people".
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* Invoked and justified in ''Literature/ExHeroes'' by Peter Clines. It's evidently easier to accept that they're dead if they're called "Exes" as in "Ex-living" or "Ex-people". Later used as a plot point in ''Ex-Purgatory''. Even though they don't ''use'' the word "zombie" people should still know what it is, and the fact that no one actually does is a sign that something is wrong.
20th Jan '16 5:51:34 PM Pichu-kun
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* The zombies in ''Manga/SchoolLive'' are never mentioned in any fashion, they're just there. If anything it makes the contrast between SliceOfLife and ZombieApocalypse even more disturbing.
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* The zombies in ''Manga/SchoolLive'' are never mentioned in any fashion, they're just there. If anything it makes the contrast between SliceOfLife and ZombieApocalypse even more disturbing. According to the manga zombie fiction does exist, and you can even spot a poster from ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' once, however still no one mentions the word "zombie" or even euphemisms like "undead".
15th Jan '16 5:54:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* The tabletop game ''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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* The tabletop game ''UnhallowedMetropolis'', ''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.
14th Jan '16 4:35:39 PM nombretomado
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* Another SquareEnix example, Humans in ''VideoGame/TheLastRemnant'' are called Mitras.
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* Another SquareEnix Creator/SquareEnix example, Humans in ''VideoGame/TheLastRemnant'' are called Mitras.
12th Jan '16 10:54:43 AM StFan
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* ''Literature/TheGospelOfLoki'' doesn't use the Norse names for the various realms and people of NorseMythology (except Asgard) and doesn't use the traditional English translations either: the Frost Giants are Ice Folk, the dwarfs are the Tunnel Folk (or [[FantasticSlur Maggots]]) and so on.
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* ''Literature/TheGospelOfLoki'' doesn't use the Norse names for the various realms and people of NorseMythology Myth/NorseMythology (except Asgard) and doesn't use the traditional English translations either: the Frost Giants are Ice Folk, the dwarfs are the Tunnel Folk (or [[FantasticSlur Maggots]]) and so on.
10th Jan '16 12:45:53 PM DaibhidC
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* Necessary in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' fanfic ''[[http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=48297 Death and Liberty]]'' features reptilian Earth-natives who predate humanity who are familiar to any ''Doctor Who'' fan, but since it doesn't feature any characters who'd have heard the names "Silurian" or "Sea Devil". They end up being referred to as "Serpent Men", after Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith.
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* Necessary in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' fanfic ''[[http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=48297 Death and Liberty]]'' Liberty]]'', which features reptilian Earth-natives who predate humanity who are familiar to any ''Doctor Who'' fan, but since it doesn't feature any characters who'd have heard the names "Silurian" or "Sea Devil". They end up being referred to as "Serpent Men", after Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith. '''[[http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=57741 Klepsmnemon]]'', in the same series, similarly refers to the "predators" from Planet 5, rather than the Fendahl.
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