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13th Jun '17 12:58:40 AM jormis29
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As ''Night'' was accidentally entered into the public domain due to an error in the end credits, it quickly became the object of imitation and emulation by many other directors. Most zombie invasion stories, even those not explicitly based on Romero's films, follow the same conventions, though there are major points of contention. While Romero is responsible for most of the "general" zombie conventions, the more specific and visible zombie tropes are more often inspired by the later works of John Russo, ''Night'''s co-writer. Most zombie movies mix-and-match conventions from the Romero and Russo canons. The Russo canon in particular is the reason most people will respond with "Braaaiinnnns" when zombies come up in conversation, and most depictions along those lines are references to it. Zombie canon was turned on its head with the release of ''TwentyEightDaysLater'' in 2002, which heavily influenced and popularized the modern trend of super-fast, super-angry zombies (usually infected sort-of-alive humans as opposed to the reanimated dead) that has carried over to numerous works of fiction and entertainment.

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As ''Night'' was accidentally entered into the public domain due to an error in the end credits, it quickly became the object of imitation and emulation by many other directors. Most zombie invasion stories, even those not explicitly based on Romero's films, follow the same conventions, though there are major points of contention. While Romero is responsible for most of the "general" zombie conventions, the more specific and visible zombie tropes are more often inspired by the later works of John Russo, ''Night'''s co-writer. Most zombie movies mix-and-match conventions from the Romero and Russo canons. The Russo canon in particular is the reason most people will respond with "Braaaiinnnns" when zombies come up in conversation, and most depictions along those lines are references to it. Zombie canon was turned on its head with the release of ''TwentyEightDaysLater'' ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' in 2002, which heavily influenced and popularized the modern trend of super-fast, super-angry zombies (usually infected sort-of-alive humans as opposed to the reanimated dead) that has carried over to numerous works of fiction and entertainment.
10th Jun '17 2:45:38 PM nombretomado
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* The zombified heroes from ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies'' are a mix between flesh-eating and revenant (at least intellect-wise); it's not known if they are plague-bearing as well, because the fourth series revealed that the chain of events that led to their state was, in the first place, [[spoiler:caused by a StableTimeLoop in which the "original" remaining Marvel Zombies ended up in another universe (one that was parallel to ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' in the lead up to ''WorldWarHulk'') and infected their version of the Sentry - who, in turn, went on to spread the infection to their home universe]].

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* The zombified heroes from ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies'' are a mix between flesh-eating and revenant (at least intellect-wise); it's not known if they are plague-bearing as well, because the fourth series revealed that the chain of events that led to their state was, in the first place, [[spoiler:caused by a StableTimeLoop in which the "original" remaining Marvel Zombies ended up in another universe (one that was parallel to ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' in the lead up to ''WorldWarHulk'') ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'') and infected their version of the Sentry - who, in turn, went on to spread the infection to their home universe]].
1st Jun '17 8:18:42 PM jormis29
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The word "zombie" originated in the voudon beliefs of the Caribbean and West Africa, referring to a body "revived" and enslaved by a sorcerer. (Some of the oldest aspects of zombie appearance are actually symptoms of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrodotoxin#Tetrodotoxin_poisoning tetrodotoxin]] poisoning, a neurotoxin that may have been used in certain voudon rituals, though the Other Wiki dismisses the possibility on the grounds of not enough similarities between the two.) In this form, it has been known in America since the late 19th century. However, it wasn't until the 1960s that George Romero's ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' attached the word to the living dead who eat the flesh of the living. (Note, however, that the flesh-eaters in that movie are [[NotUsingTheZWord never referred to as "zombies,"]] and Romero himself didn't consider them zombies, preferring "[[OurGhoulsAreCreepier ghouls]].")

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The word "zombie" originated in the voudon beliefs of the Caribbean and West Africa, referring to a body "revived" and enslaved by a sorcerer. (Some of the oldest aspects of zombie appearance are actually symptoms of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrodotoxin#Tetrodotoxin_poisoning tetrodotoxin]] poisoning, a neurotoxin that may have been used in certain voudon rituals, though the Other Wiki dismisses the possibility on the grounds of not enough similarities between the two.) In this form, it has been known in America since the late 19th century. However, it wasn't until the 1960s that George Romero's Creator/GeorgeARomero's ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' attached the word to the living dead who eat the flesh of the living. (Note, however, that the flesh-eaters in that movie are [[NotUsingTheZWord never referred to as "zombies,"]] and Romero himself didn't consider them zombies, preferring "[[OurGhoulsAreCreepier ghouls]].")



** In the fifth series, a team heads to four different {{Alternate Universe}}s suffering a ZombieApocalypse, and in each one the zombies are different: WeirdWest {{Plague Zombie}}s; ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' {{Artificial Zombie}}s; [[KingArthur Arthurian]] {{Revenant Zombie}}s; and TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture {{Technically Living Zombie}}s. There's even a classification system, in which shambling Plague Zombies are "[[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968 Romeros]]" and intelligent revenants are "[[Franchise/EvilDead Raimis]]".

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** In the fifth series, a team heads to four different {{Alternate Universe}}s suffering a ZombieApocalypse, and in each one the zombies are different: WeirdWest {{Plague Zombie}}s; ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' {{Artificial Zombie}}s; [[KingArthur Arthurian]] {{Revenant Zombie}}s; and TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture {{Technically Living Zombie}}s. There's even a classification system, in which shambling Plague Zombies are "[[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968 "[[Creator/GeorgeARomero Romeros]]" and intelligent revenants are "[[Franchise/EvilDead Raimis]]".
1st Jun '17 3:47:52 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' gives us example of the Revenant (Reg Shoe, Windle Poons temporarily) and Voodoo (Baron Saturday) types, with many implications for but no examples of the Artificial type, mostly revolving around the Igors.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' gives us example of the Revenant (Reg Shoe, Windle Poons temporarily) and Voodoo (Baron Saturday) types, with many implications for but no examples of the Artificial type, mostly revolving around the Igors. There are also a few varieties of Revenant; Shoe and Poons are fully conscious, although they have the problem that they now have to manually control all of their movements which takes time to relearn. There are also non-sentient ones that Shoe doesn't think should count as zombies at all, just "memories on legs" that hang around their crypts.
31st May '17 9:35:57 PM azul120
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* The "Wanted" arc of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' reveals that [[spoiler: Lion and now Lars]] are both somewhere between Revenant and Voodoo types, having been [[spoiler: resurrected by the Healing Powers of the Rose Quartz' gem with all their memories and personality intact, but now highly empowered, seemingly [[TheNeedless needless]] and with their hair acting as a portal to a personal pocket dimension for [=Rose/Steven=]]].
31st May '17 9:07:54 PM PaulA
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* "All you Zombies" by The Hooters is meant metaphorically. And is probably no reference at all to the same-named SF story by [[Creator/RobertAHeinlein]]. Which refers to the drink (and possibly also is meant metaphorically).

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* "All you Zombies" by The Hooters is meant metaphorically. And is probably no reference at all to the [[Literature/AllYouZombies same-named SF story story]] by [[Creator/RobertAHeinlein]].Creator/RobertAHeinlein. Which refers to the drink (and possibly also is meant metaphorically).
30th May '17 10:51:27 AM Ekelai
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** The "Wanted" arc of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' reveals that [[spoiler: Lion and now Lars]] are both somewhere between Revenant and Voodoo types, having been [[spoiler: resurrected by the Healing Powers of the Rose Quartz' gem with all their memories and personality intact, but now highly empowered, seemingly [[TheNeedless needless]] and with their hair acting as a portal to a personal pocket dimension for [=Rose/Steven=]]].

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** * The "Wanted" arc of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' reveals that [[spoiler: Lion and now Lars]] are both somewhere between Revenant and Voodoo types, having been [[spoiler: resurrected by the Healing Powers of the Rose Quartz' gem with all their memories and personality intact, but now highly empowered, seemingly [[TheNeedless needless]] and with their hair acting as a portal to a personal pocket dimension for [=Rose/Steven=]]].
30th May '17 10:51:07 AM Ekelai
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** The "Wanted" arc of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' reveals that [[spoiler: Lion and now Lars]] are both somewhere between Revenant and Voodoo types, having been [[spoiler: resurrected by the Healing Powers of the Rose Quartz' gem with all their memories and personality intact, but now highly empowered, seemingly [[TheNeedless needless]] and with their hair acting as a portal to a personal pocket dimension for [=Rose/Steven=]]].
22nd May '17 2:33:12 AM marcoasalazarm
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* The "build-it-yourself kit" approach to zombie-making on ''TabletopGame/AllFleshMustBeEaten'' means that it's really easy to make them as different as you want. Some of the available "Deadworlds" provide examples varying from demon-possessed to junkie (as in, they were created by toxic super-cocaine and need it to function) to cyborg zombies and beyond.
20th May '17 2:25:45 PM GargusSCP
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has classic corpses-animated-by-dark-magic, but calls them "inferni" for no apparent reason.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has classic corpses-animated-by-dark-magic, but calls them "inferni" for no apparent reason.Inferius, after the Latin ''inferus'', or lesser. They are depicted as the victims of Lord Voldemort, used as agents during both reigns of terror, and [[spoiler:guardians of a cavern containing one of his Horcruxes in the sixth book.]]
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