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21st Jan '16 1:51:12 PM Morgenthaler
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The TropeNamer is the song by {{L7}}, which was used in the trailer for ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', despite the song having nothing to do with zombies. [[note]]It's about ApatheticCitizens.[[/note]]
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The TropeNamer is the song by {{L7}}, Music/{{L7}}, which was used in the trailer for ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', despite the song having nothing to do with zombies. [[note]]It's about ApatheticCitizens.[[/note]]
7th Sep '15 3:20:30 AM jormis29
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* In the reality show, ''ISurvivedAZombieApocalypse'', one of the contestants has to do this to get back to camp and avoid the massive horde, using almost the exact same tactics as ''TheWalkingDead''.
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* In the reality show, ''ISurvivedAZombieApocalypse'', ''Series/ISurvivedAZombieApocalypse'', one of the contestants has to do this to get back to camp and avoid the massive horde, using almost the exact same tactics as ''TheWalkingDead''.''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead''.

* One ''{{Planescape}}'' module included in the ''Planes of Chaos'' boxed set states that if the PlayerCharacters attempt to fool Cerberus this way to sneak past him into the Underworld, it's ''guaranteed'' to fail, saying he can smell the living. (Getting past him in order to get in requires a great deal of bargaining, and getting ''out'' past him is impossible - he tells them if they manage it that he will ''not'' let them - but if they complete their mission, there are other options.)
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* One ''{{Planescape}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' module included in the ''Planes of Chaos'' boxed set states that if the PlayerCharacters attempt to fool Cerberus this way to sneak past him into the Underworld, it's ''guaranteed'' to fail, saying he can smell the living. (Getting past him in order to get in requires a great deal of bargaining, and getting ''out'' past him is impossible - he tells them if they manage it that he will ''not'' let them - but if they complete their mission, there are other options.)

* ''TuffPuppy'': In a HalloweenEpisode, Dudley pretended to be a zombie to follow real ones towards the place where Snaptrap, Birdbrain and Chameleon were hiding all candy and all the toilet paper. He befriended two zombies who told him where the bad guys were hidden.
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* ''TuffPuppy'': ''WesternAnimation/TuffPuppy'': In a HalloweenEpisode, Dudley pretended to be a zombie to follow real ones towards the place where Snaptrap, Birdbrain and Chameleon were hiding all candy and all the toilet paper. He befriended two zombies who told him where the bad guys were hidden.
6th Sep '15 10:03:09 PM jormis29
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* In ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'', [[spoiler:Bill Murray]] pretends to be a zombie (complete with professional makeup) so that he can play golf, and he uses his disguise to scare and play around with the main characters. [[spoiler:His disguise ultimately works a little ''too'' well, as Columbus mistakes him for a zombie and shoots him.]] It's a little strange that the ploy works given the nature of the zombies involved...
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* In ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'', [[spoiler:Bill Murray]] [[spoiler:Creator/BillMurray]] pretends to be a zombie (complete with professional makeup) so that he can play golf, and he uses his disguise to scare and play around with the main characters. [[spoiler:His disguise ultimately works a little ''too'' well, as Columbus mistakes him for a zombie and shoots him.]] It's a little strange that the ploy works given the nature of the zombies involved...
6th Sep '15 1:59:01 PM WillKeaton
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* During his escape, [[NoNameGiven the protagonist]] of ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth breifly immitates the shambling gait of one of the tainted Innsmouth residents while crossing a portion of town that was too well lit to provide any hiding places. {{Justified}} in that the area was mostly vacant and the act was only intended to fool someone who might see him from a distance.
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* During his escape, [[NoNameGiven the protagonist]] of ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'' breifly immitates the shambling gait of one of the tainted Innsmouth residents while crossing a portion of town that was too well lit to provide any hiding places. {{Justified}} in that the area was mostly vacant and the act was only intended to fool someone who might see him from a distance.
1st Sep '15 8:05:04 PM Seanette
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* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'': In their zombie special episode, Tori tries this. It works for a little while, then one of the volunteer zombies spots him trying to [[ZombieGait shuffle]] away.
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* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'': In their zombie special episode, Tori Tory tries this. It works for a little while, then one of the volunteer zombies spots him trying to [[ZombieGait shuffle]] away.
31st Aug '15 12:14:02 PM Wildstar93
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', there's a tamer version of this. Team Avatar gets some [[EverythingssquishierWithCephalopods pentapi]] (tiny octopi with five arms instead of eight) to leave sucker marks on their necks and faces. To get out of the Fire Nation-infested Omashu, they have to act like they're infected with a virus, persuading the guards to let them out.
6th Aug '15 4:06:37 PM TheUnknownUploader
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[[caption-width-right:305: This took a lot of rehearsal.]]
13th Jul '15 10:53:39 PM erforce
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* Played straight and inverted in ''WarmBodies'' where Julie pretends being a zombie while covered by zombie blood that covers her smell and when R the zombie has to pretend being alive inside a human settlement. * Subverted in ''WorldWarZ'', where {{the Quisling}}s (people driven insane by the ZombieApocalypse who have come to believe that they are zombies, and moan and shamble accordingly) are attacked by the zombies along with everyone else.
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* Played straight and inverted in ''WarmBodies'' ''Literature/WarmBodies'' where Julie pretends being a zombie while covered by zombie blood that covers her smell and when R the zombie has to pretend being alive inside a human settlement. * Subverted in ''WorldWarZ'', ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', where {{the Quisling}}s (people driven insane by the ZombieApocalypse who have come to believe that they are zombies, and moan and shamble accordingly) are attacked by the zombies along with everyone else.

* During his escape, [[NoNameGiven the protagonist]] of ''TheShadowOverInnsmouth breifly immitates the shambling gait of one of the tainted Innsmouth residents while crossing a portion of town that was too well lit to provide any hiding places. {{Justified}} in that the area was mostly vacant and the act was only intended to fool someone who might see him from a distance.
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* During his escape, [[NoNameGiven the protagonist]] of ''TheShadowOverInnsmouth ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth breifly immitates the shambling gait of one of the tainted Innsmouth residents while crossing a portion of town that was too well lit to provide any hiding places. {{Justified}} in that the area was mostly vacant and the act was only intended to fool someone who might see him from a distance.
2nd May '15 7:44:00 PM nombretomado
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* Played with in ''CalvinAndHobbes''. Calvin the Zombie is one of his many alter egos, this one created for the purpose that the undead don't need to do homework. Eventually, Hobbes decides to join in, saying "When in Rome..."
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* Played with in ''CalvinAndHobbes''.''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. Calvin the Zombie is one of his many alter egos, this one created for the purpose that the undead don't need to do homework. Eventually, Hobbes decides to join in, saying "When in Rome..."
9th Mar '15 5:43:45 AM CameronPossibly
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* In the reality show, ''ISurvivedAZombieApocalypse'', one of the contestants has to do this to get back to camp and avoid the massive horde, using almost the exact same tactics as ''TheWalkingDead''.
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