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* An episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' shows an unfortunate [[SpaceWhale Leviathan ship]] and its Pilot ravage by zombie-like cannibalistic creatures. They are former [[HumanAliens Sebacean]] crewmembers made like that by a MadScientist.
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* The Zombies in episode "Scooby-Doo and Cyclops, Too" of ''WesternAnimation/TheScoobyDooAndScrappyDooShow'' are people under the hypnotic spell of The Cyclops, what makes them very aggressive.
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* In ''Manga/BarefootGen'', after the bomb hits, many of the townspeople of Hiroshima that ''weren't'' vaporized became so badly [[BodyHorror burned]] (and probably disoriented), that they resembled ''melting'' zombies...except that they were still [[OhCrap (barely)]] [[AndIMustScream living]].
* A story in ''Manga/FrankenFran'' has an island seemingly suffer an epidemic and the remaining villagers trying to fight off the horde. [[spoiler: It turns out its just a mutated fever caused by a parasite that attacks the nervous system giving the subject the appearance of a zombie, but otherwise they were still quite alive, human and ''aware of what's going on but can't communicate to those unaffected''.]]

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* In ''Manga/BarefootGen'', after the bomb hits, many of the townspeople of Hiroshima that ''weren't'' vaporized became so badly [[BodyHorror burned]] (and probably disoriented), that they resembled resemble ''melting'' zombies...zombies... except that they were are still [[OhCrap (barely)]] [[AndIMustScream living]].
* A story in ''Manga/FrankenFran'' has an island seemingly suffer an epidemic and the remaining villagers trying to fight off the horde. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out its just a mutated fever caused by a parasite that attacks the nervous system giving the subject the appearance of a zombie, but otherwise they were still quite alive, human and ''aware of what's going on but can't communicate to those unaffected''.]]



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* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' (and its sequel, ''Film/TwentyEightWeeksLater'') has the Infected, which are living people driven insane by [[HatePlague the Rage Virus]]. The whole movie series is arguably the TropeCodifier.
** Notably, the Infected do die from starvation and dehydration in about a month, provided they're left alone. Numerous critics have pointed out that pure dehydration will kill a person in a matter of days, though, not weeks.
** While they do use biting as a method of attack, The Infected are never known to actually devour their victim. Their aim is purely to kill, hence why starvation eventually catches up with them. It isn't clear if the Infected ever attack each other, though they seem to be particularly annoyed at uninfected survivors.
** The attacks of the Infected are not actually as physically damaging as undead zombies: they're rarely coherent enough to use basic weapons like clubs, but animalistically attack, tooth and nail - they often end up biting and infecting others, but they're not trying to. What really makes them dangerous is that infected bodily fluids are pouring out of all of their orifices, particularly that they regularly vomit up torrents of blood. Simply standing within a few feet of these guys runs the danger of being infected if some of their blood splatters into your mucous membranes.
* There’s debate among fans whether the zombies in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' would count. The movie refers to them as undead and some are shown to survive injuries impossible to survive for a human like a shotgun wound in the chest, nevertheless a character in the movie makes a reference of a mutated version of mad cow disease as the cause of the outbreak and some zombies are shown feeding from a trash can.

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* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' (and its sequel, ''Film/TwentyEightWeeksLater'') has the Infected, which are living people driven insane by [[HatePlague the Rage Virus]]. The whole movie series is arguably the TropeCodifier. \n** Notably, the Infected do die from starvation and dehydration in about a month, provided they're left alone. Numerous critics have pointed out that pure dehydration will kill a person in a matter of days, though, not weeks. \n** While they do use biting as a method of attack, The Infected are never known to actually devour their victim. Their aim is purely to kill, hence why starvation eventually catches up with them. It isn't clear if the Infected ever attack each other, though they seem to be particularly annoyed at uninfected survivors. \n** The attacks of the Infected are not actually as physically damaging as undead zombies: they're rarely coherent enough to use basic weapons like clubs, but animalistically attack, tooth and nail - -- they often end up biting and infecting others, but they're not trying to. What really makes them dangerous is that infected bodily fluids are pouring out of all of their orifices, particularly that they regularly vomit up torrents of blood. Simply standing within a few feet of these guys runs the danger of being infected if some of their blood splatters into your mucous membranes.
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* There’s There's debate among fans whether the zombies in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' would count. The movie refers to them as undead and some are shown to survive injuries impossible to survive for a human like a shotgun wound in the chest, nevertheless a character in the movie makes a reference of a mutated version of mad cow disease as the cause of the outbreak and some zombies are shown feeding from a trash can.



* The zombies in ''[[Film/DeadAir2009 Dead Air]]'' are infected by a chemical agent spread by terrorists.
* ''The Grapes of Death (Les Raisins de la Mort)'' is similar to ''The Crazies'', with farm chemicals as the cause.

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* The zombies in ''[[Film/DeadAir2009 Dead Air]]'' ''Film/{{Dead Air|2009}}'' are infected by a chemical agent spread by terrorists.
* ''The Grapes of Death (Les Death'' (''Les Raisins de la Mort)'' Mort'') is similar to ''The Crazies'', with farm chemicals as the cause.



* Spanish sci-fi/horror film ''TheDarkHour'' has the Strangers, also infected people that bleed for every orifice but never die and can pass the infection just by touching someone.
* The acclaim German ZombieApocalypse film ''SiegeOfTheDead'' features infected with rage virus, very similar to TwentyEightDaysLater in German version.
* The infected of ''{{Film/Pontypool}}'' don't necessarily have to bite or even attack to spread the infection. Determining the exact vector by which the infection is spread drives much of the second act. What makes them interesting is that if these infected go for too long without infecting someone, they die, and rather messily at that.
* The infected in the Korean movie ''Film/TrainToBusan'' also end in this category like a Korean version of ''TwentyEightDaysLater''.

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* Spanish sci-fi/horror film ''TheDarkHour'' ''Film/TheDarkHour'' has the Strangers, also infected people that bleed for every orifice but never die and can pass the infection just by touching someone.
* The acclaim German ZombieApocalypse film ''SiegeOfTheDead'' ''Film/SiegeOfTheDead'' features infected with rage virus, very similar to TwentyEightDaysLater in German version.
* The infected of ''{{Film/Pontypool}}'' ''Film/{{Pontypool}}'' don't necessarily have to bite or even attack to spread the infection. Determining the exact vector by which the infection is spread drives much of the second act. What makes them interesting is that if these infected go for too long without infecting someone, they die, and rather messily at that.
* The infected in the Korean movie ''Film/TrainToBusan'' also end in this category like a Korean version of ''TwentyEightDaysLater''.''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''.
* The film adaptation of ''Film/IAmLegend'' with Creator/WillSmith never uses the Z-word or the V-word, or even the word "undead". The infected (referred to simply as "darkseekers") are alive and is explicitly said to be by the protagonist, who is trying to find a cure for the plague. Apparently, it started with a cure for cancer based on the measles virus, but quickly mutated and became airborne. [[spoiler:It is later revealed that one of the antidotes that Neville is experimenting with is actually successful and the infected test subject is beginning to transform back into a normal human.]]



* Referenced as a background detail in ''[[Literature/HisDarkMaterials The Golden Compass.]]'' Apparently there's an African tribe which knows how to separate a human from their daemon ([[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul]]) without killing the human -- just rendering them a mindless, corpse-seeming slave. And it's called a ''zombi.'' Much like in actual folklore. (This averts the "not supernatural" part of this trope, since this ''is'' supernatural from our point of view, and something like mad science in their universe. But, they're not biologically dead.)

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Referenced as a background detail in ''[[Literature/HisDarkMaterials The ''The Golden Compass.]]'' '' Apparently there's an African tribe which knows how to separate a human from their daemon ([[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul]]) without killing the human -- just rendering them a mindless, corpse-seeming slave. And it's called a ''zombi.'' Much ''zombi'', much like in actual folklore. (This averts the "not supernatural" part of this trope, since this ''is'' supernatural from our point of view, and something like mad science in their universe. But, they're not biologically dead.)



* The "vampires" in the proto-ZombieApocalypse novel ''Literature/IAmLegend'': the majority of infected people are still alive. Some of the vampires are actually undead, but when they infect a person, it turns them into a vampire without killing them.
** The film adaptation with WillSmith never uses the Z-word or the V-word, or even the word "undead". The infected (referred to simply as "darkseekers") are alive and is explicitly said to be by the protagonist, who is trying to find a cure for the plague. Apparently, it started with a cure for cancer based on the measles virus, but quickly mutated and became airborne. [[spoiler: It is later revealed that one of the antidotes that Neville was experimenting with was actually successful and the infected test subject was beginning to transform back into a normal human.]]
* The phoners in ''Literature/{{Cell}}'', who've had all higher brain function blasted away by the Pulse, at least until some new programming kicks in.....

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* The "vampires" in the proto-ZombieApocalypse novel ''Literature/IAmLegend'': the ''Literature/IAmLegend''. The majority of infected people are still alive. Some of the vampires are actually undead, but when they infect a person, it turns them into a vampire without killing them.
** The film adaptation with WillSmith never uses the Z-word or the V-word, or even the word "undead". The infected (referred to simply as "darkseekers") are alive and is explicitly said to be by the protagonist, who is trying to find a cure for the plague. Apparently, it started with a cure for cancer based on the measles virus, but quickly mutated and became airborne. [[spoiler: It is later revealed that one of the antidotes that Neville was experimenting with was actually successful and the infected test subject was beginning to transform back into a normal human.]]
* The phoners in ''Literature/{{Cell}}'', who've had all higher brain function blasted away by the Pulse, at least until some new programming kicks in.....in....



* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' had an episode focused on [[ArtifactCollectionAgency finding]] an [[AncientArtifact artifact]] that caused zombie-like symptoms in people.

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* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' ''Series/Warehouse13'' had an episode focused on [[ArtifactCollectionAgency finding]] an [[AncientArtifact artifact]] that caused zombie-like symptoms in people.



* TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy has the Ghouls, who are cannibals from poor lands resorting to eating the corpses of the recently deceased because of their poverty. Whole packs of them gather around Strigoi vampires, who resemble them in both appearance and feeding habits. This was reflected in their rules, where they are considered to be "technically alive" and thus not bound to the army-wide rules that other units have (which includes both perks and handicaps, like not falling apart if the chief necromancer dies, but having to worry about morale). This was discarded for the sixth edition Vampire Counts army book in favor of streamlining the rules (them being subject to morale effects made them somewhat liable in the army, especially when zombies and skeletons are much better for this purpose), though in background terms they are still living creatures (albeit pallid and unhealthy ones), not animated corpses.
* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} has the Pariahs, cybernetically modified humans put to use by the Necrons and their C'tan Masters. Like the Ghouls, they were unique in that they did not possess the Necron Rule. Unlike Ghouls, this was a liablity since it made them weaker than actual necrons (no regeneration) and would just plain disappear if the other necron units perished (meaning the enemy can completely ignore the Pariah, which wasn't hard to do since they were combat specialists with no movement modifiers). Less merciful than the Ghouls, they were completely retconned out of existence.

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* TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'' has the Ghouls, who are cannibals from poor lands resorting to eating the corpses of the recently deceased because of their poverty. Whole packs of them gather around Strigoi vampires, who resemble them in both appearance and feeding habits. This was is reflected in their rules, where they are considered to be "technically alive" and thus not bound to the army-wide rules that other units have (which includes both perks and handicaps, like not falling apart if the chief necromancer dies, but having to worry about morale). This was discarded for the sixth edition Vampire Counts army book in favor of streamlining the rules (them being subject to morale effects made them somewhat liable in the army, especially when zombies and skeletons are much better for this purpose), though in background terms they are still living creatures (albeit pallid and unhealthy ones), not animated corpses.
* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' has the Pariahs, cybernetically modified humans put to use by the Necrons and their C'tan Masters. Like the Ghouls, they were unique in that they did not possess the Necron Rule. Unlike Ghouls, this was a liablity since it made them weaker than actual necrons (no regeneration) and would just plain disappear if the other necron units perished (meaning the enemy can completely ignore the Pariah, which wasn't hard to do since they were combat specialists with no movement modifiers). Less merciful than the Ghouls, they were completely retconned out of existence.



* 1st edition [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons AD&D]] had "pseudo-undead": living humans who, due to congenital abnormalities, resemble some form of undead, zombies included.

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1st edition [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons AD&D]] had ''AD&D'' has "pseudo-undead": living humans humanoids who, due to congenital abnormalities, resemble some form of undead, zombies included.included.
** The 2nd edition module ''Thoughts of Darkness'' features enthralled slaves of the Mind Flayers who have the stats of ordinary zombies (including the immunity to mind-affecting spells) but are still alive.



* The Zombies from WereAlive need to breath (homemade chloroform knocks them out), eat (they keep piles of flesh from humans and other zombies outside their "nest" at the Arena) and die from wounds other than [[BoomHeadshot headshots]] like shots to the chest or bleeding out from amputated limbs.

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* The Zombies from WereAlive ''AudioPlay/WereAlive'' need to breath (homemade chloroform knocks them out), eat (they keep piles of flesh from humans and other zombies outside their "nest" at the Arena) and die from wounds other than [[BoomHeadshot headshots]] like shots to the chest or bleeding out from amputated limbs.



* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E16TwentyEightPranksLater 28 Pranks Later]]'' has the entire town turned into rainbow mouthed cookie addicts that shamble around demanding more of the dye-bomb cookies that turned them. [[spoiler: As the title suggests, it's the nuclear option in a PrankWar between Rainbow Dash and the rest of Ponyville]].

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* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E16TwentyEightPranksLater "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E16TwentyEightPranksLater 28 Pranks Later]]'' Later]]" has the entire town turned into rainbow mouthed cookie addicts that shamble around demanding more of the dye-bomb cookies that turned them. [[spoiler: As [[spoiler:As the title suggests, it's the nuclear option in a PrankWar between Rainbow Dash and the rest of Ponyville]].



* In RealLife, rabies can cause zombie-like behaviour because of the brain damage inflicted by the disease. However, it doesn't incubate quickly enough or spread readily enough to cause a ZombieApocalypse, and the symptoms are somewhat different (most obviously, it doesn't cause the victim's flesh to rot). Also, humans rarely bite each other, even when brain damaged, so human-to-human transmission is largely unknown outside of a few cases of infected organ transplants.
** On top of THAT, there is a vaccine, which is always readily available to those bitten. You can even get it before you get bitten, such as if you are a veterinarian, a spelunker, or are going to an area where there will be many wild animals.

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* In RealLife, rabies can cause zombie-like behaviour behavior because of the brain damage inflicted by the disease. However, it doesn't incubate quickly enough or spread readily enough to cause a ZombieApocalypse, and the symptoms are somewhat different (most obviously, it doesn't cause the victim's flesh to rot). Also, humans rarely bite each other, even when brain damaged, so human-to-human transmission is largely unknown outside of a few cases of infected organ transplants.
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transplants. On top of THAT, ''that'', there is a vaccine, which is always readily available to those bitten. You can even get it before you get bitten, such as if you are a veterinarian, a spelunker, or are going to an area where there will be many wild animals.



** Cordyceps isn't alone in nature, there are ''lots'' of parasites out there that are capable of modifying their host's behavior. And it's not just limited to other animals, some studies have suggested that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasmosis#Possible_link_to_psychiatric_disorders Toxoplasmosis]] can cause psychiatric changes in ''humans'' that are infected. Granted, it doesn't create zombie-like behavior, but it is certainly possible that there's an organism out there that ''can''.
*** Namely, the parasite ''Toxoplasma Gondii'' - a parasite mainly found in cats and mice - has been observed in rats to make them seek out places that reek of cat urine, instead of avoiding it like a normal rat. Such behavior would ensure that the rats get eaten by cats with high probability, which would allow the parasites to move on to the next stage of its development, which takes place in cats' digestive tracts. Studies on humans have so far implied that humans infected with it have slower reaction times, and that it possibly can "be a causative or contributory factor in various psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia."

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** * Cordyceps isn't alone in nature, there are ''lots'' of parasites out there that are capable of modifying their host's behavior. And it's not just limited to other animals, some studies have suggested that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasmosis#Possible_link_to_psychiatric_disorders Toxoplasmosis]] can cause psychiatric changes in ''humans'' that are infected. Granted, it doesn't create zombie-like behavior, but it is certainly possible that there's an organism out there that ''can''.
*** * Namely, the parasite ''Toxoplasma Gondii'' - -- a parasite mainly found in cats and mice - -- has been observed in rats to make them seek out places that reek of cat urine, instead of avoiding it like a normal rat. Such behavior would ensure that the rats get eaten by cats with high probability, which would allow the parasites to move on to the next stage of its development, which takes place in cats' digestive tracts. Studies on humans have so far implied that humans infected with it have slower reaction times, and that it possibly can "be a causative or contributory factor in various psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia."



** Also, Mark Callaway, a.k.a. TheUndertaker; in a case of LifeImitatesArt, as he's aged and changed his style and exercise (not to mention injuries) he's gone from bulky and wearing makeup, to wiry and downright creepy looking. Sumbitch even said it in a recent promo spot: "I may look like the walking dead, but trust me, I am still very much alive!"
* On a chemical as opposed to biological vector, the news has (as of 2012) been awash with reports of zombie-like behaviour from the users of a drug colloqially known as 'bath salts' - to the point that one user was shot by police while in the middle of feasting on a homeless man.
** Subverted as the suspect in question was already [[AxCrazy crazy]] and it was determined that 'bath salts' had nothing to do with the crime.
* It's possible that zombie tropes may be partially rooted in events during TheBlackDeath or similar [[ThePlague plagues]]. Mass graves were used at times, and high fevers can cause delirium or even brain damage. So if someone was buried haphazardly but recovered from the plague enough to free themselves, witnesses would see an inarticulate, clumsy person covered with sores leaving a graveyard, which would look a lot like a "zombie" even when the [[UnbuiltTrope trope was unbuilt]]. In fact, plagues and zombies are inextricably linked. If a horror movie starts off on an epidemic, go "All In" on zombies.
** There may have even been plague victims supposedly "attacking" random people, uninfected or not, though this is all likely due to severe hallucinations and clumsy walking. And of course, no plague infected people would actually eat people they came in contact with.

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** * Also, Mark Callaway, a.k.a. TheUndertaker; in a case of LifeImitatesArt, as he's aged and changed his style and exercise (not to mention injuries) he's gone from bulky and wearing makeup, to wiry and downright creepy looking. Sumbitch even said it in a recent promo spot: "I may look like the walking dead, but trust me, I am still very much alive!"
* On a chemical as opposed to biological vector, the news has (as of 2012) been awash with reports of zombie-like behaviour from the users of a drug colloqially known as 'bath salts' - "bath salts" -- to the point that one user was shot by police while in the middle of feasting on a homeless man.
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man. Subverted as the suspect in question was already [[AxCrazy crazy]] and it was determined that 'bath salts' "bath salts" had nothing to do with the crime.
* It's possible that zombie tropes may be partially rooted in events during TheBlackDeath or similar [[ThePlague plagues]]. Mass graves were used at times, and high fevers can cause delirium or even brain damage. So if someone was buried haphazardly but recovered from the plague enough to free themselves, witnesses would see an inarticulate, clumsy person covered with sores leaving a graveyard, which would look a lot like a "zombie" even when the [[UnbuiltTrope trope was unbuilt]]. In fact, plagues and zombies are inextricably linked. If a horror movie starts off on an epidemic, go "All In" on zombies.
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zombies. There may have even been plague victims supposedly "attacking" random people, uninfected or not, though this is all likely due to severe hallucinations and clumsy walking. And of course, no plague infected plague-infected people would actually eat people they came in contact with.






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* As mentioned in the Literature section, the television's counterpart ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has the Stonemen as well; crazy infected people acting violently and mindless.
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* The zombies of ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' are actually suffering from a mutated version of mad cow disease. In one scene they can be seen feeding from a trash can, demonstrating that they still need food to stay alive.
** However, the film states that the zombies are actually not living at all. The food searching can be explained by some other reason, like some sort of residual memory.

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* The There’s debate among fans whether the zombies of in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' would count. The movie refers to them as undead and some are actually suffering from shown to survive injuries impossible to survive for a human like a shotgun wound in the chest, nevertheless a character in the movie makes a reference of a mutated version of mad cow disease. In one scene they can be seen disease as the cause of the outbreak and some zombies are shown feeding from a trash can, demonstrating that they still need food to stay alive.
** However, the film states that the zombies are actually not living at all. The food searching can be explained by some other reason, like some sort of residual memory.
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* Darth Sion in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords''. The only keeping him from death is the pain and hate within him, fueling the Dark Side of the force, and keeping his broken, scarred, decaying body from falling apart. [[spoiler: He eventually lets go of the force and dies, after being defeated by the Exile.]]

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* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': Rakghouls are horribly mutated monsters that spread via a disease. A single scratch can cause someone to turn. But despite their appearances and ghoulish mannerisms, they are still alive. This becomes a plot point three hundred years later in ''VideoGame/TheOldRepublic''. The Rakghouls spent the time since the fall of Taris breeding, and are now the dominant life form on the planet. And yet, they still carry the Rakghoul plague and can infect anyone who tries to fight them.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'':
Darth Sion in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords''.Sion. The only keeping him from death is the pain and hate within him, fueling the Dark Side of the force, and keeping his broken, scarred, decaying body from falling apart. [[spoiler: He eventually lets go of the force and dies, after being defeated by the Exile.]]
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* The Zoners in ''WesternAnimation/SpiralZone'' are like this; mindless infected by an artificial plague.
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* The infected in the Korean movie ''Film/TrainToBusan'' also end in this category like a Korean version of ''TwentyEightDaysLater''.
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** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' brings us two new variants: Marked Men and Ghosts. Marked Men are almost-feral ghouls who inhabit [[{{Mordor}} the Divide]] who constantly have their skin flayed from their bodies but can't die due to the sheer radiation permeating the Divide. Ghosts are the previous inhabitants of the Sierra Madre who got caught in their hazmat suits while trying to protect themselves from the [[DeadlyGas Cloud]], with... [[BodyHorror limited success.]] Unlike the other quasi-zombies of the series, the Ghosts have a HealingFactor that will continually revive them unless decapitated, dismembered, or disintegrated.

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** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' brings us two new variants: Marked Men and Ghosts.Ghost People. Marked Men are almost-feral ghouls who inhabit [[{{Mordor}} the Divide]] who constantly have their skin flayed from their bodies but can't die due to the sheer radiation permeating the Divide. Ghosts Ghost People are the previous inhabitants of the Sierra Madre who got caught in their hazmat suits while trying to protect themselves from the [[DeadlyGas Cloud]], with... [[BodyHorror limited success.]] Unlike the other quasi-zombies of the series, the Ghosts Ghost People have a HealingFactor that will continually revive them unless decapitated, dismembered, or disintegrated.
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* The ComicBook/{{Crossed}} are a twisted and nasty version of this.

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* The ComicBook/{{Crossed}} are a twisted and nasty version of this. Like the Infected from ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'', the Crossed are also living people transformed into rage-fueled psychopaths by an unknown malady but unlike them, the Crossed retain human level intelligence and are able to wield weapons, including firearms, drive vehicles, form hunting parties and set up traps to capture victims and torture them in the most unspeakable and creative ways imaginable. They do engage in cannibalism, solely because they are compelled to carry out the most evil thoughts a person can come up with. While the Crossed will mutilate themselves and kill each other out of boredom, they specifically will attack survivors as they cannot get any satisfaction at torturing fellow infected as they will laugh it off whereas seeing a survivor in extreme pain is what they truly seek.
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