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29th Jun '16 1:56:44 PM AHI-3000
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* [[RaisingTheSteaks Zombie Animal]]s: Take everything previously mentioned about the undead, and now apply it to all forms of life. As it turns out, [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins not everything is better with penguins]].

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* ** [[RaisingTheSteaks Zombie Animal]]s: Take everything previously mentioned about the undead, and now apply it to all forms of life. As it turns out, [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins not everything is better with penguins]].
31st May '16 1:07:00 AM Morgenthaler
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For the RogerCorman film riffed [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E06TheUndead by]] Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000, go [[Film/TheUndead here]].

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For the RogerCorman Creator/RogerCorman film riffed [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E06TheUndead by]] Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000, go [[Film/TheUndead here]].
25th May '16 5:48:43 AM Jeduthun
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In ScienceFiction or ScienceFantasy, the undead may have a [[ArtificialZombie technological origin]] instead of a mystical or viral one. This type can range from a downplayed form of {{Cyborg}} reviving an organic body using an , or they may be the work of a ma

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In ScienceFiction or ScienceFantasy, the undead may have a [[ArtificialZombie technological origin]] instead of a mystical or viral one.
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This type can range from a downplayed form of {{Cyborg}} reviving an organic body using an , or they may be the work of a ma


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TheLivingDead is for times when SpecialEffectFailure reveals that the "corpse" is actually a live actor.
20th May '16 2:56:52 AM erforce
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* [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ghosts]]: Walking corpses without the corpses, most are understandably ticked off about this. Other than that, they have little in common, varying nearly as much as the rest of the undead put together. Depending on the genre, they can be anything from harmless pranksters to [[EldritchAbomination Lovecraftian horrors]]; you'll know which one yours is once he starts smearing things on the wall. If it's crayon, you're generally okay; if it's blood, you are so horribly screwed it's not even funny. Unless you [[TomatoInTheMirror realize]] that you're [[DeadAllAlong already one of them]]... but hey, most people who run into them know who they're [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} gonna call.]] Unlike most forms of undeath, ghosts can be friendly. They may return to protect a loved one, or reward someone who arranged their burial, or the like. Ghosts also come in many flavors. In a lot of works, various words for ghost, such as phantom, spectre, wraith, etc. usually mean different varieties of ghost.

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* [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ghosts]]: Walking corpses without the corpses, most are understandably ticked off about this. Other than that, they have little in common, varying nearly as much as the rest of the undead put together. Depending on the genre, they can be anything from harmless pranksters to [[EldritchAbomination Lovecraftian horrors]]; you'll know which one yours is once he starts smearing things on the wall. If it's crayon, you're generally okay; if it's blood, you are so horribly screwed it's not even funny. Unless you [[TomatoInTheMirror realize]] that you're [[DeadAllAlong already one of them]]... but hey, most people who run into them know who they're [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} gonna call.]] Unlike most forms of undeath, ghosts can be friendly. They may return to protect a loved one, or reward someone who arranged their burial, or the like. Ghosts also come in many flavors. In a lot of works, various words for ghost, such as phantom, spectre, wraith, etc. usually mean different varieties of ghost.
30th Apr '16 6:46:30 AM Scorpion451
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* [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombies]]: Just ordinary, run-of-the-mill walking corpses. They come in a variety of types [[ZombieGait Slow]] (usually...), weak (comparatively...), mostly blind ([[TheDeadHaveEyes unless they aren't]]), and stupid (at first...). [[MadeOfPlasticine Surprisingly squishy]], but they don't really notice. Made with HollywoodVoodoo in older works, and TheVirus in newer ones. Don't get bitten by [[PlagueZombie the latter form]]. Some of them [[KillItWithFire die quickly when burned.]] Others... [[InfernalRetaliation don't]]. However, most, if not all zombies, can be quickly taken down by RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain...except when they aren't. The ParasiteZombie can be highly resilient and adaptable and mutate its host in exotic ways. Know the characteristics of your local zombies to avoid embarrassing mistakes!

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* [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombies]]: Just ordinary, run-of-the-mill walking corpses. They come in a variety of types types, but they tend to share some general traits. Zombies tend to be [[ZombieGait Slow]] (usually...), weak (comparatively...), mostly blind ([[TheDeadHaveEyes unless they aren't]]), and stupid (at first...). [[MadeOfPlasticine Surprisingly squishy]], but they don't really notice. Made with HollywoodVoodoo in older works, and TheVirus in newer ones. Don't get bitten by [[PlagueZombie the latter form]]. Some of them [[KillItWithFire die quickly when burned.]] Others... [[InfernalRetaliation don't]]. However, most, if not all zombies, can be quickly taken down by RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain...except when they aren't. The ParasiteZombie can be highly resilient and adaptable and mutate its host in exotic ways. Know the characteristics of your local zombies to avoid embarrassing mistakes!
30th Apr '16 6:44:02 AM Scorpion451
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* {{Zombie Animal}}s: Take everything previously mentioned about the undead, and now apply it to all forms of life. As it turns out, [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins not everything is better with penguins]].

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* {{Zombie Animal}}s: [[RaisingTheSteaks Zombie Animal]]s: Take everything previously mentioned about the undead, and now apply it to all forms of life. As it turns out, [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins not everything is better with penguins]].


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The UndeadIndex collects more of the related tropes.
30th Apr '16 6:40:22 AM Scorpion451
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* FleshGolem: When a thrifty necromancer or mad scientist has a large number of spare parts left over from constructing their undead legions, you get a flesh golem. Similar to the previous in that these are a reanimated assembly of body parts, flesh golems tend to represent a more... ''whimsical'' approach to anatomy. Parts need not be assembled in a humanoid form- or in a logical way for that matter- and they may not even all be from the same species. Designs tend to be rather freeform and range from [[BodyOfBodies haphazardly fused clumps of bodies]], to lumbering MultiArmedAndDangerous humanoids, to animalistic tangles of limbs.



* [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombies]]: Just ordinary, run-of-the-mill walking corpses. [[ZombieGait Slow]] (usually...), weak (comparatively...), mostly blind ([[TheDeadHaveEyes unless they aren't]]), and stupid (at first...). [[MadeOfPlasticine Surprisingly squishy]], but they don't really notice. [[KillItWithFire Burn 'em if you can]], and [[TheVirus don't get bitten]]. Made with HollywoodVoodoo in older works, and TheVirus in newer ones. Some of them die quickly when burned. Others... [[InfernalRetaliation don't]]. Know the characteristics of your local zombies to avoid embarrassing mistakes! However, most, if not all zombies, can be quickly taken down by RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain...except when they aren't.

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* [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombies]]: Just ordinary, run-of-the-mill walking corpses. They come in a variety of types [[ZombieGait Slow]] (usually...), weak (comparatively...), mostly blind ([[TheDeadHaveEyes unless they aren't]]), and stupid (at first...). [[MadeOfPlasticine Surprisingly squishy]], but they don't really notice. [[KillItWithFire Burn 'em if you can]], and [[TheVirus don't get bitten]]. Made with HollywoodVoodoo in older works, and TheVirus in newer ones. Don't get bitten by [[PlagueZombie the latter form]]. Some of them [[KillItWithFire die quickly when burned. burned.]] Others... [[InfernalRetaliation don't]]. Know the characteristics of your local zombies to avoid embarrassing mistakes! However, most, if not all zombies, can be quickly taken down by RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain...except when they aren't.
aren't. The ParasiteZombie can be highly resilient and adaptable and mutate its host in exotic ways. Know the characteristics of your local zombies to avoid embarrassing mistakes!
* NonHumanUndead: Not all undead begin as humans. A work that includes the undead often includes other fantastical or otherworldly creatures, and these may be just as likely to get up and walk around when they're supposed to be dead. Such entities may also be any of the above types of undead [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot in addition to this trope]].
** The {{Dracolich}} is a dragon returned from the grave, and a frequent cause of adventurers [[OhCrap seriously contemplating their life choices.]]
* {{Zombie Animal}}s: Take everything previously mentioned about the undead, and now apply it to all forms of life. As it turns out, [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins not everything is better with penguins]].
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In ScienceFiction or ScienceFantasy, the undead may have a [[ArtificialZombie technological origin]] instead of a mystical or viral one. This type can range from a downplayed form of {{Cyborg}} reviving an organic body using an , or they may be the work of a ma



Not all undead rise from humans. See RaisingTheSteaks for undead animals, NonHumanUndead for other types, and {{Dracolich}} for when dragons return from the grave.
24th Apr '16 9:25:07 PM DeisTheAlcano
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[[caption-width-right:330:[-[[TotalAnnihilationKingdoms Do not despair in front of this army of the undead. Remember: These are victims, not victors.]]-] ]]

->''From every graveyard pour the hordes to strike before the dawn\\
A thousand years of death's carnage gathered 'fore the morn,\\
Their vengeance turned against mankind's unsuspecting head\\
There's no defense, there's no escape, you cannot kill the dead!''

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[[caption-width-right:330:[-[[TotalAnnihilationKingdoms [[caption-width-right:330:[-[[VideoGame/TotalAnnihilationKingdoms Do not despair in front of this army of the undead. Remember: These are victims, not victors.]]-] ]]

->''From ->''"From every graveyard pour the hordes to strike before the dawn\\
dawn\\
A thousand years of death's carnage gathered 'fore the morn,\\
morn,\\
Their vengeance turned against mankind's unsuspecting head\\
head\\
There's no defense, there's no escape, you cannot kill the dead!''dead!"''
19th Nov '15 9:41:27 AM Mhazard
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* [[OurLichesAreDifferent Liches]]: Popularized in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and common in modern {{Fantasy}}, a lich is an EvilSorcerer who retains his or her magical powers after death -- basically a revenant with a little something extra. In ''D&D'', the lich becomes undead by placing its soul in a SoulJar, and can only be permanently destroyed by destroying said Soul Jar; in other fictions, the Soul Jar is optional. A lich's physical appearance can range from near-normal to zombie-like to completely skeletal, which usually depends on the lich's age. Because of their skill at magic, liches tend to be among the most powerful and dangerous type of undead (if not ''the'' most powerful and dangerous) in settings where they exist.

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* [[OurLichesAreDifferent Liches]]: Popularized in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and common in modern {{Fantasy}}, a lich is an EvilSorcerer who retains his or her magical powers after death -- basically a revenant with a little something extra. In ''D&D'', the lich becomes undead by placing its soul in a SoulJar, and can only be permanently destroyed by destroying said Soul Jar; in other fictions, the Soul Jar is optional. A lich's physical appearance can range from near-normal to zombie-like to completely skeletal, which usually depends on the lich's age. Because of their skill at magic, magic, especially [[{{Necromancer}} necromancy]], liches tend to be among the most powerful and dangerous type of undead (if not ''the'' most powerful and dangerous) in settings where they exist.exist. In the hierarchy of TheNecrocracy, they are guaranteed to be the top tier.
19th Sep '15 6:26:53 AM Skuld
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* [[BlackKnight Death Knights]]: What liches are to sorcerers, these guys [[WarriorHeaven are to]] [[HellIsWar warriors]]. They rarely appear unless the undead are an organized army, and when they do, they function either as its generals, [[EliteMooks shock troopers]], [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking or both]]. They are nearly always found on horseback ([[HellishHorse either skeletal or pitch black]]), their weapon of choice often is a one-handed bastard sword with a skull on the hilt, and their armor is [[SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset richly decorated with skulls, bones, distorted faces, and other heraldry related to death]]. Their actual appearance varies between [[UndeathlyPallor a pale human]], a [[DemBones skeleton]], and completely spectral, relying on a [[AnimatedArmour possessed suit of armor]] instead. Popularized by Lord Soth of ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'', though the UrExample is probably the Nazgûl from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.

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* [[BlackKnight Death Knights]]: What liches are to sorcerers, these guys [[WarriorHeaven are to]] [[HellIsWar warriors]]. They rarely appear unless the undead are an organized army, and when they do, they function either as its generals, [[EliteMooks shock troopers]], [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking or both]]. They are nearly always found on horseback ([[HellishHorse either skeletal or pitch black]]), their weapon of choice often is a one-handed bastard sword with a skull on the hilt, and their armor is [[SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset richly decorated with skulls, bones, distorted faces, and other heraldry related to death]]. Their actual appearance varies between [[UndeathlyPallor a pale human]], a [[DemBones skeleton]], and completely spectral, relying on a [[AnimatedArmour possessed suit of armor]] instead. Popularized by Lord Soth of ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'', though the UrExample is are probably the Nazgûl from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.



* [[OurWightsAreDifferent Wights]]: More or less the mummy's northerly cousin, associated with MedievalEuropeanFantasy. Tolkien popularized them as wights [[note]]more properly a barrow-wight, meaning a "barrow man", with "wight" being simply an antiquated word for "man"[[/note]] and established the modern interpretation, [[OlderThanYouThink but they appear in Norse Oral tradition]] [[note]]as ''haugbui'', which is essentially old Norse for "barrow-man". -bui (pronounced "bwIgh") is related to wight etymologically[[/note]]. The first ''written'' appearances are OlderThanPrint, but these are only the first formal recordings of an oral tradition OlderThanDirt, probably a part of European folklore since the first kid dared another kid to spend the night next to a burial mound. The wight is an old, buried, usually desiccated or naturally mummified corpse[[note]]Some traditional stories also include reanimated drowning victims[[/note]] that rises up to guard its tomb or place of death from intruders. More eldritch and drier than a zombie, but fresher and much less powerful than a lich.

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* [[OurWightsAreDifferent Wights]]: More or less the mummy's northerly cousin, associated with MedievalEuropeanFantasy. Tolkien popularized them as wights [[note]]more properly a barrow-wight, meaning a "barrow man", with "wight" being simply an antiquated word for "man"[[/note]] and established the modern interpretation, [[OlderThanYouThink but they appear in Norse Oral tradition]] [[note]]as ''haugbui'', which is essentially old Norse for "barrow-man"."barrow-dweller". -bui (pronounced "bwIgh") is related to wight etymologically[[/note]]. The first ''written'' appearances are OlderThanPrint, but these are only the first formal recordings of an oral tradition OlderThanDirt, probably a part of European folklore since the first kid dared another kid to spend the night next to a burial mound. The wight is an old, buried, usually desiccated or naturally mummified corpse[[note]]Some traditional stories also include reanimated drowning victims[[/note]] that rises up to guard its tomb or place of death from intruders. More eldritch and drier than a zombie, but fresher and much less powerful than a lich.
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