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4th Sep '16 7:00:13 PM YpsiFang
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* Death, a.k.a. TheGrimReaper: The big guy himself, usually portrayed as an ImplacableMan in a BlackCloak carrying a SinisterScythe. But [[ComicBook/TheSandman not]] [[Series/DeadLikeMe always]]. [[AC:[[Literature/{{Discworld}} MAY SPEAK IN]] [[PaintingTheMedium ALL CAPS]]]]. Is a very diligent worker, who truly [[DeathTakesAHoliday deserves some vacation time]] every now and then. He might ask you nicely to GoIntoTheLight or he might try to send you there [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} himself]]. Or he might just fancy [[ChessWithDeath a nice game of chess]]. There are also variations that look similar to TheGrimReaper but aren't unique beings, yet still more dangerous and rare than your run-off the mill skeleton.

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* Death, a.k.a. TheGrimReaper: The big guy himself, usually portrayed as an ImplacableMan in a BlackCloak carrying a SinisterScythe. But [[ComicBook/TheSandman not]] [[Series/DeadLikeMe always]]. [[AC:[[Literature/{{Discworld}} MAY SPEAK IN]] [[PaintingTheMedium ALL CAPS]]]]. Is a very diligent worker, who truly [[DeathTakesAHoliday deserves some vacation time]] every now and then. He might ask you nicely to GoIntoTheLight or he might try to send you there [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} himself]]. Or he might just fancy [[ChessWithDeath a nice game of chess]]. There are also variations that look similar to TheGrimReaper but aren't unique beings, yet still more dangerous and rare than your run-off the mill run-of-the-mill skeleton.
4th Sep '16 7:00:13 PM YpsiFang
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9th Aug '16 3:56:43 PM nombretomado
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* Death, a.k.a. TheGrimReaper: The big guy himself, usually portrayed as an ImplacableMan in a BlackCloak carrying a SinisterScythe. But [[ComicBook/TheSandman not]] [[DeadLikeMe always]]. [[AC:[[Literature/{{Discworld}} MAY SPEAK IN]] [[PaintingTheMedium ALL CAPS]]]]. Is a very diligent worker, who truly [[DeathTakesAHoliday deserves some vacation time]] every now and then. He might ask you nicely to GoIntoTheLight or he might try to send you there [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} himself]]. Or he might just fancy [[ChessWithDeath a nice game of chess]]. There are also variations that look similar to TheGrimReaper but aren't unique beings, yet still more dangerous and rare than your run-off the mill skeleton.

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* Death, a.k.a. TheGrimReaper: The big guy himself, usually portrayed as an ImplacableMan in a BlackCloak carrying a SinisterScythe. But [[ComicBook/TheSandman not]] [[DeadLikeMe [[Series/DeadLikeMe always]]. [[AC:[[Literature/{{Discworld}} MAY SPEAK IN]] [[PaintingTheMedium ALL CAPS]]]]. Is a very diligent worker, who truly [[DeathTakesAHoliday deserves some vacation time]] every now and then. He might ask you nicely to GoIntoTheLight or he might try to send you there [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} himself]]. Or he might just fancy [[ChessWithDeath a nice game of chess]]. There are also variations that look similar to TheGrimReaper but aren't unique beings, yet still more dangerous and rare than your run-off the mill skeleton.
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.
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