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9th Mar '17 9:53:59 AM WaterBlap
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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 be [[DeathRidesASkateboard a cool guy]] that fancies himself [[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-of-the-mill skeleton. He and his lesser servants may be formerly human, especially if YouKillItYouBoughtIt is in effect; other times they will just be {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of Death who have a lot in common with the Undead even though they aren't dead humans.

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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 be [[DeathRidesASkateboard a cool guy]] guy that fancies himself [[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-of-the-mill skeleton. He and his lesser servants may be formerly human, especially if YouKillItYouBoughtIt is in effect; other times they will just be {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of Death who have a lot in common with the Undead even though they aren't dead humans.
13th Feb '17 8:27:13 AM InformalFallacies
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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-of-the-mill skeleton. He and his lesser servants may be formerly human, especially if YouKillItYouBoughtIt is in effect; other times they will just be {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of Death who have a lot in common with the Undead even though they aren't dead humans.

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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 be [[DeathRidesASkateboard a cool guy]] that fancies himself [[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-of-the-mill skeleton. He and his lesser servants may be formerly human, especially if YouKillItYouBoughtIt is in effect; other times they will just be {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of Death who have a lot in common with the Undead even though they aren't dead humans.
30th Nov '16 9:49:48 PM Mdumas43073
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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-of-the-mill skeleton. He and his lesser servants may be formerly human, especially if YouKillItYouBoughtIt is in effect; but other times they will be just {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of Death who have a lot in common with the Undead even though they aren't dead humans.

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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-of-the-mill skeleton. He and his lesser servants may be formerly human, especially if YouKillItYouBoughtIt is in effect; but other times they will be just be {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of Death who have a lot in common with the Undead even though they aren't dead humans.
30th Nov '16 9:49:04 PM Mdumas43073
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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-of-the-mill skeleton. He and his lesser servants may be formerly human, especially if YouKillItYouBoughtIt is in effect; but other times they will be just AnthropomorphicPersonification s of Death who have a lot in common with the Undead even though they aren't dead humans.

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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-of-the-mill skeleton. He and his lesser servants may be formerly human, especially if YouKillItYouBoughtIt is in effect; but other times they will be just AnthropomorphicPersonification s {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of Death who have a lot in common with the Undead even though they aren't dead humans.
30th Nov '16 9:47:47 PM Mdumas43073
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[[caption-width-right:330:[-[[VideoGame/TotalAnnihilationKingdoms Do not despair in front of this army of the undead. Remember: These are victims, not victors.]]-] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:330:[-[[VideoGame/TotalAnnihilationKingdoms [[caption-width-right:350:[-[[VideoGame/TotalAnnihilationKingdoms Do not despair in front of this army of the undead. Remember: These are victims, not victors.]]-] ]]
30th Nov '16 9:43:20 PM Mdumas43073
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* [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombies]]: Just ordinary, run-of-the-mill walking corpses. They come in a variety of 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]]. [[FleshEast 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, 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]]. [[FleshEast 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 Nov '16 9:42:50 PM Mdumas43073
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* [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombies]]: Just ordinary, run-of-the-mill walking corpses. They come in a variety of 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!

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* [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombies]]: Just ordinary, run-of-the-mill walking corpses. They come in a variety of 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]]. [[FleshEast 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 Nov '16 9:40:30 PM Mdumas43073
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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.



* 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.



* [[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, 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. In the hierarchy of TheNecrocracy, they are guaranteed to be the top tier.



* [[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-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.
** Popularized by Franchise/ElderScrolls, but again, [[OlderThanYouThink dating back to Norse Oral tradition]], the Draugr is a related variety of undead. These, essentially, are the wights of particularly greedy, evil, or stong-willed individuals who manage to retain a greater amount of mental and physical ability. They are not bound to their grave or site of death, though many choose to use such places as a lair out of entitlement or convenience. They possess great magical abilities, including the power to raise their victims as wights. These are the prototype for the Lich and reflect certain aspects of the Revenant and Vampire of nearby cultures.



* [[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, 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. In the hierarchy of TheNecrocracy, they are guaranteed to be the top tier.


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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-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.
** Popularized by Franchise/ElderScrolls, but again, [[OlderThanYouThink dating back to Norse Oral tradition]], the Draugr is a related variety of undead. These, essentially, are the wights of particularly greedy, evil, or stong-willed individuals who manage to retain a greater amount of mental and physical ability. They are not bound to their grave or site of death, though many choose to use such places as a lair out of entitlement or convenience. They possess great magical abilities, including the power to raise their victims as wights. These are the prototype for the Lich and reflect certain aspects of the Revenant and Vampire of nearby cultures.
13th Nov '16 5:36:58 PM Mdumas43073
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For the Creator/RogerCorman film riffed [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E06TheUndead by]] ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', go [[Film/TheUndead here]].



This trope has nothing at all to do with the band Music/HollywoodUndead.

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This trope has nothing at all to do with the band Music/HollywoodUndead. For the Creator/RogerCorman film riffed [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E06TheUndead by]] ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', go [[Film/TheUndead here]].
13th Nov '16 5:36:13 PM Mdumas43073
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For the Creator/RogerCorman film riffed [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E06TheUndead by]] Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000, go [[Film/TheUndead here]].

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For the Creator/RogerCorman film riffed [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E06TheUndead by]] Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000, ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', go [[Film/TheUndead here]].
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