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2nd Jan '17 5:05:05 AM jormis29
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* Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Quazi'' takes place about ten years after a zombie apocalypse. Starting in 2017, whenever a person dies, he or she comes back as a mindless, ravenous zombie about 20 minutes later. The risen can only be killed by destroying the brain or through decapitation. After a while, some risen become intelligent beings again, who start calling themselves Quazi (note the "z"). Only a small percentage of the risen have become Quazi, and no one knows why, just like no one has been able to figure out why the dead rise. The Quazi have bluish-gray skin and don't retain many emotions. They do tend to be peaceful. A full-fledged human vs. Quazi war was stopped in several countries, including Russia, US, and Germany, but several countries have been completely wiped out by the apocalypse. Vast tracts of Russian lands are now filled with ravenous hordes and traveling through them requires the use of armored trains. Moscow remains the bastion of the Russian living with fortifications built up along the Automotive Ring Road, while St. Petersburg has become the capital of the Russian Quazi nation. Interestingly, the Quazi are vegetarian unlike their mindless brethren. Their digestive systems can only process organic foods. The Quazi are unable to develop mentally and are stuck at whatever state they were at death. Their primary goals during their lives become their primary goals upon awakening as Quazi. As a rule, Quazi tend to be logical and unemotional. The protagonist of the novel is a Mortal Affairs Inquirer named Denis Simonov with a grudge against all undead after losing his wife and son during the apocalypse. His responsibility is to be the first on the scene during suspected deaths in order to immobilize or kill any newly-risen. His boss is concerned that most of his "visits" end with the risen being killed in "self-defense", so she partners him with a Quazi cop.

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* Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Quazi'' ''Literature/{{Quazi}}'' takes place about ten years after a zombie apocalypse. Starting in 2017, whenever a person dies, he or she comes back as a mindless, ravenous zombie about 20 minutes later. The risen can only be killed by destroying the brain or through decapitation. After a while, some risen become intelligent beings again, who start calling themselves Quazi (note the "z"). Only a small percentage of the risen have become Quazi, and no one knows why, just like no one has been able to figure out why the dead rise. The Quazi have bluish-gray skin and don't retain many emotions. They do tend to be peaceful. A full-fledged human vs. Quazi war was stopped in several countries, including Russia, US, and Germany, but several countries have been completely wiped out by the apocalypse. Vast tracts of Russian lands are now filled with ravenous hordes and traveling through them requires the use of armored trains. Moscow remains the bastion of the Russian living with fortifications built up along the Automotive Ring Road, while St. Petersburg has become the capital of the Russian Quazi nation. Interestingly, the Quazi are vegetarian unlike their mindless brethren. Their digestive systems can only process organic foods. The Quazi are unable to develop mentally and are stuck at whatever state they were at death. Their primary goals during their lives become their primary goals upon awakening as Quazi. As a rule, Quazi tend to be logical and unemotional. The protagonist of the novel is a Mortal Affairs Inquirer named Denis Simonov with a grudge against all undead after losing his wife and son during the apocalypse. His responsibility is to be the first on the scene during suspected deaths in order to immobilize or kill any newly-risen. His boss is concerned that most of his "visits" end with the risen being killed in "self-defense", so she partners him with a Quazi cop.
30th Dec '16 2:29:37 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' episode "Let's Play Scaredy Cat", Stumpy blatantly ignores Kaeloo's warnings about a magic book and uses a spell, re-animating all the corpses in the nearby cemetery, and Bad Kaeloo and Quack Quack also get turned into zombies after they are bitten. [[spoiler: Mr. Cat [[HiddenDepths manages to single-handedly fight them all off and restore everything back to normal]] by the end.]]
27th Dec '16 8:09:40 AM ChronoLegion
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* Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Quazi'' takes place about ten years after a zombie apocalypse. Starting in 2017, whenever a person dies, he or she comes back as a mindless, ravenous zombie about 20 minutes later. The risen can only be killed by destroying the brain or through decapitation. After a while, some risen become intelligent beings again, who start calling themselves Quazi (note the "z"). Only a small percentage of the risen have become Quazi, and no one knows why, just like no one has been able to figure out why the dead rise. The Quazi have bluish-gray skin and don't retain many emotions. They do tend to be peaceful. A full-fledged human vs. Quazi war was stopped in several countries, including Russia, US, and Germany, but several countries have been completely wiped out by the apocalypse. Vast tracts of Russian lands are now filled with ravenous hordes and traveling through them requires the use of armored trains. Moscow remains the bastion of the Russian living with fortifications built up along the Automotive Ring Road, while St. Petersburg has become the capital of the Russian Quazi nation. Interestingly, the Quazi are vegetarian unlike their mindless brethren. Their digestive systems can only process organic foods. The Quazi are unable to develop mentally and are stuck at whatever state they were at death. Their primary goals during their lives become their primary goals upon awakening as Quazi. As a rule, Quazi tend to be logical and unemotional. The protagonist of the novel is a Mortal Affairs Inquirer named Denis Simonov with a grudge against all undead after losing his wife and son during the apocalypse. His responsibility is to be the first on the scene during suspected deaths in order to immobilize or kill any newly-risen. His boss is concerned that most of his "visits" end with the risen being killed in "self-defense", so she partners him with a Quazi cop.
20th Dec '16 2:00:07 PM StFan
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The '''Zombie Apocalypse''' has arrived.

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The '''Zombie Apocalypse''' Zombie Apocalypse has arrived.



The trope Zombie Apocalypse refers to any kind of undead apocalypse the common traits of this trope are that the undead spread rapidly, wipe out humans primarily by eating or biting them, and are usually highly infectious - even if the undead happen to resemble vampires or yet another kind of monster more than zombies.

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The trope Zombie Apocalypse refers to any kind of undead apocalypse the common traits of this trope are that the undead spread rapidly, wipe out humans primarily by eating or biting them, and are usually highly infectious - -- even if the undead happen to resemble vampires or yet another kind of monster more than zombies.




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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', the justification for [[spoiler:the Plan 34 massacre is that the HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome could cause a Russo-style Zombie Apocalypse if it started spreading out of control.]] The manga-only chapter ''Onisarashi-hen'' shows precisely what happens when [[spoiler:Plan 34 fails and the disease breaks quarantine: aside from a few isolated cases, life goes on as normal. The person who created Plan 34 deliberately lied about how dangerous the Syndrome was in order to get it approved.]]

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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', the ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
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justification for [[spoiler:the Plan 34 massacre is that the HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome could cause a Russo-style Zombie Apocalypse if it started spreading out of control.]] The manga-only chapter ''Onisarashi-hen'' shows precisely what happens when [[spoiler:Plan 34 fails and the disease breaks quarantine: aside from a few isolated cases, life goes on as normal. The person who created Plan 34 deliberately lied about how dangerous the Syndrome was in order to get it approved.]]



* ''[[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Panty & Stocking]]'' did this on their eight episode fittingly titled ''[[TitleOfTheDead ...of the Dead]]'' which parodies most Zombie Apocalypse tropes. [[spoiler: In a surprising aversion. The title characters not only fail to stop the zombie outbreak. But end up becoming zombies themselves. 'Course, as this is a gag show, [[NegativeContinuity things are back to normal the following episode.]]]] It should also be noted that in this universe zombies can [[ShapedLikeItself zombify]] angels, demons and Ghosts.
* An episode of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' was a homage to Russo's work, with an asteroid blowing everyone up à la the nuclear bomb from the movie. This episode had NegativeContinuity.

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* ''[[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Panty & Stocking]]'' did ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' does this on their the eight episode fittingly titled ''[[TitleOfTheDead ..."[[TitleOfTheDead ...of the Dead]]'' Dead]]" which parodies most Zombie Apocalypse tropes. [[spoiler: In a surprising aversion. The title characters not only fail to stop the zombie outbreak. But end up becoming zombies themselves. 'Course, as this is a gag show, [[NegativeContinuity things are back to normal the following episode.]]]] It should also be noted that in this universe zombies can [[ShapedLikeItself zombify]] angels, demons and Ghosts.
* An episode of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' was is a homage to Russo's work, with an asteroid blowing everyone up à la the nuclear bomb from the movie. This episode had has NegativeContinuity.



* The MarvelUniverse comic ComicBook/MarvelZombies, spun off from ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'', fused this with the Super Hero genre, to transform the superpowered characters into intelligent, Russo-style zombies. Zombiism in this series causes decay and an incredibly powerful craving for non-zombified human flesh. Although the virus can infect anyone, the super-powered zombies still kept their powers, and thus quickly overwhelmed and devoured all the defenseless, normal humans. The series starts on a world where they're the only ones left, having already hunted down and eaten every last non-zombie person on the planet.
** In addition, ''Marvel Zombies'' discusses why they do not turn on each other; zombie flesh is unappetizing, and flesh imbued with the Power Cosmic is more nourishing to the zombie-ized superheroes.
*** Also, the zombies are able to stay sane and focused after they have just eaten, though it was later revealed that [[spoiler:the hunger also goes away if they go without eating flesh for a sufficient amount of time, making it more like a drug addiction.]]
** Later on, they're attacking the main Marvel universe. Good thing Aaron Stack is a robot with chainsaw hands...
** A later series also hints that the zombie virus is ''sentient'', with various zombified characters referring to it as "the Hunger Gospel".
*** Amusingly, this was actually itself made fun of in ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies 5'', in which the characters go to the [[WelcomeToTheRealWorld real world]] and talk about how the trope itself makes little sense.

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* The MarvelUniverse comic ComicBook/MarvelZombies, ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies'', spun off from ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'', fused fuses this with the Super Hero genre, to transform the superpowered characters into intelligent, Russo-style zombies. Zombiism in this series causes decay and an incredibly powerful craving for non-zombified human flesh. Although the virus can infect anyone, the super-powered zombies still kept their keeptheir powers, and thus quickly overwhelmed overwhelm and devoured all the defenseless, normal humans. The series starts on a world where they're the only ones left, having already hunted down and eaten every last non-zombie person on the planet.
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planet.\\\
In addition, ''Marvel Zombies'' discusses why they do not turn on each other; zombie flesh is unappetizing, and flesh imbued with the Power Cosmic is more nourishing to the zombie-ized superheroes.
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superheroes. Also, the zombies are able to stay sane and focused after they have just eaten, though it was is later revealed that [[spoiler:the hunger also goes away if they go without eating flesh for a sufficient amount of time, making it more like a drug addiction.]]
**
]] Later on, they're attacking the main Marvel universe. Good thing Aaron Stack is a robot with chainsaw hands...
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hands... A later series also hints that the zombie virus is ''sentient'', with various zombified characters referring to it as "the Hunger Gospel".
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Gospel". Amusingly, this was actually itself made fun of in ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies 5'', in which the characters go to the [[WelcomeToTheRealWorld real world]] and talk about how the trope itself makes little sense.



* Amazingly, this even happened to ''TheSmurfs''. The Smurfs started out as a Belgian comic book, and in the first issue, "The Black Smurfs", a Smurf is infected by a disease that turns him jet-black, violent, and unable to speak. He then spreads the disease by biting other Smurfs, and Papa Smurf and the few other remaining normal Smurfs have to find a cure. This story, despite having nearly every element of the modern Zombie Apocalypse, predated ''Night of the Living Dead'' by ''nine years''.
** When the story was adapted for the animated series (see below), the color of the "zombie" Smurfs was changed from black to purple, presumably to avoid any accusations of racism.
** The Papercutz translation of the original comic book story to English also changes the infected Smurfs to purple.
*** Also, purple allows for more shading and greater visibility.
** Gary explains the events of the first issue, ''Les Schtroumpfs Noirs'', [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/gnap! here]].
** The original story also serves as the OriginsEpisode for the comics version of Grouchy Smurf--he was the PatientZero who initially spread the infection, and retained some of the anti-social tendencies after the disease was cured. (In the animated version, Grouchy already existed, and Lazy was the first Smurf infected.)
* ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' is an ongoing comic book that follows Rick Grimes, an Atlanta sheriff who SleptThroughTheApocalypse, as he tries to find a safe place for his family and a rotating cast of other survivors. Since it is an ongoing series perpetuated by RuleOfDrama, any safe haven is a HopeSpot at best, and Rick's life is perpetually a FromBadToWorse scenario. The narrative only follows Rick's story, so it is unknown how bad the apocalypse is, but the zombies have at least overrun the East coast of the United States. The zombies follow typical Romero rules.
** ''The Walking Dead'' is a unique case of the ZombieApocalypse setting. Firstly, the zombies are presented as more like a natural disaster than a consistent threat: the true conflict of the series comes from interactions with [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters fellow survivors and other group members]]. Secondly, [[spoiler:bites do not infect people, as the virus is airborne and people turn on death, meaning the likelihood of a widespread outbreak occurring is much greater (although the bites are still deadly)]]. Thirdly, the USA as a nation state collapsed long before the story starts, leaving people as scattered, nomadic scavengers. Finally, walkers seem to have good hearing and smell but poor eyesight. This functions as a double-edged sword: on one hand, walkers are drawn to gunfire and thus survivors must be careful about use of firearms, but on the other hand, it is possible to sneak around zombies provided you stay out of sight and don't attract attention, placing more emphasis on stealth and melee combat. [[ReconstructedTrope This overall makes the idea of a widespread outbreak more realistic and plausible, while addressing commonly cited issues people have with the setting]].

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* Amazingly, this even happened to ''TheSmurfs''.''ComicBook/TheSmurfs''. The Smurfs started out as a Belgian comic book, and in the first issue, "The Black Smurfs", a Smurf is infected by a disease that turns him jet-black, violent, and unable to speak. He then spreads the disease by biting other Smurfs, and Papa Smurf and the few other remaining normal Smurfs have to find a cure. This story, despite having nearly every element of the modern Zombie Apocalypse, predated ''Night of the Living Dead'' by ''nine years''.
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years''. When the story was adapted for the animated series (see below), the color of the "zombie" Smurfs was changed from black to purple, presumably to avoid any accusations of racism.
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racism. The Papercutz translation of the original comic book story to English also changes the infected Smurfs to purple.
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purple. Also, purple allows for more shading and greater visibility.
**
visibility. Gary explains the events of the first issue, ''Les Schtroumpfs Noirs'', [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/gnap! here]].
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here]]. The original story also serves as the OriginsEpisode for the comics version of Grouchy Smurf--he Smurf -- he was the PatientZero who initially spread the infection, and retained some of the anti-social tendencies after the disease was cured. (In the animated version, Grouchy already existed, exists, and Lazy was is the first Smurf infected.)
* ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' is an ongoing comic book that follows Rick Grimes, an Atlanta sheriff who SleptThroughTheApocalypse, as he tries to find a safe place for his family and a rotating cast of other survivors. Since it is an ongoing series perpetuated by RuleOfDrama, any safe haven is a HopeSpot at best, and Rick's life is perpetually a FromBadToWorse scenario. The narrative only follows Rick's story, so it is unknown how bad the apocalypse is, but the zombies have at least overrun the East coast of the United States. The zombies follow typical Romero rules.
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rules.\\\
''The Walking Dead'' is a unique case of the ZombieApocalypse setting. Firstly, the zombies are presented as more like a natural disaster than a consistent threat: the true conflict of the series comes from interactions with [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters fellow survivors and other group members]]. Secondly, [[spoiler:bites do not infect people, as the virus is airborne and people turn on death, meaning the likelihood of a widespread outbreak occurring is much greater (although the bites are still deadly)]]. Thirdly, the USA as a nation state collapsed long before the story starts, leaving people as scattered, nomadic scavengers. Finally, walkers seem to have good hearing and smell but poor eyesight. This functions as a double-edged sword: on one hand, walkers are drawn to gunfire and thus survivors must be careful about use of firearms, but on the other hand, it is possible to sneak around zombies provided you stay out of sight and don't attract attention, placing more emphasis on stealth and melee combat. [[ReconstructedTrope This overall makes the idea of a widespread outbreak more realistic and plausible, while addressing commonly cited issues people have with the setting]].



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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' once had a strip depicting the "Night of the Living Dead Chipmunks".
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* The basis for the [[DarkFic Dark Fic]] adaption of Manga/ToLoveRu, [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10223400/1/To-Love-DEATH To Love-Death]]. If you like [[LighterAndSofter Happier]] anime, you've come the wrong place, kiddo.
* In the Mass Effect and Jurassic Park fusion fic ''FanFic/TyrantKings'', Khar'shan (the Batarian homeworld) suffers ''two'' at nearly the same time, in addition to an alien invasion. The first was the result of a fungal bioweapon that turned Batarians into zombies, while the second was because the Emperor of the Hegemony decided that the way to fight the zombies was to turn loyal soldiers and civilians into Husks to fight the menace.

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* The basis for the [[DarkFic Dark Fic]] DarkFic adaption of Manga/ToLoveRu, ''Manga/ToLoveRu'', [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10223400/1/To-Love-DEATH To Love-Death]]. If you like [[LighterAndSofter Happier]] anime, you've come the wrong place, kiddo.
* In the Mass Effect ''Mass Effect'' and Jurassic Park ''Jurassic Park'' fusion fic ''FanFic/TyrantKings'', ''Fanfic/TyrantKings'', Khar'shan (the Batarian homeworld) suffers ''two'' at nearly the same time, in addition to an alien invasion. The first was the result of a fungal bioweapon that turned Batarians into zombies, while the second was because the Emperor of the Hegemony decided that the way to fight the zombies was to turn loyal soldiers and civilians into Husks to fight the menace.



* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, we have an AlienInvasion [[spoiler:by the Flood]] that's resulted in this in one ''galaxy'' with several others under active threat.

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* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins ''[[Fanfic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, we have an AlienInvasion [[spoiler:by the Flood]] that's resulted in this in one ''galaxy'' with several others under active threat.



* ''FanFic/UnderCoverOfDarkness'': [[TheMagicSchoolBus A Magic School Bus]] fanfic in which an older Ms. Frizzle's class has to survive a [[NotUsingTheZWord mauler]] apocalypse. It's one big ShoutOut of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', though not a true crossover. While it follows a similar storyline to the tv series, there are notable differences. There are characters that share names with TWD characters, but they are not the same people, and the story isn't set in Georgia.
* ''FanFic/RespawnOfTheDead'' asks what would happen if a Zombie Apocalypse took place in the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' universe (long before the Scream Fortress event that let players use cosmetic items to turn into zombies or the "Wave 666" mission, which is a rather literal armed zombie invasion). The answer is that in spite of the game's darkly comedic setting, things would get really horrific (and [[TearJerker really heartbreaking]]) ''really'' fast. In short, one of the Medics elects to recreate the technology behind respawning, which goes very bad in a big hurry.

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* ''FanFic/UnderCoverOfDarkness'': ''Fanfic/UnderCoverOfDarkness'': [[TheMagicSchoolBus A Magic School Bus]] fanfic in which an older Ms. Frizzle's class has to survive a [[NotUsingTheZWord mauler]] apocalypse. It's one big ShoutOut of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', though not a true crossover. While it follows a similar storyline to the tv series, there are notable differences. There are characters that share names with TWD characters, but they are not the same people, and the story isn't set in Georgia.
* ''FanFic/RespawnOfTheDead'' ''Fanfic/RespawnOfTheDead'' asks what would happen if a Zombie Apocalypse took place in the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' universe (long before the Scream Fortress event that let players use cosmetic items to turn into zombies or the "Wave 666" mission, which is a rather literal armed zombie invasion). The answer is that in spite of the game's darkly comedic setting, things would get really horrific (and [[TearJerker really heartbreaking]]) ''really'' fast. In short, one of the Medics elects to recreate the technology behind respawning, which goes very bad in a big hurry.



* Surprisingly enough, someone managed to make a ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' zombie apocalypse AlternateUniverse fanfic, which you can find [[FanficRecs/{{Watchmen}} here]], that really kicks ass. [[spoiler:Probably because Rorschach is just about the only character that would wind up happier and saner upon becoming one of the flesh-craving undead.]]



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* InvisibleInvaders may be the UrExample. In this film, invisible aliens possess corpses and [[PuppeteerParasite use them to attack the living]]. It's largely [[UnBuiltTrope Un-built]], since the zombies aren't contagious and humankind quickly finds a way of dealing with them.

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* InvisibleInvaders ''Film/InvisibleInvaders'' may be the UrExample. In this film, invisible aliens possess corpses and [[PuppeteerParasite use them to attack the living]]. It's largely [[UnBuiltTrope Un-built]], since the zombies aren't contagious and humankind quickly finds a way of dealing with them.



* ''Gangs of the Dead'' aka ''Last Rites'' had homeless people zombies created by radiation from a meteor that fell to earth attacking so the Latino and black gangs had to more-or-less put off their fight to stay alive.

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* ''Gangs of the Dead'' aka a.k.a. ''Last Rites'' had homeless people zombies created by radiation from a meteor that fell to earth attacking so the Latino and black gangs had to more-or-less put off their fight to stay alive.



* ''J'Accuse!'' aka ''I Accuse'' (1921) is possibly the earliest zombie apocalypse style movie ever made complete with political commentary. What starts as a typical patriotic war story of lost loves, turns into a Zombie apocalypse when the millions of dead soldiers of World War 1, march home from the battlefield to lay the blame for the war at the feet of those that stayed behind.

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* ''J'Accuse!'' aka a.k.a. ''I Accuse'' Accuse!'' (1921) is possibly the earliest zombie apocalypse style movie ever made complete with political commentary. What starts as a typical patriotic war story of lost loves, turns into a Zombie apocalypse when the millions of dead soldiers of World War 1, I march home from the battlefield to lay the blame for the war at the feet of those that stayed behind.



* ''[[Film/DeadAir2009 Dead Air]]'' continues the tradition of virus-infected TechnicallyLivingZombie films, with the infection being caused by a compound spread by terrorist attacks in the United States' major cities.
* The fan remake for [[Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace Plan Nine From Outer Space]] seems to be playing this up, ''majorly''.
** On that note, the original had also had a (badly) attempted one.

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* ''[[Film/DeadAir2009 Dead Air]]'' ''Film/{{Dead Air|2009}}'' continues the tradition of virus-infected TechnicallyLivingZombie films, with the infection being caused by a compound spread by terrorist attacks in the United States' major cities.
* The fan remake for [[Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace Plan Nine From Outer Space]] ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' seems to be playing this up, ''majorly''.
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''majorly''. On that note, the original had also had has a (badly) attempted one.



* This happens halfway into the second ''Series/NewKids'' film, which is shown to be more of a parody of zombie films than an actual zombie film, complete with grainy filters.
* Acclaim French film ''LaHorde'' shows a group of cops and gangsters facing a Zombie Apocalypse together.

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* This happens halfway into the second ''Series/NewKids'' ''Film/NewKids'' film, which is shown to be more of a parody of zombie films than an actual zombie film, complete with grainy filters.
* Acclaim French film ''LaHorde'' ''Film/LaHorde'' shows a group of cops and gangsters facing a Zombie Apocalypse together.



* German film ''Rammbock'' or ''SiegeOfTheDead'' deals with a Zombie Apocalypse of the HatePlague variant.
* Korean film ''Film/TrainToBusan'' is probably the best well known Korean version.

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* German film ''Rammbock'' or ''SiegeOfTheDead'' ''Film/SiegeOfTheDead'' deals with a Zombie Apocalypse of the HatePlague variant.
* Korean film ''Film/TrainToBusan'' is probably the best well known well-known Korean version.



* Creator/RaymondEFeist's [[Literature/SagaOfRecluce fantasy literature]] has the Black Slayers: dead warriors called back to life using necromancy, or in one case, using the authority of the Goddess of Death. Once called, they are virtually unstoppable, where even severed body parts will wriggle towards each other to reassemble.
** Near the end of the Serpentwar, a magic user casts a spell that continuously reanimates all corpses in the battlefield to do their bidding. This has friendly and enemy soldiers both being killed off and rising again to fight for the magic user.
* OlderThanDirt invocations in Myth/MesopotamianMythology:
** In ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'', [[JerkassGods the goddess]] [[IHaveManyNames Ishtar/Inanna]] tells her father that if he doesn't help her get revenge on Gilgamesh for turning down her proposition, she will break open the underworld and [[DisproportionateRetribution bring up the dead to consume the living]], all of them. He, sensibly, agrees to her alternative. Had she gone through with it, it would probably have been the UrExample by a couple of millennia.
** She does it again in ''Literature/InannasDescentToTheNetherworld'', sort of a SpinOff of the ''Epic of Gilgamesh''. She uses the Zombie Apocalypse threat against the gatekeeper of the underworld, and after deliberating with Irkalla's queen (Inanna's sister Ereshkigal), he agrees to let her in, on the condition that she remove her clothing and jewelry at a series of checkpoints.

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* Creator/RaymondEFeist's [[Literature/SagaOfRecluce fantasy literature]] ''Literature/SagaOfRecluce'' has the Black Slayers: dead warriors called back to life using necromancy, or in one case, using the authority of the Goddess of Death. Once called, they are virtually unstoppable, where even severed body parts will wriggle towards each other to reassemble.
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reassemble. Near the end of the Serpentwar, a magic user magic-user casts a spell that continuously reanimates all corpses in the battlefield to do their bidding. This has friendly and enemy soldiers both being killed off and rising again to fight for the magic user.
* OlderThanDirt invocations in Myth/MesopotamianMythology:
** In ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'', [[JerkassGods the goddess]] [[IHaveManyNames Ishtar/Inanna]] tells her father that if he doesn't help her get revenge on Gilgamesh for turning down her proposition, she will break open the underworld and [[DisproportionateRetribution bring up the dead to consume the living]], all of them. He, sensibly, agrees to her alternative. Had she gone through with it, it would probably have been the UrExample by a couple of millennia.
** She does it again in ''Literature/InannasDescentToTheNetherworld'', sort of a SpinOff of the ''Epic of Gilgamesh''. She uses the Zombie Apocalypse threat against the gatekeeper of the underworld, and after deliberating with Irkalla's queen (Inanna's sister Ereshkigal), he agrees to let her in, on the condition that she remove her clothing and jewelry at a series of checkpoints.
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--> I wait 'till they day's end when the moon is high
--> Then I'll rise with the tide with a lust for life
--> I'll amass an army, yo I'll harness a horde
--> Then we'll limp across the land until we stand at the shore.

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--> I -->''I wait 'till they day's end when the moon is high
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high\\
Then I'll rise with the tide with a lust for life
-->
life\\
I'll amass an army, yo I'll harness a horde
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horde\\
Then we'll limp across the land until we stand at the shore.



--> The ragged, they come, and the ragged, they kill!
--> You pray so hard on bloody knees.
--> The ragged, they come, and the ragged, they kill!
--> Down in the cool air I can see.

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--> -->''The ragged, they come, and the ragged, they kill!\\
You pray so hard on bloody knees.\\
The ragged, they come, and the ragged, they kill!
--> You pray so hard on bloody knees.
--> The ragged, they come, and the ragged, they kill!
-->
kill!\\
Down in the cool air I can see. ''



[[folder:Mythology]]
* OlderThanFeudalism; the Ragnarok of the Myth/NorseMythology mentions the world destroyed by resurrected dead broguht back from Hell by Loki, among other monsters.

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[[folder:Mythology]]
[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* OlderThanFeudalism; the Ragnarok of the Myth/NorseMythology mentions the world destroyed by resurrected dead broguht brought back from Hell by Loki, among other monsters.monsters.
* OlderThanDirt invocations in Myth/MesopotamianMythology:
** In ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'', [[JerkassGods the goddess]] [[IHaveManyNames Ishtar/Inanna]] tells her father that if he doesn't help her get revenge on Gilgamesh for turning down her proposition, she will break open the underworld and [[DisproportionateRetribution bring up the dead to consume the living]], all of them. He, sensibly, agrees to her alternative. Had she gone through with it, it would probably have been the UrExample by a couple of millennia.
** She does it again in ''Literature/InannasDescentToTheNetherworld'', sort of a SpinOff of the ''Epic of Gilgamesh''. She uses the Zombie Apocalypse threat against the gatekeeper of the underworld, and after deliberating with Irkalla's queen (Inanna's sister Ereshkigal), he agrees to let her in, on the condition that she remove her clothing and jewelry at a series of checkpoints.



[[folder:New Media]]
* Blogging example: on 13th June 2007, the blogosphere declared a zombie apocalypse. While [[http://myelvesaredifferent.blogspot.com/2007/05/blog-like-its-end-of-world-bliteotw.html this page]] contains the biggest list of links, it is no means exhaustive.
* The ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' Public Service Announcement "Planning to Fail" detailed the Zombie Apocalypse survival plans of the main characters
-->'''Grif''': There's two kinds of people in the world Doc. Those who have a plan prepared for when the zombies take over the Earth, and those who don't. We call those last people 'dinner'.
* ''WebAnimation/TheSpiderCliffMysteries'': Spider Cliff has the occasional zombie attack, which are all quickly contained offscreen. Except for Annabelle, the intelligent, intact, friendly zombie.
* Last year Topps released a new card series titled ''Hollywood Zombies'' which features parodies of celebrities as flesh eating zombies.
* Zombies are an Iconic feature of ''Website/GaiaOnline''. Gaia has not one, but ''two'' Zombie Apocalypse events (one traditional, one involving {{Killer Rabbit}}s), as well as a Vampire war that was functionally identical to a Zombie Invasion. In addition, Gaia has released two item based Zombie themed skins, and later brought back even more zombies for the Olympics (although they're created through a serum rather than TheVirus).
** The Zombies introduced for the Olympics played a part in the 2K8 Halloween event, where they were referred to as Glompies. They killed members of the other three teams by hugging them to death.
* The website ''Blog/LastDaysJournal'' is a user-generated series of blogs about what happens after the zombie apocalypse.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Xombie}}'' is a series of animated web shorts, trade paperbacks, and web comics that deals with the war between xombies, zombies, and humans. The schtick is that zombies are your average, run-of-the-mill reanimated dead, whilst xombies are corpses that retain their former intelligence, gain enhanced physical strength, some kind of crazy weapon, and high Animal Empathy. The original shorts revolved around the xombie Dirge and his dog Cerberus protecting a young girl (Zoe), on her way to the last human settlement.
** So in other words, zombies are... well, ''zombies'', whereas xombies are more like ''revenants'' as defined on [[TheUndead the undead page]]?
* Fledgling ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' AlternateUniverse [=RP=] [[http://z10.invisionfree.com/SOTF_V2/index.php?showtopic=3044 [=SOTF=] Zombies]] sees a group of ten survivors attempting to fend off the reanimated bodies of their dead classmates to make it to the coastline, where a rescue boat awaits.
* Website/FourChan's Weapons-oriented component routinely sees threads of what would you do during a Zombie Apocalypse. Anything from where would you go, to what weapons and ammo and supplies you carry is brought up. The board is getting fairly sick of it at this point.
* Surprisingly enough, someone managed to make a ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' zombie apocalypse AlternateUniverse fanfic, which you can find [[FanficRecs/{{Watchmen}} here]], that really kicked ass. [[spoiler:Probably because Rorschach is just about the only character that would wind up happier and saner upon becoming one of the flesh-craving undead.]]
* Several [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP objects]] could potentially trigger this, especially [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-008 SCP-008]], which specifically invokes the trope. Additionally, SCP-093 allows access to a world where something like this has already happened; [[spoiler:though the "zombies" are faceless, legless horrors, produced by a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien, that have absorbed so many people that by this point they're the size of ''[[MiracleGroMonster buildings]]''.]]
* This is implied to be the case in [[http://www.ubernorden.com Tales of Ubernorden]].

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[[folder:New Media]]
[[folder:Pinballs]]
* Blogging example: ''Pinball/TheWalkingDead'', based on 13th June 2007, the blogosphere declared a zombie apocalypse. While [[http://myelvesaredifferent.blogspot.com/2007/05/blog-like-its-end-of-world-bliteotw.html this page]] contains the biggest list of links, it is no means exhaustive.
* The ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' Public Service Announcement "Planning to Fail" detailed the Zombie Apocalypse survival plans
[[Series/TheWalkingDead AMC television show of the main characters
-->'''Grif''': There's two kinds of people in the world Doc. Those who have a plan prepared for when the zombies take over the Earth, and those who don't. We call those last people 'dinner'.
* ''WebAnimation/TheSpiderCliffMysteries'': Spider Cliff has the occasional zombie attack, which are all quickly contained offscreen. Except for Annabelle, the intelligent, intact, friendly zombie.
* Last year Topps released a new card series titled ''Hollywood Zombies'' which features parodies of celebrities as flesh eating zombies.
* Zombies are an Iconic feature of ''Website/GaiaOnline''. Gaia has not one, but ''two'' Zombie Apocalypse events (one traditional, one involving {{Killer Rabbit}}s), as well as a Vampire war that was functionally identical to a Zombie Invasion. In addition, Gaia has released two item based Zombie themed skins, and later brought back even more zombies for the Olympics (although they're created through a serum rather than TheVirus).
** The Zombies introduced for the Olympics played a part in the 2K8 Halloween event, where they were referred to as Glompies. They killed members of the other three teams by hugging them to death.
* The website ''Blog/LastDaysJournal'' is a user-generated series of blogs about what happens after the zombie apocalypse.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Xombie}}'' is a series of animated web shorts, trade paperbacks, and web comics that deals with the war between xombies, zombies, and humans. The schtick is that zombies are your average, run-of-the-mill reanimated dead, whilst xombies are corpses that retain their former intelligence, gain enhanced physical strength, some kind of crazy weapon, and high Animal Empathy. The original shorts revolved around the xombie Dirge and his dog Cerberus protecting a young girl (Zoe), on her way to the last human settlement.
** So in other words, zombies are... well, ''zombies'', whereas xombies are more like ''revenants'' as defined on [[TheUndead the undead page]]?
* Fledgling ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' AlternateUniverse [=RP=] [[http://z10.invisionfree.com/SOTF_V2/index.php?showtopic=3044 [=SOTF=] Zombies]] sees a group of ten survivors attempting to fend off the reanimated bodies of their dead classmates to make it to the coastline, where a rescue boat awaits.
* Website/FourChan's Weapons-oriented component routinely sees threads of what would you do during a Zombie Apocalypse. Anything from where would you go, to what weapons and ammo and supplies you carry is brought up. The board is getting fairly sick of it at this point.
* Surprisingly enough, someone managed to make a ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' zombie apocalypse AlternateUniverse fanfic, which you can find [[FanficRecs/{{Watchmen}} here]], that really kicked ass. [[spoiler:Probably because Rorschach is just about the only character that would wind up happier and saner upon becoming one of the flesh-craving undead.]]
* Several [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP objects]] could potentially trigger this, especially [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-008 SCP-008]], which specifically invokes the trope. Additionally, SCP-093 allows access to a world where something like this has already happened; [[spoiler:though the "zombies" are faceless, legless horrors, produced by a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien, that have absorbed so many people that by this point they're the size of ''[[MiracleGroMonster buildings]]''.]]
* This is implied to be the case in [[http://www.ubernorden.com Tales of Ubernorden]].
same name.]]



[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' once had a strip depicting the "Night of the Living Dead Chipmunks".

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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
[[folder:Print Media]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' once had a strip depicting For their April Fools 2008 issue, The University at Buffalo's ''Spectrum'' college newspaper reported, among other things, about the "Night emergence of the Living Dead Chipmunks".Necro-Animatory Syndrome virus, and the rise of the ambulatory dead ("zombie" being an "outdated and offensive term," though Bush is quoted as nearly using it) out of Cape Canaveral, where the NAS virus had apparently come back with a space shuttle crew. Articles included general information, survival guide, how to recognize an NAS sufferer (not very hard), and what to do if you're bitten (die with dignity, and with a friend to take you out immediately).
* [[http://65.127.124.62/south_asia/4483241.stm.htm This fake BBC article]] claimed that a Zombie Outbreak had occurred in Cambodia and was hushed up by the government. It was [[http://www.snopes.com/humor/iftrue/zombies.asp debunked on Snopes.com]] but is still passed around from time to time.
* The BBC [[http://www.islandcrisis.net/2009/05/h1z1-zombie-swine-flu-hoax-invade-world/ put out another article]], this time playing on the Swine Flu scare ([=H1Z1=], a mutation of the [=H1N1=] virus that reanimated the victim after death, who then showed signs of the usual zombie behaviour). It is of course, fake, but the comments on the page are well worth reading.



[[folder:Pinball]]
* ''Pinball/TheWalkingDead'', based on the [[Series/TheWalkingDead AMC television show of the same name.]]
[[/folder]]



* Discussed and specifically averted in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', though in regards to a Vampire Apocalypse instead. Shiki naturally points out that if there are vampires, and they have to feed so much, then why are there still so few? Arcueid points out that A. vampires don't get along well with each other and fight a lot and B. organizations such as The Church hunting them down, so they keep a low profile and avoiding making too many minions to avoid unwanted attention.



* ''VisualNovel/HarvestDecember'' has a chapter where this effectively happens as the main god of an island infuses pretty much all of the local girls with his power, causing them to go on a primal rampage without any control of their own selves.
* The Necroa Virus in VideoGame/PlagueInc qualifies, though it is possible to win with this virus [[SubvertedTrope without actually creating zombies.]] There's even an achievement for doing so, and the symptoms you do get(cannibalism, psychosis, delirium, etc.) give you [[TechnicallyLivingZombie Technically Living Zombies]] anyway.

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* ''VisualNovel/HarvestDecember'' has a chapter where this effectively happens as the main god of an island infuses pretty much all of the local girls with his power, causing them to go on a primal rampage without any control of their own selves.
* The Necroa Virus in VideoGame/PlagueInc ''VideoGame/PlagueInc'' qualifies, though it is possible to win with this virus [[SubvertedTrope without actually creating zombies.]] There's even an achievement for doing so, and the symptoms you do get(cannibalism, psychosis, delirium, etc.) give you [[TechnicallyLivingZombie Technically Living Zombies]] anyway.



[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Discussed and specifically averted in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', though in regards to a Vampire Apocalypse instead. Shiki naturally points out that if there are vampires, and they have to feed so much, then why are there still so few? Arcueid points out that A. vampires don't get along well with each other and fight a lot and B. organizations such as The Church hunting them down, so they keep a low profile and avoiding making too many minions to avoid unwanted attention.
* ''VisualNovel/HarvestDecember'' has a chapter where this effectively happens as the main god of an island infuses pretty much all of the local girls with his power, causing them to go on a primal rampage without any control of their own selves.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' Public Service Announcement "Planning to Fail" details the Zombie Apocalypse survival plans of the main characters
-->'''Grif:''' There's two kinds of people in the world Doc. Those who have a plan prepared for when the zombies take over the Earth, and those who don't. We call those last people "dinner".
* ''WebAnimation/TheSpiderCliffMysteries'': Spider Cliff has the occasional zombie attack, which are all quickly contained offscreen. Except for Annabelle, the intelligent, intact, friendly zombie.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Xombie}}'' is a series of animated web shorts, trade paperbacks, and web comics that deals with the war between xombies, zombies, and humans. The schtick is that zombies are your average, run-of-the-mill reanimated dead, whilst xombies are corpses that retain their former intelligence, gain enhanced physical strength, some kind of crazy weapon, and high Animal Empathy. The original shorts revolved around the xombie Dirge and his dog Cerberus protecting a young girl (Zoe), on her way to the last human settlement.
* ''WebAnimation/BowsersKingdom'' [[HalloweenEpisode episode 666]] has one of these. Jeff even lampshaded how zombies can't talk:
-->'''Shy Guy:''' I'm a zombie now! Ugh!\\
'''Jeff:''' Wait a minute, zombies can't talk.\\
'''Shy Guy:''' Oh, okay! Ugh!
* ''WebAnimation/TheFrolloShow'' features one during the "Frollo Beats Up Evil Residents" arc.
[[/folder]]



* In ''{{Webcomic/Freefall}}'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02286.htm the possibility exists, if a program got loose and destroyed robotic minds.]]

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* In ''{{Webcomic/Freefall}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02286.htm the possibility exists, if a program got loose and destroyed robotic minds.]]



[[folder: Web Original]]

* Subverted by WebVideo/{{Brains}}. The series is set in the post-post-apocalypse. The main character, Alison, just wants to get on with her life and start dating again.

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[[folder: Web Original]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Blogging example: on 13th June 2007, the blogosphere declared a zombie apocalypse. While [[http://myelvesaredifferent.blogspot.com/2007/05/blog-like-its-end-of-world-bliteotw.html this page]] contains the biggest list of links, it is no means exhaustive.
* Topps released a card series titled ''Hollywood Zombies'' which features parodies of celebrities as flesh-eating zombies.
* Zombies are an Iconic feature of ''Website/GaiaOnline''. Gaia has not one, but ''two'' Zombie Apocalypse events (one traditional, one involving {{Killer Rabbit}}s), as well as a Vampire war that was functionally identical to a Zombie Invasion. In addition, Gaia has released two item based Zombie themed skins, and later brought back even more zombies for the Olympics (although they're created through a serum rather than TheVirus). The Zombies introduced for the Olympics played a part in the 2K8 Halloween event, where they were referred to as Glompies. They killed members of the other three teams by hugging them to death.
* The website ''Blog/LastDaysJournal'' is a user-generated series of blogs about what happens after the zombie apocalypse.
* Fledgling ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' AlternateUniverse [=RP=] [[http://z10.invisionfree.com/SOTF_V2/index.php?showtopic=3044 [=SOTF=] Zombies]] sees a group of ten survivors attempting to fend off the reanimated bodies of their dead classmates to make it to the coastline, where a rescue boat awaits.
* Website/FourChan's Weapons-oriented component routinely sees threads of what would you do during a Zombie Apocalypse. Anything from where would you go, to what weapons and ammo and supplies you carry is brought up. The board is getting fairly sick of it at this point.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': Several SCP objects can potentially trigger this, especially [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-008 SCP-008]], which specifically invokes the trope. Additionally, SCP-093 allows access to a world where something like this has already happened; [[spoiler:though the "zombies" are faceless, legless horrors, produced by a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien, that have absorbed so many people that by this point they're the size of ''[[MiracleGroMonster buildings]]''.]]
* This is implied to be the case in [[http://www.ubernorden.com Tales of Ubernorden]].
* Subverted by WebVideo/{{Brains}}.''WebVideo/{{Brains}}''. The series is set in the post-post-apocalypse. The main character, Alison, just wants to get on with her life and start dating again.



* ''WebAnimation/BowsersKingdom'' [[HalloweenEpisode episode 666]] has one of these. Jeff even lampshaded how zombies can't talk:
--> '''Shy Guy:''' I'm a zombie now! Ugh!
--> '''Jeff:''' Wait a minute, zombies can't talk.
--> '''Shy Guy:''' Oh, okay! Ugh!



* ''WebAnimation/TheFrolloShow'' features one during the "Frollo Beats Up Evil Residents" arc.
* WebVideo/ACoupleOfCuntsInTheCountryside discuss their zombie apocalypse survival tactics in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBwJjgeqd5k this]] episode.

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* ''WebAnimation/TheFrolloShow'' features one during the "Frollo Beats Up Evil Residents" arc.
* WebVideo/ACoupleOfCuntsInTheCountryside
''WebVideo/ACoupleOfCuntsInTheCountryside'' discuss their zombie apocalypse survival tactics in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBwJjgeqd5k this]] episode.



* [[Roleplay/ZOOOOOmmxBIES [=ZOOOOOmmxBIES=]]] is a german Play-by-Post game, which follows the events of the apocalypse - directly after it hits and several years after that.
* [[Website/NotAlwaysRight Not Always Right's]] sister site Not Always Romantic features several stories involving people asking their significant other what they'd do if they were turned into a zombie. They're all titled "Till Undeath Do Us Part, Part X." The other Not Always sites posted stories taking place during a zombie apocalypse for April Fool's Day 2015.
* In "10 DEAD PEOPLE Who CAME BACK TO LIFE!" by WebVideo/MatthewSantoro, Matthew says that when people hear about people coming {{back from the dead}}, they picture a group of zombies rising up and people running from them in horror.

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* [[Roleplay/ZOOOOOmmxBIES [=ZOOOOOmmxBIES=]]] ''Roleplay/{{ZOOOOOmmxBIES}}'' is a german Play-by-Post game, which follows the events of the apocalypse - directly after it hits and several years after that.
* [[Website/NotAlwaysRight Not Always Right's]] Website/NotAlwaysRight's sister site Not Always Romantic features several stories involving people asking their significant other what they'd do if they were turned into a zombie. They're all titled "Till Undeath Do Us Part, Part X." The other Not Always sites posted stories taking place during a zombie apocalypse for April Fool's Day 2015.
* In "10 DEAD PEOPLE Who WHO CAME BACK TO LIFE!" by WebVideo/MatthewSantoro, Matthew says that when people hear about people coming {{back from the dead}}, they picture a group of zombies rising up and people running from them in horror.horror.
* On any Website/YouTube video featuring an AwesomeButImpractical weapon, someone will always comment "ZombieApocalypse". [[DiscreditedMeme It's getting tiresome.]]
* A [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_JJZq_YnoQ video]] making the rounds on the internet shows a [[RussiansWithRustingRockets Russian military helicopter]] recording a man who was attack and DevouredByTheHorde of several "zombies" complete with VomitDiscretionShot.[[note]]According to several commentors, its really a trailer for [[{{VideoGame/STALKER}} S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl]].[[/note]]
* The [[https://aws.amazon.com/service-terms/#57._Amazon_Lumberyard_Engine service terms]] for Amazon's free game engine Lumberyard include a paragraph which notes that the engine is "not intended for use with life-critical or safety-critical systems, such as use in operation of medical equipment, automated transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, aircraft or air traffic control, nuclear facilities, manned spacecraft, or military use in connection with live combat", but with one exception:
-->However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' third "[[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror]]" episode has a segment involving Bart getting a book from the "Occult Section" of the school library and attempting to reanimate deceased family cat Snowball I with it; he accidentally reanimates the human graveyard instead.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The
third "[[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror]]" episode has a segment involving Bart getting a book from the "Occult Section" of the school library and attempting to reanimate deceased family cat Snowball I with it; he accidentally reanimates the human graveyard instead.



* ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' had one of the series' scariest stories with "Day of The Plant Creatures" when a meteorite crashes into a swamp and cause a flood of plant creatures who rampage and infect every animal into one of them while the Super Friends race to find a way to stop the disaster.

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' had one of the series' scariest stories with "Day of The Plant Creatures" when a meteorite crashes into a swamp and cause a flood of plant creatures who rampage and infect every animal into one of them while the Super Friends race to find a way to stop the disaster.



[[folder:Other]]
* For their April Fools 2008 issue, The University at Buffalo's ''Spectrum'' college newspaper reported, among other things, about the emergence of the Necro-Animatory Syndrome virus, and the rise of the ambulatory dead ("zombie" being an "outdated and offensive term," though Bush is quoted as nearly using it) out of Cape Canaveral, where the NAS virus had apparently come back with a space shuttle crew. Articles included general information, survival guide, how to recognize an NAS sufferer (not very hard), and what to do if you're bitten (die with dignity, and with a friend to take you out immediately).
* [[http://65.127.124.62/south_asia/4483241.stm.htm This fake BBC article]] claimed that a Zombie Outbreak had occurred in Cambodia and was hushed up by the government. It was [[http://www.snopes.com/humor/iftrue/zombies.asp debunked on Snopes.com]] but is still passed around from time to time.
* The BBC [[http://www.islandcrisis.net/2009/05/h1z1-zombie-swine-flu-hoax-invade-world/ put out another article]], this time playing on the Swine Flu scare ([=H1Z1=], a mutation of the [=H1N1=] virus that reanimated the victim after death, who then showed signs of the usual zombie behaviour). It is of course, fake, but the comments on the page are well worth reading.

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[[folder:Other]]
* For their April Fools 2008 issue, The University at Buffalo's ''Spectrum'' college newspaper reported, among other things, about the emergence of the Necro-Animatory Syndrome virus, and the rise of the ambulatory dead ("zombie" being an "outdated and offensive term," though Bush is quoted as nearly using it) out of Cape Canaveral, where the NAS virus had apparently come back with a space shuttle crew. Articles included general information, survival guide, how to recognize an NAS sufferer (not very hard), and what to do if you're bitten (die with dignity, and with a friend to take you out immediately).
* [[http://65.127.124.62/south_asia/4483241.stm.htm This fake BBC article]] claimed that a Zombie Outbreak had occurred in Cambodia and was hushed up by the government. It was [[http://www.snopes.com/humor/iftrue/zombies.asp debunked on Snopes.com]] but is still passed around from time to time.
* The BBC [[http://www.islandcrisis.net/2009/05/h1z1-zombie-swine-flu-hoax-invade-world/ put out another article]], this time playing on the Swine Flu scare ([=H1Z1=], a mutation of the [=H1N1=] virus that reanimated the victim after death, who then showed signs of the usual zombie behaviour). It is of course, fake, but the comments on the page are well worth reading.
[[folder:Real Life]]



* On any Website/YouTube video featuring an AwesomeButImpractical weapon, someone will always comment "ZombieApocalypse". [[DiscreditedMeme It's getting tiresome.]]
* A [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_JJZq_YnoQ video]] making the rounds on the internet shows a [[RussiansWithRustingRockets Russian military helicopter]] recording a man who was attack and DevouredByTheHorde of several "zombies" complete with VomitDiscretionShot.[[note]]According to several commentors, its really a trailer for [[{{VideoGame/STALKER}} S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl]].[[/note]]
* The [[https://aws.amazon.com/service-terms/#57._Amazon_Lumberyard_Engine service terms]] for Amazon's free game engine Lumberyard include a paragraph which notes that the engine is "not intended for use with life-critical or safety-critical systems, such as use in operation of medical equipment, automated transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, aircraft or air traffic control, nuclear facilities, manned spacecraft, or military use in connection with live combat", but with one exception:
-->However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Real Life]]



** "Zombie Apocalypse" is a common brainstorming scenario for first responders because it's widespread enough to implicate all of the major disaster relief agencies, but also fictional so it doesn't flare up the usual interservice rivalries. It's also easier to get civilians to play along, or at least not panic or send confused messages, if the scenario is clearly fictional.

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** * "Zombie Apocalypse" is a common brainstorming scenario for first responders because it's widespread enough to implicate all of the major disaster relief agencies, but also fictional so it doesn't flare up the usual interservice rivalries. It's also easier to get civilians to play along, or at least not panic or send confused messages, if the scenario is clearly fictional.
10th Dec '16 4:48:04 AM Luppercus
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* That's how Dr. Bent tried to TakeOverTheWorld, by causing the Zombie Apocalypse with the ''WesternAnimation/SpiralZone''.
9th Dec '16 11:08:10 AM MarqFJA
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* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9468329/1/Outbreak Outbreak]]'' and ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9481149/1/Teenage-Mutant-NinjaZOMBIES Teenage Mutant Ninja Zomies]]'' , fanfictions based off the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' franchise, use this (and the beginnings of) this trope as the main story focus.

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* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9468329/1/Outbreak Outbreak]]'' and ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9481149/1/Teenage-Mutant-NinjaZOMBIES Teenage Mutant Ninja Zomies]]'' , fanfictions net/s/9481149/1/Of-Death-and-the-Undead Of Death and the Undead]]'', fan fictions based off the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' franchise, use this (and the beginnings of) this trope as the main story focus.
9th Dec '16 11:01:12 AM MarqFJA
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[[quoteright:320:[[VideoGame/TheLastOfUs http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zombie_bite.png]]]]
[[caption-width-right:320:The very first rule of zombie apocalypse survival: Don't get bitten.]]
7th Dec '16 10:20:05 AM Doug86
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* OlderThanFeudalism; the Ragnarok of the NorseMythology mentions the world destroyed by resurrected dead broguht back from Hell by Loki, among other monsters.

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* OlderThanFeudalism; the Ragnarok of the NorseMythology Myth/NorseMythology mentions the world destroyed by resurrected dead broguht back from Hell by Loki, among other monsters.
3rd Dec '16 6:50:00 PM Mullon
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* Creator/{{Syfy}}'s original series Series/ZNation.

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* Creator/{{Syfy}}'s original series Series/ZNation.''Series/ZNation'' takes place after a zombie apocalypse has destroyed civilization, and is about a group of survivors trying to get the one man with a zombie cure in his blood to a laboratory that can synthesize his blood to make a vaccine. Society at large is gone, but there are small communities riding it out with success since by now it's a WorldOfBadass.
3rd Dec '16 1:33:49 PM ashlay
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* ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' and ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUsPartII'' take place in a world where a fungus called Cordyceps has evolved into a strain that can infest human brains, causing most infected to become violent to the point of insanity. With no way to stop spreading spores, 90% of humanity ends up wiped out over the course of a few years, with only small pockets left in military controlled cities or colonies of independent survivors.
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http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.ZombieApocalypse