Created By: Morgenthaler on October 15, 2016 Last Edited By: AHI-3000 on February 24, 2017
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Nazi Zombies

Members of the undead who are also Nazis

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A particular Sub-Trope of Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot that has seen a rise in popularity from the late 2000s onwards. Nazis are a Villain by Default, so one way to make them even more evil and scary is to have The Undead bear the swastika.

This fantastical association between Nazis and zombies presumably flows forth from the Nazis' rather comprehensive Kill 'em All policies in regards to racial and ideological enemies. There is also the Obviously Evil use of skull imagery on uniforms, and a history of occult societies in Germany that were supported by some members of the Nazi Party. If there's any faction in World War II who are believable as undead monsters in fiction, it's the Nazis.

A rather literal form of Ghostapo. Could be the reason why there's a Weird Historical War going on.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Millennium's ghouls in Hellsing are vampified Nazis, but they act more like zombies and they turn other people into ghouls like it's a zombie-spreading virus.

Comic Books
  • In one adventure in the Gamebook/Comic hybrid Dice Man, a bunch of Nazis are corrupted by the power of Wotan's Spear into zombies.
  • In DC Comics Bombshells, the Nazis do a very ill-advised deal with an Eldritch Abomination to have all their dead soldiers rise as zombies and continue fighting - their demonic partners very quickly turn on them to threaten a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • One of Marvel Zombies series, the 2012's Marvel Zombies Destroy! is about one of the Alternate Earths infected by the Plague Zombie, Earth-12591, in which Nazis won the WWII... by converting into zombies. Most of the known heroes were infected and zombified so they become part of the Nazi Zombies army. As part of the eradication plan of A.R.M.O.R., Howard the Duck, Ducky Dozen and Dum-Dum Dugan went to this Alternate Universe to stop zombies, but went trapped by them and a zombie version of The Invaders, later being saved by The Suffragists, a bunch of Golden Age heroines that stands as the last chance to this Earth, leadered by Miss America (the original one that fought with Captain America and were part of the Invaders), which has Cap's shield from the deceased version of this Earth.
  • The eponymous 2012 mini-series by Antarctic Press (later compiled in one volume in 2013).

Film
  • Dead Snow is about zombie Nazis guarding stolen gold in a Norwegian mountain, who initially only kill trespassers but continue the war in the second movie when they escape from the mountain.
  • Zombie Lake, which involves a squad of Wehrmacht soldiers murdered by La Résistance, then dumped into a local lake, coming back from the dead for revenge.

Toys
  • DAM Toys' "Zombie Germans" figures, which features Nazi zombie officer (Kruger) and soldier (Private Jakob). They appear to be loosely inspired by Dead Snow.

Video Games
  • Call of Duty: Zombies is the Trope Namer. It was originally titled "Nazi Zombies", and involved the players surviving hordes of Nazi zombies; but the Nazis stopped appearing starting in Call of Duty: Black Ops, and the game mode was renamed "Zombie Mode".
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood: After SS troops disinter an ancient undead monster, the village of Wulfburg is flooded with a gas which causes anyone who dies to rise from the dead as a flaming zombie. Being a Wolfenstein game, there is an ample supply of dead National Socialists to battle BJ Blazkowitz.
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth: Nazi zombies are the Big Bad, with almost every enemy after the UFO abduction being at least partly a Nazi Zombie. Besides regular ones you will also find Nazi Zombie rats, dogs and aborted embryos among others.

Western Animation
  • In The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Suzi X at one point steals the cryogenically-preserved head of Adolf Hitler and ends up being pursued by an army of Nazi zombies. There's even an accompanying song.
    Hey, look at that bunch of zombies, I think they're Nazis, that one had a tongue...

Indexes: Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot, Reichstropen, Tropes of the Living Dead, Undead Index
Community Feedback Replies: 55
  • October 15, 2016
    sketchman
    I don't remember well, but I think that the Big Bad from Hellsing (anime) creates nazi zombies.
  • October 15, 2016
    WildKatGirl
    Stick Of Truth also has regular Nazi Zombies and Nazi Zombie Foetuses.
  • October 15, 2016
    AHI-3000
    I think Nazi Zombies is a better title.
  • October 16, 2016
    Arivne
    Seconding Nazi Zombies.
  • October 16, 2016
    Snicka
    Is this a distinct enough subtrope to split it from Ghostapo?
  • October 16, 2016
    fasoman1996
    Nazi Zombies is also a game, but the Nazis stopped appearing starting in Black Ops and the Gamemode was renamed "Zombie mode". Just pointing that out.
  • October 16, 2016
    AHI-3000
    ^ Could we rename that article to something like Call Of Duty Zombies?
  • October 16, 2016
    fasoman1996
    ^ I think there was a query talking about this very subject in ATT. I don't know how it went but i recall that the page was going to be renamed.

    In any case, Nazi Zombies should be an example anyway.
  • October 16, 2016
    MajinAkuma
    Millennium's ghouls in Hellsing are vampified Nazis, but they act more like zombies and they turn other people into ghouls like it's a zombie-spreading virus.
  • October 19, 2016
    alnair20aug93
    Nazombies for short.
  • October 19, 2016
    CactusFace
    I didn't watch it, but I think Iron Sky features a zombiefied Hitler riding a T-Rex in the trailer.
  • October 19, 2016
    Exxolon
    In one adventure in the Gamebook/Comic hybrid Dice Man, a bunch of Nazis are corrupted by the power of Wotan's Spear into zombies.
  • October 19, 2016
    jman31415
    Wikipedia already has this as a category

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Nazi_zombie_films

    I've only seen dead snow though
  • October 19, 2016
    arbiter099
    ^^Iron Sky 1 definitly doesn't have that, I know 2 has a hollow earth and dinosaurs but I can't confirm if there are zombies
  • October 20, 2016
    LondonKdS
    In DC Comics Bombshells, the Nazis do a very ill-advised deal with an Eldritch Abomination to have all their dead soldiers rise as zombies and continue fighting - their demonic partners very quickly turn on them to threaten a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • October 20, 2016
    CactusFace
    @ the stick of truth: Nazi Zombies are the Big Bad, with almost every enemy after the UFO abduction being partly Nazi Zombies. Besides regular ones you will also find Nazi Zombies rats, dogs and abborted embrios among others.
  • October 20, 2016
    AHI-3000
    By the way, VideoGame.Nazi Zombies has two redirects: VideoGame.Call Of Duty Zombies and Main.Nazi Zombies. When it's time, we can redirect VideoGame.Nazi Zombies to VideoGame.Call Of Duty Zombies, and change Main.Nazi Zombies into a trope page.
  • October 20, 2016
    intastiel
    I'm not sure whether you just want conventional zombies or any undead Nazi (though I don't think I've ever said that before, so thanks!), but here's a Live-Action TV example for the latter case:
  • October 20, 2016
    arbiter099
    • Wolfenstein The Old Blood: After SS troops disinter an ancient undead monster, the village of Wulfburg is flooded with a gas which causes anyone who dies to rise from the dead as a flaming zombie. Being a Wolfenstein game, there is an ample supply of dead National Socialists to battle BJ Blazkowitz.
  • October 27, 2016
    Morgenthaler
    Updated to here.

    @ Snicka: I see this as more of a Sub Trope of Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot that happens to intersect with Ghostapo.

    ^^ Kinda on the fence on that one, given that they're not exactly zombies and more wizards. Dunno if that makes the trope too narrow.
  • October 28, 2016
    Xtifr
    Literature
    • The Atrocity Archives (first book of The Laundry Series) features a horde of Nazi Zombies frozen and stored on an airless planet in a dying universe, and a cult intent on bringing them back.
  • October 28, 2016
    WildKatGirl
    Tidied up the Stick of Truth example a bit.
  • November 10, 2016
    Morgenthaler
  • November 10, 2016
    Basara-kun
    Comic Book:
    • One of Marvel Zombies series, the 2012's Marvel Zombies Destroy! is about one of the Alternate Earths infected by the Plague Zombie, Earth-12591, in which Nazis won the WWII... by converting into zombies. Most of the known heroes were infected and zombified so they become part of the Nazi Zombies army. As part of the eradication plan of A.R.M.O.R., Howard The Duck, Ducky Dozen and Dum-Dum Dugan went to this Alternate Universe to stop zombies, but went trapped by them and a zombie version of The Invaders, later being saved by The Suffragists, a bunch of Golden Age heroines that stands as the last chance to this Earth, leadered by Miss America (the original one that fought with Captain America and were part of the Invaders), which has Cap's shield from the deceased version of this Earth.
    • The eponymous 2012 mini-series by Antarctic Press (later compiled in one volume in 2013).
  • November 10, 2016
    StrixObscuro
    Western Animation
    • In The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto, Suzi X at one point steals the cryogenically-preserved head of Adolf Hitler and ends up being pursued by an army of Nazi zombies. There's even an accompanying song.
      Hey, look at that bunch of zombies, I think they're Nazis, that one had a tongue...
  • November 11, 2016
    sailing101
    I hate to be THAT guy, but this is both Trope Namer Syndrome and The Same But More Specific towards Ghostapo.

    Any examples here not covered there should be transferred, and this needs bombs for being a duplicate.
  • November 11, 2016
    Snicka
    ^ I agree with this being The Same But More Specific towards Ghostapo, and thus an unnecessary duplicate, but how is "Nazi Zombies" Trope Namer Syndrome? It's quite a simple Exactly What It Says On The Tin name.
  • November 11, 2016
    sailing101
    The Call of duty gamemode of the same name.
  • November 11, 2016
    WildKatGirl
    ^Just because something happens to have the same name as something else doesn't automatically make it Trope Namer Syndrome. That only applies if understanding the title of the trope is dependant on knowing the work it's referencing. I've personally never heard of the Call of Duty gamemode, but I still knew exactly what the title meant.
  • November 11, 2016
    sailing101
    Still, duplicate trope needs bombs, badly.
  • November 11, 2016
    Luppercus
    1981 Spanish horror film El Lago de los Zombis (Zombie Lake) a small French town is plagued by Nazi zombies who were killed by the town's villagers 10 years earlier
  • November 13, 2016
    arbiter099
    ^^Undead Nazis are not necessarily magical, occult Nazis. This is a subtrope of Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot for combining Those Wacky Nazis with zombies
  • November 13, 2016
    sailing101
    Still duplicate, still needs bombs.
  • November 14, 2016
    Morgenthaler
    You do realize your claim doesn't become more true by just repeating it ad nauseam?
  • November 14, 2016
    sailing101
    All attempts at justifying this have boiled down to The Same But More Specific. It even says as such at the end of it's own description. That's not Kosher here.
  • January 14, 2017
    AHI-3000
    Bump, because this is not a duplicate of Ghostapo.
  • January 14, 2017
    sailing101
    Yes it is.
  • January 22, 2017
    Basara-kun
    More than "a rather literal form" as said in the beginning, this is more like a Sub Trope of Ghostapo focused on The Undead. Indeed, I say examples of Ghostapo that belongs more here should be moved to this trope when launched, IMO
  • January 22, 2017
    sailing101
    If it's entirely a subtrope, it needs TRS approval for a split. As no evidence of any significant meaning that makes it WORTHY of a split has been presented, it falls entirely within the definition of The Same But More Specific. We have rules against making tropes like this one people.
  • January 23, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    Naturally in Germany, they'd censor this and replace them with Ambiguous Dictatorship Era Robots. Not that I read it on an article once, or something...
  • February 23, 2017
    sailing101
    This is a duplicate of the Ghostapo and requires bombs.
  • February 23, 2017
    Kooshmeister
    • DAM Toys' "Zombie Germans" figures, which features Nazi zombie officer (Kruger) and soldier (Private Jakob). They appear to be loosely inspired by Dead Snow.

    • Zombie Lake, which involves a squad of Wehrmacht soldiers murdered by La Resistance, then dumped into a local lake, coming back from the dead for revenge.
  • February 23, 2017
    Kooshmeister
    Potential page image? - http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7384/10461175504_2f728a9427_o.jpg

    Sized down, of course.
  • February 23, 2017
    Kooshmeister
    Bah! Let's see if this works...
    http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jakob.jpg
  • February 23, 2017
    JustTroper
    • In Illuminatus, the villains plan to resurrect a number of Nazi battalions which are buried at the bottom of Lake Totenkop.
  • February 23, 2017
    sailing101
    I said, this is a duplicate trope, you have to see the last post when writing your comment. There is no excuse.
  • February 23, 2017
    intastiel
    There doesn't seem to be a consensus on that matter. I'm on the fence myself, but I can see how the different connotations of Ghostapo and this proposal could distinguish them. The former leans pretty strongly towards the pursuit of power at the expense of morality or even humanity, seeking out Things Man Was Not Meant To Know, sometimes going full-out Sorcerous Overlord; while the latter has more of a Night Of The Living Mooks dehumanization feel to it, sometimes overlapping with War Is Hell to make the undead grunts unwilling participants. There's also the matter that the Ghostapo is usually actively engendered by officers, whereas it seems to be usually the rank and file that end up as Nazi Zombies, often unwittingly or unwillingly. The distinction's worth exploring, at least.
  • February 23, 2017
    sailing101
    Not according to the Administrivia pages Ridiculously Similar Trope and The Same But More Specific.
  • February 23, 2017
    intastiel
    Perhaps; the distinction between either of those and a solid sister trope or sub-trope is rather subjective, after all. This one could do with a bit more substance to distinguish it, but the concept's not unworkable.
  • February 23, 2017
    sailing101
    Of course the concept's not unworkable, you can read the full draft here.
  • February 23, 2017
    arbiter099
    You're dead set on seeing this one die huh? Read the laconic for ghostapo, Nazis are associated with the occult. Does the word occult most connote the shambling undead to you? It doesn't for me. I see ghostapo as Nazis dabbling in magic, demonology, cthulhu, not a complete umbrella for Nazis + anything supernatural. Can there be crossover, such as say Himmler becoming a lich? of course, but this is a distinct trope worthy of standing on its own.
  • February 23, 2017
    sailing101
    That argument is defined as Ridiculously Similar Trope, And as it says in it's own description,

    A rather literal form of Ghostapo.

    Blatantly acknowledging that we already have a trope to cover it.

    Bomb this duplicate, bury it once and for all.
  • February 24, 2017
    Kooshmeister

    And isn't there a German soldier demon/zombie/whatever somewhere in Tales From The Crypt Demon Knight?
  • February 24, 2017
    sailing101
    Needs two more bombs.
  • February 24, 2017
    AHI-3000
    Regardless, this draft still has way more hats. There's more of a consensus in favor of launching instead of discarding it.
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