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