Created By: dvorak on September 6, 2012 Last Edited By: DAN004 on July 8, 2014
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Zombie Puke Attack - category?

Zombies attack at range with vomit.

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Zombies are slow, both in the literal and metaphorical sense. So, how do you make them distance threats? No, not Deadly Lunge; give them a ranged attack! But rarely you'll expect them to use firearms or similar, because they're often too mindless to use them. Well, stomach juice, being hydrochloric acid, is strong enough to dissolve certain metals, so how about weaponizing their digestive systems?

Note that it doesn't have to be just stomach juice-infected/corrosive blood; parasites, and smaller zombies are also examples, just so long as they choke them out of their stomachs.

This is used mostly, but not exclusively in Video Games.

A Sub-trope of Super Spit, compare Breath Weapon. Involves Vomit Indiscretion Shot.


Examples

Comic Books
  • Red Lanterns can vomit "corrosive plasma." Note that RL's just barely pass on the undead stipulation, they die if they take their rings off.

Film

Literature
  • The zombies from News Flesh will spit blood at you if they can't get close enough.

Live-Action TV
  • The 'zombie' people in Torchwood: Miracle Day were the ill undead thus, many would throw up regularly for effect in hospital scenes.

Music Videos

Tabletop Games

Video Games
  • Bloated Butchers (the fat zombies) from Blood.
  • Defilers from The Zombie Island of Doctor Ned DLC for Borderlands use this most prominently, but most of the setting's zombies can every so often.
  • Zombie prince Erik from Breath of Death VII has a technique that lets him puke at enemies to inflict poison. Other zombies can do this as well.
  • Floaters from Dead Island.
  • Queen Zombies and Gas Zombies from Dead Rising vomit infected blood.
  • Female Slashers and legless Brutes from Dead Space, although it's more akin to an organic grenade.
    • Spitters and Pukers from Dead Space 2. Pukers play this more straight, with the short-ranged jet of acid and all.
  • Wretched Mothers from Diablo III use the "smaller zombie" method of this to act as Mook Makers, as well as the "gob of acid" method to directly attack.
  • In Disgaea, the first special technique that zombies gain is "Zombie Puke".
  • Weepers from Dishonored attack by puking on you.
  • The Putrid Lamashu Necropolis unit from Heroes of Might and Magic IV vomits parasites at opponents.
  • Some zombies from House of the Dead Overkill puke acid, with Not Using the Z Word explaining this as a genetic mutation in the victims.
  • Boomers and Spitters from Left 4 Dead. Boomer's puke blinds the player and attracts a horde of zombies if it hits, and they release a blast of it when they die. Spitter's puke is acidic, damaging players who stand in the puddle it creates and igniting gas cans during Scavenge missions.
  • One fan-made scenario in LittleBigPlanet 2 is a Left 4 Dead clone, which has a zombie that "can puke on you and the puke will summon a horde of zombies that will attack you. He can also swipe at you. If you shoot him, he will explode and his bodily fluids will coat you and also summon a horde of zombies, so shoot him from a distance."
  • The end boss in Lollipop Chainsaw chokes up vanilla zombies.
  • In Mass Effect 1, the Thorian Creepers (grotesque clones made from an ancient and powerful alien organism) are a close analogue to zombies. They vomit green fluid onto the protagonists to deal damage.
    • According to the fluff exposition in the third game, Cannibals (grotesque monsters made from both alien and human carcasses) vomit on dead flesh to consume it and grow stronger. This was originally supposed to be their Finishing Move against the players, but that was cut out before the final release.
  • Zombies from Metal Slug attack solely by this method; when a player character is zombified, their grenade attack is turned into this.
  • The Lost Souls (read: Zombies of what appears to be former christian monks) from Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams can sometimes puke orangeish slime as a form of attack. If memory serves me well, you can also get damaged by stepping on it.
  • One Ghoul attack from Phantasy Star I.
  • The "Slimy Transfer" zombies from Quake IV.
  • Retchers from Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare do this, aside from exploding when killed.
  • Zombies from Resident Evil sometimes do this, if an enemy (that is, a player character) runs by them in a hallway or staircase.
  • The "Lying Figures" in the Silent Hill franchise (the ones that look like they're straitjacketed into their own skin and stumble around like zombies) squirt acid directly from their stomachs. Lore-wise, they are more akin to demons than undead.
    • There are actually several similar monsters - the Lying Figure (Silent Hill 2) sprays a mist of acid; the Armless Figure (from the films) spews a stream of puke; the Straightjacket (Silent Hill Origins) projectile-vomits; and the Smog (Silent Hill: Homecoming) continuously leaks and belches a noxious black gas.
  • Some of the undead in World of Warcraft have a puke attack.
  • Walking Dead in Loren: The Amazon Princess have an ability called "Plague Vomit", which hits an entire row for minor damage but causes Poison status.
  • In Elsword, Field Boss Bater (a stronger variant of Zombie Glitters) has an attack where he pukes out poisonous gas at you that will hurt continuously.
  • In Plague Inc, one of the symptoms you can give zombies creates by the Necroa virus is the ability to projectile vomit at humans, increasing severity and combat advantage.
  • The blandly but fittingly named "Puker" zombies in Infectonator! launch green vomit at humans.

Web Comics
  • The Zombie Hunters features 7 different subspecies of zombie, one of which can attack by vomiting a sort of corrosive poison up to 50 ft. Suitably, they are called spitters.


Community Feedback Replies: 60
  • September 6, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    The laconic makes a better title. The current one looks like people puke when they die.
  • September 6, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    The final boss in Lollipop Chainsaw takes this to the next level - he is a giant Elvis lookalike zombie and he pukes regular zombies.
  • September 6, 2012
    Damr1990
    the zombie enemies on the Metal Slug Games, if they hit you you turn into a zombie, and you can use your own puke to attack them(in fact, it's one on the more powerful weapons in the game
  • September 6, 2012
    captainsandwich
    I believe in Dungeons And Dragons their is an undead called a plague spewer that vomits swarms of rats that attack everything besides it and eachother. Its not a zombie though, infact i think the plague spewer is intelligent. but i think might be close enough to count. I am not sure how far the rats it vomits are infront of it upon coming out.
  • September 6, 2012
    KingZeal
    • In Mass Effect 1, the Thorian Creepers (grotesque clones made from an ancient and powerful alien organism) are a close analogue to zombies. They vomit green fluid onto the protagonists to deal damage.
      • According to the fluff exposition in the third game, Cannibals (grotesque monsters made from both alien and human carcasses) vomit on dead flesh to consume it and grow stronger. This was originally supposed to be their Finishing Move against the players, but that was cut out before the final release.
  • September 6, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
  • September 6, 2012
    IfOnly
  • September 6, 2012
    NimmerStill
    Not about zombies, and not really an attack, but there is the classic projectile vomit scene from The Exorcist. Does that fit in anywhere?
  • September 6, 2012
    Astaroth
    • One of the units the Necropolis deploys in Heroes Of Might And Magic VI is the Putrid Lamasu, an undead sphinx that attacks by vomiting parasites at its enemies.
  • September 6, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Sometimes it's projectile bloody spit. Implied in MichaelJackson's Thriller.
    • The zombies will spit on you if they can't get close enough to bite in Newsflesh.
  • September 7, 2012
    Arivne
    Compare Super Spit, where a creature spits a special liquid or at long range.

    So examples where the zombie (or whatever) actually spits would go under Super Spit.
  • September 7, 2012
    MrRuano
  • September 7, 2012
    Korodzik
    The fat zombies ("Bloated Butchers") from Blood have this as their mid-range attack.
  • September 7, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Anyone have some good pictures? A good screencap will do.
  • September 7, 2012
    Omeganian
    Quake IV has that.
  • September 7, 2012
    JonnyB
    Would the "Lying Figures" in the Silent Hill franchise count? The ones that look like they're straitjacketed into their own skin, stumble around like zombies and squirt acid directly from their stomachs?
  • September 13, 2012
    dvorak
    @ Omeganian Which enemy in Quake 4?
  • September 22, 2012
    Omeganian
  • September 23, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Weblinks Are Not Examples, even on ykttw.
  • September 24, 2012
    dvorak
    ^That was in reply to me asking which Q4 enemy uses this.
  • September 25, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Still should have provided context in the reply, not just given a web link.

    How does it being a reply to a comment change that guideline?
  • September 25, 2012
    NimmerStill
    ^Because one can then find the comment it is a reply to and then understand the context? What exactly are you on about?
  • September 25, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ A weblink was given with no context, when Weblinks Are Not Examples. Someone claimed being a reply somehow changed that.
  • September 25, 2012
    NimmerStill
    ^Yeah, because being a reply does change it. Because it's intended for the person who they're replying to, and that person would understand what it meant. This is labeled as a YKTTW Discussion, and discussions are generally fairly free-flowing where replies that only make sense in context are allowed. It's not like it's intended to be a free-standing bullet point in the article.

    And even if none of that was the case, why are you acting like some serious ethical rule was broken?
  • September 25, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Replies are still public. They are not private messages. Plus other people following some of these will want to look at the replies for context.

    And that still doesn't change the fact that a weblink is not an answer, as some people might be able to click on a page.
  • September 25, 2012
    dvorak
    Is anyone going to suggest more examples (I feel the need to point out that this is an open-edit so you can just add them) or are we just going to bicker about guidelines?
  • September 25, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ You seem to have enough examples. Just remember to crosswick, and the page should have a healthy number of wicks?

    Any good page pictures for this trope?
  • October 16, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    The Wretched Mothers and similar zombies from Diablo III have this as their primary method of being a Mook Maker.
  • October 16, 2012
    Bisected8
  • October 20, 2012
    BOFH
    • In Disgaea, the first special technique that zombies gain is 'Zombie Puke'.
  • October 20, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    The 'zombie' people in Torchwood:Miracle Day were the ill undead thus, many would throw up regularly for effect in hospital scenes. I'm pretty sure one puked up his entire stomach.
  • October 20, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    Demons gives us this great screenshot: [1]
  • October 20, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    In the Little Big Planet fan-series Left 4 Dead 2, there is a zombie that "can puke on you and the puke will summon a horde of zombies that will attack you. He can also swipe at you. If you shoot him, he will explode and his bodily fluids will coat you and also summon a horde of zombies, so shoot him from a distance." as described here.
  • November 2, 2012
    IndirectActiveTransport
    This basically is Super Spit, but with zombies is it not? Why not just add the examples there? The page is not terribly long or anything.
  • November 2, 2012
    dvorak
    ^ If there are enough examples, it becomes a sub-trope.
  • November 14, 2012
    TBeholder
    it's a sort-of-subtrope anyway, there's just not enough to split it off.
  • November 14, 2012
    dvorak
    how many examples are needed? we've got 27.5
  • November 28, 2012
    ZombieAladdin
    This is the schtick of the Floaters in Dead Island. They have pretty good aim too.
  • December 22, 2012
    Onitatsu
    The Lost Souls (read: Zombies of what appears to be former christian monks) from Onimusha Dawn of Dreams can sometimes puke orangeish slime as a form of attack. _ If memory serves me well, you can also get damaged by stepping on it.
  • December 22, 2012
    Cider
    Well fine, five people think it deserves a launch. I don't, it is not like Super Spit is a particularly long page but it somehow has a subtrope already so I guess if you all are insistent there is some precedent. It is just odd how so little of these examples showed up on that trope's You Know That Thing Where.
  • January 30, 2013
    TrueShadow1
    ^Well, spit and puke aren't exactly the same thing
  • February 27, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    Also in the Silent Hill series... I forget what they're called, but there are other monsters similar to the Lying Figures that attack by retching up poisonous gas.

    EDIT: Looked it up. There are actually several similar monsters - the Lying Figure (Silent Hill II) sprays a mist of acid; the Armless Figure (from the films) spews a stream of puke; the Straightjacket (Silent Hill: Origins) projectile-vomits; and the Smog (Silent Hill: Homecoming) continuously leaks and belches a noxious black gas.
  • September 3, 2013
    JonnyB
    Some of the undead in World Of Warcraft have a puke attack.
  • January 5, 2014
    DAN004
    Launch?
  • January 6, 2014
    Arivne
    ^ All of the example work titles need to be Namespaced and put in italics first.
  • May 18, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ go ahead then, it's your thing. :P
  • May 22, 2014
    TheWanderer
    The Zombie Hunters features 7 different subspecies of zombie, one of which can attack by vomiting a sort of corrosive poison up to 50 ft.
  • May 25, 2014
    DAN004
    May I take this over?
  • May 26, 2014
    Diask
    • Zombie prince Erik from Breath Of Death VII has a technique that lets him puke at enemies to inflict poison. Other zombies can do this as well.
  • May 28, 2014
    jormis29
    ^^ I think it is Up For Grabs
  • May 30, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ yay.
  • June 4, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump
  • June 6, 2014
    jormis29
    Namespaced and alphabetised mass effect entry
  • June 7, 2014
    dvorak
    Video Games
  • June 16, 2014
    DAN004
    Pmub.

    Maybe a pic would've been good.
  • June 21, 2014
    AGuy
    In Plague Inc, one of the symptoms you can give zombies ceeates by the Necroa virus is the ability to projectile vomit at humans, increasing severity and combat advantage.
  • June 26, 2014
    DAN004
    Are we in consensus with the pic?

    If yes, I'll launch
  • June 26, 2014
    Mr.Movie
    I like the picture. Also, one last example for video games:

    • The blandly but fittingly named "Puker" zombies in Infectonator launch green vomit at humans.
  • June 29, 2014
    DAN004
    Hats?
  • July 3, 2014
    DAN004
    What would be the indices? I only know of Tropes Of The Living Dead.

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