Created By: Scrounge on October 1, 2012

Death Machines

Robotic undead! Crush kill destroy BRAAAIIINS!

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Up for Grabs, but basically, another subtrope of Non-Human Undead, where the undead happen to have been machines in life. Could possibly be expanded to robots built to mimic the undead.

Most of the examples I could come up with are fron the Transformers franchise, so I need a little help.

For robots mimicing the undead, there's shade Man and some of the enemies in his stage in Mega Man 7, and Nos-4-A-2 from the Buzz Lightyear cartoon.
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  • October 1, 2012
    The Necrons from Warhammer 40000 probably fit the bill. Needs A Better Description though.
  • October 1, 2012
    The Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot in Kingdom Of Loathing (after which the trope is named). It lives on a diet of ricerumbrainsoil.
  • October 1, 2012
    Zombie Robots from the Ratchet And Clank games. And I'd suggest nasming it "Undead Machines"
  • October 2, 2012
    The Terrorcons in the Darkness Rising five-parter Pilot of Transfomers Prime. They are brought to (un)life by (wait for it) DARK ENERGON! Also, in the episode "Shadowzone" we see a Terrocon Skyquake.
  • October 2, 2012
    ^I just realized that you probably don't want Transformers examples. Sorry! Oh, and dvorak is right. if you call it Death Machines, someone may think it means any machine designed to kill. Calling it Undead Machines makes it more clear that they are zombies...ish.
  • October 2, 2012
    The Necrons are an unusual case - they are minds (no souls) of an extincs alien race transferred into robotic bodies made to resemble undead. So they fit this trope twice.
  • October 2, 2012
    You think maybe Cyberzombies from Shadowrun might count? They're the reanimated corpses of people who augmented themselves with so much cyberware that their essence reached negative numbers.
  • October 2, 2012
    • The mooks in the second Maximo game are (as described by one of the designers) clockwork undead (as opposed to the more standard undead from the first).
  • October 2, 2012
    • Possibly the Cyborg Ninja from Metal Gear Solid. It's not clear whether he was dying or actually dead when he was rebuilt as a cyborg, but he certainly seems to consider himself dead.
  • October 2, 2012
    The Phyrexians from Magic:The Gathering, specifically those from Scars of Mirrodin, Mirrodin Besiged, and New Phyrexia. They literally take dead bodies, both phyrexian or not phyrexian, and turn them into new phyrexians. Then said phyrexian fights until it dies, whereafter the allies of that phyrexian take what's left of it and makes it into another phyrexian, and so on. This card displays the result of this process.