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->''"The first rule of Zombieland: Cardio. When the zombie outbreak first hit, the first to go, for obvious reasons... were the fatties. Poor fat bastard."''
-->-- '''Columbus''', ''Film/{{Zombieland}}''

As if {{zombie|Apocalypse}}s weren't trouble enough, sometimes life (or undeath) throws fat zombies into the mix.

Since zombies are reanimated corpses, and since there'd likely be obese people amongst the casualties in a zombie outbreak, this is sensible. It's often used, though, to combine the disgusting factor of [[VillainousGlutton extreme corpulence]] with the hideousness of zombification. Also, from a practical film making standpoint, "fat" zombies allow the stuntman to wear padded clothing and take a beating from the heroes.

For whatever reason, fat zombies tend often be [[ActionBomb kamikaze attackers]] in video games, usually detonating in a shower of gibs and toxic fluids upon termination. [[{{Squick}} Eeeeew.]]

Other times in video games, they tend to fill the role of [[StoneWall bullet]] [[{{Kevlard}} sponges]] or [[MightyGlacier battering rams]], somehow more durable than even "regular" zombies, due to their extra mass meaning they need more effort to shoot or chop up.

In non-video game media, though, they tend to not be too much different from other zombies.

See also FatBastard, {{Kevlard}}. For another way zombies can stand out in a crowd, see IncongruouslyDressedZombie.

Not to be confused with TheLoad, who's only dead weight from a figurative/narrative standpoint.

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!!Examples

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* In ''[[MarvelComics Marvel Zombies]]'', The Blob becomes infected, turning into possibly the fattest zombie ever.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Tor Johnson in ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''. Well, technically...
* Lampshaded in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'', where Columbus notes that the fat ones were the first to go for not being able to outrun zombies. He makes "Cardio" his number one rule. Unlike most other examples though, these aren't really any different from a regular zombie, aside from their weight.
* An obese undead woman in the ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' remake
** There was an obese man in a bathing suit in the original ''Film/DawnOfTheDead''.
* ''HotelTransylvania'' features a fat mummy named Murray.
* The first zombie the protagonists fight hand-to-hand in ''Film/DeadHeat'' is a chunky one dressed like a biker.
* Onionhead / Slimer in ''{{Ghostbusters}}''. In the second one, doubly so.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''MagicTheGathering'' has Gluttonous Zombie, a 3/3 creature with the Fear ability (''"Greed and gluttony led him to death. Now they are his greatest assets."'') and Corpulent Corpse, a ContinuityNod from the [[NostalgiaLevel Nostalgia Set]].
* The ''TableTopGame/YuGiOh'' card Plaguespreader Zombie is a walking blob of decaying flesh, apparently stitched together from several different creatures. It's also a very useful Tuner monster.
** It's nothing compared to Il-Blud though: Not only is it large and fat, it has a gigantic, horribly disfigured face where it's belly should be.
** Giant Axe Mummy also comes to mind.
** As do Pain Painter, Clown Zombie, and a great many others. This game has an inordinate number of obese undead.
*** There's even a FatAndSkinny pair, Three-Legged Zombies.
* 3rd Edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has a monster in their Monster Manual 2 that's called a "Famine Spirit." It's the reanimated body and spirit of an individual who died of starvation, and returns to eat in undeath what they couldn't eat in life. About the ''only'' thing this creature doesn't eat are other undead. It even comes complete with a vorpal ''bite'' (that is, a bite that can ''sever your head from your body''.)
** White Wolf's ''ScarredLands'' supplements had the "carcass," a giant fat zombie that has been hollowed out and can {{spawn broodling}}s.
* The Weathermay-Foxgrove twins recount their hunt for an obese BigEater animated corpse in ''[[{{Ravenloft}} Van Richten's Guide to the Walking Dead]]''.
* Fatty zombies from ''TabletopGame/{{Zombicide}}''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'' features the StoneWall, bullet-sponge variety. Frequently chuck barrels at you and hold open gates for their rotting, angry friends.
** ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead 4'' also features the massive boss enemy ironically called Temperance.
** ''Overkill'' also has the Lobber, the boss of level 5 ("The Fetid Waters"), who, like the Boomer pictured up top, is not only fat but covered in swollen, pustulant boil-tumors. Though thankfully not shown, it's implied his projectiles are pus-filled boils he's tearing off of his body and throwing at you.
* ''VideoGame/KillingFloor'' has the Bloat, which walks up slowly, vomits acid as a close-range attack, and explodes when killed. They do soak up a few shots before dying, however.
* The Boomer from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' (pictured). His special attack is to [[{{Squick}} vomit]] a strange bile on surviving humans, which summons a sizable swarm of the speedy regular Infected to attack the afflicted humans. The vomit also [[InterfaceScrew messes up the Survivor's vision]] temporarily. When destroyed, the Boomer explodes in a shower of bile with an effect essentially the same as its vomit for anyone too close to it. Ironically, it has the least health ([[OneHitKill one shot offs them]]) of any of the special Infected as the result of being an undead goo balloon. Notably, the Boomer appears to be stretched out and inflated, implying it wasn't so obese before it got infected. Oh, and its "outie" bellybutton is really just [[{{Squick}} its guts bursting out.]]
* ''VideoGame/LittleRedRidingHoodsZombieBBQ'' has fat zombies that both live longer and explode into sludge.
* Bloated Butchers, the stronger of the two zombie enemies in ''Videogame/{{Blood}}''. They take a ton of damage and can attack at a range with two different attacks to drain two different armor types.
* ''VideoGame/SurvivalCrisisZ'' features particularly warped-looking fat zombies of the ActionBomb variety.
* Although more similar in origin to the monster from ''Franchise/{{Frankenstein}}'' (pieced together from multiple corpses), the Abominations from the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' [[WarcraftExpandedUniverse franchise]] fit this description. Massive (definitely bigger than a human), hideous (putrid and decaying with internal organs visible), and misshapen (extra limbs abound), they fill a heavy infantry role for Undead forces. They also can emit poisonous fumes.
* The Flash game series ''VideoGame/TheLastStand'' has lots of fat zombies, of the {{Kevlard}} variety. Since the only thing that separates them from regular zeds is their health (some can sprint just as easily as the thin ones), they fill in the role of EliteMooks, along with [[HeavilyArmoredMook the ones in riot gear]].
* Also present in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games. ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' has special [[TechnicallyLivingZombie Majini]] to impede your progress, as they block your shots and [[CaptainObvious soak up more damage]].
** Only ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'' contained fat zombies previously, but they weren't any tougher than the rest.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' brings us Whoppers and the even bigger Whopper Supremes, both able to soak up massive amounts of damage, and can kill you by falling on top of you after re-killing them.
* One of the Ancient's zombies fit this mold in EternalDarkness. In this case it's stated to be due to internal gasses, as described in the RealLife section below.
* ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' has the Pregnant, a swollen Necromorph that carries a hoard of mini-Necromorphs called Swarmers in its stomach. Shooting it in the center of mass results in the Swarmers getting loose and attacking the player.
* ''VideoGame/{{Myth}}: The Fallen Lords'' featured an enemy that was a bloated corpse that would explode [[ActionBomb when it got close enough]] or was killed and temporary paralyze everyone within it's radius. Using archers killing them at a distance you could avoid the nasty side effects while possibly setting off a chain reaction if there were more than one close enough together.
* Fat zombies exist in ''VideoGame/DeadRising'', which take slightly more hits to die. They all resemble Ronald, a notable {{scrappy}} fat survivor.
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'' has the insane cancers, which look like mutated grotesque fat "things".
* Big Boo from the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series are giant ghosts, which could be considered to be another type of obese undead.
* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 3'' and ''4'' feature fat zombies among regular zombies. They usually take more hits to die than a regular zombie (although less than a soldier zombie, curiously).
* The masked, [[ChainsawGood chainsaw-wielding]] and green-tinted slime-spitting zombies in ''GunGirl2''.
* Fat zombies in ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'' can predictably take more lead before going down. Surprisingly enough, a great number of them carry [[WrenchWhack wrenches to use as clubs]]. Also, they are the only type that is found being chewed on by other {{mooks}}.
* Fat zombies appear frequently in ''VideoGame/DeadNation''. They are typically [[{{Acrofatic}} faster than most normal zombies]], and will take any opportunity to charge at you to try to take you out.
* The Flood Carriers in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' are walking gasbags that explode when shot and release more Infection forms.
* The Guard Zombies in ''VideoGame/MediEvilResurrection''.
* ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' features a few fat zombies, including one of the bosses, Killabilly.
* ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'' gives us Stout Undead. They are larger than regular undead, and when struck with fire they swell up and explode.
* The recruitable zombies in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic V'' are drawn as being quite corpulent.
* One of the enemies in ''VideoGame/DarkWatch'' called Oozers.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'', the Bloated Creepers that spawn during the Tequatl fight are depicted as large male Risen norn. They explode on contact.
* Dunwich in ''VideoGame/CthulhuSavesTheWorld'' features fat zombies described by their blurb as "suffering from a bad case of gastrophageal reflux disease". Their main method of attacking is through poisoning their enemies.

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[[folder: Truth In Television ]]

* While we haven't yet encountered any reanimated corpses, inanimate corpses-- particularly in hot, wet climates-- often swell up with gas. A tropical zombie could very easily turn into one of these (and even [[ActionBomb explode]].)
** The phenomenon of corpse bloat is discussed in [[NauseaFuel excruciating]] detail in ''Stiff'', and the book ''Vampires, Burial and Death: Folklore and Reality'' mentions a mass grave of chicken carcasses where the gases actually forced the bodies back out of the ground! [[http://books.google.com/books?id=o55_G3ls-Q0C&pg=RA1-PA129#v=onepage&q&f=false Read it here.]]
** Dead whales are classed as dangerous cargo because they have a tendency to violently explode.
* William the Conqueror was very fat, and died of a large cyst developed from a bruised intestine. When they finally boxed him, he burst. The stink was so bad it cleared out the church his funeral was in.
* King Henry VIII weighed 28 stone at death and thus required an oversized coffin. The corpse exploded in Syon Abbey while en route to Windsor, splattering blood and guts everywhere, and dogs were found licking up the remains.

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''[[Film/DawnOfTheDead When there is no more food in Hell, the dead will walk with girth]].''