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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.]] Alternately, they may be prone to [[ZombiePukeAttack vomiting nasty substances]] onto the hero.

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. See WeightLossHorror for other ways in which weight can be played for horror.



[[folder: {{Comics}}]]
* In ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies'', The Blob becomes infected, turning into possibly the fattest zombie ever.

[[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/DawnOfTheDead1978''.
* ''WesternAnimation/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 ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}''. In the [[Film/GhostbustersII second one]], doubly so.

* Creator/SternPinball's ''Pinball/TheWalkingDead'' has the Well Walker, who is hideously fat, with folds of flabby skin and a body covered with open sores. On the Limited Edition table, hitting him will cause him to topple over at the midsection, revealing his guts.

[[folder: TabletopGames]]
* ''TabletopGame/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]].
* ''TableTopGame/YuGiOh'' has the Plaguespreader Zombie, a blob-like BodyOfBodies; Il-Blud, which has a giant, disfigured BellyMouth on its paunch; the Three-Legged Zombies, a FatAndSkinny pair; the [[EvilClown Clown Zombie]]; and a great many others.
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** 3[[superscript:rd]] Edition has the Famine Spirit: the reanimated body and spirit of an individual who died of starvation returned 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'' to [[OffWithHisHead sever its victims' heads]].
** Creator/WhiteWolf's ''TabletopGame/ScarredLands'' supplements had the "carcass," a giant fat zombie that has been hollowed out and can {{spawn broodling}}s.
** The ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' setting has undead monsters called faels, who exist only to eat and who demand food from anyone who encounters them, violently lashing out at anyone who denies them food or interrupts their feasting. On Athas, where even water is a precious commodity and conservation of food can mean the difference between life or death, these things are menaces.
** The ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting has sea zombies, disgustingly bloated undead created from the corpses of drowned sailors. While slow and clumsy on land, they are hard to hurt.
** The Weathermay-Foxgrove twins recount their hunt for an obese BigEater animated corpse in ''Van Richten's Guide to the Walking Dead''.
** In ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'', Aumvor the Undying is an ancient [[OurLichesAreDifferent lich]] archmage; though stocky in life, in undeath he somehow bloated into a hugely obese, slimy form rather than decay into a skeleton.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'''s Golarion setting has Zutha, the Runelord of [[SevenDeadlySins Gluttony]]: an obese [[TheHedonist Hedonist]], he maintained his undead body with secret magics so that he could continue to experience mortal pleasures
* ''TabletopGame/{{Zombicide}}'''s Fatty Zombies are {{Mighty Glacier}}s whose extra weight acts as {{Kevlard}}, making them immune to light weapons.

[[folder: VideoGames]]
* ''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, but [[KillItWithFire are particularly susceptible to fire]].
* ''VideoGame/SurvivalCrisisZ'' features particularly warped-looking fat zombies of the ActionBomb variety.
* The Abominations from the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' [[Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse franchise]] fit this description, although they are more similar in origin to the monster from ''Franchise/{{Frankenstein}}'' (pieced together from multiple corpses). They are massive (definitely bigger than a human), hideous (putrid and decaying with internal organs visible), and misshapen (extra limbs abound), and 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.
** The "Fat Man" Molded from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' is incredibly durable and spits acidic bile, making it the only enemy to attack you at a range. What's worse is that attacking them makes them reflexively vomit, so melee weapons of any kind are pretty much a no-go to all but the most highly-skilled player. What's ''worst'' is that the hardest difficulty gives them a huge buff to their defense and speed, turning them into full-on {{Lightning Bruiser}}s, and increasing the number of them you have to fight.
* One of the Ancient's zombies fit this mold in ''VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/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 they're either shot or near an enemy, releasing 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.
* ''VideoGame/JudgeDreddDreddVsDeath'': Some of the zombies are necrotized obese citizens.
* Benjamin from ''VideoGame/{{Wick}}'' is the most heavyset of the Weaver children, and [[StoutStrength also the strongest]].
* ''VideoGame/DeadFrontier'' has variants of fat zombies, all of which tend to have more health than non-fat counterparts.
** One of the early game zombie types are male and female versions of fat zombies, they have more health than the regular ones but are slower.
** The Bloat and its smaller variant are these, due to a buildup of methane gas inside them, which causes them to [[ActionBomb explode when killed]].
** The Brute is an obese zombie who attacks via vomiting and has a great amount of health thanks to a [[{{Kevlard}} protective layer of fat]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Zombidle}}'', two of [[VillainProtagonist Bob the]] {{Necromancer}}'s minions are this. The Big Plague is noticeably fatter than the other zombies, while the Giant Zombie is also largely built but appears to be more muscle than fat.