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->'''Steve:''' All right. What's with the Zombies?\\
'''Eric:''' Oh them. [...] They only come up here when they're bored.
-->-- ''[[http://www.radioactivepanda.com Radioactive Panda]]''

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There's a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Romero-style]] zombie shambling around, but it's not a ZombieApocalypse. So what's it doing here? [[RuleOfCool Because zombies are cool]]. Whether it's to set up a LowFantasy setting with necromantic {{Horror}}s, add an element of comedy, or simply to add variety, some works of fiction feature Zombies in a less than central position. It doesn't even have to have a reason. The zombie is there just because.

This is something of a popular advertising gimmick for games, MMORPG's, and ComicBooks these days. Just like slapping [[WolverinePublicity Wolverine]] on the cover adds to sales, a "zombie invasion", "Halloween Episode", or other stunt can drive up sales and give a fun BreatherEpisode from more plot heavy story arcs.

This could also work if there actually is a ZombieApocalypse, but it's not part of the main story. It's just thrown in there as a parody or homage with [[ResetButton little lasting effect on the plot.]]



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZM12lhThRY An ad from Puerto Rico for the Toyota Highlander]]. "Just as they adapted to a world of zombies, the Highlander adapts to your life." Possibly the most off-topic ad ever.
* There's a "turn off your cell phone" advisory that runs in certain movie theaters depicting a TooDumbToLive woman talking on her phone who nearly gets caught in a ShowdownAtHighNoon, and [[TheWarSequence a battlefield]], before finally [[AcceptableTargets being overwhelmed and devoured by a horde of zombies]].
* In a Toshiba laptop commercial, an inferior laptop triggers a chain reaction of mishaps involving a power station, a nationwide blackout, and spoiled milk, culminating in a horde of zombies.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdUSpiC8MsU A Starburst commercial]] has a guy saying that Starburst is a contradiction, being "solid yet juicy". He is then interrupted by a zombie sitting next to him who rebuts him, saying that the real contradiction is "living dead". Why is there a zombie? Where did it come from? Why is it reading a newspaper? Who knows.
* FedEx took it to the max in this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s42T5TOQMQ8 commercial]] which features four survivors, of which one was infected. The security guard, who slightly resembles francis from Left 4 Dead, wants to brain him in but the Asian woman demands they wait for the antivirus. Miraculosly, the FedEx delivery arrives unharmed.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/BlackButler'', chapter 53. From the setup, one would have initially expected Frankenstein's Monster.
* The political drama episode of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' (which throws in ''a lot'' of things just for the hell of it).
* The NegativeContinuity Halloween episode of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' had zombies in it.
* The "Thriller Bark" Arc of ''Manga/OnePiece'' has an army of zombies and their creators as the major antagonists. Of course, being ''[[SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness One Piece]]'', these zombies are considerably [[RuleOfFunny more comedy-flavored than usual]].
* The enemies of ''[[AllThereInTheManual StrikerS Sound Stage X]]'', a special Sound Drama of the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' series featuring [[AudioPlay/StrikersSoundStageX a mini-arc]] set between the third and fourth season? The [[NightOfTheLivingMooks Mariage]], an army of [[ActionBomb Kamikaze]] SuperSoldier [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Cyborg Zombies]].
* Sid Barret from ''Manga/SoulEater''; an awesome, blue zombie -- with tattoos! Actually, he's only seen alive in one of the first three episodes where the series is running through its DebutQueue, after that he's killed and well... a zombie. He's not just slight comic relief with his "That's the man I used to be" lines, but he's also an extremely skilled fighter and weapon technician.
* ''Manga/DGrayMan'' has the Order Relocation Arc, which is started off with a faux ZombieApocalypse when MadScientist Komui gives the Science Team members "Komuvitamin D". Komui created the Komuvitamin D, but it was the ghost that gave it to poor Arystar Krory and started the whole mess.
* ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'' has Ayumu, a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin zombie]] as the main character WITH A HAREM.
* ''Manga/{{Sankarea}}'' is a zombie in a romantic comedy.
* In Midnight Horror School, there's a soft spoken zombie boy named Zobie who would rather take naps than eat brains.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* Topps has a card range called Hollywood Zombies.
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' has the field spell Zombie World, which [[ZombieApocalypse makes all monsters on the field and in the graveyards Zombie-type.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' had a small eastern European town beset by a horde of zombies. [[HeroicBystander The townsfolk took care of it.]]
* ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' shows that the only thing worse than a horde of intelligent zombies is a horde of intelligent zombies with ''{{Green Lantern Ring}}s''.
* [[Franchise/TheDCU Solomon Grundy]], named after the nursery rhyme.
* Creator/CarlBarks and Creator/DonRosa [[Creator/WaltDisney Scrooge McDuck]] stories have Bombie the Zombie, a zombie who chases Scrooge around the world. He's a bit slow, so it may take years for him to catch up after a defeat.
* IDW Comics had a {{Crisis|Crossover}} CrossThrough miniseries called "[[http://trekmovie.com/2010/10/08/idw-infestation-series-to-mix-zombies-with-star-trek-other-licensees Infestation]]", crossing ''Comicbook/ZombiesVsRobots'' over with ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW The Transformers]]'', ''Franchise/GIJoe'', ''Comicbook/{{Ghostbusters}}'', and ''ComicBook/PocketGod'' (but not said five licensed properties with each other), with canonical consequences for everyone involved. ''Trek'' and ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' fan reactions has been... about as bad as expected.
* The second issue of the FunnyAnimal [[TheStoner Stoner]] comic ''ComicBook/{{Horndog}}'' is based around a zombie invasion.
* In ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity #2'', the heroes of Earth-7 are turned into zombies and summoned by the corrupted Nix Uotan during his attack on Earth-8. Meanwhile, the previously deceased Optiman can also be seen during a montage having been brought back the same way.
* Golden Age Marvel Comics (back when it was usually called Timely Comics) had its super heroes fighting zombies of one sort or another all the freaking time. The Golden Age in general was fond of zombies as antagonists (DC's Solomon Grundy dates from this period, after all), but Timely in particular used a ''lot'' of them.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fangame ''VideoGame/StoryOfTheBlanks'' has Apple Bloom stumbling into a TownWithADarkSecret, [[spoiler:and all the ponies there were cursed in ages past following a murder, becoming zombies. Apple Bloom barely escapes becoming one herself (if you win).]]
* Key antagonists in the battle on the Plains of Death in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. Paul loves them because destroying them doesn't compromise his [[ActualPacifist Actual Pacifism]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/AnAmericanCarol'', Malone has a vision of the [=ACLU=] as relentless zombies.
* During the climactic confrontation, Film/{{Rumpelstiltskin}} uses his magic to summon zombies to help him to claim the soul of baby Johnny.
* In ''Film/DeathstalkerIIDuelOfTheTitans'', the ... hero? ... let's say protagonist stops to rob a tomb he's travelling past, and has to fight off a zombie horde for his troubles.
* After being a supernatural SlasherMovie for most of its run, ''Film/TheDeadPit'' throws a horde of zombies into the mix.
* ''Film/{{Fido}}'', wherein people keep zombies as pets.

* ''Literature/LoneWolf'':
** Book 2 of the series, ''Fire on the Water'', has a whole ghostly fleet maned by undead as the last obstacle of the story, including zombie crewmates. Since this is just after Lone Wolf gains [[InfinityPlusOneSword the Sommerswerd]], the ultimate weapon against the living dead, they really aren't much of a threat.
** Book 6, ''The Kingdoms of Terror'', has evil lordling Roark raising zombies from a cemetery to try killing Lone Wolf, but he quickly lose control and they attack his men.
** Book 17, ''The Deathlord of Ixia'', is filled to the brink with undead, including [[EliteMooks Drakkarim Zombies]]. Unlike previous zombies in the series, those can be very tough, even with [[WeaponOfXSlaying the Sommerswerd]].

* ''Literature/ZombiesVsUnicorns'': Team Zombie thinks so.
* ''Literature/AnitaBlake''. Anita's vampire hunting and police consulting (among, er. . . other things) continually makes making her "day job" of raising zombies much more difficult.
* Zombies appear in ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'', but they are simply undead instead of dangerous. They tend to be emotionally upsetting since they are ambulatory beings in a state of continuous rot, but ThePowerOfLove can help them regain their humanity until they are indistinguishable from living persons. The water of healing springs can also reverse the rotting, but that's a less effective and more temporary measure.
* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudiceAndZombies'' takes the text of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' and inserts paragraphs of fighting zombies.
** Seeing the rights for this book were being disputed by Hollywood, a Brazilian movie magazine parodied this trope by suggesting/creating other stories [[RecycledINSPACE WITH ZOMBIES]]: ''Film/KramerVsKramer vs. Zombies'', ''[[Film/DeadPoetsSociety Undead Poets Society]]'', ''[[WesternAnimation/WallE ZOMB•E]]'', and ''[[Film/GoneWithTheWind Gone with the Zombies]]''.
** And Brazil also saw its own version: classic novel ''[[PosthumousNarration The Posthumous Memoirs]] of Bras Cubas'' became ''The Undead Memoirs of Bras Cubas''.
* There IS a short story titled "Everything's Better with Zombies".
* Literature/{{Discworld}}'s zombies, seeing as they're basically the same person's mind and body, just... dead, aren't usually plot-central.
** One member of the City Watch, Reg Shoe, is a zombie, for example, and a reasonably okay guy.
** The only "bad" zombie is Mr. Slant, but that has more to do with him being an AmoralAttorney than a zombie.
** The novel ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' details an actual zombie apocalypse (or more precisely, an undead apocalypse... with zombies!) caused by Death being fired for taking too much of an interest in his work. HilarityEnsues.
*** Notable in having a zombie protagonist, Windle Poons, for one of its two main plot-threads.
** There's zombies in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' as well, and they're the more classic variety, but still don't eat any brains, they're just restless dead followers of the Duchess. Reg Shoe, who's accompanying Vimes on a diplomatic mission, regards them as an embarrassment (although this is the same guy who gives lectures to graveyards).
* The Cauldron-Born in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' are reanimated corpses that exist only to slay for BigBad Arawn.
* ''Literature/ColtRegan: Demon Hunter'' contains a section where zombies show up, for almost no reason, which [[WordOfGod the author]] will tell you was in there because zombies rule.
* The Inferi from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' are zombies in [[NotUsingTheZWord everything but name]] (with the Frankenstein monster's PopCulturalOsmosis fear of fire).[[note]]It should be noted that Romero zombies are also scared of fire, as seen in ''Night of the Living Dead'' when they use fire to keep the ghouls from entering the house.[[/note]]
* There's a Kelly Link short story called "The Hortlak" about a convenience store patronized by the undead; they're not actually carnivorous, but the clerks find them unsettling.
* ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad The Malloreon]]'' has a forest full of Raveners (again, zombies in all but name), which the heroes have to pass through.
* The "Green Men" from ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series by Stephen King, though they're [[OurZombiesAreDifferent actually mutants]].
* ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', a DaysOfFuturePast fantasy infused with dinosaurs, gets suddenly invaded by {{Technically Living Zombie}}s partway through book two.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'': "Degrassi of the Dead"
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** "Dead Man's Party" has a mask that is making a bunch of people come back as homicidal zombies, which had no real relevance to the ongoing plot about Buffy returning after having run away from home. ("Look at my mask. Isn't it pretty? It raises the dead. Americans!")
** In the episode "The Zeppo", Xander ran into a guy who somehow had the ability to reanimate dead people with a special charm. They still kept their intelligence, but they also kept their wounds.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** In "Habeaus Corpses" an evil law firm is being destroyed by a terrible monster, and most of the lawyers turned into zombies. It was a supernatural safeguard against unwelcome intruders. After all, Wolfram & Hart is led by very old demons who do not want to share their secrets. And fortunately for Gunn, they left out the "Bite makes a convert".
** In the episode "Provider", there was also one guy who was a zombie, and all he wanted to do was hook up with his ex-girlfriend. It's unknown what exactly brought him to undeath. The girlfriend poisoned him. He died. He came back as a zombie. She forgave him for cheating. He forgave her for killing him. They kissed and made up.
** In an earlier episode, "The Thin Dead Line", Angel and [[FairCop Kate]] discovered a police chief had raised all the dead cops in a particular bad area of LA as zombie policemen.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Corpses touched by the White Walkers turn into undead "wights" under their control. These wights are resistant to normal weapons but can be destroyed with fire, giving a lot of credence to the wildling tradition of cremation.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' didn't have a Romero-style zombie until the fifth season, although there was a second-season episode with a "classic necromancy" form of zombie. At one point Sam tricked Dean into going on a personal mission by claiming they had to go zombie-hunting, and Dean really seemed to be looking forward to it. Although the victims of the [[TheVirus Croatoan virus]] are zombie-like.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** In the story "The Web of Fear", the evil Great Intelligence operated chiefly through the body of Staff Sergeant Arnold, KIA early on in the emergency. Similarly a character in "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy" gets reanimated by the bad guys for no apparent reason except RuleOfCool.
** The Ninth Doctor, Rose and ''Creator/CharlesDickens'' teamed up to fight zombies in Victorian Cardiff on Christmas Eve in "The Unquiet Dead".
* The Charmed Ones in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' have to fight against zombies created by a necromancer and Zankou.
* In the 2010 Halloween episode of ''Series/{{Community}}'' the students and staff of Greendale Community College had to deal with a mysterious fever that seemed very similar to that of a stereotypical zombie virus. Their memories were conveniently wiped at the end of the episode, and it will likely [[InternalRetcon never be mentioned again.]]
** Subverted when [[NoodleIncident "the Haloween we can't remember"]] is brought multiple times, especially since it [[spoiler: sets up the Chang\Andre paternity debacle arc.]]
* ''Series/{{House}}'' features zombies in a fantasy sequence during the seventh season episode "Bombshells". House kills zombie versions of Foreman, Chase, Taub and Masters with a cane that doubles as a shotgun and axe.
* The Season 3 Finale of ''Series/DeadliestWarrior''.
* The ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' episode "Art" features Tim hallucinating a zombie invasion at a theatre after spending 24 hours solid playing ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' while on speed, then eating too many Twiglets at the post-show party.

* Music/{{Tara}} made three versions of the music video for their song "Lovey Dovey" that included a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcUoFqGNW0E zombie version]]. It comes complete with a nod to "Music/{{Thriller}}" by Music/MichaelJackson.
* The Zombeatles, a Music/TheBeatles cover band with zombie-themed parody songs like "Ate Brains a Week," "Dead Prudence," and "Hey Food."
* There was a British [[TheSixties 60s]] rock band called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Zombies The Zombies]] that had disbanded after two poor-selling albums. In 1968 their label re-released the song "Time of the Season" in the U.S. which became a huge hit. There was an attempt to revive the band, but after a few recording sessions the band [[IncrediblyLamePun stayed buried]].

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker, a wrestling zombie introduced during TheNineties which went on to become one of the most successful [[TheGimmick gimmicks]] in the business, remaining one of the most prominent wrestlers in ''Wrestling/{{WWE}}'' [[TheArtifact even though his presence contrasts sharply with the more normal gimmicks of today]].
* It what may have been evidence that the Wrestling/{{WWE}} version of Wrestling/{{ECW}} was indeed a FranchiseZombie, the very first wrestler to compete was... the Zombie.
* During the month of October, WWE.com has something called WWE Zombies gallery where the superstars themselves were Zombiefied.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/FraggleRock''. Doc is excited about one of the games for his new computer.
-->'''Doc:''' ''Zombie Attack''! "Chase the alien enemy zombies from outer space, hurling flaming marshmallows!" Oh, yes, Sprocket! It sounds like a challenge!

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* In ''Theatre/TheEighthVoyageOfSindbad'' show at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]], one of Miseria's evil minions is a decomposing zombie that nevertheless is able to to hold its own in combat.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}.'' One of the earliest added, and least dangerous hostile mobs in the game; although as per usual with this trope, they can be a bit of a problem in groups. If they attack a village, they can turn villagers into more of them, though it is possible to cure infected villagers without killing them.
** Zombie Pigmen are even worse. They show up in groups, most often in the Nether, and attacking one will bring the entire group down on your head. And they are much tougher, faster and stronger than regular zombies.
* Quarantine Mode in ''VideoGame/CombatArms''.
* ''Warcraft'' games have plenty.
** The first campaign in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 3'' was about trying to stop a ZombieApocalypse, the second had you playing the other side and continuing where the first one left off. Following campaigns also had you fighting against the undead. In the Frozen Throne Expansion the Night Elves campaign had a visit into a zombie-infested lands, Blood Elves campaign begun with trying to stop a massive wave of undead. And of course there was an Undead campaign in which you continued to crush the remaining bastions of humanity before first pausing for a civil war and later leaving for Northrend.
** In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' the free-willed zombies are one of the playable races for the Horde. There also were two zombie invasions. First one heralded the introduction of Naxxramas. The second unleashed [[TheVirus the plague of undeath]] on the lands -- you could become infected and, if not cured in time, transform into an evil[[note]]not the normally playable one[[/note]] zombie and spread TheVirus further. The second invasion heralded the Wrath Of The Lich King expansion, in which the players task is to venture into the Northrend, infested with undead from top[[note]]{{Big Bad}}s EvilTowerOfOminousness is the highest point of the continent[[/note]] to bottom[[note]]the ruins of arachnid's civilization, conquered and converted by the undead[[/note]].
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft?'': ''Wings of Liberty'' had a mission where you have to fight off colonists who were infested by the Zerg. They were zombies in all but name.
* As did ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''. In addition to the Zombie invasions in ''City of Heroes'', there are zombies in pretty much every flavour wandering about as antagonists, or, if you're a villain, as ''minions''. Nothing prevents you from stopping crime and protecting the innocent as a zombie ''hero'' either.
* ''VideoGame/{{Nox}}'' has zombies as standard monsters mid-game (and they get upgraded later), but it is justified by the fact that the hero's primary enemies are necromancers.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' has a "viral" achievement called "Let Sleeping Rockstars Lie" which you get be killing someone who has it already (the developers started with it, so it spread from them). It unlocks the ability to play as a zombie in a speedo. No joke.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother}}''
** Threed in ''VideoGame/EarthBound''.
** ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' also had some zombies in the beginning of Duster's chapter, who were (coincidentally) [[spoiler:Hinawa and Claus]] like. One of the zombies cranks the creepy UpToEleven by commenting on how much Duster has grown since she knew him, then attacking anyways.
* ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDuty Call of Duty: World at War]]'' now has four bonus levels featuring -- [[ThoseWackyNazis what else]] -- ''VideoGame/NaziZombies''. (Okay, one level has you fighting ''Japanese'' zombies, but "Nazi Zombies" is more fun to say.) Some of them even goosestep instead of shambling.
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}''
** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' starts out with Samus entering a Galactic Federation base, only to find that all of the soldiers she had been tasked with rescuing have been brutally murdered. As she investigates further, all of the corpses suddenly come back to life as undead "Dark Troopers" and start attacking her (they're kind of rubbish, though). They continue to shamble about the base even after she leaves, but they never have a significant appearance later on in the game's plot.
** ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'' also has "zombie researchers" (slimy X imitations of human beings) that have little to no plot significance.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' has ghouls, unfortunate folks who got a lethal dose of radiation and didn't die. Many of them are quite sane, if a little worse for wear, but are the new victims of bigotry in a world where human slavery is colorblind, and are often forced to eke out an existence separate from the rest of society. Why? Because at least some degenerate into the feral zombies that give the civil ones such a bad name. The sad irony is, the isolation and forced habitation in radioactive areas are the very things that seem to accelerate the process. There is also a strain of plain old bigotry against different folks (the different, in this case, being sterile, seemingly unaging people with rotting skin).
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife''
** ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'': "We don't go to Ravenholm..."
** Apart from that rather infamous level, both games have zombies as fairly weak, slow opponents that are only really threatening in large numbers or small spaces. Apart from (in the second game) the fast ones. And the poison ones.
** Notably, the creatures which cause the zombies are, in the sequel, loaded into artillery and used as offensive weapons.
* The DLC for ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemptionUndeadNightmare'' uses the original setting of game, but throws in a zombie plague to create instant awesome.
* The Dustmen in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' use zombies as laborers and offer people large amounts of money in exchange for use of their body after they die.
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}''. Certain monsters can resurrect the undead. In Act V of the second game, Reanimated Horde-type monsters have a random probability of resurrecting themselves, and can do so up to three times.
* Some of the ''VideoGame/ArmyMen'' games have zombies thrown in just for the hell of it.
* Most of the baddies in the ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' games are demons, but there's no shortage of undead. Most of these are soldiers that can fire their guns at you, but ''3'' introduces the classic, flesh eating, slow shambling variety.
* ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'''s Cervantes is one, while Astaroth is a "Golem" (read: Frankenstein's Monster).
* The original ''VideoGame/{{Breath of Fire|I}}'' has a whole town (aptly named Romero) full of the walking dead. Though they don't try to harm you, [[VillainByDefault it still becomes your duty to put them back into the ground.]]
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade: Bloodlines'' has a cemetery level full of zombies at one point, in direct homage to Romero films. The exact reason for their appearance has never been explained, considering that [[spoiler:no Gehenna actually happened]]. There are two other major zombie sequences in the game -- one caused by a virus and the other caused by vampire necromancy. Despite the stark difference between the origins of the three zombie groups in the game, they all move, act, and are essentially the exact same things.
* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies'', a TowerDefense game where [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin you fight off invading zombies with an army of plants.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'': The first DLC has zombies.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' has at least 2 different kinds of zombies (without including necromancer minions). There are about 3 major zombie armies, (the Orr zombies, the plague zombies and Joko's zombies) as well as numerous smaller groups. (Unless you count Joko's zombies as mummies.)
* One of the recurring monsters in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' was Zombies. Even in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', a character named [[spoiler:Frimelda Lotice]] used to be a zombie.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' featured several areas infested with zombies.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has husks -- basically, cybernetic zombies created by devices known as "dragon's teeth" which are enormous spikes that bodies are impaled on. While impaled, cybernetic implants are put into the body to make it obey orders and give it one of several abilities, most commonly a large electrical explosion. In ''Mass Effect 2'', new variants of the husks appear, including a version that consists of several bodies mashed together and equipped with a huge cannon, a massive amalgam of about thirty corpses turned into an enormous living, flying tank, and a form of husk that is [[IncendiaryExponent on fire.]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has corpses possessed by demons; what kind of monster they will be depends on the variety of demon. One corpse might want to simply bash your face in, another might want to chew it off, and still others might melt it off with fireballs. Party member [[DeadpanSnarker Alistair]] collectively refers to them, however, as "brain-eaters."
* ''VideoGame/UnchartedDrakesFortune'' is an ''Franchise/IndianaJones''-style action/adventure that ticks along at an even pace, pitting you against your [[{{Mooks}} rival's hired thugs]], [[DurableDeathTrap ancient death traps]], [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything and a journal full of cryptic instructions]]. Suddenly, Zombies!
* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 3'' has a zombie level, featuring a contagious outbreak at a civilian crash site. Those who get infected die, get hit by [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning]] and come back to life as a zombie. If this happens to the player, they become less mobile and lose everything but their pistol, but it averts OneHitpointWonder unless they get hit with the substance again. Trying to use a grenade results in them vomiting [[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank large amounts of blood across the screen]] at everything in front of them, and it's VERY powerful, able to take down bosses in one hit. It can be cured with medicine that enemies drop, but why would you do that? [[spoiler:And then the {{clon|ingBlues}}es of your captured ally get infected during the final mission.]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
** The series has Redeads that leave Link paralyzed with fear in order to come closer and suck the life out of him (by apparently leaping onto and humping him to death).
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' has actual zombies in the graveyard area.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has Cursed Bokoblins, half-undead shuffling abominations who also attempt to cling onto Link and hurt him, albeit without the humping.
* ''VideoGame/TheSimpsons'' arcade game has a level in a cemetery. While the ghosts are {{mooks}} in bedsheets, the zombies are real.
* Typically the first {{Mook|s}} you'll encounter in ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games.
* As if being hounded by Jason Voorhees himself in ''VideoGame/{{Friday the 13th}}'' wasn't enough, there are also zombies of his past victims shuffling around the campsite.
* The Zombie in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series is one of the few monster classes that's present in every single game.
* Draugrs from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''.
** Not to mention every other game still has Zombies. The first few games they were generic. but brutally hard to kill and could give you the "Rotting" disease which if you don't get it cured you turn into a zombie and game over. While Oblivion had variations, such as Headless Zombies. Even in Skyrim aside from Draugr you could become a Necromancer and revive corpses into regular zombies to fight for you, even random wild animals.
* Every game in the ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' series has at least one homie who ends up dying in a cutscene, who you then have the option of bringing back as a zombie. ''The Third'' finally makes them part of the actual storyline when [[spoiler:the Boss accidentally unleashes a virus over one of the islands of Steelport, resulting in the bridges to it being raised and everybody within becoming zombies for the rest of the game.]]
* ''VideoGame/OrganTrail'' is a zombie infested version of ''VideoGame/TheOregonTrail''.
* Nightmare in Northpoint, a Halloween themed DLC for ''Videogame/SleepingDogs'', has {{Chinese vampire}}s.
* When the makers of ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline'' had to bring the barrow-wights to life, they went the traditional "rotting animate corpses" route. Wights aren't much described in Tolkien's works, but they do have a physical form (Frodo cuts off one of their hands) so going with a medieval zombie look isn't such a stretch.
* ''VideoGame/{{Postal}} 2'' features its own [[OurZombiesAreDifferent mad-cow-tourettes]] zombies when an inevitable apocalypse hits Paradise, causing havoc alongside terrorist attacks, insane protesters, drunken rednecks, fanatic church workers, and cats raining from the sky. [[ButForMeItWasTuesday Just one of those days.]]
** ''Eternal Damnation'', a standalone mod developed for ''Postal 2'' and later released officially by the ''Postal'' devs, puts the player in the shoes of a wrongfully-accused murderer escaping from an insane asylum in the midst of a deadly zombie outbreak, though the zombies take a backseat to his own antics.
* ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet'' has numerous zombie-themed costumes.
* The graveyard scenario in ''VideoGame/WaxWorks'' has a never-ending supply of respawning zombies roaming around the area.
* Zombies are the most common enemy in ''VideoGame/Gamer2''. They are completely irrelevant to the storyline.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/GoneWithTheBlastwave'', where the zombies are actually disguised civillians who do this to frighten away the soldiers. And not because of any political motives, either, it's just because they ''literally'' have nothing better to do in the wasteland. [[RefugeInAudacity They even place bets on it for crying out loud!]]
* In ''Webcomic/HolidayWars'', a zombie TyrannosaurusRex shows up in this [[http://www.th3rdworld.com/web-comic/Holiday-Wars/episode/Holiday-Wars-Episode-47 Episode 47]].
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Three words: [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/071029 Zombie]] [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/090202 Fun Lab]].
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' has zombies occasionally pop in to destroy parts of Tokyo. They have to get proper approval just like everyone else, though.
* ''[[http://deadmetaphor.comicdish.com Dead Metaphor]]'' is a comedy set in a world plagued by zombie outbreaks. It seems people have gotten used to zombies, treating them as annoyances and lower-class citizens.
* {...} from ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName''
* The main characters of ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}'' all like videogames with zombies, and then there's [[http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/360 this strip]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Jonni Rotten in the ''Literature/MetroCityChronicles''.
* Creator/MurLafferty's audio drama ''[[http://www.zombinc.net The Takeover]]''. It's like the American venison of ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' but with zombies. And also funny. Oh, and there's a cameo by Music/JonathanCoulton in the last episode of season 1.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': SCP-008. The world accessible through SCP-093 suffered what's essentially a ZombieApocalypse under the application of a truly ''epic'' instance of OurZombiesAreDifferent. They fit the archetype of the endlessly hungry, seemingly-mindless hordes of the restless dead, but... well, when the ''smallest'' difference is that they're up to ''six stories'' tall, you know you're dealing with something weird here.
* ''Website/GaiaOnline'' had its first ZombieApocalypse on Halloween 2004. The zombie avatar skin was supposed to be temporary and was eventually wiped out altogether due to server problems, but the skin was so popular that in Halloween 2005 another race of zombies, the Grombies, were introduced. After a while, newer users who joined after the event complained that they couldn't get a zombie skin, so a Grombie knock-off skin was introduced via the Death Whisper evolving item, and later another zombie skin was introduced via the 2008 Halloween event. Gaia Online members really like zombies, it would seem. The zombies are not usually part of the plot during the rest of the year but the skins are still fairly common. The original zombie skin has been re-released as an equippable item.
* Empire did "[[http://www.totalfilm.com/features/20-movies-improved-by-zombies/battlefield-earth-2000-1 20 Movies Improved By Zombies]]".
* In the official ''Series/{{Lost}}'' podcast, a RunningGag was that after the show's finale in the sixth season, there would be a Season 7, "Lost: Zombies" with "everybody who we've killed off over the years coming back and trying to eat brains." The producers also released a fake script where [[http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/Joke_script_pages#Zombies Walt becomes a zombie]].
* If you can't beat' em... employ them! Theatre/TheLeagueOfSTEAM have developed "domestication collars" in order to employ zombies as servants.
* Discussed in [[http://www.cracked.com/video_19136_why-theyll-never-stop-making-zombie-movies.html Ep. 3]] of ''Monster Management'' from ''Website/{{Cracked}}''. Chet and Aisha realize that taking the SexSells approach to zombies didn't work, but didn't stop people from loving zombies either because zombies are a money-making machine.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The "Abracadaver" episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* The "Attack of the Zombies" episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''.
* The "Legacy of Terror" episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
* The "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Jack and the Zombies]]" episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has Timmy accidentally reviving a zombie version of his dead pet gerbil.
** Overlaps with RevenantZombie. Eddie the gerbil doesn't just come back; he comes back sentient, and ''clearly pissed'' about having died of starvation to begin with.
* Enzo in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' once became a zombie in a game.
* "Johnny Zombie Tea Party" had Porkbelly's founding fathers as zombies who don't eat brains but love iPods and TV. Although, they do threaten to lower the property value.
* Zombies are one of the many bizarre creatures in ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans,'' with the protagonist's roommate Randall being the main example. They ''do'' like to eat brains, and there ''was'' a war against them in the '60s that may have been some kind of failed ZombieApocalypse, but these days they're mostly just normal people. Randall finds the ones that still lurch around moaning [[StopBeingStereotypical annoyingly cliché]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', Zim breaks into the mall to return a video tape, leading the security guard to release his zombie army. PlayedForLaughs in that the zombies just sort of stumble around aimlessly, mostly bumping into each other and ignoring Zim completely.
* In ''WesternAnimation/OddJobJack'', Leo creates an army of zombies to out-evil Jack, but the city accepts them, finding the swarm preferable to meter maids. Heck, many even find their presence an improvement!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Catscratch}}'' episode Zombie Party a Go-Go, Blik coldly disallows Waffle to part take in the party preparation, until Gordon gives him a helpful job in making dip. However, despite Waffle's incompetent nature, he picked the Scottish Book of the Dead rather than the regular blue cook book that Gordon had requested him to acquire. Consequently, he created dip that is lime greenish in colour which caused the corpses of deceased people to reanimate. Blik had recklessly let the Zombies inside, mistakenly thinking that they are the guests that he was looking for. But eventually he finds out that the undead monsters aren't the important people. Eventually, after the Zombies are done with the food, they turn on Gordon and the rest of the gang, forcing them to fight against them in order to survive.
* One Buttons and Mindy segment of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' was a {{Homage}} to Music/MichaelJackson's "Thriller".
* In the first Halloween episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Kenny becomes a zombie after morticians accidentally embalm him with Worcestershire sauce.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'': After being killed in the second season finale, Creator/SethGreen and friends return as zombies. They stop their rampage once they read their new contract with health benefits.
* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' season 2, "Scary-oke", has a brief zombie invasion that threatens to take down the Mystery Shack. [[spoiler: It's averted through the wonders of terrible karaoke]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'': The episode "Strange New World" deals with this, where Doctor Strange releases a serum that effectively turns the citizens of Gotham into zombies. It being a kid's show, Batman has 42 hours to administer an antidote before the effects become permanent. [[spoiler: Subverted at the end of the episode, when it's revealed that no one was really zombified, it was just a hallucination caused by Strange.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In Austin, TX, pranksters broke the locks on highway construction signs and altered them to read: [[ZombieApocalypse THE END IS NEAR]]! ZOMBIES AHEAD! RUN! [[Literature/WorldWarZ RUN TO COLD CLIMATES]]! [[Film/DeadSnow NAZI ZOMBIES]]! Unfortunately, this happened once during a hurricane evacuation. Nobody panicked, thankfully, but it could have been a lot worse with the evacuees who were already under stress from the possibility of having lost most of their Earthly possessions.
* Of course, [[http://www.zombiewalk.com/forum/ Zombie Walks.]]
* [[http://www.kgw.com/news/Car-accident-victims-dressed-like-zombies-confuse-crash-witnesses-98157894.html In Portland, Oregon]], a group of people dressed as zombies for a costume party got into a car accident. In a literal example of everything being deader with zombies, their costumes were so good that bystanders thought their injuries were much worse than they actually were.
* There's even a book titled ''Theories of International Politics and Zombies'' by political scientist Dan Drezner, which studies real-life international politics through the lens of a ZombieApocalypse--because [[RuleOfCool why the hell not?]]

->'''[[JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf Waldorf]]:''' I have never seen such a rotten, disgusting, slow-moving sight in my life!\\
'''Statler:''' [[BaitAndSwitchComparison And the zombies don't look that good, either!]]\\
'''Both:''' Do-ho-ho-ho-ho-hoh!