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[[caption-width-right:314:An [[TheUndead undead]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]]. [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Great]].]]

When most people think of TheUndead, they tend to think of the formerly human rising up from their graves or something similar.

This trope, on the other hand, is about those whose life started out "[[FantasticSapientSpeciesTropes fant]][[OurMonstersAreDifferent astic]]" even before they joined the ranks of the dead. Whether they were an [[OurElvesAreBetter Elf]], a [[{{Dracolich}} Dragon]], a [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demon]], or even something [[EldritchAbomination completely divorced from reality]], the one thing common among them is that they're all dead (or at least resemble some combination of some sort of traditional undead and its own base species) and still kicking.

You may even see an Undead God. In that case, you should run, [[EldritchAbomination run as fast as you can]].

See RaisingTheSteaks for undead animals (where examples of such should go there instead of here).

See HybridMonster, when two ''living'' fantasy species are combined. Contrast HybridOverkillAvoidance. Also, compare MechanicalMonster and NinjaPirateZombieRobot.

TheGrimReaper and other {{Psychopomp}}s can be one, depending on their origin.

{{Dracolich}} is a specific subtrope when the creature turns out to have been a dragon.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[spoiler:Asto]] in ''{{Nora}}''. [[spoiler:Knell likes making familiars from dead demons]].
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' has had undead demons. They tend to get fleshier the more strength they recover.
* One chapter of ''Manga/TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'' had the gang dealing with the ghost of an ''alien''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''[[Film/BlackSheepTheMovie Black Sheep]]'' involves zombie sheep who turn humans into weresheep.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In one of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' books, Harry encounters an extremely strong ghost he calls the Nightmare, and suspects it's one of these. [[spoiler: Specifically the ghost of the demon serving the sorcerer Leonid Kravos, an old enemy of his that he'd defeated offscreen at some point. He later learns that the ghost is Kravos himself, whose death had been concealed from him.]]
** Animal zombies are possible and are even non-violations of the Laws of Magic, but no one bothers because it's a ''very'' dark gray area and they're usually far less powerful than human dead anyway. However, there's also a rule that states that the older the corpse is, the more powerful it is, so there was this time Harry pulled out his trump card against a necromancer BigBad. [[spoiler: Two words: ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Zombie Tyrannosaurus]].'']]
* ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' has featured zombie versions of just about everything, at one time or another.
* The ZombieApocalypse in ''The Rising'' and ''City of the Dead'' has demonic spirits animating pretty much every corpse over a certain size, human and otherwise. Most notably, one character is killed by a zombie sewer crocodile biting his head off, [[KillEmAll while the last two humans are offed by zombie rats]].
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''DungeonsAndDragons''
** The {{Dracolich}} ({{Lich}} dragon), which originated in the ForgottenRealms (it can now be found in most settings). There are also vampire, ghost, zombie, and skeleton dragons.
** The groaning spirit (banshee) is the "spirit of an evil female elf".
** ''{{Ravenloft}}'' introduced vampires created from non-human creatures such as elves, dwarves, gnomes, halflings and even ''{{Dragonlance}}'''s kender. Although to be exact, it's more that they gave them variant powers and weaknesses, as most of these races already could be turned into vampires.
** The death tyrant is an undead beholder.
** The adventure I2 ''Tomb of the Lizard King'' had a lizard king who was changed into a vampire by a ''Wish'' spell.
** [[OrcusOnHisThrone Orcus]], the demon lord of the undead/occasional UndeadGod. Although as of late he's mostly alive. And ''[[OmnicidalManiac PISSED]]''.
** [[http://www.lightning.eu.org/dnd/epicMonsters.html#atropal Atropals]] are the [[EldritchAbomination undead fetuses of unborn gods]] (colloquially referred to as Undead Aborted God Fetuses).
** Vampire [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} Mind Flayers]] suck blood with their tentacles. Fortunately (maybe), vampirism destroys most of their intelligence and turns them into animalistic predators. Also, alhoon are mind flayer {{lich}}es. ''They'' keep all their mental faculties; [[OhCrap they need them for spells and psionics]].
** And zombies and skeletons can be made from just about anything that leaves a corpse. In fact, many types of undead in 3rd Edition are created though applying a template to an existing creature, so you can wind up with medusa vampires, giant mummies, beholder ghosts, gnoll death knights, and many, many other combinations.
** Necromentals are undead elementals.
** Visages are undead, raised from outsiders (this is a type of creature, including, but not limited to, angels, demons, devils and most servants of gods).
** Bloodfiends are vampire demons.
** Kyuss, TheWormThatWalks, created many types of those (in addition to his better-known worm-infested zombies), usually in the form of gigantic vermin like scorpions or, well, worms.
** In ''{{Eberron}}'', the Elves of Aerenal have [[DarkIsNotEvil their own versions of undead called the Deathless]]. These act as their rulers through the Undying Court, and are animated by positive energy rather than the usual Negative energy used by regular undead. Similarly, ''ForgottenRealms'' has baelnorns, a type of good-aligned elf liches.
** And many, many monsters that are considered as undead but were not living creatures at all (like nightshades), are composed from many creatures, or are specifically created from nonhumans.
* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} gives us the normal variant of undead, Undead Daemons created from the souls of those killed (NOT turned into the undead) by the undead plague, undead statue robots (wraithguard and wraithlords) Undead Wizard Statue Robots (Wraithseer and Warlock Titans). Undead Robots (necrons) and Undead Mecha (Dreadnoughts to a degree and Nurgle Titans). Surprisingly no Undead Dragons (then again, [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} their fantasy counterpart]] fills in whatever holes it has).
* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyBattle'' has a Regiment of Renown (a mercenary unit with unique rules) made of a cursed undead warrior and the enemies he had killed. The miniature sculptors had a field day devising skeletal versions of many of Warhammer's races.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' has a number of metahumans affected by HMHVV (Human Meta-Human Vampiric Virus), its equivalent of undead. They include the banshee (former elf), goblin (former dwarf), wendigo (former ork) and dzoo-noo-qua (former troll).
** It should be pointed out that HMHVV infectees are not actually undead. They are mutants, yes, but not undead. [[MagicAIsMagicA As one of the fundamental laws of magic in Shadowrun is that you cannot raise the dead]], "True" undead do not exist. Most undead are either dead bodies animated by magic (Think fleshy, magical robots), or possessed by something. The Sheddim (Corpses possessed by spirits from the far planes) are one such examples. As are Zombies (Corpses animated by mages). Cyberzombies are people kept artificially alive through cybernetics, magic, drugs and spirits. Their body is technically "dead", all that mojo is needed to keep it going. Note that all the above can be metahuman, or not.
* In the [[Tabletopgame/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh! card game]], there are quite a few non-human undeads, including the variants of legacy cards (i. e. Summoned Skull -> Archfiend Zombie Skull, Red Eyes Black Dragon -> Red Eyes Zombie Dragon, etc.). Early non-human cards classed as zombies included dragons, ''boats'', and clowns (what?).
* ''{{GURPS}}'' has the Zombie Vehicle spell which is designed with spaceships in mind.
* ''MagicTheGathering'' has an immense number of these, mostly various types of zombie. Zombie goblins, centaurs, ''[[WhenTreesAttack plants and fungi]]'' have all been seen as base cards. And because cards exist that resurrect creatures and give them the zombie subtype, any kind of creature in the game can theoretically be raised as zombies, from skeletons and ghosts to [[ElementalEmbodiment elementals]] and [[LivingStatue artifacts]]. It's probably best not to think too hard about it.
* ''{{Exalted}}'' gives us the Neverborn, who are what happens when the architects of all Creation are killed. As they never foresaw themselves as dying, the cycle of reincarnation can't possibly fit them, so they're stuck fettered to Creation and suffering from eternal gangrene of the soul. Which would explain why they want everything else to die, as that would free them to die as well.
* The NewWorldOfDarkness - particularly ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'' - gives us the Chthonians, mysterious, powerful things that live in the depths of the Underworld. No one actually knows what they ''are'', but speculation paints them as the ghosts of entities that lived long before humanity walked the earth.
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* [[BigBad Moric]] the {{Necromancer}}'s undead Dracelon from ''{{Mardek}} 2''. Comes from Moric and Rohoph's homeworld of Anshar; it's basically a dragon with three legs plus a WaveMotionTuningFork claw. Moric's droma servants are probably undead too.
** He even added cybernetic parts to the dracelon, making it an [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot alien dragon zombie cyborg]].
** The ''{{Mardek}}'' series so far has also featured zombie versions of normal dragons, monsters (which are a specific species in this {{verse}}), and [[GoddamnBats fumerats]].
* The ''ValkyrieProfile'' series features zombie dragons as bosses and subbosses.
* There are zombie dragon bosses in ''BreathOfFireIII''.
* The roguelike game ''{{Nethack}}'' has zombie and mummy giants, elves, dwarves, orcs and gnomes along with the regular ol' human variant.
** You can also zap most corpses with wands of undead turning to bring monsters and animals back to life.
* The humorous text-based adventure game, ''KingdomOfLoathing'', has an undead monster in the Misspelled Cemetary area called The [[MyNaymeIs Bonerdagon]]. It's an undead dragon made of bones, but it might also be an undead dagon made of boners.
** There was a special event that led players to visit a ZombieApocalypse future which features the main town with various enemies turned zombies, including the usual clowns, half-orcish hobos, lizardmen and gnolls, to some of the more bizarre enemies like yeast beasts, n00bs, asparagus cans and... zmobies from the aforementioned Misspelled Cemetary.
--> This is a zmobie who got sick and died again, then came back to life again as a zombie. That makes sense, right?
* In the ''SuperMario'' series, there are various NonHumanUndead creatures. A staple of the series is the [[DemBones Dry Bones]], a reanimated Koopa skeleton. The ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' series adds variations of Dry Bones, along with other NonHumanUndead (e.g. [[BonusBoss Bonetail]] from ''The Thousand Year Door'' and Bonechill of ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'')
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'' has the undead Scourge side, and their ranks include more than undead humans. They also have undead spider-men called Crypt Fiends, undead elves called banshees, and a super flying undead dragon with ice breath. Plus, generic skeletons can be made with the corpses of any species. ''Frozen Throne'' later has Skeleton Orc creeps.
** Later on in VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft, when Death Knights became playable it meant that you could have an undead version of every race: dwarves, gnomes, werewolves, goblins, elves... You could even have an [[UpToEleven Undead Death Knight]], meaning a human who died, was raised from the dead, then was killed and THEN risen from the dead ''again''.
** Averted with the Worgen (werewolves) whose curse makes them immune to undeath. Some people deliberately let themselves be bitten for this very reason.
* Any kind of living creature in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' can have a zombie or skeletal version, including monsters like dragons, giants, and imps.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' loves undead monsters, even if they're not human. Many of the monster types have an undead version. Examples include undead wolves, undead war horses, undead vampire bats, undead slimes, and undead ''[[ActionBomb bombs]]''. There's also the requisite undead boss who is a ConjoinedTwins demon with visible skull.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' had a FlyingSeafoodSpecial Zombie whale.
** And in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'', there was the boss of the Castle of Ordeals, a Zombie Dragon, as well as a few other monster undead.
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' featured the Undead Core, which was possessed by the evil Doctor. Also, Ballos.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} 2'' necromancers can get the ability to animate the corpses of their enemies as they were in life instead of somehow ending up with humanoid skeletons, as happens before this.
** VideoGame/DiabloIII gives us the Witch Doctor class, who can raise zombie dogs and the "Gargantua", who is made from an undead bear.
* In ''BattleForWesnoth'' the sprite and characteristics of a living corpse depend on who it was before death: mounted corpses move faster, gnome corpses have better defence in mountains, and so on.
* In the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series, the T-Virus infects ''everything''. Zombie dogs, birds and plants are common, and we've seen oversized mutant snakes, sharks, worms, crocodiles, lions, an ''elephant''...
* One of the five inhabitants of the Nether in ''{{Minecraft}}'' are Zombie Pigmen, which are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* Though it is hard to classify the objects in question as "undead", as they were never really "alive", [[TheVirus the bacteria]] in ''{{Extermination}}'' has the ability to infect quite literally anything. This includes water, security turrets and at one point a train.
* The Necropolis faction in ''Videogame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' often deploys [[{{Dracolich}} bone dragons and ghost dragons]], but in ''Might and Magic: Heroes VI'' they deploy lamusu, undead sphinxes and namtarus, undead SpiderPeople instead. According to each unit's description, the namtarus are servants of the necromancer's goddess, Asha, while the lamusu were the result of a bizarre experiment which magically crossbred humans with manticores. The experiment was deemed a failure because most lamusu were susceptible to their own venom and died soon after birth, but the necromancers discovered they became powerful undead when resurrected.
* ''VagrantStory'' includes zombie variants of several of the games enemies as optional {{Bonus Boss}}es: zombie [[ALoadOfBull minotaur]], zombie [[OurOgresAreHungrier ogre]], and [[{{Dracolich}} zombie dragon]].
* Undead wolves appear in multiple games of Franchise/TheElderScrolls series, called bonewolves in [[Videogame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Bloodmoon]], skinned hounds in [[Videogame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion The Shivering Isles]] and death hounds in [[Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Dawnguard]]. Dawnguard also gives the player the ability to summon Arvak, an undead HellishHorse.
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'', two of [[VampireMonarch Carmilla's]] servants are demons she turned.
* The ExpansionPack for ''VideoGame/BlackAndWhite 2'' pits you against an undead ''god''. It sucks just as much as it sounds.
* ''TheLegendofZeldaTwilightPrincess'' features canine versions of the familiar Stalfos called Stalhounds.
* ''Videogame/{{Sacred}}'' has multiple examples, including undead horses, undead cattle, undead goblins, undead trolls, and a DracoLich.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Terrorcon_%28Prime%29 Terrorcons]] of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' are Zombie HumongousMecha, reanimated by Dark Energon as horriffic, mindless, savage berserkers that look like they bashed their way out of Hell's junkyard and straight into your nightmares. That Megatron is ''proud'' of [[{{Necromancer}} creating them]] speaks volumes about both [[NightmareFuel the Terrorcons]] and Megatron.
* D'Compose of the WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}} is a giant undead dinosaur-looking EldritchAbomination whose merest touch can transform others into giant, undead abominations until [[UndeathAlwaysEnds revived by]] [[WeaksauceWeakness sunlight]].
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