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->''"If you're going to get into every Tom, Dick, and rage virus reimagining of zombies, we will be here all night. Romero zombies are the only zombies; we literally '''cannot''' advance this conversation otherwise!"''
-->-- '''Dan''', ''Website/{{Cracked}} WebVideo/AfterHours''

The word "zombie" originated in the voudon beliefs of the Caribbean and West Africa, referring to a body "revived" and enslaved by a sorcerer. (Some of the oldest aspects of zombie appearance are actually symptoms of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrodotoxin#Tetrodotoxin_poisoning tetrodotoxin]] poisoning, a neurotoxin that may have been used in certain voudon rituals, though the Other Wiki dismisses the possibility on the grounds of not enough similarities between the two.) In this form, it has been known in America since the late 19th century. However, it wasn't until the 1960s that Creator/GeorgeARomero's ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' attached the word to the living dead who eat the flesh of the living. (Note, however, that the flesh-eaters in that movie are [[NotUsingTheZWord never referred to as "zombies,"]] and Romero himself didn't consider them zombies, preferring "[[OurGhoulsAreCreepier ghouls]].")

As ''Night'' was accidentally entered into the public domain due to an error in the end credits, it quickly became the object of imitation and emulation by many other directors. Most zombie invasion stories, even those not explicitly based on Romero's films, follow the same conventions, though there are major points of contention. While Romero is responsible for most of the "general" zombie conventions, the more specific and visible zombie tropes are more often inspired by the later works of John Russo, ''Night'''s co-writer. Most zombie movies mix-and-match conventions from the Romero and Russo canons. The Russo canon in particular is the reason most people will respond with "Braaaiinnnns" when zombies come up in conversation, and most depictions along those lines are references to it. Zombie canon was turned on its head with the release of ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' in 2002, which heavily influenced and popularized the modern trend of super-fast, super-angry zombies (usually infected sort-of-alive humans as opposed to the reanimated dead) that has carried over to numerous works of fiction and entertainment.

The most common zombie archetypes are as follows:
* ArtificialZombie: Reanimated by science!
** FrankensteinsMonster: The famous creation of [[Franchise/{{Frankenstein}} Dr. Frankenstein]], who is common enough in pop culture to have his own trope.
* FleshEatingZombie: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Zombies that eat the flesh of the living.]] Dead corpses that have been reanimated by either magic or other supernatural means, or if the reasons for reanimation are simply left unexplained. "Romero" zombies refer to this type.
* ParasiteZombie: For when the plague comes in the form of parasites.
* PlagueZombie: Created by a virus or other such communicable disease. Often overlaps with FleshEatingZombie and/or TechnicallyLivingZombie.
* RevenantZombie: A zombie that has returned for some driving purpose, retaining (to at least some degree) their living personality and memories of their previous existence.
* TechnicallyLivingZombie: When zombies are transformed, living victims rather than reanimated corpses. Often overlaps with PlagueZombie.
* VoodooZombie: Brought back by voodoo magic to serve their master. As noted above, the original meaning of "zombie" before George Romero's FleshEatingZombie concept replaced it in popular culture.

Skin color of zombies can also vary widely, ranging from normal color to greens, blues, grays and even other colors. See the AttractiveZombie, where a zombie's nature doesn't stop them from being seen as good-looking in-universe. Their gait can also vary, from limping, sliding their feet on the ground or have the "arms forward" stance, and the more modern variant, the running zombie.

See also EverythingsDeaderWithZombies, ZombieApocalypse, NotAZombie. NotUsingTheZWord happens when creatures that otherwise fit the profile perfectly are not ''called'' zombies. EliteZombie is this trope combined with EliteMook. Most zombies are NightOfTheLivingMooks, and SlaveMooks. TheNecromancer is a common source of magical zombies.

Contrast the IncongruouslyDressedZombie, who only ''looks'' different.

Subtrope of TheUndead
!!Examples that defy easy categorisation:


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The zombies from ''Manga/ApocalypseNoToride'' are diverse. Some are your typical plague, fleshing eating zombies, while others morph into strange looking creatures with almost super human abilities. And let's not forget the HiveQueen.
* The Titans from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' are not undead, but bear some of the characteristics of zombies. They are mindless beings that relentlessly seek to devour humans, can only be killed by a targeted attack to a specific area, do not experience pain, and ignore anything that isn't human. [[spoiler: Then there's the hint that the horde that appeared ''inside'' the Walls used to be the people from Connie's village, and someone (commonly thought to be the Beast Titan) infected them.]]
* The abyss feeders from ''Manga/{{Claymore}}''. A new class of "warriors" made by the Organization, they are created from the flesh of Awakened Beings instead of regular yoma. Unlike their Claymore counterparts, who retain their humanity in spite of being half monster, abyss feeders have no sense of self or humanity, and are only driven by the desire to eat the flesh of Abyssal Ones, by which they relentlessly track their target by being given a piece of their flesh. What makes them more zombie-like is their lanky and ungainly gait, eyes that are sewn shut, [[HealingFactor rapid regeneration]], and [[MouthStitchedShut sewn-together mouths]] that only become unfastened when they are eating their target ''alive''.
* The eponymous fighters of ''Manga/CorpsePrincess''. They can't pass away peacefully due to their lingering hatred toward something (usually the person who killed them), making them {{Revenant}}s; but it takes the Monks' esoteric magic (relatively-benign voodoo) to prevent them from degenerating into standard zombies. [[spoiler:They ''will'' degenerate into standard zombies regardless, it's an AwfulTruth.]] Their enemies are standard zombies.
* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' has several different types such as {{jiangshi}} (who suffer from rigor mortis), {{mumm|y}}ies (with dry skin), [[FrankensteinsMonster Frankensteins]] (who are artificially created undead from scratch), early zombies (who lacked proper preservation and need to stay cold to avoid decay) and the regular modern zombies that get artificial formaldehyde-based blood and an artificial heart to keep it pumping. While zombies are created by a virus that's spread by being bitten, it's said to be extremely weak: a healthy human won't even get sick before their body fights off the infection, they must be close to death already before the zombie virus can transform them. All zombies retain their human intellect provided that their brains are kept from decaying, and failing to makes them stupid but relaxed and easygoing, not feral monsters. The process causes so few changes that [[spoiler: a young girl that Lala deliberately turned into a zombie to stop her from dying didn't even realize she was a zombie until Miss Smith pointed out that she wasn't breathing and her heart wasn't beating anymore]].
* In ''LightNovel/TheEmpireOfCorpses'' zombies are manmade workers of varying intelligence referred to as Frankensteins. They are also the main source of infantry in military battles, and some can even be made into skilled fighters.
* The Immortal Legion in ''Series/FullmetalAlchemist'' are effectively zombies as they are human souls implanted into mannequins driven mad and trying to eat people. Since they don't need their body to live this makes them impossible to kill by ordinary means. Mustang is able to incinerate them but other than that the best solution is to remove their jaws so they can't devour people.
* Kikyo from ''Manga/InuYasha'' was created from her ashes and grave soil and powered by the souls of the dead. {{Revenant}}, artificial, and voodoo minus the control.
* Ayumu from ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'' was revived by the {{Necromancer}} Eucliwood Hellscythe and is looking for his killer. With MagicalGirl [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot powers]]... revenant mixed with voodoo.
* Sports Max's stand (Limp Bizkit), in ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Part 6'', not only does it bring back the dead as zombies, they also become INVISIBLE.
** In Part 1 (and possibly Part 2 and 3[[note]]Part 2 and 3 are less clear about the difference between a zombie and vampire. Straizo is explicitly called a vampire but it can't be said that the Pillar Men's minions are vampires or less deformed zombies. Part 3's Nukesaku and Vanilla Ice could be as much vampires as zombies due to Dio giving them his extract to empower them.[[/note]]), a zombie is a human infected by a Vampire's extract and is given powerful healing abilities at the expense of being deformed into horrifying abominations and losing their humanity and free will with only two zombie are spared of this, Tarkus and Bruford.
* The "Kabane" of ''Anime/KabaneriOfTheIronFortress'' are [[LightningBruiser super-fast, super-tough]] monsters with glowing veins and hearts that are literally as hard as iron, making them exceptionally difficult to kill. They also infect people by biting, and the show's [[AllThereInTheManual official website]] details two infection methods: 1) an almost instantaneous infection that transforms the victim within seconds, or 2) a slower infection that takes up to 24 hours during which the victim still retains the ability to speak and reason. [[spoiler: Stopping the virus's progress before it reaches the brain turns a human into a Kabaneri, granting them the speed and strength of a Kabane but retaining human sanity, but still leaving them at risk of mutation.]]
* ''Manga/KingdomOfZombie'': It's a very standard approach to the zombies themselves, but the story takes place in a medieval setting where zombies are a widespread problem, but life continues as most people live in walled-off cities. The main protagonist wants to join in a Zombie Expedition to help clear out some zombies and make the world safer, and even possibly track down the source of the problem.
* The [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique jutsu Summoning: Impure World Resurrection]] from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is complicated. To begin with, it forces the soul of a dead person who has passed to the "Pure World" (the afterlife) back into the "Impure World" (the mortal world) to obey their summoner, making them {{Voodoo Zombie}}s. At the same time, the jutsu actually works by using a living human as a basis onto which the appearance, memories, personality, and abilities of the deceased are grafted, hence them also being {{Artificial Zombie}}s. The culmination of the jutsu implements a seal that overrides their free will completely and compels them to pursue a single goal relentlessly, leading to {{Revenant}}. To resurrect somebody as a zombie requires both a sample of their DNA and access to their soul, meaning that those whose souls are eaten by the {{Shinigami}} cannot be resurrected.
** The Mind Control is provided by a separate technique that is not required to bring them back to life, they would just make bad CannonFodder without it. The resurrected can ignore the control with enough willpower.
** The only way to "kill" these zombies is to cancel the jutsu. Killing the person who performed the jutsu does ''not'' cancel it, it simply leaves the zombies to their own devices. And if one of the zombies knows how to perform the jutsu himself, he can free himself [[TheJuggernaut while remaining an unkillable juggernaut with infinite stamina]]. The zombie who does exactly that? [[spoiler:'''[[BiggerBad Madara Uchiha]]'''.]]
** The Six Paths of Pain could also count as Artificial Zombies; they are corpses that [[PhysicalGod Nagato]] can control through the Chakra Receiver Rods implanted all over their bodies.
* Type V and C in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Shadow-Shadow Fruit allows Warlord of the Sea Gecko Moria to steal shadows off living people, and then put them in corpses reconstructed by Dr. Hogback via surgery. These zombies retain the personality traits and fighting abilities of the original owner of the shadow.
* Certain entities in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' are referred to as zombies, but they're really closer to [[OurLichesAreDifferent Liches.]] What are these entities? Well, [[spoiler:the titular Magical Girls themselves.]]
* ''Manga/{{Sankarea}}'' has a potion able to reanimate the recently deceased. These zombies retain their personality and intelligence [[spoiler: but eventually become a Russo zombie: slow, dumb, rotting and having a never ending urge for human flesh]]. Their bite also does not contain any means of making new zombies, but instead acts as a poison, numbing pain in small amounts or paralyzing in large amounts, making their victims unable to escape.
* The zombies in ''Manga/SchoolLive'' first appear like any other zombie but it's later seen that they possess residual memories to the point they seem to repeat habits they did when they were alive, such as former adults being at "work" and former students being in "school". In the anime, they are fairly content to leave the girls alone as long as they aren't startled and in general, seem to act like people in a constant psychotic daze. [[spoiler: After being bitten, Megu-nee was able to regain part of her memories and tried to hide herself away from the girls so she wouldn't hurt them.]]
* When people die in ''LightNovel/SundayWithoutGod'', nothing really changes except the fact that they decay. They're still like normal humans, only they don't age or need to eat or sleep, and the only way they can truly die is if they're properly buried by a certain kind of gravekeeper.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The zombified heroes from ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies'' are a mix between flesh-eating and revenant (at least intellect-wise); it's not known if they are plague-bearing as well, because the fourth series revealed that the chain of events that led to their state was, in the first place, [[spoiler:caused by a StableTimeLoop in which the "original" remaining Marvel Zombies ended up in another universe (one that was parallel to ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' in the lead up to ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'') and infected their version of the Sentry - who, in turn, went on to spread the infection to their home universe]].
** Of course they're plague-bearing, many heroes were infected through bite.
** In the fifth series, a team heads to four different {{Alternate Universe}}s suffering a ZombieApocalypse, and in each one the zombies are different: WeirdWest {{Plague Zombie}}s; ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' {{Artificial Zombie}}s; [[KingArthur Arthurian]] {{Revenant Zombie}}s; and TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture {{Technically Living Zombie}}s. There's even a classification system, in which shambling Plague Zombies are "[[Creator/GeorgeARomero Romeros]]" and intelligent revenants are "[[Franchise/EvilDead Raimis]]".
* The main ([=titular=]) character in ''ComicBook/WormwoodGentlemanCorpse'' is a mix of parasite and revenant types. He is a psychic worm that hides in the skull of cadavers, animating them to his will. He doesn't particularly like eating brains (prefers a pint of lager instead) and generally finds himself cleaning up the magical issues of pretty much everyone. While he can switch between corpses, he has a preferred body which most people seem to recognize. It's also preferred because he is psychically linked, meaning he feels whatever the body is subjected to (although not pain, otherwise he would be comatose from shock). Note that the corpse is nothing but an empty vessel for Wormwood, which means the parasite IS the revenant. [[spoiler:This is played with to good effect when Wormwood leaves his corpse in the first full story to find the BigBad. If he hadn't, he would've been flung from the corpse and most likely squished.]]
* The zombies in the IDW {{crossover}} comic ''Infestation: Outbreak'' consume flesh and infect the victims, looking like rotting corpses. They are also somehow able to infect machines (thanks to {{magitek}} called Artillica) and other undead (which results in a vampire/zombie hybrid). All zombies are guided by a [[HiveMind single intelligence]] known as the Undermind, whose eternal hunger is shared by all zombies. These zombies are then spread to other worlds, including ''[[Comicbook/GIJoeIDW GI Joe]]'', ''[[Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse Star Trek]]'', ''Comicbook/{{Transformers|IDW}}'', and ''Comicbook/{{Ghostbusters}}''.
* Disney/DonaldDuck was once stalked by a Zombie called Bombie the Zombie. He was of the Voodoo variety and had to hand a cursed doll which shrank him, mistaking him for [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] who was a [[OldShame absolute jerk]] to this Voodoo priest who then sent said Zombie after him.
* The lushly illustrated ApocalypticLog chronicle ''ComicBook/ZombiesARecordOfTheYearOfInfection'' features a mishmash of flesh-eating and a variation/combination of plague-bearing and "other." They're flesh-eating because [[CaptainObvious they eat human flesh]], but are "other" since they're the result of a toxic food additive which causes insanity and sepsis rather than a virus or plague (making the title "''Year of Infection''" somewhat inaccurate). Where they're plague-bearing is the fact that the toxin can be transmitted through saliva via a bite. This also begs the question of whether or not they're actually undead or just insane, crazy rotting cannibals.
* The zombies in the ''ZMD'' (from the mind of Creator/KevinGrevioux, the guy behind the ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' movies) comics are a mix of flesh-eating and plague-bearing. However, they were specifically designed by the US government to be deployed in conflict areas instead of living troops. In order to contain the threat, a build-in fail-safe causes them to sublimate when [[WeakenedByTheLight exposed to the sun]] (which means they also get a vampire trait). They are exceptionally strong, able to literally tear body parts off their victims or punch through someone's ribcage. The problem appears when one of the prototypes goes missing following a deployment in the Middle East. Apparently, the zombie experiences FailsafeFailure and is able to walk in the sun. The scientist in charge of the project is very concerned, fearing the zombie virus could mutate into an airborne form. They send the protagonist, a veteran soldier named Drake to find and destroy the runaway zombie, who is terrorizing towns in the Middle East, creating an army of zombies. Additionally, it turns out that the zombie virus works on other species too. At least two animal species are found infected: dogs and camel spiders. There is a cure of sorts, but it has to be injected within the hour of exposure, or the infection is irreversible. All zombies rot very quickly. Additionally, any zombie resulting from the bite of the mutated zombie is immune to sunlight.
** It's also revealed that not all zombies are mindless creatures. The runaway prototype is capable of speech and exerts some sort of control over the others.
* Played for laughs in Calvin and Hobbes when Calvin pretends to be a zombie.
--> '''Calvin:''' "Horribly, the undead feed upon the living! ... although, in a pinch, a PBJ will do, if you eat it messily enough."
* ''ComicBook/TheGoon'':
** The Zombie Priest's soldiers are typically voodoo-reanimated mindless cannibals with a couple of exceptions:
** The Buzzard is a bizarre kind of "anti-zombie" created by a zombie-raising spell being cast on a living human rather than a corpse. He's fully sentient, apparently immortal (although he [[AgeWithoutYouth looks all his hundred years or more]]), and has a craving to feed on the flesh of the undead.
** Willie Nagel, who retains his intelligence and seems uninterested in eating people. When asked why he's not mindless like the others, Willie surmises that most people were already zombies in life, but as a con-man and free thinker who always lived outside the system, he was immune.
* ''ComicBook/ShadowMan'' from the comic series and games, would be an example here. He's explicitly a zombie through voodoo, though only at night, or in Deadside. Otherwise, he's a living human.
* Creator/MarvelComics called its voodoo zombies "zuvembies" to get around a [[UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Comics Code]] prohibition (see above). The "zuvembie" name came from a Creator/RobertEHoward short story, "Pigeons From Hell," and wasn't really all that zombie-like, as summarized on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuvembie The Other Wiki]].
* In ''Comicbook/DeathVigil'', Sam is often assisted in his fights by a boatload of ''draugr'' he has bound to serve him after a trip to Norway in the past. [[BoisterousBruiser They're actually pretty cool with it, mainly because it gives them a chance to kick some ass.]] He describes them to Clara as [[HornyVikings "Viking Superzombies,"]] which is a healthy dose of ShownTheirWork: ''Draugr'' are undead creatures, and are among the most powerful of all ''wights'', in Germanic mythology (unlike the ''Skyrim'' example below, where they're treated as standard mook fare).
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'':
** The Dark Judges skirt the line between some sort of [[RevenantZombie revenant]] and [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghosts]], as they're unkillable spirits occupying dead bodies. They could even be described as a [[OurLichesAreDifferent lich]] given their array of supernatural powers in addition to their undead state. Though Judge Death [[InsistentTerminology hates being called a zombie]], since it implies [[VoodooZombie subservience to a master]].
** [[FleshEatingZombie Romero-style zombies]] show up as mooks during "Judgement Day", when the world faces a ZombieApocalypse. There's also Sabbat's former school bully, Den, who is brought back as a zombie with his mind intact as Sabbat's plaything. One story set in the aftermath of Judgement Day shows one citizen having died and come back to life shifting constantly between normal human behaviour and a desire to eat human brains.
** Chief Judge Silver was murdered and brought back as a revenant by the Dark Judges, retaining his memories but gaining no powers aside from being a walking corpse.
* ''ComicBook/{{Zombo}}'': "Normal" zombies are flesh-eating, and turn everyone they bite into more of them provided there's even something left before zombification kicks in. They retain their intellect, but they're deadset on making everyone "Like Us!". Zombo himself (and Obmoz, his EvilCounterpart) is more of a FrankensteinsMonster-type creature, the result of combining human with zombie DNA to create a SuperSoldier who obeys human commands. He still has a taste for living flesh, though.
* ''ComicBook/RequiemChevalierVampire'': Zombies are what normal sinners become in Hell when they die and are the lowest strata of the social classes.
* The are at least two distinct types of zombie in ''ComicBook/{{Arrowsmith}}''. One an ArtificialZombie that is created by a weapon of mass destruction: a magical gas that kills anyone who breathes it and then raises them as a zombie. The other is the traditional VoodooZombie, who are seen serving as part of the Gallian colonial troops.

* In ''FanFic/GameOfTouhou'', the wights resemble the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' original Others, but they're different in the sense of being weak to quicksilver, has near instantaneous reanimation, [[spoiler:and are subject to warging, which mean they can 'remote-controlled', the method from which the BiggerBad controls the geopolitical map behind the scenes.]]
* ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' has the Shroud, which is essentially a combination of the Flood from ''Halo'' and the Necromorphs from ''Dead Space''. Large parasites cause rapid and BodyHorror-filled mutation in organic matter, and the resulting monster is both extremely fast and extremely deadly. Multiply them by several ''trillion'' and it's not hard to see why Shroud are considered the greatest threat to the denizens of the galaxy. [[spoiler: And Dark Tails can control them]].
* In Chapter 3 of [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10255230/1/Canid this MCU fanfic]] the characters have to go against the draugur. They're mostly based in Norse mythology, as should be obvious from the name, but have elements of modern conceptions of both vampires and zombies, as well as the mysterious ability to either know the future or remember the previous Ragnorak.
* In ''Fanfic/TheBigFourCjupsherSeries'', there are many different kinds roaming the world.
** Sally/Ragdoll is a patchwork entity created by Dr. Finkelstein using Dr. Frankenstein's notes
** Jack Skellington/The Pumpkin King is a powerful skeleton sorcerer from an afterlife beyond.
** Emily is a dead-bride that plays the piano in Bone-jangle's tavern.
** Mention of many different afterlives are prevalent, most notably the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten.
* Sanguis Cruciatus of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic series, ''FanFic/ShatteredDimensions'', is a Revenant-type, and his undead soldiers are Revenant-types brought back by Necromancy.
* In the [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra The Legend of Korra]] fanfic [[FanFic/BookFiveLegends Book Five: Legends]], the walking dead men resemble zombies, but are in fact animated by [[spoiler:sandbending and mixed with dark spiritual energy]] to follow a single controlling influence. Continue fighting despite blows to the head and require total immolation to destroy.
* In the ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' fanfic [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/7390630/chapters/16787725 Daily Odd Life with Monster Girls]], Naki and her sister Hana were created by a MadScientist (making them more akin to Flesh Golems), and their hands, arms and legs are connected to their bodies with magnets so that they can be removed easily. They canít control their limbs unless theyíre attached to their bodies, though.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'': The zombies that reside in HalloweenTown seem to be revenants, while Sally is an ArtificialZombie. Interestingly, both Sally and [[DemBones Jack]], despite being {{Undead}}, have the need to eat and sleep, can be killed, and, depending on if you take the epilogue poem on the soundtrack to be {{Canon}}, [[spoiler: even have children]].
* The zombies from ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'' are actually the good guys, returning from the grave to protect Scooby and the gang from the real villains. At least two of them can manifest as ghosts but the rest--pirates, gangsters, Civil War soldiers, tourists, etc.--are lumbering, non-flesh-eating but fleshy zombies. They were the result of [[spoiler: the remaining original inhabitants of the islands performing an arcane ceremony to a feline deity to get revenge on the pirates. This granted them a werecat form and immortality. [[FateWorseThanDeath However, the immortality worked by stealing the life force of others, leaving them as zombies.]] This is why they help the gang stop the villains. In fact, the spirit of a Confederate soldlier thanks them before passing on.]] These zombies are also completely self-aware and use their horrid appearance to try to [[spoiler: scare people away so they don't suffer the same fate as them.]] The zombies also only rise on the day of the harvest moon, and don't seem to have the need to eat, and as mentioned above can also manifest as ghosts.
* Zombies are bellhops in ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania''.
* The Spanish animated movie ''Soy un zombi'' (I'm a Zombie) about a teen-age girl that finds herself turn into a zombie and meets a variety of undead characters.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Cyril the zombie from ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'' is depicted as otherwise decent guy during his off-hours outside his game. In fact, he is depicted as possessing a simpleminded wisdom that is nevertheless valid advice.
-->'''Cyril:''' Ralph, Zangief saying, labels not make you happy. You must love you.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The zombies from ''Film/{{REC}}'' are infected by a virus made by Satan.
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'', Blackbeard's officers are the Voodoo type; mindlessly obedient to their 'creator', with no interest in eating anyone.
* In Jean Rollin's ''The Grapes of Death'', farm pesticides cause bouts of violent insanity in residents of France's wine-producing region. An inadvertent artificial with elements of plague-bearing, but they aren't infectious, have lucid periods, and can recover completely.
* ''Film/{{Zombieland}}''. A mix of flesh-eating and plague-bearing.
* The zombies in ''Film/TheDeadMatter'' most closely resemble voodoo, as they're completely controlled by whoever holds the scarab and die when it' deactivated, but they can also operate somewhat independently and apparently can spread their effect...somehow.
* Every zombie from the movies of ''Film/ResidentEvil'', as they are plague-bearing and flesh-eating
* Amando de Ossorio's movie ''Tombs of the Blind Dead'' (1971) has zombies that are the corpses of the actual [[KnightTemplar Knights Templar]] who return as the result of an ancient curse combined with a young woman disturbing their land. Their motivation is the continuation of their rituals, giving them elements of voodoo and the revenant. They also drink human blood, giving them hints of the flesh-eating zombies. This movie also had three sequels by the same director, ''Return of the Blind Dead'' (1973), ''The Ghost Galleon'' (1974), and ''Night of the Seagulls'' (1975).
* ''Film/WarmBodies'' has two types of zombies; Corpses and Skeletons, also known as Fleshies and Bonies. Corpses are fully sentient, but have such little control over their zombie instincts that they're really just Romero Zombies with an inner monologue. They can use tools, speak single words occasionally, and they're one of the few examples of zombies in fiction that [[spoiler:can be cured. With [[ThePowerOfLove love]]]]. Boneys, on the other hand are simply super-zombies; despite having no skin and very little muscle remaining, they are fast, powerful, skinny zombies.
* The Italian SoBadItsGood flick ''Film/BurialGroundTheNightsOfTerror'' (1981) has a horde of zombies awakened by a professor who stumbled upon an ancient curse. The zombies attack the professor and a nearby group of people, killing them and eating their flesh, and causing their victims to rise as zombies themselves.
* The [[SoBadItsGood brilliantly awful]] [[TheEighties '80s]] flick ''Hard Rock Zombies'' features a localized ZombieApocalypse started by--wait for it--an eerie bass riff discovered by glam rocker protagonist Jessie. The first zombies, that of the unnamed protagonist band, are revenants, as their first act is to get revenge against those who killed them, then they go to a scheduled concert and rock out. Those who they kill, however, also rise as zombies and kill others, who continue the process. Given the origins of the zombies, they could arguably be voodoo (the "curse," in this case, being the music), as there is no mention of a plague and those killed rise as zombies no matter what methods are used to kill them. Some are flesh-eating zombies, and one little mutant midget zombie actually ''eats himself from the feet up.''
* In the B-Movie ''Film/MyBoyfriendsBack'', the protagonist is a revenant and flesh-eating. Revenant in that he comes back to life to take his beloved to prom after she says yes in his dying wish. Flesh-eating in that, to prevent rotting, he has to eat human flesh.
* Most of the zombies in Creator/LucioFulci's zombie flicks have a voodoo origin but flesh-eating behavior, such as in ''Film/CityOfTheLivingDead'', ''Film/TheBeyond'', and ''Film/{{Zombi 2}}''.
* The zombies in ''Film/PoultrygeistNightOfTheChickenDead'' are a combination of voodoo and flesh-eating. They're also chicken zombies.
* ''Film/TheDead'' brings us zombies of an undetermined type on the plains of Africa. Unlike most recent examples of the living dead these are completely silent and extremely slow.
* In the Australian zombie flick ''{{Film/Wyrmwood}}'', the zombies are pretty stock... except their exhalations can be used as fuel.
* ''Film/ProWrestlersVsZombies'' switches the tropes around as necessary. At the beginning, the zombies are all traditional [[ZombieGait Romero zombies]] and are created either by a particular ritual or by biting living humans. Later in the film, they start sprinting and Angus, the main villain, starts summoning zombies from their graves. During the film, they frequently survive horrendous injury and other times, they can be killed just like any human by enough trauma. The wrestlers turned zombie seem to operate more intelligently in general, still busting out their trademark moves and seemingly being able to comprehend more complex maneuvers to go after their prey than simply shambling towards them and waiting for them to fall when climbing.
* Of course there's the ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead'' series, which has zombies obsessed with eating brains. Their mobility seems to depend on how advanced their decomposition is, but unlike many other examples retain much of the critical thinking and problem solving skills they had in life.
* Mick and Pnub from ''Film/IdleHands'' are undead stoners who returned from the dead because... well...
-->''Mick:'' I mean, there was this bright white light at the end of a long tunnel, right, and there was these chicks' voices, and that music...
-->''Pnub:'' Yeah, kinda uncool music, like, Enya. And these chicks' voices, they were saying, "come to us, come towards the light".
-->''Mick:'' We figured, fuck it, I mean, it was really far!
* The French film "Les Revenants" or "They Came Back" deals with zombies that despite being dead within a 10 year range on some, have not decayed, do not crave human flesh and brains. They just one day walked calmly out of their cemetery as if they had been in a long sleep. However, they are sluggish and actually no longer live in our "reality". They have what is termed an "Echo and Memory" reality (echoing what seems like normal behavior and recalling how they might've been in their daily lives). They do tend to group together and migrate throughout the town. It is never explained why they rose and where/why they went when they decided to leave. The film focuses more on how the living's psyche would react when their loved ones rose than what the zombies are up to.
* The zombies in ''{{Film/Nightmare City}}'' take the cake as far as being nebulously-defined. They run around like humans and kill other humans with guns, knives and whatever they've got available, yet despite being intelligent, they never speak. They do consume human flesh and blood, but seemingly as an afterthought. Some of them have more caked oatmeal on their faces than others; some seem almost normal. How new zombies are made is totally unexplained, and whether or not headshots are needed to kill them differs from scene to scene.
* ''Film/{{Deadgirl}}'': The type and origin of the dead girl's condition is not revealed. While she appears driven to try to bite her captors, whether this is in an attempt to eat their flesh or simply as a means to escape is left unclear. Her bite is shown to infect others, however, which J.T. plans to use to find a replacement for her.
* When ''Film/ZombieProm'''s Jonny Warner returns from the dead, all that changes is his skin is green. And all he wants to do is take his girlfriend to the prom.
* In the B-movie, ''Film/RobotHolocaust'', the mutants that roam "The Wastelands".
* The "dolls" in ''Film/TheDevilDoll'' aren't actually dead. When the MadScientist shrinks people down to eight inches tall, they are still alive, but they are in a sort of stasis or suspended animation, and look just like dolls. But the MadScientist has the power to use {{Telepathy}} to turn the "doll" into a tiny mind-controlled slave that will do his will.
* In ''Film/{{Cooties}}'', the premise is an elementary school is afflicted by a virus that turns anyone who hasn't entered puberty into a zombie. Cue hordes of zombie kids who can turn off electricity, ride tricycles, smash cellphones and climb through vents.
* The zombies in ''Film/WickedLittleThings'' are resurrected byba hunger for revenge and will only be dated by the blood of their killer [[spoiler:or one of their relatives]]. They kill any other beings they come across, though.
* The zombies in ''Film/{{Lifeforce}}'' are the result of a space vampire sucking the [[LifeEnergy life force]] of a human victim, leaving a shriveled husk behind. The husk will try to suck the life force on humans as soon as possible, spreading the curse, otherwise it will explode into dust after two hours (a limitation that the vampires themselves do not have).
* ''Film/TheVoid'': Most of the monsters are essentially zombies, being the mutated bodies of humans with souls from the Void placed inside them. They would certainly qualify as undead of some kind, though destroying the brain does not actually work.
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' illustrated this by featuring different types of zombies in the same film. There are your standard Romero-esque {{Flesh Eating Zombie}}s who attack the facility at the end, but the ones faced by the main characters are described as a "Redneck Zombie Torture Family". They don't eat human flash, are more intelligent as shown by their use of human weapons, and they're only interested in killing and torturing their victims.
* In ''Film/MomAndDad'', people are driven to relentlessly attack and kill their own biological offspring, but only them. They are capable of formulating plans and setting traps in order to do so, but always seem to wind up just flailing at them and savaging them like HatePlague zombies.

* The Zombies in ''Literature/ParadiseRot'' are intelligent only as long as they eat human brains. They can survive on animals, but they start to lose intelligence as they do so. This causes some vampire-esque angst, as some of them don't like killing and eating innocents.
* Russian writer Andrei Kruz invented the All-in-One zombies. They start as classic slow zombies, rotting mindless flesh-eating husks, reanimated by ''solanum''-like virus. After consuming some living flesh, they get faster and smarter, some even able to use simple weapons such as clubs and knives. The more living meat they eat, the more they mutate, eventualy becoming "supers" - fast and powerful monsters with enough regeneration capability to survive concentrated machinegun fire.
* Creator/HansChristianAndersen´s poem ''What the zombie did'' can be particularly confusing in this respect, because a zombie actually is accused of painting better than the great spanish artist ''Murillo''. It turns out to be an african boy with promising skills as an artist, but the Africans, according to Andersen, regard the zombies as benevolent spirits.
* ''Literature/SandmanSlim'' has four types of zombies: Zeds/Zots/High Plains Drifters are the old fashioned mindless eating machines that shamble along, Laccuna are slightly more intelligent running zombies, Savants/Sapiens are intelligent and still retain a soul, and [[spoiler: the Geistwalds are kinda like vampire-zombie-liches]].
* ''Literature/TheRadiantDawn'' has several types of undead. "Mindless" are the basic undead unit that shamble forward and attack on sight. "Cavaliers" are undead that use zombie beasts as mounts and serve as an extension of the psychic command that generals have over the mindless. "Generals", along with antagonists Aaron and Stacie, are intelligent liches that exert psychic control over other undead. "Necromancers" are a specific type of general that can raise corpses as mindless and can open portals between places in the world.
** The creation process for mindless is different than the one for generals. Generals are created in a ritual that is detailed for Aaron and Stacie's conversion. Mindless are raised by necromancers with demonic magic.
** Undead are magically powered and do not need to consume human flesh. They are effectively controllable troops that do not feel fear, cold, or pain and do not need food or sleep.
* ''Literature/ZombiesVsUnicorns'':
** The "Love Will Tear Us Apart" story features a protagonist that is a clear mishmash zombie - he eats brains as the result of an infection, but retains his intelligence and some memory of his previous life, and even [[spoiler: has the capacity to love, aww!]]
** The "Inoculata" story has a lot of plague-bearing zombies, but [[spoiler: the main characters all end up infected with the disease, but in such a way that they aren't... zombie like. The other zombies don't bother them (i.e. try to eat them), and they have some... symptoms, so they're technically zombies, but not. They're inoculated.]]
** Creator/JohnGreen's offering into the Literature/ZombiesVsUnicorns genre was the novella ''Zombicorn'', about a zombie apocalypse caused by a strain of GMO corn that produces zombies that are singlemindedly obsessed with ''corn farming''.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' gives us example of the Revenant (Reg Shoe, Windle Poons temporarily) and Voodoo (Baron Saturday) types, with many implications for but no examples of the Artificial type, mostly revolving around the Igors. There are also a few varieties of Revenant; Shoe and Poons are fully conscious, although they have the problem that they now have to manually control all of their movements which takes time to relearn. There are also non-sentient ones that Shoe doesn't think should count as zombies at all, just "memories on legs" that hang around their crypts.
* In Colin Adams' ''Zombies and Calculus'', the "zombies" are infected with a virus that destroys the higher brain centers. This means that a heart shot is as good as the head, and they can still die from blood loss (and presumably asphyxiation or starvation.) However, this does not explain why they would prey solely on uninfected humans, rather than catching animals or plundering supermarkets.
* The zombies in Seanan [=McGuire's=] short story "Gimme a Z!" are ''usually'' voodoo and flesh-eating, mindlessly following the commands of their creator and requiring meat (not necessarily human) to maintain their existence. The catch is that they must be raised for a specific purpose, and some character traits are so ingrained that raising a zombie to go against those traits creates a revenant that can potentially rebel against its creator. Since this story [[PlayedForLaughs does not take itself remotely seriously]], this means that a cheerleader brought back to [[spoiler:kill her former squadmates]] instead [[spoiler:kills the person who brought her back]] because of the sheer force of her school spirit.
* The draugs featured in ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Old Tin Sorrows]]'' are examples of {{Voodoo Zombie}}s, being reanimated as a dying gesture of payback by Snake's amateurish magic. Before realizing there's more than one, Garrett expects the first one to show itself will specifically target its murderer, suggesting that most draugs in his world are revenants instead.
* [[NotUsingTheZWord Dead Hands]] from the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' trilogy are a combination voodoo and flesh-eating. A Hand is created by a necromancer who summons a minor (usually nonsentient) undead spirit to inhabit and animate a corpse; the resulting creature is completely under the necromancer's control and generally used as a {{Mook}} or for manual labor. If the necromancer is killed or their control is otherwise interrupted, the Hand will begin to wander about aimlessly and will usually attack any living person it stumbles across (though it eats life energy, not flesh or brains). They can't create more of their kind without a {{Necromancer}} or [[OurLichesAreDifferent Greater Dead]] to do it for them.
** More powerful free-willed Dead also exist, which are usually closer to a revenant, though the purpose that drives them is a need to stay in the world of the living. These are usually encountered on their own, but can be enslaved by a greater power to act as EliteMooks. More powerful still are creatues like Mordicants and [[OurLichesAreDifferent Greater Dead]], which quickly move out of this trope.
* ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' by Creator/CharlesStross features zombies (or [[NotUsingTheZWord Residual Human Resources]]) in a mixture of the voodoo and artificial, since sufficiently advanced science ''is'' magic. These zombies take the form of DemonicPossession of a corpse, usually programmed in [[BlackSpeech Old Enochian]] not to eat brains. Great for janitorial tasks, though the RPG book notes that following employee complaints, they are no longer used for food service. (Also, Laundry employees should be noted that decking the zombies in tinsel is discouraged for the holiday season.)
** Of course, if the spirit animating the corpse ''isn't'' bound by spells or {{geas}}es, that's when zombie apocalypses happen. Instead of infecting others with their bite, the demon--a being of electricity--tries to take over the nervous system of its victim in order to devour their soul, and skin is conductive. The living, active soul of a living being is stated to be much "tastier" than the dead informational echoes in a long-dead body.
** Even if a zombie is bound by magic, a "death patterning" can be applied to it so that skin-to-skin contact with it is [[OneHitKill instantly deadly]]. This makes them excellent night guards.
** Zombies which are kept around on a permanent basis are fed [[BrainFood brains]] in order to keep their bodies functioning. But it doesn't need to be ''human'' brains; the Laundry buys cow brains from slaughterhouses for that purpose. It doesn't even need to be brains, it's just that cow brains are a cheap source of the needed fatty acids. In a pinch, the zombies could be fed on [=McDonald's=] milkshakes.
* The flesh-eating undead (they regard "zombie" as a slur) in ''Dust'' by Joan Francis Turner are a more sophisticated version of the standard flesh-eating zombie. They rot, and eat the flesh of humans and animals, but they are still sentient and have strong individual personalities, as well as quite a sophisticated culture. They also aren't infectious, but that rumour exists among living humans as an urban legend.
* Discussed in ''Literature/SpaceMarineBattles'' novel ''Death of Antagonis'', when the Space Marines note that they expected the usual Slow Zombie, but what they got instead is something different they don't understand. [[spoiler:That's because they're of Technically Living variety]].
* The zombies in the ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' novels ''Literature/DeathTroopers'' and ''[[Literature/StarWarsRedHarvest Red Harvest]]'' are a peculiar combination of voodoo, flesh-eating, and plague-bearing. The Blackwing virus, as revealed in ''Red Harvest'', was originally the product of Sith Alchemy (the Dark Side being pretty much the in-universe equivalent of black magic), specifically an immortality potion GoneHorriblyWrong-- the Sith Lord who created it intended for its user to complete the ritual by devouring the heart of a Jedi with a high midichlorian count after infecting himself, but no one ever managed to get that far before becoming a zombie. The virus fell into obscurity for a few millennia, before being rediscovered by the Galactic Empire and reworked through scientific means into a biological weapon. It's primarily spread through bite wounds, and takes effect faster that way, but the Imperial version can also be refined into an airborne agent that takes longer to kick in, but transcends all biohazard containment barriers (except in the case of rare individuals who are immune to it; bites work the same even in their case). The undead themselves share a kind of group consciousness, and while they start out mindless and feral upon reanimation, seeking only to either eat or infect others, they eventually learn and adapt to such a degree that they can operate blasters, lightsabers, and even starfighters. When it comes to fighting them, the usual methods of decapitation and burning work best, while those reanimated by the airborne version have the unique weakness of only being able to operate in an environment that's thoroughly saturated with the plague agent, dropping dead as soon as they leave it.
* The titular character of ''Literature/TheZombieKnight'' seems to have been revived without any of the nasty zombified side effects like flesh-eating and mindlessness, but it is mentioned that should his {{Grim Reaper}} be destroyed or become exhausted, then this could change.
** In fact, the whole tone of the story is very different from normal zombie fiction. It's more of a dark superhero story with a bit of humor. Characters do tend to get brutally killed, though.
* In Literature/TheTomeOfBill zombies seem to be a mix of flesh eating and plague types. Though they don't do much zombieing, as they're all WhiteCollarWorkers for the vampires.
* Zombies from Creator/KevinJAnderson's ''Literature/DanShambleZombiePI'' series seem to arise by sheer luck: one in seventy-five deaths, heavily weighted toward suicides and murder victims, in the wake of the Big Uneasy. The latter may conform to the "revenant" type. Fully sentient creatures, this Verse's zombies may conform to the "flesh-eater" type also, but it's considered a tragic addiction rather than normal zombie behavior. It's mentioned that mad scientists and necromancers sometimes craft the "artificial" and "voodoo" variants, although the former aren't generally referred to as zombies.
* In Literature/TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara we see a particularly terrifying version. Antrax creates zombies by turning captured humanoids into cyborgs literally trapped in their own bodies in an IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream situation. The true horror for the heroes comes not when they see their friends coming at them in chrome zombie chassis, but from looking into their eyes and realizing their friends are still very much aware of what's going on, and silently begging to be killed. Bonus points for going back to the original concept of the zombie as someone enslaved by an evil master, rather than as an epidemic infection.
* The {{Technically Living Zombie}}s in the ''Literature/BlackTideRising'' series, created by a {{Synthetic|Plague}} HatePlague, do eat flesh like Romero zombies, but will turn on other zombies if no other food source presents itself, and can go into hibernation to conserve energy when food is unavailable. Ultimately, however, these can die on their own by starving to death, and don't require [[BoomHeadshot headshots]] or AppliedPhlebotinum weaponry to kill.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's short story "Pigeons From Hell", there's a creature called the ''zuvembie'', which is a strange mix of Voodoo zombie (it's created through a combination of ritual and an applied potion), revenant (it has no master and is free-willed enough to kill for vengeance, or just ForTheEvulz), and Technically Living (bullets will take it out). It also has some magical powers not associated with the usual zombie.
* Necromancers in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' create zombies who act more like the Terminator than traditional zombies. They are extremely fast, incredibly strong, and resilient to attacks that would destroy regular zombies in seconds (To quote the main character: "What's the use of a foot soldier who can't do anything but hobble along and moan about brains?"). They are also not [[TyrannosaurusRex limited to being humans.]]
** Part of the reason for the above is that a Zombie gains more power due to the "footprint" left by the corpse, which gets deeper (and thus more powerful) the older the corpse is. The ones used by the necromancers in ''Dead Beat'' are usually a few centuries old. Human corpses naturally leave a deeper footprint than animals, but your average ''T.rex'' has been dead for at least ''sixty-five million'' years.
* While Creator/BrandonSanderson [[NotUsingTheZWord insists]] they aren't zombies, the Elantrians from ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'' are suffering from a sort of curse that makes them closely resemble zombies, while they are not technically dead, or actually contagious, people who live within a certain radius of the city of Elantris just randomly become Elantrians, they don't breathe or have heartbeats, they have a constant ravenous hunger, and they don't heal from their wounds at all and they are almost impossible to kill, beheading or burning being the only ways to kill them, though they usually go insane and catatonic from the pain of accumulated injuries within a year of becoming an Elantrian.
* The Lifeless of ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', in contrast to the treatment of the Elantrians, are voodoo zombies made from corpses.
* In ''Literature/TeamHuman'', zombies are the results of vampire conversions gone wrong.
* [[spoiler: Drake and Brittney]] from ''Literature/{{Gone}}''. They died in the second book, the former when [[spoiler: he pissed off [[BigBad Caine]]]], the latter when [[spoiler: Drake shot her]]. However, [[spoiler: Brittney]] had the power of immortality, and [[spoiler: Drake's whip-hand grafted onto her corpse]] when she was buried. They don't need air or food, and they share a body and rotate possession of it. They don't eat people, they aren't decomposing, and they weren't constructed or resurrected. They mostly just do whatever the [[BiggerBad Gaiaphage]] tells them to.
* In ''Ashes'' by Ilsa J. Bick, an electromagnetic pulse turned most teenagers into zombies instantly. This is different from most, because the zombies aren't dead, they seem to be extremely brain-damaged living people. They also cannot change you into a zombie through biting, instead their bite is like a regular person biting you.
** [[spoiler: In the second book, it is revealed that some of the zombies are actually pretty intelligent, possibly because they are getting smarter. They know to stay out of the cold or wear parkas stolen from others, can handle weapons such as rifles and knives, and even have a way of communicating with each other. They can even lust after each other. They seem to be just as smart as normal people, but are unable to speak, and have a taste for human flesh.]]
* The art instructions book ''Drawing and Painting the Undead'' by Keith Tompson has several types of zombies, from [[TechnicallyLivingZombie people with Kuuru]] to cyberneticyzed corpses to supernatural to FrankensteinsMonster to PuppeteerParasite infectee to [[BodyOfBodies massive pile of fused corpses]].
* The titular character of Jean Rollin's ''Living Dead Girl'', who has been turned into a bloodsucking zombie by toxic waste. She still looks fairly normal, but depends on her girlfriend to bring her victims, and despises her own existence.
* The humor book ''So Now You're A Zombie'' by John Austin mainly depicts its undead as typical [[FleshEatingZombie flesh-eating]] {{Plague Zombie}}s, but there's a trait built into the premise that goes against most depictions of zombies: The book is supposedly a survival guide "for zombies, by zombies", meaning that zombies are able to read, write, retain information, and are capable of strategy to some extent. It also plays with the BrainFood element a bit with a chapter introducing a zombie food pyramid - brains are an important part of the zombie diet, but are at the top of the pyramid, while more servings are needed of other food groups, being other organs, blood, and bone marrow.
* Zombies from the Literature/{{Xanth}} series technically qualify as the "voodoo" type, with the twist that they're all the product of ''one'' specific magician's personal magic talent (and he [[DarkIsNotEvil wasn't a bad guy]]). They retain their memories and at least some of their intelligence, although they're compelled to obey the Zombie Master's instructions, and their speech is usually impaired because bits of their flesh are constantly dropping off including parts of their mouths. [[spoiler: At least one Xanthian zombie has been rejuvenated by the PowerOfLove, to a point where the effects of decomposition reversed themselves and she ''almost'' became alive again.]]
* In ''Literature/WhatZombiesFear'', the hive-minded zombies are actually parasitic microscopic aliens inhabiting human corpses.
* ''Literature/TheScream'' : The Screamers.
* In Literature/{{Echopraxia}}, zombies are simply humans with an off switch on their conscious mind. [[http://rifters.com/echopraxia/recruiter.htm Soldiers are augmented from the brain stem down, turned into killing machines,]] then set loose to sleepwalk their way through an entire tour of duty. Turns out the human mind is terrifyingly efficient when you get things like "self-awareness" out of the way.
** On the flip side, terrorists the world over figure out how to get the same effect as the Off Switch by spreading a virus that turns crowds of people into unthinking animals, rather more like a traditional zombie plague.
* In ''Literature/{{Dirge}}'', the zombies are called ghouls and are incredibly fast as well as strong. They're also tied to their necrolord so they die (again) if said is killed.
* Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire:
** Anyone or [[RaisingTheSteaks anything]] killed by the Others can be brought back as a "[[OurWightsAreDifferent wight]]" under the Others' control using "voodoo"-style, necromantic means. They haven't actually been explicitly mentioned to eat flesh, but they do kill the living to create more wights in a very zombie-like way using any natural weapons they happen to have. Which, naturally, does include biting... and clawing (very effective in the case of a wighted bear), punching, bashing, bludgeoning and so on.
** Anyone who catches greyscale is at risk of becoming a feral, still-living, Plague-type zombie, or "stone man", as they're called. How infectious they actually are is up for debate, but the disease does seem to be waterborn, if of a generally low-frequency rate of infection.
** Priests of the Red God can make someone into a Revenant-type through what one sees as a form of prayer. [[spoiler: Thoros of Myr has done this for his friend Beric Dondarrion so frequently that the latter is slowly losing his connection to, and memories of, his living self]].
** Ex-maester Qyburn wants to make an ArtificialZombie using... whatever information he's gained using what appears to be vivisection and other MadScience tools he could cobble together in a low-magic setting [[spoiler: and it's implied that he succeeded, using none other than Gregor Clegane as his subject]].
* In the ''Literature/TowersTrilogy'', the Lower City is regularly menaced by zombie-like creatures called night walkers. They bury themselves during the day, and emerge at night to shamble around and tear apart anyone unlucky enough to get caught outdoor. However, they are not typical flesh-eating zombies, as they don't actually eat their victims, merely assault and kill them. They are created when dark magic is used to rip the spirit out of a person; but unlike voodoo zombies, they do not obey the one who created them.
* The "screamers" in ''Literature/HungryAsAWolf'' were humans who, in the face of starvation, resorted to eating human flesh, which allowed the influence of a Wendigo to turn them into hungry undead. They constantly hunger for more human flesh, and no matter how much they eat they constantly look emaciated. A bite from one of them spreads the Wendigo's curse, causing an infectee to become ravenously hungry until they ultimately die of starvation and rise as another screamer. They are also intelligent enough to use firearms and speak, and freakishly fast when they sprint at potential prey. The only known way to put them down individually is to destroy the brain, though re-imprisoning the Wendigo seems to cut off its influence and neutralize them as well.
* In ''Literature/TheWhiteRabbitChronicles'', the zombies are infected spirits instead of walking corpses, and hunger for human souls instead of flesh.
* In M. R. Carey's ''Literature/TheGirlWithAllTheGifts'', as in ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'', the zombies are caused not by a virus but by the fungus [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiocordyceps_unilateralis Ophiocordyceps]].
* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/{{Quazi}}'', a ZombieApocalypse takes place in 2017, when all recently-dead people rise again as ravenous, mindless creatures that can only be put down by damaging the brain or decapitating them. Ten years later, there are 6 billion risen prowling the dead lands between major cities of the world. In fact, Africa and much of Asia are considered to be entirely dead. Some risen have managed to regain their sanity and become Quazi (note the "z"). Several surviving nations now have sizable Quazi populations with their own governments. In Russia, the Quazi capital is located in Saint Petersburg, where only about 12% of the population are living. Moscow is the Russian bastion of the living, with the Circle Road becoming a massive fortification against the undead and armored trains being used for transportation between surviving cities. The Quazi are several times stronger and faster than humans. They are extremely tough and have a HealingFactor. Like their mindless brethren, they can only be killed by damaging the brain or decapitation. They retain most of the body's vital functions, including digestion. Strangely, they are all vegetarians and tend to be unable to process food that hasn't been grown organically. It's later revealed that becoming a Quazi requires that a risen [[spoiler:eat a living brain]], which is something the Quazi keep hidden from the living to avoid any more FantasticRacism. The Quazi have bluish-gray skin and tend to be stuck at whatever mental state they were in during death. They try to wear the same clothes all the time, do the same job, read the same books, watch the same movies, listen to the same music, etc. They are unable to develop beyond that. They are almost completely lacking in emotions they don't remember from their living days. They come off as logical and unfeeling. No one knows why anyone dying becomes a risen in short order, as no virus, bacterium, or mutation have been found to account for that fact in the 10 years since the apocalypse. The novel's major plot turns out to be a race to find [[spoiler:two viruses: one that kills all adult humans and one that kills all Quazi]].
* In the ''Literature/ImmortalsAfterDark'' series by Creator/KresleyCole, there are ghouls, which exist solely to mindlessly increase their numbers by scratching or biting anyone they can reach. There are also wendigos, which can transform others in the same way, but seek to eat their victims rather than add to their numbers. And there are revenants, which are corpses raised by dark sorcerers to do their bidding, minus the infection aspect.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has classic corpses-animated-by-dark-magic, but calls them Inferius, after the Latin ''inferus'', or lesser. They are depicted as the victims of Lord Voldemort, used as agents during both reigns of terror, and [[spoiler:guardians of a cavern containing one of his Horcruxes in the sixth book.]]
* ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'' has zombies that are weak but highly contagious. The bounty's only $5000 a head, but machine-gunning a horde is plenty profitable. These are the ''weakest'' form of undead.
* The zombies in ''Literature/MyVampireOlderSisterAndZombieLittleSister'' are a blend of the Flesh Eating Zombie and Plague Zombie archetypes. They originate from a virus that was altered using the same drugs supposedly used to create zombies in Haitian folklore. The virus can affect [[RaisingTheSteaks non-human animals as well]], [[spoiler:and can even infect plants, which makes them somehow able to move]]. They have up to ten times their original strength thanks to UninhibitedMusclePower, but this decreases as they decay. Their intelligence varies, from being as smart as a human (in the case of Ayumi) to the standard mindless shamblers.
* ''LightNovel/TheWeaknessOfBeatriceTheLevelCapHolySwordswoman'' has the zombies of the Underworld, which are a combination of Revenant (they retain all of the skills and memories they had in life) and Voodoo (they are completely subject to the will of the Underworld Lord). Anyone who dies, regardless of the cause, will have their soul captured by the Underworld and become another zombie. These zombies can't be permanently killed, as their souls will return to their Underworld to be reused.
* ''Literature/NightHuntress'' book 3 showcases a non-infectious variety; a vampire casts a black magic spell that causes every dead body within miles of the protagonists to come after them with mindless hunger, until the object used as a focus is destroyed (in this case, the object turns out to be a person). The zombies are extremely fast and strong even by vampire standards, and they cannot be killed, though they don't heal and can be disabled by hacking them to pieces or burning them to ashes.
* ''Breathers: A Zombie's Lament'' and its' sequel ''I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus'' take place InAWorld where roughly one in two hundred people reanimates as a zombie after death (hopefully [[AndIMustScream before they've been buried.]]). They still retain their human minds, they're just in an undead body. Not that this matters to most people since [[FantasticRacism they have no civil rights, are used as lab animals and are even destroyed for fun in the streets.]] However, it's a well kept secret that eating human flesh can actually reverse their decomposition...and given how they're treated by most people, zombies that find this out have [[ThenLetMeBeEvil little hesitation in acting on it.]]

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* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Zombies tend to be somewhere between voodoo and revenant. They've been reanimated by black magic, but apparently retain their minds fairly well. One zombie on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' just wanted to get back together with his girlfriend after being brought BackFromTheDead, even though she was the one who killed him in the first place. It's odd.
** The Buffyverse could probably be said to have multiple forms of undead. It's implied that true "zombies" are basically voodoo -- Anya mentions that zombies wouldn't eat people "unless commanded by their zombie master." There is also another occasion where a magic mask made the dead in the area come back as zombies, all of whom wanted to get the mask and [[PhysicalGod become the Voodoo god]] it represented. They didn't infect each other per se, but they did kill anyone between them and the mask, and the newly dead would rise almost immediately. Other people (like the dead in "The Zeppo") get risen by magic but are more like revenants, retaining their own wills and minds. There are also some {{Artificial Zombie}}s, of whom [[BigBad Adam]] is the best example.
** In Season 9, vampires are almost zombie-like without the Magic Seed allowing demons to possess a sired body. Vampires are now much more mindless and feral. The Scoobies call them Zompires (Zombie/Vampires) so as not to confuse them.
* The penultimate episode of the 2011 season of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' puts its own twist on it. A character has the power to bring people back from the dead. The people brought back are fully alive as they were before being killed in all ways, except for an insatiable hunger for human flesh, and when they attack and kill others those others soon rise from the dead with their own insatiable hunger. The second wave of resurrections have varying amounts of intelligence from the mindless killer, to ''almost'' able to restrain themselves.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'' Cora animates several corpses using the magically preserved hearts she ripped out out of them.
* ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'': [[spoiler:Koyomi is a rare heroic example. She died before the start of the series and was reanimated by her father, Sou Fueki.]]
** In ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', [[spoiler:we have the Necro-Overs, zombies who use special serum to animate themselves in a similar matter]].
** In ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'', [[spoiler:Kamen Rider Genm is this in two ways. The design of his Zombie Gamer Form is a mechanical zombie and Gemn himself is functionally undead after using the Dangerous Zombie Gashat to keep himself alive despite having his [[LifeMeter Rider Gauge]] depleted which normally causes instant death]].
* The ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "Death Becomes Them" technically features zombies that are brought back to life by dark magic. These zombies have a purpose - the demon behind them uses innocents the sisters failed to save so of course they can talk to make sure the sisters feel especially guilty. [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot One wonders why the demon didn't think to resurrect any of the sisters' dead family members]].
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' has your typical Romero formula zombies, with a twist. [[spoiler:It's not the bite that infects: the virus is airborne and everyone is infected. Anyone who dies with an intact brain stem will become a [[NotUsingTheZWord walker]]. That said, zombie bites are still practically a death sentence due to infection; as flesh-eating zombies, the average walker's mouth is rife with deadly bacteria and lethal infections from bites are almost a certainty. People who have been bitten on extremities can be saved by [[LifeOrLimbDecision removing the limb]] immediately]]. Walkers are also [[ItCanThink surprisingly intelligent]], being able to use tools and open doors. More terrifyingly, walkers seem to have fleeting recollections of their past lives. Finally, it is revealed that walkers deprived of flesh will eventually starve to death, but at a much slower rate than living humans.
* Series 3 of ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' introduced zombies as human beings who simply died and (due to a temporary supernatural block that prevented them from finding their Door to the other side) had their souls forced back into their bodies. Annie has to babysit one after she realizes [[spoiler:her return from the other side is what caused the zombie to exist]]. Zombies for the most part feel no pain, and simply continue to act as they did in life. [[spoiler:However, they soon can feel the heat of decomposition, and will eventually die again once their body becomes too decomposed to continue moving, at which point they cross over for good.]]
** Season 3 of ''Series/BeingHumanUS'' also introduces zombies, but Sally abhors the use of the word. Created as a result of blood magic, Sally (and friends Nick and Stevie) is at first limited to not seeing anyone she knew in her life [[spoiler:or else they die and become food for the witch who first performed the spell, but Sally later lifts this restriction on herself by giving up her soul to the witch upon her death]]. The reanimated corpses are also insatiably hungry, [[spoiler:particularly when they start to decompose. The only way to stop and reverse the decomposition is to eat freshly killed raw flesh; this starts with mice and stray cats, but soon their hunger escalates into craving human flesh]].
* The zombies (or "Partially Deceased Syndrome" sufferers) of ''Series/InTheFlesh'' behave as normal humans when medicated. They sleep, but do not eat, drink, or age.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has examples of most of the subtropes, with no consistent portrayal of zombies as a whole. There's a RevenantZombie in season 2 who was brought back by a friend [[{{Necromantic}} because he was still in love with her after she died]]. As he used dark magic to resurrect her she naturally CameBackWrong and had to be nailed back into her grave. People infected by the Croatoan virus are {{Technically Living|Zombie}} {{Plague Zombie}}s who would [[ZombieApocalypse turn the planet into zombie land]] if Hell's plan succeeded. [[TheGrimReaper Death]] also resurrects a bunch of people from their graves in season 5 on Lucifer's orders, who seem fine at first and typical revenants until they turn into they lose their consciousness and gain a taste for human flesh.
* The Reapers in ''Series/DeadLikeMe''. While they are not mindless, not slow, and for that matter no different seeming than humans in just about any way (other than the fact that you can't kill them). The fact that they were once dead and have been reanimated does qualify them to be referred to as the "Living Dead". (The show itself uses the term Undead to refer to the state they live in.)
* Various fans like to draw parallels between [[Franchise/StarTrek Borg drones]] and zombies. They share similarities with plague-bearing/parasite, for their "nanoprobes" and ability to infect others, and artificial for their cybernetics grown into them by the nanoprobes or grafted on by other drones. While most zombies are played as "mindless" because they're undead, drones are claimed to be mindless because they don't think for themselves; they all share the same thoughts, and the same directive, mind control similar to voodoo. They're a near-endless horde bent on making everything in the universe just like them so that they can become "perfect." Get one drone alone, severed from the collective, and he'll either (depending on if he's damaged or not) start overcoming the mind control, making him his own person, or working by the most basic form of the general directive of the collective, which will make him very much more zombie-like. Scarier when a severed drone starts to exhibit both.
* Fans at the beginning of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' also liked to draw parallels between Sylar and zombies, as it was believed that they both ate brains. [[spoiler: The producers changed it for this very reason.]]
* There are parallels between zombies and the Reavers of the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' universe. The Reavers would fall under TechnicallyLivingZombie, as they aren't dead. They were transformed by the Alliance, they had been testing behavioral modification on the planet Miranda through the chemical G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate (a.k.a. "The Pax" - Latin for "Peace"), administered through the air recycling systems. The chemical was designed to weed out aggression and anger. The ultimate result was that 99.9% of the population stopped going to work, talking to each other, and eventually stopped moving, eating or breeding, and therefore died. However, the remaining tenth of a percent of the population had the opposite reaction, with their aggression and primal instincts boosted beyond simple madness into murderous rage, sadism and xenophobia.
* In the second series ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'' episode, "The Day of the Dead," Pasiphae raises as an army of dead soldiers through black magic. They're similar to Romero-style zombies, even passing on their condition through bites, except to kill them their hearts must be damaged rather than their brains.
* The zombies in ''Series/{{iZombie}}'' are [[TechnicallyLivingZombie mostly alive]], since their condition is caused by an artificial virus (it's speculated that it's an experimental bioweapon) mixed into a supply of a new designer drug popular with the young crowd. The protagonist Liv still behaves like she's a normal living person with the exception that she has a hunger for human brains, which she satisfies by working at the medical examiner's office. Most of their taste receptors are dead, so the only thing they can taste are the brains (which they find a bit metallic) and extremely spicy food (hence Liv's liberal use of hot sauce). The "living" zombies look very pale and have white hair but don't exhibit any flesh decay. However, those who go without brains for a long time start to decay into the typical "shambling zombie". Unfortunately, if a zombie goes completely feral (usually after 5-6 months of not eating brains), then the condition is irreversible. Eating brains not only satisfies their craving and allows them to retain their higher brain functions but also temporarily grants the zombie some of the traits, skills, and memories of the deceased. Liv uses this ability to help a police detective investigate crimes, by passing off her "visions" (memory recalls triggered by certain cues) as psychic. When threatened, a zombie can temporarily go into a "full-on zombie mode" (or "rage out") and viciously fight off the attacker. A zombie's heartbeat is very slow (something like 10 beats per minute), which also meant that, if wounded, they don't bleed out. Their deadened nerves means they can undergo open heart surgery without anesthesia. The condition can be passed by fluid contact (including sex, but kissing appears to be okay) or a scratch.
* ''Series/ZNation'' zombies are typical Romero zombies, but with some twists. They were created by a specially designed virus, they move slowly until he plot requires them to run, people say they eat brains but they seem to eat all parts of the body, getting bit by a zombie turns you into a zombie, the brain needs to be taken out to stop them, both humans and animals can turn into zombies, and sometimes it looks like anyone who dies turns into a zombie no matter what they die of. What probably makes these zombies especially dangerous is how quickly people turn into zombies, someone who is bitten will turn in a couple of seconds giving everyone else not a lot of time to react. And those are just normal zombies, this show goes crazy with zombie variations, like Radioactive Zombies, Plant Zombies, and even Alien Zombies (sort of).
* There are not many Latin American examples, but Costa Rica has its own zombie-based TV series: ''Diarios de la Peste''.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Wights are resurrected corpses under the control of the White Walkers. The White Walkers themselves look a lot like undead [[spoiler:and in one episode it's discovered that the Children of the Forest did create the White Walkers using originally living humans, while turning some humans by touch in a vampiric way.]]
** It's unclear as to what exactly Gregor Clegane ''is'' after Qyburn's experiments.

* The song "Aim for the Head" by Music/CreatureFeature is about a ZombieApocalypse caused by zombies that can be killed by a headshot (hence the song title), and are here because, according to the song "there is no more room in Hell''.
** The song is based on the film ''Film/DawnOfTheDead''. The line about "no more room in hell" isn't the explanation for the zombies; it comes from a former cop talking about something his Voudon-practicing grandmother used to say. It's considered the movie's most memorable quote, especially since it was also used as the official tagline.
* In Music/{{LMFAO}}'s music video "Party Rock Anthem", the "zombies" are people who have been infected by an affliction that causes them to continually "shuffle" every hour of every day. According to the survivor the two group members meet after waking up, the virus is transmitted into the person's bones and forces them to "keep shuffling, nonstop, all day, every day", and requires that survivors put on headphones and continually move to avoid being surrounded and overtaken by the infected.
* The zombies from Music/MichaelJackson's ''Music/{{Thriller}}'' are somewhat like {{Flesh Eating Zombie}}s, but with the added benefit of synchronized dancing.
* "All you Zombies" by The Hooters is meant metaphorically. And is probably no reference at all to the [[Literature/AllYouZombies same-named SF story]] by Creator/RobertAHeinlein. Which refers to the drink (and possibly also is meant metaphorically).
* Also metaphorically is "Zombies" by Music/TheCranberries, which describes a shell-shocked war child.
* ''Music/JonathanCoulton'': "Re: Your Brains" features a very talkative, charismatic one who tries to talk a man into opening the door so he and the other zombies can eat his brains. You can almost imagine it working, he's that good.

* What could be considered zombie precursor can be found in the second branch of the Mabinogion. It features a cauldron 'Pair Dadeni' that the Irish use to raise their fallen warriors back from the dead. It's hard not see the connection between the modern day zombie given how those resurrected with the cauldron are unable to speak, making their sole purpose to tirelessly and indefinitely fight against the British.
* Part of the myths of the Ragnarok (the Apocalypse of Myth/NorseMythology) is that Loki will command and army of zombies durign the EndOfTheWorld.

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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[Characters/SCPFoundation [=Characters/SCPFoundation=]]]
** It isn't exactly clear what happened in the alternate world of [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-093 SCP-093 ("Red Sea Object")]], but the...things that roam that world are nasty pieces of work. The "[[HumanoidAbomination Unclean]]" are massive creatures the size of buildings, immune to all known types of weaponry, absorb human beings by contact, and the minds of those absorbed [[MindHive are kept intact]], [[AndIMustScream wondering why this happened to them for all eternity]]. All of this was brought about by an EldritchAbomination masquerading as God.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1700 SCP-1700 ("Debtshop")]]. When someone dies while wearing a SCP-1700-A yellow scarf, their body is transported to a sweatshop and becomes animate again for as long as it's inside the building. The body still has its memories and fragments of its personality.

* Podcast/DiceFunk: Undead miners jump the party, but Johnny is insistent that they are not zombies. They were, in fact, ghouls.

* In the series three finale of Radio/BleakExpectations, Mister Benevolent raises an army of the undead, including Harry Biscuit, whom he'd killed in the previous episode. From all indications, the zombies normally retain their original personality and attributes, and don't even need to eat brains (if they don't want to, and provided the brains are organic). All the shambling, swaying, slow movements and groaning is because the zombies are so happy to be alive again they keep going out and getting really, really drunk. Once the situation is resolved, Harry Biscuit just acts the same as usual, and conveniently, no-one ever mentions the zombies again.
* Zombies make a couple of appearances in Radio/BellinghamTerror, as the VoodooZombies variety but without mentioning Voodoo and referring to them as "ghouls" rather than using the Z word.

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* The Hungry Ghosts in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', despite the name. At night or in a shadowland they are solid enough that they might as well count.
* The TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness sourcebook ''Antagonists'' has a toolbox system allowing the creation of voodoo, flesh-eating, and plague-bearing zombies.
* Zombies in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' inhabit many parts of the spectrum.
** Some, like the legendary creatures [[http://magiccards.info/scans/en/ju/61.jpg Balthor the Defiled]], [[http://magiccards.info/scans/en/arb/113.jpg Thraximundar]], and [[http://magiccards.info/scans/en/ai/193.jpg Lord of Tresserhorn]], are mighty warriors brought back in the service of a necromancer ({{Voodoo Zombie}}s).
** Others, like [[http://images.comiccollectorlive.com/covers/886/886fcc0f-8b0b-45c3-8a59-7b057a3594ce.jpg Frankenstein's Monster]], [[http://magiccards.info/scans/en/ju/73.jpg Sutured Ghoul]], and the Blue Innistrad zombies, are stitched-together constructs ({{Artificial Zombie}}s).
** Flesh-Eating zombies appear in great amounts, with too many examples to count.
** On the city-world of Ravnica, zombies are considered completely normal citizens. Here, the walking dead serve in farms, charity services, and even the police force. The zombie policeman featured in the card Wight of Precinct Six is notable, whose flavor text reads "Even the lost and undead need a protector".
** The [[http://magiccards.info/scans/en/mi/81.jpg Nim]] are plague-bearing zombies transformed by necrogen gas, which they begin to generate in their undeath. The Phyrexian oil also seems to work like a zombie plague, with one mere scratch transforming the victim into a mindlessly obedient Phyrexian.
** The oil could also be considered a parasite, since it seems to have limited sentience. The [[http://magiccards.info/scans/en/in/276.jpg Phyrexian "Tingler" device]] is a parasitic machine that rips out the host's spine and replaces it, adding another parasite-made zombie.
** The Theros block introduced the Returned/Noston. Based off [[Myth/ClassicalMythology greek]] shades, they are basically people that escaped from the Underworld, and as a price they've lost [[BodyHorror their face]], their memories and their capacity to form long term memories, being incapable of rebuilding a new identity. Being fully sapient and emotional beings, they are pretty much forced to live out a depressing shadow play with the skills they had in life, incapable of ever forming attachments with other people and establish a new identity. They do build beautiful and intricate masks of gold, [[GeniusBonus the most common material in the Underworld]], as a form of consolation for their lack of identity.
-->'''Meletis Philosopher:''' It is a sad irony: they loved life enough to return to it, but they cannot bring that love back with them.
** The [[{{Mummy}} mummies]] of [[AncientEgypt Amonkhet]] are classified as zombies as well. Unusually, they are aligned with White mana.
** Another example of rather unique zombies from Amonkhet, are the eternals. They are Amonkhet's greatest warriors who were killed by one of their brainwashed gods and zombified by Nicol Bolas. They are coated with blue metal called lazotep, they are stronger than they were in life, as smart and have the same skills as before, and follow Bolas's command.

* Although the standard animates of ''TabletopGame/UnhallowedMetropolis'' are flesh-eating with some plague-bearing elements, the alchemically-created mercurials are {{Artificial Zombie}}s that, depending on how successful the procedure is, can vary from flesh-eating with plague-bearing elements, to pure flesh-eating, to multiple variations on the revenant. Even the most successful ones CameBackWrong, though.
** The Hong Kong animates don't seem that weird in the overall zombie scheme of things from what information is available... but they somehow don't follow the rules that govern zombies in the setting. Animates decay and desiccate over time, eventually becoming mummified to the point of immobility before rotting away entirely. Plague Animates can stave this off by devouring living human flesh. The Hong Kong animates should have run out of living humans to prey on long ago, but somehow they're still functioning 200 years after the initial ZombieApocalypse.
** Weirder on a typical scale are zombie lords, animates that retain some degree of intelligence and possess an ability to draw other animates toward them and telepathically direct them. Any large, directed horde needs at least one of these at its head, and possibly multiple working in tandem, as they turn aimless zombies motivated primarily to find living humans and eat them into a coordinated attack force. If it's any consolation, they're ''usually'' not terribly bright -- some intelligence is still lost, so a human of average intelligence becomes a zombie lord with below-human-average intelligence. Someone at the peak of human intelligence who becomes one, though, will still be able to outwit most humans even after the loss of intelligence.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': Depending on how you see it, a Genestealer cult could be this. They are unfathomably loyal to their Patriarchal Alien, are made by parasites, etc... One can argue that they're not true undead and are just mutants, but half this list can also argue that.
** This comparison is most apt for the "Contagii", those who have had a Genestealer use its mouth... tentacle... thing to implant its genetic material into them. They are dazed by the experience and unable to remember the incident. While they unconsciously seek to spread their mutation by breeding they can be taken control of at any time by the Genestealer Patriarch in charge of the brood that infected them and used as mindless slaves. Beyond that they become an entirely separate breed of Xenos creature.
** There are also Plague Zombies, undead created by Nurgle's magical plagues. They're the pretty standard "Plague bearing, actually dead" type, but instead of biting people, just being within proximity of them can cause infection.
** Nurgle also has the Plaguebearers, lesser daemons created from the victims of his signature disease, Nurgle's Rot. Since it's magical/psychic in nature, it literally corrupts the soul and when the victim expires, they are reborn as a daemon within Nurgle's realm. Plaguebearers, naturally, have Nurgle's Rot and can spread it to others. They are technically not zombies, but a type of daemon, however they otherwise fit the bill.
** Finally, Nurgle's devoted Space Marine Legion, the Death Guards, have been transformed into what's known as Plague Marines; Space Marines so riddled with disease that even anti-tank rounds have a hard time to put them down, while at the same time they shamble on at a slow pace spreading the aforementioned Nurgle's Rot to everything they touch (as an added icing on the cake, many of them can summon Plaguebearers too). Unlike most examples, Plague Marines are fully sentient. They just hate non-nurglite life.
* Several teams in ''TabletopGame/BloodBowl'' can field zombies. They appear to be voodoo type zombies. They are slow, but high armor and intelligent enough to always play the game as your order them to (they don't have the Bonehead, Wild Animal, or Really Stupid traits). Nurgle teams can also field rotters, closer to plague zombies, which also are intelligent enough to play the game, have high armor for their cost, a bit faster, but get injured far easier. If a rotter or anyone else on a Nurgle team kills an enemy player, they become a Rotter.
* The zombies of ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' are quite unique creatures. They are created when a corpse is [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by a [[TheLegionsOfHell manitou]], which creates a creature that is commonly referred to as a [[NotUsingTheZWord "Walkin' Dead"]]. These creatures often look decayed, sometimes to the point of being [[DemBones animated skeletons]], have at the least low-human level intelligence (they frequently wield guns and can potentially be crackshots), they don't need to eat but enjoy eating human flesh, and they can't spread in any reliable fashion.
** The setting also has {{Voodoo Zombie}}s, which are created by [[MagicAIsMagicA Conjure]] [[ReligionIsMagic Doctors]] by invoking Baron Samedi and so are short lived creatures (when a [[BlackMagic Bokor]] uses the same prayer, the Rada loa create a Walkin' Dead instead), and Harrowed. The Harrowed are technically a mishmash of RevenantZombie, DemonicPossession and FleshEatingZombie; they are created by the manitou in the same way as normal Walkin' Dead, but the original soul is brought back and can wrest control of the body from the evil spirit that animates it -- including being able to use all of its supernatural powers. However, they still need to sleep a couple of hours a day (so the manitou can do "maintenance" and keep the body from rotting), during which time the manitou forces the soul to experience nightmares in an effort to size the body back, and they have a HealingFactor that requires them to consume raw meat -- and a supernatural hankering for human flesh is a Harrowed-specific disadvantage.
* In the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card game, the Field Spell card "Zombie World" morphs everyone on the battlefield and in all players' graveyards into Zombie types (until the card is removed from the field). Not through a parasite, but some other kind of strange magic.
* Under the right circumstances, cards can become zombie cards in HoylesRulesOfDragonPoker which make a player's hands dead.
* The "build-it-yourself kit" approach to zombie-making on ''TabletopGame/AllFleshMustBeEaten'' means that it's really easy to make them as different as you want. Some of the available "Deadworlds" provide examples varying from demon-possessed to junkie (as in, they were created by toxic super-cocaine and need it to function) to cyborg zombies and beyond.

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* There are zombies aplenty in different flavors in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series, but in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' there is a special set of zombies. These three particular zombies are fought as a boss against Alucard by impersonating his three allies, Trevor Belmont, Sypha Belnades, and Grant Dynasty from the 3rd game, with their abilities to boot.
* There are two major types of undead in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'':
** One is the zombie. Zombies are simply walking corpses that do not feel pain or fear, and with body parts that can rot. They can be created in one of two ways:
*** Resurrected by {{necromancer}}s, falling under the VoodooZombie subtype, or
*** Resurrected in certain haunted biomes. [[note]]This type can be especially dangerous, because as long as they are in the area they originated in, any limb or head that falls off has the potential of of becoming undead ''itself''.[[/note]]
** The other is the husk, which is created when a living creature is covered in a certain type of cursed dust, with intense hatred for all life, and greater strength than they ever had in life. They can spread the dust to other creatures, which runs the possibility of quickly creating an unstoppable ZombieApocalypse. And not only do they (unlike normal zombies) retain all the skills they had while they were alive, they retain the ability to ''learn'', so their skills as a killing machine grow the more they kill.
* The zombies of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series are flesh-eating, plague-bearing zombies who are also, to a certain extent, constructed. The zombies are the result of the T-virus, engineered by the evil MegaCorp, Umbrella Corporation, although the zombies are simply a by-product of the virus, which is designed to create more powerful and dangerous creatures to be used and sold as weapons.
** Technically, the zombies of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5 fall under the parasite classification. This is due to the fact that they are turned into what they are by the plagas parasite. In Resident Evil 5, it's actually an altered version of the parasite. A case could be made that the enemies of Resident Evil 4 also fall into the Voodoo category as they're controlled by the Big Bad of the game.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': The parasitic Flood's standard method of infection is to have little green popcorn on legs [[BodyHorror burrow into your spine and override your neural pathways, and completely rewrite your genetic code, mutating your body into a tentacled, bulbous monster specifically designed to kill]]. And when they die, they can still be revived if another Infection Form comes along and reanimates it. Also, when your mangled, mattered corpse has been damaged beyond use, it bloats and becomes a hive for more Infection Forms. The Flood can also use airborne spores to similar effect.
** They also have some revenant elements to them, with infectees retaining some of their original abilities (which is why they can shoot, drive, and even pilot starships). Additionally, every Flood form is apparently a repository for the collective memories, knowledge, and intelligence of ''every single sentient'' the parasite as a whole have consumed; when an outbreak has reached a great enough level, they will form Graveminds, giant Flood biomasses that can access this hyper-intelligent HiveMind and telepathically control every Flood form within their range of influence (which can extend up to at least a ''star system''). Once the Flood reach this point, they will stop simply infecting targets, and begin using their biomass as building blocks for even more dangerous {{Flesh Golem}}s designed by the collective HiveMind.
** ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga'' reveals that they also have [[spoiler:artifical zombie elements; they're the result of the Forerunner's own precursors going into hiding by temporarily turning themselves into dust and [[ComeBackWrong Coming Back Wrong]]]].
* Zombies in ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'' are flesh eating (they consume both dead bodies and immobile zombies) but do not attempt to bite the player. They are not contagious, having being changed by spirits from hell, and go straight from alive to undead in most cases. Most civilian zombies are slow moving and have low intelligence, but military zombies are faster, more agile and smarter, utilizing pistols, shotguns, and submachine guns, and basic squad tactics. They also have a vulnerability to wounds to the body. Finally, the brain is not a center of infection, even if headshots count for extra damage for zombies ''that actually have heads''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Heretic}} 2'' zombies are former townsfolk that have been driven mad, sickened or prone to violence by a magical plague, however it seems they cannot spread the disease, plague bringers are needed for this.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''. Well, not exactly, but half-way through the game, when [[spoiler:Liquid represses the Mercenary Army's nanomachines, causing their emotion and reason to flood back into their brain]], the PrivateMilitaryContractors in the area are brain damaged. Guess what? They shamble, moan, and are pretty much Classic-Romero zombies, to the point of mindlessly rushing Snake (and not reacting to any sort of stimuli). There's no biting or undead stuff, though.
* Zombies from ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' are brain-damaged former stalkers who, while quite resistant to gun fire, [[TechnicallyLivingZombie show no signs of actually being undead]]. It's suggested that they just got too close to the 'Brain Scorcher' and lost their minds. They also know how to use guns (badly).
** These aren't complete zombies in some instances. In ''S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat'', they can be found muttering garbled words back and forth, and will move their arms towards barrel fires. They even loot corpses and replace their weapons with better ones.
* Cie'th from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' are l'Cie that have [[YouHaveFailedMe failed their given Focus]] and transformed into crystal-ridden warped monsters. They have such [[SarcasmMode heartwarming names]] as "Ghoul" and "Ghast". And they eventually degrade into immobile LivingStatues called Cie'th Stones -that are [[AndIMustScream still suffering.]] Even worse, a person's mental state can hasten the process, resulting in some less stoic l'Cie turning into Cie'th almost immediately after getting their Focus.
** The alternative isn't much better. When a l'Cie completes their Focus, their body is instantly transformed into a human-shaped crystal. It's little wonder that the humans in the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' world consider becoming a l'Cie to be a FateWorseThanDeath (so much so that killing someone who had the misfortune of becoming a l'Cie is treated as a MercyKill).
** Even worse, the fal'Cie have figured out how to [[LoopholeAbuse exploit a certain loophole]]; if a fal'Cie creates a l'Cie without a Focus, the resulting LogicBomb creates an ''instant'' Cie'th. This effectively means that if the fal'Cie need an undead army on the spot and you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time - enjoy your eternal suffering as a shambling monster without any input or means of preventing it whatsoever!
* Zombies in ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' are created by piecing together dead body parts, and in later games they are fully healed when they kill an opponent, though they have no attacks that specifically eat flesh. Instead, they [[VomitIndiscretionShot puke at foes,]] [[SpinAttack turn themselves into tornadoes,]] and inexplicably [[DoppelgangerAttack create at least twenty copies of themselves and consecutively body-slam the enemy]] for their standard attacks. They also have ''mohawks'' and hunger for brains. Of note, they are stated to be dead ''monsters,'' not human(oids), though they seem to pieced together out of human's dead body parts. The game isn't too clear on the issue.
** Interestingly, according to supplementary material, these zombies are stated to be corpses revived by the Netherworld's natural miasma.
* Yoshika Miyako from ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Ten Desires]]'' is that while she ''is'' a {{Jiangshi}}, she is better described as a zombie with a funny-looking sticky note on the forehead. She was resurrected to guard the [[KingInTheMountain mausoleum of Toyosatomimi no Miko]], she cannot feel pain, is stiff from ''rigor mortis'', is barely smarter than a brick and can temporarily turn someone into a zombie. Part of this is because in the "outside world" (a.k.a. the real world), Jiangshi aren't talked of much but zombies are becoming popular, [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve which affects things in Gensokyo]].
* The undead in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemptionUndeadNightmare'' are a combination of flesh-eating, plague-bearing, and to some extent voodoo[[note]]A curse brought about by someone defiling an Aztec burial site, but there's no overall leader or commander.[[/note]]. In addition to the basic infected humans, there are a number of specialized undead that seem to be [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of the special infected from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''.
* The Infected in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' seem to range all over the place. [[TheVirus BLACKLIGHT]] seems capable of creating plague-bearing/flesh-eating Infected, the rank and file of which act like the typical shambling zombies. Then they start mutating into faster and deadlier forms. Then you have [[spoiler: Alex Mercer]] who is a mixture of revenant and artificial, after [[spoiler: his corpse has been taken over by a sentient strain of BLACKLIGHT that the real Alex Mercer developed, going so far as to think [[TomatoInTheMirror that it is the real Alex Mercer]]]].
* Kyurem from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' is a frozen zombie ''dragon'' that is said to have a taste for human flesh. It's so feared by people that an entire, walled village refused to go out at night in fear that it may devour one of them. A tradition they continue to this day.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** In series' lore, the Sload, "slugmen" native to the archipelago of Thras to the southwest of Tamriel, have a natural affinity toward {{necromancy}}. The Sload use these skills to re-animate dead bodies to use as slave labor.
** Atronachs are a type of unaligned [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] which are essentially the {{Elemental Embodiment}}s of the elements they represent. The most common are the [[FireIceLightning Flame (also known as "Fire"), Frost, and Storm]] varieties. Others include [[AllYourPowersCombined Air]], [[PoisonousPerson Flesh]], [[ExtraOreDinary Iron]], and [[DishingOutDirt Stone]]. Flesh Atronachs are notably the only type of Atronach that requires creation, since they're literally sewn together from corpses and reanimated.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
*** What the rest of Tamriel refers to as zombies, [[NotUsingTheZWord the Dunmer traditionally refer to]] as "Bonewalkers." They come in Lesser, Standard, and Greater varieties. They are summoned by Temple faithful to protect their Ancestral Tombs, which is considered to be different than blasphemous necromancy.
*** Those inflicted with the Corprus disease are part PlagueZombie and part TechnicallyLivingZombie. They have nasty cases of BodyHorror and their mental faculties degrade over time. Interestingly, there's [[spoiler: ''you'', the Nerevarine]]. During one quest in the main story [[spoiler: the Nerevarine]] is afflicted with Corprus [[spoiler: themselves]]. After completing a string of quests afterword you will eventually discover a cure, however [[spoiler: it only works on you, and you still technically HAVE the disease but with only the positive symptoms and no negative symptoms. More specifically, the disease makes you [[TheAgeless biologically immortal]] and [[TheImmune immune to all diseases]]]]. For those not lucky enough to get "cured," their only hope of dying once the disease has progressed is a MercyKill.
*** The ''Bloodmoon'' expansion has Draugr, re-animated corpses of ancient Nords who have been in some way cursed. A self-aware Draugr, Aesliip, is encountered. Apparently, if you inflict revenant status on ''yourself'' (Aesliip had done it to be able to keep maintaining a barrier stopping a Daedric incursion), you get to keep your intelligence.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' uses aspects of both voodoo and revenant in different ways for both zombies and [[NotUsingTheZWord draugr]]. The things actually referred to as "zombies" are bodies resurrected by magic that look like they did in life and are self-aware, but are forced to fight for the person who raised them ([[AndIMustScream they aren't too cool with it)]]. The draugr, meanwhile, look like traditional zombies and do not seem to be self-aware (although they are capable of using magic and [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um attacks]]), but rather than being raised by necromancers, they were members of an ancient dragon-worshiping cult who rose from the dead when dragons returned to the world (well, ''most'' of them. It doesn't quite make sense for every draugr encountered, and there is heavy evidence from ''Bloodmoon'' that there are other ways for draugr to come into existence).
* The [[NotUsingTheZWord Necromorphs]] of ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' are zombies, but are removed from regular zombies by an extraordinary degree. Not only can they [[BodyHorror mutate and repurpose dead tissue]] [[LovecraftianSuperpower into a variety of forms]], they are extremely difficult to kill. Rather than RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain, the only reliable method to kill them is to cut off their limbs until they're incapable of movement.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' introduces [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Zhaitan]] both EldritchAbomination and TheNecromancer, who [[CorpseLand corrupts]] the Land he flies over. The Land creates both [[PlagueZombie Plague Zombies]] (created by the CorpseLand) and [[VoodooZombie Voodoo Zombies]] (controlled by Zhaitans will).
* ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'': The Infected are in the TechnicallyLivingZombie category, as the fungal infection that creates the Infected only affects living human beings that have either been bitten by an Infected or through the airborne spores that fungal pods and the remains of dead infected leave behind. This is even stated by Joel within the game: "Dead people don't get infected."
* ''VideoGame/EvilIslands'': They come in two flavors: normal, lumbering ones (including recruits, warriors and experienced ones) and better preserved ghouls that for all intents and purposes behave like human enemies.
* Ghouls from the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' universe. Ordinary humans exposed to massive amounts of heat and radiation but somehow surviving, ghouls differ from most zombies due to not strictly speaking being 'undead' in any way - there is never a point in the life of a ghoul where they are dead and then alive again. Ghouls do however physically resemble zombies, and 'zombie' is considered a racial slur against them. Ghouls are infertile and seem to live forever unless killed. About half the ghouls in the Capital Wasteland and surrounding areas have completely retained their memories and personalities, but have some memory problems due to frequently being hundreds of years old. Other, 'feral' ghouls have become mindless killing machines that attack any human that comes near them. Attitudes towards ghouls differ - the [[WellIntentionedExtremist Brotherhood of Steel]] kill them on sight and many humans treat them with fear and disgust. Others, such as Three Dog and the citizens of Megaton understand that the difference between them and humans is largely cosmetic.
** Expansions such as The Pitt feature other flesh-eating, decaying-looking formerly-human radiation monsters, such as Trogs, who are always mindless flesh-eaters and walk on all fours, and Wildmen, who seem to retain some human characteristics but eat people and cannot be talked to or reasoned with.
** The ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' add-on ''Dead Money'' introduces the Ghost People, hazmat suit wearing former construction workers of the Sierra Madre Villa. When the Cloud got due to the Big MT's intentional experiments, the hazmat suits the workers were wearing corroded, trapping them inside, while the Cloud... [[BodyHorror changed them.]] They can still do semi-intelligent things like use weapons, fashion spears, and improvise bombs, but their only function now is to kill anyone who sets foot in the Villa. Also, unlike the above examples, they [[HealingFactor keep reviving unless you]] [[LudicrousGibs decapitate them,]] [[StuffBlowingUp blow them up,]] [[BoomHeadshot shoot off their heads,]] [[FrickinLaserBeams or disintegrate them.]]
** '''Old World Blues''' has the lobotomites, which are humans who have several of their vital organs, specifically their brains, removed and replaced with cyborganic technology. They can use guns, but they don't seem to have any sense of self preservation and are instantly hostile to any and all non lobotomites.
** Then came the Marked Men from ''Lonesome Road''. They are former EliteMooks of the NCR and the Legion that were caught in the [[DeathWorld Divide]], and a combination of hazards such as the unique wind storms and radiation caused most of their weskin to be torn off, with only the Divide's radiation keeping them alive. They have no little sense of who they once were, and now just kill anything they see. Despite this, they still hunt, cut their food, use guns, and at least have some sense of self preservation, as shown in an ending where they allow the Courier passage out of the Divide out of fear.
* Zombies in ''Super VideoGame/MeatBoy'' are corpses of a dead Meat Boy. Meat Boy respawns as normal when he dies, but his former dead body is resurrected as zombie, potentially making the amount of zombies infinite. Those zombies tend to hang around Hell and Rapture and are also capable of fusing together into a larger creature.
* The Undead in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' start off as living humans marked with the "Darksign," a black spot ringed with fire on their bodies. These include almost every human character in the game, including the PlayerCharacter. Upon death, they turn into something akin to a revenant -- a near-mummified corpse still retaining its human mind and intelligence. Over time or as they die more, they eventually lose all of their humanity and become Hollow -- monstrous killing machines that, although not utterly mindless, don't seem to be capable of anything more thoughtful than wielding weapons and trying to kill all who cross their path. It ''is'' possible for them to regain their humanity and the appearance of life, but it's not an easy process -- methods include reclaiming humanity from corpses (slow, but comparatively safe), helping other Undead with their trials, or attacking other Undead to steal humanity from them. And it's not permanent, either; as soon as the Undead dies again, they go right back to near-Hollow state.
** ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' introduces the Unkindled, a new subrace of undead who tried and failed to link the fire and become a Lord of Cinder. They (like the protagonist) are resurrected when the bell of Firelink Shrine tolls and are tasked with finding the Lords of Cinder and bringing them back to Firelink Shrine to sit in their thrones and help rekindle the first flame. They do not seem to possess the darksign like regular undead as they do not hollow when they die, but they can hollow when marked with the darksigil. Unkindled have a burnt motif to their designs, their clothes flacking with ash as their clothes glow like burnt leaves, lose this burnt motif if they die and can regain it (and their maximum health) using an Ember.
* Similarly in the earlier game ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', the Dregling is a human that has gone mad after having their soul devoured by the demons in the fog. Some Dreglings have some humanity left in them and can talk and trade with the player, others are completely hostile such as the slaves and former soldiers of the Boletarian palace.
* ''VideoGame/{{Siren}}'' has people known as "Shibito". Shibito have all the standard setup of a zombie-like entity, but are not technically dead. [[spoiler: they are controlled by the alien god Datatsushi to eventually turn the world into a hellish realm for him to live.]] The Shibito cannot die, they can be harmed but can heal very quickly, their bodies can mutate and become bug like or grow an excessive number of eyes, they lash out at anything not infected, they are hive minded, they use firearms, they plan and think, and they wander about pointlessly looking for people not under the control. How one becomes a Shibito is vague at best, as multiple individuals that fit the criteria for a Shibito are not Shibito during any part of the game, while other people who have nothing to do with the town become Shibito towards the end.
* The Zerg from ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' are just as zombie like as the Borg, but purely biological. If you infest a Terran command post, you can even create Infested Terrans to suicide bomb your enemies.
* Ms. Fortune in ''Videogame/{{Skullgirls}}'' the only thing keeping her alive is the life gem she swallowed; without it, she'd die.
** Squigly from the same game is an even better example, being a 14-years-dead corpse resurrected to serve as one of the Skullgirl's mindless minions. Only the presence of her parasite Leviathan allows her to retain her memories and free will.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'' has an enemy that is based on the Chinese mythology of zombies. Mario can stomp on them all he likes, but the monster will keep reviving itself. Only the Super Ball power up can truly kill them.
* ''VideoGame/{{Sonny}}'' has the main character (who is named Sonny), who is technically undead, but aside from that is nothing like conventional zombies. He's capable of thinking, talking, and other stuff an ordinary human can do. Averted with some enemy zombies you happen to run into, with the possible exception that they vary a bit more than average. He's not the only one though. There's also [[CombatMedic Veradux]], who joins your party, [[AmbiguouslyGay Baron Brixius]], who is undoubtedly evil, and [[ActionGirl Felicity]], who appears in the sequel and later joins you.
* Zombies in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' are just your typical zombies, aside from the fact that they only come out when it's dark, and getting caught in direct sunlight causes them to burst into flames. They attack you without provocation, but there's no indication that they eat your flesh. Interestingly, ''you'' have the option of eating ''their'' flesh, which may give you food poisoning but is nevertheless helpful for [[WizardNeedsFoodBadly warding off starvation]]. You can also feed it to pet wolves to heal them without any downsides.
* Even though it's more of a demon invasion, the first ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' had a unique view of where zombies come from. From the manual: "Zombies are formed from the corpses of men executed for the most depraved and degenerate crimes against the innocent. They are driven by both the hatred that consumed them in life and the undead hunger for mortal flesh." Though this was the only game in the series where this gets mentioned.
** The Black Death are variant zombies that will permanently remove 1 of your maximum hit points and there's no way to reverse this.
* [[spoiler: Yomiel]] of ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' best fits this type, as he is a ghost who is able to animate his own corpse. [[spoiler: This is thanks to a [[GreenRocks radioactive meteor]], a fragment of which is lodged in his body and keeps his corpse perpetually on the edge between life and death, making him virtually indestructible (much like Franchise/TheCrow). By the end of the story, the main character is like this.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfLomax'' has the TechnicallyLivingZombie variant. The zombies you encounter in the second world are actually lemmings magically turned by Evil Ed into monsters. They are blue and do the Zombie Gait at first, but start running angrily when hit once, and turn back into normal lemmings when you hit them the second time.
* The latest incarnation of the ''VideoGame/NexusWar'' series has both magical zombies summoned by player necromancers and NPC plague zombies. If a character is sufficiently [[GoodBadBugs unlucky]], it's possible to get one's body ripped in two (or [[BodyHorror more]]) pieces that get resurrected as both kinds. Which are then forced to fight each other.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' and ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Zombies are the most basic kind of undead (so basic that you can't even train them when playing as the Scourge) created when any normal human dies to [[ThePlague the Plague of Undeath]]. Without a necromancer to control them they wander, aimlessly attacking any living who approach.
* In ''VideoGame/TheTwistedTalesOfSpikeMcFang'', Dracuman Castle has been invaded by zombies that breathe fire. Only the English version calls them zombies; they were apparently supposed to be quasi-[[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Quasimodos]].
* The zombie in ''VideoGame/TheUltimateHauntedHouse'' is one of the monsters in the house, which sleeps in an iron maiden in a torture chamber in the house's basement. It is mindless, bright green, and looks like its skin is melting off, and unusually for a zombie, it attacks with magic curses rather than directly. Like all of the monsters in the house, it is described as "nasty" and cannot be attacked, only fled from.
* The zombies in ''VideoGame/NaziZombies'' were created by being injected with Element 115, and being somewhat controllable (with color-coordinated eye glow as well). While headshots will deal considerably more damage, it is not a requirement and some can live for a few seconds with their head blown off and still attacking you. Injecting them with more 115 can turn them back into being human.
* The zombies in ''Last Empire: War Z'' are plague-bearers, but are prone to radical mutation, they're smart enough to communicate in their native language, and can even be tamed. This led to the development of the Biochemical Center, which lets players manufacture [[EliteZombie zombie super-soldiers]] by genetically modifying TheVirus and then injecting either a zombie or a "volunteer" with it.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'', the zombies you meet in the game are just as intelligent as living people, and drinking coffee is apparently what keeps them that way. They're also (for zombies) a fairly decent bunch; even Rottytops, for all her threats of eating people and her reputation as a troublemaker and rabblerouser, actually hasn't so much as hurt a fly over the whole series - the only actually villainous thing she has done is [[spoiler:kidnapping Shantae's uncle Mimic]], which she regretted immediately and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone ran away crying out of shame and guilt]], and [[HeelFaceTurn has been much friendlier to Shantae to try and make up for it]].
* In ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'', there are Zombie Space Pirates, who move just as well as living Space Pirates. In ''Prime 2'', Dark Troopers are added to the mix, being much more similar to classic Zombies. Except with armor and energy-weapons.
* The minigame "Zombie Tag" in ''VideoGame/WiiParty'' involves Mii getting trapped in a CreepyCemetery with seemingly classical zombies running amok and trying to turn them into other zombies. The twist is that the whole zombie thing ''isn't permanent'': at sunrise, every single Mii (even the ones that were already zombies in the first place) turn back to normal.
* ''Videogame/{{Destiny}}'' has several variants on this:
** The Hive are a combination of parasite and voodoo, being an entire alien species of what are essentially TheUndead, who are linked to a parasitic worm-like lifeform that drives their bodies. The parasite is technically the only part of any Hive entity that is alive, with the rest of it being powered and animated by the parasite. The Hive being is still self-aware and can think and act on its own, [[HorrorHunger but the worm parasite is the only thing keeping it alive, and in order to feed it and grow stronger,]] the Hive must collect [[{{Mana}} Light]] from living beings that they slaughter.
** The second type of zombie is an artificial type, created by [[{{Nanomachines}} SIVA]] from [[spoiler: reanimating the dead bodies of the Iron Lords that died in its replication chamber]].
** [[EldritchAbomination The Darkness]] creates a variation of this through DemonicPossession when it wants to communicate directly with its servants, inhabiting and controlling dead bodies to allow it to speak directly to them, since without it the Darkness is a formless, shapeless mass of malevolence.
* Bit Monster's Gunner Z has zombies that were part of a weapons project by a rogue general who's doing a coup d'etat on the US gov't. Besides the standard zombie and a few usual variants (giant zombie and crawling suicide-bomber zombie), there's the Titan zombie. The Titans are twice the size of the already enormous giant zombies and the Titans have an energy beam BreathWeapon that hits as hard as a main battle tank's cannon. Also somewhat unusual is that these zombies are working with military forces - so you face gunner drones, IFV, and tanks using zombies as a screen.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Myth}}'', the Leveller is a dark god who perpetuates an endless cycle where good and evil reign alternately for 1000 years each. The Leveller has created Thralls to be his base troops. Each Thrall is an UnskilledButStrong zombie with a hefty axe that can take a good chunk out of its target, if it hits. Backing the Thrall are the equally mindless Wights, these are bloated gasbag zombies that can explode with more force than a dwarf's tossed bomb.
* The zombies of ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' took ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'''s virus mutant zombies and ran with it. The zombies here have various mutant strains with varying powers, such as the tank being an 8-foot tall muscle-freak abomination that can smash through obstacles with ease and soak up tons of gunfire from a group of surviovrs.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'', the Infected are people who have been infected with a deadly fungus that affects them in different stages. This causes them to warp physically as their bodies are readied for the fungus's reproductive cycle.

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* ''WebAnimation/BowsersKingdom'' has the zombies infected with PoisonMushroom spores from [[NumberOfTheBeast Episode 666]]. They eat flesh and turn anything into more of them.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNwCojCJ3-Q MEOW]]'' has [[EverythingsCuterWithKittens adorable kitty zombies]] created by toxic waste that seeped into a graveyard [[spoiler: They ''don't'' die from a BoomHeadshot and even if you kill yourself before they get you, ''you become one anyway'' once you die]].
* ''WebAnimation/DoraleousAndAssociates'' has the undead in Georgiana. For the most part, they're typical FleshEatingZombies... [[spoiler:but they're also TechnicallyLivingZombies, and can be cured if bitten by a non-zombie.]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Ethan is a sorcerer zombie, although he doesn't look much like a zombie.

* In ''Webcomic/BoyfriendOfTheDead'' being bitten by a zombie causes near instantaneous clinical death and reanimation as a zombie (to the point that they won't necessarily fall over if standing during the conversion). Although the disease has damaged the parts of their brains that deal with speaking, but other than that all zombies seem to retain their full intelligence, the ability to understand each others' groans like speech, and at least some of their personality... [[TranshumanTreachery plus a compulsion to devour uninfected humans upon smelling them]]. Initially act like Romero Zombies, slow and shambling, but going long enough without eating humans apparently restores their full speed, balance, and senses.
** Main character N is disgusted by most humans, refusing to eat them.
** The Twins turned into zombies because [[spoiler:they attacked and bit a hapless zombie]], and feel no desire to eat humans when the toy store they turned in has a perfectly good bakery.
--->'''Einz''': Why would you want to eat humans when there're cakes???
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfWiglafAndMordred'', there's one character who is a zombie, but the only evidence is that he has a HealingFactor and no pain response after the initial injury. He's also invincible, as the usual "destroy the brain" thing doesn't work. He's also completely sentient.
* There are several types of zombies in ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' including the twins Mye and Hexavier who were originally VoodooZombie s before Hex regained enough control to fight back and ended up very lifelike.
* ''{{Website/Bogleech}}:''
** Taken to the extreme in ''Bogleech Comics'' [[http://www.bogleech.com/comics/comic90-zombiefans.htm Zombie Fans]] story. Here we have [[http://www.bogleech.com/comics/comic91-zombiefans2.htm zombies]] that [[ThreateningShark breathe miniature zombie sharks when shot in the head]], giant [[http://www.bogleech.com/comics/comic92-zombiefans3.htm zombies]] with [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders cheerleader puppets attached to their heads]], [[http://www.bogleech.com/comics/comic93-zombiefans4.htm zombies]] whose [[YourHeadASplode heads explode in a massive pyrotechnic display when they're cut off]], and when [[http://www.bogleech.com/comics/comic94-zombiefans5.htm three of them]] bite you at once, you mutate into a tree that sprouts fruit [[MindScrew that turn into mini-vampires]].
** Bogleech's ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'' has human patients transform into [[http://www.bogleech.com/awfulhospital/special-slobs.html Slobs]] after death, or in some cases an arbitrary amount of time after being revived. Bog has indicated that anything can slobbify under the right, extremely rare conditions, but Gray Zoners (read: humans) are so incompatible with the Hospital on a basic level that the very concept of humanity begins to break down, causing them to slobbify based on whatever affliction they're suffering from.
* ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics'' has the ''[[FictionalDocument After Dark]]'' novel series, starring a bevy of zombies in name only.
-->'''Horse-man:''' Wait, he's a zombie but he's handsome? And he's an amazing basketball player? And he can FLY? What on earth makes him a zombie? What conflict does the story have?
* The zombies of ''Webcomic/TheZombieHunters'' are divided into ''[[AllThereInTheManual seven different classes]].'' All are ''[[IAmAHumanitarian Flesh-eating]]'' ''[[TheVirus Plague-bearers]]'' with BlackEyesOfCrazy, but each class has their own traits and behaviors, and many have ''[[SuperPoweredMooks superpowers]].'' ''[[NightOfTheLivingMooks Crawlers]]'' are [[ZombieGait old-fashioned]] [[ZergRush Zerg Rushers]], but [[LostInACrowd hidden]] [[TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse among them]] could be ''[[MakeMeWannaShout Howlers]]'' , who [[OurBansheesAreLouder emit a cry]] that [[BrownNote causes nausea and vertigo]], ''[[BreathWeapon Spitters]]'', who vomit [[HollywoodAcid acidic]] [[PoisonIsCorrosive poison]] from as far as fifty yards away, or ''[[DeadlyGaze Basilisks]]'', who paralyze with [[RedEyesTakeWarning their gaze]], eating victims' [[FacialHorror faces]] while they're [[AndIMustScream helpless to move or speak]]. ''[[MercyKill Mercies]]'' move like humans, only approaching the sick, injured or dying. They bite, then ''[[CradlingYourKill hold and comfort]]'' the dying victim, [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou protecting them]] from other zombies. By contrast, ''[[SuperPersistentPredator Hunters]]'' and ''[[TheBerserker Bersekers]]'' are [[SuperSpeed faster]] and [[SuperReflexes more agile]] than normal humans. ''Hunters'' are solitary, [[StealthExpert stealthily]] stalking victims over [[LeParkour any terrain]], for as long as [[ParanoiaFuel weeks]] before [[DeadlyLunge ambushing them]]. ''Berserkers'', who travel alone or in small packs, are the rarest and [[ItCanThink most intelligent]], [[SuperStrength strong ]] and capable of outrunning human sprinters once they sight prey. After [[DeadlyLunge ambush]], they slowly and [[AxCrazy sadistically]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat]] and [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] their victim into unconsciousness before biting, all while [[SlasherSmile grinning]] and [[TheHyena laughing]] [[LaughingMad madly]]. Only being bitten or vomited on causes [[ViralTransformation imminent zombification]]. Otherwise, exposure to bodily fluids through an orifice or wound leaves a person alive but ''[[ZombieInfectee Infected]].'' Able to live full, asymptomatic lives, their virus is [[TyphoidMary communicable]], but dormant until death, when they'll [[CameBackWrong inevitably reanimate]]. An exception to the above classes is Charlie, who through AppliedPhlebotinum, also becomes a revenant, regaining [[HealingFactor healing]], [[TokenHeroicOrc full sentience]] and [[HalfHumanHybrid partial]] [[HumanityEnsues humanity]] but left with the capacity to starve, GhostAmnesia, a dependence on [[HumanResources donated]] [[VegetarianVampire blood and tissue]] and a need to disguise his [[RedRightHand zombie traits]] as he lives amongst Infected humans.
* ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'' has two types of zombie: There are the ''plods'', which are essentially just corpses reanimated with magic to serve as a tireless workforce (they are accepted because slavery is of course much worse). The plods do still have HorrorHunger, and thus wear metal masks all the time, and they have a certain glint in their eyes that might indicate some awareness. They are not really "alive", however, unlike the ''galit''. A galit is an undead with a soul attached, and on very rare occasions (or maybe only through a certain ritual, it has not been explained in-story) retain their personality, memories and conscience as well. This is the case with main character Duane, who ironically enough hates seeing undead due to his religion stating it is blasphemy to let corpses go unburned. Due to this form of undeath allowing the soul to stay in place, the galit might more accurately be referred to as revenants or ghouls, or simply TheUndead. Unlike the "recycled labor" that is the plods, creating galit by binding souls to corpses is considered BlackMagic and a fearsome sin by the populace. It should also be noted that despite retaining their soul, a galit is still not a perfect undead, and have both HorrorHunger as well as rotting limbs. Duane has spent six years fighting against his own subconscious trying to make him eat people, and at night he has to shackle himself so that his SanitySlippage doesn't make him go out on [[FleshEatingZombie a mindless hunt for human flesh]]. That said, he doesn't actually require any food to keep going, it's just that hunger is the motivating force that keeps plods going. If he wasn't ravenous, he'd drop redead on the spot.
* Bo himself in ''Webcomic/MonsterSoup'' may be different from other zombies in the same universe in so far as he has not expired yet. [[spoiler: Also, there is something different about his blood even among zombies that makes it a FantasticDrug.]]
* The Sorceress has at least once raised an army of the undead[[spoiler:...so that she can watch them make-out with each other, raising the possibility that she started out as ''Webcomic/BobsBurgers''' Tina. ]]
* Zombies are used for manual labor in one city in ''Webcomic/BeachesAndBasilisks''.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has several different types. Besides "traditional" zombies, they also have Jaegermonsters and Constructs, which are essentially creations, and Revenants, which are infected by a slaver wasp. They are like sleeper agents, going about their business and not even realizing they are infected until triggered to fight on the behalf of "the Other".
* In ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'', we only see one zombie, who is the narrator. Exactly how he ended up as a zombie is unclear, with Hanna only vaguely mentioning rumors of a few successful instances of reanimating the dead. Upon becoming a zombie, the guy turned green, his eyes became sunken and glowing, and while he could still feel pain, having severed limbs re-attached doesn't hurt very much. He also doesn't sleep, smells like a room that hasn't been aired out, and shows no inclination to eat the living. Since he's the only one we've seen as a zombie, it's yet to be confirmed if this is normal zombie behavior for the series.
* The zombies in the Korean Web Toon ''Webcomic/WakeUpDeadman'' are just normal people who happen to be dead and rotting, it's the media and the government that makes them out to be a mindless cannibal hoard. They don't need to eat or sleep, although [[spoiler: if they become sleepy it means they're too damaged and will die for good]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'' the [[CelestialBureaucracy Department of Minor Nuisances]] makes a distinction between VoodooZombie and everyone else. ''(Apparently they have [[WeirdTradeUnion separate unions.]])''
* ''Webcomic/WastelandersAnonymous'': Jeff is a zombie. At least that's what everyone calls him. So far, he's acted exactly like a normal human though he's kinda helpless. Also he has that scar that never healed because he doesn't have any blood to heal with. Benjamin also teased him that he can be killed by a bullet through the brain. Other than that, he's just another human.
* ''Webcomic/HeroesOfThantopolis'' Zombies are incredibly weak, and are penned up in a movie theater and have popcorn thrown at them, killing them instantly.
* ''Webcomic/KongTower'' {{Lampshades}} this [[http://townsendwright.com/kong-tower/kt46/ here]] in which [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Rob McCobb, Zombie P.I.]] cites just about every option listed on this page as possibilities for how a slowly-turning zombie will end up. Sort of {{Subverted}} in that it turns out to be the stereotypical ''"Brains!"'' moaning zombie.
--> '''Rob McCobb:''' People think ''zombieism'' must be ''one condition,'' like a disease. Truth is, "Zombie" is about as descriptive as "Biped." Or are you the same thing as a bird, kangaroo, and velociraptor?
* The monsters from ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'' have a lot in common with zombies. They're people (and animals, with house cats being the only immune mammal) killed, mutated, and ressurected by TheVirus. However, they spread MeatMoss everywhere, are called "[[AllTrollsAreDifferent Trolls]]" by the Scandinavian cast and [[BodyOfBodies conglomerate]] into creatures referred to as "giants". They might also be magic zombies; one of the theories about them is the gods got sick of everyone ignoring them and crashed civilization. The fact that TheMagicComesBack shortly after the ZombieApocalypse lends credence to this.
* ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' has millions of zombies of various kinds, mostly intelligent. At one point it is questioned whether a human corpse puppet-operated by a hive-mind swamp qualifies, but Unity argues:
--> Who's us? You're a bio-revenant. I'm nanotech. The Emperor is an undead extension of his people's will.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* In Webvideo/{{Brains}}, zombies can pass as living humans if they consistently eat brains, even animal brains. They are also capable of having sex without spreading the infection, though they are not capable of sexually reproducing.
* The main character of ''Literature/SacreyasLegacy'', Ben Mason, was saved from death by a good-natured MadScientist and retained his memories and intelligence. However, he does have to resist the flesh-eating aspect, and when TheVirus spreads across the city, it's shown that the majority of the infected become mindless monsters.
* By the same creator as the Zombie Fans comic, ''WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}}'' zombies have an extremely powerful HealingFactor, most are insane but some retain their former intellect (And thus are suitable as player characters), and if they try to [[{{Squick}} have sex]] they can produce one out of many horrible zombie/fetus monsters.
** There's also the implication of weirder things, as it is implied that the Zombie Virus (which is in fact a collection of different viruses, present in every living human and activated when they die) was designed to create the [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey Starchild-like]] [[http://bogleech.com/mortasheen/oovule.htm Oovule]] as its ultimate result, somehow gone horribly wrong. Or perhaps it went just as planned, they never say.
* Carron from ''WebOriginal/JourneyQuest''. Originally a Cleric serving an undead-hating deity, he gets killed by Orcs in the third episode. Sir Perf Louis, the party's dyslexic Wizard, attempts to revive him, but because of his dyslexia, he messes up, turning Carron into an undead cleric serving an undead-hating deity.
-->'''Perf:''' Eek, a Zombie!
-->'''Carron:''' Not a Zombie. You see, there are two basic types of undead. First there are the corporeals, which are skeletons, zombies, ghouls... Living bodies, without a soul. Then you have the ''in''corporeals, which are ghosts and wraiths... Living souls, without a body. What ''you'' have managed to do, which has baffled scientists and necromancers for ''centuries'', is you have created a sentient corporeal... A living soul trapped inside a rotting corpse!
-->'''Perf:''' Does it hurt?
-->'''Carron:'''Being undead? Kinda itches. The burning resentment however...

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' stealing from nerds turns them into zombie-like creatures who relentlessly pursue the thief. They can be restored to normal if the stolen object is returned to them, but that won't guaruntee that they won't be resentful.
** Also the Senior Citizombies in ''WesternAnimation/OperationZERO''. They are very old no matter how young they were before they were transformed, but they are also very strong and capable fighters. They also maintain their original memories and personalities, but are subservient to Grabdfather.
* Zombies show up a few times in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** In the pilot episode "Tourist Trapped", Dipper suspects Mabel's new boyfriend Norman is some kind of RevenantZombie ([[TotallyNotAWerewolf he's actually]] [[OurGnomesAreWeirder five gnomes]] [[TotemPoleTrench stacked on top of each other]]).
** In the season two premiere "Scary-oke", Dipper accidentally summons a swarm of magically-animated zombies with a spell he finds in the journal. These zombies are the Flesh-Eating type, gaunt cadavers in various states of decay who attack the living and can spread TheVirus. They also have an unusual weakness: singing in three-part harmony [[YourHeadASplode causes their skulls to shatter messily]]. Someone bit by these kinds of zombies will retain their personality, and just gain an unnatural desire to eat brains. [[spoiler: And can be cured with [[NoodleImplements a lot of formaldehyde. And cinnamon.]]]]
* In ''Roleplay/AK47sISOTMapgame'', the undead of the Eternal Union are smart enough to use guns and military tactics.
* In a high-tech variation of this trope, the eponymous ''WesternAnimation/SpiralZone'' is a FogOfDoom that turns people into "Zoners", who are essentially mindless zombie slaves at the service of Overlord and his Black Widows.
* Zombies appear in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' episode "Buster the Ghost". They are partially ectoplasmic though as they can walk through walls.
* Zombies are the most common kind of monster seen in ''WesternAnimation/GravedaleHigh'', as the school is located near a graveyard. Two Zombies; Blanche (a student) and Coach Cadaver (a teacher) are prominent characters.
** Mrs. Crone's pet cat Clawford is a zombie cat, as shown by him having still the marks of the car that kill him. Probably a reference to ''Literature/PetSematary''.

* Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s Wrestling/TheUndertaker, a zombie gravedigger who can levitate and/or bring down lightning every so often... and decides the way to use this is to go be a wrestling champion. Go figure.
* ''WebVideo/JourneyQuest'' presents us with a "theoretically impossible" form of undead. A sentient soul stuck in a mobile rotting corpse.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In paleontology, "zombie taxon" is the term for an extinct species for which fossils dating from an earlier period have been displaced into a more-recent geological context (e.g. if a trilobite fossil from the Permian erodes out of a rock face in the Cretaceous, lands on a dead dinosaur, and is found among the dinosaur's bones in the present).
* A [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie_%28computer_science%29 zombie]] in computer speak is a CPU connected to the Internet currently controlled by malicious third party such a hacker, a troyan or a virus. Those computers are commonly used to send spam and junk mail or to participate in distributed denial-of-service attacks. Since these computers are "enslaved" by an "evil" master and forced to do menial tasks, they are metaphorically compared to zombies of the voodo variety.
** In Linux, when a parent process spawns a child process it must either hang around to watch the child die or declare that it has no interest in doing so. If a child dies when the parent has done neither of these things it cannot pass on and instead becomes a zombie, an empty shell of a process which does nothing more than barely exist until the system gets around to bashing its head in with a spanner. Linux technical documentation has much to say on the subject of ensuring that you do not turn your children into zombies.
* A [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie_star Zombie star]] is the remnant of a certain type of supernova, in which the star is not completely destroyed but instead sent elsewhere at very high speeds. That said star is a white dwarf -kind of a stellar corpse- justifies the name.
* A philosophical zombie is one that can recite ''Cogito ergo sum'' without meaning or understanding it.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiocordyceps_unilateralis The "zombie fungus".]] (At least one SF story exists where the dude doesn't zombiefy ants, but also humans.)
* "Wombies" (as in worm zombies) are mentioned in "The Gene: An Intimate History" by Siddhartha Mukherjee. They are clearly a victim of RuleOfCool naming and would rather fall under BungledSuicide.[[note]]Some cells of Caenorhabditis elegans are doomed to die for the greater of worm. The name refers to a mutant where the apoptosis doesn't work and they live happily ever after. So, nothing undead, rather the opposite.[[/note]]