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The original zombie [[{{hipster}} before it was cool]].

The idea and word ''zombi'' originated in Voudon beliefs in the Caribbean, though the etymological roots date back to West Africa. It referred to those enslaved by sorcerers (who were known as ''bokors'') who have not allowed them a peaceful death or have put them in trances to make them think they are dead.

Zombies based on this tradition are originally slaves to a sorcerer or {{Necromancer}}. If [[TechnicallyLivingZombie living]], they have been {{Brainwashed}} using MoreThanMindControl. If undead, they have been [[AnimateDead reanimated]] with {{blood|Magic}}, [[BlackMagic evil, or some other form of unholy magic]]. As such, they may be vulnerable to ReviveKillsZombie. [[SaltSolution Salt]], of all things, can often break the spell, freeing the living and allowing the dead to rest...or go after their master in a vengeful rage.

If these zombies break their control or their master is killed, they may become {{Flesh Eating Zombie}}s.

This type is commonly encountered in TabletopGames and VideoGames with roots in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.

This idea of a [[UndeadLaborers zombie slave]] has been [[OurZombiesAreDifferent largely replaced in pop culture]] by the idea of zombies as masterless monsters out to kill and eat the living, as introduced by Creator/GeorgeARomero in ''Film/{{Night of the Living Dead|1968}}''.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Ghouls in the ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' universe tend most heavily towards Voodoo, although FleshEatingZombie and PlagueZombie elements are present. They are created when a natural vampire completely drains the blood of a non-virgin human, and they die when their master dies. During a routine vampire killing mission in Ireland, Hellsing encounters a vampire whose ghouls do not die when their master dies (the vampire having been killed by Iscariot's Alexander Anderson before Hellsing was finished with the ghouls), and it turns out that the vampire was created artificially through the use of "freak chips". The fact that freak-chipped vampires do ''not'' create vampires, even from children obviously too young to be anything but virgins, is one of the first clues that Hellsing is dealing with [[WeMeetAgain an enemy thought to be completely extinguished]].
* The zombies of ''Manga/OnePiece'''s Thriller Bark StoryArc are a combination of Voodoo and ArtificialZombie. They're reanimated by villain Gecko Moria's LivingShadow-based Kage-Kage Devil Fruit. Through it, Moria can steal shadows off a living person and put them into dead bodies rebuilt by Doktor Hogback. The resulting zombies have the personality traits, fighting skills, etc. as whoever the shadow came from.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies'', combined with FleshEatingZombie.
* [[MarvelUniverse Marvel]] ''Zuvembies'', on the other hand, are straight voodoo. Used because UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode at the time prohibited "walking dead" monsters lacking a literary pedigree. The "zuvembie" name originated in Creator/RobertEHoward's story "Pigeons from Hell". (In Howard's story, the zuvembie was actually something unique-- see below.)
* Solomon Grundy, from the Franchise/TheDCU and the Franchise/{{DCAU}}, was a mobster who was killed and thrown in a cursed swamp. The curse caused him to reanimate decades later as a soulless, grey monster. Fortunately he doesn't reek due to being a Golden Age GL foe and thus [[WeaksauceWeakness made largely of plant matter]].
* The hordes of undead raised by the Zombie Priest from ''ComicBook/TheGoon'' are fairly standard, although a few are capable of speech and performing complex tasks. The Zombie Priest himself isn't actually a zombie, but rather a demon in disguise. There's also Willie Nagel, a friendly and intelligent zombie.
* Papa Midnite from ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' employs Zombies as a labor force, since he is a Voodoo magician they fit this trope.
* ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'': Bombie the Zombie was enchanted by African voodoo priest Foola Zoola to get revenge on Scrooge [=McDuck=] for [[CharacterizationMarchesOn attacking his tribe and stealing his land]]. Scrooge, who strongly resembled his future nephew Donald, changed his appearance back just enough to confuse Bombie to leave him be. However, Bombie continued to pursue Scrooge for years as the curse was never lifted, and eventually went after Donald in Carl Barks's original story.
* The Rock Zombies in ''ComicBoo/{{Runaways}}''. Although they turn out to be not actually undead, but rather people deformed and mind controlled by Magic. And then there's Dead George Pellham from the 1907 arc.
* Such zombies sometime show up in ''ComicBook/TexWiller''. Differently from most occasions, they ''can'' be killed with ease by taking away or destroying the charm they wear as a necklace, as it's the thing keeping them reanimated.
** Before an actual zombie first showed up, a doctor at an insane asylum with knowledge of voodoo ([[JustifiedTrope one of his patients believed himself to be the earthly avatar of Baron Samedi, after all]]) declared that actual zombies did not exist, and the ''apparent'' ones were simply unfortunate people who had been drugged up to appear living dead.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Arrowsmith}}'', voodoo zombies are seen as part of the Gallian colonial troops; where their role is presumably to serve as cannon fodder.

[[folder: Film ]]
* Most of the movies featuring zombies prior to ''Night of the Living Dead'' fall under this category. ''Film/WhiteZombie,'' (1932), arguably the first zombie movie, has zombie mill workers caused by voodoo. The comedy ''King of the Zombies'' (1941), Creator/ValLewton's dark horror film ''Film/IWalkedWithAZombie'' (1943), the dreadful movie ''I Eat Your Skin'' (1964) and the Film/HammerHorror movie ''Film/ThePlagueOfTheZombies'' (1966) all feature this type prominently.
* One of the few interesting points in the [[SoBadItsGood ZZ-grade sci-fi classic]] ''Film/TheCrawlingEye'' was the invading aliens' ability to create voodoo-ish spies/fifth columnists from the bodies of their victims (well, those they didn't [[LosingYourHead decapitate outright]], of course).
* Though his original means of resurrection are never specified, Officer Matthew Cordell, after being blown up in ''Film/ManiacCop2'', is brought back again via voodoo magic used by a wannabee witch doctor in ''Film/ManiacCop3BadgeOfSilence''.
* The zombies shown in Creator/WesCraven's ''Film/TheSerpentAndTheRainbow'' are all voodoo zombies. This movie is, in a sense, a {{Deconstruction}}, as it goes into some detail on how voodoo zombies are created using a special powder.
* The title of the early Creator/{{Troma}} film ''Zombie Island Massacre'' refers to this type of zombie, although the film turns out to be a slasher and not a zombie movie.
* ''Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things'' is the result of someone playing with a black magic ritual-- that said, the zombies otherwise behave like Romero-style flesh eaters.
* ''Psychomania'' has gained some notoriety as "[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot zombies on motorcycles]]", but are really zombies only in retrospect. More accurately, they're willing participants in a ritual that grants eternal life. The ritual requires that they first die. On revival, they carry on as before; they are essentially their own creator.
* The [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K-featured]] ''Film/ZombieNightmare'' revolves around a young man brought back from the dead by a voodoo priestess to get revenge on the teenagers who killed him in a hit-and-run.
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'', Blackbeard is a proficient voodoo practitioner. One of his abilities is resurrecting the dead men he kills, being his own crewmen or his enemies, and turning them into servant zombie warriors on his ship.
* ''Film/BigTitsZombie'' feature zombies summoned by the Necronomicon. They are also of the running variety (as well as sword fighting variety).
* In ''Film/CastADeadlySpell'', zombies are used as cheap labor or as enforcers and bodyguards. Crime boss Harry Bordon in particular has an ever-present ScaryBlackMan zombie bodyguard.
-->'''Lovecraft''': [''indicating the zombie''] What happened to your regular legbreakers?\\
'''Bordon''': Progress.\\
'''Tugwell''': Zombies don't eat, don't complain...\\
'''Bordon''': ...don't get ideas.
* Bernie of ''[[Film/WeekendAtBernies Weekend At Bernie's 2]]'' was murdered in the first film, and in the second was partially revived by a voodoo curse. Only partially because ThoseTwoBadGuys who were sent to perform the ritual screwed it up, and as a result, Bernie is only ambulatory when music is playing.
* ''Sugar Hill'' is what happens when {{Blaxploitation}} meets voodoo zombies. What's particularly unusual is that it's the heroine who leads a zombie army - the title character sells her soul to Baron Samedi in return for him raising an undead army for her, which she then uses to avenge her boyfriend who was murdered by gangsters.
* In ''Film/KingOfTheZombies'', Dr. Sangre is a Nazi agent running a voodoo. He has his high priestess Tahama raise a group of zombies to act as servants and muscle. Lacking the ability to raise the dead himself, he hypnotises Jeff and Mac into believing they are zombies.

* The Zombie Master in Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series creates voodoo zombies. Neither the zombies nor their creator are threatening. Xanth zombies are mostly benign, although when called on to fight they make fearsome opponents. They are not contagious, although they deteriorate, and many suffer from brain-damage as their grey matter decomposes. They result either from the occasional person with unfinished business or from a corpse reanimated by the Zombie Master. Or, in one rather depressing case, [[spoiler:the Zombie Master himself after he suicides.]]
* Micah E. F. Martin's ''Literature/TheCanticle'' gives us ghouls, which are distressingly fast, hungry, and hard to kill. Still not very smart, though.
* Jim Butcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/DeadBeat'' pretty much skewers the idea of the Hollywood horror movie zombie, with Harry Dresden himself asking why someone would go to the trouble of working intricate dark magics just to get something that shuffles like an arthritic grandmother and thinks of nothing but brains (not to mention that, say, a [[spoiler:zombie dinosaur]] may well be a much better choice for the discerning wizard). The zombies of the Dresdenverse are pumped full of dark magic to the point that they're stronger and faster than the average human, as well as completely pliant to the will of the necromancer that raised them... provided they maintain the spell (by supplying a "heartbeat", usually via drumming), of course.
* In the ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' series zombies have to be animated by someone with the power to do so. They are obedient to the person who raised them, and have a varied amount of memory and personality depending on time passed since death, power level of the animator, and quality of blood sacrifice that raised them. Eating flesh will prevent them from decaying as rapidly, but an ordinary competently raised zombie is unlikely to go on a rampage unless they are a murder victim or used to be an animator themselves. The eponymous character's day job (well, night job) is as a zombie reanimator.
* The haunts in P.C. Hodgell's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'' are a combination of multiple types. They voodoo in that they are created by the malignant, evil/chaotic influence of Perimal Darkling. Unburned corpses of humans or animals left in areas where Darkling influence is bleeding into the normal world--the Haunted Lands--become haunts. However, they are also {{Plague Zombie}}s in that an untreated haunt bite can turn a bitten human into a haunt. While haunts bite people, they don't seem to do it out of hunger; it's an attack. Haunts are normally stupid, shambling creatures, although they do retain some memory of their former lives, sometimes calling out to the still-living. One character who is bitten and turns into a haunt, though, remains themselves through force of will, and proves capable of continuing to be a productive member of society despite their status.
* Walking dead were sent by the Fore to attack the heroes/gamers in the [[ShowWithinAShow South Seas Treasure]] game in ''Literature/DreamPark'' (by Creator/LarryNiven and Steven Barnes). Not voodoo, but same idea.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', when the malevolent Others kill someone, it reanimates as a "wight," a freezing cold zombie with glowing blue eyes. They are resistant to normal weapons but highly susceptible to fire ([[spoiler: and obsidian, probably because it's igneous rock and therefore "created" by fire]]). Hacked-off limbs continue to move for many days afterwards, but will eventually crumble apart.
* Mike Carey's ''Literature/FelixCastor'' series has zombies as [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghosts]] who return in (mostly) their own bodies: one of them, tech whiz kid, ConspiracyTheorist and DeadpanSnarker Nicky Heath, plays a crucial and recurring role, as does his voodoo physical therapist Imelda.
* The Inferi of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' are corpses animated by dark magic.
* The Lifeless of ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' are pretty much treated like robots that happen to be made from reanimated corpses instead of metal. Once created they are perfectly obedient (though most have passwords built into them so that only certain people can command them) and will follow any instruction to the letter, though like real-world computers this often needs to be very specific to avoid LiteralGenie moments. They absolutely will ''not'' rampage or eat brains unless someone is stupid enough to tell them to. In the nation of Hallandren they are a widely accepted part of society, though in other parts of the world they are regarded as abominations.
* ''Literature/PetSematary''. Possibly a mishmash, as the tie-in with Wendigo legend includes cannibalism.
* The T'lan Imass of ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' by Steven Erikson are several tribes of undead Neanderthals who underwent a ritual many thousands of years ago to make themselves undead so that they'd be able to carry out the full extermination of the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Jaghut]], their former masters, making them closer to the "Voodoo" sort of zombie than the others. In the present day, they've mostly lost their way, with many tribes having been wiped out completely and others simply losing their will to exist, turning them to dust.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/TheScarletCitadel", Pelias resurrects a jailer who was killed by Conan so that the two can be let out of their prison. This move ''creeps Conan the fuck out''.
* In ''Iron Dawn'', chryseids are leathery-skinned, sentient zombie minions animated by Simi-Ascalon's corrupted Egyptian magic.
* In ''Literature/BrownGirlInTheRing'' the gang lord Rudy controls several zombies using a process taught to him by a Ioa. [[spoiler: one of which is his own daughter, Mi-Jeanne]]
* ''The Boy Who Couldn't Die'': Has a mix of "voodoo magic" mixed with toxins used in real life hoodoo practices, who apparently did not have all the ingredients.
* In ''Cold Kiss'', Wren, who has PsychicPowers, brings back her boyfriend Danny using BlackMagic. [[spoiler: Unfortunately he has a DamagedSoul.]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'' story "Mardi Gras", voodoo zombies are created by purely chemical methods. Once the effects wear off, the victims return to normal with no memories of what happened.
* Voodoo zombies are discussed briefly in ''Literature/TheZombieSurvivalGuide'', which has a section explaining how to distinguish them from the deadlier "viral zombies" which are the book's main focus.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' there's a discussion of voodoo practices when the wizards get distracted from "Why is Windle Poons a zombie?" by the more interesting question "''Is'' Windle Poons ''technically'' a zombie?"
** In ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', Mrs Googol is a voodoo priestess who says she only raises zombies when there ain't no alternative, like when the house needs repainting. She is accompanied by Saturday: "He was - or, technically, had been - a tall, handsome man. He still was, only now he looked like someone who had walked through a room full of cobwebs." [[spoiler: He's also the late Baron of Genua - yes, Baron Saturday.]] It's mentioned that Discworld voodoo can't bring someone back from the dead unless they have serious UnfinishedBusiness they want to come back for.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The zombie of the ''Series/KolchakTheNightStalker'' episode. It takes orders [[spoiler: from its voodoo priestess mother]], kills mainly by snapping the spine, moves rather fast, and is finally put down by having rock salt poured into its mouth when dormant followed by sewing the mouth shut.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' (infected with a Kryptonian virus).
* ''Series/TheXFiles''[=/=]''Series/{{Millennium}}'' crossover episode had corpses brought back to life using necromancy. They would attack anyone in the vicinity who was not protected by a ring of blood or salt. They could be killed by a bullet to the head, but those injured by zombies didn't turn into zombies unless actually killed (whereupon the spirits used to animate the corpses would infect them).
* ''Series/TheCape'' had a group of people turned into the rough equivalent of voodoo zombies through TTX poisoning - a rare (for the show) case of ShownTheirWork.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' had "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things", where a girl killed in a car crash is brought back as a zombie by [[spoiler: a guy who had a crush on her]] using an ancient spell. She's actually pretty normal, [[spoiler: apart from being completely psychotic]].
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' seemed to have a variation of this. The Man in Black [[spoiler: resurrected the recently-dead Sayid, who became his psychotic recruit. He also "claimed" Claire and most of Danielle's team, all of whom were strongly implied to have been killed (or at the very least, badly hurt) prior to turning evil. Sayid and Claire both fought out of this though, and remained alive.]]
** [[spoiler: Well, until a bomb went off soon after, in Sayid's case.]]
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'' Cora resurrects several people whom she killed by ripping out their hearts using their hearts which she magically preserved.
* Literal Voodoo zombies appear in ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'', summoned by Marie Laveau. The first time to deal with racists who had killed the son of one of her employees in the 70s, the second time [[spoiler: to attack the witches school]]. Less literal but still cases of resurrection by magic are [[spoiler: Kyle and Madison]].
* The 'drugged into a deathlike trance and mind-controlled' version appears in the ''Series/MacGyver1985'' episode "Walking Dead". The bad guy attempts to do this to [=MacGyver=], but he is able to shake off the effects.
* The ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "The Thin Dead Line" had a KnightTemplar police captain raise murdered cops as Voodoo Zombies to continue patrolling the streets, which caused problems due to their tendency to unprovoked PoliceBrutality.
* Zombies in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Dead Man's Party" are magically revived by a Nigerian demon. As Giles explains it, Zombies actually do not eat human flesh and there's no indication that they can be killed by hitting the head.
* In the ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' the Wesen known as Baron Samedi (a ghede from Haitian folklore, mind you) can turn people into living zombies by affecting them with his own toxine (as he is a puffer fish Wesen).
* The Wights in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' are undead slaves under the control of the Night's King.

* Raised in Music/AliceCooper's "Black Juju" from ''Music/LoveItToDeath''.
-->''Bodies need rest, we all need our rest''\\
''Sleep an easy sleep, rest, rest''\\
''Bodies need their rest, all need our rest''\\
''Sleep an easy sleep, rest, rest, rest, rest''\\
''But come back in the morning''\\
''Come back hard.''
* Nigerian musician Music/FelaKuti wrote a satirical song called "Zombie" which criticises the Nigerian Army by comparing them to zombies.
-->''Zombie no go go, unless you tell am to go''\\
''Zombie no go stop, unless you tell am to stop''\\
''Zombie no go turn, unless you tell am to turn''\\
''Zombie no go think, unless you tell am to think''\\


[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'s'' beloved sociopath, Uncle Duke, spent some time as a zombie after his Baby Doc med school scam got on the bad side of a deposed Haitian tyrant. His zombification appeared to be drug-induced; he'd been found dead and appeared some time later going by the name "Legume" with no memory of who he was, his name or whether he'd had hair, and an inability to resist the zombie serum. He was, however, non-violent and able to converse and even engage with other people.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/KatarinaWaters Winter]] drugged Wrestling/AngelinaLove into an obedient zombie like state on Wrestling/{{TNA}} Impact. In this case the long term goal wasn't to make Love a slave or convince anyone she had died but rather to make Angelina [[SingleTargetSexuality love]] her. [[TheBadGuyWins It worked]], as Angelina stayed loyal to Winter even after breaking out of the trance.
* In 2014, Wrestling/UltraMantisBlack resurrected his old nemesis Blind Rage to serve him in Wrestling/{{Chikara}}. This backfired when Wrestling/{{Hallowicked}} turned Rage on Mantis instead.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Common low-level monsters, ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' zombies (and skeletons) are nearly always mindless {{mooks}} animated by necromancy.
** Unless you've run into a juju zombie from early editions, which are smarter.
** Or one of the variant zombies from 4th Edition, which can have un-mooklike powers.
** Or your DM owns ''Van Richten's Guide To The Walking Dead'', in which case all bets are off.
* The basic melee unit of the undead faction, ''TabletopGame/DragonDice'' zombies are the core of any undead army with a focus on melee combat. Can be assembled into a shambling horde, some overlap with FleshEatingZombie.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', Abyssals and Deathlords make frequent use of reanimated corpses, though they also often cross over into ArtificialZombie via Necrotech, which is basically {{Magitek}} crossed with this. Midnight Caste Abyssals (dark mirrors of Zenith Caste Solars) even get the ability to raise a corpse as a zombie with a mere touch.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', children of the Loa (both heroic and villainous) can create or recruit zombie servants.
** So can, in fact, all Scions with access to a birthright that grants the Death domain.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Warriors'' has an American marine who was betrayed and killed by his squad-mates while stationed in Haiti. Proximity to a voodoo priest caused his body to reanimate. Currently looking for revenge, he has a number of tricks up his sleeve, including burying himself over night to heal.
* In ''TabletopGame/UnhallowedMetropolis'', what reports have come back of the state of Central Africa have invariably come from people driven insane from what they witnessed there, but they tend to include references to unholy empires where zombie and human alike answer to witch doctors who demand living sacrifices to placate their dark gods. If there's any truth to these stories, it seems ''very'' likely that the zombies there are voodoo, or something akin to it.
* This is a recurring power in the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', possessed by a variety of supernaturals.
** ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' features the Bokor [[PrestigeClass Legacy]] - who, as you'd imagine by their name, kinda make this their stock and trade.
* "Revived King Ha Des" from the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card game, a Zombie-type resurrected version of the Fiend-type Dark Ruler Ha Des.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* The "Icon" of Ride/BuschGardens' Theatre/HowlOScream event in 2003 was the "Death Spirit" -- a zombie that was brought back to life via African voodoo means.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' and ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Which also have aspects of flesh-eating (as they can feed on humanoids) and plague-bearing (as they were created by a plague).
** The undead really fit into all these categories. The trolls have voodoo zombies, which seem to have free will. Abominations and Flesh Golems are constructs, ghouls eat flesh, and there's a plague going around... though it's not infectious in the traditional manner. WMG seems to point to a fungal agent that has to be eaten, or straight necromancy (voodoo go!) which can have some strange results.
** There are also creatures literally named Revenants who are undead creatures bonded to elemental spirits.
* [=LeChuck=] from ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'' is resurrected using voodoo magic involving his still-living beard from when he was a ghost.
** Later on in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', [[spoiler: Guybrush comes back as a zombie using the locket's [[HourOfPower Hour of Voodoo Power]] which, when almost used up, may cause [[ImHavingSoulPains Soul Pains]] and ResurrectionSickness, resulting in a dispossession; that power can be made permanent if he finds the [[PowerUpFood Spirit Gum]].]]
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has the Banished Pantheon, a voodoo cult who's lowest ranking minions are zombies. They even have Adamastor, a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever zombie as tall as a skyscraper]]
* The zombies in ''VideoGame/GhostPiratesOfVoojuIsland'' are cheap laborers. They are basically harmless, but tend to turn against each other.
* ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' has corpses reanimated by the magic of the Ancients. Note that the player can also command zombies with the right spell.
* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', zombies and other undead are most commonly created by demons from [[SpiritWorld the Fade]] inhabiting corpses, either naturally (in areas where the Veil that separates the material world from the Fade is weak) or through the actions of mages or other powerful forces. Most such undead are best suited as foot soldiers, being fast and strong and tough, though rarely a possessed corpse will become something far more powerful such as a Revenant or Arcane Horror.
* Necromancers in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' can raise any piece of a corpse that has a grasping limb to be their servant.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has the Forsworn Briarhearts. Which are essentially very strong individuals brought back from the dead to fight once more. The Hargravens accomplish this by replacing the heart with a 'Briar Heart'. There are also the Draugr, who are mostly normal zombies but have been brought back to semi-life by the Dragon Priests or Draugr Deathlords that more often than not own the tombs.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemptionUndeadNightmare'' initially appears to follow the classic Romero rules: all dead bodies are reanimated at the time of the curse, the zombie plague can be spread through biting, and only headshots kill. An addition not found in Romero films is that holy water kills them as well. However, returning the cursed Aztec mask causes all zombies who haven't been headshot to return to normal life and intelligence.
* ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}}'''s various undead are often of this kind, with powerful undead such as the Skeleton King being a result of Diablo's direct influence. The ZombieApocalypse that goes down in the first act of ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', however, is a result of [[spoiler:Tyrael renouncing his angelic title and Justice leaving the High Heavens, resulting in all those who died unjustly being brought back from their graves]].
* The zombies in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series are invariably decribed as fresh corpses reanimated by black magic.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' took delight in bringing extensive backgrounds to all the classic enemies from the franchise and the undead were not an exception. All of them fall onto this category albeit by different means and to different ends: the vanilla zombies are unearthed corpses enslaved by {{magick}} to do menial tasks, both the zombie warriors and zombie knights are soldiers who fell in battle that are forced to continue to fight from beyond the grave through magickal glyphs branded into their bodies, the zombie magicians are spell casters who employed forbidden magicks to expand their natural lifespans through unnatural means, etc.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', the respective {{Big Bad}}s Grima and Anankos use resurrected corpses as foot soldiers. The rank and file show no particular higher thought processes beyond killing, but Anankos' commanders seem to have some degree of sentience, retain some of their personality traits from when they were still alive, and usually manage DyingAsYourself. ''Fates: Conquest'''s [[spoiler:Takumi]] occupies a strange middle ground: he shows more sentience than the {{mooks}}, but is only capable of expressing one thought ([[spoiler:murdering Corrin and Nohr]]); he is also far more powerful than any of Anankos' other minions.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsX'': [[spoiler: Due to Ende's success in [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil devouring away his goodness]] and [[AmbitionIsEvil amplifying his ambition]], Celric, post death, became Ende's proudest backup vessel, and would to be used as Ende's new body once Ende's current form is of no use]]. Good thing X-Cross prevented this from happening before it's too late.

* In ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'', if you [[OurSoulsAreDifferent shatter your soul]] but don't become a Djinn-si before you die, you become one of these. About the only thing it really seems to do is [[NotQuiteDead give you one Get-Out-Of-Death-Free card]] -- you keep your brains, you keep your strength, and your free will.
** [[http://www.lastres0rt.com/2009/07/looks-like-she-broke/ The scary part is when someone uses this as a tactical advantage!]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', being based in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', uses zombies raised by necromancy.
* The "plods" of ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'' are dead bodies, reanimated by magic to do manual labor.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', "[[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp.php?id=267 mass mind control magic]]" is mentioned as one of the possible ways "zombies" could be created.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Tales of Ubernorden'' features this type of zombies in [[http://www.ubernorden.com/the-killing-field.html The Killing Field]] that also demonstrate a few revenant traits.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Found in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'', in which the eponymous beavers were almost kidnapped by a voodoo witch to be made into some type of elixir. The zombies from the horrible ShowWithinAShow B-movies the beavers watch will invariably be flesh-eating.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' has an episode featuring a New Hampshire Teddy Bear-type corporation which uses Voodoo on the living to create zombies to work in their factories.
* The [[NonHumanUndead Terrorcons]] of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' are this applied to MechanicalLifeforms. Brought back to life as mindless berserkers by Dark Energon (which is said to be the blood of [[EldritchAbomination Unicron]]), they're vicious beasts that exist only to destroy.

[[folder:Real life]]
* The CIA basically tried to make this a reality through their infamous MKULTRA experiments.
* While no cases of magic being performed have been confirmed, there are cocktails of drugs involving puffer fish poison and hallucinogenic plants, one of which known as the "zombie cucumber", that can make a person temporarily appear dead, cause trances and even cause amnesia. They have been used to create docile slaves.
* American SerialKiller Jeffrey Dahmer attempted to create these out of several of his victims, albeit with science instead of magic, so he would have permanently submissive sex slaves. To accomplish this, he would drill a hole through their skull and inject either hydrochloric acid or boiling water directly into their frontal lobe. By his own admission, “it never worked” -- all this generally did was kill them in horrible fashion.