->''[[BrutalHonesty Let's be honest]]: People don't play [=CoD:WaW=] to play [=CoD:WaW=]; [[SidetrackedByTheGoldSaucer they play it to play]] '''Nazi Zombies'''.''
-->-- '''Nervous Nick''', ''ScrewAttack.com''

Four [[SociopathicSoldier batshit insane]] grunts take on the undead hordes of the Axis. Or replace the grunts with four historical figures from the 1960s, four horror-genre celebrities, four oddball civilians, or four gangsters from the 1930s who somehow managed to survive the apocalypse, possibly less insane but still pretty CrazyAwesome.

A bonus mode in ''CallOfDuty: World at War'' and a standalone [[IOSGames iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad game]] where you originally play as one of four [[HeroicMime silent]] US soldiers holed up in a wrecked base near an airfield, it eventually turns through DownloadableContent into... a [[ExcusePlot somewhat-better-explained]] plotless series of American (and later, Soviet, Japanese, and Nazi) soldiers massacring the undead [[EndlessGame 'til they join their ranks.]]

''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'', the successor to ''World at War'', includes Zombie Mode, a direct sequel to Nazi Zombies. The Hardened and Prestige editions of the game come with the four original maps from ''World at War''. The first new map revealed features JohnFKennedy, RichardNixon, Robert [=McNamara=] and FidelCastro fighting an outbreak in the Pentagon. Cue the rejoicing. The subsequent maps continue the tale of the WW2 zombie fighters, as well as another tale featuring Creator/SarahMichelleGellar, Creator/DannyTrejo, Creator/RobertEnglund and Michael Rooker fighting another outbreak, this time out in an abandoned Siberian outpost, where they were filming a zombie movie. The final ''Black Ops'' map in the Nazi Zombie saga, released in the "Rezurrection" Map Pack, is called ''Moon''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It should be no surprise where it takes place]].

The next game, ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'', also features this. Five maps were created during the lifespan of Black Ops II: TranZit (the biggest map to date and the setting for the new campaign mode, also containing the five Survival maps)the 1960's "apocalypse of the future", [[RecycledinSPACE Nuketown Zombies]], the Chinese skyscraper zombcaper, Die Rise, the mysterious [[TheAlcatraz Alcatraz]] island, Mob of the Dead, and an underground western town in Angola, Buried. The final map in Black Ops II is called Origins, and it features the original characters from World at War and Black Ops, takes place in {{World War I}}, and contains ''three giant [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] robots'' as map elements.

[[http://www.startwit.com/yelyahwilliams/celebrity-status/4824916981/cod4-nazi-zombies Endorsed]] by [[{{Music/Paramore}} Hayley Williams]].
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!! Tropes for this game:

* ActorAllusion: Creator/SarahMichelleGellar plays a character in "Call of the Dead". Now her looks, personality, and fighting style... where have I seen that before? [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Oh, right]].
** If she runs out of ammo, she might comment on being a black belt in taekwondo. Which is actually true.
** Creator/DannyTrejo wields... uh... Film/{{Machete}}s.
-->'''''"YOU JUST FUCKED WITH THE WRONG MEXICAN!"'''''
** Creator/RobertEnglund in the trailer.
-->''"This must be a [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet nightmare!]]"''
* AfterTheEnd: The setting of Zombies in ''Black Ops II'', as a result of Richtofen's Grand Plan in "Moon".
* AllStarCast: Call of the Dead features Robert Englund, Danny Trejo, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Micheal Rooker.
* AllJustADream:[[spoiler:The final map, Origins, reveal that all this was imagined by two kids fooling around with action figures.]]
** [[spoiler:OrWasItADream: Dialogue implies Samantha's father is ''still'' a mad scientist who "has a plan for all of us", and judging from the sirens, it's implied to take place during World War 2, during an air raid.]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Fidel Castro and Robert [=McNamara=] in ''Five''.
* AbandonedHospital: "Verrückt". Actually an asylum, though.
* AnIcePerson: Anyone, once they get the Winter's Howl gun (which, as the name suggests, freezes zombies).
** It gets better when you Pack-A-Punch it.
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Black Ops II replaces all four original characters with brand new survivors. Marlton and Misty are getting good reception. The other two...not so much.
** Also for the music. Elena Siegman doesn't sing Carrion for Tranzit, being replaced by Clark S. Nova. However, this might symbolize [[spoiler: Richtofen having control over the zombies, not Samantha.]]
** Mob of the Dead replaces the new characters with prisoner gangsters on Alcatraz. [[spoiler: Even the zombies are completely different, with red eyes. And the Easter Egg ends with some of the characters dying, complete with a Game Over screen.]]
* ApocalypticLog: Radio transmissions in ''Shi no Numa'', experiment records in ''Der Riese'' and film reels in ''Kino Der Toten.'' When you play by yourself in ''Kino der Toten'', you hear Richtofen making one last note before they're transported to the theatre during the loading screen.
** This occurs even more so in, ''Die Rise''. Hidden televisions allow you to hear what just has been going on outside the world... and it is ''not'' pretty.
* ArtifactTitle: By ''Black Ops'', it's safe to say that the zombies aren't Nazis anymore.
* ArcWelding: Found in every map.
* ArcWords: "You must ascend from darkness."
** "Beware the Doc" and "Teddy is a liar" for Richtofen's arc
** "Letting go" first shows up in Mob of the Dead and remains a theme for the final three maps. A savvy fan decoded a cypher on the lyric video of "Where Are We Going" that further points to this phrase: [[spoiler: "Let go and the beginning will become the end."]]
* AscendedFanfic: One of the most popular [[GameMod custom gamemodes]] in previous multiplayer COD (or just about any other first person shooter) was/is "[[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies zombie mode]]" or some variation of it. So much so that it led Treyarch to simply include it as a factory gamemode.
** Some suspect that the interpretation of [[ThoseWackyNazis Richtofen]] being a DepravedHomosexual in a lot of Nazi Zombies fanfics ([[FoeYay particularly with]] [[EagleLand Dempsey]]) led to Treyarch [[RuleOfFunny throwing in a joke]] in Call Of The Dead where Richtofen is implied to have [[AccidentalPervert accidentally]] [[GroinAttack yanked on Dempsey's crotch]], and another joke where Richthofen is explicitly stated to have [[AssShove puts his finger in Dempsey's ass]] (although Dempsey [[DopeSlap quickly proceeds to kick]] [[AbhorrentAdmirer Richtofen's]]), as well as giving him a LOT more suggestive dialogue:
--> "It's a little gun, but it has a long barrel, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything like my college roommate]]."
* AxCrazy: Richtofen. Good ''lord''.
** [[CreepyChild Samantha]], too.
* {{Badass}}: ''"Tank Dempsey gnawed through his bamboo cage, then gnawed his way through his captors, armed only with a Medal Of Honor that he keeps secreted [[AssShove in various orifices.]]"''
** Nikolai Belinski's only reason why he's fighting zombies? He scared the living shit out of JosefStalin and promptly got sent to the front lines. And that was just from ''shaking hands with him.''
** Everyone in Tranzit/Green Run, who managed to survive missiles to the Earth that caused lava flows and toxic gas.
*** Hell, let's just say every playable character.
* BadassBoast: More or less all of the characters do this in-game.
** Richtofen, especially, has one in his theme song for Tranzit, ''Carrion''.
--> '''Lyrics:''' '' "I was spawned from eternal night, by infernal right, and I '''need''' your carrion. Neurons fire when I violate, pupils dilate, and I '''feel''' your carrion. I bring doom and defile light, your entire life, will now '''cease''' to carry on! I've returned and I'm not alone, never to atone, and forever carry on." ''
* BadassBookworm: Robert [=McNamara=], who often makes accounting jokes while slaughtering zombies.
** Same goes for Marlton in Black Ops II, seeing as he's a bespectacled nerd who still manages to slay zombies with the best of them.
* BackToBackBadasses: A variation in an early trailer advertising ''Nacht der Untoten'', it ended with four nameless American soldiers putting their backs together to cover all angles from the approaching zombies.
* {{BFG}}: Excluding the already massive machine guns that you can hip-fire, the Wunderwaffe and the Thundergun.
** The Jet Gun may not function as well as the Wunderwaffe and Thundergun, but ''good lord'' is it big.
** Subverted in "Der Riese", where the starting pistol (the weakest gun in the game) becomes a portable, concealable GrenadeLauncher when upgraded.
** Introduced first as a power-up in 'FIVE' is the Death Machine, which is the crown jewel of [=BFGs=] as it is a ''fricking'' minigun!
*** And you can upgrade it too! It becomes the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Meat Grinder]] and holds 550 rounds per 'magazine'... MoreDakka anyone?
** The Paralyser. A gun so big, you can't aim down sights with it (The Thundergun and Jet Gun also cannot aim down sights.) And it is very useful.
*** Not quite a gun, [[RuleOfCool but who cares?]]
** In Origins, we now have the water cooled [[MoreDakka MG08]]. The fact that is is meant to used by ''two'' people, in a '''static position'''...
--->'''Kennedy:''' ''"As Teddy Roosevelt once said: walk lightly and carry a BFG!"''
* [[{{BFS}} BFK]]: The Bowie Knife, which kills most zombies with one strike before round 10.
** Danny Trejo wields machetes in the ''Call of the Dead'' opening cutscene, but not in-game, unfortunately.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Richtofen. He swaps bodies with Samantha in ''Moon'' to gain control of the zombies]], if you carry out his Grand Scheme.
** [[spoiler:Dr. Maxis takes over as the announcer in Buried, if you listen to his commands.]]
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler: It's heavily implied that some unseen supernatural force more powerful than Samantha, Richtofen, or Maxis is secretly behind all the zombie mayhem, but is never definitively revealed.]]
* BloodBath: Richtofen longs to bathe naked... '''''IN YOUR BLOOD!!!!!'''''
* TheBluebeard: Nikolai.
* BoomHeadshot: Not necessary, but gains you the most points (other than knifing - and since zombies will kill you in one or two hits, and knifing zombies can take up to five swings, this isn't recommended) and uses less ammo. However, on the later rounds, people care less about headshots and more on ''staying alive.''
** However, headshot damage multipliers still help with the staying alive bit.
** Characters will often brag aloud about their headshots.
** One of the Perk-A-Cola machines (Deadshot Daiquiri) gives you a perk that adjusts your quick aim to the head instead of the chest.
** As of Tranzit, it is possible to gain a 'persistent perk' that increases the power of headshots.
* BondOneLiner: All the time. Nikolai makes shitty ones all the time, and then gets a bit confused on the aspect of it being after a kill.
-->''"You are dead now! But you were dead before! Ah, fuck you!"''
-->'''Nikolai''' again, in Black Ops: "Do you know how to say 'own' in Russian? [[LameComeback OWNT!]]
-->'''Nikolai''' also seems fairly adept at rhyming: ''"Nikolai cannot die! Hey, that rhymes!"''
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In ''Kino der Toten'', one of Dempsey's "Out of Ammo" quotes is:
-->''"Hey, player! Drop the chips and get me some ammo!"''
** And then at the start of ''Ascension'', Dempsey may say:
-->''"Hey, Treyarch, can we get a new objective!?"''
** Dempsey has more such "Out of Ammo" lines in ''Shangri-La'', right down to outright mentioning when he'll be saying another "Out of Ammo Line".
** Again with Dempsey.
-->'''Dempsey''': ''"Hey, Player. If you looked at your score, you'd see we weren't doin' so well. And it's '''YOUR FAULT!'''"''
** Also, Richtofen has this to say:
-->''"I'VE BEEN RECOGNIZED BY [[LastSecondWordSwap TREYAR-]] I mean the Illuminati!"''
* BreatherEpisode: Nuketown is this for Black Ops II, being the only one that doesn't feature an Easter egg, though you get to listen to [[spoiler: Richtofen carrying out his scheme on the Moon]].
** Mob of the Dead takes a break from the Maxis/Richtofen arc and doesn't advance the main plot, but it is in no means LighterAndSofter than the other maps.
** Before that, Call of the Dead probably qualified by virtue of being a CrazyAwesome love-letter to horror fans, with an all-star cast, and an original song written for the game by Avenged Sevenfold.
* BuffySpeak: Nikolai does this in Shangri-La when low on ammo.
-->''I need one of those floaty green ammo container thingys."
* ButtMonkey: Creator/RobertEnglund gets hit in the face by George Romero, thumped on the back of the head by Creator/DannyTrejo and karate-kicked onto his back by Creator/SarahMichelleGellar.
* CallingYourAttacks: Takeo and Dempsey on Moon. ''Pokemon'' style, no less.
* CelebritySurvivor[=/=]CelebrityStar: The "Escalation" DLC features four celebrities as zombie-killers -- Creator/SarahMichelleGellar, Creator/RobertEnglund, [[Series/TheWalkingDead Michael Rooker]], and Creator/DannyTrejo.
** And [[NightOfTheLivingDead George Romero]], but he's a boss zombie.
* CerebusSyndrome: The intel in ''Black Ops'' reveals that [[spoiler: Dempsey and company were guinea pigs for the virus, but instead of turning into zombies, they got stronger and healthier, but were inflicted with LaserGuidedAmnesia.]]
** ForTheEvulz: WordOfGod confirmed that [[spoiler: Richtofen is Edward from the messages and he ''lacks'' the aforementioned amnesia, and he's the one who infected them.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Later in a match, especially on ''Der Riese'', the characters will insult each other less and yell about trying to help each other more.
** CharacterDevelopment can also be applied to nearly every map, as we learn more about the characters and their backgrounds through more quotes and radio messages.
* ClusterFBomb: The [[SemperFi generic Marines]] in [[BedlamHouse Veruckt]], and [[EagleLand Tank Dempsey]] and [[HuskyRuski Nikolai Belsinki]] in all of their maps (with [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun Takeo Masaki]] and [[ThoseWackyNazis Edward Richtofen]] preferring to use a PrecisionFStrike here and there).
** The TranZit characters also invoke this trope, to somewhat of a lesser extent.
** Everyone in Mob of the Dead invokes this, but if there's one who takes the cake, it has to be [[ProfessionalKiller Billy Handsome.]]
--->'''Billy:''' There's layers to this shit. It's like peeling back an onion...OR SOME FUCKER'S FACE!
* CoolButInefficient: Most of the weapons get straight upgrades that are required. However, the [=MG42=], Browning M1919 and the Wunderwaffe get lackluster upgrades. Of course, [[{{BFG}} machine guns]] [[BiggerIsBetter are cool in their own way]]... not to mention the [[LightningGun Wunderwaffe]]. And not to mention necessary - a low rate of fire ''will'' kill you on rounds nearing or past 20.
** Even ''a friggin' pistol that shoots grenades, an alien RayGun, and a bazooka'' are worse than the machine guns and the Wunderwaffe.
** Rebalanced in ''Black Ops'', where the machine guns do less damage, allowing [=SMGs=] and assault rifles to compete, even at higher rounds.
** Shows up in Tranzit, where you build a massive Jet Engine that can suck up zombies and rip them to shreds... however is notably weak compared to other Wonder Weapons and lacks their efficiency.
* CreepyChild: Samantha. Good god, '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNcCedQNaFE&feature=related Samantha]].'''
* DarkerAndEdgier: Black Ops II is not as fun as the previous maps. There are still some wonderful one liners, but in general, many of the situations in the game are not PlayedForLaughs.
** And topping off this trope is Mob of the Dead, the darkest map in the series, with very, '''''very''''' few lines PlayedForLaughs. In this map, we also have straight up criminals instead of [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]] and soldiers as protagonists, including [[AxCrazy Billy Handsome]] and [[TheDon Sal DeLuca.]]
** Buried is incredibly dreary and solemn. It's clear the crew has gone through hell to get here and they spend the entirety of the map in dark, tight spaces, following the orders of unseen people in the hopes of saving the world. [[spoiler: No matter who you help, it's heavily implied the four are killed regardless. Either Richtofen has the world as a plaything, only to be trapped in Samuel's body, or Maxis ''destroys the Earth'' for nothing.]] Even the Easter egg song, "Always Running" is far and away the saddest song.
** Origins has the original four back, but not the crazy schizophrenic Richtofen, ComicallySerious Takeo, crass drunk Nikolai, or BloodKnight Dempsey. Instead, we have a very solemn battle to save Samantha from Agartha.
* DeadlyDoctor: Guess.
* DefconFive: Played straight. Handwaved with DEFCON ONE locking down critical access to a few rooms, and FIVE releasing enough security to get you some new toys.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: ''Ascension'' begins this way. The color only returns when you turn on the power. Lampshaded at the start, right before Gersch requests your assistance.
** Also, shown at the end of the ''Ascension'' side quest/easter egg where [[spoiler: Samantha lets out a howl that disorients the players and brings back the monochrome coloring for a few seconds.]]
* DepravedHomosexual: The fans suspect Richtofen of being this.
** Quotes from his appearance in Call of the Dead pretty much prove this, with special mentions to [[AssShove him probing Dempsey's anus with a finger]] and [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything asking if anyone wanted to play a game in the dark]]... Although at that point, it may have been PanderingToTheAudience, or the developers making AscendedFanon.
* DieselPunk: Very much so. Much of the Nazi tech in the game just echoes this.
** The new map, Origins, [[UpToEleven is built on this trope]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Crosses over with DoubleEntendre, many of the characters are prone to this.
--> '''Nikolai''' "Taste my Russian steel!"
* DoubleEntendre: Nikolai is full of these. Both good [[SoBadItsGood and terrible]]. For some reason they tend to involve Dempsey.
--> ''(on Moon)'' "Such explosive power in my hands! No dirty thoughts, Dempsey."
--> ''(getting a Shotgun)'' "Hey! Who wants to try out my new boom-dick!?"
** And then we have this little gem from Call of the Dead's easter egg:
--> ''Dempsey (to Richtofen after getting the last item)'': "Kinda sick of me to ask this, but Richtofen, is that a rod in your pocket?"
* [[spoiler:DownerEnding[=/=]TheBadGuyWins at the end of ''Buried'', which is the last map before ''Origins'', players have the choice of either siding with Maxis or Richtofen. If Maxis wins, he banishes Richtofen from the Aether and uses his powers to open a rift to Agartha, which will destroy Earth in the process. If Richtofen wins, he destroys Maxis' soul, possesses one of the characters, gains full control over the Aether, and uses it to turn the Earth into his personal playground.]]
* DropTheHammer: George Romero (seriously) uses a giant hammer made out of a stage light.
* DrowningMySorrows: Nikolai would love to be doing this. He can't.
** What he can't drown, he shoots. Like his first wife. She was bitch.
** And there's no bloody Vodka in these Perk-A-Cola dispensers.
** After ''Call of the Dead'', Nikolai finally gets his vodka and makes references to being able to drink from it.
* {{Eagleland}}: Tank Dempsey, a cross between type one and two, being an ultra-violent, ultra-patriotic psycho, who nonetheless sticks up for his un-American comrades.
* {{Earworm}}: The Pack-A-Punch jingle:
-->''"Friends, neighbors, ladies, gentlemen, if you're feelin' underpowered, I'll help you make amends.\\
Just stick your weapon in the slot, and let it change your luck.\\
Few things in life are guaranteed, but I promise this won't suck\\
Punch your fists into the air and raise a rebel yell!\\
There's lots of bad 'uns out there you need to send to hell!\\
With Pack-A-Punch, I have a hunch, all your problems will be gone, but if you end up on the ground, sing a country western song.\\
Pack-A-Punch (Everybody)! Pack-A-Punch (Yee-haa)! Pack-A-Punch! Pack-A-Punch! Pack-A-Punch (Everybody)! Pack-A-Punch! Pack-A-Punch(YEE-HAA!!!)Pack-A-Punch (WAA-HHAAAW)!"''
** Most of the Perk-A-Cola machines account for this, too.
* EasterEgg: Every map has a piece of music you can find - [[http://callofduty.wikia.com/wiki/Lullaby_For_A_Dead_Man Lullaby For A Dead Man]], [[http://callofduty.wikia.com/wiki/The_One The One]], and [[http://callofduty.wikia.com/wiki/Beauty_of_Annihilation Beauty of Annihilation]].
** ''Nacht der Untoten'': In the Help room there's a radio that, if knifed or shot at, will play music from the campaign. In the ''Black Ops'' version, destroying all the barrels causes a new song called "Undone" to start playing.
** ''Der Riese'' included audio tapes scattered around the level, which [[ApocalypticLog chronicles the origins of the zombies]].
** As does ''Kino der Toten'', which also includes the full version of "115" (the song that plays on the game over screen of ''Der Riese'').
** ''Five'' has three telephones that play Eminem's "Won't Back Down".
** ''Moon'' probably has the grand daddy of all Easter Eggs. [[spoiler: After following a rather elaborate set of instructions, you set off Richtofen's Grand Scheme (with the help of Dr. Maxis for the second part). '''[[ApocalypseHow YOU BLOW UP THE EARTH!]]''' If you go back to No Man's Land/Area 51 after that, it's essentially a wasteland.]]
** ''Buried'' has two different endings: [[spoiler: Richtofen's side, where Richtofen causes Dr. Maxis to simply cease to exist, and then joins a character in their body, or Dr. Maxis' side, where Maxis throws Richtofen out of his spot as the "Demonic Announcer" and then starts to destroy the Earth to get his daughter Samantha back.]]
*** In short there are three types of Easter Eggs per map: Radios that serve as the backstory for Group 935 and their research along with the above listed music and major Easter Eggs that affect gameplay and the storyline.
* EasyModeMockery: In easy mode of Black Ops II, all EasterEggs are disabled, save for the musical ones. These things can only be done on Original difficulty.
* [[spoiler: EarthShatteringKaboom]]: The result of the Easter Egg and Maxis' plan in Moon.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: ''Der Riese'', though parts of it are on the surface.
* EnemyMine: One bloodthirsty [[{{Eagleland}} American]] [[SemperFi Marine]] and one [[VodkaDrunkenski always drunk]] [[RedsWithRockets Red Army soldier]] fight zombies alongside a [[MadDoctor mad]] [[StateSec Waffen-SS]] [[HerrDoktor doctor]] and one [[HonorBeforeReason fanatical]] [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese officer]]. [[CrazyAwesome Cool]].
** In the trailers Dempsey and Takeo team up, despite them being direct enemies. Same goes for Richtofen and Nikolai.
* EndlessGame: If this mode DOES have an ending, [[KillScreen it's most likely not what you would expect.]]
** Which turns into CanonDiscontinuity which each new map. Just when you think they're all dead, the teleporter overuse takes them to a new place. Except, maybe, for ''Five''.
*** And then in ''Call Of The Dead'' [[spoiler:the original cast shows up trapped, [[EasterEgg and you can help free them]].]]
*** Subverted in Mob of the Dead, if you carry out the EasterEgg to completion.
*** And again in Origins.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Well, except for ''Shi no Numa'' and ''Five'', which are Japanese zombies and zombified White House/CIA/American zombies. It's now simply Zombies Mode in ''Black Ops'' and the iOS ports, due to the fact you don't fight just Nazis anymore.
* [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Everything's Worse With Space Monkeys]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Applied to Nikolai and Richtofen, in that their respective factions are ''scared shitless'' of them. Especially Nikolai, who scared ''Stalin.''
* EvilLaugh: Dempsey does this occasionally, but Richtofen indulges in this ''very'' often.
** Expect to hear the announcer do this a lot when the Mystery Box is moved.
* EvilSoundsDeep: {{Averted}} with Dr. Richtofen, who has a high-pitched voice in spite of being a [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] MadScientist.
* EvilVsEvil: Mob of Dead, where four, blatantly obvious criminals fight against hoards of the undead, led by an evil guard in [[HellholePrison Alcatraz.]] Yes, [[TheAlcatraz that Alcatraz.]]
** [[spoiler:Maxis vs. Richtofen, where the former wants to destroy the Earth, and free Samantha, and the latter wants to heal the Earth, and make it his own plaything, making the lives of whoever is still alive, [[HellOnEarth complete hell.]] Either way, [[DownerEnding the result is crappy]].]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Richtofen in ''Moon'']], not that he was good to begin with, what with [[spoiler: attempting to kill his partner, Dr. Maxis, and his daughter, Samantha Maxis, before the events in ''Der Riese'', and brainwashing the other characters and using them as experiments, among other things.]]
** [[spoiler:Dr. Maxis pulls one in the Buried easter egg, by becoming the announcer and planning to destroy the world.]]
* FanNickname: For the Zombie in a Space suit on Moon, [[CalvinAndHobbes Spaceman Spiff]].
* FeelNoPain: Zombies, being zombies, do not react in pain to the weaponry that hit or dismember them - they keep coming unless they die. They'll even generally crawl after you if you've knocked their legs off.
* FireForgedFriends: Well, not friends, but as they are under increasingly serious attack, the characters will act more like a team. (At least they say they will. Whether they do or not is up to the players.)
* Foreshadowing: Everywhere. For some notable examples:
** The fly trap easter egg in Der Riese feels like a horror movie where you communicate with an unseen demonic force. Come Moon, it's revealed [[spoiler: that's exactly what you're doing: whoever's soul is within an alien device is taken to another dimension, the Aether, where they can control the Zombies. Richtofen knew this all along]] and only in Der Riese did he realize it was all just a game to Samantha.
** On the Wii version of Kino, one can find a very poor quality video clip revolving around the Great Leap Forward[[note]]an incredibly crude effort implemented by Mao Zedong to boost China's prosperity by having everyone work themselves to death trying to make steel for the country - which resulted in [[EpicFail an even bigger economic loss and the deaths of millions of people]][[/note]]. In Black Ops II, the first DLC map is in a location called "Great Leap Forward" in Shanghai, China.
** Takeo muses in Ascension that the zombies are the greater threat than [[spoiler: Richtofen]] and resolves to focus on the former. In a way, he's right: whatever force controls the Zombies [[spoiler: and is the source of power behind whoever is the Demonic Announcer]] is a far greater threat than Samantha, [[spoiler: Richtofen or Maxis.]]
** In Nacht, Der Riese, Ascension, and Shangri La, the Moon is clearly visible. You can just see a red smudge that grows more and more visible with each map. The final map of Black Ops and ''the'' WhamEpisode of the story takes place on the Moon.
** In Shangri La, Takeo and Dempsey both realize [[spoiler: Richtofen]] is up to something big. [[spoiler: Turns out in Moon, everything so far has been a part of his grand scheme to take over the Zombies.]]
** Some of the survivors of ''Black Ops II'' seem to realize Maxis intends to [[spoiler: destroy the Earth,]] although considering all the insanity and hysteria of the apocalypse, the player probably didn't take them too seriously. [[spoiler: They should have.]]
** The translated cypher on the lyric video for "Where Are We Going" - [[spoiler: "Let go and the beginning will become the end." - revealed what the final map would be like - a return to the original six major characters during the first zombie outbreak, which (for now at least) seems to wrap up the story and has the characters finally reaching the fabled [[spoiler: Agartha]].
* ForgotToPayTheBill: Nikolai sometimes says this in Kino der Toten.
--> ''"Who didn't pay electric bill?"''
* FourIsDeath: Takeo when finding a nesting doll on Ascension:
--> "One becomes two becomes three becomes... Death?"
* FrickinLaserBeams:
** If a gun fired bullets before you upgraded it in the Pack-a-Punch, chances are, it'll now fire lasers.
** The RayGun technically counts, but it's more like O-shaped beams of death.
** The [[NewAndImproved Mark II]] variant plays straight as, well, [[ShapedLikeItself a laser.]]
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler: Richtofen used the group to help him find Samantha so he could switch bodies with her and gain control of the zombies.]]
** [[spoiler: Dr.Maxis had a counter {{plan}}. Not only being hinted at still being alive, he had recordings instructing the party how to weaken Rictofen. That was the destruction of the Earth's atmosphere, essentially loosening Rictofen's control over the zombies on Earth]].
* GatlingGood: On the map ''Five'', you can find a power-up which gives you the [[MoreDakka Death Machine, a portable minigun with unlimited ammo, for a limited time.]]
** The Death Machine serves as a power-up for the rest of the ''Black Ops'' maps.
* GiantMook: Most of the "Boss Zombies" fall into this category, including George Romero, Brutus (aka the Warden), and the Panzer Soldat.
* GhostTown: Considering that Buried is set in an '''''underground''''', mostly-abandoned ghost town, and you'll wonder why they built it there in the first place.
* GroinAttack: This happens to Nikolai.
-->''"Oh No! It's biting area is closer to my [[UnusualEuphemism fun fun area]]!"''
* {{Griefer}}: Actually encouraged in a game mode called [[MeaningfulName Grief]], where two teams must compete to win, despite being technically co-operative. You have actively sabotage the other team to survive, as you can't directly attack the opponents.
** 1. Using an EMP Grenade while you're using the Mystery Box. It cancels the spin and you don't get your points back!
** 2. Using said EMP, however now on the Pack-A-Punch not only powers it off, but will get rid of whatever gun was in it. Massive trolling.
** 3. Blocking you from using the Bus by blocking the doors. Good luck running through the fog with no idea where to go with those bloody denizins coming after you...
* GroundhogDayLoop: Important to the ''Mob of the Dead'' map's storyline. [[spoiler: The four mobsters intended to escape Alcatraz using a plane constructed by Weasel, but infighting caused Sal, Billy and Finn to turn on the former and kill him on the prison roof; a crime for which they would be exectued via electric chair. They ended up in the Afterlife, where they attempt to recreate their escape while fighting zombies. Save for Weasel, the mobsters cannot recall what exactly happened, but regain their memories (if the map's Easter Egg is performed), in which case, they kill Weasel and die once more, repeating the cycle. The cycle can be broken if Weasel successfully defeats the others, at which point he is freed from his repeated deaths.]]
* GunsAkimbo: When you upgrade your pistol, you'll gain two of them. They both spit out grenades. Nixon also wields two shotguns in the intro to the first Black Ops Zombies map.
** Again in ''Moon'', where the Wonder Weapon [[InfinityPlusOneSword Wave Gun]] can be taken apart on a whim to become a dual wield shock gun.
-->'''Ritchofen''':''"Double the pleasure, double the pain, double the DAMAGE!""''
* {{Ghostapo}}: This is what happens when you expose alien metals to undead Axis soldiers.
* HealingShiv: A literal example in the form of the Pack-A-Punched Ballistic Knife, the Krauss Refibrillator. You can revive downed players by stabbing or shooting the blade at them.
* HellholePrison: Mob of the Dead's Alcatraz is portrayed as this, showing massive amounts of decay, shoddy repair, and overrun with zombies covered in razor wire, and impaled with chunks of wood. [[spoiler:Though considering that this is while the group is in purgatory, it's understandable.]]
* HeroicMime: The soldiers in ''Nacht der Untoten''. Thankfully, the other levels avert this completely.
* HerrDoktor: Richtofen.
* HonorBeforeReason: Takeo Masaki. [[{{Squick}} To the point he has a proverb related to honor tattooed on the insides of his eyelids.]]
* IncrediblyLamePun: Nikolai is fond of these.
-->'''Nikolai''': ''"And the limbs go flying! How's that for an '''ARM'''-y?! Get it? With the arms?..."'' (no one answers) ''"...fuck you."''
** Rictofen also does this... In a more funny, sinister way.
-->'''Rictofen''':''"He can't fight now... He's being... DISARMED! [[EvilLaugh Ahahahaha!]]"''
* InfinityPlusOneSword: All the way back to the very first map, ''Nacht der Untoten'', the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Random Weapon Box]] would occasionally give you a Ray Gun, which could usually [[OneHitKill kill zombies in 1 hit, even on higher rounds.]] ''Shi No Numa'' gave us the [[LightningGun Wunderwaffe]] which took out multiple zombies with one shot. The last ''World At War'' map, ''Der Riese'', gave us the Pack-A-Punch machine, which upgraded your weapons into [[{{BFG}} super-enhanced death machines.]] Even the weakest weapon, the M1911, turned into an ''automatic grenade launcher'' when put into the machine.
** Slowly gets subverted the higher the round number due to the zombies getting more health every round. The subversion is why the Bowie Knife was introduced in ''Der Riese'', and THAT gets subverted after a while.
** And then the Thundergun in ''Kino der Toten'', which is always a one hit kill. And then the Winter's Howl on ''Five'', and ''they'' get subverted eventually, too! But that's only due to ammunition reasons.
** Then there's the Wave Gun in ''Moon'', which follows the Thundergun in being a one hit kill. But not only that, but it can be taken apart to make a dual wield version that is ''also'' a one hit kill!
** The pistol inside the bus in Tranzit, usually one hit kills zombies with its three round bursts, costs less than most other weapons, and is available right from the start.
** Probably the king of all these weapons is the ''Sliquifier'' from ''Die Rise''. Originally thought by the fans as an absolutely terrible new Wonder Weapon, the ''Sliquifier'' has proven that it is the ''greatest'' Wonder Weapon yet. There's a video in which a player kills [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill 91 zombies in a single shot.]]
** In ''Tranzit'', the superweapon was a Jet Gun that worked on a cooldown and shredded zombies to bits. [[AwesomeButImpractical It wasn't that great.]] With the release of ''Buried'', we receive the Paralyzer. Insanely quick cooldown, slows zombies to a halt and kills them in seconds, massive range, ''and'' you can fly in the air with it? [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon Sign me up!]]
* InsaneTrollLogic: Maxis's plan to save the world from zombies: [[spoiler:blow it up.]]
** [[spoiler: To be fair, the plan was to stop Richtofen from controlling the zombies by killing them all with the nuclear missiles. It fails, and Richtofen is canonically the new narrator for the Zombies mode in Black Ops 2.]]
** [[spoiler: It also seems like Doctor Maxis has some plans of his own after nuking the Earth, so this might have been necessary.]]
* InteractiveNarrator: All the 1940's characters can hear the Demonic Announcer. Leading to these lovely exchanges:
-->'''Demonic Announcer''': '''''"FETCH ME THEIR SOULS!"'''''
-->'''Nikolai''': ''"[[OhNoNotAgain Oh, no! They're going to fetch our souls again!]]"''
-->'''Dempsey''': ''"[[VerbThis Fetch my grenade, Devil-voice!]]"''
* JungleJapes: Shangri-La.
* KillItWithFire: Flamethrower + Nazi Zombies = Good times, but Flamethrowers are useless unless someone's got the Insta-Kill power-up.
** Flamethrowers are useful if you have the Double Tap perk, because the increased [[IncrediblyLamePun fire]] rate means that the zombies burn up a lot quicker. Pack-A-Punching it adds nitrogen cooling to your flamethrower, making this much more practical.
* KnifeNut: Everyone in ''Der Riese'' once they get their hands on a Bowie Knife, which looks more like a short sword.
** Misty from Tranzit is a self admitted knife nut, and was a six-time knife fighting champion.
* LampshadeHanging: Some of the characters will comment on the finding of the musical {{Easter Egg}}s being just that. They'll also get pissed off every time the Mystery Box chucks up a Teddy Bear instead of a weapon.
** After an explosive caused by Nikolai leaves a zombie alive, but legless, he will make a remark on how players do this to be free to run around the map and do whatever:
-->''"Look, I just made a new pet. I'll take it for a walk for about five minutes while the rest of you dick around."''
-->'''Dempsey''', when out of ammo: ''"Hey, player! Drop the chips and get me some ammo!"''
*** It gets more and more explicit as the DLC maps come in, with the last one hanging these after almost every power-up pickup.
-->'''Dempsey''', after picking up a nuke: ''"Gotta love how that doesn't hurt us. [[OhCrap Wait, is my hair falling out?!]]"''
** The Call of Duty games brought in "quick scoping", that is, use a sniper rifle scope for a millisecond for a kill. Get one to Sarah in ''Call of the Dead'' and she will bring this up.
* LargeHam: Pretty much everyone after a kill.
-->'''Dempsey''': ''"I'm gonna do a jig on your insides, maggotsack!"''
-->'''Nikolai''': ''"No, it's my Vodka! MINE! MY OWN!"''
-->'''Richtofen''': ''"The Doctor prescribes you... '''PAIN!'''"''
-->'''Takeo''': ''"Your blood will rain on me!"''
-->'''Kennedy''': ''"Forgive your enemies, but '''NEVER, EVER,''' forget their names!"''
-->'''[=McNamara=]''': ''"Consider yourself, '''ITEMIZED!'''"''
-->'''Castro''': ''"Only ''I'' can punish crimes of such '''MAGNITUDE!'''"''
-->'''Nixon''': ''"Get your hands off me, '''HIPPIE!'''"''
-->'''Richoften'': '''"I DRINK YOUR PAIN!"''' *slurping sounds*
-->'''[[{{ActionGirl}} Misty]]''': '''"Oh ho, you're done, [[{{ThisIsForEmphasisBitch}} BITCH!]]"'''
* {{Lethal Joke Weapon}}: The Golden Spork in Mob of the Dead. As ridiculous as this sounds, it's more lethal than the '''Galvaknuckles''', a '''spork''' is more deadly than electric brass knuckles! Holy crap!
** To specify, the Golden Spork is five times more deadly than the Galvaknuckles. [[spoiler:Getting it requires using the acid infused Blundergat in the laundry room after mixing the spoon in the bathtub of blood. A laugh later, and go back to bathtub.]] Have fun using it to {{Curbstomp| Battle}} zombies.
* MadScientist: '''Richtofen'''.
* MagikarpPower: That Pack-A-Punch machine can turn your somewhat useless weapon, into a slaughtering machine, [[ScrappyWeapon save for]] [[AwesomeYetImpractical a few exceptions.]]
* MeaningfulName: "verrückt" means "crazy" in German.
** Don't forget ''Nacht der Untoten'', which means ''Night of the Undead'' in German, and ''Shi no Numa'', which is Japanese for ''Zombie Swamp'' or ''Marsh of Death''... and you fight Japanese Zombies in it. ''Kino der Toten'' in ''Black Ops'' roughly translates to ''Theater of the Dead'', which is appropriate considering it's a ShoutOut to ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''.
*** ''Ascension'' is a Soviet rocket launch facility, complete with cosmonaut training device and zombie astro-monkeys.
**** ''Call of the Dead'', combining Call of Duty and Film/NightOfTheLivingDead (the latter of which was directed by George Romero, who shows up as the final boss of the level).
**** ''Mob of the Dead'' has 'Icarus'. A plane that is supposed to fly the Mobsters out of Alcatraz, crashes on the Golden Gate Bridge.
**** ''Buried'' is named for the character's situation - they have to decide to follow either Richtofen or Maxis, but they overall don't have the best of hopes anyway. [[spoiler: No matter who they help, they all die in the underground town, unable to return to the surface.]]
* MoodWhiplash: A lot of the musical easter eggs by Elena Siegman. Often, they change from normal singing to furious screaming in a blink. For example, in "Beauty of Annihilation":
-->Bring me down... '''WITH 7.92 AND NOIAAGGHHHHHHHHHHH!'''
* MoreDakka: Pack-a-Punching your guns in ''Der Riese'' onwards often includes a gigantic increase in firing rate. It even turns some semi-auto weapons into full-auto weapons. However, trying to compensate for a lack of accuracy in this manner will just cause your ammunition reserves to run dry.
** The lack of accuracy becomes a problem because headshots in the later rounds is the only way to quickly kill a zombie.
** Still, it's a widely accepted tactic to just grab the gun that spews the most powerful lead as quickly as possible, and just shoot at the zombies.
* MagicMusic: In Origins, gramophones and records can apparently open up entire tombs, and open portals to another dimension.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: All the upgraded weapons sound scary. Well, except for the PTRS-41, which is called [[DoubleEntendre The Penetrator]].
** It's a [[{{BFG}} huge fuckoff rifle]], that has been upgraded. Would you want it penetrating you in either sense?
* NaziNobleman: Averted in Richtofen's biography, which makes reference to this trope, saying he gained influence amongst German's high-class, but disagreed with the Nazi Party (though mostly because he considered them not evil enough). He did join the army to fulfill his sadism, however.
** He was never a Nazi to begin with, Group 935 decided to assist the Nazi party to further their agenda.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Call of the Dead cast, unbeknownst to them. [[spoiler: They gave the Vrill Device to Richtofen, who would use it to take control of the zombies in the Aether, and this would lead to the Earth's destruction.]]
** [[spoiler: No matter who the Green Run group help, they only make things worse. If Richtofen succeeds, the Earth remains as is, and Richtofen ends up trapped in Samuel's body and seems doomed to die with the other three. If Maxis succeeds, he destroys the Earth and everyone still on it. The worst part? ''He still fails to find Agartha.''.]]
* [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Nazi Zombies]]
** ''Japanese'' Zombies!
*** Flaming exploding zombie dogs!
** Russian Cosmonaut Zombies!
** Mutant Jumping Space Monkeys!!
** Now all lead by '''ELECTRIFIED, STAGELIGHT-WIELDING, NEARLY INVINCIBLE ZOMBIE GEORGE ROMERO!'''
** Now completely and [[{{IncrediblyLamePun}} utterly crushed]] by not one, not two, but '''THREE''' 1000ft tall giant robots in Origins!
* NintendoHard: Do '''not''' play this solo, unless you feel like screaming at Treyarch for putting such a huge emphasis on headshots and making all the players [[OneHitpointWonder Two-Hitpoint Wonders]]. ''Black Ops'' [[FromBadToWorse takes things a step further]] by making it much harder to hold up in one spot, introducing ankle-biting gas zombies, and [[{{Nerf}} nerfing]] the machine guns. Unless you've memorized everything and have made prayers to whatever God you believe in that you don't get too close to a zombie, you ''will'' die on a hilariously low level.
** Subverted for those who know the maps. When the zombies are only following you, it is ''much easier'' to lure them into traps and things. The highest scores were recorded in single-player Zombies.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: Done in Mob of the Dead, where the mobsters end up crashing into the Golden Gate Bridge support beam with their makeshift airplane and fall to the ground below, they just merely get dazed as a result. [[spoiler:Justified, they are not in the real world, they are in purgatory.]]
** A little purge from the giant robot and the player falls a great height in Origins, 1000 ft. They survive of course. Handwaved somewhat with this quote.
--> Richtofen: The initial test subjects did not survive the purge sequence, hence the addition of the velocity compensator.
* PoweredArmor: What the Panzer Soldat technically wears.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Nikolai in Der Reise, albeit for one line:
--> '''Nikolai:''' His head is waist high, Dempsey, ''(suddenly losing Russian accent)'' don't get too excited!
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: They're made via "Element 115" or repeated teleportation, and don't need headshots. Their eyes glow and move faster over time, and they're somewhat controllable.
** In fact, later zombies can survive for short times without their heads. At a late enough round, you could have an armless, legless, headless zombie still making its way towards you.
** With the right application of 115, they can be turned back into regular humans. [[spoiler: This includes George Romero, but only for a short time.]]
* PetTheDog: [[ThoseWackyNazis Richtofen]] is noticeably empathetic towards the Hellhounds when they come knocking at the door. [[FridgeBrilliance Considering Nazi Germany had a surprisingly humane policy on animals...]] That, and the fact [[spoiler: that he helped create the first Hellhound, [[MoralEventHorizon which he used to kill Maxis and Samantha by locking them into the room it had appeared in]]. At least, that's what everyone, including Rictofen thought. Turns out, they were teleported to the Group 935 base on the ''Moon''.]]
* PointOfNoReturn: You can't return to the starting point in ''Buried'' without completing the Easter Egg, which admittedly not a lot of people will do. [[spoiler: Turns out that the characters are heavily implied to be doomed to die in the underground town, and even escaping won't help them, especially if they've helped Maxis.]]
* ThePowerOfRock: Well, technically, Rock wasn't even far from invented yet in [[WorldWarI 1918]], but a Gramophone and some records are needed in Origins to open up specific areas, all which are very important to creating the map's [[InfinityMinusOneSword wonder weapons.]]
* [[spoiler:PyrrhicVictory: Both sides have variations. If you follow Maxis, Richtofen's threat is no more, but [[GoneHorriblyRight Maxis is arguably worse, with him destroying Earth outright.]] If you follow Richtofen, he will be excited, but he will soon realize how dangerous the battlefield is again, how he gets bored, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking how there is a stench.]]]]
* PlayingAgainstType: NolanNorth, known for playing generally affable [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed good]] [[{{Uncharted}} guys]], voices an insane evil Nazi scientist.
** And in Mob of the Dead, he plays as Brutus, a scary, powerful and not really nice prison guard, that constantly wants to hurt the mobsters.
* PoisonMushroom: The Tombstone perk cola in ''Black Ops II'', which gives you a quick suicide if downed.
* PorkyPigPronunciation
-->'''Dempsey''': ''"Gotta link up this terra... er, tele... bah... machine."''
* PowerUp: Comes in six flavors: [[NukeEm Nuke]], [[MagicTool Carpenter]], [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Insta]]-[[OneHitKill Kill]], [[PinballScoring Double Points]], [[GarageSale Fire Sale,]] [[AfterBossRecovery Max Ammo, usually dropped after Hellhound rounds.]]
** ''Five'' also introduced Bonfire Sale, which opens the Pack-A-Punch room and cuts the price in half.
*** And with ''Ascension'' comes the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Random Perk Bottle.]] Pretty nifty.
*** And now in ''Call of the Dead'', completing [[spoiler: the trapped characters EasterEgg]] will reward you with the lightning bolt power-up that grants the player a Wunderwaffe-[=DG2=]
*** [[BlessedWithSuck Just don't expect to be able to buy anything until you use all of the ammo up.]]
* PowerUpLetdown: The Death Machine in some Black Ops maps can be this on later rounds when you realize that it doesn't do that much damage and makes you unable to run. And then you realize you can't buy things or revive people when you have it...
* PsychoElectro: Dempsey's more... fond of the Wunderwaffe than the other characters.
* RasputinianDeath: Nikolai [[LampshadeHanging notes]] the ability for a zombie to keep coming at you with arms, legs, and even a ''head'' blown off in one of his quotes.
-->'''Nikolai''': ''"What are you? Fucking '''RASPUTIN?!''' Just die already!"''
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Played For Laughs in ''Call of the Dead''. George Romero tells a ''real zombie'' to get back to hair and make up because they "don't look dead enough". Said zombie is missing his lower jaw and is ''very'' decayed.
* RecycledINSPACE: The Rezurrection map pack features a new map ''on the moon.''
** Also in that map is an achievement called 'Perks in Spaaaaace', which is unlocked once you've had all 8 perks at some point in the game (not necessarily all at the same time)
* RetCon: As of Origins, [[spoiler:it turns out all the original survivors were fighters in World War One, and Richtofen was working for the Kaiser, instead of the backstories we'd been given.]]
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Played straight, and subverted. The revolver ''is'' a good weapon and a good choice for early rounds... but later on, its low rate of fire and the zombies' increased health is a crippling weakness.
** Completely played straight in Tranzit onwards, where the revolver ''Executioner'' is massively more powerful than most of the weapons in the box, ''even'' the Ray Gun!
** And in ''Buried'', we get a new revolver by the name of the ''Remington New Model Army''. It's damage against the body is above average, and it has a decent reload time. However, it gets ''massive'' damage multipliers with headshots. Said multipliers rise even ''higher'' when the weapon is upgraded.
* RuleOfCool: Why are you fighting as a crazed Nazi, a drunken Russian, an honor-obsessed Japanese soldier, and an even crazier American? Why are there miniature grenade launchers and electric guns? Who cares?
** Alternatively, why are you fighting zombies as John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Robert [=McNamara=] and Fidel Castro in the Pentagon? I think you know exactly why.
*** Gets better when celebrities are thrown into the mix.
*** And why is Sarah Michelle wearing a sleeveless cut off shirt in the middle of Siberia?
*** And eventually, mobsters fighting zombies in Alcatraz.
** The weapons themselves. Started from the Ray Gun and now we got cluster grenades disguised as a Russian nesting toy and a ''miniature black hole generating bomb'' along with elemental based weapons.
* RunningGag: When attempting to purchase something he doesn't have enough points for, Nikolai will make references to a stripper who took his money:
-->''Kino der Toten'': '''Nikolai''': ''"What?! That stripper must have stolen my money!"''
-->''Ascension'': '''Nikolai''': ''"That stripper DID take all my money!...bitch...."''
-->''Shangri-La'': '''Nikolai''': ''"Where does all my money go? [[VodkaDrunkenski Vodka]], [[DrowningMySorrows she is cruel mistress]]."'' (which, in itself, is a RunningGag)
* SceneryGorn: Nuketown Zombies is pretty much Nuketown from the first ''Black Ops''...given a very destructive makeover.
* ScreamsLikeAlittleGirl: Nikolai does this in Shangri-La
-->''Aah! It almost [[GroinAttack made me woman!]]''
** Nikolai actually does this a lot, particularly when something comes close to hurting, um... [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything his]] "[[ICallHimMisterHappy Little Nikolai]]".
* SemperFi: Tank Dempsey. Oo-fuckin'-rah.
* SequelDifficultySpike: ''Black Ops 2'' 's zombie mode is a few orders of magnitude harder than the one in the original ''Black Ops'', especially on Solo. Zombies get stronger and faster much earlier on, and the smaller levels and narrower corridors make it much more difficult to form zombie trains. ''Black Ops'' 's zombie mode was already more difficult than ''World at War'' 's, as each weapon had been nerfed, and machine guns were less viable.
* SequelEscalation: Each of the {{DLC}}s' settings and atmospheres become progressively more over-the-top.
** ''Black Ops''' first Zombie Mode map features John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Robert [=McNamara=] and Fidel Castro fighting zombies in the Pentagon during JFK's presidency days/weeks after the Cuban Crisis.
*** ''Ascension'' brings the group from a Nazi theater to a Russian rocket base.
*** And as for ''Call of the Dead'', [[http://youtu.be/3_Cx82OFXM0 well]]........
**** And now the final Zombies map being produced for ''Black Ops'' has Tank, Nikolai, Takeo, and Richtofen fight zombies on a base on the surface of Earth's moon. If that isn't absurdly over the top then I don't know what is. [[spoiler:About as over the top as the Earth blowing up.]]
** ''Black Ops II'' has [=TranZit=], one of ''the'' biggest Zombie Mode maps to date, featuring interconnected areas that also serve as smaller maps. The premise behind said map counts [[spoiler:as it shows the ''[[AfterTheEnd very]]'' [[ZombieApocalypse destructive]] aftermath of Richtofen's antics in ''Moon'']].
*** Now we have ''Die Rise'', which is also an incredibly large map, and expands greatly on the after affects of ''Moon'' and the [[spoiler: conflict between Doctor Maxis and Richtofen's plans.]]
**** And after that, "Mob of the Dead." This is the largest zombies map to date, with a boss who can [[spoiler: Shut down perks and the box]]
*** The final map, "Origins:, takes place during World War 1, in a {{Dieselpunk}} France, is the largest map to date, features a tank you can ride on, and a skyscraper-sized [[HumongousMecha robot]].
* SerialEscalation: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN9CuxO-_HI This secret on]] ''Ascension''. It requires a LOT of time and is extremely difficult to do on a regular room unless you know exactly what you're doing.
** Every subsequent Zombies map has even more elaborate {{Easter Egg}}s, [[spoiler: culminating in the [[ApocalypseHow destruction of the Earth]].]]
* SillinessSwitch: The main campaign of ''World at War'' is serious. As you might have guessed, this isn't. Well, eventually.
** And then it becomes [[CerebusSyndrome progressively darker.]]
** The trailers and teasers for Nazi Zombie maps and Dead Ops Arcade are pretty serious.
** At the end of ''Black Ops'' after hearing a solemn quote from JFK, the game cuts away to JFK joking about said quote with Castro, Nixon, and [=McNamara=] just before the zombies attack.
** Dead Ops Arcade takes the cake though. If the bleeptune music and the helicopter and tank power-ups weren't a big enough clue, maybe the ''spacesuit gorilla'' will tip you off.
** [[spoiler:[[OhCrap With the Earth blowing up in ''Moon'',]] it's safe to say that the tables have turned.]]
** Extremely averted in ''Die Rise'', where the [[spoiler: beginning of a new 115-related plague and the absolute rule of Richtofen are shown.]]
** Averted ''again'' in Buried, if you listen to Maxis, [[spoiler:he becomes the Demonic Announcer, and tells you that he plans on destroying the Earth to be with Samantha.]] Listen to Richtofen, and he jumps into Stuhlinger's body.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: The Executioner. A shotgun [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver]] that has a lot of spare ammo. Even better upgraded.
** The [=KSG=] in Origins. It still fires slugs, which gives it massive range for the weapon, and when upgraded, you have more ammo than the rest of the shotguns. Add a reflex sight, fast mag, and massive stopping power (Even better with Double Tap II) and you've got the one weapon you can use for the rest of the game.
* ShoutOut:
** The trailer for ''Der Riese'' says of the Bowie Knife - ''[[CrocodileDundee "Now that's a knife!"]]''
** One of the American soldiers in ''Verruckt'' - '''''"THIS IS MY BOOMSTICK!!"''''', among other ''Franchise/EvilDead'' lines.
** ''Kino der Toten'' is a ''huge'' one to ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', being set in a bombed-out theatre - complete with [=MP40=], the only available WWII weapon!
** Pack-A-Punching the Spectre in ''Black Ops''' Zombies Mode will turn it into the Phantom, which is [[AKA47 the name the Spectre went by]] in [[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 another game.]]
** ''"[[Series/{{Batman}} Holy Undead Space Monkeys]]!"''
*** Pack-A-Punching the Film/{{Commando}} assault rifle turns it into the Film/{{Predator}}, both Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger action flicks.
** Takeo's various quotes include [[{{Naruto}} "Summoning Jitsu"]] and [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII "Hadou]][[KamehameHadoken ken!"]]
** Occasionally, Nixon will say '''''[[{{Futurama}} "AROO!"]]'''''
** ''"Yeah, yeah, yeah, [[Film/DieHard I've got a machinegun]], ho ho ho...."''
** Creator/DannyTrejo's lines are more or less his dialogue from ''Film/{{Machete}}''.
** And Creator/SarahMichelleGellar is just playing Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}.
-->''"Let's slay some stiffs."''
** In Origins, when you upgrade the Mauser, you get a muzzle brake and a scope. Oh, and it fires [[FrickingLaserBeams lasers]] too from a 50 shot magazine. [[Franchise/StarWars Sound familiar?]]
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: "Call of the Dead", taking place in an icebreaker stuck in, uhm, ice.
-->''"I ''really'' didn't dress for the cold."''
* SmurfettePrinciple: Lampshaded/invoked in ''Black Ops'' by Dempsey.
-->''"Maann, I wish we could trade Richoften for a hot chick. I'm getting lonely here..."''
** However, it's played straight in ''Call of The Dead'', with Creator/SarahMichelleGellar being the only female.
*** [[spoiler: And after completing Richtofen's Grand Scheme on ''Moon'', Samantha Maxis becomes the the second female character playable in Zombies via a soul transfer with Richtofen.]]
*** Played straight again with Black Ops II's Zombies mode, wherein Misty is the sole female character.
* SociopathicSoldier: All of the speaking soldiers enjoy the slaughter far too much.
* SovietSuperScience: In the first ''Black Ops'' DLC map, ''Ascension''.
* SmokingIsCool: Fidel Castro. He lampshades it.
* StandardFPSGuns: In addition to the standard CallOfDuty weapons, the Wunderwaffe fills the role of the electricity gun.
* TheStarscream: Richtofen to Maxis during their time in Group 935. Maxis refuses to allow Richtofen's experiments with the teleporters to continue, convincing Richtofen to work behind his back. Eventually Richtofen decides Maxis is unfit to lead 935, especially after declining to mass-produce his prized invention, the Wunderwaffe.[[note]]Maxis had his reasons, as he truly had no intentions of giving such powerful weapons to the Third Reich, who were funding them at the time.[[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot Things probably would not have gotten so bad]] if Maxis had bothered to explain this to Richtofen...[[/note]]
* TimeTravel: First seen when Element [[ArcNumber 115]] overloaded the teleporter in Der Riese to send our heroes to the future.
** The basis of the entire storyline. Includes [[TemporalParadox Temporal Paradoxes]], {{Alternate Timeline}}s, and more.
** And again in Call of the Dead, when they managed to reach modern times.
** The time bomb does the exact opposite in Buried, it send players back in time, to the point when it was set down. If you lost your entire team, ''[[WrittenSoundEffect *click*]]'' they're back with all of their weapons back.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Nikolai seems fond of this.
-->''"Nikolai will put their brains on the outside!"''
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: The upgraded M1911 pistol is called the C-3000 ''b1atch''35.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Richtofen is a mad doctor. His former buddy, Doctor Maxis, was ''much'' more level headed, though still a Nazi.
** Actually, Group 935 is a worldwide group and preceded the Nazi party. They simply decided to help the Nazis by giving them some of their Wonderweapon technology in exchange for funding.
* UnusualEuphemism: Nikolai uses a couple of these in Shangri-La.
-->''"Aah! That was too close to my hammer and sickles."''
* UnwittingPawn: Dempsey, Nikolai, and Takeo [[spoiler: as of the events during ''Moon'']].
** As are the Green Run group.
* VillainSong: "Not Ready To Die" appears to be Dr. Richtofen's. A number of the series' songs seem to apply to Samantha, but "115" appears to be the main one and the one the fits the trope most.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Everyone insults everyone, but they'll help them, anyway. In fact, the characters themselves are programmed with different reactions to their teammates. They each have one teammate who they are friendly and hostile to, as well as one who they do not react to at all. For example, Dempsey likes Takeo, does not react to Nikolai and hates Richtofen.
-->''"Fidel's down. '''EVERYONE POINT AND LAUGH!'''"''
* VerbalTic: Tank Dempsey says ''"Oorah"'' more times than the combined ''"Hooahs"'' of ''ModernWarfare 2''!
** He also calls ammo ''"gun juice"'', which happens a lot when you run out of ammo or get max ammo, resulting in-
-->'''Dempsey''': '''''"JUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUIIIICCCEE!!!"'''''
* VodkaDrunkenski: Nikolai, obviously. [[LampShadeHanging Lampshaded]].
-->'''Nikolai''': ''"Nothing is more dangerous than a drunk Russian with an MG!"''
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: The EasterEgg on ''Moon'', Richtofen's Grand Scheme.]]
** Buried. [[spoiler:Dr. Maxis' EasterEgg makes everything worse, with the further destruction of Earth.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Later averted, actually. ''Kino der Toten'' was the final ''World At War'' Zombies map, but by that time, ModernWarfare 2 was very close to release.
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Romero comments that a zombie doesn't look dead enough.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: ''Moon's'' description makes it seem like it's the last map... [[spoiler: Then Richtofen's Grand Scheme kicks in....]]
* ZombieApocalypse: Implied via radio messages.
** It's reached the Pentagon during JFK's term as President.
*** George Romero found out about the project while doing research for a WW2 movie. [[spoiler:It infects him, turning him into a [[PsychoElectro super-mutant electric zombie.]]]]
**** They even managed to go back in time and wind up on the Moon... [[LampshadeHanging somehow.]]
** Outright shown in Black Ops II: The main storyline is about surviving one.
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