* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: For every DownerEnding and ForegoneConclusion, there are several entries where the humans kick SERIOUS undead ass.
** [[TheGloryThatWasRome The Roman Legions]] being able to crush zombie outbreaks for the majority of their reigning period, being GenreSavvy before there was Genre to be Savvy by! And the other best thing about them? They aren't virtually scared by zombies in the slightest-in one tale, an old legion veteran simply pushed a frightened mother and her baby aside and sliced off the zombie's head with his gladius, like it was simply a minor annoyance. ''They have balls. Of Tempered Titanium.''
*** Even better, is that after a certain point, the Historical section just states about Roman Zombie attacks, "This was the last Roman Recorded Zombie attack of note, as others were so short or not well enough described to count." Basically, The Romans were ''curbstomping'' zombies so effectively they weren't even taking them seriously anymore. ''Damn.''
** Elijiah Black, a Lakota man who became a Wild West Zombie Hunter. His one entry has him pick off the entire undead populace of a small town, [[ButNowIMustGo leaving the bewildered survivors behind to kick more undead ass]].
** The "Jan. 1993 A.D., Downtown Los Angeles, California" entry is one of the few cases of NoKillLikeOverkill in favor of the humans - after two clashing gangs [[EnemyMine put their differences aside to survive]], they quickly grab the SmartBall, and manage to [[CurbstompBattle kill over a hundred ghouls with no losses of their own]]. However, they're then left with a load of apparently innocent dead bodies on their hands when the police show up...
** The Japanese attempt to drop Zombies on China, ends before the zombies hit the ground- Chinese snipers, trained to aim for the head, took them all out. The Chinese never realized they were under zombie attack.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: The book encourages you, when on the move, to keep moving. Carry as little as possible, abandon all luxuries, and don't stop for anything. Except for [[BigDamnHeroes rescuing survivors]].
--> Sometimes, logic must give way to humanity.
** The Class 4 scenario is especially frightening, as it shows how screwed we really could be if that really happened. The description of the "Total Extinction" scenario is especially chilling. Not to mention the recorded attacks. Worst is the one on the Portuguese Slave Ship.
** The ''Recorded Attacks'' companion comic manages to illustrate some of the recorded attacks, including the Portuguese slave ship. The incident with the Portugese Slave Ship had a slave ship, with all of the slaves chained in the hold as tightly as possible. A sailor got infected and somehow only bit a few of them. Those ones died and reanimated, but were too constrained to do more than nibble on the guys next to them. 24 hours later, the guy getting nibbled on reanimates. Rinse and repeat. Imagine, for a second, being the guy on the end...
*** Actually, most of them would've died of thirst long before the infection could be spread along the line that far. More likely, ''one'' zombie bit all of them; if its throat was obstructed, e.g. because one of the crew stuck a blade through its neck, it wouldn't be able to feed and would just keep moving from victim to victim.
** Speaking of ''Recorded Attacks'' special mention has to be given to the "1583 A.D., Siberia" entry, where [[CrazySurvivalist a group of Cossacks]] [[ExtremeOmnivore completely devour a small village's food supplies]], [[IAmAHumanitarian before killing and eating several of the villagers as well]]. The part the "zombie outbreak" starts - [[TooDumbToLive where they try to eat a zombified corpse]] - can easily be considered LaserGuidedKarma at it's finest.
** The ''concept'' of "Devil Dance", a game played underground in parts of the French empire in the 17th century. One man enters a pit, armed with a very small knife. In the other side of the pit is one of the undead. Up above, the rich place bets on whether the man lives or, more likely, how long he'll last before being eaten. Most of the zombies used in the game are taken from former players.
** The book was written out of Mel Brook's fear of Zombies, as he notes they're not some sort of animal or creature, but a force of nature that simply cannot be reasoned with. He makes this very clear in the first few chapters, comparing zombies to a computer that is only programmed to perform one function and can never be hacked.
* NightmareRetardant: The more you know about biology, weapons, sociology and terrain, the less seriously you take the book.
* ParanoiaFuel: If any murder you hear on the news sounds just a ''bit'' fishy, get ready.
** The whole book makes you think that zombies are real and around the corner.
* WhatAnIdiot: The Chinese government's military zombie operation has slight ramifications of this, at least compared to those of Japan and Russia. For example, naming the operation "Eternal Waking Nightmare," the old Chinese name for Solanum. Were they even trying to be secretive about it? At least Japan and Russia used names that only ''alluded'' to death ("Cherry Blossom") and long life ("Sturgeon"), respectively.
** And, of course, there are several entries where this happens in universe, such as where the Cossacks [[ExtremeOmnivore try to eat zombie flesh]], and where [[FakeUltimateHero Harland Lee]] tried to go OneManArmy on a zombie horde, only to die from his ATeamFiring.
** Anyone who tries training zombies. The attempts listed are darkly hilarious.
** The Foreign Legion spending '''three years''' besieged by the zombies and no one figured out that headshots are the only way to kill them. While civilians can give a pass due to their blind panic but these are trained soldiers!