Comic Book: iZombie

A Vertigo Comics ongoing series about Gwen Dylan, a woman brought back from the dead for mysterious reasons. The series started in July, 2010. Set in Eugene, Oregon, Gwen has to face a preponderance of supernatural threats alongside her twentysomething life. Drawn by Madman author Mike Allred and written by Chris Roberson.

The iZombie mythology classifies supernatural creatures using the Egyptian concept of an oversoul (memories, rational thought) and an undersoul (passion, animalistic). Central character John Amon lays it out thusly:
  • Ghosts: A roaming oversoul.
  • Poltergeists: A roaming undersoul.
  • Zombies: A revived body with only an undersoul, with a hunger from brains. Gwen is an exception though.
  • Vampires: A revived body with only an oversoul, with a hunger for blood.
  • Revenants: A revived body with both undersoul and oversoul intact (but requiring human flesh to sustain itself).
  • Werewolves: A person sharing their body with an animal undersoul.
  • Possessed: A person sharing their body with (or controlled by) a human oversoul.

The series ended in 2012 due to Vertigo canceling the comic. But giving the story enough lead time to close out properly. It has since been announced that The CW will loosely adapt the comic into a TV show of the same name. Rose McIver has been announced as the lead character, and Rob Thomas as showrunner.

This character provides examples of:

  • Adorkable: Scott.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Gwen in the final issue in order to save the world.
  • Asian and Nerdy / Bollywood Nerd: Scott's tech support buddies Tan and Patel.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Ellie, who was killed in the 60s and still retains the fashion even as a ghost.
  • Daddy's Girl: Ellie, though this wasn't a very positive thing.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Paintball girls use their business to lure in customers and feed on them but only enough to keep them going and never fully draining their victims so they become vampires. They also try to keep a low profile as best as they can.
    • Does that make them evil or neutral?
  • Frankenstein's Monster: Fernando, in fact those with a keen eye will notice him and his girlfriend. Tricia (who likewise becomes a monster via a vampirism and joins the Paintball Girls) in some of the background in the earlier issues.
  • Knight Templar: The Fossor Corporation drifts into this trope with its methodology and approach to hunting monsters.
  • Monster Mash
  • My Beloved Smother: Inverted. It was Ellie's mother who believed she needed more freedom, while her father wanted her to stay close to home. The reasoning behind this was that Ellie was her father's "life". He was a shellshocked World War II veteran who basically only came to life whenever Ellie was nearby. He never allowed her to join school clubs or activities, never allowed her to trick-or-treat, and it took two years after graduation for Ellie to apply to college.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Not really, the turning process is pretty simple through a standard bite and drain. The body revives with an oversoul but the victim still retains their memories, along with a few cosmetic changes (fangs, pale skin, cat-like eyes, pointed ears, and grown fingernails that give their hands the appearance of claws). They also don't really need to drain their victim, about a pint of blood is all thats needed to sustain the,.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Gwen's nerd friend, Scott, was bitten by a terrier, and transforms on a full moon, but has no significant personality change or bloodlust during the transformation.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Gwen is different from the usual zombies in that she retains her personality and looks (if not a little pale). She still does have the hunger for brains and has to eat some every so often, though only eats those of the recently deceased (gaining their memories in the process). If she doesn't do so, however, she will turn into a typical zombie.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Claire who not only got herself bitten and became a vampire, but could never keep a low profile and just attacked whomever she felt like, getting herself staked in the first few opening issues She got better via a mad scientist.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Self admitted by the Paintball Girls leader before she bites Tricia. It should be note Tricia made the decision to become a vampire herself.
    Tricia: W-Will it hurt?
    PB Leader: I'm not gonna lie to you, yes it will. But it's all right (Lunges at the unprepared Tricia, fangs bared) After awhile you start to like it!
  • Tragic Monster: The Paintball girls who, according to the leader, were just college students making their way through school. However one of their own, Claire, a very impulsive and immature girl, went out with the wrong guy, who happened to be a vampire. She was turned and then returned back to the dorm where the girls were studying, attacking them and transforming them all into vampires.
  • The Undead: Comes in many flavors here.
  • The Unmasqued World: By the end of the comic, the existence of monsters becomes known to the public. Then again it's kinda hard to hide it when a Cthulhu like monster pretty much appears over the city.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: A story arc saw zombies suddenly rise up and attack the city.