Flesh-eating zombies are your typical B-Movie
zombie. It eats the skin, brains
, or various other organs from the living, and sometimes infecting survivors who become zombies themselves
— which makes them a lot like a ghoul
, really. Can also be merged with a Voodoo Zombie
or Plague Zombie
This is one of the most common zombie tropes to be parodied; parody zombies always
moan for brains
, even though that specific form was never very common
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- In The Goon zombies are usually flesh eating and may be created by either mad science or voodoo depending on the story. They also may or may not be sentient. Also may or may not be evil. In fact zombies are really inconsistent in the series.
- The Middleman has perhaps a unique example of the Flesh Eating variety, selecting a very unusual type of flesh to eat. Nowhere else will the zombies cry not "Braiiiiins", but instead "troooooout".
- The "Living Dead" series, including Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, and Land of the Dead. Though never called "zombies" before Land (Romero originally referred to them as "ghouls"), the living dead in this series became the starting point for Hollywood zombies. They walk and move slowly, have very rudimentary instincts, and are driven most by the instinct to feed. They can only be stopped by destroying their brains. Over the series, their attributes are gradually expanded upon. In Dawn of the Dead it's discovered that they are drawn to places they knew in life, such as malls. In Day of the Dead it's discovered that zombies can be trained to use tools and can be coaxed to remember aspects of their past life. Land of the Dead takes it all much further, showing that the dead can communicate with each other, empathize with each other, cooperate, and solve problems, suggesting that they are replacing humanity. Anyone who dies in the living dead world will become reanimated, which is the overriding reason the planet is overrun so quickly. Zombie bites are fatal, thus causing victims to reanimate after they die.
- Shaun of the Dead zombies are generally of the Romero type. The interesting thing is that, while animal-like and mindless, they retain some mannerisms and shards of personality they had in life - a zombified kid keeps playing with his ball, zombified menial workers can still do their job, and Shaun's zombified stepdad turns off the radio with the blaring modern music he hated in life. And zombie Ed still plays video games.
- The Return of the Living Dead series riffs off the Romero series, but changes the zombies to make them much more dangerous. Decapitating the zombies will not stop them, and this change is lampshaded by one character, who cries, "You mean the movie lied?" Zombies maintain a roughly human-level intelligence, and can run and speak provided they still have the right parts, enabling them to taunt and bully their victims, as well as lure them to their doom by impersonating normal humans. They are driven to feed on human brains because it temporarily eases the pain of being dead. A gas called Trioxin is the source of the plague.
- In the movie Demons, the eponymous creatures are basically flesh-eating and plague-bearing zombies, with a bit of demon in them.
- Cemetery Man: Flesh-eating for the most part. Would also be plague-bearing, except the dead in the town are coming back regardless of how they die.
- The zombies in Umberto Lenzi's Nightmare City (a.k.a. City of the Walking Dead) (1980) are variations of the Flesh Eating Zombie, except they drink blood instead of eating flesh. The specific origins of the plague are a result of radiation exposure.
- The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue/Let Sleeping Corpses Lie features undead who are reanimated when vibrations from farm machinery revive their nervous systems.
- The Max Brooks books The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z attributes the zombie outbreaks to the fictional virus "Solanum", described as being highly contagious and 100% fatal. Victims attempt to attack and consume living prey, even though this is not required as the virus warps the brain into a new organ that does not require food, water or even air to survive. Zombies can only be killed by destroying the brain - decapitation merely results in a head that can still bite and feed, and freezing them solid only works until they thaw out again.
- Featured in Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Live Action TV
- Animates in Unhallowed Metropolis fall under this. They have elements of the Plague Zombie, as their bite is usually fatal and death from a bite is guaranteed to result in reanimation... but any corpse has a chance to reanimate, with the odds varying according to the surrounding environment.
- Final Fantasy XI has the Qutrub, which are actually people who have fallen to the Lamia who willingly turn themselves into zombies, and they eat flesh to stay in one piece. They are noted for being extra-weak to all damage, yet also have far more HP than most other enemies.
- Dead Rising: Aspects of F and PS. Mass-producing cattle created a wasp that turns people into zombies. The wasps in question are actually quite huge, compared to normal wasps. Trying to find out how they got so huge, the wasps themselves escaped and found a better source of food: humans.
- Survivor The Living Dead has plague-bearing flesh-eaters. In large numbers, and from the 2D view normally associated with platformers. Here's a review so you can see for yourself.
- Kyurem from Pokémon is a frozen dragon from space whose appearance and mannerisms are based off of the classic flesh-eating zombie. It's even explicitly stated to have a taste for human flesh. Though, unlike other examples, its bite cannot turn you into a zombie.
- The Monster and the Uberhaunt enemies from The Halloween Hack. Both have sprites with blood dripping from their hands and mouths, implying that they eat flesh.
- The Other Grey Meat shows a zombie civilization that devoured brains to stave off a hunger. They are able to live on TOGM, a brain substitute that mimics the qualities of human brains.
- In Sluggy Freelance zombies are people who did a magic ritual to gain immortality; as a side effect, their flesh starts decaying, and they need to eat human flesh in order to replace the tissue they've lost. They can actually be fairly intelligent, but only as long as their brains haven't decayed too much. If they want to keep from devolving into mindlessness, they have to eat, you guessed it, braaaaaiiiiiiins!
- There's also the Deadels, the undead minions of the demon K'Z'K. Why "Deadels", you ask? If you're a world-ravaging demon, you can call your minions whatever the hell you want.
- Zombie Ranch features zombies that are pretty indiscriminate about the flesh they devour. Their appetites are a major reason conventional livestock went mostly extinct during the first years of the Plague.
- I Am Not Infected has the classic Flesh Eating/Plague Bearing combo. That can drive cars (poorly).
- Although not encountered often, The League of S.T.E.A.M.'s zombies seem to be of the flesh-eating variety. The League have has perfected (well, almost...) a collar-like device for domesticating them.