Nazi Zombies

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Isn't "mindless National Socialist" a little redundant?
A particular Sub-Trope of Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot that has seen a rise in popularity from the late 2000s onwards. Nazis are a Villain by Default, so one way to make them even more evil and scary is to have The Undead bear the swastika.

This fantastical association between Nazis and zombies presumably flows forth from the Nazis' rather comprehensive Kill 'em All policies in regards to racial and ideological enemies. There is also the Obviously Evil use of skull imagery on uniforms, and a history of occult societies in Germany that were supported by some members of the Nazi Party. If there's any faction in World War II who are believable as undead monsters in fiction, it's the Nazis.

Like other zombies, how intelligent they are varies from depiction to depiction. If intelligence is on display, there's usually just one or two commanding officer types leading a rabble of more mindless soldier type zombies. Sometimes, though, they're all just a mindless horde who are less "Nazi zombies" than they are "zombies in Nazi uniforms," due to being incapable of having a creed more complicated than "go here, eat that." If the latter type, they may not have any loyalty to other, living Nazis, and will eat them as willingly as they'll eat any other living people.

A rather literal form of Ghostapo. Could be the reason why there's a Weird Historical War going on.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Millennium's ghouls in Hellsing are vampified Nazis, but they act more like zombies and they turn other people into ghouls like it's a zombie-spreading virus.
  • The resurrected (and very short) Adolf Hitlarious type dictator in Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn leads an army of undead, nearly skeletal soldiers in Nazi-inspired uniforms.

Comic Books
  • In one adventure in the Gamebook/Comic hybrid Dice Man, a bunch of Nazis are corrupted by the power of Wotan's Spear into zombies.
  • In DC Comics Bombshells, the Nazis do a very ill-advised deal with an Eldritch Abomination to have all their dead soldiers rise as zombies and continue fighting - their demonic partners very quickly turn on them to threaten a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • One of Marvel Zombies series, the 2012's Marvel Zombies Destroy! is about one of the Alternate Earths infected by the Plague Zombie, Earth-12591, in which Nazis won the WWII... by converting into zombies. Most of the known heroes were infected and zombified so they become part of the Nazi Zombies army. As part of the eradication plan of A.R.M.O.R., Howard the Duck, Ducky Dozen and Dum-Dum Dugan went to this Alternate Universe to stop zombies, but went trapped by them and a zombie version of The Invaders, later being saved by The Suffragists, a bunch of Golden Age heroines that stands as the last chance to this Earth, leadered by Miss America (the original one that fought with Captain America and were part of the Invaders), which has Cap's shield from the deceased version of this Earth.
  • The eponymous 2012 mini-series by Antarctic Press (later compiled in one volume in 2013).

Film
  • Dead Snow is about zombie Nazis guarding stolen gold in a Norwegian mountain, who initially only kill trespassers but continue the war in the second movie when they escape from the mountain.
  • Zombie Lake, which involves a squad of Wehrmacht soldiers murdered by La Résistance, then dumped into a local lake, coming back from the dead for revenge.
  • The undead Nazi Mooks in the Mockbuster Nazis At the Center of the Earth, although they're Technically Living Zombies. To stay alive, they harvest organs and body parts from victims they capture. Included among their number are a slowly rotting Josef Mengele and Adolf Hitler's severed head attached to a Wolfenstein-like robotic body.
  • Oasis of the Zombies (also known as The Treasure of the Living Dead) involves a group of people fighting off a group of undead Afrika Korps soldiers guarding a treasure. It uses a lot of stock footage from the war movie Overrun! It was re-edited into the later film "Grave of the Living Dead."
  • Shock Waves has people trapped on an island being besieged by the "Totenkorps," an undead legion of SS soldiers who live in the ocean.
  • The first two films in the Outpost series are pretty straightforward Ghostapo, with Götz and co. being metaphysical "ghost" beings. Then there's Outpost III: Rise of the Spetsnaz, which shows us the early work of the Lazarus Project. These undead German soldiers are actually zombies. At least one, a zombified SS corporal, is used as a human Angry Guard Dog led around on a leash by his living companions.
  • Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead. American soldiers versus zombies in World War II.
  • War of the Dead involves a group of soldiers fighting for their lives against undead Germans.
  • The rather oddly-titled "Panzer Chocolate" (or simply "Panzer" on DVD) involves a zombie SS officer killing off a group of archaeologists one by one, Slasher Movie style.
  • The Jewish main character in An American Werewolf in London has a nightmare where zombie Nazi soldiers burst into his home and massacre his family.
  • In Suckerpunch, the undead Gas Mask Mooks are explicitly World War I Imperial German soldiers, not Nazis. However, they still invoke a lot of the familiar imagery.
  • Similarly, a zombie/demon Imperial German soldier with a stahlhelm is seen in Demon Knight. Like all the demons in the film, he has clawed fingers and Glowing Eyes of Doom.

Literature
  • In The Keep, Rasalom resurrects the corpses of the German soldiers he kills to be his Slave Mooks. After he is defeated, they drop dead again.

Tabletop Games
  • An available unit for the Germans on Secrets Of The Third Reich. Interestingly they are a twist of the "mindless zombie following a smarter leader" type, in that the "smarter leader" is equally brain-dead but has been modified with a remote-controlled mechanism that allows an operator to move him around and the other zombies follow him out of what remains of their memories of military indoctrination.

Toys
  • DAM Toys' Zombie Germans figures, which features Nazi zombie officer (Kruger) and soldier (Private Jakob). They appear to be loosely inspired by Dead Snow.
  • Quarantine Studio's Dead Reich series of minibusts, depicting undead German soldiers from different branches of the Nazi military in various states of nasty decay.

Video Games
  • Call of Duty: Zombies is the Trope Namer. It was originally titled "Nazi Zombies", and involved the players surviving hordes of Nazi zombies; but the Nazis stopped appearing starting in Call of Duty: Black Ops, and the game mode was renamed "Zombie Mode".
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood: After SS troops disinter an ancient undead monster, the village of Wulfburg is flooded with a gas which causes anyone who dies to rise from the dead as a flaming zombie. Being a Wolfenstein game, there is an ample supply of dead National Socialists to battle BJ Blazkowitz.
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth: Nazi zombies are the Big Bad, with almost every enemy after the UFO abduction being at least partly a Nazi Zombie. Besides regular ones you will also find Nazi Zombie rats, dogs and aborted embryos among others.
  • Zombie Army Trilogy involves Nazis and zombies, much like the mode from Call of Duty, though with Sniper Elite instead.

Western Animation
  • In The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Suzi X at one point steals the cryogenically-preserved head of Adolf Hitler and ends up being pursued by an army of Nazi zombies. There's even an accompanying song.
    Hey, look at that bunch of zombies, I think they're Nazis, that one had a tongue...

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