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->''"Though some might say there is not much point to turning the earth into one gigantic graveyard, these people are fools and will never understand anyway."''
-->-- '''Neil Zawacki''', [[http://evil-guide.tripod.com/career.html How to be a Villain]]

A practitioner of a kind of {{Whatevermancy}}, Necromancers are the masters of the art of death. Necromancy, the magic of {{interrogating the dead}}, has been practiced since at least AncientGreece, where it was known as ''Necromantia'', and probably earlier.

In typical media they're the epitome of the EvilSorcerer, showing none of the respect DueToTheDead, using TheDarkArts to create an [[NightOfTheLivingMooks army]] of [[DemBones skeletons]] and [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]] (or any kind of [[TheUndead Undead]] being) to ravage the countryside or enslave souls of the damned for their own evil and twisted purposes. Any villain that practices necromancy is guaranteed to fall hard onto [[TheDarkSide the far side]] of the evil scale, and any hero who dares to dabble in it can kiss his position on the good side [[MoralEventHorizon goodbye]].

However, necromancy didn't always have the evil connotations that it has in media today. The word ''necromancy'' comes from the words ''nekros'' (dead) and ''manteia'' (prophecy), meaning that necromancers are more likely to summon spirits for divination than armies of rotting zombies. It was widely practiced across the world until the Renaissance, when it was equated with demonology and got its bad reputation.

This means that sometimes necromancers are seen in a more [[DarkIsNotEvil sympathetic light]], using their powers to [[ISeeDeadPeople commune with the dead]], [[LifeEnergy heal others]], or use their power over souls for good ends.

But since that's not [[RuleOfCool nearly as interesting as zombies]], the idea of a necromancer [[EnemySummoner unleashing waves of zombies]] still persists. [[CreepyGood Of course]], [[TerrorHero that doesn't stop them]] [[AntiHero from unleashing the hordes on the bad guys instead!]]

Commonly overlaps with {{Necromantic}}; either someone attempts necromancy in order to bring back their loved one, or this was the [[StartOfDarkness start of their]] [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil descent into evil]]. Sometimes a character will approach a necromancer for their help in bringing back their beloved.

It's not unheard of for a necromancer to be one of TheUndead themselves, often a [[OurLichesAreDifferent lich]]. Even if they aren't liches or other forms of undead themselves, they are likely to have unlocked [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow other ways of prolonging their own lives]] [[BlackMagic to unnatural lengths.]] Furthermore, they may become ''[[AppendageAssimilation partially]]'' [[TechnicallyLivingZombie undead]].

Only metaphorically related to ThreadNecromancer, where one resurrects dead forum threads.

Do ''not'' confuse with [[ILoveTheDead necro-romancer]] (although one ''can'' lead to the other). See also AnimateDead, TestedOnHumans and TheNecrocracy. If the necromancer is juxtaposed with a {{healing|Hands}} or [[GreenThumb nature-controlling]] character, see LifeDeathJuxtaposition.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/DGrayMan'' has the infamous [[ChivalrousPervert Cross Marian]], who uses [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090104002250/dgrayman/images/1/15/Cross_Marian_-_Grave_of_Maria.jpg Grave of Maria]]--the body of a deceased woman with the power of an Exorcist. She only listens to Cross. Using magic, he can summon her coffin at will and release her. It is often theorized, by many in fanon, that she was possibly a lover of Cross' when she was alive, but nothing has been stated as of yet.
* The BigBad of [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' uses forbidden Human Transmutation and could be seen as a necromancer.
* Meiou (Dark/Underworld King) Ixpellia from the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise. The [[WarriorPrince Ancient Belka king]] who ruled over the Garea empire and had the ability to raise an army of [[NightOfTheLivingMooks Mariage]] out of a battlefield of corpses. [[AntiAntiChrist She's actually a nice little girl being forced to do things she doesn't want]], but having an army of cyborg zombies that invades and burns down neighboring countries [[ShroudedInMyth gave her a rather bad reputation]].
* In ''Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally'', Charles zi Britannia's Geass, "The Dead Rise," allows him to raise the dead to fight for him, creating soldiers that are virtually unkillable [[spoiler:unless he dies, at which point, they die too]]. He raised some of the best soldiers from the dead in order to claim the throne, including the current Knights of the Round.
* There are three in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''--[[spoiler: Orochimaru, the Second Hokage, and Kabuto.]] All use the Impure World Resurrection technique.
* [[LivingShadow Gecko Moria]] from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is one, to a degree.
* Faust VIII from ''Manga/ShamanKing''. He's the descendent of the original Dr. Faustus who made a DealWithTheDevil and Faust learned about being a shaman and necromancy from his books. He did it to resurrect his wife from the dead so he's got the {{Necromantic}} thing going on as well. Finally, his basic fighting technique is to summon tons and tons of skeletons. Not to mention he's about the most evil character we see until TheBigBad shows up.[[spoiler: Faust makes a HeelFaceTurn after that though.]]
* Doll from ''Literature/HalfPrince'' is a spell caster class called necromancer; she doesn't really summon zombies, she summons flaming spell monsters which generally act as meat shields for her team. However, if she's really motivated, she can summon a freaking undead dragon; however, since it generally scares her, she's only done this twice so far.
* The protagonist of ''Manga/GhostTalkersDaydream'' works part-time as a necromancer. It mostly involves fighting ghosts, so there is no "evil sorcerer" part there. Yet for some reason, she considers her main job as a dominatrix way more respectable.
* One of Kenshiro's creepier one-shot foes from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' was an evil priest-looking guy by the name of Zaria who could hypnotize people into "zombies" via ''Nanto Ansho Ken'' and ultimately revives a group of his mooks that Kenshiro had just given the YourHeadASplode treatment to. Naturally, Kenshiro considers this level of disrespect for the dead [[ThisIsUnforgivable unforgivable]].
* The most powerful [[TelepathicSpacemen Newtypes]] of Franchise/{{Gundam}}'s Universal Century can perform a limited and relatively benign form of necromancy, communicating with and (in extreme circumstances) drawing power from the spirits of the dead. In fact, since it requires a great deal of human empathy, [[DarkIsNotEvil it's pretty much exclusively limited to heroic Newtypes]].
* Emperor Muge Zorbados, BigBad of the SuperRobot series, ''Anime/{{Dancougar}}''
* The main character Chihiro from ''Manga/{{Sankarea}}'' is a zombie aficionado and a wannabe necromancer. Things get complicated when he actually succeeds in necromancy, bringing his cat, as well as the eponymous girl, BackFromTheDead.
* The somewhat recent manga ''Manga/{{Necromancer}}'' features one as the main character.
* In ''Manga/HyperPolice'', necromancery is occasionally used by police investigators, by means of channeling spirits. [[MundaneUtility To question any found corpses whether they were murdered]].
* ''Anime/InuYashaTheMovieSwordsOfAnHonorableRuler'': [[EvilWeapon So'unga]] has the power to raise the dead at will.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', this is the main offensive power that Sternritter Giselle Gewelle has. By injecting [[BloodMagic her blood]] into other Quincys, she can take control of them when they're dead, turning them into literal, mindless zombies. [[spoiler: This is what she did to her teammate [[MadBomber Bambietta]], even when she was alive and [[AintTooProudToBeg begging]] her not to do it [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown while lying on the ground helpless.]]]]
* [[DemBones Keyes]], "[[RedBaron The Black Archbishop]]" of [[TheLegionsOfHell Tartarus]] in ''Manga/FairyTail'' is this. He's polite, speaks in [[WarriorPoet fancy, almost poetic phrases]], and is responsible for controlling traitor Councilman [[FatBastard Crawford's]] corpse to [[spoiler: activate the 2000 [[TheMagicGoesAway Face]] bombs crucial to the Guild's plans remotely]]. On a more personal level for the heroes though, he's the one responsible for [[spoiler: bringing back Silver Fullbuster, Gray's dad, as an end result of experiments involving just how well he can revive someone. Silver ''hates'' him.]]
* Nasu Veronica from ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'', he manipulates both corpses and flies.
** There is also a minor Spectre named Necromancer Byaku, but he has no actual power of corpse manipulation, and is the one who got temporarily resurrected instead.
* Kairi Sisigou of ''LightNovel/FateApocrypha'' is a bit of an unconventional example. Instead of raising corpses to fight for him, he simply uses [[HumanResources body parts]]. He fights using [[HomingProjectile heart-seeking bullets]] made from [[AbnormalAmmo human fingers]] and frag grenades made of human hearts packed with teeth and nails that [[MakeThemRot rot flesh]]. Despite his morbid use of magic, he's actually a pretty decent guy.
* Rabbit from ''LightNovel/JuniTaisenZodiacWar'' can control the corpses of anyone he kills, turning them into his undead servants. [[spoiler:He can also commit suicide and zombify himself as a last resort.]]

* During ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'', Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} could animate and control the corpses of sea creatures as a side effect of his death and resurrection. As the main page for the comic states, "Summoning a zombie kraken may be the most awesome thing he's ever done."
* Thomas Edison in ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo''. [[spoiler:Later [[TheUndead Undead Edison]].]]
* ''ComicBook/TheGoon'': The Goon's archenemy, the Nameless Man, uses massive zombie hordes to do his bidding. He also appears to have knowledge of communicating with spirits.
* ''ComicBook/ShadowMan'': [[OmnicidalManiac Master Darque]] has the ability to manipulate, morph and bind souls into grotesque soul eaters. His magic was mainly necrotic but he became a disciple of the Universal Center of Learning and Knowledge called [[WizardingSchool Lyceum]]. When he learned everything he could from his masters he [[TheArchmage graduated]] by killing everyone in Lyceum.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Necromancers have shown up on occasion.
** In the ''Judge Child Quest'', Dredd came across Murd the Oppressor, an [[WizardsFromOuterSpace alien tyrant-sorcerer]] who could resurrect the dead and was the keeper of Sagbelly, a giant sacred toad. He actually succeeded in killing Dredd, only to revive him.
** The Sisters of Death are the source of the Dark Judges' zombified state after they befriended the young Judge Death.
** Judge Death himself also has some power over the dead, forcibly zombifying both Chief Judge Silver to continue tormenting and humiliating him and a Cursed Earth resident named Malachi to wipe the radlands clean of life.
** The villain from ''Judgment Day'', Sabbat the Necromagus, animated an army of zombies to launch a global ZombieApocalypse. His backstory shows that he was Murd's best student.
* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': Haazheel Thorn has control over the living dead, raising them as part of his army. He can also gift his servants with a [[BackFromTheDead straightforward resurrection]] if they've fallen in battle, but you better damn hope he considers you useful enough to bother.
* ''ComicBook/AgeOfTheWolf'': Sister Sigrid is a sapient WolfWoman who is shown being able to resurrect werewolf corpses to lay a trap for the heroine.

[[folder: Fan Fic]]
* Nakisha from Fanfic/FlyOrFall is the Fairy of Spirits and as such has this power, but is one of the good guys.
* Queen Tiana and Marcus of Fanfic/KeepersOfTheElements both have this as their power, but they're both good guys.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2374939/1/The-Dark-Witch-and-the-Necromancer-ENGLISH The Dark Witch and the Necromancer]]'' Harry became one in order to combat Voldemort and his Death Eaters, but summoned animated skeletons rather than creating zombies of any variety. His {{Crowning Moment of Awesome}} was undoubtedly summoning a ''dinosaur'' skeleton during an attack on the Hogwarts Express.
* (Twilight) Sparkle from ''FanFic/SplitSecond'' has necromancy as her special talent.

* In both ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'' and ''Film/{{Dragonslayer}}'', the wizards (Merlin & Ulrich respectively) are called necromancers at some point. As neither film involves undead hordes and feature more traditional wizards, it is clear the older meaning is being invoked.
* [[spoiler:William Dobbs]] from ''Film/DeadAndBuried'' is an excellent example of this, what with [[spoiler:him making a town entirely populated by zombies of his own creation, who he views as his children and his works of art, as well as a very unhealthy interest in the dead.]]
* ''Film/ThePossessionOfMichaelKing'' has a classic version, a funeral director who conducts rituals to speak with the dead at night.
* ''Film/{{Mythica}}:'' Marek's magic is described as necromancy, but is powered by sucking the life energy from the living too, not just dealing with the dead. She is the heroine.

* Eucliwood Hellscythe of ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'' is a [[DarkIsNotEvil sympathetic]] necromancer. Her magic allows her to heal, kill, and create zombies (in this case, [[OurZombiesAreDifferent immortal, self-aware undead]]).
* ''LightNovel/TheLegendaryMoonlightSculptor'': As a result of an epic quest arc being succesfully completed, high level mage characters are allowed to evolve their class to become Necromancers. This VRMMORPG would not otherwise allow users to become this class if the quest had failed.

* Necromancy is a branch of the sorcerous Craft in Max Gladstone's ''Literature/CraftSequence''. It has a wide range of applications, from raising [[UndeadLaborers zombies for cheap labor]] to [[https://thinkprogress.org/two-serpents-rise-author-max-gladstone-on-magical-economics-and-manic-pixie-dream-girls-890751d3a700/ restructuring dead gods like failing corporations]]. Craft practitioners themselves don't usually regard necromancy as inherently evil, but not everyone in the world shares that view.
* ''Literature/MoDaoZuShi'' is a rare Chinese example featuring the main character Wei Wuxian having the ability to raise and control corpses by playing his [[MagicMusic flute]]. He is also able to create sentient zombies (albeit accidentally) to do his bidding i.e. his "Ghost General" Wen Ning. Because of this, he is often touted as the "Founder of Diabolism".
* In ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead'', necromancy is generally considered to be one of TheDarkArts, but WON hires some of them so that they can interrogate people who are already dead, such as murder victims. Still, necromancers are rather disliked among wizards.
* A remarkable benign example appears in ''Literature/GulliversTravels''. The Necromancer shows Gulliver the spirits of lots of dead people, so he can interview them and learn about the past (and eat food made by a great dead chef).
* In the The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series the major antagonist Dr. John Dee is shown to be a necromancer when he raises an army of zombies from the local cemetery
* Necromancers in ''[[Literature/MatthewSwift A Madness of Angels]]'' tend to try their hand at immortality by swallowing papers with the traits they wish they had in a {{golem}}-esque way. They die for real as soon as the paper is taken out, but in the meantime, they live [[ExactWords exactly]] to the constraints of the paper (meaning if you forget to, say, write down that you still want to see colors or [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower actually feel things]], your undead life won't be [[NightmareFuel very pleasant]]).
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheHobbit'', Sauron was called "the Necromancer" (though in this case it probably meant controlling the spirits of the dead, not their corpses). Given Tolkien's influence on the fantasy genre, this could be the TropeMaker.
** Sauron appears to have more control over the corpses of the dead than their spirits, if the Barrow-Wights are anything to go by; according to the supplementary materials they are evil spirits (not the souls of the original deceased) sent by the Witch-King of Angmar, Sauron's [[TheDragon Dragon]], to possess the bodies of dead kings to torment their former subjects.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' has the Department of Postmortem Communications, which is absolutely not Necromancy because Necromancy is a bad form of magic and is done by evil wizards, and since the wizards in Postmortem Communications aren't evil wizards, it's not Necromancy! Just ignore their raising of the dead. And all the skull decorations (they're fake, except for the talking one). And the fading "NECR" on their door.
** Note that they use the classical definition of contacting spirits to ask about the future, which is apparently evil. Contacting them to ask about the present or past, on the other hand, is okay.
** This is continued in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' where the head of the Dept. of Postmortem Communications, Dr Hix, is allowed to get away with, and is perhaps even encouraged to commit, [[PokeThePoodle minor acts of evil]] as part of his job, so long as they are within University Statutes. He's also the designated TokenEvilTeammate, required to do or say the things that are morally questionable yet necessary like knocking his boss unconscious to break the hold of a possessing artifact.
** There are apparently evil necromancers elsewhere in the world; part of his job is to enforce the University's monopoly. With fireballs.
* Creator/GarthNix's Literature/OldKingdom trilogy features several necromancers as villains--and the Abhorsen, who has similar powers but uses them to fight necromancers and other undead threats.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars The Chessman of Mars]]'', Tara is accused of being "one of those horrid Corphals that by commanding the spirits of the wicked dead gains evil mastery over the living"--which could only be killed by RoyalBlood.
* In the ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' series, Necromancy is one of the main branches of adept magic, and is one of the few magical disciplines that is organised into a religious order. The Necromancy Order plays the major role as the Big Bad throughout books 4-6, culminating in the arrival of the messianic 'Death Bringer', a sorcerer so powerful that they could halt the flow of life and death and do away with the concept of death. These necromancers are also capable of shadow magic and manipulation, and this is their main combat weapon. Despite this, most necromancers are not bad or evil, but they simply believe that the arrival of the Death Bringer will save the world. Valkyrie Cain, the protagonist, uses necromancy along with elemental magic, though she doesn't subscribe to their beliefs.
* Averted in the novels based on Diablo (see Video Games).
** ''Legacy of Blood'' has Kara Nightshadow as a heroine, and she is genuinely one of the good guys. She often has to explain to other characters how her use of death magic doesn't conflict with her apparent [[CharacterAlignment alignment]].
** ''The Kingdom of Shadow'' and ''Moon of the Spider'' feature Zayl and his "companion" Humbart. Humbart is a spirit bound to a skull. Nothing else, just a skull. He can see, hear, and talk, but that is about it. Zayl makes it a point to keep Humbart hidden when he's around anyone else, lest they think he's evil.
** ''The Sin War'' trilogy even briefly explains the origins of the Necromancers. There are 3 worlds in the Diablo multiverse, which are basically Heaven, Hell, and Sanctuary (Earth). Heaven is at war with Hell, and both sides think they could win by "recruiting" the mortals of Sanctuary. Necromancers want Sanctuary to stay neutral/not involved. They would like to kick ALL Angels and Demons out of Sanctuary, but, lacking the ability to do so, they wind up fighting against whichever side is winning. Usually Demons/evil has a stronger influence, so the Necromancers are on the side of the Angels/good.
*** Well, [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks Angels aren't really good in this setting]]. Most of them despise humanity and want to wipe them out, and they probably would if they ever defeated the demons, so keeping the fight between Heaven and Hell going is in humanity's best interests.
* In the universe of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', necromancy on human remains is absolutely forbidden by the laws of the White Council. Of course, there are many illegal necromancers, and they've been shown to create zombies, control ghosts, and consume the spirits of the dead to increase their power. [[spoiler: Harry himself ends up exploiting a loophole in the laws on necromancy--the law only says ''human'' remains, after all--to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome create a zombie T. rex]].]] (Usually not done because of the way Necromancy works. Two things feed into the potential power of a reanimated body; age and psychological complexity. [[spoiler: Sue may have been pretty dumb, but she was possibly the oldest corpse in the city.]])
** The magic can also be used to forcibly prevent someone from dying long enough for their body to be repaired. One necromancer uses this to try to sell Harry a DarkIsNotEvil take on the whole business.
*** Which is left a bit ambiguous, the necromancer in question having joined the dark side for altruistic reasons. And not vague, Social Darwinist-esque motivations either. She saved a man's life for no benefit, a fact which Harry notes with dismay.
** The more traditional sort of necromancer also shows up, called an "ectomancer", who can summon and speak with ghosts, but can't outright command them. The ghosts like this sort a lot better.
** Also, ''Ghost Story'' gave fans an answer to a question left over from the TV series: "Just how powerful ''is'' the ghost of a necromancer?" The answer? The ghost of a knowledgeable, experienced and skilled necromancer (as opposed to the ghost of someone newly dead) is downright ''terrifying.'' It turns out that Harry wasn't kidding when, in a previous book, he described necromancers as equal in power to faerie queens, demon lords and archangels.
*** To be blunt, one famous [[PosthumousCharacter necromancer]], when the ''entire'' White Council and all their allies finally kill him, manages ''to come back''. And not just once, but ''seven freaking times''.
* Literature/AnitaBlake is a licensed necromancer who often uses her powers to interrogate the dead (when she isn't busy sexing them up for one contrived reason or another).
* Subverted in ''Literature/HarryPotter.'' It's possible to reanimate a person's corpse into an Inferi, but Necromancy is considered virtually useless because the body has no soul (in keeping with Dumbledore's statement in the first book that "No spell can raise the dead") and thus no will or intelligence. They do, unfortunately, work rather well if you have a large number of them guarding an artifact, as Harry finds out...
** Given that wizards seem to have more success enchanting inanimate objects with certain amounts of animation and intelligence if they want assistants, this is about the first setting where necromancy is AwesomeButImpractical.
** The use of the Inferi as guards despite their impracticality is actually symbolic of their creator's own fear of death. He's terrified of dying and he believes everyone else is too, so he figures walking corpses would be the ultimate deterrent.
** The Resurrection Stone is reputed to be able to revive the dead. It's also believed to be something made up for a fairy tale. [[spoiler:The Stone is real, but it cannot resurrect the dead. What it can do is summon the spirit of a deceased person for a few minutes, but that's it.]]
* Necromancy is an aspect of [[WitchSpecies Sartan]] magic in Literature/TheDeathGateCycle, but is forbidden because for every person brought back to life, another somewhere dies untimely. The Sartan of [[{{Mordor}} Abarrach]], however, were desperate enough to disregard this, and became a whole culture of necromancers.
* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheNecromancer'' features a good necromancer as its main character.
* Brian Lumley's ''Literature/{{Necroscope}}'' series gives us both sides of this. Those that talk to the willing dead are called Necroscopes, the evil bastards who torture the dead are Necromancers. [[BlackAndWhiteMorality There are no crossovers between the two]].
* Chloe Saunders from the ''Literature/DarkestPowers'' trilogy. In fact, she is almost certainly the most powerful necromancer in existence, and possibly the most powerful necromancer to ''ever'' exist. In a necromancer's case, though, having a lot of power is [[BlessedWithSuck not always a good thing]]. Most necromancers eventually [[MadOracle go insane later in life]], and the trend seems to be that [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity the more powerful they are, the faster it happens]].
** In a world with sorcerers, witches, werewolves, half-demons, vampires, and all other sorts of supernatural creatures running around, necromancers really got the short end of the stick: They can talk to ghosts (who usually harass them), which makes them look schizophrenic since a necromancer can't tell a ghost from a living person; and they can raise the dead (but only one at a time, involving a complicated ritual, as well as practice and skill, and a willingness to shove [[AndIMustScream a soul back into its rotting corpse]]). [[SarcasmMode Fun times]]!
** Chloe's problem with zombies is actually reversed because of her [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke insane amounts of power]]. Rather than needing a ritual and other things, [[PowerIncontinence she accidentally raises the dead in her sleep]]. Seeing as how she's a genuinely good person (and the protagonist, to boot), she was horrified to find out that she could do something like that, and sleeping anywhere where there might be corpses of ''any'' species is a big no-no for her.
* ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'' and the sequel are about a necromancer who sold his soul to Satan to get the skill. In-universe it's not really viewed positively, and the character jokes about his favorite wanted posters of himself. [[spoiler:It's hinted in the first book, confirmed in the second, that he's the second type mentioned above: a necromancer because he wishes he could bring someone back.]]
* The Zombie Master in Piers Anthony's ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series may qualify as a necromancer as his power is raising the dead, ie: creating Zombies. This does not make him popular but he is in fact a regular sweetheart and gets the girl (okay after a few hundred years spent undead but still..)
* The writings of Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith featured a number of necromancers. Examples being ''The Empire of the Necromancers'', ''The Charnel God'', and ''The Last Incantation''. The reasons run the gamut from {{Necromantic}} to NightOfTheLivingMooks.
* Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard'' features a group of immortal necromancers, most notably the titular protagonist's ancestor, Joseph Curwen. They can resurrect the dead temporarily by converting their bones or ashes into mystical "saltes" through alchemy, and speaking an incantation, and torture them for esoteric knowledge lost from the world of the living. It's implied that their ultimate goal is to resurrect undead legions to take over the world under their command.
* Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian:
** In the story "Literature/ThePeopleOfTheBlackCircle", the king is murdered by necromancy.
** In "Literature/TheDevilInIron", Khosatral Khel revives his city with it,
--->''But folk who have tasted of death are only partly alive. In the dark corners of their souls and minds, death still lurks unconquered. By night the people of Dagon moved and loved, hated and feasted, and remembered the fall of Dagon and their own slaughter only as a dim dream; they moved in an enchanted mist of illusion, feeling the strangeness of their existence but not inquiring the reasons therefor. With the coming of day, they sank into deep sleep, to be roused again only by the coming of night, which is akin to death.''
* In Creator/AmandaDownum's ''Literature/TheDrowningCity'' and ''Literature/TheBonePalace'', the protagonist, Isyllt Iskaldur, is a necromancer. She is not portrayed as evil, although she is sometimes treated as such by others. Her abilities do not appear to include summoning zombie armies, but do include dealing with ghosts, whether communicating, capturing or banishing, as well as raising the dead temporarily, experiencing the final memories of the dead, aging and corroding non-living things rapidly, invoking cold, and related things.
* Necromancy is an aspect of BlackMagic in ''Literature/{{Mithgar}}'', and mostly follows the more traditional sort, as a necromancer's primary abilities are used in summoning and compelling dead spirits, usually to force information out of them. One necromancer, Baron Stoke (also one of the series' viler villains), ''did'' learn to create a zombie army, but died before he could use it or pass the knowledge on.
* Towards the end of ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad The Malloreon]]'' by Creator/DavidEddings, we learn that among the many forms of magic practiced by the Dals was necromancy. Much like the older meaning of the word, the necromancer we see summons back the spirit of the recently dead to answer questions.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'': [[spoiler: Nico di Angelo]], Hades, and Persephone are all necromancers. They are also all good guys.
* Subverted in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'': [=DomDaniel=] is referred to as a necromancer, but none of his abilities match the epithet.
* Necromancy is naturally an important part of ''Literature/TheWitchWatch'', given that the start involves the protagonist being raised from the dead ''by mistake.''
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: City of the Dead'' has Doctor Evazam doing this [-WITH SCIENCE-]! He develops a serum which makes the dead reanimate perfectly, and tweaks it to create legions of strong, obedient [[NightOfTheLivingMooks zombie soldiers]]. Fresher dead, better preserved, retain some of their faculties; the freshest, like the twelve-year-old boy he killed [[UndeadChild for this purpose]], can remember and speak. They obey only him, and since he [[ProfessorGuineaPig injects himself]] before a bounty hunter kills him, he reanimates the freshest of them all, without losing any of his mind as far as he can tell.
** The same book has a quick recounting of the legend of Sycorax, a witch who lived on Necropolis years ago who claimed she could raise the dead. The Necropolitans then [[BullyingADragon killed her son]] and challenged her to raise him... instead, she cursed them before dying herself, saying that if they did not pay their DueToTheDead, they would regret it. Present-day Necropolitans believe Sycorax ''could'' raise the dead, and that if she was called on, she might help.
* In ''Literature/UnnaturalIssue'', Earth Master Richard Whitestone turns to necromancy after his wife succumbs to DeathByChildbirth, which kickstarts the main plot of the book.
* [[Literature/DivineBloodNovels Divine Blood]] has a branch of psychic ability referred to as "Death Seers". Death Seers are naturally able to see and speak to ghosts, see how and in what way people have encountered or interacted with death and also see ways to slow down or advance the rate at which someone dies. Of the two shown, one is a demi-Goddess trained by humans and the other is a Demoness with a well known name. The demi-Goddess is absolutely shocked to learn that the Demon hasn't learned practically anything about how to use her death seer powers and is afraid of ghosts to boot.
* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfAReluctantNecromancer'' features the main protagonist as a necromancer, and the big bad is an evil necromancer. They can manipulate the soul, bring people back for a while, and the most powerful can create vampire/zombie servants.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/ForerunnerForay'', Ziantha thinks their taking over the dead bodies, forced by the artifact, is like this. Zuha agrees, promptly accusing her of witchcraft.
* ''Literature/TheNecromanticMysteriesOfKyleMurchisonBooth'' is a series of short stories about a mousy museum curator who, in the inaugural story (''Bringing Helena Back'') makes a foray into the field of necromancy. He [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow regrets]] it, especially since one of the results is that he becomes an apparently lifelong MagneticMedium.
* The ''Literature/ObsidianAndBlood'' Trilogy stars Acatl, the High Priest of the Dead in Tenochitlian, the capital of the Aztec Triple Alliance. He has certain powers related to the Underworld, and can sense when someone has crossed over. He uses these powers to solve mysteries.
* ''Literature/CannonFodder'' has a necromancer named Doris. She seems to be an all right person, but on the other hand, we don't see her practice her necromantic powers.
* ''Literature/TheRubyKnight'' reveals that Tynian and to a lesser degree, Sephrenia are necromancers in the classical sense, though Tynian is better at it due to being stronger, considering that wresting the dead from the beyond is a strenuous activity. A major portion of their quest required summoning the spirits of those who fought in the war five hundred years ago to ask them where the Bhelliom is. This also backfires on them when Tynian accidently raises [[EldritchAbomination something that they didn't intend.]]
* Sorcerer-Captain Emorc apparently spent some time studying necromancy; which comes in handy when he needs to create ''Literature/AnArmyOfTheDead''.
* A partial aspect of Rose Hathaway's shadow-kissed powers in ''Literature/VampireAcademy''. She can summon ghosts, though it takes a lot of effort and gives her a splitting headache.
* ''[[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]]'' Necromancer in ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' is the world's preeminent practitioner: an undead demon on loan from the gods, who themselves are vocally impressed by her power. For her part, she calls death "sometimes inconvenient" and reanimates the occasional army for the Dragaeran Empire, but prefers to spend her downtime practicing her painting.
* Katia of ''Literature/ShamanBlues'' is a necromancer--though the formal name is "death warden"--although rather than raise the dead, she spends most of her working hours putting them back in their graves.
* ''Literature/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren'': Enoch O'Connor--it's his peculiarity. Sort of. He can re-anamate the dead, but he can also animate little clay dolls, and other things that were never alive to begin with.
-->'''Enoch:''' That's what I can do--take the life of one thing and give it to another, either clay like this or something that used to be alive but ain't anymore.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness'': Eostra the [[OminousOwl Eagle Owl]] Mage, the head of the Soul Eaters, is this. She's said to have always been obsessed with the secrets of the dead. As soon as she became her clan's mage, she performed a forbidden ritual and brought back to life a deceased boy. Soon after this, all the other Eagle Owls died out of sickness. At the climax of ''Ghost Hunter'', Eostra summons the spirits of [[spoiler:all her deceased Soul Eaters]], bound to her through their hairs she possesses. When the hairs are burned, the summoned spirits return to afterlife.
* ''Literature/WisePhuul'': Raising the dead is a universal ability in the Viiminian Empire, and the undead ('liches') are used as slave labour. Our protagonist, one Teltö Phuul, is a low-level Necromancer who starts out monitoring the corpses at the local library.
* ''Literature/TheWitchlands'': Weaverwitches can Cleave, turning other witches into {{Technically Living Zombie}}s bound to them. It's also implied that they can resurrect the recently dead, though those are also bound to the Weaverwitch's will and are prone to CameBackWrong.
* ''Literature/TheWanderingInn'': One of the side characters, Pisces, is a necromancer, though unlike the usual ones, he isn't terrifying at all. He is rarely taken serious by the other characters, as he tends to speak like a snob, which is rarely a well regarded characteristic. Not that this is the standard for all necromancers. One particualr one, Az'kerash, strikes terror into the people, as he once in the past unleashed his legions of the undead on the continent, killing millions in the process.
* This is one aspect of Excision (flesh magic) in ''Literature/ThePaperMagician''. Excisioners can use their power over flesh to animate corpses or parts of corpses, human or animal.
* ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'': In the books' universe, this involves magically draining people of {{mana}} through {{human sacrifice}}s, which gives necromancers great power. This also [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity drives them insane]] over time however.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Amy creates an army of zombies to attack the Slayer Organization.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The White Walkers reanimate those they kill as undead wights.
** Thoros of Myr has resurrected Beric Dondarrion six times, although he sees it as a HealingHands type power.
* Ned, the main character of ''Series/PushingDaisies''. The soul gets revived along with the person in his instance, so no zombies. In fact, one of the first things he says in the series is an objection to those he revives being called undead, when they're merely "alive again".
** There are, however, plenty of gruesome cases where it's probably a blessing that he sticks to his guideline of keeping them alive for only one minute (otherwise something else dies); at any rate, even the better cases aren't quite normal afterward, as while they ''can'' be killed again (and thus permanently), they nonetheless stop aging.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' refers to necromancers on occasion, and features Los Angeles necromancer Magnus Hainsley as a minor villain in the last season. As expected from a series that constantly subverts fantasy and horror tropes, Magnus turns out to be a short, bald fast-talker who seems more like a car salesman than a sorcerer. He does prove to be a powerful enemy, though, given that he has "power over the dead" and the heroes confronting him are a vampire and a ghost (or close enough to a ghost for his purposes).

* The Music/InsaneClownPosse's ''"Great Milenko"''.
* Music/{{Rush}}'s ''"The Necromancer"'', which is based on the character of the same name from ''The Hobbit'' (who turned out to be Sauron).

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* Literature/TheBible:
** The Old Testament comes down pretty hard on divination in general, including necromancy, and exhorts the Israelites not to put their faith in sorcerers. However, it's because those practices are associated with alien gods (not [[EldritchAbomination that kind]]) and HumanSacrifice… not because they don't ''work.'' At one point (in [[Literature/BooksOfSamuel 1 Samuel 28]]), a necromancer conjures the spirit of Samuel, a dead prophet, to ask some questions. While Samuel does show up, he's not real happy about it and basically just tells Saul that God is ''done'' with him.
** In the Book of Ezekiel, ''[[{{God}} God himself]]'' commands Ezekiel to resurrect [[CavalryOfTheDead a whole army of skeletons]], which were the people of Israel, to reclaim their homes. Unlike any [[DemBones typical skeletal army]], they were [[MassResurrection fully resurrected]] into living beings[[note]]and by modern day RPGMechanicsVerse, it's ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons True Resurrection]]'', not AnimateDead[[/note]], subverting the typical expectation of this trope. This was done [[OlderThanFeudalism before video game necromancy was a thing]].
* Of all the people, you would not expect ''[[Literature/TheOdyssey Odysseus]]'' to be one. In some versions of the tale, he ritually cuts open a path to the Underworld and calls forth some ghosts, such as his mother, Achilles and Agamemnon, as well as Tiresias, a prophet whom Odyssey needed to consult to learn how to appease Poseidon. This was a rite in Ancient Greece known as ''Nekyia'', which was summoning the dead to speak to them, the original meaning of Necromancy. He made sure to close the path once there were signs of risks, since it was technically a way out for the dead that Cerberus did not guard.

[[folder:Other Sites]]
* In ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1700 SCP-1700 ("Debtshop")]] is the anomalous company of Fashion Sun Fabrics Limited. The three people who founded it discovered a way to make yellow scarves that cause anyone who dies while wearing them to come back to life as zombie-like creatures and go to work in one of their factories.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has Necromancy as one of its schools of magic. Its practitioners were called necromancers.
** Interestingly enough, earlier D&D editions had healing spells in the necromancy school. But since necromancy was categorized as magic over life forces, it made perfect sense.
** The 3.5 supplement ''Heroes of Horror'' include the class Dread Necromancer which, among other things, ''turns into a lich'' upon reaching level 20.
** The irony being, of course, that D&D's ''clerics'' always made better necromancers than the necromancers themselves. The power to repel/destroy/command undead? Cleric class ability. ''Animate Dead'' spell? Clerics got it way earlier than wizards. ''Speak with Dead'' spell, the main way to interrogate a corpse? Cleric only. You get the picture.
*** The primary difference is in the definition of "necromancer". Wizards excell in manipulating energy and making living things dead or dead things deader. Clerics are better at raising armies of darkness and sweeping the world with a zombie plague.
*** However, in Pathfinder, the oft-called 3.75th edition, Necromancy Specialists gain the Command/Turn Undead ability as well.
*** As does the Dread Necromancer (see above)
*** Animate Dead itself is also a potential GameBreaker if used by a PC, especially if the character has specialization feats to back it up. After the party defeats an encounter, the caster uses one spell and gets some or all of the monsters as his permanent lackeys to throw at the next encounter, but with added health, immunities, and damage resistance now.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', Necromancy is to Sorcery as the Underworld is to Creation; a deadened reflective parody, requiring a different set of initiation Charms to access and being a form of MutuallyExclusiveMagic--see that page for more details. Whereas Sorcery is derived from Creation's living Essence, Necromancy is derived from the necrotic, decayed Essence of the Underworld--and ultimately, [[PowerOfTheVoid the Void.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has the Necromantic College of magic. In fact, the highest-level Healing spell, Resurrection, requires its casters to know some necromancy, including Summon Spirit.
** The Gurps Fantasy World of Yrth has the Kingdom of Abydos, where the art of Necromancy is considered holy. Everyone who is anyone of any importance is either a necromancer or undead. And labor, being zombie-based, is cheap but smelly.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' some creatures (normally black, and with standard job-based creature types such as Cleric, Wizard or Shaman) are called necromancers; it's a magical specialization. Most necromancers have abilities related to getting something useful from the death of creatures, which clearly distinguishes them from the Demon-summoning nutcases (the other main group of human and almost human users of black magic) and from Zombie lords that are themselves an undead Zombie and make other zombies more powerful or useful.
* Creator/GamesWorkshop games:
** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'':
*** Eldar Spiritseers are explicitly compared in-universe to necromancers. Although they don't animate corpses, Spiritseers are psykers able to commune with the spirits in the Infinity Circuit, and guide the departed souls as they take to the battlefield as Wraithguard or Wraithlords. The Eldar still regard the practice as abhorrent, but a NecessaryEvil given these desperate times.
*** Necrons, being zombie robots, can do this, but only with their own troops. Few things or more disheartening to the enemy than finally killing one of the damn things and seeing them get back up.
*** Dark Eldar Haemonculi can bring people back from the dead (and not as undead: as their actual selves), it's one of the reasons slavery in Commorragh is so horrible a fate, as you can't even escape it through suicide. The process breaks down if used excessively, inducing CameBackWrong in people who die a lot (or in the case of Urien Rakarth, look forward to getting killed and resurrected to see what new additions their body will have).
** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
*** The setting makes a difference between those that use the Lore of Death (more classical necromancy, communicating with the dead and one of the eight Winds of Magic) and those that use necromancy (animating the dead, a form of dark magic). Necromancers and vampires use this second form of necromancy to animate armies of undead followers.
*** Necromancy in the Warhammer World began with Nagash, the first and greatest necromancer who was originally a high priest of the Nehekharan Mortuary Cult and OmnicidalManiac who attempted to raise all the dead of the world as his servants.
*** The liche-priests are another kind of necromancer who summon the spirits of fallen warriors into their own skeletal remains to continue serving their kings as in life. The Old World Necromancy used by necromancers and vampires is actually a bastardisation (some might say a refinement) of the traditional necromantic practices of the Liche Priests, pioneered by the Great Necromancer Nagash for his own nefarious ends. As such the underlying magical principles are the pretty much the same, but manifested in culturally distinct ways.
** In ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' the Great Necromancer Nagash returns as the God of the Dead and ruler of the Realm of Shyish. The necromantic abilities of Nagash and his Deathlord followers, as well as the lesser Deathmages and Soulblight vampires, are greater than ever with their ultimate goal being to raise the populations of all eight Mortal Realms into undeath.
* Used many, ''many'' times in various ''TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness'' gamelines:
** ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' has the Giovanni clan, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Mafia family of vampires with a long history of necromantic practices]]. The corpses serve multiple purposes, one of them being that, [[VampireBitesSuck since the Giovanni bite causes a lot of pain]], they provide a more reliable means of blood than feeding on live humans. There're also a few bloodlines who have necromantic powers: the Harbingers of Skulls, who all look like walking corpses and seek revenge on the Giovanni, the Samedi, who all look like ''rotting'' corpses and have HollywoodVoodoo associations, the Impundulu, an African bloodline who [[PickyPeopleEater can only feed from one family]], and the flesh-eating Nagaraja.
** ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' brings the Giovanni back as the Sangiovanni bloodline. Out with the Mafia ties, in with the [[{{Squick}} necrophilia]]. It also adds two other necromantic bloodlines; the Burakumin, a Japanese Nosferatu strain with Eastern-themed necromantic powers called Getsumei, and the Apollinaire, who have a HollywoodVoodoo motif.
** ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has the Moros path, sometimes called the Necromancers. They have an innate understanding of the ways of Death and Matter; [[DarkIsNotEvil doesn't necessarily mean they're bad people, though]].
** ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'' has the Necromancer Archetype; however, it's less about raising the dead and more about understanding the mysteries of death and the Underworld. Though, as the titular Sin-Eaters have death-themed powers (making them ''all'' necromancers in a way), there are of course rituals to raise zombies.
** In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'', the Euthanatoi have experience with most uses of death-aspected magic - communicating with [[TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion ghosts]], binding, warding, and compelling ghosts, and merging the states of life and death, among others. A number of Hollow Ones also work with ghosts, and have developed several spells to help their allies out.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Talisman}}'': The Necromancer player character has the ability to enslave defeated enemy spirits (which include ghosts, mummies, demons, and most other types of undead) instead of killing them. Enslaved enemy spirits add their craft to the Necromancer's in psychic combat, and while each spirit can only be used once before being discarded there is no limit to how many the player can amass during the game.
* The Resurrectionists of ''TabletopGame/{{Malifaux}}'', whose knowledge comes indirectly from a SealedEvilInACan called the Grave Spirit.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'' necromancy is banned because the spirits summoned to perform such spells have a chance of doing things like reanimating random corpses or possessing people. Archvillainess Lady Amalsand Jakoba, widow of High King Don Rinaldi (whom she may have killed), is a necromancer, and her son Vaslov is rumored to be studying it as well as WhiteMagic. It's worth noting that although inherently dangerous, it's ''not'' inherently evil -- but evil people are obviously more likely to use it despite the danger its use poses to others.
* The Balance in ''TabletopGame/{{Anathema}}'' creates shrouds (the player characters) from the spirits of dead humans.
* ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye'' has necromancy as a playable profession - unloved by the priests of Boron, the god of the dead, and most white mages, but not necessarily evil. Most still are, due to the fact, that the only mage academies really into necromancy are black.
* Available as a player character professional edge in the RPG adaptation of ''ComicBook/TheSixthGun''. It allows the casting of ''zombie'' at the Novice level, as well as making the casting cheaper per zombie (more power can be paid to increase the duration).
* ''TabletopGame/WeirdWars: World War Two'' has the historical Japanese Unit 731 harbour a small group which uses Eastern magic to summon the dead and bind them to remains, even capable of attaching undead brains to the controls of vehicles and aircraft. When offered to the military they refuse violently due to their sense of honour, but at the GM's discretion they may end up resorting to this madness as the situation gets more desperate towards the end of the war. Imperial Japan and National Socialist Germany, despite Allied fears to the contrary, do NOT share their knowledge of such dark magic as Eastern necromancy and Nazi blood magic, which indicates their intentions toward each other after conquering the world.
* There are multiple nations using Necromancy during the (not so) Great War in ''TabletopGame/KaisersGate''. The Mayans, the city-state of New Orleans, and others use it to great effect; in the far East, a different school using Eastern magic operates in support of warlords; while the Entente powers do have some, the Russian peoples' backlash against a battlefield use of ''zombie'' caused the Czar to pull the troops out, leaving the conflict and allowing Rasputin to destroy the revolutionary groups by avoiding the spark that led to the Revolution in reality. The particular discipline is kept in reserve by the French.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth'', necromancers are quite common, and are the reason for TheUndead being a faction in themselves and a major, recurring threat to Wesnoth. The allure of immense power and potential immortality (via transformation into a Lich) draws in practitioners of the dark arts, and although the extreme strain of their training causes most of these 'Dark Adepts' to become [[SquishyWizard extremely frail and weak physically]], it does give them [[GlassCannon impressive magical firepower]]. The Adepts' higher-level promotions, the Dark Sorcerer, Necromancer, and Lich, often lead the Undead armies in battle, making them perhaps the most powerful individuals in the Wesnoth-verse [[note]](the characters, not the actual units)[[/note]]. However, they are hated by everyone. ''[[ZeroPercentApprovalRating Everyone]]''. Necromancers, both alive and undead, have been involved in so many wars and battles throughout the various campaigns, since before the creation of the titular kingdom to hundreds of years after it's fall, that they have become somewhat of a cliche in Wesnoth.
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTensei'' games have the demon lord Nebiros, who's especially adept at this. His BonusBoss battle in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' reflects this very well: he appears with a gaggle of demons, and will resurrect them with his ''Necromancy'' skill if they are defeated. If he is defeated himself, though, he will merely BodySurf to one of his flunkies' bodies, and ''physically warp him into the next Nebiros''. Even worse, during the later BonusBoss battle against Alice, he comes back with the same skill.
** He also converts the entire populace of Roppongi into undead named Bodyconians and binds their souls so they won't leave Alice in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI''. Who, incidentally, is implied to have been the disastrous result of him and Belial granting an innocent girl a fragment of their magic, killing her and creating a HumanoidAbomination in her image.
* A core profession in the MMO ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', which can animate fleshy minions from corpses, vampirize heath, and fling curses (and [[CastFromHitPoints they often have to sacrifice a percentage of their health bar to do so]]). There's also the Ritualist class introduced in Factions, which are Necromancers of a sort dealing in binding the spirits of the dead rather than animating corpses. The game is heavily geared to dual-class, and unsurprisingly, these two work ''great'' in combination, whichever is primary.
** Also worth noting is that neither are evil. They're both ''dark'', certainly, but both PC and NPC Ritualists and Necromancers are most often unambiguously on the side of good. They serve Grenth, the god of death and cold, but Grenth isn't an evil god (though he can be a bit cruel when [[YouMeanXmas Wintersday]] comes around). In fact, he basically punched out the ''old'' god of death, who ''was'' evil, and took over.
* Necromancy figures heavily into ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' and ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', including a ''World of Warcraft'' playable race composed entirely of undead. The, well, Necromancer is the Undead faction's main caster unit in III.
** And while the game has yet to bring in an actual Necromancer class, it does have the Death Knight, who gets death-themed powers and a ghoul pet.
** Kel'thuzad is depicted as THE Necromancer of the setting. He was originally just an extremely powerful mage, but mastered all normal forms of magic so decided to push the boundaries and delve into necromancy. This led to him forming the Cult of the Damned, seeking immortality, and eventually gaining it as a lich. Since we didn't destroy his SoulJar, he's STILL ALIVE, at least according to WordOfGod.
** In the game's expanded universe, necromancy is usually portrayed as a naturally evil, corrupt, and tainted form of magic that withers the user and the land itself. The Lich King and the undead scourge practice a form of necromancy that is akin to [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]], while the Forsaken, the playable undead race, practice necromancy with much more respect to the undead they raise.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' has:
** An endgame boss class in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones''. For the record, he ([[spoiler: Prince Lyon]]) didn't start out the game as evil, but began a slow descent into madness. Him being possessed by a demon didn't help at all either.
** Similarly, the Summoner class (available only to Knoll and Shaman!Ewan) gets the ''Summon'' skill that lets them raise "phantom" minions to fight for them.
** Old Hubba from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is an eccentric old man who can summon the spirits of past heroes, such as [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Marth]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Roy]], and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Ike]].
* Necromancers are a enemy-only class in ''VideoGame/TearRingSaga'', as high-ranking members of the [[ReligionOfEvil Church of Gerxel]]. However, they do not actually raise the dead in any form, opting to use offensive BlackMagic instead.
* ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' and an expansion of ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' have the Necromancer player character. He can raise skeletons, summon golems, revive the dead, dish out poison and element-less magic damage, debuff enemies with curses, and a favorite of many players: make enemy corpses explode. (Ironically, necromancers are described as the only non-divine magic-users whose abilities ''aren't'' inherently corruptive--they're devoted not to death, but to the cycle of life and death, and they oppose Hell because the demons have been trying to break the cycle.)
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** Two Glyphs in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'' allow you to summon zombies to fight for you, which is in turn taken from the Necromancer enemy in that game.
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCircleOfTheMoon'' also has a Necromancer boss who sometimes summons skeletons.
** Shaft takes this to bizarre levels in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood'' - he summons bosses from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaI'' in the main fight against him (not necessarily dead ones though), but in the next level you fight ''his ghost'', who summons ''the skeleton of the first boss and an enemy in the second stage''.
** In [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaDraculaX the SNES port]] of ''Rondo of Blood'', Shaft is replaced by an unrelated evil wizard named Ghost, who can summon skeletons, mudmen and flying gravestnes to his aid.
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' and it's sequel has [[spoiler: Zobek]], one of the Lords of Shadow who leads an entire sect of necromancers.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Necromancy is banned in most places throughout Tamriel in the series, with pretty good reason. Although it can be employed without any major consequences, the mere fact of raising a dead body is generally considered evil. The 3rd Cyrodillic Empire (under the Septim dynasty) didn't actually outlaw it, as long as the dead in question was a willing volunteer. (They considered the body and soul to be property that could be sold or willed to another after death.) Likewise, there are many who argue that [[NotEvilJustMisunderstood necromancy can be useful and ethical]].
** In the series' backstory, the Order of the Black Worm was founded by Mannimarco, a legendary [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmer (High Elf)]] necromancer and the first [[OurLichesAreDifferent lich]] ever created in Tamriel. They are infamous for their use of Black Soul Gems to [[YourSoulIsMine capture the souls of sapient beings]]. Mannimarco himself plays a role in the main quest of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' and is the BigBad [[TheStarscream Starscream]] in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline''.
** The Sload, a race of "slugmen" native to the archipelago of Thras to the southwest of Tamriel, have a natural affinity toward necromancy. One of the most famous necromancers in Tamriellic history, N'Gasta, was a Sload. The Sload use their skills in necromancy to re-animate dead bodies to use as slave labor, as well as to "slaughter and revive" various forms of sea creature [[RaisingTheSteaks as pets]], such as crabs and turtles.
** A common trait in many [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] bloodlines is an aptitude for necromancy. Some vampire bloodlines even have the inherent ability to temporarily revive a corpse to fight on their side.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', the [[CorruptChurch Tribunal Temple]] has [[BanOnMagic banned necromancy]] and considers practicing it punishable by death, despite it being legal (with certain reasonable restrictions) elsewhere in the Empire. This is rooted in their religious beliefs which include significant ancestor worship.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', Mages Guild Archmage Hannibal Traven has banned the practice of necromancy within the Guild, driving many of its former legal practitioners to the aforementioned Order of the Black Worm. Mannimarco makes another appearance as the BigBad of the overall Mages Guild questline.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** The Mages' Guild is long gone, and its regional equivalent, the College of Winterhold, is just fine with teaching necromancy. Necromancy is also better represented mechanically - where previously the player could at best hope to get a Summon Zombie spell, ''Skyrim'' allows you to zombify specific dead things, up to and including [[OurGiantsAreBigger giants]]. Granted, there are only two College members who practice it openly; The Conjuration instructor who was kicked out of Morthal because of a NoodleIncident, and in general advises discretion. Another went mad and sacrificed dozens of his acolytes in order to [[spoiler: corrupt Azura's Star and make himself immortal.]]
*** Besides them, one can often find loose bands of necromancers hiding out in caves and old Nordic ruins. One side quest involves a coven of necromancers attempting to raise and bind into servitude the spirit of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Potema the Wolf Queen]], and the standing stone of The Ritual allows the Dragonborn to raise all dead in the vicinity once per day.
*** Since the ''Dawnguard'' DLC is centered around vampires, necromancy is a pretty central component of the story. Aside from the fact that your main companion during the DLC, Serana, is a vampire necromancer, a significant part of the questline involves traveling to the [[SpiritWorld Soul Cairn]], a realm of Oblivion created and ruled by the Ideal Masters, [[WasOnceAMan formerly mortal]] {{Energy Being}}s who [[YourSoulIsMine traffic in souls]] and have a HorrorHunger for acquiring more. They are known to make deals with mortal necromancers, granting them power (or in the case of Serana's mother, Valerica, protection) in exchange for more souls. ([[DealWithTheDevil Often including]] [[JerkassGenie the souls of]] [[ManipulativeBastard the dealmakers]] [[ExactWords themselves]].)
* ''Creator/FromSoftware''
** ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''
*** The Catacomb Necromancers in Dark Souls tend to reanimate the skeletons in the Catacombs, they also hurl fireballs with their Skull Lantern, which is an important light source later on. You have to kill them or they'll keep reviving their undead soldiers.
*** Pinwheel (a weird six-armed, three-faced thing in a robe that is fairly good with magic) who is shown conducting magic experiments on corpses is a Necromancer boss who's located at the same area, it splits itself and fires light orb.
*** Gravelord Nito, First of the Dead, who is, more or less, Lordran's equivalent of TheGrimReaper, is the source of the Necromancy. He may also qualify as a {{Lich}}, though he is explicitly fully ''dead'', not "undead".
*** You can become one by learning Gravelord Sword Dance miracle from Nito, which summons spectral swords from the ground, as well as Undead Rapport pyromany from Quelana, which allows you to befriend mindless hollows temporarily.
** ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII''
*** The Black Hollow Mage is an {{expy}} of the Catacomb Necromancers, instead of fireballs, they now utilize sorcery.
*** Royal Sorcerer Navlaan in Aldia's Keep is one, according to his spell's description, Navlaan practiced the forbidden art of resurrection before he was executed. He now possesses a sorcerer and the said person calls himself Navlaan since.
** ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}''
*** Taken UpToEleven by the School of Mensis, a ''whole clan'' of Necromancers resided at Yahar'gul, they make attempt to communicate with the [[EldritchAbomination Great Ones]] via linking many eyes to a brain, channeling the dead with the Pthumerian Chime Maidens, merging BodyOfBodies to create The One Reborn, and such. [[GoneHorriblyRight They succeeded]], and indeed, HumansAreCthulhu.
*** The aforementioned [[EnemySummoner Chime Maidens]] were mad Pthumerian women, they bring back the dead from the ancient land of Pthumeru to haunt the city of Yharnam. They are also responsible for the summoning of The One Reborn.
*** The Witches of Henwick are one too, they are responsible for summoning Mad Ones from the blood, and they even resurrect themselves.
*** Micolash, Host of the Nightmare is the leader of School of Mensis. He has an army of [[DemBones Skeleton Puppets]], and he's the person who receives insight from the Great One, Kos or some says Kosm on the first hand.
*** To a lesser extent, the Executioner, a brand of Healing Church hunters is well known for weaponising the vengeful Vileblood spirits they once grind with Logarius Wheel and stored into the gloves as projectiles. You can study their art after helping Alfred to finish his crusade.
* A whole army of Necromancers are the primary antagonists in ''VideoGame/{{Nox}}''.
* The magic taught by Opalneria Rain in ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire''. In this setting, the summoned undead are actually the [[ElementalRockPaperScissors most effective]] for fighting against demons due to them being composed of pure spirit (i.e., with no flesh that can be corrupted.)
* Marona from ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'' is the most adorable little girl around, who can summon the spirits of the dead in the forms of Phantoms. Despite what [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer Ivoire]] tells you, she's [[DarkIsNotEvil not evil]]. Interestingly, there ''is'' a mercenary later in the game who summons skeletons and zombies; it's not the same thing.
** Nevertheless, in later ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' games, her mere presence can power up members of the party who are of TheUndead.
** In the fourth Disgaea game there is a DLC necromancer class who instantly revives any enemy she kills as a zombie.
** In the fifth Disgaea game an elite necromancer zombifies entire worlds and her LimitBreak is a plot point.
* A secret class in the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance version of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. They are basically glorified [[PowerCopying Blue Mages]] who can't be healed by normal means, and are only available once the BonusBoss is [[BraggingRightsReward killed.]]
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. While he is known throughout the world as The Necromancer, Jade never re-animated corpses. [[spoiler:He ''did'' invent a technology, called fomicry, that could create perfect copies of people, including the recently deceased. The replicas of his human test subjects retained no memories of their originals so Jade eventually gave up on fomicry as a means of raising the dead. It doesn't help his image that he used to collect the remains of dead soldiers to further his work.]]
** In a way he's a {{Deconstruction}} of the Necromancer trope, examining exactly what a human being would have to ''be'' in order to raise the dead. Jade is basically a [[MoralSociopathy sociopath,]] and, at least at the start of the game, has a complete disregard for the sanctity of life. In his own words, he doesn't understand what it ''means'' for people to die - [[spoiler: probably why he tried to resurrect his dead Professor. If death meant nothing to him, as it would to any Necromancer, he wouldn't realize the consequences of something as drastic as fomicry.]] The consequences of Jade's disregard for the natural order of things include basically the ''rest of the plot'' - [[spoiler: fomicry both creates the main character, who is a replica, and gives the BigBad the means to complete his evil plan of destroying and resurrecting the ''entire planet.'']]
* ''VideoGame/{{Everquest}}'' plays the "Necromancer = EvilSorcerer" bit '''painfully''' straight. In the original, being a Necromancer automatically flagged your character as evil (getting them a Kill On Sight reaction from non-evil-aligned city guards), even if they were part of an otherwise Neutral or Good race. In ''VideoGame/EverQuestII'', you literally ''cannot be a Necromancer unless you are evil.'' Only evil characters can start as one, and if a Necromancer performs the City Betrayal questline, they spontaneously stop being a Necromancer. (Conversely, if a ''Good'' Conjurer performs the questline, they spontaneously ''become'' a Necromancer)
* The first ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' game, ''Blood Omen'', features Mortanius the Necromancer as one of the main antagonists and most powerful member of the Circle of Nine. In something of an aversion, his powers are connected to the Pillars of Nosgoth, specifically the Pillar of Death, making them completely natural and no more evil than throwing a fireball. In fact, [[TheAtoner he's one of the most sympathetic characters in the series]], setting the series in motion by bringing the main character back to life as a vampire as part of an elaborate EvilPlan.
* [[spoiler:Dynos]] in ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia'', although before his name is revealed he's called the "Deathchanter".
* Roswell of ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'', although he's not evil. [[spoiler:Nessiah]] is one of these as well.
* Given the existence of [[DemBones Dry Bones Troopas and Bony Beetles]] (aka Dry Buzzies), [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]] qualifies as this. Given the existence of Dry Bowser, and his subsequent resurrection, [[OverlordJr Bowser Jr.]] takes after him.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''
** Orin isn't actually a [[CatGirl neko-romancer]], but she does have a lot of trappings of one, ordering spirits around and fighting with a troupe of "zombie" fairies (Touhou fairies are immortal, and these ones are just dressing up).
** The series' real necromancer is Kaku Seiga who raised Miyako Yoshika as a JiangShi subordinate. Aside from that, Seiga also has a Spell Card titled "Evil Sign: Yang Xiaogui", which is a sorcery involving the resurrection of dead fetuses by having dead spirits possess the corpses.
** However, the first necromancer in the series is actually Yuyuko, a ghost who attempted to resurrect the body beneath a cherry blossom to regrow the tree, which turns out to be [[spoiler: herself]].
* The MMO ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'' also has Necromancers as one of the mage souls (classes). The backstory is that the soul comes from a heroic necromancer named Corthana. She had been kidnapped by the evil cult necromancers. She learned the magic of necromancy from them but was clever and took out all the parts that [[BigBad Regulos]] had snuck in to brainwash them into being his evil minions. When her paladin brother busts in to save her, she turns on the cultists, slaughters them with their own magic, and even tore out her own blood to heal her brother when he was injured. But as they fled, [[TheDragon Regulos' high priest]] caught up with them and slew her brother, and in her rage she became an avatar of a lich and avenged him right then and there. By the time the game takes place in, her heroic deeds have redeemed the art of necromancy and the necromancer players are even praised for continuing her legacy (especially as Ascended necromancers seem to actually possess her [[GhostMemory knowledge and memories]].)
** Necromancers, if not evil, are unfortunately easily corrupted and quick to succumb to megalomanium, this is why the art is still frowned upon, even though it's not an outright horrible thing for someone to do.
* BigBadWannabe and HotWitch Daria from ''VideoGame/WarriorsOfMightAndMagic'' and Necros from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusaders_of_Might_and_Magic Crusaders of Might and Magic]]
* Necromancers are a staple of Creator/ArtixEntertainment's fantasy games. Necromancer itself is a class in ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'', ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' and ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds''.
** Specific necromancers include Zorbak, Kabroz, Vayle, Noxus and Obsidia.
** Zorbak's robot in ''VideoGame/WarpForce'', Zorboz, can reanimate ''machines'' and turn them undead.
* The February 2012 update of ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' features them. They'll siege your fortress now and then if you're close enough to one of their towers. You most likely won't know it's them attacking, though; usually the only way to tell a Necromancer siege apart from a run-of-the-mill zombie siege is that the zombies resurrect as soon as they go down- somewhere close by is a necromancer in hiding, raising whatever gets cut down.
** You can also become a necromancer in Adventure Mode- and it's the most wonderful kind of tremendously overpowered. The only prerequisite you need is the ability to read (chosen at character generation), and the survivability to track down a tome with a description containing the phrase "secrets of life and death". Read the book, instant necromancy. You no longer need to rest, eat, or drink, and you can, ten times ''per turn,'' at no cost, revive any corpse or dismembered body part that you can see, which will immediately get up and start attacking your enemies. they'll ether die again, in which case you can just revive them again, or manage to kill something or hack something off, which you can then revive, until you have a functioning zombie army to follow you around everywhere, wrecking everything.
** As It happens, quite a few mainstream {{Roguelikes}} feature Necromancer as a class, notable among those being VideoGame/SlashEM and ''VideoGame/DungeonCrawl''.
* The first ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' didn't have many references to necromancy, but ''The Lost Age'' has the Dark Mage class series, unlocked with an artifact in a small BonusDungeon under Kibombo (where it's normally kept for the local witch-doctors to use), which can summon zombies and inflict curses upon enemies, among other things. All of those spells are [[GreenThumb Venus]][[DishingOutDirt -aligned]] for some odd reason, though inaccessible in default classes.
** ''Dark Dawn'' doesn't have class-enabling artifacts like the Tomegathericon, and by extension no Dark Mage classes... but Himi's exclusive Curse Mage class series does much of the same, which is pretty weird since she's normally a cute little ShrineMaiden.
*** Also, Sveta's Spirit Sense Psynergy can be used to read the minds of the dead, for the more benign "speak with dead" version. The results can be [[ApocalypticLog horrified recollections of the moments leading up to their deaths]], or [[BlackComedy amusing snark]] and [[NarmCharm comments on how cool being a ghost is]].
* The freeware RPG ''Videogame/MasterOfTheWind'' has several characters involved with necromancy and treats it as a complex, divisive issue in the world of Solest (the game's setting).
* ''Videogame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic III'' features the necromancy-themed faction as the protagonist for the fourth set of campaign maps, and the antagonist of the final campaign. Pop-up boxes featuring story snippets tell how the necromancers raze whole villages and then raise the bodies of adults as zombies or skeletons (a theme central to one campaign in the first expansion, and connected with most campaigns in the second). That said, necromancers are hardly the ''worst'' people that can be found, and at least some of them seem to keep some measure of ethical compass.
** As a town, necromancers were introduced by Heroes II. They were aligned with Archibald, the... not so good... candidate for the throne of Enroth.
** The [[VideoGame/MightAndMagic associated RPGs]] go into more detail about necromancy in the setting. It is made clear that necromancy and the greater category of Dark Magic it falls under is not itself [[DarkIsNotEvil really evil]], but that it has enough of a reputation and association with evil that most people that master it lie on that side of things -- if nothing else by having to associate with such people to learn from them.
* Supposedly necromancy in ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' isn't evil and is in fact related to holy magic like healing, but in the end the only necromancer we see is Lobelia. Then again, it's possible that the perception of necromancy as evil exists in universe as well [[spoiler:since at the very least Lobelia ''felt'' like she was being vilified for using when she was a hero.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' there is the Necromantic Black and White, neither of which are inherently good or evil. Necromantic Black fits this trope to a T while Necromantic White resembles the older, now mostly-forgotten aspect of necromancy, giving the user HealingHands and, when mastered, enabling them to bring the fallen BackFromTheDead.
* In ''VideoGame/DarksidersII'', Necromancer is the name of the magic-focused skill tree, with the first skill being the ability to summon up a pack of ghouls to attack and distract enemies.
* It isn't mentioned by name, but in ''VideoGame/TheSims2'' (with the Apartment Life expansion pack), it's possible for level ten "Atrociously Evil" witches and warlocks to use magic to bring back a dead Sim as a zombie. Unlike using the Resurect-O-Nomotron career reward, where paying enough money to the Grim Reaper will have him restore the deceased Sim exactly as he or she was before dying, reviving a dead Sim by magic can ''only'' bring them back as a zombie.
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the Sith Inquisitor has the rare ability to draw forth restless Force-Ghosts. This eventually culminates in them learning an ancient technique known as "Force-Walk", that allows them to bind said spirits into themselves, greatly augmenting their power.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}'', one jungle creep (the Dark Troll Summoner) is able to bring back any corpse as two tiny skeletons. Doom is able to steal this ability, which is very useful for farming jungle creeps.
* ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers'' has one as TheDragon to the final boss. He resurrects many of the enemies from the game to fight you.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' [[DownloadableContent DLC]] ''"Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon's Keep"'', these are somewhat common enemies, and in the quest ''[[http://borderlands.wikia.com/wiki/My_Dead_Brother "My Dead Brother"]]'', Simon, a necromancer himself, gives the Vault Hunter the temporary ability to raise the dead. Also, one of Gaige's class mods is called "Necromancer".
* Quan Chi from the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series.
* Mz. Ruby from ''VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus'' can conjure ghosts and revive the dead, and was planning to create an army of ghosts to take over Mexico.
* ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' has its main antagonist, Swan. A psychotic teenage necromancer who was responsible for the zombie outbreak.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** In the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins first]] [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening two]] [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII games]], necromancy is treated as a particularly foul of BloodMagic, which is already feared and reviled: even [=PC=] blood mages (such as Merrill) shy away from raising the dead. The second game features a necromancer ''[[SerialKiller serial killer]]'' who turns out to be [[spoiler: assembling the likeness of his dead wife out of his victims.]]
** The [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition third game]], however, makes Necromancer a specialization by itself - it's Dorian's, in fact. Necromancy that isn't fueled by blood magic is considered creepy but not nearly as controversial; the nation of Nevarra even has its own government-sanctioned order of necromancers.
* The second expansion to ''VideoGame/AgeOfWonders3'' introduces the Necromancer leader class which reads a bit like a trope check list. Undead minions that are weak to [[KillItWithFire fire]] and [[ReviveKillsZombie spirit]] damage? Check. Ability to raise enemy corpses as cannon fodder? Check. Ability to [[OurLichesAreDifferent turn your leader and hero's into undead?]] Check. {{Soul Jar}} that causes your leader to re-spawn the next turn rather than the three turn delay other leaders have to suffer? Check and mate. It is however kept from being a {{Game Breaker}} due to the fact that undead cities are not affected by happiness bonuses to production giving Necromancers a [[YouRequireMoreVespeneGas weak economy]], and that undead units don't heal under normal circumstances.
** Interestingly also averts the "Necromancers are evil" bit. Necromancers start every game neutral like all leaders and its up to the player do decide how they are going to play. Its even possible to make a necromancer that specializes in Creation Magic. Having said that most spells with a good alignment specifically wont work on the undead, where as most of the spells that do are evil aligned. Also you HAVE to convert cities you obtain to undead to control them, which counts toward evil.
* Like in the tabletop system it is based on, ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'' and its sequel know of occasional neutral-to-good becromancers, even though most are evil. It's even possible to play as a (good and heroic) one, summoning undead as support in fights.
* In ''VideoGame/KultHereticKingdoms'', necromancy used to be common in the Heretic Kingdoms — enough so that Civil Necromancer was an official job. It was banned by [[AGodAmI the Theocrat]] (perhaps the one time he was on a side commonly associated with "good"), but nothing was done about the undead already created. As such, "undead slaver" is a valid occupation — you go to an abandoned mine or something, capture the UndeadLaborers, break their conditioning, and sell them to people wanting cheap workers.
* The fourth boss of ''VideoGame/{{Drancia}}'' is the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Necromancer]], a [[OurLichesAreDifferent lich]] wearing a purplish robe. He's responsible for the summoning of the Skeleton mob in the third and fourth level, which he doesn't bring into the boss fight. He instead casts lightning bolts and fireballs at you. What makes it ironic is, of all the places he can choose, he decided that storing undeads in a ''volcano'' was a good idea.
* Necromancy in ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' is usually the domain of the [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]], who turns the battlefield dead of the Nexus into its army of ghouls, skeletons and wights. However, necromancy is morally neutral in the Nexus, not evil, and the Lich is the dedicated summoner of the free-will-defending [[HumansAreSpecial Transcended]] alignment. Both good and evil forces can be found fighting alongside the hordes of one or more Liches.
* ''Franchise/MegaMan'':
** ''VideoGame/MegaManX6'''s Metal Shark Player was skilled at analyzing and controlling DNA. Eventually, Player's investigation led him to experiment in the recreation of [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Reploids]] using the DNA of [[DeadlyEuphemism retired]] Mavericks. As "DNA Resurrection" was deemed illegal by the government, he was hunted down and destroyed. Later, Gate revived him as part of his team and sent him to oversee the recycling plant where Player used to work. Gameplay wise, Player is able to summon indestructible clones of past bosses ([[VideoGame/MegaManX Sting Chameleon]], [[VideoGame/MegaManX2 Magna Centipede]] and [[VideoGame/MegaManX3 Blast Hornet]]) to attack X/Zero.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'': [[MadScientist Dr. Weil]] was a human scientist who unlocked the secrets of "DNA Resurrection" himself and used it extensively. In the third game, he revived Copy X to serve as his PuppetKing, revived three bosses from the first game to fight Zero, revived the Eight Judges for the BossRush, later revived the Eight Einherjar of the fourth game for their BossRush, revived the Eight Judges ''again'' for one of his attacks during his boss fight, [[spoiler:and as [[ArtifactOfDoom Model W]] of ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'', revived the fallen Pseudoroids of both games for their respective games' BossRush]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Zombidle}}'' is an IdleGame about Bob the Necromancer and his legion of undead destroying the houses of innocents. [[VillainProtagonist They're the protagonists]], and Bob increases his army of undead by buying more troops (aka DPS units in idle games).
* The Shadow faction in ''VideoGame/EternalCardGame'' has quite a few cards that will bring units back from the void.
* Necromancers are a job class in ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' who can raise the dead and offense-type magic. Nybeth is a necromancer in search of a way to cheat death.
* ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' is all about the player raising an army of medieval sellswords from villages and taverns to become a mercenary warlord, then a king's vassal and possibly even one day ruler of their own kingdom. In the ''Videogame/SolidAndShade'' mod, the player is encouraged to play as one of these instead, quite literally digging through graveyards and crypts to raise a legion of morbid fiends and turn Calradia into a land of death.
* ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey V: Beyond the Myth'' introduces the Necromancer class, the moveset of which primarily revolves around summoning and manipulating wraiths, whether to command them to attack or use them up for other abilities.
* In ''Videogame/DarkestDungeon'', the Necromancers are bosses inhabiting the Ruins. They were a group of scholars in the employ of the Ancestor who he invited so he could learn the secrets of necromancy. Once he'd learned everything they knew, he killed them in their sleep and then practiced his newfound knowledge on their bodies. They were brought back as undead horrors but with all their knowledge intact, and then began to infest the Ruins of the old Estate, raising hordes of undead from the Estate's soldiers, servants, and nobility.
* One of the nine Nazgûl in ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfWar'' has this power. [[spoiler: After Talion kills said Nazgûl to let the poor soul move on, Celebrimbor betrays him, and Talion chooses to pick the aforementioned Nazgûl's ring to protect Middle-earth, knowing it will eventually corrupt him. This gives him the power to resurrect dead grunts, while dead captains require an upgrade. Undead captains become 100% loyal to Talion and immune to poison, but lose 5 levels each time they rise, take extra damage from fire and cannot level up anymore.]]
* Wizards (and Sorceresses, their replacement in the sequel) in ''VideoGame/AncientEmpires''. They can attack by throwing magic at the enemy, but this isn't their primary purpose (their attack is weaker than a Soldier's despite being more expensive). If they are next to a gravestone (a structure produced when a unit dies) they can raise a Skeleton from it, consuming the gravestone in the process.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Black Mage Evilwizardington of ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' is skilled at necromancy. He reconstructed and redecorated the Temple of Fiends by willing it to change, as it was made from corpses.
* Xykon from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', in "Start of Darkness" it's shown that Animate Dead was somehow the first spell he cast.
** And also one of his major minions, [[NightmareFetishist Tsukiko]], who not only creates the undead but... likes them too.
* Wanda Firebaugh the Croakamancer, and Croakamancers et all, from ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}''.
* The lead villain of ''Webcomic/HarryPotterComics''.
* In ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' Hexavier is a zombie necromancer, building Remote Beast out of several dead dogs and raising a zombie cat.
* From ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', [[AloofBigBrother Jacob]], [[TheDragon Helixa]], and [[DarkIsNotEvil Rilian]], the first Necromancer of the world.
** On his airship trip Dominic meets a "good" necromancer, [[BigFun Brian]], who claims that his job is more traditional speaking with the dead than animating corpses; in fact, the way he describes his job he appears to be a sort of {{Magitek}} mortician as much as anything else. Dominic, who has some fairly understandable issues with the profession given how much crap all three people on that list put him through, takes a certain amount of convincing. [[spoiler: Brian, the "jolly necromancer", is actually Rilian in disguise, wearing his own skin - though said disguise was indeed how Rilian once used to be, before centuries of age weighed him down.]]
* Richard from ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' is undead, and so is the village he rules.
* ''Webcomic/TrueVillains'': [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2011-12-02-Necromancy%20at%20its%20Finest-jpg.htm It is not going to be easy. It is not going to be painless. It is not going to be legal. It is, however, going to be]] '''fun'''.
* Yakuv from ''Webcomic/{{Reliquary}}'' is an unusual good guy version; necromancy is considered a Gift from God in his culture.
* Ocelot refers to The Sorrow as a necromancer in ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound''.
* [[spoiler: Casey]], of all people, from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' became this, raising an entire skeletal army. Keep in mind, [[spoiler: Casey is a child-age salamander.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DaughterOfTheLilies'', Drath are damned souls summoned at random from the netherworld and placed in the body of another creature. It's illegal to use people for it (because that makes them dangerously powerful), and if a corpse is used it's even more disgusting than usual.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* From the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse:'' The Bone White Queen, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Disease and the consort of the Blood Red King, is the most powerful Necromancer in the setting. She is fond of killing families with various plagues, then reanimating them as minions.
** Interestingly enough, despite his name the {{Super Villain}} called The Necromancer is ''not'' a Necromancer in the way this trope means. Despite having the power to animate the dead and command them, his power is the result of a mutation and not magic.
* [[Roleplay/ViridianDreamsQuests Necromancy Quest]]. A PlayByPostGame set in the Literature/OldKingdom universe (see the Literature section), with the player character taking the role of Abhorsen.
* ''Literature/TheQuestportChronicles'' has a necromancer--a CloudCuckoolander who is infamous for [[NoodleIncident resurrecting certain spirits accidentally]].
* Mages in ''Literature/TheSaints'' can use the Necromancy Path of Magic. Subverted in that it's more like EntropyAndChaosMagic, allowing a mage to disrupt the natural order of aging.
** [[TheHero Sonia]] plays this straight in the prologue when she summons a small ghost to help with a robbery.
* ''Podcast/FalloutIsDragons'' has a number of these. The most prominent is the player character Xencarn, a necromancer novice seeking to perfect his craft, but there's also Death and all the members of his gang [[spoiler:and the seven undead dragons who are cursing the maw.]]
* The main antagonists in the first book of ''Literature/VoidDomain''.
* The [[https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Millennial_King Millenial King]] and his kingdom of Arran'ak were created when /tg/ discussed what a [[BenevolentMageRuler benevolent necromancer ruler]] might be like.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse: The recurring SuperVillain The Necromancer, [[CaptainObvious duh]].
** Played for laughs with Murphy, who ''doesn't'' want all these dead things following her around like lovesick puppies whenever she comes near a graveyard.
---> ''"In fact, I’d be more than happy to trade away all my power and be a normal baseline for the rest of my life in exchange for never having a fucking corpse try to hug me ever again."''
** In Winter term 2007, there was a special topics course entitled, "Necromancy: Threat Or Menace ?"

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[OurLichesAreDifferent The Horned King]] from ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' is the TropeCodifier of this. In fact, he was the ''first'' animated necromancer ever existed. The Cauldron Born was his [[NightOfTheLivingMooks undead army]], and he resurrected them to conquer the lifeless world.
* Demona from ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'' knows at least one spell for summoning ghosts; she uses it in "Reawakening" during the creation of Coldstone.
* Dr. Byron Orpheus of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' is a professional necromancer. Though a LargeHam, he is (arguably) one of the ''nicest'' people in the series. He is quite polite when speaking with dead souls, and is horrified when he thinks that his attempted resurrection of [[spoiler: Hank and Dean]] has instead resulted in bringing them back as zombies.
** Although he does trap the souls of two "foul mouthed rednecks" in some dolls after they wouldn't stop calling him gay. One would think that he'd be used to it, judging by the way he looks and dresses.
** Said rednecks were hassling him in the hopes of starting a fight. And he did try to warn them.
* WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries has Mozenrath, definitely the "raise an army of zombies against the hero" type of Necromancer, though he has non-necromantic powers as well and isn't seen raising the zombies on-screen (or [[NotUsingTheZWord calling them zombies]]). It's possible he inherited some of the zombies, but he can create them as well, as shown by the zombie version of his mentor in his first episode. And at least [[RedRightHand part of him]] could be considered Undead.
* [[BigBad Megatron]] from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' does this ''[[NonHumanUndead with robots]]''.
** Starscream ''tries'' at one point. Unsurprisingly, it meets with what can ''charitably'' be called limited success, in that it ''does'' produce a giant robot zombie, but fails to give Starscream any measure of ''control'' over it. [[DidntThinkThisThrough Oops.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'': Skullmaster fits the bill rather well, his main power source being a legion of souls in his gem (souls given willingly) and he has a zombie army made of the bodies of those who gave up their souls.
** There's an actual necromancer early in the series whom he fools into reawakening a dragon. He pulls a HeelFaceTurn after he realizes he's been tricked.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' has a oneshot demonic minion of Aku's called Demongo, who wears a vest of dozens of skulls on his chest; each skull is from a great warrior that Demongo slew, and serves as a repository for that warrior's soul (or [[NeverSayDie "essence"]]); by touching the skull, Demongo can call that essence back into the world of flesh to fight for him. If the warrior gets killed, no worries; he just summons them back again. Add to that his ability to teleport away from danger, and he nearly beats Jack before Jack manages to break his control over his stolen souls.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' has Dakka, the oldest witch of the Nightsisters clan, who can raise an [[NightOfTheLivingMooks army of Nightsister zombies]], if they're needed to protect their still living sisters.
* Dr. Animo of the ''Franchise/Ben10'' franchise has dabbled in a scientific version of this as his future self managed to revive a badly-mangled Vilgax and in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', [[spoiler:who resurrected ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays''[='=]s BigBad, V.V. Argost.]]