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Playing With: Dead Weight
Basic Trope: A fat zombie.
  • Straight: Bob is turned into a zombie, who is a little on the portly side.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob is Hollywood Pudgy at worst
  • Justified:
    • Bob has been feasting on flesh.. Aand lots of it
    • Bob's zombification process involved putrification, which led to gases building up and making him look bloated.
    • Bob was rather chubby before he became a zombie, and there's no reason for fat people to be immune to zombification.
    • Bob is a Mook Maker: he is a containment chamber for smaller creatures that spread the infection. (Think the squid things in Halo or the Swarmers in Dead Space.)
  • Inverted:
    • Bob is a very skinny zombie.
    • Justified Inversion — The zombification is caused by The Virus, and those tend to waste the poor guy to skin-and-bones before killing and zombifying him.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob appears no fatter than any other zombies around.
    • The visible portions of his skeleton prove that Bob really is just big-boned.
  • Double Subverted: But after eating plenty of Brain Food, he gains a substantial amount of weight
  • Parodied:
  • Averted:
    • No fat zombies
    • No zombies, period.
  • Enforced: A character played by a fat actor is zombified, but he's popular enough that he sticks around for a while as Dead Weight.
  • Lampshaded: "Just what we need, an undead sumo wrestler."
  • Invoked: Bob's nonstop feasting on flesh causes him to gain weight.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Bob doesn't eat too much and doesn't gain weight.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Between the Zombie Gait and the weight, Bob is slow. Too slow to be a threat to anyone.
  • Reconstructed: Bob was Acrofatic and/or had Stout Strength before he died, and death has not robbed him of athleticism. He's strong and/or fast as hell and super hard to put down, and is more dangerous than any skinny zombie.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Bob is carrying around a KFC bucket full of human body parts and munching on them constantly.
    • Fat or Hollywood Pudgy zombies are seen attempting to follow a workout video.
  • Played For Drama:

You know, you seem to have put on a few pounds since you turned into a zombie...

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