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YMMV: The Zombie Survival Guide
  • Critical Research Failure: The book implies that the Zombies' muscles are necrotic, in which case they would be immobile.
    • This is most likely a deliberate Lampshade Hanging, among numerous others, to just how impossible the zombie phenomenon is in Real Life.
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: For every Downer Ending and Foregone Conclusion, there are several entries where the humans kick SERIOUS undead ass.
    • The Roman Legions being able to crush zombie outbreaks for the majority of their reigning period, being Genre Savvy before there was Genre to be Savvy by! And the other best thing about them? They aren't virtually scared by zombies in the slightest-in one tale, an old legion veteran simply pushed a frightened mother and her baby aside and sliced off the zombie's head with his gladius, like it was simply a minor annoyance. They have balls. Of Tempered Titanium.
    • Elijiah Black, a Lakota man who became a Wild West Zombie Hunter. His one entry has him pick off the entire undead populace of a small town, leaving the bewildered survivors behind to kick more undead ass.
    • The "Jan. 1993 A.D., Downtown Los Angeles, California" entry is one of the few cases of No Kill Like Overkill in favor of the humans - after two clashing gangs put their differences aside to survive, they quickly grab the Smart Ball, and manage to kill over a hundred ghouls with no losses of their own. However, they're then left with a load of apparently innocent dead bodies on their hands when the police show up...
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The Class 4 scenario is especially frightening, as it shows how screwed we really could be if that really happened. The description of the "Total Extinction" scenario is especially chilling. Not to mention the recorded attacks. Worst is the one on the Portuguese Slave Ship.
    • The Recorded Attacks companion comic manages to illustrate some of the recorded attacks, including the Portuguese slave ship. The incident with the Portugese Slave Ship had a slave ship, with all of the slaves chained in the hold as tightly as possible. A sailor got infected and somehow only bit a few of them. Those ones died and reanimated, but were too constrained to do more than nibble on the guys next to them. 24 hours later, the guy getting nibbled on reanimates. Rinse and repeat. Imagine, for a second, being the guy on the end...
      • Actually, most of them would've died of thirst long before the infection could be spread along the line that far. More likely, one zombie bit all of them; if its throat was obstructed, e.g. because one of the crew stuck a blade through its neck, it wouldn't be able to feed and would just keep moving from victim to victim.
    • Speaking of Recorded Attacks special mention has to be given to the "1583 A.D., Siberia" entry, where a group of Cossacks completely devour a small village's food supplies, before killing and eating several of the villagers as well. The part the "zombie outbreak" starts - where they try to eat a zombified corpse - can easily be considered Laser-Guided Karma at it's finest.
    • The concept of "Devil Dance", a game played underground in parts of the French empire in the 17th century. One man enters a pit, armed with a very small knife. In the other side of the pit is one of the undead. Up above, the rich place bets on whether the man lives or, more likely, how long he'll last before being eaten. Most of the zombies used in the game are taken from former players.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The more you know about biology, weapons, sociology and terrain, the less seriously you take the book.
  • Paranoia Fuel: If any murder you hear on the news sounds just a bit fishy, get ready.
    • The whole book makes you think that zombies are real and around the corner.
  • What an Idiot: The Chinese government's military zombie operation has slight ramifications of this, at least compared to those of Japan and Russia. For example, naming the operation "Eternal Waking Nightmare," the old Chinese name for Solanum. Were they even trying to be secretive about it? At least Japan and Russia used names that only alluded to death ("Cherry Blossom") and long life ("Sturgeon"), respectively.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: The book encourages you, when on the move, to keep moving. Carry as little as possible, abandon all luxuries, and don't stop for anything. Except for rescuing survivors.
    Sometimes, logic must give way to humanity.


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