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* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Jimmy is a BrilliantButLazy snarker, while Lindsay is the fiercely energetic student council Vide-president. Steven and Gwen also apply, to an extent.

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* StealthHiBye: At the funeral home Kyle sees a zombie lying on a table, looks down to reload his gun, and when he glances back up to shoot it, finds the body gone.

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* BettyAndVeronica: [[PlayingWith Played with]] for two separate triangles. Well-groomed, student council president Mitch presents himself as The Betty for Lindsay, implying that Jimmy's bad attitude and constant smell of pizza make him a Veronica type, although [[BettyAndVeronicaSwitch the opposite is arguably true]] given that Jimmy is her long-term boyfriend, and a humbler character than the superficially charming Mitch. LovableNerd Steven is the Betty towards Gwen, while garage band leader Nash is the Veronica. Nash doesn't show that much interest in Gwen though, something she quickly realizes, although she does seem a little too happy for Steven's taste when they find out that he and his band survived.


* DamnedByFaintPraise: An accidental version. While they're surrounded by zombies, when Gwen finds out Steven had wanted to go to prom with her before learning she wanted to ask Nash, she tells him that she should have just asked. Steven says that she would have said no and Gwen replies (with apparent sincerity and a smile) that if it was a choice between being at prom with him and being chased by zombies, she would have chose him.

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* DamnedByFaintPraise: An accidental version. While they're surrounded by zombies, when Gwen finds out Steven had wanted to go to prom with her before learning she wanted to ask Nash, she tells him that she he should have just asked. asked anyway. Steven says that she would have said no and Gwen replies (with apparent sincerity and a an earnest smile) that if it was a choice between being at prom with him and being chased by zombies, she would have chose him.



* {{Jerkass}}: A few of the characters fit this role: Jules, Kyle, Coach Keel and the science teacher are the main ones.

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* {{Jerkass}}: A few of the characters fit this role: Jules, Mitch, Kyle, Coach Keel and the science teacher are the main ones.


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** JerkWithAHearOfJerk: Mitch initially comes across as shallow and trying to steal Jimmy's girlfriend, but perhaps being right the he doesn't respect her enough. Then we find out that he doesn't respect her either and is just making empty nosies that make it sound like he does, while trying to sleep with her and [[AtemmptedRape not stopping when she doesn't want to]].


* YourMakeupIsRunning: Jennifer's makeup us a little smeared from crying when Jimmy and the others find the survivors in the bathroom.

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* YourMakeupIsRunning: Jennifer's makeup us is a little smeared from crying when Jimmy and the others find the survivors in the bathroom.



* ZombieInfectee: [spoiler: Kyle]]. who is upfront about it and turns quickly, and later [[spoiler: Gwen]] who is scared of being killed and doesn't tell anyone, although she does try to move away from the main group.

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* ZombieInfectee: [spoiler: Kyle]]. [[spoiler: Kyle]] who is upfront about it due to the visible nature of the bite and turns quickly, and later [[spoiler: Gwen]] who is scared of being killed and doesn't tell anyone, although she [[spoiler: she]] does try to move away from the main group.


* YouAreTooLate: The main cast heads out to the school to try and stop the zombies (who ewill be attracted to the noise) from turning everyone at prom, but find nearly everyone there is turned already.

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* YouAreTooLate: The main cast heads out to the school to try and stop the zombies (who ewill be attracted to the noise) from turning everyone at prom, but find nearly everyone there is turned already.infected already.
* YourMakeupIsRunning: Jennifer's makeup us a little smeared from crying when Jimmy and the others find the survivors in the bathroom.


* TheDeadCantDance: Downplayed, but the zombies do slow dance a little whenever they hear Nash, Jensen and Dave's music.

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* TheDeadCantDance: TheDeadCanDance: Downplayed, but the zombies do slow dance a little whenever they hear Nash, Jensen and Dave's music.



* GirlPosse: Jennifer the prom queen has a couple of girl sidekicks, although they don't seem to bully or look down on anyone and just campaign for her to be prom queen.

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* GirlPosse: Jennifer the prom queen has a couple of girl sidekicks, sidekicks credited as BFF's 1 and 2, although they don't seem to bully or look down on anyone and just campaign for her to be prom queen.


* KissOfDeath: Gwen turns into a zombie whilst making out with Steven in the toilet cubicle, killing him and also turning him into a zombie too.

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* KissOfDeath: [[spoiler: Gwen turns into a zombie whilst making out with Steven in the toilet cubicle, killing him and also turning him into a zombie too.too]].

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* TheDeadCantDance: Downplayed, but the zombies do slow dance a little whenever they hear Nash, Jensen and Dave's music.


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* ObliviousToLove: Gwen doesn't get that Stephen is trying to ask her to prom when he approaches her after cheerleading practice [[InnocentlyInsensitive and asks if he thinks that Nash would want to go with her]]. Steven [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy reluctantly says that if he were Nash, he would]] but Nash isn't interested. Later, he spells it out for her, and she hints [[GiveGeeksAChance that she would have said yes]].


* TheCheerleader: Gwen plays with this. She has the low intelligence part down, but is pretty nice (and was willing to talk to the geeky Steven and ask his advice even while not returning his crush) and fairly chaste (based on her reaction to Nash turning down her invitation to prom but saying he will let her give him oral sex if she wants).


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* PomPomGirl: Gwen isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer but is pretty nice and perky (bring willing to talk to the geeky Steven and ask his advice even while not returning his crush) and fairly chaste (based on her reaction to Nash turning down her invitation to prom but saying he will let her give him oral sex if she wants).

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Downplayed. Jennifer is shown obsessing over being prom queen for the first third of the movie, and while she gets that wish, zombies end up attacking the prom. Jennifer becoming Prom Queen is incidental to the zombies attacking, and she does survive by hiding in the bathroom, but by the end of the movie she admits that being Prom Queen now feels more meaningless.


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* MissingTrailerScene: The trailer opens with Jimmy asking Jennifer to prom and being rejected with an amused laugh, while in the final film Jimmy is dating Lindsay at the start and even after their temporary break up before prom was never seen trying to ask anyone else to be his date.


* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Steven likes Gwen and tries asking her to go to prom with him. Gwen wants to go with Nash Ramble instead, as her first choice bailed on her due to sickness. Jensen, however, shoots her down. Steven still likes Gwen, but she only starts to like him back after she is bitten by the zombie headmaster.

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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Steven likes Gwen and tries asking her to go to prom with him. Gwen wants to go with Nash Ramble instead, as her first choice bailed on her due to sickness. Jensen, Nash, however, shoots her down. Steven still likes Gwen, but while they do show a little ShipTease after she realizes he likes her, she only starts to seriously like him back [[spoiler: after she is bitten by the zombie headmaster.headmaster]].



* DarkIsNotEvil: Nash.

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* DarkIsNotEvil: Nash.Nash is clad in black, a bit brooding, and kind of coarse when Gwen asks him out, but is ultimately fairly heroic.



* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Coach Keel and Kyle both half-seriously throw around some homophobic slurs from time to time.



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Kyle, following the outbreak, starts acting less of a jerk toward Jimmy, Jules, Steven and George, going as far as saving them when they are trapped in the funeral home.

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Kyle, [[spoiler: Kyle]], following the outbreak, starts acting less of a jerk toward Jimmy, Jules, Steven and George, going as far as saving them when they are trapped in the funeral home.


* CarFu: An accidental version, when Lindsay runs over a couple zombies chasing the sci-fi club at the beginning. Later Gwen runs over several zombies when bringing the hearse around [[ApologieticAttacker and says she's sorry each time]].

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* CarFu: An accidental version, when Lindsay runs over a couple zombies chasing the sci-fi club at the beginning. Later Gwen runs over several zombies when bringing the hearse around [[ApologieticAttacker [[ApologeticAttacker and says she's sorry each time]].


* EntitledToHaveYou: Mitch displays some of this towards Lindsay.



* SoreLoser: The RockTrio refuse to attend the prom because they weren't hired to play for it.

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* SoreLoser: The RockTrio refuse to attend the prom because they weren't hired to play for it. Mitch also mentions that his family motto is to never let anyone else win at anything.



* UncertainDoom: The zombified [[spoiler: Steven and Gwen]]. who presumably die inside the gym.

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* UncertainDoom: The zombified [[spoiler: Steven and Gwen]]. who presumably die inside are last seen in the gym.bathroom, but would have likely been blown up with the others.



* UnwantedAssistance: The Sci-Fi club yell out for Steven to ask Gwen out right as he's awkwardly trying to deny association with them while saying hi to her.

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* UnwantedAssistance: The Sci-Fi club loudly yell out for Steven to ask Gwen out right as he's awkwardly trying to deny association with them while saying hi talking to her.


* CarFu: An accidental version, when Lindsay runs over a couple zombies chasing the sci-fi club at the beginning. Later Gwen runs over several zombies when bringing the hearse around [[ApologietcAttacker and says she's sorry each time]].

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* CarFu: An accidental version, when Lindsay runs over a couple zombies chasing the sci-fi club at the beginning. Later Gwen runs over several zombies when bringing the hearse around [[ApologietcAttacker [[ApologieticAttacker and says she's sorry each time]].



* CheckingTheStalls: Jennifer and a bunch of other RedShirt survivors turn up alive, hiding in the bathroom.



* HeadphonesEqualsIsolation: Gwen is jogging with her earbuds in and doesn't notice the zombies for a while.

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* HeadphonesEqualsIsolation: HeadphonesEqualIsolation: Gwen is jogging with her earbuds in and doesn't notice the zombies for a while.


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* SearchingTheStalls: Jennifer and a bunch of other RedShirt survivors turn up alive, hiding in the bathroom stalls.

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