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See the '''UndeadIndex''' to read more about all the related tropes; along with the HauntedIndex, TropesOfTheLivingDead, and VampireTropes.

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* '''{{Undead Child}}ren''': Take any one of the other kinds of undead mentioned here, but make it a [[DeathOfAChild deceased]], {{creepy|Child}}, [[EnfanteTerrible evil little kid]]. Now they're ''twice'' as creepy, and rather hard to shoot at.
* '''[[NaziZombies Undead Nazis]]''': These guys are the unlucky soldiers of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany who were killed in action during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, only to be brought back to (un)life through the use of [[{{Ghostapo}} dark sorcery]] or [[StupidJetpackHitler super-science]].
* '''[[GhostPirate Undead Pirates]]''': Not all [[{{Pirate}} maritime marauders]] who lived and died centuries ago during UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|OfPiracy}} are guaranteed to stay buried at sea. Sometimes, they'll just rise out of DavyJones' Locker to continue terrorizing people in the ocean, often sailing on literal {{ghost ship}}s such as the ''FlyingDutchman''. They bring a whole new meaning to the skull-and-crossbones symbol on the Jolly Roger flag.
* '''[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires]]''': Like zombies, only faster, stronger, and smarter. They suck blood, and may spend a lot of time angsting about it. Usually highly attractive, and both genders tend to be somewhat... [[HoYay festive]]. They dislike [[HolyBurnsEvil holy stuff]], [[WeakenedByTheLight bright sunlight]], and pointy wooden sticks. [[LostInImitation Originally]] they were not attractive, at all[[note]]Even the original {{Dracula}}, well, LooksLikeOrlok, except when he was well fed, then he looked very good. For most of [[Literature/{{Dracula}} the novel]], he is quite handsome. After all, Creator/BramStoker modeled him after a man he had a boycrush on, Sir Henry Irving, who was a handsome actor. Stoker wanted Irving to portray the count in his theater. Besides that, look at Literature/VarneyTheVampire, who looked like Creator/LordByron.[[/note]], and they also tended to have ruddy complexions (from all the blood) rather than [[UndeathlyPallor pale ones]].

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* '''{{Undead Child}}ren''': Take any one of the other kinds of undead mentioned here, but make it a [[DeathOfAChild deceased]], {{creepy|Child}}, [[EnfanteTerrible [[EnfantTerrible evil little kid]]. Now they're ''twice'' as creepy, and rather hard to shoot at.
* '''[[NaziZombies Undead Nazis]]''': These guys are the unlucky soldiers [[CannonFodder unlucky]] [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons soldiers]] of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany who were killed in action during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, only to be brought back to (un)life through the use of [[{{Ghostapo}} dark sorcery]] or [[StupidJetpackHitler super-science]].
* '''[[GhostPirate Undead Pirates]]''': Not all [[{{Pirate}} maritime marauders]] who lived and died centuries ago during UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|OfPiracy}} are guaranteed to stay buried at sea. Sometimes, they'll just rise out of DavyJones' Locker to continue terrorizing people in the ocean, often sailing on literal {{ghost ship}}s such as the ''FlyingDutchman''. They bring a whole new meaning to the skull-and-crossbones skull-and-crossed-swords symbol on the Jolly Roger flag.
* '''[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires]]''': Like zombies, only faster, stronger, and smarter. They suck blood, and may spend a lot of time angsting about it. Usually [[VampiresAreSexGods highly attractive, attractive]], and both genders tend to be somewhat... [[HoYay festive]]. They dislike [[HolyBurnsEvil holy stuff]], [[WeakenedByTheLight bright sunlight]], and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice pointy wooden sticks.sticks]]. [[LostInImitation Originally]] they were not attractive, at all[[note]]Even the original {{Dracula}}, well, LooksLikeOrlok, except when he was well fed, then he looked very good. For most of [[Literature/{{Dracula}} the novel]], he is quite handsome. After all, Creator/BramStoker modeled him after a man he had a boycrush on, Sir Henry Irving, who was a handsome actor. Stoker wanted Irving to portray the count in his theater. Besides that, look at Literature/VarneyTheVampire, who looked like Creator/LordByron.[[/note]], and they also tended to have ruddy complexions (from all the blood) rather than [[UndeathlyPallor pale ones]].


See the '''UndeadIndex''' to read more about all the related tropes; along with the HauntedIndex, TropesOfTheLivingDead, and VampireTropes. See also NightOfTheLivingMooks, BigBoosHaunt, ClownCarGrave, and AnimateDead.

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See the '''UndeadIndex''' to read more about all the related tropes; along with the HauntedIndex, TropesOfTheLivingDead, and VampireTropes. See also NightOfTheLivingMooks, BigBoosHaunt, ClownCarGrave, and AnimateDead.


** '''TheGrimReaper''': The big guy himself, the most common representation of Death in Western folklore. Usually portrayed as an ImplacableMan, who resembles a [[DemBones skeleton]] wearing a BlackCloak and carrying a SinisterScythe. But [[ComicBook/TheSandman not]] [[Series/DeadLikeMe always]]. [[AC:[[Literature/{{Discworld}} May speak in]] [[PaintingTheMedium all caps]] ]]. Is a very diligent worker, who truly [[DeathTakesAHoliday deserves some vacation time]] every now and then. He might ask you nicely to GoIntoTheLight or he might try to send you there [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} himself]]. Or he might just be a cool guy that fancies himself [[ChessWithDeath a nice game of chess]]. There are also variations that look similar to the Grim Reaper but aren't unique beings, yet still more dangerous and rare than your run-of-the-mill skeleton. He and his lesser servants may be formerly human, especially if YouKillItYouBoughtIt is in effect; other times they will just be {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of Death who have a lot in common with the Undead even though they aren't dead humans.

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** '''TheGrimReaper''': The big guy himself, the most common representation of Death in Western folklore. Usually portrayed as an ImplacableMan, who resembles a [[DemBones skeleton]] wearing a BlackCloak and carrying a SinisterScythe. But [[ComicBook/TheSandman not]] [[Series/DeadLikeMe always]]. [[AC:[[Literature/{{Discworld}} May speak in]] [[PaintingTheMedium all caps]] ]]. caps.]]]] Is a very diligent worker, who truly [[DeathTakesAHoliday deserves some vacation time]] every now and then. He might ask you nicely to GoIntoTheLight or he might try to send you there [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} himself]]. Or he might just be a cool guy that fancies himself [[ChessWithDeath a nice game of chess]]. There are also variations that look similar to the Grim Reaper but aren't unique beings, yet still more dangerous and rare than your run-of-the-mill skeleton. He and his lesser servants may be formerly human, especially if YouKillItYouBoughtIt is in effect; other times they will just be {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of Death who have a lot in common with the Undead even though they aren't dead humans.


One way undead vary is the nature of their [[OurSoulsAreDifferent mind, soul, and spirit]]. In some cases, including liches, most ghosts, and some vampires, they keep their original soul and personality. They can still remember the simple pleasures of life, but they can no longer experience them, a frustration which may [[TragicMonster fill them with hatred of the living]], or simply make [[FateWorseThanDeath their existence an unliving hell]]. [[FriendlyGhost Heroic]]/[[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire sympathetic]] [[FriendlyZombie undead]] are most often from this category.

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One way undead vary is the nature of their [[OurSoulsAreDifferent mind, soul, and spirit]]. In some cases, including liches, most ghosts, and some vampires, they keep their original soul and personality. They can still remember the simple pleasures of life, but they can no longer experience them, a frustration which may [[TragicMonster fill them with hatred of the living]], or simply make [[FateWorseThanDeath their existence an unliving hell]]. [[FriendlyGhost Heroic]]/[[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Friendly]]/[[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire heroic]]/[[FriendlySkeleton sympathetic]] [[FriendlyZombie undead]] are most often from this category.



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* '''[[EerieAnatomyModel Anatomy model]]''': A corpse is a terrible thing to waste, so at times it's worth going the extra mile and turn it into an anatomy model, and better yet an undead one. From a Western perspective, they are akin to zombies, but the creature is principally an East Asian monster.


** '''TheGrimReaper''': The big guy himself, the most common representation of Death in Western folklore. Usually portrayed as an ImplacableMan, who resembles a [[DemBones skeleton]] wearing a BlackCloak and carrying a SinisterScythe. But [[ComicBook/TheSandman not]] [[Series/DeadLikeMe always]]. [[AC:[[Literature/{{Discworld}} MAY SPEAK IN]] [[PaintingTheMedium ALL CAPS]]]]. Is a very diligent worker, who truly [[DeathTakesAHoliday deserves some vacation time]] every now and then. He might ask you nicely to GoIntoTheLight or he might try to send you there [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} himself]]. Or he might just be a cool guy that fancies himself [[ChessWithDeath a nice game of chess]]. There are also variations that look similar to the Grim Reaper but aren't unique beings, yet still more dangerous and rare than your run-of-the-mill skeleton. He and his lesser servants may be formerly human, especially if YouKillItYouBoughtIt is in effect; other times they will just be {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of Death who have a lot in common with the Undead even though they aren't dead humans.

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** '''TheGrimReaper''': The big guy himself, the most common representation of Death in Western folklore. Usually portrayed as an ImplacableMan, who resembles a [[DemBones skeleton]] wearing a BlackCloak and carrying a SinisterScythe. But [[ComicBook/TheSandman not]] [[Series/DeadLikeMe always]]. [[AC:[[Literature/{{Discworld}} MAY SPEAK IN]] May speak in]] [[PaintingTheMedium ALL CAPS]]]].all caps]] ]]. Is a very diligent worker, who truly [[DeathTakesAHoliday deserves some vacation time]] every now and then. He might ask you nicely to GoIntoTheLight or he might try to send you there [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} himself]]. Or he might just be a cool guy that fancies himself [[ChessWithDeath a nice game of chess]]. There are also variations that look similar to the Grim Reaper but aren't unique beings, yet still more dangerous and rare than your run-of-the-mill skeleton. He and his lesser servants may be formerly human, especially if YouKillItYouBoughtIt is in effect; other times they will just be {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of Death who have a lot in common with the Undead even though they aren't dead humans.

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* '''[[EerieAnatomyModel Anatomy model]]''': A corpse is a terrible thing to waste, so at times it's worth going the extra mile and turn it into an anatomy model, and better yet an undead one. From a Western perspective, they are akin to zombies, but the creature is principally an East Asian monster.


** FriendlySkeleton describes a friendly, often comical take on skeletons. They are often associated with Halloween, and as such are usually seen as good spooky fun rather than an actual threat. Plus, there's just something intrinsically funny about a Skeleton getting up and walking around. Expect to hear some [[XylophonesForWalkingBones xylophone music]] and to see them juggle their skull or comically fall apart and piece themselves back together.

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** FriendlySkeleton describes a friendly, often comical take on skeletons. They are often associated with Halloween, and as such are usually seen as good spooky fun rather than an actual threat. Plus, there's just something intrinsically funny about a Skeleton getting up and walking around. Expect to hear some [[XylophonesForWalkingBones xylophone music]] and to see them juggle their skull or comically fall apart and piece themselves back together.


* '''[[GhostPirate Undead Pirates]]''': Not all [[{{Pirate}} maritime marauders]] who lived and died centuries ago during UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|OfPiracy}} are guaranteed to stay buried at sea. Sometimes, they'll just rise out of Davy Jones' Locker to continue terrorizing people in the ocean, often sailing on literal {{ghost ship}}s such as the ''FlyingDutchman''. They bring a whole new meaning to the skull-and-crossbones symbol on the Jolly Roger flag.

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* '''[[GhostPirate Undead Pirates]]''': Not all [[{{Pirate}} maritime marauders]] who lived and died centuries ago during UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|OfPiracy}} are guaranteed to stay buried at sea. Sometimes, they'll just rise out of Davy Jones' DavyJones' Locker to continue terrorizing people in the ocean, often sailing on literal {{ghost ship}}s such as the ''FlyingDutchman''. They bring a whole new meaning to the skull-and-crossbones symbol on the Jolly Roger flag.


* '''[[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombies]]''': Just ordinary, run-of-the-mill walking corpses. They come in a variety of types, but they tend to share some general traits. Zombies tend to be [[ZombieGait slow]] (usually), weak (comparatively), mostly blind ([[TheDeadHaveEyes unless they aren't]]), and stupid (at least at first...). [[MadeOfPlasticine Surprisingly squishy]], but they don't really notice. Some of them [[KillItWithFire die quickly when burned]]. Others... [[InfernalRetaliation don't]]. However, most, if not all zombies, can be quickly taken down by RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain...[[YouCantKillWhatsAlreadyDead except when they aren't]].

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* '''[[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombies]]''': Just ordinary, run-of-the-mill walking corpses. They come in a variety of types, but they tend to share some general traits. Zombies tend to be [[ZombieGait slow]] (usually), weak (comparatively), mostly blind ([[TheDeadHaveEyes unless they aren't]]), and stupid (at least at first...). [[MadeOfPlasticine Surprisingly squishy]], but they don't really notice. Some of them [[KillItWithFire die quickly when burned]]. Others... [[InfernalRetaliation don't]]. However, most, if not all zombies, can be quickly taken down by RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain...RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain. [[YouCantKillWhatsAlreadyDead except when they aren't]].Other times they're unkillable]].

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