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1%%%²%%²%% This page has been alphabetized. Please add new examples in the correct order.²%%²%%%²[[quoteright:320:[[Film/TheDevilsBackbone]]]]²[[caption-width-right:320:Santi just wants to make friends. [[GhostlyGoals And kill people.]]]]²²->''"I'm only doing this because there's an international banking convention in town, Little Miss I've-Been-Twelve-For-A-Pretty-Long-Time."''²-->-- '''Jane Doe''', ''Webcomic/NobodyScores''²²One of the {{squick}}iest things to come out of {{horror}} movies is the descending age bracket for TheUndead. It used to be only adults could be/were made into undead, and while children were presumably killed off-screen during the ZombieApocalypse, they weren't turned into the living dead. Well, now it seems these [[ImprobableInfantSurvival infants have found immortality]] of a decidedly unwholesome sort.²²Whether it's zombie babies, vampire children, or the unsettling ghost child, audiences will feel revulsion on several levels. Let's count!²²On the one hand, these are ''children'', the idea that an undead horror (especially a thinking one) would not just kill but transform an [[ChildrenAreInnocent innocent]] [[TheVirus into another one of itself]] is so wrong [[MoralEventHorizon it's hard to quantify]]. That a child would stay on in this world as a ghost is no less cruel, since it implies the child is somehow being held against their will or has become a creature [[GhostlyGoals out for revenge.]] On the other, the body is still that of a child, and most people will instinctively try to help mistakenly thinking it's NotAZombie, no matter how [[UndeathlyPallor undeathly pale]] and torn. Third, even if the child still has [[TheHeartless their own mind]] and [[TranshumanTreachery morality]] (slim chance, but present) you've now essentially got a ''[[TykeBomb bloodthirsty immortal Pinocchio]]''. And last but not least, when one is attacking you, you have to work past all of the above ''and'' the natural instinct not to harm a child (if it's still sentient, it could very well bank on that moment of shock and hesitation to get the drop on its victims). This can be made much easier if the little monster isn't just [[CreepyChild creepy]], but [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute deformed and scary]]. ²²Lastly, if the form of undead is sentient, this may result in significant angst on the part of the child who CantGrowUp or physically mature, and becomes OlderThanTheyLook.²²Let's hope no parents [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids brought their kids to see this movie]]. ([[NightmareFuel Although it'd probably be]] [[AdultFear scarier for the parents]].)²²Related to CreepyChild, EnfantTerrible and FetusTerrible. The CuteGhostGirl is a ''much'' LighterAndSofter subtype.²----²!!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Advertising]]²* A 2013 commercial for Nutri-Grain bars featured a family of vampires, two of them children. ²* The initial trailer to ''VideoGame/DeadIsland'' showed, in reverse, a family trying to escape from zombies but ending up killed by them. A little girl ends up bitten and ends up biting her father after being zombified. [[NeverTrustATrailer The characters aren't even playable in the game]], though you can find the dead bodies of the parents in the game.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Anime and Manga]]²* In the ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' series the lost snail and the remains of Kiss-Shot are both undead children; one a ghost and the other a vampire. ²* Kentaro Miura put an undead kid into the second major story of ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' when a little girl traveling with her father falls out of their wagon during an attack by evil spirit-possessed skeletons drawn to Guts's Brand of Sacrifice and is killed by one of them. Her body is possessed by one of the spirits and kills her father, then goes after Guts, who has to put her down.²* ''Manga/BloodAlone'' has Higure, a vampire elder, and Misaki, a newly turned vampire. Both are friendly; but Higure reveals that ultimately all undead turn into monsters. It's just a question of how many centuries (or in some cases, years or months) it takes. Kuroe is constantly watching Misaki for signs.²* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' has Yuuhi, an IllGirl who [[HeadlessHorseman Lala]] turns into an undead. Unlike other works, where a dullahan zombifying a child would likely be an act of [[MoralEventHorizon unforgivable evil]], this is presented as a good thing. Lala is unambiguously a good guy, and the act gives Yuuhi another lease on life as it were by curing her terminal disease. It certainly helps that zombies in the series are in no way ravenous, mindless murder machines; they're just people who are walking around despite not being biologically alive. ²* ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'' both subverts this (Anna is weapons grade adorable, while her adopted sibs Jiji and Clara are only fractionally less cute) and plays it straight (Mina can be ''terrifying''.).²* ''Franchise/FullmetalAlchemist'':²** One of the bonus chapters of [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist the manga]], "The Blind Alchemist", features the Elrics consulting an alchemist who seemingly has performed a successful human transmutation to bring back the daughter of an affluent couple. [[spoiler:In reality, the "daughter" is an orphan that was adopted for looking like the deceased child (as the alchemist had lost his eyesight due to the transmutation and they didn't want him to learn that he had failed) and what came back in the transmutation is a zombie-like entity kept in a room adorned with stuffed animals that freaks out Alphonse when it moves.]]²** The [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]] has Wrath, who is [[spoiler:the incarnation of Izumi Curtis' stillborn son]]. He starts out as a {{cheerful|Child}} WildChild that Izumi bonds with, but he takes a quick shift into EnfantTerrible when Envy gives him red stones that recover his memory. Wrath spends the entire series being an antagonist towards Ed and Izumi, [[spoiler:who he resents for "abandoning" him as a baby]], until in ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa'' where he's just weary after [[spoiler:Sloth and later Izumi's deaths]]. He ends up [[spoiler:TogetherInDeath with Izumi after committing a HeroicSacrifice]].²* In ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'', Fujiyoshi and Miyabi encounter one, but don't realize what it is until a few seconds later.²* ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'' has Helena, a girl vampire with the mind of a weary, ancient woman.²* ''Manga/HellTeacherNube''. Repeat: ''Teacher''. Of an [[ExtranormalInstitute Extranormal]] [[AcademyOfAdventure Grade School of Adventure]]. ''Half the time'', the MonsterOfTheWeek will be an Undead Child. [[WeirdnessMagnet It comes with the territory]].²* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'':²** Surprisingly for a ZombieApocalypse manga, it waits more than twenty chapters to bring in the horde of undead grade-schoolers.²** There's also a scene of a zombie kid biting and infecting his mother.²** In the anime, zombie children are the only things that [[PragmaticHero Saeko]] [[BloodKnight Busujima]] can't kill. They stop her cold when she sees them.²* ''Manga/IAmAHero'' takes this trope to its logical extreme: zombie ''babies''. [[spoiler:And in one of the mangas most disturbing moments, a zombie ''newborn, emerging from its undead mother.'']]²* Kagome from ''Manga/InuYasha'' met a young ghost girl named Mayu in the future, who was trying to kill her little brother. [[spoiler: She thought her mother had purposefully let her die in a fire she accidentally started and wanted revenge. Kagome manages to convince her otherwise (her Mom didn't know that Mayu was trapped in the burning apartment until her corpse was found, and heavily blamed herself for her death)... right before Mayu's anger gets her ''sent to Hell''.]] But Mayu [[spoiler: gets better. As in, gets rescued from hell. She's still dead.]]²* In ''Manga/MadeInAbyss'', [[spoiler:Riko discovers that she is, in fact, undead during a demented test of character from Ozen the Immovable]]. An atypical example more similar to ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', to which the anime/manga is frequently compared, at least superficially. [[spoiler:Riko appears to be a normal human being, but is in fact animated almost solely by a desire to reach the bottom of the Abyss. In that, she's more like the pseudo-living hunks of meat normally resurrected through the means used on her than the otherwise normal [[OurLichesAreDifferent magical girls]] in '' Madoka Magica'']].²* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':²** Evangeline A.K. [=McDowell=], who was turned into a first-generation vampire at the age of ten. Oddly enough -- or perhaps not so oddly when considering the illusion magic she uses -- no non-protagonist really seems to even notice that she's a child, being terrified of her for [[PersonOfMassDestruction more normal]] reasons. It's also worth noting that she subverts the creepiness part of this, as "undead" seems to merely mean "can't die" in regard to her; she's pretty much physically indistinguishable from a normal child. Anyone who fears her, is afraid for [[PersonOfMassDestruction other reasons]], as mentioned above. Her own telling of her backstory makes her vampirism seem more like a regular [[CursedWithAwesome curse]] cast upon her to make her [[spoiler:kill her family]] than traditional vampirism. And she's creepy because she's had a ''lot'' of practice.²** See also the CuteGhostGirl [[TheWoobie Sayo Aisako]]. Then again, Sayo might not fit here, since she was 15 when she died, provides some panty shots, and has recently [[spoiler: possessed a doll to get a physical form and travel outside the school]].²* ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'': The duo run into a few now and then such as a girl who fell off a train platform when a train was coming in, a ghost boy coming back to complete a painting, one using his looks to lure in victims, a girl haunting a boy's bedroom because she likes the recorder music he plays, a ''very'' dangerous girl that rips off faces to wear as her own, former students who died during their studies at the Magical Law School, etc. ²* Shizuku of ''Manga/OmamoriHimari.'' Technically not an undead child, but she certainly looks like one, to the point that when Rinko walks in on her and Yuuto in the bathtub [[labelnote:*]]Shizuku was trying to ambush him[[/labelnote]], her first reaction was that he ''found a corpse in the bathtub''. He later tells Shizuku to "do something about that drowned body look".²* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' [[spoiler: has all the [[MagicalGirl magical girls]]]]. The process that transforms them also physically [[SoulJar removes their soul and places it in a gem]], turning the body into a [[OurLichesAreDifferent mindless meat puppet that the soul controls remotely]]. To make matters worse, they aren't informed of the fact, and initially think the Soul Gem is just a TransformationTrinket. And if they are too distant from the Soul Gems, they will lose their consciousness and begin to rot, turning them into literal zombies.²* ''Manga/SchoolLive'' has people of all ages becoming zombies. Due to a large portion of the manga revolving around a high school, most of the zombies we see are teenagers. Later on the girls visit an elementary school where no one survived. Kurumi is more hesitant than usual to kill a young child who became a zombie.²* ''Anime/{{Slayers}} NEXT'' features one of these [[spoiler: after everyone who died in the DoomedHometown of Sairaag is raised as a zombie army by Phibrizzo. She attacks Lina and is re-killed, which causes Lina a massive HeroicBSOD as she WouldNotHurtAChild, and Sylphiel has to give her a CooldownHug.]]²* ''Manga/{{Shiki}}'' has [[BigBad Sunako]], the leader of the vampire clan. [[WellIntentionedExtremist She's trying to set up a place for vampires to live in peace]], but she isn't too bothered by the whole.. killing people thing. Her major case of BlackEyesOfEvil comboed with her cutesy voice and ElegantGothicLolita fashions [[ObviouslyEvil open up a big ol' box of]] [[NightmareFuel creepiness]].²* A one-time character at the very start of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' (read before Yusuke's ressurrection), Sayaka, is this, ghost version. She [[TagalongKid tagged along with Botan]] and had a bit of a crush on Yusuke, but gave up when she realized the feelings he and Keiko had for each other.²* Half of the titular zombies in ''Anime/ZombieLandSaga'' died as minors, but 12 year old Lily Hoshikawa is the only ''child''-child of the bunch. She's much less dangerous than zombie kids normally are, being a CheerfulChild who likes reading about construction vehicles in her free time.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* One of the ''ComicBook/ThirtyDaysOfNight'' graphic novels has a millennial vampire baby that has never aged. It's hungry.²** Likewise the vampire girl from the first book.²* ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'' takes place in a zombie apocalypse and no one is spared. In fact the first human to be bit is Jughead.²* ''ComicBook/{{Aquila}}'': Locusta resurrects a swarm of zombie babies to serve as her demonic assassins.²* ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost'' is the ghost of a young boy.²* Leigh Gallagher really wanted to draw child zombies in ''Defoe'', so Pat Mills worked them in.²* In ''ComicBook/{{Fray}}'', a Creator/JossWhedon comic featuring the distant future of the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' world, [[spoiler:future Slayer Melaka Fray and her twin brother Harth were attacked by vampires as kids. Harth was turned, (or more accurately, chose to turn ''himself'', because while Mel had acquired Slayer strength and physical abilities, Harth got the memories of past Slayers, which includes how a human is turned into a vampire, so when he was about to die from a vampire's bite he bit the vampire back to get the vampire's blood) and has secretly become the BigBad.]]²* In ''ComicBook/TheGoon'', when the titular character teams up with [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier The Buzzard]] and makes it impossible for the necromancer BigBad to get corpses to make ordinary zombies out of, he turns to the creation of Mother Corpse; a zombified ExplosiveBreeder who produces an endless swarm of deformed, demonically-empowered zombie babies that the protagonists take to calling "chugheads".²* The eponymous ''ComicBook/LenoreTheCuteLittleDeadGirl'' of Roman Dirge's comic is an undead child played for laughs.²** One issue also included a one-page comic about a little zombie girl, parodying Lenore.²* Two examples from the ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies'' series:²** During ''Marvel Zombies vs The Army of Darkness'' there's a scene of the zombified ''ComicBook/PowerPack'' attacking civilians.²** During ''Marvel Zombies 5'' the protagonist are attacked by a group of pregnant zombies and defeat them. After a moment, the undead babies tear their way out of their mothers and attack them.²* The short-lived anthology comic ''Monsters Attack'' had the story "This Boy's Life" about a centuries-old vampire who still looked like a ten-year-old child. He survived by drifting from town to town, baiting unsuspecting children into "playing" with him then getting them alone and draining them of their blood. It works well...until the early 1950s when kids seem to become inexplicably terrified of him overnight. In the end, it turns out [[spoiler: they're not afraid of vampires, but of the polio virus. Public health warnings posted everywhere warn them not to play with children they don't know. The vampire ends up attacking an infected child and unwittingly infects himself with the disease, leading to his paralysis and ultimately his demise as he is unable to escape the rising sun's deadly rays.]]²* A rare non-evil version in ''ComicBook/{{Revival}}'': one of the revivers happened to be pregnant at the time of her resurrection. Mother and child are key to resolving the action by reversing the Revival.²* The ''Season of Mists'' arc of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' featured the dead returning to what remained of their bodies. ''All'' the dead, apparently, including small animals and children.²** [[NightmareFuel Up to and including unborn fetuses]].²* ''ComicBook/SantaVersusDracula'': Dracula's main army consists of kids who were considered naughty that he turned into vampires.²* In ''Comicbook/{{Squee}}'', [[EnfantTerrible Pepito]] appears to be something like this, though he looks that way on account of being TheAntichrist, not because he's actually dead.²** More straightforwardly, Pepito and the comic's titular character [[CosmicPlaything Squee]] are at one point faced with a classroom full of zombie children. ²* ''ComicBook/{{Thor}}'' has a particularly horrifying one during the "Latverian Prometheus" arc -- a dismembered, bloody, visibly decaying zombie-cyborg Frankensteinian monster child. (The same writer's later run on ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' features [[spoiler: the ghostly Kid Loki]]; Kieron Gillen seems to like this trope in general.)²* In ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'', The Governor has a zombie "daughter"; later on, [[{{Squick}} he removes all her teeth so he can make out with her]].²** Even later on, there's a [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] scene where we find out this has happened to [[spoiler: Morgan's son Duane.]]²* In a short story from ''Zombie Tales'', "Daddy smells different", zombieism is TheVirus, but, unusually, many (but not all) people recover from the initial infection. This leads to many people quarantining off their loved ones in the hopes that they will recover. In one household, this is seen happening through the eyes of a boy perhaps 4 years old, who sees his mother barricading his father in the basement and then crying by the door. Naturally, readers assume that the father is infected, until the boy finds a way into the basement. The story closes with the boy thinking "I can smell daddy. Daddy smells... daddy smells... delicious" and then leaping to attack his father, showing the boy's rotting face for the first time [[note]] The mother, also infected, managed to resist the temptation to break through the door.[[/note]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fan Works]]²* ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'': Every pony trapped in Canterlot when the megaspell detonated became a "Canterlot ghoul," distinct from normal ghouls by both an indomitable HealingFactor and near-universal loss of their minds. Littlepip and their friends end up in Celestia's School For Gifted Unicorns, and find themselves confronted by dozens of fillies who were at school when the megaspell detonated. Littlepip and Velvet Remedy are so horrified they can't shoot, [[ShootTheDog Calamity shoots without hesitation]], and Steelhooves brings down the roof so that they can escape the situation entirely.²* A CreepyChild ghost girl appears in the the Non/Disney fanvid ''[[ Nothing More]]'' by Creator/{{TheNight130}} . Two twins, Alice and Alissa, go on a boat trip with their parents, but a sudden storm kills Alissa and their mother. Alissa becomes a ghost that only Alice can see. As Alice grows into adulthood, Alissa wants it to always just be her and her sister. When Alice falls in love, Alissa ttries to scare off her suitor but it doesn't work, [[spoiler:so Alissa kills Alice so they can be TogetherInDeath]].²* ''Fanfic/TheirBond'': Zelda (a ChildSoldier herself) is haunted by memories of having to behead [=ReDead=] children during the war.²* ''Fanfic/TwistedPrincess'':²** Alice is dead and her body is possessed by the Cheshire cat.²** Wendy was drowned by Captain Hook.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Animated]]²* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' has the aptly-named Corpse Kid. And his parents, since almost ''everyone'' in Halloween Town is undead.²* ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'' features [[spoiler: Agatha]] the ghost of an 11-year-old girl who was hanged for being accused of witchcraft when [[ISeeDeadPeople speaking with the dead]].²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}'' by Ralph Bakshi contains a rare example of a child that was undead to begin with. The film explains that twins were born to a Sorceress, one being a typical cute child, while the other... well, [[ see for yourself]]! Needless to say, it's not surprising which child was [[CainAndAbel born pure evil]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* Images of Mike Enslin's deceased daughter are used by the titular room ''Film/FourteenOhEight'' to torment him. At the end of the film, [[spoiler: he winds up with evidence of this with her voice on his tape recorder]].²* Subverted in ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater.'' The main character deliberately goes hunting for a pre-teenager who is infected with TheVirus, and determinedly beats it to death with apparently no qualms. [[spoiler: He is only disturbed by his behaviour when the BigBad points out that, having done horrible things to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, he and the main character are not so unalike as they might have preferred.]]²** Considering his experiences in the past several days with Infected, and how the "boy" was shrieking and snarling like a methed-up velociraptor, if anyone had any qualms about beating it to death, they are too stupid to live.²* TheMovie version of ''Film/ThirtyDaysOfNight'' has a disturbing example of this. While the group of survivors is in a grocery store, they encounter a vampire child who charges them with surprising power and nearly kills one of their group. In one of the most disturbing scenes in the entire movie, they kill her by hacking off her head and are so shocked that they cannot even recognize who she was before.²* ''Film/TheAmityvilleHorror2005'' has Jodie Defeo; though sympathetic to an extent since it's implicated she's forced to do evil against her will she's still pretty damn creepy at points, especially in the scene where she traps the babysitter Lisa in the closet and forcibly jams one of Lisa's fingers into the bullet hole in her forehead.²-->'''Jodie:''' Hi Lisa! Look what Ronnie did.²* ''Film/{{Braindead}}'' has a zombie baby. Although this is more a case of BlackComedy than CreepyChild.²* ''Film/{{Boo}}'' takes place in a [[AbandonedHospital haunted asylum]], and one of the ghosts the group encounters is a little girl [[spoiler: [[GhostlyGoals looking for revenge against the man who molested her]]]].²* In the bizarre Italian film ''Film/CemeteryMan'' (''Dellamorte Dellamore''), Rupert Everett's dimwitted sidekick, Gnaghi, keeps the zombified head of the mayor's 12-year-old daughter inside a broken TV. There's also a scene where Rupert kills a busload of zombie boy scouts, killed in the same accident as the girl.²* Obscure horror film ''The Children'' has unique child zombie-mutants. They're mutants as they were transformed by a radioactive cloud and their touch causes organic flesh to roast and burn, and they're zombie-esque in that they ignore conventional wounds. Unlike most zombies though, their weak point is not their head, but their hands; remove them and they die.²* ''Film/DarkCity'' had one of [[spoiler: [[StarfishAliens the Strangers]], Mr. Sleep, inhabit a dead child's body]]. It wore black leather, was bald, whispered to other Strangers, would chatter its teeth while wielding a knife, cut a spiral into a dead hooker, ''and'' gleefully intoned "kill him" when the hero was captured.²* ''Film/DarkWater'' features the spirit of a young drowned girl. She is looking for a mommy and is not shy about threatening to harm other children to get one.²* The 2004 remake of ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' has Luda's baby. She enters labor just as she dies and came back as a zombie. The baby comes out after her head is blown off, apparently just dead... But then it opens its eyes. Hearing the baby's "birth cry" was [[NightmareFuel one of the creepiest moments of the film]].²** The original film featured two zombie children, played by Creator/TomSavini's niece and nephew.²** Not to mention that the first zombie you see in the 2004 film is a little girl, who was last seen playing happily on roller-skates in the previous scene. When we see her again, she's missing half of her mouth and immediately rips out the throat of the main character's husband.²* ''Film/{{Daybreakers}}'' features a number of child vampires. In fact, the first one seen is a pre-teen girl who, citing NotGrowingUpSucks, commits SuicideBySunlight.²* HauntedHouse western ''Film/{{Deadbirds}}'' has the ghosts of a young girl and boy, and they just ''love'' to give a good JumpScare.²* Santi in ''Film/TheDevilsBackbone'' is [[spoiler: not actually evil, however he is out for watery revenge on his killer, and scares the bejeezus out of the other orphans in the meantime.]]²** While we're on the subject of Guillermo del Toro, there are the ghost children from ''Film/TheOrphanage''.²* ''Film/TheEye'' has the ghost of a young boy who committed suicide after his father raked him over the coals for poor grades.²* The killer's children in ''Film/TheForest1982'' were so unhappy about living alone in a cave with their father that they died of sickness. Now they are ghosts, who sometimes visit their father, warn people about his cannibalistic hunting trips, and avoid the ghost of their mother who wants to punish them for her death.²* ''Grace'' is about a woman whose fetus dies, but she insists on carrying and delivering it anyway. After delivery, the baby seems to be miraculously alive, except she is pale, attracts flies, and drinks her mother's blood instead of milk, [[spoiler:requiring more and more as time goes by. Eventually, mom resorts to murder to get enough blood for the baby.]]²* ''Film/TheGravedancers'': One of the three ghosts that winds up haunting the protagonists is Dennis, a young homicidal PyroManiac.²* The ghost child in ''Film/TheGrudge / Film/JuOn''. So innocent. So evil.²* B movie ''Film/TheHamiltons'' deals with a group of orphaned sibling [[spoiler:vampires]], and their attempts to survive in the world. It also concerns the mysterious monster in their basement called Lenny, who we see rip apart and devour several people over the course of the movie. [[spoiler:It's their littlest brother, who is only a few years old, completely feral, and craving blood ''all the time'']].²* Two of the main characters in ''Film/{{Haunter}}'' are a teenage sister and her younger brother, who we quickly find out are DeadToBeginWith. The sister also encounters the spirits of other girls who inhabited her house in the past.²* ''Film/TheHaunting1999'' had the ghost children who were haunting wood carvings, living in the curtains and floating under the bedsheets.²* ''Film/TheHouseAtTheEndOfTime'' features this. [[spoiler: Turns out that it's not a ghost, but the echo of the boy caught in a sort of time loop]].²* ''Film/{{Insidious}}'' has a creepy scene with a dancing ghost boy. Even spookier, there's a FreezeFrameBonus of him standing in the corner of another room as the camera tracks quickly past.²* There is the gleefully psychotic Claudia from ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'', perhaps the only actually evil vampire we meet.²** She is aged up from ~5 years old in the book to around 11 in the movie. This does not lessen the [[CreepyChild creepy murderous child]] vibe at all.²* ''Film/LetTheRightOneIn'' has Eli/Abby, who has been twelve for [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld a long time.]]²* ''Film/TheLostBoys'' has Vladdie, a ten- or eleven-year-old almost-vamp. While he's creepy, the scene is mostly PlayedForLaughs.²--> '''Edgar Frog:''' It's the attack of Eddie Munster!²* ''Film/TheMessengers'' has two ghost children inhabiting the family's house. They are ostensibly the messengers of the film's title.²* ''Film/ModernVampires'' takes this to an extra disturbing level. One of the main vampires is a heavily pregnant woman. It's even mentioned that her (supposedly undead) baby will never be born. [[spoiler:She later gets a stake through the heart.]]²* The film ''Film/NearDark'' included a vampire child [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld stuck in the 10-year-old body he had when he was turned, over 50 years ago]]. Who was MadeOfExplodium for some reason.²* This trope is [[OlderThanTheyThink pretty old]]; there's a little zombie girl in the original ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' that [[spoiler:eats her father after he staggers down into the basement after getting shot; then kills her mother with a hand-trowel -- thereby becoming the first Romero zombie to display what resembles intelligence -- and eats her too]].²** [[spoiler: In the [[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1990 1990 remake]], she just flat-out eats her mother after cornering her.]]²* It's unclear whether the little children often encountered in dreams in the ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' franchise are this trope or not: Freddy presumably killed them when he himself was alive, before he gained supernatural powers, so it's possible that they're dreamworld illusions rather than trapped souls of his original victims. ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'' seems to suggest they are when one killed character tries to warn his friend not to fall asleep. Having to wade through the souls of Freddy's previous victims to do so.²* ''Film/TheOthers'' has a couple of ghost children [[spoiler:but they're not the ones we think they are]].²* The Spanish film ''Film/{{REC}}'' ([[ForeignRemake remade]] in the US as ''Film/{{Quarantine}}'') has a poor little girl turn into a zombie... sorry, ''"She just has a fever!"''²** And [[spoiler: the boy in the attic. And the possessed girl. [[NightmareFuel Oh. GOD.]] She makes ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'''s Witches look tame.]]²* The protagonist uses the mystical area behind the eponymous location in ''Film/PetSematary1989'' to resurrect his son who was run over by a truck. [[CameBackWrong The result]] is an undead boy with a penchant for murder.²* In ''Film/RazorsTheReturnOfJackTheRipper'', the old factory is haunted by the ghost of a Victorian girl. She guides Jane and Sadie to the StalkerShrine to UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper. She is eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:the child of the Ripper's sixth victim, and the ancestor of Ruth. She hid the Ripper's last knife from him]].²* ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse'' featured the cast venturing into a school in order to rescue a girl in order to get a ride out of the of the characters is killed when a mob of zombie children maul her.²* ''Film/TheRing:'' Samara Morgan just wants to be heard. And kill people.²* A [[FriendlyGhost friendly version]] appeared in ''Film/TheSixthSense'', a [[CuteGhostGirl girl]] [[spoiler:poisoned by her mother with cleaning fluid in my soup]].²** There's also the ghost of a boy who died from an accidental gunshot wound.²** One of the ghosts Cole sees hanging in the school is a young boy.²* The twin ghost girls from ''Film/TheShining'', who were murdered by the previous caretaker who went crazy. ²-->"Come play with us Danny. Forever."²* In the 1963 Film/HammerHorror film ''These Are The Damned'', the children being held in the secret facility beneath a military base have skin that's cold to the touch, and one character freaks out and starts shouting that they're dead when he discovers this. [[spoiler:Turns out they're an experiment to create children who are immune to radiation and therefore will survive a nuclear war. The children are radioactive themselves, and therefore will kill anyone who comes into contact with them who isn't wearing a hazmat suit.]]²* The Firstborn Son of ''Film/Thir13enGhosts''' Black Zodiac is a young boy who apparently got an arrow through the head while playing CowboysAndIndians.²* ''Film/TrickRTreat'' has a busload of zombie kids in their Halloween costumes.²* The Eighties vampire movie ''Film/{{Vamp}}'' features a young girl among its vampires. We actually see her when she's still human.²* ''Film/WhatWeDoInTheShadows'' has a pair of young teen vampires who use their appearance to lure and feed on pedophiles.²* ''Zombie Cult Massacre'' features a leader of a separatist cult who creates zombies to bring about the end of days. One of his victims who he killed and zombified is a six-year-old girl who seems to have been his daughter.²* In a rare example of PlayedForLaughs, in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' undead little girls dressed up as princesses attack a minivan. On the commentary Creator/AbigailBreslin said that she loved the zombie makeup and effects and really, ''really'', tried to convince the writers and director to let her character get turned into a zombie so she could play one. They shot the idea down, however.²%%* [[ This short]], perhaps.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Gamebooks]]²* ''Literature/CanYouSurviveTheZombieApocalypse'' has a LOT of them, in various paths. Some choices can lead to the [[ZombieInfectee infection]] of an entire elementary school.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* The Literature/AnitaBlake: Vampire Hunter novels feature several of these: Nikolaos, the [[spoiler: former]] Master of St Louis, and later Valentina. The latter was turned by a vampire pedophile who was killed when the other vampires found out what he was doing. Turning children for any reason is forbidden by the Vampire Council because the child vampires usually go crazy. Bartolomé as well, although he is an adolescent.²* ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'' has three children who were lured in and eaten by the [[spoiler:Other Mother, whom Coraline must appease by finding their real eyes, as they were replaced by buttons before they died.]] This is a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids children's book]], by the way.²* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', children as young as twelve are [[spoiler:active participants of Raguel's zombie horde.]]²* Melissa, the grand-sire of Genevieve from Literature/{{Drachenfels}}, was five when she was turned, about a thousand years ago. She was portrayed as a CreepyChild in one of the stories in ''The Silver Nails'', but otherwise her seeming WiseBeyondTheirYears is PlayedForLaughs (especially her complaint about vampire prejudice because those "youngsters keep siring here and there").²* Almost reached this point in ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' when Lucy, now a vampire, starts luring away and feeding on children. While she doesn't fully drain them due to numerous circumstances, the bites are still infecting them with vampirism. Van Helsing noted if they hadn't stopped her, the children would've died as she did and sprouted fangs of their own.²* ''Literature/ExHeroes'' has a scene where [[spoiler: St. George has to kill a zombie child.]]²* In ''The Family Of The Vourdalak'', Gorcha returns from a hunt and his grandson dies shortly after. Six months later, Marquis d'Urfe learns that the boy rose as a vampire called a vourdalak (like his grandfather) and went on to turn his family, including his also young brother.²* ''Literature/TheForestOfHandsAndTeeth'' by Carrie Ryan has a zombie infant, which has apparently been laying in its cradle for years after the house was abandoned, restlessly kicking the footboard. The heroine is so distraught that she starts to try to hold the baby, but then gets a hold of herself and drops the baby out the window.²* Linda Lael Miller's ''Forever and the Night'' has Benecia and Canaan, the [[EnfantTerrible evil little]] [[CreepyChild vampire sisters]].²* In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: City of the Dead'', cheerful adolescent Kairne is killed by Dr. Evazan, who's running zombie-making experiments. One guess what the doctor does next. Oddly, zombie Kairne retains some of his mind and memories, enough that when his friend Zak appeals to him, he turns on the doctor.²* Chakori from ''Literature/GloryInTheThunder'' is an eight-year-old monster grown from the enslaved soul of a dead girl. She's still pretty cute.²* ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' had anything that revolves around undead children such as [[spoiler:a ghost neighbor named]] Hannah Fairchild.²* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', we had a friendly ghost teenager named Moaning Myrtle, who happened to be undead.²* ''Literature/InterviewWithTheVampire'' has Claudia. She's 5 and a vampire.²* Creator/StephenKing:²** In "One For the Road," a story in ''Literature/NightShift'', a car breaks down near [[spoiler: the burned-out ruins of Salem's Lot]], and the driver's wife and seven-year-old daughter are turned into vampires. The story ends with this warning from the narrator, Booth:²--> There's a little girl somewhere out there. And I think she's still waiting for her good-night kiss...²** In ''Literature/PetSematary'', the main character's son is run over by a truck and is buried in the titular "sematary". Like everything else buried there, he's resurrected. Unfortunately, like everything else buried there, he's resurrected as [[CameBackWrong a corrupted version of himself.]]²** In ''Literature/SalemsLot'', the first two vampire victims are the Glick brothers, the older one (Danny) being twelve. (Danny becomes an example of this trope while Ralphie is sacrificed outright.) Later, [[spoiler: an entire busload of]] child vampires show up and two of the vampire hunters find child vampires while searching for their nests. Disturbingly, one of them is [[spoiler: the [=MacDougal=] baby]].²* In ''Literature/{{The Guardians|MeljeanBrook}}'', vampires are forbidden from changing children because while their bodies will be frozen, their minds will age. Worse, they will be driven by BloodLust to have sex with their blood donors.²* Ashley Stearns in Chris Bohjalian's ''The Night Strangers,'' a little girl killed in a plane crash. Ashley is relatively unhappy, but the ghost of her father (dead in the same crash) is the one who insists that she needs [[GhostlyGoals playmates]]...²* In the [[Literature/TheOtherworld Otherworld]] series, normally if a child dies, the ghost is taken and adopted by a family and raised until they "age" to adult, however two occasions where this didn't happen:²** A boy is born to a woman in prison, but dies before a doctor could help him. He spends his days roaming the prison, interacting with the environment still thinking he's alive. As he didn't know he had died, the kindest thing had been decided to leave him there until the prison was demolished then take his soul and reincarnate him -- taking him away from the environment he knew would be too stressful and shocking, and he was happy where he was.²** A group of child ghosts was found to be [[spoiler: bound to the earth due to non-magical humans attempts at being able to use magic. The children were burned and their ashes uses to power magic; the more their ash was used the more they faded away until nothing was left]].²* Evan Matthieu, from ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', is a Canadian preteen who wandered too far into the woods and ended up chased by a powerful [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent goblin]] until he died from exposure. The goblin was powerful enough to frighten away the {{Psychopomp}} that would normally have taken his soul to its destination, so [[{{Determinator}} he kept running, for months,]] until he was found by Blake Thorburn, who bound the goblin and took Evan as his {{Familiar}}, which Evan considers a pretty fair deal.²* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudiceAndZombies'' has a zombie infant. Elizabeth, despite being usually badass, can't bring herself to kill it.²* In Creator/LJagiLamplighter's ''[[Literature/RachelGriffin Rachel and the Many-Splendored Dreamland]]'', the demon summons the child sacrifices made to it as animated skeletons. [[spoiler:As it is Moloch, that means mostly babies.]] Siggy finds this seriously wrong.²* In Brenna Yovanoff's ''The Replacement'', which is about a changeling boy who was kept alive, most changelings don't actually survive very long. Some, in fact, are killed by "their" parents--like the unnamed girl who likes to play with the gash "her" parents cut across her throat. The castoff who was switched for Natalie Stewart becomes this very easily; all Mackie has to do is whisper in her ear and tell her that it's okay to be ugly and unnatural and that there are people who will love her anyway. Also, all the Morrigan's blue girls started out as this, but grew up because most of them were killed as very young children and, as she puts it, how is she supposed to keep a house if she always has to look after infants?²* One of Creator/NancyACollins's ''Literature/SonjaBlue'' books involved a character who had been pregnant, for several ''decades'', with an incredibly {{squick}}y vampire baby.²* ''Literature/ATaleOf'': Gothel's mother Manea is the Queen of the Dead. She has a hoard of undead at her command. Manea keeps local villages in line by threatening to slaughter them and turn them into her undead right now, in exchange for all their dead being buried in her graveyard so that they can become part of her hoard. The last straw for her two other daughters, Hazel and Primrose, is when Manea kills an entire village, including the children. All the undead children look confused and terrified, with their eyes covered in a black goop so that they can't see. After [[spoiler: killing Manea]] and taking over, Gothel promises her sisters not to use the younger undead in her hoard.²* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'':²** Stephanie Meyer seems to have unknowingly created an undead CreepyChild EnfanteTerrible in the last book of the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series, ''Breaking Dawn''. '[[UnfortunateNames Renesmee]]' is apparently [[{{Dhampyr}} half-vampire]], and [[YoungerThanTheyLook aged to 17 in 7 years]], and [[{{Squick}} has an older werewolf 'imprint' on her as a mate]] [[WifeHusbandry while he raises her]]. ''[[EsotericHappyEnding And this is presented as a happy ending]]''.²** The Volturi have also declared it illegal for any vampire to turn a child because vampire children lack the proper maturity level to do their part in maintaining TheMasquerade and will never gain said maturity level due to being permanently stuck as children and thus, they inevitably threaten to expose the existence of vampires to the mostly unaware human population. The confrontation between the Cullens and the Volturi at the end of ''Breaking Dawn'' is prompted by another character mistakenly identifying Renesmee as one of these and subsequently reporting the Cullens to the Volturi for turning her.²** ''Twilight'' has also Jane and Alec, the youngest and smaller vampires of the series, twins turned at around age twelve by Aro Volturi. (Exact ages for what constitutes as an Immortal Child was never explicitly stated. It is assumed that if the child in question is able to follow the laws set by Volturi, then they will be allowed to continue their existence.)²* ''The Vanished'' by Celia Rees has a gang of vampiric children living in the sewers.²* In ''Literature/VoidCity'', Eric fights a number of children who were turned into vampires. Though he has a moral code against harming children, he considers vampires to be monsters rather than people and so does not hesitate to destroy them.²* The starting point of the ZombieApocalypse in ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' is a young boy. A little girl zombie later menaces Russian troops who can't bring themselves to kill her, spurring [[DisproportionateRetribution harsh action]].²* Imre Lazar in ''Literature/{{Zomboy}}'' became one due to a radiation leak in his hometown, Fort Sterling. [[spoiler:The same goes for his baby sister, Kato.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live Action TV]]²* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'':²** Murder House is about the ghost twins who were haunting Murder House.²** Similarly, while ''Hotel'' is [[OurVampiresAreDifferent insistent]] about the nature of its "ancient blood virus," the Countess does have a penchant for collecting and turning children. [[spoiler: And after getting turned, Alex uses her own blood to cure a child about to die of septic pneumonia... which goes ''real'' well when he goes back to school and infects his classmates...]]²* In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Lullaby" (season 3, episode 9) there's a flashback to Holtz finding his slaughtered family. His little daughter Sarah has already risen as a vampire. Holtz [[spoiler:[[StakingTheLovedOne sings to her until daybreak, then drags her struggling to the door and pushes her out into the sunlight]]]]. Given this and the "normal" death of his infant son, it's perhaps understandable that he ''really'' doesn't like [[TheAtoner Angel]] very much.²* Understandably for a children's horror show, this popped up a few times on ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'', like the ghost of a little boy who froze to death and [[GhostlyGoals just wanted his coat]].²* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' has two:²** In season 1, a vampire child, made when [[spoiler: Mitchell offers his mother, out of guilt from not being able to save him, the chance to bring him back as a vampire.]] The episode ends with the kid innocently telling his mom ''"I'm hungry."''²** In season 2, a ghost baby. Ghost babies don't eat or sleep, and must be kept as cold as possible. It's all disturbingly adorable.²* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':²** The Anointed One. The drawbacks of a child form are made clear when Spike, who isn't intimidated, just picks him up and carries him over to the sunlight.²** We also briefly see a little girl vampire during "Halloween". In an interesting note, it's likely she wasn't bitten. This is the episode where the people of Sunnydale are being turned into their Halloween costumes by magic spell.²* ''Series/DoctorWho'''s Empty Child. He's a differently-alive child who spreads a sickness that turns victims into duplicates of himself, like a seriously postmodern zombie. But mostly, he's just a lonely little boy.²--> "Are you my mummy?"²* In the finale of ''Series/{{Dracula}}'', [[spoiler: Browning's children are turned into vampires. This was done by ''Van Helsing'' of all people (by feeding them Dracula's blood).]]²* ''Series/Dracula2020'': Episode 1 features an undead, vampire ''baby''. Even Dracula is surprised, considering he never saw a baby turning into a vampire before. Episode 3 features a creepy kid zombie. Lucy Westenra is oddly charmed when she sees it in a graveyard, but is rightly horrified when it follows her home and sneaks into her bedroom. Fortunately for her (and [[MercyKill probably also the kid itself]]), Dracula kills it with a stake.²* ''Series/ForeverKnight'':²** The vampire [=LaCroix=]'s sire was his own preteen daughter.²** He much later sired a boy Nick had been trying to aid in escaping after Janette brought him home. We don't see too much of him post-vamping, though, just him grinning at Nick and saying "Hello, Nicky! Welcome home!"²* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':²** The first episode has a [[ particularly creepy]] one. Considering that just moments before we had seen her murdered body nailed to a tree, she doesn't have to do anything more than turn and stare into the camera with her unnatural blue eyes to be scary.²** And in Season 5 as the wights overwhelm the Wildling city of Hardhome, ActionGirl Karsi is hacking them down left and right, only to find herself facing half a dozen wight children in varying states of decay. [[WouldntHurtAChild Being a mother, she freezes in shock and despair]] and is quickly overwhelmed.²* ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'':²** There was an immortal child. While immortals aren't undead, the CantGrowUp factor and the creepiness of a child not acting like one and killing other immortals was similar. In his case, Kenneth ("Kenny") acts like an innocent rookie immortal who needs training and protection. Several immortals with parenting instincts fall for it and take him in. They typically lose their heads to their new ward. Ironically, he first became immortal in 1182 and is much older than most of his would-be parents.²** An episode has him reuniting with his original mentor/ParentalSubstitute Amanda. She still sees as the relatively innocent young boy that she trained in the 12th century. In the intervening centuries he has developed a DirtyOldMan mentality and clearly lusts over her body. ²* Mary, the little ghost girl in ''Series/KingdomHospital'' (played by Jodelle Ferland, who was also the CreepyChild in the ''Film/SilentHill'' movie and play a little ghost boy in ''Film/TheMessengers''.)²* There's an 8/10-year-old girl on the Vampire Council in the second season of ''Series/MyBabysittersAVampire'', although this could be a straight case of ImprobableAge as Rory (in particular) has [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty grown perceptibly]] in the two years (both in- and out-of-universe) [[FridgeLogic since he was turned]].²* ''Series/TheStrainTVSeries'':²** Emma, a young French girl, is among the plane passengers turned into a vampire. According to Nora, she can't be more than eight.²** Later, one of Zach's friends is turned into a vampire by [[spoiler: Kelly]] along with his mother.²** In a flashback, we see that Setrakian's wife turned two children into vampires after she was turned by The Master.²** In the second season premiere, Eichorst turns an entire bus full of blind children into specialized vampires called Feelers.²** During season four, we flash back to the time Mr. Quinlan tried to kill The Master in Victorian England. He fails and The Master threatens to go after a woman he has a romantic relationship with and her daughter. [[spoiler:By the time Quinlan gets to them, they're infected and turning into Strigoi. He's forced to kill both of them before the transformation can finish.]]²* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has had a ghost child or two.²--> [[LampshadeHanging "Yeah, how original. Supernatural bringing in more creepy children."]]²** Subverted in an episode where the ghost child [[spoiler: not only turns out to be alive, but there's two of them.]]²** Played very straight and tragically in the episode that introduces Sheriff Mills [[spoiler: and her son.]]²* Used as an ending twist in one ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode. [[spoiler:The little girl in "The New Arrival" has been dead for decades, but her mother's love keeps her alive as a zombie.]]²* ''Series/TrueBlood'' has two:²** Godric, Eric and Nora's maker who appears to have been turned as a teenager.²** Alexander Drew, a Chancellor for [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness The Authority]] who was turned at nine years old.²* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'':²** One of the first zombies encountered is a little girl who pauses to pick up her teddy bear before turning on Rick and getting her brains blown out.²** In season two, [[spoiler: Sophia turns into a zombie.]]²** In season 3, like in the comics, [[spoiler: the Governor has an undead daughter that he keeps in a broom closet.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music]]²* In ''The Hazards of Love'', by Music/TheDecemberists, "The Rake's Song" details how a man murders his children after his wife dies...then "The Hazards of Love 3" tells how their ghosts come back to exact their revenge while he's kidnapping a woman.²* [[ The Tale of A 10-Year-Old Vampire Queen]], sung by [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku]].²* The video for Music/StevieNicks' "Moonlight (A Vampire's Dream)" features a young girl among its vampires.²* ''Catherine At the Wheel'' by Skyclad is about a vampire who feeds on perverts looking for a quick thrill with a vulnerable girl. The first half of the song she's at a playground pretending to be a forgotten child.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Oral Tradition]]²* Myth/InuitMythology talks about the vengeful ghosts of children that were left to die of exposure after having been named, which gave it a soul, and so return to their families to seek vengeance. They nurse from their mothers at night to build up strength (possibly sucking the life out of her), then use that strength to try to murder the members of their family who actually abandoned it in the wilderness. They only depart after killing all of their family, or if a shaman banishes them.²* Philippine legends speak of the [[ Tiyanak]], a monster made from the spirit of an unborn child. It takes the appearance of an infant to draw in unwary travelers then reverts to its true form to kill its kind-hearted victim. Tiyanaks can also be born from babies who've died without being baptized, from aborted fetuses, or from babies dying without getting a proper burial.²* And in Swedish oral tradition, if a mother killed her infant, the ghost would remain around the place where she had disposed of the body. For some reason it is normally depicted as a three-year-old, rather than as a newborn (when it doesn't appear as a bucket or box, supposedly what it was buried in). Sometimes it is said to demand vengeance on its mother, sometimes it wants the body to be put to rest in a proper churchyard, and sometimes it just... hangs around and scares people. And sometimes it kills mom and then goes on to kill as many other people as it can until it finally encounters one with the bravery, the occult lore or just the plain human compassion to give it what it wants: a name. There's a folktale about the Lapp (a magical people to the Swedes) who named the baby's ghost and in so doing put it to rest. The name for this type of ghost is an utburd.²** Icelanders outdo the Swedish here. Útburðir also exist in Icelandic folklore. Their appearance is about the same as when they were left for dead, but they can crawl and communicate, and are swathed in rags, often bloodsoaked from the afterbirth. They also howl an otherworldly mewl called útburðarvæl. Should an unfortunate traveler chance upon an útburður, they are in grave danger, as the infant will attempt to crawl three circles around the traveler, and upon the completion of the third circle the traveler will lose his mind irrevocably. Útburðir also come for their mothers for various reasons, some with malice in mind, but others in innocent ways, yet the ending is always terrible.²*** One of the most famous stories of úrburðir is Móðir mín í kví, kví (My mother in the sheepfold, sheepfold): A working woman gives birth to a child out of wedlock, and to escape severe punishment she wraps her newborn in some fabric and leaves it outside to die. Some while later she is in the sheepfold milking the ewes with another woman. She mentions to the other that she would like to go to the vikivaki, a festive dancing, but she has no presentable dress to wear. Then the ghost of her child comes and sings to her a rhyme: ''Móðir mín í kví, kví / kvíddu ekki því / ég skal ljá þér duluna mína / duluna mína að dansa í. / Ég skal ljá þér duluna mína / duluna mína að dansa í.'' (My mother in the sheepfold, sheepfold / do not worry about that / I will lend you my rag / my rag to dance in. / I will lend you my rag / my rag to dance in.) The mother promptly loses her mind at this. [[NightmareFuel The rhyme is still sung to Icelandic children as a lullaby]].²** It appears in American folklore too. There's an Appalachian story about a ghost in the woods that looks like a small child and asks you to carry it on your back to safety. But as you carry it, it'll start getting heavier and heavier with each step. And if you look back over your shoulder to see what's going on... well, apparently nobody's lived to say what exactly they saw.²** In Finnish mythology such creatures often have [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampiric]] qualities; they obsess with drinking blood from their mother's breasts, and if the mother is dead or moved out of region, they may attack women indiscriminately. Although the spirit is that of a dead newborn, they are usually described as pale white toddlers, instead.²** Among some [[Myth/NativeAmericanMythology American Indian tribes]] of the Southeast, there's a legend about this crying infant hunters and other wanderers sometimes find in the woods. They pick the kid up, offer him their finger to suckle so he'll quiet down, he starts to suck on their finger, and then he [[ImAHumanitarian sucks all the flesh off of their bones]], ending with the ghostly infant contentedly cooing while [[NightmareFuel lying in the arms of a bloody skeleton]].²** Not sure if this counts, but there's a Japanese {{youkai}} that takes the form of an abandoned baby crying on the roadside. If some poor fool actually picks it up, it suddenly grows huge, crushing them to death under its bulk.²** The Toyol of Malaysian folklore is a fetus that died after being born or was stillborn. It can be summoned by those who want to use the Toyol ForTheEvulz, but must be fed with blood by its summoner, or the Toyol will turn nasty and kill its summoner.²** In the Carpathians, a stillborn child couldn't be buried in hallowed ground (as unbaptized), and (particularly if it had been born under a caul, or had teeth) was believed in danger into turning into a vampire spirit.²** And in African folklore, there's a story about a jealous husband. He kills his heavily pregnant wife, and the unborn fetus starts following him, carrying its caul over its shoulder, asking him why he's abandoning it. He kills it. Three times. It keeps coming back. Eventually, his wife's family realizes what has happened and stones the husband.²** The concept of a [[ dybbuk]] plays on this, believed by some to be the dislocated spirit of a dead person, such as an unborn or young child. This is used heavily in the 2009 film ''Film/TheUnborn''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* One slightly positive example is a ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons DnD 3.5]]'' supplement on undead with a half-ghoul template, where the mother is infected by [[TheVirus whatever magical affliction creates ghouls]] and gives birth to a half-ghoul child that can grow up. Usually the child has to be rescued by normal humans to survive long, though.²** ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' also has the Atropal, a very powerful, ''very'' dangerous abomination that is basically a stillborn godling. They are [[NightmareFuel just as nasty as they sound]], and even if you destroy it, the leftover chunks can still reanimate as an Atropal Scion, which is fortunately less likely to give you a TPK.²** The ''Libris Mortis'' supplement has the [[IncrediblyLamePun slaymate]], the animated remains of a child who died of neglect or betrayal by a caretaker. It amplified necromantic magic in its vicinity, and the book said they are prized as pets of sorts for necromancers, who sometimes carry them on their backs papoose-style. Add in a creepy picture of an undead and slightly decomposed 7-ish-year-old girl with a ragged doll, and you have a winner.²** 4.0 and its ''Open Grave'' supplement gives us both child skeletons and the corrupted spawn, a child brought back by resurrection magic GoneHorriblyWrong. The latter is essentially an extended reference to ''Literature/PetSematary''.²** In a ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' scenario the [=PCs=] run into a bunch of non-standard zombies created by the magical equivalent of radiation. They are sentient and not necessarily hostile. One of them was created from the body of a young boy and is a possible ally. Somewhat tragic, in that he thinks he can "grow up" like a living person if he just gets away from the zombie lair and into the normal world.²** The first chapter of the ''Age of Worms'' adventure path has the [=PCs=] encounter the ghost of a thirteen-year-old boy who was killed by a trap in the dungeon they're exploring. While he is childishly flighty and morbid, and his still-broken neck makes his head loll creepily, he's mostly non-malevolent, and helps the [=PCs=] get past a dead-end if they help him move on by burying his bones in his family's plot.²* ''TabletopGame/DeadReign'' has these, several of which are featured in the various artwork.²* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' gives us an Abyssal whose Exaltation ''always'' goes to a 10-year-old girl who is then always renamed Shoat of the Mire. She is the only Abyssal servant of the Deathlord known as The Dowager of the Irreverent Vulgate in Unrent Veils, who has a [[DoomedHometown very specific]] [[OrphanageOfFear process]] of creating her deathknights. It's stated that she plans to start turning more children into Abyssal servants as soon as she's certain she's perfected the process of raising them. The Shoat isn't actually undead, but Abyssal Exalted is close enough to count.²* The ''TabletopGame/LamentationsOfTheFlamePrincess'' adventure module Death Frost Doom features [[spoiler: a massive underground crypt, with one section reserved for the bodies of children. Several thousand of them. [[ZombieApocalypse Who can all be woken up if the party isn't careful, and won't be happy to be disturbed from their slumber.]]]]²* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has some examples:²** The creepy vampire child, [[ Blood Bairn]]²** A two-for-one special, [[ Blessed Spirits]]²** A two-for-one ''vampire'' special, [[ Twins of Maurer Estate]]²* Children of Illian in ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles''. Pint-sized zombies who beat their victims to death with rattles. NightmareFuel indeed.²* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has attic whispers (the spirits of children who died of neglect) and drekavacs (who died of disease). Crossing into FetusTerrible territory, there are also pickled punks (malformed, stillborn fetuses animated as undead and stored in jars of preserving liquids) and a kind of undead formed from the corpses of pregnant women, which have the undead bodies of their fetuses and embryos still clinging to their wasted forms.²* The ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting has naturally played with this trope, with a Claudia-Expy (Merilee Markuza, whom many fans choose to portray as a ManipulativeBastard), flesh golems who act like children at first, and any number of child ghosts.²* The original ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' has a flaw called "Child", which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. In addition to physical penalties due to size, they suffer from social penalties and the aforementioned CantGrowUp. It's said that child vampires tend not to survive long.²** It's also noted that there is nothing stopping a vampire from turning an [[FetusTerrible unborn baby]]. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Apart from basic decency]], [[AndThatsTerrible of course]].²** A canon character is a 4th Gen vampire by the name of Ur-Shulgi. Despite [[CreepyChild resembling a small child]] it is one of the [[PhysicalGod most powerful of all vampires, as well as an unparalleled master of blood-magic]]. It has skin like black stone, [[CoveredInScars covered in an uncountable number of scars]] with [[WoundThatWillNotHeal bone and sinew showing in some spots]]. [[DarkAndTroubledPast When it first appeared]], it single-handedly turned the tide of the [[GreatOffscreenWar Second Baali War]], and when it awakes in modern times it effortlessly kills the current leader of [[TheHashshashin clan Assamite]] and starts leading its clan to be [[FromBadToWorse even more vicious than they already were]], triggering a schism.²* There's a bit of fiction in one of the ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' sourcebooks about a local hotshot who runs a betting event known only as "B vs. D." What does it stand for? "[Embraced] Baby versus Dog"; as the baby is practically brand new and barely fed, that means [[EnemyWithin the Beast]] is in the driver's seat.²** The chapter fiction for ''Blood Sorcery'' follows a vampire duo, one of whom is a girl named Kitty, Embraced at age five.²** ''Danse Macabre'' introduces the Masquerade Merit, reflective of how effectively a vampire is able to craft a certain role that allows them to pass in society, along with gaining mastery of certain aspects associated with it. One such Masquerade is Youth, which allows vampires Embraced at young ages (especially ages that would have them considered adults in medieval society) to pass as mortal children or teenagers, complete with associates of such peer groups. ²** The second edition corebook tells of the Children's Crusade, an entire covenant of undead children -- indeed, they had sole right to Embrace children, and frequently non-Crusade child vampires were put into their care. Eventually, the adult vampires discovered the Crusade was twisted, corrupt in ways they could not understand or tolerate, [[EvenEvilHasStandards and so the Crusade was scourged from the face of the Earth]]... but a few members slipped through the cracks. ²* ''TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion'' features the Striplings, a caste of Spectre. In the game, Spectres are ghosts who either lost themselves over time to Oblivion, or met such a violent end that they just wanted it all to go away. The Striplings are Spectres of children who died when they were younger than ten. Even the other Spectres are freaked out by them. There's a good reason one ruler in the setting set a law in place that any child wraiths would be made into soulsteel. FateWorseThanDeath? Maybe. But at least that keeps them from being Striplings.²** 20th Anniversary Edition retcons the soulforging law -- it was in place prior to the 13th century, but an influential Stripling born of the Children's Crusade was the first to argue its unfairness and the right of child Wraiths to exist.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' has a ghost halfling child in the graveyard who just wants his teddy bear and then he can be at rest. Probably a reference to ''Series/TheTwilightZone''.²%%* ''VideoGame/BenAndEd'': Ed.-Zero Context Example. Ed is what?²* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' gives us the unlockable character [[spoiler:???, aka "The Blue Baby" a dead, cyianotic child who can't recover health with normal hearts, so he uses soul hearts as health.]] ''Rebirth'' also added [[spoiler:The Lost, a ghost who has ''no health whatsoever'', so he dies in a single hit, but has permanent flight]]. [[RuleOfThree And then]], ''Afterbirth'' added [[spoiler:Keeper, a grey, dried out corpse who can only recover health by picking up coins, and later The Forgotten, an unusual character in that he's a skeleton that attacks with a bone club but can also switch contol to a ghost that has normal tears and flight, but is chained to the skeleton body]].²* [[spoiler: Savanna]] becomes a vampire in the HiddenObjectGame ''Blood Oath''. If you choose [[spoiler: not to feed on Paige]], Kali explains it is wrong for vampires to turn children and why.²* Ghost children appear prominently in several of Jonathan Boakes's spooky adventure games. They range in tangibility from the never-seen, wailing baby in ''Dark Fall: Lost Souls'' to corporeal-looking Nancy from ''The Lost Crown'', and in friendliness from helpful Timothy Pike from ''Dark Fall: The Journal'' to uber-CreepyChild Amy Haven, also from ''DF:LS'' [[spoiler:who turns out to be the [[UltimateEvil Dark Fall's]] willing collaborator]].²* One of the many spooky EasterEggs in the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' series is a cradle with a ghost baby inside.²* ''VideoGame/{{Cataclysm}}: Dark Days Ahead'' has zombie children that spawn in the same areas as other zombies. They are weaker than regular zombies but quicker, and unlike any other type of zombies, killing them [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone will reduce]] the character's [[SanityMeter morale]] unless they have [[LackOfEmpathy the Psychopath trait]] or [[ItGetsEasier have killed at least 100 other zombie children]]. Like regular zombies, they can mutate into nastier versions with the passage of time, most of which drain morale of the character that kills them-- save for [[WasOnceAMan the ones that are so mutated they don't look like children anymore.]]²* ''VideoGame/ClockTower'' games: ²** ''The Struggle Within'' has Stephanie, who chases you around for much of the first part of the game. To a lesser extent, her sister Ashley, whose still-living arm can be found on the dining room table and the rest of her body scattered across the house, and their brother Michael, who also stalks you in a suit of armor.²** There's also May from ''VideoGame/ClockTower3'', the 12-year-old pianist who was murdered by the first [[ImplacableMan Subordinate]] you meet in the game, Sledgehammer; you have to beat him in order for her to be laid to rest. Then there's the ghosts of children killed by Scissorman in ''Clock Tower'' (2) that sing [[IronicNurseryTune Little John from the Big Castle]].²* ''VisualNovel/CorpseParty'' has several: [[EyeScream Yuki]], [[TongueTrauma Tsuki]], [[MindRape Ryou]] and [[SoleSurvivor Sachiko]]. They love to inflict the same death they got on bypassers, [[spoiler: although the last one is actually the BigBad who killed the others.]]²* ''VideoGame/DantesInferno'' has the Unbaptized Children, demonic infants with scythes lodged into their elbows. These are the damned souls of children that died before they were baptized and are now condemned to Limbo. They tend to move on all fours and have a nasty habit of attacking the player in large swarms, wailing like normal babies all the time. To make their movements more realistic, motion capture was done with the toddler son of one of the men working on the game.²* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has baby skeletons that spawn infinitely from the floor in front of Nito's chamber in the Tomb of the Giants. [[PoweredByAForsakenChild They're the easiest way in the game to farm Humanity]].²* The first trailer for ''Videogame/DeadIsland'' features a little girl [[spoiler:turning, attacking her parents, and getting thrown out a window to her final death]]. All of the above is shown in reverse slow-motion and [[AnachronicOrder intercut]], ''Film/{{Memento}}''-style, with camcorder footage of the happy family on their tropical vacation. The two threads come together at the end of the trailer, [[spoiler:which is the moment the girl is infected while her father tries to pull her to safety. Only a couple of minutes "later", he'll be the one who has to push her out the window as she tries to tear out his throat]].²* Used in the plot of ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' and Case Zero as Chuck's Daughter is Infected and needs a daily dose of Zombrex to survive, this trope is played in the endings if you do not give her the Zombrex.²* ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' has the commonly-encountered Lurker. A low-power enemy that attacks using three tentacles that either spit out some sort of acid projectile or start stabbing into you. The clincher? [[spoiler:They're actually the corpses of infants reanimated and mutated into Necromorphs.]] Appropriate, seeing as how you first see them when [[spoiler:they kill a surviving researcher by impaling his hand to a glass window with projectiles, then blowing his head off.]]²** Two of the new Necromorph types in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'' are infected children. The Pack, Zombies born of children around 10 years old who hunt in, predictably, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin packs]], and The Crawler, similar to Lurkers, but instead of shooting you with barbs, they explode. [[spoiler: Gruesomely demonstrated when an unsuspecting mother calls to her now zombified baby, who hugs her and then violently explodes, smearing the window between you and them with blood]]. The Female Tripod might count as well, as she has a huge tentacle with what appears to be a developed baby/fetus on it and she does appear partly pregnant. You also find an audio log of a woman screaming at her husband in grief-stricken anger, because she just had to kill her own daughter, who'd turned into a Necromorph.²* The Plague Babies from ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls''. They are the resurrected bodies of aborted fetuses from Boletaria who now squirm in a swamp chock-full of the plague.²* Inverted to horrific effect in ''VideoGame/Disgaea5AllianceOfVengeance'': a pair of bosses the party has to face relatively early in the game happen to be [[spoiler:Usalia's zombified parents, explicitly raised by Majorita to torture the girl]].²* Recent additions to ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' require dwarves to [[DueToTheDead receive proper burial]] lest they come back as ghosts to haunt the living. Unburied dwarf children will, naturally, [[NightmareFuel seek out]] [[TearJerker their mothers]]. One player related that the ghost of an infant was ''still being carried around by its distraught mother'', like some creepy inverted version of La Llorona.²--> She was attacked by her own dead child lately.²* Screamers, a rare infected type in ''VideoGame/DyingLight'', are child zombies encountered in the second half of the game. They're always found indoors, usually in the houses that they inhabited during life, and let out an ear-piercing shriek that disables the player and draws in Virals. To stop them Kyle has to cradle the thing in his arms to calm it down, [[MercyKill then snap it's neck]].²* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'':²** Babette, who is a [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld 300-year-old vampire]] who was turned at the age of ten. She gladly uses her form to her advantage as an assassin, pretending to be a harmless, lost, frightened little girl to lure her targets into a false sense of security.²** There is also Helgi, a ghost, who died in a house fire. She would have had the same fate as Babette, but she didn't escape the fire in time.²* ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'':²** To being with, [[FridgeHorror there are some very small zombies]].²** In addition, [[spoiler: the two youngest playable characters, Ellia and Anthony (both of whom are sixteenish in a cast mainly consisting of mature adults), wind up in undead states at the ends of their chapters, and are each encountered by the next character in their respective level settings.]]²** One of the effects of running out of sanity is hearing the voice of babies crying coming from nowhere.²* The ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'' series has quite a number of young female ghosts. Possibly the most terrifying are the Shrine Maidens in the third installment, who have the nasty habit of disappearing for a brief time, before reappearing below the camera's normal field of vision and attempting to ''drive stakes into the main character's feet''. The second installment features a few children who aren't even aware that they've died yet, and continue their game of hide and seek. Then they drag Mio into it if she happens to encounter them. It also features Crimson Kimono, the only ghost not killed by the Darkness or anything caused by it, but instead by either terror or starvation, and who had the unfortunate opportunity to watch the slaughter from her favorite hiding place.²* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' the child protagonist and two newfound friends (future antagonists) get into a snowball fight with three bullies. Said bullies aim every snowball at the nerdiest kid, and eventually he starts bleeding due to one ball that has a rock in it. After that nerd gets his hand on a TomeOfEldritchLore and remakes the world according to his own desires, the first-available mission to contain zombies gives them the same names as the bullies. (When they reappear in a later mission, their monster type is given as "[[FateWorseThanDeath Lost Soul]].")²* ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' has a technical example in the form of Alma, who ''was'' technically dead when [[spoiler:Armacham shut down all life support to her chamber while she was in her early twenties]] and takes on the form of a nine-year-old girl, which was [[spoiler:the age she was when she was sealed in the Vault and put into a coma]]. However, as of the end of the first game, [[spoiler:her "adult" body is free, and Alma has apparently managed to revive it with her psychic powers.]]²* The animatronics in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' are [[spoiler:possessed by the vengeful ghosts of murdered children]].²* ''VideoGame/FragileDreamsFarewellRuinsOfTheMoon'' has two of these, one who is genuinely creepy, and one who is more of a CuteGhostGirl.²* One ''Website/GaiaOnline'' event had a number of angry ghosts emerge from their graves, and the users fought them to send them to the afterlife. Two of these ghosts were CreepyTwins, and another was a little boy who had [[TearJerker died of heatstroke after his parents left him alone in a car on a hot day]] and who [[CursedWithAwesome didn't mind being a ghost]]--[[WhatTheHellHero but the users did]].²* In the library level of ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'', the Ghostbusters come across the Children's Section where disembodied laughter can be heard, handprints can be found with the paragoggles, and a [[NightmareFuel stuffed animal toy moves around on its own]]. When they leave, the echoic voice of a young boy whispers, "Bye."²* [[spoiler:The Dwellers and Snatcher Minions]] in ''VideoGame/AHatInTime'', [[spoiler:the spirits of the children of Subcon Forest who were frozen to death by Queen Vanessa's magic. The Snatcher Minions are Dwellers who were forced under contract by Snatcher to possess dolls he made and serve him.]]²* ''VideoGame/IansEyes'': Since the game is set in a school, a large number of the zombies are children.²* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' has ghost children in the old Tien's Landing, several of whom are part of sidequests. Wild Flower marginally qualifies, since she ''also'' died in the flooding of Tien's Landing. She's alive, though, because Chai Ka [[BackFromTheDead revived her]] to serve as his anchor in the physical world.²* The ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' video game has a level where Jotaro fights a horde of zombies, and some of them are babies. This is based off a chapter from the manga, where Enya Geil's Stand, Justice, turned an entire town into zombies. Including the kids.²* ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'':²** Used in an unusual fashion in the fan remake of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestII'': [[spoiler:Possum is turned into a vampire together with her dying grandmother by Caldaur. While the grandmother rejuvenates into a hot vampire lady, Possum physically ages into a young woman, though still with the mind of a little girl.]]²** One of the regions in the setting of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride'' is the land of Ooga Booga, inhabited entirely by TheUndead. Its population also includes two children.²* Amumu in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' is the {{Mummy}} of a boy. He's noted as lacking the malevolence that most undead have, and is mostly just depressed, albeit prone to temper tantrums.²* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' is a notable [[HideYourChildren aversion]]. Nearly the entire US eastern seaboard has been zombified, yet not a single child -- be they human, zombie, or even corpse -- is anywhere to be found. It becomes FridgeHorror when you realize that most/all the adults were transformed and it's not beyond infected to attack one another. Which is an easier catch, three crying nine-year-olds, or two adults with knowledge of guns?²* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' has Stalchildren, hostile [[DemBones skeletal]] kids.²* ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' gives us [[EnfantTerrible violent infant]] ghost Chaunsey, spectral twins Henry and Orville, and the creepy, eternally sleeping little girl Sue Pea. Interestingly, Chauncey is the only one of them who was never alive in the first place, as his bio states he was born a ghost.²* [[CuteGhostGirl Pamela]] in ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis'', who joins as a party member. She's definitely on the lighter end of the creepy scale, though she does have her spooky moments.²* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has baby zombies. They are just like regular zombies, except that they are smaller, faster, make higher-pitched sounds, and prior to an update they ''didn't burn in the sunlight''. In fact, they're ''more dangerous'' than normal zombies thanks to their fast speed and their small size allowing them to access narrow spaces, and give over twice the amount of experience as normal zombies.²* In ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'', one of two children seen in the series is [[spoiler: the assassin Matt Helms. Travis fights him in his adult spectral form, but after Travis "wins", Sylvia reveals he was a child abandoned by his parents in a burning house, who supposedly made a DealWithTheDevil to come back and kill his parents, and haunt the house in an adult form and as a blood-covered, naked CreepyChild.]]²* ''VideoGame/NoMoreRoomInHell'' includes children as a special type of zombie: [[FragileSpeedster they're as nimble as runners and harder to hit thanks to their small size, but have less attack power, are unable to grab and bite, and one single strike or shot to the head with any weapon outside of the fists or flashlight kills them]]. The developers received a number of complaints from people who were offended enough to demand the removal of these zombie children. Some players reported being so disturbed that they found themselves unable to fight back. WordOfGod [[ announced]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction they were actually hoping for this exact reaction]].²* Even the usually lighthearted ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' series isn't immune to this trope:²** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' have a couple of [[FreezeFrameBonus blink-and-you'll-miss-it]] moments where the player can glimpse the ghost of a girl behind an NPC during a conversation.²** In the Old Chateau in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' a ghost child appears. It's implied that she and her family were poisoned.²** [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Phantump's]] Pokedex entry implies they are the ghosts of children who get lost in forests. Unlike most examples of this trope, however, Phantump is a RidiculouslyCuteCritter.²* The ghost children from ''VideoGame/Prey2006''.²* ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'' has Tanya, a little vampire girl who, while not evil, is [[NightmareFuel pretty darn creepy]]. One of the main quests involves turning her back into a human and reuniting her with her parents.²* The Never-Children, a rare case of NightmareFuel in text adventure game ''The Reliques Of Tolti Aph''. While it is never said outright, their name hints that they might be the ghosts of ''dead fetuses''.²* The Imps in ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'' invoke this imagery, since they resemble bald, gray-skinned children with empty, gaping eyeholes.²* In ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'', it has been [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential possible]] to create one (using the trope title, no less!) ever since adjectives were added in the second game.²* In ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'', Stauf's toys [[spoiler:stole the souls of several area children. Their frightened voices can be heard in a cutscene when one of the puzzles in the playroom is solved.]]²* There are a number of zombie children throughout the ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' series. Thankfully, the specifics are only AllThereInTheManual.²* Alice in the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series is a recurring demon. She appears to be loosely based on a combination of Lewis Carroll's Alice and a German or Scandinavian myth about a young girl's ghost who kills naughty children so they can be friends forever. She appears as a boss in some games, but asks for help in side quests in others, though [[BackStab she'll still fight you eventually]]. She can be added to your team in most games, and learns the unique death/curse spell ''[[OneHitKill Die For Me!]]''. ²* ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'' had ghostly silhouette babies wandering around the school and crying. For added creepy, they don't really pose any threat to the player. [[WhatTheHellHero Touch them, however, and they let out a cry and then disappear.]]²* ''VideoGame/TheSims'':²** Averted in ''VideoGame/TheSims2''. Sims must be at least teenagers to become zombies (University expansion pack) or vampires (Nightlife expansion pack). Vampire Sims can reproduce normally, but the offspring will be human. (Zombie Sims are sterile.)²** In ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', it's possible to have ghost babies. This occurs through either making a ghost Sim playable again, or using a ghost potion on a regular Sim. If one parent is a ghost, the baby has a 50% chance of being a ghost as well. Subverted, however, in that the ghost baby will age normally and eventually "die".²** In ''VideoGame/TheSims4'', ghost children remain a possiblity. Children and teenagers can't be turned into vampires, but can be born as vampires if their parents are vampires or they're born on a dark ley line. Such children, aside from aesthetic differences (like toddlers practicing their biting on stuffed animals), [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty don't become true vampires until they become adults]].²* ''VideoGame/{{Siren}}: Blood Curse'' has a NightmareFuel scene [[spoiler:where a Shibito child pounds on the windows of a church, begging her still-human mommy and daddy to let her in.]]²* Marie, the FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}''; becoming the eponymous Skullgirl by wishing for vengeance against the Medici Mafia had this effect, as well as granting her [[PersonOfMassDestruction massive power]].²* Throughout ''VideoGame/TheStarshipDamrey'', the player encounters the spirit of a young girl in a sun hat. [[spoiler: Turns out it's actually a subversion since it's a hologram of the captain's daughter being used in an attempt to dissuade the player from further investigating the ship.]]²* The Infernas from ''VideoGame/TheSuffering.'' Particularly when they drop their disguises and transform into charred, giggling corpses.²* ''VideoGame/TeenageZombiesInvasionOfTheAlienBrainThingys'': The titular trio are comprised of undead children.²* Edwina in the single-player mode of ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect''. In multiplayer, she's a very much alive possessed girl... but has an Undead Child version in Deadwina.²* In ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'', there are zombie children in [[spoiler:Louran]]. Disturbingly, the girls cry when you hit them, right before they send their severed heads at you.²* The third ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' game, ''Deadly Shadows'', has the infamous level Robbing the Cradle. It takes place in The Cradle, an [[AbandonedHospital abandoned]] former OrphanageOfFear and BedlamHouse. At one time in the building's horrible history, it was actually both simultaneously. Needless to say, the place is host to the ghosts of children, one of which Garret must help in order to escape.²* ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Embodiment of Scarlet Devil]]'' has the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Scarlet sisters]], who have been about five- to ten-year-old children [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld since the 16th century]]. Several other ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' characters ''might'' qualify, since ZUN has [[VagueAge trouble portraying ages]] and likes to deliberately leave things vague for the sake of the fans.²* Quicksilvers and Shriekers in ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', [[CreepyDoll demonic dolls]] possessed by the spirits of children who lost their lives to war or illness.²* The Website/{{Facebook}} game ''Vampire Wars'' has Mandy. She's about as creepy as this trope gets.²* ''VideoGame/VampireSaga: Break Out'' features Adam and [[spoiler:Grace]], both of whom were thought to have died naturally.²* You see a few in ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead''. [[spoiler:Most notably is poor Duck, who turns if you choose not to euthanize him, and of course The Stranger's wife's ''head'' which he keeps in a bowling bag, and tells her how much she'll like Clementine.]]²* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}''²** ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' has a segment in the human campaign where the player saves a child called Timmy. A few levels later, a ghoul named Timmy is encountered.²** ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':²*** A questgiver NPC in the Eastern Plaguelands, Pamela Redpath, is a ghostly girl haunting the ruins of Darrowshire. She's friendly enough, and her quest line starts with a request to find her doll but eventually ends in players recreating the Battle of Darrowshire to redeem Pamela's father. The girl's plight struck a chord with many players ("[[{{Tearjerker}} I never feel warm anymore]]") and [[ inspired a quite rocking song]], so after the zone was revamped for the ''Cataclysm'' expansion, players can pick up an item (Pamela's Doll) that [[PetTheDog allows the ghost girl to tag along on their adventures]].²*** Scholomance, a dungeon in the Western Plaguelands, has a wing filled with [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot zombified dragon whelps]]. And if you got the Collector's Edition of ''Wrath of the Lich King'', you can have one [[CosmeticAward as a pet]].²*** Some speculated that the Stratholme boss Timmy the Cruel (who is possibly the same ghoul from ''Warcraft III'') was this, but the dungeon journal reveals that he is entirely unrelated to the child named Timmy.²* The antagonists of ''VideoGame/{{Wick}}'' are the Weaver children who died over 90 years before the events of the game. ²* ''Videogame/TheWitcher3'' has Botchlings, undead formed from miscarried fetuses that were buried without love or appropriate ceremony. They harbor deep resentment towards their families and grow stronger by feeding on the blood of pregnant women, but a ritual can allow them to find peace and transform into lubberkin, passive guardian spirits that protect those who share their bloodline.²* In ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'', {{youkai}} are usually ghosts of humans and animals. Several yokai such as Toiletta look like children so it's likely they died as children. A few have been explicitly shown to have died as children. For example, Frostina got lost in the mountains and froze to death according to the anime.²* You face [=LOADS=] of zombified kids in ''VideoGame/ZombiePlayground''.²* ''Videogame/ZombiesRun'' alludes to this in one episode, when the player goes out to find a lost child [[MissionControl Sam]] starts talking about zombified children and how disconcerting facing them is. Thankfully, you never encounter them in gameplay.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Comics]]²* ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' normalizes this.²* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'': [[ Johnny, a ghost of a young boy who should be heard, not seen, is with his family and said to his sister that he missed punching her face]].²* Not present in ''[[Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures DMFA]]'', but there's a very specific reason for that: While Dark Pegasus has been consistently presented as without sympathy, remorse or anything that could really be considered "good", when he brought about the Undead, WordOfGod says that he was disgusted by the idea of zombie children or infants and locked them out of the spell.²* ''Webcomic/DraculaRulerOfTheNight'': Unlike the novel, a few kids end up becoming vampires when they wind up playing around a hideout that Dracula and his brides were using after the destruction of Carfax Abby, who were more than happy to have "food" coming to them. Later visiting others in their homes and biting them as well.²* The titular ''Webcomic/{{Erma}}'' who is a ''[[Film/TheRing Ring-style]]'' ghost girl.²* ''Webcomic/FarOutThere'' boasts the little zombie siblings Bridget and Alphonse. Unlike most examples of this trope, however, [[OurZombiesAreDifferent they're quite adorable]].²* In ''Webcomic/GrimTalesFromDownBelow,'' the character Minnie is an undead little girl who looks like she got ripped to pieces and sewn back together (think [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Sally]]).[[spoiler: Since the story is told in flashback, you (almost) get to see her get ripped to shreds. You ''do,'' however, get to see the outcome, horrified face and all.]] Also, her brother Grimm Jr. is a skeleton. And he was "born" via an abortion. But Dad's the Angel of death, so it's all good.²* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' brings us Aradia Megido, who was murdered around the age of thirteen and continued to linger on her planet as a ghost. Given her complete apathy, destructive impulses, and total personality shift from when she was alive, she ''definitely'' fits the "creepy" bit, too. [[spoiler: She gets better.]]²* ''Last Blood'' had a particularly chilling scene in which [[spoiler: little Jimmy]] is found after hours of searching... [[spoiler: eating his mother.]] [[NightmareFuel Yeah.]]²* There is a little undead girl shown prominently in [[spoiler: Richard's "little village up the coast"]] in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup''. We don't even realize she's undead until [[spoiler: she [[ rips a soldier's heart out of his chest]] [[AndShowItToYou and shows it to him]]]], and we later see her and another undead child kicking a dead soldier's head around like a ball.²* The mischievous vampire kids in [[ Madeline McGrane's comics.]] They eat people on occasion, but they're pretty cute anyway. (Even the kid who LooksLikeOrlok.)²* ''Webcomic/TheOtherGreyMeat'': R.Z. appears to be around 6 or 7 but is in fact much older. However, the fact that he is a Category Two zombie and is of lesser intelligence also makes him appear younger than his chronological age.²* ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'' has PJ, the boy who died in his pajamas and now haunts Max. He's CreepyCute for the most part until he tries to [[TheUnSmile smile]].²* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' offers an [[AmbiguousInnocence alternative explanation]] for the creepiness of undead children in [[ this strip]].²* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' Chapter 9 has the crew deal with a PlagueZombie that has been confirmed to be formerly human (animals can be affected too), but is far too small to have been an adult.²* ''Webcomic/WalkingInTheDark'' has Prism, a little girl vampire who's actually the oldest of the [[BigBad Big Bad's]] group of minions.²* ''[[ Zombie Boy Comics]]'' chronicles the afterlife and times of eleven-year-old "living challenged" Zombie Boy and his pals.²* ''Webcomic/ZombieRanch'' shows a [[ little girl zombie]] that got accidentally purchased with the other stock. She's put down soon enough in a very deliberate manner, but there's no moral outrage over this, just disappointment since "Kid zombies ain't worth much".²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* In just the first and second chapters of ''WebOriginal/DeadEnds'' a whole boarding school full of teenage girls is attacked and, for the most part, zombified. Later, in chapter 3 [[spoiler:a zombified little girl murders half her family.]] Hell, there's even a bus full of trapped zombie school children. [[spoiler:They manage to escape when the hero shoots out a window.]]²* It is heavily implied that CreepyTwins Lanie and Lillie, characters on the ''Website/{{Neopets}}'' site who lead an army of the undead known as the Awakened, have risen from the grave themselves.²* There's also the especially disturbing example in ''[[ Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006:]]'' baby zombies bursting from the bellies of the pregnant zombie mothers.²* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has [[ SCP-1782]], which turns out to be caused by [[spoiler:an aborted reality warper. The fetus occasionally shows up in a toilet that occasionally manifests and it turned its mother into the room's septic tank.]]²* Quite possibly Des and Hugo in ''Literature/VoidDomain''. Des looks like a FrankensteinsMonster. Hugo looks normal, but several characters comment on his unnaturalness. Both are related to the resident mass killer and necromancer, Sawyer.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* Technically speaking, ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost''. However, he's friendly and [[OurGhostsAreDifferent not really creepy]], so he's almost an aversion. The almost part comes from the fact that he ''still'' manages to scare away most people. In the original cartoons, it actually ''was'' an aversion, as ghosts in the series [[OurGhostsAreDifferent were more like]] TheFairFolk. It wasn't until later that they started toying with the idea of him being a traditional ghost.²* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has Youngblood, a ghost child, who's less "creepy" and more of a BrattyHalfPint (albeit one with a sick sense of humor). He hates adults and [[InvisibleToAdults you have to be at least somewhat childlike to see him]]. As with many ghosts on this show, it's not clear if he's an actual dead child or some supernatural being that just resembles one (a ''Magazine/NickelodeonMagazine'' comic suggests the latter, assuming it's meant to be canon).²* Undead students at ''WesternAnimation/GravedaleHigh'' include Frankentyke (Frankenstein's monster), Cleofatra (mummy), Vinnie Stoker (vampire as if his [[Creator/BramStoker last name]] didn't tell you), and Blanche (zombie). And that's just Mr. Schneider's class.²* Presumably, many of the students at ''WesternAnimation/MonsterHigh''. Highlights include a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]], FrankensteinsMonster, [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie]], and [[OurGhostsAreDifferent a lot of ghosts]], among others.²* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rainbow Dash's cookie prank GoneHorriblyWrong in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E16TwentyEightPranksLater "28 Pranks Later"]] results in the unleashing of a ZombieApocalypse on Ponyville, its victims getting a rainbow-colored smear around their mouths and moving with a ZombieGait while [[Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead droning for "coooookiiiiies!"]] Among the victims we see? Fillies (the Cutie Mark Crusaders) and even ''foals'' (Pound and Pumpkin Cake). [[spoiler:This is ultimately an InvokedTrope on their part, since the whole Apocalypse was actually a [[MassiveMultiplayerScam Massive Multiplayer Prank]] involving everyone except Rainbow Dash to teach her a lesson about her excessive pranking in the first half of the episode.]]²* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack,'' Jack is lured to a graveyard for a zombie attack. At one point, while Jack is wandering around, the graveyard children's laughter can clearly be heard.²* One of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' "Treehouse of Horror" segments portrayed Mr. Burns as a vampire. He turns Bart into one and Bart goes on to turn most of the kids in the neighborhood. At the end, [[spoiler: Maggie is one as well and it appears that Lisa is about to become one as the segment ends.]]²* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark:''²** Parodied in an episode where Butters' parents act as if he were a zombie (he's still alive and perfectly fine, but they chain him in the basement anyway) and have to find a way to sate his need to "feed".²** Straighter example in the episode "Pink Eye", where Kenny turns into a zombie and then infects a large number of residents including children.²* Likewise, the title character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Tutenstein}}'', who's basically a more {{Jerk Ass}}-y version of Casper.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Underfist}}'' has Irwin. It's more of an inference, but seeing as he's [[HybridMonster half]] {{Mummy}} and half [[{{Dhampyr}} vampire]] [[WritersCannotDoMath (although it technically should be a quarter)]], he could count. Bonus points for ''very clearly'' depicting his mummy mom as dead and for his grandfather ({{Dracula}}) explicitly saying that he's undead at the beginning.²[[/folder]]²----


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