LavonPapillon1 on Jan 7th 2019 at 8:48:01 AM
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When a character is Faking the Dead (or is believed to be dead for one reason or another) only to reveal themselves to be alive and well, this goes in one of three ways. Either they are relieved that they are not dead, angry that they had to mourn them over nothing or (in a world of idiots or crazy people) everyone takes the Arkham's Razor approach and assume that they came back from the dead and intend to crack open their skulls and partake the gooey contents within. Vengeful Ghosts, ghouls, zombies, werewolves (if they looked like they were mauled half to death), Stringy-Haired Ghost Girls, any supernatural affliction to the body is acceptable.
It is especially bad when a Zombie Apocalypse is going around and the only way to survive is to Pretend We're Dead, so convincing your fellow survivors that you just Just Woke Up That Way without getting a bean-sized hunk of lead through your kidneys specially delivered from one of your fellow survivors is much harder to sell.
Compare to Actually Not a Vampire, Mistaken for Aliens, Mistaken for Dying and Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated. Contrast with Technically Living Zombie and Not a Zombie. An inversion of Mistaken for Afterlife. See also Mistaken for Murderer, Mistaken for Own Murderer, Not Using the "Z" Word and Totally Not a Werewolf.
- In Pokémon, the episode "Pokemon Shipwreck" had Ash's gang and Team Rocket working together to escape the sunken ship. Ash's friends all use water Pokemon to escape, while Team Rocket uses James' useless Magikarp and nearly drown. When Team Rocket wash up unconscious, Ash and co. believe they have drowned and are about to give them a water burial. However Team Rocket awakens and are angry at almost being pushed in the water, while Ash and friends scream out "ZOMBIES!"
- In My Hero Academia, the OVA, a Zombie Gas quirk is released that makes most of the class into zombies. All Might was rushing over there, only to run out of time and return to his emaciated form. The girls that hadn't been turned yet confuse him for a zombified civilian and runaway from him, and when the zombies pass by...one pats him on his shoulder reassuringly, having confused him for one of them as well.
- Happens a lot in Alpha Girl: in a world where the only zombified humans are womennote , male characters usually ask if a woman was a zombie or not... or straightly are killed or captured without confirmation. The Protagonist Judith suffers a lot of this, being asked if she's a zombie or not or being captured as she was one, getting in danger various times.
- In The Walking Dead comics (as well in the TV adaptation), the survivor protagonists had to disguise as walkers (getting clothes and even covered with blood and skins from them) to get unnoticed by them. This later goes Up to Eleven with the "Whisperers", a nomad group of survivors disguised all the time as walkers that even served as antagonists for the protagonists.
- In Zombieland, it is revealed that Bill Murray has survived the Zombie Apocalypse rather nicely by his skills at acting and make-up to make himself look like a zombie, allowing himself to thrive in Hollywood unmolested by Flesh-Eating Zombies. Unfortunately it works a little too well, getting heavily bruised by Tallahassee and Wichita when he walks in on them and then later fatally shot by Columbus.
- In Desperaux, the titular mouse is thought to be dead by his parents, so when he comes back, his mother points to him and shouts, "A ghost!".
- Subverted in the Just book "Just Tricking" in the story "Playing Dead". Andy plays dead to get out of going to school and doing a test he didn't study for, and his parents act like they're going to bury him. When he reveals that he's alive, his mother acts like she thinks he's a zombie, but it's revealed that she's only kidding and both of them knew all along that he was alive.
- Plants vs. Zombies: The almanac entry for Zomboni mentions that he isn't really a zombie, but some kind of a space-ogre.
- The Spanish-spoken channel Patico De Hule has the Halloween series, children tales about three friends who goes to ask candies disguised as monsters, but they found real monsters (usually being their imagination, but sometimes they're real). One of the tales is "The Attack of the Zombie", in which the three kids get a short cut for the graveyard after getting full of candy. Then they divise a silhouette and they thought it was a zombie after them (in the end it was the graveyard keeper who helps them when one of them get trapped in a hole).
- In the Chowder episode "Chowder's Babysitter", a series of events leads to Gazpacho (who was babysitting Chowder at the time) to think that Chowder accidentally landed in Mung Dal's extra-large meat-grinder and that the Chowder that walks and talks perfectly fine before him then and there is actually his restless spirit. They decide that the only way that he could pass on is for him to be flushed down the toilet like a goldfish, Endive's super toilet the only toilet big enough for him to be flushed into.
- In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost", Spongebob and Patrick believe that they had killed Squidward (when really it was just a wax model of himself that he had made), so when he emerges from his bath - robed, covered in talcum powder in a bath of steam - they think that he is his own ghost. While at first annoyed, he goes along with it when they agree to be his servants to appease him.
- In the Treehouse of Horror episode "I Know What You Diddly-Did", Marge runs over her neighbor Ned and everyone thinks that he died, but later, he comes back. They ask if he's a zombie and he replies that he isn't. Unfortunately, he's a werewolf. Luckily, the Treehouse of Horror episodes are non-canon.
- Played with in one comic based on Futurama: Professor Farnsworth meets his old crew who he thought died in a vortex but really they survived. He thinks they're zombies but they confirm they are not. However, it turns out that three of them (Sheila, Sly, and Dr. Zoidberg the Second) were killed afterwards and replaced by holograms. Mender the robot, however, is real, in fact he's the one who killed them.
- Family Guy: In "Boy (Dog) Meets Girl (Dog)", Peter and Lois lead Chris into believing he witnessed the "death" of Arthur Valentine (an imaginary figure they made up for him when he was little), but when it sends Chris into a state of emotional catatonia, Peter tries to convince him that Arthur came back to life by dressing up as him. It works... but now Chris thinks "Arthur" is a zombie and tries to kill him.
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