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Dying is rough. All a pharaoh wants is a nice place to rest, surrounded by his (equivalent to) millions of dollars in loot and valuable ancient artifacts, but there's always some joker that wants his stuff. So, the Mummy's gotta get out of his cozy sarcophagus and open a can of curse-ass in his shambling, arms-straight-out, wrapped-in-bandages, way.

He doesn't really care if he's attacking genuine grave robbers or archaeologists who want to put him in a museum. He just knows that they are defiling his tomb. He's not necessarily smart or powerful, but when his icy hand grips someone's shoulder, even the manliest of men will let out a girlish scream. Sometimes he can announce his entrance with "Who Dares? to disturb my sleep?!" or something similar.

The mummy is one of The Undead, and typically a Sealed Evil in a Can. When active, its behavior is quite similar to the Zombie, Artificial or otherwise, but its embalmed flesh and ancient magic render it far sturdier than its rancid urban counterparts, to the extent that it is practically Implacable. Which is ironic, considering the opposite is true in real life; a real mummy will crumble to dust if you're not super careful with it.

More recent examples (mostly inspired by the 1999 film and its sequels, though it's also a throwback to the original The Mummy (1932)) may make the Mummy closer to a lich or vampire, giving it more individuality and brain, as well ample magical powers (such as the ability to command "lesser" mummies and local Egyptian wildlife like scarab beetles).

The Mummy is one of the secondary members of the Monster Mash and one of the original four critters of Universal's 1930s monster movies.

When seen in kids' shows, brace yourself for a punnicane along the line of "I want my 'mummy'!", or for people pulling the linen and causing them to twirl like a top. For teen or adult audiences, expect a creep-out reference to how mummies' brains were extracted during the preservation process.

The other stock Egyptian style villain alongside the Nepharious Pharaoh — there is a high chance the mummy was one of those before he died. See also Mummy Wrap; for the entirely different type of character, when the mummy is female, beautiful, and serves as a Love Interest, see Seductive Mummy. Compare the Curse of the Pharaoh — sometimes the mummy themselves may be the instrument of revenge against those who dare to disturb their tomb, but this is not required. If the (rare) chance the mummy is friendly, see Chummy Mummy.

Also note that mummification rituals were not unique to Egypt. Thus, mummies may occasionally crop up from different necks of the woods. Easily the second most popular are taxidermied animals and Mayincatec mummies make for a good third.

The Human Popsicle can serve as a science fictional variant on the mummy concept, depending how dead they were when they were frozen and how normal they are when they're revived.

Stock Monster Symbolism related to mummies include: The present being invaded by forgotten times of history dominated by superstition and brutal kings; the West's exploitation of Africa; and Medical Horror (both related to the embalming process itself, and the simple gag of mummies being covered in bandages).


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  • The Monster Cereals has the lesser-used Fruity Yummy Mummy (his cereal is retired, but he is still used in non-food ad campaigns). He has rainbow wrappings, and his debut commercial saw him being introduced in his pyramid.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Mamoru Onodera of Deadline Summoner has one in his Battle Harem. She is remarkably well-preserved.
  • Mummymon from Digimon Adventure 02 is a mummy monster with Creepily Long Arms, wears a purple bandana and he wields a machine gun that shoots lightning. He has a human form which is a grey-skinned man with one eye and sharp teeth, carries a cane and wears a blue mantle and blue hat.
  • In Dragon Ball, one of Uranai Baba's 5 warriors is a rather muscular and fast mummy.
  • Hell's Angels (about an All-Ghouls School in hell) one of the students is a four arms mummy.
  • How to Keep a Mummy is all about taking care of an adorable Fun Size mummy.
  • Kekkaishi features an odd spin on the Mummy trope in major antagonist Kaguro, an Ayakashi (a variety of dangerous spirit) whose true appearance behind a human skin disguise is that of a fully burnt human wrapped in bandages. He's fixed on killing "interesting" warriors without warning. Kaguro further defies Mummy conventions by stalking rather than sleeping, being the fastest character in the entire anime, materializing swords, and having chosen to become undead to gain power.
  • According to the anime of Monster Musume (by the mangaka of Deadline Summoner), mummies in that setting are a zombie subspecies from desert environments, whose bodies are preserved by the climate. However, being preserved by the desert also means their skin has lost its moisture, requiring them to take long baths to replenish it. Many mummies also have difficult personalities, having been royalty or nobility in life.
  • Naruto has Dosu Kinuta of the Village Hidden in the Sound with this trope in mind, though he is still alive, until Gaara offs him and only fourteen years old.
  • Anubis in Oh, Suddenly Egyptian God makes mummies as a hobby on his off days. Though considering the light-hearted nature of the show, the mummies look like miniature dolls or figurines wrapped in bandages rather than shambling corpses.
  • In Princess Resurrection, the mansion is one night attacked by the mummy army of Pharaoh. They are weak but there are so damn many of them. And Hime is ill and went to sleep in the middle of the battle so Hiro, Riza and Flandre have to fight the whole army by themselves.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Makoto Shishio is definitely a nod to this trope, despite being very alive. Another nod is in that he doesn't have a place in the current, peaceful era.
  • Soul Eater had a pyramid full of mummies in Death the Kid's introductory chapter/episode.
  • Mummies appears in Yaiba as part of the Ordeals of Ryuujin. Specifically, said mummies will keep spawning non-stop, and to win they have to find and kill the right one. They're also shown to be hollow inside.

    Asian Animation 
  • Lamput: In "Thief in the Museum", the docs disguise as mummies to get back into the ancient Egyptian museum after they are thrown out due to being mistaken for thieves. When the two catch Lamput, he turns into a piece of jewelry, and the museum official assumes they are part of the exhibit and puts them on display. Later, an actual thief tries to snatch some precious jewels from the museum, but is scared away from it by the doc mummies.
  • Motu Patlu: There is an episode literally titled "Mummy", where Motu and Patlu find an ancient box containing an Egyptian mummy and her mummy dog. Both the mummy and the dog come to life after Motu grabs the mummy's bracelet.

    Comic Books 
  • Angel Catbird has Neferkitty (who is also Nefertiti)and her Mummykittens.
  • Little Gloomy: Mummy, an aptly named bartender, speaks in hieroglyphics. Somehow. Other characters understand him, but the reader cannot. That's apparently just how it goes down in Mummytown, which is, naturally, where he comes from.
  • Creature Commandos: The Creature Commandos have occasionally had a mummy on the team.
  • EC Comics: The Tales from the Crypt story "Lower Berth", which was adapted into an episode of the live-action series mentioned below, established that the Crypt Keeper was the son of a preserved corpse with two heads named Enoch and an Ancient Egyptian mummy named Myrna.
  • The Goon once fought against Seti the South-Side Mummy, a brutal undead Implacable Man. The Egyptologist who discovered Seti's tomb was cursed that Seti would destroy everything he loved. When his life began to fall apart and his fortunes dwindle as a result, he reluctantly made a deal with a group of mobsters to use Seti as effectively a hitman, telling the mummy that he loved whoever the next target was to be and letting the curse take its course. When the gangsters want to horn in on The Goon's territory, they sic Seti on him. The Goon eventually figures out that Seti is terrified of cats, and the Egyptologist is able to circumvent the curse and keep Seti in his sarcophagus by adopting a whole pack of strays.
  • Green Lantern: One of the Orange Lanterns, Warp-Wrap, is an alien mummy whose tomb was robbed by Larfleeze.
  • Hellboy:
    • In the story "The House of Sebek" the villain, a madman who thinks he's the High Priest of Horus summons a bunch of mummies to attack Hellboy. They don't last long.
    • In "Makoma, or A Tale Told by a Mummy in the New York City Explorers’ Club on August 16, 1993", a sentient mummy tells Hellboy a version of the legend of Makoma, which has parallels to HB's own destiny.
    • The Hellboy In Mexico series had a one-off story called Hellboy vs. The Aztec Mummy which was extremely to-the-point.
  • Martin Hel: In the Argentine horror comic, a story is about a mummy that revives at the end of the 20th century in the British museum and murders a night watchman. Later it also tears apart two other types, it happens that in reality the mummy is a good guy, and has revived to stop another female mummy who is the leader of an ancient demonic cult, and the other two men he murdered had mistreated one of her friends(although they never explain why he killed the security guard in the first place)
  • Marvel Universe
    • N'Kantu, the Living Mummy, was an African tribal warrior of the "Swarili" that was mummified alive through magic means as punishment for inciting a slave rebellion in ancient Egypt. Wakes up after 3000 years, and starts fighting magic egyptian themed crime.
    • In Marvel's pre-superhero monster comics, they did at least two unrelated stories about giant Egyptian mummies who turn out to be aliens (one drawn by Jack Kirby, the other by Don Heck).
  • Minimonsters: Momses is a mummy and also Lovable Jock of the team.
  • Superman: The villain Xa-Du the Phantom King isn't a true mummy, but he is clearly designed with the intent, being a spectral entity possessing a suit that resembles the classic "bandage mummy" look, and debuting as part of a Halloween special.
  • Tintin: The story of the supposed curse of Tutankhamun inspired the plot of two albums: The Cigars of the Pharaoh, which takes place in Egypt where the curse is fake, and just a front for an opium smuggling ring led by Tintins future arch-enemy Rastapopulous, and The Seven Crystal Balls, in which seven archeologists who discovered the mummy of Rascarcarpac, an Inca king all fall victim to something that is suspected to be a curse. It's a curse, but not created by the mummy itself. The Sons Of the Sun, a hidden society consisting of the last survivors of the original Incan empire sent one of their priests to France, and he placed them in a kind of drugged hypnotic trance, trapping them in a suggestible state that allowed him to curse them with horrible nightmares. Tintin convinces them to break the curse at the end
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: In issue #23 Wonder Woman, Etta Candy, Bobby Strong and Glamora Treat fight an ancient Egyptian Pharaoh who claims to be immortal after entering his tomb, but after they defeat him he and his mooks all disappear, and his once empty sarcophagus suddenly has his ancient mummy inside.

    Comic Strips 
  • Mummies frequently popped up in The Far Side.
    • One comic has a man suffer the mummy's wrath in a bathroom for mistaking funereal wrappings for toilet paper.
    • Another time, three guys open a mummy's sarcophagus and, instead of making a dramatic, ominous threat, the mummy casually says, "Ok, that's a curse on you, a curse on you and a curse on you."
  • A memorable Gahan Wilson cartoon in Playboy had Egyptian priests in a modern day hospital putting a patient in a full body cast into a sarcophagus while he says "I think you guys are making a mistake."

    Film — Animated 
  • Hotel Transylvania has Murray, a fat, good-natured mummy with an American accent and Cee Lo Green's singing abilities (including autotuning). His wife is also a mummy, a tall, slender one with traditional Ancient Egyptian headgear.
  • In Monster Mash (2000), a mummy is Frank, Drac and Wolf's defense attorney during their trial.
  • A kid mummy appears among the denizens of Halloweentown in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • A mummy is also part of the attendants of Dr. Frankenstein’s (Boris Karloff) party in the Stop Motion Rankin/Bass Productions movie Mad Monster Party? as well as one of the invited guests for the Frankenstein monster's wedding in the prequel Mad Mad Mad Monsters.
  • Tad, the Lost Explorer: Incan mummies appear guarding an ancient temple in Peru, with one of them becoming one of the main characters by the third act of the first movie. He is actually a nice person who breaks the rules to save the protagonists' lifes in the end, if a bit eccentric.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Assault Of Darkness (also known as Legend Of The Bog) pits Vinnie Jones against a rare Irish mummy, preserved in the peat bogs near Dublin.
  • Bubba Ho Tep (2002) is a horror comedy about an Egyptian mummy that spent time in a traveling show in the Wild West, and as such, is dressed like a cowboy. After being reanimated as an undead monster, it stalks a nursing home, preying on the souls of the dying. Only two old men who claim to be Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy (played, respectively, by Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis) can stop it.
  • The Creeps: One of the classic monsters Dr. Berber brings to life with the Archetype Inducer is a mummy. However, because the process was interrupted by David freeing Anna before she could become a human sacrifice, the monsters are all three feet tall when they manifest.
  • Dawn of the Mummy (1981) features a mummy whose tomb is disturbed by grave robbers and American fashion models. After the mummy rises to enact vengeance on its tomb's desecrators, it is followed by its buried undead slaves that act more like traditional flesh-eating zombies that were in vogue in the eighties.
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec) nicely subverts the villainous stereotype with benevolent, polite mummies, whose talents are of great importance to the plot.
  • Alongside with their Frankenstein and Dracula films, Hammer Horror put their spin on the genre with the 1959 release The Mummy, a Compressed Adaptation of Universal's '40s Mummy films in which Kharis (now played by Christopher Lee) was sent to avenge the desecration of an ancient tomb. Kharis was again guided by an Egyptian cultist, in this case named Mehemet Bey after the equivalent character (originally played by the similiarly-named actor Turhan Bey) in The Mummy's Tomb. It was followed by two other shroud-wrapped stranglethons (The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb and The Mummy's Shroud) of varying quality.
  • Santo's Spiritual Successor, Mil Mascaras, fought an Aztec mummy in the aptly-titled Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy.
  • One of the combatants in the Undead Confederate in Monster Brawl is Mummy named King Khafra. A ruthless dictator in life, he enters the ring with his past combat experience and a pendant that shoots solar energy, which is most fortunate as his opponent is a vampire.
  • Monster Mash (1995) featured Elvis Presley reincarnated as a mummy.
  • A mummy was one of the monsters in league with Count Dracula in The Monster Squad. He gets taken out rather easily when he unravels (admittedly, this happened while he was impressively clinging to the back of a speeding car to get at the passengers).
  • A Hungarian comedy, The Mummie Strikes Back, has a spy dress up as a mummy, and hide in a sarcophagus in the museum. He scares the living daylight out of a staff member the first time they meet. She gets used to it eventually, and even says hello to the bandaged man.
  • The Mummy Trilogy with Brendan Fraser: The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001), set in Egypt, feature Imhotep once again as a intelligent, articulate sorcerer who is Cursed with Awesome, though there are other Mook-like mummies that fit the classic mode more. They also mix in some of the swashbuckling adventurous tone of The Mummy's Hand, and feature not one but two Egyptian cultists named Bey, brothers Terence and Ardeth Bey (Ardeth Bey was also an alias taken by the original Imhotep back in '32). In a further twist, these Beys are good guys trying to stop Imhotep.
  • The Mummy (2017) had a female mummy for once, a princess with quite the similarities with the 1999 Imhotep (she killed the pharaoh and had many supernatural abilities - though during life due to Deal with the Devil instead of once revived) while being as articulate and intimidating as the 1932 one.
  • In Night at the Museum a Mummy's magic tablet of stone brings all the statues and other displays to life at night. The Mummy himself is assumed to be evil because everyone knows Mummies are evil (plus the fact that he was banging on the sarcophagus cover and moaning)... turns out though he's actually a really Nice Guy and just wants to be let out of his sarcophagus. His tablet's magic has also kept him looking like a living Egyptian guy (Rami Malek, in fact) rather than a rotting ghoul.
    • Another mummy, played by Hank Azaria, shows up in the sequel, who turns out to be the first mummy's brother. Unlike his brother, he is evil.
  • The "Aztec Mummy" trilogy that ended with The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy, where the title character was quite obviously based more on Egyptian mummies and kept having to protect his hidden treasure from a hammy mad scientist.
  • In Tale of the Mummy, the excavators of an ancient tomb are hunted by a mummy whose bones disintegrated long ago, so it manifests as a mass of CGI-animated bandages that enfold its victims.
  • Mexican superhero El Santo faced several Aztec mummies in the movie El Santo versus las momias de Guanajuato. Oh, and another one in Santo En La Venganza de la momia, too.
  • "Lot 249", the first part of Tales from the Darkside: The Movie features Steve Buscemi as an Insufferable Genius who uses an ancient mummy to wreak bloody revenge on his classmates. The sequence is adapted from a short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the similarly-titled "Lot No. 249".
  • A strange mummy in Time Walker is found in Egypt and brought to California. It gets pelted with overdose of x-rays, which revives it and it gets up to find the crystals that were stolen from its sarcophagus. Late in the film, it is revealed to be an alien.
  • There was a Disney Channel Original Movie, Under Wraps (1997), starring Bill Fagerbakke as the mummy. It later had a remake in 2021.
  • Mummies are a staple of Universal's horror/adventure films.

  • Mummies are reoccurring enemies in the Fighting Fantasy series. In most books where you encounter them, you'll be able to collect either lanterns or fire spells, which can eliminate them in an instant. Especially notable in Return to Firetop Mountain and Curse of the Mummy, where fire is the only weapon that can save you from a Zerg Rush of mummies.
    • In Legend of Zagor from the same franchise, one of the last few bosses is against a Great Mummy, with impressively high stats. However players who have means of using a Fire Spell can decrease the Great Mummy's life making the battle much, much easier.

  • Mummies are the politicians in the Monster Mash City of Devils. The plot concerns finding a missing mummy city councilman of the 1st District of Los Angeles.
  • A conversational mummy by the name of Mistakeo appears in the Crew of the Copper-Colored Cupids story Conspiracy Exchanges Some Words With A Mummy, a riff on Edgar Allan Poe's above story. He claims to have been dead for "five-thousand two-hundred twenty-six years". Carter brings him back to the Homeworld from the Prime Earth and tries to revive him via electrical current, but doesn't stick around long enough to find that it worked. Mistakeo's first talk, as the title stats, end up being with Conspiracy, who of course doesn't believe in undead mummies.
  • In Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., mummies are one of the less-common types of "Unnatural" roused by the Big Uneasy. One recurring mummy character sued for his freedom from the museum at which he'd been displayed; another is the madam of an all-unnatural brothel.
  • One of the members of the titular group of extreme sports-playing monsters in the Extreme Monsters book series was a mummy named Mumford.
  • In the Franny K. Stein book The Fran With Four Brains, it is revealed that when Franny studied Ancient Egypt, she brought a mummy to life for extra credit. The mummy ate the custodian, but Franny was fortunately persuaded to help the custodian get out of the mummy.
  • An early cliffhanger in Galaxy of Fear: Planet of the Dead has our protagonists menaced by mummies! who are then revealed to be living people in costumes. The real undead that they face later are varied, some of them bandaged, others not.
  • Goosebumps:
  • In Tom B. Stone's Graveyard School series, "Don't Tell Mummy" features a delightfully sarcastic, enigmatic girl called Morton, who turns out to be a living mummy (she's a good character nonetheless).
  • Bram Stoker's book The Jewel of Seven Stars features a mummy in a long-lost tomb, and mysterious violent death for anyone who disturbs it. (Technically, the mysterious deaths are the work of the discorporate spirit of the mummified body's former inhabitant, and the mummy itself remains inanimate throughout.)
  • Louisa May Alcott, of all people, even wrote one, "Lost In a Pyramid, or the Mummy's Curse," about some folks who get cursed for disturbing a mummy.
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Lot No 249 tells the tale of ultimate nerd revenge in the form of an auction-bought mummy and an occultist student. It ends quite not so badly as the setup might lead to expect. As mentioned above, it was adapted into a segment of the anthology Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, with a young Steve Buscemi as the vengeful student.
  • The probable Ur-Example is Jane Loudon's 1827 book The Mummy! Oddly enough this is a sci-fi book set in the year 2126 and a marginal Frankenstein knock-off.
  • There is an Anne Rice novel called The Mummy: or Rameses the Damned. The titular mummy, like Imhotep above, doesn't fit the trope himself, but Cleopatra kinda-sorta does, at least at first.
  • The Mummy Monster Game: Naturally. The best example in book 1 is the crocodile-headed mummy monster, who chases after the characters when they seek the exit from the first chamber into the rest of the pyramid and later guards Harry, Amy and Spy's cell when Josh has to rescue them.
  • Many mummies rise in the Discworld book Pyramids. And they're pissed off not because people are violating their tombs, but because their tombs are actually the reason their souls can't pass on to the next life in the first place. That, and returning to your body to find your organs had been removed would make anyone crabby.
  • In Relativity, the villain Rune has powers he obtained from an Egyptian ring. However, everything he knows about Egypt he learned from TV shows and movies. He has mummy minions because that's what an Egyptian-themed villain is supposed to have.
  • Seven Stars: In the chapter "The Mummy's Heart", a mummy returns to life and chases down the Egyptologists who stole an impressive gemstone from his tomb — because the gemstone is an Artifact of Doom that was buried in the tomb in an attempt to keep it from doing any more harm.
  • Edgar Allan Poe's 1845 story "Some Words With a Mummy" presents another very, very early example of a reanimated mummy. In this case the mummy turned out not to be dead but in a kind of suspended animation. Despite the typically Gothic scenario, the story is a satirical farce that lampoons academia and Mighty Whitey style thinking.
  • Universal Monsters: Naturally in book 4. The plot revolves around an exhibit of the mummy and sarcophagus of an ancient Egyptian queen and the contents of her tomb. Imhotep (having escaped from his movie) tries to revive her as Anck-Su-Namun, but Captain Bob and the others stop him.
  • One of the Recorded Attacks in The Zombie Survival Guide speculates that the threat of reanimation is why the ancient Egyptians removed the brains of their mummies.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Amazing Stories did an episode called "Mummy Daddy", where an actor in a highly-restricting mummy-suit tries to get to the hospital for the birth of his child, ending up in various slapstick adventures with a bloodthirsty band of southern hicks and a real mummy.
  • A pair of mummies in The Aquabats! Super Show! episode "Ladyfingers!" claim to be the guardians of the underworld.
    • The Mummy Spray commercial from Gloopy, in the "Haunted Battletram!" episode
      Mummy spray in every room
      "Send those mummies to the tomb"™
  • One Are You Afraid of the Dark? episode featured a Mummy that was accidentally awakened during transport to a museum. After running away from it in the museum for most of the show, they eventually discover that it only wants a magical ring one of the characters got from its tomb (which, of course, the bad guy tries to use himself and ends up with a Raiders of the Lost Ark-style Karmic Death). When the mummy puts it on, it comes back to life as a pretty girl.
  • Beetleborgs has Mums, who has a close relationship with, yes, his mommy.
  • In Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Buck encounters a shambling, mummy-like creature on an alien planet. It turns out that its "wrapping" is natural, and it's actually the larval form of that planet's race of Human Aliens.
  • The Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Inca Mummy Girl" (which is about Exactly What It Says on the Tin) is about a Meso-American mummy who absorbs Life Energy in order to look like a teenage girl.
  • Several episodes of El Chapulín Colorado have a mummy in it. As most of the cases, generally is a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax and the mummy is a guy in disguise.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Tomb of the Cybermen" offers up a science-fiction version of the Mummy's Curse.
    • "Pyramids of Mars" features robots disguised as mummies, serving pseudo-Egyptian God and actual alien being Sutekh.
    • In "The Rings of Akhaten", the theme is "Ancient Egypt in Space", with a pyramid, an alien marketplace, and a hokey religion based around a Pyramid and a god known as "Grandfather". When the Doctor and companion Clara arrive, the people of Akhaten appear to be worshipping an alien mummy as this "Grandfather." Turns out the mummy is in fact a complicated alarm clock system designed to waken the actual "Grandfather", a memory-draining star.
    • "Mummy on the Orient Express" has a mummified alien known as the Foretold attacking passengers on the titular train. The Foretold is the subject of a legend that portrays it of an omen of death, since anyone who sees it has exactly 66 seconds to live before it kills them.
    • "The Empress of Mars" is another sci-fi version of the traditional story: true, the titular Empress is cryogenically frozen, but she's encased in gold, lying on a sarcophagus-esque golden plinth, and gets awoken by Victorians pillaging her 'tomb', so the similarities are obvious. In a refreshing change from the usual "mummy's tomb", the story acknowledges she's justified in being angry at these random people showing up to rob her tomb.
  • The Ghost Busters once had to deal with a very dusty mummy, which served an Expy for Nefertiti. Its dust could block the Dematerializer's beam, but it was terrified of moths.
  • There was an episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys where Herc takes a trip to Egypt and, naturally, has to deal with a mummy. It was tough enough to trade blows with him.
  • Used by the Leverage team in "The Second David Job". Sophie, pretending to be an Egyptologist, nonchalantly tells a museum curator with a newly acquired mummy that she's glad he doesn't believe all those silly rumors about a curse. He goes online and finds out that all the previous owners have mysteriously died... and, thanks to a little switcheroo with his allergy medication, he's not feeling so well either. The kicker, though, is when he goes to Nate's ex-wife Maggie, who's in on the con:
    Curator: Hey, Maggie, you don't believe in curses, do you? You know, mummies, curses, unexplained deaths around sarcophagi...
    Maggie: Don't be silly. Everyone knows it's a fungus.
    Curator: ...What?
    Maggie: Aspergillus flavus. Found on Egyptian artifacts. Gets in the eyes and nose, the infection spreads, and the next thing you know, another death from the curse.
  • Li'l Horrors has Cleo Patra, an Egyptian mummy based on modern pop culture. Uses a lot of Valley Girl filler in her speech.
  • The Monster Squad episode "The Skull" had the titular villain's plan involve reviving a mummy so he could use him as his minion.
  • Moon Knight (2022):
    • The Moon Knight outfit invokes the bandages of a mummy, with the strips of cloth wrapping around Marc's body to form the suit.
    • In the episode "The Tomb", the tomb in which Ammit is sealed is guarded by mummies who woke up when the entrance got breached, capturing and mummifying alive anyone on their sight.
  • Herman is mistaken for the mummy of Tuth IV in episode "Mummy Munster" of The Munsters.
  • A Special Unit 2 episode has a mummy being reanimated by lightning. The kicker is, the mummy's a great Japanese samurai with Voluntary Shapeshifting abilities and a plan to conduct a sacrificial ritual to make him even more powerful. They also don't know how to kill it. Bullets just pass through its decomposed corpse, and there's nothing left to burn. Eventually, after getting his ass handed to him by the karate-capable mummy, O'Malley figures out that another lightning strike can kill it. Prior to that, the mummy has kidnapped three women of different ethnicities for the ritual.
  • One episode of Tales from the Crypt recounted how the Cryptkeeper's parents — a living male carnival freak and a female mummy — got together. No, she wasn't animate when Crypty's dad got locked in a closet with her overnight.
  • An episode of Ultraman featured a strange-looking mummy being studied by Science Patrol that that suddenly came back to life and went on a rampage. However, he wasn't the main threat of the episode — his kaiju guardian was.

  • The cover of Rufus Rex by Curtix RX of Creature Feature depicts a mummy rising from its grave.
  • Before Eminem came up with the blond image for Slim Shady, he used to represent himself as a mummy, in album art and in his stage shows - at one show, the mummy on stage was played by Dustin Hoffman. The undead nature of the mummy seems to suit Slim's suicidal tendencies, the bandages seem to be representative of Slim's constant self-injury and abuse of medical supplies, and mummies also don't have brains, which fits Slim's intelligence level.
  • The video for Howard Jones' "Everlasting Love" has two mummies going about their daily business in the modern-day world in a romantic relationship with each other, emphasizing the theme of everlasting love.
  • The music video of "Die Summe der einzelnen Teile", best known song of Hamburg school band "Kante", has some pseudo mummys (de facto normal people with a lot of bandage) running around.
  • Amen of the Finnish metal band Lordi is a mummy. In the moving Dark Floors, he also seems to have the power to create sandstorms out of thin air.
    • According to his backstory, he was an Egyptian Pharaoh who moonlighted as an assassin, killing his political rivals when they caused trouble, but one of them fought back and gave him a disfiguring scar that drove him to insanity. He had all his palace staff likewise disfigured and ate the hearts of all who resisted. Eventually he was entombed alive, and when he was dug up in the 1920s, he was really hungry.
  • "The Mummy" by Bob McFadden.


    Pro Wrestling 
  • There have a been several Mummy gimmicks in wrestling.
    • Benny Ramirez in New Mexico and Los Angeles in the 1960s.
    • Eddie Marlin in Memphis.
    • Bobby Duncum (Sr.) in Southwest Championship Wrestling in 1985 for a short time, as the company was on its last legs.
    • La Momia from Argentina based Titanes En El Ring.
    • Prince Kharis, in SMW.
    • The Yeti (Ron Reis) of the Dungeon of Doom in WCW in October 1995. Yes, they called him the Yeti and had him in a Mummy outfit, and, yes, it made just as much sense in context.Though Actually...
    • Japanese indy wrestling has had Mummy gimmicks going back to the mid-1990s.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Call of Cthulhu: If the campaign involves Egypt in any way, expect these. Doubly so if Nyarlathotep is involved. Special mention goes to Masks of Nyarlathotep and its Cairo chapter — there, the mummies (known as Children of the Sphinx) aren't human, they're animal-headed monsters that are this trope mixed with Mix-and-Match Critters, Body Horror, and a dash of furry for good measure.
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Mummies often appear enemies to be killed. If the campaign happens to be set in pseudo-ancient Egypt, the mummy may be the final boss monster. Along with the usual tropes, the touch of a D&D mummy can infect the target with "mummy rot", the exact nature of this magical afflliction varies from version to version of the game, but as hinted by the name, all of them are unpleasant.
    • It's also an exception to the "nearly mindless" rule — a cleric (usually an evil one, but not always) can opt to become a "mummy lord" which, as the name might suggest, combine the powers of normal mummies with all of their living intelligence and Functional Magic. This is for a more Imhotep-style mummy than the Kharis-style default.
    • Ravenloft: Like the majority of spooky monsters, mummies got the upgrade-and-customization treatment for the setting. They're described in Van Richten's Guide to the Ancient Dead, in which their name is changed on the grounds that "mummy" automatically calls to mind ancient Egypt, and not every such undead has to be from that style of culture. This didn't stick, and later editions went back to calling them mummies.
  • Fabula Ultima: Mummies are one of the most powerful Undead creatures in the core rulebook. They are mindless creatures driven only to carry out whatever commands their masters gave them. They are immune to most status effects, their touch can make a character vulnerable to all damage types, and when they die, they unleash a curse which inflicts status effects to all living creatures in the vicinity.
  • GURPS: The mummy template from GURPS: Magic is worth negative points because they're easy to kill and incapable of any real thought — Mummies are the same as Zombies and Skeletons, the only difference is the preservation of the corpse. The Whight template is similar and far more intimidating.
  • In Nomine:
    • Mummies are the most perfected kind of undead that Hell can create. They're essentially immortal humans with more supernatural clout, and are functionally straight-up upgrades on the human condition with one major downside — like all undead, their souls cannot survive their bodies' destruction.
    • Actual, Egyptian mummies were created specifically to avoid being turned into undead — the necromancy developed by Hell relies on using lingering motor memory in the physical brain to animate the body, and Egyptian funerary specialists took up the practice of extracting the brain from bodies specifically to avoid having their honored dead turned into puppets of the demons.
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • Mummies have shown up as far back as the card Vengeful Pharaoh, although it counts as a regular zombie.
    • The plane of Amonkhet is home to a thriving mummification industry, much of it performed by other mummies. This is partially because the dead keep rising on Amonkhet, and rising as a docile mummified servant (represented by some of Magic's few mono-White Zombies) is better for everyone concerned than rising as a murderous decaying beast. The mummies (referred to as "the Anointed") perform all manual labor necessary to keep society running, so that the living only need to concern themselves with training for and competing in the often-deadly Trials their society revolves around. The numerous initiates that die during them serve as the chief source of new Anointed.
  • Munchkin has Mummies as a character class in Munchkin Bites, the set poking fun at Vampire: The Masquerade and other World of Darkness games. The funny bit, because Munchkin always has one, is that they're also mummies as in mothers. They're depicted wearing aprons or vacuuming, and have Clean Your Room as an ability.
  • Pathfinder has standard mummies as in D&D, as well as two separate templates to create your own: the "Mummified" template can turn monsters into mummies, while the "Mummy Lord" template is for "boss-level" mummies with more powerful abilities. There are also a few mummy-like monsters, such as Cursed Kings and Pharonic Guardians. All of these are most commonly found in the ancient tombs of Osirion, the setting's Egypt equivalent. The adventure path "Mummy's Mask", naturally, foregrounds Osirian history and mummies.
  • Toon: Mummies are amongst the Un-Fallen-Down in Dungeons & Toons. The accepted way of dealing with them is to grab a bandage and pull, which may reveal an elderly Egyptian man in Goofy Print Underwear, who will be too embarassed to attack, or that there's nothing under the bandages at all, or whatever else strikes the Animator as funny.
  • VOR The Maelstrom: The Pharon are an entire Always Chaotic Evil species of mummies, complete with zombie slaves from all manner of organic species...
  • Warhammer Fantasy:
    • The "Tomb Kings of Khemri" are an Egyptian-styled undead army, taking additional inspiration from The Mummy Trilogy and a bit of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Most of them are skeletal, but the Tomb Kings themselves are mummified. While they will attack people who steal from them, some of them also want to restore their old kingdoms, and several of their necropolises have living populations under the protection of their mummy rulers. For the most part, they're portrayed as still fundamentally human — just very old and very set in their ways — and as much more amenable to diplomacy that other undead as long as you talk to them with respect and don't steal from them.
    • The Slann Mage-Priests of the Lizardmen are mummified batrachians, fitting in with the army's Mayincatec theme. In-universe, they're not strictly true undead, as they're not animated by dark magic, but are instead a form of Revenant Zombie — essentially, their spirits are so powerful and devoted to their tasks that death and mummification only inconvenience their ability to talk, move, and cast spells.
  • The World of Darkness:
    • Mummy: The Resurrection: Players are mummies, and don't seek eternal life except inasmuch as it assists them in perfecting their souls/humanity. The corebook has Egyptian-themed mummies as characters, with the player's guide adding South American mummies and Chinese immortals. Considering nearly every supernatural (and there are a lot of supernaturals in that world) would just as soon kill humans as look at them, they're as close as the setting gets to depicting nonhumans as good. Additionally, these mummies aren't bandage-wrapped zombies. Rather, the embalming process is part of the Spell of Life, which can fully resurrect the recently dead.
    • New World of Darkness: Mummies show up in three ways:
      • Immortals: The Purified are more Chinese than Egyptian (complete with using Chi as a power source), but attain immortality through ritualistic preparation and spend the rest of their lives as a part-spirit entity.
      • Mummy: The Curse deals with the Arisen, ancient scions of the Nameless Empire who are bound to an endless cycle of sleeping and waking in order to achieve some goal throughout the ages (be it on behalf of their mortal cult or the divine Judge that empowered them).
      • Promethean: The Created: The Osirians borrow a lot of the elements without all the gauze. Inspired by the myth of Osiris? Check. Ritualistically dismembered before being reconstituted? Check. Of lordly bearing? Check. Able to come back from the dead again and again and again? Check.

    Theme Parks 

  • LEGO has released plenty of mummy minifigures over the years. Probably the most well known one is LEGO's first mummy: Pharaoh Hotep from the LEGO Adventurers Egypt set. Other mummies include the Pharaoh in the LEGO Studios "Scary Thriller" subtheme; Pharaoh Amset-Ra and his mummy army from LEGO Pharaoh's Quest; the Mummy and Mummy Queen from LEGO Minifigures; and the Mummy from LEGO Monster Fighters.
  • Cleo De Nile, Monster High's resident Alpha Bitch, is a rather drop dead gorgeous kind of mummy.
    • Her sister, Nefera, is even more attractive, but also is more of an Alpha Bitch.

    Video Games 
  • One of the Egyptian Myth Units in Age of Mythology is a mummy with a Special Attack that can turn an enemy human into skeletal a "minion" for your own use or One-Hit Kill a Myth Unit. Their attacks take the form of clouds of flies.
  • In Animal Crossing, one of the potential villagers that players can have in their town is dog who is wrapped head-to-toe in bandages named Lucky. However, before New Horizons, the inside of his house is decorated to resemble an ancient Egyptian tomb, implying that he's actually dressed as a mummy.
  • ARMS has Master Mummy as one of the playable characters.
  • In Atlantis no Nazo, mummies are the toughest enemies that can be killed. They move very slowly, but are tall enough to block narrow passages. Some of them spit fireballs.
  • Mum-Mums and King Sandybutt in Banjo-Kazooie.
  • Ruh Kaan from Battlerite is a mummy with a Skull for a Head who woke from his eternal rest to pursue a grave robber.
  • Big Karnak, a 1991 NES game with an ancient Egyptian setting, have mummies as recurring enemies. You encounter them as early as the first stage, showing up along the Nile.
  • Mummies in Boktai cannot see, but have a very good hearing. They throw bombs and bite if they find you. Catch them in a fire hazard or nail one with a Flame shot, however, and they run around like headless chickens — and if they die from the fire, they explode!
  • Born Under the Rain: Protagonist Masud, as the game's summary says:
    he wears the Mask of Odion, a cursed relic that's forced his soul into the body of a mummy.
  • Breath of Fire II is the only one in the Breath of Fire series to include mummy enemies.
  • The Watcher from Bug Fables is a Magitek automaton made by ancient Roaches, a result of them experimenting on their own kind. It clearly evokes an image of a classical mummy, being an ancient, bandaged-wrapped Roach husk in a ruined castle found in the game's Shifting Sand Land who attacks Team Snakemouth with magic while guarding an ancient artifact.
  • Jennety/Mack the Knife from Captain Commando is an alien crime-fighting Mummy Commando. His bandages are actually a life-sustaining suit which allows him to survive on Earth.
  • The Castlevania series has numerous mummies as enemies, such as mooks coming from Clown-Car Grave-s in Castlevania: Circle of the Moon both as normal mooks and as powerful bosses, capable of attacking with flying wrappings or even summoning stones to crush the player with. Sometimes the mummy is given the name of Akmodan. There's no explanation given for what Egyptian style mummies are doing in a Romanian castle, aside from Rule of Cool.
  • Mummies in Crypt Killer are the second-most recurring Goomba-type enemies in the game, right after skeletons. They attack players usually by clawing, or launching their bandages like whips.
  • Anakaris of the Darkstalkers series. While he moves slowly, this is due to his tremendous size, and he is one of the most powerful characters in the series. Which makes sense, as he was practically a god in life...
  • Diablo II features mummies. The lore says that unlike zombies with their rotten flesh, mummies conserve their muscles and tissues intact which makes them physically stronger than other types of undead. Mummies can be produced in infinite numbers from sarcophagi and "die" in a burst of poisonous gases (from the chemicals used to preserve their ancient bodies escaping, of course), and greater mummies, the remains of Horadric mages who, to honor them, had animal parts grafted onto their bodies in death. They could raise other kinds of undead (but not each other) and threw black "Unholy Bolts".
  • Incan-style mummies are an integral part of the Dominions MA nation of Nazca as due to their reverence for the wisdom of the elders they took to mummifying their priests and kings so they can continue giving their advice. The result is they they are now the true rulers of Nazca society and in-game their commanders are mummified on death and serve as undead. It is also possible for death Mages of all nations to ressurrect their nation's heroes, who come back as mummies.
  • Dungeon Crawl has mummies as a player species. Their main gimmick is that they do not need to eat, but they also suffer various offsetting disadvantages, and early game survivability in the hands of a non-expert is low. As for enemies, the game has mummies, guardian mummies, mummy priests and greater mummies, as well as a few derived unique monsters. All of these are notable for having nasty death curses; i.e. they do bad things to you (and your inventory) when you kill them — you can avoid this by having your summons kill them instead. Mummy priests and greater mummies are also quite dangerous spellcasters — their summons can and will kill unwary players.
  • An Egyptian Tale, an action-adventure Hack and Slash game set in Ancient Egypt, predictably has mummy mooks in the pyramids and several more in the underworld as Anubis' minions.
  • The Draugr in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are essentially Nordic mummies, though they aren't covered in bandages. You can even find their embalming equipment lying around as you raid their tombs. They come in both as brainless monster and powerful lich-like varieties.
  • The third Endless Nightmare is set in a haunted pyramid (instead of an Abandoned Hospital like the first two). Expectedly, besides zombies you'll also fight mummies every now and then.
  • EXTRAPOWER: Giant Fist: These show up as a durable enemy deep in Blackberry's pyramid.
  • Forewarned: One of the options for Mejai in the game to play as (or maybe as Mooks) are mummies who will attack the archaeologists investigating the tomb.
  • Ancient Mummies are one of the many monsters (Ghoulies) in Grabbed by the Ghoulies, they're encountered quite early and are very slow and simple. There's also a more powerful mummy Ghouly called the Cursed Mummy, which uses magic to draw Cooper in from a distance, scare him, and attack him with its stone tablet.
  • In Grow Cinderella, the brown Onky will turn into one in the secret ending.
  • The Haunted Ruins: The Mummer enemies in the fourth section of the dungeon may be mummies, as the rest of the section has undead enemies, like Skeletons and what is presumably decapitated zombies, called Decapito.
  • Mummies show up in the Heroes of Might and Magic from II to V. They are slow, but tough melee attackers that can Curse opponents with their blows. In II they belonged to the Necromancer's town while in later games they were neutral (but still undead, and therefore best fitting in the army of a necromancer). VI and VII didn't have anything called mummies, but redesigned their liches to be more mummy-like.
  • Killer Instinct has Kan-Ra, who while Babylonian, can fit the description. He is cursed to rot alive indefinitely, and while his default costume has minimal wrappings, his alternate costume decks him out in a full mummy costume.
  • Kingdom Hearts: Whenever he's in Halloween Town, Donald Duck will be a Mummy. If you talk to him when you first visit the world in Kingdom Hearts II, he'll tell you that he hated the form at first, but soon got used to it, and even found it to be fun.
  • Kingdom of Loathing:
    • Parodied. "Ooooh, no! I'll have to walk slightly faster if I want to escape!"
    • The Small Pyramid at the end of the Holy MacGuffin quest is filled with mummies. Among them are mummified bats, Iiti Kitty (the ancient Egyptian ancestor of Hello Kitty), and the quest boss, Ed the Undying, whom you must kill seven times to defeat — "Undying" isn't just a fancy title, kids.
  • The King of Dragons: Mummies attack the player in Level 10 (and maybe 15). They move slowly, use a grappling attack to sap the players' life and take a fair amount of damage before they die.
  • League of Legends: Amumu, the Sad Mummy. He differs from the classical mummy in a number of ways. Not physically powerful (partially due to being a child) he relies on magic to hurt people, with his otherwise ineffective headbutt being used to apply his Cursed Touch, which reduces magic resistance. He has no attachment to his tomb, isn't especially slow, and in fact can launch himself at enemies. His main motivation is loneliness.
  • Kirby: The Mumbies are recurring enemies that look like round things wrapped in Mummy bandages, which only let a single red eye peek from the bandages. They only move when Kirby is looking away from them.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • The Lost Vikings: The three vikings end up in a Shifting Sand Land / Build Like an Egyptian level in Ancient Egypt. The mummies here are capable of spreading The Corruption and turn one of your vikings into a mummy as well. Though seeing as they're dead, you'll have to restart the level anyway.
  • Luigi's Mansion:
    • Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon: Mummies appear in the ruins section of the Old Clockworks. But unwrap them and it will reveal that the mummy was in fact a Greenie ghost impersonating one.
    • Luigi's Mansion 3: Mummies make a return in this game, being the primary threat in the Egyptian-themed Tomb Suites. They can be unwrapped, and their identities as Goobs or Slinkers exposed.
  • Magic Sword includes mummies among its variety of mooks, who are quite sturdy for a minor enemy and have a tendency to suddenly fall from the ceiling just above The Brave One/Alan's head.
  • MediEvil 2 introduced Princess Kiya, a mummified princess who becomes Sir Dan's love interest.
  • Metal Slug and Metal Slug Code J: The mummy's (and dog mummy's) purple breath turns the player himself into a mummy, instead of killing him. Ground speed, shooting speed, and grenade throwing speed is reduced, plus a mummified player can't pick up any weapons. If the player gets gassed a second time, he dies, but can return back to human by picking up a -literal- Magic Antidote.
  • Metal Slug Attack expands the Mummies into an entire sub-faction, with an ancient Pharaoh sleeping beneath the sands, his Cat-girl Queen Cleopatra preparing for his awakening, and their guardians and servants.
  • Mummies in Miitopia are wacky-looking creatures with the annoying habit of swallowing the Mii's weapons.
  • Millie And Molly: Mummies are one of the many enemies that Millie & Molly can defeat by touching them.
  • Minecraft: The Husks, which are a desert-themed and more dangerous variant of zombies. They inflict the hunger/food poisoning status effect upon dealing damage, and can survive in sunlight.
  • The Game Boy Advance game Monster Force featured a mummy named Mina as an unlockable character, who could be unlocked by beating the game once.
  • Monster Hunter (PC), being a Monster Mash of a game, have mummies as the last and most powerful enemy variant encountered, to the point of being a Bossin Mook Clothing. They can only be killed by two hits from a Magic Staff, and while the first hit is easy (since it's a slow-moving mummy at that point), upon being damaged the mummy turns into a fast-moving skeleton and starts pursuing the player. And since all weapons in the game, the staff included, are one-use only, the player will be forced to run like hell to collect a second staff to take down the mummy-turned-skeleton.
  • Mother 3 also has Mummy Cats as a minor enemy, with groovy music. Name? Cleocatra.
  • Ninja Commando have a trio of mummies in Ancient Egypt serving as a Wolfpack Boss.
  • The beautiful temple priestess Krom-Ha from The Next Big Thing is actually a living mummy. She and the main character even have a romantic encounter.
  • Pac-Man World has mummies as Elite Mooks in the cavern levels. They are invulnerable to the Goomba Stomp thanks to their pointy headgear, and can only be taken down by a rolling tackle or with Pac-dots.
  • In Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time, the first area of the game is Ancient Egypt, which appropriately features Mummy Zombies (though according to the in-game Almanac, they're just zombies wrapped in toilet paper). One of the enemies is even a Pharaoh Zombie, a mummy who is protected by his sarcophagus.
  • The ghost-type Pokémon Dusclops is designed with a Mummy in mind. As if being a ghostly cyclops isn't enough...
    • Black/White version introduces Yamask, a ghost type Pokémon that looks like a shadow-like thing with a golden mask attached to its tail and its evolution, Cofagrigus, a living sarcophagus with an evil face and shadowy hands. Both have the ability Mummy, which means that contact with that Pokémon will cause who ever touches it to gain the Mummy ability as well, leaving the opponent without its original ability and pretty much acting as a contagious "Mummy's Curse".
  • Mummy Cats are encountered inside the Pyramid in Secret of Evermore, and they either attack by either hopping around or opening their sarcophogi and taking a swipe at the player if he is standing still.
  • The Secret World features quite a few of these as traditional mindless enemies in the Egypt missions, twisted versions of traditional mummies that serve as mooks for the Cult of Aten. However, the game also reveals that there's a whole society of intelligent mummies in control of Egypt's criminal underworld. Known as the Kingdom, they're corrupt and greedy, but thankfully remain neutral in the conflict. One of them, Säid, acts as a quest-giver.
  • Shade: Wrath of Angels have it's second portion being set inside a cursed pyramid. Naturally most of your enemies are mummies, with some occasional undead priests, skeletons and scarabs thrown in.
  • Sett Ra, the final boss of Shaq Fu, is a mummy.
  • A few from the Shining Series
    • Shining the Holy Ark has mummies that appear in an Egyptian styled level and who attack by using sand storms. They're actually just a Palette Swap of a zombie.
    • Shining Wisdom has mummies that charge at the player; commonly found in crypts and the Earth Temple (read: lots of sand).
  • Your Sims can encounter mummies in the World Adventures pack for The Sims 3. These powerful and hostile creatures hide in sarcophagi, waiting for explorers to open them. The Sims better have a high martial art skills to defeat them, else might get cursed and die in a week. A player controlled Sim may also sleep in a cursed sarcophagus and become a mummy themself. Playable mummies are slow, sterile, and can be killed instantly by fire, but in exchange for that, have increased physical strength, immunity to electricity, and their lifepan is five times longer than a regular Sim.
  • One of the skulls from Skul: The Hero Slayer can turn him into one.
  • Mummies are a playable race in Soulcalibur VI's Libra of Soul mode. They are mummified corpses that were reanimated by astral fissure energies.
  • The video game Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is a Zelda-style adventure game, when you're playing as Sphinx. The Mummy's segments are puzzle-based platformer areas. The solutions to the puzzles almost always involve slapstick humor relating to the fact that the Mummy's already dead, and therefore can be, say, squished flat or lit on fire with no ill effects. There are also a few monsters who were mummified such as the Mummy Worm, Chihuahua, and Bird, among others.
  • In Stardew Valley mummies appear as enemies in Skull Cavern located in the Calico Desert, they must be killed twice (the second time with a bomb) for them to stay dead.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Paper Mario has Pokey Mummies, a variation of the Super Mario Series' standard cactus enemy. They don't wear bandages, but are found in coffins inside the Dry Dry Ruins and are able to poison their enemies.
    • In New Super Mario Bros., there is Mummipokey, who actually wears bandages. He is the boss of World 2.
  • Mummies appear in Hardmode deserts in Terraria, with variants for Corrupted, Crimson, or Hallowed deserts. They drop anti-debuff items, the Light or Dark shards (depending on the variant), and the Mummy costume set which you can use to dress like a mummy yourself.
  • In Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, mummies are recurring enemies. They are extremely slow, but tend to crop up in confined areas, which can make evading them somewhat difficult, and there is no point in shooting at them, as they are indestructible.....unless you have the grenade launcher or crossbow with explosive arrrows
  • Valkyrie Profile: These are the standard adversaries in the Tombs of Amenti dungeon.
  • Zombies Ate My Neighbors has a level called "Pyramid of Fear", where you are chased through the halls of an Egyptian pyramid by mummies.


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    Western Animation 
  • During the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog four-parter about the Chaos Emeralds, Robotnik visited a pyramid in which he encountered mummified ancestors of both himself and Sonic.
  • The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode "Mind Your Mummy Mommy, Mario" had Bowser sending his twin Koopalings to kidnap the mummified Prince Mushroomkhamen for a reason that is never given. In the process, they end up waking up his mother, who mistakes Mario for her son (and later Luigi for her husband) because they look exactly alike.
  • In an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, a mummy is discovered to be living in the team's basement. This is why, as Carl explains, their rent was so cheap. The mummy continuously bullies Frylock into buying him expensive gifts and meals, threatening him with "CURSE!" if he refuses. After a visit to the local library, Frylock learns that plagues are just an "Old Wives' Tale," and that a mummy's true curse is that it is a selfish, spoiled brat devoid of any social skills. With no prospect of magical retribution, they toss him to the curb for the trash pick-up.
  • Dark Bunny and the Curse of the Moomies (giant cow mummies with Eye Beams) from Arthur.
  • Ben 10 features an alien mummy, amongst a group that also includes an alien werewolf and an alien Frankenstein's Monster. And an alien ghost. Leave it to Ben 10 to create a Monster Mash of aliens!
  • Casper's Scare School: Ra, one of Casper's friends, is a mummy. His familymembers also show up in several episodes.
  • The Centurions fight an army of the creatures in "The Mummy's Curse"—until their pharaoh revives and tells them to go back to sleep (in perfect, unaccented English).
  • The mummy in the Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers episode "Throw Mummy From The Train" is actually portrayed as a good character, guarding a ring that, when plugged into the Sphinx, summons a demon into it, not diamonds as the legitimate archaeologist mistranslated it, so he and the titular Rescue Rangers try to stop the other archaeologist, who's only in it for the loot and hates the responsible bits like cataloging the treasures, from doing that with the ring.
  • A mummy is one of the monsters to appear in the Monster Mash episode of Count Duckula.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog features the Mummy of King Ramses, who seems to be based on a cross between Tutankhamen and Moses — he looks like a greenish vampire and instead of acting like a zombie, he chooses to stand from afar and curse the house with floods, locusts and terrible music ("the man in gauze, the man in gauze. KING RAAAAMSES!"). He also has the power of possession.
    • There was another episode with a more traditional mummy, this one being a unfairly punished baker. This mummy's background is more Mayincatec but is still an Egyptian-style linen-wrapped mummy.
  • In Danny Phantom, a mummy ghost starts serving Tucker because of his resemblance to an Egyptian King.
  • In Dan Vs., Seth Green plays a mummy who leaves his sarcophagus at a museum to start hanging around Dan to an annoying degree.
  • In the short-lived Hanna-Barbera series Drak Pack, The Brute of the bad guys was the mumbling Mummy-Man who besides being strong and tough also could shoot away his bandages (but not losing any of them — he seemed to have an inexhaustible supply of them) to bind his opponent, create grapple lines or tie things together, as a very weird variant of Spider-Man's webshooters.
  • A mummy appears in two different and unrelated episodes of DuckTales (1987). Curiously, though, it seem to be the exact same mummy (a dogface Goofy-like version). The first episode "Sphinx for the Memories" is the classic Ancient Egypt adventure and the mummy at the end is released from the curse and travels to the afterlife in the form of a Fog Feet ghost. The episode "Ducky Horror Picture Show" had the mummy appear with other monsters in a Monster Mash setting, but Scrooge and his nephews do not seem to recognize him, nor does the mummy recognize Scrooge and his nephews.
  • In the Fangface episode "The Creep From The Deep", a shipwreck off the Mexican coast is haunted by the mummy of the Aztec emperor "Molazuma", who goes on a violent rampage after his sacred stone tablet is stolen by the episode's villain, a globetrotting criminal mastermind. When the tablet is returned to him, the mummy is content to return to his watery grave.
    • In the non-canon title sequence, Fangface is also seen grabbing onto the mummy's wrapping as it's chasing after Puggsy, causing it to unravel.
  • In Filmation's Ghostbusters, one of Prime Evil's henchmen was Airhead. He was actually more like a Bedsheet Ghost, with no body inside his wrappings. (In his first appearance, Tracy was able to inflate him with air until he exploded.) True to his name, he didn't seem to have much in his head!
  • Cleofatra in Gravedale High is the class’ token nerdy fat girl. One of the teachers is also a mummy with very bad breath named Mr. Tutner.
  • In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Irwin's mother is revealed to be a mummy named Judy, leading to this exchange:
    Dick: Yes, Irwin's mom is actually a mummy. Nobody can tell you who to fall in love with, but we've managed to make it work all these years. Leaving a whole lot of questions that don't need to be answered.
    Mandy: Eh, works for me.
    Grim: Me too.
    Billy: ...Yeeeeeaaah, but how did you and Irwin's mom...
    Dick: (in the exact same tone of voice) Leaving a whole lot of questions that don't need to be answered.
    • A later episode kinda answers this by revealing that Irwin's dad is actually a Dhampyr.
  • In Hotel Transylvania: The Series, one of Mavis's True Companions is a mummy named Pedro.
  • Not only is there a mummy in an episode of the original Jonny Quest series, it is featured in the Title Sequence.
  • Mary Shelley's Frankenhole:
    • There was one in "Robert Louis Stevenson's Belushi!" whose entire schtick is making 'wrapped up' puns.
    • In a later episode, we find out it's because Osiris is a huge fan of puns.
    Mummy: I'd go myself, but I'm all wrapped up!
    Osiris: HA HA HA! Yes, again you honor Osiris with your clever wit!
  • In the Mega Man (Ruby-Spears) episode "Night of the Living Monster Bots", a mummy is one of the titular bots.
  • The Men in Black: The Series episode "The I Want My Mummy Syndrome" had this mixed with Ancient Astronauts ideas. The episode featured a very aggressive specie of aliens from an Egypt-like planet named Hyperia. One of this aliens awakes from hibernation in modern times wrecking havoc, as it is blue-skinned and cover with wraps most people think it is a mummy.
  • Mummo, the resident mummy in Camp Mini-Mon of The Mini-Monsters for monster children.
  • Pharaoh from Miraculous Ladybug had the abilities to turn civilians into these to serve as his minions.
  • Naturally, one of these shows up in Monster Force. This version of the mummy, while appearing like a more human version of the typical bandage-wrapped shambler (separate fingers, visible facial fingers), is almost identical to the first movie version, being intelligent and a powerful sorcerer.
  • The animated series Mummies Alive! may be the only group of superheroic mummies on record.
  • The Mummy: The Animated Series: an animated series based on the Brendan Fraser movie.
  • The New Adventures of Superman: Superman battles the mummy of an evil ancient Egyptian sorcerer in "The Malevolent Mummy."
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Are You My Mummy?" the boys watch an Ancient Egypt movie and decide it would be fun to have a mummy as a playmate (complete with a musical number, "My Undead Mummy"). They explore the movie theater but are disappointed to discover that the only mummies around are promotional props. As it happens, however, events conspire to get Candace wrapped from head to toe in toilet paper and walking and moaning like a mummy. Naturally, she gets mistaken for the real article and hijinks ensue.
  • PJ Masks: Pharaoh Boy, a night time villain introduced in season 4, is a mummy, though his face is not covered in bandages. He is loosely based on Apophis, a villain from the books, who fit the trope even more.
  • One of Plastic Man's enemies is Disco Mummy... a disco-themed Aztec mummy.
  • Another Monster Mash episode; "Deadcon 1" of The Real Ghostbusters has a monster convention in New York, so the Ghostbusters must act as hotel personnel to keep things under control. A mummy checks in the hotel signing with hieroglyphics and it is up to bellhop Egon to carry his sarcophagus.
  • In one episode of Road Rovers ("Dawn of the Groomer") a villainess tries to resurrect three anthropomorphic dog mummies.
  • Mummies were among Scooby-Doo's most common adversaries, perhaps because it's such an easy Monster Suit of the Week to whip up in a pinch.
  • The Simpsons
    • Thought to be the culprit in a Treehouse of Horror IV story.
    Kent Brockman: Another local peasant has been found dead — drained of his blood with two teeth marks on his throat. This black cape was found on the scene. [Cape has "DRACULA" written on it] Police are baffled.
    Chief Wiggum: We think we're dealing with a supernatural being, most likely a mummy. As a precaution, I've ordered the Egyptian wing of the Springfield museum destroyed.
    • "Go, soccer mummy! You taught me to believe in myself!"
    • In the opening for "Treehouse of Horror XX", a mummy dresses up as Captain Jack Sparrow to attend the costume party but is attacked by his wife when she finds he was cheating on her.
  • The Smurfs had The Moon-Eyed Mummy in the Season 9 episode "Mummy Dearest".
  • The Spider-Woman episode "Pyramids of Terror" had Spider-Woman fight a race of alien mummies from the planet Hotep.
  • Super Friends face aztec mummies in one episode with El Dorado as protagonist.
  • In the SWAT Kats episode "The Deadly Pyramid", the Pastmaster takes control of an army of monster mummies (each is the size of a small building!) and goes on a rampage.
  • In the TaleSpin episode "In Search of Ancient Blunders", Baloo, Wildcat, and Adventurer Archaeologist Myra encounter a mummy who guards the upside-down pyramid of King Utmost. The mummy is revealed to be the foreman who was responsible for the pyramid being built upside down; King Utmost cursed him in retaliation. However, the mummy undoes the curse by preventing Don Karnage's Air Pirates from stealing the pyramid, which indirectly results in its being reinstalled on the original site rightside up.
  • The classic Big Bad of ThunderCats (1985) and Thunder Cats 2011. "Ancient spirits of evil, transform this decayed form to Mumm-Ra, the Ever-Living!" Ironically, in all but aesthetics, Mumm-Ra is more of a Lich.
  • Tutenstein features the undead child-pharaoh Tutankhensetamun awoken in the modern day.
  • The Venture Brothers:
    • In the episode "Escape to the House of Mummies, Part II", is partially a send-up of this trope; in it, the family meets a 'good mummy,' but pretty much all of the shambling corpses, and the 'Cult of Osiris' that resurrected them, are profoundly ineffective.
    • In the pilot, a mummy falls out of their jet. Brock kicks its ass, kills it, and the urinates on it for good measure (you have to defile a mummy completely, or else it'll just get back up). Upon closer inspection, Rusty finds the mummy to be a fake. It's unknown who that guy really was, or why he dressed up as a mummy and climbed into the Venture jet.
  • Work It Out Wombats! referenced this trope by having Mr. E dress in a mummy costume in the Halloween Episode.


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The Watcher

The Watcher is the ancient mummified guardian of the Sand Castle’s treasures. It possesses great magical power, and its existence is an agonizing one according to Leif.

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