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Basic Trope: All pathogens progress according to Rule of Drama.

  • Straight: Zombification is supposed to occur fifteen minutes to a few days after infection. Bob, a custodian who is Patient Zero, gets infected and turns into a full zombie in the minimum amount of time. Alice, a policewoman who the movie follows for some time, gets infected and lingers for days, fighting until the end.
  • Exaggerated: Bob gets infected and turns within seconds, just in time for the first Jump Scare. Alice gets infected and only turns into a zombie weeks after the virus is thought to be controlled.
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  • Downplayed: Alice takes a little longer than average to turn.
  • Justified: Alice received a single bite on her hand, and not all the teeth penetrated her skin. Bob was bitten several times and clawed at repeatedly before he managed to get away.
  • Inverted: ???
  • Subverted: Bob gets bitten in the beginning and is attacking people within minutes. Alice is bitten and initially seems to be still herself...but a few minutes later, when the group is in a crowded space, she begins to growl.
  • Double Subverted: ...But Alice stops when Charlie begs her to fight it; she turns out not to be fully turned. Unlike Bob, she can still restrain herself using Heroic Willpower and The Power of Friendship for days after she's bitten.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Everyone transforms at exactly the same speed, regardless of drama.
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  • Enforced: The author writes a story that involves Alice turning more slowly because she's played by a more famous actress and the studio wants to get its money's worth.
  • Lampshaded: "It's so strange...people get bitten, but they seem to turn at different rates. It's almost as if there's some algorithm of drama being used for who turns quickly and who lingers."
  • Invoked: Dr. Evilstein creates a number of variants of The Virus and deploys them according to what he thinks will strike the best balance of emotionally discombobulating the heroes and overwhelming them with sudden attacks.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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