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"We can destroy them by burning them, and we can destroy them with dragonglass. If we don't win this fight, then that is the fate of every person in the world... There is only one war that matters: the Great War. And it is here."
Jon Snow, Game of Thrones

If thou openest not the gate to let me enter, I will break the door, I will wrench the lock, I will smash the door-posts, I will force the doors. I will bring up the dead to eat the living. And the dead will outnumber the living.
The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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Every dead body that is not exterminated becomes one of them. It gets up and kills! The people it kills get up and kill!
Dr. Foster, Dawn of the Dead (1978)

When there's no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth.

Infected are normal, law-abiding citizens who, through no fault of their own, have been infected with a horrible virus. This makes it okay to kill them.
Infected game manual

You know, as bad as those things are, at least they're predictable. It's the normal people that scare me.

Stop being so pathetic! ...Humans send robots to Mars. Zombies are baffled by doorknobs.
How to Survive a Horror Movie by Seth Grahame-Smith

Corpses... lumbering, rotting cadavers. What contrivance could have wrought this... this... abomination? Diseased science? Blasphemous occult rituals? How could something so, so dead... yet be so... alive?! And hungry! They lust for flesh! Human flesh! And feast on all the sweetbreads a man has to offer...
Dr. Maximillian Roivas, Eternal Darkness

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You want to know what it'd be like on your own? Take it all in, Nick. The gore, the blood...If you want it, this fate can be all yours! So by all means, if your idea of fun is having your entrails chewed while you scream your last breath, go on.

Zombie fighters of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your brains.
Karl Marx

"We are outnumbered. The virus has completely devastated over 150 of the world's major regions, and is spreading rapidly. At this point in time, we know of only one method of killing the creatures: destroy the brain. Be on the guard of any loved ones who may have recently been in any sort of contact with the infected, and if you find yourself in a threatening position, please, do not hesitate to act. Again, this is not a test. This is not a joke. We as a species are overwhelmed. We are outnumbered."

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I don't want to nitpick, Tom, but is this really your plan?
Spend your whole life locked inside a mall?
Maybe that's OK for now but someday you'll be out of food and guns,
Then you'll have to make the call.
I'm not surprised to see you haven't thought it through enough.
You never had the head for all that bigger picture stuff.
But Tom, that's what I do, and I plan on eating you slowly.

Bar the windows, lock the doors
scan the airwaves, look for more.
Maddening static on the radio!
You can hear them in the street,
howling, moans, and shuffling feet.
How do you kill what's already dead?
Aim for the head!
(Interlude)
They break down the door!
They smell you on the second floor
They never sleep,
and are they ever hungry.
They break in and find you there,
A manic smile to meet their stare.
they tear away all that they can
and what is left will walk again.
Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse, Aim for the Head

I smell you around the corner
Ripe and ready for eating
In the gutter you'll soon be bleeding
For I am your only mourner
You are what I eat!
So much flesh, so much meat!
With my hands your skull I will beat
And leave your carcass in the street.
They Hunger, end credits

Dead people walking around is unhygienic.
Archchancellor Ridcully, Reaper Man

Honestly, at this point you people just won't be able to cope if civilization ends any other way, will you? If the fucking Daleks invade or the entire world gets covered in carnivorous jam, you'll have to make papier-mâché zombie facsimiles just to get through the day.

It's my observation that zombies are second only to ninjas, pirates, and monkeys in the list of things nerds like and need to shut the fuck up about. They watch movies about them, they dress up like them and wander around irritating commuters in major cities, and it seems every time a hot new engine comes out some craven optimist will try to make a zombie mod for it.

As long as zombies and an apocalypse is going on, then it's officially a zombie apocalypse. [Cut to a picture of the Four Horsemen, zombified]

I had all kinds of plans in case of a zombie attack. I just figured I'd be on the other side.''

Zombies are people, too... Okay, dead people, with poor verbal skills. And the only communication they understand is blowing off their heads.

I don't think any one decision makes your life. Unless you accidentally invent some sort of zombie virus or something.
Finn, Glee

Mario: If Zombie tries to bite you, smash his brains!
Zombie: Ok, I REALLY don't feel comfortable with this.

Lily: "People who die... they don't stay dead. They come back as one of those... things."
Ed: "I told you that guy was dead."
Lily: "Seems like the only way to stop them for good is with a shot to the head. Anything else, they just keep coming."
Ed: "So, those things are... zombies!?"
Lily: "I dunno. Maybe it's some sort of super-virus. Maybe it's radiation from outer space, or black magic, or... or the wrath of almighty frickin' God. Your guess is as good as mine."

Romero: "Whatever you do, don't let them bite you."
You: "Why? Will I turn into a zombie then?"
Romero: "Nope. It just hurts like a bitch."

You know the key strategic weakness of the human race? The dead outnumber the living.
The Mistress, Doctor Who "Dark Water"

There will come a day so dark you will pray for death. On that day your prayers will be answered.
Minaldra, the Vizag Atum, Flavor Text for the card Zombie Apocalypse, Magic: The Gathering

"I can't profess to understand God's plan, but Christ promised a resurrection of the dead. I just thought he had something... a little different in mind!"
Hershel Greene, The Walking Dead

"We Are On The Brink of a Great Upheaval in The Balance between Good and Evil. when the Dead rise up From their Graves, it is A sign of A Greater Calamity to Come."

"The past shall consume the future, the dead shall consume the living, and chaos shall reign supreme!"
Unicron, Transformers: Prime

Zombies are the perfect manifestation of the end of the world. Inexorable, unstoppable, contagious, and beyond understanding — whatever scares you, whatever you think could destroy the world, it's represented through zombies. For everything from drug-resistant superdiseases and environmental disasters to murderous ideologies, there's a metaphor to be found in tales of the living dead. Zombies represent all the worst aspects of humanity pushed to eleven: unreasoning, self-destructive, merciless. It's not hard to relate to the survivors in a zombie story. They are among the only rational people left in the world, surrounded by mobs of brain-dead consumers. And if you're not careful, you'll lose your individuality, too. It might even be tempting to just give in and join them.
The End of the World: Zombie Apocalypse
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