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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • Fat people. "Rule #1: Cardio." Columbus warns the viewer that being able to outrun zombies is a survival skill and that "the fatties" fell first due to being out of shape, and: "Poor fat bastard."
    • "I'm in Garland, Texas. It may look like the zombies destroyed it, but that's actually just Garland."
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The Big Four are all dealing with the zombie apocalypse and the resulting tragedy in their own way. Tallahassee is all about killing zombies in creative ways so he doesn't have to think about his son being horribly killed. Wichita screws over the guys repeatedly because she doesn't want to deal with all the death. Little Rock is adamant about getting to Pacific Playland so she doesn't have to deal with the fact that everyone she knows is dead, other than Wichita (and Wichita is just trying to make her happy so she has a goal to focus on). And Columbus? Well, Columbus is actually kind of normal. Maybe repressing.
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  • Angst? What Angst?: Columbus really takes accidentally killing Bill Murray in his stride, and Tallahassee seems to get over the death of his idol fairly quickly. Then again, so does Murray. Might be related to surviving a zombie apocalypse.
  • Award Snub: For the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, Jesse Eisenberg is nominated for "Best Frightened Performance" — but Woody Harrelson was not nominated for "Most Badass Performance"! Instead, Angelina Jolie was nominated for Salt, a movie that hadn't even premiered yet!
  • Awesome Music: The opening theme, Metallica's "For Whom the Bell Tolls".
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The "Zombie Kill Of The Week" scene, where an elderly nun casually crushes a zombie under a falling piano. It makes sense out-of-context, however; a TV series was originally planned, in which this scene would have been a Running Gag.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • Wichita says that Anaconda was the first R rated film she saw. Anaconda is PG-13.
    • The "Submarinos" on sale in Mexico are actually Twinkies' knockoffs, Tallahassee will be very disappointed if he finds out. The good news: the real deal it's on sale in every convenience store there too.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The whole thing, but especially when Columbus bashes the clown's head in and his rubber nose squeaks.
    • The revelation that Tallahassee lost his only son being followed by "I haven't cried like that since Titanic" and then drying his tears with a stack of hundred dollar bills.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Unsurprisingly, Mexican audiences laughed pretty darn hard when Tallahassee comments "In Mexico, you know what they call Twinkies? 'Los submarinos.'" It's totally true! And there's various flavors too!
  • Fanon:
    • It's universally accepted that Wichita, and probably Little Rock, too, had a crappy childhood.
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    • Not quite as widespread, but it's a popular idea that the girls are actually stepsisters.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Hostess, makers of Tallahassee's beloved Twinkies, briefly went out of business and then came back from the dead.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "The Rules" were everywhere for a while.
    • Also, whatever city you live in/would head for once the Zombie Apocalypse hits is your official "Zombieland name".
    • Tallahassee drying his eyes on a handful of banknotes is often used on the internet as a .gif reaction image for mitigating one's sadness with your overwhelming good fortune.
  • Nausea Fuel: Zombie dribble.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Sister Cynthia Knickerbocker, a sweet old lady who drops a piano on a zombie for Zombie Kill of the Week. Six seconds of screentime, and one of the most memorable scenes of the movie.
  • Pair the Spares: This usually happens in fanfiction, with Tallahassee being paired with an aged up Little Rock.
  • Periphery Demographic: For a zombie horror-comedy (and so, marketed to a male audience) this movie has a very large female fanbase; good character development for the balanced core cast and the Adorkable male leads probably contributed.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: To Left 4 Dead in a lot of respects. To Dead Rising in others, especially to how most players approached that game as a means of finding the most unique way to kill zombies.
  • Too Cool to Live: Tallahassee subverts this, but Bill Murray does not
  • What an Idiot!:
    • The sisters' first con job plan on Columbus and Tallahassee seemed to hinge on both of them being unable to bring themselves to shoot Little Rock. If Tallahassee were just a bit less compassionate, he might not have hesitated and instead blown Little Rock's brains out before Wichita could stop him.
    • When Wichita and Little Rock arrive at the Amusement Park, they turn on all the lights and rides, apparently not taking into account that this would attract the zombies.
    • Bill Murray deciding to sneak up on an armed-and-prepared Columbus by pretending to be a zombie. In his defense, he was stoned.
  • The Woobie:
    • Columbus has elements of this. He clearly had not much of a life before the zombie outbreak, and even Wichita (who's still a Jerkass at this point) feels sorry for him after she reveals Columbus, Ohio is in ruins and that his parents are either zombies or dead.
    • Tallahassee, when it's revealed he lost his puppy to the zombies. That's sad enough in itself but when it's revealed it wasn't his puppy, but his SON....


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