Questions tagged [zombies]

For questions about undead creatures, typically depicted as mindless, reanimated human corpses with a hunger for human flesh.

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How Do We Protect Humans in a Zombie Society?

I'm writing a story where an intelligent zombie society has defeated humans and won. The zombies are the main characters in this story. These zombies: Have human intelligence, emotions, and remember ...
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Can You Protect Yourself From Spores With A Bandana?

Currently I'm working on a project where there's a zombie plague going on that's transmitted through spores (for reference, it's basically like the infection from The Last of Us). I was wondering if ...
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Defending Castle from Zombies

TL;DR: You're defending coastal medieval fortress with help of about 1000 people from attack of zombies. Long version: In my fantasy world, I'm dealing with problem of how would you defend city ...
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2 weeks and a tight budget to prepare for Z-day. How long can I hunker down? [closed]

tl/dr: The zombies are coming. The first will "show up" in two weeks. I have about $3000 to prepare and my plan is to hide in my home for as long as possible. I need to secure my house, buy ...
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How long would a planet of zombies last [closed]

the zombies are infected by a virus, they are clinically dead, yet still able to move around, are compelled to seek out non-infected living people, and are gradually rotting away. Notes: If the head ...
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Zombie diet, why humans? [closed]

Why would zombies eat humans and not any other animals? Are there any chemicals or vitamins that can only be found in human bodies and not other animals?
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How do ghouls reproduce? [closed]

In this world, ghouls are real: undead, zombie-esque creatures that consume dead flesh to survive. Unlike typical zombies, these ghouls are as intelligent as humans; they tend to build lairs near old ...
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How effective is golf equipment against zombies?

A golf club is being besieged by zombies. What standard golfing (and golf-course) equipment would make the most effective weapons to repel them?
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Killing undead fish underwater

To kill zombies on land, you usually have to either chop their head off, burn them down or use purification magic (if it is a fantasy world). But underwater you can't kill the zombies the same way as ...
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How strong can zombies really be?

Assume that average Joe dies in a zombie outbreak and is revived as a zombie pretty much immediately. How strong could that zombie be, assuming that: Zombification is done by "taking over" the brain, ...
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How long would the electricity grid stay up if everyone suddenly died [duplicate]

Given: your classic zombie apocalypse (99.9% die in the first 24 hours, and survivors stop going to work) a developed country (say USA) coal power stations how long after people stopped doing stuff ...
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How can I use the promise of immortal life to sustain and stablize an undead empire?

The heretic Pharaoh Akhanaten and his wife Nefertiti have foolishly turned their backs on the Egyptian gods to embrace the monotheistic faith of Atenism. He has declared himself the son of Aten and ...
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How can a planet full of zombies reproduce and maintain its population?

How can we have a world that is inhabited only by zombies and yet continues to be populated? For the purposes of this question, I envisage the type of zombie that has been infected by a virus, is ...
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Zombie infection is worse than imagined: how can humanity survive? [closed]

This plague takes some of the worst from every zombie movie you might have seen and puts it together. It's airborne and can survive for a week in the air, and it is transmitted to humans through all ...
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How are post apocalyptic police/paramilitary force funded?

Background World has had a disaster that has caused a global breakdown of society, along the lines of Fallout or The Walking Dead (90% of people have died or been turned into flesh-hungry zombies.) ...
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Effects of high-intensity radiation on the undead?

What would happen if a zombie got caught too close to a reactor meltdown, or a vampire decided to intentionally dose themselves with lethal radiation meant to sterilize machine parts? Would enough ...
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Wasp hives in a walking corpse. Why would wasps do this?

Just a bit of background: one of my favorite zombie causers is from the Dead Rising video game series. In it, the undead are reanimated by a wasp-like insect that lays eggs in a corpse (I think. It's ...
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How to design an advanced deadman's switch for the “vitality impaired”?

I don't usually use vampires as main characters. They're normally supporting characters for more, and yet less, human immortals, but I've decided to flesh them out a bit. I was thinking about advanced,...
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What is the scientific explanation that 'curing' undead actually harms them? [closed]

I don't understand why curing/healing the undead actually harms them. I always assume that curing is repairing, therefore it doesn't matter if you're undead, if you have damage (i.e wound) you will ...
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Designing long-term, non-magical zombies

Zombies are their own genre and have many tropes associated to them. There's plenty of questions on here that deal with surviving a zombie apocalypse, but they all assume that zombies are capable of ...
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Feasibility of Digital Zombies [closed]

In an Earth that has long since reached the Singularity, the point at which human life can be uploaded into a digital simulation, and that most humans live inside this simulated world, outside is a ...
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Worse than zombies, part 1 [closed]

At university my peer group started to use the saying "it could be worse, there could be zombies" as a way to tell people to keep things in perspective. The statement always implied two things: ...
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Anatomically Correct Zombie

As requested by JBH, I edited this question to fit the Anatomically Correct Series. The classic zombie is no mystery to anyone: undead, eats people and multiplies by biting humans. Could they ever ...
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What vehicle would be the best one to start a >1000 km travel in a post apocalyptic zombie situation?

In order to define the best vehicle these inputs have to be taken into account: The zombies are the classical ones, "the walking dead" ones are a perfect example (definitely killed only by headshot, ...
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How Could Zombies fit in a natural ecosystem?

In my world, zombies are quite common, and are considered a part of the wild life. Most of the usual flora and fauna are similar to those in IRL. I have three key questions, but I'll put the other ...
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How could the Girl Scouts prove that Twinkies will trigger the zombie apocalypse?

Dear Journal, I spent the morning planning on telling you about how Teresa MacPherson tried to steal Larry away from me and then how much fun last night's camp with the troop was... but I just ...
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Legal Hurdles of the Living Dead. [closed]

Here's the scenario, John's wife died 10 years ago. He has gotten remarried, sold the house, and makes a nice amount of cash with the bicycle business he had formally owned with his dead wife. ...
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Zombie servants are everywhere in the city, what problems does this cause and how do I mitigate them?

A quick rundown on the zombies: The Zombies essentially just Walking Corpses, nothing more special to them than that They are 100% obedient, and have limited intelligence (about the same as something ...
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What measures might an early-medieval society take to deal with draugr?

The Background I have an early medieval/late dark ages society roughly equivalent to Anglo-Saxon Britain or Viking Scandinavia. Everything's fairly normal...apart from the fact that people who drown ...
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Will a knight in shining armor survive this zombie filled task?

When all the fuels are consumed, the bullets are all exhausted, it all comes down to melee weapons in terms of surviving a zombie horde. My question is, will a human in a knights armor be the key to ...
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How to prevent Wikipedia's desire for donations in Bitcoins from enslaving the world

In honor of the 2 year 4 month aniversary of Tim B's infamous How would Facebook Sysadmins prevent the summoning of Cthulhu?... ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 17, 2019 The ...
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Would a zombie-like virus affect animal populations or human populations more? [closed]

My story begins where a virus that can turn all living humans and animals on earth into a sort-of zombie-like decaying state, but also damages their brain, making them violent and unable to think ...
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What would be the best dog breed companion for a zombie apocalypse?

First, let's settle the background. We're in a middle of a virus-induced zombie apocalypse. Infected people don't return from the dead, but have their brain capacities cut to a basic minimum and ...
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How many zombie dinosaurs are there? [closed]

In my world, a combination of silly magic and technology have made all dinosaur/prehistoric animal remains come back to life. I'm assuming that this magic somehow makes the bones and other remains ...
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How does an adolescent became a prominent post apocalyptic leader of a large community? [closed]

My story is set in The Walking Dead universe. Quick explanation for those who don't know what that is: Comic and TV show about zombies and more about how the survivors deal with the apocalypse than ...
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Animal husbandry in post-zombie apocalypse Great Britain

Disclaimer: The scenario here is modelled after the M. R. Carey's book The Girl With All The Gifts and its sequel The Boy On The Bridge, so it will contain some spoilers. Scenario: Most of human ...
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Has any storyteller combined Zombies vs Vampires like [closed]

I envision a world where vampires defend humans from zombies, because vampires depend on (live) humans for food. Has someone already created that world? Please forgive my ignorance. Who fights who? ...
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Zombie killer vehicle [duplicate]

In a The Walking Dead™ world, what vehicle could be cobbled together, or used as is, to be: impervious to zombies - not get bogged, damaged or stopped by "herds" of them kill (severe head trauma is ...
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A different flavor of zombie virus [closed]

So I have a zombie outbreak in one of my stories, not a full blown apocalypse mind you, but a few hundred zombies. Now since this story features super humans, regular zombies stand an even worse ...
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Plausible Components for Zombie Immunization? [duplicate]

I know this is fictional based, but if there's any group with the collective knowledge to help with this question, it would be you guys. Request Any suggestions for 4-5 items that could be collected ...
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Plausible Components for Zombie Immunization?

Thank you everyone. This was certainly not a question with a simple solution, and was far more complicated than I could've imagined. All of you provided so many amazing, insightful responses, ...
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Would it be more or less disastrous if a zombie is curable?

A zombie outbreak is disastrous, but what if a zombie is curable? Let's say: It is the traditional slow movement zombie and has a tendency to attack living people. A zombie has similar strength of ...
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How long would cars continue to be functional after a zombie apocalypse (w/ general maintenance)? [duplicate]

A rather simple question without too many catches. Basically if there were a zombie apocalypse and no society beyond smaller tribal-esque communities how long could cars continue to run? (No real ...
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Safety measures implemented if humanity had won in a Walking Dead style scenario

First of all, I have not seen the show, only read the comics. In that scenario, there are four very important things to know about the zombie apocalypse. No matter where it originated, the virus ...
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Of Nazis and Zombies [closed]

It's 1942 and the Nazis finally perfected a weapon which will change the war : Die Früherwaffe This weapon basicly is some kind of mathematical-magic-powered weapon that allows you to cast spells. It'...
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If all zombies followed the loudest sound around, could they all end up in the same place?

While watching a Walking Dead commercial I saw a vast number of zombies walking in a single uniform march in one direction. I wondered why (not knowing the show) and could only presume they heard a ...
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What would happen if a zombie bit a pregnant woman? [closed]

Let's say during a zombie apocalypse or outbreak a young pregnant woman was bit by a zombie ether on the arm,leg, or shoulder and the virus spread to the child, what would realistically happen? To me ...
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Make zombies & humans coexist [closed]

Preleminary information We are in a post apocalyptic world, the human population is drastically reduced, and radiation "gave birth" to the undead. Long story short, in this zombie world, if there is ...
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How can a necromancer maintain a zombie horde after taking over a country while allowing the human population to thrive?

The zombie empress has unleashed a zombie horde to take over her country. The military has been defeated, with the bodies of their soldiers that are still intact being added to the horde. This ...
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How long would it take to infect the world from Morocco with the kind of zombie virus I've described? [closed]

The virus can attach itself to an unknown bacteria immune to antibiotics (I've simply titled TXT1) that's disguised itself as the common cold, but gets into the bloodstream through the lungs. Then ...