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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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Zombie infection is worse than imagined: how can humanity survive? [on hold]

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?

My story is set in The Walking Dead universe. Quick explanation for those who dont know what that is: Comic and tv show about zombies and more about how the survivors deal with the apocalypse than the ...
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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 ...
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Moving stealthy in an hostile enviroment

I'm in the middle of sketching out a new story, settled a post-apocalyptic version of our present. The main feature of this enviroment would be blind, mindless, aggressive and contagious versions of ...
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Would medieval fortifications be effective in a zombie apocalyptic world?

Living in Budapest I see almost everyday the Budapest Castle. Being into zombies I often wonder how useful could be a castle of this kind in a world where zombies taken over. Most, if not all, the ...
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How does a zombie worshiping tribe survive?

In The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks, one of the tales depicts a tribe in the Pacific who, in a sense, worship the zombie virus as a gift for immortality. When the villagers ...
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Where can zombies get the energy required to keep moving? [closed]

In my world, there has been a zombie apocalypse at some point in the past. Humanity got hit hard by it, and the number of humans has been reduced to a few thousands when it happened. Humanity managed ...
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How would the American government react to a Walking Dead style zombie apocalypse? [closed]

The Walking Dead zombie are slow, stupid and (relatively) easy to kill. The only thing that supposedly allows an apocalypse to occur because of them is the fact that, in the Walking Dead universe, ...
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How do I make a new and interesting type of “Zombie” creature?

CODE DRIVER In my story, I want to have a world in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, but I also want it to feel different from any other interpretation out there. I call my monsters "Odd People" or "...
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How to preserve a servant zombie

In a world that will tolerate necromancy but will not tolerate the theft of bodies or the killing of others, it is possible to create zombie servants, if a necromancer can find a subject lawfully, and ...
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How many zombies will it take - climbing a pole [closed]

Shortened version of the question: How many zombies would it take to climb a 1 kilometer pole? Extra parameters: I am the last survivor of the human race. I don't need to eat, sleep or drink. I am ...
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Zombie killing structure that's easy to construct, durable and low maintenance?

What would be an effective zombie killing structure that an average person could put together in a typical suburban neighborhood? Previous discussion that touched on the topic often rely upon ...
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Where is the safest place to be in a zombie Apocalypse [closed]

Where would be the safest place to be in a zombie Apocalypse? For example I would think a large ship would be a good place to be as you could turn seawater into drinking water, you can fish, if the ...
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What would happen in the long term to man-made structures if the Earth was overrun by zombies? [closed]

If the world was overrun by zombies the logical conclusion would be only waterborne life would be left. Due to the fact that they don't make sound and are presumably out of range for any of the dead ...
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Zombies and how they would stack up against an army

While sitting alone in my room today contemplating life I came up with a simple question. How do zombies take over the world when we have armies? Let's just take the US army alone. They fought in ...
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Real-life substance that causes humans to behave similar to Zombies

In my scenario, people behave after a certain "transformation" similar to Zombies. However they are not "undead", meaning that they cannot raise again after their body functions completely are out of ...