Category: Supernatural Bring, Undead, Living Dead, Human Predator, Zombie
Origin: Resurrection cemetery
NOTE: Although this is, in fact, the site of the first reported outbreak, potentially countless prior outbreaks could be kept under wraps by the military.
Habitat: Depends on how far they have spread by now. For all I know they might be – BEHIND YOU!
General Description: Human and Animal corpses brought back to life by 245 Trioxin. These unfortunate creatures suffer from constant pain caused by continuous decomposition. Fresh human brains seem to be the only medicine capable of easing their pain.
Friends, Associates, and Sidekicks: Other Living Dead
Sworn Enemies: The living
Special Powers: Ability to reason (limited), ability to speak (about brains)
Weapons of Choice: Teeth. Occasionally scalpels and other weapons they succeed in obtaining from their human victims.
Weaknesses: Delicious Human Brains
Hobbies: Collecting World War II memorabilia… just kidding. It’s - Eating Brains!
Pet Peeves: Thick skulls, helmets
1) Send... more... paramedics…
2) Send... more... cops
3) Get that damned screwdriver out of my head!
Total Estimated Power Rating: 7
1 Intellect Points + 4 Base Physical Strength Points + 1 Shock Point + 1 Point for Relative Immortality
Danger Level: Extremely High. The danger of these creatures lies in numbers. You could stop a single living dead, but what would you do when attacked by hundreds or thousands of these ghouls.
Identification: If you see a corpse that happens to be moving, try talking to it. If it responds – it’s one of the living dead, if not – it’s probably one of the living dead anyway. Not to mention that the Living Dead decay, smell, cannot be killed, and constantly beg for brains. Really, face to face identification is quite simple.
To identify them over the radio or telephone is more tricky, however. You may try asking them a question regarding some popular current event or a current celebrity, that only a currently living person would know the answer to. Keep in mind, though, that asking who is the current president, as suggested by some, might prove to be a deadly mistake - "George Bush" might be a correct answer today, but people that died between 1989 and 1993 would give you that answer as well. Instead try something more current and fool-proof, like "What do you know about Paris Hilton?" If they answer that it's a five star hotel in France - you know you are talking to a zombie.
Note: This method does not provide a 100% accuracy. Use at your own risk.
How to Avoid: Move to Canada. Then to Europe. Then to Australia. Then to Antarctica.
Suggested Actions in Case of Encounter:
1) Call 1-800-454-8000 (or 311-555-8674, or 1-800-555-8000) and follow the instructions.
NOTE: Keep in mind we do not endorse this phone service in any way.
2) Distract the ghouls with a recording of 80s aerobics. For some unknown reason the Living Dead are mesmerized by the site of women jumping around in leotards. This method will not work all the time but is worth trying.
3) The Living Dead can be incapacitated by nitrogen (?) based projectile headshot. The effects however are temporary and sometimes last only a few minutes. This technique can only be used to slow down and advancing ghoul.
Suggested Killing Techniques: Unlike in the case of other zombie species, destroying the brains of the Living Dead does not kill them. Even severed body parts of these monsters go on living. Tactical nuclear missiles will, in fact, vaporize the existing living dead. The unfortunate side effect of this technique is that although it destroys the old living dead, it also creates new living dead by spreading 245 Trioxin into areas previously unaffected. Which defeats the purpose of using the nukes on the first place...
The only other viable alternative, is taking each individual corpse affected by 245 Trioxin, canning it inside a relatively air tight container of some sort, and trucking it in open-bed trucks to some military base with the most lax security imaginable. We wholeheartedly believe that this method is entirely fool-proof and don’t see how anything could go wrong.
NOTE: Some unconfirmed reports state that the Living Dead can be killed by electricity. These reports however don’t make any sense and I would not recommend relying on electricity as the sole means of protection.
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Movies and Books Featuring the Character:
- The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
- The Return of the Living Dead II (1988)
- The Return of the Living Dead III (1993)