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Zombie Taxonomy

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Zombie Terminology


TWD = The Walking Dead

FTWD = Fear the Walking Dead

TWB = The World Beyond

WWZ = World War Z





Living Dead


Movies and Television:

Biters (TWD)

Blasters (Z Nation): Zombie irradiated by a nuclear reactor blast.

Blends (Z Nation): Half-zombie, half-human

Bonies (Warm Bodies)

Cold Bodies (TWD “No Sanctuary”)

Creeper (TWD “Walk with Me”)

Deadheads (Z Nation)

Deadie (TWD)

Dead Ones (TWD): S5 Terminus member calls them ‘dead ones’.

Eaters (FTWD, S5.E11): Wes says his brother might think he has become an ‘eater.’ Although he is lying about his brother waiting for him, he uses Alicia and Victor to return to the police station to retrieve the book manuscript a man stole from him. 

Empties (TWB)

Fleshies (Warm Bodies)

Floaters (TWD)

G’s (WWZ): for Ghouls

Geeks (TWD)

Ghoulies (Daybreaker

Goner (Z Nation S5.E2)

Growlers (FTWD)

Guardians (TWD): The Whisper group refers to them zombies in positive terms. 

Hawkings (Zombieland: Double Tap)

Homers  (Zombieland: Double Tap)

The Hungry Ones (TWD) S9. How the Whisperers  (Alpha in the first instance) refer to zombies along with Guardians (first used by Beta).

Infected (28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, FTWD, and numerous others)

Lamebrains (TWD, S2.E8)

Lurkers (TWD “Walk with Me”)

Los Muertos (FTWD, Z Nation)

Monsters (TWD, and others)

Mortally Challenged (Z Nation, S5.E2)

Munchers (FTWD, S5.E12): Sarah says: “Wen and I have been funding the pavement since before the munchers were munchin’.”

Necrotics (Eat, Brains, Love)

Ninjas (Zombieland: Double Tap)

Post-Dead Folks (Z Nation, S5.E2)

Puppies and Kittens (Z Nation)

Rippers (TWD) S10.E13

Roamers (TWD, S2.E9)

Rots (TWD) S8E6

Rotters (TWD)

Saifu (WWZ)

Sickos (TWD) S9 The term used by the group introduced in season 9 that includes Connie, and Kelly, Luke, Magna, and Yumiko.

Skin Bags (TWD)

Skin Eaters (TWD)

Stenches (Land of the Dead)

Stumblers (FTWD)

Munchers (FTWD)

The Passed (FTWD)

Skin Bags (FTWD)

T-800s (Zombieland: Double Tap)

Talkers (Z Nation, S5.E1): Zombies that retain cognitive abilities. The ‘Black Rain’, George (Katy O’Brien),  says it’s on account fo their souls remaining conscious even though their bodies have died: “The dead don’t just walk. Now they talk.” Talkers are possibly in between Zs and Human

Those things (Night of the Living Dead): This is the most used reference to the zombies.

Walkers (TWD, FTWD)

The Wasted (TWD) S6E15

White Walkers (Game of Thrones)

Z’s (Z Nation)

Zachs (WWZ)

Zed Heads (WWZ)


Shamblers (Feed)

Hungries (The Girl with all the Gifts, The Boy on the Bridge)

Rotters (The Deadlands)

Shambler (Broken Lands [p.113]) [Ravager, p.113?]

Skrakes (Last Ones Left Alive)

Skels (Zone One)

Stragglers (Zone One)

Zoms (Rot & Ruin)

El Muertos (“The Crossing of Aldo Ray”)

Los Muertos Vivientes (Broken Lands [P.10]): Spanish for ‘The Living Dead’

Dead Ones (TWD): GN. Hershel calls them ‘Dead Ones’.

‘Squares’, ‘suckers’, ‘saps’ (Zone One): How the character Gary refers to the dead in different ways. (p.25)

Other Terminology:

For the apocalypse:

First Night (Rot & Ruin series):

The Rising (Newsflesh series):

Zompocalypse (Z Nation. S5.E4 “Pacifica”): George [describing the town of Pacifica]: “everybody’s equal. Black, white, gay, straight, Talkers and humans.”Doc “Who woulda thunk it? The Zompocalypse, nature’s great equalizer.”

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