Zombie

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* '''Minimal cognitive abilities:''' At most they are capable of basic tool use, like using a rock to break a window. They do not make plans or organize, they just respond to stimuli.
 
* '''Minimal cognitive abilities:''' At most they are capable of basic tool use, like using a rock to break a window. They do not make plans or organize, they just respond to stimuli.
 
* '''Hunger:''' They usually have a primal urge to kill and eat live animals, but not carrion. It's not clear why dead zombies hunger, but feeding may slow their rate of decay. Even living zombies won't attack other zombies, although the reason for such behavior is unclear.
 
* '''Hunger:''' They usually have a primal urge to kill and eat live animals, but not carrion. It's not clear why dead zombies hunger, but feeding may slow their rate of decay. Even living zombies won't attack other zombies, although the reason for such behavior is unclear.
* '''Contagion:''' People who are bitten by zombies typically die and reanimate as additional zombies (presuming they are not consumed by other zombies). Even if the condition isn't spread solely by zombie bites, the infection from a bite is certain to kill the victim.
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* '''Contagion:''' People who are bitten by zombies typically die and reanimate as additional zombies (presuming they are not consumed by other zombies). Even if the condition isn't spread solely by zombie bites, the infection from a bite is certain to kill (or "turn") the victim.
 
* '''Slowness:''' Zombies generally don't move very quickly. Unless pursuing prey, the tend to wander aimlessly or become dormant, although some have dim memories of their past lives, which causes them to repeat common behaviors from when they were living. "Fresh" (or living) zombies may be able run as fast as a living human, but they decay and accumulated damage tends to slow them down over time.
 
* '''Slowness:''' Zombies generally don't move very quickly. Unless pursuing prey, the tend to wander aimlessly or become dormant, although some have dim memories of their past lives, which causes them to repeat common behaviors from when they were living. "Fresh" (or living) zombies may be able run as fast as a living human, but they decay and accumulated damage tends to slow them down over time.
 
* '''Relentlessness:''' Zombies generally don't feel pain and will press on regardless of damage. In most zombie movies, the most efficient way of destroying them is to shoot them in the head, as the body won't function if the brain is destroyed. Some zombies can only be defeated by enough damage to make them immobile and harmless, such as total dismemberment. Zombies that are technically alive can be killed by any mortal wound, although lesser injuries will not deter them.
 
* '''Relentlessness:''' Zombies generally don't feel pain and will press on regardless of damage. In most zombie movies, the most efficient way of destroying them is to shoot them in the head, as the body won't function if the brain is destroyed. Some zombies can only be defeated by enough damage to make them immobile and harmless, such as total dismemberment. Zombies that are technically alive can be killed by any mortal wound, although lesser injuries will not deter them.

Revision as of 16:32, 14 January 2013

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