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"Stalker: A week ago... Something strange happened.
Persephone: What was that?
Stalker: I died."
― Tasakeru
"You know that line they feed you in boot camp, "You can rest when you're dead"? Complete bullshit!"
― Alcatraz, Crysis 2: Legion
"We are not among the living, so we cannot die - but neither are we dead."
― Hector Barbossa (Pirates of the Caribbean)

The ability to use the abilities of an undead. Variation of Mythic Physiology. If the user loses their physical body, they gain Ghost Physiology.

Also Called

  • Anti-Dead Physiology
  • Cadaverism
  • Cadaver Form/Mimicry/Physiology
  • Corpse Form/Mimicry/Physiology
  • Forsaken Physiology (Warcraft)
  • Necrotic Form/Mimicry/Physiology
  • Undead Form/Mimicry
  • Undeath

Capabilities

User with this ability either is or can transform into an undead, corporeal beings in mythology, legend or fiction that are deceased yet behave as if alive. A common example is a corpse re-animated by supernatural forces, by the application of the deceased's own life force or that of another being (such as a demon).

Users with this power lack physical weaknesses, such as pain, need to rest, vulnerability to environmental effects, etc, while some still need to consume various substances (blood, flesh, life-force). Being clinically dead, their brains and bodies are immune to most powers that affect living beings.

Applications

Variations

Types of Undead:

For a variety of corporeal undead, see here.

Associations

Limitations

  • Supernatural Hunters are more than capable to handle the undead.
  • May be difficult, or impossible to revert back to a normal form.
  • May need to consume living flesh, blood, life energy, etc. in order to survive.
  • May still decay and rot.
  • Motor skills may be impaired.
  • May be unable to heal injuries.
    • User may lose limbs or not have limbs.
  • Not feeling pain may not always be beneficial.
  • Certain undead may have a natural vulnerability to certain substances, forces, or items which they are powerless to defend against (I.E.-sunlight, silver, fire, salt, jade).
    • In some mythologies, salt can be used to force transformation from this state.
  • Damage to the brain may result in an instant kill, even in this form.
  • Dark Arts, Necromancy and other forms of Magic may be used to control the user.
  • Undead Manipulation

Known Users

See Also The Undead and Undead Index.

Cartoons/Comics

  • Death Judges (2000 AD)
  • Durham Red (2000 AD)
  • Rotgut (Ace Lightning)
  • The Lich (Adventure Time)
  • Marceline the Vampire Queen (Adventure Time)
  • Ayam Aghoul (Aladdin: The Animated Series)
  • Tanya (Batman & Dracula: Red Rain)
  • Ectonurites (Ben 10)
    • Ghostfreak
    • Zs'Skayr
  • Translyians (Ben 10)
    • Frankenstrike
    • Viktor
  • Thep Khufans (Ben 10)
    • Kuphulu
    • Snare-oh
  • Vladats (Ben 10: Omniverse)
    • Lord Transyl
    • Whampire
  • Briar Harvestar (Bone)
  • Cappy (Casper's Scare School)
  • Senior Citizombies (Codename: Kids Next Door)
  • Ghosts (Danny Phantom)
  • Half-ghosts (Danny Phantom)
    • Danny Fenton/Danny Phantom
    • Vlad Masters/Vlad Plasmius
  • Freakshow (Danny Phantom); via Reality Gauntlet
  • Batman of Earth-43 (DC Comics)
  • Solomon Grundy (DC Comics)
  • Frankenstein (DC Comics)
  • Bride of Frankenstein (DC Comics)
  • Young Frankenstein (DC Comics)
  • Andrew Bennett (DC Comics)
  • Greta Hayes/Secret (DC Comics)
  • Ghouls (Fables)
  • Black Tarantula (Fox Feature Syndicate)
  • Sparky (Frankenweenie)
  • Grim (The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy); possibly
  • Irwin (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy/Underfist)
  • Dracula (Hotel Transylvania)
  • Mavis (Hotel Transylvania)
  • Frank/Frankenstein (Hotel Transylvania); possibly
  • Eunice (Hotel Transylvania); possibly
  • Murray (Hotel Transylvania)
  • Zombies (Hotel Transylvania)
  • D'compose (Inhumanoids)
  • Marvel Zombies (Marvel Comics)
  • Dead Girl (Marvel Comics)
  • Death Ninja (Marvel Comics)
  • N'Kantu The Living Mummy (Marvel Comics)
  • Blade (Marvel Comics)
  • Ghost Riders (Marvel Comics)
  • Vampires (Marvel Comics)
    • Baron Blood
    • Bloodscream
    • Bloodstorm
    • Deacon Frost
    • Dracula
    • Hellcow
    • Hannibal King
    • Jubilee; formerly
    • Lilith Drake
    • Spitfire
    • Varnae
  • The Avengers of the Undead (Marvel Comics)
  • King Yod (Megalex)
  • Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
  • The Stitched (The Stitched)
  • Shredder (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012)
  • Wuya (Xiaolin Showdown)

Literature

  • Carmilla (Carmilla)
  • Vladimir Tod (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod)
  • Reginald "Reg" Shoe (Discworld)
  • Windle Poons (Discworld)
  • Mr. Slant (Discworld)
  • Baron Saturday (Discworld)
  • Ghouls (The Dresden Files)
  • Count Dracula (Dracula)
  • Ghouls (Fafhrd And The Gray Mouser)
  • Frankenstein's Monster (Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus)
  • Ghosts (Harry Potter)
  • Inferi (Harry Potter)
  • Peeves (Harry Potter)
  • Barrow-wights (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Draugr (The Morganville Vampires)
  • All vampires and vampire-chameleons (Shadow Falls)
  • Akasha (The Vampire Chronicles)
  • Lestat de Lioncourt (The Vampire Chronicles)

Live Television/Movies

  • Eva (Army of Darkness)
  • Sally Malik (Being Human)
  • Annie Sawyer (Being Human)
  • Vampires (Blade Trilogy)
  • Vampires (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel)
  • Jack O'Toole (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Warren Mears (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Bio-mechanical demonoid (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
    • Adam
    • Forrest Gates
  • Nazi Zombies (Dead Snow)
  • Aukon (Doctor Who: State of Decay)
  • Camilla (Doctor Who: State of Decay)
  • Zargo (Doctor Who: State of Decay)
  • Deadites (The Evil Dead franchise)
  • Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th)
  • Elsa Hyde (Here Come The Munsters!)
  • Grim (Horrible Histories)
  • Mateo Rodriguez (Imortal)
  • Vampires (Imortal)
  • Fangires (Kamen Rider Kiva)
  • Houka Ozu (Mahou Sentai Magiranger)
  • The Twins (Matrix Reloaded)
  • Baboo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
  • Imhotep (The Mummy)
  • Herman Munster (The Munsters)
  • Charlie Munster (The Munsters)
  • Sarah (My Babysitter's a Vampire)
  • Erica (My Babysitter's a Vampire)
  • Rory (My Babysitter's a Vampire)
  • Jesse (My Babysitter's a Vampire)
  • Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
  • Count Orlok (Nosferatu)
  • Church/Winston Church (Pet Sematary)
  • Tristan (Polterguests)
  • Squiffy (Polterguests)
  • Kneecaps (Polterguests)
  • Rinshi (Power Rangers Jungle Fury/Juken Sentai Gekiranger)
  • Ghouls (Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue)
  • Batlings (Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue)
  • Leelee Pimvare (Power Rangers Mystic Force)
  • Necrolai (Power Rangers Mystic Force)
  • Nicorli (Power Rangers Mystic Force)
  • Vida Rocca (Power Rangers Mystic Force)
  • Broodwing (Power Rangers S.P.D.)
  • Nikola Tesla (Sanctuary)
  • Darth Sidious (Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker)
  • Vampires (True Blood/The Sookie Stackhouse Novels)
    • Sookie Stackhouse
    • Eric Northman
    • Bill Compton
    • Pamela Swynford De Beaufort
    • Jessica Hamby
  • Hybrids (Underworld)
  • Selene (Underworld)
  • Vampire Girl (Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl)
  • Vampires (The Vampire Diaries)
  • Walkers (The Walking Dead)
  • Juliet Van Heusen (Wizards of Waverly Place)

Anime/Manga

  • Diva (Blood+)
  • Saya Otonashi (Blood+)
  • Chiropterans (Blood+)
  • Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess)
  • Arystar Krory III (D. Gray-Man)
  • Mummymon (Digimon)
  • Myotismon (Digimon)
  • SkullGreymon (Digimon)
  • SkullSatamon (Digimon)
  • Fangs the Vampire Man (Dragon Ball)
  • Baby (Dragon Ball GT)
  • Silver Fullbuster (Fairy Tail)
  • Alucard (Hellsing)
  • Seras Victoria (Hellsing)
  • Ghouls (Hellsing)
  • Them (Highschool of the Dead)
  • DIO (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
  • Kaguro (Kekkaishi)
  • Ayumu Aikawa (Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?)
  • Evangeline Athanasia Katherine McDowell (Mahou Sensei Negima!)
  • Morborgran (Mahou Sensei Negima!)
  • The Six Paths of Pain (Naruto)
  • Brook (One Piece); via the Yomi Yomi no Mi
  • Hogback's Zombies (One Piece)
  • Ainz Ooal Gown (Overlord)
  • Shalltear Bloodfallen (Overlord)
  • Yuri Alpha (Overlord)
  • Panty (Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt)
  • Stocking (Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt)
  • Moka (Rosario+Vampire)
  • Kokoa (Rosario+Vampire)
  • Kahlua (Rosario+Vampire)
  • Aqua (Rosario+Vampire)
  • Issa Shuzen (Rosario+Vampire)
  • Gyokuro Shuzen (Rosario+Vampire)
  • Akasha Bloodriver (Rosario+Vampire)
  • Ling Ling Wong (Rosario+Vampire)
  • Tsukune Aono (Rosario+Vampire)
  • Ghosts (Shaman King)
  • Wrath of the Pharaoh (Soul Eater)
  • Mosquito (Soul Eater)
  • Abel Nightroad (Trinity Blood)
  • D (Vampire Hunter D)
  • Magnus Lee (Vampire Hunter D)
  • Rin Azuma (Yozakura Quartet)

Mythology/Folklore

  • Jiang Shi (Chinese Mythology)
  • The Grim Reaper (Folklore); sometimes
  • Gashadokuro (Japanese Mythology/Folklore)
  • Ghouls (Mythology/Folklore)
  • Zombies (Mythology/Folklore)
  • Skeletons (Mythology)
  • Draugr (Norse Mythology/Folklore)
  • Glámr (Norse Mythology/Folklore)
  • Gunnar (Norse Mythology/Folklore)
  • Koschei the Deathless (Russian Mythology)

Video Games

  • Bottles (Banjo-Kazooie)
  • Rachel Alucard (BlazBlue)
  • Hazama/Yuuki Terumi (BlazBlue)
  • Rayne (BloodRayne)
  • Drowning Doom (Brütal Legend)
  • Bi-O (Bust a Groove 2)
  • Dracula (Castlevania)
  • Ghost Widow (City of Heroes)
  • Hollows (Dark Souls series)
  • Undead (Dark Souls series)
  • Unkindled (Dark Souls III)
  • The Drowned Crew (Darkest Dungeon)
  • Drowned Thralls (Darkest Dungeon)
  • Fungal Artillery (Darkest Dungeon)
  • Fungal Scratcher (Darkest Dungeon)
  • Ghouls (Darkest Dungeon)
  • The Necromancer (Darkest Dungeon)
  • The Prophet (Darkest Dungeon)
  • Squiffy Ghast (Darkest Dungeon)
  • Hsien-Ko (Darkstalkers)
  • Jericho Cross (Darkwatch)
  • Zombies (Dead Rising)
    • Frank West (Dead Rising) should he fail to get Zombrex
    • Katy Greene (Dead Rising 2) should she fail to get Zombrex
    • Tyrone King (Dead Rising 2) should he fail to get Zombrex
  • Lich (Dota 2)
  • Pudge (Dota 2)
  • Undying (Dota 2)
  • Wraith King (Dota 2)
  • Vampires (The Elder Scrolls)
  • Draugr (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
  • Pious Augustus (Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem)
  • Zombies (Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem)
  • Gaicoz (Grand Chase)
  • Lich (Grand Chase)
  • Cole MacGrath (inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood)
  • Bloody Mary (inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood)
  • First Borns (inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood)
  • Spinal (Killer Instinct)
  • Nightwalker Heartless (Kingdom Hearts)
  • The Infected (The Last of Us)
  • Kain (Legacy of Kain)
  • Vampires (Legacy of Kain)
  • Ancients (Legacy of Kain)
  • Stalfos (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Dark Purveyors (Lollipop Chainsaw)
  • Killabily (Lollipop Chainsaw)
  • Lucian (Lunar Knights)
  • Frank (Madworld)
  • Brigade (Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects)
  • Sir Daniel Fortesque (MediEvil)
  • Vamp (Metal Gear Solid)
  • Scorpion (Mortal Kombat)
  • Noob Saibot (Mortal Kombat)
  • Nitara (Mortal Kombat)
  • Cofagrigus (Pokémon)
  • Undead (Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare)
  • Albert Wesker (Resident Evil)
  • Zombies (Resident Evil)
  • Oozes (Resident Evil: Revelations)
  • Zombie Gat (Saints Row)
  • Draug (The Secret World)
  • Zombies (The Secret World)
  • Vampires (The Secret World)
  • Apparitions (Sekiro: Shadow Die Twice)
  • Rottytops (Shantae series)
  • Specter Knight (Shovel Knight)
  • Walter Sullivan (Silent Hill 4: The Room)
  • Ms. Fortune (Skullgirls)
  • Jiang Shi (Sleeping Dogs: Nightmare in North Point)
  • Boo (Super Mario Bros.)
  • Dry Bones (Super Mario)
  • Dry Bowser (Super Mario)
  • Zombie Wario (Super Mario)
  • Mario (Super Mario Galaxy); when using boo mushroom
  • Luigi (Super Mario Galaxy); when using boo mushroom
  • Remilia Scarlet (Touhou Project)
  • Flandre Scarlet (Touhou Project)
  • Yuyuko Saigyouji (Touhou Project)
  • Miyako Yoshika (Touhou Project)
  • Yoshika Miyako (Touhou Project)
  • Vargul (Warcraft)
  • Kel'Thuzad (Warcraft)
  • Liches (Warcraft)
  • Lana'thel (Warcraft)
  • Darkfallen (Warcraft)

Tabletop Games

  • Mummy (RPGs)
  • Ghouls (RPGs)
  • Skeletons (RPGs)

Web Comics

  • The Boogeyman (Grim Tales: After Birth)

Web Original

  • Nixxiom (Planet Dolan)
  • Nox Decious (Stupid Mario Brothers)

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Start a Discussion Discussions about Undead Physiology

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