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Stubbs the Zombie is a Zombie Apocalypse third-person action game with a twist - rather than playing as a human survivor, you are the first zombie, and the entire game basically consists of you lurching around eating brains and expanding the extent of the zombie outbreak. Was made by the same development team responsible for Halo.

This series provides examples of:

  • Action Commands: Used during the dance-battle against the police chief.
  • Affectionate Parody
  • Artificial Stupidity: You can't expect much from zombies, but they recognize your whistling and react accordingly (HUH?). Also, humans are smart enough to run from the slow zombies.
  • Big Bad: Andrew Monday. Though he‘s Not necessarily evil, he seems to care more about his city than he does about the civilians.
  • Black Comedy
  • Blame Game: It’s questionable who started the zombie outbreak. Yes, Stubbs turned people into zombies, but for the most part he only wanted to be with Maggie Monday, but Mr. Skegness wouldn’t allow him anywhere near Stubbs. And of course, it was Otis who was responsible for killing Stubbs in the first place and Dr. Wye for resurrecting him. Not to mention that not only did Andrew Monday build Punchbowl over his grave, he cared more about the city than the civilians. Which presumably allowed Stubbs to spread the virus easier.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Does the lamb count?
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Otis Monday
  • Dirty Communists: Otis' perceived cause of the Zombie Apocalypse.
  • The Dragon: Mr. Skegness, Who lusts for Maggie Monday.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Stubbs is good at... Improvising. See Limit Break below.
  • Hot Mom: Maggie Monday. Even Stubbs falls in love with her. A little something from when he was living. He was a Traveling Salesmen, after all.
  • Limit Break: Stubbs, has the following:
    • Fartillery: stuns enemies around Stubbs
    • Exploding organ-grenades
    • Grand Theft Me: using his severed hand as a mind control device
    • Exploding bowling ball head
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Stubbs is actually Andrew Monday's father.
  • Mythology Gag: A zombie outbreak in Pennsylvania.
  • Night of the Living Mooks: Every one of your or or your minions' victims, bar the possessed humans.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Stubbs himself is essentially a somewhat-intelligent superzombie. The many zombie Mooks you create subvert the big zombie rule by being able to keep fighting even after they've gotten their heads blown off.
    • Indeed, a disembodied torso with one arm will still crawl around trying to catch humans.
  • Pre-Ass-Kicking One-Liner: Delivered, unsurprisingly, by the enemies. "I'll show you HARD SCIENCE!"
  • Raygun Gothic: In 1959, billionaire philanthropist Andrew Monday founds the town of Punchbowl, Pennsylvania; THE CITY OF TOMORROW! and the setting for the game.
  • Refuge in Audacity: You are a zombie, eating the brains of everyone in sight with brief cutscenes of them begging for their lives (with some intensely funny pleas) before you chow down and turn them into mindless zombie minions. And it's hilarious!
    • At one point you are given the opportunity to pee in the local water supply to make more zombies. "Press 'R' to Pee".
      • You fight the police chief in a cheap DDR-lite contest. And no, it isn't a case of "using DDR mechanics to control combat," oh no, you actually have a DANCE duel.
  • Shout-Out: At one point, Stubbs stands in front of a large American flag giving a rousing speech to his zombie minions in a manner reminiscent of any number of war movies, but especially the famous scene from Patton. (Incidentally, the entire speech consists of him saying "braaainss..." albeit in a very inspiring way.)
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The music choice during a Zombie Apocalypse is ...interesting. It does fit the Raygun Gothic setting though.
    • The tunes include "Earth Angel", "My Boyfriend's Back", "Mr. Sandman", "If I Only Had a Brain" and others, covered by current alt bands. The trope is played entirely straight with such upbeat tunes playing while you eat peoples' brains and turn them into mindless zombie minions. Subverted in that, if you notice, all of the song titles and lyrics could have alternate, ominous meanings in the context of the game. Further subverted in the the whole point of the game is to be an Affectionate Parody of the zombie genre and the Soundtrack Dissonance helps make it all the more silly.
  • Strapped to An Operating Table
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Stubbs' head, inner organs, a dynamite mound, etc.
  • The Undead: Unexpected, I know.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: You're a zombie. You eat brains. Before you chow down on someone's head, they will hilariously beg for their life. Not like that will stop you from eating their brains anyway.
  • Villain Protagonist: Stubbs was probably a real stand-up guy before the whole desire to consume the flesh of the living bit.
    • A traveling salesman to be precise.
    • To explain, in a What Did I Ever Do To You scenario, Stubbs has ruined an eco-friendly paragon-model city (sabotaging most of it's future expansion plans), killed thousands of people, zombified at least one, ruined his self-made multimillionare son's dreams and killed his own wife. The city was in no way responsible for his death, as it was built by someone who wasn't even born when Stubbs died.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: And guess who gets to cause it all?
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