Villain Overview
Edgar George Zomboss achieved his Doctorate in Thanatology in only two years. Quickly mastering thanatological technology, he built his fearsome Zombot and set about establishing absolute dominance of his local subdivision.
~ Dr. Zomboss' Almanac entry.

Dr. Edgar George Zomboss is the main antagonist of the Plants vs. Zombies video game and its comic series. He is an undead scientist who controls an army of zombies.

He is voiced by an unknown actor.


He is a zombie that appears to be very short. He has a big brain on his head. He wears his white shirt, and black pants (while white pants in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2) that can tell he is a scientist. Unlike other zombies, he wears fully two shoes.


Dr. Zomboss is an intelligent and evil being, able to construct several powerful machines and to deploy a mass array of zombies in order to thwart Crazy Dave, the players, and their botanical arsenal. He is destructive and ruthless, as seen in Plants vs. Zombies where he will send a giant fireball or an iceball against anything in his way. This was heightened in Plants vs. Zombies 2 in which his creations destroy his own minions; however, he does not seem to feel any regret for these actions.

Dr. Zomboss also shows no concern or remorse toward his enemies per Plants vs. Zombies 2. He sends down many of his henchmen even on lanes where absences of lawn mowers are imminent. He is also arrogant, mocking Crazy Dave most of the time and using profane or vulgar words whenever conversing with him.

Dr. Zomboss is also a smart strategist. He holds a lot of backup plans to fill in should one of his machines malfunction and should the Gargantuars that he stationed to protect the world keys fall.

He has also shown to be deceitful per Plants vs. Zombies 2, able to plague Penny's thoughts when Dr. Zomboss remarked that Crazy Dave constructed Penny from decommissioned parts of Dr. Zomboss' past creation in Pirate Seas - Day 25. Some time later on Wild West - Day 25, he deceived the player and Crazy Dave, by saying that the zombies are just helping out as normal residences of the west. Furthermore, he also remarked that the zombie apocalypse is just a mere illusion. He also used deception on Far Future - Day 25 to persuade the player that they are being misled by Crazy Dave, only to be followed by a hypnosis. This only ended on Dark Ages Day 20 when he said that Plant Food is made from zombies. Some time after the battle, he was foiled out by Penny, revealing that there are no zombies or any other evil substances circulating within Plant Food's nutrition facts.

Overall, his main goal is to persuade Crazy Dave to quit his journey in search for taco, to submit to his will, and to let his and the player's brains be consumed.

However, he is also seen to care about the greater good, as seen by the boss battles of Modern Day. In these, he remarked that time was being distorted and begged the team to stop searching for the taco. He used a Taco with a Waffle in it as a bargaining chip for Crazy Dave.

It is worth noting, though, that despite Zomboss's appeared concern for existence, he still uses portals in battles after the aforementioned events, which would logically distort time further. Some believe that Zomboss could not care less and was lying as yet another attempt to thwart Crazy Dave.


Plants vs. Zombies

He appears on the last level of the roof stage, level 5-10, serving as the game's main final boss along with his Zombot.

Before the fight, the player receives a letter from Zomboss, ordering the player to surrender their brain or they will be taken by force. Crazy Dave begins talking about Zomboss's weakness, continuously tripping up in his own speech. When he ultimately remembers Zomboss's weakness, he is abducted by a Bungee Zombie before he is able to tell the player. After that, the colossal zombie-esque robot climbs up to the roof and the battle begins.

The player must keep planting catapults, Jalapeños and Ice Shrooms to defeat the swarms of zombies, van throws, giant snowballs and magma balls, that the machine drops out.

Once finally won against and the mech starts to deteriorate and dismember, a half-injured Zomboss appears on the damaged head that falls to the roof, to signify the player's victory with a white flag.

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time

After his surrender in Plants vs. Zombies, he returns, probably reanimated from the dead. He appears as the final boss at the end of each world and briefly appears at the midway point of every world to introduce that world's Gargantuar, the secondary boss. He has a different Zombot for every world.

The first four are similar, being able to leap around the board, trample plants, and fire missiles at key points in the player's defenses, also spawning zombies onto the board. The other Zombots have different effects, such as the Sharkatronic Sub using its vacuum mouth to remove plants on the water. Before he strikes he comes up with a way to try to turn the player against Dave and side with the zombies.

In Ancient Egypt, he tries to convince the player that Dave is a cannibal, later in Pirate Seas, he sends Penny into an existential crisis by telling her that she is made of parts of old zombots, then in Wild West, He tells the player that zombies are normal people and Dave is a delusional murderer, sometime later in Far Future, he brainwashes Dave, and so on. 

However, after he is defeated, Dave and Penny counter his verbal attacks, and he warps out to an unknown location, leaving behind a world trophy. It was at first believed that he warped to the Far Future, but after he was defeated there, he still warped out in worlds after. After his defeat in Jurassic Marsh, he snaps and begins his final attack: Project Paradox. He travels to Modern Day, moments before the time travel journey began, to stop Crazy Dave from eating the taco and having a desire to travel back in time, thus meddling with Zomboss's plans. He warps time and summons zombies from all history (and future) to converge on the player.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

Dr. Zomboss plays as the leader of the Zombies Vanquish team, his victory depends on the players.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Dr. Zomboss has successfully taken over Suburbia, and just like the first Garden Warfare, his victory depends on the players.

Plants vs. Zombies Heroes

Dr. Zomboss uses his Hero-Tron 3000 to turn zombies into heroes, but the malfunction of the machine can also turn plants into heroes, and he has to unite all the Zombies Heroes to stop them.

A few days before the event, Dr. Zomboss lauched the imp and a few zombies on the Meteor Z, which transformed the Imp into Huge-Giganticus and those zombies into Galactic Zombies, which forces Beta-Carrotina and her team to stop them.


Have you ever wondered why your neighbor David hungers so? What secret ingredient in the taco would drive his desire? Could it be that he needs your brains as much as we do?
~ Dr. Zomboss in Ancient Egypt Day 25.
I've discovered a mysterious trait in your rattletrap time machine. Its temporal signature is nearly identical to my own creations. Explain to me, how was this "Penny" created in the first place?
~ Dr. Zomboss in Pirate Seas Day 25.
Have you considered that you are sharing in Crazy Dave's madness? There is no zombie outbreak threatening you. You are not using plants to defend your home. The zombies and I are normal people, trying to help you.
~ Dr. Zomboss in Wild West Day 25.
Isn't it so convenient that your neighbor is so helpful in your fight against us zombies? Crazy Dave's apparent incompetence is only eclipsed by his usefulness. However, with one secret word my sleeper agent will turn against you. Listen to me David, "Hypno-Zombnosis".
~ Dr. Zomboss in Far Future Day 25.
A question for you, my Ignoble Foes! Has thou noted how violent thine plants become upon consuming Plant Food? Perchance, hast thou wondered what Plant Food is truly made of? Verily, I shall tell thee. It's zombies! Plant Food is made of zombies!
~ Dr. Zomboss in Dark Ages Night 20.
Yo beach bums! Don't flip your lid. But have you noticed that Chomper and Bikini Zombie have been ultra cozy lately? Could a beachside plant-zombie romance be in bloom? Speaking of which, how sure are you of Chomper's loyalties? I can't help but notice... that plant has the appetite of a zombie. Chew on that land lovers! Later dudes!
~ Dr. Zomboss in Big Wave Beach Day 32.
Gurrreetings! Dr. Zomboss have prehistoric question for pitiful plant friends. Why you hunt for taco? Is taco all it cracked up to be? Could it be... trap? Could it be... trick? Chew on that! Mwwwahahaha unga unga!
~ Dr. Zomboss in Frostbite Caves Day 30.
Do not think to usurp our discovery of fabled Lost City! I and my zombies have already submitted our find to the Eminent Journal of the Missing and the Mislaid! We will publish and you will PERISH!
~ Dr. Zomboss in Lost City Day 32.
Hmmmm... you're in danger above. You're a fool; and so knew I. Hear me now: Ever shall you give up; ever shall you be down; always you'll run aground, I'll revert you. I intend to make you cry: I mean for you to say goodbye: I'm not really that nice a guy - I'll alert you!
~ Dr. Zomboss in Neon Mixtape Tour Day 32.
My infuriation is epocha! Is there nowhen I may go to avoid your imbecilic interference? Say right where your are. I have an enormous rock scheduled to make your acquaintance.
~ Dr. Zomboss in Jurassic Marsh Day 32.
Bah! You leave me no choice but to enact... Project Paradox! I will perceive you soon, fools!
~ Dr. Zomboss prepares for Project Paradox.
I call it... The Boss Mode.
~ Dr. Zomboss in Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare Boss Mode trailer.
Dear Citizens of Suburbia and Everywhere-
Thanks to the limitless reaches of my limitless genius, I am overjoyed to announce that I have taken over Suburbia. You may have noticed from the change in your surroundings, but I realize that as humans your powers of perception are not near to my elevated level. Which is a very elevated level indeed! Your brains, streets, houses, telephone poles, brains, toasters, and game-playing devices are mine. Mine! I can sense before the brain-feasting begins that you would like to know how I took over. Because why wouldn’t you? I am Dr. Zomboss, after all. And this was my most evilly inspired idea yet! I finally decided that only one was brilliant enough to aid me, and once realizing this, I asked myself for help. My future self! The only creature perhaps as smart as I am. Supplied with Z-Tech from future me (who is quite charming and really rather clever), I invented the most horrific, most wonderful, most clever invention of all time! More clever even than the Sun-blot Machine! Than the Awesome Air Stinkifier! Even more than the PopSmarts™ Handy Slicer! I speak of the Z-Mech, which transforms giggly Imps into giggly giant machines of shimmering destruction! Oh, I also created Super Brainz, but he broke every mirror and had to stand in the Time-Out corner. But he is still a brilliant invention! And I, only I, Dr. Edgar G. Zomboss, could have unleashed the Z-Mech and then also put Captain Deadbeard, and all the other zombies, into the fray. You remember them, I know you do! Remember them, and remember it was I who used them to capture Suburbia. It was I! Admit it – you couldn’t have done it. Only I. Wait, what’s that orange roll-y thing that dares to roll on my streets? I must go attend, because no-one rolls on my streets. No one!
Please desist from any thoughts of attacking me, as they would be futile.
~ Dr. Zomboss's message from Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.


  • His middle name "George" is based on the creator of the game, George Fan.
  • As opposed to the other zombies, Dr. Zomboss is shown as highly intelligent, as he has a degree in Thanatology (which is a degree in the study of death), and built his Zombot.
  • He is also the only zombie who can speak in a comprehensible language, while all the other zombies speak through moans and the word "brains".
  • In the comics, he has a pet goldfish bowl since he lost his pet goldfish.
    • He also has a hedgehog named Mr. Stubbins in the Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare comics. 
  • He cursed during the Plants Vs Zombies Nintendo DS trailer in the zombie experiment, due to the presence of a censor bleep.
  • In Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2., there are some mentions about him:
    • He once lost a battle against a tennis ball machine according to the Tennis Star's sticker book.
    • He is a good cook.
    • He was born during the Year of the Naked Mole Rat.
    • He owns a company named Zomboss Inc, though what purpose it serves is unknown.
    • He has an ancestor named Herman P. Zomboss.
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