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Zombies are recurring antagonists of the video game Dead Rising and are found in every level of the game, they are slow-moving and mindless creatures driven by a hunger for human flesh and are thus quite similar to the zombies found in Night Of The Living Dead.


Like most zombies, they were once innocent people infected with a plague that made them into undead. A bite from a zombie will cause the infection to spread and their primary weak spot is the head.

The zombie plague in the "Dead Rising" Franchise are caused by genetically altered wasps that were created in an experiment that was meant to reduce the cost of breeding cows. Killing a wasp queen is somehow able to cause every zombie in a radius to have their heads explode and are required to produce Zombrex, a drug that suppresses zombie infection.

When bitten by a zombie it takes on average around 24 hours to become one, though it varies greatly from person to person, and can sometimes depend on where the person is bit (for example, a person bit in the neck will transform within seconds and this is shown in Dead Rising 2, while a bite on an arm or on a leg may take longer). However, if a person is bitten by more than one zombie multiple times, then this may quicken the process.

The only exceptions are perhaps Chuck Greene and Frank West, who both sustained many bites from zombies over the course of games and never became zombies. This is meant for gameplay purposes, but Isabela notes that Frank does have a high resistance to the infection. Gretchen Peregrine explained that a bite needs to be somewhat deep to infect a person.

In Dead Rising, zombies become more aggressive at night. This can easily be observed in any zombies due to their glowing red eyes or by looking at zombies near a Queen that has its eyes red as well in darkness. Zombies can also endure much more punishment at night: for example a Level 50 Frank can jump kick a normal zombie, killing it in one hit. At night, however, it takes two kicks. Between 7 PM to around 7 AM daily, zombies are aggressive with more durability and their red eyes brighter. If Frank stays on one load screen, the zombies never lose their red eyes and evening aggression.

However, this is not consistent throughout the series: unlike Dead Rising, zombies in Chop Till You Drop are weaker at night.



  • Evolved zombies
  • Bowler zombies
  • Carrier zombies
  • Fat zombies
  • Hairdresser zombies
  • Mechanic zombies
  • Military zombies
  • Waitress zombies
  • Cop zombies
  • Rusher and fat rusher zombies
  • Gas Zombies
  • Handbag-wielding zombies
  • Protester Zombies
  • Cocktail Dress Zombies
  • Kitty zombies
  • Dealer Zombies
  • Showgirl zombies
  • Bride zombies
  • Massager zombies
  • Fanboy zombies
  • Security zombies
  • Researcher zombies
  • Wrestler zombies
  • Uranus Zone zombies
  • Knife-wielding zombies
  • Scare zombies
  • Mad zombies
  • Construction worker zombies
  • Cart zombies
  • Propane tank zombies
  • Male and female zombies
  • Zombie survivors
  • Zombie animals
  • Firefighter zombie
  • Prisoner zombie
  • Football Player zombie
  • King zombie
  • Special Ops zombie


  • Brad
  • Jesse
  • Barnaby
  • Cliff
  • Jo
  • Kent
  • Greg Simpson
  • Gordon Stalworth
  • Heather Tompkins
  • Jolie Wu
  • Leah
  • Rachel
  • Susan
  • Wayne Blackwell
  • Cheryl Jones
  • Jonathan Picardsen
  • Ronald Shiner
  • Simone Ravendark
  • Freddie May
  • Burt Thompson
  • James Ramsey
  • Barbara Patterson
  • Kathy Peterson
  • Ryan LaRosa
  • Aaron Swoop
  • Floyd Sanders
  • Sally Mills



           Dead Rising Villains


Dead Rising
Paul Carson | Steven Chapman | Larry Chiang | Convicts | Hall Family | Cliff Hudson | True Eye | Sean Keanan | Adam the Clown | Cletus Samson | Jo Slade | Carlito Keyes | Isabela Keyes | Special Forces | Kent Swanson | Brock Mason | Russell Barnaby

Dead Rising: Case Zero
Jed Wright

Dead Rising 2
Looters | Antoine Thomas | Ted Smith | Snowflake the Tiger | Brandon Whittaker | Leon Bell | Mercenaries | TK's Associate and Bodyguards | Carl Schliff | Randy Tugman | Brent "Slappy" Ernst | Amber and Crystal Bailey | Reed Wallbeck | Roger Withers | Gas Zombies | Dwight Boykin | Seymour Redding | Hunters (Deetz Hartman | Johnny James | Earl Flaherty | Derrick Duggan |) Pearce Stephens | Mark Bradson | Bibi Love | Raymond Sullivan | Tyrone King | Phenotrans

Dead Rising 2: Case West
Harjit Singh | Marian Mallon

Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
Chuck Greene | Evan the Clown | Stacey Forsythe

Dead Rising 3
Hunter Thibodeaux | Albert Contiello | Darlene Fleischermacher | Dylan Fuentes | Sgt. Hilde Schmittendorf | Jherii Gallo | Kenny Dermot | Ronald "Red" Jackson | Theodore Lagerfeld Jr. | Harry "Zhi" Wong | General Hemlock | Adam Kane | Spider

Dead Rising 4
Sandra | Sadistic Claus | Captain Black Fridaybeard | Grim Gobbler | Cult Leader | Sibyle | Scare King | Tom Pickton | Fontana | Calder

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