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 Do all Zombies fear heat and flames?
 Yes 0 0%
 No 12 100%
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Well its safe to say that being a zombie is usually some type of infection right?
Well there are some viruses that react to fire, so its fair to assume that an infected zombie would have some type of reaction to it. And that reaction would be different according to the host that virus infected. Anything from flailing arms to darting eyes, which we interpret as fear or pain is nothing more than a simple reflex to the fire.

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That's a good point.

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ZOMBIES ALWAYS FEAR FIRE IMO BUT WHAT DO I KNOW BUT WHAT DO I KNOW I AM A SUICIDAL POPTART! LOLOLOLOL
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ZOMBIES ALWAYS FEAR FIRE IMO BUT WHAT DO I KNOW BUT WHAT DO I KNOW I AM A SUICIDAL POPTART! LOLOLOLOL

If your not careful....we'll stick you in a toaster and just see how much heat you can deal with......all that oooyey goodness......mmmmmh....sticky sweet baby.  

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In a way you pretty much have to leave it up to the writer/director. When you pick up the book or start the movie you are entering their creation. There is no way to enjoy it if you are going to be fighting the writer every minute you are reading/watching. I've known more than a few people that had this problem with the book "The Road". If George Romero wants zombies to be afraid of fire they shall be. If Zack Snyder wants them to run screaming through fire they shall. My God, we're turning into Trekkie's debating what fantasy is right.

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It really depends on what type of Zombie and the series of films/books/games it's in....

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The only thing zombies fear is Chuck Norris.......must be like an instinct kind a thing. 
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I feel to answer this poll question, you must ask why (for you, in your universe) do zombies feel the need to feed?

If zombies eat because it is our most basic instincts, and a zombie brain is only active on its most basic levels, then fear should probably be part of the zombie brain.**

According to the documentary "Why Dogs Smile and Chimpanzees Cry," the brain evolved in layers, like an onion.  The most primitive level at the base of the brain stem is the reptilian brain.  Animals with only this layer show only the basic needs of survival: feeding, breeding, and fear.  FEAR, according to that documentary, is the most basic emotion common to all life, and it is the most basic and immediate trigger that keeps its lifeform alive.  Fear is experienced by all forms of life above molds and fungus.

SO, even if zombies can't FEEL pain, they cannot learn from this newfound ability to withstand it (presumably), and they MAY still have that instinctual reaction to extreme heat and fire like any other animal, even though they may not startle at the sound of a gunshot.

I agree with Alex however.  DocT, the biggest reason you got zero votes in the affirmative is your wording of the question and using the word "all."  I think you would have gotten a similar response if you had asked "do all zombies NOT fear heat and flames?"


** this is based on the explanation most often ASSUMED to cause the dead to seek food, spelled out best (IMO) in the Resident Evil movie:
"The subjects have the simplest of motor functions. Perhaps a little memory. Virtually no intelligence. They are driven by the basest of impulses, the most basic of needs.
- Which is?
- The need to feed."

I don't recall if this is exactly stated in any Romero movies.  I THINK he never gave a definitive reason why they wanted to eat and left it as a social commentary about consumerism.  If that's the zombie you're going for, then they can or cannot fear or seek whatever you want them to, as InstigatorNine, SlenderMan and Nurgle hinted at.

But I feel you have to approach this FICTION from the ground up.  Whatever reasons you give for the undead attacking the living, you should be prepared to answer for some side-effects that would naturally go along with that reasoning as well.  If logic is your thing, that is.  (IMO, this is something a writer should embrace, rather than fear, in this day and age of zombie writing.  It would give you more authority or ethos as writer and distinguish you from others.  ...IMO.)
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I dub thee Professor Doomsday with a PhD in zombology. Nice post. 
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I love the unanimous opinion in the poll. 
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