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IMPORTANT: Not to be confused with the connected phenomena of Vengeful Ghosts (this is for corporeal undead)
Vengeful Dead are an extremely ancient and popular topic in many tales, especially villainous morality plays in which a character (usually immoral) angers the dead and gets a gruesome case of karma at the hands of a corporeal undead such as a zombie, wraith or skeleton.
This kind of retribution is rife in superstition, folklore and classic horror - it remains very popular and likely goes back to our primal past.
- Tales from The Crypt had many cases of murdered victims returning from the dead or people bullied / wronged in life doing similar - almost always exacting a gruesome revenge on the one that wronged them.