Zombies are primarily antagonists in Phantom Blood. Those who have their blood sucked out by a vampire are infected with a vampiric extract, turning them into zombies who no longer feel pain. Any organism, from living beings to long-buried corpses to even amalgamated animals, can be made into a zombie. Zombies can be distinguished by their rotting stench and inhuman appearance, the results of their bodies' continuous decay. Like vampires, they possess an insatiable thirst for blood, and can spread their vampiric extract by sucking others' blood; thus, zombies are able to multiply rapidly, to the point that creating one zombie can convert a majority of a cruise ship's occupants in mere minutes. However, like vampires, zombies are beings whose natural "flow" of energy has been reversed; as such, both sunlight and the Ripple can nullify a zombie's energy, disintegrating its body and, in some cases, briefly reviving its human soul.
Though their physical strength and speed are greatly enhanced, zombies typically possess none of the special powers of vampires. Some zombies, such as Adams and Doobie, choose to hide their true appearance through disguises and use their abilities in surprise attacks; others, like Wang Chan and Bruford, use their enhanced strength in combination with weapons. A human with particularly strong willpower may maintain their personality as a zombie, albeit a corrupted version of it due to their undead form and bloodlust. As a result, some zombies base their methods of attack on their lives as humans, making them unique and unpredictable.
List of Zombies