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Once a Head crab successfully attaches to a host, the Headcrab will assume control of all their motor functions, able to walk and attack with the host's arms and legs. Through some unknown biological process, the host's hands turn into long, skeletal claws and a massive hole appears in their chest lined with the hosts' ribs, becoming a makeshift "mouth", with their ribs serving as teeth (zombies have been observed to feed by ripping chunks of flesh off of corpses and stuffing them into this maw) Removal of the Headcrab reveals that the host's head is bent abnormally upwards, their hair is matted with blood, and their face is pale, with their eyes shut and mouth open in a frozen scream. In Half-Life 2, the muffled pleas and screams coming from the zombies indicates that the victim may be somewhat aware of their zombified state.
Occasionally, Headcrab zombies may survive losing both legs and their lower torso, and continue to crawl along using their arms. In most cases, a Headcrab remains attached to its host until the zombie is destroyed, although in Half-Life 2, they will occasionally detach from the host if it is rendered immobile by its injuries.
- When a zombie lunges at an opponent in all games of the series, their arm appears to stretch out slightly when they swing. This could just be a graphical embellishment, however.
- In Half-Life and its expansions, standard zombies have a (mostly) human walk. They also have their "claws" up in what could be considered as a "battle-ready position." In Half-Life 2 and its episodes, the standard zombie walk has become a slow, awkward shamble, not unlike that of zombies in the movies. Their claws are also seen being held up closely against their bodies.
- Oddly, Half-Life 2 Zombies wear refugee clothing, even in City 17 where they should be blue like civilian clothing, and at resistance outposts where they should be wearing the resistance standard attire. This can likely be explained as due to refugees' being unarmed, as resistance fighters would be less likely to be killed and a regular Citizen in denim clothing would likely lose their jacket anyway, resulting in virtually the same appearance or a developer oversight in which the zombie model of the citizen clothing layout uses one of the beta white shirts.
- Playing parts of a Half-Life 2 zombie's sound files backwards will produce extremely disturbing yells of pain. The reversed cries have been interpreted as "Oh, God help! Help me!" and "Get it off me!" If set on fire, the victims may say things that might be interpreted as "Why, why, why!?", "Help, God... help! Help me!", "Gaaah!", "Gaaaah, I'm on fire! Gaaaaah!", "My life's fading!", "My eyes sting! Gaaah!", "Put it out!" and even heard as "Yabba, put it out please! GRAAAAGH!" This strongly suggests that the victim is still "alive" and is aware of what is happening to him.
- Coincidentally, part of the zombies' standard cry (which "Help God help" is the reverse of) sounds highly similar to the vulgar expletive for "my penis" in the Hokkien language. Using "my penis" as an expletive in Hokkien is equivalent to saying "What the hell?" or "Damn it!" in the English language.
- The screams of the Half-Life 2 zombies are heard muffled in-game. Speeding up the sound file to the screams shows that the muffled effect is caused by the slowing down of the file. The muffled voice effect is also enhanced by the ambiance of the game.
- In Half-Life 2, the zombies have the same "attacking" growl as the zombies of Half-Life.
- In Half-Life, zombies are seen "feeding" from dead scientists and soldiers by taking flesh from corpses and stuffing it into their chest "mouth." However, this is not seen in Half-Life 2. This behavior might have been scrapped or simply overlooked and not programmed. Another theory is that they put the "food" directly into their stomach.
- In the non-HD variant of Half-Life and its expansions, a zombie's headcrab appears to be "fastened" tighter to the victim's face, revealing the eerie outline of a human skull.
- Two Standard Zombie growls can be heard in the film Drag Me to Hell. The Half-Life series uses many stock sounds heard in many other video games and films.
- As well as being in the movie Drag Me to Hell the Zombie sounds are used in Valve's Left 4 Dead series.
- In Half-Life: Opposing Force, spawning the dead soldier zombie will reveal its pose as that of spawned dead HECU grunt.
- Standard zombies move slower than the player and take some time to swing back. This means that, with enough room, you can run up to a standard zombie, hit it with the crowbar, quickly backtrack a few steps, and repeat this indefinitely, if you need to save ammo.
- In the 1998 version of the Half-Life Prima Guide, Headcrab Zombies are referred to as "Mawmen", most likely because of the mouth made in their chest out of their ribcage.
- In the WC mappack can be found a map named "
boxing". It consists of a small dark room with a boxing ring in the middle, lit by a single lamp. There two Zombies start fighting each other once a bell rings. When the first one is killed, the bell rings again and the remaining Zombie remains still.
- The security guard and HECU zombie models seen in Opposing Force have no HD model.
- In the book The Zombie Recognition Guide, the Head Crab Zombies appear under the name of Crabheads and are mentioned to have come to earth in a meteor.
- In Half-Life 2: Episode 2, in the chapter Freeman Pontifex, after going through the toxic trench and when you get up to the ledge overlooking it, if you look back down, you will see two Zombies spawn out of nowhere and fight each other.
- There is an cut Half-Life audio file (named c1a2_sci_6zomb) in which a scientist frantically orders Gordon to "stop standing around, pick up a gun (most likely, the Glock) and shoot a zombie.
Half-Life and its expansionsEdit
Half-Life 2 and its episodesEdit
List of appearancesEdit
- Half-Life: Day One (First appearance)
- Half-Life: Uplink (Non-canonical appearance)
- Half-Life: Opposing Force
- Half-Life: Blue Shift
- Half-Life: Decay
- Half-Life 2
- Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar
- Half-Life 2: Episode One
- Half-Life 2: Episode Two
- The Zombie Recognition Guide
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|Headcrabs||Headcrab · Fast Headcrab · Gonarch · Lamarr · Poison Headcrab · Standard Headcrab · Headcrab Shell|
|Zombies||Zombie · Fast Zombie · Gonome · Poison Zombie · Standard Zombie · Zombine|
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|Technology||Healing Shower · Thumper|
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