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[[caption-width-right:280:''[[http://www.thezombienation.com/2010/09/20/a-zombie-girlfriend-id-do-it/ And they say romance is dead...]]'']]

->''"My girlfriend is smart, beautiful, and totally in love with me. The only problem is that she really enjoys the taste of human blood. Should I be at all concerned about this?"''
-->-- ''[[WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses Ask That Guy]]'', "Episode 7"

TheUndead are usually scary, but sometimes they're [[EvilIsSexy sexy]] as well, and sometimes, a guy or a gal falls in love with one. A little bit of stalking-the-night and [[HorrorHunger feasting-off-the-bodies-of-the-living]] is no impediment to true romance, after all. When Boy Meets Ghoul, or [[RomanticVampireBoy girl meets vampire]], or, in general, when a normal person meets an attractive member [[GhostShipping of the opposite, uh, side of the border between life and death]], love can flourish. They say that [[ThePowerOfLove love conquers all]]. Maybe it can even conquer undeath?

This probably occurs more often with [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] or [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghosts]] than with any other form of undead creature. Romance with ''actual'' [[OurGhoulsAreDifferent ghouls]] is fairly rare, but the pun was too good for us to resist.

If the love comes first and the (un)death comes later, that's ResurrectedRomance.

A subtrope of InterspeciesRomance. May be a case of MayflyDecemberRomance. See also: KissOfTheVampire, LesbianVampire, RomanticVampireBoy, CuteGhostGirl, ILoveTheDead. May invoke the HemoErotic.

Contrast with {{Robosexual}}, ManOfSteelWomanOfKleenex and DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/BlackButler'', [[spoiler: the Undertaker]] has a case of this. While [[spoiler:putting a bunch of [[CameBackWrong zombies]] on ship [[{{Troll}} just to see what happens]] is bad enough, admitting that you think they're beautiful while ''holding one in your arms'' is just plain [[TheCreepyUndertaker creepy]].]]
* A [[WillTheyOrWontThey possible romantic, or possibly not romantic example]] kickstarts ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': [[PerpetualFrowner Frowning]] [[TheHero teenage guy]] [[ISeeDeadPeople who sees ghosts]] meets [[YouCanSeeMe understandably surprised]] [[CuteGhostGirl Shinigami]] [[BigEntrance who comes in]] [[ThereWasADoor through his window]]. HilarityEnsues, along with over 500 chapters.
** Then the {{Filler}} did this with [[ISeeDeadPeople the guy's little sister]] and a certain [[AnIcePerson Captain]] who is not an elementary student.
* ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'':
** Boy meets vampire, eventually falls in love with her, boy finds out that he's actually a werewolf.
** Also, boy meets babysitter/older sister stand in, she gets turned into vampire, [[spoiler: boy eventually decides he'd rather become a vampire than live without her]].
* ''{{Durarara}}'': Boy meets [[HeadlessHorseman Headless Horsewoman]] and [[spoiler:other boy meets Headless Horsewoman's head]].
** Boy meets buxom girl [[spoiler:symbiotically joined to a demon sword and controlling a pseudo-zombe horde.]]
* A typical ''Manga/FrankenFran'' story usually doesn't start with this as a premise, but that may be how it ends up.[[note]]BoyMeetsGirl, girl gets in a car accident, remainder of girl's body placed in giant bio-reconstructive chrysalis to regenerate while boy helps nurse her back to health, girl emerges seemingly unscathed from chrysalis, boy and girl head to love hotel, girl transforms into monstrous insect creature and eats boy's intestines while he's still alive, reader is now horrified.[[/note]]
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Grizzled mercenary man]] meets [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire vampire]] [[CuteMonsterGirl girl]].
* ''Manga/{{Karin}}'': a classic girl-meets-boy story where the girl is a cute, shy, vampire (actually, a rare type of what you might call a backwards vampire).
* ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie:'' Boy meets {{Necromancer}}, boy gets murdered by a SerialKiller, boy gets revived by said Necromancer, then boy meets MagicalGirl and [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Vampire Ninjas]] and [[AccidentalMarriage accidentally marries one of them]]. And another one and a Magical Girl with multiple lives [[spoiler:who turns out to be the SerialKiller and [[VillainousCrush yet takes a liking into him]]]].
* ''Manga/MyLovelyGhostKana'': [[UnluckyEverydude Boy]] meets CuteGhostGirl haunting his new apartment. Boy drowns his sorrows. Boy has long conversation with ghost about life and death. Boy accidentally gropes ghost, somehow. Ghost is surprised, then excited at the implications of a living boy being able to touch her. Boy and ghost make sweet love, then begin a bizarre, surprisingly tender romance in the apartment where the girl [[MoodWhiplash brutally killed herself many years ago]].
* [[StalkerWithACrush Gosunkugi]] from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' developed a crush on [[CuteGhostGirl Kogane]] while they spent time together during an episode. [[spoiler: But at the end, he gets over it and continues to stalk Akane.]]
** [[spoiler: She had to return back to the netherworld at the end of the episode, as she can only manifest one day a year, but it's implied that he'll still be waiting for her until then.]]
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': Boy meets vampire; she turns him into a ghoul, albeit accidentally. For some reason this doesn't threaten the relationship at all, despite creating the extreme likelihood of him turning into a mindless berserker.
** And of course, Boy also meets [[HornyDevils Succubus]], [[CuteWitch Witch]] [[HotWitch (twice!)]], [[AnIcePerson and Yuki-Onna]]. And although Boy makes it clear that he's only interested in meeting Vampire, [[UnwantedHarem they make it equally clear they don't care]]. Later, boy [[HoYay meets a not gay]] [[SummonMagic Yasha]] who would support the TenchiSolution.
* ''Manga/{{Sankarea}}'': Boy obsessed with the undead meets girl, girl falls off cliff and dies, girl becomes zombie, zombie-girl becomes freeloader in boy's house.
* ''Manga/SazanEyes'': Boy meets immortal, boy killed by immortal's pet, immortal absorbs his soul to resurrect him as a zombie--{{ahem}}--Wu.
* ''Manga/LivingDead'': Boy meets girl and develops a crush, but can't work up the nerve to tell her. Girl dies, becomes a zombie, and moves into boy's home.
* ''TasogareOtomeXAmnesia'': Boy meets girl. Girl turns out to be amnesiac ghost of a 50 year old corpse in the school basement. Mysteries ensue.
* ''Wirbelwind'': girl meets ordinary boy (initially), who then turns into undead, but it's all to the better because she's a [[OurElvesAreBetter Dark Elf]] and now they don't need to {{Wangst}} about [[MayflyDecemberRomance their lifespans]] and incompatible alignments and just adventure together. And fuck, of course, because that's an ecchi adventure manga by the famous H-artist Makoto Fujisaki.
* ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel'' has two separate relationships: Professor and [[spoiler:Tenebraum]], and Mr. Haraki and [[spoiler:Mercelo]].

* The main plot of Tokyo Pop's original English language manga ''My Dead Girlfriend''.
* ''Comicbook/{{Madman}}'' has a normal girl in love with a dead guy who looks weird enough in the costume he almost always wears, but beneath that mask is a person who looks very much like a corpse.
* In the ''Cherry Comics'' parody of Literature/AnneRice, Cherry and Ellie have sex with a vampire, a mummy and a ghost.

* Novembersmith's RPS fan-novel ''FanFic/TheAnatomyOfAFall'' is based on a boy meets ghost scenario.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' fan art, Gumball/[[CuteGhostGirl Carrie]] is [[http://gumballxcarriefans.deviantart.com/ a popular pairing]].
* ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}'': Gamzee has exchanged flirtatious comments with Laneen, the ghost of a troll who is [[IncestIsRelative probably his half-sister]]. Trolls lack an incest taboo, which doesn't help much, especially since both of them were sexually abused by the troll who turned out to be their mother (or as close as one can get to one with troll reproduction) and [[OffingTheOffspring said mother killed Laneen]].
* ''[[Fanfic/GhostghostIknowyoulivewithinme Ghost, Ghost, I Know You Live Within Me]]'': [[Franchise/MassEffect Turian]] meets human girl. Girl dies, becomes ghost and stay with turian. They fall in love. Girl comes back to life and forgets their time together, somewhat...

* In ''Film/IMarriedAWitch'', an ordinary guy falls in love with a nearly 300,000-year-old witch.
* Original ''Film/{{Underworld}}'': Boy meets vampire [[spoiler:and turns into a [[FurAgainstFang werewolf]] himself]].
* In Creator/TimBurton's ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'', the boy meets a dead girl, and ends up [[AccidentalMarriage accidentally married]] to her.
* Creator/TimBurton must like it a lot - ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' tries to marry the 16-year-old Lydia in the movie. And while [[WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} the series]] avoids actual romance between a dead guy and a 12-year-old, the level to which he is obsessed with her shows exactly what Tim had in mind for the two of them.
** In one early episode, we see Beetlejuice has a huge shrine devoted to Lydia in his head. In another he gets split in two and starts fighting himself to impress her - he stops when he realises he's upsetting her. In another he gives Prince Vince excellent advice on how to court her, and then becomes incredibly jealous when it works very well.
* ''Film/{{Casper}}'': has a PuppyLove version of girl meets ghost.
* ''LetTheRightOneIn''. Another PuppyLove version, though a very dark one. Boy meets a strange young girl who turns out to be a vampire. [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise Childhood love]] / [[AxeCrazy violent deaths]] ensue.
* ''InnocentBlood''. Undercover detective meets... vampire (no points for guessing that).
-->"I take lives."
-->"Ya well, if you were perfect you wouldn't still be single."
* ''Film/PromNightIIITheLastKiss''. The fact that [[EvilIsSexy Mary Lou]] is a ghost doesn't turn Alex off, it's her... [[AxeCrazy antisocial behavior]].
* ''Film/TheLostBoys.'' Boy meets (half) vampire and the gang of gothy biker punk vampires who turned her. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity--and carnage ensues]].
* ''Film/NearDark.'' Boy meets vampire and her family of psychotic hillbilly bloodsuckers. Carnage ensues.
* [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Mavis Dracula]] and TokenHuman [[{{keet}} Jonathan]] in ''HotelTransylvania''. Their romance goes on to become the central premise of that movie.
* ''Film/{{Byzantium}}'' has IllBoy Frank meet and subsequently fall for vampire Eleanor.

* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Girl meets vampire and werewolf and love triangle ensues.
* ''Literature/BloodsuckingFiends'': Boy meets freshly turned vampire on the rebound.
* ''LetTheRightOneIn'': Young boy meets apparently-young vampire, and, as with the movie version, puppy love + carnage ensues.
* ''The Vampire's Beautiful Daughter'': Rebecca is a half-vampire, and has to choose between undeath with her father and vampire friends or a human life with her human boyfriend Johnny. The story is told from Johnny's point of view.
* ''Demon In My View'' by Creator/AmeliaAtwaterRhodes features girl-meets-vampire, like ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
** Somewhat different, as well, in that it is also boy-meets-something. His fascination with her arises from his inability to understand what exactly she is, since she appears to have some level of psychic abilities and intimate knowledge of a world she has never personally experienced, as evident through the accuracy of the novel she has had published about Aubrey himself.
* ''The Peony Lantern'': Boy meets ghost. She takes him with her. Although it may have just been an elaborate hoax made up by his servant so he can steal a solid gold talisman from the local temple.
* ''TheImmortalRules'' has as its protagonist a newly turned vampire struggling with her new life in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic world]]. This trope comes to the fore when she meets and eventually falls in love with the [[PreachersKid adopted son]] of a priest leading a small group of survivors to find a legendary city. Unfortunately both the priest and his son believe that [[ChurchMilitant vampires are unholy demons that must be destroyed without hesitation]], so it makes the reveal a little awkward to say the least. [[spoiler: though by the end, he has at least accepted her vampirism once he knows the [[EmergencyTransformation story]] [[WhatHaveIBecome behind it]].]]
* ''The Gravesavers'' by Canadian author Sheree Fitch had a girl met a boy, who [[spoiler: turned out to be a ghost from the wreck of the RMS Atlantic.]]
* ''WarmBodies'': Zombie eats boy, gains his memories, falls for his girlfriend. [[AbductionIsLove Then]] [[InterspeciesRomance it]] [[AMatchMadeInStockholm gets]] [[DeusSexMachina weird.]]
* ''Literature/AnnaDressedInBlood'': A ghost-hunting teenage boy travels to a new town to dispatch a particularly troublesome ghost. They fall in love instead.
* Ancient Chinese literature quite often features stories of men falling in love with fox-spirits or ghosts (or, in one case, living quite happily in a three-way marriage with a fox spirit ''and'' a ghost). At least one story features a man having sex with the spirit of a butterfly (although she was in human form at the time).
* [[Literature/ChroniclesofaReluctantNecromancer Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer]]: Protagonist necromancer raises dead girl back to life, who happens to be an assassin too, girl tries to seduce necromancer but eventually falls in love with him.
* [[Literature/FafhrdandtheGrayMouser Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser]]: Fafhrd's ghoulfriend Kreeshka. Minor twist in that Leiber's ghouls are a race, not undead humans. Still, they look like skeletons with organs over them and they eat human flesh. Plus, they're "ghouls."

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' focused on a man not only married to a witch, but attracted many supernatural women (including a nymph, a VainSorceress, and a demon CatGirl)
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has a number of these, most notably Buffy and Angel.
** And pretty much every single girl Xander's ever dated besides Cordelia and Willow. It was even lampshaded at times.
*** And even [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Cordelia]] and [[BewareTheNiceOnes Willow]], [[HilariousInHindsight in hindsight]], have succumbed to this trope.
**** You know what, it's likely much safer to just claim that every main character has fallen for this trope. This show was weird that way.
* The ABC/BBC co-production ''Series/DeadGorgeous'' plays with this by having "Living Ghost" Rebecca fall for living boy David. However, he seems to not be particularly interested.
* The vampire detective show ''{{Moonlight}}'' features the romance between the main character and his human love interest.
* In ''VampireDiaries'', Stefan and Damon both meet Katherine. A few hundred years later, Stefan meets Elena. Then, [[spoiler: Jeremy and Vicki, after she becomes a vampire]]. And then [[spoiler: Jeremy meets Anna, though initially she was just using him]].
* The ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Jenifer" is a quite brutal deconstruction. Boy warms to Ghoul first out of pity, then becomes ''sexually'' obsessed with it. Ghoul pretends to love Boy to provide for it while Ghoul keeps murdering people.
* Philip from ''Series/InTheFlesh'' has managed to become enamored with a zombie, despite he himself harbouring anti-zombie views. It's gotten so bad he visits a zombie brothel and has one of the women dress up as her and spend the night watching [[ChickFlick Chick Flicks]] with her.

* "Date With A Vampire" by the Screaming Tribesmen.
* "Little Ghost" by Music/TheWhiteStripes.
* "I Walked with a Zombie" by Wednesday 13 and "She was the Teenage Zombie" by Murder Dolls. A lot of their other stuff qualifies, too.
* "A Boy, A Girl, And a Graveyard" by JeremyMessersmith, though the ghost in this case is male.
* "The Zombie Song" by Stephanie Mabey. "I'd never eat your brain, I just want your heart."
* "A Romance with the Grave" by The Vision Bleak. Literal example. 'Ruthless lust without disgust, dirt and dust, a romance with the grave'
* Music/AliceCooper loves this trope. "Cold Ethyl" is a more "subtle" example, while "I Love the Dead" drops any pretense.
* AlexDay also uses this in his song "She Walks Right Through Me"

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A possibility for characters in ''PrometheanTheCreated'', especially Galateids. On some occasions, it might help with a Promethean's Pilgrimage, but more than likely it will end very badly, thanks to their Disquiet.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' has Boy meets Ghost Paladin. Somehow, none of the issues that would create ever come up in the game, though it is implied that she gets a new body after you return to the world of the living.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' features boy meets vampire princess among its many flavors of InterspeciesRomance.
* A possibility in one of the [[MultipleEndings endings]] of ''ManaKhemia'', in which Vayne [[WalkingTheEarth walks the earth]] with [[CuteGhostGirl Pamela]] as a travelling doctor.
* One minor sidequest in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has you searching for the journals of the necromancer Arondil. As you search the barrow he is currently squatting in, it's impossible to ignore the fact that it's populated entirely by female Draugr and ghosts. As you read his journals, it becomes clear that Arondil's interest in the female undead wasn't entirely scholarly. Apparently he finds the feel of ghostly ectoplasm arousing. Eventually you get to the end of the dungeon and find a double bed... with a female ghost "sleeping" in it.
* Probably the only reason the Konpaku family in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' can consist of [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human-half-ghosts]].
* ''[[http://www.kongregate.com/games/krangGAMES/i-saw-her-standing-there I Saw Her Standing There]]'' has this as its premise. You have to lure a zombie girl to a cage in each level, with each "act" introducing a new gameplay twist. All the while, there is narrative text describing the love between the main characters.
* Taiga in ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' is initially thrilled to receive the confession of love from the cute Nanashi, but this turns sour when her arm falls off and she invites him back into her crypt. Despite the bad beginning, they actually get along decently well. She also has a route, where it seems that half the reason Taiga isn't willing to sleep with her like he would anyone else isn't just because she's cold and dead, but rather because she lacks much in the way of a sense of touch and wouldn't enjoy it. [[spoiler:But hey, that can be fixed. And it turns out she's not a zombie, she's a homunculus.]]
* In the aptly-titled VisualNovel ''Romance Is Dead'', lucky Madeline gets not just one undead love interest but ''three'': a zombie who's magically compelled to stay close to her, a very French vampire, and a friendly ghost.
* Infamously occurs in ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'', with a dose of StrangledByTheRedString, between [[spoiler: Carla and Lucas]], despite there being ''zero'' leadup whatsoever to this.

* The webcomic ''Ghost Friend'' was based on this trope.
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has [[http://xkcd.com/348/ this little comic]], where the boy's love interest seems to be a bit deader than most.
* In ''The Repository of Dangerous Things'' [[http://www.drunkduck.com/The_Repository_of_Dangerous_Things/4863933/ Davis meets Wanderin' Laurie]], the PirateGirl Ghost.
-->'''Davis''': (thinks) She was hot. But dead. But hot.
* ''Undead Friend'': One of the more bizarre example, as the only reason for meeting said boy is for an InevitableTournament, and they can switch places at the cost of his life for Superpowers.
* Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}: Kanaya became a lot more popular [[LesYay with the girls]] after she came back as a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Rainbow Drinker]].
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': Torg doesn't initially know that [[spoiler: Valerie]] is a vampire, and even after finding out, he initially thinks that un-living with her forever wouldn't be that bad. [[spoiler: But by the best guess, it isn't real love in either direction, and in any case he chooses to destroy her rather than turn against his friends.]]
* ''Unlife Is Unfair'' is about the other way around, a nice zombie (nando) meets a girl and falls in love of her. She only wants to be his friend though. [[spoiler: Later on she discovers feelings for him, which can be kind of harring.]]
* Tsukiko of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a weird mixture of this and ILoveTheDead. As a necromancer with necrophilia who [[InsaneTrollLogic believes the undead are sweet, gentle beings because they are the opposite of the living and the living are bastards]], she has a habit of raising corpses as undead minions and then sleeping with them. For an extra dosage of {{squick}}, she also manages to combine this already unsavory cocktail with ParentalIncest, because she also treats herself as their mother.
** Strictly speaking, she is never shown to have any romantic or coital interests in her own creations (whom she IS shown to regard as her children). She is only shown to have romantic designs for Xykon. And mentioned "that crypt thing" she didn't know was female, so presumably not her either.
*** Also worth noting: Xykon (a lich who is perfectly willing to commit genocide under the right conditions) finds Tsukiko's affection [[EvenEvilHasStandards absolutely disgusting]]... though it's more because he isn't attracted to the living.
---->''"I'm not one of those perverted biophiliacs!"
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', the Princess's knight and lover is a wight.
* In [[http://negamaki.thecomicseries.com/comics/40 Negamaki]] Chief Buffalo Jerky's friend Maize spends a lot of time dwelling on this. Despite both of them being dead, she's interested in [[ShipperOnDeck pairing the Chief off with Negamaki]] and asks Tamago to call her if he survives being attacked by the hell-moose.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Gender-flipped , in this case Danny is (obviously) the ghoul and Sam is the Boy. I mean girl. In this case, though, Sam and Danny were friends long before he became half-ghost.
* ''WesternAnimation/PacManAndTheGhostlyAdventures'' has Pinky, a ghost who has a major crush on Pac-Man.