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Ghost Shipping is what happens when fans of a work {{Ship|ping}} an active character with a {{canon}}ically dead character. By dead, we mean [[KilledOffForReal really dead]], not OnlyMostlyDead or TheUndead.

We do make some exceptions, of course. If the shipping is set before the character dies, it isn't an example. If the shipping is set after the character is raised in canon, it isn't an example. This trope only has examples for when fans have a character ''currently dead by canon'' shipped with an active character.

When this AudienceReaction gets put into fan works, a number of tropes can develop:
* TheLostLenore, as the living character does not accept the loss of their love as reason sufficient to end their relationship.
* SchrodingersCast, as the fanfic began before the original work killed the character, and continues with an active (but dead in canon) character.
* ResurrectedRomance, as the dead character loves too much to leave, and finds a way back.
* {{Necromantic}}, as the living character cannot allow their love to remain dead, and found a way to bring them back.

Similar to BoyMeetsGhoul, which covers canonically ''undead'' characters in a relationship with canonically living characters. Not to be confused with GhostShip; those are mysteriously abandoned vessels.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The titular ''Manga/InuYasha'' is [[TheLostLenore still in love with dead priestess Kikyo]]. He then meets [[ReincarnationRomance her reincarnation, Kagome]]. So regardless of when fans ship him with Kikyo or Kagome, he gets shipped with two characters who are technically the same person. Later in the story, Kikyo is resurrected, negating this trope during that time.
* ''Manga/YuGiOh'': Any shipping of Priest Seto and Kisara after the latter's HeroicSacrifice. (Kisara is the spirit who made the Blue-Eyes White Dragon). This includes most forms of Seto Kaiba/Kisara, unless it's presented as a ReincarnationRomance instead.
* ''Anime/DeathNote'': While originally not even possible given the series' definitive, hard-line stance on death, supplementary material and OVAS has allowed fans a way to ship those who used the Death Note.
* ''LightNovel/GinbanKaleidoscope'': Tazusa gets paired up with Pete in the fandom, and it is one of the most convincing ghost ships.
* ''Franchise/KagerouProject'': [[TheLostLenore Shintarou was hinted to have feelings for Ayano]], but she was DrivenToSuicide early in the story. The pairing is one of the popular ships in the fandom.
* Fans of the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' [[Anime/SonicX anime]] love to ship Tails with Cosmo, who dies in the final episode. [[spoiler: After being killed by Tails, while confessing his love for her]], well, [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment at least in the Japanese version]].
* ''Manga/SchoolLive'':
** Yuki and [[spoiler:her LivingEmotionalCrutch Megu-nee]] have a following despite the fact the latter is a PosthumousCharacter who has already turned into a zombie by the start of the manga and is KilledOffForReal within twenty chapters. [[spoiler:It helps that Yuki [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness hallucinates]] Megu-nee is alive for much of the series.]]
** [[spoiler:Miki]] and [[spoiler:Kei]] get shipped a lot by anime fans due to the adaptation having a stronger emphasis on their RomanticTwoGirlFriendship. [[spoiler:Kei]] is eventually shown to have turned into a zombie.
* Two of the most shipped couples in the 2003 ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' anime are this. Ignoring the official couples, Hughes/Roy and [[spoiler:Alfons]]/Edward are both popular despite the fact Hughes dies early in the series and [[spoiler:Alfons]] dies at the end of ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'': People kept shipping the very popular couple of Tim and Stephanie even after she was brutally murdered by Black Mask, partially because there was a ''lot'' of anger about the way she was killed off. Eventually she was retconned as having had her death faked by Dr. Thompkins for her protection and she and Tim make no secret they're still attracted to each other when she returns to Gotham. Comicbook/{{Convergence}} shows her and Tim finally getting back together.

[[folder: Film]]
* Hiro and his [[IncestYayShipping older brother Tadashi]] are probably the most shipped couple in the ''Disney/BigHero6'' fandom despite the fact Tadashi dies early into the film.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'' fandom, the FanPreferredCouple is easily [[ISeeDeadPeople Norman]]/[[spoiler:[[CuteGhostGirl Agatha]]]].

* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Harry gets shipped with Moaning Myrtle due to her flirting with him and later spying on him in the bath.
* In ''Franchise/WarriorCats'', the [=StarClan=] and the Dark Forest cats can still interact with the living, so many fans have made pairings based on this. Examples include Firestar/Spottedleaf, Ivypool/Hawkfrost, and Jayfeather/Brightspirit. And then there's Hollyleaf/Fallen Leaves, which is borderline canon, partially because Hollyleaf doesn't know that Fallen Leaves is actually dead.

* During some runs in ''Roleplay/NTWFMafia'', deaths and shipping go hand in hand between players. The first run has Meowington/Ariana and Robyn/Icon. The Aifam run had Kylie/Lucille and Prof. Bardsley/Diana Pallada.
* In ''Roleplay/PJOFacebookShenanigans'', which is based on ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', one pairing that formed was Hades/Maria.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the DatingSim ''VideoGame/KingdomDays'', [[spoiler:Rose, the protagonist, can be paired up with Daniel, a ghost]].
* Maria Robotnik has been dead for decades at the start of ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' but there is a strong shipper base for her and [[InterspeciesRomance Shadow]]. This is despite the fact that canon essentially depicts Maria as Shadow's surrogate sister.

[[folder:Visual Novel]]
* In ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', [[spoiler: one of the potential candidates is Nageki, a quiet dove who has died prior to the story. He inhabits the library as a ghost.]]
* ''VisualNovel/AkaiIto'' has two possible routes that qualify: Yumei or Nozomi. [[spoiler: Nozomi becomes human again in the Happy Ending, though.]]

* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Almost any pairing with [[spoiler: Aradia]] post mortem is this trope, with the canon example of [[spoiler: Aradia]]/Equius.
** There's also shipping living characters with those in the dreambubbles, the pseudo-afterlife filled with "dream ghosts."
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Any pairing involving [[spoiler:Tuuri]]. The fact that the work gives every sign of involving a CrossoverCosmology of ''two'' mythologies in which BackFromTheDead isn't completely unheared of doesn't help matters.

* Beetlejuice and Lydia in [[WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} the animated series]]. WordOfGod says this was intentional.
* One of the many ships that crop up in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is [[PortmanteauCoupleName P'heer]] (P'Li/Zaheer), which [[UnholyMatrimony was canon on the show]]... but P'Li [[AlasPoorVillain didn't survive the Book in which she was introduced]]. Most of the fanbase is in agreement that even if Zaheer ''weren't'' [[TailorMadePrison chained to the floor of an oubliette]], P'Li would still be his [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenore]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has both Rose/Pearl and Rose/Greg. Rose Quartz is the deceased mother of the titular character. Both couples are some level of canon, with Greg having been Rose's lover and Pearl having been in love with Rose Quartz (though it's uncertain if she loved her back).