StarCrossedLovers are fated for woe, and one of the most heart-wrenching fates they can share is not to share a fate. When a LoveInterest dies, the survivor is left to languish in heartbreak and self pity. Moving on is difficult, and quite a few choose to never move on. And sometimes, that's the deceased.

Yep, after dying, this LoveInterest comes back as a ghost, zombie, or other form of [[TheUndead Undead]]. Their love was so strong that they decide to skip [[ReincarnationRomance reincarnation]] and come straight back from the afterlife. Of course, this can be less than ideal, due to (among other things) smell and, err... "technical difficulties" in physically expressing their love. And then there's CameBackWrong.

Another alternative is for someone else to do the resurrecting, be it a {{Necromantic}} lover or a MadScientist capable of an EmergencyTransformation. They might not even come back as an undead, but a BrainInAJar. For trope purposes, as long as that significant other used to be dead but now isn't, it counts.

Of course, this resurrection is by no means a 100% joyous event. If the surviving love interest moved on and got a new partner, or the resurrectee has a HorrorHunger (or no corporeal body), there will be a lot of {{angst}} and {{Horror}}. Though sometimes it gets PlayedForLaughs and HilarityEnsues.

Related to GhostShipping. Compare BoyMeetsGhoul, where the girl is a monster ''before'' she meets her boyfriend. Related to ReplacementGoldfish, in this case it's the goldfish zombie replacing itself. Not to be confused with ReincarnationRomance.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Kikyo from ''Manga/InuYasha'', who was [[DamagedSoul resurrected against her will]]. Bonus points in that the other contender in the Kikyo-Inuyasha-Kagome LoveTriangle is her [[ReincarnationRomance reincarnation]].
* This is the entire basis of the plot of the manga ''Manga/{{Sankarea}}'', about a romance between a guy and the girl he accidentally brings back as a zombie. It works because, when you get down to brass tacks, the [[NightmareFetishist zombie-obsessed protagonist]] is [[{{Squick}} basically a necrophiliac]].
-->'''Chihiro:''' "[...] I'd like to meet a cute zombie girl... I want to go out with a girl whose arm is also ripped out and guts are flowing out..."
* In ''Manga/ShamanKing'', Faust VIII enters the Shaman Fight to ressurect his dead wife Eliza. He never actually succeeds, but to recruit him into her and Yoh's cause Anna brings her back to him in ghost form, [[{{Necromantic}} which he seems to be content with.]]
* This is the premise of ''Manga/NatsuyukiRendezvous'' blended with a LoveTriangle. Hazuki is in love with the manager of his local florist shop Rokka, so he gets a job working for her and discovers she is a widow haunted by her dead husband Atsushi who is very protective of her despite the fact while Hazuki [[SpiritAdvisor can see]], [[DeadPersonConversation and talk]] to Atsushi [[InvisibleToNormals no-one else can]].
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* There was an issue of ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'', where they crossed over with ''XFactor'', which involved a mutant whose power was only activated after her death. On her wedding day. Her groom took a while to get used to it.
* The British comic strip ''Bobby's Ghoul'', based around a young boy whose girlfriend is a ghost. In the final strip he has become an old man, while the ghost has not aged, and breaks up with him as she no longer finds him attractive.
* The future {{Franchise/Superman}}, having spent thousands of years in the sun which increases his power to unfathomable levels and obtained a burning [[GoldenSuperMode golden form]], resurrects Lois Lane in a silvery form in ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''ReturnOfTheLivingDeadIII''. A teenager uses a chemical to bring his dead girlfriend back to "life" as a zombie.
%% Zero Context (* ''BoyEatsGirl''.)
* In ''Film/{{Ghost}}'', the protagonist never managed to tell his girlfriend he loved her while he was alive, so making sure she knows he did becomes one of his GhostlyGoals.
* Semi-example: in ''MyBoyfriendsBack'' they aren't lovers or even boyfriend/girlfriend until after he comes back. (He pined after her, he was killed defending her during a robbery, as he was dying she said that if he survived maybe they could go out sometime, so he came back as a zombie.)
* ''ReAnimator'' seems to end on this note.
* The MST3K movie ''The Brain That Wouldn't Die''
* Main/D-War has two as the root of its plot.
* ''Film/FrankenHooker.''
* In ''Film/TheWraith'', a murdered teenager (played by Creator/CharlieSheen) comes back from the dead as a specteral entity [[UnfinishedBusiness to exact revenge on his killers]]. He also rekindles his prior romance with his girlfriend, and they drive off into the sunset (okay, the moonlight...) at the end.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Shadow and his zombie wife Laura in ''Literature/AmericanGods.'' She talks normally and remembers everything from her life, and she doesn't crave human flesh, but she's slowly rotting, and won't hesitate to kill anyone who threatens Shadow. Apparently, dying and subsequently being ripped away from her afterlife made her realize murder isn't such a big deal.
** Well...how would anyone punish her? She's dead!
* In ''TheHollows'' Rachel gets involved with [[spoiler: Pierce, who is a ghost occupying a previously deceased corrupt witch's body]].
* In ''Literature/TheLovelyBones'', Susie and Ray have a romantic episode when she accidentally possesses Ruth's body, but this lasts briefly.
* The ending of ''[[Creator/StephenKing Pet Sematary]].''
* In ''Literature/OnStrangerTides'', the obsessed Hurwood summons his late wife's spirit in the opening chapter. She tells him outright that what he's doing is wrong, but his continuing efforts to restore his beloved spouse to life [[spoiler: in their daughter's body]] drives the rest of the novel.
* In ''TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard'' (specifically The Tale of the Three Brothers), the second brother resurrects a young woman he had wanted to marry before her untimely death. However, she CameBackWrong, and eventually, he killed both her and himself.
* "In That Unquiet Earth" by Chris Amies - love among the ghouls.
* In a series of [[FlashFiction six-word stories]] published in [[http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.11/sixwords.html Wired]], Creator/NeilGaiman's contribution read as follows:
--> "Iím dead. Iíve missed you. Kiss Ö ?"
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Several times in ''TalesFromTheCrypt'', one example being ''Til Death'', where a wealthy man uses a LovePotion on a rich woman made by the resident voodoo expert. He puts too much in a drink for said woman, she dies, and he ends up running from a zombie that still loves him.
* ''PushingDaisies'': The resurrection goes better than most, but there's still a [[CantHaveSexEver catch]]--instant re-death if she ever touches him again.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': multiple times.
** "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things": the dead girl's best-friend-with-a-crush brings her back as a homicidal zombie.
** "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid": Bobby's dead wife comes back to life, apparently as a sign of the apocalypse. She seems pretty normal for a few days, then comes down with a fever, that starts getting really [[HorrorHunger hungry]]... and it turns out to be a ploy designed to destroy Bobby's will to fight.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had a woman being stalked by her zombie ex-boyfriend. Turns out she'd killed him because she thought he was too needy. They agreed to work on their relationship and patched things up. Awww?
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' faces a pair of them in one episode.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The song ''Mi Novio es Un Zombi'' ("My Boyfriend is a Zombie") by Alaska y Dinamarka.
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* "Rebel without an H" Jonny from the musical ''ZombieProm''.
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* ''TalesOfMonkeyIsland'': [[spoiler:Guybrush himself]].
* In one ending of ''SilentHill2'', James performs a ritual meant to resurrect Mary. We aren't shown whether it worked or not.
* ''VideoGame/{{Revenant}}'''s Locke and [[spoiler:Princess Andria]] is half this, half ReincarnationRomance, since he is a revenant brought BackFromTheDead and she, a reincarnation of his long-dead lover.
* In ''TheForceUnleashed 2:'' When [[spoiler: Starkiller]] apparently returns from the dead, [[AmbiguousCloneEnding possibly via cloning]] he sets out to find [[spoiler: Juno]], the woman he remembers being in love with. While what this means for [[spoiler: him and Juno's relationship]] is still unclear, she seems more than willing to accept him as himself.
* If you romanced her in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Liara T'Soni and Shepard's relationship proves to be what may be the most triumphant example on this page. Two years after his/her death, Liara went to hell and back recovering Shepard's body from the Shadow Broker and provided it to Cerberus just to bring him/her back from death.
** Hell, [[UndyingLoyalty she does this]] even ''if'' you didn't romance her.
** It counts for Ashley and Kaidan as well if your character romanced them in the frist game. This is less cheerful example, as they seem to move on with their lives and are more than a little confused when their dead lover comes back, additionaly now as a part of a terrorist organization. In the third game you may decide to continue with the romance or that it is time for you to move one as well and terminate the relationship completely.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'', the ''only'' way to begin a relationship with [[spoiler:Julius]] is to bring him back to life with a wakestone after [[spoiler:you interrupt his duel with Mercedes and kill him]]. No wakestone in your inventory during that quest? No relationship; he'll either leave the country or stay dead, depending on your choice.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''ScaryGoRound,'' Ryan manages to raise his dead girlfriend via a DealWithTheDevil. The problem is that she CameBackWrong, as a pale shambling zombie. He flees in terror, then stops to remember what his momma always told him: Make things right with that sweet little gal.
-->At the phone booth: "Momma, did that include sweet li'l ''dead'' gals? No this is ''hypothetical''. No, damn, I'm not being smart with you, momma..." (She gets better.)
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