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]]. 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 always the chance they CameBackWrong.

This can happen several ways. Maybe their love was so strong that they decide to skip [[ReincarnationRomance reincarnation]] and come straight back from the afterlife. 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.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Kikyo from ''Manga/InuYasha'', who was [[DamagedSoul resurrected against her will]] by one of the villains. Bonus points in that the other contender in the Kikyo-Inuyasha-Kagome LoveTriangle is her time-traveling [[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]].
* ''Anime/KotetsuJeeg'' subverts this in a rather heartbreaking manner, [[spoiler: when Queen Himika revives a warrior named Takeru... but only him, and not his beloved wife who died of illness before him. Later Takeru meets TheHero's partner and best friend Miwa/Micchi, who [[IdenticalStranger is identical to]] [[TheLostLenore his lost love]]...]]

* There was an issue of ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'', where they crossed over with ''ComicBook/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''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Erin and Umbra from ''Fanfic/AndTheStoryContinues''. On the surface it looks like just an InterspeciesRomance--she's human, he's a shinigami, and that's all problematic in itself--but then [[spoiler:soon after meeting him Erin realizes Umbra is actually her ImpliedLoveInterest L, brought back as an incorporeal life-devouring monster since [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie he'd used the Death Note to bring down Light]] in [[Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury the prequel]]. He's been stalking her ever since seeing her again from Mu, even though he technically doesn't remember her. Prior to meeting him she's been trying to move on with life and had even been on her way to starting a relationship with Stephen. It's all downhill from there...]]
* Applied on a nearly industrial scale in ''Fanfic/LeftBeyond''. Justified in that God will kill anyone who reaches adulthood without converting, but not in a way that damages the body or the brain - by the end of the story, people pre-install resurrection machinery in their bodies and just get back up. However, God has the last laugh, since the resurrection procedure disconnects the senses of touch and physical pleasure.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', this is what Manolo is hoping to accomplish after Xibalba tricks him [[spoiler:into requesting his own death to be with Maria in the Land of the Dead. Maria isn't there]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead3''. A teenager uses a chemical to bring his dead girlfriend back to "life" as a zombie.
%% Zero Context (* ''Film/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.
* In ''Film/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.)
%%* ''Film/ReAnimator'' seems to end on this note.
%%* The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' movie ''Film/TheBrainThatWouldntDie''
%%* ''Film/DWar'' 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.
* In ''Film/BuryingTheEx'', Max, the protagonist, and his controlling girlfriend Evelyn make a vow to be together forever. Due to making the vow in the presence of a {{Satan}} statue, Evelyn comes back to life as a zombie after being hit by a car and tries to get back together with Max, who's started to move on with another woman.

* Wilhelm in the ballad ''Literature/{{Lenore}}'' by Gottfried August Bürger is probably the TropeCodifier.
* Sister in the Grimms' ''Literature/BrotherAndSister''. An example of the rarer happy ending.
* 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, being dead made her forget that the living consider dying a big deal.
** would anyone punish her? She's dead!
* In ''Literature/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 ''Literature/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 [[ Wired]], Creator/NeilGaiman's contribution read as follows:
--> "Iím dead. Iíve missed you. Kiss Ö ?"
* Unusually mutual version in ''Literature/DanShambleZombiePI''. Dan and Sheyenne began dating before their respective murders, fairly close in time. Thanks to the in-universe reality upheaval known as "the Big Uneasy", he's now a (still sentient) zombie, she's a ghost. They still have a great relationship.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Several times in ''Series/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.
* ''Series/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, then 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.
* In ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'', Madison resurrects Zoe's crush Kyle by attaching the severed limbs of his frat brothers to his body and casting a resurrection spell.
* Attempted in the Series 9 finale of ''Series/DoctorWho'' with regards to [[spoiler: the Doctor and Clara Oswald, whom he pulls from time at the moment of her death, leaving her Only Mostly Dead]]. It doesn't work out, partially because the side effects of the act threaten to destroy the entire universe.

* The song "Mi Novio es Un Zombi" (My Boyfriend is a Zombie) by Alaska y Dinamarka.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The d20 supplement ''The Complete Guide to Liches'' introduces the philolich. If someone with a strong emotional connection to a pre-lich retains that connection after they become one of the undead, the lich can perform a variant of their own transformation ritual to turn them into a philolich. Mind you, if the ritual goes wrong they may end up with an AxeCrazy [[CameBackWrong semi-lich]].

* "Rebel without an H" Jonny from the musical ''Theatre/ZombieProm''.

* ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'': [[spoiler:Guybrush himself]].
* In one ending of ''VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/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 first game. This is a 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 on 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.

* In ''Webcomic/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.)

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated'' has Vivi, a living girl, meets Lewis, a ghost who holds a candle for her; while she doesn't recognize him due him looking vastly more monstrous as a ghostly skeleton wreathed with unearthly flames, he was her boyfriend before he was brutally murdered.

* Happens with [[spoiler: Rootbeer Guy]] on ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. Months after he died, his wife's new boyfriend convinces her to scatter his ashes, but they mix with magic/irradiated dirt and he's accidentally resurrected as some kind of super strong mud golem. The episode deals with the LoveTriangle that forms between him, his wife, and her new love interest (who happens to be an undertaker).