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- Ayumu from Is This a Zombie? has at least five girls in love with him (only one of which doesn't know that he's a member of the undead).
- Several characters in Cinderalla qualify. Cinderalla's father becomes a zombie and marries another zombie who has two zombie daughters. And Cinderalla herself falls in love with a zombie singer, and needs a spell to transform herself into a zombie in order to be allowed to attend one of his performances.
- Zombina the MON close-quarters specialist from Daily Life with Monster Girl. She's an attractive redhead with mismatched eyes and patchwork skin (since her body doesn't heal naturally, she has to attach new body parts to herself by sewing them on).
- Rea from Sankarea looks identical to how she did as a human after being zombified, the only physical differences being paler skin and red eyes (they were blue as a human).
Films — Animated
- Emily from Corpse Bride is not technically a zombie until near the end when she and Victor use a spell to return to the land of the living, but she is a corpse who's walking around and talking, so close enough. She's also conventionally attractive by the standards of the movie's art style (she still has most of her skin, unlike everyone else Victor encounters in the Land of the Dead, for one thing) and very much romantically interested in Victor.
Films — Live-Action
- The male protagonist of Warm Bodies, who falls in love with a human girl after eating her ex-boyfriend's brain.
- Played with in Dead Girl, a horror film about a couple of obnoxious teenage boys who find a teenage girl Flesh-Eating Zombie and decide to keep her as a Sex Slave. Although they obviously consider her attractive enough to do this, she's visibly decaying and scarred.
- Julie (played by Melinda Clarke) in Return of the Living Dead 3 remains as attractive as when she was alive (albeit turning more "dominatrix-like") as the Love Story is crucial to the plot. Even prompting a rape attempt from one of the villains.
- Pretty much all of the revenants brought back by The Crow retain the attractiveness that they had in life.
- Beth (Aubrey Plaza) in Life After Beth a film about a guy's girlfriend returning from the dead.
- Tammy in Fido, although she's kept like that deliberately by his owner, in a world were zombies are kept as slaves, you can imagine why.
- One of the DVD extras in Dawn of the Dead (2004) is a fake news broadcast containing, among other things, a video of some high schoolers taunting a young female zombie wearing nothing but a football helmet, Black Bra and Panties. One of the guys can be heard saying "look at those mellons" and that "she is the hottest girl in the school."
- The 2017 book Romancing the Zombie: Essays on the Undead as Significant “Other” is a collection of essays discussing the increasing use of this trope in modern fiction.
- Shurq Elalle from Malazan Book of the Fallen really loves to seduce living males. She seems to cherish her undead state (mainly because it keeps her from aging and losing her good looks) and repeatedly refuses the possibility of resurrection.
- The high-functional zombie teens from Generation Dead series, most notably Tommy Williams and Karen DeSonne.
- Laura Steele from Bone Song by John Meaney; the protagonist has a romance with her.
- The undead girl Tuanne from Conan the Defiant, one of the Conan the Barbarian novels; Conan even has a brief intercourse with her.
- The Fiery Redhead Cate Hendrickson from Paradise Rot, who is the protagonist's Love Interest.
- In a teenage novel I Kissed A Zombie And I Liked It, the female protagonist Alley falls in love with a Goth called Doug who turns out to be a zombie.
- In American Gods, the protagonist's wife Laura is resurrected as this; unfortunately, as the months pass, she rots severely, even despite the embalming.
- In Zombie Noir: The Corpse with the Beautiful Face by Austin Taylor, a beautiful lady hires a private eye to investigate... her own murder. They also share an intercourse.
- In Xanth, Zora gradually becomes this due to Xavier giving her The Power of Love.
- The female zombie Lee Ling from Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish.
- The Revenant Zombies from Amy Plum's Revenant series are all quite attractive, and the heroine has a romance with one of them, namely Vincent.
- The zombie princesses from Once Upon A Zombie series retain their good looks in spite of being turned into undead beings.
- Sally from The Demon Collector by Jon Mayhew is a quite attractive revenant girl; there is no romance between her and the protagonist, but they establish a friendship.
- Generally, "zombie romance" seems to be a growing trend in the paranormal genre. In 2011, the Night Wolf Press publishing house put out a call for submissions in this genre stating: "Ain't no lovin' like undead lovin' - it applies to more than vampires".
- Undead in the Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. series typically retain their libido from life, and can remain good-looking if their demise wasn't too messy and they regularly visit the morticians' shop for maintenance. A trio of zombie "cougars" flirt quite aggressively with a living cosmetics salesman in the first novel, and the second openly acknowledges that the Full Moon Brothel's zombie prostitutes are a major revenue source. Dan himself is implied to be pretty handsome for a zombie, occasionally having to turn down passes from female Unnaturals.
- The female zombie Angela Mason in the Supernatural episode "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things" is quite attractive, apart from the "homicidally jealous" part.
- On iZombie, zombies in general (as long as they're able to eat enough brains to sustain themselves) look like ordinary people with pale skin and hair. Most choose to disguise themselves with cosmetics. Liv doesn't, but once she gets over being a zombie, it hasn't really affected her dating life; one of her boyfriends tells her she pulls off the zombie look.
- As the Orphnochs of Kamen Rider Faiz are zombies (specifically the Revenant Zombie kind) by their very nature, every single one counts, though that's due to being able to alternate between their human and monster appearances. Especially true of the main Orphnoch cast, including the titular Rider and hero himself.
- Episode "New Year's Day" of anthology horror series Fear Itself has one, once we learn that Helen (played by Briana Evigan) was a zombie all along.
- Series 9 of Doctor Who ends with companion Clara Oswald Killed Off for Real, but she receives a temporary delay in her death which renders her technically undead with no life functions, though with her personality and soul still intact. This has no impact on her attractiveness; in fact, it is stated that due to her new state, she will never age, therefore remaining as a beautiful woman in her late 20s effectively forever.
- My Chemical Romance music video "Helena" has a beautiful zombie girl dancing in her own funeral.
- Rottytops from Shantae is drawn in the same cute anime girl style as the rest of the female cast (albeit with green skin and a stapled on arm and leg).
- Although too young and modest to qualify as "sexy", Squigly from Skullgirls is an adorable Cute Monster Girl of a zombie.
- While Jiang Shi are considered vampires rather than zombies, Hsien-Ko from Darkstalkers is, nevertheless, quite attractive for a hopping corpse.
- Blanche, the Goth Southern Belle Zombie student of Gravedale High, clearly an example◊.
- Teased and subverted in the Gravity Falls episode "Tourist Trapped". Mabel gets a crush on a local named Norman, and Dipper suspects he's a zombie from his unusual behavior. He turns out to be a bunch of gnomes instead.