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->''"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 [[YouSexyBeast sexy]] or even [[CuteMonsterGirl cute]] 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 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. [[SeductiveMummy Mummies]] were also a popular option at the beginning of the XX century, and this trend seems to be making a comeback nowadays; [[AttractiveZombie zombies]] are now starting to become popular as well. 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. SisterTrope to MuggleMageRomance. See also: KissOfTheVampire, LesbianVampire, RomanticVampireBoy, CuteGhostGirl, ILoveTheDead and NightmareFetishist. May invoke the HemoErotic.

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


* An advertisement for Canal+ and their "unpredictable programs" showed a man being chased by a zombie woman. When she finally tackles him, they look at each other and [[LoveAtFirstSight instantaneously fall in love]], the rest of the ad [[GenreShift turning into]] a romance movie [[spoiler:until they got [[DroppedABridgeOnHim crushed by a meteor]]]].

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Shinigami dwell within the Soul Society, the world of spirits and ghosts. When humans die, Shinigami help their ghosts travel to the Soul Society. Those ghosts with spiritual power can then become Shinigami, although aristocratic Shinigami are born directly into [[SpiritWorld Soul Society]] as spirits. Ichigo and his sisters are the offspring of a Shinigami father who went AWOL from Soul Society to save the life of their human mother (he's one of the aristocrats born in Soul Society as well, so he's not a former human ghost). Although their mother has been dead for many years, their Shinigami father remains within the human world, masquerading as a doctor and raising his three children. Ginjou claims that Ichigo is not the first person to have been born from a Shinigami/Human pairing and, as a substitute Shinigami just like Ichigo, he might have been talking about himself. However, he leaves the identity of Ichigo's predecessor a mystery.
* ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'':
** Boy meets vampire, boy 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, boy eventually decides he'd rather become a vampire than live without her.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'':
** Boy meets [[HeadlessHorseman Headless Horsewoman]] and other boy meets Headless Horsewoman's head.
** Boy meets buxom girl symbiotically joined to a demon sword and controlling a pseudo-zombie horde.
* ''Manga/DuskMaidenOfAmnesia'': Boy meets girl. Girl turns out to be amnesiac ghost of a 50 year old corpse in the school basement. Mysteries ensue.
* 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 to him]]]].
* ''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.
* ''Manga/{{Maburaho}}'': Being killed doesn't stop [[spoiler:Kazuki]] from having a harem.
* Fifteen years ago in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' debatably undead vampire Evangeline stalked Nagi, who got sick of it and cursed her to remain on the Mahora school grounds for a few years, but forgot to let her out before eventually disappearing ten years ago. In the present, she attacks Negi out of irritation but eventually ends up getting treated somewhere between his primary teacher and a love interest. Minor character Sayo, a ghost haunting the school, also seems to fall for Negi. However, in her case absolutely nothing comes of it, not even real ship tease or a pactio. Negi himself never shows romantic interest in either one, however, and in fact never shows interest in ''anyone.''
* ''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.]]
* ''Manga/{{Rinne}}'' has a girl meet a half-shinigami and they eventually start seeing each other in romantic lights.
* ''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 [[MarryThemAll polyamory]].
* ''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/TokyoGhoul'' plays with this trope. The Ghouls in question aren't undead, but have many of the hallmarks with a HorrorHunger and regenerative abilities.
** The entire series begins when CuteBookworm Kaneki meets a sweet girl named [[FemmeFatale Rize]] [[WoundedGazelleGambit Kamishiro]], and asks her on a date. Unfortunately, their date ends with her trying to eat him. He ends up as a HalfHumanHybrid, after both are mortally wounded and her organs are transplanted into him. Seducing and eating humans turns out to have been Rize's preferred hunting method.
** Kimi falls in love with Nishiki, and later learns that he's a Ghoul after he almost attacks her. Their relationship seems to have only been strengthened by this incident.
** A human woman named Ukina met a handsome man named Kuzen, that happened to be a Ghoul. She turned out to be okay with this. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he was forced to kill her to protect their HalfHumanHybrid child and went on to become BigGood Yoshimura while their child became the BigBad]].
* ''Manga/UQHolder'': Happened in Santa's backstory. Boy meets girl, boy dies, girl turns out to be a {{necromancer}} ghost, girl brings boy back as a RevenantZombie.
* ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel'' has two separate relationships: Professor and [[spoiler:Tenebraum]], then Mr. Haraki and [[spoiler:Mercelo]].
* ''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.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* 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.
* In ''ComicBook/XForce''[=/=]''ComicBook/XStatix'', RevenantZombie superheroine Dead Girl has a casual sexual relationship with her living human team-mate Anarchist.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Defied when a pair of [[OutlawCouple Bonnie and Clyde]] wannabes run into [[OmnicidalManiac Judge Death]] in the Cursed Earth. They're so high on drugs during their killing spree that they don't even seem to notice that their companion is a bit on the lifeless side. The girl actually offers herself to their new friend after her boyfriend goes to sleep, but he just shoves his claw through her chest, pointing out that he's long past ''that'' particular stage.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* 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]].
* Fanfics for ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' often pair Danny up with a ghost, usually Ember, Desiree, or Kitty.
* ''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'': [[Franchise/MassEffect Turian]] meets human girl. Girl dies, becomes a ghost and stays with Turian. They fall in love. Girl comes back to life and forgets their time together, somewhat...
* Gosunkugi and that one ghost girl are pretty common in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' fanfiction.
* In ''FanFic/AtGatesEdge,'' Roy meets [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Edward Elric]], a poltergeist that lives in his office. They become good friends and Roy manages to invite the ghost to live with him as a roommate.
* Most shipping fics based on ''Beetlejuice'' - either the film ''or'' the cartoon - employ this trope in some fashion.
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' [[BadFuture Dark World Arc]] (taking place in an alternate timeline were Discord [[TheBadGuyWins won]]), Discord inflicted Apple Bloom with the [[VideoGame/StoryOfTheBlanks same curse as Sunny Town]] and is thus basically a zombie. Despite this, she somehow married a stallion named Lance and the Apple Pies are her descendants. Exactly ''how'' this worked is unknown as the curse was not broken until her death by RapidAging when it was finally broken, but they were HappilyMarried and the PowerOfLove was involved.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In Creator/TimBurton's ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'', the boy meets a dead girl, and ends up [[AccidentalMarriage accidentally married]] to her. [[spoiler:However, he ultimately winds up in a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage with his living fiancée]].
* The romance between [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Mavis Dracula]] and TokenHuman Jonathan is the central premise of ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Creator/TimBurton must like it a lot - ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' tries to marry the 16-year-old Lydia in the movie. (The AnimatedAdaptation handles it a bit differently.)
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' has a deleted scene where Ray finds a ghost of a woman wearing a white dress who has been dead for 150 years.
* ''Film/{{Byzantium}}'' has IllBoy Frank meet and subsequently fall for vampire Eleanor.
* ''Film/{{Casper}}'' has a PuppyLove version of girl meets ghost.
* The film ''Film/{{Ghost}}'' features a romance between a living woman and her dead boyfriend.
* The classic 1947 film ''Film/TheGhostAndMrsMuir'' (not so much the TV show) does indeed involve a love triangle ''and'' the ghost [[IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy leaving his beloved to the other man]] [[spoiler: ... who A) is already married and B) is a HandsomeLech who has had numerous affairs already. All ends happily, though.]]
* In ''Film/IMarriedAWitch'', an ordinary guy falls in love with a nearly 300,000-year-old witch.
* ''Film/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.
* ''Film/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/TheLostBoys.'' Boy meets (half) vampire and the gang of goth biker punk vampires who turned her. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity - and carnage - ensues]].
* ''Film/MyBoyfriendsBack'' is about a boy who is killed, and just before he dies the girl he's in love with tells him that she'd go on a date with him if he recovered. [[ResurrectedRomance So he comes back]] as a zombie in order to get that date.
* ''Film/NearDark.'' Boy meets vampire and her family of psychotic hillbilly bloodsuckers. Carnage ensues.
* ''Film/{{Nightbreed}}'' by Creator/CliveBarker has the main character Boone/Cabal returning from the dead after being shot repeatedly by police and later continuing his romance with his girlfriend.
* ''Film/PromNightIIITheLastKiss''. The fact that [[EvilIsSexy Mary Lou]] is a ghost doesn't turn Alex off, it's her... [[AxeCrazy antisocial behavior]].
* ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead3'': There's a romance between a boy and his zombified girlfriend, whom he resurrected with the Trioxin after she died in a motorcycle accident.
* Original ''Film/{{Underworld}}'': Boy meets vampire [[spoiler:and turns into a [[FurAgainstFang werewolf]] himself]].
* ''Film/ScaryMovie2'': Parodied when Shorty encounters a ghoul who's a real {{Butterface}}... but he immediately jumps into bed with her by solving the problem with a paper bag.
* ''Film/{{Ugetsu}}'': Genjuro's lover, Lady Wakasa, turns out to be a ghost seeking the love that she never found in her short mortal life.
--> '''Genjuro''': I never knew such pleasure existed!
* ''Lady in White'' is about a boy meeting a Ghoul who happens to be a ghost of a little girl who got strangled.

* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Girl meets vampire and werewolf and love triangle ensues.
* ''Literature/BloodsuckingFiends'': Boy meets freshly turned vampire on the rebound.
* ''Literature/LetTheRightOneIn'': Young boy meets apparently-young vampire, and, as with the movie version, puppy love + carnage ensues.
* ''Literature/TheVampiresBeautifulDaughter'': 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.
* ''Literature/DemonInMyView'' by Creator/AmeliaAtwaterRhodes features girl-meets-vampire.
** Somewhat different, as well, in that it is also boy-meets-something. Aubrey's 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.
* ''Literature/ThePeonyLantern'': 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.
* ''Literature/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]].]]
* ''Literature/TheGravesavers'' 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.]]
* ''Literature/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'': 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'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."
* ''Zombie Lover'' in the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series has the titular zombie in love with a living man.
* Creator/CJCherryh's Russian trilogy:
** In ''Rusalka'', Pyetr, one of the two main characters, falls in love with Eveshka, a Rusalka and the title character. A rusalka is the ghost of a drowned woman that devours human life to remain in the world. And it's mutual. [[spoiler:She is brought back from the dead at the end of the book]].
** In ''Yvgenie'', Pyetr's daughter Ilyanna [[spoiler:(her mother is Eveshka)]] is caught in a love triangle between a ghost she grew up knowing [[spoiler:and who also happens to be the man who murdered her mother, having been redeemed during the second book,]] and a boy she rescues from drowning. [[spoiler:In the end she gets both of them due to Kavi, (the ghost) possessing the boy to save his life, and then due to complicated magical circumstances becoming unable to leave him. They manage well enough and are both so smitten with her that everyone comes out happy in the end.]] It's got to be one of the strangest resolutions to a love triangle ever.
* In ''Literature/LabyrinthsOfEcho'', TheAce of the series once mentioned that for most people the touch of a ghost is very unpleasant, but he must disagree and offhandedly adds, "if I'll ever want to vary my life with a dalliance, living lasses have no chance". That's from a wizard who once enchanted a deck of cards so that ghosts can handle it without problems and non-enspelled humans can't touch it. [[ForScience Just to see if he can]] turn into a "ghost" a thing that never lived to begin with.
* Inverted in ''Literature/BearingAnHourglass'': Orlene, a beautiful and intelligent woman, is technically married to a ghost named Gawain. But, the ghost needs to carry on his family line. So, the ghost tries constantly to set her up with suitors, to produce the heir he needs so he can pass on. However, she has never seen and cannot see Gawain.
* This happens with the main character and a ghost named Jesse in ''Literature/TheMediator'' series.
* In Maggie Furey's Aurian books, [[spoiler: Aurian's lover]] dies, but spends the rest of the series jumping in and out of death trying to protect and help her, despite the fact that she's found a new love by then. Death is understandably not very happy about this, and tries to claim all three of them.
* ''{{Literature/Cabal}}'' by Clive Barker, the book that the film ''Nightbreed'' was based on. The book features a graphic scene between [[{{Necrophilia}} the corpse]] of the protagonist Boone/Cabal and his girlfriend.
* The short story "Literature/TomorrowsGhost" by R. Chetwynd-Hayes is based around a romance between a Regency-era woman and a modern-day (1980s) man, each of whom believes the other to be a ghost. It turns out that [[spoiler:in a time paradox, back in the woman's own day, she killed herself because she could not be with the man from the future and was being forced into a marriage with someone else - thus is a ghost in the present.]]
* An ''attempt'' at this kicks off the plot of ''Literature/TheGhostBride'' by Malaysian author Yangsze Choo. A recently dead young man wants to marry the protagonist, so he haunts his mother into proposing a ghost bride deal. (This is an actual tradition that was once observed, though not often. The basic idea was that marriage would put a troublesome ghost to rest.) The protagonist, however, is vehemently opposed to marrying him, both because he's dead and because he's kind of a JerkAss, so while he tries to court her and sets up an engagement dinner, they don't actually get married.
* The title story of John Bennett's collection of Charleston, South Carolina folklore ''The Doctor to the Dead'' features a young doctor named Heinrich Karl Ryngo who decides he is going to treat the dead rather than the living. During one of his trips to a local cemetery, he encounters the beautiful ghost of a young woman named Helen. He falls in love with her and, despite her protests that their romance could go nowhere, visits with her every night until finally he keeps her from her grave until after the sun comes up and the cock crows. As the dead are forbidden to be out at that time, she then disintegrates into dust, causing Ryngo to become totally unhinged. He spends the rest of his life trying to bring her back.
* ''Literature/TheHauntedBookshopMysteries'' by Creator/AliceKimberly features this on the side. Penelope owns a bookshop haunted by Jack, a 1940's detective, who was killed on the premises way back when. Together, [[TheyFightCrime they solve murders]] and have... ''[[UnresolvedSexualTension something]]'' going on between them.
* ''Literature/{{Carmilla}}'': Laura is captivated by Carmilla, who unbeknownst to her is a vampire. While Laura thinks of Carmilla as a friend, without any apparent erotic component, Carmilla declares several times that she is in love with Laura.
* In ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'', it is more a case of Girl Meets Living But Is Rejected Then Proceeds To Assist In The Murder Of Him And His Family Without Him Knowing, He Then Returns From The Dead And Girl Still Loves Him And Is Rejected Even After Her Heel-Face Turn.
* "Literature/TheGhostOfPhilinnion": Philinnion, a girl who has been dead for several months, visits Machates, a young man who stays in her father's house because she loves him, and the two have an affair without Machates realizing that Philinnion is an undead.
* ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'': In the Ghost Next Door book, girl meets boy, boy accidentally passes through girl and girl is actually a ghost.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' focused on a man who was not only married to a witch, but attracted many supernatural women (including a nymph, a VainSorceress, and a demon CatGirl)
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Buffy (living person, Slayer of Vampires) and Angel (Vampire).
** Pretty much every single girl Xander's ever dated besides Cordelia and Willow has been some form of supernatural/undead. It was even lampshaded at times. HilariousInHindsight is that even [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Cordelia]] and [[BewareTheNiceOnes Willow]] turned into that (a half-demon turned higher power and a witch, respectively).
* 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 ''Series/{{Moonlight}}'' features the romance between the main character and his human love interest.
* In ''Series/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 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.
* ''Series/BeingHumanUK'' (original series):
** Mitchell is a vampire, while Annie is actually a ghost.
** The third season gives us [[spoiler: Pearl and Leo, who confess their love for one another just in time for Leo to die. He and Pearl go into the afterlife together, not long after.]]
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse'': Tate is a ghost and Violet is alive[[spoiler:...until she commits suicide and ends up a ghost as well]].

* "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 Music/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.
* Creator/AlexDay also uses this in his song "She Walks Right Through Me".
* Escape Club had a song called "I'll Be There" about a ghost who was haunting the one he loved.
--> ''Don't be afraid, oh my love
--> I'll be watching you from above
--> And I'd give all the world tonight,
--> to be with you
--> Because I'm on your side,
--> And I still care
--> I may have died,
--> but I've gone nowhere
--> Just think of me,
--> And I'll be there.''
* The song "Mi novio es un zombi" ("My boyfriend is a zombie") by Alaska y Dinarama.
* Music/EmilieAutumn's "Ghost" is about a woman who is in a courtly romance with a ghost, and ponders the full effects and consequences of their relationship.
* Music/BlueOysterCult's ''I Love The Night'' is anout a vampire meeting a human, and explaining she'd quite like a boyfreind who shares her interests and hobbies.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Ghosts in ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' are based on the seductive ghosts of Hong Kong cinema. They're quite prone to falling in love with mortals.
* A possibility for characters in ''TabletopGame/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.
* ''Dungeons & Dragons'' (3.5 edition) has a third-party book (''The Book Of Erotic Fantasy'') about including sex in your games that has a few different mentions about sex with the undead, and even includes a magic item for those who aspire to be undead to preserve their bodies, so as to not be so... unappealing.
** Another 3.5 book, Libris Mortis, presents a goddess named Evening Glory, who represents eternal love so strong that even having died and turned undead is to be only a minor inconvenience at most.

[[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.
* A possibility in one of the [[MultipleEndings endings]] of ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis'', 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. At the end of the game, [[spoiler: she zombifies him]], and the two sequels follow the lovebirds in this condition until they find a safe haven to live out the rest of their lives. [[spoiler: Or unlives]].
* 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.]]
* Infamously occurs in ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'', with a dose of StrangledByTheRedString, between [[spoiler: Carla and Lucas]], despite there being ''zero'' leadup whatsoever to this.
* Happens with Mia/Godot (and to a lesser extent other dead/alive pairings) in ''Franchise/AceAttorney''. The justification is that spirit mediums like Maya and Pearl can channel the souls of the dead, to the point of taking on their physical forms. [[PowerPerversionPotential And then just about anything could happen.]]
* An odd one appears in the internet FlashGame ''VideoGame/GuardianRock'' in which the titular rock is said to hook up with a hot spirit rock chick and they live together with numerous flower filled baths and occasional quarreling for the rest of their eternal lives.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', ghosts can be interacted with, invited to live with a family, and, yes, can produce ghost children with living Sims.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'': The Joy/The Sorrow. Canonically lovers. [[spoiler: Eventually TogetherInDeath.]]
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' some of the later content established that Positron was in a relationship with Numina, a hero whose body had been destroyed in the 60's but had survived as a ghost.
** Ghost Widow and Wretch fall somewhere between this and LikeBrotherAndSister.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWayhavenChronicles'', this is true of all of the romantic subplots. The protagonist, a human detective, can enter a relationship any of their vampiric teammates. Arguably a bit of a subversion, as the vampires featured in the series [[OurVampiresAreDifferent are not truly undead]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'':
** Pursuing [[spoiler: Nageki Fujishiro]] ends with [[spoiler: Nageki recovering from his GhostAmnesia and departing for the afterlife, with a heartrending apology to the heroine]].
** In the "Bad Boys Love" route of the full version, [[spoiler: the heroine is killed and her brain transplanted into a robot; the route ends with Ryouta choosing to remain with her until she can be restored]].
* 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.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' features boy meets vampire princess among its many flavors of InterspeciesRomance.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The webcomic ''Ghost Friend'' was based on having a living and undead character in a relationship.
* ''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.]]
* ''Webcomic/UnlifeIsUnfair'' is about the other way around, a nice zombie meets a girl and falls in love with her. She only wants to be his friend though. [[spoiler: Later on she discovers feelings for him, which can be kind of harrowing.]]
* Tsukiko of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a weird mixture of this and ILoveTheDead, held together by WrongGenreSavvy. She's a necrophiliac necromancer who [[InsaneTrollLogic believes the undead are sweet, gentle beings because they are the opposite of the living and the living are bastards]], she is shown to have romantic designs for Xykon. Xykon (a lich who is perfectly willing to commit genocide under the right conditions) finds Tsukiko's affection absolutely disgusting... because [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0833.html 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.
* ''Webcomic/TooMuchInformation''. Ace (who is also TheAce) has a lot of girls gunning for him, but the first one who actually gets with him is noncorporeal. The details of how, exactly, it works, is left mostly to imagination, with only the comment of "It's... messy."
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Mort (a ghost) has a barely-concealed crush on Antimony (still alive). She does not reciprocate.
* Kev of ''Webcomic/AliceAndKev'' encounters a woman who doesn't seem to mind that he's a deranged, lecherous old hobo, and even responds favourably to his flirting. [[BittersweetEnding She vanishes when the sun comes up.]]
* Lydia and Betelgeuse in ''Webcomic/CobwebAndStripes'' are inching toward this. They started out not particularly liking one another, but have gradually developed a friendship and, as of the end of chapter 14, there is a definite attraction between them.
* In ''WebComic/WildeLife,'' there's some low-key but pretty obvious romance going on between [[TheProtagonist Oscar]] and [[CuteGhostGirl Sylvia]], the ghostly 1940s mathematician who haunts the house that he's renting.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''[[Literature/UntilMyColorFadesAway Until My Color Fades Away]]'' has two examples. Generation 4 has Firefly meet [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampberry]] princess Emerald Mist Amulet. Their daughter is also a vampberry, and meets a mortal boy.
* ''[[Podcast/TheAdventureZone The Adventure Zone]]'s Taako falls in love with Kravitz the Grim Reaper, who shifts between looking like an extremely handsome living man and a skeleton depending on the situation. The "skeleton" part does not put Taako off in the slightest. [[spoiler:It works out pretty well for them in the end.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* While ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' avoids actual romance between a dead guy and a 12-year-old, the level to which he is obsessed with her shows exactly what Creator/TimBurton had in mind for the two of them during [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} the movie]]. 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 only stops when he realises he's upsetting her. In another he gives Prince Vince excellent advice on how to court her, and then becomes [[CrazyJealousGuy incredibly jealous]] when it works very well.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Played with, since Danny is (obviously) the ghoul (but only half-ghost. He's living ''and'' undead at the same time) and Sam(antha) is the Boy. Or rather... girl. In this case, though, Sam and Danny were friends long before he became half-ghost.
* In the "Proposition Infinity" episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' one of the couples used to demonstrate how accepting 31st century society is are a ghost and a [[BestialityIsDepraved horse]].
* ''WesternAnimation/PacManAndTheGhostlyAdventures'' has Pinky, a ghost who has a major crush on Pac-Man.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'':
** Darwin has a crush on CuteGhostGirl Carrie. It's first seen in "Halloween" and later explored in "The Scam", which shows it to be a [[TwiceShy mutual, reluctant attraction]].
** "The Mirror" is about a being called the Snatcher, who is said to [[WasOnceAMan once have been a mortal]] who fell in love with a ghost woman, used magic so that he could hold her, [[TragicMonster and was turned into a monster as a side-effect.]] [[spoiler:He turns out to be Carrie's dad.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' has Tina's 'erotic friend fiction,' which as often as not involves zombies.