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Ghost Shipping

Ghost Shipping is what happens when fans of a work Ship an active character with a canonically dead character. By dead, we mean really dead, not Only Mostly Dead or The Undead.

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 Audience Reaction gets put into fan works, a number of tropes can develop:
  • The Lost Lenore, as the living character does not accept the loss of their love as reason sufficient to end their relationship.
  • Schrödinger's Cast, as the fanfic began before the original work killed the character, and continues with an active (but dead in canon) character.
  • Resurrected Romance, 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 Boy Meets Ghoul, which covers canonically undead characters in a relationship with canonically living characters. Not to be confused with Ghost Ship; those are mysteriously abandoned vessels.

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 

    Literature 
  • In Harry Potter, Harry gets shipped with Moaning Myrtle due to her flirting with him and later spying on him in the bath.

    Video Games 
  • Aerith still gets shipped with Cloud, despite the fact that Sephiroth killed her.

    Webcomics 
  • Homestuck: Almost any pairing with Aradia post mortem is this trope, with the canon example of Aradia/Equius.