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.


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    Anime and Manga 

  • In Harry Potter, Harry gets shipped with Moaning Myrtle due to her flirting with him and later spying on him in the bath.
  • In Warrior Cats, the StarClan and the Dark Forest cats can still interact with the living, so many fans have made pairings based on this. Examples include Firestar/Spottedleaf, Ivypool/Hawkfrost, and Jayfeather/Brightspirit.

  • During some runs in NTWF Mafia, deaths and shipping go hand in hand between players. The first run has Meowington/Ariana and Robyn/Icon. The Aifam run had Kylie/Lucille and Prof. Bardsley/Diana Pallada.
  • In PJO Facebook Shenanigans, which is based on Percy Jackson and the Olympians, one pairing that formed was Hades/Maria.

    Video Games 
  • Final Fantasy VII: Aerith still gets shipped with Cloud, despite the fact that Sephiroth killed her.
  • In the Dating Sim Kingdom Days, Rose, the protagonist, can be paired up with Daniel, a ghost.

    Visual Novel 
  • In Hatoful Boyfriend, one of the potential candidates is Nageki, a quiet dove who has died prior to the story. He inhabits the library as a ghost.
  • Akai Ito has two possible routes that qualify: Yumei or Nozomi. Nozomi becomes human again in the Happy Ending, though.

  • Homestuck: Almost any pairing with Aradia post mortem is this trope, with the canon example of Aradia/Equius.
    • There's also shipping living characters with those in the dreambubbles, the pseudo-afterlife filled with "dream ghosts."

    Western Animation