I Love the Dead
"What, you think I'm the only guy in town who likes to crack open a cold one?"
— Ivan Bakunas, Criminal Minds, "Cold Comfort"
"Dude, if she’s hot enough, she doesn’t need a pulse."This is when someone has a thing for dead bodies, namely necrophilia. Do you really need the details? May result from or in Drop Dead Gorgeous, exposed corpses. Note that while Mummies at the Dinner Table may or may not involve necrophiliac behavior, in Mummies at the Dinner Table the character is attracted to a corpse because it was their beloved while alive and they just can't let go. In this trope, the character is attracted to a corpse because it is a corpse. Probably the only way to make this even worse is when post-mortem dissection is involved. If someone has a relationship with a member of The Undead, it's more a case of Boy Meets Ghoul. Compare: Mummies at the Dinner Table, Necromantic.
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- Hundred Stories has a case of necrophilia.
- Angel Sanctuary has a thankfully milder version of this: after she's dead, Kira holds Alexiel up and kisses her corpse passionately.
- In Full Metal Panic!, in the novels it's outright stated that this was one of Gauron's sick fantasies of what he would do with Sousuke. The idea of killing Sousuke apparently doesn't seem to discourage his idea that they'll still be able to have a sex life. As a hardened soldier, Sousuke is rarely grossed out by things, but even this was too much for him.
- Also, the male assassin after Kaname had been ordered by Gauron to "shoot her to death, disgrace the body, take a picture and send it to Hong Kong."
- There's also Gates. He likes to do weird things with people's corpses. Most notably with Yu Lan's. It's also implied that he might have done perverted stuff to it.
- Lussuria from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!. In his own words, his favorite bodies are the "cold, slowly decomposing, unmoving ones" (he then licks his lips). And he spends much of his time eyeing up a shirtless Ryohei, saying that his body is "pretty nice" and going on about how much he wants to "take Ryohei home with him" shortly after he beats the shit out of him and wants to make Ryohei a part of his 'collection'. Gokudera even calls him a pervert.
- Giselle Gewelle from Bleach. After Mayuri enters the fray, we get a few pages of zombie Bambietta pleading for Giselle to give "it" to her. After seeing this face, the implications of what zombie Bambietta meant are pretty grim.
- If the way the Doktor talks about SHE in Hellsing: The Dawn isn't enough for you, look at his expression. Either he loves his work, or he loves her bones.
- In the 7th OVA there's a flashback of Seras's childhood in which a murderer raped her mother's corpse due to it being "still warm" right in front of her.
- There's also Jan Valentine wanting to rape, kill and rape Integra again (and yes, In That Order).
- Prince Ludwig in Ludwig Revolution. In the first chapter he is depicted as a necrophiliac and keeps a room full of female corpses in glass coffins, but by the second story he's given up on dead women and starts looking for a live bride.
- Also, Julius has no problems with talking to Ludwig's (supposedly) dead body or with making out with it.
- In the yaoi manga Under Grand Hotel, the Depraved Bisexual Swordfish warns Sen (whom he's attracted to) that he better make sure he doesn't die while in prison because if he does he'll rape his corpse in full view of everyone.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita Ashley of Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru plays with this trope in episode 10 when she puts Shusei in a permanent sleep and whispers in his ear "I knew you'd make a beautiful corpse. You're part of my collection now. You'll never wake up again..." while caressing his face and chest.
- In Btooom!, Kousuke is mentioned to have killed and raped three women. In that order.
- At one point in Black Cat, Creed, Train's Stalker with a Crush, tells Train that he would at least want to have him by his side even as a dead body rather than let Saya have him.
- Played for laughs in the manga Sankarea by Furuya Chihiro, a Nightmare Fetishist who is obsessed with zombie girls. Fortunately for him, he gets a cute one (the title character Sanka Rea) as his new girlfriend. Although her overprotective father has forbidden any sex before marriage, which is probably for the best.
- As of chapter 20, he admits that he'd fallen for her while she was still alive, and would have been fine with her even if she wasn't a zombie.
- Kore wa Zombie desu ka?? is about a zombie with a supernatural harem.
- In Canaan, the trope is Played for Drama with Hakko's sex scene with Santana's corpse, which takes place after she crosses the Despair Event Horizon when Liang Qi tricks her into killing him with her voice.
- Ninja Scroll: When Kagero resists Tessai's attempts to rape her, he flat-out tells her he wouldn't mind raping her corpse instead.
- Implied with Undertaker in Black Butler.
- The sequel to Tokyo Ghoul has Torso, a Ghoul that earned his alias from his habit of decapitating and dismembering women. He likes to take their torsos home with him, and refers to them as his "lovers". When his home is raided and he's forced to abandon it, he expresses dismay at how lonely he is at night without a cold body to keep him company.
- An X-Statix story revolved around Dead Girl (who can speak to the dead) discovering that the team's official coroner is giving his "guests" the "best treatment possible" (and when the coroner's own daughter commits suicide, it's implied he'll "take good care" of her too). She then uses her powers to raise their ghosts and let them handle his punishment.
- Almost: A Batman villain, Clayface III (the one with the melty powers) is very devoted to Helena. Only thing is that Helena is a mannequin. Still, he regards her with very human feelings. When their relationship sours, he notes (ironically) that "she can't live forever..."
- In "Cacophony", The Joker explicitly states that he wants Batman sexually. Although, being the Joker, he wants him sexually only after he's dead.
- In The Sandman, Dr. Destiny forces a woman to admit that she once, drunkenly, had sex with a corpse at a mortuary. And nothing since then's measured up.
- As part of his backstory, Green Lantern villain Black Hand was obsessed with death to the point of necrophilia (though it's never been stated if he goes "all the way" or not).
- The Governor, the creepy-ass villain of several volumes of The Walking Dead, eventually removes the teeth from his zombified daughter. So he can make out with her.
- Occurs in the Tales Of The Unrefined stories "No Rest" and "Evil is Nuts".
- One A Nightmare on Elm Street comic by Wildstorm indicates that, while still a mortal serial killer, Freddy Krueger may have molested his victims before and after killing them. Considering Freddy's urban legend status, it's left dubious as to whether or not it's true.
- In the origin story of Pfaultz from the Vertigo House Of Secrets, he's seen shagging a young girl's corpse.
- Ramba: In "Violent Death", after assassinating her target, Ramba notices his erection is still standing which pleases her and is provoked to have intercourse with the previously dead body.
- Iron Will's Foalcon Necrophilia Sex Rampage involves its eponymous protagonist, Iron Will, murdering and then raping the dead bodies of young foals. He also dresses up in his mother's clothes and pleasures himself. This fic features a gratuitous ammount of torture and gorn. For obvious reasons, NSFW.
- My Immortal: when the author fell out in real life with the friend on whom the character Willow was based, Willow disappeared from the story. Hermione "B'loody Mary Smith" Granger casually announced mid-conversation that "after Willow got expelled I murdered her and den Loopin did it with her cos hes a necphilak". Since Willow reappeared unharmed in the next chapter with no comment, it's unclear if "B'loody Mary" was telling the truth.
- Several Final Fantasy VII fics had Cloud spending his last tearful moments with Aeris with his pants down.
- Death Note has a (NSFW) fanfic where Light desecrates his enemy's grave and does... disturbing things to the body . Also has Light x Death Note in the same fic.
- At least two of the three seen-onscreen members of the Makara bloodline of Homestuck have been portrayed doing this in fanfic at least once. Gamzee did canonically make out with a severed head, so really it's not surprising.
- In the Discworld fic Stuck On You, the zombie Reg Shoe falls in love with a very unsuccessful stripper - who is also a Zombie. The interesting philosophical question is raised, as Reg and Ethyl begin a sort of romance, of: Can it be called necrophilia if both parties are dead? In coming chapters, the author may well raise the subject of Zombie sex.
- Dead Man's Party is the story of a run-of-the-mill Clan Giovanni Embrace - ie: a sordid tale of rape, incest, and necrophilia.
- In The Devils Rejects, Otis B. Driftwood is shown sleeping in bed, snuggled beside the corpse of a girl. Later, Otis makes lewd statements about photographs of his murder victims.
- In the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), the sherrif played by R. Lee Ermey admits that he likes to fondle the corpses of pretty girls that he finds at crime scenes.
- In Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Alfredo practically makes out with a severed head.
- Perry Farrell (frontman for Jane's Addiction) has sex with real-life wife Casey Niccoli after she OD's in the 1993 vanity project Gift.
- Played with in House on Haunted Hill (1999) remake when Famke Janssen's character dies and Peter Gallagher's character later sneaks back to fondle her corpse. It turns out that the two of them are lovers and conspired to fake her death.
- In Shoot 'em Up, Paul Giamatti's character fondles the bare breast of a murdered woman. He looks a little ashamed of himself afterwords, though it does inspire him to figure out the hero's next move (with the mother dead, the hero needs someone else to feed the baby).
- The Troma film Cry Uncle features the "hero" having sex with a woman he think is passed out, while his interior monologue berates himself for falling so low. It turns out the woman is actually dead. The film was banned in some countries until very recently.
- Pretty much the entire plot of the obscure 1990 British film Living Doll. You almost certainly haven't seen it. Be grateful for small mercies.
- In Quills Joaquin Phoenix's character has a dream about sleeping with Kate Winslet's corpse.
- Part of the emergency broadcast shown in the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead (2004) (left on the cutting room floor) showed a bunch of teenagers who had kidnapped a recently zombified hot girl from their school and tied her to a bed so they could have sex with her. Even if they weren't bitten in the process, chances are still likely they'd be infected anyway.
- The Japanese film Visitor Q has the beleaguered protagonist engage in... relations with a pretty female corpse. And then it gets worse.
- In another Japanese movie, EM: Embalming, this is implied. (Please note that until very recently, embalming the dead was an almost unknown practice in Japan, where it's customary for bodies to be cremated, so many Japanese would see something quite creepy about the practice of preserving corpses.)
- The Andrew "Dice" Clay film The Adventures of Ford Fairlane had a scene where the body of a pretty girl was seen in a hearse, with the implication that she was going to be the object of necrophilia. It turned out that she was just pretending to be dead.
- In the 1967 Luis Buñuel film Belle du Jour, Catherine Deneuve pretends to be a corpse, lying in an open coffin, for the delectation of one of her clients.
- In the Richard Burton version of Bluebeard, the body of Karin Schubert's character, who had been shot in a hunting accident (she had been shot in the back by Burton's character) is seen laid out in her open coffin for her funeral. Burton takes photographs of the body, then kisses the corpse; the implication is that sex follows. At the climax of the movie, Joey Heatherton's character discovers the bodies of all of Bluebeard's murdered wives preserved in a walk-in freezer. In fact, necrophilia is a frequent subtext in the various versions of the Bluebeard legend.
- Spoofed in the old Italian film Le Sei Mogli Di Barbablu, starring the famous comedian Toto. Toto's character discovers the bodies of Bluebeard's wives; it turns out all the lovely ladies, including a very young Sophia Loren in one of her first roles, were in suspended animation and are revived.
- The 1990 horror movie Deadmate had this as its main theme. It was so cheaply produced that only one incident of actual necrophilia was shown.
- In the 1985 Paul Bartel/Mary Woronov comedy Mortuary Academy, Bartel's character falls in love with the dead body of a cheerleader who's choked to death on popcorn at a movie.
- In the Danish film Nightwatch and the 1997 American remake starring Ewan McGregor, the main character is framed with a false accusation of this.
- This is also a theme of the Charlie Sheen thriller Postmortem.
- The 1980's horror movie Mortuary also had this as a subtext. The villain kidnaps the heroine and attempts to kill and then embalm her so he can keep her as his necrophiliac lover.
- Tate in the controversial movie Ken Park is a necrophiliac who asphyxiates himself for sexual pleasure and eventually stabs his grandparents and gets an erection while looking at their corpses.
- The German film Nekromantik and its sequel revolve around this trope.
- The Canadian film Kissed (based on the Barbara Gowdy story) is also about a woman who is attracted to the dead. In the climax, her boyfriend hangs himself so he can "be with her" forever.
- Considering that the central plot of the movie Drop Dead Sexy concerns two small-time crooks stealing the body of a beautiful blonde and holding it for ransom, this is a major subtext in the film. In fact, in one scene, the protagonists visit a coroner who is preparing for a romantic evening with the dead body of an attractive woman who has been shot by her husband: the coroner invites one of the protagonists to probe the fatal bullet wound with his finger.
- Starkweather has Charlie apparently about to perform sexual acts with the body of a female victim, when Caril Ann catches him. When he tries explaining that he was just posing the body (to make it look like the work of "some sex pervert") and voices his disgust at the thought of doing anything to the corpse, Caril Ann asks him "... then why are you hard down there?"
- Deadgirl revolves around two teenagers finding an undead, feral girl in an abandoned Bedlam House. While Richie wants to rescue her, J.T. wants to keep her existence a secret and make her a sex slave.
- In The House of Yes, two characters reenact the Kennedy Assassination. The man (as Kennedy) gets shot and "killed" while the girl (as Jackie Onasis) tends to him. This is foreplay.
- Introduced, Red Herring-style, in The Silence of the Lambs — the police apparently believe Buffalo Bill is taking parts of his victim's bodies to pleasure himself.
- Dreamaniac: "She fucks men, and then she kills them—not always in that order!"
- In Rob Zombie's Halloween II (2009), there's a particularly disturbing scene where an ambulance driver describes exactly what he would like to do to some of the "hot" female bodies he has to carry in the back of his van.
- Played with in Once Upon a Time in America. Noodles is picked up from a lengthy prison stay by his friend in a hearse. The friend shows off the beautiful dead woman in the hearse's coffin and makes lewd jokes about her. It turns out that the woman is very much alive and has been hired to take care of Noodles.
- A Serbian Film has both the protagonist being forced to decapitate the woman he's raping and not stop the assault and at the end a film crew deciding to rape the corpses of the protagonist and his family. Starting with the son. It's disturbing...and apparently made as a protest.
- The zombies in Shaun of the Dead may... well, we never know WHAT they are because the only explanation for events in the film is cut off mid sentence. Assuming they're true undead zombies we get one woman on a talk show admitting she's still in love with, and regularly having sex with, her zombie husband.
- Maggot from August Underground's Mordum is shown having sex with his sister, spilled intestines, and a dead little girl.
- In the Steve Martin comedy All of Me, he is talking about how a woman whom he is sharing a body with, fondled him in a men's room. His girlfriend happened to overhear it and believes he's hiding a woman in his office. But when he lets it slip he was talking about the woman who just died about 15 minutes ago, she automatically assumes that he had sex with the corpse, and dumps him.
- Drive Angry. When Piper puts up too much of a fight for Jonah King's liking after he and his cult kidnapped her, he tries to kill her and decides to defile her corpse afterwards.
- In Freddy vs. Jason, Lori finds Freddy having his way with a camp counselor's corpse during Jason's nightmare. Possible hint to him wanting to rape her and foreshadowing of the attempt later in that dream.
- In Repo! The Genetic Opera, we have Graverobber, who is overjoyed when he falls into a pit of corpses.
- Vice Squad includes a scene in which prostitute Princess is paid to have sex with an elderly man laid out in a coffin as if he were dead. It's too freaky for her so she bolts.
- A joke:
My grandmother has a necrophiliac suitor.What's he doing?Waiting.
- Another: What's the difference between incest and necrophilia? Incest is relatively boring; necrophilia is dead boring.
- A guy who's down on his luck walks into a whorehouse. He says that he's broke and miserable and could really use some cheering up, but he only has $2. The owner takes pity and says that they have a dead hooker upstairs that he can have a go at for his $2. When he finishes up and gets back downstairs, he says "That was great! But there was one problem. Her nose kept running." The owner shrugs and says "Eh, she's probably just full."
- "I wouldn't be caught dead with a necrophiliac!"
- (Person being mocked) used to be into sadomasochistic necrophilic bestiality. But then he realised he was just flogging a dead horse.
- Three men and a woman were marooned on a desert island. After one week, the woman felt so guilty about what she had been doing that she committed suicide. After another week, the three men felt so terrible about what they had been doing they buried her. After another week the three men felt so terrible about what they had been doing they dug her back up.
- One of the earliest comes in The Revengers Tragedy. When Gloriana won't sleep with him, the Duke poisons her, and then rapes her corpse.
- Junior Rennie in Under the Dome succumbs to this. Whenever his migraines get too bad, he retreats to the McCain pantry with his "girlfriends" and is obsessed with the smell. But then, he does have a brain tumor driving him steadily more insane as the book goes on, and Stephen King doesn't exactly elaborate as to what happens in the pantry.
- Barbara Gowdy's short story, "We Seldom Look Back on Love" focuses on a female necrophilic and her affair with a guy who commits suicide to get her to love him for real.
- The maniac Jessie Burlingame encounters in Gerald's Game is actually NOT a figure of her imagination, but a crazy necrophiliac, Raymond Andrew Joubert, who has been digging up body parts and using them for pleasure. Jessie is especially horrified because she offered to have sex with the ghostly intruder: "I would have let him put his cock — the cock he stuck down the rotting throats of dead men — into me if only he would have promised [...] to set me free."
- In Firestarter, a main character reads the minds of one of the "Graduate Assistants" who had been experimenting on him in college, and finds that he has killed four people and raped one of the bodies.
- In Chuck Palahniuk's Lullaby, a necrophiliac EMT gains access to a magical "culling song" that will kill anyone who it is sung to. The EMT goes in a killing spree, murdering models to have sex with them. Also, the narrator unwittingly used the song to kill his wife, then had sex with her thinking she was half asleep.
- Based on Jeffrey Dahmer, below, Quentin, the protagonist of the Joyce Carol Oates novel Zombie attempts to make a mindless sex slave by destroying the frontal lobe of his victims. Things do not go well.
- Every Necromancer in Clark Ashton Smith seems to be into this, even if the author never gets graphic with it.
- One of the ways he two Villain Protagonists in The Empire of the Necromancers take advantage of the undisturbed tombs they find is raising beautiful mummified empresses for their personal service.
- Vacharn in Necromancy in Naat is implied to be into this.
- The necromancer and his apprentice in The Charnel God raise the dead temporarily for "entertainment".
- The Richard Brautigan novel Dreaming Of Babylon features a coroner who admires the bodies of beautiful dead women, though he's insulted when detective C. Card repeatedly implies that he has sex with them.
- Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore has Jody (a recently turned vampire) found in a freezer, mistaken for a murder victim, and treated by an assistant coroner with a taste for the dead. Then she wakes up...
- In some of Dean Koontz's early works (The Vision and The Face of Fear among others), the villains are serial rapists as well as murderers, and the police at the crime-scene wonder if the killer raped the victim before or after they were killed.
- Necrophilia figures into Neil Gaiman's short story "Snow. Glass. Apples." although maybe not the way you might expect. The story is a retelling of Snow White in which Snow White is a vampire and the prince is a necrophiliac, so he's drawn to the coldness of her body rather than repulsed by what she is. The 'wicked stepmother' by comparison is a relatively decent person who only ordered her stepdaughter's death because of what she was.
- George RR Martin's short story "Meathouse Man" is centered around the eponymous Meathouse, a brothel with dead prostitutes. They have implants so that they move and react according to the desires of their customers. Technically they're just brain-dead. The bodies themselves are actually alive.
- In Bitter Gold Hearts, Garrett must retrieve a murder victim's corpse from a city mortuary before it's cremated. He pays off the crematorium's attendant to let him take it away, knowing that cadaver-selling to this trope's adherents is a regular sideline for the facility's corrupt staff.
- In Mika Waltari's The Egyptian (aka Sinuhe the Egyptian), the protagonist has to work with body preparers in the House of Death for some time. He makes notice that most of those permanently in the business employ the occasional female corpse in this way, because the death stench they carry ensures no prostitute will ever touch them, for any price. He also tells that the workers once bought a slave for their needs, but that she became insane because of the place. Some of the workers actually deem necrophilia their duty because of one or two
miraclesoccurrences where a young female corpse woke up during the "procedure" and returned home to live normally. Compare with the Real Life section of this article.
- In William Faulkner's short story "A Rose for Emily", the title character murders the man she wishes to marry, then lies next to him (it is implied this was long ago, given the dust on the pillow), the corpse is also said to have been in an embracing position.
- Brian Lumley's Necroscope sequence gives us Johnny Found, a necrophile who is also a necromancer. In Lumley's universe, what this boils down to is that whatever he's doing to the corpse, the soul or spirit of the dead person feels it as if they were still alive. It's so bad that despite seeing, fighting and killing some of the foulest abominations ever to walk the cosmos, Harry Keogh "wished he hadn't bothered" to tap the memories of the after-death experience of the latest victim.
- Lyra from "The Golden Compass" by Phillip Pullman momentarily kisses her friend Roger after her father killed him to create a bridge to other worlds
- Played for Drama in C. M. Eddy & and H. P. Lovecraft's short story "The Loved Dead." Extra disturbing in that the protagonist's tendency first manifests itself at his grandfather's funeral. Also includes very short scene that, with a minimum of thought, can be considered extremely squicky.
- The dubiously sane narrator of A. C. Swinburne's poem "The Leper" is cohabiting with the dead and rotting body of his beloved.
- One of the short stories in Anais Nin's anthology Delta of Venus concerns a young man named Pierre who finds the body of a lovely young woman who has just drowned. Overwhelmed by the beauty and sensuality of the (fresh, still-warm) corpse, he makes passionate love to it then and there.
- Jewels in Warbreaker occasionally sleeps with the team's Lifeless, since it was made from the body of her lover, Arsteel.
- F.M. Busby's short story "Tell Me All About Yourself" postulates "Nec" houses of prostitution made up entirely of carefully preserved dead women. The narrator chooses a young virgin, falls in love with her, and contrives to "rescue" her from the place and give her a decent sendoff.
- One sketch on The League of Gentlemen had a mortician who put a bit too much of himself into his work.
- The Criminal Minds episodes "The Last Word" and "Cold Comfort" both feature necrophilic killers. They don't outright state the original killer from "The Angel Maker" was a necrophiliac, but its implied. He apparently beat his victims to death either before or while raping them.
- The X-Files episode "Irresistible" features Donnie Pfaster, a necrophiliac with a serious hair and nail fetish. It manages to be one of the creepier episodes, even with a completely mundane villain. Donnie's still highly creepy several years later in "Orison", when he escapes prison and comes after "the one who got away", namely Scully.
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit:
- In one episode, a woman who'd been in a coma for five years turned out to be pregnant. One of the suspects was a security guard who'd been fired from a funeral home for unclear reasons, though those reasons became a lot more clear when the detectives tracked down a hooker who said the guard had asked her to lie in a tub of ice water before engaging in... relations.
- One episode had police walk upon what seemed to be a drug rape in the park. The man claimed that he didn't drug her and that he thought she was dead.
- This is a strongly implied theme in an episode of the old Friday The 13th series, "Epitaph for a Lonely Soul", in which a mortician obsesses over the pretty dead women he takes care of.
- Played with for laughs in an episode of the 1990's TV series One West Waikiki, starring Cheryl Ladd. A bookie is trying to recover a valuable key from the body of his girlfriend (killed in a hit-and-run accident), and sends his henchman to the local morgue to do so. The henchman finds the woman's body (nude except for plastic wrapping), and starts to remove the necklace she's wearing (which holds the key), but knocks over the rack on which the body is stored by accident, and finds himself on the floor, holding the woman's corpse. The series' lead characters enter the room at this point. Hilarity Ensues. (The girlfriend had, just before she herself gotten killed, accidentally shot another girl thst she found her boyfriend two-timing her with; the young woman's body is later shown having literally been hidden in the bookie's refrigerator, though in this case the motive is not necrophilia, but concealing evidence.) At one point, the body is shown to a client as a threat to compel the client to pay his gambling debts.
- My Name Is Earl: Patty the Daytime Hooker mentions in "Our Cops Is On" that the reason she has her hand inside a vending machine is because she's getting it nice and cold for a guy who's into dead people (though she was probably just stuck and lying).
- Tittybangbang had the characters of Parker and Harris, two pathologists who would frequently stop in the middle of an investigation to have sex with the corpse because, in Parker's words, "I can't resist a stiffy"
- Game of Thrones has a scene where Varys and Littlefinger trade rumors as a way of seeing who knows more. Varys makes mention of the various nobles Littlefinger's brothel caters to... including one who has a taste of fresh cadavers.
Varys: (dripping with sarcasm) Must be enormously difficult to accommodate that inclination. The logistics alone... to find beautiful corpses before they rot.
- Angel. In "Release" Angel has become his evil alter-ego Angelus, and is about to kill vampire slayer Faith.
Faith: Screw you.Angelus: Maybe after. I like my girls to lie still.
- American Horror Story: Asylum reveals in the origin story of Dr. Oliver Thredson is that he had an "encounter" with a medical cadaver after seeing it for the first time. All the more disturbing is that he considered it his "mother", thus setting him on the path to become Bloody Face.
- In a more depraved account, he "touches" the corpse of Lana's girlfriend Wendy one last time before torching it in his incinerator. He even relays it to Lana before she finally kills him.
- Saturday Night Live had a mock commercial for a funeral home, one of the selling points of which was their policy of "Absolutely no sex with dead bodies." The commercial goes into so much detail about how this is enforced it leads one to think the whole funeral home industry is rife with necrophiliacs.
- Mr. Show had this as a reveal/punchline in an episode: a man claimed to have seen a monster party in a graveyard. It turned out he was in the graveyard because he was looking for corpses to . . . well, you know.
- The killer in The Bletchley Circle. He doesn't rape and then kill them...
- The Reavers in Firefly do have this comportment according to Zoe Washburn.
"If they take the ship, they'll rape us to death, eat our flesh, and sew our skins into their clothing. And, if we're very, very lucky, they'll do it in that order."
- In Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Peralta recounts how his date with a coroner descended into this. When he describes how she rubbed ice on his lips to make them cold, his co-workers think he's reading into it. He goes on to explain how she fantasised about cracking his chest open, and by the end of it he was role-playing a corpse. Later, she propositions him right after they've performed a real autopsy.
Coroner: Or you could stay for a post-mortem.Peralta: Nope, sorry, the spell has worn off. No more weird dead-guy sex for me ever again. It's nothing personal, I just think sex is for the living.
- Tig from Sons of Anarchy describes his experiences sleeping with corpses to Clay, who is absolutely disgusted and refuses to hear any more of it.
- In the first episode of Better Call Saul, the protagonist has to defend three teens who broke into a mortuary and had sex with a severed head.
- Horror punk band The Gravediggers has a song called... well... "I Love the Dead"
- Voltaire's "Dead Girls" is sung from the point of view of a necrophiliac defending his dating habits.
- Also by Voltaire, "Anastasia". Whether he killed her or not is debatable, but it's creepy as all get out.
- Also, "Zombie Prostitute", which is, well...
- There's a brief mention of a dead girl being one of the available prostitutes in "Cathouse Tragedy."
- The Meteors' "Corpse Grinder", which contains the line "See you later / In my refrigerator." It's hilariously monstrous.
- There is an entire sub-genre of Filk Songs based on necrophilia humor - not a very large one, but big enough to contribute to filk's peculiar reputation. Notable songs include "Dear Departed" by Bob Kanefsky, "Some Girls..." and "Zombie Wedding" by Seanan McGuire, and "Dead Girl Polka" by Frank Hayes. "Mary O'Meara" doesn't quite count, but it seems to have inspired a few that do.
- Alice Cooper's "Cold Ethyl," "Blue Turk" and the Trope Namer "I Love the Dead."
- Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance" (music video only)
- The Geto Boys song "Mind Of A Lunatic" which is about necrophilia of course this is after Bushwick bill brutally rapes and murder her by slitting her throat and watching her choke and bleed to death
- "Necro-Romancer" by Doug Anthony All Stars.
- Nick Cave's "Where the Wild Roses Grow," with Kylie Minogue providing additional vocals. In the song, Cave's character kills Minogue's character to preserve the memory of her beauty forever. In the music video, Cave lusts over and fondles Minogue's corpse.
- Creature Feature's "Corpse In My Bed".
"My only complaint's the perfume she wearsA mix of rancid milk and mouldy pears"
- The song "Bleached Bones" by Marduk is about a man's love affair with a corpse:
Your naked corpse is as beautifulas the dawn when it comes with the first sunray.But it was your peeled bleached bonesthat really took my breath away.
- "Dead Girls Are Easy" by The 69 Eyes.
- "Cemetery" by The Headstones:
Went down to the cemetery looking for loveGot there and my baby was buried, I had to dig her up
- "Pathological Frolic" by Music/Cryptopsy:
The resurrection men took their sweet timeCross-dressed fruit; what a way to die!Now he's ours, the apple of our eyeFetch the dead sphincter, cold green meatHow did his ass taste? Tender and sweet!And then we fucked it
- "Burn Sinister" by Killing Miranda is an interesting example, since it seems to be told from the point of view of the corpse:
I am forever yours, my sweet: romance this rotten meatIs this stiffness rigor mortis? You'll be with me soonSmell of formaldehyde and perfume: well, I feel the earth moveCome take me now, my love, among the cerementsCome kiss my ice-blue lips, my cold dead flesh.
- Jimmy Cross's "I Want My Baby Back", a parody of Teenage Death Songs, ends with the protagonist digging up his girlfriend's grave and climbing into the coffin with her. What he does then is left fortunately ambiguous.
- "Dead Girls Can't Break Up With You," by the Flaming Tsunamis.
- While many people think "Mary Jane's Last Dance" is about Marijuana, the music video takes this route.
- "A Month Dead," by Stephen Lynch:
Sure, she's a little cold to the touch,But that doesn't bother me much,Because the embalmer did such,A lovely job. A lovely job.She's a month dead and she's starting to smell,But if loving a corpse is a sin...I'll see you in hell.
- Lordi's "Night of the Loving Dead":
On the Night of the Loving DeadLove the UnlivingNo skins attached
- Frequently occurs in Insane Clown Posse songs, including "Cemetery Girl", "Dead Body Man" and "In My Room." ("Dead Body Man" is covered by Psychopathic Records artist Blaze Ya Dead Homie.)
- Cannibal Corpse has much to say on the subject. The most controversial of which is probably the song "Necropedophile," which is exactly what it sounds like and spares not even the most unholy details.
- A Little Piece of Heaven by Avenged Sevenfold involves both necrophilia between a live man and his love interest he murdered, the rising as a zombie of said love interest, the subsequent killing of the man by the woman, and their final marriage by an undead priest.
- "Evil" by Mercyful Fate drifts into this trope:
And when you're downBeyond the groundI'll dig up your body againAnd make love to shame
- Witchery's "Dead, Hot & Ready"
- Worm Quartet's "I Love You Even More Now That You're Dead."
- T.S.O.L.'s "Code Blue". Specifically, the narrator has turned to necrophilia because he "never got along with the girls at my school, filling me up with all their morals and their rules".
- "Black Dress" by Kisschasy. And very pretty it is too.
- The opening lines of DMX's "Bring Your Whole Crew."
- I got blood on my hands, and there's no remorse / I got blood on my dick 'cause I fucked a corpse!
- "Garasu No Hitsugi De Nemuru Himegimi" from Sound Horizon's Märchen implies that the Blue Prince has a thing for dead girls, both through Märchen's comments on his "peculiar preferences" and the Prince's own comments about how he's tried and failed to love "all the living women." His dismayed reaction to Snow White's revival in the live performances only serves to make the implication stronger.
- Opeth's "The Leper Affinity."
- Rammstein's "Heirate Mich."
- "Nachtwatche" by E Nomine.
- Mirel Wagner's "No Death":
I move my hipsIn her I am homeI'll keep on lovingTill the marrow dries from her bones
- "Necromancer" by Gnarls Barkley. Although that may be a metaphor for getting the woman addicted to drugs.
- Heavily implied in Space's 'She's In Love With A Boy In A Body Bag', coupled with Together in Death when the girl decides she's had enough of living. Since this is Space we're talking about, the narrator is jealous of the dead man.
I'm so jealous that I'm aliveBut I'm too scared of suicideShe held him tight in that lonely morgueShe thinks he's poetry, even in death
- In the Aethiopis, the ancient Greek epic that came after Homer's Iliad in the Trojan Cycle, Achilles, after he killed the Amazon queen Penthesilea in single combat, is said to have fallen in love with her as she died. Whether he actually committed necrophilia with her dead body is unknown; several commentators say he did, but many others say that he treated the body with respect, and indeed, the Iliad mentions that he later killed the Greek Thersites who mutilated Penthesilea's corpse. Other versions say he killed Thersites for sneering at the act.
- Parthenius of Nicaea tells the story of a certain Dimoetes, who discovered the body of a beautiful woman washed up on the beach by the waves, fell in love with her, and took her home to carry on a love affair with the corpse. When the body decayed, Dimoetes buried it in a magnificent tomb, but was so griefstricken at the loss of his dead lover that he committed suicide. This story may have helped inspire Anais Nin's vignette in Delta of Venus (see Literature above).
- Hel in Norse Mythology is blatantly stated to have had intercourse with the body of a dead king. This is clearified to have taken place in the world of the living. She did not have her way with him in Helheim, she did it Midgard.
- In Vampire: The Requiem, the signature weakness of the Sangiovanni bloodline of vampires is that, not only do they vaguely resemble fresh cadavers themselves, as time goes on, they literally fall in love with corpses in general, and treat them exactly like this, to the point of necrophilia (although technically, both parties are already dead). What makes this even more disturbing is that the Sangiovanni are necromancers, and they can raise said corpses as predatory zombie slaves, which return the affection. Corpse Bride, indeed!
- It doesn't help that the bloodline draws their members exclusively from an extremely depraved and inbred Venetian family of faux-Catholics. Strangely enough, they tend to be rather rich and well-educated... in the occult.
- To make matters worse, Word of God says that they allied with a legacy of wizards known as the Tremere Liches, a group of mortal necromancers who steal the souls of others to prolong their own lives. It's easy to see why they make such wonderful music together.
- By the standards of the World of Darkness, all of this is rather tame.
- In the original Vampire: The Masquerade, the Giovanni control the spirits of the dead and one example character has discovered that necrophilia can improve her ability to influence souls while they are enraged by her disrespect.
- And, of course, how could we (no matter how hard we try to) forget FATAL and its spell to make the corpse feel alive?
- The "Lichloved" feat in The Book of Vile Darkness causes the undead to treat you like an undead creature (in other words, they won't even consider attacking you) and makes it easier for you to command them. The book explicitly states you got to that state through repeated acts of sexual congress with the undead. Also, you start to look like one (judging by a picture of a character with that feat later in the book).
- The infamous third-party supplement The Book of Erotic Fantasy makes reference to sex with undead, noting that having sex with intelligent undead (vampires being presented as a prime example) isn't that far off having sex with a living person, but sex with mindless undead is just necrophilia.
- In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, an NPC in Skingrad mentions that she can't return to her homeland... and then casually asks what the fine for necrophilia is. When you tell her, she reacts with enthusiasm at how lenient the fine is compared with what she's accustomed to.
- Various city-dwellers make mention of seeing her near the cemetery with a strange smile on her face.
- The fact that your character knows what the fine is raises interesting thoughts about why you start the game in jail.
- In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Yngvild, a dungeon on an island northeast of Dawnstar, is home to a necromancer who fled his hometown after the locals discovered his experiments, and was overjoyed to find that the tomb in question was filled with female draugr, who reminded him a little too much of the beautiful women who he lusted after back home. He has recently taken to kidnapping and murdering women so that their ghosts can be enslaved and used as his personal harem.
- In Far Cry 3. there's a sidequest called "Faces of Death" in which you take pictures of dead pirates for a man named Nero to show the people of Badtown that there is hope. When you complete the mission, he can't stop proclaiming that they're beautiful and finally says he has to "analyze them in private".
- Jason: Somehow I don't think the photos are going up anytime soon...
- Some of the 'pissed quotes' from repeatedly clicking on the necromancer unit in Warcraft 3 included "I Love The Dead...frequently" and "Right click for hot undead action".
- In F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, the ending actually involves a case of "reverse necrophilia" with Sgt. Becket being sexually assaulted by the technically-dead Alma's corporeal body, glimpses of which he gets flashes of while hallucinating a battle with an apparition of a squadmate gone mad.
- In The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, ex-mercenary Athena inmate Jaylor states in no uncertain terms that he intends to do this to Sarah Silverman after first killing her as soon as the prisoner riot starts. Riddick ensures he doesn't.
- The Legend of Zelda series inverts this with the recurring enemy known as ReDeads, animated corpse things who's primary attack is to jump on Link's back and hump him.
- In Red Dead Redemption, it's implied that along with grave-robbing, Seth does... other things to the bodies he digs up.
- As good ol' John Marston put it, ever so delicately:
John: I've met lots of fucked up people in my life Seth. But you're somethin' special.
- As good ol' John Marston put it, ever so delicately:
- In Duel Savior Destiny for Kaede's last major fight, she goes up against Mudou, who muses that it's been some time since he raped a dead girl.
- In the City Elf origin of Dragon Age: Origins, the male character may happen upon a trio of guards at Bann Vaughan's estate who have just murdered one of the elven women they kidnapped from your wedding party. When one of the guards comments it was a shame to kill someone who had such a nice body, another responds "She's still warm. How picky are you?"
- Two important NPCs in the Dragon Fantasy games are named Harry and Sally. The former became a ghost after a mine caved in, and Sally ends up loving him more than before.
- From ''Drakengard 3, this is one of Dito's more disturbing traits finding the dead absolutely gorgeous. This ends up causing his Face-Heel Turn when Five returns as a zombie and he falls in love with her on the spot.
- In Outlast, Miles comes across a Variant having sex with a headless corpse. Said Variant then calls Miles a sicko for watching.
- In the Whistleblower DLC, Waylon encounters a different Variant masturbating over a pile of corpses.
- In Lucky Dog 1, Giulio is revealed to be a necrophiliac in his route which apparently makes his job as a Professional Killer all the more enjoyable once he's finished killing his targets. After spending some time with Gian though, he can eventually decide living human companionship is preferable in the good ending, and presumably stops defiling corpses after bloodshed. In one of his bad endings in the spin-off Gian Carlo's Lucky Happy Life however, he crosses the Moral Event Horizon when he decides the only way he can keep Gian with him (who has just refused his love) is by murdering him and then loving his corpse instead.
- The trope was played for laughs for a while in the "adult" webcomic Sexy Losers... then a fairy that brings sex dolls to life mistook her for a sex doll and resurrected her, and things started getting really weird.
- A lot of the jokes in Sexy Losers revolve around Necrophilia; including one character who's just "following the family tradition", likes to talk pretty girls into suicide, and gets a "dream job" at a mortuary. Oh, and he finds that (WARNING don't read this, it's disgusting!) maggots tickle. (Told ya.)
- Also, after Mrs S kills her son's girlfriend by exhaustion, she's shown attending her funeral and stealing her extremely phallic urn, which accidentally opens while she's "using" it. Later, her husband complains of her hoo-ha being gritty. She doesn't have the heart to douche.
- In The Order of the Stick, Tsukiko's fascination with death seems to extend to a physical attraction to the undead. Unsurprisingly, she try to hook up with Xykon.
Tsukiko: I love the undead. And I mean I really love the undead!
Xykon (a skeletal lich): Hey, now, let's keep things professional. I'm not one of those disgusting biophiliacs.
Tsukiko: And one night, as we're scribing spells by candlelight, his bony hand will brush against my-
- While he is not at all interested in such relationship, she does not give up easily.
Monster in the Darkness: I don't think he [Xykon] has any love to earn.
Tsukiko: Sure he does, he just hides it beneath that tough bony exterior.
MitD: He doesn't hide anything beneath his bones. I've seen.
- She takes it to even more squicky levels later:
- Not at all subtle, given that Tsukiko's defense against accusations of lesbianism is that she didn't realize the crypt thing was a female when she slept with it.
- While he is not at all interested in such relationship, she does not give up easily.
- Played with in Something*Positive, when Jason buys Davan a sex doll — which turns out to be a murder victim with a voice chip. The ruse is discovered when her head falls off, though things hadn't gotten very far, as the original purchase was pretty much a gag gift.
- Black Mage of 8-Bit Theater once announced that this was his backup plan for the case that his plan to drug White Mage with alcohol (which might not be paint thinner), so he can rape her, fails. To Red Mage, this was the most horrible thing he ever said, and that's saying something.
- This trope is combined with horrors in this miniseries: .
- Butch of Chopping Block seems to consider killing a woman equivalent to deflowering her, and usually avoids having sex with (and/or cannibalizing) her body until she's already dead.
- The Magic Kisses from Homestuck are already borderline, but the Big Damn Kiss between Jake and (the severed head of) Dirk, in front of a blatantly phallic volcano, certainly qualifies.
- There are some scenes of necrophilia in Survival of the Fittest, disturbingly enough. Sam Sorenson of v2 and Viktor Kurchatov of v3 are two examples of this.
- This bash.org quote:
<Pwnz0rz> What do you guys do after sex?<D3v1lm4n> i like to cuddle with her<Haxorz> i leave<Dragneel> i Bury her again
- When asked what to stock its harem with, the godly being known as Inglip replied, "THE NONALIVE".
- Captain Hero of Drawn Together really has a thing for dead bodies. In The Movie, he even carries a girl's corpse around for almost the entire duration of the movie, calling her his girlfriend.
- In Family Guy when Death is in a car and about to have sex with a girl, he says "Oh no not again! I'm going to be a virgin forever." implying that he just touched her and she died. Then he says "or am I..." and the car starts rocking again.
- It's also hinted that Quagmire engages in necrophilia; this is shown in such situations as when Death killed Joan (a maid Quagmire was briefly married to though she turned out to be a Yandere) in "I Take Thee Quagmire" and he asked Death if he could leave the body with him "for another 5 minutes", and he is shown jumping out of a coffin half-naked in a DVD-only scene in "Airport '07."
- Seen again at the end of "And Then There Were Fewer", when Stephanie's body falls from the trunk of his car.
- In the episode "Petarded", Peter accidentally hits Tom Tucker and a prostitute with his car:
Lois: Oh, my God! Your hooker's dead!Tom: Well, she was already dead, but that doesn't excuse...
- In Slacker Cats Tabitha falls in love with Mr Flatman (who was hit by a car) and later a mouse (who was apparently a better kisser). Buckley has also had sex with run over cats.
- Tina from Bob's Burgers has numerous sexual fantasies about zombies