A romance, sexual or otherwise, between two different species. Sometimes they are Humanoid Aliens
, or they can be a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire
and a human, two Funny Animals
, or a Beast and Beauty
couple. The type of species can diverge greatly, so long as they are different.
May include a moral about the Fantastic Racism
version of inter-racial romances. Also may be Starcrossed Lovers
. Anyone looking for more built in angst will make one of these a Mayfly-December Romance
. In less realistic
settings, can easily result in Half Human Hybrids
or Hybrid Monsters
, or even Random Species Offsprings
Chances of it actually becoming an Official Couple
(and evolving into a mixed marriage) are increased if the nonhuman has a human form
. Although there is an element of Squick
amongst a certain number of audience members, most people accept it in cases where there are no
humans involved. For anthropomorphic animals, this can be a source of Furry Confusion
, especially if they're the only
couple seen to be of different species.
For some this is the way to go about First Contact
. Alien invaders
seemingly love to tempt humans with this as part of their Masquerade
, although you'd think they'd learn better
See also: Extreme Omnisexual
, Bestiality Is Depraved
, Mars Needs Women
, Divine Date
, Magical Girlfriend
, Deus Sex Machina
, Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?
, Boy Meets Ghoul
(for when the "species" barrier is a robot, AI, or other artificial lifeform), and Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action
(for when you wonder how these two things could actually reproduce). May involve Exotic Equipment
or the Male-to-Female Universal Adaptor
. May lead to Half Human Hybrids
or to a Non-human Lover Reveal
if one member was keeping secrets. If society does not approve of such romance, then it's also Maligned Mixed Marriage
. Interspecies Friendship
is the platonic version of this trope.
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- Spuds McKenzie: what a playah! What a dog playah! What a dog playah with human girlfriends...er...right.
- The "twist ending" to an AirWick air-freshener commercial is that the talking elephant housewife's husband is a many-stinky-shoed centipede. Pairings in other ad campaigns include chimpanzee-skunk, giraffe-boar and penguin-bear. The last one's sons are pigs.
- Fruit By The Foot has a commercial with a female lizard getting attracted to a young human male after mistaking the long strip of gum stretching from his mouth for a prehensile tongue.
- Pretty much all of the Orangina ads, but especially the big musical number with the bear and the deer.
- This ad and this ad imply that the Kia Soul hamsters find human women attractive.
- There's a commercial for a Dora the Explorer mermaid Dora toy, which shows a mermaid girl whose mother is a human and father is a giant fish.
- This ad for the Bank of Queensland pairs a human hunter with a deer.
- Direct TV's ads feature a man married to a human-sized living marionette. They even have a son.
- Commercials for Sprint's Framily plan show Judy Greer married to a hamster. They have three kids: a man (played by Kyle Mooney who's only nine years younger than Greer), a southern boy, and a French girl.
- 'Star Girl' by Mc Fly was about an interspecies romance between a human and an alien. According to Tom Fletcher, the song was based on a dream he had where he romanced an alien woman.
- 'Interspecies Love' by Kevin Blechdom. Aliens again.
- "My Beloved Monster" by Eels.
- 'Herr Mannelig'. She's a mountain troll. Though the 'romance' in this case is pretty one-sided.
- Sadly, parental disapproval averted Herman's and Sally's inter-crustacean romance in the Smothers Brothers' comedy song "Crabs Walk Sideways".
- The whole point of E.T / Futuristic Lover by Katy Perry.
- From Whose Line Is It Anyway?, there's the song "Bubbles", which was made up one-word-at-a-time and is about a man romancing a sea monster.
- "Fish and Bird", by Tom Waits, tells the story of two Star-Crossed Lovers: a bird and a whale. As ridiculous as the premise sounds, it still manages to be deeply sad.
- Orangutan/human in Megadeth's "Public Enemy Nš 1" video (implied).
- The music video for the song "Close But No Cigar" by "Weird Al" Yankovic is all about this. It was made by John Kricfalusi, so it's not surprising...
- The music video of Opposites Attract has Paula Adbul dancing with and romancing a cartoon cat named M.C. Scat Cat
- "E.T." by Katy Perry and Kanye West. The video begins with the song "Where in the World Can My Lover Be?" by Midge Williams & Her Jazz Jesters playing in the background. As the music begins, Kanye is shown in a spacecraft revealing pictures before zooming out of the craft. In the video, Perry, as an "alien", drifts through outer space before landing on an abandoned Earth covered with litter. Clips are interspersed of large felids hunting game. She comes across a broken robot (resembling a spaceman), which turns into a naked male, played by Shaun Ross upon her kiss. It is eventually revealed Perry's legs are in fact those of a gazelle. Meanwhile, West is featured in the video floating in a traveling spacecraft.
- "Runaway" is a 35-minute short film (it serves as the music video for a compilation of songs from West's album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy") directed by Kanye West. The film depicts a romantic relationship between a man and a half-woman, half-phoenix, and is set to music by West from his album.
- The second version of the music video for "Bad Boy" by Miami Sound Machine, which features the cast of Cats in their cat costumes, one of them getting really cuddly with Gloria Estefan's character (who's human, though she sports a cat tail at the end of the video).
- The music video for "Peacebone" by the experimental rock group Animal Collective shows a blossoming romance between a human woman and.. something else.
- In the music video for Spectrum by ZEDD, a man meets and falls in love with an alien woman whose spaceship appears in front of his house and leaves her there.
- Bat Boy: The Musical features a romance between the Bat Boy (Edgar), and Shelley. This is encouraged by the Demi-God Pan, in the midst of a rather-large, MUSICAL, inter-species orgy.
- Avenue Q gives us Princeton (a human/puppet) and Kate Monster (a monster/puppet)
- Umbridge (an extremely strong human woman) and Firenze (a centaur) from A Very Potter Sequel.
- Seussical has Horton the Elephant and Gertrude McFuzz, a bird.
- The Team StarKid play Starship has an alien bug/human romance, as well as a human/robot one.
- The origins of the Furude family in Higurashi: When They Cry stem from a marriage between a human and a demon (Hanyuu). Note: Hanyuu was older than the form seen in the 7th and 8th novels during said marriage.
- Hatoful Boyfriend is a Dating Sim, like many others, where your character tries to romance cute guys. Only this time, replace "cute guys" with "photo-realistic pigeons". To help players identify with the characters, there is an option for the intro scene of each love interest to show an image what he would look like as a human (answer: Bishounen). However, it is made clear that the birds really are birds, and this is just a visual Translation Convention.
- Dra Koi is a love story between a nameless protagonist and a dragon who similarly has no name. She picked him out as the one who would slay her, a choice he can reject.
- Taken pretty seriously with the noted titles of Kanon and CLANNAD by Key Visual Arts. Both scenarios are demonstrated in a rather Tear Jerker route following the Beautiful All Along path, except... just replace beautiful with animal.
- DRAMAtical Murder has one between Aoba and Clear, an android.
- There she is!!, in which a female rabbit falls in love with a male cat. The interspecies part of their relationship plays a big role in the plot: Such romances are extremely frowned upon in their societies (a metaphor for the strained relationship of Japan and Korea).
- Happy Tree Friends: Considering that most of the characters are different species, this was inevitable. The Official Couples are Cuddles (a rabbit)/Giggles (a chipmunk) and Handy (a beaver)/Petunia (a skunk).
- In Bowser's Kingdom episode 8, Steve the Piranha Plant fell in love with a Dino Rhino (with a bow and lipstick). The Dino Piranha was the resulting lovechild.
- In the episode Typomaniac Vol. 1 of Starters, Chikoria thinks that Chespin and Fenniken are dating and begin to laugh at them for that.