A romance, sexual or otherwise, between two different species. Sometimes they are humanoid aliens, and a Green-Skinned Space Babe
is involved, 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
Chances of it actually becoming an Official Couple
(and evolving into a mixed marriage) are increased if the nonhuman has a human form
, although that still doesn't take away the Squick
for a steadfast minority of viewers. Most people accept it, though, if there are no
humans involved, just two different animals. And since humans are animals, this can also be used to examine popular notions about morality
. 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
A lot more likely to happen in fan works (Fan Fic
, Web Comics
, etc) and more likely to be...um...NSFW.
See also: Extreme Omnisexual
; Bestiality Is Depraved
; Mars Needs Women
; Divine Date
; 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.