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->''"It's almost like I knew this man from another life\\
Like back then maybe I was his husband\\
And maybe he was my wife..."''
-->-- '''Music/IndiaArie,''' "The Truth"

You know the drill. "A love [[ThePowerOfLove so strong]] it [[{{Reincarnation}} conquered time!"]] [-(and took no prisoners!)-]

Two people love each other so deeply, and are tied by the RedStringOfFate so closely, that they will meet and fall in love every time they [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnate]], lifetime after lifetime.

This is a very old trope. It is common in stories for the ShoujoDemographic and Eastern romance, where belief in reincarnation is more prevalent. This is sometimes used in Western stories to give StarCrossedLovers a second, more successful go after things go south in the story, an alternative to TogetherInDeath for making a DownerEnding into the ''good'' kind of ambiguous ending.

It can get interesting if the genders reverse, or only one of theirs does. Infidelity is usually a complete non-issue; their love is ''so'' strong they may not even date at all until they meet their eternal better half... unless their reincarnating romance also tends to fall into the same bad habits. Things can get wonky if one of them is or becomes immortal: they end up having to wait [[TheSlowPath decades or]] ''[[UpToEleven centuries]]'' for their loved one to return in a strange form of MayflyDecemberRomance. Only ''very'' rarely will one or the other honestly fall in love with a third person.

Even more complications arise if one of the two has been brought BackFromTheDead via a ResurrectedRomance, rather than through reincarnation.

Compare AmnesiacLover. See also EternalLove, which describes a different kind of very long-term relationship between immortals, and TimeTravelRomance, which uses time travel instead of reincarnation to bridge the temporal gap. When handled badly, this can very easily turn into StrangledByTheRedString.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'':
** Implied in the ending of ''Anime/AngelBeats'', between [[spoiler:Otonashi and Kanade]].
** WildMassGuessing has it that this is what happened with [[spoiler:Hinata and Yui, since before she disappeared he promised that he'd marry her in their next lives]].
* In ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'', a fallen angel and a water spirit had a history together...and were reincarnated as [[BrotherSisterIncest the siblings Setsuna and Sara Mudou]]. {{Angst}} ensues, as they cannot help themselves.
** Actually, there wasn't much of a history. A somewhat better example would be [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] and [[BigGood Alexiel]], although it is only the latter who constantly gets reincarnated, while the former stands by her side as an [[AmnesiacGod amnesiac]] EmpathicWeapon.
%%* This is the premise of Creator/OsamuTezuka's manga ''Manga/ApollosSong''.
* ''Anime/AquarionEvol'', thought it ALSO plays with it as well. Amata and Mikono are, indeed, the reincarnations of the below mentioned Apollo and Silvia from ''Anime/GenesisOfAquarion''... [[spoiler: Except [[LiteralSplitPersonality Kagura]] is ''also'' Apollo's reincarnation... '''and Apollo was never Apollonius' reincarnation to begin with'''.]]
* Ultimately averted with France and [[spoiler:Joan of Arc]] in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia.'' He [[spoiler:meets a young girl named Lisa who is all but stated to be his old friend Joan's reincarnation, but he treats her more like an old [[TrueCompanions True Companion]] who has just come back home after a long time, rather than a prospect girlfriend.]]
* ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName'' has Luka and Yuki, complicated by the fact that as a Duras (basically a high-level demon) is immortal and must wait a long time for Yuki to be reincarnated. When Yuki is reborn, it's as a man instead of a woman - which doesn't seem to faze Luka in the slightest, but Yuki is ''also'' reborn without any memories of his past life, including Luka.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Orihime mentions the concept as [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove she tells]] [[DudeShesLikeInAComa an unconcious Ichigo]] that were she reincarnated at least five times, she would fall in love with Ichigo no matter what. [[spoiler: They're ultimately HappilyMarried in at least this one.]]
* Played with in ''Manga/BokuraNoKiseki''. Harusumi is the reincarnation of a [[GenderBender princess]], Veronica. His girlfriend Takao is the reincarnation of a female knight who was his primary bodyguard in their previous lives. After she remembers this, things get complicated. All Harusumi wants is for her to stop treating him like royalty and for their relationship to return to how it was; Takao, on the other hand, is convinced that Harusumi is really yearning to meet the reincarnation of Veronica's LoveInterest, Glen, and that when Glen's reincarnation finally appears, she'll lose Harusumi.
* Creator/{{CLAMP}} seems to have a fondness for this trope.
** ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' favours both variants of the trope. Many alternate-universe characters retain the relationships they shared in their source series, with examples of both romantic and platonic relationships recurring in different dimensions and alternate continuities. Later on, [[spoiler: the clones of Sakura and Syaoran are reincarnated together and marry.]]
** Once an [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angel]] falls in love with someone in ''Manga/{{Wish}}'', it's ''forever''. And angels are immortal. It is ultimately revealed that {{God}}'s edict for angels not to fall in love with humans is an act of kindness for this reason. Nevertheless, the main couple (an angel and a human doctor) ''do'' fall for each other, so [[spoiler: God has to arrange for the angel to sleep inbetween their lover's reincarnation cycle, bound to a tree in the boyfriend's household.]]
** At the end of ''Manga/{{Kobato}}'', the title character reincarnates [[spoiler: and is reunited with her beloved Fujimoto]].
* [[spoiler:Shirley Fenette]] in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' invokes this image as she dies. She claims that no matter how many times she's reborn she will certainly fall in love with Lelouch again every lifetime.
* [[spoiler:Kanda and Alma]] of ''Manga/DGrayMan''. They were lovers in their past life until they were killed by Akuma and they fall in love again in their next incarnation. They weren't "reborn" in the natural way, though. [[spoiler:After their deaths, some scientists [[BrainTransplant transplanted their brains]] into artificial bodies as part of a failed [[SuperSoldier super Exorcist]] program. And to make it more complicated, Kanda's girlfriend was brought back to life in a male body.]]
* In ''Anime/FantasticChildren'' Grecian scientists try to invoke this to [[spoiler: make it impossible for Tina’s EvilUncle to use her body as a weapon.]] They are interrupted before the process is completed and only one of the lovers gets send to Earth’s Zone to be reborn. She comes back two times, subconsciously waiting for her lost love. Her third incarnation [[spoiler:, Helga, regains her memories and still decides to wait for Soren.]] In a strange twist, the one who is reborn on the Earth is [[spoiler: Seth, her former fiancé]], even through this reincarnation was completely unintentional. [[spoiler: He doesn’t get a girl. This is hinted that Tina finally is reunited with Soren during her life as Helga.]]
* ''Manga/FlowersOfEvil'': The manga starts off with the story of two lovers who are reincarnated as twins. This is what the twin protagonists like to believe has happened to them.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Soooorta used]] in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. [[spoiler: After Miaka goes back home and leaves Tamahome behind, he strikes a deal with [[PhysicalGod Taiitsukun]]: she will reincarnate him into a normal human man and send him to Earth so he can find Miaka, but he will lose his memories. He's reincarnated into Taka, a young man some years older than Miaka, and they soon find each other.]] [[spoiler: But after some time, trouble starts brewing again...]]
* Strongly implied to have taken place in ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden''. [[spoiler: Takiko aka Genbu no Miko dies after summoning Genbu and using her wishes to save the country of Hokkan. Her lover and Genbu Senshi Uruki becomes [[TheGoodKing Emperor Rimudo]], reigning wisely over the Hokkan lands until his death at the age of 100-something [[TheMourningAfter and never taking a consort or mistress]] (His succesor is a descendant of his cousin Firuka and ''her'' lover, the Genbu Senshi Tegu). The people of Hokkan were so grateful to Takiko and Rimudo that they endlessly prayed for them to find love and peace in their next lives... And the last pages of the manga show a boy and a girl who are all but stated to be the reincarnations of Rimudo and Takiko, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming who recognize each other on first sight and happily embrace]].]]
* Played with and possibly {{deconstructed|Trope}} in ''Anime/GenesisOfAquarion''. Silvia is supposedly the reincarnation of Celiane, and she believes that the reincarnation of her lover, Apollonius, isn't the protagonist Apollo but rather ''[[BrotherSisterIncest her brother]]'', Sirius. Much drama is milked from the trope until it's finally revealed that [[spoiler:Sirius and Silvia are ''both'' the reincarnated halves of Celiane's soul, and Apollo is indeed her/their lover.]] Sirius reacts exactly as anyone would expect.
* The main plot of ''Manga/HajimariNoNiina''. Protagonist Niina is the reincarnation of a girl named Chitose, and holds the latter's crush on a boy named Atsurou, who is still alive and mourning Chitose's death. [[spoiler: Eventually Niina and Atsurou fall in love, although he didn't know at first he was Chitose's reincarnation]].
* They did this in ''Anime/HighlanderTheSearchForVengeance''. Technically, it was only the girl who reincarnated, since the guy was immortal, but same idea.
* Invoked and then avoided in Manga/IkkiTousen ''Great Guardians''. [[spoiler: Chuubou]] is the reincarnation of [[spoiler: Koukin]]'s wife, and she actually confronts him about it and says she likes him that way too. However he is ''already'' in love with [[spoiler: Hakufu, the girl who's the reincanation of TheHero (and [[KissingCousins his cousin]])]], so he gently but clearly tells [[spoiler: Chuubou]] to not let her past life rule her love life. She immediately says "IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy" and backs off.
* Deconstructed in ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'', which includes a soap-opera grade LoveTriangle between the title character, his first love, and her reincarnation - and it brings trouble to the ''three'' of them. Bonus for doubling as ResurrectedRomance. [[spoiler: It's solved when Kikyou is finally able to pass on in peace in Inuyasha's embrace, and some time later Kagome stays in the Feudal Era with Inuyasha.]]
* In the ending of [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean part 6]] of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', [[spoiler: Jolyne and Anasui are finally happily together after the universe ended and restarted.]] They're completely different people and they don't remember each other, though their characters are still fairly similar.
* [[SchoolgirlLesbians Himeko and Chikane]] in ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'', ''Anime/ShatteredAngels'' and ''Manga/ZettaiShoujoSeiikiAmnesian''.
* In ''Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo'', Rune and Yamato were lovers in feudal times until they were torn apart. In the modern day, Rune has reincarnated as a boy, but [[HoYay still loves Yamato dearly]], even though Yamato [[ObliviousToLove doesn't realise it]] until he's [[spoiler: [[NearRapeExperience almost raped by Rune]] ]]. Rune's jealousy over Yamato's new girlfriend [[GreenEyedMonster turns out to be more than a little dangerous]].
* From ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', the [[CrystalDragonJesus Sankt Kaiser Olivie Sägebrecht]] and her childhood friend, the Supreme King Claus G.S. Ingvalt, had a romantic relationship, but Olivie died when she took the duties of the Sankt Kaiser in the Ancient Belkan War. Claus regretted his failure of not stopping her from entering the suicidal Saint's Cradle, and his feelings are inherited in forms of [[GeneticMemory Genetic Memories]] by his descendants. [[TomboyishName Einhard]] Stratos is influenced by her ancestors memories and feelings and she starts a RomanticTwoGirlFriendship with Vivio Takamachi, [[CloneJesus who is genetic clone of Olivie]].
* If you get past the trans-dimensional science / magic amalgamation, this may or may not be what set off the plot of ''Anime/MagicalShoppingArcadeAbenobashi''.
* In ''LightNovel/MirageOfBlaze'', Naoe has spent the past 400 years pining after Kagetora thanks to this trope. [[LoveMakesYouCrazy It doesn't work out very well for him,]] and Kagetora/Takaya [[MindGameShip doesn't really approve.]] Done in a much nicer way with Ayako/Haruie, who is waiting for her lover from 200 years ago to reincarnate.
* Heavily implied ''[[Anime/NGKnightLamune40 VS Knight Lamune And 40 Fire]]'' with Lamunedo and [[spoiler:Drum]].
* In ''Manga/NGLife'', Sirix died in Pompeii during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius (79 AD). In 2005, he is reborn as Keidai, a Japanese schoolboy. He finds his old love Serena but she is now a boy!
* A non-sexual love was the reason Orochimaru from ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' sought immortality. He loved his parents dearly, and when he lost them he was absolutely broken. When he learned about reincarnation, he decided to look for ways to make himself live forever so he could meet his parents again when they reincarnate. Unfortunately, Orochimaru eventually became so consumed by staying alive and collecting and creating rare and powerful Jutsu that he completely forgot the original purpose of his research.
* The primary romance in ''Manga/PleaseSaveMyEarth''. The other leg of the LoveTriangle also retains their infatuation in the new life, as well.
** There's another one where one gender reverses, though it's more or less a one sided romance.
* Discussed in a Japanese ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' radio drama. Musashi and Kojiro play two lovers named "Jessie" and "James" who are the {{Sole Survivor}}s of a ship crash. As their oxygen depletes, the duo reminisce on their lives together. A dying Jessie mentions that it was destiny that they met and that they will meet again someday.
* Spoofed in ''Manga/{{Rinne}}'', as all bets are off as to what you're going to reincarnate into. A centuries-dead soldier, unable to go on, haunts the girl whom he believes to be his reincarnated love [[spoiler:and it turns out she was actually a turtle in her past life]]. His love actually reincarnated into a [[spoiler:male gym leader]]. The soldier has no problem crossing over after that revelation.
** Thankfully averted in regards to [[spoiler: Rinne's mother]]. Having been accidentally swept away into the Wheel of Reincarnation but keeping her memories in her current life as an elementary school student, she and her once husband [[spoiler: Rinne's father, Sabato]] make it very frank that despite their love for each other, they're not going to resume their relationship to avoid the inherit {{squick}} of MayDecemberRomance.
* Played with in ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.
** Played straight: Usagi and Mamoru, as well as Haruka and Michiru.
** Played strange: in his previous life, Adonis was in love with the previous life of Sailor Venus, and so is in this, but where she ''does'' fall for him in this in the previous one Venus apparently didn't even know he existed (so Adonis claims), or at least that he loved her (implied by Artemis recognizing him).
** {{Averted}}: in the manga, Sailor Venus and Kunzite used to be lovers in their previous life (hence why Venus didn't know Adonis loved her: he had seen that and [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy decided to not interfere]]), but in this one they have little to no relationship and Venus ''kills'' Kunzite (not that [[spoiler:it was ''any'' different from what she did to Adonis, [[MarriedToTheJob given he was on the wrong side of the battle]]]]).
** The novelizations of the American dub, that mix it with the manga continuity, provides a [[JustifiedTrope justification for all this]]: people who have had a relationship with each other in a life are naturally drawn to each other in the next and feel an echo of whatever feeling they had, but what happens next is up to them. Hence Usagi and Mamoru feeling drawn to each other but taking a while to actually fall in love due the MeetCute, Haruka and Michiru [[DefiedTrope actively avoiding falling in love for a while]] because it would be a distraction, the Sailor Senshi and the Shitennou meeting their respective groups, and the whole kerfluffle with Sailor Venus' love life.
** ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' expands this a little more. [[spoiler: The Inner Senshi and the four Shitennou '''were''' lovers in their past lives (Mars and Jadeite, Jupiter and Nephrite, Mercury and Zoicite, and again Venus and Kunzite), yes, just like Serenity and Endymion and also Uranus and Neptune. In this one, however, the Shitennou were BrainwashedAndCrazy and the Senshi ''save for Venus'' can't remember their romances when they regain their Senshi selves. Venus tries to explain this but her timing is so poor that the girls almost suffer {{heroic bsod}}'s, and for worse, soon afterwards the guys are KilledOffForReal ''right when they're actually recovering their memories and remembering their past girlfriends''.]]
* The big reveal of Meliodas' and Elizabeth's true relationship ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'', with a heavy dose of YankTheDogsChain. [[spoiler:During the ancient war, Elizabeth and Meliodas were cursed by their respective leaders, The Supreme Deity and The Demon King for falling in love with each other. Meliodas was cursed to live forever and never die no matter what. Elizabeth was cursed to reincarnate into someone who will grow up exactly like her except for her memories, and if she ever get her memory back, she ''will'' die within three days' time, and the cycle will begin anew. Even when Meliodas try to distance himself from her, she will fall in love with him, her powers and memories would return, and she would invariably die while Meliodas can only watch.]] It's something worthy of ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}''.
* Played with in ''Manga/SpiritCircle''.
** Inverted by the two main characters, Fuuta and Kouko, who are fated to ''hate'' each other in each of their incarnation, and in most lives, one of them dies by the other's hand. In the current life, however, Fuuta doesn't bear any hatred towards Kouko, and is trying to solve their feud, while Kouko still hates him.
** More like Reincarnation Friendship, in case of Fuuta's group of friends. Their roles vary in each incarnation, but they all always have a good relationship with Fuuta's incarnation. Sometimes other characters also gets included in the fray, although not always. The cause is explicitly stated to be because bonds endure even after death.
* Variation in ''Manga/StrayLittleDevil''. It's directly stated that the main character is the reincarnation of the devil king that her grandmother met and fell in love with. It's not explicitly said they were lovers and that the main character is in fact her own grandfather; but the angel she falls in love with is the reincarnation of the Devil King's rival; the Angel Queen.
* In Creator/MichiyoAkaishi's ''Manga/TenYoriMoHoshiYoriMo'', the three main characters ([[BitchInSheepsClothing Shinjou]], [[TroubledButCute Shou]] and [[TheIngenue Mio]]) are the reincarnations of three persons involved in a tragic LoveTriangle centuries ago. [[spoiler: These persons were, respectively: Minamoto no Yoritomo aka the first shogun of the Kamakura shogunate, Yoritomo's brother and rival Yoshitsune, and Yoshitsune's lover Shizuka Gozen.]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Seto and Kisara were reincarnated as Kaiba and... the Blue-Eyes White Dragon. [[LoveHurts This complicates things...]]
--> "[[CargoShip No one comes between me and my Blue-Eyes!]] And anyone foolish enough to try PAYS THE PRICE!"
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': Juudai and Yubel. Juudai swore in his first life to love [[AmbiguousGender him... her... ah, them]] forever, and not only did they hold him to it, but he held himself to it... once he got around to remembering he'd made the promise in the first place. It's iffy if pure romantic love was what he meant when he said he'd love only them, but that's definitely [[StalkerWithACrush how they took it]].
** Considering he used the word "ai", which is effectively the strongest word the Japanese use for love, yeah, that's what he meant. It's also what Echo used for Amon and no one argues that she loves him.
* In the {{hentai}} OVA ''Yu-No'', TheOjou Miyo has a slightly sadistic, if caring [[SchoolgirlLesbians sexual relationship]] with the ShrinkingViolet Canna. When, after much TimeTravel and AlternateUniverse jumping, [[spoiler:Canna is killed, Miyo performs a HeroicSacrifice and is thrown back in time to long before the series' begin. It turns out, Miyo was already pregnant with Takuya's child at the time, who is born and named... Canna. Soon after the old Miyo dies, Canna meets the young Miyo and the [[StableTimeLoop cycle begins again]], adding a slight ParentalIncest note to it]]. Yep, you guessed it, it's a MindScrew but ItMakesSenseInContext.
* ''Anime/WinterCicada'' is a ReincarnationRomance when viewed in conjunction with ''Manga/HaruWoDaiteita'', though strangely enough simultaneously a ShowWithinAShow of the same work. The plot of the second heavily, ''heavily'' implies that [[spoiler: the yaoi guys Katou and Iwaki are the reincarnations of Kusaka and Akizuki, the StarCrossedLovers from the first]], since ''Winter Cicada'' is (in universe) BasedOnATrueStory.
* Played with a little in ''LightNovel/DestructionFlagOtome''. Katarina's past life and a girl named Atsuko were best friends with the latter in particular really cherishing her friend, though she didn't love her. However, Katarina's past life died young and reincarnated into a fantasy world where she met a young albino girl named Sophia who was the reincarnation of Atsuko, though she doesn't know it. Sophia quickly falls in love with her and becomes one of her closest friends, though Katarina is so astronomically dense that she hasn't the faintest idea.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Used a [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Reincarnation lot]] in Series/{{Merlin}} fanfiction; considering that the [[KingArthur original source]] had many elements of this, it's not surprising.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5996812/1/bSchizophrenia_b Schizophrenia]] has [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Raven and Beast Boy]] knowing each other in ALL of their past lives (because they had quite a few). Granted, they weren't romantically involved in any of them, but Raven's subconscious explains that they were slowly growing closer with each passing lifetime.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': Some Zelink shippers portray Zelda and Link's [[ShipTease romance]] as this.
* This happens a lot in Zutara ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fanfics, often the two are meant to be the reincarnations of Oma and Shu. It can be seen clearly in [[http://m.fanfiction.net/s/4915863/1/ this fic]]

* Used in the Cartoon X-Over fanfic The Sinners and Their Saints https://archiveofourown.org/works/13785066/chapters/31687536, Frida is the reincarnation of the holy woman and Manny's deceased fiance Analia, sharing both an identical appearance and healing powers with her.

* Deconstructed in Fanfic/WhiteDevilOfTheMoon. Nanoha, who in this fic is the reincarnation of Princess Serenity, is a completely different person, to the point of despising her past self as irresponsible and selfish, especially with regards to her romance with Endymion. Nanoha, as a result, has nothing in common with Mamoru, resulting in their "date" going poorly [[spoiler:and ending up with Fate after completely rejecting her past life]]. The author touches on this in an author's note.
-->In Sailor Moon, it is implied that because the Earth Prince and Moon Princess were lovers in their previous lives, they are destined to be lovers again in their current ones. I don't find that plausible. I find the interpretation presented in the Deverry novels by Katherine Kerr to be more likely. In those stories, two people with a strong connection to each other (positive or negative) in one life will be inclined to similar feelings if they meet in another life, but they aren't bound to it. Reincarnated lovers will be inclined to like each other when they meet, making it easier for them to become lovers again, and reincarnated enemies will be inclined to dislike each other, making it easier for them to find a new reason to fight in the current life, but these are not set in stone. Reincarnated enemies can resolve their differences. Reincarnated lovers can end up parting ways. One's previous lives might influence the person they become, but it doesn't define them absolutely. Nanoha is not Princess Serenity. Mamoru is not Prince Endymion.
* Several Manga/RanmaOneHalf[=/=]Franchise/SailorMoon crossovers have Ranma being the reincarnation of an extra Senshi, or Queen Serenity herself. Inevitably she was also the lover of one of the other Senshi; Pluto more often than not.
* The author of ''FanFic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria'' suggested in the [[AllThereInTheManual comment section]] that since she was born the same year the other died, Clover the Clever might be the reincarnation of Wind Whistler, making her relationship with Hurricane an example of this. However, the author's [[ShrugOfGod left it up to interpretation.]]
* Happens in some ''Literature/LesMiserables'' fic that is set in the 20th or 21st century. Oftentimes the younger characters, namely Marius, Cosette, Eponine, Enjolras, Gavroche, and the rest of the Amis del'ABC are reincarnated as students in any given major city. Some may dream or remember the barricade of 1832. Often these fics still use the love triangle with Marius, Cosette, and Eponine, but resolve the situation by having Eponine end up with Enjolras this time around.
* ''FanFic/SoulsReborn'' plays with this -- the official pairings for the Konoha 12 and the Suna Sibs before their deaths at the hands of Orochimaru were confirmed to be the standard four: [=NaruHina=], [=SasuSaku=], [=ShikaTema=], and [=NejiTen=]. Their ''OnePiece'' incarnations subvert this: Luffy is celibate, [[spoiler:Kaya]] is in love with Usopp (Kiba's reincarnation), and neither Nami nor [[spoiler:Ace]] have any attraction to each other. On the other hand, some are implied to be played straight, Zoro and [[spoiler:Tashigi]] having massive amounts of BelligerentSexualTension, and [[spoiler:Kohza and Vivi]] are ChildhoodFriends who are heavily implied to have [[ChildhoodFriendRomance feelings]] for each other.
* {{Reconstructed}} in the WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} fic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/929900 Nightmares Of Time Gone By]]'', where Pyrrha and Jaune are portrayed as this. (Specifically, they're the reincarnations of [[Machinima/RedVsBlue Agents]] [[spoiler:York and Carolina]].) It also counts as SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong; the protagonists' knowledge of [[spoiler:Carolina's]] tragic death in the past enables them to avoid that same fate in the present.
* Implied in the ''Franchise/XMen'' fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7684201/1/123-Romy 123 Romy]]''.
--> The two strangers passed by each other once more, and the man couldn't help but wonder if it was fate.
* In a ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' character [[http://asktheheiress.tumblr.com/post/10704777538/what-are-the-dream-bubbles-like-what-do-you-do-in blog]], this was Feferi's answer when asked; "What do you do in the [[AfterlifeTropes dreambubbles]]?" [[note]]The narration below is interspersed with a scene of her meeting Eridan in a different life, and agreeing to go on a date with him.[[/note]]
--> ''It's wonderful! We don't have to be afraid of death anymore. We can build new worlds! New lives... Together, [[TrueCompanions we]] can all be together again. Meet again. Learn from [[LoveHurts our mistakes]]- or make new ones. But that doesn't matter. Mistakes are part of life.''
* Discussed in ''Fanfic/TheStudentPrince'': Merlin wonders if Arthur, Gwen and Lance are destined to have the same TriangRelations as their mythological counterparts. It's averted, of course, since this ''is'' an Arthur/Merlin fic - unless you assume that their previous incarnations were also in love with each other.
* In the Literature/GoodOmens FanFic ''From the Top (say your lines once more)'', this is Subverted in a lot of interesting ways. The main couple, Aziraphale and Crowley, will reincarnate as different genders, ages, races, nationalities, and species; Crowley remembers but Aziraphale does not; and often Aziraphale will die or marry someone else before Crowley can reach him.
* Neo and Smith in ''Fanfic/BringingMeToLife'', after he dies Neo's reincarnated as [[spoiler: Max Jameson]] who starts falling in love with Smith, even before finding out that he's a reincarnation.
* Deconstructed in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/2360000?view_adult=true Bygone]]''. [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Yang]] remembers and Blake doesn't. The pain of remembering a past life that no one else does drives Yang [[spoiler:suicidally]] insane. Also, Yang instinctively knows where to find the girl she loved ''romantically'', but [[TheFourLoves no one else she cared about]].
* Seriously deconstructed in ''FanFic/NoChanceForFate''. It's pretty much stated that Usagi and Mamoru ceased to exist when their past memories overwrote their personalities, thus why they call themselves Serenity and Endymion in the future. Pluto worked very hard (and succeeded) in preventing this from happening again. She notes Usagi and Mamoru coming together on their own as themselves comes over far more naturally than the memory-driven events.
* The vocaloid fanfic ''Fanfic/RottingCamellias'' has [[spoiler: Miku and Luka caught in a cycle where they love each other but can never be together. This reincarnation would not be possible without the meddling of the jealous mage, Meiko, however.]]
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/3735319?view_adult=true We Are the Next Time Around]]'', [[Characters/ClassicalMythologyOlympians Hades and Persephone]] are continually reborn into mortal bodies, right up until the present day. In the first few iterations, they only recognize the other upon making eye contact, but eventually the memories become so instinctive that Persephone even recognizes his reincarnated pet.
-->''A dog, a Rottweiler maybe, has been thumping his tail from the moment she walked in. He hasn’t moved from where he is curled on his bed, but she knows it is a he. It always is.''
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/6145992 You're My End and My Beginning]]'', [[Series/MiraculousLadybug Chat Noir and Ladybug]] are reincarnated throughout history to bear the [[TranformationTrinket kwami]], but often do not recognize each other because of TheMasquerade. Their nemesis is also this trope, except that his soulmate dies (relatively) prematurely in ''every'' life, regardless of the era's medical or technological achievements. This drove him a little crazy.
* ''Fanfic/{{In Sotto Voce}}'' is a ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' inspired Zelda/Impa fic that goes with this theme. The ''Zelda'' franchise has shown that Impa is one of the few characters that is near consistently reincarnated, though she doesn't appear in all games. The fanfic goes on to show that Impa's relationship to Zelda depends on what that particular Zelda needs, be it a mentor, maternal figure, guard, companion, lover, etc. The current Zelda and Impa happen to be of the rare romantic incarnation.
* In ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/9457637 and it's just my soul responding]]'', [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Rukia]] considers this trope:
-->That fuzzy feeling is back but it’s not a sharp, sizzling ''oh, look at that cute boy,'' but a warm and cozy ''hey, it’s been a while.''
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWdNO8khTLI This]] CrossoverShip FanVid has Jim from ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' as a [[TheAgeless long-lived]] HumanoidAlien stranded on Earth. He fell for a human woman (Bella from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'') who ends up killed by wolves. Two hundred years later he meets her reincarnation, Melody from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'', but is reluctant to love her again due to [[MayflyDecemberRomance mortality differences]]. They eventually become friends. Jim becomes mortal due to meeting with a goddess, and years later the two are reunited as adults and end up together.
* Rei and Kaworu are this in ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'' due to a fan omake that detailed Lilith and Adam as being literal StarCrossedLovers becoming AscendedFanon. Though this is merely by technicality, since Kaworu fell in love first and had no knowledge of Adam and Lilith's relationship.

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* ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} and Hawkgirl are reincarnated Egyptian nobles who were murdered but found each other again in modern times. In fact, thanks to an [[AppliedPhlebotinum Nth Metal dagger]], they are both cursed to meet, fall in love, and die tragically in each life. The battery of the Star Sapphires, who represent love on the emotional spectrum, even contains the crystallized remains of their original incarnations, which were found on Zamaron. The two are all but stated to be the personification of tragic love.
** The trope was deconstructed with Kendra Saunders, who was a reincarnation of Hawkgirl, but without the memories. Meanwhile, Carter Hall kept his memories. This led to him pushing a lot of expectations on her, and her pulling a ScrewDestiny and seeing other people. They ''do'' eventually end up together again... before dying. Then are reincarnated ''again'' about a week later.
* A graphic novel about the history of UsefulNotes/TheTroubles gave this a nasty twist; Two StarCrossedLovers from warring Celtic tribes are cursed to forever be reincarnated on opposite sides of whatever the current conflict is, until Ireland is at peace.
%%* Alik and Marina in the graphic novel ''Luna Park'' by Kevin Baker & Danijel Zezelj.
* In the French comic ''ComicBook/ZornEtDirna'', Death is held prisoner inside a MagicMirror, with the end result that no one is dying anymore. Instead, the soul of those whose heads have been separated from their body finds itself entering the body of their killer. The titular kids' parents find themselves in the bodies of warriors... except their mother is now one of many souls driving a ginormous black guy and their father is in an Amazonian woman.
* ''ComicBook/RequiemVampireKnight'': Heinrich and Rebecca, who were a German Nazi and a German Jew in love with each other on Earth, become lovers once again on the hellworld of Résurrection when the former is reincarnated as a vampire and the latter as a lamia.
* The ComicBook/XMen storyline ''"ComicBook/CurseOfTheMutants"'' puts a dark spin in this trope when Rogue meets a Indian vampire named Damen, who believes she is the reincarnation of his beloved Rue (who was murdered by klansmen 200 years ago). Turns out he is incorrect, as Rue actually reincarnated as No-Girl, a female telepath reduced to nothing more to a BrainInAJar. Damen is so horrified to discover her current state he offers to turn Rogue into a vampire while No-Girl is possessing her body to communicate with him, but she refuses since this isn't her real self. She then tries to absorb his memories only to find out Rogue's touch has no effect on him, meaning he is completely barren inside ever since he was turned into a vampire and his feelings aren't real. This revelation leads to Daven handing her his sword so [[MercyKill she can put him out of his misery]]...
* Subverted in a story in the British girls' comic ''ComicBook/{{Misty}}'', where a girl discovers that in her previous life she committed suicide to escape a forced marriage. Her would-be husband has also reincarnated and is looking for her; having full memories of their previous lives and the evil plan that he was to make her part of. He's none too happy when his intended "bride" isn't quite so fond of him as he expects.

* This is the basic plot of ''Film/DeadAgain'', [[spoiler:complete with sex-reversal]]. Roman and Margaret reincarnating and finding each other again, only the fact that a murder separated their last lives causes the reincarnation to go a little off until they discover the truth. Plus, there's a jewelry MacGuffin that facilitates them becoming a Reincarnating Romance.
* In the film ''Film/MadeInHeaven'', there is a Reincarnation/Incarnation Romance. After a young man named Mike (Timothy Hutton) dies in a HeroicSacrifice, he goes to Heaven and meets his OneTrueLove: Annie (Kelly [=McGillis=]), a newborn female soul yet to be conceived on Earth. They fall in love and get married, but Annie is sent to incarnate for her first time on Earth; Mike chooses to reincarnate to find her, and is given 30 years to do so. [[spoiler: They find each other just as the deal is about to expire.]]
* In Francis Ford Coppola's film adaptation of ''Film/BramStokersDracula'', a Reincarnation Romance subplot was added, between the title character and Mina Harker nee Murray.
** Dan "Series/DarkShadows" Curtis beat Coppola to it with his 1974 TV movie version of ''Dracula'' starring Jack Palance.
* They did this same thing in ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome''. He loves her so much, he's able to pull her out of Hell, something thought to be impossible, and they live together in heaven until they decide to reincarnate, and find each other again as children.
** In an alternate ending for the movie (included on the DVD/[=BluRay=] release), their reincarnation is forced upon them as a kind of "atonement" for her condemnation to Hell. They both know going into it, however, that they're destined to meet and fall in love again -- they even know the age they'll be when they die this next time around.
* In ''Film/FrightNight1985'' the vampire Jerry Dandrige believes that Amy Peterson is the reincarnation of a woman he loved long ago (mainly because Amy exactly resembles her, as shown by the woman's portrait). The movie doesn't make it clear whether he's correct or not, but the fact that he dies at the end indicates he was wrong.
* African Prince Manuwalde, better known as ''Film/{{Blacula}}'', lives long enough to see his deceased wife Tuva reincarnated in the contemporary world as Tina.
* In ''Film/EmbraceOfTheVampire'', the title character finds a woman who has the soul of a woman he loved centuries earlier and tries to turn her into a vampire. He also fails.
* At the end of the Korean film ''Film/TheKingAndTheClown'', right before the main characters [[spoiler: commit suicide]], it is strongly implied that they will be reborn and meet again in the next life.
* Happens one-sidedly in ''Film/{{Soultaker}}'', a ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''-victim movie from the 90s. The villain, one of the titular [[GrimReaper Soultakers]], believes that the female lead ([[MarySue played by the screenwriter]]) is the reincarnation of his lover from the Old West - and whose betrayal is the reason he's a Soultaker in the first place. Rather than claiming her soul like he's supposed to, he tries to win her over, which doesn't work out too well.
* In the Steven Chow movie ''Film/AChineseOdyssey'', part of the hell sequence includes an aside where a man has been StarCrossedLovers with the same woman and dying because of the romance over several lifetimes.
* Subverted in ''Film/ChancesAre''. The husband Louie, dies, but concocts a way to be reborn instantly. Unfortunately, the hasty reincarnation means that his reincarnation, Alex, will still have all memories of Louie's life. 23 years after Louie's death, the memories come crashing down on Alex just [[{{Squick}} as he begins a romance with Louie's daughter Miranda]]. He naturally cuts it off in favor of the mother/widow Corrine, much to the chagrin of Louie's best friend Phillip, who has loved Corrine this whole time and has helped her raise Miranda. HilarityEnsues. However, [[spoiler: Louie realizes that he's had his time with Corrine, and her clinging to his memory is stopping her from having a relationship with Phillip. [[ConvenientComa Alex is accidentally knocked unconscious]] and during that time the angel that didn't get a chance to remove Louie's memories between his death and reincarnation catches up with Alex, performing the removal. When Alex wakes up, the last thing he remembers is kissing Miranda (which was literally right before Louie's memories emerged). He and Miranda get back together and Corrine and Phillip get together]]. Strangely, Corrine and Phillip [[spoiler: know that Alex is Louie reincarnated, but are still cool with Alex and Miranda (who doesn't know) being together.]]
* Hinted at in ''Film/WeAreTheNight''. When Louise talks about her own sire, she states that she was looking for someone with the same glint in her eyes, hinting at the wish to find a reincarnation of her former companion.
* Between Song Yu and Cheng Yuet-heung in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_Lovers Dream Lovers]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fight_and_Love_with_a_Terracotta_Warrior A Terra Cotta Warrior]] has an immortal falling for the reincarnation of his old flame.
%%* Ditto in Film/TheMyth, with the genders reversed.
* In ''The Fallen Ones (2006)'', the BigBad, an evil FallenAngel, declares the female lead to be the reincarnation of his lover. It is heavily implied that he's right, but she rejects him before he's defeated.
* Trevor and Aeon in ''Film/AeonFlux'', via cloning rather than mysticism.
* Was used throughout movie version of ''Film/CloudAtlas'' (even more than in the book, where reincarnation is only implied), especially considering how many different roles each actor played, some of which meet in several of the 6 stories and fall in love. To list them all:
** Jim Sturgess and Bae Doona play Hae-Joo Chang and Somni-451, whose romance ends in death, but Somni is confident they'll meet another lifetime. Immediately after she says this, it cuts to a ''[[SubvertedTrope previous]]'' life where they are married.
** Tom Hanks and Halle Berry play Isaac Sachs and Luisa Rey - Isaac dies but Luisa doesn't. In the next life, Dermot Hoggins (Hanks) flirts with an Indian woman (Berry), and the two of them reincarnate as Zachry and Meronym two lives later (with them never meeting in the story inbetween), who get married and have children.
** Ben Whishaw and Jim Broadbent play Robert Frobisher and Vyvyan Ayrs, with the former flirting with the latter and the latter rejecting it. Although they don't meet in the next lifetime, they do in the one after, as [[CrosscastRole Georgette]] and Timothy Cavendish, who have an affair.
** There are aversions as well, however; Robert Frobisher and Rufus Sixsmith never meet again, nor do Timothy Cavendish and Ursula, and nor do Vyvyan Ayrs and his wife Jocasta (although the latter two are both Prescients in the sixth story). And yes, in case you haven't seen it, there are a ''lot'' of [[LoveTriangle Love Triangles]] in the film.
* ''Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer''. During his time in 18th century France, Connor was in love with an English woman named Sarah. She is reincarnated into Alex Johnson, who becomes his love interest in the present.
* ''Film/TheAdjustmentBureau'' has a variation of the trope. The two main characters are inextricably attracted to one another, but there is no past life binding them together. What there is, however, is a past ''future''. In a past version of "The Plan", the fate and destiny of all humanity, they were destined to fall in love and be together, but "The Plan" has been re-written by the Chairman. Even though the current version of "The Plan" only has them meeting briefly one time and then parting ways forever, they still feel that connection and draw towards one another from when they were meant to be together.
* In ''Film/DraculaUntold'', [[spoiler:Dracula's wife Marina is apparently reincarnated as a modern day equivalent of Mina Murray]].
* There's an Italian film (wiki magic, please?) where a pair of lovers reincarnate several times. Sadly, in the film's last vignette the woman has reincarnated and is a young girl, only to meet her lover while he's still alive from the last cycle, and an old man.
* Jihwan and Yoonjung of the Korean film [[http://asianwiki.com/Time_Renegades Time Renegades]] reincarnate as Geonwoo and Soeun, and meet once again in the 2015 timeline. Geonwoo is pretty much smitten immediately, but Soeun? Not so much. The plot of the movie gets significantly more complicated after that.
* In the movie ''22.2'' the main couple is reincarnated from a previous one, shot dead at the day both of them were born. Fate drives the two of them together to solve their own destiny for the better.
* ''Film/WendyWuHomecomingWarrior'': It's implied that Shen and Wendy's previous incarnations were more than just teacher and student, judging by how easily they get close to each other in such a short amount of time (though Shen does admit Wendy is "different" from her previous incarnations). [[spoiler:If that's true, nothing ever came of it because Shen was always fated to die against Yan-lo. When Wendy says ScrewDestiny and saves Shen from his fate, Yan-lo is destroyed, and they are finally able to enjoy their last life together]].

* Kind of the central premise of Katherine Kerr's ''{{Literature/Deverry}}'' series. Only the point is to ''break'' the cycle. 'Cuz the lovers tend to mess up a lot along the way.
** Interestingly, of the original LoveTriangle, the man who originally won [[spoiler:then lost]] the girl is the one who is ''not'' reincarnated but becomes immortal but not unaging, and so ''is too old'' for the girl each time she reincarnates (and repeatedly falls in love with his rival). Once the cycle is finally broken, [[spoiler: both he and she die of old age and are now reincarnated and HappilyMarried. It's the other guy who's now unnaturally long-lived...]]
** And there's the girl's ''brother'' who keeps getting reincarnated. Who also ''deeply'' loved her.
* Done and mixed with Rape Is Love on Laura Esquivel's ''Law of Love.'' Apparently, if a guy brutally rapes you and keeps you as his SexSlave, it means that he's your soulmate.
* In ''Literature/GuildHunter'' we have [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Dmitri]] and [[VampireHunter Honor]], the latter being the reincarnation of the former's first wife and OneTrueLove.
* Creator/PeterDavid played with Arthur and Guinivere being this sort of love in ''Literature/KnightLifeSeries''. When Arthur turns up in present-day New York, he finds a woman named [[StevenUlyssesPerhero Gwen Devere Queen]]. You can pretty much guess what happens from there, including her rat of a boyfriend Lance (soon to be a literal rat).
* Birgitte Trahelion and Gaidal Cain in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime.'' Lanfear and Rand are an interesting aversion, as well. Rand is the reincarnation of the long-dead Lews Therin Telamon, who once had a relationship with Lanfear. She sincerely believes in their ReincarnationRomance despite the fact that she, in fact, is immortal and thus never actually reincarnated. He sincerely wishes that this crazy bitch would go away and stop calling him by someone else's name.
** Though, if--as seems possible--Elayne is a reincarnation of Ilyena, this trope applies to them and technically Lews Therin had similar feelings towards Mirien when he was alive as Rand does to Lanfear, so this trope might apply to them too.
* In ''Literature/AvalonHigh'', there are elements of this. The characters are reincarnations of those from [[KingArthur Arthurian legend]], so the romances in Arthur legend apply to their reincarnations.
* Creepy version from the ''Literature/SammyKeyes'' series: [[spoiler: Sammy's mom, an actress, gets a fake ID so she can claim to be younger. Unfortunately, her new birthdate is the day her boss's wife died, and he not only thinks she's a reincarnation of his wife, he's ready to kill them both to facilitate a ReincarnationRomance.]]
* This is part of the backstory for two main characters of the classic Chinese novel ''Literature/DreamOfTheRedChamber''.
* The novel ''Time and Time Again'' features this, with the added bonus that (a) the guy remembers all of his past lives while the girl does not, and (b) he ''murdered'' her in a past life. And can't get over it.
* ''Literature/TheNightLand'' by William Hope Hodgson: the romance that drives the plot, sending the narrator on a quest across the {{Mordor}}-like far future wasteland, is one of these, over a time span long enough for the earth to stop rotating and ''the sun and every star in the universe to die''
* There is a teen fiction novel by Suzanne Weyn aptly named ''Reincarnation''. The two main characters are reincarnated (along with their two friends/enemies) over and over until they finally get it right in the modern world.
** Done beautifully, mainly because she writes every single one of the couples' lives as though they were short stories. Of course there are gender and racial flips, [[spoiler: and they don't always die at the same time. In one lifetime, the usually-female soul meets two different incarnations of the usually-male soul: first as her lover who dies tragically young during WWII, and later as a young man who becomes a close friend in her old age.]] It is really amazing.
* Tom Holt's ''You Don't Have To Be Evil To Work Here, But It Helps'' features a spin on this in which ''every'' reincarnation ends up with StarCrossedLovers.
* Creator/SpiderRobinson used this in a short story about what happens when you combine reincarnation with cryogenics (with some WifeHusbandry mixed in).
* On Fire's Wings had an interesting example that also crossed [[BrotherSisterIncest incest territory]].
* This applies to almost everyone in ''Memory'' by Linda Nagata. Each person is bound to one and only one person, who they must track down again and again after each death and reincarnation. When members of such relationships meet up, the physical attraction is so strong that they're forced to love each other. [[spoiler:For complicated reasons, the main character has two partners, one of them an imperfect match. Her brother, who had no past lives and will apparently never reincarnate, probably doesn't have any partner, and the same goes for anyone whose partner is DeaderThanDead.]]
* In the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'', [[spoiler: Stefan]] turns out to be the reincarnation of [[spoiler: Tylendel]], who died tragically when both he and his lover Vanyel Ashkevron were in their teens. Several decades later, the reincarnation successfully courts the semi-legendary Herald-Mage Vanyel [[MayDecemberRomance when the latter is around forty]]. They are finally united permanently, [[spoiler:[[TogetherInDeath as ghosts]]]].
** Notably, in the series, [[MindlinkMates lifebonds]] are sometimes known to last beyond death, and the [[PowersThatBe Gods']] penchant for reincarnating people all over the place means that this sort of situation pops up every now and then. The above example is heavily implied to be purposeful meddling on the part of the gods to ensure that Vanyel would stay alive and something resembling emotionally stable long enough to save Valdemar from an otherwise unstoppable magical threat.
%%* Traci Harding has done this to death. Every. Single. Book.
* In ''Literature/DigitalDevilStory'', the protagonists are the reincarnations of [[spoiler:Izanagi and Izanami]].
* The ''Literature/NightWorld'' has this halfway. Vampires who are soulmates with a human tend to find that their soulmate is an "Old Soul", a person who reincarnates. In the case of Thierry and his soulmate, this is [[EarnYourHappyEnding confirmed]], and in the case of Ash and Mary-Lynette, we just get the implication, as he notes that both Mary-Lynette and another old soul have the same look of age in their eyes, and then walks off happily. In theory, there is probably at least one pair of two old souls, but the readers aren't shown any. This is slightly different than their ''Literature/TheVampireDiaries'' and ''Literature/TheSecretCircle'' novel counterparts.
* In Alyson Noel's ''[[Literature/TheImmortalsSeries Immortals]]'' series, Ever falls in love with Damen everytime she reincarnates. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Damen, being immortal, actually seeks out each of her new incarnations.
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheMistsOfAvalon'': Viviane and Uther ''would'' have been that kind of lovers, but they didn't meet until it was way too late, and didn't like each other much. They were however lovers in a previous incarnation. ... also, Uther and Igraine (Viviane's younger sister) were ''also'' lovers in a previous lifetime, and this allows their relationship to take an upgrade after a very short time. Uther-in-his-previous-lifetimes got around.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' subverts this in a similar manner, where the local RomeoAndJuliet [[{{Expy}} Expies]] would have been StarCrossedLovers but they were born centuries apart.
** So the gods changed them into an ironing board and a small brass bollard, respectively.
** They were also born on different continents. It's a testament to the power of their love (which never happened) that people still remember...er, speak of it.
%%* Played straight in Christopher Pike's ''The Midnight Club''.
* ''The Eternal Ones'' by Kirsten Miller combines this with a ConspiracyThriller plot (which is smashing) and with a mystery involving the main character being murdered in her last life (which tips its hand a little bit too much).
* In ''Literature/TheVampireDiaries'' novel series, Stefan and Elena are destined soulmates who are bound together heart to heart by a [[RedStringOfFate silver cord]].
* ''Literature/TheSecretCircle's'' Adam and Cassie are destined soul mates who, like their ''[[Literature/TheVampireDiaries Vampire Diaries]]'' novel counterparts, are bound together by a [[RedStringOfFate silver cord or string]].
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'', [[spoiler:Maria, Eramus's first wife]] tried to invoke this with her immortal husband. Unfortunately, he was so caught up in TheMourningAfter that he was always cruel to her until she no longer wanted to deal with him.
* The Literature/AllanQuatermain novels ''Ancient Allan'' and ''Allan And The Ice Gods'' reveal that Allan and Luna, Lady Ragnall were previously Count Shabaka and Princess Amada in AncientEgypt, and Wi and Laleela in OneMillionBC. Interestingly, Quatermain and Lady Ragnall don't have a relationship in the present day; in fact Allan finds his vision of Shabaka and Amada so awkward that he avoids meeting her again.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''[[Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium world]]'', this is the norm for elves. They are [[TheAgeless immortal within the lifespan of the world]], and their souls are designed to stay in the world for as long as it lasts. As described in ''"[[Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth Laws and Customs of the Eldar]]"'', elves generally get reincarnated with full memories if they die, and previously married ones inevitably feel drawn to their spouse. Refusing reincarnation and remarriage is a ''big deal'' and can cause serious problems.
* Done in ''Midnight Bayou'', with Declan and Lena, who were Lena's great-grandparents a few generations back. Though they are surprised to find out that Declan was Lena's great-grandmother rather than great-grandfather.
* In Creator/DorothyGilman's ''Literature/TheClairvoyantCountess'', Joe Painter's song is about a tragic example, prophesied to end in tragedy three times before they get their happy ending. A fortune-teller tells the man in question that their current incarnation is a tragic one.
* Rao Raghunth in ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' wishes for this when he thinks he will be parted for life from the Princess Shakuntala. As [[WartimeWedding it turns out]] [[TheyDo it wasn't necessary.]]
* ''Wolves of the Beyond'' has Fengo and Stormfast, who eventually get reincarnated as main characters Faolan and Edme respectively. Strangely, they took different numbers of reincarnations to get there.
* ''{{Literature/She}}'' [[TropeCodifier codifies]] this trope and plays it for horror. The titular character, Ayesha, is an egotistical, psychopathic {{Yandere}} who murdered her lover in a jealous fit, then became immortal so she could wait for him to be reborn. Unfortunately, he did not remember her (it's left ambiguous whether this trope was really occurring, or it was all in Ayesha's head) and hooked up with someone else. Ayesha...[[MurderTheHypotenuse was not pleased.]]
* ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'':
** [[FallenAngel Kalona]] with Zoey. Unfortunately, Zoey wasn't [[ArtificialHuman exactly]] ''human'' in her last life, and Kalona doesn't really ''get'' that the girl who was literally created to love him (ItMakesSenseInContext) now has free will. And that they're on opposite sides of a war. Cue very creepy [[DreamWeaver dream]]-[[EntitledToHaveYou stalking]].
** A reciprocal example is Lenobia and Martin. They met as teenagers in 1788 [[note]]As detailed in the prequel ''Lenobia's Vow''[[/note]], but Martin died soon after Lenobia was Marked as a [[LongLived vampire]] fledging. Around 200 years later, he was reborn.
* In ''The Participants'' by Brian Blose, [[spoiler: Hess and Elza meet at the end of the first world and then spend the next 144 worlds finding one another to continue their relationship. This is complicated when Hess suppresses his memories following torture.]]
* The ''Literature/TairenSoul'' series imply that Fey are reincarnated; Ellysetta [[EroticDream dreams]] about a man she recognizes as Rain (her present-day lover) even though he looks different and has a different name. And the dreams are set several thousand years ago, before either of them were even born. (Typically for the trope, Ellysetta and Rain are canonically soulmates.)
* A verse of the ''[[http://bee-like.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/caurapancasika.html Chaurapanchasika]]'' [[note]]translation by Dawn Corrigan[[/note]] mentions this trope:
-->Still I watch over her as she sleeps\\
within a thicket formed of sheets and clothes,\\
her slender body worn out by our love.\\
In all my lives she’ll be the only dawn.
* In ''Literature/TheObsidianTrilogy'', after [[spoiler: Idalia's]] HeroicSacrifice, [[spoiler: she gets reincarnated as the daughter of the Elf Queen, so that she and her elven soulmate can be together for a full elven lifespan and avert the MayflyDecemberRomance they'd feared]].
* Haik and Mirasol have this combined with MayflyDecemberRomance in ''Literature/TheCrocodileGod.'' Haik is the titular Crocodile-God of the ancient Tagalog tribe in the Philippines, constantly searching for the human Mirasol as his closest follower and wife. Unfortunately, [[DeathOfTheOldGods the islands' centuries of colonization]] have slowly left Haik [[TheAloner depressed from his steadily-dwindling number of followers,]] and outright traumatized from what happened in the newly-colonized Philippines: Mirasol's Spanish employer [[ImperiledInPregnancy shot her while she was pregnant]] and [[KillTheGod caused their whale-goddess daughter to be stillborn.]] In 2017, when Mirasol is a Filipino-American in California, she's now the last of his followers left and Haik's given up trying to break the cycle of loss because [[HopeIsScary he doesn't want to risk going off-script and losing her PERMANENTLY.]]

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* [[spoiler:Saul and Ellen]] in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. Twist: they're passionately in love but also ''bad influences on each other!'' Their equivalent of foreplay is borderline spousal abuse. She induces him to alcoholism and his presence tends to bring her [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] and ambitious sides out. The interesting twist comes from him meeting and falling in love with another woman [[spoiler: because he thought Ellen was dead]]. You can guess how things went when it turned out [[spoiler: she's a Cylon and resurrected.]]
** Subverted with [[spoiler: Tyrol and Tory]]. Despite being engaged and madly in love the first time around, he shows no interest in her during the series. In fact, [[spoiler: when he finds out that she killed Cally, he kills her on the spot]].
* Downplayed in ''Series/DarkShadows''. Barnabas, the immortal vampire from 1795, falls in love with various reincarnations of his star-crossed love Josette. His attempts at romancing all of them [[spoiler:except Kitty]] fail, and Barnabas is ultimately unsuccessful at reuniting with Josette.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' played with this trope occasionally with Dax and the other Trills, humanoid aliens with slug-like symbionts. When one host body grows old and dies, the slug can be implanted in a new host, bringing along the accumulated memories and personalities of the old hosts, to merge with that of the new host. A couple of times, slugs who fell in love with one generation of hosts will meet up generations later and fall in love again, occasionally with gender switches. Led to Star Trek's first (awkward and narm-tastic) girl-girl kiss.
** Possibly subverted by the fact that relationships between future hosts of the same symbiont pair is forbidden by Trill law, and breaking that law means that the symbionts will not be transferred to new hosts when their current ones die, greatly discouraging ReincarnationRomance and ensuring that it will only occur once per couple if it happens at all, which is odd when you consider the recurring theme that there aren't enough Trill symbionts to go around to begin with.
*** Arguably a Trill-symbiont law that the humanoid half of the society accepts as the symbionts' right to decide for themselves. Surely the slugs have the right to determine their own species' rules?
*** OTOH, that rule was a major law in one episode, and never mentioned before (or since?). It had been broken more than once before it showed up, including in the first Trill episode (''The Host'', TNG).
*** The whole reason for the episode was that the writers wanted to create an LGBT-issues episode in TheNineties, despite full in-story acceptance of LGBT in everyday Federation life. So the in-universe argument became about a written-in issue in ''Trill'' culture about not romantically associating with partners from past lives, framing it for a decidedly human audience by gender flipping only one of the new hosts.
* Colombian [[SoapOpera soap]] ''La Otra Mitad Del Sol'', which also involves the protagonists getting matching jewelry who were from their previous incarnations/lives, in this case a split sun-shaped medallion from which each lover has one half.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': Xena and Gabrielle are soulmates who will find each other in every lifetime. They even get married in one of their modern incarnations. The bodies get shuffled around though, with Joxer of all people as the third member.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' plays with this regarding [[{{OfficialCouple}} Monica and Chandler]]. While not a reincarnation romance, there's an alternate universe episode where both characters, despite significant differences, still fall in love and end up together. So they've been together across time, rather than through it. On the commentary WordOfGod states the episode showed "they were meant for each other."
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "The Field Where I Died" has a scene where Mulder, under hypnosis, recounts that he, his sister, Scully, and Cancer Man have been reincarnated into each other's lives over several lifetimes and are always related, and Cancer Man is always evil. Mulder's supposed soul-mate-in-every-life is a woman named Melissa who also channels a guy called Sidney and Lily, a little girl. It's kind of wierd that they are supposed to be ''that'' close all the time, and here she's one off character who's hard to relate to. This kind of falls apart when Mulder talks about being a Jewish woman and Cancer Man being a concentration camp guard in [=WW2=]. Being in his fifties/sixties in the '90s means Cancer Man would have already been alive during the war, as either a child or a teenager and could not have been in the big evil guy in the concentration camp. However, there's also no stated rule that reincarnation is strictly linear in this case - it's possible he was reincarnated into a body that was born several years before the last one dies. Timey-wimey.
* While we don't see one on-screen, the Minbari of ''Series/BabylonFive'' believe that groups of souls can be bound together to relive great relationships or repair bad ones.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'', in the episode "Soul Mates", turn out to have previously been Lady Loisette and Sir Charles/the Fox in TheMiddleAges; and Lulu and a [[WesternUnionMan mild-mannered telegraph operator]]/the Lone Rider in TheWildWest.
* In an episode of ''Series/BloodTies'', Vicki is hired by a teenaged boy who's looking for his reincarnated lover. They always die together in every life, and they have a deal to meet up at a certain tree in the next; the tree has been replaced by a shopping mall, and he can't find his lover. Turns out [[spoiler: the car accident that killed her past self put his past self in a coma for several years before he actually died, so she was reborn years before he was; since he never showed, she's married to another man and is pregnant with his child. They almost run away together but end up realizing that, maybe the reason they always keep dying is that they're not really meant to be together]].
* The reincarnated Knight in ''Series/TheWanderer'' discovers that his true love, the Lady Clare, has also returned. Unfortunately so has his bitch-sorceress of a wife.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' had Piper and Leo falling in love in a past life. Leo didn't tell Piper since it would be awkward. Especially since, in the past life, they were broken up and she was dating a past life of her current boyfriend. In that episode it was a problem since Phoebe's past life was turned evil by an immortal warlock whom was feared to follow her in all future lives, as it was belived to be true love, and turn her evil. So they cursed her to die young.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Stefan and Elena's relationship on the show series is primarily built from this trope, mostly because of their novel counterparts, which feature Stefan/Elena as the destined pairing in the books tied together by a silver cord of destiny, indicating that the two are soul mates and have reincarnated lifetime after lifetime. This is even more emphasized in season five, when it is discovered that they are spawned from an ancient true love story of over 2,000 + years between their ancestors, Silas/Amara.
* In ''Series/PennyDreadful'', Vanessa is the reincarnation of the Egyptian goddess Amunet, and it is implied she has reincarnated several other times throughout history, with Lucifer and Dracula attempting to make each of her incarnations their DarkMistress and ApocalypseMaiden. It is also implied that Ethan has reincarnated several times as Vanessa's [[{{TheChampion}} divine protector]], and possible EternalLove interest.
-->'''Ferdinand Lyle:''' The Demon, the Hound, the Scorpion. Endlessly circling one another.
* ''Series/TheSecretCircle:'' Similar to that of Stefan/Elena from ''The Vampire Diaries'', Adam and Cassie are said to be destined or ''written in the stars''. This implies that the two have reincarnated in lifetime after lifetime and have spent many lifetimes together as soulmates.
* Referenced in the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "Lovers in a Murderous Time", with a MaybeMagicMaybeMundane ending.
* Brazilian soap ''Alma Gêmea'' had this as its primary theme. The story begins when Luna, love interest of the male protagonist Rafael, is shot and winds up reincarnated as the female protagonist, a biracial indian named Serena, who eventually ends up in the city the story takes place in and falls for Rafael. [[spoiler:In the end, Serena and Rafael both die, but fall in love everytime they reincarnate.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Variation in ''Series/DoctorWho'', as the Doctor's BizarreAlienBiology allows him to [[TheNthDoctor transform into a completely new person with a completely different personality upon death]]. "School Reunion" dealt with the Tenth Doctor meeting Sarah Jane, a companion of his Fourth incarnation in the [=70s=]. While this episode makes it canon that the Fourth Doctor had been in love with her (something [[ImpliedLoveInterest implied but never made clear]] in the original series) the fact that the Tenth Doctor is completely different to the Fourth Doctor makes the relationship basically impossible to rekindle, and very bittersweet, though [[OldFlame they clearly still love each other very much on some level]].
** Averted with River Song, who writes in her diary in "The Eternity Clock" how excited she was to use time travel to go and meet the Doctor's previous incarnations, apparently expecting to be in love with all of them, and being eager to see 'the face of her beloved in his first incarnation'. She discovers to her horror that not only does she not have any sexual chemistry with the First Doctor (an [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior extremely rude old man]] she compares to [[Series/SteptoeAndSon Albert Steptoe]]) but that he isn't even fun, living in a scrapyard and hanging around with schoolteachers and his granddaughter, which [[WinningOverTheKids she claims not to be ready for]]. Later entries in her diary indicate that her opinions of each incarnation of the Doctor go up and down - for instance, she seems to rather like the Fourth Doctor ([[SeventiesHair or at least she likes his hair]]), hate the Second Doctor (she wishes he'd [[TheCastShowoff choke on his recorder]]) and ''really'' get on with the Third, with whom she swaps fashion and hair tips.
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' has the sci-fi variant with Victor and Sierra. No matter how many times their personalities are deleted, no matter who they're programmed to be, they fall in love with each other, every time. This serves as powerful evidence against the Dollhouse's claim to be able to programme genuine emotions -- at one point Victor breaks up with the woman he's programmed to be in love with, because even though this incarnation has never met Sierra he knows there's somebody out there who he loves more.
* In the Series/{{Arrowverse}}, Kendra Saunders, aka Hawkgirl, and Carter Hall, aka Hawkman, are lovers who've been with each other since ancient Egypt, finding each other only to end up being killed again and again by Vandal Savage.
** Their relationship is so strong that, as a prior incarnation tells Kendra when they are in the Old West, that any relationship other than with Carter [[spoiler:(she is starting one with Ray), is doomed to end in tragedy. The older "Kendra" is living alone, just waiting to die and meet "Carter" in her next life.]]
* The Australian sketch comedy ''Soul Mates'' centers on pairs of characters throughout history played by the same lead actors; the surreal opening sequence depicts their souls singing about how...
->''"We've lived a thousand lives together\\
And we'll be best friends forever\\
In a mostly platonic sense\\
This is a love that never ends"''
* ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' [[ImpliedLoveInterest suggests]] that Haruto and Koyomi had or would have fallen in love. This trope is subverted in a tie-in novel, set two years after the ending of the show, which implies Koyomi is eventually reborn as Haruto's daughter with Rinko.

* Si-Joon Lee and Mu-Yeon Park from the {{Manhwa}} ''Manhwa/PigBride'' are [[spoiler:the reincarnations of their ancestors, Si-Baek Li and his wife Lady Park.]]
* In ''Manhwa/TheTarotCafe'', [[spoiler: Aaron]] turns out near the end to be [[spoiler: Nebiros]]'s angelic (and previously female) lover reborn. It seems to help them reconcile after being estranged in their first focus story.

* The Music/DreamTheater album Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory tells the story of Nicholas, who goes to a hypnotherapist to learn about his past life. In a previous life, Nicholas was Victoria, who was killed by her lover Julian in a murder-suicide. Then we find out that [[spoiler: the hypnotherapist is the reincarnation of Victoria's other lover, Julian's brother Edward, who is the real killer of both Julian and Victoria. And the hypnotherapist kills Nicholas to continue the cycle. Maybe he's still angry that Victoria left him?]]
* Music/MichaelJackson 's song ''This Is It'' seems to be indicating this.
* The Music/BarenakedLadies song "It's All Been Done", which even speculates on the future lives of the singer and his love.
* The song "The Crossing" by the band The Action Design is about this, and seems to indicate that their current incarnations may not be able to be together for long in this lifetime. [[BittersweetEnding But there's always the next one, if worse comes to worst.]]
* "In Another Life" by Music/ViennaTeng is an EarnYourHappyEnding take on it, in which the lovers keep dying miserably in different lives while dreaming of being together in a better one. The last verse has them meet on a sunny afternoon and realize they are finally in the better life they wanted.
* "The Truth" by Music/IndiaArie touches on this a little, as part of the song's TrueLove theme.
* "Next Lifetime" by Music/ErykahBadu is about meeting a love-worthy man after she's committed to someone else, with the chorus suggesting that perhaps their timing will be better next time. The music video, however, plays the reincarnation theme more strongly, where she and her love interest are shown together in multiple time periods, including AncientAfrica, the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement, and the distant future.
* Implied in the video for Music/TaylorSwift's "Love Story," with the two lovers meeting in RegencyEngland, and then seemingly recognizing each other in the present.
* "Past Lives" by Music/{{Kesha}} is about a woman and her lover who reincarnate throughout the ages, sometimes losing each other but finding each other again. She even speculates at one point that they were together as stardust when the universe formed.
* The video for "Entertainment" by Music/{{Phoenix}} depicts three different time periods: old Korea, North Korea (who can ever tell the time period there...), and modern South Korea. Several couples meet across the eras, but [[BittersweetEnding only a few of them work out in the end]], [[EarnYourHappyEnding and only after suffering]].
* "Hands on Me" by Vanessa Carlton. At least from the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiE2R0xfbxM video]], which shows multiple pairs of lovers cycling through.
* Implied in the Music/{{KISS}} song "Odyssey" from ''Music/MusicFromTheElder'': "Once upon not yet, long ago someday, countless times we met, met along the way."
* One popular interpretation (or at least popular in {{FanVid}}s) of Music/{{Christina Perri}}'s "A Thousand Years" is that it's about one half of this trope singing about meeting the other in her next life.

* A few examples from Myth/HinduMythology:
** Shiva's first wife Sati committed suicide by burning herself alive (because her father did not approve of her marriage to Shiva) with hopes she would be able to remarry Shiva in her next life (she does).
** Another example is the death of Kama, the god of Love, because he interfered with Shiva's meditation. His wife pleads with Shiva who promises her that he would be reincarnated. He is reincarnated as [[GodInHumanForm Avatar]] Krishna's son. Ironically, Kama had interrupted his meditaton to get the catatonically depressed Shiva to notice and fall in love with Parvati, whom he was ignoring.
* From our own TwinCest page: An old Japanese myth says that if two star-crossed lovers commit dual suicide, they get reincarnated as twins.
* There is, apparently, a Wiccan spell that makes it so that you and your lover will be together forever (Marriage is considered temporary, since it's only till death). Thus, when you two get reincarnated, you will be together, again and again (well, if it works, anyway). The problem is, it's very hard to reverse, and a person's personality changes when they get reincarnated. This is not recommended, especially if you're only dating, since it pretty much screws you over in your next life. Of course, that doesn't mean people wouldn't be stupid enough to try it.
* Myth/NorseMythology: ''Literature/PoeticEdda'' says that the valkyrie Sváfa/Sigrún/Kára and her lover Helgi were reincarnated three times as lovers, always meeting a tragic end.
* Myth/IrishMythology: ''Literature/TheWooingOfEtain'' tells how Etain, the wife of Midir of the Aos Sidhe, was turned into a fly which was accidentally swallowed by the wife of Etar. She became pregnant by it, and gave birth to the reborn Etain. Midir eventually recognized his wife and took her with him to the land of the Sidhe.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* It's not uncommon for innerwalkers in ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' to fall in love with past and future incarnations of love interests, or vice versa.
* Happens with Solars and Lunars in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. All Celestial Exalted reincarnate after death (well, [[OurSoulsAreDifferent it's a bit more complicated than that]], but that's the gist of it), and every Solar is bonded to a specific Lunar and vice versa. Such pairs are referred to as mates. Despite the name, it doesn't have to be a romantic relationship; any strong emotional bond can apply, ranging from [[JustFriends close friendship]] to [[FoeYay intense hatred]]. If they're even remotely compatible with one another, though, chances are good that it'll be this. Of course, this isn't exclusive to Solars and Lunars; all Celestial Exalted have memories from past lives, and it's entirely possible to run into a reincarnated lover.
** There are also a number of subversions. For instance, each Lunar may be bonded with a Solar Exaltation and serve as that incarnation's boon companion... but half those shards have been corrupted by [[OmnicidalManiac the Neverborn]] or [[EldritchAbomination the Yozi]], meaning their mate is now bent towards hideous atrocities. However, this has been reconstructed, in that Abyssals (the ones corrupted by the Neverborn) can fight for and protect their Lunar mate without suffering [[BeingGoodSucks Resonance]], and it's been suggested a number of Infernals (the ones corrupted by the Yozis) will drop their masters' plans like a hot potato once they run into their Lunar mates.
*** Also, the most outstanding example in canon for a Solar/Lunar pair reunited by time is Swan and Lilith. Thing is, Lilith lived through the intervening time period, and remembers ''everything'' that Desus, Swan's past incarnation, did to her...
** Alchemical Exalted likewise get a background that allows them to remember the past lives their heroic soul lived before it was put into a Champion of the State. It often allows them to reunite with old friends and lovers, and helps to resist the encroachment of [[TheSpock Clarity]].
* One fan-setting for ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' combined the backstory of Scarab (''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'''s {{Expy}} of Hawkman) with that of Red Pheonix (a reincarnating MagicalGirlWarrior from ''TabletopGame/SilverAgeSentinels''), giving them a Carter-and-Shiera-style ReincarnationRomance. The twist is that in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} this became a MayDecemberRomance, with the middle-aged Scarab trying to hide his feelings for the 20something reincarnation of his lost love from UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|of Comic Books}}. Then in UsefulNotes/{{the Modern Age|of Comic Books}}, Red Pheonix finds herself in a similar situation with the "new" Scarab.
* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', elder vampires run into a strange phenomenon called an Inamorata, a person too exactly like someone extremely dear to the vampire to be a coincidence, centuries after that person died. Drinking their blood makes a vampire feel human again, though in actuality they lose their vampire powers without losing their weaknesses and banes. Very, very old run vampires into the same Inamorata again and again over the centuries.

* TheMusical ''Aida'', based on Verdi's {{opera}}, added an epilogue in which this happens to turn the original DownerEnding into a BittersweetEnding.
** Made even better by the fact that the ending is part of the framing device of the show (people are milling around a modern-day museum with Egyptian artifacts) and the audience has pretty much forgotten about the beginning in the wake of what they expect to be the DownerEnding. As such, when Aida and Radames [[spoiler: die]], the audience thinks the show is over...until the curtain rises on the museum and [[spoiler: their reincarnations meet.]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/KatarinaWaters Winter]]'s goal in Wrestling/{{TNA}} wrestling was to get Wrestling/AngelinaLove to remember that her past lives, where the two had supposedly been lovers, and get rid of distractions like Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople[=\=]Wrestling/VelvetSky. Love never seemed to recall this but did come to "understand" and for lack of a better term, "date" Winter.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' is actually a {{Deconstruction}}; though Reincarnation Romance '''sounds''' beautiful and wonderful, it has an inherent horror - it revolves around '''''people's [[TheLostLenore loved ones DYING]].''''' [[spoiler:Fei and Elly have found each other over again for millennia, lived together blissfully for years or even decades. However, BigBad Miang is reincarnating endlessly as well, and each of Fei and Elly's incarnations ended up pissing her off by interfering with her plans, resulting in her killing them in horrible, violent ways over and over again for millenia. Only by defeating her once and for all can they live happily, which they achieve at the end of the game. One of the people that helps them do it is their daughter from a previous life.]]
* ''The'' keystone of the plot and theme of ''VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence''. Although since there's a pretty extensive RelationshipValues system, maybe Asras and Inanna are crossed by [[StarCrossedLovers more than just one bad star...]] ([[spoiler: Although Inanna murdering Asras and causing the fall of Heaven probably didn't help much.]])
* Absolutely applies in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 Mask of the Betrayer''. The PC is carrying around the spirit of Akachi, who tried to bring down the god of death to save his beloved Nefris, who survived to the present and split off an aspect of her personality to form Safiya (curiously Safiya got all of the parts of Nefris that Akachi loved best), whose romance is implied to be the canonical plot ending for a male spirit eater.
%%* Implied in Adonis' ending of the BoysLoveGame ''SilverChaos''.
* Strongly implied at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}''. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, [[ButNowIMustGo he goes back to sleep about four seconds later.]] And it's not entirely clear if and when he'll be back.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' has the pretty widespread {{fanon}} assumption that just as Soma Cruz in the ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Chronicles of Sorrow]]'' titles is the reincarnation of [[spoiler:Dracula]], Mina Hakuba is similarly the reincarnation of [[spoiler:Dracula's two previous wives, Elisabetha Cronqvist and Lisa, with the primary "proof" being that her name is an obvious take on Mina Harker, Dracula's reincarnated wife in ''Film/BramStokersDracula'']]. People who [[DieForOurShip aren't fans of the Soma/Mina pairing]] understandably have an issue with this.
* Locke D'Averam and [[spoiler:Princess Andria]] from ''VideoGame/{{Revenant}}'' are revealed to have been lovers in their previous lives late in the game, though this crosses over into ResurrectedRomance, since only she is a proper reincarnation, while he is, well, a revenant.
* In the first two DS ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' games everyone is an IdenticalGrandson of the characters of [=AWL=]. In terms of the valley people, they fall in love with previous love interests. However the town people don't have feelings for their grandparents' lovers apparently.
* ''VideoGame/LufiaAndTheFortressOfDoom'' and ''VideoGame/LufiaTheLegendReturns'' runs on a similar premise: a redhead called a descendant of the legendary hero Maxim, meets a blue haired girl [[spoiler: who is a reincarnation of Erim the Sinistral of Death]] and they fall in love.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/SuikodenTierkreis''. Maybelle is ''convinced'' that the main character was her true love in a previous life, so they're destined to be together. [[AbhorrentAdmirer He finds this incredibly creepy]]. [[note]]It also helps that the entire "memories of a past life" deal turns out to be an elaborate fantasy she came up with to cope with RippleEffectProofMemory[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' shows just how bad things can get if this trope is combined with MayflyDecemberRomance. The one who dies young keeps coming back because she wants to be with the other, but the immortal one is eventually driven ''completely insane'' from watching his loved one die young over and over again for millennia. What makes things much worse is that said immortal is, according to WordOfGod, the most powerful villain in the entire franchise.
* ''VideoGame/OracleOfTao'', Anideshi is basically affected by a spell that causes her to remember her reincarnations, and keeps meeting her beloved. Supposedly, when the game starts this is her last incarnation before they pass on. Also, both of them are girls.
* It is [[HoYay/MetalGearSolid strongly]] hinted, [[HideYourLesbians although never outright stated,]] that in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' Snake and Otacon are the reincarnations of [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3 The Joy and The Sorrow.]]
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', [[spoiler: Hakumen's [[TheLostLenore long-lost lover]] was an alternate version of Tsubaki Yayoi, and ''bad'' things happened to the two after the timeline was modified.]] In the present, [[spoiler: the normally super cold and LawfulNeutral Hakumen is ''shocked'' when he sees Tsubaki, and asks her to get up close so he can see her face clearly...]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', Link and Zelda's spirits are eternally connected to each other due the Goddess Hylia's promise to her chosen hero in the back story of ''Skyward Sword'', although within the games themselves the romantic slant (if present at all) is often [[ImpliedLoveInterest implied]] rather than outright confirmed. ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' takes this to its logical conclusion by making Link and Zelda LoveAtFirstSight. [[spoiler: Knowledge that it was futile pursuing Link when Zelda had already appeared in this cycle was what made Cia vulnerable to the dark whisperings that turned her evil.]]
** The Champion's Ballad DLC for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' explicitly confirms that the Zelda of BotW was in love with Link before the Calamity. Whether or not he reciprocates is left open to interpretation.
* Just like in the original series, the ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' DS game ''Suzaku Ibun'' can potentially put a spin on this trope. [[spoiler: If the PlayerCharacter Madoka falls in love with a guy from the Book World, she will generally have to [[StarCrossedLovers leave him behind]] when she goes back home... unless the player gathers enough points to unlock a "Reincarnation Ending", in which the chosen boyfriend will be sent to Earth and be reunited with Madoka.]]
* A bit of a complicated example involving both ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'': in ''Awakening'' the HotWitch Tharja can marry a male Avatar (hence refered to as Robin for clarity), and in ''Fates'' the DarkMagicalGirl Rhajat can marry an Avatar of [[GayOption either gender]] (hence referred to as Corrin).[[note]]And a female Corrin can be her ''mother'', if she marries her father Hayato[[/note]] What makes this complicated? While it's strongly implied that Rhajat and Tharja are part of the same reincarnation cycle, and Robin and Corrin are also part of a reincarnation cycle, it's not exactly clear which couple is the Reincarnation Romance: The Rhajat-Corrin S-support implies that Tharja and Robin came first and reincarnated into Rhajat and Corrin, while Rhajat's [[spoiler: FamousLastWords, should Classic Mode be turned on,]] implies that ''she'' will reincarnate into ''Tharja'' instead.
** To a lesser degree, also true for other characters from the Hoshido side: [[spoiler: Asugi and Caeldori, who may not be ''as'' strongly implied to be the reincarnations of Gaius and Cordelia from ''Awakening'' but ''do'' share startling similarities with them. Caeldori can marry Asugi and a Male Corrin among others, plus strike an OddFriendship with Rhajat and be either friends or mother-and-daughter with Female Corrin (if she marries Caeldori's father Subaki); on the other hand Asugi can be friends with a Male Corrin, marry either a Female Corrin, Rhajat or Caeldori, or be the son of a Female Avatar if she marries his dad Saizo. Complicating matters further in Caeldori's case is that if Subaki marries Selena, along with being Cordelia's reincarnation she'd also be Cordelia's ''granddaughter''.]]
* [[TheStoic Gale]] and [[spoiler:Jenna Angel, the FinalBoss of the first game]] are ultimately revealed to be this in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'', after a complicated set of reveals. [[spoiler:Jenna Angel and David Gale were lovers, and David was killed in Angel's arms. David's soul/data went to the sun after death, where it was extracted by the Karma Society and placed in the Junkyard as a combat AI.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Deconstructed in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''; Kinzo's delusion that his and Beatrice [[spoiler:Castiglioni]]'s love is forever [[spoiler:even after her DeathByChildbirth]] caused him to [[spoiler:attempt to carry on that love with their ''daughter'' Beatrice Ushiromiya, who couldn't understand or return her father's feelings, and raise her by telling her she had the soul of a witch. It's all but outright stated that Kinzo raped her after deluding himself into thinking she was her mother's reincarnation. [[ChildByRape Beatrice III happened as a result.]]]]
* Magically done, one sided and not played for romance in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. Whenever Roa reincarnates, he lures Arcueid to him. He thinks he hates her, but actually loves her. Arcueid actually falls in love with a third party, who stops the whole reincarnation thing and making this Reincarnation StalkerWithACrush.
* Yukito and Misuzu in ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}'' are reincarnations of Ryuuya and Kanna, although their romantic relationship isn't overtly focused on. Yukito is ''also'' the descendant of Ryuuya and Uraha, their family line being dedicated to save the reincarnations of Kanna. [[spoiler:It's also implied that after Misuzu's death and Yukito becoming a crow, that they were reincarnated again as the boy and the girl on the beach at the end.]]

* ''Webcomic/YuMeDream'' [[spoiler:ends with Fiona and Lia deciding to leave [[DreamLand Nod]]. The problem is that both of them are dead in the real world, so Don finds a loop hole that technically "kills" them in Nod, but sends their souls back to Earth, where they can reincarnate and find each other.]]
** The second to last page shows that though [[spoiler:they haven't met up in the real world, in their new lives, yet, they can still see each other in Nod until they do.]]
* Alex and Alison from ''Webcomic/MyLifeInBlue'' qualify as a platonic reincarnating love.
* This is a facet of ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace''. The characters exist simultaneously in multiple time periods, but most of the romances are the same in all of them, including a few cases where one or both partners is gender-swapped. (For example, Tristram and Isolde are always a couple whether Tristram is male or female.)
* Referenced by the ghost of Victorian Helen in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' ("kindred souls reborn many times over in similar guise. It's terribly Creator/HRiderHaggard"), although she fails to explain how present-day Helen can be her reincarnation when she still exists as a ghost.
* ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'': Marena is firmly opposed to this, and refuses any serious relationship with Misho for fear that he'll [[LovingAShadow love her for who she was, not who she is]].
* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'': Zig-zagged. The Trolls all have ancestors which they share genes with. Many of the ancestors' relationships manifest in different forms in their descendants. [[note]] Darkleer spared the Disciple, and in the present Equius and Nepeta are in a pale-rom. The Sufferer and the Disciple were in a relationship powerful enough to transcend the quadrants, but in the present Nepeta's crush on Karkat is unrequited. The Condesce had a crush on the Psiionic prolonging his life and suffering with her power, Sollux and Feferi were in a relationship. The Dolorosa was the Sufferer's surrogate mother, Kanaya tends to act motherly towards Karkat. This is invoked where Vriska and Eridan read about their ancestors relationship and try to emulate them, but it quickly falls apart. Mindfang had a relationship with the Summoner who killed her, Vriska attempts to emulate this with Tavros [[spoiler: and she kills him]]. The biggest connection would be the Maryam-Serket one. [[spoiler: Aranea and Porrim were in a relationship that ended after a year, which Aranea doesn't want to talk about]] The Dolorosa was raped by Mindfang in the backstory causing Mindfang to become infatuated with her, and Kanaya has a one sided crush on Vriska. [[/note]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Torg is implied to be the reincarnation of a man named Lord Torgamus, the ruler of a long gone kingdom called Mercia. Lord Torgamus was married to a woman named Valerie. When he died in a weapon accident, Valerie, in her grief, accepted Lysindia's offer to become a vampire. When they meet again for the first time in the modern era, they instantly fall in love again. But this relationship ultimately ends in tragedy when Valerie insists on killing his friends, forcing Torg to stake her and leave her for the sun to finish off.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Literature/TheDescendants has a pair of villains who were originally "bound by chains of Fate and pinned to the wheel of resurrection", allowing them to have this. But in the present, the spell has degraded so badly that they absolutely hate each other and yet are still drawn to each other in every lifetime and usually end up killing each other.
* Shousetsu Bang*Bang has a short comic, [[http://s2b2.livejournal.com/142934.html 25 lives]], about a pair reincarnating again and again. No explanation is given, and there are lifetimes when one kills the other, or one doesn't exist, or they just miss each other.
--> Even though each time, I know I'll see you again, I always wonder. Is this the last time? Is that really you? And what if you're already perfectly happy without me?
* The [[http://twinery.org Twine]] story [[http://allthatwe.neocities.org All That We Could Ever Be]] depicts a couple reuniting for the final time after an extended reincarnation romance. [[spoiler: Describing itself as an 'anti-romance', it quickly turns into a deconstruction depicting the loss of identity and individuality shared by the two]].
-->[[spoiler: One day, I'd like it if you could look at me with pride. Like I had accomplished something(something more than finding you again). But I spend too much time chasing you to be anything more.]]
* ''WebVideo/LastLife'' has this as its central premise, featuring an enduring romance between two dark witches—one who has no memory of her past lives, and the other who finds out that her current life might be her last (hence the title).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' runs with the Hawks being reincarnated, with the added twist that so is GreenLantern, and it's suggested he's who Shayera is ''meant'' to end up with. (Though not before she falls in love with a male Hawk.)
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries''. Aya's human form is [[spoiler:based on Illana, Razer's dead wife.]] She later becomes his SecondLove.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and its power couple, Peter and Lois have apparently been reincarnated several times from the stone age to now. The most prominent are Nate Griffin and Lois' ancestor (meaning that in some way, Lois and Peter may be blood related), and Griffin Peterson and Lady Redbush (which may or may not have the same conspiracy).
* Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "A Star is Reborn". Stan and Francine were revealed to be reincarnations of former Hollywood stars, both of whom were murdered by the wife of Stan's previous incarnation.