are fated for woe, and one of the most heart-wrenching fates they can share is not to share a fate. When a Love Interest
dies, the survivor is left to languish in heartbreak and self pity. Moving on is difficult, and quite a few choose to never move on. And sometimes, that's the deceased.
Yep, after dying, this Love Interest
comes back as a ghost, zombie, or other form of Undead
. Their love was so strong that they decide to skip reincarnation
and come straight back from the afterlife. Of course, this can be less than ideal, due to (among other things) smell and, err... "technical difficulties" in physically expressing their love. And then there's Came Back Wrong
Another alternative is for someone else to do the resurrecting, be it a Necromantic
lover or a Mad Scientist
capable of an Emergency Transformation
. They might not even come back as an undead, but a Brain in a Jar
. For trope purposes, as long as that significant other used to be dead but now isn't, it counts.
Of course, this resurrection is by no means a 100% joyous event. If the surviving love interest moved on and got a new partner, or the resurrectee has a Horror Hunger
(or no corporeal body), there will be a lot of angst
. Though sometimes it gets Played for Laughs
and Hilarity Ensues
Related to Ghost Shipping
. Compare Boy Meets Ghoul
, where the girl is a monster before
she meets her boyfriend. Related to Replacement Goldfish
, in this case it's the goldfish zombie replacing itself. Not to be confused with Reincarnation Romance
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- There was an issue of Alpha Flight, where they crossed over with X-Factor, which involved a mutant whose power was only activated after her death. On her wedding day. Her groom took a while to get used to it.
- The British comic strip Bobby's Ghoul, based around a young boy whose girlfriend is a ghost. In the final strip he has become an old man, while the ghost has not aged, and breaks up with him as she no longer finds him attractive.
- The future Superman, having spent thousands of years in the sun which increases his power to unfathomable levels and obtained a burning golden form, resurrects Lois Lane in a silvery form in DC One Million.
- In Ghost, the protagonist never managed to tell his girlfriend he loved her while he was alive, so making sure she knows he did becomes one of his Ghostly Goals.
- In My Boyfriend's Back they aren't lovers or even boyfriend/girlfriend until after he comes back. (He pined after her, he was killed defending her during a robbery, as he was dying she said that if he survived maybe they could go out sometime, so he came back as a zombie.)
- Re-Animator seems to end on this note.
- The MST3K movie The Brain That Wouldn't Die
- D-War has two as the root of its plot.
- Franken Hooker.
- In The Wraith, a murdered teenager (played by Charlie Sheen) comes back from the dead as a specteral entity to exact revenge on his killers. He also rekindles his prior romance with his girlfriend, and they drive off into the sunset (okay, the moonlight...) at the end.
- In The Book of Life, this is what Manolo is hoping to accomplish after Xibalba tricks him into requesting his own death to be with Maria in the Land of the Dead. Maria isn't there.
- Several times in Tales from the Crypt, one example being Til Death, where a wealthy man uses a Love Potion on a rich woman made by the resident voodoo expert. He puts too much in a drink for said woman, she dies, and he ends up running from a zombie that still loves him.
- Pushing Daisies: The resurrection goes better than most, but there's still a catch—instant re-death if she ever touches him again.
- Supernatural: multiple times.
- "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things": the dead girl's best-friend-with-a-crush brings her back as a homicidal zombie.
- "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid": Bobby's dead wife comes back to life, apparently as a sign of the apocalypse. She seems pretty normal for a few days, then comes down with a fever, then starts getting really hungry... and it turns out to be a ploy designed to destroy Bobby's will to fight.
- One episode of Angel had a woman being stalked by her zombie ex-boyfriend. Turns out she'd killed him because she thought he was too needy. They agreed to work on their relationship and patched things up. Awww?
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer faces a pair of them in one episode.
- In American Horror Story: Coven, Madison resurrects Zoe's crush Kyle by attaching the severed limbs of his frat brothers to his body and casting a resurrection spell.
- The song "Mi Novio es Un Zombi" (My Boyfriend is a Zombie) by Alaska y Dinamarka.
- The d20 supplement The Complete Guide to Liches introduces the philolich. If someone with a strong emotional connection to a pre-lich retains that connection after they become one of the undead, the lich can perform a variant of their own transformation ritual to turn them into a philolich. Mind you, if the ritual goes wrong they may end up with an Axe Crazy semi-lich.
- "Rebel without an H" Jonny from the musical Zombie Prom.
- Tales of Monkey Island: Guybrush himself.
- In one ending of Silent Hill 2, James performs a ritual meant to resurrect Mary. We aren't shown whether it worked or not.
- Revenant's Locke and Princess Andria is half this, half Reincarnation Romance, since he is a revenant brought Back from the Dead and she, a reincarnation of his long-dead lover.
- In The Force Unleashed 2: When Starkiller apparently returns from the dead, possibly via cloning he sets out to find Juno, the woman he remembers being in love with. While what this means for him and Juno's relationship is still unclear, she seems more than willing to accept him as himself.
- If you romanced her in Mass Effect 1, Liara T'Soni and Shepard's relationship proves to be what may be the most triumphant example on this page. Two years after his/her death, Liara went to hell and back recovering Shepard's body from the Shadow Broker and provided it to Cerberus just to bring him/her back from death.
- Hell, she does this even if you didn't romance her.
- It counts for Ashley and Kaidan as well if your character romanced them in the first game. This is a less cheerful example, as they seem to move on with their lives and are more than a little confused when their dead lover comes back, additionaly now as a part of a terrorist organization. In the third game you may decide to continue with the romance or that it is time for you to move on as well and terminate the relationship completely.
- In Dragon's Dogma, the only way to begin a relationship with Julius is to bring him back to life with a wakestone after you interrupt his duel with Mercedes and kill him. No wakestone in your inventory during that quest? No relationship; he'll either leave the country or stay dead, depending on your choice.
- In Scary Go Round, Ryan manages to raise his dead girlfriend via a Deal with the Devil. The problem is that she Came Back Wrong, as a pale shambling zombie. He flees in terror, then stops to remember what his momma always told him: Make things right with that sweet little gal.
At the phone booth: "Momma, did that include sweet li'l dead gals? No this is hypothetical. No, damn, I'm not being smart with you, momma..." (She gets better.)