The Undead are usually scary, but sometimes they're sexy or even cute as well, and sometimes, a guy or a gal falls in love with one. A little bit of stalking-the-night and feasting-off-the-bodies-of-the-living is no impediment to true romance, after all. When Boy Meets Ghoul, or girl meets vampire, or, in general, when a normal person meets an attractive member of the opposite, uh, side of the border between life and death, love can flourish. They say that love conquers all. Maybe it can even conquer undeath?
Until recently, this occurred more often with vampires or ghosts than with any other form of undead creature; however, mummies and zombies are growing in popularity nowadays. Romance with actual ghouls is fairly rare, but the pun was too good for us to resist.
If the love comes first and the (un)death comes later, that's Resurrected Romance.
A subtrope of Interspecies Romance. May be a case of MayflyDecember Romance. Sister Trope to MuggleMage Romance. See also: Kiss of the Vampire, Lesbian Vampire, Romantic Vampire Boy, Cute Ghost Girl, I Love the Dead and Nightmare Fetishist. May invoke the Hemo Erotic.
- An advertisement for Canal+ and their "unpredictable programs" showed a man being chased by a zombie woman. When she finally tackles him, they look at each other and instantaneously fall in love, the rest of the ad turning into a romance movie until they got crushed by a meteor.
- A 2017 advert for Wrigley's gum* has a romantic encounter between a teenage boy and a zombie girl.
Boy: I don't really know if we should kiss. I mean... you're a zombie.Zombie Girl: (chews gum, grins to display two rows of perfect pearly whites, complete with an audible glint) But I'm kinda hot.Boy: ...Yeah. (they kiss, her hand falls off)
- Bleach: Shinigami dwell within the Soul Society, the world of spirits and ghosts. When humans die, Shinigami help their ghosts travel to the Soul Society. Those ghosts with spiritual power can then become Shinigami, although aristocratic Shinigami are born directly into Soul Society as spirits. Ichigo and his sisters are the offspring of a Shinigami father who went AWOL from Soul Society to save the life of their human mother (he's one of the aristocrats born in Soul Society as well, so he's not a former human ghost). Although their mother has been dead for many years, their Shinigami father remains within the human world, masquerading as a doctor and raising his three children. Ginjou claims that Ichigo is not the first person to have been born from a Shinigami/Human pairing and, as a substitute Shinigami just like Ichigo, he might have been talking about himself. However, he leaves the identity of Ichigo's predecessor a mystery.
- Dance in the Vampire Bund:
- Boy meets vampire, boy falls in love with her, boy finds out that he's actually a werewolf.
- Also, boy meets babysitter/older sister stand in, she gets turned into vampire, boy eventually decides he'd rather become a vampire than live without her.
- Boy meets Headless Horsewoman and other boy meets Headless Horsewoman's head.
- Boy meets buxom girl symbiotically joined to a demon sword and controlling a pseudo-zombie horde.
- Dusk Maiden of Amnesia: Boy meets girl. Girl turns out to be amnesiac ghost of a 50 year old corpse in the school basement. Mysteries ensue.
- A typical Franken Fran story usually doesn't start with this as a premise, but that may be how it ends up.note
- Hellsing: Grizzled mercenary man meets vampire girl.
- Karin: A classic girl-meets-boy story where the girl is a cute, shy, vampire (actually, a rare type of what you might call a backwards vampire).
- Is This a Zombie?: Boy meets Necromancer, boy gets murdered by a Serial Killer, boy gets revived by said Necromancer, then boy meets Magical Girl and Vampire Ninjas and accidentally marries one of them. And another one and a Magical Girl with multiple lives who turns out to be the Serial Killer and yet takes a liking to him.
- Living Dead!: Boy meets girl and develops a crush, but can't work up the nerve to tell her. Girl dies, becomes a zombie, and moves into boy's home.
- Maburaho: Being killed doesn't stop Kazuki from having a harem.
- Fifteen years ago in Mahou Sensei Negima! debatably undead vampire Evangeline stalked Nagi, who got sick of it and cursed her to remain on the Mahora school grounds for a few years, but forgot to let her out before eventually disappearing ten years ago. In the present, she attacks Negi out of irritation but eventually ends up getting treated somewhere between his primary teacher and a love interest. Minor character Sayo, a ghost haunting the school, also seems to fall for Negi. However, in her case absolutely nothing comes of it, not even real ship tease or a pactio. Negi himself never shows romantic interest in either one, however, and in fact never shows interest in anyone.
- My Lovely Ghost Kana: Boy meets Cute Ghost Girl haunting his new apartment. Boy drowns his sorrows. Boy has long conversation with ghost about life and death. Boy accidentally gropes ghost, somehow. Ghost is surprised, then excited at the implications of a living boy being able to touch her. Boy and ghost make sweet love, then begin a bizarre, surprisingly tender romance in the apartment where the girl brutally killed herself many years ago.
- Overlord: Albedo is passionately in love with her master, Lord Momonga, and wants to bear his children. The fact that he's a lich, which means that he very definitely lack the parts required to accomplish such a thing, is something she tends to disregard. Justified in that she's a former MMO NPC who was written that way (and he only intended it to be a cute and fun thing, since the original MMO had limitations on NPC behavior anyway). His other servant, the vampire Shalltear, also lusts for him (and she wasn't programmed for it, so it's apparently a trait of her own).
- Gosunkugi from Ranma ½ developed a crush on Kogane while they spent time together during an episode. But at the end, he gets over it and continues to stalk Akane.
- Rinne has a girl meet a half-shinigami and they eventually start seeing each other in romantic lights.
- Rosario + Vampire:
- Boy meets vampire; she turns him into a ghoul, albeit accidentally. For some reason this doesn't threaten the relationship at all, despite creating the extreme likelihood of him turning into a mindless berserker.
- And of course, Boy also meets Succubus, Witch (twice!), and Yuki-Onna. And although Boy makes it clear that he's only interested in meeting Vampire, they make it equally clear they don't care. Later, boy meets a not gay Yasha who would support polyamory.
- Sankarea: Boy obsessed with the undead meets girl, girl falls off cliff and dies, girl becomes zombie, zombie-girl becomes freeloader in boy's house.
- 3×3 Eyes: Boy meets immortal, boy killed by immortal's pet, immortal absorbs his soul to resurrect him as a zombie—ahem—Wu.
- Tokyo Ghoul plays with this trope. The Ghouls in question aren't undead, but have many of the hallmarks with a Horror Hunger and regenerative abilities.
- The entire series begins when Cute Bookworm Kaneki meets a sweet girl named Rize Kamishiro, and asks her on a date. Unfortunately, their date ends with her trying to eat him. He ends up as a Half-Human Hybrid, after both are mortally wounded and her organs are transplanted into him. Seducing and eating humans turns out to have been Rize's preferred hunting method.
- Kimi falls in love with Nishiki, and later learns that he's a Ghoul after he almost attacks her. Their relationship seems to have only been strengthened by this incident.
- A human woman named Ukina met a handsome man named Kuzen, that happened to be a Ghoul. She turned out to be okay with this. Unfortunately, he was forced to kill her to protect their Half-Human Hybrid child and went on to become Big Good Yoshimura while their child became the Big Bad.
- UQ Holder!: Happened in Santa's backstory. Boy meets girl, boy dies, girl turns out to be a necromancer ghost, girl brings boy back as a Revenant Zombie.
- The Voynich Hotel has two separate relationships: Professor and Tenebraum, the Revenant Zombie living in the hotel's basement, and the manga artist Haraki and Mercelo, the ghost in his hotel room.
- Wirbelwind: Girl meets ordinary boy (initially), who then turns into undead, but it's all to the better because she's a Dark Elf and now they don't need to Wangst about their lifespans and incompatible alignments and just adventure together. And fuck, of course, because that's an ecchi adventure manga by the famous H-artist Makoto Fujisaki.
- The main plot of Tokyopop's OEL Manga My Dead Girlfriend.
- Madman has a normal girl in love with a dead guy who looks weird enough in the costume he almost always wears, but beneath that mask is a person who looks very much like a corpse.
- In the Cherry Comics parody of Anne Rice, Cherry and Ellie have sex with a vampire, a mummy and a ghost.
- The framing device of the Neil Gaiman story "The Hunt" is an old man telling his granddaughter a story. Turns out, the story is meant to educate her about why it is a bad idea for her, a werewolf, to continue her relationship with her human boyfriend
- Or at least that's what she thinks is the point of the story. It's hinted that her mind was too preoccupied with her own situation to catch the other possible messages in her grandfather's story.
- In X-Force/X-Statix, Revenant Zombie superheroine Dead Girl has a casual sexual relationship with her living human team-mate Anarchist.
- Judge Dredd: Defied when a pair of Bonnie and Clyde wannabes run into Judge Death in the Cursed Earth. They're so high on drugs during their killing spree that they don't even seem to notice that their companion is a bit on the lifeless side. The girl actually offers herself to their new friend after her boyfriend goes to sleep, but he just shoves his claw through her chest, pointing out that he's long past that particular stage.
- Robin: Darla Aquista, who was already a Stalker with a Crush with heavy shades of Entitled to Have You for Tim before her death, is brought back as a superpowered undead magic using assassin who thinks she's dating Tim after he agrees to have a meal with her because she refuses to take no for an answer when he makes it clear that he still has no interest in dating her.
- The basic plot of every My Boyfriend Is a Monster graphic novel goes like this: Girl meets guy (usually one or both of them are new students). Girl and guy fall in love. Guy turns out to be a supernatural creature of some kind (whether it be a vampire, a ghost, or a modern-day Jekyll & Hyde).
- Novembersmith's RPS fan-novel The Anatomy of a Fall is based on a boy meets ghost scenario.
- In The Amazing World of Gumball fan art, Gumball/Carrie is a popular pairing.
- Hivefled: Gamzee has exchanged flirtatious comments with Laneen, the ghost of a troll who is probably his half-sister. Trolls lack an incest taboo, which doesn't help much, especially since both of them were sexually abused by the troll who turned out to be their mother (or as close as one can get to one with troll reproduction) and said mother killed Laneen.
- Ghost, Ghost, I Know You Live Within Me: Turian meets human girl. Girl dies, becomes a ghost and stays with Turian. They fall in love. Girl comes back to life and forgets their time together, somewhat...
- In At Gates Edge, Roy meets Edward Elric, a poltergeist that lives in his office. They become good friends and Roy manages to invite the ghost to live with him as a roommate.
- In the Pony POV Series Dark World Arc (taking place in an alternate timeline were Discord won), Discord inflicted Apple Bloom with the same curse as Sunny Town and is thus basically a zombie. Despite this, she somehow married a stallion named Lance and the Apple Pies are her descendants. Exactly how this worked is unknown as the curse was not broken until her death by Rapid Aging when it was finally broken, but they were Happily Married and the Power of Love was involved.
- Not Completely, Altogether Here is themed around the romance between Elphaba and Glinda, the girl that would have been her university roomie if she hadn't died a semester before Elphaba transferred. Glinda is a ghost but Elphaba can touch her and, after a few chapters, see her as well.
- Tim Burton must like it a lot - Beetlejuice tries to marry the 16-year-old Lydia in the movie. (The Animated Adaptation handles it a bit differently.)
- Ghostbusters (1984) has a (mostly) deleted scene where Ray finds a ghost of a woman wearing a white dress who has been dead for 150 years (we say "mostly" because a piece of the scene still made it through: it's the part in the "business is booming" montage in which Ray is lying in a bed and something invisible opens his fly).
- Byzantium has Ill Boy Frank meet and subsequently fall for vampire Eleanor.
- Casper has a Puppy Love version of girl meets ghost.
- The film Ghost features a romance between a living woman and her dead boyfriend.
- The classic 1947 film The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (not so much the TV show) does indeed involve a love triangle and the ghost leaving his beloved to the other man ... who A) is already married and B) is a Handsome Lech who has had numerous affairs already. All ends happily, though.
- In I Married a Witch, an ordinary guy falls in love with a nearly 300,000-year-old witch.
- Let the Right One In. Another Puppy Love version, though a very dark one. Boy meets a strange young girl who turns out to be a vampire. Childhood love / violent deaths ensue.
- Innocent Blood. Undercover detective meets... vampire (no points for guessing that).
"I take lives.""Ya well, if you were perfect you wouldn't still be single."
- The Lost Boys. Boy meets (half) vampire and the gang of goth biker punk vampires who turned her. Hilarity - and carnage - ensues.
- My Boyfriend's Back is about a boy who is killed, and just before he dies the girl he's in love with tells him that she'd go on a date with him if he recovered. So he comes back as a zombie in order to get that date.
- Near Dark. Boy meets vampire and her family of psychotic hillbilly bloodsuckers. Carnage ensues.
- Nightbreed by Clive Barker has the main character Boone/Cabal returning from the dead after being shot repeatedly by police and later continuing his romance with his girlfriend.
- Prom Night III: The Last Kiss. The fact that Mary Lou is a ghost doesn't turn Alex off, it's her... antisocial behavior.
- Return of the Living Dead 3: There's a romance between a boy and his zombified girlfriend, whom he resurrected with the Trioxin after she died in a motorcycle accident.
- Underworld (2003): Boy meets vampire and turns into a werewolf himself.
- Scary Movie 2: Parodied when Shorty encounters a ghoul who's a real Butterface... but he immediately jumps into bed with her by solving the problem with a paper bag.
- Ugetsu: Genjuro's lover, Lady Wakasa, turns out to be a ghost seeking the love that she never found in her short mortal life.
Genjuro: I never knew such pleasure existed!
- Lady in White is about a boy meeting a Ghoul who happens to be a ghost of a little girl who got strangled.
- Twilight: Girl meets vampire and werewolf and love triangle ensues.
- Bloodsucking Fiends: Boy meets freshly turned vampire on the rebound.
- Bone Song features some steamy sex scenes between the human protagonist and a beautiful zombie woman. When he learns that she's undead, he's a bit shocked that he's just had sex with a zombie (she lampshades it herself: "Haven't you ever fucked a zombie before?"); however, he gets over it very quickly, and right after that they spend an even more passionate night of love.
- Let the Right One In: Young boy meets apparently-young vampire, and, as with the movie version, puppy love + carnage ensues.
- The Vampires Beautiful Daughter: Rebecca is a half-vampire, and has to choose between undeath with her father and vampire friends or a human life with her human boyfriend Johnny. The story is told from Johnny's point of view.
- Demon in My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes features girl-meets-vampire.
- Somewhat different, as well, in that it is also boy-meets-something. Aubrey's fascination with her arises from his inability to understand what exactly she is, since she appears to have some level of psychic abilities and intimate knowledge of a world she has never personally experienced, as evident through the accuracy of the novel she has had published about Aubrey himself.
- The Peony Lantern: Boy meets ghost. She takes him with her. Although it may have just been an elaborate hoax made up by his servant so he can steal a solid gold talisman from the local temple.
- The Immortal Rules has as its protagonist a newly turned vampire struggling with her new life in a post-apocalyptic world. This trope comes to the fore when she meets and eventually falls in love with the adopted son of a priest leading a small group of survivors to find a legendary city. Unfortunately both the priest and his son believe that vampires are unholy demons that must be destroyed without hesitation, so it makes the reveal a little awkward to say the least. though by the end, he has at least accepted her vampirism once he knows the story behind it.
- The Gravesavers by Canadian author Sheree Fitch had a girl met a boy, who turned out to be a ghost from the wreck of the RMS Atlantic.
- Warm Bodies: Zombie eats boy, gains his memories, falls for his girlfriend. Then it gets weird.
- Anna Dressed in Blood: A ghost-hunting teenage boy travels to a new town to dispatch a particularly troublesome ghost. They fall in love instead.
- Ancient Chinese literature quite often features stories of men falling in love with fox-spirits or ghosts (or, in one case, living quite happily in a three-way marriage with a fox spirit and a ghost). At least one story features a man having sex with the spirit of a butterfly (although she was in human form at the time).
- Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer: Protagonist necromancer raises dead girl back to life, who happens to be an assassin too, girl tries to seduce necromancer but eventually falls in love with him.
- Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser: Fafhrd's ghoulfriend Kreeshka. Minor twist in that Leiber's ghouls are a race, not undead humans. Still, they look like skeletons with organs over them and they eat human flesh. Plus, they're "ghouls."
- Zombie Lover in the Xanth series has the titular zombie in love with a living man.
- C. J. Cherryh's Russian trilogy:
- In Rusalka, Pyetr, one of the two main characters, falls in love with Eveshka, a Rusalka and the title character. A rusalka is the ghost of a drowned woman that devours human life to remain in the world. And it's mutual. She is brought back from the dead at the end of the book.
- In Yvgenie, Pyetr's daughter Ilyanna (her mother is Eveshka) is caught in a love triangle between a ghost she grew up knowing and who also happens to be the man who murdered her mother, having been redeemed during the second book, and a boy she rescues from drowning. In the end she gets both of them due to Kavi, (the ghost) possessing the boy to save his life, and then due to complicated magical circumstances becoming unable to leave him. They manage well enough and are both so smitten with her that everyone comes out happy in the end. It's got to be one of the strangest resolutions to a love triangle ever.
- In Labyrinths of Echo, The Ace of the series once mentioned that for most people the touch of a ghost is very unpleasant, but he must disagree and offhandedly adds, "if I'll ever want to vary my life with a dalliance, living lasses have no chance". That's from a wizard who once enchanted a deck of cards so that ghosts can handle it without problems and non-enspelled humans can't touch it. Just to see if he can turn into a "ghost" a thing that never lived to begin with.
- Inverted in Bearing an Hourglass: Orlene, a beautiful and intelligent woman, is technically married to a ghost named Gawain. But, the ghost needs to carry on his family line. So, the ghost tries constantly to set her up with suitors, to produce the heir he needs so he can pass on. However, she has never seen and cannot see Gawain.
- This happens with the main character and a ghost named Jesse in The Mediator series.
- In Maggie Furey's Aurian books, Aurian's lover dies, but spends the rest of the series jumping in and out of death trying to protect and help her, despite the fact that she's found a new love by then. Death is understandably not very happy about this, and tries to claim all three of them.
- Cabal by Clive Barker, the book that the film Nightbreed was based on. The book features a graphic scene between the corpse of the protagonist Boone/Cabal and his girlfriend.
- The short story "Tomorrows Ghost" by R. Chetwynd-Hayes is based around a romance between a Regency-era woman and a modern-day (1980s) man, each of whom believes the other to be a ghost. It turns out that in a time paradox, back in the woman's own day, she killed herself because she could not be with the man from the future and was being forced into a marriage with someone else - thus is a ghost in the present.
- An attempt at this kicks off the plot of The Ghost Bride by Malaysian author Yangsze Choo. A recently dead young man wants to marry the protagonist, so he haunts his mother into proposing a ghost bride deal. (This is an actual tradition that was once observed, though not often. The basic idea was that marriage would put a troublesome ghost to rest.) The protagonist, however, is vehemently opposed to marrying him, both because he's dead and because he's kind of a Jerkass, so while he tries to court her and sets up an engagement dinner, they don't actually get married.
- The title story of John Bennett's collection of Charleston, South Carolina folklore The Doctor to the Dead features a young doctor named Heinrich Karl Ryngo who decides he is going to treat the dead rather than the living. During one of his trips to a local cemetery, he encounters the beautiful ghost of a young woman named Helen. He falls in love with her and, despite her protests that their romance could go nowhere, visits with her every night until finally he keeps her from her grave until after the sun comes up and the cock crows. As the dead are forbidden to be out at that time, she then disintegrates into dust, causing Ryngo to become totally unhinged. He spends the rest of his life trying to bring her back.
- The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries by Alice Kimberly features this on the side. Penelope owns a bookshop haunted by Jack, a 1940's detective, who was killed on the premises way back when. Together, they solve murders and have... something going on between them.
- Carmilla: Laura is captivated by Carmilla, who unbeknownst to her is a vampire. While Laura thinks of Carmilla as a friend, without any apparent erotic component, Carmilla declares several times that she is in love with Laura.
- In Skulduggery Pleasant, it is more a case of Girl Meets Living But Is Rejected Then Proceeds To Assist In The Murder Of Him And His Family Without Him Knowing, He Then Returns From The Dead And Girl Still Loves Him And Is Rejected Even After Her Heel-Face Turn.
- "The Ghost of Philinnion": Philinnion, a girl who has been dead for several months, visits Machates, a young man who stays in her father's house because she loves him, and the two have an affair without Machates realizing that Philinnion is an undead.
- Goosebumps: In the Ghost Next Door book, girl meets boy, boy accidentally passes through girl and girl is actually a ghost.
- American Horror Story: Murder House: Tate is a ghost and Violet is alive...until she commits suicide and ends up a ghost as well.
- Being Human (UK) (original series):
- Mitchell is a vampire, while Annie is actually a ghost.
- The third season gives us Pearl and Leo, who confess their love for one another just in time for Leo to die. He and Pearl go into the afterlife together, not long after.
- Bewitched focused on a man who was not only married to a witch, but attracted many supernatural women (including a nymph, a Vain Sorceress, and a demon Cat Girl)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Buffy (living person, Slayer of Vampires) and Angel (Vampire).
- Pretty much every single girl Xander's ever dated besides Cordelia and Willow has been some form of supernatural/undead. It was even lampshaded at times. Hilarious in Hindsight is that even Cordelia and Willow turned into that (a half-demon turned higher power and a witch, respectively).
- The ABC/BBC co-production Dead Gorgeous plays with this by having "Living Ghost" Rebecca fall for living boy David. However, he seems to not be particularly interested.
- The vampire detective show Moonlight features the romance between the main character and his human love interest.
- In Vampire Diaries, Stefan and Damon both meet Katherine. A few hundred years later, Stefan meets Elena. Then, Jeremy and Vicki, after she becomes a vampire. And then Jeremy meets Anna, though initially she was just using him.
- The Masters of Horror episode "Jenifer" is a deconstruction. Boy warms to Ghoul first out of pity, then becomes sexually obsessed with it. Ghoul pretends to love Boy to provide for it while Ghoul keeps murdering people.
- Philip from In the Flesh has managed to become enamored with a zombie, despite he himself harbouring anti-zombie views. It's gotten so bad he visits a zombie brothel and has one of the women dress up as her and spend the night watching Chick Flicks with her.
- The Santa Clarita Diet: Real Estate mogul couple Joel and Sheila have a pretty good thing going until Sheila eats some bad clams and turns undead. But that's no reason to throw away over a decade of marriage.
- "Date With A Vampire" by the Screaming Tribesmen.
- "Little Ghost" by The White Stripes.
- "I Walked with a Zombie" by Wednesday 13 and "She was the Teenage Zombie" by Murder Dolls. A lot of their other stuff qualifies, too.
- "A Boy, A Girl, And a Graveyard" by Jeremy Messersmith, though the ghost in this case is male.
- "The Zombie Song" by Stephanie Mabey. "I'd never eat your brain, I just want your heart."
- "A Romance with the Grave" by The Vision Bleak. Literal example. 'Ruthless lust without disgust, dirt and dust, a romance with the grave'
- Alice Cooper loves this trope. "Cold Ethyl" is a more "subtle" example, while "I Love the Dead" drops any pretense.
- Alex Day also uses this in his song "She Walks Right Through Me".
- Escape Club had a song called "I'll Be There" about a ghost who was haunting the one he loved.
Don't be afraid, oh my love
I'll be watching you from above
And I'd give all the world tonight,
to be with you
Because I'm on your side,
And I still care
I may have died,
but I've gone nowhere
Just think of me,
And I'll be there.
- The song "Mi novio es un zombi" ("My boyfriend is a zombie") by Alaska y Dinarama.
- Emilie Autumn's "Ghost" is about a woman who is in a courtly romance with a ghost, and ponders the full effects and consequences of their relationship.
- Blue Öyster Cult's I Love The Night is about a vampire meeting a human, and explaining she'd quite like a boyfriend who shares her interests and hobbies.
- Frehley's Comet's New Kind of Lover is about a guy who falls in love with a ghost.
- In The Adventure Zone Taako falls in love with Kravitz the Grim Reaper, who shifts between looking like an extremely handsome living man and a skeleton depending on the situation. The "skeleton" part does not put Taako off in the slightest. It works out pretty well for them in the end.
- Ghosts in Feng Shui are based on the seductive ghosts of Hong Kong cinema. They're quite prone to falling in love with mortals.
- A possibility for characters in Promethean: The Created, especially Galateids. On some occasions, it might help with a Promethean's Pilgrimage, but more than likely it will end very badly, thanks to their Disquiet.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- 3.5th Edition has a third-party book (The Book of Erotic Fantasy) about including sex in your games that has a few different mentions about sex with the undead, and even includes a magic item for those who aspire to be undead to preserve their bodies, so as to not be so... unappealing.
- Another 3.5 book, Libris Mortis, presents a goddess named Evening Glory, who represents eternal love so strong that even having died and turned undead is to be only a minor inconvenience at most.
- The Addams Family musical is about Wednesday falling in love with a normal boy.
- Neverwinter Nights has Boy meets Ghost Paladin. Somehow, none of the issues that would create ever come up in the game, though it is implied that she gets a new body after you return to the world of the living.
- A possibility in one of the endings of Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis, in which Vayne walks the earth with Pamela as a travelling doctor.
- One minor sidequest in Skyrim has you searching for the journals of the necromancer Arondil. As you search the barrow he is currently squatting in, it's impossible to ignore the fact that it's populated entirely by female Draugr and ghosts. As you read his journals, it becomes clear that Arondil's interest in the female undead wasn't entirely scholarly. Apparently he finds the feel of ghostly ectoplasm arousing. Eventually you get to the end of the dungeon and find a double bed... with a female ghost "sleeping" in it.
- Probably the only reason the Konpaku family in Touhou can consist of half-human-half-ghosts.
- I Saw Her Standing There has this as its premise. You have to lure a zombie girl to a cage in each level, with each "act" introducing a new gameplay twist. All the while, there is narrative text describing the love between the main characters. At the end of the game, she zombifies him, and the two sequels follow the lovebirds in this condition until they find a safe haven to live out the rest of their lives. Or unlives.
- Taiga in Duel Savior Destiny is initially thrilled to receive the confession of love from the cute Nanashi, but this turns sour when her arm falls off and she invites him back into her crypt. Despite the bad beginning, they actually get along decently well. She also has a route, where it seems that half the reason Taiga isn't willing to sleep with her like he would anyone else isn't just because she's cold and dead, but rather because she lacks much in the way of a sense of touch and wouldn't enjoy it. But hey, that can be fixed. And it turns out she's not a zombie, she's a homunculus.
- Infamously occurs in Fahrenheit, with a dose of Strangled by the Red String, between Carla and Lucas, despite there being zero leadup whatsoever to this.
- Happens with Mia/Godot (and to a lesser extent other dead/alive pairings) in Ace Attorney. The justification is that spirit mediums like Maya and Pearl can channel the souls of the dead, to the point of taking on their physical forms. And then just about anything could happen.
- An odd one appears in the internet flash game Guardian Rock in which the titular rock is said to hook up with a hot spirit rock chick and they live together with numerous flower filled baths and occasional quarreling for the rest of their eternal lives.
- In The Sims 3, ghosts can be interacted with, invited to live with a family, and, yes, can produce ghost children with living Sims.
- Metal Gear Solid 3: The Joy/The Sorrow. Canonically lovers. Eventually Together in Death.
- In City of Heroes some of the later content established that Positron was in a relationship with Numina, a hero whose body had been destroyed in the 60's but had survived as a ghost.
- Ghost Widow and Wretch fall somewhere between this and Like Brother and Sister.
- In The Wayhaven Chronicles, this is true of all of the romantic subplots. The protagonist, a human detective, can enter a relationship any of their vampiric teammates. Arguably a bit of a subversion, as the vampires featured in the series are not truly undead.
- Hatoful Boyfriend:
- Pursuing Nageki Fujishiro ends with Nageki recovering from his Ghost Amnesia and departing for the afterlife, with a heartrending apology to the heroine.
- In the "Bad Boys Love" route of the full version, the heroine is killed and her brain transplanted into a robot; the route ends with Ryouta choosing to remain with her until she can be restored.
- In the aptly-titled Visual Novel Romance Is Dead, lucky Madeline gets not just one undead love interest but three: a zombie who's magically compelled to stay close to her, a very French vampire, and a friendly ghost.
- Tsukihime features boy meets vampire princess among its many flavors of Interspecies Romance.
- The webcomic Ghost Friend was based on having a living and undead character in a relationship.
- xkcd has this little comic, where the boy's love interest seems to be a bit deader than most.
- In The Repository of Dangerous Things Davis meets Wanderin' Laurie, the Pirate Girl Ghost.
Davis: (thinks) She was hot. But dead. But hot.
- Undead Friend: One of the more bizarre examples, as the only reason for meeting said boy is for an Inevitable Tournament, and they can switch places at the cost of his life for Superpowers.
- Homestuck: Kanaya became a lot more popular with the girls after she came back as a Rainbow Drinker.
- Sluggy Freelance: Torg doesn't initially know that Valerie is a vampire, and even after finding out, he initially thinks that un-living with her forever wouldn't be that bad. But by the best guess, it isn't real love in either direction, and in any case he chooses to destroy her rather than turn against his friends.
- Unlife Is Unfair is about the other way around, a nice zombie meets a girl and falls in love with her. She only wants to be his friend though. Later on she discovers feelings for him, which can be kind of harrowing.
- Tsukiko of The Order of the Stick is a weird mixture of this and I Love the Dead, held together by Wrong Genre Savvy. She's a necrophiliac necromancer who believes the undead are sweet, gentle beings because they are the opposite of the living and the living are bastards, she is shown to have romantic designs for Xykon. Xykon (a lich who is perfectly willing to commit genocide under the right conditions, or if he gets bored enough) finds Tsukiko's affection absolutely disgusting... because he isn't attracted to the living.
"I'm not one of those perverted biophiliacs!"
- In Rusty and Co., the Princess's knight and lover is a wight.
- In Negamaki Chief Buffalo Jerky's friend Maize spends a lot of time dwelling on this. Despite both of them being dead, she's interested in pairing the Chief off with Negamaki and asks Tamago to call her if he survives being attacked by the hell-moose.
- Too Much Information. Ace (who is also The Ace) has a lot of girls gunning for him, but the first one who actually gets with him is noncorporeal. The details of how, exactly, it works, is left mostly to imagination, with only the comment of "It's... messy."
- In Gunnerkrigg Court, Mort (a ghost) has a barely-concealed crush on Antimony (still alive). She does not reciprocate.
- Kev of Alice And Kev encounters a woman who doesn't seem to mind that he's a deranged, lecherous old hobo, and even responds favourably to his flirting. She vanishes when the sun comes up.
- Lydia and Betelgeuse in Cobweb and Stripes are inching toward this. They started out not particularly liking one another, but have gradually developed a friendship and, as of the end of chapter 14, there is a definite attraction between them.
- In Wilde Life, there's some low-key but pretty obvious romance going on between Oscar and Sylvia, the ghostly 1940s mathematician who haunts the house that he's renting.
- While Beetlejuice avoids actual romance between a dead guy and a 12-year-old, the level to which he is obsessed with her shows exactly what Tim Burton had in mind for the two of them during the movie. In one early episode, we see Beetlejuice has a huge shrine devoted to Lydia in his head. In another, he gets split in two and starts fighting himself to impress her - he only stops when he realises he's upsetting her. In another he gives Prince Vince excellent advice on how to court her, and then becomes incredibly jealous when it works very well.
- Danny Phantom: Played with, since Danny is (obviously) the ghoul (but only half-ghost. He's living and undead at the same time) and Sam(antha) is the Boy. Or rather... girl. In this case, though, Sam and Danny were friends long before he became half-ghost.
- In the "Proposition Infinity" episode of Futurama one of the couples used to demonstrate how accepting 31st century society is are a ghost and a horse.
- Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures has Pinky, a ghost who has a major crush on Pac-Man.
- The Amazing World of Gumball:
- Darwin has a crush on Cute Ghost Girl Carrie. It's first seen in "Halloween" and later explored in "The Scam", which shows it to be a mutual, reluctant attraction.
- "The Mirror" is about a being called the Snatcher, who is said to once have been a mortal who fell in love with a ghost woman, used magic so that he could hold her, and was turned into a monster as a side-effect. He turns out to be Carrie's dad.
- Bob's Burgers has Tina's 'erotic friend fiction,' which as often as not involves zombies.