We do make some exceptions, of course. If the shipping is set before the character dies, it isn't an example. If the shipping is set after the character is raised in canon, it isn't an example. This trope only has examples for when fans have a character currently dead by canon shipped with an active character.
When this Audience Reaction gets put into fan works, a number of tropes can develop:
- The Lost Lenore, as the living character does not accept the loss of their love as reason sufficient to end their relationship.
- Schrödinger's Cast, as the fanfic began before the original work killed the character, and continues with an active (but dead in canon) character.
- Resurrected Romance, as the dead character loves too much to leave, and finds a way back.
- Necromantic, as the living character cannot allow their love to remain dead, and found a way to bring them back.
Similar to Boy Meets Ghoul, which covers canonically undead characters in a relationship with canonically living characters. Not to be confused with Ghost Ship; those are mysteriously abandoned vessels.
- The titular Inuyasha is still in love with dead priestess Kikyo. He then meets her reincarnation, Kagome. So regardless of when fans ship him with Kikyo or Kagome, he gets shipped with two characters who are technically the same person. Later in the story, Kikyo is resurrected, negating this trope during that time.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Any shipping of Priest Seto and Kisara after the latter's Heroic Sacrifice. (Kisara is the spirit who made the Blue-Eyes White Dragon). This includes most forms of Seto Kaiba/Kisara, unless it's presented as a Reincarnation Romance instead.
- Death Note: While originally not even possible given the series' definitive, hard-line stance on death, supplementary material and OVAS has allowed fans a way to ship those who used the Death Note.
- Ginban Kaleidoscope: Tazusa gets paired up with Pete in the fandom, and it is one of the most convincing ghost ships.
- Kagerou Project: Shintarou was hinted to have feelings for Ayano, but she was Driven to Suicide early in the story. The pairing is one of the popular ships in the fandom.
- Fans of Sonic X love to ship Tails with Cosmo, who dies in the final episode. After being killed by Tails, while confessing his love for her, well, at least in the Japanese version.
- Yuki and her Living Emotional Crutch Megu-nee have a following despite the fact the latter is a Posthumous Character who has already turned into a zombie by the start of the manga and is Killed Off for Real within twenty chapters. It helps that Yuki hallucinates Megu-nee is alive for much of the series.
- Miki and Kei get shipped a lot by anime fans due to the adaptation having a stronger emphasis on their Romantic Two-Girl Friendship. Kei is eventually shown to have turned into a zombie.
- Two of the most shipped couples in the 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist anime are this. Ignoring the official couples, Hughes/Roy and Alfons/Edward are both popular despite the fact Hughes dies early in the series and Alfons dies at the end of Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa.
- Robin: People kept shipping the very popular couple of Tim and Stephanie even after she was brutally murdered by Black Mask, partially because there was a lot of anger about the way she was killed off. Eventually she was retconned as having had her death faked by Dr. Thompkins for her protection and she and Tim make no secret they're still attracted to each other when she returns to Gotham. Convergence shows her and Tim finally getting back together.
- Big Hero 6:
- In the ParaNorman fandom, the Fan-Preferred Couple is easily Norman/Agatha.
- When Marnie Was There has Anna and Marnie, who is not only dead but is also her maternal grandmother as a Cute Ghost Girl.
- In Harry Potter, Harry gets shipped with Moaning Myrtle due to her flirting with him and later spying on him in the bath.
- In Warrior Cats, the StarClan and the Dark Forest cats can still interact with the living, so many fans have made pairings based on this. Examples include Firestar/Spottedleaf, Ivypool/Hawkfrost, and Jayfeather/Brightspirit. And then there's Hollyleaf/Fallen Leaves, which is borderline canon, partially because Hollyleaf doesn't know that Fallen Leaves is actually dead.
- In Dear Evan Hansen and the play it associated from, many in the fandom ship Evan and Connor despite the fact that Connor is dead. The fact that Connor's ghost saves Evan's life late in the novel certainly helps.
- During some runs in NTWF Mafia, deaths and shipping go hand in hand between players. The first run has Meowington/Ariana and Robyn/Icon. The Aifam run had Kylie/Lucille and Prof. Bardsley/Diana Pallada.
- In PJO Facebook Shenanigans, which is based on Percy Jackson and the Olympians, one pairing that formed was Hades/Maria.
- In the Dating Sim Kingdom Days, Rose, the protagonist, can be paired up with Daniel, a ghost.
- Maria Robotnik has been dead for decades at the start of Sonic the Hedgehog but there is a strong shipper base for her and Shadow. This is despite the fact that canon essentially depicts Maria as Shadow's surrogate sister.
- Homestuck: Almost any pairing with Aradia post mortem is this trope, with the canon example of Aradia/Equius.
- There's also shipping living characters with those in the dreambubbles, the pseudo-afterlife filled with "dream ghosts."
- Stand Still, Stay Silent: Any pairing involving Tuuri. The fact that the work gives every sign of involving a Crossover Cosmology of two mythologies in which Back from the Dead isn't completely unheared of doesn't help matters.
- Beetlejuice and Lydia in the animated series. Word of God says this was intentional.
- One of the many ships that crop up in The Legend of Korra is P'heer (P'Li/Zaheer), which was canon on the show... but P'Li didn't survive the Book in which she was introduced. Most of the fanbase is in agreement that even if Zaheer weren't chained to the floor of an oubliette, P'Li would still be his Lost Lenore.
- Steven Universe has both Rose/Pearl and Rose/Greg. Rose Quartz is the deceased mother of the titular character. Both couples are some level of canon, with Greg having been Rose's lover and Pearl having been in love with Rose Quartz (though it's uncertain if she loved her back).
- Green Lantern: The Animated Series ended on a cliffhanger that left it ambiguous whether Razer could revive Aya. The fan consensus is a firm "Yes", with some fanworks going as far as to turn Aya organic upon her coming back to life, and shippers continue to ship them.