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She likes a good bonin'.

"I love the dead before they rise
No farewells, no goodbyes
I never even knew your rotting face
While friends and lovers mourn your silly grave
I have other uses for you, darling"
Alice Cooper, "I Love the Dead"

This is when someone has a... thing for dead bodies, namely necrophilia. Do you really need the details?

Note that while Mummies at the Dinner Table may or may not involve necrophiliac behavior, in Mummies at the Dinner Table the character is attracted to a corpse because it was their beloved while alive and they just can't let go. In this trope, the character is attracted to a corpse because it is a corpse. Usually, the character finds the corpse Drop Dead Gorgeous.

Probably the only way to make this even worse is when post-mortem dissection or dismemberment is involved.

If someone has a relationship with a member of The Undead, it's more a case of Boy Meets Ghoul. Compare: Mummies at the Dinner Table, Necromantic. Also compare Bestiality Is Depraved and Pædo Hunt for other disturbing types of paraphilia. The trope Drop Dead Gorgeous, involving the prominent display of the corpse of a good-looking woman, often — though not always — carries a necrophiliac subtext, though not always intentionally.

Not to be confused with what a fan of The Grateful Dead might say.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Ana Satsujin: Reina finds living people disgusting and tells Kurosu that maybe he's not so bad if he likes sleeping with corpses from when she found him unconscious and stuffed in a car trunk with a body.
  • Angel Sanctuary has a thankfully milder version of this: after she's dead, Kira holds Alexiel up and kisses her corpse passionately.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita Ashley of Betrayal Knows My Name plays with this trope in episode 10 when she puts Shusei in a permanent sleep and whispers in his ear "I knew you'd make a beautiful corpse. You're part of my collection now. You'll never wake up again..." while caressing his face and chest.
  • Implied with Undertaker in Black Butler. While putting a bunch of zombies on ship just to see what happens is bad enough, admitting that you think they're beautiful while holding one in your arms is just plain creepy.
  • At one point in Black Cat, Creed, Train's Stalker with a Crush, tells Train that he would at least want to have him by his side even as a dead body rather than let Saya have him.
  • Giselle Gewelle from Bleach. After Mayuri enters the fray, we get a few pages of zombie Bambietta pleading for Giselle to give "it" to her.
    • It's implied Mayuri is this way when he makes certain movements in a forward and back motion by his daughter's motionless corpse which revives her.
  • In Btooom!, Kousuke is mentioned to have killed and raped three women. In that order.
  • In Canaan, the trope is Played for Drama with Hakko's sex scene with Santana's corpse, which takes place after she crosses the Despair Event Horizon when Liang Qi tricks her into killing him with her voice.
  • Deadman Wonderland: When Minatsuki first revealed her psychopathic personality to Ganta, she proclaimed that she would kill him, cut up his body, and then "cum in [his] formaldehyde".
  • The manga Delivery of the Dead features zombie girls after a zombie apocalypse being used as prostitutes for the rest of the paying public. The girls are effectively dead, given they don't have true cognition and they're just going through the motions, but their services are so appreciated that an entire subset of humanity is willing to marry them and restore human rights to the undead.
  • Durarara!!: Seiji fell in love with Celty's dismembered head at first sight when he saw it in his sister's lab at a young age. Of course, since she's a dullahan, a supernatural being who doesn't need ready access to her head to be alive and sapient, it's unclear whether what he saw was as dead as it looked or just dormant.
  • Full Metal Panic!:
    • It's outright stated that this was one of Gauron's sick fantasies of what he would do with Sousuke. The idea of killing Sousuke apparently doesn't seem to discourage his idea that they'll still be able to have a sex life. As a hardened soldier, Sousuke is rarely grossed out by things, but even this was too much for him.
    • Also, the male assassin after Kaname had been ordered by Gauron to "shoot her to death, disgrace the body, take a picture and send it to Hong Kong."
    • There's also Gates. He likes to do weird things with people's corpses. Most notably with Yu Lan's. It's also implied that he might have done perverted stuff to it.
  • Gamaran has minor character Ippi Shibano, the best archer of the Muhou Ryuu who employs a massive longbow and poisoned arrows to fight and sets up a plan to ambush Iori Sengoku. He casually mentions that when they're done with him, he'd like to have some fun with the corpse, while his colleague Shinjiro call him a perverted freak.
  • Gangsta.: The flashback chapter showing a little tagged girl crying over the beaten and raped corpse of what is most likely her mother. The last panel shows a bunch of hands most likely reaching for her. Thankfully, that's the last we see of it.
  • If the way the Doktor talks about SHE in Hellsing: The Dawn isn't enough for you, look at his expression. Either he loves his work, or he loves her bones.
    • Seras' backstory in Hellsing reveals that after a couple of gangsters murdered her parents, one of them had their way with her mother's corpse right in front of her.
    • There's also Jan Valentine wanting to rape, kill and rape Integra again (yes, ...In That Order).
  • In Reiko Momochi's Inochi, this happens to the protagonist Nobara's twin sister, Kotori, after she was strangled to death during one of her and Nobara's Twin Switch moments.
  • Is This A Zombie? is about a zombie with a supernatural harem, so this trope is aplenty.
  • Prince Ludwig in Ludwig Revolution. In the first chapter, he is depicted as a necrophiliac and keeps a room full of female corpses in glass coffins, but by the second story, he's given up on dead women and starts looking for a live bride.
    • Also, Julius has no problems with talking to Ludwig's (supposedly) dead body or with making out with it.
  • Ninja Scroll: When Kagero resists Tessai's attempts to rape her, he flat-out tells her he wouldn't mind raping her corpse instead.
  • Parasyte: Uragami rapes women before and after killing them, even when the body is beyond recognition.
  • Peacemaker Kurogane: Suzu recovers the head of Yoshida (who he had a crush on and who was decapitated during the Ikedaya Incident), has it varnished, and carries it around, in a rather affectionate way while talking to it.
  • Lussuria from Reborn! (2004). In his own words, his favorite bodies are the "cold, slowly decomposing, unmoving ones" (he then licks his lips). And he spends much of his time eyeing up a shirtless Ryohei, saying that his body is "pretty nice" and going on about how much he wants to "take Ryohei home with him" shortly after he beats the shit out of him and wants to make Ryohei a part of his 'collection'. Gokudera even calls him a pervert.
  • Rebuild World: This ends up being the result of a significant Character Death, that being Lattice being killed by Shiori while ensuring Pamela's escape, and Pamela going on a Villainous Breakdown that includes this. Due to the dead man's body being moved like People Puppets via his Powered Armor, besides talking to him, the lover has him follow her around and cuddle her, as well as fight alongside her. The body is kept fresh via nanomachine-based Healing Potion that can fix physical deterioration but not restore his soul.
  • Requiem from the Darkness has a case of necrophilia.
  • Played for laughs in the manga Sankarea by Furuya Chihiro, a Nightmare Fetishist who is obsessed with zombie girls. Fortunately for him, he gets a cute one (the title character Sanka Rea) as his new girlfriend. Darin's father plays this disturbingly straight.
    • As of chapter 20, he admits that he'd fallen for her while she was still alive, and would have been fine with her even if she wasn't a zombie.
  • Subverted in Seraph of the End novels when Ferid jokes as he approaches a prostitute's corpse that he finally gets his chance to copulate with a corpse. He sticks his fingers into a prostitute's neck wound which Crowley finds lewd but then he reveals he was just reaching into her neck for a needle which they can use as evidence in their investigation into the murder.
  • The sequel to Tokyo Ghoul has Torso, a Ghoul that earned his alias from his habit of decapitating and dismembering women. He likes to take their torsos home with him and refers to them as his "lovers". When his home is raided and he's forced to abandon it, he expresses dismay at how lonely he is at night without a cold body to keep him company.
  • In the yaoi manga Under Grand Hotel, the Depraved Bisexual Swordfish warns Sen (whom he's attracted to) that he better make sure he doesn't die while in prison because if he does he'll rape his corpse in full view of everyone.
  • Yuureitou: Marube is rather attached to his dead wife's bones as shown when he kisses it on the mouth and later lays on top of it in a suggestive manner while naked implying he means to have sex with it.

    Comic Books 
  • In the satirical 1968 graphic novel The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist (written by future Saturday Night Live writer Michael O'Donoghue), the titular character is killed at the end of Chapter 3; the next chapter has her naked body being stolen by a cult of necrophiliacs. Fortunately, before the "wedding ceremony" can take place, her body is stolen once again and sent to a Mad Scientist who eventually brings her back to life.
  • Batman:
    • An 'almost' case: Clayface III (the one with the Touch of Death) is very devoted to Helena. The only thing is that Helena is a mannequin. Still, he regards her with very human feelings. When their relationship sours, he notes (ironically) that "she can't live forever..." However, he's actually convinced that Helena is Killed Off for Real when he accidentally knocks her head off while arguing with her.
    • In Batman: Cacophony, the Joker explicitly states that he wants Batman sexually. Being the Joker, he wants him sexually only after he's dead.
  • One story in the underground comic Bizarre Sex involves a customer visiting a whorehouse and having sex with a dead hooker (an adaptation of the "she's full" joke listed in Jokes below). Somewhat subverted in that the customer is unaware that the woman is dead; he only thinks that she's unresponsive because he's getting a discount for the "passive experience."
  • Howard Chaykin's Black Kiss features a scene in which the protagonist spies on a mortuary connected with the villains and witnesses the mortician inviting two high-society types to have sex with the freshly embalmed and prepared (down to being dressed in sexy black lingerie and high heels) body of a beautiful young blonde.
  • In one episode of Italian comic artist Leone Frollo's Casino (a sexually explicit series dealing with the doings in a swank Paris bordello during The Edwardian Era), a Serial Killer stalks the brothel's girls, stabbing a couple of them to death during intercourse and then having sex again with the bodies.
  • In a one-shot comic set in Dungeon Twillight, a commander of the Great Khan is about to rape the priest's daughter until one of his soldiers (actually a villager who dressed up as the enemy) performs a Mercy Kill — the commander doesn't even slow down, even saying that she is still warm anyway.
  • As part of his backstory, Green Lantern villain Black Hand is obsessed with death to the point of necrophilia (though it's never been stated if he goes "all the way" or not).
  • Hellblazer: Constantine mentions catching a high-ranking Freemason in flagrante delicto with a corpse, using it as occasional blackmail material.
  • In the origin story of Pfaultz from the Vertigo Comics series House of Secrets, he's seen shagging a young girl's corpse.
  • One A Nightmare on Elm Street comic by WildStorm indicates that, while still a mortal Serial Killer, Freddy Krueger may have molested his victims before and after killing them. Considering Freddy's urban legend status, it's left dubious as to whether or not it's true.
  • Ramba: In "Violent Death", after assassinating her target, Ramba notices that his erection is still standing which pleases her and is provoked to have intercourse with the previously dead body.
  • In The Sandman (1989), Dr. Destiny forces a woman to admit that she once, drunkenly, had sex with a corpse at a mortuary... and that nothing since then's measured up.

    Fan Works 
  • Dead Man's Party is the story of a run-of-the-mill Clan Giovanni Embrace - ie: a sordid tale of rape, incest, and necrophilia.
  • Death Note has a (NSFW) fanfic where Light desecrates his enemy's grave and does... disturbing things to the body. Also has Light x Death Note in the same fic.
  • Several Final Fantasy VII fics had Cloud spending his last tearful moments with Aeris with his pants down.
  • At least two of the three seen-onscreen members of the Makara bloodline of Homestuck have been portrayed doing this in fanfic at least once. Gamzee did canonically make out with a severed head, so really it's not surprising.
    • Hivefled has the Grand Highblood and the Handmaid after the Handmaid has been dead for sweeps. Also an example of Mummies at the Dinner Table. Condesce complains about the smell.
  • Iron Will's Foalcon Necrophilia Sex Rampage involves its eponymous protagonist, Iron Will, murdering and then raping the dead bodies of young foals. He also dresses up in his mother's clothes and pleasures himself. This fic features a gratuitous amount of torture and gorn. For obvious reasons, NSFW.
  • In the darker NSFW areas of the fanbase, Lynn Loud of The Loud House is portrayed as a necrophiliac who makes out with the decapitated head of her brother, Lincoln, which she carries around in a plastic bag. Appropriately, this version of her is called, "Twisted Lynn."
  • My Immortal: when the author fell out in real life with the friend on whom the character Willow was based, Willow disappeared from the story. Hermione "B'loody Mary Smith" Granger casually announced mid-conversation that "after Willow got expelled I murdered her and den Loopin did it with her cos hes a necphilak". Since Willow reappeared unharmed in the next chapter with no comment, it's unclear if "B'loody Mary" was telling the truth.
  • In the Discworld fic Stuck On You, the zombie Reg Shoe falls in love with a very unsuccessful stripper - who is also a Zombie. The interesting philosophical question is raised, as Reg and Ethyl begin a sort of romance, of: Can it be called necrophilia if both parties are dead? In the coming chapters, the author may well raise the subject of Zombie sex.
  • This trope is almost mandatory in Touhou Project fan works focusing on the relationship between Seiga Kaku and her jiangshi, Yoshika Miyako. In some works, the two are depicted as having known each other since before Yoshika's demise, with Seiga keeping her reanimated corpse due to being unable to let go. In others, they're depicted as never having met prior to Yoshika's resurrection but Seiga loving her "cute puppet" for the brainless, decaying, hollowed mockery of life that she is anyway.
    • Due to one of Seiga's spell cards being named "Yang Xiaogui," a Chinese necromancy which enslaves vengeful spirits by using them to reanimate fetus corpses — which is quite a lot of evil squeezed into one single spell — as well as her already established fan characterization as a necrophiliac, the introduction of Eika Ebisu, the spirit of a miscarried child, almost instantly started featuring fan art of Seiga preying on the kid, thus adding another layer of depravity to Gensoukyou's Wicked Hermit.
  • Fall of Starfleet, Rebirth of Friendship: After murdering Celesto, Dark Conquest decides to spend an hour screwing his now-headless corpse while waiting for Celestia to show up.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer fics that have a poor view of Buffy will occasionally comment that her relationships with Angel and Spike qualify her as a neophiliac. After all, they are (un)dead. She never takes this well.
  • Zeepo No More 2: City of Screams: The vampiric Xander drains Kate and then feeds her his blood. Before she rises, he cuts off her face, wears it as a mask, and then starts raping her corpse.
  • With Pearl and Ruby Glowing:
    • Rattlesnake Jake has had sex with corpses and threatens Rango with making Beans have sex with his dead body if he kills himself.
    • The Ark, a Human Trafficking ring, sells corpses to necrophiles.
    • Geumsaegi, during his days as a Torture Technician in North Korea, forced Mulmangcho at gunpoint to have sex with his dead brother Mulsajo. Geumsaegi was deprogrammed in Hanawon and is horrified by what he did now.
    • After Princess Boo Boo gets into an argument with Emily on WaddleWorld, she spreads rumors that she's a necrophile.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In 68 Kill, Dwayne rapes Amy's corpse after she has been Gutted Like a Fish, and plans to do the same to Monica. Given his sister Liza has been selling him girls, it seems likely he has had this 'hobby' for some time.
  • The Andrew "Dice" Clay film The Adventures of Ford Fairlane had a scene where the body of a pretty girl was seen in a hearse, with the implication that she was going to be the object of necrophilia. It turned out that she was just pretending to be dead.
  • In the Steve Martin comedy All of Me, he is talking about how a woman whom he is sharing a body with, fondled him in a men's room. His girlfriend happened to overhear it and believes he's hiding a woman in his office. But when he lets it slip he was talking about the woman who just died about 15 minutes ago, she automatically assumes that he had sex with the corpse, and dumps him.
  • In Angel (1984), it is strongly implied that The Killer has sex with the bodies of his victims after he kills them.
  • Maggot from August Undergrounds Mordum is shown having sex with his sister, spilled intestines, and a dead little girl.
  • In the 1967 Luis Buñuel film Belle de Jour, Catherine Deneuve pretends to be a corpse, lying in an open coffin, for the delectation of one of her clients.
  • In Richard Burton's legendarily bad 1972 version of Bluebeard, the body of Baron Von Sepper's (Burton) first wife, Greta (Karin Schubert), who had been shot dead in a hunting accident (she was shot in the back by the Baron) is seen laid out in her open coffin, perfectly coiffed and made up and dressed in a slinky, low-cut white satin evening gown, for her funeral. The Baron takes photographs of Greta's body, then kisses the corpse; a Sexy Discretion Shot fading to a scene of the Baron making an abstract version of the photographs for display implies that he had sex with the dead body. At the climax of the movie, Anne (Joey Heatherton) discovers the bodies of all of Bluebeard's murdered wives preserved in a walk-in freezer. The Baron reveals to Anne that he, being impotent, was unable to be aroused by any of his wives and describes this as the motive for his string of murders; left unanswered is the question as to whether his impotence only applied to his wives as living people. By its very nature, in fact (nobleman or high-society gentleman marries a string of beautiful women, murders them, and keeps their bodies around frozen or otherwise preserved), necrophilia is a frequent subtext in the various versions of the Bluebeard legend.
  • In the 1944 Boris Karloff movie The Climax, Karloff's character, Dr. Friedrich Hohner, is obsessed with a beautiful opera singer, Marcellina (June Vincent), with whom he's been having an affair but who wants to break up with him, strangles her to death. Ten years later, another gorgeous singer (Susanna Foster) whom Hohner has developed an identical obsession with, discovers Marcellina's perfectly-preserved body, which Hohner has kept in a Snow White-like glass-lidded coffin for the past decade. Bonus points for, however delicately, implying even the possibility of necrophilia in a movie - stipulating that it was a B-Movie, which tended to not get quite as much attention from the censors - shot during the heyday of The Hays Code!
  • Cold Moon is a French film (entered into Cannes no less) based on two Charles Bukowski stories. The third act is a straight adaptation of "The Copulating Mermaid of Venice, California," in which the two ne'er-do-well main characters drunkenly steal a corpse from the back of a coroner's truck as a prank, only to discover that it's a beautiful naked woman. They each have sex with it and eventually decide to dispose of the body by pushing it out into the ocean, but not before one of them has fallen in love with the corpse.
  • Corpse Mania, a Shaw Brothers film heavily inspired by Giallo, revolves around a Serial Killer who stalks and murders young prostitutes and having fun violating their corpses.
  • Another 1940s B-movie (this time starring Bela Lugosi), The Corpse Vanishes, has Lugosi's character drugging and kidnapping high-society brides to whisk off to his mortuary, where he drains their blood for an elixir designed to keep his wife young and beautiful. The process kills the unfortunate brides, whose bodies are discovered stored in morgue drawers by the female protagonist. Lugosi's hunchbacked assistant shows up, forcing the heroine to hide; she watches him (he has previously been seen watching, with obvious excitement, Lugosi drain a bride's blood) sensually caress the dead women's faces until he himself is discovered by Lugosi, who sends him off with a flea in his ear and several stripes from a cat-o'-nine-tails.
  • The sleazy Troma sex comedy Cry Uncle has our Nominal Hero, a schlubby and pathetic gumshoe, stumble across a supine woman who's passed out naked. He decides to "take advantage of the situation" (you know, rape her...), but when a crazed gunwoman starts shooting at him in flagrante delicto, he realizes that the woman he's having sex with has had a pretty little headshot the whole time.
  • Part of the emergency broadcast shown in the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead (left on the cutting room floor) showed a bunch of teenagers who had kidnapped a recently zombified hot girl from their school and tied her to a bed so they could have sex with her. Even if they weren't bitten in the process, chances are still likely they'd be infected anyway.
  • In Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead: The "hero" gains the power to animate the dead. In the end, he animates the corpse of his dead girlfriend. Cue backseat sex...
  • In The Devil's Rejects, Otis B. Driftwood is shown sleeping in bed, snuggled beside the corpse of a girl. Later, Otis makes lewd statements about photographs of his murder victims.
  • Deadgirl revolves around two teenagers finding an undead, feral girl in an abandoned Bedlam House. While Richie wants to rescue her, J.T. wants to keep her existence a secret and make her a sex slave.
  • The 1990 sub-B-Movie horror film Deadmate had necrophilia as its main theme, having as its plot the travails of a beautiful small-town waitress who gets involved with a mortician who turns out to be the leader of a ring that kills women and uses their bodies for sexual pleasures. It was so cheaply produced that only one actual sequence depicting necrophilia was shown, in which a pretty cheerleader is forced off the road while driving, drowned in a pond, and has her dead body sexually used by the ambulance attendants taking it to the mortuary. However, as the heroine observes while spying on the bad guys, their activities seem to have as much or more to do with Frankenstein-style experiments in reanimating dead bodies than with sex.
  • Dreamaniac: "She fucks men, and then she kills them—not always in that order!"
  • Drive Angry. When Piper puts up too much of a fight for Jonah King's liking after he and his cult kidnapped her, he tries to kill her and decides to defile her corpse afterwards.
  • A major plot point in the CAT-III Hong Kong film, Dr. Lamb. The eponymous villain (nicknamed "Doctor" due to his penchant for dissecting his victims using impromptu medical equipment) is a serial killer moonlighting as a taxi driver working the night shift, where he will abduct and murder drunk hookers who got on his taxi, take their bodies home the next morning, and have the time of his life with them before dismembering their bodies after they've reached rigor mortis'. But not before cutting off their breasts to be kept in jars of formaldehyde as a Creepy Souvenir for each of his kills.
  • Considering that the central plot of the movie Drop Dead Sexy concerns two small-time crooks stealing the body of a beautiful blonde and holding it for ransom, necrophilia is a major subtext in the film. In one scene, one of the protagonists catches the other in what he thinks (mistakenly) is the act of sex with the blonde's lingerie-clad corpse and has all sorts of sarcastic remarks to make; in another scene, the protagonists visit a coroner (Brad Dourif in a cameo) who is preparing for a romantic evening with the dead body of an attractive woman who has been shot by her husband: the coroner invites one of the protagonists to probe the fatal bullet wound with his finger.
  • A variation in Ebola Syndrome: the film's main villain is in the rural outskirts of Johannesburg, where an outbreak of the Ebola disease had occurred in a settlement of tribespeople. Seeing a tribeswoman near the roadside dying of Ebola with nobody else around, the villain then forces himself on the dying woman just for the thrill of raping a woman, ultimately leading to himself being infected with the titular disease.
  • In the Japanese movie EM Embalming, this is implied. (Please note that until very recently, embalming the dead was an almost unknown practice in Japan, where it's customary for bodies to be cremated, so many Japanese would see something quite creepy about the practice of preserving corpses.)
  • Faceless: Gordon, Dr. Flamand's creepy orderly, is dissecting Mélissa's corpse for disposal. After cutting off her disfigured head with a chainsaw, he lifts it up and kisses it.
  • In Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks, Count Frankenstein accuses the Depraved Dwarf Genz of being a necrophiliac. Given he is seen groping the breasts of a corpse while Grave Robbing, the accusation appears to be true.
  • In Freddy vs. Jason, Lori finds Freddy having his way with a camp counselor's corpse during Jason's nightmare. Possible hint to him wanting to rape her and foreshadowing of the attempt later in that dream.
  • Perry Farrell (frontman for Jane's Addiction) has sex with real-life wife Casey Niccoli after she OD's in the 1993 vanity project Gift.
  • In Rob Zombie's Halloween II (2009), there's a particularly disturbing scene where an ambulance driver describes exactly what he would like to do to some of the "hot" female bodies he has to carry in the back of his van.
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer: Otis begins to molest the bare-breasted corpse of a woman whose neck he had just snapped, but is stopped by Henry (either because Even Evil Has Standards or out of Pragmatic Villainy).
  • Necrophilia is the central theme of the 1962 proto-Giallo The Horrible Dr. Hichcock, starring Robert Flemyng as the titular doctor and horror-film legend Barbara Steele as his second wife Cynthia. Dr. Hichcock's first wife Margaretha died accidentally during sex games simulating necrophilia or so it appears - it turns out the drug that he used on her to simulate death only slowed down her heart rate, and she's been alive all this time, and the doctor exhibits definite (if discreetly shown, given when the film was made) erotic attraction toward the corpses of several beautiful women, digging up one from her grave at the start of the movie and visiting another one in the morgue.
  • Played for Black Humor in Hot Bot when Nard suggests Huffy have sex with Bardot while they both still assume she's dead.
  • For those that haven't noticed this trend in Rob Zombie films, it started with his first, House of 1000 Corpses, in a brief moment where Baby (played by Rob's wife, Sherri Moon-Zombie) is getting nasty with a full-blown skeleton, having it grope her breast.
  • In The House of Yes, two characters reenact the Kennedy Assassination. The man (as Kennedy) gets shot and "killed" while the girl (as Jackie Onasis) tends to him. This is foreplay.
  • Played with in House on Haunted Hill (1999) remake when Famke Janssen's character dies and Peter Gallagher's character later sneaks back to fondle her corpse. It turns out that the two of them are lovers and conspired to fake her death.
  • The Idiot: Strongly implied with Akama after he murders Taeko.
    "She has a beautiful body. Take a look in the morning. I spent all day by her side. I've never seen such a woman. But I'm worried she may start to smell."
  • Invoked in Inserts: During the making of a pornographic stag film, the lead actress Harlene dies of a drug overdose during a break in filming. Since the filming was almost complete apart from the insert shots (in both senses of the term), the director considers the idea of finishing the film using Harlene's corpse, using close-ups and editing to hide the fact that she's dead in those shots. The film's lead actor understandably balks at the idea, and the director doesn't actually go through with it.
  • In Karate a Muerte en Torremolinos, the ninjas want sex with the prisoner girls; but Malvedades wants them to wait until after the Human Sacrifice.
  • Tate in the controversial movie Ken Park is a necrophiliac who asphyxiates himself for sexual pleasure and eventually stabs his grandparents and gets an erection while looking at their corpses.
  • The Canadian film Kissed (based on the Barbara Gowdy story) is also about a woman who is attracted to the dead. In the climax, her boyfriend hangs himself so he can "be with her" forever.
  • Spoofed in the old Italian film Le Sei Mogli Di Barbablu, starring the famous comedian Toto. Toto's character discovers the bodies of Bluebeard's wives; it turns out all the lovely ladies, including a very young Sophia Loren in one of her first roles, were in suspended animation and are revived.
  • Pretty much the entire plot of the obscure 1990 British film Living Doll. You almost certainly haven't seen it. Be grateful for small mercies.
  • The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc: English soldiers attempt to rape Jeanne's elder sister, but she resists, so they kill her and then rape her, all while Jeanne watches in hiding.
  • In the French movie Mortal Transfer, a psychiatrist who has a habit of falling asleep during his sessions with a beautiful blonde finds himself confronted one day with her body, which has apparently been strangled during one of his naps. He spends the balance of the movie hauling the lovely corpse around and getting into strange situations à la Weekend at Bernie's. At one point, while in a cemetery, he encounters a DJ who's seriously into necrophilia.
  • The 1980s horror movie Mortuary also had this as a subtext. The villain kidnaps the heroine and attempts to kill and then embalm her so he can keep her as his necrophiliac lover.
  • In the 1985 comedy Mortuary Academy, Paul Bartel plays a mortuary owner (and head of the titular school) whose enthusiastic necrophilia is played for comedy. He's introduced giving a romantic monologue to an attractive woman on his slab, but it turns out that she's just roleplaying with him. Later, he falls head-over-heels in love with a pretty cheerleader whose dead body (she choked on a piece of popcorn at the movies) is brought in to the funeral home; he starts his "wooing" off by bringing flowers to her body, having a monologue telling her that he wants to take their romance slowly because he's had his heart broken too many times by casual affairs (presumably with other corpses). Several comic sequences follow in which his attempts to enjoy what an archaic turn of phrase termed "the last favors" with the cheerleader's body are frustrated in more and more absurd ways.He does end up, at the end of the movie, going off for a romantic ocean cruise with his dead sweetheart, though she's rather the worse for wear; it seems he never did get around to embalming her!
  • The German film Nekromantik and its sequel revolve around this trope.
  • The Neon Demon: After Jesse comes to the mansion that Ruby claims to be house-sitting, Ruby tries to initiate sex with her, but is rejected. Upset, Ruby leaves for her second job as a makeup artist for a morgue. There, she pleasures herself with a female corpse while thinking about Jesse.
  • In the Danish film Nightwatch and the 1997 American remake starring Ewan McGregor, the main character is framed with a false accusation of necrophilia. There's a moment of Squick when the villain, Nick Nolte in the American vision, brandishes a container of semen while threatening the hero with being framed.
  • Played with in Once Upon a Time in America. Noodles is picked up from a lengthy prison stay by his friend in a hearse. The friend shows off the beautiful dead woman in the hearse's coffin and makes lewd jokes about her. It turns out that the woman is very much alive and has been hired to take care of Noodles.
  • This is a theme of the Charlie Sheen thriller Postmortem.
  • In Quills Joaquin Phoenix's character has a dream about sleeping with Kate Winslet's corpse.
  • In Repo! The Genetic Opera, we have Graverobber, who is overjoyed when he falls into a pit of corpses.
  • A Serbian Film has both the protagonist being forced to decapitate the woman he's raping and not stop the assault and at the end a film crew deciding to rape the corpses of the protagonist and his family. Starting with the son. It's disturbing...and apparently made as a protest.
  • The zombies in Shaun of the Dead may... well, we never know WHAT they are because the only explanation for events in the film is cut off mid-sentence. Assuming they're true undead zombies we get one woman on a talk show admitting she's still in love with, and regularly having sex with, her zombie husband.
  • In Shoot 'Em Up, Paul Giamatti's character fondles the bare breast of a murdered woman. He looks a little ashamed of himself afterward, though it does inspire him to figure out the hero's next move (with the mother dead, the hero needs someone else to feed the baby).
  • Introduced, Red Herring-style, in The Silence of the Lambs — the police apparently believe Buffalo Bill is taking parts of his victim's bodies to pleasure himself.
  • In Star 80 has Paul raping Dorothy, killing her, and continuing to molest the corpse before shooting himself.
  • Starkweather has Charlie apparently about to perform sexual acts with the body of a female victim, when Caril Ann catches him. When he tries explaining that he was just posing the body (to make it look like the work of "some sex pervert") and voices his disgust at the thought of doing anything to the corpse, Caril Ann asks him "... then why are you hard down there?"
  • In Superhero Movie, Leslie Nielsen's character is so devastated by the death of his wife Lucille that he humps her body during her funeral in front of everybody. When it's revealed that the body in the casket isn't his wife but actually the body of an attractive young woman, he tells everyone "give me five minutes" and continues until he's forced out of the casket, though not before he's removed her bra.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:
  • Vice Squad includes a scene in which prostitute Princess is paid to have sex with an elderly man laid out in a coffin as if he were dead. It's too freaky for her, so she bolts.
  • Vet Hard (2005 Dutch/Belgian film) has necrophiliac Koen. Amongst the other main characters are a Psycho Electro, a manic suicidal woman, and violent Ax-Crazy criminals, so it's all one big Dysfunction Junction.
  • The Japanese film Visitor Q has the beleaguered protagonist engage in...relations with a pretty female corpse. And then it gets worse.
  • In Weekend at Bernie's, things turned really strange when one of Bernie's lovers (Catherine Parks) came to argue with him, and ended up having sex with him. And she claimed it was the best they'd ever had. And he was dead.
    Larry: How do you like that? The guy gets laid more dead than I do alive.

  • A joke:
    My grandmother has a necrophiliac suitor.
    What's he doing?
  • Another: What's the difference between incest and necrophilia? Incest is relatively boring; necrophilia is dead boring.
  • A guy who's down on his luck walks into a whorehouse. He says that he's broke and miserable and could really use some cheering up, but he only has $2. The owner takes pity and says that they have a dead hooker upstairs that he can have a go at for his $2. When he finishes up and gets back downstairs, he says "That was great! But there was one problem. Her nose kept running." The owner shrugs and says "Eh, she's probably just full."
  • "I wouldn't be caught dead with a necrophiliac!"
  • (Person being mocked) used to be into sadomasochistic necrophilic bestiality. But then he realised he was just flogging a dead horse.
  • Three men and a woman were marooned on a desert island. After one week, the woman felt so guilty about what she had been doing that she committed suicide. After another week, the three men felt so terrible about what they had been doing they buried her. After another week the three men felt so terrible about what they had been doing, they dug her back up.
  • And another: How did the 90-year-old man know his wife was dead? The sex was the same, but the dishes started to pile up.
  • A French example you can find on the Internet. It goes as follows: the king calls in his executioner who didn't do his job right. He shouts at him for a while. Than the executioner descends into the torture chamber where there's a hung body. He pulls down the pants you really want to know. His assistant looks at him wide-eyed and asks: "What are you doing.
    Je suis puni, suce-pendu pour deux semaines." (Translation: I'm punished. "Suce-pendu" is a homophone to "suspendu" which means suspended. "Suce-pendu"..."Suce" means "suck" and "pendu" means hung. I think you get the idea.)
  • Two prisoners in a jail cell:
    What's it like?
    Dead boring.
    How did you get caught?
    Some rotten cunt split on me.

  • Bearheart: Casket does this to all of the evil gambler's victims.
  • In Bitter Gold Hearts, Garrett must retrieve a murder victim's corpse from a city mortuary before it's cremated. He pays off the crematorium's attendant to let him take it away, knowing that cadaver-selling to this trope's adherents is a regular sideline for the facility's corrupt staff.
  • Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore has Jody (a recently turned vampire) found in a freezer, mistaken for a murder victim, and treated by an assistant coroner with a taste for the dead. Then she wakes up...
  • In the Terry Southern novel Blue Movie, a crew member surreptitiously follows a studio executive and sees the executive bribe a mortuary attendant into letting him have sex with a corpse. Later in the book, after the film's lead actress kills herself via an Electrified Bathtub, the executive orders everyone to give him some privacy while he "pays his respects".
  • Most Necromancers in Clark Ashton Smith's works seem to be into this, even if the author never gets graphic with it.
    • One of the ways the two Villain Protagonists in The Empire of the Necromancers take advantage of the undisturbed tombs they find is raising beautiful mummified empresses for their personal service.
    • Vacharn in Necromancy in Naat is implied to be into this.
  • Classic Singapore Horror Stories: One of the most disgusting stories in the anthology (One Last Cold Kiss) involves a lonely morgue worker who is still single falling in love with the corpse of a supermodel, which results in him stealing it from the same hospital he worked in, keeping her body in his apartment, and regularly having sex with it. Given the hot Singapore climate, she ends up decomposing soon enough, and the results are as squicky as you can imagine.
  • In mystery novel The Crossing, the central mystery is a rape-murder. It turns out the rape was post-mortem. Towards the end of the story, when Ellis the murderer also kills a couple of porn star prostitutes, he takes pictures and is disappointed because they don't look very dead, thanks to their extensive plastic surgery.
  • In some of Dean Koontz's early works (The Vision and The Face of Fear among others), the villains are serial rapists as well as murderers, and the police at the crime-scene wonder if the killer raped the victim before or after they were killed.
  • While Edgar Allan Poe never wrote any stories or poems explicitly about necrophilia, several of his works ("Annabel Lee", for example) have undertones of this, and he famously wrote, in his 1846 essay "The Philosophy of Composition", The death then of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world, and equally is it beyond doubt that the lips best suited for such topic are those of a bereaved lover.
  • One of the short stories in Anais Nin's anthology Delta of Venus concerns a young man named Pierre who finds the body of a lovely young woman who has just drowned. Overwhelmed by the beauty and sensuality of the (fresh, still-warm) corpse, he makes passionate love to it then and there.
  • The Richard Brautigan novel Dreaming of Babylon features a coroner who admires the bodies of beautiful dead women, though he's insulted when detective C. Card repeatedly implies that he has sex with them.
  • In Mika Waltari's The Egyptian (aka Sinuhe the Egyptian), the protagonist has to work with body preparers in the House of Death for some time. He makes notice that most of those permanently in the business employ the occasional female corpse in this way, because the death stench they carry ensures no prostitute will ever touch them, for any price. He also tells that the workers once bought a slave for their needs, but that she became insane because of the place. Some of the workers actually deem necrophilia their duty because of one or two miracles occurrences where a young female corpse woke up during the "procedure" and returned home to live normally.
  • In Firestarter, a main character reads the minds of one of the "Graduate Assistants" who had been experimenting on him in college, and finds that he has killed four people and raped one of the bodies.
  • The dubiously sane narrator of A. C. Swinburne's poem "The Leper" is cohabiting with the dead and rotting body of his beloved.
  • Played for Drama in Clifford Martin Eddy Jr & H. P. Lovecraft's short story "The Loved Dead." Extra disturbing in that the protagonist's tendency first manifests itself at his grandfather's funeral. Also includes a very short scene that, with a minimum of thought, can be considered extremely squicky.
  • The maniac Jessie Burlingame encounters in Gerald's Game is actually NOT a figure of her imagination, but a crazy necrophiliac, Raymond Andrew Joubert, who has been digging up body parts and using them for pleasure. Jessie is especially horrified because she offered to have sex with the ghostly intruder: "I would have let him put his cock — the cock he stuck down the rotting throats of dead men — into me if only he would have promised [...] to set me free."
  • In Chuck Palahniuk's Lullaby, a necrophiliac EMT gains access to a magical "culling song" that will kill anyone who it is sung to. The EMT goes on a killing spree, murdering models to have sex with them. Also, the narrator unwittingly used the song to kill his wife, then had sex with her thinking she was half asleep.
  • George R. R. Martin's short story "Meathouse Man" is centered around the eponymous Meathouse, a brothel with dead prostitutes. They have implants so that they move and react according to the desires of their customers. Technically they're just brain-dead. The bodies themselves are actually alive.
  • Brian Lumley's Necroscope sequence gives us Johnny Found, a necrophile who is also a necromancer. In Lumley's universe, what this boils down to is that whatever he's doing to the corpse, the soul or spirit of the dead person feels it as if they were still alive. It's so bad that despite seeing, fighting, and killing some of the foulest abominations ever to walk the cosmos, Harry Keogh "wished he hadn't bothered" to tap the memories of the after-death experience of the latest victim.
  • Rick Koster's 2012 comedic novel Poppin' A Cold One is all about this trope Played for Laughs. The protagonist, a mortician in New Orleans, moves to a Mississippi town to take over a funeral home (in large part to be able to live closer to his girlfriend) and gets mixed up with a criminal ring using the dead bodies of attractive young women sent to the mortuary to be embalmed and prepared for their funerals as subjects for necrophiliac porn movies.
  • One of the earliest comes in The Revenger's Tragedy. When Gloriana won't sleep with him, the Duke poisons her and then rapes her corpse.
  • In The Apprentice, the second Rizzoli & Isles book, Detective Jane Rizzoli, who has always prided herself on not being a Vomiting Cop, finally lets loose during an autopsy when the exam reveals that the victim was sexually assaulted after she was strangled.
    • In the first book, The Surgeon, the cops learn that the Serial Rapist they're searching for was kicked out of medical school when his anatomy professor discovered him masturbating over a female cadaver.
  • In William Faulkner's short story "A Rose for Emily", the title character murders the man she wishes to marry, then lies next to him (it is implied this was long ago, given the dust on the pillow), the corpse is also said to have been in an embracing position.
  • Necrophilia figures into Neil Gaiman's short story "Snow, Glass, Apples", although maybe not the way you might expect. The story is a retelling of Snow White in which Snow White is a vampire and the prince is a necrophiliac, so he's drawn to the coldness of her body rather than repulsed by what she is. The 'wicked stepmother' by comparison is a relatively decent person who only ordered her stepdaughter's death because of what she was.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire has the character Reek, who is implied to have been a necrophile. Whether he would take his turn with the corpses before or after his Serial Killer master had skinned them for his own pleasure is not known.
  • F.M. Busby's short story "Tell Me All About Yourself" postulates "Nec" houses of prostitution made up entirely of carefully preserved dead women. The narrator chooses a young virgin, falls in love with her, and contrives to "rescue" her from the place and give her a decent sendoff.
  • In Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay, the main character, Shen, is nearly killed by a female assassin, but is saved by a Taguran warrior. The warrior intends to have sex with the assassin's corpse as his "reward", but Shen stops him.
  • Junior Rennie in Under the Dome succumbs to this. Whenever his migraines get too bad, he retreats to the McCain pantry with his "girlfriends" and is obsessed with the smell. But then, he does have a brain tumor driving him steadily more insane as the book goes on, and Stephen King doesn't exactly elaborate as to what happens in the pantry.
  • Jewels in Warbreaker occasionally sleeps with the team's Lifeless, since it was made from the body of her lover Arsteel.
  • Barbara Gowdy's short story, "We So Seldom Look On Love" focuses on a female necrophilic and her affair with a guy who commits suicide to get her to love him for real.
  • Based on Jeffrey Dahmer, below, Quentin, the protagonist of the Joyce Carol Oates novel Zombie attempts to make a mindless sex slave by destroying the frontal lobe of his victims. Things do not go well.
  • Brought up very briefly in The Zombie Survival Guide. It is unknown whether Solanum is sexually communicable, but given its highly contagious nature, the possibility exists. Regardless of whether it is, anyone who would attempt to find out is Too Dumb to Live anyway.
  • Charles Bukowski's short story "The Copulating Mermaid of Venice, California" is about two drunks who steal a corpse out of the back of a hearse as a prank only to discover that it's a beautiful naked woman. One of the two men quickly decides to have sex with it, and the other man follows suit. They eventually dispose of the body by pushing it out into the ocean, but not before the first man has fallen in love with the corpse.
  • Harrow the Ninth: Necrophilia is one of the few things that can creep out an empire of Necromancers, so Harrow reports it immediately when she sees Gideon the First kissing Cytherea's corpse. Both Gideon and the corpse turn out to have been possessed by different people at the time.
  • French author Gabrielle Wittkopp's short novel The Necrophile is Exactly What It Says on the Tin; the titular character digs up from graves, or otherwise steals, the bodies of recently deceased people, takes them home, and uses them (often repeatedly) for his sexual pleasure until they become too far gone in decomposition and he has to dispose of them.
  • The novel Bloodless Affairs by Pia Townes, a psychological thriller/whodunit, is about an undertaker in a wealthy suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina, who has a...thing...for the more attractive female corpses he takes care of. The book starts with a lengthy sequence showing the mortician embalming the body of a good-looking woman who used to work in his office (and whom he apparently disliked in life), then giving in to his urges and mounting the body. Several times. There are apparently rumors going around the mortuary about this fellow's proclivities, but as the book begins, he's been able to deflect or downplay them.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel. In "Release", Angel has become his evil alter-ego Angelus and is about to kill vampire slayer Faith.
    Faith: Screw you.
    Angelus: Maybe after. I like my girls to lie still.
  • American Horror Story: Asylum reveals in the origin story of Dr. Oliver Thredson that he had an "encounter" with a medical cadaver after seeing it for the first time. All the more disturbing is that he considered it his "mother", thus setting him on the path to become Bloody Face. In a more depraved account, he "touches" the corpse of Lana's girlfriend Wendy one last time before torching it in his incinerator. He even relays it to Lana before she finally kills him.
  • Bates Motel: Norman admits he has a sexual attraction to his mother Norma and after she's dead, he carries her around and talks to her like she's still alive.
  • The premiere episode of Better Call Saul opens with Jimmy doing public defender work, defending three teens who broke into a mortuary and had sex with a severed head. And videoed the deed.
  • The killer in The Bletchley Circle. He doesn't rape and then kill them...
  • In Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Peralta recounts how his date with a coroner descended into this. When he describes how she rubbed ice on his lips to make them cold, his co-workers think he's reading into it. He goes on to explain how she fantasised about cracking his chest open, and by the end of it, he was role-playing a corpse. Later, she propositions him right after they've performed a real autopsy.
    Coroner: Or you could stay for a post-mortem.
    Peralta: Nope, sorry, the spell has worn off. No more weird dead-guy sex for me ever again. It's nothing personal, I just think sex is for the living.
  • Criminal Minds:
    • The episodes "The Last Word" and "Cold Comfort" both feature necrophilic killers. "Cold Comfort" in particular examines necrophilia in relation to the death industry (funeral homes and cemeteries), with one mortician casually admitting "It happens in the business."
    • They don't outright state the original killer from "The Angel Maker" was a necrophiliac, but it's implied. He apparently beat his victims to death either before or while raping them.
    • A witness in "Assistance is Futile" saw what he thought was two partygoers having sex in an alley, only for the man to run off and the woman revealed to have died falling off a roof. If it helps, it wasn't the fact that she was dead that got the unsub off, it was the fact that she had so many broken bones (unsubs have some weird fetishes).
  • The Reavers in Firefly do have this comportment according to Zoe Washburn.
    "If they take the ship, they'll rape us to death, eat our flesh, and sew our skins into their clothing. And, if we're very, very lucky, they'll do it in that order."
  • This is a strongly implied theme in an episode of the old Friday the 13th: The Series, "Epitaph for a Lonely Soul", in which a mortician obsesses over the pretty dead women he takes care of.
  • Game of Thrones has a scene where Varys and Littlefinger trade rumors as a way of seeing who knows more. Varys makes mention of the various nobles Littlefinger's brothel caters to... including one who has a taste of fresh cadavers.
    Varys: [dripping with sarcasm] Must be enormously difficult to accommodate that inclination. The logistics alone... to find beautiful corpses before they rot.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit:
    • The pilot episode has an offhand comment about the squad getting a call about two men having sex with a corpse, much to Cragen's disgust. A later episode has Cassidy testifying in a necrophilia case (possibly the same one), where among other things, it turns out he doesn't know the proper term for this act.
    • Another episode from the first season, "Sophomore Jinx", has this as The Reveal. The detectives think that the victim, a university student, was raped and then murdered. The victim had previously been raped when she was alive, but after she dies accidently from falling down the stairs while intoxicated (as she used alcohol to cope with the sexual assault), her professor that had been stalking her then rapes her body.
    • In one episode, a woman who'd been in a coma for five years turned out to be pregnant. One of the suspects was a security guard who'd been fired from a funeral home for unclear reasons, though those reasons became a lot more clear when the detectives tracked down a hooker who said the guard had asked her to lie in a tub of ice water before engaging in... relations. After that, it was discovered that the funeral home caught him on camera. The funeral home previously thought he was a grave robber. For the record, he didn't do it, as apparently comatose is still too alive for him to be turned on. (Like Criminal Minds above, weird fetishes).
    • One episode had police walk upon what seemed to be a drug rape in the park. The man claimed that he didn't drug her and that he thought she was dead. Fin is understandably extremely disgusted and Rollins has a Flat "What" practically stamped on her face. Cabot later comments that "I thought she was dead" is not a valid excuse, and charges have been filed.
  • One sketch on The League of Gentlemen had a mortician who put a bit too much of himself into his work.
  • Mr. Show had this as a reveal/punchline in an episode: a man claimed to have seen a monster party in a graveyard. It turned out he was in the graveyard because he was looking for corpses to...well, you know.
  • In the third episode of Miracle Workers: End Times, Morris attends his high school reunion to find the entire alumni has died with their skeletons displayed as attendees. Morris nevertheless stays and mingles with them as if they're alive, including his old crush Misty. He slow dances with her remains which culminates into a kiss and having "sex" behind the bleachers.
  • My Name Is Earl: Patty the Daytime Hooker mentions in "Our Cops Is On" that the reason she has her hand inside a vending machine is that she's getting it nice and cold for a guy who's into dead people (though she was probably just stuck and lying).
  • Nip/Tuck:
    • Christian is accused of this when he tries to obtain a Jane Doe from the morgue. The clerk on duty tells an anecdote about a man who wanted to get his freak on with his dead lover's she wouldn't criticize him.
    • There's a real example that's even more disgusting than usual where a lonely funeral worker assembles a Frankenstein-esque body from various stolen body parts, including his dead sister's head. He then proceeds to have sex with it.
  • The Office (US): In Michael Scott's self-insert amateur film Threat Level Midnight, the villainous Goldenface (Jim) plots to dig up the corpse of Michael Scarn (Michael)'s wife, whom he had previously killed, and "hump her real good." Watching the movie several years later, Jim cringes at the line
  • Played with for laughs in an episode of the 1990s TV series One West Waikiki, starring Cheryl Ladd. A bookie is trying to recover a valuable key from the body of his girlfriend (killed in a hit-and-run accident) and sends his henchman to the local morgue to do so. The henchman finds the woman's body (nude except for plastic wrapping), and starts to remove the necklace she's wearing (which holds the key), but knocks over the rack on which the body is stored by accident, and finds himself on the floor, holding the woman's corpse. The series' lead characters enter the room at this point. Hilarity Ensues. (The girlfriend had, just before she herself got killed, accidentally shot another girl that she found her boyfriend two-timing her with; the young woman's body is later shown having literally been hidden in the bookie's refrigerator, though in this case the motive is not necrophilia, but concealing evidence.) At one point, the body is shown to a client as a threat to compel the client to pay his gambling debts.
  • Orange Is the New Black: In season 4, Lolly kills a guard who was trying to strangle Alex to death. As they panic over how to hide the body, they hear a phone from the guard's pocket. They see it's a text from the guy who ordered the hit and he demands a picture of Alex's dead body. Lolly takes a picture of Alex playing dead and they send the guy the photo. The guy then sends a text saying "Show me her titties" which implies he gets aroused from looking at a dead girl's boobs. At Lolly's insistence, they take a picture of Alex looking dead with her chest bare, much to Alex's disgust.
  • Penny Dreadful:
    • Victor Frankenstein. In one incredibly uncomfortable scene, he gropes a dead woman's breasts before he reanimates her. And then he falls in love with and sleeps with her.
    • While possessed by a demon, Vanessa Ives has a monologue that is essentially an ode to necrophilia in the Victorian age.
    "To be beautiful is to be almost dead, isn’t it? The lassitude of the perfect woman: the languid ease, the obeisance. Spirit trained, anemic, pale as ivory, and weak as a kitten. There’s a brisk trade for photographs of dead women. Did you know that? In certain quarters, corpses are improved with cosmetics and posed in postures of abject surrender, and photographed. Men circulate the pictures and pleasure themselves. Mmmm, such exquisiteness!"
  • Saturday Night Live had a mock commercial for a funeral home, one of the selling points of which was their policy of "Absolutely no sex with dead bodies." The commercial goes into so much detail about how this is enforced it leads one to think the whole funeral home industry is rife with necrophiliacs.
  • Tig from Sons of Anarchy describes his experiences sleeping with corpses to Clay, who is absolutely disgusted and refuses to hear any more of it.
  • In Squid Game, one of the guards overseeing the Deadly Game mentions his group took turns having their way with the corpse of one of the "eliminated" female players, before beating her to death when they realized she was still alive.
  • Tittybangbang had the characters of Parker and Harris, two pathologists who would frequently stop in the middle of an investigation to have sex with the corpse because, in Parker's words, "I can't resist a stiffy"
  • A Touch of Cloth: Played for laughs. In the requisite Identifying the Body scene, two parents come to see their daughter's corpse, and a piece of somber ethereal music plays, which turns out to be performed by a choir boy and a keyboard player standing around inside the morgue. The crestfallen father kisses his deceased daughter's forehead, before kissing her mouth, and he then kisses her neck. In response, the choir boy and keyboard player switch away from the ethereal music and start performing "Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus" instead, while the father proceeds to... do things... with his daughter's body.
  • The X-Files: The episode "Irresistible" features Donnie Pfaster, a necrophiliac with a serious hair and nail fetish. After he's fired from his morgue job, he starts killing women for their body parts. It manages to be one of the creepier episodes, even with a completely mundane villain. Donnie's still highly creepy several years later in "Orison" when he escapes prison and comes after "the one who got away", namely Scully.

  • There is an entire sub-genre of Filk Songs based on necrophilia humor - not a very large one, but big enough to contribute to filk's peculiar reputation. Notable songs include "Dear Departed" by Bob Kanefsky, "Some Girls..." and "Zombie Wedding" by Seanan McGuire, and "Dead Girl Polka" by Frank Hayes. "Mary O'Meara" doesn't quite count, but it seems to have inspired a few that do.
  • "Dead Girls Are Easy" by The 69 Eyes.
  • "Corpse Grindin' Man" by Harley Poe.
  • Alice Cooper's "Cold Ethyl," "Blue Turk" and the Trope Namer "I Love the Dead."
  • GG Allin FUCKS the dead. No, really, "Fuck the Dead" is the name of his song. Seems he heard the above-mentioned Trope Namer song and decided it wasn't even remotely graphic enough.
  • A Little Piece of Heaven by Avenged Sevenfold involves both necrophilia between a live man and his love interest he murdered, the rising as a zombie of said love interest, the subsequent killing of the man by the woman, and their final marriage by an undead priest.
  • Barnes and Barnes, best known for "Fish Heads", did a little ditty called "Cemetery Girls". For extra creepiness, it samples parts of the Twilight Zone episode "It's a Good Life" (since one of the band's singers is Bill Mumy).
  • Cannibal Corpse has much to say on the trope. Their most explicit cases might be the songs "I Cum Blood" and "Necropedophile", the latter of which is exactly what it sounds like and doesn't even spare the most unholy details.
  • "Necromancer" by Gnarls Barkley. Although that may be a metaphor for getting the woman addicted to drugs.
  • "Rigor Mortis (I Love You)" by Belgian Dance group Flesh & Bones "allusively" plays with this.
  • "Vampire of Düsseldorf" by Macabre has the titular killer slashing women's throats and raping them as they die.
  • "Pathological Frolic" by Cryptopsy:
    The resurrection men took their sweet time
    ross-dressed fruit; what a way to die!
    Now he's ours, the apple of our eye
    Fetch the dead sphincter, cold green meat
    How did his ass taste? Tender and sweet!
    And then we fucked it
  • Creature Feature's "Corpse In My Bed".
  • The opening lines of DMX's "Bring Your Whole Crew."
    I got blood on my hands, and there's no remorse / I got blood on my dick 'cause I fucked a corpse!
  • "Necro-Romancer" by Doug Anthony All Stars.
  • "Nachtwatche" by E Nomine.
  • GWAR are explained to be this, along with pedophiles, zoophiles, and every other -phile out there...
  • "Dead Girls Can't Break Up With You," by the Flaming Tsunamis.
  • The Geto Boys song "Mind of a Lunatic" which is about necrophilia of course this is after Bushwick Bill brutally rapes and murders her by slitting her throat and watching her choke and bleed to death
  • Horror punk band The Gravediggers has a song called... well... "I Love the Dead"
  • "Cemetery" by The Headstones:
    Went down to the cemetery looking for love
    Got there and my baby was buried, I had to dig her up
  • Frequently occurs in Insane Clown Posse songs, including "Cemetery Girl", "Dead Body Man" and "In My Room." ("Dead Body Man" is covered by Psychopathic Records artist Blaze Ya Dead Homie.)
  • Jimmy Cross's "I Want My Baby Back", a parody of Teenage Death Songs, ends with the protagonist digging up his girlfriend's grave and climbing into the coffin with her. What he does then is left fortunately ambiguous.
  • "Burn Sinister" by Killing Miranda is an interesting example since it seems to be told from the point of view of the corpse:
    I am forever yours, my sweet: romance this rotten meat
    Is this stiffness rigor mortis? You'll be with me soon
    Smell of formaldehyde and perfume: well, I feel the earth move
    Come take me now, my love, among the cerements
    Come kiss my ice-blue lips, my cold dead flesh.
  • "Black Dress" by Kisschasy. And very pretty it is too.
  • Lordi's "Night of the Loving Dead":
    On the Night of the Loving Dead
    Love the Unliving
    No skins attached
  • The song "Bleached Bones" by Marduk is about a man's love affair with a corpse:
    Your naked corpse is as beautiful
    as the dawn when it comes with the first sunray.
    But it was your peeled bleached bones
    that really took my breath away.
  • The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing: "Victoria's Secret" is that she loved Prince Albert too much not to try to revive him with witchcraft and voodoo.
  • "Evil" by Mercyful Fate drifts into this trope:
    And when you're down
    Beyond the ground
    I'll dig up your body again
    And make love to shame
  • The Meteors' "Corpse Grinder", which contains the line "See you later / In my refrigerator." It's hilariously monstrous.
  • Mirel Wagner's "No Death":
    I move my hips
    In her I am home
    I'll keep on loving
    Till the marrow dries from her bones
  • Nick Cave's "Where the Wild Roses Grow," with Kylie Minogue providing additional vocals. In the song, Cave's character kills Minogue's character to preserve the memory of her beauty forever. In the music video, Cave lusts over and fondles Minogue's corpse.
  • Opeth's "The Leper Affinity."
  • Rammstein's "Heirate Mich." The narrator exhumes and makes love to the corpse of his dead wife.
  • "Garasu No Hitsugi De Nemuru Himegimi" from Sound Horizon's Märchen implies that the Blue Prince has a thing for dead girls, both through Märchen's comments on his "peculiar preferences" and the Prince's own comments about how he's tried and failed to love "all the living women." His dismayed reaction to Snow White's revival in the live performances only serves to make the implication stronger.
  • Slayer has "Necrophiliac", from their second album "Hell Awaits".
  • The trope namer is in Venom's "In League With Satan".
  • Heavily implied in Space's "She's In Love With A Boy In A Body Bag", coupled with Together in Death when the girl decides she's had enough of living. Since this is Space we're talking about, the narrator is jealous of the dead man.
    I'm so jealous that I'm alive
    But I'm too scared of suicide
    >She held him tight in that lonely morgue
    She thinks he's poetry, even in death
  • "A Month Dead," by Stephen Lynch:
    Sure, she's a little cold to the touch,
    But that doesn't bother me much,
    Because the embalmer did such,
    A lovely job. A lovely job.
    She's a month dead and she's starting to smell,
    But if loving a corpse is a sin...
    I'll see you in hell.
  • As implied by its title, Suicide Commando's "Necrophilia."
  • Tom Lehrer played this for laughs, like he always does, with a monologue he would give before performing the song "We Will All Go Together When We Go", as heard on the live album An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer. He describes a "heartwarming novel" a purported friend of his had written about "a young necrophiliac who grows up to achieve his boyhood ambition of becoming coroner". This got a couple of chuckles, but his next line brought the house down: "The rest of you can look it up when you get home."
  • While many people think Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance" is about marijuana, the music video humorously depicts a coroner stealing a corpse played by Kim Basinger and having a date with her.
  • T.S.O.L.'s "Code Blue". Specifically, the narrator has turned to necrophilia because he "never got along with the girls at my school, filling me up with all their morals and their rules".
  • UFO's absolute classic riff-fest "Rock Bottom" has this bridge, which goes from simple jailbait to absolute high gear:
    With all darkness closin' in
    Will the light reveal your soul
    Yes one sweet kiss on your clay cold lips
    I'll know sleep you'll never know
  • Vocaloid Gakupo has earned a few songs about this topic, mostly due to his deep voice and handsome looks making him the perfect creepy, sadistic aristocrat. Compare Prince of Necrophilia and Specimen Girl for different takes on this trope. The Tragedy of Chateau Cepage seems to imply this is what will happen to poor Rin, even though she's still alive by the end of the song.
  • Voltaire:
    • "Dead Girls" is sung from the point of view of a necrophiliac defending his dating habits.
    • Also, "Zombie Prostitute", which is, well...
    • There's a brief mention of a dead girl being one of the available prostitutes in "Cathouse Tragedy."
  • Witchery's "Dead, Hot & Ready"
  • Worm Quartet's "I Love You Even More Now That You're Dead."
  • Turned sad in the Lindi Ortega song "Lived And Died Alone". The lonely narrator's love for living people has gone constantly unrequited, so she looks for people who died alone and gives them the love they never got in life.
    When the sun has set, I will go dig up the dead
    Lift their bodies from their graves
    And I’ll lay them in my bed
    To fill their hollow hearts
    With all of my broken parts
    And all the love that they were never shown
    To all those who have lived and died alone
  • One French Bawdy Song has the narrator complaining that he wanted to have sex with a hanged corpse, but then the wind started blowing, "so I could only fuck him by jumping!".

    Mythology & Religion 
  • In the Aethiopis, the ancient Greek epic that came after The Iliad in The Trojan Cycle, Achilles, after he killed the Amazon queen Penthesilea in single combat, is said to have fallen in love with her as she died. Whether he actually committed necrophilia with her dead body is unknown; several commentators say he did, but many others say that he treated the body with respect, and indeed, the Iliad mentions that he later killed the Greek Thersites who mutilated Penthesilea's corpse. Other versions say he killed Thersites for sneering at the act.
  • Parthenius of Nicaea tells the story of a certain Dimoetes, who discovered the body of a beautiful woman washed up on the beach by the waves, fell in love with her, and took her home to carry on a love affair with the corpse. When the body decayed, Dimoetes buried it in a magnificent tomb but was so grief-stricken at the loss of his dead lover that he committed suicide. This story may have helped inspire Anais Nin's vignette in Delta of Venus (see Literature above).
  • Hel in Norse Mythology is blatantly stated to have had intercourse with the body of a dead king. This is clarified to have taken place in the world of the living. She did not have her way with him in Helheim, so she did it in Midgard.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The "Lichloved" feat in The Book of Vile Darkness causes the undead to treat you like an undead creature (in other words, they won't even consider attacking you) and makes it easier for you to command them. The book explicitly states you got to that state through repeated acts of sexual congress with the undead. Also, you start to look like one (judging by a picture of a character with that feat later in the book).
    • The infamous third-party supplement The Book of Erotic Fantasy makes reference to sex with undead, noting that having sex with intelligent undead (vampires being presented as a prime example) isn't that far off having sex with a living person, but sex with mindless undead is just necrophilia.
  • In Exalted, it's possible to have sex and even children with ghosts and Deathknights (magically resurrected undead demigods). The resulting offspring tend to be a little... strange.
  • We would be remiss if we forgot (no matter how hard we try to) F.A.T.A.L. and its spell to make the corpse feel alive.
  • Vampire: The Requiem:
    • The signature weakness of the Sangiovanni bloodline of vampires is that, not only do they vaguely resemble fresh cadavers themselves, as time goes on, they literally fall in love with corpses in general, and treat them exactly like this, to the point of necrophilia (although technically, both parties are already dead). What makes this even more disturbing is that the Sangiovanni are necromancers, and they can raise said corpses as predatory zombie slaves, which return the affection. Corpse Bride, indeed!
    • It doesn't help that the bloodline draws their members exclusively from an extremely depraved and inbred Venetian family of faux-Catholics. Strangely enough, they tend to be rather rich and well-educated... in the occult.
    • To make matters worse, Word of God says that they allied with a legacy of wizards known as the Tremere Liches, a group of mortal necromancers who steal the souls of others to prolong their own lives. It's easy to see why they make such wonderful music together.
    • By the standards of the World of Darkness, all of this is rather tame.
    • Vampires in general in Requiem can indulge in sexual intercourse at the cost of one Vitae, which is used to "wake up" the necessary bits.
    • In the original Vampire: The Masquerade, the Giovanni control the spirits of the dead and one example character has discovered that necrophilia can improve her ability to influence souls while they are enraged by her disrespect.

    Video Games 
  • Alois Racini from Amnesia: The Dark Descent expansion Justine, he is one of the suitors who after getting tortured and blinded by "beautiful" Justine keeps creeping around looking for her, wanting to kill her and keep her dead body with him forever.
  • In The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, ex-mercenary Athena inmate Jaylor states in no uncertain terms that he intends to do this to Sarah Silverman after first killing her as soon as the prisoner riot starts. Riddick ensures he doesn't.
  • In Duel Savior Destiny for Kaede's last major fight, she goes up against Mudou, who muses that it's been some time since he raped a dead girl.
  • In the City Elf origin of Dragon Age: Origins, the male character may happen upon a trio of guards at Bann Vaughan's estate who have just murdered one of the elven women they kidnapped from your wedding party. When one of the guards comments it was a shame to kill someone who had such a nice body, another responds "She's still warm. How picky are you?"
  • Two important NPCs in the Dragon Fantasy games are named Harry and Sally. The former became a ghost after a mine caved in, and Sally ends up loving him more than before.
  • From Drakengard 3, this is one of Dito's more disturbing traits finding the dead absolutely gorgeous. This ends up causing his Face–Heel Turn when Five returns as a zombie and he falls in love with her on the spot.
  • Elden Ring:
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion:
    • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim:
      • Yngvild, a dungeon on an island northeast of Dawnstar, is home to Arondil the Necromancer, who fled his hometown after the locals discovered his experiments, and was overjoyed to find that the tomb in question was filled with female draugr, who reminded him a little too much of the beautiful women who he lusted after back home. He has recently taken to kidnapping and murdering women so that their ghosts can be enslaved and used as his personal harem. And note: not just draugr, which would be bad enough. He enslaves their spirit and uses a custom spell so he can bone the physical manifestation of their souls.
  • In Far Cry 3. there's a sidequest called "Faces of Death" in which you take pictures of dead pirates for a man named Nero to show the people of Badtown that there is hope. When you complete the mission, he can't stop proclaiming that they're beautiful and finally says he has to "analyze them in private".
    Jason: Somehow I don't think the photos are going up anytime soon...
    • Also, Bambi "Buck" Hughes, the crass Australian Psycho for Hire and Depraved Homosexual. After Jason finds out that he's keeping Jason's friend Keith as a Sex Slave, Buck cheerfully decides I Have You Now, My Pretty, and prepares to "show (his) appreciation... proper, like a man should." When Jason gets righteously enraged, Buck pulls a Chinese knife on him and warns Jason "I'll take you bloody if you like. I like me meat rare!"
  • In F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, the ending actually involves a case of "reverse necrophilia" with Sgt. Becket being sexually assaulted by the technically-dead Alma's corporeal body, glimpses of which he gets flashes of while hallucinating a battle with an apparition of a squadmate gone mad.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: Eddie Low describes his number of sexual partners as "Tens or hundreds — depends if dead people count," revealing his necrophiliac tendencies in addition to his status as a Depraved Bisexual.
  • In Haunting Ground, if Fiona dies at the hands of Riccardo, the sounds with the game over screen implies that Riccardo has sex with her lifeless body. Additionally, Daniella sounds as though she's having a little too much fun mutilating her corpse if Fiona dies to her instead.
  • The Legend of Zelda series inverts this with the recurring enemy known as ReDeads, animated corpse things whose primary attack is to jump on Link's back and hump him.
  • One of the Red King Mooks in Manhunt 2 practically drools over your corpse should he succeed in killing you.
    Thank God I'm a necrophiliac...
  • In Outlast, Miles comes across a Variant having sex with a headless corpse. Said Variant then calls Miles a sicko for watching. In the Whistleblower DLC, Waylon encounters a different Variant masturbating over a pile of corpses.
  • Phasmophobia has a spirit box that is used to determine the type of ghost, usually when it responds to questions such as "What do you want" (giving an aggressive response) or "are you close" (giving a location). One of the supported questions is "are you horny", which gives a random response.
  • In Red Dead Redemption, it's implied that along with grave-robbing, Seth does... other things to the bodies he digs up. As good ol' John Marston put it, ever so delicately:
    John: I've met lots of fucked up people in my life, Seth. But you're somethin' special.
  • Some of the 'pissed quotes' from repeatedly clicking on the necromancer unit in Warcraft III included "I Love The Dead...frequently" and "Right click for hot undead action".
  • If you anger the Big Bad enough in Dead In Vinland, one of his more Hot-Blooded lieutenants will attack your camp screaming "I'LL KILL YA AND FUCK YER CORPSES!"

    Visual Novels 
  • Danganronpa:
    • In Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, some people seem to think Kyoko Kirigiri is "into dead bodies," considering how easily she can thoroughly examine them. Considering her status as the Ultimate Detective, it makes sense for her to be comfortable with it.
    • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair: Members of SHSL Despair apparently "tried to make children with the Ultimate Despair's corpse". It's even ickier when you remember that the Ultimate Despair was smashed into mush at the end of the first game, which begs the question of how something like that was even possible. The last point is so horrible that Hajime screams at the speaker to stop.
  • In Hatoful Boyfriend, Shuu's route heavily implies that he's into this. After detailing how he wants to kill the protagonist and keep her head in a jar because he finds her to be pretty and interesting, he promises to "examine [her] innards most... intimately".
  • In Lucky Dog 1, Giulio is revealed to be a necrophiliac in his route which apparently makes his job as a Professional Killer all the more enjoyable once he's finished killing his targets. After spending some time with Gian though, he can eventually decide living human companionship is preferable in the good ending and presumably stops defiling corpses after bloodshed. In one of his bad endings in the spin-off Gian Carlo's Lucky Happy Life however, he crosses the Moral Event Horizon when he decides the only way he can keep Gian with him (who has just refused his love) is by murdering him and then loving his corpse instead.
  • Togainu no Chi: Happens near the beginning where Akira comes upon two people having sex and one of them is not moving...

  • This trope is combined with horrors in this miniseries: [1].
  • After killing his Ordeal, a copy of himself embodying all of his evil, Black Mage of 8-Bit Theater suggested that he had been looking for a way to turn self-love into an atrocity. While we thankfully aren't shown how he does it, Thief wound up getting blackmail pictures of it.
    • Some time later, Black Mage announced that this was his backup plan in case his plan to drug White Mage with "alcohol (which might not be paint thinner)" so he could rape her ended up failing. To Red Mage, this was the most horrible thing Black Mage had ever said, and that's saying something.
  • Butch of Chopping Block seems to consider killing a woman equivalent to deflowering her, and usually avoids having sex with (and/or cannibalizing) her body until she's already dead.
  • One Cyanide and Happiness post has a man upset because his father keeps having sex with the man's mother "against her will." Another man starts expressing sympathy until he remembers the first man's mother recently died. He agrees and points out that her will explicitly said "No sex."
  • In Full Frontal Nerdity, Shawn acquires the "Underwear of the Gods", the powers of which are eventually revealed to be getting into any bedchamber. He also uses it to enter tombs by claiming they count as "resting places". Despite this clearly being Shawn employing Semantic Superpower, Lewis thinks it "has some really weird implications about the god you stole them from".
  • The Magic Kisses from Homestuck are already borderline, but The Big Damn Kiss between Jake and (the severed head of) Dirk, in front of a blatantly phallic volcano, certainly qualifies.
    • Speaking of severed heads, Gamzee's affection for Tavros certainly lingers for a long time after the latter is not only dead but beyond resurrection.
    • Due to Aradia's unusual circumstances at the time, her relationship with Equius can best be described as... sadomaso-pedo-robo-necro-bestiality.
  • Dr. Wilson, from Midnight's War, creates microchips that can reanimate nervous systems, creating what are essentially corpse puppets. When Arika asks why all the puppets are women in sexy lingerie, Wilson remarks that there are investors interested in the "practical applications" of the technology. Lord Fitzalan assures her that she doesn't want to know what that means.
  • In The Order of the Stick, Tsukiko's fascination with death seems to extend to a physical attraction to the undead. Unsurprisingly, she tries to hook up with Xykon (a skeletal lich).
    Tsukiko: I love the undead. And I mean I really love the undead!
    Xykon: Hey, now, let's keep things professional. I'm not one of those disgusting biophiliacs.
    • While he is not at all interested in such a relationship, she does not give up easily.
      Monster in the Darkness: I don't think he [Xykon] has any love to earn.
      Tsukiko: Sure he does, he just hides it beneath that tough bony exterior.
      MitD: He doesn't hide anything beneath his bones. I've seen.
    • She takes it to even more squicky levels later:
      Tsukiko: And one night, as we're scribing spells by candlelight, his bony hand will brush against my-
    • Not at all subtle, given that Tsukiko's defense against accusations of lesbianism is that she didn't realize the crypt thing was a female when she slept with it.
    • Tsukiko has a Freudian Excuse for this behavior, however. Since every living being she's interacted with has been a hateful bastard toward her and the undead are the complete opposite of the living, then obviously the undead are full of love and compassion. It somehow manages to make her character somewhat sympathetic.
    • Later, when Tsukiko is drained to death by her own wights on Redcloak's command, her final words are "Why don't... love...
  • Sexy Losers:
    • The trope was played for laughs for a while in this "adult" webcomic... then a fairy that brings sex dolls to life mistook her for a sex doll and resurrected her, and things started getting really weird.
    • A lot of the jokes in Sexy Losers revolve around Necrophilia; including one character who's just "following the family tradition", likes to talk pretty girls into suicide, and gets a "dream job" at a mortuary. Oh, and he finds that (WARNING don't read this, it's disgusting!) maggots tickle. (Told ya.)
    • Also, after Mrs. S kills her son's girlfriend by exhaustion, she's shown attending her funeral and stealing her extremely phallic urn, which accidentally opens while she's "using" it. Later, her husband complains of her hoo-ha being gritty. She doesn't have the heart to douche.
  • Played with in Something*Positive, when Jason buys Davan a sex doll — which turns out to be a murder victim with a voice chip. The ruse is discovered when her head falls off, though things hadn't gotten very far, as the original purchase was pretty much a gag gift.
  • In Sparklecare, the mortician, Dr. Livings, apparently has a thing for the dead. When our heroes take Barry to meet him, he's seemingly in the middle of doing it with a corpse (thankfully we just get a Shadow Discretion Shot.)

    Web Original 
  • This quote:
    <Pwnz0rz> What do you guys do after sex?
    <D3v1lm4n> i like to cuddle with her
    <Haxorz> i leave
    <Dragneel> i Bury her again
  • David Mitchell covered this in his "Soapbox" series, pointing out that it's "essentially harmless" because it's basically having sex with an inanimate object. He finishes with this suggestion.
    So all it would take is an extra box to tick on the Organ Donor card. "Once we've taken out your kidneys, liver, and lungs, and stuffed the resulting space with sawdust, do you or do you not have any objections to a couple of perverts having a go on you while you're fresh?"
  • In If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device, Alicia Dominica is waaay too infatuated with the Emperor, who by then is a rotting corpse. It's questionable whether she realizes how much he has decomposed, though.
  • When asked what to stock its harem with, the godly being known as Inglip replied, "THE NONALIVE".
  • Discussed in Manic Pixie Prostitute where the John nervously explains to Prostitute that he has a fetish his wife is unwilling to fulfill, and she assumes that he is talking about having her play dead. The joke is that the Manic Pixie role is more degrading than pseudonecrophilia.
  • There are some scenes of necrophilia in Survival of the Fittest, disturbingly enough. Sam Sorenson of v2 and Viktor Kurchatov of v3 are two examples of this.
  • At the end of the Father Tucker short "Death Do Us Part", it is implied that Father Tucker intends to have his way with the corpse of Mikey Fitzsimmons, a boy he molested and beat to the point of sustaining mortal injuries in order to cover it up.
  • Green Antarctica: The Yag's culture hat is necrophilia, and it's a required ritual for high-ranking government positions.

    Western Animation 
  • Downplayed in the 6teen episode "Labour Day Part B", where Jude chats with a dead body and acts friendly towards it.
  • American Dad!
    • In the episode "Stanny Tendergrass", Roger jokes about having sex with a woman that he married for her fortune after he took her off life support.
    • In another episode Stan asks one of his coworkers if he ever did it with a dead mermaid, he replies with no on the mermaid.
  • Big City Greens features an episode in which Cricket tries to sneak into a movie for an older audience, namely Kiss of Death. Believing it to be an action movie about a skeleton on a quest for revenge, he is thrilled when his plan succeeds. The happiness is short-lived. Kiss of Death is essentially about a woman with severe necrophilia.
    Cricket: (Watching as a woman makes out with a skeleton) Guys! What the heck kind of movie is this??!
  • Tina from Bob's Burgers has numerous sexual fantasies about zombies.
  • Captain Hero of Drawn Together really has a thing for dead bodies. In The Movie, he even carries a girl's corpse around for almost the entire duration of the movie, calling her his girlfriend.
  • Family Guy:
    • In a cutaway in "Death is a Bitch", when Death is in a car and about to have sex with a girl, he says "Oh no, not again! I'm gonna be a virgin forever." implying that he just touched her and she died. Then he says "or am I..." and the car starts rocking again.
    • It's also hinted that Quagmire engages in necrophilia; this is shown in such situations as when Death killed Joan (a maid Quagmire was briefly married to though she turned out to be a Yandere) in "I Take Thee Quagmire" and he asked Death if he could leave the body with him "for another 5 minutes", and he is shown jumping out of a coffin half-naked in a DVD-only scene in "Airport '07."
    • Seen again at the end of "And Then There Were Fewer" when Stephanie's body falls from the trunk of his car.
    • In the episode "Petarded", Peter accidentally hits Tom Tucker and a prostitute with his car:
      Lois: Oh, my God! Your hooker's dead!
      Tom: Well, she was already dead, but that doesn't excuse...
    • Three of Meg's boyfriends were corpses. Three. The girl needs help.
    • In "Roads to Vegas", a Teleporter Accident creates a second Stewie and Brian who are unaware of the other pair's existence and end up much luckier than them. In Vegas, the unlucky Stewie and Brian get money from a Loan Shark who sends a goon after the lucky pair and kills their Stewie, who had hired a male prostitute with the money he and his Brian made from gambling. The prostitute comes in shortly after and makes it apparent that Stewie's death won't stop him from doing his job.
  • Final Space: Implied. Immediately after meeting Sheryl and becoming smitten with her, Clarence Polkawitz asked her what the prison guards were going to do with her body after her execution. He was also shown to have skinned corpses but it was never revealed what he does to the bodies that have been skinned. He showed a perverted look at the corpse of Melanie DeWinter moments before throwing it out a window and into a dumpster for his past self to collect.
  • The season 2 finale of Mr. Pickles introduces Jessica, a woman with a fetish for elderly men. When she tries to seduce Grandpa, he has to prove to her that his wife is dead to dissuade her from the idea of having a threesome with him and his wife. When he takes Jessica to his wife's grave, she decides that it'd be a good idea to have sex with Grandpa and his dead wife because "it doesn't get any older than dead."
  • Marlene Driscoll from Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja carries her dead husband's skeleton around with her and regularly makes out with it. Right in front of her students.
  • Robot Chicken:
    • In "How The Nerd Saved Christmas", the Nerd pushes the Jim Carrey version of The Grinch to his death. A member of a circle chanting to exact revenge on him for robbing them finds his corpse, and they agree to rape it.
    • A song about the Boglins has the lyric "They also eat and fuck their dead!"
  • The Simpsons:
    • Alluded to in "Lisa the Tree Hugger" when the family is milking the town's belief that Lisa is dead and one of her posthumous requests is for Moe to tear up Homer's tab and then pour cocktail onions down his own pants:
      Moe: Well, I ain't never said no to a dead girl yet.
    • In "On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister", Principal Skinner attempts to rekindle his relationship with Mrs. Krabappel during a field trip to a glacier. When she rebuffs him and makes out with a park ranger, Skinner tries to show her up by grabbing an Ice Age mummy on display and making out with it.
    • The "Treehouse of Horror XXVI" segment "Wanted: Dead, then Alive" has this in spades, where there is some (possibly romantic) subtext between Bob and Bart (Bob showing his "I ♥ Bart" tattoo on his back, taking Bart's body home after killing him and playing with him as if he were still alive, realizing that Victory Is Boring without Bart around and talking to his corpse). Bob even decides to revive Bart because it brought him some excitement in his life.
      Bob: And now, Bart, let's bring the old spark back to our special relationship.
  • In Slacker Cats, Tabitha falls in love with Mr. Flatman (who was hit by a car) and later a mouse (who was apparently a better kisser). Buckley has also had sex with run-over cats.


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Alternative Title(s): Necrophilia, Loves The Dead


Carl Tanzler's Obsession

Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos dies, but Carl Tanzler doesn't let that end their relationship.

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