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And they say romance is dead...


My girlfriend is smart, beautiful, and totally in love with me. The only problem is that she really enjoys the taste of human blood. Should I be at all concerned about this?

Episode 7, Ask That Guy

The Undead are usually scary, but sometimes they're sexy as well, and sometimes, a guy or a gal falls in love with one. A little bit of stalking-the-night and feasting-off-the-bodies-of-the-living is no impediment to true romance, after all. When Boy Meets Ghoul, or girl meets vampire, or, in general, when a normal person meets an attractive member of the opposite, uh, side of the border between life and death, love can flourish. They say that love conquers all. Maybe it can even conquer undeath?

This probably occurs more often with vampires or ghosts than with any other form of undead creature. Romance with actual ghouls is fairly rare, but the pun was too good for us to resist.

If the love comes first and the (un)death comes later, that's Resurrected Romance.

A subtrope of Interspecies Romance. May be a case of Mayfly-December Romance. See also: Kiss of the Vampire, Lesbian Vampire, Cute Ghost Girl, Woman in White, I Love the Dead. May invoke the Hemo-Erotic.

Contrast with Robosexual and Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?. See also Vampires Are Sex Gods.

Examples of Boy Meets Ghoul include:

Anime and Manga


  • The main plot of Tokyo Pop's original English language manga My Dead Girlfriend.
  • Madman has a normal girl in love with a dead guy who looks weird enough in the costume he almost always wears, but beneath that mask is a person who looks very much like a corpse.
  • In the Cherry Comics parody of Anne Rice, Cherry and Ellie have sex with a vampire, a mummy and a ghost.

Fan Works



  • Twilight: Girl meets vampire and werewolf and love triangle ensues.
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: Boy meets freshly turned vampire on the rebound.
  • Let the Right One In: Young boy meets apparently-young vampire, and, as with the movie version, puppy love + carnage ensues.
  • The Vampire's Beautiful Daughter: Rebecca is a half-vampire, and has to choose between undeath with her father and vampire friends or a human life with her human boyfriend Johnny. The story is told from Johnny's point of view.
  • Demon In My View by Amelia Atwater Rhodes features girl-meets-vampire, like Twilight.
  • The Peony Lantern: Boy meets ghost. It doesn't end well.
  • The Gravesavers by Canadian author Sheree Fitch had a girl met a boy, who turned out to be a ghost from the wreck of the RMS Atlantic.

Live Action TV

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer has a number of these, most notably Buffy and Angel.
    • And pretty much every single girl Xander's ever dated. It was even lampshaded at times.
  • The vampire detective show Moonlight features the romance between the main character and his human love interest.
  • In Vampire Diaries, Stefan and Damon both meet Katherine. A few hundred years later, Stefan meets Elena. Then, Jeremy and Vicki, after she becomes a vampire. And then Jeremy meets Anna, though initially she was just using him.
  • The ABC/BBC co-production Dead Gorgeous plays with this by having "Living Ghost" Rebecca fall for living boy David. However, he seems to not be particularly interested.


  • "Date With A Vampire" by the Screaming Tribesmen.
  • "Little Ghost" by the White Stripes.
  • "I Walked with a Zombie" by Wednesday 13 and "She was the Teenage Zombie" by Murder Dolls. A lot of their other stuff qualifies, too.
  • "A Boy, A Girl, And a Graveyard" by Jeremy Messersmith, though the ghost in this case is male.
  • "The Zombie Song" by Stephanie Mabey. "I'd never eat your brain, I just want your heart."

Tabletop Games

  • A possibility for characters in Promethean: The Created, especially Galateids. On some occasions, it might help with a Promethean's Pilgrimage, but more than likely it will end very badly, thanks to their Disquiet.

Video Games

  • Neverwinter Nights has Boy meets Ghost Paladin. Somehow, none of the issues that would create ever come up in the game, though it is implied that she gets a new body after you return to the world of the living.
  • Tsukihime features boy meets vampire princess among its many flavors of Interspecies Romance.
  • A possibility in one of the endings of Mana Khemia, in which Vayne walks the earth with Pamela as a travelling doctor.
  • One minor sidequest in Skyrim has you searching for the journals of the necromancer Arondil. As you search the barrow he is currently squatting in, it's impossible to ignore the fact that it's populated entirely by female Draugr and ghosts. As you read his journals, it becomes clear that Arondil's interest in the female undead wasn't entirely scholarly. Apparently he finds the feel of ghostly ectoplasm arousing. Eventually you get to the end of the dungeon and find a double bed...with a female ghost "sleeping" in it.
  • Probably the only reason the Konpaku family in Touhou can consist of half-human-half-ghosts.
  • I Saw Her Standing There has this as its premise. You have to lure a zombie girl to a cage in each level, with each "act" introducing a new gameplay twist. All the while, there is narrative text describing the love between the main characters.



Davis: (thinks) She was hot. But dead. But hot.

  • Undead Friend: One of the more bizarre example, as the only reason for meeting said boy is for an Inevitable Tournament, and they can witch places at the cost of his life for Superpowers.
  • Homestuck: Kanaya became a lot more popular with the girls after she came back as a Rainbow Drinker.
  • Sluggy Freelance: Torg doesn't initially know that Valerie is a vampire, and even after finding out, he initially thinks that un-living with her forever wouldn't be that bad. But by the best guess, it isn't real love in either direction, and in any case he chooses to destroy her rather than turn against his friends.
  • Unlife Is Unfair is about the other way around, a nice zombie (nando) meets a girl and falls in love of her. She only wants to be his friend though. Later on she discovers feelings for him, which can be kind of harring.
  • Tsukiko of The Order of the Stick is a weird mixture of this and I Love the Dead. As a necromancer with necrophilia who believes the undead and sweet, gentle beings because they are the opposite of the living and the living are bastards, she has a habit of raising corpses as undead minions and then sleeping with them. For an extra dosage of Squick, she also manages to combine these already unsavory cocktail with Parental Incest, because she also treats herself as their mother.
  1. Boy Meets Girl, girl gets in car accident, remainder of girl's body placed in giant bio-reconstructive chrysalis to regenerate while boy helps nurse her back to health, girl emerges seemingly unscathed from chrysalis, boy and girl head to love hotel, girl transforms into monstrous insect creature and eats boy's head, reader is now horrified.