Boy Meets Ghoul
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?
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.
Anime and Manga
- Rosario + Vampire: Boy meets vampire; she turns him into a ghoul, albeit accidentally. For some reason this doesn't threaten the relationship at all, despite creating the extreme likelihood of him turning into a mindless berserker.
- Karin: a classic girl-meets-boy story where the girl is a cute, shy, vampire (actually, a rare type of what you might call a backwards vampire).
- Wirbelwind: girl meets ordinary boy (initially), who then turns into undead, but it's all to the better because she's a Dark Elf and now they don't need to Wangst about their lifespans and incompatible alignments and just adventure together. And fuck, of course, because that's an ecchi adventure manga by the famous H-artist Makoto Fujisaki.
- Sankarea: Boy obsessed with the undead meets girl, girl falls off cliff and dies, girl becomes zombie, zombie-girl becomes freeloader in boy's house.
- My Lovely Ghost Kana: Boy meets Cute Ghost Girl haunting his new apartment. Boy drowns his sorrows. Boy has long conversation with ghost about life and death. Boy accidentally gropes ghost, somehow. Ghost is surprised, then excited at the implications of a living boy being able to touch her. Boy and ghost make sweet love, then begin a bizarre, surprisingly tender romance in the apartment where the girl brutally killed herself many years ago.
- Gosunkugi from Ranma ½ developed a crush on Kogane while they spent time together during an episode. But at the end, he gets over it and continues to stalk Akane.
- She had to return back to the netherworld at the end of the episode, as she can only manifest one day a year, but it's implied that he'll still be waiting for her until then.
- Durarara!!: Boy meets Headless Horsewoman and other boy meets Headless Horsewoman's head.
- Boy meets buxom girl symbiotically joined to a demon sword and controlling a pseudo-zombe horde.
- A typical Franken Fran story usually doesn't start with this as a premise, but that may be how it ends up.
- Tasogare Otome x Amnesia: Boy meets girl. Girl turns out to be amnesiac ghost of a 50 year old corpse in the school basement. Mysteries ensue.
- Dance in the Vampire Bund: Boy meets vampire, eventually falls in love with her, boy finds out that he's actually a werewolf.
- Also, Boy meets babysitter/older sister stand in, she gets turned into vampire, eventually decides to turn him into a vampire as well.
- Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?: Boy meets Necromancer, boy gets murdered by a serial killer, boy gets revived by said Necromancer, then boy meets Magical Girl and Vampire Ninjas and accidentally marries one of them. And another one and a Magical Girl with multiple lives who turns out to be the serial killer and yet takes a liking into him.
- Sazan Eyes: Boy meets immortal, boy killed by immortal's pet, immortal absorbs his soul to resurrect him as a
- In Black Butler, the Undertaker has a case of this. 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.
- Hellsing: Grizzled mercenary man meets vampire girl.
- A possible romantic, or possibly not romantic example kickstarts Bleach: Frowning teenage guy who sees ghosts meets understandably surprised Shinigami who comes in through his window. Hilarity Ensues, along with over 400 chapters.
- The main plot of Tokyo Pop's original English language manga My Dead Girlfriend.
- Original Underworld: Boy meets vampire and turns into a werewolf himself.
- In Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, the boy meets a dead girl, and ends up accidentally married to her.
- Casper: has a puppy-love version of girl meets ghost.
- Let the Right One In. Another puppy-love version, though a very dark one. Boy meets a strange young girl who turns out to be a vampire. Childhood love/violent deaths ensue.
- Innocent Blood. Undercover detective meets... vampire (no points for guessing that). "I take lives." "Ya well, if you were perfect you wouldn't still be single."
- Prom Night III: The Last Kiss. The fact that Mary Lou! is a ghost doesn't turn Alex off, it's her... antisocial behavior.
- The Lost Boys. Boy meets (half) vampire and the gang of gothy biker punk vampires who turned her. Hilarity--and carnage ensues.
- Near Dark. Boy meets vampire and her family of psychotic hillbilly bloodsuckers. Carnage ensues.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- The webcomic Ghost Friend was based on this trope.
- Xkcd has this little comic, where the boy's love interest seems to be a bit deader than most.
- In The Repository of Dangerous Things Davis meets Wanderin' Laurie, the Pirate Girl Ghost.
Davis: (thinks) She was hot. But dead. But hot.
- Undead Friend: One of the more bizarre 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.
- 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.