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A Passionate Halloween: 50 Awesome Romantic Monsters in Love

Everyone wants love, even monsters. So, in celebration of Halloween this week, I decided to focus on romantic monsters from Film and Television who have fallen in love.

While there are metaphorical monsters I could include (Heathcliff, Mr. Rochester), for this list I want to focus solely on “monsters” that literally come from a place of classic horror.

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From Vampires to Ghosts, Witches, Beasts, Zombies, Aliens and Demons to a science experiment gone wrong, the monsters I’ve chosen are basically an amalgamation of the old horror monster and elements of the Byronic Hero (a few of these characters are in fact NOT Byronic though the influence remains) struggling with the beast within. Or at least finding an all-consuming passion of romantic love that humanizes them in the midst of either their villainy or “monstrous” situation.

Basically, these classic literary monsters have been modernized to have feelings, even love. Though in all fairness, Mary Shelley was ahead of the game!

(If you want to read more about romantic monsters and why we love them, read our blog post So You Love Vampires).

So without further ado, let’s get right to the list. There is no particular order here, just equal admiration for all these…


#1 Edward Scissorhands

A Passionate Halloween: Fifty Romantic Monsters in Love
Photo: FOX

#2 Death

Meet Joe Black. Photo: Universal

#3 Casper

He fell in love and stole the hearts of tween girls everywhere! Photo: Universal

#4 The Phantom of the Opera

Photo: Warner Bros.

#5 The Beast

La Belle et La Bete. Photo: Criterion

#6 The Beast

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

#7 King Kong

(1933) Photo: Warner Bros.

#8 King Kong

(2005) Photo: Universal

#9 Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Photo: Columbia Pictures

Content Note: This film is Rated R.

#10 Dracula

(2013) Photo: NBC

#11 Snape

Harry Potter. Photo: Warner Bros.

#12 Vivian

A werewolf, in Blood and Chocolate. Photo: Lakeshore Entertainment

#13 Bruce Banner

The Incredible Hulk. Photo: Universal

#14 Wolverine

X-Men. Photo: FOX

#15 Beast

X-Men: First Class. Photo: FOX

#16 Captain Daniel Gregg

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir -The Captain says goodbye
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

#17 Hellboy

Photo: Columbia

#18 Edward Cullen

Twilight. Photo: Summit

#19 Marcus Wright

Terminator: Salvation. Photo: Warner Bros.

#20 The Monster

Frankenstein (1931). Photo: Universal

#21 Corpse Bride

Photo: Warner Bros.

#22  Luke

A Werewolf in The Mortal Instruments. Photo: Sony

#23 Selene

Vampires in Film and Television
Underworld. Photo: Subterranean Production

Content Note: This film is Rated R.

#24 Mick St. John

Vampire in Moonlight. Photo: CBS

#25 Spike

Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Photo: FOX

#26 Anya

A demon in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Photo: FOX

#27 Davis Bloome/Doomsday

Smallville. Photo: CW

#28 Cole

A demon in Charmed. Photo: WB

#29 Max

An alien in Roswell. Photo: WB

#30 Michael

An alien in Roswell. Photo: WB

#31 R

A zombie in Warm Bodies. Photo: Summit

#32 Angel

Angel - Vampire TV Series
Vampire from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Photo: FOX

#33 Doyle

Half-demon from Angel. Photo: FOX

#34 Henry

Vampire from Blood Ties. Photo: Lifetime

#35 Tesla 

Sanctuary - Vampire TV Shows
Vampire from Sanctuary. Photo: SyFy

#36 John Druitt

Sanctuary. Photo: Syfy

#37 Bill Compton

Vampire from True Blood. Photo: HBO

Content Note: This TV Show is TV-MA.

#38 Eric Northman

Vampire from True Blood. Photo: HBO

Content Note: This TV Show is TV-MA.

#39 Anakin/Darth Vader

Star Wars. Photo: LucasFilm

#40 Damon Salvatore

The Vampire Diaries. Photo: CW

#41 Stefan Salvatore

The Vampire Diaries. Photo: CW

#42 Klaus 

The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. Photo: CW

#43 Elijah

The Originals. Photo: CW

#44 Mitchell and Annie

Vampire and Ghost from Being Human. Photo: BBC

#45 Monroe

Wolf from Grimm. Photo: NBC

#46 Vincent

Beauty and the Beast (1987). Photo: CBS

#47 Vincent

Beauty and the Beast (2012). Photo: CW

#48 Imhotep

The Mummy. Photo: Universal

#49 The Great Mutato

The X-Files (Post Modern Prometheus). He’s a monster in love…with Cher music that is! Photo: FOX

#50 The Doctor

Doctor Who. “Every lonely monster needs a companion.” Photo: BBC

What is your favorite romantic monster? Did I leave any of your favorites off the list? Let me know in the comments below!

Featured image at top: Casper. Photo Credit: Fox

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By on October 30th, 2013

About Amber Topping

Amber works as a writer and digital publisher full-time and fell in love with stories and imagination at an early age. She has a Humanities and Film Degree from BYU, co-created The Silver Petticoat Review, contributed as a writer to various magazines, and has an MS in Publishing from Pace University, where she received the Publishing Award of Excellence and wrote her thesis on transmedia, Jane Austen, and the romance genre. Her ultimate dreams are publishing books, writing and producing movies, traveling around the world, and forming a creative village of talented storytellers trying to change the world through art.

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