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When a couple cannot keep their hands or lips off each other for more than a few seconds. Typically becomes a Running Gag, with the characters indifferent to how awkward they make everyone else feel with their nonstop public displays of affection. While the other characters are having conversations, they'll be off to the side snogging through the entire scene. Often used to show the shallowness of a relationship.

This often overlaps with its Sister Trope Sickeningly Sweethearts, but sweethearts are not necessarily this physical (see any Disney Channel show), and people who make out all the time aren't necessarily sweet to each other. Related to Coitus Uninterruptus. Named for the Motion City Soundtrack song.

Examples of Make-Out Kids include:


  • One of the most infamous examples in North America are the old "Big Red" cinnamon gum commercials, which featured couples kissing to show how long the product can keep your breath fresh. A Running Gag (such as you can have one in a 30-second spot) in each one is cutting back to a particular couple who are shown smooching in the beginning and at the end, the latter where everybody else at the location is in the process of going home (one had said couple at a kissing contest. The last judge just hangs the trophy on their arms and leaves).
  • A commercial for Netflix simulating a cop show's morning briefing (a la Hill Street Blues) has a couple like this as the Anthropomorphic Personification of Romantic Comedy.

Anime & Manga

  • Chet and Adie in Jungle wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu. Taken a step further in the OVAs, when there's a mosaic filter over them most of the time they're onscreen, censoring whatever they're supposed to be doing.
  • After Keitaro and Naru in Love Hina became an official couple, they became like this to the point of pissing off the other residents at the Inn.
  • In Futari Ecchi, the Kubotas, a young couple moving next to the Onodas, are especially bad about it. They're not only always hugging, but the one time Makoto rode the elevator with them, they started making out, leading to a serious Uncomfortable Elevator Moment. And if that wasn't enough, they're retelling their exploits on a blog, which is borderline pornographic.

Comics -- Books

  • Richandamy from Zits are such Make-Out Kids that they're always depicted as an impossible tangle of limbs, only ever referred to by their Portmanteau Couple Name, and just generally treated by all the other characters as being a single organism.
    • In one comic, Jeremy's girlfriend finds Amy sobbing all by herself, talking like Rich left her or something. In the last panel, Rich comes out of the men's room and Amy glomps him, sobbing "Don't leave me like that again!"

Films -- Live-Action


  • Ron and Lavender in Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince.
    • Harry is terrified of the same thing happening to Ron and Hermione.
    • In Order of the Phoenix, when Harry goes on an awkward date with Cho in a teashop, at the next table there's Roger Davis with his girlfriend who seem "glued together at the lips", which makes Harry even more uncomfortable.

Live-Action TV

  • When Shawn and Angela on Boy Meets World got back together after a nasty breakup, they became like this for an episode. Cory and Topanga join them at the end of the episode after recovering from their own breakup.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy and Angel, for a time.

 Giles: Stop that right now! I can hear the smacking.

  • Tony and Michelle in Skins are sometimes like this in series 1. In the episode "Jal", there's a good image of Jal awkwardly sitting on the opposite end of the couch while the couple are making out.
  • Jimmy Fallon and Rachel Dratch played a couple like this on Saturday Night Live.
  • Hyde and his Girl of the Week Jill in the That 70s Show episode "The Third Wheel".
    • Eric and Donna are like this in a fair number of episodes as well.
  • Frank and Alice in Friends (though she's in her forties).
  • A behind-the-scenes version occurred in Farscape. Claudia Black commented that the crew was so used to seeing she and Ben Browder rehearsing for their kissing scenes that no one paid attention to them while they made out on set.
  • Mike and Gloria in All in The Family, at least in Archie's eyes.
  • In Doctor Who, Amy and Rory end up like this for a while after they're reunited in The Big Bang. The Doctor comments on them coming up for air.
  • Scrubs: J.D. and Elliot, at least during their first hook-up.
  • In Green Acres, Oliver is at a Drive in Theatre, trying to put the speaker on his car when he accidentally lets go, it smashes into the side window of a pickup truck where a boy and girl are passionately necking. They never even notice.



 Our life just is one great big public display of affection,

If it annoys you you could try looking in the other direction.


Video Games

  • In episode 3:1 ofAce Attorney, Dahlia Hawthorne states during the trial that she is so "lovey dovey" with her lover Phoenix Wright around other people that it literally makes them sick. Of course her whole relationship with him is a cover up for the fact that she's using him too hide a bottle of poison. Iris however could very well have done this however.

Web Original

Western Animation

  • There's the Make-out Couple on Sixteen who are exactly this, and they're only once seen not making out because Jonesy finally yelled at them that "No one wants to see that!"
  • Geoff and Bridgette in Total Drama Island.
  • Kevin and Brittany from Daria. Once even during a CPR lesson.
  • Used in The Simpsons episode "Bart's Friend Falls in Love" when Milhouse falls for the new girl at Springfield Elementary, it irritates Bart to the point he indirectly gets her sent to an all girls school.
  • Oddly enough, Tree Trunks and Mr. Pig in Adventure Time. This provokes lots of vocal outrage and discomfort from everyone around them, culminating in Jake and Finn bodily removing them from each other.

Real Life