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"Since the invention of the kiss there have been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind."

The moment when awesomeness and romance meet, when an otherwise epic scene is topped with a kissing scene that is quite epic on its own as well.

Visually, it might be supported with Stuff Blowing Up in the background. In more mundane settings, it might still be enhanced with tropes like Dramatic Wind, Scenery Porn, or Orbital Kiss camera movements. In the narrative, it can be signified as the the characters' First Kiss, maybe the long-awaited end of the Unresolved Sexual Tension, a Now or Never Kiss, or referenced as True Love's Kiss.

In media forms that use background music, it might often overlap with a Crowning Music of Awesome as well, or at least it will be located at a climatic part of the soundtrack.

Some tropes — such as Smooch of Victory, Hollywood Kiss, Concert Kiss, Beach Kiss, and Lip-Lock Sun-Block — are almost always examples of this as well.



  • The two minute mark on this old car advert here.
  • Parodied in a 4G Epic commercial.

Anime & Manga

  • It's not framed by explosions (unlike everything else in the show), but Kamina and Yoko's first and last, and only kiss in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is accompanied by "Libera Me" From Hell and erupting volcanoes.
    • Some time later, Yoko was given a kiss by Kittan right before his Heroic Sacrifice. It may not have had volcanoes and super epic music in the background, but it was pretty nice too.
  • In chapter 86 of Toilet Bound Hanako-Kun, after running away from Teru, yelling at each other, and dramatically confessing their true feelings, Hanako kisses Nene in a ruin in the Far Shore.
  • At the climax of FLCL, right after an epic fighting scene between its two participants, right before the appearance of a Physical God, and right at the middle of the song I THINK I CAN.
  • In The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, the first season climax, accompanied by an Ominous Latin Chorus, and giant monster things destroying the area around them. It's even more awesome as Haruhi is subconsciously destroying the world out of jealousy at the time and Kyon kisses her to make her undo it. It works, even though Haruhi thinks it was All Just a Dream afterwards. And just to make it even better, the entire scene is overlaid with the first song of Mahler's Symphony No.8 Movement 1, Veni Creator Spiritus. FUCK. YES.
  • Kanon. The spinning pan-out and reflective teardrop in the 2006 version make it.
  • A more tender yet equally as awesome variant happens at the climax of the second season of the Slayers anime, when Gourry, against all odds, breaks into another dimension to rescue Lina from being eradicated from existence. His fondness and desire to protect her apparently impresses the Lord of Nightmares enough to bring Lina back. They share a kiss, spinning in place amidst bubbles of light... Sadly, they don't recall what happened when they return to the world below.
  • Inuyasha has one right in the anime finale when Kagome and Inuyasha are reunited inside the Shikon Jewel.
  • Eureka Seven has three in the final three episodes, including the mid-air, upside down, IMMENSELY epic reunion of Dominic and Anemone in Episode 48. In the final episode, Renton and Eureka finally have their first kiss in what they believed to be the final act of their respective lives, only to be saved by Nirvash's sacrifice so that they can enjoy the third epic kiss as they float down from orbit.
  • The final Full Metal Panic novel's epilogue eventually gives us the kiss we'd been promised for several books, and had been anticipating the whole series: at Jindai High's graduation, Kaname and Sousuke finally meet and he plants a long-awaited big one on her while the entire crowd cheers.
  • Negi does this to Chachamaru to prove a point that Chachamaru has a soul by having a Pactio artifact with her. Extreme Kissing people!
    • Setsuna and Konoka's Pactio kiss was pretty damn long, too. Setsuna almost suffocated from this kiss.
    • While theirs is not AS bombastic as these, Kotaro and Natsumi manage to get one as they make their own Pactio.
    • Negi pulls it again when he chooses to kiss Shiori/Luna to unmask her and get her to peacefully surrender, rather than letting Mana subdue her more bloodily. As a bonus he also makes a Pactio with her, especially notorious since she's a member of Fate Averruncus's Amazon Brigade.
    • Negi almost has the tables turned on him when HE is truly, madly, deeply smooched by Ayaka Yukihiro when they make a Pactio. It's such a Big Damn Kiss... she almost overrides the Pactio System as a whole and is THIS close to become Negi's Master. Chamo is absolutely terrified by the sheer power of this Plucky Girl's liplock.
  • This kiss in Kannazuki no Miko with a Humongous Mecha using it's finishing move in the background.
  • Guts and Casca's first non-Intimate Healing kiss pretty much sealed the deal between them being Berserks Official Couple, so much so that there's gorgeous Scenery Porn, Dramatic Wind is blowing Guts's Badass Cape as to encircle the couple, AND somebody rendered this all in color.
  • Adolescence of Utena ends with Utena and Anthy passionately kissing as they drive away from Ohtori (also, they're both nude), finally free from the oppression of Akio and his schemes.
  • Inukami! Keita kisses Youko in the climax, as they fly toward the Bigger Bad, undeniably returning the affection she's showed him the entire series.
  • Ah! My Goddess Keiichi and Belldandy. Finally in chapter 278, complete with thousands of FLOWERS bursting from the floor Thank your Goddess of choice!
  • Claymore: The kiss between Clare and Raki took almost two whole pages of the manga.
  • In No. 6 Shion kisses Nezumi halfway through the series; in the final episode Nezumi returns the favor before he leaves.
  • Vampire Knight. In chapter 46, Zero reveals his affections for Yuuki this way. Before declaring that he will eventually kill her.
  • Chapter 140 of Medaka Box ends with one between Medaka and Zenkichi, who have just thwarted Najimi's plan to end it all.
  • Jenny Doolittle and Lynn Lambretta's kiss in episode 17 of Bodacious Space Pirates. Cue massive Squeeing from all the schoolgirls in the room.
  • Hana no Mizo Shiru: Arikawa and Misaki's full-page kiss in a field of flowers at the end of Chapter 4.
  • For a guy who'd pretty much The Pornomancer and is seen fucking more than one girl onscreen, Natsume from Kouryuu no Mimi manages to pull a genuinely sweet and gentle one at the end of the second OAV, when he and Kanako share a Smooch of Victory.
  • Detective Conan:
    • After more than one Almost Kiss and buttloads of Will They or Won't They?, Miwako and Wataru FINALLY get the kiss they both desperately wanted, after Wataru almost dies in the line of duty. Aoyama would later give the two another super important kiss, after Miwako saves Wataru from a cruel Death Trap in the nick of time..
    • And some time later, Miwako's best friend Yumi gets to give a really nice on-screen/on page kiss with her Love Interest, Shukichi, to cheer him up before a tournament.
    • In Chapter 1004, Ran grabs a temporarily aged-back Shinichi by the tie and gives him this.. The kiss itself is "merely" on the cheek, but it's completely framed like this AND it happens in a huge Kyoto temple. It's also implied they they did kiss on the mouth a little later, but it's drawn in a more discreet manner.. The whole scene is made even more spectacular in its animated rendition.
    • Played for Laughs much later: Heiji Hattori, as the Hormone-Addled Teenager that he is, REALLY wants to give his would-be girlfriend Kazuha one of these. Problem is, unbeknownst to him... the Kazuha he wants to kiss is Kaito Kid disguised as Kazuha for one of his heists. Naturally, Hilarity Ensues. And it's averted in the end: Ran interrupted THE chance for this "kiss", so Heiji re-focused on the case at hand and Kid on his theft purpose. Kazuha properly showed up soon, but Heiji was way too into work to think of kisses.
  • The third OAV of Blue Comet SPT Layzner finally allows Eiji Asuka and Anna Stephanie to share a kiss. One that makes all the pain and suffer that they went through in the story totally worth it.
  • In the seventh episode of Yuri!!! On Ice, even when Victor and Yuuri's kiss after the Cup of China is visually blocked by the first's arm, that doesn't make it less spectacular thanks to: the close-ups to the kisser's mouth and the kissed one's face, the shocked reactions of their loved ones around (namely Yuuri's parents and big sister, his Cool Big Sis Minako, Yuuri's Childhood Friends Takeshi and Yuuko plus their triplet daughters, etc-), etc.
  • Several take place in Darling in the FRANXX:
    • After Hiro and Zero Two finally can make up and apologize to one another over their mistakes and all that went sour in their budding relationship, they share one of these.
    • After Kokoro asks Mitsuru to have sex with her so he can give her a child but Mitsuru refuses, she begins to have serious doubts about their bonds and tries to push him away. So Mitsuru gives her a tearful kiss plus an Anguished Declaration of Love to reassure her. Followed by Their First Time.
    • Rather cruelly subverted by the second couple later, as they're taken away right in the middle of their symbolic wedding and when they were about to kiss.
    • At the very end, Goro plants a big one on Ichigo before he goes explore the world to help Hiro and Zero Two
  • Almost at the end of the Akira manga, Kei and Kaneda share a rather gentle kiss, and she even offers to spend the night with him... only for them to have a massive fight because Kaneda has realized Kei's reason to be willing to sleep with him: she will fight Tetsuo on her own under Lady Miyako's orders.. He storms off angrily and swears that he will kill Tetsuo first, she doesn't follow him... but then he returns, saying that he "forgot something", and gives her one HELL of a liplock.
  • Turn a Gundam features a lovely one between Harry Ord and Kihel Heim, coming right after Kihel gives Harry an Anguished Declaration of Love.
  • The Naruto The Last canon movie has an absolutely EPIC one... for none other than Naruto and Hinata. It features them kissing in the air, with a full moon in the background, as it's snowing...


  • Runaways: Chase plants one on Gert right after she saves his life with CPR right after he saves her from a giant, flaming rock monster.
  • Occurs at the climax of the second volume of Miki Falls.
  • The kiss between Superman and Lois while on the moon during All-Star Superman. (Grant Morrison considered doing a From Here to Eternity Beach Kiss reference here, but ended up going with something else.)
  • The first kiss between Scott and Ramona in Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life.
  • In the Spider-Man comics Peter and MJ share their first kiss in a mostly empty section of JFK airport (well mostly empty sans Robbie Robertson whom was there too) with a big snowy window behind them before Peter went on assignemnt in France. It may not have been upside down, but as MJ said "Wow, why didn't you ever tell me you could kiss!" Followed by after she let it sink in for a minute "Far freaking out." (made even funnier by the fact the kiss was her idea).

Fan Fiction

  • A Growing Affection has Naruto and Hinata's First Kiss causing the two of them to forget where they are for about a minute. Where are they? In the Leaf Stadium, surrounded by almost every Leaf and Sand ninja, at the conclusion of Naruto's trial.
  • Shards of Memory has this in Chapter 19 when Terra tries to free Cloud from Sephiroth's mind control.
  • Javert and Valjean's kiss in Roommates may count, but fandom reaction has certainly been...enthusiastic, even attracting several new shippers.
  • In The Erased Chronicles, Gohan and Erasa share a kiss after Gohan proposes to her, an event that takes place after they, Goten and Trunks (fused as Gotenks), Piccolo and Videl defeat and destroy Kid Buu in a climactic beam struggle. During the kiss, the world seems to melt away as they can only focus on each other.


  • The famous upside down kiss from the first Spider-Man movie.
  • A rather famous one in Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious. The censors at the time didn't allow for a kiss to last longer than 3 seconds. The Big Damn Kiss moment in that movie breaks up the kiss at just the right moments to have the couple keep repeatedly kissing each other.
  • At the end of Demolition Man.
  • The kiss between Will and Elizabeth in Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End after their marriage at sea: Surrounded by an Epic Fight, trading blows between exchanging vows, culminating in an Orbital Kiss a few minutes before Will is killed and comes back from the dead. There's a Big Damn Kiss at the end of all three movies, too.
  • Judge Dredd. The scene at the end when Judge Hershey (Diane Lane) kissed Dredd (Sylvester Stallone) was supposed to be one of these, but fell kind of flat. You can judge for yourself: it's here, at 5:20-5:40.
    • Lane does a more passionate one with Michael Pare in Streets of Fire, complete with dramatic rain.
  • Speaking of sci-fi cop movies, before the movie Runaway ends, after Dr. Charles Luther (played by Gene Simmons... yes, THAT one) gets attacked by his own robots, injected with acid, and roasted alive by his own robots' self-destruct program, Sgt. Jack R. Ramsay (Tom Selleck) and his new partner Karen Thompson (Cynthia Rhodes) lock lips amid a shower of sparks.
  • The unforgettable kiss done by Seymour and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at the end of the "Suddenly Seymour" number. Aww...
  • Speed and Trixie's kiss at the end of the Speed Racer live action movie.
  • The reunion scene between Forrest Gump and Jenny Curran before the Washington Monument.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies, as a nuclear warhead goes off in the background.
  • The Simpsons Movie has one near the end between Homer and Marge while driving a motorcycle.

 Marge: Best kiss of my life.

Homer: Best kiss of your life so far.

  • The 1978 Danish film Du er ikke alene (You Are Not Alone) ends with a show the boys at a boarding school put on to illustrate the Ten Commandments. 'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself' is illustrated with a short movie showing 15-year-old Bo, a pupil at the school, and 12-year-old Kim, the headmaster's son (Kim is a male name in Denmark) hugging and kissing. It packs quite a punch, both within the film itself and within the context of the time when the film was made. The film became iconic for being the first Danish film to show a homosexual relationship.
  • Double subverted in Thor where Thor and Jane almost kissed with Thor uncertainly pulling away before it happened and he kissed her hand for a second time. But Jane pulls him into the kiss anyways.
  • Averted in Mystery Team. As Kelly described it, "He breathed in [her] mouth".
  • The climax of A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! has Timmy admitting his love for Tootie and then passionately kissing her in order to save the lives of his fairy godfamily.
  • In the mind-synching scene of ET the Extraterrestrial, Elliot emulates the movie E.T. is watching at home, culminating in the film's Big Damn Kiss.
  • The Kiss from The Empire Strikes Back. Yeah, that one. As opposed to... that one.
  • Anakin and Padme's Now or Never Kiss en route to the arena in Attack of the Clones.
  • The Princess Bride: "Since the invention of the kiss there have been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind."
  • Beauty and the Beast: Belle and Prince Adam's kiss.
    • Heck, many animated Disney couples do this.
  • Speaking of Disney films, National Treasure featured one. Two words: "Come here."
  • Rio: Blu and Jewel, during the film's climactic "falling" scene.
  • Subverted in A Walk to Remember. Landon and Jamie kiss many times but the one time they are not shown doing it is at their wedding.
  • Subverted by the very soft and gentle kiss between Liu Kang and Princess Kitana in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.


  • Hermione gives Ron one after retrieving the Basilisk's fangs in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows.
    • Seriously? Harry. Ginny. The Half-Blood Prince. "Harry looked around; there was Ginny running towards him; she had a hard, blazing look in her face as she threw her arms around him. And without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the fact that fifty people were watching, Harry kissed her."
      • Ron and Hermione still win, since A) They had sexual tension earlier B) As Harry so politely lampshades, "OI! THERE'S A WAR GOING ON HERE!" C) You could hear the cheers rock the planet with cries of "FINALLY." No "seriously" about it.
    • It's even more of a Big Damn Kiss in the movie. Hermione has just destroyed a horcrux, they're both drenched with water and suddenly they pounce on each other, complete with epic kiss music. This all happens in the Chamber of Secrets.
  • "Think of life!" In The Old Kingdom, this describes Sabriel and Touchstone's first kiss - bonus points because she's kissing him to resist the lure of Astarael, the bell that can send them both into Death, easily.
  • Alec in Mortal Instruments finally outs himself in City of Glass by kissing Magnus in front of, well, everybody. Jace and Clary's first kiss in City of Bones, and their kiss in the faerie court, also count.
  • Alec and Seregil. Twice up til now. First time after a reunion, second time in the face of death.

Live Action TV

  • The Ninth Doctor gives one to Rose after what has to be the absolute worst pun ever delivered in the series ever. It could be argued that he was only kissing her to draw the time vortex out of her so she wouldn't die but we all know the truth. It's also one of the very last things he ever does.
    • When River Song and the Doctor get married, the ensuing kiss restarts time again. The Power of Love indeed!
    • Before that, River saved the Doctor's life, giving him all he remaining regenerations by kissing him.
      • Rory and Older Amy have an absolutely romantic one in The Girl Who Waited.
  • Lost promised its viewers a spectacular kiss in the season 4 finale. Halfway through, it seemed to be Kate and Sawyer in the helicopter. Then later in the episode it was topped by Desmond and Penny's reunion.
    • In the finale, Kate and Jack have defeated the Man in Black, and realize they're never going to see each other again. The ensuing kiss is quite epic.
  • When Odo finally kisses Kira on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, he does so in the middle of the very crowded Promenade (just outside of Quark's, no less) immediately following a very loud, very heated UST-charged argument between the two. Bonus points for everyone else stopping what they're doing to turn and stare as Odo and Kira kiss.

  You're right, who needs dinner?


 Spike: "We kissed, you and me, all Gone With the Wind with the rising music and the"

  • When Angel becomes human in "I Will Remember You"; Buffy finds out about it when he walks up to her in the sunlight and sweeps her into his arms for a passionate embrace.
  • Babylon 5 gives John Sheridan and Delenn theirs in "And the Rock Cried Out 'No Hiding Place'" after Delenn shows Sheridan a whole fleet of fast, maneuverable, highly advanced White Star spaceships. Keep in mind that he'd confessed his love for her nine episodes earlier. It would be easy to assume this wasn't their First Kiss, except their body language screams that they've never done this before (although they got pretty close once). Apparently that pesky war kept getting in the way...

 Delenn: We finally have, as you say, a fighting chance.

Sheridan: [after a long Held Gaze] ...I don't know what to say.

Delenn: Then say nothing...

[Sheridan proceeds to snog her senseless]

  • Averted on The X-Files. Viewers waited through seven seasons of UST for Scully and Mulder to have their moment, only to find out...they already did. Off camera.
    • The X-Files LOVED to avert this trope. They also did it with the hallway kiss in "Fight the Future;" Mulder does all but say the words "I love you" and they're about to kiss...when Scully is stung by a bee. The next season has the episode "Triangle;" a high-action plot climaxes with Mulder and Scully standing on the deck of a large cruise ship trying to thwart Nazis. Mulder is about to jump over the side of the ship and pulls Scully into a passionate kiss.'s not Scully, and Mulder is probably dreaming.
    • Also averted by their real first kiss, which is hailed by fans as the Big Damn Kiss only because they waited seven seasons for it. However, it happens during a very quiet, non-action-packed scene in a hospital. Same goes for their touching kiss at the end of "Existence," the scene is awesome because Mulder and Scully are fawning over their baby and they finally admit their feelings for each other (in their vague, Mulder-and-Scully way), not because there is a lot of action.
  • Castle: Beckett and Castle finally kiss for keeps after 4 seasons of UST!


  • The Phantom of the Opera combines this with a Tear Jerker Downer Ending beautifully.
  • In Bye Bye Birdie, to grab one last bit of publicity out of Conrad Birdie before he is inducted into the Army, he is to give "One Last Kiss" to one girl "chosen at random from 1,200,000 hysterical teen-agers." Unfortunately, what the television cameras capture is not Conrad Birdie planting a kiss on Kim MacAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio but Kim's boyfriend Hugo flooring Conrad with one blow.

Web Comics


 Tarvek: When she kissed Wulfenbach, my glasses started to melt.


Video Games

  • Mass Effect features this for the final romance scene, if the player pursues that option. Given that an Almost Kiss had happened very recently beforehand, it makes it all the more meaningful.
  • Executed brilliantly, beautifully, heartwarmingly well at the conclusion of Lair of the Shadow Broker between Shepard and Liara in Mass Effect 2, if Liara was romanced in first game. If not, Liara just hugs him/her.
    • Perhaps making up for the Headbutt of Love in the second game, Garrus and female Shepard have two of these in Mass Effect 3 if their relationship continues. The first is during their date high atop the Presidium when Shepard agrees to be his girlfriend, and the second is in London before the final battle for Earth. And if Shepard's reaction is any indication, Garrus is one hell of a kisser for a guy that doesn't have lips.
  • BioWare loves this trope in general, as the same thing happens in Dragon Age 2 as Hawke's having one last conversation with the party members before the Very Definitely Final Dungeon. It's especially poignant if Hawke's Love Interest is either Fenris (due to the Second Act Breakup they had) or Anders because he's a fugitive terrorist at that point.
  • The Scott Pilgrim video game ends each of the first four levels with one between Scott and Ramona.
  • Final Fantasy X had a 2-minute long sequence of this between Tidus and Yuna.
  • Brutal Legend has the awesome moment where Eddie and Ophielia kiss for the first time while the Screaming Wall blares a shockwave of sonic energy, causing hair to billow dramatically.

Visual Novels

  • An omnipresent trope in the Renai genre. Kissing scenes are always one of the few that get their own unique CG art, while the rest of the story uses character sprites.

Western Animation


 Lisa: Eww, Knock it off!


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