Created By: NightShade96 on May 6, 2017 Last Edited By: NightShade96 on May 26, 2017
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Non-Standard Kiss

A kiss that does not involve the use of mouths.

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Kissing commonly tends to be done between two characters using their mouths, but in the case of this trope, the kissing is done without the use of mouths.

This can be due to Bizarre Alien Biology, where one or both of the characters kissing may not have mouths at all, or else kissing on the mouth would make doing such a thing awkward or even dangerous. There can also be other reasons as well, such as (possibly) awkwardness.

This is often done as a kiss substitute for younger audiences, and may occur as part of an Interspecies Romance.

Compare Headbutt of Love and Anywhere but Their Lips (the latter still involves mouth kissing, however). Also compare Fantastic Arousal, Alternate Animal Affection and G-Rated Sex.


Examples:

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     Films — Animation 
  • In The Lion King, Simba and Nala nuzzle their faces together as a means of showing affection soon after they run into each other for the first time in years.
  • In WALL•E, Eve kisses WALL-E using an electrical discharge in despair after WALL-E loses his memory. Said kiss also restores his memory.

     Films — Live-Action 
  • In Demolition Man, in the future city of San Angeles, even simply high-fiving is thought as being intimate there; people are taught not to do any meaningless physical contact.

     Franchises 
  • In the Star Trek universe, the Vulcans have a finger-touching gesture that seems to be used as a kissing analogue. The basic motion is simply extending the first two fingers of the right hand and touching fingertips, but finger-stroking motions can be added for greater intimacy.

     Literature 
  • Two instances in the Animorphs prequel novel "The Hork-Bajir Chronicles":
    • Aldrea (who has morphed into a Hork-Bajir) and Dak Hamee kiss for the first time by pressing their foreheads against each other's.
    • Aldrea also mentions in her narration that it is much like what Andalites do when kissing: they stroke each other's faces with their hands, as they don't have mouths to kiss with.
  • In Warrior Cats, the cats show love by cleaning each other's pelts or twining their tails together. The latter display of affection is never platonic, but the first often takes place between friends or family.

     Western Animation 
  • Inverted in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius episode "Win, Lose and Kaboom!": when April locks lips with Jimmy, he assumes that she's kissing him, but she states that it's the Gorlockan seal of trust, and has no idea what a kiss is. Averted when she does it again later, saying "that was a kiss" after Jimmy asks if that was the aforementioned seal of trust.
  • At the end of every episode of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Daniel rubs his nose at the screen as a sign of endearment while saying "ugga mugga".
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic uses nuzzling in lieu of kissing.

     Real Life 
  • Eskimo kissing is done by two people rubbing their noses against each other's.

Community Feedback Replies: 35
  • May 6, 2017
    Getta
    This is often done as a "kiss substitute" for younger audiences.

    Compare Headbutt Of Love
  • May 6, 2017
    Getta
    Wait, I just find Anywhere But Their Lips...
  • May 6, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ That still involves using a mouth for the kiss.
  • May 6, 2017
    Argon2
    • In Warrior Cats, the cats show love by cleaning each other's pelts or twining their tails together. The latter display of affection is never platonic, but the first often takes place between friends or family.
  • May 6, 2017
    NateTheGreat
    In the Star Trek universe the Vulcans have a finger-touching gesture that seems to be used as a kissing analogue. The basic motion is simply extending the first two fingers of the right hand and touching fingertips, but finger-stroking motions can be added for greater intimacy.
  • May 7, 2017
    NightShade96
    Bump
  • May 7, 2017
    JoeG
    • Wall E: Wall-E and Eve kiss several times despite them both being non-humanoid robots who don't have mouths.
  • May 8, 2017
    NateTheGreat
    It should be clarified that Wall E "kissing" is a Head Butt Of Love combined with a small electrical discharge.
  • May 8, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Eve revives his memory without doing a Headbutt Of Love though.

    I'll edit that example to match.
  • May 8, 2017
    NightShade96
    Bump
  • May 9, 2017
    NightShade96
    Bump
  • May 10, 2017
    NightShade96
    Bump
  • May 11, 2017
    NightShade96
    Any other indices which this could fit under?
  • May 11, 2017
    Getta
    Don't bump too much after only a few hours....
  • May 12, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ I won't.
  • May 12, 2017
    NightShade96
    Bump
  • May 13, 2017
    Xtifr
    I don't think you can define a trope by what it's not. If the only thing these examples have in common is that they don't fit into any of our existing tropes, then the result is not a trope. Because they can be all over the map in terms of meaning and significance.

    A better approach would be to provide the Missing Supertrope, or perhaps to convert Kissing Tropes from an index to a supertrope+index. (Which would be a job for repair shop, not launch pad.)
  • May 13, 2017
    Getta
    ^ "a trope which is not like other similar tropes" and "a trope based on an activity that's different from other similar activity" are two different things.
  • May 14, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    My Little Pony uses nuzzling in lieu of kissing.
  • May 14, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ You mean Friendship is Magic?
  • May 15, 2017
    NightShade96
    Bump for examples.
  • May 16, 2017
    Getta
  • May 17, 2017
    NightShade96
    Bump
  • May 17, 2017
    AmourMitts
    • At the end of every episode of Daniel Tigers Neighborhood, Daniel would rub his nose at the screen as a sign of endearment while saying "ugga mugga".
  • May 18, 2017
    NightShade96
    Bump
  • May 18, 2017
    Pichu-kun
  • May 19, 2017
    NightShade96
    Bump
  • May 20, 2017
    NightShade96
    Bump
  • May 22, 2017
    TrueShadow1
    Dude, if you want to bump so much just use the blank edit (enter edit mode and save without changing anything). Way better than cluttering the comments with your bump.

    Compare G Rated Sex
  • May 22, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ That's what I've been doing for today. Will definitely do that in future.
  • May 25, 2017
    JoeG
  • May 25, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ I think more examples may be needed for it to stand on its own.

    I'll launch in a few hours, just in case any new examples come in. Also, a few live-action film examples would be great.
  • May 25, 2017
    Getta
    In The Demolition Man, in the future city of San Angeles, even simply high-fiving is thought as intimate there; people are taught not to do any meaningless physical contact.
  • May 25, 2017
    Getta
    In The Demolition Man, in the future city of San Angeles, even simply high-fiving is thought as intimate there; people are taught not to do any meaningless physical contact.
  • May 26, 2017
    NightShade96
    I'll launch this within an hour, if there are no issues.
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