Created By: SynchronicityOctober 8, 2011 Last Edited By: SynchronicityAugust 2, 2014

Personally Significant Date Spot

A character takes their LoveInterest to a very pretty and personally significant place.

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Two characters are sharing a romantic moment, and one of them suggests bringing the other somewhere else (often blindfolded). But this isn't just any gorgeous sight or stunning view: said "somewhere else" is often someplace that holds a lot of significance for the bringer (for example, their secret, most favorite place in the city, etc.). The fact that they even bring their partner there is often a show of trust, which makes this trope particularly heartwarming for the more aloof love interests. Bonus points if the site is important for both of them.

Bringing them there will often culminate in plenty of romantic and heartwarming moments, and a Relationship Upgrade (if they aren't in a relationship already). Expect a return to Make Out Point as adults if there is a Book End theme. Very common in Dating Sim games, and will often turn up as part of a Romance Sidequest.

Examples

Anime and Manga

  • In First Love Sisters, one of the earliest signs of their growing romance is when Haruna shows Chiko her secret garden - a very pretty clearing in the school gardens where Haruna has liked to go to for lunch for years.
  • In Full Metal Panic, Sosuke takes Chidori to his secret fishing spot.
  • Patlabor: In Patlabor: The New Files: In the final episode, Asuma takes Noa to visit his older brother's grave. After paying their respects, she asks why. Asuma tells her it's because she's his partner; though it's subtly implied that his feelings for Noa go deeper than that.

Film

  • The Sure Thing: Near the beginning, Gib brings Allison to the roof where he likes looking at the stars. She's impressed until he starts making moves on her and she angrily leaves. In the final scene, having finally gotten together, they return to the roof for their Official Kiss.
  • The beach house where Ah Jong takes Jenny from The Killer was intended as this. It ends up being the stage for one of the biggest shootouts of the movie, and the very first one where the two protagonists of the movie fight alongside each other for the first time.

Literature
  • In Anne of the Island Gilbert takes Anne to Hester Gray's garden for two reasons. The first is that she loves the garden for it's own sake (Hester Gray loved flowers, too and led a romantic life). The second is that Gilbert knows that a wild apple tree is back there (Anne loves apples) and knows that Anne will enjoy tasting them.

Live Action TV

  • The Drew Carey Show: For their first date, Drew takes Kate to the planetarium where they first met when they were in grade school.
  • In the British TV series The Darling Buds of May, Mariette brings her love interest Charlie to a spot in the woods where bluebells grow and nightingales sing both night and day. This is her attempt to upgrade the relationship. Later in the series her sister Primrose brings her own love interest to the same spot for the same reason.

Music
  • Keane's Somewhere Only We Know is about a world-weary lover who wants to take his beloved to that special private place, for a little bit of solace.

Video Games

Visual Novel
  • Kanon: Once Yuuichi and Shiori start getting along and agree to go on a date, she makes a vague reference to a place that's important to her. On their next date, they do go there - a pretty garden with a beautiful fountain that happens to be almost totally abandoned since it's the middle of winter.

Western Animation

  • In Avatar The Last Airbender: The girl who has a crush on Zuko takes him to her favorite spot in the city — a bunch of lanterns and a reflecting pool. They're not lit though. Zuko surprises her by lighting them with firebending.
  • Attempted on The Simpsons when Homer takes Marge to the old LISA note  train they used to ride when they were dating, but he finds in in all sorts of disrepair.

Community Feedback Replies: 37
  • October 8, 2011
    ClockStopping
    • In First Love Sisters, one of the earliest signs of their growing romance is when Haruna shows Chiko her secret garden - a very pretty clearing in the school gardens where Haruna has liked to go to for lunch for years.
  • October 8, 2011
    Koveras
    Subtrope of Grand Romantic Gesture. See if you can fish out some of the examples from there.
  • October 8, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    In the film Daredevil, Matt takes Elektra up to show her a rooftop view in Hell's Kitchen. She is duly impressed by the sight.
  • October 9, 2011
    Jallen
    Expect a return to Make Out Point as adults if there is a Book End theme.
  • October 17, 2011
    Synchronicity
    bump?
  • October 18, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Played for laughs in The Mask. Stanley Ipkiss arranges for Tina Carlyle to meet the Mask in Landfill Park.
    Stanley: It's really beautiful right around sunset. The methane emissions really pick up the colors. All those...pinks and greens.
  • October 18, 2011
    Sackett
  • November 13, 2011
    Koveras
    Two examples from Grand Romantic Gesture (don't forget to pull them from there once this gets launched):

    Comics
    • An issue of Superman Confidential had Superman taking Lois for a picnic date on top of the Eiffel Tower.

    Western Animation
    • In the Justice League Unlimited episode "Question Authority," Superman takes Lois on a picnic date... on top of a suspension bridge.
  • November 13, 2011
    Hello999
    On Third Rock From The Sun, August was mad at Tommy and she told him that he could make it up to her by taking her someplace nice. He took her to a funeral ("There's this thing I gotta go to 'cause my dad knew this guy. You have to dress up 'cause it's really, really nice.")
  • November 13, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Avatar The Last Airbender: Tales of Ba Sing Se: The Tale of Zuko. The girl who has a crush on Zuko takes him to her favorite spot in the city. A bunch of lanterns and a reflecting pool. They're not lit though. Zuko surprises her by lighting them with firebending.
    • Subverted in Iron Man. The reporter he slept with the previous night wakes up to Tony's AI announcing the weather, and turning the wall transparent so she can see the incredible, gorgeous Malibu view she will probably remember forever. But it's Tony's west coast house, and Pepper is waiting to politely tell her to get out.

  • November 24, 2011
    Hello999
  • January 7, 2012
    foxley
    The Drewcarey Show: For their first date, Drew takes Kate to the planetarium where they first met when they were in grade school.
  • January 8, 2012
    JoeG
    • The Sure Thing: Near the beginning, Gib brings Allison to the roof where he likes looking at the stars. She's impressed until he starts making moves on her and she angrily leaves. In the final scene, having finally gotten together, they return to the roof for their Official Kiss.
  • January 24, 2012
    marjojo
    The meadow in Twilight.
  • January 24, 2012
    X2X
    Video Games
  • March 4, 2012
    CrystalBlue
    Bump
  • March 4, 2012
    Met
    In the British tv series The Darling Buds of May, Mariette brings her love interest Charlie to a spot in the woods where bluebells grow and nightingales sing both night and day. This is her attempt to upgrade the relationship. Later in the series her sister Primrose brings her own love interest to the same spot for the same reason.
  • March 5, 2012
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • Star Trek The Next Generation episode "Booby Trap". Geordi La Forge would like to take Christy Henshaw somewhere nice for their date, but since they're onboard a starship his options are limited. He decides to take her on a holodate - a date on the Holodeck, which has been programmed to become a beach in the moonlight.
  • March 5, 2012
    cygnavamp
  • March 8, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    Bump
  • March 8, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    The beach house where Ah Jong takes Jenny from The Killer was intended as this. It ends up being the stage for one of the biggest shootouts of the movie, and the very first one where the two protagonists of the movie fight alongside each other for the first time.
  • June 11, 2013
    Larkmarn
    ... well, this clearly needs a new name. Not only is it a stock phrase, the phrase implies that the trope is about someone ordering another character to take a girl someplace special.
  • June 11, 2013
    Chernoskill
    Real Life

    Lover's Lane is a general term for secluded places where couples meet to make out in some degree of privacy. In films depicting the 50s, this is more often than not the hill overlooking the city ( the skyline at night being a pretty and romantic sight), with multiple period cars standing next to each other, each with a couple kissing. In real life, it could be any other secluded place like abandoned parking lots etc.
  • June 11, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    Common element in Dating Sim games. Might start showing up in RPGs during a Romance Sidequest.
  • June 11, 2013
    MiinU

    Anime

  • June 12, 2013
    ClockStopping
    • Kanon: Once Yuuichi and Shiori start getting along and agree to go on a date, she makes a vague reference to a place that's important to her. On their next date, they do go there - a pretty garden with a beautiful fountain that happens to be almost totally abandoned since it's the middle of winter.
  • June 12, 2013
    TheHandle
    Music:

    • Keane's Somewhere Only We Know is about a world-weary lover who wants to take his beloved to that special private place, for a little bit of solace.
  • June 12, 2013
    Koveras
    This YKTTW should be listed on the Long Runners page.
  • November 18, 2013
    DAN004
    • Cars: Sally takes Lightning for a ride together to the cliffside road. There we get a slow motion shot of Sally simply riding along the road, with the waterfall's shadow slightly covering her, while Lighting watches from the other side of the cliff.
  • November 18, 2013
    Paycheckgurl
    In the Spider Man Comics Peter once took Mary Jane to the tip of the Empire State Building (as in the top of the structure itself, higher than the actual highest floor). They're able to take in the awesome arial few and overlook their city while having a meaningful discussion about how as a Happily Married individual, MJ had no plans to ever give up on Peter, no matter bad things get for Spider-Man. She then has to "help" Peter get them both by down by taking him by the hand and taking a Leap Of Faith with him. Made even more poignant to the reader by this moment being something of a Writer Revolt right before One More Day was slated to hit the presses.
  • February 24, 2014
    Synchronicity
    ^ and ^^: please explain how those places are personally significant for Sally and Peter.
  • February 24, 2014
    DAN004
    This is often preceded by... that trope where one blindfolds the other and then tell him/her to open it, leading to the surprise. What's the name?
  • February 25, 2014
    Arivne
    ^ This trope should be mentioned in Blindfolded Trip but currently isn't. "Taking someone on a date to a special location" should be added there.
  • February 28, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Thanks.
  • February 28, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Attempted on The Simpsons when Homer takes Marge to the old LISA note  train they used to ride when they were dating, but he finds in in all sorts of disrepair.
  • March 1, 2014
    NateTheGreat
    In Anne of the Island Gilbert takes Anne to Hester Gray's garden for two reasons. The first is that she loves the garden for it's own sake (Hester Gray loved flowers, too and led a romantic life). The second is that Gilbert knows that a wild apple tree is back there (Anne loves apples) and knows that Anne will enjoy tasting them.
  • August 1, 2014
    XFllo
    Le Bump.

    (note to self: examples to write — Step By Step, perhaps also himym)

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