->''I'd like to be, not evil,''\\
''But a little worldly wise--''\\
''To be the kind of girl designed''\\
''To be kissed upon the eyes''
-->--''Theatre/TheFantasticks'', [[IWantSong "Much More"]]

Perhaps a kiss on the lips is too intimate (or not enough!) for the situation or maybe the writers just wanted to be unique. Regardless of the reason, there's one thing in common with these kisses -- none are on the lips. See also IKissYourHand and IKissYourFoot.

Some censors [[EnforcedTrope make this trope mandatory.]]

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', Sakura kissed Syaoran on the eye at one point (only natural, once you take CLAMP's eye fetish into account), and that's pretty much all they get as far as kisses go.
** In CLAMP manga in general, it's actually far more common than not for couples/people with close relationships to express their affection in ways that are [[ChastityCouple anything but kissing on the lips]]. 20+ manga series to their name and [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters countless characters]] with pairings and [[ShipTease potential pairings]], and the number of times CLAMP has drawn a kiss scene totals to about 7. And notably, almost all of them have the scene obscured in some manner.
* In ''PetitePrincessYucie'', when Yucie first meets Arc, he kisses her on the forehead--not the best move, considering how self-conscious she is about it.
* In one ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' story in the manga, Ranma, Akane and Konatsu are taking care of Ukyo's food joint while she is ill. Customers are about to leave because, well, [[LethalChef Akane is cooking]], so Konatsu pulls a special ninja move and ''kisses all the customers so fast the cute kunoichi cannot be seen''. Akane is appalled, since, well, [[WholesomeCrossdresser Konatsu is a guy]], but he reassures her: "Don't worry, I avoided any vital spots". And none of the customers has been ''kissed on the lips''.
* In ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', Dios kisses a young Utena on the eyes, kissing her tears away. Considering [[spoiler: Dios is Akio]], Akio's later full-on kiss becomes all the more significant.
* Junichi Tachibana of ''{{Amagami}}'' has some... ''interesting'' ideas about exactly where to kiss first Haruka, then Kaoru. Though with Haruka it was a condition for getting the kiss at all.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Misa kissed L on the cheek.
** To which he responded [[ShipTease "I could actually fall for you."]]
* ''GunslingerGirl''. Underage cyborg girl Triela gives her older male handler Hilshire a peck on the cheek before taking part in the assault on the bell tower. Because he'd viewed their relationship as a (sometimes strained) surrogate father/daughter one, Hilshire is visibly surprised, unaware that she'd previously kissed him [[DudeShesLikeInAComa while he was passed out]] (on that occasion, the angle makes it unclear if she kissed her unconscious handler on the mouth or cheek).
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' employs this trope. Tsunade kisses Naruto on the forehead and as shown in the flashbacks, this is due to her doing the same thing to her litte brother and her boyfriend when they mention their dreams.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', this trope being employed causes the [[AMagicContractComesWithAKiss magical contracts]] to (mostly) fail, much to the dismay of characters who didn't want to kiss a 10 year old.
* ''{{Vassalord}}'' plays this for major Fanservice, having Charley kiss and bite Johnny in all kinds of interesting places, but never on the lips. All the better to heighten the HoYay!
* Hilariously done in ''PandoraHearts''. Oz is feeling down about recent events, so Alice kisses him on the cheek to cheer him up. Since she's only ever seen pictures of people kissing, she ends up ''biting him''.
* In ''LightNovel/MaoyuuMaouYuusha'' the Hero kisses the Demon Queen in the forehead before leaving for the Demon Lands. She is dejected.
* In ''Manga/KoiKaze'', Nanoka agrees to never meet Koshiro again - if he kisses her. He kisses her on the forehead, instead of the lips.
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[[folder:FanWorks]]
* Followed perfectly straight despite two AlmostKiss moments in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/106068/1/relax/intimacy Relax]], or at least initially, because the heroine feels that mouth kisses are too personal and intimate to be given to her clients. The story is a brief piece about a prostitute and a soldier whom regularly visits her. The trope is averted at the end after the protagonist's alloted time expires, meaning that he is no longer a client, and therefore they are spending time together as lovers. It also turns out to be his FirstKiss. [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/106068/1/relax/intimacy See for yourself.]]
* In ''Fanfic/AnAnthemForShelteredBays'', after hearing Eren's [[EnthrallingSiren singing]], Levi ends up kissing and biting everywhere else on Eren's body, only for Eren to stop him when he tries to kiss him on the lips.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', [=ProtoMan's=] first kiss to Nomad is on her forehead.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In the movie ''Film/PrettyWoman'', Vivian's one rule is that she never kisses on the mouth because it makes it too personal. [[spoiler: She does kiss Richard Gere on the mouth when she starts to fall in love with him.]]
* Similarly, in Louis Malle's ''Murmur's of the Heart'', [[ProfessionalSexEd the prostitute]] refuses to kiss Laurent because kisses are only for her fiance.
* In Bollywood, it was, until recently, the law. Even now, in contemporary Bollywood films, couples will kiss and... move very suggestively, but virtually never touch lips.
* ''Film/{{Footloose}}''. Ariel wants to kiss Ren, and Ren burns her with, "I get the feeling you've been kissed a lot. I'm afraid I'd suffer by comparison." But after dating for awhile, and after she gets [[WouldHitAGirl smacked around]] by her dad and ex-boyfriend, Ren finally kisses her when she asks him, "Think you might ever kiss me?"
* Subverted in ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1334537/ Humpday]]'' - they decide not to kiss after kissing each other [[spoiler: and then decide not to do anything at all.]]
* The French film ''Film/{{Amelie}}'' uses this, despite there being no censorship or ''Film/PrettyWoman'' scenario involved: Amelie kisses her beau on the eye, on the neck, and on the corner of the lip, but not actually on the lips. He does the same for her. The scene's very intimate, even with the lack of lip locking.
** They do appear to lock lips in the next shot in a silhouette seen from the point of view of a neighbor, which then cuts to a SexyDiscretionShot.
* In ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', Snow White kisses the dwarfs on the forehead. Dopey, however, always puckers up hoping she'll kiss him on the lips.
* The musical "[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0356999/ Not on the Lips]]" is the one of the most most obvious uses of this trope. The whole premise of the movie is that a man will not kiss his wife on the lips because it disgusts him.
* In the teaser trailer for ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Tiana is reluctant to kiss frog Naveen on the lips, insisting there was nothing in the original story about it.
** Explained and expanded upon in the actual movie - Tiana finds frogs disgusting and doesn't want to kiss ''any'' part of one.
* ''TheBoondockSaints''. After giving him a CoolDownHug one of the [=McManus=] brothers covers Rocco's mouth with his gloved hand, then kisses the back of his own palm.
* ''{{Film/Thor}}''. The first time Thor leaves Jane he [[IKissYourHand kisses the back of Jane's hand]]. The second occasion there's an AlmostKiss moment before Thor kisses her hand again, so Jane just grabs him for TheBigDamnKiss.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes''. Holmes gives Irene Adler a peck on the forehead moments after they have an AlmostKiss in their final scene together. This fits with someone who's trying to show his affection without making the mistake of getting too close to a FemmeFatale.
* John and his future sister-in-law share a New Year's kiss in ''{{Film/Holiday}}''. He only kisses her cheek, but they ''both'' look like they want something more.
* In the Creator/StanleyKubrick adaptation of ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'', Charlotte insists on getting a goodnight kiss from her daughter before she goes to bed. Lolita gives her a dutiful kiss on the cheek, then gives a [[FilleFatale more flirtatious kiss on the cheek]] to Humbert.
* Rather famously in Keats' "La Belle Dame sans Merci":
-->''She took me to her elfin grot,\\
And there she wept and sighed full sore,\\
And there I shut her wild wild eyes\\
With kisses four.''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The majority of the kisses Edward gives Bella in the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series are on the jaw and neck.
* In ''Literature/{{The Catcher in the Rye}}'', Jane lets Holden kiss her all over her face, but never on her lips.
* There's a point in ''[[XWingSeries Wedge's Gamble]]'' where Leia Organa kisses Wedge Antilles on the cheek. They're PlatonicLifePartners / LikeBrotherAndSister, apparently. That didn't stop them from holding hands, talking about Wedge having kids, and the line "Things may have changed, Wedge, but not us". ...Wedge and all three members of the Big Three are very, {{subtext}}ily close in those few pages they share, but although Luke hugs him for a ''long'' time and Han hangs out and ruffles his hair, only Leia kisses him.
* In ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'', this happens from time to time to Keladry of Mindelan. Cleon kissed her eyelids after two of her sparrows died. At the end of ''Lady Knight'' her former teacher Lord Wyldon, who kept MovingTheGoalposts for her earlier on, kissed her forehead as part of the ultimate expression of respect.
** It's mentioned in the [[Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness Trickster]] duology of the [[Literature/TortallUniverse same universe]] that noble girls are encouraged to not have any but their betrothed kiss them, and if then, only on the forehead or fingertips to keep them from thinking [[MyGirlIsNotASlut their fiancee is unchaste]]. It's mostly ignored in the modern age.
* The men Sayuri had been with in ''Literature/MemoirsOfAGeisha'' would rarely (if not never) kiss her on the lips. Which is why [[spoiler: the FirstKiss she had with the Chairman]] was so important to her.
* In ''The Dead Tossed Waves'' after [[spoiler: Catcher gets infected]] he refuses to kiss Gabry on the lips.
* In ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', Christine gives Erik a benevolent kiss on the forehead. [[spoiler: And even that is enough to kill the poor guy.]]
* Sir Percy's and Marguerite's passionate kissing scenes in ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel'' sequels are always described as this.
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Marius kisses Eponine on the forehead after she dies. Justified because, as the narrator explains, it was not him being disloyal to Cosette but taking pity on Eponine and fulfilling her last request.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Jaime Lannister remembers Tyrion telling him that many whores will "fuck you blind" but will refuse to kiss.
* When ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'' gets something in her eye, Humbert tells her of a technique Swiss peasants use to remove it, by licking the eyeball. He then proceeds to do so. On both eyes. The 1997 film adaptation had this as a DeletedScene.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In {{Smallville}}, ''Devoted'', after Chloe confesses she still loves him deeply [[spoiler:under the effect of a love potion]], at the end of the episode Clark kisses her on the cheek and tells her that sadly, he does not return her feelings...[[ShipTease at least not now]].
** ''Abyss'', Clark kisses an unconscious Chloe on her forehead before he [[spoiler:wiped her memories of his secret.]]
* Done very often in ''Series/DoctorWho'', as both ShipTease or a JustFriends moment.
* "Uncle Pete" kisses his wife on the forehead in ''{{Series/Damages}}''.
* Potentially squicky example - Jayne, from ''{{Series/Firefly}}''. "That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth."
** "That" being [[spoiler:the girl potentially using a knock-out drug in her lipstick, just like Saffron used on Mal.]]
* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "The Body" Xander kisses Willow on the forehead. It makes sense, given that Willow and Xander are close friends, the kiss is one of comfort, and their significant others are both present.
** Ironically, Willow and Tara had just shared their first onscreen (lesbian) kiss a few minutes earlier.
** Faith kissed Buffy on the forehead [[TakeThatKiss during one of their fights]] in Season Three. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Originally]], it ''[[ExecutiveMeddling was]]'' going to be a [[LesYay kiss on the lips]].
** Willow is working herself up to ask ex-girlfriend Tara out for coffee and lesbian love when she sees her greet-and-kiss another girl. From her viewpoint it's difficult to see how intimate the kiss was, but she runs off anyway. Willow tries to tell herself she overreacted ("I kiss my friends all the time.") Tara later informs Willow they were in fact JustFriends.
** Angelus kisses Spike on the forehead in "Innocence".
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Combined with RuleOfThrees in "A Hole in the World". Wesley twice kisses Winifred on the forehead; as she's infected with a lethal demonic pathogen, it's only sensible to avoid swapping body fluids. As Fred is dying in his arms however, [[LastKiss Wesley kisses her fully on the mouth]] because he no longer cares what happens to him.
* ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]''. One of the Viper pilots (not Lee) drinks booze from [[ReallyGetsAround Starbuck's]] belly button during a drunken revelry.
* ''HannahMontana'' is a bit schizophrenic on whether it's a no hugging/no kissing show or not (Miley kisses usually get shown, Oliver and Lilly's never do) but they had one intriguing use of this trope when a vegetarian girl Oliver was dating kisses him on a meat-stained cheek to show that she forgave him for eating meat, as long as he didn't lie to her about having done it.
** Lampshaded in the series finale, when, each time Miley & her boyfriend, and Lilly & Oliver lean in to kiss, something obscures each couple from the lean-in to the lean-back.
* In the season 9 premiere of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', after [[spoiler: Goren is fired, he and Eames are saying goodbye as partners for the last time. They full-on embrace for the first time in the series, and Goren presses a rather intense kiss to her cheek for several seconds.]]
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' was a repeat offender of this trope: over nine seasons, there were only four on-screen kisses between Mulder and Scully, and one of them wasn't real. They do, however, share many kisses on the forehead, the neck, the cheek, and the hand.
* Once Brian and Justin get together in ''Series/QueerAsFolk'', they lay down some groundrules to be able to keep sleeping around without hurting one another - not kissing anyone else on the lips is one of these.
* The ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' episode "R&R", the virginal Cooper goes to a prostitute, who invokes this trope:
-->'''COOPER:''' Why?
-->'''SUZY:''' Gotta save something for the man I fall in love with.
* "Heartland" (a 1990's Australian series staring Ernie Dingo as an Aboriginal cop). The white female lead character finds that everyone in the hometown of Dingo's character [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend assumes she's his girlfriend]] and says quietly, "If you wanted me to play a role -- like your lover -- you just had to ask." Dingo's respond is to gently kiss her wrist.
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'': In the pilot, Ned is deciding where to touch Chuck to bring her back from the dead. The narration says, "On the lips? No, too forward." (He decides on her cheek.)
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. T'Pol gives [[AllLoveIsUnrequited Trip Tucker a kiss on the cheek]] as she leaves to take part in her ArrangedMarriage to another Vulcan.
* This is prevalent with the OfficialCouple in the KoreanSeries ''{{Pasta}}''.
* Typhoid Mary insisted on this in her episode of ''Series/{{Brimstone}}'', [[KissOfDeath for good reason]].
* When Barbara Havers (of ''Series/TheInspectorLynleyMysteries''), the titular Inspector Lynley's partner, is held hostage at gunpoint on her first case back after being shot in the stomach the previous episode, she first tries to use the perp as a punching bag and then falls apart and [[InelegantBlubbering sobs hysterically]] [[CryIntoChest into Lynley's chest]] - and he very, very plainly kisses the top of her head as he holds her close. Obviously, it's one of the first scenes fans point to when they make their case for the fact that Barbara and Lynley are clearly in love with each other, even if they haven't acknowledged it.
* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily:'' Gomez frequently does this to Morticia, even kissing her hair at one point.
* Inverted in one case on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' where Ross's aunt ''only'' kisses him on the lips, much to his horror and disgust.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Emma inadvertently breaks her son Henry's sleeping curse (as well as the town's larger curse) by kissing him on the forehead, which worked as a TrueLovesKiss.
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[[folder:NewspaperComics]]
* Made into a joke during one of Paige's {{Dream Sequence}}s in ''{{Foxtrot}}''. As it turns out, the "kisses" are wherever she's being nibbled by Jason's pet iguana.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'', Luisa sings about wishing to be the kind of girl designed to be kissed upon the eyes.
* Shakespeare 4 Kidz' production of ''RomeoAndJuliet'' had to be heavily {{Bowdlerise}}d, one of the symptoms of which was this trope. Even more so when you realize that other companies often include a sex scene.
* In ''Theatre/DeadEnd'', Francey implores Martin not to kiss her on the lips for his own good, because she has a sore.
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[[folder: VideoGames]]
* VideoGame/HeavyRain has one moment where Lauren (a prostitute) says "I don't kiss, and I don't do any weird shit". Presumably she's referring to this trope, [[spoiler: making it more significant when she kisses Shelby]].
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[[folder:WebComics]]
* Bob from ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit'' turns into a demon when kissed by a girl on the lips. His girlfriend encourages him to get creative.
* ''WebComic/SabrinaOnline'': When giving [=ZigZag=] a promised kiss, Sabrina refuses to smooch her on the lips.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', Numbuh 3 kisses Numbuh 1 in the head [[spoiler:before he leaves Earth to join the Galactic Kids Next Door]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'': In the final episode, Nova kisses Sprx on the cheek [[spoiler:after she breaks him out of his BrainwashedAndCrazy state with ThePowerOfLove]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' episode "Into the Astral Plane," Lion-O's PraetorianGuard Cheetara gives him a MotivationalKiss on the cheek when he and his brother Tygra are about to enter the titular locale, which serves to bring the brothers' SiblingTriangle tensions to a boiling point.
** Later, Pumyra gives Lion-O a big smooch on the cheek when he dramatically saved her mid-combat, [[DefrostingIceQueen after spending a few episodes verbally tearing him apart and rebuffing his clumsy advances]]. [[spoiler:Turns out to have just been because it was [[TheMole part of the plan to ingratiate herself]] and she actually ''loathed'' him for "abandoning" Thundera]].
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'' Lina kisses Yang on the cheek, only for him to [[{{Kissgusting}} find it disgusting]].
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[[folder:RealLife]]
* People with severe food intolerances, particularly a life-threatening peanut allergy, put their health (or in some cases, lives) at risk when they kiss people who have been consuming the food they are intolerant/allergic to. Hence, they have to avoid kissing on the lips and aim for a part of the face that did not come into contact with the food.
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