->"Once in every show\\
There comes a song like this\\
It starts off soft and low\\
And ends up with a kiss.\\
Oh, where is the song that goes like this?"
-->--"The Song That Goes Like This," ''{{Spamalot}}''

In musicals, the leads often sing a love duet towards the end of the second act. It's the moment right before they end up HappilyEverAfter or part in bittersweet fashion. It may be an original song or a reprise. More common in older musicals, this song is usually sweet, sentimental, and often includes a kiss at the end.

Most of the time, you can identify one of these just from the playbill, by the fact that the leads [[LetsDuet sing a duet]] towards the end.

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!!Examples:

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* "Far Longer Than Forever (Reprise)" from ''TheSwanPrincess''.
* "You're The One That I Want" from ''{{Grease}}''.
** Replaces the similar "All Choked Up" from the stage musical. It [[CutSong survived until the movie]].
* The Finale (Reprise) from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''.
* "Love Will Find A Way" from ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''.
* Parodied in ''{{Enchanted}}'' when the heroine meets her Prince Charming and falls in LoveAtFirstSight:
-->'''Edward:''' You're the fairest maid I ever met!\\
You were made...\\
'''Giselle:''' ...To finish your duet!
** Later subverted when the prince finds her again at the end, sings his part...and [[CharacterDevelopment Giselle doesn't join in]].
* ''MoulinRouge'' has a reprise of ''Come What May''.
* [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} "A whole new world... A whole new life... ...for you and me..."]]
* The CutSong "If I Never Knew You" from Disney's ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' would have been one, and is in the extended re-release, happening when Pocahontas goes to visit John Smith whilst he's being held captive by her father awaiting his execution.
* "No Matter Where You Are" from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'': The titular song, "Strange Magic" by the {{Electric Light Orchestra}}, serves as this for [[spoiler:Marianne and the Bog King]].

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* "Two Hearts" from the ''{{Series/Lexx}}'' musical, "Brigadoom." Subverted in that [[spoiler:their reconciliation in the song is followed by a doomed LastStand in defense of their planet, with a reprise of the love duet that ends, "It's a good way to die."]]
** MyLittleTown. A duet of "I'll Cover You"(Reprise) goes to Art and [[spoiler: Maya]] when they get together the first time.

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* "Let us sleep now" from Benjamin Britten's ''War Requiem'' is effectively a homoerotic final love duet, though the accompanying chorus, "In paradisum," is really what gives it a transcendental quality.
* "Another Heart Calls" by Music/TheAllAmericanRejects featuring The Pierces is a duet between the two singers about a failed romance.

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* Most of these are played straight:
* "Till There Was You" from ''Theatre/TheMusicMan''.
* "It Only Takes A Moment" from ''Theatre/HelloDolly''.
* "You Rule My World (Reprise)" from ''The Full Monty''.
* "They Were You" from ''Theatre/TheFantasticks''.
* "I'm Your Girl" from ''Me And Juliet''.
* "How Deep Is Your Love" from ''Saturday Night Fever''.
* "Til Him" from ''Film/TheProducers'', however, is a subversion - it's about their [[HeterosexualLifePartners guy love]].
* The quote, from Creator/MontyPython's ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'', isn't a Final Love Duet, but its reprise -- "Twice In Every Show"" is.
* "Perfect Strangers" from ''Drood'' - the audience chooses the pair that will sing it.
* "Fine Fine Line (Reprise)" from ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' is a very short version.
* Some may argue that "For Good" from ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' fulfills this trope, since the relationship between G(a)linda and Elphaba [[LesYay appears to be more important]] than Elphaba's relationship with Fiyero (and their duet, "As Long As You're Mine", comes close to the beginning of the second act.)
* "In Whatever Time We Have" from ''Theatre/ChildrenOfEden'', which is also final in that it's about staying together in the time they have before God wipes out the earth with a flood.
* The reprise of "Somewhere" in ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.
* Subverted in almost all versions of ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'' with "You and I" (DarkReprise).
* The reprise of "Send in the Clowns" as sung by Fredrik and Desiree at the end of ''Theatre/ALittleNightMusic''.
* Subverted in ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''. Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney join for a final duet to the tune of "A Little Priest"... [[spoiler:as he waltzes her into her oven]].
* From ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}'', "We're Not Sorry (Reprise)," sung by Cladwell and Pennywise. Subverted in that [[spoiler:this is as Cladwell goes to be thrown off a building]]
* Opera example: in the fourth act of ''[[LaBoheme La bohème]]'', Rodolfo and the dying Mimi have a few minutes by themselves to sing a Theatre/FinalLoveDuet. Its reminiscences of the first meeting scene and abrupt ending are arguably even more tear-jerking than her actual death.
* "With So Little To Be Sure Of" from ''Theatre/AnyoneCanWhistle''.
* "From This Day On" from ''Theatre/{{Brigadoon}}''.
* "Let Love Grow" from ''9 to 5: The Musical''
* "Bare" from the musical... well ''Bare''.
* "Not Alone" from ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'', with a twist: on the last third of the song, Harry and Ginny are joined by Ron and Hermione, making the song about friendship as well as romantic love.
** The reprise with [[spoiler:Voldemort and Quirrell]] plays this straight, however. And it actually is the final song of the show, even.
* The Reprise of "Always Only You" from Theatre/OnceUponATimeInNewJersey. The first time is a partial subversion.
* ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' provides a [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] twist: Christine and Raoul sing a reprise of "All I Ask of You," but the focus of the scene is on the Phantom, now alone and devastated after [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy letting them go free]].
* ''Theatre/InTheHeights'' has two, "Champaigne" for Usnavi and Vanessa and "When the Sun Goes Down" for Nina and Benny.
* "Forbidden Love" from ''Theatre/ZombieProm''.
* "All the Wasted Time" from ''Theatre/{{Parade}}''.
* ''TheWeddingSinger'' musical somehow manages to have ''three'' for the same couple. Robbie and Julia sing "If I Told You", "If I Told You (Reprise)" and the actual final duet, which is "Grow Old With You".
* The heartbreaking "A Little Fall of Rain" from ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', where Eponine lies dying in Marius' arms. After which, [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse Marius happily runs off with Cosette]].
* Rose and Sam's final duet in ''Theatre/StreetScene'', which reprises portions of their earlier "We'll Go Away Together" and "Remember That I Care," is another example of the heartbreaking type.
* "Yesterday I Loved You" for the BetaCouple in ''OnceUponAMattress''.
* "Suddenly Seymour" in ''Theatre/LittleShopofHorrors'' and [[Film/LittleShopOfHorrors its movie adaptation]].
** Actually comes towards the beginning of Act 2. A CutSong, "We'll Have Tomorrow" fits even better, being an ElevenOClockNumber.
* "Second" from ''TheTwentyFifthAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee'' definitely has some aspect of this going on [[spoiler: Olive and Barfee debate who will throw the bee for the other one to win.]]. Seriously, just ask the {{fanon}}.
* ''{{Aida}}'' features a heartbreaking reprise of "Enchantment Passing Through" for Aida and Radames [[spoiler: as they take their final breaths.]]
* "Inside Your Heart" from ''BatBoyTheMusical''.
* The "One Alone" reprise from ''TheDesertSong.'' It starts out as a solo outlining the hero's ideas on "Eastern vs Western Love" and becomes a {{Leitmotif}}, finally becoming the last duet between the hero and heroine.
* Hey #3/Perfect for You from ''Next to Normal''.
* ''Theatre/TheRiseAndFallOfTheCityOfMahagonny'', in some productions, moves the Crane Duet to the spot where Jimmy is awaiting execution.
* "Life Plus 99 Years/Finale" from ''Theatre/ThrillMe'' is a mildly creepy duet between Richard and Nathan where Nathan sings about how now they'll never be apart. Ever.
* In ''{{Theatre/Heathers}}'', Veronica and J.D. sing reprises of all their love duets throughout the climax. "Dead Girl Walking" gets a whole song for its reprise, and a lot of the lyrics take on a very different, more deadly feel. "I Am Damaged" reprises both "Seventeen" and "Our Love is God." [[spoiler:And it ends with J.D. blowing himself up to save Veronica.]]
* In ''[[TheEmigrants Kristina]]'' the song "Here I Am Again" more or less fills this purpose for the lead characters. They spend the entire musical being happily married but towards the end of the second act Kristina barely survives a miscarriage and is informed she won't live through another pregnancy which in the mid 19th century means she and her husband have to stop having sex. The song in question takes place when Kristina convinces Karl Oskar that it's worth the risk of sleeping together because if God wants her to live she'll live and if He wants her to die He'll find a way whether she abstains from sex or not. The ending of the song is a reprise from a first act song in which Karl Oskar convinces Kristina to keep having sex when she wants to avoid bearing more children when they can barely feed the kids they've got. The lyrics are essentially about how their love and desire for one another is too strong to abstain from physically expressing it.

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* At the end of season 2 of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', Marik and Florence perform a duet of "Stand by Me" as [[spoiler:they are about to be obliterated by Mega Ultra Chicken]]. It somehow manages to be a TearJerker ''and'' a CrowningMomentOfFunny ''at the same time''.

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* The reprise of "If Only" from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. Unlike the previous unrequited version between Black Canary and Music Meister, this version declares the love between [[spoiler: Black Canary and Green Arrow.]]

Definitely not played straight:

* "Draussen ist Freiheit (Reprise) from ''TanzDerVampire''. It sure sounds like a traditional example of this trope, until [[spoiler:Sarah starts singing in a more guttural voice after she falls and Alfred pulls her up again... and then she turns around and has fangs... and then ''bites Alfred''.]]
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