->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 ''{{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.

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* "Two Hearts" from the ''{{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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[[folder: Music ]]

* "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.

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* Most of these are played straight:
* "Till There Was You" from ''Theatre/TheMusicMan''.
* "It Only Takes A Moment" from ''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 ''{{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 ''ALittleNightMusic''.
* Heartbreakingly 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 ''{{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 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 ''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 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]].
* ''InTheHeights'' has two, "Champaigne" for Usnavi and Vanessa and "When the Sun Goes Down" for Nina and Benny.
* "Forbidden Love" from ''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.

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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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