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->''"When kissed for the first time, a girl should close her eyes. The second time, she should give an ecstatic back kick, clutching her sweetheart by his coat lapels."''
-->-- "An Outline of Motion Picture Etiquette", [[http://www.archive.org/details/ScreenlandOct.1923 October 1923]] issue of ''Screenland''

Traditionally, when a woman and a man kiss, the woman tends to lift her leg to show just how hot and heavy it's getting or to demonstrate how much she trusts the man to hold her up.

A somewhat DiscreditedTrope nowadays, and mostly crops up in parody (though the alert viewer will still sometimes see it played straight, mainly in romantic comedies), as often a man will do this to [[InTouchWithHisFeminineSide emphasize his effeminate side]], or both people will do it at once. The TropeNamer is the film version of ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries''.

Though the trope originated earlier, one of UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode's dumber demands required that women, in love scenes, at all times have [[ExactWords "at least one foot on the floor"]] (in other words, no love scenes in bed). It may even be an example of GettingCrapPastTheRadar if it's combined with SomethingElseAlsoRises. However, this euphemistic meaning has become mostly forgotten over time, to the point where it can be used without a single raised eyebrow in children's programming, or conversely, seen in ''pornographic'' movies, where the need for euphemism is lessened, to say the least.

According to some commentary on the topic (including several actresses from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood), this trope was/is also intended as a way for starlets to [[ShesGotLegs draw attention to their shapely legs]]. This is borne out by numerous posed "cheesecake" photographs from the 1930's through the 1960's where the model is striking a Foot Popping-style pose without actually kissing anyone (generally she's the only one in the picture). Many old hosiery advertisements (stockings and pantyhose) also used the trope in this way, to showcase their wares by calling attention to the legs wearing them.

See also StockKisses.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* OlderThanTelevision: A magazine stocking advertisement from the 1920s features this trope, suggesting that it developed as soon as skirts became short enough to show off female legs.
* This trope used to show up frequently in pantyhose and stocking commercials (and some shoe commercials as well) in the 1960s and '70s.
* In the '80s, commercials for Big Red chewing gum would occasionally show this trope, sometimes spoofed, sometimes played straight. Example [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL5r_ybqos4 here]].
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Done straight in chapter 22 of ''Manga/LittleHouseWithAnOrangeRoof'' [[spoiler:when Natsumi and Shoutarou embrace for the first time]].
* In ''Manga/{{Sachiare}}'', Sachiko is so short she often has to do this ''on a stool'' to kiss her husband. Unless he just picks her up, of course.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* As shown in the picture, ComicBook/BlackCanary and Franchise/{{Batman}} once indulged in this.
* Apollo of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' (a man married to Midnighter, another man, mind you) did the leg lift thing while [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v401/ravensilvers/5ea26e4a.jpg they kissed once]]. This notably inverts the OneHeadTaller rule as far as the two of them are concerned.
* Lois and Clark's kiss in issue 3 of ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'' provides a sterling example of how this trope can still be played straight.
* In ''ComicBook/XMan'' comic from TheNineties, Nate Grey meets a mutant who uses her [[NinetiesAntiHero life-consuming powers to commit mass euthanasia]]. After they "hit it off", he takes her on a flying ride and kisses her. She lifts her foot.'' While flying.''
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender-inverted]] (and mostly off-frame) in ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'', in [[http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/icon_uk/11800056/1345211/original.jpg a sequence]] (3rd panel in middle row) where newly arrived alien hottie Cerise decides to try out kissing with Nightcrawler.
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'': Wonder Girl does it the first time she and Superboy kiss. They're both in the air at the time.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The last kiss in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', chapter 29.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Barbie in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' does this. Considering that she's a Franchise/{{Barbie}} Doll, it's a weird moment in the film. Ken does the same in the follow-up short ''Hawaiian Vacation''.
* Shows up in the [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] version of ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', where Megara, naturally, is not a victim of PaterFamilicide but a FemmeFatale.
* Parodied in ''Disney/ChickenLittle'', right before the title character leaves to go stop aliens from destroying the town; he grabs his friend Abby, the Ugly Duckling, delivers a rapid-fire confession of his love for her, and kisses her. Her foot pop is immediate and rather funny.
* At the end of Ralph Bakshi's ''WesternAnimation/FireAndIce'', when Larn and Teegra embrace, she pops a foot.
* Done by Leah at the end of ''Film/OsmosisJones'' when she kisses Ozzy. According to commentary, the animation was added in for laughs.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* {{National Lampoon|Films}}'s ''Film/LoadedWeapon1'' had a scene where both the man and the woman stick one foot in the air as they kiss. Then each puts the other foot in the air at the same time. They just sort of hover there.
* In the first ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'' movie (the protagonist's life dream is to meet a guy, fall in love at first sight, and kiss him like this. She expressly specifies the foot pop. Subverted three times and then played straight.
** First try: Daydream sequence, when the protagonist is kissing the boy and she can't pop her foot because it's cemented to the sidewalk by used gum.
** Second try: protagonist and boy are hiding in a shed. Kiss is attempted, foot gets caught in fishing net and she falls over.
** Third try: guy forces her into a kiss with paparazzi surrounding them. She starts to do this, then takes off her sandal and beats the guy over the head with it.
** Fourth try: protagonist is (finally) kissing the boy she likes outside, her foot pops properly. Her foot pops such that it turns on the fountains in the garden as well as all the lights, demonstrating that when one kisses the right person, foot pops go perfectly.
* Anne Hathaway's character indulges in Foot Popping again in the second ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'' movie on two occasions:
** First attempt: Mia gets smooched at a garden party and she does the foot pop.
** Second attempt: Played straight. Mia encounters her true love (the same guy who kissed her earlier) and kisses him in front of the throne; she lifts her foot as the camera pulls back out of the room. Heck, she picks up ''both'' feet on the second one.
* Spoofed in ''Film/TheNakedGun'' when Frank Drebin and his LoveInterest do this at the same time.
* In the 1932 Creator/JeanHarlow film, ''Film/RedHeadedWoman'', the protagonist and her boyfriend go behind the cupboard in a bar, so we only see their feet. She lifts one of their legs, showing that they're kissing -- quite scandalous in a public place back then.
* Spoofed in the Creator/BobHope/Jane Russell film ''Son of Paleface'', in the scene where Jane kisses Bob. One of Jane's shapely legs goes up as per trope specifications, then ''both'' of Bob's legs fly up in the air and the spurs on his bootheels (he's in full-dress cowboy gear) begin to spin madly.
* This was subverted in ''Film/DateMovie''. Julia pops her foot while kissing Grant, and Grant pops his foot also -- the wrong way.
* Seen and played straight in ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'', when Ferris (Matthew Broderick) greets his girlfriend (Mia Sara).
* Also played straight in ''Film/WorkingGirl'' at a key romantic moment between Melanie Griffith and Harrison Ford's characters.
* Faye Dunaway's character does this briefly in ''{{Film/Network}}'' as part of a montage of stereotypically romantic scenes -- it's kind of played straight, but also satirical as she spends all of these scenes talking nonstop about work.
* Played straight in the classic musical ''Three Little Words'', where Red Skelton's character finds his fiancee kissing another man backstage.
* In the Dean Martin/Tony Curtis/Janet Leigh movie ''Who Was That Lady'', the movie opens with a scene showing Leigh arriving at her husband's (Curtis) office and catching him in the act of kissing a foot-popping girl.
* Played straight by Creator/BrigitteBardot in her 1950s' movie ''Une Parisienne''.
* Also in ''Contempt'', but she lifts it the other way.
* Martine Carol strikes a Foot Popping pose in her movie ''Nana'' during an onstage scene, though she doesn't actually kiss her male opposite number.
* Done in ''SoIMarriedAnAxeMurderer'' by Mike Myers' character, kissing his bride at the altar, dressed in a kilt.
* ''Film/ScoobyDooCurseOfTheLakeMonster'' has one between [[spoiler:Shaggy and Velma]] played entirely straight.
* ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'': when [[Creator/MarilynMonroe "Sugar" Kane]] kisses Joe as he's lounging on a couch, [[SomethingElseAlsoRises one leg stands up straight in the air behind her back]].
* ''InAndOut'' contains a male-on-male example, when openly-gay Peter cuts off inadvertently-outed Howard's [[NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat "you've got the wrong man"]] protests [[ShutUpKiss with his lips]], giving the audience its first solid indicator that, no, in fact, he doesn't.
* ''Film/TheProfessional''. When Léon rescues Mathilda from corrupt cops at the DEA office, she throws herself into his arms; naturally as she's only a little girl the subsequent Foot Popping closeup shows her feet hanging a foot above the floor.
* The last kiss in ''Film/OSS117LostInRio''.
* Something similar to this happens in the 1996 film ''Michael'', during Archangel Michael's (John Travolta) dance with hippie waitress Anita (Joey Lauren Adams). After catching Anita in a hug and lifting her up before playfully spinning her around, Anita's shows her enjoyment by her big grin and also by both of her legs doing some foot popping (although this differs from normal as neither of her feet are touching the ground).
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the photo-novelization of the 1980 Music/VillagePeople movie ''Can't Stop the Music'', there is a picture of Valerie Perrine Foot Popping while she kisses Bruce Jenner. In the actual movie, Perrine and Jenner are shown only from the waist up.
* In a ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novel of the long-running "Weatherlight Saga", the ''Weatherlight'' crew is fighting a group of {{Mooks}}. One of them tries to get a jump on [[WrenchWench Hanna]] from behind. She turns her head, kisses him and does a foot pop. The mook goes down [[GroinAttack clutching himself.]] This may also qualify as both a [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Crowning Moment of Funny]] and [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Awesome]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}''
** In "[[FilmNoir Noir]]", an AlternateUniverse ComicBook/LoisLane does this when kissing SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor.
** She does this again -- with a lot of foot focus -- when kissing Clark in "Idol".
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' did a gag in which J.D. and Kim both lift their legs while kissing.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Isaac's prophetic painting of Peter and Simone kissing [[UmbrellaOfTogetherness under an umbrella in the rain]] has Simone with her leg up.
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'' has an DaydreamSurprise from Olive Snook where she is literally swept off her feet.
* ''Series/HappyDays''
** In one episode, the boys watch a kissing scene involving an actress with whom they [[BachelorAuction might have a chance to win a date]] and discuss how much they'd like to raise that foot up.
** In another episode, Potsie observes Fonzie kissing a Foot Popping girl and comments that Foot Popping is a signal that the girl is "worldly".
* In the episode of ''Series/LivingSingle'' where Overton and Sinclaire finally Spit It Out, they ''both'' pop their feet when they finally kiss.
* Sarah does this in the "Something Ida This Way Comes" episode of ''Series/BrothersAndSisters''.
* ''Series/MorkAndMindy'': Mork does this while kissing Mindy in the episode "Mork the Prankster".
* In the movie version of ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' episode "The Double Affair", ''The Spy with My Face'', Senta Berger disrobes, enters a shower and kisses Robert Vaughn. Only their legs are seen, and hers take a sort of Foot Popping pose (actually, more like her bare foot caressing Vaughn's bare legs) accompanied by suggestive dialogue.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxdO_NDm5MQ first lesbian kiss in a Brazilian soap ]]–''Amor e Revolução'' (translation: ''Love and Revolution'')– had this.
* {{Tracker}}: After Daggon/Cole rescued Tina - a homeless teenager who ran away from her mum - from a pair of alien fugitives, he later reunites her with her father. Tina is shown briefly doing a foot pop as she and her Dad hug each other.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist Time Heist]]'', the Doctor is so pleased with himself for exhausting Clara right before her dinner with Danny Pink ("Robbin a whole bank. Beat ''that'' for a date!") that he does this in the last shot.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. T'Pol does this while sharing a ShowerOfLove with Trip Tucker.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The cover of the old Carmen Cavallaro record, ''For Latin Lovers'', shows this trope.
* The cover of the 2007 compilation album, ''The Departure Lounge: Love'' also shows this trope.
* In the video for Eddie Money's early-1980s song "Shakin'", the Latina beauty driving the blue "lowrider" strikes a Foot Popping pose as she kisses the hood of her car after winning a street race.
* The music video for Josh Turner's "Your Man" plays this trope straight as his lover lifts her foot while kissing in an elevator.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the video game ''VideoGame/{{GoldenEye|1997}}'' on N64, the ending has Film/JamesBond and Natalya kissing, and she does this. It's sort of distracting because the whole credits sequence is [[OrbitalKiss just orbiting around them]] [[OverlyLongGag for several minutes]].
* The most recent ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'' expansion pack, ''Apartment Life'', includes a new kiss called "Suck Face"; the receiver's foot pops if the interaction succeeds (regardless of the gender of said Sim).
* Used in one ending of Creator/LucasArts adventure game ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'', in what is probably a throwback to the Hays Code-era adventure serials that inspired it.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'', once a certain level of suavity is achieved, the protagonist can kiss girls [[IntimateHealing For Health(tm)]] and there will be foot-popping involved. Of course, then the leg-pop progresses to more intense making out, so it's not so much a "cute" move.
* In the [[VideoGame/ScottPilgrim game adaptation]] of ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', Knives does this whenever she [[LesYay kisses Kim]] (once again, [[IntimateHealing For Health(tm)]]).
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' strip [[http://nonadventures.com/2007/02/17/burning-love/ "BURNING Love"]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02041.htm this pose is avoided]] since the kiss in question is between a human and an [[UpliftedAnimal uplifted wolf]].
-->'''Florence:''' When a dog lifts its leg, the image that comes to most people's minds isn't associated with romance.
* Webcomic/KarateBears do a [[http://www.karatebears.com/2011/06/kiss-and-tell.html double foot pop!]]
* Bill Holbrook, creator of ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'', seems to be a fan of these, possibly because his [[FurryComic anthropomorphic characters]] don't wear shoes, creating a unique foot focus. Usually it's the title character of Kell who ends up [[http://www.kevinandkell.com/2006/kk1022.html doing it]], but there's also [[http://www.kevinandkell.com/1999/kk1206.html a notable one]] when Coney kisses Nigel just before the two [[ItMakesSenseInContext use a time machine to return themselves back to their usual toddler forms.]]
* Webcomic/GirlGenius has one with [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120716 the conclusion of a big hero moment]].
* ''Webcomic/BladeBunny'' does this with [[http://www.bladebunny.com/2012/08/01/webcomic-challenge-success/ a pin-up bonus]].
* In [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/12/25/is-you/ a strip]] from ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'', it's [[spoiler:King's]] foot that lifts when he goes to kiss [[spoiler:Bailey]], instead of the usual male/female roles.
* Done twice by [[BigBad Zenith]] in ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty''. First when [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/06/26/bedside-manners/ hugging her newly made abomination of a boyfriend]], even [[BarefootCartoonAnimal spreading out her toes on her raised foot]] for emphasis. After a [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]], she later does it again while showing off [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2012/08/15/nin-wahs-agenda/ a new outfit she just made]].
* ''Webcomic/GastroPhobia'': Phobia does it while kissing Klepto in a panel explaining the [[http://www.gastrophobia.com/index.php?date=2013-10-16 "four kinds of love"]] in AncientGreece.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender-inverted]] in the ''WebVideo/KateModern'' episode "The Hen Night", when Lee kisses Sophie. He is in drag at the time, though (because he's attending a hen night, so obviously he had to dress as a woman... well, ItMakesSenseInContext).
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', the titular character kisses Princess Sally, whose foot "pops" off the ground.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** At the end of the episode "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back", his wife does this as he kisses her. The Obstructive Bureaucrat does this earlier in the episode while kissing Fry.
** In the episode "When Aliens Attack", the title character does it in the fictional show ''Single Female Lawyer''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer Simpson has done this a few times while kissing Marge. It was even lampshaded once, when Marge became a cop. He popped said foot right after Marge assured him that he was the man of the house, wearing the pants in the relationship ([[{{Metaphorgotten}} even if, under those pants, he wore ladies underwear]]).
* Done by Sam in the last episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' when he finally kisses her.
* This happens in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' during Bob and Dot's first and only kiss [[spoiler:(unless you count Dot kissing the fake Bob several times over the course of the ''My Two Bobs'' movie)]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''
** Makes a [[GenderInvertedTrope gender inverted]] appearance in ''Total Drama World Tour'' when Duncan and Gwen kiss for the second time.
** Common when [[HeterosexualLifePartner Katie and Sadie]] hug, although [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship anything one takes from that]], [[ShippingGoggles they probably carried in themselves]].
* The Alchemist pops a foot in the fourth season finale of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' when Shore Leave kisses him.
* Actress!Katara in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheEmberIslandPlayers The Ember Island Players]]"'.
** In the sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', in a rare male example, Kai does this while hugging Bolin in [[Recap/TheLegendOfKorraAfterAllTheseYears After All These Years]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', Comicbook/BlackWidow does this as she and ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} share a goodbye kiss.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Death in Bloom", Death uses the Kiss of Death on Jake (on the lips) [[ItMakesSenseInContext to get his memory back]], Jake does a quick foot pop.
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender inverted]] in the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' episode "The Disappeared Part 1". After being reunited with his old love Queen Julia of Bardotta, Jar Jar lifted one of his legs (and his ears), when kissed by her.
* Played more or less straight in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision: TheVJDayKiss features a nurse Foot Popping with the sailor kissing her. It's funnier when you realize that the two are strangers, and the latter was kissing ''everybody.''
* [[Music/TheBlackEyedPeas Fergie]] did a Foot Popping kiss [[http://justjared.buzznet.com/headlines/2010/01/fergie-josh-duhamel-new-years-eve-lax-las-vegas.jpg with her husband]] Josh Duhamel in Las Vegas on 12/31/2009 that got written up in a number of celebrity blogs.
* This giant statue at St Pancras International Train Station, London called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:St_Pancras_Station_06.JPG The Meeting Place]].
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