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An Orbital Kiss is a phenomenon in {{Film}}, WesternAnimation, LiveActionTV and visual media, where two characters kiss, and the camera rotates a full 360 degrees around them as this happens. This may or may not be accompanied by SlowMotion. Look for one of the two to [[FootPopping lift a foot]].

Subtrope of OrbitalShot. Not to be confused by [[AnywhereButTheirLips a kiss on the orbitals.]] Or in [[RecycledInSpace near Earth space]]. A symptom of the BigDamnKiss. Compare TwirlOfLove.


* At the end of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Next'', not only does the camera spin when [[spoiler:Lina and Gourry]] kiss, but ''they'' spin too. In mid air.
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'':
** Parodied in the first episode, with the characters wondering how they can hold their breath while the camera pans around.
** In a later episode, Naota is sent flying toward the class rep--who has a massive crush on him--and, for several seconds, time slows down, the BishieSparkle comes in and it seems like they're going to have the most painful, glorious, awesome kiss in all history. [[spoiler: Their foreheads collide and he goes tumbling down a nearby staircase, simultaneously infecting her with the latest forehead-burst monster.]]
* This happens once in ''Anime/FushigiYuugi'', when Miaka resolves to stay in the book world with Tamahome. However, they don't kiss, they just embrace.
* Happens in ''LightNovel/DateALive'' with Shido and Tohka's first kiss. Bonus points because Tohka's clothes [[TheNudifier disappear in the process]].

[[folder:Films - Animated]]
* ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}'' and Jasmine spin around on the magic carpet as they kiss at the end of the movie.
* Shrek and Fiona have one near the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2''. Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter''.

[[folder:Films - Live-Action]]
%%* ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair1968'' (the original).
* This is the basis for a gag in ''Film/BeingThere''. Chance is watching the buildup to the moment in question when Eve enters the room in tears, out of desire for him. As per his tendency to imitate what he sees on TV, he furiously embraces and kisses her, and when the scene goes orbital, ''he spins their embraced bodies around and around to match it.''
* ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'' has a [[https://youtu.be/GwD9twaZMZM?t=1m13s long one]] between Scottie and a made-up Judy. The lips of the two kissers are obscured by shoulders and heads during the rotation at regular intervals, due to rules at the time that forbade showing a kiss for more than a few seconds.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' has this happen at Will and Elizabeth's [[MarriedAtSea wedding]].[[spoiler:In the midst of a battle, no less.]]
* A particularly disturbing one takes place in ''Film/{{Outbreak}}''. Jimbo and Cindy have one, but Jimbo's got Motaba virus and passes out in Cindy's arms when the orbit comes full circle.
* Creator/LarryTheCableGuy in ''WitlessProtection'' before fading to black.
* Greg Pilkington and Graham in ''Film/{{Priest 1994}}'', complete with sweeping orchestral music on the beach.
* In Baz Luhrman's ''Film/RomeoAndJuliet'', our eponymous star-struck and StarCrossedLovers share a kiss in an elevator - which was actually too small to fit cast and crew inside. There were a lot of breathless grips running around the outside of the tiny lift set, removing and replacing panels to allow the steadicam to move freely around the couple.
* Baz Luhrman's ''Film/MoulinRouge'' also features the equivalent, at the end of the Elephant Love Medley. I sense a pattern.
* Every UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} film ever. Except the characters in question [[KissingDiscretionShot don't even kiss]], [[MundaneMadeAwesome they just hug very dramatically]].
** They definitely kiss at the end of ''Three Idiots'', and it's definitely an Orbital Kiss
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries''.
* Such a kiss, set to This Year's Love by David Grey, takes place in The Girl Next Door as the party drunkenly spins around the kissers.
* The finale of ''Film/{{Serendipity}}.''
* The second version of Kotaro Terauchi's ''Film/BoysLove'' ends with the former [[HotForStudent teacher and student]] kissing while the camera spins around them.
* Played straight at the end of ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' -- until the end, when the romantic background chorus sings so high they injure their voices.
* Played with in ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'': The train car in which Creator/CaryGrant and Eva Marie Saint perform their first kiss proved too small to allow a cameraman to rotate around them, so the actors turned around while kissing.
* Happens at the end of ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook''.
* Subverted in ''Film/BodyDouble'' (1984). The StalkerWithACrush starts making out with the woman he's obsessed with in a [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes tunnel where she snapped him out of a claustrophobic attack]], then it cuts to a passionate orbital kiss on a beach, then suddenly we're back to the tunnel where it's shown this is his fantasy and he's forcing the kiss on her. The orbital kiss (and the fantasy) is shown again when he has WallBangHer sex with a porn starlet, the body double of the title.
* Happens in ''Film/DonJon'', between Jon and Barbara in the theatre lobby.
* The last shot of ''Film/AKnightsTale''.
* Josie and Sam at the end of ''Film/NeverBeenKissed''. Earlier Josie describes this trope as what a ''real'' kiss is like, hence the title of the film.
* It's the theme of Claude Lelouch's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IafQqbsht_g 1 minute short]] for the ''Lumière and Company'' project.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Chloe and Justin in "Crush". Frustratingly, they never seem to do that with long-term love interests.
* One features at the end of the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Monster Movie" fits beautifully as the entire episode is shot in the style of old black-and-white monster movies.
* Ned and Moze in the ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' series finale.
* Sydney and Vaughn's kiss at the end of the ''Series/{{Alias}}'' episode "Phase One" was the culmination of almost two solid seasons of UST.
* On ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael and Fiona have an Orbital Hug at the end of the episode "Shock Wave", when Fiona is released from prison.
* Doogie and Michele in an episode of ''Series/DoogieHowserMD''
* Kirk and Uhura's famous "first interracial kiss" in a 1968 episode of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' was, as a result of cultural taboos, hidden by an Orbital Kiss that just didn't make it all the way around.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Although a kiss isn't involved, the camera does a half-circle around Tuvok and Noss as they MindMeld at the end of "Gravity", to show the [[CanNotSpitItOut romantic subtext]] of this act.
* Josh and Donna in ''Series/TheWestWing''.
* Shawn and Juliet in ''Series/{{Psych}}''. Their second after their first is a ShutUpKiss.
* ''Series/{{Downton Abbey}}'':
** Mary and Matthew
** Sybil and Tom in season 3.
* Rachel and Finn in the ''Series/{{Glee}}'' episode "Michael". It starts off as a hug then turns into a kiss.
** Finn and Rachel again in "Nationals", this time it doubles as a ConcertKiss
* Oliver and Felicity in ''Series/{{Arrow}}''; [[spoiler: bittersweet as it comes while Ollie is breaking it off with her because of his double life]]

[[folder:Music Video]]
* Music/BillyJoel's video for "The Night Is Still Young" ends with one of these.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The "first kiss" cutscene of ''VideoGame/TheSims2'' does this.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', this happens in Thane's romance scene. (Well, the camera rotates by 180 degrees, but it's close enough.)
* There is a mod that adds this to the pre-FinalBattle dialogue with [[RomanceSidequest your love interest]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The kiss in WesternAnimation/PhantomPlanet, the series finale of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': "Wow. Remind me to save the world more often."
* Bob and Dot's kiss in a ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' season finale.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo'' with Robin and Starfire.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' plays this one for all it's worth, complete with the playground scenery suddenly transforming into a fairy-tale land and back again, in the episode where TJ and Spinelli have their PracticeKiss.
* From ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', Bender and the Countess get one in the episode, "A Flight to Remember". A more recent one happens between Fry and Leela in "Fun on a Bun".