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The famous kiss an ecstatic sailor plants on a very surprised nurse he just grabbed off the street for the express purpose of kissing (see page image) when the end of WorldWarTwo is announced in [[BigApplesauce New York City]] is the most [[StockParodies commonly parodied]] [=VDay=] photograph, though there are others.

Taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt and originally appearing in Life Magazine, the subjects of the photo melted into the crowd before he could catch their names. As a result of this, and the natural obfuscation of the subjects' features, several different people have come forward claiming to be the kisser and kissee.

Likely the modern TropeCodifier for TheBigDamnKiss.

See FootPopping for what that nurse was doing with her right leg.

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* In a Pepsi ad, during a ProgressiveEraMontage, a short scene in the 1940s part features this, complete with the sailor carrying the nurse afterwards amidst the crowd.

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* ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'': Ice, the former love of Guy Gardner's life, was resurrected after years of being deceased during an affair between the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey and the ComicBook/SecretSix. In the aftermath of the ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar, the two ex-lovers met once again in Times Square and shared a single long and passionate [[http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/7/74/Guy_Ice_together_again.jpg kiss]].

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* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' puts the openly lesbian character Silhouette in the place of the Sailor. [[AllohistoricalAllusion A sailor walks past them as they kiss]], even briefly glancing at them before moving on. This apparently started a relationship, as that same nurse was seen sitting with Silhoutte at a Watchmen dinner and then murdered along with Silhouette later in the title sequence.
* Larry and UsefulNotes/AmeliaEarhart jump into a large print of it in ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum: Battle of the Smithsonian''.
* ''Film/LettersToJuliet'' begins with the main character attempting to find someone who saw the photo being taken.

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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', at the end of ''[[FilmNoir Noir]]'', Jimmy does this to Chloe. Fitting for an affectionately old-fashioned episode.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. When Frasier and the gang return to KACL after it reverts back to talk show format.
-->'''Bulldog:''' God, I didn't think I'd ever see this place again. It's like we're soldiers comin' back from the war.
-->''(grabs a passing woman and imitates the VJ Day kiss. She gives him a tremendous slap and storms off.)''
-->'''Bulldog:''' ''(ecstatic)'' I'm home!
* The ''Series/{{Mash}}'' episode "Abyssinia, Henry" has Colonel Blake recreating this with Major Houlihan, after the former is inaudibly advised/dared to do so by [[HandsomeLech Hawkeye]].
* Parodied by John Oliver, and an unknown actress, on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' in a [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-january-11-2011/verizon-iphone-announcement feature]] about the iPad getting the use of the Verizon network ('VZ Day'). While kissing the woman, Oliver makes the picture himself with his iPad.
* In ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', when Mr. Kraft announces that he's leaving Westbridge, the hallway explodes into a TickertapeParade, and Harvey gives Sabrina a VJ Day kiss.

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* The ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' blog parodies it at the end of its WAR Update with the [[LargeHam Heavy Weapons Guy]] kissing the [[RunningGag Scout's mother]].
* In ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'', the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlvfqfGTar4 E3 trailer]] has a variation on this at the 30 second mark... with [[DayOfTheJackboot a Nazi]] doing this to a nurse instead, forcing himself on her in Nazi-occupied France.

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* Included as a FunnyBackgroundEvent in [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111216 this]] Webcomic/GirlGenius

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* Once parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. From "Bart the General", Bart and Milhouse parade Nelson, tied up in the wagon. Lisa stands in the street surveying the damage, when a soldier boy rushes up and kisses her, the moment captured forever in a photo. Lisa slaps him and yells, "Ewww, knock it off!"

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* Music/KatyPerry reenacted the kiss [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2151687/Is-new-Kiss-photo-Black-white-snap-Katy-Perry-locking-lips-marine-mirrors-iconic-WWII-moment.html with a Marine]] when she was giving a show during the New York Fleet Week.
* [[http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-33816_162-57491471/sailor-nurse-from-iconic-vj-day-photo-reunited/ More recent developments has identified Greta Friedman as the nurse and George Mendosa as the sailor]]. Subsequently it also became a FunnyAneurysmMoment as it turned out that Mendosa was drunk at the time and the kiss was [[ForcefulKiss non-consensual from Friedman's side]].
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