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[[caption-width-right:350:Romantic, isn't it? [[FridgeLogic Don't ask]] [[MST3KMantra how they]] [[SuperNotDrowningSkills can breathe]].]]

->''And it was pretty much the best underwater kiss of all time.''
-->-- '''Percy''', ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''

There's something about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a kiss underwater]] that's more romantic or emotional than a regular kiss. Regardless of how it occurs, the added dramatic effect is often used to give an extra push to the scene. Even if the kiss is only for practical reasons, it's still a ShipTease moment. There are two types, which may overlap or lead into each other:

'''Actual Kiss''', where the kiss is simply a kiss. Additionally, it can be related to SuperNotDrowningSkills, if it happens to be a very long kiss. This ''can'' be done in RealLife of course, but your mileage may vary on how romantic it is in practice.

'''Breath of Air''', where the kiss is used to transfer oxygen, sometimes between [[HoYay two guys]]. It can overlap with KissOfLife.


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* There's an underwater kissing scene in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''. Although it's a scene in a movie shoot. Alto and Ranka are very flustered by having to perform it and [[BigBrotherInstinct Ozma]] outright called the movie "tasteless".
** That underwater kiss was actually them filming TheMovie of the events of ''Anime/MacrossZero'', complete with an almost frame-by-frame recreation of the scene in question. Speaking of which, that scene was actually the practical version of this trope. Having the movie version be romantic [[JustifiedTrope makes sense]] as it is apparently based off of ''Mao'''s diary, who, since she had a crush on said guy she gave the breath version to, would colour it in that regard.
* An episode of the anime that Lt. Clouseaux was watching in the ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic: The Second Raid'' OVA featured this... until Kurz got a hold of them and replaced them with footage of two pigs kissing. Clouseaux was [[BerserkButton NOT amused]].
* Nagisa and Shizuma do this in ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'' (see picture).
* Hagino and Mari do one in the ''Manga/BlueDrop'' anime. [[KissingDiscretionShot Not that we see it...]]

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* [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] and Lori Lemaris had kissed a few times underwater. Clark can't drown and Lori's a mermaid so it makes sense.
* In ''[[ComicBook/{{WITCH}} W.I.T.C.H.]]'', Cornelia and Peter share an underwater kiss after he saved her from being pulled under.
* The front cover of ''WorldOfArchieDoubleDigest'' issue 18 has one of Archie and Betty doing this with Veronica seeing with shock.

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* There was a [[TheNineties 90's]] European commercial for Levis, where mermaids capture a guy and kiss him underwater. [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale The punchline]] being they can't get his Levis off because of the double-stitching, so they let him go.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* This happens in the Baz Luhrman version of ''[[Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet Romeo and Juliet]]''. The balcony scene is instead (partly) a pool scene.
* There's one in ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse'', though it's during a DisneyAcidSequence with literal acid.
* In the Film/JamesBond movie ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', Bond and Domino have sex ''entirely underwater'' at one point. Mind you, they had SCUBA gear on.
* In that vein, there is the underwater [[{{Fanservice}} nude]] [[FetishFuel ballet]] scene in ''Film/Piranha3D'', where PageThreeStunna Kelly Brook and porn star Riley Steele dance naked underwater to an Italian aria.
* There's one in ''Film/WhipIt'' set to a rather awesome song.
* Happens in ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}''.
* Niki Lauda and his wife get one during their honeymoon in ''Film/{{Rush2013}}''.
* Happens in ''Film/{{Delicatessen}}'' between Julie and Louison when they flood themselves in the bathroom.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Used in ''Lock and Key'', a book by SarahDessen.
* In the final ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' book, [[MakingASplash Percy]] kisses Annabeth underwater.

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* The one most of us have seen most often is surely the one from the opening titles of ''Series/HartToHart'', right? "When they met, it was MOYDER!"

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* There's one at the end of the music video for the Music/KatyPerry song "Teenage Dream".
* In the music video for "For You I Will (Confidence)", Teddy Geiger shares this with Kristen Cavallari at a pool party he is playing at...while she is in her undergarments, no less.
* The music video for Music/{{AFI}}'s "Love Like Winter" ends with something extremely similar, albeit in a "Let's drown together" sort of way.
* There is also an underwater kiss at the end of the music video of "This Kiss" by Music/CarlyRaeJepsen.
* Two kids share one in the music video of "Always Be My Baby" by Music/MariahCarey.

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* {{Lampshade}}d in ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse.'' One of the teenagers tried making out with their significant other in a swimming pool but ended up choking as they inevitably took in mouthfuls of water. They came up for air and noted that it's not nearly as romantic in RealLife.

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* The first ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' has Kratos doing this with some sea nymphs during an underwater segment.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has a major one. Yuna and Tidus' first kiss begins with them standing up to their chests in a lake, and then they tip over and go swimming...while making out.
* In ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/Hollow Ataraxia]]'', if you take Sakura with you to the pool, you get a CG of this.
* The kiss between the girl and the blue boy in ''VideoGame/ButThatWasYesterday''.
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* ''Manga/LoveHina'' '''almost''' had Naru and Keitaro doing it, but because Keitaro is the ButtMonkey it ended up failing.
* In the ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' NonSerialMovie ''The Fourteenth Target'', [[http://www.detectiveconanworld.com/wiki/File:Movie_2-5.jpg Ran shares a "breath of air"-type kiss with Conan to keep him from drowning]] when they're trapped underwater. [[HeroicSacrifice She herself almost drowns]], but this gives Conan the strength and the time to free them both. To add to the ShipTease, just before the kiss, oxygen deprivation causes Ran to hallucinate and think she sees Conan as [[LoveInterest Shinichi]]... who he ''is'', but she doesn't know that.
* The ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' manga inverts it. Excel and Elgala are drowning in the sewers, and Excel looks like she is about to invoke this trope with Elgala, but instead sucks out her air and leaves her to die.
* Utena's last scene with Touga in the movie-manga version of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' involves this.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Kit Fisto [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/b/bc/AaylaKit.jpg breathes]] for Aayla Secura this way.
** [[SarcasmMode Sure he does]]...
* During the aftermath of "WorldWarHulk", [[TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] had to hold up a part of Manhattan while underwater. Namora breathes for him this way, although Herc later admitted that he could hold his breath for the entire duration.
* There was this infamous HoYay case with ComicBook/IronMan and CaptainAmerica when both Captain America is unconscious from poison gas and needs oxygen. Iron Man [[http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j144/crimsonquills/slashymoments/Avengersv370-RedZone06-TheGreatEsca.jpg helps]] [[http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j144/crimsonquills/slashymoments/Avengersv370-RedZone06-TheGreatE-1.jpg him]] [[http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j144/crimsonquills/slashymoments/Avengersv370-RedZone06-TheGreatE-2.jpg get it]], even at the risk of breathing in the gas himself.
* [[spoiler: Ethan and Ashleigh]]'s first kiss in ''ComicBook/{{Scion}}'' was this type.
* In the ''World War III'' arc of JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, a breach in the watchtower sent ComicBook/{{Huntress}} flying into space. {{Superman}} rescued her and locked lips with her to keep her from suffocating.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Used in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' between Film/JamesBond and Wai Lin.
%%* ''Film/{{Waterworld}}''
* In the CGI movie ''Anime/ResidentEvilDegeneration'' with Leon and the other lead girl (not Claire). Leading her last line to Leon along the lines of "lets go scuba diving again".
* In ''Film/{{Splash}}'', while trying to start a boat's engine Tom Hanks' character is knocked overboard and falls unconscious underwater. Creator/DarylHannah's mermaid character swims up and kisses him. On Website/YouTube [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGMf90z0Ytc starting at 1:00]].
* In ''Film/{{Hook}}'', Peter is rescued from drowning by a trio of sparkly mermaids.
* ''Film/TheTransporter'' steals the last breath of the {{Mook}} who fell into the water with him. Jason Statham got no end of ribbing from the production crew for the FoeYay.
* PaulNewman did this to Richard Jaekel in the film ''Sometimes a Great Notion'' when Jaekel's character is trapped in rising water by a log. Jaekel's character eventually panics and drowns. Unpleasant.
* Lara Croft does this on her rival Alex West in ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'' after he got shot.
* In the ''HellboyAnimated'' movie Sword of Storms, Abe Sapien saves Liz this way after their plane crashes in the ocean. Abe later admits he didn't know if it would work.
* In ''Film/CutthroatIsland'' Morgan gives William a kiss whilst he's pinned behind some crates in the flooded hold.
* Jason Bourne attempts to revive [[spoiler:Marie]] this way after their car crashes off a bridge in ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Supremacy]]''. [[spoiler:[[KilledOffForReal It doesn't work]].]]

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* In ''[[Literature/FloraSegunda Flora's Dare]]'', Lord Axacaya pulls this on Flora. The age difference makes it distinctly squicky, especially with some of the other subtext.
* ''Goddess of the Sea'' by P.C. Cast has the mermaid Undine save and kiss the heroine Christine...for Christine to open her eyes to see that they've [[FreakyFridayFlip Body Swapped]].
* It's quickly glossed over and Daphne does not seem to remember it, but there's a part in ''Literature/{{Nation}}'' where Mau saves Daphne from drowning using this trope in the process.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Alex (whose power is [[SuperNotDrowningSkills breathing underwater]]) kisses Claire to give her oxygen.
* {{Xena}} and Lao Ma, when the former is hiding in the latter's pool.
* ''Series/DueSouth'': Fraser "buddy breathing" with Ray K in a sinking ship. Given his dumbfounded expression, I'm sure Ray thought the same way.

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* The oxygen machines in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' are just robots... but they resemble mermen with pompadours who "kiss" you to fill up your oxygen. The party characters can be seen blushing after the process finishes.
** Later, in New Pork City, Lucas and friends run into one last oxygen machine (which has been retrofitted to look like a centaur) who offers its services again for old times' sake.
* One of your (female) sidekicks in the Xbox game ''{{Galleon}}'' (SpiritualSuccessor to ''Franchise/TombRaider'') does this to replenish your oxygen while swimming.
* Protagonist Naija and [[spoiler: her (eventual) boyfriend [[SatelliteCharacter Li]]]] have one when they first meet in ''VideoGame/{{Aquaria}}''. Mostly because Naija, being a [[FishPerson Fish Girl]] who has lived underwater for almost her entire life (and is therefore unaware of creatures that can only breathe air), [[NiceJobBreakingItHero had just pulled off his diving helmet]]. The kiss permanently grants [[spoiler: Li, whose short name complicates spoiler tags]] [[SuperNotDrowningSkills the ability to breathe underwater]], because Naija is a magic fish girl who can tap into the [[MagicMusic power of the Verse]]. Or something. [[MST3KMantra Just roll with it.]]

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In ''{{Magellan}}'', Fatima, not knowing the cultural significance of kissing between females, does this with team mate Kaycee Jones in [[http://magellanverse.com/?p=737 Chapter 2]]. Other team mates are suitably distracted!
* Dawn from ''Webcomic/DawnOfTime'' [[http://www.dawnoftimecomics.com/index.php?id=156 is the given one.]]

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[http://gaius0artemis.deviantart.com/art/Catacombs-of-New-York-Chapter-10-291993033?q=gallery%3Agaius0artemis%2F36333221&qo=11 Catacombs of New York Chapter 10]]
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