Two characters, who either appear to be attracted to each other but in denial or just hate each other's guts, find themselves cornered during an emergency. They're about to be caught sneaking into the Big Bad
's fortress, looking at confidential files, or fleeing the scene of the battle. The quickest solution? Kiss — passionately.
Maybe the theory is that whoever's about to find them will want to look away and give them some privacy
. Maybe the logic is to do the LEAST suspicious thing
a boy and girl would be doing in a dark room or alley, or because it's difficult to recognize someone's face when it's mashed against someone else's. Maybe it's somehow necessary to maintain the Masquerade
. Maybe it's a good excuse. Either way, the danger is quickly thwarted... but the moment is not so quickly forgotten.
Probably the only kiss that comes without warning
. Often fuel for shippers
anyway, and has a good chance of appearing in that episode's trailer
. Distinct from the Kiss of Distraction
because that involves one of the kissers being distracted, whereas this seeks to distract people looking at the kiss.
Sometimes done to interrupt a person speaking/shouting
, either to just shut him/her up or because someone is coming.
Compare the longer-term Undercover as Lovers
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Anime & Manga
- Alan Quatermain and Mina Murray do this during an infiltration in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
- Happens in the Knights of the Old Republic comic. Twice.
- "Leave him guys, he's recruiting..."
- Uncanny X-Men: Iceman does this to Cecilia Reyes, who not only actively dislikes him but hates the whole mutants-vs-humans drama thing going on, and is only with him because she got outed and will be killed if she doesn't have his help.
- In the MAD parody of Mandrake The Magician ("Manduck the Magician"), Manduck tries this trick multiple times. It never works and the girl in question eventually realises he isn't doing it to avoid pursuit at all.
- "WHO CARES IF IT DON'T WORK?"
- Chemical Kid and Dragonwing do it in the first issue of the 2011 reboot of Legion of Super-Heroes.
- Employed in the Homestuck fanfic Cities In Dust by two detectives hot on the trail... Happens about halfway through the chapter
- Used in Facing The Future Series story Stolen Years by Danny and Sam to escape the Guys In White. Of course, considering their Relationship Upgrade status, there wasn't really anything 'fake' about it.
- Death Note Equestria: When Rainbow Dash is investigating the possibility that Applejack is Third Kira, the latter acts flirty and kisses her... in order to throw off the observing Mer and keep her from realizing that Applejack is whispering instructions to Dash to meet up and explain what's happening.
- The Fifth Act: in an Omake, Cloud is trying to hide from Sephiroth and wants Kunsel to hide him. So Kunsel dresses Cloud in a Second Class outfit and kisses him to trick Sephiroth into thinking he stumbled upon horny soldiers rather than look into it.
Films — Live Action
- Mat pulls a surprise make out in The Wheel of Time to prevent the woman in question from being discovered. She is quite shocked at first, but quickly complies when she hears the guards' voices.
- Used repeatedly in The Hardy Boys Casefiles series.
- In the Belisarius Series by David Drake & Eric Flint, Prince Eon of Axum hides the fugitive Princess Shakuntala from a search of his quarters... by throwing her on the bed, jumping on top of her, and then pulling the blankets up over them both while making some obvious physical movements and sounds. The villain's soldiers, utterly embarrassed at having caught their master's royal houseguest in the middle of something, give his rooms the hastiest and most perfunctory search ever and then flee in disorder. Their haste is aided by the fact that he doesn't pause at their entry.
- Also used in The Shadowof The Lion by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, and Dave Freer. However, there is nothing fake about it, and technically, the participants were not making out.
- Used near the beginning of the Incarnations of Immortality novel "For the Love of Evil." When Parry rescues his wife Jolie, he kills the guards in the tent. A minute later, when a guard pokes his head in, Parry uses hypnosis to convince the guard he is the leader (whom he has killed) and says "I am not yet finished with the wench. Leave me alone until I am." This buys him a little time to escape with Jolie.
- Dirk does this to Tia in one of the Second Sons trilogy books.
- In Isaac Asimov's novel Pebble in the Sky, one of the protagonists has a secret meeting with a girl in a car. She says that if someone is coming, they should do this. Then she lies that someone is coming.
- In In the Belly of the Bloodhound, part of of the Bloody Jack series, Jackie Faber and her Arch-Nemesis Clarissa are taking advantage of a diversion to look for possible escape routes, IIRC. Hearing someone coming, Jackie grabs Clarissa and makes out with her. Passionately. A Minion with an F in Evil walks in on them, causing them to be Mistaken for Gay.
- Happens in Sweet-Talking TJ by Karen McCombie, between the title character of the book and Stella to trick the police. It might have worked, but then they might have just not been seen.
- It doesn't go all the way, but in Alta by Mercedes Lackey, Kiron needs to hide Aket-ten from the Magi. He pulls her into a shrine to the goddess of lovers, throws his cloak over her, pushes her to her knees in front of the statue, and kneels himself. The Magus in charge of the squad looks in, "sees" a pair of lovers praying, and leaves without Aket-ten.
- In The Night Is for Hunting, Lee figures out a way for Fiona's parents, who have been working in an office after much of the area has been recolonized, to sneak out and meet with her during their lunch break. After tearfully reuniting with their long-lost daughter, they return to the office snuggling, kissing and touching each other intimately. It's very clear what they wanted people to think they were doing hiding in a bush all through lunch.
- In the sixth Troubleshooters book, Going Too Far, Sam and Alyssa do this in an alley to hide from random passing strangers that A) they are fighting, violently, and B) they are handcuffed to each other again.
- Alyzon Whitestarr by Isobelle Carmody features two of the main protagonists, Alyzon and Harrison, sneaking into a library to find out about Alyzon's sister. When a military-looking goon comes along, guess what happens.
- In one of the Sweet Valley High Kids Christmas books, one of the twins does this after she and a boy she was helping are caught by guards in a restricted area during a party. As neither of them were invited to the party to begin with, she also runs off crying saying "I told you someone would see us." The guards are so busy laughing that neither of them are checked for ID or questioned about why they were in the restricted area.
- In The Pillars of Creation of the Sword of Truth series, Jennsen and Sebastian pull this off to avoid being noticed by a squad of D'Haran soldiers.
- At the beginning of The Warrior's Apprentice, Miles and Elena do this twice in rapid succession. The first time is intentional: Miles convinces an armsman that they're sneaking into the library to make out, rather than to break into his father's secure terminal. Shortly thereafter, both their fathers walk into the room, and Miles' attempts to make it look like they're rehearsing a play just make it look more like awkwardly-concealed sex. Complications ensue.
- In Ethan of Athos Elli Quinn wants to make sure her scheme to get a pair of Cetagandan intelligence agents arrested goes as planned, so she drags Ethan into a convenient alcove near the agents' rooms and enacts this trope. Ethan is a bit perturbed since he's from a male-only planet with religious beliefs that women are the source of all sin and temptation, but he manages to play along.
- In Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair, Branden's trying to blend in among Tasha's former coworkers when he spots several who know him personally. He tugs Tasha into an access corridor and starts kissing her to hide his face. Since the couple had gotten together a few days before and broken up a few hours before, Tasha is understandably confused.
- In Gabriel's Ghost by Linnea Sinclair, Sullivan, Chaz, and Ren are trying to pick the lock on a door in a public hallway. When they hear someone coming, Sullivan takes the chance to steal a kiss from Chaz, and silences her protests by claiming they need an excuse to be standing around in a hallway. The passerby laugh and tell them to get a room, and Ren apologizes claiming it's the couple's honeymoon.
- Most of the kisses between Katniss and Peeta in The Hunger Games, seeing as they're supposed to keep up a Star-Crossed Lovers masquerade—or at least all of them are to Katniss before she starts feeling something. To Peeta, it's a completely different story. Note that the trope is played with here, as in this case they're doing it to get people to pay attention to them, rather than avert it.
- Used by Corran Horn in Wedge's Gamble to avoid being seen by his nemesis while on an undercover mission.
- His soon-to-be love interest was not amused when she found out - particularly as it was her romantic rival he'd kissed.
- Phryne Fisher and Bert do this to avoid detection in Little Lonsdale Street in Cocaine Blues.
Live Action TV
- Metro PD: Close to You:
- During Hanai's route, he and the protagonist pose as a couple to lure in the person who's been taking photos of couples in the act, complete with a real kiss. Once he snaps a couple of shots, they pounce and nab him with the evidence right there on his camera.
- Kirisawa and the protagonist perform a textbook fake make-out early in his route during their stakeout of a drug ring's possible area of operation, in order to avoid being noticed by a person of interest.
- Not Always Right has a story about a waitress helping a customer find something, only for him to realize his ex is there, prompting him to do this to the waitress.
- Two boys smoking pot in a car, and a policeman drives up...
- Once done at pre-Berlin Wall Europe by two youths involved in the Berlin form of suspicious doings to fool the East German Guards into dismissing it as merely the adolescent kind.
- One Allied-sponsored burglary attempt at a Vichy embassy during World War II was protected by a distraction using this means.
- ...Turned Up to Eleven - the female half of the pair actually stripped naked to make sure the patrolling guard wouldn't interrupt them more than once.
- One variation was a female Zionist agent in Istanbul who bought large numbers of condoms in which to smuggle messages to Jews behind German lines. Naturally most people thought it was for the more obvious reason.