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First Kiss
L'Amour et Psyché, enfantsnote , by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1890)

Well, we all know what a first kiss is, so let's just get down to the trope.

An individual's first kiss will generally be the subject of a great deal of nervousness. It may be preceded by some Kissing Warm Up. Subjects (usually teenaged) will approach one another tentatively. They'll want it to be perfect, and with the perfect person, and when it inevitably isn't... well, it'll turn out all right anyway. In Japan, where the culture is more strict, the first kiss is an even bigger deal; Sacred First Kiss has more details.

A couple's first kiss will be the subject of much squeeing among fans, who have had to suffer through Will They or Won't They? for months or years. It may end the UST and result in a Relationship Upgrade, or may be sacrificed at the altar of the god, Status Quo. These kisses tend to be made in times of high stress, because the participants Cannot Spit It Out under normal circumstances. This often becomes a Big Damn Kiss, especially in action-packed dramas.

Whatever the type, a First Kiss is very susceptible to being a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming— more so if the First Kiss is also a Last Kiss.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Pokémon: Ash's first kiss is actually given to him in the episode Abra and the Psychic Pokemon, unfortunately by Team Rocket's Jessie and James (they kissed both his cheeks while in disguise for some sort of plan). He's never had an official lip-lock as of the series today.
    • He was kissed in the cheek in the Pokémon Heroes movie by someone who is either Bianca or Latias disguised as Bianca.
  • Parodied to some extent in Love Hina with Kaolla Su's chart. Keitaro's first -> Mutsumi. Naru's -> Also Mutsumi (she was saying hi both times) Motoko -> a kissing robot. Shinobu -> Tama the turtle. Koalla Su -> Motoko's face is there, but it says it's her second.
  • Mazinger Z: In the Mazinger-Z vs Great General of Darkness movie, Kouji is going to sortie with Mazinger-Z when Sayaka stops him. He is on the brink of crossing the Despair Event Horizon, and believing he'll inevitably die in the next battle, and Sayaka is anguished about it. They look at each other for a long moment, but finally they break up without kissing. However, when that scene was replayed in the manga (the episodes written by Gosaku Ota), they DID kiss. That scene was very heartwarming, but their relationship after the kiss was awkward for a while (since Kouji did now know how dealing with them being an Official Couple).
  • In Negima!, one of the complications of the Pactio kiss is that for most of the girls involved, it's also their first.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's first real heartwarming moment was Kamina asking Yoko to watch his back during battle. She called out his name and when he turned around, she leaned in and kissed him, saying "your rear really is defenseless, isn't it?" His surprise lasted a moment until he decided to take it further and kissed her back. Too bad the latter was also their Last Kiss as Kamina died at the end of the episode.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: In episode 15, Asuka and Shinji kiss, but due to their personal traumas it goes awfully wrong. Asuka wanted to kiss Shinji but she did not want to look interested, in case of he rejected her, so she told she wanted to kiss him because she was bored. Shinji wanted to kiss her but he could not believe she was interested in him, so he initially resisted. They went forward with the kiss but Asuka held Shinji's nose the whole time to pretend it was not a big deal in case of he turned her down. And right because she was pretending it was not a big deal, Shini did not dare to do anything, and he remained motionless and unresponsing. And precisely because he remained motionless, Asuka thought he was turning her down and she ran off. Cue Shinji's self-esteem getting another blow and Asuka giving another step towards her mental breakdown.
  • MÄR has Ginta sharing his first kiss with Snow, and it's also her first kiss. Snow is also the in-universe expy of the girl he wishes he could share his first kiss with. Koyuki also acts as if this is her first kiss, despite it actually being another person.
    • That being said, It's only technically a different person in the manga. In the anime, Snow is a fragment of Koyuki's soul raised in MÄR Heaven who manages to merge back into one being at the end of the anime. So technically, she's right to think it's her first kiss.
  • Dio steals Jonathan's girlfriend Erina's first kiss in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. This starts a Humiliation Conga - his.
  • Parodied to hell and back in Kodomo no Omocha. Sana's first kiss is with Akito, who kisses her in public. Akito's first kiss had been given as a kindergartener for 60 yen. Later, he finds out that the story of the first kiss ruined the kissed girl (Fuuka)'s love story.
  • In The World God Only Knows, most of the girls that Keima had captured most likely had their first kiss taken by Keima when he kissed them to capture the runaway spirits inhabiting their bodies. By that prospect, when Keima took Tenri's first kiss, he also took Diana's first kiss. And later on when he did the same with Tsukiyo, he took Vulcan's first kiss. Not to mention Keima's First Kiss was taken by Ayumi, the first girl he captured in the beginning of the series.
    • There's a complicated example in a later chapter. Keima takes Chihiro to a secluded spot, and when the moment is right, pushes her down on a bench and gets on top of her. She mentions "It's my first time," but she means the kiss that's coming. The problem is, it's not her first kiss, which he knows for a fact because he's the one who kissed her. And the entire reason he was pursuing her was because he thought she remembered that, which would mean she was immune to the memory-wipe, which would mean she had a goddess inside her. He figures this all out in seconds, and realizes it means he has the wrong girl.
  • Ranma ˝: In the anime, Ranma and Shampoo, much to Akane Tendo's ire.
    • In the manga, Ranma's first kiss was forced upon him by a guy he hated: Handsome Lech Mikado Sanzennin. While he was transformed into a girl. Poor Ranma runs away screaming and crying, and Akane doesn't blame him at all.
    • If one counts the time Akane kissed "P-Chan" on his snout, then her first kiss was unintentionally with Ryoga. (No wonder Ranma was furious.) She seems to consider her first kiss to have been with Ranma while he was under the Cat-Fist.
  • In Code Geass, Shirley and Lelouch's First Kiss is played for drama; she has just learned her father's been killed, and being emotionally unstable at the time, she kisses Lelouch. She later apologises for it once she's calmed down a bit, saying it wasn't fair on him, and remarks on the irony that despite her long-time crush on him, she can't even be happy that they finally kissed. The fact that, unbeknownst to her, Lelouch is the one who killed her father doesn't make things any better.
    • Near the end of the first season, Lelouch gets another First Kiss from C.C, though the psychic powers she uses by physical contact make it unclear what her reasons for doing this are. Still, it's very undeniably one of their main Ship Tease moments.
    • In R2, thanks to several rounds of altered memories, Shirley thinks she gets her First Kiss from Lelouch. However, since it's actually Sayoko in disguise, this actually means that their First real Kiss is also their Last Kiss.
    • And at the end of R2 Lelouch also gets a first (and only) kiss from Kallen, both for the latter to convey her true feelings and to gain a reaction out of Lelouch. This was particularly significant since Kallen was very sensitive about giving her first kiss, as shown during the first season's Cat Hunt episode.
  • The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure: Lupin spends as much time trying to win Diana's affections, as he does searching for the fabled treasure, without success. Still, it wasn't a total loss, since he managed to steal a kiss. Judging by the way she caressed the area of her cheek, where he kissed her, and the way she smiled, afterward, it's implied to have been her first.
  • Nanoka from Koi Kaze pulls Koshiro into a kiss, then laments, "It's gone! My first kiss!"
  • In Infinite Stratos Laura took the initiative of stealing Ichika's first. While still aboard her IS. In front of the entire class AND the members of his harem. While loudly declaring that Ichika (the male protagonist) is her wife. Needless to say, the other girls were not happy.
  • In Full Metal Panic!, Kaname's first kiss is "stolen" by Leonard Testarossa, a fact which upsets her greatly and leads to a good deal of nervousness around her love interest Sosuke. In later novels, when the two of them are finally able to confess their feelings for each other, Kaname promises that they'll share a kiss when they get back together; it finally happens six months later in-story, at the very end of the series, in front of all their cheering classmates.
  • Girls Bravo: Kosame steals Kirie's in a surprisingly touching moment, after trying to save her by taking a punch from Lilica for her. While Kirie was disappointed that they lost, she was so touched by Kosame's gesture, that she embraces her and was relived to see she hadn't been seriously injured. Which prompts Kosame to kiss her (seen at 7:52-9:04).
  • In Wandering Son Maho kisses her boyfriend for the first time when he visits her while she's sick. Maho mentions that maybe he caught her cold, as his voice is breaking.
    • Much later her sisrer Nitori kisses her girlfriend Anna while walking her home one day, also while sick. This is despite the two having been a couple for at least three in-series years at that point.

    Comic Books 
  • Extremely twisted subversion: In Green Lantern, (enemy) Sinestro Corps member Karu-Sil's origin story looks like it's leading up to this (alien girl's parents are dead, alien girl is taken in by pack of local predators, alien girl meets alien boy)...right up until she caves in his skull with a rock and splits the body with the aforementioned pack of predators. Although we should have seen that coming as she has no lips.
  • Another subversion: Rogue from the X-Men had her powers emerge during her first kiss, putting the boy in a permanent coma. Ouch.
  • In a Garfield strip, Jon recounts his first kiss, which - true to his nature - ended in a catastrophe, when his braces locked with hers.
  • In the Spider-Man comics Peter and MJ share their first kiss (that is their first kiss as a couple-they were both in college at the time and had had on panel relationships with others) in a mostly empty section of JFK airport (well mostly empty sans Robbie Robertson whom was there too) with a big snowy window behind them before Peter went on assignemnt in France. It may not have been upside down, but as MJ said "Wow, why didn't you ever tell me you could kiss!" Followed by after she let it sink in for a minute "Far freaking out." (made even funnier by the fact the kiss was her idea).
  • In My Little Pony Rock Is Magic, Teenybopper gives Light My Fire a three hour lecture preparing her for her first kiss.

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    Film 
  • In The Goonies, Andi intends to have her first kiss with Brand but in the darkness, and with her eyes closed, she accidentally kisses his younger brother Mikey instead. She really does believe it was Brand until later, when she gets another chance to kiss him and confirms that only Mikey has braces.
  • In Disney's Aladdin, Aladdin's and Jasmine's first kiss indicates their growing love for each other.
    • In general, first kisses in Disney movies are very important and often double as True Love's Kiss.
  • In Tangled, after two Near Kisses, Rapunzel kisses Flynn after he's revived from the dead — rather like her mother kissed her, only on the mouth. Flynn pulls her closer and starts to show how it's done.
  • The 2002 Spider-Man film, the famous Upside Down in the rain first kiss between Peter Parker and his life long sweetheart Mary-Jane Watson. After being saved twice by the hero, MJ rewarded him with a long and passionate kiss. MJ did not know this was actually her first kiss with Peter, not knowing he was Spider-Man - until she realized it retroactively in the sequel.
  • The 2005 film Just Friends, the first kiss between Darla & Samantha James, Mike Brander & Samantha and Chris Brander & Jamie Palamino.
  • The first kiss between Alejandro (Zorro) and Eléna in The Mask of Zorro. After beating her in their sword duel Zorro kissed Eléna big time. Both because he loved her and to daze her into no longer wanting to fight.
  • In Skipped Parts, our hero Sam is on a date with a nice Naďve Everygirl as a favor to the girl he likes. While watching a movie she asks him for a kiss. Sam, thinking that as a socially awkward teen this is his only chance at a first kiss, he holds her closer and passionately kisses her for about 7 seconds before she bites his tongue. She promptly says sorry saying that was her first kiss as well and she wasn't expecting it to be so... intense yet asks him for another. A jock two seats away voices his approval to Sam ("Woof. Down boy.").
  • In Back to the Future, Marty accidentally interferes with the first meeting of his future parents, George and Lorraine, but repairs the damage done to the space-time continum by helping George win Lorraine's heart and share his first kiss with her at the school dance.
  • In Kick-Ass 2, Mindy's first kiss is with Dave, at the end of the film.
  • Hanna It is brief, and tender, and sweet, especially considering that she is an assassin trained from birth to kill who had just floored the man who tried to kiss her.
  • We see the first kiss between Alexandre and Margot as a Flashback in Tell No One, when they were kids. It makes what happens to them later all the more heartbreaking.

    Literature 
  • Harry Potter, dealing as it does with seven years over the course of some teenager's lives, shows various first kisses in all their awkwardness and complete lack of glamour, no doubt to the rage of many Shippers.
    • It is said that Hermione's first kiss ("snog," as Ginny put it) was with Victor Krum (a fellow who seems a perfect gentleman), off-camera.
    • After being chewed out for never having been kissed, Ron asserts his *cough* manhood by smooching Lavender Brown after a victorious Quidditch match. Oh, so victorious.
    • Harry's first kiss also happens almost off camera. He describes it as "wet", but more because his partner then was crying. He's in complete shock for the rest of the night and doesn't seem to have actually liked it. It's his second kiss that he ends up actually enjoying, and it's not with Cho, but with Ginny.
  • The Amber Spyglass gives a slow, tense, and sensuous build-up to Will and Lyra's first, awkward, passionate kiss. It was a pretty powerful one, too. In short, their kiss saved the multiverse.
    • It's never actually stated what happens in that moment, which leads fans to think something else happened. Word of God when asked stated "I didn't look and neither should you".
  • Seen in Garth Nix's Sabriel when Touchstone and Sabriel begin to fall under the influence of the bell Astarael, which kills all who hear it, Sabriel exhorts Touchstone to "Think of life!" and kisses him... "savagely". Because she bites his lip as she does this, their kiss is both awkward, passionate, and bloody. It's also damn romantic.
  • In John C. Wright's The Orphans of Chaos, the entire matter of first kisses is fraught — especially with the Laser-Guided Amnesia that is repeatedly inflicted on the main characters, so that some of them have several first kisses.
  • In Edgar Rice Burroughs's Chessmen of Mars, this happens right after Tara's profession of love to Turan, and right before her begging him not lead her into dishonor: she's betrothed to another man.
  • Percy and Annabeth's first kiss in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth. When Percy was going to battle telekhines and he was in Calypso's island for two weeks after. The fans are still squeeing to this day.
  • In Artemis Fowl's sixth book, this happens to Artemis and Holly, after the former had almost died and was rescued by the latter. Cue squeals from supporters.
  • In Memoirs of a Geisha, Sayuri mentioned how her kiss with the Chairman was her first real kiss, despite being with other men who kissed her Anywhere but Their Lips.
  • In L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero Lost, Miranda remembers how Ferdinard snatched a first kiss on the sea journey back home.
  • A particularly heartbreaking example comes from The Book Thief. There's a running gag throughout the book in which Rudy keeps trying to get his childhood friend Liesel to kiss him. She finally does, but only after he's been killed in an allied bombing raid.
  • In the web-novel Domina Laura steals Derek's first kiss, mostly to keep the other girls from fighting over it.
  • In Gene Stratton Porter's Freckles, Angel gives this to Freckles, not even realizing the significance of what she did. Freckles did realize.
  • When Katniss kisses Peeta in the cave during The Hunger Games she notes that since this is the first time she's ever kissed a boy it probably ought to be a significant moment. Instead it's a stunt she pulls on live television to try and save both their lives, and the only thing she feels is that he's clearly got a fever.
  • In E. D. Baker's The Wide-Awake Princess, Annie's first kiss, from Liam, is not merely the first romantic kiss she got; because of her Anti-Magic, even her family members never kissed her, since she was a child.
  • In Seanan McGuire's Velveteen Vs The Junior Super Patriots, Aaron and Velma's first kiss was the night after a funeral, and enraged Yelena.
  • Will Herondale, for Tessa Gray, in the attic, in The Infernal Devices.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Smallville, interestingly, Clark has as much as three first kisses depending on definition, all with Chloe. The first on-screen kiss is in Hug. While Chloe always wanted to do that, she had an influence that allows her to show her usually hidden affection. Their first on-screen and fully consensual kiss is in Tempest. Right in front of Lana to boot. Then in season eight Abyss, it is revealed Chloe kissed Clark when they are both kids and after Clark just used Super Speed to find a book Chloe just lost. Aww.
    • Clark and Lana's first kiss is in Red.
  • In Drake & Josh, Josh waits before explaining a Not What It Looks Like moment to thank God for getting his first kiss, even though he had tried his hardest to repel it.
  • In Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Ned wanted his first kiss to be with Suzie- along the way he's kissed by the school nurse, the Weasel Mascot and others, reacting with a loud "That didn't count!" each time.
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, "All The Way", Dawn shares her first kiss with a boy. From her reaction, he figures out that it was her first. She tries to deny, before admitting that it was her first, and babbling about how bad it must have been for him. He replies by kissing her again. Sadly, he's actually a vampire, and becomes her first staking.
  • iCarly: The subject of an episode regarding Freddie's admittance of not having one and Sam mocking him for it on the air. In the aftermath of the fight about Sam broadcasting it to the world, Sam reveals that she hasn't had her first kiss either. The two end up sharing their first kiss together later in the episode. note 
  • Friends: Rachel and Ross's first kiss in 'TOW Ross Finds Out' actually won an Emmy award.
    • In a another episode, however, it was revealed that Monica's first kiss was with Ross (it was dark, and he has mistaken her for Rachel). Pass the Brain Bleach, please.
    • Chandler and Monica had multiple first kisses: Their first physical kiss was off-screen when Chandler was drunk in Season 3. Their first proper, mutual kiss was chronologically at the end of Season 4 but wasn't shown until a flashback in Season 7. And their first on screen kiss was at the beginning of Season 5.
  • Despite being much, much older than anyone expected to experience this trope, The Mighty Boosh's Howard Moon gets his first kiss in Party on his birthday, and over-reacts.
  • Due to the nature of the show, Home and Away has featured this storyline quite a few times. Among them:
    • Maddie spent a large part of an arc trying to get a kiss from Lucas. Fortunately for her, they were both in Colleen's lame duck of a play...which Matilda salvaged admirably.
    • Geoff and Melody's relationship (and a large part of Melody's character arc) revolved around this storyline, with Nicole deliberately misinterpreting Melody's description of the kiss in order to make good on a bet.
  • In one episode of Frasier, it is revealed that Frasier got beaten up as a result of stealing his first kiss.
    • In the episode "Cranes Unplugged", Frasier's son Frederick has his first kiss off-camera.
  • The off-screen kiss between Naomi and Emily at that drunken middle school party in Skins was, according to the E4.com character blogs, Naomi's first. (All the boys she dated were too wimpy to go for it; and besides, she'd already seen Emily by then.)
  • Glee had a whole episode based on this concept, called (surprisingly enough) Never Been Kissed. In it, we get to see the first kisses of Coach Beiste (with Will Schuester) and Kurt (who had his stolen from him by Karofsky).
  • In Doctor Who, the Doctor had his first kiss with his maybe possibly wife, River in the episode "Day of the Moon". It's a somewhat heartbreaking one, however, as it's also River's last kiss with the Doctor.
    • There's also the one in the 2010 Christmas Special, between Kazran and Abigail. Kazran is nervous, and asks the Doctor for advice. After telling Kazran to deliberately be Adorkable (since he will be anyway, he might as well make it part of the plan,) he then says:
    Doctor: You can either walk over to that beautiful woman or go hide in your room and design a new type of screwdriver.
    Kazran: ...what?
    Doctor: Don't repeat my mistakes. Go.
  • The whole point of the Happy Days episode "Joanie's First Kiss."
  • On My Mad Fat Diary, Rae finally gets her first one with Archie.
  • In House, a little girl with cancer expertly plays Chase to get her first kiss. Played for Laughs later when the rest of his team finds out and they treat him like a pedophile.
  • Manny gets what is apparently his at the beginning of the Modern Family episode "Party Crasher", with both him and the young woman unaware that his family is on the other side of the darkened room, waiting for the lights to go on so they can give him a surprise birthday party.
  • In House of Anubis it is revealed that Patricia kissing Eddie was actually Patricia's first time kissing anybody, leading for her to avoid Eddie after it happened. Her own best friend was shocked to discover this.
  • Eerie Indiana had Marshall's first kiss at the beginning of "Heart on a Chain" in a graveyard with the rest of the episode explaining How We Got Here
  • Mulder and Scully finally kiss in season 7's "Millenium." And despite having teased this ship relentlessly for years, the promos for the episode revealed nothing.

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  • In the Whateley Universe, Jade makes a big deal about her first kiss, which makes sense since she's Japanese and fourteen and immature and loves anime. Thuban, the boy she first-kisses, is still dating her.
  • In Welcome to Night Vale, Cecil and Carlos have their first kiss at the end of the aptly-titled episode, "First Date".

    Western Animation 
  • Across the Pacific, there's the All Grown Up! episode "Fear of Falling". Angelica is PO'd that Tommy not only had his first kiss, but that he spoiled hers as well.
  • Lisa Simpson shares a first kiss with local bully Nelson Muntz.
    • In "Stealing First Base", Bart kisses a girl who complains that he ruined her first kiss.
    • In a later episode, we find out that Homer and Marge were each other's first kiss, but didn't know it because of some momentary physical traits (young!Homer had an eyepatch from an accident, young!Marge's trademark blue hair was brown after an 'incident' with a curler).
  • Doug's first kiss was the subject of an entire episode where he was getting these mysterious Secret Admirer notes in his locker. He goes through a series of private mind games worrying about who it was, and eventually found out it was Beebe Bluff (Who is a nicer version of the Alpha Bitch). It turned out that she had mistaken his locker for someone else's, but she got excited and kissed him because they could switch places in a parade; Doug got to be next to his crush Patti and Beebe next to her intended target, Doug's friend Skeeter.
  • Kim Possible had her first kiss with a kid named "Walter Nelson", and their braces locked. Her best friend...well Ron's first was with a CPR dummy. So you could say it was...nah, that's too easy.
  • At The Emperor's New School episode The Emperor's New Musical, Malina kissed Kuzco during the musical's ending. At the credits, Kuzco asked Malina if the kiss is real or not. Malina tricked him, saying that the kiss was just acting.
  • An episode of Pepper Ann has the title character worrying about whether she's ready for a first kiss in a manner reminiscent of how television normally portrays anxiety over a different kind of first time.
  • On Adventure Time, in "Too Young", Finn kisses Princess Bubblegum to turn her eighteen again. There's also a whole episode that revolves around him having his first kiss with Flame Princess, unaware that this could cause her Emotional Powers to destroy the world.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Just as their about to launch the Day of Black Sun Invasion and Aang is going to face the Fire Lord, Aang finally kisses Katara, this being his first kiss.note  Mixed with a little bit of "Shut Up" Kiss and If I Do Not Return.
    • Mae Whitman has confirmed that the two did kiss in the Cave of Two Lovers and that it was Aang's first, but Katara's first kiss was with Jet.

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