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->'''Grandpa:''' And as they reached for each other... ''[stops reading]''\\
''' Grandson:''' What? What?\\
'''Grandpa:''' Ah, it's kissing again. You don't want to hear that.
-->-- ''Film/ThePrincessBride''

So, after all the {{UST}}, Alice and Bob are ''finally'' going to [[TonightSomeoneKisses kiss]]...wait, why is the camera looking away?

The KissingDiscretionShot is what happens when a kiss is implied, but not shown directly, usually by creative camera angles or by [[CutawayKiss cutting away]] right before the characters' lips touch.

Usually, this is done for at least one of these reasons:
# To help avoid potential controversy. This is particularily common with gay kisses (although it's on its way to becoming a DiscreditedTrope), but is sometimes used for other "taboo" kisses, such as ones between interracial couples in older works. This is often used for ''all'' kisses in UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} films due to [[ValuesDissonance the taboo against public kissing in India]].
# The actors weren't comfortable with kissing, for whatever reason.
# The actors want some privacy, often away from the FourthWall
# To play up the "DidTheyOrDidntThey" angle. These tend to cut a little earlier than the others.
# In {{Machinima}}, including in-game [[{{Cutscene}} Cutscenes]], the engine may not be able to render a kiss well without distracting artifacts.
# Some things are funnier (or sexier) when left to the imagination -- plus the clever use of {{Reaction Shot}}s can indicate how cute... [[HeadTiltinglyKinky or wild]].. the action has become.
# The characters are AnthropomorphicAnimals (e.g. two birds) and it's unclear how exactly a kiss would work with their beaks, so it is hidden from view.

See also SexyDiscretionShot for the naughtier variant.


[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Done with Ryoko and Kitano in the GrandFinale of ''Manga/AngelDensetsu''. Also an in-universe example, since Ryoko deliberately ''distracts'' the DatePeepers so that they don't see her kissing Kitano. Of course, the said date peepers were quick to voice their disappointment.
* Used twice in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'': the only time Utena and Anthy are seen kissing is in the second ending credits, and it's just barely offscreen. Likewise, there's a "did they or didn't they?" kiss between Kozue and Anthy in "Miki's Nest Box" which takes place off-camera. However, this trope was thoroughly [[AvertedTrope averted]] in TheMovie.
* From ''Anime/BloodPlus'', Haji and Saya's second kiss.
* In the end of one episode of ''Manga/GashBell,'' Wonlei and Li Yen are sailing away and standing on the prow of a ship. They hold hands, look deeply into one another's eyes, their faces move together, and the camera cuts away just before we see their lips touch. I can't tell if this is a {{Bowdlerization}}, but it seems like a silly thing to cut, considering kisses have been considered appropriate fare for all ages for a ''long'' time now.
** But there is a different factor there - Li Yen is human while Wonlei is a creature from another dimension (and, literally, a ''demon'' in the Japanese version).
* The ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' manga has (at least one) example of this, with an implied kiss between Akira and Hanai being distracted by a panel showing the pair's feet.
* This happens in ''Anime/WindyTales'', when Miki and Jun make up after a fight.
* A variety occurs in ''BlueDrop'', where Hagino and Mari's big moment gets obscured by massive bubbles. That's what you get when kissing underwater--[[HideYourLesbians or being lesbian]].
* Camera slides away during a kiss in ''[[LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru Mari Mite]]'', but it's pretty clear that they were in fact kissing.
* In the second season of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', just before Caldina and Lafarga kiss, Caldina holds up a sash in between their faces and the camera.
* In the manga ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', incredibly CreepyTwins Hansel and Gretel are introduced with a kiss, but the "camera" pans down right before their lips meet.
** Strangely, the next time they kiss ([[spoiler:right before splitting up]]) this trope is averted.
* In the ''ANime/DragonBallZ'' anime, the camera pans to Kamesennin watching Goku and Chichi's "Yay, you didn't die of a heart attack in your sleep!" kiss. You can see their shoulders lean together, but that's about it.
* Done particularly well in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' when [[spoiler:[[BrokenBird Sheryl]], breaking down from her possibly fatal illness, clings to Alto for support]]. The tension of the scene combines with the affection they feel for each other, and the camera discreetly pans upwards as they [[FirstKiss kiss]]. The aftermath of the scene is extremely ambiguous about whether it [[spoiler:went even further than that]].
** WordOfGod says [[spoiler:they did have sex that night]].
* ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'' has Sophie leaping towards Howl and the next scene is [[spoiler: the HeelFaceTurn Witch of the Waste]] [[CoverInnocentEyesAndEars covering a young Markl's eyes]].
* When Yasuko and Fumi in ''Manga/AoiHana'' share their first kiss in the library, the viewer is confronted with a view of the steel bookshelves--though the kiss can be seen in full view at the start of the next episode.
* Entirely averted in ''{{Kanamemo}}'', in which canon lesbian couple Yuuki and Yume kiss outside the newspaper office in the first episode, requisite [[FlowerMotifs flower background]] and all.
* The last TV broadcast episode of ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' pans to the sky rather than show us Senjogahara and Koyomi kiss. Rather than avoiding controversy or anything, most likely it was because an actual shown kiss would be a bit of a let down after the preceding dialogue.
** ''Nisemonogatari'', episode 8. While waiting for their younger sister to return home to murder them, Koyomi and Karen are shown embracing and falling toward the bed, faces tantalizingly close to each other. Cue an image of white feathers flying up toward a bright blue sky.
* In the manga ''{{Change 123}}'', this trope was used twice (so far) by showing a panel with a big sound effect on it instead of the actual kiss scene - both times when [[{{Bokukko}} Hibiki]] kisses Kosukegawa. But in this case it's not about discretion, but to indicate how powerful Hibiki's kisses are.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with a [[SchoolgirlLesbians lesbian]] kiss in ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'': the camera cuts away right before their lips meet...and a few seconds later, it cuts back, and the kiss continues for several more seconds!
* Parodied multiple times in the ''ViolinistOfHameln'' manga with Hamel and Flute. Every time it seems the two of them are having a "moment" and one or the other draws in for a kiss, the panel cuts away... [[spoiler: and cuts back to reveal that Hamel has somehow accidentally kneed her in the face.]]
* The ''Anime/GundamWing'' manga ''Blind Target'' features what looks like one between Heero and Relena, probably explaining its [[DieForOurShip low popularity]] with [[YaoiFangirl a certain segment of the fandom]].
* There is one in ''{{Naruto}}'', between Yahiko and Konan. There is a scene where the latter is attending to the formers wounds on a bed, and then they gradually lean in as though for a kiss. The next scene is outside the door, where Nagato is smirking. It's ambiguous if it was merely a KissingDiscretionShot, or if they went [[SexyDiscretionShot further]].
* Done towards the end of the ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' anime, between Saber and Shirou. No ambiguity, though, and it's handled rather well.
* ''Anime/FiveCentimetersPerSecond'' had this near the end of the first arc. The camera shifts to Akari standing on her tiptoes.
* The final scene of '"Super Robot Wars Original Generation: The Inspectors'': after a tender conversation, [[OfficialCouple Kyosuke and Excellen]] draw close and fade to black.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'' [[spoiler:Jellal and Erza]] ''finally'' kiss after the timeskip. Except [[AlmostKiss maybe they don't]], because after they spend three pages with their lips slowly getting closer and closer the actual kiss is silhouetted. They may still be about to kiss when [[spoiler:Jellal]] suddenly decides he has no right to kiss her and shoves her away, making up a story about a fiancee so she'll give up on him.
* In ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'', in the scene of the final resolving of UnresolvedSexualTension between [[spoiler:Sasahara and Ogiue]], their first kiss is shown by hiding the face of one character behind the head of the other.
* ''Manga/ShamanKing'' had a scene where Yoh and Anna were talking with their silhouttes leaning forward and Amidamaru quickly looking away while blushing.
* In one episode of ''SaintBeast'', Luca and Rey lean in ''really'' close to each other, Rey grabs Luca's hand and put it on his cheek, presumably so he can mind-read the LoveConfession that Rey [[CannotSpitItOut cannot spit out]], and then the screen fades to black. DidTheyOrDidntThey, indeed.
* Used as the final scene of ''BlueSeed''.
* ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal''
** In the Act 1 ColdOpen, Usagi's DreamingOfTimesGoneBy is [[AlmostKiss interrupted]] by a wakeful FadeToWhite and her alarm clock, right as the music swells and the dream prince and princess lean in for a kiss.
** The very end of the ClosingCredits shows Serenity and Endymion clearly reflected in shallow water as they lean in for a kiss, only for luminescent water ripples to disrupt the image.
* In the manga adaption of ''{{VideoGame/Persona}}'', this happens between [[spoiler:[[EvilTwin Kazuya]] and Eriko]]. Interesting enough, he did it as a way to [[ForceFeeding Force Feed]] her a candy to heal her from a StandardStatusAilment.

[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* In the scene in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', just as Shrek and Fiona start to kiss, Shrek breaks the fourth wall and covers up the camera.
* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots''. Finally, after all the UST between the two, Kitty and Puss finally kiss. [[spoiler: Which is hidden behind Puss's hat which Kitty lifts off his head and holds over their faces. Likely done just the give the two some privacy, though they hadn't really been discreet about their attraction before.]] Could also count as a (covered up) TheBigDamnKiss, because of the dramatic lighting behind them.
** The discretion's also a handy way of dealing with the fact that cats can't kiss without straying down the AlternateAnimalAffection path.
* Ginger and Rocky almost kissing was a RunningGag in ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'', initiated because the animators couldn't figure out how to make two chickens kissing look anything but ridiculous. When the big kiss finally comes, it is with the characters turning away from the camera, obscuring any actual contact of "lips".
* La Muerte and Xibalba get in a few smooches in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', but always obscured by La Muerte's enormous hat. It serves dual purpose- Xibalba is a lot less humanoid than La Muerte, so actually showing the characters sucking face might look rather strange, and the combination of NiceHat plus Xibalba's spread wings forms an image of the Sacred Heart.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'', [[spoiler:when giving Kowalski a SmoochOfVictory, Eva uses her wing to block the camera’s view of the actual smooching]].

[[folder: Film - Live-Action]]
* As noted above: pretty much any Bollywood film.
** Subverted in the mini-series ''Bollywood Hero''; At the end of part one, Chris, unaware of the taboo, kisses Lalima after dancing with her, a faux pas which is exploited in the next episode as he witnesses ugly news coverage of the scandal.
* Possible UrExample: in the 1919 Conrad Veidt film ''Different From The Others'', when Paul and his boyfriend are caught kissing. Before their lips touch, the camera cuts away to the teacher's shocked face.
* The kiss between Will Smith and Anthony Michael Hall in the otherwise-awesome ''Six Degrees of Separation''. Rumor has it Denzel told Will not to do it.
* The "big clinch" in ''An Affair To Remember''. You don't see it, you see them FILMING THEIR FEET. (Oddly enough, smaller kisses go on throughout the movie.)
* Used a lot in the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' film when Edward and Bella kiss.
* Vertigo plays with a restriction not against kisses entirely, but a kiss being shown for longer than 3 seconds. In a passionate kissing scene, the camera pans around the two, and wouldn't you know it? Something always obscures their lips every 3 seconds.
* The Brazilian film ''Casseta & Planeta: A Taça do Mundo É Nossa'' ([[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0354087/]]), by comedy group Casseta & Planeta, employs it for "man and a man playing woman" action. Their TV show does it sometimes as well.
* Any film where Kirk Cameron or Chelsea Noble have to kiss anyone other than each other will have this, as neither believes it is acceptable for them to kiss other actors. Films of note have been: ''LeftBehind'' (Camera cuts away as Chelsea kisses Brad Johnson) and ''{{Fireproof}}'' (where the woman is actually Chelsea in a wig).
* The shot is pulled back and seasoned with a shooting star when Doc Brown and Clara Clayton kiss in ''Film/BackToTheFuture, Part III'', probably because ChristopherLloyd was deemed too old to do so up close.

* Harry's first kiss, with Cho Chang, in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'': The paragraph ends with a description of Cho moving in closer until Harry can see her eyelashes, and then... The next paragraph has Harry stumbling into the Gryffindor common room in a daze.
* Lampshaded in the ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' book ''The Slippery Slope''. A scene involving Violet and Quigley sitting on a ledge halfway up a cliff is interrupted by the author's monologue. The next thing we're informed of is the two of them continuing on their climb with 'small, secret smiles on their faces.'

* Despite the controversy over Kirk and Uhura's famous kiss in "[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Plato's Stepchildren]]", the two of them are never actually shown locking lips. (However, the scene does not cut away; the camera angle simply blocks the details.)
* Parodied in a ''KidsInTheHall'' sketch where the Steps guys go to see an OscarBait gay-themed film. The romantic leads don't even kiss until the end, and the garage door closes so you don't actually see anything. Made even funnier by the fact that this trope is [[DefiedTrope defied]] within the sketch itself - Scott Thompson's character gets bored and makes out with another guy in the theater, which ''is'' shown on screen.
* Also parodied on ''WillAndGrace'' when Will, Jack, and Grace are disappointed that a widely-hyped male/male kiss [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAn1BPBsYa8 is subject to one of these]]. Most likely a LampshadeHanging of the show's squeamishness when it came to showing same-sex physical affection, although Will and Jack kiss in protest later in the episode.
* Xander's naughty dream about Willow and Tara in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ep "Restless." We see Xander ogling them, but not the kissing (In fact, they were forced to cut the oogling ''since it took too long'' Yes, that is right, the reaction was cut down... Then in season 5, production dispensed with it and showed them kissing in "The Body."
* All of [[FanNickname Gay Matt]]'s kisses on ''Series/MelrosePlace'', which were nicknamed the "CutawayKiss" by ''Entertainment Weekly''.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' had Xena leaning in to kiss Gabrielle in a dream-like situation, and just as the lips were about to touch they cut to Gabrielle kissing Autolycus because Xena was possessing his body.
* The first kiss between ''Series/AustinAndAlly''.
* ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' had one where popular gay couple Luke and Noah declared their love for each other, lean in for a kiss, and the camera pans up to the mistletoe. However the fans fought back hard and now kissing is a nonevent. The next battle is now against the SexyDiscretionShot.
* ''{{Series/Scrubs}}'' season 6 ended with this trope. {{Subverted}}, since they actually didn't kiss.
* Done inconsistently on ''Series/HannahMontana'' where Miley's kisses are usually shown, but when Lilly and Oliver become a couple it always cuts away from their kisses.
** This is taken one step further in the final episode. As each couple start to share the "last kiss" before Miley and Lilly fly off to Paris, a piece of large luggage moves past them, just long enough to show both couples leaning back after their "kiss".
* Averted on ''{{Series/Glee}}'' with [[spoiler: Kurt and Blaine's]] first kiss, which is also a spectacular aversion of ButNotTooGay.
* ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' had a daydream where the [[SixthRanger Silver Ranger]] kissed the BigBad. Only the shot kept getting blurrier the closer their lips got, and then immediately cut back to the Silver Ranger's reaction of said daydream.
* Done in one episode of ''{{Series/Zoom}}'' reenacting a fairy tale, likely because the actors were still preteens. The actual kiss is covered up by the knight's shield.

* Done for the purpose of a joke in Essgee Entertainment's ''TheMikado''. This is played out by having Ko-Ko obscure Yum-Yum's face while he makes slurping noises. The "kiss" ends when he turns back, leaving a clearly-revolted Yum-Yum to say "Thank goodness ''that's'' over.

* In ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' the screen blacks out during the kiss scene (apparently because the engine couldn't render it).
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' does this with the homosexual kisses, but renders the het ones.
** Apparently, homosexual kisses were supposed to be included, but got edited out in the final release. The scripting is still present, but has to be reactivated with a fan-made patch.
* Although you see it very briefly, in Lunar2EternalBlue, the camera pans away [[spoiler: right as Hiro and Lucia kiss]] in the true ending.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'': The camera cranes away at the end of the game, [[spoiler: when Squall and Rinoa finally kiss.]]
* Similarly, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' we see Garnet leaning up for a kiss and then an image of Gaia and Terra crashing together.
* ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink''. Right before the credits, Zelda approaches Link, but a curtain comes down and covers their faces leaving it up to the viewer to decide if they are kissing or not.
* In ''[[VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander Jak 3]]'', Jak kisses [[MsFanservice Ashelin]] in the final cutscene, but it is obscured by the camera panning down. (in the next game Jak ended up with Keira again anyway.)
* ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World]]'' has one for [[OfficialCouple Emil and Marta]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' does this between the main character and [[spoiler:Margaret, if you max out her Social Link and talk to her on the last day.]]
* The controversial trailer of ''RuleOfRose'' ends up with two characters about to kiss. The cut is understandable, since they are both about ten-year old girls. Nevertheless, it's not a "dirty" scene, but quite innocent and adorable, after the dark stuff just before it.
* ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' does this - Allegretto and Polka share a passionate hug and then begin to kiss, but the camera pans away to the view of the scenery just as they begin to kiss.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Tifa tells Cloud that words aren't the only way to tell someone what you're feeling. The camera slowly pans up to the Highwind. Cut to the early morning, with them [[SleepCute Sleeping Cute]].

* At the end of the [[ShowWithinAShow Videogame Within A Webcomic]] ''Webcomic/KidRadd'', the protagonist and his love interest move towards each other to kiss, which [[FadeToBlack fades to the credits]]. This really frustrates [[AnimatedActors Radd]]; since the scene ends right then, [[AlmostKiss he never actually gets to kiss her]].
* In ''{{Erfworld}}'', the [[http://www.erfworld.com/book-1-archive/?px=%2F041.jpg scene]] where Wanda drops off Jillian to stage her "escape", with a panel showing their mouths close together followed by one showing their feet close together and the rest of them hidden behind a dwagon.
* In ''F@nboy$,'' the 'did they or didn't they' type of DiscretionShot is used in a comic between Paul and Lemmy after SonicTheHedgehog was announced for [[SuperSmashBros Smash Bros. Brawl]]. Of course, a follow-up comic revealed that they didn't actually kiss, but Paul was lifting Lemmy to reach Shenanigans the Pink Lightbulb.
* Occurs when {{Garanos}} tells the story of how she and her fiance fell in love. The motivation there was artistic, according to the author.
* In ''NamirDeiter'' any kissing couples are shown from the back of one partner's head, with the other kisser barely visible. It's not clear if it's some form of [[GRatedSex self-censorship]] or Isabel Marks has no confidence in [[OnlySixFaces the way she draws kissing characters.]]

* WebVideo/EchoChamber has Gaelyn and Zack's kiss obscured because the scene is shot in a first person view from the cameras they are both using at the time.
* In TheGuild's Bollywood-style music video, "Game On", Codex and Zaboo share a "Forward slash almost kiss" (referring to emotes like /kiss in [=MMORPGs=]).

* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s ''Something Something Something Dark Side,'' Peter Griffin as Han Solo says [to Leia] "I'm going to kiss you so hard, the scene is going to change to something different."
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had an infamous one when Aang and Katara are trapped in a tunnel lit only by their torch, with the clue that "love will light the way". The torch's light goes out just as they're leaning in...and then glowing crystals come on, but it's deliberately unclear whether or not they actually kissed.
** [[WordOfGod According to the crew]], [[spoiler: they do in fact [[FirstKiss kiss]].]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', [[DarkActionGirl Black Arachnia]] and [[KnightInShiningArmor Silverbolt]] were about to kiss, when the camera pans down. This could have been to preserve the kids' virgin eyes (but then again, given the the various ways in which BW mauled its characters...) or because good ol' Silvy has a ''muzzle'', being a wolf-bird. Good luck animating that, guys.
* Kissing has shown several times in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', but mostly with the main characters. Curiously, the ''married'' Maddie and Jack always have their kisses hidden from view whenever they do it. This also happens in an alternate timeline between the married Vlad and Maddie's who's only kiss isn't shown either. What gives?
* ''AceLightning'' - The only time anyone is seen kissing it's either on the cheek, or in Mark and Kat's case, in sillouette in the last episode. The digital characters, however (this is a Mixed media show) are a lot less disguised about it.
* Frequently in ClassicDisneyShorts, two characters kissing at the end would cover themselves for the sake of modesty. Often subverted by having the faces silhouetted through the cover, or by removing the cover too soon.
** They've done it as recently as ''MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers'', with the help of Mickey's NiceHat.
* ''KimPossible'': "Mentor of Our Discontent" Much to the anguish of fans who were looking to see more the RelationshipUpgrade onscreen.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo Teen Titans Go!]]'': the episode "Mouth Hole" ends (cutting to commercial/credits/whatever) just before Robin's and Starfire's lips make contact.