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Kissing The Ground
After a character has been lost at sea, on a near-deadly airplane flight, or perhaps just on a vacation gone wrong, they'll be so happy to have solid ground beneath their feet or be back home that they'll start to kiss the ground, no matter how filthy it may be. Sometimes for added humor they'll begin to spit and wipe their mouths in disgust afterwards.

Not to be confused with Beach Kiss, though often times it's much more literal.


Examples

Film - Animated
  • The Road to El Dorado: Miguel and Tulio both kiss the ground upon their boat arriving in South America.

Film - Live Action
  • In Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the eponymous character does this when he arrives back in England after the crusades. Then proceeds to find that his father's been executed on false charges and all his lands confiscated.
    • Parodied in Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Robin kisses the ground noisily when he lands in England, then spits sand out of his mouth.
  • In The Pacifier, Lulu, after a horrible experience with Zoe's driving, happily embraces the ground when they reach school.
  • Flash Gordon (1980). After Flash manages to crash land a plane without killing them, Dale Arden says "Hold me for a second, then drop me, I'll kiss the ground."

Literature
  • In one of the I, Robot stories, Powell and Donovan do that after an interstellar travel a half mad AI sent them on.
  • At the end of The Magic School Bus's field trip around the solar system, one of the kids is doing this when the bus returns to Earth.
  • 1066 and All That: The first action William I (1066) undertook in conquering England was lying down on the beach where he landed and swallowing two mouthfuls of sand.

Live Action TV
  • In the pilot episode of Sliders, Rembrandt kisses the ground when he thinks they've made it back to their home dimension from a world of ice and tornadoes. Unfortunately, of course, he was wrong.

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Western Animation
  • When Donald Duck lands on a deserted island in the short "Sea Salts", the ant he was with in the raft kisses the beach.
  • In Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, Plucky is so happy to be home from a horrible road trip that took all summer that he kisses Hamton's lawn, only to discover that there's fertilizer on it as plants start to grow on his tongue.
  • In the Winnie the Pooh short "Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too", Tigger kisses the snow after being rescued from a tree.
  • The Tex Avery short "The Cat Who Hated People" has the cat flying to the moon to get away from people, only to be driven mad by the moon's inhabitants. After returning to Earth, he hugs the sidewalk and kisses it.
  • Bob the tomato did this in the VeggieTales episode "An Easter Carol", after he and Mr. Nezzer land on the ground from riding in a runaway cart.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "The Mysterious Mare Do Well". The Mare shows Dash up by saving a cart full of ponies. One pony hops out and kisses the ground out of gratitude for having been saved.
    • It happens again in "Princess Twilight Sparkle", after Spike survives riding on Twilight's back. Twilight isn't used to her new wings, and Spike ends up smashing into a window.
  • Ed does this once in The Incredibly Mental Misadventures Of Ed Grimley. He then muses that it doesn't really taste as good as you think it will.
  • In an episode of Rocko's Modern Life, Heffer does this after a fishing trip with Rocko and Filbert ends with fish trying to catch them.
  • In an installment of Katie Kaboom on Animaniacs where she has a disastrous driving lesson due to her temper, her family jumps out of the car and kisses the ground when it's over.

Real Life
  • Pope John Paul II used to do this.
  • Some immigrants to Israel do this.
  • From Roman legend, it is said that the sons of Tarquinius Superbus, the last King of Rome, asked the Oracle of Delphi who should rule Rome. She answered, "The first to kiss his mother." Accompanying them was Lucius Junius Brutus, who immediately tripped and kissed the ground, the universal Mother of humanity. Brutus would become a leader of the revolution that deposed Tarquinius and established the The Roman Republic and one of the first Consuls.
  • At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one post-race tradition both in Indy Car and NASCAR is "kissing the bricks", where the race winner and his pit crew line up and kiss the row of paving bricks that mark the start-finish line. It first began in 1996 when Dale Jarrett won the Brickyard 400. It was exclusively a NASCAR tradition, but it was adapted to the Indianapolis 500 around 2003.
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