Kissing Warm-Up
She's almost ready for the real thing.

The Kissing Warm Up is when a character practices their smooching skills alone. It mostly occurs with young characters who have not had their First Kiss. It may involve kissing your hand, the mirror, a stuffed animal, a live animal, or anything handy.

Frequently occurs in anticipation of a make-out party. Can turn into Cringe Comedy if another character catches them in the act.

If the kissing warm up is with a living person, it's a Practice Kiss. If the kiss is with a live animal who is sapient, you may be looking for Interspecies Romance.

Compare Test Kiss. Not to be confused with I Kiss Your Hand.


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  • In Superstar, Mary Katherine Gallagher makes out with a tree trunk.

  • In Noughts & Crosses, when Callum and Sephy are having their First Kiss, Sephy's internal monologue mentions that she has practised kissing with her pillow.
  • In Xanth's Castle Roogna, Irene surprises Dor with a kiss at the end of the book. She mentions that it was better than the first time because she'd been practicing on a life-size doll of hers. However, she doesn't know that he was having an out-of-body adventure at the time and didn't experience the first kiss.

    Live Action TV 
  • Doogie Howser, M.D.: Vinnie shows a 12-year-old female patient (who has a crush on Doogie) how to practice kissing by locking lips onto a window.
  • On My So-Called Life, Danielle catches Angela kissing a mirror.
  • JD of Scrubs practices kissing with his stuffed dog.
  • Referenced in the Red Dwarf episode "Confidence and Paranoia", when Paranoia starts dredging up Lister's embarrassing adolescent memories.
  • Justin goes through a whole kissing montage in one episode of Wizards of Waverly Place. Needless to say, Hilarity Ensues.


    Western Animation 
  • Pepper Ann gets ready for her first unsupervised party by warming up on her hand, a watermelon, and a pillow.
  • On King of the Hill, Bobby practices kissing on Luanne's hairdresser dummy.
  • In The Venture Bros., Dean practices by kissing his hand. When he later describes it as "practicing being a boyfriend," it's not taken the right way.
  • Referenced in the Adventure Time episode "The Enchiridion." Finn opens the titular book to examine it and finds a page titled "Chapter 5: How to Kiss Princesses." Pausing the scene quickly reveals that the author recommends practicing on a Lip Monster beforehand.
  • Doug of Doug practices kissing on a balloon.
  • Hey Arnold! gives us the creepy yet hilarious kiss between Helga and her Arnold shrine - made completely out of wads of his used gum.
  • Mabel attempts this in Gravity Falls with a photo of Norman and a leaf blower set to reverse. Naturally, it gets stuck to her face.