Love at First Sight

"Today I saw you and spoke to you for the first time.
It was like an earthquake; everything in me was overturned, the graves of my heart were opened and my own nature was strange to me.
I am forty, and I believed I had reached the autumn of life.
I had wandered far, known much and lived many lives. The Lord had spoken to me, manifesting Himself in many ways; to me angels had revealed themselves and I had not believed them. But when I saw you I was compelled to believe, because of the miracle that happened to me."
John Angelos,The Dark Angel by Mika Waltari

Love at First Sight. It's a staple of Fairy Tales, love songs, and the Disney Animated Canon. Two characters meet, and fall deeply, madly, passionately in love with each other immediately. This is one of the most common story archetypes, probably going back to Greek Mythology.

Depending on where a story falls in the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism, Love at First Sight is either a recipe for Happily Ever After or eventual disillusionment and heartbreak. Of course, even if the characters really are perfect for each other, they can still be Star-Crossed Lovers who are destined to be apart, or simply can start a relationship based on this trope and develop it into a deeper and more sincere one.

Note that this trope is compatible with Oblivious to Love. In a Love Epiphany, it can suddenly dawn on the character that he is in love and has been for some time, from their first meeting.

Sometimes, only one character falls in love at first sight. That character usually spends the rest of the story trying to win the heart of the other one. If the character is a hero or heroine, you usually get a pleasant courtship. If the character is a villain, he or she becomes a dangerous Stalker with a Crush, because Love Makes You Evil.

Compare Fourth Date Marriage, The Dulcinea Effect, and the vocal equivalent Love at First Note. The Serial Romeo is a character who falls into this over and over again. The opposite is Hate at First Sight.

Not to be confused with the manhwa with the same name or the Chinese drama Love At First Fight.


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  • Renton loves Eureka. That's the whole premise of Eureka Seven, a giant mecha anime. Renton, the hero of the story, falls madly in love with Eureka the moment she crashlands near his grandfather's house. Complicated by the fact that Eureka is not human and doesn't understand his feelings. Around the end of second season, Eureka begins to show more and more human emotions and eventually falls in love with Renton. The fact that she is a Coralian, however, leads her to think that she and Renton are unable to be together, leading to problems in their relationship.
  • The trigger to the action of Maison Ikkoku: Yusaku is about to leave the place he lives in, meets the new landlady Kyoko and falls for her hard. Really, really HARD.
  • Andrei Smirnov from the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam 00, fell in love with Louise Halevy upon seeing her.
  • There's an implication that Spike, at least, fell in love with Julia at first sight in Cowboy Bebop. It's not completely clear since their Back Story is never fully told, and there are only a few Flashback images to go by, but in what was apparently the first time Spike saw Julia he reacts with wide eyes and his mouth hanging open.
  • Outlaw Star:
    • Jim develops a crush on Hanmyo when he first sees her practicing her martial arts at a water fountain. Apparently, she felt the same towards him. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be, as she turns out to be an assassin sent after Gene, and Jim unknowingly causes her death.;-;..
    • Harry also falls for Melfina in this way to a rather extreme extent.
  • In Fate/stay night: In Fate route, Shirou claims he fell in love with Saber at first sight. However, this is an interesting case since he doesn't comes to understand his feelings for her until two weeks later and in the other routes he never does.
  • In Plastic Memories, Tsukasa falls for Isla in the first episode. Given Isla's nature as a Giftia and her being shell-shocked from vast experience of terminating her own kind, however, a full-blown relationship is going take a while to develop.
  • A running gag in Pokémon is that Brock will fall in love with just about every girl he meets at first sight.
  • In Flame of Recca, Recca has this to an extent with Yanagi (The Dulcinea Effect kicking in full power). Despite meeting her for the first time, he swears to protect her and is shown blushing around her. As the series goes on, his feelings for her deepen (as do hers for him), but it's still nevertheless love at first sight.
  • In the Alternate Universe spin-off of Mirai Nikki, Mirai Nikki: Paradox, Akise Aru (who already seemed to have a suspicious Ho Yay crush on Yukiteru in the original) is shown to have fallen in love at first sight with the wounded Yukiteru. It's so bad to the point where he is shown "championing" for Yukiteru, so that when he defeats all of Yukiteru's enemies, Yukiteru can become God.
  • Hardly one of those pure-hearted, Disney-esque fairy tale types, but apparently Gauron from Full Metal Panic! fell in love with 12-year-old Sôsuke at first sight, becoming something of a Stalker with a Crush towards him. Yes, warped and disturbing as it is, it's probably the closest thing Gauron has experienced to being in love. Even after five years of not seeing or hearing from Sōsuke, he still manages to recognize Sōsuke right away (at least, after he manages to get a clear view of Sōsuke's face), and apparently has never forgotten him ever since they first met. Gauron himself even confesses to Sōsuke that he loves him.
    • It's also shown in the novels, that Lemon was heavily implied to be attracted to Sōsuke. When he first saw him, he thought Sōsuke was very good looking and "charming", despite the boy being completely emotionless (read: "eye candy"). Later, after Sōsuke wins a tournament that helped win back Lemon's money, Lemon hugged him with "more passion than a french kiss would warrant," making Sōsuke slightly uncomfortable. And later still, Lemon gets drunk, and subsequently invades Sōsuke's personal space by hugging and groping him while blushing — which irritates Sōsuke to no end.
  • Rohfa from D.Gray-Man falls for Allen at first sight. It's not like that's anything unexpected...
  • In Double Arts, after listening with agonized stoicism to an awkward not-quite-confession from Elraine that she's been falling in love with him bit by bit for the entire series, though she doesn't expect him to understand or even know what she's talking about... Kiri Luchile reveals to the reader, although not to her, that he actually did this. He's got his reasons for keeping quiet, though.
  • In Black Cat, Kyoko fell in love with Train at first sight (some of it might have to do with how, at first sight, he was saving her). She then becomes his rabid Stalker with a Crush.
    • Creed, as well, is shown to have fallen in love with Train at first sight (in the short excerpt in the manga which shows the scene where they first met). It also cements Creed's status as a masochist, considering that his first interaction with Train consists of Train disdainfully glaring at him, and telling Creed to shove off, saying that he's useless to Train. Creed, being Creed, gets aroused by this and ends up becoming Train's Stalker with a Crush.
  • Baron Kelvin from Black Butler immedietly fell in love with a seven-year-old Ciel at first sight. This is barely justified by the fact that his love was based on how he views Ciel as special and beautiful, and only special people could interact with other special people. He then goes through a painful surgery to look more beautiful so he could have a chance as Ciel's romantic interest. His obsession leads to a point where he recreates the most painful of Ciel's memories of being sacrificed just so he could be there and be killed in the same way that Ciel had murdered his tormentors. "Talk to the demon", indeed.
  • Baccano!:
    • Subverted. Claire Stanfield completely insists that Chane is The One after a single meeting...just like he insisted that the last girl he crushed on was his One True Love. And the one before that. And all those other ones too... Though to be fair, Chane is the first person who didn't reject him on the spot when he declared his love.
    • For a straighter version, Firo claims Love at First Sight for Ennis. Too bad that she happens to be the one woman in the series that happens to be borderline asexual... It takes them fifty years to get married.
  • In Emma: A Victorian Romance, William fell in love with Emma at first sight.
  • In Cardcaptor Sakura, both Sakura and Syaoran describe their attraction to Yukito as Love at First Sight. Subverted as Yukito was created to be the perfect match for Sakura, and his power was what Syaoran was subconsciously attracted to.. Still, Yukito falls for Sakura's brother, and Syaoran and Sakura fall in love with each other.
    • Been a while but where was it stated that Yukito was created to be a perfect match for Sakura? He was a pretty boy long before Sakura came into the picture. The entire reason why Syaoran was attracted to him is because of his powers.
      • Where Eriol said what was 'unexpected' in his plans was that Sakura fell for Syaoran, not Yukito. Yue was (in love?) with Clow, and so Clow thought that Yue would be less lonely if he loved his new master. Eriol also did not expect Yukito to love Touya.
  • In Higurashi: When They Cry, Shion Sonozaki loses three nails, goes Ax-Crazy and considers suicide because she is in love with Satoshi Hojou - whom she talked with for maybe twenty minutes tops, during most of which he was under the impression she was her twin sister Mion. In the anime that's more or less the case, but they have a more complex friendship in the manga and sound novels.
  • It is very difficult to interpret the Sengoku Basara anime's first meeting between Sanada Yukimura and Date Masamune as anything but this. Especially when Yukimura clutches his chest and goes weak at the knees while waxing rhapsodic about the One-Eyed Dragon of Oshu
    Yukimura: It burns.
    Sasuke: ... What?
    Yukimura: My heart is burning. Such presence. Such fighting spirit. Such... strength.
    Sasuke: So he, er, lights your fire, does he?
    • Later on, when Shingen asks Yukimura if Masamune was really that strong, Yukimura responds, with shining eyes: "He was! So much so that he shook my very soul."
    • This trope also took place between Kasuga and Uesugi Kenshin in the backstory; she was sent to assassinate him and instead fell in love with him.
  • Also happens in Crying Freeman, where Emu Hino becomes attracted to the handsome and sad assassin she saw first after he accidentally killed his targets in front of her.
  • Shizuka Doumeki from Xxx HO Li C fell for Kimihiro Watanuki like this, when he saw the other sadly cradling a dead kitten and stating "I'll die like this. Alone." Doumeki then swore to himself this wouldn't happen.
  • Ranma ½:
    • Kodachi Kunō fell for the title character once she glanced at him for the first time after he saved her from taking a bad fall.
    • Her brother Tatewaki, likewise, fell for "the Pigtailed Girl" more or less after first confirming her existence. This did not prevent him chasing after Akane Tendō, his first crush, as well, and seems strong enough to keep him from realizing that the "Pigtailed Girl" is Ranma Saotome. Both of the Kunō siblings have rather... forceful and dramatic personalities.
    • The anime has Sentaro and Satsuki. They sit and stare at each other for so long when they first meet, that by the time Sentaro finally says something to her, it's the next day and everybody else has fallen asleep. To top it off, the first words out of Sentaro's mouth are a proposal.
    • It's implied that Ranma himself believes in love at first sight. He once said:
      Ranma: Time means nothing to love.
  • Muraki from Descendants of Darkness constantly reminds Tsuzuki of how much he loves his beautiful eyes, telling him that he fell in love with him at first sight when he saw his eyes in a photo.
  • In Tenjho Tenge, this happens to Masataka when he saw Aya the first time. And to Aya, after she meet Nagi.
  • Julia from Strawberry Shake Sweet virtually explodes hormonally as soon as she meets the girl she is about to tutor, Ran.
  • This happens to Fumi in Aoi Hana when she meets Yasuko, the most popular student at her all-girl high school. It appears to be mutual, although Yasuko still dumps Fumi rather abruptly.
  • Pandora Hearts:
  • Juvia Loxar falls in love with Gray Fullbuster at first sight in Fairy Tail. Her feelings are compounded as he's the first person to defeat her and his accidental groping her.
    • In turn, Gray's rival Lyon falls in love with Juvia at first sight, prompting a hilarious Love Triangle.
  • Hinagiku of Hayate the Combat Butler admitted to Ayumu that her love for Hayate was "at first sight". If you reread the relevant chapters, you see that, indeed it was. All the chapters since have proven that the love is not just as "looks-oriented" as most cases would be though. Especially since it took her a long time to realize the feelings, even though they were clear as day to everyone else. It's also been implied that it might work both ways. He has said that he is attracted to Hinagiku. With Hayate being a Chaste Hero and thicker than a box of bricks, it might be a while before we find out if that's the case.
  • Subverted in Princess Tutu. Ahiru/Duck falls in love with Mytho the first time she sees him (when she's a duck). She's turned into a girl to help him, but later admits she just liked him because she "thought he was handsome", and then her actual feelings were more by the "platonic admiration" than "romantic love" Then he picks Rue aka Kraehe, the girl he's known for years, as his Princess instead. And she fell in love with him at first sight, too, after he saves her life as a child, evolving into a painfully sincere love that leads her to be a Love Martyr.
  • Zetsuai1989: Kouji Nanjo falls for Takuto Izumi like this, when they are 10 years old (and he thinks Izumi is a girl). Izumi, however, takes much longer to return his feelings.
  • Naruto:
    • A flashback reveals that Karin fell for Sasuke once she glanced at him for the first time after he saved her from a bear.
    • Shiho seems to do the same with Shikamaru when he is at the code squad's office.
    • Rock Lee falls in love with Sakura at first sight as well early on in the series.
  • Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water: There is really no other explanation as to why Jean start following Nadia in Paris during the first episode. (Nadia initially doesn't feel the same way, but he earns her trust when he rescues her. This starts a close friendship between them that gradually does turn into a romantic one; in fact, Nadia is completely transformed by her relationship with Jean.
    • When Grandis meets Captain Nemo on the Nautilus, she becomes madly infatuated with the man, igniting a jealous rivalry between her and the overprotective first officer, Electra (who harbors similar feelings for the captain.)
  • Shinra Kishitani from Durarara!! fell in love with Celty Strulusen the day he met her... when he was four years old at the time, and his father Shingen was also performing a vivisection on her. Twenty years later, though, Celty has mutual feelings for him, but even then, it's no perfect romance. Not that Shinra is complaining.
  • Yandere Kanojo has main characters Reina Ryuuzaki and Manabu Tanaka falling in love with each other at first sight in the first yonkoma so it can dispense with the typical Will They or Won't They? and instead focus on their wacky hijinx as a couple.
  • Misa Amane from Death Note claims that her love for Light was at first sight. Before seeing him, she was mostly thankful to him for killing the murderers of her parents.
  • Noelle from I'm Gonna Be an Angel! falls in love with Yuusuke right off the bat upon just meeting him when he stumbles across her in the forest and accidently kisses her.
  • Bleach:
  • In Wild Rock, Yuuen thinks he's doing too good of a job Disguised in Drag charming Emba . He later finds out he's not and the biggest thing that gave Yuuen away is simply that Emba's been entranced since the first time they saw each other and knows exactly who (and what gender) he is.
  • In Battle Athletes Victory, Akari bumps into Kris, who immediately loudly proclaims to have fallen in love with Akari and has no qualms about showing her affection.
  • This is Brief's reaction when he first sees Panty in Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.
  • It turns out that Keith Goodman from Tiger & Bunny is prone to this. First crush? A high school girl he fell in love with at first sight (who didn't even so much as talk to him). Second love? A woman in the park that he fell in love with at first sight (who turned out to be a malfunctioning android). His "soulmate"? A puppy that he took one look at through the pet store window and, once again, fell in love with (no, not in that way) at first sight.
  • Its been suggested that Daisuke's love for Risa developed at first sight in D.N.Angel. Also, in episode 14 there's Mio Hio towards Daisuke.
  • Shu from Flower Flower falls head over heels with her wife, Nina, at first sight. Nina on the other hand...
  • It's implied in Wandering Son that Saori fell in love with Nitori at first sight. Flashbacks show that when New Transfer Student Nitori introduced herself to the classroom Saori was instantly drawn to her.
  • In Big Order Hoshimiya Eiji falls for Kurenai Rin as soon as he sees her first enter class. This changes once he learns that she was sent to kill him.
  • In Mamotte Shugogetten Kaori Aihara is like this for Tasuke and Tasuke is like this for Shaorin.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: One of the stories in the novel involves one of Kyon's old friends who he hasn't talked to in months calling to ask about the cute girl he was walking with one day. Turns out to be Yuki. The friend took one look at this girl, briefly, from a distance, and spent the next few months obsessing over her, to the point of laying out a five-year plan for college and starting his own business to prove himself worthy of her. Turns out he had the ability to perceive Yuki's communication with her boss, the Data Integration Thought Entity, and that's what he saw that gave Yuki an angelic aura in his eyes. Yuki quietly removed this ability, and he (embarrassed) gave up on her. He was just seeing the communication; Yuki explains to Kyon that if he looked too closely, he would have eventually perceived the Entity itself, which would have killed him.
  • Arisa and Kureno in Fruits Basket. Arisa takes an instant liking to him because he reminds her of Tohru, and for Kureno... well, she was probably the first sane girl he had met in years.
  • Practically a staple for the Evillious Chronicles—though the most notable examples are actually the product of magic, such as the titular duke of The Lunacy Of Duke Venomania using his powers for instant seduction (or pursuing women out of instant sexual attraction and pretending it's love), and Michaela's many instant suitors in Wiegenlied Of Green from her being a reborn forest spirit.
  • In Detective Conan, Shiratori pretty much fell in love with Kobayashi when they met once as children. He fell for Satou because he thought she was the grown-up Kobayashi, and once he realises Kobayashi was the "girl of destiny" they started a proper relationship.
  • Yurine in AnoKiss has a case of love at first talk. At first she doesn't really notice Ayaka (since she didn't pay much attention to her surroundings in the first place), but when the latter gently speaks to her and shows her a glowing smile, Yurine falls pretty hard and doesn't even try to hide it. Ayaka, however, has a lot of trouble reciprocating.
  • Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam fell hard for both Matilda Ajan and Lalah Sune. Not only were both women spoken for - Matilda by Woody and Lalah by Char - they both die with Amuro as the main reason why.
  • Rize of Tokyo Ghoul develops an attraction towards Kaneki the second she first notices his good looks, and preys on him, blurring the line between murderous and romantic intentions.
  • Umeno-suke of Adekan describes himself as this for Mutsukuchi-sama.
  • Luluco of Space Patrol Luluco immediately falls for Alpha Omega Nova when she sees him bust into their class. Deconstructed, when she finds out that she fell in love with a boy who was literally an empty shell sent to deceive her.
  • Shiine from Akazukin Chacha fell for Chacha the moment he saw her. He even greeted her by saying he had fallen for her at first sight.
  • Rino Juse from I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying and My Girlfriend Without Wasabi has been in love with Nozomu since the day they first met in college. Although it wasn't strictly love at first sight since she didn't realize it until she got home that night (she had spent most of the day angry at him since he thought she was a little girl). They started dating the very next day and were married after less than four years.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT: Not exactly love, but Friendship at First Sight: Alicia and Cinque become friends immediately when they first meet, without saying a single word. The reason? They recognize each other as older sisters who look younger than they are.

  • In the Manhwa Pig Bride Ji Oh and Mu Hwa get one of the most detailed Love at First Sight sequences ever. 4 pages are dedicated to the few seconds where Ji Oh first sees Mu Hwa perched on his dormitory veranda railing and there's even a close up of her reflected in his eye when she springs at him wielding a sword. The strangest part? They're only the Beta Couple!

    Comic Books 
  • Colossus and Zsaji from Secret Wars, despite the facts that a) they couldn't speak each other's languages and b) she died days after they met. A popular Fanon theory states that Zsaji was an empath who either intentionally or inadvertently manipulated Peter's emotions, especially since he went from pining over Kitty to doting over the alien healer so fast that the boy probably got whiplash. And apart from his subsequently breaking things off with Kitty (which was the sole purpose for Zsaji's existence), she was almost entirely forgotten within a year and is almost never mentioned.
  • Supergirl: In the seventh issue of her first solo book, Kara Zor-El/Linda Danvers remembers how she fell for a guy called Tony Martin as soon as she saw him.
    Supergirl: Ohh... What a dreamboat! I thought love at first sight was just for fairy tales — until now!
  • The ElfQuest concept of Recognition is this trope in spades. "Soul meets soul when eyes meet eyes, stands your lover recognized." At times a male elf and a female elf see each other, immediately recognize each others' soul, and are compelled by a biological imperative to have sex. A life-long romance is not guaranteed (Dewshine and Tyldak), but does tend to follow more often than not (Cutter and Leetah).
  • When Susan "Sue" Storm was 12 years old, her aunt rented a room to a Teen Genius university student named Reed Richards. She fell for the Hollywood Nerd at first sight, but would only date and marry him when they were older.
  • In Brazilian comic Monica's Gang, the Unrequited Love between Franklin and Marina (though it starts with some Post Modernism: Marina, author Mauricio de Sousa's daughter, entered the comic book world, where Franklin promptly fell in love with her; when she returned, Mauricio reveals he created a character based on Marina).
  • This seems to happen quite often to mortals who spend time around the Endless. In Endless Nights, the mortal protagonists of Death and Destruction's stories both end up falling in love with them after spending a short time in their company. Death gets it the most in general, too.
  • Thugboy fell for Empowered hard when he first laid eyes on her — it even broke him out of his terminal "Whatever." mood.
  • Victor and Lillie from Runaways. It doesn't work out, though.
  • Tarot and Jon from Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose.
  • Occurs temporarily in Swordquest: Waterworld, when the two heroes each end up falling for the leader of two warring factions; partially justified due to some Identity Amnesia from the Big Bad's evil sorcerer.
  • Archie from Archie Comics (2015) fell for Veronica at first glance. He even states that in his fourth-wall breaking monologue.

    Fairy Tales 
  • In "Faithful John", Faithful John is unable to keep the new king from looking in the forbidden room, and so the king instantly falls in love with a portrait of a princess.
  • In "The Maiden Without Hands", the king falls in love with the maiden as soon as he meets her stealing pears from his orchard.
  • In "The Six Swans", the king finds the heroine alone in the woods, not speaking to anyone, and falls in love with her beauty.
  • In "Brother and Sister", the king also finds Sister in the woods and wishes to marry her at once.
  • In "The White Bride and the Black One", the king falls in love with a portrait of the heroine.
  • In "Tsarevitch Ivan, the Fire Bird and the Gray Wolf", Helena the Beautiful falls in love with Prince Ivan almost as soon as he kidnaps her.
  • In "The Greek Princess and the Young Gardener", after the young gardener attempted to kidnap her, and her father demanded that he get rid of a hill to prove that he was capable of keeping her from danger, the Greek princess hopes that he will succeed in getting rid of the hill.
  • In "Rapunzel", "The Fair Angiola", "Petrosinella", and "Snow-White-Fire-Red", the heroine falls in love with the prince as soon as he gets into the tower. (In all but "Rapunzel", the heroine is instrumental in their escape; she could have escaped on her own.)
  • In "Kate Crackernuts", the prince and Katie fall in love as soon as he recovers his health, and meanwhile, his brother and her sister have fallen in love at sight.
  • In "Vasilissa the Beautiful", the Tsar falls in love with Vasilissa the Beautiful on sight — having first been intrigued by her weaving and sewing abilities.
  • The Arabian Nights tale of "Prince Camaralzaman and Princess Badoura"... hoo boy. The Prince and Princess, living at opposite ends of the world, respectively decline arranged marriage and get locked in towers to think it out. A good fairy and evil djinn come to blows over which of the two is the most beautiful mortal alive. They end up sticking both in the Prince's bed and comparing them, but can't decide, so they decide to let the mortals decide. Binding the Princess in magical slumber, they wake the Prince, who exclaims over her beauty ("Are you the woman my father meant for me? I had no idea!"), fails to wake her, and finally goes back to sleep. They do the same thing for the Princess, who is even more enamored of the Prince, so the immortals judge the Prince the most beautiful mortal, return the sleeping Princess to her bed, and leave the story entirely. The Prince and Princess awake the next morning, realize they're not sleeping next to the beauty from the night before, and go storming around asking "Where's that gorgeous dreamboat I fell in love with last night?!" Not only that, but the Princess makes a threat of killing herself if her father doesn't show her the man she loves. These two have never spoken to each other, never seen each other awake, know absolutely nothing of the other except that they're gorgeous. And the Princess is willing to kill herself rather than not have her Prince.
    • The Prince and Princess are said to look alike, to the point where the Princess can masquerade as the Prince for months (including getting married to another princess! long story). My classmates wondered if it's the girl who looked very butch or the boy who looked very effeminate — as they said, "Would you marry a girl who looked like you?"
    • They look alike? This could be perfectly rationalized as both of them being siblings without knowing: not having grown up together they would lack the Westermarck Effect that prevents people from hopelessly falling in love with their close relatives. In fact, in real life it's common for siblings who never saw each other during childhood to fall in love at first sight.
  • In "The Story of the Black Cow", the princess sees a lock of the hero's golden hair and insists she must see its owner to be happy. When he's kidnapped and taken to her, he instantly forgets all else.
  • In The Grateful Beasts, Ferko's beauty is such that the princess admires him at once.
  • In Iron Hans, the princess, as soon as she noticed the prince because of his golden hair, calls him to come to her.
  • In The King Who Would Be Stronger Than Fate, the princess is so taken with the young man's looks that she alters the order of his execution to one ordering their marriage.
  • In The One-Handed Girl, the king's son falls in love with the heroine as soon as he finds her in the woods.
  • In The Princess on the Glass Hill, the princess is much taken by Boots just seeing him ride up the hill in a suit of armor.
  • Double Subverted in Madame d'Aulnoy's The Princess Mayblossom. The cursed princess glimpses the ambassador for a king, falls madly in love with him, and elopes, only to discover he's a horrible person. When she is rescued, however, the ambassador's king had followed him, and she falls in love with him immediately and lives happily ever after.
  • In Warrior Cats, Storm and Clear Sky can't help but stare at each other throughout their first meeting, and they become mates shortly afterward.

    Fan Works 
  • A Crown of Stars: In chapter 35 Shinji ponders that he has been in love with Asuka since the day they met. Several chapters later Asuka declares that he is his and Shinji answers that he has always been.
  • The Child of Love: In the epilogue Shinji tells he should have told Asuka “I love you” as soon as they met for first time in the aircraft carrier.
  • DC Nation had Beast Boy and Fauna meeting each other in the middle of a battlefield, stark naked, and in full-on shape-shift mode. While not the most romantic of meetings, it certainly turned out well for them.
  • HERZ: During pillow talk in chapter 2 Shinji confirms Asuka he has always been hers and he has loved her since he met her.
  • Last Child of Krypton: Shinji fell for Asuka as soon as he saw her after rescuing a falling plane where she was travelling. He thought she was the most beautiful girl he had met, and he was trying very hard to not gape.
  • Luminosity has this as one of the things that simply happen to vampires and werewolves. This can be interesting if the other party is human, as they aren't affected, but generally they end up being turned—automatically mutual—or getting attached to the sheer devotion, respectively. Half-vampires whom vampires fall for get neither perk.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: In chapter 11, Shinji realizes what he's belonged to Asuka since they met:
    It was not, he realized, that he was there for her. It was simply that he was hers. That he belonged to her—all of him. He always had, ever since meeting her.
  • Thousand Shinji: Shinji fell really, really, really HARD for Asuka Langley Sohryu when he met her.
  • Many, many Captain America/Iron Man slash fics have Tony falling in love with Steve the moment the Avengers free Cap from deep freeze.
  • In My Inner Life Jenna sees Link for the first time and "And then I fell in love."
  • On a Cross and Arrow Fluttershy and Rarity both fall in love with their male alternate-universe counterparts (Butterscotch and Elusive, respectively) instantly.
    • In Rarity's case, she actually invokes this trope. Claiming she knows herself well enough to sedu... er... deduce that Elusive would be "the perfect gentlecolt" to her "fair lady." Turns out she was right as she knew what subtle queues and innuendos to follow. Elusive actually picks up on this and takes their tennis match flirtation Up to Eleven when he finally asks Prince Solaris to what could amount to a marriage proposal!
  • Inner Demons: Lezard eventually confesses to having fallen in love with Apple Bloom the moment they met. The fact that she's actually a ten-year old forcibly aged to adulthood causes him no small amount of angst.
  • Weightless have Garrus falls for Shepard right at the moment he sees her. Since the chapter is written from Garrus's POV, we don't know much about Shepard. But later, it reveals that she does falls for him from the beginning, too.
  • Valentine's Day has Kunsel's reaction to "Draculina", Vincent's alter ego. Takes some time, but they are now an Official Couple (it took some Destructo-Nookie though) and are currently expecting their first child.
    • The same thing happens to Zack towards Rosso and Genesis towards Aerith. The author appears fond of this trope.
  • In The Nyxverse, this is pretty much the case with Twilight Sparkle and Ink Spot.
  • In Fly A Little Faster teenage Derek pretty much falls for time traveling Stiles at first sight. Since it is from Stiles POV it is not very evident at first, but it is explained in the writer's comments.
  • Arddun Lleuad has the protagonist end up mysteriously in another world (Equestria), and he falls in love with the moon as soon as he sees it. However, he has actually fallen in love with the princess that controls the moon.
  • Implied in The Student Prince, where Arthur states he had "never felt like [how he felt upon meeting Merlin] before".
  • In Icecloud's secrets, the protagonist, within minutes of meeting Ferretclaw, is imagining him playing with her unborn kits like a father would. That very night, she has an Erotic Dream about him. Incidentally, this all happened on the same day her old mate broke up with her.
  • In Tealove's Steamy Adventure, Tealove falls in love, hard, the instant she sees Big Macintosh. Big Mac doesn't reciprocate, but he comes around by the end of the story.
  • In Your Servant Mistress, Maleficent and Diaval. They are both into BDSM, and when he humbly bows to her and offers his services, she's smitten. Diaval admires her attire and the cool arrogance with which she verbally crushes a man who had insulted him. Arguably rather lust at first sight than love, but it's hard to tell as they both act so incredibly polite and discreet about it, and are shown to care about each other, emotionally, too.
  • In Broken (the fic's version of) Nightcloud states that Crowfeather "was my sun, my sky, my everything in life, from the moment he was born". That last part isn't a metaphor, by the way- this adolescent cat literally looked at Crowfeather when he was a kitten, "a little gray fuzz ball in [the] WindClan nursery", and thought 'he's my soulmate'. If Crowfeather's ensuing rejection of Nightcloud's affections are any indication, he found this as creepy as the fic's readers did.
  • In Nanoha Genesis Evangelion Nanoha struggles during the first half of the fanfic understanding what exactly her new found feelings and attraction towards Fate are which she describes as feelings she's never felt for anyone else before. It's not until she's trapped inside Leliel's Pocket Dimension and is slowly dying that she realises that she has been in love with Fate since she decided to become a Magical Girl.
  • In Black Sky, Xanxus is smitten the moment he laid eyes on Dorea.
  • Hanse and Cecilia in Riding The Dragon.

    Films — Animation 
  • Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke; he was ready to die for San the moment they shared eyes. And his words to her when she's about to slit his throat for carrying her out of Iron Town? "You're beautiful." Yup, he was hopeless from the get-go.
  • Many fairy tales, particularly those turned into Disney animated films, such as Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, etc. The ones that don't do this tend to stand out a little (e.g. Beauty and the Beast).
    • Aladdin and Jasmine fall in love at first sight, but by some animating/writing miracle, it comes across as completely natural, and no one is in any doubt that they're perfect for each other.
    • Sleeping Beauty features a slight variation on the trope in that Prince Phillip appears to fall in Love at First Note when he goes head over heels for Aurora's singing. Plus, when Philip first met (baby) Aurora as a little boy, he felt more disdain than love.
    • Aversions include the thusly stated Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas (it takes them a song that possibly took days before their first kiss), Mulan, and The Princess and the Frog (not until they escape the frog hunters).
    • In Tangled, downplayed. They don't really fall in love until their escape from the Kingdom's soldiers — but they do both have a moment of speechless immobility at their first clear look at the other, from which they do not emerge until someone else demands a reaction.
    • In Frozen, Princess Anna has fallen in love with Prince Hans at first sight, justified in-universe as the backlash of a horrifically secluded and lonely childhood, and immediately accepts his proposal. Her sister Elsa is incredulous, and immediately rejects the proposal by saying "You can't marry a guy you just met!" When Anna tells Kristoff this, he is convinced she is seriously mistaken. As it turns out, Kristoff and Elsa are absolutely right with Hans turning out to be a despicable villain scheming to seize Elsa's throne by pretending this trope to manipulate Anna. Later, it's averted with Kristoff and Anna, who nevertheless decide to take it slow with their relationship anyway, having learned the lesson.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame:
    • The trope is darkly demonstrated in Disney's version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, where the villain Frollo develops an instant case of lust for the gypsy Esmeralda. His musical number concerning her doesn't say anything about loving her; it just goes on and on about his desire.
    • Compare Frollo's song, "Hellfire", to Quasimodo's, in which he sings with innocent joy about how this wondrous feeling he's discovered must be like "Heaven's Light". Then again, we're talking about Disney here — they gave Hunchback a (mostly) happy ending.
    • Phoebus is attracted to Esmeralda and takes an interest in her wit. She doesn't fall for him right away, but it's pretty quick.
  • Disney's The Sword in the Stone has a one-sided variation done, twice. Both times were two female squirrels that instantly fall smitten with the squirrel-forms of Wart and Merlin. They try to avoid their affections and even try to talk them out of it, stating they aren't real squirrels, but they either don't believe them or don't understand. When they change back, the old lady squirrel is horrified and enraged, but the little red girl squirrel is visible heartbroken.
  • An American Tail: Tony and Bridget instantly falling in love while she's giving a speech at an anti-cat rally.
  • WALL•E:
    • WALL•E falls in love with EVE the first time he sees her. Possibly justified in that EVE is the first living thing he's seen in centuries other than cockroaches.
    • John and Mary, who start considering it upon accidentally touching hands. Though it is the first human physical contact either of them have ever made.
  • Carl/Ellie from Up: "Y'know, you don't talk very much. I like you!" At the very least it seems to be one-sided from Carl, given he didn't seem able to talk whenever she was around.
  • In the DTV movie Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, this happens with Mickey and Princess Minnie. Not only are they smitten, the world vanishes, they float in purple and pink clouds, random flowers come out of nowhere for him to give to her, romantic music swells, they hold hands and float until Daisy interrupts. It's so over the top it's adorable.
  • Barbie and Ken in Toy Story 3. It seems crazy, but it's like they were made for each other!
  • Gaston for Belle in Beauty and the Beast. He sings in one song about Belle: "Right from the moment when I met her, saw her, I said: She's gorgeous! And I fell!"
  • Subverted in Rio, where Blu becomes attracted to Jewel the second he sees her, until she attacks him, TWICE. This is reconstructed though once they have a duet at the samba club.
  • In Wreck-It Ralph, this is played straight with Felix, who instantly falls in love with Calhoun once her soldiers stop trying to shoot him and he gets a good look at her. Calhoun has to warm up to Felix over time.
  • In Hotel Transylvania, this effect is a magical form of attraction called a "zing", and saying that two people "zinged" means that they have succumbed to this trope. Dracula and Mavis's mother Martha zinged, as well as Mavis and Johnny. Dracula finding out that Mavis and Johnny "zinged" convinces him that they are meant to be together, and he spends the remainder of the movie reuniting them.
  • In Strange Magic, this is how the love potion operates. The one dusted falls for the first person they see.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Cemetery Man people-hating gravekeeper Francesco Dellamorte spies a stunning woman at a funeral, ("The most beautiful living woman I have ever seen! Will I see her again?") a catalyst for an increasingly grisly series of events.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides:
    • Possibly between Philip and Syrena.
    • At the end of the movie, Angelica outright admits to Jack that she wanted to tell him that she loved him from the very first moment she saw him. Jack reciprocates. That does not stop him from ditching her.
  • West Side Story. In the film, complete with the hazy effect around everything that is not the two principal characters, Tony and Maria, looking at each other. But then again, the musical is based on Romeo and Juliet.
  • In Star Wars, Anakin at nine years old asks a fourteen year-old Padme Amidala if she's an angel, and calls her one of the most beautiful creatures in the universe, even though he should still be afraid of cooties. Ten years later he comes back into her life, courts her, and they marry. They get bonus points for also being star-crossed lovers when he's on the front lines of war. However, their marriage ends up... badly.
  • Back to the Future Part III: Doc Brown finds the whole trope ridiculous and declares that it could never happen to him. Marty claims that it can happen because when he first saw his girlfriend Jennifer, "we couldn't keep our eyes off each other".Naturally, he's shortly hit over the head with it (though it may have helped that he had just saved Clara's life).
  • Played with in Enchanted. It was the way things were done in the Fairy Tale world, but in the real world, the main character had a failed marriage due to believing in it. As the worlds collide, the end result is the lesson: Love at first sight is possible, but you should get to know the person to see if it's real before committing.
  • Ben and Elaine in The Graduate: one date which gets off to a very rocky start, then they share burgers and life stories in a drive-in restaurant, then some uncomfortable truths are aired, and months later he's still willing to drive up to Berkeley to chase after her. Hardly a day after they have an argument, they're talking about marriage, and their passion seems to go strong for the rest of the movie — not counting the last seven seconds. Granted Ben and Elaine fall for each other very quickly but its still not at first sight. Especially since its implied in an earlier scene that they knew each other before their date.
  • In The Terminator, Reese has been in love with Sarah Connor for years just from looking at her photograph. She comes around in a day or two and a Rescue Romance.
  • In TRON: Legacy, Quorra was more or less ready to die for Sam Flynn the moment she unveiled herself in the Light Runner scene. Justified, since Sam's arrival was the first time she ever experienced romantic sensations for anyone, hence why she doesn't know how to express those feelings for him. Luckily for Quorra, Sam admits similar feelings for her in the Solar Sailer scene.
  • Carol: As soon as Carol as Carol and Therese see each other for the first time they are entranced with the other. It takes Therese a bit longer to realize exactly what it is.
  • Big Fish: "They say that when you first see your true love, that time stops, and that's true. What they don't tell you is that when it starts up again, it goes twice as fast to catch up."
  • Imagine Me & You : Rachel "knew after three seconds" that she was in love with Luce. However, the fact that she was walking down the aisle to marry her high school sweetheart at the time made things a little bit difficult.
  • Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life: Rafe is instantly smitten with Jeanne the second he sees her on the stage at the school assembly. To the point that after her impassioned speech is interrupted by Dwight, he stands up and claps. It could also count for Jeanne when after that happens and she mouths "Thank you" to Rafe for doing so.
  • The short musical film Boycrazy has a number parodying this. The two men involved do not hook up in the end.
    I don't know a thing about you...
    I don't know a thing about you...
    I don't know a thing about you... so this must be love!
  • The gay-themed Were the World Mine both obeys and betrays this tope, as love at first sight happens thanks to a Love Potion.
  • The first time Miss Piggy lays eyes on Kermit the Frog in The Muppet Movie immediately sends her into a musical dream sequence, complete with slow-motion romp through a meadow of flowers and long
  • En kärlekshistoria (A Swedish Love Story). Per (fifteen) and Annika (thirteen) are drawn to one another the first time they set eyes on each other, and become a couple after one walk together and a few sentences of conversation.
  • Les amitiés particulières (This Special Friendship). One look at Alexandre Motier and Georges de Sarre is smitten.
  • if...., Lindsay Anderson's 1968 schoolboy-rebellion film. Philips and Wallace have apparently never met, but Wallace has presumably seen Philips around and been attracted to him. Philips then falls for Wallace when he sees him perform a gymnastics routine. They start meeting secretly.
  • Deconstructed in Oldboy (2003). Mido and Oh Dae-su fall in love very shortly after meeting each other, but it's ultimately revealed that they've been hypnotized to do so as part of the villain's plan.
  • In the short film Un beau jour un coiffeur (One Fine Day a Haidresser), a young man falls in love at first sight with a hairdresser who turns out to be straight. Then the young man falls in love at first sight with a physical training instructor, who seems...not to be straight.
  • Last of the Mohicans doesn't spend too long developing Cora and Hawkeye's romance, but they do talk a bit before falling in love. In comparison, Uncas and Alice share barely any dialogue, a few glances and a passionate embrace. Yet we know that they love each other. And it works. He dies trying to rescue her, and she commits suicide immediately after. Again, with zero dialogue. It turns out to be one of the movie's most touching plotlines, and many viewers prefer them to Hawkeye and Cora.
  • Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus has Lione and Diane noticing each other at first sight and they were intrigued by what they seen.
  • Pseudolous and Gymnasia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. One look to the Cute Mute, and Pseudolous is already hopelessly in love to the point of risking to screw the plan intended to earn his freedom. Gymnasia herself is shown as clearly impressed and flattered by meeting someone actually able to understand that her frantic pantomimes are an highly complex and organized sign language.
  • The one-sided version occurs in Dead Poets Society, with Knox being instantly smitten with Chris. Even though the latter has a boyfriend who is more than willing to beat up any competition.
  • In Far and Away, Shannon tells Joseph this after he dies.
    Shannon: I loved you. I loved you from the first time I saw you.
    Joseph: I often wondered about that.
  • Annie and Bryan in Father of the Bride (1991).
  • This happens to Gentaro towards Nadeshiko in Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie Wars Megamax.
  • Cloud Atlas. Nuclear scientist Isaac Sachs falls in love with Intrepid Reporter Luisa Rey. It's implied this is due to reincarnation; the two characters meet in the far future and fall in love over a longer period of time.
  • Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away: Mia and the Aerialist only meet at the beginning once and don't even speak to each other, but spend the entire film looking for each other.
  • In Looper, Old!Joe was completely head over heels with his wife when he met her the first time.
  • Moonraker has this happen with mook Jaws and random civilian Dolly; it eventually leads to Jaws' Heel–Face Turn.
  • George falls for Angela instantly in A Place in the Sun, as he explicitly admits.
    "I love you. I've loved you since the first moment I saw you. I guess maybe I've even loved you before I saw you."
  • In Pixels, Sam falls in love with Violet the moment he sees her, although for her it takes a bit longer.
  • The Hunger Games: Peeta says this about Katniss during his appearance on Flickerman's show as part of a gambit to increase popularity for both of them and gain more sponsors. Whether or not he actually means it is the real question. He does.
  • Played for Drama in The Children's Hour. One of the first signs that Martha is in love with Karen comes from when the two discusses how they met. Later in her Anguished Declaration of Love to Karen, Martha admits to being in denial about it all these years.
    Martha: I remember how you used to dress in college. The first time I ever saw you, running across the quadrangle, your hair flying—
    Karen: At the time, I was running from a chemistry professor.
    Martha: I remember thinking "What a pretty girl"...
  • She: Ustane falls in love immediately with Leo—whom she has been sent to lead into a kidnapping—and tries to warn him off at the last second.

  • In A Brother's Price, Odelia sees Jerin's face for some seconds when (after she was unconscious for a time) she opens her eyes, and he murmurs something comforting. That's enough to make her decide that she must, if not more, at least get a kiss from him. Justified by the lack of men, and Jerin is rather handsome. It's left unclear how strong her feelings are, exactly (not that she'd be able to judge it, she can't have much experience with love), but she's willing to pretend unconsciousness, which must be quite boring, in the hopes that he will spend more time with her.
  • Happens to Kim Ward and Jelka Tolonen in David Wingrove's Chung Kuo series.
  • The two protagonists of Anthem, Equality and Liberty, fall in love the second they meet.
  • In Five Hundred Years After, Aliera and Mario fall in love almost immediately, despite him being an assassin fleeing after attempting to kill the Emperor. However, this may be Paarfi's embellishment.
  • In Dragon Bones, there's a rather realistic example with Ward, who, when he first meets Tisala, can't keep his eyes off her, even though he remarks that there are many other beautiful women at the table, and she isn't even conventionally beautiful at all. It is obvious to the reader that he's smitten with her, as she gets a very detailed description, and he notices that he's fascinated. Later on, when he rejects another woman, she suspects that he'd prefer Tisala. He doesn't call it love in his inner monologue, but as they do end up together eventually, and he immediately remembers her fondly when he sees her again, and admits that he compared all other women to her it is pretty obviously this trope.
  • In Sandy Mitchell's Warhammer 40,000 novel For the Emperor, Ciaphas Cain describes his first meeting with Amberley Vail. He declares he's never believed in Love at First Sight, but he can still remember (decades later) every detail about her from that first meeting.
    • Also counts as Love at First Note; Amberley was posing as a (very talented) cabaret singer at the time.
  • A humorous version in the latest book of the Wheel of Time, in which Berelain (The Vamp, who seduces people for political advantage) and Galad (an exaggeration of the Knight in Shining Armor) both fall head-over-heels on their first meeting. This leads to many entertaining scenes, especially as both of them are presented earlier as cool-headed and in control.
  • Played for laughs in Which Witch? where Belladonna falls in love with Arriman after witnessing a rather short speech by him. She's very impressed by the antlers he attached to his head, and his dark and evil appearance. (He's a dark wizard, and endeavours to look the part). He later falls in love with her in an equally silly manner, and gets on everyone's nerves by insisting that they have to marry now.
  • Harry Potter crushes on Cho the instant he sees her during a Quiddich match in his third year. It doesn't last...
    • Ginny Weasley's reaction to Harry from the moment she meets him. That one sticks.
    • Nine-year-old Severus Snape seems completely entranced by little Lily Evans from the moment he lays eyes on her.
  • In Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts novel The Guns of Tanith, Milo, reflecting on his not present love, considers Caffran and Cridd and their sweet romance, even though neither of them would describe it as love as first sight. (From their actual meetings in Necropolis, they might be wrong not to do so.)
  • In James Thurber's The 13 Clocks, Prince Zorn and Princess Saralinda. It quite annoys her uncle, the wicked duke.
  • In G. K. Chesterton's Tales of the Long Bow, Owen Hood habitually fishes a certain location in hopes of meeting again a woman he had met only once:
    Years before, when he was a very young man, he had sat fishing on that island one evening as the twilight bands turned to dark, and two or three broad bands of silver were all that was left of the sunset behind the darkening trees. The birds were dropping out of the sky and there was no noise except the soft noises of the river. Suddenly, and without a sound, as comes a veritable vision, a girl had come out of the woods opposite. She spoke to him across the stream, asking him he hardly knew what, which he answered he hardly knew how. She was dressed in white and carried a bunch of bluebells loose in her hand; her hair in a straight fringe of gold was low on her forehead; she was pale like ivory, and her pale eyelids had a sort of flutter as of nervous emotion.
  • Parodied in the Discworld novel Sourcery, where Nijel and Conina first meet: "The world had suddenly separated into two parts — the bit which contained Nijel and Conina, and the bit which contained everything else. The air between them crackled. Probably, in their half, a distant orchestra was playing, bluebirds were tweeting, little pink clouds were barrelling through the sky, and all the other things that happen at times like this."
  • Tom Sawyer to Becky in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This had obvious parallels with the way Mark Twain himself fell for his wife, which is subtly noted in The Adventures of Mark Twain stop-motion film.
  • Very common in Henryk Sienkiewicz's works, including Quo Vadis and his Trilogy though notably averted in the Darker and Edgier last book of the Trilogy, Pan Wolodyjowski.
  • In Edgar Rice Burroughs's A Princess of Mars, John Carter (finally) realizes this.
    I loved Dejah Thoris. The touch of my arm upon her naked shoulder had spoken to me in words I would not mistake, and I knew that I had loved her since the first moment that my eyes had met hers that first time in the plaza of the dead city of Korad.
  • From Skulduggery Pleasant, China Sorrows has the ability to make everyone she meets fall in love with her. Skulduggery says that the effects lessen over time but will never go away completely.
  • Hell's Gate by David Weber features one group of people with a variety of psychic talents. Voices are the most common power, and are telepathic. Recognition between telepaths is very rare, but happens enough that it is the standard for most great works of Romance and tragety in the world. Two persons who've never met lock eyes and just suddendly are in love. But they don't know each other, and may already be married to other people.
  • The werewolves in the Twilight series undergoes a process called imprinting, which alludes to animals' instinctive and overpowering attachment to their young. However the effect is complicated by the fact that the werewolf can imprint on any human (in one case, a baby), and it can also happen when he or she is already in love with someone else.
    • "Baby" being minutes after she's born.
      • Implied that it had already happened before she was born and that that was the reason he stayed for the entire pregnancy, and that he just mistook it for his feelings for Bella. Which is even squickier.
    "Hey, Nessie, remember when I was trying to bang your mom?"
    • Twilight in general takes this to...rather extreme measures at times. There's a trend in predestination amongst the couples. An example of this would be Alice, who fell in love with Jasper before first sight (she foresaw meeting him and thus went to where they'd meet).
    • Another variant: Edward falls in Love At First Smell with Bella.
  • In Mirror Dance, mother and son discuss father and mother's meeting:
    "He thought it was love at first sight. I've never bothered explaining to him that it was his compulsions leaping up."
    "Why not? Or were your compulsions leaping up too?"
    "No, it took me, oh, four or five more days to come completely unglued. Well, three days, anyway."
  • Averted in the Darkest Powers series by Chloe and Derek that it's worth mentioning. First of all, they meet in a group home for "troubled" kids, which is a code word for "mentally disturbed" (which is a code word for "has superpowers"). Derek assumes that Chloe is a flighty blonde ditz whose only point of interest is the fact that she's a necromancer, and only because he can use her to manipulate his brother, Simon, into finally escaping to safety. As for physical attraction, he doesn't even notice her looks (although she is legitimately cute). On Chloe's end of things, Derek is initially withdrawn, ominous, intimidating, and a Jerk Ass. He has also been viciously mauled by (werewolf) puberty, so his face looks like a "before" picture for acne cream, his hair is constantly greasy, lank, and dull, and the deodorant does nothing — even though he showers twice a day. The first time they're alone together, the interaction goes downhill, until Derek ends up throwing her across the room. It's an accident — actually an accident, not "Why'd you make me hit you, baby?" — but Chloe doesn't know that until a few chapters laternote . At the end of the trilogy, they end up together after their relationships develops in a completely believable manner, turning out to be the complete opposite of Strangled by the Red String.
  • Daren and Selenay in Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar novels. Also Sherrill with Keren. Reportedly, this is pretty common with lifebonds.
    • As a matter of fact, Talia and Dirk did this too. Dirk was the first Herald that Talia saw!
  • In The Tale of Genji a man doesn't have to see the girl to fall in love - fortunately as women normally hide behind curtains and screens. Just a glimpse of her perfect calligraphy will do the job nicely. If he does manage to get a peek at her the results will be instantly devastating and probably lead to all kinds of complications.
  • In Shanna Swendson's Enchanted, Inc., love at first sight cures a spell.
  • Most of P. G. Wodehouse's heroes do this, and spend the rest of the novel/story working through a tangle of zany schemes and mistaken identities to finally marry the girl.
    • In "Bachelors Anonymous," Ivor Llewellyn has a bad habit of proposing to women during awkward silences, only to get divorced later.
    • In Jill The Reckless, Derek's mother wants to meet Jill because she has learned first impressions are everything. Derek tells her he's heartily glad of that, because he fell in love at first sight.
  • In Robert E. Howard's "Queen of the Black Coast", Conan the Barbarian aims at Belit and then, at a whim, shoots the man next to her. As soon as she gets a look at him fighting, she announces herself in love with him.
  • Later on in Conan's life, in "The Hour of the Dragon", Conan has already become a King but is defeated in battle, dethroned and held captive in a dungeon at hostile Nemedia. When suddenly the slave girl Zenobia appears at the door of Conan's cell and offers to free him, he is initially suspicious of her motives. She explains: "I have loved you, King Conan, ever since I saw you riding at the head of your knights when you visited King Nimed years ago. My heart tugged at its strings to leap from my bosom and fall in the dust of the street under your horse's hooves". She is the first of the very many women Conan had known who makes him think seriously of marriage.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien liked this one, both Beren and Aragorn were devastated by their first look at Lúthien and Arwen on The Silmarillion and Lord of the Rings, respectively. Tolkien himself fell for his wife Edith when he was only sixteen, proposing marriage and being accepted the day after he turned twenty one.
  • Agatha Christie also favored this trope. Many of her short stories involve young couples deciding to marry hours and several adventures after their first meeting. Sometimes justified in-universe, inasmuch as the circumstances of the adventures have shown each half of these partnerships exactly what the other half is made of, and by taking place in a culture noted for relatively brief courtships.
  • In So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, Arthur falls in love with Fenchurch the moment he sees her, asleep, in the back seat of her brother's car that he is hitchhiking in.
  • S.L. Viehl likes to play with this trope in various ways.
  • In The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, Basil Hallward falls for Dorian when he sees him at a party, leading him to paint the titular portrait. Then Harry Wotton gets in the way and things go... poorly.
  • Miguel de Unamuno's novella Mist (original title: Niebla) has the main character, Augusto, fall in love with Eugenia as they pass by each other on the street. Everybody supports their relationship except for Eugenia, who is in a relationship with somebody else.
  • In The Sword and the Circle, Rosemary Sutcliff's retelling of the first part of the Arthurian legend, eighteen-year-old Arthur falls in love with Guinevere at first sight, though he doesn't realise it initially. Then Lancelot and Guinevere fall in love with each other the moment they accidentally touch hands and look up into each other's eyes.
  • Stu Redman and Frannie Goldsmith in Stephen King's The Stand...Stu told Frannie it took about three hours, but the text of the scene where they meet indicates it may have been even a bit faster.
  • In Edgar Rice Burroughs's The Monster Men, Number 13 falls in love with Virginia at once, though he does not fathom it. When he recovers from amnesia, he explains that he had fallen in love at a train station and chased after her across the world.
  • Played straight and deconstructed in L. M. Montgomery's A Tangled Web Jocelyn left her husband on her wedding night because she had fallen in Love at First Sight with the best man, who left, unaware of her affection. When they met again several years after he is middle-aged, overweight man about to marry a rich widow. Jocelyn's love immediately fades away. Lucky for her that her husband didn't hold a grudge against her
  • In Gene Stratton-Porter's Freckles, Freckles's first sight of Angel. This is sealed by her lack of fear of snakes.
  • In Gene Stratton-Porter's The Song of the Cardinal, the cardinal had actually met the she-cardinal before, and kissed her, but the circumstances meant he had not noticed her much. But when she flies to his tree, he is struck down, his usual Pride humbled, and he sets out to woo her.
    instantly this shy little creature, slipping along near earth, taking a surreptitious peep at him, made him feel a very small bird, and he certainly never before had felt small.
  • In Jane Austen's Love and Freindship, a stranger arriving wins the narrator's heart.
    My natural sensibility had already been greatly affected by the sufferings of the unfortunate stranger and no sooner did I first behold him, than I felt that on him the happiness or Misery of my future Life must depend.
  • Discussed in Golden, a retelling of "Rapunzel": Rue is skeptical that the prince could truly love her right after seeing her for the first time, especially since he had been talking before to the real Rapunzel (who kept out of his sight because of her baldness), but Rapunzel tells her that while true love does take time to develop, there's always that one moment when the seed for it is planted, whether it's a glimpse of a beautiful woman in a tower or a prince ready to sweep you off your feet, and sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith to let it grow and blossom.
  • Played painfully straight in Zel, another retelling of Rapunzel, however: Prince Konrad's five-minute encounter with Zel apparently had such a powerful impact on him that he turns down multiple arranged marriages and goes on a two-year quest to find this peasant girl he once gave a goose egg to.
  • In Patricia A. McKillip's "The Kelpie", Ned is embarrassed to do it, but admits to Emma at their first meeting that he's never felt about anyone as about her, and she admits the same. They discuss getting to know each other better.
  • In the Chivalric Romance Sir Degrevant, while Degrevant is fighting an neighboring lord, he catches a glimpse of his daughter Melidor, and falls instantly in love.
  • The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing has an example that is such a heavy deconstruction it might not even count as that any more so much as someone just being Wrong Genre Savvy. Dick Turner sees a glimpse of a beautiful woman in a movie theatre. Though he's introduced to some rather unremarkable woman whom he gives a lift home from the theatre, all he can think about is this one he saw. Later, he returns to the town and asks to be introduced to her. It turns out it's the same woman he took home, Mary, who just doesn't look at all as interesting unless seen in and from just that light and angle. They marry soon anyway because both just feel they need to find someone. It doesn't work out well, not even before the part where one of them winds up dead and the other insane.
  • In George MacDonald's "Port In A Storm", the narrator fell in love with his wife at first sight.
  • In John C. Wright's The Hermetic Millenia, the Nymphs are capable of inducing this biochemically. Oenoe had agreed to it, to transfer her hopeless love, and accidentally transfered it to one knight guarding the Tombs.
  • In Sarah A. Hoyt's Draw One in the Dark, Kyrie thinks how this doesn't happen to humans. Pheremone-driven werebeetles may be another matter.
  • In Just One Day by Gayle Forman, Allyson falls in love with Willem, a Dutch boy she meets while taking a tour of Europe. She runs off with him to Paris and loses her virginity to him, and wakes up the next day with him gone. The rest of the book is about her journey to find him again.
  • Anna and Vronsky in Anna Karenina are a deconstruction of the trope. It's Love at First Sight, and Anna gives up her entire life just to be with him — but then they have to deal with what happens when that initual fascination isn't enough to sustain a relationship.
  • In Andre Norton's Ice Crown, downplayed. Roane merely finds the first look at Nelis Imfray rather interesting, though he's not so good looking as her cousin.
  • The Apprentice Rogue: This is what Artamos feels when he sees Leona. She admits to the same at the end, just before they have sex.
  • In Like Water for Chocolate, Tita and Pedro fall hopelessly into a difficult romance the moment their eyes meet.
  • In Victoria Forester's The Girl Who Could Fly, Boris falls in love with Lily on arrival. Fortunately, this gives him a motivation to help all those strange kids with their dangerous plan on his first day at the school.
  • The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. Tatiana (a seventeen year old girl who's never been in a relationship) and Alexander, a 23 year-old Soviet army officer, fall in love the moment they lay eyes on each other at a tram station. Alexander walks her home and finds to his horror that his current Girl of the Week is Tatiana's sister. And Tatiana refuses to let him break up with her sister because of this.
  • In Stephanie Burgis's A Most Improper Magick, Elissa is much taken with Mr. Collingwood at their first meeting, but, as she explains to Kat, he's Unable to Support a Wife, let alone provide the money her family needs, so she must not even consider him.
  • The Hunger Games: Peeta's been in love with Katniss since he was five. His father was similarly in love with Katniss's mother, who chose a miner instead, because when he'd sing, the birds would listen. When Katniss sang in front of their entire class on the first day of school, the birds stopped to listen — and at that moment, Peeta was a goner. There wasn't going to be anyone else for him after that. And it sticks. The last chapter and the epilogue of Mockingjay reveal that the two have fallen in love, married, and had children together.
    • Hunger Games is an interesting example because in the third book Peeta actually falls out of love with Katniss after being subjected to brainwashing designed to make him fear and hate her. He eventually falls back in love with her but this time he's acknowledged her bad qualities and genuinely grows to love her for who she is rather than love the idealized version of her like he did before.
  • In Connie Willis's To Say Nothing of the Dog, this can be a symptom of time-lag.
  • Deconstructed in two different scenarios in Of Fear and Faith:
    • August sees a picture of a woman in a locket that he finds and suddenly falls in love with her, and then consequently berates himself for losing his mind.
    • Aiden and Lilac fall mutually in love within moments of meeting each other but both have rather strong emotional baggage with regards to relationships and the two are overwhelmed by how their emotions escalated so quickly for one another, and can't bring themselves to fully acknowledge their feelings.
  • In the Honor Harrington short story "Beauty and the Beast", Honor's parents, Alfred and Allison, had a mutual case of this, helped in part by Alfred's low-level telepathy, causing the two to form a Treecat-like bond. Given that this is the Honorverse, however, they spend quite a bit of time avoiding each other and lambasting themselves for thinking that it could actually be real until Allison gets kidnapped.
  • Dr. Watson falls madly in love with Mary Morstan after their first meeting in The Sign of the Four, and the two agree to marry about a week or so later (though they have a rather long engagement period). Sherlock Holmes, who has been Heterosexual Life-Partners with Watson for about seven years at this point, is not very impressed.
  • In Katherine Paterson's Of Nightingales Who Weep, Takiko falls in love with Hideo when she first meets him at the temple, even though she realizes that he is an enemy spy; she struggles to do her duty when it endangers him. It ends in Old Flame Fizzle.
  • In Eric Flint's 1632 series, Mike Stearns falls for Rebecca Abrabanel in the space of about two seconds, and Jeff Higgins falls for Gretchen Richter even faster. Both of those marriages stick.
  • A racial trait of the elves in The Riftwar Cycle is the Recognition: most elves have an instinctive recognition of who their mate will be.
  • Justified in The Memory Wars, as it tends to happen among people who were close to one another in past lives.
  • Son has Andras fall in love with Claire as soon as he sees her and is lovesick over her until her pregnancy is revealed.
  • Romans seem oddly prone to this. One might expect the somewhat ditzy Pompey to fall for the woman promised to him as his wife practically as soon as he lays eyes on her but it comes as a surprise when the level headed, indeed cold blooded, Octavian falls instantly in love with Livia.
  • Heart of Steel plays this for quirky laughs as Mad Scientist Alistair Mechanus falls instantly in love with beautiful ER doctor Julia Parker, but not vice-versa, and tries like hell to charm her with gifts like turning her boyfriend into a cyborg and making a chimera for her as a pet.
  • This happens to Geryon and Herakles in Autobiography of Red. Geryon sees Herakles getting off a bus, and
    . . . there it was one of those moments
    that is the opposite of blindness.
    The world poured back and forth between their eyes once or twice.
  • The Witcher Saga plays with this. Geralt and Yennefer seemingly fall for one another within their first meeting in "The Last Wish." However, they have a very dysfunctional relationship where they often fight, cheat on one another, break up, and make up numerous times over the years. It's not until Ciri enters the picture where they finally reach some form of stability in taking her in as their adopted daughter.
  • In This Immortal, Conrad and Cassandra fell in love on their first chance meeting shortly before the beginning of the book. Apparently, it took them only two months to get married.
  • In the comic fantasy novel The Dragon Hoard, people fall in love this way more often than not. In particular, it happens to the protagonist, Prince Jasleth, when he meets Princess Jadelli (and vice versa), which causes a certain amount of subsequent awkwardness because they're both aware that if he succeeds at his quest the results may be bad for her people.
  • The Mary Russell novels have a one-sided example, where her eventual husband fell in love with her at first sight — or at least, that's what he claims when she eventually realizes that she loves him. She reminds him that when he first saw her he mistook her for a boy, and he replies, "Yes, and don't think that wasn't disconcerting."
  • In the Elemental Masters series, Elemental masters and mages, thanks to their magic, are often able to recognize their True Love on sight, usually resulting in a Fourth Date Marriage. (Sometimes not even that, since one character notes that he's heard of mages/masters meeting for the first time and then are eloping the next week in Gretna Green, not having the patience to get a marriage license and post banns.)

    Live-Action TV 
  • A.N.T. Farm: Fletcher had been this for Chyna when she came to the A.N.T. program in the 1st episode of the show, "TransplANTed", to the point that he even said "You're beautiful."
  • In Babylon 5, John Sheridan is visibly, instantly smitten with Minbari ambassador Delenn from the instant he sees her. By the end of the fourth season, they're married.
  • Battlestar Galactica: Lee Adama and Kara Thrace. Which is trickier than it seems when you consider the fact that she's his younger brother's girlfriend at the time.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Angel states that he fell in love with Buffy the moment he first saw her...while he was hiding in his car, and she was sat on the front steps of her school at age fifteen, sucking on a lollipop, with pig tails in her hair and wearing a mini-skirt. Suffice to say, the revelation turned a number of people off the pairing for being too damn creepy.
  • Castle: Castle insists that this was the case for Beckett. She insists it was opposite: "I couldn't stand you!" Note that is conversation takes place after their Relationship Upgrade.
  • There are indications of this with Grissom and Sara on CSI from the stories told about their college lecture meeting, although relationship did not ensure for years afterward.
  • Dharma and Greg meet and get married in the pilot episode. They first saw each other on a subway train when they were children. About twenty years go by, and they see each other again on the same train and get married later that day. The show is very heavy on the Idealism side of the scale. Though to be fair, their relationship does have issues. (They start fighting less than a day into their marriage!)
    • And they did a cameo as the same characters on Two and A Half Men - still together but he wants to kill himself because he can't stand her anymore.
  • Doctor Who: The Doctor fell in love with the TARDIS as soon as he laid his eyes on her.
    "And you said—"
    "I said you were the most beautiful thing I had ever seen."
  • Averted on Firefly, when we see a flashback of happily-married Zoe and Wash meeting and she can't stand him.
    • Played with in that Mal fell in love with Serenity as soon as he laid eyes on her. The look on his face is beatific.
  • In Frankie Howerd Rather You Than Me, the moment when Dennis and Frankie first catch sight of each other is overplayed with Frankie telling a joke about a young gamekeeper who sees a beautiful girl in the woods.
  • Subverted in Friends with Monica and Chandler. Monica had a Crush At First Sight...then Chandler called her fat. Later Chandler fell into Lust At Second Sight...then she cut off his toe. It took them almost ten years of being best friends to finally fall in love properly! They ended up Happily Married. Sheesh.
  • In Frasier, Niles Crane is clearly smitten with Daphne Moon practically from the moment he lays eyes on her.
  • Game of Thrones: Sansa thinks she has this with Joffrey until he turns his sadism on her.
  • Glee: Although Blaine doesn't clue into it for months, the looks on his and Kurt's faces "Teenage Dream" proclaim louder than any words what exactly happened between the two of them as soon as they laid eyes on each other.
  • Home Improvement: Tim and Jill Taylor.
    Tim: The first time I looked at you I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you.
  • Deconstructed in How I Met Your Mother. Ted really, really wants this to happen, and when he meets Robin, he really believes it has, but more because he's In Love with Love than anything else. Though they do end up together for a while, she wasn't, as we learn from the start, The One.
    • This is also how Marshall and Lily claimed their first meeting went, although, as Future!Ted points out, that story's gone through quite a few versions over the years.
  • iCarly: Carly confirmed during "iSaved Your Life" that Freddie had been in love with Carly since he first met her.
  • Played with in iZombie: Lowell, a fellow zombie, is completely, single-mindedly focused on wooing Liv from the moment they make eye contact from a distance — but, as he explains to her at the end of the episode, it's because he recognized her as a zombie and realized that he still had a chance at a normal relationship.
    Lowell: So here's the speech. The zombie thing is a bitch. Your world shrivels down to a dot, you know this, and all you think about is how to get your next meal, and keeping your secret. And no one can really know you now. Kissing, touching, sex, love, yelling at someone for stealing the blankets, out of the question. Forever. But then one day I see this beautiful woman. She's the only thing in color. Odd, 'cause she's so pale. And then there's hope again. That's all I'm saying. Who knows if we'll even like each other? But I like everything I've seen so far, and... what have we got to lose?
  • The robothead 790 was subjected to the Love-Slave mind treatment in LEXX, and the first person it laid eyes on was none other than Zev whom he immediately fell in love with. Later in Season 3, 790 had an accident, and it immediately fell in love with Kai who subsequently fixed it.
  • Lancelot for Guinevere in Merlin. She measures him for a suit of armour and it's clear that he's completely smitten. When they meet again in a life-or-death situation in season 2, he's more than willing to die for her.
  • Mr. Young: No doubt that Adam was head over heels for Echo the moment she walked into his classroom.
  • In Once Upon a Time, Prince Charming catches up to the person that has just robbed him and his fiancée... and he's struck as soon as he lays his eyes on Snow White's face.
  • Luke and Prudence on One Big Happy, who were able to get married within a day, seemingly without any problems.
  • Lassie and Marlowe on Psych - granted, she starts out trying to con him, but it all works out in the end.
  • Red Dwarf: Kryten meets Camille, who appears to be a female mechanoid of the same model as Kryten himself. They rapidly declare their "advanced mutual compatibility on the basis of a primary initial ident".
  • Skins has to be the most cynical show to end this trope with a Happily Ever After, what with The Reveal in the S4 finale. (Very obviously a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, only magnified by the rest of the speech...)
    Naomi: I loved you from the first time I saw you. I think I was twelve.
  • In Smallville, Clark says this word for word about Lana, which he tells repeatedly to his parents and Chloe, who is a little disappointed that he never notices her before. And that is how Lana continues to be.
    • Although it is more like "lust at first sight" as seen in "Blank", when he had total amnesia. In front of Chloe. Again.
    • In "Truth", Pete suddenly kisses Chloe and confesses that he has wanted to do that since the first day they met, under the effect of a truth serum. He is usually more subtle about it because Chloe only has eyes for Clark.
    • In "Fierce", Kara has an immediate crush on Jimmy Olsen that triggers her heat vision, which is caused by sexual thoughts.
  • Played on The Vampire Diaries with Stefan and Elena. Both felt an indescribable, immediate connection with each other.
  • On The Vicar of Dibley, Harry says when proposing to Geraldine that he loved her from the second he laid eyes on her. The feeling appears to have been entirely mutual, despite the fact that right up until he opened the door Geraldine was ranting about 'townie tossers' moving into Dibley and was absolutely determined to hate him.
  • In Zoey101, Chase reveals he fell in love with Zoey the moment he saw her when she first came to P.C.A. while he was riding his bike and crashed into the flag pole since he was distracted by her. He even states, "I was in love with Zoey before I hit the ground."
  • No Tomorrow: Kareema falls for Sofia from the moment she first sees her, but attempts to suppress it since she's her brother's fiancee. It turns out that their engagement is only for Sofia to get citizenship though, and Sofia's attracted to her as well.

  • Pops up in a few Beatles songs, naturally: "I've Just Seen a Face" used to be the page quote. In "With a Little Help From My Friends", it's discussed via Call and Response.
    "Would you believe in a love at first sight?"
    "Yes, I'm certain that it happens all the time. . . "
  • The song "Loving You" by, not so wide known artist, Pauline:
    I've been dreaming about you
    Every night and day
    From the first time I saw you
    I got swept away
  • The Brobecks have a song called "Love at First Sight".
    "Could this be love at first sight, or should I walk by again?"
  • "Hello, I love you, why don't you tell me your name?"
  • Defied in Carly Rae Jepsen's "I Really Like You", in contrast to her Signature Song "Call Me Maybe".
    I know this isn't love, but I need to tell you something.
    I really, really, really, really like you.
  • Brian McNeill's "Bring the Lassie Hame" portrays the meeting of his father and mother in post-WWII Austria as this.
    When it was over, still nae bed o' clover
    A continent lay bleedin', and tears like ne'er before
    And then ye found her, hard times around her
    And ye knew that yer life had changed forevermore

    Myths & Religion 
  • Greek mythology has its share of Love At First Sight, usually caused directly by some god or goddess.
    • Eros, after a quarrel with Apollo, got back at him by shooting him with an arrow that made him fall in love with Daphne at first sight, after he shot Daphne with an arrow that made her (in simplest terms) hate at first sight.
    • Aphrodite, Eros' mother, because she was jealous of the beautiful Psyche, asked Eros to shoot her with an arrow so that she would fall in love with someone repulsive at first sight, but Eros ended up falling in love at first sight with Psyche.
    • Narcissus was so beautiful that every woman who looked upon his face fell instantly in love with him, but he would always spurn such people and break their hearts. He was cursed to fall in love with his own reflection after spurning several nymphs this way.
      • And in other versions, falling in love with his own reflection was punishment for spurning probably much older * male* suitors. Values Dissonance? Perhaps. Creepy? Just a tad.
      • Although in Greek culture of the time young men were supposed to have older male suitors, as well as continue to be attracted to women, so both versions technically work. (Male suitors of the same age? Now that was just weird.)
      • And this doesn't count as Values Dissonance... how?
      • No matter who else got rejected by Narcissus, the last person is always Echo in an exceptionally cruel manner. Since she had the misfortune of getting cursed to repeat only what people said to her, it was a big problem when Narcissus needed directions to the nearest city. He had no way of knowing she was cursed, but it doesn't mean he should have called Echo an idiot and gone out of his way to avoid her. Rather understandable that Aphrodite considered this the last straw — especially since Echo was so in love with him that she couldn't bear to cause him harm, even to seek justice for herself.
    • Hades and Persephone. A bit one-sided, but he (also) gets shot with Eros' arrow of love. Instant attraction and abduction ensues.
      • Weirdly enough, they end up the most stable (and presumably happy) couple in Greek mythology. It probably helped that he lavished gifts and non-sexual attention on her to genuinely win her over — and unlike Zeus, he never cheats on her. Just because he's the king of the Underworld doesn't mean he can't respect his wife's feelings.
      • On a different point of view since Hades primary methods of romance seems to be kidnapping, lavishing her with gifts, tricking her into eating those seeds and waiting several months for Stockholm Syndrome to ensue, you could bet that seduction isn't his forté.
      • On some versions. In another (which may be the closest to the original and untouched myth), Persephone willingly came to Hades, spoke to him and they reached an agreement — he wanted a consort, she wanted to get away from her overprotective mom, they FAKED her supposed kidnapping and she ate the pomegranate seeds willingly to tell her mother that she wanted to stay in the Underworld.
      • Well, he cheated once or twice... in three-thousand years of marriage. That's leagues above a lot of people, let alone Zeus or Poseidon.
      • And the time a nymph went to Hades and openly told him that she wanted to be his mistress? Persephone wasn't pleased. (Though she was quite kinder to his other old flame...)

  • Romeo and Juliet are perhaps the most famous example. Also invoked, as both characters are teenagers and would likely qualify more as Puppy Love, but the Feuding Families turn them into Star-Crossed Lovers.
  • In Measure for Measure, this happens to the antagonist, Angelo, after he first meets the protagonist, Isabella.
  • More happily, in As You Like It, Orlando and Rosalind, and later Oliver and Celia, fall in love at first sight. The trope gets lampshaded and even deconstructed, but it's ultimately shown in a positive light.
  • In The Taming of the Shrew, Lucentio falls in love with Bianca at first sight. His servant, Tranio, lampshades it.
    "I pray, sir, tell me, is it possible
    That love should of a sudden take such hold?"
  • In Les Misérables, Marius and Cosette fall in love when Marius, chasing after Eponine, alternately walks into Cosette or knocks her basket off her arm. "I didn't see you there, forgive me," might be the best pickup line ever because suddenly both of them are in love with each other and manage to sing several songs about it before discovering what the other's name is.
  • Played sort-of straight in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street between Johanna and Anthony, the latter of whom expresses his feelings repeatedly in a supposedly romantic song that sounds a lot like something John Hinckley Jr. would sing to Jodie Foster. This is Stephen Sondheim, so the ridiculousness is also parodied in "Kiss Me", a song about the two running away from Judge Turpin before he forces Johanna into marriage. This little ditty features such lines as "I knew I'd be with you one day, even not knowing who you were" with Johanna's expression becoming momentarily confused as to how precisely this guy is the love of her life when she's only just met him, a fact underlined by the later line that clearly states (even though they're eloping) that she doesn't even know his name.
    • Under the circumstances, Johanna is being fairly practical. Anthony offers her a way out of marrying Judge Turpin, and she accepts it. After all, she doesn't have a lot of options. Besides, Anthony is quite possibly the first young man she's ever met. Naturally she's interested in him. Her desperation, loneliness, and curiosity might not equal love; she might be dressing up her feelings to make the best of a less-than-ideal situation.
    • The Judge Turpin falls in lust at first sight for Lucy.
  • Although it's a staple of the original fairytale, it's perhaps even more pronounced in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical of Cinderella - in the 1957 version, Jon Cypher looks like he's just been hit with a very large truck, and Paolo Montalban in the '97 edition looks like the floor has just dropped out from underneath him. Somehow, both of them actually manage to make it believable, too. The 1960's version averts this though.
  • Receives a Take That! in Cyrano de Bergerac:
    Roxane: Well, I love him. That is all Oh—and I never saw him anywhere except the Comédie.
    Cyrano: You have never spoken?
    Roxane: Only our eyes.
    Cyrano: Why, then, how do you know?
    Roxane: ... I know.
    Cyrano: So soon! So soon we lose our hearts! But, my dear child ... You, who love only words, wit, the grand manner — why, for all you know, the man may be a savage, or a fool.
    Roxane: His curls are like a hero from D'Urfé.
    Cyrano: His mind may be as curly as his hair.
    Roxane: Not with such eyes. I read his soul in them.
    Cyrano: Yes, all our souls are written in our eyes!
  • Me and My Dick has a subversion. Dick and Miss Cooter fall in love at first touch when Joey and Sally hug too close.
  • Happens to Tony and Maria at the dance in West Side Story. Not surprising given it is a Setting Update of Romeo and Juliet.
  • Show Boat has Ravenal and Magnolia meeting and singing a love song during the first scene, though she's shy about it and he conveniently pretends that he's only acting. Her timely but winsome interruption of his solo number, "Where's the Mate for Me?", promises quite enough.
  • Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 has Natasha Rostova experiencing this twice in the musical——in No One Else she sings about how when she first saw Andrey, she fell in love with him. Later, when she prepares to elope with Anatole, Sonya voices her frustration:
    But I can't believe what I don't understand: how you loved one man a whole year, and suddenly——you've only known him three days, Natasha, you're joking!
    • averted by her eventual romance and husband, Pierre Bezukov, whom she has known since childhood but never considered a romantic prospect.

    Video Games 
  • In Lunar: Eternal Blue, Hiro falls in love with Lucia at first sight (possibly due to Naked First Impression). The depth of Hiro's instant devotion is such that The Grand List of Console Role Playing Game Clichés equivalent of The Dulcinea Effect is named The Hiro Rule.
  • In Final Fantasy X, Tidus and Yuna both ways.
  • In Valkyrie Profile, Lezard Valeth fell for Lenneth Valkyrie upon first sight. Which resulted in him becoming a creepy, obsessive Stalker with a Crush. Oddly, you never actually get to see just where and how he saw her.
  • You can start flirting with Bastila almost immediately after rescuing her in Knights of the Old Republic, and the flustered (or angry) responses indicate that this trope may be in play.
    • The female variant can start shamelessly flirting with Carth straightaway, too. He kinda likes the attention...well, until his paranoia kicks in. The Gay Option can also proceed like this, with lines like "Juhani, you are a beautiful woman with so much talent." Courtnay Taylor's voice acting wrecks any attempt to keep it at subtext.
  • In Odin Sphere Oswald the emotionless Shadow Knight fell in Love at First Sight with Odin's daughter Gwendolyn when he saw her wearing her late mother's dress while on a spying mission in Odin's realm. A feather she left behind reminded him of the prophecy of the dragon Hindel: "Seek the bird... that shall be your destiny."
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 has Neeshka, who starts acting rather possessive towards the player almost immediately after he rescues her (except that the conclusion to that story was cut). The two romances that stayed in the game are much more realistically played, due to both of the non-player partners being quite shy.
    • Though Neeshka admits later on that the player was the first person to be nice to her. It's understandable that she'd latch on to him.
  • Possibly occurs with the player and Silk Fox/Sun Lian in Jade Empire. Their first conversation after she joins the party can end with her commenting that their flirting has gone much further than she originally intended and breaking off abruptly.
  • Albion: Not quite at first sight, but still instant. When Mellthas and Sira discover their ability to communicate with each other telepathically very shortly after first meeting, they see the depths of each other's souls or something and fall in love immediately.
  • In Star Fox Adventures this happens to Fox McCloud once he saw Nubile Savage Krystal. Krystal eventually returns Fox's affections, though that's due to a Rescue Romance. When Krystal joins the Star Fox crew at the end of the game, Fox is all too happy to welcome her aboard.
  • In Left 4 Dead 2's The Passing, Ellis instantly falls in love with Zoey the second he sees her. Even saying they will skip the dating part and get right to the marriage. Well considering it is the Zombie Apocalypse, there probably wasn't time to date anyway.
  • In the Assassin's Creed series, Altaïr does so with Maria, a Christian woman who pretended to be his real target, Robert de Sable. Despite killing dozens of guards just to get to the fake Sable, Altaïr immediately and instantly spares Maria's life, leading, as we learn in the sequel, to Desmond Miles, the main protagonist in the series.
  • Seeing as King's Quest is based on fairy tales, this trope gets thrown around liberally. In the Back Story, this happened for King Edward the Benevolent (Graham's predecessor), and it turned out badly (she was a witch scheming to get the magic chest of gold). Graham gets hit with this himself when he sees Valanice imprisoned in Kolyma, and his son gets a dose when he meets Princess Cassima. The exception to the rule, like usual, seems to be Rosella. While Edgar got a case of this upon seeing her in King's Quest IV, it took her a while to share the opinion.
  • In Sengoku Rance, Kenshin ends up falling for Rance after beating him in a fight and getting a close-up look at him. Rance, being the poster boy for Black Comedy Rape, doesn't have the faintest idea how to handle a lovestruck girl coming on to him.
  • Naked Snake and Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, according to Word of God, fell in 'a pure love' from the moment they first saw each other. Unusually for this trope, while they maintain undeniably strong feelings for each other ever after, Ocelot even being revealed to have dedicated his entire life to Snake in Metal Gear Solid 4, they are not the Official Couple and are demonstratively pretty bad for each other.
  • Knights of the Old Republic II: In the cut content, given high enough Relationship Values, after loses his fight against Darth Sion, Atton tells the female Exile in his dying moments that he loved her from the moment he met her and tried to play it off as a joke.
  • Entirely possible in The Sims 2 if you have the Seasons expansion and earn the Wishing Well reward. If a sim successfully wishes for "true love", another sim (usually a Townie or another playable) with the most compatible traits and personality emerges from the well and greets them for a kiss, which automatically boosts their relationship to 70/70 and raises the "in love" flags.
  • Much to Taiga's dismay in Duel Savior Destiny, Nanashi falls in love with him at first sight due to him being a warm, open person. Why is the sex maniac dismayed at having a cute girl in love with him? Well, it probably has to do with her being undead enough that her limbs sort of fall off at a strong impact.
  • Invoked and defied in Chains Of Satinav. When Geron sees Nuri for the first time, he's speechless. Nuri promptly asks if he's in love, and Geron immediately denies it. They're the Official Couple, naturally.
  • It's very obvious that this happened between Sigurd and Deirdre in Fire Emblem Jugdral, since they are quite clearly attracted to each other when they first meet and later get married in the same chapter they meet.
  • A rather viable interpretation of the Chrom x Olivia pairing in Fire Emblem Awakening. Specially since they can get married right after the same chapter she appears.
    • In Chrom's S support with the Female Avatar, he says that he fell in love with her at first sight.
  • Strongly implied to be the case with a Male Avatar and Azura in Fire Emblem Fates; they quickly grow close after their first meeting, have a very fast support growth rate, and she tells him that she's been in love with him for a long time if they get married on the Revelation route.
    • It can also happen between the Male Avatar and Princess Camilla, as in their S-Support she tells him that she's liked him ever since she first met him.
    • In the case of a Female Avatar and Silas, the trope is deconstructed because he doesn't exactly believe in this trope... and that's the exact reason why, if he's romanced, it takes him so long to actually realize that it is the case for him in regards to her. And then it takes him even longer to confess because he knows that it sounds like something out of a child's fairy tale, and was afraid of not being taken seriously.
  • The Feel The Magic series is something of a celebration of this trope, as they both involve your nameless protagonist falling head over heels for a girl and subsequently doing everything he can to win her heart.
  • In Uncommon Time, Aubrey falls hopelessly in love with Alto the moment they see her. This might have something to do with the fact that she's the first person they see when they're revived from their hibernation spell.
  • In Fable I, having a high enough attractiveness and a good enough reputation means that the Hero can't walk down the street without a few nearby men and women hopefully saying, "A wedding ring would be nice..."
  • Something of a recurring thing in the Legend of Zelda franchise. One moment that stands out is early in Hyrule Warriors. Zelda is walking along the battlements while Hyrule soldiers-in-training are sparring. Link happens to look up as she's looking down. Nothing is said; nothing needs to be.

    Visual Novels 
  • Couple of examples in the Nasuverse:
    • First, Tsukihime, where Arcueid admits that she fell in love with Shiki at first being horribly butchered, something he reciprocated and spent 90% of the story denying to himself. Arcueid acts rather annoyed if Shiki goes for the other girls in their routes. Shiki counts much more than Arcuied does. She was more fascinated with him at first, rather than in love, and she was an Emotionless Girl before Shiki "broke" her. Shiki, on the hand, lusted for her, to the point of insanity, even if it largely due to his bloodline. He even admits that she was easily the most beautiful girl he's ever seen or will probably ever see.
      • There was also Roa for Arcueid hundreds of years ago. Didn't end well.
    • Second, in Fate/stay night, where Shirou falls in love with Saber upon first seeing and doesn't actually realize it for two weeks. The other two routes get around this by not letting Saber get enough contact with Shirou for them to really hit it off. Each route is... rather... different as to how it goes about it.
    • In Rin's route, Saber gets captured early on and then has an important argument with Archer, who uses his future Shirou credentials to make her reconsider her own motivations, a process which took past Shirou a route and many arguments to complete. She does not spend enough time with Shirou for the remainder of the route for them to hit it off, but the finale then has either her letting Rin have him or deciding to share. Saber, however, does not realize why Rin's so happy to have her stick around.
    • It's rather more tragic in Sakura's route, where the love at first sight is completely destroyed. The method? Kill Saber early in the route. Then have her come back. Evil. Then have Shirou mercy kill her, and get so torn up doing it that he deliberately kills every memory he has of her, promising himself that he will forget her and move on to save Sakura and stay with her. Much like everything in the last route, a bit... sad, especially since Shirou never understood what he felt towards Saber, but continued anyway.
    • Sakura herself claims to have fallen for Shirou from when she first saw him trying to overcome a jump that was completely impossible for him for hours on end. Supposedly, the same could be said for Rin.
  • Esperia in Eien no Aselia fell in love with Yuuto at first sight, however, she wasn't sure what kind initially. She also has a lot of difficult actually opening up to people. In Kyouko's route, Yuuto becomes an Eternal without her, so she forgets him. When he comes back, she falls in love at first sight and is extremely confused and upset. When she becomes an Eternal as well to follow him, her newly ex boyfriend does the same. Minus following her, because he probably can't.
  • Kouri, in Brass Restoration, fell in love with the protagonist Ryo at first sight during a drum performance he put on in middle school. She even went to the same high school so she could be near him.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations:
    • Desirée fell in love with Ron Delite when he rescued her from a couple of bandits. They're nothing alike, but they truly love each other. When he is accused of grand larceny, she goes to the extent of entering Detective Atmey's office to take his bag (which contains a Smoking Gun) and bring it to court just to prove Ron innocent.
    • Maya thinks this trope is in play when Phoenix and Iris meet in Hazakura. In reality they knew each other already, but they both were shocked beacuse neither expected to run into the other.

    Web Animation 
  • Doki of There she is!! falls head over heels, crazy in love with Nabi the first time she sees him. Nabi...well he comes around eventually.
  • In Lucky Day Forever, Prole 514 falls in love Sasiadka upon seeing her argue with her abusive boyfriend.

    Web Comics 
  • A short comic by A-gnosis has Dionysos fall for Ariadne's dress when they first meet. (For anyone who is not familiar with the myth; it is said that after Ariadne was left on a desert island by Theseus, the god Dionysos fell in love with her.) He's a Wholesome Cross Dresser, and wearing a pink robe at the time, so his interest is obviously sincere - it is implied that they bonded over this compliment. This comes off as much less creepy than if he had talked about her, as people familiar with Greek Myth tend to have certain prejudices when it comes to gods and their respect for consent or the lack thereof.
  • The Law of Purple: Red falls for Rose on first sight. Much of the attraction is that she's thrashing a purse-snatcher at the time, as seen here.
  • In Girl Genius, Zola plans to manage her meeting with the heir to the Storm King — and make it look like Love at First Sight.
  • minus.: what happens when Cupid gets really out of hand.
  • xkcd: This comic
  • Homestuck: Trolls, due to Bizarre Alien Reproduction, have a form of romance which is essentially hateful archnemesishood. The first time Karkat sees John (in person), he is instantly struck by total, all-consuming, overwhelming hate, complete with spade-shaped Wingding Eyes. Not the purest example, though, as they have interacted before through an instant messenger client, and there's a certain amount of time shenanigans involved as well.
  • Subverted in Dresden Codak. Kimiko sees a handsome guy with an FM-2030 book and instantly turns into a tongue-tied twit, fantasising about either an idyllic relationship (on an airship!) or a UST-laden scholarly rivalry. See here. Unfortunately for her, he turns out to be kind of a moron.
  • In Endstone, Jon disowns believing in this when he first met Kyri.
  • L's Empire has a species (Kayoss) that falls in love this way, mainly due to their Magic Genetics. This does have a side effect (referred to as Love Struck) which involves light headedness, drooling from the eyes, and passing out.
  • In Erstwhile, in the comic about the fairy tale "Sister and Brother" the king and the eponymous sister. Within moments of meeting, Crush Blush followed by his proposing and her accepting, with the only condition that her brother come with her to the castle.
  • In El Goonish Shive, this appears to be what happens between Tedd and Grace. However, much later, Tedd admits that it started out as simple attraction, since he was the first male her age she wasn't related to, and she was a hot girl in his house. It definitely evolved into love relatively quickly, though.
  • Erfworld: In the prequel book 0, we see that Jillian actually fell in love with Wanda before first sight. Merely hearing Wanda's name with no further context was enough to send Jillian's heart racing. Then Wanda captured her and tortured her for a few dozen turns, and then Wanda joined Jillian and helped her croak Wanda's Ruler, and then Wanda betrayed Jillian's father while Jillian was out in the field, and then Wanda captured Jillian and tortured her a few more times. Their relationship is... complicated, even without bringing in the large amount of Fate connecting them.
  • Knights of Buena Vista is a Campaign Comic about Frozen, and Hans's player includes an ability to induce this as a charisma bonus. So that's how Anna falls for him almost instantly.
  • It's what connects Nick and Ki in General Protection Fault right from the start, even though it takes them ages to act upon it, with lots of Will They or Won't They? in between.
    Ki: Nice butt!
    Nick (that evening, in his diary): I wonder if I should reconsider my self-imposed restriction on dating co-workers.
  • It takes Sun Jing all of about five seconds to fall heads over heels for Qiu Tong the first time they run into each other at a convenience store in Their Story. The attraction deepens all the more when they become friends.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • The first time Berry lays eyes on Bloo in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends she goes wide-eyed and sees Bishie Sparkle around him. So begins her Yandereriffic love for him.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • It's implied, and later confirmed by 'Avatar Extras,' that Aang fell for Katara when he first saw her after being freed from the iceberg.
    • And Sokka for Yue, though that may very well have been mutual.
    • Avatar Kuruk fell in love with Ummi at first sight, and Avatar Roku falls in love with Ta Min the same way.
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • According to Shiro Shinobi, Korra fell in love with Mako the moment she saw him.
    • Bolin explicitly tells Korra he fell for her the moment he saw her. The first time we see him was him spotting Korra across the room and smoothing back his hair, and immediately after he walks up to her he starts implying to Toza that they are a couple (which Korra is quick to correct).
    • Mako falls hard for Asami within seconds of their Crash-Into Hello, as communicated by cartoon heart bubbles.
    • Ultimately deconstructed. None of the above relationships work out by the end of the series and each pair remains platonic partners. The only relationships that do work require work to keep it that way (Bolin and Opal) or build up based on preexisting, strengthening emotions that eventually become romantic (Asami and Korra).
  • In The Raccoons, Bert instantly falls for Lisa the instant he sees her. However, when he makes his big play professing his love, Lisa, caught off guard of a new friend going way too fast, unsuccessfully tries to gently cool his romantic aspiration for someone he just met. However, when she returns home, troubled at upsetting Bert, writes an affectionate letter later which lifts his spirits with the implied promise of a relationship that can develop in its own time.
  • The Fairly OddParents!: Vicky and Ricky fell in love pretty quickly, but then again, Timmy wished for the perfect man for Vicky.
    • Plus the relationship fell apart by the end of the episode, with a definite implication that he never really loved her anyway. They are teenagers, after all.
    • In the episode "Love at First Height", Timmy wishes to be a 16-year-old so he can ride on an Adrenaland roller coaster, unbeknownst to him that he sits right next to Vicky, who falls in love with him the minute she sees him. When she asks for his name, Timmy yells "Gah!" in shock, and he later becomes known as Gah the Norwegian supermodel, not to mention that everybody else in Adrenaland (including his friends and family) had a craving for him.
  • Kim Possible on Eric and Eric on Kim in Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama. Well, she needed anyone except Ron (because of the rules) and Eric was a drone made to let Kim fall in love with him.
    • It's implied that Ron's feelings for Kim stem back to their childhood, possibly when they first met back when they were in preschool.
  • Code Lyoko: Heavily implied with William, who shows a keen interest in Yumi from the first day he knew her, and later claims that he's always been in love with her.
    Sissi: Have you been crazy about Yumi for a long time?
    William: Forever.
    Sissi: You've only been here for a couple of months!
    William: Don't you believe in destiny with a capital D? Two people who have never met, but are made for each other?
  • Discussed in The Simpsons episode "The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons" prior to Apu's Arranged Marriage:
    Apu: Manjula and I have not seen each other for 20 years. Two people cannot fall in love, sight unseen.
    Moe: Hang on there. I'm counting in that.
    • As shown in the episode "The Way We Was," Homer fell for Marge the first time he saw her.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Beezy and Saffi fall in love the moment they see each other.
  • Happens when Ferb sees Vanessa for the first time in Phineas and Ferb. Isabella to Phineas (although we don't know when it happened) is possibly the same case.
  • One of the Ork bikers asks this to Velma in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated after she fixes one of their bikes. Velma, being the Deadpan Snarker, bluntly tells him that she doesn't find him attractive.
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • The first time Helga truly meets Arnold at the age of three outside the Pre-K as he holds an umbrella over her head. Justified, as she puts all of her emotions and neglective parent's behavior into this one act of kindness. Word of God, however, states that they're meant to be.
    • In "Arnold Visits Arnie" during Arnold's Nightmare Sequence Lulu falls in love with Arnold at first sight and so does Hilda with Arnie.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: One-shot villain Little Acorn in the episode "Puppet Bride", who falls in love with Jenny at first sight (he sees hearts and sparkles around her upon seeing her) and tries to force her to become his bride.
  • Pepe Le Pew often falls in love at first sight with another animal so long as they have a white stripe down their back, most often towards Penelope Pussycat.
    • And Fifi La Fume of Tiny Toon Adventures often did this to animals of the male variety, most notably to Furrball in the episode "Aroma Amore". Furrball himself seems to experience this upon meeting Fifi, but completely loses interest upon seeing her skunk stripe and picking up her scent.
  • KaBlam!: Henry for Dawn, a one-shot character from the episode "A Nut In Every Bite". Dawn is the granddaughter of Mr. Stockdale, who comes from Switzerland to visit the show. Henry falls for her almost immediately (much to June's dismay), but she doesn't quite share the love. However, he does manage to charm her... by hurting himself. At the end of the episode, Dawn goes back to Switzerland, but by this point Henry is actually relieved (he's hurt himself so much he's covered in casts and bandages, and bound to a wheelchair).
  • Played with and blown to smithereens in Invader Zim with the advent of Tak (the not-so-hideous-new-girl), who manages to both endear herself to Dib and (accidentally) convince Zim she's in love with him. Cue Falling In Love Montage with Zim courting Tak, only to be violently rejected. Turns out, she's a much-more-skilled Irken who's vowed revenge on Zim (and completely hates him). Naturally, she and Dib can't be friends either.
  • In the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, Donatello falls in love with April O'Neil the instant he sees her.
    Donatello: She's the most beautiful girl I've ever seen.
    Raphael: Isn't she the only girl you've ever seen?
    Donatello: My point still stands!
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In the first episode of the series, Spike falls in love with Rarity the moment he first sees her.
  • Although it's presented in a low-key way, it's pretty clear in Paperman that the man and the woman are smitten within seconds of seeing each other. The ending sees them happily getting to know each other in a café.
  • In Winx Club, two villains, Icy and Tritannus, meet each other in the prison of Andros. The two are instantly enamored with each other. Icy likes how Tritannus tried to assassinate his brother in order to become crown prince and Tritannus feels that Icy is the only one who gets him. When they break out, the two decide to take over the Magic Dimension together and become emperor and empress.
  • One example from each generation of campers in Total Drama: Gwen and Trent in season 1 and Zoey and Mike (especially from Mike's side) in season 4.
  • In the ChalkZone episode "The Crush", Rudy develops a crush on Queen Rapsheeba's creator, Trina, as soon as he sees her for the first time. Complete with a chorus singing, "Love at first sight!"
    • Also happens to a lesser extent at the beginning of "Rudy's Story" when Rudy is watching Penny give her "What I Did On My Summer Vacation" report in front of the class, and is clearly shown to have a crush on her.
  • Steven Universe frequently address the concept, but always denying that it is ever as simple as actually being love at first sight. Every time the characters think they have fallen in love easily it is revealed that they had no idea what they were really getting into.
    • In the episode "Love Letters", Jamie is rendered speechless at the sight of Garnet emerging from the ocean and writes her a letter proclaiming his love and asking her out. Garnet turns him down—bluntly—and explains that love takes time and work and that love at first sight doesn't even exist. You need to know one another, and Jamie literally has no idea who (Or what) Garnet is.
    • A flashback episode reveals that this is how Greg Universe and Rose Quartz met, but a different flashback episode deconstructs that. After getting together the two of them have fundamental issues because of how different they are, and they need to spend time understanding what they mean to themselves and each other before they can be happy together.
    • "Last One Out of Beach City" has Pearl struck senseless by the 'Mystery Girl' when she walks into the same room, and she is so overcome that she is awkward and clumsy. However, in the next scene Steven—in a panic—points out how the Mystery Girl looks an awful lot like his mother, whom Pearl has spent millennia working and devotedly in love with.
  • Doug fell in love with Patti the moment he saw her.
  • In The Saga of Windwagon Smith, Captain Smith is so love-struck when he first sees Molly Crum, the mayor's beautiful daughter, he absent-mindedly takes a bite out of his plate.
  • Quack Quack and Eugly from Kaeloo fell in love with each other the moment they saw each other. In a very short time, they become an Official Couple.

    Real Life 
  • Research has shown that this phenomenon is actually a memory trick, in which emotions of the present get inserted into the memories of the past.
  • Mark Twain supposedly said that he saw a picture of his future wife, Olivia, and fell in love at first sight.
  • Thomas Hardy claimed to have, on seeing his future partner for the first time, realized instantly that he would marry her (not necessarily the same thing). Much like his novels, the two did not have a happily ever after.
    • The same is said of Carl Jung.
  • Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin and his widow, Terri, have both said that they fell in love at first sight. Steve was about to feed a crocodile at the time, and he was so spellbound by Terri that the crocodile nearly grabbed him. Ironically, Terri has also said that she had never believed in love at first sight until then —and that she knew three days after she met him that "destiny had taken hold."
  • Shown to have some basis in science — the first few minutes of a relationship have shown to be predictive of the relationship's future success, more so than what two people have in common or whether they like each other. DAMN.
  • Joanna "The Mad" of Castile and Aragon (what is now Spain) and Philip "The Handsome" of Burgundy turned out to be this, resulting in a Perfectly Arranged Marriage. It turned out badly, both for Joanna and Philip.
  • John Barrowman of Doctor Who and Torchwood fame flat-out states in his memoir Anything Goes that he took one look at Scott Gill and knew he was the one. (Although he doesn't deny that at least some of the initial attraction was lust, he also calls what he felt a "prophetic jolt.")
  • Rachel Maddow, on meeting her partner Susan Mikula: "...she opened the door and it was, like, comets and shooting stars."
  • Sir Michael Caine saw Shakira Baksh in an advert for coffee, thought she was the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen, and, believing her to be in Brazil, expressed an intention to go there and find her. He was later put in touch with her by a friend; they married in 1973 and have been together ever since.
  • Second sight, technically — Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis met briefly, and then were reunited at a party several years later. The way he tells it, he saw her across the room in a beautiful backless dress and then she turned and came over to talk to him, and that was it. "I'm in trouble," as he put it. D'awwww.
  • Broadway legend Patti LuPone says of meeting future husband Matt Johnston that she took one look at him and "said no in my head and yes in my heart." She was playing Lady Bird Johnson, he was an assistant cameraman. They're still happily married.
  • ...Which leads to LBJ himself, who asked Lady Bird for a date within minutes of meeting her, and asked her to marry him at the end of it. She turned him down. He wooed her assidiously for ten weeks, whereupon she agreed, though she insisted on marrying the next day, not that one. Forty years later, when he died, they were still Happily Married.
  • Richard Nixon claimed that when he first met his wife, Pat, it was love at first sight. He even proposed on the first date. She politely declined, but Tricky Dick didn't let up, and they eventually got married three years later.
  • According to Bill Clinton, he took one look at Hillary and promptly forgot his own name.
  • According to how the Lees tell it, when Stan Lee first laid eyes on Joan (who, at the time, was married to someone else) he told his friend standing next to him: "I'm going to marry that woman." A few weeks later, he did.
  • Acclaimed British screenwriter Heidi Thomas, responsible for, among others, Ballet Shoes, Cranford, and the massively popular Call the Midwife, met her husband Stephen McGann when he starred in one of her early plays at the Liverpool Playhouse, and she admits that it was love at first sight for both of them. Unfortunately, they were both with other people. Two years later, when they were both finally single, they started dating. Four weeks after that, McGann said, "Let's just cut to the chase," and asked her to marry him. They've been happily married for over twenty-five years.
  • Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe met Pamela Anderson at a party in February 1995, and he fell in love with her pretty much as soon as they met. Four days later, they were married. It didn't end well.
  • King Frederick William III of Prussia, then still the crown prince, first met his future wife, Princess Luise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (and her younger sister Friederike) when his father introduced him to them in March 1793. Years later the king said to one of his few confidants that it immediately it was like a line from Friedrich Schiller's play Die Braut von Messina ("The Bride of Messina"): "And suddenly I felt it become clear in me: She's the one, or no one else on Earth." (Und klar auf einmal fühlt' ich's in mir werden: Die ist es, oder keine sonst auf Erden.).
  • 22-year-old Emperor Franz Joseph similarly fell head over heels for his cousin Elisabeth of Wittelsbach aka Sisi, the lovely fifteen year old kid sister of Helene, the princess he was arranged to marry. Being Emperor, he got to marry the sister he wanted over the objections of both mothers. It did not turn out well: they grew apart, had affairs, sorta settled on Better as Friends, Sisi became very emotionally unstable upon the tragedies that hit her AND Franz, she ultimately was murdered and he never got over her death.
  • This was meant to be an Invoked Trope when Anne of Cleves met a King Incognito Henry the Eight, as per the court etiquette of the day. Unfortunately no-one tipped off the German princess, so she gave this strange overweight man the cold shoulder. It was not an auspicious start.
  • As mentioned above under Literature John Ronald Ruel Tolkien fell in 'true and lasting love' with Edith Mary Bratt at the age of sixteen. His guardian was understandably skeptical and even Tolkien admitted that true love striking at such an early age was perhaps not the best thing for him.
  • Greg Mortensen explains in his biography Three Cups Of Tea that when he met his wife Tara at a party, he knew she was the one for him. They married six days later.