Some kisses are so sweet that they feel like magic, but some kisses actually are magic
. A Magic Kiss
has some supernatural effect that either binds or releases a spell, for weal or woe.
While it's often used as an excuse for fanservice
or ship teasing
in modern works, chaste examples of fairy tale magic kisses are Older Than Steam
Most of the examples of Magic Kiss
fit into its subtropes:
qualifies as a magic kiss if it isn't, well, more intimate; the literal examples of Kiss of Death
may also be a magic kiss. Kissing Under the Influence
could be the result of magic, but isn't magical itself. Compare Heart Beat-Down
and Kiss of the Vampire
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Anime And Manga
- In Outlanders, Kahm gives Tetsuya the ability to understand her alien language with a kiss. Though later they cast an area-affect version of the spell, probably so Kahm didn't have kiss the entire Nuba tribe.
- In Revolutionary Girl Utena, Anthy would kiss Utena's sword (which she had just pulled from Utena's chest) to "abandon her body and protect the sword". Freud was right, indeed.
- In the movie she does this to transform into the Rose Bride and give Utena her sword to fight Saionji.
- The 'Kiss Of Life' from UFO Princess Valkyrie is both this and A Magic Contract Comes with a Kiss. Specifically, when Valkyrie first uses the Kiss Of Life to save Kazuto by injecting him with half her soul, it's a case of a kiss contract... but subsequently, after she's wound up in Sleep Mode Size, she could 'reconnect' with the missing half of her soul and temporarily regain her magical powers by kissing Kazuto again - which would be another Magic Kiss.
- In Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, Heimdall kisses Mayura and puts a spell on her, which Loki later has to remove with a kiss.
- A major element in Sekirei, in the form of winging and a winged Sekirei's most powerful ability, the Norito.
- With powers are all used like this in Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches. Even the power copying power requires a kiss to copy the power.
- Evoked in Princess Tutu; Princess Kraehe kisses Mytho as she steals his feeling of love. The kiss (presumably) isn't actually magical, but it sure looks like it.
- Baise from Hunter × Hunter has the ability to make one a slave for 180 minutes by kissing a person. In the first anime, she tries to entice another boy into kissing her. Too bad he is The Stoic.
- Kiddy GiRL-AND has Di-air kissing other ES members and even an artificial monster to super-charge their super powers.
- Used in the Burst Angel manga by Amy—or rather, an army of holographic copies of Amy—in order to pacify an army of zombies.
- Starfire of the Teen Titans can learn any person's language with a touch, but she chooses to do it with a kiss because it's more fun that way.
- In The White Dove, kissing the dove (in gratitude) reveals that she is a princess.
Live Action TV
- Succubi and Incubi in Dungeons & Dragons (all the way to the 1st Edition) have an energy drain attack delivered though either a kiss or a hug.
- Both Forgotten Realms sourcebooks and novels by Ed Greenwood had spellcasters delivering touch-spells with an extra kink. Magic Missile Reflection spell in The Seven Sisters was called "Shalantha's Kiss" because its inventor always casting it on her adventuring band like this. Elmara in The Making of a Mage, trying to keep things silent, hits a surprised opponent with a Fleshflame spell — a kiss so hot that when it ended the smoke trailed from that guy's ears, literally. In Elminster In Myth Drannor Symrustar Auglamyr triggered a pre-set spell much the same way.
- The only described instance of rare spell "spellsingers' luck" involved a permanent silvery lips mark on the recipient's skin. Seven Sisters did cast in a similar fashion fate link and some beneficial spell. In the latter case Storm blew a silver "kiss" that flew from her mouth to the recipient's cheek and attached there as a tattoo-like mark.
- In Homestuck, this is a SBURB game mechanic. If a player dies (and if they have an intact dreamself), they can be revived if another player kisses their corpse within an unspecified time limit (if time runs out, the wounds propagate to the dreamself, killing them too).
- In Doc Rat, "Captain Kerpow" tries to invoke this.
- In Teen Titans, Starfire can learn new languages with a kiss, which makes her the Team Face. The comic book version could do it with any touch but usually used the ability with a kiss, but it was distilled to just kissing in the animation.
- An episode of Aladdin: The Series has Sadira create a fantasy world in which she could become a princess, and Aladdin could act as her knight in shining armor. Genie tries to close the portal before Sadira can take Aladdin away, but the conflict betwen his and Sadira's brands of magic leaves Aladdin as a street rat with delusions of knighthood. In order to regain his sanity, Aladdin has to successfully steal a kiss from a princess..."Princess" Sadira, much to Jasmine's dismay.
- In Ben 10: Alien Force, Charmcaster kisses Kevin putting him in a trance and orders Kevin to bring Gwen out. A Hypno Trinket was given to Kevin as the mind controlling device.