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->''"Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph."''
-->-- '''Jennifer Hart''', submission to The Style Invitational's [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/16/AR2007031600802.html "Simile Outrageous."]]

Two lovers run toward each other in slow motion across a meadow filled with flowers and butterflies, arms spread, totally suffused in the joy of their reunion, as [[https://youtu.be/VmLsvQaxw3g?t=532 Tchaikovsky's Love Theme from the Overture to Romeo and Juliet]] or [[Music/PachelbelsCanon Pachelbel's Canon in D]] (or some other piece deemed romantic) [[StandardSnippet plays on the soundtrack]].

This trope hasn't yet passed into DeadHorseTrope territory (creators can still play it straight to great effect), but even those who love it usually can't resist poking a little fun at how corny it is. Sometimes {{subverted|Trope}} by interrupting one of the lovers in mid-stride (fell, distracted by bees, picked off by sniper fire), making one lover violently allergic to all the pretty flowers, having the lover run right past his beloved because he wants whatever is behind her, etc. The trope is also ''very'' often subjected to merciless parody.


* Played straight at the end of ''Anime/DotHackSign'' during the ending credits. Not in a meadow, though. Also, [[spoiler:[[SchoolgirlLesbians the two parties involved are both girls]], and one of them is in a wheelchair.]]
* Ifurita and Makoto at the end of ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld''.
* Kurau and Christmas interact lovingly in a sunny meadow during the opening credits of ''Anime/KurauPhantomMemory'', wearing summer dresses--which [[BaitAndSwitchCredits doesn't appear anywhere in the series itself]].
* Spoofed in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' in "The Flame Alchemist, the Bachelor Lieutenant and the Mystery of Warehouse Thirteen", where Havoc tries to imagine Major Armstrong's sister, and gets an ImagineSpot of [[BrainBleach Armstrong in a wig and dress]] doing a Meadow Run. It turns out [[spoiler:that she's actually really hot. She turns him down though]].
* Played straight with Misa Hayase and Hikaru Ichijo in the episode of ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' where [[spoiler:Earth is glassed]]. For some reason they [[OffModel forgot to color it]].
* Tadao Nagahama LOVES this trope. After his ''Anime/RobotRomanceTrilogy'' actually did show romantic premises with ''Anime/VoltesV'' and ''Anime/{{Daimos}}'', the ending credits depicts the Reunion Runs accompanied by heartwarming {{Award Bait Song}}s (The Gou brothers to their father Dr. Kentaro Gou, Kazuya with Erika.)
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** Parodied, although they aren't in a meadow. After a "break up," Soul and Black Star run at each other in slow motion calling each others' names with LoveBubbles in the background.
** Parodied in the final chapter of the manga. Maka and her father are shown running towards each other, only for Maka to run past him and into Marie's arms.
* Renton and Eureka did this in episode 47 of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' when they reunite with each other.
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', a girl named Suno offers Goku shelter and hospitality in her snowy village, and seems to get a crush on him. Goku decides to liberate her village from the Red Ribbon Army members inhabiting Muscle Tower. When he comes back, the two start running towards each other... only for [[BigEater Goku]] to run past her to reach some food.
* An early filler episode of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has villains Vegeta and Nappa land on an alien planet. On a whim they decide to act heroically, killing the tyrannical ruler, and reuniting two lovers. The final scene has the lovers doing a MeadowRun towards each other... then Vegeta [[KickTheDog blows up the planet]].
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' has the female Battlewolf and her child start running towards each other... Only for Bui to fire a laser through the mother's body.
* A variant (pictured above) in ''Manga/BillyBat'', with the lovers running to each other from across a train station.
* In episode 3 of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Sho has an ImagineSpot of himself and Asuka running towards each other.
* Spoofed in Episode 157 of ''Anime/DetectiveConan''; Tagaki assumes that Sato is running up to him for a loving embrace, but then the latter grabs the former's collar and [[RipVanTinkle demands to know]] [[PottyEmergency where the nearest restroom is.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', as the meadow run soon turns into Shrek and Fiona running arm-in-arm from [[TorchesAndPitchforks an angry mob]].
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' as well, where in the middle of Alex and Marty's run, it turns out that Alex is actually pissed off, with it quickly turning into Alex chasing Marty around.
-->'''Marty:''' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Oh, sugar honey iced tea!]]
* Again spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge3DawnOfTheDinosaurs'', when Scrat "reunites" with his acorn after running away from Scratte, and the acorn falls down a hill in slow motion towards Scrat who also runs in slow motion.
* PlayedForLaughs but still sincerely in ''WesternAnimation/CaptainUnderpantsTheFirstEpicMovie''. While reuniting after [[spoiler:being forced into separate classes]], George and Harold have an ImagineSpot where they run to each other through a meadow... even though they're actually dashing towards each other for a hug in the school bathroom. It's a funny moment, but it's still sweet, since it's clear that the short while they were apart really ''does'' feel like an eternity to [[HeterosexualLifePartners George and Harold]].
* PlayedForDrama in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. In the midst of an ice field rather than a meadow, Kristoff and Anna try to run towards each other, as Anna had been afflicted by a frozen heart and an act of true love would thaw it. But shortly before they meet in the middle, Anna [[spoiler:sees Hans about to kill her sister Elsa, and dashes off to the side to take the hit for her, just as the frozen heart takes its toll and transforms her into an ice statue.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Spoofed in ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'', when Kumar engages in a Meadow Run with an anthropomorphized bag of marijuana. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment And then the bag o' weed and Kumar get married.]] [[{{Squick}} And fuck.]]
* Played straight in the movie ''Film/TheSidehackers'' (as seen on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''), set to the film's love theme, "[[KillEmAll Nothing Lasts Forever]]" ("Only love/Pads the film").
* Appears during a montage of romantic-film-tropes in ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', along with rowing-a-boat and meeting-on-a-foggy-noir-street-corner-in-the-40's. Piggy & Kermit meadow run at each other - but when they meet in the middle, Piggy keeps going and Kermit ends up running backwards.
* Used in ''Film/ThePirateMovie'' when Mabel first sees Frederic on the beach. Somehow they end up riding horses on the beach moments later.
* The trope comes from one of the film versions of ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' with UpToEleven use of SayMyName. "Catherine!" "Heathcliff!" "CATHERINE!" "HEATHCLIFF!" (This particuler scene was spoofed many times.)
* Appears in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' when Ashley returns to Tara after the war.
* Spoofed in ''Film/WagonsEast'', in which the heroes are facing death and each imagines his or her loved one in a brief vignette. The last hero is a redneck farmer whose vignette has him performing a MeadowRun [[spoiler:with a sheep.]]
* Rama and Sita in ''Film/SitaSingsTheBlues'' after Rama and the monkey army rescue her. [[spoiler:He promptly drops her saying he's redeemed the shame upon his name by rescuing her, but since she lived in (actually just outside) the house of another man (the King of Lanka who kidnapped her, but mostly left her alone), people will ''believe'' she must have slept with the King and is no longer "pure" -- even if she did not.]]
* Happens ''four times'' in ''Film/HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney'', each time managing to be more heartwarming than the last, mostly because it's kids reuniting with their long-lost pets (or said pets reuniting with each other after one was presumed dead) instead of lovers.
* Most {{Narm}}-filled moment EVER in ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} New Moon]]'' when Aro is seeing Alice's version of the future to prove that Bella will eventually become a vampire. They sparkle as they frolic.
* Tony and Maria toward the end of ''Film/WestSideStory''. Only, instead of a meadow, it's an outside basketball court. [[spoiler: And Tony gets shot, where he ends up [[DiedinYourArmsTonight Dead in Her Arms Tonight]].]]
* A non-romantic version in ''Film/TheColorPurple'': Celie runs towards her sister Nettie through a meadow after not seeing her for decades.
* Played straight in the 1971 film ''Film/{{Friends}}'' to the tune of Elton John.
* In ''Literature/BridgetJones' Diary II'', Bridget and Mark run towards each other and then together at the beginning when Bridge assures herself she has found her happily-ever-after. It's her ImagineSpot.
* After Parris gets his friend Drake to have a critical psychological breakthrough in ''Film/KingsRow'', the film ends with Parris going home, and running towards his new girlfriend Elise across an open meadow.
* A variant in ''Film/CityGirl'', in which Lem and Kate arrive at the front gate of Lem's wheat farm after the trip from Chicago. After they hop over the gate, Kate goes dashing through the meadow of wheat, with Lem following after. A couple of times they embrace, only for Kate to go dashing ahead again. The shot of Lem and Kate running through the wheat as the camera tracks them is the most famous in the movie.
* In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', much of the HoYay between [[spoiler: Finn and Poe Dameron]] comes from a scene in which they [[spoiler: are surprised to see one another still alive, across a wide landing area,]] and proceed to run toward each other in a manner evoking this trope.
* ''Film/AGuyNamedJoe'': How Dorinda and Ted come together at the end, after she gets back from bombing the Japanese ammo dump, having narrowly escaped with her life.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Spoofed in the British TV series ''Series/{{Ballykissangel}}'' where a man and a woman run towards each other across a grassy meadow. When they meet the woman suddenly punches the man in the face.
* On the final episode of series 19 of ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'', after given his Odd One Out group, Paul Merton begins to ponder the answer. Suddenly, the camera fade-cuts to some footage of Paul and fellow captain, Ian Hislop, skipping through a field in slow motion to sappy soft music for several seconds. Camera cuts back to Paul, who's got a day dreamy expression on his face. He then shakes his head and apologizing, saying he was "miles away". The footage popped up again in the later seasons when Joan Collins hosted in a Dynasty spoof, but aside from that, there was no explanation for it. According to Paul of the Very Best of HIGNFY DVD commentary, he tried for eight years to get that gag onto the show and was rejected two times by two different producers, the third try helped and the gag was put in.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Twisted in the episode "The Stolen Earth" when the Doctor and Rose run towards each other, meeting for the first time since "Doomsday"... only for a single Dalek to appear in the scene [[spoiler: and shoot the Doctor without so much as an "Exterminate". And if that wasn't enough, this leads to a pretty damn big cliffhanger as the Doctor begins to regenerate...]]
** Subverted at the end of "The Girl Who Waited": Old!Amy attempts one towards the Doctor (who is in the TARDIS), only for him to slam the doors shut and lock them (as Old!Amy cannot exist inside the TARDIS at the same time as normal Amy). [[ShootTheDog Then he lets Rory choose which one he wants]].
* A beautiful, bromantic Meadow Run happens during Season 1 of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', in ''Chuck Versus the Sandworm'' between the titular geek and his [[HeterosexualLifePartners BFF]] Morgan.
* A rather one-sided Meadow Run (taking place in an office, but still using the slow-mo and romantic music) occured at the end of a ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' episode in which Dick was ''really'' happy to see Mary return after she had been gone for a week. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8Vs93Tr4DA&t=8m25s Seen here.]]
* ''[[SuperSentai Engine Sentai Go-onger]]'' spoofed this in one episode when the two female Rangers, Yellow and Silver, do this. Since they were just meeting up to start stage one of their plan to save Yellow's mecha, there was NoHuggingNoKissing, but this didn't stop the blatant imagery from making certain fans {{Squee}} regardless.
* Spoofed in an episode of ''Series/{{The Suite Life On Deck}}''. After sneaking out on a date after curfew, Cody and Bailey run towards each other in slow motion on the sky deck...and accidentally bump into each other the second they make contact.
-->'''Bailey:''' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar This doesn't happen in movies.]]
* Happens rather bizarrely in the {{tokusatsu}} ''Series/SpaceSheriffSharivan'', with the run being done by [[HoYay the hero]] and ''Jesus''.
* Parodied in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
** This is done by Raymond Luxury-Yacht and a plastic surgeon.
** The "Attila the Hun Show" skit.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=kqiUGjghlzU#t=63s "And now, 20th Century Vole is proud to present: The semaphore version of Wuthering Heights!"]]
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Barney Stinson makes a reference to this trope in an episode, when talking about Robin.
-->'''Barney''': I don't love her, okay, I just... miss her when she's not around, I think about her all the time and I imagine us one day running towards each other in slow motion and I'm wearing a brown suede vest.
* Happened in ''Series/TheWarAtHome'' between Larry and Kenny after their fathers apologized to each other.
* Done in ''Series/TheGoodies'' between Bill Oddie and his new gal. Then done in the same meadow between Graeme Garden and...[[CargoShip his computer.]] He also tries to push it on a swing, which...doesn't work so well.
** In another episode, Graham does this with a distraught Tim, only to get shoved aside into some dustbins.
* Spoofed and lampshaded in ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'': In one episode, Shotaro ends up chasing another man along a beach, complete with the slow-mo and the romantic music. As it's happening, Shotaro thinks to himself how [[NotWhatItLooksLike strange it must look to someone]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext who doesn't know the context]].
* Parodied on ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' when Mr. and Mrs. Kravitz are reunited after separating.
* Catherine-and-Heathcliff was spoofed mercilessly on numerous episodes of ''Series/DaveAllenAtLarge''. But, then, what wasn't?
* Parodied in the ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' episode "Bouncin' Back to You" when Lola Heatherton and Guy Caballero reflect on a relationship they once had. They run through the meadow, or in Guy's case, '''wheel''' through the meadow (he sits in a wheelchair, but for respect rather than being handicapped)
* ConversationalTroping in the ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' episode "Watching the Girls Go By".
-->'''Del''': You see, Rodders, I used to have this vision of love. I used to imagine that me and my sweetheart were running in slow motion through a field of buttercups. ''(Rodney rolls his eyes)'' We're both, y'know, we're both like that, dressed in white, and, like, I'd done a bit of weight. And suddenly, there in the background, I can here Semprini's Orchestra playing the theme tune from ''Film/DoctorZhivago''. ''(he starts to hum the theme, then stops as Albert leaves)'' Where's he going?
-->'''Rodney''': He's probably gone to be sick.
* In Korean drama ''[[Series/LieToMeSK Lie To Me]]'', this is done fairly subtly, with Ah Jung waiting at her home, and suddenly running outside, and Ki Jun running from the aeroport. Justified, as one character has been living in a fairly rural area.
* ''Series/NotNecessarilyTheNews'' liked to subvert this, with narration like "They were young, they were in love, they needed glasses", at which point the couple missed each other and kept running.

[[folder:Music/Music Video]]
* Spoofed by Music/JohnLennon and Music/YokoOno in a short film meant to accompany the ''Wedding Album''. They dash toward one another on the beach, but then run right past each other and fall over.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/BigNate'', where Nate ran until he got close enough to see that the seeming LoveInterest was [[AbhorrentAdmirer an old hag]]. Fortunately, it was AllJustADream ([[DreamWithinADream within a dream]]).

* Used [[spoiler: and subverted]] in "Theatre/WestSideStory": Maria and Tony run to each other across the [[CrapsackWorld harsh "meadow" of the lonely basketball court]] before [[spoiler: Chino shoots him]].

[[folder:TV Commercials]]
* Several commercials used this, among them Delsey Tissue and [[http://www.historicfilms.com/tapes/9025_741.17_778.17 Clairol hair dye products.]] "The closer he gets -- the better you look!"

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Lucas and Hinawa doing this (sort of, because Hinawa is walking away)]] is the entirety of [[BreatherLevel Chapter 6]] of ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''. Sad version of the trope.
* In one of the later missions of ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'', Eddie Riggs imagines sharing a Meadow Run with Ophelia, complete with druid-slaying.
* ''VideoGame/LiveALive'' has two {{Dream Sequence}}s where Pogo strolls through a endless flower field towards Bel.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Spoofed in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' fan film [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6_UPmEVkR4 "I'm a Time Lord, Get Me Out Of Here!"]]
* At the very end of ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'', Quirrel and Voldemort start to do this, first running towards each other, and then turning around to join back-to-back (it makes sense if you've seen it).
* In a ''Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries'' special, during Granny_Bacon's funeral, LetsPlay/SimonLane reminisces his time with her, which consists entirely of him and her colliding into each other in a field of wheat and having, presumably, dirty sex.
* Parodied in the animated version of ''Webcomic/WelcomeToTheConvenienceStore''. L (the singer from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinite_%28band%29 Infinite]]) is locked in the store and desperate for the bathroom (there isn't one in the store itself). When he sees Eun Ah, the store clerk, return he imagines himself running towards and then dancing with a roll of toilet paper. Unfortunately Eun Ah gets distracted and he's left in there.
* In a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFddVuYzB4k certain YouTube Poop video]], the one from the "Eternal Eclipse Of The Heart" music video is parodied.
* ''WebVideo/LeftPOORDead'': During Reginald and Tippy's reunion

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', where lovers Eris and Hoss Delgado run towards each other in a meadow. Hoss is also in a monster truck.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "It's About Time!", Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Perry The Platypus spoof this, somehow managing to still turn it into FoeYay. They run toward each other on the beach... and Perry kicks Doofenshmirtz in the face.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' when Buster reunites with his lost dinosaur, and again when Babs and Montana fall in love at the hands of [[HilarityEnsues Concord substituting for Cupid]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' episode, "Won't Stick to Most Dental Work" had a scene where Henry and June were happy to see eachother again after Henry quit, and they ran through a meadow with romantic music playing as they ran up to one another and hugged.
* Spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' telling the story of Paul Bunyan. The giant Paul and his normal sized love interest see each other at a distance and run towards each other, but when the love interest realises his true size she turns and starts to run ''away'' from him instead.
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' series when Lydia and the newly humanoid tree Spooky run to each other.
* PlayedForLaughs in the "Hearts and Hooves Day" episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', where Big Macintosh and Cheerilee run toward each other near the episode's end, after being separated by the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Thing is, they were under the influence of a love potion (which the CMC themselves had given) and the separation was necessary for it to be broken. Edges into MundaneMadeAwesome as the fllies desperately try to keep them apart.
* Spoofed in the ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' episode "The Way of the Prawn", when Tigress has an ImagineSpot about her and Yijiro the samurai prawn running towards each other in a meadow. Then they both draw katanas and it turns out they're completely surrounded by enemies and are running towards ''them'', because Tigress's idea of romance is being a BattleCouple.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode "Chuckie Loses His Glasses", when Tommy finds a blind Chuckie, the two run toward each other. Unfortunately, due to both of them being unable to see (Tommy's reason being he was wearing Chuckie's glasses to find him), they passed each other and crashed into lawn chairs.
* In a wedding-themed special of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', Smurfette has a series of {{Imagine Spot}}s with the male Smurfs. In her fantasy of Greedy Smurf, they do the meadow run -- only for him to run right past her to the overflowing buffet table.
-->'''Smurfette''': At last! At last!\\
'''Greedy Smurf''': At last! At last! Lunch!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': The show actually managed to subvert the trope in Episode 111 by using the BaitAndSwitch trope. Kaeloo and Mr. Cat are on the beach when they turn their heads in the opposite direction and the viewers assume that they are looking at each other. They are both separately shown running with outstretched arms, leading the viewers to believe that they are running towards each other... [[spoiler: and then the camera pans out to reveal that they're both running in the same direction, towards the bathroom.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Church of Scientology had a field dug up and planted with flowers for Creator/TomCruise and new wife Creator/NicoleKidman to romp in.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov was once invited to an apparently-tedious US/Soviet diplomatic event, without his wife. When it was done, they were to meet outside the venue. Seeing each other at a distance, they simultaneously ran at each other in a Meadow Run. It was, Asimov later found out, caught on film by a Soviet cameraman, and was shown often on Russian TV for a while.