: I just gotta bump into her somewhere. Now if only I knew her schedule, I could arrange a chance encounter. Lily
: That's great, Ted. You'll be the most casual stalker ever.
:(narratology) A situation in a film, television series, etc. in which a potential or future romantic couple meet for the first time in a way that is considered adorable, entertaining, or amusing.
Meet Cute is a subtrope of Boy Meets Girl
, a way to quickly introduce two characters and set up their burgeoning relationship. A meet-cute is almost always rife with awkwardness, embarrassment, and sometimes outright hostility. It's often used in films, particularly the Romantic Comedy
, due to time constraints; while on television a relationship can develop more naturally over many episodes, a movie has to get their couple set up right away to fit within 2 hours.
This meeting can happen by way of any of an innumerable array of circumstances, so long as there's something cutesy about it. Possibly they have an instant dislike
for one another. Maybe they crash into each other
in a hallway and papers fly about. Maybe one of them has been shopping for ISO-Standard Urban Groceries
and trips over the other walking down the street. Perhaps mistaken identity or other wacky misunderstanding is involved. Sometimes someone is naked or in an otherwise embarrassing situation
When one party has arranged the "chance" encounter for the purpose of romance, it's a Stalker's Meet Cute. (This is very common.
) When it's for dark nefarious purposes (i.e., not romance; usually a crime of some sort), it's Weaponized
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Anime and Manga
- Used within the first 5 pages of Rosario + Vampire. Moka crashes into Tsukune with a bicycle, and the fun begins.
- Played with in Tenchi Muyo!: Under the misguided impression that shojo manga are actually a realistic guide to teenaged relationships on Earth (an impression fostered by a mischievous Sasami), both Ayeka and Ryoko engineer classic Crash-Into Hello meetings with Tenchi — months after they first met him.
- Kaoru and Aoi Meet Cute at the start of Ai Yori Aoshi. They bump into each other at the station, he fixes her shoe, walks her to her destination (taking a round trip on the train because he didn't want to wake her up) and then they discover they are childhood friends... Aww.
- Yuuichi meets every available girl in Kanon in an odd manner.
- This literally becomes a running gag with Ayu.
- Shuichi and Yuki in Gravitation meet cute twice: the first time, Shuichi's lyrics blow away in the park into the hands of Yuki who insults them, much to Shuichi's shock; the second happens a few days later when Shuichi jumps in front of Yuki's car in the rain and Yuki, after deprecating him again, drives him to his home to dry him off.
- Lampshaded in Lucky Star: two random characters of no importance whatsoever accidentally tangle their bag keychains, and Konata (witnessing this) notes that they are now on the way to being a couple, while Kagami snaps that real life does not work that way.
- In Eden of the East, Akira Takizawa and Saki Morimi meet in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., with the former carrying a cell phone, a gun...and completely naked.
- In Basilisk, during their first meeting, a hiccup causes Oboro to stumble and spill a tray of tea she was serving all over Gennosuke.
- Subverted and lampshaded in Hunter × Hunter during the Greed Island arc with "Love-Love, The City of Romance" which is "famous for its easy meetings": various Moe Moe-looking characters crash into the main characters, lose their glasses, and generally need rescuing, but the main characters ignore them because they've got a mission to complete.
- Most of Love Hina is filled with this trope... Keitaro and Naru get it most often, particularly in the episode where they both decide, separately, that they need to go on vacation, bump into each other, both break their glasses, and have to spend the day together, doing romantic stuff, only to find out when they've regained their glasses who they are, and spend the rest of their trip escorting an anemic girl back to her home island.
- Makoto in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, after several failed matchmaking attempts, uses her time-leaping ability to forcibly arrange a Meet Cute for Kousuke and Kaho by putting them in just the right positions for Kousuke to get involuntarily tackled into Kaho by another student. This ultimately leads to Kousuke and Kaho dying in a train accident, and Makoto later undoes her meddling in favor of a much simpler approach.
- In Code Geass, how Euphemia and Suzaku first met. With her jumping out of a window several stories above ground and landing in his arms. Then again, everything about Euphemia tends to be played as being Moe Moe. Well, almost everything.
- In Kare Kano, Yukino's parents were childhood friends who bumped into each other on her mother's first day in middle school.
- The way Sena and Suzuna meet in Eyeshield 21...so...very...Meet Cute...(mixed with some Crash-Into Hello.) Seriously, the artist should have put a big fat "Love Interest" label on her forehead. The sad part is that being a shounen sports manga, nothing was ever done with them. Not even in the Distant Finale.
- Double Arts reveals in a side comic that Kiri's parents met this way. When a super-tall boy and a super-tiny girl trying to enroll in a seamstressing school misestimate the "normal" sizes of their trial garments...
- Subverted in Darker Than Black. Li ends up saving Chiaki several times just by being in the right place at the right time, including once with a Fake-Out Make-Out, and eventually promises to help her escape the country. However, "Li" is just the civilian alias of Hei, a.k.a. "The Black Reaper". He was stringing her along purposefully in order to learn what she knew. And on top of that, it wasn't even the real Chiaki- it was a Doll programmed with her personality as a decoy to draw him out.
- Li and Misaki, on the other hand, mostly play this straight - their first proper meeting occurred while hiding in a bathroom stall from a yandere Mafia Princess at a party.
- In Saiunkoku Monogatari, Shuurei and Ryuuki meet when she tries to get some cherry blossom petals to float in her tea, but can't reach any. Ryuuki stops to help her out, but a strong wind make him accidentally break the whole branch off. They end up having tea and Shuurei's home made sweet bean buns together. Of course, Shuurei was in the garden in the first place specifically to meet Ryuuki, making the encounter semi-planned, but the "cute" of the Meet Cute happened purely by accident.
- In Sailor Moon, Usagi and Mamoru meet when she accidentally hits him with a failing test she'd tossed over her shoulder. This repeated several times in the first anime with her hitting him in the head with flung shoes, maintaining the Slap-Slap-Kiss dynamic they had for much of the first series. They even met again at the finale of the first series, after everyone has lost their memories, and yet she meets him again as the same stock footage of the test paper incident plays from the first episode - making this a reMeet Cute.
- In the first anime Rei tries to invoke this trope when she develops a crush on Mamoru, by attempting to run into his arms and blush accordingly. It totally doesn't work — he steps on her when she falls. Rei, ever the trooper, goes with it anyway.
- ChibiUsa finds a little boy's keychain when he drops it. Cue bishie sparkle when she sees him and he seems wonderful... until he starts doing a lewd routine from Shin-chan, which his keychain depicts. ChibiUsa is not amused.
- Ouran High School Host Club has an interesting Meet Cute. Haruhi stumbles into the Host Club while looking for a quiet place to study and is mistaken for a boy. When Tamaki finally finds out Haruhi is really a girl he's left speechless and blushing. We even get two different versions: the anime has Haruhi walking out in Ouran's female uniform and Tamaki finally realizes Haruhi's a girl; the manga has Tamaki pick up Haruhi's school ID, and from that learn she's a girl. While Meet Cute tends to force a coupling, Haruhi's initially disinterested in all six boys in her Unwanted Reverse Harem and relationships in the manga seem develop pretty naturally.
- Hellsing, of all things have two examples (both fit the Boy Meets Ghoul trope too). First one, manga only, when Alucard and Integra meet which includes an oddly endearing and awkward scene of Integra asking his permission to sit next to him (when he was a corpse) and curls beside him, wishing he were a Knight in Shining Armor that would save her. And, in both OVA and manga, how Pip Bernadotte and Seras Victoria meet, establishing a Slap-Slap-Kiss dynamic since Pip's taunting and Seras' finger flicking him across the room.
- Although it's not even hinted at in the main continuity, Kyon of Haruhi Suzumiya has two encounters that fit this bill with Nagato during the movie.
- The first is when he helps her get a library card, told in flashback, since he doesn't remember the event. Nor did she find out his name.
- The second is when he enters the former club room to find only Nagato sitting there and finally introducing himself to her.
- The Official Couple of Eureka Seven meet when she crashes her Humongous Mecha into his house. She then ritualistically burns most of his remaining possessions.
- Becomes a driving plot point in Arashi No Yoru Ni, as a wolf and a goat meet in a pitch-black barn one night and become friends, each oblivious to the other's species. This is the setup for their forbidden friendship.
- In X1999, Yuzuriha meets Kusanagi when he kneels down to pet her spirit dog Inuki, posing himself as the first person, other than her, able to see and touch Inuki. She almost immediately falls into him, in slow motion, and embraces him, Tears of Joy in her eyes, both of them surrounded by hovering white feathers. After excusing herself, she runs away to meet with her comrades, leaving an utterly confused Kusanagi behind her. What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?
- THE iDOLM@STER - 14 of them in the first episode, each with their own little quirk.
- Daily Lives of High School Boys usually lampshades this trope as it appears, under the supertrope of Boy Meets Girl.
- In general, this trope is invoked by the (Literature) girl, and recognized by this name by the boy (Hidenori).
- In High School Boy and Drop-kicks, Emi wondered if the sudden closeness between Hidenori and Kiyohiko was "Boy Meets Boy".
- In Kurosagi, Kurosaki stops Tsurara from jumping off a train platform because she happened to be standing on his 5 yen piece.
- In Hekikai No Ai ON, Tatsuya first saw Seine after she steps on his money when a couple of bullies throw it to the ground.
- Also, Tatsuya's parents. They met when he saw her hanging white radishes.
- In Hayate the Combat Butler this is done twice. Maria meets Hayate by accidentally running him over with her bike while he was lying in the snow, then giving him her scarf since he was out in the snow without even a jacket. Hinagiku first meets Hayate while she is standing high up in a tree after going up to save a baby bird and then getting stuck due to her fear of heights; she then accidentally kicks off Hayate's face after jumping down since he wasn't ready to catch her.
- Nagi kind of gets this due to the convoluted way that she meets Hayate with what she believes to be a surprise confession of love. In actuality Hayate is just the worst criminal ever and his statement of his intent to kidnap her (to pay off the massive debt forced on him) was incredibly vague.
- In Baccano!, Ennis and Firo meet when they bump into each other, she loses a button on her suit, and he runs after her to return it. In a slightly less traditional example, Claire Stanfield/Vino meets Chane Laforet while he is on top of a train, soaked in the blood of his victims. She tries to kill him. He proposes. They end up Happily Married.
- Bleach finally provided the long-anticipated Meet Cute story for Isshin and Masaki in the "Everything but the Rain" flashback mini-arc. And the trope was both played straight and subverted: Their Rescue Romance was indeed both badass and adorable... and it broke Ryuuken in the process.
- A couple of years before Ash's journey began in Pokémon, he helped out a girl when she was lost in the forest and has injured her leg. Ash had forgotten the meeting, but the girl, Serena, did not, and Serena started her own journey to meet up with him again when he journeyed to the Kalos region, where she and her mother currently live.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: After Kamina's death, Simon becomes full of self-loathing, angry and blame for it. After a battle that results in Lagann not working because of his issues, he ends up in a canyon where a Gunmen throws a container away. Opening it, he meets Nia. Because Nia is pretty, nice to him, and seems to have no understanding on what a human is, all of that angst is forgotten and he goes right back to being Adorkable when the two get to know each other.
- How did Empowered meet her boyfriend Thugboy? She was a captured superheroine, he was the minion tying her up. Sparks flew. They don't like to talk about how they met.
- The House of Mystery story "Romantic Comedy (With Corpses)": Girl meets boy, boy asks girl out, boy turns out to be a vampire wanting to feed, girl turns out to be another vampire who was actually looking for a date, they decide to go on one after all. The girl vampire, who is firmly convinced she's in a romantic comedy, even calls it a Meet Cute.
- In Diabolik the titular protagonist and his beloved Eva Kant first met when she caught him trying and steal the Pink Diamond from her, and he threatened her with a knife. As she was captured in his eyes and had to admire his the ability to arrive there undetected and he was caught by surprise by her not fearing him in the slightest, they fell in love.
- Spider-Man: Boy's aunt tries to set him up on a Blind Date. Boy is convinced girl is awful because his aunt likes her. Boys spends months trying to evade meeting this girl. Boy finially gets tricked into seeing girl. Boys opens door and to his suprise realizes the girl is stunningly beautiful. He stumbles with um..uh "That's Mary Jane Watson?" Girl confidently declares "Face it Tiger, you just hit the jackpot!" And thus the award for most memorable/cutesy meeting of a couple in the Marvel Universe goes to...
- Saga features a flashback to how Alana and Marko met, which their child describes as "what they call the 'Meet Cute.'" However, this was when Marko was a prisoner under Alana's care, and she says this just as Alana lays some police brutality on Marko.
- Karolina Dean and Julie Power first met when Julie was part of a group hired to shut the Runaways down. And then they really hit it off several years later when the Runaways tried to sneak into Avengers Academy.
- Towards the end of Alan Moore's "The Reversible Man", the backwards-in-time protagonist walks into a train station with his ex-wife and they spread newspapers on the floor. He realises she's the most beautiful woman he's ever seen, and the papers collect into their hands as he loses eye contact with her. They never see each other again.
- In Dept Heaven Apocrypha, flagship couple Milanor and Nessiah first met up having to wash dishes together as a punishment for falling asleep during the school's opening ceremony. They got into an argument, after which Nessiah wound up hospitalized due to using too much magic, and the two of them became friends there. They didn't actually become a couple until a bit later on, though.
- Meria and Seth first met while the latter was on the run from some teachers after destroying one too many precious objects. Their relationship didn't last too long, unfortunately.
- Not exactly a direct meeting, but the first meeting of Adam Squall and Violet Parr turns out to be fairly awkward, especially because Adam had just turned back into a human. It's implied that the two of them hooked up shortly afterward, though, although whether they formed a genuine romantic relationship remains to be seen.
- In On a Cross and Arrow, this is what happens when Fluttershy and her male alternate-universe counterpart Butterscotch accidentally run into each other. They hit it off quite well after getting over their initial shyness.
- In the Hunger Games fanfiction Some Semblance of Meaning, Vale Whitaker references this trope by name when she is trying to convince "the pragmatic voice" that Obsidian is not in love with her, listing their lack of this as one of her reasons.
- Sally Sparrow meets Dr. Watson this way in Children of Time: Watson bumps into her on the sidewalk and spills her textbooks. Being the Victorian gentleman that he is, he helps her pick them back up and offers her coffee in apology. The two of them chitchat over their coffee... and at the end of the next episode, They Do. Their relationship forms the story arch that finishes with the season finale.
Films - Animated
- In Disney's animated 101 Dalmatians, Pongo (the male dalmatian) intentionally arranges a Meet Cute for Roger and Perdita's owner Anita by tangling his leash in their owners' legs and pulling them into a pond.
- Happens with John and Mary in WALL•E, when their hands accidentally meet on the seat control.
- In Tangled, Rapunzel knocks Flynn out with a frying pan when he intrudes into her tower.
- Anna and Hans meet cute in Frozen, when he nearly knocks her into the water with his horse. This later turns out to be Weaponized Meet Cute.
Films - Live-Action
- Used in The Book Thief with Liesel and Rudy, complete with lampshade.
- Subverted in American Gods. Mister Town meets Laura by the side of the road and offers her a lift. Within the span of less than an hour, they make playful banter and run through the rain with newspapers held over their heads, laughing. The character is convinced that he's found true love for the first time in his life. Then Laura kills him just like she killed his friends. Of course, if you've read the novel faithfully up to that point, you already know that Laura is Shadow's undead wife who's willing to murder others to help him, so you know from the start that it isn't going to end well for the hapless guy.
- In the Newbery Award-winning children's book Ginger Pye, the children's father (Mr. Pye) met their mother (the soon-to-be Mrs. Pye) when, for kicks and giggles, he decided to run "up" the "down" escalator in what he thought was an abandoned subway station. Naturally, he ended up running down their mother-to-be, who was riding "down" it. Romance ensued.
- Piper to Jason in The Heroes of Olympus.
- The Wheel of Time has several. Rand meets Elayne after climbing the wall of her palace garden to use as a vantage point and falling down the wrong side of it, Mat meets Tuon (properly) when he encounters her while trying to escape a city occupied by her troops, Bayle Domon meets Egeanin when she boarded his ship to inspect his cargo, etc.
- Jack and Ellen's first meeting in The Warrior Heir is relatively normal, but their introduction to the other's secret identities comes when they are thrown into a ring and forced into a duel to the death to determine which of the two wizard houses would gain supremacy for the next few decades. Ellen ends up saving his life in the duel instead of killing him, due to developing a crush on him during their normal time together. Seph and Madison in the next book meet when Seph tries to use magic to get information out of Madison and she drains his energy through the spell.
- Lampshaded and referenced in Gravity's Rainbow:
It was what Hollywood likes to call a "cute meet," out in the neat 18th-century heart of downtown Tunbridge Wells, Roger motoring in the vintage Jaguar up to London, Jessica at the roadside struggling prettily with a busted bicycle, murky wool ATS skirt hiked up on a handle bar...
- A Song of Ice and Fire: A dwarf boy and his athletic older brother run into a girl pursued by bandits. The older brother fights off the thugs and the younger brother comforts the girl. Boy and girl like each other and get married. This is how Tysha and Tyrion Lannister (with the brother being Jaime) meet... And then it doesn't go well.
- In the novel Variable Star by Robert A. Heinlein and Spider Robinson, the protagonist refers to this trope by name when describing his initial encounters with various women.
- Lampshaded in "Identical Twins Aren't the Same in Bed (and other observations): A Novel" where the narrator meets friend he ends up falling for when she persistently IMs him out of the blue with different screen names. He's never met her, except possibly in passing, and he has no idea who the names belong to. Justified in that the author met a female friend (albeit, one he never dated) that way, and the book is assembled from fictionalized versions of real events. Subverted in that he met her that way years before the events of the novel, they never got together in that time (in fact, he was sort-of seeing someone for part of it) and the plot of the book is partially about him trying to tell her his feelings and that the book ends intentionally ambiguously with regards to whether they ever get together.
- Annie on My Mind has a very peaceful meeting... but the two girls meet when one of them is singing folk songs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Medieval Wing, as I recall). They then proceed to act out swordfighting in the Arms and Armor hall. It's a Meet (Very) Cute.
- Older than Television: In The Phantom of the Opera (1909) Christine and Raoul meet as children when he rushes into the sea to save her scarf.
- In Frederik Pohl's Day Million, Don and Dora are explicitly said to have "met cute".
- Raptor Red has a series of these with a male raptor, where a series of unusual circumstances prevent him from carrying out the normal courtship ritual. When they first meet, for example, they happen to be hunting the same dinosaur. Awkward!
- In The Crocodile on the Sandbank, Amelia Peabody and Emerson first meet in a museum, where they promptly have a blazing row over antiquities. By the end of the book they're happily married and expecting their first child.
- Verence and Magrat's first meeting in Wyrd Sisters probably counts, at least on the embarassment front; she's soaking wet after spending the morning gathering herbs and he's, well, The Jester in full uniform, which is embarassing enough for anyone. And when he realises he's disturbed a witch, he runs away.
- When Ginger and Victor meet in Moving Pictures, she's dressed as Shirley Temple. She then starts criticising the co-star she hasn't met yet, which is him. Possibly Holy Wood magic insisted on the movie trope.
- In Rebecca Lickiss's Eccentric Circles, Africa, Piper's blue-eyed blond cousin, and Sherlock, her black husband. He invoked Commonality Connection on their anti-Meaningful Names, explaining that "Sherlock" means "the blond one."
- In the Millennium Trilogy, Lizbeth Salander first becomes aware of Mikael Blomkvist's existence when she's hired to do a background on him, which she completes by hacking his computer to find out if he has any secrets. When Blomkvist becomes aware of her actions, he decides to retaliate by barging in on her apartment unexpected (for added awkwardness, in the movie, he manages to catch Salander in bed with a girlfriend.) Surprisingly, this does not stop them from developing a rapport, which leads to him enlisting her aid in finding out what happened to Harriet Vanger. Later, she decides to make their relationship sexual.
- A platonic version occurs in Tales of the City, where future best friends Michael and Mary Ann first meet when Michael's then-boyfriend Robert asks for advice on making hollandaise sauce, and she thinks he's hitting on her. Later, after she moves into Mrs. Madrigal's building, she discovers that Michael is her neighbor.
- Aral and Cordelia Vorkosigan have one of the strangest examples ever put to paper in Shards of Honor. She's the commander of a Betan scientific survey group and he's the commander of the Barrayaran taskforce that just attacked her base, killing one of her men and landing another with serious brain damage. It's Love at First Sight, at least on Aral's side, and he proposes marriage about three days later.
- The Maze Runner Trilogy: Thomas, meet Theresa.
- In Relativity, when Greg meets Sara he knows he's going to fall in love with her, partially because when he dropped a bunch of empty take-out trays on a busy street, she was the only person to stop and help him gather them up.
Live Action TV
- Tommy Shane Steiner's "What We're Gonna Do About It" has a man and woman meeting in a Starbucks, and the male is offering such awkwardly cute lines as "Well, your shirt is yellow, my shirt is blue, my favorite color's green / Pretty amazing if you know what I mean". The song has Wilson-Sampras' character recounting the story over the phone to a friend, with her speaking while Steiner sings the male's lines. If not for the singing, it could easily be a scene from a Romantic Comedy.
- Painfully deconstructed in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio "Urgent Calls", where the Doctor meets a lady called Lauren when she dials a wrong number and calls a telephone box he was walking past - and he gives her some medical advice that saves her life. Repeatedly, they end up contacting each other when dialling wrong numbers - the Doctor even refuses to take down her number at one point because he knows he'll contact her again later. This all turns out to be a coincidence virus that somehow broke out and which the Doctor is trying to stop, and the final scene is Lauren writing a letter to him in which she admits that it would be terrible if everything happened built on luck, even though she's only addressed the letter to "The Doctor" in the hope that it would find him.
- In the musical of Les Misérables, Marius and Cosette play this perfectly straight, randomly running into each other in the street. He apologizes and stoops to help her up, and then they make eye contact. Emphasis added because the musical score emphasizes that precise moment with a sting.
- The Light in the Piazza: Fabrizio catches Clara's hat when it is carried away by a gust of wind.
- Puccini's opera La Bohème: Mimi comes to Rudolfo's bachleor pad for matches. She drops her key. The wind blows out their candles. The two grope for the key in the dark. Rodolfo finds the key, hides it, and continues "searching" as an excuse to hold Mimi's hand — "Your little hand is frozen! Let me warm it in my own."
- Being a modernized version of La Bohème, Rent does a similar thing between Roger and Mimi in the song "Light My Candle". Only it's played with a bit as they'd clearly seen each other around before, don't get involved until later in the movie version, and it's implied that Mimi orchestrated it to try to invoke the trope with Roger.
- The play Thoroughly Modern Millie begins with the titular Millie quite literally running into Jimmy, her love interest and also very, very rich
- In Sweet Charity, Charity and Oscar meet by getting trapped in an elevator together.
- In Wicked, Fiyero nearly runs Elphaba over in his carriage-cart-thing. She is so mad about it, she precedes to hit Fiyero on the head with a book then fall in love with him.
- Mrs Hawking play series: In Vivat Regina, Mary and Arthur meet when, while Mary is on a stakeout for a case, she comes across him needing a spot of help subduing a ruffian. She brains the ruffian with her poker, and the two have a conversation that, while nothing overtly romantic happens in that play, definitely hints at a possible affecton developing.
- A flashback in We Love Katamari reveals that The Prince's parents - The King of All Cosmos and his wife - met cute to a ridiculous degree, in a Crash-Into Hello involving a cut-off Pompadour and a half-eaten bread accidentally forming a heart shape. The result: love at first sight. Awww...
- Final Fantasy VII had Aerith meet Cloud when he fell through the ceiling of her church into a flowerbed - from a terminal height, mind you. Also, Crisis Core reveals she met previous love interest Zack in the exact same way. Ironically, Aerith and Cloud's real first meeting was a subversion of the Crash-Into Hello where she was knocked over - by a random NPC - before calmly asking Cloud if he wanted to buy a flower as he wandered past.
- In Final Fantasy VIII, Squall first meets Rinoa at the SeeD ceremony. He looks up at a shooting star and looks where it came from, and his eyes lay on Rinoa, who seeks the same shooting star and looks where it's headed to, and her eyes meet Squall's. Rinoa goes over to him and gets a rather reluctant Squall to dance with her. She leaves him open-ended at the end of the dance when she sees someone she knows, leaving a slightly disappointed Squall.
- Deconstructed in (surprise, surprise) Metal Gear Solid 2. We learn that Raiden and Rose met over a pedantic argument over which building King Kong was climbing in the movie. It later turns out to have been all a big set-up to ensure Raiden would fall for her, allowing her to spy on him as part of the set-up for a Evil Plan.
- Non-romantic example - when Snake first meets Otacon, Otacon wets his pants. Snake teases him about it in Metal Gear Solid 2 (in a jokingly flirtatious, 'I remember the day when we first met' kind of way), Otacon jokes about it in Metal Gear Solid 4, and in Metal Gear Mobile it's actually a plot element when Snake asks Otacon what happened when they first met in a Spot the Impostor situation.
- Bioware seems to like this trope.
- Neverwinter Nights: When you first meet Aribeth, you are almost immediately attacked by mysterious assassins.
- Hordes of the Underdark: You first meet Nathyrra when she is trying to get you not to kill her for being a drow so she can give you important information to help you defeat the evil drow faction. And when your new character meets Aribeth, you just literally defrosted her and she immediately attacks you, following which you either have to convince her that Tyr hasn't abandoned her or that it doesn't matter.
- Knights of the Old Republic: You meet Bastila when she is in a cage wearing only undergarments being offered as the first-place prize for a victor in a swoop race.
- However, if you play the main character as female, this trope is averted. You meet Carth when the two of you grab an escape pod as the Endar Spire explodes—not particularly cute.
- Jade Empire: Silk Fox is trying to kill you because she mistook you for a minion of the minions of the minion of the evil rival of the Big Bad. The only female Love Interest in a Bioware game who you meet ordinarily is Dawn Star, who you grew up with.
- Mass Effect 2: Master thief Kasumi met her now-deceased boyfriend while they were both trying to steal the same painting. They ended up keeping it as a memento. Most of Shepard's romantic interests, however, are met when you either talk to them while pursuing a specific goal - Garrus, Jacob, Traynor, Cortez - or when one of you helps out the other in a bad situation - Tali, Liara, Ashley, Jack, Miranda, Thane if you count serving as a distraction - and neither option really qualifies as particularly "cute", especially given the typical bodycount of the latter.
- Obsidian likes this too.
- In Knights of the Old Republic 2, you meet Visas when she is sent to assassinate you and the Handmaiden when she stows away aboard your ship on the orders of Atris. Also, one of the best examples of this trope is the half-naked Exile walking into Atton's cell in Knights of the Old Republic 2.
- In Neverwinter Nights 2, you rescue Neeshka from a band of thugs, Elanee hops in to rescue you from a bladeling and a band of Duregar, and Safiya bandages your potentially fatal chest wound and drags you out of an ancient cavern system in Mask of the Betrayer. A female player meeting the male love interests might also qualify, with Casavir showing up to attack a bunch of orcs about to attack you, and in Mask of the Betrayer you coming into Gann's cell with an offer of freedom in exchange for military service.
- Chrono Trigger features one of these as the the main character runs into (or gets run into by) Marle, and causes her to lose her pendant, which Crono then helps return. Shortly afterwards, Crono goes after Marle when she gets sent into the past.
- In Sentimental Graffiti, each of the girls is introduced to the player in this manner.
- Parodied in Namco High, with Davesprite suggesting that his entire courtship with Cousin should consist of them both falling into water fountains at every opportunity. Averted in the actual story, however, with Cousin meeting each potential partner by being in detention at the same time.
- Lampshaded in Katawa Shoujo. One version of the scene in which Emi slams into the protagonist Hisao is actually titled "Meet Cute."
- The protagonist of Serendipity Next Door meets two of her prospective love interests this way: she accidentally plows into Masaomi in her rush to get to work, and then meets Izumi later the same day when her bicycle tire goes flat in the middle of a downpour, prompting him to offer her an umbrella and let her leave the bike overnight at the pet store where he works rather than have to wrestle it home in the rain. Subsequently, she discovers that both men live in her apartment building - Masaomi next door, Izumi right across the hall.
- The anime-inspired MegaTokyo naturally has this happen several times. Of particular note is the main couple, Piro and Kimiko, who've managed to meet cute 'bout 3 times so far... Largo and Erika probably also qualify, albeit only twice.
- Yuki and Kobayashi's Meet Cute is almost a parody; their first interaction within the strip involving her falling on him from a great height (immediately after he unintentionally distracted her) and giving him three broken ribs, a concussion, and a broken arm.
- Don't forget the exact details of Largo's first meeting with Erika. His near-fatal error of thinking her breasts weren't real and that she padded her Kasumi outfit was followed by his being asked in Japanese "Want me to break your other arm so you have a matched set?" most definitely didn't point at 'cute', rather 'keep your distance, you perv.'
- Last Res0rt pulls a Meet Cute almost right out of the gate with Slick pulling a Crash-Into Hello onto Jigsaw as he's trying to evade his guards. Granted, Slick and Jigsaw aren't a couple yet, but being the only other of her species on board so far leaves little to the imagination.
- This Checkerboard Nightmare strip.
- F'ga in Ghastlys Ghastly Comic likes to tell people he and his boyfriend Bobby met through a glory hole. Bobby insists that it wasn't what it sounds like; "F'ga was just reaching through to borrow some toilet paper because his stall was empty and that weird guy with the Chick Tracts wasn't in the bathroom that day."
- Questionable Content. Amir and Natasha first met in a mosh pit, when she kicked out one of his teeth. She saved the tooth, happened to bump into him a few days later and offered to return it kicking off their romance. If you're a metalhead you'll go "Nawww!" and if you're something else you'll go "WTF!!".
- Also played with here with Steve and Cosette, though technically she already had his number.
- In the The Dreamer, although Alexander and Beatrice technically already knew each other, they still met cute in issue nine. Granted, they aren't in a relationship yet, it's still worth noting.
- Deconstructed in this Subnormality comic.
- Shroomy from Electric Wonderland tried to invoke this in a Valentine's Day-themed comic.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang met Katara after running away from home, getting caught in a massive storm, and ending up frozen in an iceberg for a century. Her face is the first thing he sees when he wakes up. The result: Love at First Sight. He immediately asks her to go penguin sledding with him, and she confusedly accepts.
- In Sequel Series The Legend of Korra, Mako and Asami Sato meet when he runs into the street to catch the bus, stepping out from behind a parked car. On her moped, Asami doesn't see him until it's too late, and barely manages to slow down and bump him over. Mako is pissed but changes his tune when she removes her helmet. She invites him to dinner to apologize, which he gladly accepts.
- Although the romance angle is limited to subtext, in Legion of Super Heroes "Legacy" Superman hits it off with Alexis, richest girl in the galaxy, when he saves her out-of-control mecha-suit from plummeting out of the sky.
- The Powerpuff Girls episode "Mommy Fearest" has Professor Utonium falling in love at first sight to a new woman in the neighborhood who baked him a cake. In the episode "Meet the Beat-Alls," Mojo Jojo comes across an eccentric female chimpanzee (an expy of Yoko Ono in behavior). In both cases, the romance was simply a means to an end, with the man being a pawn in the woman's schemes, and the love is over within 7 minutes of episode time.
- Reboot's AndrAIa and Enzo. She's trying to kill him in a game. He thinks she's just another sprite and that her abilities are really cool. They end up working together to beat the game and forever afterword.
- In the Gravity Falls episode "Soos and the Real Girl" Soos meets a girl named Melody when she sees him riding a kiddie ride and finds it cute. Melody is a mall employee who actually works at a place called Meat Cute.
- Martial artist Wong Fei-hung met his fourth wife, Mok Kwai-lan, when his shoe flew off during a martial arts demonstration and hit Mok Kwai-lan in the head. She then leapt up on the stage and berated him. Impressed by her spirit, he asked her parents for her hand in marriage, and they accepted.
- Mel Brooks met Anne Bancroft on the set of a talk show. Afterwards, Brooks bribed a woman to find out where Anne planned on eating dinner that night so he could "accidently" bump into her again. This resulted in marriage and the creator of The Zombie Survival Guide.
- This recently married gay couple in Washington. They met normally at a bar the first time, then proceeded to re-meet cute twice at three year intervals until they finally got around to staying together. It looks like fate really, seriously wanted this one to happen.
- Ann Landers did a series of letters from couples who had experienced this trope.
- Subverted in Dan Savage's series "How Sleaze Is Lived in America" which featured letters from readers who had developed relationships out of drunken hookups, met their partners at orgies, etc. This was in response to Ann Landers, above.
- Documented on Hey, Weiner!.
- This FML, hopefully.
- Discussed and name-dropped on NPR in an April 2012 interview.
- Fittingly, sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer met her husband this way. They were waiting for a ski lift, and her very tall future husband decided to ride with the very short Ruth... even though he already had a girlfriend.
- This tumblr post tells the story of how the OP's grandparents met — when the grandmother was running away from the police, jumped onto the back of the grandfather's motorcycle, and yelled at him to drive.