"We're having a moment. Don't ruin it."
(to Beast Boy just before he totally ruins the moment), Teen Titans
It's really going to happen this time. They are about to share with each other their feelings after years of keeping them hidden.
They come closer together and look into each other's eyes; there has never been a moment so perfect. The stars are aligned, the moon is full and one of them says, "I've never had the courage to tell you this before..."
Then her brother walks into the room, asking if she wants pepperoni or ham on her pizza. Or his/her best friend walks through the door, wanting to talk to them, which sometimes may be an emergency. Or the house phone rings or one of their cellphones ring, ruining the moment. "Ugh!" is their reply, echoed by all of the fans. Whatever was there has been shot down dead. They lost the spirit of the moment and it will likely be a long time before they can get it back. After witnessing their frustrated anger, the brother then asks, "Is this a bad time?"
The Moment Killer is the bane of all shippers
, and eternally frustrates those who will find any reason to hook up a favorite pairing.
The moment is far most commonly romantic in nature, but covers the instances whenever
there is a possibility of a relationship upgrade or change, or during a serious or dramatic moment, including going from enemy to ally
or getting that coveted "Well Done, Son
The exact nature of the killer can come under several varieties:
- Random Accident: The killer is something mundane, so that the frustration is at its highest because the important moment is destroyed by something unimportant. (The pizza example above.)
- Plot Progression: Something too important to ignore interrupts the moment, but it doesn't make the moment killing any less painful. (Aliens attack.)
- Fatal Fumble: One of the individuals involved ends up being their own moment killer due to miscommunication, poor choice of words, or just a brief hesitation that ruins the magic. ("Hahaha, you're joking, right?")
- Deliberate Destruction: A third party intentionally spoils the moment for reasons of their own; often a jealous rival or Overprotective Dad. Also called "the cockblocker." ("You guys aren't doing anything funny in there, are you?")
- Idiot Matchmaker: Someone who's purportedly trying to help set the mood kills it, through impatience or unconscious design. ("So have you kissed her yet?")
Basic staple of any Will They or Won't They?
set up. Compare Interrupted Intimacy
. The most common subtrope is the Almost Kiss
. If the moment is about to lead to a declaration of love, then it might be an Interrupted Declaration of Love
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- More than one beer commercial has used the idea of a Moment Killer, usually demonstrating how the advertised beer will aid in thwarting him.
Anime & Manga
- Detective Conan: A running gag in the series is whenever Takagi and Sato tries to kiss, someone comes in and stop them just at the moment they're about to.
- Planetes: Tanabe and Sempai are back on Earth, visiting his parents, they end up on the beach at sunset when Tanabe stumbles and create by accident the favorable position for a kiss... a frigging rocket launched by Hachimaki's brother sinks the moment.
- Ranma ½:
- Happens to Ranma and Akane in from as early as the Ice Skating battle. In response to that storyline (it makes sense when you see it,) Ramna was dared by Akane to kiss her. As he worked up the raw nerve, he leaned in closer to her, and paused for just a brief moment, hesitating. He tells her that they should save the kiss for someone they love. She says then he can't do it with her, and he angrily replies he has not told that. The two of them get a Luminescent Blush, it looks like if they are going to kiss... and then Ranma notices the other family members watching from a door, encouraging him to "Just kiss her!"
- A much more infuriating one comes from late in the manga. After the parents have told him that the only way to get Akane to give up the Battle Dogi is to, basically, seduce her, Ranma pulls her into a closet for a "sincere" chat. He realizes very early on that, while she's being honest and affectionate, his intentions were not, which makes him feel like a miserable scumbag. Having realized this, he abandons the "plan" and then proceeds to talk to her with his true feelings, and the two of them embrace and come the closest ever to a real romantic kiss... only to have the entire family barge in, and Soun reveals that Ranma's goal was to make her give up the Dogi. Understandably, Akane's anger exploded like never before or after in the manga.
- It frequently happens to Ranma and Shampoo. An infuriating example is when Ranma is about to kiss her because, if he doesn't, she'll turn into a cat and be stuck like that forever as the bride of a huge ghost cat. Just as Ranma is almost finished working on building up the nerve to kiss her, Akane hits him and tells him not to get carried away, despite having guilted him into coming to save her in the first place.
- This is a must for virtually all manga written by Rumiko Takahashi, in fact — whether Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Ranma ½, One Pound Gospel, InuYasha, 'Rinne....
- A favourite trope of CLAMP's, it shows up particularly in Cardcaptor Sakura.
- Every time Touya starts to tell Yukito about his other self (in their Yaoi Guys pose), someone interrupts. Of course, the interruption is usually deliberate. For what Touya is to Sakura, Meilin is to Syaoran.
- It happens between Syaoran and Sakura in the manga as well. Late in its run, he tries to work up the nerve to tell Sakura what he truly feels for her, but he always gets interrupted by things ranging from Kero-chan wanting to take a picture of her to people yelling loudly over at Seijou High because Yukito fainted in the middle of the athletics track.
- And then every other scene in the second movie.
- Every time Keiichi is about to get his nerve up with Belldandy in Ah! My Goddess!, something happens. It often involves explosions or magic SNAFUs. In an early chapter, in order to keep her title as Campus Queen secure, Sayoko Mishima tricks Belldandy into leaving the scene and she pretends to come on to Keiichi. Just before anything happens, a bunch of water falls on her from a window above, thrown out of a bucket by someone who didn't see her there. Keiichi is relieved.
- Miroku and Sango have a mutual genius for this, no third party interference required. Miroku is the most frequent offender thanks to his habit of copping a feel just when things are going well, but Sango has been guilty a few times as well:
- It happens so many times that at one point the series double-subverts it: finding Sango downcast after an encounter with her little brother, Miroku sits beside her to comfort her, and, atypically, remains perfectly chivalrous until Sango remarks that she would have expected him to try groping her by now. Miroku being Miroku, he promptly offers to make up for his omission if she wants him to. Guess what.
- There's the other time that happens, of course, where she gropes him (expecting to find Shippo's tail, because of course Miroku would never have so much tact to properly comfort her).
- Inu-Yasha and Kagome aren't quite as bad, but they catch their share of examples:
- The most agonizing occurs late in the manga and is reproduced in The Final Act, during one of Kagome's visits to the present, when her family manages to return from a spontaneous hot spring vacation at precisely the wrong moment:
- One particularly entertaining example occurred during one of the mini-arcs where Inu-Yasha was trapped in human form; Kagome has been kidnapped by a human-eating sage and set to "marinate" in a pool of sake, and Inu-Yasha tears out of his confinement to track her down. When he does, she's totally naked, so he blushes furiously, throws her his kimono, insists he's fine despite his numerous wounds and promptly collapses from blood loss.
(hugging unconscious Inu-Yasha
) You've been fighting so hard, even though you're a human now...
(magically shrunken Miroku and Shippo pop out of Inu-Yasha's hair
Ah-heh... we're not interrupting anything, are we? Kagome: AIEEEEEEEEE!
- Every time Keitaro and Naru in Love Hina come close to kissing or admitting their feelings for one another, someone will inevitably barge in on them or Keitaro will suffer an Accidental Pervert moment and provoke Naru into Megaton Punching him. Even after they finally kiss and become an official Official Couple in the manga, Moment Killers still abound whenever they try to consummate their relationship.
- This occurs in a romantic moment in Elfen Lied between Kouta and Yuka, in which Nyu promptly jumps out, startling them both and ruining said moment. Luckily though, she's completely naked.
- Kaoru and Aoi get this a lot in Ai Yori Aoshi. Most of the cast Moment Kills by accident, but Miyabi, being the Mama Bear she is, does it on purpose. She mellows eventually.
- Code Geass:
- This trope might have been taken a bit too far in the second season, where the Tsunderes, Lelouch and Kallen, rarely have a single conversation that did not go down this path (with each Moment Killer becoming more ridiculous than the one before it). It could be assumed that this really bothered the fans of this pairing. To make it even more torturous for them, the only uninterrupted conversation they have during the whole season ends with Kallen kissing Lelouch, but since he's moments away from turning himself into the enemy of the entire world and doesn't want to drag her into it, he doesn't respond to any of it, leaving Kallen with the impression that he feels nothing for her, resulting in Kallen bidding him farewell and walking away, with him sadly whispering goodbye once she's out of earshot.
- Ironically, in R2 episode 24, Lelouch and C.C. have a very touching moment together, and it's interrupted by Kallen bursting through the wall to kill Lelouch. A few fans joked that this was revenge for C.C. interrupting a near-Accidental Kiss between Lelouch and Kallen earlier in the series in a very "mother walking in on her son and his girlfriend making out" fashion.
- Almost everytime Saito and Louise come together in The Familiar of Zero. It gets worse and worse. Especially once you consider that it keeps happening during the third season as well, despite the fact that they got engaged at the end of season two. One would assume that once they actually got married at Season 4's end, they can finally do something. Saito's mansion should be big enough for that.
- Taniguchi barging in on Haruhi Suzumiya, when Kyon and Yuki were, erm, close to each other could be counted as a Moment Killer. Of course, it's Played for Laughs. Haruhi disrupting Kyon and Mikuru twice, too.
- Full Metal Panic!:
- The Second Raid!: Sōsuke is finally about to embrace Kaname when she breaks down in tears at the end, but then an entire classful of girls enter the corridor and start shouting at him for upsetting Kaname again.
- Sōsuke himself tends to do this to Kaname. Especially when she misconstrues his actions as being "bold" and "romantic," only for him to completely obliterate any such hope by doing something ridiculous.
- Kaname does it to herself in episode 9 of The Second Raid! during the haircut scene. Finding that Sōsuke has fallen asleep while she was trimming his hair, Kaname comes very close to kissing him, but stops short when she realizes what she's doing and decides it's time to dunk his head in the sink instead.
- Digimon Frontier. In episode 46, Takuya and Zoe are talking in the library when Takuya blurts out, "I really like you." Cue Luminescent Blush by Zoe and then by Takuya when he realizes what he just said. By the time Izumi tries to respond, Takuya is sleeping. In this case, the Moment Killer was one of the people that would benefit from the completion of the moment... the shippers were not amused.
- America and England of Axis Powers Hetalia have a moment killed in a strip titled this. Also happens between Germany and Italy. In both cases, they don't even need third parties due to tsundere-ish traits or outright Obliviousness.
Germany: Hey! Don't run off when I'm having a moment!
- Anytime Nike and Kukuri have a tender moment in Mahoujin Guru Guru, Gipple will inevitably pop up screaming for a barf bag.
- Naruto and Sakura were having a moment and Sakura was about to feed Naruto ramen when Sai pops in as the Moment Killer — and offers to feed Naruto himself, which Naruto was not pleased about. Kakashi ends up being the one who feeds Naruto, which doesn't please anybody. Except Kakashi.
- Soul Eater:
- Happens with Soul and Maka, when Maka is standing beside Soul in the infirmary after the fight with Crona, in which he was seriously injured. Maka is tearing up and in the middle of some kind of Heroic Vow when Black☆Star crashes into the room and starts yelling at the top of his voice as he practically strangles an unconscious Soul on the bed in an attempt to wake him up. Most shippers felt that the Maka Chop that came after was well deserved.
- After Tsubaki narrowly defeats her corrupted brother Masamune and is in tears, Black☆Star comforts her with a hug... and then one of the angry villagers smashes a stick over his head.
- Tenchi Muyo!:
- In the final episode of Tenchi in Tokyo, just when Ryoko was about to kiss Tenchi, Washu pops out of the tree trunk where Tenchi and Ryoko are standing, to test her new and improved Dimensional Tunnel. She was then followed by Sasami, and then Ayeka, and finally Mihoshi and Kiyone.
- In episode 7 of Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki, Washu dresses up in a nurse outfit to perform her... experiments on Tenchi. And then Mihoshi walks in the lab...
- Dee and Roy in FAKE are all but guaranteed to have the moment killed for them. The most frequent offenders are Bikky and JJ, who do it on purpose, but there's also that time when Ryo fell asleep right after kissing Dee and that other time when Dee's phone rang just as things were getting hot and heavy between the two of them. No wonder it took them seven volumes — which is quite long indeed for a Boys Love manga — to officially get together.
- Good job, Nel, you kind of ruined the quiet, subtle, heart-filled moment between Ichigo and Orihime, which essentially counted as their true reunion. Not that you diving into Ichigo's, uh, lower abdomen area wasn't cute in its own way, it's just, you killed that sweet moment.
- In chapter 228, Rukia and Orihime are veering dangerously close to a Les Yay moment, and Hiyori quite literally falls from the sky and drags Orihime off. Moment killer much?
- This trope is essentially the only reason it took Please Teacher!'s Kei and Mizuho so long to, oddly, do anything at all... except hook up. Huh. His annoying and oft-tragic condition doesn't help matters much.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!:
- Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu uses this trope extensively, with the primary offenders usually being the sister and maids who are supposedly rooting for them to get together.
- Wataru of Hayate the Combat Butler blocked himself. Nagi'd stuffed Isumi in a coffin so she could listen in while Nagi talked to Wataru about the problem of the week. She manages to get him to confess to liking Isumi, then turns to Isumi and asks if she needs anything more. Wataru fiercely backpedals and claims it was a joke. The audience weeps for his crush.
- In Little House with an Orange Roof, Natsumi and Shou are interrupted by Natsumi's sister. Unusually, the killer immediately realizes what she was interrupting and attempts to remove herself from sight.
- In Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu, when the whole building was falling down and everyone forgot that there was an ESB going on, Akihisa and Yuuji were saving their respective partners. Everyone was going awww and suddenly, Yuuko Kinoshita just HAD to defeat Yuuji's summon. Class A won because of it.
- In Kannazuki no Miko, Himeko and Souma have their first kiss, when Himeko starts crying.
- In Gankutsuou Albert and Eugenie are about to kiss in one scene but are interrupted by Andrea.
- In Omamori Himari, it's practically a Running Gag for one of the girls starting to get intimate with Yuuko... only to be violently (and, oftentimes, hilariously) interrupted by one or more of the other girls. This trope is the only thing stopping this from being a hentai... not that it's that far away to start with.
- In Special A Yahiro and Megumi are about to kiss when Tadashi rushes by on a motorcycle, yelling "Hey, Yahiro! I'm borrowing your bike for a moment!" Yahiro responds "Can't you read the atmosphere here?"
- In the anime, Brock's Croagunk! Any time Brock gets excited around a woman, he leaps into action with a Poison Jab attack, right in Brock's ass. Brock will collapse and be dragged off. It's gotten to the point that Brock expects it to happen every time he hits on a girl, so whenever Croagunk doesn't Poison Jab him, Brock quickly stops his romantic acts and wonders what's up. Before Croagunk, variations where Misty or Max would drag him off by the ear or Bonsly tackling him with Double-Edge used to occur.
- Team Rocket also plays this sometimes, like during the final episode of Diamond and Pearl. As Piplup and Pikachu are sobbing into Togekiss's chest because Ash, Brock, and Pikachu are going back to Kanto, Team Rocket comes in with another stupid capture attempt. This is then turned into a Crowning Moment of Awesome as not only does Ash deliver a Shut Up, Hannibal! moment via a Brave Bird, but Team Rocket gets freaking Curb Stomped.
- Not quite as harsh as it was cute, but Ash's Chikorita (before she evolved) would snuggle her trainer when being called out which could throw off the pace of, say, a Gym battle.
- Ageha and Tsutomu of Toshiue no Hito are university students living together after a rather fraught courtship. It could be the temporary flatmate or one or all of the members of his literature club or even his parents coming to see why he's living with an older woman, but it seems that no matter what, someone will interrupt their chance of being intimate, often as they're in the middle of taking their clothes off. It's that kind of series.
- In episode 4 of the first Koihime†Musou OVA, Kan'u agrees to sleep with Sousou in exchange of sparing the life of Bachou, who had tried to murder Sousou earlier in that episode. That night, the two are quite blatantly about to have sex... And then Sousou suffers ANOTHER attempt to her life, this time by an unknown assailant who sneaks in her tent from the ceiling. Moment Killing at its best there.
- Hanaukyō Maid Tai:
- Episode 10. When Mariel is washing Taro's back after a long day he turns to her and their faces move together for an Almost Kiss... then Ikuyo Suzuki runs in yelling to break it up.
- Episode 15. When Taro and Mariel are having an intimate moment, an unnamed (as yet) Yashima Sanae breaks into their room in search of Taro (who was identified as an intruder earlier while in disguise).
- Sgt. Frog:
- As if Momoka didn't have enough problems trying to confess her feelings to Fuyuki, frequently her attempts to have a private moment are derailed by somebody else showing up at the most inopportune time. Notably, this isn't always the fault of one of the keronians; often it's Natsumi or Koyuki who unknowingly butts in.
- There's even an entire episode devoted to finding a situation where no one would interfere, and eventually had to find a way to subvert the accidental moment killing nature of nearly the entire cast.
- In Chapter 81 of Ouran High School Host Club, Haruhi confesses her love to Tamaki. The moment was totally ruined when Tamaki made an absolute fool of himself by yelling to Hikaru what she just said, falling to the floor, being called a narcissist when he accepted her confession, and being called an idiot. Haruhi then shouts that she's not sure if she still loved him. After all that, he ends up kissing her, which made Hikaru cry.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion has, surprisingly, quite a few of these.
- The most famous one is probably in "Both of You Dance Like You Want to Win!" when Asuka falls asleep right next to a wide-awake Shinji, who tries to lean forward to kiss her... until Asuka calls for her mama. At which point Shinji abandons his futon and goes to sleep on the other side of the room.
- Then a couple of episodes later, Asuka decides she wants to try kissing Shinji using the "I'm bored" (and the "well if you're too scared to..." tactic to goad Shinji into agreeing), and then ruins the mood herself by holding his nose (the tragic part is she pinched his nose to pretend it was not a big deal in case of he rejected her. But precisely because she was trying playing it like not a big deal, Shinji did nothing, and she thought he was rejecting her).
- Kaji and Misato also get their fair share (usually with Misato killing the moment before things go too far... at first).
- Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple: After over 400 chapters of seemingly being oblivious to the true feelings of Kenichi, Miu finally admits that she feels similarly... only to have her overprotective grandfather suddenly burst in, spewing intense amounts of Killing Intent, scaring the hell out of Kenichi and Miu in the process, the other Ryouzanpaku masters struggling (and failing miserably) to hold him back.
- In Fruits Basket, there's a scene wherein Yuki starts telling Tohru how cute she is and they move closer and closer...until Ayame comes in talking about how romantic the scene was. Yuki, naturally, decked him.
- Beatrice pulls this on George and Shannon in Umineko No Naku Koroni. After Shannon asks George to tell him that he loved her, Beatrice just trolls up, and replies:You really thought I'd let him say it? DUMB ASS! and then kills them both.
- This makes up much of the humor of the yaoi manga I Can't Stop Loving You as Kyouji and Yu's attempts to have sex are constantly thwarted by causes ranging from ghosts to people walking in on them to Yu accidentally crushing Kyouji's ribs with his Super Strength...
- This happens in Rosario + Vampire to Tsukune and Moka, courtesy of... pretty much everyone else.
- A Certain Magical Index:
- Touma and Mikoto dance together, then Koroko dropkicks Touma in the back of the head. Kuroko has a tendency to ruin tender Mikoto moments here and in the sister show A Certain Scientific Railgun due to her jealousy and perversions.
- Touma once cock-blocked his own father by barging into the room when his parents were about to have sex and asking if he could sleep in their bed. He had a good reason: his mother was in Index's body, though his parents were unaware of this.
- The stated purpose of The MK5 from Beelzebub. Seriously, that's what they like to do. If there's any kind of moment, be it action or romantic, the MK5 will show up and do what they do best.
- In Black Bird a fair bit of what keeps Kyo and Misao from having hot demon sex is unexpected and ill-timed interruptions by his servants while the couple are making out and really, really horny.
- Rurouni Kenshin: Right before Kenshin goes off to fight Shishio, Kaoru has a heart-to-heart with him and wishes him well. Then Yahiko interrupts from where he was eavesdropping, yelling that she should have been more forward with his feelings.
- In the Daily Lives of High School Boys skit High School Boys and the Literature Girl, Hidenori was entangled in an unwanted love tension with a girl he knew nothing about, and he called in his friend Tadakuni to break this up. Tadakuni did this beautifully, despite being punched out by the girl afterwards:
Tadakuni: Hey, this is bad! The potato chips at that convenience store are half-off! Let's get going!
- Strangely, Hidenori, Genre Savvy as he is, did not initially recognize it was this trope that Tadakuni was invoking, and only got it after a few seconds.
- Comedian Pablo Francisco describes this trope perfectly in one of his sets.
- In Patton Oswalt's comedy album Werewolves & Lollipops, Oswalt is building a serious moment about birth control and having an intimate relationship when... this happens.
- The Strontium Dog arc "Bitch" sets up what appears to be the end to all the Unresolved Sexual Tension between Johnny Alpha and Durham Red when Johnny joins his female colleague in the shower... until a naked Ronald Reagan (It Makes Sense in Context) decides to enter the fray and immediately drop the soap.
- In Teen Titans, Beast Boy and Raven go on a "Not a Date" and have a sweet, tender moment... which is ruined when her brothers show up and beat the crap out of Beast Boy. Guess they didn't approve.
- In the first issue of Young Avengers: The Children's Crusade, Hulking and Wiccan are about to start making out in the Avenger's mansion◊ when Speed shows up literally out of nowhere and asks what the hell they're doing. Cue the fans: "Dammit, Tommy!"
- When Superboy and Wonder Girl had their first kiss, Wonder Woman out of nowhere grabs him by the collar and chucks him to the horizon.
- When Wonder Girl (again) and Supergirl reunited in Teen Titans there was the extremely close hug, actual "I love you", leaning in... and being shot with a rocket launcher by Ravager, who apparently enjoys having invulnerable teammates.
- A preemptive one can be seen in Scott Pilgrim as Scott's plan to cuddle with his girlfriend is ruined by his gay roommate sitting around in his underwear.
- Even Batman can fantasize about Poison Ivy in the shower... until Alfred turns the water cold.
- Johnny the Homicidal Maniac does this to himself and Devi. With knives. Ironically, he still thinks he's being romantic ("immortalizing the moment")... naturally, Devi beats the crap out of him and the ship is officially nuked.
- Similary to the movie, in Superman: Secret Origin right when Superman and Lois are about to kiss, Jimmy interrupts. Lois is understandably annoyed, but Superman acts like it's nothing.
- In the Mekanix miniseries by Chris Claremont, Kitty Pryde and Karma have just collapsed a building on top of a small Sentinel, with Kitty using her phasing powers to bring the two of them down to the ground safely. Kitty lands on top of Karma as the two laugh in relief, and they seem about to kiss. Then it turns out the Sentinel wasn't as defeated as they thought, and they almost die with the moment.
- To ruin a dramatic moment, in JLA/Avengers, Superman narrowly manages to defeat Thor. The injured and exhausted Superman remarks, "He... May be the single toughest opponent I've ever..." and then the other Avengers dogpile him and beat the crap out of him.
- Just when Kanae was going to kiss her Sempai in the Haruhi Suzumiya fanfic Kyon Big Damn Hero the unnamed enemy slider appeared himself to get her. It doesn't help that the enemy slider dislikes both of them and he has been searching for Kanae for a long time (the last time he lost Kanae was one month ago).
- The Axis Powers Hetalia America×England fanfic You Can't Take the Sky from Me has America and England talking about their pasts while in England's cabin, culminating in an Almost Kiss... before Prussia walks in.
- In the How to Train Your Dragon fanfic Rebuild All Your Ruins, Toothless interrupts what would have led to wrestling-match-turned-kiss by eating the fish that Astrid was hitting Hiccup with. Toothless seems to be a master at this trope.
- In the Looney Tunes story Defying the Odds, whenever Sylvester comes close to telling Tweety how he feels about her, he is interrupted. Luckily, he is finally able to tell her when they are at Paris.
- In Twisted Fates, Yomiel has just got home from work and really wants some quality time with his wife. Sissel, however, really needs to talk to him and breaks up the moment rather unceremoniously. He feels bad about it, though.
- In the DC Nation plot "Heaven or Las Vegas", Jade and Kyle are laughing themselves silly over the completely crazy scenario they're trapped in, and making out after a brief tussle with a Yellow Lantern construct. Then, the Star Sapphire flies in.
Jade: OH HELL NO YOU DON'T! I'm — We're — having a moment here!"
- Sparx does this to Spyro and Cynder in the first chapter of The Legend of Spyro: A New Dawn.
- WarioWare: Even 9-volt does this to the boss he works for and Mona...
- In Dave Stdider Pokemon Traner, Terezi and Dave are lying naked in bed after kissing, just as they are about to have sex, Will Turner bursts in the door and tells them that they can't have sex without "Condominuims". Then Dave realizes that he's got more important things to do than banging Terezi, such as exorcizing Giratina from his friend John and leaves her alone naked. The moment is further ruined when Karkat comes in and takes a naked picture of her. Then Jack uses it to blackmail her and stabs Will. Basically, this is the WORST ruined moment in history.
- Tucker does this a few times to Danny and Sam in the Facing The Future Series.
- Friendship Is Magic: The Adventures of Spike: At the end of their Not a Date, Spike and Fluttershy come within seconds of kissing... when Shining Armor walks in, and Fluttershy flies off in embarrassment. Spike isn't pleased.
- Takeru does this during Rika and Takato's First Kiss in the Tamers Forever Series. The author even lampshades it. "But if we know something about these kinds of stories, it's that someone always ruins things when they get interesting." Takeru's perfect delivery makes this into a Crowning Moment of Funny.
Takeru: What are you two doing? We've been waiting for... holy shit.
- During the "credits" of Fantasy Of Utter Ridiculousness, Koakuma deliberately — and forcefully — invokes this trope to keep Jamie from hitting on Patchouli.
- Almost every fanfic for The Cat Returns has this with Haru and Baron, usually in the form of Muta, Hiromi, Toto, Lune, Yuki or a combination of the five. This is especially true in the ones where they have the barrier of Baron being a Creation and Haru a human.
- In a non-romantic example, Pretender has Sumia accidentally interrupt Chrom when he attempts to have Robin open up after his suicide attempt. Robin quickly uses Sumia as an excuse to get out.
- In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Bass interrupts Splash Woman's attempted seduction of Mega Man several times.
- In the second chapter of Out Of The Dead Land, Tony and JARVIS both pick inopportune times to interrupt Bucky and Steve's conversations.
Tony: Hey, Cap, we need your input on — oh, am I interrupting something? Did I interrupt?
- One lesbian Touhou doujin completely hilariously defies this trope. Satori and Koishi share a moment, until Koishi basically asks Satori to make love to her. Satori, apparently fully Genre Savvy, rushes to the door and locks it up, before taking her on the offer.
Films — Animation
- Disney Animated Canon:
- In The Little Mermaid; Ursula does this intentionally to prevent a kiss between Eric and Ariel. It has a bit more behind it, though — she's not specifically trying to keep them apart, but instead trying to keep Ariel from fulfilling the terms of her Deal with the Devil.
- Happens several times between Bernard and Bianca (involving a marriage proposal rather than a kiss) in The Rescuers Down Under.
- In Aladdin; Jasmine and Aladdin were having a moment at his sleeping spot and talking about how they both feel trapped by their circumstances. About to kiss, they are interrupted by the palace guards arriving to rescue Jasmine and arrest Aladdin.
- In Hercules; Megara and Hercules were having a post-date conversation and falling in love when Phil arrives with Pegasus to interrupt and chastise Hercules for sneaking out on him. Making the best of the situation, he gives her a flower and a kiss on the cheek before he leaves and that leads to Megara's "falling in love" song.
- In Tangled, Rapunzel and Flynn are about to kiss on their rowboat date...then Flynn spots the Stabbington brothers waiting for him on the shore and pulls away.
- In The Nightmare Before Christmas, the Mayor does this to Jack and Sally with a spotlight in Oogie's lair when Jack finally realizes Sally's affection for him is more then Just Friends. To be fair, the Mayor did think Jack was dead (er, well, more dead then he was), and the final scene with Jack and Sally atop of snow-covered Spiral Hill is a lot more romantic than in Oogie's lair.
- Donkey does this constantly in the Shrek films. Often to say stuff like "Isn't this romantic?"
- Used as a Running Gag in Chicken Run. Every time Ginger and Rocky try to kiss, something interrupts them. (Mostly done because the animators had no clue how to make two chickens kiss...)
- WALL•E: Another subversion of this trope pops up in the final scene: WALL•E and EVE finally hold hands, staring lovingly into each other's eyes while WALLE's tape of Hello, Dolly! reaches the "It Only Takes a Moment" scene. Just then, the broken robots and M-O arrive to greet the two. Fortunately, M-O recognizes that WALL•E and EVE need to be left alone, and he shoos the other 'bots away.
- Cars: McQueen and Sally are interrupted by Mater on the Dinoco helicopter.
- How to Train Your Dragon:
- Gobber is practically the king of this trope. This trait has carried over with him in stride in the animated adaptation Dragons: Riders of Berk.
- He comes back in full force in How to Train Your Dragon 2, when Stoick and Valka have their reunion and sing a duet... Only for Gobber to jump in off-key and rather boisterous.
- Proteus' father from Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. When Proteus proposes to Marina, the moment is butchered by his father, who needs Marina to interpret a foreign ambassador's sign language.
- In Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, Jack and Miss Acacia are about to kiss, when the manager barges in reminding them about work.
- The moment killing in Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo drove the Robin×Starfire shippers nuts. "No! Why did you walk in now? They were about to, and Robin's wearing those!"
- In Hulk vs. Wolverine this seems to be Deadpool's role, though he kills drama rather than romance. For example, as the Weapon X members resolve to hunt down Wolverine and there's the traditional menacing shot of the team assembled and ready for violence, Deadpool shouts, "Strike a pose!"
- In My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, near the end, "The Great and Powerful Trrrrrixie" interrupts a moment between Twilight Sparkle and Flash Sentry.
Films — Live-Action
- In The Empire Strikes Back, summarizing what was pretty much his role in all the Star Wars movies, C-3PO interrupts Han and Leia kissing with, "Captain Solo! Captain Solo! I've isolated the reverse power flux coupling!"
- Dot Matrix, the parody version of C-3PO in Spaceballs, has a Virgin Alarm that lets out a loud klaxon when Lone Star and Princess Vespa are about to kiss. "It's set to go off before you do!"
- Judge Dredd. The title character and Judge Hershey are having an intimate talk in Hershey's trashed apartment. Herman Ferguson, the comedy relief sidekick who's been tagging along with Dredd, walks in and interrupts them, then says "Is this a bad time?"
- Back to the Future: Marty and Jennifer are dreaming about things in the clock-tower square and are playfully flirting, coming close to a kiss. But it is interrupted by an activist asking for donations to save the clock tower, setting up the Chekhov's Gun about lightning hitting the tower later in the film. At the end of the movie (or the beginning of Part 2), the return of the Delorean from Doc's trip to the future interrupts another kiss.
- The Dark Knight:
- Rachel and Bruce are on the balcony outside the large fundraiser for Harvey Dent. Just as they look like they're going to reconcile romantically, Dent comes in abruptly. To make matters worse, the Joker breaks in with his gang and promptly begins shooting up the place looking for Dent.
- When Harvey was proposing to Rachel, Bruce appears out of nowhere to knock him out and drag him to a closet because that's when the Joker appeared, looking specifically for him. Of course, Rachel misunderstands this at first and thinks that Bruce is attacking him out of jealousy.
- Marvel Cinematic Universe:
- Another balcony scene: in Iron Man, Tony and Pepper are talking outside one of Tony's annual parties. They almost kiss, and stop when both of them realize how awkward the situation is. Pepper asks for a drink and Tony goes downstairs. A related scene at the end of the movie, Tony and Pepper share a tender moment when he reminds her of "that night" on the balcony. Pepper then reminds him that he forgot to bring the drink back upstairs and left her waiting.
- Happens AGAIN in the second movie. After Tony and Pepper finally kiss for the first time, Rhodey interrupts them and calls them "two seals fighting over a grape."
- And to a slightly lesser extent in The Avengers:
I thought we were having a moment. Pepper:
I was having 12% of a moment
- In another Mel Brooks film, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, after defeating the Sheriff of Rottingham and finding his key fits Mariam's Chastity Belt, Robin was about to unhook her when Mariam's nursemaid storms in, declaring: "Before you do it, you must go through it!... or else I blew it." Cue Robin snapping his fingers in frustration at being cock-blocked.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Eddie and Delores are about to kiss when they hear Roger sighing. "P-p-p-please, don't mind me."
- Zenon: Zenon and Greg mutually are guilty of a fatal fumble on this one. At one point they are sitting side-by-side, facing the same direction, with awkward silence. Zenon tells Greg that if he wants to kiss her he should just do it already. After a pause, they both turn towards each other at the same time - and accidentally smash their faces into each other.
- This happens several times whenever Dick and Tess try to get close in Dick Tracy. Even at the end when he finally gets the courage to propose, he has to do it quickly and then run off. (We can only assume by her accepting the ring that she said yes.)
- Mikaela in the Transformers Film Series improvised and used this as an excuse why Sam was acting nervous and jittery when his parents came into his room: "He was hiding a girl." And his parents fell for it enthusiastically, actually really happy about it. Of course the real reason was that anxious alien robots were in the backyard.
- Harry Potter:
- The entirety of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is just one cockblock after another for Harry. After Dumbledore ruins Harry's chance with a cute waitress and Hermione smacks him for even looking at Romilda Vane, he then has this happen twice with his true love Ginny. The first time, Ron sits down in the couch between them with an oversized plate of pies. And it just gets better when a bathrobe-clad Ginny is interrupted in kissing Harry when a gaggle of Death Eaters come right the frig out of nowhere and wreak havoc upon The Burrow. Later he finally gets one tiny kiss...and she's gone when he opens his eyes. Oh well, maybe next time. After Voldemort's defeated, or something.
- Done again in the beginning of The Deathly Hallows, Part One when Ginny asks Harry to zip up her dress. Then George walks in...
- Imagine Me And You: the long-awaited make-out scene between Luce and Rachel is interrupted by the sound of Rachel's husband's voice.
- The X-Files: Fight the Future: When Mulder and Scully are about to kiss, Scully is stung by a bee. Unless, of course, you watch the blooper in which Gillian throws David against the wall, kissing him, or a real deal deleted scene, in which the two actually do kiss, prompting Mulder to pick Scully up and go...offscreen.
- In Notting Hill just before the "I'm also just a girl, standing in front of a boy" speech, Will and Anna are interrupted by a random customer and by a phone call from Will's mother.
- From Enchanted, during the ball scene, Robert and Giselle were dancing together, including Robert singing softly in Giselle's ear (when he earlier claimed that he didn't sing), leaning quite close to each other, when Nancy and Edward interrupted them.
- Tallahassee does this in Zombieland.The best part is, he accidentally ruined the moment by coming in and asking if they could help him build a pillow fort.
Columbus: My God. You are like a giant cockblocking robot developed in a secret fucking government lab.
- Ron Howard's character Genius from the MST3K-featured movie Village of the Giants is this early in the film.
- In the apparently-never-heard-of movie Space Camp, Kevin and Kathryn's kiss is interrupted by two of the camp counselors, because they weren't supposed to be outside of the camp after dark.
- Superbad: "You just cockblocked McLovin, man! He's our friend, we should be guiding his cock."
- Louis in Kangaroo Jack, part of the Running Gag on his Ditz / Born Unlucky character. Charlie lampshades it.
Charlie: (after making out with Jessie under a waterfall) Okay, I'll admit it. This is the most romantic moment of my entire life. (Louis screams and cannonballs into the water near them) And now it's over.
- In the first Christopher Reeve Superman movie, Supes goes back in time to save Lois from death, the two are just about to smooch — and then Jimmy Olsen runs onto the scene and wrecks everything.
- Total Recall (1990). As Quaid and Melina are kissing in the Martian catacombs, the rebels show up and take them into custody.
- In Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Shu Lien was apologizing to Mu Bai for letting the sword get stolen, believing that was the reason why he had came to see her. He said that he did not hear about the stolen sword until he arrived in town, implying he came specifically to confess his feelings towards her. When he was about to say it, a servant came in, interrupting them.
- In The Fighter, an intended "afternoon delight" between Micky and Charlene (complete with lingering shots of Charlene in Black Bra And Panties) is torpedoed when Micky's mother and half-sisters show up at Charlene's door to tell her off. Cat fighting ensues.
- Jason starts to do this to himself in Mystery Team as he shares an extended embrace with Kelly, by commenting that her skin feels like what he imagines a dolphin's does. Before this sinks in, Duncan vomits dog urine on the two of them.
- Trick': This makes up the entire plot with Mark and Gabriel's attempts to have sex being constantly thwarted by demanding friends. Interestingly, this is actually implied in the end to be a good'' thing as Mark and Gabriel were originally planning on a one-night stand only but ended up forming a genuine emotional connection somewhere amidst their continual interrupted meetings.
- In The Weekend, Lindsey Vuolo and David McElfresh are interrupted during foreplay when Beau Allulli and Daniel Bartkevicz set off an alarm while peeping in on them through his window.NSFW
- Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Will and Elizabeth are finally about to have their first kiss, when Jack makes a huge noise in the next enclave, completely oblivious.
- Time Bandits. Vincent and Pansy are about to kiss when a time door opens above them and the dwarves (and Kevin) fall on them.
- 10 Things I Hate About You combines this with Above the Influence. Kat got fairly drunk at a Wild Teen Party and Patrick spent most of the night taking care of her and she had sobered up somewhat by the time they got back to her home. She puckers up, ready for a kiss and Patrick pulls away, which was actually the first evidence that he was starting to fall for this girl rather than being in it for the money. Of course Kat didn't understand that at the time and left the car in a huff. A Hilarious Outtakes moment goes much differently, where Heath Ledger (Patrick) instead pulled Julia Stiles into a big, sloppy kiss.
- James Bond:
- A lot of times in James Bond flicks, when Bond and the Bond-girl have defeated the Big Bad and are trying to get intimate with Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex, a case of Dragon His Feet results in the Dragon showing up to try to ruin the mood. It happens in Diamonds Are Forever, The Man with the Golden Gun and Live and Let Die. (Fortunately, the bad guys never succeed in ruining the mood for long.)
- Another Running Gag involves Bond getting intimate with a Bond Girl at the end of the movie, only for his superiors or a rescue party to barge in. This goes all the way back to Dr. No; examples can also be seen in You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, Golden Eye, and The World Is Not Enough.
- You Only Live Twice. James Bond and Kissy Suzuki are exploring an island for the enemy base they know is there. Just as they're about to take some private time with each other, a SPECTRE helicopter flies overhead and into a volcano's crater. This tells them where the base is, so they have to break off their fun and get back to work.
- Thor: The Dark World: This is pretty much Darcy's job description and a big part of why Thor and Jane only get to kiss when she gets to Asgard.
- Bullshot. The Comedic Hero and the Damsel in Distress fall in Love at First Sight the moment they lay eyes on each other in a restaurant. Orchestra music swells as Bullshot bends down to kiss her hand...only to have a waiter shove a menu in front of his face.
- Star Trek Into Darkness: As if interrupting Kirk's fun with two Caitians wasn't enough, Pike then goes to the bar where Kirk is drowning his sorrows and cockblocks him before he can get another moment going.
- A much earlier example of the meddling robot (à la C-3PO / Dot Matrix) appears in the Robert Sheckley short story Human Man's Burden. Every time the man and the woman start edging towards expressing their true feelings, an obnoxious marrying-bot bursts in, ruining the moment. Some other robots finally physically restrain the intruder long enough to allow the couple to clinch.
- Thursday Next's time-traveling father does this to Thursday and Landen in the first book when he shows up (freezing time for everyone but himself and Thursday) to have a chat with his daughter about the invention of the banana — while she and Landen are having a moment.
- Harry Potter:
- In the third Kate Daniels novel, Kate and Curran are having hot and heavy makeouts in a hot tub when oblivious Derek comes in and asks Curran's opinion on another matter. After he leaves, Kate shuts Curran down cold, the break giving her a chance to regain her willpower and her resolution not to get romantically involved.
- In Starfighters of Adumar, Wedge and Iella, who have been undergoing something like a decade (both real time and In-Universe) of Will They or Won't They?, are giving little hints about hooking up again, but then someone bursts into the room next door to start a duel for honor, and they pull back. Of course, they get together right after that, so the moment-killer / neighbor-killer was only so effective. (He succeeded at the other of his goals!)
- Oh so many times in the Darkest Powers trilogy. Especially with Chloe and Derek. Simon is a master cockblocker.
- A hilarious moment in Master and Commander has a Mr. Timely showing up at Jack's door just as his girlfriend is sticking her cleavage in his face so he can see what the necklace he just gave her looks like on.
- In Time Enough for Love, when Lazarus and Maureen are headed off for an adulterous note tryst, their moment is well and truly murdered by the abrupt appearance of Maureen's five year old son Woodrow, who stowed away in the car in the hopes of getting a trip to the amusement park. Their reluctance to continue is prompted not so much by concern for Woody's innocence as much as his complete inability to keep his mouth shut.
- Happens multiple times in Audrey, Wait!. Random Accident varieties are from the customers in the Scooper Dooper, and Sharon is the jealous rival type.
- Happens twice to Katniss and Peeta in the first two books of The Hunger Games. Both times they are kissing and she begins to feel desire for him. The first time they're interrupted by her bleeding head wound; the second time by lightning hitting a tree.
- In The Mortal Instruments every time Jace and Clary seem to be about to exchange a moment that could turn into a Relationship Upgrade it is inevitably interrupted.
- In Why We Took The Car, just as Isa proposes a kiss, Tschick walks in.
- Happens a few times in early episodes of Get Smart - in the pilot, Smart realizes 99 is a girl (after quite awhile), they draw closer, closer, and his dog Fang lets out a bark. 99 says "He's right." and they go after the bad guys.
- An non-romantic version in The Pacific: Sledge and Snafu have just shared a sweet moment in which Snafu wordlessly comforts his friend over the death of his dog by leaning against his shoulder...and then Hamm barges in to announce that his brother was on a ship that was attacked by kamikazes. (Snafu: "Wow.")
- Alias: Several moments between Sydney and Vaughn were killed: at the end of The Counteragent, Asst. Director Kendall interrupts a particularly tender moment between the two; at the beginning of Phase One, Weiss bursts into the "flirting corner" with exceptionally awful timing, though they later fix that.
- In the Fringe episode "Jacksonville," Olivia pulls one on herself, and yet another happens when she discovers Peter's glimmer before their not-date.
- In the Better Off Ted episode "The Great Repression," Veridian's productivity plummets when Love Is in the Air due to the company's new lenient sexual harassment policy. Ted and Veronica are just about to succumb and start making out too when Ted's daughter walks in and kills the moment. Ted and Veronica realize they can harness the moment-killing power of children, and they have the day-care class marched through the office periodically to make the employees stop thinking about sex and get back to work.
- The Big Bang Theory:
- Happens plenty of times, usually between Penny and Leonard. The biggest one would be mid-season two, in the Just Friends period between their first date and their official hook up. Leonard's mom, a ruthless neuropsychologist, was visiting and quickly reduced Penny to tears discussing her father issues and just being there incited Leonard's own parental issues. Seeking solace with each other, Leonard and Penny ended up in her apartment doing tequila shooters and other drinking games. One thing led to another and they were in Penny's bed. Leonard was giddy that this was finally happening and referenced how his Mom would interpret the Freudian implications of what was happening (basically they represented each others parents, Leonard was Penny's father and Penny was Leonard's mother). This disturbed Penny enough to ruin the mood, though the next morning they both silently agreed to just not talk about it.
- Also, Sheldon does this many times by knocking on Leonard's door and interrupting with something unimportant. For example: he wants Leonard to participate in a card trick. He also spent some time with Penny trying to decipher the meaning of a tie on Leonard's doorknob, which Penny explained as "Do Not Disturb." Sheldon ended up calling him to let him know "Message received."
- When Leonard and Penny end up alone in a hotel room in Big Sur, Raj walks in and climbs into the other bed. He also asks if they want to watch Bridget Jones' Diary.
- This is a Running Gag in the season three premiere. Leonard's come home from a long trip to the North Pole, and Penny has missed him very much. While there's no shortage of kissing, it's always interrupted, right up until the end of the episode.
- In The X-Files episode "Small Potatoes" Scully is just about to kiss a shapeshifter disguised as Mulder... when the real Mulder bursts in and kills the mood. However, that moment killer was appreciated by all involved and watching. And in true Mulder and Scully style, they never speak of that moment again (excluding one little teasing remark from Mulder).
- Community: Moment Killers and Cannot Spit It Out are two of the major tools used to keep Jeff and Annie from acting on their mutual love and UST.
- Almost every serious romance between main characters in Star Trek is replete with moments where someone phones in and tells one or both to report to the bridge. In addition, the moment killing between Picard and Crusher reached such heights that they eventually hang a lampshade on it by having him literally disappear into thin air just as she's about to tell him her true feelings.
- Being Human rather enjoys this trope. While Nina and George are an already established couple, there is a scene in the third series that is just one moment killer after another. They are attempting foreplay and are first interrupted by her hair getting caught on his glasses. Then the pen in his pocket makes it difficult to move. Then Mitchell obliviously walks in, climbs over the bed, takes something off the nightstand, and rushes out. Nina tries to recapture the moment, but George just whines and pouts.
- Gilmore Girls had Kirk and his night terrors interrupting Luke and Lorelai's first real kiss.
- How I Met Your Mother:
- In the season seven premiere, Robin is about confess her resurfaced feelings for Barney when his phone rings. This puts a serious damper on the moment, seeing as the caller is Barney's new romantic interest and Robin actually ends up Playing Cyrano for them.
- Similarly, in the S7 episode "Disaster Averted", we see an almost-kiss in the rain between Robin and Barney interupted by Robin's dad calling her.
- In the fifth season finale, after Robin crashes at Ted's after being dumped by Don, the two come close to kissing after having too much to drink while Ted is trying to comfort her. However, at the last moment, Robin accidentally knocks off his baseball cap to reveal his hair, which he had bleached hideously blond on a dare earlier in the episode, causing both of them burst out laughing hysterically. Future!Ted notes that "And that's how dying my hair stopped your Aunt Robin and I from doing something we both would have regretted."
- And in the season eight episode "Splitsville", they have another Almost Kiss that was interrupted by — wait for it — another telephone call, this one with the news that Barney accidentally made good on a threat he'd previously made to Robin. No-one hates cell phones quite like a Swarkles shipper.
- In season nine Ted is trying to hook up with a woman at the wedding and things are going well till she gets a phone call that she was fired from her job as a school teacher because all the kids hated her. Things go downhill from there and the woman quickly becomes a sobbing wreck. Ted then tries to extricate himself from the situation but he keeps missing the right moment and get interrupted every time. Then the woman wants to have sex with him to forget all the bad things that happened to her but Ted is too much of a gentleman and kills the moment himself. The next day it seems that he will be able to hook up with the only other available woman at the wedding when he makes a toast to honor the church minister who just died. However, it turns out that the minister was the first woman's uncle and Ted once again has to comfort the crying woman and give up any chance of having sex that weekend.
- Seventh Heaven:
- During Lucy and Jimmy Moon's first unofficial date, the two are watching a romantic French film and about to share a moment when Eric bounds into the room with his guitar. This was actually a revenge ploy by Mary, who was angry at Lucy for some reason or another.
- Happens with these two again in the Valentine's Day episode. Jimmy's about to give Lucy her first kiss when an usher pops in and announces that Simon, Nigel, Lynn and Ruthie were caught acting up and have been kicked out of the theater.
- Happens between Maddy and Jonathan in several episodes of Jonathan Creek. Most of them interrupted by someone from the case calling or showing up on their doorstep or a small misunderstanding turned Up to Eleven by Maddie (finding a pulse monitor on Jonathan when they're about to have sex, spotting him in another woman's car on the eve of his birthday).
- Late Night with Conan O'Brien had a character played by Jon Glaser who could ruin any moment by saying one word. That word? Pubes.
- On 30 Rock, Liz invokes this trope to get in the way of the weird sexual tension between Jack and his mother-in-law, played by Mary Steenburgen. Liz proudly declares that, "All my life, I have been the third wheel that prevents people from having sex." Apparently she was nicknamed "The Blocker" in college.
Diana: Oh, you're still here.
Liz: That's what they all say
- From Mad TV, "My Gay Dad" which is about a girl whose gay dad steals her boyfriends.
- On Castle, both Castle's mother Martha and Detective Kevin Ryan appear to be separately competing to see who can inadvertently interrupt Castle and Beckett during a warm and fuzzy romantic moment the most.
- Martha wins — for all time — in "After the Storm", when she comes home from the Hamptons early...the morning after They Do, thus having Beckett make a mad dash for the closet so she wouldn't find out.
- Although the man dying in the swimming pool just before Castle and Beckett were about to go skinny-dipping in "Murder He Wrote" came close to topping Martha.
- On Malcolm in the Middle, Malcolm and Cynthia are plagued by this when she's first introduced, whether it's her offputting habits or his Digging Yourself Deeper.
- Batman episode "The Bat's Kow Tow" concludes with Batman and Catwoman Almost Kiss when Robin off screen shouts out something along the lines of "C'mon, Batman! The police are here!" Catwoman, in a contained fury says, "Boy Blunder!"
- Wizards of Waverly Place: Poor Harper, she tried so hard to get Zeke to kiss her.
- Doc Martin: Martin manages to muck up the moment with Louisa repeatedly.
- House of Anubis: Aggravatingly often, usually something mundane. It's a favorite trick of the writers, and has happened to basically every pairing on the show at least once. Lampshaded by Nina in the season one finale, just before Fabian asks her to the prom.
Nina: Now hurry up before there's an earthquake, or a swarm of locusts, or anything else that stops you from asking.
- House of Cards: Remy and Jackie are making out and about to have sex when Remy asks Jackie — an army veteran-turned-politician — about the meaning of a tattoo she sports. He loses his libido when she says she got the tattoo because the pain of it helped her deal with all the people she had to kill as a soldier.
- Happens several times in The West Wing, especially between Jed and Abbey (some particularly funny examples are in season 4's Election Day & Process Stories. Josh and Donna have their moments, too.
- Death Valley Billy has two of these with Kirsten. Once When the bomb goes off in the station and again when Stubeck "glock-blocks" him by trying to arrest a secret vampire in the station.. Billy is so upset by the first time that his session with the psychologist is all about it. The deaths of 2 colleagues and the serious wounding of another, not to mention having to fight to survive the night don't get mentioned.
- Queen's song "Tie Your Mother Down" is about the narrator taking...drastic measures to avoid his Love Interest's family ruining their moment.
- Billy Joel's song "Leave a Tender Moment Alone" is about this but the Moment Killer is the narrator himself breaking up the moment between himself the girl he fancies.
- The song "Susanna" by Dutch band VOF De Kunst/The Art Company is about a man who is about to get close with his girlfriend (something he has been waiting for for a long time now), but then the moment is interrupted by a phone call from someone who dialed the wrong number. Afterwards, the romantic atmosphere is gone.
- Henry IV Part 1:
- A non-romantic but still important relationship moment killer happens in this history play. Prince Hal for the first time expresses that when he becomes king, his friendship with Falstaff will end. Before Falstaff can properly answer that, the sheriff arrives to arrest Falstaff.
- The 2012 BBC production then creates another moment killer out of that scene: after hiding Falstaff, Prince Hal and Hooker with a Heart of Gold Doll Tearsheet pretend to be "extremely busy" so when the sheriff so awkwardly interrupts them, Hal has a good excuse to send him away.
- Toward the end of Henry V, Henry spends a great deal of of words trying to woo the French princess Katherine who doesn't speak any English. After finally charming her into letting him kiss her, her father and the French and English courts re-enter to sign the terms of peace. Some productions have the couple shoot apart as if they'd been zapped by lightning.
- In Act 2 Scene 3 of Othello, Othello is called down from being in bed with Desdemona to break up a fight between Cassio and Roderigo. It's implied that they interrupted his attempt to consumate his marriage.
- In On the Town, Hildy and Chip's embrace is rudely interrupted by her roommate Lucy Schmeeler's violent sneezing and inhaler use.
Lucy: Y'know, Hildy, this is just like taking a picture. If I had a camera, I could get the two of you together.
Hildy: You could do that by just leaving the room.
- In Persona 3, during the Yakushima Island vacation, the Main Character goes out to comfort Yukari after she runs off upon discovering that her father was responsible for creating the Shadow threat the party has been fighting. After a brief and somewhat stormy conversation, depending on the player's dialog choices, the Main Character will move to embrace Yukari... and then the two will fly apart when Junpei shows up to bring them back inside. True to form, Junpei asks "Did I miss something?"
- In a cut scene in Max Payne 2, Max and Mona are in an alley heavily making out to the point where Mona is leaning against a wall with her legs wrapped around Max and her shirt pulled up to her neck and Max *ahem* below that, when they hear Mooks yelling and running towards them. They then have to end their previous activities.
- Metal Gear Solid:
- Mass Effect:
- Mass Effect 1: Shepard and your chosen Love Interest are getting quite close (should you pursue the romantic subplot between them) when Joker interrupts. Shepard can accuse him of doing it intentionally.
- Also, in Mass Effect 3, if neither Garrus nor Tali was romanced, Shepard will walk in on them getting quite cozy near the end of the game. They stammer that Garrus's mandible just got caught on her helmet.
- Dragon Age: Inquisition
- The Inquisitor's First Kiss with Cullen gets interrupted by a soldier with an important message for Cullen. He manages to shoo off the messenger with a Death Glare in time to give the Inquisitor a "Shut Up" Kiss when she starts to chicken out.
- One moment in the Iron Bull's romance arc has him and the Inquisitor basking in the afterglow, when Cullen walks in so the Inquisitor can take care of something. Then Josephine sees Cullen standing there and thinks that the Inquisitor is available to deal with her issue. Then Cassandra sees the other two standing in a doorway and decides to investigate.
Is something the mat-Aah! The Iron Bull:
Oh, for fuck's
- At the end of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, just as Nate and Elena are leaning in suggestively for a kiss, Sully comes out of nowhere and says "You two got a funny idea of romantic!" therefore breaking up the romance... and making it a dreaded Almost Kiss. Nice job, Sully.
- Jak and Daxter: Daxter. Daxter Daxter Daxter Daxter Daxter. Turning a kiss into an Almost Kiss once would be forgivable, but doing it twice? Thankfully, not only does Jak get his revenge in Jak 3, but at the end of Jak X Daxter Lampshades this with "Would you just kiss her already? Sheesh!"
- The Legend of Zelda:
- The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass: Tetra finally gets better from being Taken for Granite, and Link and Tetra look one another in the eyes. Smiling, they reach their hands out to one another in slow-motion, and just as they're about to touch, Bellum bursts through the ceiling and steals Tetra away.
- Ghirahim appears to love destroying any happy moment between Link and Zelda in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. First he knocks Zelda out of the sky with a black tornado just as she's about to give to Link what appears to be a love confession. Then he kills the second reunion (the first being halted instead by Impa) they make at gate of time by charging in and attempting to kill both Impa and Zelda. And then he shows up after the Imprisoned is killed and Zelda is released from her self-imposed seal to cockblock the two again by kidnapping the poor girl and running off into the Gate of Time.
- Final Fantasy IX has one scene involving Steiner and Beatrix together... which gets wrecked when Baku walks into them, sneezing loudly.
- The Curse of Monkey Island: Guybrush has just proposed to Elaine, and put the engagement ring on her finger, when Wally appears and innocently informs them that the ring has a huge voodoo curse on it. Elaine is not happy.
- In MOTHER, right after Ninten and Ana confess their love for each other, Teddy bursts in and a giant robot attacks them, severely injuring Teddy. Real moodkiller there.
- In Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, this is Tenebrae's specialty. If an EmilxMarta scene ever gets interrupted, chances are good that Tenebrae has something to do with it (of course, not that other characters aren't guilty of this also). It even gets lampshaded a few times.
Marta: (blush) Your hands are so warm, Emil.
Emil: (blush) You think so?
Tenebrae: Ah, two young hearts all aflutter. How sweet.
Emil: "Aflutter"? Who says stuff like that anymore?
Tenebrae: I do. You got a problem with that?
Emil: (laugh) You're funny, Tenebrae.
Marta: Way to kill the moment, you two...
- Happens a couple of times in Black Sigil. Every time Kairu and Isa seem about to kiss, Juji comes in and breaks them up.
- In one of the street cases of L.A. Noire, Cole Phelps become one of this when the suspect and his girlfriend is having a romantic moment.
- In Solatorobo, Red does this to Dade and Vanille. His sister Chocolat also does it accidentally to Red and Elh when she tells a group to Leave The Two Love Birds Alone too loudly and the lovebirds in question overhear her.
- Blaze Union:
- Jenon has an unfortunate tendency towards this. Early into the story, there's a scene where protagonist Garlot and his childhood friend Siskier have a heart-to-heart while waiting for their enemies to walk into their trap—and right when Siskier has finished giving Garlot some much-needed encouragement, Jenon comes charging in with the announcement that it's time to fight. And then pauses to ask Siskier what's wrong and why her face is so red. Siskier is not amused.
- Much later, in the final chapter of the canon route, there's a scene after the battle of the day has been won where Gulcasa and Nessiah take a few moments to praise each other on their good teamwork. Their happiness is, of course, short-lived: Jenon comes charging in to interrogate Gulcasa with no small lack of subtlety or sensitivity, leaving him very confused and upset. Nessiah then cuts in to inform Jenon that now is kind of a bad time, and proceeds to drag Gulcasa off so that the two of them can have peace and quiet. Among other things, this scene is very much meant to be a more somber Call Back to the early one between Garlot and Siskier.
- In yet another scene from the canon route (taking place before the Gulcasa and Nessiah one), Siskier comes out to chat with Garlot one night while the latter is worrying about the future, and over the course of their discussion, she comes very close to confessing her feelings for him several times but continually cuts herself off. Just when Garlot has finally figured out that something is weird about the way she's acting, there's a surprise attack from the enemy.
- Marco from Radiant Historia is so good at this that at one point he manages to cause the end of the world through sheer obliviousness.
- Borderlands 2:
- Ace Attorney:
- In the Fate/stay night games, Sakura tends to walk in at bad moments. This is especially bad in Fate/hollow ataraxia where she manages to walk in on just seemingly every scene that Shirou and Rider have together. Perhaps justified though — Sakura is Rider's Master, also likes Shirou, and the few times she doesn't walk in, Rider and Shirou tend to end up naked.
- In one of the early BIONICLE animations, Hewkii and Macku appear to be about to kiss when they turn around and realize their friends are right behind them. Luminescent Blush ensues. Then, of course, that moment got Killed Off for Real via Retcon, since BIONICLE characters aren't supposed to be capable of having romantic feelings.
- In the Homestar Runner cartoon Date Nite, Homestar and Strong Bad do this on purpose to Marzipan and The Cheat.
Homestar: Ah, good evening ungodly couple, my name is Waiter, I will be your Homestar for this evening. Can I start you two off with a glass of "Breaking Up", or perhaps "Never Seeing Each Other Again" with capers?
- One vignette in the Bad Days short Disassembled has Bruce Banner's and Betty Ross's romantic dinner get cut short after Bruce's Hair-Trigger Temper causes him to Hulk Out after dropping a pea. Worse, Bruce would have proposed to Betty if he controlled himself that night.
- In a single page, Homestuck managed to combine a Crowning Moment of Awesome, Crowning Moment of Funny, Nightmare Fuel, Fetish Fuel, a Shipper's Moment, all in the midst of a situation killing moment. Here it is. Act 6 Act 3.
- Forgath has become this in Goblins whenever he shows up as Minmax and Kin discuss their feelings... and lately as the two are sharing a very tender hug after Minmax saved Kin from imaginary Goblinslayer/the mysteriously growing forest.
- This becomes a Running Gag in Kid Radd.
- Casey and Andy:
- Strip 627: Andy pops in to inform Casey of the arrival of Jenn's time-traveling daughter, and the necessity to embark on further temporal misadventures to save the timeline... while he's in the middle of proposing to his girlfriend. Of course, Mary is very understanding, and even lets Casey go off with Andy to save the timeline.
- "Cockblocked by God. That's gotta suck"
- Gunnerkrigg Court:
- Chapter 18 of begins with Kat walking in on her parents as they're getting intimate. Much cheer was had when they carried on after she had left the room.
- Also, in Chapter 30, with Parley having admitted her love for Andrew, as they're moving in for their first kiss, Antimony interrupts them by continuing the discussion they were having beforehand.
- Then seconds later does it again when the moment is in danger of reestablishing itself. Kat has to drag Antimony off.
- Misfile: Rumisiel plays the Moment Killer on Ash and Em in an early strip, sending their relationship straight down Belligerent Sexual Tension alley. And here we have Ash and Em having a significant moment, with Em just on the verge of saying that... "Y Helo Thar, Missi!"
- The Order of the Stick:
- The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: A velociraptor-riding bandito (roll with it) makes a very cool speech at the end of this strip. Then the doctor has to go and ruin it.
- El Goonish Shive:
- Often, usually with Sarah doing the moment-killing — and occasionally realizing that she'd just killed a moment. Also lampshaded in the process of aversion when Tedd asks Grace why she's leading him away from Ellen and Nanase as if they need privacy for some reason.
- The Demonic Duck deliberately interrupts Justin and Susan during the party using his illusion powers. Afterward, they're both grateful the "light bulb burned out".
- In 8-Bit Theater, Black Mage accidentally killed his own moment. The one time when it seemed he might be slowly winning the heart of White Mage, he casually let it slip that his Hadoken siphons love out of the universe every time it's used... and that he sacrificed several children to obtain the spell. She didn't take it too well. Tough luck for BM, but if he ever reads this page, he'll feel better knowing he killed something. Except that he would probably want those moments back. And this is not the only time Black Mage cockblocked himself either.
- The title character of Experimental Comic Kotone is a Moment Killer, a theory that Konstantin forcibly tests out here
- Girl Genius:
- Sluggy Freelance: Torg and Zoe have something like this happen a few times.
- In the chapter "Summer Vacation", Zoe feels attracted to Torg after he does something heroic (if stupid). Even Kiki comments that they're going to smooch. But when Zoe starts telling how brave she thinks he was, he obliviously says that if she was impressed by it, another woman he has a crush on is "going to flip", and goes to call her. The moment is killed so thoroughly Zoe stops showing any such inclination for years.
- Later, having realized he's in love with her, Torg tries to win Zoe's heart with a giant bejewelled necklace he found in a pyramid as a Christmas present. She's quite taken with the gift, until she puts it on and it turns her into a camel.
- Subverted in "Love Potion," when Torg and Zoe look at each other by accident while they think they're under the influence of a potion that makes people madly attracted to the first person they see. As they're staring at each other, Gwynn pops up to tell them the potion's effects have worn off. After she leaves, Torg finally asks Zoe out and she readily accepts.
- The big moment killer comes in the same chapter, during said date. Just as he's contemplating leaning over and kissing her, he suddenly finds lips touching his - but they belong to an immortal assassin who is extremely obsessed with him. To protect Zoe, he has to insult her and then laugh it off when said assassin kicks her in the face, right before dragging him away to get married. Epic moment kill.
- Done for all sorts of drama in the "bROKEN" Story Arc. Zoe has just realized that Torg's in love with her, and, to her own amazement, that she loves him back. And Torg's rushing to her location right at that moment. Then the assassin mentioned above sets Zoe on fire, seemingly killing her just as Torg arrives on the scene.
- Deliberately set up in Blip. When Hester gets set up on an unwanted date, she arranges for her friend K to "accidentally" run into them and act as a third wheel for the remainder of the date.
- Nerf NOW!!: a strip depicts two female Engineers having a heated argument while leaning there heads in suggestivly. Scout an impatient, twitchy loudmouth is of course a natural Moment Killer, and interrupts before they do anything.
- Sandra and Woo:
- In this strip Florence and Winston are about to kiss, but are interrupted by a watching young boy crying out "there's a man outside who's gonna kiss a dog!" (Florence is an uplifted red wolf, whereas Winston is a human male.)
- Later, a quiet romantic moment between Florence and Winston is interrupted by Sawtooth Rivergrinder, when he accidentally buries them in sand.
- Dubious Company has a moment that acts as both a romance killer and a heroism moment killer. Walter and Tiren are being chased by Mary, Gary, and Marty and reach a cliff. Walter rips off his shirt (he has wings) and grabs Tiren. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew is climbing up said cliff. Leading to this exchange. Did I mention Tiren is Walter's first mate?
- Knights Errant: Wilfrid the Heartless is the killer of many things- "the moment" among them. Like here, where he kills the moment so hard that the moment's ancestors probably felt it.
- In Spacetrawler, Pierrot manages to ruin his own moment. When his love interest Emily is outnumbered and outgunned, Pierrot swoops in on a hover bike, gun a-blazing, and then takes Emily in his arms and kisses her. Then...
- Bittersweet Candy Bowl has this a few times.
- In Sinfest, whenever Slick and Monique have a genuinely tender moment, it will usually be ruined by Slick's stupidity or Seymour showing up and bothering them.
- This has become a Running Gag (and an occasionally cruel one) in Ménage à 3, with Zii constantly — and usually unintentionally — cockblocking Gary.
- In Umlaut House 2, Volair and Saundra, worried that their son Pierce is moving too fast with his boyfriend, come up with a brilliant way to kill the mood: they make a big show about ensuring that everything is ready for the two to have a great night together, then remind them that they'll both be right upstairs if they need anything else.
Piece: What do you call it when suddenly having everything you'd need to do something assures you that there is little or no chance of you getting up the nerve to do it for, like, a year?
Volair: "Mission Accomplished".
- In the fourth book of Shadow of the Templar, Jeremy, normally calm and emotionally unaffected, suddenly kisses Simon passionately and seems to be about to tell him something important. Of course, they're interrupted before he can get it out.
- In Awkward., Alex performs this function for Lester and Steph. Lester being the target of his stalkerish affections, it's entirely intentional. Lester doesn't take it well.
- The Spoony Experiment: In Spoony's Vlog/Review of the New Moon movie, he comments on how Bella and Jacob are about to kiss several times before something stupid happens, such as, as he put it, a guy runs in yelling "Hey you guys I made muffins!!".
- Shannon calls Tom in Echo Chamber's "Trope Of The Week" Unresolved Sexual Tension and ruins a moment between him and Dana.
- A variant of this trope occurs in SOTF-TV, where, after a traumatic first day, Amber Lyons and Sterling Odair start to get... "intimate". Unfortunately, however, each team has a mentor which can give advice through the collars. Hilarity Ensues.
Jared Clayton: Less fucking, more playing. Keep it in your damn pants and maybe watch your fucking backs for once? Wanna wind up like Anthony? Thought not. Wanna argue? I won this game. Fuck you. You have a godsend of a mentor, and he's telling you to wise up.
- The Nostalgia Chick:
- In her countdown of songs about sex, the Chick manages to kill the moment herself when, after Todd in the Shadows agrees to sleep with her (out of boredom) she puts on one of the songs from her list and he immediately runs away.
- There's also Mignon, her puppy, who likes to nom on her mistress even when Dark Nella is being all threatening.
- A variation of this, but in Two Best Friends Play The Walking Dead, Matt decides to have Lee shoot Duck. Normally, people are saddened by this, even some people who didn't like Duck, but then Matt says his favorite phrase: "SEE YOU LATER, FUCKER!"