->'''Link:''' How about a kiss, for luck?
->'''Zelda:''' You've ''got'' to be kidding.
-->-- ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDIGames Link: The Faces of Evil]]''

TheHero is just about to take on a herculean and possibly life- threatening task, be it facing down the BigBad, barging into a burning building, or even trying to clear a massive BottomlessPit. All his friends are depending on him, and time is running out, but he ''still'' may be a little nervous and apprehensive. He needs some sort of HeroismIncentive.

All he needs is a little peck and he'll be ready to go.

A Motivational Kiss happens when someone, almost AlwaysFemale, gives the main protagonist a kiss that gives him an extra boost in confidence. The kisser will often, but not always, be the protagonist's LoveInterest, or at least someone who he's been [[ShipTease Ship Teased]] with in the past.

May sometimes overlap with LastKiss, NowOrNeverKiss, or a (successful) ComicallySmallBribe.


[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* Sometimes the hero is the one who steals a kiss to give himself motivation: In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', both Kamina and Kittan [[spoiler: choose to kiss Yoko shortly before dying heroically in battle.]]
* Inverted in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', when [[spoiler: Jacuzzi kisses Nice just before running off to confront an AxCrazy Mook with a Flamethrower. She admits that's the first time they kissed.]]
* Sera gives one to Knuckles in ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie''.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Misato's infamous LastKiss to Shinji in ''The End of Evangelion''. Although she'd tried being a CoolBigSis to Shinji, she kisses Shinji in an attempt to bring him out of his depression, saying, "That was a grown-up kiss. We'll do the rest when you get back." Misato then shoves him into the elevator and collapses onto the floor, having been shot in the back moments earlier.
* Inverted in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' when cyborg Triela gives her handler Hilshire a peck on the cheek before going to take on some terrorists.

* In ''FanFic/NarutoTheSecretSongsOfTheNinja,'' [[spoiler:Hinata]] gives Naruto a kiss on the cheek the night before his arranged duel with [[spoiler:Gaara]] as "a good luck charm", after Naruto confesses his fears and insecurities to her. [[spoiler:It ends up saving Naruto's soul from the Kyuubi when it tries to take over his body during the battle, [[ThePowerOfLove allowing Naruto to hear Hinata]] [[SayMyName scream his name]].]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* At the climax of ''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse'', our protagonist, DJ, is faced with the task of climbing up a crane and dropping a stick of dynamite down Constance's chimney, destroying her once and for all. When he says that he doesn't think he can do it, his LoveInterest Jenny loudly proclaims, "Yes, you ''can''!" before kissing him on the mouth.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', Steve Rogers receives a kiss from Peggy Carter just before he boards the [[BigBad Red Skull's]] plane.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope'', Princess Leia gives Luke a peck on the cheek "for luck" before he tries to swing over a precarious gap.
* Played more-or-less straight in ''Film/MysteryTeam''... except that Jason doesn't actually know how to kiss, and just blows into the love interest's mouth.
* Happens in ''Film/VanHelsing'' when Van Helsing and Anna split up before the climactic battle, he to face down Dracula [[spoiler: using his werewolf power to defeat the vampire]] and she to retrieve the werewolf cure serum.
* In the live-action film version of ''Film/PeterPan'', Peter is nearly defeated by Hook until he gets one from Wendy.
* Subverted radically by the villainess, Poison Ivy in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''. Late in the film, [[RecklessSidekick Robin]] is lured into the villainess' lair under the pretense of her love for him. When Ivy reveals Freeze's plan to destroy Gotham City, Robin turns to leave in order to stop him, only to be pulled back by the [[TheVamp villainess]].
--->'''Poison Ivy''': "[[KissOfDeath One kiss]], my love. For luck." [[PsychoticSmile ......]] (Robin and her lean in, with Robin unaware of her evil smirk, and share a passionate kiss). ''[[ExactWords Bad luck]]'' I'm afraid.
** Though in truth it's DoubleSubverted by Robin as he came prepared thus didn't die.

* GenderFlipped in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheStand'', where Stu Redman gives Dayna Jurgens two kisses for luck when she's about to go away on a dangerous mission.
* [[Literature/PercyJackson The Battle Of The Labyrinth]]: [[spoiler: Right before Percy heads into a volcano for a very dangerous mission, Annabeth gives him a kiss and tells him to be careful. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Then disappears under her hat.]]]]
* The ''Literature/DresdenFiles'' book ''Literature/ColdDays'' has a ShoutOut to the ''Franchise/StarWars'' example between [[spoiler: Harry]] and [[spoiler: Murphy]], and later they get a [[NowOrNeverKiss Now or Never]] BigDamnKiss right before another probable SuicideMission.
* Another GenderFlipped example in ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'' in which [[spoiler: Calvin kisses Meg right before she goes off to face It and save her brother. In front of her own father, no less.]] Actually subverted in the film version, in which he whispers, [[spoiler: "I'd kiss you, but your father's here."]]
* In ''Literature/TheMartian'' when Dr. Beck, the mission EVA specialist is suiting up to [[spoiler: save Whatney at the end of the story]] [[HotScientist Johannsen]] gives him a kiss on the outside of his helmet.
-->'''Johannsen''': That was stupid. Don't tell anyone I did that.
-->'''Beck''': Don't tell anyone I liked it.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': one time when Data was on an away mission a local girl gave him such a kiss. He was perplexed.
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' episode ''Maddie On Deck'': Maddie's kiss to Zack allowed him to do an overkill of noodle-whacking towards the prince, enough for the prince to surrender and run home crying for his mommy!
* Done by Series/{{Captain Power|AndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture}} to his female crewmate Pilot before the big trench run against the Icarus Platform.
-->'''Power:''' For luck.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Riley Finn gives Buffy a good luck kiss on her forehead. Buffy says she needs more luck than that, so he smooches her on the lips as well.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': In "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S2E2DogsToAGunfight Dogs to a Gunfight]]", Grotto tries to ask Karen to give him one prior to participating in a sting as part of his plea deal (actually a police operation to ambush the Punisher). [[BaitAndSwitch Karen gives him]] [[FlippingTheBird a middle finger]].
-->'''Grotto:''' ''[chuckles]'' I'll take it.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames:
** Actively defied by Zelda in ''Link: The Faces of Evil'' - see the page quote.
** In ''Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon''. Link gave his canteen to Lady Alma in exchange for a kiss.
* In VideoGame/MassEffect3, when EDI describes Normandy's readiness before the final battle, she states she even kissed Joker for luck.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Gil gets one [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110817 here]] (continued to the next page).
** Unusual in that it's prompted by his romantic rival - it's not that Tarvek ''wants'' him to end up with Agatha, but he knows that everyone's depending on Gil to do well, so it's in his best interests.
--> '''Gil:''' Right. I... I'm off.\\
'''Tarvek:''' ''[whispering to Agatha]'' Oh, for pity's sake. Go give him something to ''fight for''.\\
'''Gil:''' GET '''''WOUND''''', STURMVORAUS! I DO '''''NOT''''' NEED '''''YOUR HELP'''''-\\
'''Agatha:''' ''[[[TheBigDamnKiss launches herself at Gil and kisses him]]]''
** A lesser version from Pix and Abner, serving as the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050117#.Vu8WdOKLTIU start of their relationship]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Towards the end of ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo'', at one point Stan and Taqu'il are dangling from a ledge, and Ta'quille uses a grappling hook concealed in his belt to lift them to safety. Before he does, Stan (referencing the Star Wars example above) gives him a quick kiss and says "For luck." Taqu'il is not amused, and activates the grappling hook with nothing more than a cold look.
* In an episode of ''[[MagillaGorilla Mushmouse & Punkinpuss]]'', Mushmouse's girlfriend kisses him as incentivce to face up to Punkinpuss. It gives Mushmouse plenty of courage, but the matter of size weighs against him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CaptainCavemanAndTheTeenAngels'' when Taffy asked Captain Caveman to do something for her and he doesn't want to do it once she kisses him he's ready for anything.
* In the ''WesterAnimation/CaptainPlanet'' episode "You Bet Your Planet" before Wheeler participates in the foot race for the fate of Earth, Linka gives him a kiss for luck.
* In the ''WesterAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' episode "Into The Astral Plane'' before Lion-O begins his quest in the plane Cheetara gives him a kiss for luck, Tygra becomes jealous of this thinking she has feelings for Lion-O and volunteers to go with him.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morganna Morgana the Kissing Bandit]]" was a woman who'd sneak onto the baseball field and try to kiss a player. By 1990 she'd kissed over ''40'' professional athletes. She continued despite being beaten by security once.