You think True Love's Kiss
is impressive? Hah, all that kiss can do is wake someone up. The most powerful kiss does the opposite: sending a person into a stiff, rigid, frozen state of shock, unable to move, talk, comprehend their surroundings, or remember their own name. Kiss-induced shock is severe enough that a Colony Drop
cannot snap them out of it. The condition can last anywhere from 24 seconds to 24 hours after the kiss, during which time they can expect to see lots of imaginary fireworks. An Accidental Kiss
or First Kiss
will exacerbate the symptoms.
This affliction overwhelmingly favors males.
Not to be confused with Kiss of Death
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Anime & Manga
- Scrooge McDuck had this intentionally used to stun for a critical moment in The Prisoner of White Agony Creek. Goldie wasn't expecting it to become a rare case of mutual post kiss catatonia, though.
- Archie Comics: Archie Andrews.
- At the end of Astérix The Legionary, Asterix and Obelix get a Smooch of Victory on the nose from Panacea for bringing back her fiance Tragicomix. Obelix faints, but recovers in time for the ending banquet. Asterix on the otehr hand is seen sitting in a tree with a dazed expression.
Films — Animation
- In Bambi, this happens to the title character as well as his friends Thumper and Flower when they get "twitterpated" by their respective female mates. Unfortunately for Bambi, his catatonic state gets rudely interrupted by Ronno, a rival male deer who challenges him for Faline.
- WALL•E seems to go through one of these when EVE first kisses him, even if the "kiss" is an actual shock of static electricity...
- Mickey goes through one of these after he's kissed by Minnie on Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers.
- Generally, Disney has a few instances of these in their older cartoons.
- Stanley, the title character of A Troll in Central Park, overdoes it in response to a toddler kissing his nose.
- A hilarious moment in Toy Story 3 when Spanish Buzz kisses Woody twice on the cheeks.
- A hug-instead-of-kiss variation for Kung Fu Panda 2, when Po hugs Tigress.
- Hiccup momentarily freezes in How to Train Your Dragon after Astrid's "Shut Up" Kiss.
- Rango plays with this trope. One of the characters, Beans, has a "condition" that causes her to go catatonic (and amnesic) for a moment whenever she gets angry or scared. At one point, she goes catatonic, and then Rango kisses her on the cheek and quickly leaves, but she comes out of it smoothly and has full memory of what happened, showing that she was faking it.
- Rio After Jewel plants one on Blu, he completely blisses out for a few moments, his body going on autopilot.
- In The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2, Quasimodo's Love Interest plants a chaste kiss on his forehead. The poor fellow then completely forgets to breathe, resulting in him fainting on the floor a few seconds later, his face still plastered with a blissful smile.
- Aladdin: After his first kiss with Jasmine, Aladdin falls over backwards with a sigh, letting the Magic Carpet catch him.
- Another hug variation in Megamind. Obviously, since Megamind has never been close to anyone, he has never received any physical contact whatsoever. When Roxanne hugs him as Bernard, though, he is so stunned that he takes a moment or two before responding.
- In The Book Of Life, Maria appears briefly disoriented after her Big Damn Kiss with Manolo. Considering the context, it's probably justified.
Films — Live Action
- This trope is used twice as a distraction in the 2008 Get Smart movie.
- The Goonies: Mikey being kissed accidentally by Andy in a cave while Stephanie is watching. Then Mikey walks dizzy afterwards.
Stef: (Andy has accidentally kissed Mikey) OK, you kissed. Now tell.
Andy: There's something weird.
Stef: What? What is it?
Andy: Does Brand wear braces?
Andy: (Stef bursts into laughter) Why are you laughing? Stef, it was beautiful.
Stef: Next time you kiss him, do it with your eyes open. It's a whole different experience.
- In Hitch, after Albert and Allegra kiss for the first time, Albert gets this huge grin on his face kind of wanders down the street.
- From In & Out, Peter unexpectedly kissing Howard. Peter even holds his arms for a bit afterward, like he's making sure Howard won't fall over.
- Meet Me in St. Louis has a rare female example. After John kisses Esther, she says something stupid and wanders back to her house in a daze with an idiotic grin on her face. When her mother says, "Your ice cream is getting cold," Esther dreamily responds, "Isn't it?" Then when her mother asks if there's something wrong with her, Esther thoughtlessly replies, "Yes, Mama," and then goes to say something, but stops. It takes her two youngest sisters mocking her to snap her out of it.
- In My Girl 2, the title character shares her first kiss with her uncle's stepson just before she goes home from her visit. Afterward, the boy walks through the airport looking completely blissed out and dazed.
- The film Supergirl: Supergirl/Linda walks around in a daze for a while after Ethan kisses her after being put under a love spell.
- In Spider-Man it happened twice.
- After the first kiss between MJ and Spider-Man (Peter Parker) both were so gobsmacked at how good it had felt they went silent. They left their mouths hanging open and eyes closed and MJ reverted to a blushing, giggling school girl.
- When the two kissed for the second time (MJ thinking it was their first, being ignorant to Peter's secret identity) they displayed the same symptoms.
- In the 2005 film Just Friends. Samantha James French kisses Mike Brander (who has a massive crush of her) to bribe him. As a result Mike faints from glee.
- The film Mask of Zorro. After Zorro beats Eléna in sword fighting and corners her he kisses her. Eléna is left speechless and looking flushed.
- Harry Potter suffers pre-Kiss Catatonia in The Order of the Phoenix, getting scared stiff when Cho comes at him under the mistletoe (he's pretty stunned afterwards, but not so badly that he can't move).
- This takes on a much more sinister slant with how a person reacts after getting the Dementor's Kiss. Their soul is sucked out forever, leaving them an empty shell.
- In Order Of The Phoenix Hermione exploits this trope by giving Ron a kiss for good luck before his first quidditch match so he'll be too dazed for a while and won't notice the "Weasley is our king" badges the Slytherins are wearing to psych him out.
- In Deathly Hallows, Ron is described as being a bit starry-eyed after he and Hermione have a serious kiss.
- Piers Anthony has featured some examples of this in some of his series, as a side-effect of the general freak-out effect that exists in some of the worlds he creates.
- In the fourth book of the Percy Jackson series, Annabeth gives Percy a kiss as he goes off on a presumably suicidal mission. He sits there in a daze trying to remember his own name for a while until he hears approaching doom.
- The only account in Arthuriana of a woman donning armor has her pretending to be an attacking knight in order to startle her suitor out of his rapturous contemplation of her beauty.
- A strange woman meets Jerin's eyes in A Brother's Price, then lifts his modesty veil and kisses him soundly before scarpering. This has the effect of basically stunning him as he berates himself for letting a random woman kiss him and wonders if he's a slut. When Eldest sees him with his hand pressed to his mouth she assumes he's about to be sick. In the narration he says that yeah, mental illness might be part of it.
- This happens a lot to Dave Jones of the webcomic College Roomies From Hell early on, and it didn't require a kiss (though that worked as well), just seeing (or thinking about) any of the female characters in something sexy. The other characters called this phenomenon a "brainwarp".
- Gilgamesh Wulfenbach gets a mild form of this in Girl Genius, when Agatha on an adrenalin rush lays one on him. He's still with it enough to react to the imminent danger that shows up soon after, though.
- This was used as a battle tactic by a mind-controlled Mai Shiranui in this Captain Gamer: OOC strip (#68), to which the title character practically hangs a lampshade, monologuing, "Hormones. My greatest weakness!"
- User Friendly, starting here, including the next strip, and then continuing after a different story arc.
- In The Order of the Stick, both Durkon and Vaarsuvius are caught in a version of this after Belkar kisses V while in a drunk stupor on New Year.
- Vincent of Precocious stumbles around in a loopy daze after his puppy-love crush Autumn kisses him. Still leaves Vincent's love unrequited, though: Autumn just wanted her blackmail folder back.
- Faye falls victim in this Questionable Content strip.
- Vincent in Darius faints after getting a "Shut Up" Kiss from a vixen, telling him to pretend to have fun beforehand.
- Peanut from Housepets!, after receiving a (platonic-ish) kiss from Grape, who he'd nursed a crush on since ever. Not so much catatonia as motor function failure, but he doesn't mind.
- Occurs in Drowtales after years of Ship Tease between Faen and Ariel results in a Big Damn Kiss. Ariel is in a daze for a good page afterward.
- In Gunnerkrigg Court Kat suffers this briefly after a kiss from Paz.