The curtains close / on a kiss God knows / we can tell the end is near.
When the Official Couple
kiss at or very near the ending of the series or film. If the kiss itself isn't the very last shot, it will probably be followed by their wedding, a dance, Riding into the Sunset
, or closing the bedroom door
Chances are good this will precede any ending narration or title card that says "And they lived Happily Ever After
Being an Ending Trope
, it's a given the examples contain SPOILERS
. Consider yourself warned.
Sometimes a sub-trope of Last Minute Hookup
. Not to be confused with Last Kiss
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- The Last: Naruto The Movie ends with Naruto and Hinata kissing up in the air with Full Moon Silhouette behind. When the scene blacks out, you can hear Naruto thanking Hinata.
- D Nangel ends with Daisuke and Riku sharing a kiss while Risa and Hitawi are hinted to hook up later. Actually, the only "hint" is that they could be seen as gazing at each other. Whether this actually was supposed to be a hint or not is debated in fandom.
- Simon and Nia in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Interestingly it's also a Last Kiss, since Nia's existence cannot be sustained any longer because she has Anti-Spiral data in her, and she fades away.
- Sailor Moon ends with Usagi and Mamoru kissing in the moonlight.
- Sailor Moon Crystal's Closing Credits end on a kiss between Serenity and Endymion as they're reflected in water, with the precise moment their lips touch obscured by ripples.
- Summer Wars ends with a kiss. The main character doesn't quite have the balls to do it, so his love interest has to take things into her own hands and give him a peck on the cheek. He collapses as a result.
- Corsair ends this way, with the protagonists kissing on the top deck of their ship.
- Tenshi Ni Narumon ends with Noelle and Yuusuke kissing, mirroring their first kiss from the first episode. For some, Raphael and Mikael also count, though theirs is not 'that' visible
- Brigadoon: Marin and Melan ends with the title characters kissing. It might be a good-bye, kiss, though, so this may actually be a Bittersweet Ending.
- Bakuman。 ends with Mashiro and Azuki kissing.
- Used literally and figuratively in Date A Live where almost every arc ends with Shido kissing the Girl of the Week. (This seals their power and allows them to live normally.)
- Similar to the above, The World God Only Knows has Keima kiss each girl at the end of her arc; this drives out the "loose spirit" inside them, allowing Elsie to capture it. Also a Last Kiss, because the girl forgets their entire relationship afterward though some of them get their memories back later.
Live Action Television
- In the series finale of Chuck, the last image is of Chuck and Sarah kissing on the beach.
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch does this with Sabrina and Harvey in the last episode.
- Also lampshaded in the episode that turns the Spellman household into a silent movie. Everything suddenly turns back to normal after Sabrina and Harvey kiss. The aunts explain that the kiss broke the spell because silent movies always end with a kiss, or a comedic pratfall.
- The Musical Episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It's lampshaded just before it happens with the lyric "The curtains close on a kiss, God knows we can tell the end is near."
- In Scrubs's Season 8 finale (which was supposed to be the Grand Finale, but wasn't), the last image J.D. sees on the "Goodbye" sign is of him and Elliot kissing.
- The end of season four of Merlin more or less ends on the image of Arthur and Guinevere kissing as he crowns her Queen of Camelot (though there is a brief Sequel Hook afterwards involving Morgana in the forest).
- The Playstation version of Chrono Trigger added a movie of Crono's and Marle's marriage to the standard ending. The same movie also shows Kino proposing to Ayla and Frog (in his human form) being knighted.
- The ending of the Witch Hunt DLC for Dragon Age: Origins can be the player character and Morrigan embracing before stepping off into the unknown.