Isn't it rude to interrupt someone mid-sentence by kissing them? Apparently not. Especially if you're dancing The Masochism Tango — skip the Slap Slap and get right to the kiss.
The cute version occurs when one character is babbling nervously, either because they get tongue-tied around the object of their affections or because they are trying to apologize for something, and the other cuts them off with a kiss to show that they understand. A wordless solution to Cannot Spit It Out.
May also be used on someone pointlessly rambling on, intentionally trying to evade said kiss. Saying "Shut up and kiss me!" is optional but not recommended. Which partner gives and receives is gender indiscriminate. Double points if it's the First Kiss. "Kiss me, you fool!" is the flirtatious variant, for when the partner hesitates too long.
Almost always a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, and also frequently a Crowning Moment Of Freakin'Finally.
May lead to Post-Kiss Catatonia. Not to be confused (or at least not necessarily) with the Take That Kiss. Often overlaps with Forceful Kiss.
For the sans kissing version, see Finger Muzzle.
Compare Kiss of Distraction.
...which casts considerable doubt on Misato's claim that Kaji is just a "chauvanistic pig" who's only after sex. Sure he flirts with almost every woman he meets, but to kiss Misato in those circumstances? That takes genuine love.
Moreover, it was interrupting Misato's drunken self-reprimand in which she was calling herself immature and selfish. Kaji kept telling her to stop, in an increasingly upset tone, indicating he hated seeing her in such a state of low self-esteem, and took it upon himself to prove to her that she was indeed worthy of love.
Light Yagami does this to Misa in Death Note. Not because he loves her, but to make her do what he says by keeping her infatuated.
In Haruhi Suzumiya Kyon kisses Haruhi herself in the middle of her Freak Out, not only leaving her speechless, but saving the universe at the same time.
This is Aya and Tooya's First Kiss in Ayashi no Ceres. Aya and Tooya hide in a tree while the former is being hunted down by her family. She begins to freak out just as they pass by, he needs her to stay quiet... so... yeah.
In Chapter 252 of Mahou Sensei Negima!, Konoka does this to Setsuna for their Pactio when the latter was stammering like she usually does around the former.
In Marmalade Boy after Yuu shoves Miki into his closet and gets in there with her. Miki panics that they'll get caught and Yuu shuts her up with a smooch that leads to some torrid stuff in that same closet. And to him finding some stuff that will bring trouble later.
In Sola, Masuri does this to Yorito after the latter's discovery that he's really a paper golem constructed by his sister and isn't sure whether he's human or not.
In Sword Art Online episode 10, Kirito does this to Asuna when she says she'll leave him alone from now on, since she feels like she's been causing trouble for him.
This trope features in the highly dramatic and sad climax of Kannazuki no Miko, with Himeko "shut up" kissing Chikane to cut off her "I Am a Monster" speech, before telling her how much she loves her as Chikane dies in her arms.
In The New Teen Titans, Starfire did this to Robin. She said it was so she could assimilate English into her mind. Ri-i-i-i-i-ight.
And it lead to this exchange:
Robin: You had to kiss me to do that?
Starfire: Not really. But it was certainly more fun this way.
Johnny Alpha does it to Durham Red in Strontium Dog when they team up for the first time.
Clock King: Rose Wilson did this to The Clock King.
Colossus did this to Kitty Pryde during Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men. She attempted to confront him about the state of their relationship, got cold feet and started to babble. What else could he do?
Ultimate X-Men has Iceman do this to Kitty Pryde right when she is having a lengthy rant accusing him of deliberately going out with Rogue to avoid physical intimacy. Instead of him getting MegatonPunched for this, Kitty starts responding quite warmly...right up until Rogue catches them and literally knocks her unconscious with one punch.
Scott Pilgrim did this not once, but twice, in the same scene. Ramona was trying to apologize to him and he kissed her (guess that means she was forgiven). When she pulled away to finish her apology, he kissed her again. The third time, he just flat out told her to shut up so they could make out.
Hildagaard Rail who was a voluptuous blonde haired german woman except for the fact that she had gigantic red lips that took up most of the space of her face does this to Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issue #30. In this story entitled Sky Highway, when Raphael was about to leave her he said "It's been funfffh!" His words were cut off because she actually said, "Shut up and kiss me, you dumkoff!" She grabbed him by the streams of his bandana and gave Raphael a gigantic smooch goodbye. The kiss Hildagaard gave Raphael left a lipstick imprint that covered his entire beak.
At the end of Toy Story, Woody was dragged over by Bo Peep. He glanced upwards and began commenting about the mistletoe above them when Bo Peep jumped on him for a kiss. Several in fact.
In Disney's version of Tarzan, Tarzan does this to Jane shortly after she teaches him what a kiss is, and is babbling about her embarrassment and hastiness in doing so.
Frozen had a cute take on it when Anna, showing her character development, initiates the movie's proper Big Damn Kiss at the epilogue with one of these after Kristoff begins blabbing much like she originally did with Hans at the start.
Film - Live Action
Kiss Me Kate has a particularly flagrant example, though the focus is on the shutting up rather than the kiss.
At the end of Shanghai Noon, Chon's utterly silent Indian wife (from an Accidental Marriage) performs this on a babbling Roy, then delivers her only English line in the film: "Shut up, Roy; you talk too much."
In the film version of Arsenic and Old Lace, Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant) does this to his estranged newlywed bride to keep her from spilling the beans to the police. She keeps on trying to talk though so he has to give her a shut-up kiss three times in a row, even bodily picking her up during the kiss and dragging her off. Happily this display of passion results in his bride forgetting all about the damning evidence, reconciling with him with the breathless exclamation:
The Dark Knight - Rachel is worried for Harvey's safety just before they're taken away / kidnapped. Harvey kisses her mid-speech.
In Mike Judge's 1999 "Office Space" feature, Joel tries to explain his erratic behavior... but Joanne just kisses him—'cause enough already.
One film version of The Taming of the Shrew has Katharina start to say "I will not!" when asked if she wishes to take Petruchio as her husband... but Petruchio forces a kiss on her before she can get that third word out clearly.
This happened in Duets to ex-salesman Todd Woods while nervously protesting about his ability to sing on stage to a karaoke singer that was egging him on. The kiss (along with the beta-blockers she gave him a minute before), gave him the courage to try it for the first time.
This is Lincoln 6 Echo and Jordan 2 Delta's First Kiss in The Island. Lincoln breaks off the kiss and asks, "Why didn't we do this before?", but she says "Shut up!" and kisses him again.
Gigi: Look, I just went out with your friend Bill. He might be just exactly what I need. No drama, he calls; he does what he says.
Alex: I can do that stuff too.
Gigi: But you didn't, and that same wise person told me that I'm the rule. That I have to stop thinking that every guy will change, that I have to stop thinking that-...
[He cups her face and kisses her abruptly.]
Gigi: (finishing her original sentence with a new meaning)...I'm the exception.
Alex: (whispering) You're my exception.
[They kiss again.]
Sean does this to Christina in Source Code while he's urging her to get off the train early with him and she's arguing the point.
Arguably, happens in Iron Man 2 between Pepper Potts and Tony Stark.
In Wrath of the Titans: at the end of the film, Andromeda is discussing battle plans when Perseus plants one on her lips mid-sentence.
In Notorious, the hero gives one to the heroine after she decides to taunt him for falling in love with a bad girl like herself.
A variation in Steven Brust's The Lord of Castle Black: a potential couple engage in awkward small talk for a few minutes before the lady gives up on the dialogue, interrupts the latest dull remark, and orders the gentleman to "kiss me before I die of embarrassment."
Samantha: I wasn't telling him to shut up, I was telling everybody else in the room. It's complicated.
Phury of Black Dagger Brotherhood lays one of these on Rehv, after Rehv taunts him about being a virgin. His intention isn't to seduce Rehv, but to shock and unnerve him. It works, in more ways than one.
Andre Norton's short story Long Live Lord Kor! has a variation at the end: the title character isn't babbling or rambling, but deliberately teasing the young lady to whom he's just proposed by starting to detail the political reasons it would be a good match. The final sentence is:
Then he stopped talking, for a good reason.
At the end of Witch World, two characters each proclaim their own unworthiness to marry the other, despite their obvious and admitted desire to do so. An onlooker laughs and comments, "This talk of mutual unworthiness will speedily be a step to no talking at all and so to a firm settlement of two futures."
"Only way to keep you quiet." He grumbled, taking her chin in a firmer grip and planting his mouth atop hers once more.
Subverted slightly in Scott Pilgrim. Scott is talking to Ramona after he gets killed by Gideon, and he pulls a Shut Up Kiss on her as she babbles about why she left in the previous volume. She subsequently knocks him to the floor in a compromising position and effectively forces him to listen to what she's saying...
In the Conan the Barbarian story "A Witch Shall Be Born", a wounded soldier is babbling feverishly to his girlfriend.
The trembling girl crooned soothingly to him, as to a wounded child, and closed his panting lips with her own cool sweet mouth.
Happens in ''The House of Hades. Leo has gotten stranded on Ogyggia with Calypso and, though they start out not liking each other, they wind up falling for each other, at which point the raft off the island appears. Leo protests and starts making promises to come back and get her, but Calypso stops him by kissing him, his First Kiss, by the way, and putting him in the raft. Though speechless for a while, he swears on the River Styx to come back for her.
Live Action TV
Glee: Season 1, Ep 13. Even involved cheesy "finger on the lip" gesture.
It shows up again in Season 2's "Never Been Kissed," between Kurt and Karofsky.
It shows up a third time in Season 4x13's "Diva" in which Emma has a breakdown over the wedding details and Finn kisses her.
Six Feet Under : At an uncomfortable evening where her fiancee met her mother for the first time, the issue of potential future children is brought up in a rude an random manner by said mother (Brenda is very insecure about her relationships). Later in the night, Joe begins to extrapolate on the possibility of them "getting serious," and ponders the way he would be able to become a father. Brenda interrupts his awkward rambling by a sweet, light kiss on the mouth.
Cheers: Frasier goes on a long-winded spiel to Lilith about how he is going to "kiss you hard and kiss you long". She shuts him up by throwing herself at him.
In Frasier, this happens to the titular character when he's telling Julia that her actions are immoral. She lampshades this, telling him that it was to shut him up. His response is "Oh no, I've been kissed to shut me up before. This was not that." Later in the episode he lampshades it again with "Ah, now that one was to shut me up."
The First Kiss between Daphne Moon and Niles Crane in the seventh season is also a Shut Up Kiss, slightly subverted by Niles' open admission that he is babbling to forestall an anticipated rejection by Daphne, which leads to Daphne finally exclaiming in frustration, "Oh, for God's sake, Dr. Crane!" and liplocking him.
Liz and Floyd's First Kiss on 30 Rock comes after a long, rambling, increasingly uncomfortable soul-bearing monologue on the part of Liz in order to atone for pretending to be an alcoholic so she could sit in on Floyd's AA meetings. It's cuter than it sounds.
Oz: Would it help if I panic? Willow: (babbling) Yes, it would be swell. Panic is a thing people can share in times of crisis. And everything's really scary now, you know, and I don't know what's gonna happen. And there's all sorts of things that you're supposed to get to do after high school, and I was really looking forward to doing them, and now we're probably just gonna die and I would like to feel that maybe you would— (Oz leans forward and kisses her, slowly) Willow: What are you doing? Oz: Panicking. (Fade to Black)
A similar scenario occurs in the Season Five episode "The Body". Willow has been reduced to a complete and utter wreck as a result of Joyce's death. When she starts hyperventilating, Tara gives her their first onscreen kiss, which also calms her down somewhat.
Paris: "About what you said. I mean, the part about...being in love with me. I realise you were suffering from oxygen deprivation and we were literally seconds away from death, so I know you probably didn't mean it..."
Torres: "Oh no, I meant it...but I don't expect you to reciprocate. Really, you can just pretend that I didn't say it...in fact let's just pretend that I didn't..."
Paris(grabbing her for a passionate snog): "Shut up."
Happens in a first season episode of Roswell, where Maria is freaking out about two of her friends being later back than expected, and Michael grabs her and kisses her to "calm her down".
Jeremy's "Enough already" to Bonnie in "Crying Wolf".
Caroline does one back to Tyler in the Season 3 premiere when he's telling her that if she doesn't want him to date she should tell him.
The West Wing: Josh and Amy, where he's unsure how to proceed and tells her so (at length). She interrupts with "maybe not so much with the talking..."
This also happens with CJ and Danny's first kiss, where CJ is babbling while trying to sell Danny the idea that if she kisses him once, she can get over her crush on him and focus on her work. Danny cuts her off in mid-explanation. CJ's plan, needless to said, does not work.
Star Trek: Enterprise: In one episode, Captain Archer is undercover on a pre-industrial alien world, and doing some covert work alongside an alien chick. When his Universal Translator breaks and he can no longer understand her, he smooches the woman to shut her up and distract her long enough so he can fix the translator behind her back.
Also used twice more, once in 'Harbinger' and once in 'Bound' where T'Pol kisses Trip to stop him rambling about their relationship.
In the mini-series of Battlestar Galactica Boomer stuffs up her landing and gets into an argument with the Chief over whose fault it is. They duck into a tool room to continue the argument and immediately start stripping off and snogging passionately. Boomer insists on trying to get the last word on their argument though, whereupon the Chief growls, "Shut up, sir", giving her a Shut Up Kiss.
Smallville: Chloe shuts Jimmy up with one when he babbles on not understanding what happened after Clark catches her from a very long fall.
Lois and Clark's first non-mistaken identity, non-mind control kiss.
Penny does this to Leonard twice during the Season 3 premiere: first, when he goes over to tell her that the guys have returned from their expedition, and second, when he tries to explain the process he used to preserve a snowflake from the North Pole for her.
In the That '70s Show episode "Garage Sale", Donna does this to Eric, because she wants to try a new kissing technique.
In Primeval, Abby kisses Connor after hearing he got Rex back without telling her it was her brother Jack who gambled him away in the first place.
While waiting for service in a pub, Dr Nikki Alexander from Silent Witness, explains at great length to Dr Harry Cunningham how she will end up old and alone. That is until Harry leans over and kisses her, then smiles and says, "Finally she shuts up."
In one episode of iCarly, Sam and Carly are competing to get a kiss from a certain boy. Carly invokes this trope when she gets the boy to perform a play she wrote, which has a line where the guy kisses her character because she talks too much.
Played straight in iOMG with Sam kissing Freddie. It's very awkward, considering Freddie is in the middle of giving her a speech about putting feelings out there, but not because he wants Sam, but instead is trying to hook her up with another character.
Cat does this to Robbie so he would shut up about his and Trina's stage kiss in Stage Fighting.
Beck to Jade in Jade Dumps Beck.
Patricia does this to Eddie in House of Anubis when Eddie is trying to get a reaction out of her and he didn't know she was cursed and made mute.
Eddie: "C'mon, You're killing me! What do I have to do to get a reaction out of-"(Patricia kisses him) "That'll work..."
Eddie also does it back to Patricia when she is yelling at him, angry that he 'stood her up' when in reality he was kidnapped.
Eddie: "Sorry I stood you up, Yacker."
Patricia: "It's okay..."
In the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode "Attack of the Eye Creatures", Tom Servo at one point tries to convince Gypsy to let him kiss her, mainly because he, as a robot, wants to know what kissing is about. He starts to expound on the subject, asking such questions as, "How long should it last?" and "What do you do with your tongue?" Finally, Joel walks up beside him, says, "You know what, Servo, you talk too much," lays a big on on him, turns to the camera and says, "I've always wanted to do that!"
In Nikita, the titular character does this to Ryan Fletcher in the episode "Free".
Juliette shuts up Shawn because she heard him confessing his love for her to Gus.
Doctor Who: Amy did this to Rory when they were reunited in The Big Bang:
Rory: I couldn't help it! It happened, it just happened! Amy: Shut up! (Amy kisses Rory) The Doctor: Yeah, shut up, because we've got to go! Rory: I waited. 2,000 years, I waited for you. Amy: No, still shut up! (Amy kisses him for longer) The Doctor: And break! And breath! (They're still kissing) Well, someone didn't get out much for 2,000 years!
A variation in "The Day of the Moon". The Doctor drops River off at her cell in Stormcage and starts walking off. She asks if that's it, and he walks back asking if he forgot something. River says, "Oh, shut up" before kissing him.
Used in Chinese Paladin 3, although in this case it's mostly a "stop breathing" kiss—they're surrounded by vampires who track them by the scent of their breath. And promptly followed by a slap.
Joey has one, from Joey to Lauren when she's having a freak-out:
Lauren: What was that for?
Joey: To calm. You. Down.
Chris gives one to Gail in Rookie Blue after she's been quarantined.
Gilmore Girls: Rory's First Kiss with Jess was a variation. She sees Jess standing by a pond and in shock over seeing him back in Stars Hollow, she immediately kisses him. Once Rory realized what she just did, she runs away from him.
In "Chuck Versus the Other Guy", Sarah finally affirms her love for Chuck in this manner. She even tells Chuck, "Shut up and kiss me."
In "What I Like About You" Vince does this to Holly several times a season, and Holly turns it around and does it to him in the Series Finale, effectively cutting off his babbled apology and ending their breakup.
A clipshow episode of The Wonder Years has Kevin and Winnie get into a fight after Kevin supposedly looks at another girl. In the end, after reflecting on their relationship, Kevin spiels to Winnie about how he feels about her until finally she says, "Kevin, shut up!" and kisses him.
In the fourth series finale of Misfits, Nadine kisses Rudy while he's trying to tell her about all the depraved acts he's committed. Being Rudy, he finishes his thought afterward.
In "Moebius, Part 2", the eighth season finale of Stargate SG-1, alternate!Jack kisses alternate!Samantha while she's in the middle of confessing that she lied about liking Daniel because she actually liked him and didn't want to admit it. She immediately shuts up and starts kissing him back.
Friends: 2x20 "The One Where Old Yeller Dies" - Ross and Rachel argue about their future (i.e. having kids), Ross blurts out that he loves Rachel, and he tells her that he's going to kiss her now to make her quiet.
The Office (US) has an interesting variation: Nellie, who has been stuck listening to Toby talk about the Scranton Strangler trial for hours, finally puts a finger to his lips. Toby, who has awkwardly tried to kiss Nellie at least once already, asks her if she's going to kiss him. There is a long pause, and it looks like Nellie is deciding whether kissing him is worth it to get him to shut up...but the result is a real, very passionate kiss.
The aptly titled "Shut Up and Kiss me" by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Oh baby I can feel this feeling
that everything that you do gives me.
It's been too long since somebody whispered:
Oooooo, "shut up and kiss me."
Michael Jackson's guitarist for his last concert, Orianthi released a song named "Shut Up and Kiss Me".
You say you can’t handle it
But there’s no way to stop this now
So shut up and kiss me
From Taylor Swift's "Last Kiss":
How you'd kiss me when I was in the middle of saying something
There's not a day I don't miss those rude interruptions.
A Sunday strip of Zits had a subversion of this trope. The girlfriends word bubble is filled with text, Jeremy kisses her and the text continues out of his ear. The other time he does it, she starts yelling at him:
Jeremy: I need to stop getting all my relationship cues from Dawson's Creek.
This is sometimes done in games of Humans Vs Zombies when a person needs to make a silent kill either as a zombie attempting to discretely pick people off, or as a human trying to sneak past zombies later in the game. While it is definitely downright controversial, if not against the rules and certain conduct codes. Employ at your own risk.
John Cena once kissed Maria to calm her down before a big intergender match against Edge and Lita.
In Mary, Mary, as Mary starts to get sarcastic again with Dick, he says, "I'll tell you something you ought to learn. You really ought to learn when to shut up," and takes her in his arms and kisses her. In classic Tsundere fashion, her reaction to being kissed changes from cold to hot in a few seconds.
Beatrice: "Speak, cousin; or, if you cannot, stop his mouth with a kiss, and let not him speak neither."
In My Fair Lady, Eliza manages to sing an entire song dedicated to the fact that she doesn't want Freddy to say anything, but rather to DO something. "Show Me", she demands, while apparently being oblivious to the fact that she's the one doing most of the talking. Given her frustration regarding Higgins, it's less about wanting him to kiss her and more aimless ranting.
In the Mass Effect 2DLC "Lair of the Shadow Broker", Shepard can give Liara one of these, if s/he was in a relationship with her in Mass Effect 1, when she claims that Shepard and her are two different people and she doesn't want to push him/her.
Inverted in the Tali romance scene in the second game, where the babbler is the one delivering the kiss.
Same applies to a player who romanced Garrus. In fact, Shepard gets to do this twice (the first time just being a kiss on the cheek, although it's still rather effective).
In the Citadel DLC, a Shepard who romanced her can give one to an angry Samantha Traynor, who thinks that Shepard has just booted her off the Normandy for "fraternization" . Turns out it was Shepard's Evil Clone who did that.
In Dragon Age: Origins, you can give one to Leliana while she babbles nervously about being attracted to you.
In Panthera chapter seven, Jason tells Kira that he's officially lost his way in the group, with their mentor turning out to be the guy they were chasing all along, having dragged his sister into their life-threatening situation and completely freezing up in North Korea against Gyeoknoho despite being the leader of their team. Kira kisses him to shut him up. Subverted in that he gently pushes her away, leading to Kira admitting that what they had is gone and the two of them mutually break up.
Slightly Damned: Buwaro gives Kieri one on the cheek to stop her babbling, though the couple do share a proper kiss a few panels later.
Suki: Look, I'm sorry about last night. We were talking and... saying things... I just got carried away, and before I knew it I— (Sokka kisses her) Sokka: You talk too much.
And the next season, Aang and Katara:
Aang: Everything's going to be different after today, isn't it? Katara: Yes, it is. Aang: What if... what if I don't come back? Katara: Aang, don't say that. Of course you'll— (Aang kisses her)
Interestingly enough, this isn't brought up again until right before the Grand Finale. When he confronts her on it later, he attempts to do another one as she explains that she has confused feelings about him. This time it fails spectacularly.
The Legend of Korra: Aang's successor, Avatar Korra, follows in his footsteps when she kisses Mako while he's in the middle of reminding her he's with Asami. And doing it without realizing Mako's younger brother is right there. With whom she went on a date less than 24 hours ago. The results are not pretty.