...Which was only matched with Yoko's second, courtesy of Kittan. "Libera Me From Hell" playing in the background just made it more epic.
At the climax of FLCL, right after an epic fighting scene between its two participants, right before the appearance of a Physical God, and right at the middle of the song I THINK I CAN.
Mazinger Z: In the Mazinger-Z vs Great General of Darkness feature, Kouji is going to sortie with Mazinger-Z to fight a battle he knows he can not win, and thinking he'll die. Sayaka stops him to give him his little brother's birthday gift, and both stare into each other's eyes for a long while... and then Kouji turns around and leaves. However, in the manga version of that moment, though, they DO kiss. The pannel itself featured them floating in a void, and flower petals falling around them.
Kanon. The spinning pan-out and reflective teardrop in the 2006 version make it.
A more tender yet equally as awesome variant happens at the climax of the second season of the Slayers anime, when Gourry, against all odds, breaks into another dimension to rescue Lina from being eradicated from existence. His fondness and desire to protect her apparently impresses the Lord of Nightmares enough to bring Lina back. They share a kiss, spinning in place amidst bubbles of light.
InuYasha has one right in the anime finale when Kagome and Inuyasha are reunited inside the Shikon Jewel.
Eureka Seven has three in the final three episodes, including the mid-air, upside down reunion of Dominic and Anemone in Episode 48. In the final episode, Renton and Eureka finally have their first kiss in what they believed to be the final act of their respective lives, only to be saved by Nirvash's sacrifice so that they can enjoy the third epic kiss as they float down from orbit.
The final Full Metal Panic novel's epilogue eventually gives us the kiss we'd been promised for several books, and had been anticipating the whole series: at Jindai High's graduation, Kaname and Sousuke finally meet and he plants a long-awaited big one on her while the entire crowd cheers.
Negi does this to Chachamaru to prove a point that Chachamaru has a soul by having a Pactio artifact with her. Extreme Kissing people!
Toward the end of the Fruits Basket manga, although Kyo and Tohru share a sorta-first-kiss earlier in the same scene, it's the hug that's really climactic - at first because it means that he's finally gotten past the fact that he's possessed, but it gets even more heartwarming when he doesn't transform. Cue Tear Jerker montage as the curse proceeds to break.
Runaways: Chase plants one on Gert right after she saves his life with CPR right after he saves her from a giant, flaming rock monster.
In the Spider-Man comics Peter and MJ share their first kiss in a mostly empty section of JFK airport (well mostly empty sans Robbie Robertson who was there too) with a big snowy window behind them before Peter went on assignemnt in France. It may not have been upside down, but as MJ said "Wow, why didn't you ever tell me you could kiss!" Followed by after she let it sink in for a minute "Far freaking out." (made even funnier by the fact the kiss was her idea).
Fables has one in issue 50 at the end of Chapter Seven: The Big Valley between Bigby and Snow. As the author notes in the script for the issue: "They kiss. This is the truest of true love's kisses since the beginning of time. It's every poem ever written and every song ever sung. This is the one panel at which the dream of every female reader of FABLES has come true. Each and every one of them must be made to cry or squeal or swoon like a character in a Jane Austen novel. Don't blow it, Buckingham. We sort of, kind of know where you live."
Occurs in A Pleasant Surprise when Fluttershy and Midnight confess their feelings for each other.
Shards Of Memory has this in Chapter 19 when Terra tries to free Cloud from Sephiroth's mind control.
Javert and Valjean's kiss in Roommates may count, but fandom reaction has certainly been...enthusiastic, even attracting several new shippers.
A Growing Affection has Naruto and Hinata's First Kiss causing the two of them to forget where they are for about a minute. Where are they? In the Leaf Stadium, surrounded by almost every Leaf and Sand ninja, at the conclusion of Naruto's trial.
The famous upside-down kiss from the first Spider-Man movie.
The kiss between Elizabeth and Will in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End after their marriage at sea: Surrounded by an Epic Fight, trading blows between exchanging vows, culminating in an Orbital Kiss a few minutes before Will is killed and comes back from the dead. There's a Big Damn Kiss at the end of all three movies, too.
A rather famous one in Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious. The censors at the time didn't allow for a kiss to last longer than 3 seconds. The Big Damn Kiss moment in that movie breaks up the kiss at just the right moments to have the couple keep repeatedly kissing each other.
The unforgettable kiss done by Seymour and Audrey in Little Shop Of Horrors at the end of the "Suddenly Seymour" number. Aww◊...
Speed and Trixie's kiss at the end of the Speed Racer live action movie.
The reunion scene between Forrest Gump and Jenny Curran before the Washington Monument.
Prior to the ending of Runaway ends, after main villain Dr. Charles Luther gets attacked by his own robots, injected with acid, and roasted alive by his own robots' self-destruct program, Sgt. Jack R. Ramsay and Karen Thompson lock lips amid a shower of sparks.
The Simpsons Movie has one near the end between Homer and Marge while driving a motorcycle.
Marge: Best kiss of my life.
Homer: Best kiss of your life so far.
The 1978 Danish film Du er ikke alene (You Are Not Alone) ends with a show the boys at a boarding school put on to illustrate the Ten Commandments. 'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself' is illustrated with a short movie showing 15-year-old Bo, a pupil at the school, and 12-year-old Kim, the headmaster's son (Kim is a male name in Denmark) hugging and kissing. It packs quite a punch, both within the film itself and within the context of the time when the film was made. The film became iconic for being the first Danish film to show a homosexual relationship.
Double subverted in Thor where Thor and Jane almost kissed with Thor uncertainly pulling away before it happened and he kissed her hand for a second time. But Jane pulls him into the kiss anyways.
It's even more of a Big Damn Kiss in the movie. Hermione has just destroyed a horcrux, they're both drenched with water and then they pounce on each other, complete with epic kiss music.
There's also one between Harry and Ginny in The Half-Blood Prince. "Harry looked around; there was Ginny running towards him; she had a hard, blazing look in her face as she threw her arms around him. And without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the fact that fifty people were watching, Harry kissed her."
"Think of life!" In Sabriel, this describes Sabriel and Touchstone's first kiss - bonus points because she's kissing him to resist the lure of Astarael, the bell that can send them both into Death, easily.
After having gone through hell, nearly died, found healing in each other's company and watched together as their world ended, Faramir and Éowyn claim the only romantic kiss of The Lord of the Rings on Minas Tirith's walls:
"‘Then must I leave my own people, man of Gondor?’ she said. ‘And would you have your proud folk say of you: “There goes a lord who tamed a wild shieldmaiden of the North! Was there no woman of the race of Númenor to choose?”’
‘I would,’ said Faramir. And he took her in his arms and kissed her under the sunlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many."
Alec in Mortal Instrumentsfinally outs himself in City of Glass by kissing Magnus in front of, well, everybody. Jace and Clary's first kiss in City of Bones, and their kiss in the faerie court, also count.
Alec and Seregil. Twice up til now. First time after a reunion, second time in the face of death.
In Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett, when Juliet and Trev kiss at the end of the match, they float in the air and are lit with a golden glow. Other characters comment on this.
In-universe in The Hunger Games, where Katniss and Peeta share a few kisses that might qualify for the Capitol audience. In particular, their passionate kisses on the beach in the Quarter Quell. Serves as a Big Damn Kiss moment for many readers too.
The West Wing: It takes over six and a half seasons (145 episodes) of UST for Josh and Donna to finally kiss.
Friends: Chandler and Monica have one in 'TOW Everyone Finds Out'. A big damn one because they have kissed before but this is their first public kiss, in front of all their friends and right after Chandler's openly yelled out his love for her.
Chandler: "I love her!" *Cue shocked looks* "That's right, I love her! I love her...I love you, Monica."
Monica: "I love you too Chandler" *They kiss*
Coffee Prince: There are a ton of these, but the one that really stands out is the "tackle kiss" where Eun jumps on top of her boss, and makes passionate kissing with her legs around his waist and pushing him into walls and other obstacles.
The Ninth Doctor gives one to Rose after what has to be the absolute worst pun ever delivered in the series ever. It could be argued that he was only kissing her to draw the time vortex out of her so she wouldn't die but we all know the truth. It's also one of the very last things he ever does.
When Rose and Ten's part-human meta-crisis clone kiss in "Journey's End", it epitomizes this trope, complete with epic music. Even better in the behind-the-scenes clips
When River Song and the Doctor get married, the ensuing kiss restarts time again.The Power of Love indeed!
Before that, River saved the Doctor's life, giving him all he remaining regenerations by kissing him.
Rory and Older Amy have an absolutely romantic one in The Girl Who Waited.
Rory and Amy have another one toward the end of "Asylum Of the Daleks". Considering that they were on the verge of a divorce, this came as a relief for most fans.
The Doctor initiates what may be the biggest damnedest kiss in the entire series with the Virtual Ghost of River toward the end of "The Name of the Doctor" after telling her that he can always see her, that he loves her, and that saying goodbye would hurt too much.
LOST promised its viewers a spectacular kiss in the season 4 finale. Halfway through, it seemed to be Kate and Sawyer in the helicopter. Then later in the episode it was topped by Desmond and Penny's reunion.
In the finale, Kate and Jack have defeated the Man in Black, and realize they're never going to see each other again. The ensuing kiss is quite epic.
When Odo finallykisses Kira on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, he does so in the middle of the very crowded Promenade (just outside of Quark's, no less) immediately following a very loud, very heated UST-charged argument between the two. Bonus points for everyone else stopping what they're doing to turn and stare as Odo and Kira kiss.
In a season three episode Gwen is accused of witchcraft and dragged away to be burnt at the stake before Arthur's eyes. He lunges after her for a Last Kiss, and it takes four grown men to tear them apart. This kiss is actually referred to as the Kiss of Epic.
Let's put it this way...the Merlin fandom made up of approximately 70% slash fan-girls who ship Arthur/Merlin. Naturally this involves the predictable dose of Ho Yay Shipping, Het is Ew and Die for Our ShipFan Wank. But whenever Arthur and Guinevere kiss? Fandom. Shuts. Up.
On Torchwood there is that stunning kiss between Jack and Ianto just before the Hub blows up and Jack is killed by a bomb in his stomach
Kurt and Blaine's kiss on Glee is treated like this by the fans, and for good reason. Love Epiphany? Check. Incredibly romantic speech from Blaine to Kurtabout the epiphany? Check.Complete aversion of But Not Too Gay? Check, finally. Fans flooding the Internet with posts after they catch their breath from squeeing loud enough to break windows? Fucking check. Not to mention all the real-life news celebrating how it's a media milestone (on FOX, no less!).
And let's not forget Finn and Rachel's on-stage Nationals kiss in the season two finale. Even Finn comments on it's epic-ness...
Finn: "It was the Superman of kisses. It came with its own cape!
Homaged with the kiss between Buffy and Spike in "Once More With Feeling" which, as it takes place at the end of a Musical Episode, is accompanied by swelling music and falling curtains.
Spike: "We kissed, you and me, all Gone With the Wind with the rising music and the rising... music."
Parodied (twice !) with Xander and Cordelia in "What's My Line Pt2" (with cheesy music and all).
When Angel becomes human in "I Will Remember You"; Buffy finds out about it when he walks up to her in the sunlight and sweeps her into his arms for a passionate embrace.
Babylon 5 gives John Sheridan and Delenn theirs in "And the Rock Cried Out 'No Hiding Place'" after Delenn shows Sheridan a whole fleet of fast, maneuverable, highly advanced White Star spaceships. Keep in mind that he'd confessed his love for her nine episodes earlier. It would be easy to assume this wasn't their First Kiss, except their body language screams that they've never done this before (although they gotpretty close once). Apparently that pesky war kept getting in the way...
Delenn: We finally have, as you say, a fighting chance.
Sheridan: [after a long Held Gaze] ...I don't know what to say.
Delenn: Then say nothing...
[Sheridan proceeds to snog her senseless]
Horribly averted on The X-Files. Viewers waited through seven seasons of UST for Scully and Mulder to have their moment, only to find out...they already did. Off camera.
The X-Files LOVED to avert this trope. They also did it with the hallway kiss in "Fight the Future;" Mulder does all but say the words "I love you" and they're about to kiss...when Scully is stung by a bee. The next season has the episode "Triangle;" a high-action plot climaxes with Mulder and Scully standing on the deck of a large cruise ship trying to thwart Nazis. Mulder is about to jump over the side of the ship and pulls Scully into a passionate kiss. Except....it's not Scully, and Mulder is probably dreaming.
Also averted by their real first kiss, which is hailed by fans as the Big Damn Kiss only because they waited seven seasons for it. However, it happens during a very quiet, non-action-packed scene in a hospital. Same goes for their touching kiss at the end of "Existence," the scene is awesome because Mulder and Scully are fawning over their baby and they finally admit their feelings for each other (in their vague, Mulder-and-Scully way), not because there is a lot of action.
Castle: Beckett and Castle finally kiss for keeps after 4 seasons of UST!
First, Hawkeye and Margaret are taking shelter from artillery fire. During the ensuing madness, they finally kiss.
Hawkeye and Margaret again, in the series finale. With the rest of the 4077th going their separate ways after the end of the war, the two have an EXTENDED makeout session before parting. B.J. and everyone else just kind of mill about and look away politely, waiting for it to end.
The conclusion of the Happy Days episode "Joanie's First Kiss." 'Nuff said.
Spike Dudley and Molly Holly had several Aborted First Kisses before they finally had the big one after a match between their two families (the Dudley Boyz and the Holly Cousins). Jim Ross said it was "just like Brad Pitt and what's-her-name".
AJ Lee is a master at this, but arguably her greatest kisses were:
And the two passionate kisses she gave Dolph Ziggler on consecutive nights
Manny gets what is apparently his First Kiss at the beginning of the Modern Family episode "Party Crasher", only for both of them to find out that a surprise birthday party has been planned for him.
Used for gruesome Body Horror in Big Finish Doctor Who. After a whole lot of Unresolved Sexual Tension, the Eighth Doctor and his companion Charlotte finally decide to talk about their feelings. As it happens, at the time they're trapped in a nightmare void for weeks or possibly months, their senses have been dulled completely, they're blinded by piercing light, there's a constant piercing screech in their (and our) ears, something is slowly eating them, and they discover that they've been holding hands for so long that their fingers have started melting together. As a desperate last-ditch effort to survive, the Doctor tells Charlotte to [[spoiler: mash her mouth against his so they can melt into each other's faces and become a single organism together.
In Bye Bye Birdie, to grab one last bit of publicity out of Conrad Birdie before he is inducted into the Army, he is to give "One Last Kiss" to one girl "chosen at random from 1,200,000 hysterical teen-agers." Unfortunately, what the television cameras capture is not Conrad Birdie planting a kiss on Kim MacAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio but Kim's boyfriend Hugo flooring Conrad with one blow.
Mass Effect features this for the final romance scene, if the player pursues that option. Given that an Almost Kiss had happened very recently beforehand, it makes it all the more meaningful.
Executed brilliantly, beautifully, heartwarmingly well at the conclusion of Lair of the Shadow Broker between Shepard and Liara in Mass Effect 2.
Though this is only if Shepard romanced Liara in the first game. If not, Liara just hugs him/her.
Perhaps making up for the Headbutt of Love in the second game, Garrus and female Shepard have two of these in Mass Effect 3 if their relationship continues. The first is during their date high atop the Presidium when Shepard agrees to be his girlfriend, and the second is in London before the final battle for Earth. And if Shepard's reaction is any indication, Garrus is one hell of a kisser for a guy who doesn't have lips.
Exaggerated and Parodied several times in Homestuck Jake kissing Dirkhere, with his coat billowing in the wind, while a volcano erupts behind them, a dragon circles overhead, and the apocalypse approaches, would be one of the most over the top examples here, except, well, He's kissing Dirk's Severed Head.
In The Beatles episode "Eight Days A Week," Paul fills in for movie kisser Lips Lovelace, but his lady co-star is a chronic kisser. After a chase with the co-star's "jealous boyfriend" and constant kissing, Paul is ready to give the job back to Lovelace, but not before his co-star wants to thank him with a "great...big...kiss!"
In "Baby's In Black," Paul is so relieved that the girl in the vampire get-up wasn't a real vampire that he plants a big one on her. She's so ecstatic ("Paul actually kissed me!!") she starts flying without the wires she used earlier.
When Goliath and Elisa finally kiss in Gargoyles, it's more of a Small Damn Kiss, but since (particularly older) fans had been waiting upwards of 60 episodes for this to happen, it still counts.
After breaking away from the "friend zone" placed on him by an omniscient asteroid, Mordecai kisses Margaret during an epic meteor shower in Regular Show. It is just as epic as it sounds.
The VJ Day Kiss. An unidentified sailor kisses Edith Shain (RIP, 6.20.10) on news of the end of World War II.