Twirl of Love

Yeah, spin her round. Right round!

Often seen after a Meadow Run (an Undead Horse Trope in itself) and in kitschy romances, the Twirl of Love occurs often when two characters haven't seen each other for a long time. One character - usually the girl - will attempt to Glomp the other, and this occurs as an extension just before the two embrace or kiss passionately.

This can be realistic if the guy is attempting to maintain his balance after being glomped, or if the glomper is significantly shorter than the glompee (a pretty common occurrence due to the One Head Taller rule). However, it really shouldn't take a full 360 degree spin for him to get his footing back, or else one would expect if it does take that long that the guy should have simply fallen over before it reached the 360 degree point. The extended period of time that the twirl goes on tends to carry this trope into Rule of Romantic territory.

Related to Orbital Kiss

Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • In the last episode of The Familiar of Zero, Saito and Louise do this when Saito returns from the battlefield after being presumed by Louise to be dead.
  • There's an aerial version of this in Urusei Yatsura. When Ataru and Lum run together and hug, Lum lifts Ataru into the air and they whirl around.
  • The titular characters in Romeo X Juliet do this at some point in the anime. Juliet jumps into Romeo's arms and they whirl around twice.
  • A Puppy Love version happens in Castle in the Sky. Upon reaching the titular Laputa, Pazu and Sheeta embrace and spin.

Film - Animated

Film - Live Action
  • In the film of the play of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, Raoul and Christine do this during their "All I Ask of You" duet on the opera house roof.
  • In TRON the title character dos this to Yori after he helps her off Sark's derezzing ship.
  • Sometimes done in Jane Eyre after Jane and Mr Rochester admit their feelings and set to be married. Done in the 2010 adaptation.
  • A non-romantic version happens in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, where Gromit joyously jumps into Wallace's arms and they both spin round. The physics of this one work, as Gromit (being a somewhat anthropomorphised dog,) is much smaller than Wallace, and was standing right in front of him when he jumped up, rather than having a long run to build up momentum.

Live-Action TV
  • Doctor Who: In "Day of the Doctor", the protagonist gets to do a spectacular twirl with Clara as a way of greeting her at the start of the episode. Being short has its advantages.

Literature
  • Done in the novel Deep Secret, between Rupert and Maree. To be fair, one of the participants was Only Mostly Dead for a significant portion of the book, and this is the first time they're wholly themselves in a long time, so it's deserved.
  • By the same author, this occurs at the end of Castle in the Air when Howl and Sophie are reunited after a long and involuntary separation. The narration also notes that she does almost knock him over.
  • At the end of Destiny's Star by Elizabeth Vaughan, Ezren does this to Bethral when they finally make it home. Bethral is amazed at how strong Ezren has gotten because she's wearing a suit of armor and is a lot bigger than him.
  • Katniss and Peeta do this a couple of times in The Hunger Games. Always in front of the cameras to sell their pseudo-fake romance. Unlike many examples where the male character should probably overbalance and fall over, this one makes sense; since it's staged, they are both going to be making sure it will work properly, and Peeta is explicitly stated to be very strong due to a life spent lugging heavy sacks of flour around.

Video Games
  • In Katamari Damacy, you can roll up couples like this.
  • Squall and Rinoa do this in Final Fantasy VIII when she glomps him when they meet in Timber. This is early enough in the game that they haven't even learned one another's names yet, but it's one of many clues that they're destined to be the Official Couple.
  • Shown in a flashback in Final Fantasy VII, which contrasts with the narrator's husband not being able to come back and do the same for her.
  • Happens at the start of the third act of Tales of Vesperia. When Estelle reunites with Yuri, they end up doing a 180-degree version of this.
  • Non-romantic version in Kingdom Hearts II, where Riku picks up King Mickey and twirls him when they are reunited in the ending.

Visual Novels
  • This trope is discussed by Mayuzumi and Satoru in a flashback in Remember 11 by referring to it as the "round-and-round thing." During the conversation, Mayuzumi tries to get Satoru to do it with her (and succeeds, as shown by the page image).

Western Animation
  • Lampshaded a couple of times in Phineas and Ferb. The most notable one is when Buford does it with... his pet goldfish!
  • Mako and Korra have one at the end of the Book One finale of The Legend of Korra, complete with a love confession and a passionate kiss.
  • In an episode of Garfield and Friends, Garfield temporarily falls in love with a female cat and daydreams about doing this with her; later he dumps her when he sees some lasagna and promptly has an identical daydream, replacing the girl with an anthromorphized tray of lasagna (albeit without the twirl at the end).
  • In the Steven Universe episode "Jail Break" the Gems Ruby and Sapphire do this for a literal Fusion Dance producing Garnet. Since Gems normally have to do an elaborate dance to sync up and fuse, this is a big sign of just how close the two are.
    • Later on in "Cry For Help", Pearl and Garnet do this as well, though not as a part of the Fusion Dance itself, but afterwards out of sheer exuberance from being fused.