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[[caption-width-right:350:Romantic, isn't it? [[FridgeLogic Don't ask how they can breathe]].]]

->''"And it was pretty much the best underwater kiss of all time."''
-->-- '''Percy''', ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''

There's something about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a kiss underwater]] that's more romantic or emotional than a regular kiss. Regardless of how it occurs, the added dramatic effect is often used to give an extra push to the scene. Even if the kiss is only for practical reasons, it's still a ShipTease moment. There are two types, which may overlap or lead into each other:

'''Actual Kiss''', where the kiss is simply a kiss. Additionally, it can be related to SuperNotDrowningSkills, if it happens to be a very long kiss. This ''can'' be done in RealLife of course, but your mileage may vary on how romantic it is in practice.

'''Breath of Air''', where the kiss is used to transfer oxygen. It can overlap with KissOfLife.

Depending on the situation, it may or may not be involved in a TwoPersonPoolParty.



[[folder:Actual Kiss]]
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* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
** ''Anime/MacrossZero'' has a mixed example when Shin starts choking underwater, and Mao kisses him to give him some air. Yes, it was practical, but it was clear she was using the situation as a pretext for kissing him, considering she was in love with him.
** ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' has the characters performing ''Zero'' example as a scene in a movie shoot, which is played up to be more romantic than the actual events. Alto (playing the part of Shin as a stunt double for the scene) and Ranka (playing the part of Mao) are very flustered by having to perform it and [[BigBrotherInstinct Ozma]] outright called the movie "tasteless". Having the movie version be romantic [[JustifiedTrope makes sense]] as it is apparently based off of ''Mao'''s diary, who, since she had a crush on said guy she gave the breath version to, would colour it in that regard.
* An episode of the anime that Lt. Clouseaux was watching in the ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic: The Second Raid'' OVA featured this... until Kurz got a hold of them and replaced them with footage of two pigs kissing. Clouseaux was [[BerserkButton NOT amused]].
* Nagisa and Shizuma do this in ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'' (see picture).
* Hagino and Mari do one in the ''Manga/BlueDrop'' anime. [[KissingDiscretionShot Not that we see it...]]
* Haruka and Yuu do this in ''Manga/SakuraTrick'' at the bottom of a swimming pool, but they only last a few seconds before they have to come up for air.

[[AC: {{Comics}}]]
* [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] and Lori Lemaris had kissed a few times underwater. Clark can't drown and Lori's a mermaid so it makes sense.
* In ''[[ComicBook/{{WITCH}} W.I.T.C.H.]]'', Cornelia and Peter share an underwater kiss after he saved her from being pulled under.
* The front cover of ''WorldOfArchieDoubleDigest'' issue 18 has one of Archie and Betty doing this with Veronica seeing with shock.

* There was a [[TheNineties 90s]] European commercial for Levis, where mermaids capture a guy and kiss him underwater. [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale The punchline]] being they can't get his Levis off because of the double-stitching, so they let him go.

* This happens in the Baz Luhrman version of ''[[Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet Romeo and Juliet]]''. The balcony scene is instead (partly) a pool scene.
* There's one in ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse'', though it's during a DisneyAcidSequence with literal acid.
* In the Film/JamesBond movie ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', Bond and Domino have sex ''entirely underwater'' at one point. Mind you, they had SCUBA gear on.
* In that vein, there is the underwater [[{{Fanservice}} nude]] ballet scene in ''Film/Piranha3D'', where PageThreeStunna Kelly Brook and porn star Riley Steele dance naked underwater to an Italian aria.
* There's one in ''Film/WhipIt'' set to a rather awesome song.
* Happens in ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}''.
* Adam sneaks one on Vicky in the Disney Channel adaptation of ''A Ring of Endless Light''.
* Niki Lauda and his wife get one during their honeymoon in ''Film/{{Rush|2013}}''.
* Happens in ''Film/{{Delicatessen}}'' between Julie and Louison when they flood themselves in the bathroom.
* Ki-su and Chun-shim share one after they jump from the exploding train into the river in ''Film/{{Quick}}''. It is cut short when a wheel from the train hits Ki-su on the head.
* The young lovers share several consecutive ones in a private pool in ''Film/BloodLakeAttackOfTheKillerLampreys'', at least until they notice the body in the pool.

* Used in ''Literature/LockAndKey'', a book by Creator/SarahDessen.
* In the final ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' book, [[MakingASplash Percy]] kisses Annabeth underwater.
* Ava and Luck's first kiss in the YA book ''Salvage''. Deconstructed, as they do ''not'' have SuperNotDrowningSkills and so immediately break apart for air.

* The one most of us have seen most often is surely the one from the opening titles of ''Series/HartToHart'', right? "When they met, it was MOYDER!"
* ''Series/{{Taboo}}'': After James is informed of [[spoiler:his sister]]'s suicide by jumping into the Thames river, he imagines kissing her corpse one last time in an underwater embrace.

* There's one at the end of the music video for the Music/KatyPerry song "Teenage Dream".
* In the music video for "For You I Will (Confidence)", Teddy Geiger shares this with Kristen Cavallari at a pool party he is playing at...while she is in her undergarments, no less.
* The music video for Music/{{AFI}}'s "Love Like Winter" ends with something extremely similar, albeit in a "Let's drown together" sort of way.
* There is also an underwater kiss at the end of the music video of "This Kiss" by Music/CarlyRaeJepsen.
* Two kids share one in the music video of "Always Be My Baby" by Music/MariahCarey.

* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse.'' One of the teenagers tried making out with their significant other in a swimming pool but ended up choking as they inevitably took in mouthfuls of water. They came up for air and noted that it's not nearly as romantic in RealLife.

* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' has Kratos doing this with some sea nymphs during an underwater segment.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has a major one. Yuna and Tidus' first kiss begins with them standing up to their chests in a lake, and then they tip over and go swimming...while making out.
* In ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/Hollow Ataraxia]]'', if you take Sakura with you to the pool, you get a CG of this.
* The kiss between the girl and the blue boy in ''VideoGame/ButThatWasYesterday''.

[[folder:Breath of Air]]
[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Manga/LoveHina'' '''almost''' had Naru and Keitaro doing it, but because Keitaro is the ButtMonkey it ended up failing.
* In the ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' NonSerialMovie ''The Fourteenth Target'', [[http://www.detectiveconanworld.com/wiki/File:Movie_2-5.jpg Ran shares a "breath of air"-type kiss with Conan to keep him from drowning]] when they're trapped underwater. [[HeroicSacrifice She herself almost drowns]], but the breath of air gives Conan the strength and the time to free them both and then reach for help. To add to the ShipTease, just before the kiss, oxygen deprivation causes Ran to hallucinate and see Conan as [[LoveInterests her beloved Shinichi]]... who he ''is'', but she doesn't know that. [[note]]There IS a bit of "actual kiss" subtext here, however: at the start of the movie Conan got a fortune saying "a chance for a kiss"...[[/note]]
** This scene can stretch believability, as Conan initially gives Ran some air through an empty water bottle. [[ArtificialGill We see her breathing a bit]], but in reality, there likely [[SuperNotDrowningSkills would not have been enough air in the water bottle to give her enough air on a comfortable level]], let alone give Conan enough air to help her in the end, especially since most of the air likely would have been stale.
* The ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' manga inverts it. Excel and Elgala are drowning in the sewers, and Excel looks like she is about to invoke this trope with Elgala... but instead sucks out her air and leaves her to die.
* Utena's last scene with Touga in the movie-manga version of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' involves this. [[spoiler: As a bonus, Touga is ''DeadAllAlong''.]]
* In ''Manga/AkumaNoRiddle'' Haru gives a drowning Tokaku air so she doesn't drown after being locked in a cage underwater.
* From ''Manga/FairyTail'', Levy gives Gajeel one as he suffocates under Torafuzar's water spell, and was the only one who wasn't completely unconscious. Then Gajeel [[RememberedICouldFly reminds her]] she can just use her [[WordsCanBreakMyBones Solid Script magic]] to ''make'' air for everyone.
* In ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'', when Shira ties a rock to Rin's feet and tries to drown her in a freezing river, Manji first gives her a breath of air, and then receives one himself from Tanpopo when he passes out underwater.

* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Kit Fisto [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/b/bc/AaylaKit.jpg breathes]] for Aayla Secura this way.
* During the aftermath of ''Comicbook/WorldWarHulk'', [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] had to hold up a part of Manhattan while underwater. Namora breathes for him this way, although Herc later admitted that he could hold his breath for the entire duration.
* There was this infamous HoYay case with ComicBook/IronMan and Comicbook/CaptainAmerica when Captain America is unconscious from poison gas and needs oxygen. Iron Man [[http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j144/crimsonquills/slashymoments/Avengersv370-RedZone06-TheGreatEsca.jpg helps]] [[http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j144/crimsonquills/slashymoments/Avengersv370-RedZone06-TheGreatE-1.jpg him]] [[http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j144/crimsonquills/slashymoments/Avengersv370-RedZone06-TheGreatE-2.jpg get it]], even at the risk of breathing in the gas himself.
* [[spoiler: Ethan and Ashleigh]]'s first kiss in ''ComicBook/{{Scion}}'' was this type.
* In the ''World War III'' arc of Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, a breach in the watchtower sent ComicBook/{{Huntress}} flying into space. Franchise/{{Superman}} rescued her and locked lips with her to keep her from suffocating.

[[AC:{{Fan Fiction}}]]
* When [[WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures Shendu]] (who's [[DemonicPossession possessing]] Valmont's body at the time) is close drowning in ''Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil'', [[MoralityPet Valerie]] dives in for him and reinvigorates him this way. It should be noted that when he comes back to consciousness, she almost kisses him back in relief [[RealityEnsues before she remembers that they have to get to the surface]].

* Used in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' between Film/JamesBond and Wai Lin.
* In ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'', the Mariner does this for Helen, since he can breathe underwater.
* In the CGI movie ''Anime/ResidentEvilDegeneration'' with Leon and the other lead girl (not Claire). Leading her last line to Leon along the lines of "lets go scuba diving again".
* In ''Film/{{Splash}}'', while trying to start a boat's engine Tom Hanks' character is knocked overboard and falls unconscious underwater. Creator/DarylHannah's mermaid character swims up and kisses him. On Website/YouTube [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGMf90z0Ytc starting at 1:00]].
* In ''Film/{{Hook}}'', Peter is rescued from drowning by a trio of sparkly mermaids and they do this to him.
* ''Film/TheTransporter'' steals the last breath of the {{Mook|s}} who fell into the water with him. Jason Statham got no end of ribbing from the production crew for the FoeYay.
* Creator/PaulNewman did this to Richard Jaekel in the film ''Sometimes a Great Notion'' when Jaekel's character is trapped in rising water by a log. Jaekel's character eventually panics and drowns. Unpleasant.
* Lara Croft does this on her rival Alex West in ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'' after he got shot.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HellboyAnimated'' movie Sword of Storms, Abe Sapien saves Liz this way after their plane crashes in the ocean. Abe later admits he didn't know if it would work.
* In ''Film/CutthroatIsland'' Morgan gives William a kiss whilst he's pinned behind some crates in the flooded hold.
* Jason Bourne attempts to revive [[spoiler:Marie]] this way after their car crashes off a bridge in ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy''. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]

* In ''[[Literature/FloraSegunda Flora's Dare]]'', Lord Axacaya pulls this on Flora. The age difference makes it distinctly squicky, especially with some of the other subtext.
* ''Goddess of the Sea'' by P.C. Cast has the mermaid Undine save and kiss the heroine Christine...for Christine to open her eyes to see that they've [[FreakyFridayFlip Body Swapped]].
* It's quickly glossed over and Daphne does not seem to remember it, but there's a part in ''Literature/{{Nation}}'' where Mau saves Daphne from drowning using this trope in the process.

* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Alex (whose power is [[SuperNotDrowningSkills breathing underwater]]) kisses Claire to give her oxygen.
* Series/{{Xena|WarriorPrincess}} and Lao Ma, when the former is hiding in the latter's pool.
* ''Series/DueSouth'': Fraser "buddy breathing" with Ray K in a sinking ship. Given his dumbfounded expression, I'm sure Ray thought the same way.

* The oxygen machines in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' are just robots... but they resemble mermen with pompadours who "kiss" you to fill up your oxygen. The party characters can be seen blushing after the process finishes. Later, in New Pork City, Lucas and friends run into one last oxygen machine (which has been retrofitted to look like a centaur) who offers its services again for old times' sake.
* One of your (female) sidekicks in the Xbox game ''{{Galleon}}'' (SpiritualSuccessor to ''Franchise/TombRaider'') does this to replenish your oxygen while swimming.
* Protagonist Naija and [[spoiler: her (eventual) boyfriend [[SatelliteCharacter Li]]]] have one when they first meet in ''VideoGame/{{Aquaria}}''. Mostly because Naija, being a [[FishPerson Fish Girl]] who has lived underwater for almost her entire life (and is therefore unaware of creatures that can only breathe air), [[NiceJobBreakingItHero had just pulled off his diving helmet]]. The kiss permanently grants [[spoiler: Li, whose short name complicates spoiler tags]] [[SuperNotDrowningSkills the ability to breathe underwater]], because Naija is a magic fish girl who can tap into the [[MagicMusic power of the Verse]]. Or something. [[MST3KMantra Just roll with it.]]
* In ''VideoGame/AquaCube'', one of two siblings [[IncestYay has to do this]] in order to transfer oxygen to the sibling that's trapped underwater. This can't be done if said trapped sibling is in a cage, however.
* From the [[Creator/FoxEye same developer]] as the aforementioned ''Aqua Cube'', in ''VideoGame/NatikaAndSandysSinkingAndRescuingOperations'', Natika has to do this to Sandy to keep her from drowning while she frees her from each stage's DrowningPit. [[LesYay They tend to look to enjoy it a lot.]]
* VideoGame/BlueGuardianMargaret [[InvertedTrope inverts]] this by having [[GorgeousGorgon Gorgeous Gorgons]] suck the air out of Margaret until she drowns. Since she spends most of the game holding her breath underwater, these monsters can be a problem for her OxygenMeter.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Magellan}}'', Fatima, not knowing the cultural significance of kissing between females, does this with team mate Kaycee Jones in [[http://magellanverse.com/?p=737 Chapter 2]]. Other teammates are suitably distracted!
* Dawn from ''Webcomic/DawnOfTime'' [[http://www.dawnoftimecomics.com/index.php?id=156 is the given one.]]

* [[http://gaius0artemis.deviantart.com/art/Catacombs-of-New-York-Chapter-10-291993033?q=gallery%3Agaius0artemis%2F36333221&qo=11 Catacombs of New York Chapter 10]]

* In the tie-in comics for ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', when Miss Martian and Superboy join Aqualad on a trip to Atlantis, at one point Superboy's rebreather is knocked off in a battle against Ocean Master, and Miss Martian, who has morphed herself to have gills, [[ShipTease immediately rushes over to him and does this to save him]]. [[FunnyBackgroundEvent They can occasionally be seen in the background doing this for the remainder of the fight]].