One of the oldest and most basic plots goes thus: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy regains girl. Details vary, but those are the major Narrative Beats.
For example, in Romeo and Juliet: boy (Romeo) meets girl (Juliet). Boy loses girl (due to infighting between their crazy families that ends up with two people dead and boy being banished). Boy finds girl again (in her tomb, so he kills himself, but it turns out she was Not Quite Dead and...you know what, you already know the ending).
In fact, there are so many examples of this trope (the massive quantities of romantic comedies, for instance) that this page is merely going to list interesting variations, subversions, and inversions.
Despite the trope title, Boy Meets Girl can also refer to stories where Boy Meets Boy, Girl Meets Boy, and Girl Meets Girl.
- There was an episode of Blood+ actually titled "Boy Meets Girl" which had a slight variation of this plot. Well, Riku and Diva's entire relationship, really: Boy meets girl. Girl rapes boy. Boy impregnates girl. Girl kills boy. This also works on a slightly more conventional level with Saya and Haji. Boy meets girl. Girl goes crazy, cuts boy's arm off, and disappears. Boy finds girl and makes her drink his blood. ...Okay, maybe not so conventional.
- Haruhi Suzumiya can be boiled down to: boy meets girl. Girl turns out to be a Reality Warper. It's even lampshaded in the anime. In the first chronological episode as Kyon says "and so we met" in his narration the scene zooms in on the male sign in the boys' bathroom, followed by zooming in on the female sign of the girls' bathroom.
- Like most romance tropes, it gets played with as its: boy meets girl, boy loses girl( Disappearance), boy finds girl again....nothing changes. Haruhi not remembering it probably has something to do with this
- A rather gruesome variation occurs in Tsukihime: boy meets cute vampire girl. Boy goes nuts and carves girl into seventeen pieces (she gets better).
- Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl
- Played straighter than the title would suggest, as the main character met both potential love interests when s/he was still a boy.
- Within Ghost Hound: Boy meets girl. Boy accuses girl of being his sister. Boy saves girl from an evil cult.
- The final arc of Urusei Yatsura (which became movie #5) is titled Boy Meets Girl in the Manga. (Well actually it's titled Boi mitsu gahru but you know..)
- Legend of the Overfiend: Boy meets girl. Boy masturbates whenever he sees girl. Girl gets raped by monsters. Girl falls in love with boy. Boy turns into demon king and destroys the universe.
- School Rumble's Harima is one lucky boy. Boy meets Girl 1 (Tenma) but she thinks he was taking advantage of her. Boy meets Girl 2 (Eri) by confessing his love for Girl 1. Boy meets Girl 3 (Tae) and lets him stay overnight. Boy meets Girl 4 (Yakumo) because he needed her help.
- In Full Metal Panic!, the first novel is titled "Fighting Boy Meets Girl". Military Nut Sociopathic boy meets girl. Girl falls in love with boy. Boy is pulled away from girl and thinks she died. Boy goes on a Nietzsche Wannabe self-destruct mode and realizes he likes girl. Boy reunites with girl and proceeds to kick ass.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! is essentially "Boy meets girls". And between all of them, most forms of this trope get played out.
- Eureka Seven: Boy meets girl, boy joins mercenary organisation, boy and girl pilot giant transforming robot together.
- 5 Centimeters per Second: Boy meets girl; boy loses girl for a long time; boy may or may not ever find girl again.
- This is how Guts and Casca's relationship grew in Berserk. Boy meets girl on opposite sides of a battle and joins her mercenary group. Boy and girl fight together and fall in love. Boy and girl are torn apart by a horrible demonic sacrifice that ends in girl being driven mad and everyone else getting eaten alive. Boy leaves girl to pursue vengeance against the leader of the mercenary group responsible for said demonic sacrifice. Boy finds girl again at the Tower of Conviction after realizing he had made a mistake in leaving her alone and going through hell and high water to save her. Now he just has to find a cure for her insanity so they can, you know, actually be together.
- According to bonus material at the end of the first volume, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid was originally going to be like this, though the finished product bears very little resemblance to this concept.
- So, I Can't Play H!: A pervy highschool student finds a beautiful redhead in the rain, except she's a death goddess who tells him he only has three months left to live. So they form a contract to find a the one who can extend his lifespan and save both their worlds. After copious amounts of sexual tension and his inevitable death, they officially become an item.
- Your Name: Girl meets boy, they switch minds to bodies to share experiences, Boy finds out Girl died in a tragic comet strike at her village years earlier, Boy undergoes Mystical Time Travel to rescue the Girl and her village before the comet strikes, Boy and Girl separate grow up and forget each other, Boy and Girl see each other on passing trains and race back and forth until they meet each other on some stairs, Boy and Girl finally ask each other what their names are.
- The basic premise of: Twelve Reasons Why I Love Her.
- This is Tim Drake and Stephanie Brown's romantic arc. The two meet and fall in love, then her death is faked and she lives in Africa while recovering from severe injuries and she eventually returns to Gotham at which time the two of them realize they're still in love and eventually reignite their relationship.
- The French film Les Jeux Sont Faits had the two main characters meeting and falling in love...after they were both dead. They got better, but died again anyway.
- In Sleepless in Seattle, the protagonists are perfect for each other - but they've never met. The entire movie is about them not finding each other. They don't meet until the very end, when boy finally meets girl, after the girl believes she has lost him.
- (500) Days of Summer. Like it says in the opening credits: It's a story of boy-meets-girl. It is not a love story.
- Cinderella: mentioned by name by the king, who has a bad case of I Want Grandkids. As he explains to the doubtful duke, "Just a boy meeting a girl under the right conditions. So, we'll arrange the conditions!"
- Adam is a film about a young man with Asperger's Syndrome living alone in a Manhattan apartment after his father's death. He meets his neighbour Beth, a teacher and aspiring children's author, over laundry and the two form an awkward friendship which eventually becomes an awkward romance. It doesn't work out, sadly.
- This is literally the plot for the movie adaption of Everything, Everything, in which the two leads grow their bond in, despite Maddy being the one restricted to her home due to an illness.
- In Serendipity, the leads meet one another for one night, get separated, and then found each other again.
- The Recognition of Shakuntala, an episode from the Ancient Sanskrit epic Mahabharata that was later Expanded into a theatrical drama by the Indian playwright Kalidasa around the 1st century BCE, is probably the Ur-Example of this trope, though it's actually more of a Subversion, since it's a Girl Meets Boy story. It revolves around a woman named Shakuntala who meets Dushyanta and they get married, only for him to get cursed with Amnesia and completely forget her. The only way to lift the curse is to show him the ring that he gave her, but she loses the ring in a river. She eventually finds the ring by the end of the story, makes him remember, and then they live Happily Ever After.
- This is what The Restaurant at the End of the Universe has to say about the rock band Disaster Area: "Their songs are on the whole very simple and mostly follow the familiar theme of boy-being meets girl-being under a silvery moon which then explodes for no adequately explored reason."
- The Time Traveler's Wife: Girl meets boy for the first time when she's a small child and he's middle-aged. Boy meets girl for the first time when they're both in their twenties.
- The Shortest Science Fiction Love Story Ever Written: "Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy makes girl."
- The Star Wars Expanded Universe has Luke and Mara, though a lot of other things were happening at the time.
- Timothy Zahn, in a panel, said he is aware of this trope, but believes that there are three basic treatments of that plot: The American novel, wherein boy meets girl and then loses girl; the French novel wherein boy meets girl, gets girl, and then boy and girl decide that they don't want each other after all; and the Russian novel wherein boy meets girl, never gets girl, and broods about it for 800 pages.
- The Foreword to Neil T. Stacey's Trespassers will be Prostituted describes the book as "a simple story following the age-old pattern of Boy meets Girl, Girl praises Satan, Boy drowns in Filth". There is no romantic plot-line in the book.
- Krapivin's story Boy seeked girl: Boy meets girl. Girl must return to her home on another continent. Boy moves his continent closer to the girl's to find her again.
- Gender-flipped in Memoirs of a Geisha. Sayuri meets the Chairman when she is just twelve years old, falling in love with him when he shows kindness to her. After that, she trains hard to become a geisha so she can meet him again. And she does eventually.
- 1632: the story of Jeff Higgins and Gretchen Richter. Boy meets girl, boy protects girl from army (with only a shotgun and his three best friends to back him up), boy helps girl murder her rapist, boy proposes to girl using a bilingual dictionary.
- In The Kingdom and the Crown, boy saves girl from getting raped, girl warns boy of Roman ambush, girl is sent to Rome and boy follows to sneak her out and bring her home.
- The Vita Nuova begins with Dante and Beatrice meeting for the first time when they're nine years old. Dante falls in love and spends a good few years trying to find her again, only to meet her nine years later and to get straight up rejected. Still feeling indebted to her beauty, Dante continues to base his poetry off her even if he now hides his deep love for her.
- Kryten in the Red Dwarf episode "Camille":
"It's the old, old story - droid meets droid, droid becomes chameleon, droid loses chameleon, chameleon turns into blob, droid gets blob back again. Blob meets blob, blob goes off with blob and droid loses blob, chameleon and droid. How many times have we seen that story?"
- Eureka: A variation comes from Tess as she watches Henry and an AI/organic computer/clone of his dead wife talking and looking sweet together. "It's the oldest one in the book. Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy meets computer."
- The Russell T. Davies series Bob and Rose: Boy meets girl. Boy is gay and girl has a boyfriend, but they fall in love anyway. Everyone else thinks they're crazy.
- Every single time there is a TV series with nerds and guns, the following happens: Boy meets girl on team (spies, alien hunters, whatever). one or other is a nerd, and quite likes the other one. About the last episode of the series, they finally get round to doing something about it. By the end of the episode, one or both of them is (or are) bleeding to death on the floor.
- Pushing Daisies: Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy brings girl back from the dead. If boy touches girl ever again, she immediately dies. They try to work around this.
- Hilariously lampshaded by Wilson in an episode of House:
Wilson: It's the story of life. Boy meets girl. Boy gets stupid. Boy and girl live stupidly ever after.
- Played in The Vampire Diaries with Stefan and Elena. Stefan meets Elena, Elena meets Stefan, they fall in love and the rest is history.
- Teen Wolf plays with this, if not intentionally. Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl (after 2 seasons). The third season appears to build up toward the "boy finds girl" ending, but girl DIES. It's all very sad. Extremely sad. I don't wanna talk about it.
- The song "Miracle" by Cascada essentially begins this way. In fact, the first sentence in the lyrics is "Boy meets girl."
- The myth of Pygmalion and Galatea as told in The Metamorphoses (which makes this Older Than Feudalism) goes as follows: boy meets girl. Girl is statue. Boy falls in love with girl and prays to Aphrodite to make him a statue so he can be with her forever. Aphrodite brings her to life instead, and they live Happily Ever After.
- Boy Meets Boy - The Musical from 1975: No relation to the webcomic.
- West Side Story famously uses this trope with the characters Tony and Maria- unsurprisingly, seeing as the play is based on one of the most iconic examples of the trope of all time, Romeo and Juliet.
- Advance Wars: Days of Ruin. Lin comments on Will and Isabella's relationship, saying "Boy meets girl. Boy gives girl flower. Boy names girl. What's this world coming to?"
- The Metal Gear Solid series has an interesting one between Johnny/Meryl. Boy meets girl falls in love with her then she promptly kicks his ass and takes his clothing. Boy meets girl 10 years later and cheats the army's system to get into the same unit as her. Boy sucks at being a soldier and gets ass kicked by girl often. Boy saves girl using CPR, but Girl still doesn't care much for him. Girl gets mind controlled, different guy saves her while Boy gets knocked out and becomes useless. Girl gets into fight to help different guy, and runs out of ammo. Boy suddenly becomes a badass and saves girl. Epic fight ensues. Boy and Girl fall in love and get married.
- EarthBound has Ness and Paula. Oh, by the way... The song that plays in Twoson is also called Boy Meets Girl, and it kinda foreshadows Paula's disappearance.
- ICO was designed completely around this concept. Much of the game revolves around Ico trying to escape with Yorda in tow, helping her overcome obstacles and guarding her from shadows. It's not until near the end of the game that Ico loses her, fights the queen, and gets her back soon afterwards.
- The romance story in the Neverwinter Nights mod The Bastard of Kosigan: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, girl finds another boy and has a nasty time of it, boy finds girl again, girl goes on rampant killing spree against boy's evil family, boy stabs girl.
- Pictured above, Sigurd and Deirdre from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. The boy saves the girl from being harassed by a thug. They fall in love, get married and have a child. Then the girl gets kidnapped by a Big Bad. When the boy reunions with her right when the tragic struck Deirdre is brainwashed and cannot remember her husband at all, while Sigure dies a horrible death. Seliph and Julia in the second generation are Generation Xerox, though they are much less tragic.
- Kyrie and Morte from Sands of Destruction. Boy is in prison for accidentally turning his Doomed Hometown to sand, girl breaks boy out of prison, boy falls in Love at First Sight with girl, girl is Oblivious to Love but wants to use his destructive power. Boy and girl go on adventures around the world, boy becomes depressed because his powers are uncontrollable and this makes him dangerous to her, boy asks opponent to kill him to keep girl (and the world) safe. Girl has Love Epiphany after boy is gone, girl goes on quest to resurrect boy. Boy and girl become Battle Couple. Boy and girl use now-controllable power to fix the world instead of destroy it, so they can be together.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild plays with this. Boy meets girl. Boy meets other girl, who coincidentally has the blood of the goddess (no biggie). Girl with blood of goddess sends OG girl to die at the hands of an ancient evil. Boy and girl with blood of goddess live happily ever after???
- This is Night's route in War: 13th Day. Boy meets naked girl, boy makes inappropriate comment, and boy gets punched by naked girl's suitor. Boy then blackmails girl into giving him a kiss everyday or he will jail her suitor. This leads to another fight with the girl's suitor. Girl stops the fight and chooses the boy over the suitor because the player said so.
- In Chase's route on Wildfire's side, boy meets girl, boy asks out girl, girl bluntly turns him down. Girl sees another boy, girl wants to tap that boy, girl decides to make him jealous by going out with the first boy. Girl later beats up boy's brother and lies about it to boy. Girl's best friend tries to break them up by attempting to rape boy. Girl kicks her best friend's butt.
- WALLE could be considered a variation on this: Boy meets girl. Boy follows girl onto a space cruise liner. Boy and girl save humanity. Oh, and they're both robots.
- The 1950 film Sunset Boulevard is interesting in how it subverts it: it's ostensibly a Film Noir, but a boy does meet a girl in the beginning. Except the girl is a fading film star. Then he meets another girl in the middle of the film, which might actually do the trope straight, except we know that he dies in the end. Interesting in that the first girl does love him, but he hates her.
- The end? It's the opening shot!
- Billy Wilder, the director of Sunset Boulevard, loved to play with and subvert this trope. Double Indemnity was a "boy meets girl and plans to kill girl's husband for money" story. The Seven Year Itch is a "boy meets girl, even though he's married, and has fantasies about her" story. A Song Is Born is a "whole group of boys meet a girl and together they sing jazz" story. Some Like It Hot is "boy meets girl while on the run from the mob and dressed up as a girl".
- Let the Right One In: Boy meets girl. Boy learns girl is vampire. Boy decides he's okay with that. Girl is a castrated boy.
- A reviewer's summary of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: "Boy meets alien, boy loves alien, boy loses alien". As Elliot's parting from E.T. is permanent, it's a subversion.
- A Cinderella Story had this as "Boy meets princess, boy loves princess, boy loses princess". Austin Ames' (Chad Michael Murray) goal is to find Samantha "Sam" Montgomery (portrayed by Hilary Duff), who had recently left her cell phone at her high school (while becoming a beautiful princess). Mentioned in the film is "Samantha running away from her handsome prince", as a permanent fixture and a subversion. In the end they both Earn their happy ending together after a couple of trials in their relationship in the 2nd half of the movie.
- The Fly (1986): Girl meets Hot Scientist boy. Boy gradually becomes a diseased insectoid mutant as a result of a teleportation experiment Gone Horribly Wrong. Girl blows his head off with a shotgun.
- The Princess Diaries is also shown as another subversion of the classic "Boy meets girl" story involving a serious Disney-ified case of "Boy meets princess, boy loves princess, boy loses princess (due to a jealous cheerleading posse), boy finds princess again (while running away from home in her light blue Ford Mustang, still out in the rain all alone)". The name of the princess is none other than Princess Mia Thermopolis (portrayed by Anne Hathaway).
- Teen Beach Movie (and its sequel) is one of the classic "Boy meets girl" love stories, in which it had Brady (Ross Lynch) falling for Lela (Grace Phipps) while "Mack" ([McKenzie]) (Maia Mitchell) who is also falling for Tanner (Garrett Clayton), resulting in a 1960s beach-side The Prince and the Pauper fairytale of two people who switch places (most probably a girly surfer and her companion who accidentally switch places/fall in love with another girl and her romantic boyfriend). A power mad scientist (and his minion) gets in the way of the 1960s beach-side "Boy meets girl" love story by kidnapping Brady and Mack altogether as their evil plans are foiled coincidentally by Lela and Tanner.
- How I Met Your Mother, as the title suggests, is the story of how Ted meets the eponymous mother... only it's been
foureight seasons and he's still building up to the point where he meets her.
- In George Bernard Shaw's original Pygmalion (the basis for the musical and film My Fair Lady), Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins didn't end up together. Instead, she married Freddy Eynsford-Hill. Fans kept interpreting Eliza's and Henry's relationship as romantic (even up to the point where the entire ending was changed for My Fair Lady), even when Shaw wrote an essay about why it was impossible for Eliza and Henry to end up together.
- Cloud Strife and Aerith Gainsborough in Final Fantasy VII. Wannabe mercenary boy meets gentle flower girl, they set off to save the world and maybe fall in love on the way, then the girl dies and it devastates the boy, and then the girl saves the world posthumously anyway.
- Silent Hill 2
- There is something to the trope with James and Maria in one ending. Boy mourns over dead wife. Boy meets girl who reminds him of wife. Boy protects girl from town full of monsters. Girl wants to get into boy's pants. Girl is actually a hallucination created from the guilt James has for Mercy Killing his wife who wants to trap him forever in his delusion. Girl then goes One-Winged Angel and boy repeatedly shoots girl.
- Depending on how you play the game, James had different reasons for killing Mary, from euthanasia to being exhausted from dealing with her illness so long to a little of both. There's even an ending where boy and girl leave Silent Hill together but the game hints that it won't end any better this time.
- The Legend of Korra: Girl meets boy. Boy gets hit by the moped of another girl and starts dating her. Main girl kisses boy and then boy struggles with emotionally cheating on other girl. 2nd girl breaks up with boy. Boy dates girl. Girl and boy get into arguments constantly. Girl and boy breaks up. Girl loses memory. Boy gets back together with other girl. Girl forgets breakup and boy doesn't tell her. Girl finally remembers and breaks up a 2nd time. Girl and other girl become good friends over the whole incident. Girl and girl fall in love.
- This Discworld quote:
"The Disc's greatest lovers were undoubtedly Mellius and Gretelina, whose pure, passionate and soul searing affair would have scorched the pages of History if they had not, because of some unexplained quirk of fate, been born two hundred years apart on different continents."
- In Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog, Boy meets girl, but it's the wrong boy and girl, thanks to a mis-aimed time traveler.
- There is the old story: boy doesn't meet girl. The British dramedy Love Soup is all about this. It has two protagonists, Alice Chenery and Gil Raymond, who the audience knows would perfect for each other were it not for the small issue that they've never met. The situation is mined for all the near-misses and coincidences it can.
- The music video for Fountains of Wayne's "Someone To Love" is another boy doesn't meet girl situation.
- The They Might Be Giants song "Ana Ng" is as well. The reason given is that the eponymous girl is on the other side of the world.
- One could interpret The Beatles classic "Eleanor Rigby" in this light as well—although in this particular case, both parties are probably up in years. Still tragic, though...
- Matt and Gilly from Dork Tower are achingly perfect for each other. Both gamers, both comic book fans, both cosplayers, both from the same town in Wisconsin. Too bad Matt keeps salvaging his relationship with his gamer-hating girlfriend and Gilly doesn't know he exists.