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"Let's make this moment be the symbol of our lives
We'll pawn your dad's computer
and we'll sail to paradise
You're a girl... or maybe a wagon...
filled up with pancakes..."
Strong Bad falls in love, Homestar Runner
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Variant of the Good-Times Montage.

Two characters get together and they are becoming romantically entwined. Their first date is shown and the audience gets a glimpse at how amazingly compatible the couple is.

A montage follows, usually with no dialogue and an upbeat or romantic soundtrack, showing the couple during a series of classic dates like the picnic, the carnival, the park, the beach, the drive-in cinema, a bike ride (bonus points for a tandem bicycle), the dinner date or watching the sunset. They exchange classic romantic gifts like Flowers of Romance, Chocolate of Romance, stuffed animals or a prize from the game at the carnival. They are shown in classic romantic poses and situations, including The Meadow Run, Old Fashioned Row Boat Date, Hands-On Approach, Romantic Spoonfeeding, Spaghetti Kiss or Sweetheart Sipping, often combined with meaningful body language like the Meaningful Look or Held Gaze, Holding Hands, the unexpected First Kiss or the Lap Pillow.

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The montage segues into the end of a date and the audience is shown just how in love the couple has become. And how cute they are together.

In TV shows, this is often a Time-Compression Montage serving to show how, in this episode, the Girl of the Week isn't just a casual fling. This trope is endemic to Bollywood as it's an effective way of showing developing romances between characters while (mostly) avoiding the narrative pitfalls of including them in the first place.

See Literally Falling in Love for a Sub-Trope. Contrast with Lost Love Montage.


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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • Between Sistah Spooky and Mindf*** in Empowered. And shortly after, how they fall apart. And BTW, Mindf*** is a girl... a blonde girl.

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    Films — Animation 
  • The "This Is My Idea" musical number from The Swan Princess. It starts out with the two main characters being introduced to each other as children, both of them despising the other upon sight, and goes on to show them growing up, eventually falling in love. All the while their respective parents and kingdoms sing about how their arranged marriage is so perfect...especially as it could result in lower taxes!
  • A staple of the Disney Animated Canon:
    • "I Bring You a Song" from Bambi. Not your typical romantic montage, as the mood is actually quite somber and it focuses a lot on the nature around the two deer falling in love.
    • "Bella Notte" from Lady and the Tramp starts as a typical onscreen song but then transforms into a romantic montage that spans the course of the evening. Then it fades to black, and then fades back up to the titular characters waking up on the same hill. The sequel has a similar montage focused on Scamp and Angel, to the song "Can This Be Love?"
    • Robin Hood: "Life is brief, but when it's gone, love goes on and on..."
    • The Little Mermaid (1989): Before "Kiss the Girl" even hits the screen there's a love montage between Ariel and Eric touring the kingdom.
    • Beauty and the Beast, against the song of "Something There", which tends to confuse fans as to just how long Belle lives in the castle. Interestingly, the Cut Song "Human Again" originally slated for this part of the film was much more specific about the passing of winter, but was dropped in part because the filmmakers were worried the audience would start wondering what Maurice and Gaston were doing all this time. They never quite solved this problem, even when the song was reinstated in the stage musical and a reedit of the film.
    • The song "A Whole New World" from Aladdin.
    • The Lion King (1994): "Caaaaaan you feel the looooove tonight?" Worth mentioning is that at one point this was going to be somewhat of a deconstruction, as the song was going to be sung sarcastically by Timon and Pumbaa, who were just disgusted at all this "mushy stuff" going on. The only bit of that which survived the final revisions is the ending of the song.
      • "Upendi" from the sequel. However, the film's primary love duet (and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" expy), "Love Will Find A Way", takes place after they've already fallen in love with each other and have been forcibly separated by Kiara's father.
    • The song "Strangers Like Me" from Tarzan is a combination montage of him falling deeper in love with Jane and learning about humanity.
    • The Princess and the Frog has a variation - while the montage is definitely one of these for Tiana and Naveen, the song itself (Ma Belle Evangeline) is about Ray's love for Evangeline.
    • Invoked in Cinderella by the king who wants grandkids. He sets up the perfect romantic scene and the Duke is describing how it would be.
      Duke: Such a pretty picture, but in Real Life, doomed for failure.
      The King: Failure, eh?! Take a look at that, you pompous windbag!
    • "Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas.
    • The scene where Rapunzel and Flynn first arrive at Corona in Tangled, followed by a scene reminiscent of the "Tour of the Kingdom" sequence from The Little Mermaid and the song "I See the Light".
    • The "Love Is An Open Door" sequence in Frozen takes this to its most logical conclusion; Anna and Hans agreeing to an engagement are its closing lines. It turns out to be one-sided when it's revealed that Hans is the Big Bad who was using her as part of his plan to become king of Arendelle, thus making it a Villain Song.
    • Brother Bear 2 has Kenai and Nita (who were Childhood Friends slowly falling in love during their journey to Hokani Falls. Behind them, a jealous Koda tries to keep up with them.
  • The beginning of the Pixar film Up has one where Carl falls in love with and marries Ellie... and it results in severe Mood Whiplash since Carl is a widower by the time the plot starts.
  • Though not specifically for this purpose, the bird-building scene of A Bug's Life clearly shows the awkward-yet-sweet progression of Flik and Atta's attraction.
  • The film version of Persepolis shows Marjane and Markus pelting one another with snowballs, running through the park, smoking hash with content expressions and showing a gleeful, happy romance... before he cheats on her. Subverted soon after when she re-envisions the entire thing but with Markus as a slimy, creepy douchebag. In his defense, she does mention in the comic that she was a huge emotional load on him, as she expected him to be an ersatz for every man in her life.
  • The Prince of Egypt has a montage of Moses building a new life among Tzipporah's people after fleeing Egypt set to the song "Through Heaven's Eyes", which also includes him falling in love with Tzipporah and marrying her right at the end of the song. It's a particularly beautiful sequence considering that their relationship, while sweet, is not really central to the story of the film.
  • Ride Your Wave: Hinako and Minato's first date is followed by a montage of all their subsequent dates and moments together, including camping, fireworks, running together on the beach, and more. This is echoed later, when after Minato's death, Hinako tries to bring his ghost on all those same activities.
  • Shrek, Shrek and Fiona fall in love with the song "My Beloved Monster" as the backdrop. The song "You Belong to Me" plays later to show Shrek and Fiona have fallen in love.
  • Quest for Camelot: Kaylee and Garret fall in love during the song "Looking through your eyes," just before the final showdown.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Our Miss Brooks: Played for Laughs. Mr. Boynton takes Miss Brooks to the zoo, where they feed an elephant mother and her baby. Then Miss Brooks lures Mr. Boynton away from the zoo, to a sale on furniture in the Sherry's Department Store window, as a way of suggesting matrimony. Mr. Boynton again starts taking Miss Brooks to the zoo, where a camera fade shows how much the baby elephant had grown in a couple years.
    'Miss Brooks: [narrating]'' Ours was not the fastest romance in history, but it took no time to develop into one of the slowest.
  • In About Time, Tim and Mary fall in love—or, more accurately, fall deeper in love, hang out with Tim's sister, and move in together—in this montage, set mostly in a London subway station, accompanied by the song "How Long Will I Love You" (performed by Jon Boden, Sam Sweeney & Ben Coleman).
  • Played for Laughs in The Naked Gun when Frank Drebin has a date with Jane Spencer. To the tune of "I'm Into Something Good," they have the typical dating montage, including a beach scene with them holding hands, running and clotheslining another couple running the other way, and both laughing joyfully as they leave a theater... that was screening Platoon.
  • Parodied in Mel Brooks' Silent Movie, where the individual scenes of Mel and his girlfriend each turn absurd (they're riding a carousel together and then the carousel horse starts pooping blocks of wood; a frolic in the park turns into a race, complete with hurdles and a finish line; and so on).

    Live-Action TV 
  • The romantic comedy Adam And Steve shows a rare instance of a same-sex couple having a Falling in Love Montage.
  • Like several other montage types, this is deconstructed for horror effect in Doctor Who, "Forest of the Dead", in which we see Donna undergo a Falling-in-Love Montage only to find out that it actually happened that fast, taking place in a virtual reality world which relies on the human brain mentally filling in the extra time to avoid confronting the constant disorientation.
  • Parodied with Geraldine and Simon Horton in The Vicar of Dibley, with scenes including a romantic picnic in which she stuffs an entire chocolate bar into her mouth and, most famously, a scene of them laughing and jumping in puddles which ends when one turns out to be about a meter deep.
  • Mission: Impossible intentionally avoided montages, but did use this type in a couple of episodes. One case, in "The Short-Tail Spy," was quite creative: it used a quick series of various locations and activities, but included dialogue that ran together to form a single, coherent conversation between the two characters.
  • Parodied in the Blackadder II episode "Bells", where a Falling-in-Love Montage of Edmund and "Bob" turns into a commercial for an album of Elizabethan love songs.
    Scrolling subtitle: Greensleeves... The Rain It Raineth Every Day... Hey Nonny I Love You... My Love is a Prick (on a Tudor Rose)... Hot Sex Madrigal in the Middle of My Tights
  • Parodied and lampshaded on Wizards of Waverly Place during Alex and Mason's first date.
  • The Community episode "Origins of Vampire Mythology" has a pseudo Falling-in-Love Montage between Pierce and Chang after they try to become best friends. Then they get in a fight and there's a Lost Love Montage. Five minutes later.
  • Used hilariously as Tom both falls in love with Allison and teaches her how to kill vampires, all in the same montage, in Being Human.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Subtly parodied with Ted's stock Falling-in-Love Montage shown with several of his romantic false leads that all play out completely identically, just with the love interest du jour. Ted does the exact same thing in every montage: Ted feeds the girl sauce he has cooked while she sits on his counter, they go for a walk (or jog!) in the park, and he spontaneously buys her a single flower from a flower stand.
    • Ted's Grand Romantic Gesture for his crush Stella is a two-minute date that looks like a lovely Falling-in-Love Montage that actually happens in real life in real time. He takes her to a cute little Italian restaurant, to a movie that's their inside joke (just the important bits), they have coffee and dessert, then he offers her some flowers and they stroll hand in hand and they even manage to squeeze in a sweet good night kiss. "Thirteen" by Big Star plays in the background.
  • Only Fools and Horses: There's a lovely one of these during "Diamonds Are For Heather" set to "Zoom" by Fat Larry's Band.
  • The Bewitched pilot uses this as its Cold Open, tracing the romance of Samantha and Darrin from their first meeting to their honeymoon.
  • The Full House wedding episode combines clips of Jesse Katsopolis and Rebecca Donaldson's romance with a brief Photo Montage of their actors (John Stamos and Lori Laughlin, respectively) while Jesse sings The Beach Boys song "Forever" to his bride.
  • Forever: The series begins with a montage of how Oscar and June met, fell in love, got married, and fell into a rut.
  • The Partridge Family: In "They Shoot Managers, Don't They?" Reuben has one with his girlfriend Cathleen, set to "She'd Rather Have the Rain," in which he pushes her on a swingset, makes a few attempts at a Meadow Run, and eventually proposes by a fountain.

    Video Games 
  • In Tomodachi Life, When a mii asks to set up two of its friends on a date, and you say yes, a short montage will play where the two friends are seen doing various activities together. The montage will end with them by the fountain, where they will either become sweethearts, or simply become/remain friends.

    Web Animation 
  • Spoofed by Homestar Runner in the Strong Bad Email montage, where one of the montages created is one of Strong Bad falling in love with a Wagon Fulla Pancakes.
  • Happy Tree Friends;
    • Nutty has three of these with a lollipop, a gumball machine, and a box of chocolate in the episode A Sucker for Love, increasing in length each time. The third one even has him imagining his "wife" Being Eaten by the Milkman, leading to Nutty taking drastic off-screen measures. He is then thrown in jail, leading to him regretting his actions, making up with his wife again, growing old with her, and sadly eating her insides when she dies. All in one montage.
    • Handy and Petunia get one of these in I Nub You. This being Happy Tree Friends, however, it ends abruptly. And gruesomely.

    Web Videos 
  • Mentioned in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Abridged: Phantom Blood. And then lampshaded by Dio, who mentions he heard they went "montaging together".
    Jonathan: [to Erina, who left after giving him food] Thank you! I'll be here tomorrow! We should get together in montage! [cut to said montage]
  • Ella and Eli get one in University Ever After, in which they sing and pillow-fight.

    Western Animation 
  • Futurama:
    • "The Deep South": Fry falls in love with a mermaid named Umbriel. They have a a montage set to "Atlantis" by Donovan. Fry and Umbriel ride a ray together, they watch a fight between an octopus and a small whale, and Fry makes a "I ♥ U" sign from bioluminescent creatures.
    • "Parasites Lost": Fry's performance on the holophoner for Leela looks very much like a Falling-In-Love Montage. They dance a Dance of Romance on a planet's ring, their faces appear kissing on the surface of the ocean, they swim together as seals, and end up dancing again in a pearl.
    • In "Bendless Love", Robot Bender and fembot Angleyne get a Falling-in-Love Montage. He helps Angelyne bend Hands-On Approach (and they bend the girder into a heart), the two share a Held Gaze and kiss with sparkles. Set to instrumental version of "Unchained Melody". Then they start dating and have a montage over "Bend Me Shape Me": Bender tries to win her a prize in a carnival booth (he steals the toy and the seller's wallet moments later), they have a row-boat date and they ride a tandem bicycle.
    • Bender and the Planet Express Ship who fall in love to Bender's rendition of "Daisy Bell" in Valentine's Day Episodes "Love and Rocket". However, in the scene immediately following the montage, Bender announces that he's dumping the ship.
    • "Bend Her": Coilette (Bender turned into a fembot) and Calculon have a montage set to Tom Jones' "She's a Lady". They drink champagne on Calculon's yacht (that's almost as huge as a cruise ship), they dance under a sparkling disco ball and they have a bath in oil. The final shot also makes a cover of Famous Actor and Athlete Couple Illustrated magazine.
    • In "Bender's Big Score", the montage shows Lars and Leela falling more and more in love. Admittedly as it is Futurama, they play space golf and go floating in real giant bubbles.
    • "Naturama": Salmon Fry and Salmon Leela get a montage with song "Sea of Love". They jump above the surface of sea, they create a heart shape with water, they have a Spaghetti Kiss and they watch bioluminescent jellyfish and look at each other lovingly.
  • Mickey and Minnie share a romantic montage in Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers. *Snort* As if we didn't already know where that was going.
  • Double Subverted in Hey Arnold! where Arnold goes through a seemingly bland montage of dating Lila, not enjoying it at all. However, later on when thinking back on it he remembers the fun that the previous montage didn't show the audiences, realizing he'd fallen in love with her.
    Arnold: Aw, no... this can't be happening. I think I actually... like her like her.
  • The Lion Guard: "Of the Same Pride" by Kion and Rani as they bond with each other.
  • In The Looney Tunes Show, Bugs and Lola have one of these in Paris after he finally gets her to stop talking. At the end...
    Lola: Yeah, no, that whole thing would have been a loooot more better with talking.
  • In Recess, Miss Finster has one of these with Hank, the janitor, after the main six hook them up. Including the infamous scene of her riding a vibrating floor buffer, laughing.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The episode "To Love a Patty" has SpongeBob bond with the krabby patty he falls in love with through song.
  • In the Steven Universe episode "The Answer", Ruby and Sapphire had a montage like this while exploring Earth's nature in the Whole Episode Flashback. Their activities included stargazing, watching animals and slow dancing.
  • The Simpsons:
    • "Black Widower": Sideshow Bob and Selma get a Falling-in-Love Montage while they are singing Frank and Nancy Sinatras' "Somethin' Stupid". They have a boat date, have their hair done together, walk in the sand, and they frolic in the meadow.
    • In the episode "Bart's Friend Falls in Love", Bart's class is shown a Troy McClure movie about puberty, with Troy narrating as "Fuzzy Bunny" meets new girlfriend "Fluffy Bunny" and they start dating. As he describes their activities, they're shown onscreen.
      Narration: Fluffy and Fuzzy went to the park (feeding birds in the park), the ice cream social (giggling while eating ice cream with other bunnies), the boat show (holding hands while looking at boats), and many other wholesome activities (practicing at a gun range). And they never ruined their bond by giving in to their throbbing biological urges (bowling, with a pulsing heart animated between them).
    • "Dumbbell Indemnity": Moe and his love interest Renee have their first date shown in a montage. They go to the park and Moe buys her all the balloons, then they go skating together (Moe gets run over by a horse-drawn carriage), and they ride on whales at the sea park while holding hands (and Moe's whale escapes with Moe still on its back). Set to "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees.
    • "Worst Episode Ever": Agnes Skinner and Comic Book Guy get a montage with them going on a date and doing lovey dovey stuff, but sice they are both bitter and sarcastic, it's all with a nasty streak. He fixes a fire hydrant that was splashing water to some kids' disappointment and Agnes' great amusement, he destroys a kid's boat while stone skipping, and they watch a sunset snuggling ("Sunsets. Thank God there's only one of these a day.")
    • "A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love": Mr. Burns falls in love with Gloria. The progress in the relationship and several of their dates are shown in a montage, and Homer's always chaperoning them. They have an Old Fashioned Row Boat Date, then they almost share a Spaghetti Kiss, and Mr. Burns rests his head on Gloria's lap under a tree and she caresses his head. "If I Don't Have You" by NRBQ is playing over the montage.
    • "Rome-Old and Juli-Eh": Song "Is She Really Going Out with Him?" by Joe Jackson plays during Abe and Selma's love montage. They have a picnic (Lap Pillow-style: Abe lies on Selma's knees); they sit on a bench close together (turns out they are watching a poster, not enjoying a view of the town); then it looks like they make out in a car, but actually Selma is giving Abe a cardiac massage. And finally they spend time at the beach, lovingly splashing water on each other.
    • "Flaming Moe" Principal Skinner runs after his new music teacher Calliope Juniper who is sitting in the grass with children. He's knocked down, then opens his eyes shown through the Eye Cam and sees Calliope. He has a long Fantasy Sequence with images of them being together, getting closer and falling in love. Set to "Jennifer Juniper" by Donovan. They run in the meadow full of flowers, then fly on a giant paper plane, jump on a horse shaped like Willie and ride into school cafeteria where their food they are served is shaped like hearts. Then Calliope plays the guitar shaped like Skinner's head and he keeps humming.
    • "Married to the Blob": Their montage is called Kumiko's and C.B.G.'s Super Happy Love Montage, to borrow the title of Kumiko's manga rendition. With Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's "PONPONPON" playing on the soundtrack, we see Kumiko and Comic Book Guy on a picnic listening to a Cosmic Wars: The Crucifixion of Jim Jam Bonks audiobook, visiting the Springfield Air and Space Museum (during which Comic Book Guy accidentally pushes a decommissioned Space Shuttle out of the window), and cosplaying at the Bi-Mon Sci-fi Con (with Comic Book Guy as the title portal from Stargate and Kumiko using said portal to change from a Sailor Scout costume to a Hogwarts uniform; the audience includes Milo and a heavily pregnant Strawberry).

 
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