There comes a song like this
It starts off soft and low
And ends up with a kiss.
Oh, where is the song that goes like this?"
In musicals, the leads often sing a love duet towards the end of the second act. It's the moment right before they end up Happily Ever After or part in bittersweet fashion. It may be an original song or a reprise. More common in older musicals, this song is usually sweet, sentimental, and often includes a kiss at the end.
Most of the time, you can identify one of these just from the playbill, by the fact that the leads sing a duet towards the end.
- The Swan Princess: "Far Longer Than Forever (Reprise)" occurs to show that, despite hiccups earlier in the movie, the true love is strong here..
- "Love Will Find A Way" from The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.
- Aladdin: "A whole new world... A whole new life... ...for you and me..." is sung by Aladin and Jasmine as they go on a post-engagement date at the end of the movie.
- The Cut Song "If I Never Knew You" from Disney's Pocahontas would have been one, and is in the extended re-release, happening when Pocahontas goes to visit John Smith whilst he's being held captive by her father awaiting his execution.
- "You're The One That I Want" from Grease is the final musical of the film, shows the leads reconciling and then driving off into the sunset. It replaces the similar "All Choked Up" from the stage musical, which survived until the movie.
- Parodied in Enchanted when the heroine meets her Prince Charming and falls in Love at First Sight:
Edward: You're the fairest maid I ever met!
You were made...
Giselle: ...To finish your duet!
- Later subverted when the prince finds her again at the end, sings his part...and Giselle doesn't join in. She doesn't have one with her true love because he doesn't sing.
- "Let us sleep now" from Benjamin Britten's War Requiem is effectively a homoerotic final love duet, though the accompanying chorus, "In paradisum," is really what gives it a transcendental quality.
- "Another Heart Calls" by The All-American Rejects featuring The Pierces is a duet between the two singers about a failed romance.
- The quote, from Monty Python's Spamalot, isn't a Final Love Duet, but its reprise — "Twice In Every Show"" is.
- "Perfect Strangers" from Drood - the audience chooses the pair that will sing it.
- "For Good" from Wicked fulfills this trope, since the relationship between G(a)linda and Elphaba appears to be more important than Elphaba's relationship with Fiyero (and their duet, "As Long As You're Mine", comes close to the beginning of the second act.)
- "In Whatever Time We Have" from Children Of Eden, which is also final in that it's about staying together in the time they have before God wipes out the earth with a flood.
- Subverted in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney join for a final duet to the tune of "A Little Priest"... as he waltzes her into her oven.
- From Urinetown, "We're Not Sorry (Reprise)," sung by Cladwell and Pennywise. Subverted in that this is as Cladwell goes to be thrown off a building
- Opera example: in the fourth act of La bohème, Rodolfo and the dying Mimi have a few minutes by themselves to sing one last duet, including musical reminiscences of the first meeting scene. Its interruption by Mimi's convulsions is heartbreaking, though she still lives for another minute.
- "Not Alone" from A Very Potter Musical, with a twist: on the last third of the song, Harry and Ginny are joined by Ron and Hermione, making the song about friendship as well as romantic love.
- The reprise with Voldemort and Quirrell plays this straight and it is the final song of the show.
- The Phantom of the Opera provides a heartbreaking twist: Christine and Raoul sing a reprise of "All I Ask of You," but the focus of the scene is on the Phantom, now alone and devastated after letting them go free.
- The Wedding Singer musical somehow manages to have three for the same couple. Robbie and Julia sing "If I Told You", "If I Told You (Reprise)" and the actual final duet, which is "Grow Old With You".
- The heartbreaking "A Little Fall of Rain" from Les MisÚrables, where Eponine lies dying in Marius' arms. After which, Marius happily runs off with Cosette.
- Aida features a heartbreaking reprise of "Enchantment Passing Through" for Aida and Radames as they take their final breaths.
- The "One Alone" reprise from The Desert Song. It starts out as a solo outlining the hero's ideas on "Eastern vs Western Love" and becomes a Leitmotif, finally becoming the last duet between the hero and heroine.
- "Life Plus 99 Years/Finale" from Thrill Me is a mildly creepy duet between Richard and Nathan where Nathan sings about how now they'll never be apart. Ever.
- "Anything but Lonely is a subversion in Aspects of Love. Newly widowed Rose is trying desperately to get Alex to stay. He doesn't.
- In Heathers, Veronica and J.D. sing reprises of all their love duets throughout the climax. "Dead Girl Walking" gets a whole song for its reprise, and a lot of the lyrics take on a very different, more deadly feel. "I Am Damaged" reprises both "Seventeen" and "Our Love is God." And it ends with J.D. blowing himself up to save Veronica.
- In the stage version of Newsies, Jack and Katherine sing "Something To Believe In" about two-thirds of the way through Act 2, finally admitting the feelings that have been developing throughout the story.
- In Kristina the song "Here I Am Again" more or less fills this purpose for the lead characters. They spend the entire musical being happily married but towards the end of the second act Kristina barely survives a miscarriage and is informed she won't live through another pregnancy which in the mid 19th century means she and her husband have to stop having sex. The song in question takes place when Kristina convinces Karl Oskar that it's worth the risk of sleeping together because if God wants her to live she'll live and if He wants her to die He'll find a way whether she abstains from sex or not. The ending of the song is a reprise from a first act song in which Karl Oskar convinces Kristina to keep having sex when she wants to avoid bearing more children when they can barely feed the kids they've got. The lyrics are essentially about how their love and desire for one another is too strong to abstain from physically expressing it.
- "How Could I Ever Know" from The Secret Garden, in which the ghost of The Lost Lenore duets with her husband.
- "Draussen ist Freiheit (Reprise) from Tanz Der Vampire is a subversion. It sure sounds like a traditional example of this trope, until Sarah starts singing in a more guttural voice after she falls and Alfred pulls her up again... and then she turns around and has fangs... and then bites Alfred.
- The Golden Ending of Nights of Azure closes out with a song called "Eve" sung by the Official Couple, Arnice and Lilysse, with the lyrics starting with some Intercourse with You before declaring the pair's willingness to Screw Destiny if anything tries to come between them. The songwriter's comment on the song mentions that he imagined the two women courting each other as they sung it, and how he originally wanted it to be titled "Our Eve".
- The reprise of "If Only" from Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Unlike the previous unrequited version between Black Canary and Music Meister, this version declares the love between Black Canary and Green Arrow.