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Flight of Romance

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"But when I'm way up here, it's crystal clear
That now I'm in a whole new world with you."

Want to woo your love-interest, but lack the moves to do a Dance of Romance? No problem, so long as you have wings, magic, superpowers, a pet dragon, or some other method of getting up in the atmosphere. Just whisk your love interest into your arms and take off. As you hold her close and float over gorgeous scenic vistas, the two of you will bond like never before. You may even get to share True Love's Kiss.

Sister trope to Romantic Ride Sharing. Not to be confused with Free-Fall Romance, where the flight part is dismissed entirely and the lovers succumb to gravity during their intimate moment. May involve Midflight Water Touching.



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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • In ElfQuest Skywise is falling for Aroree anyway, but their romance is strengthened when Aroree takes him for a ride on her giant bird.
  • Green Lantern has a flashback scene where Hal takes Carol up in an old trainer/stunt plane.
  • X-Men took this trope to a extreme when Angel had sex with Husk in mid air in front of her mother, Nightcrawler, and several other people.

    Fan Works 
  • Pick a couple, any couple, in the Harry Potter fandom and there will be at least 100 fics that feature a romantic broom ride.
    • A notorious Fan Wank known as "symbolic flight" interpreted Harry and Hermione's Hippogriff ride in Prisoner of Azkaban as this trope, using it as evidence that they'd get together.

    Film — Animation 
  • Aladdin: Aladdin and Jasmine's magic carpet ride during "A Whole New World".
  • In How to Train Your Dragon, Astrid's first ride on Toothless turns into this for her and Hiccup after Toothless decides to play nice. Appropriately, the music during this scene is titled 'Romantic Flight' on the soundtrack.
  • Happens in Howl's Moving Castle when Howl first rescues Sophie from the guards and proceeds to waltz with her right above the heads of people at a festival.
  • Justice League: Gods and Monsters: Orion woos Bekka with a flight on his flying vehicle, giving her a tour of Apokolips.
  • Megamind: Subverted by the actual villain, Hal/Titan. He thinks saving his crush Roxanne will be cool, so he throws her out the window and dives to rescue her... then lets her fall again just so he can "save" her again, too self-absorbed to notice she is not enjoying the experience.
  • Dusty and Ishani in Planes. Given that both air aircraft, both are flying under their own power.
    • Subverted in that Ishani isn't actually romantically interested in Dusty (yet...); she's using the flight as a chance to talk to Dusty and give him racing advice which is bad bordering on suicidal - following the railroad tracks rather than climbing over the Himalayas. Rusty follows the advice anyway, flying through the railroad tunnel, a maneuver he and only one other racer (who was not present) had wingspan short enough to acomplish. She has a change of heart when he turns up at the next stop in first place, and almost having killed himself to get there.
  • The Rescuers: Flying on the back of an albatross brings Bernard and Bianca closer together, but it takes until the sequel for Bernard to confess his feelings — on the back of an eagle.
  • Blu and Jewel at the end of Rio.
  • Spirited Away: Another Miyazaki example is the scene when Chihiro flies on Haku's back.
  • Strange Magic: The Bog King and Marianne while they sing their Final Love Duet, Strange Magic by the Electric Light Orchestra.
  • Tarzan and Jane take a romantic ride swinging high on vines during "Strangers Like Me."
  • WALL•E has a romantic flight sequence in space with Eve and WALL•E.
  • White Snake (2019): Xuan and Blanca fly together across the cliffs after she enchants his umbrella to be capable of Flight. They even have an Accidental Hand Hold while clutching the umbrella.

    Film — Live Action 


    Live Action Television 
  • In Smallville, "Warrior", Warrior Angel and Chloe Sullivan has a small one, which is clearly a homage to some of the flights between Superman and Lois Lane in the films.

    Music Videos 

  • Viciously mocked (like everything else) in Twisted with [["Take Off Your Clothes," where Aladdin tries to convince the Princess to sleep with him, cataloguing every Urban Legend about sexual innuendo in Disney films.
    Aladdin: Look, that priest has a boner!
    Jasmine: No, I think that's just his knees.

     Video Games 
  • Link and Zelda fly on their Loftwings together in the beginning of Skyward Sword, with Zelda about to say something important before she gets hurtled to the surface world by a tornado.
  • Super Mario Galaxy: Mario and Peach have such a moment after he delivers an epic beatdown to Bowser at the end. He catches her as she falls from Bowser Jr.'s airship and whisks her away with the final Grand Star.
  • Possible in the ending of Chrono Trigger. If you fly the Epoch into Lavos' shell, the ending plays out as normal until the party members all depart, whereupon the Gate closes for good. As Crono and Marle attend the installation of Nadia's Bell, the balloons she's holding suddenly carry her up into the air; they're even enough to hold Crono when he leaps to catch her. Their ascent over the land plays over the credits, Crono supporting Marle in one arm as he clutches the balloon strings in the other.
  • In Haven (2020), the Hover Skates-equipped protagonist couple hold hands while gliding in a straight line. Doing this long enough unlocks the "Love Birds" achievement. The Attract Mode cinematic also depicts Yu and Kay performing various acrobatic maneuvers that aren't actually possible in-game.

     Web Comics 
  • In the beginning of Dangerously Chloe, while Teddy and Chloe are on the run and confused, she embraces him and takes a jump-start. The guy who didn't yet have a good look of his gorgeous "girlfriend" immediately loses it. Even more than before, that is.
    Teddy: Ah! Aha! Ahaha! We-we're flying! You're flying! How are we flying?!
    Chloe: I have wings, dummy!
    Teddy: That's... Th-that's amazing! You're amazing!
  • Kevin & Kell has a Funny Animal variation: Fenton the bat wins over Lindesfarne by "dancing" with her in the air.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Sokka takes Yue out for a ride on Appa, resulting in an Almost Kiss.
  • Danny Phantom: Foreshadowing the finale.
    Sam: It's — nice. Flying is nice
  • Gargoyles: Strictly speaking, it's gliding, but Goliath and Elisa make a cute airborne couple. The strongest example would be the time in "The Mirror" when Elisa was transformed into a gargoyle as well.
    Goliath: "I never realized just how beautiful you are."
    Elisa: "*chuckle* Are you saying you thought I was ugly?"
    Goliath: "Uh, well, that—Careful, updraft!"
  • Static Shock: Static woos Frieda this way in the first episode. He later does the same thing with his later love interest, Daisy.


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Blu Finally Flies

When they are falling towards the ocean, Blu tells Jewel that he is not going to let her go because they are ''chained to each other birds'', Jewel realizes he loves her and kisses him which gives him the confidence to finally fly for the first time in his life much to their amazement and joy.

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