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"That moment when you kiss someone, and everything arounds you becomes hazy. And the only thing in focus is you and this person. And you realize that person is the only person that you’re supposed to kiss for the rest of your life."
Josie, Never Been Kissed

In real life, kisses aren't always perfect. They can be poorly aimed, mis-timed, messy and slobbery, full of teeth, or involve accidentally choking on your partner's tongue. Innocent nibbling can end in pain and chewing gum get lost in the proceedings.

Hollywood doesn't have any of these problems.

In fiction, there is the Hollywood Kiss; the perfectly-aimed, long, sensual yet tender, closed-mouth kiss that appears in countless movies and TV shows. Usually a sign of true love, these kisses are wonderful, romantic and always look beautiful on screen.

Compare Awkward Kiss and Idealized Sex. Often goes hand-in-hand with True Love's Kiss or The Big Damn Kiss.


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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • Batman and Catwoman get one in the Hush storyline.
  • X-Men:
    • Rogue and Gambit used to have one of these almost anytime they kissed because of the rarity presented by Rogue's powers. They have one in X-Men #41 as they think the world is ending and two in the 1997 X-Men Annual.
    • Rogue and Deadpool have shared one of these in vol 3, issue 22 of Uncanny Avengers, which may lead to Official Couple.

    Fan Works 
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: Pretty much present here. Despite having received his first kiss and only kiss at the time from Holy Rome hundreds of years ago, Italy was able to kiss Germany and Japan simultaneously without problems.
  • Completely averted in Calvin & Hobbes: The Series, as Father Brainstorm tells an embarrassing anecdote about his son:
    "....Then she moved in to kiss him and as he saw her puckering up and moving forward, he smiled and she accidentally kissed him on the teeth!"

    Film — Animated 
  • Disney Animated Canon:
    • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
    • Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip at the end of Sleeping Beauty. when they're dancing in the clouds.
    • The Little Mermaid ends with a beautiful Hollywood Kiss.
    • Beauty and the Beast has one that is described in the script as "the kiss they have each been waiting a lifetime for."
    • Let's not forget Aladdin and Jasmine's kiss.
    • And of course The Princess and the Frog. Naveen can kiss any princess, even the Princess Of Mardi Gras or his wife. No masquerade princesses for him!
      • Although it is parodied a few times. When Naveen tries to kiss Tiana earlier on, while he's clearly trying to make it all romantic, his lips are still huge, squishy, and rather gross (it's from Tiana's perspective, and she finds the idea of kissing a frog to be disgusting). Later, when Naveen goes to kiss Charlotte, it once again winds up as something very romantic only for the clock to strike just before they make it. Charlotte, hoping that the clock is a little fast, desperately grabs Naveen and gives him several sloppy kisses. When she lets him go, his face is covered in lipstick stains and he does not look impressed.
  • The film Shrek used it straight as part of a larger subversion. The female lead had a curse that turned her into an ogre by night, which could only be broken by True Love's Kiss. Cue Shrek breaking the curse for her!

    Film — Live-Action 

  • Subverted and lampshaded in Vampire High, the first time Cody tries to kills Ilena. She's obviously waiting for it, but when he leans in, he almost misses her mouth entirely. When he returns home later, he sees that his parents are watching old Humphrey Bogart movies and guesses that the characters in those movies never screw up kissing.
  • Maeve and Odran's first kiss in Deception's Princess is a subversion. Odran leans in too suddenly and their teeth smash into each other, with both of them noticing the pain even while they continue to kiss.

    Live-Action TV 

  • Discussed and averted in "Tattooed Tears" by The Front Bottoms in the context of an imperfect relationship:
    It's not like a movie when we kiss
    There'll be no music when we kiss
    'Cause our love will never be convenient

    Video Games 
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy VIII, after defeating the Big Bad and returning home, Squall and Rinoa share a long-awaited Hollywood Kiss.
    • Final Fantasy X's well-known kissing scene between Yuna and Tidus also fits this trope.
  • In Mass Effect 2 The Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC, Shepard and Liara can share one of these after killing the Shadow Broker together. Doubles as a "Shut Up" Kiss since this occurs after Liara impulsively kisses Shepard, then pulls back and starts apologising.
    • In Mass Effect 3, Fem!Shepard and Garrus can share one of these during their shore leave "date" on top of the Presidium archway, complete with a romantic dip.
      Garrus: (after you've agreed to be his girlfriend) So what happens now?
      Shepard: You grab the girl and kiss her like you mean it.

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    Western Animation 
  • In The Beatles cartoon "Eight Days A Week," screen lover Lips Lovelace says he can't kiss anymore, so Paul fills in for him. But Paul's leading lady is a chronic kisser with a jealous boyfriend who chases them all around town, all while Paul is getting continually kissed. At the end, Paul is ready to pack it in and acquiesce the role back to Lips, but not before the leading lady wants to reward him—with another kiss.
  • Averted for the most part in the DC Animated Universe. It's possible that it's because of the fact the characters are so realistically drawn that kissing tends to come off looking more like the lips of one character just mashing up against the other's instead of something romantic and sweet.
  • Astrid and Hiccup's first kiss in the Dragons: Race to the Edge episode, "King of Dragons, Part 2" qualifies as this.


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Finally Been Kissed

After waiting her whole life, Josie gets a full-blown Hollywood Kiss, with soft lights, 360 camera shot, and the Beach Boys playing.

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