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Kissing Warm-Up

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She's almost ready for the real thing.

The Kissing Warm-Up is when a character practices their smooching skills alone. It mostly occurs with young characters who have not had their First Kiss. It may involve kissing your hand, the mirror, a stuffed animal, a live animal, or anything handy.

Frequently occurs in anticipation of a make-out party. Can turn into Cringe Comedy if another character catches them in the act.

If the kissing warm up is with a living person, it's a Practice Kiss. If the kiss is with a live animal who is sapient, you may be looking for Interspecies Romance.

Compare Test Kiss. Not to be confused with I Kiss Your Hand.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Minor plot point in Maoyuu Maou Yuusha as the very detailed body pillow of the Hero owned by the Demon King shows that she knew what he looked like way before they met in person. Helps that he finds out through a misfired Pensieve Flashback.

  • In Superstar, Mary Katherine Gallagher makes out with a tree trunk.

  • In Noughts & Crosses, when Callum and Sephy are having their First Kiss, Sephy's internal monologue mentions that she has practised kissing with her pillow.
  • In Xanth's Castle Roogna, Irene surprises Dor with a kiss at the end of the book. She mentions that it was better than the first time because she'd been practicing on a life-size doll of hers. However, she doesn't know that he was having an out-of-body adventure at the time and didn't experience the first kiss.

    Live Action TV 
  • Doogie Howser, M.D.: Vinnie shows a 12-year-old female patient (who has a crush on Doogie) how to practice kissing by locking lips onto a window.
  • On My So-Called Life, Danielle catches Angela kissing a mirror.
  • JD of Scrubs practices kissing with his stuffed dog.
  • Referenced in the Red Dwarf episode "Confidence and Paranoia", when Paranoia starts dredging up Lister's embarrassing adolescent memories.
  • Justin goes through a whole kissing montage in one episode of Wizards of Waverly Place. Needless to say, Hilarity Ensues.
  • In a Burnistoun sketch, Johnny Wee Tollen's Boy taunts The Doberman by saying he's never kissed anyone. When the Doberman insists otherwise, Johnny Wee Tollen's Boy demands he prove it by making out with his hand.


    Western Animation 
  • Pepper Ann gets ready for her first unsupervised party by warming up on her hand, a watermelon, and a pillow.
  • On King of the Hill, Bobby practices kissing on Luanne's hairdresser dummy.
  • In The Venture Bros., Dean practices by kissing his hand. When he later describes it as "practicing being a boyfriend," it's not taken the right way.
  • Referenced in the Adventure Time episode "The Enchiridion." Finn opens the titular book to examine it and finds a page titled "Chapter 5: How to Kiss Princesses." Pausing the scene quickly reveals that the author recommends practicing on a Lip Monster beforehand.
  • Doug of Doug practices kissing on a balloon.
  • Hey Arnold! gives us the creepy yet hilarious kiss between Helga and her Arnold shrine - made completely out of wads of his used gum.
  • Mabel attempts this in Gravity Falls with a photo of Norman and a leaf blower set to reverse. Naturally, it gets stuck to her face.


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