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"I don't think this is the kind of action Chris had in mind."

You know I love it when you're loving me
Sometimes it's better when it's publicly
I'm not ashamed, I don't care who sees
Us hugging and kissing, a love exhibition oh
John Legend, "P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care)"

When a couple cannot keep their hands or lips off each other for more than a few seconds. Typically becomes a Running Gag, with the characters indifferent to how awkward they make everyone else feel with their nonstop public displays of affection. While the other characters are having conversations, they'll be off to the side snogging through the entire scene.

This often overlaps with its Sister Trope Sickeningly Sweethearts, but sweethearts are not necessarily this physical (see any Disney Channel show), and people who make out all the time aren't necessarily sweet to each other. Related to Coitus Uninterruptus and Insatiable Newlyweds. Named for the Motion City Soundtrack song, which is decidedly not about this trope.


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  • One of the most infamous examples in North America are the "Big Red" cinnamon gum commercials of the '80s and '90s, which featured couples kissing to show how long the product can keep your breath fresh. A Running Gag (such as you can have one in a 30-second spot) in each one is cutting back to a particular couple who are shown smooching throughout the commercial, and the final shot is everybody else at the location having left(or in the process of doing so) while the couple is still smooching. (One had said couple at a kissing contest. The last judge just hangs the trophy on their arms and goes home).
    • Another commercial featured a boy and his girlfriend sitting on the couch across from his parents. They talk casually until one of them takes out a stick of "Big Red" The boy and his girlfriend proceed to start making out. We cut to a short explanation about the product and how good it is. The final scene of the commercial features the same kids making out but this time the boy's mother offers the dad a piece of the same gum.
  • A commercial for Netflix simulating a cop show's morning briefing (a la Hill Street Blues) has a couple like this as the Anthropomorphic Personification of Romantic Comedy.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Kanae from Dandelion Among Lilies is unnerved because her older sister's girlfriend is very affectionate around her. Despite them being Sickeningly Sweethearts in private, in public they keep their distance due to not wanting people to know they're a couple. Or actually Mizuho doesn't. Ene doesn't understand her worries and this puts a strain on their relationship.
  • In Futari Ecchi, the Kubotas, a young couple moving next to the Onodas, are especially bad about it. They're not only always hugging, but the one time Makoto rode the elevator with them, they started making out, leading to a serious Uncomfortable Elevator Moment. And if that wasn't enough, they're retelling their exploits on a blog, which is borderline pornographic.
  • Chet and Adie in Haré+Guu. Taken a step further in the OVAs, when there's a mosaic filter over them most of the time they're onscreen, censoring whatever they're supposed to be doing.
  • After Keitaro and Naru in Love Hina became an Official Couple, they became like this to the point of pissing off the other residents at the Inn.
  • Yuuya and Inori unintentionally defy this in Nuko Duke. Sure, they're always lovey-dovey with each other, but they don't cause their friends to feel awkward because they always bring along their mutual friend Yamato during their intimate moments. Lampshaded by their classmates:
    Classmate 1: Normally, in this kind of situation, I'd be thinking, "Sickening sweet lovebirds go blow up!" But...
    Classmate 2: When it comes to these two, I don't think that at all.
    (Panel shows Yuuya talking to Yamato, who was sitting with the couple all along)
    Both: I wonder why...
  • Sorath and Tiriel in Shakugan no Shana. They're also brother and sister, for added discomfort.

    Comic Books 
  • Kaylee and Simon in Serenity: Leaves on the Wind
    Zoe: Where's your brother and Kaylee?
    River: Where do you think?
    Zoe: Couple of rabbits, those two.

    Comic Strips 
  • Richandamy from Zits are such Make-Out Kids that they're always depicted as an impossible tangle of limbs, only ever referred to by their Portmanteau Couple Name, and just generally treated by all the other characters as being a single organism.
    • In one comic, Jeremy's girlfriend finds Amy sobbing all by herself, talking like Rich left her or something. In the last panel, Rich comes out of the men's room and Amy glomps him, sobbing "Don't leave me like that again!"

    Fan Works 
  • Crimson and Emerald: Once they confess their feelings for each other, Izuku and Shoto make out for ten minutes. While everyone else just awkwardly ignores them and play cards while they wait for Hawks to show up.
  • Child of the Storm: Harry and Carol are implied to become a relatively restrained version of this after they get together in chapter 46 of the sequel. Or at least, 'relatively' in the sense that they abide by the restrictions to keep at least one layer of clothing on at all times. However, according to a mischievous Lex in chapter 56, they Rules Lawyer that particular restriction masterfully. You see, no one ever said it had to be one layer of clothing each... after one memorable incident where they get caught by Steve of all people, Harry is banned from having his door entirely shut when Carol is in the Mansion.
  • In the Facing the Future Series, Danny and Sam spend the majority of their free time in-between ghost-fighting practically glued to each other. Their favorite places to make out include closets and lockers.
  • Futures Freak Me Out: After their first time, Shinji and Asuka cannot keep their hands off each other for one whole week.
  • Guys Being Dudes: Spark and Arlo specifically invoke this during their visit to the night market on Spark's birthday, at Spark's request because his ex had too much dignity to do it with him. They spend the entire time holding hands and making out in specifically visible locations, just in the name of invoking the trope and being obnoxious.
  • In The More Things Change Series, Kim and Ron have more romantic moments than they did in the Post-Script Season of the show. The author felt the need to do this in order to make up for the Running Gag of Almost Kisses they went through.
  • In My Huntsman Academia, Izuku and Yang quickly exchange five more kisses in the span of a few minutes after sharing their first one on the Solstice.
  • Oversaturated World: In the Unfriendly Competition - Epilogue: Hard but Brittle: Sunset Shimmer checked up on Sour Sweet, and her boyfriend, who were both infected by dark magic:
    Her cheeks never seemed to stop even after the rest of her settled down.
    "How are they?" said Twilight.
    "Let's just say that Sour Sweet managed to purge the dark magic through the power of love," said Sunset, her gaze distant. "Love and all but eating her boyfriend's face."
  • The Second Try: After coming clean about being time-travelers, Shinji and Asuka do not need to hide their relationship from Misato; hence, they are constantly touching each other, even during breakfast. Asuka claims "being a hormone-driven teenager again sure helps".
  • The Simpsons: Team L.A.S.H.: Monty and Waylon Burns are a rare example of an adult married couple being this. The two of them are constantly canoodling, and will launch into make-out sessions at the drop of a hat- which makes everyone around them, especially their daughter Anastasia, feel very awkward.
  • Robert Frank and Madeline Joyce-Frank from Sixes and Sevens have an exceptionally healthy love the point where characters notice them briefly stealing away and returning dishevelled in the middle of missions. They're also pansexual and bisexual respectively, and polyamorous, so they tend to pull all manner of other people into their make-outs as well (consensually, of course).
  • Sleep Loss revolves around Ferb's lack of sleep due to Phineas and Isabella making out even while sleeping. And they've been constantly making out since they hooked up at 11 years old.
  • Wysteria and Sparkleworks are this way in Wishing Well whenever they're not arguing and fighting. It annoys their friends.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • 10 Things I Hate About You has a couple like this feature during the party. Notable as Patrick sets them up.
  • In Bait 3D, Kyle and Heather are having a make-out session in their car in the underground car park when the tsunami hits. They get trapped there—along with Ryan—and their plight forms the B-plot.
  • Nora and Roddy in Bloody Homecoming, whose major concern is finding new places to have sex. Unsurprisingly, they are killed while having sex in the back of somebody else's pickup truck.
  • Robert and Ella in Boar don't seem to be able to keep their hands off one another for more than 5 seconds. Ella's mother and stepfather are remarkably tolerant of this.
  • Mikal and Ingunn in Cold Prey. They spend the car trip to the mountain making out in the backseat next to an uncomfortable Morten Tobias. Later, when everyone is trapped in the abandoned hotel, they decide to go find a room they can have sex in.
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Katniss Everdeen and Peeta play this trope up hardcore during the Victory Tour.
  • Manos: The Hands of Fate contains an especially egregious example.
  • Mean Girls: Four words: Sexually Active Band Geeks.
  • In No Kidding, David and Catherine catch Vanilla and Henri kissing in a pile of hay.
  • Safer at Home: While on a group chat with two other couples and single girl Harper, Oliver and his girlfriend start making out and even take their phone to the bedroom when they switch, to the discomfort of the others. They eventually log off to finish the job.
  • In Satan's Cheerleaders, Debbie and her boyfriend Stevie keep disappearing to make-out and don't care who walks in on them.
  • One scene in Voyage of the Rock Aliens has a couple passionately making out on the beach for several minutes until the tentacle monster drags the boyfriend away. The girlfriend seems strangely unaffected.
  • Molly and Kirsty in When Evil Calls. Their make-out session in the corridor between classes causes another girl to wish she "looked good enough to eat". Unfortunately for her her wish comes true.

  • Katniss and Peeta play this up during their Victory Tour in Catching Fire in order to sell their pseudo-fake romance.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Ron and Lavender in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
    • Harry is terrified of the same thing happening to Ron and Hermione.
      • In fact, when Ron and Hermione do undergo a Relationship Upgrade in the last book, it's marked by them passionately making out while Harry tries in vain to remind them they have a war going on. Harry himself has his moments with Ginny - their relationship starts with them making out in front of most of the Gryffindor house and Ginny later makes out with Harry as his seventeenth birthday present.
    • In Order of the Phoenix, when Harry goes on an awkward date with Cho in a teashop, at the next table there's Roger Davies with his girlfriend who seem "glued together at the lips", which makes Harry even more uncomfortable.
    • According to a "Daily Prophet" article released by Rowling, Teddy Lupin and Victoire Weasley are this.
    • In the fifth movie, when Umbridge is at the height of her power, one of the many draconian rules she passes orders students of the opposite sex to stay a set distance from one another at all times. Another scene also shows her casually using magic to force apart two students making out on a bench.
  • Twilight: This is pretty much all Edward and Bella do when they aren't staring at each other.
  • You Look Different in Real Life: When Justine was still with her ex, Ian Reid, people would yell at them to get a room.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Mike and Gloria in All in the Family, at least in Archie's eyes.
  • Melana Scanlon and Jason Peoples on Average Joe.
  • When Shawn and Angela on Boy Meets World got back together after a nasty breakup, they became like this for an episode.
  • In the Broad City episode "Coat Check," Ilana and Adele start making out within seconds of meeting and at every opportunity afterwards.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
  • Doctor Who:
    • Amy and Rory end up like this for a while after they're reunited in "The Big Bang". The Doctor comments on them coming up for air.
    • And again in "A Christmas Carol". The Doctor is so annoyed at teen Kazran and Abigail's endless kissing that he decides to accept a marriage proposal from Marilyn Monroe.
  • In Drake & Josh, Drake frequently did this with whatever girl he was dating that episode.
  • A behind-the-scenes version occurred in Farscape. Claudia Black commented that the crew was so used to seeing her and Ben Browder rehearsing for their kissing scenes that no one paid attention to them while they made out on set.
    • An in-universe version occurs in "Meltdown". When exposed to a gas that causes people to act on their instincts Crichton and Aeryn find it impossible to keep their hands off each other and keep interrupting whatever they're doing to make out some more.
  • Frank and Alice in Friends (though she's in her forties).
  • The Full House episode "Making Out is Hard to Do" has preteen Stephanie be invited to a make-out party at Gia's apartment. Whereas Stephanie and the boy she was paired with weren't into the party's objective due to awkwardness and actually got to know each other through talking, the other kids were eventually busted by Danny and Gia"s Mom.
  • Glee: Finn and Rachel were prone to making out in front of people all the time. This was later used to deconstruct But Not Too Gay in "Heart" when Santana got in trouble for showing any affection to Brittany, but Finn and Rachel were allowed to have extended makeout sessions all over the school.
  • In Green Acres, Oliver is at a Drive-In Theater, trying to put the speaker on his car when he accidentally lets go, it smashes into the side window of a pickup truck where a boy and girl are passionately necking. They never even notice.
  • In New Girl, Jess's sister Abby begins dating Schmidt. The two move in together, despite knowing each other for just a week. While having breakfast together, Abby and Schmidt make out, lick each other, and talk dirty, ignoring the others' discomfort.
  • In Never Have I Ever, Davi, Ben, and Aneesa are put together in a group project. Davi is still pining for Ben's attention and trying to get over her crush. While at Davi's house, Ben and Aneesa talk cutesy, tickle, and make jokes. Davi can't stand it and has to distract herself from it.
  • Jimmy Fallon and Rachel Dratch played a couple like this on Saturday Night Live.
  • One episode of Saved by the Bell, "The Video Yearbook", has a Played for Laughs version where the whole school is fooling Zack into making dating tapes from all the girls in the senior class for profit. One part of the scheme has Kelly make out with a random guy named Vince in public throughout all of her classes and dumping Zack for him. Also, according to Mr. Belding, Vince doesn't even attend Bayside!
  • Scrubs: J.D. and Elliot, at least during their first hook-up.
  • Tony and Michelle in Skins are sometimes like this in series 1. In the episode "Jal", there's a good image of Jal awkwardly sitting on the opposite end of the couch while the couple is making out.
  • In Smallville, Chloe tends to be a bit open about her love interests, much to the embarrassment of Clark.
  • In the third season premiere of Stranger Things teen hormones coupled with making up for being separated for nearly a year result in Mike and Eleven engaging in some pretty heavy make-out sessions. It's occurring in the privacy of El's bedroom rather than in public (given that El is still hiding from the government she can only leave the cabin infrequently) but it's still playing this Trope straight as Hopper is getting increasingly uncomfortable with it.
  • That '70s Show:
    • Hyde and his Girl of the Week Jill in the episode "The Third Wheel".
    • Eric and Donna are like this in a fair number of episodes as well.
    • When Kelso is made Snow King during a school ball and tries to take charge as a tornado alarm flares, he sees MANY people (including Fez and Big Rhonda) making out. He then hangs a lampshade on the trope:
      Kelso: People on the Make-Out Stairwell, this is your Snow King speaking!
      Fez: Boo, shut the lights, fool!
  • Wednesday: While Gomez and Morticia Addams have always been famous for their fierce affection for each other, their teenage daughter finds it awkward and embarrassing when they make out in public.
    Wednesday: Wild jackals can control themselves better than the two of you!

  • The Sickening Sweethearts in the Mitch Benn song "Disgustingly In Love":
    Our life just is one great big public display of affection,
    If it annoys you you could try looking in the other direction.
  • Georges Brassens' song "Les Amoureux des bancs publics" professes his sympathy to the lovers making out on park benches and eliciting dark glances from passers-by.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • An evil version of this trope is the relationship between Davey Richards and Angelina Love during their feud against former tag team partner Eddie Edwards and his wife Alisha on Impact Wrestling. Most of the time, they were seen kissing each other with no regard to the audience, being met with boos. And this was in no way played for laughs, as they found time to make out after downing their rivals in the middle of the ring.note 

  • Daigo and Melissa from Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues spend an inordinate amount of time in each other's personal spaces and talking about their sexual activities, much to the discomfort of those around them (even their friends).

  • The Jeffersons in 1776. When Martha arrives in Philadelphia, she and Thomas immediately glom onto each other. Both of them are completely oblivious to Adams' attempt to introduce himself and Franklin to the lady. After they do meet Martha properly, Tom's only good morning is a written message telling them to go away because he wants to take his wife back to bed. John is quite astonished by the whole thing.note 
    John: [to Tom] She is your wife, isn't she?
    Franklin: Well of course she is. Look at how well they fit.

    Video Games 
  • In case 3-1 of Ace Attorney, Dahlia Hawthorne states during the trial that she is so "lovey-dovey" with her lover Phoenix Wright around other people that it literally makes them sick. Actually, her whole relationship with him is a cover-up for the fact that she's using him to hide a bottle of poison. Her twin sister Iris, however, could very well have done this instead.
  • Eddie and Ophelia can become this in the Playable Epilogue of Brütal Legend. If the player has Eddie approach Ophelia, she'll instigate a make-out session, which will last indefinitely until the player stops it.

    Visual Novels 
  • Yamato (the player character) and Miyako in Majikoi! Love Me Seriously!, if the player chooses Miyako's route, quickly become this. Considering Miyako's been madly in love with Yamato for years, once he finally convinces her he's serious about being with her, they immediately start working off years' worth of pent-up desire, to the point where their friend group actively comments on the two of them constantly going at each other (with a mixture of annoyance and amusement).


    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • There's the Make-out Couple on 6teen who are exactly this, and they're only once seen not making out because Jonesy finally yelled at them that "No one wants to see that!"
  • Oddly enough, Tree Trunks and Mr. Pig in Adventure Time. In "Dream of Love", this provokes lots of vocal outrage and discomfort from everyone around them, culminating in Jake and Finn bodily removing them from each other.
  • Kevin and Brittany from Daria. Once even during a CPR lesson.
  • The Dragon Prince: Rayla and Callum are very openly affectionate after they get together, often holding hands and kissing each other, once even doing so in front of Ezran before they'd even told him they'd become a couple.
  • In the Felix the Cat cartoon "Neptune Nonsense", Felix goes fishing to find a playmate for his goldfish Goldie. After much Hilarity Ensues, Neptune himself solves the issue by getting a fish from the local orphanage. After bidding the Lord of the Seas farewell, Felix turns around to find the young fish already going at it.
  • Used in The Simpsons episode "Bart's Friend Falls in Love" when Milhouse falls for the new girl at Springfield Elementary, it irritates Bart to the point he indirectly gets her sent to an all-girls school.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM): Both of Sonic and Sally's big kisses were made during a celebration in full view of the rest of the Freedom Fighters.
  • Reef and Lo are this in an episode of Stōked. While the gang is watching a movie, the two of them are loudly making out on the left side of the sofa and Fin is sitting on their right. The humor comes in when they keep making out in increasingly rude ways; Lo's hands and feet get shoved in Fin's face, Reef's foot lands in her popcorn, and finally, they just kick her off the couch altogether.
    Johnny: Is it just me, or are Reef and Lo trying to set a new PDA record?
    Fin: Trust me, it's not just you.
  • Total Drama
    • Geoff and Bridgette in the first few episodes of Action, to the point where it gets both of them eliminated first in the season because they did literally nothing but make out during the challenge. Thankfully, it gets toned down greatly after they become the hosts of the Aftermath.
    • Anne Maria and Mike (as Vito) in Revenge of the Island. Although not to the same extent as Geoff and Bridgette were in Action, they're both still quick to grab any opportunity to do so.
    • Really any of the main characters are capable of being this should the situation (not) call for it; they are Hormone Addled Teenagers after all.
  • Ms. Martian and Lagoon Boy act like this in the second season of Young Justice. It's possible she's just doing it to make Superboy jealous.
    • She and Superboy were also like that, though they mostly kept their lips off each other in front of their teammates. (You can't say the same about their hands.)

    Real Life 
  • Many couples in Real Life, especially in high school—especially those in their "honeymoon phase," that is, in the first few weeks or months of their relationship when the couple is newly infatuated with and madly in love with each other. If you regularly have to put up with such a pair, just be patient and it'll wear off eventually...probably.
  • Defied in many school rules against PDA (Public Display of Affection).
  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono.


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Alternative Title(s): Joined At The Lips


Geoff and Bridgette

During the first part of Total Drama Action, Geoff and Bridgette can't keep their hands off each other.

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