"My hero! *mwah!*"
Some men quest for glory, fame, and riches. Some men seek power and strength. Some want To Be a Master.
And some guys just want a kiss from the princess they're trying to save.
For some strange reason, princesses and other Love Interests seem to love giving out kisses as rewards for helping them. The smooch of victory is a standard part of the Rescue Romance, but it can appear in almost any scenario where a guy has the potential to impress a girl—either by winning a contest, saving her from a horrible beast, recovering her purse from thugs, or whatever the plot writers think up. The scenario generally goes like this:
- Alice is in trouble. Bob vows to help her. Alternatively, Bob is entering a contest. He vows to win for Alice's sake.
- Bob overcomes obstacles, goes through many trials, and goes through hell and back for Alice. He eventually saves Alice or reaches his goal.
- Alice says to Bob, "Oh, Bob! How can I ever thank you?"
- Alice then proceeds to show Bob exactly how she can thank him by giving him lipstick imprints right on the face.
- If this is Bob's first Big Damn Heroes moment, it will often result in Post-Kiss Catatonia.
Usually, Bob is a Nice Guy, and he's perfectly content with receiving a kiss as his reward. If he's lucky, he might even get a full-on make-out session with the girl he just helped. If he's not... well, even a chaste kiss on the cheek is pretty sweet. Sometimes, though, Bob might be a lech who's only trying to help the girl in the hopes of lockin' lips with her. Thus, this is one of those frequently invoked tropes.
The most common ways to play with this trope are to have the kiss-ee not want the kiss, for some reason, and try his darndest not to get it. Alternatively, if he goes into the rescue or competition expecting a kiss, the girl at the other end may well refuse to give him one. The question of why it's desired if it's out of obligation, and thus doesn't actually mean anything, may not be addressed. A growing number of examples exists where both parties are the same sex, if only for the sake of a quick joke.
Note that in many historical settings, kissing an eligible member of the opposite sex is Serious Business; it may go all the way up to being tantamount to a marriage proposal.
- Kid Muscle tries to invoke this in Ultimate Muscle, but it doesn't pan out.
- In an episode of Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, Kurogane is rewarded that way from a lady he freed of mind control. He doesn't immediately realize it's a reward, though, given she's a dark witch. But she's still appreciative.
- The Christmas episode of Pokémon has Ash and friends helping Santa's Jynx get back home; Jynx keeps insisting in kissing them as thanks.
- Summer Wars ends with Natsuki giving Kenji the chance to kiss her. He's too excited to go through with it and passes out with a stream of blood.
- In The World God Only Knows, every time Keima captures a girl's heart, it always ends with a kiss.
- Double subverted with Hinoki. Keima wasn't the one who captured the runaway spirit inside of her so therefore didn't kiss her. However, before she left, she kissed him anyways, much to everyone's - including Keima's - shock.
- In Reborn! (2004), Tsuna receives a kiss from Chrome as thanks for standing up for her when the others were suspicious of her actually being Mukuro in disguise.
- Mai from Yu-Gi-Oh! tells Rex Raptor that she'll give him a kiss if he wins a game of Duel Monsters against her but if he doesn't, she gets to take his room. She ends up winning and Rex ends up out in the cold.
- An ... interesting variation occurs when old man Yanagi attempts to do this to main character Yusei after the latter won a duel in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's.
- Digimon Tamers: Ryo tries to invoke this trope with Rika ("What do I get for saving your life not once but twice?) But it doesn't work. ("How about twice the whooping?")
- Defied in one of The King of Fighters manga. After Kyo Kusanagi rescues his kidnapped girlfriend Yuki, she tries to give him one of these while crying due to the terrifying stress that the deal brought her. However, Kyo gently places a finger over her lips, smiles sadly and tells her he's not worthy of a kiss since the poor girl was kidnapped in an attempt to lure him out and force him to fight. She understands his reasons and doesn't insist, only watching him walk away.
- Genderflipped in Case Closed, as Sato and Takagi's second on-screen kiss happens after she manages to rescue him from a Death Trap that he has been caught in for almost two days.
- Girls Bravo inverts the trope by having Kosame give the kiss to Kirie, despite having taken a blow from Lilica for her. While Kirie was disappointed that they lost, she was more concerned for Kosame's condition and was so relived to see she hadn't been seriously injured that she embraces her. Which prompts Kosame to kiss her (seen at 7:52-9:04).
- In episode 29 of Dragon Ball Super Bulma does this to Vegeta after he quickly gathered the dragonballs for Beerus and Whis, which he did out of fear after Beerus threatened to kill him if he didn't, after receiving the kiss he freaks out and tells her to warn him next time she does that.
- In episode 216 of One Piece after Foxy Pirate member Porche falls into the sea after being knocked off her partner Hamburg, Sanji jumps in to save her and she thanks him with a kiss which causes him to faint and they are both eliminated from the race because the old man who they were supposed to Tag saw them move.
- In episode 22 of GoLion after finding the cure for the flower born illness caused by space flowers Princess Fala rewards Isamu with a kiss on the cheek, Hiroshi wants one too but instead he ends up being kissed by her pet mice, he doesn't know this because his eyes were closed and thinks she kissed him four times, she later kisses Hiroshi for real in episode 30 when he awakens her from a deep sleep that the evil Prince Sincline put her in.
- At the end of Catnapped! after saving the city from the insane Princess Buburina and changing the monster Papadoll back into a regular dog, Chu Chu hugs Toriyasu and gives him a lick on the cheek, because she's a cat.
- At the end of Dragons Heaven after Ikuuru finds Shaian the battle robot fully functional after he destroyed the evil robot Elmedain, nearly being destroyed in the process, she gives him a kiss on his face plate.
- Gender-inverted in Kaguya-sama: Love Is War. It was agreed that whoever found the Culture Festival's balloon thief would get a reward of their choosing. Kaguya realizes a few minutes after the subplot concludes that she never actually got her reward, and kisses Shirogane. He happily complies, having rigged the competition so that only she could win.
- In the Marvel miniseries Beyond!, college hero Gravity quips "Nothing beats post-save-the-world sex".
- Legion of Super-Heroes: Brainiac 5 gives Lyle Norg one of these after rescuing him from Apokolips. Whether he intended to or not depends on who you ask.
- Supergirl: In Demon Spawn the titular heroine kisses then-Love Interest Geoff after he saves her.
- Superman's Pal: Jimmy Olsen (2019): After Jimmy brings in The Cavalry to defeat am overeager suitor, Jix kisses him on the cheek.
- Gets a very quick mention in Watchmen. When Hollis Mason, the future Nite-Owl was a little boy, he would have day-dreams about being a super-hero and going on adventures. One would always end with the pretty damsel he'd just saved offering him a kiss and him proudly refusing.
- Runaways: Gert is angry with Chase because he didn't respond to any of her e-mails while the group was temporarily disbanded. Then he tells her that he didn't keep in touch because he was busy tracking down Old Lace for her. Snogging ensues.
- Inverted during an issue of Marvel Team Up #4 between Spider-Man and the X-Men. When Spider-Man is saved from an infection caused by Morbius the Living Vampire, Jean Grey uses her powers to locate the professor who can save him. After webbing up Cyclops, Spider-Man thanks her with a smooch. She would return the favor years later in an issue of Spectacular Spider-Man. The original five X-Men and Spidey team up to defeat Prof. Power. After they save the day, Jean gives him a peck on the cheek. Keep in mind that she was married to Cyclops at the time who was standing beside them but Spidey was also happily married to Mary Jane (he even jokingly said "lipstick on the mask. How will I explain this to my wife?") so it was obvious that it was just a friendly smooch.
- In Captain Britain and MI13:
- Captain Britain gets not one, but two with his long-lost wife Meggan. Once when he thinks he's rescued her from Plokta, and once when he actually has rescued both of them from Lilith.
- Played with in regards to Faiza planting one on the Black Knight after she just rescued him from being killed by Dracula.
- The Smurfs has a few examples:
- In "The Smurf Garden", Smurfette gives Dopey one when he saves his fellow Smurfs from Gargamel, the result of which makes the floppy top part of his hat rise.
- In "The Olympic Smurfs", Weakling wins the Olympics and is about to embrace and kiss Smurfette as his prize when Brainy shows up with his pink card and takes her away from Weakling, ruining the moment.
- Veronica lays one on Archie in a story where he uses some investigative powers to find Big Moose for a key baseball game Riverdale High is playing against Central High. Archie and Jughead find out that Central High tricked Moose into skipping the game for a family matter. They find him, tell him the scheme, and Moose—fully angered—wins the game both with his bat and his glove.
Coach Cleats: Moose, if ever there was a hero it's you!
Moose: Duh, you mean if ever there was a hero, it's Archie! If it wasn't for ol' Arch, I'd be in Central City right now!
Jughead: Moose is right! This victory we owe to my buddy's detective work!
Veronica: (grabbing Archie and kissing him on the cheek) Isn't he marvy??
- In Robin Tim kisses Stephanie after she rescues him from being Buried Alive. As she had been flirting with him since nearly their first meeting this is quite nice for her, though Tim realizes quickly that despite the relationship having long since fallen apart he's still technically dating Ariana and prevents things from going any further till he's actually single, and he and Steph begin dating before the week is up.
- Everyone in Townsville is missing one sock from their laundry in The Powerpuff Girls story "Sock It To Me" (DC issue #46), due to the Gangreen Gang stealing the other sock. The girls have some difficulty in stemming the tide until Bubbles makes a comment that gives Blossom and Buttercup an idea. They kiss Bubbles on her cheeks for the inspiration.
- A Running Gag in Asterix vs Caesar is how Obelix is smitten with Chief Vitalstatistix's beautiful niece Panacea. After spending the entire book tracking down and rescuing Panacea and her fiancé from the Romans, Asterix gets a kiss from the grateful Panacea and falls for her himself.
- A Hero's Reward: As children, Natsu learns from Lisanna that heroes get a kiss for resucing their princess. Years later, Natsu ends up goading Lucy into giving him a kissnote for saving her from Byro, and he is surprised by how much he enjoys it. For the rest of the story, they both continue to give the other a kiss as a reward for rescuing them.
- Son of the Sannin:
- Discussed by Fu during the Chunin Exams when she suggests to Naruto that he should confess his feelings to Hinata by giving her a kiss after her fight with Tamaki... and then she immediately starts cheering for Tamaki instead.
- Inverted with Tenten, who kisses Haku in the heat of the moment when he comes over to congratulate her for being promoted to Chunin.
- Your Alicorn Is in Another Castle: As said in "Coding Of Honor", Mario doesn't get this much of a reward from all his Save the Princess Peach-ing:
And he just keeps rescuing her, and she smiles and thanks him and never, ever gives him so much as a single peck on the cheek
- Shrek: Fiona wants to kiss Shrek after he rescues her. This is before she realizes he's an ogre and afterward she no longer wants to kiss him.
- In Wreck-It Ralph, Fix-It Felix Jr. gets one from a Nicelander after completing a level in the game. He later gives a rare male-to-female example to Calhoun after the Cy-Bugs are defeated. She responds with The Big Damn Kiss.
- At the end of Asterix Vs Caesar Panacea kisses Asterix for rescuing her and her fiancé Tragicomix, after she does the wings on his helmet spin around causing him to briefly fly to the ceiling.
- In Asterix Conquers America Obelix gets one from the Indian chief's daughter Atishoo after saving her from a stampeding herd of buffalo.
- In Penguins of Madagascar, Kowalski gets this from Eva after Dave is defeated.
- Rod Rescueman, the bungling trainee super-hero from Twice Upon a Time, has this as his main motivation; he has to rescue a Damsel in Distress and get a kiss in order to become a full-fledged hero. He gets peeved when Flora Fauna — who he doesn't realize he hasn't rescued so much as kidnapped and beaten up — refuses to comply. At the end of the movie, after the Big Bad is defeated, Flora passes out victory kisses to not only Rod, but Scuzzbopper, Ralph, and Mumford. Mumford even manages to wrangle a second kiss before Ralph pulls him away.
- Robin Hood (1973): The news that the winner of the upcomming archery tournament wil receive a kiss from Maid Marian is what convinces Robin to participate, despite being a wanted outlaw. He never gets it though since he is taken captive following his victory.
- The titular character in Mulan gives one to Mushu after all the support he gave her throughout the film and helping her save China from the Huns.
- The Lion King (1994): During "Can You Feel The Love Tonight", Simba and Nala begin to playfully wrestle with each other, and end up accidentally tumbling down a hill together while holding on to each other. When they reach the bottom, Simba ends up the "winner" by landing on top of Nala, pinning her. She rewards Simba for finally managing to "beat" her after losing to her three times previously with a surprise lick on the cheek. Immediately after this, the two of them gaze lovingly at each other and begin to nuzzle together, an animal style of kissing. It is also implied this led to them mating together and conceiving a child together.
- Hilarious subverted at the end of Lockout when Snow is released and Emilie shows up, smiles prettily, and punches him across the face. Wincing, he says "for a second there I thought you were going to kiss me!"
- One of the more famous film examples is the one between Spider-Man and Mary Jane after Spidey does an awesome No Holds Barred Beat Down on a group of would-be-rapists.
- In Batman Forever, Dick Grayson (pre-Robin) gets one of these. In this case, the girl invokes this trope via directly asking him if he's gonna kiss her after saving her life, and Grayson was more then happy to comply.
Dick: I could definitely get used to this super hero gig.
- Played with Who Framed Roger Rabbit: After Eddie defeats the Villain and rescues Jessica, she plants lots of kisses... on Roger.
- Eddie does get a kiss...from Roger earlier in the movie, after he fools the weasels searching for him.
Roger Rabbit: Jeepers Eddie, that was swell! How can I ever repay ya! (Big Toon Kiss)
Eddie: For starters, don't EVER kiss me again!
- Eddie does get a kiss...from Roger earlier in the movie, after he fools the weasels searching for him.
- The movie Labyrinth sets it up for disaster when the Goblin King warns Hoggle if Sarah kisses him, he'll redirect them to the Bog of Eternal Stench. Naturally, after he rescues her from some fireheads she kisses the side of his head, ignoring his protests, and the two of them get redirected.
- Father-daughter variant in Hook, when Peter rescues his little daughter Maggie.
- In Man of Steel, Superman and Lois have one after Zod's mothership is slurped into the Phantom Zone singularity and the destruction the World Engine was causing is halted. Their victory smooch is a bit premature, however, as Zod survived, falls down the Despair Event Horizon and attempts to take it out on Superman and what's left of Metropolis. When Zod is finally done in, it's more tragic than celebratory, as Superman is horrified he had to kill Zod. Lois is still there to give him a bit of a Cooldown Hug though.
- A nicely underplayed version in 2010: The Year We Make Contact. After they survive the risky aerobraking maneuver, Floyd gets a peck on the cheek from the Irina, the pretty Russian nutritionist.
- The Quick and the Dead. The Lady is so glad to live through her first Quick Draw duel she kisses the Kid, whose affections she's curtly rejected before then.
- Charlie Wilson's War. Congressman Charlie Wilson kisses his Sexy Secretary in front of his congressional colleagues when she brings him the news of the first Hind gunships being shot down.
- Chinatown Kid has the titular kid beating up a bunch of punks threatening two women outside the restaurant he works and sending those thugs packing, at which point one of the two women he rescued gives him a "thank you" kiss, much to his delight. Unfortunately, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, because in the next scene he's reprimanded by the restaurant's owner for starting a fight with the triads - said restaurant is under the triad's protection, and consequently the kid ends up losing his job.
- Royal Flash. Flashman gets a kiss on each cheek from the officer who pins his (unjustly earned) medal on him. The kiss isn't what makes Flashman uncomfortable, but the fact that the officer's tricorne hat keeps butting him in the face.
- Played for Laughs in Thor: The Dark World. Darcy has her life saved by her intern Ian, whom she's been bossing around the entire movie. The scene then cuts to Jane fiddling with her teleportation device, only to suddenly transport Darcy to their location, in the midst of giving Ian a bend-over kiss. When Darcy realises what's happened she lets go in embarrassment, causing Ian to fall to the ground.
- James Bond:
Bond: What was that for?
- Moonraker: Dr. Holly Goodhead kisses Bond after he saves her from Jaws in the cable car sequence.
Goodhead: For saving my life.
Bond: Remind me to do it more often!
- In Jurassic World, Owen Grady kisses Claire Dearing after she saves him from a rampaging pterosaur.
- Played for Laughs in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Eggsy asks the Swedish princess for a kiss in exchange for rescuing her, because he's always wanted to kiss a princess. She offers Rescue Sex instead, then throws in anal just before he takes off to foil the Big Bad.
- In the climax of Now You See Me 2, Lula kisses Jack after the Horsemen defeated Mabry and Tressler when midnight strikes over the Tower Bridge in London.
- Olive plants one on Popeye after he rescues her at the end. She even follows it up with a "My hero!"
- Bob Morton gives a female technician a Forceful Kiss after she brings RoboCop on line.
Bob Morton: I fucking love that guy!
- Ready Player One: Oddly, the puzzle-solvers working for the evil Mega-Corp that is opposing the heroes cheer when Parzival succeeds in opening a locked door behind a puzzle that they weren't able to solve, and part of that cheering involves one female oologist kissing a male one. It's not entirely clear why they cheered when one of their rivals succeeded: it could be because they were so interested in the puzzle itself that, when anyone succeeded in solving it, they regarded it as a huge victory. Or it could be because they knew the Mega-Corp paying them to try to solve the puzzle was evil and would rather they didn't acquire the prize. Or even a mix of the two.
- Subverted in Battle For Sevastopol when Lyudmila kisses Boris for signing her medical papers to let her back into the frontline before she has fully recovered from her injuries. As Boris is in love with her, he's not happy about this.
- They Call Me Bruce. When Bruce gets newspaper fame for foiling a robbery with his non-existent martial arts skills, Anita gives him both a kiss and a necklace in recognition of his heroics. The necklace is actually a Hidden Wire and Anita gets embarrassed when it relays Bruce bragging about the kiss in lurid detail, to the amusement of her fellow FBI agents.
- Liar Liar: After Fletcher successully wins the Cole case despite his inability to lie his client, Samantha, plants a massive kiss on him after stepping down from the witness box.
- In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, all the female members of the Gryffindor Qudditch team gang up on Harry to kiss him after he wins an important game for them.
- Goblet of Fire has Fleur giving Harry two on each cheek for saving her little sister Gabrielle during the Tri-Wizard Tournament (even though she wasn't actually in danger).
- Gender inversion in Half Blood Prince: Ginny helps Gryffindor win the Cup, and Harry takes the celebration as the moment to kiss her for the first time.
- In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "A Witch Shall Be Born", Ivga seeks out Valerius after the victory.
As Valerius started to follow Taramis across the square towards the palace, through a lane opened by the wildly cheering multitude, he felt a soft hand slipped timidly into his sinewy forgers and turned to receive the slender body of Ivga in his arms. He crushed her to him and drank her kisses with the gratitude of a weary fighter who has attained rest at last through tribulation and storm.
- In Sheep's Clothing Doc receives a delayed one from Sarah, but it's only delayed only because he was in and out of consciousness for two weeks after the final battle.
- In Alias, Sydney and Vaughn's big first kiss takes place at the end of "Phase One", where they've essentially taken down SD-6 in one episode.
- One episode of Angel features Angel rescuing a woman in an alleyway, and gently rebuffing her when she is clearly willing to kiss (and more) her handsome savior. Made (intentionally) hilarious by Spike lurking on a nearby rooftop, dubbing in his version of the dialog.
- Thea Queen gives Roy Harper a Kiss of Distraction because he is Afraid of Needles, but because he was injured saving her from an Attempted Rape this trope is implied. She breaks up with him later, but Roy gets another kiss after saving Thea's life from her next boyfriend who turned out to be an assassin sent to kill her; this too is played for Ship Tease as they recommence their relationship shortly afterwards.
- After a cocky young DJ saves Verdant's opening night from being a flop, he steals a kiss from Thea in lieu of payment. From the smile on Thea's face, she doesn't seem to mind.
- Averted when Felicity Smoak saves Oliver Queen's life while piloting the A.T.O.M. exosuit—she can't get a kiss because she doesn't know how to take the suit off.
- Batwoman (2019). Played for laughs in "How Queer Everything Is Today". Kate stops a runaway subway car with her cable hook but it breaks and would have taken her head off but for a Diving Save by handsome GCPD officer Slam Bradley. Their Suggestive Collision leads to widespread Shipping to Kate's annoyance. In the climatic scene it's Kate who does the Diving Save to rescue Bradley from a bomb blast. The crowd of bystanders start chanting: "Kiss! Kiss!" and Bradley eagerly leans in for a Smooch of Victory only to Talk to the Hand.
- Black Mirror: Used quite cleverly (and creepily) in "USS Callister". The antagonist of the story, incel loser game designer Robert Daly, makes digital clones of his co-workers act as crewmembers in a Game Mod based on his favourite TV show (an ersatz Star Trek) where he is the captain, and subjects them to threats, humiliation and abuse if they don't play to the script. At the end of each gaming session, as a reward for "saving the day" and a power play over the crew, he forces every female crewmember to give him a smooch. Lowry and Elena are quick to stress to newcomer Nanette that the kisses are closed mouth and never involve tongues - in fact every crewmember has Barbie Doll Anatomy, so Daly doesn't use them for sex. This is to hint at Daly's arrested development.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike himself gets a kiss from Buffy after he resists torture and death threats to protect Buffy's kid sister. The scene marks a change in Buffy's attitude towards Spike from loathing and Foe Romance Subtext to that of Fire-Forged Friends and future Love Interest.
- Doctor Who:
- The Eighth Doctor has a tendency to kiss people like this. He once even kissed his Heterosexual Life Partner under these sorts of circumstances.
- "The Poison Sky": Captain Price plants one on Colonel Mace when the wave of fire caused by the atmospheric converter passes to reveal a clean blue sky. They then get right back to business.
- "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship": The Eleventh Doctor plants one on Rory for coming up with an escape plan. When things turn out to be more complicated, he complains about Rory getting his hopes up and wipes at Rory's mouth.
- "The Crimson Horror": The Doctor is rescued by Jenny Flint whom he bends over for The Big Damn Kiss. As Jenny is a Victorian-era lesbian who's also married, she responds with an Armor-Piercing Slap.
- In Premiere, Zhaan gives Crichton one... by pressing her ear against his head and giving him some kind of electric jolt.
- Chiana does this to Crichton in the season one finale of Farscape, saying she never got to properly thank him for saving her life. She is clearly interested in thanking him with more than just her lips, but he gently turns her down.
- On Glee, after the New Directions win Nationals, they come back to their school triumphant and nearly all of the couples get a dramatic and public kiss.
- The Last Ship: In the season 3 premiere, a woman whod received the cure from the Nathan James tries to give Slattery one and ends up kissing his cheek when he pulls away. It leaves a lipstick mark which causes Garnett no end of amusement when she rubs it off and he gets embarrassed.
- Many Match Game contestants got to kiss the celebrity with whom they won the big money (the head-to-head part of the Super Match)—opposite sex, naturally. They were usually polite, quick kisses, but some celebrities like Patty Duke Astin and Debralee Scott were known to ramp it Up to Eleven.
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Lord Zedd gives Goldar one when Master Vile leaves.
- A (comparably) mundane example crops up in season two of The Office (US). After closing a particularly important sale, Michael and Jan kiss. The season two premiere also has a drunken Pam kissing Jim after winning a Dundie. Small victories count.
- Person of Interest. In "Prisoner's Dilemma", Detective Fusco (normally the series Butt-Monkey) has to protect that week's POI while the others get Reese out of jail. We never see what happens exactly, but it ends with Fusco being kissed by supermodel Karolína Kurková after he saves her life from Armenian gangsters. Some days are obviously better than others.
- In Pushing Daisies, Ned gets a very much unwanted one of these from Olive after he saves her from a murderer.
- On Schitt's Creek: Straight Gay Patrick talks his Camp Gay boyfriend David into playing on his baseball team for the championship game. David complains most of the practice and the game, actually relishing being The Load. Yet, when he does miraculously make a home run and win the game, he's rewarded by a big smooch from Patrick.
- Hilariously, at the climax "A Fistful of Datas" in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Worf is clearly horrified at the thought he's about to get one from a saloon girl whom the holodeck has given Data's face. The look of desperation on his face as he kept telling the computer to end the simulation now is something to behold.
- Star Trek: Voyager. In "Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy", the holographic Doctor has Dream Sue fantasies where he saves Voyager with his amazing heroics and is desired by every woman in the crew. At the end of the episode the Doctor has saved the ship for real, so his unrequited crush Seven of Nine gives him a peck on the cheek, though she makes it clear it's only a platonic gesture.
- In the Mirror Universe episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, Captain Archer plans to use the over-whelming power of the U.S.S Defiant to seize control of the Terran Empire, only to be poisoned on the brink of victory by his Hot Consort, Hoshi Sato. The last thing he sees before passing out is Hoshi kissing his bodyguard, Tavis Mayweather. Hoshi goes on to become Empress, which is worth celebrating with a snog on any day!
- After Sheriff Jody Mills accidentally reveals the Weaksauce Weakness of the Leviathans, Bobby Singer spontaneously snogs her, but lacks the confidence to follow this up when Jody responds positively to this.
- In "Wendigo", Dean is hoping for Rescue Sex from the grateful Damsel in Distress. She jibes him for "cheapening the moment", then gives him a peck on the cheek instead.
- "Scoobynatural", the crossover with Scooby-Doo, concludes its animated part with Velma planting The Big Damn Kiss on Sam after the mystery is wrapped up (at least the way it was intended as it was a deconstruction/reconstruction of a 1969 Scooby episode).
- Josh and Donna's first kiss on The West Wing was one of these.
- Quark. In "Goodbye Polumbus", our hero isn't happy to get one of these from a grateful Slime Girl.
- Rick Rude would find ladies in the audience to kiss after winning his squash matches, which got him in trouble when he kissed the wife of Jack "The Snake" Roberts.
- Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero, after Dolph defeated Jack Swagger to win Vickie's managerial services.
- During the round robin to crown the first women's champion of the Funkin Conservatory on !Bang! TV, there was a three way tie between Malia Hosaka, Claudia "The Claw" Reiff and Lexie Fyfe. The referee announced the winner would be decided by a points system. Hosaka kissed him and was awarded the belt.
- ROH Night of Hoopla in 2013, MsChif kissed Michael Elgin after he used the green mist to get the winning pin fall against Adrenalin Rush and Athena in the main event.
- Kaval gets kissed by LayCool after he was announced the winner of NXT Season 2. Three weeks prior, they give him this after he regained the number one ranking in the Rookie Poll.
- There are several in the The Legend of Zelda series
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and the linked ending of The Legend of Zelda: Oracle Games end with Zelda giving a kiss to Link.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Link gets a kiss from Madam MeowMeow after rescuing her Chain Chomp dog. The kiss will refill Link's hearts.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: normally, you would get the blue Zora's Tunic by saving King Zora, but you can also buy it. Why you'd want to do this when you can get it for free isn't obvious, but if you do, he'll try to give Link a kiss instead. Yes, the king. Link never says anything, of course, but he quite obviously adamantly refuses—the king seems disappointed.
- Subverted in the CD-i games. The CD-i games are based on the cartoon series where Link will repeatedly try and fail to get a kiss from Zelda. After Ganon is defeated:
Gwonam: You, Link, are the hero of Koridai!
Link: I guess that's worth a kiss, huh?
- Super Mario Bros.:
- Princess Peach has given more than one to Mario, to the point where it's considered tradition. In some of the games, if you beat the game using Luigi, she'll give one to Luigi as well.
- In the first Paper Mario game, Goombaria gives one to Mario as a reward for finding her doll. He shudders.
- In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door:
- Goombella gives one to Mario for helping her escape the X-Nauts in Rogueport.
- Vivian gives one to Mario for helping her find the Superbombomb.
- Attempted defiance in the second chapter: Portly cloud spirit Flurrie offers to give Mario "a little sugar" for finding her necklace. Mario refuses (as much as a Heroic Mime can obviously refuse, anyway), but the poor plumber gets a face full of lipstick anyway. She almost does a Foe-Tossing Charge to get to him, too. His partners at the time are pushed out of the way and lie dizzy on the floor while she smooches Mario.
- Even Wario gets one in Wario Land 4, complete with his own princess.
- Defied in Wario Land: Shake It! where Wario, who's way more interested in the treasure than the princess, tosses her out of his way before she even finishes her congratulatory speech.
- Super Mario RPG features a mini-game that uses this trope straight and averts it. In the Marrymore Wedding Chapel, Mario teams up with Bowser to save Princess Toadstool (Peach) from being married to the hairy Wario-like Booster. Toadstool expresses her admiration by promising him a kiss, something that both Bowser and Booster cannot tolerate. Depending on your performance, you are rewarded with a kiss from Peach... or Bowser... or Booster... or both.
- "Oooh, you leaped a bunch of mushrooms, I'm so impressed."
- In Maximo: Ghosts to Glory, each time you rescue a sorceress, you can choose a "kiss" as your reward. It occupies a valuable slot in your powerup menu, but if you carry all four kisses to the end of the game, you unlock a concept art gallery.
- Lynn in Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2 offers one (or several) to the main character regardless of the main character's gender.
- Resident Evil 4, where Ashley Graham offers to "do some overtime" with Leon after he rescues her. It doesn't take long for him to decide to say no.
- An optional action in King's Quest III after rescuing Rosella. It also shows up in King's Quest II (Graham and Valanice), King's Quest VI (Alexander and Cassima), and King's Quest VII (Edgar and Rosella).
- In Chibi-Robo!, Mrs. Sanderson gives one to Mr. Sanderson after he and Chibi defeat all the mega Spydorz and the Queen Spydor, leading to an Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other moment.
- Castle Crashers features this no less than three times. It is taken to new levels of Victory by the fact that the winning Knight has to fight his fellow Knights to win her kiss!
- This is the player's reward for rescuing damsels trapped in the caves, and on a good run you might get half a dozen kisses. Each one happens to give you extra health. There are also, however, "kissing parlors" where you can pay for a kiss with the same healing effects, apparently under duress since they also reward you if you "rescue" them from there.
- In the upgraded rerelease, the damsels can be replaced with "mansels" (males dressed in nothing but a full body ribbon) or "pugsels" (dogs).
- Kirby receives one from Ribbon in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, causing him to swoon.
- Beyond Good & Evil has a rare male-on-female example. Double H attempts to give one to the heroine Jade after she wins the hovercraft racing championship. Jade is not amused.
- In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game, the Turtle who saves April gets a kiss on the snout from her, complete with Lipstick Mark
- Ratchet & Clank
Clank: Do not even think about it.
- Both titular characters get kissed by Angela when they beat the final boss of Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando.
- The next game, Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, has Ratchet kissed twice by Sasha. The first time is after he, Klunk, and Skrunch escape from the Dreadnaught Leviathan when it self-destructed. The second is at the end, at the premier of the latest Secret Agent Clank movie. Skrunch saw this, and also tried to kiss Clank.
- Final Fantasy IX - Averted when Zidane rescues Princess Garnet from the crumbling castle. She hugs him very warmly, but never actually kisses him.
- The Dragon Age series:
- Dragon Age: Origins: The Player Character can request this reward a couple of times throughout the game, such as:
- In Redcliffe, Kaitlyn will give the hero a very chaste kiss on the cheek for finding her brother Bevin, and will make said brother cover his eyes in embarrassment
- Bella the barmaid will give the hero a big smooch if you ask for a hero's welcome after saving the village, or if you give her enough cash to quit her job at Lloyd's tavern, which will leave every drunk in the tavern gaping in wide-eyed surprise.
- In Dragon Age II, you can take a sidequest off your companion Isabela, and one dialogue option is to ask if you can get a kiss if you do it. She seems amused by the idea and says you can 'even pick where you want it."
- Dragon Age: Origins: The Player Character can request this reward a couple of times throughout the game, such as:
- Done in the Golden Ending of Kid Icarus, following a Plot-Relevant Age-Up.
- The arcade version of Double Dragon provides a bit of a twist. Normally if one player completes the game, then he will get kissed by Marian (the kidnapped girl). However, if two players defeat the final boss together, the game will force both of them to fight each other until only one remains to claim Marian for himself.
- Joe & Mac has each Distressed Damsel do this, providing After Boss Recovery.
- Smurfette does this to Smurf as his reward for her rescue in the Atari 2600 version of Smurf: Rescue In Gargamel's Castle and in Infogrames' The Smurfs (1994).
- In Tiny Toon Adventures Buster Busts Loose, after Buster beats the final boss, Babs gushes about how great he is, then offers him one of these. Buster doesn't seem interested at all, and Plucky intervenes to stop the whole thing.
- This trope is the reason that, unlike the other Ultima games built on the same engine, Worlds of Ultima: Savage Empire only gives you the option to play a blonde white male. They only prepared one cutscene for the princess's rescue and ensuing kiss, so your character had to match it exactly (and a Gay Option was unlikely in 1990).
- At the end of Earthworm Jim, Princess What's-Her-Name awaits and offers to give the titular hero one of these... Unfortunately the cow you launched at the very beginning of the game squashes her and ruins the whole thing... But hey, at least Jim got to take her crown!
- There's this mod of Stardew Valley in which the bachelor or bachelorette the player romances gives one of these to the farmer during the Community Center restoration ceremony.
- Beat the Game Boy port of The Tower of Druaga with four or less continues and youll get a cute picture of Ki kissing Gil on the cheek.
- Sequential Art has one. Involving sewers.
- Girl Genius: The victory was mutual rather than a rescue, but the excitement got Agatha a bit carried away. Complete with Post-Kiss Catatonia!
- This is in the webcomic Kid Radd. The end of every "Kid Radd" game is an (offscreen) kiss. Dan Miller, the author, realized this and pulls a fake-out at the very end, after he already pulled a dramatic Almost Kiss scene. Radd and Sheena look like they're finally going to kiss, when a pair of canes drag them offstage and Mook sprites Bogey and Joule jump on-screen - leading to them having an Accidental Kiss.
- Bittersweet Candy Bowl: Lucy gave one to Mike at the end of Confrontation.
- In American Barbarian, for Rick.
- Played with in Magick Chicks. To cover up for the events that occurred while Faith was unconscious, Tiffany told her that she saved the day; leaving Faith to assume that her short-term memory had been effected. Still, she coyly asked if the hero would get a kiss. Tiffany paused for a moment, then smiled and figured "sure, why not?"
- In Tales of the Questor, Quentyn is surprised by one from a fae. She's a bit surprised by his lack of reaction.
- Between Terra and Zadok in 1/0.
- Bitty and Jack have one in Check, Please! right after Jack's team wins the Stanley Cup, outing Jack as the first openly gay NHL player in the process.
- Done by a shapely human female in the Woody Woodpecker short "Hot Noon", as well as "Socco in Morocco".
- Type 2 subversion: The Legend of Zelda cartoon had Link frequently request one whenever he rescues Zelda. Sometimes, she offers herself. In both cases, events conspire to prevent it from happening.
- Link and Zelda from the cartoon are later transplanted into the Captain N: The Game Master cartoon. The episode Potion of Power essentially serves as a Fully Absorbed Finale with a resurrected Ganon being defeated and Link finally getting that kiss from Zelda he was after for the entire previous series. Kevin actually manages to get a kiss from Zelda after just arriving in Hyrule, angering Link who was trying and failing for the entire previous series. In fact, Kevin gets two in the episode to Link's one.
- Uniquely subverted in Teen Titans Super Hero Origin. Robin unlocks Starfire's shackles and she kisses him, not out of gratitude, but to learn English.
- In Gargoyles, at the end of an episode focusing largely on the Trio's affections for Angela, she gives them all a kiss on the cheek, at least partly out of a desire to quell the competition between them.
- An episode of the classic Jonny Quest had Jonny and Hadji escaping this after saving a couple of women, with Dr. Quest joking about returning to the issue in ten years or so.
Jonny: [fervently agreeing] Yeah, see you in ten years!
Hadji: It's a date!
- In the W.I.T.C.H. episode "I is for Illusion", Cornelia is sent flying by a monster. Caleb pops out of Meridian and catches her just in time, and she rewards him with a kiss that Blunk has to pull them both away from after several seconds.
- The Grand Finale of Danny Phantom: "Wow. Remind me to Save the World more often."
- In ReBoot, Dot and Bob watch as the user reboots the entire city and saves them from living in an apocalyptic hell. When the city turns back on they come together and their kiss gets the full 360 degree camera treatment.
- Played for Laughs in an episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender, in which Suki saves Toph from drowning, and she kisses her thinking that it was Sokka.
- Pen is kissed by the Princess in Adventure Time. He gets quite flustered. It's even cuter than it sounds.
- "Business Time", where
PenFinn doesn't want the Hot Dog Princess to kiss him because she smells like old hot dog water; then one of the businessmen they'd hired earlier takes the kiss "for [the] team."
- In a weird variant, Marceline kisses Finn after he fights a gigantic monster bat. The thing is, she was the gigantic monster bat, and it wasn't so much a "smooch of victory" as a "smooch of her giving up because she's decided he's a Worthy Opponent."
- More classic example in "Wizard Battle" when Finn sneaks into the eponymous event to prevent the Ice King from winning the prize: a kiss from Princess Bubblegum.
- "Business Time", where
- On Phineas and Ferb, Ferb gets one on the cheek from his Precocious Crush Vanessa in "Vanessasary Roughness" after saving her life and helping her get a container that had a rare element inside of it that her father had been seeking.
- Baljeet gets one in "Phineas and Ferb's Christmas Vacation" for bringing a girl the Christmas present she really wanted. Funnily enough, a kiss from a pretty girl is what Baljeet wanted for Christmas.
- In Batman: The Animated Series, it showed up between Batman and Harley Quinn of all people. When Batman showed her a bit of kindness by returning a dress she'd bought and told her even though she's going back to Arkham, she should get a little happiness. Touched, Harley gives him a quick peck. Then, looking playful, gives him a long, long smooch, telling him to call her. Robin and Poison Ivy, watching, seem weirded out.
- Parodied in the Looney Tunes short "Eatin' on the Cuff" in which the moth's girlfriend Ms.Honeybee does this too him, the thing is she was the one who saved him from the man crazy Black Widow Spider.
- Adventures of the Gummi Bears: Cavin gets one from Calla at the end of "Ogre for a Day".
- Played with in Seth McFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy when Mario wants Princess Peach to kiss him after he rescued her but she refuses. He then lets Bowser eat her after getting fed up with her.
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero:
- In the Five-Episode Pilot, the slave girl gives Duke (who she has a crush on) a long, passionate kiss after being liberated.
- In "Skeltons in the Closet" Destro gets one from a female Cobra Trooper after he saves her from getting blown blown up by a land mine, this makes his girlfriend Baroness jealous.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy: Edd gets one from Nazz when he decided to save the other kids from Ed dressed as a monster. In "The Big Picture Show" Eddy gets one too after he becomes accepted by the kids after downing his bully of a big brother.
- Inverted in Dragons: Riders of Berk: Hiccup gets a kiss from Astrid for losing. He threw the last challenge so Snoutlout wouldn't disappoint his dad. Astrid had chewed him out earlier for being over competitive and was so glad to see him reign it in she planted one on him.
- Played straight at the end of the movie, also from Astrid.
- Xiaolin Showdown example: Kimiko does this twice to Raimundo. First when escaping Wuya's crumbling lair, riding back on Dojo and then another when Rai becomes leader.
- In the first episode of Captain N: The Game Master Princess Lana does this to Kevin making Simon Belmont jealous.
- At the end of the Young Justice episode "War" Bumblebee kisses Guardian after they defeat Mongul, Arsenal feeling left out wonders why that never happens to him then Wonder Girl gives him a kiss on the cheek as she walks by carrying the defeated Mongul, he then says "It's a start!".
- Kevin gets one from Gwen when he is changed back from his mutated form in the finale of Ben 10: Alien Force.
- In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) April O'Neil would sometimes kiss the turtles after they rescued her or saved the city from Shredder's schemes, most commonly Leonardo or Donatello would be the one to receive the kiss, on one occasion when she kissed Donatello Raphael tells her that he and the others deserve it as much as him, before she can she is interrupted by Michelangelo bringing in pizzas.
- She also does this to a police officer in "The Great Boldini" for allowing the turtles an hour to catch the crooks for are responsible for stealing an emerald that they were blamed for stealing.
- Two bathing beauties give Beetlejuice a kiss on each cheek in "Mr. Beetlejuice Goes To Town" after he wins the election of Neitherworld mayor.
- In Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels when they solved the mystery and defeated the villains Taffy would often kiss Captain Caveman, sometimes he would receive one from one of the other girls or the damsel he recused.
- Mighty Mouse was known to have the female mice he would rescue lay a big one on him (one cartoon has his face smothered with lipstick imprints). Mighty Mouse would plant some big ones himself.
- In the American Dragon: Jake Long episode "Hero Of The Hourglass'' Jake gets one from his future mother Susan for saving his future father Jonathan and getting them back together after they had broken up, because Jake had earlier revealed her dragon heritage to him in an attempt to keep him from grounding him all the time and having to keep his dragon form a secret.
- In the TaleSpin episode "For Whom The Bell Klangs Part II'' Katie Dodd does this to Baloo and Louie for saving her from Thaddeus Klang and recovering the ancient bells for her which were allowed to be kept in a museum.
- In the Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "The Mask" Bunny does this to Courage for saving her from her abusive dog boyfriend and reuniting her with her friend Kitty.
- Penelope has done this a couple of times in The Perils of Penelope Pitstop to a member of the Anthill Mob particularly Clyde or Dum Dum after they rescue her or help her with one of her goals, she has also kissed Sylvester Sneakly the alter ego of the villain The Hooded Claw after he reluctantly gives away money to charity a few times.
- Wonder Woman does this to Batman in the Justice League episode "The Brave and the Bold" after she saw that he was concerned for her safety when she had been buried underground stopping a missile and he tried to dig her out fearing she was dead.
- Linka has done this to Wheeler a couple times in Captain Planet and the Planeteers first for finding a way to reverse the mutation of the rats and another time for helping to win a game show that decided the fate of the Earth.
- Cheetara does this to Tygra in the ThunderCats (2011) episode "New Alliances" after he prevents her from getting shot by a lizard man sniper.
- The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!:
- In "Brooklyn Bound", Princess Toadstool kisses both Mario and Luigi on the cheek after getting rescued.
- In "Flatbush Koopa", when the heroes mistakenly believe they have defeated King Koopa for good, Princess Toadstool kisses both Mario and Luigi on the cheek.
- Kaeloo: In Episode 136, Stumpy saves Pretty from some aliens and she rewards him with a kiss on the lips.
- In the last episode of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Julie kisses Ben after he defeats Vilgax and changes all the Esoterics back into humans.
- In another episode, Gwen gives one to Cooper Daniels on the cheek for changing Kevin back to normal.
- The Real Ghostbusters:
- In "Look Homeward Ray" Ray receives one from his childhood crush Elaine after saving the town and defeating the Winged Puma ghost.
- In "Egon's Ghost" when Egon is made human again after spending most of the episode as a ghost, Janine kisses him out of joy and also to prove he's solid again.
- In "Russian About" after defeating the Old One ghost and getting Dimitri and Vladimir arrested for summoning it Russian celebrity Katrina Novechenka gives each of the Ghostbusters a kiss, she also blows one to Slimer after he asks for one.
- In Tom & Jerry Kids and Droopy, Master Detective after rescuing her and thwarting the villain's schemes, Miss Vavoom would often kiss Droopy, and sometimes his son Dripple would also receive one.
- The Fairly OddParents:
- On one of the Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts, Tootie gives Timmy a kiss after he cures Cosmo and Wanda of the Fairy Flu and turns Vicky back to normal (she had become a dragon). Unlike most examples, Timmy is not appreciative.
- Trixie has given Timmy two. The first in "A Wish Too Far" after he stands up to the popular kids, showing a respect for his choice, even if she ultimately goes with them. She gives him a more traditional one in "The Masked Magician", after he saves everyone from a falling plane.
- Dennis the Menace:
- Averted in "A Good Knight's Work", Princess Margaret tries to give this to Sir Dennis, but Sir Dennis avoids it every time.
- At the end of "Cruise Control", Princess Liana give Dennis the Menace one for helping defeat Kraigor, to which Dennis reacts in disgust and Margaret Wade makes threats to Liana. On a news report, Liana gives this to Dennis again.
- In The Magic School Bus episode, Cracks a Yolk, Dorothy gives one to Arnold after he helps hatch an egg.
- This has happened to the titular character of Casper the Friendly Ghost a couple of times, in Little Boo Peep he gets one from Bo Peep for saving her sheep from a wolf, and in Ghost of the Town he received one from a woman for saving her baby from a burning building.
- In the SWAT Kats episode Bride of the Pastmaster Callie Briggs ancestor Queen Callisto gives one to Razor and T Bone after saving her and her kingdom from the Pastmaster and his minions.
- Aladdin: The Series: Near the end of the episode, "Heads, You Lose", Aladdin gets one from Jasmine who was relieved to see his head and body back together.
- Extreme Ghostbusters:
- In The Crawler Janine kisses Egon for saving her from Cohila who had changed her into an insect queen.
- In A Temporary Insanity Janine gives one to Slimer for helping her capture Lilith.
- In the Justice League Unlimited series finale Destroyer, Giganta gives one to Flash for helping save the world from Darkseid and his forces, and also to entice him to catch her after she and the rest of the surviving villains give the league a five minute head start to try and arrest them.
- The victory over Japan kiss in Times Square is a gender inversion; the sailor saw and impulsively kissed her, and a photographer happened to capture it. Such kisses happened all over the country on that day.
- This can be a fairly nasty trope when applied to Real Life, as demanding a kiss as price before saving someone is G-rated Sexual Extortion.
- When Georgiana Cavendish, the Duchess of Devonshire, canvassed for the election of her lover Charles Fox in 1784, it was famously reported and satirized that she offered men kisses in exchange for their votes.