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A proposal in the snow.

"Snow makes everything more romantic."
Jane Villanueva, Jane the Virgin

A classic romantic setting is two lovers alone in a gentle snowfall. Bonus points if the first snowflake falls immediately after they get together. Almost mandatory in a Christmas Episode, or if lucky, a Valentine's Day Episode.

A person alone is cause for sympathy and especially one that's Prone to Tears.

Snowed-In and Umbrella of Togetherness can bring this trope about. If it's raining instead, it's Romantic Rain. Contrasts with Flames of Love and Electric Love. Western cousin to Cherry Blossoms. A subtrope of Empathic Environment.

For different interpretations of snow, see Snow Means Death and Tragic Ice Character.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Happens in Makoto Shinkai's 5 Centimeters per Second, where Takaki and Akari have their first (and only) kiss on a snowy day under a cherry tree. They then proceed to sleep next to each other for a night. The rare combination of Snow Means Love and Cherry Blossoms makes for a very romantic scene.
    • The short post credits segment of Shinkai's The Garden of Words also uses snow to suggest that love may still be present; although Takao and Yukari are physically separated, it is gently snowing in both locations.
  • Combined with Snow Means Death in Berserk, twice. Once when Casca tries to dissuade Guts from leaving his pre-Eclipse True Companions, right before the showdown with Griffith (this also marked the moment when she had her Love Epiphany). The other one post-Eclipse when Guts fights off snow-demons to protect Casca. They also share a moment in the snow when Guts and Casca depart from Godo's place when Guts wraps his cape around her and says that he would never leave her behind again.
  • In the Blue Literature segment adapting Osamu Dazai's Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human), the protagonist Yozo Ooba meets his future wife when she shelters him as he lies collapsed on a snowy street.
  • In Captain Tsubasa, one of Yoshiko and Matsuyama's most shippy scenes happens when they're working on cleaning off the snow in the Furano fields. Matsuyama notices that Yoshiko's hands are cold and injured due to her hard work and attempts to warm them up with his own, then they both realize the implications and jerk away while heavily blushing.
  • In Case Closed, Satou gives her boyfriend Takagi a very happy kiss in the snow of Hokkaido, right after she helps to rescue the poor guy from a cruel Death Trap that almost invoked Snow Means Death on him. Cue to them forgetting that their co-workers were watching over them through a camera...
  • An example happens in Ceres, Celestial Legend. When Suzumi sends Tooya out to do a dangerous mission, Aya runs after him in worry. He reassures her that everything will be fine by giving her a lovebite and then kissing her, at which point it starts snowing. But since this is Aya-slash-Ceres we're talking about, it's a subversion: The snow turns out to be flower petals.
  • Code Geass has an enigmatic conversation between C.C. and Lelouch over why snow is white. The beginning of the conversation takes place on a mountain top. While their relationship is not strictly romantic, this was a 'getting to know you' moment between them.
  • There's a boatload of snow in the School Play romance the characters of D.N.Angel put on and the arc it was based in. Notable in that the romantic leads were played by Daisuke and Satoshi.
  • The diamond dust in Diamond Daydreams pretty much fulfills this role.
  • The Garden of Sinners has Shiki Ryougi and Mikiya Kokutou meet for the first time while it was snowing. It also snows in the epilogue OVA, one of the most romantic sections of the whole series.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: In The Disappearance Of Haruhi Suzumiya, snow accompanies a moment between Kyon and Yuki, in which Kyon declares that should anything happen to her, he'll set out with Haruhi to save her. It's worth nothing that one reading of "Yuki" (雪) means "snow."
  • In Honoo no Alpen Rose, Jeudi and Lundi share a happy hug in a snow-covered garden after Jeudi barely averted dying in the same snow.
  • Chapter 63 of Horimiya had Hori walking Miyamura home in the snow right before he asks her to marry him.
  • Junjou Romantica: It's snowing in the scene where Usagi rather abruptly realizes that, oh, he doesn't love Takahiro, but Misaki instead. And then he promptly makes out with him against a streetlight.
  • Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl manages to have a Snow Means Love scene in the middle of summer.
  • The original Kujibiki♡Unbalance OAV series uses the trope in its "penultimate" episode.
  • It starts snowing in Kurau Phantom Memory when Kurau returns to Christmas, in the same manner as Christmas appeared to the former Kurau years before.
  • Love Hina's Christmas Episode, in which Naru and Keitaro spend a good deal of time wandering around feeling lonely. As well, it is snowing when Naru finds Keitaro after he ran off in an early episode of the series.
  • Love Live!: μ's' song "Snow halation" is all about this trope, as the lyrics are about falling in love with someone while it's snowing out. In the original music video and the anime, they also perform the song during a snowfall.
  • Macross Delta: In Episode 16, Hayate's birthday gift is to make it snow on Ragna for Freyja's birthday, reminding her of her homeworld where she is unable to return due to the ongoing war, which sparks a Love Epiphany in the latter.
  • Midori Days parodies this when Seiji and Ayase are stuck in a snow storm looking for safety. Ayase thinks it's romantic at first, but after her body starts to freeze, she starts to focus.
  • Naruto:
    • Defied and Subverted with Naruto and Sakura in the Five Kage Summit arc. Sakura spends half of Chapter 469 trying to convince Naruto that she loves him and that she loves Sasuke no more, claiming that she now loves him for the hero he's become after he defeated Pain rather than the "mischievous, prankster loser" that he always was and always will be, all in a snowfield with the snow falling softly. Then on the very last panel of that chapter, Naruto rejects her outright by telling her that he hates people who lie to themselves. The text on that panel even Lampshades it: "In the falling snow..." The following chapter has Sakura arguing with Naruto because she wants him to stop chasing after Sasuke and hurting himself to keep his promise to her, but Naruto tells her that his promise was no longer the reason why he wants to save Sasuke; he has his own reasons now. Finally, in Chapter 474, Naruto reveals to Sai that he could tell she was lying because he knew she only loves Sasuke.
    • Played Straight with Naruto and Hinata in the canon movie The Last: Naruto the Movie. They met on a snowy day when they were children before they enrolled in the Academy, he confesses his love to her and later proposes to her during the present-day wintertime, The Big Damn Kiss takes place in the snowy sky, and The Stinger shows them playing in the snow with their two children.
  • Snow is often associated with Jack and Lacie in PandoraHearts. They met on a snowy day, reunited eight years later on a snowy day, and Jack found out Lacie died on a snowy day.
  • In the movie Patlabor 2, Captain Shinobu Nagumo and Yukihito Tsuge have a secret meeting during a gentle snow fall, with a romantic soundtrack (titled "With Love")
  • Ranma ½: After Akane has a long day of trying to find Ranma for Christmas Eve, she eventually gives up and starts to go back to her house. As it turns out, Ranma had actually been waiting for her at some spot on the way there because it would, as he puts it, "be embarrasin' at home." He then proceeds to give her presents that she had earlier told him she wanted, which, of course, makes her smile and it immediately starts snowing for some reason...
  • Rurouni Kenshin uses the trope twice:
    • During the Jinchuu/Memorial arc, Kenshin and Tomoe share a physically and emotionally intimate scene with each other in their cabin as it is snowing. (With the OAV being more explicit about the first part.) However, much like the case in Berserk, it was later mixed with death.
    • In a rare villainous case, it's used as Ship Tease between the teenage orphan Tsubaki and her protector, the gentle and friendly monk Anji Yukyuzan, whom she has a huge Precocious Crush on. She's hurt her ankle and Anji carries her on his back towards the temple they live in, and as this happens she promises him that no matter what, she will always be with him, which can be easily seen as a sort-of Love Confession... However, this is a case of Foregone Conclusion, because Anji is already known as The Destroyer. He used to be a sweet, caring guy determined to help the poor, but when the new government killed his adopted children when the government tried to outlaw Buddhism, and he did not take it so well. For extra effect, the snow scene happens literally right before he finds all of his children (Tsubaki included) burned to death by government agents.
  • Invoked for Homoerotic Subtext value in The Prince of Tennis. Tezuka finds Fuji once waiting for him outside an hospital, and so as they speak about the upcoming tournaments, snow starts falling down on them, so Fuji covers both of them with his red umbrella as they go home. Needless to say, the Tezuka/Fuji fans had a field day.
  • In School Days, Makoto apologizes to Kotonoha and says he loves her in a snowfall at episode 11, a redeeming moment in the anime. Comes complete with Kotonoha covered in snow.
  • Lampshaded in Sgt. Frog, where snow is explicitly stated to make girls three times more beautiful, which means Giroro is quickly overwhelmed by Natsumi (on whom he's already crushing hard).
  • In the first episode of Someday's Dreamers II: Sora, Michiru asks Sora to use her magic to conjure up a gentle snowfall over her as she confesses her love to her crush. This actually happens indoors.
  • On Sara and Lottie's home planet in Str.A.In.: Strategic Armored Infantry, snow means brother-sister love.
  • In the anime adaptation of Sweet Blue Flowers, Fumi and Akira share a very important moment in the snow when Fumi finally realizes that Akira was her first love.
  • In Sword Art Online, Kirito and Asuna finally meet in real life and share their first real kiss while it's snowing.
  • The heartwarming ending of the 1999 To Heart Anime series.
  • Tokyo Marble Chocolate uses it twice:
    • First when Yuudai receives a text message from Chizuru in which she apologizes to him for their disastrous date and she mentions that it's snowing right now outside.
    • The second time near the end in which after realizing Chizuru's feelings for him, Yuudai runs after her in the snow and after catching up to her they both embrace in the falling snow. It's also justified since the story takes place on Christmas eve.
  • The ending credits of Trinity Blood show a snowy romance between Abel Nightroad and Esther Blanchett. That never happens in the actual show, though.
  • In the OVA of Uta∽Kata, the loving but temporary reunion of Ichika and Sei with their reflections, Manatsu and Kai, takes place during a white Christmas.
  • The last episode of Welcome to the NHK combined this trope with Snow Means Death - Misaki returns to the town she grew up in to commit suicide, and is saved by Sato, at which point they realise they love each other. Then Sato goes nuts and tries to kill God in a kamikaze attack...
  • In Wild Fangs, as Mao waits at the train station it begins snowing and Syon shows up to stop him from leaving. While they have their romantic moment it's announced that the trains are cancelled because of the snowfall.

    Comic Books 
  • A rather tragic example from Batman: flashbacks in one comic show a pre-transformation Dr. Victor Fries, starved for love his whole life, finally find happiness with his future wife Nora, and the two share a tender first kiss as snow falls around them. What makes it tragic is the fact that we already know that eventually Nora contracts the rare disease that results in her being placed in suspended animation while Victor feverishly works to save her...before he himself is turned into Mr. Freeze. The fact that they share their first kiss while snow falls around them is romantic...but still bitter irony considering the mutation that Victor ends up undergoing later on.
  • Scott Pilgrim: Scott and Ramona are caught out in a sudden snowstorm (it is Toronto, after all) in the middle of deciding to date each other. This also has the convenient side effect of forcing Scott to crash at Ramona's place...

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animated 
  • Beauty and the Beast: The song "Something There" shows the titular pair playing in the snow and realizing their feelings for each other.
  • The "Once Upon a Wintertime" segment from Melody Time centers around a young couple on a romantic winter outing.
  • In the final scene of The Nightmare Before Christmas Jack and Sally confess their feelings for each other while on a snowy field (since Santa Claus had brought the snow to Halloween town).

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Subverted in the Japanese film Always Sunset On Third Street. Chagawa proposes to his love interest Hiromi on Christmas Eve, but he can only afford to get a ring case, so he gives an invisible ring to her (she accepts, playing along with the gesture). The following morning, he discovers that Hiromi's bar is closed and that she has sold herself off to work in a dance hall because of her debts. They eventually get back together in the sequel.
  • Bridget Jones film adaptations:
    • At the end of the first film, half-dressed Bridget runs after Mark who seemingly left her when it's freezing. They're reunined, he hugs her and they kiss, it starts snowing and he covers her with his coat.
    • In the second movie, there's a brief Call-Back when Bridget mentions the above when she wants to get back together again. She says that a moment they share might be romantic even without snowing.
  • At the end of Cashback, boy gets girl and shares his mysterious power with her. They walk out into a snowfall that is frozen in more ways than one.
  • Used symbolically in the 2000 modern-day adaptation of A Christmas Carol. It never snows throughout the whole movie until Scrooge finally opens up his heart, declares his genuine, unselfish love for Bella, and casts his old life aside wholesale.
  • In the nameless Quirky Town of Edward Scissorhands, it never snows. But on the night of a Christmas party, Kim finds Edward carving an ice angel and the little bits of ice that fly about as he works create a snowfall of sorts. She's enamored by the sight and, in essence, this is the moment she realizes she loves him as she twirls about. The lovers are forced to part and never see each other again in the Bittersweet Ending, but Edward continues to carve these sculptures up in his castle, and in the process brings snow to the entire neighborhood. Only Kim knows the significance of it, and why he does it. In effect this is a literal take on the trope.
  • The ending of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind when lovers Joel and Clementine are running on the beach and it starts to snow.
  • The Fantasticks features snow in the final scene when Luisa and Matt get back together.
  • In Far and Away, Joseph and Shannon have an odd but touching scene where they confess their love. Meanwhile, it snows outside the home they're taking shelter in.
    Shannon: Pretend... you love me.
    Joseph: I pretend I love you.
    Shannon: I pretend I love you, too.
  • Groundhog Day features several such scenes in snow with Phil (Bill Murray) and his colleague/love interest Rita (Andie MacDowell).
  • Harry Potter:
    • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban adds an Innocent Innuendo to a snowy, wintry scene between Ron and Hermione.
      Hermione: Do you want to get closer?
      Ron: Huh?!
      Hermione: To the Shrieking Shack?
      Ron: No, I'm good.
    • One of the few times we see a picture of James and Lily Potter, the lead character's parents, they're dancing in the snow.
  • Home Alone: : Although there's snow in the yards, the weather is mild until the ending. Fresh snow is falling when Kevin's family return and he reconciles with them, and when Old Man Marley notably reconciles with their family out in the crisp-white snow.
  • Homecoming: "Snapshot" and Lee give in and have their first kiss in an army camp in 1944 France, in a scene where they are silhouetted against the doorway of a tent as the snow falls outside.
  • At the end of House of Flying Daggers, he holds the girl in the snow as she bleeds out (overlaps with Snow Means Death).
  • Invoked in Latter Days after Aaron is sent home in disgrace: southern California player Christian tracks Aaron down on his layover in Salt Lake City and confesses his love for him despite having to stand in the snow to do it. (It's already been established that he hates snow.) The weather even gets in on the act: Aaron is still scared about returning his feelings, frustrating Christian enough that he attempts to leave, but the door has frozen shut in the blizzard giving Aaron the chance to kiss Christian. Not only that, but the airport shuts down shortly thereafter, the snowstorm handing Christian and Aaron a whole night of alone time.
    Christian: You want revelations engraved in gold and angels trumpeting down from heaven. What if this is it instead? Me telling you I love you, right here in the snow? I think that is pretty miraculous.
  • Lucky☆Star: It's snowing as Tim goes on his climactic Race for Your Love, which ends with his passionate embrace with Mary at the train station.
  • In Nanny McPhee, the phrase "snow in August" is used throughout as a means of expressing something that's supposedly impossible, similar to "when pigs fly". At the end of the film, Nanny McPhee magically summons snow in August that cleans up the yard and removes the garish colors for the wedding of Cedric and Evangeline.
  • The Phantom Of The Opera: As Raoul and Christine romance on the Opera House Roof, it conveniently starts to snow. (The timescale of the movie was adjusted from the original musical as the scene takes place three months before New Year's Eve instead of six.)
  • In the film version of RENT, snow falls as Mimi and Roger stand outside the cafe after Maureen's protest and finally admit they could have a real relationship together.
  • A Royal Christmas, a Hallmark Channel movie: It snows in the fictional nation of Cordinia for the first time in a century after the crown prince marries his commoner girlfriend.
  • Serendipity: The leads Jonathan and Sara meet five days before Christmas. It's winter again when they find each other at the end after years of separation. It snows when they are together at the skating rink.
  • In the end of Snow Dogs, it snows when Ted and Barb kiss for the first time, and Demon and Nana reveal their feelings for each other.
  • In Swing Time (1936), Lucky and Penny have a romantic interlude during a snowy daytrip to the country, leading to an Almost Kiss before things degenerate into a Quarreling Song. Snow is also visible through the windows when they finally reunite at the end of the movie.
  • In Wonder Woman (2017), Diana and Steve share their first dance in a snowy town, during which snow begins to fall.

  • Hands Held in the Snow: It's winter, it's romantic, and it's very, very gay.
  • Let It Snow: All three short romance stories take place in the same town, between December 24 and 26, when a massive snow storm hits.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In season 3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a providential snowfall prevents Angel from committing suicide-by-sun. He and Buffy then go for a walk in the snow. This is southern California and snow is nearly impossible there.
  • In Episode 6 of Crash Landing on You Se-ri and Jeong-hyuk watch the first snow of the year together. Se-ri tells him that it's a South Korean myth that watching the first snow with someone fulfills your love.
  • In an episode of CSI: NY, a couple arrive in a "winter wonderland" and start kissing. Then an ice castle collapses and they find a corpse.
  • In Downton Abbey, it is snowing when Matthew proposes to Lady Mary at the end of the Christmas special.
  • Due South: Near the end of the first season, Fraser and Victoria's relationship is repeatedly symbolized by metaphorical falling snow. Somewhat subversive in that this relationship isn't especially healthy - the snow could as much symbolize Victoria's lies & deception as love.
  • In Friends, Phoebe and Mike's wedding is almost ruined by extreme snow storm. Instead, the weather calms down and they have a wonderfully romantic wedding on the street covered in snow.
  • Game of Thrones: Jon and Ygritte developed feelings for each other while stuck with each other at the north of the Wall.
  • Gilmore Girls:
    • Lorelai loves snow and always thinks of it as a meaningful gift for her. In the first season, it snows heavily when her love interest Max Medina goes through Stars Hollow and is forced to stay there while his car is being repaired. Meanwhile, Max and Lorelai share romantic moments.
    • Emily mentions her imaginary plans for her daughter Lorelai's wedding — imaginary because she knows Lorelai won't ever let her plan her wedding. It was going to be a Russian royal winter theme, with snow-white roses, trees decorated with white lights and candles, with snow everywhere. Lorelai would arrive in a silver sleigh pulled by white horses. Given how much Lorelai loves winter and first snow, Emily absolutely nailed it.
  • The second Barney and Robin kiss after becoming engaged in How I Met Your Mother, it begins to snow. It also continues to snow while they bask in the moment and when Marshall and Lily are reunited with baby Marvin.
  • This is the Arc Symbol for Jane and Michael's romance on Jane the Virgin. When they first meet Jane tells Michael that snow in telenovelas is because "snow makes everything more romantic", and subsequently many of their romantic moments feature snow (or falling dust that looks like snow).
  • One Life to Live's Max and Luna consummate their relationship as a Valentine's Day blizzard rages outside. Ten months later, there's similar weather on their wedding night.
  • In The Outer Limits (1995) episode "Inconstant Moon", a scientist believing the sun has gone nova and burned off half the Earth's atmosphere tries to distract his longtime love interest by walking downtown. The erratic weather causes a romantic snowfall.
  • Korean Series Padam Padam has the lead character skinny-dipping in a snowstorm with his ladylove, just to see what it feels like.
  • Parks and Recreation:
    • "The Trial of Leslie Knope": Leslie and Ben are on trial for ethical violation of superior dating subordinate. Ben declares his love for Leslie and resigns. Leslie tracks Ben down in the snowy night, and tells him she loves him too. She also drags there Ethel who is a court stenographer so that Ben knows it's on official record.
    • "Leslie and Ben": Leslie and Ben spontaneously decide to get married three months earlier than their original plan. It starts snowing when they become unsure whether it's a really good idea and doable.
      Leslie: But, truth be told, we just really wanted to get married. When you're in love, everything seems like a sign.
  • Schitt's Creek: It begins to snow during the Christmas Episode as Johnny and Moira walk arm-in-arm back to The Rosebud Motel, and it is revealed that Moira and the kids pulled together a last minute Christmas Party for Johnny.
  • Schmigadoon! reveals that Josh and Melissa first confessed their mutual love in the snow.
  • Supernatural: At the end of "A Very Supernatural Christmas", it starts snowing when Sam and Dean are opening the Christmas presents they got each-other. Throughout the episode, the Monster of the Week were causing mild weather, and Sam and Dean were up to this point arguing about whether or not to celebrate Christmas.
  • The White Queen: It conveniently begins to snow just before Richard of Gloucester proposes marriage to Anne Neville. After a Love Confession, he gallantly wraps her with his cloak to shield her from the colder weather. Once Anne has accepted, a glorious Hollywood Kiss follows, and the newly engaged couple are surrounded by snowflakes that almost seem to dance all around them.
  • The X-Files: In a season six Christmas episode, Mulder and Scully start unwrapping their presents to one another, just as the snow starts falling. They live in the Washington-Metropolitan area, where snow doesn't usually fall until mid-January, so it's especially meaningful.

  • There are a number of popular "Christmas Songs" that really aren't about the holiday at all, and might be more accurately termed Winter Love Songs:
    • "Winter Wonderland"
    • "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"
    • "Sleigh Ride"
    • "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
    • "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm"
    • "It Happened in Sun Valley"
  • Used in the Flashback sections of the video for Kate Bush's "This Woman's Work".
  • Barenaked Ladies:
    • The holiday song "Footprints" is basically all about this trope.
    • As is the "Winter Wonderland" song.
  • The lyrics of Nightwish's song "Come Cover Me" are full of this trope.
  • "The Snowfoot Waltz" by The Divers, a band made of professors, is a lovely example. The chorus:
    Dance with me through the falling snow.
    The temperature's fine for three-quarter time,
    And there's no better ballroom I know.
    Dance with me through the empty streets.
    The traffic is dead and there's a tune in my head,
    And without you it won't be complete,
    To do the Snowfoot Waltz.
  • L'arc-en-Ciel's Snow Drop
    Fate is strange, isn't it? That time that has stopped and rusted
    Brings morning to even this world
    As we start to walk, the warm snow falls on us
    As if we were blessed lalalulala lalalulala lalalulala
    It was as if you had put on a white veil
  • They Might Be Giants' song New York City has this:
    You called me last night on the telephone
    And I was glad to hear from you 'cause I was all alone
    You said, "It's snowing! It's snowing! God, I hate this weather!"
    Now I'd walk through blizzards just to get us back together.
    'Cause everyone's your friend in New York City
    And everything is beautiful when you're young and pretty
    The streets are paved with diamonds and there's just so much to see
    But the best thing about New York City and me!
  • Inverted in Letzte Instanz's "Winterträne" which is about a sad breakup in winter.

  • In Almost, Maine, snow starts to fall when Pete and Ginette are reunited.
  • In Jasper in Deadland, the final song is about Jasper and Agnes returning to the surface and promising to love their lives and each other as snow begins falling.
  • In RENT, one of Angel's lines is "Kiss me, it's beginning to snow!" in number "Christmas Bells". Mark's observations, the penultimate lines of ACT I in the stage play: "The riot continues. The Christmas tree goes up in flames. The snow dances. Oblivious, Mimi and Roger share a small, lovely kiss." This occurs after their love song "I Should Tell You".

    Video Games 
  • Fire Emblem:
  • In The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II, after each of the dormitory events with Rean's chosen partner towards the beginning of the Finale section, the view cuts to the outside of the dormitory to show it gently snowing. If your chosen partner was one of the female characters, then it certainly means love. If a male character, then, well, a strong friendship at least.
  • Happens in Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, but also Snow Means Death. Layton's lover, Claire, who was revealed to be slung into the future has to go back to the past to when the time machine exploded. Layton pleads with her to stay, but she leaves anyway. It snows once she's confirmed to be gone.
  • In Resident Evil 6, when Jake and Sherry take shelter from a massive snow storm in a cozy little cabin, there's have an intimate moment, that ends with Jake on top of her. Granted, this is because his superhuman abilities allowed him to hear the enemies coming and he was just pushing her out of the way to protect her. Still, it was quite romantic.
  • In Street Fighter III, Effie and Necro barely dodge Snow Means Death when Necro saves Effie from falling to her death in a snowy frontier place. The trope goes full-blast when Effie embraces Necro as they get away safely, and he expresses happiness regarding the heavily modified body that allowed him to reach for her.
  • Tales Series:
    • Tales of Phantasia puts the game's only romantic scene between Cless and Mint (and one between Arche and Chester) in a town that's perpetually bathed in snowfall. The scene also has a poignant C-arc where Klarth uses his single Origin-powered time-scrying to check in on his love Mirald.
    • Tales of Symphonia:
      • There's a scene between Lloyd and his future 'soulmate' (mind you, only four of them are romantic in nature) placed in a similar location. (Actually, Flanoir is Freizkeil, Meltokio is Arlee); 4000 years and a continental shift earlier.
    • In the sequel of Tales of Symphonia, Lloyd will, in the same place, and depending on a player choice: declare love for one of his female friends, or have a romantic chat with one of the characters (the others are less romantic, but definitely shippy) (as long as it's with a female— all of the male options are made quite clear that they're platonic only), when he finally joins you at the end of the game.
    • Lampshaded and subverted in Tales of the Abyss. All of the girls (and Ion) discuss how romantic the snowy city of Keterburg is and how lovely it would be to walk with a gentleman through the snow. Unfortunately, Jade is, off visiting his sister, Guy is terrified of being close to women and the fact that all of the women in town like to keep close is driving him crazy, and Luke's outfit has a bare stomach which is now freezing. Needless to say, the women are disappointed, except Tear who thought it was cute that Luke was worried about his belly freezing.

    Visual Novels 
  • Canvas 2:
    • The reconciliation scene with Misaki is designed around this trope.
    • Mami's birthday party.
  • CLANNAD visual novel:
    • In Tomoyo's route, Tomoya breaks up with her so that she can focus on her responsibilities and become successful. After eight months, he walks out of the school one day and sees her standing in the snow in front of him. She tells him that her responsibilities are concluded, that she loves him, and that she has been waiting for him for those whole eight months. They hug.
    • Done in the bonus episode called "Another World: Tomoyo".
  • An unorthodox example in Double Homework. It’s in the snow at Barbarossa that the protagonist chooses which one of his classmates (Lauren, Morgan, Amy, or Rachel) with whom to continue a relationship.
  • In Fate/stay night, Ilya makes it snow when parting with Shirou at one point. It's actually a mix of the two types listed in that Ilya is his adopted sister, so not quite romantic love, plus she's a little strange sometimes and sad girl in the snow, because it's one of the big clues to Shirou that her cheerful act is mostly a facade against being hurt anymore. Apparently, every Holy Grail War in Fuyuki has taken place in winter. You know some people love that grail.
  • Chizuru watches the snow fall with Saito in his good ending in Hakuouki.
  • Kanon is entirely based around this trope, as it takes place during winter and the game revolves around romancing one of five girls. However, since it's an Utsuge where all the girls' routes have some kind of tragedy to deal with, it also sometimes makes use of the Snow Means Death trope.
  • Subverted in Katawa Shoujo. The game opens with a Love Confession to the main character, Hisao, by his crush in the falling snow. Unfortunately, the stress of the situation triggers Hisao's cardiac arrythmia - which he didn't even know he had before then - and things veer dangerously close to Snow Means Death as he has a heart attack. He spends the next six months in the hospital... and the relationship doesn't last more than six weeks.
  • The Labyrinth of Grisaia: In her after story Michiru believes rather strongly in the romantic nature of winter. So she decides that she will go to a winter date with Yuuji... in the middle of the late-summer heat of early September. At the end of the short story however, her wish of a romantic snowfall comes true, which makes her really happy... even if the after credits scene reveals it to not actually be snow.
  • The storyline of Snow Sakura is all about romances in a snowy town of Yukito.

  • Here U Are: In chapter 98, it's snowing when Yu Yang decides to reciprocate Li Huan's feelings and declares his love for him.
  • Homestuck: It's snowing when Vriska finally gets to go on her date with John. Unfortunately, this is because she has died and they've met up in a dream bubble. And this actually isn't her John, but a John who died in a doomed timeline before he met her. Their conversation is sad, but still sweet.
  • Megatokyo: The phrase "sad girl in snow" in webcomics was popularized by the strip, deriving simply from the fact that this is something the creator/character Piro draws a lot of. Specifically this guest comic by Mac Hall, lampooning Piro's angst, self-depreciation and fascination with Moe, even early in the strip. There hasn't been snow until near the end of Chapter 9. Of course, shortly after it starts, Miho gets nuked.
  • The last pages of Nineteen, Twenty-One are set in the snow and it's where Yun-lee and Dong-whi finally get together and have their first kiss.

    Web Original 
  • The Special Feeling meme, detailed here. To wit, when a record snowfall in Japan took place, a news network was interviewing people about it — someone then said "being in the snow with my lover like this immerses me in a special feeling. I like it.” while his embarrassed paramour was close by — the pic was posted on Twitter, and the rest was memetic history.

    Western Animation 
  • The Season one finale of American Dragon: Jake Long uses this trope with a twist. The opening scene shows Jake and Rose together in Central Park on a snowy day, with Jake wondering if he should reveal his Secret Identity to her in order to proceed with their relationship. (However, in a textbook case of Dramatic Irony, it turns out Rose is actually the Huntsgirl, and has unknowingly tried to kill Jake multiple times.) The climactic scene of the episode, where Huntsgirl removes her glove to reveal Rose's dragon-shaped birthmark, takes place during a blizzard. It's almost Snow Means Death, except instead of the death of a person, we see the death of a relationship. They get back together. Guess it was a Disney Death.
  • Batman: The Animated Series:
    • Mr Freeze's most iconic scene is him talking to the snowglobe that contains a statue of his late wife, begging for forgiveness. Sad version of this trope. The comics reveal that in college the two spent much of their courtship outside in the snow.
    • There's an episode in which Batman meets Catwoman in the snow, and she has to ask, "Are you getting soft on criminals, or just on me?"
  • Danny Phantom and Sam have their first (proper) kiss in the snow.
  • W.I.T.C.H.: Will and Matt had their first kiss under a tree in a light snowfall.


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Andrei and Natasha's Waltz

Andrei invites Natasha for a waltz on the dance floor. The two are obviously enamored with each other; to underscore this, the dance is intercut with a romantic outing from their future courtship.

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