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"If they share a strand of that spaghetti, I'm so gonna hurl."

A parody of a scene from Disney's animated film Lady and the Tramp, where the titular characters shared a plate of spaghetti. The two canine lovers, distracted by a romantic serenade, ended up chewing opposite ends of the same noodle and accidentally nibbled their way into a kiss. Sometimes a parody of the next beat (Tramp nudging the last meatball over to Lady with his nose) is also included.

The contact of mouths caused by chewing the same food item is what makes this trope, so the edible item can be almost anything. Hotdogs, waffles, noodles, as well as other types of long pasta like fettuccine and linguine will do, as long as two lovers can nibble on the same item from opposite ends. Works originating from Japan usually invoke the trope by using Pocky sticks, a special kind of stick biscuit dipped in either chocolate or strawberry flavor, and of course, Japanese noodles (ramen, soba and such).

In real life, it's recommended to give your dogs pasta sparingly without sauce, as a treat. An excess of it can lead to digestive problems, and possible allergic reactions, and the garlic and onions from the sauce are toxic to dogs.

See also Sweetheart Sipping, if it is a drink that is shared by the lovers.


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  • In this Barilla pasta commercial, a couple first fails at this (spaghetti breaks) before succeeding (by using Barilla spaghetti of course.)

    Anime & Manga 
  • Aoi House covered this one, too, with hamster Echiboo and pig Luna-P. Aoi House covers a lot of parody tropes.
  • Ga-Rei -Zero-: Yomi steals a pocky stick off Kagura, who then bites it to try to reclaim it. Yomi bites the other end and the two chew at it, competing to see who eats the most. Kagura then pauses and blushes when she realizes it could end in a kiss, and Yomi smugly throws herself at her to do just that.
  • Great Teacher Onizuka features original sketches on the inside cover pages of each tankobon, and one was of Urumi nibbling on half of a Pocky as a very surprised Tomoko is eating the other end.
  • Starts to happen between Keita and Riko in kiss×sis. Ako puts a stop to that fairly quickly.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: An anime-original segment has Saikawa asking Kanna to try her french fries and putting one in her mouth to get a kiss from her. Kanna is game for it. Saikawa ends up suffering a Cuteness Overload just before their lips actually touch, though.
  • Invoked (with yakisoba) by the titular character of My Wife is a High School Girl to seduce her husband.
  • Pokémon the Series: XY: The episode "A Fork In The Road! A Parting Of The Ways!" includes a shot of two Wobbuffet (one of them Jessie's) interacting in this manner.

    Comic Books 
  • Angry Birds Comics: Game Play: Defied, it looks like this will happen between a pig and Matilda, but as soon as Matilda blinks it's revealed that the pig simply wanted to steal her hat.
  • Korean comic Asaekkiga turns this trope into a terrifying game of chicken.
  • Also done by two dogs near the end of the Jommeke album "Tobias Snuffel".
  • An Archie Comics story about the very first kiss between a male and a female had prehistoric versions of Archie and Betty lock lips while eating the same date palm. (Narrator Dilton also cites this event as the reason couples go out on "dates".)

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    Fan Works 
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers fanfic Cucinando…Sōkoku?: Romano had the misfortune of witnessing one between Italy and Japan first-hand.
    A certain infamous spaghetti scene was playing out before Romano in real life and real time except for a few differences; it was taking place inside of a building instead of being outside, the spaghetti appeared to have a foreign influence with the fulvous threads containing fish sprinkled with black herbs and enoki instead of being purely Italian, and there were two guys—a certain little brother and a certain Japanese man—on either end of the strand instead of two pooches of the opposite gender. Oh, and the kiss resulting from the eating of said strand was far more deliberate. What had Romano just walked in on?!

    Films — Animation 
  • Balto: Steele suggests that he and Jenna eat from the two ends of a sausage chain, but she's not interested.
    Steele: You start on one end, I'll start on the other. When we get to the middle, well...
  • Flushed Away: Two slugs are seen eating a plate of spaghetti and look like they're about to kiss when they're eating the same noodle... only for the female to suck on her end too hard, resulting in her devouring the other slug along with the noodle.
  • Kronk's New Groove: Kronk and Ms. Birdwell have a spaghetti dinner and eat from two ends of a noodle until they kiss. Then Kronk uses his large chin to roll a round food item to Ms. Birdwell, only for it to turn out to be a millipede and attack Kronk.
  • Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure: Subverted, ironically. Lady and Tramp's son Scamp and a stray puppy called Angel wind up at the same restaurant Scamp's parents visited, are served an identical bowl of spaghetti, and Scamp politely pushes a meatball towards Angel... and then the two proceed to devour the food in a very realistic, dog-like manner.
  • The Lion King 1 ½: Timon and Pumbaa accidentally kiss each other while eating a worm. They aren't happy about that.
  • Titanic: The Legend Goes On: The "Mucho Gusto" musical number has the Dalmatian couple getting closer as they share a sausage chain, though the scene cuts away before they can kiss.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 102 Dalmatians: When Kevin and Chloe go out on a date, we cut between their dogs at home, watching the kiss in Lady and the Tramp, and them on their date, sharing spaghetti the same way.
  • Disney also did a parody of it in the made-for-TV remake of The Shaggy Dog, with the protagonist (in dog form), wondering why his sharing a plate of spaghetti with another dog seemed so familiar. A major difference is that it's cold spaghetti from the trash, which disgusts the guy/sheepdog after the kiss.
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man played with the trope. Lou (Costello) and the titular invisible man ended up sharing a plate of spaghetti in a non-romantic way (both were just hungry and the Invisible Man didn't have his own meal since it's hard to order a meal when you're invisible). They ended up on the same strand but before it could lead to a kiss Lou cut the strand in half with his fingers. It should be noted that this movie predated "Lady and the Tramp" by four years so the scene wasn't a reference.
  • Der Wixxer parodies this: in a flashback, Inspector Even Longer almost spaghetti-kisses Inspector Rather Short.
  • A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! has this almost happening between Crocker and Magnate.
    Crocker: I didn't plan that.
  • The two MUTOs from Godzilla (2014), with a nuke!
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux: To make it even sillier, Charlie Sheen also does the meatball bit... yes, with his nose.
  • A scene where Eddie is shared by the two T. Rexes in The Lost World plays off like this, only gorier.
  • Garth and his GF in Wayne's World 2, with a liquorice wheel.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Broad City episode "Coat Check" has an intentional example, with Ilana and Adele sharing a cannoli by biting opposite ends of it.
  • In the Clarissa Explains It All episode where Sam develops a crush on Clarissa, she has an Imagine Spot featuring this.
  • Friends: Joey does this with his date in a Valentine's Day Episode.
  • Full House: Lampshaded because Joey's doing it with his date, and he freely admits he's imitating the scene because he thinks it's romantic.
  • In a first season episode of Gilmore Girls, Rory brings a meatball home from a date with Dean after Lorelai starts babbling to her about the spaghetti kiss.
  • Brittany from Glee practices this when she thinks she'll be going to a restaurant with Artie (although she truly wants to go with Santana). Leads to a Tear Jerker when she pushes the meatball with her nose to... no one, because Artie dumps her and Santana is mad at her.
  • In a sketch on MADtv (1995) that spoofs Rachael Ray's show $40 a Day, a very drunk Rachael forces an unwilling waiter to do a Spaghetti Kiss with her.
  • Hal and Lois of Malcolm in the Middle do this with kielbasa during an eating contest.
  • A season 4 episode of Once Upon a Time has a pair of extras doing this in the Establishing Shot of the restaurant where Killian/Hook takes Emma on a date.
  • Michael and his then-boyfriend David had one in season 1 of Queer as Folk (US).
  • A background gag in an episode of Shake it Up has Cece and Rocky almost share a Spaghetti Kiss while eating a giant meatball half-asleep. They then wake up, realize what they were doing and pull away in disgust.
  • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: London tries to spaghetti-kiss her date, but Maddie pulls her away with the spaghetti still in her mouth.
  • Appeared once or twice in Whose Line Is It Anyway?, whenever a game of Helping Hands involved spaghetti as a prop.
  • In the Wizards of Waverly Place episode "Wizards vs. Werewolves", Alex and Mason attempt to do this with a sub sandwich, since Alex thought it would be romantic. When Mason points out how gross it is, they decide to skip straight to the kiss, before being rudely interrupted when Harper alerts Theresa.
  • In The Wonder Years, with Kevin's friend, Chuck and his new girlfriend Alice perform this kiss. Adult Kevin calls them both Lady and the Tramp.

  • In the music video for Avril Lavigne's Girlfriend, Avril's love interest and his girlfriend attempt to do this with... something. Subverted as Avril's character interrupts them before they manage to kiss.


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    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: Happens with Little Finn and Little Flame Princess when Finn gives them a cookie to share in "All the Little People".
  • Parodied in The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Bros", where Gumball and Penny almost pull off the kiss before the camera cuts to reveal Drawin is actually sucking on the other ends of the spaghetti strands that were in their mouths.
  • Non-romantic variant from The Ant and the Aardvark. After painfully failing to catch the ant, the aardvark consigns himself to a repast of spaghetti. The ant climbs on the table and tucks in on the strand's ofher end. The aardvark winds up sucking in the ant, who leaps out of his mouth and runs for it.
  • Referenced a couple of times on Bob's Burgers:
    • In "Spaghetti Western and Meatballs," Tina tries to make this happen between herself and Jimmy Jr. He turns her down.
    • In "Worms of In-rear-ment", Gene suggests to Linda that they do a spaghetti kiss. Later, Gene and Linda are shown doing it in a montage of things Linda might have done to catch Gene's pinworms.
  • Bojack Horseman: Mr. Peanutbutter and Pickles try to have a casual non-romantic dinner at Kiki's French Cuisine, but they're eating a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs which leads to them accidentally chewing on the same string of spaghetti, to which they react with dismay (although no kiss happens).
  • Occurs in the Christmas Special Christopher The Christmas Tree, with a skunk and a squirrel eating opposite ends of a string of popcorn. The skunk goes in for another kiss, but the squirrel jumps out of the way just in time.
  • Parodied in the Danger Mouse episode "The World is Full of Stuff", as part of a Ship Tease: DM and Professor Squawkencluck are both horrified when a camera that creates pictures of the future shows them kissing. To take their minds off it, they both start eating liquorice rope. They realize it's the same liquorice rope just before their lips touch, and recoil in horror.
  • It is alluded in The Dragon Prince in one of the credit drawings which Zym and Bait are doing it
  • Parodied in Drawn Together where Captain Hero falls in love with Clara's mentally challenged cousin, Bleh, and goes on a date with her. When Captain Hero and Bleh are at the carnival, she drools on their spaghetti and Captain Hero unwittingly grabs the saliva strand with his fork and slurps it like a noodle until he reaches her lips and they kiss.
  • Several years prior to that one, Disney did it again in the DuckTales (1987) episode where Scrooge gets amnesia; in his case, it happens when he and Fenton's mom go out for pizza.
    • Invoked in the reboot, Huey and Webby set up a fancy dinner for Fenton and Gandra for their evening in the lab, much to Fenton's annoyance. While getting rid of everything the two brought, Fenton discovers that the plate of spaghetti they made has all the noodles tied together. Huey explains they did that hoping it would result in this.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: In the Valentine's Day special "Hanky Panky Hullabaloo", a pair of cupids cause several students at Peach Creek Jr. High to become lovesick, resulting in some strange couples. One of these odd couples includes Nazz and Jonny, who are shown sharing a strand of spaghetti. However before their lips meet, their classmate Rolf intervenes and splashes dirty mop water on them, thus 'restoring the harsh realities of their miserable lives.'
  • Parodied in Family Guy:
    • Brian, in the midst of a "civil rights for dogs" tear, walks in on this scene and chews out both participants for "acting the way they want you to".
    • In a later episode, Quagmire is out on an actually romantic date. He ends up pushing the last meatball with his nose.
    • One taken directly from L&TT, but with Michael Vick added.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum: "Robo-mance" has the Dollar-nator and Julie Android do a spaghetti kiss with spaghetti made of wires during the musical number of the same name.
  • Salmon-Leela and Salmon-Fry share such a kiss in the FuturamaNaturama” where the strand of spaghetti is a marine worm instead.
  • Gravity Falls: Apparently Old Man McGucket had one with a raccoon over a piece of meat they were fighting over.
  • Parodied in the Happy Tree Friends Halloween short "Remains To Be Seen" with Cuddles and Giggles. The twist is that they're both zombies, and they're slurping a brain.
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • One episode has Arnold have an Imagine Spot of him and Lila at the Cheese Festival doing this with a piece of string cheese.
    • A more creative instance occurs in "Married", where Helga's dream of marriage to Arnold ends with them passionately kissing once they reach the middle of a shared pastrami sandwich; unlike most instances, they are looking at each other the whole time and seem fully aware of what they're doing, making the moment also look like a kind of G-rated food foreplay.
  • Disney included another parody of it in House of Mouse, with vaguely-canine-y-people Max Goof and his girlfriend, Roxanne. In fact, the spaghetti scene was referenced and parodied several times on House of Mouse by Lady and the Tramp themselves — if the two showed up at all in an episode, it was only to eat spaghetti and usually get interrupted while trying to do the Spaghetti Kiss.
  • The Johnny Bravo episode "The Unsinkable Johnny Bravo" has a variant where Johnny's mom and the ship's captain start to kiss after consuming the same string of sausage.
  • Done to a point in Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, as a snow leopard tries to get Po to fall for her to get an invite to rob the Jade Palace. He doesn't notice and ends up with her whole head in his mouth.
  • In the The Loud House episode, "Feast or Family", Charles and Cliff do this when they are served Mr. Loud and Luan's Lynn-guine.
  • Middlemost Post: Parker does this in "Unboxing". With a box. It only marginally makes a bit more sense in context.
  • Muppet Babies (2018): In "Wock-a-Bye Fozzie", the babies watch a movie called The Wacky Alpacas Eat Spaghetti 2 during their first sleepover at Miss Nanny's house. The movie ends with the titular Wacky Alpacas doing this after finally getting to enjoy a spaghetti dinner, which gets gobbled up by the same flock of pigeons that ate the first one.
  • Bright Mac and Pear Butter from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic have one when they’re sipping on a milkshake in “The Perfect Pear.”
  • This is almost done in the Phineas and Ferb special "Summer Belongs to You"... with Buford and Baljeet. It only earns a shocked expression from the two and the plate of spaghetti being thrown onto Baljeet's head.
  • Yet another Disney parody in an episode of Recess where Mikey becomes friends with the school bully Kurst 'the Worst'. Once it's clear that they're sharing the same strand, Kurst belches and her end falls from her mouth, leaving Mikey to finish it.
  • In the Rocko's Modern Life episode, "Clean Lovin'", Spunky falls in love with Rocko's mop, and fantasizes about having a spaghetti dinner with it. In his fantasy, he accidentally sucks up one of the mop's strings and kisses the mop.
  • Rugrats in Paris has Spike and Fifi the poodle doing this with overly gooey pizza cheese taking the place of spaghetti. They then get stuck and growl at each other.
  • Scooby-Doo and Shaggy do this at the end of the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "Pompeii And Circumstance." They are repulsed by the result.
    • They do it again in the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "The Devouring" while sharing a submarine sandwich. They don't look at all disgusted this time, instead acting coy.
    • They do it again with spaghetti in the Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? episode "Fear of the Fire Beast". Only this time they fight for the strand.
  • The Simpsons parodied it numerous times:
    • Santa's Little Helper and his girlfriend She's The Fastest do it...then start growling and fighting over the spaghetti.
    • Mr. Burns does it with his girlfriend, but it's revealed that Homer, hiding nearby, is the one slurping Burns' spaghetti for him.
    • And again, with Homer and Marge as dogs... Until Homer sucks Marge into his mouth instead of kissing her.
    • In The Last Temptation of Homer, Homer and Mindy do this with a foot-long chili dog.
    • In season 28, Homer has dinner with his neighbor Julia. Everyone thinks he's cheating on Marge, but him and Julia insist they are just friends. Luigi sets them out a plate of spaghetti for them as a way to test them. Homer sucks back the spaghetti strand extra hard, effectively stealing it out of Julia's mouth, and the waiter declares that it's not love.
  • At one point in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Married to Money", Mr. Krabs and his date, a sentient wad of cash named Cashina (actually Plankton in disguise) are in a fancy restaurant, both trying to suck the same strand... only for Plankton to just cut the strand off instead, sending Krabs flying.
  • In Steven Universe, Greg was so into a car he had his eye on, a Photo Montage shows him attempting a spaghetti kiss with it, but gets interrupted when a car salesman sics the police on him.
  • Referenced but not actually done in the Teacher's Pet episode "Fifi". Leonard tries to pay a French-accented restaurateur to serve his dog Spot and Fifi spaghetti out back so they can reenact the scene. The restaurateur replies that he would lose his license if he did that and, furthermore, "Dogs do not have lips!" Leonard then manages to get Younghee's father to do it, but Fifi ends up leaving before the spaghetti kiss can happen.
  • Parodied and Subverted in the Totally Spies! episode "Silicon Valley Girls"; in a Funny Foreground Event, Clover and Alex notice the single strand of spaghetti connecting to each other's lips, but they just stop right there.
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy: In "Law and Odor", Dudley is unable to stop the Stink Bug from creating the Air Unfreshener due to his super-sensitive nose. When Dudley finds out that Keswick has a cold due to licking a handrail at a hospital and can't smell anything, Dudley tries to get Keswick to infect him. One of his attempts is by kissing each other when they share a spaghetti dinner.


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