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"Someday, I'll catch him, then I'll be the one kissing HIM triumpthantly!"
Bud Buckwald, on his arch-enemy El Coyote, Bordertown

So, you've got your enemy on the ropes (literally or figuratively) and you feel the need to really rub it in that you've won. Or, your enemy's got you on the ropes and it's time for desperate measures to turn things round. What should you do? In fiction, one option is the "Take That!" Kiss. (TV Tropes makes no guarantees for how well this works in Real Life, so Don't Try This at Home — or at least, don't come crying to us if you do and it fails or backfires.)

Whereas the "Take That!" Kiss is sometimes the most blatant expression of Foe Romance Subtext, it also can be the only thing in the characters' exchanges that suggests romantic interest at all. It will typically be more of a taunting/patronizing/desperate/tricksterish/arrogant domination display than a romantic/sexy come-on—though it's quite often played as an ironic version of a come-on, or possibly some kind of complicated double-bluff.

For related reasons, it's usually not a "Shut Up" Kiss, at least of the core variety that leads to two characters finally getting together, if only for a while, and no slapping need be involved, before or after. If there is UST or Belligerent Sexual Tension though, expect this trope to feature somewhere, at least as long as one of the parties is Genre Savvy enough to pick up on it.

The idea isn't necessarily specifically to mock or antagonize, though. It usually seems more like a non-verbal Take That!, though not always aggressive or hostile, and can be more of an affectionate sending-up or one-upping.

In effect, the "message" can range from "Try anything else, and I'll pull the plug on your career as well as make fun of you in public," (the Riget example, below) through "I'm not going to let your hostility stop my aggravating exuberance," (Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker) to "So you just told a memorable fable about the problem of evil that explicitly challenges all I'm thought to stand for, and now you're expecting a counter-argument? Well, actually, I'm just going to do something ambiguous and non-verbal that will nonplus you and everybody else," (The Brothers Karamazov).

Though this is most commonly pulled by villain(ish) characters, it can also be done by a Designated Hero, or (as in the Heathers and Riget examples) by characters whose morality tends to the ambiguous. Examples of full-on good characters doing this are more rare—but see The Brothers Karamazov examples.

If that all seems a lot to read into an ambiguous and often completely non-verbal act, that hopefully just proves the point, but feel free to intone Bellisario's Maxim if desired.

A common variant is for a character to kiss someone as a Take That! to some third party. The message here is typically, "No, I'm not into you, and I'll prove it by randomly kissing whoever happens to be available because I'd rather have anyone else but you." Alternately, it could be part of an Operation: Jealousy, sending the message "If you don't make your move, you'll have to watch me mack on some other lucky bastard."

Blowing kisses can be a way of achieving a similar, if milder, mocking effect at a safe(r) distance. Compare Terms of Endangerment.

See also the more metaphorical type of Kiss of Death, which is rather stronger than just saying Take That!. Also compare and contrast Kiss of Distraction, where the intent is not to taunt but to confuse.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Berserk, Griffith/Femto gives Casca a Forceful Kiss just before brutally raping her. Normally, it would be whether a kiss in the process of a rape counts as this trope, but since the only point of this horrific Kick the Dog moment was to spite Casca and Guts before killing them, you could read the whole ordeal as a particularly evil Take That!.
    • He also tongue kisses her while raping her from behind.
  • Dragon Ball Z: Sort of played with in the aftermath of the first encounter with Androids 17 & 18. After the two wipe the floor with all the Z fighters except for Krillin, 18 goes over to the terrified Krillin and gives him a kiss on the cheek. While it was pretty much a mocking gesture (Krillin was the only one who didn't fight) it was the start of a relationship that would eventually see the two of them marry in the future.
  • Nakago to Tamahome in Fushigi Yuugi. Yep. You read that right.
    • And that was in reference to the one Nakago previously gave Miaka, too.
  • Future Diary:
    • Tsubaki Kasugano plants one of these on Yukiteru when she thinks she's defeated him and Yuno. Unfortunately for her, Yuno doesn't like that one bit.
    • Later, Akise gives one to Yukki, partly out of love, partly to piss Yuno off. It worked. Maybe too well.
  • Hana-Kimi: While the school doctor Umeda is lecturing the main character Mizuki's homophobic older brother on why he's being unreasonable towards his sister, he grabs him by the neck tie and kisses him (as the author put it) "Just to piss him off".
  • In the manga of Hellsing as well as in Ultimate, Pip repeatedly tries to sneak a kiss from Seras Victoria. Usually to disastrous results. But then, during the siege of Hellsing manor, he's mortally wounded (riddled with shrapnel and run through by a scythe), Seras is horrifically injured (missing her arm and both eyes), and he's able to sneak in one first, and last, kiss before he dies... and then proceeds to bust out laughing that he finally did it, before offering his blood to her so she could heal up, become a full vampire, and avenge the Wild Geese (as well as just about everyone in London). It was not an insult to Seras but to the certainty of death.
  • Itazura Na Kiss: Naoki kisses Kotoko mostly to get back at her after she publicly humiliated him with his childhood photo, which she did after he publicly ridiculed her feelings for him. Another reason is that she declared she would give up on him and he doesn't like to hear that.
    Kotoko: I'm going to forget you and attend college...
    Naoki: Then, go ahead and try. (kisses her)
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Done by proxy in the first part, where Dio steals Jonathan's beloved's First Kiss to get one over on him. It backfires, as she proceeds to insult him by washing her mouth out with filthy water — the implication being he's so disgusting she doesn't want to pollute the nearby stream. He snaps, backhands her (which causes his cronies to abandon him in disgust), and ultimately this causes him far more pain than it does Jonathan.
  • Monster Rancher: In episode 44 "Magical Stone Mayhem", Lilim almost kills Holly and Tiger, steals the magic stone, and almost kills the searchers (by having the army of robots shoot them to death). As she's leaving, Genki grabs on to her legs while she's flying away — only for her to kick him down. He falls 30 feet only to be saved at the last second. Lilim tells him "Thanks again," blows a flirtatious kiss, and then flies off. Also in the same episode after she steals the magic stone from Holly, she gives it a kiss - so in a way it's kind of a "Take That" kiss by kissing the stone and then mockingly telling Holly "thanks". In the uncut version of episode 45, she betrays General Durahan and kills his crew and collection of monsters. After a hard battle, she ambushes him from behind and steals the magic stone again. Before leaving, she blows him a goodbye kiss. It's safe to say Lilim loves this trope so much she'd probably give it a kiss.
  • Naruto: The titular character experiences a few of these.
    • One occurred Naruto was having a friendly fight against the (soon to be) fifth Hokage, Tsunade. Although Naruto managed to use his brand new technique, Tsunade almost instantly has him against the ropes. When Naruto awaits an earth-shattering punch, he instead has his efforts rewarded with a kiss on the forehead.
    • Fūka puts Naruto on the ropes when she shows up in several filler episodes and puts on a faux flirtatious attitude with him, constantly flirting with Double Entendres. She tries to end their fight numerous times with a Kiss of Death that sucks out his chakra, and she successfully kisses him three times but is always thwarted before she can completely drain him of his chakra. The best example of this though is their second kiss, where after Fūka finally manages to catch Naruto by turning his legs to stone, she continues to act in a fake loving manner just to taunt how helpless he is, suggesting they kiss and make up before claiming she'll take his soul as payment for it. With him unable to resist her, she takes a moment to cuddle with him, cupping him by the face and chin and forcing him to look into her eyes as a mock romantic Held Gaze between them, with him glaring at her in defiance while sweating out of fear of what she will do to him while she smirks smugly and giggles at him, until she finally whispers her technique, leans in slowly with puckered lips and forcibly locks lips with him.
      • Ironically, her first kiss with Naruto is more of him doing it to her. Naruto tricked her into kissing one of his Shadow Clones, which not only let him survive but since Naruto can share the experience his clone feels he was able to feel what a kiss with Fūka was like, essentially stealing a real kiss from her, and mockingly blows her a kiss himself while saying it actually wasn't bad, much to her anger.
  • In Negima! Magister Negi Magi's rushed anime, Yue Ayase pulls a fast one in front of Nodoka Miyazaki at the end of the 24th episode.
  • Noir: In the episode where Mireille and Kirika have to confront "The Intoccabile" — a woman whom the normally unflappable Mireille has been terrified of since childhood — the Intoccabile comes and speaks to Mireille herself to rub in the fact that Mireille is powerless against her because of her fear. She backs her into a balcony railing and then forces a kiss on her. Mireille tries to punch her, but the Intoccabile just catches her arm. She leaves unharmed, leaving poor Mireille feeling even more powerless than ever, which of course was the whole idea.
  • Peach Girl: Sae is constantly attempting these on Toji, as a way to one up Momo.
    • As a way to get Sae to back off, Momo grabs Touji and plants a kiss on him in front of Sae, while glaring at Sae and declaring that Touji is hers.
  • Prison School: Hana forcibly takes Kiyoshi's first kiss. It backfires horribly on her.
  • School Days: In the final episode, Makoto and Kotonoha do this in order to stick it to Sekai. Needless to say, things get worse.
  • Seraph of the End has a variation, a Take That! Bite. In chapter 46 Ferid drives up in his car and holds out his hand to Mika and Yuu, with a flirtatious look and teasingly saying "I heard you two were being attacked by a dangerous vampire so I came to your rescue. Come take a ride with me. I'll save you." He plays mind games with Yuu and Mika throughout the chapter, and when Yuu turns into a demon to attack Ferid for showing them Akane's head Ferid tells Mika he's "worried for the poor guy (Yuu)" because he's says Yuu could turn into a full demon. He states he has an antidote to cure Yuu and tells Shinoa "Let us go rescue dear Yuu." Mika is adamant to keep Ferid from getting near Yuu and says "I won't let you have your way with him!" Ferid smiles and says he just wants to help Yuu. Mika says he's not going to let Ferid touch him. Crowley engages Mika in a fight while Ferid states cheerfully "Now precious Yuu is all mine." Ferid approaches Yuu and blushes saying "Wow! Haven't you grown into the cute one!! Your demon is on the verge of rampage yet you still have such clear and beautiful eyes. No wonder you are the extra special guinea pig." He then lifts Yuu's face by his chin and gets close saying "Perhaps before I heal you I'll take a little sip of your blood." Yuu asks if there's something in it for him if he allows Ferid to suck his blood. Ferid says he got the curse suppressant from Guren and it's the same one he takes. Yuu demands Ferid tells him everything he knows and Ferid smiles, covers Yuu's mouth with his hand, says "Oh, you are cute" and bites him while gripping his shoulder and hand. He then "cures" Yuu of his advancing demon curse while holding him close and leaning his head on Yuu's shoulder. This was done purely because he wanted to and to spite Mika, since in the series a vampire's bite is. of the Kiss of the Vampire variety.
  • Tokyo Ghoul: After Kaneki and Touka escape Mutsuki who is deranged out of love for Kaneki and screams he'll kill Kaneki and Touka both (Touka because she's in the way and Kaneki because he rejected him for Touka) it leans toward this trope when Touka abruptly pins down Kaneki to kiss him and they proceed to have sex. It certainly felt like Touka wanted to make sure she and Kaneki sealed the deal romantically before Mutsuki could snatch him away and attempt to do the same. Them kissing and having sex is almost like them saying "screw you" in regards to Mutsuki for thinking he could come between them.
  • Urusei Yatsura: In episode 113, Benten catches Ran in a leg lock after chasing her through the city. To make her let go, Ran kisses her on the mouth, which royally pisses her off.

    Comic Books 
  • Hawkeye did this to Deathbird after defeating her. This went beyond his usual style, but she was an exceptionally dangerous opponent, and he defeated her by himself, and he hadn't had a fight like that in quite a while, so he was riding on exhilaration.
  • Hawkeye has also been on the receiving end of one of these, courtesy of She-Hulk. He'd been messing with the newly recruited Avenger for a while now, and She-Hulk's response to his latest jabs was to forcibly pick him up, kiss him, and drop him on his ass. Even Clint admitted she's won that round.
  • In Lucifer, Mazikeen, having just saved the Council of Angels' bacon and still getting grief from them for being a) female and b) a demon, enlists a human admirer for a Take That Kiss:
    Beatrice, I need your help in one more thing. Passion is blasphemy in this holy place. [Beat] And I have a powerful need to blaspheme.
  • Black Canary did this to Batman in Birds of Prey #90 to the amazement of her teammates.
    Canary: It was like kissing Dracula but with less tongue.
  • In Young Avengers, Hulkling once dealt with a bigot spouting biblical quotes about the evils of sodomy by kissing him.
  • In X-Men, Beast, Nightcrawler, and Rogue have all been known to kiss people in the midst of combat. In Rogue's case, this is a a method of attack, since her touch drains the victim, but since any skin to skin contact works, using a kiss is just her being cheeky about it.
  • Shriek did this to Spider-Man on one occasion after she beat him up then sucked out his energy.
    • In a similar case, Queen wanted Spider-Man as her mate and after defeating him, caught him in a hug and flirted with him saying he shouldn't feel bad for losing to her because he could have never beaten her before forcing a big wet kiss on him. She kissed him again while she had him captive and didn't take his resistance well. It turns out her kiss was slowly mutating him into a giant spider, which she would have full control of and he would serve as her egg sac to give birth to her offsprings.
  • One issue of Batgirl (2000) had Cassandra Cain do this to her father David after he had slapped her and in response she attacked and pinned him, she then planted one on him to show she had bested him leaving a kiss mark made from her blood on his mouth.
  • Anderson: Psi-Division: After Anderson finds herself living out another person's life but fails to stop Judge Death's ascension to unstoppable killing machine, he kisses her with his rotting lips before she dies.
  • In Love and Rockets Maggie plants a Take That Kiss on Viv after an argument between them, partly over their rivalry over Ray. Viv gets into it for a few seconds before punching Maggie.
  • All-New Ultimates: Diamondback gave one to Miles Morales. There was a Running Gag later with the constant references to that kiss.
  • In Spawn #97 after Angela provokes Spawn he prepares to attack her only for her to kiss him, he asks why she did that, she replies because it was the last thing he'd expect from her.

    Comic Strips 
  • Peanuts: Snoopy sometimes gives one to Lucy to interrupt her dogs-should-not-do-that rants.
  • The January 6, 1988 strip of U.S. Acres had Booker grab hold of a worm and ask what the worm was going to do now. The worm promptly kisses Booker and flees while Booker is rubbing his face in disgust.

  • In Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness, Neville kisses Draco to humiliate him.
    • Similarly, in another Potter fanfiction, While Draco is taunting Harry for being predictable and a wimp, Harry kisses him in a combination of a "Shut Up" Kiss and Take That Kiss to, what else? Shut him up and piss him off.
  • In Arc of Sacrifices, Peridot Yaxley kisses her sister Indigena in order to humiliate her and prove she's won.
  • In the Hetalia fic Slender, Canada while under the control of the Slender Man (It Makes Sense in Context) kisses America on the cheek, to add an extra helping of Twincest Squick to an already creepy scene.
  • In Chapter 37 of Bring Me To Life, a a Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel Fanfic written by Jean-the Guardian, the First plants one on Buffy to rub its power in her face after Buffy breaks her hand while punching Jasmine’s face and Jasmine retaliates by punching Buffy so hard it knocked the Slayer out cold.
  • One Naruto AU fanfic in particular revolves around this. Sasuke, still Naruto's hated rival, blackmails him with information that could get him in serious trouble with their school and kicked out and possible even to lose his home. What he wants in return? The sick satisfaction of humiliating Naruto every day by forcing him to kiss someone he absolutely despises.
  • Cheerilee's Garden contains two instances of this in its third chapter, both performed on Twilight by Cheerilee: the first, during the conversation between the two before Cheerilee begins torturing Twilight to death, and the second during Twilight's final moments (during which Cheerilee becomes more and more passionate as she feels her victim's life slipping away; for added disturbance value, it's even implied that Twilight's death gives her an orgasm).
  • In the The Legend of Zelda fic Wisdom and Courage, after successfully forcing Link to gather the Fused Shadow's pieces for her in exchange for Zelda's life, Veran decides to twist the knife even further by planting a kiss on Link right in front of Zelda for the sole purpose of torturing them both.
  • In Off Kilter, a The Force Awakens Slash Fic, Kylo Ren and Hux get trapped together in a malfunctioning elevator. Their annoyance, tension and mutual hostility result in a physical fight, which Kylo tries to end by kissing Hux to assert his dominance... but since Hux refuses to back down, it just turns their fight into a passionate makeout session.
  • In The Queen's Consort, Hans is shown hitting on Elsa, as well as implying that her wife Anna was a slut and thus not worthy of her. In response, Anna walks right up to Elsa and practically makes out with her in-front of everybody.
  • Transformers Animated: Cybertronian Genesis: In the sequel, during the Siege of Polyhex, Megatron delivers a spiteful one to Blackarachnia in order to drive Optimus Prime into accepting his offer and joining the Decepticons (much to the disgust of everyone, including the likes of Lugnut and Blackarachnia herself). Optimus, who was only negotiating as a stalling tactic, enters Tranquil Fury mode as a result of seeing his Arch-Enemy kiss his One True Love, and drops the charade, instigating a Duel to the Death.
  • Mr and Mrs Gold: Flaunting their love-life whenever Regina is around has become a particularly favorite past-time for the Golds.
  • The Flash Sentry Chronicles: Sunset forces a deep kiss on Flash, stunning him. She mocks him for having stole his First Kiss and mockingly flirts with him while he's stunned silent, offering him a second kiss. When he regains his senses and refuses she responds by kneeing him in the groin and laughing at his pain.
  • Down And Out: When Grace jokes that Simon must have had a crush on her while destroying his novel, he admits he once was in love with her. The confession is bitter for the both of them, and Grace decides to kiss Simon not out of love or passion, but as a cruel reminder that they've lost the chance for that sort of relationship.
  • Danganronpa: In Harmony's Wake: In the fourth trial, Monoponi "congratulates" Diamond Tiara for making a correct assumption about the smoke detectors by cupping her cheeks and telling her he could kiss her. The thought of this causes Diamond Tiara to vomit behind her podium at the idea, and several of the other passengers are also disgusted at the thought. Monoponi just laughs at this reaction though, this clearly being what he wanted. This gets a Call-Back in the final trial when, the Mastermind, Cozy Glow, mockingly says she thought she and Diamond Tiara were getting along. She then reminds her that they never got to kiss, and mockingly flirts with her, asking her if she wants to "make up for lost time" before puckering up and making kissing noises at her. Diamond Tara just covers her mouth to stop from throwing up again and begs her no, to which Cozy just shrugs and says it is Tiara's loss.
  • Stormwolf Adventures has Armilla planting one on Finn's lips to taunt both him about how he had been disrespected in the past and Leah for kissing him before she does.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Attack of the Killer Donuts: Bobby blows John a spiteful kiss as he's driving away with Veronica.
  • In Remember the Titans, Sunshine thanks Bertier for his homophobic remarks by giving him a big smooch in front of the entire team. In the changing room/showers to boot. And then, when Bertier tried to plant a fist in Sunshine's face, the latter not only held his own, but managed to knock the All American on his butt.
  • Leia kisses Luke in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back to spite Han during an argument. Became much Harsher in Hindsight when Return of the Jedi revealed that they were siblings. In Leia's defense, neither of them had known that at the time.
  • In Blade Runner Roy gives one of these to Tyrell shortly after Tyrell tells him he can not expand his life and then kills him by crushing his skull with his bare hands.
    • In Blade Runner 2049 Luv also gives one to K after mortally wounding him in a fight. This serves as a dark reflection when earlier in the film Wallace kisses a new replicant shortly before he murders her.
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade:
    Elsa Schneider: Zat's how Austrians say goodbye.
    Colonel Vogel: And zis is how we say goodbye in Germany, Dr. Jones! (punch)
  • Black Widow (1987): When FBI agent Alexandra gives Catharine a piece of "black widow" jewelry (letting her know that Alexandra knows she's a Black Widow), Catharine kisses her as a challenge (also as part of the general Les Yay Foe Romantic Subtext between them).
  • In Heathers, Veronica plants one on Heather Duke near the end, just after divesting her of Heather Chandler's red hairband, which Heather Duke has taken to wearing as a sign that she's now the über Alpha Bitch.
    Veronica: Heather, my love, there's a new sheriff in town. {smooch}
  • Maggie does this to Freddy does this after stuffing a pipe bomb in his gut at the end of Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare.
  • Chase plants one on Caleb in The Covenant for a rarer male on male example. Considering the most memorable moments in the movie consist of Ho Yay, Foe Romance Subtext and boys in too small speedos, it's not really surprising.
  • Gladiator: Either to emphasize the twisted sexual tension between the two characters or the villain's depravity, Commodus plants one on Maximus while stabbing him in the side right before the big Boss Battle in the Colosseum.
  • Subverted in Daredevil (2003). As he is about to gut her with her own sai, Bullseye attempts to give Elektra a kiss before doing so. She keeps pushing him and moving him away and as soon as he's close enough to do so, he instead guts her. It follows through in the Director's Cut, while she's in the air with the sai in her gut, Bullseye delightfully succeeds in giving her a kiss.
  • Roger kisses Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, after which Eddie exclaims, "Don't ever kiss me again!" At the end, Eddie kisses Roger to show that he hasn't quite lost his sense of humor.
  • Nefertiri to Rameses in The Ten Commandments (1956). An unusual example — she did it to show how much she loves Moses and hates Rameses. "Did you think that was a promise of what you will have? No — that was to show you what you will never have..."
  • In the 2001 TV movie Snow White: The Fairest of Them All, we get this unforgettable exchange between Miranda Richardson and Kristin Kreuk:
    Queen: Mirror, mirror in my hand, who's the fairest...
    [Snow White's head comes out of the mirror and quickly kisses the stunned queen on the mouth]
    Snow White: I am! I am! I am the fairest!
  • In X-Men, Wolverine fights Mystique whilst she's disguised as him; the audience knows which character is which when Mystique-as-Wolverine mockingly purses her lips and makes a kissy noise at the real Wolverine.
  • The Mask of Zorro has a couple during Zorro and Elena's duel.
    Elena: [after Zorro has slashed Elena's nightgown] Not bad.
    [another move and now they're in each other's faces]
    Zorro: Not bad at all. [plants a kiss on Elena's mouth]
  • The Godfather Part II: In a mockery of the traditional hugs and kisses on the cheek that Southern Europeans give each other, Michael Corleone kisses his brother Fredo as he states the latter's treachery.
  • In American Hustle, Rosalyn blasts Sydney with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech and then kisses her on the mouth. (Apparently, it was a Throw It In moment and Amy Adams enjoyed it.)
  • In Monte Carlo, after the countess rejects Rudolphnote , he puts on his hairdresser's coat, kisses her passionately, picks her up and dumps her on a chaise longue, and stalks out.
  • Hardcore Henry: Akan gives one to Henry after his apparent victory and the reveal of Estelle's true nature.
  • Beetlejuice gives one to Otho when Otho tries to escape.
    Beetlejuice: Not so fast, round boy. We're gonna have some laughs. *smooch*
  • Batman & Robin: When Pamela Isley becomes Poison Ivy, one of the first things she does is take revenge on her old boss Dr. Woodrue this way. Woodrue previously tried to kill her for discovering what he was doing with her research and refusal to join him. Once she emerges he is infatuated with her new beauty and she slowly brings him in for a deep kiss, which he immediately returns, only to tell him afterwards her lips are filled with venom. As Woodrue slowly chokes to death, Ivy mockingly states she "probably should have mentioned that earlier" and taps him on the forehead, causing him to collapse backwards dead.
    • Poison Ivy also spends a majority of the film seducing Robin, tricking him into thinking she loves him and breaking his bond with Batman. Eventually, she gets him alone in her lair and finally manages to share a poison kiss with him, under the guise of wishing "her love" luck against Mr.Freeze. She reveals her true colors after the kiss, telling Robin it is time to die in mock sadness. But it was actually Robin who pulled this off, not Ivy. Robin was wearing rubber lips to protect himself from her poison. He finally saw through her seductions and was pretending to still be blindingly in love with her, until he was able to see if she could be trusted. He tricked her into revealing her plan and just stayed long enough to keep playing the "love-struck-sidekick" role and share one kiss with his crush like he wanted. He reveals this by removing his rubber lips as Ivy stares in horror, realizing the sidekick she had been seducing had managed to outsmart her and steal a kiss from her.
      Poison Ivy: One love (whisper) for luck.
      (Robin and Ivy lean in, with Ivy smirking evily, and share a romantic, passionate kiss)
      Poison Ivy (rubs noses with Robin and speaks in mock "sadness") Bad luck I'm afraid. (strokes his chin lovingly)Time to die, little Robin. (smirks at him)
      Robin: I hate to disappoint you but...(peals off his rubber lips) rubber lips are immune to your charms.
      (Poison Ivy stares in horror at the rubber lips before turning back to Robin, glaring at him for stealing a kiss from her)
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby: When (homosexual) Jean Girard bests Ricky Bobby in a bar fight, he taunts him saying that he'll go home to France right away if Ricky will just give him a kiss. Of course Ricky declines. But at the end, after beating Jean at Talladega, Ricky plants a big smooch on him, in some combination of this and Worthy Opponent.
  • In Home Alone 3 after Alice ties up Mrs. Hess and leaves her out in the cold, before leaving she taunts her and kisses her on the forehead.
  • In Death Becomes Her, Helen Sharp, having lost at least a hundred pounds of weight and looking more beautiful than she had pre-obesity, plants a lipstick kiss on her lifelong rival Madeline Ashton, whom she knows is feeling bitter about her aging and fading star, especially after seeing Helen's miraculous youth and beauty and smash new book release.

  • The bisexual Sam does this to Shadow in American Gods as a Take That! to everyone else in the bar they've gone to—he's getting arrested on trumped-up charges, and she's making it clear to everyone that she's not buying it.
  • As indicated above, The Brothers Karamazov has both Christ's kiss to the Great Inquisitor and the kiss Alyosha, inspired by it, plants on Ivan (who responds "That's plagiarism. But thank you.")
  • In Holes, this was the outlaw Kissin' Kate Barlow's signature when she murdered people.
  • Otto Chriek in The Truth. He arrives slightly late to the party when William De Worde goes to confront his father, and takes the man down with almost no effort, all the while talking about how easy it would be to fall off the wagon (he's a member of the Uberwald Temperance League, and thus is a vampire who has sworn off blood) and cause him no end of misery in the process... then notes that William thinks of him as a good man, and he likes William too much to destroy that image, so he sets him down, gives him a gentle kiss on the forehead, and charges him to make himself scarce before Otto changes his mind.
  • In book 3 of J.R. Ward's vampiric erotica series The Black Dagger Brotherhood, there is a venomous exchange of words between Handicapped Badass, Phury, and another male vampire called the Reverend, about the titular brotherhood. The heated back-and-forth at last comes to a head when the Reverend insinuates rather blatantly (and very derogatorily) that Phury maintains his celibacy because he is actually gay. Phury responds by planting a kiss on the guy that is described as being akin to a "punch between faces." Needless to say, many readers were thrilled at his ironic rebuttal to the accusation.
  • Selia does this to Isi in Forest-Born, "like a girl kissing her favorite doll."
  • The Doctor kisses Sabbath in the Eighth Doctor Adventures to put him off his guard and humiliate him for stealing the Doctor's heart. Admittedly, the Doctor had just turned into a seal at the time, but the whole scene is filled with subtext.
  • Devils & Thieves: Just a day after she and Crowe make-out, Jemmie caught him kissing Katrina at the festival. It was deliberately done right in front of her, and she took it as a harsh rejection of a possible relationship.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Early in The Lightning Thief, Nancy Bobofit, a bully of Percy's overhears he was leaving Yancy Academy and smirks at him, making sarcastic kissing motions with her lips at him to taunt him.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Alias, Sydney Bristow and her rival Anna Espinosa exchange several Take That Kisses without actually kissing. Anna starts the trend in the episode "Parity", when she kisses the security glass separating her from Sydney, making a lipstick mark and setting off the alarms before leaving Sydney trapped.
  • Then there's the infamous incident on All in the Family where Sammy Davis Jr. — the Sammy Davis Jr. — poses for a picture with affable racist (yet avid fan) Archie Bunker, whereupon Davis kisses him on the cheek just before the camera snaps the picture, and exits while Archie is still stunned.
  • The Big Bang Theory has dueling ones, both directed at third parties: as Leonard ends his date with Leslie, Penny comes back from a date with... some guy, and both of them then proceed to kiss their respective alternate partners with rather more passion than strictly necessary or actually felt.
    • When Sheldon loses a wrestling match and is pinned down by Penny, Penny and Amy take advantage of his immobility by giving him multiple Take That Kisses all over his face.
    • An interesting case in "The Locomotion Manipulation": Sheldon is angry at Amy for tricking him into a romantic dinner, and in an attempt at mocking her, kisses her forcefully. However, he apparently finds that kissing is more pleasurable than he thought.
  • Blake's 7: In "Death-Watch", Avon threatens Servalan's life, grabs her for a passionate kiss, then tells the person manning the teleporter that he's ready to come up. Servalan isn't bothered by this at all.
  • Juan delivers one just 2 episodes in to Borgia. "We are a planet of Judases."
  • In The Borgias, Rodrigo Borgia/Alexander VI kisses both his main enemies in the College of Cardinals with a brilliantly smug look on his face after beating them in the Papal election.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
  • In Chinese Paladin, Mo Yixi does this to the Saintess: he's in the midde of a Drowning Our Romantic Sorrows binge; she tells him to snap out of it, and then he kisses her when she admits she's never been in love "but understands the principle."
  • In "Zugzwang" of Criminal Minds, Maeve's stalker kisses Reid in front of her to prove that she's better than Maeve.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Sound of Drums": The (Simm!) Master blows one of these at the Doctor, just as his army of Toclafane come down.
    • "The Time of Angels": River Song blows a kiss to a Smug Snake about to have her shot, right before effortlessly and stylishly thwarting him.
    • "Let's Kill Hitler": River does this to the Doctor, giving him a peck on the lips as they stand very much in each others' personal space bantering. The fact that it's poisoned only serves to drive home the point.
  • Farscape:
  • Frasier: Roz gives one to Niles in "The Gift Horse" after Niles catches her kissing Frasier to make an ex-boyfriend jealous.
    Niles: [holds up his hand] Please, please, no explanation necessary. I assume at the next meeting of Seattle's "Haven't Kissed Roz" club, it will just be me and the archbishop! [chuckles]
    Roz: [picking up her coffee and marching toward Niles] I'll save you the club dues.
    Niles: What-?
    [Roz gives Niles a Big Damn Kiss, then leaves]
    Niles: [shocked yet observant] Everyone kisses better than Maris!
  • iCarly: In "iSaved Your Life", Carly victoriously shuns away a girl who is hitting on Freddie by engaging him in a lengthy French Kiss right in front of the girl.
  • Murdoch Mysteries: The young criminal mastermind James Gillies, who was pinned under Detective William Murdoch towards the end of "Midnight Train to Kingston," passionately kisses the older man on the mouth as a distraction so that he could free himself. There have been hints throughout the series that Gillies is gay, though, so the idea of using intimate physical contact to shock his opponent most likely stemmed from his attraction towards Murdoch, who is Tall, Dark, and Handsome and very smart. This is James' type, as Robert Perry (his presumed boyfriend in an earlier episode) is also cerebral, calm, good-looking, and has dark hair.
  • Power Rangers:
    • In Power Rangers Turbo Episode 28, "The fall of the Phantom", after Divatox has kidnapped Cassie and the Phantom Ranger, she takes the Phantom Ranger's power ruby (which is his life; if he doesn't get it, back he'll die) and gives it a nice, long, passionate kiss, basically telling the Phantom Ranger to kiss his life goodbye.
    • In Power Rangers Timeforce Episode 18 Nadira teasingly taunts a random bystander and kisses the glass between him and her while her soldiers keep him pinned to the glass.
  • In Lars von Trier's Riget, Stig Helmer gets one of these right on the lips from his archnemesis Dr. Krogshøj, right in front of a startled morning staff assembly. (Well, okay, so Krogshøj is just one of Helmer's nemeses — the man has a low hostility threshold.)
  • Roots (2016): Chicken George gives one to Matilda when her preacher father shows up while he courts her.
  • In Shameless (US), after Ian points out that Mickey is too afraid to kiss him.
  • In the Seinfeld episode "The Kiss Hello" when Kramer tries to foster a better sense of community among the residents of his building by placing everyone's names and pictures in the lobby, the more introverted Jerry blames him for the fact that he's now being greeted by all of their neighbors, often with kisses (a pet peeve of his). When he tells Kramer that he refuses to participate in any more kisses regardless of the social consequences, Kramer grabs him and kisses him full on the lips, exactly as George is walking in.
  • Skins:
    • In season 3 episode 5, Freddie headbutts Cook during a fight and Cook grabs him like he's going to hurt him, but instead harshly kisses him before leaving with JJ.
    • Emily manages to do a Take That Kiss By Proxy in season 4. She had earlier more or less been chased out from her home by her mother's passive-aggressive homophobia after she came out, but now her family is forced to live with her and her girlfriend after their house was foreclosed.
      Emily: Whatever. Stay here. Don't expect me to care, because I don't!
      Mom: It is just for a couple of days, dear, until we get ourself out of this pickle.
      Emily: Stay out of my way. This is my house, I live here with my girlfriend, and we are having a barbeque. All right?
      Mom: Whatever you say, love.
      (Emily walks over and kisses the hell out of her girlfriend, then leaves)
      Mom: (biting her tongue) I-I'm gonna finish emptying the car.
  • Stargate:
    • Sheppard pulls one of these on Teyla in Stargate Atlantis after he wins a sparring match. The fact that he didn't get his ass kicked as usual plus the kiss are clear signs that something is very, very wrong with him.
    • In her first appearance on Stargate SG-1, Vala beats up Daniel pretty badly and finishes by making out with him, partly out of victory and partly because she was attracted to him. Then she headbutts him.
  • Supernatural:
    • In the episode "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part Two" (S02, Ep22), the crossroad demon continues to taunt Dean about losing his brother and his father. When she says "What do you say?', Dean answers the demon by grabbing her and locking lips, sealing the deal.
    • In the third season finale, in their first face-to-face meeting, Lilith pins Sam to the wall, grabs his face, and sticks her tongue down his throat right before she makes him watch Dean get Dragged Off to Hell.
      Lilith: Your lips are soft.
    • In the episode "Caged Heat" (S06, Ep10), Meg lays a Kiss of Distraction on Castiel in order to steal his angel blade. She's very surprised, and swoon-y, when Castiel kisses her back for no reason other than he wants to.
  • A rather dark version appears in one season 4 episode of The Wire: Omar Little is in prison, and a man tries to assault him with a knife. In response, he disarms the man, pushes him against a wall and kisses his ear, in a display obviously intended to make the man think he is about to be raped. Instead, Omar opts to just... give him his knife back, as it were.
  • In Wizards of Waverly Place, Alex, to Justin. No... not like that... Alex kisses another boy in front of Justin, to prove a point.

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    Professional Wrestling 
  • "Exotic" Adrian Street, pushing just how "ambiguously gay" a Gorgeous George could be.
    • Ditto Rico Constantino, another Gorgeous George, to throw his opponents off their game.
    • Goldust, who in kayfabe was pretty much pansexual, would do this to his opponents occasionally.
    • Exotico wrestlers had been doing it before the Georges, but then there is nothing ambiguous about the exoticos, be they Camp Straight or Camp Gay.
  • During the feud between Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman in early ECW, Dreamer would frequently do this to Sandman's manager, Woman, while Sandman was out. In the legendary Singapore Cane match between the two, this ended up biting Dreamer in the ass.
  • Stephanie McMahon once kissed Triple H to embarrass her father for all the...people he's slept with over the years. Triple H was chosen for a couple of reasons: one, he was the guy who revealed her father's misdeeds; two, Hunter and Steph are married in real life, and this was an opportunity for Triple H to murder the Fourth Wall. (See Really Gets Around.)
    Triple H: See ya at home— I meant your brother's a gnome!
  • Brock Lesnar kisses Kurt Angle to piss him off, considering Kurt's wide denials of being gay.
  • Beth Phoenix did this to one of SHIMMER's clearly outmatched referees who was trying to protect Allison Danger.
  • Mickie James has this as one of her finishing moves, the Long Kiss Goodnight.
  • Lita gives one of these to Trish Stratus, who teased her about all the careers that were supposedly ruined because of Lita and declared her a "walking kiss of death".
  • John Cena did this to Vickie Guerrero after she broke up the STF on Dolph Ziggler.
  • El Celestial got one from Ivelisse Vélez at a joint PDM/AULL event when he caught her during an attempt to jump over him only for her to slip out of his grip.
  • Heidi Lovelace gave one to her former crush Taeler Hendrix in Ohio Valley Wrestling, after realizing Hendrix had been stringing her along and only cared about obtaining the Women's Championship belt.
  • After hitting Kairi Hojo over the head with a bucket on the second day of the 2015 5*Star Grand Prix Starfire took her up, fixed Hojo's hair and then kissed her on the cheek before continuing to beat her up. When Starfire was unable to finish Hojo off before the time limit expired, she restrained Hojo, who refused to shake Starfire's hand and elbowed off Starfire's attempted hug, by the head and kissed her cheek again.
  • Ring of Honor's 2015 top prospect Donovan Dijak is known for blowing kisses to his opponents, but during a six way scramble at Supercard Of Honor X he actually picked Cheeseburger, who was being knocked around by Joey Daddiego, up and kissed his head after setting him out of the ring.

  • In A View from the Bridge, Eddie kisses Rodolpho to show his (Eddie's) superiority.
  • In the Northern Ballet Theatre's version of Romeo and Juliet: during the fight between Mercutio and Tybalt, Mercutio laughs in Tybalt's face before giving him a huge, emasculating kiss in front of all the Capulets. This doesn't go down too well.
  • Romeo et Juliette: De La Haine a l'Amour : It's the other way in the Austrian production - Tybalt plants a big "MUAH!" kiss on Mercutio in the latter's death scene, then cackles.
  • In the RSC production of Richard II, just before the duel scene Richard kisses Bolingbroke in a very power-play sort of way.

    Video Games 
  • Arcana Heart: One of Lilica's win poses in the series has her throwing off her sleeveless jacket and blowing a kiss to her defeated opponent.
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate has Maxwell Roth kiss Jacob on the lips while the former is dying, as a way of showing the latter his philosophy.
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum: Harley does this after she escapes Batman and says it won't be so easy trying to catch her, blowing him a quick kiss before running off. She also does it in one of her game over messages.
  • Batman: Arkham City: Catwoman will sneak in a kiss every now and then as she counters an attack and proceeds to thoroughly beat down the enemy.
  • Brain Dead 13: Lance makes one, coupled with a Badass Arm-Fold, to show Fritz that he is not afraid and to dare him to give it all he's got, though our hero is still brave in the face of certain death.
  • Galerians: Ash: The titular villain passes uranium grains to Rion by mouth once he's done wiping the floor with him.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: In the third stage of the final battle, Snake can be grabbed in a chokehold from behind by Ocelot. If the player does nothing to escape, Ocelot will kiss Snake on the cheek.
  • Skies of Arcadia has Belleza blow a kiss at Vyse every time she outsmarts him.
  • Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus: At the end of the game, Sly gets one in on Carmelita, though it's heavily implied that she's in on the bit.
  • Sonic Battle: Rouge does this to Tails if he throws his fight against her.
  • Spider-Man: Web of Shadows: During the first fight with Black Cat, one of her attacks consists of pulling Spider-Man to her, then kissing him, before kicking him away.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 1: Lorithia does this to a brainwashed Kallian just to taunt the party.
  • Yearning: A Gay Story: If you make mostly snarky/assertive choices during the early game, you get the option to kiss the homophobic Robert when he starts bullying you and Carlos again. If you take the kissing option, Robert becomes so stunned that he immediately flees from you without another word and the people watching give you their silent approval.


    Web Original 
  • A textbook example from Darwin's Soldiers: Trinity with Hailey.
  • In you could make a life, when Jake asks David why exactly he hates him so much, David responds by kissing him. According to David's thoughts, he did this because he resented Jake for being a more successful hockey player than him and wanted to prove that Jake wasn't as good a guy as he acted by getting him to act homophobic towards him — he didn't expect Jake to respond positively to the kiss, much less invite him up to his room to have sex. However, any remotely observant reader can tell that David's claim that he only intended the kiss as a Take That! to Jake was just a cover-up for his buried attraction to Jake bubbling up to the surface.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: In the episode "Best Hedgehog", Sonic gives one to Dr. Robotnik when they get married to each other (Sonic was disguised as Lucinda, Robotnik's high school crush who was more in favor of Lucas, whom he imprisoned for 30 years).
  • Animaniacs: The Warner siblings do this on occasion.
  • Batman: The Animated Series:
    • Poison Ivy gives several of these, fitting her Femme Fatale nature.
    • Catwoman plays with this a bit herself with Batman. At the end of her first encounter with Batman she blows him a kiss before escaping, but this also happens right after he saves her cat Isis' life, which she is very grateful for.
  • Batman Beyond: In the episode "Disappearing Inque", Inque does this to Batman while she has him captive in order to gag him and stop him from warning Bruce not to come. It is clear she did this just to mess with him though since there were plenty of other ways to gag him.
  • Ben 10: Omniverse: After Ben rejects Attea's offer to join the Incursean Empire, Attea smugly hits him in the back of his head with her tongue, making an exaggerated "MWAH!"
  • Bordertown: As shown in the page quote, this is parodied in one episode, after El Coyote saves Bud from falling to his death during one of their chases, because Bud's incompetence makes him more valuable alive than dead.
    El Coyote: *kisses Bud* Viva Coyote! *catapults away with a bungee cord*
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: In the episode "Dr. Le Quack Amnesia Specialist", Le Quack ties up Muriel, who has amnesia, and tortured her to try to get her to remember where she keeps her riches so he can steal them, occasionally pausing from his tortures to chase Courage. Before he chases Courage for the final time he tells Muriel he must leave her for a moment, right before knocking her out with Euestace's mallet and then kissing her on the forehead in the spot he hit her.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Kanker Sisters would constantly do this to the titular Eds whenever given the chance. The Kankers each had a crush on one of the Eds, and would force an assault of kisses on them, but this was equally their way of bullying the Eds as it was showing them affection. The Kankers would kiss the Eds after events such as ruining one of their scams, defeating them in a showdown, or just to take revenge on them for trying to scare them away.
  • Family Guy: In the episode "Dial Meg For Murder", Meg French kisses Connie D'Amico after knocking her (and the other popular kids who bullied Meg) out with a sack of soda cans.
  • Justice League Action: In "Harley Goes Ape", Stargirl attempts to arrest Harley Quinn. Harley mocks her, saying she's nothing but a little kid, then kisses her on the cheek and tries to just walk away. Stargirl angrily zaps her.
  • Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths: Superwoman does this to Batman.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • This is a favorite tactic of Bugs Bunny. A few of his adversaries, most notably Cecil Turtle, have managed to pull it on him as well.
    • The 1943 cartoon "Meatless Flyday" has a fly trying to elude a goofy spider trying to catch him and eat him by posing as the bride on top of a wedding cake. The spider suddenly appears as the groom, saying "Hello, sweetie face! Slip us a little kiss, hmmm?" When the spider puckers up and leans over, he's suddenly kissing a lit stick of dynamite which explodes in his face.
  • Peanuts: Snoopy has been known to plant one on Lucy from time to time. Like in A Charlie Brown Christmas:
    Lucy: I oughta slug you. *Slurp* UGH! I've been kissed by a dog! I have dog germs! Get hot water, get some disinfectant, get some iodine!
    Snoopy: Bleah!
  • The Raccoons: In "The Sky's the Limit!", after Troy Malone wins a race against Ralph, Troy, expecting a kiss from his ex-girlfriend Melissa, asks her if the winner of the race should get one. Melissa agrees... and shows she loves her husband Ralph more by kissing him on the lips.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM): In "Hooked on Sonics", after Sonic fakes a Post-Kiss Catatonia when Sally gives him a congratulatory kiss on the cheek, he feels it wasn't that great and "shows" her what a real kiss is. See for yourself.
  • South Park: Cartman does this to Osama Bin Laden when he goes into full Bugs Bunny mode.
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series: The Black Cat easily defeats Spider-Man in her first appearance, overpowering him and knocking him out with gas. She almost unmasks him but stops halfway, deciding it will be more rewarding for Spidey to reveal his identity to her himself than to take his mask off while he's knocked out, and instead gives him a quick kiss on the lips before escaping with her stolen jewelry.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: A deleted scene shows Assaj Ventress running her lightsaber into Commander Colt's gut then kisses him. Watch it here.
  • Superman: The Animated Series:
    • In "The Demon Reborn", Talia forces a Sadistic Choice on Superman by disabling a train's breaks and blowing up the track it is on, telling him he can either stop her and let it crash or stop the train and let her escape. He chooses the second option, and as he is struggling to hold it back, Talia flies next to him on her vehicle just outside of his reach while smirking at him, and taunts him "Till we meet again!" and blows him a goodbye kiss before escaping.
    • In "Legacy" when the Furies confront Superman when he returns to Apokolips, Lashina, who was previously implied to be in a relationship with the brainwashed Superman, mockingly welcomes him back while calling him "lover" and asks for a kiss, puckering up and leaning in for one until Superman tells her to get out of his way.
  • Taz-Mania: In the episode "Bewitched Bob", after freezing Taz with her Magic to use him as the last ingredient for their brew, the beautiful witch Veronica taunts him then kisses him on the nose.
  • Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo: After Nya Nya the cat girl beats up Beast Boy she does this to him and pretends to flirt with him to throw him off guard so she can beat him up some more.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: In the cartoon "Ruffled Ruffee" from the episode "Music Day", Buster gives one to the Raffi Expy Ruffee when Ruffee announces that he's going to sing a song where only he knows the words.
  • And of Woody Woodpecker, usually with the following exchange:
    Bad Guy: I hate you!
    Woody: I like you! (kisses the Bad Guy)
  • Xiaolin Showdown: Omi pulls one off against Manipulative Bitch Syris right after he beats her in their showdown.

    Real Life 
  • Thai kathoey ("lady-boy") boxer Nong Toom / Thoom/Tum, also known as Parinya Charoenphol/Kiatbusaba/Jaroenphon, would kiss her opponents after defeating them.


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Ivy Kisses Bats

Poison Ivy ensnares Batman in the vines of her killer flytrap before giving him a passionate, lethal kiss in order to "seal his fate" just as she did Harvey Dent's earlier.

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