The Surprise Kiss

The Surprise Kiss (sometimes known as a stolen kiss) is a common media trope where one character suddenly kisses another on the lips without any sort of consent, implied or otherwise.

The Surprise Kiss is related to the Shut Up Kiss and both tropes raise questions about how consent is framed in Hollywood productions. When a male character does this to a woman his assertive or spontaneous action is typically framed as "manly" and romantic. Sometimes the guy is slapped for it, but the woman he kisses usually comes around in the end. When a woman does it to a man, it's sometimes played for humor.

The trope is also a mainstay on television. Stranger Things and Nickelodeon's The Last…

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