Created By: Quag15 on December 5, 2013 Last Edited By: Quag15 on December 29, 2013
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Flowers Of Romance

Flowers in the contexts of a relationship.

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For centuries, flowers have been one of the main components of romance, relationships, and sometimes even sex.

Flowers are used, primarily, within these three contexts:

  • The context of courting and inviting, when one character gives to another a single flower or a bunch of flowers (normally in a bouquet), for example. Flowers may also appear in special celebrations, like the one year anniversary of a relationship or, especially, on Valentine's day;
  • The context of mending issues with their relationship, with the character who gives usually asking for forgiveness or a pardon. There's also the possibility of flowers being given to symbolize a breakup;
  • The context of dancing. Usually, it's the male who seduces the female with a flower, by running the flower across her body and/or lips. Alternatively, grabbing a flower with his teeth and mouth is also a popular imagery;
  • The context of sex. Usually, there are petals on a bed, for example, although sometimes the flowers in their entirety may appear. In this case, put only the examples that have the flower/flowers in its/their entirety.

For bonus points, if there is a heavy presence of Flower Motifs, write down its symbolic/intentional significance, if possible.

They're sometimes seen as either part of or on its own as a Grand Romantic Gesture. It is also often paired with Chocolate of Romance.

Both are quite popular in both Western and Eastern Media. While the former tends to focus more on red roses, the latter tends to put more focus on other kinds of flowers. In Anime and Manga-related stuff, expect to see Cherry Blossoms and lilies at some point.

Among the most common flowers present in these scenarios, we have roses. Therefore, compare Something About a Rose. Also, do notice that this trope differs from Something About a Rose due to the fact that the latter has plenty (the majority, in fact) of non-romantic examples, as well as examples solely related to individual characters. Also, this trope can (and should) include more examples than roses, if possible.

Compare/contrast The Tragic Rose and Love Bubbles (aka Love Flowers).


Examples:

General
  • White lilies are the universal symbol of Lesbian Romance in Japanese Media, and can be found in pretty much every Yuri Genre manga.
  • Roses has become a symbol for the Bara Genre (Bara itself means "rose"), from an old Japanese magazine calling these people "Barazoku" (i.e "Rose Tribe"). Considering the relative explicitness of the genre, said flowers tend to assume obvious sexual connotations and meanings.

Anime and Manga
  • In Axis Powers Hetalia, Germany gives flowers (and a ring) to Italy in the "San Valentino" comic.
  • Considering the constant and fundamental presence of flowers in Revolutionary Girl Utena, it's quite amazing that the truly romantic moment involving roses only happened in the 1999 movie that featured the Big Damn Kiss. Although one could say that they also play a relatively important part in the series, just more subtly.

Film - Animated
  • In Tarzan, the titular character goes through a slideshow and sees an image of a man giving flowers to a woman. He puts together that this is how the English propose to each other, so he goes about the jungle collecting flowers to make a bouquet for Jane. He accidentally bumps into her in the process, bursting the bouquet apart and leaving him with only two flowers, which oddly makes his request for Jane to stay even sadder.

Live-Action Film
  • In Big Fish, Edward Bloom makes a Grand Romantic Gesture to secure the girl of his dreams by (amongst another things he does, such as leaving a smoke trail representing a heart and with "I love Sandra" with the help of a sky-writer) planting an almost endless sea of yellow daffodils (which are her favourite flowers) outside her window and telling her they're destined to be married. She's already engaged, but calls if off when her fiancé beats the crap out of Edward right there. Later, they get married.
  • In Pretty Woman, Edward arrives at Vivian's apartment building in a limo and then climbs the fire escape (despite his fear of heights) with a bouquet of roses clutched between his teeth, in order to persuade her to stay with him because she wants to, not because she's paid to do so.
  • In Imagine Me & You, Heck (aka Hector) goes to pick up flowers for his bride Rachel, as a way of apologizing for not being present all the time for her. All this happened just after Rachel and Luce kissed in the flower shop.
  • Done in an almost cringe-worthy way in The Room. Johnny buys flowers for Lisa (roses, to be precise), since they're engaged. Said flowers are also present in their sex and make-out scenes.

Live-Action TV
  • In Doctor Who there were a few instances:
    • In "Delta and The Bannermen", Billy became attracted to Delta when she arrived at the camp. Later, he dedicated a song to her and turned up to her dorm with flowers;
    • In "The Keeper of Traken", Kassia became gradually infatuated when she was a child to the Melkur (giving flowers to the humanoid). However, the Melkur turned out to be The Master, who manipulated her into killing and manipulating in order to achieve the Keepership;
    • Subverted in a heartbreaking way in "The Evil of the Daleks", with Victoria Waterfield, whom Jamie McCrimmon was deeply attracted to, giving a flower, not to him, but to Kemel, who later shows it to Jamie.
  • It happens a few times in Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • In the episode "Haven", Deanna Troi wants to fulfill her arranged marriage promise to Wyatt Miller. He had given her a chameleon rose as a gift. It was blue when Miller held it and turned red, then white when Troi held it. It later turned purple while still in Troi's hands (which becomes Fridge Brilliance when you take into account that the marriage is called off when Wyatt found his fantasy lover, Ariana, aboard a Tarellian ship);
    • "In Theory" had Lieutenant Commander Data presenting a bunch of crystilia to Lieutenant Jenna D'Sora, when the two were "dating". Data's choice came from Commander William Riker's recommendation, since crystilia had "worked for him before".
    • In "Ménage à Troi", DaiMon Tog presented a bouquet of pericules (aka zan periculi) to Lwaxana Troi while attempting to court her. Lwaxana tossed them in a nearby lake.
  • In the The Adventures of Superman episode "The Wedding of Superman", Lois Lane awakes after dozing off to a delivery of flowers from Superman, and events quickly lead up to a marriage proposal from the Man of Steel.
  • Subverted hard in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer where Giles comes home and finds a trail of rose petals leading up the stairs to his bedroom...where his girlfriend is lying dead, having been killed by Angelus.

Music
  • The song "Flowers Of Romance", by Public Image Ltd., is the Trope Namer. The song deals with an imminent breakup:
    Behind the dialogue
    We're in a mess
    Whatever I intended
    I sent you flowers
    You wanted chocolates instead
    The flowers of romance
    The flowers of romance.
  • The Russian song "Million Scarlet Roses" is about an artist who fell in love with an actress who loved flowers. So he sold his house and his paintings and bought millions of scarlet roses, turning the square in front of her window into a sea of flowers.

Western Animation
  • Played with in a Valentine's Day episode of The Simpsons. Homer ends up getting stuck under a plane that flies through a rose plantation, winding up absolutely covered in roses. The plane then flies over the Simpson house and Homer gets stuck on the clothesline, and winds up spinning around and depositing the roses at Marge's feet. Homer then lands in front of Marge on one knee with a rose held in his mouth. Marge finds the whole thing romantic; Homer thinks he has a collapsed lung.

Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • December 5, 2013
    Quag15
    At a given point, I had doubts about Something About A Rose. I would like to distinguish this from that page, because, besides the fact I already mentioned, I feel that said page is not very clear and has a few Zero Context Examples.

    That being said, I want to put examples that have two or more participants and an obvious or subtle romantic and/or sexual context. If possible, would it be recommendable to move the actual romantic examples from that page to this one?

    Also, I want to write a Revolutionary Girl Utena example, but I don't know if I should only point out to the movie or reference stuff from the series (I haven't finished watching all episodes; for the record, I haven't watched the movie).
  • December 5, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    I feel like this entry is halfway between super-supertrope and People Sit On Chairs. It is notable in narrative context, but it's just so ubiquitous.
  • December 5, 2013
    DAN004
    Isn't this kind of thing already mentioned in Flower Motifs?
  • December 5, 2013
    XFllo
    Definitely tropeworthy. We have tropes for extremely common real life things — like Face Palm.
  • December 5, 2013
    somerandomdude
    ^^No Trope Is Too Common

    And this ain't chairs, it means something.
  • December 6, 2013
    Koveras
    I think this can be split off from Flower Motifs, because romance symbolism is one of the main uses for flowers.

  • December 6, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Meanwhile, roses has become a symbol for Bara Genre (Bara itself means "rose"), from an old Japanese magazine calling these people "Barazoku" (i.e "Rose Tribe").
  • December 6, 2013
    Quag15
    Flower Motifs don't allude, in many of its examples, to romantic stuff. That's the key thing. That being said, we can copy-paste or transpose the romantic examples from Flower Motifs to this one.

    I don't think it's the Chairs thing, for it is notable in narrative context, plot development, character development and such. I don't know if it would deserve the supertrope status, though.

    I still think that this is tropeworthy. All I need now is plenty of examples.
  • December 14, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
    In Tarzan, the titular character goes through a slideshow and sees an image of a man giving flowers to a woman. He puts together that this is how the English propose to each other, so he goes about the jungle collecting flowers to make a bouquet for Jane. He accidentally bumps into her in the process, bursting the bouquet apart and leaving him with only two flowers, which oddly makes his request for Jane to stay even sadder.
  • December 15, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Often paired with Chocolate Of Romance.
  • December 15, 2013
    Quag15
    ^ Forgot to write that. After all, I wrote the ykttw and launched that one. Thanks.
  • December 16, 2013
    DAN004
    • Roses has become a symbol for Bara Genre (Bara itself means "rose"), from an old Japanese magazine calling these people "Barazoku" (i.e "Rose Tribe").
  • December 16, 2013
    Synchronicity
    I don't think this is chairs, in fact it's How Did We Miss This One.

    Be sure to mention "red roses = romantic love" in the description. And link to Cherry Blossoms as well.
  • December 16, 2013
    Quag15
    ^ Regarding the roses, I already linked to Flower Motifs. I'll put something about the Cherry Blossoms.
  • December 28, 2013
    Quag15
    Bump.
  • December 28, 2013
    moyes
    Flowers are the sex organs of a plant - they attract bees to allow pollination, and so anything to do with sex, enticement and love in general applies. The trope here is so vast it will need a lot of examples. In the West alone there are many examples. Corsages, wedding bouquets, flowers on a first date (you know he's serious, wealthy, a con or genuine), petals on the bed yes, often juxtaposed with flowers on the grave (frequent deaths in movies about truelove if you haven't noticed.) Flowers celebrate, commemorate, and declare love in all it's forms. Their fragility, the sacrifice of their (the roses etc) lives for the sealing of an agreement between two people(no matter how short), for love and for something worthy of sacrifice etc...or sometime they can be seen as just payment for sex.
  • December 29, 2013
    Quag15
    ^ And yet, there aren't plenty of examples written or described in the Web. That's why I don't have many examples yet. Also, it would be preferable to avoid flowers in the scenes of a death of a true love. I think that's another trope.

    To all, I wanna thank you already. :) I'm gonna gather some more examples and then Launch.
  • December 29, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Subverted hard in an episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer where Giles comes home and finds a trail of rose petals leading up the stairs to his bedroom...where his girlfriend is lying dead, having been killed by Angleus.
  • December 29, 2013
    DAN004
    Launch?
  • December 29, 2013
    Quag15
    ^ I'l launch it in a few hours. Let me just get a few more examples.
  • December 29, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Namespaced an example.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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