Created By: Generality on March 16, 2012 Last Edited By: Generality on April 1, 2012
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Fill It With Flowers

The ambition, held by a woman, to grow flowers everywhere, fulfilled by a man.

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Here's a place, often a whole world, that is somewhat on the bleak side. This is no Arcadia, and may even be a Death World.

Depressed by this landscape, a female character (and it is always female) decides to rectify the situation. She wants to plant flowers throughout the land, to transform it into an Eden of multicoloured blooms.

If she gets her wish, it will usually be at the hand of a male counterpart, probably a love interest, perhaps as a result of her Passing the Torch upon her death. In this case, the resultant field of flowers is a tribute to her memory, like a gravestone the size of a landscape. Either way, the greenery is a visual symbol that the world has been saved and brought to more pleasant state.

Related to Hope Sprouts Eternal, and sometimes with a Green Aesop. See also Flower Motifs.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In the expanded movie of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, after the Time Skip and apparent defeat of the Evil Overlord, Nia confesses that she hopes to help the reconstruction of the world by filling it with flowers. Simon agrees and offers to help, but she refuses, saying that he has work of his own to do. In the Distant Finale, long after Nia's death, we see Simon Walking the Earth, fulfilling her dream. He digs a well for an impoverished village, and says that they can repay him by filling their land with flowers.

Film
  • A male example: in A Troll in Central Park, Stanley wants to fill all of New York City with flowers. He succeeds in the end.
  • A somewhat strange example: in The movie Joe's Apartment, Lily is working to make a garden in a depressed neighborhood to make it a better place. The villains of the story make sure that the garden is destroyed. Joe likes Lily and wishes her to be happy and with the help of his cockroach friends and all of the rats, pigeons, etc. that the roaches can muster, Lily's garden is rebuilt.

Literature
  • In the Mistborn trilogy, Kelsier's Dead to Begin With wife Mare had had this intention in the face of a history of a thousand years in a Crapsack World. She had a picture of a flower (no one alive had ever seen one) that she carried to her death and bequeathed to Kelsier. The picture later passes on to Vin, who gives it to Sazed when he's facing a religious crisis. And in the end, Sazed becomes a God, and uses the picture, among other information, to recreate the world as it once was. The surviving characters awaken to find themselves in a field of flowers.
  • Done somewhat unintentionally in the Belgariad. Garion's cousin Adara asks him to make a bush bloom to prove his magic. He refuses because doing so would kill the bush, but takes a twig and creates a flower just for her. The two go back home, leaving the flower forgotten. And many years later, they find it has spread throughout the area, and moreover, has powerful curative properties.

Video Games
  • Fiona in Chrono Trigger. In her case, she tends a forest that is turning into a desert, hoping to use a mystical seedling that has been passed down throughout her family for generations, but is impeded first by the absence of her husband Marco, then by the presence of monsters in the region, and finally by the sheer toil required to make it work. The party leaves their Robot Buddy behind, and comes back for him in 400 years, heavily worn out but with a huge and healthy forest to show for it.
  • In the first Lufia game, the party visits a city that is heavily industrialised but has patches of flowers throughout it. In the second game, a prequel, the player finds out why: 100 years prior, a factory was producing pollution that was killing all nearby flowers. After the local Innocent Flower Girl complained of this to the scientist who owned the factory, he promised to reverse the situation.
  • In Summon Night: Swordcraft Story, Razzy wants to turn Wystern (A floating metal tower Venice analog with an economy based on selling weapon) into a city of flowers if she wins the tournament and becomes one of the city's Craftlords. Due to Pratty defeating her early on, she promises to implement Razzy's dream if she wins, resulting in an explicit and blatant crush.
  • In Dissidia: Final Fantasy Firion has the dream to fill the world with wild roses. The wild rose itself is both a metaphor for people living freely from oppression of tyrants like his Arch-Enemy The Emperor as well as a throwback to the watchword of the Rebel Army in Final Fantasy II. Wishy washy hero of Final Fantasy VII Cloud Strife who cannot find a reason to continue fighting finds strength in Firion's dream and it helps spurn him and later Terra to keep fighting.

Real Life
  • During her time as First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson made national beautification a priority. Her efforts resulted in such measures as the Highway Beautification Act, which limited the use of billboards along highways to encourage the growth of wildflowers.
Community Feedback Replies: 8
  • March 16, 2012
    deuxhero
    In Summon Night: Swordcraft Story, Razzy wants to turn Wystern (A floating metal tower Venice analog with an economy based on selling weapon) into a city of flowers if she wins the tournament and becomes one of the city's Craftlords. Due to Pratty defeating her early on, she promises to implement Razzy's dream if she wins, resulting in an explicit and blatant crush.
  • March 20, 2012
    Generality
    Does anyone know more about this trope? I'm interested by the fact that its formula is so concrete (in particular, that it's always a man who finishes the job), but I'm not sure of the metaphorical significance of this.
  • March 20, 2012
    lycropath
    In Dissidia Final Fantasy Firion has the dream to fill the world with wild roses. The wild rose itself is both a metaphor for people living freely from oppression of tyrants like his Arch Enemy The Emperor as well as a throwback to the watchword of the Rebel Army in Final Fantasy II. Wishy washy hero of Final Fantasy VII Cloud Strife who cannot find a reason to continue fighting finds strength in Firion's dream and it helps spurn him and later Terra to keep fighting.
  • March 22, 2012
    NightNymph
    Maybe a strange example? In The movie "Joe's Apartment," Lily is working to make a garden in a depressed neighborhood to make it a better place. The villians of the story make sure that the garden is destroyed. Joe likes Lily and wishes her to be happy and with the help of his cockroach friends and all of the rats, pigeons, etc. that the roaches can muster, Lily's garden is rebuilt.

    It's been a long while since I've seen this movie, so I can't remember exactly how much of a role Joe has in the making of Lily's garden. It may actually be mostly the cockroaches who make it happen as Joe has his own setbacks to worry about. The two main cockroaches who organize the whole thing are male though so in a weird way this might still count?
  • March 22, 2012
    Generality
    Sounds like it's still a vicarious reconstruction, and Joe is still the impetus of it happening.
  • March 23, 2012
    NightNymph
    I do remember that the cockroaches main reason for helping with the garden is to make it up to Joe and Lily for accidentally ruining their date. (And yes, the cockroaches talk, sing, and are intelligent).

    If you can handle the icky factor, you may find this movie a strange but sweet example of your trope. I found the cockroaches (and their musical numbers) sort of awesome, but I am an Entomologist, so I could handle it.
  • March 23, 2012
    TBTabby
    A male example: in A Troll In Central Park, Stanley wants to fill all of New York City with flowers. He succeeds in the end.
  • April 1, 2012
    Generality
    Shall I just launch this?

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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