Created By: Cao Cao on October 17, 2009

The Heart Thingy

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A love trope.

Perhaps this Needs a Better Title. It's currently titled in reference to a Doonesbury strip (see below).

In manga, anime, comic strips and comic books, characters who are in love have little hearts materialize around their heads. For added effect or irony, said hearts may actually materialize and drop around in the character's wake like so much litter.

  • Named after a Doonesbury strip in which Mr. Butts, the spokescigarette for the tobacco lobby, does what a fellow lobbyist calls "the heart thingy": little hearts appear around him as he deceitfully claims he loves children.
  • This strip of Dumnestor's Heroes.
Community Feedback Replies: 8
  • October 17, 2009
    I would be shocked if we didn't have this one... Buuut...

    In The Sims 2, with the Nightlife expansion pack, Characters who're in love or have good chemistry will have hearts around their thought bubbles when they think about the person they love.
  • October 17, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Kind of played with in a Cow And Chicken episode, where the hearts that pop around the characters' heads are anatomically correct.
  • October 17, 2009
    Cao Cao
    @ Wulf: I'm as surprised as you, but I didn't find it anywhere. We have the love bubbles and the cherry blossoms, but not the plain old hearts. Unless I missed it.
  • October 17, 2009
    Floating Hearts, maybe?

    Possible page quote, from Fox Trot:

    Jason: I'm really hoping those things floating around your head are just moths.
  • October 17, 2009
    Similar to Say It With Hearts.

    MAD Magazine's early parody "Starchie" got facetious with this:
    ''"Don't be silly, Bottleneck!... Just because you see those hearts floating around her head it doesn't mean she's got a crush on me!... In cartoon language, those hearts could mean platonic friendship!"
  • October 17, 2009
    Ten bucks says we have this under some completely indecipherable name.

    INDECIPHERABLE! There's the word I've been looking for all day ^_^
  • October 18, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Twilight Princess: when you beat the ice dungeon boss, a loving couple is reunited, hugging and spewing hearts all over the place, until they pop out a heart container.
  • October 18, 2009
    Not all that indecipherable: Heart Symbol