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.