Created By: Raso on April 8, 2012 Last Edited By: Raso on April 21, 2017

Heart Motifs

Hearts used as a motif in a work or character

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Hair Decs, Earrings and forming it with your hands, at least your super move isn't a Heart Beatdown...oh wait

The heart symbol goes a long way, many times these become a motif of works operating around the Power of Love or Power of Friendship. Extremely common in Magical Girl series or a motif of Love Freaks.

Many times characters will wear these as accessories or Hair Decs, make a heart with their hands.

Subtrope to Heart Symbol and Motifs Compare Say It with Hearts Cardiovascular Love, and maybe used with Love Bubbles See also Heart Beat-Down and Health As Hearts.

Cherry Blossoms may have the same but more subtle meaning in Japanese works.
  • Kingdom Hearts: Hearts are a series theme they are everywhere even a moon in the shape of one.
  • Pretty Cure: every series has Hearts as a motif in one way or another (even if the primary series theme isnt hearts) fitting the Power of Friendship and Power of Love themes of the series.
  • Queen of hearts in Alice in Wonderland although in this case it is the playing card suit heart motif.
  • Katawa Shoujo's game icon, transition and menu page has a heart symbol with a bandage on it fitting the lead's literal heart problems and figurative broken heart one of the key themes of the game.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • April 8, 2012
    Ok the number of heart tropes I have been finding we might need an Index/Supertrope.

    the image caption is screwed up....
  • April 8, 2012
    Katawa Shoujo, Misha after she changes her hair.
  • April 8, 2012
    ^ elaborate on that one please.
  • April 9, 2012
    I've seen it several times where a character will be described as "the kind of girl who dots her 'i's with heart symbols." Provided we can get a concrete example of that, would that count?

    • In an episode of The Big Bang Theory, Amy mentioned the heart is not based on the actual blood-pumping organ, but the graceful shape of a woman's buttocks. Penny says, "Oh, so I spent seventh grade dotting my I's with little asses?"

    Several Care Bears use hearts in theit stomach crests. I think heart cutie marks turn up in My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic as well.
  • April 13, 2012
  • April 22, 2012
    Sailor Moon: Occurs throughout the manga and anime, particularly in Sailor Moon S and Sailor Stars.
  • April 22, 2012
    ^^^Haggis, don't edit other people's replies.
  • April 22, 2012
  • April 20, 2017
    As said in The Avatar Chronicles and Heart Symbol, which I've fixed up, Ghost of Saga might count, as it's her symbol.
  • April 21, 2017
    Um sorry, doesn't Heart Symbol already covers its use as a motif (whether works-wide or character-specific)?
  • April 21, 2017
    ^ I guess? I might be editing Heart Symbol, but I don't grok it... This thing is >5 yrs old.

    I don't know whether to bomb it or not...

    What about this?

    *Queen of hearts in Alice In Wonderland although in this case it is the playing card suit heart motif.

    Is it just Heart Symbol in basically Real Life?
  • April 21, 2017
    • Heart. Look at the band logo, LP sleeve designs, and a running theme in their song titles.