Because of the holiday, there is an inherent sort of romanticism associated with the name "Valentine"[[note]]The name actually derives from the Latin word for strength and capability: ''valens''[[/note]] .

Writers will utilize this association to hint at the character's heroic roots. The KnightInShiningArmor named Valentine will do anything to win fair lady's hand, while an AntiHero or TheStoic may have the name in order to hint at his HiddenHeartOfGold. A girl with a SugarAndIcePersonality named Valentine will often become a DefrostingIceQueen.

A {{Villain|s}} with the name "Valentine" is often a deliberate subversion on the audience's subconscious expectations, though they do often keep some level of tragic romanticism. They will often be a WellIntentionedExtremist, or perhaps a NobleDemon or WorthyOpponent. Female villains may be TheVamp.

May or may not apply to slight variations (Valentino, Valentin, etc.) depending on their characterizaton.

A {{Naming Convention|s}}. Compare CherryBlossomGirl and AliceAllusion.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* Faye Valentine from ''Anime/CowboyBebop''. She's a FemmeFatale and a BrokenBird who's just looking for love... and for that big gambling win (she's compared to the Queen of Hearts, for obvious reasons). In this case, it's Justified InUniverse -- it isn't her real name. She didn't even choose it. [[spoiler: The doctor responsible for waking her out of [[HumanPopsicle inadvertent cyrosleep]] named her after his favorite song, "My Funny Valentine." ]]
* Mai Valentine from ''Anime/YuGiOh''. Her last name is Kujaku (peafowl) in the original, though.
* U.S. President (and BigBad) Funny Valentine in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure: Steel Ball Run.'' [[spoiler:He is unquestionably a villain, but he turns out to be a (deluded) WellIntentionedExtremist. Hey...Jesus's corpse blessed him for a reason]].
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' and ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'' present a Specter named Valentine, who, although definitely a villain and never redeemed, is extremely loyal and dedicated to his army and his commander.
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* The grandfather in ''SpyKids'' (played by Ricardo Montalban) is named Valentin Avellan.
* Kevin Bacon played Valentine "Val" Mckee in ''{{Tremors}}''.
* Valentine from ''Film/MirrorMask'' isn't romanticized, but he does fit the "anti-hero with a heart of gold" type.
* Gangster Eddie Valentine from ''Film/TheRocketeer''. Technically a bad guy, but [[HeelFaceTurn throws his hat in with the heroes]] once he learns his employer is a two-bit Nazi.
* Russian criminal boss Valentin Zukovsky is an ally of Film/JamesBond in ''Film/GoldenEye'' and ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' who isn't ''quite'' evil but not entirely good either.
* Billy Ray Valentine in ''Film/TradingPlaces''
* George Valentin, the male lead in ''Film/TheArtist'', as an homage to silent screen lover Valentino.
* 1980s British rom-com ''Shirley Valentine''.
* Val(entine) Kozlowski, the bombardier of the ''Film/MemphisBelle''. He even gets a "bet the women love that!" when the public affairs officer learns his full name.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Valentine Wolfe, who never met a drug he didn't like, from ''Deathstalker''.
* Robert Heinlein's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'' has Valentine Michael Smith.
* Valentine Wiggin from ''EndersGame''. Valentine is the sweet, empathetic-to-a-fault middle child. This stands in contrast with her brothers psychopath-but-he-grew-up-okay Peter "The Rock (Upon Whom I Found My Church)," Fisher Of Men, and the youngest practically-inhuman-empathy-and-perfect-warrior 'Ender,' properly Andrew, "brother of Peter", "he-who-insisted-on-being-crucified-on-an-X". You see, their father--the very-Catholic John Paul Wiggin[[note]]born Jan Paweł Wieczorek in Poland, and [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous named after a famous 20th-century Pope both in-universe and out]][[/note]]--gave them significant saints' names and secret baptisms, because Ender's Game was written at a time when Card seriously believed that Da Gubbamint might outlaw the practice of religion and succeed under the pretense of population control. This interacts annoyingly with TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, for reasons that have nothing to do with this trope.
* The heroine of the very first of Creator/PGWodehouse's "Literature/BlandingsCastle" novels, ''Something Fresh'' (1915), was named Joan Valentine.
* The real name of reformed safe-cracker Ralph Spencer in OHenry's "A Retrieved Reformation" is Jimmy Valentine. (The story was filmed twice, in 1915 and in 1928, as ''Alias Jimmy Valentine''.)
* In Creator/GKChesterton's "Literature/FatherBrown" stories "The Blue Cross" and "The Secret Garden," Aristide Valentin [''sic''] is the Head of the Parisian police. [[spoiler: He is also the murderer in the latter.]]
* The main character of Robert Silverberg's ''Lord Valentines Castle'', and some but not all of the following books in the ''Literature/MajipoorSeries''.
* ''MortalEngines'' has Thaddeus and his daughter Katherine.
* Valentine de Villefort, the ProperLady-like daughter of the Count's enemies in ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''
** And her counterpart in the anime series ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'', based on ''The Count of Monte Cristo''.
* Valentine, one of the Two Gentlemen of Verona from the play of [[Theatre/TwoGentlemenOfVerona the same name]] by [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]]
* Valentinian in the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries''. He does not have a particularly romantic outlook on life.
* Valentine Morgenstern in Cassandra Clare's ''MortalInstruments'' series is not a nice person.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* Becca Valentine from ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''.
* Emily Valentine from BeverlyHills90210
* Cat Valentine from Series/{{Victorious}}.
* Emma Valentine from ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' episode "The Night of the Vicious Valentine". She's a [[spoiler: villain who pretends to be a matchmaker to steal the inheritances of wealthy men]]. And she wears heart-themed clothing.
* Valentine Wannop, Christopher Tietjens' love interest in ''Literature/ParadesEnd''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* "The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine", by Music/{{Spoon}}. The song is quite cryptic ([[GushingAboutShowsYouLike and good!]]), but Monsieur Valentine is mentioned to have a "black heart machine".
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[[folder: Pro Wrestling]]
* Johnny Valentine, and his son Wrestling/{{Greg|Valentine}}, subvert this as they were both heels for much of their careers.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* Jill Valentine in the first, third, and fifth ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games.
* Vincent Valentine from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''
* Isabella (Ivy) Valentine, from the ''{{Soul|Series}}'' series.
* The family of vampires from ''ShadowHearts''.
* Mr. Valentine, the BigBad arch-criminal from ''GuiltyParty.'' [[spoiler: Fully in-line with the trope, "[[SamusIsAGirl he]]" does indeed have a HiddenHeartOfGold.]]
* Queen Valentina from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''.
* [[HospitalHottie Nurse Valentine]] from ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}''. She's TheDragon to the game's BigBad, serving her for reasons unknown. [[spoiler:Her story mode reveals Valentine was forced into serving her after the defeat of the Last Hope, and she was actually a GoodAllAlong ReverseMole]].
** All of the members of the anti-Skullgirls government group Valentine used to be a part of, the Last Hope, were named after different holidays. So of course, [[MsFanservice the sexiest one]] was named after the holiday associated with love.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* Valentine Liosbri of the webcomic ''Webcomic/{{HERO}}''.
* Renee Valenti from ''SurvivalOfTheFittest''.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Tex Avery's 1936 [[LooneyTunes Warner Bros. cartoon]] "Don't Look Now" has cherubic and childlike Dan Cupid preparing for February 14 with his bow and arrows. A similarly cherubic and childlike Devil sees the day as a chance to mess up Cupid's efforts with mischief.
* The animated ''PunkyBrewster'' episode "Be My Glomley" has Glomer emitting a glomley love call for Valentine's Day. It is answered by a female glomley named Glomine. With some tooling around and the magic of two glomleys, Glomer perhaps has found his way back to Chaundoon. But when the hot-air balloon basket Punky is in collapses and leaves her dangling from the side, Glomer sends Glomine back to Chaundoon so he can rescue Punky.
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* Once famous as the greatest lover in film, Rudolph Valentino.
* The ''[[TropeMaker original]]'' Saint Valentine.
* Valentine Dyall, best known as the [[Series/DoctorWho Black Guardian]].
* One early example is also a brutal aversion; "Duke Valentino" was one of the titles of Cesare Borgia, who wouldn't even fit into the villainous use of this trope. since he was a straight-up MagnificentBastard.
* Likely also averted with Valentina (the feminine form) Tereshkova, the Russian Cosmonaut.
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