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[[caption-width-right:308:They're her favorite flower... and that used to be a park.]]

-->'''Beast:''' I want to do something for her... but what?
-->'''Cogsworth:''' Well, there's the usual things: Flowers... chocolates... [[TheTriple promises you don't intend to keep...]]
-->--''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''

You've got a lover. You love them so bad [[LoveHurts it hurts]]. You want to do something to prove your love. But what?

Well, whatever it is, it should be '''big'''. Jewelry doesn't cut it, flowers are for losers, and [[ChocolateOfRomance chocolates?]] Are you kidding?

{{Grand Romantic Gesture}}s occur when someone gives elaborate gifts or stages outlandish events in an attempt to be romantic. Sometimes it works, sometimes it backfires. The path to true love never did run smooth, after all.

Runs heavy on RuleOfRomantic.

Sub-tropes include SerenadeYourLover, FlowerFromTheMountaintop, RaceForYourLove, SuperpoweredDate, and WackyMarriageProposal.

Contrast ActOfTrueLove, where love is shown by sacrifice.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]


* ''Manga/FairyTail'': It's debatable whether it was meant to be romantic, but in one omake, Natsu uproots one ''whole'' Sakura tree and sends it over to Lucy by floating it on a boat in the small river just outside Lucy's apartment so she could see it too because she was sick for the Guild's Sakura picnic that day.
* In ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'', not only does Howl replicate Sophie's old room, but he brings her to, essentially, a private dimension featuring ''stunningly'' gorgeous GhibliHills, which he declares is his gift to her. The gesture works and Sophie even changes back into her younger self for the longest time yet in the film--until she realizes that the reason Howl is doing this is because he's about to leave.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* ArchieComics often shows Archie pulling these off for Veronica, who is hard to please. Some examples: Making a giant Valentine card for her, building a heart out of snow and spelling "Archie Loves Veronica" in coal, buying her jewelry he can't afford...
* An issue of ''Superman Confidential'' had Superman taking Lois for a picnic date on top of the Eiffel Tower.
* In ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', Jimmy Olsen makes a "short-term, cosmetic alteration" to the moon to get back in his girl's good graces.
* In ''ScottPilgrim and the Infinite Sadness'', Todd Ingram proclaimed his love for Ramona by [[spoiler: blowing a hole in the moon with his vegan powers]]. This is eventually revealed to be trivial for him [[spoiler: since he later declares his love for Scott's ex, Envy, the same way. This ends up biting him in the ass when someone realizes he's responsible for both holes, and suddenly his GrandRomanticGesture for Envy doesn't seem so grand or romantic]]. Plus, [[spoiler:it caused [[MediumAwareness about thirty pages]] [[RealityEnsues of tidal waves and explosions.]]]]

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[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* ''Fanfic/TheStudentPrince'': While Arthur doesn't [[spoiler:come out on live TV]] just for Merlin's sake, his feelings for Merlin definitely plays a role in his decision and it is a major step in moving their relationship forward.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Beast gives Belle a library as a sign of affection. She is a major {{bookworm}} and the Beast gave her ALL the books, which meant Belle had permanent ownership of something she truly cherished.
* ''LoveActually'' solidly runs on this trope.
** The grandest ones are pulled off by Mark.
*** In the opening, he hires a full band to hide in the chapel where his best friend is getting married.
*** Later, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFnSgPC-VXA he stands outside a girl's house in the snow]], plays Christmas carols on a CD player, and [[spoiler:silently delivers an elaborate love letter/goodbye to her on cue cards]]. Interestingly, in the creator commentary, the writer/director says he wrote several different grand romantic gestures for the scene (ex. flying in on a helicopter, covering the street with roses), but the female assistants in his office told him they were too elaborate to be really romantic.
** An English writer falls in love with a Portuguese woman. They overcome their LanguageBarrier, experiencing downplayed LanguageOfLove. However, they both decide independently to study each other's language.
* In ''AKnightsTale'', Will says he'll win a jousting tournament for his paramour. She says he'd win anyway for his own pride, and if he really loved he'd ''lose'' for her. He grudgingly goes on to do just that, sitting still and getting slammed repeatedly by his opponents' lances until she relents and informs him that, if he loves her, he won't lose another match and will win the tournament after all.
--> '''Chaucer:''' There she is Will. The love of your life. Your Venus.
--> '''Will:''' And how I hate her.
* In ''Film/BigFish'', the main character finds out the girl he's in love with is engaged to another man. Rather than give up, he organizes a series of grand romantic gestures, like switching out a slide in her prof's lecture to read "I love Sandra!", hiring a sky-writer to do the same, and culminating in [[spoiler:planting thousands and thousands of her favorite flower outside her dorm room window]].
-->'''Sandra:''' How did you get so many?
-->'''Edward:''' I phoned everywhere in five states. I told them it was the only way to get my wife to marry me.
* At the end of ''PrettyWoman'' Richard Gere's character arrives at Vivian's apartment in a white limousine and climbs up the fire escape to try to convince her to marry him. Earlier in the movie she had told him about her fantasy of a prince on a white horse coming to carry her off, and it was previously established that he had a fear of heights.
* In ''TheGreatRace'', the main character [[spoiler:loses a car race around the world on purpose (stopping right before the finish line)]] just to prove a girl that she's important to him.
* In ''BedOfRoses'', Lewis sends Lisa bouquet after bouquet of all the thornless "sterling roses" he can get from every florist and supplier he can call, after she mentions a fondness for him. Lisa is touched, but also kind of disturbed by the excessive scale of the gesture.
* Gyeon-woo tries this in ''Film/MySassyGirl'' by having him and the "girl" sneak into an amusement park at night (that his friend works at) with a huge grand jesture with all the lights turning on for just the two of them. Instead they met an AWOL soldier who holds them hostage.
* Towards the end of ''Film/BrideAndPrejudice'' Darcy makes a real effort for Lalita that includes drums.
* ''GoodLuckChuck'' features this after Chuck sleeps with Cam, where he lavishes attention on her in the hopes that [[ItMakesSenseInContext she won't move on after they've had sex]]. However, RealityEnsues when Cam gets unnerved by the change in his personality and newfound clinginess.
* In ''Film/BruceAlmighty'', Bruce uses his new [[GodForADay God Powers]] to literally rearrange the night sky to seduce his girlfriend Grace. Later on, after she's left him, he uses them to stage lots and lots of miraculous romantic gestures to get her to come back to him.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', John the Savage, having been raised on traditional ideas of love and romance, tries to explain the concept to Lenina who was raised in a FreeLoveFuture which discourages any form of attachment. [[ValuesDissonance She finds the whole idea strange and preposterous]].
* In A.L. Phillip's Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned, Alaric uses the Prince's Crown to [[spoiler: transform Laeshana into an orah, thus simultaneously allowing her to marry him, giving her the full power that she has been seeking for years, and freeing her of the black aspect of her fire-magic that she's been fighting her whole life.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Edenborn}}'', Deuce uses his mastery of virtual reality to create a number of half-talismans to send to the object of his affection so that he can later present her with the missing halves. He also completely opens her ability to program her own domain and unlocks her parents' logs, all in an effort to liberate her from what he sees as intolerable confinement.
* The ''[[BattleTechExpandedUniverse [=BattleTech=]]]'' setting's likely most iconic example would still have to be the way in which one of its most famous {{Magnificent Bastard}}s cemented his reputation once and for all right at his wedding to friend and foe alike, as seen in the novel ''Warrior: Riposte'':
--> '''Hanse Davion:''' "My love, I give you the Capellan Confederation!"

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': By disguising himself as [[spoiler:King Renly Baratheon's "ghost"]], Ser Loras Tyrell was the only nobleman at the [[spoiler:Battle of Blackwater]] who fought purely for love, driven solely by the need to [[spoiler:get back at Stannis Baratheon for assassinating his boyfriend. Loras had lost his dream of claiming King's Landing in Renly's name, so the next best thing he could do was don his lover's armour in order to invoke Renly's "spirit" as he charged towards the city. If Renly couldn't have the Iron Throne, then Loras would make bloody sure that the kinslaying Stannis wouldn't get to it, either.]]
* The exact phrase is used verbatim in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''
-->'''Lucille:''' Buster, hi. It's me again. I've still got those Producers tickets, and I'd love to share them with you. I don't want you to think I'm taking this more seriously than you are. Unless you're planning some grand romantic gesture, my feelings are just the teensiest bit hurt.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Ted is a fan of pulling these off, and other characters try their hand at it as well.
** The most referenced one is Ted stealing a blue French Horn for Robin to proclaim his love; they had their first date at a restaurant that had the instrument on the wall. In a ContinuityNod, a later episode shows the restaurant now has it chained to the wall.
** Ted took the blue instrument in-joke [[SerialEscalation further]] by hiring a group of musicians to play music for her with instruments that were also painted blue.
** Ted made it rain once for Robin. She was supposed to go on a company trip with a colleague who was hitting on her. Ted used RainDance. Amazingly, it did rain despite the forecast and amazingly, Robin finally agreed to be with him.
** The two-minute date with Stella is a standout. Ted was in love with her, but she didn't have time for a romantic relationship in her busy life -- all she had was her two-minute lunch break. So Ted put together a date scheduled to fit into this time constraint. It worked.
** Marshall once manages to get an ''entire marching band'' to sneak into a lonely airport where Lilly is waiting alone, and play "Auld Lang Syne" at midnight while disguised as fellow travelers, so he can kiss her for New Years. Try topping ''that''.
** Even Barney got into it later. He refused to leave a diner until Nora agreed to go out with him again. [[spoiler: He ultimately tops that with his epic BatmanGambit to get Robin to marry him.]]
* ''GilmoreGirls'': Lorelai said that a proposal should be big and epic and have "a thousand yellow daisies." Cue her RomanticFalseLead boyfriend proposing to her by sending one thousand yellow daisies to her workplace.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** Played with in the episode "The Rain King", where the "villain" is unconsciously causing tornadoes and thunderstorms because of his pent-up romantic desire for the woman he is unable to confess his feelings to. When she learns about it, she realizes that causing a thunderstorm out of love for her is the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for her.
** Mulder's after-dark baseball lesson could count, too. For most couples, this would simply be a cute date. But given that his and Scully's relationship moves ''slower'' than a snail's pace and usually takes two steps forward and one step back, this is a pretty gutsy and grand gesture on his part.
* In ''{{Coupling}}'' Patrick tries to tell Sally that he loves her (and buggers it up, but it's not like he's got much practice at that sort of thing), then, having bought out the entire pub for the evening, plays the Spiderman theme with his two best friends dancing to it. In costume. Sounds odd, except that he and Sally had their first kiss to the Spiderman theme.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Chandler is in love with Joey's girlfriend Kathy but doesn't want to pursue it because of Joey, but suffers terribly. When it's her birthday, he buys her an old edition of ''Literature/TheVelveteenRabbit'' because it was her favourite book when she was a kid. When his friends tell him that this will be incredibly meaningful, screaming 'I love you', especially compared to Joey's present (he's got nothing; has an idea for a pen with a clock, and later charges Chandler with a task of buying a present for her instead of him). Chandler ends up giving the book to Joey to give it to her, because he wants her to have it. She figures it out, though, because Joey fails to see what's behind 'an old and expensive book'.
** After a fight with Monica, Chandler decides to pull one of these. Of course he takes it a step too far and ''proposes''. Thankfully Monica knows his neuroses well enough to see what's going on and talk him out of it.
---> '''Monica:''' Chandler, um, I want you to take just a minute and I want you to think about how ridiculous this sounds.
---> '''Chandler:''' Yeah, I'm kinda wishing everyone wasn't here right now.
** In Season 6 he attempts to make his [[spoiler: real proposal]] as big and surprising as possible. Naturally this backfires but [[spoiler: luckily Monica pulls one of her own, filling their apartment with candles and proposing when he arrives.]]
** On a smaller scale, Chandler cleans the entire apartment after he and Monica move in together.
** Monica performs a very touching one during their wedding organizing when a woman tries to get Monica's wedding dress by booking Chandler's dream band on the day of their wedding. Without telling Chandler Monica gives away the dress so he can keep the band.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':
** {{Subverted}} in the episode "Sweet Dreams" in which Prince Arthur is put under a spell to fall in love with the spoilt princess Vivian. He wakes up with the desire to woo her with increasingly elaborate measures, ranging from taking her a roast chicken to scaling the castle wall at night to reach her bedroom and finally fighting a duel to the death with her father. When the spell wears off due to a TrueLovesKiss from Guinevere, he takes her a single red rose.
** Played straight when Arthur proposes to Guinevere by candlelight. He's filled her wooden house with lit candles in what is quite frankly a terrifying fire hazard.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[ActionGirl River Song]] threatens to unravel all of time and reality by stalling The Doctor's death... to build a distress beacon that calls out to every point in time and space. [[spoiler:She couldn't allow the Doctor to die without knowing how much he is loved, by a million ''million'' people throughout all of creation... and by [[LoveConfession none moreso than her.]] ]]
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', [[StalkerWithACrush Spike]], to prove his love to Buffy... had her chained to a wall and offered to kill his ex for her. In hindsight, this probably wasn't the best idea.
* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'':
** How does Shun try to ask Miu to the prom? By sending a truck to school with a giant screen that says "I Love You!", appearing in a white tuxedo with a large bouquet of flowers, and having the football team as his backup.
** Later, Shun has an ImagineSpot for what he wants to do next: it involves using Fourze's [[ShovelStrike Schop]] Switch to [[MundaneUtility dig on the school grounds]], spelling out the word "LOVE" (yes, it's all caps), Miu's name and a heart symbol, and then having Fourze fly Shun to Miu's side.
* In ''ChinesePaladin'', this combines with FlowerFromTheMountaintop: Ling'er has always wanted to see (nonexistant, but nobody tells her that) red dandelions; [[TheHero Xiaoyao]] and ''his'' love interest [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy Yue'Ru]] conspire to produce them for her.
* Julian in DancingOnTheEdge angsts over what he can do to show Jessie how much he cares about her. He settles on buying a ton of her records and giving her a car.
* {{Zoey 101}}, Chase moves to ''England'' to be with Zoey after she transfers boarding schools. This ends up biting him in the butt, though, when she switches back to P.C.A. to confront him about his feelings for her.
* In ''Series/TheWorstYearOfMyLifeAgain'', Alex tries two different ones to win over Nicola Grey in "Valentine's Day". The first time, he tries to play romantic violin music and give her a bunch of roses. The second time, he sets a romantic table for two in the middle of the school gym. Neither really works out for him, though...

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The Russian song ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE7W8q905Q4 Million scarlet roses]]'' is about an artist who fell in a love with an actress who loved flowers. So he sold his house and his paintings and bought [[TitleDrop millions of scarlet roses]], turning the square in front of her window into a sea of flowers.

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[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* In Kurugaya's route in ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', she doesn't seem to catch on that he likes her no matter how obvious he makes it, so he ends up resorting to these to get through to her. It culminates in he and his friends setting up a single, enormous firework and bringing her up into the top levels of the school at night so the two of them can see it exploding right outside the window. And yet she ''still'' doesn't figure out what he's trying to tell her, leading Riki to just give up trying to be romantic and tell her outright.
* ''MagicalDiary'' sees Damien (if you pick his path) writing you offers of anything he can think of that you might want. This includes [[BreadEggsMilkSquick jewels, silk dresses, a seat in the government, and world conquest or the death of your enemies]]. He later apologizes for the last one, musing that it would probably be wrong - unless you wanted him to, but he admits that he doesn't actually know how to be 'good'. "But for you, I would try." Possibly just played with, in that the game (as it currently stands) does not let you see if he would actually go through with any of this.
-->'''Mary Sue''': I bet he'd kill people for me, if I asked him to! ...oh ''dear''. He probably would, too.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In ''PennyAndAggie,'' on Valentine's Day, Duane, who's been platonically seeing Penny, fills his student council presidential office with elaborate romantic decorations, and presents her with lingerie, chocolates and a "Valentine's villanelle." Unfortunately for him, Penny has been contemplating breaking up with him for some time because she feels [[NoSparks no physical attraction]] to him, and his over-the-top gesture is what finally leads her to tell him it's over.
* [[spoiler:Pretty horribly subverted]] when James recites a sonnet to Eponine in ''Webcomic/Roommates''. For context: [[spoiler:A morally ambiguous AnthropomorphicPersonification of the TheoryOfNarriativeCasualty proceeds to spend a lot of time and effort making the line "And I would trade the place of kings" reality, resulting in what appears to be a fan-favourite character KilledOffForReal in a comic where NobodyCanDie.]]

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' cartoon "In Search of the Yellow Dellow", Homestar doesn't know what to get Marzipan as a present, and Coach Z has some advice:
-->'''Coach Z:''' Don't just get her a flower. Get her [[FlowerFromTheMountaintop some rare flower from the tallest mountain!]] That way she knows how much she means to ya!
* [[http://www.doctornerdlove.com/2011/10/four-lies-movies-taught-us-about-dating/all/1/ This page]] explains why not to attempt this in RealLife.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Question Authority," Superman takes Lois on a picnic date... on top of a suspension bridge.
* A ValentinesDayEpisode of ''TheSimpsons'' had Apu doing a series of these for Manjula. Homer and the other husbands tried to sabotage them becauses they couldn't compete with him. And in the process of sabotaging the latest one, the other husbands accidentally performs one for their wives.
* In the ''{{Futurama}}'' episode "Time Keeps on Slippin'," Fry and Leela get married after Fry does something incredibly romantic for her. The problem: Because of the random time slips plaguing the episode, neither of them remember what it is he did for her, and she demands a divorce. In the end, he rediscovers what he did: [[spoiler:Rearrange a bunch of '''stars''' to say "I love you, Leela". Unfortunately, [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold the romantic gesture is blown up before she sees it again]].]]
* Tying in with the {{Website/Cracked}} example above, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' brought us the actions [[MadHatter Jervis Tetch]] used to woo his Alice. Including, but not limited to - brainwashing a pair of thugs to go jump off a bridge to impress her with his bravery when they're about to get mugged; brainwashing the Maitre'd of a restaurant (as well as the ''rest'' of the staff) into getting them a seat and the romantic usuals (violin/flowers/etc.). After she reconciled with her boyfriend the same night, though, he uses brainwashing to break them up again, then does the "extravagant Flower surprise" in her house... which he didn't have a key for. Alice is, understandably, creeped out - but mostly because Jervis had no way of knowing that the two had broken up.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'': In "The Bitter Rose", Orko goes after the FlowerFromTheMountaintop to prove his love for Dree'Elle. Initially it causes problems for everyone until it's revealed he did something unexpectedly beneficial, after all.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Posthumous example: In life, JackBenny was known for being extremely stingy with his money. After his death, one of the clauses in his will was to have a fresh rose delivered to his widow every day for as long as she lived.
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