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->'''El Lambeda:''' We love our brother! Our brotherly love is so great, the love pours out of us! See how these little hearts emanate from me! That is how much love I have! For my brother!\\
'''El Mariacho:''' And look! There is a big heart coming out of my head right now! It's kind of painful, actually, but I shall endure the pain... for my brother!
-->-- ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}''

The stylized heart shape, '''♥''' (or <3 as an emoticon), is a classic visual metaphor. But, that's for the tropes in the index. This page is for when the heart symbol appears and isn't part of any of those tropes.

Something of note: According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the exact origin of the '''♥''' symbol [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_(symbol) remains controversial]]; however, its existence as a stylized symbol seems to go back at least to medieval Europe, or maybe ancient Roman North Africa.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/AKB0048'': Every member of the [=AKB0048=] has a heart shaped shine in their hair and [[ExoticEyeDesigns in their eyes as well]]. This feature in particular seems to be a manifestation of the ''potential'' of a girl to be a future Successor, as it shows up the young Lancastar girls after they witness their first concert. It happens again to another set of young girls after they see their first 00 performance as well.
** Former members have diamonds instead. Justified by the fact that there are LoadsAndLoadsofCharacters, makes it easier for people to just identify who is in and who isn't.

* In Conor Kostic's novel ''[[Literature/TheAvatarChronicles Saga]]'': Ghost's symbol is a ♥, and is always represented that way. Why is it that symbol? We don't know. As she says in ''Saga'' when painting aircars:
--> I settled for a pale blue sky with fluffy white clouds as my background, and then filled it with floating red ♥s. Not much of a statement, I know, unless you think about how there are millions of aircars out there, and they are all a standard simple monochrome. To introduce playfulness and individuality is in itself a kind of subversion. Well, thatís if my choice needed any justification.

* Naturally, the '''♥''' became the band logo of Seattle-based rock group Music/{{Heart}}, at least in their original Seventies incarnation as soft-rock country/folk band fronted by hippie chicks. The '''♥''' became synonymous with sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, who fronted the group and wrote most of its material. The symbol was downgraded a little after their make-over as 1980's big-haired rock chicks performing stadium rock.
* Music/HelloProject ''loves'' to use these in song titles... Koisuru♡Angel♡Heart, ♡Momoiro Kataomoi♡, Icha♡Icha Summer, Honki Mekimeki♡Toki Mekimeki, Hare Ame Nochi Suki♡, Zettai Tokeru Mondai X = ♡, Renai♥Rider, Ona no Ko no Torishirabe Time♥...
** Then there's the group Odoru♡11.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The Harts, such as Wrestling/{{Bret|Hart}} or Wrestling/{{Owen|Hart}}, typically have a heart symbol with a winged skull in the middle of it.
* [[MaskedLuchador Luchador]] ATM has two heart symbol eye holes cut into his mask.
* Just to emphasize how much of a GirlyGirl she had become in Wrestling/FightingOperaHUSTLE, [[Wrestling/AjaKong Erica]] had these symbols painted on her cheeks.
* Sassy Stephie has gear with the letter S twice on her chest. One is backwards so it forms a heart.
* Shazza [=McKenzie=] has a one piece with heart symbols cut into it, [[BareYourMidriff bearing the sides of her midriff]].
* "La Chica de la Actitud" Roxxy has her name sewn into her ring gear with the "O" being in this shape.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'': The various games use hearts as ammunition, mana pickups, and/or money.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'': It has a "Less-than-three-shaped box", which is aptly named. It is shaped like a heart, and can hold up to 2 items.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. [[CaptainObvious Hearts are everywhere.]] They pop up in symbolism, menu icons, and whenever you kill most enemies. The "true" Kingdom Hearts (the combined heart of all worlds) is a heart-shaped [[WeirdMoon MOON]]!
* ''VideoGame/PanelDePon'': Heart-shaped panels are a staple.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Martha gets a blue heart hairpin as part of her ClothingSwitch in 'Store Story'.
* The ghost and his smaller ghost minions the deadbeats from ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated'' all have glowing beating heart shapes on their chests. The ghost's is revealed to be a heart shaped locket which contains a picture of him with his girlfriend from before his death.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/AvasDemon'', [[http://www.avasdemon.com/pages.php?page=0264 once Ava agrees to the pact, we get a heart split in half, with two colors, one side shattered.]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Agatha has several floating hearts when she sees Gil [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071128 defending her town.]]
** Agatha is accompanied by floating hearts when she launches herself at Gil to give him a hug when he says [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100514 he's revived Punch and Judy.]]
** Violetta produces floating red heats when describing what [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110912 Agatha and Gil's potential relationship would be like.]]
** Bangladesh [=DuPree=], of all people, gets a huge floating heart when she meets [[spoiler:Vole, a Jägermonster of her taste. More specifically, from hearing his jubilant, bloodthirsty anticipation regarding a war that would devastate the continent]].
** The Wasp Eaters gain a cloud of floating little pink hearts when they decide [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120613 they like Tarvek.]]
** Queen Larana and Jiminez Hoffmann fill the entire background with floating hearts in [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20160819 the panel where they exchange their first kiss.]]
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'': Dale floats into the coffee shop with trailing floating hearts after [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2641 he and Marigold get together.]] The background behind Hannelore fills with floating hearts when she's talking about all the [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2706 romance around her.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': There's "an adorable little blonde kid in curls" whose codename is Less Than Three, but if it's intended to be this symbol or not, is unknown, and we don't know why she picked that codename either, presuming that she didn't have it assigned involuntarily.