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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 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.

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!!Index of related tropes:

[[index]]
* CardiovascularLove - When it's love related.
* HeartBeatDown
* HeartContainer - Not actually a subtrope. It's for life-increasing objects in video games in general.
* HeartsAreHealth
* SayItWithHearts
* WickedHeartSymbol
[[/index]]

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!!Examples:

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[[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.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* 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, that’s if my choice needed any justification.
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[[folder:Music]]
* 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.
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[[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, [[BearYourMidriff 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.
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[[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.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''. [[CaptainObvious Hearts are everywhere.]] They pop up in symbolism, menu icons, and whenever you kill most enemies. Hell, the freaking [[WeirdMoon MOON]] is heart-shaped!
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'': Several female characters have these in their dialogue when particularly happy, [[GenkiGirl Estelle]] being the biggest offender.
-->'''Joshua''': So then… Why are the girls playing the guy roles?
-->'''Hans''': It’s just something to make the production more interesting this time. Having guys and girls switch roles, that is.
-->'''Estelle''': Really…? Wow…and the teachers are okay with this?
-->'''Jill''': END SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION! BE FREE OF GENDER ROLES! Put in that light, the teachers loved the idea. Personally, I just thought people would get a kick out of it! ♥
* ''VideoGame/PanelDePon'': Heart-shaped panels are a staple.
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[[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.]]
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[[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.
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