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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!
-->-- ''{{Girly}}''

->'''The client:''' How much does this pink ass cost?\\
'''The saleswoman:''' Mister, that's a heart.\\
'''The client:''' Madame, I've been working as a cardiac surgeon for twenty years; how much does this pink ass cost?
-->-- ''RussianHumor''

The stylized heart shape, '''♥''' (or <3 as a smiley), is a classic visual metaphor. It has long been used in Western animation and comics to symbolize a romantic crush. Or anything [[HeartsAreHealth health-related]] in VideoGames.

A HeartSymbol is typically drawn floating near a character's head, or on WingdingEyes, or nearly bursting out of a character's chest where the actual organ should be. Possibly a DiscreditedTrope, as subversions, deconstructions and parodies seem more common than playing it straight these days.

Traditionally pronounced "love," as in "I love New York" for "I '''♥''' NY," though recent convention has been to actually pronounce the symbol as "heart" - for example, the film ''IHeartHuckabees''. This is turn has led to the Internet {{meme|ticMutation}} of typing "I less-than-three X," in reference to the mathematical meaning of "<3".

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.

Compare LoveBubbles for the MangaEffects equivalent. For the specific equation of the HeartSymbol with love, please see CardiovascularLove; for its equation with health, see HeartsAreHealth. See also SayItWithHearts, CherryBlossoms. If the symbol appears in someone's eyes, they've got WingdingEyes.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Heart symbols emanating from Kitsuburami's WingdingEyes in episode 5 of ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''. This may be due to what she is [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/FLCLheartSymbol.jpg looking at]] (reflected in Canti's screen). Despite what it looks like, it's a giant hand in a trench coat. Really.
* Every other line during the steamy portions of {{Hentai}} manga will end with one (or more) of these.
* Hachiko in ''Manga/{{NANA}}'' has them floating out of her whenever she gets a new love interest (she goes through a lot).
* In ''[[Anime/{{Persona 4}} Persona 4: The Animation]]'' when [[spoiler: Naoto]] tells the group she was scared, [[SweetOnPollyOliver Kanji]] gets these floating around him.
* Lucia from ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' uses them as an attack after she finishes a song in the anime.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', when Rock Lee meets Sakura for the first time, he blows a physical heart symbol at her. She even manages to dodge it and it splats sadly on the pillar behind her.
** In fanart, the kanji symbol on Gaara's forehead (which means "love") is often replaced by a '''♥'''.
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' played with it. [[{{Satan}} Hild]] blows a '''♠''' kiss at Keiichi. Belldandy counters it with a '''♥''' kiss, sending the two symbols ricocheting all over the room until they're caught by their mutual owners. Good thing she did, since '''♠''' kisses are apparently destructive.
* Naturally, in a show starring a self-proclaimed warrior of {{love|Freak}} and {{justice|WillPrevail}}, ''Anime/SailorMoon'' has a lot of them. [[http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=g1VgNTPgP2Y&feature=related Even as weapons]].
* Copiously used in a completely [[HoYay unstraight]] way by Subaru when she [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nanoha-subaru-having-a-gay-old-time-with-teana.jpg reunites with Teana]] in ''[[AllThereInTheManual StrikerS Sound Stage X]]'' of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''.
* In ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' Itoshiki is once given a chocolate heart as present, but it's not very well-made and looks ugly, so the perfectionist Chiri gives him [[spoiler:an anatomically correct chocolate heart]] instead, freaking everybody out.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', the smoke from [[HeadlessHorseman Celty's]] neck [[http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/9885/heartt.jpg periodically formed a heart]] while Shinra defended her [[spoiler:[[RelationshipUpgrade and their recently upgraded relationship]]]] from his father's criticisms.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'''s early parody "[[ArchieComics Starchie]]" got facetious with them:
-->"Don't be silly, Bottleneck!... Just because you see those hearts floating around her head it doesn't mean she's got a crush on me!... In cartoon language, those hearts could mean platonic friendship!"
* Another parodied the "I ♥ NY" bumper sticker with a sticker responding: "So did I until someone ♣'d me and stole my ♦s".
* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'', where Jeremy has a bumper sticker saying "I [Stomach Symbol] My Parents"
* A Godzilla-related ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic has "I 8 NY".
** Another ''Far Side'' comic features a surgeon in love. But, being a surgeon, instead of a heart symbol it is represented by an anatomically correct heart.
* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' strip, Mr. Butts, the spokescigarette for the tobacco lobby, has little hearts appear around him as he deceitfully claims he loves children. A fellow lobbyist calls this "the heart thingy."
* The title character of ''Comicstrip/{{Lio}}'' once applied a defibrillator to one of these after being turned down for a date.
* In ''Sherman's Lagoon'', when Hawthorne hermit crab arranged a meeting between Sherman's shark human enemy, Captain Quigly and another woman. Sherman thinks it's working because he can see the "cartoony love hearts". Hawthorne corrects him by telling him that they're flies.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''FoxTrot'' as a MediumAwareness gag [[http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrotclassics/2007/05/11 here]].
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'': while watching Eddie and Dolores making out, Roger not only has heart pupils, he also forms a heart-shape with his ears.
* In ''Film/BadlyDrawnRoy'', the heart-pounding-out-of-the-chest variation occurs when Roy first sees [[LoveInterest Ruth]], along with WingdingEyes. She found it to be very sweet.
* In ''Anime/{{Interstella5555}}'', Music/DaftPunk have a brief {{cameo}}, losing to the main characters in a music contest. One of the two members has [=LEDs=] on his helmet forming a broken heart symbol.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''IHeartHuckabees'' had this in its ''title.'' The director insists it's pronounced "heart."
* In ''Film/InspectorGadget'', Gadget's hat incorporates a scrolling marquee that normally displays such things as MirandaRights. Heart symbols go sliding across it during an intimate moment.
* In ''Film/TheMask'', the living-cartoon title character has his heart-symbol pounding out of his chest when watching Cameron Diaz's character sing at a nightclub.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Conor Kostic's novel ''[[Literature/TheAvatarChronicles Saga]]'', a heart (always shown as a ♥ in the text) is the main character, Ghost's, symbol.
* As illustrated by Paul Kidby, Twoflower's [[JapaneseTourist Agatean Tourist]] gear in the first two ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels includes a hat proclaiming "I ♥ A-M".
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On the lam in his bathrobe, Hurley buys an "I '''♥''' Shih-Tzus" shirt in the ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "The Lie". The cashier is puzzled. "I like shih-tzus," Hurley explains. "It looks like you heart them," the cashier answers.
* Inversion: when Moby was the musical guest on ''SaturdayNightLive'' in 2002, he was embroiled in a feud with Music/{{Eminem}}. He appeared in a sketch and wore a T-shirt that read "I heart eminem" given to him by a fan.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. In a scene laden with [[HoYay Les Yay]] subtext, Faith entices Buffy out of a chemistry test for some vampire slaying by breathing on the window, then drawing a love heart with a stake through it.
* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Hunteri Heroici" opens with the chest-bursting variety, followed by a literal chest-bursting that leaves an equally anatomically-incorrect ImpactSilhouette.
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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.
* The song "Hey Soul Sister" by Train, where the singer is in love with a woman.
-->I'm so obsessed, my heart is bound to beat right out my untrimmed chest
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Creator/DataEast's ''[[Pinball/TheWhosTommy The Who's Tommy]]'' whows Sally Simpson riding a scooter to go see Tommy, with a flock of heart symbols floating around her head.
* Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''[[Pinball/TeedOff Tee'd Off]]'' shows a lovestruck golfer with heart symbols floating around his head while he gazes at his girl.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Floating hearts are the symbol for the Attraction status condition in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' offers (real-world, not in-game) bumper stickers with "I '''♣''' Seals" on them, because of the Seal Clubber class.
** They also have a "Less-than-three-shaped box", which is aptly named. It is shaped like a heart, and can hold up to 2 items.
* When characters in ''VideoGame/TheSims'' fall in love, they emit hearts to indicate this.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', the reunion of a yeti couple after a quick bout of possession results in a huge mass of hearts shooting out of their loving embrace. Since this is a Zelda game, the hearts are actually the series' long-standing recovery items, plus a health-boosting HeartContainer.
** Also, if you beat the [=STAR=] minigame in Castle Town, Link gains a posse of {{Fan Girl}}s who have hearts pop up over their heads when you talk to them. Then you can collect them for a health boost.
* In ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', near the end of the game, one of the [[CallARabbitASmeerp Mimigas]] mentions the great hero Arthur and all of them suddenly have hearts above their heads. As with the above example, the hearts can be grabbed for HP recovery.
* ''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!
* Heart symbols make numerous appearances in ''LocoRoco''.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' uses them for the max level Dark Assembly members can like you... and just to show how wicked the Netherworld is.
--> Great for chopping heads off♥
---> -- "[[{{Pun}} Headhunter]]" axe description
* In ''[[VideoGame/NutsAndMilk Nuts & Milk]]'', Yogurt and Milk would hold a heart symbol between them at the end of every level. In the {{Bonus Stage}}s, the heart would get bigger and a heart-shaped field of flowers would appear.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Parodied in [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/tgs4.html this episode]] of ''Teen Girl Squad'', a ShowWithinAShow of ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. When So and So gets some floating heart symbols from feeling a crush, one of the hearts gets hit by an arrow and screams.
** [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/tgs12.html "Whattaya mean I'm less than B?"]]
* In ''ThereSheIs'', Doki the rabbit's floating hearts are apparently quite physical and can bury people under them.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=071004 This strip]] of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' literally [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] a {{subver|tedTrope}}sion of it.
* Bay got one in [[http://www.sailorsun.org/index.php?comicID=167 this strip]] of ''SailorSun''. Slightly tweaked at first just because she noticed it, it was [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] even more when she was [[http://www.sailorsun.org/index.php?comicID=175 able to physically grab it]]. Then, when Bay tried to shoo that embodied visual metaphor for her own crush out a window, it turned out to [[http://www.sailorsun.org/index.php?comicID=176 have feelings of its own]].
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** A single red heart for Elan and Haley's first kiss, in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0400.html "Your Ship Has Come In"]].
** When [[MauveShirt Kazumi and Daigo]] share their wedding kiss in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0501.html strip #501]], they each get a HeartSymbol. Like [[SinglePaletteTown everything else from Azure City]], the hearts are blue.
** Normal pink hearts accompany Belkar's seduction of a female bard in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0611.html #611]].
* The Creator/PhilFoglio comic adaptation of the ''ComicBook/MythAdventures'' books features signs saying "I ♥ NY"; "I ♣ Seals"; "I ♠ Cats" and "I ♦ ..." and the end of that sign is covered. Years later, Foglio was asked how the last sign ended, and replied "[[TheUnreveal It was cleverly blocked for a reason]]."
* Hilariously subverted in [[http://zitaspacegirl.com/webcomics-2/ this]] ''Webcomic/ZitaTheSpacegirl'' strip by Ben Hatke.
* Played with in [[http://friendlyhostility.com/d/20081015.html this]] ''FriendlyHostility'' comic, where a character not only notices the heart but ''pops'' it, too. Nice metaphor.
* ''TheCyantianChronicles'': Seen in Campus Safari when Cilke first met [[spoiler: Chrome.]] They were immediately dubbed "Floaty Love Hearts" by a fan of the comic.
* This [[http://www.moderntales.com/comics/dumnestor.php?view=archive&chapter=14902&mpe=0#strip3 strip]] of ''Webcomic/DumnestorsHeroes''.
* In ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'', Vriska gets ♥'s in all 8 of her pupils after watching NicolasCage in ''Film/ConAir''. And the black romance version, Karkat gets ♠'s in his eyes after falling in hate with John. The emoticon versions are used more often: <3 for redrom, <3< for blackrom.
** Karkat and Gamzee appear in a diamond after forming their Moirallegience. The symbol for Auspisticism is a club, but so far it's only figured in the various shipping diagrams.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3253 they float about Fuschia]].
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2245 and Monique's interactions, once.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4328 And the Illuminati drones for the green succubus -- for once, not a romantic love.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ThreeJaguars'', [[http://threejaguarscomic.net/?comic=introduction-page-6 they radiate from Marketer]].
* 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]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic wears a shirt that says "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment I [donut] Donuts]]" when reviewing nostalgic commercials.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (season 11 episode "Saddlesore Galactica"): Moe meets a beautiful woman at a horse racing track, and his heart starts beating out of his chest like in the older, wackier [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age of Animation]] cartoons (particularly the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and [[TexAveryMGMCartoons MGM]] cartoons directed by Creator/TexAvery). When he notices this, he identifies this as the symptom of a medical problem, and says he has to leave for the hospital. Also counts as something of a PG-rated SomethingElseAlsoRises.
* At the end of the ''{{Transformers}}'' episode [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/The_Girl_Who_Loved_Powerglide "The Girl Who Loved Powerglide"]], in a bit of InterspeciesRomance Powerglide reveals an LED heart, showing he does indeed have compassion. This made it into a toy of him... twenty odd years after the episode aired.
* Deconstructed in ''TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' episode "Love Bugs". Flapjack meets a girl selling seashells and discovers that little hearts pop out of his head whenever he thinks of her. Peppermint Larry starts harvesting them and selling them to his customers as "sweethearts". Then it turns out that the hearts are actually [[spoiler:heart-shaped parasites called "bloodgnats", which Flapjack got from the seashell the girl gave him.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' radiate hearts [[HoYay in the presence of Cool Guy Todd.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''
** Seen in an episode where Danny is surrounded by them when he falls for [[LoveInterest Sam]] via a [[LovePotion Love Guitar]].
** It shows up in another episode when Jack and Maddie hugs the enormous check given to them by the Guys in White.
* In the Valentine's Day episode of ''AllGrownUp'', Phil complains that hearts aren't even really shaped like that.
* Played with in a ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' episode, where the hearts that pop around the characters' heads are ''[[{{Squick}} anatomically correct]]''.
* Used constantly on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' whenever one character is swooning over another.
* Used in ''JimmyTwoShoes'', when [[RichBitch Jez]] is actually swooning over Lucius for once.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'', Chu-Chu the dog has hearts coming out of his eyes for a magician's poodle assistant Fifi.
* ''{{Doug}}'' [[http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lihjqimEOH1qe3twro1_500.gif and]] [[http://www.bravotv.com/media/imagecache/photo-scaled/photos/mosteligibledallasseason1gallerytvcouplesdougpatty.jpg Patti.]]
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Parodied with Gallagher's "I '''♣''' My Wife."
** And real-life bumper sticker "I '''♠''' My Pets."
** And T-shirts saying "I '''♣''' Seals".
** And "I (Franchise/{{Godzilla}}) Tokyo."
** And (back when he was alive) Apple fanboys and fangirls would carry signs with "I (Apple symbol) Steve Jobs" to MacWorld keynote addresses.
** There's [[DudeNotFunny a particularly offensive shirt]] online that says "I [Plane] NY".
** The writer of ''Webcomic/{{Wondermark}}'' created one that says "I [Squiggle[=/=]Knot] Unparsable Symbols".
* The seed of the extinct [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silphium#Connection_with_the_heart_symbol silphium]] is believed by some to be the origin of the symbol, namely due to its contraceptive properties.
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