[[caption-width-right:270:Accept no substitutes!]]

->'''King Harold:''' You can't force someone to fall in love!\\
'''Fairy Godmother:''' I beg to differ. I do it all the time!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}''

Ah, the Love Potion. Not since the Eskimo Freezer was patented has there ever been such a useless invention. Not that love potions are ''ineffective'', mind you; it's just that they rarely ever work ''as intended'', to the point where one wonders why a character would even bother to use them at all. When you see someone employ a Love Potion these days, you almost ''expect'' it to fail. It should be a DiscreditedTrope by this time, but for some reason, even the most GenreSavvy of characters continue to use Love Potions, with said potions continuing to cause far more trouble than they're worth.

If the plan for using the Love Potion is actually well thought out and ''shouldn't'' go wrong, expect some ContrivedCoincidence to ensure that it does.

The Love Potion comes in three general forms:
# [[LoveAtFirstSight Love First Person Sighted]] potion
# [[SingleTargetSexuality Love Only Person X]] (often [[SympatheticMagic containing a hair or other piece of Person X]]) concoction
# [[KissingUnderTheInfluence Get In Touch With Your Wild Side]] aphrodisiac

Of course, no matter which type of potion is used, the chances that the right people will actually drink the potion are less than .00001% on average. Even if the potion is put into a drink that's placed ''directly'' into the hands of the people it's intended for, ''some'' kind of mix-up is always bound to occur. For instance, if the Love Potion is given to the princess in an attempt to get her to fall in love with the hero, you can bet your life savings that she'll slip and fall, causing the potion to splash up into the open mouth of the hero-hating {{Tsundere}}. If the potion is a "drink it and fall in love with the first thing that you see" type of deal, it is virtually ''guaranteed'' that the first face the hero will see upon sipping the mixture is that of his own horse or that of his PluckyComicRelief Sidekick. Even if it's only an aphrodisiac, a ''lot'' more people than expected are going to unknowingly chug it and engage in activities that put the [[WildTeenParty raunchiest teen parties]] to shame.

Villains don't usually have all that much luck with Love Potions either, as they're often all-too susceptible to being rendered ineffective through that annoyingly pesky "[[ThePowerOfLove Power of True Love]]" thing. No matter how strong a Love Potion might be at first, it will almost invariably fail once the entranced heroine sees her True Love lying bleeding and battered on the floor, seconds away from doom. In most cases, this will lead to a tearful reconciliation between the hero and heroine and to the hero [[HeroicSecondWind picking himself up and kicking a lot of ass]] (as well as to the villain wondering just where he can get a refund on that stupid wonky potion). An even more chaotic backfiring is when the villain her/himself accidentally drinks said potion. HilarityEnsues.

Villains may employ other means besides potions for winning someone's love ([[HypnotizeThePrincess spells, brainwashing, illusions, and the like]]) but these usually have a comparable success rate (i.e: ''none''.) If it's particularly potent, it might cause LoveIsInTheAir and affect not just the intended drinker but ''everyone.''

Even on occasions where a love potion works exactly as intended (most often in the case of Love Only Person X), with the right target falling for the right person, the whole thing has a tendency to [[GoneHorriblyRight work a little too well]]. The user will find, to their chagrin, that being obsessed over to the point of absurdity either destroys what they found attractive about the love interest in the first place or is simply [[{{Yandere}} too much to handle]]. Or they might come to realize that they'd rather their love remain unrequited than be ''artificially'' requited, thus learning a valuable {{Aesop}}.

Every once in a blue moon, you get a ShipperOnDeck type who wants to use a love potion not for their own benefit, but on behalf of two people who would be "so perfect together", if only they just had a ''little'' nudge towards each other. But even the purest of intentions can lead to disaster, and it's a safe bet the would-be matchmaker will be desperately scrambling to undo their handiwork in short order.

The [[DoubleStandardRapeSciFi morality]] of magically forcing someone to fall in love or have sex with another is often overlooked, but occasionally explored.

Compare HypnoRay, HypnoTrinket. Contrast HatePlague.



* Axe/Lynx body spray and Tag shower gel, supposedly. Prepare to be ''mobbed'' by ''[[ThunderingHerd armies]]'' of attractive members of the opposite sex wanting your bod. Far too many teenage boys hope this to be TruthInTelevision, and the average Western high school locker room ''reeks'' of the stuff.
** One commercial even shows women spontaneously pole-dancing around a pipe, and we pan up to a man in the shower using one of the products.
** Similarily, women showing [[PerverseSexualLust great affection]] for metal items partially made from recycled cans of Axe.
** Female cops pulling over, arresting men, and then subjecting them to unreasonable search and seizure should be skyrocketing.
** One of the weirdest was one where a bug bit a guy who'd put on Axe (who of course got some at the bar, though this isn't shown); it was eaten by a frog, who promptly got to mate with the first member of the opposite sex it encountered; the frog was taken for frog legs, eaten by an older, wealthy gentlemen; who then got laid, had a heart attack, and died; who was then eaten by worms; one of which was put in a bottle of mezcal; which upon being swallowed cause the swallower to suddenly become phenomenally attractive to some women in the bar. The circle of life continues.
** And by far the weirdest of these AXE ads is the AXE: Dark Temptation ad. The man puts on the spray and turns into a ''chocolate golem'' and as he goes to do his daily business.. while all the psychotic women bite/rip off parts of his body like his nose, arm, ears and one women bites him ''on the ass''. And he only has this terrifying grin on his face the whole time.
** A new Axe Twist commercial takes it one step further. A guy sprays on the Axe and goes on a date, which he screws up so badly that he tries to play peek-a-boo with her. She shows disinterest and the guy just looks forward in a stupor, Axe to the rescue, the guy is transformed into an intellectual. The girl gives the guy a sexy look. So guys, not only will Axe make her fall in love with you, it will make her forget you were a total douche five seconds ago.
** Apparently they also make your girlfriend want to do odd things to your father. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCP3JDTi_xQ Bow Chicka Wah wah]]
*** To be fair, TAG will make your Girlfriend's ''mom'' want to do odd things to ''you''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mambpzvJyYM]]
** In real life, expect to be made fun of.
* A '70s ad, for a cologne called "Bacchus", pretended this was the real secret of the Roman army's victories: they arranged to splash the stuff on the men of enemy towns, who were then mobbed by their own (all very beautiful) womenfolk. "Because when a man is irresistible to women, he has more interesting things to do than fight a war."
* And of course, there were the ads for Impulse, a woman's body spray. Any woman wearing the product would become irresistable because "Men Can't Help Acting On Impulse." They even played with this concept in a '90s ad, where a woman wearing Impulse fails to score with a guy she bumps into ... because she is in the middle of a gay district.
* Consider also the subtext of the ads for BOD Man fragance spray. Wherein a youth applies the spray and proceedes to play shirtless basketball with his male compatriots, while women look on longingly from behind a chain link fence.
* Parodied by a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x89xAXHd2l8 Specsavers ad]] where legions of woman run towards a man spraying himself.. and then stop dead when they see his deeply unfashionable glasses.
* Parodied again in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvPC9i96rSo this video]], where we find out what happens to the poor men ''after'' they're mobbed by a bunch of women.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Urd of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' is well-known for her love concoctions that always backfire spectactularly - in at least one instance, they work ''too'' well. Peorth once tried to meddle with one of Urd's potions and through crazy technobabble (apparently divine medicine does not react well when placed in cola), makes Keiichi irresistible to any woman who looks at him. This unfortunately included his own sister, but eventually it was all sorted out and Urd slipped Peorth a perfectly functional love potion in revenge that had her fall in love with a Tanuki statue. It should be noted that Peorth was aiming to alter a "first person you see" variety of love potion to "love only Peorth" potion.
** Part of the reason why it failed was because Peorth altered the 'Drop of koi' (affectionate, romantic love) potion to the 'Drop of ai' (passionate love) potion. As Urd explained, it didn't work on Belldandy because it 'was not crude enough' to affect people already in love with each other - i.e. Belldandy and Keiichi.
** As far as the love overeffect goes, Urd's analysis was simply "Potions are not something amateurs ought to mess with"
*** That said, Belldandy did get hit by a potion early in the manga that had her all but jump Keiichi right then and there. (un)Fortunately (depending on how you want to look at it), Keiichi was able to talk her down out of it (he did it because he realized she was acting very out of character).
* In ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'':
** Kuroko tried to feed Mikoto an aphrodisiac, but accidentally drank it herself, which just made her hit on Mikoto more.
** In an omake, Kuroko tries to trick Mikoto into putting on sunscreen laced with an aphrodisiac, but Saten puts it on instead. The aroused Saten hits on Uiharu and Mikoto angrily beats Kuroko up. Saten eventually snaps out of it and apologizes. The ending reveals Mitsuko put the sunscreen on her pet boa constrictor, and it ''tries to rape her''.
* An episode of the ''Manga/FairyTail'' anime has Juvia buy a Love First Person Sighted type love potion to use on Gray. Not only does Gray look at the wrong person, and not only does Juvia accidentally give the potion to about a half-dozen other guild members, it turns out the potion isn't even a Love Potion but instead a [[TheRival Rivalry]] Potion causing the affected person to declare the first thing they see to be their eternal rival.
** The potion also seems to affect chacter-to-object relationships, causing Makarov to declare rivalry with a barrel of alcohol and Erza to go to war with a poor pillar blocking her path.
* This inadvertently happens to Louise towards her familiar in ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero''. It's unnerving for Saito, since she's usually firmly on the 'tsun' side of {{Tsundere}}.
** Happens again in the third season as well, except this time the effect is more widespread, though mostly restricted to the female cast. Much {{Fanservice}} occurs before the effects are reversed.
** And in a side-story in the manga adaptation, where Louise is dosed with two different ''kinds'' of love potion simultaneously, and their interaction causes her to become irresistably attracted... to girls. ''All'' girls. Saito still finds this unnerving, although now it's because he can't get her to so much as glance in his direction.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': One of the Hokuto Ryuuken pressure points does the "wipe out your affection and then make you fall in love with the first person you see when you awaken" type of effect--making it a sort of literal love tap. [[spoiler:Grown-up Lin finds out about this point the hard way.]]
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' the [[FaceHeelTurn fallen heroine]] Yui tries using a magical drug to get Tamahome to fall in love with her. It works at first, with Tamahome even going so far as to nearly kill Miaka, his former beloved, but naturally ThePowerOfLove (and a near-fatal wounding) soon set everything right.
* Used a few times in ''Anime/GhostSweeperMikami'':
** In an early story, Yokoshima accidentally spills one on Gynoid Maria, who immediately starts chasing him -- he runs because she keeps trying to hug him with enough force to shatter boulders.
** A much later story features is set after Yokoshima gains the ability to create magic balls that generate just about any effect defined by a single character. When he gets attacked by a hot demoness, he uses one he had earlier imprinted with the character for Love.
* In the ''Gift ~Eternal Rainbow~'' BonusEpisode episode, a powerful love potion turns Rinka, Yukari and Chisa -- the three girls not heavily involved in the main series plotline -- into obsessive, saucy ladies after Haruhiko. It doesn't help that a supposed "antidote" only makes the potion's effect stronger.
* Fujiko Etou of ''LightNovel/DemonKingDaimao'' homebrews her own love potions and they are actually quite effective. Whether or not she gets the desired result from her plan is up for debate.
* Played for laughs in ''Manga/InuYasha'' when a mind-bending fog caused Sango, in a drunken stupor, to blatantly come on to Inu Yasha. She was just about to kiss him when the fog caused Kagome use the "sit" command on him as a SpamAttack.
* Kogarashi makes a lover potion in episode 3 of ''Manga/KamenNoMaidGuy'' to help Naeka get over her [[AllergicToLove love issues]]. It works flawlessly, other than the fact that it caused her to fall in love with [[LesYay Fubuki]].
* In the ''LightNovel/{{Kanokon}}'' anime, Chizuru's mother passes out some love-at-first-sight drink to her guests. Kouta is affected as intended and temporarily falls in love with Nozomu. Two other girls drink it, but subversively, their talk of "doing it" turns out to be just feeding each other with chopsticks. Tayura finds out about the drink and gives some to Asahina, but instead of making her fall in love with him, she gets angrily drunk for some reason and then falls in love with the ''drink''.
* This is the main plot of ''Manga/MagicalPokemonJourney''. Hazel has repeatedly been trying to use love potions to get Almond to fall in love with her. The story opens with Hazel attempting to administer such a love potion, accidentally blowing him up in the process. The rest of the series is about Hazel catching Pokémon for "mad scientist" Grandpa, in exchange for a love potion that actually works.
** Later on, Coconut manages to invent a love potion that will cause whoever drinks it to fall madly in love with her. Instead, it turns out that it will make whoever drinks it fall in love with the first person he or she sees - and it didn't even go to the right person. So, while Coconut was trying to make Almond fall in love with her, she accidentally caused a Primeape to fall in love with Eevee.
*** In a tie-in ''Pokémon'' book for kids, Ash has to deal with the chaos resulting from a Love Potion making two Pokémon fall in love. The inventor says Ash should use it to [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction catch Pokémon]]. He turns it down.
*** One episode has this happen with Pikachu and Piplup. Both of them are male.
* A love potion figures into episodes 2 and 3 of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. This one works a bit differently, however: it makes the person who consumes it irresistible to the opposite sex. Negi brews it to give to Asuna as an apology for embarassing her in front of Mr. Takahata, but because she's angry at him she pours it down Negi's throat before he can explain how it works, with [[LoveIsInTheAir predictable results]].
** Later, in volume 7 of the manga, Asuna finds herself fighting off her uncontrollably growing feelings for Negi as she helps him deal with some business. Just as she's all but ready to give in (or kill herself), though, he innocently warns her about the fact that the chocolates on his desk, one of which she stole at the beginning of the chapter without him looking, was in fact a love potion of the "Fall in love with the first person you see" variety.
** In volume 9 of the manga, there's another love potion-class effect, "confessing under a world tree". In this case, the problem is treated seriously, and we even get some sort of explanation why things like these are bad - this has a chance to become a one-sided love. A very strong [[LoveHurts one-sided love]] where the other side is magically unable to refuse. All of the magic population were dispatched to prevent such a confession from happening. Nevertheless, once again Negi ends up on the wrong end of it, with a simple request for a kiss turning him into an unstoppable {{Determinator}} with MindControlEyes who only comes to his senses after he French-kisses at least one of his targets, nearly suffocating her in the process.
*** At least, once snapped out of it, he has no memories of how far he went, which prevents further grief and awkwardness.
*** Also, at the beginning of the same arc, Kamo reveals to Negi that love potions are indeed illegal (but not as serious as the tree spell because they are temporary).
*** The most recent mention of love potions was when the group arrived in the magical world. Haruna asked their guide if she'd be able to buy love potions somewhere, the guide reiterated that they are illegal.
* When Nagasumi takes one in ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'', he gets every girl in the show, including the assassin and his ''mother'' falling in love with him. It has the unfortunate side effect of all men hating him, though.
** Not that most of the men in the series don't hate him anyway...
* In episode 5 of ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden'', the ninjas make a Love Potion for Miyabi. Before she can use it, Onsokumaru drinks it, thinking it'll make him into a ChickMagnet. Unfortunately for him, it's the much more common "fall-in-love-with-the-first-person-you-see" type. As soon as he realizes this, he covers his eyes and tries to locate Shinobu. They get around the problem by [[spoiler:getting him to open his eyes in front of a mirror]]. Naturally, this changes nothing.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', being a LoveDodecahedron played for comedy, features a ''lot'' of AppliedPhlebotinum that has some kind of effect equating to love magic. None of these ever solved anything, but they did make for good excuses for slapstick zaniness. We start with pills that cause whoever swallows one to fall for the first person of the opposite sex, with a duration of either one instant, one day, or the ingester's entire life. Then comes an actual RedStringOfFate. An umbrella that enthralls whoever is [[UmbrellaOfTogetherness sharing it]]. A bandaid impregnated with a potent potion that makes the wearer chase after girls/guys when it gets warm. Mushrooms that, when stewed, act as a love potion. Those are just a few examples -- and we're still not even getting into all of the MindControlDevice items.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': In the first chapter of Season II (the manga, not the anime), Yukari slips Moka a love potion to get her to express her true feelings as part of her dream of [[BiTheWay having a threesome with Moka and Tsukune]]; the effect is similar to an aphrodisiac.
* There's a ''Manga/TsukiyomiMoonPhase'' H-doujin where Hazuki tries to make the main guy into her love-slave with a love potion she stole from his grandfather. Unfortunately for her, the potion turns out to be a ''powerful'' aphrosidiac, and since this ''is'' a H-doujin, the predictable happens.
* The final ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' film revolves around a love potion that can only be acquired by the most lecherous person in the universe... who happens to be Ataru.
* This is one of the witch powers in ''Manga/YamadaKunAndTheSevenWitches''. It can be used to build a group of flunkies to do your bidding because they worship you. It's been suggested you could build a harem with it. But we have also seen the potential for the power to [[spoiler:teach people the power of love. To make them feel what it is like to actually love someone, providing them with loyalty and a sense of purpose.]]
* One episode of ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' is about a monster being able to make two people fall in love. The entire episode it tries to make Cutey fall in love to get her distracted and thus being able to kill her, but only sends half the town into a mad love for her. At the end, it finally hits her and thus not only disarms her, but even makes her willingly walk towards it as she is in love with it now [[spoiler: , which is a trick by Honey, as she had looked at herself in the window when she was hit, so she fell in love with herself, not the monster and is thus still able to defeat it.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/BlackPanther foe [[{{Yandere}} Nakia]] aka [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Malice]] uses a forbidden herb called Jufeiro to make men fall madly in love with her to the point of slavish devotion. She doesn't have too many qualms about using the herb on T'Challa, the target of her obsession, either.
* A variant shows up in, of all places, ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. In order to get the AxCrazy Killer Frost to work with her archfoe Firestorm, Psycho-Pirate used his emotion powers to make her fall in love with Firestorm. By the time Firestorm has gotten used to her acting like a ClingyJealousGirl, she's reverted back to her crazy self.
* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'': Jughead Jones has a special button he can put on his crown that makes him irresistible to women. Considering his lack of interest in romance, however, he doesn't really have any use for it.
* ComicBook/{{Raven}}'s empathic powers functioned this way a couple times. Once was deliberate (she got Kid Flash to join the [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Titans]] by making him fall in love with her and then erasing his memory of it), and once was by accident (she made Nightwing have feelings for her despite being in a committed relationship with Starfire). Neither scenario ended up lasting.
* In ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'', the Squadron's "Utopia Project" developed a brainwashing device to eradicate criminal tendencies. Golden Archer misused it to make Lady Lark fall in love with him. Even the knowledge that it was the product of brainwashing was unable to shake her love, and the Squadron had specifically designed it to be ineradicable. She did eventually break free, but only after Golden Archer had died.
* A psychological take occurs in ''ComicBook/TheSandman: Endless Nights'' story "What I've Tasted of Desire." When the protagonist tells a witch she doesn't believe her love potions work, the witch replies that "they don't ''not'' work," in that [[MagicFeather they give the user the confidence]] to make the first move instead of shyly pining away.
* In ''ComicBook/XMen'', Nightcrawler broke up with Amanda Sefton, a sorceress (and his [[NotBloodSiblings adopted sister]]), the first time because he asked if her magic made him fall in love with her, and she couldn't directly say no.
* One of these, accidentally administered, has unintended consequences in the ''ComicBook/XXXenophile'' story "Overly Familiar". Unlike many examples of this trope, the effects were apparently permanent (but more of a lust potion), but since both of them already had feelings for each other, neither one had a problem with it.
* ''ComicBook/{{Ironwood}}'': As a student, Suliman Canto slipped a love potion disguised as perfume to the object of his affections. His plan backfired when she ended up having sex with her half-snake female roommate.
* ''ComicBook/{{Aquila}}'': Locusta the witch controls her lover Emperor Nero through a love potion that she's convinced him will boost his powers.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Helga tries to rekindle the love of ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'' to her twice. Once, she puts a love potion in his soup, and he immediately shouts how he '''loves''' - the soup. Another time, she puts an amulet of love under his pillow. Which he falls in love with.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[NamedWeapon Brox's Kiss]], the hot pink short sword in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', causes people of the opposite sex of the wielder to fall in love with and obey the wielder. Works perfectly--until the wielder loses control of the sword for more than a few minutes. Wisely, she runs off.
* In the appropriate named ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' [[SlashFic slash]] fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5832444/1/Love_Potion Love Potion]] is all about type two attempted by Ichigo at Urahara's suggestion, which predictably goes wrong as the target doesn't eat the cookies...but everyone else does.
* According to [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], this was used by [[spoiler: Discord en masse to cause the downfall of the Equinus Republic, cumulating in a giant orgy from the ponies in parliament.]] It is meant to be taken as {{Squick}} and with as much questionable validity as it sounds.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6641224/1/Everybody_Loves_Cloud Everybody Loves Cloud]] thanks to Hojo and a couple of accidents.
* In [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3749632/1/Run-Ichigo-Run Run Ichigo Run]], Mayuri sends Nemu to drug Ishida but she accidentally hits Ichigo. Since the drug was calibrated for Ishida, it has a different effect on Ichigo: every female he encounters, including lesbians and his own sisters, falls in love with him. Even Nemu is affected, despite the fact that she knows what's happening. As the title suggests, Ichigo spends most of the fic running to preserve his chastity while trying to find a way to remove the drug's effects.
* ''Fanfic/KnowledgeIsPower'': The Weasleys had a plot, which was apparently two years in the making, to dose Harry and Hermione with one so that they'd fall for Ginny and Ron.
* ''Fanfic/TheStudentPrince'':
** Lady Viva uses one on Arthur, as per the canon.
** Arthur suspects [[spoiler:Merlin]] of using a love spell on him after he finds out about [[spoiler:Merlin being a wizard]].
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act IV'': Chapter 17 reveals that Ruby kept the original sample of Yukari's love-struck potion for some reason. Falla, Apoch, and Astreal mistake it for perfume and use it, and HilarityEnsues when Moka, Luna, Yukari, and Kokoa end up dosed with it as well.
* ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'': {{Discussed}} by Professor Quirrell in regards to witches using them to enchant and rape Muggle men (some wizards also do the same thing to Muggle women). It also alludes to how Voldemort was conceived, something few know about. [[spoiler: Quirrell has been possessed by him, however...]]
* The heroes use one against Black Riku in ''The Last Brony: Kingdom Hearts With a Black Sora.'' It doesn't actually have any magical properties at all however, and [[PlaceboEffect only works because Sora and the others convince Riku that it does.]]
* ''FanFic/Domoverse'': An unintentional one, with repeated applications of Glitch's happiness spray.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Defied in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': making people fall in love is one of the few things [[GreatGazoo Genie]]'s magic can't do (presumably because it would [[StoryBreakerPower resolve the plot in a trice]]). Later, when [[EvilChancellor Jafar]] has the lamp, he wishes for [[RebelliousPrincess Jasmine]] to fall in love with him. Just as Genie tries to explain that he can't do that, [[TheHero Aladdin]] sneaks in to steal the lamp back; Jasmine sees him and [[GuileHero suddenly begins to flirt with Jafar]], to Genie's complete confusion.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'' has one of these. (If you look carefully, you'll see that the bottle has "IX" written on it.) Fiona's fairy godmother orders the king to pour it into Fiona's drink so that she will fall in love with Prince Charming instead of Shrek. It doesn't work because the king decides not to give Fiona the potion-laced drink after seeing how much she loves Shrek.
-->'''Fairy Godmother''' (''furious''): HAROLD! You were supposed to give her the potion!\\
'''King Harold''' (''smugly''): Well, I guess I gave her the wrong tea.
* The main conflict of ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' is formed around a love potion. Making one is incredibly difficult since you need the petal of the primrose flower which only grow on the border of [[TheLostWoods the Dark Forest]] and are constantly being cut down by the {{mooks}} of [[EvilOverLord the Bog King]]. The only one who can turn the petal into the potion is the Sugar Plum fairy, whose imprisoned by the Bog King. He really, really doesn't want there to be love potions. [[spoiler: He's got practical concerns since it can and does lead to chaos, ''but'' his real reason is that the love potion failed to work for him since [[ThePowerofLove true love]] overpowers the potions.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the movie (later, the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' episode) ''Film/HerculesUnchained'', the "Waters of Forgetfulness" are used by an evil queen to enslave Hercules and make him think she is his wife. He catches on to the ruse later, thanks to his trusty sidekick Ulysses, who manages to secretly spill the magical water anytime someone tries giving it to Hercules.
* In two ''other'' Hercules-based movies featured on ''[=MST3K=]'', evil queens try slipping love potions to The Big Herc, only by this time he's become smart enough to spill them or spit them out. He then only ''pretends'' to be affected by them.
* In ''Film/IMarriedAWitch'', Jennifer prepares one for Wally so she can break his heart (she's evil), but she winds up drinking it by accident. Cue HighHeelFaceTurn.
* The 1992 Creator/SandraBullock movie ''[[LovePotionNumberNine Love Potion #9]]'' takes a different tack from the song of the same name. The "potion" makes (temporary) changes to the voice of the person who takes it such that anyone of the opposite sex hearing them speak is attracted to them - and willing to do anything they ask (and makes members of the same sex hate them just as much). Larger doses escalate the effect dramatically, as the villainess discovers when she consumes undiluted potion (it's supposed to be diluted 1:1000 in water), inadvertently creating a ThunderingHerd of men following her after she chugs it.
** The above effects are not from the eponymous #9 potion, but from #8. The gypsy woman who sells the potion to the protagonists (and has a full range of love potions from 1 - 9, with varying effects) keeps the #9 potion, the strongest, in reserve for a later date. When the two realize they might love one another, then the #9 is imbibed by both. The gypsy warns that if they truly love one another, then their love will never die; if it is not true love, then they will not be able to stand the sight of one another.
* ''Literature/{{Perfume}}'' has VillainProtagonist Jean-Baptiste Grenouille long to make a perfume from the scent of beautiful women. Once he finds out how to capture their scent, he goes on a killing spree, and is captured after he completes it. The perfume has... variable results: [[spoiler:the first time he uses it, the crowd that's gathered for an execution believes he's an angel and is driven into a passionate orgy by its scent. The second time he uses it, a crowd of bums is so taken by his beauty that they ''eat him alive''. And he ''[[DrivenToSuicide wanted]]'' that to happen, because he realized the "love" that his perfume created wasn't real.]]
** Well, it was more like [[spoiler: that the perfume could not make him capable of love.]]
* In ''Film/PracticalMagic'', Sally the witch makes a love spell to ''[[InvertedTrope avoid]]'' falling in love. The spell is supposed to ensure that she only falls in love with a guy with certain specifications. She deliberately makes a list of impossible specifications, to ensure that she can only fall in love with a non-existent guy, and thus not fall in love at all. [[spoiler:[[DoubleSubversion Naturally, a guy with the right specifications shows up]].]]
** Sally does marry before the guy she specified shows up. Her aunts see how lonely and sad she is (and that neither she or her sister are likely to be having kids soon) and cast a spell causing her and a local young man to fall in love and marry. [[spoiler:But the ancestress' curse, the reason Sally didn't ''want'' to marry, kicks in.]]
* In ''Film/TheCraft'', Sarah puts Chris under a love spell after he pretended to be interested in her, but turned out to just be an asshole instead. It works fine at first, until Chris becomes so enamored with Sarah that he starts stalking her, culminating in a [[DateRapeAverted date rape attempt]]. Nancy then kills him in retaliation.
* Title character Pondo Sinatra in the 80's college sex romp ''Film/ThePartyAnimal'' eventually makes a potent love potion out of random chemicals in a science lab. After exposing himself to the potion, it works ''too'' well--with disasterous results.
* ''Film/TheThiefOfBagdad'' featured the evil Grand Vizier named (what else?) Jaffar, giving the Princess a "Blue Rose of Forgetfulness" which makes her forget all about her love for the hero. (At least until he shows up to snap her out of it.)
* In ''Film/WereTheWorldMine'', gay student Timothy finds a secret recipe in the script for ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' for a magic flower that causes LoveAtFirstSight with no gender restrictions and uses it to make many members of his homophobic hometown walk a mile in his shoes. HilarityEnsues.
* ''Film/Wishmaster3BeyondTheGatesOfHell'': The Djinn describes how he played a hand in UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar ages ago when Helen of Troy wished to be seen as the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman. He granted her wish by [[JackassGenie making the key players in the conflict obsessed with having her]], resulting in the deaths of thousands and the end of Troy.

* OlderThanPrint: One version of ''Literature/TristanAndIsolde'' has the eponymous lovers drinking a mixture from a vial, thinking it a lethal poison, only to discover instead that it was a love potion. Another version has Isolde's maid giving her a love potion and telling her to use it with her betrothed husband, King Mark. Isolde instead chooses to use it on her beloved Tristan, even though she knows the two of them can't be together. Still another version has them drink it accidentally, mistaking it for wine.
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' there is a kind of drug that is commonly used on male prostitutes. What exactly it does is left unclear, though the implied "last longer" effect can not be the only one, it is probably a kind of powerful aphrodisiac, as a woman carrying it with her is seen as a sign she intends to rape a man.
* Averted in ''Literature/AKeyAnEggAnUnfortunateRemark'' where the protagonist Marley refuses to give one to her nephew because it amounts to rape.
* ''Literature/LittleWomen'': The sisters perform a [[ShowWithinAShow play]] with a villain who purchases a love potion from a witch, along with poison to kill his romantic rival (probably to avoid that "power of true love" loophole). The witch, however, double-crosses him, stops the princess from drinking the potion, and slips the villain [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own poison]].
* In ''Literature/OnAPaleHorse'', Zane is offered the use of a Lovestone by the Magician to seduce Luna (his daughter). Said stone compels instant desire and "is not something you can buy in knickknack shops". Despite being strongly attracted to Luna, and despite her stated willingness to honor her father's bargain (though she has no pleasure in it herself, nor interest in Zane), he declines the offer to use the stone.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', there is an offhand mention of a herbal aphrodisiac that the protagonist's mother had in her garden. It is used as a comparison when [[spoiler: one of the characters is tortured, and notices that the torturer is a sadist who gets turned on by it. He compares the effect of his suffering on the torturer to that of said aphrodisiac on more normal people. Which raises the question how he, who was underage when he left home, ''knows'' about this. ]]
* In ''Literature/ThePerilousGard'', this trope is subverted. [[spoiler:Kate thinks Christopher has fallen in love with her sister Alicia. The queen of the fairies offers her a token that will supposedly make Christopher love her, which Kate declines because she would always know that he only loved her due to a potion. She finds out later that Christopher loves her, and the queen knew that, and the token was most likely nothing at all but a quiet form of revenge on the part of the queen.]]
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest'', TheVamp uses a potion to lure Prince Rupert into her bed. Unfortunately for him and the heroine, the magical rings they owned were driven by the PowerOfLove, and this broke them.
* Piers Anthony's ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series includes magical "love springs." In this case, "love" is used as a euphemism - drinking from such a spring causes one to be compelled to mate with the first creature of the opposite sex that one sees, regardless of species. Love springs are supposedly responsible for the numerous {{Half Human Hybrid}}s and MixAndMatchCritters that exist in Xanth. What's worse, if you drink from it twice, you fall [[SecondLove in love twice]]. Without losing your first love. Only time is effective.
** The characters plan to employ a more traditional one (i.e. causing love instead of lust) to solve the magic induced LoveTriangle between Prince Dolph, Nada, and Electra. Electra is cursed to love Dolph, and will die if he doesn't marry her. Dolph loves the sexy Nada instead, and Nada just considers him a friend but must marry him for political reasons. To fix this, Electra will take a potion to nullify the magic love she has for Dolph, marry him, divorce him the next day, and then Nada will take a love potion so she can marry Dolph. Instead, Electra's potion doesn't work because she truly ''does'' love Dolph, Dolph decides he loves her back during their one night of marriage, and Nada doesn't need to take the potion after all.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov, inspired by the Creator/GilbertAndSullivan operetta ''Theatre/TheSorcerer'', wrote a short story titled "The Up-to-date Sorcerer", in which the Professor's potion works because of TechnoBabble instead of magic. It's a slightly more ethical potion than the usual sort, as it only works on people who aren't married. Predictably, it ends up making the pretty young girl fall for the wrong person, and all parties involved try to figure a way out of this mess. [[spoiler:When they remember that the potion has no effect on married people, they realize that if the girl marries the guy the potion made her fall for, the potion will no longer work. They do, the potion wears off, they get the marriage annulled, and the girl goes back to dating the guy she was originally interested in.]]
* Averted in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/TheSpiritRing''. Fiametta tries to create a love ring, but her father explains that the spell only reveals true love, not compels it, and that magically induced true love is a paradox. The spell does work, just not on who Fiametta intended it for.
* The first book of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has Harry making a love potion at Bob's request (mostly because Bob wouldn't shut up about it), containing conventional (perfume, chocolate) and not-so-conventional (excerpts from a cheesy romance novel, a torn-up $50 bill in lieu of diamonds) ingredients. Despite (or perhaps because of) being called a 'love' potion, it's more of a ''really effective'' aphrodisiac than anything else. Susan accidentally drinks it instead of a teleport potion when she and Harry are cornered by a demon, and HilarityEnsues.
** Two of the ''Dresden'' short stories involve variations on the concept:
*** ''Last Call'' has a maenad dose Harry's favorite homebrew beer with a lust-and-violence potion in an attempt to start a riot at a Bulls game to remind people of Dionysus (and teach them "proper respect").
*** In ''Love Hurts'', a Red Court vampire enchants a carnival haunted house ride to make the riders fall in love, hoping to spread true love, which is anathema to White Court vamps; she draws Harry and the cops' attention when people who ''shouldn't'' be in love (like [[BrotherSisterIncest siblings]]) fall victim and commit suicide.
* In ''[[Literature/KushielsLegacy Kushiel's Mercy]]'' by Jacqueline Carey, [[spoiler:the visiting general of a neighbouring empire gets his magician to make Sidonie fall in love with him using a spell that involves a very small tattoo between her shoulder blades. It also causes her to forget all about her passion for Imriel--though, as it turns out, it's not wholly effective. The spell is broken when Imriel cuts the tattoo from her skin. Needless to say, when she comes around, Sidonie is ''pissed'']]. In this, the Unfortunate Implications of using a love potion--namely, that it's effectively rape--are fully spelled out.
** In ''Naamah's Curse'', one of the villains possesses a magical black diamond that entrances people who look at her, enabling her to become a queen. However, it's stated that this diamond does not compel false desire, or force anyone to be attracted to someone they wouldn't desire otherwise. Instead, it amplifies and enhances any slight attraction the wearer already inspires in people who encounter him/her. The wicked queen was a beautiful woman to begin with, and the diamond enhances her desirability so that anyone who would have been at least a little attracted to her without the diamond feels compelled to worship her like a goddess when she puts it on (which does still seem coercive, however...)
* A whole industry of non-functional love spells can be found in ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell''. There was a spell to store emotions in amber, then when the amber melted the emotions spread to those nearby. Presumably, this could be used with love, although the actual examples were courage and fear for your and the other side's army respectively. It also featured a rather clever use of love spells [[spoiler:Childermass buys a knowingly non-functional spell from Vinculus to use on a princess, bringing the [[OverprotectiveDad wrath of the King]] down on Vinculus. Turns out he needn't have bothered.]]
* This is discussed at some length in Doris Egan's ''Ivory'' series. A sorcerer can't make someone fall in love. Instead, he or she can create a spell that causes the victim to experience a very clinical checklist of symptoms of sexual attraction for the specified target; if the victim isn't suspicious, the result is effective about 80 percent of the time.
* Tom Holt's JWW series, beginning with ''Literature/ThePortableDoor'', centers around J.W. Wells' famous "love philtre", which always works - it knocks the drinker out for twenty minutes, and they fall in love with the first person of the opposite sex they see. There have to be something like five or six instances of this throughout the series, nearly always with horrific potential. As in all his books, Holt plays fast and loose with consistency, and a love philtre which "always" works somehow generally finds a way to wear off. [[spoiler:At least until the very end of the third book, where the "hero" and "heroine" (if they can be described as such) are finally given such a heavy dose of the thing that they spend the rest of eternity making dovey-eyes at each other.]]
* The aunts in ''Film/PracticalMagic'' cast love spells for any woman who asks. The only example given in detail is a [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor cautionary one]], as her new husband never gives her a moment's peace. However, the reader's viewpoint is almost exclusively on the woman. The effects on the man, or his ex-wife who he was faithful to before the spell and somewhat faithful to afterwards before being specifically hit with a spell to make him leave her, are hardly shown.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series: Some of Nanny Ogg's recipes have a very aphrodisiac-like effect, and people have been known to do [[HilarityEnsues amazing]] things after accidentally eating a plateful of something spiced up with her famous Chocolate Sauce with secret ingredients.
** The description strongly implies that she doesn't use magic, but natural aphrodisiacs. It can't break Granny Weatherwax's self-control, and another character is resistant because he eats a lot; implying that the effect is physical rather than magical.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', we learn that if not for a love potion, BigBad Voldemort wouldn't even exist, since his mother, Merope, apparently used an extremely powerful one to make her crush, Tom Riddle (Voldemort's father) marry her. This is actually a subversion of the usual story, because the potion apparently ''did'' work perfectly. However, Dumbledore speculates she began to feel guilty after a while, and willingly stopped giving him the potion in the hope that he would have grown to really love her. Unfortunately, he didn't. Given how starved for love she was (having been raised in a [[AbusiveParents highly dysfunctional family]]), Merope comes off rather sympathetically. Dumbledore speculates that Voldemort's conception being partly through artificially-produced love make him unable to feel any himself.
** Love potions are banned at Hogwarts (although they are apparently legal in the wizarding world at large and are openly sold at stores that cater to students), not that it stopped Harry's fan girls from trying to slip him love potions in the forms of perfume, chocolate, drinks, and more, courtesy of Fred and George Weasley. One of those said slipped-love-potions caused Ron, not Harry, to fall in love with one of the fan girls.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', Rita Skeeter accuses Hermione Granger of using love potions to make Literature/HarryPotter ''and'' Viktor Krum fall in love with her.
** It is noted in the books that love potions don't make the person taking them fall in love; instead, they create a powerful infatuation with the person creating the potion. Most of them are generally far weaker and more temporary than the one used by Merope.
** At one point in ''Half-Blood Prince'', Harry compares love potions to Dark magic. Given that such potions can make a person act against their usual being (as proven with Tom Riddle and Ron in the same book), he's justified in being wary of them.
* In the ''Literature/NightWorld'' book ''Spellbinder'', Thea accidentally challenges Blaise's skills by saying she couldn't attract her soulmate. Blaise's response is to use a love charm. [[spoiler:Not only does ''this'' not work, it still doesn't work when he is enchanted to hate Thea.]]
* One of Laurence Janifer's ''Gerald Knave, Survivor'' short stories involves a military project to douse the enemy country with aphrodisiacs so they'd be too busy screwing to put up a fight when invaded. Unfortunately, the chemicals keep leaking, causing the factory workers to get amorous when they're supposed to be working. The author included a comment on the dubious morality of this weapon, '''especially as the drugs only affect men'''.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in Creator/DavidEddings' ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Polgara the Sorceress]]''. Polgara is exasperated by requests from members of Duke Kathandrion's court for love potions, which she notes is a [[{{Trope}} literary device]] prevalent in Arendish epics.
* ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' makes mention of the morality issue; using a glamour spell, the series' equivalent of this, is seen by characters as tantamount to rape. Sorceresses who use it are either executed or expelled from the Palace of the Prophets (the Palace has a spell which [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld slows down aging to about 10%]], so there is little difference between the two for the exiles).
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ShadowsInZamboula", Zabibi asks for a love potion from a man she had repulsed. He gave her a potion that drove her lover mad, and he attacked her.
* In Creator/LordDunsany's ''Literature/TheCharwomansShadow'', the hero's sister gets a love potion and uses it on the duke. The duke falls ''deathly'' ill. Terrified, she nurses him back to health, [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect during which he falls in love with her]].
* In Creator/JosephaSherman's ''Literature/TheShiningFalcon'', Ljuba creates these. She can even put them in candles.
* ''Literature/LabyrinthsOfEcho'' series by Max Frei is about a world with strong magic, so this one appeared too. It's not clean and reliable, though, and sometimes the victim is poisoned. The surest way to heal this is for the guilty to immediately, ahem, [[IntimateHealing proceed with the seduction]] to the end. Fortunately, the limitation of the magic means that only very weak and safe variants are used, unless someone is lovesick enough to risk imprisonment just for making it. But the only guy who tasted it in the book managed to die at the first sip anyway -- for nothing, [[IdiotBall because he was already quite charmed in the natural way]]. The victim, of course, was rather surprised by the new disposition upon revival... but willing to repeat the whole sequence if necessary [[CrowningMomentOfFunny and claiming he needs regular profilactics to stay alive]]. It ended up just very embarrassing, for everyone involved.
-->-- Wait, when I managed to seduce you? Of course sometimes I talk in my sleep and all that, but it never occurred to me that even death has no power to shut me up!
* In ''Literature/TheEyesOfKidMidas'', Kevin tries to use his newfound RealityWarper powers to woo his crush. Ironically, the attempt fails because she's secretly already in love with him, and all he ends up achieving is creeping her out.
* Historic examples of what Ancient Romans believed to be love potions are features in ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries'' novel ''The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina''.
* In ''Elvenbane'', a complex multi-stage glamorie is used to by an elven Lady to get one of the half-elven to become completely devoted to her; he doesn't realize she's slowly casting him under a spell, and thinks he's falling in love. Luckily, [[spoiler:unfinished glamories are fragile things; physical impacts, such as those from a former slave-lover, tend to disrupt them.]]
* In a short story from one of the ''Dragonlance'' collections, a kender (not Tas) has 'borrowed' a pouch from a mage he was travelling with. At the Inn of the Last Home, he finds while the pouch is perfect for his collection, it is full of a strange powder. He dumps it in the just-inspected ale-brewing equipment. The night the barrel of that particular brewing is served is very interesting at the inn, since the powder is of the love/lust-inducing-at-first-sight variety. [[spoiler:Subverted at the end, when Otik Sandeth chooses not to use the doctored ale to gain the wife he longs for.]]
* Corie makes some for a lovesick castle guard in ''Literature/SummersAtCastleAuburn''. The ethics of this are actually explored in the piece as she says her potion will only make the girl notice him, not love him. He has to do the work of getting her to fall for him. Corie could make standard love potions, but she doesn't want to practice "that kind of magic." A more standard love potion was involved in Corie's conception, which is acknowledged as a rape.
* In Creator/StephanieBurgis's ''[[Literature/KatIncorrigible A Most Improper Magick]]'', Angeline casts a spell to find her true love. It delivers him, quite bewitched, and seeming so stupid that Angeline is revolted.
* [[Literature/{{Reckless}} The Mirrorworld Series]]: Don't drink the Lark's Water.
* Creator/RobertBloch's story "Philtre Tip" concerns a man who is hopelessly in love with a married woman who wants nothing to do with him. He does some spell research and learns of a formula that will "transform ye beloved into a veritable bitche in heate". Even if she ''hadn't'' pulled a PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo on him, he really should've [[ExactWords thought it through.]]
* ''Literature/{{Kronk}}'' has Insex (Instant Sex), a tablet which acts as an instant aphrodisiac. Possession of it alone qualifies a person for an Attempted Rape charge.
* John Collier's short story, "The Chaser," which inspired an episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'', involves a DoggedNiceGuy who buys a love potion for just $1 to win over his unrequited love interest. The seller keeps talking about a $1000 "glove cleaner," hinting that, although he does not know if it cleans gloves, it does work as a PerfectPoison. He also indicates that using the love potion will turn his love interest into a ClingyJealousGirl. Significantly more creepy than the episode, the entire story is told as the conversation between the buyer and the seller, strongly implying that the young man will at some point be back for the [[PerfectPoison glove cleaner]] as the eponymous "chaser" to the love potion.
* In ''Literature/{{Dragonvarld}}'', certain people want Melisande to have a son, because that son will inherit powerful magic which they can point at the BigBad. They therefore give Melisande and a man in her company a potion which makes them want each other (and also guarantees successful conception). It works, with neither of them knowing that a potion was involved (and therefore believing that they each betrayed their respective long-term partners).
* ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'': They're available outside Whitehall, but banned inside. A love potion's effect can be permanent, and lessened only if redirected onto something else. It's stated any student caught with them will wish they were merely expelled. The ones outside Whitehall apparently don't really work, just give people confidence, and true love potions are much rarer. Later some are shown to be sold which only work if people drink them willingly, to insure a married couple stays in love to conceive a child.
* ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'': The book "BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor" has a non-romantic variation where a dorky girl helps an old woman who turns out to be a witch and gives her three wishes for her kindness. She wishes that the AlphaBitch in her class who always bullies her will think that she's the greatest person who ever lived. They quickly become [=BFFs=] to everyone else's confusion, but she becomes so obsessed with her new best friend that she can't stop thinking about her and shows up to her house in the middle of the night.
* In ''Literature/MaledictionTrilogy'' Catherine the witch (in her BackStory) is forced to prepare a love potion for her mysterious and highy dangerous employer. She has no choice but to fulfil the wish and while the potion works perfectly well, it all backfires horribly, leading to her being banned from the court and forced to live in the poorest slums of the city.

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* ''Series/AlienNation'' has the Newcomer drug Sardonac, which is ''meant'' to be used by existing couples who want to permanently bind themselves together. In the show, it was abused by an unstable Newcomer woman using it nonconsensually on her boyfriends, and then played for laughs when Matt is the first person one of the victims sees. (Fortunately for all involved, the effects of Sardonac go away after thirty days if there's no sex.)
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Xander tries a love spell in one episode. His aim was apparently off, as every woman he encounters falls for him ''except'' for the one he actually wanted to target (though hints throughout the episode indicated it was because she did love him, but was in denial or was putting on a facade as though she wasn't).
** Later, a high school student was found to own, unknowingly, a letterman jacket that caused women to find him irresistibly attractive. This prompted the female cast to, respectively, pull off a heist, and attempt murder, suicide, and a sex-changing spell. Their competition dissolved into insane violence so fast that it makes one wonder why no one noticed a bunch of (apparently) criminally insane girls trying to win the boy's love before.
** Subverted and spoofed when Willow appears to be casting a love spell ("Send me the heart that I desire") but is actually playing poker.
* Creator/AmyAcker's screen test for the ''Buffy'' spin-off series ''Series/{{Angel}}'' involved Wesley and Gunn falling in love with every woman they see due to a spell. Hilarity and hamminess ensue.
* The morality of this is lampshaded in ''Series/TheITCrowd'', where the love potion turns out to be Rohypnol.
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': Rita gives Zedd a love potion that actually works perfectly, leading him to fall in love with and marry her. In a later episode, Goldar pressured Finster into giving Zedd the antidote, but when he does, nothing happens: it turns out that Zedd's love for Rita was real. ''Awwww!''
** Between the two episodes, there was one where Zedd suggested Rita they should have a child. Not liking the idea, Rita ordered Finster to make a second potion to make Zedd give up the idea. The second potion was never mentioned again and ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' introduced us to Rita and Zedd's son Thrax.
** In the episode where Zedd was given the antidote, Rito Revolto had previously given the MonsterOfTheWeek a sample of the love potion. Said monster, on Rito's orders, then gave the potion to several humans, including Kimberly, who fell in love with Skull. Being GenreSavvy enough to understand the dangers of messing with the balance of human emotions, Zordon opted for a wait-and-see approach in hopes the love potion would wear off. The human victims became test subjects for the antidote.
** Zedd himself is no stranger to love potions. He attempted to use a love spell on Kimberly in one episode (technically a spell to make her replace Rita as his regent), it just didn't work for unspecified reasons. The only consequences he suffered were Kimberly browbeating his minions for a while while she feigned the spell's success. Kimberly was dressed like Rita at the time.
*** That example is probably one of the best ones in history. Somehow it managed to be hammier than William Shatner, and a crowning moment of awesome/funny all at once. Someone should have given that girl an award! Best scene in the whole episode!
*** Used in ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' as well, in which Marah and Kapri attempt to drug the male rangers into falling in love with them. Things get messed up though, with the Cam and Blake lusting over Tori instead. Although there are implications that Blake's feelings are real.
** A female MonsterOfTheWeek in ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' used a love spell to make the male Rangers fight among themselves for her affections.
* In the season four episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' "Devoted", a group of cheerleaders had developed a kryptonite-laced sports drink that caused the imbiber to become intensely devoted to whomever he or she had feelings for. The victims also became prone to intense jealousy. Chloë inadvertently drank some and became (overtly) obsessed with Clark. In a later episode, Lois was put under a love potion effect by lipstick laced with Red Kryptonite; when she kissed Clark, he became uninhibited, his normal reaction to red K.
** Note that because of the kryptonite in the sports drink, when Clark tried it, he puked before it had a chance to work on him. He pretended to have been affected to spy on the cheerleaders.
* A bizarre sort of subversion in the quasi-realistic ''Series/SpaceIslandOne'': after her advances for most of the series are rejected, one crewmember doses the object of her affections with a tailored hormone and pheromone cocktail ''engineered by the station's doctor'', and beds him. No fallout, no backfiring, no sort of indication at all that she'd crossed into morally dicey territory. Rather, ''he'' was taken to have been in the wrong for [[DoubleStandard refusing her advances thus far]].
* Perhaps needless to say, this was used nigh-countless times on ''Franchise/StarTrek'', apparently for the first time in [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries "Mudd's Women"]] (1966) and most recently in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'''s "Bound" (2005).
* Owen from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' used a piece of ImportedAlienPhlebotinum used as a sort of magnetic aftershave...for both sexes.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
** In "The Chaser", based on the short story by John Collier, features a DoggedNiceGuy who buys a love potion for just $1 (!) to win over his indifferent would-be love interest. She becomes his [[ClingyJealousGirl Clingy Jealous Wife]] and smothers him so much that he shells out $1,000 for a vial of the euphemistically-named "[[PerfectPoison glove cleaner]]" ...and then drops the glass containing it when she startles him with the news that she's pregnant. (It's made quite clear that the potion-seller only charged a buck for the original potion because he knew the chump would soon be back for the "antidote".)
** In "Jess-Belle", the title character buys a potion from a witch that, when she consumes it, makes her irresistable to the man she loves. Unfortunately, it also turns her into a soulless witch who becomes a leopard at night.
* In an episode of ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'', [[EvilTwin Jeannie's sister]] gives her one to use on Major Nelson, along with a Hate Potion to keep other women away. (Naturally, she also switches the labels.)
* ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'':
** The show did its own version of "The Chaser" short story, which had been previously adapted for Creator/ECComics in 1951. Re-titled "Loved to Death", it follows the same general plot, only sticking in a couple of extra knives at the end: [[spoiler:the guy kills himself to escape, the girl commits suicide in despair, horribly disfiguring herself in the process. The chump arrives in the afterlife, where he is ''joined by the girl, still hopelessly in love with him and [[AndIMustScream still horribly mutilated]]''.]]
** There's another episode in which a slimy land developer tries to win the heart of an heiress by giving her a love potion. He unfortunately gives her ''too much'' of it, and [[spoiler:she dies... but she doesn't stop loving him. (Cue scene with the land developer running from her festering yet amorously devoted corpse.)]]
* In ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', Alex tries to use a potion that makes its two drinkers love each other. It goes wrong when she accidentally drinks both halves of the potion and fall in love with herself.
* A variation occurs in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' where Ida introduces an elderly rich asian fiancee that loves her despite her heartlessness, turns out she's been drugging him. He gets out in the nick of time when she uses the remainder of the happy pills on the family so they're too content to do anything.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** The brothers learn that Heaven, via Cupid, matched their parents, so that Sam and Dean were born.
** In the episode "Wishful Thinking" a nerdy guy uses a Wishing Well to make his dream girl love him "more than anything." [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor It works - The girl loves him so much that she feels pleasing him is more important than her own happiness, and is willing to commit murder to keep them together.]]
** In season seven, Becky uses a literal love potion on Sam. It goes well enough for her, with no one else affected, the potion not being too strong, etc. The only problem is that she doesn't have ''enough'' of it, so she has to resort to restraining Sam to keep him from escaping. [[spoiler:She decides to let him go when she learns that it would cost her soul to keep him for a few decades.]]
** In season 8, there's a man who made a demon deal to make a woman fall in love with him, with the effect dissipitating after the demons collect his soul.
* In the eighth season of ''Series/RedDwarf'', Rimmer deliberately infects himself with a sexual magnetism virus in order to have his way with his female shipmates. He gets caught and sent to the brig [[PrisonRape where he is reinfected in the midst of his fellow prisoners]].
* A villainess in an episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark'' used as massive amount of love potion on the workers of the Daily Planet causing everyone to fall in love with someone else, with [[{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] being the only one immune to the effects. It also can only work if that person is at least attracted to the first person they saw. Or any person they see before the potion wears off. This also turns into the earliest episode where ComicBook/LoisLane should be able to discover the identity of {{Superman}}. Under the spell, Lois says that Clark looks like Superman; she dismisses this line afterwards, but clearly remembers. However, it is unclear why Lois is not suspicious of Clark's immunity to the spell. She clearly does not accept his claim he has no feelings for her, and if she does she is totally blind to the ways of men. The claim of no feelings does not mesh with how he had interacted with her so far. She clearly remembers what she did under the spell, since she remembers his lines that amount to saying he will not give in because he will not take advantage of her, even though he has dreamed of her doing things along the lines of what she is doing. The moment she comes to is also the moment that he professes a deep desire for her. The one thing that might prevent Lois Lane from figuring out that Clark Kent is Superman is that when Superman gets exposed to the potion, in stopping the even more nefarious plans for it, he pretends to be under its power, and gives Lois the same moral dilemma of resisting or accepting the overtures of a spellbound lover. Why Clark being able to resist where Superman was overcomes does not raise more questions than it answers for the unstoppable, award winning investigative reporter Lois Lane is not at all clear.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheMunsters'', Grandpa makes up a batch for Marilyn. This is a different variation as instead of the drinker falling love, they would be irresistible to the opposite gender. Naturally, of course, the potion doesn't go to the intended drinker and HilarityEnsues.
* Used in an episode of ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' to make Arthur and [[SpoiledBrat Lady Vivian]] fall in love. A much darker example was used a few seasons later in which Lancelot and Guinevere are MindRaped and given a HypnoTrinket respectively, forcing them to cheat on Arthur.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "[[Recap/StargateAtlantisS03E03Irresistible Irresistible]]" has an herb that, when eaten, makes the consumer 'irresistible' by causing them to give off a pheromone that makes everyone like them. Beckett manages to make an antidote.
* In ''Series/{{Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger}}'', a very short term version of this is the result of the Stymero Beast Battery.
* Parodied in the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk and the Voodoo Curse." Stottlemeyer and Disher go to Reverend Jorgensen's Voodoo Boutique shop to question the owner about killer voodoo dolls that they have traced to the store. While browsing, Stottlemeyer finds an apparent love potion called Cupid's Arrow. He tries it out by dabbling a bit of it on his cheeks. After a pause, Randy tells Stottlemeyer it isn't working, and Stottlemeyer is clearly satisified that that is the case.
* Played with in an episode of ''Series/RookieBlue''. A witch sold a woman a love potion that would bring the woman's "lost love" back after seven days of using it. When the man does not show up, the woman demands a refund and then steals some jewelery from the witch in retribution. The witch presses charges and the cops arrest the love seeker for theft. Things get complicated when the prisoner than collapses from what looks like poisoning. It turns out that the potion was actually just something that you add to your bath and should not be drunk since the ingredients are toxic when ingested. The witch even points out that the instructions were clearly written on the bottle. In a MaybeMagicMaybeMundane ending, the woman's old boyfriend shows up in the hospital and explains that he has been trying to reach the woman all day but her phone was busy all the time. Apparently she tied up her line leaving the witch angry voice mails and thus almost sabotaged the very thing she tried to achieve with the love potion.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'s'' Commandant Grayza had a gland implanted that secreted heppel oil, a very powerful aphrodisiac. Grayza could secrete the oil seemingly at will and render any male unable to resist her commands. This was presented as being morally equivalent to rape, and Crichton picked up psychological scars after it was used on him.
* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'': One of the potions in the episode "Elixir" appears to have this effect, since it makes a girl immediately kiss a boy who takes it. However, she recovers quickly and pushes him away.
* ''Series/H2OJustAddWater'': The real-life substance ambergris has this effect on mermaids (and smells foul to regular humans). HilarityEnsues when local douche Nate finds some and Cleo, Emma and Rikki all become completely devoted to him and their love interests [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Zane]] (who bought the substance online in the first place), [[TheSmartGuy Lewis]] and [[DoggedNiceGuy Ash]] have to find a way to break the spell. Fortunately, it wears off with either distance or salt water. Zane and Lewis debate the ethics of the substance before and after the misadventure - Zane suggests to Lewis that it could help his [[WillTheyOrWontThey problems]] with Cleo - before they just decide to get rid of it.
* In the "Love Muffin" episode of ''Series/HenryDanger'', the title object contained a powerful chemical that made someone fall in love with the first person they see. It worked with the villain Gwen giving one to Ray but when Henry was forced to eat one, the first person he saw was Jasper.
* In the ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' episode "Blind Love," the gang heads to a fancy hotel to celebrate Monroe's birthday. It turns out that one of the hotel workers is the son of a man Nick arrested and the son decides to get revenge by using a love potion that he places into the gang's whine. The potion makes the person fall in love with the first person they see. Nick falls in love with Rosalee, Monroe falls in love with Eve, Eve falls in love with Nick, Adalind falls in love with Monroe, Wu falls in love with a female hotel worker and Hank falls in love with his reflection. Rosalee was the only one who didn't drink the whine since she's pregnant, and figures out what's going on and puts a stop to it.

* The song "Love Potion #9" (recorded first by The Clovers and then The Searchers, among others) plays with this trope, illustrating why, if you ever get your hands on a love potion, you should ''not'' test it on yourself.
* In the song "Funky Cold Medina" by Tone Loc, the singer attempts to be GenreSavvy by testing the eponymous substance on his dog. If he'd paid proper attention to the results, he would have realized that it doesn't work exclusively on the opposite sex rather than having to figure that out [[IncrediblyLamePun the hard way]]. He continues using it anyway until he finds out that some of the people he's using a Love Potion on [[IdiotBall will react by wanting to marry him]] in addition to having sex with him.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/KatarinaWaters Winter]] used one on Wrestling/AngelinaLove that resembled a [[VoodooZombie bokor's hoodoo zombie drug]] better than most actual depictions of HollywoodVoodoo(including TNA's early stint with Roxxi Laveaux). Love eventually snapped out of it, [[TheBadGuyWins but decided she still loved Winter anyway.]][[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer'' doesn't shy away from the moral implications, outright calling the Elixir of Love (along with the Elixirs of Lechery and Drunkenness) a "date-rape potion."
* In both ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' and ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', the blood bond, or vinculum, has similar effects to a love potion. A human or vampire who's made to drink another vampire's blood three times becomes bound to them for a long time; as long as the bond is in effect, they can't bring a hand to harm them, even if they hate their guts. Needless to say, most vampires do ''not'' want to get caught in one of these.
* In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', all werecreatures have the "Animal Magnetism" ability that allows the player to awaken primal lust in their target. The original purpose of this power was to make babies, since unlike Vampires, the only way shapeshifters can increase their numbers is through old-fashioned sexual reproduction. However, seduction as a means to other ends is not unheard of. More than one player has noted that this power is basically magic rape, and later editions changed it so that it won't work if the target is of an IncompatibleOrientation, spoken for and strictly monogamous, or would not otherwise want to have sex with the player. But even ''this'' is nothing more than a NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization, meaning it's still one of the dirtier tricks in the werecreatures' arsenal.
* [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Mages]] sufficiently powerful with Mind magic are capable of forcing someone to fall in love (or lust) with someone else (not necessarily the mage). If potent enough, it can completely overide a person's natural inclinations or sexuality (for example, forcing a heterosexual homophobe to fall in love with a man). It's noted that many mages would consider the use of this spell to be akin to rape.
** A lot of the high-level mage powers raise difficult moral questions, and a lot of them have a lot of PowerPerversionPotential. Life can be used to rewire someone's biology for similar purposes, time-loops are easily exploited for seduction, and using Fate to tie someone's destiny to someone else's forcibly isn't even a high-level power.
* In ''[[TabletopGame/SeventhSea 7th Sea]]'' there's "Godiva's Tears", a powerful aphrodisiac used to lower a victim's inhibitions (and gives said victims a penalty towards resisting any Seduction attempts). Likewise, master practitioners of ''sorte'' magic can strengthen or even create Passion strands between two targets out of the blue, albeit temporary.
* In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', players can create mind control devices; using them sexually is the second highest level of [[KarmaMeter Transgression]] alongside rape or serial murder.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 3.5'' had a love potion that essentially functioned as a CharmPerson spell, complete with limited duration.
** It should be noted that the ''Philter of Love'' actually had two effects. The CharmPerson effect was stronger, but wore off after a relatively short period of time. The infatuation effect? Not so much.
* Faerie food in ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' may work like this, depending on which food it is. Beefcake, for instance, will cause a love-at-first-sight effect towards men by any woman who eats it. Their version of Eros also has his arrows: Gold as the classic Love Arrow, Pink Affection Arrows, (target feels generously amorous and will confess their feelings to anyone they're already in love with), and lead Anti-Love Arrows.
* One of the signature characters for ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'' is Donnie Rhodes, Scion of Aphrodite. Like Aphrodite's other son, Cupid, he has Eros and Anteros, the arrows of love and hatred; unlike Cupid, these take the form of ''two gold-plated Berettas''. At one point in the fiction, he threatens to hit a fellow Scion with Eros and leave the guy wanting him until the end of time, spurning his advances all the while.

* Donizetti's opera ''L'Elisir D'Amore'' ("The Elixir of Love") subverts this: unbeknownst to the main character, the elixir of the title turns out to be simply wine.
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' has, as its central plot, two pairs of lovers accidentally mis-matched when the Fairy King Oberon tries the "fall in love with the first person you see" approach to get them to fall in love with the "right" people via a magical flower. Oberon also uses the flower in a plot to get revenge on his wife - by having her fall in love with a hapless peasant man with the head of a donkey.
** And in the very odd (and possibly disturbing) case of one of these potions going ''right'', at the end of the play, Demetrius and Lysander, [[BettyAndVeronica who have been pursuing Hermia]], have each been doused with a love potion to make them adore Helena. Lysander is given the antidote, but Demetrius ([[FirstGirlWins who, it is implied, began seeing Helena first]] ''before'' the events of the play) awakes, still under the effect of the potion, [[FridgeLogic where he will probably remain for life.]]
** Demetrius hated, or at least ignored Helena prior to the love potion. The point was that both couples were happy at the end, though there are definite Unfortunate Implications in that nobody has any problem with it.
*** Depending on the company performing it, Demetrius's "hate" of Helena is often played as more a school-ground crush sort of thing, where he's mean to her because he likes her... And nobody has a problem with it because none of the human characters have any idea it happened. The lovers wake up and think it was a dream and accept the current state of relationship as the status quo.
*** Not that this excuses it, but Demetrius was courting Helena before he met Hermia, at which point he dropped Helena like a hot rock. Back in the day, one might have considered his inconstancy a character flaw which the potion corrected.
* Sometimes a potion doesn't have to "make" someone fall in love with another, but instead just [[LaserGuidedAmnesia make them forget who they are and whom they may currently be in love with]]. In Creator/RichardWagner's ''Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen'', Siegfried is given an "Ale of Forgetfulness" by [[ManipulativeBastard Hagen]] which makes him forget all about Brünnhilde, his beloved, or any other woman, and fall in love with Hagen's half-sister. The purpose of this is to ensure that: she will get married, Siegfried will retrieve a bride for his half-brother-in-law, and [[spoiler:he will get the ring.]]
** This later prompts Brünnhilde to enact a terrible revenge once she learns about the potion, so nothing good really comes out of using it.
* ''Theatre/TristanUndIsolde'', on the other hand, does feature a love-potion, though it is implied that its effect is merely to fan their already smouldering passion into open flames.
** In some mythological versions, it's entirely to blame for the entire plot: [[CelibateHero Tristan had no interest in Isolde]], and the potion was for intended for her so she'd love her betrothed (Tristan's uncle). Tristan drinks it by accident, and, well...
* This is the plot of ''Theatre/TheSorcerer'', one of the earlier Creator/GilbertAndSullivan operas. One of the most blatantly trope-ish examples in that the story makes barely any attempt to pretend this ''could'' go well; the potion is purchased by an engaged couple with the intent of dosing their ''entire village''. (It won't affect legally married couples, but the village does have a priest... and that's all in the intentional, best case scenario.)
* As is par for the franchise, The Addams Family Musical takes this trope and turns it on its side. Potion that removes inhibitions towards an emotion, check. Taken by the wrong person and hilarity ensues? Check. Except, the emotion in question is rage, not lust. [[spoiler: Wednesday has grown up and found herself a "normal" boy, with equally normal parents. Pugsley can't stand this, so tries to dose her with said potion in hopes she'll make a fool of herself in front of the boy's parents. The boyfriend's mother--a StepfordSmiler who RhymesOnADime when we meet her--ends up with it, and rages at her husband for being so BORING! This reminds hubby that yes, he used to be a wild child too, and the two proceed to become much more Addams-like. Through this, the two rekindle the passions of their youthful courtship and become far more acceptable as in-laws to the Addams, so in a way it is, in the end, a love potion.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* {{Elona}} has them, and they do work as advertised on a [[RelationshipValues character's relationship score]], but one, they only move it by a small amount, requiring multiple potions, two using them incurs a hefty karma penalty and three, it doesn't prevent a [[RelationshipValues characters relationship score]] from going down.
* Most of the games from the ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' series have them, and just like the example above, work in small increments on a neighbor's affection values. Usually they're pretty unaware of what's happening when the effect kicks in, but try giving these potions to someone specialized at Pharmacy (the skill you have to work on to craft it), like for example [[VideoGame/RuneFactory3 witch / doctor Marjorie]], to hear the granny snark at you for trying to fool her like this... And then drinking it anyway, because it was a pretty expensive and taxing effort to get all the required ingredients, [[TastesLikeFriendship and it tastes good all the same.]]
* In ''FairytaleFights'', love potions can be thrown or used in glory attacks to stun enemies or drank which fully heals you and makes you temporarily invincible.
* Used in an optional subquest in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''; upon visiting Rivet City, the protagonist comes across a waitress who confesses, after some prodding, into being in love with a member of the in-city clergy. You then have the option of giving her a mutant insect gland full of a particularly potent pheromone, allowing her to seduce the apprentice holy man. After their wedding, if you speak to said apprentice, he admits that he feels a little odd about the whole thing, but that he feels obligated to make an honest woman out of her. You even get a Positive Karma boost out of it!
* A short series of quests in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' involves a student becoming sick after drinking an unfinished love potion. And then falling in love with the teacher. Eventually, it turns out she fell in love with him because he stayed by her side while she was sick, not because the love potion worked.
** There's also the Ranger ability Love Potion, which sets a trap that inflicts Charm.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Higurashi|WhenTheyCry}} Daybreak'' and its single-episode anime adaptation revolve around a pair of magatama that will cause its holders to fall in love with each other. In the anime version, Rena accidentally swallows one of them, and the other one passes around from one person to the next, ''including a [[LesYay female character]]''. Needless to say, HilarityEnsues.
* Normally an avid man-chaser (and magnet), Nikki from ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlrevis'', soon tires of the many admirers that she attracted. The solution her friends make? A Love''less'' Potion. It worked well for her. Maybe a little ''too'' well. Things went from bad to ''worse''. Well, [[HilarityEnsues worse for]] [[ButtMonkey Nikki]], [[HilarityEnsues that is...]]
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' videogames, the technique "Attract" can be used to make an opposite-sex Pokemon fall in love with your Pokemon (temporarily), so that [[TheDulcineaEffect it won't attack your Pokemon]].
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'', TheRival Daleth attempts to put Aleph out of commission by throwing a love potion (Taken from ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'') on him in order to make him fall in love with a local girl. However, Hiroko ends up taking the hit for Aleph, and becomes infatuated with Daleth. What follows is [[HilarityEnsues rather uncharacteristic]] for a main series ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' game.
** The love potion appears in a side quest in ''RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon'' where Oberon uses it on Titania after she falls for Raidou.
* Arcadia, an alchemist from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', turns out to want the Frost Salts given to you by Whiterun's resident court wizard Farengar for one of these.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims2''. It can either be bought from the matchmaker, a witch, or if your sim is a witch/warlock, they can make their own. It doesn't do much except make romantic interactions easier.
** In ''VideoGame/TheSims3'' Supernatural expansion, love potions are brought back. In this game, they make whatever person the Sim next talks to become a Romantic Interest.
* Played with a '''lot''' in the [[{{Doujinshi}} fancomics]] of VideoGame/{{Touhou}}, from Eirin's shady new drugs to [[MushroomSamba youkai-only-aphrodisiac mushrooms]] that [[KleptomaniacHero Marisa]] picked and [[{{Tsundere}} Alice]] accidentally ate when she was staying over.
* In ''WorldOfWarcraft'', in Stormwind, you can overhear a group of three female mages talking about various magical practices and rituals. One of their conversations ends with this line.
-->"Wow, all of this for a love potion. Hope he's worth it."
* Tia from ''VideoGame/PotionMaker'' is secretly interested in it. The disturbing fact is that she's probably capable of actually making it.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Averted in ''WebAnimation/TheSpiderCliffMysteries'': [[spoiler:Katherine Sprawling]]'s use of a love potion on [[spoiler:Thomas Elkwood]] hit the correct person and resulted in a 30 year marriage. [[spoiler:Annabelle]]'s attempt at using a potion appears to have failed due to [[spoiler:the intended target being forewarned about the exact mode of delivery.]]
* ''Machinima/Supermarioglitchy4sSuperMario64Bloopers'':
** In "Peachosal Love", after Mario's final attempt to get Peach to love him fails thanks to "gay Bob-ombs", he attempts this with help from [[VideoGame/PaperMario Merlon]]. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, it turns Peach into a raging monster]].
** In "Awkward Weddings", Mario and Luigi get a love potion from the Rock Wizard so that Peach and Daisy would fall in love with them. Unfortunately, they fail to hear the warning about the first person in the drinker's sight being their love (because an old man in a bathtub ran over the wizard); as a result, it backfires horribly, with instead [=SMG4=] and X being the first people Peach and Daisy see, which almost results in them getting married. Thankfully, Ruffman8890 (the Rock Wizard's crazed assistant), who was demanding who used all of his toilet paper at the time, farted, breaking the spell.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Played with in [[http://www.twogag.com/archives/1805 this]] comic of ''Two Guys and Guy.''
--> "Maybe now I'll finally be able to love myself."
* Cassie in ''Webcomic/TheWotch'' tried this, with the predictable results - instead of getting Robin's affections, she instead gained the unwanted attention of his kid brother and a guy at school whom she disliked. Naturally enough, it is only ''after'' she fails at this that he asks her on a date for [[PrankDate completely unrelated reasons]], causing her to pour the rest of the vial in a decorative plant at the local mall--which ''also'' [[CargoShip falls in love with her]].
* In ''[[http://www.clanofthecats.com Clan of the Cats]]'', LesbianVampire Rose uses an ''anti-''love potion to cause Chelsea and Jubal to break up, so she could then seduce Chelsea. This actually works, as she leads Chelsea on a minor rampage through New Orleans, but after Chelsea has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment, the truth comes out about what Rose had done to them.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': The Love Potion: [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=000306 PART 1]] and [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=000417 PART 2]]. Although [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=000310 this]] is where the subject comes up. Gwynn tries to use this love-first-person-you-see potion to make Riff fall in love with her, Dex fall in love with Zoë, and Torg fall for... er... [[KillerRabbit Bun-bun]]. Zoë initially protests, but quickly comes around as her one-sided crush Dex drinks it and immediately starts reciprocating. [[spoiler:Of course, such a premise cannot be played without the pitfalls: Bun-bun falls for Gwynn, Riff falls for Crystal, and Crystal falls for Torg. Also, the potion was supposed to wear off gradually, so it would basically just keep the romance going long enough for genuine love to develop, but because the potion was mixed with alcohol, and/or because the person giving the recipe had his own agenda, the effects actually got stronger over time and included a tendency to go AxeCrazy, making it a LoveDodecahedron with a generous dose of MurderTheHypotenuse.]]
-->"I love Zoe so much! I can hardly contain myself! I love her enough to die for her! I love her enough... to kill!" ... "KILL KILL MURDER KILL STABBITY STAB STAB STAB KILL"
* It more-or-less works in ''Webcomic/YangChild'', where a MysteriousWatcher slips a love potion to the heroes ''in order to inconvenience them'', at least displaying a bit of [[GenreSavvy Genre Savviness]]. And even then, it ends up on the "wrong" target and is used ''way'' after B.B. date.
* Parodied rather amusingly in a [[http://mayanna.deviantart.com/art/Death-Note-Love-potion-82643887 Death Note fan comic]]. Even Halle points out how "stupid and overused [an] idea it is," though her CommonSense is quickly shoved to the side. If only Near had listened, his face might not have been so humourous when things didn't go exactly as planned.
* ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'''s GarageSale story arc featured a would-be Casanova slipping a love potion of the "First person you see" variety into Piffany's lemonade. Needless to say, HilarityEnsues.
* In one ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' [[http://oglaf.com/potion/ strip]] (Warning: SFW), a man drinks a love potion that was supposed to be given to the woman that he wanted to fall in love with him, and he falls in love with the potion.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', SlippingAMickey is offered as "[[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2054 wooing technology]]". Slick says he wants her to love him for real.
* In ''Webcomic/ThinkBeforeYouThink'', it is revealed that Mandi desperately wants a lesbian love potion, but no one finds out why until a while later. This leads to a series of somewhat weird events.
* In the ''Literature/SpellsRUs'' comic "Dream Girl", the wizard sells a love potion to a girl, but there's a catch. When the girl tricks the boy she likes into drinking the potion, it has no effect on him. Instead, it turns her into his ideal woman by changing her mind and body. And the effects are retroactive, which means that even her parents have no memory of who she used to be.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''ErikasNewPerfume'''s eponymous perfume seems to work like this, among doing other things -- since it was used on them both Erika and Sarah have found someone, and Marie seems to have found a boy she likes to pick on too.
* From the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Ambrosia is a living Love Potion. She emits super-powered pheremones that cause men to just lose their cotton-picking minds, falling all over themselves to make her happy. The power has made her very, very cynical about the opposite sex.
* [[http://addventure.bast-enterprises.de/26281.html The story thread "Lust Dust"]] on the [[http://addventure.bast-enterprises.de/ Anime Addventure]] features a powerful aphrodisiac that makes a mess of many, many relationships.
* In ''Literature/ReceiverOfMany'' golden arrows shot by Eros are very potent in igniting love and desire. Even being close to one can make someone aroused against their will. Being simply scratched by the arrow causes Hades to obsess over Persephone. If it has actually reached its target – his heart – he would probably be driven mad with need and snatch her away and had sex with her the moment he found her.
* In the ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' episode, "The Love Potion!", Cody invents a love serum for Bowser Junior to inject into Britknee, the newest student, to get her to fall in love with him. However, there are two catches; once injected, she falls in love with the first person she sees (who happens to be Jeffy), and after a few hours, the serum turns her into a dragon.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Happens with Cupid's arrows in the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' episode "The Love Cruise". When Cupid goes on vacation, he leaves his magical bow and love arrows in Grandpa's care. Jake can't resist borrowing Cupid's equipment and using it to play matchmaker on his school's "Love Cruise", including pairing himself with Rose, who he feels no longer has feelings for him. Chaos ensues, including Fu falling in love with himself, the captain of the ship falling in love with the Statue of Liberty and abandoning his post and Rose hating Jake because of what happens when the person hit by the arrow already loves the first one they see.
* ''WesternAnimation/AngelsFriends'': [[spoiler:When Reina was an angel she tried to make her human, Malachia fall in love with her using his own love potion on himself]]. It doesn't work...
* ''WesternAnimation/BeverlyHillsTeens'': An episode called ''Potions of Love''. The effects are hilarious.
* [[MusicalAssassin Ember]] of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' uses MagicMusic to get the main character to fall madly in love with Sam as a means to distract Danny from her plans to conquer the world. (Sam was supposed to be affected, too, but she was wearing special ghost-bluetooths that protected her from the sound-effect love spell.)
* Gosalyn makes one in the "My Valentine Ghoul" episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', intending to use it on the eponymous SuperHero and his estranged girlfriend. She only succeeds in making a spider fall in love with a bat and making Darkwing, herself, and two bats fall in love with Negaduck ([[FoeYay let that sink in for a minute]]). Fortunately, Morgana uses the love potion to defeat the episode's [[SuperVillain villain]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'' episode "A Thin Line Between Love and Ape" had Bluster Kong, with help from the Crystal Coconut, mix up a love potion to win Candy Kong's affections. Unfortunately, K.Rool gets his hands on it. However, the potion wears off, and a second dose causes the subject to feel ''hate'' instead of love, and back to love the next dose. As Cranky Kong says, "There's a thin line between love and hate!"
* The Valentine's Day episode of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' turns Sarah and Jimmy into a pair of trouble-making cupids.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'':
** [[AllMythsAreTrue Cupid]]'s love arrows. They eventually wear off unless they're specifically made to last forever.
** The first time Timmy became Norm's "master", he tried to use the second wish to make Trixie fall in love with him, he believed to have outwitted Norm by wording his wish to make Trixie Tang fall in love with "Timmy Turner". Trixie then started loving and kissing everyone named Timmy Turner. To Timmy's displeasure, the wish he made to undo Norm's other disasters made the wish on Trixie wear off right when it'd be his turn to be kissed.
* The potion used on Rava in ''WesternAnimation/GaltarAndTheGoldenLance'' works fine. It was when it wore off that it hit the fan.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' - the tail plumes of the Oo-oo bird make the women wearing them appear like a movie star to men - at a fancy ball, a plume wearing society matron walks by and:
-->'''Man #1:''' It's Liz!\\
'''Man #2:''' It's Debbie!\\
'''Man #3:''' It's Zsa Zsa!\\
'''Dog:''' It's Lassie!
* Two of the [[WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters Ghostbusters]] have fallen victim to love spells: Peter, when a MusicalAssassin made him fall in love with her to hinder his team's attempts to stop her; and Egon, when Janine received ThreeWishes (or so she thought) from a "genie" and, naturally, wished for Egon to fall in love with her, only to become so annoyed by how he spent the rest of the episode staring soppily at her that she was as relieved as everyone when the spells were broken.
* Mabel from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' ends up stealing one of these from a Love God in [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "The Love God"]] to use on [[spoiler: Robbie and Tambry]]. The Love God also has several varieties of potions for such loves as Summer Love, [[InterspeciesRomance Interspecies Love]], and an Anti-Love Potion to reverse the affects of the previous types. It's also a rare example where the characters end up simply letting the characters remain in love rather than try to reverse it to solve any problems it caused (which mostly ended up taking care of itself).
* {{Inverted|Trope}} on ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' when Helga buys a Fall-Out-of-Love Potion... of course, [[spoiler:turns out it was just some grape soda.]]
* A Pluto short on the ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' has Pluto finding Magical Love Arrows in a dumpster. As it turns out, there's a reason those arrows were in the trash: they don't fly straight and Pluto ends up hitting the wrong target.
* In ''JimmyNeutron: Boy Genius'', Jimmy creates a love potion that makes males fall in love with the first female they see…in an attempt to study and create an antidote for it. Of course, they get exposed and the first females they see happen to be girls who the boys already had hidden feelings for, or develop feelings for later.
** The love potion later comes back in "League of Villains" when all of Jimmy's enemies [[VillainTeamUp team up]] to take him out. Jimmy uses the love potion on two members: Beautiful Gorgeous and the Junkman, and both fall madly in love, which causes {{Squick}} among both the heroes and villains.
* Inevitably, [[{{Yandere}} Heloise]] on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' tried this, making not only a sweater for Jimmy that would make him fall in love with her, but a fear sweater that would make Beezy afraid of her. It goes wrong ''twice'': first, the two decide they like the other one's sweater the best, causing Jimmy to be absolutely terrified of her and Beezy to drag her on a CaptiveDate. She eventually gets the right sweaters on them, only to have a terrified Beezy become determined to protect Jimmy from Heloise, whether he wants it or not.
* While not a love potion, Wade of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' creates a modern love laser beam that causes the much older Monique to fall in love with him. It works exactly as planned, until the effect wears off and she's pissed at him. Later, the villain comes in possession of the love laser beam and uses it for massive annoyance.
** At the end of the episode Wade is seeing a genius girl his own age -who turns out to have invented a Love Beam of her own. (Wade's ''ten''.)
** Another example could be of the Moodulators which caused Kim and Shego to fall for Ron and Drakken respectively. Of course, the {{Fandom}} speculate that this only brought out feelings that were already there.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' had an hummingbird-like experiment called Hunkahunka, who anyone pecked by it would fall in love with the next person they saw. The 'antidote' was being sprayed with water.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay Hearts and Hooves Day]]", the Cutie Mark Crusaders, in an attempt to play matchmaker with their teacher Cheerilee and Apple Bloom's brother Big Macintosh, find a recipe for a love potion in a history book on the holiday and serve it to them in the guise of punch. When they actually read what the potion ''[[GoneHorriblyRight did]]'', they realize the formula is not a love potion, but a "love ''poison''". After drinking it, both of the targets are unable to do anything other than stare each other in the eyes and call each other annoyingly exaggerated pet names... ''forever''. The potion supposedly toppled an entire ''kingdom'' in the ancient past. The only antidote is to forcibly separate them for one hour. [[HilarityEnsues That goes about as smoothly as you'd expect.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', Morty has Rick cook up a love potion so that he can woo the girl he has a crush on. Unfortunately, due to the fact that the girl has the flu, she ends up transmitting the effects of the potion to the entire school and within a few hours the entire world (save for Morty's family due to the effects not affecting people with his DNA) wants to have sex with Morty. Near the end of the episode, the morality of the love potion is actually discussed as [[JerkassHasAPoint Rick outright compares it to slipping someone a roofie]].
-->'''Morty:''' How could you be so irresponsible, Rick!?\\
'''Rick:''' Me irresponsible!? All I wanted you to do was hand me a screwdriver, Morty! You're the one who wanted me to buckle down and make a roofie juice serum, so you could roofie the poor girl at your school! You kidding me, Morty? You're going to try and take the high road on this one?
** Although Morty answers back by noting that Rick [[HypocriticalHumor still agreed to make it for him]] (and his only initial objection was that [[PragmaticVillainy it was a waste of his talents]]).
* An unusual variation shows up in ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'': The potion in question (Salem's recipe) doesn't compel any attraction; it instead modifies the target's personality enough to make them compatible with the user. Thus, when Sabrina uses it to try to get along with her father's new girlfriend, said girlfriend gets the energy level, attention span, and interests of a preteen girl. Great BFF material... not so great on a date with an adult man.
* Partially subverted in the "Mudd's Passion" episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries''. The potion Harry Mudd is selling, much to everyone's (not least Harry's) amazement, turns out to really work...albeit not for long, and has the nasty side effect of inducing hatred in the former lovers as it wears off.
* In one episode of WesternAnimation/ZigAndSharko, to help Zig capture Marina, Bernie invents a love potion for him in the form of roll-on deodorant. HilarityEnsues.