Because of the holiday, there is an inherent sort of romanticism associated with the name "Valentine" [[note]]The name actually derives from the Latin word for strength and capability: ''valens'', hence the fact that the Romans named "Valentinius" or similar were all men (besides the saint, there were also the emperors Valentinian I and Valentinian II, as well as Valens, Valentinian I's brother and co-Emperor).[[/note]].

Writers will utilize this association to hint at the character's heroic roots. The KnightInShiningArmor named Valentine will do anything to win fair lady's hand, while an AntiHero or TheStoic may have the name in order to hint at his HiddenHeartOfGold. A girl with a SugarAndIcePersonality named Valentine will often become a DefrostingIceQueen.

A {{Villain|s}} with the name "Valentine" is often a deliberate subversion on the audience's subconscious expectations, though they do often keep some level of tragic romanticism. They will often be a WellIntentionedExtremist, or perhaps a NobleDemon or WorthyOpponent. Female villains may be TheVamp.

May or may not apply to slight variations (Valentino, Valentin, etc.) depending on their characterizaton.

A {{Naming Convention|s}}. Compare CherryBlossomGirl and AliceAllusion.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Faye Valentine from ''Anime/CowboyBebop''. She's a FemmeFatale and a BrokenBird who's just looking for love... and for that big gambling win (she's compared to the Queen of Hearts, for obvious reasons). In this case, it's justified InUniverse -- it isn't her real name. She didn't even choose it. [[spoiler:The doctor responsible for waking her out of [[HumanPopsicle inadvertent cyrosleep]] named her after his favorite song, "My Funny Valentine."]]
* Mai Valentine from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' Her last name is Kujaku (peafowl) in the original, though.
* U.S. President (and BigBad) Funny Valentine in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure: Steel Ball Run''. [[spoiler:He is unquestionably a villain, but he turns out to be a (deluded) WellIntentionedExtremist. Hey... Jesus's corpse blessed him for a reason.]]
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' and ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'' present a Specter named Valentine, who, although definitely a villain and never redeemed, is extremely loyal and dedicated to his army and his commander.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The FemmeFatale thief from ''Webcomic/{{Bandette}}'' who uses her charms and sex appeal to steal is named Valentina.
* ''ComicBook/ThePowerpuffGirls'': "The Bride Of Mojo Jojo" (issue #24, DC run) has Mojo looking for love on Valentine's Day because he cannot be "a party of one." But when a dating service fails him, he uses various discards and his own DNA to create a Bride of Frankenstein-style mate. The girls, in the meantime, are entertaining ideas of what kind of mommy they'd want.
* ''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}'': Valentine D'Eath is a swaggering, boastful alien ProfessionalKiller.
* The real name of ''ComicBook/TheWickedAndTheDivine's'' Baal Hadad is Valentine Campbell. Considering he gets very emotional over people he cares about, it's fitting.

* The grandfather in ''Film/SpyKids'' (played by Creator/RicardoMontalban) is named Valentin Avellan.
* Kevin Bacon played Valentine "Val" Mckee in ''Film/{{Tremors}}''.
* Valentine from ''Film/MirrorMask'' isn't romanticized, but he does fit the "anti-hero with a heart of gold" type.
* Gangster Eddie Valentine from ''Film/TheRocketeer''. Technically a bad guy, but [[HeelFaceTurn throws his hat in with the heroes]] once he learns his employer is a two-bit Nazi.
* Russian criminal boss Valentin Zukovsky is an ally of Film/JamesBond in ''Film/GoldenEye'' and ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' who isn't ''quite'' evil but not entirely good either.
* Billy Ray Valentine in ''Film/TradingPlaces''.
* George Valentin, the male lead in ''Film/TheArtist'', as an homage to silent screen lover Valentino (see the Real Life section below).
* Val(entine) Kozlowski, the bombardier of the ''Film/MemphisBelle''. He even gets a "bet the women love that!" when the public affairs officer learns his full name.

* Valentine Wolfe, who never met a drug he didn't like, from ''Deathstalker''.
* Robert Heinlein's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'' has Valentine Michael Smith.
* Valentine Wiggin from ''Literature/EndersGame''. Valentine is the sweet, empathetic-to-a-fault middle child. This stands in contrast with her brothers psychopath-but-he-grew-up-okay Peter "The Rock (Upon Whom I Found My Church)," Fisher Of Men, and the youngest practically-inhuman-empathy-and-perfect-warrior "Ender," properly Andrew, "brother of Peter," "he-who-insisted-on-being-crucified-on-an-X." You see, their father--the very Catholic John Paul Wiggin[[note]]born Jan Paweł Wieczorek in Poland, and [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous named after a famous 20th-century Pope both in-universe and out]][[/note]]--gave them significant saints' names and secret baptisms, because ''Ender's Game'' was written at a time when [[Creator/OrsonScottCard Card]] seriously believed that Da Gubbamint might outlaw the practice of religion and succeed under the pretense of population control. This interacts annoyingly with TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, for reasons that have nothing to do with this trope.
* The heroine of the very first of Creator/PGWodehouse's "Literature/BlandingsCastle" novels, ''Something Fresh'' (1915), was named Joan Valentine.
* The real name of reformed safe-cracker Ralph Spencer in Creator/OHenry's "A Retrieved Reformation" is Jimmy Valentine. (The story was filmed twice, in 1915 and in 1928, as ''Alias Jimmy Valentine''.)
* In Creator/GKChesterton's "Literature/FatherBrown" stories "The Blue Cross" and "The Secret Garden," Aristide Valentin [''sic''] is the Head of the Parisian police. [[spoiler:He is also the murderer in the latter.]]
* The main character of Robert Silverberg's ''Lord Valentines Castle'', and some but not all of the following books in the ''Literature/MajipoorSeries''.
* ''Literature/MortalEngines'' has Thaddeus and his daughter Katherine.
* Valentine de Villefort, the ProperLady-like daughter of the Count's enemies in ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''
** And her counterpart in the anime series ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'', based on ''The Count of Monte Cristo''.
* Valentine, one of the Two Gentlemen of Verona from the play of [[Theatre/TwoGentlemenOfVerona the same name]] by [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]].
* Valentinian in the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries''. He does not have a particularly romantic outlook on life.
%% * Valentine Morgenstern in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' is not a nice person.
* ''Literature/LastMage'' has [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld the protagonist]] [[IHaveManyNames assume various names]] -- the latest is Elijah Valentine, after someone he loved particularly dearly.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Becca Valentine from ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''.
* Emily Valentine from ''Series/BeverlyHills90210''.
* Cat Valentine from ''Series/{{Victorious}}''.
* Emma Valentine from ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' episode "The Night of the Vicious Valentine." She's a [[spoiler:villain who pretends to be a matchmaker to steal the inheritances of wealthy men]]. And she wears heart-themed clothing.
* Valentine Wannop, Christopher Tietjens' love interest in ''Literature/ParadesEnd''.

* "The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine", by Music/{{Spoon}}. The song is quite cryptic ([[GushingAboutShowsYouLike and good!]]), but Monsieur Valentine is mentioned to have a "black heart machine."
* "Manic Monday" by Music/TheBangles mentions a dream about "kissing Valentino by a crystal-blue Italian stream."

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Johnny Valentine and his son Wrestling/{{Greg|Valentine}} subvert this as they were both heels for much of their careers.

* In ''Theatre/ShirleyValentine'', a world-weary housewife named Shirley Bradshaw rediscovers a version of herself who remembers how to live life, represented by her maiden name, Shirley Valentine.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Jill Valentine, one of the main protagonists of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series.
* Vincent Valentine from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
* Isabella (Ivy) Valentine, from the ''VideoGame/{{Soul|Series}}'' series. Despite looking and acting like a {{dominatrix}}, she's actually one of the heroes, and only helped the villains in her ''Soulcalibur'' debut because [[UnwittingPawn she was misled into working with them]].
* The family of vampires from ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'': Keith in the first game, Joachim in ''Covenant'' and Hildegard in ''From the New World''.
* Mr. Valentine, the BigBad arch-criminal from ''VideoGame/GuiltyParty.'' [[spoiler: Fully in-line with the trope, "[[SamusIsAGirl he]]" does indeed have a HiddenHeartOfGold.]]
* Queen Valentina from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''.
* [[HospitalHottie Nurse Valentine]] from ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}''. She's TheDragon to the game's BigBad, serving her for reasons unknown. [[spoiler:Her Story Mode reveals Valentine was forced into serving her after the defeat of the Last Hope, and she was actually a GoodAllAlong ReverseMole.]]
** All of the members of the anti-Skullgirls government group Valentine used to be a part of, the Last Hope, were named after different holidays. So of course, [[MsFanservice the sexiest one]] was named after the holiday associated with love. Ironically, her character bio reveals that she was born on December 25th.
* Valentine is the name of the BigBad of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear 2: Overture'', a mysterious, AmbiguouslyHuman girl hailing from [[EldritchLocation a plane of existence known as the Backyard]]. She happens to be [[spoiler:[[CloningBlues a clone]] of the main hero's [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenore]], and manages to [[GeneticMemory remember him]] right as she dies]].
** The following installment, ''Xrd -SIGN-'', adds two characters (Ramlethal and Elphelt) whose last names are Valentine, suggesting it's a SpeciesSurname. A fourth Valentine, Jack-O', joins in ''Xrd -REVELATOR-''. Ramlethal and Elphelt are successors to the original Valentine created by their "[[OneBadMother Mother]]," [[GreaterScopeVillain the Universal Will]]; the first [[spoiler:makes a HeelFaceTurn after discovering her emotions and own self-value]] while the second is [[spoiler:good-natured from the start, but briefly serves as a ManchurianAgent]]. Jack-O' was instead made by That Man ([[spoiler:the series' presumed but [[GoodAllAlong not]]-[[BigGood quite]]-BigBad]]) [[SpannerInTheWorks to counteract the Universal Will's plans]]. [[spoiler:Ramlethal and Elphelt are suggested to also be clones of Aria--Elphelt even looks identical to her save for a few cosmetic differences like hair color, eye color, and [[IdiotHair a prominent forelock of hair]]. Jack-O' is another dead ringer, but she actually ''is'', [[SoulJar for all intents and purposes]], the character in question.]]
* Nick Valentine, the HardboiledDetective of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}''. Seems an odd choice at first, given that Nick is a [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Synth]] with a side order of BodyHorror. Becomes FridgeBrilliance however, when you realise that Nick is ''TheHeart''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Valentine Liosbri of the webcomic ''Webcomic/{{HERO}}''.
* Renee Valenti from ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest''.
* The CasanovaWannabe from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' has "Valentin" as an OnlineAlias. The comic version has mentioned that this is also his player's real first name.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Creator/TexAvery's 1936 [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Warner Bros. cartoon]] "Don't Look Now" has cherubic and childlike Dan Cupid preparing for February 14 with his bow and arrows. A similarly cherubic and childlike Devil sees the day as a chance to mess up Cupid's efforts with mischief.
* An episode of [[WesternAnimation/HereComesTheGrump Here Comes the Grump]] called "Sugar and Spite" has two opposing lands located next to each other. On one side is the dreary [[CrapsackWorld Land of Glum]], populated by nasty, misshapen creatures called the Baddies. On the other side is [[SugarBowl Valentinia]], whose inhabitants are cheerful little winged hearts called the Valentines.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Once famous as the greatest lover in film, Rudolph Valentino.
* The ''[[TropeMakers original]]'' Saint Valentine.
* Valentine Dyall, best known as the [[Series/DoctorWho Black Guardian]].
* One early example is also an aversion; "Duke Valentino" was one of the titles of Cesare Borgia, who wouldn't even fit into the villainous use of this trope. since he was a straight-up MagnificentBastard.
* Likely also averted with Valentina (the feminine form) Tereshkova, the Russian Cosmonaut.