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For centuries, flowers have been one of the main components of romance, relationships, and sometimes even sex.
Flowers are used, primarily, within these three contexts:
- The context of courting and inviting, when one character gives to another a single flower or a bunch of flowers (normally in a bouquet), for example. Flowers may also appear in special celebrations, like the one year anniversary of a relationship or, especially, on Valentine's day;
- The context of mending issues with their relationship, with the character who gives usually asking for forgiveness or a pardon. There's also the possibility of flowers being given to symbolize a breakup;
- The context of dancing. Usually, it's the male who seduces the female with a flower, by running the flower across her body and/or lips. Alternatively, grabbing a flower with his teeth and mouth is also a popular imagery;
- The context of sex. Usually, there are petals on a bed, for example, although sometimes the flowers in their entirety may appear. In this case, put only the examples that have the flower/flowers in its/their entirety or very noteworthy scenes with lots of petals.
For bonus points, if there is a heavy presence of Flower Motifs
, write down its symbolic/intentional significance, if possible.
They're sometimes seen as either part of or on its own as a Grand Romantic Gesture
. It is also often paired with Chocolate of Romance
Both are quite popular in both Western and Eastern Media. While the former tends to focus more on red roses, the latter tends to put more focus on other kinds of flowers. In Anime and Manga-related stuff, expect to see Cherry Blossoms
and lilies at some point.
Among the most common flowers present in these scenarios, we have roses. Therefore, compare Something about a Rose
. Also, do notice that this trope differs from Something about a Rose
due to the fact that the latter has plenty (the majority, in fact) of non-romantic examples, as well as examples solely related to individual characters. Also, this trope can (and should) include more examples than roses, if possible.
Compare/contrast The Tragic Rose
and Love Bubbles
(aka Love Flowers
Anime and Manga
- White lilies are the universal symbol of Lesbian Romance in Japanese Media, and can be found in pretty much every Yuri Genre manga.
- Roses have become a symbol for the Bara Genre (Bara itself means "rose"), from an old Japanese magazine calling these people "Barazoku" (i.e "Rose Tribe"). Considering the relative explicitness of the genre, said flowers tend to assume obvious sexual connotations and meanings.
Film - Animated
- In Axis Powers Hetalia, Germany gives flowers (and a ring) to Italy in the "San Valentino" comic.
- Considering the constant and fundamental presence of flowers in Revolutionary Girl Utena, it's quite amazing that the truly romantic moment involving roses only happened in the 1999 movie that featured the Big Damn Kiss. Although one could say that they also play a relatively important part in the series, just more subtly.
- In Tarzan, the titular character goes through a slideshow and sees an image of a man giving flowers to a woman. He puts together that this is how the English propose to each other, so he goes about the jungle collecting flowers to make a bouquet for Jane. He accidentally bumps into her in the process, bursting the bouquet apart and leaving him with only two flowers, which oddly makes his request for Jane to stay even sadder.
- In Big Fish, Edward Bloom makes a Grand Romantic Gesture to secure the girl of his dreams by (amongst another things he does, such as leaving a smoke trail representing a heart and with "I love Sandra" with the help of a sky-writer) planting an almost endless sea of yellow daffodils (which are her favourite flowers) outside her window and telling her they're destined to be married. She's already engaged, but calls if off when her fiancé beats the crap out of Edward right there. Later, they get married.
- In Pretty Woman, Edward arrives at Vivian's apartment building in a limo and then climbs the fire escape (despite his fear of heights) with a bouquet of roses clutched between his teeth, in order to persuade her to stay with him because she wants to, not because she's paid to do so.
- In Imagine Me And You, Heck (aka Hector) goes to pick up flowers for his bride Rachel, as a way of apologizing for not being present all the time for her. All this happened just after Rachel and Luce kissed in the flower shop.
- Done in an almost cringe-worthy way in The Room. Johnny buys flowers for Lisa (roses, to be precise), since they're engaged. Said flowers are also present in their sex and make-out scenes.
- In Doctor Who there were a few instances:
- In "Delta and The Bannermen", Billy became attracted to Delta when she arrived at the camp. Later, he dedicated a song to her and turned up to her dorm with flowers;
- In "The Keeper of Traken", Kassia became gradually infatuated when she was a child to the Melkur (giving flowers to the humanoid). However, the Melkur turned out to be The Master, who manipulated her into killing and manipulating others in order to achieve the Keepership;
- Subverted in a heartbreaking way in "The Evil of the Daleks", with Victoria Waterfield, whom Jamie McCrimmon was deeply attracted to, giving a flower, not to him, but to Kemel, who later shows it to Jamie.
- It happens a few times in Star Trek: The Next Generation:
- In the episode "Haven", Deanna Troi wants to fulfill her arranged marriage promise to Wyatt Miller. He had given her a chameleon rose as a gift. It was blue when Miller held it and turned red, then white when Troi held it. It later turned purple while still in Troi's hands (which becomes Fridge Brilliance when you take into account that the marriage is called off when Wyatt found his fantasy lover, Ariana, aboard a Tarellian ship);
- "In Theory" had Lieutenant Commander Data presenting a bunch of crystilia to Lieutenant Jenna D'Sora, when the two were "dating". Data's choice came from Commander William Riker's recommendation, since crystilia had "worked for him before";
- In "Ménage à Troi", DaiMon Tog presented a bouquet of pericules (aka zan periculi) to Lwaxana Troi while attempting to court her. Lwaxana tossed them in a nearby lake.
- In the The Adventures of Superman episode "The Wedding of Superman", Lois Lane awakes after dozing off to a delivery of flowers from Superman, and events quickly lead up to a marriage proposal from the Man of Steel.
- Subverted in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer where Giles comes home and finds a trail of rose petals leading up the stairs to his bedroom...where his girlfriend is lying dead, having been killed by Angelus.
- Game of Thrones: Sansa Stark believes the red rose Ser Loras Tyrell offers to her at the Tourney of the Hand is a token of his affection. If only she had noticed that the Knight of Flowers was in fact googly-eyed over Lord Renly Baratheon sitting behind her...
- In Girl's Garden for the SG1000, the player character's objective is to gather a bouquet of flowers to win over her boyfriend.
- Played with in a Valentine's Day episode of The Simpsons. Homer ends up getting stuck under a plane that flies through a rose plantation, winding up absolutely covered in roses. The plane then flies over the Simpson house and Homer gets stuck on the clothesline, and winds up spinning around and depositing the roses at Marge's feet. Homer then lands in front of Marge on one knee with a rose held in his mouth. Marge finds the whole thing romantic; Homer thinks he has a collapsed lung.
- In one episode of The Legend of Korra Bolin and Korra spend a night out together, and later Bolin decides to buy her some flowers. However, he goes to give them to her at the exact time that she's kissing Mako, his older brother. Bolin doesn't take this well.