Flowers of Romance
Each rose represents a molecule of my heart that is yours.
For centuries, flowers have been one of the main components of romance, relationships, and sometimes even sex.
Flowers are used, primarily, within these four 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.
Sometimes the recipient may react badly to being given such a gift, saying that Picked Flowers Are Dead
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.
- 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 the ending credits of the final episode of Kill la Kill, Gamagoori is seen holding a bouquet of roses almost certainly intended for Mako.
- As seen above, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL has Kotori getting these from Alit.
- In Fushigi Yuugi, Soi and Nakago are having sex, and flowers are shown in front of them. Ironically, although Soi loves Nakago, it's debatable how he feels about her, and they're sleeping together because Soi has sexual healing powers.
- Pick any series by CLAMP.
- In After War Gundam X, one of the earliest signs that Garrod is beginning to fall in love with Tiffa is that, when she's in the sickbay and he's under punishment in a cell, he sneaks out... but only to get her some flowers. Then he returns to the cell.
- In Slayers NEXT, when the guys in Lina's group have to disguise themselves as girls to get into a Lady Land and look for a MacGuffin, many girls are quite taken with them... and an Action Girl who is a Captain Ersatz of Oscar Francoise de Jerjays offers the crossdressing Gourry, who looks quite good as a sort of Huge Schoolgirl parody of Minako Aino, a huge roses bouquet.
Film - Animated
- In the fanfic A Not Quite Smooth Wooing, Fíli gives his human love interest flowers, after asking one of Bard's daughters about human customs note .
- 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 makes his request for Jane to stay even sadder.
- In The Prince of Egypt, during the "Through Heaven's Eyes" montage, Moses ties some beautiful flowers to Tzipporah's shepherds staff while she's not looking, which she greatly appreciates. Unsurprisingly, they're married before the end of the song.
- 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 & 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.
- Evoked 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 Bruce Almighty, after testing out his new, near-infinite Godly Powers, Bruce uses them to create a new breed of flowers, in order to make up with his girlfriend after an argument. Heavenly Coitus Ensues.
- A subversion in The Nanny Diaries, in which Mrs. X's husband sends his wife a crapton of roses as an indifferent apology to never being around. The smell ends up permeating the entire apartment.
- Moving Pictures: The troll lounge singer Ruby tells Detritus that he needs to modernize his ways if he wants to have a chance with her (troll seduction traditionally consisting of beating the girl unconscious), such as by offering her flowers (something she's learned from humans, though she doesn't know what the humans do with them). Unfortunately, trolls only have one word for vegetation in general, which is why Detritus presents her with a bouquet consisting of a single uprooted tree.
- The song "Flowers Of Romance", by Public Image Ltd., is the Trope Namer. The song deals with an imminent breakup:
Behind the dialogue
We're in a mess
Whatever I intended
I sent you flowers
You wanted chocolates instead
The flowers of romance
The flowers of romance.
- The Russian song "Million Scarlet Roses" is about an artist who fell in love with an actress who loved flowers. So he sold his house and his paintings and bought millions of scarlet roses, turning the square in front of her window into a sea of flowers.
- Snarkily subverted in the Pretenders' "Baby's Breath":
Why do you send me roses?
Save them for someone's death
The love you have to offer
Is only baby's breath
- This is the theme of Zaccaria's Farfalla: the playfield full of flowers serves as the backdrop to the various symbols of love, such as the lovestruck couple on the bridge, the swans on the lake, and the LOVE Spelling Bonus.
- Austin Powers uses the "Flowers of Lust" version, with flowers used to track Austin's accumulated bonuses.
- 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.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: In one of the series' most infamous Getting Crap Past the Radar moments, one episode has Sokka expecting a visit from Suki in his tent with a rose in his teeth. The morning after, Sokka is holding a lei Suki had been working on the previous day. He got lei'd, she got deflowered.
- 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.