Heart Beat-Down

Love till it hurts.

"Laser is not difficult
Concentrate your mind
Mutter the spell to the Mini-Hakkero tenderly
Aim at someone you don't like
Now, unleash your annihilation of love!"

In a nutshell, a character who uses Love as one of their Elemental Powers.

A character with this power is fueled by or themed around innocence, love, beauty, attraction or lust. Because these are more feelings than a proper element, the abilities of the user will have to do a lot with their personality and the general tone of the series. The user is almost Always Female and likely to be The Heart of the team.

The signature and tell tale sign that this element is at work is when a character makes Heart Symbols show up during their moves, or if they take the place of sparks, stars and explosions during physical impacts.

If they do their own fighting, expect their style to be very feminine. They tend to be associated with slap attacks and dance moves, and suggestive butt attacks and kissing attacks.

If they're not the fighting type, a character with this element will use Intimate Healing or the Kiss of Life. May be able to purify their opponents and empower their allies or seduce and hypnotize them. Usually through magic or weapons that act like concentrated Love Potions or hyper potent pheromones in more 'realistic' settings.

With rare exception, good or evil, the character will be very attractive. Male examples are usually only played straight if their girlfriends are nearby. Otherwise they'll be Played for Laughs or as Fan Disservice.

Sub-Trope of The Power of Love. Sister Trope to Holy Hand Grenade. Super Trope to Projectile Kiss.

Usually the powers of a Love Goddess

Compare Care-Bear Stare, The Power of Love, Heart Is an Awesome Power, What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?. See also Super-Cute Superpowers (this tends to look cute, but it's not really a subtrope, since this concept is "weaponized power of love").

Has nothing to do with using a heart as an Improvised Weapon to apply a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.


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     Anime And Manga  

  • A Sailor-suited Pretty Soldier of Love and Justice: Sailor Moon! - her attacks are the only ones that purify their opponents. Also Moon Spiral Heart Attack (the page image) and Rainbow Moon Heart Ache slam her opponents with a giant heart that shatters on impact. It's quite lovely.
    • Soldier of Love and Beauty, Sailor Venus! - The Love Me Chain and Love and Beauty Shock are made of Heart Symbols. She also uses Rolling Heart Vibration in the manga and live action series.
    • For Love and Justice, Sailor Chibi Moon! - The Pink Sugar Heart Attack sends tiny Heart Symbols to pelt opponents, though its effectiveness varies. The manga also had her team up with Sailor Moon to use Rainbow Double Moon Heart Ache.
  • The Battle Lovers on Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!! use Love Attack to subdue their opponent and Love Shower to heal them.
  • "Warrior of Love, Cutey Honey!" has hearts all over her main outfit, but most incarnations have Combat Pragmatist instincts.
  • Digimon Frontier: Kazemon's 'Love Tap' attack, induces infatuation after an Ass Kicks You. However, hitting things with her butt rarely did her much good.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam provides what probably is the most over-the-top example of this trope in Mecha Anime. In the grand finale, Domon and Rain (now the Official Couple after Domon delivers an Anguished Declaration of Love to Rain, breaking her free from the Devil Gundam) perform the Sekiha Love-Love Tenkyoken, a move that actually leaves a heart-shaped hole through the Devil Gundam's chest.
  • Naruto: Fuka, from one of the filler arcs, seduces opponents and uses the Kiss of Death to steal their powers. Also blows magical kisses in the opening sequence.
  • There are two characters in One Piece who have love-based attacks, though in different ways. Boa Hancock can turn anyone attracted to her into stone (she does this through heart-shaped attacks such as heart beams or heart arrows that turn people to stone on contact). Emporio Ivankov is a Creepy Crossdresser whose attacks include throwing winks, which have oddly immense destructive power. Justified in that it's actually a blast of air pressure.
  • Those who have seen Magician's Academy are familiar with the thing known only as Halpshiel. An Angel of love and former teacher, he was exiled for forcibly French-kissing the entire student body and faculty. Among other grievances.
  • In Yes! Pretty Cure 5, Cure Dream has heart as her element.
  • So does Mew Ichigo in Tokyo Mew Mew.
  • The Love Angels in Wedding Peach do this.
  • In Shugo Chara!, Amu's Amulet Heart transformation has a definite heart motif, as does her Open Heart attack.
  • Melonpanna from Anpanman has the "Mero-Mero Punch", (mero-mero meaning lovesickness), which causes her enemies to become immobilized by love, leaving them open for attack from the other heroes. Also, thanks to her Melon Juice being a component of her big sister Rollpanna's good heart, she can use this to bring her out from her evil heart side.
  • In Re:CREATORS, Magical Slayer Mamika plays this completely straight with her pink, heart-shaped magical blasts - which cause a shocking amount of collateral damage.
  • Ribrienne, a parody of Magical Girl fighters in Dragon Ball Super, has a number of Ki Attacks that are heart-shaped. Most of them explode on contact with tremendous force.

     Live Action TV  
  • Desiree Atkins, one of the Freak of the Weeks in Smallville, used pheromones from her breath, which looked like a pink smoke, to seduce men into killing each other for her.
  • Hathor did much the same on Stargate SG-1. It proved fortunate that the SGC has women too.
  • In Torchwood, there was a creature known simply as "Sex Gas." Seriously. It floated around possessing people to have a major sex drive. The possessed people develo pheromones as a way of attracting people.


  • Older Than Feudalism: Eros (Cupid) had the power to make others fall in love by shooting them with golden arrows, starting with the 5th-century BCE tragedian Euripides.
    • Modern popculture portrayals typically take care of the Heart Symbol associations.
  • Many mythologies have their own gods and goddesses of love, desire, beauty and eroticism.

     Video Games  

  • Dabbler from Grrl Power. She is basically an alien succubus, with powers that mostly relate to inspiring lust, and she can draw power from lust or sex in her general vicinity, especially if she is personally involved.
  • In Homestuck, this is the specialty of active classes with the Heart Aspect, whereas passive classes are more akin to healers or being the Living Emotional Crutch of their team. So far, Dirk Strider, the Prince of Heart, has been shown to literally destroy souls. And it's quite painful.
    • Also being Heart players, Nepeta and Meulin are likely to have this ability to, especially since the latter is also implied to be an active class and the former's specialty is theft. In other words, Nepeta steals souls.
  • Jordie's Holy Smite spell in Our Little Adventure.
  • In 8-Bit Theater, Black Mage technically uses this since his Hadoken is powered by love, but in the same way a car is powered by gasoline - each time he fires it there's a measurable increase in the divorce rate.
  • Sleepless Domain's Heartful Punch lives up to her name with pink heart blasts and heart-accented pugilism.

     Web Original  
  • Cytherea of the Whateley Universe uses this as her go-to power. Not surprising, since she's the avatar of Aphrodite.
  • In Thalia's Musings, Love Goddess Aphrodite is acknowledged as the only goddess with the power to influence the Fates. She's very temperamental about when, how, and on whom she bestows her powers.
  • In Suburban Knights, Ma-Ti uses his "heart" power to kick Malachite's ass.
  • In RWBY, Nora seems to be invoking this trope, even though her Semblance is about using electrical energy to fuel her attacks. She decorates her grenade launcher/hammer combo and its projectiles with cute little heart symbols, and during a battle in Volume 3 unleashes a supercharged attack that fires all her munitions at once, in a heart-shaped spread. The resulting explosion is not only pretty and pink, it also leaves a good chunk of the arena a smoking ruin.

     Western Animation  

  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Princess Cadance' magical ability is bringing love to others and mending broken relationships. In the second episode of the season two finale, Queen Chrysalis is taken out by her and Shining Armor with a massive explosion of pure love that reforms the Deflector Shields and ejects her and her Changeling subjects out of Canterlot and over the horizon. The background music is even called "Love Conquers All".
    • Also, Queen Chrysalis and her fellow changelings gain power by impersonating others and feeding on the love from their loved ones. Chrysalis was able to win a Beam-O-War with Celestia (surprising even Chrysalis herself) after posing as Cadence for a while, during the preparations for Shining Armor and Cadence's wedding.
    • Note that Queen Chrysalis also embodies this trope in as much as she gains magical power from love, and uses mind-control, and perhaps mundane romance, to affect her "food".
    • Cadance's love shield in the Season 3 two-parter opener is capable of repelling and hurting King Sombra.
    • Every unicorn has magic based on their special talent, and Cadence is an alicorn, meaning Physical God tier, whose special talent is bringing/mending love. Basically, she is The Power of Love. That goes double with her and Shining Armor being Happily Married.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: One of Star's one-off spells is Dagger Crystal Heart Attack, which stabs monsters with heart-shaped daggers.
    Star Butterfly: Feel the love.