Laugh of Love

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Sadly for Dave, it's all in his imagination.

This trope is when a character (usually female) develops a tendency to giggle or even laugh when around their love interest, particularly when the love interest in question is joking around, or when they do something particularly romantic, such as holding hands. This may be accompanied by a Crush Blush. The Smitten Teenage Girl is particularly prone to this, as are the Sickeningly Sweethearts.

Giggling is also a sign of the character imagining themself doing things with their lover. For... less than stable characters, it shows their obsession with their love, and can overlap with Giggling Villain in extreme cases.

This trope tends to be common in romantic comedies.

This is Truth in Television (obviously).

Examples:

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     Anime and Manga 
  • In Naruto, there are at least two instances where Hinata Hyuga giggled after Naruto (who is also her crush and future husband) said something foolish. The first time was at the end of the first part of the Chuunin Exams. The second time was in The Last: Naruto the Movie, while the two of them were investigating an abandoned shinobi village.
  • In the Pokémon episode "Under the Pledging Tree", when Ash asks Serena what gifts she's planning to get while she's thinking that the two of them are on a date, she quickly replies "I'm not sure yet!", while chuckling nervously.
  • In Princess Mononoke, a lot of the women of Iron Town giggle and blush when they're around Ashitaka.

     Films — Animated 
  • Despicable Me 2:
    • In an Imagine Spot, Dave imagines having a love life with Lucy, and one of the scenes in said Imagine Spot involves them running along a beach while laughing.
    • Margo giggles nervously when Antonio sweeps her off her feet on their first meeting.
    • At their wedding, Gru and Lucy are laughing while dancing together.
  • This seems to be a common occurrence in the films in the Disney Animated Canon:
    • In Robin Hood, Maid Marian, upon recognising Robin (who's disguised as a stork), giggles while wishing him luck.
    • In Hercules, Hercules and Megara tend to laugh as they hang out together and eventually fall in love, particularly in the garden scene.
    • This is invoked and exploited in Mulan, when Yao, Ling and Chien-Po disguise themselves as concubines and giggle as part of their act while approaching Shan-Yu's guards, in order to take them out.
    • In Tangled, Rapunzel giggles briefly after Flynn goes to get some firewood, and she later admits to Gothel that she thinks he likes her. The two eventually get married, at the end of the film.
    • In Frozen, Anna tends to sigh and giggle a lot around Hans from the moment they meet, at least until he reveals his true colours.
  • A similar example to the one in Mulan occurs in Kung Fu Panda 2, when Po giggles while pretending to be a female panda in order to get close enough to a nearby wolf to knock him out, which is successful.
  • In The LEGO Movie, Wyldstyle giggles while she and Batman hold hands after Batman saves the group from Bad Cop.
  • In Monsters, Inc., we get the following exchange between Mike and his girlfriend Celia:
    Mike: I just got us into a little place called, um, Harryhausen's.
    Celia: [gasps] Harryhausen's? But it's impossible to get a reservation there!
    Mike: Not for Googly-bear.
    [Celia giggles]
    • In Monsters University, when Don Carlton accidentally hugs Sherri Squibbles and tries to get his tentacles unstuck, she giggles as she introduces herself, and they eventually get married.
  • In WALL•E, EVE has a cute electronic giggle while bonding with WALL•E.

     Films — Live-Action 
  • In Don Jon, Barbara tends to smile and laugh when she's with Jon. This is gradually averted as their relationship deteriorates, and after he and Barbara break up, he and Esther sometimes laugh when talking about their shared interests.
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:
    • Queenie tends to laugh when she's with Jacob, which he tends to reciprocate. A particularly touching one occurs at the end of the film, when she giggles softly upon seeing Jacob at his bakery after he's had his mind wiped, and he grins in response, indicating that he remembers her in some capacity.
    • Tina also tends to laugh when she's with Newt after she eventually warms up to him, particularly when he offers to give her a copy of his novel in person at the end of the film. The book's introduction reveals that she's his wife.
  • In Fantastic Four (2015), Reed and Sue tend to laugh as they get to know each other and grow close, which is one of the causes of Victor's jealousy of Reed.
  • In The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel and Augustus tend to do this quite frequently around each other, at least until Augustus' condition worsens, eventually resulting in his death.
  • In Gone Girl, Nick and Amy Dunne tend to laugh around each other early in their relationship, but this trope is gradually averted as their seemingly-perfect marriage falls apart.
  • Played for Laughs in The Naked Gun with Frank and Jane, who are smiling and laughing in every part of their Falling in Love Montage, like when they're at the movies together (the movie in question being Platoon).
  • This seems to be a common occurrence in the Spider-Man films:
    • In Spider-Man, following the famous kiss-in-the-rain scene between Spider-Man and Mary Jane, she giggles as Spider-Man swings off.
    • In Spider-Man 2, Mary Jane is laughing happily as she runs to Peter's place in her wedding dress, as she's realised that he's the one she truly loves.
    • Spider-Man 3:
      • Ursula giggles briefly when she's feeding Peter cookies while he's talking to Dr. Connors over the phone.
      • Later, Betty Brant laughs nervously when Peter, who's under the symbiote's influence, starts hitting on her at the Daily Bugle.
    • In The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter and Gwen tend to laugh around each other as they gradually fall in love.
  • The Theory of Everything:
    • Jane tends to do this when she's with her eventual husband Stephen Hawking, who reciprocates (at first, but eventually loses the ability to do that), as does his second wife, Elaine.
    • Jane also sometimes does this when talking to Jonathan, whom she eventually marries after she and Stephen get divorced.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • X-Men: First Class:
      • We get the following exchange between Charles and a girl he meets at a bar named Amy:
      Amy: [to Raven] Charles here was just telling me that I'm like one of the first sea creatures that grew legs.
      Charles: A tiny bit sexier.
      [Amy giggles]
    • In Deadpool, Vanessa and Wade tend to do this when they're enjoying spending time together, particularly during sex. Vanessa also laughs quietly when she says that she'll get used to Wade's scarred appearance at the end of the film.

     Literature 

     Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • In "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered", when Xander is walking down the school hallway after his love spell has inadvertently affected practically every female character in Sunnydale, the girls there are staring, sighing and giggling at him, while the guys are watching him enviously.
    • In "Him", Dawn and RJ are laughing while dirty-dancing together at a party.
  • In Castle, Beckett tends to smile and laugh a lot when around her current boyfriend-of-the-week, and eventually with Castle himself.

     Music 
  • Ariana Grande is frequently giggling and laughing around her love interest in the video for "Into You".
  • This happens in some Becky G songs:
    • In "Break a Sweat", a giggle is audible at the point indicated in the link. For context, this is a song about sex.
    • The video for "Lovin' So Hard" features Becky spending time with her then-boyfriend Austin Mahone, and both are frequently laughing together.
  • The Captain and Tennille recorded their cover of "Muskrat Love", which concerns a romance between two muskrats, which elicits giggling from the female. "Now he's tickling her fancy, rubbing her toes / Muzzle to muzzle, now anything goes / As they wriggle / Sue starts to giggle."
  • An inversion occurs in Jo Jo's "Too Little, Too Late", where she's laughing and cheering in the rain following a bad break-up.
  • Katy Perry is also frequently laughing around her love interest in the video for "Teenage Dream".
  • In the appropriately-titled Lana Del Rey song "Love", the featured couples tend to laugh when they're together.
  • In the Mariah Carey and Miguel duet "#Beautiful", the chorus is peppered with the occasional lovestruck giggle from Mariah.

     Video Games 
  • Dragon Age:
    • In Dragon Age: Origins, Leliana and Morrigan (unusually for the latter) will giggle on occasion if romanced by the Warden, and with a high approval rating.
    • In Dragon Age II, Merrill will sometimes giggle if romanced by a male Hawke.
  • This is used as a gameplay mechanic in Yandere Simulator: If you do this, you start losing reputation because people see it as weird. Do it too much, and you lose.

     Web Original 

     Western Animation 
  • In the Danny Phantom episode "Fanning the Flames", Sam giggles while asking Danny "You really think I'm smart?" after Danny compliments her individuality and intelligence.
  • Kim Possible:
    • In "Sink or Swim", Tara giggles before kissing Ron on the cheek at the end of the episode.
    • Kim tends to do this when she's around the guys she has a crush on. She also giggled after her first kiss with Ron in "Emotion Sickness".
    • In "Gorilla Fist", Ron giggled when Yori kissed him on the cheek at the end of the episode, much to Kim's clear jealousy.
  • In Phineas and Ferb, Candace tends to giggle a lot when she's around Jeremy.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man: Liz tends to do this when she's with Peter:
    • In "Reaction", she and Peter tend to laugh around each other as they grow close to one another, and they start dating in later episodes.
    • In "Blueprints", Peter chuckles nervously and blushes when Liz hits on him by offering to help him stay warm after he complains about feeling really cold.
    • In "Destructive Testing", Liz giggles after hugging Peter, right before a football match she's cheering for is about to start.
  • This occurs thrice in the Tom and Jerry cartoon "Smitten Kitten", namely:
    • Tom Cat is sitting beside a pretty kitty and whispers something in her ear. She giggles coyly.
    • Jerry Mouse marches toward Tom, intent on doing him mischief, when he sees a cute girl mouse sitting nearby. Jerry freezes in his tracks, then drops everything to stand beside her. She also giggles coyly.
    • Jerry's Good Angel and Bad Angel get in on the act, as the Bad Angel drools over the cute Good Angel. Cue more coy giggling. In every case, Love Makes You Dumb appears to be in force.

     Real Life 
  • It has been noted that when a person is in love with someone else, even their lame jokes will become hilarious to the person in question, and they tend to laugh more when they are around that person. As a result, this is a reliable means of identifying if someone is in love with you (especially if the person in question is a girl).

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