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[[caption-width-right:280: [- You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,\\
You make me happy when skies are gray,\\
You'll never know, dear, just how I love you,\\
Please don't take my sunshine away.-] ]]

->''"Love is not love\\
Which alters when it alteration finds,\\
Or bends with the remover to remove:\\
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark\\
That looks on tempests and is never shaken"''
--> -- '''Creator/WilliamShakespeare''', "Sonnet 116"

Ah, love. One of the fundamental forces of {{drama}}, and a key component in SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments. [[TheFourLoves Love comes in many forms,]] but this index lists virtually all {{tropes}} concerning the most recognizable form, romantic love. For tropes about familial love and platonic love, see FamilyTropes and FriendshipTropes, respectively. For the unconditional love felt for everyone, see AllLovingHero.

Compare RomanceNovel, AdmirationTropes, KissingTropes. Contrast HatredTropes... [[BelligerentSexualTension usu]][[FoeRomanceSubtext ally]].
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!!Tropes
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Categories:
+ AttractionTropes
+ DatingTropes
+ TheExIndex
+ FlirtingAndCourtship
+ JustForFun/HowToBecomeALoveInterest
+ HugTropes
+ InterracialAndInterspeciesLoveIndex
+ KissingTropes
+ LoveInterests
+ LoveIsACrapshoot
+ MarriageTropes
+ QueerAsTropes
+ ReconciliationTropes
+ RomanceArc
+ RomanceGame
+ RomanceNovel
+ RomanceNovelTropes
+ RomanceNovelPlots
+ RuleOfRomantic
+ SexTropes
+ ShippingTropes
+ TheSinglesIndex
+ ThisIndexBrokeUp
+ ThisIndexIsNotMyGirlfriend
+ UnrequitedLoveTropes
+ WeddingAndEngagementTropes
+ YuriGenre
]

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[[folder: Tropes A-G]]
* AbductionIsLove: Kidnapping your LoveInterest guarantees they'll fall in love with you.
* AbortedDeclarationOfLove: You're about to confess your love for somebody, but then decide not to.
* AccidentalAdultery: Cheating on your lover/spouse by mistake, e.g. thinking they were dead when they were actually alive.
* AccidentalHandHold: ShipTease moment where two characters end up locking hands with each other when they reach for the same item.
* ActOfTrueLove: An action done to prove one's love for another.
* AdaptationalSexuality: A character's sexual orientation is changed in an adaptation of a story.
* AdrenalineMakeover: The heat of adventure turns a frumpy, uncool character into [[TheHero The Hero's]] attractive LoveInterest.
* AfterActionPatchUp: ShipTease moment where a character gets their wounds patched up by their LoveInterest.
* AgentsDating: Secret agents fall in love.
* AgeGapAlgebra: Calculating age difference between partners in order to determine compatibility.
* AgeGapRomance: Romance where one partner is notably older or younger than the other.
* AirplaneOfLove: An airplane takes off to symbolize unrequited love.
* AllAmazonsWantHercules: A strong, tough woman falls in love with a man who is stronger than or just as strong as her.
* AllGaysArePromiscuous: Homosexual men are incapable of committing themselves to one partner.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Girls fall for guys who are moody or outright criminal.
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Guys tend to fall in love with cheerleaders.
* AllGuysWantSororityWomen: Much like cheerleaders, men tend to fall for women in sororities.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Romantic affections are not returned.
* AllergicToLove: Love makes you feel sick.
* AlmostKiss: Two characters come close to kissing.
* AloneAmongTheCouples: One character is single while everyone else around them is in a relationship.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Saving your LoveInterest before anyone else.
* AmazonChaser: A guy who falls in love with tough girls.
* AmicableExes: Former lovers who have remained on good terms with each other.
* AnchoredShip: A potential romantic pairing that's been put on hold.
* AngerBornOfWorry: When you love someone, you get angry at them for endangering themselves.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Confessing your love for somebody during a moment of angst.
* AntiLoveSong: A not so sweet song about love.
* AttractiveZombie: Even the undead find love.
* AttractivenessIsolation: A conventionally attractive person has trouble finding love due to people being scared to talk to them.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: No matter how much they fight, they really do care about each other very much.
* BalancedHarem: A HaremGenre story where each haremette is given equal screentime and a shot at being with the lead.
* BattleCouple: Lovers who kick ass together.
* BeachKiss: A couple share a passionate kiss on the beach.
* TheBeard: A character who pretends to be someone's lover.
* BeastAndBeauty: A couple involving a beautiful girl and a monstrous man (literal or not).
* BeautifulDreamer: Lovingly watching your lover sleep.
* BecomingTheMask: TheMole genuinely comes to fall in love with the person they were stringing along.
* BelatedLoveEpiphany: Realizing that you love someone when they're no longer there with you.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Two people are in love, but they mask their feelings behind arguments.
* BestHerToBedHer: A man must defeat a strong woman in combat if he wishes to romance her.
* TheBet: Love is involved in a wager.
* BetaCouple: A secondary couple who acts as the more stable foil to the main couple.
* BetterAsFriends: Two people were in love for a while, but then decided it was better that they were JustFriends.
* BettyAndVeronica: A love triangle where the lead's prospective [[LoveInterest Love Interests]] are the sweet, reliable GirlNextDoor and the more daring, sultry MsFanservice.
* BickeringCouplePeacefulCouple: One couple are SickeningSweethearts while another is very argumentative.
* TheBigDamnKiss: A grandiose kiss scene.
* BirdsOfAFeather: A couple share similarities with each other.
* BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama: Relationships between black women and white men tend to be stigmatized.
* BlindDate: Going on a date with someone you never met.
* BodyguardCrush: Falling in love with somebody hired to protect you or vice versa.
* BoyMeetsGirl: A boy and a girl meet, lose each other, then find each other again.
* BoyMeetsGhoul: Romance between the living and the undead.
* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: You must break up with your lover in order to protect them.
* BreakUpToMakeUp: Realizing your self-worth after pining for an unrequited crush.
* BreakUpBonfire: Things that remind you of your former lover are thrown into a fire.
* BromanticFoil: The romantic male lead's foil who's unlucky in love.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: A moody bad boy and a sweet, kind girl fall in love.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Romance between siblings.
* CannotTalkToWomen: A guy who has trouble talking to girls.
* CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest: Refusing to do anything lewd when in the presence of the one you love.
* CantHaveSexEver: You and your lover can't have sex or something bad will happen.
* CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem: When you prefer to be alone but find yourself oddly attached to another.
* CaptiveDate: Being forced to go on a date against your will.
* CardiovascularLove: Hearts always represent love.
* CareBearStare: ThePowerOfLove literally weaponized.
* CartwrightCurse: [[TheHero The Hero's]] lovers tend to die once involved with him.
* CasualKink: BDSM and other fetishes are seen as normal expressions of love.
* CaughtInTheRain: ShipTease moment where a couple seek shelter from the rain and they get intimate with each other as a result.
* CaughtTheHeartOnHisSleeve: ShipTease moment where one partner grabs the other partner's arm/sleeve.
* CelibateHero: TheHero who foregoes love and romance.
* ChastityCouple: They're in love, but they're not physically intimate with each other.
* CherryBlossoms: Japanese cherry blossoms are used to symbolize love and romance.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: People who have been friends since childhood get a RelationshipUpgrade.
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: ChildhoodFriends promise to get married when they grow up.
* ChocolateOfRomance: Chocolate makes a good gift for your lover.
* ClaimedByTheSupernatural: A supernatural being falls in love with a regular person and "claims" them with some sort of "mark".
* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: When the lead hooks up with their OneTrueLove, their other suitors are, often out of nowhere, paired off with other characters.
* ClingyJealousGirl: She tends to be very possessive of her LoveInterest.
* ClosetKey: A character who makes a person realize that they're actually gay/bi, often they end up hooking up with that character in return.
* CluelessChickMagnet: This guy has no clue how popular he is with the ladies.
* CockFight: Two guys fight for the affections of a girl.
* ComfortingComforter: ShipTease moment where someone covers their LoveInterest with a blanket when they start to get cold.
* CommitmentIssues: Fear of settling down with a LoveInterest.
* ConcertClimax: A GrandRomanticGesture occurs at a climatic event.
* ConverseWithTheUnconscious: ShipTease moment where a character talks to their LoveInterest while they're unconscious, often in a very angsty way.
* ConvertingForLove: Converting to a religion to be with your lover.
* CoupledCouples: Two couples who are good friends.
* CourtlyLove: Medieval style romance where characters love each other from afar.
* CrazyJealousGuy: He can't stand seeing his LoveInterest be with anyone else.
* CrushBlush: Love causes you to blush.
* CrushFilter: Someone's crush is shown in a beautiful, ethereal light from their perspective.
* CryIntoChest: A ShipTease moment where one partner cries into the other partner's chest.
* CuckoldHorns: A pair of horns used to show that a man's lover has been unfaithful.
* CupidsArrow: Falling in love personified by the love god, Cupid.
* CupidHatesOddCouples: Good friends fall for the same person, causing them to fight each other.
* DanceOfRomance: A couple dances together.
* DatingCatwoman: Enemies who are also lovers.
* DatingDoSiDo: Characters in a long running show all date each other at some point.
* DearJohnLetter: A romantic relationship is broken off through mail.
* DeathAndTheMaiden: A personification of death falls in love with a woman.
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: A love triangle is resolved when one of the prospective [[LoveInterest Love Interests]] dies.
* DecemberDecemberRomance: Elders in love.
* DeclarationOfProtection: Making a vow to protect the one you love.
* DeconfirmedBachelor: He vowed to never be in a relationship, but then he met "her".
* DefenestrateAndBerate: Throwing out or destroying your ex-lover's belongings.
* DemotedToSatelliteLoveInterest: A character is DemotedToExtra once they hook up with TheHero.
* DerailingLoveInterests: Getting the OfficialCouple together by making the RomanticFalseLead look bad.
* DestructiveRomance: A very unhappy and horribly abusive love relationship.
* DestructoNookie: Lovers have sex so rough, stuff gets wrecked.
* DevotedToYou: Being incredibly committed to the one you love.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: TheHero doesn't win their LoveInterest.
* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu: Romance between a human and an EldritchAbomination.
* DiscountLesbians: Nonhuman characters used to represent a homosexual relationship.
* DismissingACompliment: A character(often a {{Tsundere}} or an InsecureLoveInterest)doesn't believe something nice their LoveInterest tells them.
* DisposableFiance: A RomanticFalseLead character who's role is to get dumped by the lead.
* DivineDate: Romance between a mortal and a god.
* DivorceRequiresDeath: Wanting to leave your spouse means one of you will have to die.
* DontYouDarePityMe: A ShipTease moment where one partner tries to comfort the other, only to be turned away.
* DowntimeDowngrade: Two characters hook up at the end of the story, only to have broken up by the sequel.
* DrowningOurRomanticSorrows: Romantic rivals get drunk together.
* DuetBonding: Two people fall in love when they play music together.
* TheDulcineaEffect: A guy falls for a girl and instantly wants to protect her with his life.
* DumpThemAll: The lead chooses not to be with any of his prospective [[LoveInterest Love Interests]].
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Confessing your love for somebody when you're dying.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: Eyeing up your [[LoveInterest Love Interest's]] gorgeous body.
* EliteManCourtesanRomance: Romance between a sex worker and a person of high class.
* EnterStageWindow: A character visits their LoveInterest via climbing through their window.
* EternalLove: Immortal lovers who have been together for eons.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: It's obvious that these two are meant to be together, if only they themselves saw it.
* ExiledToTheCouch: When a couple fights, one partner is forced to sleep away from the bed.
* FakeRelationship: Pretending to be in a romantic relationship.
* FallingInLoveMontage: A couple is shown spending time together as they fall in love.
* FalseSoulmate: This person seemed perfect for you at first, but they later turn out to be a mismatch.
* FalseStart: It looks like you're finally gonna get the chance to confess your love, but something prevents you or you get scared.
* FanPreferredCouple: The audience supports this couple more than the OfficialCouple.
* FantasticRomance: A romance only possible in speculative fiction.
* FatalAttraction: TheHero falls in love with somebody who turns out to be the enemy.
* FatalAttractor: This character always seems to fall in love with evil/mentally unstable people.
* FateDrivesUsTogether: If two people keep encountering each other, it means they're meant to be together.
* FatherIWantToMarryMyBrother: A character (often a child) is in love with a family member.
* FauxInterracialRelationship: They initially seem like a biracial couple, but then they turn out to actually be of the same race.
* FerrisWheelDateMoment: A couple has a romantic moment on a ferris wheel.
* FidelityTest: Testing your lover to see just how faithful they are to you.
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: People who are so in love know what their partner is gonna say before they do.
* FireAndIceLoveTriangle: A love triangle where the lead's two LoveInterest choices make up a RedOniBlueOni duo.
* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest: Being unable to love again due to emotional wounds from a previous relationship.
* FirstGirlAfterAll: She knew the lead long before he met his other prospective [[LoveInterest Love Interests]] and therefore hooks up with him.
* FirstGirlWins: The lead hooks up with the first person they meet in the story.
* FirstLove: The first person that you've ever fallen in love with.
* FlamesOfLove: Fire represents the passion in a relationship.
* FlightOfRomance: Flying with your LoveInterest makes for a good romantic moment.
* FlirtingUnderFire: The BattleCouple flirt while in the middle of combat.
* FlirtyStepsiblings: Teenage stepsiblings tend to have romantic subtext with each other.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: A doctor/nurse falls in love with the person under their care.
* FlowersOfRomance: Flowers are a great gift for your lover.
* FoeCooties: Wanting nothing to do with your LoveInterest upon knowing they were once involved with your enemy.
* FoolForLove: TheCynic or KnightInSourArmor falls in love despite emotional wounds from past love relationships.
* ForgottenFirstMeeting: Forgetting that you first met your LoveInterest long ago.
* TheFourLoves: Romance is not the only form of love there is.
* FreeLoveFuture: In the future, everyone has sex with whoever they want without committing to each other.
* FriendVersusLover: A character is fought over by their LoveInterest and best friend.
* FriendlyWar: Fighting done out of love rather than malice.
* FriendsWithBenefits: Two people who have sex with each other without falling in love.
* GardenOfLove: Gardens as a setting for love to take root, grow, and blossom.
* GaussianGirl: A visual effect where the LoveInterest is given a blurry, ethereal look.
* GayGuySeeksPopularJock: A gay male is in love with the star quarterback of the school.
* GayOption: A dating game gives you the option to hook up with someone of the same sex.
* GenderBenderFriendship: Character befriends their LoveInterest while masquerading as the opposite sex.
* TheGentlemanOrTheScoundrel: A woman's two choices for a LoveInterest are the polite NiceGuy and the dangerous, more thrilling bad boy.
* GhostShipping: Fans pair a living character with one who is dead.
* GibberishOfLove: Being unable to speak in complete sentences when around your LoveInterest.
* GirlOfMyDreams: First encountering your LoveInterest in your dreams.
* GiveGeeksAChance: Nerds are given a chance at love.
* TheGlomp: Tackling and hugging your LoveInterest tightly.
* GodCouple: Divine beings in love.
* GrandRomanticGesture: A big, elaborate event done for someone to show your love for them.
* GreenEyedEpiphany: Realizing you love someone when seeing them with someone else upsets you.
* GrowOldWithMe: Lovers stay together to old age.
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[[folder: Tropes H-M]]
* HandsOnApproach: ShipTease moment where someone gets really close to their LoveInterest while teaching them how to use something.
* HandsPlayInTheater: Putting your arm around your LoveInterest while you two are at the movies.
* HappilyMarried: A married couple who are happy together.
* HappinessInSlavery: Being happy to serve somebody because you love them.
* HaremGenre: A story where the lead is given multiple choices for a LoveInterest.
* HaremSeeker: A character who seeks to gain multiple lovers.
* HeadbuttOfLove: Lovers press their foreheads together.
* HeadbuttThermometer: ShipTease moment where a character checks their [[LoveInterest Love Interest's]] temperature by pressing their forehead against theirs.
* HeartBeatDown: Using the HeartSymbol, the quintessential symbol of love, as a weapon.
* HeartIsWhereTheHomeIs: Character breaks off a romance with a foreigner in favor of someone from their own country.
* HeartbrokenBadass: A badass who lost the love of their life.
* HeldGaze: Lovers look deeply into each other's eyes.
* HerBoyfriendsJacket: Character wears an article of their significant other's clothing.
* HerHeartWillGoOn: He dies, but his lover stays strong.
* HighSchoolSweethearts: They've been together since they were teenagers.
* HoldingHands: A classic romantic gesture is lovers locking hands with each other.
* HollywoodKiss: When couples kiss in fiction, it's always perfect.
* HomeSweetHome: Staying home to settle down with your LoveInterest after a long adventure.
* HookedUpAfterwards: At the end of the story, two characters are shown to have started dating.
* HopelessSuitor: One who has no chance of winning someone's love.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: A couple where the man towers over the woman.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Someone who [[BelligerentSexualTension regularly antagonizes their significant other]] gets enraged if someone else wrongs them.
* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: A character is surprised to learn that their crush actually loves them back.
* IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn: Unintentionally making someone fall in love with you.
* IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship: Two people who are good friends refuse to get romantically involved with each other on the grounds that their friendship would go south.
* IGotYouADrawer: Two characters are signaled to be getting a RelationshipUpgrade when one partner gives the other partner a space in their home to put their stuff.
* IHaveToWashMyHair: Making up excuses to get out of going on a date with someone.
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: TheCasanova falls in love with someone who rejects their advances.
* TheILoveYouStigma: Using the word "love" around your significant other too soon can cause them discomfort.
* ILoveYouVampireSon: A vampire turns their lover into a vampire so the two of them can have EternalLove together.
* IUhYouToo: A character fumbles their words when they try to say "I love you" to their LoveInterest.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Being willing to let your unrequited crush go be with the one they love.
* IfICantHaveYou: Killing someone because they won't return your love.
* ImaginaryLoveTriangle: Characters are mistakenly assumed to be involved in a love triangle.
* ImaginedInnuendo: A character's dialogue is misinterpreted as a DoubleEntendre by another.
* InLoveWithLove: Being more enamored by the idea of being in a relationship than actually loving someone.
* InLoveWithTheGangstersGirl: TheHero loves a dangerous man's girlfriend.
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: A villainous or morally ambiguous character falls for someone because of their violent tendencies.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Two people can't be together because of their differing sexualities.
* InconvenientAttraction: A character falls in love when they'd rather not.
* InnocentCohabitation: Two people live together like a married couple would, but without any sex or romance involved.
* InsecureLoveInterest: A character who believes themself to be unworthy of their LoveInterest.
* InterruptedDeclarationOfLove: Character tries to confess their love for somebody but is interrupted.
* InterruptedIntimacy: Someone walks in on a couple having some "alone time".
* InterspeciesRomance: Romance between beings of different species.
* IntertwinedFingers: Two people lock fingers with each other, showing that they're in love.
* IntimateArtistry: An artist paints a picture of the one they love.
* ItDoesntMeanAnything: Characters who are JustFriends do something intimate with each other and then insist that it was nothing.
* ItsNotYouItsMe: Breaking off a relationship due to feeling unworthy of your LoveInterest.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Being with your lover puts them in harm's way.
* TheJailBaitWait: Waiting for your underage LoveInterest to grow up so you can properly be with them.
* JumpingTheGenderBarrier: A character's sexual preferences change when they undergo a GenderBender.
* JustFriends: Two people consider themselves to be only good friends rather than lovers.
* KissedKeepsake: Not wanting to wash a part of your body that was kissed by your crush.
* KissingCousins: Romance between cousins.
* KissingInATree: Childishly mocking people who are in a relationship or seem to be in a relationship.
* LadyAndKnight: The brave, chivalrous knight defends and falls in love with the fair lady.
* LadykillerInLove: TheCasanova who genuinely falls in love.
* TheLadysFavour: A woman gives her LoveInterest an item of hers before he goes off into battle.
* LanguageOfLove: A couple where one partner speaks a different language than the other.
* LapPillow: ShipTease moment where a character rests their head on their [[LoveInterest Love Interest's]] lap.
* LastConfessionWins: In a HaremGenre story, the last girl to reveal that she loves the lead is who wins him.
* LastGirlWins: The lead hooks up with the last person they meet in the story.
* LastHetRomance: A character realizes that they're gay after a failed heterosexual relationship.
* LastMinuteHookup: Two characters don't become an OfficialCouple until the end of the story.
* LaughOfLove: The tendency to laugh when in the presence of your LoveInterest.
* LaundromatLiaisons: Two characters meet at a laundromat and eventually hook up.
* LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone: Leaving a room so two lovers can have some alone time.
* LeavingYouToFindMyself: Character breaks off a love relationship to go do some soul searching.
* LetsDuet: Lovers sing a song together.
* LetsJustBeFriends: Characters break up, but decide to remain friends because they still care about each other.
* LetsWaitAwhile: A couple waits to have sex until the time is right.
* LevelUpAtIntimacy5: Romance and sex give you power ups.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: These two people are very close and tend to bicker with each other.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: These two see themselves like siblings rather than as lovers.
* LikeGoesWithLike: Characters tend to fall in love with those of the same race as them.
* LikeParentLikeSpouse: A character's LoveInterest is similar to one of their parents, be it in looks or personality.
* LiterallyLovingThyNeighbor: Falling in love with your neighbor.
* LittleSisterHeroine: A character's little sister serves as a LoveInterest option.
* LonelyTogether: Two lonely characters bond and fall in love.
* LongDistanceRelationship: Characters who are far away from each other have a romance.
* LongingLook: Glancing at your LoveInterest in a yearning way.
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: A character who is desperate for love has one failed relationship after another.
* TheLostLenore: This person is dead and their lover mourns over them.
* LostLoveMontage: A character sadly looks back on an ex-lover.
* LoveAcrossBattlelines: Characters from enemy factions fall in love.
* LoveAllegory: A story used to symbolize a love relationship.
* LoveAtFirstNote: Falling in love with somebody when you hear them sing.
* LoveAtFirstPunch: Falling in love with somebody who beat you up.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Falling in love with somebody the moment you see them.
* LoveBeforeFirstSight: Falling in love with somebody before you even see them.
* LoveBubbles: An anime/manga effect where the background fills with sparkly bubbles during a love scene.
* LoveCanMakeYouGonk: Love causes a character to have cartoonishly exaggerated reactions.
* LoveCannotOvercome: [[TheHero The Hero's]] LoveInterest breaks up with him because she can't handle his adventurous lifestyle.
* LoveChart: A chart that details the characters' relationships with each other.
* LoveConfession: Character confesses their love for another.
* LoveConfessor: Character admits their feelings for their beloved to a third party.
* LoveDodecahedron: Several characters are connected to each other romantically.
* LoveEpiphany: Realizing that you're in love with somebody.
* LoveFatherLoveSon: Character falls in love with their unrequited crush's offspring.
* LoveFloats: Feelings of love cause a character to levitate off the ground.
* LoveFreak: Character who is obsessed with the concept of love.
* LoveGoddess: A deity responsible for feelings of love.
* LoveHotels: A hotel building where couples can be intimate with each other.
* LoveHungry: A character desperate for love tries to force people to love them.
* LoveHurts: Love causes deep emotional pain.
* LoveImbuesLife: Feelings of love cause an inanimate object to come alive.
* LoveInformant: A character lets another know that someone loves them.
* LoveIsACrime: Romantic love is outlawed.
* LoveIsAWeakness: Love is regarded as a negative influence.
* LoveIsInTheAir: A LovePotion affects a bunch of people.
* LoveLetter: A LoveConfession in writing.
* LoveLetterLunacy: A LoveLetter causes a ruckus.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Falling in love makes you lose your mind.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: Falling in love causes poor judgment.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Falling in love causes you to cross over to the dark side.
* LoveMakesYouUncreative: An artist falling in love causes their work to decline in quality.
* LoveMartyr: A person who willingly puts up with someone's abuse because they love them.
* LoveNostalgiaSong: A song about looking back on a past love relationship.
* LoveObstructingParents: Your [[LoveInterest Love Interest's]] parents make your relationship difficult.
* LovePotion: A magic potion that makes a person fall in love.
* LoveRedeems: Someone is made a better person through ThePowerOfLove.
* LoveRevelationEpiphany: Developing feelings for somebody when you learn that they love you.
* LoveRuinsTheRealm: A ruler's choices in lovers bring about disaster for their land.
* TheLoveSlapOfEpiphany: A character realizes how awful they've been to somebody who loves them after getting slapped by that person.
* LoveTheme: A song that encapsulates a couple's love.
* LoveTranscendsSpacetime: When love is strong, the rules of the universe get bent.
* LoveTriangle: A character is caught between two choices for a LoveInterest.
* LoveWillLeadYouBack: Lovers leave each other, but one remains confident that their lover will come back to them.
* LoveYouAndEverybody: Platonic love gets taken as meaning romantic love.
* LovedINotHonorMore: TheHero puts his duty before his love life.
* LoverTugOfWar: Two suitors fight over their LoveInterest tug of war style.
* LovesMeNot: Picking apart an item (usually a flower) to determine if your crush loves you back.
* LovingAShadow: Falling in love with the ideal of someone rather than the actual person.
* LovingBully: They pick on you because they secretly love you.
* LovingDetails: Being so in love lets you remember minor details about your LoveInterest.
* LustObject: This person is the object of another character's sexual fantasy rather than their affections.
* MadLove: Unrequited love where the pursuer is too nutty to take a hint that their crush doesn't return their feelings.
* MagicContractRomance: Romance between a mage and the supernatural being they contracted with.
* MagneticGirlfriend: This girl makes an unpopular guy a stud when she hooks up with him.
* MakeOutKids: A couple who can't go one minute without PDA.
* MakeOutPoint: An area for teenage couples to go kiss and possibly make love.
* MakeUpOrBreakUp: A couple has to choose whether to stay together or break up.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: A peppy, energetic girl who helps a cranky, uptight guy loosen up and they fall in love.
* MarriedToTheJob: A character is too preoccupied with their career to pay attention to their spouse.
* MarryForLove: Getting married because you love that person rather than for money, status, or security.
* MarryThemAll: The lead decides to hook up with all of his prospective [[LoveInterest Love Interests]].
* MasculineFeminineGayCouple: Same-sex couple where one partner is more masculine/feminine than the other.
* TheMasochismTango: Two people claim to be in love, but act like they hate each other.
* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: When you're a part of a secret adventurous lifestyle, it cuts into your romantic relationships.
* AMatchMadeInStockholm: A character falls in love with their kidnapper.
* TheMatchmaker: The person who tries to arrange a romance between people.
* MatchmakerCrush: TheMatchmaker falls for one of the people they're trying to hook up.
* MayDecemberRomance: Romance between a young person and an elder.
* MaybeEverAfter: Did TheHero and his LoveInterest end up together in the end? Who knows.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Romance between people of different lifespans, for example an immortal and a mortal.
* MeadowRun: Lovers run towards each other in a beautiful meadow full of flowers.
* MeetTheInLaws: Meeting your [[LoveInterest Love Interest's]] parents.
* MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow: White men tend to fall in love with Asian women.
* MindlinkMates: Lovers are so close they can literally read each other's thoughts.
* TheMissusAndTheEx: Your current lover and ex-lover meet each other. Awkwardness may or may not ensue.
* MistakenDeclarationOfLove: Accidentally confessing your love to the wrong person.
* MistakenForCheating: Someone is falsely accused of being unfaithful to their lover.
* MoeCouplet: Two people who bring out each other's cute qualities the same way that romantic couples do.
* MomentKiller: A couple tries to have a romantic moment with each other, but gets interrupted.
* MotivationalKiss: TheHero's LoveInterest kisses him in order to give him the courage he needs to get through the danger ahead of him.
* TheMourningAfter: Being too grief-stricken to love again after the death of your lover.
* MrsHypothetical: A girl thinks about having her crush's last name.
* MuggleMageRomance: Romance between a magic user and a regular person.
* MuggleAndMagicalLoveTriangle: The lead's two choices for a LoveInterest are a normal person and someone of supernatural origin.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Killing off your love rival.
* MyGirlBackHome: [[TheHero The Hero's]] lover is waiting for him back home.
* MyOwnPrivateIDo: A couple gets married before having a big fancy wedding.
* MySisterIsOffLimits: This girl is unable go out on dates because her brother is very protective of her.
[[/folder]]
[[folder: Tropes N-R]]
* NecktieLeash
* NewOldFlame
* NiceGuysFinishLast: Women never fall for sweet, kind guys.
* NoAccountingForTaste
* NoGoingSteady
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Men don't want to be with women who can beat them up.
* NoGuyWantsToBeChased: Men find it creepy when the woman pursues them instead of the other way around.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: Romance is absent from this story.
* NoLovesIntersect
* NoRomanticResolution
* NoSparks
* NoYouHangUpFirst
* NobodyThinksItWillWork
* NonhumanLoverReveal
* NotBloodSiblings: An incestuous relationship is justified by the couple not being related by blood (e.g. being stepsiblings or adopted siblings).
* NowOrNeverKiss
* ObliviousToLove: They don't notice that someone is in love with them.
* ObsessiveLoveLetter
* OfficeRomance
* OfficialCouple: Characters who are canonically in a relationship.
* OfficialCoupleOrdealSyndrome
* OfficialKiss
* OffScreenBreakup
* OffScreenRomance
* OldFashionedRowboatDate
* OldFlameFizzle
* OneHeadTaller: A couple where one partner (often the man) towers over the other partner.
* OneLastFling
* OneNormalNight
* TheOneThatGotAway
* OneTrueLove: The one person you're meant to be with.
* OnlyHasSameSexAdmirers: A character is only loved by people of the same gender.
* OperationJealousy: A character tries to get their [[LoveInterest Love Interest's]] attention by pretending to date someone else as a way of inducing jealousy.
* OppositesAttract: They're complete opposites but they love each other.
* OrbitalKiss
* OurLoveIsDifferent
* OutlawCouple: Lovers who commit crimes together.
* PairTheSmartOnes: Intelligent characters hook up with each other.
* PairTheSpares: The characters who don't have [[LoveInterest Love Interests]] end up together.
* PairTheSuitors: Two people vying for someone's attention end up falling in love with each other.
* ParentalIncest: Romance between a parent and their child.
* ParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTime
* PiningAfterProtagonistsParent: A character has unrequited feelings for [[TheHero The Hero's]] mother.
* PitbullDatesPuppy
* PlayingCyrano
* PlayingHardToGet
* PleaseDontLeaveMe
* PleaseDumpMe
* {{Polyamory}}: Romance between more than two people.
* PostKissCatatonia
* ThePowerOfLove: Characters are empowered by feelings of love.
* PrankDate
* PrecociousCrush: A child has a crush on someone much older than them.
* PrinceCharmingWannabe
* ProjectileKiss
* PromotedToLoveInterest
* ThePromposal
* PropertyOfLove
* PsychoExGirlfriend
* PsychoticLoveTriangle
* PuppyLove
* QueerRomance: Romance between people of the same sex.
* RaceForYourLove
* RedStringOfFate
* RedundantRomanceAttempt
* ReincarnationRomance
* RejectionAffection
* RelationshipCeiling
* RelationshipCompression
* RelationshipReveal
* RelationshipRevolvingDoor
* RelationshipSabotage
* RelationshipSalvagingDisaster
* RelationshipUpgrade: Two characters are made an OfficialCouple.
* RelationshipWritingFumble: The audience picks up romantic subtext between characters that are not meant to be in love.
* ReleasingFromThePromise
* RemovedFromThePicture
* RemovingTheRival
* RescueRomance: Falling in love with someone who saves your life.
* ResurrectedRomance
* ReturningTheHandkerchief
* TheRevealPromptsRomance
* RevengeRomance
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor
* RivalryAsCourtship
* RoadTripRomance
* RoaringRampageOfRomance
* RoboRomance
* RollInTheHay
* RomanceInducingSmudge
* RomanceOnTheSet: Creators behind a show fall in love.
* RomancingTheWidow: Getting into a relationship with someone who's spouse has died.
* RomanticFakeRealTurn: A fake romance becomes real
* RomanticFalseLead: The character who initially gets with the lead, but is later dumped in favor of the official LoveInterest.
* RomanticFusion
* RomanticHyperbole
* RomanticPlotTumor: A romantic subplot that gets in the way of the main conflict.
* RomanticRain
* RomanticSpoonfeeding
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Two girls have a close friendship with each other that they could easily be seen as lesbians.
* RomanticWingman: A person who helps their friends out with their love lives.
* RomComJob
* RunawayBride: The bride skips out on her wedding, often because she doesn't really love her groom.
* RunawayFiance: A person who runs away from an ArrangedMarriage, often to go be with the one they really love.
[[/folder]]
[[folder: Tropes S-Z]]
* SamaritanRelationshipStarter
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: A cool-headed often unathletic guy and a bubbly bouncy girl fall in love.
* SecondActBreakup
* SecondLove: The next person you fell in love with after your FirstLove didn't work out.
* SecretRelationship
* SeductionProofMarriage: When two people are so in love and committed to each other, no seducers can steal them away from each other.
* SeductiveMummy
* SelfProclaimedLoveInterest
* SeparatedByTheWall
* SerenadeYourLover: Singing a love song for your beloved.
* SerialRomeo: He repeatedly falls for every girl he meets, insisting that she's the one for him.
* SettleForSibling: When you can't win someone's love, hook up with their sibling instead.
* SettledForGay: Hooking up with a gay man due to him being the only one available to you.
* SexEqualsLove: When two people have sex, they'll fall in love.
* SexWithTheEx
* SexualKarma: A character's morality or lack of it earns them love/sex, e.g. TheHero gets the girl he loves while the villain gets an AbhorrentAdmirer.
* SheCleansUpNicely
* SheIsAllGrownUp
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Two people deny being in a relationship.
* ShiksaGoddess
* ShipperOnDeck: A character who supports a couple being together.
* ShipperWithAnAgenda: A character tries to hook two people up for reasons other than them looking cute together.
* ShippingBedDeath: Characters getting a RelationshipUpgrade ruins the audience's enthusiasm for the pairing.
* ShippingTorpedo: This character is strongly opposed to a couple being together.
* ShockValueRelationship
* ShotgunWedding: A couple gets married due to circumstances, e.g. the bride is pregnant with the groom's child.
* SiblingSwitchSquick
* SiblingTriangle
* SickeninglySweethearts: Two people love each other to a TastesLikeDiabetes level.
* SighOfLove: Sighing dreamily when in the presence of or thinking about your LoveInterest.
* SillyLoveSongs: Peppy songs about one's love.
* SillyRabbitRomanceIsForKids: A character believes that love and romance is nothing but idealized nonsense.
* SingleGirlSeeksMostPopularGuy: An unpopular girl crushes on the most handsome and most popular guy in school.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Being in love with only one person.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Girls fall for sweet, kind guys.
* SituationalSexuality
* SlapSlapKiss: Characters in love argue with each other then begin to kiss.
* SleepCute
* SleepingWithTheBoss
* SleepsWithEveryoneButYou
* SmithicalMarriage: A couple checks into a hotel, signing in as a married couple.
* SmittenTeenageGirl
* SnowMeansLove: Snow makes a good background for a love scene.
* SoHappyTogether
* SorkinRelationshipMoment
* SpurnedIntoSuicide: Unrequited love results in a person taking their own life.
* SquaringTheLoveTriangle
* StalkerWithACrush: A character who follows the person they're in love with everywhere.
* StalkingIsFunnyIfItIsFemaleAfterMale: A girl stalking the guy she loves is considered to be cute and amusing.
* StalkingIsLove: Stalking your LoveInterest is considered romantic rather than creepy.
* StarCrossedLovers: Lovers who can't be together due to circumstances.
* StoodUp
* StrangledByTheRedString: Characters fall in love out of nowhere.
* StupidSexyFriend: Somebody you're good friends with that you can't help but feel romantic attraction to.
* SuddenlySexuality
* SugarAndIcePersonality
* SuperpoweredDate
* SupportingHarem
* SurpriseIncest
* SweetheartSipping
* SweetieGraffiti
* SweetOnPollyOliver: A guy starts to fall in love with a guy who is really a girl in disguise.
* TalentedPrincessRegularGuy
* TeacherParentRomance
* TenMinutesInTheCloset
* TestingTheLoveInterest
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed
* TheyDo: Characters get a RelationshipUpgrade.
* ThinksLikeARomanceNovel
* ThroughHisStomach: Winning someone's affections by cooking them a delicious meal.
* TimeTravelRomance
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: A couple where the woman towers over the man.
* TokenMinorityCouple: Racial minorities in love.
* TokenRomance: A romantic subplot that's put in a story for superficial reasons.
* TokenYuriGirls
* TopWife
* TrainStationGoodbye
* TriangRelations
* TrueLoveIsBoring: Conflict among lovers is considered more exciting than them being happy together.
* TrueLoveIsExceptional
* TrueLovesKiss
* {{Tsundere}}: They're secretly in love with you, but they have trouble admitting it.
* TwiceShy
* TwoPersonLoveTriangle
* UmbrellaOfTogetherness
* UnbalancedByRivalsKid
* UnbrokenVigil
* UncoveringRelationshipStatus
* UndercoverAsLovers
* UnderstandingBoyfriend
* UnholyMatrimony: Villains in love.
* UnrequitedLoveLastsForever
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo
* UnrequitedTragicMaiden
* UnresolvedSexualTension
* UnwantedHarem: Many people are vying for [[TheHero The Hero's]] attention, much to his dismay.
* UptightLovesWild
* UptownGirl
* VampireWerewolfLoveTriangle
* VillainessesWantHeroes: A villainous female is in love with TheHero.
* VillainousCrush: An evil character is in love with a heroic character.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: This girl will not let anyone harm her significant other.
* WackyMarriageProposal
* WallPinOfLove
* WartimeWedding
* WasItAllALie
* WeaknessTurnsHerOn: A girl is attracted to guys who are more vulnerable than males are expected to be.
* WeddingDeadline
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove
* WhatMeasureIsAHumanoid
* WhenHarryMetSvetlana
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Black men tend to fall in love with white women.
* WhyCantIHateYou
* WhyWouldAnyoneTakeHimBack: Giving a former lover another chance when they don't deserve it.
* WindowLove
* WillTheyOrWontThey
* WifeHusbandry
* WithThisRing
* WomanScorned: She was spurned/dumped by her LoveInterest and she doesn't take well to it.
* WomenPreferStrongMen: Women fall for men who are muscular.
* WorkingWithTheEx
* {{Yandere}}: They're so in love with somebody that they'll murder anybody who stands in their way.
* YaoiGenre: A story about two boys in love.
* YaoiGuys
* YawnAndReach
* YouAreWorthHell: True love is worth suffering a terrible fate for.
* YouHaveWaitedLongEnough
* YouMustBeCold
* YoungLoveVersusOldHate
* YourCheatingHeart: Being unfaithful to your spouse/lover a.k.a. adultery.
** AGirlInEveryPort
* YourFavorite
* YourUniverseOrMine
* YuriGenre: A story about two girls in love.
* ZipMeUp
[[/folder]]
[[/index]]
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