- He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me. . .
A character plucks something in order to predict something.
The character is usually a girl
, but doesn't have to be.
This trope comes in two flavors:
- Standard: the character plucks petals from a flower — usually a daisy — in order to determine whether or not a certain someone loves him or her.
- It's not a flower (but maybe it looks like one... or maybe not).
- The options are not "loves me" and "loves me not", but something else.
Since this process should result in an even chance between "yes" and "no", and there's no mysticism implicit in whether a flower has even or odd petals, a pragmatic person could make the same kind of prediction in a lot less time by flipping a coin. But predicting love by flipping a coin would be
not as romantic.
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Anime and Manga
- At one point in Digimon Adventure 02, Daisuke spaces out after his crush Hikari angrily tells him that she can't stand people like him, imagining a flower being plucked with a "She loves me, she hates me..." recital. The vision ends with the flower disintegrating and a wail of "She hates meeeee!"
- In the original Japanese version, Hikari was only doing one thing as she plucked: saying "Hate...hate...hate..."
- A drunken Ayu tries this with a crab in Honey and Clover, causing Takuto to start, "Ayu!! With a crab you need to start with 'loves me not!!'
- Itoh in Homunculus, in a variant, plucks flower petals with the options "man" and "woman".
- Ran Mouri does this to a dandelion in one of the ending songs in Detective Conan. She pauses just as she gets to the last petal and frowns, presumably getting a 'Loves Me Not' outcome. Luckily, Conan goes to her just in time to give her a whole bouquet of dandelions.
- In the first chapter of Sakura Trick, Haruka thought of playing this with Yuu's floral hair decs as "something special" to do to keep their friendship special. Yuu was not pleased.
- Deconstructed in The Smurfs, of all places. One smurf was doing the routine, and ends up with "Loves Me Not". Another smurf asks him about his luck and he replies, gesturing to the now barren flower field that "Yeah, I can't find one that has an odd number of petals!"
- And there's another time that, as a joke, two Smurfs take petals from the flowers to ensure the one doing the routine always gets "Loves Me not".
- The Joker does this in his short lived series with the posy on his jacket, in regards to his new Villainous Crush on Dinah Lance. A few petals in he just starts saying "She loves me!" with each one.
- Poison Ivy does this in Batman & Robin, which really raises questions considering her self-proclaimed role as the defender of all plant life.
- The Little Mermaid: Ariel does it with a flower-like sea plant.
- In The Producers, this sets up a bilingual joke in the Show Within a Show:
(holding a flower): Er liebt mich, er liebt mich nicht, er liebt mich, er liebt mich nicht. (To Hitler) Du liebst mir nicht! Adolf Hitler
: Hey, man... I lieb ya, I lieb ya, baby, I lieb ya. Now lieb me alone!
- Waiting for her boyfriend to return from looking for a missing kid, Betsy in Madman pulls off petals from a paper flower, going through the "he loves me, he loves me not" routine. She's happy when she ends with "loves me" on the last petal.
- In Johnny Bravo Johnny does this... with four-leaf clovers, always beginning with "loves me". He makes a huge mound of leaves behind him.
- Link does this at the start of the The Legend of Zelda episode "Stinging A Stinger". He ends up with a "loves me not" and blames the flower.
- In Dr. Seuss' story, 'Daisy-Head Mayzie', the title character does this with the Daisy on her head, but to determine if her family and friends, who she missed, loves her or not.
- In You're in Love, Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown does this to determine whether The Little Red-Haired Girl loves him. But right before he can pull the last one (which would have confirmed that she does), Linus points out the reality that picking apart a flower doesn't officially confirm whether one loves him.
Anime and Manga
- One McDonalds ad has a girl doing the routine with french fries. She ends up with "loves me not". Then the boy in question comes over and offers one of his own fries.
- In one of the Astérix movies, Obelix does this, but with a faintly-remembered variation.
- The EC Comics story "Gee, Dad... It's a Daisy!" ends with Plant Aliens saying this while dismembering a human.
- Denahi prances around throwing flowers in Brother Bear. To be fair, he's being sarcastic.
- Fiona in the first Shrek film does this with a sunflower Shrek left at her doorstop, but to decide whether she should tell Shrek her deep, dark secret: "I tell him, I tell him not..." She plucks the last petal on a "I tell him!" but the sun rises just then and she returns to human form before she can find Shrek.
- The Three Stooges did this... with hair:
- In Calling All Curs, a 1939 movie, Dr. Curly plucks Moe's eyebrows while chanting the usual version for female love interests.
- In I'm A Monkey's Uncle, Moe says the same whilst pulling Larry's hair out in his sleep.
- "Odd Attachment", a short story by Iain M. Banks, has a plant-alien doing this with something he just found. It's a human astronaut.
- Some music channels invite people to text in their names and the names of their love interests. A random number, usually a percentage, is then assigned to each pair, and a comment is made indicating whether or not it means the pair will live Happily Ever After. One Polish TV example has an animated graphic of a flower with its petals flying off.
- Lady Illusion does this with Ace in Ace Lightning - by throwing energy bombs at him, with Ace answering with "he loves you not" by returning fire - until he blows her back into a live power conductor and drags her off again, saving her. Lady Illusion finishes with a rather surprised "...He Loves Me."
- One episode of The Cat in The Hat had the Grinch replace the common phrasing with "I hate them" and "I like them not."
- In Mutts, Mooch gets "loves me" and wants to do it again. So Earl informs him they are out of — three-leafed clovers.
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- Sumia from Fire Emblem Awakening does this in order to predict whether she'll survive the next battle. She claims that they give her confidence, and if she ends up with a bad fortune, she just repeats it until she gets a good fortune.
- Her daughter Cynthia also does the same, except she uses it to choose which Dramatic Entrance she should do for the next battle.
- On U.S. Acres, The Worm once disguised himself as a flower to escape Booker, only to be picked and plucked by Roy, however he may have been just messing with the Worm cause he had a intentionally mischievous look on his face. There was five petals on the flower costume but Roy purposely skipped the foruth petal plucking it and said 'loves me not' plucking the fifth one.
- Minnie's introductory scene in Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers has her pulling apart a flower...saying "He loves me...he loves me a lot."
- The Fairly Oddparents Valentine's Day special has Tootie doing a heartbroken version of this because of Timmy's refusal to accept her as his Valentine. Meanwhile, Trixie Tang does a mocking version.
Tootie: He loves me not, he loves me not...
Trixie: I love him not, I love him not...
- Ed, Edd n Eddy: In an episode where the Eds attempt to use reverse psychology to scare the Kanker Sisters away, Double D is seen pulling apart a flower saying "She loves me, she loves me also."
- Despite Helga's love for Arnold in Hey Arnold!, she does a very sinister version of this with a flower she picks on the school grounds after feeling like Arnold is acting as if she doesn't exist (handing other girls their umbrellas, slamming a door in her face, helping others with carrying heavy items...)
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Twilight Sparkle uses a flower trying to work out which of her friends should get the other Grand Galloping Gala ticket. After one round, she gives up. And eats the petals.
- On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Jimmy does this under the influence of a love sweater.
- During the episode "Olaf In Love" of the 2010 version of Pound Puppies, Olaf plucks a flower after his date goes badly.
Olaf: She hates me, she loves me not...
- On the My Little Pony 'n Friends episode "The End of Flutter Valley: Part 6", Draggle does this with several flowers regarding her mother, also saying "she hates me, she hates me not".
- The Ren & Stimpy Show: In "Terminal Stimpy", Stimpy, who is currently in denial over his impending death, picks the petals saying "I am not dying, I am not going to die."