Makie wears her heart on her sleeve...and her tongue, apparently
"In a few hours, you'll become a mist of atoms"
Sometimes characters will use a Heart Symbol
♥ in their speech bubbles, or sometimes dead-centre in their mouth. This is supposed to indicate their tone and show that they are energetic
or a kawaiiko
; that, or they are squeeing
like mad about something. Sometimes they're just talking in a sing-song manner, sometimes they're doing it in a flirtatious manner, and sometimes they're reacting to something that happens to feel really good.
However, sometimes it is done sarcastically by a much less enthusiastic character
, or used in an inappropriate sentence in order to add an element of extra creepiness to a spooky person
Sometimes it is even Lampshaded
when other characters mention the hearts, usually with a line like, "Don't say that with a ♥!".
Related to Lucky Charms Title
, and more distantly to Wingding Eyes
. A lighter variant is to use a music note to connote sing-song or facetiousness.
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Anime and Manga ♥
- Marmalade Boy has Miki saying that she can't believe her parents said the sentence "We're getting divorced! ♥" with a ♥.
- This is often used in Love Hina.
- Toto from Deadman Wonderland often has stars in his speech bubbles.
- As well as in Great Teacher Onizuka (especially by the title character).
- Urahara in Bleach is a frequent example of the sarcastic approach.
- Yachiru uses them, too, because she's basically a Cheerful Child. Hideously powerful, but cheerful nonetheless.
- Chizuru uses the flirty squee type of hearts when she gushes over Orihime.
- Nemu's vocalizations are littered with these during the Hueco Mundo arc when Mayuri does... something to revive her from a very disturbing near-death experience.
- Gin's cheerful 'Bye-Bye!♥' after kicking the gang out of Soul Society and cutting off the gatekeeper's arm in the blink of an eye.
- Rangiku Matsumoto has hearts associated with her as well. There's also an amusing sketch in Bleach Official Bootleg of Hisagi asking for feedback on an new advice column he's set-up. Rangiku's feedback shows she thinks it's silly, stupid, hard to read, unreliable and simply not gripping. She breaks his heart, and she does it with hearts and flowers doodled all over the signature and comments boxes.
- In Samurai Deeper Kyo Yukimura Sanada does it all the time.
- Lampshaded in an extra, where someone asks how Sasuke can tell Yukimura and his Body Double Kosuke apart. Sasuke replies that Yukimura adds little hearts to the ends of his sentences.
- Hisoka from Hunter × Hunter uses these, as well as diamonds, clubs and spades. Three guesses what his gimmick is.
- Kazumi does this in Mahou Sensei Negima!. The Squee is her showing off a photo of her first pactio/kiss.
- Tsukoyomi uses these as she describes mutilation, torture and general mass murder and carnage. Definitely on the disturbing side. She drools too. Oh and also when she's talking about Setsuna and Konoka. So Yeah.
- Konoka herself throws them around with great vigor, especially when she's healing or talking about Setsuna.
- Zazie is able to nod with hearts.
- Not to mention that about half of the chapter titles contain these.
- Kaede, among others, here.
- Teacher Shizuna also does it, as well as (in the Mangafox fanslation) having her speech written in cursive script (perhaps to represent a sexy voice).
- Except that it's not Shizuna...
- Lampshaded here with Negi, even.
- And in chapter 293 Tsukoyomi does this again while saying "Ahhh..." when gushing over Negi's new level of badass.
- Moyashimon has Mutou and Oikawa do this when they enthusiastically accept Itsuki-sensei's offer to dinner, only the little hearts are replaced with Anthropomorphic Personifications of microbes◊.
- Katte Ni Kaizo - wherein someone said doing this at the office counts as sexual harassment.
- One Piece's Chivalrous Pervert Sanji often adds a ♥ in the end of ladies' names, while his one visible eye takes the shape of a heart as well. Also, an early minor baddie from the Fishman crew added a ♥ to the end of his sentences.
- Becomes something of a Running Gag in the manga Anne Freaks with Anna constantly doing this, even when talking about murdering people (she is an assassin, after all) and eventually the habit transfers to her sidekicks.
- An early chapter of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle has Kurogane (the gruff Ninja) say "Kurogane is very happy ♥!" If this seems out of character, it's actually the Team Pet Mokona imitating Kurogane's voice.
- The Millennium Earl of D.Gray-Man litters his speech with these; as he's the Big Bad of the series, this comes across as very odd and somewhat creepy.
- Dakki from Houshin Engi does this pretty much every time she speaks. Additionally, her sister Kibi does this with stars.
- Lucia in Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch ends sentences with these when she's going on about her boyfriend or after she attacks with a "Love Shower Pitch! ♥". Hanon takes this to a whole new level, putting them after almost all her sentences and sometimes in the middle of words.
- Hizuki from Time Stranger Kyoko is a male example.
- Used a lot in the Ouran High School Host Club manga, mostly by Haruhi's dad and by Token Mini-Moe Honey.
- Kankuro from Naruto gets the creepy version; he does this just before his puppet snaps every bone in his Sound Ninja opponent's body.
- Karin often uses them when flirting with Sasuke (In the Viz manga, this is accompanied by a fairly cutesy-looking font when she does it in Volume 38). Ino also uses them when preparing to use Mind Transfer Jutsu to get Sakura's answers during the Chunin Exam.
- Also, Ino does this several times in volume 8.
- Kakashi does this a few times early on: "You... Pass! ♥"
- Moka from Rosario + Vampire uses these when flirting with Tsukune. Well..."normal" Moka does, anyway.
- Papillon, from Busou Renkin, insists that everyone use these when talking about him.
Papillon: *while wagging his finger admonishingly* Papillon♥. You have to say it with love!
- Appropriately, his last line in the series after becoming a world-famous celebrity is "Say it with love!" yelled from the Eiffel Tower to a crowd of fans shouting his name.
- Koizumi from Lovely Complex sometimes tries to address her love interest Otani in this way, but it usually only freaks him out.
- Miharu in the Girls Bravo manga uses this a lot.
- Icoro's cute animal sidekick Kuro of Kimi No Kakera ends almost every sentence with a heart. It should be noticed that most of the things he says are fairly nasty digs at Icoro.
- Appears in the Sailor Moon manga and carried over to the Gaiden Game Sailor Moon: Another Story.
- It's used pretty regularly in Hayate the Combat Butler, by just about every character. Particularly heartful are the permanently cheerful occasional Chew Toy Izumi and Maria, for whom ♥s and a fixed smile serve as a warning of impending doom.
- Noah does this on occasion. It's decidedly not cute.
- In ef, Renji's Cloudcuckoolander mom Sumire often appends hearts and musical notes to the ends of her speech.
- Oddly enough, this crops up often in Detective Conan. Quickly gets disturbing when in an early appearance, it's dragged out for a Ho Yay joke.
Conan: You do have a reason for making us come and stay here, right?
Hattori: No, I don't... I just wanted to be with you~♥
(Conan aims his watch stun-gun at Hattori.)
Hattori: Ah! Don't shoot! I'm only joking!
- Butterflies Flowers: Domoto insists that Choko address him as "Director Domoto ♥" when on the job.
- Mayu often speaks to Kaoru with hearts in Ai Yori Aoshi.
- Narumi from Gakuen Alice is this trope, in the "squeeing like mad" or "extra-flirty" sense. (He has 28 hearts in the first chapter alone.) Misaki has Lampshaded this at least once. Also, Rui Amane Says It With Stars. Presumably he's just that sparkly.
- In an episode of Mirumo de Pon!, Kaede gives Matsutake a coffee cup and includes a note, which his servant reads to him, including saying "heart mark" at the end.
- Battle Royale is an intensely psychological manga with lots of deception and desperate attempts at heartwarming, so it is no surprise that its Manga is littered with this.
- Memorably, the Big Bad Yonemi Kamon's speech is littered with these, all the while he's talking about rape, murder and the imminent bloodshed involved in The Programme.
- Nagi does this a lot in Otome Kikan Gretel.
- Envy's done it a few times in Fullmetal Alchemist. It's done to great Faux Affably Evil effect. See the page picture.
- In Saiyuki, Hakkai will do this. Usually it's to indicate that he's in full-on Team Mom mode, and treating the other main characters like unruly children, but he also did the creepy version once when threatening to break a minor villain's neck.
- When Futaba tells Puni Puni Poemi she wants to see her transformation. Yes, that's an anime, but they made an Art Shift for this scene.
- The most prolific user of hearts in Ah! My Goddess is Hild, chief demon and the ruler of Hell.
- Bugsy uses this once or twice when talking to Gold in Pokémon Golden Boys. Ho Yay ensues.
- Misa Amane from Death Note often talks like this, usually when the subject is Light Yagami.
- Kureha from Tokko often talks like this.
- Mitsuko, the sex shop owner in Nana to Kaoru, does this whenever she's discussing her wares with a customer.
- Dead (Master) in Black★Rock Shooter: Innocent Soul likes to pepper her gushing over Rock with hearts.
- In the Wedding Peach manga when a Bride is possessed by a love hating devil she gets aggravated by anything to do with love, and even tells Wedding Peach that the ♡s Peach is speaking with are pissing her off.
- In the Maiden Rose Rosa Alba doujinshis, Enrico ends every sentence with a heart when he's in charm mode.
- Interestingly, done by Natsu in Fairy Tail, upon making Lucy do his signature move thanks to Kain Hikaru's voodoo doll.
Natsu: Fire dragon's... Iron Fist ♥
- Mirajane does this before proceeding to curbstomp Kamika who was trying to kill her with poison.
Mirajane: Poison? ...That's merely a dessert for a demon like me ♥
- In Sangatsu no Lion, Hina and her friend briefly speak this way while fangirling over Takahashi during his first appearance. Variants occasionally appear with stars or flowers to signify joy or happiness.
- Yatori in Kamisama Kiss does this. Of course, since he is one of the main villains, Faux Affably Evil and a Manipulative Bastard this just makes him more than a little unsettling.
- Megumu and Kikuno from Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara sometimes pepper their sentences with hearts whenever they are happy or excited.
- A staple of works from Ai Yazawa. When someone's happily excited, expect it to show up.
- Western example: Sometimes, Empowered does this.
- There's one Superman story where Lois Lane goes undercover as the bride of a notorious criminal. When she' talking sultrily to him, her entire speech balloon is a pink heart.
- In Asterix the Legionary, the cook's speech bubbles are decorated with songbirds belting their lungs out and bunches of violets to show him pretending to be nice to the heroes (he ends up in the pot).
- In Left 2 Die 4 Ever, the main character is somehow able to pronounce an exclamation point.
- The protagonist's mother in Dra Koi has a little heart in her mouth while in the middle of a smoker's cough.
- In Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, Examining a letter from Detective Ema Skye reveals that she signed her name with a heart. Genki Girl Trucy, a magician, responds by saying that she always signs her name with a diamond. She suggests that Apollo Justice should sign his name as "Apollo = Justice."