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  • Elona has them, and they do work as advertised on a character's relationship score, but one, they only move it by a small amount, requiring multiple potions, two using them incurs a hefty karma penalty and three, it doesn't prevent a characters relationship score from going down.
  • Most of the games from the Rune Factory series have them, and just like the example above, work in small increments on a neighbor's affection values. Usually they're pretty unaware of what's happening when the effect kicks in, but try giving these potions to someone specialized at Pharmacy (the skill you have to work on to craft it), like for example witch / doctor Marjorie, to hear the granny snark at you for trying to fool her like this... And then drinking it anyway, because it was a pretty expensive and taxing effort to get all the required ingredients, and it tastes good all the same.
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  • In Fairytale Fights, love potions can be thrown or used in glory attacks to stun enemies or drank which fully heals you and makes you temporarily invincible.
  • The main plot of Clarice's Memories storyline in Arcana Heart 3 Love Max!!!!! has her making one in order to get Elsa to fall for her. Complications however arise, from Clarice having second thoughts about the whole thing (especially when Scharlachrot compares it to brainwashingnote ) to the potion itself... tasting like ass. Turns out, the main use of the potion isn't really to make the intended target drink it; rather, you have to chug it down yourself, get ill from it, be nursed back to health by your loved one and then fall for them for their deed.
  • Used in an optional subquest in Fallout 3; upon visiting Rivet City, the protagonist comes across a waitress who confesses, after some prodding, into being in love with a member of the in-city clergy. You then have the option of giving her a mutant insect gland full of a particularly potent pheromone, allowing her to seduce the apprentice holy man. After their wedding, if you speak to said apprentice, he admits that he feels a little odd about the whole thing, but that he feels obligated to make an honest woman out of her. You even get a Positive Karma boost out of it!
  • A short series of quests in Final Fantasy Tactics A2 involves a student becoming sick after drinking an unfinished love potion. And then falling in love with the teacher. Eventually, it turns out she fell in love with him because he stayed by her side while she was sick, not because the love potion worked, similar to the Arcana Heart example above.
    • There's also the Ranger ability Love Potion, which sets a trap that inflicts Charm.
  • In Granblue Fantasy, Vyrn becomes the unwitting drinker of one provided to him by Sierokarte. Its effects on those who already adore him heighten their adoration to insanely scary levels.
  • Higurashi Daybreak and its single-episode anime adaptation revolve around a pair of magatama that will cause its holders to fall in love with each other. In the anime version, Rena accidentally swallows one of them, and the other one passes around from one person to the next, including a female character. Needless to say, Hilarity Ensues.
  • Normally an avid man-chaser (and magnet), Nikki from Mana Khemia Alchemists Of Alrevis, soon tires of the many admirers that she attracted. The solution her friends make? A Loveless Potion. It worked well for her. Maybe a little too well. Things went from bad to worse. Well, worse for Nikki, that is...
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  • In the Pokémon videogames, the technique "Attract" can be used to make an opposite-sex Pokemon fall in love with your Pokemon (temporarily), so that it won't attack your Pokemon.
  • In Shin Megami Tensei II, The Rival Daleth attempts to put Aleph out of commission by throwing a love potion (Taken from A Midsummer Night's Dream) on him in order to make him fall in love with a local girl. However, Hiroko ends up taking the hit for Aleph, and becomes infatuated with Daleth. What follows is rather uncharacteristic for a main series Shin Megami Tensei game.
  • Arcadia, an alchemist from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, turns out to want the Frost Salts given to you by Whiterun's resident court wizard Farengar for one of these.
  • The Sims 2. It can either be bought from the matchmaker, a witch, or if your sim is a witch/warlock, they can make their own. It doesn't do much except make romantic interactions easier.
    • In The Sims 3 Supernatural expansion, love potions are brought back. In this game, they make whatever person the Sim next talks to become a Romantic Interest.
  • Played with a lot in the fancomics of Touhou, from Eirin's shady new drugs to youkai-only-aphrodisiac mushrooms that Marisa picked and Alice accidentally ate when she was staying over.
  • In World of Warcraft, in Stormwind, you can overhear a group of three female mages talking about various magical practices and rituals. One of their conversations ends with this line.
    "Wow, all of this for a love potion. Hope he's worth it."
  • Tia from Potion Maker is secretly interested in it. The disturbing fact is that she's probably capable of actually making it.
  • Quintessence - The Blighted Venom has a particularly nasty one, deliberately designed and used as straight-up Mind Control. After killing the one who was supposed to administer it to her, the female co-protagonist of the story ends up using it on the protagonist, seemingly purely to keep him focused on the job of helping her.
  • Fate/Grand Order:
    • The Elixir of Love Craft Essence, which has the mechanical effect of increasing Charm success rate by 15%. Not even a Servant can resist its effect (...for the one turn that Charms last for). The Craft Essence is a reference back to Fate/Prototype: Fragments of Sky Silver, where Nigel Sayward creates a love potion to fuel Brynhild's love towards Arthur to make her stronger.
    • Kiyohime (Lancer) gives you chocolates spiked with a love potion for her Valentine's Day gift, and per most Love Potion usage examples it fails. She doesn't hide it at all, either, despite its name of "Just Some Ordinary Chocolates" — the Craft Essence itself shows the same bottle from the Elixir of Love CE open and pouring out, and the long description of this CE has Kiyohime confess what she did since she hates lying, but also continuing to scheme that she'd sneak in during the night to forcefeed these chocolates to the Master. Oh, and she's nice enough to attach an antidote to the love potion anyway, making it a moot point.
  • Guilty Gear: Elphelt's Instant Kill "Magnum Wedding" has her fire a special bullet at her opponent that makes them fall in love with her (though some characters, like Ky and Dizzy or Zato, are either unaffected but are taken down anyway or fight against the effects.)


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