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El Lambeda: We love our brother! Our brotherly love is so great, the love pours out of us! See how these little hearts emanate from me! That is how much love I have! For my brother!
El Mariacho: And look! There is a big heart coming out of my head right now! It's kind of painful, actually, but I shall endure the pain... for my brother!

The stylized heart shape, (or <3, A.K.A the "happy cyclops with a Cat Smile" face, as an emoticon), is a classic visual metaphor. But, that's for the tropes in the Take These Tropes To Heart index. This page is for when the heart symbol appears and isn't part of any of those tropes.

Something of note: According to The Other Wiki, the exact origin of the symbol remains controversial, since it doesn't take a doctor to realize that it looks nothing like an actual human heart; however, its existence as a stylized symbol seems to go back at least to medieval Europe, or maybe ancient Roman North Africa.

Wicked Heart Symbol is a subtrope, for when the heart symbol is associated with villainy. Say It with Hearts is one as well, the ♥ symbol is the only symbol that works with that trope, no anatomical hearts can be used for that, unless it's being played with.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • AKB0048: Every member of the AKB0048 has a heart-shaped shine in their hair and in their eyes as well. This feature in particular seems to be a manifestation of the potential of a girl to be a future Successor, as it shows up the young Lancastar girls after they witness their first concert. It happens again to another set of young girls after they see their first 00 performance as well.
    • Former members have diamonds instead. Justified by the fact that there are tons of characters, makes it easier for people to just identify who is in and who isn't.
  • The Japanese logo for Kaguya-sama: Love Is War features a heart which is usually superimposed over someone's eye on the volume covers. Hearts are also a major motif during the culture festival arc, as there is a legend that if someone give another a heart shaped object during the festival the two of them will be granted eternal love. Said arc's climax has Shirogane showering the school in hundreds of heart shaped balloons as a Grand Romantic Gesture for Kaguya.
  • In Kaiju Girl Caramelise, Kuroe Akaishi turns into a Kaiju called Harugon whenever she experiences strong emotion, usually in relation to her crush Arata Minami. Harugon looks mostly like the standard Notzilla, except with noticeable heart shapes in her eyes and on one pair of wings. Similarly, her Kaiju-crazy classmate Manatsu has a sleeping bag and a fancy costume that look respectively like the larva and imago forms of Mothra with added heart designs.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: Several heart symbols appear on Sweet S.'s helmet, fitting for the heart and nurse of the team.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Joys of Seasons episode 5, Wolnie blows some kisses at Wolffy when she congratulates him for digging up a water fountain for them. Heart symbols emit from Wolnie's lips as she blows kisses, and Wolffy's head emits heart symbols as he faints from the kisses. Wolffy's cousin then appears and grabs one of the heart symbols which came from Wolffy's head, cracking it as he makes fun of Wolffy's fountain for being nothing more than a ditch.

    Fan Works 
  • The narrator of Pokémon Strangled Red mentions seeing a heart symbol when the protagonist of the eponymous hacked game shares a kiss with Daisy Oak.

    Films — Animation 
  • Wreck-It Ralph: Heart symbols appear on-screen when Calhoun plants a kiss on Felix in the finale.
  • In Turning Red, hearts appear in the background during Abby's introduction.

    Films — Live Action 
  • I ♥ Huckabees: A heart symbol is used in the title, and is the slogan of the Huckabees company.

  • In Conor Kostic's novel Saga: Ghost's symbol is a ♥, and is always represented that way. Why is it that symbol? We don't know. As she says in Saga when painting aircars:
    I settled for a pale blue sky with fluffy white clouds as my background, and then filled it with floating red ♥s. Not much of a statement, I know, unless you think about how there are millions of aircars out there, and they are all a standard simple monochrome. To introduce playfulness and individuality is in itself a kind of subversion. Well, that’s if my choice needed any justification.

    Live Action TV 
  • The 2019 reboot of Press Your Luck featured a Whammy that blew kisses at the contestants' score with hearts floating over knocking out each digit.
  • Punky Brewster: During the first two seasons, Punky had a small heart embroidered on the right side of her vest.

  • Naturally, the became the band logo of Seattle-based rock group Heart, at least in their original Seventies incarnation as soft-rock country/folk band fronted by hippie chicks. The became synonymous with sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, who fronted the group and wrote most of its material. The symbol was downgraded a little after their make-over as 1980's big-haired rock chicks performing stadium rock.
  • Hello! Project loves to use these in song titles... Koisuru♡Angel♡Heart, ♡Momoiro Kataomoi♡, Icha♡Icha Summer, Honki Mekimeki♡Toki Mekimeki, Hare Ame Nochi Suki♡, Zettai Tokeru Mondai X = ♡, Renai♥Rider, Ona no Ko no Torishirabe Time♥...
    • Then there's the group Odoru♡11.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The Harts, such as Bret or Owen, typically have a heart symbol with a winged skull in the middle of it.
  • Luchador ATM has two heart symbol eye holes cut into his mask.
  • Just to emphasize how much of a Girly Girl she had become in Fighting Opera HUSTLE, Erica had these symbols painted on her cheeks.
  • Sassy Stephie has gear with the letter S twice on her chest. One is backwards so it forms a heart.
  • Shazza McKenzie has a one piece with heart symbols cut into it, baring the sides of her midriff.
  • "La Chica de la Actitud" Roxxy has her name sewn into her ring gear with the "O" being in this shape.

    Video Games 
  • Castlevania: The various games use hearts as ammunition, mana pickups, and/or money.
  • Conjoined: Hearts will move back and forth across the platforms. Stanley needs to collect whole hearts to get the next item to appear. He must also avoid broken hearts, or else he'll lose health.
  • Do It For Me: The collectibles are giant hearts, representing the love between the protagonist and his girlfriend. Or so it seems, but it actually represents the protagonist's unhealthy "love" for his psychotic and manipulative abuser.
  • In HuniePop, the Passion tokens are pink puzzle tokens in the shape of a heart symbol, which increase your score multiplier as you match more of them in the match-three dating segments. Purple broken heart tokens may also appear on the board, and, naturally, you generally want to avoid matching these, on pain of a penalty to the points you'd earned up to that point in the date.
    • After a successful third date with secret character Celeste, she will send a picture and a log entry detailing a time in which she was molested by a tentacle monster while on an intergalactic bounty hunting mission. She suggests in the log that she isn't too bothered when this happens, however, and she signs it off with a heart emoticon.
  • Hearts are used as currency in the Kid Icarus games. They're also used as part of Kid Icarus: Uprising's Dynamic Difficulty system, by which you wager the hearts you have to raise or lower the stages' difficulty.
  • Kingdom of Loathing: It has a "Less-than-three-shaped box", which is aptly named. It is shaped like a heart, and can hold up to 2 items.
  • Kingdom Hearts. Hearts are everywhere. They pop up in symbolism, menu icons, and whenever you kill most enemies. The "true" Kingdom Hearts (the combined heart of all worlds) is a heart-shaped MOON!
  • In NOISZ, the heart within your soul represents your hitbox.
  • Neurodeck: The Heart bonus that can be acquired to increase max hand size by 2, is presented by a outline of the heart symbol.
  • Panel de Pon: Heart-shaped panels are a staple.
  • Pokémon Black and White introduced Woobat and its evolution Swoobat. They're bat-like Pokémon with snouts shaped like hearts. One of their attacks is even called heart stamp.
  • The Tree of Life: The Minigame sidelayer has a classic heart symbol as its icon.
  • Undertale doesn't have a heart symbol in the game's logo for nothing. Character's souls are depicted as heart symbols, including the one that represents the menu cursor and player's hitbox in fight scenes. The broken heart symbol is used to symbolize dying.
  • Hearts can be picked up as an item in Who Framed Roger Rabbit; they're used on Dolores to get a hint on where to find a piece of Marvin Acme's will, because you're giving your heart to her.

    Visual Novel 
  • Murder by Numbers (2020): Becky's outfit has heart symbols all over it. Heart-symbol glasses frames, and necklace, coat buttons and skirt button of the same design.

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    Web Original 
  • Whateley Universe: There's "an adorable little blonde kid in curls" whose codename is Less Than Three, but if it's intended to be this symbol or not, is unknown, and we don't know why she picked that codename either, presuming that she didn't have it assigned involuntarily.

    Western Animation 
  • Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart: A very common motif in Pure Heart Valley, right up to the mysterious Ruby Pure Heart that protects it. Outside the city, it's seldom seen.
  • Naturally, these are everywhere in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998) series debut episode "Monkey See, Doggy Do" featured a variation of the Bat Signal which used pulsating hearts (the standard ending title card for each episode). Also, Blossom's ponytail barrette brandishes a heart on it.
  • Punky Brewster: Punky had a small heart embroidered on the right side of her vest.
  • The opening titles of Ruby Gloom include some shots of heart symbols with faces and pirate-style crossbones, singing the the title while zooming toward the camera.