You know when someone is said to be In Love with Love? These people take it to a literal level.
The Love Freak is obsessed with the very concept of love. Often spouting dialogue about The Power of Love and justice, this character is naive and lacks common sense; her (its usually a her) determination is usually the only thing keeping her from being completely incompetent (even if she is potentially very powerful).
How satirically this character is portrayed depends on the mood and personality of the lead, although writers typically design her to be somewhat sympathetic. Nonetheless, it is difficult for the other characters to really dislike her, because she is honestly nice and a loyal friend.
Somewhat like the All-Loving Hero, but not as charismatic or as effective, placing this character in a supporting role 99% of the time. May admire the Knight Templar at first and continue to do so if the Templar is not portrayed negatively. Occasionally, she may even be the Knight Templar who's determined to spread love, all around the world, at any cost. Worst case scenario, she's an outright hypocrite who's just as sneaky and/or outright violent as the wickedness she supposedly fights.
Not to be confused with the other type of Love Freak.
- Stomped into the dirt and ground under Junji Ito's heel in the story Army Of One. The titular group preaches that everyone is friends and should join hearts and love each other... by killing people and sewing them together in increasingly and creatively brutal fashions. Turns out it's Natsuko somehow doing it all by herself.
Radio: Gather round, people! All together now! Nobody likes a lonely only! Everyone's your friend, everyone's your friend, when you join hearts and sing - Army of One, we're an Army of One! Everybody join hands now, everybody join hearts now, Army of Oooooone!!
- Elmer C. Albatross of Baccano! is a hardcore example, to the point where his behavior often stops being annoying and becomes seriously disturbing (such as when he cheerfully encourages a young girl to smile after her fiancee was murdered right in front of her). This is probably because he doesn't see any inherent meaning or morality in the world, so instead he just wants everyone to be happy.
- Riruka Dokugamine from Bleach is something of an example, as she proclaims her Fullbring ability to be The Power of Love. Her power is supposedly compatible with anything she loves (which are mostly stuffed animals and other cute girly things). She's also the Token Good Teammate among the Fullbringers. However, she has some tsundere tendencies that prevent her from being a complete example.
- Bojiggler from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo takes this trope to its logical extreme—one minute he's preaching about love and peace and how much he hates hurting people; the next he's beating or blasting the everloving shit out of people for no reason at all!
- The Maiden Squadron from Dragon Ball Super, as a Parody of Magical Girl series, believe in the Power of Love and mention it in the Anime (not Manga) in almost every sentence. Their leader Ribrianne takes this behavior Up to Eleven.
- From the same creator as Baccano comes Saika of Durarara!!, a sword who just wants to love anyone and everyone. Of course, since she's an Empathic Weapon that "breeds" by cutting people, this dream can only end in disaster.
- Sherry from Fairy Tail. While not the standard (she was initially a villain), her first appearance consists of her simply talking about love.
Sherry: We'll throw them into eternal darkness. In other words... love.Sherry: Reitei sama will never love me now!
- Fran Madaraki of Franken Fran is a self-described "lover of love" and frequently performs procedures that she believes will bring couples together. Although she's far from incompetent— she may be the second best surgeon in the world, after her creator— she's extremely naive and her medical ethics are questionable at the very best.
- Albert from Gankutsuou becomes this somewhat, after getting convinced that what matters most for people to marry for is love. Initially, it was Maximilien who thought this way more, but he later became more understanding after hearing Franz tell him that marrying the one you love isn't always the way to bring them happiness. So instead, Albert becomes the one more obsessed with it than Maximilien. Because of his fixation on the idea of true love, he starts questioning his own Arranged Marriage with Eugenie, and frequently talks about how he wishes to truly experience love...
- America from Hetalia: Axis Powers is a good candidate for this - though he's mostly got a hero complex. He does mention getting back Lithuania and Poland together for justice in a pretty famous comic strip in which America and Lithuania are lying in bed and talking about the men in their lives, and anyway - a 'hero' complex has everything to do with love and justice. Though does preaching that they'll save love and justice count?
- Winner Sinclair from Karin is a spoof, often rattling off words that make no sense in Japanese (he's Romanian) but have something to do with love or determination or whatnot. Nobody takes him seriously. The kicker is, the Knight Templar's his grandfather.
- Yuuri from Kyo Kara Maoh!, who becomes king of the Demons and sets out to end thousands of years of racism by reaching out the Humans with compassion and never distrusting anyone, ever. Because he has such good support, it works. Mostly.
- Shinka in the animated version of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions was one when she was in the Ms. Imagination stage. While she grew out of it and saw that as Old Shame, she still shows traces of it now.
- In Magician's Academy, specifically episode 5 introduces Hapshiel who loves everyone and wants to share this. Seeing as he's invincible as well as dense as a plank and a bisexual masochist he doesn't really know how to stop loving people.
- In Martian Successor Nadesico Yurika's overriding and outspoken faith in True Love and Justice (especially True Love) accounts for about 50% of the "Ditz" in her Genius Ditz personality. The other half is just being generally Cloudcuckoolander.
- My Hero Academia: Mina Ashido of Class 1-A tends to get excited whenever the topic of romance comes up, like when Ms. Joke made a (joking) marriage proposal to Aizawa, and also when she deduces that Uraraka is spacing out because she's got a crush on someone. She gets very interested in the love lives of everyone, though she herself hasn't been in love with anyone.
- Might Guy of Naruto is perpetually ranting about love and springtime and passionate, flaming youth (In a completely non-sexual way, believe it or not), and is eagerly imitated by his star pupil, Rock Lee. He even persuades said student to undergo a risky operation by promising to 'follow' him if he doesn't survive. Then they tearfully embrace.
- Ai Tanabe from Planetes always preaches about love and kindness to others. Appropriately enough, her first name means "love" in Japanese.
- An itinerant P.E. teacher in a filler episode in the Ranma ½ anime. He's over-the-top emotional and says his students should always follow their hearts.
- In The Red Ranger Becomes an Adventurer in Another World, Tougo is a Henshin Hero whose powers run on The Power of Friendship, so he believes that any problem can be solved with the power of the bonds between people. He inserts "bond" and "friendship" in his sentences whenever possible, and his response to any crisis to tell others to believe in the power of his bonds with them to help him charge up enough Kizuna Energy to spectacularly win the fight. Lampshaded by Idola, who is surprised that he doesn't talk about bonds after she offers to help him find a way home.
- Sailor Moon:
- Usagi Tsukino is a ditzy, naive, idealistic All-Loving Heroine who's In the Name of the Moon speech has her call herself a guardian of love and justice.
- Aino Minako, or Sailor Venus, goes on about love as much as Sailor Moon, because she's aware she's an incarnation of the goddess Venus/Aphrodite or at least connected to her. She tries to play this up but fails at it as her being unlucky in love despite this is a recurring theme throughout her manga, Codename: Sailor V.
- Kazehana, from Sekirei, is somewhat of a more mature example. While she starts out as a Broken Bird nursing a broken heart, and becomes the Cool Big Sis of the group.....she's also prone to interrupting serious moments by squealing about how wonderful ~love~ is. Musubi and Yume play it more straight, giving speeches about The Power of Love.
- El in Shugo Chara! is a prime example, making speeches about love whenever she possibly can.
- President Lory Takarada of Skip Beat! is in love with love. He likes to spread and preach about the wonders of love whenever he can and believes in it more than anything else in the world. He's so infamous for his dedication to love and romance that everybody in his company is well aware of it.
- Vash in Trigun. "My name is Vash the Stampede. I am a hunter of peace, chasing the elusive mayfly known as love..." Cue Bishie Sparkle. Unfortunately, it's really part of his Stepford Smiler routine. PEACE AND LOVE!
Vash: Repeat after me! This world is made of...
Vash: THIS WORLD IS MADE!!
Mayor: Th-This world is made...
Vash: Of Love...and PEACE!!
- In The World God Only Knows, Keima Katsuragi always blabbers about love... in games. He's rather detached from reality (to say the least), but he's anything but incompetent.
- Anzu/Tea Mazaki of Yu-Gi-Oh! seems hardly able to speak about anything but The Power of Friendship. She wasn't as bad in the original Japanese; Anzu allowed herself to be a bit more cynical.
- Parodied in the Abridged Series with her trying to fix a lightning bolt to the head with friendship.
- Mokuba is also portrayed this way in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, desperately trying to make friends in what amounts to a cast of Jerkass actors. In the original, Mokuba only obsessed over his Promoted To Parent big brother.
- Christian, the lead in Moulin Rouge! has never been in love, but this does not deter his enthusiasm in the slightest. Above all things, he believes in love:
Christian: Love is like oxygen! Love is a many splendored thing! Love lifts us up where we belong! All you need is love!
- The children of Aphrodite in Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
- The main character in Invisible Man is a good example of what happens when one of these people actually gets followers (most of whom are absolutely desperate for someone to guide them out of the hell they're living in.) It doesn't go well, but only because he's also a Horrible Judge of Character and an Unwitting Pawn.
- Madeline Bassett. "The stars are God's daisy chain." That is all.
- In the Disgaea novels we meet Flonne's parents, Terre and Elle, two Happily Married angels who may be even bigger love freaks than their daughter.
- In Alethea Kontis's Enchanted, Friday is "loving and giving," spending all her time helping orphans and the old, and sewing clothes for them.
- Marianne Engel from The Gargoyle:
This Christmas Day had shown me that Marianne Engel's love was not feeble. It was strapping, it was muscular, it was massive. I thought that it could fill the entire hospital. More important, her love was not reserved only for me; it was shared generously with strangers people she didn't think were friends from the fourteenth century.
- In Scrubs, psychiatrist Molly Clock believed that love and happiness motivated everybody on some level, and resident bastards Dr. Cox and Kelso couldn't convince her that "People are bastard coated bastards with bastard filling." They try to break her spirit by being mean to her, though when she fakes being upset they feel bad about it and prove to her that what she said about people being good on the inside was right.
- Orn "Dutchy" Ayers of Survival of the Fittest v4. At one point, he makes a speech to the cameras that he and his friends will prevail over Danya and the game due to The Power of Friendship, saying that friendship will always win over evil. Worth noting, though, is during this speech he is showing the camera (which is broadcasting to live television) the island's map, in an attempt to help any rescuers find where they are. He's also portrayed a lot more sympathetically than most.
- Casey from MSF High's forums and irc games.
- Hope from Urinetown, whose insistence on "following your heart" ends up squandering the water supply and killing most of the city of thirst; it's implied she ends up dead at the survivors' hands. Moral of the story: Don't put the Love Freak in charge.
- Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, illustrated by his song, "Let's Not Talk About Anything Else [but love]".
- Patience by Gilbert And Sullivan has the entire female chorus obsessed by the poetic ideal of love (although, this being a satire, thier ideal involves a lot of melodramatic pining and sounds generally unpleasant).
- The Trope Namer here is Angel Trainee Flonne from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, who is actually called a "Love Freak" in the game.
- So much of a love freak, that she can't so much as jump in battle without saying the word in some of the games.
- She is contrasted with two of the series' Archangels, to show how much more she gets the whole "Power of Love" thing than them; Vulcanus pays lip service to the concept but is actually a hateful bigot, and while Virunga is kinder, legitimately well intentioned, and even tries to claim his actions in the name of "Love", he doesn't realize that taking Sicily back to Celestia is Cruel Mercy and she is actually happier in the Netherworld. Flonne is such a pure example of this trope that she eventually becomes an Archangel herself after/despite having been turned into a Demon for attacking Heaven.
- In one of the alternate endings in Disgaea D2, she has so much love that she unleashes some sort of ultimate love attack and causes Barbara to retreat out of inability to fight the love. Unfortunately, she can't stop causing whatever effect she's making, resulting in unleashing so much angelic power and love that she accidentally turns the entire Netherworld into a second Celestia (think "Heaven"). Not only does this entirely negate every single thing the main characters were working for, but it results in Flonne personally apologizing to every demon in the Netherworld...while still trying to promote love to them.
- It's implied that Laharl and Sicily's mother, the Queen, was a Love Freak herself before she died. According to Laharl and Etna, she would give her son lectures on love that were similar to Flonne's. The reason Laharl is so obstinate when it comes to love, or even any positive feelings, is because of her Heroic Sacrifice.
- Kim Kaphwan of the Fatal Fury series has made it his life's goal to eliminate evil and stand for justice and truth... as well as strong-arming criminals into his "reformatory" program of intensive trainingnote . Later on in the series, he seems to gain the ability to Detect Evil, as his eyes glow yellow whenever he meets up with an evil character. Indeed, fans often use Kim's "evil sense" as a way to determine whether or not a character is truly a villain. His son Jae Hoon also follows suit, and sometimes labels someone overconfident but not completely evil like Gato... EVIL!
- Tizoc/The Griffon is a Justice Freak who is not from the Kim family. Justified, because he is somewhat of an idol to children and has to uphold the "hero of justice" persona for their sake. Like Kim, he also has a special intro against evil people.
- Colette Brunel in Tales of Symphonia, at her most ditzy, is this trope. Not only does she have a lot of post battle lines about "justice and love" that annoy Lloyd and Kratos, but she at one point states her intention of asking someone who wanted to kill her two minutes prior about why the would-be assassin would want to do that "when we become friends". Incidentally, they do become friends, and Colette does ask her.
- Alfina from Grandia III, as shown in this Penny Arcade strip.
- Fenthick in the first chapter of Neverwinter Nights is possibly the most naive character ever to have been placed in any position of authority anywhere.
- Before you learn of her backstory, Leliana in Dragon Age: Origins appears to be one.
- Aino Heart, the main character from the all-girls fighting game Arcana Heart is a literal Love Freak, up to the point that her Arcana is a love elemental. Hell, her ahoge is heart-shaped. Her win quotes all espouse the virtues of love over fighting, and since there are no guys around for her to use these on, this can lead to some...interesting interpretations.
- In Samurai Warriors, conversely, Azai Nagamasa gets the Love Freak treatment (since his tragic relationship with Oichi is one of his defining traits in Japanese depictions), but shares the Honor Freak and Justice Freak roles with Naoe Kanetsugu. (Interestingly, her Story tweaks their tragic parting by having it come before a final, full-fledged battle, so instead of merely having an unwilling Oichi returned to her brother before the castle's fall as is the popular depiction, she starts the battle on Nobunaga's side and due to gameplay she lands the killing blow. In Mitsuhide's story mode, however, he surrenders and after a verbal barb by Nobunaga he kills himself with Mitsuhide's sword.)
- In World Heroes, Rasputin is a flamboyant old man with fruity poses, and sometimes very big hands or feet, but never stops spewing the virtues of love. He is most famous for his super move Garden of Love where he... drags the enemy to the ground through a garden of flowers, with his face implanted on it, and there are some... suggestive things happening. All we can trust is those heart signs coming out of it. Squick.
- Sora from Kingdom Hearts is more of a "Friendship Freak", but his often cut-scene covering speeches about how nobody can defeat one, who's got friends, love and a strong heart could easily compete with that of your average Love Freak.
- To be fair, the Keyblade and general metaphysics of the game world seem to agree with him.
- And anyone who disagrees will probably get a skyscraper thrown into their face.
- This also comes back to bite him HARD in Dream Drop Distance. The Big Bad uses their potential friendship to utterly corrupt him. Sora gets better. Maybe.
- Aqua from Birth By Sleep is almost as bad as Sora when it comes to friendship speeches and philosophies. But, even moreso than Sora, it's best not to disagree with her. Ven also qualifies: whenever he's not fighting the Unversed or running after the friends he already has, he sums up his goal as "just trying to make friends".
- Shyna Nera Shyna of Silhouette Mirage is constantly spouting things about the importance of her mission and calling herself the "Messenger of Justice", when Her mission pretty much entails The End of the World as We Know It.
- Deconstructed in .hack//G.U. in the form of Atoli. Her Love Freak attributes drive her to be close to an anti-PVP guild (where PVP is Serious Business in the game). She is so much of a Love Freak Haseo basically went nuts. What nobody knows is that this is motivated by her complete lack of self-esteem which pushes her to do "good" stuff to gain acceptance. To twist the knife further, her most trusted friend/mentor Sakaki is actually manipulating her, milking her trust in him and her powers of the Second Epitaph, Innis. Oh, and did we mention she met him on a suicide website?
- DeathSpank is a Hero of the Downtrodden, Dispenser of Justice and Vanquisher of evil. The word Justice is present in some way or form in almost every conversation he has.
- The Pokémon Luvdisc is apparently one.
- Pokémon Black and White's N tends to be regarded as such by his detractors.
- Also, the incredibly rare Pokémon Manaphy has the power to connect with anyone's heart. You'd think he'd be N's perfect companion were he not introduced a generation later.
- Pokémon Black and White's N tends to be regarded as such by his detractors.
- While she does not preach to others, the ever-cheerful Milfie from Galaxy Angel loves pretty much everyone. This also makes her the easiest to perform well in battle and the Lucky Star is already generally better than the other ships to begin well.
- Cynthia, the eccentric weapon shop owner from Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica. She very frequently brings up her loving relationship with the protagonist (hint: only she thinks there is one) and insists that weapons be forged with massive amounts of love.
- Elphelt Valentine from Guilty Gear Xrd is a special version of this — a Wedding Freak. She fights in a Fairytale Wedding Dress, wields bouquets and champagne bottles (as well as guns), has attack with names like "Bridal Express", and her Insta-Kill move involves shooting the opponent through the heart, making them sprout heart-shaped Wingding Eyes before falling over. Her pre-fight quotes include such gems as "If I win, we're having a long talk about us."
- She also projects her own quirks onto everyone she meets: in Story Mode, she assumes that every female fighter she encounters wants to team up to find love, and her victory animation has her pull a marriage contract out of her considerable cleavage and present it to her fallen opponent, claiming that (if male) they promised to marry her if she won the fight or (if female) they promised to hook her up with one of their male friends. She also has elements of Covert Pervert, seen in her victory animation when she starts imagining her wedding night and falls over with a Nosebleed.
- From Them's Fightin' Herds: "Her name is Paprika. And she's going to kill us all." That's Not Hyperbole: Paprika the Alpaca is a happy-go-lucky, ditzy alpaca whose bone-breaking hugs and general shenanigans nearly lead her tribe, struggling to survive in a Death World, to extinction. They eventually get rid of her by hog-tying her and sending her to the outside world as their tribe's "champion" against the returning predators.
- Ensemble Stars! has Chiaki, a massive Sentai fan who seemingly never runs out of energy or optimism and loves to spout incredibly cheesy lines about Friendship and Justice!! Unfortunately for him, most people around him find him overly clingy and downright exhausting.
- Puyo Puyo gives us two examples.
- Risukuma, the head of Suzuran Junior High's science club, who after a bizarre lab accident now wears a squirrel-bear costume and became one of these, mixed with a science freak. His spell chains, depending on what language you're using, are either ways to say "I love you" in different languages, or synonyms for love.
- Ally, a new main character introduced in Chronicle. Some of her spells have a heart-motif, with names like "Love's light" and "Love all", and her catchphrase is "Love conquers all" ("Let's fall in love" in Japanese).
- Nagito Komaeda from Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is always talking at length about the power of hope over despair, and idolizing the Super High School Level students trapped on the island. Hes actually a very dark example since hes also very much insane and attempted to commit the first murder (though he ultimately failed) in order to kickstart the game and witness the cast triumph over adversity. Afterwards, he tries to get other students to collaborate with him on the next murder in order to make the investigation more exciting (he doesn't even care if he dies, as long as he can bring the students to the brink of despair, only for them to pull themselves back out.)
- Little Busters!
- Komari, a Cutie who strongly believes that you should always remain positive, that the world is filled with amazing and happy things, and that by making someone else happy you become happy which makes them even happier, causing a spiral of happiness for everyone.
- A less traditional example is Kyousuke, who often spouts (and genuinely believes) the sort of morals that would be cheesy even in kids' cartoons and is invariably highly touched by Komari's statements, to an extent that surprises even her.
- Furfur and Zepar from Umineko: When They Cry. It's worth noting that they're named for Goetic demons who have the power to impel love between men and women. However, while they're very fond of talking about love in the most over-the-top manner possible, they certainly aren't naive about it. Also fittingly they both look like cute girls, but one of them is actually a Wholesome Crossdresser.
- Grace from El Goonish Shive gives a Love Freaky speech, before it is revealed she was reading it from a book.
- Piffany from Nodwick.
- Julie from Our Little Adventure.
- Gamzee from Homestuck counts as one, given his chill attitude and friendly nature. This is notable because his entire species is typically very violent and murderous, while he is the exact opposite. Until he goes sober, that is...
- Nepeta also counts, in that she's a shipping obsessed troll who even has a large shipping diagrams for the four quadrants of troll romance. Her dancestor, that is to say, her ancestor's alternate-universe incarnation Meulin is Nepeta taken Up to Eleven, mimicking her flanderization from some of the fanbase.
- In Dragon Mango, while she's willing to fight oni and dragons, Peaches tries to save the oni queen and is cheerfully accepting of humanoid characters. When Bleu Berry confesses to her many lies, Peaches's reaction is delight that her tragic backstory is not, after all, true.
- Aphrodite being the goddess of lust and passion is this in MYth. Since she's conscious that passion can't be archive without love and vise versa, she's getting her nose into other people's love lifes and it's determinated that Hades and Persephone consummate their relationship. Ironically, Eros who's in charge of making people to fall in love, is more down to earth than her and often acts as her Cloudcuckoolander's Minder.
- Shrignold and his peers from Don't Hug Me I'm Scared come off as this. They sing to Yellow Guy a song about love. They're really a part of a cult where they worship Malcom, a giant stone head they see as the king of love and who gets mad if they don't feed him gravel. At first they seem to adore love in general - friendship, family, etc - however later it's shown their views on love are very narrow, referring to only romance between men and women. They try to force Yellow Guy into their cult.
- In the play within a play, The Boy in the Iceberg, in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Katara (a young, teenage Mama Bear, water-bending, badass) is portrayed as something like this - an overly emotional "hope"-freak who can't go five minutes without launching into an inspirational speech about the value and power of hope (with tears in her eyes). The portrayal strikes a little close to home but nobody in the group wants to say anything (the real Katara's temper is not to be messed with).
- The Care Bears are the embodiment of this trope, though Love-A-Lot Bear shows this the most.
- Heart Throb from the original My Little Pony cartoon.
- Optimus Prime started out like this in Transformers Animated with his "we're all just cogs in the Autobot machine" speech. He got over it very, very quickly around the time they got attacked by Megatron.
- Henry Killinger from The Venture Bros. is a much more soft spoken variant.
- In an odd example, King Gorilla originally wasn't going to help The Monarch break out of prison. But when The Monarch mentioned Dr. Girlfriend, he changed his mind because he did not want to stand in the way of love.
- Amore in Winx Club. She is the Pixie of Love, obsessed over love and tries to push couples closer together. Plus, the name Amore means "Love" in Italian.
- Kaeloo: The eponymous character is obsessed with love, peace and other things like that, but is incredibly naïve and also a hypocrite who gets angry when someone is not "nice" or doesn't conform to her standards of "good".
- The akumatized villainess Zombizou in Miraculous Ladybug is this. She just wants everyone to get along, and she does this by blowing kisses at people, turning them into zombies who love kissing others and spread the infection this way. The result? A Zombie Apocalypse-level problem for Paris.