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The Power of Love
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"Love is a very powerful force. Even more so when it is focused into a coherent beam of destruction."
Black Mage, 8-Bit Theater

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The Power Of Love is a curious thing. It makes one man weep, and another man sing. It can change a hawk to a little white dove. Bring inanimate objects to life. It might just save your life. It makes people want to give up personal freedom to belong to each other. Don't you dare mock it, it's more than a feeling, that's the Power of Love.

Even more than The Power of Friendship, the Power of Love can be applied in dire situations to make things better. In fact, in many Disney movies it's the solution to everything. Unlike The Power of Friendship it can be applied in Fan Fic to make things profoundly disturbing. It's also an occasionally useful Deus ex Machina.

Common applications of the Power of Love include activating an Empathic Weapon, freeing a loved one from mind control, strengthening a loved one, and converting a Real Death into a Disney Death. Even when the power of love is not literally and directly responsible, the scene is often set such that the audience is left with the impression that it was "really responsible".


Don't You Dare Pity Me! can sometimes be overcome by the Power Of Love; however, it may take time, and the love itself must be purified of any pity it does contain.

The Green-Eyed Monster may come into play. In more idealistic shows, it is a sign of an immature love, where trust and faith is insufficient. However, more cynical shows may treat it as normal, and even let it overcome Cannot Spit It Out.

In cynical times, this can feel like a rip-off. It depends on where you, and the scene in question, fall on the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism.

Love Redeems evil but it can also turn you evil. Combining the two, it can support said baddies.

Sometimes, love for someone who's threatened can give someone a Heroic Second Wind, especially a Mama Bear/Papa Wolf.

A more passive but no less impressive display of the Power of Love is its ability to use the Red String of Fate to reunite the reincarnated lovers.


A Super Trope to Heart Beat-Down, True Love's Kiss, The Love Slap of Epiphany. A Sister Trope to Light 'em Up (light based powers) and Holy Hand Grenade (holy powers) which are generally good. Compare Care-Bear Stare which includes all positive feelings (happiness, peace, love etc).

Compare and contrast with The Power of Lust. Contrast with The Power of Apathy and The Power of Hate. Occasionally classified as one of the Elemental Powers. Not to be confused with the fanfic.


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  • The power base of most lead Magical Girls, going all the way back to Codename: Sailor V, the prequel to Sailor Moon.
  • In the Angel Eater arc of Ah! My Goddess, Keiichi is revealed to be the only human capable of supporting (and fighting alongside) one of the goddesses' angel symbiotes because of the love (including familial-type love and friendship as well as romantic love) he receives from the goddesses he lives with.
    • Every other arc in the series involves the power of love playing a role. In one chapter, Belldandy is on the brink of death after having all of her power drained out of her by a demonic machine. Fortunately, the power of love stored within the ring Keiichi gave her protects and re-energizes her.
    • The goddesses' powers also stem from love. The moment a goddess's powers begin to grow is the moment they first fall in love.
  • Zigzagged in Berserk. The lead character, Guts hacks off his own arm to free himself to try to save his lover Caska from his best-friend-turned-traitor-turned-demon-god Griffith. Then one of Griffith's minions tackles him, holds him down, and forces him to watch helplessly as Griffith rapes Caska. Then invoked by other characters since the end of the Retribution Arc where Caska becomes Guts's Morality Chain and also the one thing that prevents him from giving into his Enemy Within.
  • Subtly but constantly used in Chrono Crusade. Early in the series, Rosette stops Chrono from losing himself in demonic rage when he thinks she's dead. Joshua stops Fiore from becoming a mindless doll by mistaking her for his sister and reminding her of her own. Later, Rosette saves Joshua in a similar way. Rosette comes Back from the Dead partially because of her love for Chrono and partially through simple stubbornness. To top it off, she's aided in it from Chrono's former love. These are only some of the examples.
  • This is how Daisuke of D.N.Angel transforms into his alter-ego, Dark. It's implied that Satoshi's transformation may be triggered similarly.
  • Daimos runs on this trope. The reason why Kazuya continues to fight on and win is derived from his love for Erika. Sometimes, when Humongous Mecha is not enough to win, there's always this thing to make him win.
  • Sora's crest in Digimon Adventure. She's a quicker learner than Yamato (whose Crest of Friendship falls in the same general category), thankfully.
  • DARLING in the FRANXX uses an almost literal take. The better the connection the pilots share, the stronger their mech becomes.
  • Dragonaut: The Resonance has the day won because of this.
  • Everything in Eureka Seven is powered by love... even some of the Humongous Mecha!
  • Fist of the North Star mythos establishes that anyone who can see the Star of Death is fated to die: no exceptions. When Mamiya is the next person to be doomed, Rei, who is already dying from his wounds after fighting Raoh, uses his remaining time to fight his rival Yuda, the cause of Mamiya's misfortune, out of desire to do right with her and make his last moments count. Not only does Rei defeat Yuda, but as he dies, Mamiya realizes she cannot see the Star of Death, her fate changed by Rei's Heroic Sacrifice. It's one of the most awesome, heartwarming and tear-breaking moments in a series stuffed to the gills with them.
    • A slightly cynical variant comes in the final battle of the first series: Big Bad Raoh is able to learn the ultimate Hokuto Shinken technique Musou Tensei by this trope through his love for Yuria and sorrow over her impending death. It's an improvement over his original idea for how to learn the technique to defeat Kenshiro: learn/know sadness by killing Yuria.
    • Played straight in Kenshiro's case: when love meets tragedy, it becomes sadness. When sadness meets injustice, it becomes righteous rage... and when righteous rage meets Hokuto Shinken... "you are already dead". Also summed up perfectly here.
  • Played straight in the Ga-Rei manga, where Kensuke is flatly told that he needs the Power Of Love to draw out the true strength of his sword. Naturally, he only remembers this during the final battle of Kyubi arc, where his love gives the sword the power to cut dimensions, freeing the Love Interest Kagura.
    • It gets worse during the Naraku arc... this is what powers Kagura's abilities as the White Priestess, giving Byaukei and her "escorts" power. Kensuke once again uses the cutting dimensions power. Michael literally says, "Kagura! It's time to use the power of love!"
  • Van from GUN×SWORD runs on this, and damn, is he a badass as a result. William Wo claims this is his motivation, but he is a massive subversion of this.
  • In Haruhi Suzumiya, this is what saves the world from divine puberty. Kyon kisses Haruhi inside Closed Space and it convinces her not to rewrite reality.
  • In the Hayate the Combat Butler manga, Church Militant Sonia requests a kiss from Wataru if she rescues Saki, who had just been kidnapped. Wataru pays in advance. Next page, Hayate (on bike) catches up to the flaming wreck of the kidnappers' car: a giant cross driven through the hood, the men tied up nearby, and Saki unhurt but confused.
  • Kannazuki no Miko:
  • In Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl Hazumu would have died if it weren't for the power of love. His, or should I say her,heart had to link with someone she truly loves,or she would die..
  • Kurau in Kurau Phantom Memory appears to gain a lot more strength with the help of Christmas, her Rynax-pair.
  • Reversed and slightly subverted with Nova and Hikaru's relationship in the second season of Magic Knight Rayearth. Nova's hatred for Umi and Fuu is driven by the fact that Hikaru loves them so much, and her similar utter devotion and adoration of Hikaru is prompted by Hikaru's intense self-hatred that she's had since being forced to kill both Zagato and Princess Emeraude at the conclusion of the first season.
  • Compared to shows who emphasizes in mecha battles, the Mashin Hero Wataru Series focuses on the interactions between characters and how they overcome their differences to become friends with each other; their love and friendship with each other will bring miracles, and become the key elements to defeat evil.
  • In the 11th episode of Seraph of the End, Yuichiro turns into a demonic monster that destroys everything in his path. Not even his best friend Mika is safe. After delivering a beatdown to Crowley, it seems like everyone is doomed....but then Shinoa runs up to him, wraps her arms around him and begs him to stop. The very second she says so, Yuichiro turns back to normal
    • It is also important/interesting to note that Yuichiro's demonic transformation was triggered by seeing Shinoa cry
  • One episode of Magical Project S has a group who gains their power from their devotion to their husbands note . In order for them to be defeated, Sasami has to invoke the Power of Love between herself and Ryo-Ohki to free herself from their binds.
  • Mai-HiME:
    • The show's Mons are powered by The Power Of Love. Literally. Toss in Synchronization, Anyone Can Die and There Can Only Be One and this begins to feel a lot less idealistic than you first thought...
    • In Special 25, Natsuki says that she realized that people cannot live alone after seeing Shizuru's love for her and Mai and Yuuichi's love for each other.
  • In the last episode of Martian Successor Nadesico, the Official Couple finally getting over their Will They or Won't They? and sharing True Love's Kiss is what allows the crew to make their getaway with the series MacGuffin. Naturally, there's a Techno Babble reason for this, but one suspects Inez came up with it just to finally get the two of them together.
  • In Mobile Fighter G Gundam, fighting alongside his girlfriend allows the main character to turn his ultimate attack, Sekiha Tenkyoken, into "Sekiha Love Love Tenkyoken," which is strong enough to obliterate the True Final Boss. It summoned the King of Hearts to blast a heart shaped hole. Watch it here.
    • They changed their chant to include it: "These hands of ours are burning red! Their loud roar tells us to grasp happiness! ERUPTING!!! GOD!!! FINGER!!! SEKIHA LOVE LOVE TENKYOKEEEEEEEEEEN!!!!!!"
  • Naruto:
  • According to the manga, and implicitly within the TV series, "love" is the control medium for Evangelion units; specifically, the pilots synchronize via the A10 nerve in the brain, the one that's active when experiencing feelings of love and affection.
    Yoshiyuki Sadamoto: In other words, the power of love drives this weapon of mass destruction.
  • One Piece:
    • Luffy wouldn't do half the shit he does if it wasn't for the love of his crew. The strength of it is shown after Ace's death. Even when faced with such an overwhelming tragedy, when he had seemingly lost everything, it's the love that he has for his crew and the love that his crew has for him that gives him the strength to move on with his life.
    • It's also how Garp can hurt Luffy: out of sheer love. Word of God is that Garp's punches hurt Luffy despite his rubber body because they hit his soul.
    • This literally the source of all Sanji's strength as his love for beautiful ladies (usually Nami) gives him power to run a mile, survive brutal beatings, bolts of lighting and in some situations fly. Love is also ties into Sanji's Diable Jamble as Oda explains While Sanji's flames burn hot, his heart burns hotter.
    • Boa Hancock uses her beauty and the power of her Mero-Mero no Mi (Love Love Fruit) to make anyone turn to stone just for her. Luffy's obliviousness to her looks, and later her love for him, keep him from turning to stone.
  • Penguin Musume Heart contains one of the more unusual uses of love power. When Sakura is losing her one-on-one sumo match with her rival, Marie, her little sister takes the initiative to shoot her in the head with a tranquilizer called the Love Drive that absorbs the love of everyone in the arena into her. Somehow this makes Sakura giant and half-naked. For fairness, Marie is given a Love Drive too, but since she doesn't get much love, she only grows a little. Then her Quirky Miniboss Squad says that they do love her. Giant naked catfights ensue.
  • In Pokémon: The First Movie, Ash is apparently killed, by being turned to stone by a stray attack from Mewtwo and Mew. It is the tears of Pikachu and the other Pokémon that return Ash to normal. In the Mewtwo backstory Ambertwo says that Pokémon tears are said to be full of life.
    • Averted in Mewtwo's forgotten backstory. His tears did nothing to save his four best friends.
    • Also Meowth, while usually a pitiful battler who loses to even the weakest Pokemon, romance seems to bring out a greater strength in him. With "Fury Swipes of Love", he singlehandedly took down Ash's Infernape and Staraptor, Jessie's Seviper and Yanmega, and Dawn's Togekiss... because he was in love with Glameow. He also defeated a Persian with a one-hit swipe to help his childhood girlfriend (even if it was all in vain).
    • In the XY and Z arc, this is the source behind Ash's Greninja's Super Mode.
      • During the climax of the same arc, Bonnie's bond with Squishy allows it to snap out of its mind control by Team Flare.
  • Pokémon Special: Ruby does this with Sapphire before the final confrontation with Kyogre and Groudon. He pushes Sapphire out of the way and traps her in a safe place just so she would be safe and prevent the risk of her being taken over by the Red and Blue Jewel used to control Kyogre and Groudon. Reason why: she's the girl of his dreams from so long ago.
  • Used all over the place in Princess Tutu. From Fakir's "she changed me" epiphany to Rue's confession that frees Mytho's heart from the Raven's blood poisoning it, to the fact that the fate of the main character is supposed to be confessing her love and "turn into a speck of light and vanish" when she does.
  • In Revolutionary Girl Utena, you can make swords out of love or something.
    • In the movie Anthy evidently needs to be kissed to activate her sword drawing powers at all.
  • Rozen Maiden subverts this trope TWICE, when Suiseiseki tries to convince Souseiseki to stop fighting but instead is forced to see her die because of ignoring these arguments and later when Suiseiseki tries to win her Rosa Mystica back, but ends up getting killed trying to do so.
  • Sailor Moon deserves an example entry all by itself. Let's see, the Power of Love...
    • Cures brainwashed boyfriends and daughters from the future.
    • Restores broken transformation brooches and creates the Spiral Heart Moon Rod (picture above).
    • Powers most of Sailor Venus' attacks (Venus Love Me Chain, Venus Love and Beauty Shock) and several of Sailor Moon's.
    • Redeems more than a few villains over the course of 5 arcs/seasons.
    • That just the main characters!
    • This is stated literally in the credits Theme Song from the Sailor Moon movie (dubbed version), Promise of a Rose: "You've got to believe in the power of love..." video!
  • Subtly played in Skip Beat!: The president of LMA Productions, Lory Takarada, firmly believes that the main force who drives artistes to the spotlight is the need of love and being loved, and runs his company under this belief with apparently astounding results. This is mostly seen in some of his decisions, e.g. creating the Love Me division for talents who lack that drive, like Kyouko (who is fueled by a mix of desire of revenge and sheer stubbornness) and Kanae (whose need of individual recognition is so strong it buries any love feelings, even the non-romantic ones). Lory even consistently refused to cast his best male actor, Ren Tsuruga, as a romantic lead, because he knows that Ren had never been in true love, and because of that he couldn't express it convincingly on screen. When Ren manages to get such a role over the president's objections, and finds himself with difficulties to act for the first time in his career, Lory shamelessly points it out. Good luck Ren realizes he is in love just in time to get his character.
  • In the Sonic X anime, Chaos energy is defined as "the power enriched by the heart". So when Eggman or Chaos tried to use the power of the seven emeralds selfishly or cruelly, the effect was rather... disturbing. When Sonic used them, however, he used them out of the desire to help people (and his friends gave them to him specifically because they cared), which meant he was able to transform into Super Sonic.
    • Also possibly a contributing factor to Chris Thorndyke's ability to escape from Eggman and rip the Emeralds out of an active 'Badnik after witnessing Sonic attacked and hurt by aforementioned 'Badnik. (Okay, it's never explicitly stated, but how many twelve-year-olds do you know who can break out of solid metal restraints without some kind of powerful motivator being involved?)
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:
    • Simon and Nia's love for each other is what allows Simon to follow her to the dimension of the Anti-Spirals — and that's only the most blatant of this series' many examples of love giving the characters strength and determination. In fact, considering how much Spiral Power Simon unleashes any time Nia's in danger, it can be argued that the power of their love is THE SINGLE MOST POWERFUL FORCE IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE.
    • As Leeron once said, the Gunmen are literally powered by love, or rather humans' ability to reproduce if you wanna get technical. He's referring to the fact that sexual reproduction is one of the basis of human evolution and evolution is one of the biggest theme of the series. In Layman's Terms it's "Love makes the world go around."
      • In the finale it's controversially defied when Simon refuses to bring Nia back to life because it threatens the very integrity of the universe. He loves her so much that he won't bring her back. It's complicated. Then again... considering how her love for Simon, being a reason that she was able to not fade away until their wedding and that only her ring was left when the rest of her faded away, there's a chance that he wouldn't have to in order to see her again, somehow.
    • Combined with The Power of Friendship when Kinon and Simon use Perceptual Teleportation to keep Rossiu from committing suicide out of guilt for his attempts to Shoot the Dog. Kinon's Big "NO!" causes him to flinch up long enough for Simon to knock some sense into him.
  • Touch: For Minami, Katsuya and Tatsuya can and will do anything.
  • In Violinist of Hameln the only thing keeping Hamel from turning into a Mazoku and killing all is Flute.
  • Wedding Peach is based on this. The good guys are love angels, the Big Good is the goddess of love, and the Mid-Season Upgrade is based on a bride's accessories.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Considering Seto's history with Kisara, Kaiba's power to Screw Destiny in his duel with Isis comes from the Power of Love, even if he is unconscious of it.
    • The Power of Love may also be what gathered the three Blue-Eyes White Dragons into his hand pre-series. Considering that Kisara's inner spirit was a White Dragon-God, a spirit stronger than the Pharaoh's three Egyptian Gods, and that the High Priest Seto had a relationship with Kisara, it wouldn't be surprising if she guided the cards to his descendent. However, while Priest Seto was noble, Seto Kaiba is only attached to it because it is one of the most powerful monsters in the game, and his only interest in the game is munchkin-calibre winning.
    • Much later, in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Kaito (who's sort of an Expy of Kaiba) managed to create Neo-Galaxy Eyes Photon Dragon the same way, using power given to him by his brother Haruto. (Like Kaiba, Kaito's brother was likely the one thing he truly loved, at least initially.)
  • YuYu Hakusho:
    • Messing with Yukina is a wonderful way to get your ass handed to you by Kuwabara. He was about to do a Heroic Sacrifice to take down his foe with him when Yukina arrived and called his name, prompting Kuwabara to either one-shot his foe (manga) or instantly recover all his strength and issue a very quick Curb-Stomp Battle.
    • Kuwabara was on the other end of this (platonically speaking) during Yusuke's fight with Younger Toguro. He faked his death by Toguro to inspire Yusuke to reach his true potential.
  • In Zoids: Chaotic Century, Van Flyheight was down and about to be shot by his Rival's Geno Saurer's Wave Motion Gun, which would instantly kill him. Then Fiona gets up, merges with the Team Pet, warps into Van's Humongous Mecha, and then a hologram of her kisses Van. Thus starts a full regeneration of Van's Humongous Mecha and activates its ability to disperse charged particles, thus rendering Raven's Wave Motion Gun completely useless, and allows Van to stab the Geno Saurer in its mouth, causing it to explode.
  • Tsugumi from Genesis of Aquarion is guilty of this over the top. She calls this out "There is no limit to the power of the love that I feel!" before shooting forth a new move, Infinite Light of Explosive Love.
    • The Exploding Lesbian Beam
    • In the OVA, it was stated that Apollonius split Aquarion into 3 because the love between Celiane and Apollonius could destroy the world, a third person was needed to prevent that.
  • Fushigi Yuugi. Obvious considering Suzaku symbolizes love.
  • In Monster, Franz Bonaparta falls in love, and decides to give up on his experimentations with eugenics and brainwashing for the sake of his interest's children. How noble.
  • Rave Master: Shiba has been preserving and fighting for 50 years for one girl. Haru's doing the same thing, and for the very same girl. In fact, when the two of them duel over the final Rave stone, Haru is no match for Shiba's determination until he finally realises what -and more to the point, who- he's fighting for. Also Sieg Hart, who dedicated his life to guarding that same girl for 50 years and continued to do so even long after death.
  • Kyouran Kazoku Nikki is relying on this to placate one of the potential World Destroying Children of Enka into not doing it by letting them experience loving family life.
  • Full Metal Panic!:
    • To a smaller extent. During his duel with Gauron in Khanka, Sousuke had trouble operating the Lambda Driver until Kaname told him exactly what will Gauron do to her if he loses (she was wrong about one thing: those are what Gauron would do to Sousuke, by the way). He won.
      Kaname: Just think of this! If you lose, the bad guys are gonna rip off all my clothes, play around with my body and KILL ME when they're done! Imagine those happening to me!... you'd hate it, right?
      Sousuke: Right...
      Kaname: Does it make you mad?
      Sousuke: I guess so...
      Kaname: He's trying to do these things to me! You can't let him do that, can you?
      Sousuke: NO!!!
    • Later, in The Second Raid, all it takes is Kaname's arrival (and her delivery of an epic Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!) to snap Sousuke out of his half-a-season-long Heroic BSoD, giving him the wherewithal to not only immediately curbstomp five enemy mechs including the Big Bad, but then confront his ultimate superiors in Mithril to demand reinstatement as Kaname's bodyguard... informing them that he never sold his soul to them and if they don't like how he works then they can just pay him less.
  • The 7th Diary Holders of Future Diary are an Anti-Villain couple who fight with incredible teamwork thanks to their love for one another. The 2nd, Yuno Gasai, seems to run off of the power of creepy stalker love; she gets even stronger when it's reciprocated!
  • Played for Drama in Durarara!!, with the Saika (demon blades that have a zombie-like effect upon the people they stab). They constantly claim to be powered by the love that they have for humanity, but their actions are obsessive and violent. After all, cutting and stabbing are the only things a sword can do, so there's no other way for Saika to express its "love".
    • Also Inverted by the fact that it's Anri's inability to feel love that allows her to keep control of Saika.
  • Lampshaded in Franken Fran, when Fran and Veronica go see a movie very, very, very loosely based on a previous chapter, where a girl who had been sick with leukemia tells her man-dog (long story) "My leukemia has magically been cured, somehow! The doctors said it was the power of love!" This, among other things, causes Veronica to throw a chair at the screen, yelling that the movie was crap.
  • In SHUFFLE!, Primula is saved via Lycoris/Nerine and Rin's love for her.
    • In the game, Primula's storyline includes her wiping Rin's mind so he won't miss her when she leaves. The next time he sees her, the memory is miraculously restored. The Devil King gives some elaborate theory as to why this could have happened, but in the end says they might just as well call it... that's right. Primula stays.
  • The last episode of GaoGaiGar.
  • The World God Only Knows subverts it. Evil spirits take up residence in girls through "gaps in the heart" (emotional issues they're going through), and Keima exorcises them by getting the girls to fall in love with him. But love isn't the only way to capture the spirits, and is in fact the most dangerous method of drawing them out, since screwing it up can cause the girl to get even worse and even if successful when the girl's memories fade with the extraction of the spirit they're likely to have the same gap open up again, meaning that the actual reasons things work out well is because Keima has been addressing the underlying causes of stress for the girls while he's at it, though he didn't realize this was important at the time.
    • However, the hosts of goddesses can only power up their goddess with strong feelings of love, so Keima has to first find out which girls remember and love him when they shouldn't remember him and then get them to fall more in love with him even though he doesn't feel the same way at all himself. Haqua lampshades how predatory this makes him sound without context.
  • In I'm Gonna Be an Angel!, this is probably the reason why Yuusuke was able to catch Noelle's hand when she turned into a full angel in the final episode and stopped being able to touch him.
    • Also a reason why only Mikael can touch Raphael, who is an angel and is supposed to be untouchable to humans (well, Mikael isn't a human himself but he did lose his halo and yet still could see and touch him, while when Noelle lost hers she couldn't even see Raphael anymore). There's even an episode named like that — episode 19.
  • The Power of Love was defeated by the Giant Sakura Tree in Da Capo S.S. The tree actually successfully prevented two people from loving each other. Only Aisha's horror at the power she now wields convinces her to kill the tree again.
  • In Mahou Sensei Negima! Ayaka's love for Negi was so great that it almost reversed the pactio ritual; she became the dominant partner despite her lack of magical power.
  • In Dragon Crisis!, Ryuji and Rose use the Power of Love to win the final battle with Onyx by kissing each other and creating a giant pink heart in the sky that disintegrates Onyx.
  • In Fairy Tail, it's constantly referred to, along with The Power of Friendship, as the true source of power of the entire guild.
    • Mavis Vermillion used this to invoke Fairy Sphere.
    • Meldy does a Heel–Face Turn when she feels Juvia's emotions and is overwhelmed by Juvia's love for Gray.
    • Shown in the cruelest way possible with Zeref and Mavis. Once Mavis became immortal like Zeref, "Instant Death" Radius and all, Mavis told Zeref that even if the world rejected both of them, they still have each other and could find a way to break the curse together. The two fell mutually in love. However, since the curse kills anything the cursed one loves, Zeref ended up 'killing' her with his kiss, breaking Zeref for good and causing his Start of Darkness.
    • Love in general is regarded as the most powerful force in the series. Specifically, it's believed to be the "One Magic", the magic from which all other magic descends from. Most notably, the reason why the Curse of Contradictions killed Mavis and not Zeref was because the former allowed herself to believe she didn't love the latter so that way he wouldn't die. When she does admit to loving him as much as he loved her, the curse is empowered by the One Magic and kills them both.
  • In the second season of Saiunkoku Monogatari, Shusui is mind-controlled by Hyou Ruka, and Ryuuki and Jyuusanhime encourage Ran Shuuei to break her out of it through the power of his unrequited love for her. Shuuei acts on their advice by invoking Shusui's love for Kou Shouka instead. It works, but he is subsequently called out for having no shame.
  • In Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, this is what is tested in Sosuke.
  • In Saint Beast, this is how Shin overcomes being brainwashed.
  • Though the Pretty Cure series runs on The Power of Friendship, there are times where The Power Of Love goes one step further.
    • In The Movie for Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GO!GO!, Nozomi's able to break the Big Bad's hold on Coco this way, to the point where they share the franchise's first on-screen kiss.
    • In The Movie for Fresh Pretty Cure!, it's children's love of toys that helps the Cures win the day.
    • Heartcatch Pretty Cure takes this into overdrive in its final episodes. The team is able to defeat Big Bad Dune by not fighting him for vengeance or anything like that especially since the guy just murdered one of the four's father to the point where, when Dune takes up a massive size and attempts to destroy the world with his own fists, the team fuses into a singular giant being that runs of the idea of "Infinite Love, Infinite Power."
  • Probably worth noting that "Love and Peace!" is practically Vash the Stampede's battle cry.
  • One of the major themes of Sekirei, with the suggestion this is the true source of their power. Musubi's faith is such that she once made a bet with the Omnicidal Maniac Final Boss that she would triumph in the Final Battle using The Power Of Love. In one particular instance, she even invokes this trope as the reason for her victory in battle.
    Toyotama: We finished our training before them, so we should have the initiative. Yet why? Who is this girl? How is it that she's so strong?
    Musubi: It's love! The thing that Musubi has and you don't... that is love!
  • Played straight in The Vision of Escaflowne where the love between Van and Hitomi shatters Dornkirk's fate machine, thus ending the war in Gaia.
  • This is a common, recurring theme in Tanaka Yutaka's works. Love can help people overcome the worst things that life (or impending death) can throw at you, and as long as you face it head-long and together, you will persevere.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion plays with this trope. While Homura's love for Madoka is stated to be the source of her power, her love is emphasized as selfish and single-minded rather than the kind and unselfish love associated with Madoka herself. Homura's twisted desire ends up turning her into the devil of the setting, rebuilding the world into Madoka's prison.
  • In Campione!, Perseus has the power to control any woman who has magical lineage. During his fight with Godou, he controls Liliana and makes her attack Godou. Liliana, not wanting to harm the man she loves, breaks free of the spell. Perseus comments that true love is one of the only ways to resist his ability.
  • In A Certain Magical Index, fresh off a Heel–Face Turn, Shizuri Mugino says that she's become more powerful now that she's running on her love for Shiage Hamazura instead of her hate, anger, and pride.
  • In High School DXD, Issei is usually running on the Power of Lust, even during his big fights. Directly threaten someone just to get to him, though, and he starts to run into this trope. Notably, this is NOT a good thing. Issei is usually a Technical Pacifist, but at one point, the measures he takes to be able to rescue Asia result in a berserk Issei eating the guy alive.
  • Taken to a new level in Space Pirate Mito: When Mito and her half-human son Aoi are locked in conflict over Aoi's rejection of Mito's true form, Mito takes Aoi to the place where his father proposed to her and explains how the power of love overcame their differences. Since their love lives on through him, he's essentially the power of love personified.
    Mito: You're our future.
  • In Umi Monogatari, this is how Marin and Kanon save Urin from Sedna. Instead of defeating Sedna with a spear of light and killing Urin, her host, Marin and Kanon reach out to her. They hug her, and the power of Marin's love and Kanon's acceptance of darkness moves Sedna's heart and causes her to disappear peacefully.
  • The Battle Lovers in Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! have this as their ultimate weapon.
  • A strange version happened in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods: Vegeta spends his time up to a certain point making a total fool of himself in front of Beerus in an attempt to appease the God of Destruction and not get the world destroyed. However, when Bulma yells at Beerus for ruining her birthday party and is slapped for it, Vegeta flips out and begins a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on the god, with Master Roshi noting that, at that point, Vegeta was stronger than Goku.
    • In Dragon Ball Super, Universe 2 is all about love. It shouldn't be surprising since their universe is a Shout-Out/parody of the Magical Girl genre and Pretty Cure as well. Their big (figurative and literal) hero, Ribrianne, is all about this as well. However, her version of love is superficial and mostly self centered, and this ends up being her Hoist by Her Own Petard moment: she utterly discards Android #18's love for Krillin because of his looks, but it's Krillin who ends up giving #18 the strength to break free and defeat Ribrianne. 18 and Krillin's genuine unselfish love is the real definition of the Power of Love.
    • Also from Super, Gohan gets a Heroic Second Wind from hearing the voices of Videl and Pan, his beloved wife and daughter, which enables him to defeat a Watagash-empowered Barry.
    • Vegeta's Character Development culminates in Super with this trope. During the Tournament of Power's final minutes, Toppo of Universe 11 decides to forsake his morals and pride in favor of embracing his power as a possible God of Destruction and begins running roughshod over Android #17 and Frieza. Vegeta steps up to the plate and starts to fight him, only to be beaten back. When Toppo admits that he cast aside "unnecessary" things like his devotion to justice in favor of the power of a God of Destruction, it angers Vegeta enough that he easily overpowers Toppo through his thoughts of his family back home and his promise to Cabba should he win, calling out Toppo for his foolishness.
  • Invoked in Shokugeki no Soma. In the very first chapter Souma's dad tries to tell him that the secret to becoming a good cook is to find one woman that you want to devote your cooking to and we see a picture of his wife, but Souma has already hung up the phone by that point and doesn't hear a thing. There's some ship tease regarding this statement with him trying to make the notoriously stubborn and elitist Erina accept him while Megumi thinks of him before cooking to prepare herself, but the story doesn't dwell on it often.
  • In The Seven Deadly Sins, Escanor is one of the most powerful characters, but only during the day. At night, he becomes a scrawny wimp with no abilities. At one point, thinking of Merlin, the woman he loves, allowed him to briefly access his powers at night.
  • Baka And Test Summon The Beasts: Spoofed. The main boys of Class F each try Mizuki Himeji's cooking, only to suddenly collapse in horrible pain. Of course, they can't bring themselves to tell her how bad her cooking really is, so Yoshii tries to convince himself with Yuuji's help that his love for Himeji is the greatest spice of all. Then he takes a bite and promptly collapses.
    Yuuji: [still on the ground] Love doesn't protect against poison. Check.
  • Claymore: It is the love Claire has for Teresa that allows her to awaken AS Teresa, and have that form awaken as well.
  • Your Name: Through the Red String of Fate, the two protagonists are capable of switching bodies with each other, time-travel and be reunited many years later even after their memories for each other have been erased.
  • In Destruction Flag Otome, Katarina is afflicted with a dark magic sleeping curse that can only be lifted either by the person who cursed her in the first place or a light magician, but the only light magician they know disappeared a few days beforehand. Desperate to help her, her friends (all of whom are in love with her) go to her side to call out to her, waking her up with their love and affection.
  • My Hero Academia has a rather literal spin on this trope: La Brava, Gentle's assistant, has a Quirk that allows her to grant a massive power-up to the person she truly loves simply by saying the word "love". Doing so gives Gentle the strength to fight back against Deku using his 15% One For All Full Cowl.
  • The anime Claymore has female warriors, who are half human, the other half are man-eating creatures called yoma. Each of them may one day lose control of their demonic half, becoming a monstrous yoma, called an Awakend Being. As the protagonist Clare is about to transform, her friend Raki can keep her from transforming her with the power of love. At the end of the anime there is a similar situation, and again it is Raki whose love makes her human side stronger.
  • Shidou in Date A Live can seal the power of a Spirit within himself, but this requires him to kiss the Spirit after they've fallen in love with him. It also works the other way; when he loses control of the multiple powers he's sealed, the Spirits have to make him fall in love with them to return him to normal.

    Comic Books 
  • The Power Of Love allowed The Flash to come back from an other-dimensional speedster heaven that no one had ever returned from. Several times.
    • It let Barry Allen break the Anti-Life Equation's hold over Iris Allen in Final Crisis.
    • Flash-type speedsters rely on this trope to keep them from being absorbed by the Speed Force (the aforementioned speedster heaven). It doesn't necessarily need to be romantic — the paternal bond between Max Mercury and Bart Allen is a beautiful example of such — but yes, the three main Flashes rely on their wives for it.
  • For a split second, it looks as if this trope is going to be averted in the Justice Society of America arc "Princes of Darkness" — Jade's the Power of Love speech to Obsidian fails to halt his evil rampage — but it's really only a set up for their father, the Golden Age Green Lantern, to come in and deliver it successfully.
  • Alan Moore's Providence has Dr. Alvarez, of all people, citing Love as the force that defines life.
    Dr. Alvarez: Love is the only substantial thing. It is noble in its noises and odours, I think. From where I look at this, to not love is to waste the existence. Even life is a small matter beside it. You see, it is not interrupted by death. Without it, this world cannot be endured.
  • In the fourth Scott Pilgrim book, The Power of Love is manifested as a giant flaming katana, which Scott yanks out of his chest after leveling up by confessing his love for Ramona. In the sixth book, Gideon steals it after learning Ramona has left Scott. What a dick! Ramona gets it back when she returns.
    • In the movie, it's subverted, as the love is tainted — Scott's double-timing Ramona and Knives. Gideon shatters the katana with one good swing from his Cane Sword. When Scott does a second run using his extra life, he instead gains "the Power of Self-Respect" (demonstrating that you can't have love if you don't have self-respect), which he uses to take out Gideon before resolving his romantic issues.
  • Veteran Green Lantern enemy Star Sapphire and the Star Sapphire Corps that recently succeeded her were fueled by love. If uncontrolled (as can happen when all the power is consolidated into a single person), it is of the insane, possessive, destructive sort, which is why the entity that provides their power is called The Predator, but they run on all kinds of love (be it between a man and woman or a mother and her child or so on and so forth) and the Predator is actually the one that is corrupted by its hosts, not the other way around.
    • One Star Sapphire used Soranik Natu's love for Kyle Rayner and channeled it to bring him back to life.
    • The Star Sapphire's Badass Creed:
    For hearts long lost and full of fright,
    For those alone in Blackest Night
    Accept our ring and join our fight.
    Love conquers all-with violet light.
  • Ultra Boy is saved from The Blight by The Power Of Love in the Legion of Super-Heroes issues right before Legion Lost.
  • The finale of Abnett & Lanning's run on The Authority depended on this. To go with the Class 2 Apocalypse, there's a horrific and intelligent virus floating around that ends up infecting Apollo, prompting Midnighter to look desperately for a cure. He's called north, eventually finding an island, which turns out to be a giant, Swamp Thing-like Century Baby named Gaia. In return for his help, she gives him an apple, and tells him to remember Avalon, the isle of apples: "The fruit of immortality... of love..." Two pages later, Apollo's fine.
  • From Ninja High School Jeremy uses this to bring back his friend, Cute Witch turned dark, Mimi. (The story's also a bit of a homage to Dark Phoenix so take that as you will)
  • Referenced in a classic Stan Lee / Jack Kirby Fantastic Four story line, when Reed Richards, alerted by the Watcher, takes on the Silver Surfer. When Sue Richards asks the Watcher how Reed can take on the "all-powerful Silver Surfer", the Watcher answers, "All-powerful? There is only one who deserves that name. And his only weapon — is love!"
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog, some can argue this is how Antoine ended up taking several levels in badass, going from Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey to a competent, respected and likeable character. Others point out it was because he spent several months being toughened up while trapped on Anti-Mobius, where all of his 'friends' were evil and he was on his own.
  • Defied in X-Campus. Magnus claims he will show them the greatest power of the world. "Love?" asks Storm. "Magnetism".
  • In one Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic, a spell that kept Buffy asleep could only be broken by the kiss of someone who was in love with her. One of her Slayers, Satsu, did it.
  • Dark Avengers: it's heavily implied that The Power Of Love is all that's keeping The Sentry from unleashing the Void and raining Biblical plagues down on humanity. Unfortunately his wife, Lindy, is terrified of him, and when she tries to kill him in the hope of preventing a mad rampage, that's exactly what she gets. Norman Osborn recognizes that Lindy could set the Sentry off again at any time; unfortunately his solution is to kill her and make it look like a suicide. Initially that seems to work, but the next time we see the Sentry he ramps up to a Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum very quickly and eventually provokes Thor into killing him. The last we see of the Sentry and Lindy is two empty graves, side by side...
  • Speaking of Osborn, The Power Of Love (for his son Harry) once turned Norman sane after he relapsed as the Green Goblin. Both the sanity and the love failed to stick.
  • X-23: Despite everything the Facility did to break her and forge her into an emotionless killing machine, it was Sarah Kinney's love for her as a daughter, defying orders to not treat her as a child whenever she could by reading to her and offering an emotional connection that saved her humanity and helped her break free of the Facility's control.
  • Played absolutely straight in Young Avengers, where Billy is unable to fully access his Demiurge powers. His fiancé, Teddy, who had previously left to try to figure out whether he actually loves Billy after Loki insinuated that Teddy may have been accidentally wished into existence in the first place by Billy's powers, returns and decides that it doesn't matter to him whether or not he's alive because Billy subconsciously wanted someone like him to be. After True Love's Kiss, Billy immediately and effortlessly becomes the Demiurge and nonchalantly rearranges the universe the same way most people organize things in the fridge. It's lampshaded in-story.
    Loki: Oh, ugh. Is love really going to save us all?
    America: Of course it is. Anyone who thinks otherwise gets stomped into paste.
  • In the OGN Avengers: Rage of Ultron Starfox uses his psionic ability to make people experience love to defeat Ultron (who had been merged with his creator Hank Pym), resulting in Ultron realizing what he had become and fleeing.
    Starfox: There is a solution. It's so simple. Love yourself.
  • In Superman Reborn Lois and Clark's love (for the partner and for their son Jon) is so strong thatit has repaired what was broken. More specifically, the pre-Flashpoint and New-52 versions of Clark and Lois are merged back together.
  • Elfquest has this as a recurring theme. It shows itself through all dealings with Bug Bad Winnowill, who tries to avoid this at all costs, and stated almost verbatim by all-loving High One Timmain, who almost states that this central trope keeps the Palace in balance.
  • Subverted in Harbinger. After Torque develops feelings for Faith he becomes weaker because his power comes from his own insecurity.
  • In Zombies Christmas Carol Fan and Fred both embody this, and Scrooge's love following his reformation is so strong he heals all of the zombies.

    Comic Strips 
  • The New Zealand comic Footrot Flats features a scene where the main character, the Dog, finds himself able to walk on water due to his love for Jess, the neighbour's dog note . After this initial success, he demonstrates that there is no such thing as The Power Of Lust, by sinking as soon as he moves from "Love can work miracles!" to "I'm coming baby!"

    Fan Works 
  • The Pokemon fanfic A Pikachu in Love both plays this straight and subverts it. Though it gave Pichi the courage to save Pikachu from nearly being mawled to death by an Ursaring, in the end it wasn't strong enough for Pikachu to choose to stay with her over Ash.
  • It was because of this in Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità that Germany and Japan saw the error in their ways and decided to share Italy. However, they also fell for each other, completing the polyamorous relationship.
  • Evangelion 303: In chapter 13 Shinji finished his speech about how he had seen all sides of Asuka –including the worst and darkest ones- and there was nothing that she could show him that would make him love her any less:
    Shinji: You call it imprinting… That’s all love is, isn’t it? A form of imprinting! The kind of imprinting that can survive anything!
  • HERZ: In 2015 Shinji was grieving because he loved Asuka and he could not save her. Rei’s love towards Shinji led her to feel his angst, rebel against Gendo and help him. In 2027 it is Shinji and Asuka's love for each other and their daughter and Rei’s love for them which drives them to come up with a risky plan to save humankind and that love allows them to succeed.
  • The Harry Potter fanfic Oh God Not Again! had this to say about The Power Of Love:
    "...What was that last part?" Sirius asked.
    " Remus and Tonks got married?" Harry repeated innocently.
    "No, the other last part. The one about Voldemort killing you," Sirius clarified.
    "Oh, well he killed me and I had a nice chat with Dumbledore's soul who informed me that just because I was imagining things it didn't make it not real and then I got better."
    Sirius just stared at him.
    "It gets better," Harry grinned. "Apparently I only survived because of the power of love."
    Sirius groaned. "For the record, when you're telling this to other people, try to come up with an explanation that sounds more badass."
    • This was also a generally-held theory about how Harry would defeat Voldemort.
  • In the Gears of War fanfiction Phalanx, this seems to be developing between Gordon and Irene, and Word of God has it that it will become more prevalent throughout the story.
  • This, to an only slightly lesser extent than The Power of Friendship, is what drives the good guys in the Elemental Chess Trilogy.
  • Screwed around with in With Strings Attached. When George confronts the mind-controlled Paul, he cautiously attempts to snap Paul out of it by mentioning his wife Linda. Paul's response: “Who's Linda?” However, Paul reveals later that he had thrown off the mind control within fifteen minutes and was faking it, so the trope never even got a chance to operate.
  • Stellar Requiem's TRON: Legacy Fan Fic ''Survivor's Tale'' plays this card for everything it's worth. First, in the arena "Rinzler" and Yori recognize each other during an Involuntary Battle to the Death and it leaves enough of an opening for her to perform a move that knocks them both out. Second, Clu tries to have her executed, but she invokes "This isn't who you are" and stops Rinzler dead in his tracks. Thirdly, after she's been repurposed, Tronzler is able to set her free, even when he can't free himself. Lastly, Yori is asked by a cloaked figure in the back of the tavern if she could ever forgive Rinzler. She admits that while she would find it hard to forgive his actions, she will always love him, no matter what he calls himself. That's when the stranger reveals himself as Tron and the pair are finally reunited.
  • This trope is quoted word for word in the Harry Potter fanfic HERMIONE AND GINNY VERSUS THE SPACE WIZARDS by Harry, after Ginny and Hermione have sex, combine their powers and free the other wizards so they can fight the evil Spacewizard Griz'nakh.
  • Blind had this conversation between Naruto and the Kyuubi:
    Naruto: Will it (being Hokage) really make me happy?
    Kyuubi: Kid, I used to go around killing people thinking it would make me happy.
    Naruto: Did it?
    Kyuubi: Nope. But then I found a mate and we both went around killing people together and then I was happy.
    Naruto: You... are a sick bastard.
    Kyuubi: Yeah. But what did you learn from that?
    Naruto: I need a mate to be happy?
    Kyuubi: Most people do.
  • In the Heroes story Lost and Found, when Claire sees Danko shoot Elle, it allows her to access Elle's power and unleash an electrical Heart Beatdown on him.
  • In the Facing the Future Series, Sam has used this a couple of times when Danny needs to be pulled back after accidentally triggering his dangerous Super Mode.
    • It was implied that it was this that allowed Danny and Sam to regain their memories of each other and escape Nocturne's dream world.
  • Destiny is a Hazy Thing: The Power Of Love is so strong that even Eldritch Abominations aren't immune to it.
  • Children of Time: love is powerful enough to break and remake Time... and redeem a certain detective...
  • In the Horseshoes and Hand Grenades story, A Month of Sundays this is played straight and subverted. It's played straight with Mari who frees Miura from Gamou's mind control spell that forced him to become the Aries Zodiarts. Subverted with Yayoi with Haruto after being transformed into a Creepy Doll with a mentality of a five-year-old boy. He responds with What Is This Thing You Call "Love"? and she slices him up and leaves him to burn.
  • Invoked and subverted in the Ah! My Goddess fanfiction Haloes. Urd has a nasty bout with aphasia that robs her of spoken and written language, forcing her to communicate by pantomime and gibberish utterance. She later develops the ability to use music to convey her emotions and utters her very first word and sentence ("Keichi" and "I love you"), apparently out of sheer love.
    • Subverted: By then, she has merely learned to, at first very akwardly, translate her Starfish Language in human words. But the fact she was in love acted as a strong motivation to do so.
  • In the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Empath's Wedding", when Empath and Hefty find out that Smurfette's "heart" has been taken by Chlorhydris so that she could no longer feel love for anybody, including her husband-to-be Empath, Empath decides that he's going to give Smurfette his "heart" so she could feel love again when Hefty, willing to prove himself to be Smurfette's One True Love, decides to do it in Empath's place. Empath, wishing for Hefty to be a happy Smurf who would marry Smurfette instead of himself, returns the favor and gives Hefty his "heart".
  • In The End of Ends, Terra realizes who Count Logan really is and how her actions caused his rise to power. She then devotes herself to saving him because deep down, she loves him. This allows her to tap into the powers of the Light Prognosticus and over power Count Logan... it gets subverted though. All that she managed to do was roughen him up. Had it not been for The Starscream, Logan wouldn't have changed. It's only when he is mortally wounded that he began to redeem and not even the Power of Love was able to save him.
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, this is a frequent theme, particularly between Mega Man, his family, and Kalinka.
    • In episode 11, chapter 8, ProtoMan uses his love for Nomad to gather the courage to restore his old self. Two chapters later, he calms Nomad out of her destructive programming and pain. And in the finale of episode 11, memories of those he loves enable him to fight Wily's fear program and turn on him.
  • In the Star Trek (2009) fanfic Written in the Stars, the love between Fem!Kirk and Spock is shown to be so powerful that no matter the reality, the pair will always be drawn to each other.
    • A straight example occurs in chapter two, in which the Prime Fem!Kirk tells the Alt Reality Fem!Kirk about the incident with the Medusan, Kollos. In this story, the only way to cure the insanity (brought about by looking upon Kollos) is if the victim's true love locks eyes with said victim. Fem!Kirk did this when Spock goes insane, curing him within seconds.
    • Another straight example, similar to the first, happens when Spock goes crazy due to Pon Farr. He doesn't recognize anyone and attacks anyone on sight... except for Fem!Kirk, who he even protects from anything he considers a threat to her. It is revealed that this happened because he recognized her as his bondmate.
  • As the title implies, this is the central premise of Romance and the Fate of Equestria. It begins shortly after the show's Season 2 finale, where the Power of Love was witnessed firsthand, and Twilight decides to pursue romance for the purpose of supplementing her studies on The Power of Friendship, thus kick-starting the entire story.
  • The the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL fanfic series Numbershots considers this as the natural evolution of The Power of Friendship. During the Duel with the Numbers Distributor in "Numbershot C13: True Love Shines Through All", when Kotori combines it with ZEXAL, she becomes so powerful that she brings her beloved Yuma (who heroically sacrificed himself to save her just in the previous chapter) Back from the Dead. Before they proceed to thoroughly kick his ass by combining their ace monsters.
    ZEXAL!Kotori: This is a power someone like you could never understand. Numbers have hearts and feelings, like humans! They are capable of loving each other! And when you combine that love with the power of ZEXAL... the result is a power that cannot be stopped!
    Numbers Distributor: This is impossible! I killed you! You should be dead!
    ZEXAL!Kotori: Don't you listen? When the power of love is combined with the power of ZEXAL... anything can be accomplished!
  • God Slaying Blade Works:
    • Shirou Emiya has been seriously injured by Mordred and is almost out of mana, preventing him from using his magic. Then Mordred attempts to kill Guinevere. Arondight, the sword of Sir Lancelot, immediately appears in Shirou's hand and restores his energy so he can defend her. Lancelot loved Guinevere so much that his weapon was imbued with that love, and even though the Campione!verse Guinevere is a different person from the Nasuverse Guinevere, it would still do anything to protect her.
    • Shirou gets controlled by Venus, the Goddess of Love, but eventually breaks free because of his love for Sakura Matou.
  • This is basically the Central Theme of the Contractually Obligated Chaos series, best exemplified through a Call-Back to an actual quote from the source material.
    I believe that when you love someone, the impossible becomes possible.
  • Played for Drama in the Triptych Continuum. In this continuity, Cadence's alicorn magic makes her the one pony who can directly manipulate love. And unlike in many portrayals, she is not limited to reinforcing existing love. She can create love, destroy it, transfer it, all with a thought. Needless to say, she is terrified of what she could become if she let herself.
  • The Bridge:
    • Princess Cadance specializes in love magic, and the Crystal Heart is an Amplifier Artifact for love. It is among the only things able to reliably counter King Sombra's hate and darkness spells.
    • While the Sirens normally channel and feed on The Power of Hate, Aria Blaze eventually remembers that her mother Hymnia taught her a song that channels love. She finds that love feeds her and powers her up much more than hate does.
  • In Sword Art Online Abridged:
  • The Queen's Consort: It was light magic that gave Elsa amnesia, so it stands to reason that light magic can undo it, and what is more bright and pure than love? The trope is practically stated by name.
  • Advice and Trust:
    • Asuka and Shinji's love for each other is also the only reason why they manage to stay sane. And their love for Rei (regardless of what type of love it was) gave her support during her second detox.
    • Kaworu had found that feelings like love and lust are the strongest mental buffers against the Call (his subconscious desire to cause Third Impact), so situations where Rei returns his affections (like giving him a "platonic" kiss on Christmas or asking him out on a date) can drown it out entirely.
  • In The Dark Lady, while it was able to return Rumpel's memories after the Black Fairy cursed him, it is made clear that the Curse of the Dark One is immune to true love’s kiss (unlike all other curses).

    Films — Animation 
  • Yellow Submarine: To defeat the glove, All You Need Is Love.
  • The trope frequently pops up in the Disney Animated Canon (and in Disney in general).
    • Sleeping Beauty: Chillingly, Maleficent is one of the few villains who knows how powerful love is. Rather than trying to undo the True Love's Kiss Curse Escape Clause, she decides to build it into the Ironic Hell she's arranged for Prince Phillip. She gives him a terrifying Hannibal Lecture about how she'll release him once the full hundred years have past so that Aurora (who has slept in Narnia Time) will awaken to a broken, decrepit old man. If it weren't for the fairies' meddling, love would've kept Phillip going before destroying him.
    • The Sword in the Stone: Merlin tells Wart that love is a powerful force after a lovelorn female squirrel becomes heartbroken when Wart is transformed back into a human.
      Merlin: You know, lad, that love business is a powerful thing.
      Wart: Greater than gravity?
      Merlin: Well yes, boy, in its way... yes, I'd say it's the greatest force on earth.
    • Disney's Beauty and the Beast where the Beast, seemingly dead, is revived and turns into a Prince when Belle tells him she loves him.
    • And the theme song from the movie was sung by Celine Dion. See below.
    • While love doesn't actually accomplish anything supernatural in the Aladdin films, the fact that genies can't cause people to fall in love puts Love on the same level of greater-than-phenomenal-cosmic-power as Life or Death.
    • In Frozen, an act of true love is the only thing that can save Anna from turning into solid ice. And in a surprising twist for a Disney movie, the act of love is not True Love's Kiss, or even romantic love, but Anna sacrificing herself for her sister Elsa. An act of true familial love on Anna's part. Love also turns out to be the trigger that allows Elsa to control her ice powers.
  • The Book of Life:
    • A major theme of the film.
      Del Toro: It’s the story of two lovers who refuse to be separated by anything... it's about love not giving up.
    • Manolo Sanchez. His voice actor states that his true power is love.
  • Disney's Mulan II, supported by Politically Correct History.
  • In Rio, the power of love is what gives Blu the power to fly.
  • The Secret of NIMH: Only when her children were in mortal danger did Mrs. Brisby's love and courage become a tangible force, with the Stone as a foci. Even more explicit is the Stone's inscription: "You can unlock any door, if you only have the key." According to the Theme Song Flying Dreams, "Love is the key."
  • Averted, in the DVD version of the Disney film Pocahontas. She invokes this in the if I never knew you song, singing that with their love she thought "Somehow we'd make the whole world bright", but as she notes in the following line, that didn't exactly work out. Much of the hostilities in the film are an unintended result of their relationship, though she regrets nothing.
  • In Strange Magic, the only thing that can break the power of a love potion is true love.
  • In The Swan Princess, the only way to break Odette's curse was to make a vow of everlasting love and prove it to the world. Prince Derek does this by defeating Rothbart so that she could live as well as asking for her forgiveness and telling her the reasons that he loves her.
  • In Kubo and the Two Strings, Kubo defeats his grandfather the Moon King by applying a weaponized version of this!

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The trope takes its name and first sentence from the Huey Lewis and the News song of the same name, which was written for and featured in Back to the Future. The film provides many examples of The Power of Love. Sometimes The Power of Creepy Probably-Incestuous Love. This is also apparent in Back to the Future 3, when Clara Clayton transforms herself from a quiet schoolteacher to a full on superwoman, who can scale trains in motion, in order to catch up with Doc before he goes back to 1985.
  • The tagline for the film Breaking the Waves is "Love is a mighty power", though the film employs this trope in just about the most horrific manner imaginable, leaving you to ponder the mental state of the filmmaker.
  • Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man uses this trope in conjunction with The Four Loves as The Everyman protagonist/narrator goes on his metaphorical journey through life. The story postulates that a person's fulfillment comes when they hold three metaphorical keys within them: "Dreams, faith, and love." Love turns out to be the most important of them. As a child, he has all three with Affection/Family (represented by his guides, the Flounes) as the source of love, but adolescent rebellion and a desire for Romantic Love as a young adult leads him to pursue the latter via a Deal with the Devil for material gain. Because The Dark Side Will Make You Forget, he loses his dreams and faith along with any kind of love, becoming an aloof middle-aged man alone in the world — then a Vagabond Girl and her companions reach out to him with Friendship. This moves him enough that in accepting their love he not only regains all three keys but also becomes an embodiment of Unconditional Love and a completely fulfilled person who can guide others towards similar enlightenment.
  • Averted in Dance of the Dead, after the students (well, MOST of them anyway) manage to escape the school and the zombie infestation, Jimmy and Lindsey share a passionate kiss in front of the school, at the exact same time as the building explodes. The timing would indicate that it's the passion between the two rekindled young lovers that is causing the explosion, but it's really just the metric ton of C4 Coach Keel set up around the perimeter.
  • This is the whole Aesop of Disney's Enchanted, right down to True Love's Kiss.
  • In Ernest Scared Stupid, trolls can be killed by milk (which represents "a mother's care"). When Trantor becomes more powerful, milk can't stop him. The only thing Ernest can do is to defeat him with "the heart of a child" — unconditional love — and hugging and dancing with him does the trick.
  • At the end of the 1926 film adaptation of Faust, Faust flings himself onto Gretchen's pyre as she is being burned at the stake, and they are Together in Death. Mephisto believes that he has won The Bet with the archangel and now has dominion over the earth. The archangel holds otherwise, saying that one word has broken Faust's contract with Mephisto, won the bet for the angel, and saved humanity from Mephisto's rule. The film ends with a zoom in on the single word "LIEBE."
  • The Fifth Element, where the five central elements in the universe are earth, fire, wind, water ... and love. Could also be a subversion as, according to Luc Besson, the titular element is actually sex.
  • Freaky Friday (2003) has a non-romantic example, in which Tess and Anna must demonstrate familial "selfless love" in order to return to each other's bodies.
  • In G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, during the film's climax the Baroness is able to subdue the nanites that are controlling her because her love for Duke is stronger than the nanites' influence over her mind. Looks like love > technology!
  • In the first Harry Potter film (see its main mention under Literature), the sacrificial love protection that protected Harry from Voldemort's curse is taken a step further from the book when it enables Harry to reduce Quirrell to a pile of dust by touching him.
  • Help!: Most of the songs are about this topic.
  • In Hook, the grown up Peter regains his ability to fly when he remembers the love and joy he felt when his son was born.
  • In Interstellar, Cooper's love for his daughter enables him to literally transcend time and space to give her younger self the information required to save humanity.
  • In Krull, the Power of Love manifests itself at the climax as the ability to throw fireballs. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • In Manborg, love is what gives #1 Man the strength and hope to fight for humanity again. To quote an exchange between him and the Baron:
    The Baron: What pathetic human desire made you throw it all away? It wasn't love, was it?
    #1 Man: Yes.
    The Baron: [looks down somewhat dejectedly] Oh.
  • In the denouement to A Matter of Life and Death, the protagonist wins a second chance at life by virtue of love being the most powerful force in the world of the living, and therefore triumphing over the power of the celestial jury.
  • In The Matrix, it appears that Neo's transformation into The One is sparked by Trinity telling his mostly-dead body that she loves him. However, the Power of Logic is also implicated: She loves Neo. She was told by the oracle that the man she loved would be the One; therefore, Neo is the One. The One would not be dead; therefore, Neo cannot be dead.
    • And the fact that the sensation of Trinity kissing him makes Neo realize that despite the Matrix input, he isn't actually dead, so it makes sense.
  • In The Naked Gun, Frank's power of love break's Jane's Mind Control.
  • In Next, the precognitive abilities of Nicolas Cage's character only allow him to see up to 2 minutes into his own future, except, for no apparent reason, for one recurring vision that presages the arrival of his eventual love interest. Once he's finally met and slept with her, he can see further ahead than ever before.
  • Believe it or not, this is how Freddy Krueger is defeated in A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge. When Freddy possesses the hero of the film, Jesse, and chases his girlfriend Lisa, Lisa states that she still loves him and kisses Jesse/Freddy. Jesse gains the strength to fight Freddy from within and destroy him, regaining control of his body.
  • One Way Passage is a tragic romance between two doomed lovers — Dan is an escaped convict being taken back to San Francisco by boat to be executed, while fellow passenger Joan has a terminal illness. Throughout the film, Dan and Joan have been making toasts, breaking the glasses, and lying the stems of the shattered glasses on top of each other, as a symbol of their love. Dan and Joan pledge to meet each other at the Agua Caliente restaurant on New Year's Eve. When they land, Dan is taken away to Death Row, and Joan faints, presumably dying. The last scene is at a bar on New Year's. A melancholy Skippy is drinking at the Agua Caliente bar, with neither Dan nor Joan in attendance. Suddenly a sound of breaking glass is heard. The last shot shows the stems of two shattered glasses, one lying on top of the other one.
  • Pacific Rim: Because Synchronization requires two people, they have to get along really well with no secrets.
  • In Peter Pan, Wendy asks if she can give him a "thimble" and kisses him. This actually makes the guy BURST INTO FLIGHT WITH A HUGE SMILE ON HIS FACE, and his feelings for Wendy allows him to come back and beat Hook (with the help of the Darling siblings and the Lost boys chanting "Old! Alone! Done for!" towards Hook).
    Wendy: This belongs to you, and always will.
  • In Pleasantville, it's The Power Of Love (or just plain old Auto Erotica) that changes the entire TV show from black and white to colour.
    • Technically, it's the Power of Change that causes people to, well, change color. The conversion happens when the one-dimensional citizens of Pleasantville do something unexpected or uncharacteristic. For the most of the supporting cast, this was when they had sex, which didn't exist in their world before. The two main characters, coming from the real world, had a harder time gaining color, but likewise changed when they did something they normally wouldn't do note .
    • The changes happen when a character does something that isn't just pleasant. For some it's love, but there are other causes, such as anger. So it's not the power of love, but the power of passion.
  • In the second Poltergeist, it's the "light of the family" shed by the Freelings' love for one another that repels the Big Bad on the Other Side.
  • The Princess Bride references the power of "true love" several times. In the very beginning, Wesley asserts that he will be reunited with Buttercup because of the power of their love. Later in the film, he resists deadly torture by becoming only "mostly dead." When his comatose body is asked why he's still "slightly alive," Wesley moans, "Truuuuee loooove." Buttercup also asserts that her love cannot be denied, but it's mostly for show. She's ready to kill herself when Wesley suddenly appears and scolds her for her lack of faith.
  • Santo vs. la hija de Frankestein: Santo's girlfriend is hypnotized and ordered to cut out his eyes and deliver them to Dr Frankenstein. She gets as far as holding the knife over the helpless luchador's face before this trope snaps her out of it.
  • Parodied in Scary Movie 3. Upon hearing Cindy and George express their love for each other, the corpse of Tabitha turns into a beautiful little girl and says that their love has broken the curse and she won't ever have to kill again. "Really?" asks Cindy and Tabitha turns back into a corpse and admits "Nah, I was just screwing with you."
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World subverts the trope. Scott gains a weapon called The Power of Love from proclaiming his love to Ramona in the climax. The weapon isn't strong enough, so he dies. On his second attempt, he instead proclaims that he's fighting for himself and gets The Power of Self-Respect, which is vastly superior.
  • In the film version of Stardust, Yvaine's love for Tristan allows her to go supernova and incinerate Lamia. Because of her love, Tristan now "possessed the heart a star" and got bonus immortality too.
  • A theme throughout the Star Wars saga. In Return of the Jedi, it's how Luke helps his father Darth Vader get out of the Dark Side and become Anakin Skywalker again.
  • There are few places where TRON shows off its Disney origins, but this and The Power of Friendship overrides even the nastiest brainwashing. In the first, the title character pulls his "counterpart" (equivalent of "wife") Yori out of a repurposed state. In the second... a good, solid look from Flynn pulls him back from twenty years of enslavement.
  • A more cynical and indirect usage: In the film Ultraviolet, the heroine weeps over a dead boy, causing him to come back to life — because her tears infected him with vampirism.
  • In The Wolfman (2010), Lawrence's feelings for Gwen bring out what's left of his humanity, but only right before Gwen "sets him free."
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • X-Men: First Class: When Charles is helping all of the mutants train, the most effective memory to focus Erik's powers is Channukah with his mother, before the Holocaust.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse: If Charles has a secondary mutation, it would be this — he has the ability to "transform" the people around him into better versions of themselves. His unwavering love and support for his daughter figure Jean allows her to overcome her fears about her Phoenix power, and she fries Apocalypse with deadly efficiency, saving the world and the Professor's life in the process. Magneto pulls a Heel–Face Turn when he realizes that his love for Xavier is stronger than his hate towards human society, which has murdered his family twice over. Peter could've easily returned to his mother's basement and continue wasting his potential after the Final Battle (especially considering that he had decided to withhold from Erik that he's his son), but it's implied that Maximoff was touched by Charles' worry for his well-being when Xavier had created a telepathic link between them while Quicksilver was fighting Apocalypse. It should be noted that Charles hadn't spoken to Peter in a decade, but the former's capacity for love is so great that he had opened his mind to a young mutant whom he barely knows, and he sincerely cared about whether Maximoff got hurt or not. The self-described "total loser" Quicksilver is now a member of the X-Men who can make a positive difference in the world.

  • To quote Virgil, "Omnia vincit Amor"note  and "Et nos cedamus Amori..."note 
  • In L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series, this is what saves Gilbert from dying of typhoid fever, though in a non-magical way. Heartbroken over Anne's rejection and sick as a dog, he gets a letter from Anne's friend informing him that Anne is not getting married to Roy Gardner (her beau of two years) and advises Gilbert to "try again". He remarks to Anne later that the doctors were amazed at the speed of his recovery after that.
  • The Power of Love was a particularly troubling notion to the Legalists during the Warring States Period, as it could inspire people to defy the government in favour of getting a better deal for their families. Hence, The Book of Lord Shang advises taking measures to keep peasants occupied with nothing more than farming, and to prevent them from having more than a subsistence living.
  • In the moving final lines of The Bridge of San Luis Rey, the Abbess Maria contemplates the souls of those who have died and those who are still alive but will come after them. She concludes that love is the only thing that gives life meaning.
    Maria: But soon we shall die and all memory of those five will have left the earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return to the love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.
  • Scarlett's sister Tella dies at the end of Caraval. Since she wasn't one of Legend's performers, she should not have come back to life, but Scarlett used the power of love to wish her back.
  • This is a strong theme in Chronicles Of Nick. Every action done for love yields good long term effects, even if short term is harder to deal with. Meanwhile actions done for revenge or anger always come back to haunt the perpetrator.
  • In The Chronicles of Prydain, this is used to make the Pelydryn illuminate the night sky so that it appears to be noon.
  • Emily Elizabeth's love is what caused Clifford the Big Red Dog to become so big, even though he was the runt of the litter. The Expository Theme Tune of the Scholastic animated version lays it out — "Clifford needed Emily, so she chose him for her own / And her love made Clifford grow so big that the Howards had to leave their home."
  • In Devon Monk's Dead Iron, LeFel has to kill Jeb because otherwise his and Mae's love would protect her.
  • The Divine Comedy:
    • Despite every assurance of Virgil, Dante is wholly unwilling to go through the final firewall between Purgatory and Heaven until he hears Beatrice's name. By virtue of that romantic love, Dante summons the courage to go through a fire more intense than anything on Earth to find Beatrice on the other side.
    • The last verse of Paradiso and the Comedy as a whole describes God as "the love that moves the Sun and the other stars." This Happy Ending gives reason for this epic to be called a Comedy since nothing could provide greater joy than to know that the essence of existence is an eternal love between Father, Son, and Spirit.
  • In Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files love is poison to the White Court, a species of vampires (specifically, the Raith family) who feed on human lust, fear, and/or despair.
    • On a more ambiguous note, Harry is only able to help Susan, who has been bitten and partially transformed into a Red Court vampire and is drugged and newly bloodthirsty break out of it when he tells her he loves her. It's beautiful and tragic.
    • There also exists Amoracchius, The Sword of Lovenote . Anyone who wields it in proper cause is a major power in that world. There also exist Swords of Hope and Faith, but it's slightly implied that Love is the greatest of them.
      • Another Book says it right out: "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
    • Uriel tells Harry, "Whatever you do, do it for love. If you keep to that, your path will never wander so far from the light that you can never return." Taking this advice, Harry departs so far from the light that very few people have ever returned. How these factors will interact in future books is anyone's guess.
    • Queen Mab has a healthy respect for this emotion.
      Mab: So many terrible things are done for love. For love will men mutilate themselves and murder rivals. For love will even a peaceful man go to war. For love, man will destroy himself, and that right willingly.
    • One character even equates Love with the Creation of Universe. Especially when one considers many are conceived during an act of unconditional love. Major Spoiler for Skin Game. And so when Lash, shadow of a Fallen Angel, willingly died to save the life of Harry Dresden, her host, she did so out of her genuine and unconditional love. What remained after that merged with the bit of Harry's soul he gave her and from it something new was created: A child. A spirit of Intellect carried inside Harry's head, though he didn't know this. She has all the knowledge of a Fallen Angel but nurtured on the feelings of love Harry has for his friends and family.
  • Takes a dark twist in Dune. Doctor Yueh is Beneath Suspicion as The Mole due to his Sukh mental conditioning which prevents him from purposefully taking another life. While suborning Sukh conditioning is supposed to be impossible, the Harkonnens' Mentat Piter De Vries claims that with the right lever one can move a planet. Yueh's wife Wannah is that "lever". When Yueh eventually betrays the Duke, he tells him that some things have greater sway over his mind than his conditioning.
  • David Eddings:
    • In The Belgariad and The Malloreon, 'Zakath was newly crowned at eighteen, madly in love and a candidate for becoming The Good King. A plot against his life was perpetrated by his lover, so he sentenced her to death. Too late, he learned she had been an innocent set up by the Murgo king, Taur Urgas. After a month locked in his room, Zakath emerged as a combination of Love Makes You Evil and the Empty Shell. Decades later, his life is saved by the mysterious Cyradis who then puts her own life into his hands to ensure he helps the heroes. Love Redeems him into a Good Is Not Soft version of The Good King.
    • In The Elenium and The Tamuli, there is the goddess Aphrael. Her "real" form is an adult woman, but she always appears to everyone as an eight year old girl. This allows her to use The Power Of Love on everyone. When a cute young girl asks to sit in your lap, no one can refuse. Once she sits in your lap and gives you a kiss, she will get her way on everything she wants.
  • In Ella Enchanted the main character (Cinderella) is cursed to always be obedient, no matter who gives her orders. When the prince she loves proposes to her she is horrified because she is certain that someone will use her to hurt him (and her wicked stepmother and stepsisters immediately order her to say "yes"). She promptly tells him that she is cursed (violating one of the oldest and strongest orders that her parents gave to her). Ella goes on confessing to him and explaining why she can't marry him for two pages before she realizes that her curse has been broken by The Power Of Love.
  • A central theme in The English Patient is the question of whether love can transcend national boundaries in wartime. The short answer? Yes. The long answer? Yes, but the results aren't always pretty, and don't necessarily last.
  • In The Fangs Of Kaath, the power of love in the heroes is able to repel the minions of the titular demon as if they are physically burned and cancel out a magic poison at the book's climax.
  • In Galaxy of Fear: The Planet Plague, Tash gets infected with The Blob Monster Virus and thanks to it becomes more irritable and driven by thoughts of Revenge for Alderaan. Negative emotions seem to speed the progression, and at the climax she's oozing slime and having blob goo tendrils waving out of her skin and has to stop and instead focus on what she's fighting for and her love for the dead. The tendrils drop off. She's not cured, but it handles the symptoms until she can be taken to be treated. Vaguely justified, in that she's Force Sensitive and a doctor earlier exposited about the illness.
    "Your body has a certain temperature, and usually it creates certain kinds of chemicals in your blood, your brain, and all the different parts of your body. But when your body changes — as when you are angry, or sad, or when you are sick — your body temperature changes, and your brain sends signals to produce different chemicals. Somehow this virus affects those signals and feeds off of them."
  • The running theme of The Gargoyle is that no matter how much tragedy that the Narrator and Marianne Engel go through, including their maybe past-lives, their love for each other is strong enough to carry them on to the next life.
  • Subverted in the Georgina Kincaid series by Mead. The heroine is a succubus, feeding on lifeforce through sex. Everytime she has sex. It means that she cannot sleep with the one she loves, ever, because that would shorten his life.
  • In the Harry Potter series, love is said to be the source of the force which saved Harry from Voldemort in his infancy, and is cited as the secret power he has over You-Know-Who.
    • On the other hand, love is the reason for Severus Snape's decision to betray Lord Voldemort, who could neither understand nor detect this decision because it was motivated by love. Voldemort's blindness to the emotion also leaves him vulnerable to the Malfoy family's betrayal. It's patently obvious to anyone watching (ie. Dumbledore, Harry) that any of those three would sell him down the river in a heartbeat to save the other two.
    • The ultimate example of how love is his power is near the finale of the story when Harry, to protect his friends, allows himself to be killed. His love for them was so great that he gave up his life, and in so doing destroyed the Horcrux embedded within his soul, leaving Voldemort vulnerable. Voldemort could not imagine somebody killing themselves for another and so didn't realize the significance of the sacrifice. More than that, his willingness to die for them provided everyone in the castle with the same type of protection his mother gave him.
    • Word of God states that the reason that Molly Weasley was made to kill Bellatrix Lestrange was to show that a mother's love is far more powerful than an obsessive, fanatic love.
    • Used subtly in Deathly Hallows. Harry's love for his girlfriend Ginny helps keep him together after Ron ditches him and Hermione.
    • At its basic core, The Power Of Love in Harry Potter means the ability to care about another person, even more than about yourself. This is what Harry has and Voldemort lacks, and this is why Harry is always surrounded by close friends and reliable allies, that would die to protect him, and why Voldemort only has groupies and vultures with him, held in line with fear.
  • The Heroes of Olympus series:
    • This is how Piper saves Jason. Either that or he was Only Mostly Dead.
    • Arguably, while she does have feelings for Jason, it may not have had anything to do with that— she simply Charmspoke his soul to keep it from going to Hades. Still technically fits the trope, since only children of Aphrodite, goddess of love, can do this...
    • It was revealed in the second book that the Doors Of Death are open and heroes can escape death for the same reason that monsters reform almost instantly. The Power of Love probably helped, but Gwen got back by herself, so...
    • In The Son of Neptune Percy's memory has been wiped but Amnesia Missed a Spot: the name of his girlfriend Annabeth. Their relationship was too strong to erase completely, and his feelings for her motivate him to keep fighting throughout the book. It pays off: He gets both his memories and Annabeth back.
  • His Dark Materials:
    • Basically the entire point of The Amber Spyglass: as the second Eve, Lyra experiencing love helps to maintain the flow of Dust through The Multiverse. Complicated by the fact that the local Corrupt Church believes the prophecy to refer to a second Fall of Man instead, as well as by jittery publishers who censored what reads like a Did They or Didn't They? scene between underage characters. At minimum, though, True Love's Kiss helped save the multiverse.
    • The subtle knife is an Absurdly Sharp Blade that can cut through any material object and even the fabric of the universe. Yet the blade will shatter if the user thinks of a loved one as they use the knife. It is strongly implied this is because the knife cannot cut through love.
  • In Robert E. Howard's The Hour of the Dragon, this is what inspires Zenobia to rescue Conan the Barbarian from the oubliette.
  • Everything Peeta does in The Hunger Games is motivated by his love for Katniss. Until he is hijacked into hating her and wanting to kill her in Mockingjay.
  • Journey to Chaos:
    • Generally speaking, love is one of the domains of Chaos (as is all emotion) and used for holy chaos magic.
    • In the third book, Mana Mutation Menace, Eric's Declaration of Protection to Annala enables him to overcome ordercraft mind control (with chaotic assistance from Annala herself).
    • Also in the third book, The Four Loves are essential to the only known method of curing "monsanity", A.K.A. mental mana mutation. Even after the Face–Monster Turn, there is at least one person that the new monster refuses to attack. This person can then help a specialist restore the victim's sanity.
  • Tom Holt J.W. Wells & Co. series:
    • In The Portable Door, the only way to get the swords out of the stones to get a hold of the keys on the end is to have two people who are in love pulling them.
    • An even more bizarre version comes from You Don't Have to be Evil to Work Here. Screwing with True Love actually causes the entire Universe to go a bit out of whack, and maths stops working properly.
  • In Kushiel's Legacy, perfect selfless love is the key to "make of the self a vessel where there is no self", and thereby hear the True Name of God. Phedre achieves it when she offers herself as a sacrifice in her soon-to-be adopted son's place.
  • Legacy of the Dragokin: Kalak uses this to temporarily overturn Mordak's control and then to exorcise the monster from his own body in addition to Zarracka's.
  • In the Lensman series, this is what enables Clarissa to find and bring back Kinnison after he went through the Hell Hole and was trapped in a far off dimension that not even Mentor and the children could find. The chapter's even called "The Power of Love".
  • Charles Dickens tended to like this trope, but particularly in the case of Little Dorrit, when Love triumphs over parental abuse, economic swindles, psychological imprisonment, and hidden wrongs.
  • There is an interesting use of this trope at the climax of Tad Williams's Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series. Just when it seems as if the Big Bad Storm King is about to be unleashed on the mortal world, The Hero Simon finally understands why he's been Dreaming of Things to Come about the creature's backstory as the Sitha prince Ineluki. It is to prepare him for the realization that the reason for Ineluki's desire to destroy existence is how brutally he suffered in life trying to defend his people from the depredations of mankind. This revelation allows him to do the one thing that doesn't feed the Storm King's power — forgive him, which weakens him just enough for Miramele to kill his physical host.
    Simon: No... I will fear you, but I will not hate you.
    Camaris: Forgiven... yes, let all be forgiven...
  • In Poul Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest, The Power Of Love drives the magical rings that Oberon and Titania give Prince Rupert and Jennifer. Unfortunately, along comes The Vamp with a Love Potion and then they must soldier on without the magic.
  • In Kate DiCamillo's The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, this is what Edward learns.
  • In Teresa Frohock's Miserere: An Autumn Tale, Lucian's deliberate attempt to keep from loving Lindsay, to protect her, weakened him; when he realized it, he let himself love her.
  • In the book Once Upon a Marigold, Marigold's love for Crispin heals him of his arrow wound.
    Doctor: I've heard of laughter being the best medicine, but it seems love is even stronger medicine!
  • In L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero in Hell, Miranda learns how the Sibyl acts as the instrument for the love of one of The Powers That Be.
  • The novelization of Revenge of the Sith invokes this to turn the book's ending, a bit harsher than the film's, more bittersweet.
    The dark is generous, and it is patient, and it always wins — but in the heart of its strength lies weakness: one lone candle is enough to hold it back.
    Love is more than a candle.
    Love can ignite the stars.
  • Schooled in Magic: Discussed and mocked in Work Experience. Some of the ballads about Emily claim she defeated Shadye by using this, to her embarrassment, finding the idea it could work on a monster like him absurd.
  • In Space Beasts, The Power of Love is what drives the plot. The Prophecy that sets the plot in motion states, "If a virgin human male loves a humanimal female with all his heart and he loses his virginity to her, then the universe will be altered and all intelligent beings will become equal."
  • In the Star Wars Legends (Fate of the Jedi: Ascension) Jaina Invokes this for the above-mentioned events, while vouching for Ben's Sith Apprentice girlfriend, Vestara:
    "I don't want to get too sentimental here, uncle Luke, but don't underestimate The Power Of Love. It's pulled two family members back from the Dark Side already. Ben's sixteen, but he's not a fool."
    • In the Expanded Universe, Qui-Gon Jinn explains that love, a connection to others, is a prerequisite for becoming a Force Ghost.
  • In Robert A. Heinlein's Time Enough for Love, the subject of love is debated extensively by the characters. It is Lazarus Long's opinion that love is the only thing that could make life worth living for thousands of years, and being loved can go so far as to cause complex computers to become self-aware.
  • The Unexplored Summon://Blood-Sign features an unusual example where it's the Big Bad who benefits from this. At the end of the fifth volume, the White Queen is next to the love of her life, Kyousuke. An army of Unexplored-Class Materials — beings more powerful than gods, whose very nature is to seal the Queen's power — is approaching with the intention of killing her, and Kyousuke would undoubtedly be killed in the crossfire. But the Queen manages to defeat them all, while ensuring that not a single attack hits Kyousuke.
  • In Warm Bodies, the power of love brings a zombie back to life.
  • In The Wheel of Time, The Chosen One becomes more and more nihilistic and self-destructive as a result of the memories of his past life, when he was driven mad and killed his entire family. What brings him back from the brink?
    Why? Rand thought with wonder. Because each time we live, we get to love again. ... If I live again, then she might as well!
  • Wind And Sparks cycle by Alexey Pehov is a rather cynical Dark Fantasy full of subversions, yet the trope is played surprisingly straight. The greatest magician in history wrote a lot about how powerful love is, but nothing about how to harness that power. Probably he never did. The heroes studying his papers discard that bit as useless. Yet they unwittingly manage to use it several times. Only in the end the Physical God explains everything to the narrator protagonist Ness. To properly teach all sides of magic "spark" the first teacher has to strongly and sincerely love somebody. Ginora loved her stepdaughter to the point of shortening her life to save her, Layen loved Ness and frequently risked her life for him, Shen started teaching Rona after they fell in love... this also applies to the Big Bads before their Start of Darkness. Later they grew too bitter, wallowing in their grievances too much, and the sparks they kindled were flawed, if not outright dark.
  • The Witcher: In The Last Wish Geralt notes that true love has magical power. In the book's various vignettes two curses are broken by it.
  • In Andre Norton's Witch World novel Year of the Unicorn, Gillian's love inspires Herrel to take on the rest of the Were-Riders.
  • A Double Subversion in Wizard's First Rule. The subversion is in Kahlan's power which uses a person's love to make them a slave to her will. This completely destroys a person, with no possibility of reversal, and causes her to be hated and feared, despite being the de facto ruler of the land. The double subversion comes in the climax, where Richard's love for Kahlan protects him from her power, allowing them to get together.
  • In A Wrinkle in Time, Meg is able to save her little brother Charles Wallace from being possessed by IT through the power of her love for him. She suspects that if anyone ever offered love to IT, IT would shrivel up and die.
  • In The Kane Chronicles, Carter Kane has been poisoned by a magical poison. His sister Sadie Kane can only heal him if she learns his true name. She does not find out about him until she tells him that he is her brother, and she will always love him, no matter what she knows about him. This shows that he means a lot to her, although they do not always get along well.
  • Averted in Ravelling Wrath. Even though Rinn and Yali love each other, Yali explicitly states that Rinn's love would not be enough to stop Rinn from killing her under the Blood God's influence.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • In the season 6 finale Xander saves the world from Dark Willow by standing in front of her and telling her repeatedly that she is his Best Friend Forever and he will never not love her (albeit non-romantically) no matter what she does. An alternate reading is that Xander is reminding Willow of who she really is by presenting her with the most powerful (surviving) figure in her "real" life and her connection with him. He was sort of "bringing her back to herself".
      Xander: Guess what, I still love you.
    • Season 5's Arc Words: Death is [Buffy's] gift, but love is [her] power.
    • Quinten Travers from the Watcher's Council has Giles fired as Buffy's watcher in Season 3. The Reason? "You have a father's love for The Slayer, and that's useless to the cause". Giles has no official duty as a Watcher for almost two years of the show; for that time, his entire motive for supporting Buffy is out of loyalty and patriarchal affection.
    • The Power of Love could easily fit into the character Angel in the Buffyverse. He had fallen in love with Buffy at first sight, given a reason to live and a purpose. He had also still loved Buffy for over 100s of years while in a Acathla dimension after she had to kill him and displayed extreme selflessness and loyalty when he broke up with her, wanting her to have a normal life.
  • Doctor Who:
    • In "Fear Her", we meet an alien quite literally powered by a combination of love and heat — such that the Olympic Torch serves as the perfect agent for restoring its strength.
    • A Dalek sleeper agent android overcame his Dalek programming by thinking of a woman he fancied.
    • In the Series 5 finale "The Big Bang", Rory's love for Amy keeps him sane through nearly two thousand years of nothing but standing next to a box and protecting it.
    • Something of a recurring theme in Series 5: In "The Lodger", the reason that the Pilot Program couldn't use Craig as a pilot was because he didn't want to leave England... because he loved Sophie. Prompting the Doctor and Amy to shout, "KISS HER!"
      The Doctor: The planet's about to burn! For God's sake, KISS THE GIRL!!!
    • Appears in the sequel episode to "The Lodger", Series 6's "Closing Time", after Craig is able to overcome the Cybermen process of turning him into their leader by hearing his son crying and in need of him. It is so strong it feeds back into the rest of their circuits and undoes their emotional inhibitors, which makes their heads explode. Doubles as Papa Wolf moment as well.
      Craig: I blew them up with love...
      The Doctor: No, that's impossible, and also grossly over-sentimental and over-simplistic. You destroyed them because of the deeply ingrained hereditary trait to protect one's own genes, which in turn triggered a... a... [everyone is staring at him] Yeah. Love. You blew them up with love.
    • River Song takes the cake in the series 6 finale — she collapses history itself simply to tell the Doctor how much she loves him. What's more, to tell the Doctor how much he is loved. By her more than anyone, but also by the millions and millions of people he's helped all throughout the universe.
      River: You have decided that the universe is better off without you, but the universe doesn't agree.
    • Subverted in "Asylum of the Daleks", where The Doctor fools Amy into thinking that holding onto and remembering Love will prevent her from becoming a Dalek Puppet after she's infected with Dalek Nanogenes. In reality, it's a plot to get Amy and Rory to discuss Amy's infertility and their recent divorce so that they'll get back together.
    • Comes into play twice over in the Series 8 finale "Death in Heaven": First, Earth is saved from Missy's army of Cybermen when the converted Danny Pink's love for Clara Oswald is enough to override his programming, whereupon he commands and leads the army into the clouds of Cyberpollen to self-destruct and destroy them. Second, when the Doctor is faced with the sad prospect of killing Missy in cold blood, it's another uncontrollable Cyberman who shoots her instead: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, whose love of his daughter Kate (whom he saved from the crashing UNIT plane) and his country overrode his programming.
    • Played with in the three-part finale stretch of Series 9. In "Heaven Sent", the Doctor's platonic love for Clara Oswald gives him the strength to endure an ordeal in a torture chamber for billions of years. There's a problem, though: She was Killed Off for Real in the previous episode, "Face the Raven". In the Season Finale "Hell Bent", it turns out that enduring the ordeal was the only way he could return to his homeworld and acquire the means to pull her out of time right before her death, which might destroy the entire universe. Thus, Love Makes You Evil. In the end, Love Redeems: When Clara objects to his plans to mind wipe her, he realizes he's been selfish and their friendship/love is too strong for him to be his best self. He endures a mind wipe and forgets her. He reconstructs his memories of the time he spent with her, but not her face, voice, etc.; they go separate ways, and all is well.
  • Game of Thrones: Averted horribly when Daenerys tries to use this to bring Khal Drogo out of a coma. Of course, it doesn't work, which is on par with the theme of the series.
  • A very strange and freaky example: in Jekyll, Claire is told that the Hyde personality first emerges when the original personality falls in love — pure, unrestrained love, the type you are likely to kill over. And, thanks to the Hyde personality, likely are going to.
  • For some reason, Cylons can only reproduce if they're in love. They have all the equipment, but it just doesn't work otherwise.
  • Villain example: In Juuken Sentai Gekiranger, Mele is driven by and draws strength from the love she holds for Rio, the main villain. And with all the Character Development and Pet the Dog moments they get, it hardly comes as a surprise to anyone when, in the end, Rio discovers that he also loved Mele all along, and both do a Heel–Face Turn to defeat Treacherous Advisor-turned-Big Bad Long. In the second round of said fight they sacrifice themselves as a Redemption Equals Death, after Long turned out to be immortal. It didn't take the second time either; Love may conquer all (twice), but some people just won't stay dead...
  • Phil of the Future: Phil and Keely. They are from two different centuries. Yet they end up together.
  • In Babylon 5, the power of love was critical to Sheridan's return from the dead at Za'ha'dum. When John Sheridan says, "I'll never leave you, Delenn, not even if the whole universe stood between us," he damn well means it.
  • Subverted in the finale of the first series of Being Human. George THINKS the reason he was pacified when Nina saw him transform is true love but, as he muses about their 'connection' the next day, it cuts to her rubbing huge scratches on her arm, implying that it's not so much love as that she's now a werewolf and he's fixated on her the same way Tully was fixated on him.
  • Jeeves and Wooster: The court scene in the episode "Right Ho, Jeeves" was interrupted by the arrival of Madeline Basset, who used the Power of Love to keep Bertie out of jail. Going into a story about how he broke into a house and "stole" a picture of her because he was "so madly in love with her," she has the whole courtroom moved to tears in about ten seconds. They weren't actually in love at the time, which makes this an interesting subversion of sorts, although Madeline spends the entire series convinced Bertie loves her; He spends it trying not to get engaged to her again.
  • Whitelighters' powers in Charmed are triggered by love. It is also expressly stated to be the greatest of all powers, stronger than the power of three.
    • The Power of Love is specifically used twice to trigger Whitelighter healing abilities: First when Piper (via a power switching spell) has Leo's healing abilities in order to save him, but they don't work until she admits her love for him; Second when Paige (who is half-Whitelighter but has never before been able to heal without channeling the power through Leo) gains the ability to heal on her own power only when she is faced with her boyfriend Henry dying of a bullet wound.
  • In The Wanderer the mere presence of the Knight's ladylove, even though she's unconscious, gives him the power to defeat his Big Bad brother.
  • Supernatural:
    • Made fun of in "Point of No Return": when a character asks how the Winchesters propose to stop the End of the World, a suicidal Dean snarks back "Well, we're working on the Power of Love." "How's that going?" "Mmm. Not good."
    • Despite Dean losing faith in his little brother, Sam's faith in him was enough to make Dean change his mind after agreeing to let Michael possess him to kill Lucifer.
    • Played straight at the end of season five. In Sam's plan to prevent both Lucifer's Apocalypse and Michael's battle with Lucifer that will destroy half the world, the power of love does save the day. Dean's presence gives Sam the strength to beat Lucifer and throw himself (with Lucifer inside) into Hell's solitary confinement.
    • Played straight when John fights off Azazel's control in "Devil's Trap", refusing to attack Dean, then once more when Bobby overcomes demonic possession in a similar situation, out of his affection for Dean.
    • Played straight in the crypt scene at the end of "Goodbye Stranger", where Castiel snaps out of Naomi's mind control upon Dean reminding him that he is family.
  • Saves the day in at least two episodes of The Outer Limits (1995).
    • In "Caught In The Act", Hannah's love for her boyfriend gives her the strength to disobey and eventually expel the alien possessing her.
    • In "Paradise", four women volunteered to be surrogate mothers for a dying alien. Only one succeeds, because she was in love with the man she had sex with in order to get the sperm.
  • On Smallville:
    • Season 4 premiere, "Crusade". "The only challenge to a father's will is a mother's love."
    • In season 8, it is basically one inch from being said aloud that The Power Of Love from Chloe is the only thing that could keep Davis from transforming into Doomsday. She also once halted and reversed the transformation with just a hand on his shoulder. Gets Squicky when Davis says Doomsday starts to slowly emerge whenever she leaves and that he has tried looking at her photos and holding strands of her hair, but nothing works. It would have sounded silly if the whole deal isn't so horrifying.
      Davis: I won't kill Clark if I'm with you.
      Chloe: But you said so yourself, it's your true nature.
      Davis: But maybe there's something stronger out there than my need to kill.
    • In "Beast", Chloe decides to go into hiding with Davis out of love for Clark because her presence is the only thing that keeps him from transforming and Clark would battle him to the death or throw both of them into the Phantom Zone otherwise.
    • In "Doomsday", Chloe says she does it out of love of Clark and Jimmy. Davis goes berserk and kills Jimmy.
    • Clark unconsciously floats under his own power, completely in-character, awake, without any ambiguity, for the first time in his entire life while dancing with Lois, telling her that he loves her.
  • On The Vampire Diaries, in season three, due to the strength of Stefan's love for Elena, he fights the power of Original vampire Klaus' compulsion three times in order to stop or prevent himself from biting or hurting Elena and shutting off his emotions.
    • Played straight in season five when Elena is compelled by the most powerful immortal being Silas to kill Damon at all costs. Elena's strong and powerful love, bond and connection with Stefan and her thinking about Stefan is powerful enough to calm Elena down and break Silas' compulsion, preventing Elena from killing herself and Damon.
    • Played straight again in season six when Kai plans on torturing and killing Damon, Bonnie ends up getting her magic back through her deep bond and love (although she doesn't want to admit it to herself) for Damon. Because Damon's life was in danger from Kai, Bonnie's bond with Damon was strong enough to bring back her magic, magic that Bonnie has not been able to get after four months of trying absolutely everything. Even Kai noted that it was Bonnie's love and bond with Damon that was strong enough for Bonnie to get her magic back.
  • Seems to have been making an appearance in V (2009) with, of all people, Lisa, who has been slowly turned away from her nature and the control of her mother and set onto the road of becoming human.
  • Soap: Jessica Tate invokes this in a successful Hollywood Exorcism on Corrine's baby.
  • Tragi-hilarously played straight and simultaneously averted in the Talking Heads monologue Bed Among the Lentils — too complicated an example to explain here, though it does give the nice line: "We met it with Love! he'll cry, as if love is some all-purpose antiseptic... which to Jeremy, I suppose it is..."
  • Firefly:
    • For most of the series, and a good portion of the film, Simon's love for River is practically the only thing holding her fractured psyche together. As a result, this is the force that allows her to pull herself together at the end of the film and save everyone.
      River: My turn.
    • Mal also references this.
      Mal: You know what the first rule of flying is? ... Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but take a boat in the air that you don't love... she'll shake you off, just as sure as the turnin' of the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tell you she's hurting before she keels... makes her a home.
  • On Alphas, one villain actually uses a version of this as a weapon. She manipulates the body chemistry of her victims, increasing their feelings of affection, effectively addicting them to her. She then kills them by withdrawing her love.
  • In the Haven episode "Roots", the key to pacifying the homicidal hate-powered plants is rekindling the love between members of a pair of Troubled families who'd been feuding for generations.
  • In Days of Our Lives an unfortunate accident, triggered by an aggression attempt, puts Kayla in front of a strong explosion that, somehow, manages to shatter her inner ears and her voice box while leaving the rest of her body mostly intact. While she later gets her hearing back thanks to an expensive, experimental surgery, her seemingly crushed voice box gets in perfect working order on its own accord, when Kayla is exchanging her wedding vows with her husband-to-be.
  • Sherlock: In "His Last Vow", Sherlock seems to be dead in a scene. He hears John's in danger, and climbs up in his mind palace so he can make sure nothing bad happens.
  • Merlin:
    • Merlin's endless devotion to Arthur, Guinevere and Gaius has led him to practically move mountains in their name, achieving everything from calling lightning down from the sky to destroy an enemy, to mastering a difficult spell that allows him to take the form of an old man, to offering himself up as a sacrifice in order to spare their lives. A line from the Great Dragon all but states that his power is rooted in love, when discussing his relationship with Morgana:
      Great Dragon:She is the darkness to your light, the hate to your love.
    • Also the plot of "Sweet Dreams" with Arthur being freed from a spell by True Love's Kiss.
    • To prevent Guinevere from becoming Queen of Camelot, Morgana instigates the famous Arthurian Love Triangle by enchanting Lancelot and Guinevere to kiss on the eve of Gwen's wedding to Arthur, planning for Arthur to catch them at it and banish Gwen from Camelot. What she didn't count on was Arthur loving Guinevere so deeply and completely that he would forgive her and marry her anyway.
  • Seen in Power Rangers Wild Force; On learning that his crush, Kendall, likes him back, Danny the Black Bison Ranger goes on an love-powered rampage, clobbering all the Mooks by himself.
  • In Once Upon a Time, this is quite literal; the power of True Love is stronger than any magic and can break any curse.
    • Also can act as protection. When Cora tries to steal Snow's heart, Emma pushes her aside, and Cora says "Oh, you foolish girl! Don't you know? Love is weakness!" and tries to rip out Emma's heart, but is blocked when the heart does a No-Sell. Emma replies, "'s strength." and Cora is pushed away from Emma. Mr Gold later tells her power comes from being a product of true love.
  • After days/weeks of sitting around Jack Harkness' corpse in the Torchwood Season 1 finale "End of Days", Gwen finally breaks his Disney Death... by kissing him.
  • Klingon creation myth in Star Trek claims that the joined beating of the hearts of the first Klingon man and woman killed the Klingon gods.
  • Chuck:
    • Chuck Bartowski's competence level in a crisis follows his character arc, increasing as the series progresses. But no matter how competent (or not) he is, he gets a power/ determination boost when someone he loves is on the line.
      • Early in the series, Chuck is not used to defying either Casey or Sarah. He flatly defies both — and seemingly courts certain death- when there's only one dose of an antidote. Only a threat to Elle could inspire Chuck to stand up to Casey.
      • Much later, when Sarah is near death, he's blowing the doors off of trucks, freeing useful prisoners from CIA custody, sending Russian soldiers after the CIA, and generally tearing stuff up to save her.
    • Sarah. Now to be sure, it had never been a good idea to try to kill/kidnap/torture or threaten Chuck if Sarah was nearby, even in the beginning when their relationship was that of asset/bodyguard. When she started to actually fall in love with him (pretty early in the series), she became even more dangerous... and that's saying quite a lot.
      • She killed (murdered?) an unarmed Fulcrum agent in relatively cold blood when he foolishly boasted that he'd eventually be released and reveal Chuck's status to his bosses.
      • Sarah later tears apart half of Thailand looking for a kidnapped Chuck — on a rogue mission that is not CIA sanctioned. At this point Chuck doesn't have the intersect, and is not considered high priority by the CIA... but he's very high priority to Sarah.
      • In the same episode as above, only Sarah could bring Chuck back from the brink of insanity with a heartfelt speech about how much she loved him.
    • Sarah has been captured by the show's final Big Bad, Quinn, and he has her memory erased by forcing her to flash repeatedly while in possession of a faulty Intersect. He then takes advantage of the mind-wiped Sarah by using her to attack Chuck and the team and steal the last copy of the rebuilt Intersect. When Sarah's Face–Heel Turn is revealed, Chuck refuses to accept that Sarah is gone for good. Taking her to the house they intended to buy together provides the first hints that some of her memories may be intact when she sees the "Sarah + Chuck" she carved into the frame of one of the doorways, and puts the first crack in Quinn's control and forces him to reveal to her that he is the bad guy. Later, Casey provides Sarah with her own mission logs, and watching herself fall in love with Chuck convinces her of the truth, though Sarah herself no longer feels it. Morgan suggests invoking this by kissing her. In the final scene they do kiss, and though the ending of the series is left ambiguous, it's implied that even if the kiss didn't magically fix everything, Sarah will eventually recover with Chuck's help.
  • Stargate Atlantis: Teyla gets kidnapped by Michael, who also kidnapped her fellow Athosians (including Kanaan, her baby-daddy) and has been turning them into genetic hybrids under his control. More than once during her captivity, it looks like Kanaan is breaking through Michael's mind control and wants to help Teyla escape, but he never quite succeeds. However, in the season 5 premiere, Teyla shows Kanaan their newborn son; he is then able to overcome the brainwashing and help them all escape.
  • In The Monkees episode, "The Devil and Peter Tork," Mike gives a speech to save Peter's soul, and the speech ends with, "cause, baby, in the final analysis, love is power!"
  • Kingdom Adventure: The Emperor's long-term plan to save the magical land of Lumia is to harness the power of his son and his soon-to-be daughter-in-law's love.

  • This trope is the reason there are so many Silly Love Songs.
  • Subverted in the Glass Hammer song Junkyard Angel
  • In case you couldn't tell by this point, Huey Lewis and the News on the Back to the Future soundtrack had a song called "The Power of Love."
  • Country singer Charley Pride had one of his last major hits with 1984's "The Power of Love," a No. 9 hit late that summer.
  • Alive with the Glory of Love, by Say Anything. About the singer's grandparents surviving the Holocaust to be together again.
  • Played straight in Nightwish's Ghost Love Score, essentially a ballad about two lovers who separate and reunite, but amped-up to insanely epic power metal proportions. Epic Love Maneuver!
  • Rozalla's "Faith". 'Cause you've gotta have faith ♪ In the power of love ♪ You've gotta have faith ♪ In the power of love ♪
  • Switchfoot's "Your Love Is a Gun", the older version of "Bullet Soul".
  • Two People Fell In Love by Brad Paisley.
  • The Beatles' All You Need Is Love.
    • 'And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make'
  • Every single thing Celine Dion has ever sung, including one song with the Trope Name.
    • While Celine Dion's repertoire does contain plenty of examples, it's not immediately obvious. A running theme is that love grants the (figurative) power of flight. "Because You Loved Me" has "you gave me wings and made me fly / you touched my hand, I could touch the sky". The French track "En Amour" is all about love and flight. "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" has the line "Two hearts that need one another / Give me wings to fly." Other examples include the obscure "Love Lights the World", and of course "The Power of Love" with its bridge "The sound of your heart beating made it clear suddenly / The feeling that I can't go on is light years away."
  • Luther Vandross has his own song based on this trope of the same name.
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood and their video celebration of the Nativity.
  • ''Unstoppable'', by Rascal Flatts.
  • The parson from Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds has something to say referring to this trope:
    "What kind of weapon is love when it comes to the fight?
    And what use are good and mercy, against all Satan's might?"
  • Through the Barricades by Spandau Ballet suggests this trope as a means of overcoming divisions caused by The Troubles.
  • Amy Grant -- "That's What Love Is For." Round off the edges, talk us down from the ledges...
  • The topic of quite a few Michael Jackson songs. Probably one of the straighter examples is "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough."
  • Harry and the Potters' third album is titled "Harry and the Potters and the Power of Love" which is entirely based upon Half-Blood Prince.
  • In the Ayreon album "The Human Equation", one of the main 'characters' is the human emotion of love (It Makes Sense in Context). There is a Track called "Day 11: Love." and Love is one of the major themes of the album.
    "You'll find me here, when ever they oppose you, I am the strongest of them all."
  • Hayden Panettiere sings about it in the song "I Still Believe" from Cinderella III. In the music video, Hayden's love for her boyfriend adds color to a black and white world like Pleasantville. The bridges note this
    Love can make miracles, change everything
    Lift you from the darkness and make your heart sing
    Love is forever, when you fall
    It's the greatest power of all
  • Aaron Lines' "Love Changes Everything" is a series of vignettes in how the power of love changes people who are feeling down.
  • Carrie Underwood, "So Small": "And when you figure out love is all that matters after all / It sure makes everything else seem so small".
  • "If You've Got Love" by John Michael Montgomery:
    If you've got love, you can move a mountain
    A little further down the line
    You can move it all at once or one rock at a time
    You can turn an ordinary picture into a priceless work of art
    That's what you can do if you've got love in your heart
  • One of Blue Öyster Cult's most well-known songs, Don't Fear the Reaper, is about how true love can transcend even death.
  • This shows up in the song "Ten Pound Hammer", written by Dennis Linde and recorded by Aaron Tippin:
    If somebody would've told me
    One woman could hold me
    And leave me weak as a baby
    I'd have told 'em they were crazy
    You see, love hit me like a ten pound hammer
    A ten pound hammer with a five foot swing...
  • Also from the pen of Dennis Linde is Don Williams' "Then It's Love":
    Well, if it knocks you off your feet, then it's love, then it's love
    If it makes your life complete, then it's love, then it's love
    If it turns you upside down, then it's love, then it's love
    If it makes your world go 'round, then it's love

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Bible:
    • In The Four Gospels, John stated that God is love, and whoever does not love does not know God.
    • Book of Corinthians has a verse that talks about the divine love, or Agape that is God's love towards His children, and the love of His children between each other. You'll probably recognize it; the verse is now a stock reading at weddings.
      "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."
  • The Hone-onna or Bone-Woman of Japan are ghosts driven by love to remain in the world of the living, rather than hate and revenge like other onryo ("vengeful ghosts"). The problem is that while their spirit remains so does the disgusting, rotting corpse they once had. The create a sort of Glamour to the object of her love and drains him of his life so they can be together in death. The disguise doesn't work if she's not after you, so it can be disconcerting at the least to see one's master flirting with a walking corpse. Her problem is her love comes off as a selfish sort of love; when she is found out she becomes desperate and the more desperate she becomes the more her "lover" drains away until he dies or is nearly-dead.

  • The Adventure Zone: Balance: Taako lampshades this by asking up front if the seventh Grand Relic was love the whole time. As it turns out, the power of strong emotions (including love) does exist. Certain unexplainable magical phenomena that the party has witnessed like Hurley healing Sloane of an incurable poison are due to the fact that strong emotion is an energy unto itself like light, heat, and magic that can affect the physical and arcane worlds. The lich elves that run Wonderland are using this to sustain themselves and keep from descending into insanity by siphoning off the misery and suffering of those around them. Barry and Lup's love for each other and the rest of the IPRE sustains their lich forms. And the Starblaster's bond engine allows Tres Horny Boys to summon loved ones to help defeat The Final John in their final battle against the Hunger.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Brother Love: Parodied, inverted, subverted and averted with Bruce Pritchard's gimmick of a smarmy, rosy-cheeked faux preacher. Many times, he claimed to preach "The Book of Love," but it was more a "love" of the WWF's top villians of the late 1980s and early 1990s, including Ted DiBiase and André the Giant, and showing the "power of love" by setting up good guys such as Hulk Hogan for beatings by the heels.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Ars Magica, true love cannot be affected by magic, due to being an integral part of the person. The same goes for other passions that run just as deep.
  • The ANIMa from Bliss Stage create a Humongous Mecha and its weapons entirely out of, as Word of God has it, "weaponized love." Most stats revolve around relationships with the other PCs.
  • In the Classic and New World of Darkness:
  • In Dungeons & Dragons:
    • 4th-Edition deities associated with love can grant this power, which focuses on protecting and healing allies.
    • The infamous third-party 3.5 sourcebook The Book of Erotic Fantasy has a more easily-accessible version of the Resurrection spell. The somatic component is kissing the recently deceased, and it only works on someone who you love.
  • The Virtue of Compassion in Exalted.
    • Subverted, however, with Black Claw Style, which is based around the premise that love is a lie. The capstone Charm allows you to rip people's hearts out, and becomes much more powerful if your target happens to be in love with you.
    • Also subverted with Sidereal Charm Shun the Smiling Lady, a charm whose sole utility is to make the target unloveable and make anyone who once loved them fall out of it. This is an entry level power, so many Sidereals just pick it up as a prerequisite to other charms. Then it's just sitting in your panoply, ready to be used at any time...
    • One of the most powerful examples: if an Abyssal Exalted finds and truly cares for their Lunar Mate, almost all of the drawbacks of their state are blown away.
  • Magic: The Gathering compares The Power Of Love to the power of rhinos.
    Love is like a rhino, short-sighted and hasty; if it cannot find a way, it will make a way.
    • While Red is the color of all manner of passions and feelings, for practical reasons, the main ones displayed on cards are variants on Unstoppable Rage and The Power of Hate. So it was considered a wonderful step forward in increasing the depth of the color when a card was successfully made about undoing a painful knot of sorrow and pain with rekindled familial love.
  • Warhammer 40,000 has the Imperium of Man, the biggest faction in the crapsack universe, and it runs on the Power of Love for the God-Emperor of All Mankind, who never wanted to be a god in the first place, but in his own words "wanted the best for his people". It's also his massive willpower born from love for Mankind that has allowed him to keep the Chaos rift at Terra closed and the Astronomican galactic beacon lit despite getting reduced to an undying corpse. That, and the sacrifice of a thousand souls every day so he can endure such a hellish state.
    • You can see how much he actually cared about Mankind as a whole on the quote attributed to him on the creation of the Grey Knights, his ultimate weapon against the forces of Chaos:
      The Emperor: One unbreakable shield against the coming darkness, One last blade forged in defiance of fate, Let them be my legacy to the galaxy I conquered, And my final gift to the species I failed.
    • Imperial Saints' dedication to the Emperor and acts of Faith in his name actually have managed to save the day for the Imperium on more than a few occasions when all seemed lost. This is actually a game mechanic for some factions, which allow the player to pull the imperial equivalent to some warp powers.
    • Disturbingly, Nurgle the Chaos god of disease runs on a different kind of love: stuff like a mother desperate to save her child from sickness and Friend to All Living Things (someone has to be a friend to plague rats, bacteria and the like) powers him. He's the nicest of Chaos gods, often referred to without irony as Grandfather Nurgle, and is always happy to shower his children with gifts of pestilence and decay.

  • Surprising, given the style of the play, but in the final scene of RENT, death is converted to Disney Death by a love song.
  • Richard Wagner's version of the Flying Dutchman trope allows the character — traditionally cursed to sail forever, to be saved by the power of love. Pity the love interest is a total Mary Sue. Good music, though.
  • In Damn Yankees, Joe manages to thwart the devil partly because of his unswerving fidelity to his wife. He spends the final scene cuddling up to her while she sings to him and ignoring Applegate's increasingly desperate pleas for him to renew their deal.
  • In Brigadoon, Tommy asks if "a stranger like... well... me" could choose to stay in Brigadoon. Mr. Lundie replies: "A stranger can stay if he loves someone here — not jus' Brigadoon, mind ye — but someone in Brigadoon enough to want to give up everythin' an' stay with that person. Which is how it should be. 'Cause after all, lad, if ye love someone deeply, anythin' is possible." Fiona comments, "I think I like that part best," clearly anticipating the show's happy ending.
  • One way of looking at the end of Hamlet is that Gertrude has cottoned on to Claudius's plan and drinks the poison to reveal his plan and save Hamlet. If so, this is the only time in the play she puts her son before anyone, including Claudius.
  • Possibly the grandest and most edifying theme of Les Misérables is that this trope is indeed the answer to the evils and suffering of the world. Fantine and Éponine's final words as they escort Valjean to the afterlife:
    "Take my hand, I'll lead you to salvation.
    Take my love, for love is everlasting.
    And remember the truth that once was spoken:
    To love another person is to see the face of God."

    Video Games 
  • The Central Theme of Tales of Legendia is deconstructing this trope. Main character Senel's love for his lover Stella is so strong that he rejects Shirley's Anguished Declaration of Love, even after Stella ends up dying halfway through the main story. Shirley doesn't take this well at all, becoming a Love Martyr and an Apocalypse Maiden. Part of their Character Development is learning that love can take many forms, it doesn't have to be romantic love to make someone care about you, and that it doesn't justify their overreactions.
  • Knights of the Old Republic. You can turn Bastila Shan from the Dark Side with this. Also discussed by Jolee Bindo, who thinks that the current interpretation that the Jedi Code bans falling in love is wrong.
    Jolee: Love doesn't lead to the dark side. Passion can lead to rage and fear, and can be controlled, but passion is not the same thing as love. Controlling your passions while being in love, that's what they should teach you to beware, but love itself will save you, not condemn you.
  • This trope saves the world more than once in the Lunar series.
    • Lunar: The Silver Star has two very good examples: Alex restoring Luna's memory and personality by playing the game's theme on his Ocarina and Kyle breaking out of solid stone to save Jessica.
    • And in Lunar: Eternal Blue, the Power Of Love is what gives Hiro the strength to overcome the Star Dragon and travel to the Blue Star to be with Lucia.
  • The full name of Touhou's Marisa Kirisame's "signature" Kamehame Hadoken is "Love Sign: Master Spark". (The spell is actually power-copied from Yuuka Kazami.) In general, all her laser attacks get folded into "Love Sign". The description of Love Sign: Master Spark includes "Whisper tenderly into the magical reactor, point it at someone you don't like, and release the Annihilation of Love!" There are two major reasons why Marisa would declare herself powered by love: The first is that it's part of Marisa's desire to be a "Magical Girl", even though she is technically a witch of human blood. The second is the sheer subversiveness of declaring herself a heroine of love, even though her only motivations in any of the games seem to be to kick in the teeth of as many powerful people as she can, show up Reimu, and maybe steal even more magical powers (or anything else, for that matter,) from whatever victim she is currently harassing. It's worth noting, however, that Defeat Means Friendship in this game, and she has a lot of "friends" over years of adventuring, so there may actually be something to the name, after all.
    • With people like Remilia (power over fate), Kaguya (power over the eternity and the moment) and Suika (power to manipulate density), it's only a matter of time until a literal power of love incident breaks out.
  • It is possible to get Aribeth to turn back to the light side at the end of the original Neverwinter Nights campaign using the Power of Love.
    • In both the original Neverwinter Nights and the first Knights of the Old Republic, the most foolproof way of getting your love interest to turn back after her Face–Heel Turn is to tell her that you love her. (Sorry, female characters have to do it the hard way).
    • But it's equally possible that a female Player Character can get this invoked on her. There was a cut ending from KOTOR that involved a heavy dose of it.
  • City of Heroes has one mission where the reward is a temporary power; a wedding ring, filled with the love of a woman for her dead husband, that can give you resistance to all kinds of damage for a limited time.
  • Subverted in Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. Love Freak Flonne points out that an Alternate Universe Overlord couldn't possibly defeat the Anti Heroes, because his power of love is divided among his ten (still very massive) copies. Oh, how very, very wrong she was...
    • If you're on a New Game+, the Prinny commentary will lampshade this.
      Prinny: Note to Self: Love is not a battle stat.
    • Flonne isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. Regardless, at the end of the game the Power Of Love does factor in: After Master Lamington turns Flonne into a flower, Laharl goes insane. Depending on your actions, Laharl will not kill Lamington, and Flonne will be healed. It was all one big Batman Gambit to make Laharl into a good person and to unite the Netherworld and Celestia.
    • "Power of Love" is also the name of Flonne's technique that heals everyone in the eight adjacent cells.
    • Actually, it turns out Flonne's completely right about The Power Of Love. It's just that she's not playing for the good guys, so it doesn't come into play. It's a few games later, in Zettai Hero Project, that Love gets its chance to shine as a main character ability...
    • Spoofed in Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice. Mao is entirely aware of the trope and tries to exploit it, but quite frankly has no idea how. His servant Almaz spends a good deal of time politely informing him that love does not work that way.
    • Flonne finally gets to demonstrate the real Power Of Love in Disgaea 4. And by "The Power Of Love", we mean "giant, moon-stopping robot".
  • One of the arcana powersets in the fighting game Arcana Heart is Partineas, the Arcana of Love. It revolves primarily around projectile attacks (and defense). Naturally, it's the default Arcana of the resident Love Freak Idiot Hero, Heart Aino.
    • In fact, this arcana is statistically so balanced that any character can use it skillfully without any major stat dampeners. This will leave you out of a few perks like extra power, healing, speed- In fact, the Extend force is just a normal cancel without using up your super bar.
  • In Disgaea 5, the literal driving force behind the secret technique Macrocosm, the strongest attack in the universe, is caring about other people and wanting to help them. You can, quite literally, blast the evil out of a target by properly hitting them with this technique, and the attack animation is freaking brutal in execution. This is ultimately what saves Liezerota.
    • Seraphina's Balor Gaze allows her to control any male target, including her father, by simply using it within their vicinity, and no matter what the target is unable to resist her demands and praises her as a goddess... except Killia, who is completely immune to it because he loves Liezerota so much, his heart cannot be affected. This extends to his game unit, if you make a custom map with Seraphina as the enemy, and she uses Balor Gaze or True Brionic Gaze, Killia is immune no matter his evilities.
    • Every main character in Disgaea 5 basically gets an upgraded Overload by caring about others. This is especially true for Red Magnus who can use Super Universe by simply learning to care about the health and safety of his servants, or Usalia, who straight up gains a Super-Powered Evil Side from learning to face her fear instead of crying.
  • In Super Robot Wars Original Generation and Super Robot Wars: Impact, The Power Of Love grants badass Kyosuke and faux-Hard-Drinking Party Girl Excellen (she acts the way she does to relieve some of the tension that comes with war) their super-powerful combination attack Rampage Ghost, complete with witty banter. The move is not available until about half-way through the game, when it becomes obvious that Kyocellen is the Official Couple.
    • And then there's the fact that Excellen refuses to call it anything but "Love Love Attack".
    • Also present throughout the franchise is the Love (Ai) Seishin, which gives almost every useful Status Effect in the game all at once, for comparatively little SP cost. The only people to get it are one person per Official Couple, usually.
    • Then somewhat subverted with Ring Mao and Irm Kazahara, one of Banpresto's original official couples. Irm's Ace Bonus reduces the Love Seishin's cost down to the point it costs less to cast it than to cast one of the Seishins that's just a part of it. Irm and Ring, however, have not gotten along very well for quite a while and really don't have any genuine shipping sequences in OG 2, where Ring becomes a recurring member of the group.
      • They still get a Love bonus, though. In fact, theirs is bigger than the bonus some of the more overt couples get.
    • In OG 2, each character that is in love with another character will receive a bonus from the character they are in love with, even if that character is not in love with them ;_;.
  • In Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3, certain characters, who are Official Couples from their respective games, get the ability "Love Love" which doubles the effects of items.
  • Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World:
  • In Drakengard 2, The Hero receives a kiss from the White Mage and this activates his Super Mode for the final boss fight. Caim however is driven by The Power of Hate.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • A major one from the first game: After Sora commits "suicide" to save Kairi, who was locked within him, his heart is changed into a Heartless. Kairi, however, recognizes him and just by yelling his name and hugging him, she somehow manages to return him to normal. Sora later explains to Kairi: "I was lost in the darkness, couldn't find my way. As I stumbled through the dark, I started forgetting things: My friends, who I was... the darkness almost swallowed me. But then, I heard a voice. YOUR voice. The light of our hearts broke through the darkness. I saw this light. And I think, THAT'S what saved me!"
    • Also in the first game, the Beast manages to make it to Hollow Bastion (an entirely separate world from his own) with no special equipment or fancy magical powers, solely because he loved Belle and wanted to rescue her that muchnote .
    • In Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, in Aqua's final battle, she desperately begs Ventus and Terra (neither of whom are present) for strength, and all of a sudden her Keyblade glows with extra power, allowing her to break the χ-Blade and defeat Vanitas. Later, when she is trapped in the Realm of Darkness, and is about to give up, both Ventus's and Terra's Keyblades appear and mow down a few Heartless, encouraging her to continue on.
  • In Final Fantasy X-2 it's explicitly Yuna's love for Tidus which kicked off the quest and got her to that point that allows Bahamut to do his thing. Right before the climactic boss battle, Yuna convinces her Nakama to let her give the power of love a shot at stopping him. You still have to kick his ass though.
  • In Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, Penelope utilizes the power of love to gain mad sword fighting skills against Captain LeFwee to save Bentley.
  • The MOTHER franchise revolves around Empathy!
  • In Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu, having a character attack an enemy with their lover standing beside them can activate a critical hit, going so far as to do a little spinning heart animation before the actual attack sequence.
    • A similar thing occurs between family members, though without the heart animation.
    • In some other games in the series (namely those with Support Conversations), lovers who stand next to each other get bonuses to certain stats, which vary from character to character. This also applies to anyone with support levels, not just lovers (ergo, friendships and rivalries are equally effective).
    • In Fire Emblem Awakening, the Avatar is taken hostage by Grima, but is brought back by the voices of all the deployed party members. Party members typically include the Avatar's spouse and children, making it a straight non-gameplay example of this trope. (Especially if Chrom or Lissa is the Avatar's spouse.)
  • Welkin from Valkyria Chronicles has this as his hidden potential. That's for the gameplay side. On the plot side, his love for Alicia is what convinced her to not let the Valkyria power overtake herself and win the war in conventional means — a possible hidden anti-nuclear warfare message.
  • Rogue Galaxy's Fated Passion. In this attack, Jaster and Kisala's love for each other can cause the whole galaxy to explode. At 22 AP.
  • It's strongly implied by the many endings of Brass Restoration that the only way for Ryo to recover emotionally from losing his arm and being unable to fulfill his dream of being a drummer is to find a girlfriend.
  • In King's Quest IV, Rosella assassinates an evil, hateful fairy by shooting her with one of Cupid's arrows of love.
  • In at least The Sims 2, pleading with the Grim Reaper appears to be a game of chance, but in reality it depends on the relationship values. If two sims love each other enough, there's no way to possibly fail at this. One can even keep a vampire sim through the day if he's married to a human, let him dust, have his love plead, rinse and repeat until nightfall.
  • The opening narration for Super Paper Mario introduces it as a story "of love", and the Void created by the Chaos Heart is finally destroyed at the end by Tippi/Lady Timpani and Count Bleck/Blumiere renewing their vows of love towards each other. This is an almost exact reversal of the forced wedding between Peach and Bowser from the beginning of the game which spawned the Chaos Heart in the first place.
    • The Pure Hearts are physical embodiments of love themselves.
  • Hagspawns usually always look like this. Gann, the female protagonist's love interest from Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer however, looks like this. Why? Hags normally reproduce by raping a suitable male, but his mother and father actually loved each other.
    • And completing the Romance Sidequest with either Gann or Safiya will give you a bonus feat.
  • In Final Fantasy VI, both Shadow and Relm can equip an accessory called the Memento Ring, an item which protects against instant death attacks due to a departed mother's love. Some hidden cutscenes reveal that Shadow is Relm's father.
  • It's powerful enough in Final Fantasy V to let Galuf continue fighting at 0 HP against Exdeath, who is completely baffled by it.
  • In the DS remake of Final Fantasy IV, the augment system is introduced, allowing the player to grant varied abilities and buffs to their characters. One of the abilities on offer is the native-to-Palom-and-Porom Twincast, wherein two characters begin casting on the same turn and get a (near, in one case) exclusive spell cast depending on the combination of characters casting. Rosa and Rydia? Faith, which increases all allies' magical power. Kain and Cecil? Bubble, which doubles all allies' HP. Cecil and Rosa? Ultima, strongest attack magic in the game bar none, apparently pure weaponized Love Power.
  • The online game League of Angels has a potent game mechanic for this. If your character helps out another character of the opposite gender enough that their Affection Points between them become 1999 or more, they can "marry" in an official partnership that gives both players bonuses to their stats. From that point on, the married partners have access to several Power Ups that unmarried couples don't. It's even possible to use Voucher Points (in-game currency) or Diamonds (currency from the online store) to throw a wedding ceremony once per day (presided over by Amora, the Angel in the game who embodies love) and not only does this increase the abilities of the two partners, but it distributes gifts to any players who attend as guests.
  • In Final Fantasy VIII, The Power Of Love is what allows the heroes to travel through Time Compression, where only Ultimecia can technically exist, so that they can beat the crap out of her. While it's not specifically stated, it's probably also what enables Rinoa to find and save Squall after he gets lost in Time Compression after the final battle.
  • Canonically, in Pokémon, Gardevoir bears infinite devotion towards its trainer and would sacrifice itself for them rather than see them hurt. The happiness-detecting power it had before also became a full-fledged psychic bond. Seeing its trainer in danger is what causes a Gardevoir to unleash its full power.
    • An interesting take on this trope comes in the form of Attract, which has a 50% chance of immobilizing a Pokémon of the opposite gender each turn after affliction.
    • Then there's the move Return, which becomes more powerful based on how much the user likes its trainer.
    • In Pokémon X and Y a Pokémon with a high enough affection will try that extra bit harder in battle, leading to effects like scoring extra critical hits, dodging attacks it otherwise would not have, hanging on by 1 HP against attacks that should have KO'ed it, or even shaking off status effects (even those that are generally permanent until healed).
    • Certain Pokémon will only evolve if the player showers them with love and affection. Most of these evolve with the "happiness" stat (the same one which powers Return), which is built by working with your Pokemon in battle and treating them outside of it. Sylveon does it slightly differently, instead evolving with the "affection" stat that gives in the in-battle bonuses mentioned above, which in practise means petting and playing with your Eevee until it adores you.
    • In-universe, Mega Evolution is powered by the bond between Pokemon and trainer, allowing a Pokemon to take a powerful new form temporarily with its trainer's help. Special mention goes to Mega Kangaskhan (which is partially powered by the love between the Kangaskhan and her child), Mega Lopunny (since even getting a Lopunny requires you to bring the happiness stat from 0 to over 200), and Mega Rayquaza (the most powerful Mega Evolution and the only one powered by divine love).
  • In Silent Hill 3, the power of Harry Mason's paternal love for Heather aka Cheryl aka Alessa reborn kept the "god" of Silent Hill's Order dormant in her body, since it needs pain and hatred to grow. It's one of the major reasons why Claudia has Harry killed — to evoke Heather's hatred.
  • Umineko: When They Cry has the recurring Arc Words "Without love, it cannot be seen." Multiple characters offer their take on what this really means, ranging from the romantic to the bloodcurdling to the outright metafictional.
    • Umineko uses it with the words "With love, you can see things that shouldn't exist". This is exemplified in EP7 with Kinzo who believed his daughter was the reincarnation of his mistress, Beatrice Castiglioni, which lead to him raping her.
  • In Tales of Monkey Island: Rise of the Pirate God, to solve the final puzzle of the game, Guybrush needs to use Elaine's wedding ring at the Crossroads in order to come back to life for good. This is because the spell he used earlier to open a portal back to the mortal world requires one to "gather a guide, an anchor, courage, and sacrifice in a ring at the center of the Crossroads".
  • In Luminous Arc 2, it's the basis behind the Final Bond Roland can form with one of his love interests, depending on the player's dialogue choices throughout the game. With Althea, it saves her from her self-inflicted sword stab and sealed away her Beast Fiend side. With Fatima, it guides back her soul to her body after doing a realistic-looking suicide to calm down a crazy Althea. The strength of Roland's love for one of them saves them.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Yeto and Yeta from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess create the Snowpeak Ruins' Heart Container while they're all cuddly. An extraordinary amount of Recovery Hearts are generated from the sequence as well, but most of them won't be necessary. Also, Fanadi the fortuneteller seeks out Pieces of Heart when asked to find "love". This implies that Heart Containers, and probably Recovery Hearts, are formed from the very essence of love.
    • Kass, the Rito minstrel of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild believes that it was Princess Zelda's love for Link that finally awoke her dormant powers in order to save him. Also, Mipha tells Zelda that when she uses her healing magic she thinks of — Calamity Ganon attacks before she could finish her sentence, but it's strongly implied to be Link who she was intending to marry.
  • At the end of Dragon's Lair 2: Time Warp, Dirk the Daring apparently brings Princess Daphne back to life with True Love's Kiss.
  • This is the only way to stop being a shinigami in Suika. And it can't be unrequited love, either.
  • Chaos Rings uses this trope a lot. 4 couples are kidnapped to fight in the Arc Arena. All 4 couple's stories involve them inevitably falling in love or have them in love at the start. In the ending, it is revealed that the purpose of the battle arena was to pick the strongest couple, now with the best Power of Love has to propogate the human species and save the world against a Cosmic Horror. It also gets reflected in the battle mechanism, where a couple attacking together is inevitably stronger than a solo attack, and has less chance of missing.
  • In Mischief Makers, a major enemy attacks you with hurtful words; words like "sad," "fear," and "hate" are actually being shot at you. You beat the enemy by grabbing the words, shaking them until they become positive words like "happy," "courage," and "love," and then throwing them back.
  • In Ōkami, Amaterasu is able to defeat Yami, the God of Darkness due to a particularly awesome instance of this trope.
  • In The Force Unleashed II, Juno Eclipse comes back to life from being hit by a force pulse from Darth Vader for no other reason than it being The Power Of Love that brought her back.
  • A prevalent, if not the most prevalent, theme of the Tokimeki Memorial series, a Dating Sim franchise known for being at the extreme end of the idealistic side of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism. The Power of Love is extremely strong in there, creating true and sweet romances that last forever, helping out the few depressive characters out there, and making Long Distance Relationships work.
  • The Power Of Love plays are very important role in the Galaxy Angel gameverse. The Angel's Emblem Frames performance is linked to the pilot's state of mind. In Dating Sim's terms: the more they like you, the better they fight.
  • World of Warcraft makes a pretty big deal out of this, at least in the novels (and some parts of the game itself).
    • A perfect example is in the Ashbringer comic. Darion Mograine asks if there is any way at all to free his father's soul from a cursed item. The person he is talking to is a Magic Knight, Tirion Fordring, who also happens to have extreme knowledge of the power of love, tells Darion that only an act of love greater than the evil that cursed his father would be enough to save him. It works. Darion kills himself out of love rather than to see his father's soul suffer. Darion is, of course, later freed by Tirion from the curse.
    • Thrall is another example. He REFUSES to back down, even when insulted and belittled by Aggra, his trainer, because his love for Azeroth is so great that he will stop at nothing to protect it. He also succeeds, as does Aggra, who warms up to him and eventually marries and has his son.
    • A mad/obsessive love can be seen with Kel'thuzad and Arthas. Kel'thuzad is SO concerned with Arthas' well-being that he stole his corpse and his magic sword to try and revive him. BOTH of these people are irredeemably evil, but at least KT understands SOME parts of love.
  • Karoshi: Mr. Karoshi has a girlfriend and getting in contact with her causes Mr. Karoshi to be happy, as well as making him able to jump higher. It's also averted as it turns all spikes into flowers, which could be a problem in a game where you have to kill yourself to win.
  • Spyro and Cynder's love for each other is ultimately the one thing that Malefor hadn't planned for. It frees Cynder from her Superpowered Evil Side, preventing Malefor from using her to kill Spyro.
  • Alpha Centauri deliberately invokes this with the Children's Creche colony facility, with the description noting that aside from providing children with security and education, the fact that parents' children are close at hand will drive them to fight to the death to protect them (in-game, this means that all defending units in that colony will fight at Commando-level morale, giving them major defense bonuses).
  • In Asura's Wrath, Unstoppable Rage and his hate for those who betrayed him aren't the only things driving Asura. His love for his daughter Mithra is arguably the greatest strength he possesses, and what sets him apart from his former comrades with the exception of Yasha, who eventually sides with Asura believing they can save the world without sacrificing Mithra or anyone else.
  • Your main goal in Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak is to fix the relationships broken by Spat. You even have a "love meter," which fills with each relationship you fix.
  • Twisted in a horrible way with the Shin Megami Tensei series. Alice was once a normal human girl, until she befriended Belial and Nerberos. Eventually, exposure to their magic drove her insane and eventually killed her. The Demons loved her so much that they resurrected her as a newfound demon, So she could be pereptually young and innocent forever. Unfortunately, she retained her insanity and the events afterwards were... less than pleasant.
  • In Planescape: Torment, this is why Deionarra keeps haunting The Nameless One even if he has no idea who she is; The Power Of Love won't let her die. The incarnation of The Nameless One she loved invoked the trope: He never loved her, but he needed her ghost to stick around as a Spirit Advisor for one of his backup plans. Thus, he manipulated her into feeling True Love, which keeps her bound to The Nameless One even though she knows he will never remember her again.
  • In Devil May Cry 4, when Sanctus questions as to why he is unable to wield Sparda's power, even though he wields his weapon, Nero tells him it is because Sparda had the capacity to love another person, even a human, at this is what Sanctus lacks.
  • In Project X Zone, Ichiro Ogami and Sakura Shinguji proclaim their love for each other when they use their MAP attack to their enemies (and it does decent damage, like all other MAP attacks in the game). The very first time they do it? It empowers the Fujisaki Tree.
  • Parodied in Breath of Death VII, where late in the game Sara randomly decides that Dem loves her, with the two gaining the Unite technique "True Love". In contrast, when Lita brushes off Erik's advances, they gained the "Scorned Love" technique.
  • Lampshaded by one of Geralt's narrations in The Witcher where, as in the original novels (see Literature, above), love has potent magical power. The love between a prostitute and a Temerian guard captain suppresses the latter's lycanthropy.
  • Wonderfully subverted in Sin and Punishment — the villain orders the hero to use the power of love to regain his human form but the hero refuses because although he knows he will love his girlfriend some day, they both still need time to open up to each other. The two of them then proceed to keep his monster form and use it to defeat the villain. Despite that the power of love is still what allows the protagonist to remain sane while in his monster form. This applies to the sequel too.
  • Partially applied in Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors where the power of love allows the protagonist to transcend time in order to save his childhood friend from being burnt alive (while ironically, it also played its part in bringing about the childhood friend's calamity in the first place). However while it seems to be the power of love that allows him to do this, Word Of God reveals that he would have done it for anyone, even a stranger.
  • Rune Factory 4 has "love" as one of its elemental types, which means you can add love-type damage to your weapons and battle enemies with the power of love.
  • Joshua Graham of all people attributes his survival from being burned alive and tossed down the Grand Canyon in Fallout: New Vegas to the power of love of the New Canaanites and God burning brighter than his own scorching pain. This ties into Joshua's story of being "the Prodigal Son" and his possible redemption while he struggles with his inner demons.
  • In Anchorhead, this comes up in the game's best ending. Showing your wedding ring to Michael is ultimately what drives Croseus Verlac out of him.
  • The LOVE from Undertale appears to be this, except it is everything but love and is in fact The Power of Hate. LOVE is an acronym of Level Of ViolencE, a power gained by your killing instinct. You do have an actual power of love by default, as long as you don't kill anyone.
  • In Fallen London, it is eventually revealed that the Bazaar is fueled by love, or more specifically, love stories. As such, the Masters have worked for centuries in order to create better and better love stories to "feed" the Bazaar.
  • There is a pathway in Shadow the Hedgehog called "The Power Of Love" that goes like this: Westoplis (Dark), Digital Circuit (Hero), Prison Island (Normal), Sky Troops (Hero), Air Fleet (Hero), Final Haunt with Black Doom battle (Hero). Rouge is the first Hero character Shadow teams up with. Essentially, in this pathway, Rouge redeemed Shadow. Aww...
  • Inazuma Eleven GO 2: Chrono Stone has a pair of Avatars called Passionate Lovers ♂ and Passionate Lovers ♀. They each have a passive skill called "Lovers' Call" that greatly powers up their users if both the male and female version are active at the same time.
  • Parodied in RPG Shooter: Starwish. Resident Mad Scientist straps Deuce to a weird device called "love extractor" and asks him to thinkdrawn in a Shoujou about a girl he likes, claiming that since love is the most powerful force in the universe, it can be harnessed to create weapons of mass destruction. It doesn't work.
  • In The Elder Scrolls series' mythology, this trope falls under the sphere of Mara, the Aedric Divine Goddess of Love. She is a Love Goddess focusing more on the familial, matrimonial, and fertily aspects of love (compared to Dibella, the Goddess of Beauty, who focuses more on the sexual and carnal aspects of it). She gave the gift of love to mortals and her teachings indicate that it can change their destiny. Also covers Love Redeems, as her teachings state "those who offer their love to the Divines will never be forsaken."
  • In South Park: The Fractured but Whole, one of the sidequests involves helping Tweek and Craig fix their relationship, which turns both their Ultimate Attacks into a single combined Ultimate, "Eros Eruption", in which they hold hands and overwhelm their enemies with a public display of their love while "Let's Fighting Love" plays in the background, while both of them are drawn in a Shoujo Manga style a few moments before then. Also, their unlockable character sheets state list both of their power sources as "Love".

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  • In the DLC case of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, Phoenix argues that a witness was able to arrive at the scene of the crime far sooner than should be possible due to the power of love. Specifically, he saw his bride being attacked and hurried to the crime scene. The normal route would take too long so he took a much shorter and much more dangerous route. Edgeworth mocks the idea, but is shut down by the (happily married) judge.

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  • This is, ultimately, what the web animated series Broken Saints is all about, and what drives its Earn Your Happy Ending.
    Mama Tui: All things must die, Shandala. We cannot change this. But you can bring the heavens to your heart in life. Give yourself to those that need. If you do this, then the world is truly blessed... for it has known your love.
  • In Draw with Me, this is what compels the boy to break through the glass, and later the girl to cut off her hand.

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    Web Original 
  • JLA Watchtower/DC Nation — the Titans, led by Arsenal and Nightwing, challenge Hades, God of Death, to retrieve Omen and Troia. Hades plays dirty including killing off both Dick and Roy, and finishes it off by sending out a zombie horde against the heroes. Clan Arrow's response was to grab Eros's love arrows and start shooting. When things REALLY started to go badly, out comes an army of the heroes' fallen friends, relatives, and loved ones — including the fallen Nightwing and Arsenal — to start kicking undead butt.
  • In the Colour My Series, it's implied that the protagonist's coloring powers are based off of love. Or, rather, the two go hand in hand.
  • Supervillainess Sahar, in the Whateley Universe. She has a psychic ability to — once she's seduced a Psi — get so close that she can learn to copy that Psi's best 'knacks'. This makes her a ruthless femme fatale, until she falls in love with a mark, Zenith. She doesn't know how to handle that. So it takes a different kind of love — friendship — to get her to finish her Heel–Face Turn. And she gets Zenith back.
  • In one of the possible endings of Today I Die, love gives the protagonist strength to survive.
  • In Mall Fight, Eric brings Connor back to life with this trope.
  • Frank and Sadie Doyle of the The Thrilling Adventure Hour have conquered a fair share of supernatural baddies through the power of their love. A Valentine's Day special dedicated to them featured the Doyles blowing up a succubus after it tried to devour their love, attracting the attention of Freya and Bacchus because an oracle declared their love the strongest of all, and thwarting a Will o' the Wisp from stealing their souls before it even started by the simple fact that their souls belong to each other.
  • In Critical Role, apparently even the Random Number God bends to the power of love. In this universe, by the Dungeon Master's homebrew rules, the resurrection of dead characters can fail based on dice rolls, and anyone attempting a resurrection ritual can make up to three offerings (with associated skill checks) to increase the chance of success. When Percy is killed, Vex admits she's in love with him and kisses him. She rolls a Natural 20 on her skill check, and the ritual ultimately succeeds.

    Western Animation 
  • Ma-Ti of Captain Planet had "heart" as his element, considered to be a warped version of this, which garnered a lot of ridicule for how little and ineffectively it was used, as well as how ridiculously it was named. However, it is actually an awesome power, probably the best when you think about it. He has mind-control and the ability to summon potentially deadly animals as his powers, which he could use for very mischievous purposes if he wasn't so kind-hearted. Fun fact: in German dub, his power was Liebe, which translates to "love". Gotta love these language differences.
  • Jake and Rose from American Dragon: Jake Long. Jake wished that Rose was never taken by the Huntsclan, but then she remembers everything when she sees the photo of her and Jake from a dance.
  • In Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, Sprx is turned evil by the Object of Hate, and Nova tells him she loves him to bring him back.
  • In Transformers: Beast Wars, Blackarachnia defected from the Predacons to save her own skidplate, but the power of hers and Silverbolt's love brought her to the Maximals and made her part of the team, despite her initial reluctance. Since Blackarachnia was the Dark Action Girl for most of the series, this is slow going, but eventually, it does bring her around. Later, she's Mostly Dead until Silverbolt winds up facing the uber-powerful Rampage... at which point she's brought back to life in a new form and kicks Rampage to the curb, which is not an easy task.
  • Futurama:
    • Parodied in the episode "Love and Rocket", which features a very literal power of love: when a whole load of chalky Valentines heart-shaped candies are dumped into a supernova, it causes a wave of "mystical love radiation" that is powerful enough to destroy "three gangster planets and a cowboy world", but causes (or at least enhances) a wave of Valentines-inspired romance on Earth (which is far enough to see the radiation without being destroyed by it).
    • Also parodied in the episode "T: The Terrestrial", featuring bicycles on Omicron Persei 8 that are powered by love. At one point, Lrr tells his guards to "love harder".
    • Kif also once gave Amy a watch that was powered by love... also you have to wind it.
  • In the Evil Con Carne episode "H.C.C.B.D.D.", Major Doctor Ghastly reveals during Hector's birthday party that the most powerful force in the world is the power of love. When he objects that his organization was founded on hatred, she promptly cuts the party short and screams at everybody to get back to work with as much hate as possible... 'cause she just loves him like that.
    • Another example where she did this is in the Musical Episode "The Pie that Loved Me", as the Evil Plan involves pies that have love as the "secret ingredient". (The plan doesn't work, but Ghastly still tried.)
  • This is how Lilo & Stitch: The Series ends. After a suddenly-failed rescue mission lead by Lilo to save all of the experiments Gantu captured, Stitch confesses his feelings to Angel, who responds by breaking open her container with a headbutt and feeling the same way towards him. Together, they smash open the other experiments' containers with their heads and free them. All of the experiments, save for 625, are now free and are to be given new designations and names.
  • This is essentially how Spider-Man defeats Venom in the season 1 finale of The Spectacular Spider-Man. Though it's with the love of his friends, uncle, and aunt, but it still technically counts because Gwen Stacy is one of his friends, and everyone knows what part she plays.
  • Kim Possible:
  • Clone High had a whole episode parodying this trope as well as the power of rock. During the climactic scene where they tried breaking down the wall with love, one of the characters said "But guys, love is just an abstract concept! It can't break down stuff!"
  • In the cartoon pilot, PJ Sparkles is transformed into a Magical Girl due to her strong desire to love someone, and can do almost anything, provided she phrases it "I'd love it if X."
  • In Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure, Irwin uses this to save Mandy when she is kidnapped by the Boogeyman. Lampshaded when Grim said that it was "the power of love."
  • The Fairly OddParents!:
    • In Wishology Trilogy, the Darkness is defeated because Timmy realizes it just wants to be loved, so he uses Poof's warmth and innocence to turn it into the Kindness.
    • Very frequently throughout the series, love seems to be the one thing that is more powerful than the fairies' magic. So much so, in one episode, Timmy wished to have parents that couldn't care less. The spell worked too well, and the only way Timmy was able to undo it was to put himself in danger, causing his parents' love for him to cancel out the magic.
    • Subverted with the actual one of "Da Rules" saying "Magic can't interfere with true love". This is indirectly revealed to not be a physical limitation of magic but rather purely a cold bureaucratic rule with some rather loose definitions, as even when it's patently obvious that said "true love" is unhealthy, shallow, materialistic, or even one-sided, Cosmo and Wanda still aren't allowed to cast any spells that would interfere with it.
  • Used in the animated special Freaknik: The Musical, the love of the fans help revive Freaknik as well as give him a handy Combined Energy Attack.
  • When Link's spirit is severed from his body in an episode of the 80's The Legend of Zelda cartoon, Zelda is the only one who can see his spirit because of this.
  • In an episode of El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, Zebra Donkey dies but is brought back as a zombie when Manny and Frida steal Sartana's mystic guitar. Sartana eventually takes it back and tries to destroy Manny for stealing it. Zebra Donkey manages to get his hooves on it and destroys it, knowing full well doing so will destroy him as well. Manny, Frida and the rest of the kids gather around Zebra Donkey's ashes and the pieces of the mystic guitar and tearfully sing his theme song as Manny plucks one of the guitar's strings. Zebra Donkey is returned to life... or, undeath, rather.
    Frida: It must have been this guitar string!
    Principal: And the love of you children.
    Frida: Yeah. But mostly the guitar string.
  • Inverted in an episode of Super Secret Secret Squirrel, where the titular protagonist overcomes Queen Bea's love potion with the power of hate.
  • In Adventure Time, Finn defeats the Lich King with a sweater imbued with the Power of L-L-Liking-Someone-A-Lot.
    • Deconstructed with and exploited by Maja the Sky Witch. She gains most of her powers through love, namely items that hold a lot of sentimental value to people.
      • Reconstructed in that while she herself understands what love is and manipulates it to her own ends, some entities that she tries to use for her own purpose, such as Darren, don't. This bites her in the butt.
  • In the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Mayhem of the Music Meister!", the titular villain uses his voice to hypnotize people into submission. When AQUAMAN holds Black Canary (immune to the power of the Music Meister's voice thanks to earplugs) so Green Arrow can punch her, his feeling for her prove so strong that he's able to shake off the Mind Control for long enough to hit AQUAMAN instead.
  • The title characters in Robotman and Friends are robots powered by human love, requiring it to stay alive. Without love they lose power and become tired and physically weak.
  • This is played with in the season 2 finale of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic when it turns out that the villain has been powering herself up by siphoning The Power of Love off of Shining Armor. Played straight at the end of the episode when Shining Armor and Princess Cadence use that same power to defeat her.
  • Exaggerated in The Simpsons episode "Marge vs. SSCCTG", where Bart and Lisa make the childless adults love children by simply hugging them (in a Shout-Out to The War of the Worlds). Then subverted when the love fails to change their minds, whereas the sudden exposure to child bacteria and viruses cause them all to collapse. Again referencing The War of the Worlds.
  • Steven Universe:
    • It may not be be entirely necessary for the Gems' Fusion Dance to work, but it does make the fusion much more stable, as evidenced by Garnet. As soon as she reforms, she defeats Jasper while singing a Badass Boast song about how "I am made of love and it's stronger than you." This trope is also probably the reason Stevonnie was formed in the first place.
    • Garnet also suggests that this is the source of Steven and Rose Quartz's powers, which makes sense for such All Loving Heroes.
      Garnet: Steven, your mother had healing tears that flowed from her gem. She felt real love for those around her; she felt real sorrow when they were hurt. You have the Rose Quartz gem now. I know that power is in you, too.
  • In the Winx Club, Sky uses his words of love to bring Bloom back to the good side and have her return the ultimate power to its rightful place in the Season 2 finale. Lord Darkar DOES NOT take that well. At ALL.
  • The titular character of Wander over Yonder heavily believes in this, as quoted in "The Egg." Creator Craig McCracken has stated that the dynamic between Wander is not so much a battle of Good Vs. Evil as it is Love Vs. Hate.
  • Played interestingly in 'The Powerpuff Girls episode "Knock It Off". The villain is slowly killing the girls. Professor Utonium, unable to stop him and being dragged away by the deformed Powerpuff Girl clones, can only tell his girls he loves them. The clones, realizing that Dick never gave them love, turn on him and free the Professor and the girls.
  • Gravity Falls:
    Mabel: Grunkle Stan, you are a cranky, gross, weird old man, but we will get Lazy Susan to like you because nothing is stronger than the power of—
    Stan: Love?
    Mabel: Mabel.
  • Used in one episode of the Beetlejuice cartoon, when BJ and Lydia's car Doomie falls in love with another car. Doomie is a Sentient Vehicle, but Pinky is not, making the romance difficult to say the least. But by the end of the episode, the trope is invoked in two ways. Doomie's love for Pinky actually causes her to become a Sentient Vehicle. Less overtly, Beetlejuice's own affection for Doomie (and Lydia) overcomes his annoyance about the whole thing.
  • The two part episode "The Origins" from The Amazing World of Gumball uses this as an explanation of how Darwin got his lungs and legs; Put simply, Gumball and Darwin are connected by their souls with an unbreakable bond of friendship, and it was Gumball's love and faith in Darwin being able to return to Elmore after accidentally being flushed that caused him to undergo several million years worth of evolution in a few days at most.
  • The Christmas Special Raggedy Ann and Andy in the Great Santa Claus Caper has a particularly sappy variant of this: the power of love (combined with some gratuitous Audience Participation) not only dissolves the Big Bad's Gloopstik, but convinces him to have a Heel–Face Turn.
  • In the Grand Finale of Samurai Jack Jack's Anguished Declaration of Love is what finally helps Ashi break free of Aku's control.

    Real Life 
  • The Sacred Band of Thebes.
  • Mary Ann Patten, who was the wife of the Captain of the Clipper Neptune's Car and got the ship around the Horn propelled by this.
  • An underweight failing newborn was saved by a hug from her tiny twin sister in this unspeakably adorable story from 1995.
  • Similar to the above, there's the concept of "Kangaroo Care", where a baby is held closely to the mother's chest. Babies born prematurely or with low birth weight that are given this treatment tend to become healthier faster than those kept in incubators.
  • The Castle of the Faithful Wives
  • Love, romantic or otherwise, is often considered one of the most powerful motivational forces in the human psyche. There are even claims that it can cause the brain to release chemicals that allows a person to accomplish things that he/she could not or would not had been able to normally do. These factors are the basis for the "Power of Love" in fiction.

Alternative Title(s): Power Of Love, Powered By Love