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Jewelry, roses, and chocolates. Valentine's Day (technically Saint Valentine's Day) is a big deal, and boy do writers know it! The holiday on February 14 has been used a million times in all sorts of media to bring up love and romance. White Day is a similar holiday observed in Japan and South Korea on March 14. In some countries, it's normal to give Valentine's Day cards or gifts to friends and family, whereas in other countries you'd only give a Valentine's Day present to someone you are romantically interested in, leading to a bit of Values Dissonance for certain audiences.

In fiction, characters face romantic challenges or break new ground on episodes that revolve around Valentine's Day. A Valentine's Day Episode plot typically centers around hooking up, or with struggling to find the right gift, or with someone (usually the man, usually on some kind of comedy) forgetting about the holiday and struggling to find a suitable gift. On the other hand, someone who finds themselves Alone Among the Couples may be serving up the Valentine's Day Vitriol. Valentine's Day Violence might also pop up if action and/or horror themed elements would spice up the holiday. You'll typically find the resident Big Eater chowing down on Valentine's Day candy, maybe even accidentally eating the box of chocolates they were supposed to give to their crush. There are any number of Love Tropes, comedic love tropes and Sex Tropes that are common to Valentine-centric plots. Can be fertile ground for Shipping Tropes. And likely to be a pivotal part of a Romance Arc.

While many Valentine's Day Episodes will usually air just before or on Valentine's Day, this is not always the case. To be considered a Valentine's Day Episode, a work needs to both explicitly mention Valentine's Day and have a plot focused on love, romance, and relationship, when that hasn't been the sole focus previously.

Also in many cases in the media, though Valentine's Day is in the winter (in the Northern Hemisphere), it can instead appear to be spring, with no sign of bare trees or snow anywhere, unlike in real life.

For other holidays see Christmas Episode, Halloween Episode, Thanksgiving Episode, St. Patrick's Day Episode, and Easter Episode.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • An episode of the harem comedy Ai Kora has Maeda trying to smuggle home a chocolate statue made in the shape of a girl with all his "ideal parts". Unfortunately, it's on Valentine's Day, and all the girls he knows try and ply him with chocolates (and lots of it, in the cases of Ayame and Kirino). He eventually eats so much chocolate he passes out, and awakens to find his chocolate sculpture has melted.
  • Asteroid in Love: Chapter 29, adopted as part of the ninth episode, involves this, including Mikage asking Moe for a crash course for chocolate-making. On the day itself, the club itself engages in a typical exchange of friendship chocolates, but Moe give Misa a Chocolate of Romance.
  • Case Closed has had several, the first ever anime original episode, aptly named The Valentine's Murder Case, The Truth Behind Valentine's, and the White Day episode White Day of Betrayal, all tragic cases somehow involving love and betrayal. They also serve as time capsules of the series romantic progression: Valentine's Murder Case is a pretty standard case with a brief moment of Shinichi/Ran teasing at the very end, Truth Behind Valentine's is set after Makoto and Sonoko became an Official Couple and is mostly focused on them, with a more extensive Shinichi/Ran sequence involving Conan making Ran think he'd visited her as Shinichi, and by White Day, there were so many established couples that their chocolate exchanges had to be made into a montage!
  • Codename: Sailor V (the series that Sailor Moon is a spin-off of) had one, with a Youma using it to sell the deliciously addicting and extremely fattening Rainbow Chocolate to try and fatten up everyone in Tokyo and then drain their energies under the disguise of a weight loss treatment... And Minako missing it due to the Youma getting her with her chocolate and Artemis taking the chance to trick her into muscle training under the guise of slimming exercises that her own personality brought up a notch.
  • The Dangers in My Heart: Karten 72-74 are collectively The Remake of previous bonus Twitter chapters set on Valentine's Day mixed together into one story. Whereas the bonus chapters were simply about Ichikawa and Yamada giving chocolate to each other, the main arc plays it more for drama with added conversations about the nature of conveying feelings through chocolate without misunderstandings, because of the line between "friend" and "romantic" chocolate. Yamada spends the holiday trying to properly convey her own feelings to Ichikawa.
  • Fruits Basket: Episode 10 revolves around on Valentine's Day, with Tohru going on a Double Date with Yuki, Kyo, and Kagura.
  • Jewelpet:
    • Jewelpet (2009): Episode 46 shows how Rinko is coping after having been kidnapped at the end of the previous episode. She's doing it by making chocolate in her freezing cell with the help of an enemy, just because it's Valentine's and that enemy is suffering from lovesickness.
    • Jewelpet Twinkle☆: Episode 45, in which Ruby and Labra try to help Akari get together with Yuuma by slipping a love potion into the chocolate she made for him. Hilarity Ensues when they lose the chocolate and it gets eaten by five boys, who proceed to chase Akari around the school.
    • Jewelpet Sunshine: Episode 45, in which Kanon and Ruby compete in making the best chocolates for Mikage. Ironically, the episode ends with The Reveal that Kanon and Mikage are siblings.
  • Chapter 195 of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War focuses on all the female members of the cast giving out chocolate. Despite taking place in the middle of an arc focusing on a Love Triangle, it's actually a Breather Episode.
  • Kamisama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama:
    • The 69th episode is a Valentine's Day episode, with the first half being about one of the Black Brothers (a recurring pair of con men) falling in love with the daughter of the candy shop owner he almost drove out of business back in the 11th episode and the second half being about the female Cocotamas making chocolate for the male Cocotamas.
    • The second half of the 119th episode has Kokoro work up the nerve to give Valentine's Day chocolates to her crush Ichinose due to assuming that he will be transferring to a different school soon.
  • Kimi ni Todoke: The plot of the anime's second season starts with a Valentine's Day Episode, which is also the last episode of the main cast's first school year. Despite having the normally sweet and romantic tone of the series that the first season had, Sawako's inability to give Kazehaya some chocolate heavily affected their relationship negatively. The impact of that failed Valentine's Day is felt throughout the entire season.
  • Koro-Sensei Quest!: The first half of Episode 10 is set on Valentine's Day, and has the girls in Class 3-E give chocolates to the boys. Unfortunately, Irina laced the girls' chocolates with compounds that turn whoever eats it into a Technically Living Zombie that desperately craves for more chocolate.
  • Chapter 10 of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid has Tohru trying to give Kobayashi chocolate that was spiked with a love potion, but Kobayashi avoids eating it (though she still ends up eating it by accident later on). The anime adapted it as part of the OVA, adding in several scenes for the rest of the cast. Kanna's Spin-Off also had its own Valentine's Day chapter where she makes chocolate for Saikawa.
  • Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department has a Valentine's day episode about a Monster made of Valentine's Day Chocolate. The fight had to be postponed due to metal shavings in the chocolate (Maybe next year...). It was intended to be shown on Valentine's Day of 2022, but like the events of the episode, it ended up delayed for one week.
  • Chapter 28/Episode 12 of Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun is about Valetine's Day. Chiyo tries to give Nozaki her chocolate, but is unable to get a hold of him as he spends the entire day running around the school, observing every other confession and exchange to use as material for Let's Fall In Love. Hori doesn't like homemade food after some gave him food poisoning, so Kashima gives him homemade chocolate disguised as store bought, causing Chiyo to remark that she doesn't know if she likes Hori or hates him. Wakamatsu causes confustion when he announces that he got expensive chocolate from Nozaki (they bought it together as artistic reference material). Seo, to the great surprise of no one, has never given a chocolate in her life. And Mikoshiba hates it, because it's his birthday and he hates never getting presents because everyone's just giving him chocolate.
  • Episode 31 of Nurse Angel Ririka SOS is a great demonstration of the "obligation chocolate"/"true feeling chocolate" dynamic in action, and features Ririka's friend Karin as she gets confessed to by a boy from school that she had never given any thought to before.
  • Pokémon: The Series: In the special episode "Luvdisc is a Many Splendored Thing", Team Rocket scientist Dr. Namba orders Cassidy and Butch to steal the Cerulean Gym's Luvdisc so he can reverse-engineer its power and remove love from the world (yeah...). The B-plot focuses on the burgeoning love between Caserin and Loverin, the two aforementioned Luvdisc.
  • One chapter of Ranma ˝ is set on Valentine's day. Akane hasn't bought any chocolate yet so her friends wonder if she'll give Ranma some homemade ones. He suddenly shows up and says to just buy some instead of making them herself. She kicks him out shouting she has no intention of giving him any. Later she gets asked a favor from a grandmother and her granddaughter to give some chocolates to a kid that once saved the child's doll. Turns out it was Ranma.
  • One chapter of Sgt. Frog has Momoka trying (and failing) to work up the nerve and/or find the opportunity to offer her crush Fuyuki some home-made chocolates on Valentine's Day. Meanwhile, Fuyuki earns the jealous ire of his classmates when all the girls in the school keep giving him chocolate. He's profoundly disappointed when he finds out all the chocolates are intended for his sister Natsumi, and equally delighted when Momoka shows up at his house with her gift of chocolate.
  • Skip and Loafer has a Valentine's Day two-parter, featuring the girls making chocolate for their male classmates and a love confession between two of the characters.
  • The Story Between a Dumb Prefect and a High School Girl with an Inappropriate Skirt Length: Chapter 53 follows Tsukishima and his Valentine's Day Vitriol as he's the only one not to get chocolate. Despite the Ship Sinking between them in Chapter 38, there's some Ship Tease when Tasaki corners him at the end of the day to give him a book she needed to return to the library.
  • An OVA of Student Council's Discretion centered on Valentine's Day with the members of the student council giving gifts to Ken.
  • Suite Pretty Cure ♪: Episode 6 revolves on White Day with Souta making a chocolate-filled wasabi gift for Kanade.
  • GO-GO Tamagotchi! episode 44b is one, about Orenetchi wishing Himetchi and Momotchi would give him some Valentine's chocolates.
  • A recurring running gag in every Valentine's Day chapter in Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku which Kotetsu always demands chocolate from Akane.
  • Urusei Yatsura has a few, regularly spoofing the celebration. Most notably, in one occasion Sakura revealed she had no idea of what it is and Ataru asked her how it was possible considering the immense marketing about it, including mangas with Valentine's Day episodes.
  • Wandering Son had at least one Valentine's Day chapter in middle school. Closeted trans girl Mako tries to give her crush Oka a "friendship chocolate" but Oka gets grossed out.
  • Yo-kai Watch:
    • One episode has both of Nate's male friends getting confessions and chocolates from a girl on Valentine's Day. Nate becomes jealous and illogically assumes that the reason they got chocolates from girls while he didn't is because a Yo-kai's screwing with him. He's right.
    • Another episode revolves around Hailey Anne trying to make the best chocolate for Valentine's Day. The problem is that she uses a recipes from her favorite manga, which are all terrible in real life.
  • Ganbare Douki-chan: Kouhai-chan and Douki-chan both give chocolates to Douki-kun on Valentine's Day in episodes 3 and 4, respectively.

    Audio Play 
  • The third Puyo Puyo drama CD has a story called "The Valentine's Day That Overcame Space-Time". In it, Ringo is giving out chocolates to her friends on Valentine's Day, going as far as to make an altar so that Ecolo can have some chocolates too. Once Ecolo does come along, he asks Ringo how she still remembers him if space-time usually makes others forget Ecolo exists.

    Comic Books 
  • The Bomb Queen and Hack/Slash crossover was supposed to be this, though apparently due to delays causing it to be released after February, the holiday aspect was dropped.
  • The Books of Magic had a Valentine's Day story called "This Is Not About Chocolate", in which Eros/Cupid attempted to strike back against his modern image as a cherub in a nappy (and by analogy, the comercialisation of romance in general).
  • Marvel once produced a number of I (Heart) Marvel one-shots; the Spider-Man themed one, "Web of Love", was all about Spidey trying to think of a good Valentine's Day present for his wife, Mary Jane. In the end he had Tony Stark make a pair of web-shooting bracelets for her.
  • Jem and the Holograms (IDW) had a Valentine's Day issue where Kimber tried to use a potion to make the Misfits nicer. Instead, she ends up causing the Misfits as well as Jem and the Holograms to fall in love with random people.
  • Joker's Asylum: Harley Quinn's story takes place on Valentine's Day and has her break out of Arkham Asylum with the intent of arranging a romantic evening with the Joker.
  • Issue #12 of Ms. Marvel (2014), there is a Valentine's day ball, and Bruno tries to invite Kamala to it... even this would spell disaster, but Loki also arrives and has way too much fun Playing Cyrano (badly), spiking the punch with Truth Serum, and being as much of a troll as possible in general.
  • Issue #24 of The Powerpuff Girls, "The Bride Of Mojo Jojo," had Mojo seeking love on Valentine's Day. But when a dating service fails him, he uses material from discarded weapons and his own DNA to create his own bride a la The Bride Of Frankenstein. The girls, in a subplot early on, entertain ideas of what kind of mother they'd want.
  • Scary Godmother: The Bloody Valentine takes place six months after the original book. Orson's parents have gotten into a fight, with Ruby going to visit Scary Godmother and Max going to visit Harry. After some advice, the couple makes up.
  • Simone: The Best Monster Ever: In one strip titled "Chocolate!", Simone explains the concept of Valentine's Day to Morris while drawing a Valentine's Day card. He becomes interested when Simone mentioned that there's chocolate, since eating too much makes you throw up.
    Morris: I love holidays that make you throw up.
  • Teen Titans has a spin-off comic episode set on Valentine's Day where Larry the Imp steals Cupid's bow and makes random characters fall for each other. Hilarity Ensues. And it ends with a number of characters saying, "I Love You!" in their native tongues.
    Hot Spot: Ana Moajaba Bik! (Arabic)
    Mas: Te Amo! (Spanish)
    Bushido: Aishiteru! (Japanese)
    Red Star: Ya tebya lyublyu! (Russian)
    Mallah: Je'taime! (French)
    Starfire: And "I love you" all, too! (English, ironically...)

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes has a series of comics about Valentine's Day every year during its run. These tend to focus on Calvin's and Susie's nascent crush.
  • Crabgrass: This comic resolves around Miles preparing for Valentines Day. Kevin finds it nonsense, until he hears that it also involves getting candy.
  • Peanuts dependably focused on Charlie Brown never getting any valentines.
    Charlie Brown: I know nobody likes me... why do we have to have a Valentine's Day to emphasize it?

    Fan Works 
  • Script Fic Calvin & Hobbes: The Series has "Insanity is In The Air", which gave some Character Development to Andy.
  • Misa and the Bear is a humorous Death Note Crack Fic where Light has to contend with Misa, his harem of cover girlfriends, L, and Ryuk's misunderstanding of the holiday. Needless to say things don't go as planned.
  • The Facing the Future Series has "What She Wants", which features Desiree and Sidney Poindexter, of all people, getting together.
  • The Empath: The Luckiest Smurf series has two of them:
    • The story "Hefty, The Luckiest Smurf" begins on Valentine's Day, with Empath giving Smurfette the present of a mock wedding ceremony in the Imaginarium with Hefty as her imagined bridegroom. The rest of the story centers on Empath seeing Smurfette in an alternate timeline falling in love with and marrying Hefty when Empath is forced to return to Psychelia, and how he deals with it after he finds out.
    • "My Unsmurfy Valentine" also takes place on Valentine's Day, on which the rogue cherub Eros decides to ruin it by firing lust arrows that make whoever's struck by them lust after whoever they desire, even if it's of the same sex. (Given that the village consists mostly of male Smurfs, it was mostly same-sex pairings, with Papa Smurf going after Smurfette when he was hit with the lust arrow.)
  • The main premise in Hunting the first fic of The Matrix and Supernatural crossover slashfic Hunting Series is Dean forgetting it's Valentine's Day, until Neo remindes him of it. Eventually, it ends up kicking off one of the main pairings, the One True Threesome, of the series.
  • The sixth episode of The Child of Love is a Valentine's Day chapter. Asuka tries to give Shinji some home-made chocolates on Valentine's Day without everybody noticing.
  • The One I Love Is...: The story begins during a Valentine's Day. As Asuka is trying to work up the nerve to give Shinji some home-made chocolates, Rei gives Shinji a chocolate box, earning Asuka's wrath and kick starting the plot.
  • Chapter 6 part 2 of SlifofinaDragon's Sengoku Basara modern day fanfic The Start of my Life begins on Valentines Day at Basara Academy.
  • Stories and Tales from Dimension 63: Chapter 17 is set on Valentines Day.
  • The Simpsons fanfic "A Simpsons Valentine" takes place in the future but explores Homer and Marge's love life throughout their relationship. It was published a few weeks before Valentine's Day.
  • The The Most Popular Girls in School fanfics in the "Valentine's Day Dance 2019" series focuses on, well, a High-School Dance on Valentine's Day.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has the Yancy Interlude sidestory, which begins and ends with the title character having a date at the Nimbasa Amusement Park during Valentine's Day.
  • Chocolate is a Johto-era Pokémon doujinshi where Misty wants to give Ash chocolate for Valentine's Day but is too nervous to. There's also a b-plot about James getting chocolates from a girl.
  • The Flash Sentry Chronicles:
    • "Hearts and Hooves Day" shows several members of the Mane 7 each spending time with their love interests on the titled holiday.
    • "The Break Up Breakdown" has Fire Heart observing the Mane 7 on Hearts and Hooves Day, seeing what romantic things they are doing together so he can understand why love is so important, and discover the various forms of love.
  • The first chapter of Kanto Calling takes place around White Day. Ash sent Misty a present around White Day, but he didn't actually realize it was White Day. Ash had forgotten because Kalos doesn't celebrate White Day.
  • This Steven Universe fancomic of White Steven (who comes from an AU where he's the son of White Diamond instead) and Pink Steven (who comes from an AU where Sapphire's prediction went right) has them being each other's first Valentine.
  • The Tokimeki PokéLive! and TwinBee story "A Chocolate Surprise!" takes place during Valentine's Day and Hilda White asks Kanata Konoe to make some homemade chocolates for her to give to Shizuku Osaka with Kanata agreeing to making the chocolates for Hilda and when Shizuku comes by the Konoe residence looking for Hilda, Hilda has to keep the chocolates a secret from her as to not ruin the surprise. Judging from Shizuku's reaction, it works!
  • As Fate Would Have It has a semi-standalone companion fic set within the former's universe called A Fated Exchange which, in addition to being set during Valentine's Day, also covers White Day.
  • The thirteenth chapter of 151 Pokeshipping Stories, called "I Wish I Never Met You" takes place over Valentine's Weekend, and focuses on Misty visiting a world where she never fished Ash out of the river on the first day of his journey thanks to Mew after an argument between the two over whether the holiday is important or not. They make up in the end and the story ends with them going on a Valentine's Day date.
  • The Kedabory Verse:
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: Olympian Journey: The Aphrodite arc takes place on Valentine's Day, fittingly enough. Jade's subplot shows her school getting ready for a holiday dance, before the building is hijacked by Eros!Drew.
  • Hi Neighbor is a series of Marvel Cinematic Universe fics detailing Sharon's interactions with Steve when she was undercover as his neighbor "Kate". In Spell Me My Alphabet, Sharon left a bowl of Alpha-Bits cereal with a message as a Valentine's Day gift for Steve, but Natasha eats it before he can find out the message. After a Time Skip, Steve attempts to gift a bowl of (expired) Alpha-Bits spelling his answer to what he thought was Sharon's message, "Yes", having assumed she was asking him to be her Valentine. Sharon explains what she originally tried to tell him: her real name.

  • The second Franny K. Stein book was titled Attack of the 50-Ft. Cupid and had Franny try to understand Valentine's Day when being introduced to the holiday by her teacher Miss Shelly. A series of accidents results in a gigantic winged cherub being created and going on a rampage where he shoots arrows everywhere.
  • Older Than Print: The first known connection between romance and Valentine's Day was made in the 14th century, by Geoffrey Chaucer.
  • Harry Potter has had two, neither of which were included in the film versions:
    • In Chamber of Secrets, Lockhart sets up an ill-conceived Valentine's celebration which annoys everyone but himself. Ginny sends Harry a singing valentine using Lockhart's "card-carrying cupids", but it backfires badly.
    • In Order of the Phoenix, Harry takes Cho Chang to a date on Valentine's day. This also doesn't go so well.
  • Jaine Austen Mysteries: Killing Cupid. This could also technically apply to This Pen For Hire, as Jaine secures Howard Murdoch a Valentine's Day date with Stacey Lawrence before she's murdered.
  • Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine has Junie B. trying to figure out who sent her a Valentine during the school's Valentine's Day Party. It was Jim who secretly has a crush on her.
  • One of the Rainbow Magic Special Editions starred Juliet the Valentine Fairy, whose story was set during Valentine's Day season. Jack Frost and his goblins had stolen her magic items that help her make Valentine's Day special, and as such everyone is instead miserable, so she goes to Rachel and Kirsty for help.
  • The Rotten Ralph book Rotten Ralph's Rotten Romance had Ralph cause havoc on Valentine's Day.
  • Roys Bedoys: In “It’s Valentine’s Day, Roys Bedoys!”, Roys and his classmates decorate some paper bags for Valentine’s Day.
  • The Savannah Reid Mysteries book Sugar and Spite. Savannah laments somewhat over the fact that her only Valentine's Day plan is to assist her cop buddy Dirk with a stakeout. When Dirk's ex-wife shows up and is murdered with his gun, Savannah spends the days leading up to the holiday working to clear his name and find the real killer, comforting Dirk along the way and realizing, not for the first time, that her feelings for him might be a little more complicated than just friendship. At the end he thanks her for her support by splitting a heart-shaped box of chocolates with her.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrested Development: 'Marta Complex' has a Love Triangle between the titular Marta and brothers G.O.B. and Michael.
  • Barney & Friends has the direct-to-video special "Be My Valentine, Love Barney''. Barney and his usual group of companions accept a party invitation from the Queen of Hearts note  and there's emphasis on friends having fun together. As with the "I Love You" song, the theme of the special is celebrating close friendships over anything else.
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • "The Large Hadron Collision" has Leonard going to CERN and seeing the LHC. He has a plus one and since it will be Valentine's Day would like Penny to accompany him. Sheldon has other ideas.
    • "The Locomotion Manipulation": Sheldon and Amy go with Howard and Bernadette on a train ride to Napa Valley. Amy planned on a romantic dinner, but Sheldon would rather talk trains with a complete stranger, leading to an argument which ends with Sheldon and Amy's first kiss. Meanwhile, Leonard and Penny spend Valentine's Day baby-sitting Raj's dog, which eats the box of chocolates Penny brought Leonard and have to take her to the vet, who develops a thing for Raj.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
  • Charmed: "Animal Pragmatism" from season 2, in which Phoebe accidentally enables a bunch of her college buddies to cast a spell that turns animals into hunky (but slightly evil) guys.
  • Community the first season has 'Communication Studies' and second season has 'Early 21 century Romanticism.'
  • Criminal Minds: "Closing Time" The Bartender who hears everybody's sob stories decides to put the storytellers out of their misery, while Hotch's relationship with his triathlon training partner grows.
  • An Empty Nest episode had all of the lead characters and even Dreyfus the dog finding love on Valentine's Day.
  • CSI: NY: Season 9's "Blood Actually" is a three-short Shout-Out to Love Actually and Valentine's Day. There are three murder cases and the three canon couples all have romantic moments. Danny and Lindsay have a rare quiet moment at home; Don surprises Jamie with a rooftop dinner; Mac and Christine go dancing after having to give up their dinner reservation due to his case running overtime...again.
  • Full House "Little Shop of Horrors, "The Heartbreak Kid", and "Dateless in San Francisco". Also, Jesse and Becky's wedding is on Valentine's Day.
  • Glee had two: "Silly Love Songs" in season two and "Heart" in season three. Both focused on love songs, even more than the series' usual fair.
  • Grey's Anatomy, the February Day episode reminded two of the doctors that they were single and they proceeded to make out in the closet.
  • Much like its Christmas movie marathon, the Hallmark Channel airs a slew of Valentine's Day movies during February.
  • Happy Days, the musical montage episode "Be My Valentine."
  • The Haunting Hour has "Terrible Love," a Black Comedy in which a teenage girl inadvertently summons Cupid in an effort to get a popular guy to like her. When she becomes afraid that he'll stray, she insists that Cupid shoot her crush with another one of his love arrows, which quickly drives the kid insane and leads him to Fatal Attraction levels of stalking and paranoia, along with almost physically abusing her. You know, for kids!
  • The "Be My Valentine" episode of Kindergarten has the kids sharing Valentine's Day cards.
  • The Middle Four episodes as of the fourth season. Like all of their holiday episodes, these episodes are named Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day II, etc.
  • The Nanny has "Love is a Many Blundered Thing." Fran gets a date with a cute cop named Jeff, only to discover an anonymous Valentine signed "Miss Fine" in her purse. She immediately assumes it's from Mr. Sheffield and rushes through her date with Jeff, only to discover that her actual secret admirer is one of Brighton's friends. Trouble arises when Fran decorates a massive billboard in Times Square with a Valentine's message for Mr. Sheffield, and she and Val have to rush to cover it up before he sees it.
  • The Office: "Valentine's Day" in the second season and PDA in the seventh season.
  • Once Upon a Time: "Skin Deep". It aired shortly before and was set during Valentine's Day and involved a couple breaking up, True Love's Kiss not working and a psychotic breakdown.
  • Parks and Recreation: Leslie has a little pre-Valentine's Day tradition called "Galentine's Day", where she and her female friends treat themselves to a brunch celebrating their friendship. It's even become a small tradition in real life, with the retail store Target selling "Galentine's Day" themed products in 2017. On the whole, the series' Valentine's Day episodes include Season 2's "Galentine's Day", Season 4's "Operation Ann", and Season 6's "Galentine's Day 2".
  • The Pretender had a Valentine's Day episode in its second season. It was Jarod's first experience of the Day, due to his deprived childhood.
  • Punky Brewster. She disavows Valentine's Day then dreams she is an elderly spinster.
  • The longer of the two surviving clips of the Irish Puppet Show Rimini Riddle is of this.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch
    • Season 1 - Sabrina and Harvey's first kiss turns Harvey into a frog. And she must prove that it's true love to turn him back.
    • Season 2 - features Cupid and Mr Kraft fighting over Aunt Hilda, while Sabrina gets magicked into falling in love with Roland the troll.
    • Season 3 - Sabrina has to make Cousin Marigold fall in love with a mortal handyman.
    • Season 4 - Sabrina discovers that Josh is in love with her and - because she already is with Harvey - she comes down with something called 'Candy Hearts Syndrome'. And must make Josh fall out of love with her.
    • Season 5 - Josh and Morgan are on the verge of breaking up - and Sabrina is conflicted by her own feelings for Josh.
  • Shining Time Station has the episode, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not". Valentine's Day is held at the station, and Mr. Conductor becomes Cupid's helper. However, his magic dust accidentally makes Stacy Jones fall madly in love with Schemer, to the point where the two nearly end up marrying each other.
  • The Sunny Side Up Show would celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14th every year of its broadcast. A special guest from a Sprout show would usually turn up for this occasion.
    • Prairie Dawn from Sesame Street appeared for Valentine's Day 2008.
    • Barney from Barneyand Friends appeared for Valentine's Day in both 2009 and 2011.
    • Bean from The Super Sproutlet Show appeared for Valentine's Day 2012, which was also said block's launch date.
    • Sweetpea Sue from Pajanimals appeared for Valentine's Day 2013.
  • Smallville:
    • In the episode "Persuasion", Clark is exposed to wish-fulfilling gem-kryptonite on Valentine's Day that gives him a Compelling Voice and wishes for a more traditional relationship with Lois... turning her into a Stay in the Kitchen Housewife. Hilarity Ensues.
    • Also during "Crimson", Lois is given some red lipstick which makes her fall for the first guy she sees: Clark (who she wasn't dating at the time).
  • Supernatural: "My Bloody Valentine" from season 5. It focused on desires rather than love, as the Horseman Famine's arrival in a town causes everyone's desires to go overboard. Sam starts craving for demon blood, Castiel starts consuming hundreds of burgers, but Dean is unaffected, which Famine speculates is because he has become empty inside.
  • The Noddy Shop has the episode "Secret Valentines". Warloworth steals Valentines from all the rest of the toys after thinking he didn't get any, but after he sees that he did get Valentines from everybody he has a change of heart. Meanwhile Kate gets a Valentine from a secret admirer and tries to figure out who it was from.
  • 30 Rock Liz Lemon does not have the best of luck on Valentine's Day.
    • In the series' first Valentine's Day episode, "Up All Night", Lix tries to figure out who sent her flowers.
    • In "St. Valentine's Day" Liz goes on a disastrous first date with Dr Drew Baird. Meanwhile, Jack and Elisa spend the evening in church.
    • "Anna Howard Shaw Day" in the fourth season had Liz boycotting Valentine's Day, choosing to celebrate the birthday of suffragist Anna Howard Shaw instead, and scheduling a root canal for that very day. Naturally, things don't go according to plan.
    • "Double Edged Sword", the fifth season's Valentine's Day episode, looks at the effects of being a relationship with someone very similar in personality.
    • "Hey Baby, What's Wrong?" Liz and Criss' relationship is put to the IKEA test, while Frank and Tracy teach Lutz their dirtbag knowledge on how to pick up women.

  • Welcome to Night Vale has an episode set in the aftermath of Valentine's Day. Apparently mass casualties, the obliteration of whole suburbs, and holiday cards that require specialist disposal squads are all normal features of Night Vale Valentines celebrations, and as such, the holiday is dreaded yearly.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • WCW Clash of Champions V: St. Valentine's Day Massacre (the other Clash of Champions were not examples)
  • JAPW Valentine's Day Massacre '98 (after 99 they stopped including years in the titles)
  • NJPW Fighting Spirit - Day 15 - St. Valentine's Day Massacre (noticing a pattern yet?)
  • WWF In Your House 27: St. Valentine's Day Massacre (We'd be here for years if we listed all the wrestling events named after that event)
  • Triple X Wrestling in the UK had an event called Chop Him In The Valentines where Legion Of Womb (Jetta and Skye) had the opportunity to do just that to Chris Charizma and JP Monroe.
  • The wacky Dramatic Dream Team's DDT Non Fix Valentine Special, with a Valentine Special Single Match right before the main event.
  • NWA Wisconsin and NWA On Fire have Valentine's Vendetta(apostrophe varies year to year). Thematically appropriate matches? Frakie DeFalco defeating Brandon Haze and Stacy Shadows in a handicap match.
  • Defied at AWS No Time For Valentines Love
  • Coastal Championship Wrestling's Valentine's Vengeance. One of the most appropriately themed matches had Pablo Márquez going over El Guapo and Rico Casanova.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The first pilot of The Muppet Show was The Muppet Valentine Show, in which all the sketches were loosely connected by the theme of love. It aired on January 30th.

  • Our Miss Brooks has two Valentine's Day episodes, both on the radio:
    • The Frog sees Miss Brooks adopt a pet frog, in an effort to set up a "double date" with Mr. Boynton somewhere outside the zoo. It Makes Sense in Context.
    • Valentine's Day Date see Miss Brooks again try to keep Mr. Boynton away from the zoo. This time, she uses a gift certificate provided by Stretch Snodgrass to lure Mr. Boynton to Turk's Turkey Heaven. Hilarity ensues.

    Video Games 
  • Angry Birds: "Hogs and Kisses" and "Fairy Hogmother" are placed in Seasons as Valentine's Day themed levels.
  • Devilish Valentine, a game in the Devilish Hairdresser series, where the Devil turns her tricks on the Angel's date rather than the Angel herself.
  • In Ensemble Stars!, Valentine's Day is treated as an annual event that all idol units are expected to participate in, called Chocofes. The expectation is that units will make chocolate to give away to their audience (despite Valentine's Day usually being about girls giving to boys), and the theme of the performance is fanservice, meaning that the idols are expected to give a more charming and flirty act than usual. Naturally, Hilarity Ensues behind the scenes for characters who are less comfortable performing that way. White Day is also an annual event, but it actually has little to do with romance - instead, taking from the idea of White Day being the holiday where people give back chocolate to those who gave some to them a month beforehand, and the fact that White Day occurs very close to the end of the school year, White Day is here Repayment Festival and is when the younger members of a unit take over and design a concert for their seniors as a way to thank them for the mentoring they've received and take up the torch as the soon-to-be new unit leaders.
  • Fall Guys: February 2022 featured the first run of the "Week of Romance" live event, which includes challenges such as hugging other players and winning rounds in the exclusive Duos Festival show, which pits pairs of players against each other until only one pair remains.
  • Granblue Fantasy runs limited Valentines-themed events on the month of February, and these involve giving and receiving chocolates to and from the crew.
    • You can also pay real money to give chocolate to a crew member, or cat food in the case of Young Cat. Rather than merely showing your love for the character(s), you're shipped a well-made piece of art showing the character in question you gave chocolate to even if you don't live in Japan. Giving food to Young Cat also has Cygames donate cat food to shelters in Japan.
  • Valentine' Day is celebrated in most Harvest Moon games. It's the Japanese-style incarnation with split into Spring Thanksgiving and Winter Thanksgiving, with the former being when boys give girls cookies and the latter being when girls give boys chocolates.
  • Persona:
    • In Persona 4 Golden, near the end of the game, you get to take part in one of these and spend a romantic afternoon with your girlfriend at Shichiri Beach, but there's a twist. If you've gotten into relationships with multiple girls, then you can only choose one, and must personally reject each one you didn't pick. If you don't take someone out, you end up at Junes with the guys from the party.
    • Persona 5:
      • On Valentines', the girlfriend you've romanced will show up and spend a loving evening ending with her giving a chocolate gift. If you didn't date anyone, you'll end up with Ryuji lamenting an empty date. Or if you made the unfortunate mistake of romancing all of them, they'll show up at your doorstep, furious and heartbroken before you receive a savage off-screen beating, all while Sojiro gives you his tiny chocolate.
      • White Day was added in Royal, and it sees you taking the girl you romanced to the aquarium before taking her to dinner where you surprise her with a view of the city and a bouquet of flowers. If you’re single, you instead just get a gift for Sojiro to thank him for looking after you for the past year. And if you dated multiple girls, it will be treated as a chance to make up for what you did on Valentine’s. At one point during dinner, however, your date will briefly leave and one of your other girlfriends will call you, to which you’ll swiftly ignore her.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Melody, this can be experienced with the title character, Becca, or Amy depending on player choice. However, it’s called “Romance Day” instead, possibly because in game time, it’s closer to Christmas than Valentine’s Day would be.
  • My Sweet Bodyguard, which all focus on the heroine trying to have a romantic Valentine's Day with her boyfriend in the face of various obstacles.
  • The visual novels produced by Voltage, Inc. frequently put out holiday-themed side stories at appropriate times of the year, and Valentine's Day episodes for February are particularly common:

    Web Animation 
  • Etra-chan saw it!: One episode centers around Yuri knitting a scarf to give to Katsura on Valentines Day. All the other girls also take up knitting when they hear that Hiiragi prefers getting handicrafts for Valentines Day.
  • Homestar Runner
    • In "Sickly Sam's Big Outing", the Old-Timey versions of the cast try to find Sickly Sam (Old-Timey Strong Sad) a girlfriend, and Old-Timey Strong Bad tries to bait Sam into a Prank Date so he can sell him to the glue factory. It ends with Strong Bad getting swallowed whole and Sickly Sam going out with a broken-down horse.
    • Teen Girl Squad issue 12 [1] involves the girls trying to get "several boys". It ends with The Ugly One killed by voodoo, So And So getting run over while correcting Cheerleader's grammar, Cheerleader being disemboweled by a USB Dongle Goblin for "texting from a few feet away", and What's Her Face going out with the Wireless Wizard. The episode is "drawn" in red pen for the occasion.
  • Overly Sarcastic Productions, an Edutainment Show that specializes in history, mythology, and literature has a few that pop up in February, such as a retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche, and a study of the development of Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love.
  • Shrapnel has A Side of Shrapnel: Valentines Day. It’s the shortest episode by far clocking in at just under 3 minutes long, and so the official description, "Reznya gives a kid her 2 cents on love." sums it up pretty well.
  • Thrilling Intent has a "Velafitine's Day" episode in which Markus Velafi serenades his friends.

    Web Comics 
  • Electric Wonderland: "Valentine's Day Massacre" has the three main females argue over a guy and make fools of themselves in the process. The comic itself never refers to Valentine's Day by name.
    • This kicked off a tradition of Platypus Comix having a new Valentine's comic every year.
  • El Goonish Shive had a couple Valentine's Day filler strips. One joking about the Demonic Duck hooking him up with a female horned duck friend of his and one with the message "Being single is not the same as being alone".
  • Narbonic: The Demons story arc, which actually took place around Valentine's Day in the original run. Helen decides to have an office party on Valentine's Day. Mell is the only one to bring her own date (recurring character Seth, albeit at gunpoint so she could win a bet with the rest of the office), and Helen and Dave step outside for a serious talk... to be interrupted when Caliban flies naked face-first into a nearby snowdrift out of the sky, demonic loan sharks invade to take him back (and take the the rest of the lab if they can, starting with Seth), and hilarity generally ensues. On the romantic side, Mell and Caliban do become an item after this.
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: Had this couple strengthen their relationship on Valentine's Day.
  • Spider-Verse Unlimited (2022): "Spectacular Spider-Date" (#37) sees Peter running late for a restaurant date with Felicia. Although the day is never specified within the story, it was released on Valentine's Day 2023 and Marvel's summary states "Love is in the air this Valentine's Day".
  • xkcd: Is fond of mixing love and science for Valentine's Day comics. #63, #223, #543, #701.

    Web Videos 
  • False Swipe Gaming: Kellen goes over how Luvdisc spent Valentine's Day 2020 pondering its (and everyone else around it) love-life throughout the generations.
  • Stuart Ashen has done a few Valentine's Day episodes which involve reviews of products from British retailer Poundland.
  • The SuperMarioLogan episode, "Mario's Valentine's Day Problem!" focuses on Mario having to choose between Rosalina and Peach when the latter wants to spend Valentine's Day with him.
  • Scott The Woz has a Valentine's Day episode almost every year, with all of them as of yet emphasizing Scott's loneliness and focusing on him either trying to break his streak of loneliness or coping with not having a mate. 2021 never saw a Valentine's Day episode since Scott was taking a three month long break at the beginning of the year.
    • 2017's episode covers Tinder and Scott's attempts of finding a date using the app.
    • 2018's episode has Scott covering The Guy Game, an infamous NSFW quiz game.
    • 2019's episode features the Fanservice-y spinoff of the Dead or Alive fighting game series, Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball.
    • 2020's episode has Scott talking about We Dare, an "adult-oriented" Wii party game released only in Europe and Australia.
  • Will It Blend? has the episodes "Annoying Valentine's Gift" and "Valentine's Day Roses".

Alternative Title(s): Valentines Day Special, Valentines Day Episodes


From Pluto with Love

Mindy wants to send Pluto a valentine.

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