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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. 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.

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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 and Thanksgiving Episode.


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    Anime and 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.
  • 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 the Youma getting her with her chocolate and Artemis taking the chance to trick her into a muscle training under the guise of slimming exercises that her own personality brought Up to Eleven.
  • Fruits Basket: Episode 10 revolves around on Valentines 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.
  • Chapter 10 of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid has Tohru trying to give Kobayashi chocolate that was spiked with a love potion, but Kobayashi avoided 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 it's own Valentine's Day chapter where she makes chocolate for Saikawa.
  • 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: 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 ½ 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.
  • An ova of Student Council's Discretion centered on Valentine's Day with the members of the student council giving gifts to Ken.
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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.

    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 and 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.
  • 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 6 each spending time with their love interests on the titled holiday.
  • 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 Junior Officers chapter appropriately titled "Valentine's Day", which is a quick Bottle Episode about Deborah getting ready for a date.

    Literature 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Rotten Ralph book Rotten Ralph's Rotten Romance had Ralph cause havoc on 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.
  • Family Matters "My broken-hearted Valentine", "Heart strings" and Le jour d'amour".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Podcasts 
  • 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.

    Radio 
  • 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 
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Visual Novels 
  • 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 

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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".

    Western Animation 
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series had "Valentine's Daze", showing Cruella's dislike for the holiday as she has no one to be her Valentine.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius has the episode Love Potion 976/J which has Jimmy and his friends accidentally exposed to a potion that makes them fall in love with the first girl they see, and dealing with the side effects interfering with their own lives.
  • An episode of American Dad! has Francine convincing Stan to go on a Valentines' date with tickets they received several years ago, until a cyborg claiming to be Stan from the future arrives and tells Stan the date would complicate things.
  • Animaniacs: The episode "Drive-Insane/Girlfeathers/I'm Cute" first aired on Valentine's Day in 1994, and the first two shorts focus on dating and romantic love.
  • Arthur has "Buster's Secret Admirer". The messages and gifts he gets turn out to be from his mother, Bitzi.
  • The Backyardigans has a Valentine's Day episode call "Special Delivery", wherein Uniqua uses a plane to deliver Valentine's Day telegrams.
  • Bat Pat has "Eye of the Beholder." After several shops in Fogville are ruined the night before Valentine's Day, Rebecca is convinced there's a Valentine's Day creature that wants to ruin Valentine's Day. But it ends up being an ogre named Grundulla that wants a makeover for her big Valentine's Day date with an ogre from across the swamp. Joined by Natty, the kids and Bat Pat do their best to give Grundulla and awesome makeover.
  • The Berenstain Bears has a Valentine's Day special called "Comic Valentine". Brother Bear tries to focus on the upcoming hockey game against the Beartown Bullies, but keeps getting letters from a secret admirer named "Honey Bear".
  • Big City Greens has "Valentine's Dance", where the Greens go to Exactly What It Says Onthe Tin. There, Cricket develops his first crush but is freaked out by the idea of falling in love; Tilly decides to fulfill Cupid's duties and causes trouble; and Gramma and Nancy get into a feud while playing chaperones for some of the younger attendees.
  • Blue's Clues: Featured in an episode, though in a similar fashion to You Mean "Xmas", they refer to the holiday as "Love Day".
  • Bob's Burgers:
    • "My Fuzzy Valentine" has Bob trying to get the perfect gift for Linda after realizing she's tired of his half-assed heart-shaped gifts. While he and the kids try to track down a love tester he vaguely remembers using on his first date with Linda, Linda holds a speed-dating event at the restaurant.
    • In "Can't Buy Me Math", Tina and Darryl start a fake relationship that turns into a real crush for Tina, while Linda and Bob stumble through a romantic "Valentine's advent calendar".
    • "The Gene and Courtney Show" features Gene and his ex-girlfriend doing the morning announcements for school and having to deal with their unresolved romantic tension, while Bob and Tina help the school with their "Carnations for Donations" fundraiser.
    • "Bob, Actually" features the Belchers in a series of romantic misadventures on Valentine's Day.
    • "V for Valentine-detta" has Louise and Linda trying to cheer up Tina after her crush Jimmy Jr. chooses another girl as his Valentine.
    • "Bed, Bob, and Beyond" has the Belcher kids trying to patch things up between their parents by making up an ending to the movie Bob and Linda were trying to watch earlier that night.
  • Camp Lazlo did one simply titled "Valentine's Day", in which Patsy gives Lazlo a Valentine. Unfortunately, this does not go over well with Patsy's Overprotective Dad Commander Hoo-Ha, who believes it was given by one of the boys and puts them all at his wrath unless one of them confesses.
  • The Cleveland Show has three Valentine's Day episodes:
    • "A Short Story and a Tall Tale": Cleveland and Donna celebrate Valentine's Day with a trip to Los Angeles after scoring courtside seats to the all-star basketball game featuring Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade. Caught up in the excitement, Cleveland gets rowdy and talks smack to the players from the sideline throughout the game. The basketball champs, feeling hurt, seek revenge by paying a surprise visit to Stoolbend and putting Cleveland in his place.
    • "There Goes El Neighborhood": After getting himself into several cultural misunderstandings with his new and popular Latina neighbor, Cleveland attempts to make amends by demonstrating his knowledge of Latino culture. But Cleveland gets into a bind when he offers to babysit Choni's son and winds up losing him. Meanwhile, Junior sets up his new wife Cecelia on a Valentine's Day date but his jealousy gets the best of him.
    • "Here Comes the Bribe": After Cleveland botches his part during the renewal of their wedding vows, Donna hustles him to marriage counseling, where the mediator informs Cleveland that, for a price, he can slant the "treatments" the husband's way. Meanwhile, Junior's refrigerator breaks, so he and Rallo turn it into a hotel-style minibar.
  • The Animated Adaptation of Clifford the Big Red Dog has the episode "Cleo's Valentine Surprise". The spin-off series Clifford's Puppy Days has the episode "Valentine Shmalentine".
  • The Animated Adaptation of Curious George has the episode "Happy Valentine's Day, George!'' all about George trying to make Valentine cards for all his friends before the end of the day.
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood has "It's Love Day!/Daniel's Love Day Surprise." In the first segment, Daniel celebrates Love Day at school with Teacher Harriet and his friends. Everyone gives each other special gifts to say "I love you". Daniel receives a mysterious card and tries to figure out who gave it to him. The sender shows up at school, and it is Daniel's Grandpère. In the second segment, Daniel and his family celebrate Love Day with Grandpère at their house. Daniel helps his mom make special Love Day pizza, and sets up a treasure hunt for Grandpère to say "I love you!" But when Margaret finds some of the hidden hearts first, Daniel gets upset with her. Grandpère helps him see that Margaret did not know and was finding her own way to show Daniel she loves him.
  • Darkwing Duck has the episode "My Valentine Ghoul," where Morgana MacCawber goes on a Double Date with Darkwing and Negaduck at the carnival on Valentine's Day. Negaduck tries to convince Morgana that he has reformed and made his own chocolate factory, but he is actually trying to convince her to go back to a life of crime.
  • Doug's 1st Movie was set around Valentine's Day, centering around a Valentine's Dance.
  • DuckTales (1987): Two episodes:
    • "Back to the Klondike": Scrooge goes back to his claim in the Yukon and meets his old girlfriend, Goldie O'Gilt.
    • "A DuckTale's Valentine": Having been stuck with a magic arrow, Scrooge falls in love with Aphroducky, the mythological Goddess of Love.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy's Hanky Panky Hullabaloo was a special in which a pair of mischievous cherub versions of Sarah & Jimmy caused Edd and May Kanker to fall in love. Hilarity Ensues as their lovey-dovey exploits drive the other Eds and May's sisters up the wall.
  • On the The Fairly Oddparents episode "Love Struck" Timmy tries to impress his crush, Trixie Tang, with a big fancy Valentine, only for her to turn him down yet again. Angered by this and the fact that Cupid claims his real Valentine is Tootie, he wishes away all the females in Dimmsdale, creating two different lands separating the genders by a wall.
  • Family Guy had a Valentine's Day episode focusing on many characters and their love lives, a la Valentine's Day, to the point of a spoof of its trailer substituting for the opening sequence.
  • Fancy Nancy had the episode "Nancy, La Poete/Mon Amie.... Grace?". In the former segment, Nancy suffers from writer's block when trying to come up with something for a Valentine's Day poetry contest. For the latter, Grace accidentally gets Nancy's valentine meant for Bree, and thinks they're best friends.
  • Futurama:
    • "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" focuses on a Fry/Amy relationship. Just as Fry decides to break up, they get in an accident and Zoidberg has to graft Fry's head onto Amy's shoulder to keep him alive. Meanwhile, Bender opens his own matchmaking service, which goes about as splendidly as you'd expect for his customers.
    • In "Love and Rocket", Planet Express gets a lucrative job transporting candy hearts, while Bender starts dating the Planet Express Ship's computer and then chooses the worst possible time to break up with her. The whole thing plays out as a very strange parody of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The episode also features some Ship Tease for the Will They or Won't They? relationship between Fry and Leela.
  • The Garbage Pail Kids Cartoon episode "Heartless Hal" had chaos happen because of a cherub named Hal using his love arrows to make everyone fall in love with each other, not caring at all that having some people fall in love with the same person will cause problems. Clogged Duane, being the only one not hit by Hal's arrows, has to save the day by showing Hal why his methods aren't very constructive.
  • Grojband did one titled "It's in the Card", in which Grojband makes their own love song for musical Valentine's Day cards. However, Trina sabotages the cards due to her own angst over not getting anything from her crush Nick Mallory, causing everyone in town to break up with each other, including Grojband.
  • Hey Arnold! had a Valentine's Day episode where Arnold had a scheduled date with his crush Ruth McDougal and his French penpal Cecile (who was really Helga pretending to be Cecile). Luckily, both dates were at restaurants that were across the street from each other, allowing him to bounce back and forth between the two.
  • The House of Mouse episode "Goofy's Valentine Date", where Goofy tries to cope with being the only one at the club without a date on Valentine's Day.
  • Johnny Bravo had a Valentine's Day special, where it's revealed that Johnny was born on February 14. It had him finally meet a woman who likes him, only she turns out to be a secret agent.
  • KaBlam!
    • While the series doesn't have an official Valentine's Day episode, "A Nut In Every Bite!" (where Henry falls in love with Dawn, the network executive's granddaughter) was usually re-ran in February.
    • An Off-Beats Valentine (based off a recurring segment on KaBlam!) had Tommy and Populars member Beth fall in love with each other, but they had to keep it secret. Subplots involve August trying to find love the "unplugged" way, and his dog September reminiscing over his love of a cat named February.
  • Episode 83 of Kaeloo is all about the characters going to a Valentine's Day party, where Mr. Cat makes Quack Quack break up with his girlfriend just so he can get Kaeloo to be his date at the party.
  • Kim Possible had "The Cupid Effect", where Kim and Ron celebrate their first Valentine's Day as a couple, Wade gets a Precocious Crush on Monique and invents a love ray to increase his chances (inspired by a sarcastic suggestion from Ron), and the Seniors steal the aforementioned love ray so that Junior can fulfill his dreams of becoming a famous pop star.
  • The Madagascar franchise has a direct-to-DVD Valentine's Day Special, entitled "Madly Madagascar". This special takes place in between the second and third films. Valentine's Day is revealed to be Alex's favorite holiday, Melman plans a surprise for Gloria, Marty tries to impress a new friend, and everyone wants to get their hands on King Julien's love potion.
  • The Magic School Bus has the episode "Gets Charged," which takes place on Valentine's Day and features both a misunderstanding about love (the class think Ms. Frizzle has a boyfriend coming over) and a happy ending.
  • The Martha Speaks episode "Martha and the Thief of Hearts" took place on Valentine's Day.
  • The Animated Adaptation of Max and Ruby has a Valentine's Day episode in "Max's Valentine".
  • Balemtime's Day from Mega Babies, which treats the eponymous holiday like Valentine's Day, not unlike some of the other examples on this list.
  • Tex Avery's 1936 Merrie Melodies cartoon "Don't Look Now" had Dan Cupid preparing for Valentine's Day with his bow and arrows, while the Devil (like Cupid, depicted as a kid) prepares for the day by messing things up for couples-to-be.
  • Miraculous Ladybug has one, complete with a Cupid-themed akumatized villain and The Big Damn Kiss between our heroes (granted, it was only to snap Cat Noir out of the villain's Hate Plague, but still...).
  • In the Muppet Babies (1984) episode, "My Muppet Valentine", Nanny makes cookies for the babies. Unfortunately for Rowlf, he doesn't get one. His friends try to make it up to him by making him a surprise, but worry they've made him feel worse by leaving him out of their activities so as not to spoil the surprise. As it turns out, Rowlf has a surprise of his own for his friends; a song he wrote called, "You're Special to Me". At the end of the episode, Nanny finds Rowlf's cookie on the baking sheet and gives it to him, proving she thinks of all her children as her valentines.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In 'Hearts And Hooves Day', the Cutie Mark Crusaders try to get Cheerilee and Big Macintosh together using a Love Potion. It doesn't go as well as they'd hoped.
    • In "The Break Up Breakdown," Big Macintosh plans a huge Hearts and Hooves day surprise for his girlfriend, Sugar Belle. That is until he overhears her talking to Mrs. Cake about how she plans to tell him that "it's over," making Big Mac believe that she wants to break up with him. In the b-plot, Sweetie Belle recieves a pie in the mail that was meant for Sugar Belle, and starts to believe that she has a secret admirier and she and her friends try to figure out who sent it.
  • Nature Cat has the episode "Happy Halentine's Day!". In this episode, Hal intends to buy gifts for his friends and mother, but is despaired to find he forgot to buy anything and that Valentine’s Day involves waste harmful to nature. Before Hal gives up, Nature Cat and the rest suggest that instead he makes handmade gifts made from elements of nature.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: "Second First Date" has Cupid (here depicted as a macho-man in a toga armed with a bazooka) show up during a "mid-February sale" at Gar's Bodega to get Enid and Rad to sort out the Unresolved Sexual Tension that's apparently existed between them since their disastrous first (and last) date in middle school.
  • Peanuts had two few Valentine's Day TV specials: Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Valentine, both of which primarily revolve around the title character never getting any valentines, as mentioned in the Comic Strips folder above.
  • "Act Your Age", the penultimate episode of Phineas and Ferb, aired in February as a Flash Forward to the kids about to leave for college. The main focus of the episode revolves around the now eleven-year Will They or Won't They? between Phineas and Isabella. Of course, They Do.
  • The Powerpuff Girls has the episode, "Keen on Keane", where the Girls set Professor Utonium and Miss Keane together with fake love letters. Soon, they fall in love with each other, and talk to each other through the hot line, tying it up, and thus The Mayor can't tell the Girls that Townsville is in trouble (because he thinks it would be rude to interrupt). When he inadvertently interrupts by sneezing, The Professor and Ms. Keane realize they've been neglecting their responsibilites, including Ms. Keane forgetting to feed her pet cat, Valentino. This causes the Professor to break up with her, as he had a bad experience with cats before, specifically an evil one that made him jump off a building.
  • The animated Punky Brewster had "Be My Glomley." On Valentine's Day, Glomer discovers Glomine, a girl glomley, and with their combined powers can create a gateway back to Chaundoon. It almost works, except when Punky is seen dangling from a hot-air balloon basket, Glomer sacrifices his ticket back home, sending Glomine back, in order to rescue Punky.
  • Ready Jet Go! has the episode "From Pluto with Love". In that episode, the kids get ready for Valentines Day by making their own valentines out of paper, and Mindy feels sad that little, frozen Pluto is so far out at the edge of the solar system. So, the older kids go up in space and visit Pluto, while Mindy watches on Jet's smartwatch, and the cast sings "Dear Little Frozen Pluto".
  • Recess had "That Stinking Feeling" and "My Funny Valentines" paired together for airing. "That Stinking Feeling" was about Spinelli's crush on a boy, while "My Funny Valentines" (which is the more conventional Valentine's episode) was about T.J. making joke Valentine cards for the girls of the school, but with them thinking that he had crushes on him. Ship Tease ensued between T.J. and Spinelli (again). Oddly enough, the episode didn't air anywhere near the holiday (though the show was usually in its off-season in February).
  • Rugrats had a Valentine's Day two-parter. The first half involves the babies trying to get Spike and Fluffy to fall in love with each other, and the second half involves Chuckie making a valentine for his dad during the Valentine's Day dance.
  • A Scooby-Doo Valentine (a special episode of What's New, Scooby-Doo?) has the gang on Valentine's Day framed for crimes committed by four people who are their lookalikes. They are unmasked at the end as cartoon likenesses of the gang's voice actors—Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Grey DeLisle and Mindy Cohn. Additionally, the leader of the group is former *NSYNC member Special Guest J.C. Chasez... dressed as Scooby-Doo.
  • The Simpsons:
    • After the death of Ned Flanders' wife, Maude, he becomes depressed at a Valentine's Day dance, thanks to Homer saying out loud that it's a day for couples. note 
    • Another Simpsons example is "I'm With Cupid", where Homer and a bunch of other married men got mad at Apu for making them look bad on Valentine's Day via his over-the-top romancing of Manjula - getting Elton John to sing for her, etc.
    • "I Love Lisa" focuses on a crush Ralph Wiggum has on Lisa, which begins when she is the only person in the class who gives him a Valentine's Day card.
  • The Smurfs cartoon show special "My Smurfy Valentine" and the episode "Head Over Hogatha". "Chlorhydris' Lost Love" takes place on a similar day called Smurfy Friendship Day.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man: Gangland in season two has a huge group date...and a mobster summit where Hammerhead betrays Tombstone/The Big Man, and a three-way fight between Tombstone, Silvermane, and Doc Ock breaks out. The Green Goblin put Hammerhead up to it.
  • Spongebob Squarepants had a story where he schemed to get the best Valentines Day present ever for his buddy Patrick. Things go wrong, Hilarity Ensues.
  • The Teacher's Pet episode "Taint Valentine's Day" had the main plot revolve around Spot writing several valentines for Leonard in hopes that it will make Leonard look popular and get Leonard's crush Leslie to like Leonard, with the sub-plot being about Mr. Jolly helping Pretty Boy court a female bird he's fallen in love with.
  • Disney made two Winnie-the-Pooh Valentines specials:
    • The first was a The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh episode, "Un-Valentines Day" where, after an overflow of Valentines cards litters the Hundred Acre Wood, the animals decide to call off this year's Valentines Day. It proves short lived.
    • The second was the Direct to Video featurette A Valentine For You where, after finding out Christopher Robin has been "smitten by the love bug", the gang decide to find another "smitten" to cure him.
  • Wordgirl has "Cherish is the Word," which revolves around Becky wanting to give Scoops a valentine but has to deal with Victoria Best stealing everyone's valentines.
  • Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! has three Valentine's Day episodes:
    • "Mr. Valentine": Wubbzy delivers Valentine's Day cards when the mailman doesn't feel well.
    • "Cupid's Little Helper": Wubbzy finds Cupid's bubble wand causing everyone to fall in love with each other. There is a twist because he does not know it belongs to Cupid, so he ends up creating odd couples all over Wuzzleburg...including a love triangle with him, Daizy, and a Great Grey Smellyphant.
    • "My Speedy Valentine": Wubbzy, Widget, Walden and Daizy need to create valentines quickly so they can give them to all their friends at the Valentine's Day party in time.

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

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