1. He believes in love at first sight.
2. Burton often showcases underdogs and weirdos ‘cause he knows love isn’t just for perfect-looking people or alpha males.
3. His characters will search high and low for the ones that they love.
Edward Bloom saw the love of his life, Sandra, at the circus and worked there for three years shoveling elephant shit in order to find out who she was. That is dedication.
Anthony had to admire Johanna for a long time from a distance before they wed. He would sing to her outside of her window.
4. When they do find their true loves, they show their affections in some seriously heartwarming ways.
Like Edward, who planted Sandra’s favorite flowers in front of her house and wooed her like a goddamn gentleman.
5. He knows that not all gestures need to be grandiose.
6. Once his characters find love, they hold onto it forever.
No, it’s not silly. It’s fricking magical, and we’re all jealous and sad now.
7. Even in death, they believe that being with one another is heavenly.
In Beetlejuice, Adam and Barbara found out they were dead. Instead of panicking, Adam turned a dark situation into something beautiful.
8. Burton throws in a few obstacles that test his character’s relationships.
Edward Bloom, while charming, wasn’t a saint. Remember this affair in Big Fish?
Or when Sally doubted she’d ever end up with Jack?
Ugh, and we can’t forget that time Edward had to watch as the love of his life Kim dated the d-bag from hell.
9. Even in the most hopeless of places, Burton’s characters can find love.
Gotham is the worst of the worst, but Vicki Vale was still enamored by her knight in spandex armor.
10. No matter how uncomfortable it makes you feel, Burton shows that love is blind.
You probably wish you could erase Planet of the Apes from your memory, and you absolutely wish you never saw Mark Wahlberg kiss an ape. But love is not for the faint of heart, people.
11. Love is inevitable, even for those who think they’re better off alone.
12. Burton definitely doesn’t depict love as a Disney fairytale.
We’ve all felt this way, Edward.
13. His characters are willing to sacrifice anything for the ones they love, even if that means they have to let them go.
In Corpse Bride Emily’s love for Victor is undeniable, but she ultimately lets him go so he can be with someone more… well, alive.
Kim moves on to create a normal life, but she’s still in love with Edward. Meanwhile, he lives up the hill and creates ice sculptures of her. It’s disgustingly sweet.
14. The music he chooses is absolutely charming.
Danny Elfman is a master of swooning, enchanting love songs.
16. He portrays loyalty and love in old age.
Is this moment from Big Fish not the sweetest thing captured on film?!
Adam and Barbara loved each other immensely in life and death. When they were summoned for the living’s entertainment, they started rapidly decaying. No matter how old or decrepit they looked, these two still looked at each other with such love and care.
17. Who doesn’t want a love like Jack and Sally’s?!
If you weren’t moved by this love song you have no soul.