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29th Mar '18 11:36:18 AM Arha
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* In ''LightNovel/DestructionFlagOtome'' Katarina has a large mixed gender harem, all of whom were ''supposed'' to be interested in each other in various ways. Since she thinks that they still must be into each other like they are in the game they were based on, she doesn't factor herself into the group's romantic interactions. All of them are trying to get her to figure it out by being indirect and get frustrated when she completely blows them off. Only Maria and Mary get close to actually spitting it out. For Maria in particular there is no excuse: The lines she gives are ones that Katarina ''knows'' would be a confession if they were said to anyone else.
26th Mar '18 5:07:55 PM KDreader02
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* Webcomic/DrFrost: As the story develops, TheWatson character Yoon develops an obvious crush on the SherlockHomage character of Frost, which is made clear in every way except a straight confession.
20th Mar '18 10:45:49 AM fighwitt
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* In ''Fanfic/XMenTheEarlyYears'', Scott doesn't dare to confess his feelings because he believes Jean doesn’t like him back, isn't interested in a serious relationship and a romance between them would tear the team apart.
-->'''Hank:''' Why don't you come out and tell her how you feel?\\
'''Scott:''' Jean and I are just friends.\\
'''Hank:''' There's nothing wrong with wanting to be more.\\
'''Scott:''' (glaring) There is if I screw it up and it blows this team apart. There's a lot more to consider than how I feel. Besides, Jean has stated over and over again she's not interested in a serious relationship. So it's better for us to stay friends.
8th Mar '18 8:25:10 PM Gamermaster
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* A variation in ''Manga/KaguyaSamaWaKokurasetai''. Instead of it being "cannot spit it out", it's "''will'' not spit it out" since the plot revolves around Kaguya and Shirogane trying to force each other into confessing without confessing themselves.

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* A variation in ''Manga/KaguyaSamaWaKokurasetai''.''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar''. Instead of it being "cannot spit it out", it's "''will'' not spit it out" since the plot revolves around Kaguya and Shirogane trying to force each other into confessing without confessing themselves.
6th Mar '18 12:19:35 AM SeptimusHeap
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* MontyPythonsFlyingCircus had a skit called "Miss Annie Elk" wherein the title character experiences a prolonged coughing fit whenever she tries to the host her theory on a certain dinosaur. [[spoiler:[[Main/TheUnreveal This being Monty Python, the theory isn't exactly earth-shattering.]]]] It was also included in the Pythons' farewell special, MontyPythonMostlyLiveOneDownFiveToGo.

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* MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus had a skit called "Miss Annie Elk" wherein the title character experiences a prolonged coughing fit whenever she tries to the host her theory on a certain dinosaur. [[spoiler:[[Main/TheUnreveal This being Monty Python, the theory isn't exactly earth-shattering.]]]] It was also included in the Pythons' farewell special, MontyPythonMostlyLiveOneDownFiveToGo.
4th Mar '18 4:11:30 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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* Used famously in Creator/{{CLAMP}} works, especially ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', ''Manga/{{Wish}}'' and the newer series ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' and ''Manga/XxxHolic''. However, they don't necessarily have to be stories that CLAMP has produced in-house as the Franchise/CodeGeass example below can attest to.
** They also tend to use a unique variations of this trope especially with the dreamseers. Who can see the possible futures both good and bad. They'll tell the rest of the cast whenever the future is good, however when the future is generally bad they won't say anything. The reason behind this is because as long as they don't tell the key players that future then they can change it, but telling others of that future can set it in stone. [[spoiler: And the ''only'' dreamseer who actually DID say the future was still unchanged... said so after ''her'' death]].
** Franchise/CodeGeass (which Creator/{{CLAMP}} only was involved in the character designs for since Creator/{{Sunrise}} owns the franchise) has the romantic variation of this trope in play whenever [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Shirley]] [[CuteClumsyGirl Fenette]] is involved. She is not able to give a LoveConfession to [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob Lelouch]] [[SelectiveObliviousness that he actually pays attention to]] until a little over halfway through R2, and [[KillTheCutie then she dies]].
*** This also applies to Lelouch himself. ManipulativeBastard he might be, but he's also a BadLiar and keeps his mouth shut when he really shouldn't. This results in a good chunk of tragedy in the show, especially his inability to be honest [[spoiler: about the exact circumstances surrounding Euphemia's death.]]

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* Used famously in Creator/{{CLAMP}} works, especially ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', ''Manga/{{Wish}}'' and the newer series ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' and ''Manga/XxxHolic''. However, they don't necessarily have to be stories that CLAMP has produced in-house as the Franchise/CodeGeass example below can attest to.
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They also tend to use a unique variations of this trope especially with the dreamseers. Who can see the possible futures both good and bad. They'll tell the rest of the cast whenever the future is good, however when the future is generally bad they won't say anything. The reason behind this is because as long as they don't tell the key players that future then they can change it, but telling others of that future can set it in stone. [[spoiler: And the ''only'' dreamseer who actually DID say the future was still unchanged... said so after ''her'' death]].
* Franchise/CodeGeass:
** Franchise/CodeGeass (which Creator/{{CLAMP}} only was involved in the character designs for since Creator/{{Sunrise}} owns the franchise) has the romantic variation of this trope in play whenever [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Shirley]] [[CuteClumsyGirl Fenette]] is involved. She is not able to give a LoveConfession to [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob Lelouch]] [[SelectiveObliviousness that he actually pays attention to]] until a little over halfway through R2, and [[KillTheCutie then she dies]].
*** ** This also applies to Lelouch himself. ManipulativeBastard he might be, but he's also a BadLiar and keeps his mouth shut when he really shouldn't. This results in a good chunk of tragedy in the show, especially his inability to be honest [[spoiler: about the exact circumstances surrounding Euphemia's death.]]



** ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. After spending most of the series calling Akane an "uncute tomboy", Ranma finally musters up the courage to tell her that actually, he thinks she's really cute -- and [[CassandraTruth then she doesn't believe him because she thinks he's trying to trick her]].

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** ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.
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After spending most of the series calling Akane an "uncute tomboy", Ranma finally musters up the courage to tell her that actually, he thinks she's really cute -- and [[CassandraTruth then she doesn't believe him because she thinks he's trying to trick her]].



** ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': Ataru can't admit he really loves Lum because if he did, he'd have to give up his dreams of a harem. (It should be noted that this makes sense to no-one other than Ataru, given [[CasanovaWannabe his horrible luck with women]].)

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** ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'':
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Ataru can't admit he really loves Lum because if he did, he'd have to give up his dreams of a harem. (It should be noted that this makes sense to no-one other than Ataru, given [[CasanovaWannabe his horrible luck with women]].)






** Which is hilarious when you think that, when the topic of his feelings for Winry comes up, he's been known to spit ''other'' things out... [[SpitTake like his drink, all over poor Black Hayate]]... Yeah, ItMakesSenseInContext.



** Gauron ''did'' spit it out. Not that Sôsuke liked the idea especially after Gauron had Yui-Lan nearly assassinate Kaname out of jealousy.
4th Mar '18 2:20:43 PM LovePsychothefirst
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*** This also applies to Lelouch himself. ManipulativeBastard he might be, but he's also a BadLiar and keeps his mouth shut when he really shouldn't. This results in a good chunk of tragedy in the show, especially his inability to be honest [[spoiler: about the exact circumstances surrounding Euphemia's death.]]
2nd Mar '18 5:40:13 PM KibaDoku
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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': In chapter 6, Japan was about to confess to Italy only to cut himself short. Nerves got to him. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] later on.
26th Jan '18 5:49:09 AM Cryoclaste
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* One ''ForgottenRealms'' [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1730427/1/Anguish fanfiction]] had Drizzt trying to tell Catti-brie how he feels about her at the most perfect moment -- on a balcony during a ball -- [[spoiler: only to be interrupted because Delly was having a baby.]]

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* One ''ForgottenRealms'' ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1730427/1/Anguish fanfiction]] had Drizzt trying to tell Catti-brie how he feels about her at the most perfect moment -- on a balcony during a ball -- [[spoiler: only to be interrupted because Delly was having a baby.]]
17th Jan '18 6:16:10 PM ScottMarshall
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* ''Fanfic/{{Green}}'': This is the main thing keeping Fluttershy and Rarity's burgeoning romance from being realized. Rarity loves Fluttershy but is worried about what would happen to their friendship if Fluttershy doesn't feel the same way. Fluttershy finds herself in the exact same position. Eventually, Rarity decides to get her feelings off her chest by way of an [[LoveLetterLunacy anonymous love letter]], delivered in the dark of the night. She doesn't do a good job covering her tracks, though, and between her signature scent on the letter and [[IntelligibleUnintelligible Angel Bunny]] spotting her in the act, Fluttershy is able to deduce who the letter was really from, which gives her the courage to finally give Rarity a BigDamnKiss.
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