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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]].



%%* Dramatic example: ''Manga/PeachGirl''.
* In ''Manga/Classi9'', [[spoiler:Bach]] has troubles dealing with discovering [[SweetPollyOliver Ren's gender]], so much he can't bring himself to tell her he knows.
* In ''Manga/LoveHina'' it took the vast majority of the fourteen volumes of the published manga for the male protagonist to even get past "I L...". [[spoiler:The entire ''rest'' of the manga consists of the same happening to the ''female'' lead.]] It's fun to follow, but incredibly excruciating at the same time. It's eventually [[LampshadeHanging referred to this]] in the [[MetaGuy Kanako arc]] [[{{OVA}} OVAs]]
* In ''Manga/HanaKimi'', Mizuki loves Sano, and Sano loves Mizuki pretty much from chapter 3 onwards. Also, that's about when Sano also finds out that Mizuki really is a girl. And neither knows about what the other knows until chapter 133.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'' spent an entire episode milking the trope, as Momoka's attempts to refer to Fuyuki on a first-name basis lead to increasingly absurd changes in the conversation.

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%%* Dramatic example: ''Manga/PeachGirl''.

* In ''Manga/Classi9'', [[spoiler:Bach]] has troubles dealing with discovering [[SweetPollyOliver Ren's gender]], so much he Jeremy from ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' encounters this a lot. He can't bring himself tell his step-brother Ian about Greg's abuse after [[spoiler: Ian tells him that he vows to make their new family a happy one.]] He can't tell his mother Sandra about it out of fear that she will be {{Driven to Suicide}}. He tries to tell her his [[spoiler:boarding school roommate William about it by saying that he knows.
* In ''Manga/LoveHina'' it took
got the vast majority whip marks on his back from an evil spirit (Greg) that beat him in his house's torture room (his bedroom), but William doesn't get it.]] All in all, {{Poor Communication Kills}}. Literally.
* The lynchpin
of the fourteen volumes of the published ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' manga for the male protagonist is [[NiceGuy Keiichi]] and [[MagicalGirlfriend Belldandy's]] [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan ironclad relationship]], and Keiichi's inability to blatantly express his love without help from a third party, even get past "I L...". [[spoiler:The entire ''rest'' of the manga consists of the same happening though Belldandy has no trouble at all with it. He was '''much''' [[CharacterizationMarchesOn closer to the ''female'' lead.]] It's fun to follow, but incredibly excruciating at the same time. It's eventually [[LampshadeHanging referred to this]] Bell in the [[MetaGuy Kanako arc]] [[{{OVA}} OVAs]]
* In ''Manga/HanaKimi'', Mizuki loves Sano,
early manga, though]], and Sano loves Mizuki pretty much from chapter 3 onwards. Also, that's about when Sano also finds out seems to be getting better at it in recent chapters. It should '''also''' be noted that Mizuki really is a girl. And neither knows about what the other knows until chapter 133.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'' spent an entire episode milking the trope, as Momoka's attempts to refer to Fuyuki on a first-name basis lead to increasingly absurd changes
trope is {{averted}} in the conversation.1994 {{OVA}}, and in the 2005 animé's first season ([[SeriesContinuityError ...but ignored in the second]]), and both seem to be more popular and well-known among fans than the manga.
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'':
** The whole series would have been much simpler if Aoi and Kaoru could just tell Kaoru's [[TheUnwantedHarem Unwanted Harem]] that he was taken. Also much shorter. On the upside, it paves the way for Tina's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome crowning moment.]]
** Tina is another example. Her inability to confess her love to Kaoru before the series begins leads to her going on a year-long trip around the world, mainly to try and get over it.
* In the backstory of ''Manga/AizawaSanMultiplies'', the title character spent two years crushing on her classmate Souta Mizutani. She even named a cat after him because of it.
* In ''AoiKiseki'' the female lead Ageha is unable to interact with her beau without going full {{Tsundere}} and confessing her feelings out of sheer shyness. When she finally works the courage to do so, a nasty fall damages her brain, robbing her of her ability to speak. Ouch.



* Many [[LoveTriangle love triangles]], such as the one in ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad,'' have a third wheel who thinks that the main character returns their feelings. In the case of ''KOR'', he doesn't, but feels it's far better to lead her on for the entire series instead of sitting her down and explaining the situation, as he ''does'' care for the girl as a sister and can't bring himself to hurt her feelings. It certainly doesn't help that the girl whom he ''does'' have feelings for is the ''best friend'' of the third wheel ''and'' an ActionGirl who already promised to help the wheel girl, as well as willing to [[IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer beat the shit out of him if he causes said girl harm]].
* In the first two seasons of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', the villains have their own reasons for doing what they're doing, but refuse to tell why despite Nanoha wanting to talk to them. Nanoha (whose main characteristic is her honesty and straightforwardness) decides that the only way to get them to explain their actions is to [[DefeatMeansFriendship beat them in combat]] and [[WarriorTherapist demand an explanation]]. It works.
** The Wolkenritter are concerned about Hayate being uncovered as master of the Book of Darkness and being labeled a criminal as a result, which could be one reason why they don't tell Nanoha and her friends their story.
** Also, all of the TSAB's experience with them at that point was as emotionless, deadly constructs who would stop at nothing to protect the Book of Darkness - not exactly people with a trustworthy reputation. Even if Nanoha and Fate are willing to think otherwise, it's clear they're not the ones calling the shots on the case.
* ''Manga/ItazuraNaKiss'': A lot of grief would've been avoided had [[spoiler: Naoki simply voiced his growing feelings for Kotoko earlier. It took a GreenEyedEpiphany to finally declare to her.]]
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'':
** Three of the characters, a seasoned rebel named Holland, his girlfriend/second in command Talho, and a young boy named Renton get into an argument over an injured teammate. Holland pretends he doesn't care, and goes on a mission to save a head priest "for a lot of money." Renton is furious that he doesn't care. Talho understands that Holland is saving this priest because he can save their teammate. Holland beats Renton up for his suggesting they try to save their teammate, Talho slaps Holland for not telling Renton that he wants to save their teammate, she also slaps Renton for not realizing that Holland wants to save their teammate (but she doesn't tell him this). This leads to Renton leaving the crew, and falling into the company of a rival mercenary. Just because everybody Cannot Spit It Out.
** In another example, Renton, who's looking for relationship advice because he wants to tell Eureka he loves her, winds up looking at a porno rag, and of course, he gets caught. The men think he wants to do it with Eureka, so they convert his room into some sort of love nest, and Holland of course finds out and beats the shit out of Renton.
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'':
** The whole series would have been much simpler if Aoi and Kaoru could just tell Kaoru's [[TheUnwantedHarem Unwanted Harem]] that he was taken. Also much shorter. On the upside, it paves the way for Tina's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome crowning moment.]]
** Tina is another example. Her inability to confess her love to Kaoru before the series begins leads to her going on a year-long trip around the world, mainly to try and get over it.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' stars Tsunayoshi "Tsuna" Sawada, an UnluckyEverydude with a crush on his classmate Kyoko who Cannot Spit It Out. One of Reborn's first tasks in making Tsuna a suitable heir to the Vongola Mafia family is using his "Dying Wish Bullet" to make Tsuna confess his love to Kyoko. But in the end, she still thinks he was joking, and he has yet to convince himself to confess a second time.
* 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]].
* The inability of various characters in ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' to confess their love, Harima's feelings for Tenma being the principle example.
* Hagino in ''Manga/BlueDrop'' for the largest part doesn't tell Mari that she is the commander of the space ship that caused the disaster in which Mari's parents died.

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* Many [[LoveTriangle love triangles]], such ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** A great deal of time involving England and America involves both of their inabilities to share their feelings, mixed dangerously with England's {{tsundere}} tendencies and America's JerkWithAHeartOfGold habits targeted right back. This ShipTease has affected the fandom as well
as the one in ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad,'' have a third wheel who thinks that the main character returns their feelings. In the case of ''KOR'', canon universe immensely.
** Sweden -- every time
he doesn't, but feels it's far better tries to lead her on for the entire series instead of sitting her down and explaining the situation, as talk to Finland, he ''does'' care for the girl as a sister becomes flustered and can't bring himself finish what he was about to hurt her feelings. say. It certainly doesn't help that the girl whom he ''does'' have feelings for is the ''best friend'' of the third wheel ''and'' an ActionGirl who already promised to help the wheel girl, as well as willing to [[IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer beat the shit out of him if he causes said girl harm]].
* In the first two seasons of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', the villains have their own reasons for doing what they're doing, but refuse to tell why despite Nanoha wanting to talk to them. Nanoha (whose main characteristic is her honesty and straightforwardness) decides that the only way to get them to explain their actions is to [[DefeatMeansFriendship beat them in combat]] and [[WarriorTherapist demand an explanation]]. It works.
** The Wolkenritter are concerned about Hayate being uncovered as master of the Book of Darkness and being labeled a criminal as a result, which could be one reason why they don't tell Nanoha and her friends their story.
** Also, all of the TSAB's experience with them at that point was as emotionless, deadly constructs who would stop at nothing to protect the Book of Darkness - not exactly people with a trustworthy reputation. Even if Nanoha and Fate are willing to think otherwise, it's clear they're not the ones calling the shots on the case.
* ''Manga/ItazuraNaKiss'': A lot of grief would've been avoided had [[spoiler: Naoki simply voiced his growing feelings for Kotoko earlier. It took a GreenEyedEpiphany to finally declare to her.]]
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'':
** Three of the characters, a seasoned rebel named Holland, his girlfriend/second in command Talho, and a young boy named Renton get into an argument over an injured teammate. Holland pretends he doesn't care, and goes on a mission to save a head priest "for a lot of money." Renton is furious that he doesn't care. Talho understands that Holland is saving this priest because he can save their teammate. Holland beats Renton up for his suggesting they try to save their teammate, Talho slaps Holland for not telling Renton that he wants to save their teammate, she also slaps Renton for not realizing that Holland wants to save their teammate (but she doesn't tell him this). This leads to Renton leaving the crew, and falling into the company of a rival mercenary. Just because everybody Cannot Spit It Out.
** In another example, Renton, who's looking for relationship advice because he wants to tell Eureka he loves her, winds up looking at a porno rag, and of course, he gets caught. The men think he wants to do it with Eureka, so they convert his room into some sort of love nest, and Holland of course finds out and beats the shit out of Renton.
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'':
** The whole series would have been much simpler if Aoi and Kaoru could just tell Kaoru's [[TheUnwantedHarem Unwanted Harem]] that he was taken. Also much shorter. On the upside, it paves the way for Tina's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome crowning moment.]]
** Tina is another example. Her inability to confess her love to Kaoru before the series begins leads to her going on a year-long trip around the world, mainly to try and get over it.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' stars Tsunayoshi "Tsuna" Sawada, an UnluckyEverydude with a crush on his classmate Kyoko who Cannot Spit It Out. One of Reborn's first tasks in making Tsuna a suitable heir to the Vongola Mafia family is using his "Dying Wish Bullet" to make Tsuna confess his love to Kyoko. But in the end, she still thinks he was joking, and he has yet to convince himself to confess a second time.
* 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
Finland seems 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]].
* The inability of various characters in ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' to confess their love, Harima's feelings for Tenma being the principle example.
* Hagino in ''Manga/BlueDrop'' for the largest part doesn't tell Mari that she is the commander of the space ship that caused the disaster in which Mari's parents died.
ObliviousToLove, either.



* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' brings this to the logical conclusion. [[spoiler: [[CatGirl Hanekawa]]]] never confessed her feelings towards [[ObliviousToLove Araragi]] [[UnLuckyChildhoodFriend despite knowing him for years]], so he gets taken away by [[spoiler:Senjougahara]] who confessed to him not long after realizing her own feelings. Araragi never realized this [[spoiler: until the cat possessing Hanekawa spit it out to him]].
* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', Moritaka Mashiro's uncle Nobuhiro was in a correspondence with his classmate Miyuki Haruno (Miho's mother) for years, but was unable to confess his feelings to her until he was able to make a living off of manga, wanting to date her with the intent of marrying her and feeling unable to do so considering her rising to become the secretary to her company's president. Miyuki eventually fell in love with another man and had children, as while she felt the same about Nobuhiro, she was unable to wait any longer. Kaya's father notes that Moritaka and Miho admitting their feelings to each other is the crucial reason why their relationship will have a different outcome.
* A particularly heartbreaking example occurs in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' during [[spoiler: the Eclipse]]. [[spoiler: Judeau wants to confess his love for Casca after being seriously wounded by one of the Apostles. When the time finally comes, all he can say to her is "I'm glad to see you cry.". He dies painfully in her arms immediately after.]]
* ''Manga/BGataHKei'':
** [[TheNondescript Takashi Kosuda]] has moments of this when trying to express his feelings for the series protagonist, [[LovableSexManiac Yamada]]. [[spoiler: When he finally works up the courage to confess his love to her, his message is garbled by train doors closing ''on his neck'' before he is whisked away.]]
** Yamada is worse. She and Kosuda start dating at about chapter 20. Kosuda finds this out about 200 chapters and almost two in-universe years later.



* In ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' [[spoiler:the plot would have been almost completely different if Chikane had told Himeko about what happened in their past lives.]]
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has [[{{Tsundere}} Inner]] [[DefrostingIceQueen Moka]], who refuses to admit her [[EveryoneCanSeeIt increasingly]] [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan obvious]] affection for [[NiceGuy Tsukune]].
* After episode 9 of ''Anime/MagicalShoppingArcadeAbenobashi'', Sasshi finds himself unable to bring himself to tell Arumi that [[spoiler:Masa-jii is dead]].
* In ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'', an early episode has D-Boy's transformation crystal being broken, forcing him to use a modified Pegas robot to transform into Blade. Late in the series, when he's losing his memory due to a DeadlyUpgrade, he forgets that his crystal broke and starts trying to transform on his own. Despite that he is searching the ground frantically and asking, over and over again, where his crystal is, Pegas refuses to say even something as simple is "I have your crystal, give me the command," instead uninformatively urging D-Boy to transform. Later, he dryly explains, "D-Boy refuses to access my Tek-Set function."
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', Yuichi's aunt Akiko never thinks to mention to him that [[spoiler:the girl whose death traumatized him 7 years ago was still alive in the hospital]] until the memory resurfaces.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** A great deal of time involving England and America involves both of their inabilities to share their feelings, mixed dangerously with England's {{tsundere}} tendencies and America's JerkWithAHeartOfGold habits targeted right back. This ShipTease has affected the fandom as well as the canon universe immensely.
** Sweden -- every time he tries to talk to Finland, he becomes flustered and can't finish what he was about to say. It doesn't help that Finland seems to be ObliviousToLove, either.
* In ''Anime/KaleidoStar'', IllBoy Ken Robbins tries often to tell Sora Naegino that he greatly loves and admires her, but never gets the chance. In a more adult version, Kalos Eido loves his best friend Sarah Dupont, but feels guilty for their common past and doesn't want to let her know. And last, Jerry the policeman can't tell his best friend Kate that he loves her since they've been friends for ''decades'' and he fears to lose that friendship [[spoiler: When he ''does'' tell her, he graduates to VictoriousChildhoodFriend]].
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', Ahiru can't tell Mytho that she loves him -- Not because of nervousness, but because she will ''cease to exist'' once she does. This becomes very troublesome in the first season finale when [[spoiler: Princess Kraehe offers to return Mytho's emotion of love, but only if she says that she loves him.]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Scarcely a character in the entire series is capable of admitting his or her deeper feelings toward those he or she loves most. Often even the exceptions turn out not to be exceptions. For example, Asuka's flamboyant confessions of love for Kaji [[OperationJealousy are to mask her growing attraction]] to Shinji. Of course, it doesn't work. Unfortunately, the consequence of that situation was the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and it could have been averted if the characters (mainly Shinji and Asuka) [[ForWantOfANail would have been more open and sincere with each other.]]

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* In ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' [[spoiler:the plot would have been almost completely different if Chikane had told Himeko about what happened in their past lives.]]
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has [[{{Tsundere}} Inner]] [[DefrostingIceQueen Moka]], who refuses to admit her [[EveryoneCanSeeIt increasingly]] [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan obvious]] affection
''Anime/BloodPlus'': Haji. Poor Haji loved Saya for [[NiceGuy Tsukune]].
* After episode 9 of ''Anime/MagicalShoppingArcadeAbenobashi'', Sasshi finds himself unable to bring himself to tell Arumi that [[spoiler:Masa-jii is dead]].
* In ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'', an early episode has D-Boy's transformation crystal being broken, forcing him to use a modified Pegas robot to transform into Blade. Late in the series, when he's losing his memory due to a DeadlyUpgrade, he forgets that his crystal broke and starts trying to transform on his own. Despite that he is searching the ground frantically and asking, over and over again, where his crystal is, Pegas refuses to say even something as simple is "I have your crystal, give me the command," instead uninformatively urging D-Boy to transform. Later, he dryly explains, "D-Boy refuses to access my Tek-Set function."
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', Yuichi's aunt Akiko never thinks to mention to him that [[spoiler:the girl whose death traumatized him 7 years ago was still alive in the hospital]] until the memory resurfaces.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** A great deal of time involving England and America involves both of their inabilities to share their feelings, mixed dangerously with England's {{tsundere}} tendencies and America's JerkWithAHeartOfGold habits targeted right back. This ShipTease has affected the fandom as well as the canon universe immensely.
** Sweden -- every time he tries to talk to Finland, he becomes flustered and can't finish what he was about to say. It doesn't help that Finland seems to be ObliviousToLove, either.
* In ''Anime/KaleidoStar'', IllBoy Ken Robbins tries often to tell Sora Naegino that he greatly loves and admires her, but never gets the chance. In a more adult version, Kalos Eido loves his best friend Sarah Dupont, but feels guilty for their common past and doesn't want to let her know. And last, Jerry the policeman can't tell his best friend Kate that he loves her since they've been friends for ''decades'' and he fears to lose that friendship [[spoiler: When he ''does'' tell her, he graduates to VictoriousChildhoodFriend]].
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', Ahiru can't tell Mytho that she loves him -- Not because of nervousness, but because she will ''cease to exist'' once she does. This becomes very troublesome in the first season finale when [[spoiler: Princess Kraehe offers to return Mytho's emotion of love, but only if she says that she loves him.]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Scarcely a character in
the entire series is capable of admitting his or but he remains the stoic quiet guy. For centuries, ever since a young Haji saw Saya in 1870, he pined away but he never tells her deeper feelings toward those he or she loves most. Often until the very last episode at the very last moment when [[spoiler: Saya is trying to kill Diva's babies and wants to die herself - and even the exceptions turn out not to be exceptions. For example, Asuka's flamboyant confessions of love for Kaji [[OperationJealousy are to mask her growing attraction]] to Shinji. then he only coughs it up when Kai forces him to. Of course, a few minutes later Amshel shows up and wrecks their moment, leaving Haji buried in rubble.]] Just think how much better Saya's life would be if he had said it sooner.
* Hagino in ''Manga/BlueDrop'' for the largest part
doesn't work. Unfortunately, the consequence of tell Mari that situation was she is the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and it could have been averted if commander of the characters (mainly Shinji and Asuka) [[ForWantOfANail would have been more open and sincere with each other.]]space ship that caused the disaster in which Mari's parents died.



* ''Manga/CityHunter'': Ryo. The one time he tried to declare his love for Kaori, he couldn't finish the phrase. Then Kaori accidentally blew up the building, preventing him from succeeding in his attempts at finishing the phrase.
* In ''Manga/Classi9'', [[spoiler:Bach]] has troubles dealing with discovering [[SweetPollyOliver Ren's gender]], so much he can't bring himself to tell her he knows.



* Subverted in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Just before [[spoiler: Yusuke leaves to face his demon heritage,]] he has one last meal at the Yukimura diner. Cue [[spoiler: Yusuke's marriage proposal,]] which Keiko reacts to rather nonchalantly. The subversion comes when [[spoiler: Keiko returns to her room -- Yusuke drops "Oh, come on, Keiko... you know I love you." without nary a second thought.]] Keiko's response? [[spoiler: An even more nonchalant "Yeah, yeah."]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Hinata regarding her feelings for Naruto until she ''did'' spit it out... and almost got killed by Pain immediately afterward. [[PlotArmor She survived]], but Naruto did not directly respond to her feelings [[spoiler:until ''The Last'']] (see below).
** Naruto. He had extreme admiration and fondness for his teammate Sasuke, viewing him as his best friend and the person he could relate to more than anyone else, wanting his acknowledgment. However, he was too stubborn, prideful and jealous of Sasuke's skills and reputation to ever admit it, and acted like he hated him most of the time. Until Sasuke stabbed a chidori through his chest and nearly killed him... yeah, it took that much. Of course, their relationship was [[VitriolicBestBuds complicated, even in the best of times]].
** Naruto was also this with his other teammate Sakura; he couldn't confess that he had a crush on her due to his promise to bring back Sasuke. {{Subverted|Trope}} when Sakura used this promise to kill Sasuke and [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim spare Naruto further emotional pain]] by giving him her [[NeverLiveItDown infamous]] [[FalseConfession fake love confession]] so he'd stop chasing him. Naruto easily saw right through her, [[WhatTheHellHero called her out on her dishonesty]], [[ShipSinking rejected her outright]], and stated that the promise was no longer the reason why he wanted to save Sasuke; he has [[TrueCompanions his own reasons]] now.
** As stated above, Naruto has this ''again'' in ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', this time concerning [[spoiler:his genuine [[OneTrueLove true love]] for Hinata]]. Sakura herself disputes the above example and helps Naruto realize that [[LovingAShadow his crush on her was more a product of his rivalry with Sasuke and how he wanted to beat out Sasuke at something for once than any actual romantic feelings]]--which was implied back in [[http://www.mangapanda.com/naruto/3/17 Chapter 3]]--while [[spoiler:his love for Hinata is sincere and real. Naruto ''does'' spit it out to Hinata in the movie, twice (compared to the ''years'' it took Hinata to spit it out two years ago). The first time he spat it out, it didn't go so well thanks to [[BigBad Toneri]]. However, after the FinalBattle, he [[GrowOldWithMe proposes]] to her and she happily accepts, the two enter a relationship, get HappilyMarried, and have two children]].
** In ''[[LightNovel/NarutoHiden Shikamaru Hiden]]'', Shikamaru gets [[LoveMakesYouDumb tongue-tied]] when he's trying to ask [[spoiler:Temari]] out to dinner.
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'':
** Sae has trouble telling her little sister Chika how much she really cares for her.
** Likewise, Natsume is sending Sae [[{{Tsundere}} mostly confusing messages]], although it's admittedly quite hard to get through Sae's [[SelectiveObliviousness obliviousness]].
* Tatsuya and Minami in ''Manga/{{Touch}}''. He likes her and she likes him, and she even kisses and confess to him before the 20th episode. It still took over 100 episodes...
* ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}'' takes the romantic variety to insane levels, leaving you to wonder if either of the mains have tongues at all until the last episode.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Effectively {{invoked|Trope}} when Negi tries to ask his father's allies who his [[MissingMom mother]] is. Unfortunately, Rakan swore them to silence until he "acknowledges Negi as a man", seemingly so that Negi would have even more incentive to beat him in their upcoming fight.
** Naturally, it's then revealed with no build up at all, by a newly introduced character. It's later confirmed by Jack Rakan, in the same offhand manner:
--->'''Jack:''' Oh, by the way, [[spoiler:Arika]] really is your mother. See you later. ''(heads off to bathroom)''.
** But can you really stop there? The entirety of ''Negima'' is comprised of characters who can't spit it out. Nodoka, Yue, Chachamaru, Evangeline, Asuna, Negi, Kotarou, and a slew of side characters have relationships they refuse to act on, for reasons ranging from denial, feelings of unworthiness, fear of hurting others feelings, or amnesia.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]:
--->'''Kotarō''': What's with her? All she's saying is, "L-L-L-L" over and over again.
** Also subverted early on by Nodoka, [[ShrinkingViolet the last person you'd expect]]. See [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v04/c033/18.html here]]. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Aww]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming yeah!]] Which makes it all the more unfortunate (as revealed in the ''rushed'' ending) that she was rejected.
* In ''Manga/{{Saki}}'', Nodoka desperately tries to cover up her feelings for Saki whom she keeps referring to as nothing but a friend--not to much avail, though.
* In ''Manga/LetterBee'', Connor is unable to bring himself to tell Lag that Gauche, whom Lag befriended while being delivered to Cambel Litmus, [[spoiler: was fired from his Letter Bee position after going missing]]. In a one-shot story, a woman's maid is unable to reveal herself as the person who had sent her the picture postcards, because she had been forced to sell the gift she had received from her future employer when the two were younger. One of Lag's Heart Bullets reveals the secret, which the woman takes well.

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* Subverted in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Just before [[spoiler: Yusuke leaves to face ''Anime/EurekaSeven'':
** Three of the characters, a seasoned rebel named Holland,
his demon heritage,]] girlfriend/second in command Talho, and a young boy named Renton get into an argument over an injured teammate. Holland pretends he has one last meal at the Yukimura diner. Cue [[spoiler: Yusuke's marriage proposal,]] which Keiko reacts doesn't care, and goes on a mission to rather nonchalantly. The subversion comes when [[spoiler: Keiko returns to her room -- Yusuke drops "Oh, come on, Keiko... you know I love you.save a head priest "for a lot of money." without nary a second thought.]] Keiko's response? [[spoiler: An even more nonchalant "Yeah, yeah."]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Hinata regarding her feelings for Naruto until she ''did'' spit it out... and almost got killed by Pain immediately afterward. [[PlotArmor She survived]], but Naruto did not directly respond to her feelings [[spoiler:until ''The Last'']] (see below).
** Naruto. He had extreme admiration and fondness
Renton is furious that he doesn't care. Talho understands that Holland is saving this priest because he can save their teammate. Holland beats Renton up for his suggesting they try to save their teammate, Talho slaps Holland for not telling Renton that he wants to save their teammate, she also slaps Renton for not realizing that Holland wants to save their teammate Sasuke, viewing (but she doesn't tell him as his best friend this). This leads to Renton leaving the crew, and falling into the person he could relate to more than anyone else, wanting his acknowledgment. However, he was too stubborn, prideful and jealous company of Sasuke's skills and reputation to ever admit it, and acted like he hated him most of the time. Until Sasuke stabbed a chidori through his chest and nearly killed him... yeah, it took that much. Of course, their rival mercenary. Just because everybody Cannot Spit It Out.
** In another example, Renton, who's looking for
relationship was [[VitriolicBestBuds complicated, even in the best advice because he wants to tell Eureka he loves her, winds up looking at a porno rag, and of times]].
** Naruto was also this
course, he gets caught. The men think he wants to do it with Eureka, so they convert his other teammate Sakura; he room into some sort of love nest, and Holland of course finds out and beats the shit out of Renton.
* A non-romantic example from ''Manga/FairyTail'' is [[spoiler:Cana, who is Gildarts' daughter. However, she was originally raised by her mother who apparently never told Gildarts about her, and after her mother died, Cana sought out Gildarts but
couldn't confess that he had a crush on her due work up the nerve to tell him she was his promise to bring back Sasuke. {{Subverted|Trope}} when Sakura used daughter. It was more than a decade before Gildarts found out.]]
* In the ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' manga and second anime, Winry and Ed have
this promise to kill Sasuke and [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim spare Naruto further emotional pain]] by giving him her [[NeverLiveItDown infamous]] [[FalseConfession fake love confession]] so in SPADES. To the point where he'd stop chasing him. Naruto easily saw right through her, [[WhatTheHellHero called her out on her dishonesty]], [[ShipSinking rejected her outright]], and stated that rather recite the promise was no longer periodic table of elements than admit his feelings.
** Which is hilarious when you think that, when
the reason why he wanted to save Sasuke; he has [[TrueCompanions his own reasons]] now.
** As stated above, Naruto has this ''again'' in ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', this time concerning [[spoiler:his genuine [[OneTrueLove true love]] for Hinata]]. Sakura herself disputes the above example and helps Naruto realize that [[LovingAShadow his crush on her was more a product
topic of his rivalry with Sasuke and how he wanted to beat out Sasuke at something for once than any actual romantic feelings]]--which was implied back in [[http://www.mangapanda.com/naruto/3/17 Chapter 3]]--while [[spoiler:his love for Hinata is sincere and real. Naruto ''does'' spit it out to Hinata in the movie, twice (compared to the ''years'' it took Hinata to spit it out two years ago). The first time he spat it out, it didn't go so well thanks to [[BigBad Toneri]]. However, after the FinalBattle, he [[GrowOldWithMe proposes]] to her and she happily accepts, the two enter a relationship, get HappilyMarried, and have two children]].
** In ''[[LightNovel/NarutoHiden Shikamaru Hiden]]'', Shikamaru gets [[LoveMakesYouDumb tongue-tied]] when he's trying to ask [[spoiler:Temari]] out to dinner.
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'':
** Sae has trouble telling her little sister Chika how much she really cares for her.
** Likewise, Natsume is sending Sae [[{{Tsundere}} mostly confusing messages]], although it's admittedly quite hard to get through Sae's [[SelectiveObliviousness obliviousness]].
* Tatsuya and Minami in ''Manga/{{Touch}}''. He likes her and she likes him, and she even kisses and confess to him before the 20th episode. It still took over 100 episodes...
* ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}'' takes the romantic variety to insane levels, leaving you to wonder if either of the mains have tongues at all until the last episode.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Effectively {{invoked|Trope}} when Negi tries to ask his father's allies who his [[MissingMom mother]] is. Unfortunately, Rakan swore them to silence until he "acknowledges Negi as a man", seemingly so that Negi would have even more incentive to beat him in their upcoming fight.
** Naturally, it's then revealed with no build up at all, by a newly introduced character. It's later confirmed by Jack Rakan, in the same offhand manner:
--->'''Jack:''' Oh, by the way, [[spoiler:Arika]] really is your mother. See you later. ''(heads off to bathroom)''.
** But can you really stop there? The entirety of ''Negima'' is comprised of characters who can't spit it out. Nodoka, Yue, Chachamaru, Evangeline, Asuna, Negi, Kotarou, and a slew of side characters have relationships they refuse to act on, for reasons ranging from denial, feelings of unworthiness, fear of hurting others feelings, or amnesia.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]:
--->'''Kotarō''': What's with her? All she's saying is, "L-L-L-L" over and over again.
** Also subverted early on by Nodoka, [[ShrinkingViolet the last person you'd expect]]. See [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v04/c033/18.html here]]. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Aww]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming yeah!]] Which makes it all the more unfortunate (as revealed in the ''rushed'' ending) that she was rejected.
* In ''Manga/{{Saki}}'', Nodoka desperately tries to cover up her
feelings for Saki whom she keeps referring to as nothing but a friend--not to much avail, though.
* In ''Manga/LetterBee'', Connor is unable to bring himself to tell Lag that Gauche, whom Lag befriended while being delivered to Cambel Litmus, [[spoiler: was fired from his Letter Bee position after going missing]]. In a one-shot story, a woman's maid is unable to reveal herself as the person who had sent her the picture postcards, because she had
Winry comes up, he's been forced known to sell the gift she had received from her future employer when the two were younger. One of Lag's Heart Bullets reveals the secret, which the woman takes well.spit ''other'' things out... [[SpitTake like his drink, all over poor Black Hayate]]... Yeah, ItMakesSenseInContext.



* The title character of ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' is totally unable to take initiative in starting a romantic relationship with Miu, even though she obviously likes him. All of the masters are constantly guessing (and probably betting on) when he'll finally say something.
* This is suspected to be the case with Rudolf in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''.
* In ''Manga/TonaGura'', would-be couple Kazuki Arisaka and Yuuji Kagura sometimes get so flustered by their obvious feelings that they cannot speak to each other at all, not out of anger, but out of trepidation. In one instance, where he has fallen on top of her (legit in this case, despite his immature tendency to grab at her), they are at this point so tongue-tied that a primal AccidentalPervert[=/=]{{Tsundere}} moment passes with only a few "Excuse Me"s -- and that's all.
* A large amount of problems in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and its sequel could have been avoided had Athrun actually spoke his mind to various people, instead of moping around silently and constantly going "it's nothing" when people asked him what he thought.
* One reason for the IdiotPlot in ''Manga/KedamonoDamono''. Haruki [[IJustWantToBeNormal has his reasons]], though.
* The foundation of pretty much all the tension and drama of ''Manga/SasamekiKoto'' is based on Sumika's inability to tell Kazama that she loves her. Kazama [[SchoolgirlLesbians likes girls too]], and very openly... But Sumika isn't her type, and is petrified that a confession of love would destroy their friendship. [[spoiler:As of chapter 20, the tension is even more balanced on this, from both sides: Kazama is in love with Sumika as well, but doesn't know that Sumika likes girls (or even just her), so she is also terrified that confessing ''her'' love would tear them apart.]]
%%* Esther Blanchett and Ion Fortuna from ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood''.
* The title character of ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' is obviously attracted to Jean, even though she otherwise claims he's merely a friend. Unfortunately she is unable to admit her love for him ''or'' what she actually wants from him because she simply doesn't know how to act appropriately except through rage (she gradually changes that behavior). Jean, by contrast, is much more open, honest, and demonstrative.

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* The title character In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', the three members of ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' the Oarai student council are the only ones who know that [[spoiler:if the school does not win the tournament, it will be shut down]]. Naturally, while this motivates many of their decisions, they don't reveal it, with Anzu making a vaguely worded threat that Miho won't be attending school at Oarai for long if she doesn't join the tankery club, silencing Yuzu when she is totally about to tell Miho and Yukari the truth, and even being unable to take initiative tell Miho when she invites her to dinner for that exact purpose (leaving Miho suspicious). This proves counterproductive to the student council's plans when those LockedOutOfTheLoop are less concerned about winning, and they are ultimately forced to tell the truth when Miho considers forfeiting the match rather than risk people getting hurt.
* Although ''Anime/GunXSword'' begins with Wendy offering to marry Van as a reward for [[StandardHeroReward saving her hometown]], Wendy never confesses her deepening feelings for him, despite some good opportunities. Instead, her feelings for him are displayed mostly through GreenEyedMonster moments. [[spoiler: Her decision not to say anything when they part
in starting the finale looks a romantic lot like an AbortedDeclarationOfLove, but since they end up being reunited in the DistantFinale --at a time when she's actually old enough to be in a relationship with Miu, even though she obviously likes him. All of him-- things work out in the masters are constantly guessing (and probably betting on) when he'll finally say something.
* This is suspected to be the case with Rudolf in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''.
* In ''Manga/TonaGura'', would-be couple Kazuki Arisaka and Yuuji Kagura sometimes get so flustered by their obvious feelings that they cannot speak to each other at all, not out of anger, but out of trepidation. In one instance, where he has fallen on top of her (legit in this case, despite his immature tendency to grab at her), they are at this point so tongue-tied that a primal AccidentalPervert[=/=]{{Tsundere}} moment passes with only a few "Excuse Me"s -- and that's all.
* A large amount of problems in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and its sequel could have been avoided had Athrun actually spoke his mind to various people, instead of moping around silently and constantly going "it's nothing" when people asked him what he thought.
* One reason for the IdiotPlot in ''Manga/KedamonoDamono''. Haruki [[IJustWantToBeNormal has his reasons]], though.
* The foundation of pretty much all the tension and drama of ''Manga/SasamekiKoto'' is based on Sumika's inability to tell Kazama that she loves her. Kazama [[SchoolgirlLesbians likes girls too]], and very openly... But Sumika isn't her type, and is petrified that a confession of love would destroy their friendship. [[spoiler:As of chapter 20, the tension is even more balanced on this, from both sides: Kazama is in love with Sumika as well, but doesn't know that Sumika likes girls (or even just her), so she is also terrified that confessing ''her'' love would tear them apart.
end.]]
%%* Esther Blanchett * In ''Manga/HanaKimi'', Mizuki loves Sano, and Ion Fortuna Sano loves Mizuki pretty much from ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood''.
* The title character of ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater''
chapter 3 onwards. Also, that's about when Sano also finds out that Mizuki really is obviously attracted to Jean, even though she otherwise claims he's merely a friend. Unfortunately she is unable to admit her love for him ''or'' girl. And neither knows about what the other knows until chapter 133.
* In ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'', a lot of Hime's problems, especially around Iona and her JerkAss attitude around her, is due to the fact that
she actually just can't spit out her DarkSecret, that [[spoiler:she accidentally opened the Axia Box, releasing the Phantom Empire.]]
* [[http://www.myanime.me/screenshots/115206-episode-13-screenshot-005.jpg Shallot]] from Creator/TatsuyamaSayuri's ''Manga/HappyHappyClover'', has a secret crush on [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DIrNEiChB8E/UJXnXltOkoI/AAAAAAAAAVk/sdbUuqxYuMQ/s1600/vlcsnap-2012-11-04-10h42m25s69.jpg Clover's best friend Mallow]]. In one story from the first volume, Shallot asks Clover to deliver a secret letter to Mallow and tells her it's a secret between him and her. [[{{Foil}} But Kale's baby brothers hears]] what Shallot and Clover we're talking about and later when Clover loses the letter. She decides to look for it, but the entire forest animals hears about the letter which was a result that Kale's brothers said to one of them and started asking each animal. When things start getting out of hand, Clover then see's Mallow asking for the letter that Shallot secretly gave Clover. By the end, the entire forest knows about this while Mallow is confused and Shallot is embarrassed. In the second volume, where a the main characters would answer questions to readers/fans. Shallot reveals that he
wants from him because she simply doesn't know how to act appropriately except through rage (she gradually changes tell Mallow that behavior). Jean, by contrast, is much more open, honest, he likes her, but its impossible to him since she's mostly spending time with Clover. However in the final volume, when Shallot get's hurt. Mallow recently in that volume wanted to be a doctor and demonstrative.decides to visit Shallot. Near the end of the story, [[LoveConfession Shallot accidentally admits to Mallow that he likes her.]] [[DoubleTake When he realized that he said that,]] [[ThatCameOutWrong he tries to say that it wasn't supposed to sound like that.]] [[FragileFlower But Mallow's response?]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He gives]] [[OfficialCouple him a big hug!]] After Mallow hugged him, Shallot get's so excited that he passes out as a response. Mallow responds by trying to wake him up, she also monologues about her heart feeling "fuzzy and warm" after he said that to her. Ever since that day, [[GenkiGirl Clover]] [[CuddleBug mentions that Mallow's been giving alot of hugs to him lately.]] Near the end of the final volume, [[HappilyMarried he and Mallow get married during the epilogue of the series.]]



* Although most of the girls of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' UnwantedHarem have the ability to use this trope, the only one who really gets it enforced on her is Hinagiku, though she did manage to confess once, it was timed so that he couldn't hear it, and otherwise it gets mixed with interuptions or her simply, as she explains to Ayumu, wanting him to start the confessions.
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'':
** Sae has trouble telling her little sister Chika how much she really cares for her.
** Likewise, Natsume is sending Sae [[{{Tsundere}} mostly confusing messages]], although it's admittedly quite hard to get through Sae's [[SelectiveObliviousness obliviousness]].
* The girls in ''LightNovel/HowToRaiseABoringGirlfriend'' can't bring themselves to telling Tomoya how they feel, either because of competition from the other girls or because he seems to be ObliviousToLove.



* Played mostly straight with the members of Ichika's BalancedHarem in ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'', but wonderfully averted with [[spoiler:Laura, after being [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosted]]]]. Half an hour after she knows she's in love with Ichika, so does everyone else--Including Ichika, [[ObliviousToLove which is pretty damn impressive]].
* ''Manga/ItazuraNaKiss'': A lot of grief would've been avoided had [[spoiler: Naoki simply voiced his growing feelings for Kotoko earlier. It took a GreenEyedEpiphany to finally declare to her.]]



* ''Manga/ThoseWhoHuntElves''. All it would take to save the group tons and tons of trouble every episode is for somebody to approach an Elf and say "Hello, there. This might seem like an odd request but my friends and I are looking for fragments of a very important spell that's been imprinted on the bodies of five random Elf women. You don't happen to have recently found yourself with a strange marking on your body, have you? You HAVE? Great! Would you mind if we went to a quiet, private location to check if it's one of the fragments and remove that for you if it is?" Instead of, y'know, randomly assaulting and ripping the clothes off every one they come across.
* A particularly heartbreaking example occurs in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' during [[spoiler: the Eclipse]]. [[spoiler: Judeau wants to confess his love for Casca after being seriously wounded by one of the Apostles. When the time finally comes, all he can say to her is "I'm glad to see you cry.". He dies painfully in her arms immediately after.]]
* In ''Manga/Yuria100Shiki'', Yuria can't tell Shunsuke how she feels about him, because she's SexBot and has no idea if her feelings are real or just part of her programming. Also because she doesn't really know ''how'' -- everything outside of "how to be a sexbot" she's had to learn on her own and is still very naive about most things.
* In the ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' manga and second anime, Winry and Ed have this in SPADES. To the point where he'd rather recite the periodic table of elements than admit his feelings.
** 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.
* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' brings this to the logical conclusion. [[spoiler: [[CatGirl Hanekawa]]]] never confessed her feelings towards [[ObliviousToLove Araragi]] [[UnLuckyChildhoodFriend despite knowing him for years]], so he gets taken away by [[spoiler:Senjougahara]] who confessed to him not long after realizing her own feelings. Araragi never realized this [[spoiler: until the cat possessing Hanekawa spit it out to him]].

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* ''Manga/ThoseWhoHuntElves''. All A variation in ''Manga/KaguyaSamaWaKokurasetai''. Instead of it would take to save the group tons and tons of trouble every episode is for somebody to approach an Elf and say "Hello, there. This might seem like an odd request but my friends and I are looking for fragments of a very important spell that's been imprinted on the bodies of five random Elf women. You don't happen to have recently found yourself with a strange marking on your body, have you? You HAVE? Great! Would you mind if we went to a quiet, private location to check if being "cannot spit it out", it's one of "''will'' not spit it out" since the fragments plot revolves around Kaguya and remove Shirogane trying to force each other into confessing without confessing themselves.
* In ''Anime/KaleidoStar'', IllBoy Ken Robbins tries often to tell Sora Naegino
that he greatly loves and admires her, but never gets the chance. In a more adult version, Kalos Eido loves his best friend Sarah Dupont, but feels guilty for you if it is?" Instead of, y'know, randomly assaulting their common past and ripping doesn't want to let her know. And last, Jerry the clothes off every one they come across.
* A particularly heartbreaking example occurs in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' during
policeman can't tell his best friend Kate that he loves her since they've been friends for ''decades'' and he fears to lose that friendship [[spoiler: the Eclipse]]. [[spoiler: Judeau wants to confess his love for Casca after being seriously wounded by one of the Apostles. When he ''does'' tell her, he graduates to VictoriousChildhoodFriend]].
* Tomoe from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' has some real problems admitting his feelings to Nanami. Part of it comes from
the time finally comes, all he can say to fact he's her servant and bodyguard and he was forced into that position against his will. Part of it stems from his disapproval of InterspeciesRomance (he's a {{Kitsune}} and she's a human). And part of it is "I'm glad to see you cry.". He dies painfully simply that he is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* In ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' [[spoiler:the plot would have been almost completely different if Chikane had told Himeko about what happened
in her arms immediately after.their past lives.]]
* In ''Manga/Yuria100Shiki'', Yuria ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', Yuichi's aunt Akiko never thinks to mention to him that [[spoiler:the girl whose death traumatized him 7 years ago was still alive in the hospital]] until the memory resurfaces.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' stars Tsunayoshi "Tsuna" Sawada, an UnluckyEverydude with a crush on his classmate Kyoko who Cannot Spit It Out. One of Reborn's first tasks in making Tsuna a suitable heir to the Vongola Mafia family is using his "Dying Wish Bullet" to make Tsuna confess his love to Kyoko. But in the end, she still thinks he was joking, and he has yet to convince himself to confess a second time.
* One reason for the IdiotPlot in ''Manga/KedamonoDamono''. Haruki [[IJustWantToBeNormal has his reasons]], though.
* The title character of ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' is totally unable to take initiative in starting a romantic relationship with Miu, even though she obviously likes him. All of the masters are constantly guessing (and probably betting on) when he'll finally say something.
* Many [[LoveTriangle love triangles]], such as the one in ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad,'' have a third wheel who thinks that the main character returns their feelings. In the case of ''KOR'', he doesn't, but feels it's far better to lead her on for the entire series instead of sitting her down and explaining the situation, as he ''does'' care for the girl as a sister and
can't tell Shunsuke how she feels about him, because she's SexBot and has no idea if bring himself to hurt her feelings are real or just part of her programming. Also because she feelings. It certainly doesn't really know ''how'' -- everything outside of "how to be a sexbot" she's had to learn on her own and is still very naive about most things.
* In
help that the ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' manga and second anime, Winry and Ed girl whom he ''does'' have this in SPADES. To the point where he'd rather recite the periodic table of elements than admit his feelings.
** 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.
* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' brings this to
is the logical conclusion. [[spoiler: [[CatGirl Hanekawa]]]] never confessed her feelings towards [[ObliviousToLove Araragi]] [[UnLuckyChildhoodFriend despite knowing ''best friend'' of the third wheel ''and'' an ActionGirl who already promised to help the wheel girl, as well as willing to [[IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer beat the shit out of him for years]], so if he gets taken away by [[spoiler:Senjougahara]] who confessed to him not long after realizing her own feelings. Araragi never realized this [[spoiler: until the cat possessing Hanekawa spit it out to him]].causes said girl harm]].



* ''Manga/BGataHKei'':
** [[TheNondescript Takashi Kosuda]] has moments of this when trying to express his feelings for the series protagonist, [[LovableSexManiac Yamada]]. [[spoiler: When he finally works up the courage to confess his love to her, his message is garbled by train doors closing ''on his neck'' before he is whisked away.]]
** Yamada is worse. She and Kosuda start dating at about chapter 20. Kosuda finds this out about 200 chapters and almost two in-universe years later.
* It took until the very last episode of ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' -- more than 2 years after it became painfully obvious to everyone -- for Misa (Lisa) to finally drop the L bomb on Hikaru (Rick).
* The lynchpin of the ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' manga is [[NiceGuy Keiichi]] and [[MagicalGirlfriend Belldandy's]] [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan ironclad relationship]], and Keiichi's inability to blatantly express his love without help from a third party, even though Belldandy has no trouble at all with it. He was '''much''' [[CharacterizationMarchesOn closer to Bell in the early manga, though]], and seems to be getting better at it in recent chapters. It should '''also''' be noted that the trope is {{averted}} in the 1994 {{OVA}}, and in the 2005 animé's first season ([[SeriesContinuityError ...but ignored in the second]]), and both seem to be more popular and well-known among fans than the manga.
* ''Anime/TimeOfEve'' has robots who appear emotionless, but are revealed to secretly be RidiculouslyHumanRobots. Both they and their human masters [[FantasticRacism are not comfortable with this]]. Sammy in particular is a good example: she hides her concern [[spoiler:and growing affection]] for her master Rikuo, and is [[spoiler:afraid to be seen at the cafe even after he finds out she's a regular]].
* Played with in ''Manga/ToLoveRu''. In the first chapter, Rito plays it straight and then subverts it when he does finally confess to Haruna. Only for Lala to get in the way. It then plays the trope fairly straight for a time. However the reason changes from shyness to indecisiveness as he is no longer sure of his feelings. [[spoiler: As soon as he is sure of his feelings for Lala, he confesses to her immediately, then goes to confess to Haruna who he still loves, making it a subversion.]]
* Played straight by Saito and Louise in the first season of the ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' anime, averted early in the second. Particularly surprising considering [[LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana who]] these characters are [[{{expy}} expies]] of.
* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', Moritaka Mashiro's uncle Nobuhiro was in a correspondence with his classmate Miyuki Haruno (Miho's mother) for years, but was unable to confess his feelings to her until he was able to make a living off of manga, wanting to date her with the intent of marrying her and feeling unable to do so considering her rising to become the secretary to her company's president. Miyuki eventually fell in love with another man and had children, as while she felt the same about Nobuhiro, she was unable to wait any longer. Kaya's father notes that Moritaka and Miho admitting their feelings to each other is the crucial reason why their relationship will have a different outcome.
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'': Haji. Poor Haji loved Saya for the entire series but he remains the stoic quiet guy. For centuries, ever since a young Haji saw Saya in 1870, he pined away but he never tells her until the very last episode at the very last moment when [[spoiler: Saya is trying to kill Diva's babies and wants to die herself - and even then he only coughs it up when Kai forces him to. Of course, a few minutes later Amshel shows up and wrecks their moment, leaving Haji buried in rubble.]] Just think how much better Saya's life would be if he had said it sooner.
* Played mostly straight with the members of Ichika's BalancedHarem in ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'', but wonderfully averted with [[spoiler:Laura, after being [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosted]]]]. Half an hour after she knows she's in love with Ichika, so does everyone else--Including Ichika, [[ObliviousToLove which is pretty damn impressive]].
* Although ''Anime/GunXSword'' begins with Wendy offering to marry Van as a reward for [[StandardHeroReward saving her hometown]], Wendy never confesses her deepening feelings for him, despite some good opportunities. Instead, her feelings for him are displayed mostly through GreenEyedMonster moments. [[spoiler: Her decision not to say anything when they part in the finale looks a lot like an AbortedDeclarationOfLove, but since they end up being reunited in the DistantFinale --at a time when she's actually old enough to be in a relationship with him-- things work out in the end.]]
* Although most of the girls of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' UnwantedHarem have the ability to use this trope, the only one who really gets it enforced on her is Hinagiku, though she did manage to confess once, it was timed so that he couldn't hear it, and otherwise it gets mixed with interuptions or her simply, as she explains to Ayumu, wanting him to start the confessions.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
** Deconstructed: Sayaka Miki ''does'' have her chance to get together with an IllBoy Kamijou as her friend Hitomi Shizuki ''does'' ask her if she loves him. Sayaka's inability to just spit it out already makes her friend consider the answer is no. She has her reasons, yes, but still...
** Another example is [[NotGoodWithPeople Homura]]. She knows she loves [[spoiler:Madoka]], and is highly motivated by those feelings...but she can't express them without [[HeroicBSOD breaking down]] and sobbing incoherently (as seen in episodes 8 and 12). This results in much confusion for [[spoiler:Madoka]], as Homura's ''actions'' indicate love but her ''words'' don't.
* Kotetsu from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has this tendency to the point of it being a FatalFlaw. He doesn't like hurting people or worrying them with his own problems, and so prefers to keep unpleasant information to himself. This is a frequent cause of misunderstandings and leads to quarrels with both his daughter and his partner.
* In ''Manga/{{Tsukigasa}}'', Kuroe and Azuma have this in regards to their feelings but also on the larger scale of failing to communicate exactly what happened in the incident where Azuma cuts off Kuroe's arm and all the fallout from that.
* In ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', Yayoi decides to pull an April Fools prank, saying that she's going to get transferred to another school. It's all fine and dandy, except for one hitch - the person she told it to was Miyuki, who panics and begins spreading the news, spiraling into Reiko holding a farewell party with the rest of the class and Yayoi unable to say anything because the other girls keep putting words in her mouth. It isn't until Akaoni reveals the truth through a manga Yayoi drew and lost that the girls realize that it was a lie. They're pretty disappointed at her... until they realize it was Miyuki's fault for believing it in the first place!
* Jeremy from ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' encounters this a lot. He can't tell his step-brother Ian about Greg's abuse after [[spoiler: Ian tells him that he vows to make their new family a happy one.]] He can't tell his mother Sandra about it out of fear that she will be {{Driven to Suicide}}. He tries to tell his [[spoiler:boarding school roommate William about it by saying that he got the whip marks on his back from an evil spirit (Greg) that beat him in his house's torture room (his bedroom), but William doesn't get it.]] All in all, {{Poor Communication Kills}}. Literally.
* Tomoe from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' has some real problems admitting his feelings to Nanami. Part of it comes from the fact he's her servant and bodyguard and he was forced into that position against his will. Part of it stems from his disapproval of InterspeciesRomance (he's a {{Kitsune}} and she's a human). And part of it is simply that he is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.



* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', the three members of the Oarai student council are the only ones who know that [[spoiler:if the school does not win the tournament, it will be shut down]]. Naturally, while this motivates many of their decisions, they don't reveal it, with Anzu making a vaguely worded threat that Miho won't be attending school at Oarai for long if she doesn't join the tankery club, silencing Yuzu when she is about to tell Miho and Yukari the truth, and even being unable to tell Miho when she invites her to dinner for that exact purpose (leaving Miho suspicious). This proves counterproductive to the student council's plans when those LockedOutOfTheLoop are less concerned about winning, and they are ultimately forced to tell the truth when Miho considers forfeiting the match rather than risk people getting hurt.

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* A consistent problem in ''Manga/LastGame''. Although, it may be {{Justified}} in Yanagi's case because Kujou is just so ObliviousToLove that she might misinterpret his potential confession as a declaration of friendship instead.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', ''Manga/LetterBee'', Connor is unable to bring himself to tell Lag that Gauche, whom Lag befriended while being delivered to Cambel Litmus, [[spoiler: was fired from his Letter Bee position after going missing]]. In a one-shot story, a woman's maid is unable to reveal herself as the three members person who had sent her the picture postcards, because she had been forced to sell the gift she had received from her future employer when the two were younger. One of Lag's Heart Bullets reveals the secret, which the woman takes well.
* In ''Manga/LoveHina'' it took the vast majority
of the Oarai student council are fourteen volumes of the published manga for the male protagonist to even get past "I L...". [[spoiler:The entire ''rest'' of the manga consists of the same happening to the ''female'' lead.]] It's fun to follow, but incredibly excruciating at the same time. It's eventually [[LampshadeHanging referred to this]] in the [[MetaGuy Kanako arc]] [[{{OVA}} OVAs]]
* In the first two seasons of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', the villains have their own reasons for doing what they're doing, but refuse to tell why despite Nanoha wanting to talk to them. Nanoha (whose main characteristic is her honesty and straightforwardness) decides that
the only ones who know that [[spoiler:if the school does not win the tournament, it will be shut down]]. Naturally, while this motivates many of way to get them to explain their decisions, actions is to [[DefeatMeansFriendship beat them in combat]] and [[WarriorTherapist demand an explanation]]. It works.
** The Wolkenritter are concerned about Hayate being uncovered as master of the Book of Darkness and being labeled a criminal as a result, which could be one reason why
they don't reveal it, tell Nanoha and her friends their story.
** Also, all of the TSAB's experience
with Anzu making a vaguely worded threat them at that Miho won't be attending school point was as emotionless, deadly constructs who would stop at Oarai for long if she doesn't join nothing to protect the tankery club, silencing Yuzu when she is about to tell Miho Book of Darkness - not exactly people with a trustworthy reputation. Even if Nanoha and Yukari Fate are willing to think otherwise, it's clear they're not the truth, and even being ones calling the shots on the case.
* After episode 9 of ''Anime/MagicalShoppingArcadeAbenobashi'', Sasshi finds himself
unable to tell Miho when she invites her to dinner for that exact purpose (leaving Miho suspicious). This proves counterproductive to the student council's plans when those LockedOutOfTheLoop are less concerned about winning, and they are ultimately forced bring himself to tell the truth when Miho considers forfeiting the match rather than risk people getting hurt.Arumi that [[spoiler:Masa-jii is dead]].



* In ''AoiKiseki'' the female lead Ageha is unable to interact with her beau without going full {{Tsundere}} and confessing her feelings out of sheer shyness. When she finally works the courage to do so, a nasty fall damages her brain, robbing her of her ability to speak. Ouch.
* [[http://www.myanime.me/screenshots/115206-episode-13-screenshot-005.jpg Shallot]] from Creator/TatsuyamaSayuri's ''Manga/HappyHappyClover'', has a secret crush on [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DIrNEiChB8E/UJXnXltOkoI/AAAAAAAAAVk/sdbUuqxYuMQ/s1600/vlcsnap-2012-11-04-10h42m25s69.jpg Clover's best friend Mallow]]. In one story from the first volume, Shallot asks Clover to deliver a secret letter to Mallow and tells her it's a secret between him and her. [[{{Foil}} But Kale's baby brothers hears]] what Shallot and Clover we're talking about and later when Clover loses the letter. She decides to look for it, but the entire forest animals hears about the letter which was a result that Kale's brothers said to one of them and started asking each animal. When things start getting out of hand, Clover then see's Mallow asking for the letter that Shallot secretly gave Clover. By the end, the entire forest knows about this while Mallow is confused and Shallot is embarrassed. In the second volume, where a the main characters would answer questions to readers/fans. Shallot reveals that he wants to tell Mallow that he likes her, but its impossible to him since she's mostly spending time with Clover. However in the final volume, when Shallot get's hurt. Mallow recently in that volume wanted to be a doctor and decides to visit Shallot. Near the end of the story, [[LoveConfession Shallot accidentally admits to Mallow that he likes her.]] [[DoubleTake When he realized that he said that,]] [[ThatCameOutWrong he tries to say that it wasn't supposed to sound like that.]] [[FragileFlower But Mallow's response?]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He gives]] [[OfficialCouple him a big hug!]] After Mallow hugged him, Shallot get's so excited that he passes out as a response. Mallow responds by trying to wake him up, she also monologues about her heart feeling "fuzzy and warm" after he said that to her. Ever since that day, [[GenkiGirl Clover]] [[CuddleBug mentions that Mallow's been giving alot of hugs to him lately.]] Near the end of the final volume, [[HappilyMarried he and Mallow get married during the epilogue of the series.]]

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* In ''AoiKiseki'' ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}'' takes the female lead Ageha is unable romantic variety to interact insane levels, leaving you to wonder if either of the mains have tongues at all until the last episode.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Effectively {{invoked|Trope}} when Negi tries to ask his father's allies who his [[MissingMom mother]] is. Unfortunately, Rakan swore them to silence until he "acknowledges Negi as a man", seemingly so that Negi would have even more incentive to beat him in their upcoming fight.
** Naturally, it's then revealed
with her beau without going full {{Tsundere}} no build up at all, by a newly introduced character. It's later confirmed by Jack Rakan, in the same offhand manner:
--->'''Jack:''' Oh, by the way, [[spoiler:Arika]] really is your mother. See you later. ''(heads off to bathroom)''.
** But can you really stop there? The entirety of ''Negima'' is comprised of characters who can't spit it out. Nodoka, Yue, Chachamaru, Evangeline, Asuna, Negi, Kotarou,
and confessing her a slew of side characters have relationships they refuse to act on, for reasons ranging from denial, feelings out of sheer shyness. When she finally works unworthiness, fear of hurting others feelings, or amnesia.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]:
--->'''Kotarō''': What's with her? All she's saying is, "L-L-L-L" over and over again.
** Also subverted early on by Nodoka, [[ShrinkingViolet
the courage to do so, a nasty fall damages her brain, robbing her of her ability to speak. Ouch.
*
last person you'd expect]]. See [[http://www.myanime.me/screenshots/115206-episode-13-screenshot-005.jpg Shallot]] from Creator/TatsuyamaSayuri's ''Manga/HappyHappyClover'', has a secret crush on [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DIrNEiChB8E/UJXnXltOkoI/AAAAAAAAAVk/sdbUuqxYuMQ/s1600/vlcsnap-2012-11-04-10h42m25s69.jpg Clover's best friend Mallow]]. In one story from the first volume, Shallot asks Clover to deliver a secret letter to Mallow and tells her it's a secret between him and her. [[{{Foil}} But Kale's baby brothers hears]] what Shallot and Clover we're talking about and later when Clover loses the letter. She decides to look for it, but the entire forest animals hears about the letter which was a result that Kale's brothers said to one of them and started asking each animal. When things start getting out of hand, Clover then see's Mallow asking for the letter that Shallot secretly gave Clover. By the end, the entire forest knows about this while Mallow is confused and Shallot is embarrassed. In the second volume, where a the main characters would answer questions to readers/fans. Shallot reveals that he wants to tell Mallow that he likes her, but its impossible to him since she's mostly spending time with Clover. However in the final volume, when Shallot get's hurt. Mallow recently in that volume wanted to be a doctor and decides to visit Shallot. Near the end of the story, [[LoveConfession Shallot accidentally admits to Mallow that he likes her.]] [[DoubleTake When he realized that he said that,]] [[ThatCameOutWrong he tries to say that it wasn't supposed to sound like that.]] [[FragileFlower But Mallow's response?]] mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v04/c033/18.html here]]. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Aww]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He gives]] [[OfficialCouple him a big hug!]] After Mallow hugged him, Shallot get's so excited yeah!]] Which makes it all the more unfortunate (as revealed in the ''rushed'' ending) that he passes out as a response. Mallow responds by trying to wake him up, she also monologues about her heart feeling "fuzzy was rejected.
* A large amount of problems in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''
and warm" after he said that to her. Ever since that day, [[GenkiGirl Clover]] [[CuddleBug mentions that Mallow's its sequel could have been giving alot avoided had Athrun actually spoke his mind to various people, instead of hugs to moping around silently and constantly going "it's nothing" when people asked him lately.]] Near the end of the final volume, [[HappilyMarried what he and Mallow get married during the epilogue of the series.]]thought.



* In ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'', Kanon doesn't confess that she likes Kojima because she's afraid he'll reject her.
* In ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'', a lot of Hime's problems, especially around Iona and her JerkAss attitude around her, is due to the fact that she just can't spit out her DarkSecret, that [[spoiler:she accidentally opened the Axia Box, releasing the Phantom Empire.]]
* The girls in ''LightNovel/HowToRaiseABoringGirlfriend'' can't bring themselves to telling Tomoya how they feel, either because of competition from the other girls or because he seems to be ObliviousToLove.
* Shana from ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' doesn't have a bloody clue how to talk about her feelings, particularly about why she's falling for Yuji. This, of course, drives her {{tsundere}} behavior towards him; since she can't spit it out, beating him up works too.
* A consistent problem in ''Manga/LastGame''. Although, it may be {{Justified}} in Yanagi's case because Kujou is just so ObliviousToLove that she might misinterpret his potential confession as a declaration of friendship instead.
* Akina of ''[[Manga/ShinozakisanKiWoOtaShikaNi Don't Become an Otaku, Shinozaki-san!]]'' cannot spit ''anything'' out. She can't tell Kaede and Micchy she is more into fashion then otaku stuff, and she ''really'' can't say that she is in love with Kaede, especially to herself. This latter also causes her to have difficulty referring to Kaede by her first name.
* In the backstory of ''Manga/AizawaSanMultiplies'', the title character spent two years crushing on her classmate Souta Mizutani. She even named a cat after him because of it.

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* In ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'', Kanon doesn't confess that she likes Kojima because she's afraid he'll reject her.
* In ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'', a lot of Hime's problems, especially around Iona and her JerkAss attitude around her, is due to the fact that she just can't spit out her DarkSecret, that [[spoiler:she accidentally opened the Axia Box, releasing the Phantom Empire.]]
* The girls in ''LightNovel/HowToRaiseABoringGirlfriend'' can't bring themselves to telling Tomoya how they feel, either because of competition from the other girls or because he seems to be ObliviousToLove.
* Shana from ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' doesn't have a bloody clue how to talk about her feelings, particularly about why she's falling for Yuji. This, of course, drives her {{tsundere}} behavior towards him; since she can't spit it out, beating him up works too.
* A consistent problem in ''Manga/LastGame''. Although, it may be {{Justified}} in Yanagi's case because Kujou is just so ObliviousToLove that she might misinterpret his potential confession as a declaration of friendship instead.
* Akina of ''[[Manga/ShinozakisanKiWoOtaShikaNi Don't Become an Otaku, Shinozaki-san!]]'' cannot spit ''anything'' out. She can't tell Kaede and Micchy she is more into fashion then otaku stuff, and she ''really'' can't say that she is in love with Kaede, especially to herself. This latter also causes her to have difficulty referring to Kaede by her first name.
* In the backstory of ''Manga/AizawaSanMultiplies'', the
title character spent two years crushing on her classmate Souta Mizutani. She of ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' is obviously attracted to Jean, even named though she otherwise claims he's merely a cat after friend. Unfortunately she is unable to admit her love for him ''or'' what she actually wants from him because she simply doesn't know how to act appropriately except through rage (she gradually changes that behavior). Jean, by contrast, is much more open, honest, and demonstrative.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Hinata regarding her feelings for Naruto until she ''did'' spit it out... and almost got killed by Pain immediately afterward. [[PlotArmor She survived]], but Naruto did not directly respond to her feelings [[spoiler:until ''The Last'']] (see below).
** Naruto. He had extreme admiration and fondness for his teammate Sasuke, viewing him as his best friend and the person he could relate to more than anyone else, wanting his acknowledgment. However, he was too stubborn, prideful and jealous
of it.Sasuke's skills and reputation to ever admit it, and acted like he hated him most of the time. Until Sasuke stabbed a chidori through his chest and nearly killed him... yeah, it took that much. Of course, their relationship was [[VitriolicBestBuds complicated, even in the best of times]].
** Naruto was also this with his other teammate Sakura; he couldn't confess that he had a crush on her due to his promise to bring back Sasuke. {{Subverted|Trope}} when Sakura used this promise to kill Sasuke and [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim spare Naruto further emotional pain]] by giving him her [[NeverLiveItDown infamous]] [[FalseConfession fake love confession]] so he'd stop chasing him. Naruto easily saw right through her, [[WhatTheHellHero called her out on her dishonesty]], [[ShipSinking rejected her outright]], and stated that the promise was no longer the reason why he wanted to save Sasuke; he has [[TrueCompanions his own reasons]] now.
** As stated above, Naruto has this ''again'' in ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', this time concerning [[spoiler:his genuine [[OneTrueLove true love]] for Hinata]]. Sakura herself disputes the above example and helps Naruto realize that [[LovingAShadow his crush on her was more a product of his rivalry with Sasuke and how he wanted to beat out Sasuke at something for once than any actual romantic feelings]]--which was implied back in [[http://www.mangapanda.com/naruto/3/17 Chapter 3]]--while [[spoiler:his love for Hinata is sincere and real. Naruto ''does'' spit it out to Hinata in the movie, twice (compared to the ''years'' it took Hinata to spit it out two years ago). The first time he spat it out, it didn't go so well thanks to [[BigBad Toneri]]. However, after the FinalBattle, he [[GrowOldWithMe proposes]] to her and she happily accepts, the two enter a relationship, get HappilyMarried, and have two children]].
** In ''[[LightNovel/NarutoHiden Shikamaru Hiden]]'', Shikamaru gets [[LoveMakesYouDumb tongue-tied]] when he's trying to ask [[spoiler:Temari]] out to dinner.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Scarcely a character in the entire series is capable of admitting his or her deeper feelings toward those he or she loves most. Often even the exceptions turn out not to be exceptions. For example, Asuka's flamboyant confessions of love for Kaji [[OperationJealousy are to mask her growing attraction]] to Shinji. Of course, it doesn't work. Unfortunately, the consequence of that situation was the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and it could have been averted if the characters (mainly Shinji and Asuka) [[ForWantOfANail would have been more open and sincere with each other.]]



* A non-romantic example from ''Manga/FairyTail'' is [[spoiler:Cana, who is Gildarts' daughter. However, she was originally raised by her mother who apparently never told Gildarts about her, and after her mother died, Cana sought out Gildarts but couldn't work up the nerve to tell him she was his daughter. It was more than a decade before Gildarts found out.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/ShoujotachiWaKouyaOMezasu'', Yuuka starts to realize that she likes Buntarou, but can never bring herself to tell him directly, either due to fear of rejection, or because she doesn't want to screw up the group dynamic in the event they started dating.
* 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.
* ''Manga/CityHunter'': Ryo. The one time he tried to declare his love for Kaori, he couldn't finish the phrase. Then Kaori accidentally blew up the building, preventing him from succeeding in his attempts at finishing the phrase.

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* A non-romantic example from ''Manga/FairyTail'' Morei has this issue in ''Manga/OmujoOmutsuJoshi''. She has a hard time speaking her feelings to her childhood friend, Shouta. This is [[spoiler:Cana, who is Gildarts' daughter. However, she was originally raised compounded by her mother who apparently never told Gildarts about her, and after attempt to appeal to him by going along with what she incorrectly thinks is Shota's fetish for girls in diapers. She stumbles over her mother died, Cana sought out Gildarts but couldn't work up the nerve to tell him she was his daughter. It was more than a decade before Gildarts found out.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/ShoujotachiWaKouyaOMezasu'', Yuuka starts to realize that she likes Buntarou, but can never bring herself to tell him directly, either due to fear of rejection, or because she doesn't want to screw up the group dynamic in the event they started dating.
* 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.
* ''Manga/CityHunter'': Ryo. The one time he tried
attempt to declare his her love for Kaori, he couldn't finish the phrase. Then Kaori Shouta while showing him she's wearing one and accidentally blew up convinces him ''she'' has the building, preventing him from succeeding in his attempts at finishing the phrase.fetish as a result. In a later chapter, she fantasizes about trying again but can't go through with it.



%%* Dramatic example: ''Manga/PeachGirl''.
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', Ahiru can't tell Mytho that she loves him -- Not because of nervousness, but because she will ''cease to exist'' once she does. This becomes very troublesome in the first season finale when [[spoiler: Princess Kraehe offers to return Mytho's emotion of love, but only if she says that she loves him.]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
** Deconstructed: Sayaka Miki ''does'' have her chance to get together with an IllBoy Kamijou as her friend Hitomi Shizuki ''does'' ask her if she loves him. Sayaka's inability to just spit it out already makes her friend consider the answer is no. She has her reasons, yes, but still...
** Another example is [[NotGoodWithPeople Homura]]. She knows she loves [[spoiler:Madoka]], and is highly motivated by those feelings...but she can't express them without [[HeroicBSOD breaking down]] and sobbing incoherently (as seen in episodes 8 and 12). This results in much confusion for [[spoiler:Madoka]], as Homura's ''actions'' indicate love but her ''words'' don't.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has [[{{Tsundere}} Inner]] [[DefrostingIceQueen Moka]], who refuses to admit her [[EveryoneCanSeeIt increasingly]] [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan obvious]] affection for [[NiceGuy Tsukune]].
* In ''Manga/{{Saki}}'', Nodoka desperately tries to cover up her feelings for Saki whom she keeps referring to as nothing but a friend--not to much avail, though.
* The foundation of pretty much all the tension and drama of ''Manga/SasamekiKoto'' is based on Sumika's inability to tell Kazama that she loves her. Kazama [[SchoolgirlLesbians likes girls too]], and very openly... But Sumika isn't her type, and is petrified that a confession of love would destroy their friendship. [[spoiler:As of chapter 20, the tension is even more balanced on this, from both sides: Kazama is in love with Sumika as well, but doesn't know that Sumika likes girls (or even just her), so she is also terrified that confessing ''her'' love would tear them apart.]]
* The inability of various characters in ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' to confess their love, Harima's feelings for Tenma being the principle example.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'' spent an entire episode milking the trope, as Momoka's attempts to refer to Fuyuki on a first-name basis lead to increasingly absurd changes in the conversation.
* Shana from ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' doesn't have a bloody clue how to talk about her feelings, particularly about why she's falling for Yuji. This, of course, drives her {{tsundere}} behavior towards him; since she can't spit it out, beating him up works too.
* Akina of ''[[Manga/ShinozakisanKiWoOtaShikaNi Don't Become an Otaku, Shinozaki-san!]]'' cannot spit ''anything'' out. She can't tell Kaede and Micchy she is more into fashion then otaku stuff, and she ''really'' can't say that she is in love with Kaede, especially to herself. This latter also causes her to have difficulty referring to Kaede by her first name.
* In ''VisualNovel/ShoujotachiWaKouyaOMezasu'', Yuuka starts to realize that she likes Buntarou, but can never bring herself to tell him directly, either due to fear of rejection, or because she doesn't want to screw up the group dynamic in the event they started dating.
* In ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', Yayoi decides to pull an April Fools prank, saying that she's going to get transferred to another school. It's all fine and dandy, except for one hitch - the person she told it to was Miyuki, who panics and begins spreading the news, spiraling into Reiko holding a farewell party with the rest of the class and Yayoi unable to say anything because the other girls keep putting words in her mouth. It isn't until Akaoni reveals the truth through a manga Yayoi drew and lost that the girls realize that it was a lie. They're pretty disappointed at her... until they realize it was Miyuki's fault for believing it in the first place!
* It took until the very last episode of ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' -- more than 2 years after it became painfully obvious to everyone -- for Misa (Lisa) to finally drop the L bomb on Hikaru (Rick).
* In ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'', an early episode has D-Boy's transformation crystal being broken, forcing him to use a modified Pegas robot to transform into Blade. Late in the series, when he's losing his memory due to a DeadlyUpgrade, he forgets that his crystal broke and starts trying to transform on his own. Despite that he is searching the ground frantically and asking, over and over again, where his crystal is, Pegas refuses to say even something as simple is "I have your crystal, give me the command," instead uninformatively urging D-Boy to transform. Later, he dryly explains, "D-Boy refuses to access my Tek-Set function."
* Played straight by Saito and Louise in the first season of the ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' anime, averted early in the second. Particularly surprising considering [[LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana who]] these characters are [[{{expy}} expies]] of.
* ''Manga/ThoseWhoHuntElves''. All it would take to save the group tons and tons of trouble every episode is for somebody to approach an Elf and say "Hello, there. This might seem like an odd request but my friends and I are looking for fragments of a very important spell that's been imprinted on the bodies of five random Elf women. You don't happen to have recently found yourself with a strange marking on your body, have you? You HAVE? Great! Would you mind if we went to a quiet, private location to check if it's one of the fragments and remove that for you if it is?" Instead of, y'know, randomly assaulting and ripping the clothes off every one they come across.
* Kotetsu from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has this tendency to the point of it being a FatalFlaw. He doesn't like hurting people or worrying them with his own problems, and so prefers to keep unpleasant information to himself. This is a frequent cause of misunderstandings and leads to quarrels with both his daughter and his partner.
* ''Anime/TimeOfEve'' has robots who appear emotionless, but are revealed to secretly be RidiculouslyHumanRobots. Both they and their human masters [[FantasticRacism are not comfortable with this]]. Sammy in particular is a good example: she hides her concern [[spoiler:and growing affection]] for her master Rikuo, and is [[spoiler:afraid to be seen at the cafe even after he finds out she's a regular]].
* Played with in ''Manga/ToLoveRu''. In the first chapter, Rito plays it straight and then subverts it when he does finally confess to Haruna. Only for Lala to get in the way. It then plays the trope fairly straight for a time. However the reason changes from shyness to indecisiveness as he is no longer sure of his feelings. [[spoiler: As soon as he is sure of his feelings for Lala, he confesses to her immediately, then goes to confess to Haruna who he still loves, making it a subversion.]]
* In ''Manga/TonaGura'', would-be couple Kazuki Arisaka and Yuuji Kagura sometimes get so flustered by their obvious feelings that they cannot speak to each other at all, not out of anger, but out of trepidation. In one instance, where he has fallen on top of her (legit in this case, despite his immature tendency to grab at her), they are at this point so tongue-tied that a primal AccidentalPervert[=/=]{{Tsundere}} moment passes with only a few "Excuse Me"s -- and that's all.



* Morei has this issue in ''Manga/OmujoOmutsuJoshi''. She has a hard time speaking her feelings to her childhood friend, Shouta. This is compounded by her attempt to appeal to him by going along with what she incorrectly thinks is Shota's fetish for girls in diapers. She stumbles over her attempt to declare her love for Shouta while showing him she's wearing one and accidentally convinces him ''she'' has the fetish as a result. In a later chapter, she fantasizes about trying again but can't go through with it.

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* Morei has Tatsuya and Minami in ''Manga/{{Touch}}''. He likes her and she likes him, and she even kisses and confess to him before the 20th episode. It still took over 100 episodes...
%%* Esther Blanchett and Ion Fortuna from ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood''.
* In ''Manga/{{Tsukigasa}}'', Kuroe and Azuma have
this issue in ''Manga/OmujoOmutsuJoshi''. She regards to their feelings but also on the larger scale of failing to communicate exactly what happened in the incident where Azuma cuts off Kuroe's arm and all the fallout from that.
* In ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'', Kanon doesn't confess that she likes Kojima because she's afraid he'll reject her.
* This is suspected to be the case with Rudolf in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''.
* In ''Manga/Yuria100Shiki'', Yuria can't tell Shunsuke how she feels about him, because she's SexBot and
has a hard time speaking no idea if her feelings to are real or just part of her childhood friend, Shouta. This is compounded by her attempt to appeal to him by going along with what programming. Also because she incorrectly thinks is Shota's fetish for girls in diapers. She stumbles over her attempt doesn't really know ''how'' -- everything outside of "how to declare her love for Shouta while showing him be a sexbot" she's wearing one had to learn on her own and accidentally convinces him ''she'' has the fetish as a result. In a later chapter, she fantasizes is still very naive about trying again but can't go through with it. most things.
* Subverted in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Just before [[spoiler: Yusuke leaves to face his demon heritage,]] he has one last meal at the Yukimura diner. Cue [[spoiler: Yusuke's marriage proposal,]] which Keiko reacts to rather nonchalantly. The subversion comes when [[spoiler: Keiko returns to her room -- Yusuke drops "Oh, come on, Keiko... you know I love you." without nary a second thought.]] Keiko's response? [[spoiler: An even more nonchalant "Yeah, yeah."]]
25th Oct '17 9:28:16 PM sgamer82
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** In the season two episode "The Terrible Two", supervillains the Mad Monkey and Jackrabbit team up. Upon capture, the two declare their love for one another, the Mad Monkey even forgoing his chance to escape since he can't do it without leaving her. The Flying Squirrel is utterly flabbergasted that they can just come out and say it.

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** In the season two three episode "The Terrible Two", supervillains the Mad Monkey and Jackrabbit team up. Upon capture, the two declare their love for one another, the Mad Monkey even forgoing his chance to escape since he can't do it without leaving her. The Flying Squirrel is utterly flabbergasted that they can just come out and say it.
25th Oct '17 9:25:36 PM sgamer82
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** This pretty much sums up the entire relationship between the Red Panda and the Flying Squirrel. For all her flirtation, the Flying Squirrel can't bring herself to say what she feels. By the same token, the Red Panda can't voice his own feelings and he thinks the
Squirrel is just kidding around. At the end of Season 3, everything comes out into the open when the Red Panda thinks the Squirrel's been killed and plants a ShutUpKiss on her when she reveals she's alive. Season four's intro proceeds to introduce the Flying Squirrel as the Red Panda's fiance, and season five onward introduces her as his wife.

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** This pretty much sums up the entire relationship between the Red Panda and the Flying Squirrel. For all her flirtation, the Flying Squirrel can't bring herself to say what she feels. By the same token, the Red Panda can't voice his own feelings and he thinks the
the Squirrel is just kidding around. At the end of Season 3, everything comes out into the open when the Red Panda thinks the Squirrel's been killed and plants a ShutUpKiss on her when she reveals she's alive. Season four's intro proceeds to introduce the Flying Squirrel as the Red Panda's fiance, and season five onward introduces her as his wife.
25th Oct '17 9:25:02 PM sgamer82
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* In ''Podcast/RedPandaAdventures'', This pretty much sums up the entire relationship between the Red Panda and the Flying Squirrel, [[spoiler:at least until the end of Season 3]].

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* In ''Podcast/RedPandaAdventures'', ''Podcast/RedPandaAdventures:''
**
This pretty much sums up the entire relationship between the Red Panda and the Flying Squirrel, [[spoiler:at least until Squirrel. For all her flirtation, the Flying Squirrel can't bring herself to say what she feels. By the same token, the Red Panda can't voice his own feelings and he thinks the
Squirrel is just kidding around. At
the end of Season 3]].3, everything comes out into the open when the Red Panda thinks the Squirrel's been killed and plants a ShutUpKiss on her when she reveals she's alive. Season four's intro proceeds to introduce the Flying Squirrel as the Red Panda's fiance, and season five onward introduces her as his wife.
** In the season two episode "The Terrible Two", supervillains the Mad Monkey and Jackrabbit team up. Upon capture, the two declare their love for one another, the Mad Monkey even forgoing his chance to escape since he can't do it without leaving her. The Flying Squirrel is utterly flabbergasted that they can just come out and say it.
25th Oct '17 8:15:36 PM sgamer82
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* Morei has this issue in ''Manga/OmujoOmutsuJoshi''. She has a hard time speaking her feelings to her childhood friend, Shouta. This is compounded by her willingness to go along with what she thinks is Shota's fetish for girls in diapers. She stumbles over her attempt to declare her love for Shouta while showing him she's wearing one and accidentally convinces him ''she'' has the fetish as a result. In a later chapter, she fantasizes about trying again but can't go through with it.

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* Morei has this issue in ''Manga/OmujoOmutsuJoshi''. She has a hard time speaking her feelings to her childhood friend, Shouta. This is compounded by her willingness attempt to go appeal to him by going along with what she incorrectly thinks is Shota's fetish for girls in diapers. She stumbles over her attempt to declare her love for Shouta while showing him she's wearing one and accidentally convinces him ''she'' has the fetish as a result. In a later chapter, she fantasizes about trying again but can't go through with it.
25th Oct '17 7:20:13 PM sgamer82
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* Morei has this issue in ''Manga/OmujoOmutsuJoshi''. She has a hard time speaking her feelings to her childhood friend, Shouta. This is compounded by her willingness to go along with what she thinks is Shota's fetish for girls in diapers. She stumbles over her attempt to declare her love for Shouta while showing him she's wearing one and accidentally convinces him ''she'' has the fetish as a result.

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* Morei has this issue in ''Manga/OmujoOmutsuJoshi''. She has a hard time speaking her feelings to her childhood friend, Shouta. This is compounded by her willingness to go along with what she thinks is Shota's fetish for girls in diapers. She stumbles over her attempt to declare her love for Shouta while showing him she's wearing one and accidentally convinces him ''she'' has the fetish as a result. In a later chapter, she fantasizes about trying again but can't go through with it.
25th Oct '17 7:15:21 PM sgamer82
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* Morei has this issue in ''Manga/OmujoOmutsuJoshi''. She has a hard time speaking her feelings to her childhood friend, Shouta. This is compounded by her willingness to go along with what she thinks is Shota's fetish for girls in diapers. She stumbles over her attempt to declare her love for Shouta while showing him she's wearing one and accidentally convinces him ''she'' has the fetish as a result.
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%%* ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'': Halo!



* In ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' Nikodemus keeps delaying informing Vita of his feelings for her even after a coworker has informed her of his very obvious crush. Her annoyance with his hesitation eventually leads her to turn her attention to Quixoto.
%%* ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'': Halo!



%%* ''Webcomic/SquidRow'': Mouse
%%* ''Webcomic/WoodenRose'': [[http://www.woodenrosecomic.com/comic/chapter1/25.html Lillian]]


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%%* ''Webcomic/WoodenRose'': [[http://www.woodenrosecomic.com/comic/chapter1/25.html Lillian]]
2nd Oct '17 7:45:23 AM Pastykake
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There is a piece of vital information that would clear up a character's problems, whether it is a misunderstanding of romance or combat. If the character just spit it out already, it would save entire episodes, if not entire ''seasons'' worth of trouble and tears.

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There is a piece of vital information that would clear up a character's problems, whether it is a misunderstanding of romance or combat. If the character would just spit it out already, it would save entire episodes, episodes', if not entire ''seasons'' ''seasons''' worth of trouble and tears.



Sometimes, the reason one for this is because the other side [[OneSideOfTheStory won't]] [[NotNowKiddo let them]]. Or else they seem to have a [[SelectiveObliviousness wall around their mind]] against the information.

Other times the character is just an ass. While the IneffectualLoner has many chances to clarify his role, most of the time he'll just tell the heroes to [[FigureItOutYourself figure it out themselves]].

Of course, any time someone finally summons up the courage to actually say it, they will be [[FalseStart interrupted]]. It could be sudden events in the plot taking priority, or another of their circle of friends suddenly feels the need to announce some unimportant item that needs everyone's attention right now. [[MomentKiller The moment is lost]], and even when it isn't, they likely won't be [[CassandraTruth believed]] anyway. And sometimes, most tragically of all, the character or the person to whom this needs to be said will die or be otherwise lost forever just as the character has gotten up the courage to make his or her feelings known.

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Sometimes, the one reason one for this is because the other side [[OneSideOfTheStory won't]] [[NotNowKiddo let them]]. Or them]], or else they seem to have a [[SelectiveObliviousness wall around their mind]] against the information.

Other times the character is just an ass. While Although the IneffectualLoner has many chances to clarify his role, most of the time he'll just tell the heroes to [[FigureItOutYourself figure it out themselves]].

Of course, any time someone finally summons up the courage to actually say it, they will be [[FalseStart interrupted]]. It could be sudden events in the plot taking priority, or another of their circle of friends suddenly feels the need to announce some unimportant item that needs everyone's attention right now. [[MomentKiller The moment is lost]], and even when it isn't, they likely won't be [[CassandraTruth believed]] anyway. And sometimes, Sometimes, most tragically of all, the character or the person to whom this needs to be said will die or be otherwise lost forever just as the character has gotten up the courage to make his or her feelings known.
12th Sep '17 2:48:08 PM sampleman
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* In ''EntirelyPresentingYou'', Alexis can't tell her closest family and friends about her secret-identity as the bloodsucking-superhero known as Blank Face.
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