Created By: BlueIceTea on October 6, 2013 Last Edited By: jayoungr on July 20, 2015
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Love Informant (3rd-Party Love Confession)

A third party tells someone that he/she is beloved of someone else.

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Proposed sister trope to Love Confessor. Taken over by jayoungr.


You think you lost your love
Well, I saw her yesterday
It's you she's thinking of
And she told me what to say
She says she loves you
And you know that can't be bad...
—"She Loves You," The Beatles

A lover doesn't make a Love Confession to the beloved. Instead, someone else declares the lover's love to the beloved—either deliberately or accidentally.

The broker may be either:
  • willing to tell the beloved about the lover's love at the request of the lover;
  • agreeing to tell the beloved about the lover's love in exchange for something (especially in a "forbidden love" setting or if the lover is just so shy);
  • telling it to the beloved behind the lover's back;
  • unaware that the lover hasn't already confessed; or
  • simply unable to keep a secret.

May overlap with Shipper on Deck. Sister trope to Love Confessor, where the lover doesn't need a third party to intervene.

See also Love Letter Lunacy.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Ore Monogatar I, Takeo and Yamato like each other, but Takeo thinks she likes Suna, his best friend, instead. After a date gone wrong because of it, Suna just straight up tells Takeo that he's the one Yamato likes. When Takeo still didn't believe him, Suna tricked Yamato herself to confess her love.
  • In Whisper of the Heart, Harada uses Shizuku to confess her love to Sugimura. Unfortunately, Sugimura likes Shizuku, who is starting to like Seiji.

    Fanfiction 
  • Near omnipresent in fanfiction, especially slashfic, where there often is a Shipper on Deck. One of the preferred ways to break the news to characters who wouldn't otherwise consider initiating a relationship.
  • In the Hurog fanfic Human Magic, there is an example of this:
    Tisala: "Haven't you seen the way he looks at you?" said my wife. "Oreg loves you, Ward."

    Literature 
  • In the Narrative Poem "The Courtship of Miles Standish" (1858) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Mayflower pilgrim Miles Standish sends his friend John Alden to deliver a marriage proposal to Priscilla Mullens. Priscilla is not impressed and instead asks, "Why don't you speak for yourself, John?"
  • In the Jeeves and Wooster series by P. G. Wodehouse, Bertie Wooster repeatedly fills this role.
    • In Right Ho, Jeeves, he attempts to tell Madeleine Bassett that Gussie Fink-Nottle is in love with her. Unfortunately, he phrases it so vaguely that Madeleine ends up convinced that Bertie is in love with her instead.
    • Bertie also serves in this capacity repeatedly for his Serial Romeo friend Bingo Little, with varying results.
  • Dave Barry mentions that he had a friend named Phil in high school with the invaluable ability to talk to girls, and thus was able to get Phil to ask (by asking a female friend of) a girl out on a date for him. Her acceptance was passed on to her friend, who passed it to Phil, who passed it back to Dave.
  • In Warrior Cats, Cinderpelt tells Fireheart that Sandstorm loves him (and that it's obvious to everyone else).

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Dawn is the first person to tell Buffy about Spike's crush on her.
  • In the seventh season of Frasier, a drugged-up Frasier lets slip to Daphne that Niles is crazy about her.
  • On a first-season episode of Friends ("The One Where Rachel Finds Out"), Chandler accidentally blurts out to Oblivious to Love Rachel that Ross is head over heels for her.
  • In the first episode of the Jeeves and Wooster TV adaptation, Honoria Glossop reacts similarly to Madeleine Bassett in the literature example (above), and both ladies are forever after convinced that Bertie is pining for them.
  • The Odd Couple: Felix falls madly in love with Gloria and wants to marry her, but he becomes such a nervous wreck that he loses his voice before he can propose to her, and he practically begs Oscar to propose to her on his behalf, even going so far as writing down very specific instructions on what to do and say. Oscar, wanting to get out of there, basically cuts to the chase and asks Gloria to marry Felix, to which she agrees.

    Music 
  • The Beatles: In the song "She Loves You", "She" tells the singer that she loves "You," who is being sung to.
    She says she loves you
    And you know that can't be bad.
    She loves you
    And you know you should be glad.

    Theatre 
  • Don Pedro to Hero on behalf of Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing.
    Don Pedro: Here, Claudio, I have wooed in thy name, and fair Hero is won.
  • In the musical Wonderful Town, the song "It's Love" rises out of Eileen's attempt to get Baker to confess his love for her sister Ruth:
    Eileen: It's love! It's love!
    Baker: Come on now, let's drop it.
    Eileen: It's love! It's love! And nothing can stop it.
    Baker: You're a silly girl, it's a sign of youth.
    Eileen: You're a silly boy. You're in love with Ruth.

    Video Games 
  • Hilariously misfires in Final Fantasy IX. Eiko wants someone to be the love informant from her to Zidane. The letter Dr. Tot writes for her is misplaced several times, is misunderstood, and ends up sparking love between Steiner and Beatrix.

    Western Animation 

Community Feedback Replies: 39
  • October 6, 2013
    Arivne
    Love Confession Broker, so people will know this is specifically about a Love Confession?
  • October 7, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Pretty much what I said in its sister YKTTW.
  • October 7, 2013
    BlueIceTea
    Yeah, I know. But Love Confession Broker didn't fit in the box. I can change it later. Or we could choose a different title. I suggested Love Messenger, Love Informant, or Love Broker.
  • October 7, 2013
    DAN004
    Love Informant is good too.
  • October 7, 2013
    BlueIceTea
    • Dawn is the first person to tell Buffy about Spike's crush on her.
  • October 9, 2013
    BlueIceTea
    A quote for the Much Ado About Nothing example:

    Don Pedro: Here, Claudio, I have wooed in thy name, and fair Hero is won.
  • October 9, 2013
    jayoungr
    • In Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse, Bertie Wooster attempts to tell Madeleine Bassett that Gussie Fink-Nottle is in love with her. Unfortunately, he phrases it so vaguely that Madeleine ends up convinced that Bertie is in love with her instead.
  • October 10, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ I'd like to know what the phrase was, just wanna be sure.
  • October 10, 2013
    BlueIceTea
    He tells her he has this friend...
  • October 10, 2013
    jamespolk
    Live-Action TV

    • On a first-season episode of Friends Chandler accidentally blurts out to Oblivious To Love Rachel that Ross is head over heels for her.
  • October 18, 2013
    BlueIceTea
    Do accidental examples count? If so:

    • In the seventh season of Frasier, a drugged-up Frasier lets slip to Daphne that Niles is crazy about her.
  • October 20, 2013
    jayoungr
    Re the Wodehouse example, it's a longish scene in chapter 10 (the whole book is at Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/10554). But here's a relevant portion that should give you an idea of how it goes...

    "Talking of shedding tears," I said firmly, "it may interest you to know that there is an aching heart in Brinkley Court. [...] I mean to say—dash it, you know why hearts ache!"

    She seemed to shimmy a bit. Her voice, when she spoke, was whispery: "You mean—for love?"

    "Absolutely. Right on the bull's-eye. For love."

    "Oh, Mr. Wooster!"

    "I take it you believe in love at first sight?"

    "I do, indeed."

    "Well, that's what happened to this aching heart. It fell in love at first sight, and ever since it's been eating itself out, as I believe the expression is. [...] It's having the dickens of a time. Can't eat, can't sleep—all for love of you. And what makes it all so particularly rotten is that it—this aching heart—can't bring itself up to the scratch and tell you the position of affairs, because your profile has gone and given it cold feet. Just as it is about to speak, it catches sight of you sideways, and words fail it. Silly, of course, but there it is."
  • October 21, 2013
    DAN004
    Accidental examples count, of course.

    Sometimes done by a Shipper On Deck.

    BTW, if the Love Informant falsely tells the crush that the "crushee" loves him (whether the informant has no idea, or he deliberately fakes it), would it be a straight example, or subversion?
  • October 21, 2013
    BlueIceTea
    If he deliberately fakes it, I'd say it's definitely a subversion. If he's acting on wrong information, that's probably a subversion too, but I'm not sure.
  • December 7, 2013
    BlueIceTea
    Bump.
  • December 15, 2013
    aurora369
    Hilariously misfires in Final Fantasy IX. Eiko wants someone to be the love informant from her to Zidane. The letter Dr.Tot writes for her is misplaced several times, misunderstood and ends up sparking love between Steiner and Beatrix.
  • April 29, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump?
  • May 1, 2014
    MonaNaito
    Does it count if the third party is only making explicit what the beloved probably already knows deep down (but is in severe denial about)?
  • June 1, 2014
    BlueIceTea
    I think so.
  • October 12, 2014
    SvartiKotturinn
    In Whisper Of The Heart, Harada uses Shizuku to confess her love to Sugimura. Unfortunately, Sugimura likes Shizuku, who is starting to like Seiji.
  • October 12, 2014
    gallium
  • October 15, 2014
    gallium
    I'd count the Jeeves And Wooster example above—even if Bertie botched it, he was trying to be a Love Informant.
  • October 15, 2014
    Dalillama
    Bertie Wooster also serves in this capacity repeatedly for his friend Bingo Little, with varying results. In the first episode of the TV adaptation Honoria Glossop reacts similarly to Madeline in the previous example, and both ladies are forever after convinced that Bertie is pining for them.
  • October 18, 2014
    Dawnwing
    Literature:

  • March 5, 2015
    Gowan
    Fanfiction:

    • Near omnipresent in fanfiction, especially slashfic, where there often is a Shipper On Deck. One of the preferred ways to break the news to characters who wouldn't otherwise consider initiating a relationship.

    • In the Hurog fanfic Human Magic, there is an example of this:
      Tisala: "Haven't you seen the way he looks at you?" said my wife. "Oreg loves you, Ward."
  • March 5, 2015
    DAN004
    Related is Shipper On Deck. (Thanks, Gowan.)
  • April 29, 2015
    DAN004
    Buuuuuuuuuump
  • April 29, 2015
    TrueShadow1
    • In Ore Monogatar I, Takeo and Yamato likes each other, but Takeo thinks she likes Suna, his best friend instead. After a date gone wrong because of it, Suna just straight up told Takeo that he's the one Yamato likes. When Takeo still didn't believe him, Suna tricked Yamato herself to confess her love.
  • April 29, 2015
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Removing a hat. Only has two examples, the OP has put it Up For Grabs, no one has grabbed it yet, and there's all these examples posted that nobody has added.

    Live Action TV
    • The Odd Couple. Felix falls madly in love with Gloria and wants to marry her, but he becomes such a nervous wreck that he loses his voice before he can propose to her, and practically begs Oscar to propose to her on his behalf, even going so far as writing down very specific instructions on what to do and say. Oscar, wanting to get out of there, basically cuts to the chase and asks Gloria to marry Felix, to which she agrees.
  • April 29, 2015
    DAN004
    So who wanna grab this?
  • April 29, 2015
    gallium
    Live-Action TV

  • April 30, 2015
    Gowan
    Literature

    • In Dragon Blood, there are lots of shippers on board and ship the main couple. Before they become a couple. Which makes things a bit awkward. This goes so far that people even consider a possible marriage in political debates.
  • April 30, 2015
    Prfnoff
    I recall a similar YKTTW several years ago titled "You're In Love, Deal With It." (Does anyone else remember any examples? The draft had an image from some webcomic, I think.) I have to say that Love Informant is a much better trope name.

    Theatre
    • In the musical Wonderful Town, the song "It's Love" rises out of Eileen's attempt to get Baker to confess his love for her sister Ruth:
      Eileen: It's love! It's love!
      Baker: Come on now, let's drop it.
      Eileen: It's love! It's love! And nothing can stop it.
      Baker: You're a silly girl, it's a sign of youth.
      Eileen: You're a silly boy. You're in love with Ruth.
  • May 3, 2015
    StarryEyed
  • July 8, 2015
    jayoungr
    Bump, and I'll volunteer to take this over.
  • July 8, 2015
    jayoungr
    I've added the examples. I'm thinking of using "She Loves You" as the page quote.
  • July 11, 2015
    jayoungr
    Bump. Added page quote.
  • July 11, 2015
    Chabal2
    Dave Barry mentions that he had a friend named Phil in high school with the invaluable ability to talk to girls, and thus was able to get Phil to ask (by asking a female friend of) a girl out on a date for him. Her acceptance was passed on to her friend, who passed it to Phil, who passed it back to Dave.

    See also Love Letter Lunacy.
  • July 13, 2015
    jayoungr
    ^ What section should the Dave Barry example go under? Comedy? Literature? Real Life?
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