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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 

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