Created By: nachosanchez on June 11, 2012 Last Edited By: bananasloth on June 14, 2012

Thanking a Love Declaration

One character finally musters up the courage to say the L word, only to recieve a

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The scene usually begins with both of our characters either laying or sitting in bed together. One of the characters has something to say, but is having a little trouble finding the right way to express him/herself. He or she finally forces out the words...

"I love you"

It's a big moment in our character's life, whether on the giving or receiving end. Perhaps the character isn't ready for this type of commitment though, and doesn't want to hurt the feelings of their paramour. This feeling of awkwardness manifests as a couple moments of silence and some strange looks before the receiver of the "I love you" responds with the most heartbreaking of replies...

"Thank you" (or some variation)

The lover conceals his or her despair, but the tension will ultimately come to a head and lead to a separation.

Live Action Film
  • Liar Liar: Jerry professes his love for Audrey on the plane as it is about to depart. Audrey chokes on her drink before composing herself to deliver a "Thank you" and then a "Thank you very much".

Live Action TV
  • New Girl: Paul says this to Jess after the two hug while exchanging gifts sitting in bed. Jess tries to come up with the right thing to say and finally replies with a soft "Thank you". The lack of "I love you" feelings eventually results in the couple breaking up.
  • The Big Bang Theory: Leonard says this to Penny while the two lay in bed. Penny's eyes flutter as she tries to come up with a response, before delivering the relationship killing "Thank you". The relationship ends later in the episode.
  • In Mike & Molly, Carl confesses his love to his girlfriend Christina, who says "that's sweet".
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • June 11, 2012
    Happens in Two And A Half Men back when it was still good with one of Charlie's last Girlfriends. Think it was Chelsea or Mia.
  • June 11, 2012
    The Empire Strikes Back is an obvious one.
    Leia: I love you.
    Han: I know.
  • June 11, 2012
    @Jonny B

    I think that's more of a Han-ism than an awkward encounter. With this trope, the receiver either doesn't love the giver yet or at all. I think that TESB conversation is just a way to make Han seem like more of a badass.
  • June 12, 2012
    Of course, the currenbt name sounds like a line of dialog and is thus unacceptable (as per Naming A Trope).
  • June 12, 2012
  • June 12, 2012
    I don't REALLY believe ALL lines of dialog should be banned because they might sometimes be the best name available (yes, I'm aware of Naming A Trope... I just don't think rules have no exeptions).

    That said, in this particular case the title sounding like dialog IS confusing. I suggest something along the lines of "ASSIMETRIC LOVE STATEMENT" for a title.
  • June 12, 2012
    Fast Eddie says no exceptions, and this is definitely the epitome of why, because I don't even see why either party should treat "Thank you" as being in any way a negative.
  • June 12, 2012

    Well, my opinion about lines that sound like dialog was already stated, so I must not repeat myself.

    But I agree with the rule on this particular case.

    That said I have no idea what you mean by "I don't even see why either party should treat "Thank you" as being in any way a negative."
  • June 13, 2012
  • June 13, 2012
    Sorry about the name guys, didn't know that was a rule. I've only made a few of these before. Thanks to "The Handle" for coming up with the title. Sums up the awkwardness of the moment.

    EDIT: Feel free to edit the post as you see fit, as I'm terrible with formatting these things.
  • June 13, 2012
    Grateful Paramour?
    • In Mike And Molly, Carl confesses his love to his girlfriend Christina, who says "that's sweet".
  • June 13, 2012
    also, I formatted the folders and the examples so far, plus added my example ^.
  • June 13, 2012
    How about this for a possible name? True Love Is Politely Thanked?
  • June 14, 2012

    So Long And Thanks For All The Love