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-> ''"In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."''
-->-- '''Mr. Darcy''', ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''

[[ThePowerOfLove Love is a funny thing]]. Sometimes, we feel the strong need to keep our love secret from the object of our affection, for various reasons. They could still be attached, [[JustFriends they may consider us a "best friend"]] and [[IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship we don't want to endanger it]], [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend or maybe we just]] [[BelligerentSexualTension haven't come]] [[FriendlyEnemy to terms with our feelings]]. The attempts that we have already made were all [[MomentKiller suddenly interrupted]]. The [[UnrequitedLove fear of rejection]] is also a powerful dis-motivation to spilling your heart out. When we finally confess, it's like pulling our own teeth.

These kinds of confessions and proposals have a low success rate. When they come halfway through a work, they must usually be repeated again at the climax so that they can be accepted. Thank God there are extraneous factors that force us to shout our love to the heavens after we've been pushed around. Otherwise, how would romance work?

Anguished Declarations of Love are gender neutral in terms of occurrence but have a different flavour whether proponent is male or female: a male proponent will often be aggressive and reproachful in his confession, especially if his target of affection doesn't react the way he expects them to, in which case he may [[IfICantHaveYou demand to be loved back]]. If the answer is positive, {{Manly|Tears}} TearsOfJoy are never far. A female proponent is often much more subdued in her confession and will admit her feelings sheepishly but a lash out isn't unheard of. Expect said lash out to be rather {{te|nderTears}}ary, even heart-wrenching if done well.

Be warned: point of death confessions of undying love all too often turn out not to be. There is a very real possibility you will live to face the consequences of your confession. This may be a Good Thing or a Bad Thing. Depending on the work in question, might be a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} or possibly a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} if done correctly.

In real life, it's probably a much better move to just, y'know, ask someone on a date and see where it goes from there.

Subtrope of LoveConfession. Compare DyingDeclarationOfLove and AbortedDeclarationOfLove.

'''Beware'''! '''''MANY spoilers''''', either marked or unmarked.
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* ''HaouAiren'': Kurumi gives one to Hakuron, after he points a gun at her head and orders her to swear her love to him.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''.
--> '''Nanami''': (to Touga) "Because I love you! BECAUSE I LOVE YOU BIG BROTHER!"
* The ending of ''LoveHina Again!'' The amount of interference (including, but not limited to, rocket-launchers, exploding buildings, FunctionalMagic, LatexPerfection bodysuits, mecha-turtle invaders, and the immediate threat of losing Keitaro to his [[NotBloodSiblings adopted]] [[BrotherSisterIncest sister]] who'll go to ''[[{{Yandere}} any length]]'', legal or not, to get him) required to make Naru fess up about her true feelings, cannot fail to amaze...
** Then again, it's the same thing as in that manga arc in [[spoiler:Chapter 100-105]].
* After spending approximately fifteen episodes of ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'' following [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Yuuichi]] around like a hawk, Shiho finally confesses that she really loves him. He's asleep at the time...and she's still angry at Mai because she thinks he likes ''her'' better...
** Presumably done by Mai to Yuuichi as [[spoiler:he lies dying]]. I say presumably because at that point he is [[spoiler:too far gone to actually hear what she's saying, although we can see her lips move.]]
* ''{{Mazinger}}'':
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': At one of the last episodes Sayaka [[spoiler:[[PietaPlagiarism was holding a wound Kouji in her arms,]] and thinking he was dead, she cried out she loved him and she wanted getting married with him.]] Then [[spoiler:he opened his eyes and showed he was just teasing her. then she decided to kill him for real.]]
** And in the second chapter of ''ShinMazingerZero'' she [[spoiler:falteringly uttered she loved Kouji]] shortly before [[spoiler:dying.]]
* At the end of the ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma ½]]'' manga, [[spoiler: Ranma cries out his love for Akane in desperation because he thinks she has died.]] Whether it was an internal declaration or a vocal proclamation is up to the reader, [[spoiler: but apparently Akane heard it loud and clear.]]
* There's a similar scene in ''Manga/InuYasha'' as well, in which Inuyasha and Myouga see what they think are the departing souls of Kagome and Shippo (actually alive and well, just surrounded by protective foxfire), and Inuyasha blurts out more than he intended before he realizes that they're alive.
** Kagome later gets to play it straight and cross it into [[spoiler: ShutUpHannibal]], as she deals her most direct one to Inyuasha [[spoiler: to shake the effects of The Baby's ''very'' cruel BreakingSpeech off herself.]]
* Happens frequently in Hinako Takanaga's BoysLove manga:
** In one chapter of ''Manga/TheTyrantFallsInLove'', Morinaga and Souichi get into an argument on whether Morinaga should continue staying at Souichi's place to keep a lookout for the stalker or move to another place for his safety. In exasperation, Souichi yells that he'd rather be hurt than have things precious to him be hurt. His declaration isn't explicit enough to completely resolve the "[[WillTheyOrWontThey does he like him back or not]]" issue, but judging from Morinaga's stunned face and Souichi's "[[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud My God, what did I just blurt out?]]" expression, it's a tad more revealing than he intended.
** In ''Manga/LittleButterfly'', outcast Nakahara is surprised when cheerful classmate Kojima is friendly to him, but agrees to become friends. When his feelings of friendship deepen into love he makes an [[{{Gayngst}} angsty declaration]] to Kojima, fearing rejection and saying that they probably shouldn't see each other any more. Kojima does accept his feelings, saying he thinks [[IfItsYouItsOkay he might love him back]], and says they can still be friends...but only on the grounds that Nakahara doesn't do anything "weird" until he's sure he loves him.
** In ''Manga/AwkwardSilence'' baseball ace Tamiya asks out the shy artist Toono, but becomes more and more distressed as he takes Toono's natural emotionless appearance as a sign [[ObliviousToLove his feelings are unrequited]]. This leads to Toono having to declare his love in turn to convince Tamiya that the relationship is truly wanted.
* [[spoiler:Domon Kasshu]] of ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' managed to turn one of these, addressed to [[spoiler: his kidnapped and brainwashed love interest, Rain Mikamura]] into the lead-in to a FinishingMove. [
** ''The'' finishing move, as it turns around into a combination attack that defeats the [[BigBad Devil Gundam]] [[spoiler: by putting a great big heart-shaped hole right through it]].
** Allenby herself does this, but only Rain gets to hear it during their DesignatedGirlFight. [[spoiler: And in a variation, Allenby herself is ''BrainwashedAndCrazy'' during it, and mostly expressed her love for Domon when Rain mentions him during the fight [[DefusingTheTykebomb while trying to calm her down]].]]
* In ''{{Gravitation}}'', even though Shuichi has already made it very clear that he's madly in love with Yuki, he spectatularly tops his previous assertions by screaming at the top of his lungs, "Yuki is ''mine''!" In the middle of a concert. While surrounded by tons of fans. And with Yuki nearby, but accompanying [[RomanticFalseLead his fiancee Ayaka]]. Yuki thinks he's a moron, but can't help but smile.
* Katou does this several times, in dramatic fashion complete with tears, in the BoysLove series ''HaruWoDaiteita''.
* Several examples in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** When Sasuke sets out to betray the village, Sakura confesses her love for him and tells him that she is willing to leave with him and betray the village just so they can stay together. His response is "you're annoying", followed by a "thank you", followed by whacking her on the back of the neck and rendering her unconscious. Even today, years after this happened, people are ''still'' not entirely sure what he meant by that; it's an IronicEcho of a conversation that moments before he denied remembering, and he later carries her to a park bench instead of just leaving her to lie on the ground. This suggests he wasn't being ''completely'' cruel to her, but was stopping her from taking his dark path. [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain Back then]].
** In the series' DarkestHour Hinata TakesTheBullet for Naruto, after a fashion, and leaps into a hopeless situation just to buy him time. When he asks her why, she confesses her love for him with this ''grand speech'' that starts with "Your smile saved me!" and goes from there. Then she gets stabbed in the neck before we can hear his response -- which is still forthcoming, 200 chapters later and counting. ([[WebcomicTime Or, from the audience's perspective, four or five years.]])
** Sai gives one of these to Sakura on Naruto's behalf. Sakura then rushes to Naruto to tell him that she loves him now. Except she doesn't really mean it, and she [[BreakHerHeartToSaveHer just wants him to stop suffering because of her.]] This results in an emotional train wreck of frightening proportions.
** Rin to Kakashi near the end of Kakashi Gaiden. He responds that he doesn't deserve her for abandoning her, but he will protect her as Obito, who secretly loved her, would.
* ''MaisonIkkoku.'' You can always count on wishy-washy Godai to to wait until the last minute to make his feelings known. As with RealLife, unless there's lots of alcohol involved.
* This is the first climax of the main romantic plot in ''FruitsBasket''. After both characters have accepted their own feelings towards the other but both fearing rejection, Kyo confesses to Tohru that he was [[spoiler:there when her mother was hit by the car, that he didn't grab her because he would transform into a cat and that her mother said she would never forgive him.]] He gives the choice to either forgive him or not and she takes the third option declaring:
-->'''Tohru''': [[spoiler:I have no choice. I have to go against my mother!]] Okay?! Even with all that. No matter what happens I LOVE YOU KYO-KUN! WHY CAN'T YOU JUST ACCEPT THAT?!
** Then straight after that [[spoiler:she falls off a cliff, tells Kyo to go on without her, he gives her a kiss (she's unconscious by then), but she gets better fortunately.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'', Kei Kishimoto confesses her love for Kato right [[spoiler: at the moment when she takes a lethal blow for him, dying right after]]. Anzu does this for Kato as well, also [[spoiler: right before she dies]]. Yeesh, Kato isn't very lucky when it comes to love confessions, is he?
** Is there anyone in ''Gantz'' who does have luck with this sort of thing? Kurono had [[spoiler: Sakuraoka die on him, and had to unsuccessfully try to defend against half the Gantz team to save Tae. Even Reika went the {{Yandere}} route by cloning him and admiting to some desperate love.]]
* Genkaku from ''DeadmanWonderland'' confesses to Nagi during his [[spoiler: IfICantHaveYou moment where he kills him]] that he "loved him." Love confession gone ''very'' wrong.
* [[BigBad Gauron]] from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', five seconds before trying to get his HumongousMecha to self destruct and have a double suicide with Sousuke, yells out, "[[HoYay I LOVE YOU KASHIM!]]" Sousuke is not amused.
** Tessa also directly confesses her love for Sousuke in ''The Second Raid'' OVA. He misunderstands it brilliantly, in [[ComicallyMissingThePoint typical Sousuke fashion]].
** Later on in the novels, Sousuke and Kaname ''finally'' get their chance to declare their love for each other as well -- while on ''an open radio frequency''. Everybody that counts in both Mithril ''and'' Amalgam hears them -- including Leonard and Tessa. While (in the original Japanese) Kaname uses a ''slightly'' more temperate expression of love, Sousuke goes straight for the "aishiteru" formula -- the very same that Gauron had thrown at him during the above-mentioned suicide attempt, and actually the most serious one in Japanese language. Sousuke gets mercilessly teased by Kurz and Mao afterwards -- Kaname is still a prisoner of Leonard so she has it worse, as Leonard actually '''beats her up'''. Leonard is a ''very'' sore loser, unfortunately...
** Spoofed in ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''. One of Kaname's classmate's is hit by Sousuke's booby trap and makes an anguished declaration of love to Kaname over his cell phone as he's "dying" (he was plastered to a tree with some kind of adhesive). As Kaname starts crying and begging him to live, the boy asks if she'd still consider going out with him, whereupon Kaname snaps, "Not on your life!" and hangs up. "Argh! [[{{Tsundere}} You're so mean!]]"
* Nanako to Rei/Saint-Juste in ''OniisamaE''. ("I... I love you! * sob* ")
** Also subverted by [[spoiler: Fukiko]], who gives one to [[spoiler: Nanako]]... but it's a fake. [[spoiler: And Rei interrupts it, too.]]
* In ''CodeGeass'', Shirley Fenette had a [[BreakTheCutie "knack" for this]]. Earlier, after a long series of {{Moment Killer}}s, she [[spoiler: finally kissed him during a dramatic downpour -- spurred to action upon learning that her father had died. Most of her "declaration" was silent, but it was definitely "anguished," and she ''finally'' made her feelings perfectly clear to the CelibateHero Lelouch.]] Too bad things fell apart... [[spoiler: and the ''other'' time she got to tell him that she loved him, it happened as she lay dying in his arms.]]
** It doesn't get much more [[TearJerker anguished]] than [[spoiler: [[BreakTheCutie Nunnally]]'s "aishiteru" at the very end of the series, while [[BrotherSisterIncest Lelouch]] lies dying next to her. She makes this confession to the most [[SilentScapegoat hated man]] in the world in public, in front of many live-broadcasting cameras. Good thing she was probably drowned out by all the people cheering and chanting the name of Lelouch's murderer.]]
* Harima from ''SchoolRumble''. Too bad he confessed to the wrong girl.
** Listing all the examples would take someone with [[HypocriticalHumour way too much time on their hands]]. Let's just say there's a fair number of them. HilarityEnsues when Harima accidentally confesses to their male teacher, who is completely nonplussed. Then, in the next episode, he does it AGAIN.
* ''FushigiYuugi''. Because it was raining, Tamahome just kicked a few asses, Miaka was starting to get sick, and because everyone was on an emotional roller coaster at the time.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Shirou manages one, after [[spoiler:Gilgamesh beats down Saber and practically ''cuts Shirou in half''. Shirou gets up and prepares for another pathetic attempt while Saber pleads for him to save himself.]]
-->'''Saber:''' What are you doing?! It is impossible! Please stop! I do not need you to save me! Why... Why do you not understand that? No, if you die because of something like this, I-\\
'''Shirou:''' SHUT UP! ....Just... be quiet for a second... You can rely on others... rely on...\\
'''Saber:''' You're wrong. You're more important than me, your life is more important, so you should take care-"\\
'''Shirou:''' ''I want you more than anything else!'' There's not one thing that can replace you. Sorry, I... I like you the most out of everything. So I'm not going to let a guy like ''him'' take you!
** Saber refuses to admit to having any romantic feelings for Shirou, even after their intimate scene; however, her final words to him were: "Shirou... anata wo aishiteru." She uses the stronger and less ambiguous "aishiteru" (the most SeriousBusiness version of "I love you") instead of the more common "suki" (the more informal version, and the one most likely to be used).
* ''MidoriDays''. Twice in the same chapter. [[spoiler: Ayase, after spending the entire series to lure Seiji into an "appropriate" moment, after nearly a year of perfect chances being missed because of insecurities, [[IHaveThisFriend she confesses her love (and her attempts) to Seiji]]. Seiji, however, then tells her that he does have a girlfriend (which is Midori, after spending the series not liking her). Ayase smiles, runs off, and says "It's alright! I confessed! It's alright!" and [[TearJerker cries under the street lights.]]]]
* In {{Macross}}, Misa finds out that Minmei was with Hikaru in his apartment after hearing her talking to him. Suspecting that she lost to her, and also learning that she was to captain the SDF-2 and leaving Earth for a while, she gives one of these to him before leaving, since she wanted to let him know her true feelings for him. [[spoiler: He actually ends up declaring his love for ''her'' instead.]]
* [[spoiler:Rue]] confesses her love for [[spoiler:Mytho]] this way in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. As the object of her affection is sending himself to certain [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doom]] [[spoiler:because she tainted his heart with Raven's blood]], the poor girl chases after him screaming and wailing in anguish at the top of her lungs: "I've loved you ever since I was a little girl! AND I'LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU FOREVER!" [[spoiler:This sets Mytho's heart free from the Raven's blood, but marks poor Rue as a target to the Raven. Mytho spends most of the rest of the finale trying to save her.]]
* [[spoiler:Sasame]] from ''{{Pretear}}'' (anime version) confesses his love for [[spoiler:Takako, the [[DarkMagicalGirl Princess of Disaster]]]] this way--first indirectly as a "story" about a girl he "once knew", then as an anguished plea to her which ends with [[spoiler:him forsaking his role as a Leafe Knight and offering himself up to her side.]] Her response is to laugh and say "this is my answer!" as she shatters the windows in the area.
** And later ''she'' confesses to [[spoiler:his ''dead body'' after he makes a HeroicSacrifice to save her life [[TearJerker and asks her "Am I finally your knight?]]]] In fact, her original confession to [[spoiler:Hayate]] was pretty anguished, too.
* Seen in [[TearJerker episode 19]] of RahXephon, when [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMTgWU7y4NA Asahina's dying message comes right after Ayato unknowlingly killed her]].]]
* Simon, a childhood friend of Erza from ''Manga/FairyTail'', finds the courage to confess his feelings to her... but only because he's afraid she likes their other friend Jellal. The problem here is that he's on a battle field in the middle of a rebellion she's leading ''to save Jellal''. His lack of attention to his surroundings while trying to tell her lands him with a busted jaw and missing eye. He almost confesses to her again years later, but dies before he can get the words out.
* ''Manga/AiKora'' features this when [[spoiler:Maeda confesses his love for Sakurako at a school assembly as part of a desperate attempt to win her back from her ex-boyfriend. Sakurako doesn't admit she loves him back until the final chapter, when Maeda returns from disappearing for four months after accidentally taking a plane to England. In fact, she's so relieved to see him again all she can initially say is "I love you!"]]
* In the end of both the [[LightNovel novel]] and anime versions of ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK!'', Sato tries to [[spoiler:convince Misaki not to kill herself]] with a speech that becomes increasingly impassioned, until he blurts out "I like you! I ''love'' you! [[spoiler:Please, don't die]]!" [[spoiler:Misaki]] dismisses it as being hollow words to convince her not to jump, and Sato himself doesn't realize the full weight and meaning to what he said until he's [[spoiler:ready to jump off the cliff himself in a desperate attempt to convince her of the worth of her own life]].
* ''Anime/ErgoProxy'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L0ULFvaIjM&feature=related Vincent gives Re-l one]] in Episode 12:
-->'''Re-l''': What if it's true? No, it's impossible. FP bullets are harmless to humans. Maybe I should shoot his leg. Vincent Law. I think there is some connection between you and the Proxy. That's why I chased you here. You could probably say that I'm drawn to you. Somehow, I found myself thinking about you during our journey. Are you really a proxy? Even so, I need to-\\
[Vincent grabs Re-l on the arm and throws her down on the bed]\\
'''Vincent''': I love you. I love you, Re-l. But for an immigrant... No, that's wrong. I mean, for a monster to love you... I thought that I wouldn't see you again. No matter how hard I tried to stop... No matter what, I still love you.
* In ''{{Yaiba}}'', [[spoiler: Yaiba says a "I Like You, seriously." to an aged Sayaka before confronting Kaguya. After the battle however he jokes about it, so we don't know if it was serious or not]].
* One of the most heart-wrenching examples occurs in series finale of SonicX, of all places. After about a season of building up a relationship with her, Tails finally admits in the series finale he loves Cosmo [[spoiler:just before he is forced to kill her.]]
* This happens in ''Anime/MagicUsersClub'' when Nanaka confesses to Aburatsubo. He rejects her feelings ''in the kindest, sweetest way ever'', doing what he can to not break her heart further. The frame doesn't change from a closeup on Nanaka's face while he gives her his reply; you can watch her emotional state shift from nervousness to surprise to sad realization to resignation.
* ''All'' of ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest'''s chapter 97 is [[spoiler: Inugami]] ([[TallDarkAndSnarky of]] [[LonersAreFreaks all]] [[JerkAssWoobie people]])'s AnguishedDeclarationOfLove towards [[spoiler: Aoshika-sensei]], which kicks off the biggest RoaringRampageOfRescue in the entire series [[spoiler:since Aoshika is currently in the middle of being [[RapeAsDrama put through]] ''[[BreakTheCutie utter hell]]'' at the hands of Haguro and his men]].
* Happens in ''{{Vandread}}'' when a NotWhatItLooksLike moment between Hibiki and Misty causes Dita to get supremely depressed. The crew decides to resolve the issue by locking Hibiki and Dita together until they make up. Hibiki eventually starts an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove but [[MomentKiller gets interrupted by the scramble alarm]]. Dita returns the favor in the final battle when Hibiki attempts a HeroicSacrifice.
-->'''Dita:''' I won't let that happen! ''(charges into the fray)''\\
'''Hibiki:''' [[HeyYou Idiot]], don't come!\\
'''Dita:''' I finally understand... [[ThirdPersonPerson Dita's]] [[TheDitz stupid so I can't understand the world]]... but I understand [[EmbarrassingNickname Mr. Alien]] very well! Right now Mr. Alien is trying to protect the lives of everyone so Dita will protect Mr. Alien instead! Because Dita loves Mr. Alien! That's why... that's why Dita's going to protect [[FirstNameBasis Hibiki]]!
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'' created a really [[TearJerker heartrending]] scene between [[spoiler:Yuzuru Otonashi and Kanade Tachibana in the last episode. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMfAENkuE8E This video explains all. TT_TT]]]]
* In a late episode of ''TokyoMewMew'', Zakuro appears to be leaving the other Mews. [[AmbiguouslyBi Minto]] takes this badly and actually ends up outright fighting her, growing increasingly impassioned and upset until she screams "I loved you! ''I loved you!''" It's never confirmed [[HideYourLesbians what kind of love she was talking about]], and the whole thing is never mentioned again.
* In the ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' manga both Chitose and Freya force one out of Hideki for [[RobotGirl Chii]]. Even after he confesses his love for her Freya taunts him to make certain he's serious by telling him that Chii's actions and thoughts are only programming and she will never love him back. His response? "Her feelings live in me!"
** In the anime version it's changed to a straight declaration of love because it's suggested that her advanced programming DOES give her emotions.
** Freya herself gave one in the past to [[spoiler:her father/creator]] as the trauma of suppressing her feelings wrecked havoc on her systems.
* A more ambiguous case crops up in {{xxxHOLiC}} given that their relationship isn't necessarily interpreted as romantic, but it has to mean ''something'' that while [[spoiler: Yuuko's dying]], Watanuki basically proclaims that ''only'' universe he cares about and wants to believe in is the one where she's there.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' Ryuji gets hurt in the pool and nearly drowns. When Ami tries to take him to the nurse's office Taiga (who actually was the one who put him in danger, though in her defense she never ''intended'' for that to happen) cries and screams "Ryuji is mine!" in tears. [[{{Tsundere}} Although she later recants that it was a love confession]], everyone around them takes it as one. [[TearJerker Things would have been easier for everyone and *specially* for her]] if she'd simply let it stand as a confession.
* In Manga/{{Claudine}}, [[spoiler: the main character]] gives one to [[spoiler: the local HotLibrarian Cecilia. He's rejected.]]
%%* ''Manga/YakuzaGirl'': Many times.
* We finally, ''finally'' get one from [[CanNotSpitItOut Sumisa]] in chapter 42 of SasamekiKoto. Her best friend and long-time crush Ushio tells her that she must move away to take care of her grandmother. Sumisa [[BrokenTears breaks down in tears]] and lets out all of the feelings she's kept hidden, as she clutches Ushio against her and [[PleaseDontLeaveMe begs her not to go]]. [[spoiler:Ushio reciprocates . . . but apologizes, and says that she must]].
* A bit more of a literal example in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'': Petrushka confesses her love to Alessandro, but he dismisses it as a result of her conditioning. To prove it isn't, she slaps and then insults him, both acts which, due to her conditioning, make her physically ill.
* In {{Element Hunters}} [[spoiler: Chiara and Rodney]] argue about her not participating in a dangerous dive and she accidentally corners him into admitting his feelings.
* In ''Manga/PoorPoorLips'', Nako eventually delivers one to Ren once Ren has decided not to fight her {{arranged marriage}} anymore. Luckily for Nako, Ren has been crushing on ''her'' for the longest time herself.
* In Manga/{{Bleach}}, [[spoiler: Kanae Katagiri]] invokes the trope on [[spoiler: Ryuuken Ishida]], as a part of a desperate measure to [[spoiler: tell him that he's not a failure to the Ishida clan and that [[YouArenotAlone he is not alone]]. She's successful.]]
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' has a particularly painful example, mainly due to the sharp contrast between the rest of the show. Nyarko isn't shy about professing her love for Mahiro in [[ManicPixieDreamGirl over-the-top fashion]], and even manages to do it in more subtle, sweet ways when he complains about her being too hyper. But then Mahiro has to play TheBeard for a friend, and spending a whole day following them is too much for Nyarko. She confronts him that night and has an emotional breakdown, sobbing over how much it hurt watching him even pretending to be another woman's fiancé, and how his refusal to [[CanNotSpitItOut just say whether he likes her or not]] is driving her crazy. In his own {{Tsundere}} way, Mahiro manages to say that he likes Nyarko, and they spend the rest of the night snuggling.
** Worth noting, in this scene Nyarko goes from using her usual "''daisuki''" (大好き), the normal way of saying "love" in Japanese, to the much more intense and meaningful "''aishiteru''" (愛してる).
* Suguha/Leafa from ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' said "I love you" towards Kazuto before telling him to leave her alone by the end of episode 22. This is because she doesn't take well of finding out he and Kirito are one and the same person.
* ''[[Anime/QueensBlade Queen's Blade: Hide & Seek]]'': Elina finally confesses [[BrotherSisterIncest her love]] [[http://www.citymanga.com/queen_s_blade_hide_seek/chapter-24/24/ for her sister]], Leina, after their duel in chapter 24; knowing she may not get another chance to say it, since Leina would be leaving again, soon afterward.
* In the movie JinRoh, a powerful moment in the film, Kei grabs onto Fuse crying and utters line from Little Red Riding Hood "Mother, what big claws you have! Mother, what big teeth you have!". All the while, Fuse is screaming in anguish as he finds himself forced to either shoot the woman he loves or turn his back on his fellow Panzer Cops.
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* Cassidy declares his love with Tulip before and after [[spoiler:Jesse dies]] and after [[spoiler:Jesse comes back]] in ''{{Preacher}}''.
* Something of an unusual case (as they were already having sex) but it's not until he figures he's about to lose her that Mimic confesses his love to Blink in ''ComicBook/{{Exiles}}''.
* In ''MouseGuard'': Winter 1152, [[spoiler:Saxon finally [[CannotSpitItOut spits it out]] during Celanawe's funeral--his experiences in the weasel dungeon made him realize his life of constant battle was meaningless.]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheLegendOfZelda'' comics, Zelda makes one of these to try to save Link from being hopelessly corrupted by power in the storyline "The Price." Once he's back to normal, she denies having ever said such a thing.
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'': Recently, while Raven was [[ConverseWithTheUnconscious in a coma]], Beast Boy confessed that he loved her and always would. Then he went to ''[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge beat the ever living crap out of]]'' the one who put her in a coma.
* In ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Mary Jane Watson [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy stepped aside so that Peter Parker could pursue his romance with the resurrected Gwen Stacy]], but in #15 of the second volume, her true feelings come out painfully when she and Peter discuss what had happened when the Chameleon hit on her while in Peter's shape.
-->'''MJ:''' Here is what I think... And if I pass out before I finish the sentence it's only because this is the hardest thing I've ever had to say out loud. I don't think he hit on me to hit on me. I don't think that was his master plan. I think he felt how much I love you... And he went for it.\\
'''Peter:''' Oh.\\
'''MJ:''' We didn't ''do'' anything. He tried, but I backed off. I knew-- I knew ''something'' was off. I knew it was ... too good to be true. Now, I would like to go away from you as I am out of embarrassing things to say.\\
'''Peter:''' Mary...\\
'''MJ:''' Peter, go find your girlfriend.
* In ''ElfQuest'', Zhantee very emotionally declares his love for Leetah to Leetah's lifemate Cutter. In the elf culture, love is very free and sex is often shared between friends, and Cutter fails to understand why Zhantee never told them about his feelings. He explains to Zhantee that he'd have been welcome in their relationship all along. Through telepathy, Cutter connects himself and Zhantee to the faraway Leetah, and the three share a powerful romantic and sexual bonding for a few brief moments... [[spoiler: until Zhantee dies in Cutter's arms.]]
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/APikachuInLove'', [[spoiler: Pichi does this at the climax of the fic, though unlike most examples she ''did'' rehearse it a little off screen in hopes if she worded it right, Pikachu would stay with her. Sadly, though Pikachu does admit he loves her too, he already decided his bond with Ash was too strong to break like that...]]
* [[{{Tsundere}} Asuka]] does this to [[IneffectualLoner Shinji]] in ''EvangelionR'', though he remains unaware due to her [[GratuitousGerman speaking in German]].
* In ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'':
** In episode 6:
--> '''Asuka''': "It's okay. I can manage on my own. You be happy with Rei... Shinji... I... I love you..."
** In episode 9:
-->'''Shinji''': "Well, I don't! I don't care! I don't care if you can't pilot those goddamn things again! I love you for who you are, not because you're a pilot!!!"
* ''Fanfic/ThePrivateDiaryOfElizabethQuatermain'': When arguing with your love interest about how you knew someone else was faking his affections for her, it's very easy to lose your cool.
-->"Because ''I'' love you! You think I can't tell the difference?"
* From ''Anime/YuGiOh'' fanfic 'Fanfic/{{Skin}}', Jonouchi's confession scene is considered by some to be ''so'' heartfelt that it manages to overshadow the first break in UST for ''one million four hundred thousand words''. [[spoiler: The fact that it came directly before his match against Yami no Malik probably didn't help.]]
* In Fanfic/{{Trouble}}, Butch and Harkness had been tip toeing and snarking around just what their feelings for each other were. [[spoiler: But in chapter 38, Butch cries over Harkness' seemingly lifeless body, "Babe, wake up. Please."]]
* In ''FanFic/HuntingTheUnicorn'', Blaine [[CanNotSpitItOut doesn't actually say]] the magic words (yet), but he ''does'' make a huge speech to Kurt in chapter nine about [[GrowOldWithMe getting old together,]] [[HappilyAdopted adopting]] [[BabiesEverAfter lots of kids with him,]] and how [[LoveRedeems having Kurt in his life makes him a better person]]. The anguished part is that [[ForegoneConclusion Kurt still wants to go back to McKinley]].
* In Chapter 7 of ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaPinkEyes'', Jammed Gun, a guardspony, gives one to a fellow guard Trigger Happy, pleading with her not to throw her life away on finding Puppysmiles. She tells him [[IncompatibleOrientation she's lesbian]] and departs anyway. [[spoiler: However, his declaration won her over, and she [[BiTheWay returns the sentiment]] when she survives.]]
* In Chapter 35 of ''[[Fanfic/{{Dangerverse}} Facing Danger]]'', Hermione is still unable to [[spoiler: be near anyone male]]. Everyone but Ron has tried, and failed, to be near her. Ron overhears Letha and Danger discussing, and gets rather upset, since nobody had talked about it to ''him''. So when (he thinks) she's asleep, he sneaks into her room and starts [[ConverseWithTheUnconscious talking to her]].
--> Ron: ''I'm so sorry. I didn't want you to get hurt. I didn't want anyone to get hurt, but you least of all...''
* In the ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' fanfic, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3657630/1/Its_not_fair It's Not Fair!]], Sarah gives one to Jareth after he has transformed into an Unseelie and about to be sentenced to death, in the hopes he will hear her and change back. [[spoiler: It works]].
* The ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'' has an unusual example. Unusual in that Takato doesn't actually say it to the object of his affection:
-->'''Takato (to Renamon)''': ''You can help me protect Rika, and that's the only thing I want…''\\
'''Renamon''': ''Why?''\\
'''Takato''': ''What?''\\
'''Renamon''': ''Why do you want to protect Rika so badly?''\\
'''Takato''': ''Well, that's…err…well…that's because…ahh…umm…''\\
'''Renamon''': ''Why do you insist so much in taking care of her, when she only insulted you and humiliated you in the past? Why do you want to be her friend so badly? Why do you smile every time her name is mentioned? Why, Tamer? I don't understand…'' \\
'''Takato''': ''Dammit, Renamon, because I love her!''
* ''FanFic/InnerDemons'': The narration reveals that Rarity does return Spike's feelings for her, but hasn't told him yet because she wants to take things slowly. Then, she ends up having to [[spoiler: pull a YouShallNotPass on [[TheDragon Trixie]] to give him and Apple Bloom time to escape]], and chokes out one of these once he's gone.
-->"I love you so much... Spikey... Wikey..." (''note that she was crying during this'')
** Rainbow Dash confesses her love to a near-catatonic Pinkie Pie as they're [[spoiler: trapped in the burning CMC clubhouse. They survive.]]
** There's a more straight-forward example of the trope when [[spoiler: Lezard confesses to having been in love with Apple Bloom [[LoveAtFirstSight since they met]].]]
* ''[[{{Fanfic/AceCombatEquestriaChronicles}} Ace Combat: The Equestrian War]]'': Overdrive confesses her feelings toward Tornado Swirl in chapter 17 during the [[spoiler: liberation of Canterlot]], when he fears they might die in the battle.
-->'''Overdrive''': Tornado... we have to make it through. So, please... stay strong, like you always did. Don’t change. That’s the kind of pegasus I always knew, admired... and liked so much.\\
'''Tornado Swirl''': Overdrive... what are you...?\\
'''Overdrive''': Tornado... I... ''I love you''.
** Tornado [[spoiler: [[RelationshipUpgrade returns her feelings]], as he had a crush on her for a while]].
* ''FanFic/AndAllTheStarsBurnedBright'' gives one to Barbara Havers right before her captain takes off on a suicide mission when he confronts her about why she's been pulling away from him.
-->'''Barbara''': Because I'm in love with you, you ''bloody'' idiot!
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': ''Very'' strongly implied to have happened between [[spoiler: Applejack and Rarity]] when they thought [[BigBad Titan]]'s mega-storm would wipe them out during the [[FinalBattle Battle of the Everfree]]. However, it's hard to say for sure, since the storm made it impossible to actually hear anything, which is rendered in the narrative as them having to lipread, which doesn't really confirm anything for the reader.
* Draco pulls one in ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'' when confronted by Dumbledore, [=McGonagall=] and Snape after getting caught doing it with Ebony in the Forbidden Forest. This somehow results in them getting off scot-free.
** Later, Hagrid does one as well.
* In HungerGames fic ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'', [[MouthyKid Kit]] declares his feelings for [[spoiler: Vale's sister Laurel]] in his interview with Caesar Flickerman, and much later on, [[spoiler: [[PrivilegedRival Obsidian]] confesses to [[ShrinkingViolet Vale]] after the latter is almost killed by another tribute]].
* In Franchise/HarryPotter fanfic ''If Thems The Rules'' Ginny tries to sway Harry into staying by declaring her feelings for him. He rejects hers because [[CelibateHero he believes himself incapable of romantic love.]]
* Played with in ''Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury'': neither L or Erin actually say how they feel, but [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther rather communicate it through their actions]] [[spoiler:during their last conversation/fight, before [[ShooTheDog she leaves to go home.]] Since L is dying [[YourDaysAreNumbered (though not right away)]], it could double as a DyingDeclarationOfLove.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Erin''' ''(thinks)'': ''I hate you. I hate you. I love you so much.'']]
** [[spoiler: This after [[WhatTheHellHero she's torn]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech him a new one]], keep in mind.]]
** [[MadLove Misa]] plays it straighter when she gives Light one of these in response to [[spoiler:his accusing her of betraying him when they're caught. [[UngratefulBastard Light doesn't acknowledge it]], [[ItsAllAboutMe the whole time appearing to be more concerned about the fact that he's just been found out.]] Ryuk unceremoniously offs him afterwards by writing his name in his notebook, and [[TearJerker Misa can only watch and beg helplessly as he dies.]]]]
* Used during the Walt Disney Zorro fanfic ''All The Wasted Time'' when Diego reveals his plan to Esperanza to give up the mask so he could marry Anna Maria.
--> '''Diego de la Vega''': ''(thinking she's in love with a friend of theirs)'' Go ahead, Esperanza. Say it...Say you love Ricardo and that you understand.\\
'''Esperanza Montoya''': I don't love him! I love you, Diego...if there's anybody I would spend the rest of my life with, it would be you!
* In ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'', Klavier gives one to Apollo before leaving because he was triggered by Apollo's post-coital talk after Kristoph's arrest.
-->Apollo: If I'm not a [[RescueSex one-night]] stand then stop [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] treating me like one!\\
Klavier: For a one-night stand, [[ImpersonatingTheEvilTwin I would not have]] [[FrameUp gone to the]] [[StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder Borscht Bowl Club]].
* ''Fanfic/RealityIsFluid'': Kanril Eleya has been avoiding getting into a committed relationship with Reshek Gaarra because despite the fact they've admitted to the attraction privately, it's against Starfleet regulations since she's his direct superior. But at the end of the fic, when they're both in the hospital after his getting half-blown up and her [[spoiler:being rather ungently mind-probed by an Undine]], she finally has this to say:
--> '''Eleya:''' Gaarra, when I heard you were injured, I nearly got myself removed from command trying to come see you.\\
'''Gaarra:''' Well, you’re seeing me now.\\
'''Eleya:''' Yes. Yes, I am. ''(takes his hand)'' And I didn’t care. Tess would’ve had me thrown out of the service, and I didn’t care. I had to ''force'' myself to care. And now, I don’t have to care anymore. We’re out of danger, and we’re alone and—and I love you, is what I’m trying to say.
* In the first chapter of ''Flim/TheMatrix'' {{Slashfic}} ''Fanfic/BringingMeToLife'' Smith does this to Neo whose been killed in the real world by a Sentinel. The entire thing, it's quite long, boils down to
--> '''Smith:''' "Neo, Neo, come back. Please, you have to, you can't leave me, I…, and I love you!"
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/TheFarCountry'', Ronda, the brassy MissKitty character, is sobbing as she tells Jeff the taciturn hero that she loves him, and asks him to go away with her.
* ''{{Moonstruck}}''
-->'''Ronnie:''' Loretta, I love you. Not, not like they told you love is and I didn't know this either. But love don't make things nice, it ruins everything! It breaks your heart, it makes things a mess. We aren't here to make things perfect. Snowflakes are perfect, stars are perfect. Not us! Not US! We are here to ruin ourselves and... and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and... and DIE... I mean, I mean the storybooks are '''BULLSHIT'''. Now I want you to come upstairs with me and... and '''GET''' in my bed. Come on, come on, come on...
* In ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'', Steven Prince nervously (and drunkenly) admits his feelings to childhood crush Sam - after he (wrongly) deduces that Sam has again gotten together with his friend Gary.
* Ben Affleck's Love Speech In The Rain in the middle of ''Film/ChasingAmy''.
** Speaking of Ben Affleck, he and his friend Matt Damon wrote the award-winning ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', which featured an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq0apHW6Ezw emotional scene]] in which Will admits to being an abused kid of many foster homes to his girlfriend, Skylar. They get into a fierce row over him "not needing to be saved", and desperately, she sobs, "I love you." ...To which Will responds "I don't love you." Then he leaves. Ouch.
** [[spoiler: This is just Will being a jerk for the moment, and the ending implies heavily how he really feels.]]
* ''Film/{{Bullshot}}'' (1983). CelibateHero Hugh 'Bullshot' Crummond and TheIngenue Rosemary Fenton fall in LoveAtFirstSight, but don't admit it until they're facing imminent death via being [[DeathTrap drowned whilst imprisoned in giant concrete eggcups]].
* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''. AcePilot Joe Sullivan and HotScoop Polly Perkins are former lovers who split up when Joe accused Polly of sabotaging his airplane while GoingForTheBigScoop. After becoming trapped in a cave full of dynamite that's about to explode, Joe looks her in the eyes and asks...if she really did cut his fuel line. Polly is understandably annoyed that he's going to spend their last moments on Earth discussing this point.
** [[spoiler: She did!]]
* The titular character, [[TheStoic Seibei]], in ''TheTwilightSamurai''. [[spoiler: Just before going off to his fateful duel with [[AntiVillain Yogo Zen'emon]], Seibei ''finally'' proposes to [[YamatoNadeshiko Tomoe]], whom he has [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend loved since childhood]]. But he's delayed too long: just days before, she's accepted another proposal. They're ''both'' anguished, and so is the audience. All the worse for their incredible stoicism.]] [[spoiler: Then they do get married, that is good, but he dies three years after that sucks.]]
* ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'':
--> '''Leia''' (blurts out): I love you!\\
'''Han:''' [[ThrowItIn I know.]]
* In ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'', Peter is talking a mile a minute about how useless he finds the SpoiledBrat Ellie Andrews, that "any man who'd fall in love with [her] ought to have his head examined", that "[[BelligerentSexualTension a normal human being couldn't live under the same roof with her without going nutty]]," when her father begins to catch on to how he really feels:
-->'''Andrews:''' I asked you a simple question! Do you love her?\\
'''Peter:''' ''YES!'' But don't hold that against me, I'm a little screwy myself!
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'': ''Escape 2 Africa'', as their plane is falling out of the sky, Melman blurts out, "I love you, Gloria! I always have!" Unfortunately, when he looks at her, she's asleep. And the looks he gets from Alex and Marty are priceless.
* A very understated, very British, but nonetheless extremely moving moment from ''FourWeddingsAndAFuneral'': Sad to see Carrie, the girl he is hopelessly in love with, marry rich Scotsman Hamish at the third of the titular weddings, Charles (Hugh Grant) turns to his pal Fiona (Kristin Scott Thomas) for comfort. After talking about his feelings for Carrie, the conversation takes an unexpected, shocking turn for him and the unsuspecting audience:
-->'''Charles:''' How about you, Fifi - you identified a future partner in life yet?\\
'''Fiona:''' No need really. The deed is done. I've been in love with the same bloke for ages.\\
'''Charles:''' Have you? Who's that?\\
'''Fiona:''' ''(very casually)'' You, Charlie.\\
'''Fiona:''' Doesn't matter. Nothing either of us can do on this one. Such is life. ''(awkward pause)'' "Friends" isn't bad, you know. "Friends" is quite something.
* Near the end of the climactic chase scene from ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', [[ThoseWackyNazis the head of the Illinois Nazis and his number 2]] have run their car off an unfeasibly high drop and are plummeting to their doom. As they sit paralyzed by their rapidly-approaching fates, [[FamousLastWords the number 2 manages to turn to his leader]] and say [[HoYay "I've always loved you."]]
* In ''{{Bent}}'', While Horst is nearing a complete mental break down from their rock duties, he confesses to Max that he loves him. Much to Max's frustration, as Max refuses to risk giving the guards any reason to make their lives more hellish.
* Bruno's rooftop confession to Pablo in ''Film/PlanB'', especially when compared to his almost cavalier "I love you, man" declaration from back when he was still telling himself that he wasn't ''[[GayBravado really]]'' gay for Pablo and how he so visibly struggles to find the right words to say to Pablo this time around:
-->'''Bruno:''' What I really want to tell you is...that...that I'm in love with you. I'm completely sick. I don't know how it happened. It happened to me. I couldn't control it.
* Tony attempts this several times with Pepper in ''Film/IronMan2'', but only gets as far as making her even more concerned about his mental health.
* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', as the core detonation timer counts down to 0, Jason has a last second confession to make: "Gwen, I've always...". He doesn't finish the sentence but it's written all over the screen.
* In ''Film/AnotherTimeAnotherPlace'', Janie attempts to invoke this the last time she and [[spoiler:Luigi]] see each other by practically begging him to tell her that he loves her. He says he does, but he doesn't sound very convincing. He doesn't even seem the least bit cut up about leaving her.
* In ''[[Film/{{Underworld1927}} Underworld (1927)]]'', the female lead opens up to her [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]] partner when he declares to split town for good.
* In ''{{Film/Belle}}'', Mr. Davinier is pushed to confessing his love for Dido very embarrassingly and very loudly in front of her adoptive father.
* ''Film/JourneyToTheWestConqueringTheDemons'': Tang [[spoiler: tells Duan he loves her, and always loved her as she lay dying from wounds she took trying to protect him]].
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[[folder:Literature]]

* Erika Griffin's novel, ''[[http://www.amazon.com/One-Who-Waited-Erika-Griffin/dp/1411627164 The One Who Waited]],'' has a good example of this trope. Upon being repeatedly assailed by the Boogeyman character, Alice finds out that [[spoiler: the only reason he has been terrorizing her was because she abandoned him when she was still a child and he needed her to remember him in order to maintain his existence. These emotions manifested themselves gradually into an obsessive, parasitic kind of love.]]
* Sydney Carton gets one of these in Creator/CharlesDickens' ''ATaleOfTwoCities''. Charles Darnay gets a much more subdued (read: dull) one later on. Considering how Chaz is the DesignatedHero and Syd the TroubledButCute ButtMonkey, it still is kind of a pain to see Lucy swoon over the milquetoast.
* From C. Dickens' ''Literature/GreatExpectations'' by an older Pip, to [[spoiler: Estella.]]:
--> "`Out of my thoughts! You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. [...] You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made, are not more real, or more impossible to be displaced by your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be. [[spoiler: Estella]], to the last hour of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, pad of the little good in me, part of the evil. But, in this separation I associate you only with the good, and I will faithfully hold you to that always, for you must have done me far more good than harm, let me feel now what sharp distress I may. O God bless you, God forgive you!'
* Dickens seems fond of these - but when Literature/DavidCopperfield tries it, it rather backfires, what with his paramour Dora breaking down into sobs, David trying to calm her down, and her yippy dog barking his head off the entire time.
* Mr. Darcy delivers a speech like this to Elizabeth Bennet halfway through ''PrideAndPrejudice''. This one might be trope-defining. Darcy's anguish over his distaste for Elizabeth's family injures her pride, so she rejects him. [[spoiler: Consequently, his reaffirmation of his feelings at the end is a bit more humble.]]
* Laurie's proposal to Jo in ''Literature/LittleWomen'' -- he doesn't fare any better than Mr. Darcy, especially because Jo ''does'' only like him as a friend and not even this will change her mind.
** Jo herself does have a better return rate when she sobs out her confession to her until-then BigBrotherMentor Fritz, who agrees wholeheartedly. Laurie, on the other hand, [[SecondLove marries]] [[SettleForSibling Jo's youngest sister Amy.]]
* Captain Wentworth's declaration of love to Anne Elliot in ''Persuasion''. [[spoiler:"You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago." Don't worry, Captain Wentworth. You've nothing to fear.]]
* Gilbert Blythe's proposal to Anne in ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' -- she likes him more than anyone, but as a friend.
** Well, the combination of an overactive imagination and reading too many romance novels could color one's view of love, so this one might be [[JustifiedTrope Justified]].
* Somewhat heartbreaking in ''Grave Peril,'' book 3 of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles.'' Harry's suffering from self-inflicted poison and is imprisoned by a vengeful vampiress. He regains consciousness to find that Susan, his girlfriend (who he's been having trouble confessing his love toward) is in the room with him... [[spoiler:and has been half-turned into a vampire herself. If she feeds deeply enough to kill a human, as her new instincts are pushing her to do, she'll turn completely into a monster, and the poison will likely kill her afterward. Harry tries to use magic to break through to her, but it doesn't work - until, desperately, he says that he loves her. Some combination of magic, desperation, and love breaks through to Susan, and the two manage to escape and burn the vampiress's mansion to the ground. Afterward, Susan, suffering blood-hunger due to her new half-vampire status, leaves Harry because she has trouble sorting out her new vampiric urges with her desire for Harry, and she doesn't want to hurt him. The story ends up very, very tragically.]]
* Edward in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' makes one of these in the meadow scene. He confesses his love for Bella at the same time as he tells her how hard it is for him not to kill her.
* The narrator of ''The Invention of Morel'', after pursuing an obviously disinterested Faustine for days, finally throws himself at her feet and proclaims his love for her. [[spoiler:Too bad she doesn't know he exists.]]
** And then there's the ending. [[spoiler:He makes it looks like they were in love and kills himself by doing so. It's complicated and and bit tragic.]]
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': Crowfeather to Leafpool, after [[spoiler:saving her from falling off a cliff]].
-->'''Crowfeather''': [[spoiler:Is that what you think? Don't you know how I feel about you? And how much I hate myself for feeling that way about another cat so soon after Feathertail's death? I loved her, I really did! How can I love you too?]]
* ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' starts out like this. Beautifully done due to WilliamGoldman's trademark writing style: he makes two pages of buildup seem like half a book's worth.
* Taran delivers an elegantly subtle one of these to amnesiac Princess Eilonwy in the third book of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' in an attempt to restore her memory.
* In the ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' series, DepravedBisexual Captain John Randall, during his VillainousBreakdown, repeatedly confesses to Jamie that he loves him, all while sobbing uncontrollably and kissing him. Unfortunately for poor Jamie, he incurs Randall's psychotic wrath when he refuses Randall's order to tell him that he loves him too.
* Professor Radcliff Emerson, realizing that he might very well die that night, gives Literature/AmeliaPeabody a long, passionate kiss - even at the risk of living to face the consequences, which turn out to be a long and happy marriage.
* In ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'', Victor, the resident [[TheStoic Stoic]] makes a calm but still very anguished (they're surrounded by enemies and most everybody's wounded) declaration to Amelia that he does love her and wants to marry her, if they survive.
* PlayedForDrama in a short story in Creator/OrsonScottCard's "The Worthing Chronicle", when a movie star does it to a fellow actress. [[ThrowItIn While the camera is rolling]]. After she wraps the shoot with some brilliant improv and gets her HumanPopsicle vacation, she wakes up years later and finds out that [[DrivenToSuicide he was dead serious]].
* In ''Lies'', the third book of the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series, when [[spoiler: Diana finally admits that she loves Caine (while, at the same time, calling him a "sick twisted creep".), just as he's about to kill Sanjit and the other island kids.]] Before falling off a cliff, no less. You don't get more anguished than that, even in the GONE series...
** ...Until the next book in the GONE series, PLAGUE , where Dekka Talent admits her feelings to heterosexual best friend Brianna...[[spoiler: whilst getting flesh eating bugs removed from her stomach in emergency life saving surgery.]] Making Diana's confession pretty damn casual.
* Literature/JaneEyre delivers an epic one when she thinks she's to be separated from Rochester - but it's also calling him out on how he's been using her mercilessly, acting as if she has no feelings just because she is not a gentlewoman.
* There are several occasions of this in the XWingSeries. Kell Tainer makes one to Tyria Sarkin early in ''Wraith Squadron''. She rebuffs him, because she thinks he's LovingAShadow. Later in the book, after getting to know her rather than judging by appearances and how good they would look together, he tries again, saying that he wants to win her heart - and she tackles him. She'd been attracted since the beginning, but had wanted him to see her for herself before making a move.
* At the end of PiersAnthony's ''[[Literature/ApprenticeAdept OutOfPhaze]]'', Fleta had reached the DespairEventHorizon after determining she and Mach would never be allowed to be together and being his mistress was the best she could hope for. The Red Adept gave her an amulet that would ModeLock her, so she couldn't [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting reflexively form change]] and save herself. Mach discovers her throwing herself off a cliff. Mach screams the [[TheScottishTrope "Triple Thee"]] (Phaze's ultimate oath of love) at her. [[ThePowerOfLove The power of the oath]] combined with his own magic power to overwhelm Red's amulet, allowing Fleta to change to firefly form and survive.
* Catherine Earnshaw gets one of the best in literature in ''Literature/WutheringHeights.'' Unfortunately she doesn't make it ''to'' Heathcliff.
--->''It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him: and that not because he's handsome, Nelly, but because he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same; and Linton's is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.''
** An eavesdropping Heathcliff overhears only the part where it would degrade her to marry him; cue a RoaringRampageOfRevenge and decades of misery for everyone in the book.
* In ''Checkmate'', last book of the LymondChronicles:
-->She said, "Then tell me that what you feel for me is an infatuation. That you object to being tied. That, like poor Jane Shore's lover, you find yourself more amorous of my body than curious of my soul? Then I should agree with you. That I should want to be spared."\\
A trickle of wax, occasioned by the draught of her movement, ran like an escaping spirit down the stem of a candle and there stiffened, extinguished as an unwanted emotion. Lymond drew an uneven breath. "What is temptation, if not that?"\\
"Then tell me," [[spoiler: Philippa]] said. "And make me believe it."\\
It was a moment before he replied. Then the shut mouth curled, in something not quite a smile. "Gould bydeth ever bright... It would be a pity to cloud it," he said. "That is one blasphemy I cannot bring myself to commit. I love you, [[spoiler: Philippa]], in every way known to man."
* In JackCampbell's TheLostFleet novel ''Invincible'', Geary [[DirtyBusiness has to read]] a letter between two StarCrossedLovers. As he expects, it contains this: he declares that his feelings are incapable of changing and therefore they must not meet again. She on receiving it declares that she must not respond to it.
* In ''Literature/CalebWilliams'', the titular hero declares his love for his employer in Ch. 3 of Vol. II – at the end of a heated argument.
--> "Sir, I could die to serve you! I love you more than I can express. I worship you as a being of a superior nature."
* Depending on how you view the character, Peeta's confession of loving Katniss can come off as this in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. He is, after all, a sixteen year-old who knows he's going to be killed on national television in a couple of days and the girl he loves is going into the arena with him.
* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' : Clary gets one from Simon and another from Jace, while [[spoiler:Jocelyn gets one from Luke in the third book]]. Magnus's is more of an Irritated Declaration Of Love, when [[spoiler:Alec demands to know why he hasn't called him back]], resulting in this exchange:
-->Magnus: You're an idiot.\\
[[spoiler:Alec]]: Is ''that'' why you didn't call me? Because I'm an idiot?\\
Magnus: No. I didn't call you because I'm tired of you only wanting me around when you need something. [[AllLoveIsUnrequited I'm tired of watching you be in love with someone else]]- someone, incidentally, [[IncompatibleOrientation who will never love you back]]. Not the way I do.\\
[[spoiler:Alec]]: You ''love'' me?\\
Magnus: You stupid [[spoiler:Nephilim]]. Why else am I here? Why else would I have spent the past few weeks patching up all your moronic friends everytime they got hurt? And getting you out of every ridiculous situation you found yourself in? Not to mention helping you win a battle against Valentine. And all completely free of charge!\\
[[spoiler:Alec]]: I hadn't looked at it that way.\\
Magnus: Of course not. You never looked at it in any way. I'm seven hundred years old, [[spoiler:Alexander]]. I know when something isn't going to work. You won't even admit I exist to your parents.
* In the third book of ''Literature/TheRubyRedTrilogy'', ''Emerald Green'', [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Gideon]] [[spoiler: makes one to Gwyneth when she's dying. Well, kind of dying.]]
* In ''Literature/TheLastWish'' Eist Tuiseach tells Queen Calanthe he loves her after she's been thrown against the wall by [[spoiler:her daughter's latent magical gift run amok. With some help from Geralt everyone makes it and Calanthe and Eist Tuiseach marry later.]]
* In the Literature/DragonridersOfPern prequel book, ''Dragonsdawn'': Tarvi Andiyar makes one to his wife, Sallah Telgar, who was kidnapped and stranded on one of the derelict colony ships. She's running out of air and they have no way of prepping one of the remaining shuttles to rescue her. Tarvi pours his heart out to her as it's clear she's out of time. [[Tearjerker/{{Literature}} This was the first time he'd ever actually told her he loved her.]] [[MeaningfulRename He changed]] his and their children's names to "Telgar" in tribute.
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* ''{{Smallville}}'', Clark and Lana frequently in the earlier seasons.
** Whitney gives one of these to Lana at the end of Season One, before shipping out to Marine Corps training.
** ''Fever'', Chloe does this when Clark falls very ill due to a [[KryptoniteFactor kryptonite]]-induced [[TitleDrop fever]]. [[spoiler:Becomes a huge TearJerker when he mutter's [[SatelliteLoveInterest Lana]]'s name.]]
** Early in Season 4, Jason tells an unconscious Lana "If only you knew how much you mean to me..." Unfortunately, this is overheard by Lex Luthor.
** In ''Traveller'', Chloe confesses her [[{{LikeBrotherAndSister}} (now platonic) love]] to Clark, to Jor-El of all people when she begs him to help her rescue Clark.
** Lionel Luthor, after being an ArchnemesisDad for most of his son {{LexLuthor}}'s life, realizes he made a terrible mistake and in an anguished voice tells Lex that he loves him after all. Unfortunately, by this point, Lex is so brimming with hate, and has transitioned enough towards the dark side, that he pretty much just rejects his father's love.
** During the epic final season, Clark and LoisLane unlock a dormant message from the Fortress of Solitude's databanks: the final message left for Clark by Jor-El and Lara, recorded during Krypton's last moments. Clark's biological parents sorrowfully wish him goodbye, and lay out their hopes and dreams for their beloved son.
* In ''AsTimeGoesBy'' rugby enthusiast sputters out his confession of love for Sandy just before he is going to emigrate to Canada. Something he's been too tongue-tied to do up to that point. She accepts and the rest of the episode involves her rushing to pack so she can go with him that afternoon.
* In TheMightyBoosh, episode Tundra, Howard unexpectedly admits his feelings for Vince after they are left for dead:
-->'''Howard:''' This is difficult for me, but I feel as though I should say it... I love you Vince.\\
(Vince laughs)\\
'''Howard:''' What are you doing?\\
'''Vince:''' Nothing.\\
'''Howard:''' Are you laughing?\\
'''Vince:''' No.\\
'''Howard:''' You better not be laughing. I'm telling you I ''love'' you, how dare you laugh at me?\\
'''Vince:''' You're making me laugh.\\
'''Howard:''' That is so humiliating.\\
'''Vince:''' You just caught me off guard, it was out of the blue.\\
'''Howard''' (distraught) I'm telling you I love you, and you're laughing!\\
'''Vince:''' Well, I love you.\\
'''Howard:''' No you don't. You're just saying it because I said it to you. It doesn't work that way, it doesn't ''mean'' anything.\\
'''Vince:''' (sincere) No. I ''love'' you.
* ''{{Coupling}}'', "The Girl With One Heart." A series of misunderstandings leads Patrick's current girlfriend (who's bi) to flirt with Sally, who's in love with Patrick... only Sally doesn't know she's being flirted with. When everything comes out, Sally ends up shouting in frustration that she's not in love with the girlfriend, she's in love with Patrick.
** This happens rather frequently to the characters on ''Coupling''. See also Steve, in the middle of a truly impressive rant about how natural it is for men to want to watch porn, accidentally letting it slip out that he wants to spend the rest of his life with Susan.
* In the episode "Heart of Stone" in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Kira extracts one of these from Odo. Or rather...[[spoiler:a Changeling disguised as Kira does so, allowing the real Kira to remain oblivious of his feelings [[CannotSpitItOut for another two and a half seasons]]]].
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Only their imminent death through oxygen deprivation gives B'Elanna Torres the courage to tell Tom Paris she loves him (next moment they're beamed to safety). Likewise the EMH blurts out his feelings for Seven of Nine (in front of half the senior officers) when he thinks his program is going to shut down forever. Unfortunately he's repaired a few seconds later, much to his embarrassment. Unfortunately for both him and the fans [[LastMinuteHookup Seven ends up with Chakotay]].
** Also, when the 37s are discovered, Fred Noonan (Amelia Earhart's navigator) gets shot in the chest and taken to sickbay. Thinking he will die, he confesses his love to Earhart. However, he is then healed by the Doctor and embarrassed, tries to take back his confession.
* ''{{Frasier}}'' has two (and several near-misses) of Niles declaring his unending love for Daphne. The first occurred during an impressive tango dance at his country club where he blurted out how much he adored her and she reciprocated. Unfortunately his joy ended when he realized she had assumed they were putting on a show for his condescending friends. The second occurred on the night before her wedding to another man. Niles suddenly assured her he would divorce his wife and run away with Daphne if there was even the slightest chance Daphne had feelings for him.
* Subverted on ''Series/MySoCalledLife'', where Brian is portrayed as more of a stalker of Angela than a friend, and when he finally [[CanNotSpitItOut Spits it Out]], it disgusts her more than anything.
** She isn't disgusted. She chooses Jordan in the end, but she was more tender with him in that moment then she was with anyone else in the whole series.
* In "Benefits", a season 4 episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Robin and Ted start having casual sex again to take the friction out of rooming together. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Barney]], who has been in love with Robin since the end of the third season ([[AllergicToLove and not dealing with it too well]]), is heartbroken by this and accidentally blurts out his secret ''three times'', first to Ted and Marshall and twice to Robin... only the first two times, he covers awkwardly and is believed, and the third time, Robin is completely oblivious to the idea he could mean it like that. Robin explains why she and Ted stopped sleeping together:
--> '''Robin:''' You know what a romantic he is. He can't separate the physical from the emotional. He's all like--\\
'''Barney (sincere):''' I love you!\\
'''Robin:''' Exactly! He's not like you. You know? And besides, we're friends, and I don't wanna screw that up by getting involved. Dating friends never works out. So, uh, you want to get a taco?\\
'''Barney:''' ... A taco?\\
'''Robin:''' You love them, remember?
** Barney does it again, a few seasons later, in Splitsville [[spoiler: when trying to break up Robin and her current boyfriend, Nick.]]
* In ''TheNanny'': "[[SlapSlapKiss Well you're a...you walk like a...marry me!]]"
* ''Series/GetSmart''. Max and 99 finally admit they love each other while trapped in a corridor with two KAOS agents trying to break down the doors. 99 then thinks up a DoorJudo idea to get them out of the situation. Afterwards Max asks why she waited till ''after'' his LoveConfession before suggesting this brilliant idea. 99 says coyly that she didn't have as much to live for, and the two walk off arm in arm.
* On ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', after 2 seasons of [[CanNotSpitItOut not being brave enough]] to tell Pam how he feels, Jim finally comes clean with a supremely anguished declaration in "Casino Night". She doesn't take it well, setting up another full season of [[WillTheyOrWontThey dancing around the subject.]] Eventually it all gets [[TheyDo figured out.]]
** Also occurs in the [[FollowTheLeader British version]] of ''Series/{{The Office|UK}}'' during the Season 2 finale, when Tim ([[CuttingTheElectronicLeash presumably]]) admits love for and is rejected by Dawn.
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' this happens many times between Stefan and Elena.
** A few times between Damon and Elena.
* In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'''s ''Children of Earth'' miniseries [[spoiler:Ianto, [[DyingDeclarationOfLove knowing he has minutes to live]], breaks down in tears and tells Jack he loves him.]] Right before he [[spoiler: [[TearJerker begs Jack not to forget about him.]]]]
** When Owen is revived using the Resurrection Glove after being shot in the episode "Reset", Toshiko confesses her love to him, thinking it is their last goodbye. When a fluke with the Glove makes him permanently undead, she tries to explain and he says he knows she didn't mean it, ("You're losing something, and suddenly you desperately desire it.") even though she does. In "Exit Wounds", after both Tosh and Owen are both KilledOffForReal, Gwen, Jack and Ianto find a time-locked video from Tosh that again declares love to Owen. Obviously, when she recorded it, she didn't know Owen would be dead too.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Lennier declares his love for Delenn while they are aboard a crippled White Star that is apparently about to be attacked and destroyed. The attack is aborted at the last moment, and they are rescued.
* ''{{Skins}}'': Emily and Naomi have just spent their first night together. Emily is quite a bit more okay with being gay than Naomi, which is why Naomi tries to sneak away the morning after. It doesn't work.
-->'''Emily:''' Naomi? No! You fucking... No! Stop right now. Don't you ''dare'' leave me in your bed again!\\
'''Naomi:''' I-I got to go...\\
'''Emily:''' I know you, Naomi! I know that you are ''lonely!'' I think that you ''need'' someone to want you! Well, I do want you! [[{{Gayngst}} So... please be brave... and want me back!]]
** Done again in reverse at the end of Series 4.
* After spending half a season fighting over who should be the first to say those three words, eight letters, ''GossipGirl''s Blair Waldorf finally says them to Chuck Bass but it doesn't go so well:
-->'''Blair''': The worst thing you've ever done, the darkest thought you've ever had, I will stand by you through ''anything''.\\
'''Chuck''': And why would you do that?\\
'''Blair''': Because I ''love'' you.\\
'''Chuck''': Well, that's too bad.
** After Chuck later mocks her declaration of love Blair gives up on him for the next half of the season... Only to give him a second anguished declaration of love in the season finale. He doesn't say it back this time either (but does come around by the end of the episode).
* ''TheMentalist'''s Rigsby makes one of these. [[spoiler: it takes a while to get through to Van Pelt]]. Also, [[spoiler: Bosco and Lisbon]].
* This is how Rose finally confesses to the Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho''. And the Doctor is cut off right before he gets to reciprocate with one himself.
** Also River to the Eleventh Doctor in "The Wedding of River Song." Although "By so many, and so much, and by no-one more than me." seemed to have a slightly better success rate than the usual.
* Jack does this in [[Series/StargateSG1 SG-1]] talking about Sam. "I care about her...a lot more than I'm supposed to."
* Soaps opera have this, all the time. Love in the afternoon? More like heartbreak in the afternoon, with some grief sex.
** In GuidingLight Olivia finally confessed her feelings for Natalia in an anguish cry, in a graveyard, before Natalia's wedding. If that wasn't heartbreaking enough Natalia almost got her own confession out but Olivia stopped her because [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy she was afraid how their love could affect Natalia's chance for happiness.]]
* ''ICarly'': Carly does one of these as Freddie starts to believe that she only likes him because he saved her life. It doesn't work, and Freddie breaks up with her, despite Freddie having had a crush on Carly since the day he met her.
* In ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' after being reset to original programming Cameron makes one of these to John while trying to convince him not to remove her chip. This is a bit complicated, as while she's a RobotGirl saying it to manipulate him, the simulated emotion appears very real, and he's aware that she's more advanced than other Terminators, but not to what degree. And the second part of her claim "and you love me" probably hit a bit close.
* In the episode "Lancelot and Guinevere" from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', Merlin finally manages to get one out of Arthur:
--> '''Merlin''': Why can't you just admit your feelings for Gwen? It's so obvious. A blind man could see it. Is it really that hard to admit you like her? Just say it.\\
'''Arthur''': I can't! How can I admit that I think about her all the time. Or that...I care about her more than anyone. How can I admit that...I don't know what I'll do if any harm comes to her?\\
'''Merlin''': Why can't you?\\
'''Arthur''': Because nothing can ever happen between us! To admit my feelings knowing that...hurts too much.
** And just to rub salt in the wound, when Arthur finally finds Gwen, it turns out that Lancelot got there first...
* Santana tearfully confesses her love for her best friend Brittany on ''Series/{{Glee}}''. Doubly anguished since it also counts as the beginning of her ComingOutStory.
-->'''Santana:''' I wanted to thank you for performing that song with me in Glee-club. Because it made me do a lot of thinking. And what I realized... is why I am such a bitch all the time. I'm a bitch because I am angry. I'm angry because I have all these feelings. Feelings for you... that I am afraid of dealing with. Because I am afraid of dealing with the consequences. I... I can't even go to a Indigo Girls concert, I just can't.\\
'''Brittany:''' I understand that.\\
'''Santana:''' ...Do you understand what I am trying to say here?\\
'''Brittany:''' ...No, not really.\\
'''Santana:''' I want to be with you. But... I am afraid of the talks, and the looks. I mean, you know what happened to [[CampGay Kurt]] at this school.\\
'''Brittany:''' But honey, if anyone was to ever make fun of you, you would either kick their ass or slash them with your vicious, vicious words.\\
'''Santana:''' [Starts to cry] I know... I'm just so afraid of what everyone would say ''behind my back''. Still I have to accept... that I love you. ''I love you'', and I don't want to be with Sam, or Finn or any of those other guys. ''I just want you''. Please say you love me back! [[DidNotGetTheGirl ... Please...]]
** [[spoiler: It gets sadder when Brittany turns her down for Artie.]] I could never be truly mad at Brittany, but...
*** Brittany was ''with'' [[spoiler: Artie]]. The girl may not understand monogamy but she does get loyalty.
* It took 100 episodes for ''Series/{{Bones}}'' (the show, not the character) to get around to breaking the [[WillTheyOrWontThey will they/won't they]] pattern, but not [[TearJerker in they way we hoped]].
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS2E06Epidemiology Epidemiology]]" Troy does this to Abed right before Abed becomes infected, although whether to take it seriously is another matter.
* In the Season 3 finale of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Castle finally says "I love you" to Beckett just before she loses consciousness after being shot by a hit man. It is as yet unknown whether or not she will remember it.
** In the first episode of Season 4, Beckett tells Castle that she can't remember the shooting. However,[[spoiler: at the very end we learn that she lied. She remembers everything.]]
** In the finale of Season 4, there are two. [[spoiler:Castle first tells Beckett that he loves her (adding that he knows she knows about it) and confesses that he kept secrets from her to protect her.]] [[spoiler:After resigning from the police force, Beckett goes to Castle's loft to tell him that she nearly died, and the only thing she could think about is him. And that she loves him, too.]]
* In the special ''Franchise/TheMuppets Go to the Movies'', during the Japanese Monster Movie sketch "Invasion of the Unpleasant Things from Outer Space", Colonel O'Malley (Dudley Moore) gives one of these to Jean Trenton (Lily Tomlin) when it looks like the giant rats invading the Earth are unstoppable, while [[FunWithSubtitles the subtitles scroll by so fast Miss Trenton has trouble keeping up with them]]. It's also sappy enough that [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath the rats give up on their schemes of conquering the Earth and go home]].
-->'''Giant Rat:''' Three billion light years for ''this''?
-->'''Subtitles:'''' Squeak squeak--squeak.
* At the end of season 4 of ''Series/DocMartin'', Martin finally breaks down and admits how much Louisa really means to him. Because he's such an emotionally repressed, stuffed shirt normally this becomes impressive for him as he struggles to put aside his StiffUpperLip tendencies and speak from his heart.
** Parodied earlier, with Pauline, who notes that Doc Martin is so terrible at demonstrating emotions that a simple expression of affection comes across like this trope.
-->Pauline: Thank God! I thought you were going to say that you were in love with me or something. After all that bumbling . . .
* ''DowntonAbbey'': Anna to Mr Bates. Which is then [[MomentKiller promptly interrupted]] - O HAI THAR HAYCART!!!
** And in season 2, Branson to Sybil just before she starts her training as a nurse.
-->'''Branson:''' I can't keep it in any longer.\\
'''Sybil:''' I wish you would.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Spike is on the point of blurting this out in the Season 5 episode "Crush", when a [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman shocked]] and [[SickAndWrong disgusted]] Buffy stops him, well aware of what he's about to say despite being clueless [[StalkerWithACrush as to his odd behaviour up to then]] -- Dawn had tipped Buffy off earlier that Spike was [[FoeYay smitten]], but Buffy refused to believe it. Buffy violently denies that Spike feels true love -- or that she has romantic feelings in return [[spoiler: until the Season 7 GrandFinale when she tells Spike as he's making a HeroicSacrifice that she loves him too (this is the first time she's told ''any'' boyfriend she loved them since her disastrous affair with Angel). In a subversion of the trope Spike replies, "No you don't, but it was nice of you to say so."]]
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''. InvertedTrope, in the movie. It was more like an Anguished Declaration of Admiration/Desperation. Justin and Alex may have IncestSubtext coming out of every orifice, but saying they love each other is the one thing they refuse to do. This is {{lampshaded}} in "Delinquent Justin". They're probably saving the 'I love you' for a crowner in the final movie/finale.
** Which didn't happen - perhaps because TPTB felt that having that happen would take the focus off the wizard competition and onto Alex/Justin - which is probably why they made Mason a StalkerWithACrush on Alex, and had her eventually get back with him (sound familiar, anyone?).
* ''Series/CallTheMidwife'' has Dr Turner, who manages a ''completely nonverbal'' one when he helps Sister Bernadette clean up her hand after she's scraped it. He closes his eyes and [[IKissYourHand kisses her palm]] with a look of such desperation it's painfully clear just how much he loves her. Every moment they'd had before then could have been explained away, but with that gesture, everything changed and there was no turning back. Unfortunately, though she most certainly returns his feelings, she's a nun, which... complicates things, to say the least.
* Several in ''Series/PrincessReturningPearl'':
** Yong Qi has a hilarious yet still pretty anguished one to Xiao Yan Zi after she tries to matchmake him with another girl. [[CaptainOblivious It takes her a while]] [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe to believe him]].
** Xia Yu He declares her love to Qian Long before he leaves for Beijing, at the same time being GenreSavvy enough to realize that his love would never be as strong and faithful as hers, and confesses that she fears waiting the rest of her life for him.
** Er Kang also confesses his love for Zi Wei by telling her that his marriage prospects are not his own choices, or even the choices of his parents, and that his marriage will be decided by emperor, and there is next to no chance that the emperor will allow him to marry Zi Wei when he doesn’t even know Zi Wei exists.
* In ''Series/{{Dracula}}'', after being tricked by Lady Jayne into thinking Mina is in love with her, Lucy comes out to Mina and confesses her feelings.
--> '''Lucy:''' I broke things off with Alistair, did I tell you? Mother begged to know the reason, she would have flogged it out of me if she could. But I ''couldn't'' tell her -- wouldn't tell her. The reason I did it was you. I've always loved you Mina. I didn't realize it till now, but I now know that I always have.
* In the finale of ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}'', Quinn and Logan and up shouting out their love in front of the entire prom.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Jorah Mormont only admits his (rather blatant) love for his queen Daenerys Targaryen in "The Mountain and the Viper". [[spoiler:Unfortunately she's just found out that Jorah joined her service as TheMole for her enemies in Westeros, so it only infuriates her that such a man would dare speak of love.]]
* ''{{ER}}'': Doug [[RaceForYourLove races]] to Carol's engagement party to essentially play this twice:
--> "I love you, Carol, and ''you'' love ''me!''"
** Unfortunately, she denies both parts of his statement, screams at him to leave her alone and the whole thing culminates in her fiance punching him.
* ''Series/RedBandSociety'': The series starts with Emma and Leo having already broken up. In a later conversation, Emma considers that she and Leo are BetterAsFriends, and due to a misunderstanding, Leo agrees. After Jordi -- the hypotenuse of the show's LoveTriangle -- unwittingly exacerbates the tension between them, this conversation occurs:
-->'''Leo:''' You're the one who insisted that we should just be friends!\\
'''Emma:''' Well, I changed my mind, all right? I don't want to be friends!\\
'''Leo:''' Great! Neither do I! (''kisses Emma'')\\
'''[[{{Narrator}} Charlie]]:''' ''That'', my friends, is a declaration of love.
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* "Crown of Love" by ArcadeFire.
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* In Tom Stoppard's ''The Invention of Love'', Jackson mentions to Housman that his girlfriend thinks Housman is [[{{Gayngst}} in love with him]], and he asks him about that outright. He seems to deny it at first, protesting against the expression, but starts expounding male-friendships in a way which made Jackson understand that yes, he actually is.
* A line of Richard's in ''Theatre/ThrillMe'' doesn't use the word ''love'', but the flavor is very much there, especially given how attached Richard is to his own [[StrawNihilist intellectual superiority]]. Nathan says he [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything doesn't want to commit crimes with Richard anymore, but that Richard wouldn't need help breaking the law anyway]].
-->'''Richard:''' ''[reluctantly]'' ...I...I screw up without you.\\
'''Nathan:''' What?\\
'''Richard:''' I screw up without you, okay!\\
'''Nathan:''' ...You never said you needed me before.
* A very quiet example:
--> [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera "Christine, I love you"]]
** He's already quite torn up before saying this, but the tears kick in full force when she responds to his declaration by leaving him.
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* In ''[[FantasiaOtomeGameSeries Fantasia - Requiem of the Abyss]]'', Valen's confession to Cain was like this.
-->'''Valen''': It's because I LOVE YOU, DAMMMIIIITTTT!!!!
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', though the scene occurs before the declaration of love, Bastila's apology for being such a preachy jerk does sound (according to the player character) like she is "pulling teeth".
** Juhani [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuSjC_DOMVE&feature=related confessing her love]] of a female player character has more than an edge of desperation to it.
---> This may be the last time I will have a chance to talk to you. I just want you to know that I... that I... I... I care for you. I do not know why. I do not know if anything will be possible, or if you even return what I feel, but I do know it is there.\\
I am sorry if this upsets you. I am so sorry if I am wrong, but I cannot deny what it is that I feel.
* In one of the many parts cut due to ExecutiveMeddling, Atton Rand in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'' was supposed to face Sion in the end in a player-controlled fight. If he lost, he would die in the [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Jedi Exile's]] arms, and if female he'd make one of these.
--> "Loved you from the moment I first saw you. Thought you were a dream. Meant every word. Tried to play it off as a joke--wasn't funny."
* In order to romance [[spoiler: Naoto]] in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', the Protagonist has to perform this.
* In ''Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 1'', Shiki Mihara's confession is like this, especially if the heroine tries to say she's not good enough for him.
* In the ''SpyroTheDragon'' game ''Dawn Of the Dragon'', as the world is litterally ending around them and the only chance to save it might very well require a HeroicSacrifice, [[spoiler: Cynder chooses to stay with Spyro and admits her love for him as the last words she says in the series. Thankfully, they live to enjoy their HappilyEverAfter.]]
* Played with in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld''. Marta's love for Emil is well known, even as it changes from infatuation with an idea of him to truly falling for the real Emil. Even so, Marta [[spoiler: tearfully shouting while asking if she ever meant anything to Emil in chapter 8, then burying her head into his chest and telling him she want to be with him might be considered one, even if it's not exactly a confession of love. Emil nervously tells Marta that he loves her, though she cuts him off at the end with a kiss. His confession is not all that anguised, but it does come out during a pretty heartwrenching moment, as it may be the last time the two of them will get a chance to make their feelings for each other known.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2'', as her ChildhoodFriend and slave Daphnis is about to perform a HeroicSacrifice to give her the chance go escape, Elissa interrupts and throw off her cold-merchant persona with an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove as they [[TakingYouWithMe prepare to die killing as many slavers as possible]].
* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'': Riki does this to Mio when he [[LoveEpiphany suddenly realises that he loves her]] right before [[spoiler:she disappears and lets Midori take her place.]] She doesn't believe him, claiming that [[LovingAShadow he only feels pity for her]]. [[spoiler:When he manages to get her back later, she accepts.]]
* Facing his impending death, Kudou declares that he's always loved ''VideoGame/{{Misao}}'' and pleads for her to at least recognize his feelings. [[spoiler:Her spirit appears before him, but only to declare she never felt the same way]].
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', Laurent's love declaration to Lucina during their S support has whiffs of this:
-->'''Laurent''': "You're Chrom's daughter, and in your veins runs the blood of exalts and heroes... [[InsecureLoveInterest So how could a common man such as I ever be worthy of you?"]]
** If she's romanced by a male Avatar, Lucina can give him one as well.
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* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Refan]] and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Khalid]] end up confessing their feelings to [[TheLadette Ax]]. In Khalid's case it's particularly heartbreaking because he does it while also releasing Ax from their fake marriage, which will have grave repercussions for himself and the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sarquil]] tribes.
* In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0393.html this]] ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' strip , Haley, who's suffering from aphasia, [[{{Angrish}} can only gibber meaninglessly]] as [[EvilTwin Nale]] tries to convince Elan that Haley's fallen for Nale, gone evil and is trying to sell out the party. Haley finally breaks through her aphasia to scream, "I THOUGHT HE WAS YOU! I'M IN LOVE WITH YOU, AND I THOUGHT I WAS KISSING YOU!".
* Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', hasn't gotten to make one of these to ''Agatha'' yet but has twice declared his love for her to her best friend. First he was anguished because there was [[spoiler: strong evidence that she was in fact the BigBad]], but the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090327 second time]] he was only anguished because the best friend kept ''hitting'' him whenever he asked her to relay a message she considered stupid, like "I am anxious to speak to her so that we can overcome our mutual obstacles."
-->'''Gil:''' Ow! Why are you hitting me?! I love her and I want to help her!\\
'''Zeetha:''' Now ''that'', I'll pass along.
** [[TheLancer Tarvek]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110905 gave one]] to Agatha, [[{{Subtext}} without actually going out and saying it.]]
** It looks like Airman Higgs is [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130318 starting one for Zeetha now.]] [[spoiler: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130320 She accepted it]]]].
* ''DeptHeavenApocrypha'' has this happen while Milanor is trying to talk a distraught and slightly-less-than-sane Nessiah down from losing it completely; Nessiah winds up confessing while trying to figure out what to say. [[spoiler:This is mirrored later on when Milanor has to try to convince Nessiah that his feelings are genuine, under rather unfavorable circumstances.]]
* There is one of these in ''[[http://www.fictionpress.com/secure/story/story_preview.php?storyid=2718227&chapter=1 Fragile]]''. When Severin (who is already in a relationship with Page) [[spoiler:temporarily regains a stable mental state after having gone insane]], he tells Page he loves him. At first Page thinks that Severin is merely telling him something he already knows, but then [[spoiler:it turns out that Severin's lack of control over his mind has caused him to forget about their relationship.]]
* ''MayonakaDensha'': Hatsune, while trapped inside a bank that's being held up by a group of American bank robbers, notices Tom in the crowd outside and screams out the window that she loves him. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he couldn't hear her over the crowd.]]
* Lucy in ''BittersweetCandyBowl'' finally admits to [[spoiler:[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c51/p11.html her feelings for Mike]]. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned.]]
* Parodied in ''WebVideo/ATrailerForEveryAcademyAwardWinningMovieEver''.
--> '''''[+Passionate plea!+]''''' ''[-Whisper of repetition...-]''
* In the ''{{Neopets}}'' plot, the "Faeries Ruin", [[spoiler:Brynn]] tries to tell [[spoiler:Hanso]] that she loves him, when it seems like [[spoiler:Hanso is joining Xandra]], but [[FalseStart she doesn't get to finish]]. [[spoiler:However, it turns out that Hanso was pulling a bit of a BatmanGambit anyway...]]
* Most relationships in ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' are casual or weird, but every now and again someone tries to express something deeper, usually in a comedic and confusing way. At one point, Gary receives a confused declaration from Yuki -- when she's not even clear that she's not a lesbian, and in front of another, naked, woman who's making a play for him. Much later, he in turn tries to tell her he loves her (again in a scene involving nudity, it's [[SexComedy that sort of comic]]) ... and discovers that he can't, because he's not sure it's true.
* Goes a little sideways in ''MeAndMyDick'':
-->'''[[ChildhoodFriendRomance Sally]]''': Um, Joey... I love you.\\
'''Joey''': [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Thanks, friend, I love you too]].\\
'''Sally''': No, no, no... Joey, when I say "I love you", I wanna say something more. What I'm trying to say is... I '''like''' you!
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2008-11-28 Slick manages to make one.]]
* TheLizzieBennetDiaries, a VlogSeries adaptation of ''PrideAndPrejudice'', naturally follows in the footsteps of the original.
* Telling the person you live with and are in a polyarmorous friends with benefits situation involving power plays and BDSM that you love them is not easy, of course, but Ally of ''Webcomic/{{Sunstone}}'' manages to complicate it further by being stone drunk.
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* Leela's sudden admittance of love for Fry in the face of danger and possible death in the final scene of ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder]]'', after ten years of not returning his feelings and at the ''worst'' possible time. [[spoiler:They got better.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventuresHowISpentMyVacation'', Babs attempts to give one to Buster right when it seems they're going to go over a cliff, but Buster shushes her, saying "I feel the same way."
* ''CampLazlo'': Late into the series, Jane gets engaged to Pothole [=McPucker=] and throws a party. Lumpus sneaks in, dressed as a woman, and finally confesses his feelings. Since he's in a dress, everyone thinks it's a woman confessing her love to Pothole. Pothole's response? "[[AttractiveBentGender Sorry, Jane, she's hot.]]" It's all set up for a later episode where [[spoiler:Jane's wedding falls apart, and Lumpus finally tells her then. [[EarnYourHappyEnding They marry.]]]]
* ''SpaceBoyfriend'': The {{cliffhanger}} has Ben finally confess his love to Veronica. We'll never know the answer.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbmHgLH4xyM Helga gives one to Arnold]] in ''[[HeyArnold Hey Arnold!: The Movie]]'' complete with a [[TheBigDamnKiss kiss]].
-->'''Helga''': I LOVE YOU! Who else do you think has been [[StalkerWithACrush stalking you night and day?]] [[StalkerShrine Building shrines to you in a closet; filling volumes of books with poems about you?]] I love you, Arnold! I've always loved you ever since I've laid eyes on your STUPID football head, and from that moment, and every moment since I've lived and dreamed for you and dreamed of the moment where I can tell you my sacred feelings, I could grab you and kiss you and... OH COME HERE YA BIG LUG! [kisses Arnold]
** [[spoiler: Then at the end of the movie, she denies it, but only because Arnold asked her if she was being serious, implying he didn't believe her. She could have argued further, but she was more than happy [[StatusQuoIsGod to keep things back to how they once were]]]].
* Done in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' with Stewie and Brian:
-->'''Stewie''': I like you lot. I guess you could say I... really like you. I would... even dare to go a little further, perhaps. I... care a great deal about you. Very great deal. Maybe even... deeper than that. I... I... I love you. [[MoodWhiplash I mean, you know, not in like a, "Hey, let's, you know, let's have an underpants party," or whatever grownups do when they're in love,]] but I mean, I mean, I love you as one loves another person whom one simply cannot do without.
* Cindy gets one in ''JimmyNeutron'' when she believes they're going to die... only that she never '''actually''' says it.
-->'''Cindy:''' "Jimmy, I just wanted to tell you that... that I lo... lo..."\\
'''Jimmy:''' "LOVE POTION! That's it! Thanks, Cindy!" *kisses her cheek and runs off*\\
'''Cindy:''' "...I wasn't gonna say LOVE!"
* Spike the dragon from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' carried a silent crush for Rarity the unicorn during 36 episodes. But at the climax of the episode "Secret of my Excess" both of them are plummeting from a mountain to their deaths, so Spike decides to finally break his silence:
-->'''Spike:''' "Rarity? I need to tell you something! Just in case we don't make it! I-I've always sort of had a crush-"
** Rarity interrupts him by placing her hoof in his mouth, then she gives him the tenderest of smiles and starts crying. ''She knew. She knew all along.''
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' takes a page from that with [[spoiler: Dipper and Wendy. After being seperated from Mabel and Soos and encountering the nightmarish ShapeShifter, this occurs when Dipper believes he may have hurt Wendy. It was the duplicate though, with the real Wendy behind him. She heard his confession and while flattered, they end up as BetterAsFriends for now.]]
* ''HomeMovies'' - Brendon pushes himself on Cynthia a bit too much at a Battle Of The Bands competition - as she runs off, he runs onstage and, grabbing a microphone, declares in a highly embarrassing manner that he's "in LIKE" with her.
* In ''AngelsFriends'': [[spoiler: Raf to Sulfus in episode 26.]]
* ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'': In the pilot Chris gives one to Beth in order to defeat a monster that feeds on pent-up emotions. Subverted in that she doesn't hear it over her laughter.
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* Can often be TruthInTelevision for many people. Admitting you love somebody, especially if its someone who for some reason or another you know doesn't or can't love you back, can be awkward, embarrassing, scary, sad or all four concurrently.
** Face it, we've all either been on the receiving end of one of these, know somebody who has or even been the one giving it.
* One afternoon, the Reverend Arthur Nicholls declared out of the blue his passionate attachment to Creator/CharlotteBronte, who wasn't interested at all - until her father drove Nicholls out of the parish. Whereupon the canny Reverend began to write Charlotte desperate and touching love letters... and persuaded her to meet him secretly... and the upshot was they got married!
** The downshot is that [[DownerEnding she died soon after their wedding; while pregnant with her first child.]] [[BittersweetEnding But after the happiest year of her rather miserable life.]]
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