->'''Alex:''' I, uh...\\
'''Emma:''' [[TropeNamer I uh you too.]]
-->-- ''Film/AlexAndEmma''

When a character can't bring themselves to properly confess their love, so they either make a statement to similar effect or one that is totally unrelated. The character on the receiving end of the pseudo-confession usually understands what they mean, often responding with something along the lines of "I [first character's statement] too."

Sometimes involves EmotionallyTongueTied. May be related to CannotSpitItOut. Compare AbortedDeclarationOfLove.



* An advertisement for Bud Light has a man with trouble spitting out "I love you" to his ladyfriend but has no such problems when it comes to his beer.
* An ad for M&Ms had a woman confessing her love to Red. He replies with the uninspiring ([[MathematiciansAnswer but technically correct]]) statement, "I love... too."

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the Franchise/{{Gundam}} universe:
** ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'': Domon Kasshu. [[spoiler: Then again, when Domon DOES spit it out in the middle of an IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight to the {{Brainwashed}} Rain, it's BOTH a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome ''and'' a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming moment]]. [[ThePowerOfLove And it freaking saves the world]].]]
** And let's not forget Garrod Ran from ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'', who's so scared of being rejected by the BarrierMaiden he has a crush on (since poor Tiffa's been treated like an object for most of her life) that he can't bring himself to spit it out, since he thinks he'll be no better than her previous abusive caretakers.
* In ''Manga/{{Is}}'', this is how the OfficialCouple ''finally'' spits it out.
-->[[spoiler:'''Iori:''' Whom did you want to confess to?\\
'''Ichitaka:''' Uh... you.\\
'''Iori:''' ...I thought it was one-sided.]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Even in the very last chapter, ''some'' people ''still'' can't get over their chronic CannotSpitItOut disorder.
--->[[spoiler:'''Ed:''' Winry! Uh... Um... How do I say this? Er... Like an appointment, or a promise, right?\\
'''Winry:''' Huh? Just spit it out.\\
'''Ed:''' [[WackyMarriageProposal Equivalent exchange. I'll give you half my life... so give me half of yours!]]\\
'''Winry:''' ''[confused, then frustrated]'' Argh, why are alchemists like this?]]
** Of course, [[spoiler:Winry]]'s response is no less awkward. [[spoiler:She first says that she'll give Ed ''all'' of her life, but then decides that's too much, and eventually settles on 85%.]] [[{{Adorkable}} Yeah,]] [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments it's adorable]].
* In ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha'', Akito can't say "I love you" about anything. Sana finally realizes he's coming around when he tells her "I don't hate you" in the same way he talks about sushi.
* During the Golden Week vacations of the characters of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', Kaoru gets a chance to be alone with his crush, Yukiji, and tries to confess to her. He can't finish the statement, and so turns it into a question about her little sister's relationship status. It seems that Yukiji seems to understand what the statement was originally (and 'responds' later in the arc), but her immediate response is to turn to her HardDrinkingPartyGirl ways and offer him a drink. She then (probably teasingly) asks him what he likes about Hinagiku (the younger sister), as if he had just confessed affection for her instead.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Bulma and Vegeta may qualify as well. They blush and fumble with their words, a lot.
* Kamitani from ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'' toward his younger brother, Taka. The best he can manage is "I don't really hate you, either."
* [[spoiler: Former Queen Arika]] in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' was incredibly bad at expressing her emotions due to her strict upbringing. So, when Nagi pulls a [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome ridiculously awesome]] BigDamnHeroes moment and declares his love for her, she tries to avoid giving a response by pointing out why she can't love him (he counters this with a [[DopeSlap Dope]] [[UseYourHead Headbutt]]). So what does she finally say to him? "[[{{Tsundere}} I don't dislike you]]". He gets a proper answer after a little more prodding.
* While Serena in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' is going to focus on her goal of becoming a Top Performer for now, she tells Ash that "''He'' is still her other goal", and also promises to become a "more attractive woman" when they meet again. [[spoiler:And she tops it off with a kiss.]]

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Snarfquest}}'', the heroine couldn't quite get out the critical word when parting company with Snarf: "I really, really lo- ''like'' you."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': During a pillow talk scene Misato and Kaji are fed up with denying their feelings and pretending their relationship is only "friends with benefits"... but they are too frightened to spit it out, so they struggle to find a way to tell "I still love you" without actually saying the words:
-->'''Misato:''' I want "us" again. I don't know if I can... say it, yet, but... I want "us". [...] If Shinji and Asuka can figure this out, how to get past the walls between them... we can too.\\
'''Kaji:''' I'd... like that, [...] Us. Katsuragi... I...
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Even after getting together, Asuka was unsure of her feelings and frightened of loving and being hurt again, so she tried to find ways to tell and show Shinji that she wanted to be with him without saying the "love" word [[spoiler: until she finally managed to spit it out.]]
-->'''Asuka:''' You really are... for me.
* In the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' fan-fiction ''Coffee, Black'', Garret Hawke tells Fenris that he... loves pie. Subverted in that Garret ''thought'' Fenris knew what he really meant, but it comes out later that Fenris thought that Garret just really wished to express his love of baked goods.
* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': During a school dance Asuka asks Shinji straightforwardly what is she to him. Shinji does not want to tell plainly he loves her because he is frightened of scaring her away, so he resorts to tell "You... mean a lot to me" and other euphemisms.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Cinderjuice}}'', Lydia informs BJ that he's an idiot, but then softens it by adding, "But you're ''my'' idiot." Later, he reaffirms that he is, indeed, her idiot. Eventually it becomes their running euphemism.
* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': Asuka can’t speak aloud how she feels about Shinji, so she settles on saying “Next time, just kiss me”, knowing that Shinji would understand her. And he did.
-->She couldn't say the words he wanted to hear, but she knew he understood her meaning beyond any doubt.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Brotherly example: In ''Disney/BrotherBear'', after [[ThoseTwoGuys those two moose]] get in a fight, one is trying to make up to the other. He mentions how he always tells him where the juiciest grazing is because "I love... dew." The other responds, "I love dew too, eh."
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' has Shang say "You... you fight good." And the way he says it is ''absolutely [[NarmCharm adorable]]''. However, Mulan is disappointed to not hear something more direct.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'', Mr. Peabody has a lot of difficulty saying "I love you," to his son and usually says "I have a deep regard for you as well." However, by the end of the film, Peabody manages to say that and Sherman answers, with a warm smile, "I have a deep regard for you as well."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' has Linguini trying to confess his love for Colette, but he can't do it. "And I would follow you to the ends of the earth because I love you...r advice!"

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Han Solo's famous "I know" when Leia says she loves him in ''[[Franchise/StarWars The Empire Strikes Back]]''. Classy response. The originally scripted line was "I love you, too," but that sounded too sentimental, so Harrison Ford ad-libbed. There is a rumor Carrie Fisher was so drug-addled she kept blowing her lines, in a scene that was already having technical problems, so the line was in jest out of Ford's exasperation. Except the director [[ThrowItIn loved it]], [[WatchItStoned proving...]]
** And, of course, the DialogueReversal in ''Return Of The Jedi'' in which Han says "I love you" and Leia replies "I know". Hers was a heartfelt confession at a moment when they might never see each other alive again, his was in response to her indicating to her hidden side-arm when some storm-troopers got the drop on them. Both scenes are portrayed awesomely, as a result.
* The TropeNamer is the film ''Film/AlexAndEmma'' where Alex can't spit out his love for Emma, but Emma understands what he's trying to say. "I uh you too."
* The ''Film/SenseAndSensibility'' [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie]] has Edward say something along the lines of "I would express my feelings, if I could" and Eleanor says that she understands. However, she thinks that he loves Lucy, so she doesn't press; and he thinks she loves Colonel Brandon, so ''he'' doesn't press.
* ''Film/{{Ghost}}'': "Ditto"
* During the infamous toilet scene in ''Film/LethalWeapon2'', [[HeterosexualLifePartners Riggs and Murtaugh]] share a moment, the dialogue follows thus.
-->'''Murtaugh:''' Riggs?...\\
''[long Pause]''\\
'''Riggs:''' I know. Come on.
* ''Film/TheApartment'' has one of the most classic examples, at the end when Fran and Baxter are playing gin rummy:
-->'''Baxter:''' I love you. You hear what I said, Miss Kubelik? I absolutely adore you.\\
'''Fran:''' ''[smiling]'' Shut up and deal.
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'': "I'm in [[Series/TheLWord lesbians]] with you." Counts as a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], due to [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Ramona's]] [[FlatWhat reaction]].
-->'''Scott:''' [[HeartbrokenBadass ...I said "lesbians"...]]
* Happens in ''Film/FarAndAway'', after Joseph and Shannon talk about their ideal futures.
-->'''Joseph:''' I pretend I love you.\\
'''Shannon:''' I pretend I love you, too.
* In ''Apflickorna'' (''She Monkeys'' in English), after Emma and Cassandra instantly hit it off and spend an entire afternoon chatting with each other, two guys try to enter the conversation. Cassandra gets them to leave by pretending to accept one of their phone numbers.
-->'''Emma:''' Are you interested in him?\\
'''Cassandra:''' ''[laughs]'' No!\\
'''Emma:''' ''[beat]'' I'm... not interested in him either.\\
'''Cassandra:''' ''[freezes in surprise, then smiles]''
* In ''Bollywood/{{Lagaan}}'', Elizabeth is torn about whether to admit the feelings she's developing for [[TheHero Bhuvan]]. She ends up splitting the difference and saying it in English, which he doesn't understand.
* A variation in ''Film/DemonKnight'' where the villain is trying to propose to the FinalGirl, and fails miserably, because EvilCannotComprehendGood so much that the word itself is unutterable for him.
-->'''The Collector:''' I l-l-l-l-l you. I l-l-l-l-l you. Do you think you could ever find it in your heart to l-l-l-l-l me back?
* In ''Film/MyFairLady'', Higgins is so far into ConfirmedBachelor territory that he can hardly bring himself to admit that he even ''likes'' Eliza, quickly following his statement that he'll miss her with "...and so will Pickering - Eliza, you're a fool!"

* In ''Literature/DragonBlood'', there is a non-romantic example with Ward and his brother Tosten. Ward lampshades that he can't bring himself to tell his brother he loves him, because their father was a strong believer in LoveIsAWeakness, and considered it unmanly to show emotion.
* In ''Literature/BloodPromise'', [[spoiler:Dimitri’s inability to say I love you made Rose realize that he just thought of her as a conquest now that he was a Strigoi]]. It is the main reason she finally decides to get off [[spoiler:her drug-addled butt and try to kill him]].
* Chimène to Rodrigue in ''LeCid'': "Go; I do not hate thee."
* In the last ''Literature/{{Percy Jackson|and the Olympians}}'' book, after Percy fumbles through his feelings for several minutes, while Annabeth refuses to help:
-->'''Percy:''' You are so not making this easy.\\
'''Annabeth:''' I am never, ever going to make things easy for you, Seaweed Brain. Get used to it.\\
''[she kisses him]''
* At the end of the ''Literature/{{Temps}}'' story "Sortilege and Serendipity" by Brian Stableford, Dr Sweetland tells his assistant Carol that he wouldn't wish his recent adventures on anyone, "especially someone I ... like". She looks at him oddly and replies "I ... like ... you too." Since she's HappilyMarried, they [[BittersweetEnding leave it there]].
* Famously, in both the book and the [[Film/ThePrincessBride movie]], ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' features Westley saying "As you wish." He says it repeatedly, for years, until ''finally'' Buttercup realizes what it means.
* Variant from ''"Literature/TellMeAgainHowACrushShouldFeel":'' When Lisa opens up to her girlfriend Leila that she hasn't visited her brothers grave since the funeral, Leila carefully ponders this and says that she could come with her when she do decide to go there, if she wanted to. Lisa doesn't comment this, but then carefully parks the car, unbuckles her seatbelt and ''"kisses [Leila] hard and urgently, as if she had just asked Lisa to marry her"''

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the fourth season of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', Laura Roslin finally tells Bill Adama that she loves him. His response? "About time."
* In one episode of ''Series/BostonLegal'', Alan attempts to express his appreciation for Tara by telling her "You really smell great." She answers "You smell great too," in an understanding tone of voice.
* In ''Series/TheMiddleman'', Tyler says to Wendy "I think I kinda love you." She gives him grief for it, but eventually admits that she kinda loves him too.
* In ''Series/That70sShow'', Donna loves Eric. Eric loves cake.
--> '''Eric:''' I love you... ''[punches Donna's shoulder]'' ...man.
* In ''Series/PressGang'', Linda and Spike, unable to express their true feelings, resort to using anagrams, leading them to profess that "I vole you".
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Episode "First Time in New York." Ted and Robin. "Ted?" "Yes?" "...falafel."
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'':
** During "The Double Blind Job" [[NoSocialSkills Parker]] has feelings for Hardison.
--->'''Parker:''' So the thing is, I think I might be having feelings, like weird, weird feelings for... ''[{{beat}}]'' pretzels.\\
'''Hardison:''' Well, they are right here when you want them.
** Later on during "The Big Bang Job" she adds that she's [[spoiler: craving pretzels]].
* Prue suffers from this in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''; the last thing she said to her mother before she died was "I love you." As such, she avoids saying the same to her sisters, lest the same thing happen to them.
* ''Series/WireInTheBlood'''s first three seasons are full of [[InsufferableGenius Tony Hill]] and [[FairCop Carol Jordan]] [[CannotSpitItOut dancing around their feelings for each other]]. In the third episode of season three, Carol asks Tony if he's ever loved another living thing:
-->'''Tony:''' I've been close.\\
'''Carol:''' How close?\\
'''Tony:''' Carol!\\
'''Carol:''' Why can't you answer? It's a simple question. Are you ashamed?\\
'''Tony:''' You. ''[after which he [[FacePalm starts talking to the poster behind her]]]''
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Gravity," Tuvok mindmelds with an alien girl to show her the feelings he can't put into words.
* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'', Big Pete cannot spit it out to Ellen ("I...I..."), to which Ellen responds, "It's OK, I know" and smooches him in the middle of a packed high school stadium.
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' subverts this. When April tells Andy she loves him, he responds with "Shut up! Dude, that is awesome-sauce!" and tries to hi-five her. It eventually turns out that he ''can'' say it, he just genuinely thought that was an appropriate response.
-->'''Andy:''' I do love you. That's what makes the sauce so awesome.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'':
** A friendship example: while in a helicopter that's on a collision course, Earl tries to say goodbye to Darnell, but can't since he's twitching uncontrollably thanks to a few dozen doses of a knockout drug.
--->'''Earl:''' I just want you to know, that I've always-- ''[twitches uncontrollably]'' Geet-geet-aaack!\\
'''Darnell:''' I feel the same way!
** Also when Darnell tells Joy he can't reveal his past because it would mean having to leave her.
--->'''Darnell:''' I can't tell you the truth because I love you too much, stupid!\\
'''Joy:''' I love you, too, stupid.
* In Season 4 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', whenever Rita says "I love you" Dexter says "Me too." Note that they are already married at this point. Somewhat surprisingly, this doesn't become a plot point [[spoiler: possibly because Rita is murdered at the end of the season. Dexter later admits, while simultaneously realizing, that he did love her]].
* Season 3 of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' gives us this gem:
-->'''Sherlock:''' ''[looking down]'' John, there’s something ... I should say; I-I've meant to say always and then never have. Since it's unlikely we'll ever meet again, I might as well say it now. ''[takes a deep breath and looks up at John]'' Sherlock is actually a girl's name.
* Happens frequently between Sam and Dean Winchester of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. During their last Christmas together before Dean went to Hell, Sam's "I love you" took the form of "Do you want to watch the game?" to which Dean's "I love you, too" was a yes.
* Happens twice in the ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' episode "The Stivics Go West." Mike tells Archie he's going to miss him, and later that he loves him. Both times Archie finds it impossible to reciprocate.
* Done at least twice in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'':
** In the episode featuring ''Film/SpaceMutiny'', Crow and Tom are planning to crash space pods into the Satellite of Love, Tom shouts out "I LOVE YOU, CROW!" with Crow responding "I'M SORTA FOND OF YOU, SERVO!"
** In the Season Ten finale featuring ''Film/DangerDiabolik'', when Pearl tries to destroy the Satellite of Love, Mike and the Bots rapidly say their goodbyes, with each one telling the others that they love them, but when it gets to Tom, he conveniently forgets Crow with spare seconds before the bomb duds. Tom claims he forgot his name, but Crow doesn't buy it.

* There's a song called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsMM-z3M0N0 "I Hmm You"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An_QqNlssJY Olive you]] by Music/DaveDays.

* In ''Theatre/{{Company}}'', during April and Robert's offstage sex scene ("Tick Tock"), she tells him "I love you," but he can only stammer, "I--...I--..." Then all of his married friends can be heard saying "I love you" to each other.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has this when romancing Ashley.
-->'''Shepard:''' I guess I "want to make you happy" too.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' does this so many times it would be almost impossible to list them all here.
* Presea does this in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' after Genis says that she's "p-p-p-pretty".

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Despite how she feels being [[{{Tsundere}} rather obvious]], Tohsaka in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' never really DOES get around to telling Shirou how she feels. In any route. She admits to liking some of his personality traits (usually to a third party) but when put to it responds to 'I love you' with roughly 'And like you said, I... I also don't hate you.'
* ''VisualNovel/YoJinBo'' has a couple of instances of this, due to the fact that the guys CannotSpitItOut.
* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'': When Okabe confesses to [[{{Tsundere}} Kurisu]] just before he has to [[spoiler:negate the [[TimeTravel D-mail]] that saved her life]], Kurisu is too embarrassed to return the confession outright. Instead, she asks him to close his eyes and kisses him, giving the excuse that a strong emotional experience will help him not forget her. When Okabe gives a second confession [[spoiler:after hitting the RelationshipResetButton]], he's given the following answer just before the series ends:
-->'''Kurisu:''' Do you really want to know? ... Close your eyes.
* ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'': In his final [[RelationshipValues Free Time]] event, [[spoiler: Komaeda]] starts what sounds a lot like a LoveConfession to [[spoiler: Hinata]], then [[AbortedDeclarationOfLove revises it]] to say that he "love[s] the [[spoiler: hope]] sleeping within you from the bottom of my heart." He does confess more decisively in the [[{{Omake}} Drama CD]], but [[spoiler: Hinata]] isn't very receptive.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Said more then once in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. ''[emotionally]'' "I hate you too."

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In the Sci-fi arc of ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'', this may have been Sal's response to Leeroy. Or she was just trying to answer his innocent but [[DoubleEntendre awkwardly worded]] question without getting [[HehHehYouSaidX more snickering]] from the rest of the crew.
* John and Margo from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' do this [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=470 here]].
-->'''John:''' Uh... I-uh, I mean, it was- I had a... a, you know...\\
'''Margo:''' M-me too!

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'' episode "Back Home", Danielbeast, who is recording a message for Bree, says "I still l... care about you." [[MemeticMutation ...which resulted in several fans adopting this supposedly French expression ("l'care").]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* From ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
-->'''Zuko:''' You're so beautiful when you hate the world.\\
'''Mai:''' I don't hate you.\\
'''Zuko:''' I don't hate you, too.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventuresHowISpentMyVacation'':
-->'''Babs:''' Oh, Buster, I didn't think that I'd get a chance to tell you...\\
'''Buster:''' Shh! I feel the same way.
* Daniel and Arcee in the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne.'' He CantSpitItOut and she takes mercy on him, simply saying that she feels the same way.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has a subversion: Fry ''assumes'' this is the case, but:
-->'''Bender:''' I'll kill you!\\
'''Fry:''' I'll kill you too, buddy. I'll kill you too.\\
''[Bender throttles Fry]''
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':
** A variation on the episode where Peggy finds Bobby is a better homemaker and assumes Hank doesn't need her any more. Hank wins her back by inviting her back home and showing her he cooked dinner for her himself, to a very competent degree. Of course, Hank is [[TheStoic so boxed-in emotionally]], he has trouble actually saying "I love you" to anyone except his dog.
--->'''Hank:''' I didn't marry you because you can cook or clean for me, Peggy. I married you because... Y'know. ..... The love.
** He manages to say it when he thought he is about to die.
--->'''Hank:''' ''[hanging on to a pole during a tornado]'' Peggy, I love you! Oh yeah, I love Bobby and Luanne too, to a lesser extent!
** The trope is played straight in an episode where UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter intervenes in the situation and gets Hank and his dad to be increasingly less vague about it. The episode culminates in this trope, and afterward Hank and Cotton even have a good time bashing Jimmy Carter...
--->''Boy I love shooting a nail gun...\\
I love shooting a nail gun too.''
** The best part is that Hank and his dad were fighting because Hank actually blurted out "I love you!" to his ''boss'' in front of ''everyone'' when Strickland finally promoted him to full manager. Everyone is aghast, Cotton is furious/disgusted (but won't admit he's actually just jealous of his son's affection), and Strickland ends up taking back the promotion the next day because it was so embarrassing.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' parody, "[[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball Something, Something, Something Dark Side]]":
--->'''Leia/Lois:''' I love you.\\
'''Han/Peter:''' Fuck off.
** An earlier episode has Meg telling Lois she loves her. Lois just mumbled something at the "love" part. Not to mention this was during Meg's wedding.
** When Brian teaches Stewie ballroom dancing:
--->'''Stewie:''' ''[whispers]'' I love you.\\
'''Brian:''' What? What'd you say?\\
'''Stewie:''' Uh, olive juice.\\
'''Brian:''' Olive juice?\\
'''Stewie:''' ''[whispers]'' Olive juice, you too.
* A semi-example from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' between ComicBook/TheQuestion and Huntress in "Double Date":
-->'''Huntress:''' Then why do all that? Why risk your life for me?\\
'''The Question:''' Because I... ''[he turns his head, muttering] like'' you.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': "'Cause when I say 'I love you', she says I gitchi gitchi goo you too! [[EarWorm Gitchi gitchi goo means that I love you!]]"
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' season two finale.
-->'''Elisa:''' You know how I feel about you, right?\\
'''Goliath:''' How ... we both feel. Yes.\\
'''Elisa:''' Good. ''[kisses Goliath]''
* In the end of the ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob'' episode "Bob's Father" Bob is making peace with his dead father as they're watching a hockey game on TV in a bar, but instead of saying outright how he loves him and is going to miss him, he tells a story about how he misses Wayne Gretzky. His father knows exactly what he's trying to say.
-->'''Bob:''' I miss Gretzky, y'know... I wish I'd gone to more of his games. You don't appreciate someone like that until they're out of the game. I mean, one time on his way off the ice, he stared right by me and I looked up, our eyes met and I didn't say anything. I wish... I had told him... how much he meant to me. And now I will never be able to.\\
'''Bob's Father:''' I think he knows.
* A non-romantic variant: In one episode of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' cartoon, Beetlejuice's younger brother Donny is visiting, and falls into a depressive state. Lydia urges Beetlejuice to cheer him up by telling Donny that he loves him. Beetlejuice can't quite bring himself to go ''that'' far; instead, he manages to say, "I... don't hate you like I used to." But it's close enough for Donny, who immediately perks up.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' episode, "Higher Love", Bojack sincerely tells his girlfriend, Wanda, that he loves her as he's heading off to work. Cue pregnant pause where he, Wanda and Todd realize what he just said, and Bojack attempting to take it back by hastily saying, "No I don't!" and running out of the house. When they talk later, Wanda tells him she doesn't love him either and the rest of the episode is Bojack insecurely trying to get her to say it while denying his own feelings. She doesn't say it until he nearly dies, at which point he keeps denying he loves her.
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': [[BlatantLies I don't love you]].\\
'''Wanda''': Sure you don't.\\
'''[=BoJack=]''': I don't! Come back here! I don't love you. [[JerkassWoobie You don't make me feel less broken]]!