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

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 a subtrope of EmotionallyTongueTied. May be related to CannotSpitItOut. Compare AbortedDeclarationOfLove

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertisements]]

* 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."

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'': 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 CrowningMomentOfAwesome ''and'' a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. [[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.
* ''SchoolRumble''. Poor Tenma uses up an entire scroll trying to tell Karasuma she likes him, but [[HilarityEnsues never quite gets it out.]]
** She actually got it out. The problem is ''she forgot to sign it''.
*** Actually, the problem isn't as much not being able to spit it out as unrelated circumstances preventing them from spitting it out. This is how Tenma herself remains oblivious of Harima's feelings, for example (going so far as to misinterpret it when he actually spat it out to her).
* In ''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,]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming it's adorable]].
* In ''{{Kodocha}}'', 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.
* ''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 a "I don't really hate you, either."

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* In ''{{Snarfquest}}'', the heroine couldn't quite get out the critical word when parting company with Snarf: "I really, really lu- ''like'' you."

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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* 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.

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[[folder:Film]]

* 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 are awesome.
** Parodied in ''DiaryOfACrazedMimbanite'' [[http://opticaldynamics.com/~gbk/DCM/dcm/strips/04.gif #4]] and in [[http://xkcd.com/469/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{Xkcd}}''.
* 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"
* Brotherly example: In ''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.
* During the infamous toilet scene in ''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.
* ''HocusPocus'' had a sweet, semi-example toward the end.
-->'''Dani''': I love you, jerkface.
-->'''Max''': I love you too.
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'': "I'm in [[TheLWord lesbians]] with you." Counts as a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], due to [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Ramona's]] [[FlatWhat reaction]].
-->'''Scott:''' [[HeartbrokenBadass ...I said "lesbians"...]]
* Happens in ''{{Film/Far and Away}}'', 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 ''{{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 ''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 ''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."
* 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!"
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[[folder:Literature]]

* Chimène to Rodrigue in ''LeCid'': "Go; I do not hate thee."
* In the last PercyJackson 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]].

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* In the fourth season of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', Laura Roslin finally tells Bill Adama that she loves him. His response? "About time."
* In one episode of ''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 ''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 ''ThatSeventiesShow'', Donna loves Eric. Eric loves cake.
--> '''Eric''': I love you... *punches Donna's shoulder*...man.
* In ''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."
* In ''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 suffered from this in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''; the last thing she said to her mother before she died was 'I love you.' As such, she avoided saying the same to her sisters, lest the same thing happen to them.
* ''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.
* ''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.
* A friendship example happens in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''. 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!
-->''(beat)''
-->'''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]].
* 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.
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[[folder:Machinima]]

* Said more then once in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. ''(emotionally)'' "I hate you too"

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[[folder:Music]]

* 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 Dave days.

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* In ''{{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.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has this when romancing Ashley.
-->'''Shepard:''' I guess I "want to make you happy" too.

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* Despite how she feels being [[{{Tsundere}} rather obvious]], Tohsaka in ''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.'
* ''{{Yo-Jin-Bo}}'' 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.

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* In the Sci-fi arc of ''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!

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In the ''{{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").]]

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[[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 ''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'' has 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 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 managed to say it when he thought he was 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.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' parody, ''[[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball Something, Something, Something Dark Side]]'':
-->'''Leia/Lois:''' I love you.
-->'''Han/Peter:''' Fuck off.
** An earlier episode had 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 ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' between 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 ''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.

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