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->'''Odette:''' ''I [[WhenSheSmiles see him smiling]] and my knees start buckling. I see inside him and my doubts...are gone.''\\
'''Derek:''' ''She started out as such an ugly duckling, and somehow suddenly [[BeautifulAllAlong became a swan]].''\\
'''Odette:''' ''So happy to be here...''\\
'''Derek:''' ''Til now I never knew...''\\
'''Both:''' ''...it is you I've been dreaming of.''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' giving us a two-for-one deal

When a character realizes he/she is in love with another character. This is not when the character [[LoveConfession confesses this love to that other character or anyone else]], but when the character realizes it him/herself.

Often this can be when a character had feelings already and realized this has blossomed into love, or when a character has been in [[ObliviousToLove in denial about these feelings]] until this moment.

Now this doesn't necessarily lead to a relationship. In fact it can even be when the object of affection is with someone else. If not, this can be a way to add a new dynamic to WillTheyOrWontThey. This is especially the case in BelligerentSexualTension, because the realization will ampt the tension.

Sometimes occurs when the character analyzes his own tendency to the GreenEyedMonster, or [[{{Protectorate}} his protective impluses]], or even [[ThroughHisStomach tendency to feed this person]].

A SuperTrope to GreenEyedEpiphany and LoveRevelationEpiphany.

TheyDo and LastMinuteHookup are the natural extensions of this.

Compare/Contrast LoveAtFirstSight. Not to be confused with having an epiphany while making love.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/InuYasha''
** Kagome has a very obvious one early in the series which leads to her decision to remain by Inuyasha's side no matter how [[ReincarnationRomance difficult]] the LoveTriangle with Kikyou becomes. Inuyasha actually has a quieter one early in the series as well, but when Miroku tells him to make up his mind which girl he's going to settle for, he asks if he can have both of them, summing up the problem with the LoveTriangle. As a result, the love epiphanies do not resolve the relationship, they just ensure the status quo for the majority of the manga.
** Kagura realizes her feelings for Sesshomaru after he saves her from a river, and he realizes his feelings for her after [[spoiler:she dies]].
* Kyo in ''FruitsBasket'' realizes that he loves Tohru when he finds himself yelling back at Akito for talking badly about her.
** Which, it should be noted, is significant because Akito is [[spoiler: a scary-arse psycho mo-fo, as well as the head of the family, with a sort of supernatural power over all the others suffering the Zodiac curse.]]
* The ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' manga has this--for several characters. First is [[spoiler: Kaoru]], who realizes he has feelings for Haruhi. Then [[spoiler: Hikaru]] finally sees that he's in love with Haruhi after [[spoiler: Kaoru explains that's why he felt so jealous when Haruhi spoke so kindly about Tamaki]]. Haruhi takes a while longer to finally realize she's in love with [[spoiler: Tamaki]], at first thinking her sudden blushing and being flustered around him were due to a cold. Finally, after over 60 chapters, Tamaki has the revelation that he doesn't love Haruhi as a "father", but that he's actually IN love with her, as a man.
* Winry from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has one when she's taking the train away from Central.
* Hinagiku in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' has her realization (on her birthday!) on a balcony as Hayate is helping her out with her fear of heights. Not that she was fooling anyone BEFORE that. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for her, just as she finally has the courage to confess to him, Hayate realized that '''he''' still loves his childhood friend Athena. Hina ended up [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy supporting him to reconcile with her instead]]. Which naturally goes nowhere in this series, leaving her still unable to spit it out.]]
* It's hinted that [[spoiler: everyone's favourite jerkass Fakir]] in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' gets his realization when [[spoiler: he notices that he can write a story for Ahiru but not for Mytho.]]
** A more canonical example is [[spoiler: Rue, realizing she loved Mytho all along ever since she was little.]]
* Kaoru was already crushing pretty hard on ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' to begin with, so when he [[spoiler: leaves for Kyoto alone and she goes into a HeroicBSOD]], she realizes just how much he means to her.
** Tomoe also has a tragic version when her allies' words cause her to discover that she's fallen InLoveWithTheMark. [[spoiler: This, in turn, causes her HeroicSacrifice.]]
* In the second season of ''MagicKnightRayearth'', Hikaru has one of these rather abruptly when Nova [[spoiler: her shadow]] reveals that she is in love with Lantis in a dream world. [[spoiler: Hikaru confesses to him as soon as she is pulled out of her dream state and then faints from exhaustion...''unfortunately she doesn't remember her confession on her second awakening'']]
* In ''SasamekiKoto'', it is revealed through flashbacks how Sumika fell in love with her best friend Ushio.
** But not before showing how [[spoiler: Ushio is startled by her realization she has feelings for Sumika as well.]]
* In the first season of ''CodeGeass'' Euphemia has her realization that she's in love with Suzaku - ironically, during the middle of a personal conversation with ''Nina'', [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer who had a hidden crush on Euphemia herself]].
* ''KimiNiTodoke'' has Sawako realizing she's in love with Kazehaya after TheReveal involving [[spoiler: [[TheRival Kurumi]]]]. Kazehaya himself has been crushing on her for most of the series, [[ShrinkingViolet but Sawako wouldn't be Sawako if she had realized this at any point]].
* Subverted in a late chapter of ''TheWallflower'' manga, much to the neverending frustration of [[BelligerentSexualTension Kyohei/Sunako]] shippers: it looks like Kyohei has finally realized his feelings for Sunako when he finds himself visualizing her in her 'beautiful' form while mediating and subsequently acting flustered when he sees that she's become beautiful in real life. No, his epiphany turns out to be that he loves her ''cooking''.
* Played with in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''. Skuld suspects that she might love Keiichi, and spends a chapter or two trying to disprove it to herself.
* In ''{{Eureka 7}}'', Eureka realizes her feelings for Renton upon learning of his departure in episode 24.
** The same thing later happens to [[spoiler:Anemone towards Dominic around the time of his HeelFaceTurn, which leads to a far more serious breakdown for her]].
* ''GunslingerGirl''. Triela in "Returning to the Birdcage" after discovering Victor Hilshire not only saved her from a SnuffFilm, but became her [[TheHandler handler]] solely to continue protecting her. Triela already knew she had feelings for him, but wasn't sure if this was just the [[{{brainwashed}} conditioning]] that makes [[MoreThanMindControl every cyborg loyal to her handler]].
* ''{{Berserk}}'': [[spoiler: ''Before'' she and Guts make love]] Casca recounts how she came to the realization that she was in love with Guts a year ago, when he left the Band of the Hawk after defeating Griffith and didn't turn around once, not even when she called out to him. She didn't want to admit the feeling she had because of her pride as a warrior under Griffith, who she thought she was in love with until [[SnowMeansLove that winter day]].
* In volume 16 of ''ToAruMajutsuNoIndex'' [[spoiler: Misaka is walking through a street street that's deserted due to a people-clearing field comes across a near-dead Touma shambling forward to help the Amakusas fight Acqua of the Back. She tries to stop him, and confronts him about his memories. During the conversation, she realizes her feelings.]]
* Karina has one of these in regards to [[spoiler:Kotetsu]] in the 14th episode of ''TigerAndBunny'' when she realizes how worked up she's getting over the loss of a towel simply because he gave it to her.
* One of the most tear-jerking scenes in ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' is this.
* In ''{{Robotech}}'', Lisa Hayes realizes that she has fallen hard for Lt. Rick Hunter after accidentally shooting him down in a 'friendly fire' incident. It takes him a little while longer.
* Ren of ''Manga/SkipBeat'' realizes he loves Kyoko at a very bad time. He's driving his car, waiting at a red light for it to change and, upon realizing his feelings, blushes, and ''heaves a huge sigh'' .. while car drivers behind him are honking at him to start driving again.
* In ''PenguinRevolution,'' the president of Peacock prods Yuzuru Narazaki to think about just why he's so dead-set on getting "[[SweetPollyOliver Yutaka]]" Fujimaru to be his manager. Narazaki contemplates it for a little while, and the next time he sees Fujimaru, his reaction is essentially: "...oh."
* [[spoiler: Ringo Oginome]] from ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' seems to have this in episode 11, when [[spoiler: Yuri Tokikago]] straightforwardly asks her if she loves [[spoiler: Shouma Takakura]] and insists that EveryoneCanSeeIt.
* Kushina, when explaining to Manga/{{Naruto}} [[spoiler:how she fell in love with his father Minato: When she was kidnapped, Kushina [[TrailOfBreadCrumbs left a trail of strands from her long hair]]. Minato was the only one able to decipher the trail, [[RescueRomance and ended up rescuing her]]]].
* Hihara, when Hino treats his injuries from after he falls down realizes that he loves her in ''KiniroNoCorda''.
* Subverted in the SeitokaiYakuindomo manga; Shino is irritated when she sees Tsuda and Aria pretending to be boyfriend and girlfriend, but instead of coming to the logical conclusion that she likes Tsuda, with whom she's been [[ShipTease teased with]] for a good deal of the run, she instead wonders if she is in love with ''Aria''.
* In ''LightNovel/SakurasouNoPetNaKanojo'', Mashiro has one in episode 12 after Sorata's [[PleaseDontLeaveMe passionate plea to her not to leave Sakura Hall]]. When she asks him about the funny feeling in her chest, he tries to deny it in [[LargeHam his usual fashion]].
* In ''YandereKanojo'', [[TraumaticHairCut Hijiri's hair got splashed with oil based paint]] when she paints graffities in the school. When she saw that Shiratori sees it, she began to cry. Shiratori manages to salvages the situation by giving her a decent haircut. [[spoiler:She realizes that she cried because she's afraid that her image is ruined in the eyes of Shiratori, realizes that she is in love with him.]]
* Happens at different times by different characters of ''LightNovel/ChuunibyouDemoKoiGaShitai'', depending on whether you're watching the anime or reading the light novel.
** In the light novel, [[spoiler:Togashi gets one and talks to Isshiki about it, who helps him understand his feelings with a bit of invoked GreenEyedEpiphany]].
** In the anime, [[spoiler:Rikka gets hers after episode 8 and is helped along by Nibutani to really understand what she's feeling]].
* In ''{{Manga/Chihayafuru}}'' after spending two seasons of the anime being ObliviousToLove, Chihaya finally realizes her feelings to [[spoiler:Arata]].
* In ''Manga/{{Kobato}}'', both main character go through this at separate times:
** Kobato's moment of LoveEpiphany starts after she sees Fujimoto being hurt by [[spoiler:Okiura]]. She spends the rest of the night and the next morning reflecting on why Fujimoto's pain hurts her so much, and her reflection culminates in a beautiful moment when she decides to sing to him to better express her feelings. By the time she's finished, she's already realized what her feelings are, and she starts crying [[spoiler:because she's a spirit who hasn't got long to live and there's no way [[StarCrossedLovers she and Fujimoto can be together for long]].]]
** Fujimoto's LoveEpiphany is slightly mixed with GreenEyedEpiphany: when he hears that Kobato went after [[spoiler:Okiura]] alone, he is reminded of how [[spoiler:Okiura]] stole his FirstLove, [[spoiler:[[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest Sayaka]]]]. He gets angry that [[spoiler:Okiura]] is always stealing what's his... Then he realizes he just thought of [[SecondLove Kobato]] as something of his. He never really puts the realization into words, but the look on his face says it all.
* In episode 11B of ''Manga/SakuraTrick'', Mitsuki [[spoiler:realizes though a conversation with [[BerserkButton Sumi-sumi]] that her opposing Haruka and Yuu kissing is not because she opposes same sex attraction, but because [[IfICantHaveYou she wants to be the one besides Haruka]]. And then she realizes [[LoveTriangle she's in love with her sister's girlfriend]].]]
* ''Anime/SamuraiFlamenco'' has an interesting take on this, in which [[spoiler:Masayoshi has a love epiphany about [[HoYay Goto]] ''after'' he [[WackyMarriageProposal proposed]] to him.]]
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[[folder:Comic-Books]]
* In ''Amazing {{SpiderMan}}'' #150, which served as an epilogue to the original Clone Saga, Spider-Man comes close to dying and then realizes that his thoughts turn to Mary Jane Watson and his feelings about her (and not to Gwen or Aunt May). This realization that he loves Mary Jane is not so much important in itself as it is the factor that finally convinces him that he is the real Peter Parker and not a clone.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* [[Fanfic/ThePrivateDiaryOfElizabethQuatermain Elizabeth Quatermain]] gets two, in a way. The first is in Volume III, when [[spoiler:Skinner embraces her after she nearly dies (again) and [[FirstNameBasis calls her Elizabeth]] for the first time]]. In the following volume, when she thinks she might have a thing for Everett, her second epiphany at the [[DanceOfRomance ball]] in St. Petersburg hammered it home for her. [[MoodWhiplash Too bad]] [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Everett]] [[IHaveYourWife wasn't going to take no for an answer]].
* In the ''Ben10'' series ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3137871/1/Hero_High Hero High]]'', Ben realizes he has feelings for Ren after she nearly kills herself saving the school.
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': Shinji has three: when he realizes he has fallen in love with Rei, when he understands he cares for Asuka because he is in love with her, and finally when [[spoiler:he understands it is Asuka the one he loves the most.]]
* [[Blog/ReadingRainbowverse Octavia]] gets one of these after Vinyl's AccidentalProposal makes her really think about their relationship... leading to an actual proposal.
* FanFic/{{Greenfire}} has Rarity realize her feelings for Greenfire (AlternateUniverse!Spike) after months of tea parties, engaging conversations, genuine respect, and [[FemaleGaze gawking at his impressive musculature]] following when he acts more chivalrous than an actual knight sent to kill him. After Rarity convinces him to open up about his [[ParentalAbandonment solitary history]], Rarity realizes how lonely he is, which makes her realize how lonely ''she'' is, and when she remembers at least the have each other, she finally realizes how much she cares for the dragon.
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', during "Something There", a song that's pretty much about this trope. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/belle_realizes_love.jpg And as seen in this pic, it freaks Belle out a little.]]
** The Beast has one later after the famous ballroom sequence. [[http://vsmeets.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/beast_rose.jpg His is a little different]] as instead of realizing that he loves her [[TearJerker he realizes what that truly]] ''[[TearJerker means]]''. [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uh3pA1GJjTQ/T_dIoqPIzqI/AAAAAAAAIIA/1ee7mlxCumM/s320/bstrose.jpg Behold the face of ultimate suffering.]]
* Also happens in ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', starting around Naveen and Tiana's dance during "Ma Belle Evangeline". Yes, Disney loves this trope.
* ''SwanPrincess'', which gives us two of these ''at the exact same time''.
* Yet another Disney example is ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', which features this during the AwardBaitSong "I See The Light".
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe 2'' has one of the oddest and funniest ever.
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[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Clueless}}'', when Cher realizes she loves Josh. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the fountain behind her lighting up and coming to life.
** Similarly, when Josh realizes he loves Cher (CLASSIC epiphany as she walks down a big white staircase in a beautiful white dress).
*** With the main theme from {{Gigi}} playing in the background, just to get the point across.
* In ''AmericanPie 2'', Jim realizes he loves Michelle when, while taking to Nadia, he finds himself repeating her "[[MemeticMutation This one time, at band camp]]'' line.
* Giselle of ''{{Enchanted}}'' has one after Robert [[SlapSlapKiss makes her feel angry for the first time]].
* Parodied mercilessly in ''{{Zoolander}}'':
-->'''Derek:''' There was a moment last night, when she was sandwiched between the two Finnish dwarves and the Maori tribesmen, where I thought, "Wow, I could really spend the rest of my life with this woman".
* In ''Film/ThePrinceAndMe'' the scene where Julia Stiles's character is giving an oral presentation and in the middle of it realizes her love for... well... the Prince.
* ''Film/TheMatrix'': This probably happened to Trinity when Cypher was about to kill Neo, and asked her if she believed that he was [[TheChosenOne The One]], since we later learn that [[TheOmniscient The Oracle]] told her she would [[BecauseDestinySaysSo fall in love with The One]].
* ''GoneWithTheWind'' Scarlett spends the whole movie obsessing over Ashley and how he married Melanie instead of her. She continues to do so even after she's married to Rhett and they've had a daughter together. It isn't until she sees Ashely break down after Melanie's death that she realizes she never truly loved him and that she's always loved Rhett.
** And platonically speaking, it isn't until Melanie's death that Scarlett realizes that Melanie is her best friend and has always been there for her.
* ''Film/{{Stardust}}'' has a very sweet scene with Yvaine explaining what she's realised about love, to [[spoiler:Tristan while he's in the form of a mouse, after she's verified that he can't understand her. Except he was kinda lying.]]
* In TheWeddingSinger, Julia has one immediately following her realization that she hates the sound of her married name.
* Happens in ''Film/TheKid2000'' when Russ realizes he's been paying a lot more attention to Amy than he'd realized.
* ''{{Film/Holiday}}'': Linda [[ThisIsGoingToSuck realises]] that she has fallen in love with her sister's fiancé after sharing a [[DanceOfRomance dance]] with him on New Year's Eve. She confesses her feelings to [[TheConfidant her brother Ned]], but refuses to act on them.
* In ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', Bond begins courting Tracy because her father promises Bond that if he marries her, he'll help Bond find his arch-enemy Ernst Blofeld. Later in the film, Tracy saves Bond's life from [=SPECTRE=] agents who had been pursuing him. This causes Bond to realize that he really has fallen in love with Tracy and it's no longer just a business arrangement with her father. He then proposes to Tracy.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Laurie of ''LittleWomen'' has one of these while recovering from [[ShipSinking Jo's rejection]], where he realizes that even though [[SettleForSibling he can't have one sister, he'll be perfectly satisfied with another]].
* Elizabeth Bennet of ''PrideAndPrejudice'' has one when she and Darcy hear the news of Lydia eloping with Wickham, convincing Elizabeth that Darcy will now want nothing to do with her or her family:
-->"It was [...] exactly calculated to make her understand her own wishes; and never had she so honestly felt that she could have loved him, as now, when all love must be vain."
* ''{{Literature/Emma}}'s'' reaction to Harriet's confession of love for Mr. Knightley makes her realize feelings she (though not the reader) was completely unconscious of until then:
-->"Why was it so much worse that Harriet should be in love with Mr. Knightley, than with Frank Churchill? Why was the evil so dreadfully increased by Harriet's having some hope of a return? It darted through her, with the speed of an arrow, that Mr. Knightley must marry no one but herself!"
* Rose has an epiphany in ''[[Literature/TheEdge On the Edge]]'' after Declan saves her brother's life. She sits on the steps next to him thinking about what her life would have been like if she'd never met him, only to realize that she didn't want to never have met him, because she's in love with him. Heartbreaking because Declan has ulterior motives for courting her, and she's duty-bound to resist his advances.
* The Twilight Series has two major ones:
** In ''Literature/MidnightSun'' Edward struggles with exactly why he saved Bella and why he is so curious about her, besides his inability to read her thoughts. Then when he hears her saying "Edward, please don't go," in her sleep, and he realizes that he loves her.
** ''New Moon:'' After being told, point-blank, by Edward multiple times that he's in love with her, and that it's the driving force behind every action he takes, Bella finally shrugs off her low self-esteem and realises that he means it.
* In the ''[[TheOtherworld Darkest Powers]]'' series, Chloe manages to have ''two'' of these in ''The Reckoning''. [[spoiler: When she goes on a date with Simon, they kiss and there's no spark. At that point she realizes that despite wanting to like Simon in that way, she still thinks of him as a friend. Much later, Derek is considering leaving the group for their own safety. The realization of how much he really means to her hits Chloe ''hard'', which is Love Epiphany #2.]]
* In ''[[XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'', Wedge and Iella were lovers once and became estranged, eventually not even being friends anymore. While talking to Iella Wedge learns ''why'' - it's a combination of unfortunate events keeping them apart and missed signals, and she feels hurt. Hurt himself, Wedge starts to leave-
-->Adrenaline jolted through him. The shock that hit him was that of a man realizing that he was about to step into a trap or a firefight, something that could end his life in a second.\\
It couldn't be a precognitive warning. Outside of [[AcePilot the cockpit]], his pattern recognition skills didn't afford him warnings like that.\\
No, the danger was more personal. It was indeed a matter of ''Step through that door and your life is over'', but in a very different way. "Just how stupid do you think I am?" he asked.[...]\\
He turned to face her again. His energy was back. He felt it burning within him. And he now knew the nature of the one last barrier standing between the two of them: Her injured pride, shielding her from further harm... but also shielding her from him. "How big an idiot would I have to be to walk out that door?" [...]\\
"No, Iella. That would be another mistake, and the older we get, the less time we have to bounce back from them. I'm tired of making mistakes." He put one hand behind her neck, the other around her waist, and drew her to him. She looked at him, surprise in her eyes.\\
"You're a grown woman and in training," he said. "If you want me out of your room, it'll take you just one knee and a little leverage to put me out. But you can't just tell me to go, not this time. I love you. I'm not going to meekly walk away." He pulled her face to his and kissed her.\\
He had a glimpse of her widening eyes. Then he was lost in the sweetness of her lips.
* JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene Golden Transcendence]]'', with Phaethon pondering over Daphne Prime and Daphne Tercius -- noticing things.
* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''[[LordOfTheRings The Return Of The King]]'', after Éowyn doesn't go to the army, and Faramir points out there are two possible reasons, one of which is reluctance to leave him.
* Literature/HarryPotter's [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfbloodPrince chest monster]]. Only after walking in on [[spoiler: Ginny and Dean kissing]] does he finally realize just how he feels about her.
* For Joscelin this happens in [[Literature/KushielsLegacy Kushiel's Chosen]]. He already knew he loved Phèdre but after [[spoiler: thinking she was lost at sea]] he realized how ''much'' he loved her.
* [[Literature/AnneOfGreenGables Anne Shirley]] has a jarring love epiphany when her longtime friend and rejected love interest, Gilbert Blythe, is dying from typhoid fever. The description in the book ("Anne of the Island") is a borderline TearJerker:
-->There is a book of Revelation in every one's life, as there is in the Bible. Anne read hers that bitter night, as she kept her agonized vigil through the hours of storm and darkness. She loved Gilbert -- had always loved him! She knew that now. She knew that she could no more cast him out of her life without agony than she could have cut off her right hand and cast it from her. And the knowledge had come too late -- too late even for the bitter solace of being with him at the last. If she had not been so blind -- so foolish -- she would have had the right to go to him now. But he would never know that she loved him -- he would go away from this life thinking that she did not care. Oh, the black years of emptiness stretching before her! She could not live through them -- she could not! She cowered down by her window and wished, for the first time in her gay young life, that she could die, too. If Gilbert went away from her, without one word or sign or message, she could not live. Nothing was of any value without him. She belonged to him and he to her. In her hour of supreme agony she had no doubt of that. [[DerailingLoveInterests He did not love Christine Stuart -- never had loved Christine Stuart.]] Oh, what a fool she had been not to realize what the bond was that had held her to Gilbert -- to think that the flattered fancy she had felt for [[DerailingLoveInterests Roy Gardner]] had been love. And now she must pay for her folly as for a crime.
** There is also a non-romantic instance for Marilla in "AnneOfGreenGables", when she sees Anne being carried home by Mr. Barry after breaking her ankle, not knowing that Anne's injury was minor.
--> At that moment Marilla had a revelation. In the sudden stab of fear that pierced her very heart she realized what Anne had come to mean to her. She would have admitted that she liked Anne--nay, that she was very fond of Anne. But now she knew as she hurried wildly down the slope that Anne was dearer to her than anything else on earth.
* Morgan's reaction to his first mind-link with Richenda in ''[[{{Deryni}} High Deryni]]'':
--> In the first soaring ecstasy of union with her mind, he was filled with a sense of wonder so profound that in that instant, he knew with a certainty born at the root of his powers that he had found that other part of himself, missing all his life. That whatever happened tomorrow, and for all the days of his life, he could endure with this blessed woman at his side.
* ''StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse ''NewJediOrder'' Tenal Ka realizes she loves Jacen after he's captured by the Yuuzhan Vong, [[spoiler: and she mistakenly believes he was killed by them.]]
* In ''Queen Lucia'', Georgie is excited at the prospect of doing tableaux in front of his new neighbor Olga Bracely at a party, and, when she can't come, discovers how profoundly disappointed he is--"and all at once it dawned on him that he must be in love with Olga, for why else should her presence or absence make such an astounding difference to him?"
* The prequel chapter to ''Realms of the Gods'' (The fourth book in Tamora Pierce's ''Literature/TheImmortals'' ) is a mixture of this and a WhamEpisode. (Made more interesting by the fact that several people didn't realise there was a prequel, and were completely caught out by the follow-up half a book later.)
* Happens to both of the protagonists of ''Literature/HeartInHand''. Darryl has this realization when Alex visits his house while Darryl is recovering from a flu, and Alex about two months later, when Darryl kisses him after a visit to a school.
* In ''Star In Danger'' [[note]]book 37 of the ''Thoroughbred'' series[[/note]], Cristina tells Parker that she knows he has feelings for her. In response, Parker tells her that he had one of these during a riding accident.
-->"You had a concussion," she reminded him. "You were out cold. How could you hear me?" For a second the image of Parker trapped under [[CoolHorse Foxy]]'s body swam into her mind. While they'd waited for the ambulance, she'd kneeled on Foxy's neck, keeping her down. If the mare had scrambled to her feet, she would have trampled Parker.
-->"I could hear you," Parker insisted. "You kept talking to me. I think you were afraid I might stop breathing or die. You said stuff like, 'You and Foxy aren't afraid of anything, are you? You're such a great team, I bet you'll beat us to the Olympics. Your parents will be so proud. Even your mom will be glad you kept riding.'"
--> Cristina's mouth dropped open. "How do you remember what I said?"
--> "I just do. Because that's when I realized you were...special." His voice lowered. "You were scared and crying, but you still kept talking to me."
* In ''Literature/AgathaHAndTheClockworkPrincess'', when Agatha shows readiness to give herself up to the Baron, to protect Europa from the Other, Tarvek suddenly realizes he would do anything to keep her safe and out of Baron's hands.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Although the actual LoveEpiphany for the character in question doesn't happen onscreen (or may not have happened in a bolt of clarity at all), the ''audience'' for the first time realizes that the subtle ShipTease of Josh and Donna on ''TheWestWing'' has become 100% definitely, unequivocally {{Canon}} in the 4th season's penultimate episode "Commencement" when [[spoiler: Amy delivers the long-teased, never-spoken WhamLine "Are you in love with Josh?", and Donna doesn't answer, standing stock still and staring fixedly at her papers while the camera slowly pans in, just as the lyrics to the song ("Angel" by Massive Attack) playing in the soundtrack change to ''"love you love you love you love you..."''']] Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the writer, director, and editor of that episode.
* There's a scene in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' where Michael realizes he loves Marta, when they're sitting on the steps in the hallway during the Desi Award show.
* ''{{Friends}}'':
** After Chandler and Monica have upgraded from friends to FriendsWithBenefits for a while, a falling out between them one Thanksgiving leads Monica to don a turkey on her head, complete with sunglasses, hat and a funny dance, to try and cheer him up. Laughing, he exclaims, "You're so great! I love you!". His amusement almost immediately dies into shock as he realises what he just said and what it means, and he freaks out so badly he takes it back. It takes several more episodes before he's willing to actually admit it properly and stand by it, and even then, Phoebe has to break him into confessing it. Chandler also describes an off-screen example, when they were dancing together and he realized his feelings.
--> '''Chandler''': "It was the first time I knew that you...you were the woman that I wanted to dance all my dances with."
** Happens in the finale with Rachel's answering machine message to Ross after rejecting him at the airport. She's assuring him that she loves him as a friend, "I love you, I love you, ''I love you.'' What am I doing? I love you!" You can actually hear her realize on the third "I love you" that she means it romantically.
** Another Rachel example, from when Ross was about to marry Emily:
-->'''Rachel:''' I'm not going to Ross's wedding because he is my ex-boyfriend and that would be really uncomfortable. Not because I'm still in love with him! I mean, hey, y'know, I like Ross as much as the next guy. You know, clearly I have feelings for him, but feelings don't mean love! You know, I mean, I still have loving feelings for Ross, yeah! But, I have... I have, you know, continuing feelings of love, but that doesn't mean that... that I'm still in love with him. You'know? I have... I have sexual feelings for him, but I do love him... Oh! Oh my God! Oh my... why didn't you tell me?
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** After desperately trying to kill the title character for the past few seasons, [[BadAss Spike]] finds himself awakening from an erotic dream in which he confessed his love for her. He is not well pleased.
-->'''Spike:''' Oh ''God'', no. ''Please'', no.
** Riley Finn doesn't realise he fancies Buffy until he [[AssholeVictim punches Parker]] for making a crude remark about her. His friends tell him [[EveryoneCanSeeIt that they've always known]].
*** Inverted in Season 5 when Riley realises that Buffy doesn't love him, fueling his eventual decision to leave.
* ''Series/ICarly'': Sam and Freddie obviously had one for each other, but oddly neither moment is shown on-screen. The '[[MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat mood app]]' reveal is after Sam already likes Freddie as she starts the episode ''iOMG'' liking him if the dialogue about her changed behaviour is taken at face value. Freddie could be considered the same in ''iLose My Mind'' because there's nothing that stands out as a moment Freddie realises he likes Sam back until the end where he kisses her.
** In ''iDate Sam & Freddie'', it's revealed that [[ComedicSociopathy Sam pushed Freddie into a bike courier]], the courier hit Freddie, Freddie smacked his head against a fire hydrant, and as he was lying knocked out and bleeding from the ears, that was the first moment Sam realized he was 'kinda cute'.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Kira has a moment of perfect clarity after her date with Odo in "His Way".
* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', the Doctor (no, not [[Series/DoctorWho that one]]) has one of these for Seven Of Nine while teaching her to sing "You Are My Sunshine", made clear when, while singing with her, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming he happens to glance up at her face and his voice trails off in the middle of "you'll never know, dear".]] Of course, it [[StrangledByTheRedString all came to nothing]] due to Seven's LastMinuteHookup with Chakotay.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' when Elena eventually realizes that she has feelings for Damon.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "all things" was this for Scully, as well as the epiphany that she didn't regret the way her life turned out, and that she didn't regret not having married her former med school professor when she had the chance.
* The ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "Miracles" is when Barney realises that he is in love with Robin, after he has a near-death experience. Earlier, Robin had this for Ted after he meets Victoria.
** Long after Barney and Robin have broken up, Barney gets another one of these in regards to her. Not only does he realize he's in love with her; he realises she's his "best friend and soulmate" and that he "can't wait to spend the rest of his life with her". This is the show's [[TheCasanova Casanova]] we're talking about.
* Played for laughs on ''That70sShow''. Immediately after realizing that she has feelings for Fez, Jackie runs from the Formans porch screaming "Nooooo!" at the top of her lungs.
* In ''{{Glee}}'', Blaine has one watching Kurt sing "Blackbird". [[RelationshipUpgrade And bless him, he doesn't wait around afterwards.]]
* In ''MyLittleTown'', after [[spoiler: Art admit's to Maya how much he really loves her, and that no matter if she were guilty or not, it wouldn't change a thing,]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming she finally understands she feels the same, and kisses his cheek lightly, saying "You are stupid."]].
* ''RadioFreeRoscoe'': Lilly has an epiphany about her feelings for Ray, when her band gets a contract and he's the first person she wants to tell.
* In Season 2 of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', this happens to the central character J.D., when [[ItMakesSenseInContext he goes to confront]] his HeterosexualLifePartner Turk over the latter's meddling in Elliot's patient load:
-->'''Turk:''' Where's the love? Where's the loyalty? Where's the... automatically... siding with the person you care about the most? [beat] Oh, my God, that's what you're doing, isn't it?
-->'''J.D.:''' [speechless]
* In ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Beckett and Castle have gone through this several times, especially in Season 4, where [[spoiler:Beckett struggles with her feelings for Castle after he said he loved her after she was shot.]] [[spoiler:The final, definite one happens in "Always", when Beckett nearly dies and realises that she does not care anymore about finding her mother's killer (or least she's no longer willing to risk her life to do so), because now she only wants Castle.]]
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* After [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD4azjx6mbE Project "Ma"]] have failed, Adam realizes that his love for Eve is genuine.
* Bonnie Raitt's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ58TVYNFro Something to Talk About]] is about a woman hearing rumors about her and a male friend, and having one of these.
* In the famous GetoBoys song: "My Mind is Playing Tricks on Me".
-->'''Scarface''' "I had a woman down with me. But to me, it seemed like she was down to get me. She helped me out in this shit. But to me she was just another bitch. Now she's back with her mother. Now I'm realizing that I love her. Now I'm feeling lonely. My mind is playing tricks on me."
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* In the musical ''How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying'', there's a scene (complete with its own song, "Rosemary") where Finch, after kissing Hedy [=LaRue=], has an epiphany that he's in love with Rosemary.
* In ''SpringAwakening'', Melchior and Wendla realise that they have feelings for each other in a typical teenage way in "The Word of Your Body". However, as songs in the musical are considered internal monologues, they [[spoiler:do not admit their feelings until the end of the first act]] in "I Believe".
* In ''InTheHeights'', after Nina returns from Stanford University for the summer, she tells Benny in "When You're Home" that home is where he happens to be and asks "can you remind me of what it was like, at the top of the world?"
* Slightly different in ''PassingStrange''. The Youth avoids admitting his feelings despite going from relationship to relationship. Desi in "Come Down Now" tells him to knock it off and let her give him "all the love life allows". He turns away, realising what is happening.
* Collins and Angel in ''{{RENT}}'''s "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming I'll Cover You]]", almost MoodWhiplash after the yearning of "Santa Fe" beforehand.
* "Elaborate Lives" from ''{{Aida}}'', in which Radames, the future Pharaoh and Aida, a Nubian slave, realise that they love each other and foreshadow the end of the musical.
* ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'': Benedick and Beatrice each have their own after overhearing their friends talk about the other being in love with them.
* In Wicked, Fiyero and Elphaba have this when they rescue a Lion cub. Elphaba even gets a whole song about it, even though she doesn't think there's any chance Fiyero could return those feelings.
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* ''FinalFantasyVIII'' Squall has one for Rinoa after [[spoiler: she falls into a coma and he realizes he genuinely wants to talk to her but "[[CallBack It's like talking to a wall.]]"]]
* In ''JadeEmpire'', Dawn Star ''finally'' gets that she is actually in love with TheProtagonist after Silk Fox shows up and starts treating her like a rival for his affections.
* In ''{{Persona 3}} [[UpdatedRerelease Portable]]'', [[ObliviousToLove Akihiko]] actually has to have the girl he loves ''coach him into one''.
* According to WordOfGod, Kaine realised she loved VideoGame/{{Nier}} while beating him up. So then she backed off.
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* A few examples in ''{{Canvas 2}}'', but the most dramatic is probably in Takeuchi's route.
* ''[[http://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=19641&sid=fed821e788e0020013d4c0513247ed09 a2 ~a due~]]'': Sona only realizes how much she truly likes Hao towards the end of their big concert conduction together, although she's a tad dismayed at how bad she is with feelings and calls herself a "stubborn idiot" for not doing anything about it sooner.
--> '''Sona:''' Now, my life has become so different that I can't imagine Hao not being in it. Arguing all night long, fighting in the rain, hopping the language barrier, leading a crazy conducting session... becoming musical legends even. I don't care what we're doing. As long as it's him and me. Together.
* ''MagicalDiary'' gives one to ''Damien'', of all people, if you play your cards right. [[spoiler:Of course, his epiphany comes in the middle of his attempt to ''kill'' you, so his timing could definitely be better. But it keeps him from actually killing you, at least?]]
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* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', after years of WillTheyOrWontThey between her and Torg, recently had this happen to Zoë at the worst possible time, [[spoiler: during a battle with an AxCrazy assassin who had been brainwashed into being madly in love with Torg and had just been revealed to be Pyrokinetic. [[WhamEpisode She's nearly burned to death]], and while advanced technology is able to repair her body, it's [[EmptyShell unable to repair her mind]]. She ultimately recovers, though without any memory of the event.]]
* A perfect nonverbal example for Lars in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' can be [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050817 seen here.]]
* Mike in ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', for Pee-Jee, sparking his slow reform from JerkAss to sympathetic character.
* A variant in ''Webcomic/SinFest''. Criminy seems to have finally clocked on that succubi Fuschia is in love with him.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Karkat realizes his [[FoeYay caliginous]] feelings [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004526 for John]].
* In ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' Sonya has one concerning [[LesYay Zii]].
* In ''TheLessThanEpicAdventuresOfTJAndAmal'', TJ has a beautifully-done one regarding Amal in Chapter 29 that's entirely non-verbal except for a very small "[[OhCrap shit]]" voiced at the end. [[spoiler:Amal gets his own turn in the next-to-last chapter, complete with a very similar "shit".]]
* In ''YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'', Eric is lamenting to his chief-of-staff over the difficulty of choosing a wife without Clover there to help him. He starts describing his ideal woman... then {{face palm}}s himself when [[http://yafgc.net/?id=561 he realizes]] that Clover is the woman he just described. He makes up for his obliviousness [[http://yafgc.net/?id=564 three strips later]].
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Elliot [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-03-14 realizes his attraction to Susan goes beyond raging teenage hormones]] while in [[ShowerScene the shower]].
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* In AVeryPotterMusical, there's a whole song about Ron and Draco's simultaneous Epiphany about their feelings for Hermione: Granger Danger.
* Also happens in another Star Kid musical, ''MeAndMyDick'', when Joey realizes that he's loved Sally and not Vanessa the whole time.
-->'''Heart:''' Maybe ''Sally''is the person we initially disliked!
* Parodied in ''LetsPlay/PlagueAndTreacheryOnTheOregonTrail''. Where Susan from atop a cliff and Cyrus miles away lying in a field both stand up simultaneously and say aloud "I love him!" "I love her!"
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* Happens in the ''AsToldByGinger'' TV movie "Foutleys on Ice". When Ginger is about to leave for boarding school, Darren casually mentions that he "loves Ginger as much as anybody," and then realizes that he ''did'' mean it the way it sounded.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama Kim Possible: So The Drama]]'': First Ron figures out why the [[RomanticFalseLead new guy in school who quickly became Kim's boyfriend]] upsets him so much. Later - after said boyfriend turns out to be untenable - Kim realizes there might be someone she knows who is an exception to NoGuyWantsAnAmazon.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' in "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheFortuneteller The Fortuneteller]]" episode, Aang first realizes that he is attracted to Katara. Katara herself started to have an inkling at this point but had no epiphany.
* In its sequel, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' Korra is kidnapped in one episode and Mako is particularly passionate in the search. Once Korra is found, Mako begins acting strangely around her, and it's not until the final episode that he says that he realized how much he loved her while she was gone. Unfortunately, his behavior went unexplained in the meantime and he received much hatred from some of the fandom, who felt he was cheating on his girlfriend and playing with Korra's heart.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' gives us a really unusual one: Xanatos realizes he's in love with Fox in ''Eye of the Beholder''. What's strange about this? He's engaged to her and they've been dating for a long while now. It just wasn't until he was faced with her potential death that he realized he was genuinely in love with her rather than just marrying her because they were "genetically compatible, highly intelligent and had the same goals". He didn't even believe he was capable of love until said epiphany.
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