Alice writes Bob an unsigned note, typically a secret admirer type message. Carol finds the note, misinterprets it and believes it was written by David. The note continues to be passed around until all characters have misconceptions about one another.

See also OopsIDidItAgain, LoveLetterLunacy.

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* A variation is played on ''SuzumiyaHaruhi'', when the class representative Ryoko Asakura leaves Kyon an anonymous note in his UsefulNotes/InsideShoes locker. Kyon first thinks the note was written by Mikuru, but then he corrects himself: the note was a simple sheet of paper torn from a notepad, and it would be Mikuru only if the note was written in scented decorated paper sprinkled with glitter. Massive mayhem ensues. Decidedly ''not'' of the romantic variety.
** Some of the mayhem ''is'' of the romantic variety, or at least [[NotWhatItLooksLike looks a lot like it]].
** He later finds a letter actually written in decorated paper by Mikuru... only problem is, he's only partially right...
** Another variation occurs in ''Love at First Sight'', where a lovestruck man ''dictates'' a love letter to Yuki to Kyon. Naturally, this means Kyon writes the letter in his own handwriting. It led to some awkwardness when explaining the situation to Yuki, but it got worse when he threw it out and [[{{Yandere}} Haruhi]] saw it.

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* In Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/TheGoldRush'', Georgia writes an apologetic love letter to [[TheHeavy her boyfriend]], and he gives it to the Tramp as a cruel prank. The 1942 re-cut version changed this so that Georgia writes the note for the Tramp, making their LastMinuteHookup less unexpected.

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* Happened in Creator/PGWodehouse quite frequently.

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* The classic example is from the sitcom ''MamasFamily'', but most long-running sitcoms offer a variation.
* ''GoodMorningMissBliss'', "Love Letters"
* ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', "Dear Sexy Knickers"
* In ''KenanAndKel'' this leads the later of the titular duo accidentally stealing someone else's girlfriend. Hilarity ensues.
* ''TheComicStripPresents'' film ''Mr Jolly Lives Next Door'' features an escort agency accidentally receiving a letter meant for a hitman. The message? "Take out Nicholas Parsons".
* In ''FullHouse'', a prank love letter was left to one of the girls. She distresses over it and misplaces it. Repeat for every other character on the show.
* In an episode of MyNameIsEarl, Earl helps a man who'd written a love letter Earl had prevented from being delivered by spending time with the intended recipient so she won't get involved with anyone else before the sender can get back into shape again. When she finds the letter, she thinks it's from Earl. Unfortunately, [[spoiler: Earl's interested in her, too -- she can spit and she likes Skynyrd! -- so he lets her go on thinking he'd written it]].

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* [[VideoGameTropes Video game]] example: ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', in which Eiko leaves a note for Zidane. It never reaches him, and is eventually intercepted by both Steiner and Beatrix, who each think it's from the other.
** Incidentally, the game was greatly inspired by Shakespeare, who absolutely loved this kind of plots.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Avalon}}'' Ceilidh meets half the cast thanks to a misdirected love letter from Ryan to Phoebe, [[spoiler:which turns out to be a sneaky version of FirstGirlWins]].

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