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Aborted Declaration of Love
Cure Critical Wounds... Well, that changed everything.
"Kid, I love... I've always loved your hair. (Narrating)
I have no idea where that came from. So great... not only am I gonna die, but I'm gonna die a socially inept virgin with a hair fetish."
Alice is about to be separated from her beloved Bob forever, and has one last chance to say how she truly feels
Except... she decides not to. It could be because Bob loves Cathy and Alice doesn't want to cause problems for the two of them. It could also be because she's dying and she doesn't want to cause Bob any more pain. Whatever the case may be, Alice and many other characters often sacrifice their last chance to tell their loved ones how they feel, leaving them to find out from other characters, if they find out at all.
Typically an aversion of Dying Declaration of Love
and Anguished Declaration of Love
, with the characters usually acknowledging this being their last opportunity and deciding not to, often explaining their reasons in thought. Unlike Cannot Spit It Out
, this is typically final. Often a result of I Want My Beloved to Be Happy
. If the declaration of love is cut off by something outside Alice's control, it's an Interrupted Declaration of Love
Subtrope of Not So Final Confession
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Anime and Manga
- In New Mutants (original series), Dani 'Mirage' Moonstar is comforting gal-pal Rahne 'Wolfsbane' Sinclair on a clifftop in Scotland; '-he's an old man, filled up with hate; without you those people would be dead. You're not alone. Moira loves you; and I-' 'I know' says Rahne. '-but that doesn't make me ache any the less.' A follow-up 20 years later is also aborted by a simple interruption.
- Toy in The Ballad Of Halo Jones. When she tries to perform a Dying Declaration of Love Halo fails to take the hint and thinks they're talking about their friendship. Toy decides not to clarify and dies soon after.
- Although she didn't die afterwards, Elizabeth in the Bollywood film Lagaan declares her love to the Indian hero Bhuvan... In English (While her Hindi's pretty good, she didn't know the correct words. However, she passes up the chance to tell him at another point when she knows the correct ones) . She did, however, then leave the country without really telling him.
Elizabeth: (In English) I'm falling in love with you, Bhuvan.
Bhuvan: (In Hindi) Ma'am, I don't speak English.
- When he's saying goodbye to the Princess Ren in A Brother's Price, Jerin is at a loss for what to say. His sisters are close enough to possibly overhear and he doesn't want them knowing what he and she almost did lest he be considered ruined, plus she's so far above his station that they couldn't possibly marry, but he has to say something.
Certainly not "Don't go" or "I think I love you" or even "Don't leave me here to marry the Brindles." With his sisters near at hand, even "I'll miss you" was dangerous. "Come back and visit" was impossible; he'd be married and gone within a few months.
Finally, he found something acceptable. "Keep yourself safe."
Live Action TV
- The unnamed protagonist in Lewis Carroll's The Willow Tree leaves her love to discover her feelings in a rather unconventional way.
It shall not dim Lifes joy for him: My tears he shall not see:
While he is by, Ill come not nigh My weeping Willow-Tree.
But when I die, oh, let me lie Beneath thy loving shade,
That he may loiter careless by, Where I am lowly laid.
And let the white white marble tell, If he should stoop to see,
"Here lies a maid that loved thee well, Beneath the Willow-Tree."
- Scott of Final Fantasy II considers having the heroes relay a message to Hilda about how he feels, but orders them not to, saying that she would be pained to hear him confess his love while dying.
- In the ending of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Vivian, while seeing Mario off, almost confesses her love to him, but suggests that he and Peach would be a good couple.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, when Midna goes back to the Twilight Realm, she says, "Link, I...See you later." Granted, she may not have been about to do a love declaration, but it's implied.
- Apparently not implied at all in the Japanese version. According to Zelda Wiki, her last words in Japanese were "??????????", which translates to "Link...s...see you." Which, as you can see, only includes the Ironic Echo.
- In one route of Blaze Union, Jenon attempts to confess his feelings for Siskier, but stops himself at the last minute when he finally realizes that she's in love with Garlot.
- In the Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side games, getting far enough along in a romance with any of the guys inevitably leads to a scene in which the guy in question almost confesses his love for the heroine, only to lose his nerve before he can quite manage to spit it out.
- A lot of Dating Sim games love this trope - especially if the love interest is a Shrinking Violet,Unlucky Childhood Friend, or Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- If you fully heal the Solar Tree in Boktai, Lita will be deeply moved, to the point where she starts to confess her love for Django... and then chickens out. Several times.
- Hammer in Angels 2200 has feelings for Kid, but her position as leader of the Icebreakers prevents them from getting closer. When she volunteers to stay behind to allow the Icebreakers to escape from the Ellie Arroway, she considers telling her how she feels, but decides that doing so would be inappropriate for the situation and unprofessional, and ends up saying she "loves" her hair. While she seemingly dies, she is actually still alive and a prisoner of the rebels, and may yet get another chance in Angels 2.0.
- Tales of the Questor has one with Quentyn and Kestrel after the Wham Episode.
- In the Bad Future of General Protection Fault, a grown-up Sidney sees Nick and Ki's son Todd off with a kiss when he goes back in time to change the past, and Professor Wisebottom reveals that she has been in love with him for years, but isn't sure why she never told him (it could be because she grew up to be something of a Tsundere)
- The Order of the Stick's Haley has one in this comic.