"In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."Love is a funny thing. Sometimes, we feel the strong need to keep our love secret from the object of our affection, for various reasons. They could still be attached, they may consider us a "best friend" and we don't want to endanger it, or maybe we just haven't come to terms with our feelings. The attempts that we have already made were all suddenly interrupted. The fear of rejection is also a powerful deterrent to spilling your heart out. Thank God there are extraneous factors that force us to shout our love to the heavens after we've been pushed around. Otherwise, how would romance work? Anguished Declarations of Love are gender neutral in terms of occurrence but have a different flavour depending on whether the declarer is male or female: a male declarer will often be aggressive and reproachful in his confession, especially if his target of affection doesn't react the way he expects them to, in which case he may demand to be loved back. If the answer is positive, Manly Tears of Joy are never far. A female declarer is often much more subdued in her confession and will admit her feelings sheepishly but a lash out isn't unheard of. Expect said lashing out to be rather teary, even heart-wrenching if done well. These kinds of confessions and proposals have a low success rate. When they come halfway through a work, they must usually be repeated again at the climax so that they can be accepted. Be warned: deathbed confessions of undying love all too often turn out not to be actual deathbeds. There is a very real possibility you will live to face the consequences of your confession. This may be a Good Thing or a Bad Thing. Depending on the work in question, might be a Heartwarming Moment or possibly a Funny Moment if done correctly. In real life, it's probably a much better move to just, y'know, ask someone on a date and see where it goes from there. Sub-Trope of Love Confession. Compare Dying Declaration of Love, Now or Never Kiss, and Aborted Declaration of Love. Beware! MANY spoilers, either marked or unmarked.
— Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice
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- Revolutionary Girl Utena.
Nanami: [to Touga] Because I love you! BECAUSE I LOVE YOU BIG BROTHER!
- The ending of Love Hina Again! The amount of interference (including, but not limited to, rocket-launchers, exploding buildings, Functional Magic, Latex Perfection bodysuits, mecha-turtle invaders, and the immediate threat of losing Keitaro to his adopted sister who'll go to any length, legal or not, to get him) required to make Naru fess up about her true feelings, cannot fail to amaze... Then again, it's the same thing as in that manga arc in Chapter 100-105.
- After spending approximately fifteen episodes following Yuuichi around like a hawk, Shiho finally confesses that she really loves him. He's asleep at the time… and she's still angry at Mai because she thinks he likes her better...
- Presumably done by Mai to Yuuichi as he lies dying. I say presumably because at that point he is too far gone to actually hear what she's saying, although we can see her lips move.
- Mazinger Z: At one of the last episodes Sayaka was holding a wounded Kouji in her arms, and thinking he was dead, she cried out she loved him and wanted to marry him. Then he opened his eyes and showed he was just teasing her. Then she decided to kill him for real.
- And in the second chapter of Shin Mazinger Zero she falteringly uttered she loved Kouji shortly before dying.
- At the end of the Ranma ½ manga, Ranma cries out his love for Akane in desperation because he thinks she has died. Whether it was an internal declaration or a vocal proclamation is up to the reader, but apparently Akane heard it loud and clear.
- InuYasha and Myouga see what they think are the departing souls of Kagome and Shippo (actually alive and well, just surrounded by protective foxfire), and Inuyasha blurts out more than he intended before he realizes that they're alive.
- Kagome later gets to play it straight and cross it into Shut Up, Hannibal!, as she deals her most direct one to Inyuasha to shake the effects of The Baby's very cruel Breaking Speech off herself.
- Happens frequently in Hinako Takanaga's Boys Love manga:
- In one chapter of The Tyrant Falls in Love, Morinaga and Souichi get into an argument on whether Morinaga should continue staying at Souichi's place to keep a lookout for the stalker or move to another place for his safety. In exasperation, Souichi yells that he'd rather be hurt than have things precious to him be hurt. His declaration isn't explicit enough to completely resolve the "does he like him back or not" issue, but judging from Morinaga's stunned face and Souichi's "My God, what did I just blurt out?" expression, it's a tad more revealing than he intended.
- In Little Butterfly, outcast Nakahara is surprised when cheerful classmate Kojima is friendly to him, but agrees to become friends. When his feelings of friendship deepen into love he makes an angsty declaration to Kojima, fearing rejection and saying that they probably shouldn't see each other any more. Kojima does accept his feelings, saying he thinks he might love him back, and says they can still be friends… but only on the grounds that Nakahara doesn't do anything "weird" until he's sure he loves him.
- In Awkward Silence baseball ace Tamiya asks out the shy artist Toono, but becomes more and more distressed as he takes Toono's natural emotionless appearance as a sign his feelings are unrequited. This leads to Toono having to declare his love in turn to convince Tamiya that the relationship is truly wanted.
- Domon Kasshu of G Gundam managed to turn one of these, addressed to his kidnapped and brainwashed love interest, Rain Mikamura into the lead-in to a Finishing Move.
- The finishing move, as it turns around into a combination attack that defeats the Devil Gundam by putting a great big heart-shaped hole right through it.
- Allenby herself does this, but only Rain gets to hear it during their Designated Girl Fight. And in a variation, Allenby herself is Brainwashed and Crazy during it, and mostly expressed her love for Domon when Rain mentions him during the fight while trying to calm her down.
- In Gravitation, even though Shuichi has already made it very clear that he's madly in love with Yuki, he spectatularly tops his previous assertions by screaming at the top of his lungs, "Yuki is mine!" In the middle of a concert. While surrounded by tons of fans. And with Yuki nearby, but accompanying his fiancee Ayaka. Yuki thinks he's a moron, but can't help but smile.
- Katou does this several times, in dramatic fashion complete with tears, in the Boys Love series Haru wo Daiteita.
- Several examples in Naruto:
- When Sasuke sets out to betray the village, Sakura confesses her love for him and tells him that she is willing to leave with him and betray the village just so they can stay together. His response is "you're annoying", followed by a "thank you", followed by whacking her on the back of the neck and rendering her unconscious. Even today, years after this happened, people are still not entirely sure what he meant by that; it's an Ironic Echo of a conversation that moments before he denied remembering, and he later carries her to a park bench instead of just leaving her to lie on the ground. This suggests he wasn't being completely cruel to her, but was stopping her from taking his dark path. Back then. This initial confession receives a Call-Back when Sakura begs him not to fight Naruto and confesses her love a final time. Sasuke knocks her out with a genjutsu of him impaling her with a Chidori, then sneers to Naruto and Kakashi that she was a deluded fool clinging to a fantasy and that he had no idea why she'd fallen for him in the first place. After Naruto beats some sense into him, Sasuke begins to reciprocate her feelings and they eventually get married.
- In the series' Darkest Hour, Hinata rushes to protect Naruto from Pain, leaping into a hopeless situation just to buy him time. When he pleads her to run away, she confesses her love for him with this grand speech that starts with "Your smile saved me!" and goes from there. Then Pain stabs her in the back before we can hear his response—which we don't get until The Last: Naruto the Movie two years later. (Or, from the audience's perspective, about six years.)
- Sai gives one of these to Sakura on Naruto's behalf, except he also points out that Naruto's feelings for both her and Sasuke, and The Promise she made Naruto make to her in Part I (to bring back Sasuke for her), is causing him a lot of emotional pain. Filled with guilt and shame, Sakura then rushes to Naruto to tell him that she loves him now. However, she genuinely doesn't mean it, and she just wants him to stop suffering because of her. This results in Naruto easily seeing right through her, calling her out for lying, and rejecting her outright by telling her that he hates people who lie to themselves. It puts a strain on their friendship for a while.
- Rin to Kakashi near the end of Kakashi Gaiden. He responds that he doesn't deserve her for abandoning her, but he will protect her as Obito, who secretly loved her, would.
- Maison Ikkoku. You can always count on wishy-washy Godai to to wait until the last minute to make his feelings known. As with Real Life, unless there's lots of alcohol involved.
- Fruits Basket:
- This is the first climax of the main romantic plot. After both characters have accepted their own feelings towards the other but both fearing rejection, Kyo confesses to Tohru that he was there when her mother was hit by the car, that he didn't grab her because he would transform into a cat and that her mother said she would never forgive him. He gives the choice to either forgive him or not and she takes the third option declaring:
Tohru: I have no choice. I have to go against my mother! Okay?! Even with all that. No matter what happens I LOVE YOU KYO-KUN! WHY CAN'T YOU JUST ACCEPT THAT?!
- Then straight after that she falls off a cliff, tells Kyo to go on without her, he gives her a kiss (she's unconscious by then), but she gets better fortunately.
- This is the first climax of the main romantic plot. After both characters have accepted their own feelings towards the other but both fearing rejection, Kyo confesses to Tohru that he was there when her mother was hit by the car, that he didn't grab her because he would transform into a cat and that her mother said she would never forgive him. He gives the choice to either forgive him or not and she takes the third option declaring:
- In Gantz, Kei Kishimoto confesses her love for Kato right at the moment when she takes a lethal blow for him, dying right after. Anzu does this for Kato as well, also right before she dies. Yeesh, Kato isn't very lucky when it comes to love confessions, is he?
- Is there anyone in Gantz who does have luck with this sort of thing? Kurono had Sakuraoka die on him, and had to unsuccessfully try to defend against half the Gantz team to save Tae. Even Reika went the Yandere route by cloning him and admiting to some desperate love.
- In a climatic episode of Gulliver Boy, once Gulliver is finally clued in regarding Misty's feelings for him after he misses the point of her Love Confession, he calls himself a fool and decides to do this before she has to leave the group. The next time they meet, Gulliver and Misty are in separate airships: he first apologizes to her for being so oblivious, then begs her to stay with him and their friends, and finishes with "I ask that from you... because I love you too, Misty'!" Misty is so touched that she decides to stay - showing it by jumping off the other airship, and straight into Gulliver's embrace.
- Genkaku from Deadman Wonderland confesses to Nagi during his If I Can't Have You... moment where he kills him that he "loved him." Love confession gone very wrong.
- Gauron from Full Metal Panic!, five seconds before trying to get his Humongous Mecha to self destruct and have a double suicide with Sousuke, yells out, "I LOVE YOU KASHIM!" Sousuke is not amused.
- Tessa also directly confesses her love for Sousuke in The Second Raid OVA. He misunderstands it brilliantly, in typical Sousuke fashion.
- Later on in the novels, Sousuke and Kaname finally get their chance to declare their love for each other as well—while on an open radio frequency. Everybody that counts in both Mithril and Amalgam hears them—including Leonard and Tessa. While (in the original Japanese) Kaname uses a slightly more temperate expression of love, Sousuke goes straight for the "aishiteru" formula—the very same that Gauron had thrown at him during the above-mentioned suicide attempt, and actually the most serious one in Japanese language. Sousuke gets mercilessly teased by Kurz and Mao afterwards—Kaname is still a prisoner of Leonard so she has it worse, as Leonard actually beats her up. Leonard is a very sore loser, unfortunately…
- Nanako to Rei/Saint-Juste in Oniisama e.... ("I… I love you! * sob* ")
- Also subverted by Fukiko, who gives one to Nanako… but it's a fake. And Rei interrupts it, too.
- Code Geass:
- Shirley Fenette had a "knack" for this. Earlier, after a long series of Moment Killers, she finally kissed him during a dramatic downpour—spurred to action upon learning that her father had died. Most of her "declaration" was silent, but it was definitely "anguished," and she finally made her feelings perfectly clear to the Celibate Hero Lelouch. Too bad things fell apart and the other time she got to tell him that she loved him, it happened as she lay dying in his arms.
- It doesn't get much more anguished than Nunnally's "aishiteru" at the very end of the series, while Lelouch lies dying next to her. She makes this confession to the most hated man in the world in public, in front of many live-broadcasting cameras. Good thing she was probably drowned out by all the people cheering and chanting the name of Lelouch's murderer.
- Harima from School Rumble. Too bad he confessed to the wrong girl.
- Fushigi Yuugi. Because it was raining, Tamahome just kicked a few asses, Miaka was starting to get sick, and because everyone was on an emotional roller coaster at the time.
- In Fate/stay night, Shirou manages one, after Gilgamesh beats down Saber and practically cuts Shirou in half. Shirou gets up and prepares for another pathetic attempt while Saber pleads for him to save himself.
Saber: What are you doing?! It is impossible! Please stop! I do not need you to save me! Why... Why do you not understand that? No, if you die because of something like this, I—
Shirou: SHUT UP! …just… be quiet for a second… you can rely on others… rely on…
Saber: You're wrong. You're more important than me, your life is more important, so you should take care—"
Shirou: I want you more than anything else! There's not one thing that can replace you. Sorry, I… I like you the most out of everything. So I'm not going to let a guy like him take you!
- Saber refuses to admit to having any romantic feelings for Shirou, even after their intimate scene; however, her final words to him were: "Shirou… anata wo aishiteru." She uses the stronger and less ambiguous "aishiteru" (the most Serious Business version of "I love you") instead of the more common "suki" (the more informal version, and the one most likely to be used).
- In Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA, Sakura gives one to a depressed Shirou, begging him to save himself and run away from the Holy Grail War, declaring that she will abandon everything with him if he does. His Imagine Spot confirms that he reciprocates her feelings, but he ultimately rejects the choice and chooses to fight in order to save his sister.
- Midori Days. Twice in the same chapter. Ayase, after spending the entire series to lure Seiji into an "appropriate" moment, after nearly a year of perfect chances being missed because of insecurities, she confesses her love (and her attempts) to Seiji. Seiji, however, then tells her that he does have a girlfriend (which is Midori, after spending the series not liking her). Ayase smiles, runs off, and says "It's alright! I confessed! It's alright!" and cries under the street lights.
- In Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Misa finds out that Minmei was with Hikaru in his apartment after hearing her talking to him. Suspecting that she lost to her, and also learning that she was to captain the SDF-2 and leaving Earth for a while, she gives one of these to him before leaving, since she wanted to let him know her true feelings for him. He actually ends up declaring his love for her instead.
- Rue confesses her love for Mytho this way in Princess Tutu. As the object of her affection is sending himself to certain doom because she tainted his heart with Raven's blood, the poor girl chases after him screaming and wailing in anguish at the top of her lungs: "I've loved you ever since I was a little girl! AND I'LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU FOREVER!" This sets Mytho's heart free from the Raven's blood, but marks poor Rue as a target to the Raven. Mytho spends most of the rest of the finale trying to save her.
- Sasame from Prétear (anime version) confesses his love for Takako, the Princess of Disaster this way—first indirectly as a "story" about a girl he "once knew", then as an anguished plea to her which ends with him forsaking his role as a Leafe Knight and offering himself up to her side. Her response is to laugh and say "this is my answer!" as she shatters the windows in the area.
- Seen in episode 19 of RahXephon, when Asahina's dying message comes right after Ayato unknowlingly killed her.
- Simon, a childhood friend of Erza from Fairy Tail, finds the courage to confess his feelings to her… but only because he's afraid she likes their other friend Jellal. The problem here is that he's on a battle field in the middle of a rebellion she's leading to save Jellal. His lack of attention to his surroundings while trying to tell her lands him with a busted jaw and missing eye. He almost confesses to her again years later, but dies before he can get the words out.
- Ai Kora features this when Maeda confesses his love for Sakurako at a school assembly as part of a desperate attempt to win her back from her ex-boyfriend. Sakurako doesn't admit she loves him back until the final chapter, when Maeda returns from disappearing for four months after accidentally taking a plane to England. In fact, she's so relieved to see him again all she can initially say is "I love you!"
- In the end of both the novel and anime versions of Welcome to the N.H.K.!, Sato tries to convince Misaki not to kill herself with a speech that becomes increasingly impassioned, until he blurts out "I like you! I love you! Please, don't die!" Misaki dismisses it as being hollow words to convince her not to jump, and Sato himself doesn't realize the full weight and meaning to what he said until he's ready to jump off the cliff himself in a desperate attempt to convince her of the worth of her own life.
- Ergo Proxy: Vincent gives Re-l one in Episode 12:
Re-l: What if it's true? No, it's impossible. FP bullets are harmless to humans. Maybe I should shoot his leg. Vincent Law. I think there is some connection between you and the Proxy. That's why I chased you here. You could probably say that I'm drawn to you. Somehow, I found myself thinking about you during our journey. Are you really a proxy? Even so, I need to—
[Vincent grabs Re-l on the arm and throws her down on the bed]
Vincent: I love you. I love you, Re-l. But for an immigrant… No, that's wrong. I mean, for a monster to love you… I thought that I wouldn't see you again. No matter how hard I tried to stop… No matter what, I still love you.
- In Yaiba, Yaiba says a "I Like You, seriously." to an aged Sayaka before confronting Kaguya. After the battle however he jokes about it, so we don't know if it was serious or not.
- In Sonic X:
- After about a season of building up a relationship with her, Tails finally admits in the series finale he loves Cosmo just before he is forced to kill her. Only in the Japanese version though, sadly not in the 4Kids Entertainment dub.
- A variation occurs with Sonic and Amy. Though Sonic is well aware of her feelings, the anguished declaration comes when Amy tearfully admits that she'd spend the rest of her life waiting for him, before falling to her knees and pleading for him to say that he loves her.
- This happens in Magic User's Club when Nanaka confesses to Aburatsubo. He rejects her feelings in the kindest, sweetest way ever, doing what he can to not break her heart further. The frame doesn't change from a closeup on Nanaka's face while he gives her his reply; you can watch her emotional state shift from nervousness to surprise to sad realization to resignation.
- All of Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest's chapter 97 is Inugami (of all people)'s Anguished Declaration of Love towards Aoshika-sensei, which kicks off the biggest Roaring Rampage of Rescue in the entire series since Aoshika is currently in the middle of being put through utter hell at the hands of Haguro and his men.
- Happens in Vandread when a Not What It Looks Like moment between Hibiki and Misty causes Dita to get supremely depressed. The crew decides to resolve the issue by locking Hibiki and Dita together until they make up. Hibiki eventually starts an Anguished Declaration of Love but gets interrupted by the scramble alarm. Dita returns the favor in the final battle when Hibiki attempts a Heroic Sacrifice.
Dita: I won't let that happen! (charges into the fray)
Hibiki: Idiot, don't come!
Dita: I finally understand… Dita's stupid so I can't understand the world… but I understand Mr. Alien very well! Right now Mr. Alien is trying to protect the lives of everyone so Dita will protect Mr. Alien instead! Because Dita loves Mr. Alien! That's why… that's why Dita's going to protect Hibiki!
- Angel Beats! created a really heartrending scene between Yuzuru Otonashi and Kanade Tachibana in the last episode. This video explains all. TT_TT
- In a late episode of Tokyo Mew Mew, Zakuro appears to be leaving the other Mews. Minto takes this badly and actually ends up outright fighting her, growing increasingly impassioned and upset until she screams "I loved you! I loved you!" It's never confirmed what kind of love she was talking about, and the whole thing is never mentioned again.
- In the manga both Chitose and Freya force one out of Hideki for Chii. Even after he confesses his love for her Freya taunts him to make certain he's serious by telling him that Chii's actions and thoughts are only programming and she will never love him back. His response? "Her feelings live in me!" In the anime version it's changed to a straight declaration of love because it's suggested that her advanced programming DOES give her emotions.
- Freya herself gave one in the past to her father/creator as the trauma of suppressing her feelings wrecked havoc on her systems.
- A more ambiguous case crops up in Xxx HO Li C given that their relationship isn't necessarily interpreted as romantic, but it has to mean something that while Yuuko's dying, Watanuki proclaims that only universe he cares about and wants to believe in is the one where she's there.
- In Toradora! Ryuji gets hurt in the pool and nearly drowns. When Ami tries to take him to the nurse's office Taiga (who actually was the one who put him in danger, though in her defense she never intended for that to happen) cries and screams "Ryuji is mine!" in tears. Although she later recants that it was a love confession, everyone around them takes it as one. Things would have been easier for everyone and *specially* for her if she'd simply let it stand as a confession.
- In Claudine, the main character gives one to the local Hot Librarian Cecilia. He's rejected.
- We finally, finally get one from Sumisa in chapter 42 of Sasameki Koto. Her best friend and long-time crush Ushio tells her that she must move away to take care of her grandmother. Sumisa breaks down in tears and lets out all of the feelings she's kept hidden, as she clutches Ushio against her and begs her not to go. Ushio reciprocates... but apologizes, and says that she must.
- A bit more of a literal example in Gunslinger Girl: Petrushka confesses her love to Alessandro, but he dismisses it as a result of her conditioning. To prove it isn't, she slaps and then insults him, both acts which, due to her conditioning, make her physically ill.
- In Element Hunters, Chiara and Rodney argue about her not participating in a dangerous dive and she accidentally corners him into admitting his feelings.
- In Poor Poor Lips, Nako eventually delivers one to Ren once Ren has decided not to fight her arranged marriage anymore. Luckily for Nako, Ren has been crushing on her for the longest time herself.
- In Bleach, Kanae Katagiri invokes the trope on Ryuuken Ishida, as a part of a desperate measure to tell him that he's not a failure to the Ishida clan and that he is not alone. She's successful.
- Haiyore! Nyarko-san has a particularly painful example, mainly due to the sharp contrast between the rest of the show. Nyarko isn't shy about professing her love for Mahiro in over-the-top fashion, and even manages to do it in more subtle, sweet ways when he complains about her being too hyper. But then Mahiro has to play The Beard for a friend, and spending a whole day following them is too much for Nyarko. She confronts him that night and has an emotional breakdown, sobbing over how much it hurt watching him even pretending to be another woman's fiancé, and how his refusal to just say whether he likes her or not is driving her crazy. In his own Tsundere way, Mahiro manages to say that he likes Nyarko, and they spend the rest of the night snuggling.
- Worth noting, in this scene Nyarko goes from using her usual "daisuki" (大好き), the normal way of saying "love" in Japanese, to the much more intense and meaningful "aishiteru" (愛してる).
- Suguha/Leafa from Sword Art Online said "I love you" towards Kazuto before telling him to leave her alone by the end of episode 22. This is because she doesn't take well of finding out he and Kirito are one and the same person.
- Queen's Blade: Hide & Seek: Elina finally confesses her love for her sister, Leina, after their duel in chapter 24; knowing she may not get another chance to say it, since Leina would be leaving again, soon afterward.
- Haou Airen: Kurumi gives one to Hakuron, after he points a gun at her head and orders her to swear her love to him.
- Hiroki in Princess Nine openly declared his love for Ryo Hayakawa in the final inning of the Koshien semifinal while at bat against her. He also begs her to love him back by throwing her lightning ball to him, rather than walking him. She obliges, losing the game but winning his heart.
- The finale of Tokyo Ghoul includes a few of these.
- Discussed and Deconstructed in City Hunter. After all, Ryo knows well that when you're about to die an instinctive need for reproduction pops out, so he couldn't trust his own declaration to Kaori until her temporary amnesia gave him time to reflect on his feelings for her and realize that yes, he did love her. At which point he plays it straight.
- Your Lie in April: Kaori makes her emotional confession to Kousei in the letter he receives after her passing.
- Plastic Memories has this happening twice.
- In Episode 8, Tsukasa confesses his feelings to Isla, telling her he wants to be with her until the end no matter how painful it is because he loves her. Unfortunately, this caught Isla off-guard, causing her to freak out and reject him.
- In Episode 10, Isla changes her mind and wishes to keep making memories with Tsukasa until the end. This leads to her delivering one of these at the end of the episode, which cements the two as the show's Official Couple.
- Koe no Katachi has one played for maximum heartbreaking. The heroine, Shouko Nishimiya, gets jealous that her crush's Unlucky Childhood Friend is back in the picture, so she changes her hairstyle and goes to confess to him. The problem is that she's deaf—thinking he would reject her due to her disability, she decides to say it instead of signing it. However, she has a very strong Speech Impediment due to her deafness, and he mistakes it for a comment about how the moon looks nice that night.
- Wandering Son:
- Nitori tells Takatsuki that she is in love with him in elementary after having some awkwardly romantic dreams and having others imply they should be a couple. Takatsuki declines. It creates a rift in their friendship that takes a while to repair.
- Not too long afterwards Saori delivers one of these to Nitori. It's incredibly awkward and Nitori confesses that she confessed to Takatsuki. Saori starts crying at the revelation it was Nitori that confessed, not the other way around. This situation only makes Saori even more jealous of Takatsuki and cements them as enemies, when before they and Nitori were all best friends. It isn't until well into middle school that they make up.
- Fumiya had been chasing Saori for a few years before he formally confessed and asked her to date him, while crying no less. She accepts.
- The final chapter has Takatsuki confessing to Nitori. It's unrequited and they both recognize this. The last shot of Takatsuki has them holding hands with Nitori.
- World's End Harem, practically the first scene with resident protagonist Reito only gathering the courage to confess his love for Erisa when he thought he had only some time left among the living, for he contracted multiple sclerosis; Reito has loved Erisa since they were elementary school kids, now they are college students.
- A platonic example happens near the end of Mahou Sensei Negima!. Asuna and Ayaka have been best friends ever since childhood, but it's not until the day before Asuna is set to go to sleep for 100 years that they finally admit how much they mean to each other out loud.
- In the movie Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, a powerful moment in the film, Kei grabs onto Fuse crying and utters line from Little Red Riding Hood "Mother, what big claws you have! Mother, what big teeth you have!". All the while, Fuse is screaming in anguish as he finds himself forced to either shoot the woman he loves or turn his back on his fellow Panzer Cops.
- In Superman story Superman: Brainiac, Brainiac steals Metropolis and Lois Lane tells Clark she loves him, just in case.
Lois: Clark, if you can hear me... I don't know what's happening, I don't know if this is the end... But if it is... If it IS the end — know, please know — how much I lov—
- Cassidy declares his love with Tulip before and after Jesse dies and after Jesse comes back in Preacher.
- Something of an unusual case (as they were already having sex) but it's not until he figures he's about to lose her that Mimic confesses his love to Blink in Exiles.
- In Mouse Guard: Winter 1152, Saxon finally spits it out during Celanawe's funeral—his experiences in the weasel dungeon made him realize his life of constant battle was meaningless.
- In The Legend of Zelda comics, Zelda makes one of these to try to save Link from being hopelessly corrupted by the Triforce of Power in the storyline "The Price". Once he's back to normal, she denies having ever said such a thing.
- Teen Titans: Recently, while Raven was in a coma, Beast Boy confessed that he loved her and always would. Then he went to beat the ever living crap out of the one who put her in a coma.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man, Mary Jane Watson stepped aside so that Peter Parker could pursue his romance with the resurrected Gwen Stacy, but in #15 of the second volume, her true feelings come out painfully when she and Peter discuss what had happened when the Chameleon hit on her while in Peter's shape.
MJ: Here is what I think… and if I pass out before I finish the sentence it's only because this is the hardest thing I've ever had to say out loud. I don't think he hit on me to hit on me. I don't think that was his master plan. I think he felt how much I love you... and he went for it.
MJ: We didn't do anything. He tried, but I backed off. I knew—I knew something was off. I knew it was… too good to be true. Now, I would like to go away from you as I am out of embarrassing things to say.
MJ: Peter, go find your girlfriend.
- In ElfQuest, Zhantee very emotionally declares his love for Leetah to Leetah's lifemate Cutter. In the elf culture, love is very free and sex is often shared between friends, and Cutter fails to understand why Zhantee never told them about his feelings. He explains to Zhantee that he'd have been welcome in their relationship all along. Through telepathy, Cutter connects himself and Zhantee to the faraway Leetah, and the three share a powerful romantic and sexual bonding for a few brief moments… until Zhantee dies in Cutter's arms.
- Warlord of Mars had a variation where a villain did this to a heroine when Thurid declared his love to Dejah Thoris and offered her to escape with him, to flee as far away from his other associates. Needless to say, Dejah wasn't impressed by it and slapped him in disgust.
- Paper Girls has a fillial love variation where tough girl Mackenzie begs her stepmother Alice not to kill herself, telling her she loves her while calling her "Mom" for what is implied to be the very first time.
- A Crown of Stars: Before the Final Battle, Shinji tried to talk Asuka into staying behind and safe. Asuka would have nothing of it.
- In A Pikachu in Love, Pichi does this at the climax of the fic, though unlike most examples she did rehearse it a little off screen in hopes if she worded it right, Pikachu would stay with her. Sadly, though Pikachu does admit he loves her too, he already decided his bond with Ash was too strong to break like that…
- Evangelion 303:
Asuka: I kinda… love you. …damn it, I love you!
- In chapter 13 Shinji confessed to Asuka as trying to talk her into staying with him. He tried to choose his words carefully because otherwise she would leave forever.
- In chapter 14, after months of self-denial, angst, self-recriminations, doubts, fights, separations and reconciliations, Asuka finally managed to gather her courage and confessing:
- Neon Genesis Evangelion R: Asuka does this to Shinji, though he remains unaware due to her speaking in German.
- In The One I Love Is:
Asuka: "It's okay. I can manage on my own. You be happy with Rei… Shinji… I… I love you…"
- In episode 6:
Shinji: "Well, I don't! I don't care! I don't care if you can't pilot those goddamn things again! I love you for who you are, not because you're a pilot!!!"
- In episode 9:
- The Private Diary of Elizabeth Quatermain: When arguing with your love interest about how you knew someone else was faking his affections for her, it's very easy to lose your cool.
"Because I love you! You think I can't tell the difference?"
- From Yu-Gi-Oh! fanfic 'Skin', Jonouchi's confession scene is considered by some to be so heartfelt that it manages to overshadow the first break in UST for one million four hundred thousand words. The fact that it came directly before his match against Yami no Malik probably didn't help.
- In Trouble, Butch and Harkness had been tip toeing and snarking around just what their feelings for each other were. But in chapter 38, Butch cries over Harkness' seemingly lifeless body, "Babe, wake up. Please."
- In Hunting the Unicorn, Blaine doesn't actually say the magic words for a while, but he does make a huge speech to Kurt in chapter nine about getting old together, adopting lots of kids with him, and how having Kurt in his life makes him a better person. The anguished part is that Kurt still wants to go back to McKinley.
- Nick also tells Jeff "I love you" while stoned, drunk, and upset. Thanks to the first two parts, he doesn't remember it until Jeff reminds him a year later.
- In Chapter 7 of Fallout: Equestria - Pink Eyes, Jammed Gun, a guardspony, gives one to a fellow guard Trigger Happy, pleading with her not to throw her life away on finding Puppysmiles. She tells him she's lesbian and departs anyway. However, his declaration won her over, and she returns the sentiment when she survives.
- In Chapter 35 of Facing Danger, Hermione is still unable to be near anyone male. Everyone but Ron has tried, and failed, to be near her. Ron overhears Letha and Danger discussing, and gets rather upset, since nobody had talked about it to him. So when (he thinks) she's asleep, he sneaks into her room and starts talking to her.
Ron: I'm so sorry. I didn't want you to get hurt. I didn't want anyone to get hurt, but you least of all…
- In the Labyrinth fanfic, It's Not Fair!, Sarah gives one to Jareth after he has transformed into an Unseelie and about to be sentenced to death, in the hopes he will hear her and change back. It works.
- The Tamers Forever Series has an unusual example. Unusual in that Takato doesn't actually say it to the object of his affection:
Takato: [to Renamon] You can help me protect Rika, and that's the only thing I want...
Renamon: Why do you want to protect Rika so badly?
Takato: Well, that's... err... well... that's because... ahh... umm...
Renamon: Why do you insist so much in taking care of her, when she only insulted you and humiliated you in the past? Why do you want to be her friend so badly? Why do you smile every time her name is mentioned? Why, Tamer? I don't understand...
Takato: Dammit, Renamon, because I love her!
- Inner Demons: The narration reveals that Rarity does return Spike's feelings for her, but hasn't told him yet because she wants to take things slowly. Then, she ends up having to pull a You Shall Not Pass on Trixie to give him and Apple Bloom time to escape, and chokes out one of these once he's gone.
"I love you so much…Spikey… Wikey… (note that she was crying during this)
- Rainbow Dash confesses her love to a near-catatonic Pinkie Pie as they're trapped in the burning CMC clubhouse. They survive.
- There's a more straight-forward example of the trope when Lezard confesses to having been in love with Apple Bloom since they met.
- Ace Combat: The Equestrian War: Overdrive confesses her feelings toward Tornado Swirl in chapter 17 during the liberation of Canterlot, when he fears they might die in the battle. Tornado returns her feelings, as he had a crush on her for a while.
Overdrive: Tornado... we have to make it through. So, please... stay strong, like you always did. Don't change. That's the kind of pegasus I always knew, admired... and liked so much.
Tornado Swirl: Overdrive... what are you...?
Overdrive: Tornado... I... I love you.
- And All The Stars Burned Bright gives one to Barbara Havers right before her captain takes off on a suicide mission when he confronts her about why she's been pulling away from him.
Barbara: Because I'm in love with you, you bloody idiot!
- The Immortal Game: Very strongly implied to have happened between Applejack and Rarity when they thought Titan's mega-storm would wipe them out during the Battle of the Everfree. However, it's hard to say for sure, since the storm made it impossible to actually hear anything, which is rendered in the narrative as them having to lipread, which doesn't really confirm anything for the reader.
- Draco pulls one in My Immortal when confronted by Dumbledore, McGonagall and Snape after getting caught doing it with Ebony in the Forbidden Forest. This somehow results in them getting off scot-free. Later, Hagrid does one as well.
- In The Hunger Games fic Some Semblance of Meaning, Kit declares his feelings for Vale's sister Laurel in his interview with Caesar Flickerman, and much later on, Obsidian confesses to Vale after the latter is almost killed by another tribute.
- In Harry Potter fanfic If Them's the Rules Ginny tries to sway Harry into staying by declaring her feelings for him. He rejects hers because he believes himself incapable of romantic love.
- Played with in Story of the Century: neither L or Erin actually say how they feel, but rather communicate it through their actions during their last conversation/fight, before she leaves to go home. Since L is dying (though not right away), it could double as a Dying Declaration of Love.
Erin (thinks): I hate you. I hate you. I love you so much.
"What? No! Th—that's not true! Why would Misa ever turn on you like that? Misa—I don't care what you are or what you do, Light. B—because I… I'll always love you. I always have."
- This after she's torn him a new one, keep in mind.
- Misa plays it straighter when she gives Light one of these in response to his accusing her of betraying him when they're caught. Light doesn't even acknowledge it, the whole time appearing more concerned about the fact that he's just been found out. Ryuk unceremoniously offs him afterwards by writing his name in his notebook, and Misa can only watch and beg helplessly as he dies.
"Did you love me then, too?"Erin sniffed, wishing she could make like the Wicked Witch of the West™ and melt into a puddle. What a world! "You know? I think I did. I had to work towards that point but I—I did love you a little. I still do. Then and now a—and every moment in between."And sometimes I really wish I didn't. I wish I'd never ever met you."Thank you so much for telling me. I am pleased. Oh, you're crying. Why are you?"
- The trope comes up again in the sequel, And The Story Continues, inverted and played straight. After Erin tries to explain to Umbra what love is, he decides that this is in fact what he feels for her and calmly and even happily tells her so, not understanding the gravity of what he's saying. (For one thing, it's not something he would have done when he used to be L.) Erin's response is very anguished.
- Used during the Walt Disney Zorro fanfic All The Wasted Time when Diego reveals his plan to Esperanza to give up the mask so he could marry Anna Maria.
Diego de la Vega: (thinking she's in love with a friend of theirs) Go ahead, Esperanza. Say it… Say you love Ricardo and that you understand.
Esperanza Montoya: I don't love him! I love you, Diego… if there's anybody I would spend the rest of my life with, it would be you!
- In Dirty Sympathy, Klavier gives one to Apollo before leaving because he was triggered by Apollo's post-coital talk after Kristoph's arrest.
- Reality Is Fluid: Kanril Eleya has been avoiding getting into a committed relationship with Reshek Gaarra because despite the fact they've admitted to the attraction privately, it's against Starfleet regulations since she's his direct superior. But at the end of the fic, when they're both in the hospital after his getting half-blown up and her being rather ungently mind-probed by an Undine, she finally has this to say:
Eleya: Gaarra, when I heard you were injured, I nearly got myself removed from command trying to come see you.
Gaarra: Well, you’re seeing me now.
Eleya: Yes. Yes, I am. (takes his hand) And I didn’t care. Tess would’ve had me thrown out of the service, and I didn’t care. I had to force myself to care. And now, I don’t have to care anymore. We’re out of danger, and we’re alone and—and I love you, is what I’m trying to say.
- In the first chapter of The Matrix Slashfic Bringing Me To Life Smith does this to Neo whose been killed in the real world by a Sentinel. The entire thing, it's quite long, boils down to
Smith: "Neo, Neo, come back. Please, you have to, you can't leave me, I… and I love you!"
- Fullmetal Alchemist fanfic Son of the Desert Trisha makes Hohenheim hold her at knife-point, having finally snapped from the pressure caused by her many suitors after she nearly kills one of them on accident. She tells him that she won't let go out the knife unless he admits that he loves her. Otherwise he must kill her. Hohenheim tearfully admits his feelings.
- Im Giving You A Night Call: Edward was physically and emotionally exhausted from being kidnapped by the new Homunculus Gang, fought his way out and got his automail arm painfully torn off. When Roy asked for an explanation to why he never told him that Edward was Fullmetal, he goes on an angry rant before finally telling Roy that he loves him.]
- In "You Are Not At Fault", after Shinji has been nearly killed -again-, Asuka does this:
"Quiet, Third!" The redhead brought her hands up to her face, rubbing at her wet eyes with the heels of her hands. The tears refused to stop. "Goddamnit, why is this making me cry? Why do I care so much about you? Why the hell do I love you?!"
- Wind Slicer's declaration to Midnight Star in Midnight Star: The Frozen Empire helps her snap out of the spiral she was descending into from utterly defeating the Frozen Empire's leaders.
- In Le Papillon Rising, Adrien has plenty for Marinette.
- The main character Attelus Kaltos, in the 40k fanfic Secret War gives one to Elandria during their fight. Although 'love' is never mentioned.
Attelus: "Because Elandria. I don't want you to die, it's because I know what you have been through."
I paused trying to swallow back the lump in my throat, "and I know that you never had any choice in the matter, no choice to be what you wanted to be, to do what you wanted to do. That-that any real choice in your life was stolen from you when you were so young a-and you didn't deserve that Elandria, no one does, I-I want you to live so you could one day have your own life to escape this crap, to, to."
My left hand clenched into a tight ball while the right gripped my sword's hilt all the harder, "and that maybe in your new life that I'd be able to be part of it, that I'd like be by your side to help you through I-I."
Films — Animation
- In Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, as their plane is falling out of the sky, Melman blurts out, "I love you, Gloria! I always have!" Unfortunately, when he looks at her, she's asleep. And the looks he gets from Alex and Marty are priceless.
- Angie does this in Shark Tale. After spending the whole film trapped in the friend zone, she finally snaps at Oscar for allowing himself to be used by gold digger Lola, eventually culminating in her angrily screaming out her feelings.
Angie: Would she love you if you were a nobody?Oscar: NOBODY LOVED ME WHEN I WAS NOBODY!Angie: I DID!
Films — Live-Action
- In The Far Country, Ronda, the brassy Miss Kitty character, is sobbing as she tells Jeff the taciturn hero that she loves him, and asks him to go away with her.
Ronnie: Loretta, I love you. Not, not like they told you love is and I didn't know this either. But love don't make things nice, it ruins everything! It breaks your heart, it makes things a mess. We aren't here to make things perfect. Snowflakes are perfect, stars are perfect. Not us! Not us! We are here to ruin ourselves and… and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and… and die… I mean, I mean the storybooks are bullshit. Now I want you to come upstairs with me and… and get in my bed. Come on, come on, come on…
- In The World's End, Steven Prince nervously (and drunkenly) admits his feelings to childhood crush Sam - after he (wrongly) deduces that Sam has again gotten together with his friend Gary.
- Ben Affleck's love speech in the rain in the middle of Chasing Amy.
- Ben Affleck and his friend Matt Damon wrote the award-winning Good Will Hunting, which featured an emotional scene in which Will admits to being an abused kid of many foster homes to his girlfriend, Skylar. They get into a fierce row over him "not needing to be saved", and desperately, she sobs, "I love you." …to which Will responds, "I don't love you." Then he leaves. Ouch. This is just Will being a jerk for the moment, and the ending implies heavily how he really feels.
- In the film, Letter from an Unknown Woman the letter Lisa sends to Stefan provides the framing device of the story, which is a long written declaration of her unrequited love for him.
- Bullshot (1983). Celibate Hero Hugh 'Bullshot' Crummond and The Ingenue Rosemary Fenton fall in Love at First Sight, but don't admit it until they're facing imminent death via being drowned whilst imprisoned in giant concrete eggcups.
- Averted in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Ace Pilot Joe Sullivan and Hot Scoop Polly Perkins are former lovers who split up when Joe accused Polly of sabotaging his airplane while Going for the Big Scoop. After becoming trapped in a cave full of dynamite that's about to explode, Joe looks her in the eyes and asks… if she really did cut his fuel line, stranding him in Manchuria. Polly is understandably annoyed that he's going to spend their last moments on Earth discussing this point.
- The title character, Seibei, in The Twilight Samurai. Just before going off to his fateful duel with Yogo Zen'emon, Seibei finally proposes to Tomoe, whom he has loved since childhood. But he's delayed too long: just days before, she's accepted another proposal. They're both anguished, and so is the audience. All the worse for their incredible stoicism. Then they do get married, that is good, but he dies three years after that sucks.
- In The Constant Nymph. Tessa gives a subdued one, but with a lot of feeling towards something that cannot be.
- The Empire Strikes Back:
Leia (blurts out): I love you!
Han: I know.
- In It Happened One Night, Peter is talking a mile a minute about how useless he finds the Spoiled Brat Ellie Andrews, that "any man who'd fall in love with [her] ought to have his head examined", that "a normal human being couldn't live under the same roof with her without going nutty," when her father begins to catch on to how he really feels:
Andrews: I asked you a simple question! Do you love her?
Peter: YES! But don't hold that against me, I'm a little screwy myself!
- A very understated, very British, but nonetheless extremely moving moment from Four Weddings and a Funeral: Sad to see Carrie, the girl he is hopelessly in love with, marry rich Scotsman Hamish at the third of the titular weddings, Charles (Hugh Grant) turns to his pal Fiona (Kristin Scott Thomas) for comfort. After talking about his feelings for Carrie, the conversation takes an unexpected, shocking turn for him and the unsuspecting audience:
Charles: How about you, Fifi—you identified a future partner in life yet?
Fiona: No need really. The deed is done. I've been in love with the same bloke for ages.
Charles: Have you? Who's that?
Fiona: (very casually) You, Charlie.
Fiona: Doesn't matter. Nothing either of us can do on this one. Such is life. (awkward pause) "Friends" isn't bad, you know. "Friends" is quite something.
- Near the end of the climactic chase scene from The Blues Brothers, the head of the Illinois Nazis and his number 2 have run their car off an unfeasibly high drop and are plummeting to their doom. As they sit paralyzed by their rapidly-approaching fates, the number 2 manages to turn to his leader and say "I've always loved you."
- In Bent, While Horst is nearing a complete mental break down from their rock duties, he confesses to Max that he loves him. Much to Max's frustration, as Max refuses to risk giving the guards any reason to make their lives more hellish.
- Bruno's rooftop confession to Pablo in Plan B, especially when compared to his almost cavalier "I love you, man" declaration from back when he was still telling himself that he wasn't really gay for Pablo and how he so visibly struggles to find the right words to say to Pablo this time around:
Bruno: What I really want to tell you is… that… that I'm in love with you. I'm completely sick. I don't know how it happened. It happened to me. I couldn't control it.
- Tony attempts this several times with Pepper in Iron Man 2, but only gets as far as making her even more concerned about his mental health.
- In Another Time, Another Place, Janie attempts to invoke this the last time she and Luigi see each other by practically begging him to tell her that he loves her. He says he does, but he doesn't sound very convincing. He doesn't even seem the least bit cut up about leaving her.
- In Underworld (1927), the female lead opens up to her UST partner when he declares to split town for good.
- In Belle, Mr. Davinier is pushed to confessing his love for Dido very embarrassingly and very loudly in front of her adoptive father.
- Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons: Tang tells Duan he loves her, and always loved her as she lay dying from wounds she took trying to protect him.
- Martha delivers a very angsty, Tear Jerker of a love confession to her best friend Karen in The Children's Hour, after Karen's fiance leaves her due to believing she's cheating with Martha, and the shame of her affections becomes too much for her. She starts rambling before the confession.
Karen: Why are you saying all this?Martha: Because I do love you.Karen: Of course. I love you too.Martha: But... maybe I love you the way they said I love you. I don't know...Martha: LISTEN TO ME!Martha: I have loved you the way they said!
- Star Wars Attack of the Clones: Padme gives one to Anakin as they are being dragged off to be publicly executed, deciding that since they were going to die anyway, their doomed romance might as well be acknowledged.
- Pride and Prejudice: Mr. Darcy delivers a speech like this to Elizabeth Bennet halfway through. This one might be trope-defining. Darcy's anguish over his distaste for Elizabeth's family injures her pride, so she rejects him. Consequently, his reaffirmation of his feelings at the end is a bit more humble.
- Erika Griffin's novel, The One Who Waited, has a good example of this trope. Upon being repeatedly assailed by the Boogeyman character, Alice finds out that the only reason he has been terrorizing her was because she abandoned him when she was still a child and he needed her to remember him in order to maintain his existence. These emotions manifested themselves gradually into an obsessive, parasitic kind of love.
- Sydney Carton gets one of these in Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. Charles Darnay gets a much more subdued (read: dull) one later on. Considering how Chaz is the Designated Hero and Syd the Troubled, but Cute Butt-Monkey, it still is kind of a pain to see Lucy swoon over the milquetoast.
- From C. Dickens' Great Expectations by an older Pip, to Estella.:
"Out of my thoughts! You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. [...] You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made, are not more real, or more impossible to be displaced by your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be. Estella, to the last hour of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, pad of the little good in me, part of the evil. But, in this separation I associate you only with the good, and I will faithfully hold you to that always, for you must have done me far more good than harm, let me feel now what sharp distress I may. O God bless you, God forgive you!"
- Dickens seems fond of these—but in David Copperfield, when David Copperfield tries it, it rather backfires, what with his paramour Dora breaking down into sobs, David trying to calm her down, and her yippy dog barking his head off the entire time.
- Little Women:
- Laurie's proposal to Jo. He doesn't fare any better than Mr. Darcy, especially because Jo does only like him as a friend and not even this will change her mind. Laurie later marries Jo's youngest sister Amy.
- Jo herself does have a better return rate when she sobs out her confession to her until-then Big Brother Mentor Fritz, who agrees wholeheartedly.
- Captain Wentworth's declaration of love to Anne Elliot in Persuasion. He writes her a hurting letter with his second marriage proposal. "You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago." Don't worry, Captain Wentworth. You've nothing to fear.
- Gilbert Blythe's proposal to Anne in Anne of Green Gables—she likes him more than anyone, but as a friend. The combination of an overactive imagination and reading too many romance novels could color one's view of love, so this one might be Justified.
- The Dresden Files.:Grave Peril, book 3 of Harry's suffering from self-inflicted poison and is imprisoned by a vengeful vampiress. He regains consciousness to find that Susan, his girlfriend (who he's been having trouble confessing his love toward) is in the room with him… and has been half-turned into a vampire herself. If she feeds deeply enough to kill a human, as her new instincts are pushing her to do, she'll turn completely into a monster, and the poison will likely kill her afterward. Harry tries to use magic to break through to her, but it doesn't work—until, desperately, he says that he loves her. Some combination of magic, desperation, and love breaks through to Susan, and the two manage to escape and burn the vampiress's mansion to the ground. Afterward, Susan, suffering blood-hunger due to her new half-vampire status, leaves Harry because she has trouble sorting out her new vampiric urges with her desire for Harry, and she doesn't want to hurt him. The story ends up very, very tragically.
- Twilight: Edward makes one of these in the meadow scene. He confesses his love for Bella at the same time as he tells her how hard it is for him not to kill her.
- The Invention of Morel:
- The narrator, after pursuing an obviously disinterested Faustine for days, finally throws himself at her feet and proclaims his love for her. Too bad she doesn't know he exists.
- Then there's the ending. He makes it looks like they were in love and kills himself by doing so. It's complicated and and bit tragic.
- Warrior Cats: Crowfeather to Leafpool, after saving her from falling off a cliff.
Crowfeather: Is that what you think? Don't you know how I feel about you? And how much I hate myself for feeling that way about another cat so soon after Feathertail's death? I loved her, I really did! How can I love you too?
- The Princess Bride starts out like this. Beautifully done due to William Goldman's trademark writing style: he makes two pages of buildup seem like half a book's worth.
- Taran delivers an elegantly subtle one of these to amnesiac Princess Eilonwy in the third book of The Chronicles of Prydain in an attempt to restore her memory.
- In the Outlander series, Depraved Bisexual Captain John Randall, during his Villainous Breakdown, repeatedly confesses to Jamie that he loves him, all while sobbing uncontrollably and kissing him. Unfortunately for poor Jamie, he incurs Randall's psychotic wrath when he refuses Randall's order to tell him that he loves him too.
- Professor Radcliff Emerson, realizing that he might very well die that night, gives Amelia Peabody a long, passionate kiss—even at the risk of living to face the consequences, which turn out to be a long and happy marriage.
- In Chronicles of Chaos, Victor, the resident Stoic makes a calm but still very anguished (they're surrounded by enemies and most everybody's wounded) declaration to Amelia that he does love her and wants to marry her, if they survive.
- Played for Drama in "Lifeloop", a short story in Orson Scott Card's The Worthing Saga, when a movie star does it to a fellow actress. While the camera is rolling. After she wraps the shoot with some brilliant improv and gets her Human Popsicle vacation, she wakes up years later and finds out that he was dead serious.
- Gone series:
- In Lies, the third book of the series, when Diana finally admits that she loves Caine (while, at the same time, calling him a "sick twisted creep".), just as he's about to kill Sanjit and the other island kids. Before falling off a cliff, no less. You don't get more anguished than that, even in the GONE series…
- …until the next book in the GONE series, PLAGUE , where Dekka Talent admits her feelings to heterosexual best friend Brianna… whilst getting flesh eating bugs removed from her stomach in emergency life saving surgery. Making Diana's confession pretty damn casual.
- Jane Eyre: Jane delivers an epic one when she thinks she's to be separated from Rochester—but it's also calling him out on how he's been using her mercilessly, acting as if she has no feelings just because she is not a gentlewoman.
- There are several occasions of this in the X-Wing Series. Kell Tainer makes one to Tyria Sarkin early in Wraith Squadron. She rebuffs him, because she thinks he's Loving a Shadow. Later in the book, after getting to know her rather than judging by appearances and how good they would look together, he tries again, saying that he wants to win her heart—and she tackles him. She'd been attracted since the beginning, but had wanted him to see her for herself before making a move.
- At the end of Piers Anthony's OutOfPhaze, Fleta had reached the Despair Event Horizon after determining she and Mach would never be allowed to be together and being his mistress was the best she could hope for. The Red Adept gave her an amulet that would Mode Lock her, so she couldn't reflexively form change and save herself. Mach discovers her throwing herself off a cliff. Mach screams the "Triple Thee" (Phaze's ultimate oath of love) at her. The power of the oath combined with his own magic power to overwhelm Red's amulet, allowing Fleta to change to firefly form and survive.
- Catherine Earnshaw gets one of the best in literature in Wuthering Heights. Unfortunately she doesn't make it to Heathcliff. And even more unfortunately, an eavesdropping Heathcliff overhears only the part where it would degrade her to marry him and not the part about her passionate love for him; cue a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and decades of misery for everyone in the book.
It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him: and that not because he's handsome, Nelly, but because he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same; and Linton's is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.
- In Checkmate, last book of the Lymond Chronicles:
She said, "Then tell me that what you feel for me is an infatuation. That you object to being tied. That, like poor Jane Shore's lover, you find yourself more amorous of my body than curious of my soul? Then I should agree with you. That I should want to be spared."
A trickle of wax, occasioned by the draught of her movement, ran like an escaping spirit down the stem of a candle and there stiffened, extinguished as an unwanted emotion. Lymond drew an uneven breath. "What is temptation, if not that?"
"Then tell me," Philippa said. "And make me believe it."
It was a moment before he replied. Then the shut mouth curled, in something not quite a smile. "Gould bydeth ever bright… It would be a pity to cloud it," he said. "That is one blasphemy I cannot bring myself to commit. I love you, Philippa, in every way known to man."
- In John Hemry's The Lost Fleet novel Invincible, Geary has to read a letter between two Star-Crossed Lovers. As he expects, it contains this: he declares that his feelings are incapable of changing and therefore they must not meet again. She on receiving it declares that she must not respond to it.
- In Caleb Williams, the titular hero declares his love for his employer in Ch. 3 of Vol. II—at the end of a heated argument.
"Sir, I could die to serve you! I love you more than I can express. I worship you as a being of a superior nature."
- Peeta is being interviewed in The Hunger Games. When asked he admits that there's a girl he's had a crush on forever. He reluctantly tells the host that being the one who walks away from the games won't help because the object of his affection is going into the arena with him.
- In The Mortal Instruments, Clary gets one from Simon and another from Jace, while Jocelyn gets one from Luke in City of Glass. Magnus's is more of an Irritated Declaration Of Love, when Alec demands to know why he hasn't called him back, resulting in this exchange:
Magnus: You're an idiot.
Alec: Is that why you didn't call me? Because I'm an idiot?
Magnus: No. I didn't call you because I'm tired of you only wanting me around when you need something. I'm tired of watching you be in love with someone else—someone, incidentally, who will never love you back. Not the way I do.
Alec: You love me?
Magnus: You stupid Nephilim. Why else am I here? Why else would I have spent the past few weeks patching up all your moronic friends everytime they got hurt? And getting you out of every ridiculous situation you found yourself in? Not to mention helping you win a battle against Valentine. And all completely free of charge!
Alec: I hadn't looked at it that way.
Magnus: Of course not. You never looked at it in any way. I'm seven hundred years old, Alexander. I know when something isn't going to work. You won't even admit I exist to your parents.
- Magnus also gives one to Alec one book earlier though the love part is only implied.
- In the third book of The Ruby Red Trilogy, Emerald Green, Gideon makes one to Gwyneth when she's dying. Well, kind of dying.
- In The Last Wish Eist Tuiseach tells Queen Calanthe he loves her after she's been thrown against the wall by her daughter's latent magical gift run amok. With some help from Geralt everyone makes it and Calanthe and Eist Tuiseach marry later.
- In the Dragonriders of Pern prequel book, Dragonsdawn: Tarvi Andiyar makes one to his wife, Sallah Telgar, who was kidnapped and stranded on one of the derelict colony ships. She's running out of air and they have no way of prepping one of the remaining shuttles to rescue her. Tarvi pours his heart out to her as it's clear she's out of time. This was the first time he'd ever actually told her he loved her. He changed his and their children's names to "Telgar" in tribute.
- In Pact, Jeremy Meath, High Drunk of Dionysus, confesses his love to his wife, Sandra Duchamp, immediately before betraying her by siding with her enemy Blake Thorburn in order to get revenge on Sandra's family.
- A platonic version in book 8 of The Pendragon Adventure, Courtney has a gun pointed at Mark (for reasons unrelated to love), and she makes one of these. He starts to cry, and admits he loves her back.
- In Alien in a Small Town, when it appears they're both about to die horribly, Paul finally blurts out his love for Indira, and that for years his jealousy of her husband has been unbearable for him. Unfortunately, she then proceeds to save both their lives, which means they have to face the consequences of what he's said. Indira has a first rate Freak-Out, and the two don't speak again for decades, both their hearts in shreds. They finally reconcile when they're both very old, long after her husband Tendai has passed away. They have a few happy years together before Indira finally dies of old age.
- The Riddle Master Trilogy: Platonically, Deth to Morgon. (And vice-versa.)
Morgon: All I wanted, even when I hated you most, was some poor, barren, parched excuse to love you.
- Journey to Chaos: During book 3 Mana Mutation Menace, Tiza is implied to have whispered a love confession in Nolien's ear just before he is about to be mana mutated.
- The Lord of the Rings: Early in The Return of the King, when Aragorn stops to see Eowyn on his way to the Paths of the Dead, she argues that she should go with him, and Aragorn forbids it because she'd be neglecting her duties to rule Rohan in the King's absence. When she presses the issue, he says that "you have no errand to the South". She gets in a very subtle declaration of her (already obvious) love for Aragorn by pointing out that neither do his companions; they go because they love him, implying that she should be allowed to go for the same reason.
- Masks Of Aygrima: Keltan gives one toward Mara when she tries to leave after Catilla berates Mara for getting the Secret City destroyed.
- In Wander, Wander gives a platonic one to Dagger after he leaves her behind to find Romeo.
- Smallville, Clark and Lana frequently in the earlier seasons.
- Whitney gives one of these to Lana at the end of Season One, before shipping out to Marine Corps training.
- "Fever", Chloe does this when Clark falls very ill due to a kryptonite-induced fever. She even writes it down so that she can read them to him. Becomes a huge Tear Jerker when he mutter's Lana's name.
- Early in Season 4, Jason tells an unconscious Lana "If only you knew how much you mean to me…" Unfortunately, this is overheard by Lex Luthor.
- "Pariah" features perhaps the most heartbreaking example. Clark tearfully confesses that he loved Alicia, while trying to rip the head off the man who just murdered her. What truly makes this a Tearjerker is that it doubles as a Love Epiphany. Clark, despite dating Alicia, had never been able to admit to himself or to her that he loved her, and now will never have the chance.
- Lex does this to Lana at one point, but manages to completely miscalculate the moment and tell her just after trying to rob her and manipulating her fragile mental state.
- In "Traveller", Chloe confesses her (now platonic) love to Clark, to Jor-El of all people when she begs him to help her rescue Clark.
- Lionel Luthor, after being an Archnemesis Dad for most of his son Lex Luthor's life, realizes he made a terrible mistake and in an anguished voice tells Lex that he loves him after all. Unfortunately, by this point, Lex is so brimming with hate, and has transitioned enough towards the dark side, that he pretty much just rejects his father's love.
- During the epic final season, Clark and Lois Lane unlock a dormant message from the Fortress of Solitude's databanks: the final message left for Clark by Jor-El and Lara, recorded during Krypton's last moments. Clark's biological parents sorrowfully wish him goodbye, and lay out their hopes and dreams for their beloved son.
- Lois is forced to make one to Clark while under the effects of a Kryptonite-laced Lie Detector. Smallville loves these.
- In As Time Goes By rugby enthusiast sputters out his confession of love for Sandy just before he is going to emigrate to Canada. Something he's been too tongue-tied to do up to that point. She accepts and the rest of the episode involves her rushing to pack so she can go with him that afternoon.
- A platonic example, Played for Laughs, in The Mighty Boosh episode, "Tundra", Howard unexpectedly tells Vince his feelings after they are left for dead:
Howard: This is difficult for me, but I feel as though I should say this… I love you Vince.
Howard: What are you doing?
Howard: Are you laughing?
Howard: You better not be laughing. I'm telling you I love you, how dare you laugh at me?
Vince: You're making me laugh.
Howard: That is so humiliating.
Vince: You just caught me off guard, it was out of the blue.
Howard (distraught) I'm telling you I love you, and you're laughing!
Vince: Well, I love you.
Howard: No you don't. You're just saying it because I said it to you. It doesn't work that way, it doesn't mean anything.
Vince: No. I love you.
- Coupling, "The Girl With One Heart." A series of misunderstandings leads Patrick's current girlfriend (who's bi) to flirt with Sally, who's in love with Patrick… only Sally doesn't know she's being flirted with. When everything comes out, Sally ends up shouting in frustration that she's not in love with the girlfriend, she's in love with Patrick.
- This happens rather frequently to the characters on Coupling. See also Steve, in the middle of a truly impressive rant about how natural it is for men to want to watch porn, accidentally letting it slip out that he wants to spend the rest of his life with Susan.
- In the episode "Heart of Stone" in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Kira extracts one of these from Odo. Or rather… a Changeling disguised as Kira does so, allowing the real Kira to remain oblivious of his feelings for another two and a half seasons.
- Star Trek: Voyager. Only their imminent death through oxygen deprivation gives B'Elanna Torres the courage to tell Tom Paris she loves him (next moment they're beamed to safety). Likewise the EMH blurts out his feelings for Seven of Nine (in front of half the senior officers) when he thinks his program is going to shut down forever. Unfortunately he's repaired a few seconds later, much to his embarrassment. Unfortunately for both him and the fans Seven ends up with Chakotay.
- Also, when the 37s are discovered, Fred Noonan (Amelia Earhart's navigator) gets shot in the chest and taken to sickbay. Thinking he will die, he confesses his love to Earhart. However, he is then healed by the Doctor and embarrassed, tries to take back his confession.
- Frasier has two (and several near-misses) of Niles declaring his unending love for Daphne. The first occurred during an impressive tango dance at his country club where he blurted out how much he adored her and she reciprocated. Unfortunately his joy ended when he realized she had assumed they were putting on a show for his condescending friends. The second occurred on the night before her wedding to another man. Niles suddenly assured her he would divorce his wife and run away with Daphne if there was even the slightest chance Daphne had feelings for him.
- Subverted on My So-Called Life, where Brian is portrayed as more of a stalker of Angela than a friend, and when he finally Spits it Out, it disgusts her more than anything.
- She isn't disgusted. She chooses Jordan in the end, but she was more tender with him in that moment then she was with anyone else in the whole series.
- In "Benefits", a season 4 episode of How I Met Your Mother, Robin and Ted start having casual sex again to take the friction out of rooming together. Barney, who has been in love with Robin since the end of the third season (and not dealing with it too well), is heartbroken by this and accidentally blurts out his secret three times, first to Ted and Marshall and twice to Robin… only the first two times, he covers awkwardly and is believed, and the third time, Robin is completely oblivious to the idea he could mean it like that. Robin explains why she and Ted stopped sleeping together:
Robin: You know what a romantic he is. He can't separate the physical from the emotional. He's all like—
Barney (sincere): I love you!
Robin: Exactly! He's not like you. You know? And besides, we're friends, and I don't wanna screw that up by getting involved. Dating friends never works out. So, uh, you want to get a taco?
Barney: …a taco?
Robin: You love them, remember?
- Barney does it again, a few seasons later, in Splitsville when trying to break up Robin and her current boyfriend, Nick.
- In The Nanny: "Well you're a… you walk like a… marry me!"
- Get Smart. Max and 99 finally admit they love each other while trapped in a corridor with two KAOS agents trying to break down the doors. 99 then thinks up a Door Judo idea to get them out of the situation. Afterwards Max asks why she waited till after his Love Confession before suggesting this brilliant idea. 99 says coyly that she didn't have as much to live for, and the two walk off arm in arm.
- On The Office, after 2 seasons of not being brave enough to tell Pam how he feels, Jim finally comes clean with a supremely anguished declaration in "Casino Night". She doesn't take it well, setting up another full season of dancing around the subject. Eventually it all gets figured out.
- In The Vampire Diaries this happens many times between Stefan and Elena.
- A few times between Damon and Elena.
- In Torchwood: Children of Earth miniseries Ianto, knowing he has minutes to live, breaks down in tears and tells Jack he loves him. Right before he begs Jack not to forget about him.
- When Owen is revived using the Resurrection Glove after being shot in the episode "Reset", Toshiko confesses her love to him, thinking it is their last goodbye. When a fluke with the Glove makes him permanently undead, she tries to explain and he says he knows she didn't mean it, ("You're losing something, and suddenly you desperately desire it.") even though she does. In "Exit Wounds", after both Tosh and Owen are both Killed Off for Real, Gwen, Jack and Ianto find a time-locked video from Tosh that again declares love to Owen. Obviously, when she recorded it, she didn't know Owen would be dead too.
- In Babylon 5, Lennier declares his love for Delenn while they are aboard a crippled White Star that is apparently about to be attacked and destroyed. The attack is aborted at the last moment, and they are rescued.
- Skins: Emily and Naomi have just spent their first night together. Emily is quite a bit more okay with being gay than Naomi, which is why Naomi tries to sneak away the morning after. It doesn't work.
Emily: Naomi? No! You fucking… no! Stop right now. Don't you dare leave me in your bed again!
Naomi: I—I got to go...
Emily: I know you, Naomi! I know that you are lonely! I think that you need someone to want you! Well, I do want you! So… please be brave… and want me back!
- Done again in reverse at the end of Series 4.
- After spending half a season fighting over who should be the first to say those three words, eight letters, Gossip Girls Blair Waldorf finally says them to Chuck Bass but it doesn't go so well:
Blair: The worst thing you've ever done, the darkest thought you've ever had, I will stand by you through anything.
Chuck: And why would you do that?
Blair: Because I love you.
Chuck: Well, that's too bad.
- After Chuck later mocks her declaration of love Blair gives up on him for the next half of the season… only to give him a second anguished declaration of love in the season finale. He doesn't say it back this time either (but does come around by the end of the episode).
- The Mentalist's Rigsby makes one of these. it takes a while to get through to Van Pelt. Also, Bosco and Lisbon.
Jane: There is something I need to say.Lisbon: No, I don’t want to see you, go away.Jane: You’re right, I have forgotten how to act like a normal human being, and I play games, and I lie. And I trick people to avoid the truth of how I feel. And the idea of letting anyone close to me is terrifying for obvious reasons. But the truth Teresa is I can’t imagine waking up knowing that I won’t see you (tearing up) The truth is: I love you. Woo, you can’t imagine how good that feels to say out loud. But it scares me and it is the truth; it is the truth what I feel.Lisbon: (tears running down her face) It’s too late. Jane, it’s too late.Jane: Maybe and I understand, it's ok, I needed to get to this, and you deserve to hear it. (Air Marshall proceeds to arrest Jane and escort him off the plane, but he keeps professing his love) I love you, Teresa, and it makes me happy to be able to say that to you. I love her. That woman in 12b; I love her. You take care of her!
- And perhaps the most important— Jane to Lisbon in the season six finale. He runs after her to a plane about to take off when he realizes he may lose her forever and confesses his love. This is after he has fabricated a letter from a serial killer in an attempt to prolong Lisbon's stay in Austin. The FBI is forced to put everyone's transfers on hold until the case is solved, which includes Lisbon's transfer to Washington. That's why she is furious with Jane.
- Doctor Who has a number of examples in the modern era of the series.
The Doctor: Look at you, with your eyes, and your never giving up, and your anger, and your kindness. One day, the memory of that will hurt so much that I won't be able to breathe, and I'll do what I always do. I'll get in my box and I'll run and I'll run, in case all the pain ever catches up. And every place I go, it will be there.
- This is how Rose finally confesses to the Doctor in "Doomsday". And the Doctor is cut off right before he gets to reciprocate with one himself; this moment establishes The "I Love You" Stigma in the series, wherein the Doctor is either not allowed to say or is unable to say the actual phrase "I love you" to anyone - though that didn't stop the writers from finding other ways for the Doctor to get the point across.
- River to the Eleventh Doctor in "The Wedding of River Song." Although "By so many, and so much, and by no-one more than me." seemed to have a slightly better success rate than the usual.
- According to Word of God, the Twelfth Doctor's declaration of loyalty to Clara in "Dark Water" following her betrayal of him was supposed to be one of these. The Doctor himself isn't particularly anguished, but Clara is.
- "The Girl Who Died" contains another indirect example. The Doctor, having caused the death of a young girl in order to save a town, expresses to Clara the anguish he expects should he ever lose her:
- And he seems to be about to make another one in "Face The Raven" as Clara prepares to go and meet her death before she stops him with a hug, saying that everything he's about to say she already knows and that they've had enough bad timing. (For Clara's part, she sacrifices her own opportunity in order to prevent the verging-on-The Unfettered Doctor from becoming a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds after her death. It only partially succeeds as he comes close to becoming Woobie, Destroyer of Time instead.)
- River delivers another one, this time in front of the Twelfth Doctor, in "The Husbands of River Song." When the villains demand she tell them where the Doctor is, she says she doesn't know, because while she loves him, someone as grand as him could never love her, just like the stars themselves don't love her. "You don't expect a sunset to admire you back!" Just as she's ranting about how the last place you'd expect to find him is right next to her when she's in danger, she realizes that the strange man she's been adventuring with for the past few hours is the newest incarnation of the Doctor.
The Doctor: [winks] Hello, sweetie.
River: [takes a moment to compose herself, wipes her eyes] You are so doing those roots.
The Doctor: [teasingly] What, the roots of the sunset?
River: Shut up!
The Doctor: I'll have to consult with the stars themselves...
- Jack does this in SG-1 talking about Sam. "I care about her… a lot more than I'm supposed to."
- Soaps opera have this, all the time. Love in the afternoon? More like heartbreak in the afternoon, with some grief sex.
- In Guiding Light Olivia finally confessed her feelings for Natalia in an anguish cry, in a graveyard, before Natalia's wedding. If that wasn't heartbreaking enough Natalia almost got her own confession out but Olivia stopped her because she was afraid how their love could affect Natalia's chance for happiness.
- iCarly: Carly does one of these as Freddie starts to believe that she only likes him because he saved her life. It doesn't work, and Freddie breaks up with her, despite Freddie having had a crush on Carly since the day he met her.
- In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles after being reset to original programming Cameron makes one of these to John while trying to convince him not to remove her chip. This is a bit complicated, as while she's a Robot Girl saying it to manipulate him, the simulated emotion appears very real, and he's aware that she's more advanced than other Terminators, but not to what degree. And the second part of her claim "and you love me" probably hit a bit close.
- In the episode "Lancelot and Guinevere" from Merlin (2008), Merlin finally manages to get one out of Arthur:
Merlin: Why can't you just admit your feelings for Gwen? It's so obvious. A blind man could see it. Is it really that hard to admit you like her? Just say it.
Arthur: I can't! How can I admit that I think about her all the time. Or that… I care about her more than anyone. How can I admit that… I don't know what I'll do if any harm comes to her?
Merlin: Why can't you?
Arthur: Because nothing can ever happen between us! To admit my feelings knowing that… hurts too much.
- And just to rub salt in the wound, when Arthur finally finds Gwen, it turns out that Lancelot got there first…
- Santana tearfully confesses her love for her best friend Brittany on Glee. Doubly anguished since it also counts as the beginning of her Coming-Out Story.
Santana: I wanted to thank you for performing that song with me in Glee-club. Because it made me do a lot of thinking. And what I realized… is why I am such a bitch all the time. I'm a bitch because I am angry. I'm angry because I have all these feelings. Feelings for you… that I am afraid of dealing with. Because I am afraid of dealing with the consequences. I… I can't even go to a Indigo Girls concert, I just can't.
Brittany: I understand that.
Santana: …do you understand what I am trying to say here?
Brittany: …no, not really.
Santana: I want to be with you. But… I am afraid of the talks, and the looks. I mean, you know what happened to Kurt at this school.
Brittany: But honey, if anyone was to ever make fun of you, you would either kick their ass or slash them with your vicious, vicious words.
Santana: [Starts to cry] I know… I'm just so afraid of what everyone would say behind my back. Still I have to accept… that I love you. I love you, and I don't want to be with Sam, or Finn or any of those other guys. I just want you. Please say you love me back! …please…
- It gets sadder when Brittany turns her down for Artie. I could never be truly mad at Brittany, but…
- Brittany was with Artie. The girl may not understand monogamy but she does get loyalty.
- It gets sadder when Brittany turns her down for Artie. I could never be truly mad at Brittany, but…
- It took 100 episodes for Bones (the show, not the character) to get around to breaking the will they/won't they pattern, but not in they way we hoped.
- In Community episode "Epidemiology" Troy does this to Abed right before Abed becomes infected, although whether to take it seriously is another matter.
- In the Season 3 finale of Castle, Castle finally says "I love you" to Beckett just before she loses consciousness after being shot by a hit man. It is as yet unknown whether or not she will remember it.
- In the first episode of Season 4, Beckett tells Castle that she can't remember the shooting. However, at the very end we learn that she lied. She remembers everything.
- In the finale of Season 4, there are two. Castle first tells Beckett that he loves her (adding that he knows she knows about it) and confesses that he kept secrets from her to protect her. After resigning from the police force, Beckett goes to Castle's loft to tell him that she nearly died, and the only thing she could think about is him. And that she loves him, too.
- In the special The Muppets Go to the Movies, during the Japanese Monster Movie sketch "Invasion of the Unpleasant Things from Outer Space", Colonel O'Malley (Dudley Moore) gives one of these to Jean Trenton (Lily Tomlin) when it looks like the giant rats invading the Earth are unstoppable, while the subtitles scroll by so fast Miss Trenton has trouble keeping up with them. It's also sappy enough that the rats give up on their schemes of conquering the Earth and go home.
Giant Rat: Three billion light years for this?Subtitles:' Squeak squeak—squeak.
- At the end of season 4 of Doc Martin, Martin finally breaks down and admits how much Louisa really means to him. Because he's such an emotionally repressed, stuffed shirt normally this becomes impressive for him as he struggles to put aside his Stiff Upper Lip tendencies and speak from his heart.
Pauline: Thank God! I thought you were going to say that you were in love with me or something. After all that bumbling…
- Parodied earlier, with Pauline, who notes that Doc Martin is so terrible at demonstrating emotions that a simple expression of affection comes across like this trope.
- Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa gets a pretty good one in Rome. After getting Octavia home from a wild party, he's discovered and put on the spot by Atia. Why, by the sons of Dis, would he do this (and, more importantly, swear not to tell anyone as a matter of course)? His answer, after a moment's pained hesitation and an attempt at diversion:
Agrippa: Because...Because I love her.Octavia: You only say that because you do not know me.Agrippa: No. I do know you. You are kind, and full-hearted, and beautiful. And I would tear down the sky if you asked me to.Atia: *smiles behind his back, impressed to the extent that she becomes a Shipper on Deck for the pair of them*
- Downton Abbey:
Branson: I can't keep it in any longer.
- Anna to Mr. Bates. Which is then promptly interrupted—O HAI THAR HAYCART!!!
- In season 2, Branson to Sybil just before she starts her training as a nurse.
Sybil: I wish you would.
Branson: You’re frightened of being hurt again. But let me tell you this, you will be hurt again, and so will I, because being hurt is part of being alive. But that is no reason to give up on the man who is right for you.
- Four seasons later, Branson gives what can only be described as a anguished declaration for love when his sister-in-law Mary breaks up with her latest Love Interest—only thanks to the Relationship Writing Fumble between them, it feels a bit like he's declaring his love for her:
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spike is on the point of blurting this out in the Season 5 episode "Crush", when a shocked and disgusted Buffy stops him, well aware of what he's about to say despite being clueless as to his odd behaviour up to then—Dawn had tipped Buffy off earlier that Spike was smitten, but Buffy refused to believe it. Buffy violently denies that Spike feels true love—or that she has romantic feelings in return until the Season 7 Grand Finale when she tells Spike as he's making a Heroic Sacrifice that she loves him too (this is the first time she's told any boyfriend she loved them since her disastrous affair with Angel). In a subversion of the trope Spike replies, "No you don't, but it was nice of you to say so."
- Wizards of Waverly Place: Inverted Trope, in the movie. It was more like an Anguished Declaration of Admiration/Desperation. Justin and Alex may have Incest Subtext coming out of every orifice, but saying they love each other is the one thing they refuse to do. This is lampshaded in "Delinquent Justin".
- Call the Midwife has Dr Turner, who manages a completely nonverbal one when he helps Sister Bernadette clean up her hand after she's scraped it. He closes his eyes and kisses her palm with a look of such desperation it's painfully clear just how much he loves her. Every moment they'd had before then could have been explained away, but with that gesture, everything changed and there was no turning back. Unfortunately, though she most certainly returns his feelings, she's a nun, which… complicates things, to say the least.
- Several in Princess Returning Pearl:
- Yong Qi has a hilarious yet still pretty anguished one to Xiao Yan Zi after she tries to matchmake him with another girl. It takes her a while to believe him.
- Xia Yu He declares her love to Qian Long before he leaves for Beijing, at the same time being smart enough to realize that his love would never be as strong and faithful as hers, and confesses that she fears waiting the rest of her life for him.
- Er Kang also confesses his love for Zi Wei by telling her that his marriage prospects are not his own choices, or even the choices of his parents, and that his marriage will be decided by emperor, and there is next to no chance that the emperor will allow him to marry Zi Wei when he doesn’t even know Zi Wei exists.
- In Dracula, after being tricked by Lady Jayne into thinking Mina is in love with her, Lucy comes out to Mina and confesses her feelings.
Lucy: I broke things off with Alistair, did I tell you? Mother begged to know the reason, she would have flogged it out of me if she could. But I couldn't tell her—wouldn't tell her. The reason I did it was you. I've always loved you Mina. I didn't realize it till now, but I now know that I always have.
- In the finale of Zoey 101, Quinn and Logan and up shouting out their love in front of the entire prom.
- Game of Thrones. Jorah Mormont only admits his (rather blatant) love for his queen Daenerys Targaryen in "The Mountain and the Viper". Unfortunately she's just found out that Jorah joined her service as The Mole for her enemies in Westeros, so it only infuriates her that such a man would dare speak of love.
- ER: Doug races to Carol's engagement party to essentially play this twice:
"I love you, Carol, and you love me!"
- The anguish gets cranked Up to Eleven when she denies both parts of his statement, screams at him to leave her alone and the whole thing culminates in her fiance punching him.
- He delivers another one at the end of "The Storm, Part 2" in response to Carol's pleas to not leave her (he's just resigned from the hospital).
- Red Band Society: The series starts with Emma and Leo having already broken up. In a later conversation, Emma considers that she and Leo are Better as Friends, and due to a misunderstanding, Leo agrees. After Jordi—the hypotenuse of the show's Love Triangle—unwittingly exacerbates the tension between them, this conversation occurs:
Leo: You're the one who insisted that we should just be friends!
Emma: Well, I changed my mind, all right? I don't want to be friends!
Leo: Great! Neither do I! (kisses Emma)
Charlie: That, my friends, is a declaration of love.
- Zig-zag: The Happy Days episode "They Call It Potsie Love" has Potsie, in a rehearsal, singing "Put Your Head On My Shoulder" to Joanie, and she becomes smitten by him. Joanie sets up a secret date at Al's, and when she shows up, Potsie tries to send her off, saying he has a secret date with an admirer. All Joanie had to do was look sadly at Potsie to reveal that she was the admirer.
- Victoria: Queen Victoria comes within a hair of saying "I love you" to Lord Melbourne when she visits him at his home and indirectly proposes marriage - the proposal being confirmed by Word of God, author Daisy Goodwin, both in interviews and in her Novelisation of the miniseries.
- Todd Rundgren's "Couldn't I Just Tell You"
"I want to talk with you and make it loud and clear, though you don't care to hear...But couldn't I just tell you the way I feel? I can't keep it bottled up inside!"
- In "Chanson d'Ami" (Friend Song) sung by Zazie, the singer talks about how her relationship with one of her friend is purely platonical. Throughout most of the song, Zazie keeps telling her friend that this song isn't about her love for him, only about their friendship, with the chorus being (translated from french): "It's only a friend song; Friend, not love; It's only a friend song; I promise, not love; I don't love you; I like you." …until her friend meets another girl. The singer is obviously heartbroken but keep denying her feelings for him. However, her real feelings become apparent in the last repeat of the chorus, when the following altered lines are sung: "It's only a song, I promise, my love". The song ends with them cutting off all ties with eachother.
- The opening verse of Poets of the Fall's Obsession Song "Carnival of Rust," implies that the speaker has been unhealthily fixating on the object of their affection for so long they've been losing sleep, while the lyrics pivot from a passive, Wishful Projection-fueled Trial Balloon Question to a line that Deconstructs the declaration itself as predatory in nature.
Of implication, insinuation and ill will, till' you cannot lie still
In all this turmoil, before red cape and foil come closing in for a kill?
- In Abe Lincoln in Illinois Lincoln finally blurts out his love for Ann Rutledge after a lot of stammering hesitation.
Lincoln: It's—it's nothing but vanity that's kept me from declaring my inclinations toward you.
- In Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love, Jackson mentions to Housman that his girlfriend thinks Housman is in love with him, and he asks him about that outright. He seems to deny it at first, protesting against the expression, but starts expounding male-friendships in a way which made Jackson understand that yes, he actually is.
- A line of Richard's in Thrill Me doesn't use the word love, but the flavor is very much there, especially given how attached Richard is to his own intellectual superiority. Nathan says he doesn't want to commit crimes with Richard anymore, but that Richard wouldn't need help breaking the law anyway.
Richard: [reluctantly] I… I screw up without you.
Richard: I screw up without you, okay!
Nathan: …you never said you needed me before.
- A very quiet example:
- He's already quite torn up before saying this, but the tears kick in full force when she responds to his declaration by leaving him.
- Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street makes towards the end to her beloved Sweeney Todd after he realizes that the beggar woman he killed earlier was his supposedly dead wife. Unfortunately for her, he's both furious at her and horrified with his actions to acknowledge her confession.
- In Fantasia - Requiem of the Abyss, Valen's confession to Cain was like this.
Valen: It's because I LOVE YOU, DAMMMIIIITTTT!!!!
- In Knights of the Old Republic, though the scene occurs before the declaration of love, Bastila's apology for being such a preachy jerk does sound (according to the player character) like she is "pulling teeth".
- Juhani confessing her love of a female player character has more than an edge of desperation to it.
This may be the last time I will have a chance to talk to you. I just want you to know that I… that I… I… I care for you. I do not know why. I do not know if anything will be possible, or if you even return what I feel, but I do know it is there.
I am sorry if this upsets you. I am so sorry if I am wrong, but I cannot deny what it is that I feel.
- Juhani confessing her love of a female player character has more than an edge of desperation to it.
- In one of the many parts cut due to Executive Meddling, Atton Rand in Knights of the Old Republic II was supposed to face Sion in the end in a player-controlled fight. If he lost, he would die in the Jedi Exile's arms, and if female he'd make one of these.
"Loved you from the moment I first saw you. Thought you were a dream. Meant every word. Tried to play it off as a joke—wasn't funny."
- In order to romance Naoto in Persona 4, the Protagonist has to perform this.
- In Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 1, Shiki Mihara's confession is like this, especially if the heroine tries to say she's not good enough for him.
- In the Spyro the Dragon game Dawn Of the Dragon, as the world is litterally ending around them and the only chance to save it might very well require a Heroic Sacrifice, Cynder chooses to stay with Spyro and admits her love for him as the last words she says in the series. Thankfully, they live to enjoy their Happily Ever After.
- Played with in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World. Marta's love for Emil is well known, even as it changes from infatuation with an idea of him to truly falling for the real Emil. Even so, Marta tearfully shouting while asking if she ever meant anything to Emil in chapter 8, then burying her head into his chest and telling him she want to be with him might be considered one, even if it's not exactly a confession of love. Emil nervously tells Marta that he loves her, though she cuts him off at the end with a kiss. His confession is not all that anguised, but it does come out during a pretty heartwrenching moment, as it may be the last time the two of them will get a chance to make their feelings for each other known.
- In Tears to Tiara 2, as her Childhood Friend and slave Daphnis is about to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to give her the chance go escape, Elissa interrupts and throw off her cold-merchant persona with an Anguished Declaration of Love as they prepare to die killing as many slavers as possible.
- Little Busters!: Riki does this to Mio when he suddenly realises that he loves her right before she disappears and lets Midori take her place. She doesn't believe him, claiming that he only feels pity for her. When he manages to get her back later, she accepts.
- Facing his impending death, Kudou declares that he's always loved Misao and pleads for her to at least recognize his feelings. Her spirit appears before him, but only to declare she never felt the same way.
- In Fire Emblem Awakening, Laurent's love declaration to Lucina during their S support has whiffs of this:
Laurent: "You're Chrom's daughter, and in your veins runs the blood of exalts and heroes… So how could a common man such as I ever be worthy of you?"
- If she's romanced by a male Avatar, Lucina can give him one as well.
- In Sands of Destruction, Kyrie makes two to Morte:
- First, after seeking out Elephas Rex to cure Morte of the curse Serpens Rex put on her, he exclaims how much she means to him while crying Tears of Joy that she survived. Unfortunately, Elephas Rex walks in before she properly responds.
- Second, in the Valley of Dragons, as he lies dying in her arms from Naja sticking his claws straight through his chest, he tells her again that he loves her. Unfortunately, Morte was once again too preoccupied to properly respond. After resurrecting him, she does accept his feelings.
- Corpse Party: In the last episode, if you choose to stay in the real world Ayumi will lash out at Yoshiki, leading him to confess his feelings in a loud manner proclaiming "I love you goddammit!"
- Life is Strange: If you choose to Sacrifice Chloe in Episode 5, Max and Chloe will either share an emotional hug, or a passionate kiss depending on whether you kissed Chloe in Episode 3 and how many pro-Chloe choices you've made. Either way, Chloe will say "I'll always love you [...] Max Caulfield- don't you forget about me." Given the context, it could also be considered a Dying Declaration of Love.
- Sunrider Liberation Day: After almost losing him during the Liberation Day massacre, the normally stoic and aloof Ava Crescentia struggles to hold back tears as she admits that she lied to Kayto when she previously told him that she didn’t remember their high school promise to sail the stars together. She’d never forgotten it, but her duty and obligations kept her from admitting how she truly felt. Now she admits that she should have been more honest with herself and with him, and while she doesn’t outright say that she loves him he recognizes her intent. Kayto doesn’t get much of a chance to respond, however, as the rest of the crew butts in with their own Love Confessions.
- In this The Order of the Stick strip, Haley, who's suffering from aphasia, can only gibber meaninglessly as Nale tries to convince Elan that Haley's fallen for Nale, gone evil and is trying to sell out the party. Haley finally breaks through her aphasia to scream, "I THOUGHT HE WAS YOU! I'M IN LOVE WITH YOU, AND I THOUGHT I WAS KISSING YOU!".
- Girl Genius:
- Gilgamesh Wulfenbach hasn't gotten to make one of these to Agatha yet but has twice declared his love for her to her best friend. First he was anguished because there was strong evidence that she was in fact the Big Bad, but the second time he was only anguished because the best friend kept hitting him whenever he asked her to relay a message she considered stupid, like "I am anxious to speak to her so that we can overcome our mutual obstacles."
Gil: Ow! Why are you hitting me?! I love her and I want to help her!
Zeetha: Now that, I'll pass along.
- Tarvek gave one to Agatha, without actually going out and saying it.
- It looks like Airman Higgs is starting one for Zeetha. She accepted it.
- Gilgamesh Wulfenbach hasn't gotten to make one of these to Agatha yet but has twice declared his love for her to her best friend. First he was anguished because there was strong evidence that she was in fact the Big Bad, but the second time he was only anguished because the best friend kept hitting him whenever he asked her to relay a message she considered stupid, like "I am anxious to speak to her so that we can overcome our mutual obstacles."
- Mayonaka Densha: Hatsune, while trapped inside a bank that's being held up by a group of American bank robbers, notices Tom in the crowd outside and screams out the window that she loves him. Unfortunately, he couldn't hear her over the crowd.
- Lucy in Bittersweet Candy Bowl finally admits to her feelings for Mike. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned.
- Most relationships in Ménage à 3 are casual or weird, but every now and again someone tries to express something deeper, usually in a comedic and confusing way. At one point, Gary receives a confused declaration from Yuki—when she's not even clear that she's not a lesbian, and in front of another, naked, woman who's making a play for him. Much later, he in turn tries to tell her he loves her (again in a scene involving nudity, it's that sort of comic) …and discovers that he can't, because he's not sure it's true.
- In Sinfest, Slick manages to make one.
- Sunstone: Telling the person you live with and are in a polyarmorous friends with benefits situation involving power plays and BDSM that you love them is not easy, but Ally manages to complicate it further by being stone drunk.
- In Tripping Over You, Milo takes a while to phrase his declaration in a way that Liam can even understand. Milo is invited to help out in what he thinks is a date between Liam and a girl. As he has a crush on Liam, he tries to dominate the evening, and then finds out, to his chagrin, that the date is not between Liam and the girl, but between Archie and the girl. Confused, mortified, he flees to the loo, and when Liam finds him there, he begins to try to make Liam understand.
Liam: Anyway, if you don't like her, then what's the problem? Why hide out in the loo?
Milo: You don't understand then. Let me put it this way. You and I get on, right?
Liam: Yeah? I'd say so. We've been friends for, what, five years now?
Milo: And that's a long time! And we get on well don't we? We're close?
Milo: So we're a good match. We're like... we're like Fred and Ginger.
Liam: Er... is that a new series? I don't watch much telly.
Milo: Heh. Let me put it another way. I just... I wouldn't have wanted to see you with... her. Or anyone, for that matter, anyone else.
Liam: You mean like... what?
Milo: Well, I just- I was jealous, you know? I... wanted you to myself.
Liam: You... wanted me?
Milo: Yes, exactly. And we get on so well, I thought you might... want me too.
- Shortpacked! gives us this rather odd take on it, caused by the resident Heroic Comedic Sociopath being blackmailed into a relationship by the Broken Bird daughter of a Domestic Abuser and the two of them genuinely falling in love. It's notable for being one of two cases in the webcomic's ten year runtime where Mike genuinely lost his temper.
- In the penultimate & final episodes of Classic Alice, during the Christmas Carol arc, Alice struggles to admit her feelings for Andrew. She finally kisses him, but he does not return it until the final episode.
- In The Gamer's Alliance, Refan and Khalid end up confessing their feelings to Ax. In Khalid's case it's particularly heartbreaking because he does it while also releasing Ax from their fake marriage, which will have grave repercussions for himself and the Sarquil tribes.
- Dept Heaven Apocrypha has this happen while Milanor is trying to talk a distraught and slightly-less-than-sane Nessiah down from losing it completely; Nessiah winds up confessing while trying to figure out what to say. This is mirrored later on when Milanor has to try to convince Nessiah that his feelings are genuine, under rather unfavorable circumstances.
- There is one of these in Fragile. When Severin (who is already in a relationship with Page) temporarily regains a stable mental state after having gone insane, he tells Page he loves him. At first Page thinks that Severin is merely telling him something he already knows, but then it turns out that Severin's lack of control over his mind has caused him to forget about their relationship.
- Parodied in A Trailer For Every Academy Award Winning Movie Ever.
Passionate plea! Whispered repetition…
- In the Neopets plot, the "Faeries Ruin", Brynn tries to tell Hanso that she loves him, when it seems like Hanso is joining Xandra, but she doesn't get to finish. However, it turns out that Hanso was pulling a bit of a Batman Gambit anyway…
- Goes a little sideways in Me and My Dick:
- The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a Vlog Series adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, naturally follows in the footsteps of the original.
- In Twig, Jamie, after encouraging Lillian to be straightforwards with her feelings towards Sylvester, decides that he should do the same, knowing full well that Sy is only attracted to girls. Unfortunately, Sylvester's immediate reaction is to suggest that Jamie could get that fixed by the Academy of Evil, an idea that Jamie politely rejects.
- Critical Role
Vex'ahlia: My heart is someone else's.
- In Episode 63, the archfey Saundor offers Vex'ahlia power in exchange for her heart, prompting this response:
Vex'ahlia: Percy, I don't know if you can hear me, but... that day in Syngorn was one of the best moments of my life. And not because of what you think - it wasn't because of my father, or the title - it was because of Whitestone. It was because of you. You allowed me to be a part of the thing that you hold dearest, and I was so proud... But I don't want to be here if you're not. Whitestone still needs you, darling. I still need you here.
- Six episodes later she delivers a heart-wrenching speech to Percy during his resurrection ritual - and then rolls a Natural 20 on her part of the skill challenge.
Laura: I lean down and kiss him and say:
Vex'ahlia: I should have told you. It's yours.
Keyleth: For the longest time, I was... terrified... that I was going to use lose. First to death, and then to the Raven Queen — which is still kinda like death — and then ultimately to yourself. And then, I had an interesting talk with Pike here recently. And she said something that really stood out to me, and that was that some people just have more of themselves to give. And I realized this whole time that I was afraid of losing you to a future that ultimately has not yet been written, which is... stupid. [...] But you're ultimately right; we have nothing to lose. I love you, Vax. I have for a long time. And I'm sorry for being me and that it took me this long to say it.
- Four episodes prior, Keyleth ends up doing the same thing to Vax'ildan after 30+ episodes of uncertainty, torment, and fear keeping them apart. It is not until after they discover Tiberius Stormwind's body in Draconia that she finally finds the courage to admit her feelings.
- Leela's sudden admittance of love for Fry in the face of danger and possible death in the final scene of Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder, after ten years of not returning his feelings and at the worst possible time. They got better.
- In Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, Babs attempts to give one to Buster right when it seems they're going to go over a cliff, but Buster shushes her, saying "I feel the same way."
- Camp Lazlo: Late into the series, Jane gets engaged to Pothole McPucker and throws a party. Lumpus sneaks in, dressed as a woman, and finally confesses his feelings. Since he's in a dress, everyone thinks it's a woman confessing her love to Pothole. Pothole's response? "Sorry, Jane, she's hot." It's all set up for a later episode where Jane's wedding falls apart, and Lumpus finally tells her then. They marry.
- Helga gives one to Arnold in Hey Arnold! The Movie complete with a kiss. Then at the end of the movie, they both agree to pretend it didn't happen.
Helga: You heard me, pal. I love you! LOVE YOU! Who else do you think has been stalking you night and day? Building shrines to you in a closet; filling volumes of books with poems about you? I love you, Arnold! I've always loved you ever since I've laid eyes on your STUPID football head, and from that moment, and every moment since I've lived and breathed for you and dreamed of the moment when I could tell you my sacred feelings, I could grab you and kiss you and… OH COME HERE YOU BIG LUG! [kisses Arnold]
- Done in Family Guy with Stewie and Brian:
Stewie: I like you lot. I guess you could say I... really like you. I would… even dare to go a little further, perhaps. I… care a great deal about you. Very great deal. Maybe even… deeper than that. I… I… I love you. I mean, you know, not in like a, "Hey, let's, you know, let's have an underpants party," or whatever grownups do when they're in love, but I mean, I mean, I love you as one loves another person whom one simply cannot do without.
- Cindy gets one in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius when she believes they're going to die... only that she never actually says it.
Cindy: Jimmy, I just wanted to tell you that... that I lo... lo...
Jimmy: LOVE POTION! That's it! Thanks, Cindy! [kisses her cheek and runs off]
Cindy: ... I wasn't gonna say LOVE!
- Spike the dragon from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic carries a silent crush for Rarity the unicorn during 36 episodes. But at the climax of the episode "Secret of My Excess", both of them are plummeting from a mountain to their deaths, so Spike decides to finally break his silence:
Spike: Rarity? I need to tell you something! Just in case we don't make it! I—I've always sort of had a crush—
- Rarity interrupts him by placing her hoof in his mouth, then she gives him the tenderest of smiles and starts crying. She knew. She knew all along.
- Gravity Falls takes a page from that with Dipper and Wendy. After being seperated from Mabel and Soos and encountering the nightmarish Shape Shifter, this occurs when Dipper believes he may have hurt Wendy. It was the duplicate though, with the real Wendy behind him. She heard his confession and while flattered, they end up as Better as Friends for now.
- Home Movies: Brendon pushes himself on Cynthia a bit too much at a Battle Of The Bands competition—as she runs off, he runs onstage and, grabbing a microphone, declares in a highly embarrassing manner that he's "in LIKE" with her.
- In Angel's Friends: Raf to Sulfus in episode 26.
- Bravest Warriors: In the pilot, Chris gives one to Beth in order to defeat a monster that feeds on pent-up emotions. Subverted in that she doesn't hear it over her laughter.
- In the final episode of Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, Nova tearfully confesses her love to a Brainwashed and Crazy Sprx as he electrocutes her, begging him to fight off the control of the Fire of Hate and return to her. Her love reaches him and frees him from evil.
- Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Star had seemingly decided not to act on her crush on Marco, as he was dating Jackie and she didn't want to risk their friendship. Then her mother comes in and tells Star that she has to come home because Toffee has returned and is in a vengeful mood. So Star runs down the stairs, yells for Marco loudly, and in front of the entire stunned party (including Jackie) confesses that she has a crush on him and she may be going away forever. And then she runs away crying.
- One afternoon, the Reverend Arthur Nicholls declared out of the blue his passionate attachment to Charlotte Brontë, who wasn't interested at all — until her father drove Nicholls out of the parish. The canny Reverend began to write Charlotte desperate and touching love letters and persuaded her to meet him secretly, ultimately resulting in their marriage. Tragically, she died soon after their wedding, while pregnant with her first child. But she died after knowing a year of great happiness, in contrast with the rest of her rather miserable life.