Love Confession

This is when one character makes a declaration of love to another. How it's done, and the reactions to it, will vary. It usually happens with a sense of drama, particularly with shy characters, who are mortified at the thought that they could be rejected by the object of their affection. It carries extra weight if the confessor has been a longtime admirer or has been carrying a secret crush. It's generally seen as a big risk with a guy confessing to a girl, but when a girl confesses to a guy it is seen as a triumphant moment. With all significant declarations there is The "I Love You" Stigma that follows, it's meant to be a big moment. Crush Blush may occur for either person, or both.

Unresolved Sexual Tension is often at the core of the confession, especially if the two parties are known for being Vitriolic Best Buds or Like Brother and Sister. The more dramatic reactions may be an Anguished Declaration of Love or a Dying Declaration of Love. The reaction may either accept the confessor's affection and reciprocating, or acknowledge the affection but turning it down. If the person is a Jerk Ass, expect it to be done in such a way for maximum humiliation.

In those harsh cases the end result is Did Not Get the Girl; yet the person being confessed to may say that they're Better as Friends or I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship, in order to spare the confessor's feelings. If the two parties have known each other since childhood and the confession is accepted and the love reciprocated, what you have is First Girl Wins and Victorious Childhood Friend.

Be careful, though—if the confession is refused (whether kindly or brutally) and the confessor is a bit unhinged, it may lead to an "If I Can't Have You..." situation.

Compare The Four Loves, Love You and Everybody, and Love Confessor.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! demonstrates this trope in several variations.
    • Nodoka confesses her love to Negi — unusually, it goes smoothly, without mispronunciation or interruption. It doesn't end in a First Kiss, Nodoka was satisfied just telling Negi her feelings. Negi, already under a lot of stress, suffered a Heroic BSOD.
    • When Negi was preparing to ask Ku Fei to become his martial arts instructor, a lot of the class thought he was planning to confess to her. Hilarity Ensues.
    • Asuna made several attempts to confess to Takamichi, finally succeeding during the Mahora Festival Arc.
    • In chapter 269, there is an example of this as it usually occurs in Western stories, a dramatic mutual confession between Nagi and Arika (Negi's parents), followed by a proposal of marriage, accepted. In a minor role reversal, Arika is the one who has trouble both realizing Nagi is in love with her, and spitting it out after he confesses, having to keep her personal feelings leashed.
  • Appears as a central plot point in School Rumble. We see one confession briefly at the beginning — Harima is about to confess to Tenma when a big burly "student" he had recently fought shows up and takes the credit for the note. This is actually good for Harima, since Tenma immediately tells him that her heart belongs to someone else.
  • The love confession in Girls Saurus from Haruka to the Shingo occurs in the first few pages of the first chapter. However, because she's tremendously fat, he rejects her, and she beats him to a pulp in her rage. Fast forward a month later, where he's finally out of the hospital. She's worked out and dieted obsessively out of frustration and is struggling to accept that she still has feelings for him. He's absolutely terrified of women, especially her, after the incident. So, as far as Shingo's concerned, she hates him and he likes it that way. It's not true, obviously — as said above, Haruka does love him and struggles with it... and when Shingo finally explains his He-Man Woman Hater deal and she realizes the effects of the horrible love confession, she's horrified.
  • One happens in Toradora! in the second episode — and completely fails, even though the confessor was being about as blunt as possible. Why it fails is left very ambiguous — it is unclear whether the person being confessed to is actually misunderstanding the confession or is deliberately avoiding a clear and hurtful rejection.
  • In Lucky Star, Kagami seems to be set up for one of these, but the guy turns out to only want the little collectible doll she bought.
  • Ojamajo Doremi: This is Doremi's reason for why she became an Ojamajo. She achieves the goal at the end of Dokkan, but someone else makes one to her: Kotake.
  • Densha Otoko revolved around one.
  • Marmalade Boy actually had one go off without a hitch at one point, astonishingly enough.
  • Ichigo 100%: main character does chin-ups to confess to the Veronica.
  • In Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, chapter 319, Takeda uses the threat of a Love Confession to Miu to goad Kenichi into fighting him more tenaciously.
  • D.N.Angel loves this. The series starts with Daisuke for Risa, Risa, for Dark, Daisuke for Riku, Friedert (sort of) for Daisuke, Satoshi for Daisuke, Wiz (accidentally) for pretty much everyone...
  • Chobits has an important one at the end: Chii confessing love to Hideki.
  • Kashimashi opens with Hazumu confessing to Yasuna, she rejects him, which sends the whole plot in motion.
  • Shows up in Hajime No Ippo, with Ippo's seniors trying to coerce him into confessing to Kumi.
  • In Kare Kano, Arima confesses his love in the first volume, and Miyazawa struggles to confess hers later on. Also, being called out to the cherry trees behind the school for a love confession causes Arima to realize his love for Miyazawa.
  • In Fruits Basket, Yuki receives plenty of these. Oh yeah, and Kyo.
    • The end of the manga has at least four of these.
  • Naruto:
    • Hinata finally spits it out to Naruto in the Invasion of Pain Arc.
    • In The Last: Naruto the Movie, Naruto confesses to Hinata after realizing the nature of his own feelings for her. The first time didn't go so well thanks to the Big Bad, but the second ends with Hinata crying Tears of Joy and a Big Damn Kiss.
    • In the Kage Summit arc. Sakura also gives one to Naruto, but it's a subversion as she's doing it to make him give up on his promise to bring back Sasuke. Naruto saw right through her because of this, and rejected it.
  • Darker Than Black 2 starts with one as well. The relationship doesn't last the episode. Both of them get Killed Off for Real by the end of the season. It's that kind of show.
  • Misaki from Junjou Romantica really, REALLY Cannot Spit It Out, but finally does in the end.
  • In Full Metal Panic!, Sousuke is a consistent recipient of these. He blows off or misunderstands almost all of them. Of course, due to the desperation of many of his admirers, many of these Love Confessions turn into Anguished Declarations Of Love.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth: In the anime, Hikaru manages to finally get over her guilt and fear of rejection and confesses to Lantis just as she's about to be pulled back to her world. Cue Crowning Moment of Heartwarming when he confesses back.
  • One episode of InuYasha revolves around Kagome's little brother Sota working up the courage for a confession.
  • One of the most memorable scenes in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is deliberately set up to look like this until Asakura drops the Wham Line.
  • Played for comedy in GUN×SWORD. When Pricilla confesses her love to Van, he's the one who can't spit out his answer; instead he babbles incoherently. Given the conclusion of the series, it would seem that the answer was probably "Sorry, I'm not interested," but he never says this.
  • Marin accidentally overhears one between two minor characters in Brigadoon: Marin and Melan. Later, she makes one of her own to Melan, and follows it up with a kiss.
  • Bleach:
    • Orihime confesses she's in love with Ichigo only when he's unconscious, which is why she's willing to admit it. She doesn't actually expect anything from him so she doesn't pursue him.
    • Aizen ruins Ryuuken Ishida's quincy future twenty years before the story begins. Ryuuken's attempt to exile himself from both his family and the quincies is halted only by Katagiri insisting on joining him due to her love for him. Six years before the story begins, Ryuuken's estrangement is firmly cemented by the events that cause her death.
  • Chibi Vampire: The scene with Karin and Kenta on the ferris wheel
  • In Wild Rose, as Kiri decides to leave Mikhail he finally confesses his feelings towards him.
    "I...don't know how to fix what is already broken, but you, as you are, I love."
  • Three different characters do this, with five seperate confessions in Hayate the Combat Butler. None of the characters are attached to anyone.
    • Ayumu confesses, twice actually, the first time she's actually rejected, though it doesn't deter her affection.
      • Ayumu eventually confesses a second time, actually at Hinagiku's insistance. Though initially she gives Hayate 'obligation' chocolate as part of Valentines' Day, Hinagiku insists she talk to Hayate again and give him the chocolate she made for him, telling him that he doesn't need to respond yet. Though he hasn't rejected her again, he has made it clear that he has some affection for her, making this the closest thing to an actual confession and acceptance.
    • Hinagiku has attempted a confession-of-sorts when Hayate has taken her out on a date, but given her fear of loving someone, she does it just as a train passes by, and so he can't actually hear the words.
    • Hayate does this as well, for his '10 years ago girlfriend', first in front of Hinagiku (again), and then directly to the girl he loves, and she responds in kind, but then sends him back to his master, which he takes as a rejection.
      • As of a 300+ chapter, she actually states that she has no affection for him. What this means in light of earlier events hasn't been fully played out.
  • Several confessions have happened in Wandering Son. The first was Nitori confessing to Takatsuki; she got rejected by him, but they stayed friends. Not too long later, Chiba confesses her feelings to Nitori. She gets rejected, and that helps spark her characterization change. A random boy confessed to Takatsuki once, and he got rejected. Mako confessed to Nitori, and also got rejected. On the opposite side, Nitori confessed to Anna and they became a couple..Only to break up several chapters later due to the fact Anna was confused about dating a Transsexual.
  • Serial Experiments Lain : Lain to Alice at the end of the series.
  • Fuyutoki for Takashiro in episode 20 of Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru.
  • An interesting example happens in episode 8 of Season 2's Kore wa Zombie desu ka?. Ayumu gets one from Kyouko, while also getting impaled by her sword at the same time.
  • Hana No Mizo Shiru: Arikawa confesses to Misaki in Chapter 9. He ends by requesting, "Please love me more than anyone".
  • Ten Yori Mo, Hoshi Yori Mo: For a very naive shoujo manga heroine, Mio Mizumori is surprisingly bold and honest with her feelings. She gives one to her love interest Shou/Rei very early; her confession is accepted by him. Staying together is the hard part.
  • Kyo Koi O Hajimemasu: Used as a plot point. The male lead has no interest in girls who take the extra step and confess to him, so when Tsubaki sort of confesses she likes Kyota, it backfires. He considers the confession a sign that she's a woman like all the others, something he despises because he's felt betrayed by motherly figures in the past.
  • The Pet Girl of Sakurasou:
    • Misaki does one to Jin in episode 12 although it was partly due to the events of the game/event they were taking part in. And while she doesn't explicitly say she loves him, she does tell him to pay more attention to her rather than her sister.
    • Daichi Miyahara, Sorata and Nanami's friend in their class, does this to Nanami in episode 12. Unfortunately for him, she rejects him since she never thought of him in that way, which should be obvious to viewers in earlier episodes—Nanami is more interested in Sorata, despite it's likely she'd be a Hopeless Suitor for him.
  • Manabe in Kotoura-san made this unusually early in anime, by declaring his love towards Haruka when he confronted Hiyori in the second episode. Haruka overheard this. Played with in the anime in that, while he proclaimed his love in front of the whole class and regularly thought about how he loved her (and she can read minds), he simply forgot to say it to her out loud until she pointed it out in the last episode.
  • For some reason, all the confessions that have appeared so far in Bokura no Kiseki have been spur-of-the-moment, very public confessions.
    • First there's Harusumi's confession to Takao in chapter 1. He just randomly tells her he likes her in the middle of a crowded hallway. And, after a Beat and a shocked, "Whoa", she replies the same way.
    • Then there's Moto's confession to Hiroki in chapter 6. When she tries to leave to deal with a dangerous situation on her own, he loudly declares his love for her and insists on going with her to protect her. In the middle of the classroom. Much later, when the chaos finally dies down, she turns him down.
  • Masayoshi in Samurai Flamenco did this to Goto in the final episode, in the form of a Wacky Marriage Proposal. Funny thing is, the Love Epiphany came after the confession.
  • Kaworu Nagisa confesses his love to Shinji easily, frequently, comfortably, expressively, and sincerely to the point that it appears that he is the physical embodiment of this trope. Well, according to End of Evangelion, he is.
  • Tonari no Kashiwagi-san:
    • Surprisingly, considering Yuuto's awkwardness with Kotone, he's not late in confessing his love for her once he realises he is in love with her (previously never having had affections for any real girl), and he even does it later on just to be perfectly clear.
    • While the story shows it as happening much faster, Kazuki's confession is actually much further from when he fell in love with Sayaka. Her response is much more clear than Kotone's, but equally ambiguous, since it allows for the situation to go either way.
  • In the final volume of Tatsuyama Sayuri's ''Happy Happy Clover'' manga series. Shallot accidentally reveals this to Mallow since she was curious on why Shallot hurt himself along. Shallot tells Mallow that she loves her and a short moment happens where Mallow and Shallot are shocked by this. Shallot tries to explain it came out wrong, but Mallow decides to hug him which results in him passing out.

  • In Robin, Tim Drake lets slip to the mysterious person dressed as the deceased Spoiler who really is Spoiler, Stephanie Brown that he loved the original Spoiler. Whilst he is beating her up. When later they simultaneously confront each other, she mostly berates his idiocy in not considering she was alive.
    • Actually, he had already confessed his love to Spoiler way back when Batman gave away Tim's real identity to her. In a fit of rage, he told Batman that he felt betrayed that Batman gave away his identity so easily (while all the time he hid the secret for Batman's sake), and it affected their relationship because they were in love. It so happened that Spoiler was standing right next to Batman and she was startled by this sudden confession from Tim.

  • Elin does this to Agnes at the end of Swedish lesbian movie Show Me Love in an adorably awkward babble that can basically be summarized as "Viktoria said that you loved me. Is that true, because if it is then I do too, to you I mean?" to which Agnes responds with a glowing smile and a nod.
  • In Volunteers, the female love interest is about to do something dangerous, and Tom Hanks is refusing to let her go. She finally demands to know why, and he answers:
    "Because I love you!"
    "Who said that?"
  • Peeta Mellark does this on national television in The Hunger Games.
  • Lolita. Unaware that her lodger is only staying because he's fallen for her underage daughter, Charlotte Haze leaves a letter for Humbert as she takes Dolores to summer camp, confessing her love and asking him to leave the house by the time she gets back unless he shares her feelings. In the Stanley Kubrick adaptation, Humbert is shown laughing in disdain and disbelief as he reads, until he realises accepting Charlotte's advances gives him a perfect opportunity to stay close to her daughter.
  • Strange Magic ends with Marianne and The Bog King confessing to each other, in song.

  • In the climactic end of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield, David and Agnes finally confess their love for one another, after decades of being just close friends.
  • In the third Anne of Green Gables book, Gilbert finally confesses his love to Anne and asks her to marry him (someday). Anne basically tells him she can never love him and crushes his heart to bits.
  • Peeta Mellark does this on national television in The Hunger Games.
    • The series ends with Katniss making such a declaration to Peeta.
  • Inverted in The Wheel of Time. Rand tells Egwene that he feels their relationship is more Like Brother and Sister than love. She agrees.
  • At the end of the Warrior Cats book Starlight, Crowfeather saves Leafpool's life and then confesses that he's loved her for a while.

    Live Action TV 
  • Early in season six of The X-Files, Mulder professed his love for Scully after a harrowing Wizard of Oz-like dream sequence involving Nazis and a World War II ship. However, he is on some pretty heavy duty medication, so whether that influenced his confession is up for interpretation. Scully obviously thought he was confessing under the influence, if her reaction is anything to by:
    Mulder: Hey, Scully.
    Scully: Yes?
    Mulder: I love you.
    Scully: Oh, brother. (walks away)
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike confessing his love to Buffy in a moment of quiet and fear (7x20 Touched):
    Spike: A hundred plus years, and there's only one thing I've ever been sure of. You. Hey, look at me. I'm not asking you for anything. When I say I love you, it's not because I want you, or because I can't have you — it has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try... I've seen your kindness, and your strength, I've seen the best and the worst of you and I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are. You're a hell of a woman. You're the one, Buffy.
    • That is one of many confessions Spike makes. His original proclamation of love is a little less romantic. It involved chains.
    • Xander to Anya, after seeing how Poor Communication Kills the Buffy/Riley relationship ("Into The Woods")
    I've gotta say something... 'Cause ... I don't think I've made it clear. I'm in love with you. Powerfully, painfully in love. The things you do ... the way you think ... the way you move ... I get excited every time I'm about to see you. You make me feel like I've never felt before in my life. Like a man. I just thought you might wanna know.
    • Subverted with Anya's wedding vow in "Hells Bells", which she rehearses over a shot of Xander walking in the rain, having decided to call off the marriage.
    Okay. For the last time. 'I, Anya, want to marry you, Xander, because... I love you and I'll always love you. And... before I knew you, I was like a completely different person. Not even a person, really... and I had seen what love could do to people, and it was... hurt and sadness. Alone was better. And then, suddenly there was you, and... you knew me. You saw me, and it was this... thing. You make me feel safe and warm. So, I get it now. I finally get love, Xander. I really do.'
    • Tara's song to Willow "Under Your Spell" in the Musical Episode "Once More With Feeling". Also subverted in that Tara is unaware that she is literally under Willow's spell, and that her discovery of this fact will cause them to break up.
    • Also subverted in "Passion" when Jenny Calender admits that she loves Giles. That night Giles comes home to find a bottle of champagne waiting and a trail of roses leading Jenny's body.
    • Done with a lot less words, but no less CMOH, in "New Moon Rising" when Tara assumes Willow has decided to go back to her ex-boyfriend Oz.
    Tara: No, I-I understand. You have to be with the person you l-love.
    Willow: (smiles) I am.
  • In Angel: Wesley, who tells Fred he has been in love with her basically his whole life, with her being the part that had always been missing.
    Fred: Would you have loved me?
    Wesley: I've loved you since I've known you. No, that's not - I think maybe even before.
  • One episode of The O.C. deals with the first 'I love you' between Marissa and Ryan. It is played for laughs and drama at first, but works out eventually.
    Marissa: I love you.
    Ryan: Thank you.
    • At least he was being polite.
  • When Ted and Robin finally began dating at the end of season 2, their relationship progressed steadily and even took the two to 'I love you' land, but their first visit doesn't go that well:
    Robin: Ted!
    Ted: Yea?
    Robin: Falafel!
    • Also in the first episode, Ted confesses his love for Robin after their first date. She was not pleased.
    • She tries again later on in the episode and is happy for doing it.
  • In the Community episode "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design" Annie get one out during the Gambit Pileup. It is unclear if Jeff thinks it is real or that she is just acting.
  • Psych has Shawn confess his feelings to Juliet, though in an ADHD way as it started with a rant about how much he loves his motorcycle.
    • And, in the following season Shawn actually says that he loves her. While hooked up to a polygraph. Everyone (Shawn included) immediately looked at the readout to see if he was telling the truth.
  • River Song confesses her love for the Doctor - by unraveling reality, creating a distress beacon that broadcasts to all points of space and time simultaneously, and getting a million million voices to cry out their love for the Doctor with her, simply so he wouldn't die without knowing that he was loved, and by no one more than her. As love confessions go, that one is pretty spectacular.
    • At the end of the series 8 episode Mummy on the Orient Express, while on the phone to Danny, Clara quite loudly and deliberately says "I love you" while looking directly at the Doctor. Her actress, Jenna Coleman, later confirmed that those words were indeed meant for the Doctor, even so, neither of them act on it and the UST and Will They Or Won't They dynamic continues on to the end of that series (and presumably into the Christmas Special given the trailer).
      • According to a comment from the showrunner, Steven Moffat, the UST will be a major focus in said Christmas special, and possibly resolved.
  • Babylon 5: John Sheridan, to Delenn, in "Ceremonies of Light and Dark".
    Sheridan: I think it's time you knew that I can no longer imagine my world without you in it. I don't know exactly when or how it happened, but I'm glad it did.
  • Castle has two very powerful ones. The first is an Anguished Declaration of Love, from Castle to Beckett as she lies on the ground, having just been shot. The second one is from Beckett to Castle as she confesses that she nearly died, and yet the only thing she could think about was him.
  • A fairly unexpected example happens in The Mentalist in The Crimson Hat when Jane tells Lisbon he loves her before pretending to shoot her. He later acts as though he doesn't remember saying it. Whether it was strictly platonic or something more is a matter of speculation.
  • Mac Taylor finally told Christine he loves her on CSI: NY, a huge step for the guy who's spent most of the series struggling with losing his wife on 9/11.
  • Deconstructed on the "And the Silent Partner" episode of 2 Broke Girls. Andy wants to tell Caroline he loves her, but is dissuaded by Max from doing so in the diner because it's not a terribly romantic place to do so. At her suggestion, he watches several Romantic Comedies to get ideas, and comes up with a plan to take her to Central Park and do it over hot dogs and cocoa. It keeps getting frustrated (at one point Max points out that Caroline looks cute, is embarrassed and in a public place, but then Sophie interrupts), so Max tells Caroline he was going to do it and she runs into his shop ... only to find him sitting on the toilet, where he finally tells her.
  • A thoroughly ''heartbreaking'' confession on Torchwood when Ianto is dying in Jack's arms:
    Ianto: I love you.
    Jack: Don't.
    • These two can't have a Love Confession that isn't a Tear Jerker: In radio play "The House of the Dead", when ghost-Ianto is closing the Rift:
      Jack: I never said it properly before!
      Ianto: Doesn't need saying.
      Jack: Yes it does! Ianto Jones, I love you!
      Ianto: And I love you, Jack.
  • Friends: When Chandler and Monica secretly become Friends with Benefits, one Thanksgiving ends with Chandler and Monica falling out. To cheer him up, Monica tries putting a cold turkey on her head complete with sunglasses, hat and a ridiculous dance. Laughing, Chandler exclaims, "You're so great! I love you!". Played with in that Monica is pleased but Chandler is so freaked out by his own confession that he immediately takes it back and refuses to admit he ever said it. In a later episode, Phoebe and Rachel catch on and conspire to break Chandler into confessing he and Monica are Friends with Benefits. When Chandler finally snaps, his confession is more than anyone was expecting.
    Chandler: "Okay! Okay! Okay! You win! I can't have sex with you!"
    Phoebe: "Hah! And why not?!"
    Chandler: "Because I'm in love with Monica!" [Reacting to everyone's shock] "Love her! That's right! I love her! I love her! I love you, Monica."
    Monica: "I love you, too, Chandler."

  • Polish folksong O Mój Rozmarynie has one of these. However, the person the narrator confesses to turns him down. From there he joins the military and dies.

     Video Games 
  • This is the main goal to attain in non-H Dating Sims.
    • The Tokimeki Memorial series is the most notable example, and it's even more Serious Business than standard for its characters, since each of the schools in the series have a place of legend where couples confessing their feelings there on Graduation Day will grant them eternal happiness in their relationship.
  • Towards the end of Inazuma Eleven 3, you're given a choice of whether to talk to Natsumi, Aki, or Fuyuka. If you choose Natsumi, a cutscene occurs where Endou asks her why she went to all that trouble; Natsumi being her usual Tsundere self, she responds by stammering a bit then blurting out that she did it out of love, indirectly admitting that she has feelings for him. Endou being Endou, he immediately jumps to the conclusion that his love for soccer has rubbed off on Natsumi. It wasn't all for naught though, as they end up Happily Married in Inazuma Eleven GO.
  • In Shin Megami Tensei I, Yuriko who is really Lilith makes it quite clear in the beginning of the game to your protagonist that she's in love with you. Finding out he doesn't feel the same does not result in her getting over it very well, unless you pick the Chaos path.
  • The assorted love interests in Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II each get one. (Alistair, in Origins, actually has more than one, and which one he makes depends on whether the player has "hardened" his personality or not.) It's up to the player how to respond.
  • Sorta botched and Played for Laughs in The King of Fighters XIII, where Kensou tries to confess to Athena but she's more focused in their upcoming fight. In the Story Mode he tries again, but Athena cuts him off again as well. (It's implied that Athena knows what he feels, but she simply doesn't like him like that and thus she's embarrassed at his tries.)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has one as part of a sidequest. The Item Check girl, Peatrice, ends up obviously infatuated with Link as the sidequest goes on. At the end, she asks Link to come to her house at night so she can tell him something important, where she decides to confess her feelings to him. Her confession can either be reciprocated or rejected.
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening, all characters that achieve an 'S' rank relationship and get married as a result have a confession. As all characters can marry an Avatar of the opposite gender, you get not just a confession with each one, but an extra picture of the person you are going to marry at the end of the final support conversation.
  • Can happen in "Piss" The scene is optional and getting it depends on your choices, but if you do get the scene Astis will confess this to Moira. Moira is secretly in love with Astis too, but whether or not she actually admits it, remains non-committal, or(gently) tells Astis to forget her and move on, is up to the player.

     Visual Novels 
  • Katawa Shoujo starts off with one of these. It literally gives Hisao (our main character) a heart attack, and our story begins. To make matters worse, the confessor is so emotionally scarred that gives up on trying again and later sends him a "Dear John" Letter. Each route has one as well.
    • In Lilly's route, after Hisao suffers a near-heart attack during their an Hanako's trip to Hokkaido, Lilly confesses to him in the middle of a beautiful field. Their First Time comes right afterwards.
    • In Emi's route, after the argument at Emi's house, Hisao will tell Emi that he is not trying to help her out of pity, but because he loves her. At first she has difficulty believing him, but ends up accepting his feelings and dropping her self-imposed barriers to cry in his arms.
    • In Hanako's route, Toward the end, Hanako and Hisao confess their love for each other the day after their first time having sex, as they explain and reveal their real feelings that they have kept bottled up due to insecurity..
    • In Shizune's route, Hisao acknowledges to himself that he likes her early on, but only confesses and asks her out as they celebrate Tanabata alongside Misha. And later we find out that Misha herself confessed to Shizune a while ago, but got rejected; they decided to stay friends, but it does take a huge toll on Misha's emotions.
    • In Rin's route, the closest to a love confession happens after she gets chewed out by Nomiya, then cries in Hisao's arms. That same day she gets caught in the rain, Hisao helps her out and they end up having sex.


    Web Original 
  • Zack in Echo Chamber tells Dana that he loves her, because she said he wasn't obese enough to cause a rotunda to collapse beneath him, and that was the nicest thing anyone had ever said about him. Dana, however, is not interested.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender. Played for laughs in "Nightmares and Daydreams," but played seriously in "Day of Black Sun: Part 1."
  • Played straight in the Avatar Sequel Series The Legend of Korra, when Mako is trying to tell a despondent Korra how much she still means to him even after Amon has taken most of her bending.
    Mako: Listen, when Tarrlok took you, I was losing my mind at the thought of never seeing you again. I realized ... I love you, Korra.
    • Later, though not immediately, Korra reciprocates the feelings.
  • In KaBlam!, June confesses her love to Henry by giving him a kiss.
  • The original Grand Finale for Kim Possible had one that went like this:
    Kim: Do you really think there's a guy out there for me?
    Ron: Out there here.
    Kim: Oh ...really.

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