Love Letter

A Love Confession in written form. When characters aren't brave enough to come out and say they like someone, the accepted way around a direct confrontation is a love letter, usually anonymously left in a shoe locker or prominent area, with a request to meet at a predetermined location. The intent is better known than the identity of the person; the letter is often pink, in cute handwriting, and smells like perfume. Bonus with lipstick marks.

If things get complicated, such as by giving the letter to the wrong person, the recipient misinterpreting it somehow, or perhaps the recipient deciding to blow up the locker with the letter inside, that's Love Letter Lunacy.

See also Obsessive Love Letter, for when the recipient is creeped out by the letter due to it being obsessive and over the top.

Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 

    Film 
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit has Roger writing a love letter to Jessica. the paper turns out to have Marvin Acme's will written in "disappearing, reappearing ink".

    Literature 

  • Book six of Ranger's Apprentice ends with Will getting a letter from Alyss admitting she loves him. He goes right away to tell her he feels the same.

    Video Game 

  • Used pretty tragically in Rule of Rose, where Meg's love letter for Diana is not well received, and the protagonist Jennifer gets to suffer ire from both sides after being unwillingly dragged into the mess.
  • In Persona 4, the protagonist will receive love letters in his shoebox if he does good at tests, usually containing some useful item or other that a secret admirer has made for you. And if you think it's one of your Love Interests who did it, you're in for a shock later.... As the Fortune Social Link reveals, Naoto is also plagued by these on a regular basis ('plagued' because the detective prince has better things to do than play around with romance).
  • You can collect these for a sidequest in Dragon Age: Origins. The quest-giver wants them as blackmail material over their noble authors.