[[caption-width-right:300:"Psst! Hey, Alice! Pass this to Bob!"]]

When class is in session, one student will pass a note to his/her crush, usually during a lecture. He/she must usually rely on other students next to him/her due to being far away from his/her crush.

Unfortunately, the teacher usually finds out as the note is being passed and confiscates it, as this is often forbidden in the classroom. The teacher may even force the offending student to read it out loud to the rest of the class, resulting in embarrassment.

It's becoming something of an [[AluminumChristmasTrees Aluminum Christmas Tree]] as younger and younger kids have access to cell phones and texting.


[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]
* This happens a couple times in ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' first, Ryuuji, Taiga and Minori pass notes between them (through other members of the class) regarding Ami, then later as class members pass around a piece of paper documenting the number of chocolates students were wagering on the outcome of the Taiga-Ami race.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The French comic ''Les Profs'' (''The Teachers'') describes the evolution of this in one story, from the time where the sadistic teacher could intercept a note and read it aloud, to the era of celle phones where there is nothing to intercept. Fortunately for the teacher, one not very bright student ends up trying to pass a note written on his ''cell phone''.

[[folder: Film]]
* The monster movie ''Film/EarthVsTheSpider'' has a pretty typical example between the two teenage leads during a tedious physics class. The teacher catches them, although he doesn't ask them to read it out loud.
* In ''Film/TheImitationGame'', note passing is an introduction to how Turing became exposed to encryption, and also as another reminder that Turing had to hide part of himself out in the open.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* Yard Ape does this to [[Literature/RamonaQuimby Ramona]] in ''Ramona Quimby, Age 8'' and sure enough, one of the times he does it, the teacher confiscates the note.
* A variation in ''Literature/VampireAcademy''. Rose and Lissa pass notes in class and Mia Rinaldi tells on them. Mr. Nagy takes it and reads it aloud in front of the whole class, revealing the "hook up" Rose had with Jesse Zeklos.
* ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'': In the Big Chapter Book ''The Berenstain Bears and the Showdown at Chainsaw Gap'', Brother passes a note to his friend and crush Bonnie Brown, but Teacher Bob sees Bonnie with it and confiscates the note, reading it aloud (or at least paraphrasing). Since the class is studying birds, and the note was inviting Bonnie go bird-watching with Brother in the nearby Birder's Woods, Teacher Bob merely lets them off with a warning and, saying it's a good idea, turns the suggested event into a class trip. This also prompts another student to suggest a second trip to the local museum and its Hall of Birds, which also goes through. These two events lead to an important scientific discovery, and ultimately to the titular event of the book.
* In ''Literature/JeremyThatcherDragonHatcher'', a girl sends Jeremy a love note, but his art teacher, who has a habit of treating Jeremy poorly, snatches the note before Jeremy can even open it, then reads it aloud (and tears it up afterward), deliberately embarrassing him in front of his classmates. He also purposely doesn't say who ''sent'' the note, which Jeremy thinks to himself is probably because her father's on the school board.
* ''Creater/LoisLowry'' 's book ''Literature/AnastasiaKrupnik Anastasia Again'' has a scene when Robert Gianni passes a note to Anastasia reading "I like you. Do you like me? Check one:" Anastasia originally ticks "I hate you", but rubs it out and puts "no".

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': In "Bones, Son of Cyrano", Mr. Boynton confiscates a love poem Walter was writing for Harriet.
* In an episode of ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'', Bitsy manages to get several students in detention by pasting sticky notes onto them. At the end, everyone gets back at her by pasting notes onto her until she's completely covered with them.
* It happens at least once on ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', as Cory writes a note asking about a make-out party. Mr. Feeny intercepts it and reads it aloud, misreading it -- possibly intentionally -- as asking about a make''up'' party.
* Happens in an episode of ''[[Literature/TheGirlsSeries Girls in Love]]'', with Magda passing a note to her friends about her crush on the teacher. The teacher catches them, but Nadine [[EatTheEvidence eats the note]] rather than have to read it out to the class.

[[folder: Music]]
* In the song "Check Yes Or No" by Music/GeorgeStrait, the main character, in third grade, becomes friends with a girl, and in class she passes him a note. The teacher noticed it and took it away, but not before the boy read it:
-->Do you love me, do you wanna be my friend?
-->And if you do
-->Well then don't be afraid to take me by the hand
-->If you want to.
-->I think this is how love goes, check yes or no.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* This happens fairly often in ''ComicStrip/{{Calvin And Hobbes}}''. One time when Calvin tried to read a note that Susie told him not to read, it read "Calvin, you stinkhead, I told you not to read this".

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Haley combines this with ArrowGram as a gag [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0438.html during the Azure city battle,]] the arrow hitting a hobgoblin mook about to attack Elan. Said arrow had a cute romantic note on notebook paper. Hinjo plays up the role of the exasperated teacher who takes the note and requests to see Elan after class, err battle.
* In ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' Larisa does it once in a while. However, [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2013/08/05/0501-passing-notes/ the teacher shouldn't read it out loud]].

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* Two students in a ''[[Website/NotAlwaysRight Not Always Learning]]'' story use this [[http://notalwayslearning.com/the-note-is-more-thong-than-wrong/38429 as a creative way to alert their teacher to a wardrobe problem]].
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': From [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/content-menu/stories/147-first-day here]]:
--> "There are other reasons also. Mr. Tyler! Will you please share that note you and Mr. Owens are passing around? I'm sure that it doesn't have much to do with what we need to study here."
--> We all turned in our seats to watch the two young men in question who were unsuccessfully trying to hide a note that got away from them and sailed to Mr. Winslow's outstretched hand.
--> "Let's see... 'That's one of them. I vote for [[PajamaCladHero Negligee Nightingales]].' I believe this is your writing Mr. Owens? And the writing underneath. Oh yes! Definitely Mr. Tyler's excuse for handwriting. 'I like [[AlliterativeName Bathrobe Babes]].' This doesn't sound like anything that we will be discussing in this class does it?"

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Bebe tries passing a love letter to Kyle in class. The note makes it as far as Stan before Mr. Garrison, forcing Stan to read it out loud in front of the class. Since it makes it sound like Stan is in love with Kyle, it also leads to LoveLetterLunacy.
* When ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' gets sent back to high school to get their diploma, Cat tries to pass a note to his teacher, whom he had a crush on when they went to high school together. She catches him and forces him to read the poem to everyone else, causing Cat to melt into a puddle. Dog, however, thinks the poem was beautiful.
* A variant occurs in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' where the kids at school are about to attend Rachel's party, but they all have to bring a date. Gumball gets a mysterious note flown to him while in the cafeteria, saying "Will you be the jelly in my peanut butter sandwich?". [[spoiler: It eventually turns out to be from his crush Penny, who is literally a peanut.]]
** Subverted in "The Mustache", when Gumball and Darwin are passing a drawing of themselves as adults and Miss Simian catches them, but decides since she's talking about puberty they're actually on-topic and continues her lecture.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' CutawayGag in which a teacher passes a student a "Do you like me? Yes - No - Maybe" note while lecturing.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Lisa's Date with Density", [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Lisa develops a crush on Nelson]], so she asks Milhouse to pass her note to Nelson. Unfortunately, [[MistakenForGay Nelson thinks Milhouse wrote the note]], since he's waving at him. Cut to Milhouse being led away on a stretcher, badly bruised.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': At the beginning of "Call of the Cutie", [[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara]] passes Apple Bloom a note in class. It turns out to be blank -- like Apple Bloom's "blank flank".
-->'''Diamond Tiara:''' Remind you of anypony? ''(laughs)''