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Interrupted Declaration of Love

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Spike: This is real here. I love—
Buffy: Don't! Don't say it. I'm going. [starts to go]
Spike: Oh, come on, we need to talk-
Buffy: We don't need to do anything, okay?! There is no "we"! Understand?

Unlike Cannot Spit It Out or Aborted Declaration of Love, this trope is when a declaration of love is cut off by something outside the character's control. Usually the audience will only hear the "I" while the "love you" is left unsaid. It might even be left unclear as to whether or not the statement even is a declaration of love at all.


The interruption might come from a Moment Killer. In more serious instances, it might come from the character losing consciousness or dying. If two characters have had a lot of UST then this can be a good way for writers to taunt the fans.

In some cases, the interruptor—especially if it's the target of the declaration—may cut them off with a knowing look or a declaration of their own, making the declaration unnecessary. Such is usually mind-numbingly heartwarming.

Subtrope of Un-Confession.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • This is Played for Laughs in Ah! My Goddess. Keiichi works up the nerve to finally confess his love to Belldandy. The moment was right, and the two were alone. Keiichi begins to speak the words... but then Skuld pops out of nowhere, right in front of Keiichi when he says "I love you." Keiichi is embarrassed that he said it to Skuld, and Skuld goes into a Heroic BSoD of sorts due to the shock that Keiichi confessed to her. Certainly it had to have been a mistake! Belldandy, however, knew that his words were directed at her, and was very happy to hear him confess his true feelings for her.
  • In Attack on Titan, moments away from them being eaten by the same Titan who killed Eren's mother, Mikasa starts to confess her feelings to Eren and leans in to give him a Last Kiss, only for Eren to regain his fighting spirit and interrupt her.
  • Boys over Flowers had this as a joke in one episode. When Domyouji tries to confess his love to Tsukushi the next day after he's saved her from freezing to death, the noise from a passing snow plow blares over his voice so she can't hear him. Then, when he tries spelling it out for her on a little electronic device instead, she happens to look up and see a shooting star that just happens to be zipping by overhead at that moment and misses his message.
  • In Cardcaptor Sakura this seems to be what is happening with between Touya and Yukito with Nakuru constantly butting into the conversation on purpose at the exact point that it seems that confession is about to take place seemingly as she fancies Touya herself. It's actually somewhat more complicated Touya is actually trying to confess that he knows Yukito isn't human... AND that he loves him and wants to sacrifice his own magic powers to save Yukito's/Yue's life, but Nakuru/Ruby Moon wants to steal Touya's power before he can do so.
    • Syaoran gets his fair share of them during the second half of the series. He tries in several episodes to tell Sakura that he likes her, only to get cut short by Kero, Yamazaki, and at one point even Sakura herself
  • Made into a Running Gag in Case Closed with Heiji and Kazuha, lampshaded in chapter 1067. Once, they were even interrupted by a zombie.
  • City Hunter. When Ryo, due Mick's interloping, finally decided to declare his love to Kaori, the declaration was interrupted by Kaori accidentally blowing up the building.
  • In Fairy Tail, Simon, Erza's childhood friend, is nearly killed while doing his declaration of love to her. They only see each other 8 years later.
  • In the Japanese version of Fullmetal Alchemist (2003), Edward cuts off Rose's confession mid-sentence because she isn't in the right mind at the time. The English dub has her finish the sentence.
  • Hajime no Ippo: At first Ippo just Cannot Spit It Out, but during the Beach Episode, in a hotel room, at last he manages to say to Kumi, "I've always loved you!" Unfortunately he beats around the bush so much that Kumi has fallen asleep by the time he says it and she was a bit drunk too. So the declaration is "interrupted" by her not listening to it.
  • Irresponsible Captain Tylor:
    • Harumi breaks down in tears after Captain Tylor is taken away as a captive by her Raalgon superior, saying that he showed her the meaning of a human heart, but part of her speech is drowned by the shuttle's engines, so we don't know if she was making a Love Confession as well. We only see Yuriko's startled expression (she was giving Harumi a Cooldown Hug at the time, so was close enough to hear what was said).
    • Empress Azalyn falls for Tylor, but her Love Confession is interrupted by an attempted assassination via bomb. Azalyn accompanies the comatose Tylor aboard his vessel as a prisoner in order to finish telling him, though the usual comic shenanigans continue to get in the way.
  • In Love Me For Who I Am, Tetsu's confession to Mogumo is interrupted by Mogumo confessing to him instead.
  • My Monster Secret:
    • A flash-back where the protagonist Asahi was called on and rejected by the Class Rep before he even confessed. Remembering that, he quickly goes to confess to his new crush Youko... only to find out she's a vampire, and that her secret must not be revealed or she'll have to leave the school. Because of that, he ends up shelving his confession and asking her to become "friends". Asking her out in exchange for keeping her secret would have sounded a bit too much like blackmail after all.
    • In chapter 47, Asahi is really about to confess this time, but Youko panics and cuts him with a Love You and Everybody reply, before running away. And that's after he had to deal with Aizawa's attempts to prevent him from getting to Youko in the first place.
  • Ranma ½: Ranma Saotome pretty much makes it his mission to interrupt and shoot down all of Ryoga's attempts to confess to Akane. For hilarity, Ranma is usually in drag, acting like a girl, and just being a Manipulative Bastard in general.
  • In Shakugan no Shana, Shana wins a costume contest and is told to give a speech. She attempts to use this to declare her love for Yuji, but Pheles suddenly attacks the event with a tornado.
  • Steins;Gate episode 22 has Kurisu charging back into the lab to tell Okabe she also loves him, but he's already hit the button to begin another time leap.
  • In episode 143 of Tamagotchi (the last episode of the original installment, before they started their New Season, New Name trend with Tamagotchi! Yume Kira Dream), Mametchi and his Tama-Friends are watching Kizunatchi fend off the eggification curse on Ha Island, and Himespetchi, who has a massive crush on Mametchi, sees the opportunity to admit her feelings to him. She stares at him fondly, and then starts to say her piece as everyone is paying attention to her... but then Kuchipatchi cuts in, pointing out that Kizunatchi has been overwhelmed by her efforts to fight the curse and is falling to the ground, unconscious. Nobody asks her what she wanted to say after this scene.
  • In To Love Ru it's basically a Running Gag that something will happen whenever Rito or Haruna want to confess to each other. At least twice Haruna has been dragged off and replaced by someone else while Rito was trying to squeeze the words out. And they have been interrupted a couple more times. The first time it was Lala, which helped set everything up, although she did later realize he didn't mean her at the time. The second time Haruna was replaced by....most of his class.
  • A much more tragic one in X1999. Maybe. Seishirou's last words to Subaru are "I ... you.." Seishirou being who he is, it's up in the air as to what he meant to say and if he was being genuine or simply mind gaming Subaru.
  • In Yona of the Dawn, after Hak finally confesses his love of over 10 years to Yona, she tries to confess back in chapter 153. However, in an ironic twist, Hak is the one who interrupts her before she can. Even more ironic; he does so to explain that he doesn't expect her to return his affections and for her not to worry about it, and then walks off before she can try to tell him again.
    • Happens once again in chapter 163, in which the two share a cute Ship Tease moment and Yona seems extremely intent to tell Hak something, stumbling over her words and blushing fiercely the whole time... only for them to be interrupted by a call to dinner.
  • Amino tries to confess his love to Karada, early in the Living for the Day After Tomorrow, but is interrupted by Hiro. Their relationship goes downhill from there.
  • In Even If It Was Just Once, I Regret It, Kozuka, an unemployed woman, enters into a deal with her landlady to do certain things for her to pay back her overdue rent. When Kozuka seemingly gets a job at a smartphone game company, the landlady apologizes to her and starts to make a Love Confession, but then Kozuka's smartphone rings, and she learns that she didn't actually get a job offer. After hearing the news, the landlady abandons her attempt to confess.

    Comic Books 
  • In Empowered, Mind is interrupted when she declares her love to Sistah Spooky, who arrives precisely "three seconds too late" to save her from burning up in a descending space station.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) #7, Spike tries to tell he loves Rarity, but he stutters and is cut short by Nightmare Rarity, who coldly mocks him.
  • In Runaways, Gert Yorkes dies in the middle of trying to tell Chase Stein that she loves him.

    Fan Works 
  • After a wave of courage washed into Japan in Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità, he was about to confess to Italy just as Germany stepped back into the picture.
  • In Chapter 16 of Green Tea Rescue, Ochako decides to come clean and tell Izuku she loves him. Unfortunately for Ochako, Izuku is tackled by Eri before she can get very far.

    Film — Live-Action 

  • From the New World. Saki begins declaring her love to Shun, but Shun interrupts her to tell her goodbye. He reciprocates her feelings, but he's about to make a Heroic Sacrifice and hearing a confession would make that harder to follow through.
  • Podkayne of Mars. The title character says; "Do listen please, because this is important. I love—" before she is killed by an atomic blast. Her sociopathic brother wonders who it was she loved. "Everybody, maybe."

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel. After Amoral Attorney Lilah Morgan is killed, her lover Wesley has a Dead Person Conversation about their Dating Catwoman relationship.
    Lilah: The only true thing I ever—
    Wesley: You didn't love me! You couldn't.
    Lilah: We'll never know now, will we?
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • In "Into The Woods", Buffy breaks up with Riley, but Xander convinces her to reconsider and she races to stop him before he leaves on a military helicopter, arriving just as the helicopter is taking off. The rotor noise drowns out her shouts and Riley is staring straight ahead, so doesn't see her.
    • In "Crush", Spike is about to blurt out a Love Confession when Buffy cuts him off, shocked and disgusted that this amoral former enemy turned reluctant ally has fallen for her. To ensure he won't be interrupted a second time, Spike later zaps Buffy with a taser and chains her up in his crypt so she'll have to listen to his full spiel. Needless to say Buffy is not impressed by this either.
    • Swapped around with the same pair note  in season 11. Caught in a government-mandated monster internment camp, Buffy and Willow decide to get themselves de-magicked so that they are allowed to leave the premises. Spike has to stay behind, as being undead means magic is literally keeping him alive and cannot be pulled from him without killing him. Before they part ways, he says his goodbye Love Confession and she's about to echo it back, but he shushes her and asks that she tell him when they're together again. She does at the end of the season.
  • This happened on Degrassi, when JT was killed before he could tell Liberty that he still loved her.
  • Doctor Who:
  • Friends:
    • Ross is constantly cut off through the first season when he finds the nerve to ask Rachel out. He never could find the right time because just as he wants to tell her, he's attacked by a cat that falls on him, or Rachel dates somebody else.
    • In the second series, it was Rachel. She found out about Ross and realized she had feelings for him but couldn't do anything because he had started dating someone else.
  • How I Met Your Mother: Many times, due to the UST.
    • In "Do I Know You?", Barney was about to tell Robin he loved her, but Robin introduced a girl to him. Just that and Barney was back to his way of womanizing.
    • In "The Best Man", Robin barely got to "Barney, I..." when Barney's phone rang.
    • An interesting case in "The Leap". Barney wanted to confess his love to Robin, but she told him she loved him. Freaked out, he immediately told her they should be friends.
  • The Inbetweeners. Simon tries for a big declaration of love with Carli at the winter prom in the series 1 finale. He Cannot Spit It Out, despite Jay setting everything up for him to go for it. Then Neil's attempts to kiss his unfortunate biology teacher takes the heat off Simon. By the time he looks back, Carli is off arguing with her boyfriend about his initial refusal to come to the prom. On the plus side, Simon's recurring Embarrassing Nickname of "Boner" has been passed onto Neil.
  • Murdoch Mysteries: Late in "The Murdoch Sting", Murdoch literally goes down on one knee and tries to propose to Dr. Ogden. At first, he interrupts himself while trying to pop the question, but then she interrupts him to say, "I can't!" before fleeing into her house. He doesn't know this at the time—indeed, he knocks on her door and calls out to her—but she's gotten a letter purportedly from arch-nemesis James Gillies threatening death if she marries Murdoch or tells him of the threat.
  • The Professionals. In "Look After Annie", Bodie and Doyle are driving an Old Flame of their boss George Cowley to the airport after she's survived an assassination attempt. She begins to say that they can "...tell George one thing" then the rest of what she said is drowned out by an ambulance siren, but sounds like "...that I love him." They decide not to mention to Cowley what she might, or might not, have said.
  • In The Sarah Jane Adventures episode "Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith", Clyde is trapped on a spaceship running out of air. He records a video for his friends and, addressing Rani, says "I always...always..." before he loses consciousness.
  • In the first episode of The School Nurse Files, the jellies start acting up because the Hoop Octopus was going to ask Ara out, while Seung-kwon tried to preempt him. The jellies interrupted both of their attempts.
  • Scorpion: In "Young Hearts Spark Fire", Toby begins to declare his love for Happy, when he is interrupted by a fire extinguisher being sprayed in front of his face.
    Toby: I want my last words to have some meaning, so Happy Quinn, I am in lo—
  • Stargate SG-1: In the episode "Threads", Carter goes to O'Neill's house to tell him she's having second thoughts about marrying Pete. She's cut off from telling O'Neill how she really feels about him by the entrance of Kerry (letting the secret out that she and O'Neill are seeing one another).
    Carter: I'm sorry to bother you with this, but uh, see, there's actually a very good reason that I'm bothering you with this, and if I don't tell you now, I might never…
    • Also happens in "Lost City Part 2":
      Carter: Sir, at your house before Daniel and Teal'c showed up, what I was gonna say was…
      O'Neill: I know.
  • In Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter, Charlotte is just about to tell her childhood friend Wilhelm that she loves him, as he is due to leave for the Russian front, but they are interrupted by a knock on the door from none other than the Gestapo.
  • A variation from The X-Files: Interrupted Invitation for a Date. Agent Pendrell has had a crush on Scully for some time. He met her at a bar on her birthday in "Tempus Fugit". He was really excited to see her and also clearly drunk, so he had the guts to ask her for a drink. Scully was with a soldier she was protecting but Pendrell didn't give up and bought drinks for himself, Scully and the soldier as well. Poor Pendrell got shot a moment later and was rushed to hospital. He died off-screen in the next episode.
  • On Zoey 101, this becomes somewhat of a Running Gag for Chase, who has been in love with his best friend Zoey since the day he met her. He tries valiantly several times to tell her how he feels, only to be interrupted—usually by the friends who keep telling him to reveal his feelings. Ironically, for all the times he tried to tell her on purpose, he ends up telling her completely by accident.

    Video Games 
  • Batman: Arkham Knight: Implied Trope; there's a bottle of champagne, two glasses, and a sign saying "Marry Me" neatly set up on a bench overlooking the ocean that's going unused because Scarecrow's attack forced everyone to evacuate the city. Some poor sap planned out his whole proposal and instead got to take his girlfriend on a romantically crowded bus ride away from a chemical weapons attack.
  • Final Fantasy IX has one of the funniest interruptions of love. Eiko lost her love letter to Zidane and it has been rolling around from hand to hand. It all comes to an end when Alexandrian General Beatrix thinks Commander Steiner wrote that letter to her and Steiner thought that too, and they meet at the castle's pier. Eiko, Blank and Marcus are excited to see the grand finale when... ATISHOO! Baku, leader of the Tantalus thieves, sneezes loudly and spoils everything. This event didn't stop Steiner and Beatrix from going further to their relationship.
  • Inazuma Eleven: Near the end of the second game, depending on the version, either Aki or Natsumi will try to confess to Endou when they're alone in the caravan, but fail because they're interrupted by the rest of Raimon.
  • In Pokémon Sun and Moon, at the party finale in Iki Town, Lillie is about to reveal something to the player character (boy or girl) with quite a very romantic feeling, but everything is suddenly interrupted by the sound of the fireworks.
  • About halfway through Tales of Legendia, Shirley finally gets up the nerve to tell Senel that she's in love with him. She gets as far as "I love" before Senel stops her. He rejects her advances outright because he still feels lingering attraction to Stella, Shirely's dead older sister. Heartbroken, Shirley runs off, deciding to become the Merines and bring about the end of the world. Even the other heroes can't believe how much of an ass Senel was to Shirley, whom he considered like his little sister.
  • In Solatorobo, Red to Elh in one sidequest. She says she hasn't been able to feel happiness or love in years, but has finally begun to feel them again with him. He says he's got something he needs to say to her as well, but then the simulation ends and he loses his train of thought, though he remembers vividly that he was going to say something important. She decides she'll just be patient and wait until he can tell her himself. Of course, that was Merveille's plan all along.
  • Skyborn: It seems as though Ryler has feelings for Alda back in their flashback. When he wants to tell her something, he is interrupted by the announcement that their final exams are starting. It is all very sad.


  • In Rascals, just as Reiko was about to confess to Skye after getting back together, Chrissy interrupts them to say her goodbyes.

    Web Original 
  • hololive: Happens to Mori Calliope during her date stream. It's an intimate moment at the park, and Calli has something she wants to tell chat. However, it's cut short by a sudden attack by a bird that causes the reaper to go into a frenzy, completely ruining the moment, much to her dismay.
    Calli: "I fuckin' hate birds..."
  • In Spoony's review of DOA: Dead or Alive, Film Brain shows up unexpectedly and starts reviewing. This being after fan backlash about the Tekken review being a crossover with Film Brain, the fans show up and assault his house. Moments before a bomb hits, this happens:
    Film Brain: *turns to camera* "Tell The Nostalgia Critic, I lo—" *explosion*

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Toward the end of the second season, the Gaang splits up and Aang decides it's finally time to tell Katara how he feels. He manages to get the word "I" out before Sokka unwittingly jumps in and gives him a noogie.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "Secret Of My Excess", with Spike about to tell Rarity he has a crush on her while both are falling to their deaths... and Rarity herself interrupting him because she already knew.
    • It happens again in "Hearts and Hooves Day", when Cheerilee looks like she's about to confess to Big Macintosh, but ends up telling him "You have something stuck in your teeth."
      Sweetie Belle: Oh, come on!
  • Happens in Danny Phantom when Danny is about to leave to fight Pariah Dark, and it's pretty much clear to everyone that he isn't going to be coming back. Sam is this close to finally telling him how she feels, but before she can get two words out the sky goes dark and it's too late.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • Numbuh 4 has tried to tell Numbuh 3 he loves her several times, but is always interrupted.
    • In "Operation G.I.R.L.F.R.I.E.N.D.", Numbuh 1 gives a heartfelt speech to Lizzie about how whenever he puts his life on the line during missions, all he can think about is her. But just as he’s about to say that he loves her, he gets a call on his communicator.
  • In Iron Man: Armored Adventures Pepper is clearly trying to confess her love to Tony in the last three episodes, mainly because they all think this last mission will most likely be a Suicide Mission. However because of all the chaos going on at the time she is constantly interrupted before she can get the full sentence out. Luckily unlike most, Tony seem to catch on to what she was trying to say and after they won he kisses her on the cheek and they hug.
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers: At the end of "Good Times, Bat Times", Chip is about to confess his feelings to Gadget, but before he can get past "I need to tell you something," he's snatched up by Dale, who wanted to show off his new hang glider (Which wasn't made for two.)
  • Justice League. In "Wild Cards", the Joker is broadcasting live the League's attempt to find and defuse the bombs he's planted. Green Lantern is nearly killed shielding Hawkgirl from a bomb blast. After reviving him, Hawkgirl says he can't die before she's told him the truth. Green Lantern wants to know what she means...and then the Joker cuts away to something else. The episode ends with a Hawkgirl/Green Lantern The Big Damn Kiss and Relationship Upgrade, so it's obvious in retrospect what she said.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: In the Valentine's Day Episode, Cat Noir is about to confess his love to Ladybug when Dark Cupid fires one of his Hate Plague arrows at her; Cat takes the bullet, and proceeds to instead declare that he loathes her.


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Alternative Title(s): Cut Off Declaration Of Love


Blu Swallows A Flower Petal

When Blu tries to tell Jewel he loves her he ends up accidentally swallowing a flower petal Jewel then has to help him by performing abdominal thrusts while Rafael, Pedro, and Nico watch in disbelief.

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