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 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.
As many of the examples listed below attest, a love confession does not require the actual utterance of the phrase "I love you," nor even the word "love".
- Aborted Declaration of Love—A character plans to confess their love, but then chooses not to.
- Anguished Declaration of Love—A character dramatically declares their love for another after much anguish.
- Dying Declaration of Love—A character declares/confesses their love for another on either party's deathbed.
- Interrupted Declaration of Love—A character begins to declare their love for another, but then there's an interruption.
- Love Confessor—A lover confesses their love for someone to a third party ("I love him" or "I love her," rather than "I love you.")
- Love You and Everybody—What initially sounds like a declaration of love, but is actually wide-reaching and fairly generic.
- Platonic Declaration of Love—A character declares their platonic love for another.
Compare The Four Loves.
- 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 B.S.O.D..
- 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. There's also the fact that the confessor (Taiga) pretty much confessed to someone else in the process... she just didn't realize it yet.
- 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.
- Strawberry 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: Girl Meets Girl 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.
- Fruits Basket:
- Yuki receives plenty of these. Oh yeah, and Kyo.
- The end of the manga has at least four of these.
- Hinata finally confesses her love to Naruto in the Invasion of Pain arc. She gets stabbed before Naruto can respond or let her confession truly sink in.
- Sakura also gives one to Naruto in the Five Kage Summit arc. However, it's Subverted as she's doing it to make him give up on his promise to bring back Sasuke. Naruto immediately sees right through her, calls her out for lying, and rejects her outright by telling her that he hates people who lie to themselves.
- In The Last: Naruto the Movie, Naruto confesses his love to Hinata twice, after he realizes his love for her. The first one didn't go so well thanks to Toneri, but the second one ends with Hinata crying Tears of Joy and their Big Damn Kiss.
- 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.
- 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.
- Karin: 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.
- Ayumu confesses, twice actually, the first time she's actually rejected, though it doesn't deter her affection.
- Several confessions have happened in Wandering Son:
- The first was Nitori confessing to Takatsuki; she got rejected by him, but they stayed friends.
- Within the same week, Chiba confesses her feelings to Nitori. She gets rejected, and that helps spark her characterization change. She stops talking to both Takatsuki and Nitori. It takes until late middle school for them to become friends again.
- A random boy confessed to Takatsuki once in middle school, 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 Transgender woman. They got back together later.
- Fumiya formally confesses to Saori after years of flirting with her and being rejected. They end up dating afterwards.
- Takatsuki confessed to Nitori at the very end of the manga but Nitori rejected it. The last scene of the two together is Takatsuki crying while holding Nitori's hand.
- Serial Experiments Lain : Lain to Alice at the end of the series.
- Fuyutoki for Takashiro in episode 20 of Betrayal Knows My Name.
- An interesting example happens in episode 8 of Season 2's Is This a Zombie?. 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.
- 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 after finding the healing herbs she needed◊ in the story "Mallow's Heart Flutters". 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.
- Happens in the episode 2B/ Chapter 8 of Castle Town Dandelion. Satou lets out her feelings for Shuu, but he turns her down as he has to focus on the election. However, he does agree to talk to her about it again once the election is over.
- Bokura no Hentai:
- Bokura no Hentai makes fun of several manga tropes, the love confession being one of them. A random classmate once confessed to Marika and was rejected. Marika's friends are confused as to why someone would confess to someone they've had little to no prior interaction with.
- Later a more proper confession happens from Ryousuke to Marika, not too long after his girlfriend broke up with him for feeling he didn't really like her.
- Haru from Ojojojo had to be creative when she confessed her feelings to Tsurezure since she suffers from a pathological case of Cannot Spit It Out when it comes to saying anything nice. She ultimately had to phrase it as "allowing him to go out with her" to get the words out. His response? "Yeah. Please do."
- Yuu from Charlotte gave Nao a rather blunt one in episode 12, but she doesn't reciprocate, and in fact has a skeptical and confused look on her face. She does do The Promise with him though, in that she'll be waiting for him after he returns from his worldwide mission to plunder every ability and prevent them from being exploited.
- In Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note, Aya and Sunahara did this reciprocally during The Valentine Knows. For your information, they're seventh graders.
''I want to believe in you. You have what it takes to find happiness. I give you these chocolates with all my heart. Don't forget I'm always rooting for you. Don't give up."
- Aya's Valentine note to Sunahara is seen to be a "legitimate confession" by the people who read it at the train station:
Sunahara: But I was really happy. The chocolates and the card were your way of expressing your feelings, right? Right now, I... I like you so much, it's kind of embarrassing. I'm glad I met you.
- Sunahara said this when he calls Aya later:
- This occurs early into My Love Story!!. Yamato goes to Suna's house to ask for relationship advice. Unknown to her, Takeo is hiding underneath the bed. Suna gets Yamato to say that she likes Takeo (three times in a row at that), and reveals that Takeo was under the bed. Takeo has liked Yamato but didn't believe she liked him back. The actual, mutual love confession is the two of them briefly saying that they fell in Love at First Sight for each other when they met.
- Omujo! Omutsu Joshi
- Happens accidentally in the first chapter. After accidentally getting a peek under his classmate's skirt, Shouta tries to defuse the situation by changing the subject. The first thing he can think of is to talk about how much he likes strawberries. However, his classmate's name is "Ichigo", which means "strawberries", so she initially takes Shouta's words as a confession and flees the scene. The narration states the confusion was quickly cleared up.
- Shouta's childhood friend, Morei, attempts to declare her love for Shouta in chapter six. However, after witnessing an Accidental Pervert moment between Shouta and Ichigo, she's jumped to the conclusion that Shouta has a diaper fetish and wears one herself to appeal to it. Between this, her explanation that the moment she fell in love was an incident when Shouta covered for her Potty Failure in elementary school, and getting too nervous to clearly say she loves Shouta, Morei unknowingly convinces Shouta that she's the one with the fetish. This leaves Morei confused when Shouta assures her it's "Fine by me, I guess."
- In Claymore, Raki tells Clare he loves her as she's turning into a man-eating monster. This awakens enough of Clare's human side that another warrior can help her to transform back.
- RaButa has to have set some kind of record for this given that the very first panel is Kurume confessing to Harundo.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: In the entire series, Kaworu is the only one who ever told Shinji that he loved him. Adding to that, he's also the only one who is openly nice to Shinji, which makes everything sadder when Kaworu is revealed to be an Angel and Shinji has to kill him... under Kaworu's own request.
- DARLING in the FRANXX Reuniting after events in previous episodes kept them apart, and after remembering their shared past, Hiro and Zero Two share a kiss and kick their mech into overdrive.
- In the English dub of Fullmetal Alchemist, Rose tells Edward that she loves him while dancing with him. In the original, Edward cuts her off before she finishes the sentence. The problem is that Rose is in a trance, or possibly even a drugged state, caused by the Big Bad Dante. Her feelings are likely true, however she isn't in her right mind when she confessed.
- DEVILMAN crybaby has three instances, although the latter two are more ambiguous in nature. Kukun gives one to Miko in the form of a freestyle rap, then later on Miko gives either a romantic or Platonic Declaration of Love to Miki. And lastly, Ryo gives one to Akira, albeit indirectly, and at a moment when it's already too late to confess.
- 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.
- A Crown of Stars:
- In chapter 25—properly named "The Only Question That Ever Matters" after a long talk where Asuka opens up and talks to Shinji about her feelings of inadequacy, loneliness, self-hatred and abandonment… her lack of self-esteem, her doubts and her fears she dares to ask him what he feels for her:
Asuka:“And you are still looking at me, Shinji. So no more running away. I’ve finally found the courage to ask; Shinji Ikari, do… […] Do you… love me?”
Asuka:“S-say it. P-please… I need to hear you say it.”
Shinji:“…I love you, Asuka Langley Sohryu,”
Asuka:“Why? I didn’t have to tell you all those horrible things about me. I did most of them to you. How can you still bear to look at me? I’ve hurt you in every way I could to keep you away. How can you still love me?”
Shinji:“Because just being around you makes me feel more alive. Because you’re the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen. Because when I see you smile, the whole world glows. Because when I kiss you I feel like I’m on fire. Because when I held you I didn’t care about anything else. Because I cant imagine a world without you. Because… […] Because when you are happy, it makes me feel the same. When you cry, I cry. When you hurt, I hurt.”
- And in chapter 74, when Shinji is trying to talk her into staying behind while he fights, Asuka gets angry and confesses in turn.
"Me?! What about you? Du verflucht Idiot! Du hirnlose Ochse!" She pressed right up in his face, stabbing him in the chest with her fingers. "You don't get to do this. Not to me. Not again. You owe me a life, Ikari! You promised! So I'm claiming this one! I have just as much right here to risk my life as you do, and I'll be damned before I let you run off and maybe get killed without me! You go where I go and vice versa, remember? And what the Hell am I supposed to do if you die?!" Her vision was blurring and she could feel her cheeks were wet. It didn't matter. She was still able to punch him in the chest. "I love you, du verdammt baka! Live or die, you're staying right by my side! Together! You promised!"
- In chapter 25—properly named "The Only Question That Ever Matters" after a long talk where Asuka opens up and talks to Shinji about her feelings of inadequacy, loneliness, self-hatred and abandonment… her lack of self-esteem, her doubts and her fears she dares to ask him what he feels for her:
- Advice and Trust: After The prologue showed Shinji and Asuka keeping a Secret Relationship, chapter 1 narrated how it came to pass: Shinji accidentally placed his hands on Asuka's waist during their First Kiss, and that action turned the moment into The Big Damn Kiss. Right after Shinji blurted his feelings out… and Asuka said she liked him back and had been actually trying to get his attention for weeks.
Shinji:"You were right, I've never kissed anyone before and I'm so glad it was you for my first kiss and it was incredible and you're so beautiful and I think I really like you and oh shit I'm going to stop talking now."
Asuka:"Say it again,"
Shinji:"Um… say what again?"
Asuka:"What you just said. Say it again."
Shinji:"I'm glad you were my first kiss, it was incredible, you're beautiful, and I… […] I think I like you?"
Asuka:"Do you mean it?"
Asuka:"I like you too."
- The Child of Love: Asuka confessed her feelings to Shinji in chapter 5 after watching fireworks and kissing. She had got a hard time accepting them until then.
- Children of an Elder God: In chapter 23 Shinji and Asuka are resting in his room, wondering if they will be slaughtered in the next battle by the latest Eldritch Abomination they are fighting, how longer the war will last… then Asuka tells him she loves him, and Shinji replies he loves her, too.
"Shinji," she said softly. "I love you."
He gulped and kissed her again, then said softly, "I love you too, Asuka. Don't ever leave me. Please."
"I won't," she said. "Never."
- Evangelion 303: After spending several months being lovers and getting engaged Asuka was able to bring herself to tell Shinji that she loved him.
- Both Germany and Japan end up confessing their love to Italy in Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità. However, he couldn't choose one over the other. He chooses both.
- Ghosts of Evangelion: Shinji confesses Asuka he likes her in 2019. At the beginning she didn't want to believe him, but she eventually got that he was in love with her (and she was horrified when he nearly took it back).
- Hail To The King: First thing Asuka did after accidentally drinking a G-cells serum -which boosted physical abilities, booted hormones and instinctive behavior and lessened inhibitions—was tackling Shinji, delcaring he was hers and demanding being taken by him.
- HERZ: After revealing to Misato that he was alive, Kaji at last said he loved her.
- In Hellsister Trilogy, Supergirl confesses to her crush completely by accident during an argument.
Kara Zor-El: Oh, Dev, stop it! What you showed me a few minutes ago was the best thing I've ever seen from you. You saved several hundred individual lives. You brought a whole bunch of people back from the verge of death. You were like a one-man salvation crew out there, and I'm proud of you.
Dev-Em: You did it, too.
Kara: Let me talk! We're talking about you, Dev. You were right to be mad at me about blowing the mission. But now I know why. It's because you can't stand to see all those people killed, can you? The big picture.
Dev: Tell me, commander. You've got all the answers now.
Kara:(grimacing) I feel like slapping you again. If I didn't love you more now than I ever have before, I'd do it. I—
(covers her mouth)
Dev: (murmuring) So you said it.
- Higher Learning: In chapter five after having got too many drinks Shinji and Asuka are hammered. Shinji jokes Kaji is an idiot and all of sudden Asuka cries and tells Kaji is not an idiot. Shinji is an idiot… her idiot. That was the point where they tentatively began to have a real relationship.
- Last Child of Krypton:
- In chapter 12, Shinji and Asuka kiss. Then Shinji reveals his secret identity and tells he likes her. Her reaction? Getting angry because he had risked his life to save hers, tackling him and kissing him.
- In the chapter 9 of the Redux a distraught Asuka goes to Shinji's room to seduce him. When she is trying to make something more than kissing, Shinji stops her. Trembling, she asks if he does not like her and he tells he does, but he is not ready and he is afraid of hurting her.
- Nobody Dies: In chapter 21 Shinji tells he could have died in the Sea of Dirac but her voice brought him back. He heard her telling: "But I think I might be falling in love with you". She smiles and cries as he tells he is falling in love with her, too.
- The One I Love Is: Rei blurted out she loved Shinji in presence of everybody during a celebratory party in Misato's home. Asuka said Shinji she liked him several weeks later when they were alone and sharing bedding space, but due to her fear to be vulnerable she did not say she loved him until she thought she had lost him. Shinji admitted he cared about both girls early on, but it was when Asuka got Mind Raped by Arael when he dared to tell her he loved her.
- The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: Diamond Back does this late in the story by planting a big kiss on Wind Breaker.
- RE-TAKE: Asuka heard Shinji telling he loved her by chance as he was talking to Rei. When he came home she asked him if he swore he would always be always hers and then she confessed she loved him back.
- Scar Tissue: In chapter 13 Shinji is ranting angrily that he does not want Asuka fights again because he wants to protect her. She quietly states it sounds like a confession. Shinji admits that it is one.
- The Second Try: In chapter "Love" Asuka argued with Shinji about him being unable tell someone how he feels but always waiting for someone showing kindness to him, and being unable to see there is someone loves him honestly if that person is unable to give the first step. During the next days she constantly ruminates over her words, pondering she is just like him. Finally, as they are sleeping in the same bed, she tells:
Asuka:"You… […] you know that I love you, don't you?"
Shinji:"I know. As sure as I love you too…"
- Shinji And Warhammer 40 K: Although Shinji had said other people he liked Asuka they were dancing around each other for months, half-acknowledging their feelings but not acting on them. It was during the Black Earth Craddle Arc he told Asuka he loved her and she was hers. Asuka replied he was also hers and wanted everything of him.
- Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: In chapter 19, after going through a considerable emotional turmoil, Asuka tells Shinji about her inferiority complex driving her to try to stand out, how she became Supergirl, talks about her doubts and fears… and tells she would like him being her confidant, if he thinks he can stand it. Shinji answers of course he is willing to do that for her… and he would like be a lot more than a friend and confidant. Then he tells he likes her. They kisses and Asuka confesses she likes him in turn.
- Thousand Shinji: During pillow talk before the battle against Israfel Shinji asked Asuka if she would resent him for filling her heart's void even though he was a Manipulative Bastard. When she asked him why he would want to her heart he asked if she would believe his answer was honest. Then he confessed he liked her.
- In X-Men: The Early Years's last chapter, Jean Grey finally becomes fed up with their avoidance dance and hits on Scott Summers. Scott replies he can't be her fall-back guy and stalks off. Angrily, Jean follows him and demands an answer.
Jean: Damn it, Scott, slow down! I won't be ignored, Summers! You'd better slow down so we can talk. Damn you and your long legs!
Scott: What do you want?
Jean: What do I want? You have the nerve to ask that question after you left me hanging in the middle of the dance floor like that?
Scott: I did not leave you hanging. I told it like it is. There's a huge difference.
Jean: Don't even try to worm your way out of this! Now finish what you were going to say on that damned dance floor!
Scott: Why?! It doesn't matter anyway.
Jean: Because I need to hear it, you ass, that's why!
Scott: Fine! I care for you too much to be just your friend any more! Every time I see you out with another guy, it rips my heart out! I've loved you from the moment I set eyes on you! I won't play this game anymore.
Jean: You stubborn jerk! Don't you dare run away from me after saying that! I love you, too! I've loved you from the moment you helped me carry my suitcase up the stairs to my room, my first day at school.
Jean: You heard me, you stupid jerk. I love you. I'm not repeating it.
- Walking in the Shadow of Dreams: In chapter 5 Asuka comes home drunk. She lunges at Shinji and kisses her. When he tries to stop her because he think they should not do this as she is plastered, Asuka cries out nobody wants her. Shinji tells he does.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: A short while after defeating an Eldritch Abomination, Shinji and Asuka were arguing in the middle of their classroom during lunch break. Asuka reminded Shinji that he said he hated her, and Shinji replied that he cared about her. Several chapters later, Shinji spits it out at last:
Everyone at school already considered them a couple, and the way their relationship had grown would make it appear that they actually were. Ultimately, it was just an illusion, a cauldron of mixed feelings and unspoken emotions. Lying there on his bed, his arms around her slender form, Shinji wanted to end the illusion and make it a reality. For he knew now what he'd seemed to know all his life.
"I love you, Asuka."
- 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!"<beat>"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.
- In Carefree (1938), Amanda (Ginger Rogers) confesses her love for Tony… (Fred Astaire) just after her fiance Stephen (Ralph Bellamy) has excitedly announced their upcoming wedding.
- Theodora Goes Wild. In the midst of telling Michael she finally stood up to her aunts, Theodora slips in that she loves him. Promptly, Michael gives a bad reaction to the news.
- 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.
- In The Pillars of Reality, Mari thinks Alain is about to make such a confession, but he's actually just going explain the prophecy about her. She cuts it short by saying that she already knows (without saying what she knows) and defers the discussion, therefore missing some important information.
- 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)
- Jane the Virgin:
Jane: So instead of telling you the reasons why I love you, I'm gonna tell you the reasons why I don't. I don't love you because you're smart, and kind. I don't love you because you're hard-working, and competitive, and way too defensive.
Micheal: I'm not defensive.
Jane: I don't love you because you are incredibly sexy. I love you because you're my best friend, and I want to grow old with you.
- 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.
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.
- 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")
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.'
- 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.
Tara: No, I-I understand. You have to be with the person you l-love.Willow: (smiles) I am.
- 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 upstairs… to 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.
- 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.
- How I Met Your Mother:
Robin: Ted!Ted: Yea?Robin: Falafel!
- 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:
- 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 episode "Pascal's Triangle Revisited," Britta confesses her love for Jeff onstage in front of about a hundred people. Jeff's ex, Slater, then does the same thing. It's pretty obvious that they're just childishly trying to one-up each other, so Jeff flees instead of choosing between them. He ends up finding Annie outside and kissing her.
- In the 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, but Annie admits that the whole thing "got too real."
- In the episode "Intro to Recycled Cinema," Jeff and Annie get caught up in the movie and confess their love for each other when they're about to die. They're about to kiss when Britta reminds them that their characters are supposed to be father and daughter.
- 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.
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: In the Season 3 Finale, Lincoln tells Daisy that he loves her while he flies an atomic bomb into outer space, dying in the explosion.
Daisy: You can't just die for me like this, it's wrong!Lincoln: I don't know. Saving the girl I love and the world at the same time, seems pretty right to me.
- Doctor Who:
- 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 — other than Clara actively and consciously beginning to "cheat" on Danny with the Doctor as of this episode (insofar as continuing to travel with the Doctor while lying to Danny about no longer doing so counts as cheating) and the UST and Will They Or Won't They dynamic continued on to the end of the season.
- The euphemism "I had a duty of care" becomes this at the end of Series 9 when the Doctor tells Clara why he spent 4.5 billion years punching through a diamond wall simply for the chance to save her from death. This spurs Clara into delivering her own, although we don't get to hear exactly what she says as the camera pulls away to give the two time-travellers privacy.
- 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.
- 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."
- Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined): Laura Roslin and Bill Adama have been slowly falling in love with each other pretty much since the miniseries, with their first onscreen kiss in season 2 kicking off an increasing depth to their definitely-not-platonic relationship, but Laura has been… a bit oblivious to this fact. Finally, in "The Hub", after a truly epic reunion:
Roslin: [teary-eyed] I love you.Adama: [huskily] About time.
- 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.
- 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. The same thing occurs in the next game in the series.
- 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.
- Yandere Simulator has Yandere-chan's goal being eliminating any rivals to her affection for Senpai. She has a week to eliminate her rival before she confesses her love for Senpai. Yandere-chan won't be able to make her own confession until every single rival has been eliminated.
- The original Valkyria Chronicles plays it straight when Welkin confesses his feelings to Alicia right before asking her to marry him (she says yes), while Valkyria Chronicles III plays with this by having Kurt attempting to give one to either Riela or Imca, but instead receiving a heartfelt kiss from them before he even can get more than one word out.
- 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 she 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.
- 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.
- Higurashi: When They Cry:
- Rena has a roundabout one at the end of Tsumihoroboshi-hen. She tells Keiichi that she wants him to be there for her always and that she wants to hear him say "good morning" to her each day and "good night" each evening. She never does outright say "I love you" but the scene is heavily implied to be a romantic confession.
- In the anime adaptation of Minagoroshi-hen it's implied that Keiichi delivered a Dying Declaration of Love to Mion.
- It takes fifty-one chapters of Bittersweet Candy Bowl, but Lucy finally confesses to Mike. He isn't interested anymore. Worse, he himself had confessed HIS love to her in seventh grade, only to be rejected. Abbey's confession to Daisy goes a bit better.
- In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Jean and Bob's mutual confession of love for each other comes off as a bit rushed (because, in the original print run of the strip, it was going to be the last episode), but no less heart-felt for that (though it's ruined a bit when Voluptua abruptly plants a big goodbye kiss on his face. The inappropriateness of this is lampshaded in the next strip when the comic has been revived.). Bob gives Jean a longer, more proper confession of love years later, when she's afraid that she's losing him to Voluptua. Voluptua, meanwhile, never actually tells Bob how she feels, but she does reluctantly tell Jean how she feels about Bob, much to Jean's consternation.
- With its usual Lampshading of these kind of tropes, this is naturally played to the hilt in The Order of the Stick. Haley's refusal to admit her feelings for Elan causes a brain growth that makes her The Unintelligible, and she figures out that the only way to speak normally again is to confess her love. She keeps chickening out on this, until finally, after getting caught by Elan in a compromising position with Elan's Evil Twin Nale (who has been masquerading as Elan), Nale tells Elan that Haley knew who Nale was all along, and is evil, a demon speaking in tongues, a slut, and The Mole who has been selling out the True Companions, all in a Brainwashing-supplemented Break the Cutie speech mocking Elan's noble stupidity, which Haley is incapable of rebutting, and nearly drives Elan to kill her. At the last second however, Haley finally blurts out that she loves Elan, destroying both her speech impediment and Nale's spell.
- Technically an inversion, but Karkat of Homestuck confesses his romantic inclinations: It makes a lot more sense in context
- In Sinfest, Slick's first attempt suffers a Gibberish of Love failure, and then Monique gets philosophical.
- The oneshot Bridesmaid is unusual in that the confessor confessed her love to her best friend right after getting married. Elle didn't want to cheat on her husband though, she simply wanted to confess the long-lasting feelings she had for Fleur. Fleur liked her back but thought it was unrequited the entire time.
- 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.
- In Twig, Mary gets Sylvester alone and (with a knife to his throat) informs him that she likes him after five arcs worth of flirting. He agrees with her on this, but also points out that he's pretty sure she likes Gordon, too, and that confessing her attraction to Sylvester is easier for her, and letting him into her confidence is a way of building up her confidence in herself, and that if she wants to make a move on Gordon she'll have to do it fast because Gordon is approaching an expiration date with his body parts rejecting him.
- The finale to Nyan~ Neko Sugar Girls has Raku confessing to Hitoshi. It fails as Hitoshi is dating Bokutachi, his kidnapper who he fell in love with.
- 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 Codename: Kids Next Door, Anna Worthington, the assistant to the fourth grade president James Nixon McGarfield, confesses her feelings to him after sabotaging his plans to make Lizzie Devine his girlfriend. The reason Anna became his assistant was because she had a crush on him.
Jimmy: Anna... but why?Anna: The same reason I've worked tirelessly for you semester after semester. I... I... I love you, James Nixon McGarfield!
- In KaBlam!, June confesses her love to Henry by giving him a kiss.
- Kaeloo: In the pilot, Mr. Cat confesses to Kaeloo that he has a crush on her, but she misses the point and instead gets angry at him for using a swear word in his confession. In other episodes where he does this, she thinks he's joking or ignores him.
- 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… in here.Kim: Oh… really.