Well, I saw her yesterday
It's you she's thinking of
And she told me what to say
She says she loves you
And you know that can't be bad..."
This may happen for a variety of reasons. For instance, the broker may be either:
- Willing to tell the beloved about the lover's love at the request of the lover.
- Telling it to the beloved in exchange for something (especially in a "forbidden love" setting or if the lover is just so shy).
- Telling it to the beloved behind the lover's back.
- Unaware that the lover hasn't already confessed.
- Simply unable to keep a secret.
- Are a Shipper on Deck for the couple in question.
See also Love Letter Lunacy.
- In My Love Story!!, Takeo and Yamato like each other, but Takeo thinks she likes Suna, his best friend, instead. After a date gone wrong because of it, Suna just straight up tells Takeo that he's the one Yamato likes. When Takeo still didn't believe him, Suna tricked Yamato herself to confess her love.
- In Chapter 32 of Sasameki Koto, Tomoe accidentally implies to Ushio that her best friend Sumika has romantic feelings for her.
- In Whisper of the Heart, Harada uses Shizuku to confess her love to Sugimura. Unfortunately, Sugimura likes Shizuku, who is starting to like Seiji.
- Near omnipresent in fanfiction, especially slashfic, where there often is a Shipper on Deck. One of the preferred ways to break the news to characters who wouldn't otherwise consider initiating a relationship.
- In the Hurog fanfic Human Magic, there is an example of this:
Tisala: "Haven't you seen the way he looks at you?" said my wife. "Oreg loves you, Ward."
- Dave Barry mentions that he had a friend named Phil in high school with the invaluable ability to talk to girls, and thus was able to get Phil to ask (by asking a female friend of) a girl out on a date for him. Her acceptance was passed on to her friend, who passed it to Phil, who passed it back to Dave.
- A Civil Campaign has an example of the accidental variant: Ekaterin learns that Miles is in love with her when Simon Illyan, who has memory problems, introduces the subject in conversation because he's forgotten she doesn't already know.
- In the Narrative Poem "The Courtship of Miles Standish" (1858) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Mayflower pilgrim Miles Standish sends his friend John Alden to deliver a marriage proposal to Priscilla Mullens. Priscilla is not impressed and instead asks, "Why don't you speak for yourself, John?"
- In Dragon Blood, there are lots of shippers on board and ship the main couple. Before they become a couple. Which makes things a bit awkward. This goes so far that people even consider a possible marriage in political debates, in the hearing range of the not-yet-couple.
- In the Jeeves and Wooster series by P. G. Wodehouse, Bertie Wooster repeatedly fills this role.
- In Right Ho, Jeeves he attempts to tell Madeleine Bassett that Gussie Fink-Nottle is in love with her. Unfortunately, he phrases it so vaguely that Madeleine ends up convinced that Bertie is in love with her instead.
- Bertie also serves in this capacity for his Serial Romeo friend Bingo Little, with varying results.
- In Warrior Cats, Cinderpelt tells Fireheart that Sandstorm loves him (and that it's obvious to everyone else).
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Dawn is the first person to tell Buffy about Spike's crush on her.
- In the seventh season of Frasier, a drugged-up Frasier lets slip to Daphne that Niles is crazy about her.
- On a first-season episode of Friends ("The One Where Rachel Finds Out"), Chandler accidentally blurts out to Oblivious to Love Rachel that Ross is head over heels for her.
- In the penultimate episode of Hannibal, Will asks Bedelia whether Hannibal is in love with him and she confirms it.
- In the first episode of the Jeeves and Wooster TV adaptation, Bertie Wooster attempts to play this role for his friend Bingo Little, who is infatuated with Honoria Glossop, but Honoria instead gets the impression that he's speaking on his own behalf, and spends the rest of the series convinced that Bertie is pining for her.
- In the 2008 adaptation of Little Dorrit, John Chivery (who's in love with Amy) tells Arthur Clennam that Amy loves him.
- The Odd Couple: Felix falls madly in love with Gloria and wants to marry her, but he becomes such a nervous wreck that he loses his voice before he can propose to her, and he practically begs Oscar to propose to her on his behalf, even going so far as writing down very specific instructions on what to do and say. Oscar, wanting to get out of there, basically cuts to the chase and asks Gloria to marry Felix, to which she agrees.
- The Beatles: In the song "She Loves You," "She" tells the singer that she loves "you," who is being sung to.
She says she loves you
And you know that can't be bad.
She loves you
And you know you should be glad.
- Don Pedro to Hero on behalf of Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing.
Don Pedro: Here, Claudio, I have wooed in thy name, and fair Hero is won.
- In Wonderful Town, the song "It's Love" rises out of Eileen's attempt to get Baker to confess his love for her sister Ruth:
Eileen: It's love! It's love!
Baker: Come on now, let's drop it.
Eileen: It's love! It's love! And nothing can stop it.
Baker: You're a silly girl, it's a sign of youth.
Eileen: You're a silly boy. You're in love with Ruth.
- Hilariously misfires in Final Fantasy IX. Eiko wants someone to be the love informant from her to Zidane. The letter Dr. Tot writes for her is misplaced several times, is misunderstood, and ends up sparking love between Steiner and Beatrix.