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"I write this to you — what more can be said?
What more can I add to that one fact?
For now I know it is in your power
To punish me contemptuously for this act.
But you, keeping for my unhappy lot
Even one drop of sympathy
Will not entirely abandon me."
Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin, "Tatiana's Letter to Onegin"
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A Love Confession in written form. When characters aren't brave enough to come out and say they like someone, the accepted way around a direct confrontation is a love letter, usually anonymously left in a shoe locker or prominent area, with a request to meet at a predetermined location. The intent is better known than the identity of the person; the letter is often pink, in cute handwriting, and smells like perfume. Bonus with lipstick marks.

Subtropes

  • Affair Letters
    Blackmail using letters exchanged by two lovers having an affair.
  • Love Letter Lunacy
    The letter is given to the wrong person, or misinterpreted, or the sender decided they shouldn't have sent it after all after the letter is already sent.
  • Obsessive Love Letter
    The recipient is creeped out by the letter due to it being obsessive and over the top.
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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • Wonder Woman (1987): When Cassie goes through her Wonder Girl fan mail nearly half of the letters are variations of love letters. She sets those in a pile that doesn't get answers unlike letters asking for aid or such.

    Fan Works 
  • Exaggerated in By the Book. Apple becomes obsessed with courting Darling "correctly" (as written in a textbook). She sends Darling several thousand copies of a perfumed and enveloped love letter. There are so many that they spill out of Darling's balcony.
  • The Ultimate Evil: When Valerie Payne tells Shendu that she wants to fall in love before being married, he takes it as a challenge and makes it a habit to send her love letters regularly. While Valerie doesn't want to admit any feelings for the Demon Sorcerer, she doesn't throw any of the letters away. Shendu states that he thought it fitting to use romanticism in letter writing to woo Valerie because it's becoming a lost art in modern times. He includes with the last letter a magical symbol that Valerie can use to call him, and it possibly saves her life when she's mauled nearly to death.
  • Warmth: Yukari and Minamo became friends over a love letter. In high school, Minamo put a love letter in a female student's locker but had second thoughts. Before she could get the letter back, some bullies grabbed it and were about to out her, until Yukari saved Minamo by taking the letter herself.
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    Film 
  • Love Letters is about, well, love letters, which cause a create deal of grief between three people.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit has Roger writing a love letter to Jessica. The paper turns out to have Marvin Acme's will written in "disappearing, reappearing ink".

    Literature 
  • In Emma, Robert Martin writes a letter with a marriage proposal to Harriet Smith. The actual letter is not a part of the novel, but it's a short but lovely letter, and even Emma admits it is very well-written, especially for a young farmer (of whom Emma snobbishly assumes that he cannot be educated).
  • In Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin, Tatiana confesses her love to Onegin in a beautiful letter.
  • In Now I Rise, Lada opens a letter expecting it to be from her brother, and is shocked to see it is from Mehmed, her former lover. It's a long poem about her beauty, which she finds annoying as he tried to read and write her poetry when they were together and she always rebuffed him. After the poem, there's a short and businesslike proposition concerning diplomacy and armies. It's rather abrupt, and Lada is unsure whether this means he still loves her or not.
  • In Persuasion, Captain Wentworth writes a love letter to his Old Flame Anne Elliot saying "You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope." He actually writes it while she's standing in the same room, about five feet away, which she realizes while she's reading it later.
  • Book 6 of Ranger's Apprentice ends with Will getting a letter from Alyss admitting she loves him. He goes right away to tell her he feels the same.

    Music 
  • Confession Executive Committee ~Love Series~ 's Hina Setoguchi sets out to confess her feelings to her upperclassman Koyuki this way. Because he's returning from figuring out his own crush is getting together with someone else, she unfortunately can't give it to him or tell him the contents of it. Hina lets an "I like you" slip out, but nothing comes of the matter, and both leave unsatisfied.

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    Theater 
  • In The Rivals, Sir Lucius writes a letter expressing his feelings for Lydia, and enlists her maid to deliver it discreetly; it leads to an ongoing correspondence. What he doesn't learn until the end of the play is that the maid played a prank on him and he's actually been corresponding with Lydia's battleaxe of an aunt.

    Video Games 
  • Dragon Age: Origins:
    • You can collect these for a sidequest. The quest-giver wants them as blackmail material over their noble authors. (The letters can be read in the codex and most of them are hilarious.)
    • If Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening is played by importing a Warden who romanced either Zevran or Leliana in Origins, they will receive an affectionate letter from their Love Interest during the course of the DLC.
  • In Kindergarten, two missions have characters tasking the protagonist with delivering a love letter to another character, one in the original game and one in the sequel.
    • In the first game, Nugget writes a love poem for Lily. Unfortunately, being a kindergartener, Lily can't read, so she asks Ms. Applegate for help. The teacher obliges... by reading the letter out loud to the entire class.
    • Cindy's letter to Felix in the second game is less humiliating, though Felix does at first assume it's from the protagonist himself and awkwardly tries to turn him down before the protagonist clarifies.
  • In Persona 4, the protagonist will receive love letters in his shoe box if he does good at tests, usually containing some useful item or other that a secret admirer has made for you. And if you think it's one of your Love Interests who did it, you're in for a shock later... As the Fortune Social Link reveals, Naoto is also plagued by these on a regular basis ("plagued" because the detective prince has better things to do than play around with romance).
  • One cutscene in Professor Layton and the Unwound Future shows the title character receiving such a letter from his college sweetheart Claire.
  • Used pretty tragically in Rule of Rose, where Meg's love letter for Diana is not well-received, and the protagonist Jennifer gets to suffer ire from both sides after being unwillingly dragged into the mess.
  • A Very Long Rope to the Top of the Sky: Emil writes one to Genevieve, in the form of a poem, and asks Ivy for help with what similes to include. Depending on the player's choices, Genevieve can either accept or reject the letter. This divergence persists even after the time-skip, affecting where you'll find Emil and some of the relevant dialogue.

    Web Comics 

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