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Platonic Declaration of Love

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"Leonard, I platonically love you, man..."
Dr. Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

True Companions are very important to most heroes. After overcoming many obstacles and growing closer, one character might tell another (usually same-sex but doesn't need to be, and can also be directed towards a small group of characters) they love them (sometimes dramatically, sometimes nonchalantly). They usually don't need to elaborate because the meaning is clear. Their friendship is strong to the point that it can be described as a type of love. The most important thing is that there is no romantic suggestion between the two characters (at least at this point in the series). This can also happen between family, who are expected by nature to have platonic love for each other.


Sub-Trope of Love Confession. May overlap with Heterosexual Life-Partners or Anguished/Dying Declaration of Love. Related to Platonic Life-Partners but doesn't necessarily have to overlap. For some examples, this might cross over with Friendship Song, Platonic Valentine, or Parental Love Song.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Sister/clone Hikaru confesses her love to Tsubasa during one very dramatic scene in Figure 17 Tsubasa & Hikaru.
  • Fairy Tail: when Lucy is about to sacrifice the Aquarius' key in order to bring up the Celestial King (and she is very reluctant), she declares that she loves her.
  • Naruto:
    • Inverted in that the choice of words are interpreted as "romantic" when it's actually not. When Naruto finally manages to find a way to combine elemental chakra with the chakra-forming technique, his mentor Kakashi is so impressed that he tells Naruto "I like you". Cue Naruto's comical disgusted reaction and Kakashi trying to explain that he doesn't mean it that way.
    • Subverted in the Invasion of Pain arc, when Hinata confesses her love to Naruto. Due to his emotionally-stunted and lonely childhood and not having anyone to teach him the differences between The Four Loves, the concept of romantic love is so foreign to Naruto that he thinks Hinata's confession was this. Two years later, in the canon movie The Last: Naruto the Movie, Naruto finally has this misconception corrected and he realizes his own latent romantic feelings for Hinata.
  • One Piece: In a flashback, the last thing Corazon said to the young Trafalgar Law before he goes on to sacrifice himself to protect Law from Doflamingo is, "Law... I love you."
  • In Gungrave, Mika tells a dying Grave, her guardian/father figure, that she loves him, which is why she doesn't want him to go and is even willing to live in poverty, if that's what it takes to live together with Grave.
  • Asuna tells Ayaka that she loves her and admits that meeting her was the best luck she ever had near the end of Negima! Magister Negi Magi.
  • Lyrical Nanoha
    • The dream Alicia's last words in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's were how she wished she could have been Fate's sister in real life. The movie version has both her and Fate explicitly use the words "I love you."
    • Rinne also tells Fuka that she loves her after they reignite their friendship at the end of ViVid Strike!.
  • In the final episode of Princess Tutu, Duck and Rue exchange these when they're saying their goodbyes. Duck can't say the words aloud since she's been returned to her true duck form, but she still gives Rue a hug and thinks the words anyway.
  • In the last episode Digimon Adventure, The Digidestined get to spend some time alone with their partners before they have to head home. In the dub, Izzy uses some of his time to tell Tentomon that he loves him, causing Tentomon to fall over in surprise. Once he recovers from Izzy's uncharacteristic "sudden display of emotion," they share a hug.
  • In Digimon Frontier, one of the first things Junpei does after fighting a particularly harrowing battle with an Enemy Within is to tell his friends how much he loves them. Funnily enough, this is a straight instance that also involves a romantic love interest: Izumi, the girl that Junpei has a crush on.
  • In Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Kanna gives Kobayashi a hug tells her that she loves her after finding out that she'll be attending the sports festival (Parents' Day in the manga).
  • Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew: Ash gives one of these to Pikachu as he is being devoured by the Tree's defenses.
  • Sound! Euphonium:
    • The anime ends with Kumiko delivering one to her older sister Mamiko.
    • Kumiko has an even more anguished confession to her friend and upperclassman Asuka at the end of the final episode.
  • In the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Zane says this to his little brother Syrus before he sacrifices himself to Camula to save him.
  • At the end of the first two seasons of Dog Days, Cinque declares to Millhiore and Rebecca respectively that he loves them. Although both girls are romantically interested in him, he wishes to develop himself further as an athlete (and Champion) before trying to pursue any romantic relationship. But they're both very important to him, so he still wants them to know that.
  • In her Secret Diary Yuki Yuna is a Hero, Yuna excitedly writes about how she loves Karin after the two get into a fight.

    Comic Books 
  • In one issue of Superman, Superman and Wonder Woman are transported to Valhalla to fight in a war against demons and are prevented from leaving until the war is concluded. The war ends up lasting over a thousand years, but in all that time and despite a growing attraction to Diana, Clark remains faithful to Lois. On the eve of their last battle, the two acknowledge that it'll be their last night together. Clark admits that despite all the time that's passed, Lois is still the only person for him, which Diana approves of. The two embrace and share the following conversation.
    Clark: Thank you, Diana... For always being my best friend. I love you.
    Diana: I love you, too... Clark.
  • In Captain America, when Steve announces the new Captain America to the Avengers, he refers to Sam as "a man whom I love with all my heart."

    Fan Works 

    Film — Animated 
  • In Bolt, soon after the titular dog has finally managed to get back to his beloved owner, Penny, a fire breaks out on a set while she's filming. Bolt goes after her, but he can't find a way to get her out. Penny, suffering from smoke inhalation, tells Bolt she loves him just before she loses consciousness.
  • In Frozen, near the end, Elsa asks her sister, Anna, "You sacrificed yourself for me?" Anna replies, "I love you." Of course, the point of Frozen is that True Love can be platonic too.
  • At the end of The Little Mermaid, Ariel is getting married to Eric and has to say goodbye to her family. She hugs her father Triton and tells him, "I love you, Daddy."
  • There's a moment near the end of Mr. Peabody & Sherman where Mr. Peabody finally gets the courage to tell his adoptive son, Sherman, that he loves him. Sherman replies with a Meaningful Echo that indicates he knew it all the time.
  • Hogarth tells The Iron Giant he loves it at the climax of the film right before the Iron Giant sacrifices itself to save everyone in town from the nuke.
  • The tag of Zootopia features Judy and Nick in an ambiguous case of this, which could easily come across either as this or as something else, to set up a Maybe Ever After.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,
  • Toy Story: Two examples occur in Woody's songs, first he declares in "You've Got a Friend in Me" that no one will ever love his owner Andy like he does, and then in "Strange Things" he laments that he still loves Andy but the boy has replaced him with Buzz.
  • In FernGully: The Last Rainforest, the fairies have what amounts to a ceremony in which Magi passes the torch to Crysta as their spiritual/magical leader. Crysta begs Magi not to go, to which Magi replies warmly, "I love you! I'll always be with you."
  • Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: The opossum twins do this when the pterosaur they and Buck are riding on gets knocked out and starts falling from the sky.
    Eddie: I love you, dude!
    Crash: I know!

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass: After Iracebeth realizes that the Chronosphere is back in place and she's lost her chance to change the past, she despairingly asks why this always happens to her and why no one loves her. Her sister Mirana replies that she loves her. Iracebeth snaps back that she doesn't, which leads to Mirana tearfully confessing about the incident with the tarts and asking her forgiveness.
  • Aquamarine pulls off the true love twist a few years before Frozen. The plot is about a mermaid who has three days to convince her father that love exists, planning to get a human lifeguard to fall in love with her. He doesn't and when her father conjures up a storm to take Aqua home, her two human friends swim out into the middle of the ocean to save her (one of them overcoming her fear of water to do so). When they tell Aqua they love her, the storm goes away, as they effectively did prove that love exists.
  • Beverly Hills Cop: When Axel Foley asks his old friend Michael Tandino why he once took the fall in a car theft and didn't tell the police about Axel's involvement, Tandino tells him "Because I love you, man."
  • In The Hidden Fortress, Tahei and Matashichi, despite their bickering, frequently declare their platonic love to each other, usually whenever they feel their lives are in danger.
    Tahei: Matashichi? Let's stay friends in Heaven, too.
  • In Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, Chance tells Shadow he loves him (when Chance is trying to get Shadow to keep going after he gets injured) and Shadow tells his owner, Peter, that he loves him when the two reunite.
  • In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Short Round, trying to break Indy out of the black sleep of Kali Ma, shouts, "Indy! I love you!" before burning him with a torch to break the brainwashing.
  • The Interview: The two main characters (two heterosexual friends) look each other in the eye and say, "I love you," before the film's climax.
  • In Kill Bill Vol. 2, the protagonist finds a sword with an inscription saying "To My Brother Budd, The Only Man I Ever Loved. —Bill"
  • In Clerks II, Becky tells Dante she loves him just like she loves her parents and her car. this turns out to be a subversion as it's later established she is pregnant with his child and does love him in a romantic way. In a more straight example Randal later tells Dante he loves him, quite significant for such a character to admit.
  • In The New Daughter, John tells his son Sam he loves him very much before he goes to rescue Louisa and burn the mound. He follows it up with several, equally platonic, kisses to the face.
  • A roundabout example occurs in the Frame Story of The Princess Bride with the grandfather and grandson. Early in the story, Buttercup realizes that Westley's habitual answer of "as you wish" means he loves her. As we return to the grandfather and grandson at the end, the grandson asks the grandfather to come back and reread the book to him tomorrow. The grandfather answers, "As you wish."
  • Obi-Wan confessed that he "did" love Anakin right after their climactic fight at the end of Revenge of the Sith. From the tone of his voice, one could easily believe it's still true, as apparently he doesn't have the heart to watch his friend die.
    Obi-Wan: "You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you!"
  • In Spartacus, crossing over with Dying Declaration of Love...
    Antoninus: I love you, Spartacus, as I love my own father.
    Spartacus: I love you, like the son I will never see.
  • Thor: In a deleted scene, on the eve of Thor's coronation Loki makes one to his adoptive brother. And then it all goes downhill from here...
    Loki: You are my brother and my friend. Sometimes I am envious, but never doubt that I love you.
  • The several times in Wayne's World that Terry tells Russell that he loves him. At first, Russell is clearly disturbed, but by the end (the actual end), he has learned that there can be such a thing as platonic love between adult men.

  • In Anne of Green Gables, as Anne and Diana are saying a forced goodbye after the currant wine incident, Diana says that she'll "never have another bosom friend… I couldn't love anybody as I love you." Anne is buoyed up by the statement as no one had ever said that to her before. She tells Diana that she loves her as well.
  • In Dragon Blood, Ward attempts one with his brother but finds that his father's manly male upbringing makes it impossible to tell his brother that he loves him. His brother has already left when Ward finally can bring himself to say the words.
  • Between Razz and Ishmael towards the end of Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel. Out of their group of True Companions, they are the closest to each other.
    Razz: Love ya, man! You know, in a totally non-Hoop Boy sort of a way.
    Ishmael: Love you too, Razz. Same way.
  • Junie B. Jones:
    • In Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl, Junie B. comes into the classroom to find that the other students have colored spots on their graduation gowns so that her grape-juice-and-marker-spotted gown won't stand out. Junie B. declares that she loves her classmates, which causes at least two of the boys to groan about how gross it is.
    • Subverted in the First Grader series. In Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten and Other Thankful Stuff, Sheldon tells the class that he and his family squeeze hands and say three particular words as part of their Thanksgiving tradition. Mr. Scary thinks the words are "I love you"; they're actually "Happy Turkey Day."
  • An anguished version in book 8 of The Pendragon Adventure, Courtney has a gun pointed at Mark (for reasons unrelated to love), and she makes one of these. He starts to cry and admits he loves her back.
  • Godspeaker Trilogy gives us an example which is also a Dying Declaration of Love and Love Confessor. Raklion has a Friend Versus Lover conflict with his best friend Hanochek, and his consort Hekat. It's a simmering background problem for a long time. When it comes to a head, Raklion — very, very reluctantly — sides with Hekat, and banishes Hanochek. But at the end of his life, with his Last Words, Raklion wishes he hadn't. This is also an example of Love Confessor, as he tells this to Hekat, not Hanochek.
    Raklion: The god is calling, I do not wish to go. Hekat— [gasps] My beautiful knife-dancer... [sighs] I wish I had not banished Hano.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In The Addams Family episode "Lurch and His Harpsichord", Lurch packs a suitcase over the incident with the harpsichord, saying no one cares about him. Morticia tells Lurch the whole family loves him when she's trying to convince him to stay. Of course, Uncle Fester has to butt in and say he more likes Lurch than loves him.
  • The A-Team:
    • The episode "Black Day at Bad Rock" contains a platonic love declaration by proxy. When Face is fretting that B.A. will follow through on his threat to make him pay for getting him injured once he gets better, Hannibal tries to reassure him, saying, "Face, B.A. loves you... He told me so himself."
    • In the episode "Bad Time on the Border", when he's calling Maria to reassure her that they'll get her mother back soon, B.A. tells her "I love you." Given that he's been treating her like a daughter/little sister, it's clear it's meant to be platonic.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Grave", Xander delivers one of these to Willow while trying to convince her not to destroy the world, saying, "But the thing is, yeah, I love you. I love crayon-breaky Willow and I love scary veiny Willow." It works.
  • In Doctor Who, the Doctor in "A Good Man Goes to War" claims that Amy and Rory are the people he loves (with the time in which he would say it the ship between him and Amy would be thoroughly and long since sunk and it had not yet been revealed that Amy and Rory were destined to become his in-laws).
  • Elementary:
    • Kitty tells Sherlock, "Do you know what I haven't said to anyone in a really long time? I love you. Isn't that the saddest thing?" on the phone before hanging up in the airport, escaping before she can be arrested for kidnapping and disfiguring her rapist.
    • In the sixth season finale Sherlock takes the fall for a murder Joan was falsely accused of committing and, as a result, has to return to England for good. Before he leaves he tells her they're more than just partners they're "two people who love each other".
  • Sherlock: In "The Sign of Three" during a flashback when John asks Sherlock to be the best man, he also says that he wants to spend his day with the two people he loves most—which, are, obviously, Mary and Sherlock—and Sherlock's not getting it. Sherlock is so surprised when John actually tells him that he's rendered speechless for the next few minutes.
  • Serves as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming in one episode of NUMB3RS for David Sinclair and his childhood friend Ben Ellis, who had been at odds for several decades following the death of another friend (David blamed Ben for getting their friend killed, and Ben resented David for abandoning him and never giving him a chance to tell his side of the story). At the end of the episode, after they've sorted out their problems, David hugs Ben and tells him, "Love you, brother."
  • Monk:
    • "Mr Monk Goes to Mexico": when Captain Stottlemeyer, Monk's Friend on the Force, gets the (erroneous) report that he's been killed, he tells Randy that he will resign if Monk doesn't get a police funeral with full honors (despite having been discharged from the force) and declares, "I'm going to tell you something, Randy, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I loved that man." A few minutes later, he gets the news that it was a lookalike and not Monk who was killed and his mood flip-flops:
      Stottlemeyer: I hate that man!
    • "Mr. Monk and the Three Pies": Monk is trying to walk out of his estranged brother's life again when Ambrose says that he loves him. Monk, having been controlling his irritation the entire episode, snaps, saying that people who love each other don't wait seven years between phone calls, especially when one of them is having a tough time.
    • "Mr. Monk Makes a Friend": When Stottlemeyer, Disher, and Natalie confront Hal, he asks why they're concerning themselves in his relationship with Monk. Natalie answers that it's because they love him.
  • Played for Laughs, in The Mighty Boosh when Howard tells Vince he loves him, assuming they're both going to die. Vince proceeds to laugh at how out of the blue it seems and admits he loves Howard too. Though Howard claims Vince's confession doesn't count because he said it first.
  • Jessica Jones (2015) uses this as a key word to prove she's not under mind control when speaking to her friend/adoptive sister Trish, as it's something she'd never normally say. Doesn't make it seem any less sincere or true.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Kimmy admits she loves her friend Cindy during one of her first crying fits. Probably hard not to love someone you were locked up in a bunker with for 15 years (although in this case the two characters probably have slept together, still definitely a platonic confession though).
  • USA High: As Lazz prepares to leave the school for good, Big Man on Campus Jackson is reluctant to say something but eventually...
    Jackson: I'm not used to saying this to another guy... but I really love you.
  • In the Voyagers! episode "The Trial of Phineas Bogg", Drake accuses Bogg of endangering Jeffrey during their time-travel experiences. Bogg responds that he loves Jeffrey and wouldn't let anything hurt him. As Bogg said in an earlier episode that he would like to be able to say Jeffrey was his son, it's pretty clear it isn't sexual.
  • How I Met Your Mother: In "Little Minnesota", Robin is feeling down as she can’t go home for the holidays and Marshal got her thrown out of a bar that reminds her of Canada because he was jealous of the attention she was getting. He later finds her eating ice cream on her doorstep and they reconcile, with him giving her one of these.
    Marshall: I’m so sorry for what happened back there. I—I acted like a total jerk. I, I shouldn’t have said anything.
    Robin: No, look, I’m sorry. That was your place. I shouldn’t have tried to make it mine. It's just every year at the holidays, I get homesick. And so far, every year I’ve had a reason to stay—a boyfriend, a job… or something. But this year for this first time, I don’t.
    Marshall: Yes you do.
    Robin: What?
    Marshall: We all love you, okay? If you ever moved back to Canada, we would hop on a plane, we would track you down and, after Barney dragged us to a few of those strip clubs you talked about, we would bring you back here. Right where you’re supposed to be. It’s not New York without Robin Scherbatsky.
    Robin: Thanks.
  • On Last Man Standing, Ed doesn't say such things directly to Kyle, the lovable goofball employee who eventually becomes protagonist Mike's son-in-law. However, he does say them to Mike about Kyle; in one episode, he mentions that he's putting Kyle in his will because he's "the closest thing I'll ever have to a son," and in another, he outright states that "I love that boy like he's my own son."
    • Kyle, meanwhile, idolizes his father-in-law, "Mr. B," and cheerfully misinterprets a comment in one episode to think Mike is saying-without-saying that he loves him. "I love you too, Mr. B!"
  • On The Goldbergs, Adam delivers several of these to his Platonic Life-Partners: Emmy. Most notably in "Muscles Mirsky", Barry tries to convince him that they just can't be friends. When it goes horribly wrong, he rushes to her house to say that he does love her, but it's like a sibling.
  • Played for Laughs in the Seinfeld episode "The Serenity Now," when Jerry starts demonstrating real emotions and suddenly starts telling George that he loves him. Given the nature of the show, George is severely creeped out. (By contrast, Kramer responds to the same declaration from Jerry with a casual "I love you too, buddy.")
  • Blue Bloods' Danny exchanges this with his partner Baez while they're trapped in a Serial Killer's basement and as he's trying to keep her conscious (she's suffered a concussion).

  • "You Light Up My Life" is a fairly chaste love song, with no sex even inferred, which is why many religious groups, including Debby Boone, had it as a paean to Jesus. The song could apply to a spouse, sibling, son, daughter, favorite great-aunt, whoever.
  • In some versions of the song, the singer of "Danny Boy" is Danny's father, bidding goodbye to his youngest son as he goes off to war. In these variations, the lines about love are platonic.
    Oh Danny Boy,
    Oh, Danny Boy
    I love you so.
  • In Relient K's song "You'll Always Be My Best Friend," the singer promises to love the person he's singing to (which the title would indicate is a friend, not a love interest.)
  • Queen's "You're My Best Friend".
    Oh, you're the best friend that I ever had
    I've been with you such a long time
    You're my sunshine and I want you to know
    That my feelings are true
    I really love you
    Oh, you're my best friend

  • In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom's Aunt Polly promises her sleeping nephew that:
    One thing is certain
    No matter what you do
    This time tomorrow
    I will still be loving you.

    Video Games 
  • In Final Fantasy XV, Noctis stammers one out to his True Companions as they gather around a campfire for the last time before heading off to defeat the Big Bad so he can perform the Heroic Sacrifice necessary to save the world. It's more overt in the Japanese version, where he specifically uses the words "I love you" to express his gratitude.
    Noctis: You guys... are the best.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Upon finally realizing her desires to be part of a team that cares for her, Nia tells Rex she loves him. Rex responds by saying he loves her, shocking her, and all his friends, which sends her into a laughing fit. Rex may have missed her intentions.
  • Bungo to Alchemist: Hagiwara Sakutarō and Murō Saisei are best friends described as "two souls in one body", with the former emotionally relying on the latter and the latter fiercely protective of the former. Of course, that's basically asking for this gem from the former in their recollection after the latter comforts him and reminds him of his worth:
    Saku: Sai…! Aah, I love you so much! I'm so glad you were born!
  • Happens a few times in the Dragon Age series.
    • In Dragon Age: Origins, both Alistair and Leliana may, at different points, tell the Warden that they love him/her even if they haven't been romanced. Sten, in his own odd way, may also say it, not least by calling the Warden kadan (a Qunari word meaning someone "close to the heart").
      • During the Human Noble Origin, there are multiple points at which the Warden's mother and father tell their younger child that they love him/her, and the player has the option to say it back to them.
    • In Dragon Age II, at the conclusion of the quest "All That Remains," Hawke's mother dies after she says, "I love you. You've always made me so proud." Hawke may also, before or after this quest, find a note in their bedroom which amounts to the same wording.
      • If Hawke's sister Bethany is sent to the Circle of Magi and is fighting alongside her elder sibling in the final battle, Hawke can speak to her (as they can speak to all of their companions) just before the last fight. Bethany, generally regarded as the sweetest character in the game, has a moment of this during the conversation.
        "If we don't survive this, brother/sister, I just want you to know that I love you."
      • Alternately, if Carver is the surviving twin and is present for the battle, he says it - in his own way.
        "I'm proud to call you brother/sister. That's gone unsaid for too long."
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, if the Dragonborn joins the Companions, Farkas may tell him/her about how he and his fraternal twin brother Vilkas came to be part of the group. Should the Dragonborn then speak to Vilkas about what Farkas said, Vilkas makes some corrections to the story - but he prefaces his remarks with the stern assertion that "I love my brother."
  • In Rune Factory 4, you can tell any named character "I love you!" at any time. For characters who aren't possible Love Interests, it's taken to be one of these and elicits an appropriate response. Porcoline gets the wrong idea, but the player character clarifies that it's one of these.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Katawa Shoujo, Lilly tells her best friend Hanako she loves her towards the end of her route before she leaves for Scotland.
    • In Hanako's route to the good ending, Hanako will also admit to Hisao that she loves Lilly on their date together after he comments on how close she and Lilly are.
    Hisao: Lilly's a very special person to you, isn't she?
    Hanako: She is. I... love her... very much.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry: When Shion is about to perform what she assumes will be a Heroic Sacrifice in Matsuribayashi-hen, she asks Keiichi to pass on a message to her sister Mion that she loves her and hopes they can be twins again in their next life.


    Web Original 
  • Sy finally admits his love for Mary to her in Twig after killing the Baron Richmond, explaining that he considers her his family, shortly before kneecapping her so she can't stop him from running away from the Academy of Evil, having figured out that while she loves him too, they both love the rest of the Lambs too much and Mary would be miserable even if he could convince her to leave with him.
  • Ruby's last words to Yang in the Volume 3 finale of RWBY are to tell her that she loves her, but Yang is too emotionally drained from all the trauma she's undergone in the past several episodes to respond to or even acknowledge her sister's words. This becomes a Meaningful Echo when the two reunite in "Known by its Song" after several months apart, and the first thing Yang does is pull Ruby into a hug and tell her that she loves her.

    Western Animation 
  • Back to the Future: The Animated Series: Downplayed. In "Forward to the Past", Doc tells his sons that they accidentally messed up the time stream such that none of the people they love (he specifically cites Clara, Marty, and Einstein) exist. While Doc obviously has romantic feelings for Clara, he's clearly referring to different types of love in the sentence as two out of three of the examples are platonic.
  • Bojack Horseman:
    • Invoked in "Love And/Or Marriage," after Princess Carolyn returns from three blind dates to sign congratulations cards to everyone in VIM Agency with the stock words made by her assistant, Judah. She signs them mechanically until she sees the one meant for Judah. She's genuinely touched he so desperately wants her approval.
      "Dear Judah, you are a wonderful employee. I am very proud of you. Sincerely, _________________."
    • And then in "It's You":
      Princess Carolyn: It's been a pleasure working with you, Judah.
      Judah: I've found it to be an above-average experience. Please forgive me for getting emotional.
    • In "That Went Well", Diane visits BoJack after Sarah Lynn's death, finding him in a really low point and after talking about it, Diane raises his spirits by telling him that, contrary to what he now believes, Horsin' Around was an important show in people's lives, especially for troubled people growing her. After processing what she has just said, BoJack retorts that she's wasting her time writing tweets for celebrities when she could do much better and then:
    BoJack: And I wish you didn't get so distant after you moved out.
    Diane: I'm sorry.
    BoJack: You know me better than anybody, and you can't not be a part of my life.
  • In the Darkwing Duck episode "Dead Duck", Darkwing tells his daughter, Gosalyn, that he loves her as part of a final goodbye (in a dream... Or Was It a Dream?).
  • In the DuckTales (1987) episode "A DuckTales Valentine", during the kids' final meeting with Scrooge before he plans to go off with Aphroducky, Louie tells Scrooge they love him, but they can't follow him to Mt. Olympus. This begins to rattle the enchantment.
  • In The Magic School Bus episode "Going Batty", some of the children are convinced by Ralphie's assertion that Ms. Frizzle is a vampire and go to rescue their parents before she can turn them. However, when they get there, their parents are already hanging from the ceiling with bats' wings wrapped around them. Phoebe's response?
    Phoebe: I love you anyway, Daddy. I'll love you forever.
  • Pinky and the Brain: Played with via Last-Second Word Swap. In one episode, Brain accidentally knocks Pinky off the table. Upon finding out that he's all right, Brain laments that it's his fault: "This obsession with taking over the world is causing me to hurt the ones I... tolerate."
  • The Powerpuff Girls: The titular girls and their father/creator Professor Utonium say "I love you" to one another several times throughout the series, but the most poignant and dramatic instance of it by far happens in the episode "Knock it Off." The professor's old college roommate Dick sees dollar signs when he first meets the girls, and it isn't long before he's mass-producing clones (most of them very slipshod) to sell all over the world. When the girls try to stop him, they're captured and drained of the Chemical X within them so Dick can continue to use the secret ingredient to make more clones. The professor begs to trade places with them, but Dick simply captures him as well. As he's being taken away, he yells out to the girls that he loves them and they respond weakly with "we love you too" before seemingly passing out/dying. This show of affection makes the clones realize that they never received any love themselves, and they turn on their creator. The professor's love ends up revitalizing the girls in the end.
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!:
    • In the episode "Decoy for a Dognapper", the perp, Buck Masters, tells the kids that "I wish you'd have minded your own business". Fred replies, "Catching dognappers is our business, Mr. Masters. After all, Scooby-Doo is a dog, and we love him very much."
    • In an extra (viewable on Scooby-Doo's Greatest Mysteries), the gang are finishing a series of interviews about various aspects of their lives and have just finished having a good laugh at Scooby scaring Shaggy with a monster mask. Fred says that he loves his teammates. Velma responds by telling him to knock it off.
  • In the Steven Universe episode "Jail Break", after Ruby and Sapphire re-fuse into Garnet, Steven sheepishly asks if he made a good first impression on her separate halves, to which Garnet replies, "Steven, we already love you."
    • Later, when Steven and Peridot drill into the Earth to stop the Cluster and it looks as though they're about to die...
      Steven: I love you, Peridot.
      Peridot: Wow, thanks.
  • Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero:
    • The resolution of the Love Triangle plot in "That Purple Girl".
      Boone: It turned you into a raging jerkface, but that's okay. I forgive you... because I love you.
      Penn: (smiles) I love you too.
    • Boone utilizes a more poetic version in "3 Big Problems".
      Boone: Tell my best friend I love him.
      Penn: I thought I was your best friend.
      Boone: You are.
  • From Voltron: Legendary Defender: In an epic "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight, Keith tells this to Shiro to bring him back to his senses.
    Keith: Shiro, please! You're my brother! I love you!
    Shiro: *Momentarily freezes*
    • Later in season seven:
      Krolia: I love you, Keith.
      Keith: I love you too, Mom.note 
  • Wander and Sylvia at the end of the Wander over Yonder episode "The Lonely Planet." It's what finally causes the Yandere planet Janet to stop attacking them, realizing that all she wanted was a friendship like the one they had.
    Sylvia: If getting lava-balled by a jealous planet is how we go out, buddy, well, I'm just glad we're doing it together.
    Wander: I couldn't agree more. I love you, Sylvia!
    Sylvia: You too, Wander. You too!
  • Kaeloo: Stumpy gives one to the rest of the main four in the climax of Episode 105.
  • In Futurama, Bender has given Fry several, perhaps most eloquently in "Jurassic Bark."
    Bender: I should have understood how someone can love an inferior creature, because I love you. Not in the way of the Ancient Greeks, but the way a robot loves a human, a human loves a dog and, occasionally, a gorilla loves a kitty.
    • He gives one to both Fry and Leela at the end of The Beast With a Billion Backs.
      Bender: That wasn't love.
      Fry: What? How can you say that?
      Bender: Because Bender knows love. And love doesn't share itself with the world. Love is suspicious, love is needy, love is fearful, love is greedy. My friends, there is no great love without great jealousy! (He hugs Fry and Leela, choking them) I love you, meatbags!
  • In the Family Guy episode "Life of Brian", Brian gets run over by a car. As he lies dying on the operating table, his final words to his family are "You...You've given me a wonderful life. I love you all."


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Few things are as wholesome as a young dragon's love for her surrogate mother.

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