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Basic Trope: A person wants to say something important, but can't for some reason.

  • Straight: Alice says that she wants to say something to Bob. A third party interferes with the moment, and Alice says she'll tell him some other time.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is visibly flustered, stuttering on the word "love". Bob is as dense as a black hole. Everyone else can see where their relationship is going a continent away.
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  • Downplayed: Alice tries to say it, but comes out saying something like "I love... cake."
  • Justified: Alice is a Shrinking Violet trying to open herself up to Bob. Alice decides that now's just not the right time for it.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Alice, being Tsundere, musters up the courage to say, "I... I HATE YOU!!!"
    • Alice does have trouble conveying her feelings. However, those feelings are entirely platonic.
  • Double Subverted: Bob, being Alice's childhood friend, knows what she actually means.
  • Parodied: Alice blushes and stutters non-stop. Bob actually already knows, but he just wants to see if she can pull it off.
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  • Zig Zagged: Before Alice could say it, the rest of Bob's Unwanted Harem jump out to confess that they love him. They proceed to bicker about who loves Bob the most, all in the process of glomping him, smothering him, and pulling on him in all directions. Alice, spectator to the silliness, simply sighs and joins in on the fun, confusing Bob even more.
  • Averted: Alice is able to admit her feelings for Bob.
  • Enforced: "Hey, Alice is not the only one who wants to confess to Bob. Everybody in the Unwanted Harem needs a chance, no matter how unlikely, because our fans have their own opinions."
  • Lampshaded: "Do I have to be on the brink of death before you say you love me, Alice?!"
  • Invoked:
    • Alice keeps leaving Bob hanging so that he'll be more enamored with her.
    • "I don't know what your plan is, Alice... but I think it's working."
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  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
  • Discussed:
    • "Anyone wanna bet on how long Alice and Bob's silly love story will drag on?"
    • "I think we need to lock them in a room if we wanna see them progress."
  • Conversed: "No, Alice. Just standing there stuttering and blushing like an idiot won't make Bob instantly fall in love with you."
  • Deconstructed: Alice has been in a long series of relationships, each of which ended very badly once Alice confessed. Now she's having a hard time confessing to Bob for fear that he might do the same thing.
  • Reconstructed: Bob assures Alice that there are no words necessary to express what they feel for each other.
  • Played for Laughs
    • Bob has been wanting to hear Alice say that she loves him. However, the other girls in his Unwanted Harem keep preventing her from doing so.
    • ...or Alice just couldn't bring herself to say it because it's too embarrassing.
    • ...or Alice is spellbound that whenever she tries to say it, Bob gets electrocuted.
  • Played for Drama: Bob dies before Alice could confess. Alice then broods over why she couldn't be just straightforward with her feelings.

"I wanted to tell you something... but maybe some other time, let's just get back to Cannot Spit It Out."