Created By: eroock on February 9, 2017 Last Edited By: eroock on November 15, 2017

Collapsing Hug

Characters are sinking to the ground hugging each other

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What better way to emphasize a highly emotional moment of (re-)union between characters than showing them hugging each other? The problem comes though when not all characters involved are of the same height. The solution? Have them hug each other while sinking to the ground to level out any differences in size.

This Stock Pose can also be used to make a three-way hug look more graceful or in situations where one character is too exhausted to be standing up.

May overlap with Cry into Chest. Compare Group Hug, Cooldown Hug and Huddle Power.

To be indexed under Stock Pose.

Examples:

Films — Animated
  • At the end of Inside Out, the family reconciles with father, mother and daughter going into this pose.
  • Happens at the end of Tangled, when Rapunzel is reunited with her parents the king and queen. After they've sunk to the ground the queen extends a hand to Eugene, who joins in on the hug.

Live-Action TV
  • In episode 6 of Stranger Things, Eleven saves Mike when bullies force him to jump off a cliff. Afterwards, she, Mike and Dustin sink to the ground in a group hug.

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Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • February 9, 2017
    JoeG
    What does this stock pose signify?
  • February 10, 2017
    eroock
    Union.
  • February 10, 2017
    arbiter099
    How does this compare with Wall Slump? Instead of the isolated individual in suffering, a group is coming together to comfort and support one another, that's my take on it.
  • February 10, 2017
    Leporidae
    Question - does this only apply to hugs containing three or more people? I feel like I've also seen this kind of collapsing-to-the-ground hug in media when the hug is only between two people.

    Belongs in the Hug Tropes index, and a subtrope of Group Hug. Could compare to Cooldown Hug. May overlap with Cry Into Chest.

    Additionally, what about "Collapsing Group Hug" or "Sinking Group Hug" for the title?
  • February 10, 2017
    eroock
    ^ See update.
  • February 10, 2017
    Leporidae
    Happens at the end of Tangled, when Rapunzel is reunited with her parents the king and queen. After they've sunk to the ground the queen extends a hand to Eugene, who joins in on the hug.
  • February 11, 2017
    sailing101
  • February 11, 2017
    eroock

  • February 12, 2017
    JoeG
    @sailing101. This trope does not require a group hug. Two people hugging and falling to the floor satisfy the requirements.
  • February 12, 2017
    PsiPaula4
    ^In that case, shouldn't the title not have "group" in it? And subsequently, would not be a subtrope of Group Hug?
  • February 13, 2017
    eroock
    First let's see if there are in fact examples of the two-person version present in media.
  • November 15, 2017
    PistolsAtDawn
    ^ even of we can't think of any right now, someone else might think of one later. The description should include them

    ETA: thank you, ill give u a hat then
  • November 15, 2017
    eroock
    Okay, I rewrote the draft to allow for two people going into this pose.
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