Created By: XanderVJ on December 5, 2011 Last Edited By: XanderVJ on November 22, 2013
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Rescue Hug

When one character (usually female) falls over and other character (usually male) catches him/her in what seems to be (or actually is) a hug.

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An obvious, yet effective way to put a stealth hug between two characters, specially in No Hugging, No Kissing worlds.

One of the characters, usually the female, trips over something or feels faint. Or maybe is jumping from a high place. Then, the other character, usually the male, catches him/her just in time to prevent him/her to hit the ground.

However, both characters don't move away from each another right away. They take their time. Maybe to comfort each other (which may evolve to Cry into Chest). Or maybe they are too busy looking into each other eyes. Some extreme cases can even involve an Accidental Kiss, and some more moderate ones can lead to an Almost Kiss. If played right, it can be a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.

Compare to Accidental Hug and The Glomp. May overlap with Falling into His Arms.

Examples:

Anime and Manga:
  • In a Maison Ikkoku comic book, Kyoko is trying to fix the porch globe light when Yusaku arrives, startling her. Kyoko falls off the ladder and not only do they end up hugging as he catches her, but their lips touch as well. Since no one else saw it happen, and they're both supposed to be dating other people, they decide to pretend all that happened was that Kyoko slipped and dropped the globe.
  • In Pandora Hearts Gil frequently does this to Oz.
  • Tactics: Haruka once does this to Kantarou.
  • In Fruits Basket, Tohru trips and falls down a slope, prompting both Yuki and Kyo to try to rescue her, accidentally hug her, and turn into animals.

Film
  • The Empire Strikes Back. While the Millenium Falcon is inside the asteroid, there's a sudden tremor. Princess Leia falls backward and Han Solo catches her. He doesn't let go immediately, and continues to hold her even after she gets uncomfortable and asks him to let go. They then have a bit of banter that's intended to foreshadow their growing attraction to each other.
  • In Aladdin, when the titular character leads Jasmine to his hideaway, the girl trips and falls into Aladdin's arms. Needless to say, they don't brake the embrace right away.
Live-Action TV
  • Used more than once as an explanation by Rene in Allo Allo to his wife as to why she had just caught him and one of his mistresses wrapped around each other.
    "You stew-pid woman, can you not see the poor girl has just tripped and I was 'elping steady her."

Video Games:
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, when Zelda wakes up from her thousand years old slumber, she falls down but Link catches her just in time in what looks like a tender hug.
  • In Metal Gear Solid good ending Meryl drops from the remnants of Metal Gear REX into Snake's arms. The whole base is falling apart around them, but they just don't seem to care.
  • In Tales of Vesperia, after Estelle manages to break Alexei's mental control, she is in mid-air. She falls down and Yuri catches her. They don't seem to be in any rush of braking the "catch" afterwards.

Western Animation
  • Casting agent Farley Wink nearly throws his secretary, Sawyer, into Danny's arms in Turner Features Animation's Cats Don't Dance. "He's new in town. Be nice." It doesn't help that Sawyer encountered Danny previously, and regards him as a frenetic lunatic.
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • December 5, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Related to The Glomp
  • December 5, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    There's something of an anti "names that sound like dialog" thing right now, so you may need a different name.

    • In a Maison Ikkoku comic book, Kyoko is trying to fix the porch globe light when Yusaku arrives, startling her. Kyoko falls off the ladder and not only do they end up hugging as he catches her, but their lips touch as well. Since no one else saw it happen, and they're both supposed to be dating other people, they decide to pretend all that happened was that Kyoko slipped and dropped the globe.
  • December 5, 2011
    Oreochan
    What about Rescue Hug?
  • December 6, 2011
    XanderVJ
    Like that name. Changed it. :)
  • December 7, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • The Empire Strikes Back. While the Millenium Falcon is inside the asteroid, there's a sudden tremor. Princess Leia falls backward and Han Solo catches her. He doesn't let go immediately, and continues to hold her even after she gets uncomfortable and asks him to let go. They then have a bit of banter that's intended to foreshadow their growing attraction to each other.
  • December 15, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    Used more than once as an explanation by Rene in Allo Allo to his wife as to why she had just caught him and one of his mistresses wrapped around each other.
    "You stew-pid woman, can you not see the poor girl has just tripped and I was 'elping steady her."
  • December 15, 2011
    ChaoticDreams
    In Pandora Hearts Gil frequently does this to Oz.
  • January 11, 2012
    ChaoticDreams
  • February 22, 2012
    Oreochan
    Bump
  • July 13, 2012
    XanderVJ
    Another bump.

    Let's try to find more examples to publish.
  • June 30, 2013
    CaptainPeregrin
    • In Fruits Basket, Tohru trips and falls down a slope, prompting both Yuki and Kyo to try to rescue her, accidentally hug her, and turn into animals.
  • June 30, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Casting agent Farley Wink nearly throws his secretary, Sawyer, into Danny's arms in Turner Features Animation's Cats Dont Dance. "He's new in town. Be nice." It doesn't help that Sawyer encountered Danny previously, and regards him as a frenetic lunatic.
    Reference screen capture: [1]
  • July 6, 2013
    XFllo
    There is a lot of common ground with Falling Into His Arms. I'm not sure your proposal is distinct enough, but could be if you focus on the hugging part while tripping or fainting.

    I'm adding an "already have?" tag. Let's see what fellow tropers say. :-)

  • July 11, 2013
    XFllo
  • November 22, 2013
    CrypticMirror
  • November 22, 2013
    XanderVJ
    God! Was this uncommented THAT long?!

    OK, I'm gonna try to revive this once more. I added the new examples and modified a little bit the description.

    We still need some more examples. :)
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