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->''"Hulk want hug kitties\\
But they so easy to squish!\\
Hulk live in cruel world."''
-->-- ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance2'' "[[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]]-Ku" haikus

Aww, isn't this little guy cute? I'm gonna [[ImTakingHerHomeWithMe take him home]] [[CuddleBug and hug him and kiss him and squeeze him with all my heart]] and be such a great friend and...

...and for some reason he fell asleep. [[PleaseWakeUp You OK, little guy?]]

[[HesDeadJim Little guy?]]

A subtrope of DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength, this arises when a large monster just wants to express their love (typically by hugging) for something much smaller than them - without being aware of how much their love is harming it. Usually played for laughs, although there are exceptions. Possibly a deconstruction/satire of the GentleGiant.

If the monster [[HumansAreCthulhu is a human]], this may be the way they [[FluffyTamer tame Fluffy]]. If not, it is a type of NonMaliciousMonster.

This trope, like FluffyTheTerrible, GrotesqueCute, EnfanteTerrible, KillerRabbit, and PsychopathicManchild, plays off the conflict between "cute" and "terrifying."

Compare BlackComedyAnimalCruelty, where intentional animal abuse is PlayedForLaughs.

Sadly this is a bit of TruthInTelevision as children often kill small animals by accident in RealLife. This Trope is not to be be confused with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_for_the_Prevention_of_Calling_Sleeping_Car_Porters_%22George%22 naming conventions of Sleeping Car Porters.]]



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', Tomo gets too rough while playing with Mayaa and gets scratched as a result of it.
* [[spoiler:The Clawed Man]] in ''Anime/GunXSword''. Played very straight, almost for tragedy, and he regrets it every time.
* While he's actually far too gentle for this, the appearance of Zaitsu Misao from ''Manga/HatsukoiLimited'' immediately convinces people and animals alike that this is the case. Evidence suggests that he knows his limits better than that, but the birds he loves to feed never take the chance. It doesn't help that his fantasies about his crush bear some definite undertones of this as well.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Parodied. When Ryouga "hears" Akane tell him she loves him (though it was really Shampoo impersonating her) he goes mad with joy and pursues her, intending to give her a big hug. Akane, for her part, thinks he's being mind-controlled (long story) and is absolutely ''horrified'' when she sees him destroy half the landscape pursuing her. Realizing that a hug from him would crush her, she escapes and trades places with [[GenderBender Ranma]], who is resilient enough to be only slightly squished when he [[FoeYay embraces her]].
** Played straight. Ryoga's on the receiving end when he's kidnapped in his piglet form by [[{{Kawaiiko}} Azuza Shiratori]] of the Golden Pair, who steals anything she considers cute (animals and inanimate objects alike) and give them cute French names like Francoise or Charlotte.
** Akane takes P-Chan (Ryoga's pig form) to bed with her. Happosai decides to steal a turn and spends an entire chapter fending off Ranma and Ryoga only to learn -- a bit too late -- that "sweet lil' Akane" tosses and turns in her sleep, and gets pummeled. The following dialogue ensues;
--->'''Ranma:''' Does she usually sleep like this?
--->'''Ryoga:''' No, this is a lot calmer than usual.
*** [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/26203/1/Every-Attack-aka-The-Only-Two-Who-Fit One author]] has noted that this makes her a perfect fit for Ranma's UnconsciousObjector sleep pattern.
* ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'' has a variation with, of all mechs, Megatron, who didn't realize until his soldier Demolishor pointed it out, that humans actually ''die'' and don't have "sparks" that can be collected after their bodies are destroyed. (Unlike Cybertronians, who have fought the same war with the same people for millions of years, and most death just results in [[MerchandiseDriven a new toy... uh, body]].) Megatron even pauses to think about this, saying "Really?". This doesn't stop him from wanting to blow up the planet later on.
* In ''Anime/WolfsRain'', where [[spoiler: Toboe greets the old woman who keeps him as a pet a little too vigorously and breaks her neck.]] A variant, since the affectionate monster doesn't do this to a child, but an old person.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'': [[PsychopathicManchild Russia's]] treatment of [[FragileFlower Latvia]] in general, including [[AffectionateGestureToTheHead affectionate head pats]] that are implied to have ''[[BodyHorror crushed part of his spine]]'', and Russia stretching him bodily after Latvia tells him that his small size is Russia's fault. At another point, when Russia asks Latvia why he can't stop shaking in his presence and gives him a hug in an attempt to calm him down, [[GivingUpTheGhost Latvia pretty much dies of fright]]. The Sealand and Latvia Desktop mascots allude to this:
-->'''Sealand:''' Why does Latvia hate Russia so much?
-->'''Latvia:'''...I don't want to be twisted anymore...
* In the first episode of ''Manga/NyanKoi'', the main character's LoveInterest (or at least he wants her to be) absolutely adores cats. Unfortunately, she doesn't understand that the cats don't appreciate being hugged so hard by a complete stranger after being lured with food. The local cats are ''terrified'' of her and consider her to be an evil and devious monster. Even more unfortunately, the main character is tasked with stopping her due to his curse (he has to do favors for 100 cats or [[BalefulPolymorph be turned into a cat himself]] because he accidentally broke the statue of a cat deity)
* In an episode of ''Manga/BlackButler'' Finnie reminisces about a pet bird he once had. One day when he tried to pet it...Let's just say that Finnie DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength and leave it at that.
* ''Manga/FairyTail:'' [[KindheartedCatLover Milliana,]] whenever she gets anywhere ''near'' an Exceed. She can even ''[[TheNoseKnows smell one out!]]''
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': This seems to be a bit of a problem for newcomer Iris.
** She got shocked by Pikachu when she first met it and CutenessProximity took over.
** Iris smooches Ash's Tepig. Poor thing, as if [[ParentalAbandonment it didn't]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast suffer enough already]].
** Iris has taken fire to the face ''twice'' and electrocution, and all before the ninth episode! She's not stopping, and we should all fear for the safety of every Pokémon.
** In XY, Clemont's little sister, Bonnie, once got shocked by Pikachu because she hugged him too hard.
** In Sun & Moon, Lana's two little sisters do this to Pikachu. He ends up shocking them, Lana, Ash, the [=RotomDex=], and Lana's Popplio. Then there's Bewear and Team Rocket...
* In ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', Shizuo's romantic history can effectively be summed up as "[[TheBerserker boy]] meets girl. Boy finds girl in danger. [[HeroWithAnFInGood Boy tries to save or protect girl, but accidentally hospitalizes her in the process.]] Boy and girl never speak again. Repeat until boy is convinced that he's incapable of loving or being loved."
* In one of the later portions of ''Anime/GhostSweeperMikami'', Yokoshima and Hyakume are captured by Ashtaroth's agents. One of these agents, [[BrattyHalfPint Papillio]], has a ridiculous fondness for collecting pets, so into the menagerie Yokoshima and Hyakume go. The problem isn't that they'll get squished or otherwise negligently killed by Papillio...not directly. The problem is her ''other'' pets aren't so nice. Not when they include the likes of KERBEROS.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' has Kagura, a super strong alien that kills any cute animal she keeps (like say, a rabbit) by hugging them when she sleeps. (Both Gintoki and Shinpachi were unsure whether to laugh or cry at such a story). Averted later when she gets [[BigFriendlyDog Sadaharu]], who is normally aggressive and deadly, and [[RunningGag has the tendency to bite on anyone's head to draw blood]], but for someone like Kagura, is the perfect pet.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Adult Nel, after saving Ichigo's life, rushes to [[MarshmallowHell give him a hug]]. Ichigo had just been [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown completely]] [[CurbStompBattle curbstomped]] by one of the Espadas, repeatedly taking hits that would have killed a regular human. He was in a great deal of pain during the hugging as a result.
* {{Mad Scien|tist}}ce teacher Nakamura of ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'' adores her cat Taisho, but has ''no'' idea how to care for a cat, among other things feeding him ramen like it was proper food. Taisho eventually ran away and became [[spoiler:the Shinonomes' cat Sakamoto, though as he himself notes this isn't ''that'' great an improvement other than more reliable feeding]].
* A RunningGag in ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' is the protagonist constantly being injured by the affections of [[CuteMonsterGirl Miia the lamia]], who coils her tail around him every time she hugs. During the chapter where {{Lunacy}} drives the UnwantedHarem into a mating frenzy, our hero realizes that if he does go for it, their unrestrained physical strength will ''[[OutWithABang kill him]]''.
* In the Manga/TokyoBabylon [=OAVs=], [[spoiler: a young boy around 10 years old accidentally strangled his younger sister to death while they were playing in the living of their home. He didn't seem to even notice that she was dead, even happily greeting their shell-shocked mother when she walked on the scene. Ten years later... the grown-up boy has become a SerialKiller and the BigBad of the second OAV.]]
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' gives us the Monkey King Bambina, so friggin' strong that he can hurl mountains around the Earth. He's a very playful fella, but woe betide anyone he thinks are his playmates, as his strength can make even a game of Look The Other Way rip someone's head off.
* A flashback in ''Manga/OnePiece'' shows that the pirate Charlotte "Big Mom" Linlin used to have this problem as a child. Even at five years old, Linlin was already ''much'' bigger than even normal-sized adults, which, combined with her AmbiguousInnocence and hunger-crazed rampages, was not played for laughs. When trying spank a full-grown bear like you would a naughty child, Linlin killed the poor beast in one hit. Her idea of "helping" her non-human playmates was to simply tear off their abnormalities, and would have done it had no one stopped her. [[spoiler: it's strongly implied that Linlin ''ate'' the other residents of her orphanage while on a "Hunger Rampage"]]

[[folder: Art]]
* In a rare art-related example, Frank Kelly Freas' painting ''The Gulf Between'', which also served as inspiration for Music/{{Queen}}'s ''News of the World'' album, features a giant robot that has inadvertently killed a man by holding him too tightly. In the issue of ''Astounding Science Fiction'' that featured this on the cover, this was accompanied by the caption, "Please... fix it, Daddy?"

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In ''Hulk: Gray'', the Hulk befriends a rabbit in the desert at one point. "'''Friend.''' Gray, like Hulk..." and it's all very sweet; you don't get to see the soft side of the Hulk often. But what was meant by the Hulk as a playful poke proves fatal to the poor thing, and the Hulk is driven into one of his trademark rages because he doesn't understand why his friend is "wet" (from the blood).
* The Russian does this to one of Ma Gnucci's henchmen in ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' story arc "ComicBook/WelcomeBackFrank".
* Then at the end of ''ComicBook/ThePunisherPresentsBarracuda'', Barracuda accidentally kills the hemophiliac Oswald, one of the few people who he's ever seemed to actually like, by slapping him on the back too hard and causing him to bleed out.
* Happens on a cosmic scale in Keith Giffen and J.M. [=DeMatteis=]' ''ComicBook/HeroSquared''. After their petty super-squabbles destroy their own universes, Captain Valor and his archenemy Caliginous find themselves stranded in our universe. Quickly he realizes that his "protection" doesn't come without a price here like it did where he came from, and that superheroics and physics don't go so well together here.
* In Vol. 4 of the ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'' comics, Shadow, adopted daughter of Casey Jones, discovers her boyfriend is leading some kind of terrorist anti-alien group. Upon finding her, he sends a little toy robot after her that "just wants to play". The robot chases after her relentlessly and the message is clear that playtime will mean her death, and when both of them fall into a river, he tries to drown her, thinking it's all a fun game.
* This is guaranteed to happen whenever ''ComicBook/LenoreTheCuteLittleDeadGirl'' gets a pet.
* Subverted in the old newspaper comic version of Batman, in which a DumbMuscle gangster is shown having a PetTheDog moment by giving a kitten a saucer of milk. His affluent boss doesn't like the distraction his henchman's having, so picks up the kitty to pet him... [[spoiler: and [[KickTheDog breaks the poor thing's neck right in front of its owner.]]]]
* In issue 2 of IDW's [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic]] comic, the Mane Six run afoul of a hulking cave troll who wants to add the "pwetty po-nays" to his collection of toys. Rarity manages to distract him by whipping up some decoys out of stone, wood, and moss that the troll finds just as cute as the originals. Amusingly, he winds up calling the [[GirlyGirl Rarity]] decoy "George", much to her dismay.
* In a ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' [[http://superman86to99.tumblr.com/post/78357885493/action-comics-643-july-1989-superman-is-back comic]], an excited Superman hugs ComicBook/JimmyOlsen. Jimmy yelps and tells Perry that if he's going to have a picture taken to hurry because "I think he's crushing my ribs."
* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'': In "En Alemania", they meet an extremely strong drunkard who mistakes them for some friends of his and constantly wants to hug them. He was so strong that his hugs were quite painful for them.

[[folder: Fanworks]]
* In VideoGame/{{Touhou}} fanworks, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Flandre]] [[AxCrazy Scarlet]] and [[EmptyShell Koishi]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Komeiji]] are sometimes depicted as being a little too energetic in their pursuit of cuddles. Poor Okuu gets all bent out of shape and ruffled when Koishi {{glomp}}s her. As for [[PersonOfMassDestruction Flandre]], well, those that she "plays with" down in the Scarlet Devil Mansion's basement frequently end up "broken."
** There is also this [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/408389?tags=ibuki_suika+blood pic]] with Suika and Alice. Poor Alice.
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Gladion and his Pokémon suffer from this after Tapu Koko drops them in front of the wild Bewear, who takes them away.

[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* Darla from ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' is notorious amongst the Tank Gang because of this. She innocently killed Nemo's predecessor by shaking his bag too much.
--> '''Darla''': Fishie? FISHIE! Wake! Up! Wake! Up! ''[[FunetikAksent WOAI! ARE! YOU! SLAYPING?!]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'':
** B.O.B. enthusiastically hugs Susan's mom, and since he's a BlobMonster, accidentally absorbs her. Susan orders him to spit her out before she suffocates, then apologizes for him. "He's just a hugger."
** Susan goes to her fiancé Derek, and as she is [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever ten times taller than he is]], she very nearly crushes him and almost snaps his head off with a kiss.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'', Corporal hugs the penguins quite tightly. [[spoiler: The girl who shakes the snow-globe Dave's trapped in might count]].
* ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'': Timon's mother tends to give him such tight and agonizing hugs.
-->'''Timon''': Ma! Choking, not breathing!

[[folder: Film - Live Action]]
* ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''. His name should give you an idea as to why it was hard for him to properly express physical affection. Though in this case, Edward seems to understand the dangers his hands pose.
* Another TropeMaker was Universal's original ''Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}}'' film, in which the childlike monster, while innocently playing with a little girl, gets too enthusiastic and throws her in the river, where she drowns. This was considered so disturbing in the 1930s that the scene was cut right as the Creature is reaching for the girl, skipping to her father carrying her dead body. This made the implications of the scene ''worse''.
* The example from ''Frankenstein'' (1931) was parodied in ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'', when the monster accidentally throws a little girl through the air by sitting down too hard on a see-saw. This time she's safely thrown [[ByWallThatIsHoley through a window of her house]] into her own bed. In an earlier scene, the girl, after throwing all their petals in the well and making their wishes, asks, "What will we throw in now?" Cue the Monster's AsideGlance.
* In ''Film/TommyBoy'', Chris Farley's character at a restaurant demonstrates to a waitress how he ruins a sales pitch, likening it to a pet (represented by a dinner roll) that he crushes with manic love.
* In the Creator/ChuckNorris film ''Film/SilentRage'' his partner Charlie tells him about when he was little he had a puppy that when it got dirty he gave it a bath in the toilet and put it in the freezer to dry but he accidentally forgot about it and it froze to death.

[[folder: Literature]]
* One of the TropeMakers is undoubtedly Lennie [[IronicName Small]], in John Steinbeck's ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''. Lennie was a childlike man who [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength didn't know his own strength]], and so ended up crushing the mice and puppies he tried to pet, and eventually [[spoiler:killed someone by accident]] in much the same way. George was the name of his sidekick (or rather, Lennie is ''his'' sidekick), hence the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and MGM examples are {{Shout Out}}s. There is also the fact that poor Lennie's reaction to being startled is to hold on tightly to whatever he's holding.
* The Howlers from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' are a terrifying race of warriors responsible for the genocide of several other alien races - until our heroes find out that they're all children who believe they're playing a game under the control of the evil Crayak. It gets better. Jake morphs into a Howler and finds out they have a HiveMind and are personally killed off by Crayak to ensure they don't remember death. He retaliates by downloading his own memories into another Howler - including his Cassie's FirstKiss. This throws off the whole killer race thing, as the Howlers now try to kiss everything into total submission. Whoops.
* Averted in Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/ANightInTheLonesomeOctober'', where Snuff's barking at the Experiment Man attracts the Good Doctor's attention. He convinces his creation to put Graymalk down and stop holding her too tight.
* In Mikhail Uspensky's ''Zhikhar's Adventures'' humorous fantasy novels, that's what a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent varkalap]] does to you.
* In ''Literature/MemoriesOfIce'', the third book of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', Toc the Younger is subjected to a horrifying variant of this. After being captured by the enemy, he's given as a plaything to an insane [[LizardFolk K'Chain Che'Malle]] [[HiveQueen Matron]]. Desperate for a child to cling to, the enormous beast promptly begins hugging Toc, all the while crushing and distorting his body... but the magic applied to Toc keeps him alive and healing, leaving his body a twisted, pitiful wreck.
* In Creator/TadWilliams' ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'', the Other, [[AIIsACrapshoot quasi-sentient]] operating system of the titular network, [[FriendToAllChildren loves children]] and seeks them out, but the combination of its [[PsychopathicManchild ignorance of real life]], PsychicPowers, and the [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm horror of its existence]] means that its attempts to "play with them" ends up inadvertently {{Mind Rap|e}}ing them into comas. Oops.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has an {{expy}} of [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Shub-Niggurath]] -- [[http://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/index.php/Tshup_Aklathep Tshup Aklathep, Infernal Star Toad with A Million Young]]. She shows pictures of them all to anyone she can catch. Until her new friends' [[YourHeadASplode brains implode]] or they kill themselves.
* Alan Dean Foster's ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' volume IV, The Moment of the Magician, contains an example where a sentient swamp refuses to let our protagonists go because "They are new and interesting". It likes new and interesting. In order to coax it to let them leave, Jon-Tom conjurs up a variety of objects from his own world such as a grandfather clock or a flea circus to entertain it, and eventually it is overcome by...tv commercials.
* ''Literature/TheStand''. Lloyd Henreid, starving to death after being abandoned in prison, likens his situation to a rabbit he got as a pet when he was a little boy. A forgetful lad, he unfortunately left the bunny caged in a garage for two weeks. The consequences for the poor creature are described [[NightmareFuel in horrifying detail]].
--> The rabbitís paws were ragged and bloody. He tried to tell himself that the paws were bloody because it had tried to scratch its way out of the cage, and that was undoubtedly how it had happened, but some sick, dark part of his mind spoke up in a whisper and said that maybe the rabbit, in the final extremity of its hunger, had tried to eat itself....And now, looking at his bloody fingers, [Lloyd] thought with fresh horror about the paws of that long-ago rabbit, to whom he had meant no harm.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episode "Behold, Eck!", the titular creature is a meek, polite entity who comes from a two-dimensional universe. After he accidentally enters our world through a dimensional rift, Eck unintentionally causes all sorts of havoc until the heroes figure out how to send him home. The script's original title was "The ReluctantMonster," which gives you an idea of the tone the writers were going for.
* In ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'', an episode involves a man copying his comatose dying son's consciousness into a clunky robot body. When he comes home, he finds the cat has finally stopped being afraid of the robot, because he's petting its "soft" bloody body with his cheap robot claws.
* In the first episode of ''Series/{{QI}}'', Alan Davies jokes about giant anteaters doing this.
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'': Cameron accidentally kills birds in her hand due to a glitch in her mechanical fingers.
* In "The Middle" bookworm (and special needs kid) Brick is reading "Of Mice and Men" for the first time. "Aw, he's petting the bunny. Oh, he crushed it. Now he's comforting the woman. Oh, he killed her."

[[folder: Music]]
* Music/JonathanCoulton's song "[[http://www.jonathancoulton.com/wiki/index.php/I_Crush_Everything I Crush Everything]]" casts a giant squid as a ''reformed'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0IXMFvOwPA George-caller]].
* The cover of Music/{{Queen}}'s ''News of the World'' shows a confused, childlike giant robot holding the dead band members, with the implication that it has accidentally killed them. It was adapted from a Frank Kelly Freas illustration mentioned in the "Art" section.

[[folder: Radio]]
* In ''Radio/RevoltingPeople'', DumbMuscle GentleGiant Joshua does this with ''bears''.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* Beasts of Nurgle in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' only want to play with all the friends they meet on the battlefield. However, since they're living embodiments of disease strong enough to crush a man's bones to powder, you can guess how well that goes.

[[folder: Theatre]]
* In the play ''Rabbit'', set in a TeenageWasteland, [[spoiler: Tib does this to the bunny from the title]].

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Debilitas from the SurvivalHorror game ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'', the PsychopathicManchild gardener who chases Fiona around the castle because he's mistaken her for one of his dolls and just wants to play with her. Unfortunately, his over-excitement means he'll violently beat her to death in glee if you let him get close, or pick the poor girl up and squeeze her to death in a BearHug while giggling manically. His misunderstood intentions, however, mean he's the only assailant in the game who makes it out alive (in the [[MultipleEndings Good Ending]]).
* Flandre Scarlet, from VideoGame/{{Touhou}}, is pretty much the embodiment of this trope. Although pet isn't the word she'd use. More like toy. And yes, her toys break. Constantly.
* The VideoGameRemake of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' for Gamecube introduced a deformed mutant. (It is worth noting that said mutant is a forty-five year old woman with the (damaged) mind of a fourteen year old girl and is ''wearing her mother's face''.) In your first encounter, she doesn't hurt you; she just knocks you out. One of her "diary" entries reads:
--->dunno dadd found mum again\\
whne atachd mommy she moved no more she screaming\\
why? Jst want to b with her
* ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft''
** XT-002 Deconstructor, a GiantRobot raid boss in Ulduar ([[RuleOfFunny who does yoga-like exercises while it waits for you to show up]]) who has the voice of a cartoon child and seems to regard the players it smashes into flinders as "toys".
--->'''XT-002:''' New toys? For me? I promise I won't break them this time!
** Patchwerk from Naxxramas, who "[[HulkSpeak want to play]]". He also exclaims, "No more play?" when killing a player.
** Festergut and Rotface from Icecrown Citadel are portrayed this way, particularly Rotface, who exclaims loudly on killing a player: "I broked-ed it!"
* The Orz from ''VideoGame/StarControl''. They just want to "come together for *parties*" but apparently they wiped out the Androsynth. ''[[YouDontWantToKnow Don't]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation ask]] [[EldritchAbomination them]] [[BerserkButton about]] [[DroppedABridgeOnHim the]] [[ArtificialHuman Androsynth.]]''
* The Rawshocks in ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'' relentlessly chase the protagonist, Harry Mason to give him a hug. As they are freezing cold, this damages Harry, eventually cause him to freeze to death or fall unconscious if he doesn't shake them off quickly enough. The Rawshocks will then caress Harry's cheek.
* Dink in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder'', and the clinging vines in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow''. In his LetsPlay of KQV, WebVideo/PawDugan makes direct reference to the {{Trope Namer|s}} when he gets killed by Dink.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mage}}'', the spaces between galaxies are filled with infinitely large trees that used to be people- purified magical beings that determine the local laws of reality to their whim. Visiting these trees is dangerous- because they like to play with the people who visit them. Play with them until they break. And then fix them and send them back to earth.
* ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' has ghosts that hug you... which rapidly drains your health and slows you down until you shake them off.
* Gogron, an orc in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', crushed the skull of his pet rabbit by petting it too hard.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR]] 2: Project Origin'', Alma repeatedly tries to...[[AttemptedRape embrace]] Beckett. If Beckett doesn't fight off her amorous intentions, she ''will'' kill him by doing so. It is implied that the only reason he survives [[spoiler: getting raped at the endgame]] is because of the Telesthetic Amplifier boosting his PsychicPowers.
* Referenced in the ''VideoGame/KillingFloor'' "Twisted Christmas" update with some of the Scrakefrost's lines.
-->And I will pet him.
-->And I will name him George.
-->And I will '''''carve him up.'''''
* [[AllThereInTheManual According to the instruction guide]] for ''[[Franchise/FinalFight Final Fight 2]]'', this is what makes Bratken, the third Boss, so dangerous; he's a [[DumbMuscle hulking brute]] and a PsychopathicManchild who loves to play with toys, and often mistakes people for teddy bears.
* In ''Videogame/JadeEmpire'', there's an ogre named Zhong who worked on a farm, who used to enjoy throwing his master's ox into the air then catching it. When you meet him, he's sad because he missed the catch and the ox landed on its head.
* ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'' - in Strong Badia The Free Strong Mad hugs the Cheat tightly while The Cheat gasps for air.
* The [[spoiler:Pyro]] is revealed to be this in his "Meet the Team" video for ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
* The yeti stage hazards in ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}'' attempt to grab Bug and squeeze him like a toy, all the while saying stuff like "Nice Buggy...".
* The description for the corpse of a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin monster]] in ''VideoGame/{{Clonk}}'' is "[[ObliviouslyEvil He only wanted to play..."]]
* Bewear, one of the Pokemon introduced in ''Videogame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', has a reputation for giving painful, crushing bear-hugs to its trainer.
* In ''Videogame/EdnaAndHarveyHarveysNewEyes'', Mother Superior Ignatz tells a story from her childhood; she desperately wanted a pet unicorn, but was given a tarantula instead. She decided to try and make it more unicorn-like... and accidentally killed it by driving a nail through its head.
* Paprika, resident LoveFreak from ''VideoGame/ThemsFightinHerds'', was absolutely dreaded for this tendency in her homeland. While her fellow alpacas finally got rid of her, she still brings bone-crushing hugs and deranged, giggling affection as her main weapon in fights.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Homnigrits, the parody of [[Literature/HarryPotter Hagrid]], treats the magical creatures he's supposed to take care of something like this.
--> '''Homnigrits:''' I gives 'em food and water and great big hugs. Then after the hugs me mind goes blank like it ain't wantin' to accept somethin' and I move on to me next magical animal.
* [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=253 This strip]] of ''Webcomic/HarkAVagrant'' portrays the giant squid from ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' this way.
* The creature in the dark from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has a hard time realizing how much earth-shattering damage it can inflict even when it tries to play gently with others.
* Equius in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is quite fond of the centaur-cow-butler-thing that raised him, but his attempts to demonstrate his affection tend to [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength cause black eyes]], due to his SuperStrength.
* Downplayed in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'': [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1563 Pooch suggests playing to the birds, who scatter, leaving him bewildered.]]
* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'': [[TheGrimReaper Death]] is actually a pretty nice guy. However, when he gets emotional, he has a pretty powerful hug, [[http://www.sdamned.com/2005/06/06252005/ as Rhea and Buwaro found out]] (their reaction is on the quotes page).
* In ''Webcomic/SneakyGoblins'', Bog [[http://www.tolcraft.com/comic/page-51/ does this]] to rabbits he finds.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* Used in ''Literature/TalesOfMU'', with Sooni and her servant/slave, "Baby Kai-Kai." Usually funny in a CrossesTheLineTwice way, until she crossed the line a third time [[spoiler:and refused to get Kai treatment for a cracked skull until it was almost too late]].
* [[Website/FourChan /tg/]] loves this trope -- what with "[[TheJuggernaut The Tarrasque]] is [[http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/5789941/ actually a pretty swell guy]]" and [[TheButcher Carnifex]] who [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Unyuufex only wants to hug]].
* ''WebAnimation/SaladFingers'', in a series available on Nitrome.
--> "You got all flat, and gooey... I ''shant'' play with you 'till you have a bath."
* ''Website/SomethingAwful'':
** Shmorky's parody of VideoGame/HomestarRunner (viewable [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/flash-tub/tub-bites-vol.php here]]): "I petted 'The Sheep' too much. Now he don't move no more!"
** It happens again with "Marmalade".
* One of the dumbest customers in ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'' killed her goldfish [[http://notalwaysright.com/like-a-fish-out-of-water/6568 by taking it out of the water to pet it. Then went back to the shop, bought a new one and did the same thing]]. Then learned fish don't breath air. Maybe.
* WebVideo/VlogBrothers provides an example where the Green brothers' mother claims that Hank tried to kill John with a hammer, and John tried to hug Hank to death.
* Roleplay/MSFHighForum: Mentioned by the Sphinx who finds Adrian cute, who quotes dialogue from the Looney Tunes version.
* ''Website/GaiaOnline'':
** The 2008 Halloween event features a four-way battle between Humans, Dark Elves, Vampires, and Zombies. The Zombie attacks are attempts to ''hug'' their victims.
** Bludeau the robot was accidentally crushing customers long before the "[[FanNickname Glompies]]" were created. It was a nice little continuity nod when during the non-canon 2008 Prom, the only one brave enough to dance with him was Meredith, the OfficeLady with SuperStrength.
* Referenced in the "Fun Dead" episode of WebAnimation/{{Eddsworld}}, where Matt declares (about a toy he won from a claw machine), "I'm gonna hug him and squeeze him, and call him Little Tom!"
* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'': Vulkan seems to have this problem. He's both the nicest of the Primarchs, being a massive LoveFreak who just wants to be friends with everyone and is so glad to finally be back, and also the physically strongest, to the point he fought the biggest Ork there ever was in hand-to-hand combat. Both don't mix too well; [[WordOfGod Alfabusa]] has said he was quite generous with his hugs on his return, and that many of the hugged Space Marines needed to visit the Apothecary afterwards. What we do see on screen is the massive bear hug Magnus gets, and despite the fact he's another Primarch and also mostly incorporeal he starts ''screaming in abject pain''.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes shorts:
** The TropeNamer is a short with Hugo the [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Abominable Snowman]], a furry giant who would "adopt" fuzzy animals (like Bugs) and nearly smother them with adoration. He would always call his new pet "George" ("I'm gonna love him, and hug him, and pet him, and call him ''George!''") (This is something of a ShoutOut to the [[NotQuiteStarring origin]] of the character, which was Lon Chaney Jr.'s portrayal of Lennie in ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''.)
** One WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes version of this trope occurs in "Hoppy Go Lucky" (1952), in which Sylvester the cat tries to catch Hippety Hopper as a pet for his large, dumb friend ''Bennie''. In a neat twist, Bennie calls ''Sylvester'' "George", even going so far as to utter the immortal line, "[[HypocriticalHumor But I can't say 'Sylvester', George]]."
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** While being hugged tightly by a girl with Down Syndrome, Stewie comments "I bet this one had a bunny, but not anymore."
** Brian in an episode, ended up on the receiving end of this when a special needs kid began petting him too hard, despite Brian telling him to stop. Brian, eventually can't take it anymore and bites him, which sadly, can be TruthInTelevision in many cases like this.
* A similar type of character also appeared in MGM's cartoons by Creator/TexAvery.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo8HM77q4Is Lonesome Lenny]]'' (1946) is probably the ultimate example of this. "You know, I had a little friend once-- but ''[[PleaseWakeUp he don't move no more!]]''". At which point Screwy Squirrel (the "little friend" in question) pulls a sign saying "Sad ending - Ain't it?" Noticeably, this is the LAST ScrewySquirrel Cartoon chronologically.
** Avery did a series of cartoons with George and Junior, a vaguely bear-like pair closely modeled after George and Lenny. Junior's regular screw-ups required him to bend over for George to kick his ass. This was actually the ''censored'' version. A more controversial version had Junior turning around so that George could ''shoot him in the head''-- [[spoiler: exactly like the ending of the book it was referencing.]] It was presumably changed due to a case of DudeNotFunny.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}'' does the occasional ShoutOut to this, though they're usually not examples of this trope. The henchrobot Delete is always begging his boss, Hacker, for a bunny "so I can love it, and keep it, and call it George."
* An uncompleted episode of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' would have featured a giant alien named Squishy, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hugger of Worlds]] and the efforts to stop him from hugging ''Earth'' to death.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** In Cheetah's first appearance, it was implied that Solomon Grundy killed her this way - but then she was shown alive, in hand-cuffs. Earlier in the episode, when [[spoiler:Batman exposed her to the members of her criminal team as the "traitor,"]], she was "given" to Grundy and was shown being dragged out of the room, screaming. However, despite the implied death, the end of the episode featured an ensemble picture of the villains being loaded into a police vehicle, including Cheetah. WordOfGod states this was an accident, the intention was for everybody to assume she had been "petted" to death, but it allowed her to make a few future appearances in various episodes.
** In the episode "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueS2E5And6OnlyADream Only a Dream]]", Superman is subjected to a [[PersonalHorror dream]] where his strength is [[PowerIncontinence out of control]]. His attempt to [[DeadlyHug hug]] ComicBook/JimmyOlsen in joy snaps the kid like a twig. Given that the dream is [[YourWorstNightmare his worst nightmare]], it's PlayedForDrama.
* Elmyra of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' (pictured above):
** Elmyra loved animals but didn't know how to treat them. She was honestly confused when the adorable animals she meant no harm towards objected to being put in too-small cages, bathed via near-drowning, and other overly-affectionate acts. Her bow is decorated with a small gerbil skull (some fans believe that the skull in her bow is the skull of her very first pet, who died when she was little).
** In a ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' parody, she is seen looking through a photo album of deceased pets, including a fish that she didn't realize couldn't live out of water, and a horse that [[DrivenToSuicide deliberately jumped off a cliff]]. Said pets end up coming back as zombies to try and get revenge, only to endure more torture from Elmyra.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'':
** One segment featured a giant robot coming to life and innocently harming everyone he meets; he picks up a group of people to hug and crushes them to death, splattering their guts all over himself, then picks up a dog and crushes it when he pets it. When police open fire to try to stop his apparent rampage, he decides to "play" too... and "wins".
** Another ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch features an Elmyra CaptainErsatz who is so cuteness-crazed that she traps a pegasus in a bear trap, ''hacks off his wings'', paints him pink, and [[Series/Roots1977 whips him until he accepts that his new name is Sunnymuffins]]. Definitely CrossesTheLineTwice. It was made even better when you realize the voice actor for Pegasus is Creator/WayneBrady, and the little girl is voiced by Creator/CreeSummers, who also voiced the aforementioned Elmyra and Susie Carmichael from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''.
* The unnamed girl who captures Snoopy and Woodstock (naming Snoopy "Rex") in ''WesternAnimation/SnoopyComeHome''.
* WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** A seemingly kind old woman turns out to be this type in the episode, "Gary Come Home." When Gary, the pet snail, runs away from a neglectful Spongebob, he is rescued by the old character. Before he is smothered by attention, he finds the bodies of other pet snails that she's loved to death by fattened them up with food and affection. He beats a quick path home.
** While he doesn't actually ''kill'' them, [=Spongebob=] himself has this behaviour towards Squidward, Ms. Puff, Gary, and Barnacle Boy.
** [=SpongeBob=] is on the receiving end of this in "Bossy Boots", when Pearl hugs him for agreeing to "fire" her from being the Krusty Krab manager so she can get back to enjoying her summer vacation.
-->'''Pearl''': How can I ever thank you?\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]''': ''(muffled)'' Stop trying to break me in half?\\
'''Pearl''': Deal. ''(drops [=SpongeBob=])''
* Junyer Bear of WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes was a classic embodiment of this. In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfU4QHZqswY "A Bear For Punishment"]], Junyer is determined to give dear ol' Dad a memorable Father's Day. At one point, he tried to give his father a shave with a jagged straight razor. A moment later, he tells his mother, "Ma? Pa won't talk to me. I nudged him and I nudged him... he's awfully still." Subverted a moment later [[spoiler: when a tattered arm reaches through the door and yanks Junyer back through it, followed by the sound of Pa beating the crap out of his son. "Pa is all right now, Ma!"]]
* The animated short, [[http://theawesomer.com/terrible-thing-of-alpha-9/14764/ The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** Barry mistakes a girl in a cat costume as the ghost of his pet cat Mr. Whiskers and says "I'm sorry Mr. Whiskers I didn't know you couldn't breathe under water" while sobbing.
** Barry once said "Puppies can't fly, or at least mine couldn't" while holding back tears.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' movie, when fighting the superpowered monkeys, Bubbles picks up Cruncha Muncha, the littlest capuchin monkey. She hugs him really tight and starts swinging him around in her arms when, suddenly, he goes limp in her arms, and she begins to cry.
* In "Can You Hear a Drip?" on ''Literature/HarryAndHisBucketFullOfDinosaurs'', Trike falls under the grip of an octopus named Soggy who tells him that he's going to cuddle and love and pet him forever. It later turns out that Soggy was one of Harry's bath toys that came alive in Dino World.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', a KillerGorilla named Kiki can only be calmed down if she can play with a cat. Rita learns the hard way what that means.
* The Spikels from ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' picture themselves as cute and cuddly and love to show affection to the other Mixels. Unfortunately, they have the tendency to forget they're covered in sharp spikes and blades. It doesn't help the case with the fact that their leader, Scorpi, is [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter the cutest Mixel you could find]].
* Starfire of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is normally able to control her super-strength, but when she gets particularly emotional, even a joyful hug becomes capable of constricting the recipient. Take this exchange from "Titan Rising" when Starfire greets Terra with a tight squeeze.
-->'''Starfire:''' Oh, hello long-lost friend!! You remember me, yes?\\
'''Terra:''' ''(In terrible pain)'' Of course, Starfire. I still have bruises from the last time you hugged me.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* [[http://www.today.com/pets/guinea-pig-could-meet-tiny-critter-uses-wheelchair-t52591 This story]], about a guinea pig in a wheelchair, is exactly the sort of thing that can happen if kids that don't know any better are allowed to be around small, vulnerable animals. Some kid squeezed the poor guinea pig so badly that her back broke, leaving her entirely unable to move the back-end of her body. In this case, at least, the animal thankfully wasn't killed.
** And in general, this tends to be the cause of some (minor) animal attacks on children - the kid starts petting the animal ''far'' too hard, or squeezing them where they shouldn't, prompting the animal to lash out as a warning, whether by scratch or bite.