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[[caption-width-right:345:The Hug of the Gods!!!]]

The standardised, [=FDA=]-approved display of affection for TheBigGuy (especially if s/he is a GentleGiant and/or a BoisterousBruiser), this consists of the hugger grabbing someone -- or multiple people, if necessary -- from behind (usually) with a big, sweeping motion and pulling them close (sometimes lifting them off the ground entirely), with the hugger's arm(s) wrapped tightly around the huggee's neck and/or shoulders. Being TheBigGuy is not actually required, but having a large "stage presence" (whether it stems from size or sheer charisma) helps make this more convincing.

Note that this is as much a means of displaying the character's dominance/strength as it is of showing that they're [[GentleGiant just a big ol' teddy bear]], and like its cousin TheGlomp, is oftentimes far from consensual; the huggee often doesn't appreciate being manhandled by somebody twice their size, and you can tell a lot about a character based on whether they give in to the hugger's crushing embrace or struggle helplessly to escape. If the hug goes on for too long, expect cries of "can't... breathe..." or something similar. Despite all this, there is often little-to-no risk of actual physical injury unless the hugger DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength on top of being overly affectionate, in which case the odds of AmusingInjuries being inflicted vastly increase.

This is TruthInTelevision, as any real life GentleGiant (or a close friend of one) will tell you.

Similar to TheGlomp, but with less full-body tackling and a far higher risk of asphyxiation. Unrelated to [[BearsAreBadNews bears in general as a trope]], though they can coexist in [[FunnyAnimal very]] [[FurryFandom specific]] circumstances. Like many tropes, can be {{deconstructed}} to [[AndCallHimGeorge horrifying effect]].
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* [[Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld His bear hugs are hugs that he gives to bears.]]

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* Goku's father-in-law Ox-King from Manga/DragonBall could give a pretty good bear hug when the situation called for it.
* In TheTwelveKingdoms, Youko's reuniting with Rakushun. When Youko arrives in En only to find that Rakushun had made it there on his own and had been coming to the docks every morning when the ships bearing immigrants from Kei arrived, hoping that Youko would be among their number. Youko then proceeds to give him a "d'awww" inducing bear hug in gratitude.
* Gendo Ikari expressed his desire to bear hug Shinji from behind in ''IkariShinjiRaisingProject'', among, er... other things.
* '''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist THIS BEAR-HUGGING TECHNIQUE HAS BEEN PASSED DOWN THROUGH THE ARMSTRONG FAMILY FOR GENERATIONS!]]'''
* GentleGiant Kurita in ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is prone to bear-hugging his teammates when he's happy. When Musashi returned to the team, Kurita went to Bear Hug Musashi who dodged and Kurita ended up ''crushing'' the truck Musashi was driving.

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* In ''ComicBook/TheBoys'' former Soviet superhero Love Sausage [=bearhugs=] Billy Butcher (in a friendly fashion) when they first meet.
* In Creator/MarvelComics, former Soviet Super Soldier Ursa Major (who turns into a bear) uses this as his main attack move.
* Pictured in the page image is Volsataag the Valiant embracing Comicbook/TheMightyThor in this manner. Thor himself has been known to do this as well.

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[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* In ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'', bear hugs are a running gag between Simba and Nala.
* In ''Fanfic/SeeTheZoneAndSurvive'' Celestia receives one from Strider. Too bad that he was wearing a power-armor then. Fortunately there were no broken ribs.

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[[folder: Films ]]

* Chien Po from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' does this.
* Chewbacca from ''Franchise/StarWars'' is something of a bear, and he is as fond of hugs as he is of ripping out arms from their sockets.
* Something similar to this happens in the 1996 film ''Michael'', during Archangel Michael's dance with hippie waitress Anita. During the dance Anita excitedly jumps towards Michael, who catches her in a hug and lifts her up before playfully spinning her around with Anita's giggling showing she is enjoying it, especially with her doing some ''FootPopping''. (In this case, Michael is supporting her with one hand on her waist and the other under her buttocks).

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* In ''{{Smallville}}'', [[{{Superman}} Clark]] does this to [[PlatonicLifePartners Chloe]] so many times we have lost count. Notably, he is always gentle enough to avoid the negative effects... [[spoiler:And when he hurt her, it tipped her off that she is dealing with Bizarro.]]
* On ''Series/{{Lost}}'', when Hurley sees Sawyer again after three years, he hugs him and pulls him off the ground. Fans have dubbed it (and other hugs given by Hurley) the "Hurley Hug".
* In ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', Josh often hugs Drake like this, much to Drake's consternation.
* Katie the Yellow Ranger from ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' was fond of giving these.
* The AlmightyJanitor from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' to Carla when she included him in the group photo. She was less than pleased, probably because she doesn't like being manhandled, but mostly because The Janitor is crazy.
--> '''Carla''': I thought you were going to kill me.
--> '''Janitor''': I fought the urge.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E22AllHellBreaksLoosePartTwo "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part Two" (S02, Ep22)]], Dean is so relieved to see Sam alive, he squeezes him in an embrace resulting in pained "owww" from Sam.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''Halflife'' has the Doctor do this:
-->And with that, the Doctor bounded over and gave Fitz a huge, rib-cracking hug, lifting him clear off the ground.
::They're both fairly slim and unremarkable to look at, although, in another book, the Doctor lifts Fitz up in a rather effortless BridalCarry, so he's kind of got that MusclesAreMeaningless[=/=]WaifFu thing going on.
* Hagrid does this to Harry, Ron, and Hermione a lot in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', sometimes more than one of them at the same time.
* In the Twilight novel ''BreakingDawn'' Bella [[spoiler:is turned into a vampire]] , then hugs Edward and, much to his surprise, he feels uncomfortable because of her strength.
* Bear Olefsky from ''Literature/TheStarOfTheGuardians'' is very fond of this.
* In ''[[TheColSecTrilogy ColSec Rebellion]]'', Cord does this to Samella [[spoiler:after the final battle]].

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* 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 [[AndCallHimGeorge 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 Bear Hug while giggling manically]].
* Sumo wrestler E. Honda from the fighting game ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' has this in his arsenal of attacks.
* Bear Hugger is a huge Canadian lumberjack from ''PunchOut'' that would love to give his opponents Bear Hugs.
-->'''Bear Hugger:''' ''NEED A HUG?!''
* In the ending of the Dodongo's Cavern in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' Darunia decides that he and Link are now [[BloodBrothers Sworn Brothers]], and to celebrate this he gives him two gifts: the necessary PlotCoupon, the Goron's Ruby and a Goron group Bear Hug. Cue Link running off screaming.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonHeartGoldAndSoulSilver'', the player's walking Pokémon with high happiness will sometimes hug the player. Cue the message "Whoa! (Pokémon's name) suddenly hugged you." and a heart speech bubble over the player's Pokémon's head.
* In ''KingdomOfLoathing'', September 2012's Item of the Month gives you the right to [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Box_of_bear_arms bear arms]] - as in, literally, when you purchase it, you are given 2 arms that came from a bear. Unsurprisingly, with both of them equipped at once, you can [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Bear_Hug hug]] enemies.
* ''GrimFandango'''s ending cutscene features the demon Glottis doing this to Manny. Manny can't die from suffocation due to [[DeadToBeginWith being already dead]], yet he is still very uncomfortable with this, which would've been funny if not for the general TearJerker value of the moment.
-->'''Manny:''' So... I guess this is it, then? ''(extends his hand for the last handshake with his best friend)''
-->'''Glottis:''' C'mere. Gimme a hug. ''(grabs Manny)'' You were the best boss... I ever had... Bye. ''(squeezes Manny, who tries futilely to get free)''
* One of [[PandaingToTheAudience Bamboo Pandamonium's]] attacks in ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man X}}8''. If this gets you, it will drain a huge chunk of your health unless you [[SwitchOutMove call your partner in]] to get you out.
* This is Grunt's way of greeting you in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. But then, given that Grunt is TheBigGuy even in a race whose ''defining trait'' is being TheBigGuy, of ''course'' it is.

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* ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'': PhilFoglio shows us how it's done in panels #5-6 of [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20070318 this comic]] from ''{{Dragon|Magazine}}'' #58 (February 1982).
* ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' has [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-05-29/comic/the-cesspool/friendship-is-tragic/ Rob]], a bouncer in the hang-out for less than stable mercenaries. Who's very happy to see visitors. Especially other felines.
--> '''Harold''': ''Friendly'', isn't he.
* In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02127.htm this]] ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' strip, Florence finds herself unable to get her breath during an enthusiastic hug from the mayor, when she thought that Florence had killed Sam Starfall.
* In WebComic/CommanderKitty, this is about the only way overgrown [[WeaselMascot ferret]] Socks can seem to [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/03/22/gimme-a-hug/ hug people]]. [[spoiler: It gets even worse [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2012/01/01/seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time/ when his brain is put in a monster body]].]]

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* Blue Team's original leader Captain Butch Flowers from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
-->"Men, your delightful tomfoolery puts a spring in my step, and a bounce in my britches. If I weren't your commanding officer I'd pick you both up, give you a giant bear hug, and make you call me Daddy."
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': [[CoolBigSis Yang]] enjoys giving these to her little sister, Ruby. Of course, half the time it ends up veering into MarshmallowHell territory, due to BoobsOfSteel. And that one time it ended in a [[BigBallOfViolence catfight…]]
* Want to see a [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic pony]] do a bear hug? Introduce yourself to [[EquestriaChronicles Kettle Cornflakes.]]

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* Genie in the end of the first ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' movie.
--> Genie: Aww! Group hug, big group hug!"
* Owen from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''
* Chien-Po, TheBigGuy from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''
* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' with a [[BearsAreBadNews real bear hug]]. The bear itself was only lashing out because of an electronic tag, and embraces Homer after he removes it. Unfortunately, it still has claws.
-->'''Homer:''' (looking at the marks) I don't know why bear hugs enjoy such a great reputation....
* ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers'':
--->'''Exile:''' I give all my comrades big kiss!\\
'''Blitz:''' Stop with the kissing, or I'll start with the biting.\\
'''Exile:''' OK, I give you big bear hug instead!\\
'''Blitz:''' ''(straining)'' Go back to the kissing! Go back to the kissing! Kiss me! Kiss meeee...\\
'''Exile:''' Don't be a weird boy.
* The appropriately named Lotso-Hugging Bear in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory 3''.
* [[Disney/TheLionKing Timon and Pumbaa]] are [[http://magicalscreencaps.com/images/lionking3/gall/lionking3-637.jpg quite fond of this]]
* Beezy J. Heinous on ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'', occasionally.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', [[{{Cowboy}} Clay]], who WouldntHitAGirl, defeats [[ClassyCatBurglar Catnappe]] with this, on the basis that he's not actually ''hitting'' her.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Princess Luna gives one to a shell-shocked Fluttershy after Fluttershy helps her learn to turn down the volume.
** Pinkie squeezes the stuffing out of Rainbow Dash after learning that Dash was accepted as a Wonderbolt cadet in ''Wonderbolt Academy.''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "[[Recap/TheLegendOfKorraS1E1WelcomeToRepublicCity Welcome to Republic City]]" The titular character uses an EffortlessAmazonianLift to pick up three kids and their father and give them a massive group hug. She's only seventeen.
** For bonus points, her ''actual'' Polar-Bear-Dog gets in on it.
* In the second season of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', the Enforcers are trying to make a getaway from their hideout when they see their old buddy Tohru in the way. Having not seen him since the previous season's finale, they don't realize he'd [[HeelFaceTurn switched sides]] until the big guy grabbed all three in a Bear Hug and tossed them aside.
* Starfire of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' likes to hug this way. Unfortunately for the other person, Starfire has super strength and may forget that when she's being affectionate.
* Junko of StormHawks gives a couple of these to his teammates. They don't protest the hugs, but are obviously struggling to breathe.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', Po gives a [[VisualPun literal]] one to Master Tigress.

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* Kim Komenich, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and professor [[http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20002579-504083.html foiled a bank robbery]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome by wrapping the perp in a bear hug]] until police arrived. The fact that Komenich has [[{{Badass}} covered wars in places like Vietnam]], is 6'2" and weighs about 230 pounds probably helped.
* OzzyOsbourne isn't particularly fond of them:
--> I have a message for anyone coming to the Ozzfest this summer (2000): If you're planning to jump up onstage during my set, please do not give me any bear hugs, because they fucking hurt. Listen to me, I'm dead serious. On the first night of last year's tour, this enormous guy jumped up onstage and gave me a huge bear hug. He crushed three of my ribs and I had to do the whole tour in absolute agony. I couldn't believe it, the first fucking show!
* This maneuver ''can'' be used aggressively, though, as a sufficiently tight bear-hug can squeeze the air out of someone's lungs. There's a rather easy counter for this, though - [[WeaksauceWeakness push your thumbs into the hugger's sides, just above the hip-bone, and push away]].
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