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

->''"This Pokémon has the habit of hugging its companions. Many Trainers have left this world after their spines were squashed by its hug."''
-->-- '''Pokédex entry for [[BearsAreBadNews Bewear]]''', ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''

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 specific]] circumstances. Like many tropes, can be {{deconstruct|ion}}ed to [[AndCallHimGeorge horrifying effect]].


* Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld: His bear hugs are hugs that he gives to bears.
* A very literal example occurred with Smokey Bear in a series of public service announcements where he goes up to various campers and hugs them whenever they show responsibility [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFKAFJJx2DM when it comes to fire safety.]]

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Goku's father-in-law the Ox-King from ''Manga/DragonBall'' could give a pretty good bear hug when the situation called for it.
* In ''LightNovel/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 ''Manga/ShinjiIkariRaisingProject'', among, er... other things.
* GentleGiant Kurita in ''Manga/{{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.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}'', Ainz weaponizes this trope in dealing with the sadistic Clementine, who was responsible for slaughtering the Swords of Darkness, and crushes her to death in the process.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheBoys'' former Soviet superhero Love Sausage bear-hugs Billy Butcher (in a friendly fashion) when they first meet.
* Pictured in the page image is Volstaag the Voluminous embracing ComicBook/TheMightyThor in this manner. Thor himself has been known to do this as well.
* This is a SignatureAttack for ''ComicBook/TheKingpin'', grabbing his victims and crushing them in a bear hug powered by 350 pounds of almost pure muscle.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'': Creator/PhilFoglio shows us how it's done in panels #5-6 of [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20070318 a comic]] from ''Magazine/{{Dragon|Magazine}}'' #58 (February 1982).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Italy is prone to giving Germany and Japan these. After [[{{Polyamory}} all three got together]], Hungary gave all three one while squealing in joy.
* 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.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Genie in the end of the first ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' movie.
-->'''Genie:''' Aww! Group hug, big group hug!
* Chien-Po, TheBigGuy from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', does this.
* Po give one to Tigress at the end of ''WesternAnimation/KungfuPanda2'', [[ShipTease leaving her speechless]]. He tries to do the same to Master Shifu, but he {{Flash Step}}s away.
* The appropriately named Lotso-Hugging Bear in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Timon and Pumbaa are [[http://magicalscreencaps.com/images/lionking3/gall/lionking3-637.jpg quite fond of this]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'': Pinkie Pie gives one to Twilight Sparkle (and Spike, squeezed between them), lifting her from the ground, while insisting she spends the night at her house.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 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 ''Film/{{Michael}}'', during ArchangelMichael'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.)

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', [[Franchise/{{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.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied The Girl Who Died]]," the Doctor is so relieved to see Clara returned unharmed he gives her one, combined with a spinning her around. Clara actually isn't receptive (due to it being unexpected and because she knows everyone is in imminent danger).
* In ''Series/WolfHall'', Henry VIII gives Thomas Cromwell one of these upon learning that Anne is pregnant again, much to Cromwell's surprise.

* ''Literature/DragonBones'': Ward, as part of his ObfuscatingStupidity, does this to everyone who is nice to him, and while he isn't shown to actually crack any ribs, he certainly intends to make people fear he DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength. His cousins, when talking about doing something nice for him, decide that he mustn't ever know, as that would lead to a bear hug.
* 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 ''Literature/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 ''[[Literature/TheColSecTrilogy ColSec Rebellion]]'', Cord does this to Samella [[spoiler:after the final battle]].
* In ''[[Literature/HorusHeresy Unremembered Empire]]'', Lion El'Jonson welcomes Guilliman with this, to surprise of Roboute, who's always considered him AloofBigBrother.

[[folder:Myth & Legend]]
* Used many a time in [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]] by the super strong Herakles. In one tale, Herakles did it on purpos after being forced to wrestle Death himself for the life of a friend. The match ended when Herakles' snagged Death in a literal rib-breaking bear hug, forcing the submission and having his friend. Death is left without a taken soul, and groaning over his severely broken ribs.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In professional wrestling, bear hug either refers to a transitional hold use to control another wrestler's movement, or a squeeze meant to wear down another wrestler and possibly draw their submission(the latter is [[WrestlingPsychology a basic way]] of establishing someone as an "old school" power wrestler akin to Wrestling/BrunoSammartino or Wrestling/SuperStarBillyGraham). That said, there are some examples that fall inline with his trope as the page describes it, such as Wrestling/AndreTheGiant when he was happy.
* The tiny and [[GenkiGirl easily excitable]] [=LuFisto=] has sometimes been known to spontaneously hug people when happy. Despite her size, [=LuFisto=] is [[PintSizedPowerhouse really strong]], regularly competing with men several times larger. It'd be an accident waiting to happen, except it has.
* Solo Darling is usually the runt on any given roster but she's ''also'' [[CuteBruiser really strong]] and full of [[KidAppealCharacter childlike affection]]... Well, one of her {{finishing move}}s was dubbed the "Hug Factor," but even then she's hurt people when not trying.
* Leva Bates found herself in one from [[SanitySlippage mentally descending]] Kimberly after relenting and accepting her offer to be a {{tag team}} partner.
* Wrestling/ChristinaVonEerie has at times resigned herself to bear hugs from her {{tag team}} partner Wrestling/MsChif, [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace who lacks a sense of personal space]] and the social skills to try and cheer her up in a more subtle manner.
* When a reluctant [[Wrestling/BlackRose La Rosa Negra]] gave in and accepted her offer to join Oedo tai during the 5★STAR Grand Prix, Hudon Envy celebrated by giving her a hug, not realizing this was a bad thing to do to someone you had given any kind of power bomb.

[[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 [[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 ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' that would love to give his opponents Bear Hugs.
-->'''Bear Hugger:''' ''NEED A HUG?!''
* In the ending of the Dodongo's Cavern in ''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.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'', if the player's walking Pokémon has high enough happiness, they will sometimes hug the player. Cue the message "Whoa! (Pokémon's name) suddenly hugged you!" and [[HeartSymbol a heart speech bubble]] over the player's Pokémon's head.
** Bewear from Generation VII is an affectionate bear Pokémon prone to giving hugs, [[AndCallHimGeorge but is so strong that these hugs are a major health risk for its Trainer]].
* In ''VideoGame/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 two 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.
* ''VideoGame/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/MegaManX8''. 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.
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', one of Kotal Khan's Fatalities is to hug his enemies hard enough that their head pops and all their innards start spewing out like a ketchup bottle.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Blue Team's original leader Captain Butch Flowers from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
-->'''Captain Butch Flowers:''' 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 [[Roleplay/EquestriaChronicles Kettle Cornflakes]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''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/GirlGenius'' Mama Gkika gives Agatha, [[spoiler:newly crowned as the Heterodyne]], a hug that painfully squashes her ribcage and lifts her off the ground when they first meet.
* 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]].]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** This is the only type of hug [[BigFun Owen]] is capable of, with thin and [[TheCynic unenthusiastic]] Noah usually being the target.
** Dwayne pulls Junior into a relieved hug when they manage to reunite after getting separated in "My Way or Zimbabwe," and [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents for once]], Junior doesn't mind the attention and returns the hug from his squished position. However, when Dwayne gives him a second, tighter hug later on, Junior has to remind his dad not to squeeze him to death.
** [=MacArthur=] occasionally lifts Sanders into the air this way to celebrate victories. Sanders usually enjoys the gesture, but she reacts badly when [=MacArthur=] attempts to do it while Sanders' arm is in a cast.
* Parodied 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.
* Beezy J. Heinous on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', 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'':
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]]": Princess Luna gives one to a shell-shocked Fluttershy after Fluttershy helps her learn to turn down the volume.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E7WonderboltsAcademy Wonderbolts Academy]]": Pinkie squeezes the stuffing out of Rainbow Dash after learning that Dash was accepted as a Wonderbolt cadet.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "[[Recap/TheLegendOfKorraS1E1WelcomeToRepublicCity Welcome to Republic City]]", the title 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'':
** In "The J-Team," the Enforcers (Finn, Ratso, and Chow) 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.
** In the GrandFinale "The Powers That Be (Part 2)," [[spoiler:after Drago and his forces have been defeated by the heroes, with some help from the [[HeelFaceTurn now-reformed]] Enforcers, Hak Foo gives a "Big Bear Hug" to Finn, Ratso, Chow, and also Captain Black]].
* ComicBook/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' gives a couple of these to his teammates. They don't protest the hugs, but are obviously struggling to breathe.
* Buck Tuddrussel of ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' provides these to both Otto and Larry on a couple of occasions.
* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', in her [[TheBigGuy Bad Kaeloo form]], gives this to Stumpy, Quack Quack and Mr. Cat at the end of the episodes "Let's Play Spies". Their heads explode from the pressure.
* Ord in ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'' commonly does this when Max, Emma, and Enrique comes to Dragonland.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Kim Komenich, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and professor [[http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20002579-504083.html foiled a bank robbery]] by wrapping the perp in a bear hug until police arrived. The fact that Komenich has covered wars in places like Vietnam, is 6'2" and weighs about 230 pounds probably helped.
* Creator/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]].