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->'''Arwin:''' Ooh group hug! I love group hugs! Especially with other people! ''[old lady walks by]''\\
'''Maddie:''' Hey lady! Come on, I could really use the heat. ''[lady walks away]'' After her! ''[whole hugging group walks together following the lady]''\\
'''Arwin:''' Wow! She's fast!
-->-- ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody''

The main characters stand in a tight circle and stretch their arms around their two nearest neighbours. Tends to happen fairly often and for lots of reasons such as supporting one character who just went through something difficult or emotional, the final group action before splitting up or carrying out a big plan, or as part of the denouement.

Often times there will be one character who is reluctant to participate in a group hug whenever they occur. That character usually warms up to the idea by the end of the series.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh''
* Afterschool Teatime of ''Manga/KOn'' share one after their last school festival performance.
* Chapter 3 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' ends with a [[ManlyTears teary-eyed]] group hug between Jotaro, Polnareff and Joseph. The fact such [[RatedMForManly ridiculously manly]] characters show this much emotion makes it one of the biggest [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming moments]] in the entire series.
* An [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming endearing]] instance occurs in ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' Retrace XXXII where Oz and a rather reluctant, scowling Gil both embrace Break after learning about his past while [[{{Tsundere}} Alice]] proclaims, [[TrueCompanions "We're friends!"]] [[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/26963/pandora-hearts_v8_ch32_by_the-black-abyss/18 Observe]]. Break plays the whole thing off like it's annoying, but there's a panel a few pages later that shows him wearing a contented smile.
* The final episode of the first season of ''Anime/{{Free}}'' features this, in which [[spoiler:Rin]] is being hugged by his old friends at end of the swimming preliminaries.
* [[GenkiGirl Chizu]] initiates one with Sawako and Ayane in ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'' after Sawako's friendship with the two other girls is cemented.
* Subverted in ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''. A biowarfare agent is released in the school resulting in CrowdPanic until Kaname dresses down the class. Everyone starts hugging, determined to FaceDeathWithDignity... [[WhatAnIdiot until Sousake reveals he has enough vaccine for one person]]. Cue the students backing away from each other with evil looks on their faces.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'', [[http://www.pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF115-Hug_Bot.jpg TIME FOR GROUP HUG.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* If you were cynical you might comment that a group hug is a Succubus's most frequent action in ''FanFic/TheReturn''.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5619147/8/Violence-Inherent-in-the-System Violence Inherent in the System]]'', the other Sailor Scouts give Sailor Moon a group hug when she comes back to life after spending several months as a spirit.
%%* Happens in several ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfics.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6755363/3/No-Hurry-At-All No Hurry At All]]'' Hermione receives a group hug when Harry leaves Hogwarts after the Department of Mysteries battle.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7512009/17/Blood-Ties Blood Ties]]'' Remus receives a group hug when he's upset by a medical report listing the Dursleys' extensive abuse of Harry.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9045613/22/Changing-Lives Changing Lives]]'' the Marauders give a time-traveling Harry and his new friends a group hug at the end of Harry's first year at Hogwarts.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7913356/12/Deafening-Silence Deafening Silence]]'' Harry receives a group hug after a five-year separation from his friends.
* The ''WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals'' video "Trouble at Hogwarts" ends with a group hug (or perhaps I should say, a cornucopia of love).
* The ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Intercom}} has Riley give no less than three group hugs to her emotions during her first JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: one with Disgust, Fear and Sadness who came to greet her in Dream Productions and two with the whole gang in Headquarters. First when she impersonates Joy, then after naming Possibility Island, just before the lucid dream breaks.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11313379/6/Soul-Mate Soul Mate]]'' Harry's dorm mates and Hermione give him a group hug when he announces that he's not returning to his abusive relatives.
* ''Fanfic/{{Quizzical}}'':
** ''Thweet Geniuth'' - The Hard Part:
--> “Quiz, you do know that you are about to get {{glomp}}ed but good, right?”
--> Quiz nodded. “I accept that you cannot resist, Sweetie Belle. Thank you for allowing me a moment to brace myself.”
--> The others had been waiting until Sweetie Belle joined them for this.
--> “Cutie Mark Crusaders Group Hug!!!”

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' ends with Genie pulling everybody nearby -- including the Sultan and Jasmine's pet tiger Rajah -- into a group hug. "Mind if I kiss the monkey? *MWAH!* *KAFF!* Ooh, hairball!"
%%* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''
* Happens between the main characters in ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' once they finally find the Great Valley.
* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''. [[spoiler:Rapunzel embraces her mother, looks longingly at her father, and he comes and hugs them both, so she's in the middle. Whereupon Flynn/Eugene gets too close and pulled in.]]
* In ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', the now human Beast embraces Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts after they change back into humans.
* This happens near the end of ''[[Franchise/DisneyFairies Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue]]'' and ''[[Franchise/DisneyFairies The Pirate Fairy]]''.
* Near the end of ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'', Mike and Sulley hug with their friends from Oozma Kappa before parting ways with them.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' has two linked examples:
** This is how the Humane Five welcomes Twilight when she's back to the school -- not including Sunset Shimmer, who backs away.
** And then, it's the conclusion following the climax for the protagonists, [[spoiler:''this time'' with Sunset Shimmer in the middle, to her surprise]].
* Possibly one of the most heartwarming examples happens at the end of ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' when [[spoiler: Riley returns home in tears after her abortive attempt at running away and she and her parents all end up sharing one big family hug]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The main cast gives one at the very end of ''Film/ForColoredGirls''. Trust me [[TheWoobie they deserved it]].
%%* ''Film/GalaxyQuest''
%%* ''TheHillsHaveEyes1977''
* ''Film/TheLongestYard''
-->'''Punky:''' ''[after the convicts won the game]'' We win! Group hug in the shower tonight!...or not. Or not.
%%* ''Film/MysteryMen''
%%* ''Film/MysteryTeam''
* In ''Film/SophieSchollTheFinalDays'', Sophie, Hans and Christoph share OneLastSmoke and embrace each other just before their execution.
* Combined with CooldownHug, at the end of ''Film/SchindlersList'', Schindler completely breaks down in tears when he realizes he could've saved at least one more person but he didn't. Stern and dozens of his workers all join him in a hug to remind him he did a lot.
* In ''Film/IntoTheWoods'', the Baker, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and Jack do this [[spoiler:just after they kill the Giantess]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TVwK_S_Pjg had a particularly heart-rending example]]. After [[spoiler:Franks dies]], Tony draws Ziva into a hug on the elevator, and lets her [[CryIntoChest cry on his chest]]. The elevator doors ding open ... cue [=McGee=] and Abby in the exact same position. Cue Tony drawing them into a big elevator group hug. Cue ''waterworks.''
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' numerous times, but most memorably when Phoebe becomes pregnant, which Phoebe comments can't be good for the baby with her in the middle, so the others have a group hug for her without her.
* ''Series/RedDwarf:'' as a way to show Rimmer that he is loved so they can build up his self-esteem and escape. His expression is priceless.
* Pretty much [[OnceAnEpisode ubiquitous]] on ''Series/FullHouse''.
* The infamous final episode of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' featured one.
* ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}''. [[CatchPhrase Big Hug!]]
* ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' Happens during "I Love You" on the line "with a great big hug". If everyone can't join in on a big one, they'll just hug the closest person.
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' episode "Team Tipton". Maddie, Zack, Cody, Esteban and Arwin.
* In the pilot episode of ''Series/{{Chuck}}''.
* In the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Adam", the eponymous character calls for a "group hug" [[spoiler: - as a way of [[MindRape working himself into their memories.]]]]
** Also in "The Stolen Earth", when [[spoiler: the Dalek transmission is heard]], Jack pulls Ianto and Gwen close to him and kisses each of their foreheads.
* One episode of ''Series/NewsRadio''.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' the study group is fond enough of this for "bring it in" to become on of Jeff's {{catch phrase}}s.
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' had a few of these, most memorably in the graduation episode when Cory, Shawn and Topanga give Minkus one after they receive their diplomas.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** There's one near the end of the Tenth Doctor's first ChristmasSpecial, featuring Ten, Rose, Mickey and Jackie.
** Towards the end of "The Angels Take Manhattan", there's one between Eleven, Amy, and Rory. Actually a [[OneTrueThreesome fairly common occurrence]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. In "Primeval", Buffy and Willow apologise for their [[ConflictBall falling out in the previous episode]] as they rappel down an elevator shaft to take on the BigBad. Once they reach the bottom, they invite Xander to join in a group hug.
-->'''Xander:''' [[GenreSavvy Oh God, we're gonna die, aren't we?]]
** Lampshaded when Spike asks Buffy in "After Life" if she's "not leaving a hole in the middle of some soggy group hug". She's already had the hug as it turned out, but instead of being a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming it's just a pose she's putting for her friends, as Buffy is suffering chronic depression from being brought back from the dead.
* The final scene of the final episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''

* When Pikachu comes back at the end of Music/LindseyStirling's ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99ZYIECx1Vw dubstep remix video]], sending Team Rocket up in lightning, they all have a celebratory hug.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kliq#Curtain_Call:_The_MSG_Incident The MSG Incident]]
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/TripleH and Wrestling/TheUndertaker at the end of their match at Wrestlemania 28.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* This is the second thing the Gorons try to give you when you clean out Dodongo's Cavern in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. Given that Darunia, their chief, DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength and sends you to the ground with a simple pat on the back, Link wastes no time in ''running like hell as the Gorons approach''.
* "Group Hug" is the name of a [[HealingHands party healing spell]] in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''. It doesn't go so far as to portray the hug, however.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' includes one between the good guys, where one of the dumber bad guys tries to join in, but Durkon simply cast "Hold Person" on him (without even breaking the hug).
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', in the end of the Painted Black storyline: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-06-23 here]] and [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-06-25 here]].
* [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20081223.html Christmas, 2008]] in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.''
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/AxeCop'', "Ask Axe Cop #83": Dr. Googleman's wife, kids and bodyguards have been kidnapped, so when he rescues them with Axe Cop's help, he gets a group hug from his wife, kids -- and bodyguards too.
* In ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm'', the end of chapter four celebrates all five agents getting together at last by their group hug, to [[HatesBeingTouched Norah]]'s annoyance.
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' subverts the idea in [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/omigosh-band-hug/ this strip;]] in the first panel, the depressed Zii is hugging Sonya for comfort, which Sonya is happy to provide, but she's less happy when two more people [[TheGlomp glomp]] themselves to the dogpile. Note her expressions across the four panels.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The ''Jade Regent'' Campaign from Podcast/{{RPGMP3}} features a character called Spivey, a [[http://www.pathfinderwiki.com/wiki/Lyrakien Lyrakien]] Cleric of [[http://www.pathfinderwiki.com/wiki/Desna Desna]]. Spivey used to live in a cemetery, until the [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] came by. She then joined their caravan and followed them on their quest, quickly earning the nickname "[[FairyCompanion Death Pixie]]", since most of her skills were focused on graveyard maintenance, at that point. She's always flitting around, [[SmallAnnoyingCreature dispensing invaluable moral advice]] and trying to get the [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] to [[GroupHug be nicer to each other]].
-->'''Spivey:''' [[MotorMouth There'sacoupletravellersahead! Weshouldfeedthem.]]\\
'''Harold:''' Ah, Spivey! How do you fly with that heart of gold?\\
'''Spivey:''' Oh, well... [[SarcasmBlind Desna gives me wings]]!\\
'''Misty:''' [[TheDitz Her heart is made out of gold?!]] How do you know? ''[Visibly starts to ponder whether she should [[CuteAndPsycho reach in, pull it out and check]]]''\\
'''Harold:''' Y'know, with the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Good Outsiders]], I wouldn't be surprised.\\
'''Misty:''' ''[Grabs Spivey and shakes her]'' She's not heavy enough to have a heart made of gold?\\
'''Koya:''' Misty, that's not how we usually hug!

[[folder:Western Animation]]

* The puppies in ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians: The Series'' do this by dog piling.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' when Kimi forgives Chuckie for thinking Z is a bad influence on her, Z's dad suggests a group hug...which gets [[BrickJoke interrupted when Phil arrives with the police]].
--> '''Kimi:''' You didn't!?\\
'''Chuckie:''' Nope...Phil did. But only because he cares...like us!
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Everything in the description (though Sokka once had to be told to shut up and join in). Earns extra cuteness points when Appa just closes his eyes and shoves his huge face into the huddle, or when [[spoiler: Zuko is first included in the group hug]].
-->'''Katara:''' Come on, [[spoiler: Zuko]]. Being part of the group means being part of the group hugs.
* Initiated by Thor in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' after a big battle, grabbing Iron Man, Ant-Man and... Hulk. Each of them has an adorable bewildered look on their faces.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' ends shortly after one of these with Ben, Gwen, Kevin, and Max after Ben [[spoiler: defeats Vilgax]], possibly for good.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'', the Jelly cabin Trio (Lazlo, Raj and Clam) tend to do this to each other, often with heartwarming effect.
* A TearJerker moment between the members of Sector V, in the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' finale.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
-->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEbUdt3u7ak "We're all such good friends! You can tell by the way we're pressing our faces together!"]]
* Jimmy of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' loves to do this.
* The main four of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' do one at the end of [[spoiler:Episode 105]]. Of course, Mr. Cat takes advantage of the situation by [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar pervertedly pinching Kaeloo's butt]].
* Lincoln from ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' is often given claustrophobic group hugs courtesy of his ten sisters.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks''. After an episode in which Duke's criminal past had caused some tension, he assured his team he could never stay mad at them and called for a group hug...so he could [[AffectionatePickpocket steal their equipment]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MonsterAllergy'' has Elena doing this to Zick's monster pals in both of the issue and episode where [[IJustWantToBeSpecial she can finally see monsters]].
* Pops up from time to time in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
** Particularly notable is in "Magical Mystery Cure", where after restoring her friends' destinies, Twilight picks them all up in her magic and they snuggle while floating.
** Also in "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2", where [[spoiler:after the magic of all ponies in Equestria is restored, Discord initiates a group hug with the main cast, which completes his HeelFaceTurn.]]
** In "Castle Sweet Castle" where Twilight's friends gather around a [[TearsOfJoy crying]] Twilight.
** Twilight pulls the rest of the Mane Six into one at the end of "Slice of Life", though she apologizes when the hug aggravates a bite wound Dash got from the bugbear.
* Played hilariously straight in a episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' when after [[ItMakesSenseInContext Rocko is broken from a curse of being a fly]], Heffer calls for a "big group hug". And just before they do, a mysterious, gutteral voice suddenly cries out "[[BigYes YES!]]"
* During the ending of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Homer and Apu":
-->'''Homer''': Hey everyone, let's all hug Apu.\\
''(Everyone hugs and sighes happily then everyone stops)''\\
'''Homer''': ''(Checks Watch)'' [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall We still have some time.]] Let's all hug Apu again.\\
''(They hug again and THEN the episode ends)''
* Grouchy gets hug-mugged by a group of Smurfs at the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "A Hug for Grouchy" and really hates it! The way they were chasing after him to give him a hug in the episode, it comes off as a form of rape.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
-->'''Starfire:''' Let us initiate a group hug!\\
'''Raven:''' ''Pass...''
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' has one of these when DJ is eliminated. ''Everybody'' joins in on it, even [[AlphaBitch Heather]].
* Tuck loves to call for one of these following the successful completion of a mission of on ''WesternAnimation/WonderPets''.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Sports teams after a big victory.
* After getting drunk together ... "I love you guys!"