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->'''Hamlet''': Lady, shall I lie in your lap?\\
'''Ophelia''': No, my lord.\\
'''Hamlet''': I mean, my head upon your lap?
-->-- ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples Making This...]]

A good way to show the physical intimacy and trust which a couple have is to rest one's head on the other's lap. Usually, the man does the resting while the woman provides the lap, not only because of anatomical reasons but because the lap-owner is typically of a nurturing nature more associated with femininity. Bonus points if she's feeding him grapes or stroking his hair.

In some cases this is done between people who are not necessarily lovers, to comfort someone who is weeping or injured.

In Japan, if they're ''really'' close, the sitter is [[EarCleaning cleaning out]] the layer's ears with a pick. This is something old married couples do.

Compare HoldingHands.

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* ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'': In episode 60, Tomoyo comforts a heartbroken Meiling in this manner after Syaoran calls off their engagement.
* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Negi]] does this a lot, falling asleep on his students' laps on numerous occasions. The romantic overtones are usually subverted. Such as when he falls asleep on Konoka's lap (pictured above), leading the cheerleaders (and [[ShotaCon Ayaka]], who promptly freaks out) to believe that they're secretly dating, when in fact he's just exhausted. Naturally, Ayaka is overjoyed when Negi conks out on her lap later on, again due to fatigue.
* In ''FateStayNight'', Saber makes Shirou rest on a park bench after she realizes that he's about to collapse due to fatigue from his injuries. Then she realizes that there is no pillow, and picking the idea up from another couple on another park bench, makes him rest his head on her lap. Then he [[SleepCute falls asleep]] (he was ''really'' tired).
* This happens very early on in ''ElevenEyes'' for a Yuka/Kakeru bonding scene.
* In ''Manga/SkipBeat'', Ren uses Kyoko's lap as a pillow in one scene. They aren't a couple, but there's much romantic tension there.
** Specifically, Ren was overcome by his feelings and nearly either confessed or propositioned her, but realizing halfway through that this was already freaking her out and if he finished she'd probably be scared out of his life for good, he managed to turn it into the claim that he thought he might feel better if he napped and he couldn't sleep without a pillow. Both of them feel very awkward, until Kyoko (thinking Ren is asleep) starts petting his hair.
** It is very cute, but like most of ''Manga/SkipBeat'' manages to avoid the standard way its cliche situations are arrived at. So that's something.
* In ''GreatTeacherOnizuka'', when [[TsunDere Anko]] and [[ButtMonkey Noboru]], Anko accidentally smacks Noboru in the face with her purse thinking he's a perv, so she lets him rest his head in her lap until his nose stops bleeding.
* The implied intimacy of the situation is the reason why Dolores and Mr. Raptor (Both HumongousMecha, mind you) end up going straight to InstantSeiza when a bump during transportation puts them in this position in ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders: Dolores, i''. That, and the cockpit sticking out from between Dolores' legs...
* In the last episode of the first ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' series, Fate rests her head on her familiar Arf's lap while sleeping in her cell.
* In ''KodomoNoOmocha'', Akito puts his head on Sana's lap and she cleans out his ears, except...she was pretending to be his mother and had to blackmail him to get him to do it.
* In the PoolEpisode of ''SasamekiKoto'', Ushio offers her lap to Sumika, who is exhausted from her competition with Tomoe. Sumika certainly enjoys the view from her position.
* In ''{{Inuyasha}}'', the first time we learn that Inuyasha is human once a month, his entire demeanor change from JerkAss to JerkWithAHeartOfGold is symbolised by his request to lie in Kagome's lap. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Aaaawwww...]]
* Used with a twist in the ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' manga. Not only the girl (Kaori) is the one who rests her head on the guy (Tetsuo)'s left hip as she sleeps, but [[CrapsackWorld the environment isn't exactly idyllic and peaceful]] - they're in the middle of the ruined Neo Tokyo, and the guy's [[BodyHorror right arm is almost wholly mutated.]]
** Which had just been reversed earlier, with a freaked-out Tetsuo laying and resting his head in her lap with her stroking his hair and comforting him.
* Done by Minami for Yutaka in one episode of ''LuckyStar''. Yutaka seems oblivious to the [[GirlsLove romantic implications]] but [[OtakuSurrogate Konata]] and [[YuriFan Hiyori]] are not.
* Happened in ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' during a [[NotADate date]], where Shizuku gives one to Natsuru who fell asleep after eating lunch. It is implied that she also [[DudeShesLikeInaComa kissed him at that moment]].
* This happens betweens between Momoko and Yousuke in ''Manga/WeddingPeach''.
* ''MayoiNekoOverrun'' has it between Kaho and Takumi in episode four. Both of them are naked, after a series of circumstances involving hot springs, a forest trek and Kaho not having any shame.
* Happens twice in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. Once, after losing against the Hollow Grandfisher, Ichigo falls unconscious and Rukia rests his head in her lap.
** The second instance occurs in the Soul Society arc, during a flashback, between [[LesYay Yoruichi and Soifon]].
* One of Creator/NaokoTakeuchi's art books has [[http://mangastyle.net/book1/1-44.jpg this cute drawing of Usagi and Mamoru.]] "I love sleeping with my head on someone's lap. I also love having someone's head on my lap. Since both really put me at ease, I can be happy." she says of it.
* In the manga version of ''Manga/TheLegendOfZelda'', Link is lying on Princess Zelda's lap, although this turns out to be a dream.
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* Ch. 19 of ''Aki Sora'' has one page of this between [[PsychoLesbian Nami]] and [[TheWoobie Sora]]. The [[BrotherSisterIncest subtext]] gets a heavy and rather ironic lampshading.
* A villainous version occurs in ''SoulEater'' with BigBad [[HumanoidAbomination Asura]] resting his head in the lap of [[HotWitch Arachne]] while she comforts him, telling him he'll be safe with her, and that she will never leave him.
* A more violent version occurs in ''Manga/FairyTail'' due to Natsu's [[WeaksauceWeakness extreme motion sickness]] Erza punches him in the stomach causes him to fall in her lap.
* One episode of the ''{{Gravitation}}'' anime has Yuki letting Shuichi lay his head in his lap and tell him about his work-related worries.
* Kazuki gets to do this with Tokiko at the end of the Papillon arc of ''BusouRenkin''.
* ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'': When Naruto meets his mother Kushina, she explains to him how she discovered that she was the Nine Tails' [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan jinchuriki]] before him. In a {{flashback}}, her own predecessor, Mito Uzumaki, is shown comforting a young Kushina this way while reassuring her that she could still live a happy life even as if she was meant to be a jinchūriki.
* During one chapter in ''TheElectricTaleOfPikachu'', Ash and Pikachu are seperated. At the end of the story, Misty is doing this to Ash after the poor guy has run himself ragged trying to find him. Unfortunately for her, when Pikachu returns Ash bolts up so fast that he ends up knocking her back.
* There's also a rather cute example in the Pokemon anime - during a flashback Meowth has, we see a brief shot of Jessie and James asleep, [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther with her head on his lap.]]
* ''DGrayMan'': [[http://www.mangareader.net/210-15259-15/dgray-man/chapter-168.html Occurs in chapter 168]] with Johnny resting his head on Lenalee's lap.
* In ''HetaliaBloodbath2011'' [[HoYay Italy is shown sleeping]] [[ShipTease with his head on Germany's lap]].
* In episode 17 of ''KiniroNoCorda'' Shimizu uses Hino's lap as a pillow.
* In the ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'' official art Cattleya lets Louise use her as a LapPillow.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' Yukon uses Tomoya's lap as a pillow during one of their visits to the library (she was just exhausted). The romantic implications are pointed out, in fact Tomoya directly asks his girlfriend Nagisa if she's okay with this. Nagisa says she is, but admits that she's a bit jealous.
* During the storyline in which Tatewaki is possessed by a cherry tree in Manga/RanmaOneHalf he lays on Ranma's lap.
* In ''{{Madlax}}'' episode 24, Margaret sleeps with her head in Elenore's lap during a flashback. Also contains EarCleaning.
* Mashiro from ''LightNovel/SakurasouNoPetNaKanojo'', being an InnocentFanserviceGirl who spent most of her childhood in the UK, thinks nothing of putting knocked-out Sorata in her lap.
* Happens thrice in ''Manga/OnePiece'', twice with Robin. First, after the events of the battle with the New Fishman Pirates, Chopper rests on Robin's lap because he was paralysed due to the aftereffects of Monster Point. This prompts jealousy in Sanji. Another case of this is in the Punk Hazard Arc, where the Straw Hats and allies find out that they've been captured in a cage by Caesar. Here, everyone is awake besides Franky, who is sleeping soundly in Robin's lap. [[spoiler:The third time a case such as this happens, is in the Dressrosa Arc, where Momonosuke rests his head in Nami's lap since they were playing "Samurai". This causes Brook to put his head onto Nami's lap since he thought they were having a "head-in-crotch" party. Nami's reacts to this by comically punching Brook.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Saki Achiga-Hen}}'', [[IllGirl Toki]] is frequently seen sleeping with her head in her best friend Ryuuka's lap.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', in "Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu" Nonna tries the EarCleaning variant with Katyusha, but finds that [[GagBoobs her breasts are in the way]].
* Oriko and Kirika, of ''PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'' are [[http://www.mangareader.net/mahou-shoujo-oriko-magica/3/16 prone to this]]. Compared to the [[LesYay rest of their shared moments]], it's almost subtle.
* Happens in ''Manga/SevenDays''. Yuzuru borrows his date-of-the-week Seryou's lap for a nap at school. Seryou is flustered but he doesn't really mind.
* In ''Manga/HidamariSketch'', when Hiro, Miyako, and Yuno walk in on Sae's room and find her asleep on the floor with a note on the progress of the story she's writing, Hiro kneels down and puts Sae's head on her lap. (Yuno, charmed at Hiro and Sae's intimacy, runs over and offers Hiro an [[EarCleaning ear pick]], to Hiro's confusion.)
* ''LightNovel/KanojoGaFlagOOraretara'':
** In the sixth chapter of the manga, Souta finds himself laying on Kikuno's lap after he wakes up from a dream.
** In chapter 16 of the manga, it's Mei's lap Souta finds himself lying on.
** Kikuno gives him another one at the beginning of chapter 17. Mei offers in the same chapter, but doesn't go through with it.
* Haru does this for Shizuku in the second episode of ''Manga/TonariNoKaibutsuKun''.

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* In ''SinCity: Family Values'', Miho rests her head on Dwight's lap in a rare moment of affection.
* During the Milligan/Allred run on ''{{X-Force}}'', Edie Sawyer 'ports her new leader, Guy Smith, into mid-air in an attempt to scare him so that he'll let her take over the team. When he doesn't freak out, she 'ports both of them back to his place, then conks out (because her powers take a serious bite out of her stamina) and ends up resting with her head in Guy's lap.
* During the ''{{Runaways}}'' "Home Schooling" arc, Klara Prast suffers a head injury, and thus spends much of the arc resting with her head in either Nico or Molly's lap. Later on, Both Klara and Molly are seen using Karolina's knees as pillows.

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[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]

* ''FanFic/DeadOrAlive4TheDevilFactor'': A familial example between Ayane and her mother Ayame, complete with the latter stroking the former's hair. The fact that Ayame states that she had wanted to do so since the day Ayane was born undoubtedly makes it a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Connor does this with Brenda at the end of the original ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' movie.
* Done by Rupert Everett and Reese Witherspoon in ''TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''.
* ''NottingHill'', in a gender reversal: Pregnant Julia Roberts with her head in Hugh Grant's lap, sitting on a park bench.
* Jim (JamesDean) and Judy (NatalieWood) in ''RebelWithoutACause''.
* Mary Jane holds Harry's head on her lap in ''Film/{{Spider-Man}} 3'' after he's been brutally injured.
* ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection''. Will Riker goes round to Troi's office for some counselling, or so he claims. Troi realises otherwise when instead of lying down on the couch he lies down with his head in her lap, which is much more comfortable. We next see them taking a bath together.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' Draco lays his head on Pansy Parkinson's lap while she strokes his hair. Harry finds this rather disgusting.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', er... [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters some guy]] does this with his Aes Sedai girlfriend after the battle to [[spoiler:cleanse ''saidin'']].
* In ''Literature/TheWitchOfBlackbirdPond'', Kit's cousin Mercy is in love with John Holbrook. Kit eventually discovers that despite previous confusion, John returns Mercy's feelings, and debates whether to tell Mercy the truth [[spoiler: after they believe him dead]]. Before she gets the chance, however, the door opens to reveal John -- who wordlessly stumbles across the room to drop to his knees and put his head in Mercy's lap.
* In the ''Literature/NightHuntress'' books, when Cat is extremely drunk, her love interest Bones tells her to rest her head on his thigh. She thinks he's asking for [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything something else]], but he laughs and tells her to get her mind out of the gutter.
* From ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings, The Two Towers'':
-->"In his lap lay Frodoís head, drowned deep in sleep; [[HoYay upon his white forehead lay one of Samís brown hands, and the other lay softly upon his masterís breast.]] Peace was in both their faces."
* A not-even-remotely romantic variant in ''Fuzzy Bones'', William Tuning's continuation of HBeamPiper's Fuzzy series: a small group of Marines get the word that they've about forty minutes to chill before raiding a criminal stronghold, so they lie down in a rough circle, each man using another's stomach as a pillow.
* Happens in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Summer Knight'', between Harry and the Summer Lady, Aurora.
** And then it happens again nine books later in ''Ghost Story'', but this time he [[spoiler: wakes up (after being resurrected) on [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Mab]]'s lap]]. OhCrap.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' trilogy Katniss does this with Gale on occasion. She does it even more often with Peeta, who sometimes uses her lap as a pillow as well.
* In ''The Raven Boys'', after a severe emotionally and physically traumatic experience, Adam comes to sit with Blue in her garden, then lays his head in her lap. She likens the experience to being approached by a hurt animal; she doesn't want to make him bolt but at the same time wants to help him. It's [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming all very emotional and touching]].

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* On ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', when Lila and Dexter share a hotel room, he ends up falling asleep with his head in her lap after a breakdown following a confrontation with his mother's murderer.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in "Recession Proof" from season seven of ''Series/{{House}}'', when the titular character flops, drunk and soaking wet, on to a couch with Cuddy, head in her lap.
-->'''House''': {{Heh heh|YouSaidX}}, my head is on your vagina.
-->'''Cuddy''': Go to sleep, House.
* In a flashback scene at the end of an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', it is revealed that Trudy Monk would put her feet up on the coffee table [[note]]the sole reason why that piece of furniture is crooked in an apartment of perfect right angles[[/note]] so Adrian could put his head in her lap.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Detour", Mulder sleeps with his head on Scully's lap when they're forced to camp out in the woods overnight. [[HeartwarmingMoments She even sings him a song.]]
* ''{{Friends}}'': Early on Chandler and Monica are seen close to this position several times. (Draping across each other, curling up on the couch etc). It doesn't mean anything except that they're best friends with NoSenseOfPersonalSpace. It does provide nice foreshadowing for their RelationshipUpgrade though...
* Platonic/comforting version in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' - Buffy cries in Tara's lap, begging Tara not to forgive her for (supposedly; [[MsExposition Tara]] says it's no more than a "molecular sunburn") [[CameBackWrong Coming Back Wrong]] and DatingCatwoman, while Tara strokes her hair.
* A DeletedScene in ''{{Dollhouse}}'' has Echo programmed to secretly counsel a woman whose mother is dying of cancer, appearing as sympathetic stranger who befriends her at a nightclub. By the end of the engagement she's lying with her head in Echo's lap, as Echo strokes her hair. "You're my best friend and I love you."
* GenderInverted in some episodes of ''Series/Numbers'' with a few scenes showing Charlie and Amita on the couch together with Amita resting with her head on Charlie's lap while he strokes her hair and talks with her.

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* {{Hamlet}} lays his head in Ophelia's lap -- and proceeds with a string of {{Double Entendre}}s about what else he might lay in her lap, including the trope namer for CountryMatters.

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[[folder: Truth In Television ]]

* Reportedly Douglas Spedden slept in his Nanny's lap like this while in the lifeboats of the ''{{Titanic}}''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* During the ending of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', [[spoiler:the Protagonist rests his head in Aigis's lap and falls asleep. Except that ''[[TearJerker he never]] [[BigSleep wakes up]]''.]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' Protagonist can force one of his party members to lay their head on his lap during the King's Game.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'': After Raiden has his breakdown in the Act 4 mission briefing and collapses, Sunny immediately goes to him and puts his head in her lap. Despite the circumstances, it actually is pretty cute.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Tidus has a moment like this with Yuna early on. While it does show Yuna's sympathy for him, it's less romantic as Tidus is having an inner freakout at that point.
* This is part of Minori's good end in ''BrassRestoration''. Ryo breaks down crying and then falls asleep with his head in her lap. Because he cried himself to sleep, he doesn't realize what happened until Tsubomi tells him, leading Kouri to ask what a lap pillow is. He says it's a new type of pillow.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'', [[spoiler:Noel and Ragna have a moment like this at the end of the game after Ragna sacrifices his left arm to save her life.]]
* The [[http://en.touhouwiki.net/wiki/File:Th04cover.jpg cover]] of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Project: Lotus Land Story'' involves Marisa sleeping in Reimu's lap this way.
* The player can get some lap action in SteambotChronicles while dating either the female lead, her best friend, or the ship captain.
* In ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' after everyone gets totally definitely not drunk on something that is not alcohol at ''all'', a woozy Rico does this Taiga.
* In the cover for ''VisualNovel/{{Crescendo}}'', [[GenkiGirl Kaho]] lets [[HeavySleeper Kyouko]] nap with her head on her lap. [[spoiler: Miyu can do this to main chara Ryo... while naked, right after their sex scene in the music room.]]

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' had Roy's mom offer to let him do this while she reads him his favorite bedtime story from when he was a kid after he meets her in Celestia. Due to his mother's appearance having reverted [[IWasQuiteALooker to her teenage years]], he doesn't take up the offer.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' has had this happen a few times. [[spoiler:If you count passing out, that is. The puking is usually optional.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'', Kat finds that she's been sleeping with her head in Art's lap... with her mouth in a particular spot. She's initially angry at him, thinking he was aware, until Pip lets it slip that he wasn't. But before that, she's off to go brush.
* On [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20130301-impending-doom this page]] of ''Webcomic/ThinkBeforeYouThink'', Julia starts out lying with her head in Brian's lap.
** Later on, Isaac comes over to interrogate Sarah, and she ends up [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20130712-testimony crying on his lap]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': Joker and Harley during the JokerJury episode, to the disgust of the attorney defending Batman.
-->'''Janet van Dorn:''' I object to this witness! She's obviously trying to influence the judge.\\
'''Joker:''' (sounding genuinely confused) What makes you say that?
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "[[{{Recap/JusticeLeagueS2E5-6OnlyADream}} Only A Dream]]", [[LikeBrotherAndSister Hawkgirl and Flash]] are sleeping, Flash's head resting on Hawkgirl's lap.
* As the TeamMom from the WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons TV series, Sheila sometimes let younger children take naps on her like this. She did it for Terry in "The Girl who Dreamed Tomorrow", and then for Presto in "The Last Illusion".

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* [[http://www.mukkamu.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/japan_lap_pillow_01-1.jpg This is an actual real life pillow in Japan.]] [[http://f.kulfoto.com/pic/0001/0007/cV78e6316.jpg The one meant for women]] is a male torso with an arm extended in a way that the woman would sleep under that arm.

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