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[[caption-width-right:297: They're so cute, they even get {{Bishie Sparkle}}s!]]

A [[{{Moe}} cutesy]] way of showing romantic ShipTease fanservice for a couple where one partner carries the other on their back. Common element of a FallingInLoveMontage.

This is an important trope for many KoreanSeries as a "clean" way to show attraction between two people.

See also MeetCute and SleepCute.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* An example in ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' plays it for intense drama, [[spoiler:where the piggyback rider had been fatally wounded (Chidori) and dies on the back of her crush (Yuuhi) few before they reach their destination. Understandably, Yuuhi is ''devastated'' when he realizes what happened.]]
* Kyon and Mikuru in ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody]]''.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' Guts inverts this somewhat because he gives his LoveInterest Casca a bridal carry on one occasion, and any other time he has to carry a female he gives them a piggyback ride. While this can indeed be adorable too, it implies that he views his relationship with them as platonic compared to his love for Casca.
* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'', Allen receives one from Link, when he's alone and hurt. [[HoYay Yeah]]. And then he received one from Mana when he was young.
* In ''Manga/ElementalGelade'' the character Ren needs to recharge her powers by sleeping, which happens a lot. Since the party usually wants to keep moving, she spends a lot of the series on Cou's back.
* Ed gives one to Winry in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' (and then promptly drops her on her butt when she decides to reveal she broke open his watch to learn the secret he has written on the inside).
* In ''Anime/GunXSword'', Van carries Wendy this way when she's [[SickEpisode sick with a fever]]. It comes at the end of an episode that was very heavy on character development, but some of the potential cuteness is traded for comedy when he chooses this moment to admit that he doesn't like her mascot pet.
* Similar sequence at the beginning of ''Manga/HappyWorld'', another {{moe}} manga.
* Tomoe does this to Nanami in ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' after the latter gets drunk.
* In the manga ''Manga/LivingGame'', there is a sequence where Izumi faints in a public bath and Fuwa sweet piggybacks her back to her place.
* Further establishing their role as a main couple, Touma of ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' gives one to love interest Lily at the end of the first chapter [[RescueRomance after he rescues her]].
* Considering that majority of the times the trope is invoked, the male character carries the female character on his back, ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' does an unusual case of gender role reversal when [[spoiler: Momoyo carries Yamato on her back at the end of episode 5 after his "battle" with Kokoro]].
* Ginta carries Snow off of the battlefield this way after she loses in the third round in ''Manga/{{MAR}}''.
* In ''Anime/PrincessNine'', after Takasugi hits Ryo's lightning ball and she actually catches it on the return, knocking her back, he gives her one against her will. And he carries her all the way to her house, calling himself her new boyfriend in front of her mother upon arrival, much to her annoyance.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Ranma gets one from Akane in one of their "sweet" moments. Because he claims that it's too embarrassing to receive one from a girl, Akane sprays him with cold water from a hose, telling him that that should make it all right now, since [[GenderBender they're both girls]].
** In the live action special, a girl Ranma carries Akane on her back.
* In Episode 35-B of ''Manga/RockLeesSpringtimeOfYouth'', after [[ItMakesSenseInContext Hinata gets injured from a car chase]], Naruto carries her this way when he takes her to the hospital, much to her delight.
* In the [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumic_World Rumic World]] story ''Sleep and Forget'', Ryohei carries Haruka on his back, giving her a faint memory of the time he carried her on his back [[ReincarnationRomance in a past life]].
* In the ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' TV series, a flashback involving [[spoiler: Anji Yukyuzan]]'s past has him carry a girl who has a huge PrecociousCrush on him like this [[SnowMeansLove through a snowy field]], as [[ThePromise she promises to always be with him]]. [[spoiler: Sadly, the poor girl is murdered shortly afterwards.]]
* ''Manga/YourLieInApril'':
** Tsubaki carried Kousei on her back during their childhood and later, during highschool, Kousei did the same for Tsubaki after she injures her leg during a baseball game.
** Kousei also carries Kaori like this when [[spoiler:she asks him to carry her out of her hospital room, since by then her disease has become so serious that she couldn't walk anymore]].

* The following KoreanDrama shows all use this trope:
** ''Series/BoysBeforeFlowers'': When Jan Di is involved with several mishaps, the boys of F-4 are there to rescue her: lost in a blizzard, collapses from overwork, etc. etc.
** Eun Chan in ''Series/TheFirstShopOfCoffeePrince'' carries Han Kyul after he drinks too much soju.
** In ''Series/PlayfulKiss'' it becomes a major point.
** In ''Series/{{Pasta}}'', a sleepy Yoo Kyung is carried by one of her love interests.
** In ''Series/YouAreBeautiful'', a drunk [[WholesomeCrossdresser Go Mi Nam]] is carried by [[JustFriends Shin Woo]].
** In ''[[Series/LieToMeSK Lie To Me]]'' near the end of the series Ki Jun carries Ah Jung away from a party.
* At the end of Act 6 of ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'', Chiaki carries an exhausted Kotoha back to the Shiba house on his back. This is a sign of them having bonded as teammates after Chiaki had unwittingly insulted Kotoha earlier.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' subverts this in one episode with Elliot carrying JD to the finish line of his triathlon.

* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'', [[TheChick Shana]] hurts her ankle by getting it stuck in mud and Dart carries her piggyback style through the rest of the area.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', Squall carries Rinoa on his back [[spoiler:to Esthar after she falls into a coma after becoming a Sorceress]]. In an interesting case of [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Gameplay and Story Integration,]] Squall's field model is shown carrying Rinoa on his back throughout this part of the game.
* Non-romantic example in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'': after [[TagalongKid Karol]] saves the party from the [[GiantFlyer Baitojoh]] and passes out from exhaustion, [[CoolOldGuy Raven]] carries him out of the Blade Drifts.
* Another Non-Romantic example in ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamland'' where any character can piggyback on the others.
* Yet another non-romantic example in ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'' in that Lance is the cute rider on piggyback while FrankensteinsMonster JerkJock Moose is the vile, ugly mount who tries getting him off yet gets blinded and ridden like a horse while playing "dodge the deadly lightning rods".
* In ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory'', Neptune (as Purple Heart) gets forced to give Pururut/Plutia one because she's feeling sleepy already.
* ''Valhalla Knights: Eldar Saga'', if you choose to romance the dwarf girl, you end up carrying her back to her city like this. Since she's being pressured into an ArrangedMarriage with the local prince to unite their tribes (following the king's xenophobic, ultraconservative reign), it's implied that you [[SomeoneToRememberHimBy take a detour]].
* In one of the ''Anime/ThePrinceOfTennis'' {{dating sim}} games, the female PlayerCharacter can get piggybacks from some of the guys she can romance, most noticeably [[http://imgur.com/viSgZ76.jpg Sanada]], [[http://imgur.com/7Y6mLEO.jpg Yanagi]], [[http://imgur.com/eZ3kPAD.jpg Fuji]] and [[http://imgur.com/bxr8HDw.jpg Oishi]] (pictured above)
* Non-romantic and rather tragic example from ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII''', showcased by the final Lord of Cinder, the Twin Princes. The younger, more frail twin Lothric drapes his hands across the physically stronger, and older twin, Lorian.

* ''Webcomic/{{Soul Symphony}}'': Used as a strategy in battle between Olivia and John to combine their powers. Olivia gets a little flustered with the idea.
%%* [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=611 This]] ''[[Webcomic/{{Drowtales}} Drowtales:Moonless Age]]'' issue?
* Parodied in ''WebComic/GhastlysGhastlyComic'', where Chibi Sue has to be carried due to being so drunk she barely can stand.