->'''Yusuke:''' Why don't you quit hugging me, you weirdo?!
->'''Kuwabara:''' You're the one hugging; [[ImplausibleDeniability I was trying to squeeze you to death]]!
-->-- ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''

A gag where two characters spontaneously hug in a moment of shared joy or affection--and then one or both of them quickly, awkwardly pull away. Maybe they want to maintain their [[TheStoic stoic]], [[MenDontCry manly]], or [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold jerkish]] facades. Maybe they've remembered that they're JustFriends, or not even friends to begin with. In addition to humor, the device can be used for a ShipTease, or to show that two characters [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther really do like each other]].

Can be a NotSoStoic moment.

A common result of the ManHug. Compare SecurityCling. If somebody's ''really'' enthusiastic, you might end up with an AccidentalKiss instead. Can turn into a GayMoment.




[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* As seen in the page quote, in episode nine of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Yusuke and Kuwabara do this after finding out that Yusuke passed Genkai's third test.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* Calvin and Susie end up doing this in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' after a nearby explosion startles them. Hobbes teases the former about it at the end of the episode.
* In ''Freedom is Just a Dream,'' part of FanFic/TheJustSeries, [[spoiler: Angelo and Janie share one after Janie saves Angelo from falling to his doom.]]

[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* Happens a couple of times between Kuzco and Pacha in ''[[Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove The Emperor's New Groove]]''.
* After Jim saves the ship from being destroyed near the end of [[Disney/TreasurePlanet Treasure Planet]], Amelia and Doppler spontaneously hug. The movie uses it for an [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther Aw Look They Really Do Love Each Other]] moment.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'', Don and Ms. Squibbles spontaneously embrace after [[spoiler:Oozma Kappa's apparent victory in the Scare Games]], and Don has trouble pulling away because of his sticky tentacles. Ms. Squibbles doesn't mind.

[[folder: Film - Live Action]]
* In ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'', Bill and Ted hug in relief after Ted's apparent death, and then pull away, both exclaiming, "Fag!"
* Jay and Silent Bob in ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack''.
* Danny and Kenickie share one before the big race in ''Film/{{Grease}}''.
* Done as a gag in the climax of ''Film/MajorLeague'', where a regular Tribe fan and a punk Tribe fan excitedly hug, then they pull back, then they go back to hugging excitedly
* This comes up repeatedly in the ''Film/RoadTo'' pictures with Hope and Crosby.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* Regularly between Chandler and Joey on ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
** Several variations happen when Rachel gets a job at Ralph Lauren.
* In the episode "Sports Medicine", the distressed wife of the PatientOfTheWeek bursts into tears and latches onto Series/{{House}}. Given the circumstances [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold he can't really throw her off]], and we are treated to a lovely/hilarious shot of House in the middle of a crowded corridor, being ''clung to'' and looking extremely embarrassed about the whole thing. Eventually he manages to give her a little pat on the back.
* In the ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' episode "Dex, Lies & Videotape", Deb impulsively hugs Lundy after he clears up a misunderstanding. He hugs her back. Then a crackling police radio reminds them that not only are they (at that point) platonic co-workers, they're in the middle of a crime scene.
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Small Victories", Carter spontaneously embraces Thor after their gambit successfully destroys a Replicator fleet. To his credit Thor, who is both half her size and ''very'' stoic, is surprised, but doesn't really mind.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]", [[TheStoic Spock]] grabs [[HeterosexualLifePartners Kirk]] by the arms, overjoyed to find that he didn't kill him. He quickly lets go when he sees [=McCoy=] and Chapel watching and [[NotSoStoic realizes he's given himself away.]]
* Right after the actual JumpTheShark moment in ''Series/HappyDays'', two male onlookers hug each other in excitement before realizing they're hugging each other, promptly breaking each other's hold and leaping into the arms of girls standing next to them.
* Variant in ''Series/{{Community}}'' - the Dean has been given $2000 to film a new tv ad for the college. One scene simply has Britta say "Meet different people!" as she and Troy hug - but the Dean has become a monster of a director, and has them do repeated takes hundreds of times, to conform to his vision, until they end up crying and breaking down. Sobbing, they go to hug each other for comfort, and both pull back screaming.
* The creators of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' solemnly vowed to have "no hugs" in the show, as well as no lessons learnt. In one episode where Jerry and George pull off a successful pitch of their show-within-a-show they almost hug but quickly decide against it. Made funnier by the fact that the show-within-a-show is based on ''Seinfeld'' itself and Jerry and George are based on the show's creators.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story, "The Crimson Horror'' after The Doctor is cured from the walking death state he is in, he spontaneously hugs and kisses his rescuer. Unfortunately for him, it turns out to be Jenny, his lesbian friend, who promptly wallops him across the chops.

[[folder: Literature]]
* In the 5th ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' book, Butler, [[spoiler:after not seeing him for three years due to time travel adventures]], spontaneously hugs Artemis and just as quickly pulls away, embarrassed at his lack of professionalism. A one-sided example, as Artemis doesn't seem to find it awkward.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}''
** Lampshaded in one strip: just as Jeremy and Hector are about to hug, they look at each other and then sit down. Hector mentions hugging between males always looks easier on TV, to which Jeremy responds "{{Let us never speak of this again}}".
** In another strip Jeremy and Walt express their mutual affection with an "{{Air Hug|ging}}" (ie making hugging motions about three feet from one another). That either of them went that far apparently had something to do with it being Walt's birthday.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
** In "One of a Kind", Danny and Tucker fall asleep and end up [[SleepCute snuggled together]]. They wake up that way, scream, and yank their arms back.
** With Danny and Sam in ''"Fanning the Flames"''. Unlike the first example, this was used for ShipTease.
* Clay and Coach Stopframe in ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel''.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' Henry and June both hug each other, though then Henry found it awkward and pulled away, mentioning, "Let's not get gross here." (meaning kissing). June on the other hand, LOVED the hugging.
* [[WesternAnimation/RegularShow Mordecai and Rigby]] barely avoid this at the beginning of "Temp Check" ("Ah, sick!") Later [[spoiler:becomes a ChekhovsGun to [[BluffTheImposter separate Doug from Rigby]]]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'' episode "Animal House" Astrid and Hiccup have one following a NearDeathExperience. [[UnresolvedSexualTension Cue awkwardness, stuttering]] and Astrid [[{{Tsundere}} punching Hiccup's shoulder.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Pacifica to Dipper when she gets a little too caught up in the moment in "Northwest Mansion Mystery". Followed by an immediate [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain attempt to bribe him to forget about it]].