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In many an {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}, TheProtagonist ([[AlwaysMale usually male]]) is left alone in a romantically-charged situation with his LoveInterest ([[AlwaysFemale usually female]]). When this happens, an awkward silence usually ensues, followed by the guy suggesting some banal activity to fill the time. He takes a step, only for the girl to grab his shirt sleeve, stopping him in his tracks. Indeed, we will often be treated to a several second pan over the motionless duo. [[HiddenEyes The girl's eyes will likely be hidden as well.]] This often heralds a plot-significant, romantically related conversation.

The trope name is derived from the phrase, "(wearing a) heart on your/his/her sleeve," which means to display one's emotions and feelings openly, despite acting contrary to it. An example of this is [[CannotSpitItOut not being able to tell someone that they like him/her]], even though [[EveryoneCanSeeIt everybody else could see it already]] (often including the LoveInterest).

This isn't always romantic, and any character desperate for another not to leave may do this.

Related to PleaseDontLeaveMe. Don't confuse it with SecurityCling. See also StandardFemaleGrabArea for when a heroine is subdued through a somewhat similar method.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/FiveCentimetersPerSecond'' has [[TearJerker a particularly heartbreaking example.]] [[spoiler:Kanae does this to Takaki with the intention of confessing her feelings to him but [[CanNotSpitItOut ends up unable to do so.]]]]
* ''Manga/ArakawaUnderTheBridge'': Nino grabs Ric's sleeve [[spoiler:and then kisses him]] under pressure from Star and Ric's secretary.
* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'': [[spoiler:Kayano does this to Nagisa after giving him chocolates for Valentine's Day, and trying to work up the nerve to confess her feelings. When Nagisa gets distracted by a potential opportunity to assassinate Korosensei, Kayano lets him go and [[AbortedDeclarationOfLove decides against telling him]], as she doesn't want him to split his focus from the mission and his life goals]].
* ''Manga/BGataHKei'': In the last episode, [[spoiler:Yamada tells Kosuda she wants to fuck him, and then tries to walk away in embarassment, but he grabs her arm.]]
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': During the Griffith rescue operation, Casca grabs Guts's cape and trails behind him when suspense is rising.
* ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName'': HoYay example; Yuki does this to Zess in episode 3/chapter 3.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'': Occurs in chapter 62 between [[HoYay Ciel and Sebastian]].
* ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'': Yukito grabs Touya arm subconsciously.
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'': Eureka grabs Renton's sleeve at least once.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'':
** ''The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya'' has this in text form.
--> I nearly bumped into Nagato who was coming out from the kitchen. In Nagato's hands was a stack of small plates, with chopsticks and a tube of ground mustard on top.
-->"I am leaving. Sorry for intruding. See you."
-->I was about to walk off, when I sensed a tug as soft as a feather on my arm.
-->Nagato was pulling my sleeve with her fingers. The tug was very soft, just like how much force one might use to pick up a newborn baby hamster.
*** The movie adaptation is even more so, as we get to see how she ''really'' doesn't want him to go.
** Invoked by Haruhi in part six of ''Melancholy'' [[http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/9717/haruhisleeve.jpg]]. [[DeadpanSnarker Kyon's]] lampshading is prompt as always, with the US dub hitting a [[MustNotDieAVirgin two for one]].
--->Well if you're scared just go ahead and grab my arm, why don't ya? I'm sure it'll help get me in the mood.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'': episode 12, complete with LoveBubbles and an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove.
** HilarityEnsues when he refuses her advances in a deliberately insensitive way (resulting in a [[MegatonPunch slap that releases a mushroom cloud]]) and the narrator {{lampshade|Hanging}}s that "comedy anime protagonists never get dumped with dignity".
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'': the characters get TrappedInTVLand in a DatingSim, and Mahiro has to pick a girlfriend by the ending in order to get back to reality. The entire exercise embarasses him to no end, and when Nyarko (the one who shows up to confess her feelings) says they have to kiss, Mahiro has enough and starts to storm off. Nyarko catches his arm and says that [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming she really does love him, and this is the moment she's been waiting for since the day they met]]; this convinces Mahiro to go through with it, and gets everyone back home.
* ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead'': In episode 6, [[spoiler:between Takashi and Rei, followed by a ShutUpKiss of sorts.]]
* ''Anime/{{K}}'': when Shiro starts to realize that his [[spoiler:memories are fake]], he stops Kuroh from leaving this way.
* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'': In episode 17 [[spoiler:from Sawako to Kazehaya, followed by an AlmostKiss. It was set up by Pin as a prank. And then in episode 20, from Ryuu to Chizu.]]
* ''Kiss-X-Sis'': In episode 6, Keita and his sisters' teacher are discussing his inappropriate relationship with his sisters (while in old military cosplay). When he turns to go, she grabs him by the hand in approximately this manner and... accidentally pulls him down on top of her. [[NotWhatItLooksLike Naturally the sisters walk in at this point.]]
* ''Manga/KoharuNoHibi'' Koharu does it to Akira a few times.
* ''Manga/LovelyComplex'': Risa does it to Otani to physically stop him from walking over to talk to his ex-girlfriend.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': [[spoiler:Luna/Shiori]] does this to Negi before he goes off to find out how to stop Fate, so as to help him.
* ''Manga/MaidSama'': In episode 4, Aoi uses this as part of an attempt to seduce Usui. It doesn't work.
** Also in episode 26, [[spoiler:from Misaki to Usui, of course.]]
* ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'': Kyoko does this to Godai. Followed by [[spoiler:their first attempt at lovemaking by spending the night in a sex hotel.]]
* ''LightNovel/MayoChiki'': as the protagonist escorts the SweetPollyOliver through a men's locker room in episode 3. Romantic in the overall context of the show, though non-romantic in that specific case.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': Male version. In the side manga ''Blind Target'' (whose story is written by series scenario/scriptwriter Akemi Omode) this happens. Relena tells Heero that though she knows he's a strong person, she wishes he'd let her worry for him more and turns to leave. Cue Heero grabbing her sleeve and pulling her in for what is implied to be [[spoiler:an offscreen kiss.]]
** In the original RadioDrama, he starts to say something ("I...") before [[SoundEffectBleep the sound of a nearby jet engine drowns him out]].
* ''LightNovel/{{No 6}}'': Occurs in chapter 17 between [[HoYay Nezumi and Shion]].
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'': Tamaki turns to leave the room until Haruhi grabs the bottom of his shirt after hearing a crash of [[FearofThunder thunder]]. She quickly lets go after realizing what she had done.
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'': Occurs in chapter 4 between [[HoYay Gil and Oz]] and then again in chapter 74.
* ''Anime/{{Potemayo}}'': In episode 3, Sunao grabs Mikan's hand as she stands to leave the table he and his father are sitting at... and she faints.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Before his fight with Saito, Kaoru grabs Kenshin's gi to prevent him from going on with it.
* ''Manga/TheSecretAgreement'': Iori tries to stop Yuuichi from leaving for good but actually fails. It's not because Yuuichi doesn't love him or doesn't care, however, but because he loves him too much to face the [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim consequences of staying]].
* ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'': Another HoYay example can be found in chapter 46 with Yuu and Mika. When Crowley comes to start trouble Mika tries to encourage Yuu to run because he doesn't want Yuu to become livestock again. Yuu says he won't because he'll fight fate this time and last time Mika became a vampire when he abandoned the others. Mika says that was his fault but Yuu disagrees and says it wasn't and says he'll fight together with Mika and they'll both leave with the others. Mika grabs Yuu's sleeve from behind and says Yuu's plan would just end up with the same result as his past one, with Yuu's family killed. Yuu is insistent that Mika gave them a future. He asks for Mika's help and Mika agrees with his plan despite his hesitance.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': In an early episode, Momoko does this to Fuyuki repeatedly in failed attempts to confess her love to him.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'': In the second season, Konoe Fumina does this whenever a situation arises to separate her from [[TheProtagonist Yuji]]. This bothers [[{{Tsundere}} Shana]] and [[ShrinkingViolet Kazumi]] quite a bit. [[spoiler:Not actually a romantic example, because Konoe is actually TheMole.]]
* ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'': In season 2 episode 8, Holo grabs Lawrence's sleeve before he leaves her alone so she can sleep off her drunkeness.
* ''Anime/{{Suzuka}}'': When Yamato reaches the point where he has had it with Suzuka putting down his efforts at track, and yells at her "Cut it out already! What is it that you don't like about me?!" (''Can't you just stop it!! Ever since earlier... What exactly do you feel resentful about me?!'' in the manga) [[http://www.1000manga.com/Suzuka/64/12/]] then decides he doesn't care about her answer and turns to leave, she gets a surprised look on her face like she realizes she crossed the line and rushes after him, grabbing the back of his shirt as she apologizes [[http://www.1000manga.com/Suzuka/64/14/]]. Of course, Yamato just accepts her apology and tells her not to worry about it, and so leaves himself open to more of the same abuse.
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' (pictured above) features this in episode three.
* ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'': Taiga to Ryuuji in episode 16.
* ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'': Done to a T, by [[spoiler:Misaki]] to [[spoiler:Sato]], in front of a fountain starting.
* ''VisualNovel/WhiteAlbum'': Two examples in the same episode in the second season done to the same guy.
* Narue of ''Manga/TheWorldOfNarue'' grabs the fold of Kazuto's shirt (the bulge above his belt), but the expression and intent is the same.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Happens in episode 6 of the KoreanDrama ''[[Manga/ItazuraNaKiss Playful Kiss]]''.
* Gender-flipped in ''Series/TheCityHunter'' - Yoon Sung does this to Na Na.

* In chapter 34 of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Annie attempts [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=944 this on Jack]]. Unfortunately for her, that [[UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo ship had sailed]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[{{TheLancer}} Evangelyne]] does a variation of this to [[{{TheBigGuy}} Sadlygrove]] in episode 25 of ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', right before they go off to battle. A variation since a), she did it with his {{Scarf of Asskicking}}, and b), she nearly choked him while doing so.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'': In episode 5, Angel catches Otonashi by the shirt just as he's leaving an exam to find out what her name is. He ends up introducing himself and getting her name in return.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': Early in the manga, Chiyo-chan and Osaka are on the school roof and Osaka makes comments about how you could just jump off and fly away. Chiyo-chan, well aware of Osaka's CloudCuckooLander tendencies, grabs Osaka's sleeve to stop her doing anything.
** In the next strip, everyone agrees that the higher up you are, the better lunch tastes. Osaka looks towards the top of the stairwell they came in through... and then realizes Chiyo-chan's grabbed her sleeve ''again''.
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'': A young [[spoiler:Clare]] does this to Teresa of the Faint Smile. Teresa isn't eager to return her friendliness however...
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Winry grabs Ed's hand as he's about to walk away after finding out that [[spoiler:Hughes is dead.]] While they are LoveInterests, this particular example is more that they're in mourning than anything else.
* ''Manga/FullMoonOSagashite'': GenderFlipped when Izumi grabs Mitsuki's dress when she tries to leave, thinking he needs space. Debatable whether this is romantic or not, since they are not {{Canon}} and have their own respective love interests.
* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'': Sawako to Kurumi at the beginning of episode 11.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'': after [[WorthyOpponent Zest]] and [[DarkMagicalGirl Lutecia]] rescue [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Agito]]. Zest considers his duty fulfilled but Lutecia grabs him by the sleeve and after a long awkward pause, asks if they can take Agito with them, because basically, Agito is the same as herself [[spoiler:in that Lutecia lost her mother and Agito, her master]].
* ''Manga/OnaniMasterKurosawa'': The ShrinkingViolet [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/onani_master_kurosawa/v01/c010/18.html does this]] to the protagonist.
* ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}'': At the beginning of episode 5 - any more would constitute a spoiler.
* ''Manga/OtomeYoukaiZakuro'': Susukihotaru to Zakuro in one of episode 6's flashbacks.
* ''Anime/RideBack'': Occurs in episode 11, from [[spoiler:Shouko to Haruki]].
* ''Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar'': In episode 4, Anna grabs Shizuru's wrist from her hospital bed to keep Shizuru from avoiding answering whether or not she intends to quit.
* ''Manga/SoredemoMachiWaMawatteiru'' episode 10, Kon to Arashiyama (who was being petulant at the time).
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': In the manga, after Ayeka is kidnapped by Yakage, Sasami wants to join the rescue mission, pointing out that Ryoko's going even though she's wounded. Ryoko [[CruelToBeKind slaps her]], causing Tenchi to step in... but before he can call Ryoko out, Sasami catches his sleeve, giving Ryoko enough time to defuse the situation without making it worse.
* ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'': Elsee to Keima in the first chapter, warning that not fulfilling his contract will mean he'll lose his head, courtesy of an ExplosiveLeash.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* At the end of ''VideoGames/ProfessorLaytonAndTheLastSpecter'', [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Luke]] catches [[GentlemanAdventurer Professor Layton]]'s sleeve, complete with HiddenEyes, and asks Layton [[ForegoneConclusion to take him along as his apprentice.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' plays with this, with the episode being about Moe babysitting and bonding with Maggie, which culminates in him going in to save her when she is in a restaurant with two rival mob groups. His shirt is pulled trying to go in, and at first he thinks it's one of the Simpsons but it's just a tree branch. After he saves Maggie, he awkwardly tries to make an excuse to leave, only for his shirt to be caught again, he first thinks it's the tree branch again but when he turns around he sees that it's [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Maggie grabbing on his shirt]].