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Comforting Comforter

Regardless of what temperature it is outside, lying motionless for a while has a tendency to make one feel cold. We give off less body heat when we're still, after all. So a person who's, say, falling asleep is bound to get colder more quickly than someone who's moving around and still fully awake. If that person is somehow sleeping out in the open, without a blanket (or if they've just fallen asleep in a really weird place), they may find themselves shivering in their sleep, turning over in a really vulnerable way, or clutching themselves. They're uncomfortable, and they show it. If they had a blanket, it has slipped off them as they've turned and shuddered.

This is, of course, a cue for another character to come along, see their distress, and react to it—by tenderly draping a blanket (or, in less providing situations, a coat) over their shoulders, petting them on the head, and saying, "Sleep tight, X." Freed from their discomfort, X usually smiles in his or her sleep, possibly clutching the hem of their new blanket for effect - even in their sleep, they're grateful for the warmth. A variant on this scenario occurs when there's only one blanket between the two characters, and Character Y must lie down beside X and share. This version is perfect for building UST.

However, the Comforting Comforter isn't always romantic. It can be used to show the affection and care between any two parties, whether they be close friends or teammates, perpetually feuding siblings, parents and children, and even old married couples. Frequently, it serves as a Pet the Dog moment for Character Y, especially if Character Y has been a Jerkass in the past to Character X — he can be nice after all, but only if nobody's awake to know about it.

When done properly, it's incredibly sweet and touching. When done improperly, though, it can feel a lot like Glurge or Nightmare Fuel if played for creepy.

See also Sleep Cute and Hidden Heart of Gold.


Examples:

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     Anime and Manga 
  • Used in the opening scene of Paprika.
  • One of Hatori's flashbacks in Fruits Basket showed him doing this to Kana, whom he'd eventually date before things went very bad with Akito.
  • In the episode "Someday in the Rain" of The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kyon wakes up in the clubroom with two cardigans over him. Haruhi demands hers back, but the owner of the second is up to the shippers. (Kyon makes sure the viewer knows that Mikuru did return to the room, but doesn't think about who left the second cardigan).
  • In the Mai-HiME manga, Yuuichi does this to Mai. Sergei also does this in Mai-Otome.
    • Early on in the anime, the usually cold and aloof Natsuki does this for Mai.
    • In Episode 6 of Mai-Otome, after Arika helps Nina try to make up for her humiliating near-drowning experience by dealing with the creature that caused it, Nina drapes a blanket over her after she falls asleep writing a letter to her Anonymous Benefactor.
  • In one episode of the Gravitation anime, Yuki checks in on Shuichi who's sleeping on his couch and pulls the blanket farther up to cover him more completely. Shuichi doesn't notice, but Yuki stares at him for a while after that, as if it's just sunk in that he's now sharing lodgings with another man he cares more for than he should.
  • Mamori covers a sleeping Hiruma with her school jacket in one episode of the Eyeshield 21 anime (but not in the manga). He doesn't seem cold beforehand and isn't noticeably affected either, but Mamori has a reflexive maternal streak.
  • In the second season of Gundam 00 Tieria does this for one of the Bridge Bunnies, though not so much as a romantic device as a demonstration of exactly how much Tieria has grown as a character from the jerkass he was in season one.
  • Urusei Yatsura: In an episode, Lum is trying -trying- to taking care of a bedridden Ran. However her efforts get Ran's house and kitchen wrecked and Ran -who has grown increasingly angry- tells her cleaning her mess and leaving, and goes to bed. Lum, though, stays by Ran's bed and fall asleep on the chair. When Ran wakes up at midnight she notices Lum and covers her with a blanket.
  • Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh! once used his longcoat to tuck in Mokuba, who had fallen asleep in a chair.
  • An early scene in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's that showed Hayate's maternal bond towards the Wolkenritter had her doing this to Signum and Zafira after they had fallen asleep in the living room.
  • Seen in one chapter of Vampire Knight Kaname Kuran comes back to the Moon Dorms and sees Yuki sleeping on the stairs after she waited for his appearance. He covers her with his coat.
  • Negi of Mahou Sensei Negima! is shown doing this to his students after they exhausted themselves giving Chao an all-night Goodbye Party during the Mahora Festival arc.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Winry does this for Ed; but it's totally platonic.
    • Yeaaaaah that's what he tells himself.
    • Riza Hawkeye wraps her jacket around Ed at one point. He's awake, but it's been raining and he lost his coat in a recent fight.
  • A brief scene in Digimon Tamers has Takato drape his sweatshirt over a sleeping Guilmon.
  • In Princess Mononoke, Ashitaka does it to San. Then San does it to Ashitaka.
  • In Spirited Away, Kumaji manages to show that he's not so grumpy after all by draping a blanket (well, cushion) over Chihiro after she falls asleep on the boiler room floor.
  • Used a couple of times in GUN×SWORD. Van gives one of the early hints of his Heart Of Gold by covering Wendy with his coat after she faints (all we see is her waking up to discover the coat). Later in the series, Ray demonstrates that he still cares about his brother by covering him with a blanket while he naps.
  • Used in the Full Moon o Sagashite anime when Takuto finds Mitsuki asleep at her desk. He shows his his heart of gold by covering her with a blanket and smiling warmly. Though later when she inquires about it and thanks him, he blushes and decides to change the subject . In another episode, he covers her up with his parka while she's sleeping inside a lighthouse.
  • Gunslinger Girl. On seeing cyborg girl Triela lying on a bed clutching one of her teddy bears, her handler Hilshire pulls the blanket over her.
  • In Daily Lives of High School Boys Hidenori does this for Literature Girl, after he manages to knock her out as an end of her unlucky combo.
  • In Ranma ½, during an argument with his father, Ranma leaves home in frustration, however it is snowing and very cold. He plans to have a fight with his father once and for all, but wakes up with a comforter on, and sees panda paw prints in the snow. When he confronts his father later, his father gets ready for battle, but Ranma simply says "Let's go home" and walks away, with his father following moments afterwards.
  • Gin from Ginga Nagareboshi Gin does this with his owner Daisuke before joining the wild dogs. The two of them had lived together for most of Gin's life and hunted bears together, so it would be different without his owner from now on. Even his mother Fuji sees this and sends him on his way with comforting words.
  • In one of the comics in Axis Powers Hetalia, Japan draped a blanket over Italy after the later fell asleep.

    Comic Books 
  • DC example, featuring a cape instead of a blanket. In Young Justice: Sins of Youth, the Justice League of America and Justice Society of America have been turned into kids, while the members of Young Justice and other young heroes have been aged. One of these heroes is Star-Spangled Kid (Courtney Whitmore, now Stargirl), who becomes Starwoman thanks to the age reversal. As the JSA goes to an alien planet to pick up some phlebotinum, she gets into an argument with another hero on the trip, Merry the Gimmick-Girl, who was the adopted sister of the original Star-Spangled Kid. She really doesn't like Courtney because she's "dishonoring" SSK1's legacy. (Merry does have a point: Courtney stole his equipment.) Anyway, during the adventure, Courtney proves herself, and she and the JSA Junior take a nap. While she's sleeping, Merry covers Courtney with her cape. Definitely an aww-inspiring moment.
  • There's a scene in the ElfQuest: Forevergreen arc (by the notorious Barry Blair) where the villain Door sees one of his scantily-clad slave boys sleeping on the floor and puts a cloak over him. Definitely a capricious gesture since Door has killed other slaves on a whim.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender "The Search" has Sokka placing a blanket over his sister, Katara, and Zuko questions why he looks out for her despite the fact that she always waterbends snow in his face and treats him like a ButtMonkey. Sokka explains that this is how their relationship works and since she's his sister, he doesn't mind getting the short end of the deal. This leads to Zuko borrowing a blanket to drape over Azula who is shivering from the cold and her own insanity.

    Fan Fiction 
  • Played with in the Kim Possible fic "Maslow", in a scene where Shego throws a blanket over Drakken (who had fallen asleep while working on one of his projects), then immediately removes it because she couldn't stand him knowing she'd done it. She goes back and forth several times before giving up and leaving the blanket draped over him.
  • A non-sexual one in Destiny's Pawn Kairi (Revan) has trouble sleeping and checks in on Mission. While she's adjusting the blanket, Carth catches her. This leads to a conversation about What Is This Thing You Call Love? where they both admit that they love the girl "as if she were [their] own."
  • A fanart has Batman covering a sleeping Robin with his cape.
  • Skinner does this for Elizabeth twice in The Private Diary Of Elizabeth Quatermain. She dozes off in the Amazon rainforest, and again in the library of the Nautilus. The first time he covers her with his coat; the second time he carries her to her own bed.
  • The Danny Phantom fic Out of Sight has Danny (as Phantom) do this for his father, who's fallen asleep in his chair in the hospital. Maddie Fenton, who's been accidentally separated from her body and can't be seen by anyone, is shocked to see this. It makes more sense to her once she figures out Phantom IS Danny.
  • In the Star Trek: The Original Series fanfic Memories Born Of Fire, Chapel comes in to find Spock asleep on Kirk's shoulder and covers him with a blanket.

    Film 
  • In The Emperor's New Groove, Pacha covers a shivering Kuzco (in llama form) with his coat even though Kuzco has been nothing but a jerkass to him so far. This gesture of kindness marks the first step up in relations between Pacha and Kuzco.
  • In Snake In The Eagles Shadow the Old Man does this for Chien, who is the whipping boy for the martial arts school where he's been raised.
  • Used as an intentionally cliched romantic device in Spaceballs. Lone Starr gives Princess Vespa his jacket in the middle of the freezing desert.
  • Rachel covers Heck with a blanket after he apparently falls asleep on the couch in Imagine Me And You. However, he later pushes it off, revealing that he'd been pretending to sleep and had heard her confession of infidelity.
  • Both main stars of Look Who's Talking (baby excepted) do this to each other.
  • Earl uses this trope to play matchmaker with Valentine and Rhonda in Tremors.
  • In The Incredible Hulk, Betty puts her jacket on the sleeping Bruce Banner.
  • Played straight in Treasure Planet, when Long John Silver places his coat on a sleeping Jim Hawkins.
  • Skeevy example in Fish Tank, when the sleeping fifteen-year-old Mia is carried to bed by her mother's boyfriend, who proceeds to take off her shoes and trousers before tucking her in. This could easily be interpreted as a fatherly rather than inappropriately sexual act, until later events make it clear how he sees her.
  • A sweet scene between Mr Han and Dre in the remake of The Karate Kid, where Mr Han lets a sleeping Dre sleep on his lap and even hesitatingly place a hand on his shoulder.
  • A particularly funny example from "Wet Hot American Summer" in which Coop sees Katie shivering, so he gives her his flannel. Then Coop is chilly without his flannel, so Katie gives him her sweater. Katie remarks how nice Coop's flannel is, which reminds him how much he likes it.
    Coop: That's actually my favorite shirt.
    Katie: Oh!
    Coop: So you're going to have to give it back. Now.
  • Twice in the 1927 film Sunrise. Near the beginning, the Wife covers the Man with a blanket after he comes in late, even though she knows he's been out philandering. Then, near the end, the Man shields his wife from the wind with his coat as she dozes on the boat.
  • In The Blues Brothers, Elwood does this to Jake.
  • In Lord of the Rings (The Return of the King), Aragorn adjusts Éowyn's covers shortly before she wakes up from a nightmare.
  • A variation comes at the end of West Side Story, Baby John covers Maria's head and shoulders with her scarf - one of the first gestures of friendship shown by one of the Jets towards one of the Sharks. Maria isn't sleeping, she's crouched over Tony's body, mourning.
  • An early scene in Romper Stomper has Hando, the villain of the film, walking around and looking after his fellow skinheads, who have all passed out around the house.
  • Zachry does this for a sleeping Meronym in the film adaptation of Cloud Atlas.
  • In the film version of Warm Bodies, R gives Julie a blanket shortly after taking her to his plane. Although she is not asleep, this is the first sign for her that he is kind-hearted.
  • A variation occurs in Resident Evil: Retribution. After the final showdown, Leon takes off his winter coat and wraps Ada up in it. Justified, since Ada was dressed in nothing but her red qipao and unconscious in the middle of Antarctica.
  • In Forbidden Games, young Michel tucks in little orphan girl Paulette, after his family agrees to let her stay with them.
  • The hero of My Week With Marilyn gently covers Marilyn Monroe with a blanket in one scene.
  • In the first live action Death Note movie, there's a moment when L appears to be asleep (though he really isn't), and Chief Yagami drapes a blanket over his shoulders. Possibly a hint that Soichiro is developing some kind of paternal affection toward L (who likely reminds him of his own son).

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    Live Action TV 
  • Friends, in "The One with the Ick Factor", Rachel sleeping on the couch, Ross with the blanket.
  • Dawson's Creek. There's an instance of Dawson placing a blanket over a sleeping Mr. Brooks, whoever that is, but surely it must have happened with the members of the love triangle as well.
  • Happened in Black Books, with Bernard tucking in Fran.
  • In Ashes to Ashes, Alex has drunk too much (again) and has passed out on her couch. Gene, also tipsy, covers her with a convenient blanket and staggers off, back to work. Considering how much time the two of them spend fighting, it's a very sweet moment.
  • The page image is from the Doctor Who serial The War Games. The hands belong to Jamie, draping the coat over Zoë.
  • Tin Man: The DG/C shippers certainly noticed the fact that when DG woke up from one of her crazy dreams, Cain's Badass Longcoat had been pressed into service as a blanket.
  • In non-sexual examples (honestly!), most of the characters from M*A*S*H drape blankets over someone exhausted in what are always very sweet moments; Radar has done it for Hawkeye and Trapper, Henry and later Potter have both done it for Radar, Hawkeye has done it for BJ and BJ has done it for Hawkeye.
  • In an episode of Hogan's Heroes, most of the guys are so exhausted they just crashed without even taking off their jackets, and Hogan drapes blankets over Kinch and LeBeau. It's a quick heartwarming moment, even if it doesn't last.
  • Divya slips a coat over a sleeping Evan when he falls asleep waiting for news on his father. Given her normal perpetual state of annoyance at him, it's really sweet.
  • A variation of this happens in Merlin: a spell has put everyone in Camelot to sleep, and when Merlin and Arthur return to the kingdom they find everyone passed out wherever they happened to be when the spell hit. Arthur gently picks Guinevere up from the floor and puts her on a bed. (Everyone else is left on the ground).
  • In the NCIS episode "Twilight", Gibbs covers Kate with her own jacket while she is sleeping behind her desk in the office. Maybe not crowning, but it is a heartwarming moment. Considering how the episode ended, also a Tear Jerker in retrospect. Many seasons later, this returns in a flashback as Gibbs does the same for Dr. Rachel Cranston, Kate's older sister.
  • At the end of The X-Files episode "all things", Scully falls asleep on the couch while talking to Mulder. He pauses to brush a lock of hair from her face and gaze at her before covering her with a blanket. It's pretty adorable. This is also very much a romantic example of the trope, since it's heavily implied they slept together for the first time later that night.
  • In a later episode of 7th Heaven, Kevin covers his soon-to-be-wife Lucy with a blanket when she conks out while studying.
  • In what may be considered a clever variation of this, the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Muse" has Odo, a shapeshifter, literally turning part of his body into a blanket and wrapping it around Lwaxana Troi, who is sleeping on his lap.
  • On Boy Meets World, Mr. Turner does this for a then-homeless Shawn when he falls asleep on his couch. It's one of Mr. Turner's first steps towards becoming a substitute father-figure for Shawn.
  • Watson to Sherlock Holmes after his friend falls asleep on his consulting-room table in the Granada TV version of "The Empty House".
  • Sharpe is camping in the woods with Theresa and her partisans. He sees her shiver in her sleep and so quietly drapes his uniform coat over her. She doesn't wake, but smiles and snuggles down into it.
  • Kung Hyuk in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop wakes up late at night and checks to see if Eun Bi is home, he covers her with the quilt she knocked off and takes her glasses off when she went to sleep with them on.
  • In The City Hunter, Yun Sung covers Na Na with a blanket when she's sleeping on the floor beside her father's hospital bed.
  • Angel ("Expecting"). Cordy is alone and crying in her bedroom after being impregnated by a demon. Her resident ghost Phantom Dennis floats over a packet of tissues and then gently pulls the quilt up over her.
  • Played subtly in Game of Thrones. Tyrion Lannister refuses to use his Marital Rape License with his 14 year-old bride Sansa Stark, promising to only sleep with her if she willingly accepts him into her bed. After Sansa makes it clear this might never happen, Tyrion makes a drunken joke and passes out on the couch, waking up the next morning with Sansa's bridal cloak draped over him.
  • Supernatural. "My Heart Will Go On" takes place in an alternate timeline where Bobby is happily married. When things go back to normal, Sam and Dean find Bobby passed out on the sofa after days of no sleep and hitting the bottle. Dean spreads a blanket over him, and the two agree not to let Bobby know how much better his life could have been, because it will only make him worse.
  • Seen in the first episode of Deep Space Nine. After meeting a hallucination of his dead wife in the Orb of the Prophets, Commander Sisko returns to his quarters to find his son Jake sleeping on the floor (everything in the space station has been stripped or destroyed by the departing Cardassian forces — even furniture) and pulls a blanket over his shoulders.

    Theatre 
  • At the end of Journey's End Stanhope tucks in Raleigh and ruffles his hair after Raleigh is hit by a shell, paralysed and probably has minutes to live.

    Video Games 
  • Tales of Phantasia, the first of two romantic scenes. There Is Only One Bed, so Cless and Mint look embarrassed at each other for a couple of seconds, and then Cless mumbles, "I-I'll sleep on the floor..." and practically runs away. A moment later, he's fast asleep, and Mint brings him a blanket and pillow.
  • In the original The Sims, if a parent and child have a high positive relationship, the parent will often perform the action "Tuck In," which consists of pushing in the sheets a little and kissing the child on the forehead. This action cannot be selected by the player and doesn't affect any stats—it's just there to be sweet.
  • In Persona 4 Arena, Mitsuru drapes her white fur coat over her unconscious opponent in one of her win poses.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: During the Act 3 mission briefing, Naomi covers Sunny with her hoodie after Sunny fell asleep at her computer.

    Webcomics 

    Western Animation 
  • The Brave Little Toaster
    • Oddly enough, the scene involves a character that IS a blanket.
  • In the Justice League episode "Only a Dream", Flash returns from making coffee for Hawkgirl to find that she's fallen asleep. Instantly, he dashes away and returns with a blanket.
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode "My Fair Goalie", Perry the Platypus does this for an ill Dr. Doofenshmirtz, with a blanket pulled out of his fedora.
  • In one episode of Rugrats, Tommy and Chuckie, normally the best of friends, get into a fight when Tommy stays over at Chuckie's house for the night. They fight over the blanket in their crib. Tommy wins, but Chuckie shivers in the cold. So Tommy gives in and shares the blanket with him.
    • In The Movie, Tommy and Dil feud over a blanket. They tear it in half with their fighting. Tommy angrily takes most of the blanket for himself, but seeing how cold and sad Dil is, he pets the baby brother and shares the blanket.
  • The Simpsons had Bart give Lisa a blanket when they were stranded in the woods. Said blanket was the flag Lisa made and Bart ruined. A bit of a subversion as Lisa was still awake.
  • Played with in the South Park episode "Cartman's Incredible Gift" where, after being in a brief coma following him jumping off the roof of his house, Cartman wakes up with what looks like a beard on his face to represent the passage of time. The doctor orders to have his "face warmer" removed which, sure enough, just so happens to be the fake beard on his face. This happens again in the episode when Kyle does the same thing.
  • In Pooh's Grand Adventure, Rabbit puts a blanket over a sleeping Pooh.


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