Boy, has she
had a bad day.
"30 years of karate. Combat experience on five continents. A rating with every weapon that shoots a bullet or holds an edge. Still haven't found any defense to Mom crying into my shirt."
A variant of the Security Cling
, but differs a bit in timing and execution. Usually, this will take place after a large emotional ordeal when some character, in search of some catharsis, will finally just break down and bury her head into someone else's chest, sobbing and weeping.
There are two main varieties. If the character whose shirt is being used as a handkerchief is male, the character crying will frequently be female, and the reason this situation is occurring is due to a height differential, since men are on average taller than women
. The point will be to accentuate the guy's stronger, more protective attributes.
Frequently, the two are a couple, and in this case, it will serve as a sort of Cry Cute
If, on the other hand, the chest belongs to a woman, the relationship will be closer to that of a mother and child, and the woman's more motherly attributes will be emphasized. This case is far less likely to be between love interests (though there are exceptions), and the two characters are a bit more likely to be same-sex. If a woman's more "motherly attributes" wind up in a character's face by accident, it's a Marshmallow Hell
In both forms, this trope is likely to double as a Tear Jerker
and Crowning Moment of Heartwarming
for the audience, since it often serves double duty as a Sadness Trope
and a Love Trope
of Cry Cute
. Compare Funbag Airbag
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Anime & Manga
- In The Lion King Adventures, Nala cries into Simba's chest when he is presumed to have died in Friends to the End. However, it turns out he's not dead after all.
- Dead Or Alive 4: The Devil Factor: In chapter 11, Ayame breaks down in tears while talking to Dante about her husband Shiden, who perished when Vergil's demon horde razed the Mugen Tenshin village. Dante awkwardly attempts to comfort her by touching her shoulder, but when Ayame latches on to him and starts crying into his chest, Dante gives in and holds her as she continues to sob her eyes out.
- In chapter 3 of Naruto: the Secret Songs of the Ninja, Hinata starts sobbing after Naruto makes a promise with her that as long as she never gives up, he'll always believe in her. Naruto, thinking he might have said something to upset her, cautiously reaches out for her, only for Hinata to grab his jacket and bury her face in his chest. Once he shakes off the shock, Naruto gingerly wraps his arms around her and pats her on the back until she regains control.
- In the Slashfic Bringing Me To Life Neo cries into Smith's chest. This coming after Neo's fight with Morpheus during which the captain refuses to believe that Smith can love Neo and says that the ex-Agent is using him.
- Hermione does it to Ron in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He is terrified.
- Katniss cries into Peeta's chest toward the end of the first book in The Hunger Games. Notable because she had been fighting her emotions all throughout the book, because the situation was the one moment when she had to make the romance seem most genuine, and because they were on national TV.
- The trailer for the Film of the Book shows Prim crying into Katniss' chest, an example of the "motherly" version of the trope (since Katniss essentially plays the role of mother in the Everdeen family).
- The Novelization of Return of the Jedi is slightly different from the film in several places. The scene where Luke tells Leia who they both are and that he has to face Vader is much more emotional than in the film. Before Luke pulls away and leaves to meet his destiny, the twins hold each other, weeping "openly".
- In Count to the Eschaton, Rania invokes this with Menelaus. (He's a clueless Science Hero, she's had a crush on him for a long time...)
- The dramatic confrontation between Janine and Candayce, in Dinoverse, ends this way.
- Jonah in Laughing Winds, he panics and goes into hiding due to the situation he and the other main characters are trapped in and him losing hope of ever being able to escape. When he is found and confronted by the others he breaks down completely and is comforted by Annika, resulting in this trope.
Live Action TV
- A variation in The Beatles' "Anytime At All":
If you need a shoulder to cry on,
I hope it will be mine
- Also occurs in ABBA's 1979 hit, "Chiquitita":
Chiquitita, tell me the truth
I'm a shoulder you can cry on
- In West Side Story, Maria breaks down and collapses into Tony's chest after bitterly confronting him over having killed her brother Bernardo.
- Apparently, in Dragon Age: Origins, Zevran really wants to cry into Wynne's bosom. He brings this up on several opportunities. Wynne assures him that he's capable of crying well away from her bosom. It's sort of toying with the motherly idea; Wynne is a very grandmotherly figure in general, but Zevran is being shamelessly sexual when he suggests it.
- In Mass Effect 2, Shepard can offer this option to Tali during her Loyalty Mission.
- Shepard can do the same for Liara during Lair of the Shadow Broker.
- In BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, after Carl had a break down, Litchi offered to hug him and let him cry on her chest. Despite some Dramatic Irony about how Carl never knew that Litchi has in fact joined NOL and sided with the source of most of his anger, his father Relius, the fact that Litchi still wanted to genuinely ease his mind despite technically being his enemy definitely counts as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
- In Persona 4 when Rise cries after finding out the fact that her Idol Singer-self Risette is a part of her that she can't give up, the Protagonist is given the option to do this.
- And goes both ways in Persona 2. In Innocent Sin, after having a flashback about her father, Maya Amano broke down and Tatsuya can opt to have her cry on his chest. Then in Eternal Punishment, when Tatsuya reveals the Innocent Sin side, how he failed to stop Nyarlathotep and get the Maya on that side dead and the world destroyed, he's utterly troubled. EP!Maya (you, the protagonist) has the option to let him cry on her chest.
- In Magical Diary, the protagonist can end up soaking William's robes with tears after Damien breaks her heart. He's more a older brother figure than a romantic one, though, and the pair commiserates over the fact that Damien betrayed them both.
- At the end of Act II in Diablo III, Leah has just been through a hellish vision courtesy of Azmodan, the last of the Evils that you have to take down, who reveals to her that he knows about the plan to trap him and his brothers in the Black Soulstone, and has sent all of his legions to the mortal realm from Arreat Crater to capture it. After relaying the info about the above to Tyrael after he breaks her out of this vision, she breaks down in his arms.
- At the end of Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, Ken embraces Dingo and sobs on his chest upon hearing that her father was secondhand.
- Seen in this◊ promotional image for Final Fantasy X, depicting the scene in Macalania Woods where Yuna is forced to accept her duty as a summoner, and that she cannot live the idealized normal life in Zanarkand that Tidus describes.
- Final Fantasy XIII: Vanille breaks down a second time after Fang tricks her into revealing she lied about her amnesia. After That One Boss and an emotionally draining scene, Fang (instead of punching Vanille as we're lead to believe) simply bumps her forehead playfully and draws her into a hug of reassurance as the scene ends.
- Luigi's done this more than once to Mario in the Mario & Luigi games.
- Agarest Senki 2: Felenne does this to Weiss if you romance her. After revealing Weiss is responsible for her sister's death along with his inadvertent and accidental slaughter of the Sera , she goes into Berserker Tears acknowledging (and shifting between hating and liking) the fact that she's falling for him before asking Weiss to just hold her as she has a much needed cry after bottling up for so long.
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - See its anime listing.
- Battler from Umineko no Naku Koro ni cries into Natsuhi's chest in Ep 1 after the murder of Kanon. It's shows both how motherly and protective Natsuhi really is and Battler's surprisingly tender and emotional nature.
- In Remember11, Satoru wakes up back at SPHIA being held in Utsumi's chest. She did that in order to calm "him" down after "he" blew a gasket and started destroying the kitchen/family room area.
- Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors:
- Clover does this to Junpei when she learns that Snake isn't actually dead.
- Akane cries into her brother's chest after Junpei helps her escape the incinerator.
- Katawa Shoujo has more than one girl doing this if you (as Hisao) play your cards right an build strong relationships with them. Specially poignant in the cases of Rin Tezuka and Emi Ibarazaki.
- CLANNAD, in Kappie's route of the Visual Novel, there are two C Gs of Ryou doing this to Tomoya.
- Bangladesh Dupree, of all people, does this at one point◊ in Girl Genius when she believes she failed to save Baron Wulfenbach.
- In Plume, Corrick comforts Vesper after her father dies.
- Sticky Dilly Buns parodies the trope somewhat in the last panel here. (It's happened before with these two, but this is the most detail-subverting case to date.) Dillon (disguised as "Dilla") insists on crying into the chest of Ruby (disguised as "Rudy"). As Dillon is taller than Ruby (even without heels), the pose comes out wrong for the usual effect — and Ruby really, really doesn't want to play a "motherly" role. Given that Dillon's crying verges on Inelegant Blubbering, any heartwarming is ruthlessly averted.
- Ally cries into Lisa's chest at the end of Chapter 2 in Sunstone following the traumatic retelling of the story of Marion.
- In Demo Reel, a very high Rebecca breaks down crying in Tacoma's arms after ruining a fair few takes screaming about her abusive family.
- There are several instances of this in Shadowhunter Peril. They are all the angel Nicholas' doing.
- Syrius from The War Comms is extremely prone to doing this.
- In Wedding Peach Abridged, Yuri gets annoyed that Jama-P keeps doing that to Momoko... when she can't do it herself.
- Upon their reunion in the finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Zuko breaks down and sobs into Iroh's shoulder.◊
- In the episode "Hereafter" of Justice League, Lois Lane ends up sobbing into Lex Luthor's chest just after tearing him a new one for showing up to Superman's funeral.
- In The Legend of Korra:
- Amon and his Equalists ambush and easily subdue Korra. Amon states that while he can't de-bend her now, as that would only make her a martyr, he proceeds to psychologically rip her to pieces. By the time he's left and Tenzin arrives, Korra, who is utterly terrified, breaks down into his chest.
- It happens again with Asami and Mako at the end of episode 7, after it turns out Asami's father was an Equalist.
- Ren from Ren and Stimpy has these moments a lot with his emotional crutch Stimpy.
- After Chip is apparently killed in the Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers episode "Seer No Evil", Gadget cries into Monty's chest, as Dale stands with tears streaming down his face. Needless to say, Chip is Not Quite Dead.