"Thirty 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 Heartwarming Moment for the audience, since it often serves double duty as a Sadness Trope and a Love Trope. A Sub-Trope of Cry Cute and The Glomp. Compare Funbag Airbag.
— Michael, Burn Notice
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Anime & Manga
- Mikuru does this in the faux Dating Sim Yuki does in episode 25 of Haruhi-chan.
- One of the pivotal scenes in Ranma ½ involves Akane finally releasing all her angst and heartache while crying into Dr. Tofu's chest, after realizing that he'll never look at her the way he looks at her older sister Kasumi. She clings to him tightly while he silently lets her vent, unaware of the reason for her distress but knowing how much she needed it anyway. By the end, she even confesses to Ranma that "a good cry really did make [her] feel better," and that she thinks she's finally over Dr. Tofu.
- In Beyond the Boundary, this happens quite often between Akihito and Mirai, during various stages of their relationship. The first time it happens is after Mirai has just calmed down a berserk Akihito and recognized him as a friend. The second is when she's about to give him a kiss goodbye before sacrificing herself to the Big Bad. And the third happens in the finale movie, when Akihito snaps Mirai out of her parasite-induced possession while confessing his love to her. Yeah, this trope happens a lot with this couple.
- In CLANNAD, one of the things that Sanae teaches Ushio is that the only place it's alright to cry is in the bathroom, so nobody can see it. Ushio later reveals to her father, Tomoya, that there's actually 2 places, in the bathroom, and in her daddy's arms.
- In the final scene of End of Evangelion, Shinji breaks down sobbing onto Asuka's chest.
- In Kore Wa Koi No Hanashi, Shinichi yells at Haruka, who is in the hospital after a random assaulter attacked her with a knife, for trying to act mature and like nothing happened. Haruka lets herself break down crying, admitting how scared she was and Shinichi hugs her in comfort.
- In Code Geass, Lelouch cries into CC's chest after shooting his half-sister Euphemia.
- Shirley cries into Lelouch's chest after telling him that her father was killed in the Battle of Narita. It's made worse by the fact that Lelouch is Zero, and thus is indirectly responsible for her father's death.
- Orihime does this twice in Bleach:
- Early on, she cries on Rukia's shoulder after the deal with Acidwire aka the Hollowfied form of her older brother Sora is resolved and she manages to tell him goodbye as he's exorcised.
- When she confesses her insecurities to Rangiku and then breaks down in tears, Rangiku comforts her with some words of encouragement, and subsequently embraces her.
- Homura does this to (recently deceased) Madoka in episode 10 of Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
- After Marie's New Old Flame is murdered in Soul Eater, Stein pulls her to his chest and just holds her while she sobs her eyes out. Take note that this is literally pages after Nygus warned Marie that Stein was incapable of loving anyone.
- Tsubaki also does this to Black*Star after defeating her brother. Of course she's on her knees since she's taller.
- Love Hina:
- Motoko breaks down and cries into Keitaro's chest when the stress of dealing with everything that's happened since her sister tried to make her take over the family dojo finally becomes overwhelming.
- In the anime, Mei bursts into tears in Keitaro's chest when she thinks her step-sister Naru doesn't love her.
- In the Fullmetal Alchemist manga and the 2009 anime series Brotherhood, Winry cries into Edward's chest after he talks her out of murdering Scar out of revenge for her parents.
- Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch has its shares, with Lucia crying into Kaito's chest for example.
- Himeko does this to Bossun in Sket Dance.
- Chapter 21 of To Love-Ru Darkness has Nana pulled into one by Rito to act as a Cooldown Hug (fits neatly as Rito is One Head Taller).
- Erika of Heart Catch Pretty Cure suggests Yuri do that after she finds out why the then-former Precure acts like she does. Made funnier at the fact that she's the one flinging herself on Yuri's chest when she suggests it.
- Towards the end of the first season of Higurashi: When They Cry (in its Tsumihoroboshi-hen arc), Rena cries into Keiichi's chest after shaking off the effects of Hinamizawa's Hate Plague and realizing how close she came to murdering all of her friends. The unusual circumstances don't make it any less heartwarming.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!:
- Setsuna does this to Asuna when she finds out Asuna will be leaving to sleep for 100 years inside the Gravekeeper's Palace in order to save the Magic World. It's also inverted by Ayaka, who was crying for the same reason.
- Played straight over 200 chapters earlier when Ayaka comforts Asuna after Takamichi turned down her Love Confession.
- In Saint Beast, Maya does this to Judas after throwing a rock-shattering tantrum over Kira's plan to leave heaven on the day of the trial for the Saint Beast positions.
- In Cross Game, Aoba cries into Ko's chest after he gave her a big hug.
"There are only two people who can make Aoba cry. Ko and Wakaba."
- Standard procedure for Mai from Popotan. Ai is the chest-provider.
- In Oniisama e..., Mariko does this to Nanako at the end of episode 26 after learning about her parents' divorce and her father's affair.
- In Volume 6 of 3-gatsu no Lion, a victim of bullying cries into the chest of a close friend after the latter finds the other depressed near the river. The two people in question are Hinata and Rei, respectively.
- A Cruel God Reigns: Jeremy sobs into Ian's chest after hallucinating Greg talking to him following he and Ian recount all the times Greg sexually abused Jeremy. Mixed with one of Jeremy's Freak Outs.
- In the last episode of Sonic X, Tails is shown to have done this after being forced to shoot Cosmo. In a rare both-male example, the chest he cries into is Sonic's.
- This is a very common occurrence with between Tomoe (the comforter) and Nanami (the one usually doing the crying) in Kamisama Kiss.
- In One Piece, after an intense argument between Luffy and Vivi, the former reveals that he doesn't want Vivi to only risk her life to save her country, but also risk theirs as well, because they're friends. This moves the young princess to tears, and Nami hugs her near her chest to comfort her.
- Later during the end of the Enies Lobby arc, Nami does this towards Robin out of sheer relief that they managed to rescue her.
- Cyborg 004 from Cyborg 009 does this to both Hilda and Venus after they die.
- Sword Art Online: Sinon does this to Kirito during the climax of the Gun Gale Online arc, as all of her emotional problems come to the surface and she simply breaks down. Kirito comforts her during this, but since the moment was captured during a digitally-televised online tournament, he feels a need to explain to his girlfriend that there were no romantic implications to this event (Asuna, for her part, is a little suspicious/jealous when she sees it but accepts Kirito's explanation).
- Highschool Dx D: Early on, when Issei breaks down when his Training from Hell forces him to confront just how useless he feels compared to Rias' other pieces, she comforts him with a hug. It speaks volumes about how deeply affected her really is that boob-obsessed Issei is too busy sobbing to enjoy where his head is.
- Kano of Mekakucity Actors breaks down shortly after revealing the truth of the situation Ene and remembering Ayano's death and the inevitable demise of both the remaining members of his family and their new found friends. His brother Seto doesn't hesitate to pull him to his chest as he sobs hopelessly.
- In The Mysterious Cities of Gold, Esteban cries into Mendoza's chest after Zia, Tao and Kokapetl are apparently blown up along with the solar ship, Solaris. However, Zia, Tao and Kokapetl have survived the explosion (they were protected inside the Solaris's control room), though Tao is visibly upset at the loss of his ancestors' ship.
- In Mother Keeper during Hunter part 2, Graham catches the injured Zelik just before he collapses and Zelik starts crying into his chest while Graham pets his hair.◊
- Genderflipped in Rave Master: Haru cries in Elie's chest after his father Gale dies protecting him. Later, Elie cries into Haru's chest when he returns alive one year after the final battle.
- Your Lie in April: Kaori cries into Kousei's chest in episode 21 under the raining snow because she was afraid to be apart of Kousei in case she didn't survive the surgery. She didn't, and that was their final moment together while Kaori's still alive.
- Full Metal Panic!.
- At the end of "The Second Raid", Kaname does this to Sousuke who raises his arms to hug her back, only to quickly drop them when a Girl Posse emerges from a classroom and starts shouting at him for upsetting Kaname again.
- Handsome Lech Kurz tries to invoke this trope when he first meets Melissa Mao. Cue Kurz getting Megaton Punched through a door.
- Lyrical Nanoha:
- Arf does this to Fate in the movie version of the first season after the latter recovers from her Heroic B.S.O.D.. In a slight twist, they were Tears of Joy.
- After Nanoha and Fate become friends at the end of the first season Nanoha cries into Fate's chest when she realises that the two of them will have to go their separate ways after just now truly becoming friends to one another.
- Vita's first order of business after being resurrected in A's was to take part in a Badass Creed with the rest of the Wolkenritter. Her second order of business was to hug Hayate and let out every last bit of emotion she'd kept pent up since the whole Book of Darkness incident started.
- Inverted in A's by Fate when she's saying goodbye to Alicia.
- In chapter 6 of the A's manga, Hayate cries into Nanoha's chest (while Fate hugs her from behind) after dropping her Stepford Smiler act and weeping over Reinforce Eins' Heroic Sacrifice. This scene was included in the movie adaptation.
- This happens twice in StrikerS. First, Teana is comforted by Nanoha when she finds out that Nanoha supported her dream to become and enforcer. Then, Fate comforts Nanoha during her Heroic B.S.O.D. after Vivio is kidnapped.
- Haru cries into Akane's chest when they reconcile in chapter 28 of Ojojojo. Of course, since Haru is at least a foot taller than Akane, she was only able to do so after she fell to her knees. In something of a variation, Akane was crying just as hard as Haru was (the strip is even titled "Mingled Tears").
- In Brave10, Isanami breaks down on Saizou after Yukimura refuses to help her early in the story.
- Persona 4: The Animation: In Episode 23, upon Nanako's death, Chie is shown sobbing into Yukiko's chest.
- In Sonic Universe #38, E-123 Omega comes across Hope Kintobor crying and curled up on the floor after a meeting with Snively, distraught that she would never have a normal life or family again. In a Heartwarming Moment, Omega holds her in his arms and lets her cry into his chest plate.
Omega: Um... there-there? Please do not leak anymore? I am sorry. I was not built to comfort.
- An Archie comic had Betty out of sorts emotionally because her dad's business was going under. Archie lets her cry into his chest, which Veronica mistakes as him cheating on her. Archie flat out says "OH, SHUT UP, VERONICA!" which offends her greatly and impresses Reggie.
- In Supergirl story The Supergirl From Krypton, Kara has just lost her family and her whole life and been stranded in an alien world. And she's only fifteen. When she finds out that Superman is her cousin, she hugs him and cries into his chest.
- At the beginning of Superman: Brainiac, Superman hugs Supergirl as his cousin is having a breakdown. Kara buries her face on his chest and cries.
- 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.
- In Hope For The Heartless, Avalina does this several times with the Horned King after he has regained a living heart.
- In Jackie Chan Adventures fanfic The Ultimate Evil, when Valerie is escaping from Shendu (who's in Valmont's body at the time) in Hollowland's penitentiary, she runs by chance into the man who murdered her father, though he doesn't seem to remember her. She's overwhelmed by outrage and grief so much that after Shendu scares the man away, she throws herself against his chest and weeps, not caring from who she's seeking comfort. Shendu takes her with him while whispering comforting words to her.
- Children of an Elder God: After Asuka realized her crush Kaji loved Misato, Asuka broke down sobbing onto Shinji's chest when he tried to comfort her.
- Happens several times in The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World, but most notably just after George removes Durothé's curse. (At that moment Durothé's actual sex was still unknown; she would be revealed as [currently] female a bit later.) She sobs wildly all over his chest.
- This was actually the only female-on-male instance of this trope; the other instances were all male-on-male.
Films — Animation
- In the Disney film Treasure Planet, Jim believes it is his fault that Mr. Arrow was killed by being sucked into the black hole, prompting Silver, who knows it wasn't actually Jim's fault, to give him a pep talk in a Heartwarming Moment. Jim, who has begun to look up to Silver as the father he never had, puts his head against Silver's chest and cries into it. Silver is awkward at first, but then hugs him, telling him it's alright in one of the film's biggest Tear Jerker and heartwarming moments.
- Frozen: Elsa finally breaks down and does this to Anna's frozen body after she sacrifices herself for Elsa. Given Elsa's usual demeanour, it's heartbreaking.
- Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade. After realising she's going to be killed by Fuse, Kei begins to quote from Little Red Riding Hood (a reoccurring theme throughout the film), eventually throwing herself to Fuse's chest and crying out, "Mother, what big claws you have! Mother, what big teeth you have!" whereupon a distraught Fuse shoots her.
- In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Dopey weeps into Doc's chest while the dwarfs mourn Snow White's apparent death.
- Played straight in Zootopia: when Judy and Nick reconcile, she has an emotional breakdown during her apology and Nick invites her into a Cooldown Hug and she does this.
Films — Live-Action
- Occurs in Night of the Blood Beast, with a traumatically-resurrected astronaut crying into his wife's chest. Which, as Joel and the bots are quick to point out, gives him a faceful of her breasts.
Joel: Hmm... this helps!
- Shown in Barry Lyndon, when the title character's friend is dying, after giving him the final kiss he requested, Barry collapses onto his chest, weeping.
- Parodied in Blazing Saddles, when it's done with two guys, the crier being a Camp Gay.
"You brute, you brute, you vicious brute!""All right, all right.."
- Happens in When Harry Met Sally.... Sally calls Harry in tears after finding out that her ex is getting married. He comforts her, and she cries on him.
- In Hands Across the Table, Regi's broken up about Ted, and goes up to Allen's apartment and confesses that she fell in love like a sucker, and cries accordingly.
- How about the first 20 minutes of Fight Club? A major theme is how random people in the support groups pair up to cry on one another.
- Of particular note is the narrator being paired up with Bob, a former bodybuilder who has 'bitch tits' due to steroid abuse; it doesn't matter to the narrator after discovering how good it feels to cry.
- In Star Trek Into Darkness, Uhura cries into Scotty's chest when she follows Spock into Engineering just in time to see Kirk die.
- As in the novel, Hermione does this to Ron in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; he takes it better here than in the book.
- In Mystic Pizza, there's a sisterly variation. After Kat finds out the wife of Tim, the man she'd been babysitting for, and whom she just slept with, has come home, and Tim just pretends Kat doesn't exist, she goes home in a daze and starts crying when she sits down on her bed. Daisy, who had been feuding with her up to that point, sees this, is moved by her distress, and hugs her, letting Kat cry onto her sweater.
- The heartwarming moment in Interstellar, when they wake Dr. Mann from his cryonic sleep and he starts sobbing Manly Tears into Cooper's chest.
- Hassan to Amir in Komaa, twice. When Hassan's father dies, Amir cries too.
- Man of Steel: Gender inverted for Manly Tears when Superman is held by Lois Lane after being forced to kill General Zod. Lois is standing and holds the kneeling Superman against her stomach.
- Myra cries into Roy's chest after she has a mini meltdown in Waterloo Bridge.
- In In Bruges, a guilt-ridden and suicidal Ray breaks down and cries into Ken's chest over committing a murder that went horribly wrong.
- Hermione does it to Ron in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He is terrified.
- She also does it at the end of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince after Dumbledore's funeral. This time, Ron just holds her and is crying Manly Tears.
- The motherly version of the trope is invoked towards the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, when Harry is comforted by Molly Weasley, except that Harry refuses to cry.
- 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.
- Edgedancer (a novella of The Stormlight Archive): When Nale is undergoing a Villainous B.S.O.D., Lift pulls him in a hug and he cries hysterically with his head pressed into her chest.
Live Action TV
- Inspector Lynley provides the page image. After being held hostage at gunpoint - on her first case back after taking a bullet to the stomach in the previous series finale - DS Barbara Havers goes a bit insane and uses the man who held her hostage as a punching bag. Her partner DI Lynley hauls her off the guy and manages to punch through her Flashback Echo, whereupon she absolutely falls apart and sobs hysterically into his shirt while he kisses her hair and clutches her close.
- In Smallville, Chloe, Lana, and Lois all do this on occasion, Lois and Chloe usually to Clark and Lana to both Lex and Clark. Allison Mack, Chloe's actor, even says in the commentary of "Truth" that she loves those scenes because Tom Welling's chest makes the perfect headrest due to their height difference.
- The motherly version of this trope occurs in one episode, as Clark openly sobs on Martha Kent's shoulder as the two mourn over Jonathan Kent's death.
- The X-Files
- In "Irresistible", Scully finally breaks down and cries in Mulder's arms after being rescued from a necrophiliac serial killer. It's actually an important moment of character development, since beforehand she made a point of not showing weakness in front of him.
- It happens again in "Deadalive" after Mulder comes back from the dead and is in a coma.
- Doctor Who
- When the Doctor is apparently killed in "Pyramids of Mars", Sarah Jane Smith sobs into his chest, causing the Not Quite Dead Doctor to wake up and complain that she's "soaking his shirt".
- The same thing happens in "The Impossible Astronaut", when Amy sobs into the Eleventh Doctor's chest just after he appears to have been shot dead.
- In Classic Who, Barbara's chest is the go-to place for sobbing and comfort. It is usually Susan who does this but in "The Sensorites" a male crewmember of a spaceship also gets some comforting.
- In the Series 6 episode "The Curse of the Black Spot", Amy does this to Rory after he nearly drowns and her badly administered CPR doesn't bring him back for a few minutes.
- Tegan and Nyssa cry on each other's shoulders following Adric's death at the end of "Earthshock".
- Clara cries quietly into an aged 11's chest after he asks her for "one last victory" in "The Time of the Doctor".
- Torchwood: Upon Jack's return at the end of "End of Days", Owen does this to Jack, out of combined relief and guilt.
- Skins: Emily breaks down and cries into her father's chest after she discovers Naomi has cheated on her. His comforting her is a huge Heartwarming Moment, though, especially when you consider how unsupportive her whole family was of her being gay.
- Friends In Season 1 Monica cries into Chandler's chest after her Mom says that she's never going to get married or have children, which she desperately wants. He also offers her a Fall Back Marriage Pact. (This was before they got together.)
- Joan of Arcadia Adam cries into Joan's chest while watching home videos of him with his mother, who committed suicide several years ago.
- Burn Notice lampshades it in a voiceover in the pilot:
Michael: 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.
- On Yo Gabba Gabba!, Brobee can be seen in the background sobbing into Foofa's chest after Muno knocks over his building blocks.
- At the end of the episode "Baelor" in Game of Thrones (you know the one), Arya sobs into Yoren's chest as he forces her not to look when her father is beheaded for treason. In this case, it's not romantic but an act of Yoren's respect for and loyalty towards her father and their family.
- Brennan does it on Bones, crying into Booth's chest as she's trying to come to grips with the revelations about her family.
- More recently, Brennan cried on Booth's chest after the team investigated the death of a homeless man who turned out to be a Desert Storm veteran who died from injuries sustained while rescuing people from wreckage of the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks. She recalled that she had helped identify remains taken from the World Trade Center, and how dry-eyed she remained, but now she found herself thinking that Booth could have been killed during the attack, and that they might have never met.
- In the NCIS episode "Swan Song", Ziva cries into Tony's chest in the elevator after Mike Franks dies. When the elevator doors open, McGee is seen comforting Abby, which leads to the four of them in a Group Hug in the elevator. Bring the tissue box.
- From Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Eun Bi does this to the image of her dead father after he dies, it's not until a little while later she realises it was Kang Hyuk.
- In the episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where Troi loses her empathic power, she cries into Riker's chest while he comforts her.
- In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy cries into Angel's chest after smashing the Master's bones in "When She Was Bad".
- Angel cries into Buffy's chest/stomach while kneeling in front of her after he returned from hell.
- "Grave" ended with Willow crying into Xander's chest after his gesture of friendship combined with the magic she had stolen from Giles taps into her humanity, forcing her to see the consequences of her psychotic rampage and to come to grips with the fact that she had murdered Warren in cold blood.
- In Merlin Guinevere cries into Arthur's chest when Morgana is badly wounded.
- In Kamen Rider Fourze, JK does this after apologizing up and down for what he did during the Capricorn Zodiarts incident and how Gentaro forgives him.
- In Korean Drama series The Great Doctor, the titular doctor Eun Soo breaks down crying on the nearest friendly shoulder after a very stressful Embarrassing Rescue—somewhat awkwardly for the recipient, as her Love Interest arrives right after that.
- Twice on CSI NY: Lindsay cries into Danny's chest after impersonating a robber goes wrong and she's rescued in 'Not What It Looks Like'. Much later, Christine does this with Mac after he rescues her in 'Seth and Apep', though they're on the floor at the time.
- In Flashpoint, after Lewis was killed in a bomb explosion, Parker was gently comforting and cradling a sobbing Spike.
- Will and Vara were heading for this in The Legend Of William Tell in The Spirit of Kale, when Aruna was thought dead. Will got as far as getting an arm around her shoulder before Aruna turned up alive and it turned into a Group Hug.
- In Breaking Bad at the end of season 2, Walt finds Jesse on the floor in a meth den, drugged and practically passed out. When he tries to pick him up, Jesse breaks down and starts to sob into his jacket, so Walt sits back down and just holds him while he cries about Jane's death.
- Emily and Nolan have one in the season two finale of Revenge, after Emily finds Takeda's body on the floor and starts crying uncontrollably. Nolan just holds her.
- Emily and Aiden, too, in the beginning of season two. It happens after Emily finds out that her mother tried to kill her when she was a young child.
- In the Babylon 5 episode "Confessions and Lamentations", all the Markab in quarantine on the station have fallen to the plague. Delenn and Lennier, having stayed with them the whole time, have had to sit helplessly and watch them all die. By the time Sheridan and Franklin arrive, it is too late. Lennier is trying to hide his tears, but Delenn breaks down as Sheridan comforts her.
- In the first season of The O.C. Marissa and Ryan have a short one after Oliver Trask holds Marissa hostage by threatening to shoot himself. Marissa starts crying into Ryan's shoulder while apologizing for :not believing him when he told her about Oliver's potential danger. He holds her.
- Again towards the end of the first season, after Marissa found out that her mother was having an affair with her ex boyfriend, Luke.
- In the 13th episode of Dollhouse, an insane Topher is comforted by Adelle DeWitt after his My God, What Have I Done? moment.
- Season 3 Punky Brewster episode "Divorce, Anderson Style" ends with Punky crying into Cherie's chest after Allen leaves to move away with his to-be-divorced mother.
- Late in the run of Happy Days, Joanie becomes a student teacher at her high school. She is accosted by a thug student, and Fonzie enters and saves her. He lets Joanie cry into his chest after the ordeal.
- On the two-part election episode on the final season of The West Wing, when Annabeth tells Josh that Leo has just died, she immediately starts sobbing into his chest.
- A heart wrenching example from the season two finale of The Night Shift, with Jordan crying into TC's after she finds out that she's lost her baby while he attempts to comfort her, even as he grieves along with her.
- During The Daily Show's last episode with Jon Stewart as host, Stephen Colbert turns up and, after a bit of banter with Jon, goes completely off-script to honestly, sincerely thank him on behalf of everyone for all he had done for his correspondents and staff over the years (against Jon's own wishes, as he had told them years earlier that they didn't need to thank him for anythingnote ). The overwhelming sincerity of the moment reduced Jon to tears, and as soon as Stephen was finished, Jon just hid his face against Stephen's shoulder and cried. (At which point they were dogpiled by all the returning correspondents, who by Colbert's own admission were chanting "Made him cry! Made him cry!" during the group hug.)
- On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
- In the first season episode "T.R.A.C.K.S.", Simmons does this into Fitz's chest after Skye gets shot, and there doesn't seem any hope of saving her.
- In the second season episode "Melinda", in a Flashback, May does this into Coulson's chest after she was forced to kill a little girl who turned out to be an Inhuman.
- Daredevil: Foggy holds a crying Karen this way as she greatly fears getting him and Matt killed for talking to them about the Union Allied pension file that Wilson Fisk had tried to have her killed over.
- In Judging Amy, after Jared dies, Amy manages to keep it together for Maxine's sake, until Bruce shows up at the end of the episode to tell her how sorry he is, at which point she breaks down and cries into Bruce's chest.
- In Pretty Little Liars}} it is revealed that Maya is dead, and her body was found in Emily's yard. Emily breaks down, crying into Spencer's chest.
- In the pilot episode of Friday Night Lights, Lila breaks down sobbing into Julie's chest at the hospital after Jason's injury.
- On Heroes, Maya's brother Alejandro is suspicious about Sylar after he discovers an news article about his mother's murder. She doesn't exactly believe him and he walks away in anger when Sylar interrupts their conversation. She starts crying and Sylar gently holds her against him as she sobs into his shirt.
- 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 truthI'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 at 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.
- Seen in the Trespasser DLC of Dragon Age: Inquisition, but only if the female Inquisitor has romanced (and possibly married) Cullen. The Inquisitor is dying because of the Anchor on her hand, and during a final meeting with the three advisers before going off to confront the Qunari, it spikes painfully. Regardless of whether she reacts angrily or tearfully to her own suffering, Cullen immediately moves to comfort her, letting her huddle into his chest for this trope; if the sorrowful option of "I don't want to die!" is selected, this trope is especially present.
- 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 Heartwarming Moment.
- 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.
- There's also an option to let Yosuke 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.
- Not shown, but Moira admits to this in "Piss" after she remembers and faces what she did, she is comforted by Ixele. Also not shown but her badly wounded and shaken friend Astis did this to Moira(mentioned in retrospect) when Moira found her bleeding and beaten in an alley and took her home to help her recover.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild shows Zelda was unable to awaken her powers, fails her kingdom and her friends and breaks down crying in Link's arms.
- Kohtaro's ending in Castle of Shikigami III has him crying in Sayo's arms following the defeat of Tsukiko.
- Higurashi: When They Cry - See its anime listing above.
- Battler from Umineko: When They Cry 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.
- Lydia does this to Betelgeuse at one point in Cobweb And Stripes, but doesn't really explain what's got her so upset. The fact that he's genuinely concerned (if a little freaked out) is a mark of his Character Development.
- 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.
- In Dream High School on Page 34, the character who runs into you crying is probably crying into your chest, though it's not specified.
- In The Lady Voltigeur, Claire cried out so much on Nathalie because of her recent loss that her body gave out and she fell asleep after just a few minutes of doing so.
- 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◊.
- Batman: The Animated Series has an episode in which Robin aids a teenage girl named Annie. She has lost her memories and is being stalked relentlessly by a strange man who begs her to come home. After his third appearance she breaks down and cries into Robin's chest. It is given an element of Squick when the truth comes out and it's revealed that the man stalking Annie is Clayface who has survived his last battle with Batman. It turns out he needed time to recuperate so he used some of his clay to make a person that would be on the lookout for anyone who might find him. That person was Annie. She was supposed to just look around and come back, but she lost her memories when she left. Basically Clayface broke down and cried into Robin's chest because he didn't want to be reunited with himself and Robin had a crush on a pile of sentient sludge. This also falls under Foe Yay. Robin takes the news extremely well. He even begs Clayface to bring her back after she lauches herself into him and dissolves.
- A rare male-on-male example from Bravestarr at the end of "The Price"; Brad cries into Bravestarr's chest in sorrow that he didn't tell him about Jay's downward spiral earlier.
- 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 The Ren & Stimpy Show has these moments a lot with his emotional crutch Stimpy.
- In Rick and Morty Morty cries into his grandfather Rick's chest after he is nearly assaulted in the bathroom in the episode "Meeseeks and Destroy". Rick comforts him by allowing him to win their bet. He later kills the one who tried to assault Morty.
- 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.
- Penfold sobs pitifully into Danger Mouse's chest after the two had gone through hell to obtain a rugby ball filled with secret plans, only for Colonel K to assign them the mission getting dummy plans into Greenback's hands. The dummy plans are in the rugby ball our heroes went through the story arc to obtain.
- Episode 10 of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated has Velma crying into Daphne's chest after Shaggy chooses to be Scooby's pal rather than to be her boyfriend.
- Punky Brewster season 2 episode "Punky, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs" had Henry put into a deep sleep after eating an apple pie made from a spiked apple. When Brandon's lick on Henry's face doesn't wake him, Punky sadly kisses him on the cheek and starts sobbing into his chest. Fortunately, Henry does wake up (presumably from Punky's kiss).