Cuddle Bug

Physical intimacy is a basic human desire. Humans generally want some degree of physical contact. Then there are those who like it a little too much. These people are the type who likes hugging and cuddling people, often delivering The Glomp. Combine a Cuddle Bug with a character who Hates Being Touched, and more often than not, Hilarity Ensues.

Their skinship reaction is usually triggered by Moe and Cuteness Proximity. When taken to extreme, I'm Taking Her Home with Me! is often shouted by the kidnapper. Compare No Sense of Personal Space.

Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • The girls of the K-On! Club are very affectionate. Yui in particular really likes hugging people as you can already tell by looking at the page image with her sister, Ui. Her usual recipient is Azusa, who's often embarrassed when they're in public. And now that they're in college, she's found a new unwilling recipient in Akira.
    Nodoka: This pair of sisters, I swear... They just reeeally love snuggling up to people...
  • Mahoraba: Korosaki Sayoko likes to hug her daughter Asami.
  • Bamboo Blade: Tama-Chan radiates Cuteness Proximity that has converted a number of people into Cuddle Bugs.
  • Lucky Star. Soujirou is this way toward his daughter and younger niece: Konata partly because she greatly resembles his beloved late wife, and Yutaka because... well... she's so cute! One time, Yutaka's adult sister Yui (jokingly?) warned him about hugging Yutaka any more than he had to....
  • Nessa from Fractale, to contrast with the introverted, misanthropic society she finds herself in, where all contact is carried out through Hard Light constructs.
  • Momiji from Fruits Basket loves hugging people, especially Tohru, even though it means he'll transform.
  • Hikaru from Kimagure Orange Road, particularly towards her "Darling ~".
  • Tamaki from Ouran High School Host Club is this toward Haruhi... and occasionally his other friends.
  • The goddesses' bound angels in Ah! My Goddess are very hug-prone, which comes off as rather amusing, as they're remarkably scantily clad.
  • Dio from Last Exile likes hugging, glomping, and generally hanging on people, with his favorite targets being his best friend Lucciola and Claus.
  • Shader in Chrono Crusade is very affectionate.
  • Mikoto from Gate 7 is a Cuddle Bug towards Hidetsugu.
  • Alex Louis Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist is just a big ol' cuddle bug... a perpetually shirtless 7 foot tall, mountain of muscle cuddle bug. People are understandably hesitant about him being so huggy.
  • Yoriko Yasaka from Haiyore! Nyarko-san is extremely affectionate towards her son Mahiro, claiming that she needs to hug him to recharge her "sononium" ("musukonium" in Japanese) or else her sadness maxes out. Mahiro doesn't seem to care one way or the other, and just accepts it as one of his mother's quirks (and doesn't even mind when she does it in front of company).
  • In Noragami, Kofuko repeatedly pounces and nuzzles Hiyori.
  • North Italy and America from Axis Powers Hetalia are both very happy to hug people they like.
  • Luffy of One Piece has a habit of glomping everyone he's fond of, regardless of gender. This could be deemed problematic if the person in question has feelings for him (Hancock, we're looking at you) and could interpret it the wrong way, as he's very compassionate to most people he's allianced with and is not treating anyone differently. The fact that he's a Rubber Man capable of stretching out his arms, this trope is extra bold.
  • Clover and Mallow from Happy Happy Clover manga series by Tatsuyama Sayuri. Would always hug each other showing how best of friends they both are. Clover does it more often around Hickory The Flying Squirrel, and Kale and Shallot. Mallow on the other hand starts doing this more often in the last volume after she discovers that Shallot loves her. After she learns that, she gives him a big hug which results in Shallot fainting due to excitement and love.
  • Ash's Muk from Pokémon. The creature's size is the problem its recipients deal with, not its poisonous nature.

     Comics 
  • In Hellblazer, the lonely ghost of a homeless man who'd died of exposure roamed around the city trying to hug people. Tragically, he didn't realize he was freezing them to death by doing so.
  • In Runaways, Karolina is always ready to drape at least one arm over one of her teammates' shoulders when they're having a bad day. Or even when they're not.

    Fan Fiction 
  • Celestia is secretly one in Diaries of a Madman, owing to her hidden desire for companionship and intimacy. This somewhat mystifies Nav, but he's fairly tolerant of it.
  • Klavier is one in Dirty Sympathy after being in a loveless relationship for several years, he decides to make up on his physical affection deficient with his new lover Apollo.
  • Of course the Second Doctor and Jamie are this in Rose Of Pollux's work.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Star Wars:
    • Chewbacca often gives a bear hug whenever he's showing the love when a pat on the back would suffice.
    • The Prequels' Qui-Gon Jinn is surprisingly touchy-feely for a Jedi Knight. He's always putting hands on shoulders or bending down to put his face on the same level as whoever he's talking to. People don't seem to mind. He's played by Liam Neeson, after all.

    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Sgt. Stan Wojciehowicz on Barney Miller is a great hugger, especially in times of strong emotion.
  • Abby Sciuto of NCIS loves to hug her teammates with little to no provocation. She's also been known to hug near-strangers if she feels they need one. Played for laughs in an episode where everyone is sent to mandatory sexual harassment training and Abby is shocked to find that hugging everyone is against the rules.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Ninth Doctor once declared that he'll "hug anyone".
    • In "New Earth", Ten saves the day by hugging people. In "The Impossible Planet", he hugs Zach just for being human and actually thanks Zach for letting him. He probably hugs someone on average Once per Episode, considering that the few times he doesn't hug anyone are probably balanced out by the times he hugs basically everyone.
    • As Amy and Rory near the end of their run, the Eleventh Doctor spends more and more time hugging and kissing them, since he knows they're thinking about leaving him soon.
    • The Second Doctor and Jamie absolutely love cuddling each other, though it's Security Cling as often as everything (and both of them act embarrassed when they realise other people are watching).
    • The Doctor's granddaughter, Susan Foreman, often hugged her grandfather and Barbara after being rescued. An example of this is the sixth episode of The Keys of Marinus where she hugs Barbara after helping Ian, and also the Edge of Destruction when the TARDIS is saved from impending doom.
  • Jerry the bear from the Friendly Forest of the Muppet show The Pajanimals. "Bear hug!"
  • Teletubbies: Big Hug! (cue hug with weird sound effects)
  • Babylon 5's Delenn has a habit of taking the arm of her companion as they walk or patting hands - except for Sinclair who she rather pointedly never touches. Since she has more than a passing suspicion who he really is, that is perhaps understandable.
  • On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Skye likes to give hugs or the occasional friendly jab, in no small part because she had an unhappy childhood where she was bounced around from one foster home to another.
  • In one episode of Special Victims Unit, the team investigates an assault where the only witness is an adorable, developmentally-disabled girl who tries to hug almost everyone she meets, including the usually stern Judge Petrovsky.

    Newspaper Comics 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • After a short time in WWE's NXT, Bayley started to develop an urge to hug everyone she met. Normally this is just affection but once the bell rings it'll probably lead to a belly to belly suplex.

    Video Games 
  • Neptune from Neptunia (at least in the first game) gets like this around Compa, usually when she's sleepy.
  • Nanashi in Duel Savior Destiny is such a cuddle bug that even after a fight, her disembodied head will come up to you and bounce around happily until you smack it away. Otherwise, she tends to be very huggy around Taiga, who does his best to avoid her attempts to glomp him.
  • Ormi from Final Fantasy X-2 might be this. One of his attacks is called "Huggles," and his line is "How's about a big hug?"
  • Miss Nancy from Little Inferno, who even sends you a coupon for a free hug from her. Like most of her world, though, she's also a quite a bit more… off than most examples.
  • Pokémon
    • In the remakes of Pokemon Gold And Silver, the first Pokemon in the party will travel free of its pokeball and follow the player character around on-screen, where it can be interacted with. If the Pokemon is fond of you, it will usually show affection by rubbing against or hugging the player.
    • Goodra, the pseudo-legendary from Pokémon X and Y is noted for its tendency to hug its trainer, though being a Blob Monster, this also leaves said trainer covered in sticky slime.
  • Komari from Little Busters!. To amusing effect early on when she tries to befriend Rin, who is very shy and becomes extremely flustered whenever Komari suddenly tries to hug her.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 


Alternative Title(s):

Asexual Affection, Cuddle Lust