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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 TheGlomp. Combine a Cuddle Bug with a character who HatesBeingTouched, and more often than not, HilarityEnsues.

Their skinship reaction is usually triggered by {{Moe}} and CutenessProximity. When taken to extreme, ImTakingHerHomeWithMe is often shouted by the kidnapper. Compare NoSenseOfPersonalSpace.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The girls of the ''Manga/KOn'' 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...
* ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}'': Korosaki Sayoko likes to hug her daughter Asami.
* ''Manga/BambooBlade'': Tama-Chan radiates CutenessProximity that has converted a number of people into Cuddle Bugs.
* ''Manga/LuckyStar''. 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 ''Manga/{{Fractale}}'', to contrast with the introverted, misanthropic society she finds herself in, where all contact is carried out through HardLight constructs.
* Momiji from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' loves hugging people, especially Tohru, even though it means he'll transform.
* Hikaru from ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'', particularly towards her [[GratuitousEnglish "Darling ~".]]
* Tamaki from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' is this toward Haruhi... and occasionally his other friends.
* The goddesses' bound angels in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' are very hug-prone, which comes off as rather amusing, as they're remarkably scantily clad.
* Dio from ''Manga/LastExile'' likes hugging, [[TheGlomp glomping]], and generally hanging on people, with his favorite targets being his best friend Lucciola and Claus.
* Shader in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' is very affectionate.
* Mikoto from ''Manga/{{Gate 7}}'' is a CuddleBug towards Hidetsugu.
* [[LargeHam Alex Louis Armstrong]] from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is just a big ol' cuddle bug... a [[WalkingShirtlessScene perpetually shirtless]] 7 foot tall, mountain of muscle cuddle bug. People are understandably hesitant about him being so huggy.
* Yoriko Yasaka from ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' 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 ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'', Kofuko repeatedly pounces and nuzzles Hiyori.
* North Italy and America from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' are both very happy to hug people they like.
* [[IdiotHero Luffy]] of ''Anime/{{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 ([[ShrinkingViolet Hancock]], we're looking at you) and could interpret it the wrong way, as he's very [[AllLovingHero compassionate to most people he's allianced with and is not treating anyone differently.]] The fact that he's a RubberMan capable of stretching out his arms, this trope is extra bold.
* Clover and Mallow from ''Creator/HappyHappyClover'' manga series by Creator/TatsuyamaSayuri. 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 ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. The creature's ''[[GentleGiant size]]'' is the problem its recipients deal with, not its poisonous nature.
** Some of James' Mons have a [[RunningGag habit]] of doing this to him, which is rather troublesome, considering: Victreebel and Carnivine both chomp on him, Cacnea is a cactus, and Chimecho wraps his "tail" around James' face.
* Machi from ''[[Manga/DemiChanWaKataritai Demi-chan wa Kataritai]]'' admits that she really likes when someone holds her head and hugs her, and is upset because her parents stopped doing it when she entered high school. Machi is a [[HeadlessHorseman dullahan]], so holding her head is meant literally since it is not actually attached to her body. Her teacher Takahashi theorizes that she's a cuddle bug precisely ''because'' she's a dullahan. Her head can not move on its own so, whether it be with her own body or someone else's, a dullahan always needs to be in contact with someone else and will naturally desire affection.

[[folder: Comics]]
* In ''Comicbook/{{Hellblazer}}'', the lonely ghost of a homeless man who'd died of exposure roamed around the city trying to hug people. [[spoiler:Tragically, he didn't realize he was freezing them to death by doing so.]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{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.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Celestia is secretly one in ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', owing to her hidden desire for companionship and intimacy. This somewhat mystifies Nav, but he's fairly tolerant of it.
* Klavier is one in ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'' 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'' [[Series/DoctorWho the Second Doctor and Jamie]] are this in Creator/RoseOfPollux's work.
* [[PhysicalGod Xan]][[EldritchAbomination na]] in the ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9920512/1/Reaching-for-a-Dream Reaching for a Dream]]'' series is a massive fan of cuddling but only with her husband Naruto, and to a lesser extent Akitsu. It's later revealed to be in part from spending centuries alone and part from her old habit of sleeping for decades out of boredom.
* In ''Fanfic/CatchYourBreath'', Kushina has a tendency to exuberantly cuddle Minato's genin when they're small, particularly Kakashi.
* Generally, any ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' featuring the Pack, such as ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-26389-7/TheDivineDemon+Divine+Ideas+From+A+Demonic+Mind.htm We Can Be Again]]'' will portray the group as constantly cuddling each other whenever they can.
* In ''Fanfic/WeasleyGirl'', one of the ways Veronica "Ronnie" Weasley (a GenderFlip of Ron Weasley) differs from her canon male counterpart is that she's very cuddly and likes to hug her friends.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** 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 Creator/LiamNeeson, after all.

* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'': Eppon as might be expected from a child as young as him. Tash, Zak, and Luke are all happy to oblige. [[spoiler: As he [[PlotRelevantAgeUp ages older-looking than our protagonists]] they all stop.]]
* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'': If Mia thinks you need a hug, she will jump over her desk and hug you.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Sgt. Stan Wojciehowicz on ''Series/BarneyMiller'' is a great hugger, especially in times of strong emotion.
* Abby Sciuto of ''Series/{{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.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** 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 OncePerEpisode, 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 SecurityCling 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.
** The Eleventh Doctor and Clara were both cuddle bugs, frequently hugging it out on occasion.
** Despite initially reverting to the NoHuggingNoKissing rule, the Twelfth Doctor finds himself being hugged by Clara on several occasions, despite his protests. As their relationship evolves into one that is unambiguously more loving (though fandom debates what "love" means in this context), not only does the Twelfth Doctor begin enjoying her hugs, he becomes something of a cuddle bug himself, surprising her with hugs on occasion.
* Jerry the bear from the Friendly Forest of the Muppet show ''Series/ThePajanimals''. "Bear hug!"
* ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}'': Big Hug! (cue hug with weird sound effects)
* ''Series/{{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 ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', 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 ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', 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.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Chubby Huggs from ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy''.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* After a short time in WWE's NXT, Wrestling/{{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.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Neptune from ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' (at least in the first game) gets like this around Compa, usually when she's sleepy.
* Nanashi in ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' 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 [[AbhorrentAdmirer attempts]] to glomp him.
* Ormi from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' might be this. One of his attacks is called "Huggles," and his line is "How's about a big hug?"
* Miss Nancy from ''VideoGame/LittleInferno'', who even sends you a coupon for a free hug from her. Like [[CrapsaccharineWorld most of her world]], though, she's also a quite a bit more… off than most examples.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** In the remakes of ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', 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 [[InfinityMinusOneSword pseudo-legendary]] from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' is noted for its tendency to hug its trainer, though being a BlobMonster, this also leaves said trainer [[CoveredInGunge covered in sticky slime]].
* Komari from ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters''. 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.
* The eponymous NonIronicClown from ''VideoGame/{{Dropsy}}''. Given his [[TheGrotesque freakish appearance]], [[GentleGiant massive size]], and [[AmbiguousDisorder general inability to function in normal society]], most people react with horror, disgust, or both. Until they realize he's entirely innocent and kind-hearted.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Blinky from the ''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}'', a literal Cuddle Bug (his altmode is a pillbug).
* Ellen in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. Grace even more so, but less outstanding, since it was said to be typical for a [[HybridMonster greater chimera]] due to innate [[TheEmpath empathic ability]]. She's like a sleepy little ninja!
* Ex-[[TheFairFolk fairies]] in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' are a bit weird, usually in a funny way. When Annie switched to [[SpiritWorld ether view]] in their company, the whole class started to applaud and welcome her, and then she became the center of an etheric cuddle pile. And enjoyed instant CutenessOverload, unlike meeting people with NoSenseOfPersonalSpace in the thick material world. Annie herself, under her EmotionlessGirl exterior, is an extremely affectionate person who likes to be in near-constant physical contact with the few people she's close to, whenever they are in the same room.
* Mab from ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' loves to hug everyone and everything. She [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_254.php keeps a list]] of things she hasn't hugged yet to make sure she doesn't miss one.
** This list includes ''Death''. [[BeyondImpossible It has been]] [[DeceasedParentsAreTheBest checked off]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is this. He loves hugging people, which sometimes leads to those people getting annoyed with him.
* Elmyra takes this to [[AndCallHimGeorge lethal levels]] for the rest of the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' cast.
* [[GentleGiant Eduardo]] from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' takes this to extraordinary heights.
* Shifty Dingo from ''[[WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill The Adventures Of Blinky Bill]]'' gets rather cuddly with Daisy when she tells him she's willing to give him dance lessons (he's a very bad dancer).
* Lambie from ''WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins''
* Tuck on ''WesternAnimation/WonderPets'', who often calls for a group hug.
* Wonderheart Bear on the CGI ''Franchise/CareBears'' series ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot'' often calls for a "Bear hug!" and/or simply leaps forward and gives one.
* WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs in the episode "A Hug For Grouchy", with the exception of Grouchy, who HatesBeingTouched and gets stalked by his fellow Smurfs wanting to give him a hug.
* Norb from ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'', much to his brother's irritation. [[LargeHam "BIIIIIG HUG!"]]
* Crackle the dragon on ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'', Ord often tends to give Max and Emmy a big hug when they arrive in Dragon Land, much to their chagrin, as he's much bigger than them and tends to squish them a bit.
* Pinkie Pie from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' simply ''loves'' the hugs. So much so that she tends to be the ''only'' pony still smiling when [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace Discord]] [[https://www.derpibooru.org/621989 scoops the group up for a big bear hug.]]
* Scorpi from ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' loves to snuggle and cuddle up to anyone he meets. Unfortunately, he's covered with dangerous spikes and blades, and has a tendency to forget that. Bonus points for being an actual bug-like Mixel.
* Fred in ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' is this to the extent that he trusts other characters based on how well they hug.
* WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse simply loves giving hugs to those he cares about.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Not limited to humans. Many other animal species are known to cuddle, hold, nuzzle or hug each other.
** For many mammals this usually has more practical applications as opposed to being expressions of affection; baby mammals will often cuddle either with their siblings or their parents to keep warm.
** Many monogamous birds species like seabirds and parrots are known to nuzzle and preen each other in ways that look very affectionate.
** Many domesticated animals get this way towards their owners. Cats and dogs are especially well known for this.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX-ib_rFvnc Chickens]], especially hens. They can often get cuddly when around people they know particularly well, usually when they [[TeamMom get broody and want to keep their human friend warm]].
** While it's mostly for warmth, reptiles (especially snakes) enjoy being in close contact with human friends.