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Cuddlebug

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.
  • 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).

     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.

    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.

    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...
    • Well, he is played by Liam Neeson.

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    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).
  • 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.

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    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 Pokémon 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 

    Real Life 
  • Cats, when they're not too busy being mean.
  • Small children tend toward this.
  • Some people on the autism spectrum unintentionally avert the stereotype of "hating to be touched" by being overly-friendly and touchy-feely with people. This also falls under the No Sense of Personal Space category. Because people with autism lack a certain amount of social intuition, they may not realize that they're coming on too strong.
  • Puppies, too. Even mice. Many types of animals.


Creepy CuteRule of CuteCute Approaches Camera
Cry into ChestHug TropesDeadly Hug
Cooldown HugImageSource/Anime & MangaKotoura-san
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alternative title(s): Asexual Affection; Cuddle Lust
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