Ooh group hug! I love group hugs! Especially with other people! [old lady walks by] Maddie:
Hey lady! Come on, I could really use the heat. [lady walks away]
After her! [whole hugging group walks together following the lady] Arwin:
Wow! She's fast!
The main characters stand in a tight circle and stretch their arms around their two nearest neighbours. Tends to happen fairly often and for lots of reasons such as supporting one character who just went through something difficult or emotional, the final group action before splitting up or carrying out a big plan, or as part of the denouement.
Often times there will be one character who is reluctant to participate in a group hug whenever they occur. That character usually warms up to the idea by the end of the series.
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Anime and Manga
- Afterschool Teatime of K-On share one after their last school festival performance.
- Chapter 3 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure ends with a teary-eyed group hug between Jotaro, Polnareff and Joseph. The fact such ridiculously manly characters show this much emotion makes it one of the biggest heartwarming moments in the entire series.
- An endearing instance occurs in Pandora Hearts Retrace XXXII where Oz and a rather reluctant, scowling Gil both embrace Break after learning about his past while Alice proclaims, "We're friends!" Observe. Break plays the whole thing off like it's annoying, but there's a panel a few pages later that shows him wearing a contented smile.
- The final episode of Free! features this, in which Rin is being hugged by his old friends at end of the swimming preliminaries.
- Chizu initiates one with Sawako and Ayane in Kimi ni Todoke after Sawako's friendship with the two other girls is cemented.
- If you were cynical you might comment that a group hug is a Succubus's most frequent action in The Return.
- In Unforgivable Mistakes, Harry, Neville and three original characters gave Draco Malfoy a group hug after he admitted to having been abused by his father.
- In Violence Inherent in the System, the other Sailor Scouts gave Sailor Moon a group hug when she came back to life after spending several months as a spirit.
- Happens in several My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfics.
- In No Hurry At All Hermione was given a group hug by Fred, George and most of the "Ministry six" when Harry voluntarily left Hogwarts after the Department of Mysteries battle.
- In Blood Ties Remus was given a group hug when he became upset after seeing a medical report listing the Dursleys' rather extensive abuse of Harry.
- In Changing Lives the Marauders gave a time-traveling Harry and his new friends a group hug at the end of Harry's first year at Hogwarts.
- In Deafening Silence Harry's friends gave him a group hug after a five-year separation.
- Aladdin ends with Genie pulling everybody nearby — including the Sultan and Jasmine's pet tiger Rajah — into a group hug, even growing extra arms to do so. "Mind if I kiss the monkey? *MWAH!* *KAFF!* Ooh, hairball!"
- In Tangled. Rapunzel embraces her mother, looks longingly at her father, and he comes and hugs them both, so she's in the middle. Whereupon Flynn/Eugene gets too close and pulled in.
- In Sophie Scholl, Sophie, Hans and Christoph share One Last Smoke and embrace each other just before their execution.
- In Beauty and the Beast, the now human Beast embraces Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts after they change back into humans.
- Combined with Cooldown Hug, at the end of Schindler's List, Schindler completely breaks down in tears when he realizes he could've saved at least one more person but he didn't. Stern and dozens of his workers all join him in a hug to remind him he did a lot.
Live Action TV
- NCIS had a particularly heart-rending example. After Franks dies, Tony draws Ziva into a hug on the elevator, and lets her cry on his chest. The elevator doors ding open ... cue McGee and Abby in the exact same position. Cue Tony drawing them into a big elevator group hug. Cue waterworks.
- Friends numerous times, but most memorably when Phoebe becomes pregnant, which Phoebe comments can't be good for the baby with her in the middle, so the others have a group hug for her without her.
- Red Dwarf: as a way to show Rimmer that he is loved so they can build up his self-esteem and escape. His expression is priceless.
- Pretty much ubiquitous on Full House.
- The infamous final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show featured one.
- Teletubbies. Big Hug!
- Barney & Friends Happens during "I Love You" on the line "with a great big hug". If everyone can't join in on a big one, they'll just hug the closest person.
- The Suite Life of Zack and Cody episode "Team Tipton". Maddie, Zack, Cody, Esteban and Arwin.
- In the pilot episode of Chuck.
- In the Torchwood episode "Adam", the eponymous character calls for a "group hug" - as a way of working himself into their memories.
- Also in "The Stolen Earth", when the Dalek transmission is heard, Jack pulls Ianto and Gwen close to him and kisses each of their foreheads.
- One episode of NewsRadio.
- In Community the study group is fond enough of this for "bring it in" to become on of Jeff's catch phrases.
- Boy Meets World had a few of these, most memorably in the graduation episode when Cory, Shawn and Topanga give Minkus one after they recieve their diplomas.
- There's one near the end of the Tenth Doctor's first Christmas Special in Doctor Who, featuring Ten, Rose, Mickey and Jackie.
- Also towards the end of "The Angels Take Manhattan" between Eleven, Amy, and Rory. Actually a fairly common occurence.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In "Primeval", Buffy and Willow apologise for their falling out in the previous episode as they rappel down an elevator shaft to take on the Big Bad. Once they reach the bottom, they invite Xander to join in a group hug.
- The final scene of the final episode of The Golden Girls
- The Jade Regent Campaign from RPGMP3 features a character called Spivey, a Lyrakien Cleric of Desna. Spivey used to live in a cemetery, until the PCs came by. She then joined their caravan and followed them on their quest, quickly earning the nickname "Death Pixie", since most of her skills were focused on graveyard maintenance, at that point. She's always flitting around, dispensing invaluable moral advice and trying to get the PCs to be nicer to each other.
- During the ending of The Simpsons Episode "Homer and Apu":
Homer: Hey everyone, let's all hug Apu.
(Everyone hugs and sighes happily then everyone stops)
Homer: (Checks Watch) We still have some time. Let's all hug Apu again.
(They hug again and THEN the episode ends)
- A Tear Jerker moment between the members of Sector V, in the Kids Next Door finale.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Everything in the description (though Sokka once had to be told to shut up and join in). Earns extra cuteness points when Appa just closes his eyes and shoves his huge face into the huddle, or when Zuko is first included in the group hug.
Katara: Come on, Zuko. Being part of the group means being part of the group hugs.
- Teen Titans
Starfire: Let us initiate a group hug!
- The puppies in 101 Dalmatians: The Series do this by dog piling.
- Tuck loves to call for one of these following the successful completion of a mission of on Wonder Pets.
- Subverted in The Mighty Ducks. After an episode in which Duke's criminal past had caused some tension, he assured his team he could never stay mad at them and called for a group hug...so he could steal their equipment.
- In Camp Lazlo, the Jelly cabin Trio (Lazlo, Raj and Clam) tend to do this to each other, often with heartwarming effect.
- Ben 10: Alien Force ends shortly after one of these with Ben, Gwen, Kevin, and Max after Ben defeats Vilgax, possibly for good.
- Jimmy of Jimmy Two-Shoes loves to do this.
- Total Drama Island has one of these when DJ is eliminated. Everybody joins in on it, even Heather.
- Pops up from time to time in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Particularly notable is in "Magical Mystery Cure", where after restoring her friends' destinies, Twilight picks them all up in her magic and they snuggle while floating.
- Also in "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2", where after restoring magic of all ponies in Equestria Discord initiated a group hug with the main cast, which completes his Heel-Face Turn.
- Parodied in Family Guy:
- Grouchy gets hug-mugged by a group of Smurfs at the end of The Smurfs episode "A Hug For Grouchy" and really hates it!
- The way they were chasing after him to give him a hug in the episode, it comes off as a form of rape.
- Monster Allergy has Elena doing this to Zick's monster pals in both of the issue and episode where she can finally see monsters.
- Initiated by Thor in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes after a big battle, grabbing Ironman, Antman and ... Hulk. Each of them has an adorable bewildered look on their faces.
- In All Grown Up! when Kimi forgives Chuckie for thinking Z is a bad influence on her, Z's dad suggests a group hug...which gets interrupted when Phil arrives with the police.
Kimi: You didn't!?
Chuckie: Nope...Phil did. But only because he cares...like us!
- Played hilariously straight in a episode of Rocko's Modern Life when after Rocko is broken from a curse of being a fly, Heffer calls for a "big group hug". And just before they do, a mysterious, gutteral voice suddenly cries out "YES!"
- The Potter Puppet Pals video "Trouble at Hogwarts" ends with a group hug (or perhaps I should say, a cornucopia of love).
- Sports teams after a big victory.
- After getting drunk together ... "I love you guys!"