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When a show needs a moment to pause and reflect on the fleeting joy and serenity of friendship, particularly right before things all go to hell, a small group of friends -- sometimes two, but more usually three -- will find themselves sitting on a grassy hillside on a bright sunny day. As they talk of the important issues in their lives, they will flop back and look directly up into the sky with arms, legs and hair spread out around them. The camera emphasizes the moment by taking to the air and shooting straight down to show the friends lying together on the hillside. {{Artificial riverbank}}s are useful for this purpose.

Compare with SittingOnTheRoof, when you need to get away from it all.

!!Examples of this trope include:

%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExamples have been commented out.

[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* A brief moment of peace and togetherness for Arika, Nina and Erstin in ''Anime/MaiOtome'' -- possibly their last before the series explodes around them -- takes place as they sprawl on a hill overlooking Windbloom.
** It's particularly poignant when you watch the scene again [[spoiler:armed with the knowledge that Erstin dies.]]
* In a similar vein as the Mai-Otome example above, [[Anime/DragonBallZ Son Goku]] and his son, Gohan, spent some time in the 10-day preparation period before the Cell Games doing this.
* ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'' opens showing the heroine in that position.
* Briefly seen in the opening credits of ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ''.
* In the last episode of ''Manga/OutlawStar'', Gene wakes up on a field with his friends, but it turns out to be a fake world, so no important issue talk.
* Subverted (as usual) by ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' during the fight with the Fifth Angel -- the Children are sitting together upon a hillside right before the second attack on the Angel, but it is the middle of the night, and their conversation is mordant and philosophical.
%%* ''VisualNovel/RumblingHearts''.
* Many a romantic Rina/Hamasaki scene in ''Anime/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', as well as the last ending theme, where the PowerTrio sits on a cliff.
* ''Manga/AkazukinChaCha'', at the turning point in the series where the kids decide it's time to take the fight to the bad guy.
* [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Shikamaru Nara]] has a habit of doing this, simply because he enjoys watching the clouds. He also tends to do so alone.
* The ending of ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'' has Kazuma lying on a hillside, contemplating the sky (interspersed with random cast shots), until Ayano shows up to rouse him at the end.
* In ''Manga/{{Mokke}}'', Shizuru and Mizuki do this ever so often, starting in the opening credits.
* Kai and Takao do this in the very last episode of ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}''.
* Kuu is shown doing this in ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei''.
* Makoto and Minako of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' [[http://sailorlum.tripod.com/Smmovr04.jpg do this in the R movie.]]
* Takashi and Yoru do this in ''Manga/VideoGirlAi'' while watching the sunset.
%%* ''Manga/HoneyAndClover''.
* In ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', Utena and Wakaba [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_utenawakaba.jpg do this]] in the first episode.
* Edward and Alphonse Elric sit together on a hillside as young children in ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist''. Alphonse gets upset during the conversation about getting their mother back, and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Edward ruffles his hair to reassure him]].
* Madoka and Sayaka do this in the fifth episode of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' while they discuss [[spoiler: Sayaka's wish and her becoming a magical girl.]]
* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', the Band of the Hawk share [[ActionFilmQuietDramaScene their last serene moment on a hillside]], in which they succumbed to the realization that [[DarkestHour their dreams as a mercenary band under Griffith were over]] but also realizing the friendship that they have with one another, while Judeau tries to give Guts some important relationship advice, and Casca makes a fateful decision concerning her future with Guts. [[spoiler: [[FromBadToWorse And then Griffith found the Behelit again.]]]] Played for some irony, since Guts' first official encounter with the Hawks was on a hillside where they were lounging after a battle.
* In ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' Obi and Shirayuki lie and sit respectively on a grassy hill after eavesdropping on some nobles when [[UpperClassTwit Prince Raji of Tanbarun]] visits Clarines for the first time and talk about why Shirayuki fled Tanbarun. Obi ends up falling asleep right out in the open signifying just how much the former drifter has come to trust Zen and Shirayuki and feel comfortable around them.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* The ''Starry Night'' TV ad for ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' starts out this way.
* Done in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', albeit in a park, not a hillside.
* The Tenth Doctor and Rose do this in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "New Earth".
** The Eleventh Doctor and Amy do this with Vincent Van Gogh, as he describes how he sees the night sky (The Starry Night), which is apparently why he painted like he did; he could see the fluid nature of the atmosphere.
* ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'' ends with three of the main protagonists on a hillside (though, since 555 likes screen doors/windows, the camera backs through a screen window and at the very end, we're seeing them through a tear in it.

[[folder: Music ]]
* Invoked in Music/PaulSimon's "The Side Of A Hill" (better known as the lyrics sung in counterpoint to "Scarborough Fair" in Music/SimonAndGarfunkel's version of the song).

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Done in ''Disney/TheLionKing'', with Timon, Pumbaa and the adult Simba at night.
** Kiara and Kovu in the sequel.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', newlyweds Carl and Ellie discuss their future together while enjoying a picnic at the top of a hill -- including lots and lots of babies represented in the clouds.
* ''WesternAnimation/ABoyNamedCharlieBrown'' opens with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Linus lying on a hilltop [[ThatCloudLooksLike discussing cloud shapes]].
* Finn and Jake do this in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' during a music segment while looking for a new home.