Marshmallow Hell
aka: Marshmallow Heaven

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And now we're jealous of a 10 year old.

"Hey-wai-don't touch me! DON'T HUG ME! I'm not a doll, you know! I can't breathe- *mggggfffh*"

One Head Taller, with a few inches on top (and quite a few more in front).

Usually found in anime or manga: a usually short, usually male character becomes smooshed in the chest area of a taller female character. They get a cleavage cushion. A push-up pillow. A rack resting place. A maternal muffler, you get the picture...

If she's Hot For Student, she may use this as an initial seduction tactic, but most of the time, the hugger is unaware of (or unable to see) the implications of the situation. This is often done for pure Fanservice value, but may also be used for comedy in one (or both) of two ways:
  • The guy in question is a little too young or innocent to appreciate the situation, and is more embarrassed than enjoying it (especially when it happens in public). In certain cases, the boy may be just old enough to appreciate the situation, but not old enough to control either his reaction to it or his mortification at same.
  • The poor boy is quite literally being smothered in the process, as the girl is really well-endowed.

Because of that last one, this is sometimes initiated from behind the victim instead, allowing both him to breathe and the audience to see his reaction better.

The name comes from a scene in Mahou Sensei Negima!, where poor Negi nearly gets drowned when several girls do this to him at once while he was partly submerged. Poor, lucky bastard. On occasion, this can overlap I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!.

See also Funbag Airbag and Thanks for the Mammary for accidental collisions of the type. Not to be confused with Marshmallow Dream. (However it's only a matter of time before they're mixed into one trope.) Compare Cry into Chest and Cooldown Hug.


Examples

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    Advertising 
  • In one Confused.com advert, Bertha puts Cara's face in hers.
  • A beer commercial had some guys at a nightclub thinking it would be a great joke to set up a short friend with a very tall woman as a dance partner. Cut to them looking on enviously as he's smooched into her chest for a slow dance.

    Card Games 

    Comic Books 
  • An issue of Lobo combines this trope with Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever.
  • Astonishingly, Power Girl herself is nearly on the receiving end of one of these during a supervillain-induced hallucination.
  • In Hate, Buddy takes his elderly dad to a strip joint and is shocked to find him with his head in a dancer's chest. Thinking he's passed out, Buddy rushes up to the stage to get him, but instead he says to Buddy, "Can't you see I'm having the time of my life?"
  • In 2011's Hack/Slash #4, Cassie does this to Vlad to get him to snap out of his slasher-induced altered state of mind.
  • In Turma da Mônica Jovem, Mônica does this to Cebolinha.

    Comic Strips 

    Films — Animation 
  • Disney had actually used this long before: in Education for Death, Adolf Hitler gets a taste of Princess Germany's Marshmallow Hell.
  • In the film Fievel Goes West, there's one scene in particular where this trope occurred. As soon as Fievel enters into the saloon, he proceeds to nab a fork and plunge it into the... *ahem* hindquarters... of Cat R. Waul, causing him to jump several feet in the air, right through the roof above him (which was in turn the floor of the human saloon above them). As soon as he emerges, he is quickly grabbed by a rather affectionate woman who proceeds to put him through a Marshmallow Hell before he barely manages to escape and descend back into the saloon. The whole procedure is repeated at the end once more, though he suffers from Marshmallow Hell only shortly before being stuck into a toddler outfit.
  • In Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (a children's movie musical which was, nevertheless, made in Japan), Nemo gets smushed between a dance instructor's enormous breasts several times ("Not again!") during a sequence about learning to be a prince.
  • In The Black Cauldron, young would-be warrior Taran, Princess Eilonwy, and minstrel Fflewddur Fflam travel to the house of three witches, trying to get the title cauldron before the movie's Big Bad, the Horned King, can get his hands on it. The fattest and most voluptuous of the three witches develops a crush on Fflewddur, and at one point, proceeds to bury the horrified, skinny man right between her breasts. One of her sisters, tired of this lovey-dovey display, turns him into a frog in preparation for eating him... and the frog-Fflewddur gets completely smothered in the cleavage, desperately trying to wade his way out of there for several seconds of screentime. And that's just one of the two reasons why this is the first fully-animated Disney movie to ever get the PG rating...
  • In The Last Unicorn, Schmendrick gets this treatment from the tree he's tied to, after his magic makes it decidedly more anthropomorphic.
    Schmendrick: Oh, God, I'm engaged to a Douglas Fir!
  • In Wicked City, Giuseppe, the resident Dirty Old Man is fond of women, and he received one from a High-Class Call Girl. Turn out the hell part is literal as the call girl is a demon trying to kill him by absorbing him to her marshmallow body. If not for Makie, it would've costed Giuseppe's life.
  • At the end of Castle in the Sky, Ma Dola catches Sheeta in a big hug to comfort her over the loss of her pigtails. Sheeta's more upset about getting poked in the eye by stolen jewelry (in Victoria's Secret Compartment) than she is about getting smothered in a middle-aged woman's bosom.

    LARP 
  • This sometimes is used as a tactic by female players in Humans vs. Zombies in order to either score a silent infection against a human, or in order to silently kill a zombie.

    Literature 
  • Older Than Television: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James ends with the governess smothering her ward to death in her bosom in order to protect him from ghosts.
  • Parodied in Wyrd Sisters. After the fool is stabbed... with a fake stage knife, he ends up in Magrat's bosom, such that it is. There was some interesting dialog as they end up actually arguing about whether or not he's dead since, on the one hand, he thinks he's in heaven because there's boobs in his face, and on the other hand, dead people don't need to breathe.
    • Implied to have occurred in Guards! Guards! with Sybil and the young man who's temporarily king of Ankh-Morpork. She's quite tall and curvy, so this is probably something she often has to be careful about.
      She'd even danced with the, for want of a better word, new king, who had said some polite words to her although they had been rather muffled.
  • This happens in the novel Cold Mountain, when Inman and Veasey are staying with a man and his several wives and offspring. One of the women, named Lila, does this to him because she wants to have sex with him. Fortunately, although they are (involuntarily, in Inman's case) married, it doesn't happen.
  • Flashman in the Great Game. This happens to Flashman after he's rescued from torture by an Indian queen. Unfortunately for the permanently-randy Anti-Hero, his hands are tied.
  • In the Xanth novel A Spell For Chameleon, Bink is rescued from an angry centaur by said centaur's girlfriend, who pulls Bink close to protect him, pillowing his head on something. When Bink turns around, he's face-to-not-quite-face with those "pillows."
  • Chakona Space: During a Food Fight, Captain Foster tries to perform a tickle attack against one of his female Rakshani marines. She's smart enough to knock his arms out from under him, plunging his face between her chocolate cream pie coated breasts.
    Neal: "What a way to go."

    Music 
  • The Tom Smith song "Death by Wubbie", which originally had a slightly different name.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Professional Wrestler Jillian Hall has more done this a few times against mostly female opponents to humiliate, disgust and or attempt to smother them. One memorable time was in mocking Ashley Massaro, who was revealed to be on the cover of an up coming Playboy magazine. This actually doesn't always get a positive reaction from the fans in attendance, as Jillian has a habit of making the audience hate her. Though this is more for the fact that she could kill several small children with her voice. At least she doesn't turn to other tactics, like fellow female wrestler Mickie James...
  • Slightly more literal in Lucy Furr's case, as she had a Fallen Angel gimmick. She actually made T.H.A.I. pass out to it.
  • Male examples with CZW alum Greg Excellent and the rotund Jester in the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance.
  • There was an image of a valet on an indy show who basically had real life Gag Boobs. Her wrestler's opponent was lying with his head on the apron facing up, and she dropped her breasts on his face as a variation of the old "manager choke from outside the ring" spot.

    Theatre 
  • In Urinetown, when Hope and Bobby first meet, Hope teaches Bobby how to listen to his heart. She first listens to his heart, then shoves his head into her chest so he can listen to her heart.

    Visual Novels 
  • You does this to Kid in Ever17, although it is only mentioned in the text and doesn't have an accompanying visual.
  • In Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!, Momoyo sometimes subjects Yamato to this.
  • Kurugaya does this to Kud in Little Busters!, causing the poor girl to quickly grow dizzy from lack of air and Kurugaya to hurriedly adjust her, commenting that hugging her from a 45-degree angle is the best.
  • This happens quite a bit in My Harem Heaven Is Yandere Hell to Yuuya.

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    Real Life 
  • At many Ren Fairs, "serving wenches" will do it as a joke. Particularly if the man in question is behaving like a cad. They even have a name for it, it's called a woobie.
  • Happens constantly in strip clubs. Some years ago, an extremely huge-busted model/stripper named Tawny Peaks was sued by a club patron alleging he suffered severe whiplash from one of these.
  • This is a favorite tactic of many Drag Queens around straight men in the audience when they interact cabaret style during shows. The bigger queens often don't even need additional padding to pull this off.
  • This was sort of the case when Kristen Johnston won the Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for 3rd Rock from the Sun and hugged the presenter, Michael J. Fox. He's short, she's tall and was wearing heel shoes, so the head to breast level was just right. Or wrong, depending on your point of view.
  • This is a fairly common technique in the Real Life world of BDSM (usually done on Bound and Gagged submissives), since it's a form of erotic titillation that conveniently also satisfies a submissive's desire for pain and humiliation.


Alternative Title(s): Boob Muffler, Marshmallow Heaven

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