No Sense of Personal Space
Some people can be very friendly. Very, very
It isn't just that they tend to stand too close when they're talking to people—it's that they're practically on
them. You may even be complete strangers, but that doesn't stop them from hanging off of you and breathing your CO2
during the conversation, whether you like it or not. It doesn't help that they tend to get...er, grabby.
Somebody with No Sense of Personal Space
may keep their targets of uncomfortable closeness down to one person, or they might be like this with everyone. The character might be a Cloudcuckoolander
that just doesn't know better, or they may just really, really
like you (or everyone
), and just don't let some bothersome "social etiquette" get in the way of it. Then again, they just might be trying to get you riled up for shits and giggles
. This tendency usually comes with inappropriate uses of First Name Basis
Anime characters with No Sense of Personal Space
love to implement The Glomp
as their favored tactic. For best results, have them latch onto someone that Hates Being Touched
. It can also a be good source of Ho Yay
, Foe Yay
, or Les Yay
. Depending on context this behavior may get a character labeled a Memetic Molester
by the fandom. Compare Cuddle Bug
Not to be confused with the Personal Space Invader
, which deals with grabby Mooks
in video games.
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Anime & Manga
- Nel Tu to Ichigo.
- Kon to just about every big-breasted and/or good-looking female. However, Rukia is a favorite target, too, although she usually stomps on him before he can try anything.
- And Chizuru towards any good-looking girl, most notably towards Orihime and Rukia.
- Also Aizen. So much so that fandom has come to peg him as a Depraved Bisexual Memetic Molester, since he seems to like being touchy-feely with "victims" of both genders. Hugging Momo and speaking to her sweetly before stabbing her to almost death? Check. Caressing Orihime's face as he Lecturizes her and then lets her go? Double check. Almost feeling up Ichigo when they're finally face to face, even placing his hand on the kid's chest? Triple check.
- Around Ichigo and Urahara, Tessai seems to have No Sense of Personal Space.
- Rangiku likes draping her arms over people, leaning her face closer to someone elses', tickling people while she's in the nude and so forth, but mostly when she wants to party or bring levity to a serious moment. On the other hand, Haineko gets like this around both boys and girls that seem to interest her.
- Shinnosuke from Ultra Maniac. Although its understandable since the only episode he's in has him change from a cat into a human.
- Ranma ˝
- Shampoo. When Ranma's involved, the word "personal space" does not exist!
- Kodachi Kunō to her "darling" Ranma.
- She must have gotten it from her brother, Tatewaki.
- Happōsai, being the patron saint of Dirty Old Men, literally lives to latch onto women so he can feel their breasts and buttocks.
- Ranma himself, while he Hates Being Touched, has no qualms about perching on other people's heads to say hello. And whenever Female!Ranma is in disguise to fool Ryōga, she tends to be quite the grabby girl.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Kaworu in regards to Shinji, especially in the manga.
- Also, Asuka in regards to Kaji, and Shinji at times.
- Kaji tends to be like this around almost every woman in the show. Plus, in Rebuild 2.0 he jokingly(?) acts like this around Shinji.
- Also in Rebuild 2.0, Mari is very touchy-touchy with Shinji upon first meeting him.
- Mirai Nikki
- Fruits Basket
- Bunny boy Momiji does this with most people, especially Tohru.
- There's also Akito, who's extraordinarily touchy-feely with everyone, regardless of how they may actually feel about each other.
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
- Rena was like this with Keiichi in Onikakushi-hen, the first arc of the series, when she was not stalking him.
- Ronove from Umineko no Naku Koro ni was like this around Battler especially.
- Meanwhile, Battler himself is like this towards anything with breasts.
- Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun
- Mikihiro, but only around Shungo.
- Hinako is this way with Mayu. As is basically every guy in school. Though that's mostly due to her succubus powers.
- Hinako, and most of the girls in Shungo's class, are fond of doing this to Shungo.
- Xxx HO Li C: Mugetsu has absolutely no concept of Watanuki's personal space.
- Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei: Matoi in regards to her teacher Nozomu, to the absolute EXTREME.
- Fukuyama, Kosame, Hijiri, Yukina, and Lisa from Girls Bravo.
- Paradise Kiss: George.
- Graham Specter from Baccano!! can be like this with◊ men◊.
- Haruhi Suzumiya
- Itsuki, with Kyon as target. He does it because he's messing with Kyon, rather than because it's a character trait.
- Haruhi herself is also inappropriately in-your-face with just about everyone, and likes to grope Mikuru for Fanservice and/or her own enjoyment.
- Full Metal Panic!
- Creed towards Train in Black Cat.
- Outlaw Star
- Fred Lou tends to get really touchy with Gene, mostly because he's completely hot for him. Gene usually handles it with good humor, but sometimes Fred likes to pull little "jokes" like suggestively blowing into his ear during business exchanges.
- Harry too, considering he's Melfina's obsessive Stalker with a Crush.
- Axis Powers Hetalia
- Italy, being The Ditz and slightly Truth in Television about real life Italians, just doesn't understand that his need for constant close human contact makes Germany and Japan more than merely uncomfortable (especially since he combines his habit of sneaking to sleep into other peoples' beds with the habit of sleeping naked). Lampshaded in the Valentine's Day Strips when Germany, unable to distinguish if Italy's actions are a veiled way of expressing romantic feelings or just his own idiosyncrasy, consults Austria to clear his mind up.
Germany: Hey Austria, what type of relationship do you call it when you see them everyday, and they hug and kiss you, and go in the bath with you, and sleep in the same bed with you (while they're naked)?
Austria: (blushing) ...Don't say such vulgar things!
Germany: (despaired) Vulgar....?!
Austria: Oh, you meant him...
- Also, France has a tendency to get close to people and attempt to grope them. Let's not forget the Olympics.
- South Korea◊!
- Dio in Last Exile has this, especially towards Claus, who he's constantly hanging off of.
- The title character has this problem, especially when younger. Probably comes with his attention-starved youth.
- Orochimaru is even worse, being like this around just about everyone, even in one case with his tongue.
- Fuka towards Naruto.
- Son Goku started off like this back in early Dragon Ball, when he figured that the easiest way to tell a boy from a girl was to feel for their... well, parts. He learns his lesson after ChiChi reacts a little more physically than most and throws him off the Kinto'un/Nimbus at about 50 mph.
- In the Getter Robo manga, Schwartzkof note loudly announces that he hates Japanese people, and absolutely loathes even the very thought of being touched by one. Naturally, Gou just finds this chance to rile him up way to easy to pass up.
- Code Geass
- Shader from Chrono Crusade just loves getting touchy with pretty much everyone and everything. She does not care if your are friend, stranger, sworn enemy, male, female, human, or demon (though she does have an extra fondness for young children...) — she will want to hug you. No exceptions.
- Angel Sanctuary
- Lavi in D.Gray-Man. Especially toward Allen. And Road also towards Allen.
- Yamamoto from Katekyo Hitman Reborn! just loves putting his arm around people. His friends, his Face Heel Turned frienimies, the guy who hates his guts but then ends up thinking otherwise...
- Hitagi Senjogahara from Bakemonogatari. She spends a lot of her conversations with Koyomi invading his personal space bubble in spectacular ways. And feels him up while they're in the car with her father.
- Kouji from Zetsuai towards Izumi.
- Guy and especially Iason from Ai no Kusabi towards Riki.
- Naoe to Kagetora in Mirage of Blaze.
- Souma from Sakura Gari.
- Hellsing's Alucard.
- Ryoki from Hot Gimmick to his slave and later girlfriend Hatsumi.
- Izaya tends to do this at times as well.
- Shinra to Celty.
- Osanai to the title character of Paprika.
- A few characters in Death Note. Such as L, Ryuk, Misa, and Beyond Birthday.
- Fullmetal Alchemist
- ALEX LOUIS ARMSTRONG never passes up an opportunity to invade people's personal space to show off his perfectly/hilariously sculpted body.
- And the people of Rush Valley thought nothing of ganging up on poor Edward, seizing him, and stripping him to examine his automail.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!
- Fate can get like this around Negi at times.
- And Tsukuyomi mainly does this around Setsuna and various other girls.
- Arthur of Air Gear was like this to his opponent Agito, even pelvic thrusting against him and nibbling his ear. And Shalott ended up straddling Agito at the end of one chapter.
- Angel Beats!: Naoi to Otonashi.
- Black Butler
- Grell to Sebastian.
- Alois Trancy to everyone.
- Undertaker to Ciel and sometimes Sebastian to Ciel.
- Kaoru towards to Junichi in Amagami SS whether she's the love interest or not. Even more so at her arc than the others.
- In Pokémon Special, N has no problem whispering into the ear of another boy before said boy is even aware of him. N later grabs him by the arm and brings him up close. It's kind of creepy considering N's almost dead expression. Gender obviously isn't an issue for N, as he gets up close and personal with White in the Nimbasa ferris wheel.
- In the B 2 W 2 chapter, Rakutsu becomes a little too friendly for Faitsu's taste, but that's because he already determined that all the other girls in their class has no connection to Team Plasma. As for Faitsu, she doesn't want anyone becoming too close to her as she really is ex-Plasma and she obviously doesn't want anyone to find out.
- Kirika in Eiken clearly doesn't believe in personnel boudaries when it comes to Densuke. Yuriko doesn't either, constantly thrusting her crotch and butt into Densuke's face or forcing him to touch her.
- Saten and Kuroko from A Certain Scientific Railgun will not hesitate lift Uiharu's skirt or Glomp Mikoto, respectively.
- In Wild Fangs, Syon is like this towards Mao before they actually get together.
- In ...Junai No Seinen, Ian uses the fact he is known for this as an excuse to grope Kaoru in public.
- Nathan from Tiger & Bunny is like this when he's around his male coworkers — with varying reactions from the targets. (Barnaby gets annoyed and shoves him away, Antonio just wishes he'd keep his hands above the belt, Kotetsu doesn't really care as long as he's not effectively trying to occupy the same space as him◊.)
- Akio of Revolutionary Girl Utena is like this around anyone he tries to seduce. Touga is like this around Utena, Wakaba to Utena, Kozue to Miki, Saionji to Anthy, and Nanami to Touga.
- Kikumaru Eiji of The Prince of Tennis is basically the poster boy for this.
- Juuta from Otomen towards Asuka.
- Saehara and Satoshi and Keiji in D.N.Angel toward Daisuke.
- Kin'iro no Corda: Yunoki towards Hino.
- The Idolmaster: The Futami twins love to tease the other idols, specially Iori and Makoto.
- Kisshu in Tokyo Mew Mew towards Ichigo.
- Koharu No Hibi: Koharu to Akira.
- Koko Hekmatyer in Jormungand, mostly towards her subordinate Jonah though occasionally to others.
- In Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Sena sometimes does this to Kodaka when talking about games. When done in Yozora's presence, she tends to get a bit jealous and smacks Sena with a fly swatter if Kodaka doesn't make her back up first.
- Sena also has a tendency to do this to Kodaka's younger sister, Kobato, due to Cuteness Proximity. It always creeps Kobato out, and she will either hide behind Kodaka, or run away if the situation allows.
- Natsu from Fairy Tail has shades of this, particularly when it involves Lucy. He will occasionally get up right next to people or even come out of nowhere and grab them. He's also crawled into Lucy's bed a few times or casually walked in on her at moments that even he couldn't have realized were inopportune with perfectly innocent intentions.
- Lucy's teammates have a bad habit of entering her house without permission, though Natsu and Happy are by far the most frequent offenders, to the point that Lucy often expects them to be there.
- Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss is like this much to Nanami's chagrin. However, he stops temporarily once he learns that she loves him only to fall back into the habit again.
- Wakaba, the Dressing Club manager, and Rei from Otasuke Miko Miko-chan, mostly because Ayumu is a very attractive girly guy. More so when he's cross-dressing, and especially if he's Miko-chan.
- Ragyo Kiryuuin of Kill la Kill takes this trope to disturbing degrees, outright molesting her daughter Satsuki in addition to all the other abuse she heaps on her.
- Nui Harime does not hesitate to touch and caress other characters' bodies either.
- Being a Cloudcuckoolander, Mako is always this, especiallyto Ryuko.
- Turkes in Mother Keeper, at least when it comes to Ricalna. He has their noses touching at every oppurtunity.
- Albedo Erma Felna EDF has this trope of how Erma and her later best friend, Toki, first interacted. When Erma first bunked with Toki, that mouse had some bad habits like leaving the bathroom messy and barging in for frivolous reasons when Erma was using it. However, the last straw is when Toki's feline lover visits that night for sex and Erma is kept awake first with the thumping on the above bunk and the smell of the aftermath. Eventually, the two work out their differences.
Films — Animation
- King Julian.
- Also Mort, especially when it involves Julian's feet.
- The twins very much fall under this category, seeing as their first order of business following their appearance was to start messing with the main character's easy access portal to his internal organs. Well, sackcloth-doll organs. Still, nobody wants a pair of busybodies monkeying around with their insides.
- 5 also falls under this category.
- Gaston in Disney's Beauty and the Beast towards Belle.
- Treasure Planet: BEN. "I just wanna hug ya and squeeze ya and hold ya close to me!" Much to the dismay of Jim Hawkins.
Jim: You have to stop touching me.
- Colette from Ratatouille thinks the only reason Linguini's personal space exists is so that she can invade it. Sure she was doing it to intimidate him but one can't help but think she does it for enjoyment with the way she repeatedly does it.
- The eponymous character in Tarzan, as a result of being raised with no human contact.
Professor Porter: Oh, Janie Jane! What an amazing discovery! A man with no language, no human behavior...
Jane Porter: And no respect for personal boundaries.
Professor Porter: How do you mean?
Jane Porter: [gets extremely close to Professor Porter] He was this close to me, daddy, just staring at me!
Films — Live-Action
- Beldar and other Remulaks in Coneheads often exhibits behavior like this, being aliens.
- David from The Watcher just loves to find any excuse he can to hug and touch Joel.
- Beetlejuice: Betelgeuse does this with anyone — living or dead.
- Borat takes this to an extreme, even sprinting after people to get in their faces.
- In Pirates of the Caribbean there doesn't seem to be any place more comfy and hospitable for pirates to hang out than your territorial bubble, and no pirate likes it better than Captain Jack. In the third film, Jack actually manages to invade his own personal space.
- One of the aspects in the 2003 adaptation of Peter Pan, that really creeped out some reviewers, was Hook's complete lack of personal space with both Peter◊ and Wendy◊. The fact that he's an adult obsessed with killing a child (later multiple children) did not help. Jason Isaacs has described that in interviews as having being incredibly uncomfortable to portray.
- Voldemort. When he steals the Elder Wand in Deathly Hallows, Part 1, he's face to face with the dead Dumbledore. They'd be touching noses, if he had a nose. Part 2 didn't let up — after Harry's Disney Death, he offers the Hogwarts students and defenders a chance to join the ranks of the Death Eaters. Draco crosses the field to get to his parents, and Voldemort hugs him. Or tries to, anyway; he clearly has no idea what he's doing.
- Several Death Eaters have this problem in the films; Snape gets uncomfortably close to Harry at times and both Scabior and Bellatrix have some rather suggestive moments with Hermione in Deathly Hallows, Part 1.
- Harry Potter:
- Snape isn't quite as bad about this in the books, but his standard "interrogating a pupil" technique seems to be "get right in their personal space".
- Snape does this deliberately, however, as he is attempting to make students as unnerved as possible so it is easy to read their minds.
- Wormtail made Harry and Hermione uncomfortable in the third book when he tried to thank them by throwing his arms around their legs.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events: Count Olaf; most frequent target: Violet. Other targets: Klaus, Sunny, Aunt Josephine, etc. etc.
- As in the TV series, Littlefinger, Catelyn Stark's Unlucky Childhood Friend from A Song of Ice and Fire towards Catelyn's daughter Sansa. It's to an even greater degree than his television counterpart, where he leans in really close whenever he talks to her. In the books, he's literally stroking her face and playing with her hair on first meeting her. It just gets worse from there...
- Christine Rhoades from Spectral Shadows can be this sometimes...like when she pounces the shy, geeky squirrel girl Kacey. Given that Kacey has a lot of her squirrel traits intact, so this doesn't go over well.
- Gruffen from The Last Dragon Chronicles.
- In Pokémon Live!, Giovanni and Ash get up close and personal in "You Just Can't Win."
- Half-Life 2: Freeman's squad habitually crowd around him so closely that it can be impossible to move without bumping into one or take a shot without dinging one by accident. One imagines Gordon got to know who used which toothpaste, they're that close—as noted in this parody comic.
- In Fallout 3, it is not uncommon for you to turn around to find one of your followers right up in your face. Also, robot butler Wadsworth tends to follow you around your Megaton home and do this.
- In Fallout: New Vegas Malcolm Holmes sneaks right up behind you to tell you about the star caps.
- Alma to Becket in First Encounter Assault Recon.
- Thanks to a certain moment near the end of the game, Tsaubern from Suikoden Tierkreis is often portrayed having this trait by the fandom.
- In Divinity II: Ego Draconis you have the summonable necromantic creature, which follows you everywhere and tend to get in the way or into your personal space more often than its combat benefits are worth. It also has an idling emote consisting of it raising a leg and urinating on the floor, which must come as very embarrassing for the hero if you're in someone's house. Why does an undead creature need to piss?
- Dark/Demon Lord Ghirahim to Link in their first and second battles from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which leads to much Foe Yay.
- Daniella/The Maid from Haunting Ground seems to love doing this in cutscenes to poor Fiona. In fact, during the scene that introduces her as the game's second antagonist, she gropes Fiona in... places after poisoning her to make her sleep. With a Slasher Smile to boot!
- In Minecraft, testificates in villages have an odd tendency to all crowd inside one house at night. Taken Up to Eleven when it's a small, 4x4 house.
- The "Remember me?" monster in The Halloween Hack. One of its attacks is to hug Varik, solidifying him somehow.
- Tales of Xillia: Alvin makes a habit of putting his arm around the back of Jude's neck and either leans on him or makes him lean forward when they talk.
- In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Larxene tends to get really close to both Axel and Namine.
- Speaking of Kingdom Hearts, in KH 2 Final Mix + (Data) Marluxia is a bonus boss. One of his attacks? Whispering in Sora's ear.
- Sock towards Jonathan in Welcome to Hell.
- David of Bittersweet Candy Bowl has no sense of personal space. Or decency.
- Gunnerkrigg Court:
- Parley. Mostly she does it to Andrew Smith (making it clear to everyone—except Andrew himself—that she has the hots for him) but she also gives Antimony some finger-poking action here, where The Rant lampshades her failure to respect personal space. This eventually gave Parley a scare of her life, though—touching Antimony at the wrong time led to an intimate mind-to-mind contact with one angry ghost.
- Coyote likes to get up close and personal as well.
- Petria from The Phoenix Requiem likes to do this to Jonas, mostly because of the reactions it gets from him. Her own lack of inhibition is due to the fact that she used to be a prostitute.
- On occasion, Dora from Questionable Content. For example. She doesn't do it all the time, or to everyone; Faye gets it the most.
- Taisei from Sakana. The awkwardness level of it is especially high because he's so tall. For added hilarity, he often get's paired with Yuudai.
- El Goonish Shive:
- Catalina Bobcat clings to people while talking to them, to the point that she makes Chivalrous Pervert Tedd uncomfortable when she does it to him.
- Grace has also done this on occasion.
- Speak with Monsters indicates this is a racial trait of Ropers.
- In the first chapter of The Meek, we are introduced to Innocent Fanservice Girl Angora, who has lived in the wild for much of her life and consequently has not developed many cultural taboos, such as a sense of personal space. Pinter gets to discover this firsthand.
- Ménage ŕ 3: Yuki to Zii.
- Cyanide and Happiness has the Personal Space Invader, shown here and here.
- Cronus from Homestuck is a creepy version, touching people a lot to hit on them and insisting that it's just friendly and that they shouldn't make this weirder than it needs to be. When he does it to Mituna, who a) Hates Being Touched and b) is quite literally brain-damaged (which is not played for laughs), it's even worse than usual.
- Mirai Nikki The Abridged Series: Yuno. She is Yukiteru's personal space.
- Donnie DuPre from Demo Reel really likes to cuddle, especially with other guys. The family who kidnap him and touch him a lot while keeping him drugged are a much creepier take.
- Cats even more so, but that's mainly because they like being warm. They have a hilarious Double Standard with their own personal space too. Sit down anywhere near a cat that isn't in the mood for petting, and it will likely walk off in a huff, acting like you suffer from this trope.
- "The Johnson Treatment". US President Lyndon B. Johnson was well known for his domineering personality, part of which involved getting "his face a scant millimeter from his target", and it wasn't just people he was trying to intimidate who got this, he also did it to his friends and JFK himself. The fact that he was 6'4" certainly helped.
- This customer on Not Always Right.
- There are three major ways in which people absorb information: Visual (through sight), Auditory (through sound) and Kinesthetic (through touch). Most people are dominant in one or two of these. Guess which one has issues with other people's personal space?
- Some people with social disorders, such as autism, have trouble reading social cues, which may or may not involve an understanding of the concept of personal space.
- Americans have one of the biggest bubbles of personal space in the world, leading to awkward situations when dealing with people of cultures who normally reserve much less. The biggest clash tends to occur in Asian countries, namely China, India, and Japan, who have such a high population density, there simply isn't enough room for personal space. On the other hand, Asian cultures tend to have averse attitudes towards touching between strangers, and many find the American custom of shaking hands at first meeting uncomfortable. Many Northern Europeans also find Americans a bit too eager to act in a manner reserved for close friends in their countries with casual acquaintances.
- If shaking hands is uncomfortable, imagine the reaction towards many Southern European, South American, and Middle Eastern cultures, in which people commonly greet each other by kissing on the cheeks. Some countries do a combination of these. In South Africa, people shake hands, yet find kissing cheeks of anyone other than a woman, child, or sibling weird.
- Older relatives you haven't seen for a while. They remember seeing you as a baby (which you obviously don't remember, so they might as well be a total stranger) so they have no problem invading your space to hug you, pat your head, or pinch your cheeks. The fear of that cheek pinching has almost become a trope in itself.
- Most toddlers and young children don't understand the concept of personal space yet.
- People from big, crowded cities, like New York City or Tokyo, don't have much sense of personal space in comparison to those from the country or suburbs. Good luck trying to ride trains in these cities if you have a high sense of personal space, especially in Tokyo, where trains are so packed they need pushermen to shove people into trains to make sure the doors can close.
- Children who grow up in crowded situations, especially in poverty, often have a completely different concept of physical space than children in other socio/eco levels.
- If you don't like being touched, then you appear to attract the people who can't keep their hands to themselves and enjoy being in your face.
- Insects. Vertebrates usually have a natural fear of humans and will only approach humans by themselves if they have been tamed (and even then, they might still not approach you unless you have food). Insects, on the other hand, have no such natural fear and see no problem in landing on you and buzzing around your ears, no matter how much you try to swat them or chase them away.