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Something is scary. Something is terrifying. Something makes one character desperately afraid.

What better response than to grab a hold of someone bigger and stronger than you to protect you?

The original version has a woman [[TheGlomp glomping]] a man in fright, and it's TruthInTelevision; why do you think guys want to take their girlfriends into {{Haunted House}}s? Heck, why do girls want to go through haunted houses with their boyfriends? They want to [[InvokedTrope invoke this trope]]. Also a way to ShipTease and play up WillTheyOrWontThey and get some HoYay in for characters of the same sex. Occasionally both characters are scared and cling to each other.

A common variation is to have a larger, stronger character hold on to a weaker, smaller character (the man is scared and wants the girl to protect him) or for [[MilesGloriosus the braggart who claimed to be brave who is the more terrified]].
Another variant is a child hiding behind a teenager or adult and peeking around their leg fearfully/suspiciously. This last one is played more for [[{{Moe}} adorable factor]] than {{Fanservice}}.

When turned UpToEleven the scared person will leap into the other person's arms or onto their back (usually catching them by surprise). Going in the other direction, a more restrained form of this might have the fearful person reach out and hold tightly onto the sleeve of their companion.

CryIntoChest is a sister trope. Depending on the situation, can result in InstantSeiza.

See also: CatScare, EekAMouse Compare CowerPower.




!!!Examples of clinging to another person's sleeve/arm:

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya does this to Kyon when trapped in the sealed reality. Kyon lampshades it by suggesting that if she's really that scared she should just hold onto his arm. Haruhi's response? "[[{{Tsundere}} Idiot!]]"
* Nagi does this several times in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', mostly to Hayate. Hinagiku is another favorite target for this, sometimes even when Hayate is also present. Most often it's someone hiding behind one of them for protection but the clingy-ness is definitely there.
** Hinagiku once did it to Hayate [[spoiler: but she was just kidding and was messing with him due to her intense dislike of losing (triggered by getting scared earlier and getting saved by Hayate)]]. Hayate even makes a CallBack to this around 200 chapters later, [[spoiler: though he claimed he was also kidding, it's a cover for it actually being a SecurityCling but instead because ''he'' was scared and wanted to protect ''her'' from Tama]].
* In the ''Anime/BloodPlus'' manga, Haji notes that it's something Saya has a habit of doing whenever she's nervous.
* ''MegamanNTWarrior'': Yai and Chaud ride an elevator, and when the lights go out and the elevator stops, she grabs his arm. His comment? "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny You're cutting off the circulation to my hand.]]"
* [[NonactionGuy Gau]] from ''NabariNoOu'' has a rather cute tendency to [[ShipTease cling onto]] [[HoYay Raikou's arms]] when he's nervous.
* DaiMahouTouge: [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext After ambushing her and attempting to kill her in the street with a giant pair of scissors]], Punie's sisters abruptly find themselves disarmed and facing their now-rather-angry big sister. They cling helplessly to one another, trembling as she draws near... [[spoiler: and [[ComedicSpanking get a spanking]] for [[SpoofAesop running in the street with scissors.]]]]
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** When Russia came to visit, (North) Italy and Romano (South Italy) were shown clinging to each other in fear.
** Italy was shown holding on to Germany when he got scared while they were watching horror movies.

* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', Hermione gradually goes down Ron's arm when Harry is about to approach Buckbeak.

* ''Literature/TheExilesViolin'': Jacquie will grab Clay's arm when feeling unsure or vulnerable.
* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'': [[spoiler: After nearly being raped]] Annala clings to Eric's arm because she's rattled and in need of security.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Chloe Sullivan does this to Clark Kent on occasion, but when you're dealing with {{Superman}} level threats, it's okay to be scared.
* During the final moments of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' Season Four, in the episode "Lucifer Rising", Sam and Dean react to Lucifer's imminent appearance [[http://www.homeofthenutty.com/supernatural/screencaps/displayimage.php?album=82&pid=119445#top_display_media this]] [[http://www.homeofthenutty.com/supernatural/screencaps/displayimage.php?album=82&pid=119447#top_display_media way]]. Especially a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming considering all of the crap their relationship has been going through, all the lies and mistrust and whacked-out junkie behavior in the past season, and the fact that Sam is actually [[spoiler:directly responsible for freeing Lucifer]] and betrayed and abandoned Dean to do it. However, their first instinct when they're desperate and terrified is still to cling to one another.
* In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "That Old Gang Of Mine," Cordelia gets Fred to go out to a bar with her and Wesley, after spending all her time inside, fearing the outside world because of past bad experiences. The bar gets attacked by a gang of demon hunters, and Fred spends most of the rest of the episode clinging to Wesley's arm.
* Kara Thrace and Lee Adama during a particularly tense moment in the 2000s ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica ]]'', when [[spoiler: they've just decided to take on a joint secret mission to assassinate an Admiral, and know they'll probably die for it]].
* Example from StarTrek TOS: Awaiting the impact of a possibly deadly missile Kirk feels Yeoman Rand at his back and reaches behind to put an arm around her.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'': On the cover of Caravans of Mars.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* VideoGame/LoveAndWar has an example, played for laughs. When Ryan and Lavie have to explore Blackwater Park, Lavie hears animal sounds, probably those of a hooting owl, and is instantly scared. She grabs hold of Ryan's arm, but he is far from pleased:
-->'''Lavie:''' ''(almost in tears)'' "But I'm scared!"
-->'''Ryan:''' ''(deadpan)'' "I know, but how is twisting my arm off going to help?"
* In Daggerfall there is a book in which a boy is frightened and grabs his stepfather's arm. Stepfather sensibly points out: "If you want me to protect you, don't grab my sword arm."

[[folder: Web Video]]
* In all [[WebVideo/{{Kickassia}} three]] [[WebVideo/SuburbanKnights anniversary]] [[WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee movies]], WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic (a six foot man) hides behinds and clings to WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick (a five foot two woman). In these instances, he really ''does'' think she's stronger and braver than him, so that's why he does it.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', after Skitter rescues Dinah, Dinah spends much of the time they are around each other holding Skitter's hand.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''[[TotalDramaIsland Total Drama Action]]'' a reluctant [[spoiler: Courtney]] is forced to cling onto Duncan while they're balancing on a very narrow column during one challenge.
* DoubleSubversion in ''TheSimpsons'' Season 14 finale "Moe Baby Blues". In one scene after baby Maggie takes a liking to Moe, he feels his sleeve being tugged upon, thinking it's her, but it turns out to be a branch from a bare bush. Later it happens again, in reverse: he thinks his sleeve caught on the branch again, but it turns out to be Maggie.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Bumblebee briefly grabs onto Ratchet's arm as they inspect an empty scraplet trap. Poor 'bot just had a close shave with one of the little beasties, so you can hardly blame him, even if he is a giant robot.
* TheJoker once did this to Batman in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode, ''Beware the Creeper''. There's no deception or ulterior motive on the Joker's part, he's legitimately relieved that Batman showed up -- the Creeper is [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth too crazy even for him]].
* Invariably, [[GravityFalls Mabel and Dipper]] reach for each other's arms or hands in frightening situations. This even leads to a heartbreaking moment in the Season 1 finale when [[spoiler:Gideon's GiantMecha forcibly pulls them apart, breaking their grip on each other's hands.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Humor writer DaveBarry describes watching a horror movie that made him whimper and cling to the person next to him: horror writer Creator/StephenKing, who in turn was whimpering and clinging to his wife.

!!!Examples of a simple glomp (they grab onto the person):

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Kirie from ''Manga/GirlsBravo'' often does this to Yukinari whenever she's afraid.
* One episode in ''Anime/SailorMoon'' has Usagi going to an arcade with Mamoru, Ali, and Ann. (Ali and Ann are actually aliens, Ali has a crush on Usagi and Ann has a crush on Mamoru). Both Usagi and Ann cling to Mamoru, and when things get a little scary inside, Usagi freaks and is thrown out of the ride and into the arms of Ali, who was thankfully nearby.
* Jessie and James from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. Fandom calls it the "Fear Hug". [[ShipTease Misty also does this with Ash and Tracey a few times.]]
* Also from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Mikuru did this to Kyon during the Mysterique Sign episode in response to seeing the giant cricket that was about to attack them.
** There's also a moment in ''Remote Island Syndrome'' where [[LesYay Mikuru clings to Yuki]] after hearing Haruhi speculate that the former will be a murder victim. [[HideYourLesbians This was censored in the anime.]]
* In ''CentaurNoNayami'', Hime and Sasasul cling to each other during a scary movie. Notably, an Antarctican (like Sasasul) was the villain and a centaur (like Hime) was the victim, and Hime was previously afraid of Sasasul due to watching the same movie as a child. And everyone learned an important lesson that chapter.
* The [[KillerRabbit Chiester Sisters]] from ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' do this when they [[OhCrap realize that Battler's AntiMagic is]] [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale Over Nine Thousand!]].
* In ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' while the club is at Kyouya's (or Nekozawa's in the manga) private beach Tamaki and Haruhi had an argument. Things are quickly patched up after Haruhi first grabs the bottom of Tamaki's [[CaughtTheHeartOnHisSleeve shirt]] when he turns to leave the room after she hears a clap of [[FearofThunder thunder]]. She then climbs into a nearby armoire, and Tamaki opens the doors trying to coax her out. [[DramaticThunder Cue another loud crash of thunder]] to send Haruhi right into Tamaki's arms.
* To up the HoYay factor, America does this to Japan in episode 51 of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' while watching a scary movie.
* During the exploration (and escape from) the ruins of the [[Manga/HayateTheCombatButler Sanzenin Mansion]] in the Golden Week arc, Hayate holds onto Nagi and Ayumu's hands, claiming they're 'frail girls', leading Hinagiku to thinking that Hayate likes frail girls. But FridgeLogic dictates that this is actually the opposite, Hayate himself is clinging to the girls because they're frail and important that he know that they're alright, and Hinagiku, who he knows is strong enough to take care of herself, doesn't need to be protected for him to know she's safe. Much ShipTease leads and follows in the arc.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai La Verite'' episode 7. After Konoe regains consciousness in an underground room, her terrified assistant Yashima Sanae runs into the room and performs a full body (arms ''and'' legs) frontal Glomp on her.
* In ''SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'', Tails does a full-body glomp onto Sonic every time [[FearOfThunder lightning strikes]].
* ''RanmaOneHalf'': Akane glomps onto Ranma when she becomes scared by ghosts in The Cursed Tunnel of Lost Love. This trope was also discussed earlier in the arc.
--> '''Man:''' It's really scary in there, you know. Your girlfriend will squeeze you for dear life!
--> '''Ranma:''' Well, I don't want to be hugged by Akane. That's for sure!
--> '''Akane:''' Who would want to hug you, anyways?!
** In the manga, when Ranma and Akane are cornered into a wall by a tiger, she [[http://www.anymanga.com/ranma/005/003/017/ grabs onto him]]. He has [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes a major fear of cats]], so he isn't doing too hot either.
** Played for laughs shortly after. The tiger Gosunkugi used to scare Ranma is in return scared of Ranma's Cat-Fu. The tiger's so terrified that it jumps into Kuno's arms, which makes Kuno think it's attracted to him, then clings to and hides behind him.
--> '''Kuno:''' I'm sorry, but my heart belongs to another.
--> '''Random guy:''' I don't think it's asking you for a date!
** Invoked in the battle dogi arc. While Ranma tries to seduce Akane in a closet to prevent her from wearing a powerful suit, Genma and Soun attempt to help things along by throwing some snakes and frogs at Akane. It works, [[MomentKiller until the suit itself interrupts]].
* In episode 15 of ''DNAngel'' Risa does the SecurityCling to Riku. And in episode 18 Riku does it to Daisuke.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''--Allenby and Rain glom onto each other when Domon starts talking about rats, and then look really embarrassed when they realize he's talking about the metaphorical kind.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/ToyHammer'' has Sanctioned Psyker Ishabeth hug and cling to Commissar Tomas after he performs a fatal ClickHello to her evil counterpart.
* Happens to Kyon three times at once in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', with Haruhi taking Mikuru to see ''{{Saw}}'' specifically to invoke this trope. Mikuru ended up in Kyon's lap, with Haruhi and Miyoko clinging to either arm.
* Interestingly and heartwarmingly combined with SexForSolace in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/106068/1/relax/intimacy Relax.]]
* In the very beginning of ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', when John and Paul see the second moon and realize they're not just kidnapped but kidnapped onto another planet, they grab onto each other, “the only familiar things left in the universe,” and start to scream. After they calm down, John detaches from Paul because he's clawing the crap out of Paul's arm.
* Sofia from ''[[Fanfic/TheSurprisingAdventuresOfAGlaceonInUnova The Glaceon and the Shadow]]'' does this to Larissa all the time; it's practically her first reflex whenever in danger from the day they met on.

* ''Film/BlazingSaddles''. Taggart does a "single glomp" version on Hedley Lamaar when he's frightened by a scaffold trap door releasing outside.
* ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact''. The ship's nutritionist, Irina Yakunina [[note]]In the novel, the character's name was Xenia Marchenko, and Irina Yakunina was the crew member she replaced at the last minute[[/note]] goes to Floyd's quarters so that they can spend the harrowing [[SpaceshipSlingshotStunt aerobraking maneuver]] in each other's arms; when it's over, [[FlirtingUnderFire she kisses him on the cheek]] (though in the novel, she fell asleep).
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods''. [[spoiler:As Marty and Dana descend in the elevator to the ElaborateUndergroundBase, Marty stands behind Dana with his arms around her. This inadvertently saves his life when a gun-toting guard bursts into the elevator; he can't shoot him as Dana is in the way and as the FinalGirl she has to die last.]]

* At a certain point in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Jerin is trying to escape on horseback. A woman on another horse comes up alongside, grabs him by the waist, and tries to jerk him onto her horse. He could fall to the ground and possibly be trampled, or he could end up in front of her on the saddle; to his shame his body chooses the latter and he clings to her, terrified.
* Occurs between a pair of male police officers in Creator/JKRowling's ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' [[http://www.mugglenet.com/potterprequel.shtml prequel vignette]], who are terrified by being caught in the middle of a confrontation between James and Sirius on one side and three men on broomsticks on the other.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Sam fright glomps [[Series/ICarly Carly]] during the HalloweenEpisode. Leads to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Getting Some]] LesYay [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Under The Radar]].
** In "iMove Out", Carly grabs onto the back of Freddie and pulls him toward her when a loud noise is heard in Freddie's apartment. And again in ''iBelieve in Bigfoot'', Carly backs off and holds close onto Freddie's arm when the gang encounters the alleged "Big Foot".
* In ''HappyDays'', Richie, Ralph and Potsie are talking to a scientist who tells them a tornado is about to hit the lab they are in. Ralph goes into full panic and screams, "Everyone, grab something heavy!" and instantly glomps on to the heavyset scientist who notes that the boy has one really strong grip.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Jamie [=McCrimmon=] and the Second Doctor do this [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace a lot]]. Occasionally Victoria or Zoe will get in on the act, too.
** The Eleventh Doctor and Amy have a variation. Because Amy's story is one traumatic BreakTheCutie moment after another, the Doctor develops a habit of clinging tightly to her and rubbing her back while delivering each new piece of bad news. Asking permission from her husband Rory every time, of course.
* Mert and Tommy on ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus''. [[HoYay So very much.]]
* Creator/DickAndDom are always prone to this (PlayedForLaughs) when threatened by mild peril, or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrseElMd_K0&t=3m36s gunge]]. And it is [[HoYay adorable]].
* In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Heartthrob," Cordelia and Angel are underground, and Cordelia grabs Angel in fear because she thinks there's an earthquake, but it's just the subway.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
** PlayedForLaughs in "Reptile Boy" when Buffy pulls a BigDamnHeroes to save Cordelia, only to have her [[CovertPervert cling to Angel instead]].
** Subverted in "The Zeppo". Faith looks a shaken after Xander helps her escape from a demon. She says, "Hold me", and when he goes to comfort her she positions his hands so she can [[DramaticDislocation snap back her dislocated shoulder]].
* In ''TheInspectorLynleyMysteries'', DS Barbara Havers is [[spoiler:held hostage at gunpoint]]. Scary enough in itself, but she was on her first case back after ''being shot in the abdomen'' the previous episode, and worse yet, the gun pointed at her was the same kind that had shot her before. Needless to say, she [[FlashbackEcho freaks]] [[{{Trigger}} out]]. Her partner, the eponymous Inspector Lynley, finally manages to get her out of there, and in a slow version of the glomp, she curls into his chest [[CryIntoChest and sobs hysterically]] as he rubs her back. They end up doing this to each other -- ''she's'' terrified because she's just been held hostage, and ''he's'' terrified because he nearly lost his [[TheNotLoveInterest partner]] for the second time in a handful of months.
* PlayedForLaughs in the ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode "The Sniper". Radar is leaving the shower tent when a North Korean sniper starts shooting, at which point he panics, sprints back into the shower tent and straight into the arms of Colonel Blake. [[HoYay Who was still showering at the time.]]
* Example of a glomp from StarTrek TOS: Kirk and the GirlOfTheWeek are caught in a suddenly plunging elevator and grab onto each other.
* ''Series/ForeverKnight''. Vampire detective Nick Knight startles a woman alone in a museum at night. So she asks to be hugged, whereupon he [[WarmBloodBagsAreEverywhere he struggles with the urge to feed her]], given he's in close proximity to her neck.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright]] [[HoYay and]] [[FanPreferredCouple Miles Edgeworth]] do a double security cling during SheHulk's ending in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', when Jen whacks her gavel on the judge's bench a little too hard.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' Rinoa does this three times to Squall. First, after being rescued from the Iguions, she grabs onto him and doesn't want to let go. Later, while on the Ragnarok, after the intense sequence of events that's just occurred, she takes advantage of the gravity being turned off to float down into Squall's lap and puts her arms around him, telling him that it makes her feel safe. The third time is when she hugs him after he rescues her from the sorceress memorial.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', Regal attacks Zelos in the Meltokio sewers, and pins him to the ground with his foot. Presea knocks Regal back, and Zelos is freed. Cue Zelos scurrying around and [[HoYay glomping Lloyd]] from behind, literally shaking with terror.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In one [[HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] segment, Strong Sad makes a fake version of himself, whose head rolls off and shatters on the ground. Before this sinks in to Strong Bad, the real Strong Sad sneaks up behind him, causing Strong Bad to glomp the fake Strong Sad.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', when Skitter finally rescues Dinah, Dinah hugs her. She spends much of the time they are around each other holding Skitter's hand after that.

* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' - [[SadistTeacher Crocker]] spazglomped [[GenieInABottle Norm the Genie]]. Norm did not like it at all.
* A ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode has this with Raven and Starfire, complete with freakout-screams. Given how powerful they both are, it's hilarious.
* Just before boarding the Lowardian ship in the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' GrandFinale, Shego warns Ron to "Hold on!". He latches onto her, and she snaps "Not to me!"
* Mrs. Bighead does this to Rocko in the ''RockosModernLife'' episode "Cabin Fever" when Heffer tells them a scary story.
* In the movie ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', 5 and 9 cling to each other while hiding from the [[BigBad Fabrication Machine.]]
* ''TotalDrama'' has a few moments like this:
** When their bus falls off a cliff in the TDA special [[FoeYay Justin can be seen hugging Noah]]. Same goes for [[OfficialCouple Tyler and Lindsay]] and [[MakeoutKids Geoff and Bridgette]].
** While the cast fall from the plane in the Japan episode Harold and Tyler can be seen semi-hugging during the song.
** In ''"I See London..."'', Sierra grabs onto Cody when the Ripper attacks them, funnily, he appears more horrified about Sierra than the actual Ripper.
* Nancy and Mimi are quite prone to this on ''TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan''. Stanley also does this a few times to Henry (who, strangely enough, doesn't seem to take issue with it despite having limited patience with his brother).
* Probably the most memorable scene of ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}'' that [[OutOfFocus Mikey and Donnie]] were a part of-- which isn't saying much, since it was part of a trailer. If memory serves, each grabbed onto the other.
* In the ending of one of the many chases that Pepe Le Pew conducts on Penelope they both fall off of a cliff and in response Pepe draws a parachute that saves both of them. On their way down Penelope is holding onto Pepe for dear life, while Pepe is viewing this as a matter of affection rather than necessity. Still a cute exchange regardless.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MonsterBusterClub'', Danny and Cathy hold onto each other when they think they are about to be turned into statues.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': From "Graveyard Shift" Squidward and SpongeBob [[HoYay hug each other]] because they're terrified of the Hash Slinging Slasher.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' does this a few times, especially in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]". In this case, it's Rarity and Applejack, who have been on each others' nerves through the whole episode, clinging to each other in moments of weakness.
** [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0qeYtraDg9Q/UpsmE3_ko6I/AAAAAAAABHY/0_NlfyKA5Q8/s1600/vlcsnap-2013-11-30-19h13m01s80.png All aboard the Twilightmobile!]]
* Vinnie and Sunil from ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' do this [[HoYay a lot]] due to their shared love of horror movies.

!!!Examples of leaping into another person's arms (or on their back):

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''HanaukyoMaidTai'' ''La Verite''. Yashima Sanae jumps into Konoe Tsurugi's arms in the opening titles.
* In the ''Anime/Pokemon'' episode, "Charmander the Stray Pokemon", Brock tells Misty that there's something crawling up her arm. Misty freaks out thinking it was a bug causing her to leap on top of Ash. It turned out [[FalseAlarm it was just a little plant]].

* Pretty much played straight in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' with Marion jumping into Indy's arms (and then climbing onto his shoulders) when they realize they are standing in a snake pit.
* Is a RunningGag at the beginning of ''TheGodsMustBeCrazy 2'' as beautiful hotshot lawyer is spooked by savannah critters while in the company of a strong researcher. Also, she's wearing a long skirt, which makes it even funnier in practice.
* An extreme version in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''. When Woody and Buzz are facing the mutilated toys in Sid's room, Woody climbs on top of Buzz's head.
* ''[[TheFlintstones The Man Called Flintstone]]''. When Barney confronts the Green Goose, the villain's RightHandAttackDog Ferocious snarls at him, causing him to jump into Fred's arms.
* Happens more than once in ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'' during Blue Meanie attacks.
* In ''Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'', when Lady Tremaine shows up behind Cinderella preparing for her wedding, Gus jumps into Jaq's arms.

[[folder: Literature]]
* During ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}'' Candacye (a Leptoceratops) leaps up into the tiny arms of Mike (a TyrannosaurusRex) several times when menaced by other dinosaurs.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In an episode of ''BoyMeetsWorld'', the one with the serial killer that turns out to be AllJustADream, Eric jumps into Jack's arms like this.
* Happens on a regular basis on ''GilligansIsland'', with Gilligan jumping into the Skipper's arms.
* In ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', Cody gets frightened in a supposedly haunted room and leaps into Maddie's arms. Maddie promptly drops him. When he tries it again with London later, she doesn't even try to catch him.
* In one of the Jack Hanna interviews on ''TheTonightShow with Johnny Carson'', a particularly vicious animal scared Johnny so bad he leapt into Ed's arms...
* Chandler jumps into Joey's arms in the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode ''The One After The Superbowl''.
** You can pretty much find Chandler in Joey's arms and vice versa about 75% of the time, really.
* In the British version of ''Series/{{Splatalot}}'', Creator/DickAndDom purport to be frightened of two of the Attackers in one episode; Dom leaps into Dick's arms. Dick leaps into Dom's a few minutes later. Then they [[{{Slapstick}} both try to leap into each other's arms at the same time]].
* In Fabulous Boys, the Taiwanese version of ''Series/YouAreBeautiful'', Mei Nan is frightened by a bunch of fake cockroaches Jeremy is throwing at her during a photoshoot and jumps into Xin Yu's arms.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The 1st Edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' Dungeon Master's Guide has a picture of a fighter jumping into a wizard's arms after encountering a rust monster. [[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/images/designdev_rustdmg.jpg Here's the pic.]]

* Happens in [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_436.php Wildy's fic]] in ''[[Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures DMFA]]''.
* Happens when [[http://tf2.skyscrapersoup.com/?p=42 the red spy sneaks up on spy and scout]] in ''Webcomic/CuantaVida''.
* ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' has "''[[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=12 Badoom 3]]''. Supposedly the most frightening game ever made".
* In ''EerieCuties'', when Melissa and her little coven [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/magick_chicks_-_holiday_special_-_2_of_2 "got volunteered"]] with EvilLaugh for transfer to [[MagickChicks another school]], Jacqui jumps on the Melissa's hands, hugs her and closes eyes.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01479.htm crocodile]].
* Hilariously inverted by DominicDeegan, who leaps into ''Luna's'' arms when a [[ItMakesSenseInContext pile of undead cultists sink into the ground.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo leaping into Shaggy's arms is probably the TropeCodifier.
** One episode features a double-decker version. Expanding on the classic version whereby Scooby jumps into Shaggy's arms, Shaggy was in turn so terrified that he (along with his cargo) jumped into ''Fred'' 's arms.
*** There's a similar gag in another episode, but with Shaggy leaping into ''Velma'''s arms. That she can run from the monster of the week with both of them in her arms is certainly impressive.
** During a ''JohnnyBravo'' episode where he [[CrossOver meets]] the ScoobyDoo gang, there's a running gag where Johnny jumps into Daphne's arms. Near the end of the episode, Daphne jumps into Fred's arms, he then winks in approval to the screen. Then Velma and Shaggy end up in his arms too and they crash.
** In the "Where Are You" episode "Spooky Space Kook", Scooby jumps into Shaggy's arms after a chicken mistakes his tail for a worm and bites it.
* Cartoons -- elephants leaping into the arms of either another animal or a human at the sight of a mouse was a standby.
** Have them there for a bit, then realize the laws of physics still apply, and then splat.
* Twice in the episode linked from the ''KiddVideo'' page quote.
* Helga did this to Arnold in ''HeyArnold'' in the episode "Wheezin Ed". Sid did it to Rhonda as well for a bit of temporary ShipTease.
** Helga does this to Arnold again in another episode when an out of control bulldozer is going to tear down the tree they're in. Arnold is too busy thinking about how to stop the bulldozer while Helga is thinking about how good he smells.
* ''JonnyQuest'' episode "Terror Island". After being frightened by an exploding firecracker, Bandit jumps into Jonny's arms.
* ''[[TotalDramaIsland Total Drama World Tour]]'' has [[ButtMonkey Cody]] clinging desperately onto [[BigGuy Owen's]] shoulders [[BearsAreBadNews as an angry polar bear comes towards them.]]
** Geoff also leaps into Bridgette's arms in one of the Aftermaths after an anvil nearly hits him.
** Justin leaps into Courtney's arms after an alarm goes off in "Dial M for Merger".
* Happens [[HoYay often]] between Jimmy and Beezy on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' (1973-74) episodes.
** "The Planet Splitter". When Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog are surprised by Doctor [=LeBon=]'s assistant aboard the space ship, Wonder Dog jumps into Marvin's arms.
** "The Baffles Puzzle". When one of the bad guys slams a door and traps Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog in a room, Wonder Dog jumps into Marvin's arms again.
** "The Power Pirate". When Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog are trapped in a dark room and a door suddenly opens, Wonder Dog jumps into Marvin's arms yet again.
* The Creator/CartoonNetwork Groovies episode "Jabberjaw". When Jabberjaw is frightened by a giant robot he jumps into Clamhead's arms.
* Bobcat Socrates does this to Zach in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresFromTheBookOfVirtues'' in the episode "Perseverance".
* A startled Booster leaps onto Buzz's shoulders in one episode of ''BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand''. Buzz's completely deadpan "Can I ''help'' you" makes it a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* Starfire jumped into Robin's arms when frightened by Beast Boy's enthusiasm in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
* Happens twice during a play of how equestria was created in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Rainbow Dash even [[LampshadeHanging comments on this]].
* In the first act of the ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS1E5ShopAroundTheClock Shop Around The Clock]]", [[StupidEvil Butch]] fearfully jumps into the arms of his partner [[HairTriggerTemper Jake]] in response to hearing the fisherman dummy, controlled by Bogus, speak.
* Several times in ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', Dad has leaped onto Mom in fear.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010'' episode, "Lord of the Fleas", after Lucky and Cookie had just barely escaped a quicksand trap and a giant spider web, Niblet greets them from behind. This startles Lucky causing him to jump onto Cookie's back; he thought it was a spider.
* ''WesternAnimation/The7D'' episode "Buckets" has a RunningGag of the dwarfs getting scared and jumping into Lord Starchbottom's arms. Happy thinks it's pretty fun.