But they so easy to squish!
Hulk live in cruel world."
Aww, isn't this little guy cute? I'm gonna take him home and hug him and kiss him and squeeze him with all my heart and be such a great friend and...
...and for some reason he fell asleep. You OK, little guy?
Named after the character Lennie Small, in John Steinbeck's Of Mice & Men, this is a subtrope of Does Not Know His Own Strength, in which a large monster just wants to express their love (typically by hugging) for something much smaller than them without being aware of how much their love is harming it. Usually played for laughs, although there are exceptions. Possibly a deconstruction/satire of the Gentle Giant.
This Trope is not to be be confused with naming conventions of Sleeping Car Porters.
- Kaiju Girl Caramelise: When Kuroe turns into Harugon at a metal festival, Arata, who manages to deduce from the creature's gaze and behavior that it's trying to tell him something, manages to calm her down after she catches him from a crashing helicopter. Relieved that he's okay and that he doesn't think her monster form is scary up close, she lovingly squeezes him in her hand...which causes him to pass out from the pressure. Unpleasant for him, but fortunate for her, as this allows her to change back while he's out cold without him discovering her Secret Identity.
- In Azumanga Daioh, Tomo gets too rough while playing with Mayaa and gets scratched as a result of it.
- The Clawed Man in GUN×SWORD. Played very straight, almost for tragedy, and he regrets it every time.
- While he's actually far too gentle for this, the appearance of Zaitsu Misao from Hatsukoi Limited immediately convinces people and animals alike that this is the case. Evidence suggests that he knows his limits better than that, but the birds he loves to feed never take the chance. It doesn't help that his fantasies about his crush bear some definite undertones of this as well.
- Ranma ½:
- When Ryōga hears (Shampoo impersonating) Akane tell him she loves him, he goes mad with joy and pursues her, intending to give her a big hug. Akane, for her part, thinks he's being mind-controlled (long story) and is absolutely horrified when she sees him destroy half the landscape pursuing her. Realizing that a hug from him would crush her, she escapes and trades places with Ranma, who is resilient enough to be only slightly squished when he embraces her.
- Played straight. Ryōga's on the receiving end when he's kidnapped in his piglet form by Azusa Shiratori of the Golden Pair, who steals anything she considers cute (animals and inanimate objects alike) and give them cute French names like Françoise or Charlotte.
- Akane takes P-Chan (Ryōga's pig form) to bed with her. Happōsai decides to steal a turn and spends an entire chapter fending off Ranma and Ryōga only to learn — a bit too late — that "sweet lil' Akane" tosses and turns in her sleep, and gets pummeled. The following dialogue ensues;
Ranma: Does she usually sleep like this?
Ryōga: No, this is a lot calmer than usual.
- One author has noted that this makes her a perfect fit for Ranma's Unconscious Objector sleep pattern.
- Transformers Energon has a variation with, of all mechs, Megatron, who didn't realize until his soldier Demolishor pointed it out, that humans actually die and don't have "sparks" that can be collected after their bodies are destroyed. (Unlike Cybertronians, who have fought the same war with the same people for millions of years, and most death just results in a new toy... uh, body.) Megatron even pauses to think about this, saying "Really?". This doesn't stop him from wanting to blow up the planet later on.
- In Wolf's Rain, where Toboe greets the old woman who keeps him as a pet a little too vigorously and breaks her neck.
- Hetalia: Axis Powers: Russia's treatment of Latvia in general, including affectionate head pats that are implied to have crushed part of his spine, and Russia stretching him bodily after Latvia tells him that his small size is Russia's fault. At another point, when Russia asks Latvia why he can't stop shaking in his presence and gives him a hug in an attempt to calm him down, Latvia pretty much dies of fright. The Sealand and Latvia Desktop mascots allude to this:
Sealand: Why does Latvia hate Russia so much?
Latvia:...I don't want to be twisted anymore...
- In the first episode of Nyan Koi!, the main character's Love Interest (or at least he wants her to be) absolutely adores cats. Unfortunately, she doesn't understand that the cats don't appreciate being hugged so hard by a complete stranger after being lured with food. The local cats are terrified of her and consider her to be an evil and devious monster. Even more unfortunately, the main character is tasked with stopping her due to his curse (he has to do favors for 100 cats or be turned into a cat himself because he accidentally broke the statue of a cat deity)
- In an episode of Black Butler Finnie reminisces about a pet bird he once had. One day when he tried to pet it...Let's just say that Finnie Does Not Know His Own Strength and leave it at that.
- Fairy Tail: Milliana, whenever she gets anywhere near an Exceed. She can even smell one out!
- Pokémon: This seems to be a bit of a problem for newcomer Iris.
- She got shocked by Pikachu when she first met it and Cuteness Proximity took over.
- Iris smooches Ash's Tepig. Poor thing, as if it didn't suffer enough already.
- Iris has taken fire to the face twice and electrocution, and all before the ninth episode! She's not stopping, and we should all fear for the safety of every Pokémon.
- In XY, Clemont's little sister, Bonnie, once got shocked by Pikachu because she hugged him too hard.
- In Sun & Moon, Lana's two little sisters do this to Pikachu. He ends up shocking them, Lana, Ash, the RotomDex, and Lana's Popplio. Then there's Bewear and Team Rocket...
- In Durarara!!, Shizuo's romantic history can effectively be summed up as "boy meets girl. Boy finds girl in danger. Boy tries to save or protect girl, but accidentally hospitalizes her in the process. Boy and girl never speak again. Repeat until boy is convinced that he's incapable of loving or being loved."
- In one of the later portions of Ghost Sweeper Mikami, Yokoshima and Hyakume are captured by Ashtaroth's agents. One of these agents, Papillio, has a ridiculous fondness for collecting pets, so into the menagerie Yokoshima and Hyakume go. The problem isn't that they'll get squished or otherwise negligently killed by Papillio...not directly. The problem is her other pets aren't so nice. Not when they include the likes of KERBEROS.
- Gintama has Kagura, a super strong alien that kills any cute animal she keeps (like say, a rabbit) by hugging them when she sleeps. (Both Gintoki and Shinpachi were unsure whether to laugh or cry at such a story). Averted later when she gets Sadaharu, who is normally aggressive and deadly, and has the tendency to bite on anyone's head to draw blood, but for someone like Kagura, is the perfect pet.
- Bleach: Adult Nel, after saving Ichigo's life, rushes to give him a hug. Ichigo had just been completely curbstomped by one of the Espadas, repeatedly taking hits that would have killed a regular human. He was in a great deal of pain during the hugging as a result.
- Mad Science teacher Nakamura of Nichijou adores her cat Taisho, but has no idea how to care for a cat, among other things feeding him ramen like it was proper food. Taisho eventually ran away and became the Shinonomes' cat Sakamoto, though as he himself notes this isn't that great an improvement other than more reliable feeding.
- A Running Gag in Monster Musume is the protagonist constantly being injured by the affections of Miia the lamia, who coils her tail around him every time she hugs. During the chapter where Lunacy drives the Unwanted Harem into a mating frenzy, our hero realizes that if he does go for it, their unrestrained physical strength will kill him.
- In the Tokyo Babylon OAVs, a young boy around 10 years old accidentally strangled his younger sister to death while they were playing in the living of their home. He didn't seem to even notice that she was dead, even happily greeting their shell-shocked mother when she walked on the scene. Ten years later... the grown-up boy has become a Serial Killer and the Big Bad of the second OAV.
- Toriko gives us the Monkey King Bambina, so friggin' strong that he can hurl mountains around the Earth. He's a very playful fella, but woe betide anyone he thinks are his playmates, as his strength can make even a game of Look The Other Way rip someone's head off.
- A flashback in One Piece shows that the pirate Charlotte "Big Mom" Linlin used to have this problem as a child. Even at five years old, Linlin was already much bigger than even normal-sized adults, which, combined with her Ambiguous Innocence and hunger-crazed rampages, was not played for laughs. When trying to spank a full-grown bear like you would a naughty child, Linlin killed the poor beast in one hit. Her idea of "helping" her non-human playmates was to simply tear off their abnormalities, and would have done it had no-one stopped her. It's strongly implied that Linlin ate the other residents of her orphanage while on a "Hunger Rampage".
- In a rare art-related example, Frank Kelly Freas' painting The Gulf Between◊, which also served as inspiration for Queen's News of the World album, features a giant robot that has inadvertently killed a man by holding him too tightly. In the issue of Astounding Science Fiction that featured this on the cover, this was accompanied by the caption, "Please... fix it, Daddy?"
- While captured by Fang, Bark, and Bean of Team Hooligan in Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics), Cream the Rabbit fires off a [rather polite] Rant-Inducing Slight. Bean finds this so adorable, he wants to keep her around and call her "Jorge". Amy and Blaze arrive to rescue her and Cheese the Chao before anything else happens.
- In Hulk: Gray, the Hulk befriends a rabbit in the desert at one point. "Friend. Gray, like Hulk..." and it's all very sweet; you don't get to see the soft side of the Hulk often. But what was meant by the Hulk as a playful poke proves fatal to the poor thing, and the Hulk is driven into one of his trademark rages because he doesn't understand why his friend is "wet" (from the blood).
- The Russian does this to one of Ma Gnucci's henchmen in The Punisher story arc The Punisher: Welcome Back, Frank.
- Then at the end of The Punisher Presents Barracuda, Barracuda accidentally kills the hemophiliac Oswald, one of the few people who he's ever seemed to actually like, by slapping him on the back too hard and causing him to bleed out.
- Happens on a cosmic scale in Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis' Hero Squared. After their petty super-squabbles destroy their own universes, Captain Valor and his archenemy Caliginous find themselves stranded in our universe. Quickly he realizes that his "protection" doesn't come without a price here like it did where he came from, and that superheroics and physics don't go so well together here.
- In Vol. 4 of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics, Shadow, adopted daughter of Casey Jones, discovers her boyfriend is leading some kind of terrorist anti-alien group. Upon finding her, he sends a little toy robot after her that "just wants to play". The robot chases after her relentlessly and the message is clear that playtime will mean her death, and when both of them fall into a river, he tries to drown her, thinking it's all a fun game.
- This is guaranteed to happen whenever Lenore the Cute Little Dead Girl gets a pet.
- Subverted in the old newspaper comic version of Batman, in which a Dumb Muscle gangster is shown having a Pet the Dog moment by giving a kitten a saucer of milk. His affluent boss doesn't like the distraction his henchman's having, so picks up the kitty to pet him... and breaks the poor thing's neck right in front of its owner.
- In issue 2 of IDW's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic comic, the Mane Six run afoul of a hulking cave troll who wants to add the "pwetty po-nays" to his collection of toys. Rarity manages to distract him by whipping up some decoys out of stone, wood, and moss that the troll finds just as cute as the originals. Amusingly, he winds up calling the Rarity decoy "George", much to her dismay.
- In the Superman comic Action Comics Vol 1 643, Superman returns from a self-imposed exile. Overjoyed to see Jimmy after his long time away, Superman grabs the young reporter off his feet. Jimmy yelps and tells Perry to hurry if he's going to have a picture taken because "I think he's crushing my ribs."
- Mortadelo y Filemón: In "En Alemania", they meet an extremely strong drunkard who mistakes them for some friends of his and constantly wants to hug them. He was so strong that his hugs were quite painful for them.
- In Touhou Project fanworks, Flandre Scarlet and Koishi Komeiji are sometimes depicted as being a little too energetic in their pursuit of cuddles. Poor Okuu gets all bent out of shape and ruffled when Koishi glomps her. As for Flandre, well, those that she "plays with" down in the Scarlet Devil Mansion's basement frequently end up "broken."
- There is also this pic with Suika and Alice. Poor Alice.
- In Jonathan Joestar, The First Jojo, Jonathan does this to Joseph after learning that he's his grandson.
Jonathan laughed, while Joseph only gasped, trying to suck in air. "G-Grandpa, I-I can't b-breathe!""Oh! My apologies!" He chuckled nervously, releasing Joseph from the death grip, but kept him at arm's length.
- In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, Gladion and his Pokémon suffer from this after Tapu Koko drops them in front of the wild Bewear, who takes them away.
- Clara who captures Snoopy and Woodstock (naming Snoopy "Rex") from Snoopy, Come Home seems to be a proto-Elmyra.
- Finding Nemo
- Dory when she sees a tiny jellyfish and not knowing what it is, names it "Squishy" and coos at the little creature until it stings her.
Dory: I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine. And he shall be my Squishy. C'mere, Squishy! C'mere, little Squishy! [mimics baby talk as she slowly reaches for it; ZAP!] OW! Bad Squishy!
- Darla is notorious amongst the Tank Gang because of this. She innocently killed Nemo's predecessor by shaking his bag too much.
Darla: Fishie? FISHIE! Wake! Up! Wake! Up! WOAI! ARE! YOU! SLAYPING?!
- Dory when she sees a tiny jellyfish and not knowing what it is, names it "Squishy" and coos at the little creature until it stings her.
- Monsters vs. Aliens:
- B.O.B. enthusiastically hugs Susan's mom, and since he's a Blob Monster, accidentally absorbs her. Susan orders him to spit her out before she suffocates, then apologizes for him. "He's just a hugger."
- Susan goes to her fiancé Derek, and as she is ten times taller than he is, she very nearly crushes him and almost snaps his head off with a kiss.
- In Penguins of Madagascar, Corporal hugs the penguins quite tightly. The girl who shakes the snow-globe Dave's trapped in might count.
- The Lion King 1½: Timon's mother tends to give him such tight and agonizing hugs.
Timon: Ma! Choking, not breathing!
- Edward Scissorhands. His name should give you an idea as to why it was hard for him to properly express physical affection. Though in this case, Edward seems to understand the dangers his hands pose.
- Another Trope Maker was Universal's original Frankenstein (1931) film, in which the childlike monster, while innocently playing with a little girl, gets too enthusiastic and throws her in the river, where she drowns. This was considered so disturbing in the 1930s that the scene was cut right as the Creature is reaching for the girl, skipping to her father carrying her dead body. This made the implications of the scene worse.
- The example from Frankenstein (1931) was parodied in Young Frankenstein, when the monster accidentally throws a little girl through the air by sitting down too hard on a see-saw. This time she's safely thrown through a window of her house into her own bed. In an earlier scene, the girl, after throwing all their petals in the well and making their wishes, asks, "What will we throw in now?" Cue the Monster's Aside Glance.
- In Tommy Boy, Chris Farley's character at a restaurant demonstrates to a waitress how he ruins a sales pitch, likening it to a pet (represented by a dinner roll) that he crushes with manic love.
- In the Chuck Norris film Silent Rage his partner Charlie tells him about when he was little he had a puppy that when it got dirty he gave it a bath in the toilet and put it in the freezer to dry but he accidentally forgot about it and it froze to death.
- At the end of Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, when Hope and Sassy are reunited, Hope is so overjoyed, she scoops Sassy up in her arms and gives her a big hug.
- One of the Trope Makers is undoubtedly Lennie Small, in John Steinbeck's Of Mice & Men. Lennie is a childlike man who doesn't know his own strength, and so ended up crushing the mice and puppies he tried to pet, and eventually kills someone by accident in much the same way. George is the name of his sidekick (or rather, Lennie is his sidekick), hence the Looney Tunes and MGM examples are Shout Outs. There is also the fact that poor Lennie's reaction to being startled is to hold on tightly to whatever he's holding.
- The Howlers from Animorphs are a terrifying race of warriors responsible for the genocide of several other alien races — until our heroes find out that they're all children who believe they're playing a game, under the control of the evil Crayak. It gets better: Jake morphs into a Howler and finds out they have a Hive Mind and are personally killed off by Crayak to ensure they don't remember death. He retaliates by downloading his own memories into another Howler — including his and Cassie's First Kiss. This throws off the whole killer race thing, as the Howlers now try to kiss everything into total submission. Whoops.
- Averted in Roger Zelazny's A Night in the Lonesome October, where Snuff's barking at the Experiment Man attracts the Good Doctor's attention. He convinces his creation to put Graymalk down and stop holding her too tight.
- In Mikhail Uspensky's Zhikhar's Adventures humorous fantasy novels, that's what a varkalap does to you.
- In Memories of Ice, the third book of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, Toc the Younger is subjected to a horrifying variant of this. After being captured by the enemy, he's given as a plaything to an insane K'Chain Che'Malle Matron. Desperate for a child to cling to, the enormous beast promptly begins hugging Toc, all the while crushing and distorting his body... but the magic applied to Toc keeps him alive and healing, leaving his body a twisted, pitiful wreck.
- In Tad Williams' Otherland, the Other, quasi-sentient operating system of the titular network, loves children and seeks them out, but the combination of its ignorance of real life, Psychic Powers, and the horror of its existence means that its attempts to "play with them" ends up inadvertently Mind Raping them into comas. Oops.
- Discworld has an expy of Shub-Niggurath — Tshup Aklathep, Infernal Star Toad with A Million Young. She shows pictures of them all to anyone she can catch. Until her new friends' brains implode or they kill themselves.
- Alan Dean Foster's Spellsinger volume IV, The Moment of the Magician, contains an example where a sentient swamp refuses to let our protagonists go because "They are new and interesting". It likes new and interesting. In order to coax it to let them leave, Jon-Tom conjures up a variety of objects from his own world such as a grandfather clock or a flea circus to entertain it, and eventually it is overcome by... tv commercials.
- The Stand. Lloyd Henreid, starving to death after being abandoned in prison, likens his situation to a rabbit he got as a pet when he was a little boy. A forgetful lad, he unfortunately left the bunny caged in a garage for two weeks. The consequences for the poor creature are described in horrifying detail.
The rabbit's paws were ragged and bloody. He tried to tell himself that the paws were bloody because it had tried to scratch its way out of the cage, and that was undoubtedly how it had happened, but some sick, dark part of his mind spoke up in a whisper and said that maybe the rabbit, in the final extremity of its hunger, had tried to eat itself... And now, looking at his bloody fingers, [Lloyd] thought with fresh horror about the paws of that long-ago rabbit, to whom he had meant no harm.
- In The Unexplored Summon://Blood-Sign, the White Queen's lover/victim compares her to a bear: she might not mean to hurt people, she might be actively trying her best not to, but one slip in discipline and she'll pulverize the human she's playing with.
- The Enchanted Pony Academy series has a G-rated version. Electra loves running more than anything, so when riding classes start, she's enthusiastic about being able to share that thrill with a child. So when someone gets on her back, she flat-out gallops, with absolutely no regard for the terror the six(?)-year-old kid is feeling or the fact that he hasn't ridden at all before. This gains her a reputation for being unrideable.
- Hagrid from Harry Potter fits the bill in more than one way. Being a benevolent half-giant, he really doesn't know his own strength, so he routinely crushes his human friends by hugging them or slams their bodies against the floor with a friendly pat. Hilariously, this translates into his cooking as well. Since he's really strong he can ingest anything with no problem, but his meals tend to be strong enough to break his guests' teeth.
- Ascendance of a Bookworm:
- The Selective Obliviousness prone Manchild of the cast remembers his childhood Fantastic Fauna Counterpart pet to have been a quite weak creature. When he brings this up with a childhood companion in the present day, the companion's response boils down to "your pet wasn't weak, you just tired it out too much while playing with it and hugged it too hard".
- The nobleman passing the physically fragile protagonist off as his daughter has a Hot-Blooded father who is in very good shape for his age. The protagonist initially has no idea that her grandfather is Hot-Blooded and a Doting Grandparent because he holds his real personality back out of fear of accidentally killing her. It almost happens when her grandfather rescues her from a kidnapper and shakes the bag in which she's being kept too hard while trying to quickly get her out of it.
- In The Outer Limits (1963) episode "Behold, Eck!", the titular creature is a meek, polite entity who comes from a two-dimensional universe. After he accidentally enters our world through a dimensional rift, Eck unintentionally causes all sorts of havoc until the heroes figure out how to send him home. The script's original title was "The Reluctant Monster," which gives you an idea of the tone the writers were going for.
- In The Outer Limits (1995), an episode involves a man copying his comatose dying son's consciousness into a clunky robot body. When he comes home, he finds the cat has finally stopped being afraid of the robot, because he's petting its "soft" bloody body with his cheap robot claws.
- In the first episode of QI, Alan Davies jokes about giant anteaters doing this.
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Cameron accidentally kills birds in her hand due to a glitch in her mechanical fingers.
- In The Middle bookworm (and special needs kid) Brick is reading "Of Mice and Men" for the first time. "Aw, he's petting the bunny. Oh, he crushed it. Now he's comforting the woman. Oh, he killed her."
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Charlie accidentally smothers a pigeon he was hiding in his jacket. He tries to set it free during a therapy session, only for it to slam down onto the coffee table, dead. His therapist is thoroughly disturbed.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: In the episode "Let He Who Is Without Sin", Jadzia Dax asks Worf why he is so uptight and restrained compared to other Klingons. He reluctantly admits that he acts like that because at the age of thirteen he was being raised on a Human colony. He ended up as the captain of a local soccer team, while a Human friend of his, Mikel, was on another. During a game between the two teams, they both went for the ball and butted heads. Worf barely noticed, but Mikel died on contact.
- In the third season of American Horror Story, Kyle accidentally kills the Coven's guard dog by hugging her too tight. Mind you, she was a German Shepherd.
- Jonathan Coulton's song "I Crush Everything" casts a giant squid as a reformed George-caller.
- The cover of Queen's News of the World shows a confused, childlike giant robot holding the dead band members, with the implication that it has accidentally killed them. It was adapted from a Frank Kelly Freas illustration mentioned in the "Art" section.
- In The Hidden Almanac, this is mentioned as a hazard posed to pets by garden yetis.
At worst, the yetis may attempt to snuggle the chickens and name them George. Fortunately, they are easily distracted and will usually put the chicken down before it becomes annoyed.
- MSF High Forum: Mentioned by the Sphinx who finds Adrian cute, who quotes dialogue from the Looney Tunes version.
- Debilitas from the Survival Horror game Haunting Ground, the Psychopathic Manchild gardener who chases Fiona around the castle because he's mistaken her for one of his dolls and just wants to play with her. Unfortunately, his over-excitement means he'll violently beat her to death in glee if you let him get close, or pick the poor girl up and squeeze her to death in a Bear Hug while giggling manically. His misunderstood intentions, however, mean he's the only assailant in the game who makes it out alive (in the Good Ending).
- Flandre Scarlet, from Touhou Project, is pretty much the embodiment of this trope. Although pet isn't the word she'd use. More like toy. And yes, her toys break. Constantly.
- The Video Game Remake of Resident Evil for Gamecube introduced a deformed mutant. (It is worth noting that said mutant is a forty-five year old woman with the (damaged) mind of a fourteen year old girl and is wearing her mother's face.) In your first encounter, she doesn't hurt you; she just knocks you out. One of her "diary" entries reads:
dunno dadd found mum again
whne atachd mommy she moved no more she screaming
why? Jst want to b with her
- World of Warcraft:
- XT-002 Deconstructor, a Giant Robot raid boss in Ulduar (who does yoga-like exercises while it waits for you to show up) who has the voice of a cartoon child and seems to regard the players it smashes into flinders as "toys".
XT-002: New toys? For me? I promise I won't break them this time!
- Patchwerk from Naxxramas, who "want to play". He also exclaims, "No more play?" when killing a player.
- Festergut and Rotface from Icecrown Citadel are portrayed this way, particularly Rotface, who exclaims loudly on killing a player: "I broked-ed it!"
- XT-002 Deconstructor, a Giant Robot raid boss in Ulduar (who does yoga-like exercises while it waits for you to show up) who has the voice of a cartoon child and seems to regard the players it smashes into flinders as "toys".
- The Orz from Star Control. They just want to "come together for *parties*" but apparently they wiped out the Androsynth. Don't ask them about the Androsynth.
- The Rawshocks in Silent Hill: Shattered Memories relentlessly chase the protagonist, Harry Mason to give him a hug. As they are freezing cold, this damages Harry, eventually cause him to freeze to death or fall unconscious if he doesn't shake them off quickly enough. The Rawshocks will then caress Harry's cheek.
- Dink in King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder!, and the clinging vines in King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow. In his Let's Play of KQV, Paw Dugan makes direct reference to the Trope Namer when he gets killed by Dink.
- In Mage, the spaces between galaxies are filled with infinitely large trees that used to be people- purified magical beings that determine the local laws of reality to their whim. Visiting these trees is dangerous- because they like to play with the people who visit them. Play with them until they break. And then fix them and send them back to earth.
- Luigi's Mansion has ghosts that hug you... which rapidly drains your health and slows you down until you shake them off.
- Gogron, an orc in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, crushed the skull of his pet rabbit by petting it too hard.
- In FEAR 2: Project Origin, Alma repeatedly tries to...embrace Beckett. If Beckett doesn't fight off her amorous intentions, she will kill him by doing so. It is implied that the only reason he survives getting raped at the endgame is because of the Telesthetic Amplifier boosting his Psychic Powers.
- Referenced in the Killing Floor "Twisted Christmas" update with some of the Scrakefrost's lines.
And I will pet him.
And I will name him George.
And I will carve him up.
- According to the instruction guide for Final Fight 2, this is what makes Bratken, the third Boss, so dangerous; he's a hulking brute and a Psychopathic Manchild who loves to play with toys, and often mistakes people for teddy bears.
- In Jade Empire, there's an ogre named Zhong who worked on a farm, who used to enjoy throwing his master's ox into the air then catching it. When you meet him, he's sad because he missed the catch and the ox landed on its head.
- Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People - in Strong Badia The Free Strong Mad hugs the Cheat tightly while The Cheat gasps for air.
- The Pyro is revealed to be this in his "Meet the Team" video for Team Fortress 2.
- The yeti stage hazards in Bug attempt to grab Bug and squeeze him like a toy, all the while saying stuff like "Nice Buggy...".
- The description for the corpse of a monster in Clonk is "He only wanted to play..."
- Bewear, one of the Pokemon introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon, has a reputation for giving painful, crushing bear-hugs to its trainer.
- Pokémon Sword and Shield introduces the Gigantamax form of Eevee, which is even friendlier and cuddlier than Eevee's standard form. But since it's at least 18 meters tall, however... Its signature G-Max move, G-Max Cuddle, even has it cuddle with a target, and any opposite-gendered targets and their allies become infatuated with the Eevee.
- In Edna & Harvey: Harveys New Eyes, Mother Superior Ignatz tells a story from her childhood; she desperately wanted a pet unicorn, but was given a tarantula instead. She decided to try and make it more unicorn-like... and accidentally killed it by driving a nail through its head.
- Paprika, resident Love Freak from Them's Fightin' Herds, was absolutely dreaded for this tendency in her homeland. While her fellow alpacas finally got rid of her, she still brings bone-crushing hugs and deranged, giggling affection as her main weapon in fights.
- Salad Fingers, in a series available on Nitrome.
"You got all flat, and gooey... I shant play with you 'till you have a bath."
- Referenced in the "Fun Dead" episode of Eddsworld, where Matt declares (about a toy he won from a claw machine), "I'm gonna hug him and squeeze him, and call him Little Tom!"
- If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device: Vulkan seems to have this problem. He's both the nicest of the Primarchs, being a massive Love Freak who just wants to be friends with everyone and is so glad to finally be back, and also the physically strongest, to the point he fought the biggest Ork there ever was in hand-to-hand combat. Both don't mix too well; Alfabusa has said he was quite generous with his hugs on his return, and that many of the hugged Space Marines needed to visit the Apothecary afterwards. What we do see on screen is the massive bear hug Magnus gets, and despite the fact he's another Primarch and also mostly incorporeal he starts screaming in abject pain. We get this line in the spinoff show after Vulkan starts hugging a Raven Guard Space Marine.
Corvus: Vulkan, stop unintentionally murdering my son.
- In RWBY Chibi, when regular Ruby sees her Chibi counterpart, her eventual reaction is "I just wanna squeeze you 'til you pop!" Then she glomps her Super-Deformed self until the latter wakes up, nearly choking.
- In Sluggy Freelance, Homnigrits, the parody of Hagrid, treats the magical creatures he's supposed to take care of something like this.
Homnigrits: I gives 'em food and water and great big hugs. Then after the hugs me mind goes blank like it ain't wantin' to accept somethin' and I move on to me next magical animal.
- This strip of Hark! A Vagrant portrays the giant squid from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea this way.
- The creature in the dark from The Order of the Stick has a hard time realizing how much earth-shattering damage it can inflict even when it tries to play gently with others.
- Equius in Homestuck is quite fond of the centaur-cow-butler-thing that raised him, but his attempts to demonstrate his affection tend to cause black eyes, due to his Super Strength.
- Slightly Damned: Death is actually a pretty nice guy. However, when he gets emotional, he has a pretty powerful hug, as Rhea and Buwaro found out.
- Used in Tales of MU, with Sooni and her servant/slave, "Baby Kai-Kai." Usually funny in a Crosses the Line Twice way, until she crossed the line a third time and refused to get Kai treatment for a cracked skull until it was almost too late.
- /tg/ loves this trope — what with "The Tarrasque is actually a pretty swell guy" and Carnifex who only wants to hug.
- Something Awful:
- One of the dumbest customers in Not Always Right killed her goldfish by taking it out of the water to pet it. Then went back to the shop, bought a new one and did the same thing. Then learned fish don't breath air. Maybe.
- Gaia Online:
- The 2008 Halloween event features a four-way battle between Humans, Dark Elves, Vampires, and Zombies. The Zombie attacks are attempts to hug their victims.
- Bludeau the robot was accidentally crushing customers long before the "Glompies" were created. It was a nice little continuity nod when during the non-canon 2008 Prom, the only one brave enough to dance with him was Meredith, the Office Lady with Super Strength.
- VlogBrothers provides an example where the Green brothers' mother claims that Hank tried to kill John with a hammer, and John tried to hug Hank to death.
- Looney Tunes shorts:
- The Trope Namer was shorts with Hugo the Abominable Snowman, a furry giant who would "adopt" fuzzy animals (like Bugs) and nearly smother them with adoration. He would always call his new pet "George" ("I'm gonna love him, and hug him, and pet him, and call him George!") (This is something of a Shout-Out to the origin of the character, which was Lon Chaney Jr.'s portrayal of Lennie in Of Mice & Men, and was the Expy of Bennie.)
- One version of this trope that originated the Trope Namer before Hugo took over occurred in "Hoppy Go Lucky" (1952), in which Sylvester the cat tries to catch Hippety Hopper as a pet for his large, warm-hearted if dumb friend Bennie, who also appeared with a cat named George in "Cat-Tails For Two" (1953). In a neat twist, Bennie calls Sylvester "George", even going so far as to utter the immortal line, "But I can't say 'Sylvester', George."
- Junyer Bear is a classic embodiment of this. In "A Bear for Punishment", Junyer is determined to give dear ol' Dad a memorable Father's Day. At one point, he tries to give his father a shave with a jagged straight razor. A moment later, he tells his mother, "Ma? Pa won't talk to me. I nudged him and I nudged him... he's awfully still." Subverted a moment later when a tattered arm reaches through the door and yanks Junyer back through it, followed by the sound of Pa beating the crap out of his son. "Pa is all right now, Ma!"
- Family Guy:
- While being hugged tightly by a girl with Down Syndrome, Stewie comments, "I bet this one had a bunny, but not anymore."
- Brian in an episode, ended up on the receiving end of this when a special needs kid began petting him too hard, despite Brian telling him to stop. Brian, eventually can't take it anymore and bites him, which sadly, can be Truth in Television in many cases like this (as noted in the folder below).
- A similar type of character also appeared in Tex Avery MGM Cartoons.
- " Lonesome Lenny" is probably the ultimate example of this. "You know, I had a little friend once — but he don't move no more!". At which point Screwy Squirrel (the "little friend" in question) pulls a sign saying "Sad ending - Ain't it?" Noticeably, this is the last Screwy Squirrel Cartoon chronologically.
- Avery did a series of cartoons with George and Junior, a vaguely bear-like pair closely modeled after George and Lenny. Junior's regular screw-ups required him to bend over for George to kick his ass. This was actually the censored version. A more controversial version had Junior turning around so that George could shoot him in the head— exactly like the ending of the book it was referencing. It was presumably changed due to a case of Dude, Not Funny!.
- Cyberchase does the occasional Shout-Out to this, though they're usually not examples of this trope. The henchrobot Delete is always begging his boss, Hacker, for a bunny "so I can love it, and keep it, and call it George."
- An uncompleted episode of Invader Zim would have featured a giant alien named Squishy, Hugger of Worlds and the efforts to stop him from hugging Earth to death.
- Martha Speaks:
- In "Martha And The Doggie Lover", Martha explains the difference between a dog lover and a "doggie lover", being that a dog lover is simply someone who likes dogs, whereas a doggie lover is someone (usually a little kid) who likes to hug and squeeze dogs, usually resulting in the dog getting mad and causing the kid to become scared.
- Justice League:
- In Cheetah's first appearance, it was implied that Solomon Grundy killed her this way — but then she was shown alive, in hand-cuffs. Earlier in the episode, when Batman exposed her to the members of her criminal team as the "traitor,", she was "given" to Grundy and was shown being dragged out of the room, screaming. However, despite the implied death, the end of the episode featured an ensemble picture of the villains being loaded into a police vehicle, including Cheetah. Word of God states this was an accident, the intention was for everybody to assume she had been "petted" to death, but it allowed her to make a few future appearances in various episodes.
- In the episode "Only a Dream", Superman is subjected to a dream where his strength is out of control. His attempt to hug Jimmy Olsen in joy snaps the kid like a twig. Given that the dream is his worst nightmare, it's Played for Drama.
- Elmyra of Tiny Toon Adventures (pictured above):
- Elmyra loved animals but didn't know how to treat them. She was honestly confused when the adorable animals she meant no harm towards objected to being put in too-small cages, bathed via near-drowning, and other overly-affectionate acts. Her bow is decorated with a small gerbil skull (some fans believe that the skull in her bow is the skull of her very first pet, who died when she was little).
- In a Tales from the Crypt parody, she is seen looking through a photo album of deceased pets, including a fish that she didn't realize couldn't live out of water, and a horse that deliberately jumped off a cliff. Said pets end up coming back as zombies to try and get revenge, only to endure more torture from Elmyra.
- Robot Chicken:
- One segment featured a giant robot coming to life and innocently harming everyone he meets; he picks up a dog and crushes it when he pets it, splattering its guts all over himself. When police open fire to try to stop his apparent rampage, he decides to "play" too... and "wins".
- Another sketch features an Elmyra Captain Ersatz who is so cuteness-crazed that upon encountering a Pegasus in a bear trap, she hacks off his wings, knocks him out, paints him pink, and whips him until he accepts that his new name is Sunnymuffins. Definitely Crosses the Line Twice. It was made even better when you realize the voice actor for Pegasus is Wayne Brady, and the little girl is voiced by Cree Summer, who also voiced the aforementioned Elmyra and Susie Carmichael from Rugrats.
- SpongeBob SquarePants:
- A seemingly kind old woman turns out to be this type in the episode, "Gary Come Home." When Gary, the pet snail, runs away from a neglectful SpongeBob, he is rescued by the old character. Before he is smothered by attention, he finds the shells of other pet snails that she's loved to death by fattened them up with food and affection. He beats a quick path home.
- While he doesn't actually kill them, SpongeBob himself has this behavior towards Squidward, Ms. Puff, Gary, and Barnacle Boy.
- SpongeBob is on the receiving end of this in "Bossy Boots", when Pearl hugs him for agreeing to "fire" her from being the Krusty Krab manager so she can get back to enjoying her summer vacation.
Pearl: How can I ever thank you?
SpongeBob: [muffled] Stop trying to break me in half?
Pearl: Deal. [drops SpongeBob]
- The animated short, The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9
- A couple of instances happen in American Dad! with Barry:
- When he mistakes a girl in a cat costume as the ghost of his pet cat Mr. Whiskers, he says "I'm sorry Mr. Whiskers I didn't know you couldn't breathe under water!" while sobbing.
- He also once said "Puppies can't fly, or at least mine couldn't" while holding back tears.
- In The Powerpuff Girls movie, when fighting the superpowered monkeys, Bubbles picks up Cruncha Muncha, the littlest capuchin monkey. She hugs him really tight and starts swinging him around in her arms when, suddenly, he goes limp in her arms, and she begins to cry.
- In "Can You Hear a Drip?" on Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, Trike falls under the grip of an octopus named Soggy who tells him that he's going to cuddle and love and pet him forever. It later turns out that Soggy was one of Harry's bath toys that came alive in Dino World.
- In an episode of Animaniacs, a Killer Gorilla named Kiki can only be calmed down if she can play with a cat. Rita learns the hard way what that means.
- The Spikels from Mixels picture themselves as cute and cuddly and love to show affection to the other Mixels. Unfortunately, they have the tendency to forget they're covered in sharp spikes and blades. It doesn't help the case with the fact that their leader, Scorpi, is the cutest Mixel you could find.
- Starfire of Teen Titans is normally able to control her super-strength, but when she gets particularly emotional, even a joyful hug becomes capable of constricting the recipient. Take this exchange from "Titan Rising" when Starfire greets Terra with a tight squeeze.
Starfire: Oh, hello long-lost friend!! You remember me, yes?
Terra: [in terrible pain] Of course, Starfire. I still have bruises from the last time you hugged me.
- Bender in Futurama is always down to smack a cherished friend around, but his occasional Cuddle Bug moments may be even worse for the humans in his life. Imagine getting squeezed tightly by a robot designed and built specifically to bend steel girders.
Bender: I love you, meatbags!
- In DuckTales (2017), Glomgold puts his sharks in too-small tanks and takes them out of the water to put them in parkas (or "sharkas" as he calls them), but the affectionate way he talks to them suggests he's doing this out of misguided affection instead of malice.
- In Green Eggs and Ham, it is revealed Snerz's pet Flemur ran away because he played too rough with it and hugged it too tight, his mother saw how hurt it was and allowed it to leave the house.
- One of the pet care tips from Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats tackles this issue as Heathcliff explains to keep a close eye on small children around dogs and cats because they may not realize that animals are not toys and treat them too rough. As he explains this, a baby in the background is grabbing Spike by the tail and thrashing him around.
- This story, about a guinea pig in a wheelchair, is exactly the sort of thing that can happen if kids that don't know any better are allowed to be around small, vulnerable animals. Some kid squeezed the poor guinea pig so badly that her back broke, leaving her entirely unable to move the back-end of her body. In this case, at least, the animal thankfully wasn't killed.
- And in general, this tends to be the cause of some (minor) animal attacks on children - the kid starts petting the animal far too hard, or squeezing them where they shouldn't, prompting the animal to lash out as a warning, whether by scratch or bite. Sadly, this often doesn't end well on the poor animal's end, as this has landed pets in animal shelters or abandoned, and tragically in some cases, euthanized.
- In a literal application of this trope, Uranus was originally going to be called George by its discoverer, William Herschel, naming the planet after King George III of England. Fellow astronomer Johann Elert Bode, who studied the planet's orbit, suggested Uranus as the planet's name to keep it in line with the other planets being named after mythological deities, and the rest is history. It's quite funny to think that we may well have called Uranium 'Georgium', had Bode not made his suggestion.