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"The princess lay curled on her side like a sleeping child. Her lips were slightly parted and her eyelids quivered, a hint of moisture on their long lashes. Over her stood the other, the predator come in from the night, tense, watchful, but slowly relaxing. Then with great care, she reached down and pulled the displaced sheet up over the sleeper's bare shoulder, turned, and silently left."

Regardless of what temperature it is outside, lying motionless for a while has a tendency to make one feel cold. We give off less body heat when we're still, after all. So a person who's, say, falling asleep is bound to get colder more quickly than someone who's moving around and still fully awake. If that person is somehow sleeping out in the open, without a blanket (or if they've just fallen asleep in a really weird place), they may find themselves shivering in their sleep, turning over in a really vulnerable way, or clutching themselves. They're uncomfortable, and they show it. If they had a blanket, it has slipped off them as they've turned and shuddered.

This is, of course, a cue for another character (say, Bob) to come along, see the sleeper (say, Alice), and react to it — by tenderly draping a blanket (or, in less providing situations, a coat) over her shoulders, petting her on the head, and saying, "Sleep tight, Alice." Freed from her discomfort, Alice usually smiles in her sleep, possibly clutching the hem of her new blanket for effect — even in her sleep, she's grateful for the warmth. A variant on this scenario occurs when there's only one blanket between the two characters, and Bob must lie down beside Alice and share. This version is perfect for building UST.

However, the comforter isn't always romantic. It can be used to show the affection and care between any two parties, whether they be close friends or teammates, perpetually feuding siblings, parents and children, and even old married couples. Frequently, it serves as a Pet the Dog moment for Bob, especially if Bob has been a Jerkass in the past to Alice — he can be nice after all, but only if nobody's awake to know about it.

When done properly, it's incredibly sweet and touching. When done improperly, though, it can feel a lot like Glurge or Nightmare Fuel if played for creepy.

See also Sleep Cute and Hidden Heart of Gold. A similar scenario is You Must Be Cold.


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  • Four Freedoms: In Freedom from Fear a couple puts a blanket over their sleeping children as the Blitz goes on around them, implicitly shielding the children from the horrors of the war.

    Anime & Manga 
  • A non-romantic example in the Ace Attorney anime. Phoenix's assistant, Maya is asleep on the couch after a long night of watching samurai movies. He pulls the blanket over her, showing his care for her.
  • In Daily Lives of High School Boys Hidenori does this for Literature Girl after he manages to knock her out as an end of her unlucky combo.
  • A brief scene in Digimon Tamers has Takato drape his sweatshirt over a sleeping Guilmon.
  • Mamori covers a sleeping Hiruma with her school jacket in one episode of the Eyeshield 21 anime (but not in the manga). He doesn't seem cold beforehand and isn't noticeably affected either, but Mamori has a reflexive maternal streak.
  • Fruits Basket:
    • One of Hatori's flashbacks showed him doing this to Kana, whom he'd eventually date before things went very bad with Akito.
    • When they're on a vacation together, Tohru puts a blanket over a sleeping Kisa, Hiru, and Momiji when they fall asleep on the floor.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Winry does this for Ed, but it's totally platonic. Yeaaaaah, that's what he tells himself.
    • Riza Hawkeye wraps her jacket around Ed at one point. He's awake, but it's been raining and he lost his coat in a recent fight.
  • Used in the Full Moon anime when Takuto finds Mitsuki asleep at her desk. He shows his his heart of gold by covering her with a blanket and smiling warmly. Though later when she inquires about it and thanks him, he blushes and decides to change the subject. In another episode, he covers her up with his parka while she's sleeping inside a lighthouse.
  • Gin from Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin does this with his owner Daisuke before joining the wild dogs. The two of them had lived together for most of Gin's life and hunted bears together, so it would be different without his owner from now on. Even his mother Fuji sees this and sends him on his way with comforting words.
  • In one episode of the Gravitation anime, Yuki checks in on Shuichi who's sleeping on his couch and pulls the blanket farther up to cover him more completely. Shuichi doesn't notice, but Yuki stares at him for a while after that, as if it's just sunk in that he's now sharing lodgings with another man he cares more for than he should.
  • In the second season of Gundam 00 Tieria does this for the youngest of the Bridge Bunnies Mileina Vashti, though not so much as a romantic device as a demonstration of exactly how much Tieria has grown as a character from the jerkass he was in season one. Although, Mileina has a very apparent crush on him.
  • In Gunslinger Girl, on seeing cyborg girl Triela lying on a bed clutching one of her teddy bears, her handler Hilshire pulls the blanket over her.
  • Used a couple of times in GUN×SWORD. Van gives one of the early hints of his heart of gold by covering Wendy with his coat after she faints (all we see is her waking up to discover the coat). Later in the series, Ray demonstrates that he still cares about his brother by covering him with a blanket while he naps.
  • In one of the comics in Hetalia: Axis Powers, Japan draped a blanket over Italy after the latter fell asleep.
  • In K: Return of Kings, some of the HOMRA Clansmen find Anna, their Token Mini-Moe and King, sleeping in their headquarters, and one of them suggests doing this for her, which they do.
    • There is also an official art showing Saruhiko sleeping at a desk, with his King, Reisi's coat on his shoulders like this (you can tell it's his because of his Custom Uniform).
  • An early scene in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's that showed Hayate's maternal bond towards the Wolkenritter had her doing this to Signum and Zafira after they had fallen asleep in the living room.
  • In the anime-original episode "Someday in the Rain" of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kyon wakes up in the clubroom with two cardigans over him. Haruhi demands hers back, but the owner of the second is up to the shippers. (Kyon makes sure the viewer knows that Mikuru did return to the room, but doesn't think about who left the second cardigan).
  • My-HiME:
    • In the My-HiME manga, Yuuichi does this to Mai.
    • Early on in the anime, the usually cold and aloof Natsuki does this for Mai.
    • Sergei also does this in My-Otome.
    • In Episode 6 of Mai-Otome, after Arika helps Nina try to make up for her humiliating near-drowning experience by dealing with the creature that caused it, Nina drapes a blanket over her after she falls asleep writing a letter to her Anonymous Benefactor.
  • Episode 389 of Naruto Shippuden: A flashback of Hinata and Hanabi when they were little, they were playing together and Hinata fell asleep. Hanabi grabs a blanket and covers Hinata (and herself) with it.
  • Negi of Negima! Magister Negi Magi is shown doing this to his students after they exhausted themselves giving Chao an all-night Goodbye Party during the Mahora Festival arc.
  • Renge does this for Kaede in Non Non Biyori after the latter spend the whole day taking care of her while she was sick.
  • Seen in Oh, Suddenly Egyptian God. Wenet had been asleep outside all day, it's getting late and none of his friends are able to wake him up, so they decided to cover him up with a blanket and then go home.
  • Trafalgar Law's flashback in One Piece features this. Corazon puts a blanket over Law as he sleeps and he himself considers the compassion and sympathy that's driven him to go so far to help Law, who he barely knows.
  • Used in the opening scene of Paprika.
  • In Patlabor Gotoh and Shinobu get stuck in a major storm on their way back from a conference. The only place they find to stay is a love hotel, which naturally only has a single bed. When Goto offers to sleep on the couch, Shinobu points out there's only one blanket as well. Later in the night Shinobu sneaks over to Goto's couch as if contemplating joining him, but drapes a bath towel on him instead.
  • In Episode 3 of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, when Sorata falls asleep sitting on the floor in the Love Hotel, Mashiro covers him with a blanket. And then another. And another, until he's under 8 blankets.
  • At the end of the DreamDream ending theme in Pokémon the Series: XY, Ash drapes a blanket over a sleeping Serena and her Pokémon while he, Pikachu, Bonnie, and Clemont all silently agree not to disturb them.
  • In Princess Mononoke, Ashitaka does it to San. Then San does it to Ashitaka.
  • In Ranma ½, during an argument with his father, Ranma leaves home in frustration, however it is snowing and very cold. He plans to have a fight with his father once and for all, but wakes up with a comforter on, and sees panda paw prints in the snow. When he confronts his father later, his father gets ready for battle, but Ranma simply says "Let's go home" and walks away, with his father following moments afterwards.
  • In Snow White with the Red Hair Shidan once covered Garak with his labcoat shortly before they completed their apprenticeships in Lyrias when she fell asleep on the couch. He also came inches from kissing her before stopping himself and retreating to another couch to read.
  • In Spirited Away, Kumaji manages to show that he's not so grumpy after all by draping a blanket (well, cushion) over Chihiro after she falls asleep on the boiler room floor.
  • Urusei Yatsura: In an episode, Lum is trying — trying — to take care of a bedridden Ran. However, her efforts get Ran's house and kitchen wrecked and Ran — who has grown increasingly angry — tells her to clean her mess and leave, and goes to bed. Lum, though, stays by Ran's bed and falls asleep on the chair. When Ran wakes up at midnight she notices Lum and covers her with a blanket.
  • Seen in one chapter of Vampire Knight Kaname Kuran comes back to the Moon Dorms and sees Yuki sleeping on the stairs after she waited for his appearance. He covers her with his coat.
  • Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh! once used his longcoat to tuck in Mokuba, who had fallen asleep in a chair.

    Comic Books 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender "The Search" has Sokka placing a blanket over his sister, Katara, and Zuko questions why he looks out for her despite the fact that she always waterbends snow in his face and treats him like a Butt-Monkey. Sokka explains that this is how their relationship works and since she's his sister, he doesn't mind getting the short end of the deal. This leads to Zuko borrowing a blanket to drape over Azula who is shivering from the cold and her own insanity.
  • There's a scene in the ElfQuest: Forevergreen arc (by the notorious Barry Blair) where the villain Door sees one of his scantily-clad slave boys sleeping on the floor and puts a cloak over him. Definitely a capricious gesture since Door has killed other slaves on a whim.
  • DC example, featuring a cape instead of a blanket. In Young Justice: Sins of Youth, the Justice League of America and Justice Society of America have been turned into kids, while the members of Young Justice and other young heroes have been aged. One of these heroes is Star-Spangled Kid (Courtney Whitmore, now Stargirl), who becomes Starwoman thanks to the age reversal. As the JSA goes to an alien planet to pick up some phlebotinum, she gets into an argument with another hero on the trip, Merry the Gimmick-Girl, who was the adopted sister of the original Star-Spangled Kid. She really doesn't like Courtney because she's "dishonoring" SSK1's legacy. (Merry does have a point: Courtney stole his equipment.) Anyway, during the adventure, Courtney proves herself, and she and the JSA Junior take a nap. While she's sleeping, Merry covers Courtney with her cape. Definitely an aww-inspiring moment.

  • In Amazing Fantasy, Inko gently reminds Izuku to go to bed after she catches him snoring into his textbook in the dead of night. After he collapses on top of his bed from Sleep Deprivation, she drapes another comforter over him before turning off the lights.
  • A fanart has Batman covering a sleeping Robin with his cape.
  • Boldores And Boomsticks: After the incident that traumatized her (almost being killed by a Grimm), Lillie wakes up to find someone tucked her in. It's subverted, unfortunately, since after seeing Lusamine petting a big Grimm Lillie wants to stay far away from her and the thought of Lusamine being in her room makes her uncomfortable.
  • Child of the Storm has Steve, seeing Harry, Thor, and Loki engaged in a Sleep Cute tangle, first sketch a picture, then cover them with a blanket.
  • A variant occurs in Dante's Night at Freddy's 2: Animatronic Boogaloo. Tired from being kidnapped and helping fight animatronics, Dante's young daughter Evie snuggles up to his chest and he puts his jacket over her for warmth and comfort. It's mostly to show Dante's Good Parents tendencies behind his rough edges.
  • A non-sexual one in Destiny's Pawn Kairi (Revan) has trouble sleeping and checks in on Mission. While she's adjusting the blanket, Carth catches her. This leads to a conversation about What Is This Thing You Call "Love"? where they both admit that they love the girl "as if she were [their] own."
  • In Guardian, Auron gives his coat to Lulu after he, Braska, and Jecht find her injured outside of Yojimbo's cave and then carry her to the temple once they see that Ginnem and her sister are dead inside.
  • In Hope for the Heartless, Avalina falls asleep while reading in the library of the Horned King's castle. The Horned King (her captor) passes by, and because the invisible servants are unable to provide her a blanket due to their conjuring powers being confiscated at the time, the lich has to give the girl his fur stole. When informed of this after waking up, Avalina is happy to see that the Horned King does care for her at least a little.
  • Played with in the Kim Possible fic Maslow, in a scene where Shego throws a blanket over Drakken (who had fallen asleep while working on one of his projects), then immediately removes it because she couldn't stand him knowing she'd done it. She goes back and forth several times before giving up and leaving the blanket draped over him.
  • In the Star Trek: The Original Series fanfic Memories Born of Fire, Chapel comes in to find Spock asleep on Kirk's shoulder and covers him with a blanket.
  • In chapter 1 of More than Yesterday, Less than Tomorrow, Francine throws a blanket over a sleeping Nick and gives him a little pat on the back when she and a few other officers walk in on him sleeping on the break room's couch. He barely reacts to it.
  • The Danny Phantom fic Out of Sight has Danny (as Phantom) do this for his father, who's fallen asleep in his chair in the hospital. Maddie Fenton, who's been accidentally separated from her body and can't be seen by anyone, is shocked to see this. It makes more sense to her once she figures out Phantom IS Danny.
  • In The Panda Chronicles chapter "Gone Baby Gone", Robaire drapes Tae-young's old blanket over him on his first night living with 4*Town.
  • Skinner does this for Elizabeth twice in The Private Diary of Elizabeth Quatermain. She dozes off in the Amazon rainforest, and again in the library of the Nautilus. The first time he covers her with his coat; the second time he carries her to her own bed.
  • In Say It Thrice, Lydia wakes up to find herself covered in Betelgeuse's striped jacket. It's actually the smell of the jacket that wakes her.
  • Somebody That I Used To Know has an odd example with the scene where Detective Badd drapes his trademark trench coat over a heavily BSODing Juan Corrida, who is in shock from having just discovered the dead body of Celeste Inpax. It is a sweet little detail buried inside an otherwise completely tragic scene. It's an odd example in that it isn't romantic, the characters don't know each other, and the one being comforted isn't asleep.
  • In Tangled Up In You, Adrien falls asleep in Marinette's room and she pulls a blanket over him before lying down herself.

    Films — Animated 
  • In The Emperor's New Groove, Pacha covers a shivering Kuzco (in llama form) with his coat even though Kuzco has been nothing but a jerkass to him so far. This gesture of kindness marks the first step up in relations between Pacha and Kuzco.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: Sally takes the time to tuck Dr. Finklestein in after she drugs him unconscious so she can leave.
  • In Pooh's Grand Adventure, Rabbit puts a map over a sleeping Pooh.
  • In The Rugrats Movie, Tommy and Dil feud over a blanket. They tear it in half with their fighting. Dil angrily takes most of the blanket for himself, but seeing how cold and sad the former is, he pets his big brother and shares the blanket.
  • Played straight in Treasure Planet, when Long John Silver places his coat on a sleeping Jim Hawkins.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Backstreet Dreams, Dean walks into Shane's room to find him asleep in bed, with Stevie asleep in a nearby chair. Dean pulls the blanket farther over Shane and kisses his cheek.
  • There is a very short scene in Das Boot where this takes pace. After a long bout of several hours of critical repairs to the submarine, the Chief engineer is so tired that he just falls asleep near the engines. One of the mechanics covers him with a blanket.
  • In The Blues Brothers, Elwood does this to Jake.
  • Zachry does this for a sleeping Meronym in the film adaptation of Cloud Atlas.
  • Dancing Trees: When Nicky is comforting Martha after one of her flashback nightmares to the night of her mother's murder, she pulls a blanket over her.
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy. While a uniformed officer in Batman Begins, Gordon wraps a coat around a young Bruce Wayne as he waits in the police station after the murder of his parents. This act of kindness affects Bruce so much, he mentions the incident to Gordon as his Internal Reveal of Batman's Secret Identity in the final film.
  • In the first live-action Death Note movie, there's a moment when L appears to be asleep (though he really isn't), and Chief Yagami drapes a blanket over his shoulders. Possibly a hint that Soichiro is developing some kind of paternal affection toward L (who likely reminds him of his own son).
  • In Drunken Angel, Matsunaga comes into Dr. Sanada's office blind drunk and passes out on the floor. The doctor and his assistant Gin put a blanket over Matsunaga as though they were tucking him in.
  • Twice in Fielder's Choice, Zach falls asleep somewhere, and Philip carries him up to his room and pulls the blanket over him.
  • Skeevy example in Fish Tank, when the sleeping fifteen-year-old Mia is carried to bed by her mother's boyfriend, who proceeds to take off her shoes and trousers before tucking her in. This could easily be interpreted as a fatherly rather than inappropriately sexual act until later events make it clear how he sees her.
  • In Forbidden Games, young Michel tucks in little orphan girl Paulette, after his family agrees to let her stay with them.
  • Grim Prairie Tales: In the second story, Tom gives Jenny his jacket because she looks cold. When she goes to sleep, she takes the jacket off and wraps it round herself like a blanket.
  • Rachel covers Heck with a blanket after he apparently falls asleep on the couch in Imagine Me & You. However, he later pushes it off, revealing that he'd been pretending to sleep and had heard her confession of infidelity.
  • In The Incredible Hulk (2008), Betty puts her jacket on the sleeping Bruce Banner.
  • In one scene in Ivan's Childhood we see Galtsev carry sleeping Ivan to his bed and cover him up.
  • A sweet scene between Mr. Han and Dre in the remake of The Karate Kid (2010), where Mr. Han lets a sleeping Dre sleep on his lap and even hesitatingly place a hand on his shoulder.
  • Both main stars of Look Who's Talking (baby excepted) do this to each other.
  • In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Aragorn adjusts Éowyn's covers shortly before she wakes up from a nightmare.
  • Madame Rosa: Madame Rosa is shown tucking in the young kids in her unlicensed home orphanage, showing that she really does care about them.
  • In Mermaid Down, the ghost helps the mermaid into a wheelchair so she can move around even though her legs aren't strong enough to walk on, then pulls several blankets over the shivering mermaid's legs.
  • The Million Dollar Duck: Albert and Katie go into their son Jimmy's room, where they find him asleep next to Charley, the duck that lays golden eggs. Albert pulls the blanket over Charley, leaving Jimmy uncovered, to Katie's dismay.
  • The hero of My Week with Marilyn gently covers Marilyn Monroe with a blanket in one scene.
  • The Outlaw and His Wife: A variation as Halla's affection for Kari is established when she gives him a comforter for use in his cot in the servants' quarters.
  • A variation occurs in Resident Evil: Retribution. After the final showdown, Leon takes off his winter coat and wraps Ada up in it. Justified, since Ada was dressed in nothing but her red qipao and unconscious in the middle of Antarctica.
  • In Return to Oz, Jack puts a cloth over Dorothy as she sleeps.
  • An early scene in Romper Stomper has Hando, the villain of the film, walking around and looking after his fellow skinheads, who have all passed out around the house.
  • The Silence of Adultery: When Rachel visits the Harvott family home, she sees Michael's autistic son Steven asleep in his bed and pulls the blanket over him.
  • In Snake in the Eagle's Shadow the Old Man does this for Chien, who is the whipping boy for the martial arts school where he's been raised.
  • Used as an intentionally cliched romantic device in Spaceballs. Lone Starr gives Princess Vespa his jacket in the middle of the cold desert night... then promptly has to act like he's not freezing without it.
  • Twice in the 1927 film Sunrise. Near the beginning, the Wife covers the Man with a blanket after he comes in late, even though she knows he's been out philandering. Then, near the end, the Man shields his wife from the wind with his coat as she sleeps on the boat.
  • Sweet Hostage: During Doris Mae's first night in Leonard's cabin, he sleeps on a mattress on the floor, while she sleeps curled uncomfortably in an armchair. She closes her eyes and opens them to find Leonard standing over her. He drapes his jacket over her and goes back to his mattress.
  • The Terminator. Detective Traxler gives his own coat to Sarah Connor while inviting her to flake out on his couch, telling her not to worry about that nutcase hunting her as there are thirty cops in the building...
  • Earl uses this trope to play matchmaker with Valentine and Rhonda in Tremors.
  • In the film version of Warm Bodies, R gives Julie a blanket shortly after taking her to his plane. Although she is not asleep, this is the first sign for her that he is kind-hearted.
  • A variation comes at the end of West Side Story (1961), Baby John covers Maria's head and shoulders with her scarf—one of the first gestures of friendship shown by one of the Jets towards one of the Sharks. Maria isn't sleeping, she's crouched over Tony's body, mourning.
  • A particularly funny example from Wet Hot American Summer in which Coop sees Katie shivering, so he gives her his flannel. Then Coop is chilly without his flannel, so Katie gives him her sweater. Katie remarks how nice Coop's flannel is, which reminds him how much he likes it.
    Coop: That's actually my favorite shirt.
    Katie: Oh!
    Coop: So you're going to have to give it back. Now.

  • The patient in Beachwalker does this for the person who’s trying to save his life. Since there is only one blanket, it takes him several tries to convince her to actually use it.
  • In A Brother's Price, Jerin carries a wounded soldier to the family farm, and tucks her in, in his sister Corelle's bed, to take revenge on Corelle for not being there, as would be her duty. It still emphasizes his caring, nurturing personality, which makes him attractive to potential wives… and the soldier herself.
  • In Dragon Bones, Ward does this for Oreg while camping in the wilderness… further fueling Tosten's jealousy. It's all non-romantic, Tosten is his younger brother, and angry that Ward makes Oreg, seemingly a distant relative, his priority. It emphasizes the fact that Ward treats Oreg like a brother, although Oreg is actually his slave. A Wizard Did It, Ward inherited him and can't free him. As Ward has been Promoted to Parent early in life, because his father was abusive and his mother became The Ophelia, Tosten feels he has no one else to rely on and lashes out when he fears that protection is taken away from him.
  • In The Half-Life of Planets, Hank comes home to find his mom passed out drunk on the sofa, with her wedding album full of pictures of her dead husband open on her chest. Hank puts her wine glass in the sink, puts the album away, and pulls a blanket over her before going to bed.
  • In John's Lily, John first meets three-year-old Lily on a train, where one of her kidnappers is posing as her mother. While the kidnapper dozes, Lily climbs into John's lap and falls asleep. He covers her with the shawl she left on her seat.
  • In a complicated example, Cartwright does this for Adrian in The Liar (novel). Except Adrian's only pretending to be asleep, and he's not so happy about it since he was hoping for something else entirely.
  • Done in Lois McMaster Bujold's Shards of Honor, as a hint that our heroine isn't as revolted by the hero as much as she likes to think she is.
  • In Master and Commander, Marshall drapes a blanket over a sleeping Jack.
  • Monsieur Paul does this for Lucy Snowe in Villette.

    Live-Action TV 


  • Angel ("Expecting"). Cordy is alone and crying in her bedroom after being impregnated by a demon. Her resident ghost Phantom Dennis floats over a packet of tissues and then gently pulls the quilt up over her.
  • In Ashes to Ashes (2008), Alex has drunk too much (again) and has passed out on her couch. Gene, also tipsy, covers her with a convenient blanket and staggers off, back to work. Considering how much time the two of them spend fighting, it's a very sweet moment.
  • Batwoman (2019). In "Off With Her Head", Commander Kane wraps a blanket around his daughter, the insane supervillain Alice, after rescuing her from suicide when she was dosed with Scarecrow's fear toxin. It's a moment of heartwarming given that Kane was entirely willing to kill her just a few episodes back; unfortunately Alice quickly reverts to her evil ways.
  • Happened in Black Books, with Bernard tucking in Fran.
  • On Boy Meets World, Mr. Turner does this for a then-homeless Shawn when he falls asleep on his couch. It's one of Mr. Turner's first steps towards becoming a substitute father figure for Shawn.
  • Subverted and Played for Laughs in El Chavo del ocho. El Chavo pretends to have fallen asleep on Quico's couch one night, so Quico goes to get him a blanket and a pillow. Meanwhile, El Chavo is trying to snatch a bag of bread Doña Florinda left on the table and has to rush back to the couch every time Quico comes back.
  • In The City Hunter, Yun Sung covers Na Na with a blanket when she's sleeping on the floor beside her father's hospital bed.
  • Dawson's Creek. There's an instance of Dawson placing a blanket over a sleeping Mr. Brooks, but surely it must have happened with the members of the love triangle as well.
    • It does. Season 3’s “A Weekend in the Country” has Pacey pull a blanket up around Joey’s shoulders when he finds her sleeping on the couch.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The page image is from "The War Games". The hands belong to Jamie, draping the coat over Zoë.
    • "The Pandorica Opens": Amy is given a blanket by one of the Roman soldiers. When the centurion, Amy's retgoned-and-forgotten fiancé Rory, finds out, he gets a bit jealous.
    • During the epilogue of "Mummy on the Orient Express", the Twelfth Doctor takes Clara to a beach on an alien world and tucks her in comfortably with several blankets, so she could have a calm nap while he waits for her to wake up.
  • Kung Hyuk in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop wakes up late at night and checks to see if Eun Bi is home, he covers her with the quilt she knocked off and takes her glasses off when she went to sleep with them on.
  • Friends:
    • In "The One with the Ick Factor", Rachel sleeping on the couch, Ross with the blanket.
    • And in "The One the Morning After", after her long and particularly ugly break-up with Ross while the other three are leaving Monica takes the time to cover the exhausted Rachel with a blanket.
  • Played subtly in Game of Thrones. Tyrion Lannister refuses to use his Marital Rape License with his 14-year-old bride Sansa Stark, promising to only sleep with her if she willingly accepts him into her bed. After Sansa makes it clear this might never happen, Tyrion makes a drunken joke and passes out on the couch, waking up the next morning with Sansa's bridal cloak draped over him.
  • Hawaii Five-0, in the episode "Make Me Kai", Steve tucks a blanket over Danny, who has been hit harder by the bioweapon infecting both of them and is almost asleep on the couch.
  • In the Heroes episode "Five Years Gone", the badass future Hiro is lying knocked-out in a bar after hours, and future Peter brings the Ando who time-traveled from the present day a blanket so he can tuck Hiro in.
  • In an episode of Hogan's Heroes, most of the guys are so exhausted they just crashed without even taking off their jackets, and Hogan drapes blankets over Kinch and LeBeau. It's a quick heartwarming moment, even if it doesn't last.
  • Interview with the Vampire (2022): In "Like Angels Put in Hell by God", after Daniel Molloy dozes off on the couch because of his medication, Louis de Pointe du Lac orders Rashid to "Fetch a cover, would you? Let [Daniel] be warm with his dreaming." When Daniel wakes up some time later, a blanket is indeed draped across his torso. Eric Bogosian and Jacob Anderson discuss in the "Midnight Snack" special that it was a rare moment where Louis displays his affection for Daniel.
    Bogosian: It was very sweet, and then you go and you get the blanket and put it on me. It was nice, I felt taken care of.
    Anderson: I feel like Daniel and Louis reach a kind of nicer thing at that point.
  • In non-sexual examples (honestly!), most of the characters from M*A*S*H drape blankets over someone exhausted in what are always very sweet moments; Radar has done it for Hawkeye and Trapper, Henry and later Potter have both done it for Radar, Hawkeye has done it for BJ and BJ has done it for Hawkeye.
  • A variation of this happens in Merlin: a spell has put everyone in Camelot to sleep, and when Merlin and Arthur return to the kingdom they find everyone passed out wherever they happened to be when the spell hit. Arthur gently picks Guinevere up from the floor and puts her on a bed. (Everyone else is left on the ground.)
  • In the NCIS episode "Twilight", Gibbs covers Kate with her own jacket while she is sleeping behind her desk in the office. Maybe not crowning, but it is a heartwarming moment. Considering how the episode ended, also a Tear Jerker in retrospect. Many seasons later, this returns in a flashback as Gibbs does the same for Dr. Rachel Cranston, Kate's older sister.
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Watson to Sherlock Holmes after his friend falls asleep on his consulting-room table in the Granada TV version of "The Empty House".
  • Royal Pains: Divya slips a coat over a sleeping Evan when he falls asleep waiting for news on his father. Given her normal perpetual state of annoyance at him, it's really sweet.
  • In a later episode of 7th Heaven, Kevin covers his soon-to-be-wife Lucy with a blanket when she conks out while studying.
  • Sharpe is camping in the woods with Theresa and her partisans. He sees her shiver in her sleep and so quietly drapes his uniform coat over her. She doesn't wake, but smiles and snuggles down into it.
  • In an early episode of So I Married The Anti-Fan (그래서 나는 안티팬과 결혼했다), Geun Young, who has fallen asleep on the couch in her clothes after getting intoxicated, is covered with a blanket by Hoo Joon, invoking this trope even as he denies it.
    Hoo Joon: (as he covers her, grumbling) Don't take this the wrong way. I'm only doing this to make you hot so you'll get sweaty.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • In the first episode, after meeting a hallucination of his dead wife in the Orb of the Prophets, Commander Sisko returns to his quarters to find his son Jake sleeping on the floor (everything in the space station has been stripped or destroyed by the departing Cardassian forces — even furniture) and pulls a blanket over his shoulders.
    • In what may be considered a clever variation of this, "The Muse" has Odo, a shapeshifter, literally turning part of his body into a blanket and wrapping it around Lwaxana Troi, who is sleeping on his lap.
  • Supernatural. "My Heart Will Go On" takes place in an alternate timeline where Bobby is happily married. When things go back to normal, Sam and Dean find Bobby passed out on the sofa after days of no sleep and hitting the bottle. Dean spreads a blanket over him, and the two agree not to let Bobby know how much better his life could have been because it will only make him worse.
  • Tin Man: The DG/C shippers certainly noticed the fact that when DG woke up from one of her crazy dreams, Cain's Badass Longcoat had been pressed into service as a blanket.
  • Voyagers!: In "Voyagers" (the pilot), Jeffrey lies down on the rocks at Kitty Hawk, physically and emotionally worn out after the events of the day and telling Bogg the story of how his parents died. Bogg covers him with his coat.
  • The X-Files
    • At the end of "all things", Scully falls asleep on the couch while talking to Mulder. He pauses to brush a lock of hair from her face and gazes at her before covering her with a blanket. It's pretty adorable. This is also very much a romantic example of the trope since it's heavily implied they slept together for the first time later that night.
    • In "Bad Blood" Scully is working on a case involving vampires with a local sheriff whom she finds quite attractive (and the feeling is mutual). Unfortunately, he turns out to be one of the vampires and drugs her so they can escape. Fortunately these vampires are non-malevolent — when Scully wakes up, the sheriff has draped his jacket around her and not tried to feed on her.

TV Movies:

  • In A Very Brady Christmas, Jan's husband Philip is asleep at the desk, and she covers him with a blanket. The two have been having marital problems, so when he wakes up and catches her in the act, he's a bit surprised. She points out that she's done it for him many times when he's fallen asleep while working. "Who did you think it was, the Blanket Fairy?"

  • In Ciel ~The Last Autumn Story~, after Yvienne falls into a deep sleep following her nearly fatal first opening of her magic field, her familiar and savior Lariatte knits a blanket for her out of an urgent desire to be helpful.

  • At the end of Journey's End Stanhope tucks in Raleigh and ruffles his hair after Raleigh is hit by a shell, paralysed, and probably has minutes to live.
  • In The Phantom of the Opera, the Phantom covers a fainted Christine with his cloak after Music of the Night.

    Video Games 
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: During the Act 3 mission briefing, Naomi covers Sunny with her hoodie after Sunny falls asleep at her computer.
  • In Persona 4: Arena, Mitsuru drapes her white fur coat over her unconscious opponent in one of her win poses.
  • In the Resident Evil 2 (Remake), Ada covers Leon with her trenchcoat when he falls asleep after she patched him up.
  • In the original The Sims, if a parent and child have a high positive relationship, the parent will often perform the action "Tuck In," which consists of pushing in the sheets a little and kissing the child on the forehead. This action cannot be selected by the player and doesn't affect any stats — it's just there to be sweet.
  • Tales of Phantasia, the first of two romantic scenes. There Is Only One Bed, so Cless and Mint look embarrassed at each other for a couple of seconds, and then Cless mumbles, "I-I'll sleep on the floor..." and practically runs away. A moment later, he's fast asleep, and Mint brings him a blanket and pillow.
  • Happens twice in Undertale. The first time is in Toriel's house after she shows you to a bedroom. When going to sleep on the bed, the player character will lie on top, and the screen will fade out. It fades back in with them covered up before they out. After Toriel's boss fight, this won't happen if you sleep on the bed again, as she's either dead or observing the flowers in the game's first room depending on if you killed her or not.
    • The second time is in The True Lab. There is a room with a lot of beds, with the option to sleep in one of them. Doing so results in a cutscene where one of the amalgamates appears and reaches out towards the player character... before pulling the bedsheets over them and patting them on the head.
    • For the game's fifth anniversary, a page on the official website was released with some winter-themed dialogue for the still-in-development alarm clock app, where Papyrus says that he put a blanket over Toriel after she passed out from being drunk at a Christmas party (and also put candelabras on her to match the decor). He also did the same thing to Sans when he fell asleep after the party (but without candelabras).
  • Possibly implied in XCOM 2. In the tutorial cutscene where the Commander wakes up in their bed, their blanket is white, but if you actually take a look at the Commander's Quarters in-game, the blanket on their bed is blue. The Doylist explanation for this is simply "continuity error", but the Watsonian explanation? Bradford brought the Commander an extra blanket.


    Web Video 
  • At the end of Kid Farm episode "The Zoo", Bill had a dream about bacon after he fell asleep watching TV eating bacon. His one son, Batron, places a blanket over him and takes his plate away, prompting him to reply in his sleep "Thank you, Bagon".

    Western Animation 
  • Brady's Beasts: At the end of episode 1, Brady falls asleep in his bed and his monster's hand reaches in from offscreen to pull the blanket up over him.
  • In the DuckTales (1987) episode "Luck 'O' the Ducks", Launchpad gets spooked by the creatures sent to scare the group away so the leprechauns won't have to grant Scrooge's wish. Although Scrooge dismisses it as a dream, he and Webby take time to pull the covers up over the shivering pilot.
  • Book 4 of The Dragon Prince has a variant where Callum has fallen asleep and, rather than putting a blanket up over him, Rayla puts a pillow behind him.
  • In the Futurama episode Leela's homeworld, one of Leela's parents pulls a blanket over adult Leela, by reaching up from the sewers, through an air vent.
  • In the Justice League episode "Only a Dream", Flash returns from making coffee for Hawkgirl to find that she's fallen asleep. Instantly, he dashes away and returns with a blanket.
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode "My Fair Goalie", Perry the Platypus does this for an ill Dr. Doofenshmirtz, with a blanket pulled out of his fedora.
  • In one episode of Rugrats, Tommy and Chuckie, normally the best of friends, get into a fight when Tommy stays over at Chuckie's house for the night. They fight over the blanket in their crib. Tommy wins, but Chuckie shivers in the cold. So Tommy gives in and shares the blanket with him.
  • Samurai Jack has Jack spending time in a cave with a noble white wolf as they recover from their wounds. During the night, he starts shivering from the cold, so the wolf curls itself around Jack to keep him and itself warm with its thick fur.
  • The Simpsons had Bart give Lisa a blanket when they were stranded in the woods. Said blanket was the flag Lisa made and Bart ruined. A bit of a subversion, as Lisa was still awake.
  • Played with in the South Park episode "Cartman's Incredible Gift" where, after being in a brief coma following him jumping off the roof of his house, Cartman wakes up with what looks like a beard on his face to represent the passage of time. The doctor orders to have his "face warmer" removed which, sure enough, just so happens to be the fake beard on his face. This happens again in the episode when Kyle does the same thing.
  • In the What a Cartoon! featurette Mina and the Count, as the Count is about to escape before the morning comes, a sleeping Mina is seen shivering, to which he pulls her bedcovers over her, smiles and manages to depart just in time.
  • Xiaolin Showdown: In "The Apprentice", after a temporarily reformed Jack falls asleep in his room due to a day full of chores, Omi covers him with a blanket and gently pets him.


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Alternative Title(s): Tuck In The Dog


Rayla Talks To Callum

After spending two years on a fruitless quest, Rayla returns to see Callum, who's naturally uncertain about how he feels about her and isn't ready to talk yet. After a night of sitting beside each other, Rayla speaks to her sleeping mage.

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