Maddie: Hey lady! Come on, I could really use the heat. [lady walks away] After her! [whole hugging group walks together following the lady]
Arwin: Wow! She's fast!
The main characters stand in a tight circle and stretch their arms around their two nearest neighbours. Tends to happen fairly often and for lots of reasons such as supporting one character who just went through something difficult or emotional, the final group action before splitting up or carrying out a big plan, or as part of the denouement.
Often times there will be one character who is reluctant to participate in a group hug whenever they occur. That character usually warms up to the idea by the end of the series.
- Afterschool Teatime of K-On! share one after their last school festival performance.
- Chapter 3 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure ends with a teary-eyed group hug between Jotaro, Polnareff and Joseph. The fact such ridiculously manly characters show this much emotion makes it one of the biggest heartwarming moments in the entire series.
- An endearing instance occurs in Pandora Hearts Retrace XXXII where Oz and a rather reluctant, scowling Gil both embrace Break after learning about his past while Alice proclaims, "We're friends!" Observe. Break plays the whole thing off like it's annoying, but there's a panel a few pages later that shows him wearing a contented smile.
- The final episode of the first season of Free! features this, in which Rin is being hugged by his old friends at end of the swimming preliminaries.
- Chizu initiates one with Sawako and Ayane in Kimi ni Todoke after Sawako's friendship with the two other girls is cemented.
- Subverted in Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. A biowarfare agent is released in the school resulting in Crowd Panic until Kaname dresses down the class. Everyone starts hugging, determined to Face Death with Dignity... until Sousake reveals he has enough vaccine for one person. Cue the students backing away from each other with evil looks on their faces.
- In Akagami no Shirayukihime Mitsuhide drags Obi and Kiki into a hug after the incident at the Sereg fortress.
- In Red Robin # 20 Tim meets up with the Teen Titans and it's the first time he, Bart, Conner, and Cassie, the core four of Young Justice, have all met up since Bart and Conner were brought back from the dead. For a moment the other three seem to be staring Tim down and he wonders if they're judging him for some of the less savory things he's done since they last saw him before they all pounce on him in a group hug as Beast Boy cheerfully yells "psyche".
- Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: Italy is prone to giving Germany and Japan these. After all three got together, Hungary gave all three one while squealing in joy.
- If you were cynical you might comment that a group hug is a Succubus's most frequent action in The Return.
- In Violence Inherent in the System, the other Sailor Scouts give Sailor Moon a group hug when she comes back to life after spending several months as a spirit.
- In No Hurry At All Hermione receives a group hug when Harry leaves Hogwarts after the Department of Mysteries battle.
- In Blood Ties Remus receives a group hug when he's upset by a medical report listing the Dursleys' extensive abuse of Harry.
- In Changing Lives the Marauders give a time-traveling Harry and his new friends a group hug at the end of Harry's first year at Hogwarts.
- In Deafening Silence Harry receives a group hug after a five-year separation from his friends.
- The Potter Puppet Pals video "Trouble at Hogwarts" ends with a group hug (or perhaps I should say, a cornucopia of love).
- The Inside Out fanfic ''Intercom has Riley give no less than three group hugs to her emotions during her first Journey to the Center of the Mind: one with Disgust, Fear and Sadness who came to greet her in Dream Productions and two with the whole gang in Headquarters. First when she impersonates Joy, then after naming Possibility Island, just before the lucid dream breaks.
- In Soul Mate Harry's dorm mates and Hermione give him a group hug when he announces that he's not returning to his abusive relatives.
“Quiz, you do know that you are about to get glomped but good, right?”Quiz nodded. “I accept that you cannot resist, Sweetie Belle. Thank you for allowing me a moment to brace myself.”The others had been waiting until Sweetie Belle joined them for this.“Cutie Mark Crusaders Group Hug!!!”
- Thweet Geniuth - The Hard Part:
- Aladdin ends with Genie pulling everybody nearby — including the Sultan and Jasmine's pet tiger Rajah — into a group hug. "Mind if I kiss the monkey? *MWAH!* *KAFF!* Ooh, hairball!"
- Happens between the main characters in The Land Before Time once they finally find the Great Valley.
- In Tangled. Rapunzel embraces her mother, looks longingly at her father, and he comes and hugs them both, so she's in the middle. Whereupon Flynn/Eugene gets too close and pulled in.
- In Beauty and the Beast, the now human Beast embraces Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts after they change back into humans.
- This happens near the end of Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue and The Pirate Fairy.
- Near the end of Monsters University, Mike and Sulley hug with their friends from Oozma Kappa before parting ways with them.
- My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks has two linked examples:
- This is how the Humane Five welcomes Twilight when she's back to the school — not including Sunset Shimmer, who backs away.
- And then, it's the conclusion following the climax for the protagonists, this time with Sunset Shimmer in the middle, to her surprise.
- Possibly one of the most heartwarming examples happens at the end of Inside Out when Riley returns home in tears after her abortive attempt at running away and she and her parents all end up sharing one big family hug.
- The Longest Yard
Punky: [after the convicts won the game] We win! Group hug in the shower tonight!...or not. Or not.
- In Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, Sophie, Hans and Christoph share One Last Smoke and embrace each other just before their execution.
- Combined with Cooldown Hug, at the end of Schindler's List, Schindler completely breaks down in tears when he realizes he could've saved at least one more person but he didn't. Stern and dozens of his workers all join him in a hug to remind him he did a lot.
- In Into the Woods, the Baker, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and Jack do this just after they kill the Giantess.
- NCIS had a particularly heart-rending example. After Franks dies, Tony draws Ziva into a hug on the elevator, and lets her cry on his chest. The elevator doors ding open ... cue McGee and Abby in the exact same position. Cue Tony drawing them into a big elevator group hug. Cue waterworks.
- Friends numerous times, but most memorably when Phoebe becomes pregnant, which Phoebe comments can't be good for the baby with her in the middle, so the others have a group hug for her without her.
- Red Dwarf: as a way to show Rimmer that he is loved so they can build up his self-esteem and escape. His expression is priceless.
- Pretty much ubiquitous on Full House.
- The infamous final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show featured one.
- Teletubbies. Big Hug!
- Barney & Friends Happens during "I Love You" on the line "with a great big hug". If everyone can't join in on a big one, they'll just hug the closest person.
- The Suite Life of Zack and Cody episode "Team Tipton". Maddie, Zack, Cody, Esteban and Arwin.
- In the pilot episode of Chuck.
- In the Torchwood episode "Adam", the eponymous character calls for a "group hug" - as a way of working himself into their memories.
- Also in "The Stolen Earth", when the Dalek transmission is heard, Jack pulls Ianto and Gwen close to him and kisses each of their foreheads.
- One episode of NewsRadio.
- In Community the study group is fond enough of this for "bring it in" to become on of Jeff's catch phrases.
- Boy Meets World had a few of these, most memorably in the graduation episode when Cory, Shawn and Topanga give Minkus one after they receive their diplomas.
- Doctor Who:
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In "Primeval", Buffy and Willow apologise for their falling out in the previous episode as they rappel down an elevator shaft to take on the Big Bad. Once they reach the bottom, they invite Xander to join in a group hug.
- Lampshaded when Spike asks Buffy in "After Life" if she's "not leaving a hole in the middle of some soggy group hug". She's already had the hug as it turned out, but instead of being a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming it's just a pose she's putting for her friends, as Buffy is suffering chronic depression from being brought back from the dead.
- The final scene of the final episode of The Golden Girls
- There's an adorable one between the titular girls in episode 2.06 of Cable Girls, when Lidia decides to stay in Madrid after all.
- This is the second thing the Gorons try to give you when you clean out Dodongo's Cavern in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Given that Darunia, their chief, Does Not Know His Own Strength and sends you to the ground with a simple pat on the back, Link wastes no time in running like hell as the Gorons approach.
- "Group Hug" is the name of a party healing spell in Super Mario RPG. It doesn't go so far as to portray the hug, however.
- The Order of the Stick includes one between the good guys, where one of the dumber bad guys tries to join in, but Durkon simply cast "Hold Person" on him (without even breaking the hug).
- El Goonish Shive, in the end of the Painted Black storyline: here and here.
- Christmas, 2008 in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!.
- Parodied in Axe Cop, "Ask Axe Cop #83": Dr. Googleman's wife, kids and bodyguards have been kidnapped, so when he rescues them with Axe Cop's help, he gets a group hug from his wife, kids — and bodyguards too.
- In Agents of the Realm, the end of chapter four celebrates all five agents getting together at last by their group hug, to Norah's annoyance.
- Ménage à 3 subverts the idea in this strip; in the first panel, the depressed Zii is hugging Sonya for comfort, which Sonya is happy to provide, but she's less happy when two more people glomp themselves to the dogpile. Note her expressions across the four panels.
- The Jade Regent Campaign from RPGMP3 features a character called Spivey, a Lyrakien Cleric of Desna. Spivey used to live in a cemetery, until the PCs came by. She then joined their caravan and followed them on their quest, quickly earning the nickname "Death Pixie", since most of her skills were focused on graveyard maintenance, at that point. She's always flitting around, dispensing invaluable moral advice and trying to get the PCs to be nicer to each other.
Spivey: There'sacoupletravellersahead! Weshouldfeedthem.
Harold: Ah, Spivey! How do you fly with that heart of gold?
Spivey: Oh, well... Desna gives me wings!
Misty: Her heart is made out of gold?! How do you know? [Visibly starts to ponder whether she should reach in, pull it out and check]
Harold: Y'know, with the Good Outsiders, I wouldn't be surprised.
Misty: [Grabs Spivey and shakes her] She's not heavy enough to have a heart made of gold?
Koya: Misty, that's not how we usually hug!
- In the last shot of the finale episode of RWBY Volume 5, when the fighting has finished, despite the unspoken animosity and awkwardness, the complete, reunited Team RWBY join in a circle hug, finally back together after being separated. D'awwww.
- The puppies in 101 Dalmatians: The Series do this by dog piling.
- In All Grown Up! when Kimi forgives Chuckie for thinking Z is a bad influence on her, Z's dad suggests a group hug...which gets interrupted when Phil arrives with the police.
Kimi: You didn't!?
Chuckie: Nope...Phil did. But only because he cares...like us!
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Everything in the description (though Sokka once had to be told to shut up and join in). Earns extra cuteness points when Appa just closes his eyes and shoves his huge face into the huddle, or when Zuko is first included in the group hug.
Katara: Come on, Zuko. Being part of the group means being part of the group hugs.
- Initiated by Thor in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! after a big battle, grabbing Iron Man, Ant-Man and... Hulk. Each of them has an adorable bewildered look on their faces.
- Ben 10: Alien Force ends shortly after one of these with Ben, Gwen, Kevin, and Max after Ben defeats Vilgax, possibly for good.
- In Camp Lazlo, the Jelly cabin Trio (Lazlo, Raj and Clam) tend to do this to each other, often with heartwarming effect.
- A Tear Jerker moment between the members of Sector V, in the Codename: Kids Next Door finale.
- Parodied in Family Guy:
- Jimmy of Jimmy Two-Shoes loves to do this.
- The main four of Kaeloo do one at the end of Episode 105. Of course, Mr. Cat takes advantage of the situation by pervertedly pinching Kaeloo's butt.
- Lincoln from The Loud House is often given claustrophobic group hugs courtesy of his ten sisters.
- Subverted in The Mighty Ducks. After an episode in which Duke's criminal past had caused some tension, he assured his team he could never stay mad at them and called for a group hug...so he could steal their equipment.
- Monster Allergy has Elena doing this to Zick's monster pals in both of the issue and episode where she can finally see monsters.
- Pops up from time to time in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
- Particularly notable is in "Magical Mystery Cure", where after restoring her friends' destinies, Twilight picks them all up in her magic and they snuggle while floating.
- Also in "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2", where after the magic of all ponies in Equestria is restored, Discord initiates a group hug with the main cast, which completes his Heel–Face Turn.
- In "Castle Sweet Castle" where Twilight's friends gather around a crying Twilight.
- Twilight pulls the rest of the Mane Six into one at the end of "Slice of Life", though she apologizes when the hug aggravates a bite wound Dash got from the bugbear.
- Played hilariously straight in a episode of Rocko's Modern Life when after Rocko is broken from a curse of being a fly, Heffer calls for a "big group hug". And just before they do, a mysterious, gutteral voice suddenly cries out "YES!"
- During the ending of The Simpsons episode "Homer and Apu":
Homer: Hey everyone, let's all hug Apu.
(Everyone hugs and sighes happily then everyone stops)
Homer: (Checks Watch) We still have some time. Let's all hug Apu again.
(They hug again and THEN the episode ends)
- Grouchy gets hug-mugged by a group of Smurfs at the end of The Smurfs episode "A Hug for Grouchy" and really hates it! The way they were chasing after him to give him a hug in the episode, it comes off as a form of rape.
- Teen Titans
Starfire: Let us initiate a group hug!
- Total Drama has one of these when DJ is eliminated. Everybody joins in on it, even Heather.
- Tuck loves to call for one of these following the successful completion of a mission of on Wonder Pets.
- Sports teams after a big victory.
- After getting drunk together ... "I love you guys!"