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A group of characters want to discuss something privately amongst themselves, so they form a huddle; the camera POV switches, looking directly upward at the characters' heads and torsos as they talk. This is incredibly common in sports movies, where it appears during "the strategic discussion during halftime". (And in [American] Football movies, it appears even more frequently).

A huddle shot also occurs when a character lies supine and looks upwards, in which case it's a P.O.V. Cam. In a good scenario, the POV-character has overslept on an appointment or has been downed or anything else that justifies their associates to gather around to wait for them to awaken. The POV-character may respond with a freak-out upon seeing loads of people staring down at them but they may also hesitantly ask questions what's happened or going on. In a bad scenario, the POV-character finds themselves surrounded by enemies either as the last thing they see before losing consciousness or the first upon reawakening. These huddle shots tend to involve a lot of slasher smiles.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Reborn! (2004) has this every now and then, most often before big battles. Normally, everyone except Ryouhei and Yamamoto are less than eager to do it, and tend to find it incredibly embarrassing.
  • Somewhat used (but very dramatic) in the second match again the White Knights in Eyeshield 21. There's literally one second on the clock, and offense is just then switching to Devil Bats. An exhausted Monta catches the ball, and Hiruma calls for a huddle with himself, Monta, Taki, and Sena so that when they break, the White Knights won't know who has the ball.
  • The title screen of Strike Witches 2.
  • The opening to the original Getter Robo starts out with Ryouma, Hayato and Musashi in a huddle.
  • Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pure has one of this during an episode where they had to play volleyball.
  • In Episode 8 of the Little Lulu anime, Tubby, Wilbur, and Iggy did this in Lulu's presence, when she interrupted their lunch time.
  • Zero's Journey utilizes this shot when Lock, Shock, and Barrel plan their first round of trouble.
  • Smile Pretty Cure! has one with the Cures in episode 6, shortly before their group Transformation Sequence.

    Comic Books 
  • The Boys:
    • Two cover feature this pose, the first issue was of the main cast, and another issue had the original boys.
    • In Butcher's origin, there is one of a group of criminals, standing over Butcher after they'd given him a kicking after he attacked them without provocation.

    Films — Animation 
  • A Bug's Life, when they plan to send Flik away on a Snipe Hunt.
  • The Brave Little Toaster, as the appliances gather around the broken picture of the Master.
  • It occurs in Once Upon a Forest after Russel the Hedgehog survives almost being run over by a car, ending up on his back as his friends check up on him.
  • Coco, when Miguel and his dead relatives sneak backstage to Ernesto de la Cruz's Sunrise Specacular and plan to get back Héctor's photo.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls:
    • From the point of view of Twilight Sparkle in the first movie. The rest of the main cast stands over her while she lies gasping for breath after facing off against Rainbow Dash in a one-on-one soccer match.
    • In "Dance Magic", it's invoked by Pinkie Pie, who drags all six of her friends and gathers them into a huddle with their heads touching, so that they can brainstorm new ideas for their music video.
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    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Brittas Empire: The last shot of the episode "The Last Day" before the credits roll is everyone looking down at Brittas' grave as he revives and knocks on the coffin.
  • The signature image from House has the main cast (from the first several seasons) huddled around presumably the point of view of the patient.
  • The M*A*S*H opening has two individual "huddle shots": one of Hawkeye and one of BJ. They're the only ones in the shots though, so it might not count. There was one ep where it was shot from the patient's POV, there was a huddle or two in that one.
  • Eight is Enough does it in the opening credits sequence, as the family plays touch football.
  • That '70s Show has some of these in its "Stoner-wipes".
  • Hawaii Five-0: "Hauoli La Ho'omakai", being a Thanksgiving Episode, starts out with the protagonists, friends and family playing football, and we gets two huddle shots, one for each team.
  • The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Magnificent Ferengi" has one of these, combined with a P.O.V.Cam from Keevan's eyes, though after he is killed.

    Music 

    Video Games 
  • If the player loses a match in Tongue of the Fat Man, a screen shows what would be this view if it weren't for the speech bubble taking a large part of the screen.

    Web Animation 

    Web Videos 
  • Flander's Company: In episode "Taxe Carbone", after Recycle-Man gets massacred by Gladys, he wakes up in a hospital bed with the Flander's Company people huddled above him.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: In the episode "James", Finn, Jake, and Princess Bubblegum do this as they debate on the episode's title character. James somehow manages to sneak himself in the huddle.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • The teenage villains of Avatar: The Last Airbender do this while getting ready to destroy an opposing volleyball team.
    • The Legend of Korra uses the "Spirit of Competition", between Mako, Bolin and Korra when Mako tries to build up confidence for the upcoming tournament.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy have done this. One time they huddled without anything happening because Eddy couldn't think of a scam.
  • Kaeloo: Used in the Baseball Episode, where Kaeloo's team discusses strategies to beat their extremely talented opponents.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic:
    • Done by the Apple family in the episode "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", when debating on whether or not to agree to the Flim-Flam brothers' offer. The brothers somehow manage to sneak themselves in the huddle.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1", when Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Spike and Twilight are examining the items that will become the Keys, the point of view is from the floor.
  • In the Ready Jet Go! special "Back to Bortron 7", this happens while Jet, Sean, and Sydney are thinking up ideas to improve the presentation.
  • Parodied in Sheep in the Big City where General Specific holds his comrades horizontally in the air to imitate this shot.
  • Total Drama:
    • Owen gets hit with four balls at once during the dodgeball game in "Dodgebrawl". He is knocked down and as he slowly recovers from the impact, he blurrily sees the other Gopher dodgeball players on the field huddle around him to check up on him.
    • DJ is terrified to the point of fainting in "The Sand Witch Project". He comes to in a semi-sitting position surrounded by his concerned fellow contestants. Still half-hallucinating, DJ doesn't register them as he talks to his mother in his dream. Heather slaps him to full consciousness.
    • In "Evil Dread", the Heroic Hamsters minus Sam, who has fallen off the platform, huddle together to discuss a strategy for finding all seven pieces of their landmark replica. Zoey comes up a plan for each team member to cover a section of the beach, which Courtney counters with the same plan in different wording. Once Cameron points out they're the same thing, the team agrees and does a Team Hand-Stack, which Courtney openly reluctantly participates in.

 
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Family Conference

The Belchers have a family huddle when Louise comes up with an idea to reunite Koji and Yukki together and Koji sneaks in the huddle.

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