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Some people can be very friendly. Very, very uncomfortably friendly.

It isn't just that they tend to stand too close when they're talking to people—it's that they're practically on them. You may even be complete strangers, but that doesn't stop them from hanging off of you and breathing your CO2 during the conversation, whether you like it or not. It doesn't help that they tend to get... er, grabby.

Somebody with No Sense of Personal Space may keep their targets of uncomfortable closeness down to one person, or they might be like this with everyone. The character might be a Cloudcuckoolander that just doesn't know better, or they may just really, really like you (or everyone), and just don't let some bothersome "social etiquette" get in the way of it. They may be a villain showing their authority over a captive, then again, they just might be trying to get you riled up for shits and giggles. This tendency usually comes with inappropriate uses of First-Name Basis.


Anime characters with No Sense of Personal Space love to implement The Glomp as their favored tactic. For best results, have them latch onto someone that Hates Being Touched. It can also be a good source of Ho Yay, Foe Romance Subtext, or Les Yay. Depending on the context, this behavior may get a character labeled a Memetic Molester by the fandom. Compare Cuddle Bug.

Not to be confused with the Personal Space Invader, which deals with grabby Mooks in video games.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Angel Sanctuary:
  • Graham Specter from Baccano! can be like this with men.
  • Hitagi Senjogahara from Bakemonogatari. She spends a lot of her conversations with Koyomi invading his personal space bubble in spectacular ways...and feels him up while they're in the car with her father.
  • Drum/Dante Koryu of Beyblade Burst has a bad habit of getting up close to people's faces when he's excited and has to be repeatedly told to respect people's personal space, not that the lesson ever sinks in.
  • Beyond the Boundary: Hiroomi invokes this towards Akihito because he gets cold extremely easy and uses Akihito's body heat to stay somewhat warm.
  • Kon to just about every big-breasted and/or good-looking female. However, Rukia is a favorite target, too, although she usually stomps on him before he can try anything.
  • And Chizuru towards any good-looking girl, most notably towards Orihime and Rukia.
  • Also Aizen. So much so that fandom has come to peg him as a Depraved Bisexual Memetic Molester, since he seems to like being touchy-feely with "victims" of both genders. Hugging Momo and speaking to her sweetly before stabbing her to almost death? Check. Caressing Orihime's face as he Lecturizes her and then lets her go? Double check. Almost feeling up Ichigo when they're finally face-to-face, even placing his hand on the kid's chest? Triple check.
  • Around Ichigo and Urahara, Tessai seems to have No Sense of Personal Space.
  • Rangiku likes draping her arms over people, leaning her face closer to someone else's, tickling people while she's in the nude and so forth, but mostly when she wants to party or bring levity to a serious moment. On the other hand, Haineko gets like this around both boys and girls that seem to interest her.
  • Saten and Kuroko from A Certain Scientific Railgun will not hesitate lift Uiharu's skirt or glomp Mikoto, respectively.
  • Shader from Chrono Crusade just loves getting touchy with pretty much everyone and everything. She does not care if you are friend, stranger, sworn enemy, male, female, human, or demon (though she does have an extra fondness for young children...) — she will want to hug you. No exceptions.
  • Code Geass:
  • A few characters in Death Note, such as L, Ryuk, Misa, and Beyond Birthday.
  • Lavi in D.Gray-Man. Especially toward Allen. And Road also towards Allen.
  • Saehara and Satoshi and Keiji in D.N.Angel toward Daisuke.
  • Dororo (2019): Hyakkimaru, not knowing how to speak or sign, sometimes attempts to communicate with people by touching or grabbing their face, blind to the fact that this may not be comfortable for the other party.
  • Son Goku started off like this back in early Dragon Ball, when he figured that the easiest way to tell a boy from a girl was to feel for their...well, parts. He learns his lesson after ChiChi reacts a little more physically than most and throws him off the Kinto'un/Nimbus at about 50 mph.
  • Kirika in Eiken clearly doesn't believe in personal boundaries when it comes to Densuke. Yuriko doesn't either, constantly thrusting her crotch and butt into Densuke's face or forcing him to touch her.
  • Natsu from Fairy Tail has shades of this, particularly when it involves Lucy. He will occasionally get up right next to people or even come out of nowhere and grab them. He's also crawled into Lucy's bed a few times or casually walked in on her at moments that even he couldn't have realized were inopportune with perfectly innocent intentions.
    • Lucy's teammates have a bad habit of entering her house without permission, though Natsu and Happy are by far the most frequent offenders, to the point that Lucy often expects them to be there.
  • Fruits Basket:
    • Bunny boy Momiji does this with most people, especially Tohru.
    • There's also Akito, who's extraordinarily touchy-feely with everyone, regardless of how they may actually feel about each other.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • ALEX LOUIS ARMSTRONG never passes up an opportunity to invade people's personal space to show off his perfectly/hilariously sculpted body.
    • And the people of Rush Valley thought nothing of ganging up on poor Edward, seizing him, and stripping him to examine his automail.
  • Full Metal Panic!:
    • Gauron is like this whenever Sōsuke is involved, apparently since the latter was a child. He's also like this around just about anyone.
    • Contrast with Sōsuke, who will not hesitate to beat the shit out of anyone he's not comfortable with touching him.
    • Tessa tends to get a little too touchy-feely with Sōsuke, even trying to molest him while he's sleeping. Hell, she once did it when she was sleeping.
  • Good Luck! Ninomiya-kun:
    • Mikihiro, but only around Shungo.
    • Hinako is this way with Mayu. As is basically every guy in school. Though that's mostly due to her succubus powers.
    • Hinako and most of the girls in Shungo's class are fond of doing this to Shungo.
  • In Great Pretender, Laurent has a habit of being too close to Makoto for the latter's comfort, and Laurent will often put a hand on Makoto's shoulder only to get peevishly brushed off.
  • In Haganai, Sena sometimes does this to Kodaka when talking about games. When done in Yozora's presence, she tends to get a bit jealous and smacks Sena with a fly swatter if Kodaka doesn't make her back up first.
    • Sena also has a tendency to do this to Kodaka's younger sister, Kobato, due to Cuteness Proximity. It always creeps Kobato out, and she will either hide behind Kodaka or run away if the situation allows.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
    • Itsuki, with Kyon as the target. At first, it's assumed it's because he likes messing with Kyon and it's to satisfy Haruhi's whims, but as the series progresses he tends to pay Kyon a lot of disproportionate attention during the most inconvenient instances and even when Haruhi isn't around to observe.
    • Haruhi herself is also inappropriately in-your-face with just about everyone and likes to grope Mikuru for Fanservice and/or her own enjoyment.
  • Hellsing's Alucard.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
    • Italy, being The Ditz and slightly Truth in Television about real life Italians, just doesn't understand that his need for constant close human contact makes Germany and Japan more than merely uncomfortable (especially since he combines his habit of sneaking to sleep into other peoples' beds with the habit of sleeping naked). Lampshaded in the Valentine's Day Strips when Germany, unable to distinguish if Italy's actions are a veiled way of expressing romantic feelings or just his own idiosyncrasy, consults Austria to clear his mind up:
      Germany: Hey, Austria, what type of relationship do you call it when you see them every day, and they hug and kiss you, and go in the bath with you, and sleep in the same bed with you [while they're naked]?
      Austria: [blushing] ...Don't say such vulgar things!
      Germany: [despaired] Vulgar....?!
      Austria: Oh, you meant him...
    • Also, France has a tendency to get close to people and attempt to grope them. Let's not forget the Olympics.
  • Kaji tends to be like this around almost every woman in the show. Plus, in Rebuild 2.0 he jokingly(?) acts like this around Shinji.
  • Also, in Rebuild 2.0, Mari is very touchy-touchy with Shinji upon first meeting him.
  • One Piece:
    • Trebol from the Dressrosa Arc has this problem in which he'll sidle up right next to whomever he's talking to. The fact that he's ugly, rude, tells very inappropriate jokes, has an Annoying Laugh, and has a serious post-nasal drip problem doesn't help. Even the other Donquixote Pirates can't stand him with the except of Doflamingo himself, who's been with Trebol since childhood. Also doubles as a Stealth Pun: Trebol has the powers of the Stick-Stick Fruit, which allows him to generate and control adhesives, and he has a habit of sticking too closely to other people.
    • "Physical minktimacy" is a cultural trait of the Minks in which they express physical affection to those they like. While some of it is species specific, such as Wanda the dog-woman licking Luffy or rabbit-girl Carrot giving him love bites. In general, the Minks are inclined to rub against and hug anyone they like and are prone to overdoing it when they get excited.
  • Wakaba, the Dressing Club manager, and Rei from Otasuke Miko Miko-chan, mostly because Ayumu is a very attractive girly guy. More so when he's cross-dressing, and especially if he's Miko-chan.
  • Juuta from Otomen towards Asuka.
  • Outlaw Star:
    • Fred Lou tends to get really touchy with Gene, mostly because he's completely hot for him. Gene usually handles it with good humor, but sometimes Fred likes to pull little "jokes" like suggestively blowing into his ear during business exchanges.
    • Harry too, considering he's Melfina's obsessive Stalker with a Crush.
  • In Pokémon Adventures:
    • In the Black and White chapter, N has no problem whispering into the ear of another boy before said boy is even aware of him. N later grabs him by the arm and brings him up close. It's kind of creepy considering N's almost dead expression. Gender obviously isn't an issue for N, as he gets up close and personal with White in the Nimbasa Ferris wheel.
    • In Black 2 and White 2, Blake becomes a little too friendly for Whitley's taste, but that's because he's searching for Team Plasma but has already determined that all the other girls in their class have no connection to them. As for Whitley, she doesn't want anyone becoming too close to her as she really is ex-Plasma and she obviously doesn't want anyone to find out.
  • Kikumaru Eiji of The Prince of Tennis is basically the poster boy for this.
  • Ranma ½:
    • Shampoo. When Ranma's involved, the word "personal space" does not exist!
    • Kodachi Kunō to her "darling" Ranma.
    • She must have gotten it from her brother, Tatewaki.
    • Happōsai, being the patron saint of Dirty Old Men, literally lives to latch onto women so he can feel their breasts and buttocks.
    • Ranma himself, while he Hates Being Touched, has no qualms about perching on other people's heads to say hello. And whenever Female!Ranma is in disguise to fool Ryōga, she tends to be quite the grabby girl.
  • Yamamoto from Reborn! (2004) just loves putting his arm around people. His friends, his Face Heel Turned frienemies, the guy who hates his guts but then ends up thinking otherwise...
  • Rebuild World: Sheryl is like this specifically with Akira, her Living Emotional Crutch, and spends literal hours cuddling him and/or sitting on his lap to recharge herself emotionally from the stresses of leading her slum gang. When Sheryl stops doing it as a result of composure training from her mentor, it feels really off to Akira and he ends up taking his daily baths with her.
  • Akio of Revolutionary Girl Utena is like this around anyone he tries to seduce. Touga is like this around Utena, Wakaba to Utena, Kozue to Miki, Saionji to Anthy, and Nanami to Touga.
  • Souma from Sakura Gari.
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei: Matoi in regards to her teacher Nozomu, to the absolute EXTREME.
  • Seraph of the End:
    • Krul frequently hugs and kisses Mika despite the latter's discomfort, as exemplified by the fanmade wikia's image gallery. Seriously, she makes Zephyr Breeze look tame!
    • Mika can sometimes get like this to Yuu, though Yuu is not shy about this either. In particular, Mika has carried Yuu in a Bridal Carry a couple of times and liked to hug Yuu when they were children.
    • Ferid has no concept of anyone's personal space; once grabbing Krul to bite her neck, nearly touching Crowley's chest in the novel when commenting on his looks, touching Yuu's shoulder while saying he wants to taste his blood, touching Mika's butt...
  • Sword Art Online: As shown in his interactions with Asuna, Sugou has no idea how to keep his hands or his tongue to himself.
  • Nathan from Tiger & Bunny is like this when he's around his male coworkers, with varying reactions from the targets. Barnaby gets annoyed and shoves him away, Antonio just wishes he'd keep his hands above the belt, Kotetsu doesn't really care as long as he's not effectively trying to occupy the same space as him.
  • Kisshu in Tokyo Mew Mew towards Ichigo.
  • Shinnosuke from Ultra Maniac. Although it's understandable since the only episode he's in has him change from a cat into a human.
  • In Wild Fangs, Syon is like this towards Mao before they actually get together.
  • ×××HOLiC: Mugetsu has absolutely no concept of Watanuki's personal space.
  • Victor Nikiforov of Yuri!!! on Ice is this. Surprisingly, this trope only applies with Yuri. He appears to make contact with others such as hugging his coach Yakov and his younger rinkmate Yurio once or twice, but most of the time he appears to avoid touching everyone else. In general, the official art has him very close and/or touching Yuri, and Yuri (who Hates Being Touched by the way) eventually becomes comfortable with it later in the series. As it turns out, Victor's actually been flirting with Yuri for all the times he's been trying to get close to him, not just blatant attempts of teasing.
  • Kouji from Zetsuai towards Izumi.

    Comic Books 
  • Albedo: Erma Felna EDF has this trope of how Erma and her later best friend, Toki, first interacted. When Erma first bunked with Toki, that mouse had some bad habits like leaving the bathroom messy and barging in for frivolous reasons when Erma was using it. However, the last straw is when Toki's feline lover visits that night for sex and Erma is kept awake first with the thumping on the above bunk and the smell of the aftermath. Eventually, the two work out their differences.
  • In Generation Zero, Cloud has uncontrolled telepathic abilities that grant her an intimate view into the mind of anyone she meets. Consequently, she assumes that she is intimate with everyone; when she first meets Keisha, she embraces and kisses her.
  • Examples from Supergirl stories:
    • In Supergirl Vol 2 Linda Danvers' friend Joan doesn't get the concept. Two seconds after her first meeting Joan grabs Linda's hand and drags her along.
    • Bizarrogirl: Unsurprisingly, the titular Bizarro character does not get the concept. During their trip back to Bizarro World, Bizarrogirl scares Supergirl to death when all of sudden she’s behind her and leaning past her shoulder.
  • In Superman/Supergirl story Krypton No More, Clark Kent's co-worker Terri invades his personal space and clings to him as soon as she sees him.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: Draska Nishiki uses her very intentional invasion of personal space to exert dominance over her targets like Gen. Darnell and Steve Trevor. She likes to sit on people's desks or otherwise give herself a perch that makes her closer than they'd like while also allowing her to loom over them.

    Comic Strips 
  • Dilbert:
    • This comic features Nardo from The Old Country, who even has to be told to keep his hands out of Dilbert's pockets.
    • Dogbert discusses cultural concepts of personal space in Dogbert's Clues for the Clueless. In America, you're allowed just inside the "Bad Breath Zone". In Italy, you can get inside the other person's clothes. In Australia, any distance is too damn close.
      Dot on Horizon: Hey! Can we talk!?
      Australian: [to himself] Tourist.

    Fan Works 
  • Ryuk in the Death Note Crack Fic A Charmed Life. It never occurs to him that sticking his face in Light's chest might not be appropriate.
  • Advice and Trust:
    • Asuka. Even before getting together with Shinji she used to invade other people's personal space aggressively and spontaneously, especially if she was interested in them.
    • All Shinji's female classmates with a crush on him tend to get closer than Shinji would like. Specially Chihiro Tanaka, who does not seem to get the "personal space" concept. In chapter 6 she gets Asuka mad when she gets way too close to Shinji.
      Her beloved baka was under siege by at least half a dozen of the usual Harpies, led by that bitch Tanaka. Shinji sat nervously with his back to the fence, surrounded by pretty young girls. Geek-Stooge sat next to him, staring just as nervously at the surrounding ring of girls. Luckily for him, they were ignoring him in favor of staring hungrily at Shinji. Shinji had less than a meter of space around him. Tanaka herself was leaning way into Shinji's personal space, reaching a hand out to touch his face oh no we are not having that!
  • Children of an Elder God: Asuka is not familiarized with the concept of "personal space". In her first appearance in chapter 4, she quickly latched on to Kaji. And later she stayed close to Shinji and wrapped an arm around his, despite of barely knowing Shinji at that point:
    Asuka quickly stepped up to Shinji's side, taking his arm in hers, and strolled along with Kaji and Misato.
  • Equestria Girls: A Fairly Odd Friendship: Gary and Betty. This annoys Sunset, and gets the even less-patient Gilda to slug one of them.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: After the Angel War, Asuka is too broken and angry to care about things such as respecting other people’s personal bubbles. When she wants to tell you something, she gets very close.
  • Once More with Feeling: When Asuka met Shinji she immediately and aggressively stepped into his personal space to study him. During their posterior interactions, she tended to get extremely close to Shinji.
  • In Chrysalis Visits The Hague, Chrysalis becomes increasingly (literally, physically) clingy in her interactions with her lawyer Estermann. The implications that these are the actions of the G-rated succubus that she was in the show are rather plain.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami has Tserk, a tentacle monster who was one of the first minions at the service of the sailor senshi. He likes fondling and cuddling with people, whether they like it or not. This got him punished by Mercury a couple of times, mostly by forcing him to cuddle with people nobody would like to cuddle with. Like an Ax-Crazy barbarian, or a very angry Horned Reaper.
  • In Huggled, all of the pegasi in Ponyville, for some reason, have gathered overnight and decided that they need to constantly give hugs to every other pony in town, whether the other ponies want it or not. It turns out that this is the result of Rarity botching a spell that was meant to help her pegasus coltfriend Thunderlane with his "intimacy issues".
  • The Mountain and the Wolf: The Wolf tends to do this constantly to allies and enemies both, and to great effect given how huge he is. Strangely, he never seems to solely rely on physical intimidation, often speaking to the other person as though in normal conversation.
  • Stars, Eyes of Heaven pins this as a common trait of Stand users. Since Stands usually manifest right next to their user, the person gets used to sharing their personal space. This tends to wig out non-Stand users who are used to being able to retreat from contact if necessary. Jotaro is especially bad about this, because he combines this trope with being tall, muscular, and having a Face of a Thug.
  • Signs of Snow has the highly-communal Andorians treating the whole idea of privacy as something insulting and obscene, with Shran openly deriding the doctor's asking for him to step back a little.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Paradise Calling, Navi has no qualms about starting a conversation with Link while he's in the bath, saying it's nothing she hasn't seen before. She also points out that he never had a problem with bathing in the hot springs with the Kokiri.
  • A Starstruck Phantasmic Romance: Starfire is extremely over-affectionate and obsessively clingy to Danny, although she eventually calms down. Danny himself becomes extremely clingy towards Starfire in The Switch, thanks to Desiree's magic.

    Films — Animation 
  • 9:
    • The twins very much fall under this category, seeing as their first order of business following their appearance was to start messing with the main character's easy access portal to his internal organs. Well, sackcloth-doll organs. Still, nobody wants a pair of busybodies monkeying around with their insides.
    • 5 also falls under this category.
  • Gaston in Disney's Beauty and the Beast towards Belle. In fact, Disney Villains in general seem incapable of staying out of the main character's personal space.
  • Sid from Ice Age fits very well in this trope.
  • Madagascar:
    • King Julian.
    • Also Mort, especially when it involves Julian's feet.
  • As pointed out in the director's commentary, the Robinson family in Meet the Robinsons frequently get in the face of the more reserved Lewis. It's most noticable with Uncle Gaston, who leans over Lewis to the point where Lewis has to turn his head straight up to face him.
  • In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks, the Dazzlings stroke seemingly everyone in the cafeteria during "Let's Have a Battle".
    • Photo Finish in the short Photo Finished has absolutely no concern for the personal space of her chosen subjects, to the point that they complain about it to vice principal Luna. When Luna brings this up to Photo Finish, she becomes the crazy photographer's next subject.
  • Anago in Padak has little respect for the titular protagonists' personal space, invading it whenever possible to rile her up or when questioning her motivations and beliefs.
  • Colette from Ratatouille thinks that the only reason Linguini's personal space exists is so that she can invade it. Sure, she was doing it to intimidate him, but one can't help but think that she does it for enjoyment with how often it happens.
  • The eponymous character in Tarzan, as a result of being raised with no human contact.
    Professor Porter: Oh, Janie Jane! What an amazing discovery! A man with no language, no human behavior...
    Jane Porter: And no respect for personal boundaries.
    Professor Porter: How do you mean?
    Jane Porter: [gets extremely close to Professor Porter] He was this close to me, daddy, just staring at me!
  • Treasure Planet: BEN. "I just wanna hug ya and squeeze ya and hold ya close to me!" Much to the dismay of Jim Hawkins.
    Jim: You have to stop touching me.
  • Mebh from Wolfwalkers is a Wild Child who lives in the woods with only her mother and wolves for company, so the concept of personal space doesn't occur to her. She climbs all over Robyn when she first brings her to the den, including biting Robyn's hair and sniffing her armpit. She isn't much better as a wolf.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Beetlejuice: Betelgeuse does this with anyone — living or dead.
  • Borat takes this to an extreme, even sprinting after people to get in their faces.
  • Beldar and other Remulaks in Coneheads often exhibit behavior like this, being aliens.
  • The Force Awakens:
    • Finn. Some of it is probably because he has a crush on Rey (such as when he grabs her hand while they're fleeing a bombing run), but other times it's clear he just really does have no sense of personal space, possibly due to being raised from birth to be a stormtrooper. At one point when he's trying to see out a high window, he uses Rey's forehead to brace his hand simply because it's the most convenient thing around.
    • Kylo Ren towards Rey, too, especially in the interrogation scene. He gets creepily intimate with her, leaning close to her face and speaking softly. Another sign of his Villainous Crush on Rey.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Voldemort. When he steals the Elder Wand in Deathly Hallows, Part 1, he's face to face with the dead Dumbledore. They'd be touching noses, if he had a nose. Part 2 didn't let up—after Harry's Disney Death, he offers the Hogwarts students and defenders a chance to join the ranks of the Death Eaters. Draco crosses the field to get to his parents, and Voldemort hugs him. Or tries to, anyway; he clearly has no idea what he's doing.
    • Several Death Eaters have this problem in the films; Snape gets uncomfortably close to Harry at times and both Scabior and Bellatrix have some rather suggestive moments with Hermione in Deathly Hallows, Part 1.
    • In Halfblood Prince, Bellatrix gets all up in both Snape and her sister Narcissa’s space while performing the unbreakable vow. She also gives her nephew Draco a not very aunt-like kiss on the neck when she gets to Hogwarts towards the end. Unlike his mom, he’s freaked out by it.
  • The Knowledge: Mr Burgess "The Vampire" regularly invades the personal space of the candidates during their appearances, as one of the many things he does to make them uncomfortable.
  • Life as a House: Multiple characters seem to have no sense of boundaries. Alyssa gets into the shower while Sam is inside. George showers outdoors and urinates in view of his neighbors. The shack he lives in has no separate enclosure for the toilet, which Sam complains about.
  • Leon features Gary Oldman as Stansfield, who has "a talent for sniffing out a lie", interrogating Mathilda's father while sniffing him and invading his personal space.note  He later does the same with Mathilda.
  • One of the aspects in the 2003 adaptation of Peter Pan that really creeped out some reviewers was Hook's complete lack of personal space with both Peter and Wendy. The fact that he's an adult obsessed with killing a child (later multiple children) did not help. Jason Isaacs has described that in interviews as having been incredibly uncomfortable to portray.
  • Vanheden from the Swedish Jönssonligan movies acts like this toward his fellow gang members from time to time, especially his leader Sickan. This ranges from patting Sickan on the cheek seconds after the latter has gotten out of jail, to suddenly grabbing him by the shoulders and guiding/pushing him to locations or objects just a few meters away, to practically standing on him in public even when there's plenty of room around them. Vanheden also sees no issue with slapping Harry (his cousin) on the butt even though Harry doesn't like it at all.
  • In Pitch Perfect, Chloe has no problem bursting in on Beca during her shower while both are naked. She also gets up in her face (in an overly-friendly way) at a party later. Word of God is she was written as a "close talker".
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean there doesn't seem to be any place more comfy and hospitable for pirates to hang out than your territorial bubble, and no pirate likes it better than Captain Jack. In the third film, Jack actually manages to invade his own personal space.
  • David from The Watcher just loves to find any excuse he can to hug and touch Joel.

  • As in the TV series, Littlefinger, Catelyn Stark's Unlucky Childhood Friend from A Song of Ice and Fire towards Catelyn's daughter Sansa. It's to an even greater degree than his television counterpart, where he leans in really close whenever he talks to her. In the books, he's literally stroking her face and playing with her hair on first meeting her. It just gets worse from there...
  • Harry Potter:
    • Snape isn't quite as bad about this in the books, but his standard "interrogating a pupil" technique seems to be "get right in their personal space". Snape does this deliberately, however, as he is attempting to make students as unnerved as possible so it is easy to read their minds.
    • Wormtail made Harry and Hermione uncomfortable in the third book when he tried to thank them by throwing his arms around their legs.
  • Brenda just can't keep her hands off Thomas from the moment they meet in The Scorch Trials, and claims that this kind of behavior is normal where she comes from when he calls her out on it.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: Count Olaf; most frequent target: Violet. Other targets: Klaus, Sunny, Aunt Josephine, etc. etc.
  • Christine Rhoades from Spectral Shadows can be this sometimes... like when she pounces the shy, geeky squirrel girl Kacey. Given that Kacey has a lot of her squirrel traits intact, so this doesn't go over well.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Barney Miller has the obligatory nemesis from Internal Affairs, Lieutenant Scanlon. He has a habit of leaning in really close to people in order to make them uncomfortable, as well as to intimidate by snarling up into their faces (the actor was not tall).
  • When they were doing the casting for Bones, it was noted that at one point during the auditions, David Boreanaz (playing FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth) stepped in close to Emily Deschanel. Where most people would have stepped back in response, she instead stood her ground.
  • Castle: In the seasons before they hook up, Richard Castle intentionally invades Beckett's space whenever possible, either in attempts to seduce her or simply because he's overexcited when he comes up with a theory about a potential killer. One of the best scenes is in the first season where he races up to her desk where she's sitting, sits across from her, grabs her rolling chair, and pulls her super-close so he can explain. If you pay attention, you can see her gripping the chair in adorable panic.
  • The Daily Show: Jon Stewart. Just ask Denis Leary. Or Brian Williams. Or Mike Myers...
  • The Devil Judge: Yo-han gets very close to Ga-on, practically holds him against a bookcase, and puts his hand on his shoulder when he finds him in his office.
  • Doctor Who: The Doctor in some incarnations.
    • The Second tends to latch onto his companion Jamie at a moment's notice, and there's one scene where they and Zoe did a three-person Sleep Cute.
    • The Fourth has a tendency to place his face very, very close to that of whomever he's speaking to, and often stands so close to his companions that he's practically aligning his body with theirs.
    • The Eighth randomly kisses his companions when he's excited, both in the TV movie and in the novels. In the movie, he also repeatedly gets very close to Grace for no good reason, and she's visibly bothered by it.
    • The Ninth is significantly more distant than most Doctors, but still once said, "I'll hug anyone, me."
    • David Tennant combines this with No Indoor Voice frequently, just in case he hasn't completely overloaded your sense of personal space. He loves humans so damn much that he once asked to hug one that he'd met only seconds before, simply to celebrate humanity. And it may have had something to do with Tennant's close off-screen friendship with Billie Piper, but by the end of the second season of the New Series, the Doctor and Rose were basically a single entity.
    • The Eleventh Doctor manages to have even less sense of personal space than the Tenth. He never stops touching someone. Though he does ask for Rory's permission each time he wants to give Amy a Security Cling. Then he snogs Rory in "Dinosaurs On A Spaceship", just because he's in a good mood — after all, they found dinosaurs on a spaceship! River Song, who has even less sense of personal space, manages to weaponize this: in the middle of a rather epic struggle, they get all up in each other's faces and give each other a quick "Take That!" Kiss. She's wearing poison lipstick. He very nearly dies.
      • Strangely enough, he takes it even further with Clara; who are almost never not touching in some way or another whenever they're together. May be justified, though.
    • The Master towards the Doctor, constantly. And vice versa, a lot of the time; both Three and Ten got grabby with the Master.
  • Myrtle Urkel on Family Matters is so madly in love with Eddie that she sometimes breaks into his room at night. At least her cousin Steve knows where to draw the line with Laura!
  • Friends:
    • Chandler does this to Joey when fighting over a chair.
      Chandler: [with his hand inches from Joey's face] Not touching! Can't get mad!
    • All of the Friends tend to rub or pat each other just before a scene cut, usually if a joke was just directed at them.
    • It's also notable that, in the first four seasons, if any two of the friends are going to end up draped over each other on a sofa or snuggled in a comfy chair together, even in background shots, it was almost always Chandler and Monica. And this was before the writers started giving them a romance storyline...which might explain why they could get away with openly snuggling on a sofa together during the secret phase of their relationship without their friends cottoning on to the romance: it was completely normal behavior for them.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Littlefinger seems perfectly capable of respecting everyone's space...except when it comes to Sansa, the teenage daughter of his childhood crush. Virtually every time he talks to her, he's either leaning in really close, touching her somehow or both.
    • Tywin Lannister uses this as an intimidation tactic in his audience with his grandson King Joffrey. Joffrey's attempt to exert his authority over Tywin completely backfires when, as he not-so-subtly explains just how little concern he has for Joffrey as a person compared to his concern for the realm, Tywin walks up the steps to the throne in reaching distance and towers over Joffrey, essentially telling him that he may be King, but Tywin is the real power and will be respected.
  • Gossip Girl: Chuck Bass delights in this.
    Dan: I even miss Chuck Bass, who would get so close to talk.
  • Sylar weaponizes this trope on Heroes. He gets deliberately and uncomfortably close to whoever he's talking to in order really draw out the maximum amount of terror from his prey. Claire is thoroughly disgusted and practically shudders as he sniffs her hair.
  • Colonel Hogan will casually put a hand on his men's shoulders or clap them on the back several times an episode. He sometimes invokes this trope when dealing with Klink as part of his Cloud Cuckoolander Obfuscating Stupidity persona.
  • Homicide: Life on the Street: Frank Pembleton anyone? He practically kisses the criminals he interrogates in the "box".
  • Horrible Histories: Cesare Borgia's method for dealing with people like this? Murder them. Since his dad's the Pope, he can get away with it.
  • Impractical Jokers includes this in challenges often enough, but one of them, Joe, was known even before the show for "nosing" people (putting his nose on them without them noticing).
  • On Johnny and the Sprites, the real-estate developer Yolanda Ivanna Wanna was this in "The Sprites Save Grotto's Grove." Throughout the story, and especially in the song "Everything Must Go," she shows no respect for Johnny's personal space, poking him, prodding him, petting him and otherwise generally being a jerk, all without realizing it and thinking she's actually there to do him a favor by tearing down his backyard to build a hotel and shopping mall complex.
  • Kamen Rider Wizard: Shunpei Nara and Kosuke Nitoh can both get very close to someone due to excitement or simple lack of thought. Haruto Soma is not particularly touchy-feely, but has a saintly patience.
  • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: Nico Saiba has about as much respect for personal space as she has for personal belongings. She knows that it makes people uncomfortable. That's why she is doing it. People usually let her because long term resistance is futile. And Taiga Hanaya is not touchy-feely either...
    • Parado tends to intimidate people by getting little too close for comfort, often with some disturbing grin. Kuroto and Emu are his usual targets. He gets a any kind of reaction out it only rarely, though.
  • Kamen Rider Build: Ryuga Banjou can get very close very fast because of his (sometimes) foul temper. Outside of that, he can get little too close (like touching shoulder distance) to Sento Kiriyu, who usually doesn't mind. Explanations vary.
  • Dr. Cal Lightman of Lie to Me does this all the time. He sprawls all over the place, gets in suspects' faces for shits and giggles, and seems to be incapable of staying out of Gillian Foster's personal space even when they're walking together. She either playfully elbows him out of it or otherwise doesn't seem to mind. In the Season 3 episode "Funhouse", Dr. Lightman gets himself admitted to a mental health facility (for the purposes of helping a patient there) and seems to dial this behavior up (either thanks to his own psychological oddities or in part because of hallucinogenic drugs; it's left ambiguous even near the end/conclusion of the episode). Cal gets right up in the main man-behind-the-curtain's face, quite literally palming the guy's face like a blind man as Lightman himself talks, and even hanging off of Foster and his other colleagues when they come to help.
  • Gene with Sam in Life on Mars. Constantly. Not that Sam ever really seemed to mind.
  • The Longest Day in Chang'an: After capturing Li Bi, Long Bo gets uncomfortably close to him and touches him or grabs his clothes at every chance he gets.
  • NCIS:
    • Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs uses this to intimidate suspects and witnesses, usually in tandem with his trademark Death Glare. He also gets into the personal space of his team, often to deliver a Gibbs Slap.
    • Ziva does this to men quite frequently, mainly the men on her team. Especially Tony. Sometimes you can even see them start to breathe faster and flush a bit...
    • Of course, Abby beats them all. The other two have mastered this for intimidation/seduction/both, but Abby is like this all the time. Mostly because she's just a happy, expressive person. Abby is genuinely shocked when the team has to attend a mandatory class on harassment and she is told simply giving hugs without asking permission first is not appropriate behavior. Gibbs later tells her that she never has to ask permission from him.
  • Odd Squad:
    • Odd Todd absolutely loves to get up in people's personal space as part of his Large Ham tendencies, sometimes even sniffing them if he takes interest in them. It doesn't go away after he pulls a Heel–Face Return, either.
    • Obfusco is also prone to this. In "Agent Obfusco", he gets closer and closer to Olive and Otto at one point when telling them that there's more to their test.
    • While Otto normally respects boundaries, "Soundcheck Part Deux" has him pulling Olive close to him and trying to make her dance whenever Soundcheck begins singing their new song, "The Force of Gravity". Of course, since Olive despises Soundcheck, she doesn't like it one bit and often tries to get the group back on track.
    • In "Bad Lemonade", Oscar uses his Truth-Sniffer-inator gadget to sniff Polly Graph's graphs, with Oscar providing the sniffing noises. As he's doing so, he and the gadget get uncomfortably close to Olive, to the point where she jumps a little in surprise before an irritated look settles on her face.
    • Oksana in "There Might Be Dragons". She thrusts a hand in Olive's face as she's walking to the pea soup the chef has made, and directly after that, she leans incredibly close into her face.
    • In "First Day", as Oprah is giving Party Pam advice on how to sell her sandwiches better, Party Pam misinterprets her advice of "don't yell in people's faces" as "creepily whisper into them instead", and for the cherry on top, she leans very close to her and tells her to "eat my food or I'll make you a balloon".
    • "Odd Squad Needs You" shows Oona's way of returning gadgets: forcefully shoving herself between Olympia and Otis, snatching their gadgets, and racing off to the back room, all while leaving them completely bewildered.
    • "The Creature Whisperer" has Otis getting very close to Decoy!Big O while dancing in order to provide a distraction, which leaves him less uncomfortable and moreso confused.
    • In "Who is Agent Otis?", Xavier does this, waving his hand in Olympia's face to steal her air, then leaning close to her, Oprah and Otis during the latter's trial in a similar manner to Odd Todd in "Disorder in the Court".
  • Jefferson, a.k.a. the Mad Hatter pulls this quite a bit in Once Upon a Time. Takes the creep factor up with Emma, at one point even sniffing her hair. She is (understandably) seriously freaked out by this.
  • Snafu Shelton in The Pacific, especially regarding Sledge.
  • Power Rangers Dino Thunder: Mesogog, especially when he has Tommy Strapped to an Operating Table in "Legacy of Power".
  • Spoofed in a Saturday Night Live parody of a Lifetime movie, To Love, Honor and Stalk: the Gillian Woodward Story, in which Amy Poehler played a woman whose sense of personal space was continually being invaded by... her husband, played by guest star Senator John McCain. Him doing things like attempting to hug her, or offering to loofah her back, were presented as the horrifying attentions of a creepy stalker, and despite Gillian going to the police and taking her husband to court, the justice system kept pointing out that if she were still married to her husband, and not getting a divorce or separation, then it wasn't actually a crime for him to hug her. In the end, Poehler appears as herself with "the real Gillian Woodward" (Rachel Dratch) who's rather bemused by the whole thing and says that it all began when she mentioned to someone in her exercise class that she used to find it mildly annoying when her husband stood too close to her:
    The Real Gillian Woodward: Next thing I know, her sister, who was a producer for Lifetime, was trying to buy the rights to my story. I thought they were nuts.
  • Scrubs has the mostly-background character Jimmy the Overly-Touchy Orderly. When Taylor Maddox takes over as Chief of Medicine after Bob Kelso retires, she ends up firing him over it.
  • Seinfeld:
    • Elaine has to deal with a coworker who combined this with Offscreen Teleportation.
    • In the episode "The Raincoats", she had a boyfriend (played by Judge Reinhold), who was a "close-talker".
  • In Selfie, pharmaceutical boss Sam acts like this a lot — kissing employee Henry on the mouth and getting very close to him in another episode, even remarking that he smells good. It's not all Henry-centric; it's clear Sam wants all his workers to be close like a family. In one episode, he encourages them to cup each other's faces and rate how close they feel, he sits on the table in meetings, and he caresses other employees' faces. In another episode, Sam celebrates a great pitch by Henry and Eliza by giving Henry a great big bear hug and then giving Eliza a kiss on the hand and a romantic dip. Only Henry seems to think this is weird behavior.
  • An extremely villainous version in the Sherlock episode "His Last Vow". Big Bad Charles Augustus Magnusson, whose MO is to blackmail people into submission, likes to really violate people's personal space as a way of demonstrating that he "owns" them. For example, he licks the face of a Lady of the British Empire and flicks John Watson in the face repeatedly, and because Magnusson has leverage, they both just stand there and take it.
  • In Smallville, Clark sometimes accuses Chloe of this, although he's usually okay with it. There was this time she asked "since when we had boundaries?" and Clark looks uncomfortable, though.
    • In a not even remotely funny or friendly example, E-2 Lionel frequently get uncomfortably close to people, especially Tess when he's trying to torment her. This is particularly creepy in her case since she's his daughter.
  • Star Trek
    • Star Trek: The Original Series: Kirk is quite a touchy-feely person in general, but particularly with Spock. (It's quite interesting to compare the amount of personal space between Kirk and McCoy and between Kirk and Spock.)
    • Q of Star Trek: The Next Generation (and DS9 and Voyager) has them all beat. His interactions with people (Picard in particular) are very... friendly.
    • Star Trek: Voyager:
      • Janeway is also rather touchy-feely with her crew — hugging them, hand on the shoulder, etc. This has created endless Fanfic Fuel for those with Shipping Goggles, but she's mostly a Celibate Heroine due to being The Captain, so it's more likely an extension of her role as Team Mom than anything else.
      • This was also one of the many ways in which Seven of Nine had no sense of social etiquette after being raised by the Borg. In her case, she is more hands off than Janeway due to her Ice Queen nature, but has no issue standing too close to people when they are uncomfortable about it.
      • Neelix was also rather more touchy-feely, particularly with Tuvok, than the latter ever really liked.
    • Star Trek: Enterprise: Captain Archer is constantly patting his crew on the shoulder, standing very close, etc, especially with Malcolm Reed.
    • Star Trek: Picard:
      • In "Absolute Candor", Mister Hospitality (the Emergency Hospitality Hologram on La Sirena) gets closer to Picard than what the latter finds comfortable.
      • Later in the same episode, Narissa sits next to her brother Narek in bed, runs her hands over his chest and arms, and even starts to straddle him while they're talking about his relationship with Soji.
      • Elnor is touchy-feely (even tenderly so, as they're gestures of comfort) with Hugh in "Nepenthe", even though they just met and don't know each other well yet. However, Hugh welcomes the physical contact, and even initiates some by grabbing Elnor's elbow and standing very close to him when he says, "We're going to take this Cube away from [the Romulans] forever." As Hugh lays dying in Elnor's arms, he reaches out for the young man's face and holds it tenderly. It's an intimate gesture one would expect from a lover instead of a total stranger, but it was Jonathan Del Arco's intention to depict Hugh as being in love with Elnor.
      • Elnor has met Seven of Nine only once, and when he sees her again in "Broken Pieces", he hugs her tightly and buries his head against her shoulder. He's so grateful to be in the presence of a friendly face again after being trapped alone on the Artifact for days and struggling to avoid being captured by the Romulans, not to mention he's upset over Hugh's death. Seven is a bit uncomfortable with the sudden close contact, but she recognizes that Elnor is very sensitive and is in need of emotional support, so she tolerates it.
      • In "Broken Pieces", Mister Hospitality leans so far forward into Raffi's personal space that she falls backwards on to her bed trying to avoid him.
  • Strangers From Hell: Moon-jo constantly gets in Jong-woo's personal space, goes out of his way to stand close to him, and is very touchy-feely with him even when Jong-woo asks him to stop.
  • Supernatural:
    • Castiel. From his first appearance, he has been constantly stepping into Dean's personal space. (At this point, something like 90% of Cas's screentime has been spent within a three-foot radius of Dean.) While staring very intensely into his eyes. Much Ho Yay ensues. Lampshaded in "Free to Be You and Me":
      Dean: Cas, we've talked about this. Personal space.
      Castiel: [backing off like three inches] My apologies.
    • Azazel (a.k.a. Yellow Eyes or the Yellow-Eyed Demon) in "In the Beginning". Apparently, they threw it in after the actor playing Azazel got uncomfortably close and smelled Dean. Jensen Ackles (who plays Dean) was appropriately freaked out.
    • A cherub had a habit of naked-hugging complete strangers to say "hello". Apparently, it's the cherub version of a handshake. AWKWARD.
      Dean: I don't like it!
      Castiel: No one likes it.
    • Becky Rosen has problems with this around Sam. She will not stop touching him, even after he asks her to.
  • Derek Hale on Teen Wolf.
  • In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Cameron tends to stand way too close to some people (likely to make it easier to kill them if she needs to) and also tends to stare for prolonged periods when she's considering the threat someone else represents to her or John Connor.
  • The Thick of It:
    • Space invader extraordinaire Malcolm Tucker. Whether it's engaging in conspiratorial conversations in the narrow corridors of power (or the gent's lavatories), using intimidation to get what he wants or simply flirting with his colleagues, the "Thin White Mugabe" gets in close. Cornering seems to be the favored tactic.
    • A similar example is Malcolm's Bastard Understudy Jamie, who gets just as close (sometimes manhandling people) and is even more likely to shout obscenities right in your face.
    • A very different example is Malcolm's nemesis Steve Fleming. Like Malcolm, Fleming gets much too close to people and has no aversion to touching them. Unlike Malcolm, Fleming is actually trying to be friendly, but fails miserably and comes across as a creepy slimy perv (especially with Niccola).
  • Damon from The Vampire Diaries. He pretty much always does it deliberately to unnerve people, though.
  • The X-Files: Mulder with Scully. From day one, if they're in the same room, Scully has no personal space. He's also very touchy-feely with her: they rarely even walk out the door together without him touching the small of her back. Scully is (understandably) quite perturbed by this during the first couple of seasons, but she gets used to it. Eventually, this constant lack of personal space becomes an integral part of their UST.

  • Tuatha from The Fallen Gods. According to her player Jake, the only way to get uncomfortably close to her is if someone magically goes inside or through her body.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Goldust is known for startling people breathing on them, which is usually preceded by them discovering he is uncomfortably close by or him simply walking up inappropriately close to someone he wants the attention of.
  • Giant Singh/The Great Khali likes to intimidate shorter people in the locker room by standing with his stomach very close to their faces.
  • Part of the reason MsChif unnerves many wrestlers when combined with a deceptively quick and light step, which leads to her popping up unexpectedly and uncomfortably close in the locker room. Though happening upon her by surprise beats the alternative.
  • Concerning this trope, Winter is like MsChif's Evil Counterpart. Where Chif is an inquisitive fey who simply has trouble not being creepy Winter is a bisexual predator obessed with making people bleed. Where Chif is quick and quiet by nature, Winter climbs and crawls around locker rooms for the sole purpose of startling and unnerving people with her suddenly very close appearances.
  • Greg Excellent of Ground Breaking and CZW, once having annoyed his boss Maven Bentley by trying to have a very up close conversation with him while Bentley was in the bathroom trying to use a urinal.
  • Marty "The Moth" Martinez of Lucha Underground, especially around ring announcer Melissa Santos.

  • Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues:
    • Ciro, as a result of being a paternal older brother, has a habit of being touchy-feely even with people he isn't related to, whether it's a subtle pat on the shoulder or an Affectionate Gesture to the Head.
    • Jemimah is boisterous and highly extroverted and shows this by practically throwing herself against other people and invading their space with willful abandon.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Necromunda: The background material for the 3rd Edition Hired Gun Yolanda Skorn mentions that a number of gang leaders who have employed the crazy Bounty Hunter had to end their contract after being unnerved at finding her staring at them from a few inches away when they woke-up.

  • In Pokémon Live!, Giovanni and Ash get up close and personal in "You Just Can't Win".

    Video Games 
  • With the Chapter 2 remaster, Bendy and the Ink Machine has Sammy Lawrence getting very close to the camera when he recognizes Henry.
  • In Divinity II: Ego Draconis you have the summonable necromantic creature, which follows you everywhere and tend to get in the way or into your personal space more often than its combat benefits are worth. It also has an idling emote consisting of it raising a leg and urinating on the floor, which must come as very embarrassing for the hero if you're in someone's house. Why does an undead creature need to piss?
  • Dragalia Lost has Chelsea who's this for Luca. It starts off simple enough where she gets him lunch, but escalates to cleaning his room on a daily basis without him knowing she's doing so, and even following him into the bath. When he tries to break it off with her, she turns into full on Yandere.
  • In Fallout 3, it is not uncommon for you to turn around to find one of your followers right up in your face. Also, robot butler Wadsworth tends to follow you around your Megaton home and do this.
    • In Fallout: New Vegas Malcolm Holmes sneaks right up behind you to tell you about the star caps.
  • Alma to Becket in First Encounter Assault Recon.
  • The first time Takkar meets Tensay the shaman in Far Cry Primal, Tensay dashes forwards, grabs him by the arms, and spins him around, getting right in his face. He does this a lot throughout the game, partially contributing to Tensay's image as a Creepy Good guy.
  • Half-Life 2: Freeman's squad habitually crowd around him so closely that it can be impossible to move without bumping into one or take a shot without dinging one by accident. One imagines Gordon got to know who used which toothpaste, they're that close—as noted in this parody comic.
  • The "Remember me?" monster in The Halloween Hack. One of its attacks is to hug Varik, solidifying him somehow.
  • Daniella/The Maid from Haunting Ground seems to love doing this in cutscenes to poor Fiona. In fact, during the scene that introduces her as the game's second antagonist, she gropes Fiona in...places after poisoning her to make her sleep. With a Slasher Smile to boot!
  • In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Larxene tends to get really close to both Axel and Namine.
    • Speaking of Kingdom Hearts, in the Final Mix of Kingdom Hearts II, Marluxia's Absent Silhouette is a bonus boss. At the start of the battle, he whispers in Sora's ear to trigger a pseudo-Doom effect.
  • Dark/Demon Lord Ghirahim to Link in their first and second battles from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which leads to Foe Romance Subtext.
    • And in the spinoff game Hyrule Warriors, Fi does it to Link. Link quickly agrees to her request to get her out of his face. Ghirahim's enemy intro continues his habits in this trope. Makes you wonder if it's just a sword spirit thing.
  • In Minecraft, testificates in villages have an odd tendency to all crowd inside one house at night. Taken to ridiculous levels when it's a small, 4x4 house.
  • Thanks to a certain moment near the end of the game, Tsaubern from Suikoden Tierkreis is often portrayed having this trait by the fandom.
  • Tales of Xillia: Alvin makes a habit of putting his arm around the back of Jude's neck and he either leans on him or makes him lean forward when they talk.
  • Tales of Vesperia: Estelle always stands incredibly close to everyone she talks to, and in some cases will hug them or grab their hands without permission, something that annoys Rita to no end.
  • In Warframe, the AI known as Cephalon Simaris likes to project his holographic avatar so that it's (a) looming over you and (b) about three inches from your face.

  • David of Bittersweet Candy Bowl has no sense of personal space. Or decency.
  • Cyanide & Happiness has the Personal Space Invader, shown here.
  • Girl Genius: The average Jäger has no qualms about being in everyone's space like they're old friends. Dimo in particular has learned to weaponize this by looming threateningly over people often by perching on something a person he wants unsettled is next to so as to surprise them with a well timed comment and when they turn they're faced with an uncomfortably close Jäger that is crouched like they're ready to pounce and with all their very sharp teeth showing in a menacing grin.
  • El Goonish Shive:
    • Catalina Bobcat clings to people while talking to them, to the point that she makes Chivalrous Pervert Tedd uncomfortable when she does it to him.
    • Grace has also done this on occasion.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court:
    • Parley. Mostly she does it to Andrew Smith (making it clear to everyone—except Andrew himself—that she has the hots for him) but she also gives Antimony some finger-poking action here, where The Rant lampshades her failure to respect personal space. This eventually gave Parley a scare of her life, though—touching Antimony at the wrong time led to an intimate mind-to-mind contact with one angry ghost.
    • Coyote likes to get up close and personal as well.
  • Cronus from Homestuck is a creepy version, touching people a lot to hit on them and insisting that it's just friendly and that they shouldn't make this weirder than it needs to be. When he does it to Mituna, who a) Hates Being Touched and b) is quite literally brain-damaged (which is not played for laughs), it's even worse than usual. Jasprosesprite^2 is even MORE annoying, with cat puns and innuendos being thrown around everywhere.
  • In the first chapter of The Meek, we are introduced to Innocent Fanservice Girl Angora, who has lived in the wild for much of her life and consequently has not developed many cultural taboos, such as a sense of personal space. Pinter gets to discover this firsthand.
  • Ménage à 3: Yuki to Zii.
  • Petria from The Phoenix Requiem likes to do this to Jonas, mostly because of the reactions it gets from him. Her own lack of inhibition is due to the fact that she used to be a prostitute.
  • On occasion, Dora from Questionable Content. For example. She doesn't do it all the time, or to everyone; Faye gets it the most.
  • Taisei from Sakana. The awkwardness level of it is especially high because he's so tall. For added hilarity, he often gets paired with Yuudai.
  • The Shufflers: Hiddenite does things like sleep completely naked in Märchen‘s bed unasked.
  • Speak with Monsters indicates this is a racial trait of Ropers.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: Håkan, Sune and Anna Västerström have a thing for grabbing onto or patting people, including perfect strangers. And they seem to have an inherent gift for finding the one guy who Hates Being Touched and ganging up on him.
  • Osgood from String Theory (2009).
  • Kizarasunga from Tigress Queen. She may have learned this from being raised by tigers, but she also seems to do it just to mess with people (especially Prince Jintu).
  • Mahalah in Undead Friend has a bad habit of this as she has spent many years as a ghost that nobody could see and has no memories of being alive. She is overly affectionate to Orrick, the first human to see her, and it's been implied that while he couldn't see her she may have even seen him shower before.
  • Various Happenings: Eddie seems to be very fond of lean-ins, nose booping and generally picking up Cassandra due to their difference in stature.
  • In the Webcomic Name chapter "Got Your Back", one blob sees that another blob has a shirt on with the tag sticking out, and tucks it in to the latter's dismay.
    "this label is sticking out. I feel compelled to be over-familiar."
  • Sock towards Jonathan in Welcome to Hell, as exemplified by the thank you drawing when the kickstarter succeeded, depicting Sock with his arm around Jonathan as the latter cringes.

    Web Original 
  • Donnie DuPre from Demo Reel really likes to cuddle, especially with other guys. The family who kidnaps him and touches him a lot while keeping him drugged are a much creepier take.
  • Magnus of If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device gets very close to Kitten when trying to convert him to his cause, to the point that Kitten gets uncomfortable.
  • Mirai Nikki The Abridged Series: Yuno. She is Yukiteru's personal space.

    Western Animation 
  • Courtney would occasionally get a little too touchy with Ginger in As Told by Ginger.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Ty Lee is really into big hugs.
  • Danny Phantom:
    • Jazz already had a problem invading into everyone's own personal privacy (due to being a psychologist-in-training), but when she becomes part of "Team Phantom", she takes it to epic levels. Danny is none too pleased. She later learns to keep a lower profile.
    • Vlad is also like this around Danny. Comes with his obsession of wanting to make Danny his son. And there's also whenever he gets his chance to spend time with Maddie...
    • In the episode, "Fanning the Flames", we have Klemper, a hulking, bucktoothed, blond-haired ghost who wants to be friends with everyone. Within the first second, we see Klemper invading Danny's personal space in the most hilarious way possible.
  • Storkules in DuckTales (2017) sees Donald Duck as his best friend and always greets him with a big Bear Hug. Donald, however, is clearly not comfortable with any of this, especially since he only sees Storkules as an acquaintance rather than a friend. When Storkules ends up renting a room on Donald's boat, Donald has to go over with him on the concept of personal boundaries.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • The Kanker sisters, much to the horror of the title characters.
    • Eddy, despite his "are you touching my face" moments, seem to do this a lot to people himself.
    • Being a major Cloudcuckoolander, and just really really friendly and exuberant, Ed was like this with everyone.
  • Family Guy: Meg in "Barely Legal" when she was Yandere for Brian.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum invoke this on each other all the time, so it's not all that noticeable. However, when they get this way with Kyle, his displeased expression is usually enough to see this trope occurring.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
    • Cheese, during his first appearance, wouldn't give Bloo any elbow room.
    • Neither would Berry.
  • Gravity Falls: Mabel has a habit of playfully punching, poking, bear hugging, and tackle hugging people she is especially fond of. Dipper, Stan and occasionally Soos are usually on the receiving end of these.
    • In "Gideon Rises", she couldn't resist touching Soos' Abuelita's face.
      Mabel: Oh, Soos, your grandma is so adorable! And her skin is old lady soft. [touches Abuelita's skin with one hand, then both] Haaahhh!
  • Corey Riffin from Grojband has a habit of getting right up in others' faces as he talks to them, especially if that other is Laney (although she doesn't usually mind due to her huge crush on him).
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • Olga, Helga's older sister, is a bit too huggy around her younger sister, much to Helga's annoyance.
    • Another episode has Lulu, who is a different version of Lila, do such things to newcomer Arnold like rubbing his leg with her own, pretending to fall asleep on him, forcing a kiss on him, and suggest a late-night swim together. Arnold is noticeably unhappy with all this.
    • It is also a Running Gag for Brainy to announce his presence by standing so close to Helga that she can hear him breathing. She often responds by punching him in the face. Another instance has him randomly lay his head in her lap.
  • Invader Zim's very own GIR. "I'M. GONNA. HUG. YOU!"
    "Get off my head, GIR."
  • The eponymous Jimmy Two-Shoes. "Friends watch friends sleep."note 
    • There have also been two episodes in the show dealing with characters with even less sense of it. The first was "Bus Driving BFF", where Jimmy becomes friends with Recurring Extra Chuck the Bus Driver, whose unhealthy obsession with their friendship proceeds to irritate Jimmy. The second was "My Best Friend is a Weavil", in which Beezy tricks Lucius into thinking a weavil is his best friend (Beezy and Lucius both hate weavils). The weavil, unaware Beezy is just pranking Lucius, proceeds to go Yandere on Beezy.
  • Kaeloo: Kaeloo is like this towards everyone, especially Mr. Cat (who unfortunately Hates Being Touched).
  • Shego towards the eponymous Kim Possible, most obviously in "Stop Team Go".
  • Looney Tunes:
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Discord has a tendency to get touchy-feely with others. Especially Twilight Sparkle, for some reason. This is very likely another allusion to Q, who, as mentioned above, enjoyed invading personal space to the point of appearing in bed with Picard, or in a bathtub with Janeway.
    • Queen Chrysalis demonstrates a similar tendency, directed at the magically hypnotized Shining Armor, when giving her evil monologue. The fact that she is essentially a G-rated succubus might have something to do with it. She also once unexpectedly caressed Twilight Sparkle's mane, just before attacking her, and later while bragging about how Twilight suspected her the whole time but nobody believed her she puts her hoof under Twilight's chin in mock affection, before Twilight slaps it away.
    • Pinkie Pie often gets this way when she is excited (especially around Rainbow Dash), and in Bridle Gossip, she admits to never having heard of personal space, to absolutely nopony's surprise. At one point she managed to give an excited bear-hug to Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, and Applejack... all at the same time. She takes it to the logical extreme in A Friend In Deed where she practically stalks Cranky Doodle and invades his home, although she finally learns a much-needed lesson in the end. In a later episode while going through the Elements of Hamrmony the Mane Six each represent to the Pillars of Equestria, she randomly hugs Applejack's flank when calling her "Honesty", with Applejack just giving an annoyed glare in response.
    • Rarity. Most of the time she has a pretty good grasp on this but when she is excited or agitated, she can get rather close to the person she is talking to. This is seen best with her behavior around Twilight in very early episodes, such as "Ticket Master" (she pokes Twilight with her horn to spur her to help out Rainbow Dash), but it crops up again when she is grilling Fluttershy about how to improve her dress. Played for laughs in the introductory episode. Moments after Twilight properly introduces herself to Rarity (who was previously treating her as a potential customer), an excited Rarity touches her affectionately and declares "We are gonna be the best of friends, you and I". Twilight quickly runs away from her.
      Rarity: We are [rubs her face against Twilight's] the best of friends, are we not?
    • The Cutie Mark Crusaders in "One Bad Apple". Enthusiastic to meet Babs Seed, the trio rushes to greet her as soon as she steps off the train. The camera moves to Babs's point-of-view as Apple Bloom introduces herself and her friends while standing much too close. Then pans to Sweetie Belle, who's standing much closer, and finally to Scootaloo, who's standing even closer. The upper part of Scootaloo's face takes up about 90% of the frame in the last shot. Later, at the Crusaders' clubhouse, there's a moment where Scootaloo actually rubs her flank against Babs's, with the latter looking noticeably uncomfortable.
    • In Daring Don't Rainbow Dash is this around her hero Daring Do, constantly invading her privacy until Twilight Sparkle calls her out on it, and even then she still gets way too close all the time, at one point hugging her tight until Daring has to push her away.
    • In Power Ponies the Mane-iac laughs in Spike's face when he thinks she is about to paralyze him and begs her not to spray him, and briefly tickles him under the chin with her mane while telling him how "pointless" that would be.
    • "Testing, Testing 1, 2, 3" has Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash both qualify for this trope. There's shots where they are right in each other's faces. Especially Twilight when she's trying to get Rainbow Dash to study.
    • In "Flutter Brutter", Fluttershy's brother Zephyr Breeze is shown to have little respect for boundaries. He frequently gives Fluttershy an Affectionate Gesture to the Head, hugs both his parents without prompting, and even tries to get touchy-feely with Rainbow Dash, who couldn't care less for his advances and frequently has to push him away.
  • Heffer from Rocko's Modern Life, most notoriously when he briefly became Rocko's roomie.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power:
    • Catra near-constantly invades Adora's personal space when they're not fighting, which really doesn't reduce the Foe Romance Subtext. Ironically enough, Catra is, herself, extremely protective of her personal space.
    • Scorpia defaults to "hug" as her means of interaction with people, causing enough friction that Catra eventually orders her to stay ten feet away at all times.
    • Shadow Weaver tends to faux-affectionately touch the cheek of whoever she's manipulating at that point - she does it to Adora, Catra, Micah, and Glimmer at different points.
    • Entrapta frequently touches people with her prehensile hair. Notable examples are when she squishes Catra's cheeks with her hair in "The Price of Power" and manhandles Hordak in order to create a new cybernetic exoskeleton for him in "Huntara".
    • The show's most disturbing example is Horde Prime. In "Destiny, Part 4", he gropes Hordak's face and runs his hand over Hordak's armor during a frightening mind-probe. He also touches Glimmer's face and hand in a manner that feels predatory.
  • The Smurfs themselves in the episode "A Hug For Grouchy", where they practically assault Grouchy with a hug.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob himself. Especially around Squidward. Squidward puts it like this in one episode:
    Squidward: SpongeBob? Do you remember that little talk we had about personal space?
    • This quote sums it up nicely...
      SpongeBob: We're like brothers, only closer!
  • Star Wars Rebels:
    • The show keeps up the venerable Star Wars tradition of having Imperials who get uncomfortably close to the heroes while interrogating them, exhibit A being Grand Admiral Thrawn to Hera in "Hera's Heroes".
    • "Double Agent Droid" reveals that fussy ex-Imperial protocol droid AP-5 has absolutely no problems walking in on people using the refresher if he really needs to tell them something. He does it to Wedge on-screen, and it's mentioned that Zeb was a past recipient of this treatment.
  • Teen Titans:
    • Starfire is ALWAYS eager to initiate "The Group Hug". Or an overly-enthusiastic individual hug. Unfortunately, few people are willing to reciprocate, perhaps fearing broken ribs and bruising. The fact that she can learn any language by kissing is an unfortunate coincidence that does not help.
    • Slade tends to get uncomfortably close to Robin whenever they encounter each other, not to mention his apparent fondness for restraining him from behind while whispering into his ear, or manhandling him to the ground. The entire episode "Birthmark" has Slade acting in such a manner in regards to Raven. He also likes to act in such a way with Terra. In the case of Terra, this is a pretty unfortunate Shout-Out to their relationship in the comics, in which Slade and Terra have a sexual relationship.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
  • Total Drama
    • Katie and Sadie towards Trent. In the first cast's cameo in the first episode of Revenge of the Island, both Katie and Sadie make a Trent sandwich.
    • Sierra in World Tour. Although it's usually Cody that has to deal with this, she's managed to creep out Heather, Noah, and Chris by it too.
  • Winton in Bluey is called a "space invader" by his friends due to his tendancy to stand too close to people, which in turn causes people to run away from him. This actually comes in handy in the very episode it's mentioned.

    Real Life 
  • Dogs. Cats too, though for a different reason.
  • "The Johnson Treatment". US President Lyndon B. Johnson was well known for his domineering personality, part of which involved getting "his face a scant millimeter from his target", and it wasn't just people he was trying to intimidate who got this, he also did it to his friends and JFK himself. The fact that he was 6'4" certainly helped.
  • Donald Trump has something similar: in order to attempt to engage in domineering, he tends to go for a handshake then use it to pull someone closer. It tends to keep people literally and figuratively off-balance.
  • This customer on Not Always Right, who starts grabbing at the narrator's face after remarking that he looks a lot like Ozzy Osbourne.
  • There are three major ways in which people absorb information: Visual (through sight), Auditory (through sound) and Kinesthetic (through touch). Most people are dominant in one or two of these. Guess which one has issues with other people's personal space?
  • Some neurodivergent people (such as Autism, ADHD, or similar conditions), have trouble reading neurotypical social cues, which may or may not involve an understanding of personal space, whether it's by neurotypical standards or the very concept of personal space itself. Others may have difficulties with spatial awareness, leading to a more literal version of "No Sense Of Personal Space". Alternatively, some autistic people may also have a small personal space bubble and/or Hates Being Touched, leading to conflict with allistic people who were "just being friendly."
  • Americans have one of the biggest bubbles of personal space in the world, leading to awkward situations when dealing with people of cultures who normally reserve much less. The biggest clash tends to occur in Asian countries, namely China, India, and Japan, who have such a high population density, there simply isn't enough room for personal space, at least not in the cities. On the other hand, Asian cultures tend to have averse attitudes towards touching between strangers, and many find the American custom of shaking hands at first meeting uncomfortable. Many Northern Europeans also find Americans a bit too eager to act in a manner reserved for close friends in their countries with casual acquaintances.
    • If shaking hands is uncomfortable, imagine the reaction towards many Southern European, South American, and Middle Eastern cultures, in which people commonly greet each other by kissing on the cheeks. Some countries do a combination of these. In South Africa, people shake hands, yet find kissing cheeks of anyone other than a woman, child, or sibling weird.
    • This can also be an issue for American military personnel deployed to the Middle East. Hesitation to allow locals to get near you can give the impression of distrust and sour relations. The fact that more than a few of the locals might be enemy combatants or suicide bombers tends to sow a rather real sense of distrust on the part of the Americans.
  • Older relatives you haven't seen for a while. They remember seeing you as a baby (which you obviously don't remember, so they might as well be a total stranger) so they have no problem invading your space to hug you, pat your head, or pinch your cheeks. The fear of that cheek pinching has almost become a trope in itself.
  • Most toddlers and young children don't understand the concept of personal space yet.
  • People from big, crowded cities, like New York City or Tokyo, don't have much sense of personal space in comparison to those from the country or suburbs. So, good luck trying to ride the New York City Subway if you have a high sense of personal space. It's even more difficult in Tokyo, where trains are so packed they need pushermen to shove people into trains to make sure the doors can close.
  • Children who grow up in crowded situations, especially in poverty, often have a completely different concept of physical space than children in other socio/eco levels.
  • If you don't like being touched, then you appear to attract the people who can't keep their hands to themselves and enjoy being in your face.
  • Insects. Vertebrates usually have a natural fear of humans and will only approach humans by themselves if they have been tamed (and even then, they might still not approach you unless you have food). Insects, on the other hand, have no such natural fear and see no problem in landing on you and buzzing around your ears, no matter how much you try to swat them or chase them away.
  • Filipinos are rather friendly and can become instant friends just by a single meeting, and don't mind sitting near each other like in a jeepney where sitting next to each other is a normal thing. This inevitably leads to Culture Clash when Filipino-AMERICANS visit relatives and get socially bombarded with lots of touching/interaction.
  • Happens at Fan Conventions, not just due to the high number of people per square meter but because a number of cosplayers complain about being approached by strangers in too-close-for-comfort ways, leading to the rise of "cosplay is not consent" anti-harassment campaigns.
  • Pregnant women have to deal with this constantly, to the point that it's easy to find a Fun T-Shirt warning strangers not to touch the baby bump.


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Pinkie Pie

She's never even heard of personal space.

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