This is an important trope for many Korean Series as a "clean" way to show attraction between two people.
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- An example in Ayashi no Ceres plays it for intense drama, where the piggyback rider had been fatally wounded (Chidori) and dies on the back of her crush (Yuuhi) few before they reach their destination. Understandably, Yuuhi is devastated when he realizes what happened.
- Kyon and Mikuru in Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody.
- In Berserk Guts inverts this somewhat because he gives his Love Interest Casca a bridal carry on one occasion, and any other time he has to carry a female he gives them a piggyback ride. While this can indeed be adorable too, it implies that he views his relationship with them as platonic compared to his love for Casca.
- In D.Gray-Man, Allen receives one from Link, when he's alone and hurt. Yeah. And then he received one from Mana when he was young.
- In Elemental Gelade the character Ren needs to recharge her powers by sleeping, which happens a lot. Since the party usually wants to keep moving, she spends a lot of the series on Cou's back.
- Ed gives one to Winry in Fullmetal Alchemist (and then promptly drops her on her butt when she decides to reveal she broke open his watch to learn the secret he has written on the inside).
- In GUN×SWORD, Van carries Wendy this way when she's sick with a fever. It comes at the end of an episode that was very heavy on character development, but some of the potential cuteness is traded for comedy when he chooses this moment to admit that he doesn't like her mascot pet.
- Similar sequence at the beginning of Happy World!, another moe manga.
- Tomoe does this to Nanami in Kamisama Kiss after the latter gets drunk.
- In the manga Living Game, there is a sequence where Izumi faints in a public bath and Fuwa sweet piggybacks her back to her place.
- Further establishing their role as a main couple, Touma of Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force gives one to love interest Lily at the end of the first chapter after he rescues her.
- Considering that majority of the times the trope is invoked, the male character carries the female character on his back, Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai! does an unusual case of gender role reversal when Momoyo carries Yamato on her back at the end of episode 5 after his "battle" with Kokoro.
- Ginta carries Snow off of the battlefield this way after she loses in the third round in MÄR.
- In Princess Nine, after Takasugi hits Ryo's lightning ball and she actually catches it on the return, knocking her back, he gives her one against her will. And he carries her all the way to her house, calling himself her new boyfriend in front of her mother upon arrival, much to her annoyance.
- Ranma ½:
- Ranma gets one from Akane in one of their "sweet" moments. Because he claims that it's too embarrassing to receive one from a girl, Akane sprays him with cold water from a hose, telling him that that should make it all right now, since they're both girls.
- In the live action special, a girl Ranma carries Akane on her back.
- In Episode 35-B of Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth, after Hinata gets injured from a car chase, Naruto carries her this way when he takes her to the hospital, much to her delight.
- In the Rumic World story Sleep and Forget, Ryohei carries Haruka on his back, giving her a faint memory of the time he carried her on his back in a past life.
- In the Rurouni Kenshin TV series, a flashback involving Anji Yukyuzan's past has him carry a girl who has a huge Precocious Crush on him like this through a snowy field, as she promises to always be with him. Sadly, the poor girl is murdered shortly afterwards.
- Your Lie in April:
- Tsubaki carried Kousei on her back during their childhood and later, during highschool, Kousei did the same for Tsubaki after she injures her leg during a baseball game.
- Kousei also carries Kaori like this when she asks him to carry her out of her hospital room, since by then her disease has become so serious that she couldn't walk anymore.
- The following Korean Drama shows all use this trope:
- Boys Before Flowers: When Jan Di is involved with several mishaps, the boys of F-4 are there to rescue her: lost in a blizzard, collapses from overwork, etc. etc.
- Eun Chan in The First Shop of Coffee Prince carries Han Kyul after he drinks too much soju.
- In Playful Kiss it becomes a major point.
- In Pasta, a sleepy Yoo Kyung is carried by one of her love interests.
- In You Are Beautiful, a drunk Go Mi Nam is carried by Shin Woo.
- In Lie To Me near the end of the series Ki Jun carries Ah Jung away from a party.
- At the end of Act 6 of Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, Chiaki carries an exhausted Kotoha back to the Shiba house on his back. This is a sign of them having bonded as teammates after Chiaki had unwittingly insulted Kotoha earlier.
- Scrubs subverts this in one episode with Elliot carrying JD to the finish line of his triathlon.
- In The Legend of Dragoon, Shana hurts her ankle by getting it stuck in mud and Dart carries her piggyback style through the rest of the area.
- In Final Fantasy VIII, Squall carries Rinoa on his back to Esthar after she falls into a coma after becoming a Sorceress. In an interesting case of Gameplay and Story Integration, Squall's field model is shown carrying Rinoa on his back throughout this part of the game.
- Non-romantic example in Tales of Vesperia: after Karol saves the party from the Baitojoh and passes out from exhaustion, Raven carries him out of the Blade Drifts.
- Another Non-Romantic example in Kirbys Return To Dreamland where any character can piggyback on the others.
- Yet another non-romantic example in Brain Dead 13 in that Lance is the cute rider on piggyback while Frankenstein's Monster Jerk Jock Moose is the vile, ugly mount who tries getting him off yet gets blinded and ridden like a horse while playing "dodge the deadly lightning rods".
- In Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, Neptune (as Purple Heart) gets forced to give Pururut/Plutia one because she's feeling sleepy already.
- Valhalla Knights: Eldar Saga, if you choose to romance the dwarf girl, you end up carrying her back to her city like this. Since she's being pressured into an Arranged Marriage with the local prince to unite their tribes (following the king's xenophobic, ultraconservative reign), it's implied that you take a detour.
- In one of the The Prince of Tennis dating sim games, the female Player Character can get piggybacks from some of the guys she can romance, most noticeably Sanada◊, Yanagi◊, Fuji◊ and Oishi◊ (pictured above)
- Non-romantic and rather tragic example from Dark Souls III', showcased by the final Lord of Cinder, the Twin Princes. The younger, more frail twin Lothric drapes his hands across the physically stronger, and older twin, Lorian.
- In Rean's bonding event with Fie at Bareahard in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II, he ends up carrying Fie because her shoes were damaged and figured that he didn't want her feet to be hurt.
- Soul Symphony: Used as a strategy in battle between Olivia and John to combine their powers. Olivia gets a little flustered with the idea.
- Parodied in Ghastly's Ghastly Comic, where Chibi Sue has to be carried due to being so drunk she barely can stand.
- In A Trailer for Every Academy Award Winning Movie Ever, this happens during the Falling-in-Love Montage between the hero and his love interest here.