An obvious, yet effective way to put a stealth hug between two characters, especially in No Hugging, No Kissing worlds.
One of the characters, usually the female, trips over something or feels faint. Or maybe is jumping from a high place. Then, the other character, usually the male, catches him/her just in time to prevent him/her to hit the ground.
However, both characters don't move away from each another right away. They take their time. Maybe to comfort each other (which may evolve to Cry into Chest). Or maybe they are too busy looking into each other's eyes. Some extreme cases can even involve an Accidental Kiss, and some more moderate ones can lead to an Almost Kiss.
- In Fruits Basket, Tohru trips and falls down a slope, prompting both Yuki and Kyo to try to rescue her, accidentally hug her, and turn into animals.
- In a Maison Ikkoku comic book, Kyoko is trying to fix the porch globe light when Yusaku arrives, startling her. Kyoko falls off the ladder and not only do they end up hugging as he catches her, but their lips touch as well. Since no one else saw it happen, and they're both supposed to be dating other people, they decide to pretend all that happened was that Kyoko slipped and dropped the globe.
- In PandoraHearts Gil frequently does this to Oz.
- Happens in Pokémon between Brock and a Girl of the Week, leading to a Rescue Romance that's one-sided on her part.
- Tactics: Haruka once does this to Kantarou.
- In Aladdin, when the titular character leads Jasmine to his hideaway, the girl trips and falls into Aladdin's arms. Needless to say, they don't break the embrace right away.
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back: While the Millennium Falcon is inside the asteroid, there's a sudden tremor. Princess Leia falls backward and Han Solo catches her. He doesn't let go immediately, and continues to hold her even after she gets uncomfortable and asks him to let go. They then have a bit of banter that's intended to foreshadow their growing attraction to each other.
Han: "Don't get excited!"Leia: "Captain, being held by you isn't quite enough to get me excited."
- Used more than once as an explanation by Rene in 'Allo 'Allo! to his wife as to why she had just caught him and one of his mistresses wrapped around each other.
"You stew-pid woman, can you not see the poor girl has just tripped and I was 'elping steady her."
- In heavy overlap with Falling into His Arms, Once Upon a Time's Rumplestiltskin catches and saves Belle when she falls off a ladder—and the two immediately spend way too long staring at each other in amazement.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, when Zelda wakes up from her thousand years of slumber, she falls down but Link catches her just in time in what looks like a tender hug.
- In Metal Gear Solid's good ending Meryl drops from the remnants of Metal Gear REX into Snake's arms. The whole base is falling apart around them, but they just don't seem to care.
- In The Sexy Brutale, Clay Rockridge does something approaching this when the player saves him and his wife Trinity.
- In Tales of Vesperia, after Estelle manages to break Alexei's mental control, she is in mid-air. She falls down and Yuri catches her. They don't seem to be in any rush of braking the "catch" afterwards.
- Casting agent Farley Wink nearly throws his secretary, Sawyer, into Danny's arms in Turner Features Animation's Cats Don't Dance. "He's new in town. Be nice." It doesn't help that Sawyer encountered Danny previously, and regards him as a frenetic lunatic.