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Chief Wiggum: There are ghost cars all over these highways!
Homer: Hold me...
Chief Wiggum: Only if you'll hold me.
The Simpsons, "Marge on the Lam"

Something is scary. Something is terrifying. Something makes one character desperately afraid.

What better response than to grab a hold of someone bigger and stronger than you to protect you?

The original version has a woman glomping a man in fright, and it's Truth in Television; why do you think guys want to take their girlfriends into Haunted Houses or to horror flicks? Heck, why do girls want to go to haunted houses or horror flicks with their boyfriends? They want to invoke this trope. Also a way to Ship Tease and play up Will They or Won't They? and get some Ho Yay in for characters of the same sex. Occasionally both characters are scared and cling to each other.

A common variation is to have a larger, stronger character hold on to a weaker, smaller character (the man is scared and wants the girl to protect him) or for the braggart who claimed to be brave who is the more terrified. Another variant is a child hiding behind a teenager or adult and peeking around their leg fearfully/suspiciously. This last one is played more for adorable factor than Fanservice.


In extreme cases, the scared person will leap into the other person's arms or onto their back (usually catching them by surprise). Going in the other direction, a more restrained form of this might have the fearful person reach out and hold tightly onto the sleeve of their companion.

Cry into Chest is a sister trope. Depending on the situation, it can result in Instant Seiza.

See also: Cat Scare, Eek, a Mouse!! Compare Cower Power.

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Examples of clinging to another person's sleeve/arm:

    Anime & Manga 
  • In the Blood+ manga, Haji notes that it's something Saya has a habit of doing whenever she's nervous.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: Haruhi does this to Kyon when trapped in the sealed reality. Kyon lampshades it by suggesting that if she's really that scared she should just hold onto his arm. Haruhi's response? "Idiot!"
  • Nagi does this several times in Hayate the Combat Butler, mostly to Hayate. Hinagiku is another favorite target for this, sometimes even when Hayate is also present. Most often it's someone hiding behind one of them for protection but the clinginess is definitely there.
    • Hinagiku once did it to Hayate but she was just kidding and was messing with him due to her intense dislike of losing (triggered by getting scared earlier and getting saved by Hayate). Hayate even makes a Call-Back to this around 200 chapters later, though he claimed he was also kidding, it's a cover for it actually being a Security Cling but instead because he was scared and wanted to protect her from Tama.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
    • When Russia came to visit, (North) Italy and Romano (South Italy) were shown clinging to each other in fear.
    • Italy was shown holding on to Germany when he got scared while they were watching horror movies.
  • K: Shiro to Kuroh when he realizes that his memories are fake.
  • Magical Witch Punie-chan: After ambushing her and attempting to kill her in the street with a giant pair of scissors, Punie's sisters abruptly find themselves disarmed and facing their now-rather-angry big sister. They cling helplessly to one another, trembling as she draws near... and get a spanking for running in the street with scissors.
  • MegaMan NT Warrior: Yai and Chaud ride an elevator, and when the lights go out and the elevator stops, she grabs his arm. His comment? "You're cutting off the circulation to my hand."
  • In a late episode of Digimon Adventure 02 Ken runs to Daisuke and grabs onto his arm while the group is facing down the Big Bad.
  • Gau from Nabari no Ou has a rather cute tendency to cling onto Raikou's arms when he's nervous.
  • In the Pokémon anime, this will occasionally happen for James and Meowth whenever Jessie is crossed. Perfect example is the episode "A Tail With a Twist," when she beats a wild Seviper into submission after it bites off her hair.

    Comic Books 
  • Robin Series:
    • Ives grabs Tim's arm and pulls him back a little so Ives is in front of him when they're confronted by bullies, but hesitates to let go of Tim's sleeve. Ives is terrified of the bullies in question, rightly so since they murder a fellow student within hours of the confrontation, and is worried Tim is going to get their attention and they'll start targeting his friend with their cruelty.
    • Ives and Hudson cling to each other's arms when they run afoul of Steeljacket in the ruins of a laundromat that was damaged during the earthquakes and then ruined during Batman: No Man's Land.

    Fan Works 
  • Mahanon, in All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird, will sometimes grip Victoria's shoulder when he's physically or emotionally drained. Dorian observes that it looks almost like he's trying to siphon some of her aurae for strength.
  • Terrified by Flandre, the normally unflappable Genkan clings to Brad in Freakin Gensokyo.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Angel episode "That Old Gang Of Mine," Cordelia gets Fred to go out to a bar with her and Wesley, after spending all her time inside, fearing the outside world because of past bad experiences. The bar gets attacked by a gang of demon hunters, and Fred spends most of the rest of the episode clinging to Wesley's arm.
  • The pilot episode of The Astronaut Wives Club has a very mild example, since the character doing the clinging is Louise. Although she refuses to let any of the other wives in to watch Alan's first launch with her, Max is there because he has to be for his job. He tries to discreetly leave the room, but Louise grabs his hand, and they remain that way for the duration of the mission.
  • Kara Thrace and Lee Adama during a particularly tense moment in Battlestar Galactica (2003), when they've just decided to take on a joint secret mission to assassinate an Admiral, and know they'll probably die for it.
  • In the Broad City episode "Hurricane Wanda," Bevers grabs onto his older sister Marla in a panic when the power goes out.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In "Graduation Day, Part 2", Coredlia flings herself into arms of the much shorter Jonathan when Sunnydale High is blown up. According to Danny Strong, who played Jonathan, the moment was Charisma Carpenter's idea as it was her last episode and the two had never had any significant scenes together.
  • In Emmerdale, Robert Sugden clings to his love interests for comfort in two particularly emotional moments.
    • He clings to wife Chrissie after returning home from holding his secret lover Aaron hostage and threatening to kill him when Aaron tried to force his hand and reveal his secrets.
    • He clings to husband Aaron after Aaron tells Robert that he would like to try to forgive Robert for sleeping with Rebecca while he was in prison.
  • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: Nico clings to her doctor, Taiga, nearly always when creeped out. This is justified behavior at occasions like an encounter with a psychopathic god wannabe. note  While their relationship is played ambigiously they get called out on the Ship Tease vibes it gives off twice anyway.
  • In Smallville, Chloe Sullivan does this to Clark Kent on occasion, but when you're dealing with Superman-level threats, it's okay to be scared.
  • Example from Star Trek: The Original Series: Awaiting the impact of a possibly deadly missile, Kirk feels Yeoman Rand at his back and reaches behind to put an arm around her.
    • Also from TOS: In "And The Children Shall Lead", a frightened Kirk, under the influence of the brainwashed children, clings to Spock's arm in the elevator. Ho Yay, anyone?
  • During the final moments of Supernatural Season Four, in the episode "Lucifer Rising," Sam and Dean react to Lucifer's imminent appearance this way. Especially heartwarming considering all of the crap their relationship has been going through, all the lies and mistrust and whacked-out junkie behavior in the past season, and the fact that Sam is actually directly responsible for freeing Lucifer and betrayed and abandoned Dean to do it. However, their first instinct when they're desperate and terrified is still to cling to one another.

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  • In The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, there is a book in which a boy is frightened and grabs his stepfather's arm. Said stepfather sensibly points out: "If you want me to protect you, don't grab my sword arm."
  • Love & War has an example, played for laughs. When Ryan and Lavie have to explore Blackwater Park, Lavie hears animal sounds, probably those of a hooting owl, and is instantly scared. She grabs hold of Ryan's arm, but he is far from pleased:
    Lavie: [almost in tears] But I'm scared!
    Ryan: [deadpan] I know, but how is twisting my arm off going to help?
  • Nanako is introduced in Persona 4 peering shyly around Ryotaro Dojima's leg at you, and it's about as adorable as you'd expect.

    Web Animation 
  • Mystery Skulls Animated: When the group enters the cave, Arthur is shown cowering behind Lewis and gripping his shoulders in fright, which makes it easy for the evil spirit that possesses Arthur to get the drop on Lewis and murder him.

    Web Original 
  • In Worm, after Skitter rescues Dinah, Dinah spends much of the time they are around each other holding Skitter's hand.
  • In Void Domain, a rescued young girl clings to the arm of a vampire for comfort after being rescued from a pack of vampiric thralls.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Joker once did this to Batman in the Batman: The Animated Series episode, Beware the Creeper. There's no deception or ulterior motive on the Joker's part, he's legitimately relieved that Batman showed up — the Creeper is too crazy even for him.
  • Arguably the most Heartwarming episode of South Park, of all things, "The Poor Kid" uses this extensively with Karen clinging to Kenny's arm throughout most of the episode.
  • In Steven Universe, Pearl clings onto Garnet's arm when the former feels stressed (which is more often than you think). And then there's this moment of strong Hypocritical Humor from "An Indirect Kiss."
    Pearl: [clinging onto Garnet's arm] Our memories of Rose can't be tainted by some overgrown brambles! (chuckles) Look at them. They're a mess without her guidance. Directionless, pathetic, (yanks Garnet by her arm) clinging things. (lets go) It's going to be okay, Garnet.
  • In Total Drama Action a reluctant Courtney is forced to cling onto Duncan while they're balancing on a very narrow column during one challenge.
  • In one episode of Transformers: Prime, Bumblebee briefly grabs onto Ratchet's arm as they inspect an empty scraplet trap. Poor 'bot just had a close shave with one of the little beasties, so you can hardly blame him, even if he is a giant robot.
  • Invariably, Mabel and Dipper from Gravity Falls reach for each other's arms or hands in frightening situations. This even leads to a heartbreaking moment in the Season 1 finale when Gideon's Giant Mecha forcibly pulls them apart, breaking their grip on each other's hands.
  • In Episode 104 of Kaeloo, Kaeloo holds on to Mr. Cat's arm when they are Exploring the Evil Lair.

    Real Life 
  • Humor writer Dave Barry describes watching a horror movie that made him whimper and cling to the person next to him: horror writer Stephen King, who in turn was whimpering and clinging to his wife.

Examples of a simple glomp (they grab onto the person):

    Anime & Manga 
  • In A Centaur's Life, Hime and Sasasul cling to each other during a scary movie. Notably, an Antarctican (like Sasasul) was the villain and a centaur (like Hime) was the victim, and Hime was previously afraid of Sasasul due to watching the same movie as a child. And everyone learned an important lesson that chapter.
  • In Episode 15 of D.N.Angel Risa does the Security Cling to Riku. And in episode 18 Riku does it to Daisuke.
  • Kirie from Girls Bravo often does this to Yukinari whenever she's afraid.
  • Gundam:
    • Played for Laughs in Mobile Fighter G Gundam—Allenby and Rain glom onto each other when Domon starts talking about rats, and then look really embarrassed when they realize he's talking about the metaphorical kind.
    • After Dr. Farzenberg recites a Ghost Story poem in After War Gundam X, Kid messes with them by killing the lights. When he turns them back on, Toniya has glommed onto Sara, Garrod is holding Tiffa protectively... and Witz has grabbed onto Roabea with all four limbs.
      "I should have stood next to the girls."
  • Episode 7 of Hanaukyō Maid Team La Verite. After Konoe regains consciousness in an underground room, her terrified assistant Yashima Sanae runs into the room and performs a full body (arms and legs) frontal Glomp on her.
  • Also from Haruhi Suzumiya, Mikuru did this to Kyon during the Mysterique Sign episode in response to seeing the giant cricket that was about to attack them.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler: During the exploration (and escape from) the ruins of the Sanzenin Mansion in the Golden Week arc, Hayate holds onto Nagi and Ayumu's hands, claiming they're 'frail girls', leading Hinagiku to think that Hayate likes frail girls. But Fridge Logic dictates that this is actually the opposite, Hayate himself is clinging to the girls because they're frail and important that he knows that they're alright, and Hinagiku, who he knows is strong enough to take care of herself, doesn't need to be protected for him to know she's safe. Much Ship Tease leads and follows in the arc.
  • To up the Ho Yay factor, America does this to Japan in episode 51 of Hetalia: Axis Powers while watching a scary movie.
  • In K, when HOMRA takes over the school, students Sumika and Kukuri spend a good amount of time in an intimate Security Cling, as do Sakura and Chiho.
    • Neko to Shiro, and Shiro to Kuroh, fairly often.
  • In Ouran High School Host Club while the club is at Kyouya's (or Nekozawa's in the manga) private beach Tamaki and Haruhi had an argument. Things are quickly patched up after Haruhi first grabs the bottom of Tamaki's shirt when he turns to leave the room after she hears a clap of thunder. She then climbs into a nearby armoire, and Tamaki opens the doors trying to coax her out. Cue another loud crash of thunder to send Haruhi right into Tamaki's arms.
  • Jessie and James from Pokémon. Fandom calls it the "Fear Hug." Misty also does this with Ash and Tracey a few times.
  • Ranma ½:
    • Akane glomps onto Ranma when she becomes scared by ghosts in The Cursed Tunnel of Lost Love. This trope was also discussed earlier in the arc.
      Man: It's really scary in there, you know. Your girlfriend will squeeze you for dear life!
      Ranma: Well, I don't want to be hugged by Akane. That's for sure!
      Akane: Who would want to hug you, anyways?!
    • In the manga, when Ranma and Akane are cornered into a wall by a tiger, she grabs onto him. He has a major fear of cats, so he isn't doing too hot either.
    • Played for Laughs shortly after. The tiger Gosunkugi used to scare Ranma is in return scared of Ranma's Cat-Fu. The tiger's so terrified that it jumps into Kunō's arms, which makes Kunō think it's attracted to him, then clings to and hides behind him.
      Kunō: I'm sorry, but my heart belongs to another.
      Random guy: I don't think it's asking you for a date!
    • Invoked in the Battle Dogi arc. While Ranma tries to seduce Akane in a closet to prevent her from wearing a powerful suit, Genma and Sōun attempt to help things along by throwing some snakes and frogs at Akane. It works, until the suit itself interrupts.
    • Invoked but subverted in the Lenses of Invincibility arc; Mousse buys tickets to a horror-themed waxworks exhibition, hoping that when he brings Shampoo here, she will cling to him in fright. Instead, she just finds them disgusting and beats Mousse up for bringing her to such a place.
  • One episode in Sailor Moon has Usagi going to an arcade with Mamoru, Ali, and Ann. (Ali and Ann are actually aliens, Ali has a crush on Usagi and Ann has a crush on Mamoru). Both Usagi and Ann cling to Mamoru, and when things get a little scary inside, Usagi freaks and is thrown out of the ride and into the arms of Ali, who was thankfully nearby.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, Tails does a full-body glomp onto Sonic every time lightning strikes.
  • The Chiester Sisters from Umineko: When They Cry do this when they realize that Battler's Anti-Magic is Over Nine Thousand!
  • In The Irregular at Magic High School's flashback arc, Tatsuya pulls Miyuki into a hug so it will be more difficult for the soldiers advancing on them to hurt her.

    Comic Books 
  • Crossing over with OOC Is Serious Business, X23, of all people, does this to O5 Cyclops in All-New X-Men after Stryker reveals to her that Arcade released his Murderworld footage on the internet. Including, quite prominently, imagery of Laura in a trigger scent-induced rage. The moment shows just how badly she's struggling to keep herself together after the one-two punch of Murderworld and her previous torture at Stryker's hands.
  • Supergirl provides several examples:
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: When Glitch learns that not only did the Ytirflirks complete a prototype of their atmosphere burning Phlogiston Bomb but that it is also somewhere on earth he goes from casually sitting on Eloise's shoulder to desperately clinging to her in fear.

    Fan Works 
  • Toy Hammer has Sanctioned Psyker Ishabeth hug and cling to Commissar Tomas after he performs a fatal *Click* Hello to her evil counterpart.
  • Child of the Storm has Harry prone to an after-action variant of this, with his being fond of snuggling with people he cares for, often for comfort - however, one example, with Thor (his dad) and Wanda (his godmother and maternal substitute) after the hideously traumatic events of chapter 72 is a) more conventional, b) overlaps with Cry In To Chest.
  • Happens to Kyon three times at once in Kyon: Big Damn Hero, with Haruhi taking Mikuru to see Saw I specifically to invoke this trope. Mikuru ended up in Kyon's lap, with Haruhi and Miyoko clinging to either arm.
  • Interestingly and heartwarmingly combined with Sex for Solace in Relax.
  • In the very beginning of With Strings Attached, when John and Paul see the second moon and realize they're not just kidnapped but kidnapped onto another planet, they grab onto each other, "the only familiar things left in the universe," and start to scream. After they calm down, John detaches from Paul because he's clawing the crap out of Paul's arm.
  • Sofia from The Glaceon and the Shadow does this to Larissa all the time; it's practically her first reflex whenever in danger from the day they met on.
  • Evangelion 303: In Chapter 6, Asuka clings to Shinji because she's frightened of losing him when they engage the enemy since he doesn't value his own life.

    Films — Animation 
  • In the movie 9, 5 and 9 cling to each other while hiding from the Fabrication Machine.
  • Kung Fu Panda 2. At one point during their Chase Fight, Po and Wolf Boss are hurled high into the air and stop pounding on each other to engage in this trope out of mutual terror.
  • Probably the most memorable scene of TMNT that Mikey and Donnie were a part of—which isn't saying much, since it was part of a trailer. If memory serves, each grabbed onto the other.
  • In The Lion King (1994), when the Hyenas are cowering before Mufasa, Shenzi and Ed are momentarily seen doing this just before they and Banzai run off scared.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 2010: The Year We Make Contact: The ship's nutritionist, Irina Yakunina note  goes to Floyd's quarters so that they can spend the harrowing aerobraking maneuver in each other's arms; when it's over, she kisses him on the cheek (though in the novel, she fell asleep).
  • Alien: During the search for the Face Hugger in the infirmary, it falls onto Ripley. Dallas runs over to help her and she throws her arms around him as Ash examines the creature.
  • Blazing Saddles: Taggart does a "single glomp" version on Hedley Lamaar when he's frightened by a scaffold trap door releasing outside.
  • The Cabin in the Woods: As Marty and Dana descend in the elevator to the Elaborate Underground Base, Marty stands behind Dana with his arms around her. This inadvertently saves his life when a gun-toting guard bursts into the elevator; he can't shoot him as Dana is in the way and as the Final Girl she has to die last.
  • In O Youth! the shy courtship between Ki Ho and Un Gyong takes a step forward when a bolt of lightning leads her to jump into his arms.
  • In Pixels, British and American commanders cling onto each other when Centipede is about to eat them.
  • An even earlier space movie, the 1929 Woman in the Moon has the Little Stowaway do this to the pilot of the rocketship as they're about to crash on the Moon. The ship is about to crash at that point, so there's nothing else to do but hold on tight!
  • Juggernaut. There are several Time Bombs on a passenger liner and bad weather prevents anyone from being evacuated. The entertainment officer tries to rouse their spirits before giving it up because no-one is singing along. On confessing his own fear to a female passenger, she suggests that everyone just wants to be held right now. As the band starts to play a Convenient Slow Dance, he asks her to join him on the dance floor, and soon the other passengers follow suit.
  • When the Last Sword Is Drawn: Having lost both her father and her older brother to the Boshin War, Shizu clings tightly to her husband Chiaki (her deceased brother's best friend) in her sleep.

  • At a certain point in A Brother's Price, Jerin is trying to escape on horseback. A woman on another horse comes up alongside, grabs him by the waist, and tries to jerk him onto her horse. He could fall to the ground and possibly be trampled, or he could end up in front of her on the saddle; to his shame, his body chooses the latter and he clings to her, terrified.
  • Occurs between a pair of male police officers in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter prequel vignette, who are terrified by being caught in the middle of a confrontation between James and Sirius on one side and three men on broomsticks on the other.
  • Played straight in Touch (2017) after James has a Flashback Nightmare of his rape. The following sequence is his father waking up to find the kid clinging to his chest

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Angel episode "Heartthrob", Cordelia and Angel are underground, and Cordelia grabs Angel in fear because she thinks there's an earthquake, but it's just the subway.
  • Merton and Tommy on Big Wolf on Campus. So very much.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
  • Doctor Who:
    • Jamie McCrimmon and the Second Doctor do this a lot. Occasionally Victoria or Zoe will get in on the act, too.
    • In "The Caves of Androzani", Peri throws herself into the Doctor's arms with a terrified squeal in response to Mad Scientist Sharaz Jek Suddenly SHOUTING!! Because Jek is strongly implied to have sinister designs on Peri, the Doctor makes a point of placing himself between her and Jek whenever they're in the same room.
    • The Eleventh Doctor and Amy have a variation. Because Amy's story is one traumatic Break the Cutie moment after another, the Doctor develops a habit of clinging tightly to her and rubbing her back while delivering each new piece of bad news. Asking permission from her husband Rory every time, of course.
    • Series 9 of Doctor Who is more or less bookended by these. In "The Magician's Apprentice", the Doctor terrified of facing potentially his death (or facing up to a very, very bad mistake) envelops his companion Clara Oswald in one (doubling as OOC Is Serious Business as up to this point he usually refused to hug or be hugged). In "Face the Raven", which kicks off the trilogy that ends the season, Clara hugs the Twelfth Doctor in an attempt to comfort him before she goes to meet her death.
  • Dick & Dom are always prone to this (Played for Laughs) when threatened by mild peril, or gunge. And it is adorable.
  • Forever Knight: Vampire detective Nick Knight startles a woman alone in a museum at night. So she asks to be hugged, whereupon he he struggles with the urge to feed her, given he's in close proximity to her neck.
  • In Happy Days, Richie, Ralph, and Potsie are talking to a scientist who tells them a tornado is about to hit the lab they are in. Ralph goes into full panic and screams, "Everyone, grab something heavy!" and instantly glomps on to the heavyset scientist who notes that the boy has one really strong grip.
  • Sam fright glomps Carly during the Halloween Episode.
    • In "iMove Out," Carly grabs onto the back of Freddie and pulls him toward her when a loud noise is heard in Freddie's apartment. And again in iBelieve in Bigfoot, Carly backs off and holds close onto Freddie's arm when the gang encounters the alleged "Big Foot."
  • In The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, DS Barbara Havers is held hostage at gunpoint. Scary enough in itself, but she was on her first case back after being shot in the abdomen the previous episode, and worse yet, the gun pointed at her was the same kind that had shot her before. Needless to say, she freaks out. Her partner, the eponymous Inspector Lynley, finally manages to get her out of there, and in a slow version of the glomp, she curls into his chest and sobs hysterically as he rubs her back. They end up doing this to each other — she's terrified because she's just been held hostage, and he's terrified because he nearly lost his partner for the second time in a handful of months.
  • Played for Laughs in the M*A*S*H episode "The Sniper." Radar is leaving the shower tent when a North Korean sniper starts shooting, at which point he panics, sprints back into the shower tent and straight into the arms of Colonel Blake. Who was still showering at the time.
  • Example of a glomp from Star Trek: The Original Series: Kirk and the Girl of the Week are caught in a suddenly plunging elevator and grab onto each other.



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  • Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth do a double security cling during She-Hulk's ending in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 when Jen whacks her gavel on the judge's bench a little too hard.
  • In Final Fantasy VIII, Rinoa does this three times to Squall. First, after being rescued from the Iguions, she grabs onto him and doesn't want to let go. Later, while on the Ragnarok, after the intense sequence of events that's just occurred, she takes advantage of the gravity being turned off to float down into Squall's lap and puts her arms around him, telling him that it makes her feel safe. The third time is when she hugs him after he rescues her from the sorceress memorial.
  • In Tales of Symphonia, Regal attacks Zelos in the Meltokio sewers, and pins him to the ground with his foot. Presea knocks Regal back, and Zelos is freed. Cue Zelos scurrying around and glomping Lloyd from behind, literally shaking with terror.
  • In the opening of Farnham Fables' third episode, Theresa accidentally stumbles upon the escaped manticore in her classroom, and is absolutely terrified of the creature. When her brother Vincent picks her up to bring her to safety, she is shown tightly hugging him. It's not quite the "leaping into his arms" variation since he's the one who picked her up in the first place.

    Web Animation 
  • In one Strong Bad Email segment, Strong Sad makes a fake version of himself, whose head rolls off and shatters on the ground. Before this sinks in to Strong Bad, the real Strong Sad sneaks up behind him, causing Strong Bad to glomp the fake Strong Sad.
  • During the Death Battle between Donkey Kong and Knuckles, both of them grab hold of each other when they realize the mine cart they're on is about to jump the tracks into a giant chasm.

    Web Original 
  • In Worm, when Skitter finally rescues Dinah, Dinah hugs her. She spends much of the time they are around each other holding Skitter's hand after that.

    Western Animation 
  • Nancy and Mimi are quite prone to this on The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan. Stanley also does this a few times to Henry (who, strangely enough, doesn't seem to take issue with it despite having limited patience with his brother).
  • Lydia does this in several episodes of Beetlejuice, ranging from just clinging to the title character's arm while watching a scary movie to outright running to his embrace for protection from giant anthropomorphic cookies. (It Makes Sense in Context. Mostly.)
  • Darkwing Duck: In "In Like Blunt", Launchpad and Blunt grab ahold of each other when Darkwing loses control of his foliage-clearing device and it runs riot around the area, getting close enough to slice into their clothing.
  • DuckTales (1987): In "Launchpad's First Crash", Launchpad and Scrooge grab ahold of each other simultaneously when the dynamite begins going off.
  • The Fairly OddParents - Crocker spazglomped Norm the Genie. Norm did not like it at all.
  • Just before boarding the Lowardian ship in the Kim Possible Grand Finale, Shego warns Ron to "Hold on!" He latches onto her, and she snaps "Not to me!"
  • Mrs. Bighead does this to Rocko in the Rocko's Modern Life episode "Cabin Fever" when Heffer tells them a scary story.
  • A Teen Titans episode has this with Raven and Starfire after a "Freaky Friday" Flip, complete with Freak Out screams. Given how powerful they both are, it's hilarious.
  • Total Drama has a few moments like this:
    • When their bus falls off a cliff in the TDA special Justin can be seen hugging Noah. Same goes for Tyler and Lindsay and Geoff and Bridgette.
    • While the cast fall from the plane in the Japan episode Harold and Tyler can be seen semi-hugging during the song.
    • In "I See London...", Sierra grabs onto Cody when the Ripper attacks them, funnily, he appears more horrified about Sierra than the actual Ripper.
  • In the ending of one of the many chases that Pepé Le Pew conducts on Penelope, they both fall off of a cliff and in response Pepe draws a parachute that saves both of them. On their way down Penelope is holding onto Pepe for dear life, while Pepe is viewing this as a matter of affection rather than necessity. Still a cute exchange regardless.
  • In one episode of Monster Buster Club, Danny and Cathy hold onto each other when they think they are about to be turned into statues.
  • Spongebob Squarepants: From "Graveyard Shift" Squidward and SpongeBob hug each other because they're terrified of the Hash Slinging Slasher.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic does this a few times.
  • Hilda:
    • Happens in the first episode with Hilda and Johanna when the hidden people attack and trash their house.
    • Hilda, Frida, and David engage in one when trying to contact ghosts for the first time.
  • Vinnie and Sunil from Littlest Pet Shop (2012) do this a lot due to their shared love of horror movies.
  • Played for Laughs in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! when Max tightly glomps onto the Grinch's head in a moment of terror.
  • In the 3-2-1 Penguins! episode "Compassion Crashin," Zidgel and Midgel grab onto each other when they accidentally break off the steering wheel.
  • Kaeloo:
    • Stumpy, Quack Quack, and Mr. Cat do this when they think Bad Kaeloo will beat all three of them up.
    • During an earthquake, Kaeloo and Mr. Cat hug each other to prevent themselves from falling over or getting hurt.
  • The Crumpets: The twins Bother and Blister do this after their mother forces them to stop their dog's endless Tornado Move (caused by the twins shooting a hungry flea to the dog) by dropping them to the tornado.
  • Happens to Spot/Scott and Leonard in Teacher's Pet half-episode "Let Sleeping-Over Dogs Lie" twice, upon seeing someone through the peephole on the door when they are invited to Ian Waszelski's place for his birthday as well as the sleepover. Cue Hilarity Ensues. Also, when the duo are about to go to sleep with Ian, who is trying to scare them out of their wits.

Examples of leaping into another person's arms (or on their back):

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Gundam Build Fighters Try, it is eventually revealed that Yuuma is afraid of ghosts. This leads to a comical scene where his Lightning Gundam of all things climbs on top of Sekai's Try Burning Gundam in fright. Yes, a Humongous Mecha did this to another Humongous Mecha.
  • Hanaukyō Maid Team: La Verite. Yashima Sanae jumps into Konoe Tsurugi's arms in the opening titles.
  • In the Pokémon episode, "Charmander the Stray Pokemon," Brock tells Misty that there's something crawling up her arm. Misty freaks out thinking it was a bug causing her to leap on top of Ash. It turned out it was just a little plant.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: After the bully popped out of nowhere with a terrifying mask on and scared Italy, he pretty much leapt into Germany's arms.
  • A Crown of Stars: When the dimensional portal was destroyed, cutting Shinji, Asuka and the Avalon troops off and leaving them all trapped in the post-apocalypse Evangelion Earth, Asuka clung to Shinji tightly because she was terrified that the universe was about to mess them up and ruin their lives again.
    Shinji had just enough time to turn around before he was nearly tackled onto the bunk by a flying Eva Pilot. Asuka wrapped her arms around him and clung fiercely tight. "Wha-?" Shinji blurted in surprise.
    "I just know this is going to go to Hell somehow. It always does. Something good happens, and then the world shits all over us again. You and I meet, then spend years missing each other's signals. We're beating the Angels easily, coming together as a team, and then your asshole father springs the Dummy Plug system on us. We survive the Third Impact, then get a world of thugs, rapists, and warlords. And now we finally... talk to each other, and then this... I just know something more is going to go wrong here because this world hates us," Asuka said wearily into his chest.
  • In the All Guardsmen Party, Aimy (part terrified of her team leader and part really happy to see the other Guardsmen) jumps into Sarge's arms when they meet again, and it takes some work to get her disentangled.

    Films — Animation 
  • An extreme version in Toy Story. When Woody and Buzz are facing the mutilated toys in Sid's room, Woody climbs on top of Buzz's helmet.
  • The Man Called Flintstone. When Barney confronts the Green Goose, the villain's Right-Hand Attack Dog Ferocious snarls at him, causing him to jump into Fred's arms.
  • Happens more than once in Yellow Submarine during Blue Meanie attacks.
  • In Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, when Lady Tremaine shows up behind Cinderella preparing for her wedding, Gus jumps into Jaq's arms.
  • In Bambi, as Friend Owl is explaining what "twitterpated" means, he startles Flower, who leaps into Thumper's arms. Thumper promptly throws him to the ground.
  • In Tangled, Rapunzel scrambles onto Flynn's back when something rustles in the bushes. It's a rabbit.
  • The Great Mouse Detective: Dawson jumps into Basil's arms when Olivia sets off a (very noisy) toy.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Pretty much played straight in Raiders of the Lost Ark with Marion jumping into Indy's arms (and then climbing onto his shoulders) when they realize they are standing in a snake pit.
  • Is a Running Gag at the beginning of The Gods Must Be Crazy 2 as a beautiful hotshot lawyer is spooked by savannah critters while in the company of a strong researcher. Also, she's wearing a long skirt, which makes it even funnier in practice.

  • During Dinoverse, Candacye (a Leptoceratops) leaps up into the tiny arms of Mike (a Tyrannosaurus rex) several times when menaced by other dinosaurs.
  • One Jean de La Fontaine fable concerns a husband who passionately loves his wife, but she never showed any affection towards him. One night, while he was complaining about this in bed, a robber broke in the bedroom, causing her to jump into his arms in fear. The overjoyed husband told the thief to take whatever he wanted as a reward, with the thief only too happy to comply.
  • In John Ringo's Paladin of Shadows first book "Ghost", the soldiers are rescuing a group of girls who have been kidnapped, with some of them raped and tortured to death while the others watched. One of the girls is pretty much catatonic during the rescue and initially shrinks back from her rescuers. One of the soldiers gently goes up to her and asks that she climb onto his back, as it is impossible for him to harm her in that position. He swears that he will carry her to safety, he will carry her all the way home if she wants. The soldier (and most of his mates) are almost in tears seeing her in this condition. She leaps onto his back and clings so hard in her terror that she almost strangles him. There is a scene where the two of them are shown getting off of the airplane which flew them home (implied as many hours later), with her still on his back.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In an episode of Boy Meets World, the one with the serial killer that turns out to be All Just a Dream, Eric jumps into Jack's arms like this.
  • Happens on a regular basis on Gilligan's Island, with Gilligan jumping into the Skipper's arms.
  • In The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Cody gets frightened in a supposedly haunted room and leaps into Maddie's arms. Maddie promptly drops him. When he tries it again with London later, she doesn't even try to catch him.
  • In one of the Joan Embry appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, a particularly upset young cheetah scared Johnny so bad he leapt into Ed's arms...
  • Chandler jumps into Joey's arms in the Friends episode The One After The Superbowl.
    • You can pretty much find Chandler in Joey's arms and vice versa about 75% of the time, really.
  • In the British version of Splatalot, Dick & Dom purport to be frightened of two of the Attackers in one episode; Dom leaps into Dick's arms. Dick leaps into Dom's a few minutes later. Then they both try to leap into each other's arms at the same time.
  • In Fabulous Boys, the Taiwanese version of You Are Beautiful, Mei Nan is frightened by a bunch of fake cockroaches Jeremy is throwing at her during a photoshoot and jumps into Xin Yu's arms.
  • The season one and three blooper reels for Supernatural show Dean jumping into Sam's arms.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • The 1st Edition Dungeon Master's Guide has a picture of a fighter jumping into a wizard's arms after encountering a rust monster. Here's the pic.
    • Dungeon magazine #5 adventure "The Trouble With Mylvin Wimbly". The title NPC Mylvin Wimbly has severe arachnophobia and jumps into the arms of the nearest person if he sees even a common (tiny) spider.

    Web Animation 
  • DSBT InsaniT: Being a coward, Frog has a habit of this.
  • In the Eddsworld episode Ruined, Matt does this to Tord upon seeing two mummies.
  • Mystery Skulls Animated: Arthur and Mystery grab each other and jump into Vivi's arms when the paintings around them lean out of their frames to scare them in a reference to Scooby and Shaggy jumping into Velma's arms on occasion in Scooby-Doo.


    Western Animation 
  • In the Darkwing Duck episode "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain", after she tries (and fails) to throw Paddywhack's jack-in-the-box into a safe, Gosalyn screams and jumps into Launchpad's arms. He hugs her, looking visibly unnerved himself.
  • Scooby-Doo leaping into Shaggy's arms is probably the Trope Codifier.
    • One episode features a double-decker version. Expanding on the classic version whereby Scooby jumps into Shaggy's arms, Shaggy was in turn so terrified that he (along with his cargo) jumped into Fred arms.
      • There's a similar gag in another episode, but with Shaggy leaping into Velma's arms. That she can run from the monster of the week with both of them in her arms is certainly impressive.
    • During a Johnny Bravo episode where he meets the Scooby-Doo gang, there's a running gag where Johnny jumps into Daphne's arms. Near the end of the episode, Daphne jumps into Fred's arms, he then winks in approval to the screen. Then Velma and Shaggy end up in his arms too and they crash.
    • In the Where Are You! episode "Spooky Space Kook," Scooby jumps into Shaggy's arms after a chicken mistakes his tail for a worm and bites it.
  • Cartoons — elephants leaping into the arms of either another animal or a human at the sight of a mouse was a standby.
    • Have them there for a bit, then realize the laws of physics still apply, and then splat.
  • Twice in the episode linked from the Kidd Video page quote.
  • Helga did this to Arnold in Hey Arnold! in the episode "Wheezin Ed." Sid did it to Rhonda as well for a bit of temporary Ship Tease.
    • Helga does this to Arnold again in another episode when an out of control bulldozer is going to tear down the tree they're in. Arnold is too busy thinking about how to stop the bulldozer while Helga is thinking about how good he smells.
  • Jonny Quest episode "Terror Island." After being frightened by an exploding firecracker, Bandit jumps into Jonny's arms.
  • Total Drama World Tour has Cody clinging desperately onto Owen's shoulders as an angry polar bear comes towards them.
    • Geoff also leaps into Bridgette's arms in one of the Aftermaths after an anvil nearly hits him.
    • Justin leaps into Courtney's arms after an alarm goes off in "Dial M for Merger."
  • Happens often between Jimmy and Beezy on Jimmy Two-Shoes.
  • Occurs quite a bit in the 1973-74 Superfriends episodes.
    • "The Planet Splitter": When Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog are surprised by Doctor LeBon's assistant aboard the space ship, Wonder Dog jumps into Marvin's arms.
    • "The Baffles Puzzle": When one of the bad guys slams a door and traps Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog in a room, Wonder Dog jumps into Marvin's arms again.
    • "The Power Pirate": When Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog are trapped in a dark room and a door suddenly opens, Wonder Dog jumps into Marvin's arms yet again.
  • The Cartoon Network Groovies episode "Jabberjaw." When Jabberjaw is frightened by a giant robot he jumps into Clamhead's arms.
  • Bobcat Socrates does this to Zach in Adventures from the Book of Virtues in the episode "Perseverance."
  • A startled Booster leaps onto Buzz's shoulders in one episode of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. Buzz says, completely deadpan, "Can I help you."
  • Starfire jumped into Robin's arms when frightened by Beast Boy's enthusiasm in Teen Titans.
  • Happens twice during a play of how Equestria was created in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Rainbow Dash even comments on this.
  • In the first act of the Mr. Bogus episode "Shop Around The Clock," Butch fearfully jumps into the arms of his partner Jake in response to hearing the fisherman dummy, controlled by Bogus, speak.
  • Several times in Cow and Chicken, Dad has leaped onto Mom in fear.
  • In the Pound Puppies (2010) episode, "Lord of the Fleas," after Lucky and Cookie had just barely escaped a quicksand trap and a giant spider web, Niblet greets them from behind. This startles Lucky causing him to jump onto Cookie's back; he thought it was a spider.
  • The 7D episode "Buckets" has a Running Gag of the dwarfs getting scared and jumping into Lord Starchbottom's arms. Happy thinks it's pretty fun.
  • Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat has Dongwa do this to Sagwa in one episode. Hilarity Ensues, naturally.
  • In Episode 81 of Kaeloo, Kaeloo says that there might be rattlesnakes in the desert the cast are walking through. Stumpy, who is terrified of snakes, jumps into Pretty's arms. She responds by throwing him onto the ground and wiping her feet on him.
  • PJ Masks: In the episode "Lionel-Saurus", when they first see the now giant-sized lizard, Catboy jumps into Owlette's arms, and then she (while still holding Catboy) jumps into Gekkos's arms.
    • In another episode, “Wolfy Mountain”, Rip howls loudly into a cave, it echos back, and Howler jumps into her arms.
  • Phineas and Ferb: In "Get That Bigfoot Outa My Face!", when the protagonists and their friends are telling scary stories around the campfire, and are suddenly attacked by 3 bigfoot (actually a prank set up by Ferb), Buford leaps into Baljeet's arms.
  • In the first episode of Voltron: Legendary Defender, Pidge leaps onto Shiro's head when they run into an alien.
  • The Backyardigans: In the episode "The Funnyman Boogeyman", Pablo leaps into Uniqua's arms after the Boogeyman (a.k.a Austin) breaks out of their trap.
  • Ready Jet Go!:
    • Jet jumps into Sunspot's arms at one point in "Sunday Drive".
    • Sean and Carrot do this to each other in a few episodes, like "How Come the Moon Changes Shape?" and "Which Moon is Best?"
  • Dennis the Menace:
    • In "Ghostblusters", after hearing a spooky noise from the haunted house, Margaret jumps into Dennis' arms, clinging to him out of fear. The ending result was Dennis shrugging, thus dropping her in the process.
  • Fireman Sam:
    • In "Halloween", when a thunderstorm causes a blackout, Fireman Elvis Cridlington is in Trevor the Bus' arms, clinging to him in fear, saying he could "feel the bats flapping!".

Alternative Title(s): Fright Glomp, Fear Hug, Hold Me


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