A smaller character uses a larger character's belly as a place to sit or lie down on. At some times when a group are sleeping together there is one large character who sleeps while other smaller characters sleep on their bellies. Sometimes it annoys the large character; sometimes they don't mind at all. An especially easygoing large character will sometimes even invite smaller ones to sit on them.
Often used to emphasize the larger character's nurturing or cuddly aspects, as well as the smaller character's vulnerability and need for protection. Also a common way for the two characters to bond, as the smaller one can easily hear the larger one's heartbeat this way. And sometimes, the larger one's belly just happens to be the comfiest place around to sit.
- In a Cheerios commercial we see a young boy lying on his father's stomach listening to his heart: "thump thump." Dad keeps his heart healthy by eating Cheerios of course.
- In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Joys of Seasons episode 46, Wolffy and Wolnie go to hibernate and sleep on the tummy of a big bear. Wolnie bites the bear in her sleep, waking him up and causing him to force the wolves out of the cave.
- In FREAKIN GENSOKYO, Ha-chan (a fairy) frequently lies on Brad's stomach.
- Animaniacs episodes
- In "Drive Insane," Wakko and Dot lay on Frau Hassenfeffer; Dot even tells her she's comfy.
- In "Hollywoodchuck," Charlton Woodchuck reads a book while lying on a grizzly bear's stomach while shooting a movie.
- My Friend Rabbit: In the episode "Strange Bee-havior", Rabbit and Mouse sit on Thunder and Edweena's tummies as they figure out a problem.
- Rocko's Modern Life: In "Bedfellows" Rocko's dog Spunky sleeps on Heffer's stomach while he's sleeping on Rocko's bed.
- The Simpsons:
- In "Worst Episode Ever," Agnes Skinner rests on Comic Book Guy's belly while they watch the sunset at the end of their date. Later, she lies down on his belly as they make out in a hotel room.
- In the episode "Bart vs. Lisa vs. The Third Grade," Homer gets a satellite dish and he and Bart spend all day and night watching TV. At one point we see Homer passed out on the couch with Bart lying on top of him. Bart gets up and we discover that he has left an ass groove in Homer's belly.
- A newborn baby is recommended to be rested on the mother's belly after his/her birth. It's to make the baby relax as he/she is hearing the mother's heartbeat.
- Pets will sometimes lie on top of their humans.