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"You know me, I'm a lean, mean, huggin' machine."
Danny Tanner, Full House
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Physical intimacy is a basic human desire. Humans generally want some degree of physical contact. Then there are those who like it a little too much. These people are the type who like hugging and cuddling people, often delivering The Glomp. Combine a Cuddle Bug with a character who Hates Being Touched, and more often than not, Hilarity Ensues.

Their skinship reaction is usually triggered by Moe and Cuteness Proximity. When taken to the extreme, it might result in the person declaring I'm Taking Her Home with Me!. Compare No Sense of Personal Space.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The girls of the K-On! Club are very affectionate. Yui in particular really likes hugging people as you can already tell by looking at the page image with her sister, Ui. Her usual recipient is Azusa, who's often embarrassed when they're in public. And now that they're in college, she's found a new unwilling recipient in Akira.
    Nodoka: This pair of sisters, I swear... They just reeeally love snuggling up to people...
  • Mahoraba: Korosaki Sayoko likes to hug her daughter Asami.
  • Bamboo Blade: Tama-Chan radiates Cuteness Proximity that has converted a number of people into Cuddle Bugs.
  • Lucky Star. Soujirou is this way toward his daughter and younger niece: Konata partly because she greatly resembles his beloved late wife, and Yutaka because... well... she's so cute! One time, Yutaka's adult sister Yui (jokingly?) warned him about hugging Yutaka any more than he had to...
  • Nessa from Fractale, to contrast with the introverted, misanthropic society she finds herself in, where all contact is carried out through Hard Light constructs.
  • Momiji from Fruits Basket loves hugging people, especially Tohru, even though it means he'll transform.
  • Hikaru from Kimagure Orange Road, particularly towards her "Darling ~".
  • Tamaki from Ouran High School Host Club is this toward Haruhi... and occasionally his other friends.
  • The goddesses' bound angels in Ah! My Goddess are very hug-prone, which comes off as rather amusing, as they're remarkably scantily clad.
  • Dio from Last Exile likes hugging, glomping, and generally hanging on people, with his favorite targets being his best friend Lucciola and Claus.
  • Shader in Chrono Crusade is very affectionate.
  • Mikoto from Gate 7 is a Cuddle Bug towards Hidetsugu.
  • Alex Louis Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist is just a big ol' cuddle bug... a perpetually shirtless 7-foot-tall, mountain of muscle cuddle bug. People are understandably hesitant about him being so huggy.
  • Yoriko Yasaka from Haiyore! Nyarko-san is extremely affectionate towards her son Mahiro, claiming that she needs to hug him to recharge her "sononium" ("musukonium" in Japanese) or else her sadness maxes out. Mahiro doesn't seem to care one way or the other, and just accepts it as one of his mother's quirks (and doesn't even mind when she does it in front of company).
  • In Noragami, Kofuko repeatedly pounces and nuzzles Hiyori.
  • North Italy and America from Axis Powers Hetalia are both very happy to hug people they like.
  • One Piece:
    • Luffy has a habit of glomping everyone he's fond of, regardless of gender. This could be deemed problematic if the person in question has feelings for him (Hancock, we're looking at you) and could interpret it the wrong way, as he's very compassionate to most people he's allianced with and is not treating anyone differently. The fact that he's a Rubber Man capable of stretching out his arms, this trope is extra bold.
    • The Mink tribe is entirely made up of these. They greet each other and show affection by nuzzling or rubbing against each other, much to Sanji's delight.
  • Clover and Mallow from Happy Happy Clover always hug each other showing how best of friends they both are. Clover does it more often around Hickory The Flying Squirrel, and Kale and Shallot. Mallow, on the other hand, starts doing this more often in the last volume after she discovers that Shallot loves her. After she learns that, she gives him a big hug which results in Shallot fainting due to excitement and love.
  • In Pokémon, we have some examples:
    • Ash's Muk. The creature's size is the problem its recipients deal with, not its poisonous nature.
    • Some of James' Mons have a habit of doing this to him, which is rather troublesome, considering: Victreebel and Carnivine both chomp on him, Cacnea is a cactus, Chimecho wraps his "tail" around James' face, and Mareanie poisons him.
  • Machi from Interviews with Monster Girls admits that she really likes when someone holds her head and hugs her, and is upset because her parents stopped doing it when she entered high school. Machi is a dullahan, so holding her head is meant literally since it is not actually attached to her body. Her teacher Takahashi theorizes that she's a cuddle bug precisely because she's a dullahan. Her head cannot move on its own so, whether it be with her own body or someone else's, a dullahan always needs to be in contact with someone else and will naturally desire affection.
  • Victor Nikiforov from Yuri!!! on Ice counts, although he's only like this towards Yuri, and keeps everyone else at a respectable distance. This hints that he's attracted to Yuri in more than just the platonic sense, which Episodes 7 and 10 ultimately confirm.
  • Slime Life: Despite frequently despairing for her "dignity as a black mage," the most common plot in the series is Darul trying to come up with some excuse to hug Slime.
  • In Cells at Work! CODE BLACK, immunosupressant medicine takes the form of a big, cuddly robot who hugs Neutrophils into submission after they've been driven into a frenzy by trying to break down a purine crystal.
  • Love Live! Sunshine!! introduces Kanan Matsuura and Mari Ohara. Kanan has been one since she was a child, such as by hugging people she just met, or hugging someone close (or a pillar) when he's afraid, as well as hugging Mari when they reconcile on episode 9 of the anime. Whereas Mari rubbed off of Kanan, and usually likes to hug her and/or her other friend Dia.

    Comic Books 
  • In Hellblazer, the lonely ghost of a homeless man who'd died of exposure roamed around the city trying to hug people. Tragically, he didn't realize he was freezing them to death by doing so.
  • In Runaways, Karolina is always ready to drape at least one arm over one of her teammates' shoulders when they're having a bad day. Or even when they're not.

    Comic Strips 
  • Chubby Huggs from Get Fuzzy.
  • Minor character Whitey from Big Nate is known best for giving "t'sup hugs". That is, going up and hugging people while saying, "T'sup?"
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    Fan Works 
  • Hisashi Midoriya is one when he finally shows up in Conversations with a Cryptid and its sequel.
  • Celestia is secretly one in Diaries of a Madman, owing to her hidden desire for companionship and intimacy. This somewhat mystifies Nav, but he's fairly tolerant of it.
  • Child of the Storm has Harry develop into this after finding that he actually has family who won't reject him/resent his very existence. Thor, his father (having been incarnated as James Potter - it's complicated), is more than happy to oblige, as is Pepper and later, his godmother, Wanda, who's a maternal substitute in her own right. He's also quite cuddle prone with his newer friends (being aware that Ron's not especially cuddly, getting all he wants and more from his own mother, and Hermione isn't either - plus, Ron might the wrong idea, and Harry's a Shipper on Deck for Ron/Hermione), once it's established that they're comfortable with the idea, with him and Carol being seen snuggling with increasing frequency - which, considering their considerable UST qualifies as major Ship Tease. It gets to the point that one of his first instincts when it comes to comforting someone is to offer a hug.
    • Jean Grey also qualifies, thanks to her Big Sister To The World tendencies - this particularly applies with Harry, since the two of them are cousins, and long separated, and Maddie, who's her twin and was stolen at birth.
    • In general, the author, Nimbus Llewelyn, has admitted that he's an example in his own right and is consequently rather fond of the trope.
  • Klavier is one in Dirty Sympathy after being in a loveless relationship for several years, he decides to make up on his physical affection deficient with his new lover Apollo.
  • Of course the Second Doctor and Jamie are this in Rose Of Pollux's work.
  • Xanna in the Reaching for a Dream series is a massive fan of cuddling but only with her husband Naruto and to a lesser extent Akitsu. It's later revealed to be in part from spending centuries alone and part from her old habit of sleeping for decades out of boredom.
    • Akitsu is likewise very fond of snuggling up to Naruto and/or Xanna whenever she can. A notable example is how happy she is when Xanna wraps most of her tails around her, thinking of it as a super hug.
  • In Catch Your Breath, Kushina has a tendency to exuberantly cuddle Minato's genin when they're small, particularly Kakashi.
  • Generally, any Buffy the Vampire Slayer featuring the Pack, such as We Can Be Again will portray the group as constantly cuddling each other whenever they can.
  • Noa in Hard Being Pure is very cuddly. When she eventually leaves the hospital, she's so happy that she hugs everyone she comes across.
  • Medli in "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker" is very affectionate. Much more than the game this story is based on. She first hugs Link in her excitement when he agrees to help her into Dragon Roost Cavern and then once more when Link blames himself for the wind injuring her. She hugs both Link and Komali after they save her from her captors and again when Link vows to come back to Dragon Roost Island. She fills the hugging hole when Link comes to awaken her as a sage and, in two rather sad moments, she hugs Link to comfort him after he is traumatised by a pack of Redeads and she gives him one more after he begins crying at having to leave her for what he thinks is forever.
  • In Weasley Girl, one of the ways Veronica "Ronnie" Weasley (a Gender Flip of Ron Weasley) differs from her canon male counterpart is that she's very cuddly and likes to hug her friends.
  • Advice and Trust:
    • Rei loves hugs, although she's far more likely to ask for them than to give them. While Asuka and Shinji are always happy to oblige, Asuka was a bit annoyed when she came into their room to ask for one at six-thirty in the morning.
    • Asuka loves to cuddle with Shinji, it's one of her favorite activities. Even after Leliel, they spend just as many nights snuggling as they do having sex.
  • Ash's Tentacool in Common Sense. She usually hits him with The Glomp, too.
  • Ha-chan in FREAKIN GENSOKYO. She snuggles up to Brad whenever she can.
  • Death in On a Pale Horse pretty much refuses to let go of Harry Potter once he starts touching him, mostly because Harry (being an alternate version of Death) is the first person he's been able to touch without stealing their soul in billions of years. And while Death can put souls back, he describes the process as agonizing on a level mortals simply can't endure.
  • Ashley from the Snuggles The Symbiote uses 'Cuddlebug' as her superhero name unironically, tends to default to hugging when in close proximity, has claimed that she'd "always like a hug" and once introduced herself with the sentence "I'm Cuddlebug and I like hugs."
  • In the oneshot Touch, Stormer is a cuddly woman dating Roxy, who Hates Being Touched. This leads to confusion and communication issues.
  • All of Team 7 in Black Hole Heart is very cuddly with each other and those they care about with Sakura being the biggest cuddler of them all. After they take over Root, Sai quickly gets used to Sakura draping herself over him regularly.

    Films — Animation 
  • Olaf from Frozen. "Hi, I'm Olaf, and I like warm hugs." There is also a tie-in book featuring his character that is titled Do You Want a Hug?
  • Human Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Equestria Girls is, if it is possible, even worse about this than her pony counterpart (having hands, for starters) and enjoys giving Bear Hugs.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Star Wars:
    • Chewbacca often gives a bear hug whenever he's showing the love when a pat on the back would suffice.
    • The Prequels' Qui-Gon Jinn is surprisingly touchy-feely for a Jedi Knight. He's always putting hands on shoulders or bending down to put his face on the same level as whoever he's talking to. People don't seem to mind. He's played by Liam Neeson, after all.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Skye likes to give hugs or the occasional friendly jab, in no small part because she had an unhappy childhood where she was bounced around from one foster home to another and thus is starved for affection.
  • Babylon 5's Delenn has a habit of taking the arm of her companion as they walk or patting hands — except for Sinclair, who she rather pointedly never touches. Since she has more than a passing suspicion who he really is, that is perhaps understandable.
  • Sgt. Stan Wojciehowicz on Barney Miller is a great hugger, especially in times of strong emotion.
  • In Colony, Katie Bowman seems constitutionally incapable of not hugging children. This is meant to demonstrate that she's not the hardened resistance fighter that she imagines herself to be.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor's granddaughter, Susan Foreman, often hugged her grandfather and Barbara after being rescued. An example of this is the sixth episode of "The Keys of Marinus", where she hugs Barbara after helping Ian, and also "The Edge of Destruction" when the TARDIS is saved from impending doom.
    • The Second Doctor and Jamie absolutely love cuddling each other, though it's Security Cling as often as everything (and both of them act embarrassed when they realise other people are watching).
    • The Ninth Doctor once declared that he'll "hug anyone".
    • In "New Earth", Ten saves the day by hugging people. In "The Impossible Planet", he hugs Zach just for being human and actually thanks Zach for letting him. He probably hugs someone on average Once per Episode, considering that the few times he doesn't hug anyone are probably balanced out by the times he hugs basically everyone.
    • As Amy and Rory near the end of their run, the Eleventh Doctor spends more and more time hugging and kissing them, since he knows they're thinking about leaving him soon.
    • The Eleventh Doctor and Clara were both cuddle bugs, frequently hugging it out on occasion.
    • Despite initially reverting to the No Hugging, No Kissing rule, the Twelfth Doctor finds himself being hugged by Clara on several occasions, despite his protests. As their relationship evolves into one that is unambiguously more loving (though fandom debates what "love" means in this context), not only does the Twelfth Doctor begin enjoying her hugs, he becomes something of a cuddle bug himself, surprising her with hugs on occasion.
  • In one episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the team investigates an assault where the only witness is an adorable, developmentally-disabled girl who tries to hug almost everyone she meets, including the usually stern Judge Petrovsky.
  • Abby Sciuto of NCIS loves to hug her teammates with little to no provocation. She's also been known to hug near-strangers if she feels they need one. Played for laughs in an episode where everyone is sent to mandatory sexual harassment training and Abby is shocked to find that hugging everyone is against the rules.
  • Jerry the bear from the Friendly Forest of the Muppet show The Pajanimals. "Bear hug!"
  • Scrubs gives us "Jimmy, the overly touchy orderly", who is Exactly What It Says on the Tin- an orderly with No Sense of Personal Space who constantly hugs and cuddles everyone.
  • Teletubbies: Big Hug! (cue hug with weird sound effects)

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Flor de Loto's matches usually consisted of her trying to trick her opponents into dropping their guard, so she could slip in a friendly hug.
  • After LuFisto turned face and abandoned the Louis Cypher element of her gimmick, she picked up this instead, to the chagrin of Daffney Unger and MsChif(herself usually known for violating personal space) in SHIMMER. When Daffney met Solo Darling in SHIMMER offshoot SHINE, she quickly likened Solo to a younger version of LuFisto, but by then was used to it and in fact encouraged Solo to weaponize it.
  • Before Hayley Shadows set out on her "dead Barbies tour", she was a much nicer person known as "The Cuddle Monster". Shadows tends to revert back to her cuddling self if she sees fans have brought pets to shows and hears they will allow her to hold them.
  • After a short time in WWE's NXT, Bayley started to develop an urge to hug everyone she met. Normally this is just affection but once the bell rings it'll probably lead to a belly to belly suplex.

    Video Games 
  • Neptune from Neptunia (at least in the first game) gets like this around Compa, usually when she's sleepy.
  • Nanashi in Duel Savior Destiny is such a cuddle bug that even after a fight, her disembodied head will come up to you and bounce around happily until you smack it away. Otherwise, she tends to be very huggy around Taiga, who does his best to avoid her attempts to glomp him.
  • Ormi from Final Fantasy X-2 might be this. One of his attacks is called "Huggles," and his line is "How's about a big hug?"
  • Miss Nancy from Little Inferno, who even sends you a coupon for a free hug from her. Like most of her world, though, she's also a quite a bit more… off than most examples.
  • Pokémon
  • The eponymous Non-Ironic Clown from Dropsy. Given his freakish appearance, massive size, and general inability to function in normal society, most people react with horror, disgust, or both. Until they realize he's entirely innocent and kind-hearted.
  • Deconstructed with the Huggables in Battle Bears. Their hugs kill people.
  • Moshi Monsters has a whole species of cuddle bugs: little creatures called Fluffy Snugglers who will snuggle people, animals, even inanimate objects.
  • Chiaki of Ensemble Stars! loves to give people hugs. Unfortunately for him, almost everyone other than Kanata finds this annoying at best and downright creepy at worst, though it's always clear that he acts out of earnest affection.

    Visual Novels 
  • Amnesia: Memories' fandisc Amnesia LATER shows Ikki to become a lot more needy about wanting to cuddle and affectionately asking the heroine if he can 'be sweet on her' when drunk.
  • Komari from Little Busters!. To amusing effect early on when she tries to befriend Rin, who is very shy and becomes extremely flustered whenever Komari suddenly tries to hug her.

    Web Comics 
  • Blinky from the Insecticomics, a literal Cuddle Bug (his altmode is a pillbug).
  • Ellen in El Goonish Shive. Grace even more so, but less outstanding, since it was said to be typical for a greater chimera due to innate empathic ability. She's like a sleepy little ninja!
  • Ex-fairies in Gunnerkrigg Court are a bit weird, usually in a funny way. When Annie switched to ether view in their company, the whole class started to applaud and welcome her, and then she became the center of an etheric cuddle pile. And enjoyed instant Cuteness Overload, unlike meeting people with No Sense of Personal Space in the thick material world. Annie herself, under her Emotionless Girl exterior, is an extremely affectionate person who likes to be in near-constant physical contact with the few people she's close to, whenever they are in the same room.
  • Mab from Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures loves to hug everyone and everything. She keeps a list of things she hasn't hugged yet to make sure she doesn't miss one. This list includes Death. It has been checked off.
  • Kipland Kaiser in Monster Kind is a very stiff and antisocial person, but he's shown to completely melt any time he gets hugged or cuddled. Molly Monday actually invokes this trope and says that Kip is secretly a huge cuddle bug. He denies it completely, of course.
  • Michelle, from Rhapsodies, is extremely affectionate treating hugging as the best way to greet people, or provide support...(whether someone wants it or not!) Tara comes in a close second.
  • Mahalah in Undead Friend is extremely affectionate, especially to Orrick, despite everyone barely knowing her. This is in big part because she doesn't understand personal space.
  • In Wilde Life, both Nora and Darcy are shown to be "huggers," basically to be juxtaposed to Clifford, who Hates Being Touched.

    Western Animation 
  • Richard Watterson from The Amazing World of Gumball has definitely had his moments of this.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants is this. He loves hugging people, which sometimes leads to those people getting annoyed with him.
  • Elmyra takes this to lethal levels for the rest of the Tiny Toon Adventures cast.
  • Eduardo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends takes this to extraordinary heights.
  • Shifty Dingo from The Adventures Of Blinky Bill gets rather cuddly with Daisy when she tells him she's willing to give him dance lessons (he's a very bad dancer).
  • Lambie from Doc McStuffins
  • Tuck on Wonder Pets!, who often calls for a group hug.
  • Wonderheart Bear on the CGI Care Bears series Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot often calls for a "Bear hug!" and/or simply leaps forward and gives one.
  • The Smurfs in the episode "A Hug For Grouchy", with the exception of Grouchy, who Hates Being Touched and gets stalked by his fellow Smurfs wanting to give him a hug.
  • Norb from The Angry Beavers, much to his brother's irritation. "BIIIIIG HUG!"
  • Crackle the dragon on Sofia the First.
  • On Dragon Tales, Ord often tends to give Max and Emmy a big hug when they arrive in Dragon Land, much to their chagrin, as he's much bigger than them and tends to squish them a bit.
  • Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic simply loves the hugs. So much so that she tends to be the only pony still smiling when Discord scoops the group up for a big bear hug.
  • Scorpi from Mixels loves to snuggle and cuddle up to anyone he meets. Unfortunately, he's covered with dangerous spikes and blades and has a tendency to forget that. Bonus points for being an actual bug-like Mixel.
  • Fred in The Penguins of Madagascar is this to the extent that he trusts other characters based on how well they hug.
  • Steven Universe simply loves giving hugs to those he cares about, as does his Cool Big Sis Amethyst.
  • Wander from Wander over Yonder is this, even towards Galactic Conquerors like Lord Hater.
  • Invader Zim: Gir gets cuddly and affectionate around other characters, particularly Zim, to his annoyance. "Aww, somebody needs a hug!"
  • The eponymous character of Kaeloo. She's always trying to hug her friends, which does not go down very well with Mr. Cat who Hates Being Touched.
  • On Peter Rabbit, Cottontail likes to give a hug, most particularly to Shrew, who can't stand it and repeatedly warns her about the "squeezing," but she's too young and innocent to take the hint.
  • Star Butterfly in Star vs. the Forces of Evil loves giving and receiving hugs. She takes after her father in this regard; while her mother's Butterfly family are known for stoicism, her father's Johansen clan are big on public displaces of affection.
  • The Legend of Korra Bolin has dealt out hugs like it's going out of style and to a more subtle extent, Asami has never shied away from touching hands, shoulders, etc. usually to make others in the team feel comfortable enough to open up to her.
  • In Futurama, Bender became like this after a religious conversion. His friends were unsettled.
  • In Gravity Falls, there are two cuddle lovers: Mabel and Soos. Mabel's shown giving bear hugs and tackle hugs, especially to Dipper and Stan, quite often. In "Society of the Blind Eye", when she is listing cool things about herself, she mentions that she hugs a lot. She also loves cuddling with her pet pig, Waddles. Soos hugs the twins often, and attempts to initiate an unwanted group hug in "Dreamscaperers", admitting that he never knows when the time is right. Another time, when the world was on the verge of ending, he says this:
    Soos: Guys, if I die, I wanna die hugging.
  • Scorpia in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is an almost literal cuddle bug, given that she has the claws and tail of a giant scorpion, yet is so keen on giving out hugs that Catra eventually has to mandate a ten-foot distance between them at all times. She even lists her four main virtues as being loyal, brave, strong, and giving great hugs.
  • Mooncake from Final Space gives new meaning to the term "face-hugger".

    Real Life 
  • Not limited to humans. Many other animal species are known to cuddle, hold, nuzzle or hug each other.
    • For many mammals this usually has more practical applications as opposed to being expressions of affection; baby mammals will often cuddle either with their siblings or their parents to keep warm.
    • Many monogamous birds species like seabirds and parrots are known to nuzzle and preen each other in ways that look very affectionate.
    • Many domesticated animals get this way towards their owners. Cats and dogs are especially well known for this.
    • Chickens, especially hens. They can often get cuddly when around people they know particularly well, usually when they get broody and want to keep their human friend warm.
    • While it's mostly for warmth, reptiles (especially snakes) enjoy being in close contact with human friends.
    • Tegus (a species of large lizard) will choose human attention over either food or a heat lamp. They're basically scaly cats; many people allow them free roam of their house.

Alternative Title(s): Asexual Affection, Cuddle Lust

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