In any story, there comes a time when the hero or heroine shows his or her kindness by cuddling a critter (usually a pet or companion). He or she can also allow critters to climb onto and cuddle them. These can be a visual representation of friendship and/or compassion.
Usually, the critter can leap onto someone (usually a child) or clamber onto him or her, commonly playing with the person's hair or clothes and tugging their fingers, ears, and limbs. The gentle creature can also give someone a hug. This usually happens when the critter...
- Wants to play with someone.
- Comforts someone.
- Displays kindness.
- Tries to wake someone up.
- Grooms someone.
- Flint Lockwood allows marshmallow creatures to cuddle him when he sets foot in a cave where the FLDSMDFR is kept.
- Baby Hercules cuddles Pegasus when Zeus, his father, gives the little horse to him as a gift.
- Snow White