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A Bear Hug is a grappling clinch hold and stand-up grappling position where the user's arms are wrapped around the opponent, with the opponent's arms sometimes pinned to the their body. The user's hands are locked around the opponent, who is held tightly to the user's chest. Although intended to be a torture hold, it can also be used as a restraining technique to pin an opponent long enough for their allies to attack.


Zarbon applies a Bear Hug from behind when performing his Monster Crush attack.[2]

Pathos of Frieza - Bear Hug

Frieza holds Goku in a Bear Hug

Frieza uses a Bear Hug on Super Saiyan Goku near the end of their battle on Namek. The Saiyan, however, counters by repeatedly smashing his elbow into Frieza's ribs, eventually dislodging him.[3]

Dore uses a Bear Hug against Goku after he and his comrades ambush Goku on Earth. While Dore traps Goku in a Bear Hug, Neiz attempts to kick Goku, but Goku manages to avoid his kick, resulting in Neiz kicking Dore by mistake.[4]

One of the Cyclopian Guards uses the hold against Krillin during their confrontation on New Namek.[5]


Bojack bear hugs Gohan

Cell uses the attack against Piccolo during their fight in Ginger Town, in order to restrain him while he absorbing his energy. Later, during the Cell Games, Cell uses a Bear Hug against Gohan in order to make him release his hidden power. However, as the technique does not work, Cell breaks the hold and decides to create Cell Juniors.[6] Also in the Cell Games, Android 16 utilizes a Bear Hug on Cell when he attempts to sacrifice himself by activating his self-destruct function.

Bojack uses the technique against Gohan too, as his way of repaying Goku for freeing him (referring to Goku's sacrifice during the Cell Games). He breaks the hold when Goku punches him after returning from the Other World to Earth for a brief instant.[7] Broly uses a powerful Bear Hug technique, called Bone Crusher in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game, to crush Gohan during their battle on Earth.[8] Super Buu uses the technique on Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks.[9]

During his training with Whis in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Vegeta attempts to trap Whis is in bear hug, however Whis easily slips the hold. In Dragon Ball Super, Shisami attempts to crush Gohan in a bear hug, however it proved ineffective. Toppo's Justice Rear Naked Choke is also in the same manner with bear hugging, and is powerful enough to disarm Goku's Super Saiyan form and caused the latter to nearly faint.

Appearances in games

The Bear Hug is Perfect Cell's grapple throw in Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2.