Prom night, an occasion that all teens look forward to ... except for Josh and Kate, for their special date has ended with a busted car on the side of the road - and it's cold. Knowing that Kate's dress won't sustain her for long, Josh takes off his tuxedo jacket and wraps it around Kate's shoulders. +10 chivalry points earned tonight, Josh!
You Must Be Cold - The act of a character who sacrifices their personal comfort for someone else, usually in the form of clothing or blankets in the event of cold weather, but it can also extend to other items. This could either be used as a ploy to win the affection of another or a simple act of genuine kindness, or for other, more nefarious reasons ...
Of course we know that it was Cal who gave Rose his jacket in Titanic, not Jack, but Rose wouldn't have possessed that special gem without it.
This trope tends to favor guys giving their jackets to girls. Perhaps a difference in muscle mass has something to do with that ... either that or the giver is undead and doesn't need it in the first place.
"Why didn't you give this to me sooner? Jerk ..."
More often than not, this trope finds a way of bringing a feuding couple together, and can add a sincere, touching moment to an otherwise slapstick-filled adventure in space. Right, Lone Starr?
"The cold never bothers me ..." *shiver*
What if the villain offers his coat to his captive beauty? There's all kinds of creep factor that can be used here, not to mention "that awkward moment" when the hero comes to save the day ...
"Looks like you'd rather NOT freeze ... eh, Jenny?"
This trope should not be confused with The Comforting Comforter, as that usually involves a character tucking in or laying a coat or blanket on someone while they're asleep. Like any trope, the trick is knowing when to use it, or how to subvert it. Bundle up. It's cold out there.
When have your characters shed an article of clothing to comfort another? Where else have you seen this trope in action?
I'm David, and you can have my hoodie ... if you catch me!