What does exactly mean 'to plant oneself somewhere'?

On MacMillan dictionary we read:

to firmly put someone or something or yourself in a particular place or position. Plant something in/on etc something:

"Henry planted himself in the seat next to me."

But what emotion does this action convey specifically? What could be the reason for Henry to plant—rather than just seat—himself in the seat? Does the word, in this case, suggest that Henry was tired, angry, or that he wanted to make sure that no one else would steal that seat?

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    I have no idea what emotion might be conveyed, but the motive suggested is that Henry has no intention of moving soon. Commented Apr 14, 2022 at 11:10
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    Yes, it conveys the sense of making oneself comfortable, generally conveying the impression of having a right to be there. Commented Apr 14, 2022 at 11:19
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    To me, "Henry planted himself" implies a very intentional act, but it does not imply anything about Henry's emotions.
    – stangdon
    Commented Apr 14, 2022 at 11:24
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    I think although He planted himself next to me doesn't really carry any implications about his emotions, it would nearly always imply that I would rather he sat somewhere else. Commented Apr 14, 2022 at 15:09

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To me, "Henry planted himself in the seat" carries the connotation that he is firmly sat and has no intention of giving up his seat any time soon. Depending on the context, it may be inferred by extension that Henry is not welcome.

Here are some dictionary examples:

She was determined to keep both feet firmly planted on dry land. (Oxford)
She planted her feet firmly to the spot and refused to move. (Longman)

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