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9th Jun '16 7:25:27 AM Monolaf317
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This works best on characters who are attacking in panic or incoherent fury, since it holds them safe until they can cool down. It is less effective when Bob has enough presence of mind to realize that he can just hit Alice in the arm. Or duck under her hand. Or take advantage of the fact that [[GroinAttack legs tend to be longer than arms]]...

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This works best on characters who are attacking in panic or incoherent fury, fury ({{Tsundere}}s are the most likely candidates), since it holds them safe until they can cool down. It is less effective when Bob has enough presence of mind to realize that he can just hit Alice in the arm. Or duck under her hand. Or take advantage of the fact that [[GroinAttack legs tend to be longer than arms]]...
8th Jun '16 6:29:45 PM Monolaf317
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* In Episode 37 of ''Fruity Robo 2'' [[{{Tsundere}} Peachie]] ends up victim to this (being OneHeadShorter, obviously) by [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Pineapplello]].

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* In Episode 37 of ''Fruity Robo 2'' 2'', [[{{Tsundere}} Peachie]] ends up victim to this (being OneHeadShorter, obviously) by [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Pineapplello]].Pineapplello]], her BelligerentSexualTension LoveInterest.
8th Jun '16 6:25:40 PM Monolaf317
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* In ''Anime/HidanNoAria'' the titular {{Tsundere}} ends up victim to this by Kenji (he's OneHeadTaller, duh).
8th Jun '16 6:23:31 PM Monolaf317
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* Happens repeatedly to various ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' characters.

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* Happens repeatedly to various ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' characters.characters, like Ash (pictured above).


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* In Episode 37 of ''Fruity Robo 2'' [[{{Tsundere}} Peachie]] ends up victim to this (being OneHeadShorter, obviously) by [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Pineapplello]].
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2nd Apr '16 6:52:48 PM Kartoonkid95
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# Plonks a hand down on top of Bob's head and holds him away from her, safely out of reach of those flying fists.

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# Plonks a hand down on top of Bob's head (or a foot is he's that short) and holds him away from her, safely out of reach of those flying fists.


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* The ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' episode "Mickey and Minnie's Big Vacation" has [[Disney/{{Dumbo}} the Pink Elephants]] doing this to [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh]] while eating his honey.
13th Mar '16 3:24:59 PM StFan
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-->'''Darth Vader:''' Your helmet is obscenely oversized...
13th Mar '16 3:23:46 PM StFan
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* The ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZDwUa335-M Supervillain Speed Dating]]'' web video has a very hilarious example, with [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] holding [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} Dark Helmet]] at arm's length.



* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', during the KeepAway scene, Rainbow Dash keeps Snails at bay with a hand in his face as he's trying to seize the crown.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', during the KeepAway scene, Rainbow Dash keeps Snails at bay with a hand in his face as he's trying to seize the crown. Yes, he has shorter arms than a girl.



* An educational animation series was written by TV Ontario, and describes the concept of Electronegativity in one episode. The animation per one atom as a small baby carring to electrons, and another atom as a larger child that pulls the two electrons from the baby. The scene extends to a third atom personified as larger who then takes the electrons. Upon return to the scene, the second atom is held at arm's length, with the first atom crying as if the electons will never be rightfully returned.

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* An educational animation series was written by TV Ontario, and describes the concept of Electronegativity in one episode. The animation per one atom as a small baby carring carrying to electrons, and another atom as a larger child that pulls the two electrons from the baby. The scene extends to a third atom personified as larger who then takes the electrons. Upon return to the scene, the second atom is held at arm's length, with the first atom crying as if the electons electrons will never be rightfully returned.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Toph does this to Sokka. Unusually, Sokka is actually the taller and longer-limbed party, but Toph was keeping him from taking back his club, which she had in her other hand, sticking out in the opposite direction.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Toph does this to Sokka. Unusually, Sokka is actually the taller and longer-limbed party, but Toph was is keeping him from taking back his club, which she had has in her other hand, sticking out in the opposite direction.



* Frequently done by Mr. Krabs in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', when his microscopic business rival Plankton attempts to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula. Instead of holding him at arm's length, however, Krabs simply picks him up and tosses him bodily back to the Chum Bucket -- sometimes by creative means, such as blowing him through a straw.
** And once done to Spongebob trying to get to work, when Mr Krabs LostHimInACardGame.
* In the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShort ''A Knight for a Day'', Cedric uses a makeshift lance made from a sword handle and the arm from his suit of armor to hold back Sir Cumference when he brings out his sword. It's an interesting flip-flop considering Cedric is the small and vulnerable protagonist, pushing back the hulking Sir Cumference.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
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Frequently done by Mr. Krabs in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', when his microscopic business rival Plankton attempts to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula. Instead of holding him at arm's length, however, Krabs simply picks him up and tosses him bodily back to the Chum Bucket -- sometimes by creative means, such as blowing him through a straw.
** And once Once done to Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] trying to get to work, when Mr Mr. Krabs LostHimInACardGame.
* In the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShort ''A "A Knight for a Day'', Day", Cedric uses a makeshift lance made from a sword handle and the arm from his suit of armor to hold back Sir Cumference when he brings out his sword. It's an interesting flip-flop considering Cedric is the small and vulnerable protagonist, pushing back the hulking Sir Cumference.



5th Feb '16 3:02:52 PM Kartoonkid95
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': In "Ocean's Three and a Half", Carter does this to Bill Gates when he taunts him by saying he doesn't own a Zune and has an iPod "like the rest of the world".
10th Jan '16 6:22:54 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* Appeared in the ''Series/{{Battlebots}}'' reboot when Ghost Raptor fought [[TheDreaded Icewave]]- the driver of Ghost Raptor jury-rigged a long metal arm called the "de-icer" to his robot that reached over the top of Icewave's deadly spinning blade and caught on its body, holding it off and preventing it from tearing into his machine. Eventually Icewave overbalanced and suffered DeathByFallingOver.
13th Dec '15 1:16:33 PM eroock
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[[quoteright:3§0:[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/james_arms_length.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:3§0:[[Music/MCHammer Can't touch this]].]]

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[[quoteright:3§0:[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} [[quoteright:330:[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/james_arms_length.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:3§0:[[Music/MCHammer [[caption-width-right:330:[[Music/MCHammer Can't touch this]].]]
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