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* Falco from ''[[VideoGame/StarFox Star Fox]].''

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%% * Falco from ''[[VideoGame/StarFox Star Fox]].''



* Averted with the Rito in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', which have humanoid arms, hands and fingers that they use for holding things. They fly by magically transforming their arms into wings, and it's outright stated Rito are not born with wings, instead they're a gift from the local dragon.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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Averted with the Rito in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', which have humanoid arms, hands and fingers that they use for holding things. They fly by magically transforming their arms into wings, and it's outright stated Rito are not born with wings, instead they're a gift from the local dragon.
24th Oct '17 1:37:24 PM DarkStorm
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** Probably the straightest but strangest example would be ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales''. The Ponies are not normally anthropomorphic or human-like in the least; aside from the fact that they talk, they are quadrupedal equines with hooves. And yet, in this series, they live in a human-like 1980s suburbia, and can carry and use objects that have obviously been designed for humans (which wouldn't be ''so'' weird except for the fact that there don't seem to be any humans around), usually just by using their front hooves as if they were hands, and the objects either somehow sticking to them (like pencils or mugs) or just working without any apparent explanation (like guitars or keyboards), without even any attempt at a {{handwave}}. The original MyLittlePony cartoons kept a couple of humans around for such things, so Hoof Fingers weren't necessary. [[BellisariosMaxim Just breathe, just breathe...]]

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** Probably the straightest but strangest (but strangest) example for the franchise would be ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales''. The Ponies are not normally anthropomorphic or human-like in the least; aside from the fact that they talk, they are quadrupedal equines with hooves. And yet, in this series, they live in a human-like 1980s suburbia, and can carry and use objects that have obviously been designed for humans (which wouldn't be ''so'' weird except for the fact that there don't seem to be any humans around), usually just by using their front hooves as if they were hands, and the objects either somehow sticking to them (like pencils or mugs) or just working without any apparent explanation (like guitars or keyboards), without even any attempt at a {{handwave}}. The original MyLittlePony cartoons kept a couple of humans around for such things, so Hoof Fingers weren't necessary. [[BellisariosMaxim Just breathe, just breathe...]]
24th Oct '17 5:49:58 AM DarkStorm
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Also known as wingers. [[AsYouKnow You may have noticed]] that many non-primate animals have extremely un-humanlike limbs. They may have wings, they may have fins, they may have claws like a lobster or long grappling hooks like a sloth or hooves like a cow.

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Also known as wingers. [[AsYouKnow You may have noticed]] that many non-primate animals have extremely un-humanlike limbs. They may have wings, they may have fins, they may have claws like a lobster or long grappling hooks like a sloth or hooves like a cow.



The {{Trope Namer}}s are all the [[CivilizedAnimal otherwise non-anthro]] [[FunnyAnimal cartoon birds who can hold things in their primary wing feathers]], such as [[{{Peanuts}} Woodstock]], all the FunnyAnimal birds with arms like DonaldDuck and WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, and all the [[PettingZooPerson anthro birds]] like [[VideoGame/StarFox Falco Lombardi]] who can pilot a fighter. The primary wing feathers ''sort of'' [[RuleOfPerception look like fingers]], so naturally in cartoons they act like fingers. Not a heavily modified and specialized extension of their body covering (meaning that this makes as much sense as PrehensileHair). This version tends to go hand-in-hand (sorry) with AcrophobicBird.

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The {{Trope Namer}}s are all the [[CivilizedAnimal otherwise non-anthro]] [[FunnyAnimal cartoon birds who can hold things in their primary wing feathers]], such as [[{{Peanuts}} Woodstock]], all the FunnyAnimal birds with arms like DonaldDuck and WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, and all the [[PettingZooPerson anthro birds]] like [[VideoGame/StarFox Falco Lombardi]] who can pilot a fighter.Woodstock]]. The primary wing feathers ''sort of'' [[RuleOfPerception look like fingers]], so naturally in cartoons they act like fingers. Not a heavily modified and specialized extension of their body covering (meaning that this makes as much sense as PrehensileHair). This version tends to go hand-in-hand (sorry) with AcrophobicBird.



See also CartoonyEyes, ToothyBird, AnatomyAnomaly, and InvisibleAnatomy. Compare HumanlikeHandAnatomy. An extreme (and outright bizarre) variation is all those cartoon fish who are somehow able to [[TailfinWalking walk on their tailfins]]. There's also a more subtle variation where an animal will be given a few human-like features that their real-life equivalents tend to lack (think of all those [[OldMaster wise old]] [[TurtlePower turtles]] [[NonMammalianHair with hair]], those [[ToothyBird birds with teeth]], or [[{{Disney/Dinosaur}} Aladar's creepy fleshy lips]].) For, shall we say, a less family friendly human-like anatomical modification of non-humanlike animals, see NonMammalMammaries...

'''Note:''' This is such a {{Universal Trope|s}} that, instead of listing every single cartoon animal in the world, we will instead list notable exceptions and subversions.

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See also CartoonyEyes, ToothyBird, AnatomyAnomaly, and InvisibleAnatomy. Compare HumanlikeHandAnatomy. An extreme (and outright bizarre) variation is all those cartoon fish who are somehow able to [[TailfinWalking walk on their tailfins]]. There's also a the far more subtle variation where an common HumanlikeHandAnatomy, which is when the artist just draws the animal will be given a few human-like features that their real-life equivalents tend to lack (think of all those [[OldMaster wise old]] [[TurtlePower turtles]] [[NonMammalianHair with hair]], those [[ToothyBird birds with teeth]], or [[{{Disney/Dinosaur}} Aladar's creepy fleshy lips]].) hands instead of paws/hooves/wings to begin with. For, shall we say, a less family friendly human-like anatomical modification of non-humanlike animals, see NonMammalMammaries...

'''Note:''' This is such a {{Universal Trope|s}} that, instead of listing every single cartoon animal in the world, we will instead list notable exceptions and subversions.
NonMammalMammaries...



!!!Exceptions, Subversions, Aversions, and Notable Examples:



* ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}''
** A story arc has the non-human (and mostly non-anthromorphic) Fables staging a revolution, with the intent of fighting to regain their homelands. They force a Fable blacksmith to adapt human weapons so that they're capable of using them.
** When an election is held, Rose Red also addresses this when the votes are being submitted. If a non-human fable is unable to write their own name and turn in their own ballot they are to have one who can do so for them. The fable is then to verify that the ballot was filled in to their satisfaction.

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* %%* ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}''
** %%** A story arc has the non-human (and mostly non-anthromorphic) Fables staging a revolution, with the intent of fighting to regain their homelands. They force a Fable blacksmith to adapt human weapons so that they're capable of using them.
** %%** When an election is held, Rose Red also addresses this when the votes are being submitted. If a non-human fable is unable to write their own name and turn in their own ballot they are to have one who can do so for them. The fable is then to verify that the ballot was filled in to their satisfaction.



* In ''Peanuts'', Snoopy and Woodstock have hands instead of paws or wings.

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* In ''Peanuts'', Snoopy and Woodstock have hands instead of paws or wings. Woodstock's wings work as hands. He can even type.



* The cows in ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' can't really hold anything in their hooves, so the animators gave them prehensile tails and ''tail tufts'' instead.
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', the fish characters avoid the TailfinWalking subtrope for almost the entire movie. Then they start dancing on their tails during "Under the Sea" and it just looks odd. (And, of course, Scuttle is one of the TropeNamers.)

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* %%* The cows in ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' can't really hold anything in their hooves, so the animators gave them prehensile tails and ''tail tufts'' instead.
* %%* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', the fish characters avoid the TailfinWalking subtrope for almost the entire movie. Then they start dancing on their tails during "Under the Sea" and it just looks odd. (And, of course, Scuttle is one of the TropeNamers.)



* Played with in the ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' novels. While the series' intelligent birds have an unlikely degree of manual dexterity with their wings, weapons and tools with special handles -- hollow cones they can tuck their feathers' tips inside -- are designed for their use. An equine character uses her teeth to open drawers (via pull-ropes) and writes using a pen with an attached mouth-clamp.

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* Played with in the ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' novels. While the series' intelligent birds have an unlikely degree of manual dexterity with their wings, "prehensile wingtips" (as the books repeatedly say), weapons and tools with special handles -- hollow cones they can tuck their feathers' tips inside -- are designed for their use. An equine character uses her teeth to open drawers (via pull-ropes) Averted for equines and writes using a pen with an attached mouth-clamp.other quadrupeds, who can't use their forelimbs as hands at all.



* The Ythrians, a bird-like alien race from several of Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/TechnicHistory'' stories, look basically like huge birds of prey. They do not need to pick up anything with their wings however because their highly efficient respiratory system allows them to hover for long periods of time without getting tired, allowing them to use their feet to manipulate objects.

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* %%* The Ythrians, a bird-like alien race from several of Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/TechnicHistory'' stories, look basically like huge birds of prey. They do not need to pick up anything with their wings however because their highly efficient respiratory system allows them to hover for long periods of time without getting tired, allowing them to use their feet to manipulate objects.



* Miranda Fallow, turned into a bird in ''Literature/DrFranklinsIsland'', has wings with a look of hands to their tips, but those are just feathers. She has to manipulate things with her feet and beak.

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* ''Literature/DrFranklinsIsland'' averts this, though it appears at first that it's going to play it straight. Miranda Fallow, turned into a bird in ''Literature/DrFranklinsIsland'', bird, has wings with a look of hands to their tips, but those are just feathers. She has to manipulate things with her feet and beak.



* Another very strange example is ''Disney/TheLionKing'' level of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''. As mentioned elsewhere, it is a perfect storm of FurryConfusion. Not least because we finally get to see what DonaldDuck looks like as a non-Anthropomorphic bird; he has functioning wings, can fly, and carries his staff in his claws. Usually he has [[http://i36.tinypic.com/30ur9rm.png very human-like hands.]] Likewise, when Sora becomes a non-Anthro lion ([[LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy it is a long story]]), he carries the Keyblade in his teeth. In the "opening the next path" cutscene, Sora holds the Keyblade with his suddenly-prehensile tail in order to aim at the target.

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* %%* Another very strange example is ''Disney/TheLionKing'' level of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''. As mentioned elsewhere, it is a perfect storm of FurryConfusion. Not least because we finally get to see what DonaldDuck looks like as a non-Anthropomorphic bird; he has functioning wings, can fly, and carries his staff in his claws. Usually he has [[http://i36.tinypic.com/30ur9rm.png very human-like hands.]] Likewise, when Sora becomes a non-Anthro lion ([[LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy it is a long story]]), he carries the Keyblade in his teeth. In the "opening the next path" cutscene, Sora holds the Keyblade with his suddenly-prehensile tail in order to aim at the target.



* Jet the Hawk, Storm the Albatross, and Wave the Swallow in ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' have the same cartoon arms everyone else does in the series, with no obvious wings in sight (unless their arms double ''as'' wings, not unlike WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck). Meanwhile, Rouge the Bat has both arms ''and'' wings, presumably because combining them would look strange.

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* %%* Jet the Hawk, Storm the Albatross, and Wave the Swallow in ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' have the same cartoon arms everyone else does in the series, with no obvious wings in sight (unless their arms double ''as'' wings, not unlike WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck). Meanwhile, Rouge the Bat has both arms ''and'' wings, presumably because combining them would look strange.



* In ''Webcomic/TheLegendOfAnneBunny'' equine characters wear special [[http://www.hirezfox.com/km/loab/loab650/d/20041101.html cybergloves]] over their forehooves.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheLegendOfAnneBunny'' Played with in ''Webcomic/TheLegendOfAnneBunny'', where equine characters wear special [[http://www.hirezfox.com/km/loab/loab650/d/20041101.html cybergloves]] over their forehooves.



* Bird characters in ''Webcomic/PoppyOPossum'' cannot use their wings as hands; instead, they use magic to create hands around their wings' alulae.

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* Bird Averted with the bird characters in ''Webcomic/PoppyOPossum'' ''Webcomic/PoppyOPossum'', who cannot use their wings as hands; instead, they use magic to create hands around their wings' alulae.



* In ''Peep and the Big Wide World'', most of the major characters don't even have visible forelimbs. So they hold things in their beaks (like actual birds). Chirp does have visible wings but she uses them mostly to gesticulate.
* ''WesternAnimation/IAmNotAnAnimal'' is a British animation about a bunch of superintelligent animals who are released from a research facility. The nominally smartest of them, a horse, is mortified that he can't put on his pants by himself now he's outside the research facility. He uses magnets on his hooves to hold knives and forks, and the sparrow somehow attaches plastic fingers on sticks to his wings to allow him to type and play keyboard.

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* %%* In ''Peep and the Big Wide World'', most of the major characters don't even have visible forelimbs. So they hold things in their beaks (like actual birds). Chirp does have visible wings but she uses them mostly to gesticulate.
* %%* ''WesternAnimation/IAmNotAnAnimal'' is a British animation about a bunch of superintelligent animals who are released from a research facility. The nominally smartest of them, a horse, is mortified that he can't put on his pants by himself now he's outside the research facility. He uses magnets on his hooves to hold knives and forks, and the sparrow somehow attaches plastic fingers on sticks to his wings to allow him to type and play keyboard.



** Probably the strangest example would be ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales''. The Ponies are not normally anthropomorphic or human-like in the least; aside from the fact that they talk, they are quadrupedal equines with hooves. And yet, in this series, they live in a human-like 1980s suburbia, and can carry and use objects that have obviously been designed for humans (which wouldn't be ''so'' weird except for the fact that there don't seem to be any humans around) -- sometimes with their teeth, but most frequently just by just using their front hooves as if they were hands, and the objects either somehow sticking to them (like pencils or mugs) or just working without any apparent explanation (like guitars or keyboards), without even any attempt at a {{handwave}}. The original MyLittlePony cartoons kept a couple of humans around for such things, so Hoof Fingers weren't necessary. [[BellisariosMaxim Just breathe, just breathe...]]

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** Probably the straightest but strangest example would be ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales''. The Ponies are not normally anthropomorphic or human-like in the least; aside from the fact that they talk, they are quadrupedal equines with hooves. And yet, in this series, they live in a human-like 1980s suburbia, and can carry and use objects that have obviously been designed for humans (which wouldn't be ''so'' weird except for the fact that there don't seem to be any humans around) -- sometimes with their teeth, but most frequently around), usually just by just using their front hooves as if they were hands, and the objects either somehow sticking to them (like pencils or mugs) or just working without any apparent explanation (like guitars or keyboards), without even any attempt at a {{handwave}}. The original MyLittlePony cartoons kept a couple of humans around for such things, so Hoof Fingers weren't necessary. [[BellisariosMaxim Just breathe, just breathe...]]



** Other winged characters, like Thundra the Rainbird and Fatima the thief-turned-harpy, also use their wings as hands whenever they're not flying.

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** Other winged characters, like Thundra the Rainbird and Fatima the thief-turned-harpy, also use their wings as hands whenever they're not flying.flying (despite still looking like wings).



* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' where the character George (a moose) is actually drawn with human hands instead of hooves.

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* %%* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' where the character George (a moose) is actually drawn with human hands instead of hooves.hooves, just like all the other characters.



* Most of the cast of ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdz}}'' has mostly arm-like wings which they use just like normal arms despite also being capable of flight. Strangely, one episode has them bowling with their feet.
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck used to have feather fingers, but as his design evolved, he ended up with what were simply feather covered, human-like hands and arms. Of course, this doesn't preclude him from developing ''Tail'' FeatherFingers from time to time.

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* %%* Most of the cast of ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdz}}'' has mostly arm-like wings which they use just like normal arms despite also being capable of flight. Strangely, one episode has them bowling with their feet.
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck used to have feather fingers, but as his design evolved, he ended up with what were simply feather covered, [[HumanlikeHandAnatomy human-like hands and arms.arms]]. Of course, this doesn't preclude him from developing ''Tail'' FeatherFingers from time to time.



** A variant with WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and fellow Looney Tunes character Foghorn Leghorn (a rooster) -- both of them have "wings" that are basically just human arms and hands, but are also sometimes capable of flying with them, something both of them have demonstrated on occasions (Daffy even migrated a couple times). Their ability to fly is very much dependent on the story demands of whatever they're doing at the time. (In the more recent ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow Looney Tunes Show]]'', for example, Daffy is unable to swim ''or'' fly, making Porky question whether he's really a duck at all)
* Justified with Scratch from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', a robotic Rooster created by Dr. Robotnik as one of his henchbots.

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** %%** A variant with WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and fellow Looney Tunes character Foghorn Leghorn (a rooster) -- both of them have "wings" that are basically just human arms and hands, but are also sometimes capable of flying with them, something both of them have demonstrated on occasions (Daffy even migrated a couple times). Their ability to fly is very much dependent on the story demands of whatever they're doing at the time. (In the more recent ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow Looney Tunes Show]]'', for example, Daffy is unable to swim ''or'' fly, making Porky question whether he's really a duck at all)
* %%* Justified with Scratch from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', a robotic Rooster created by Dr. Robotnik as one of his henchbots.



* Quack Quack the duck from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' has arms which also work as wings.

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* %%* Quack Quack the duck from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' has arms which also work as wings.



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* Early ''Peanuts'' strips do this for Snoopy (when he was drawn as a more realistic dog), but eventually he was just given HumanlikeHandAnatomy.
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* ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Zazu sometimes gestures with his wings, which sometimes become hand-like, but at least he doesn't pick anything up with them. The lions use their dewclaws as thumbs, sometimes using them as hands. This is most obvious with Scar, as seen when he's tormenting a mouse (he even raises his pinky!) and in his VillainSong. Timon the meerkat is a bit odd. Meerkats in real life have very long, black claws at the ends of their stubby beige paws, so the animators gave Timon perfectly humanoid hands with black fingers to represent these. He pretty much always walks upright; from the waist up he uses his hands like a human would, both grasping and gesturing often.

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* ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
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Zazu sometimes gestures with his wings, which sometimes become hand-like, but at least he doesn't pick anything up with them. The lions use their dewclaws as thumbs, sometimes using them as hands. This is most obvious with Scar, as seen when he's tormenting a mouse (he even raises his pinky!) and in his VillainSong. The animators said that they tried to avoid having the lions make hand-like gestures with their paws, aside from Scar (because he's more of a ham).
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Timon the meerkat is a bit odd.just flat-out uses HumanlikeHandAnatomy instead. Meerkats in real life have very long, black claws at the ends of their stubby beige paws, so the animators gave Timon perfectly humanoid hands with black fingers to represent these. He pretty much always walks upright; from the waist up he uses his hands like a human would, both grasping and gesturing often.



* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': The show taking place in a world of FunnyAnimals, all the ducks (and everybody else, for that matter) have arms and hands.

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* %%* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': The show taking place in a world of FunnyAnimals, all the ducks (and everybody else, for that matter) have arms and hands.
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* Cats in ''Disney/TheAristocats'' have normal paws without thumbs when when walking on all fours or otherwise not using them as hands, but gain thumbs when they are using their paws like hands.

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* Cats in ''Disney/TheAristocats'' have normal cat paws without thumbs when when walking on all fours or otherwise not using them as hands, but gain thumbs when they are using their paws like hands.hands. [[https://twitter.com/LayneTweets/status/916667112717996033 For example.]]


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* ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'': In the episode "We've Got Fleas", the title character and his friends become were-animals. In close-ups of their hands, they're still hands (albeit covered in fur), while in long shots, they're thumbless paws.
12th Sep '17 7:57:10 PM MrControll
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* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'': The Neo-Avian morph (an umbrella term for both uplifted ravens and African Grey Parrots) explicitly have their wings redesigned through genetic engineering, giving them sudo-hands around the "elbow" section of the wing.



* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'': The Neo-Avian morph (an umbrella term for both uplifted ravens and African Grey Parrots) explicitly have their wings redesigned through genetic engineering, giving them sudo-hands around the "elbow" section of the wing.

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* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'': The Neo-Avian morph (an umbrella term for both uplifted ravens and African Grey Parrots) explicitly have their wings redesigned through genetic engineering, giving them sudo-hands around the "elbow" section of the wing.
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* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'': The Neo-Avian morph (an umbrella term for both uplifted ravens and African Grey Parrots) explicitly have their wings redesigned through genetic engineering, giving them sudo-hands around the "elbow" section of the wing.
8th Jul '17 11:19:51 AM ElSquibbonator
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** In yet another comic, a T. rex bemoans its inability to pass the potatoes due to its tiny arms, providing the page quote.
18th May '17 1:14:24 PM StFan
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*** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E7ParentalGlideance Parental Glidance]]" has some particularly extreme examples of this, even by the show's normal use of this trope, with pegasi using their feathers for everything from plugging their ears to counting out points.

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*** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E7ParentalGlideance Parental Glidance]]" has some particularly extreme examples of this, even by the show's normal use of this trope, with pegasi using their feathers for everything from plugging their ears to counting out points.points, as well as "shaking wings" or doing a "[[FacePalm face-wing]]".
7th May '17 12:39:55 PM Theriocephalus
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*** In the early episodes, ponies often used their mouths (or, for unicorns, their magic powers) for most things we use our hands for. In later episodes however, this is usually forgotten, as the animators often give up and just manipulate or even inexplicably grasp things with their hooves. Pegasi have also sometimes used their wings in a way that is closer to the trope name than it is to what wings could actually do. The general rule seems to be that the unexplained hoof-grasping is avoided unless it becomes too inconvenient to do so, with a preference for more creative solutions that at least work physically if not physiologically, like a PrehensileTail.
*** A pegasus's wings, when not used for flying, function similar to a thumbless hand, in that they can manipulate objects (like opening a saddlebag) or support body weight (the rather odd "wing push-ups" some pegasi were seen doing in "Hurricane Fluttershy"), but can't seem to actually grasp things, unless they wrap nearly an entire wing around it. The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E7NewbieDash Newbie Dash]]" (where pegasi manipulate things with their wings even more often than usual) actually comes up with a very clever justification: at one point, Rainbow Dash is zapped by a thundercloud with XRaySparks in effect, showing a good view of her (presumably pegasus-normal) skeleton -- which clearly shows her wings' skeleton not as a birdlike modified arm, but as four separate, jointed finger-like structures stretching from her spine to her wingtips, which is as good an explanation as any for why this trope is in effect.

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*** In the early episodes, ponies often used their mouths (or, for unicorns, their magic powers) for most things we use our hands for. In later episodes episodes, however, this is usually forgotten, as the animators often give up and just manipulate or even inexplicably grasp things with their hooves. Pegasi have also sometimes used their wings in a way that is closer to the trope name than it is to what wings could actually do. The general rule seems to be that the unexplained hoof-grasping is avoided unless it becomes too inconvenient to do so, with a preference for more creative solutions that at least work physically if not physiologically, like a PrehensileTail.
*** A pegasus's wings, when not used for flying, function similar to a thumbless hand, in that they can manipulate objects (like opening a saddlebag) or support body weight (the rather odd "wing push-ups" some pegasi were seen doing in "Hurricane Fluttershy"), but can't seem to actually grasp things, unless they wrap nearly an entire wing around it. it.
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The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E7NewbieDash Newbie Dash]]" (where pegasi manipulate things with their wings even more often than usual) actually comes up with a very clever justification: at one point, Rainbow Dash is zapped by a thundercloud with XRaySparks in effect, showing a good view of her (presumably pegasus-normal) skeleton -- which clearly shows her wings' skeleton not as a birdlike modified arm, but as four separate, jointed finger-like structures stretching from her spine to her wingtips, which is as good an explanation as any for why this trope is in effect.effect.
*** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E7ParentalGlideance Parental Glidance]]" has some particularly extreme examples of this, even by the show's normal use of this trope, with pegasi using their feathers for everything from plugging their ears to counting out points.
11th Apr '17 8:31:35 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* Quack Quack the duck from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' has arms which also work as wings.
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