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30th Oct '16 10:00:59 AM ChaosGallade
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** [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Farfetch%27d_%28Pok%C3%A9mon%29 Farfetch'd.]]

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** [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Farfetch%27d_%28Pok%C3%A9mon%29 Farfetch'd.]]Farfetch'd and Decidueye play this trope straight, which lets them wield their own weapons, a leek and a bow, respectively.
9th Sep '16 9:12:00 PM TheBigBopper
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Bishop Mozgus' [[OneWingedAngel stone angel form]] has an {{Exaggerated}} version: not only can his wingtips clench their feathers into fists as if they were fingers, but each of his wings' ''individual feathers'' can do this, which basically gives him dozens of fists with which to pummel Guts all at once. He doesn't practicularly need them for grabbing things since he still has his human arms too; the others are just for punching.

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Bishop Mozgus' [[OneWingedAngel stone angel form]] has an {{Exaggerated}} version: not only can his wingtips clench their feathers into fists as if they were fingers, but each of his wings' ''individual feathers'' can do this, which basically gives him dozens of fists with which to pummel Guts all at once. He doesn't practicularly need them for grabbing things since he still has his human arms too; the others wing fists are just for punching.RapidFireFisticuffs.
9th Sep '16 9:09:56 PM TheBigBopper
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Bishop Mozgus' [[OneWingedAngel stone angel form]] has an {{Exaggerated}} version: not only can his wingtips clench their feathers into fists as if they were fingers, but each of his wings' ''individual feathers'' can do this, which basically gives him dozens of fists with which to pummel Guts all at once. He doesn't practicularly need them for grabbing things since he still has his human arms too; the others are just for punching.
31st Aug '16 10:36:15 AM WillKeaton
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* Falco from ''[[VideoGame/StarFox]].''

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* Falco from ''[[VideoGame/StarFox]].''[[VideoGame/StarFox Star Fox]].''
31st Aug '16 10:35:28 AM WillKeaton
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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.

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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]]. 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.



** [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Farfetch%27d_%28Pok%C3%A9mon%29 Farfetch'd]].

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** [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Farfetch%27d_%28Pok%C3%A9mon%29 Farfetch'd]].Farfetch'd.]]


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* Falco from ''[[VideoGame/StarFox]].''
6th Aug '16 3:07:24 PM StFan
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** Perhaps justified with which Tony Tony Chopper, the Devil Fruit-enabled human-reindeer, who has obvious hooves, but never seems to have any trouble doing human tasks that would seem to require hands, even play [[http://onepiece.wikia.com/wiki/Hito_Hito_no_Mi#Trivia Rock Paper Scissors]].

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** Perhaps justified with which Tony Tony Chopper, the Devil Fruit-enabled human-reindeer, who has obvious hooves, but never seems to have any trouble doing human tasks that would seem to require hands, even play [[http://onepiece.wikia.com/wiki/Hito_Hito_no_Mi#Trivia Rock Paper Scissors]].



** The Harpy Monet is seen reading a newspaper by holding it between her primary feathers. However, this can be justified because she's an artificial harpy made by Law (he swapped her limbs for wings and talons), whose powers follow logical sense ''very'' losely.

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** The Harpy Monet is seen reading a newspaper by holding it between her primary feathers. However, this can be justified because she's an artificial harpy made by Law (he swapped her limbs for wings and talons), whose powers follow logical sense ''very'' losely.loosely.



** A particularly painful example in the fanfic ''FanFic/FrigidWindsAndBurningHearts'': one of the characters, a non-anthropomorphic pony, pulls out and fires a ''crossbow''. Something that's physically ''impossible'' to use without fingers. (He's not a unicorn, either, so no telekinesis.)

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** * A particularly painful example in the fanfic ''FanFic/FrigidWindsAndBurningHearts'': ''Fanfic/FrigidWindsAndBurningHearts'': one of the characters, a non-anthropomorphic pony, pulls out and fires a ''crossbow''. Something that's physically ''impossible'' to use without fingers. (He's not a unicorn, either, so no telekinesis.)



* All the birds in ''WesternAnimation/TheFirstSnowOfWinter''.
* Sebastian in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndThePea''.

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* %%* All the birds in ''WesternAnimation/TheFirstSnowOfWinter''.
* %%* Sebastian in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndThePea''.



* In TimothyZahn's ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology, the President of the New Republic is a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Calibop Calibop]], an avian sentient species with a number of equine features. They also have wings and prehensile feathertips; the President is shown manipulating keys on a lectern and later signing the Imperial-New Republic peace treaty with Pellaeon. Granted, this is pretty much the trope played straight with the caveat that [[BizarreNonhumanBiology Calibops are aliens.]]

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* In TimothyZahn's Creator/TimothyZahn's ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology, the President of the New Republic is a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Calibop Calibop]], an avian sentient species with a number of equine features. They also have wings and prehensile feathertips; the President is shown manipulating keys on a lectern and later signing the Imperial-New Republic peace treaty with Pellaeon. Granted, this is pretty much the trope played straight with the caveat that [[BizarreNonhumanBiology Calibops are aliens.]]



* [[Literature/{{Babar}} Babar the Elephant]], of Jean de Brunhoff's stories, normally uses his trunk to manipulate things, much like an actual elephant would. However, Babar (and all the other elephants of Celesteville, for that matter) walk upright on two legs. This means that there are instances of them using their forelimbs like hands--even though their "hands" look identical to those of quadrupedal elephants, completely lacking in fingers. How this is done is a mystery. Additionally, because they seem capable of using both their forelimbs and trunks to manipulate things, elephants in Babar's world effectively have three limbs that can be used to hold and handle things.\\\

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* [[Literature/{{Babar}} Babar the Elephant]], of Jean de Brunhoff's stories, normally uses his trunk to manipulate things, much like an actual elephant would. However, Babar (and all the other elephants of Celesteville, for that matter) walk upright on two legs. This means that there are instances of them using their forelimbs like hands--even hands -- even though their "hands" look identical to those of quadrupedal elephants, completely lacking in fingers. How this is done is a mystery. Additionally, because they seem capable of using both their forelimbs and trunks to manipulate things, elephants in Babar's world effectively have three limbs that can be used to hold and handle things.\\\



* This is apparently the case for the birds in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', as in one route it's a plot point that Dr. Shuu has an injury preventing him from using his right wing this way. However, an early translation of the free version had an error which said Shuu was using his left ''hand'' to [[spoiler: cut off the heroine's head with a cleaver at the end of his route]], leading to a minor meme of drawing or photoshopping him with unexplained human arms. That particular instance was changed to "wing" but at various points in the full game, and the sequel, "hand" is used again. In the manga everybirdie has feather fingers, so maybe "hand" just means the end of the wing to them.

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* This is apparently the case for the birds in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', as in one route it's a plot point that Dr. Shuu has an injury preventing him from using his right wing this way. However, an early translation of the free version had an error which said Shuu was using his left ''hand'' to [[spoiler: cut [[spoiler:cut off the heroine's head with a cleaver at the end of his route]], leading to a minor meme of drawing or photoshopping him with unexplained human arms. That particular instance was changed to "wing" but at various points in the full game, and the sequel, "hand" is used again. In the manga everybirdie has feather fingers, so maybe "hand" just means the end of the wing to them.



* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony''

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* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony''''Franchise/MyLittlePony'':



** In the early ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' 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.
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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 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.



* Iago the parrot from ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' holds things in his beak and claws while flying, but uses his wings as hands when on the ground. In at least one episode he loses all his feathers and we can see his wings look like mittens, with ''opposable thumbs''. Granted, if you pay attention to the anatomy of the "hand" next time you eat chicken wings, it ''does'' look like a mitten... [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Budgerigar_baby02.jpg sort of]]. But play with the Alula ("thumb") a bit and you'll note the range of motion is very restricted.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'':
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Iago the parrot from ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' holds things in his beak and claws while flying, but uses his wings as hands when on the ground. In at least one episode he loses all his feathers and we can see his wings look like mittens, with ''opposable thumbs''. Granted, if you pay attention to the anatomy of the "hand" next time you eat chicken wings, it ''does'' look like a mitten... [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Budgerigar_baby02.jpg sort of]]. But play with the Alula ("thumb") a bit and you'll note the range of motion is very restricted.
16th Jun '16 8:57:13 AM DarkStorm
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* Downplayed in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'', where Beatrice (a talking bluebird) frequently gestured with her wings as if they were arms [[spoiler:(probably out of habit, since she used to be human)]], but never tried to use them as hands.
23rd May '16 8:00:58 AM StFan
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Blackwing the raven {{Familiar}} rarely manipulates things with his wings (although it can happen, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0679.html notably with a scroll]]), but he often gestures with them (even while flying), most commonly to [[DeclarativeFinger "raise a finger"]] or point at someone.

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Blackwing the raven {{Familiar}} rarely manipulates things with his wings (although it can happen, [[http://www.([[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0679.html although it can happen,]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1020.html notably with a scroll]]), scrolls]]), but he often gestures with them (even while flying), most commonly to [[DeclarativeFinger "raise a finger"]] or point at someone.
9th May '16 4:12:34 PM dlchen145
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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. Makes some sense, too -- pegasus wings aren't modified arms like bird wings are, [[FridgeLogic so why do they have to have the same bone structure?]]

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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. Makes some sense, too -- pegasus wings aren't modified arms like bird wings are, [[FridgeLogic so why do they have to have the same bone structure?]]
7th May '16 10:35:43 PM Theriocephalus
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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. Makes some sense, too -- pegasus wings aren't modified arms like bird wings are, [[FridgeLogic so why do they have to have the same bone structure?]]

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*** The episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E7NewbieDash "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E7NewbieDash Newbie Dash]]'' 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. Makes some sense, too -- pegasus wings aren't modified arms like bird wings are, [[FridgeLogic so why do they have to have the same bone structure?]]
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