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2nd Jul '17 12:21:30 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squiddly_Diddly Squiddly Diddly]]'' did this sometimes. (In fact his pic on TheOtherWiki shows him playing three musical instruments at once.)

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* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squiddly_Diddly Squiddly Diddly]]'' did this sometimes. (In fact his pic on TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki shows him playing three musical instruments at once.)
15th Jun '17 8:04:49 PM Gigabic
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It is rarely explained how users of this trope have the coordination to pull all this off in the first place, since normal humans typically lack the skill to perform two different tasks with their hands. Justified in the case of extremely non-human entities which may have evolved to use their excess limbs in many different tasks at once with ease.
13th Apr '17 3:47:24 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* Invoked in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', where [[GadgeteerGenius Mr. Cat]] experiments on Quack Quack in a laboratory so that he can do this.
26th Mar '17 3:45:21 PM Kayube
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* The bar-tending octopus cartoon from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.


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* The bar-tending octopus cartoon from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.


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* One of the Shticks in ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}}'' is the Coat of Arms, a device that produces a practically unlimited number of mechanical arms with gadgets on them that let you do multiple things at once.
20th Mar '17 4:45:07 PM zarpaulus
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* Vyr Cossont in ''Literature/TheHydrogenSonata'' had an extra pair of arms added so she could play the fiendishly complicated instrument required for T. C. Vilabier's 26th String-Specific Sonata For An Instrument Yet To Be Invented, catalogue number MW 1211 (aka, the Hydrogen Sonata).
23rd Dec '16 3:35:51 AM StFan
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Ceres from ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'' an Animesque racing series co-produced by French and Japanese animation studios.
* In ''ShinryakuIkaMusume'', Ika appears to specialise in this with her tentacle hair.
* Kamaji in ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' operates the bathhouse boiler room. He has six spidery arms, which he uses to multitask: reaching into the hundreds of herb cabinets, pouring boiling water, grinding potions with his yagen (related to a mortar a pestle, but using a wheel in a narrow trough) and responding to wooden tags on ropes signalling requests from the bathhouse above.

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* Ceres from ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'' ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'', an Animesque racing series co-produced by French and Japanese animation studios.
* In ''ShinryakuIkaMusume'', ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'', Ika appears to specialise specialize in this with her tentacle hair.
* Kamaji in ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' operates the bathhouse boiler room. He has six spidery arms, which he uses to multitask: reaching into the hundreds of herb cabinets, pouring boiling water, grinding potions with his yagen (related to a mortar a pestle, but using a wheel in a narrow trough) and responding to wooden tags on ropes signalling requests from the bathhouse above.
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''ComicBook/{{Ironwood}}'', first mate Tif makes full use of all four of her hands while having a threesome with a jinn and a crewmate.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Ironwood}}'', first mate Tif makes full use of all four of her hands while having a threesome with a jinn djinn and a crewmate.
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[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* There was once a ''MortalKombat'' fan fic where Sheeva was driving somewhere with the heroes, and had two arms on the wheel, one on the transmission, and one out the window (and no, it doesn't mention how she learned to drive).

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* There was once a ''MortalKombat'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' fan fic where Sheeva was driving somewhere with the heroes, and had two arms on the wheel, one on the transmission, and one out the window (and no, it doesn't mention how she learned to drive).






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* Kamaji in ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' operates the bathhouse boiler room. He has six spidery arms, which he uses to multitask: reaching into the hundreds of herb cabinets, pouring boiling water, grinding potions with his yagen (related to a mortar a pestle, but using a wheel in a narrow trough) and responding to wooden tags on ropes signalling requests from the bathhouse above.




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* The bar-tending octopus cartoon from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.



[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* The bar-tending octopus cartoon from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.
* The twin {{Mission Control}}s from ''Film/MenInBlack''.
** the mail-sorting alien in ''[=MIB=] 2''.

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* The bar-tending octopus cartoon from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.
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''Film/MenInBlack'':
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The twin {{Mission Control}}s from ''Film/MenInBlack''.
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** the The mail-sorting alien in ''[=MIB=] 2''.



* At one point in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' the [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Voluntary Shapeshifter]] T-1000 grows a third arm to pilot a helicopter and load a machine gun at the same time.

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* At one point in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' the [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Voluntary Shapeshifter]] {{Voluntary Shapeshift|ing}}er T-1000 grows a third arm to pilot a helicopter and load a machine gun at the same time.
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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''

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* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'':






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* Different Buddhas are sometimes depicted with many arms.

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* %%* Different Buddhas are sometimes depicted with many arms.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/MagrunnerDarkPulse'', the six-armed Gamaji is the main character's mentor and can seen in-game manipulating multiple data screens and holding a cup of coffee at once.

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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/MagrunnerDarkPulse'', ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has the six-armed Gamaji is the main character's mentor and can seen in-game manipulating multiple data screens and Multiple Arms [[PointBuildSystem advantage]] available for player characters, but you also need to buy special coordination to use them fully- otherwise they are only good for holding things, not performing more than one task at a cup time.
** In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', the Ananasi werespiders can take this ability, though it's a fairly high-level spell, since it requires a fair deal
of coffee at once.
mental skill.
* Techpriests in the ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' universe can do that.



[[folder: Web Original ]]

* An episode of [[RoosterTeeth RT Shorts]] involves Geoff having additional arms surgically added so he can communicate over more social networks at once.

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[[folder:Video Games]]
* An episode of [[RoosterTeeth RT Shorts]] involves Geoff having additional arms surgically added so he In ''VideoGame/MagrunnerDarkPulse'', the six-armed Gamaji is the main character's mentor and can communicate over more social networks seen in-game manipulating multiple data screens and holding a cup of coffee at once.
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[[folder: Tabletop RPG ]]

* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has the Multiple Arms [[PointBuildSystem advantage]] available for player characters, but you also need to buy special coordination to use them fully- otherwise they are only good for holding things, not performing more than one task at a time.
** In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', the Ananasi werespiders can take this ability, though it's a fairly high-level spell, since it requires a fair deal of mental skill.
* Techpriests in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe can do that.

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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
** Played with and subverted -- and then played straight for good measure. One of
the Multiple Arms [[PointBuildSystem advantage]] available for player characters, mercs, a guy named Andy, belongs to a race of four-armed aliens. During his initial interview, he bragged about quad-wielding handguns, but you also need to buy special coordination to use them fully- otherwise they are Thurl just pointed out that he still only good for holding things, not performing more than had two eyes, so no matter how many weapons he's got, he'll only hit one task at a time.
** In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', the Ananasi werespiders can take this ability,
target. There has been incidents where he HAS used it, though -- including wielding a two-handed assault-rifle and two handguns at the same time -- but it's a fairly high-level spell, since it requires a fair deal been purely for intimidation-value. Or sometimes just for fun.
** Schlock himself has demonstrated on multiple occasions that he can not only form extra hands when needed, but also use them quite effectively. The fact that he can have multiple eyes (if he can get hold
of mental skill.
them) means he can aim at multiple targets.
* Techpriests ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'':
** Spinnerette uses her six arms to knit -- all at once and while using silk she produces herself.
** Later on, Sahira [[PowerCopying copies Spinnerette's arms]]
in order to clean her apartment faster. She's then seen to clean 6 different surfaces at once.
* ''Webcomic/AtArmsLength'':
** When not fighting evil, Ally, Reece and Sheila are not above using all four arms to cut corners in mundane activities.
** The entire Enchanter race, which is naturally four-armed, is built around this trope.
* Snap Fahrenheit,
the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe can do that.
titular main character of ''Webcomic/HowToRaiseYourTeenageDragon'', is a four-armed dragon.
* Lakshmi in ''Webcomic/BratHalla'' is based on the Hindu goddess of the same name which gives her the requisite four arms. [[http://brat-halla.com/comic/214-pantheon-games-mischiefs-in-the-air/ Puts them to good use on a date with Loki]].



[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Played with and subverted - and then played straight for good measure - in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''. One of the mercs, a guy named Andy, belongs to a race of four-armed aliens. During his initial interview, he bragged about quad-wielding handguns, but Thurl just pointed out that he still only had two eyes, so no matter how many weapons he's got, he'll only hit one target. There has been incidents where he HAS used it, though - including wielding a two-handed assault-rifle and two handguns at the same time - but it's been purely for intimidation-value. Or sometimes just for fun.
** Schlock himself has demonstrated on multiple occasions that he can not only form extra hands when needed, but also use them quite effectively. The fact that he can have multiple eyes (if he can get hold of them) means he could aim at multiple targets.
* ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' uses her 6 arms to knit - all at once and while using silk she produced herself.
** Later on, Sahira [[PowerCopying copies Spinnerette's arms]] in order to clean her apartment faster. She's then seen to clean 6 different surfaces at once.
* ''Webcomic/AtArmsLength'': When not fighting evil, Ally, Reece and Sheila are not above using all four arms to cut corners in mundane activities.
** The entire Enchanter race, which is naturally four-armed, is built around this trope.
* Snap Fahrenheit, the titular main character of ''Webcomic/HowToRaiseYourTeenageDragon'', is a four-armed dragon.
* Lakshmi in ''Webcomic/BratHalla'' is based on the Hindu goddess of the same name which gives her the requisite four arms. [[http://brat-halla.com/comic/214-pantheon-games-mischiefs-in-the-air/ Puts them to good use on a date with Loki]].

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Played with and subverted - and then played straight for good measure - in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''. One An episode of the mercs, a guy named Andy, belongs to a race of four-armed aliens. During his initial interview, he bragged about quad-wielding handguns, but Thurl just pointed out that he still only had two eyes, ''WebVideo/RoosterTeethShorts'' involves Geoff having additional arms surgically added so no matter how many weapons he's got, he'll only hit one target. There has been incidents where he HAS used it, though - including wielding a two-handed assault-rifle and two handguns at the same time - but it's been purely for intimidation-value. Or sometimes just for fun.
** Schlock himself has demonstrated on multiple occasions that
he can not only form extra hands when needed, but also use them quite effectively. The fact that he can have multiple eyes (if he can get hold of them) means he could aim communicate over more social networks at multiple targets.
* ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' uses her 6 arms to knit - all at once and while using silk she produced herself.
** Later on, Sahira [[PowerCopying copies Spinnerette's arms]] in order to clean her apartment faster. She's then seen to clean 6 different surfaces at once.
* ''Webcomic/AtArmsLength'': When not fighting evil, Ally, Reece and Sheila are not above using all four arms to cut corners in mundane activities.
** The entire Enchanter race, which is naturally four-armed, is built around this trope.
* Snap Fahrenheit, the titular main character of ''Webcomic/HowToRaiseYourTeenageDragon'', is a four-armed dragon.
* Lakshmi in ''Webcomic/BratHalla'' is based on the Hindu goddess of the same name which gives her the requisite four arms. [[http://brat-halla.com/comic/214-pantheon-games-mischiefs-in-the-air/ Puts them to good use on a date with Loki]].
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6th Nov '16 9:24:23 AM Malady
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Please note this has surprisingly little to do with ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask, if you're thinking about wielding weapons with many arms you [[RequiredSecondaryPowers still need some form]] of Multiarmed Multitasking; it just belongs in MultiArmedAndDangerous. If your extra limbs are for walking, they belong in SpiderLimbs or possibly HandyFeet.

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Please note this has surprisingly little to do with ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask, if you're thinking about wielding weapons with many arms you [[RequiredSecondaryPowers still need some form]] of Multiarmed Multitasking; it just belongs in MultiArmedAndDangerous. If your extra limbs are for walking, they belong in SpiderLimbs or possibly HandyFeet.
HandyFeet. And then there's if it's just a VertebrateWithExtraLimbs.
30th Oct '16 10:17:22 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{GURPS}}'' has the Multiple Arms [[PointBuildSystem advantage]] available for player characters, but you also need to buy special coordination to use them fully- otherwise they are only good for holding things, not performing more than one task at a time.

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* ''{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has the Multiple Arms [[PointBuildSystem advantage]] available for player characters, but you also need to buy special coordination to use them fully- otherwise they are only good for holding things, not performing more than one task at a time.
22nd Oct '16 12:53:57 PM JackG
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* The pilot episode of ''Series/{{Quark}}'' had Interface, a four-armed alien woman who controlled communications between spaceships and [[SpaceStation Perma One]].

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* The pilot episode of ''Series/{{Quark}}'' had Interface, a four-armed alien woman who controlled communications between spaceships and [[SpaceStation Perma One]].

22nd Oct '16 12:53:34 PM JackG
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* The pilot episode of ''Series/{{Quark}}'' had Interface, a four-armed alien woman who controlled communications between spaceships and [[SpaceStation Perma One]].
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