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10th Jun '16 1:47:36 PM Chabal2
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* Fran of ''Manga/FrankenFran'' only has two arms normally, but when operating on people she suddenly sprouts half a dozen arms from... somewhere (then again, this is a manga where a girl's hand was stitched to her severed head and miniature vital organs crammed inside her skull to save her life).
24th May '16 2:33:33 PM mlsmithca
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This is an ability common to creatures that possess a protective shell, which can retract their limbs within it as a natural mean of self-defense. Features such as retractable [[WolverineClaws claws]] or teeth are also quite common, although for a more [[NaturalWeapon offensive use]]. More rarely, some creatures will be able to retract their legs or arms inside their body itself ; in that case, it will most often be a case of either having BizarreAlienBiology or being an EldritchAbomination.

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This is an ability common to creatures that possess a protective shell, which can retract their limbs within it as a natural mean of self-defense. Features such as retractable [[WolverineClaws claws]] or teeth are also quite common, although for a more [[NaturalWeapon offensive use]]. More rarely, some creatures will be able to retract their legs or arms inside their body itself ; itself; in that case, it will most often be a case of either having BizarreAlienBiology or being an EldritchAbomination.



[[{{YMMV}} Your Mileage May Vary]] on whether this ability is to be considered NightmareFuel or [[RuleOfCool Extremely Awesome]] when applied to human beings.
24th May '16 5:18:05 AM Yugnat
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* Several species of turtles and tortoises are able to retract their legs and neck inside of their shell.

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* Several Most species of turtles and tortoises are able to retract their legs and neck inside of their shell.
24th May '16 5:17:40 AM Yugnat
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ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, the ability to retract one's body like a turtle or snail. Your Mileage May Vary but it can be considered either NightmareFuel or [[RuleOfCool Extremely Awesome]] when a human has such an ability.

See also TelescopingRobot and RetractableWeapon.

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ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, the
ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. This trope describes one's
ability to retract one's their limbs.

This is an ability common to creatures that possess a protective shell, which can retract their limbs within it as a natural mean of self-defense. Features such as retractable [[WolverineClaws claws]] or teeth are also quite common, although for a more [[NaturalWeapon offensive use]]. More rarely, some creatures will be able to retract their legs or arms inside their
body like itself ; in that case, it will most often be a turtle case of either having BizarreAlienBiology or snail. being an EldritchAbomination.

Aside from those uses, Retractable Appendages can also serve the purpose of camouflage, whether for the purpose of avoiding FantasticRacism or as a way of DressingAsTheEnemy. Most common examples include the fangs of {{vampire}}s, the horns and wings of [[DevilInDisguise demonic beings]], the abnormal features of {{mutant}}s, and the [[SpareBodyParts extra limbs]] of [[AlienAmongUs human-looking aliens]]. When PlayedForLaughs, expect PowerIncontinence to strike, with the character revealing their hidden appendages at the worst possible times, and trying desperately to hide them.

This trope is actually often found in RealLife. Among the most well-known examples are turtles and snails, which are able to retract their limbs within their shells[[note]][[CommonKnowledge Although in reality]], some species of turtles are only able to retract their neck, and some are even unable to retract at all.[[/note]], with the latter also able to retract their eyes and horns inside their body. On the same note, felines, especially cats, are known for their retractable claws. As such, if a fictional creature is based on one of these animals, they will most likely inherit this ability.

[[{{YMMV}}
Your Mileage May Vary but it can Vary]] on whether this ability is to be considered either NightmareFuel or [[RuleOfCool Extremely Awesome]] when a applied to human has such an ability.

beings.

Compare Wolverine Claws and RetractableWeapon.
See also TelescopingRobot and RetractableWeapon.
for the mechanical version of this trope.



* Turtles
* Snails
** Snail eyes.
* The glans in the penis and clitoris is this.
* The foreskin in the penis is this too.
** The penis itself is this to most animals.
* The testes are this partially, sometimes to greater extents in some animals.
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* Turtles
* Snails
** Snail eyes.
* The glans in the penis
Several species of turtles and clitoris is this.
* The foreskin in the penis is this too.
** The penis itself is this to most animals.
* The testes
tortoises are this partially, sometimes able to greater extents in some animals.
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retract their legs and neck inside of their shell.
* Snails can retract their whole body inside their shell. Moreover, they are also able to retract their eyes and horns inside their body.
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1st May '16 3:50:07 PM Quanyails
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* VideoGame/{{Pokemon}} Generation V has the golem-like Golurk who is able to fly this way by retracing its arms and legs.

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* VideoGame/{{Pokemon}} ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'':
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Generation V has the golem-like Golurk who is able to fly this way by retracing retracting its arms and legs.



** Also Darumakas in battle and in the anime can retract their limbs into their body, giving them the appearance of an egg.

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** Also Darumakas Darumaka in battle and in the anime can retract their limbs into their body, giving them the appearance of an egg.
13th Mar '16 12:28:34 PM RisefromYourGrave
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ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, the ability to retract one's body like a turtle or snail. Your Mileage May Very but it can be considered either NightmareFuel or [[RuleOfCool Extremely Awesome]] when a human has such an ability.

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ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, the ability to retract one's body like a turtle or snail. Your Mileage May Very Vary but it can be considered either NightmareFuel or [[RuleOfCool Extremely Awesome]] when a human has such an ability.
11th Mar '16 7:39:34 AM erforce
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* The electronic devices in ''TheBraveLittleToaster'' all have retractable faces, with the exception of Radio, who for some reason actually doesn't have a face.
* The ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' all have the ability to do this. During the final Foot battle of the film, Mikey retracts his head into his shell to keep it from being taken off by a Foot mook's axe. "God, I love being a turtle!"

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* The electronic devices in ''TheBraveLittleToaster'' ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' all have retractable faces, with the exception of Radio, who for some reason actually doesn't have a face.
* The ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' title characters of ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'' all have the ability to do this. During the final Foot battle of the film, Mikey retracts his head into his shell to keep it from being taken off by a Foot mook's axe. "God, I love being a turtle!"
13th Jan '16 11:52:49 PM RisefromYourGrave
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ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, The ability to retract one's body like a turtle or snail. Your Mileage May Very but it can be considered either NightmareFuel or [[RuleOfCool Extremely Awesome]] when a Human has such an ability.

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[[quoteright:350:[[Disney/LiloAndStitch http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/stitch_retracts_appendages.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Experiment 626 changing from alien to [[ClarkKenting "dog"]] in just seconds.]]
ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, The the ability to retract one's body like a turtle or snail. Your Mileage May Very but it can be considered either NightmareFuel or [[RuleOfCool Extremely Awesome]] when a Human human has such an ability.



* [[Film/InspectorGadget Inspector Gadget 2]] has this happen to Gadget when he ducks a punch in the face at a bar.
* In the film ''Film/LiloAndStitch'', Stitch demonstrates this ability when taking refuge in a dog pound.

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* [[Film/InspectorGadget ''[[Film/InspectorGadget Inspector Gadget 2]] 2]]'' has this happen to Gadget when he ducks a punch in the face at a bar.
* In the film ''Film/LiloAndStitch'', Stitch demonstrates this ability when taking refuge in a dog pound.pound as seen above.



* A fun image on {{Neopets}} reveals Cybunnies can retract their heads into their body.

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* A fun image on {{Neopets}} Website/{{Neopets}} reveals Cybunnies can retract their heads into their body.



* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' has Stitch with retractable antennae, back spikes, claws, and second pair of arms.
** Almost all of Stitch's "cousins" also have this ability.

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* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' has Stitch with retractable antennae, back spikes, spines, claws, and second pair of arms.
** [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries Almost all of Stitch's "cousins" "cousins"]] also have this ability.
6th Jan '16 7:30:21 PM nombretomado
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* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] from the ''[[DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia: Final Fantasy]]'' series has six retractable wings that only detract when he uses the attack "'''''Havoc Wing'''''".
* Algol from [[SoulCalibur Soul Calibur IV]] has [[NightmareFuel 3 on each side retractable kraken like clawed fingeresque tentacles that detract from his chest.]]

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* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] from the ''[[DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia: Final Fantasy]]'' ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' series has six retractable wings that only detract when he uses the attack "'''''Havoc Wing'''''".
* Algol from [[SoulCalibur ''[[VideoGame/SoulCalibur Soul Calibur IV]] IV]]'' has [[NightmareFuel 3 on each side retractable kraken like clawed fingeresque tentacles that detract from his chest.]]
31st Dec '15 11:55:10 AM SteveMB
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* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr.Fantastic]] can retract everything, turning into a sphere. That is how he survived exposure to space once.

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* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr.Fantastic]] [[RubberMan can retract everything, everything]], turning into a sphere. That is how he survived exposure to space once.
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