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1st May '16 8:38:06 PM Elbruno
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* The Inklings from ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}''. They're humanoid squids explicitly noted to lack bones.

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* The Inklings from ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}''. They're In ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', the humanoid squids explicitly noted to lack bones.Jellyfish that wander Inkopolis have wildly flexible limbs, those being their tentacles, that they can even extend. As for the most of the rest of the species around, it is actually inverted: Despite many of the races around being humanoid invertebrates, the squid-based Inkling protagonists included, they have clearly defined limbs.
30th Mar '16 12:23:06 AM GopherBroke
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* Happens to quite a few characters in ''{{Manga/Uzumaki}}'', although the effects are significantly more serious than in most other works.
7th Feb '16 3:39:21 PM nombretomado
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This is when a cartoon character moves without any visible elbows or knees, so his limbs aren't stiff, but rather, bendy, like rubber hoses. Just watch pretty much any black-and-white cartoon, to give a broad example. In cartoons made before [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation the mid to late 1930s']] or so, this was intentional, for practical reasons rather than artistic ones. It all started with ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'' animators Creator/OttoMessmer and Creator/BillNolan, and it was meant to prevent the motion of the limbs in question from looking like they were drawn through a strobe light and flickering -- the basic idea was that if you didn't draw joints, you could make absolutely sure that the limbs in one frame overlapped with where the limbs were in the last frame. Higher frame rates, the development of [[TheTwelvePrinciplesOfAnimation Squash And Stretch]], and an awareness of camera blur sharply reduced the need for this kind of animation as time went on, and cartoon characters all of a sudden had ''joints''. These days, this is a deliberate artistic decision on the part of the animator -- either to creep you out; to create a fun, zany, or cute character; or as a deliberate nod to the GoldenAgeOfAnimation. In the early days, however, it was just how things were done.

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This is when a cartoon character moves without any visible elbows or knees, so his limbs aren't stiff, but rather, bendy, like rubber hoses. Just watch pretty much any black-and-white cartoon, to give a broad example. In cartoons made before [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation the mid to late 1930s']] or so, this was intentional, for practical reasons rather than artistic ones. It all started with ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'' animators Creator/OttoMessmer and Creator/BillNolan, and it was meant to prevent the motion of the limbs in question from looking like they were drawn through a strobe light and flickering -- the basic idea was that if you didn't draw joints, you could make absolutely sure that the limbs in one frame overlapped with where the limbs were in the last frame. Higher frame rates, the development of [[TheTwelvePrinciplesOfAnimation Squash And Stretch]], and an awareness of camera blur sharply reduced the need for this kind of animation as time went on, and cartoon characters all of a sudden had ''joints''. These days, this is a deliberate artistic decision on the part of the animator -- either to creep you out; to create a fun, zany, or cute character; or as a deliberate nod to the GoldenAgeOfAnimation.UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation. In the early days, however, it was just how things were done.
8th Dec '15 2:35:04 AM HelloLamppost
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* Being an alien with tentacles for arms, Paul in ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown'' counts.
11th Nov '15 6:51:51 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Guu in ''[[Anime/JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu Haré+Guu]]'' usually has no elbows or hands. This is a deliberate choice to emphasize Guu's other-world-ness.

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* Guu in ''[[Anime/JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu ''[[Anime/HareGuu Haré+Guu]]'' usually has no elbows or hands. This is a deliberate choice to emphasize Guu's other-world-ness.
31st Oct '15 8:24:25 PM nombretomado
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* So does Poemi in the {{spiritual successor}} ''PuniPuniPoemi''

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* So does Poemi in the {{spiritual successor}} ''PuniPuniPoemi'' ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi''
16th Oct '15 9:46:42 AM nanakiro
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* Jyuushimatsu seems to have these by default in ''[[Anime/OsomatsuSan]]'' to go along with his CloudCuckoolander tendencies.

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* Jyuushimatsu seems to have these by default in ''[[Anime/OsomatsuSan]]'' ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'' to go along with his CloudCuckoolander tendencies.
16th Oct '15 9:46:19 AM nanakiro
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* Happens quite a bit in ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}''

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* Happens quite a bit in ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}''''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}''.


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* Jyuushimatsu seems to have these by default in ''[[Anime/OsomatsuSan]]'' to go along with his CloudCuckoolander tendencies.
28th Sep '15 6:55:37 PM karstovich2
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* Characters in the animated "Thought Bubble" segments of the ''WebVideo/CrashCourse'' series are animated this way.
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12th Sep '15 6:45:55 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* The titular character from ''VideoGame/Dropsy'' has rubber hose arms, which one of the things that sets him apart from any other characters in the game who all have normal arms.

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* The titular character from ''VideoGame/Dropsy'' ''VideoGame/{{Dropsy}}'' has rubber hose arms, which is ''just'' one of the things that sets him apart from any other characters in the game who all have normal arms.
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