Created By: ThePope on September 6, 2013 Last Edited By: ThePope on September 7, 2013

Anthropomorphised Organ

A body part that is given a mind of its own separate from its owner

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SpongeBob's Brain Boss: "Hurry up! What do you think I'm paying you for?"
SpongeBob's Brain Worker: "You don't pay me. You don't even exist. We're just a clever visual metaphor used to personify the abstract concept of thought."
SpongeBob's Brain Boss: "One more crack like that and you're outta here!"
SpongeBob's Brain Worker: "No, please! I have three kids!"

Sometimes, a person's body parts just have a life of their own. Literally. Variations include brain and blood cells, limbs, and the stomach.

Usually a comedy trope.


Anime & Manga
  • In Parasyte, Shinichi's hand takes off a life of its own when it's infected by an alien parasite.


  • In Osmosis Jones, all of the cells inside Frank's body are given a life of their own.

Western Animation
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  • September 6, 2013
    • Stewart Lee and Richard Herring's sketch show This Morning with Richard, not Judy featured an animation called The Organ Gang, a spoof of children's TV shows that was even voiced by BBC children's TV stalwart Brian Cant. The animated and autonomous bodily parts got into frequent amusing scrapes and "would end up laughing for a whole five minutes". It was a parody of a real BBC children's show called The Garden Gang, in which the principal characters were animated fruit and vegetables.

    see an episode here.
  • September 6, 2013
  • September 6, 2013
    See also, Evil Hand.
  • September 6, 2013
    Compare Mobile Suit Human, Ghost In The Machine (Spongebob example is also listed in the latter)
  • September 7, 2013
    And of course, each and every example of men behaving stupidly if sex is involved.

    • Several Gaijin Smash columns have conversations between Az's body parts.
    • On of La Fontaine's fables has the different body parts decide they do all the work while the stomach does nothing, so they all go do their own thing. They get back to work once they realize how important the stomach is (as a parable for royalty).
    • A joke version of the above exists, where the anus decides it won't open anymore, poisoning the bady with accumulated feces. The other organs quickly give in. (The lesson to be learned here is: if you want power, you don't have to be visible or even do anything, just be an asshole).