Created By: GiantSpaceChinchilla on July 12, 2010 Last Edited By: GiantSpaceChinchilla on March 12, 2014

Triple Jointed

A person has joints that are more flexible than normal

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Is This Tropable?? previously Hypermobility Hegemon.
A person with Triple Joints can bend their limbs into strange shapes, sometimes to pure fictional extremes.

sometimes they are robots with joints that do what they do for whatever reason that they do it, Often called a contortionist even if they are not apart of that storied profession, and sometimes featured as a yoga instructor or espionage agent.

Can be considered a Required Secondary Power for a Rubber Man character or Dance Battler.

See also: Abnormal Limb Rotation Range and Head Turned Backwards

Examples:

Comics
  • the DC Comics villain Ragdoll is a contortionist who can shift his body at will; his son Ragdoll III had all his joints surgically replaced so he could emulate his father's ability.

Film

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • Mission: Impossible: Eartha Kitt in an episode where she guest starred as an acrobat-contortionist.
  • One CSI villain (possibly the weirdest of them all) was a psychopathic contortionist vigilante. He stalked his victims in a full black rubber suit, which made him look pretty much like Voldo. Also he was flexible enough to fit into a spare tyre compartment in a car...
  • The X-Files: Eugene Tooms can stretch & contort his body to get at his victims through duct-work.

Real Life
  • Less extreme examples are similar to cases of "double jointed" people, also known as hyper-mobility.

Western Animation
  • The Batman: The Ragdoll (see above) guest-stared on at least one episode.
Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • July 12, 2010
    DorianMode
    The Chinese kid from the Oceans Eleven movies.
  • March 28, 2011
    SmashingMelons42
    Jake from Adventure Time.
  • March 31, 2011
    johnnye
    If this is a superpower, it's Rubber Man.

    For the mundane version, Double Jointed? Contortionist?
  • March 31, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    it's not Rubber Man, although it could be a Required Secondary Power.
  • March 31, 2011
    randomsurfer
    DC Comics villain Ragdoll is a contortionist who can shift his body at will; his son Ragdoll III had all his joints surgically replaced so he could emulate his father's ability.
  • April 7, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    this needs a better description. What is up there is confusing as hell.
  • April 8, 2011
    titanmonarch
    Also Needs A Better Title? It's not the most obvious/memorable.
  • April 8, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    One CSI villain (possibly the weirdest of them all) was a psychopatic contortionist vigilante. He stalked his victims in a full black rubber suit, which made him look pretty much like Voldo. Also he was flexible enough to fit into a spare tyre compartment in a car...
  • April 8, 2011
    INUH
    Agreed on both the Needs A Better Title and Needs A Better Description.

    I'd suggest just The Contortionist.
  • April 8, 2011
    randomsurfer
    The X Files. Eugene Tooms can stretch & contort his body to get at his victims through ductwork.
  • April 13, 2011
    Cidolfas
    A villain (sort of) in A Series Of Unfortunate Events is a contortionist. Her abilities are used in fairly belief-suspending ways, much like Sunny's teeth.
  • April 13, 2011
    peccantis
    Marsupilami for page image?
  • April 27, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    @ peccantis

    I would think not as I can't find him contorting his limbs or tail.
  • May 19, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    anybody think I should just add a redirect to Abnormal Limb Rotation Range?
  • May 19, 2011
    peccantis
    Here's one with his tail in a knot. It would have been great to find the one where the artist has drawn his skeleton, it has about 200 tiny vertebrae in the tail... But that's out of the question unless someone finds and scans the pic.
  • May 23, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    @ peccantis: I'm not sure if the image is useful, you kind of loose the trope. Nice find though.
  • July 9, 2011
    Sudrien
    Interesting that the "Triple Jointed" thing is a misunderstanding of a misunderstanding; "Double jointed" being interpreted as the noun double (somthing having to do with 2), not the verb double (somthing being folded).
  • July 11, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    the verb also means increased
  • March 12, 2014
    IndirectActiveTransport
    I just started a contortionist You Know That Thing Where, after calling myself looking for one too. That said, I think this should be its own trope, since as far as I know being triple jointed is the result the Aase syndrome disease and should probably by limited to cases of that and fictional instances of impossible bends. My trope is namely about the contortionist performance art.

    This might just work with abnormal limb rotation range but I'll leave that up to Giant Space Chinchilla for now.
  • March 12, 2014
    sgamer82
    • This is a trait of the Longarm Tribe in One Piece. They have two joints in each of their long arms. In fact, they find regular humans, with only one joint in each arm, unusual enough to be worthy of freak shows.
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