Created By: torru369 on April 9, 2013 Last Edited By: Arivne on April 11, 2013

Expendable Arm Loss

Nobody seems to lose their good arm when things go down.

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Many times An Arm and a Leg are lost in the line of duty. Sometimes a Life-or-Limb Decision has to be made. No matter the circumstances its always the non dominant arm lost, even if it was done under conditions that would likely have a 50/50 chance.

The meta reason is likely that the actor simply can't perform without the dominant arm. This is also likely to happen in adaptions, as the character loses the non dominant in place of the dominant to allow the actor to perform well.
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  • April 9, 2013
    I don't think this is true. I find it's just as often, if not more often, the dominant hand that gets severed, particularly in Life Or Limb Decision situations. The only exceptions that come to mind are:

    Terminator2: the T800 has to loose his left arm to go after the T1000 -however being a machine does it really have a dominant hand?

    Star Wars Revenge of the Sith: Obi-Wan cuts off Anakin's left hand (and both legs) in their duel leaving only his dominant right... which had been cut off in the previous film so yeah...
  • April 9, 2013
    • Ash of Evil Dead is left-handed as is actor Bruce Campbell. Thus he loses his right arm to Deadite infection.
    • Metal Gear Solid 5 Phantom Pain removes Big Bosses left arm in the prologue.
    • Kreia loses her left hand in the confrontation with Darth Sion in Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic.
    • After becoming a Cyborg Ninja, Raiden of ''MetalGear loses his left arm in both 4 and Revengeance. Also Revengeance almost invokes it as enemies contain vital information in their left hands and Raiden can take them for powerups.
    • As noted above, adaptions of Peter Pan have Hook lose his left in place of the original right.
    • In the episode Raptures Delight in American Dad, Stan loses his left arm in the 7 year war.

  • April 9, 2013
    Justified in many cases when the left arm is lost in the act of warding off a blow, as the left arm is in a better position to fend off a right-handed blow from an enemy confronted face-to-face.
  • April 10, 2013
    Blaz Blue's protagonist, Ragna the Bloodedge, already starts off missing an arm, having to use a prosthetic one that's really part of an apocalyptic monster. This gets enforced again in Continuum Shift where Ragna sacrifices his other arm in order to snap Noel out of her brainwashing. It gets replaced with a normal robotic arm. Therefore, come Chronophantasma, Ragna will no longer have his original arms.