Created By: LordSnowy707 on April 19, 2011 Last Edited By: FactoidCow on August 7, 2016

Arm Check

Just got a new body? Better flex the arm.

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Often, when a character has a new body they will flex their hand to test its response. Also applies after regrowing an arm.

Examples: Bleach- Ulquiorra regrows arm- arm check.

Dragonball Z- Cell gets a new form- arm check.

Mummy- Imhotep reattaches severed arm- arm check.

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  • April 19, 2011
    Also in Bleach:

    • When Yammy's arm is reattached, he does an arm check.

  • April 19, 2011
    The Empire Strikes Back: after the doctor-droid replaces Luke's hand with a mechanical one, the droid touches each of Luke's fingers with a poker-probe to test the response.
  • April 20, 2011
    In Ghost In The Shell The Major does this twice, first after getting a new cybernetic body after getting her arm damaged and then later after revealing that she was just remote controlling her "new" one and getting the old one's arm repaired.
  • April 20, 2011
    Not sure how closely this fits, but In Avatar when Miles Quaritch first powers up his body-motion-copying Humongous Mecha, he does an arm check.
  • April 20, 2011
    It's been a long time since I've actually seen it, so someone needs to check my facts, but I could swear this happens in Dragon Ball Z, presumeably during one of Captain Ginyu's body switches.
  • April 20, 2011
    Wait, was Dragon Ball Z in the description the whole time?

    No more TV Tropes at work, no more TV Tropes at work, no more TV Tropes at work...
  • April 20, 2011
    Additionally, this applies to fingers flexing on hands that get reattached, I think you should mention. But yeah, this is a good trope, I think.
  • April 25, 2011
    Star Wars has a variaton - the droid that gives Luke his new hand deliberately pricks his fingers to test the pain receptors.
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  • April 25, 2011
    Would the diagnostic that Wall-e does in Wall E count?
  • August 6, 2016
    Speaking of diagnostics, would this also apply to things like initial self-tests for new hardware, or if you repair a toy such as a doll's limb?
  • August 7, 2016
    I just found an existing trope called Limb Sensation Fascination which seem to cover all the same ground as this, so I'm throwing in a bomb.

    EDIT: on further examination, the Limb Sensation Fascination trope is more about the character's internal feelings and sensations, rather than an externally visible physical action. So I think one could argue that this is a separate trope/subtrope after all. I'd take the bomb back if I knew how.
  • August 7, 2016
    This should cover legs as well.