Created By: TheAnswer on November 28, 2012
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A Farewell to Arms

A character loses an arm.

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Some time when a character is in a big battle with the Big Bad or against a whole horde of enemies they may lose their arm in the fight. The may count as a Herioc Sacriffice only just for the arm(s). However it doesn't always need to be cut or blown off, it can instead just be broke, paralyzed, or they may lose the feeling in it. Sometimes shortly afterwards the character may reveal that they have magic healing power or may go to a healer to get it repaired. And sometimes they may get a replacement robot arm. If they are originnaly right-handed it may force them to become The Southpaw.

Anime and Manga Bleach:
  • Uru loses his left arm trying to stand up to Ulquiora.
    • Soi Fon loses her left arm in the fight against the king of Hueco Mundo.
  • Hiei the Swordsman from Yu Yu Hakusho.

Video Games
  • Dunban from Xenoblade.
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • November 28, 2012
    Astaroth
    Do we need this when we already have An Arm And A Leg?
  • November 28, 2012
    TheLastGreatWarrior
    Yes, he's also including paralysis and loss of feeling, not just completely removed.
  • November 28, 2012
    Stratadrake
    I would rather see the existing page expanded than a suspiciously similar trope. Both are about the "loss" of a vital limb ... and we can define "loss" in numerous ways.
  • November 28, 2012
    shimaspawn
    ^^^ That trope is dramatic limb loss to advance the plot.

    This seems to be a fighting trope where a limb is rendered inoperable to force the character to fight differently. This is more something that's played for cool or funny than for drama.

    They don't serve the same narrative purpose and they aren't really the same type of injury which means that there's really no overlap to expand one into the other without losing all meaning from one trope or the other.
  • November 29, 2012
    TonyG
    Also, people will mistake it for the Ernest Hemingway novel of the same name, which already has its own page.
  • November 29, 2012
    Sackett
    Name is already taken by a work
  • November 29, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    Does it need to be the whole arm? The gunslinger Roland Deschain lost two fingers to lobster monsters and was left unable to shoot with his right hand.

    In Gar Goyles Xanatos' right-hand man Owen sacrificed his arm by allowing a spell to turn it to stone. He is later revealed to be the magical trickster Puck.
  • November 29, 2012
    Stratadrake
    ^ If Shima's got the interpretation correct, that's not even an example.
  • November 29, 2012
    IlVit
    In Monty Python And The Holy Grail , this happens to the Black Knight.

  • November 29, 2012
    jatay3
  • November 29, 2012
    StarSword
  • November 29, 2012
    Stratadrake
    ...and if that's the film I'm thinking about, it's already covered by An Arm And A Leg and not this ... whatever-this-is....
  • December 26, 2012
    TheAnswer
    Ah, I guess you guys are right. But I think there needs to be a trope about characters like Dunban and Hiei who can't use one of their arms (usually it's the dominant one).
  • December 26, 2012
    Stratadrake
    A character having to copy with being unable to use their preferred arm sounds like a decent idea for a separate trope to me... unlike legs, people learn to perform tasks with certain arms only.
  • December 26, 2012
    randomsurfer
    On The Simpsons recurring character Herman Hermann told Bart back in season one he had lost his arm sticking it out of a school bus (shortly after Bart had been told not to stick his arm out, as a kid many years ago had done so and it was chopped off). In season 24 we see it in a flashback being chopped off by an animal control van while he's hitchhiking.
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