Created By: Unknown Troper on August 6, 2009
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A creature with two legs, but no arms. My impression is that these creatures tend to have fairly stocky bodies and large mouths, and be slightly shorter than an average standing human, although how representative this impression is I'm afraid that I don't know.

while armless, such creatures may not be harmless (if you'll excuse the rhyme): the may still have a dangerous bite, kick or tail-whip/sting, or may have psychic or magical abilities.

The intention is to cover only creatures with no arms at all (so a tyrannosaur would not qualify, despite having very small arms).

Examples:
  • Numb Bodies (if I have the name correct) from Silent Hill 3 (an example of a mouthless version, or at least small-mouthed - I'm not sure of which)
  • Two types of creature found in the old action game Shadowcaster, generally, as I recall, in the earlier levels. I seem to recall that one such type was of the "magical/psychic attack" type.
Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • August 6, 2009
    halfmillennium
  • August 6, 2009
    random surfer
    The Hammerheads in Oz are armless, and attack by extending thier necks (a la a jack-in-the-box).
  • August 6, 2009
    Stochastic Ooze
    • The titular character from Homestar Runner, along with Marzipan, the King of Town, and possibly a couple I'm forgetting.

    ...and I guess the Black Kinght from Monty Pythonandthe Holy Grail counts for about thirty seconds. :P
  • August 6, 2009
    CountSpatula
    Real Life: Kiwis.
  • August 6, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Kiwi do have small wings, but they're essentially invisible.
  • August 6, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The prehistoric dragon in Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real had wings but no arms.
  • August 6, 2009
    Warlock
    The mascot-character I designed for my company, Red Blade Studios, is a housecat-sized raptor with two legs and no arms. His clawed feet are actually hands, and the toe that possesses the big talon is actually a thumb.

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  • August 7, 2009
    Elfive
    Several Pokemon, with Doduo and Dodrio being two that spring to mind.
  • August 9, 2009
    TBeholder
  • August 10, 2009
    GameGuruGG
    The Goomba from Super Mario Bros.
  • August 10, 2009
    Koveras
    The Carrion in Arcia Chronicles, an Eldritch Abomination summoned by the Gods of Light to devour the bodies of the slain Old Gods, consists primarily of a mouth and two legs.
  • August 10, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Take-Minakata a recurring demon in Shin Megami Tensei has no arms.

    Can anyone verify if this is true of him in the original mythology? The Other Wiki has no mention of him.

  • August 10, 2009
    Shellsh0cker
    The aptly-nicknamed "Legs" from Schlock Mercenary.
  • August 10, 2009
    Dick Richardson
    Yeah, they're Numb Bodies.

    The mecha from Orson Scott Card's Empire are pretty primitive, forcing them to use a simple spherical cockpit and dangerously unstable legs.
  • August 10, 2009
    Ronka87
    Armless Tiger Man. ARMLESS TIGER MAN!
  • August 10, 2009
    Nomic
    Sheegoths in Metroid Prime and Grenchlers in Prime 2 (which use the same basic model) are somewhat dinosaur-like creatures with two legs but no arms.
  • August 10, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The statement of this trope should say "A creature with two legs, but no arms or wings". Ordinary birds don't belong.
  • August 10, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    @Dick Richardson that was to?
  • August 10, 2009
    Kayube
    In Spore, you'll usually have one of these at the beginning of Creature stage- any more legs and you probably won't be able to afford many more parts. (Of course, you get an achievement for never using legs...
  • August 10, 2009
    Ryusui
  • August 11, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The Headless from Pathways Into Darkness. This seems to show up a lot in horror..
  • August 11, 2009
    Bisected8
    The parents of Cow And Chicken.
  • August 11, 2009
    RobinZimm
    The Beemahs in Buck Godot.
  • August 12, 2009
    EricDVH
    Ah yes, the Headless consist of a gaping fanged mouth at about torso-level with a giant tongue waving around in the air, they bend over to vomit green brains at you. Related to Waddling Head.
  • August 13, 2009
    deuxhero
    Seeing as how the YKTTW was created by an unknown troper (who can't launch), should I launch it?
  • August 13, 2009
    Pufflizard
    There was one group of bird where the wings were completely absent. Unfortunately, the Moas of New Zealand are completely extinct. They were essentially the island's main herbivore and were related to the Kiwis
  • August 13, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Horace Cubicle in Salad Fingers.
  • August 13, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    ^ Excuse me, Milford Cubicle
  • August 14, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Posted by deuxhero: "Seeing as how the YKTTW was created by an unknown troper (who can't launch), should I launch it?"

    Please do - perhaps one of these days I'll actually sign up here. ^^;

    ~ The Unknown Troper.

    PS: Posted by Unknown Troper 99.147.197.174: "This seems to show up a lot in horror.. "

    Perhaps this has something to do with the otherness of such a body format from our perspective, potentially prompting a sense of "wrongness" and thus unease.
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