Created By: LavonPapillon1 on July 14, 2017 Last Edited By: LavonPapillon1 on August 16, 2017
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Good Prosthetic, Evil Prosthetic

Moral alignment reflects on your Artificial Limbs.

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You can tell how good The Hero or bad the Villain is by how deep their scars were cut. Take it a few steps further and then imagine the kind of stories one can tell when they're missing a leg. Or two.

Artificial Limbs are commonly given to amputees to help them function pragmatically and to give them a sense of normalcy. Prosthetics can range from simple wooden legs and hook-hands, to robotic arms to even fully-functioning clone limbs made of artificial plasma-gel.

Heroic-types usually try to make their arms and legs look similar to their original ones. If they could not put artificial skin of some kind on it, they at least try to make it look as unrobotic and nonthreatening as possible. Bad guys on the other hand try to make their robot arms and legs as bulky and and obvious as possible, showing it off to show that they will NOT be a victim again, not unlike how one would brandish a gun in their belt to intimidate. At times they could even see their non-robotic components as a weakness, losing more and more of their humanity as they replace their bodies with soulless tech. And some really nasty types have artificial limbs with permanently-installed weaponry.

Character Alignment may also depend on how they lost their limbs in the first place. They could have lost their legs saving a child from a drunk-driven truck, losing their eye trying to rob some old lady or something as simple as losing a finger or five in the garbage disposal.


Examples

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     Film - Animated 
  • In the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, artificial limbs are a recurring element among the vikings of the Barbaric Archipelago. Due to a harsh environment, savage dragons and even savager vikings, loss of limb is rather common place. The protagonist of the series Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III loses his left leg after defending his village from a tyrannical queen dragon the Red Death. Not only does his prosthetic leg match the prosthetic tail fin he built for Toothless (making them even), but it can be seen as a badge of honor for defending his people and wears it proudly. The Evil Counterpart to this can be seen in the antagonist of How to Train Your Dragon 2 Drago Bludvist. He lost his arm at a young age seeing his whole village destroyed by dragons. He manages to hide stump with a false arm, and is generally a bastard. Rule of Symbolism takes this a step further, as while Hiccup is missing a leg and deals with dragons with a gentle hand, Drago is missing his arm and deals with dragons by crushing them beneath his heel (literally in Hookfang's case).

     Film - Live-Action 
  • In the end of The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader cuts off Luke's hand with his lightsaber, and Luke replaces it with a prosthetic. This can be compared to Anakin's replacement arm after it was severed by Count Dooku, and later when all four of his limbs where replaced in his transformation into Darth Vader himself.
  • UrTih the Alchemist and his skeksis counterpart SkekTek the Scientist from The Dark Crystal both possess prosthetic arms and legs. UrTih wields a right arm and leg carved from wood, while SkekTek had robotic prosthetics. Because the two were once a single entity, they both probably lost their limbs at the same time. What's even more disturbing, it is mentioned that SkekTek did it too himself out of mix of scientific curiosity and sadomasochism, with UrTih just sitting their taking it as his limbs fell off bleeding without rhyme or reason.
  • Deuteragonist Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road possesses a make-shift Diesel Punk left arm that she is more than capable of functioning without. This is in contrast to The Antagonist Immortal Joe, a Dark Lord on Life Support kept alive through a breathing apparatus designed to look like a menacing skull mask that gives him Vader Breath.

    Web Comic 
  • In Kiwi Blitz, villain Gear has a chainsaw like object as her left arm. So far, she is generally unsympathetic. Good guys Steffi and Gear both have prosthetic limbs, but they mostly serve as non-weapons and they lost their body parts trying to save others.

    Video Games 
  • Overwatch is chock full of examples played straight and otherwise. Of the characters with confirmed prosthetic limbs, we have:
    • Doomfist, a mercenary/ terrorist whose primary weapon is the massive gauntlet that takes the place of his right arm. Doomfist is one of the few confirmed antagonists in the game, and his gauntlet is twice as large as his left arm, decked out with spiked knuckles, and features a prominent set of horns on the shoulder.
    • Genji, a former yakuza and current Cyber Ninja under the employ of Overwatch whose injuries were so severe that 3/4 of his limbs and most of his torso had to be rebuilt with cybernetic prostheses. Genji is a rogue operator, but ultimately he strives to atone for his past actions. While undoubtedly mechanical looking, his body maintains basic humanoid proportions.
    • McCree, a former teenage arms dealer and gang member who was taken in by the titular organization. His bulky (but proportionally sized) mechanical hand and forearm are decorated with a prominent skull, hearkening back to his criminal past.
    • Junkrat, an Australian scavenger and international criminal. In keeping with his chaotic nature, his prosthetic arm and leg appear to be cobbled together out of scrap metal and discarded parts. His peg-leg also forces him to walk with a distinctive limp.
    • Torbjorn, a brilliant but jaded engineer who worked for Overwatch. His left arm appears to have been replaced by a set of Power Pincers, and his right eye is covered by a mechanical looking eye patch.
  • The members of Team Star Fox in the Star Fox all possess identical metal prosthetics to to better endure the G-force their line of work entails note . In contrast, many of the bad guys possess artificial body parts varying in variety. Andross survives his battle in Star Fox and reappears with a false eye in Star Fox 2. General Scales from Star Fox Adventures possesses a primitive two-hooked false hand. Fox's rival Wolf O'Donnell has worn an eye patch through most of the series, ungrading to a technological false eye by Star Fox: Assault.

Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • July 14, 2017
    zarpaulus
    Probably related to Cybernetics Eat Your Soul.
  • July 14, 2017
    Leporidae
    Video Games
    • Overwatch is chock full of examples played straight & otherwise. Of the characters with confirmed prosthetic limbs, we have :
      • Doomfist, a mercenary/ terrorist whose primary weapon is the massive gauntlet that takes the place of his right arm. Played straight here: Doomfist is one of the few confirmed antagonists in the game, and his gauntlet is twice as large as his left arm, decked out with spiked knuckles, and features a prominent set of horns on the shoulder.
      • Genji, a former yakuza and current Cyber Ninja under the employ of Overwatch whose injuries were so severe that 3/4 of his limbs and most of his torso had to be rebuilt with cybernetic prostheses. Genji is a rogue operator, but ultimately he strives to atone for his past actions. While undoubtedly mechanical looking, his body maintains basic humanoid proportions.
      • McCree, a former teenage arms dealer and gang member who was taken in by the titular organization. His bulky (but proportionally sized) mechanical hand & forearm are decorated with a prominent skull, hearkening back to his criminal past.
      • Junkrat, an Australian scavenger and international criminal. In keeping with his chaotic nature, his prosthetic arm and leg appear to be cobbled together out of scrap metal and discarded parts. His peg-leg also forces him to walk with a distinctive limp.
      • Torbj√∂rn, a brilliant but jaded engineer who worked for Overwatch. His left arm appears to have been replaced by a set of Power Pincers, and his right eye is covered by a mechanical looking eye patch.

  • July 14, 2017
    Leporidae
    Also, wouldn't a better laconic be "Artificial Limbs reflect your moral alignment"?
  • July 18, 2017
    LavonPapillon1
    I am currently working on a new picture to go with.
    • In Kiwi Blitz, villain Gear has a chainsaw like object as her left arm. So far, she is generally unsympathetic. Good guys Steffi and Gear both have prosthetic limbs, but they mostly serve as non-weapons and they lost their body parts trying to save others.
  • August 17, 2017
    Skylite
    FILM

    Where does the T-800 From Terminator Judgement Day fall? As a cyborg he's kind of got a full body prosthetic. As a Terminator he'd default to evil but was reprogrammed by Future!John Connor and by Sarah in the present.
    • Mad Max Fury Road: Furiosa is one of a multitude of people with Jerry rigged prostheses. She's the heroine of the story but there are bad guys with equally hacked together body part replacements.

    WEBCOMICS
    • Questionable Content has Clinton who has a prosthtic hand and is good — at most he's a doofus who tries too hard. We haven't yet seen any examples of people in this 'verse with prosthetics who are outright evil.

    WESTERN ANIMATION

    ANIME
    • Full Metal Alchemist: Edward is a good example with his automail, but there are evil examples as well. Can someone fill them in?
    • Cowboy Bebop: Jet Black has facial prosthetics and is notably more ethical than most of the bounty hunters in the series.

    LIVE ACTION TV
    • The Walking Dead: Merle was a nasty piece of work when he still had his hand. When he showed up at the Governor's place, he'd rigged up a hand replacement weapon.
  • August 16, 2017
    CactusFace
    Isn't torbjörns prostetic a subversion? Huge metal claws are usually used by villains.
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