Created By: DhanaRagnarok on February 24, 2012 Last Edited By: morenohijazo on April 1, 2013

Giant Enemy Body Part

Attack Of The Fifty Feet Whatever, with disembodied abominations.

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Giant enemies are dangerous. But sometimes, a whole giant ain't needed. Just send a gigantic body part after the protagonist, and suddenly everything became 20% creepier.

Eyes, hands, limbless torso...Everything will do.

Related to Animate Body Parts. A supertrope of Giant Hands of Doom, Faceless Eye, and Giant Foot of Stomping. Compare Attack of the Monster Appendage, this time there is absolutely no body around.

Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • The moon-sized, foot or hand-looking mechas the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann team has to fight on their way to save Nia from the Anti-Spiral

Film

Live Action TV
  • In the Doctor Who episode, "The Eleventh Hour", an intergalactic police force called the Atraxi threaten to destroy the earth. The Atraxi resemble giant human eyeballs set in a snowflake-like crystaline structure. It's not explained if the crystaline structures are their bodies, space ships or what.

Music
  • The Glove from The Beatles' Yellow Submarine. If it wasn't just a glove...

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons has a line of spells created by the wizard Bigby, which summon a giant hand. What the hand does depends on the version of the spell; for example, Bigby's Clenched Fist summons a giant fist that punches enemies.

Video Games
  • The hand from Legend of Kyrandia: The Hand of Fate. Possibly also the giant foot from the same game.
  • One of the bosses of Majyuuou is a giant eyeball.
  • The Robot Foot in Narbonic. Less "creepy" and more "gags about Kuribo's shoe", though.
  • Arguably, Wheatley from Portal 2. Limbless ? Check. No body for half of the game ? Double check.
  • Master Hand and Crazy Hand are iconic examples coming from Super Smash Bros..
  • MONOCULUS! The giant haunted eyeball from Team Fortress 2.
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • February 24, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Coff coff, see please Attack Of The Monster Appendage
  • February 25, 2012
    abk0100
    Actually, if I'm understanding is right, that isn't the same trope. Attack Of The Monster Appendage requires that you eventually see the whole monster, while this trope is just "monster that is a single body part."

    Or am I misunderstanding it?
  • February 25, 2012
    DhanaRagnarok
    abk is right, I think. Here the monster is a single body part moving on it's own, and not a flying part of some monster. Which is why it's also different from Giant Hands Of Doom.
  • February 25, 2012
    Ryuuma
    ^^ Ehm, seeing the whole monster later is Attack Of The Monster Appendage type 2. If you read again more carefuly, you'll see that the type 1 is awfully similar to this. Please, proceed with caution.
  • February 28, 2012
    abk0100
    If you read more carefully, Type 1 still implies that there is a whole monster out there, you just never see it. It leaves out cases where there is only a body part, nothing else.
  • February 28, 2012
    jbrecken
    Would the Glove from Yellow Submarine count? It was a giant flying hand, but it may have been just a giant flying empty glove.
  • February 28, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Monty Python: the foot of Cupid from a renaissance painting is used to crush things.
  • March 1, 2012
    PaulA
    In Bridge Of Birds, the protagonists fight a giant disembodied hand.
  • March 1, 2012
    DhanaRagnarok
    ^^ Monty Python example: You say it's the foot of Cupid, so I guess it's part of a whole body...I guess it doesn't count, except if it's shown that Cupid doesn't have control over the foot. Does he ?
  • March 1, 2012
    PaulA
    ^ Only the foot is ever shown; the only reason we say "of Cupid" is because that's who the foot was attached to in the painting the animator copied it from.

    I think, though, that we never see the top of the foot, so it's not clear that it's disembodied (as opposed to there being the rest of the giant just off-screen).
  • March 1, 2012
    DaibhidC
  • March 1, 2012
    peccantis
  • March 1, 2012
    morenohijazo
    Honestly, I don't see the point in starting a whole new trope. Let's just add a type 3 to the already existing trope.
  • March 1, 2012
    Wackd
  • March 1, 2012
    Rognik
    The hand from Legend Of Kyrandia: The Hand of Fate. Possibly also the giant foot from the same game. At least, I believe so.
  • March 2, 2012
    DhanaRagnarok
    @moreno: Well...Making it a Daughter Trope is fine, but (at least from my point of view) having 3 list of examples on the same page isn't really ergonomic. Or logical.
  • March 3, 2012
    morenohijazo
    It's just that I've seen several times how having two different tropes whose difference is very subtle tends to end into Trope Decay. But hey, whatever...
  • March 3, 2012
    Treblain
    Numbered types are not a good way to sort tropes. I think this should be separate.
  • March 3, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In this scene from Oblivion the Monty Python Foot of Cupid* can be seen as a disembodied giant foot. Of course it's not Monty Python canon, it's a reference to Monty Python.

    * Which I totally didn't know is it's actual Fan Nickname when I first wrote it above.
  • March 29, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Bridge Of Birds isn't an example. It's called the Invisible Hand, but it's actually a giant spider.
  • March 29, 2013
    ArcadesSabboth
    Is there a pattern of it mostly being feet, hands, and eyeballs? If there is a pattern it's something to mention in the description.

    Are disembodied floating/bouncing attacking enemy heads part of this, or are they already a separate trope? Because there's Unicron, Megatron in Beast Machines, the flying heads in Prince of Persia 2...

    Also, folk keep in mind that an example should not be "arguably" (it either is or isn't an example). Also each example needs a description, not just the name of the work. I don't recognize any of the examples that are like that, but they do need to be fixed before launching this. If you recognize one, please expand on it.
  • March 29, 2013
    helterskelter
    All hand and eye examples fall under their respective tropes. The only trope we don't have is a disembodied foot, right? I can see this being a supertrope to that, but it probably shouldn't have examples for hands and eyes, since we already have a trope for that.
  • March 30, 2013
    JonnyB
    In the Doctor Who episode, "The Eleventh Hour", an intergalactic police force called the Atraxi threaten to destroy the earth. The Atraxi resemble giant human eyeballs set in a snowflake-like crystaline structure.
  • March 30, 2013
    ArcadesSabboth
    ^ If their body is the crystaline structure, then they're not disembodied, right? They'd be Oculothorax instead, and probably also Attack Of The The Eye Creatures.

    Anyway, Giant Hands Of Doom, Faceless Eye, and Giant Foot Of Stomping are already the disembodied hand, eye, and foot tropes. Is there a bodiless head attack trope?

    So this should just be the supertrope, and the usual procedure then is to take subtrope examples off of the supertrope page. Then the supertrope page would collect stuff like... torsos, and penises, I guess?

    Also, include Animate Body Parts in the related tropes section.
  • March 31, 2013
    JonnyB
    ^ It's actually not explained if the crystaline structures are their bodies, space ships or what.
  • March 31, 2013
    aurora369
    Dungeons And Dragons has a line of spells created by the wizard Bigby, which summon a giant hand. What the hand does depends on the version of the spell; for example, Bigby's Clenched Fist summons a giant fist that punches enemies.
  • April 1, 2013
    capsaicinfinity
    "Attack of the Fifty-Foot Foot" as a Laconic description, anyone?

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