Created By: Venompen on March 27, 2011 Last Edited By: StrixObscuro on June 18, 2014

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A character acquires additional arms when performing a complex task or multile tasks simultaneously

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When a character spontaneously acquires additional arms when doing a complex task. This is usually done by motion blur, but it is typically clearer than realistically possible, in the sense that you can clearly see many hands and not just a hand colored haze.

It is subverted if the character in question actually HAS more than two arms.

And the Xtreme Cool Letterz are completely necessary.


Examples

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  • March 27, 2011
    Kaoy
    There is a scene in one of the 'Ghost in the Shell' movies where a man's hands open up and a dozen or so wire pop out, letting him type at a ridiculous speed.

    Another example would be Keima, of 'The World God Only Knows', who will parody this by entering Capture God Mode when he has built up a back log of dating sims he hasn't had time to play.
  • March 27, 2011
    Venompen
    I think it was subverted in Aliens in the Attic. The engineer (the one with skils) actually had four arms.)
  • March 27, 2011
    Kaoy
    If you mean this to be times where it only appears they have multiple arms due to motion blur, you should probably mention that in your YKTTW.
  • March 27, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Are the Xtreme Kool Letterz necessary?
  • March 27, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    The engineer in Battle Angel Alita - justified through cybernetics. He had a harness with four arms, allowing him to act like a one-man pit stop team for his motorball players
  • March 27, 2011
    KZN02
  • March 28, 2011
    Arivne
    An example of the "have multiple arms due to motion blur" type.

    Film
    • Tank Girl. There's a cartoon insert where Jet Girl is depicted as having multiple arms (with a different tool in each hand) while modifying a vehicle. See it here.
  • March 28, 2011
    TheChainMan
    Goku in Dragon Ball does this to counter Tenshinhan's Four Arms Fist, "growing" up to 8 arms to Tenshinhan's 4.
  • March 28, 2011
    spikebrennan
    Film: General Grievous in Attack Of The Clones, when the villain reveals that he has four robotic arms (each capable of wielding lightsabers).
  • March 28, 2011
    Thebes
    This is pretty ill-defined.... You should either a) specify whether this is related to motion blur or actual multiple arms or b) split this into two different YKTTWs.
  • March 29, 2011
    NESBoy
    Played For Laughs in one of Nationwide's "World's Greatest Spokesperson" commercials, where the eponymous character produces a third arm while using shadow puppetry to explain about Nationwide.
  • March 29, 2011
    StarryEyed
    • Young Justice: Miss Martian produces two extra arms to fight off the robot monkeys, freaking out Kid Flash in the process.
  • June 16, 2014
    Quatic
    If it's Motion Blur then the final fight in The Last Dragon. If it's actual multiple arms then Franken Fran when she does surgery.
  • June 16, 2014
    Snicka
    So this is basically when a character temporarily becomes Multi Armed And Dangerous, and reverts back to the two-armed state after combat?
  • June 16, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    ^ I'd say this is closer to Multi Armed Multitasking than Multi Armed And Dangerous...
  • June 16, 2014
    Chabal2
    Fran Madaraki is usually seen with two arms, but has three or four pairs whenever performing surgery (where exactly they're stored is perhaps best left unanswered).

  • June 16, 2014
    DAN004
    Seen often in Anime And Manga, especially in Human Hummingbird or Rapidfire Fisticuffs cases.
  • June 17, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Why are the Xtreme Kool Letterz necessary?
  • June 17, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    This is a Cartoon trope.

    Its when characters inexplicably get multiple arms when doing something.

    It has nothing to do with motion blur.

    ability to become temporarily become actually Multi Armed And Dangerous is... Multi Armed And Dangerous.

    "so many fists when punching" is just Rapid Fire Fisticuffs. it's the same reason propellers suddenly "increase in number" when spinning. it's just mere speed after-image.

    the dragonball and Tank Girl example are the only things that fit for now how I see it.

    did a bit research and the techniques in question in dragonball and they use speed to Screw Reality and simulate actual extra limbs.

    though Multiarmed Multitasking as it is now covers this given it can simply be expanded/rewritten due to its Example As A Thesis. I see no difference between that and this's purpose (multi arms for multitask vs multi arms for multi task).
  • June 17, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ isn't this trope exactly about "arm afterimages"?
  • June 17, 2014
    surgoshan
    • In Men In Black 2, we see that the post office's high-tech sorting machine is actually a multi-armed alien.

    • In an early episode of Scrubs, JD is amazed at Eliot's ability to handle the multiple crises that occur whenever a patient codes, and imagines her with multiple sets of arms, calmly going about the many tasks necessary to save a coding patient's life.
  • June 18, 2014
    Snicka
    If this gets launched, it could be a subtrope to Sudden Anatomy.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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