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[[caption-width-right:310:[[Music/TomLehrer Until they come to get me]], I shall hold your hand in mine.]]
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->''"That right hand of yours... I've got it displayed in my bedroom. I go to sleep with it every night. Doesn't that make you hard?"''
-->-- '''Barus''', ''Manga/{{CLOVER}}''

A character has a... physical relationship with a severed body part of some sort, taken off some person. This is about the most pleasant way of putting things -- for obvious reasons, this trope induces some ''very'' heavy {{Squick}}, and is usually a sign that the character in question is quite severely disturbed.

See also ILoveTheDead, MummiesAtTheDinnerTable and the more literal examples of being StuffedIntoTheFridge. Sometimes combined with OutWithABang for added {{Squick}}. Often overlaps with but isn't quite the same as CreepySouvenir.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/BlackRockShooter'' has a pretty mild version. Yomi gives Yuu a friendship bracelet made from her hair. Then she starts trimming it in class. It'd be more disturbing if it was something like skin or nails, but still...
* Seiji from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' is quite a bit obsessed with Celty's head. Then again, Celty ''is'' a [[HeadlessHorseman dullahan]]...
* At one point in ''Manga/BlackCat'', Creed, Train's StalkerWithACrush, tells Train that he would at least want to have Train by his side even as a dead body rather than let Saya have him.
* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'': During an interrogation scene between the two Genkaku licks some blood from Nagi's arm while saying that Nagi's hand has become very cute (after Nagi's hand was cut off by Hibana).
* ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane'':
** Suzu recovers the head of Yoshida (who was decapitated during the Ikedaya Incident), has it varnished and carries it around, in a rather affectionate way.
** In chapter 24 of the sequel manga Itou orders Hijikata to have "Kondou-kyokuchou beheaded in apology for betraying me." And then tells him that he'd "like that idiot's head to be given to me to do with as I please."
* ''Anime/{{Blood Plus}}'':
** Threatened, but not really acted upon when James promises to bring [[spoiler:Solomon (post HeelFaceTurn)]] the severed head of his love "to kiss."
** Mentioned in the manga as well, where a villain promises to bring Van Argeno the lower half of Saya's body. Argeno is [[EvenEvilHasStandards less than pleased.]]
* One DepravedHomosexual villain from ''Manga/InuYasha'' threatened to cut off Miroku's face, make it into a wall hanging, and kiss it every day. Eep.
* Yoshikage Kira from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable'' has a bizarre hand fetish, and will carry around his latest victim's severed hand with him.
* In the ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' anime, at the end, Kotonoha [[spoiler: cuts off Makoto's head from his corpse, and carries it around. The final scene shows her cradling it in her arms on a yacht, saying, "we're finally alone together, Makoto."]]
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Mao decides he wants to take C.C. to a "quiet, white, immaculate, special house" he built in Australia. Unfortunately, to get to Australia, he needs to take her on a plane, and she's apparently too big to bring aboard. So he's going to have to make her compact. Cue him revving a chainsaw. Mind you, C.C. does have a HealingFactor, so being "made compact" won't actually ''kill'' her. Of course, [[AndIMustScream in some ways]] that's even ''worse''...
* Rex Godwin of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' [[spoiler:worships his brother's severed arm, and 62 episodes in forcefully removes his prosthetic left arm in order to make his brother's arm his own.]]
* Wietoo, in the ''Eden's Bowy'' manga, milks this one for extra mileage. [[spoiler: After an artificial human 'puppet' he builds rips his younger sister into pieces and splatters them over the room, Wietoo is seen first cuddling, [[BrotherSisterIncest and then passionately kissing, his sister's severed head]]. Later, he uses her retrievable body parts to make a new 'puppet' which he continues to sexually molest at intervals.]]
* Barus of CLAMP's ''Manga/{{CLOVER}}'' severed Kazuhiko's hand; telling him when next they meet that he's been sleeping with it every night. [[{{Squick}} "Doesn't that make you hard?"]]
* The body part in question isn't ''quite'' severed, but in one chapter of ''Manga/NightmareInspector'', a man bricks his wife up in a wall, killing her. Her rotting hand and forearm, however, still jut out from the wall, and the man stays with them and talks to them at times.
* Manga artist Creator/SuehiroMaruo loves this trope, especially concerning eyeballs.
* A slightly less insane example from ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'': Yugo spots at a spare body parts shop the hand of his deceased brother killed some weeks before by a hunter-warrior, that world's bounty hunters. He convinces the vendor to ''trade'' his brother's hand for his own, arguing it's younger and will fetch a better price, thus having his brother's hand attached to himself as a keepsake.
* [[spoiler:Miranda Barma]] of ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' is {{Yandere}} for [[spoiler:Glen's/Oswald's]] head.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul :Re'' includes the Ghoul Karao "[[RedBaron Torso]]" Saeki, who's called like that for the body part he takes home with him. His apartment is shown to be filled with the headless, limbless corpses of women. He likes to cuddle with them, and refers to one as his "lover". After he's forced to go on the run, he notes that it's hard to sleep without a cold body beside him. When he kidnaps Mutsuki (whom he has a stalker crush on) in chapter 64 he cuts off his arms and legs and tells him they're going to get married while holding his arms and legs and saying with a NightmareFace "I worked very hard for these!".

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* During ComicBook/BlackestNight, Black Hand carried around the skull of Bruce Wayne's clone. He would often lick it.
* In the comic book ''[=DV8=]'', one character's "girlfriend", Lucille, is a head stolen from a store mannequin.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': A variant in the second ''Fall of Deadworld'' story, where the [[LosingYourHead still-conscious]] head of a recently-zombified evil Judge is cut off by his female colleague, who then kisses him before putting it on a spare body.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Fanfic/{{Cupcakes}}. Oh god, ''Fanfic/{{Cupcakes}}''. It's creepy enough that Pinkie Pie wears an outfit made out of cutie marks, wings, and severed horns, but she eventually decides to stuff Rainbow Dash's corpse and keep her ''so she doesn't miss her beloved friend''.
* ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}''; the Grand Highblood has a huge pile of the skulls of the teenagers whose souls he has collected, and [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes he and Condesce take naps cuddled up together in it]]. In his youth, he killed his flushcrush and painted a picture of her in her own blood. It's borderline spelled out that [[ILoveTheDead He Loves The Dead]] in general.

* Before the action starts in ''Film/HighTension'', the apparent antagonist is seen in his truck getting fellated by a severed head.
* The {{Villain Protagonist}}s in slasher flick ''Film/AugustUndergroundsMordum'' make one of their victims cut off his own penis so they can stick it into his girlfriend.
* The film version of ''Film/ReAnimator'' had Barbara Crampton straddling an undead head. (But it was the head's idea.)
* The SoBadItsGood horror film ''Film/BloodsuckingFreaks'' has a DepravedDwarf use a severed head to fellate himself.
* In ''Film/CemeteryMan'', a character has a relationship with the severed, zombified head of a girl. He keeps her in a broken television. Slightly different, as the head is not just an inanimate object that he ''does things to'', she's an actual living being who holds conversations with him and returns his affection.
* In Lamberto Bava's ''Macabre'', a woman's lover is beheaded in a car crash. She continues to have the affair with his head...
* Oogie Boogie does this by accident in ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''. He finds Sally's [[ShowSomeLeg bare, flirtatious leg]] quite attractive until he finds out it's not actually attached to anything. Fortunately, Sally's a Patchwork Girl, and the leg gets reattached.
* TheEndOrIsIt ending of ''Film/PsychoIII''.
* In the movie ''Film/{{May}}'', the titular character dismembers different people so she can sew all the parts together and create the perfect friend. Those parts are all things she particularly admired and desired, such as her crush's hands and her co-worker's neck.
* The unnamed serial killer in ''Murder-Set-Pieces'' screws a severed head.
* ''Header'', a film about hillbillies drilling holes into people's skulls so they can literally fuck their brains out.
* The eponymous character in ''Film/SickGirl'' castrates a man, jams his severed penis onto a homemade strap-on, and rapes another girl with it.
* ''In the Days of Whore'' has a leper's penis break off while he is having sex. The woman he was with proceeds to use it like a dildo.
--> My dick broke off! My dick fell off! My dick fell off! My dick, my dick! My dick fell off! My dick is gone! My dick is gone, it fell off!
* After decapitating one victim in ''Film/ViolentShit II'', Karl Jr. messes around with the head.
* In the anthology film ''Film/BodyBags'', the Coroner who hosts the segments grabs two dismembered heads and makes them kiss each other. [[spoiler:This gets even weirder when it turns out that he's actually a zombie himself.]]
* ''Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire'': Artemisia, the commander of the Persian navy, has the best Greek warrior from a scouting party brought before her. When he insults her, she decapitates him and makes out with the severed head. Even her generals appear [[EvenEvilHasStandards disturbed by this]].
* ''Film/ReeferMadnessTheMusical'': Ralph decapitates [[spoiler:Sally]] when he becomes AxCrazy and tries to eat her, then later kisses her severed head.

* In ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'', Patrick Bateman spends a while walking around the room with the severed head of one of the prostitutes he just killed still impaled on his erection.
* The title character of Creator/OscarWilde's play ''Theatre/{{Salome}}'' (and Richard Strauss's operatic adaptation) orders John the Baptist's head to be cut off so she can kiss it.
-->'''Salome:''' Ah! thou wouldst not suffer me to kiss thy mouth, Iokanaan. Well! I will kiss it now.
* The tale of ''Isabella and the Pot of Basil'' from Creator/{{Boccaccio}}'s ''Literature/{{Decameron}}'' (and later on, a [[Creator/JohnKeats Keats]] poem) tells of the titular character preserving the head of her lover inside the aforementioned pot. 19th and 20th century depictions such as those painted by Prerraphaelites like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabella_and_the_Pot_of_Basil William Holman Hunt]], [[http://www.johnwilliamwaterhouse.com/pictures/isabella-and-the-pot-of-basil-1907.html Waterhouse]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image%3AIsabella_and_the_Pot_of_Basil.jpg John White Alexander]] fall squarely in this trope.
* Subverted in the ''Literature/BlackDaggerBrotherhood'', Zsadist keeps a skull in his room. The skull being [[spoiler: the skull of his former owner, who he killed and cut the head off of to make sure she was dead.]] He keeps the skull around so he can remind himself that she's dead, often by stroking it.
* In ''Discworld/{{Lords and Ladies}}'', a portrait of Lancrian Queen Ynci the Short-Tempered shows, "One hand ... caressed the hand of a captured enemy warrior. The rest of the captured enemy warrior was hanging from various pine trees in the background."
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Magister Illyrio mentions that he still has the hands of his second wife, who died of plague many years earlier. It's not implied that this is anything more than a weird keepsake though.
* In the seventh book of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series, Feather Witch is revealed to have kept one of Brys Beddict's severed fingers, and the narration is not shy about [[{{Squick}} what she does with it]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Love & Monsters" has a variant in this, in that the main character's girlfriend is attacked by a monster which leaves her as a just a concrete head (but still alive) - yet it's stated that they still have a "love life". Interpret it however you will.
* In the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Day One", Jack holds the Doctor's hand... after the jar he usually keeps it in is broken.
* The Hitcher of ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' has been known to simulate the act during the stage shows, yielding the following memorable quote... "Yeah, I'm a stump fucker! Which is a concept we couldn't quite get past [[Creator/TheBBC BBC 3]]!" [[SarcasmMode Can't imagine why.]]
* In ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', the Ice Truck Killer is referred to as having chosen not to kill a hooker when he realised she was an amputee. She says that he "started worshipping it (her fake hand)" and did "some freaky stuff with it (as well as her stump)". Given his obsession with dismemberment, it is implied that he may have used the parts of his victims for this as well. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that they are lingering issues from his mother's death and dismemberment by a bunch of gangsters with a chainsaw. He's Dexter's big brother Brian.]]
* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'': One client is charged with murder, accused of chopping off his wife's hand with a chainsaw and causing her a heart attack. He claims she had a heart attack first, and then he cut it off after her death to have a thing to remember her by. He's pronounced not guilty, and he wonders whether he could ask to have the hand back. Cage and Fish had mostly weirdo clients.

* Music/TomLehrer's song "I Hold Your Hand in Mine", on the album ''Music/SongsByTomLehrer'' is sung by a man about his love's hand, which he cut off of her the night she died. (He made it a point to joke that, of all the songs he'd ever sung, that was the one he got the most requests ''not'' to.)
-->''I'm sorry now I killed you, for our love was something fine\\
But till they come to get me I shall hold your hand in mine!''
* "Bowling Balls" by Music/InsaneClownPosse is about a man who has a disturbing obsession with human heads, and keeps them as his friends. [[ILoveTheDead Sometimes girlfriends.]]
* "TV Set", by Music/TheCramps:
-->"Oh baby, I see you in my TV set, oh baby, I see you in my TV set,
-->I cut your head off and put it in my TV set, I use your eyeballs for dials on my TV set...."
* "Corpse Grinder", by The Meteors, includes such lines as "I'll take you out [of the freezer] when I'm on my own, And defrost you so we can be alone."
* "The Dismemberment Song" by Blue Kid is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what it sounds like.]]

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[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* The [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Egyptian goddess]] Isis used magic to revive her murdered husband Osiris just enough to impregnate her. But some versions of the myth state that she was unable to find his penis after Set dismembered him.
* Christian tradition from the 4th century was that Salome asked for John the Baptist's head to be cut off so she can kiss it. Probably factually inaccurate: according to the Jewish historian Josephus, Antipas executed John for political reasons.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Dr. George Greggs, the operator of the ? Organ Replacement Lab? in the videogame ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'''s Fourth "Misplaced Affection" Webisode, kept Jane Gauthier's fingers with him while he was locked up in his lab. At the end, he is seen stroking them, and when he is killed by the necromorphs that break in, his severed arm and her fingers mutate and become connected. CECL-RC notes the irony in Greggs' wish to forever be with Gauthier; because of the Necromorphs, the two will always be together "in sickness, though not in health."
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', the traitor to the [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]] keeps the mummified head of [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas his mother]] ([[spoiler:who was killed by the Brotherhood previously]]) in his cellar.
* In ''VisualNovel/TearsToTiara'' JRPG, Arthur offers to make a dried head out of a Demon Lord his sister has taken a liking to. He objects to their marriage, you see. Fortunately, he never gets to actually fulfilling this threat.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. [[spoiler: Hawke investigates the disappearance of several women who disappear either completely, or only part of their remains are found. It's revealed that the abductor/killer sends the victim white lilies before abducting them. Not too much later, Hawke's own mother Leandra disappears and Hawke him/herself finds white lilies that were delivered. Hawke then tracks down Leandra's whereabouts, and finds out that the killer was abducting women in an attempt to stitch together his dead wife, and the last piece was Leandra's head.]]
* [[spoiler:Kusaka]] in ''VisualNovel/KaraNoShoujo'' takes a bunch of body parts and puts them all together and has sex with them.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' VisualNovel Bad End #01 of 40: [[spoiler:Ilyasviel kills Shirou and rips his head off, while casting a spell that makes him unable to die unless his head gets smashed, and takes him home to do God knows what.]] And the best part? This is what you get for not accepting Saber's offer to be her Master. Sweet Dreams!
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' has this happen [[spoiler: if you romance Doctor Shuu, in which case he severs your head to preserve it.]]
* ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' is a game about making zombie-killing look TastesLikeDiabetes cute. Which is why our zombie-hunting cheerleader protagonist Juliet Starling saves her boyfriend Nick from an infected bite on the arm by severing his head and keeping it alive with [[AWizardDidIt "a magic ritual"]]. She then proceeds to run around with his magically animated head dangling from the back of her belt, occasionally [[GrievousHarmWithABody using it as a weapon]]. [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs That's the sort of thing you get in a Suda51 game.]]
* The Soldier from ''Videogame/TeamFortress2'' has a collection of severed heads of his enemies who he talks to. He is devastated when he cant find his heads anywhere, and even more so when he thinks they have been disposed, letting out a big no in the process.
* The ending of ''VideoGame/{{Emogame}}'' has [[Music/DashboardConfessional Chris Carrabba]] [[spoiler:skull-fucking [[Music/{{Aerosmith}} Steven Tyler]], then cutting off and marrying his head -- which still has Chris' 62-pixel-long penis running through it]].
* In one of the more disturbing endings of ''VisualNovel/TogainuNoChi'', [[spoiler:Keisuke has a special moment with Akira's intestines.]]

* Turns up in the "Shuinji and the Suicide Girl" stories on ''Webcomic/SexyLosers'' once or twice (probably more).
* ''Webcomic/ContemplatingReiko'' has [[http://taintedink.com/?comic=226-holding-hands this]] example.
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' [[http://oglaf.com/salome/1/ did a take on this]] which involved an adult [[Literature/TheBible Salome]] being presented with a severed head by a diplomat who seems to be under the impression that she has a fetish for that kind of thing. [[spoiler:She has him beheaded... which needless to say does nothing to quash the rumours.]]
** A [[http://oglaf.com/salome/epilogue/ hidden follow-up strip]] [[spoiler: has her about to kiss the gifted head when one of her handmaidens interrupts]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Gamzee finds the dead body of Tavros, who had been one of his best friends in life, and with whom he was in love. He rips off his head and is then shown {{Flash Step}}ping back and forth, kissing it and covering his mouth with Tavros's brown blood.
** Dirk and Jake's BigDamnKiss is also a severed head smooch. Justified in that the kiss allows Dirk to be resurrected, and Jake is rightfully horrified by the whole thing and has to be badgered into it.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'':
** Non-sinister, still vaguely creepy example: During the second SeasonFinale, the cast is going through the wreckage of Phantom Limb's ship and keep finding his invisible extremities. Gay superhero The Alchemist picks one up and begins to speak before squeezing it a couple of times, saying "Oh, oh, I'm keeping this," and stashing it in his robes. Three guesses as to what it was.
** Brock keeps Molotov's eye in a jar of water next to his bed.
--->'''Molotov''': Awww, you kept it.
** Baron Ünderbheit has the heads of his seven wives mounted on the wall, as well as keeping the hand of one (still wearing the wedding ring).

* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' brings us "The Finger," an overweight human with polydactylism who is in pursuit of Bigfoot. He takes advice from a shrunken head he wears around his neck, and if that isn't weird enough, he calls it "Mama"
* Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episode "Muriel Meets Her Match". Cat-burglar Maria Ladrones keeps her husband [[PunnyName Mano]]'s severed hand around with her, but the hand is ''alive'' to the point that it effectively still ''is'' her husband.
* Bobby Hill in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' had an experience with one of Luann's practice heads from store mannequins for her beauty school.