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Take a cartoon, preferably an older one, and find a pair who always end up in fights. ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', Dick Dastardly and Muttley from ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' or virtually anyone from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. Somehow, one character always has a fist which can stretch across an entire country. Or a universe. This is a type of ToonPhysics, and is often used with revenge. The inverse is when a character has extendable legs.

Not to be confused with RubberMan. ''Usually'' doesn't overlap with CreepilyLongArms, which are a permanent biological feature.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]

* In the Series/DragonBall universe, Piccolo has the ability to stretch his arms out when he wants to grab someone at a distance. This may be an ability shared by the Namekian race, but Piccolo is the only one ever seen doing it.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* In FanFic/AGrowingAffection, Shino's damaged leg is replaced with an insect colony. They mimic a Human leg almost perfectly, but he teaches them to perform an extending kick.
* [[SnarkyNonhumanSidekick Jack]], from Fanfic/{{the Calvinverse}}, has these.
* ''WebAnimation/ZanyToTheMax'': Inverted with Takko Zarner, who has extendable legs. His legs are usually longer than Yakko's.


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'', [[AWizardDidIt the Witch]] uses this to pull down a hesitant character (who is much bigger than she is) for examination.
* In ''Anime/LittleNemoAdventuresInSlumberland'' the Nightmare King uses his extendable arms to chase Nemo down tunnels in his flying bed.


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* In an exceedingly rare live-action example, in the Chinese kung-fu movie ''Film/MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine'', an Indian fighter enters a tournament with the power to extend his arms to an absurd length.
* Michael Jordan uses this to make a slam dunk in ''Film/SpaceJam''.
* Freddy briefly extends both his arms to scare Tina in the first ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'' film.
* ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheHams'': There's a gag where a midget guard at the prison for mentally insane criminals directs Agent Fostar to a file on Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza lying on top of a very tall cabinet. Fostar (who's about 6 feet tall) can't reach it, then the guard groans and extends his arm so he can easily grab it for him.
* TheHero Jack Deebs from Creator/RalphBakshi's ''Film/CoolWorld'' discovers that he has suddenly developed cartoon powers, and extends his arms all the way to the top of a Las Vegas hotel. Jack is able to lift himself this way onto the hotel's roof in less than one minute.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* This is one of Dhalsim's special abilities in the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series--he can punch you from the other side of the screen.
* In ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', Sonic has arms that extend in his werehog form.
* Used as ''Videogame/{{Bravoman}}'s'' primary power along with extending legs.
* The main character of ''VideoGame/{{Ristar}}'' is able to do this as one of his main powers.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' Breloom can do this according to its Pokédex entry. The console game animations show it quite well.
** Hitmonlee is the inverse, with legs that stretch to enhance the power and range of its kicks. Bruno of Manga/PokemonSpecial has a unique Hitmonlee that is capable of both.
* In the fan-made ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1'' GameMod ''Bunnie Rabbot in Sonic the Hedgehog'' this is Bunnie's main ability with her roboticized left arm. In the show she was from however she had extendable legs.


[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* One of the Powered by the Cheat cartoons on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has Strong Bad and the Cheat stretching their arms far above the earth to high five in outer space.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' demonstrates this several times, often when Tom tries to reach for Jerry inside one of the walls.
** Often used in conjunction with strategically [[AmusingInjuries placed mousetraps]].
* Used by [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Dick Dastardly]] whenever Muttley starts laughing at him, outside the range of a typical human being.
* Pinkie Pie from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has these, but she uses them to pull her friends in for a group hug.
* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Lois' father once punched Peter through an ''email''.
* Though it doesn't involve combat, the mid-1980s ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' series had Daphne restrain a fleeing Shaggy by extending her arms from off screen.
* Mr. Tickle from ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'' does this to tickle people.
** In the original books, his arms were long all the time. In the show, they're usually normal sized.
** Other characters do this, but they do so to grab items from far away (but not as far away as Mr. Tickle can reach).
* Lucky in the ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'' episode "Chow About That?" extends his arm off-screen to grab Cadpig. This does not occur in any other episodes.