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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.

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* 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.
* ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'':
** Orochimaru can use Soft Physique Modification in order to stretch and elongate any part of his body, most often his neck but occasionally his arms. His son Mitsuki can also use this technique.
** The AnimalBattleAura manifested by jinchūriki in their Version 1 and Version 2 states can stretch and elongate their arms to act as tentacles.

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* 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.

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[[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.

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* 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.

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[[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.
* The very basis of ''VideoGame/{{ARMS}}'', in which most characters attack using their extendable arms. The exceptions are a girl whose MiniMecha has extendable arms and a movie star whose PrehensileHair acts as these.

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* 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.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' demonstrates this several times, often when Tom tries to reach for Jerry inside one of the walls. This is frequently used in conjunction with [[AmusingInjuries strategically-placed mousetraps]].
** As seen in the picture above, the shorts ''Busy Buddies'' and ''Tot Watchers'' feature a gag where the babysitter stretches her arm across the room to clutch the phone and is then pulled towards it via Newton's second law.
* 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.
* Though it doesn't involve combat, the mid-1980s ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' series had Daphne restrain a fleeing Shaggy by extending her arms from offscreen.
* 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In Episode 4, Mr. Cat manages to reach all the way across a very long table and tap Quack Quack, who is sitting on the other side, on the shoulder.

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