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Wouldn't life be just super if you had an extra hand? One that could be used to [[MundaneUtility fetch your coffee or dial your phone]]? [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Or]] [[KickTheDog throttle the crap out of that yappy dog]]? Look no further than behind you, attached to your spine. If you are a bit of a pickpocket in the midst of those that keep [[GenreSavvy watching where your hands are at,]] this might become extremely useful.

And not to worry, [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands it's the world of fiction,]] [[YouFailBiologyForever in here you can be far less picky with species.]] Dogs? sure. Cats? why not. ''LizardFolk'', certainly. Monkeys? Duh. Gorillas? ... [[SomewhereAMammalogistIsCrying well we said monkeys, already, didn't we?]]

It should be noted that a few PettingZooPeople and most HornyDevils both tend to have these for FantasticArousal [[{{Fanservice}} Service]]. For the less dexterous there may still be [[TailSlap another]] option. See also, BewareMyStingerTail, when the tail has stuff attached, and HandyFeet for other dexterous appendages.

[[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle Just to mention]], "prehensile" means "adapted for seizing, grasping, or taking hold of something".
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!!Examples
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''DragonBall'':
** The Saiyan's tails, though only Goku gets the best use of it.
** Frieza is especially notorious for using his highly prehensile tail to not only bludgeon opponents, but ''strangle'' them. Unfortunately, his tail becomes a minor weak point when [[CombatPragmatist Goku]] decides to [[ManBitesMan bite him]] to avoid being [[LosingYourHead decapitated]].
** Cell is quite similar, strangling Trunks with his tail before stealing his time machine and attempting to do the same to Android 16.
** Young Saiyans, like Goku, have tails capable of supporting their body weight, but it's unknown if adult Saiyans can suspend themselves with their tails. In fact, Saiyan tails are notoriously sensitive, & the only instance of a full-grown Saiyan using their tail to attack was when [[BigBad Raditz]] knocked [[PunyEarthlings Krillin]] through Kame House early on in DBZ.
* The ''{{Pokemon}}'' Aipom has one of these, with an ''actual hand'' on the end. Its evolved form Ambipom takes this [[UpToEleven to a higher level]] by having TWO prehensile tails, hence the name of the PokÚmon being a play on the word "ambidextrous".
* Deviluke's inhabitants of ''ToLoveRu'', of course. Most of them, [[{{Fanservice}} especially the females]] also can have FantasticArousal with their tails.
* ''{{Kekkaishi}}'' has Princess, a {{kitsune}} who has [[CombatTentacles nine tails]] that she often uses to wrap an opponent to the point of nearly mummifying them.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Ulquiorra's second form has a tail which he uses for slamming people into the ground and holding people up by the throat, let alone the fact it looks like a whip.
* The Tailed Beasts' tails in ''{{Naruto}}'' can be used as "extra limbs". Oddly, it is incredibly easy for their hosts to utilize the tails (and chakra appendages), even though a gentle grasp can crush boulders.
* [[DragonInChief Kawarino]] from ''YesPrettyCure5'' blocks attacks with his tails. He can temporarily concetrates his enemies' powers by in his tails rotating them.
* The fairy Melan from ''DokiDokiPrettyCure'' invokes this in her dragon form. When Cure Diamond attacks her from behind, Melan attacks ''her'' from behind by whipping her tail.
* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', [=MetalSeadramon=] grabs Scorpiomon with his tail and sends him falling to his death as punishment for his failure.
* Sandiramon in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' constricts Kyubimon with his tail. Concept art and action figures depict him holding a staff with his tail but he does not do this in the anime.
** Megidramon does a similar thing to Beelzemon shortly before Beelzemon kills Makuramon and breaks free.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'s'' Nightcrawler, Exile's Nocturn has a [[{{Squick}} retractable version]].
* [[{{Spiderman}} Spider-man's]] foe the Lizard, which was parodied by ''MyWayEntertainment''.
* [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Trolls]] in ''A Beautiful Tale''.
* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} has one, made him seem kind of monkey like as a baby.
* The Franchise/{{Marsupilami}} has a several-meters-long tail that can grab things and even twist itself in a knot to punch foes.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Calvin demands to see Hobbes' tail in anticipation of this [[spoiler:as he's holding a water balloon]] in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' Viper and Tai Lung are demonstrated to have this ability and for the latter, it was instrumental in [[spoiler: escaping imprisonment. Since his hands were all tied up he used his tail to pick the lock of his shackles with a feather.]]
* The Moorwen from ''Film/{{Outlander}}'' is a giant, lizardish thing, but its prehensile tail can be used to grasp, slice, or impale its victims.
* Abu in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
* Maruti from ''TheReturnOfHanuman'' uses his tail once to grasp on a branch to hang on.
* The cows from ''Disney/HomeontheRange''.
* The vampire spawn from ''Film/VanHelsing'', which is weird because the parents are tailless.
* Azazel in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''. It's strong enough to lift a person and sharp enough to stab them.
* The aliens in ''Film/AlienVsPredator''. Like Azazel, they can stab people with it.
* Godzilla has one of these in ''Film/GodzillaVsMegaguirus''. This is the only film in which he demonstrates this ability.
* Dragon in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''.
* Otachi and Slattern in ''Film/PacificRim''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Squirrels in the ''{{Redwall}}'' series hang by their tails a lot.
* In PiersAnthony's ''Race Against Time'', the protagonist first figures out he's not really living in a 20th-century small town when he discovers that his dog climbs trees and his kitten has a prehensile tail.
* In ''[[Literature/CiaphasCain Death Or Glory]]'' a young priestess of the [[MachineWorship Adeptus Mechanicum]] has a mechadendrite attached to her lower spine. Useful to sit on (and freak people out, since it's hidden under her robes, and it looks like she's sitting on thin air) and steal snack bars.
* These are the main weapons of Land Wurms in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', with which they grab their prey and hold them.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The [[FraggleRock Fraggles]] have somewhat prehensile tails -- they can be used as paintbrushes and can wrap around each other to play tug-o'-tails (like tug-o'-war, but with ... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin you know]]) According to the episode "Wembley's Wonderful Whoopee Water", they are also strong enough to support their owners' whole weight.
* ''PowerRangers'': More than a few Zords and monsters have prehensile tails.
* Parodied in an episode of ''TheBigBangTheory''. The foursome are playing a group roleplaying game as bad guys approach.
-->'''Leonard''': They're on my tail! But it's prehensile so I can handle them.
* TONS of monsters have this ability in the various ''Franchise/UltraSeries'':
** Most infamously, [[PsychoElectricEel Eleking]] from ''Series/UltraSeven''. He can wrap his tail around monsters and [[ShockAndAwe electrocute them with it]].
** Zambolar from ''[[Series/{{Ultraman}} the original Ultraman]]''
** Robonez from ''[[Series/ReturnOfUltraman Ultraman Jack]]''
** King Crab from ''Series/UltramanAce''
** Ron from ''Series/UltramanLeo''.
** ''Series/UltramanDyna'':
*** Bazob
*** Neosaurus
*** Demagorg
*** Geomos
** Mogrudon from ''Series/UltramanCosmos''.
** Bogal from ''Series/UltramanMebius''
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* There's a monkey in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' who has an advantage over humans in the workplace because of his tail.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Tieflings in the 4th edition of ''DungeonsAndDragons'' can take a feat that gives them this. You can even pick locks or pockets with it.
** Multiple female Tieflings in DungeonsAndDragons works have made jokes about the myriad uses of their tails.
* ''[[RecycledINSPACE Star]] TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'' has a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Tailgun]] item only usable by Felines. What makes it notable for this trope is that the art depicts a normal-looking gun meant for hands curled up in a PrehensileTail, not a gun specially designed to be tail-mounted.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* As mentioned above, the ''{{Pokemon}}'' Aipom and its evolved form Ambipom are examples, both of which have hands on their tail(s). Their PokÚdex entries specify some uses, such as shucking nuts, communicating (by connecting with the tails of other Aipom/Ambipom), balance (when leaping from tree branches), and attacking (specifically, with Double Hit, the move that enables Aipom to evolve into Ambipom). Many of Aipom's PokÚdex entries also indicate that since it deftly uses its tail so much, its real hands have become rather clumsy.
* Makoto Nanaya from ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'' slaps her opponent silly with her tail during her throw.
* Two recruitable aliens in ''VideoGame/{{Albion}}'' use this as a separate equipment slot, capable of holding either a one-handed weapon or a shield (the former being the game's only instance of DualWielding.)
* Zidane of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has one, although he only used it once (to hang from the rafters of the pilot's cabin of an Airship).
** He makes a more combative use for it in the introduction cutscene to ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', hanging onto Tidus' leg, who then sends him soaring at Exdeath in order to break his concentration.
* In ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'', Tails, who mainly uses his two tails for flying, uses one of them to grab a toothpick from Zomom's sandwich and reprogram Zavok's machine to prevent it from turning him into a brainwashed robot.
* Annah from ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' is a Tiefling who has one, as it's a [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]] game.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Rhea from ''SlightlyDamned'', given the last name "Snaketail" because of this.
* The superhero Katt O'Nine Tails from ''{{Spinnerette}}'' has nine of these due to a magical cat she once rescued. They double as CombatTentacles as well.
* In ''{{Goblins}}'', [[SnakePeople Kin]]'s tail is very agile and...sensitive. And strong enough to [[BreadEggsMilkSquick snap person's neck]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': Dr. Bright considers this one of the reasons he likes simian bodies.
* The Succubae from ''FanFic/TheReturn''.
* [[ChakonaSpace Chakats]] have these.
* Newter in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has one.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Boots, from ''DoraTheExplorer''.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'': The Monkey Staff gives this power.
* Sometimes ''ScoobyDoo's'' tail is.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode ''The Full Monkey'', when Kim is turned into a humanoid monkey, she uses her tail to grab a weight out of Doug's hand and throw it at Monkey Fist, then undoes the shackles on her chair.
* Jake Spidermonkey in ''MyGymPartnersAMonkey'' naturally has one of these.
* ''{{Gary The Rat}}'''s is used for AmusingInjuries because even though it is fully capable of moving around and grabbing things, he just drags it with reckless abandon.
* Fifi [=LaFume=] in ''TinyToonAdventures'' can use her tail to grab "boyfriends", as a bat (As seen in Buster at the Bat), as a shield (As seen in the Defenders of the Universe licensed game), and to spray stink (Being a skunk and all).
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the ponies are occasionally shown to have prehensile tails, despite the tails apparently consisting only of hair. They are often useful for doing things which would normally be difficult due to lack of hands. Most notably [[Reacp/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Applejack]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Rarity]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E7Bats Pinkie Pie]], and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E7Bats Fluttershy]].
** Not that lacking hands seems to hinder them in any way. The non-mage ponies can make clothing, cook food, and do all sorts of other everyday tasks that would normally require manual dexterity, either with the aid of their teeth, or with just the plain hooves themselves (not sure if this is ever really explained). The unicorn-types just use telekinesis/magic.
** Which makes what Rarity does in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2FriendshipIsMagicPart2 the second episode]] seem more violent.
** The Ahuizotl who appears as the villian of ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep Daring-Do and the Sapphire Statue]]'' has a hand on the end of his tail, just as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahuizotl_(creature) ahuizotls]] were said to have in UsefulNotes/AztecMythology.
* Dino from ''TheFlintstones'', but it is shown less after the first season.
* Cheetah from ''JusticeLeague'', though it is not confirmed until the ''Doom'' movie.
* Kevin 11 when he was in his mutant form in [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}} the original Ben 10]] had a tail like this. It was used very rarely however.
* In ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'', Pepper, a skunk, can grab various things with her tail. She can also balance atop of it for increased height.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Some animals have this. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prehensile_tail Here's the list.]]
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